Structured Analytic Techniques – Diagnostic Techniques II

Further your intelligence analysis knowledge by learning how to use structured analytic techniques to make more deliberate decisions, conduct hypothesis testing and identify cause-and-effect factors.

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About This Intelligence Community Online Course

In this online course you will learn how to:

  • Apply diagnostic techniques to identify indicators or signposts for change to support warning intelligence
  • Identify the best choice from a variety of different options and rank them by allowing analysts to make comparisons between dissimilar items and according to preferred criteria to make deliberate decisions
  • Conduct hypothesis testing to identify the most likely scenario or course of action
  • Identify cause-and-effect factors to include stable and unstable relationship loops

This new knowledge will help you make deliberate decisions, conduct hypothesis testing to identify the most likely scenario or course of action and identify cause-and-effect factors to include stable and unstable relationship loops.

This course is the fourth, and final course, 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 aligns to the Defense Intelligence Agency Certified Defense All-Source Analyst Certification Body of Knowledge Topic Area 5 – Structured Analytic Techniques.

Your Instructor

The 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 fourth, and final, course in a four-part FedLearn learning series.

The FedLearn courses, Structured Analytic Techniques: An Introduction (ICAT103)Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence – Basic Diagnostic Techniques (ICAT114) and Structured Analytic Techniques: Diagnostic Techniques I (ICAT115), are the prerequisites for this course.

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.