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INTL610 - Counterintelligence

Course Details

Course Code: INTL610 Course ID: 3092 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The course focuses on both U.S. and foreign aspects of counterintelligence, including the history and evolution of counterintelligence, the differences between passive and active CI measures, principles and processes of counterintelligence and its relationship to covert action, the ethics of counterintelligence, and the evaluation of CI successes and an estimate of the damage caused by failures. The student will develop a comprehensive knowledge of the use and practices of counterintelligence, especially in protecting homeland security and national security interests against foreign adversaries. Additionally, the collection process and the changes for the future in the infusion of CI technology will be discussed.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Assess the role of ONCIX as a new premier counterintelligence and security agency in the US Government.

CO-2: Produce an advanced assessment of the structure, functions and operations in U.S. Counter-Intelligence.

CO-3: Defend the necessity of Counter-Intelligence as the fundamental precursor to all intelligence activities.

CO-4: Develop procedural and tactical remedy for attempts at penetration by hostile foreign intelligence entities.

CO-5: Critique the effectiveness of national and legal policies that impact upon counterintelligence threats.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 30 percent
Discussion questions will be provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Specialized Project – 30 percent
This project will demonstrate your ability to synthesize discipline specific material. This is a task based exercise. 12-15 pages.


Final Assignment – 40 percent
This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Required Readings

  • External websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
Book Title:The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB
ISBN:9780345472502
Publication Info:Presidio Press
Author:Milton Bearden
Unit Cost:$10.39
Book Title:Counterintelligence Theory and Practice, 1st Ed. - eBook available through the APUS Online Library.
ISBN:9781442219335
Publication Info:Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
Author:Prunckun, Hank
Unit Cost:$48.12

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.