Level 2 Intelligence Analyst Certification
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Level 2 Intelligence Analyst Certification

Training for Explanative Intelligence Analysis
4.4 (1,124 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
4,075 students enrolled
Created by Robert Folker
Last updated 7/2019
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills to reduce bias and other mental errors
  • Overcome negative thinking that can thwart objective analysis
  • Understand the need to structure analysis
  • Identify major factors and characterize the underlying causal and affected factors
  • Select and apply specific analytic techniques to produce explanative intelligence to identify "why" events happen
Requirements
  • Students will need to have a foundation in critical thinking, be familiar with problem restatement techniques, conduct independent research, gather and evaluate evidence, and reevaluate previous conclusions.
  • Successfully completing Level 1 Intelligence Analyst Certification is a prerequisite for this course.
Description

The views expressed in this course are the instructor's alone and do not reflect the official position of the U.S. Government, the Intelligence Community, or the Department of Defense.

This course builds on the Level 1 Intelligence Analyst Certification course for descriptive analysis.  One cannot explain why events occurred, if one does not first know what events occurred. Explanative intelligence interprets current events.  It seeks to explain an adversary’s behavior, answer the question “why,” and establish causal relationships.  Thus, students in this course should hold a Level 1 certification and be experienced descriptive intelligence analysts.  Likewise, as the graduates of the Level 2 course gain experience and expertise they become ready for the Level 3 course and are ready to produce predictive intelligence analysis.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is designed for the mid-level intelligence analyst who has experience providing basic, logically sound, descriptive intelligence and wants to begin producing explanative analysis.
  • This course is not for the beginner.
Course content
Expand all 7 lectures 01:13:09
+ Critical Thinking & Structuring
3 lectures 37:26

I’ll review key critical thinking skills from the Level 1 Intelligence Analyst Certification course, remind students of the common biases and mental errors we're prone to make during the analytic process, and discuss how to mitigate them.

Preview 18:22

Negativity can often thwart our attempt to perform objective analysis.  In this lesson I'll explain the six steps of a rigorous technique to compensate for negative thinking. 

Preview 06:12

I'll explain why structuring is important and how it can help us provide objective intelligence analysis.

Structuring
12:52

This spot review of the lessons taught in Section 1 will reinforce key teaching points and help the student pass the final certification exam.

Section 1 Review Quiz
10 questions
+ Understanding Why
3 lectures 33:48

This structuring technique will make our unconscious, instinctive mental ranking a conscious and deliberate process to help us identify and separate major factors from factors of less relevance to our analysis.

Preview 09:32

This technique utilizes and builds on pair ranking to help us determine the level of influence each major factor has in a given situation to better understand and explain the reasons for decisions and causes of events.

Weighted Ranking
08:03

This lesson describes the five steps to define and analyze a problem's cause-and-effect system and provides exercises for the student to demonstrate proficiency.

Causal Flow Diagramming
16:13

This spot review of the key teaching points taught in Section 2 will help the student pass the final certification exam.

Section 2 Review Quiz
10 questions
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 01:55

In this lesson I'll discuss some of the analytic techniques taught in the Level 1 Intelligence Analyst Certification course, describe how they can be used to conduct explanative intelligence analysis, and then prepare the students for the final exam.

Other Structuring Techniques for Explanatory Analysis
01:55

This exam will test the student's retention of key points and whether they met all the course goals.  Successfully completing this exam will confer their certification as a Level 2 Intelligence Analyst capable of performing descriptive and explanative analysis.

Final Certification Exam
20 questions