Critical Thinking for Intelligence Analysis

This course is about critical thinking—what it is, the different kinds of reasoning, identifying assumptions and analyzing arguments. You will develop the ability to analyze complex problems by taking charge of your thinking and applying it to your work as an intelligence analyst.

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About This Intelligence Community Course

Critical thinking skills are integral to the success of intelligence analysts in tackling hard challenges in support of the mission of their Intelligence Community customers.

The most successful intelligence analyst can identify assumptions, analyze arguments, draw relevant conclusions and ultimately applying these skills to their work.

This course demystifies, discusses and provides application techniques for critical thinking in an intelligence analysis context. We will cover how to draw connections to your own work experience by analyzing and critiquing case studies.

This course aligns to the Defense Intelligence Agency Certified Defense All-Source Analyst certification Body of Knowledge Topic Area 4 – Creative and Critical Thinking.

What You Will Learn

  • Define critical thinking and its importance to intelligence analysis
  • Describe the difference between inductive, deductive and abductive reasoning
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify underlying assumptions
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze an argument

Who Should Take This Course

Anyone interested in improving their critical thinking skills—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 $124.99 (per person)

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Continuing Education Unit Credits

This course provides 2 CEUs.