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Structured Analytic Techniques - Basic Diagnostic Techniques

During this course, the student will learn how to apply Problem Restatement techniques, the Divergent/Convergent technique, the Pros-Cons-and-Fixes technique, and how to use the Sorting, Chronologies and Timelines techniques.

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About This Course

This course will explain why it is critical to structure analysis to improve intelligence. The series of lessons that follow will teach several structured analytic techniques (SATs) to aid decision making. At the end of this series, the student will be able to apply critical thinking throughout the analytic process; identify and mitigate biases to reveal unstated assumptions; refine and clarify intelligence questions; assess evidence and evaluate arguments; select and apply the appropriate analytic techniques; and evaluate and validate previous analytic conclusions.

This course provides .8 CEUs. This course also aligns to the Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA) Certified Defense All-Source Analyst (CDASA) certification Body of Knowledge Topic Area 5 - Structured Analytic Techniques.


FedLearn’s Critical Thinking Course is highly recommended. A strong academic background, understanding of the scientific method, and an open mind will help the student perform well.


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Robert D. Folker, Jr.

Robert Folker has over three decades of combat-tested experience as an intelligence officer. Specifically, he has tactical, operational, and strategic expertise in intelligence analysis, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); air, space, cyber, and special operations; and information warfare. He is a graduate and former instructor at the USAF Weapons School, earned a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence (MSSI) from National Intelligence University (NIU), and is a published author on intelligence.

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