The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS)

Certificate Programs

The Graduate Certificate is an offering from the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security. This regimen prepares students for mid and senior level positions in national and international security policy, defense analysis related fields, and the private sector.

Graduates of the certificate are aspiring leaders that can be found across the national and international security community as civilian and military policy-makers, action-officers, analysts, instructors, consultants, and their counterparts in the private sector. This certificate program is unique as it is taught by practitioners and emphasizes experiential learning.  This certificate series will deepen the National Security and Private Sector professional’s knowledge of Intelligence, and broaden their perspective on these issues which are so salient in the contemporary operating environment.

Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Specialization

The DMGS Intelligence Program is focused on the missions, methods, and organizational structure of public and private sector intelligence in the 21st century. It will lead its students to a fundamental understanding not just of the field, but how intelligence is used to effectively support national policy makers, military leaders, and the leaders of the private sectors ranging from non-governmental organizations to private businesses.

Beside an examination of various organizational structures and history, the basic tools of intelligence – collection, analysis, and its presentation – will be taught as the fundamental foundation of the Intelligence Program. The understanding of the importance of information, and being able to sort through vast amounts of information are as important as the analysis of that information. Providing cogent and tailored analysis in a useable fashion to the public or private policy maker completes the task.

The Intelligence Program will also examine crucial and demanding actionable areas of Intelligence. In an era of massive public and private sector information breaches, the importance of counterintelligence and counterespionage will also be reviewed. A review of non-traditional uses of intelligence and their importance in executing 21st century U.S. foreign policy will be provided.

An understanding of comparative intelligence systems of both nations and non-nation states will also be covered. Newly established areas of intelligence are also a part of the DMGS Intelligence Program. U.S. Homeland Security intelligence and its rapid development since 9/11 with its consequent legal and social issues will be presented.


This is an introductory course in intelligence practices for those looking to enter this field or interact with it. The course identifies the component parts of the Intelligence Community, describes the functions of collection and analysis, explains how intelligence is disseminated, and discusses the relationship of the IC with policymakers, Congress, and the public. This course will provide students the foundation of knowledge to prepare for more advanced study in intelligence or related fields.

Students who complete this course will:

  • Identify the members of the Intelligence Community and their roles;
  • Discuss the intelligence cycle and other functions of intelligence; and
  • Analyze the relationship of the IC with the different branches of government and the public.

The aim of this course is to show how counterintelligence activity protects US national security by defending against acts of insider threat, penetration, sabotage, and physical violence undertaken by foreign intelligence agencies and defeating an adversary’s efforts by identifying and manipulating its behavior through deception and/or the exploitation of its agents. The course addresses the relationship between the intelligence and law enforcement communities as well as between civilian and military agencies. It also emphasizes the increasing importance of cyber espionage and economic espionage in an age of globalization.

Student who complete this course will be able to:

  • Analyze methods to defend against foreign and domestic espionage;
  • Elaborate the use of deception to defeat other actor’s intelligence capabilities;
  • Examine the role of espionage and counterintelligence as means of achieving national goals;
  • Assess the growing relationship between the intelligence and law enforcement communities and the relationship between civilian and military agencies;
  • Evaluate the role of counterintelligence in cyber espionage and economic espionage; and

• Communicate ideas clearly, concisely, and effectively in writing, discussions, and presentations.


This course examines the vast frontier of Cyberspace and the Internet over which travels ever increasing amounts of information and communications. This new dimension of power has strong positive and negative implications for U.S. national security strategy and policy. For national security, Cyberspace represents a unique challenge, as it has no borders or boundaries unlike previous power dimensions — land, sea, air and space. Past separations between government and the private sector and national security and law enforcement have been blurred. Cyberspace also represents an arena where a non-state actor’s powers can equal or exceed any nation state. And, 20th Century based government institutions often have trouble reacting to its 21st century instantaneous speed, ubiquity and volume

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Address the issues of volume, velocity and veracity of information in cyber space and how they relate to intelligence gathering, analysis and dissemination in both the public and private sector;
  • Evaluate the ability of non-nation state players to effect national and corporate security;
  • Understand the challenges of devising systems to secure the current internet; and
  • Examine the legal and politic implication of a system without borders.

National Security, Intelligence and Information Operations for the 21st Century

This certificate program has been crafted as a short, intensive introduction for non-U.S. citizens who are interested in investigating the challenges to national security and roles played by intelligence and information in the contemporary international environment. Students will be introduced to contemporary theories, practices, and problems of modern national security as well as the most up-to-date intelligence programs and techniques in addition to the uses and abuses of information as an instrument of policy.

The underlying assumption of this program is that national security, intelligence, and information in the 21st century are more complex, complicated and broader than they were in the 20th century. Certainly, the challenges we faced in the 20th century—state-on-state issues, terrorism, etc.—are important and relevant today. But, now we also face an entirely new panoply of other issues, such as challenges from non-state actors, pandemics, environmental degradation (including climate change), etc. Upon completion of this course, the students will be armed with the historical context, specialist information, and analytic skills that will help them move to the next level in the complex arena of national security.

