STIA-432 Technology and Intelligence
Fall for 2017-2018
This course examines the application of technology to the collection and analytic challenges facing intelligence agencies, using the United States as a model but exploring other national systems as well. We will review the Cold War emergence of partnerships among American intelligence agencies and military services, the academic and scientific communities, and industry in developing and deploying powerful communications and imagery collection systems. We will further explore the contributions of this partnership and these technological advances to national security policy formation, diplomacy, arms control, and other policy priorities while focusing heavily on the challenge of adapting these elaborate and expensive “legacy” systems to the current and future threat environment. Specifically, we will consider the implications of the current proliferation of advanced technologies such as public cryptologies, new communications and data storage media and methods, commercial satellite imagery, and global positioning systems on intelligence collection and analysis. This course will also analyze the implications of the revolution in military affairs and the war in war in Southwest Asia for the Intelligence Community, look at the “marriage” between intelligence and the military in the Afghan and Iraqi military campaigns, and study the Intelligence Community’s efforts to implement new technologies and transform itself into an integrated team of “agile agencies” under a new Director of National Intelligence.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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