Course #203-AQ

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

Dates: Apr-10-2007 - Apr-12-2007

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$958 Government AFCEA Member
$1,008 Government Non Member
$1,197 Non-Government AFCEA Member
$1,260 Non-Government Non Member

Note: New Instructor/Course Coordinator, Dr. Mark Lowenthal

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.