Introduction to the U.S. Intelligence Community

The U.S. Intelligence Community is made up of 18 organizations with one unified mission: to collect, analyze and deliver foreign intelligence and counterintelligence information to America's leaders so they can make sound decisions to protect our nation. In this course, you will learn about these organizations and their histories, roles and missions.

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About This Intelligence Course

The U.S. Intelligence Community is a group of 18 civilian and defense government agencies and organizations that work separately and together to engage in intelligence activities necessary for the conduct of foreign relations and the protection of the national security of the U.S.

This course provides foundational knowledge about the Intelligence Community. We cover the origins and history of the Intelligence Community, which organizations are members of the Intelligence Community and what roles each these organizations play in supporting our nation’s security.

This course is an opportunity to understand the Intelligence Community—its vital importance and mission and relevance in your life.

What You Will Learn

  • Describe the high-level organization of the Intelligence Community
  • Understand the history of the Intelligence Community
  • Identify the mission and roles of each Intelligence Community agency (civilian and defense)
  • Outline the primary responsibilities of each of the Intelligence Community agency (civilian and defense)

Who Should Take This Course

Anyone interested in learning more about the Intelligence Community—particularly, an intelligence analyst working in either a Federal government agency or government contractor company.



Course Certificate

To achieve a course certificate of completion, you must score 80 percent or higher on graded lesson quizzes and a final exam.

Course Format

Self-paced, online training course

Course Pricing

Individual courses are $124.99 (per person)

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Continuing Education Unit Credits

This course provides .8 CEUs.