Writing to the Analytic Tradecraft Standards II

Learn about the last five of the nine Analytic Tradecraft Standards and how to apply them to your written intelligence analysis products.

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About This Intelligence Community Online Course

The Intelligence Community uses the Analytic Tradecraft Standards contained in Intelligence Community Directives 203 and 206 to review all intelligence analytic products.

In this course, we will delve into the last five standards:

  • ATS 5: Relevance: Achieving Relevance in Defense Intelligence
  • ATS 6: Argumentation: Presenting Clear and Logical Arguments
  • ATS 7: Analytic Line
  • ATS 8: Argumentation
  • ATS 9: Visualization

Learning about these standards provide additional preparation and development of your analytic products the recognized standards. You will also improve the quality of your reasoning with respect to the intelligence questions you answer for your customers.

This course is the third, and final, course in a three-part FedLearn learning series.

What You Will Learn

  • ATS 5 – Explain the importance of creating relevant analytic products
  • ATS 6 – Demonstrate the ability to develop and present clear and logical arguments in analytic products
  • ATS 7 – Describe why it is important to acknowledge and convey analytic change or consistency with previous analytic products
  • ATS 8 – Explain the importance of accuracy in analytic products
  • ATS 9 – Identify effective visuals in analytic products

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

This online course is perfect for any professional interested in gaining new knowledge (or a refresher) about the Analytic Tradecraft Standards—particularly, intelligence analysts working in either Federal government agencies or government contractor companies.


The FedLearn courses, Analytic Tradecraft Writing for Intelligence (ICIC101), and Writing to the Analytic Tradecraft Standards for Intelligence I (ICIC103), 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.