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Special Projects in Strategic Intelligence

 

Strategic Intelligence students are required to complete part of their apprenticeship requirements through applicative research projects directed by College faculty. These Special Projects are intentionally developed to cultivate skills necessary for research, analysis, and other intelligence applications.

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Introduction to Strategic Intelligence

Introduction to Intelligence is an entry level project that is designed to function as a gateway into PHC’s SI Program. This project gives entry level understanding of things such as the Intelligence Community, Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism, Cyber, Ethics and Morality in the Intelligence Community, and an introduction to the other SI projects, among other topics. The workload is purposely light, with attendance and participation making up a majority of the workload, with some small scattered assignments.

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Border Security Alert

Border Security Alert is an SI special project for analysts to receive training on a variety of skills that will be necessary for their future experiences in the intelligence field. The BSA team works together to publish a weekly report that demonstrates incidents and trends along the US border. This report is sent out to over 275 subscribers who have a variety of backgrounds in the intelligence community. Students can plan to spend approximately 3 hours a week researching and summarizing articles for their assigned sector of the border.

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Crisis Management Exercise

Students will role play senior decision makers in US Government in a crisis scenario which will subject the participants to time constraints and national level decision-making that will simulate aspects of real crises. The students will learn how to anticipate the impacts of decisions made on the national level and how changes in situations and lack of information or information overload can effect these decisions, and the effects of unintended consequences.

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Targeting Analysis

Project members will use open source research, framework-directed analysis, and network mapping tools over the course of the semester to complete a team paper profiling an identified individual who may be a threat to national security. Students would be expected to attend weekly meetings and spend an average of three hours per week on meetings, research, analysis, writing, etc. Students would be expected to work amiably and reliably on a team.

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Intelligencer

The Intelligencer is a student-led journal that examines and analyzes US foreign policies and then attempts to make specific predictions and recommendations based on its conclusions. Articles generally cover big-picture policies in the areas of defense, economics, politics, technology, and terrorism. The Intelligencer publishes 10 issues per semester. Articles take an average of 10 hours from start to finish: 6-8 for research and 2-3 for writing and editing. In addition, the editor and assistant editor have weekly meetings with the writers to provide help and feedback.

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Cyber Security Initiative I & II

Tier I: Objective of the project is to help students develop a basic understanding of computers and networking and use the knowledge to research the implications nature of cyber attacks.

Tier II: Objective is to provide an advanced cyber experience for upper level students to include a hands-on component using popular open-source software and advanced analytic techniques developed by experts in the field of cyber security.

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Briefing Methods

The briefing project provides specialized intelligence briefing training to PHC Strategic Intelligence students. It focuses on providing instruction in briefing and presentation skills for practical use in the intelligence community. This is accomplished through a four week introduction to briefing, and a subsequent eight week series of graded briefings and a final briefing.

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Scenario Development

Scenario project prepares students to work effectively in the Intelligence Community by helping students understand and plan decision based on a scenario planning process. Students develop a crisis scenario which will subject the participants to time constraints and national level decision-making that to simulate aspects of real crises. The students will learn how to anticipate the impacts of decisions made on the national level and how changes in situations and lack of information or information overload can effect these decisions.

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Counterintelligence Review

The Counterintelligence Review is a student-led special project that provides an online resource where student articles, interviews with counterintelligence personnel, a current media digest, forums, and other matters of counterintelligence interest are available for practitioners, academics and other interested parties.

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Vanguard Human Trafficking

The project will focus on training analysts to apply intense open-source research techniques to the issue of human trafficking. The weekly report will feature incidents, trends and tools relating to human trafficking in the United States.

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