Since 9/11, the FBI has transformed itself into an intelligence-driven organization. We have focused on strengthening our ability to collect, share, analyze, and act on intelligence to better discover, understand, and disable a range of national security threats facing America in a global age.
After the attacks, we quickly stood up our first College of Analytical Studies, which has since evolved into Intelligence Training, offering basic and advanced training for FBI analysts. We have also strengthened the FBI’s intelligence collection training effort with the creation of a tradecraft curriculum consistent with, and validated by, the U.S. Intelligence Community. The curriculum provides investigators with expertise in applying this tradecraft domestically.
Leading these efforts is our Intelligence Training Section, which drives the strategic vision for intelligence training in the FBI and ensures that those employees charged with intelligence analysis and collection not only get the best training possible at the beginning of their careers but that they also receive continuing professional development. It also works to expose all of our employees to general concepts of intelligence and national security.
This enterprise-wide learning effort provides instruction on operational doctrine and tradecraft, relevant policies, and the basic authorities and guidelines upon which the FBI’s intelligence mission is based, while highlighting an appreciation and respect for privacy rights and the rule of law. The section seeks to build strong relational bridges between FBI agents, analysts, and other Bureau intelligence professionals through continual cross training. And its instructional personnel actively participate in broader intelligence community efforts to standardize and validate intelligence curriculum and standards.
To carry out its mission, the section works with the FBI’s National Security Branch, Directorate of Intelligence, Human Resources Division, and Training Division, as well as training personnel from other members of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
As part of our strategic efforts to further our intelligence-driven mission, the Intelligence Training Section will eventually be transformed into the new FBI School of Intelligence, which will provide an even richer and more prestigious learning environment for those in our Intelligence Career Service.
For more information:
- Directorate of Intelligence