Human Intelligence HUMINT 101 Certification Course
What you'll learn
- Learn basic HUMINT techniques
- Learn how to influence others with HUMINT techniques
- Be less susceptible to influence techniques
- Students will be able to apply HUMINT techniques to their own lives
- No experience necessary
- No prior knowledge or experience is necessary
This course may not be right for you. This course is not meant to manipulate, trick, take advantage of, or convince anyone to do anything against their best interests. However, you can positively influence those around you, be better with people, understand others better, and make mutually beneficial deals to better your quality of life.
The intelligence discipline of HUMINT can teach you the skills to achieve these goals.
Put very simply, America’s Central Intelligence Agency defines HUMINT (or Human Intelligence) as “any information that can be gathered from human sources.” HUMINT requires an Intelligence Officer to convince a human source to conduct espionage on behalf of that officer. It is a dangerous proposition and requires the absolute highest amount of salesmanship.
How is HUMINT gathered?
To a certain extent, HUMINT intelligence is closer to the pop-culture idea we have about spies than SIGINT might be, but more often than not, it doesn’t come with a license to kill. Intelligence officers may gather HUMINT through direct engagement with sources, or through leveraging local assets (people) to directly gather information for them. Everything from friendly conversation to interrogation can be seen as a means to gather Human Intelligence.
The CIA defines HUMINT collection practices as:
Clandestine acquisition of photography, documents, and other material
Overt collection by people overseas
Debriefing of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens who travel abroad
Official contacts with foreign governments
Who this course is for:
- Sales professionals, security practitioners, prospective intelligence students, and anyone looking to better their social skills
P.J. Agness is the founder of Archangel Protective Intelligence. He is the best-selling author of several books including Street Level Spycraft, Amateur Espionage, Lessons in Personal Protection, Self-Defense Secrets of Camp X Declassified, and True Tales of Espionage. P.J. has worked in intelligence for a media organization, a political organization, and runs an independent OSINT website. He holds several martial arts ranks and has been teaching self-defense for over a decade.