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Introduction to Analytic Tradecraft Writing

This course introduces the Analytic Tradecraft Standards and how to apply them to intelligence analysis writing. After successful completion, you will be able to develop a higher-value product that better meets the needs of your customers.

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About This Course

Welcome to the “Introduction to Analytic Tradecraft Writing” course, designed for intelligence professionals. This course introduces the Analytic Tradecraft Notes and how to apply them to your writing. As a result of taking this course, participants will be able to write a high-value product that gets the attention of their clients. 

What You'll Learn

  • Describe the Analytic Tradecraft Standards and their importance to writing intelligence products.
  • Outline the Analytic Tradecraft writing fundamentals.
  • Describe the importance of collaboration with peers and perform an analytic review process.
  • Apply Analytic Design Guidelines to a new product.

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 6 - Analytic Communications.


None, this is an introductory level course.

Course Staff

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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 improving their analytic tradecraft writing skills.

Is there a test?

There are four graded quizzes, one at the end of each module. You need a passing score of at least 80% in order to earn a certificate of completion.