This course examines the theory and best practices for leaders to govern national intelligence resources. Students examine and develop strategies to lead and manage intelligence organizations' personnel, resources, and capabilities. The course applies leadership and management principles and theories to the intelligence process, with the goal of continuously expanding capacity and capability. Risk mitigation considerations are discussed in the context of dynamic global threats. Course content is reinforced through a practical exercise to task and apportion intelligence resources in a constrained environment.
This course provides an understanding of the process and practical approaches for the effective stewardship of the financial and infrastructure resources supporting the intelligence mission. The course reviews the Congressional budget process and the history of and unique roles and governance of the National Intelligence Program and Military Intelligence Program budgets. The activities, deadlines and management of annual budget submission are studied through a lens of the continuous need to evaluate mission tasks and determine whether to delete, expand or create new capabilities to satisfy national and tactical needs. Students examine relevant portions of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) as well as best practices of government contract management. Course content is reinforced through case studies, which require students to develop and discuss approaches to Intelligence agency financial and contracting challenges.
This course requires students to consider the foundational elements of ethical decision-making as applied to the Intelligence Mission and to develop their own personal approach in dealing with the many challenges leaders face in balancing mission and people. The course focuses not only on the factors of a decision of what to do, but also on the vital importance and need for clear and complete communication with peers, subordinates, and supervisors.