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Intelligence Budget Process – September 12-13, 2017

Students will be given a detailed understanding of the intelligence budget process, with subject matter expert Ronald Marks examining both how the budget is created in the Executive branch, primarily in negotiations between Defense and Intelligence, and then how the budget moves through Congress, and the actual expenditure of funds. This course is extremely helpful to those who are new to the budget process and to those who have programmatic responsibilities that are influenced by federal budget decisions.   Over the two days the instructor will present several modules including Intelligence Resources and Funding; Key Players in Defense and Intelligence Resource Management; Resource Data Structure; the Congressional Budget Process and Oversight of Intelligence; and Budget Execution.  More Details

Analyst Training: Writing, Analysis, and Preparing Briefings – November 1-2, 2017 (date change, previously scheduled for October)

This course is designed for students to begin developing analytic skills for any intelligence-related or analytical function. Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal examines the role of intelligence in the policy process (within government or business), then offers an introduction to analytic skills, beginning with critical thinking and reading, writing analysis, and preparing and presenting successful briefings. Much of what is required for good analytical writing takes place before the analyst actually begins to write.  The scoping and planning of the intelligence analysis therefore are major areas of emphasis in this course, as well as issues of format, length, word selection, etc.  This course is designed to get analysts off to a good start in as little time as possible, recognizing that there are important time constraints in such training and that much will also be learned on the job.  More Details