Structured Analytic Techniques – Diagnostic Techniques I

Continue to enhance your intelligence analysis expertise by learning about the key assumptions and information checks and how to use a matrix to visually structure data.

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About This Intelligence Community Online Course

In this online 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.

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

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

Your Instructor

The online course was developed by Robert Folker. Mr. Folker is a retired U.S. Air Force intelligence weapons instructor with more than 30 years of military experience in technological development for various military applications. He currently is a senior strategist and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance consultant with PatchPlus Consulting.

Mr. Folker a senior subject matter expert on indications and warning, sensitive reconnaissance operations, ISR planning, sensor employment and numerous intelligence disciplines that span the range from unit-level to national-level organizations, cyber operations, U.S. and adversary weapon systems and transregional threats.

He is both a graduate of and former instructor at the USAF Weapons School and earned his Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University.

Who Should Take This Online Course

This online 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.

The FedLearn courses, 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 $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.