In our last blog post we mentioned the Intelligence Analysis Intensive 5 Day Course which starts on 06 July (for which there are still a limited number of places available).
We managed to track down the designer and lead instructor of this course, Jason, and asked him some probing questions about what the course…
Who would benefit from attending the course?
The course provides a good solid grounding in intelligence principles, so it is ideally suited to people who have a requirement to process information into actionable intelligence. It would also suit anyone considering a career in the intelligence sector who wants a ‘ground-up’ introduction to key concepts and processes.
What’s the course context, is it military intelligence, law-enforcement or something else?
We take examples from a broad range of sectors, but the course is intentionally non-specific in this regard. The beauty of intelligence is that the same principles apply across defence, law-enforcement, local government, industry…. Everywhere! In reality, it is about critically managing data and making sense of it in a systematic, logical way.
What sort of material do you cover on the course?
The course is intended to be broad enough in scope to satisfy anyone working with intelligence, regardless of their previous experience. We start off looking at fundamental principles of intelligence, the sort of bedrock material that is common to any intelligence working environment. The course goes on to look at the various sources of intelligence and what implications they have on the reliability and viability of the intelligence they provide. In my experience, many intelligence organisations fall down on the management and tasking of collection assets and this will be addressed on the course.
A critical part of the course deals with the analytical approach taken by the intelligence practitioner. From understanding the biases and logical fallacies that can lead to faulty assessments, through to experiencing a broad spectrum of the tools and techniques used to develop the intelligence picture, this phase will lead the student through the deductive process.
The analysis phase of the course will culminate in the production and presentation of an intelligence product. The analyst has to understand that he or she is not just there to identify what has happened but more importantly to detail what will happen next and what can be done about it. The course also looks at legal issues and the implications of working in and managing an intelligence team.
Is the course platform specific?
No, the course will give an understanding of various tools used in the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of intelligence, but it is not based on any particular software and does not require any prior experience with analytical toolsets.
How is this course different from what’s currently on the market?
The course is written and run by people at the cutting edge of intelligence theory and practice; people who have a broad range of experiences and have worked in diverse environments including public and private sector intelligence organisations, the military and law enforcement, as well as spearheading intelligence led operations in non-traditional areas such as local government and the NHS. All of our instructors alternate their time between instructing and consulting on intelligence processes, and this keeps them current, credible and well informed.
What’s your background as an instructor?
I was an analyst in the British Army’s Intelligence Corps for 25 years with operational experience around the world. I became responsible for running Intelligence Corps training school, teaching the military intelligence commanders of the future. Abroad, I taught senior intelligence practitioners and staff officers from Scandinavia to South East Asia. After leaving the army I provided analytical support to the police, industry and the public sector. Other instructors are from different backgrounds though – we’ve got people from big data and Business Intelligence backgrounds, counter-terrorism experts, collection specialists… it’s a really diverse and eclectic mix!
If you think that this course might be of interest to you, or anyone you know, please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more on +44 (0) 1793 784579, on via the contact page. We’d be happy to put you in touch with one of the instructors to discuss course content, or answer any questions you may have.