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INSIDE AN FBI CLASSROOM:
How do you teach Intelligence Analysis?

10/09/03

College of Ananlytical Studies graphicPretty exciting work, actually, being an Intelligence Analyst or Reports Officer for the FBI -- piecing together information and analyzing threats in national security and criminal investigations. And critically important work, too. A matter of life and death, in many cases.

So how do you get the skills to be good at what you do?

Once you're onboard as an FBI employee, you go to school -- you go to the FBI's College of Analytical Studies. And not just once, as an "undergraduate," but throughout your career in post-graduate, specialty studies, often in partnership with CIA University.

Basic Intelligence Analysis 101

Beyond orienting analysts to the history and function of the Intelligence Community, this course focuses on analytic techniques and puts a lot of analytic and research tools into their hands, then drills them on using them. They learn what to look for, how to think, how to amplify what they've been given through research on many different databases, how to connect the dots...then how to write up their findings in trenchant reports.

Advanced courses

There's a bunch of them. Things like Chemical and Biological Weapons Familiarization. Illicit International Money Flows. Radiation Dispersal Devices. International Banking Operations. Proliferation/Transnational Issues. Advanced Analytic Techniques.

Interested in becoming an FBI Intelligence Analyst?

One thing about these folks: they love their jobs. It's an extraordinary career, and a fascinating one, and one that can make a difference in protecting people at home and abroad. Check out the FBI website at www.fbijobs.com under "Support Vacancies" and look for Intelligence Analyst and Reports Officer postings. Fill out the application... and you're on your way.