Dec 06, 2022  
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ESM 423 - Information and Intelligence Fusions Operations

3 Cr. Hrs.
The need to develop and share information and intelligence across all levels of government has significantly changed in recent years; and, fusion centers address many of the unique information needs of state, local, tribal, and territorial authorities, along with their stakeholders, including the private sector. This course provides students with the concepts and practices involved in the process of collecting, analyzing and evaluating intelligence and in managing intelligence functions. Also covered is the influence of intelligence in shaping homeland security decision-making at the Federal, state and local levels. The course examines the structures, roles, and interactions of the national, state and local intelligence entities, the intelligence gathering and analysis capabilities of criminal justice and private sector entities, and the use of intelligence processes to support homeland security investigations, planning, and policy formulation. Using case studies, students will develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of collaborating agencies, as well as an appreciation for the ethical, Constitutional, and civil liberties issues involved. Specific topics considered include the intelligence cycle, the purpose and concept of operations of fusion centers, open source intelligence, assessing the reliability and validity of information, intelligence sharing, Homeland Security managers as both producers and consumers of intelligence, and the future of homeland security intelligence.
Prerequisite(s): ESM 315  



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