Introduction to the U.S. Intelligence Community

Gain foundational knowledge about the U.S. Intelligence Community and the history, roles and missions of its 18 organizations and agencies.

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About This Intelligence Community Online Course

The U.S. Intelligence Community is a group of 18 civilian and defense government 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 U.S.

This course provides foundational knowledge about the Intelligence Community. You will learn about the origins and history of the Intelligence Community, which organizations and agencies are members of the Intelligence Community and what roles each of these organizations play in supporting the security of our nation.

This course is presents an opportunity to understand the Intelligence Community—its vital importance and mission and relevance in your life.

What You Will Learn

  • Describe the high-level organization of the Intelligence Community
  • Understand the history of the Intelligence Community
  • Identify the mission and roles of each Intelligence Community agency (civilian and defense)
  • Outline the primary responsibilities of each of the Intelligence Community agency (civilian and defense)

Your Instructor

This course was developed by Dr. J. Keith Dunbar. Dr. Dunbar is the founder and chief executive officer of FedLearn.

He is a former naval intelligence officer whose career culminated with a tour of duty as the director of the Global Learning Solutions Group and the Leadership Academy, Academy for Defense Intelligence, at the Defense Intelligence Agency. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Dr. Dunbar led the learning and talent development organizations at two large government contractor companies, SAIC and Leidos.

He received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania (in a partnership with the Wharton Business School) and his Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University.

Who Should Take This Online Course

This online course is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about the Intelligence Community—particularly, intelligence analysts working in either Federal government agencies or government contractor companies.



Course Certificate

To achieve a course certificate of completion, you must score 80 percent or higher on graded lesson quizzes and a final exam.

Course Format

Self-paced, online training course

Course Pricing

Individual courses are $49 (per person).

Seat licenses to access the entire FedLearn Intelligence Community catalog are also available. Click here to learn more and purchase.

If you are interested in learning about special team rates for Federal government and government contractor organizations, email [email protected].

Continuing Education Unit Credits

This course provides 1 CEU.