Defense Foundation Europe Homeland Security Industry Intelligence SIGNAL Magazine    

         Member Login
Member ID Password
Forgot: Password | Member ID            
Join or renew today to connect with the premier network of thought leaders in the global security community.

Join/Renew Links:



AFCEA Chapter News
Education Newsletter
Leadership Forum
Robert Howell Scholarship Fund
Scholarship Winners

Course #203-13-FXVA-4

The U.S. Intelligence Community: Who Does What, With What, for What?

Dates: Sep-24-2013 - Sep-26-2013


The MITRE Corporation, MITRE-1 Building (H)

7525 Colshire Drive in McLean, Virginia.

Hours: 8:00 - 4:00


$1,300 Government AFCEA Member
$1,400 Government Non Member
$1,600 Non-Government AFCEA Member
$1,700 Non-Government Non Member

"Mark is a great presenter. He makes [class] conversational and provides real world examplesÂ….Thank you for your passion!"

Course Description:

The U.S. Intelligence Community is faced with new challenges. Dr. Mark Lowenthal, an internationally recognized expert on intelligence and author of Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy, leads this 3-day top-down course providing an up-to-date understanding of the new and still changing structure and functions of the Intelligence Community and its components. The changing threats and challenges with which they must deal, as well as resources and processes used, are covered. The course addresses intelligence programs and provides insight into relations between intelligence producers and policy, military and other consumers, as well as useful information about the interaction between U.S. Intelligence and industry. Authoritative representatives from the IC provide presentations throughout this 3-day course. Students will receive an autographed copy of the most recent edition of Dr. Lowenthal's textbook, Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy, as part of the course materials.

This course is offered to U.S. citizens only.

The course is held at the SECRET level of classification for U.S. citizens only to allow the instructor and guest speakers to brief and discuss information at that level. All printed course material provided to the students will be unclassified.

This course is suitable for industry managers, designers and producers of security and intelligence systems and products, including software and special purpose products. The up-to-date coverage of the changing intelligence community is equally suitable for intelligence professionals proficient in their own services or specialties who have or expect to have responsibilities involving other agencies and services, overview functions or supervision of interfaces between various agency efforts. Past attendance has been divided about equally between students from the government and from industry.

COURSE OUTLINE: The U. S. Intelligence Community: Who Does What, With What, For What?

Intelligence, Practice and Issues

  • Background of U.S. Intelligence
  • Definitions of Intelligence disciplines
  • Intelligence Process
  • Relationships between Intelligence and Policy
  • Intelligence Issues

Components and Coordination of the Intelligence Community

  • Organization and Components of the U.S. Intelligence Community
  • The Role of the DCI
  • DNI Staff and Centers
  • Community Management
  • The National Intelligence Council
  • Intelligence Oversight and Management within the Executive Branch
  • Civilian Intelligence Organizations
  • Military Intelligence Components
  • Counterintelligence

Intelligence Budget Structure

  • NIP (National Intelligence Program)
  • MIP (Military Intelligence Program)

The Central Intelligence Agency

  • Structure and Functions of the Changing CIA
    • Relationships between CIA and Other Components of the Intelligence Community
  • Intelligence Collection, Analysis and Dissemination
  • CIA Support to Military Intelligence
  • CIA Support to the White House
  • Counterterrorism

Military Intelligence

  • OSD Oversight
  • Structure and Functions of the Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Support for OSD, JCS, and Operational Commands
  • Military Intelligence: Organization, Roles and Missions
  • Impact and Trends Resulting from Changing World Situation and Operational Experiences

Reconnaissance and Surveillance

  • National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
  • Airborne reconnaissance

The National Security Agency and Central Security Service

  • Role in the Community
  • SIGINT, Infosec, Information Operations
  • US Cryptologic System

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

  • Origins and Role in the Community
  • Geospatial-intelligence Management
  • US Commercial Imagery

Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • FBI Organization and Functions
  • Intelligence Functions
  • Counter-Intelligence
  • Relationships with CIA and Other Components of the Intelligence Community

Nuclear Intelligence and Role of Department of Energy

Intelligence Community and the Congress

  • Functions of the Oversight Committees
  • Legislation Affecting the Intelligence Community
  • Trends

Intelligence and Industry

  • Relationship Between Intelligence Components and the Private Sector
  • Intelligence Research and Development

Lecturer and
Course Coordinator 
Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal
Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal is an internationally recognized expert on intelligence and recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Intelligence Community's highest award. From 2002-2005, Dr. Lowenthal served as the Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production and also as the Vice Chairman for Evaluation on the National Intelligence Council. Prior to these duties, he served as Counselor to the Director of Central Intelligence. Dr. Lowenthal was the staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the 104th Congress (1995-97), where he directed the committee's study on the future of the Intelligence Community, IC21: The Intelligence Community in the 21st Century. He has also served in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), as both an office director and as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. He was also the Senior Specialist in U.S. Foreign Policy at the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. Dr. Lowenthal has written extensively on intelligence and national security issues, including five books and over 90 articles or studies. His most recent book, Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy Sage/CQ Press, 5th ed., 2011), has become the standard college and graduate school textbook on the subject. He is an Adjunct Professor at The Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Executive Director of the International Association for Intelligence Education, and a Chairman Emeritus of the Intelligence Committee for AFCEA. He is the President and CEO of the Intelligence & Security Academy, LLC.

Guest Speakers

Other lecturers include authoritative representatives of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Central Intelligence Agency; Defense Intelligence Agency; Department of Homeland Security; National Security Agency; Office of the Secretary of Defense; National Reconnaissance Office; National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Department of Energy; U.S. Coast Guard; and others.


AFCEA complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Attendees with special needs should call (703) 631-6130 or email the PDC outlining requirements.


AFCEA will confirm that a course session is a "go" no later than Sep-10-2013, 14 days prior to the start date of the course. Please see the PDC FAQ for additional course cancellation details.


Please see the PDC FAQ for registration cancellation instructions and other PDC policies.

PDC Home | Education Home | Payment Authorization

All Courses offered in Fairfax, VA unless indicated
TELEPHONE: 1-703-631-6137 or 6135 or 1-800-336-4583, ext. 6137 or 6135
FAX: 703-631-6172 | E-Mail:

Connect with the AFCEA Educational Foundation

Like our Scholarship page on Facebook!
Follow us on Twitter
Shutterfly Photo Gallery
Event Presentations

About Us
Mission Statement
Board of Directors

Scholarships and Awards
Scholarship General Info
STEM Scholarships
STEM Teaching Tools
Scholarship Winners
Awards for Individuals
Awards for Chapters

Sponsors & Donors
Signature Sponsors
Leadership Society
Sponsorship Opportuniuties
Annual Fund Drive
Donor Recognition

Contact Us
Contact Us

AFCEA Educational Foundation
4400 Fair Lakes Court
Fairfax, VA 22033
(800) 336-4583
  © AFCEA International