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Fall 2017
Oct 20, 2017
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SEST 619 - Human Intelligence Ops
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.  

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Juris Doctor
Schedule Types: Seminar

Security Studies Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     
      Arab Studies
      Asian Studies
      Foreign Service
      German and European Studies
      Global Human Development
      Latin American Studies
      Law/Arab Studies
      Law/Foreign Service
      Law/Security Studies
      Russian & East European Stud
      Security Studies

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