Henley-Putnam’s Intelligence Management BS/MS Degree Program Includes Courses on Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Operations
The U.S. Intelligence Community is organized across 16 different agencies and departments, each with different missions, analytic competencies, and collection specialties. One of the oldest forms of intelligence collection is human intelligence (HUMINT). HUMINT is a type of intelligence collection discipline that involves, naturally, human operators that gather a variety of information on ‘targets’ around the world.
HUMINT is primarily a strategic, long-term collection process geared toward targets that are difficult to penetrate using technical means, like satellites and imagery intelligence (SIGINT and IMINT). Because of the high risks involved in living overseas as a clandestine officer, HUMINT professionals undergo intensive and lengthy training.
In the United States, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), since its inception in 1947, has primary responsibility for coordination of HUMINT operations through the National Clandestine Service (NCS). The NCS incorporates many of the duties of the former Directorate of Operations (DO) at the CIA, which oversaw all aspects of training and tasking of HUMINT operations for the CIA. The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (DCIA) is the National HUMINT Manager and delegates responsibility to the Director of NCS to develop and implement community-wide training and operating protocols as well as to oversee national coordination of HUMINT operations.
Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, there has been renewed focus on the important role that HUMINT plays in collecting information on terrorist networks and other hostile non-state actors. Consequently, calls for building up a new, robust cadre of HUMINT professionals has led to increase investment in funding and recruiting efforts, especially for foreign language specialists and those who have traveled extensively overseas.
At Henley-Putnam University, we offer a nationally accredited (DETC) program that focuses exclusively on intelligence through our Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Intelligence Management. Our 100% online courses are taught by expert faculty with real world experience from the government and intelligence community. Graduates of our highly-focused program will be able to: Manage a team of intelligence professionals from different disciplines, conduct operations that include clandestine or covert activities and present finished intelligence in a manner appropriate to the consumer, to name but a few. Classes cover topics like Advanced Intelligence Operations, Counterespionage, and Intelligence Team Management. Embark on an exciting education path with Henley-Putnam by calling us today.