Intelligence Collection

IWP 656
Four credits

This course is designed to familiarize students with the nature, organization, activities, and key issues surrounding the variety of methods of intelligence and counterintelligence collection. This course is required for students enrolled in the M.A. in Strategic Intelligence Studies Program.

It includes historical descriptions of the collection activities of the several "ints" (humint, imint, sigint, masint) and their role in American statecraft. The course explores significant policy issues (constitutional, legal, moral, ethical, organizational, strategic purpose, performance, and measures of effectiveness) related to intelligence collection in the U.S. experience.


Semester Available

Fall Semester

Special Note

Enrollment in this course requires permission from professor

Principal Professor

   David L. Thomas
Professor of Intelligence Studies; Former Analyst, Foreign Intelligence Directorate, DIA; Former Analyst, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency {read more}
   Gary Blankenship
Professor of Intelligence, Former CIA Officer and U.S. Army Combat Arms Officer {read more}