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INTL635 - Indications and Warnings

Course Details

Course Code: INTL635 Course ID: 3101 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The purpose of this course is to teach the student how the current I&W system is organized, how it is supposed to work in theory, and how it has actually worked in practice. In addition, students will examine the traditional and alternative approaches to the I&W process. Students will learn about the various types of intelligence indicators and how they fit into the process of intelligence prediction, which is an implied function of I&W. Students will also examine various historical case studies to learn about the four basic "sources of error" in I&W.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO 1: Evaluate the strategic warning environment.
CO 2: Analyze surprise, warning, and intelligence reactions.
CO 3: Examine the role of US intelligence in indications and warning.
CO 4: Critique how information sharing affects the indications and warning process.
CO 5: Assess how improvements could be made to strategic warning tradecraft.

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.

Midterm Assignment – 20 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.

Specialized Project – 30 percent

This project will be a paper that allows you to explore the course content and develop a better understanding of a specific aspect of the course. This is a task based exercise that will ask you to think about being an Intelligence Analyst and produce a paper on warnings and indications. 12-15 pages.

Final Assignment – 20 percent

Special assignment – report writing. See the assignment tab in the class for instructions.

Required Readings

  • External websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

Book Title:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.