Strong National Intelligence Communities Enhance National Security: The Role of Colleges and Universities


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Strong National Intelligence Communities Enhance National Security: The Role of Colleges and Universities

  1. 1. Strong National Intelligence Communities Enhance National Security The Role of Colleges and Universities Beachwood High School – February 12, 2008 Gregory Moore, Ph.D. Notre Dame College Center for Intelligence Studies
  2. 2. Today a number of colleges and universities around the country are offering programs to prepare students for careers in the intelligence community This presentation will describe how this is being done
  3. 3. At about 40 or 50 colleges or universities today, students can major or minor in intelligence studies Major – leads to a Bachelor’s degree in the program Usually requires from 45 – 75 credits to earn a degree Minor – is a significant area of study that may complement or supplement the major area of study Usually requires 15 – 30 credits to earn a minor (Actual requirements depend on the college or university)
  4. 4. Adults who wish to further their education but who may not want to pursue a graduate degree can earn a certificate in intelligence studies Certificate programs can be completed in about a year depending on the number of courses that are required Adults who enter these programs usually are required to have an Associate’s (2 year) Degree, Bachelor’s Degree or other professional training These programs may be available online Program requirements vary according to the institutions that offer them A few colleges/universities do offer undergraduate certificates in intelligence/national security studies
  5. 5. There is no specific curriculum for intelligence programs They tend to reflect the strength or resources of the individual college or university Examples include: • Liberal arts orientation • Intelligence specific • Engineering/Technical • Information systems/management • National Security Studies • Combinations of the above
  6. 6. What kind of students are interested in intelligence studies programs? • Interested in world affairs • Interested in current events • Can discuss current events/world affairs • Like to read – usually a broad range of reading interests • Good writing/analytical skills – also creative thinkers, not afraid to “think outside the box” • Good oral communications skills • Well-rounded background (participates in various activities) • Enjoys solving problems • Good computer skills – game players • Want to serve their country
  7. 7. Persons seeking employment in the intelligence community will be subject to rigorous background checks Your behavior in high school will come under scrutiny when you apply for a job in the IC Selling or using drugs, computer hacking, committing felony crimes and financial mismanagement are all red flags to investigators doing background checks
  8. 8. Colleges & Universities Offering Intelligence Studies Programs: • Notre Dame College • Point Park University • Mercyhurst College. • New Mexico State University • Wayne State University • Columbia University • Trinity University • Fairmount State College • Tennessee State University • Patrick Henry College • Florida International University • Neumann College • Norfolk State University • Camden County College • University of Texas at El Paso • Hilbert College • University of Texas Pan • St. Peter’s College American • Wright State University • Clark-Atlanta University • West Virginia University • California State University • Embry Riddle Aeronautical Riverside University • James Madison University • University of Colorado at • Eastern Kentucky University Colorado Springs
  9. 9. Military and governmental educational programs are generally reserved for military or federal personnel • National Defense Intelligence College • American Military University • Sherman Kent School (CIA)
  10. 10. However, the Coast Guard Academy does have a program of intelligence studies for undergraduates High school graduates between the ages of 17-22, who are U.S. citizens of sound moral character and unmarried may apply for admission
  11. 11. Center for Intelligence Studies at Notre Dame College Undergraduate Program in Intelligence Analysis and Research  Designed to prepare students with the necessary background for entry-level positions as research or intelligence analysts Pursue careers in: National Security Criminal Investigation Competitive (Business) Intelligence
  12. 12. Center for Intelligence Studies at Notre Dame College • Multidisciplinary/Liberal Arts • American History focus • Comparative Politics • NDC General Education core curriculum • International Relations • Foreign Language (Arabic, • American Foreign Policy Spanish - others to come • Non-Western History (China, • Emphasis on critical thinking, Japan, Middle East, Africa, analytical skills, writing and Russia, Latin America) oral communications • Economics • Advanced Computer Skills: • Literature Excel, Access, Analyst’s • Business Notebook
  13. 13. Core Courses: • Introduction to U.S. • Competitive (Business) Intelligence Intelligence • Writing for Intelligence • Methods of Financial • Methods of Research & Investigation & Research Analysis • Intelligence and National • History of Terrorism Security • Advanced Research & • Strategic Intelligence Analysis Students will also complete a senior research project and an internship or cooperative education project Instructors for these courses are active or retired intelligence analysts from backgrounds in the military, law enforcement, and the private sector
  14. 14. Students in the Intelligence Analysis & Research Program will also receive instruction in specialized computer programming used by intelligence analysts Notre Dame College is a member of the Collegiate Partnership Program, sponsored by the i2 Corporation, manufacturers of specialized analytical software for the intelligence community. The College has received their Analyst’s Notebook software package for our students to use This will give students who complete the program successfully an additional set of skills to take with them as they begin their careers
  15. 15. Thank You! Questions? Dr. Gregory Moore Director: Center for Intelligence Studies Notre Dame College 216-373-5346