Learning Materials from the NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security


Intel Self-study course

MI5 – The UK Security Service

Lecture/presentation. In the midst of current national discourse concerning domestic intelligence responsibilities and the best intelligence solutions for the US, many have suggested that a MI5 style intelligence organization be created to supplant the FBI’s National Security Branch functions. MI5,… Continue Reading →

The Seven Step Intelligence Cycle

Lecture/presentation. Bill Lahneman. The purpose of the intelligence process is to provide policy makers with timely, accurate, and relevant finished intelligence products. It is useful to express this process as a cycle with seven steps; Requirements, Collection, Processing and Exploitation,… Continue Reading →

Denial and Deception

Lecture/presentation — flash. Jim Wirtz. There is virtually unanimous agreement that the information revolution has empowered individuals at the expense of governments and bureaucracies, giving everyday people communication, organizational, and analytical capabilities only possessed by national governments a few short… Continue Reading →

Theory of Surprise – Part 1

Lecture/presentation. James Wirtz. Module 1. This module focuses on the theory of surprise – how states, non-state actors, or individuals attempt to surprise their opponents and why they often succeed, how surprise affects strategic interactions, and why some initiatives succeed… Continue Reading →

Sources and Methods

Lecture/presentation. Jim Wirtz. CHDS or UAPI program participants can login to view this content: Lecture (flash-based, interactive version) Supporting file formats:  Audio    Transcript

Fusion Centers

Lecture/presentation. Bill Lahneman. Since the 9/11 attacks, the number of regional, state, and local intelligence fusion centers has grown substantially. As of March 2008, there are over 50 of these centers nationwide. While their organizational structures and procedures vary, their… Continue Reading →

Homeland Security Intelligence

Lecture/presentation Homeland security intelligence is not codified in law, nor is their a defined homeland security intelligence community – which encourages inconsistent interpretations of homeland security intelligence. This module examines some of the needs and related developments in homeland security… Continue Reading →

The Director of National Intelligence

Lecture/presentation. Bill Lahneman. This module offers a comprehensive understanding of the role played by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the reasons for the new position’s creation, and the objections that derived from members of United State government as a… Continue Reading →

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004

Lecture/presentation. Bill Lahneman. On December 17th, 2004, President George W. Bush signed into law the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. This landmark piece of legislation includes several major provisions aimed at improving the US government’s response to… Continue Reading →

The National Intelligence Estimate Process

Lecture/presentation. Bill Lahneman. Unlike other intelligence reports, which focus on current intelligence, National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) are forward-looking assessments – they contain “national intelligence” because they are the product of extensive analysis representing the collective efforts of the entire intelligence… Continue Reading →

Theory of Surprise – Part 2

Lecture/presentation. James Wirtz. Module 2. Much is written about intelligence failure, but little is written about the failure of surprise. Scholars have focused on successful surprise at the operational level of war, not on the effect of surprise in achieving… Continue Reading →

Sherman Kent’s Rules of Analysis

Lecture/presentation. Bill Lahneman. It is generally acknowledged that Analysis is the most critical phase in the Intelligence Cycle. This notion is founded in five principle challenges that analysts most overcome; incomplete information, inherent cognitive tendencies, unintelligible analysis, political influence, and… Continue Reading →

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