Indiana State University will launch a new major following input from employers, a former military intelligence officer and law enforcement professionals. The intelligence analysis program will be part of the department of criminology and criminal justice and draw on additional departments and colleges to teach "essential skills that can be adapted widely."
ISU says the program is three years in the making and will address a growing industry need. Department Chair DeVere Woods says "our approach will use structure analytic techniques, because we tend to make decisions based on what makes sense to us and neglect what we’re not expecting to see. An analytic model forces you to look at alternative explanations and evaluate the information in a different way."
The program could roll out as early as 2019. Woods says ISU graduate Bob Casey, who previously served as deputy assistant director of intelligence with the FBI and is now Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) head of global security, broached the concept to school officials. "basically, after a 30-some year career in the FBI and law enforcement, the biggest need (Casey) saw was training in intelligence analysis," Woods said. "I started talking to other departments in the university, and I got some support. We let the idea percolate for a while, but the more people I talked to outside the university, the more I heard that this is something that should be done."
The university and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education have already approved the program, which could help lead students toward careers at U.S. intelligence agencies, law enforcement, military intelligence, corporate security or business intelligence.
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