INT 390 Covert Action

This course provides an introduction to covert operations, one of the four principal elements of intelligence. These operations encompass most of the clandestine activities carried out by intelligence agencies that do not fall into the categories of collection, analysis, and counterintelligence. Students will learn to explain and evaluate operations such as political subversion i.e., agents of influence, support to coup plots, Presidential findings for paramilitary activities, and “black” psychological operations. Students will discuss case studies used to illustrate different types of covert action, both successful and unsuccessful, and learn to write a research paper on a current topic or debate involving U.S. policy or use of covert action.

This course is offered in the following degree programs:

The course learning outcomes that you will demonstrate upon completion of this course are as follows:

Define Covert Action and its related vocabulary

Discuss the successes and failures of covert action

Describe the infrastructure required to support Covert Action

Summarize policy and principles related to covert action and government policy

Discuss moral concerns related to Covert Action, and the role of Congressional Intelligence Oversight.

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