NSC 601 - Introduction to National Security

National security always has been critical to our survival and success and a country. But, it is not a static concept. It has undergone change from the beginning of the republic; the changes have been especially profound since the end of the Cold War. Now it must be understood as any threat, challenge or opportunity that impacts the interests and well-being of the country and, in fact, often well beyond the country’s borders. Changes in the political order and vastly different technology have necessitated an approach to security that was unthinkable and unnecessary just 25 years ago.

The objectives of this course are:

  • Understand and apply the framework of security, strategy, interests and policy in a new, globalizing world;
  • Select and identify key issues that are the focus of national security; and
  • Analyze national security issues from an international context that focuses on the fluctuating world of partners and adversaries.
INT 610 - Fundamentals of Intelligence

This is an introductory course in intelligence practices for those looking to enter this field or interact with it. The course identifies the component parts of the Intelligence Community, describes the functions of collection and analysis, explains how intelligence is disseminated, and discusses the relationship of the IC with policymakers, Congress, and the public.

This course will provide students the foundation of knowledge to prepare for more advanced study in intelligence or related fields.

Students who complete this course will:

  • Identify the members of the Intelligence Community and their roles;
  • Discuss the intelligence cycle and other functions of intelligence; and
  • Analyze the relationship of the IC with the different branches of government and the public.
MDV 650 - Foundations of Managing Disruption and Violence

The Managing Disruption and Violence (MDV) Program provides theoretical and practical training to help students gain a better understanding of the persuasive communication principles, concepts, and processes organizations need to address the potential or active threat of disruptive or violent group behavior. MDV 650 integrates a broad overview of the material included in MDV 700 Integrated Risk Value Concepts and MDV 701 Integrated Risk Value Analytics for the non-MDV major. The Integrated Risk Value© (IRV) methodology provides the practical skills needed to develop and manage successful persuasive communications programs. MDV 650 is a prerequisite for non-MDV majors to take MDV 702 Communications Strategy.

By the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Understand, recognize and apply the principles and concepts of IRV methodology for Managing Disruption and Violence.
  • Understand and apply the processes of IRV strategy development and Measures of Effectiveness (MOE) for Managing Disruption and Violence.
  • Analyze and evaluate real-world communications and strategy for effectiveness.

Russian Security Studies Certificate

The Russian Security Studies certificate allows students to pursue a three course (9 total credit hours) concentration in the politics and security of Russia and the broader Eurasian region. The certificate offers students an exploration of the critical issues involved in understanding the security and political challenges posed by Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, the role Russia plays in generating international (in)stability, and the wider shifts in relative power across Eurasia with the entry of China as a serious regional player in Central Asia and the return of Cold War-style rivalry in Europe following the annexation of Crimea and ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Knowledge gained can be applied for the working professional in intelligence, foreign affairs, political analysis looking for advancement in public and private industry.

Certificate Learning Objectives

Upon completing this certificate course, students will be able to:

  • Understand trends and the political and security challenges in Russia and Eurasia
  • Analyze the key sources and drivers of political authoritarianism, illiberalism, and patronal politics in Russia and across Eurasia-and how these impact U.S. interests
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Russia, the other fourteen post-Soviet states, and China as regional players and sources of regional (in)stability and rivalry
  • Evaluate alternative U.S. strategies for competing in Central Asia and across the post-Soviet space
  • Assess the ideology, goals, and tactics of Russia’s grand strategy alongside the actions and reactions of China and the United States
RST 727 - Russian Politics and Statecraft

This survey course on Russian politics and statecraft addresses enduring questions on a huge, critical, yet poorly understood country: patterns of cooperation and confrontation with other great powers, a centrally dominated economy, and a political culture that exploits weak formal political institutions to sustain a very small leadership group. In addressing these issues, we ask: What are the wars that have defined Russia’s borders? When and why do Russian leaders challenge other states? What does power in Russia look like? Who are the rulers and their supporters? How do they obtain, practice, and lose power?

In reviewing the origins and practices of Russian statecraft, we will assess when Russia as a great power has been (dis-) satisfied with the international distribution of economic and political benefits, and when it has sought to revise or maintain the international order. We will use this knowledge to address current issues in Russia’s relations with the Euro-Atlantic alliance and other world powers, including contentious issues such as money laundering, the sanctions regimes, “information wars,” and Russia’s declared and undeclared conflicts.

