PSS6550EN - Intelligence Process & Counterintelligence

Course description

This course is designed to increase the analytical understanding of intelligence and counterintelligence activity and the ongoing national security challenges faced by the U.S. Students develop a comprehensive understanding of intelligence and counterintelligence analysis, and how various threats affect national security policy and decision-making.

How this course benefits students

Students interested in homeland security and the intelligence field benefit from this course because it promotes critical thinking in information gathering and protection. The U.S. military, government, law enforcement agencies, and international business organizations all require skilled professionals trained in national security threats and counterintelligence activities to help achieve security objectives. This course provides students with the unique knowledge for career and personal enhancement.

Why this course is important

Students examine a variety of case studies related to both domestic and foreign threat analysis and action. They study the current methods and future trends of intelligence and counterintelligence as integrated into the intelligence analysis process. Students examine and discuss how intelligence agencies assess and counter international threats to guard global security interests.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Public Safety & Security
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Billy Moffett, Jr, Professor of Homeland Security

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The process for collecting intelligence and performing counterintelligence measures can be intrusive but is needed to protect domestic and foreign territories. The highest ethical standards and professionalism are required when performing these tasks. Thus, this course's primary focus is biblical values of security and human dignity, which are espoused through freedoms, religious opportunities, and Christian beliefs.

Missionally driven

Students discuss how God's word relates to and can impact security issues and how international mission work can influence intelligence operations.

Contextually informed

Students examine methods within their local communities to enable them to develop ministry approaches for their local contexts. Discussions take place on global issues and their potential impacts on the local community.

Interculturally focused

Students discuss cultural issues in relation to security and intelligence organizations. They utilize critical thinking to analyze methods to introduce culturally appropriate missional and ministry practices.

Practically minded

Actual and hypothetical international and domestic situations are explored, and students express their empirical thoughts through a biblical lens in discussions and research. Students also draw upon this knowledge as they discover how their opinions within this discipline can impact the resolution of future incidents.

Experientially transformed

Students receive firsthand information from many texts and other academic resources whereby they apply Christian principles as they synthesize the data in the intelligence and counterintelligence processes, which they might face in their future careers.