Certificate in Strategic Intelligence


This certificate is designed for the student who wants to be able to describe and explain the role strategic intelligence plays in United States foreign policy from both a historical and contemporary perspective. In this program, the student will look at several means of collecting and analyzing multi-discipline information, but remain focused on the need and ability to synthesize all of this data, however collected, into objective and cohesive All Source products. Students will learn how to maintain group productivity and cohesion in situations where different people or groups must be able to keep information (or perhaps even their existence) secret from each other (“compartmentalization”). And finally, this program will teach students how to prepare target packages on personnel and inanimate targets for use in military, national, and competitive intelligence sectors, to evaluate target packages to predict future threat activities, and to provide cogent recommendations to decision makers based on target packages.


Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to do the following:

  • Employ research skills on various information sources and determine their relevance to strategic security and translate that information into actionable outcomes.
  • Evaluate contemporary and emerging threats, challenges, and issues with managing intelligence professionals as a team.
  • Demonstrate strategic leadership competencies and the ability to explain intelligence policies and what historical challenge or issue forced the reform.
  • Appraise and apply issues of policy, reform and ethics integrating information literacy competencies.
  • Communicate strategic objectives through targeting packets.

Course Listing (18 Credits)

INT560     Strategic Intelligence

INT575     Intelligence Policy and Reform

INT600     Intelligence Team Management

INT680     Operational Concepts and Planning (Targeting)

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.