Writing to the Analytic Tradecraft Standards for Intelligence Analysis II

This course examines the last five of the nine Analytic Tradecraft Standards and how to apply them to your written intelligence analysis products. Gaining a better understanding of the standards will help improve the quality of your deliverables in support of your customers.

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About This Intelligence Community Course

The Intelligence Community uses the analytic tradecraft standards contained in IC Directives 203 and 206 to review all intelligence analytic products.

In this course, we will delve into standards 5–9:

  • 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.

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

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

Who Should Take This Course

Anyone interested in learning more (or gaining a refresher) about the Analytic Tradecraft Standards—particularly, intelligence analysts working in either Federal government agencies or government contractor companies.


Analytic Tradecraft Writing for Intelligence (ICIC101), and Writing to the Analytic Tradecraft Standards for Intelligence I (ICIC103) are 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 $124.99 (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 .8 CEUs.