Strategic Intelligence – GOVT 484

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/05/2021

Course Description

An upper-division course studying the concept of Strategic Intelligence, including the concept of fourth generation warfare, from the standpoint of the various intelligence agencies, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course will examine the role Strategic Intelligence plays in national security to help the student study and analyze strategic successes and failures, and how the current U.S. Strategic Intelligence Enterprise is organized and functions to provide decision-makers with intelligence to prevent strategic surprise.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (8)

The student will take part in 8 Discussions throughout this course. The student will post a thread of at least 500 words presenting his/her own opinion on the assigned topic. Each thread must be supported by at least 3 citations. Additionally, the student will post replies of at least 150 words each to 2 classmates’ threads.

Intelligence Failure Research Paper Assignment

The student will choose a topic directly related to the study of strategic intelligence and write a research paper on that topic, making use of at least 6 different sources. The paper must be written in current APA format, have a body of at least 10 pages, and adhere to the standards of academic writing.

Quizzes (2)

The student will complete a Quiz: Midterm and Quiz: Final. Both Quizzes are open-book/open-notes, but are not to be collaborated on with any other person. Each Quiz will be 2 hours and will include 4 essay questions.