Honors | American Intelligence Community (SPEA)
V450 | 7940 | Gene Coyle

TuTh 11:15am-12:30pm
BH 142

The aim of V450 is to provide students a basic knowledge of the
functions of the organizations that make up the American
Intelligence Community. The course will examine the role of the
major players, particularly of the CIA, in helping the executive
branch of the U.S.G. formulate and execute American foreign policy
since 1947. V450 will look at the different component
of "intelligence" work: clandestine collection, analysis, covert
action and counterintelligence. We will look at the questions of how
intelligence organizations should operate in a democratic society,
the role of Congressional oversight and the ethics of espionage.
There will be discussion of major intelligence events, beginning
with Pearl Harbor, through the Cold War and ending with the Global
War on Terrorism. The course is taught by a visiting CIA officer and
will include guest speakers from the Washington DC Intelligence
Community. In addition to the general aim, the course will
introduce students to the following themes:
The spread of intelligence techniques to the business world, e.g.
risk analysis of foreign markets and protection against foreign
corporate espionage; The psychology of recruiting someone to commit
espionage; A look at the ethical issues of espionage; The importance
of looking at the hidden, intelligence component to many important
international events in order to understand what really happened;
and is good intelligence ever ignored by policymakers?