Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence – Diagnostic Techniques II

Expand your intelligence analysis expertise. Learn why it is critical to structure analysis to improve intelligence and how to apply several structured analytic techniques to aid in decision making.

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About This Intelligence Course

In this course, learn how to:

  • Apply diagnostic techniques to identify indicators or signposts for change to support warning intelligence
  • Identify the best choice from a variety of different options
  • Rank the choices to make comparisons between dissimilar items and according to preferred criteria

This new knowledge will help you make deliberate decisions, conduct hypothesis testing to identify the most likely scenario or course of action and identify cause-and-effect factors to include stable and unstable relationship loops.

This course is the fourth, and final course, in a four-part FedLearn learning series.

The course aligns to the Defense Intelligence Agency Certified Defense All-Source Analyst certification Body of Knowledge Topic Area 5 – Structured Analytic Techniques.

What You Will Learn

  • Apply diagnostic techniques to check key assumptions
  • Review the quality of information to properly assess evidence, examine analytic lines of reasoning and evaluate arguments
  • Learn how to use a matrix to help visually structure data to aid intelligence analysis

Who Should Take This Course

This course is intended for new intelligence analysts working for either federal government agencies or government contractors who have little to no prior experience and want to develop the basic skills necessary to produce logically sound, descriptive intelligence analyses. It is also an excellent refresher for more experienced intelligence analysts.


This course is the fourth, and final, course in a four-part FedLearn learning series.

Structured Analytic Techniques: An Introduction (ICAT103), Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence – Basic Diagnostic Techniques (ICAT114) and Structured Analytic Techniques: Diagnostic Techniques I (ICAT115) are the prerequisites for this course.

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.