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Structured Analytic Techniques - Diagnostic Techniques I

During this course, you will learn how to apply the key assumption check, quality of information check, evidence and argument evaluation, and use the matrix to structure your analysis to reveal patterns.

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About This Course

In this course, we will explain the key assumption check technique to identify and review the working assumptions on which fundamental judgments rest. Next, we will use the quality of information check technique to evaluate the completeness and soundness of available information sources. Both of these techniques will help you evaluate the validity and relevance of evidence and arguments in preparation for hypothesis testing.

Lastly, we will review how to organize data within a matrix to aid analysis by visually separating elements of a problem, enabling comparisons, and helping to expose patterns and correlations.


Taking the FedLearn course, Structured Analytic Techniques - Basic Diagnostic Techniques, as a prequisite is highly recommended.

This course provides .8 CEUs. This course aligns to the Defense Intelligence Agency Certified Defense All-Source Analyst certification body of knowledge topic area 5 – structured analytic techniques.


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Robert D. Folker Jr.

Robert Folker has more than three decades of combat-tested experience as an intelligence officer. Specifically, Rob has tactical, operational, and strategic expertise in intelligence analysis, surveillance, and reconnaissance; air, space, cyber, and special operations; and information warfare. He is a graduate and former instructor at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, earned his Master of Science degree in strategic intelligence from National Intelligence University and is a published author on intelligence.

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