Global Village Living-Learning Center | Intelligence and National Security
G321 | 17689 | Gene Coyle


(3 cr.) (S&H) (TR, 2:30-3:45)  This course will begin with a look at
the traditional role of intelligence during wartime and peacetime in
American history and focus on the occasions when intelligence played
a key role in the success of U.S. foreign policy and when it
failed.  We will then compare that to the post September 11, 2001
world and how the U.S. Intelligence Community has had to shift its
tactics and emphasis to counter non-state terrorist threats.  During
the Cold War, the threat of massive retaliation against a nation
that attacked the United States served as a deterrent to most, but
when the attacker today may be only a handful of people motivated by
religious, political or even ecological reasons and willing to be
suicide martyrs, this is no longer a practical strategy.  The
changed threat requires a greater emphasis on Human Intelligence
(HUMINT) and we will examine how an American intelligence officer
goes about recruiting another person to become a spy.  We will also
look at the civil liberty issues as the line between foreign and
domestic intelligence activities has blurred in order to counter
terrorist threats that have no distinction of borders. The course is
taught by a 30-year veteran of the CIA