Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence – Diagnostic Techniques I

Expand your intelligence analysis expertise Learn why it is critical to structure analysis to improve intelligence and how to apply several structured analytic techniques to aid in decision making.

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About This Intelligence Community Course

In this course you will learn about the key assumption check technique to identify and review the working assumptions on which fundamental judgments rest. We delve into the quality of information check technique to evaluate the completeness and soundness of available information sources. Both of these techniques will help evaluate the validity and relevance of evidence and arguments in preparation for hypothesis testing in support of intelligence analysis.

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

This course is the third in a four-part FedLearn learning series.

The course aligns to the Defense Intelligence Agency Certified Defense All-Source Analyst certification Body of Knowledge Topic Area 5 – Structured Analytic Techniques.

What You Will Learn

  • Apply diagnostic techniques to check key assumptions
  • Review the quality of information to properly assess evidence, examine analytic lines of reasoning and evaluate arguments
  • Learn how to use a matrix to help visually structure data to aid intelligence analysis

Who Should Take This Course

This course is intended for new intelligence analysts working for either Federal government agencies or government contractors who have little to no prior experience and want to develop the basic skills necessary to produce logically sound, descriptive intelligence analyses. It is also an excellent refresher for more experienced intelligence analysts.


This course is the third in a four-part FedLearn learning series.

Structured Analytic Techniques: An Introduction (ICAT103) and Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence – Basic Diagnostic Techniques (ICAT114), are the prerequisites for this course.

After finishing this course, it is highly recommended take the fourth, and final, course in the series, Structured Analytic Techniques: Diagnostic Techniques II (ICAT116), to continue to advance your knowledge.

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 .8 CEUs.