The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS)

The program focuses on both the public and private sector use of intelligence examining missions, methods, and organizational structures. It examines and interprets the four major elements of intelligence – collection, analysis, analytical presentation, and counterintelligence. This program also examines new fields of intelligence such as private sector use of intelligence, homeland security, and cyber.

. . . focuses on both the public and private sector use of intelligence examining missions, methods, and organizational structures.

Intelligence Program

This program focuses on the cutting edge missions, methods, and organizational arrangements of intelligence in general, and U.S. intelligence in particular. It focuses on the four major elements of intelligence – collection, analysis, counterintelligence, and covert action – and their application abroad. Similarities and differences with intelligence inside the U.S. will also be included.

The program also focuses on the interdependence of the symbiotic relationships between the elements of intelligence and interrelationships with other national security practitioners at many levels of policymaking and implementation – from grand strategy formulation to enhancing military strength and guile as in the Managing Disruption and Violence (MDV) Program.

Program Learning Objectives

Graduates of the degree program will be able to:

  • Articulate the strategic significance, aims, strategy, tradecraft and culture of the elements of intelligence.
  • Evaluate each element of intelligence and the skills and aptitude required for this work.
  • Interpret the value of intelligence input to public and private sector efforts supporting organizational tactics and strategies.
  • Anticipate current and future security challenges.
  • Identify opportunities for effective use of intelligence.
  • Identify how major tensions inside liberal democracy with secret intelligence are reconciled through institutional checks and balances, oversight, press freedom, and public education.
Ronald A. Marks, M.A.

Program Chair

Ronald A. Marks is a 33-year veteran of the U.S. national security community. A former CIA official, Ron was a clandestine service officer and a Senate Liaison for five DCIs. He went on to serve on Capitol Hill as Intelligence Counsel to Senate Majority Leaders Robert Dole and Trent Lott. Ron maintains his involvement with intelligence matters as a member of various Intelligence Community advisory groups.

Marks was President of Intelligence Enterprises, LLC, a privately held national security management-consulting firm. He also headed the DC office of Oxford Analytics, a nationally recognized analytical, strategic, and consulting firm.

He is the author of Spying in America in the Post 9/11 World: Domestic Threat and the Need for Change.