Basic Communications for Defense & Intelligence Analysis

Gain knowledge in communication principles and technology, which will serve to improve your overall understanding of spectrum warfare.

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About This Intelligence Community Course

This interactive, online course introduces communications fundamental principles and technology in support of your professional development supporting the missions of the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.

We will delve into the world of electromagnetic waves, the electromagnetic and communications spectrums, modulation, antennas, multiple access, multiplexing and basic diverse network topology.

This course is part of the FedLearn spectrum warfare learning series.

What You Will Learn

  • Describe basic terms associated with electromagnetic waves
  • Understand basic concepts associated with communication systems and modulation types
  • Identify basic antenna characteristics
  • Describe the purpose of multiple access communication architectures and identify FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, and DAMA multiple access schemes
  • Describe the purpose of multiplexing and identify the difference between time-division, frequency-division, and code-division multiplexing

Who Should Take This Course

Anyone interested in learning more (or gaining a refresher) about basic communications and spectrum warfare—particularly, defense or intelligence analysts working in either Federal government agencies or government contractor companies.


None. However, it is highly recommended that you take Electromagnetic Fundamentals for Defense and Intelligence Analysis (ICFA 118) prior to taking this course.

After completing this course, it is highly recommended to take the other course in the series, Low Observable Theory for Defense & Intelligence Analysis (ICFA122), to continue to advance your knowledge.

Course Certificate

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

Course Format

Self-paced, online training course

Course Pricing

Individual courses are $124.99 (per person)

Seat licenses to access the entire FedLearn Intelligence Community catalog a re 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 .8 CEUs.