Course Description

Credit Validation for ISR University/Global Space University Participants Only

An analyst, in any industry, must gather evidence and conduct analysis. For some this is the easiest part of the job and often the most satisfying. The analyst’s job however is much more profound than that. The analyst must answer the question, “So what?” and deliver that message clearly, concisely, and coherently to decision makers. This course follows AW 200, which introduced the skills and concepts of analytic writing to individuals. AW 300 has two additional objectives in developing necessary skills of analytic writing for intelligence. The first is to further hone an analyst’s ability to synthesize or ‘gist’ information, to improve the assessment process, and to sharpen the ability to develop Bottom Line Up Front or BLUFs. The second objective will set all these skills into a teaming environment, as almost all analysts work in teams, not alone. Teaming will permeate every module of AW 300.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for Commercial/Industry Intelligence Analysts professionals, US Military & allied partners.


High School Diploma or equivalent & Some College or bachelor’s degree, completion of AW200

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What You Will Learn

  • Describe the key principles of collaboration in intelligence work
  • Demonstrate ability to craft an analytic by appropriately addressing the four parts of a good intelligence product, BLUF, evidence, meaning, and assessment
  • Describe ‘gisting’ and demonstrate how synthesizing improves analytic messages
  • Describe the concept of assessment and explain how such analytic judgements distinguish reports from actual intelligence items
  • Explain the key components of a BLUF and why they are essential to intelligence products
  • Demonstrate analytic writing in a team environment and produce collaborative analytic products


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