Program Objectives

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.  Understanding the importance of information, and sorting through vast amounts of information are as important as the analysis of that information.  And providing cogent and tailored analysis in a useable fashion to the public or private policy maker completes the task.

However, 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.  And an understanding provided of comparative intelligence systems of both nations and non-nation states.

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.  And Cyber Intelligence will be examined to understand the fundamental changes it is making in the world of intelligence gathering, analysis, and presentation


Graduates of this degree program will be able to:

  • Articulate the strategic significance, aims, strategy, tradecraft and culture of the elements of intelligence
  •  Evaluate the profession of each element, and the skills and aptitude required for this work.
  • Anticipate current and future security challenges, identify opportunities for effective use of intelligence, and lessons learned about how intelligence has worked or could be more effectively used as an input into public and private policy
  • Identify how major shifts in technology have resulted in different areas of intelligence use and the resulting tensions and challenges.

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Program Chair

Ronald A. Marks is currently the Chair of the Intelligence program at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS).

Ronald “Ron” 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 DCI’s. 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 management-consulting partnership he led for five years focusing on investment, mergers and acquisition, and management strategies for the complex national security marketplace.

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

Intelligence Program Courses

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