This foundational course teaches students to convey analytic assessments and findings in their intelligence reports and briefings. Students will be asked to deconstruct intelligence reporting of varying qualities and designed for different stakeholders to identify author intent, methods and findings. During these exercises, students will be exposed to various examples of strategic, operational and technical intelligence products. Intelligence writing and briefing principles, including bottom line up front (BLUF), words of estimative probability (WEPs) and analytic judgments will all be introduced, along with potential pitfalls.
After completing this course, learners should be able to: • Recognize the critical elements of an intelligence report, and create reports that include those elements • Identify different types of cyber threat intelligence reports and specify how they differ in type, audience, scope and purpose • Name, define, and apply various style guidelines • Interpret a scenario and develop a high quality intelligence product that can be actioned by stakeholders