This course provides an introduction to covert operations, one of the four principal elements of intelligence. These operations encompass most of the clandestine activities carried out by intelligence agencies that do not fall into the categories of collection, analysis, and counterintelligence. Students will learn to explain and evaluate operations such as political subversion i.e., agents of influence, support to coup plots, Presidential findings for paramilitary activities, and “black” psychological operations. Students will discuss case studies used to illustrate different types of covert action, both successful and unsuccessful, and learn to write a research paper on a current topic or debate involving U.S. policy or use of covert action.
Define Covert Action and its related vocabulary
Discuss the successes and failures of covert action
Describe the infrastructure required to support Covert Action
Summarize policy and principles related to covert action and government policy
Discuss moral concerns related to Covert Action, and the role of Congressional Intelligence Oversight.
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