Intelligence for Homeland Security: Organizational and Policy Challenges

To quote a cliche: “There are operational successes and there are intelligence failures.” Unfair perhaps, yet the Intelligence Community has been criticized for not preventing the catastrophic events of 9/11. Repercussions of 9/11 have required the Intelligence Community to assess itself and refocus its ability to support Homeland Security. Intelligence agencies have been forced to review some of the basic tenets of the profession and develop new techniques, tactics and procedures to combat the new threats to the security and stability of the United States. The 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and the ensuing War on Terror have focused the nation’s attention on homeland security. This course examines key questions and issues facing the U.S. intelligence community and its role in homeland security and homeland defense.

Course syllabus:

  1. Introduction to the U.S. Intelligence Community

  2. Interagency Processes and Intelligence Reform

  3. Homeland Security Intelligence for State, Local & Tribal

  4. Homeland Defense Intelligence

  5. Intelligence Analysis