Intelligence: Practice, Problems and Prospects

An illustration demonstrating the intelligence cycle.  Planning and Direction-->Dissemination-->Analysis and Production-->Processing and Exploitation-->Collection-->

The Intelligence Cycle. (Image courtesy of the United States Intelligence Community.)


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Spring 2005



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This course will explore the organization and functions of the U.S. Intelligence Community, its interaction with national security policymakers, key issues about its workings, and the challenges it faces in defining its future role. The events of 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq have focused new attention on national intelligence, including the most significant reorganization of the community since the National Security Act of 1947. The course will highlight some of the major debates about the role, practices, and problems of national intelligence.

Barry Posen, Harvey Sapolsky, and Robert Vickers. 17.951 Intelligence: Practice, Problems and Prospects, Spring 2005. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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