The new program is geared toward public safety and security professionals that wish to expand, hone, and add subject matter expertise in intelligence studies to their own skill sets. The program also focuses on individuals who wish to explore potential careers in the intelligence field and to those who have no previous intelligence experience.
As the university’s webpage explains, “The SMU Intelligence Certificate Program is designed to give you a broad perspective of strategic intelligence and all phases of the intelligence cycle, from requirements to reporting, with an emphasis on supporting leadership decision making.”
Adding, “Build an understanding of the process of intelligence analysis, the role of the analyst, and analysis tools for preparation of assessments based on the collection, correlation, and analysis of intelligence data.”
SMU asserts that the intensive and weeklong program is highly personalized. Class sizes will be small to afford participants the one-on-one instruction necessary to acquire as well as absorb the material. Additionally, the professors and instructors leading the program are renowned practitioners and experts within their focused field of study.
The program is not for the faint of heart, however, as individuals are advised of its serious nature with a preemptive security caveat for would-be applicants that reads, “Please be advised that, due to the sensitive nature of the material covered in this course, a background check will be conducted before you can gain entrance into the course. You may be contacted if additional information is required to complete the background check.”
Please be advised, indeed!
Sounds like an exciting and intriguing learning opportunity.
For folks interested in attending, the next weeklong certificate program runs from March 2-6, 2015. For more information, please check out the specific program details HERE.
If you attend, the Lint Center would love to hear about your experience.