The key learning outcomes of the course are to demystify Russian history and contemporary politics, identify the critical junctures of Russian history and politics, and assess the (feasible and non-feasible) strategic choices available to Russian leaders seeking foreign and domestic policy objectives. The goals for students in the course are to assess current foreign policy objectives for the Russian state as well as for its leaders, and to forecast likely contours of domestic and foreign policies and to understand Russia’s role in international politics. Finally, my hope for this course is that students learn about the Russia that actually exists and compare it to the “Russia” portrayed by politicians and media – both pro and con – not only for your own sake as future intelligence analysts, national security professionals, military officers, etc., but to learn indirectly about the U.S. policy process as well.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain and describe basic diplomatic, political, and economic history of Russia over the past 1000 years.
  • Explain Russia’s border changes from the era of Muscovy to the present.
  • Compare and contrast varying approaches to Russian executive leadership.
  • Assess varying sources and types of Russian geopolitical insecurity, expansions and contractions of regional and international power projection and hierarchical alliance networks.
  • Evaluate the economic bases and political economy of the state in the imperial, Soviet, and contemporary periods.
  • Analyze the sources of change, stability, instability, and order in Russian internal affairs and domestic politics.
  • Assess the state of U.S.-Russia relations and sources for cooperation or further conflict.
  • Evaluate Russia’s current grand strategy and the success and failures of its discrete foreign policies.
  • Consider the prospects and scenarios of Russia’s internal and external development.
MDV 729 - Russian Deception Operations and Information Confrontation

Russian Deception Operations and Information Confrontation is designed to lay the historical, thematic and contemporary context that will provide the fundamental perspective and foundational knowledge required to successfully recognize, analyze and initiate counter deception activates.  This course is designed for analysts in order to equip them with the necessary knowledge to understand the impact of Russian deception.  This in-depth study of Russian deception practices will trace the evolution of the art specific to Russian over the course of the past century starting in 1917 and ending with the implementation of Russia’s Information Confrontation doctrine.  The course is designed to address these issues functionally starting with basic military/tactical deceptions and progressing through the use of strategic enablers, provocations and influence operations.




By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Analyze strategic military and information confrontation and evaluate strategic-political deception and provocations
  • Explain and describe generally accepted concepts of deception and counter deception with an emphasis on the underlying theoretical and practical concepts that enable operational and strategic deceptions.
  • Assess operational level deception and analyze its impact on national decision making and warning.
  • Construct a holistic model for Russian Strategic Deception and Information Confrontation relying upon strategic, operational, and tactical theories and concepts.
  • Apply previous theories and concepts to a detailed analysis of current events.
RST 730 - Eurasian Security

Eurasia is a supercontinent spanning the landmass from the Atlantic to the Pacific. It is home to 70 percent of the world’s population and is a source of the world’s most enduring security challenges. In the course, we will examine Eurasian security through the foreign policy of its largest state, Russia. Writing in 1881 at a time when the Russian Empire was expanding into Central Asia, Fyodor Dostoyevsky concluded that Russia needed to look East “because Russia is not only in Europe, but also in Asia; because a Russian is not only European, but an Asiatic too. Not only that: in our coming destiny, perhaps it is precisely Asia that represents our way out.” As ties with the West have deteriorated following the 2014 invasion of Ukraine, assassinations on British soil, and alleged electoral interference, Russia is increasingly cultivating ties in Asia. Since announcing its pivot to the East in 2013, Russia intervened militarily in Syria in 2015 to support the Bashar al-Assad regime, started work on a $55 billion gas pipeline to China and launched the Eurasian Economic Union, creating a single market among five former Soviet states.

In addressing these issues, we ask: what is driving Russia’s policies in Asia? How do its policies vary across space and time? What strategies has Russia adopted to pursue its interests in Asia? How effective has Russia been in securing these interests? How do Asian states perceive Russia’s ambitions in Asia? What strategies have these states adopted to counter or resist Russian influence? We will explore these and other questions by examining Russia’s policies towards the former Soviet republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus, considered part of the “Near Abroad,” an area within Russia’s sphere of influence. We will also explore Russia’s relations with states in the Middle East, South Asia and East Asia.

Through the course, students will gain a better understanding of the complexities of Russia’s dealings in a range of Asian regions, critically evaluate Russia as a global power. Class discussions and many of the readings will be focused on understanding and analyzing Russia’s contemporary policies with the view to giving students the ability to forecast the likely contours of domestic and foreign policy in the coming years. By the end of the course, students will have gained a more nuanced understanding of Russia, allowing them to critically approach some of the simplistic interpretations of Russian behavior in the media. Although the bilateral relations between Russia and the United States are not the focus of the course, the students will gain a greater understanding of Russia’s involvement in a number of regions which are key to U.S. national security, including the Korean Peninsula, Middle East, Afghanistan, the Caspian Basin and China.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the differences between Russian perceptions of their its status as a great power and its ability to secure their interests in Eurasia;
  • Evaluate the factors that are driving Russia’s “pivot to the east;”
  • Understand Russia’s relations with states in the Middle East, Caucasus, Central Asia, East Asia and South Asia;
  • Understand the differences between the ways Russia perceives its interests in the “Near Abroad” and in the rest of Eurasia;
  • Evaluate how Russia uses formal and informal mechanisms to secure its interests in Eurasia;
  • Evaluate the continuity and change in Russia’s policies in Eurasia from the Tsarist period to the present day;
  • Evaluate how Russia is responding to shifting power dynamics in global politics, including the relative decline of the U.S. and rise of the rest, most notably China and India;
  • Analyze how local actors perceive of and respond to Russian policies in Eurasia;
  • Evaluate threats posed by state and non-state actors in Eurasia, including terrorism, drug trafficking, regime change and violent conflict.
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