Contracts and Budget Management for Intelligence Professionals – GOVT 503

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course provides an understanding of the process and practical approaches for the effective stewardship of the financial and infrastructure resources supporting the intelligence mission. The course reviews the Congressional budget process and the history of and unique roles and governance of the National Intelligence Program and Military Intelligence Program budgets. The activities, deadlines and management of annual budget submission are studied through a lens of the continuous need to evaluate mission tasks and determine whether to delete, expand or create new capabilities to satisfy national and tactical needs. Students examine relevant portions of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) as well as best practices of government contract management. Course content is reinforced through case studies, which require students to develop and discuss approaches to Intelligence agency financial and contracting challenges.

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

Rationale

This course provides a graduate level examination of intelligence leadership and governance. This topic is important for understanding the challenges leaders confront when managing mission resources in a constrained environment.

Course Assignment

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

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to two other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 100 words. The thread and each reply should contain at least one scholarly citation.

Using the provided form, the student will articulate a program exhibit regarding a notional program for a New Autonomous Air Vehicle, necessary to provide enduring and persistent intelligence collection on the nuclear program of competitor nation states that at times are hostile to the United States. The form should not be more than one page, and any additional schedules, diagrams, graphics, and supporting data may not exceed an additional two pages.

Using the provided form, the student will articulate a program exhibit regarding a notional program for an urgent, High Priority Contingency IC Program on Countering Chinese Influence Operations in Panama (Operation Flow Control). The form should not be more than one page, and any additional schedules, diagrams, graphics, and supporting data may not exceed an additional four pages.

Based on Part 1 of the assignment and using the provided form, the student will accelerate the scope and scale of the project. The form should not be more than one page, and any additional schedules, diagrams, graphics, and supporting data may not exceed an additional four pages.

Using the provided form, the student will submit a Department of National Intelligence annual budget. The form should not exceed one page, and any additional schedules, diagrams, graphics, and supporting data may not exceed an additional three pages. 

Using the provided form, the student will articulate a program exhibit regarding a notional program for the re-capitalization of an existing Mass Surveillance Program. The form should not be longer than two pages, and any additional schedules, diagrams, graphics, and supporting data may not exceed an additional four pages.

The student will complete 8 quizzes in the course. Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned module: week and have a 1 hour time limit. Quizzes are open-book/open-note.