Strategic Intelligence – GOVT 484

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.


GOVT 200


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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain more sophisticated concepts of intelligence.
  2. Analyze complicated intelligence operations, including intelligence failures in specific case histories.
  3. Evaluate complicated proposals for reorganizing the intelligence community.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

The student will take part in 8 Discussion Board Forums 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

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 5 different sources. The paper must be written in current Turabian format, have a body of 8–12 pages, and adhere to the standards of academic writing.

Exams (2)

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