17.951 Intelligence: Practice, Problems and Prospects

Spring 2005

The Intelligence Cycle.

The Intelligence Cycle. (Image courtesy of the United States Intelligence Community.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive readings section.

Course Description

This course will explore the organization and functions of the U.S. Intelligence Community, its interaction with national security policymakers, key issues about its workings, and the challenges it faces in defining its future role. The events of 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq have focused new attention on national intelligence, including the most significant reorganization of the community since the National Security Act of 1947. The course will highlight some of the major debates about the role, practices, and problems of national intelligence.
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Prof. Barry Posen
Prof. Harvey Sapolsky
Prof. Robert Vickers

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session