SEST-619 Human Intelligence Ops
Spring for 2017-2018
This course will give students an understanding of the roles and complexities of human intelligence operations. It will address both clandestine and overt collection mechanisms, considering the different objectives, risks and goals of each. Students will consider the various motivations for persons recruited as human sources (agents) and learn to assess the risks and gains which intelligence managers must weigh. Case studies will help students understand the special aspects of espionage operations.

Included in the course will be an examination of ethical considerations and restraints, particularly in the age of terrorism when national security and protection of civil liberties are both important and sometimes competing objectives.

Studying the development and tasking of requirements for human operations will be an important part of the course, including the role that the Departments of State and Defense have in the collection of information. The course will survey intelligence tradecraft and emphasize the importance of counterintelligence in the protection of intelligence programs, personnel and organizations

The course will address certain foreign intelligence and security services’ objectives and mechanisms, particularly as they relate to protection of American interests.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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