Introduction to Analytic Tradecraft Writing

Become introduced to the Analytic Tradecraft Standards and how to apply them to intelligence analysis writing.

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About This Intelligence Community Online Course

As an intelligence analyst, one of the most important skills to develop is your written communications. Your customers are relying on you to clearly describe for them the quality of your sources and the methodology for your assessment.

Written communications skills require continuous improvement.

Whether you are new to intelligence or are an experienced analyst seeking a refresher, this course provides essential information on writing as described in the Defense Intelligence Agency Analytic Tradecraft Notes.

After taking the course, you will be able to write a high-value intelligence product that gets the attention and better meets the needs of your customers.

The course is the first in a three-part FedLearn learning series.

It serves as the basis for Writing to the Analytic Tradecraft Standards for Intelligence Analysis I (ICIC103) and Writing to the Analytic Tradecraft Standards for Intelligence Analysis II (ICIC104).

What You Will Learn

  • Analytic Tradecraft Standards and their importance to writing intelligence products
  • Analytic tradecraft writing fundamentals
  • Importance of collaboration with peers and perform an analytic review process
  • How to apply analytic design guidelines to a new product

The course is aligned to the Defense Intelligence Agency Certified Defense All-Source Analyst Certification Body of Knowledge Topic Area 6 – Analytic Communications.

Your Instructor

This course was developed by Dr. J. Keith Dunbar. Dr. Dunbar is the founder and chief executive officer of FedLearn.

He is a former naval intelligence officer whose career culminated with a tour of duty as the director of the Global Learning Solutions Group and the Leadership Academy, Academy for Defense Intelligence, at the Defense Intelligence Agency. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Dr. Dunbar led the learning and talent development organizations at two large government contractor companies, SAIC and Leidos.

He received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania (in a partnership with the Wharton Business School) and his Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University.

Who Should Take This Course

Anyone interested in learning more (or gaining a refresher) about the Analytic Tradecraft Standards—particularly, an intelligence analyst working in either a Federal government agency or government contractor company.



After finishing this course, it is highly recommended to take the second course in the series, Writing to the Analytic Tradecraft Standards I (ICIC103), 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.