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Intelligence and Policy

This course examines the elements and purpose of intelligence, requirements of successful intelligence analysis, intelligence processes, counterintelligence and security, the relationship between intelligence and policy, and how American political and cultural values affect the role of intelligence in America.

This course addresses several major intelligence issues:

  1. The intelligence process and methodology, including the structure of the intelligence system.
  2. The necessity of coherent intelligence policy.
  3. The limits and utility of intelligence.
  4. The importance of political intelligence, particularly concerning foreign methods of statecraft.
  5. The role of counterintelligence and the importance of counterintelligence analysis to the making of foreign policy.
  6. The problems of intelligence epistemology, including deception, propaganda, perceptions management, and internal cultural and perceptual predispositions and biases.