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Introduction to the U.S. Intelligence Community

The U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) is made up of 18 organizations with one unified mission: to collect, analyze, and deliver foreign intelligence and counterintelligence information to America's leaders so they can make sound decisions to protect our nation. In this course you will learn about these organizations and their histories, roles, and missions.

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About This Course

The Intelligence Community (IC) is a group of executive branch agencies and organizations that work separately and together to engage in intelligence activities necessary for the conduct of foreign relations and the protection of the national security of the United States.

During this course you will learn about the history of the U.S. Intelligence Community, what organizations are members of the U.S. Intelligence Community, and what roles these organizations play in supporting U.S. national security.

What You'll Learn

  • Understand the organization of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
  • Identify the importance of intelligence integration.
  • Identify the mission and roles of each U.S. Intelligence Community agency.
  • Identify organizations that make up the Defense Intelligence Enterprise.
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    Dr. J. Keith Dunbar

    Dr. J. Keith Dunbar is a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer whose career culminated with a tour of duty at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as a training program manager for its Academy of Defense Intelligence. Dr. Dunbar is a learning strategy, leadership development, integrated talent management, instructional design, e-learning, and content delivery expert. He has taught intelligence analysis courses for the Navy and DIA.

    Dr. Dunbar’s academic credentials include a Doctorate degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master's degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, and a Bachelor's degree in naval and political science at the University of New Mexico. He has also completed graduate certificate programs from the executive education program at the UPenn Wharton School of Business in business leader engagement, learning technology, and organizational leadership.

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    Who can take the course?

    New and experienced analysts who have an interest in learning about the U.S. Intelligence Community.

    Is there a test?

    Yes. There are two graded quizzes in each lesson (eight total) and one final exam. You need a passing score of at least 70% to earn a certificate of completion.