In this Forum you are asked to post on one of two questions, though like in the previous week’s Forum you are required to post at least one original response to the question and two responses to other students. Remember to engage and have fun.
Choose one of the two topics:
1) What does the “Guiding of Intelligence Collection” (Collection.pdf) document and “Spy at Your Service” (Articulation.pdf) say is crucial about defining an intelligence collection question? Why is knowing exactly what is needed necessary to all subsequent intelligence functions (analysis and finished product dissemination and acceptance)? (Both readings are declassified CIA documents.)
2) Explain the relationship of intelligence requirements to indicators. How important are these to a collection plan? How do you ensure that you have quality indicators? Take a look at the readings in the lesson to help you.
You will NOT be able to see any other student postings UNTIL you provide your initial response to the above prompt. If you elect to respond first, and then read the other original postings, this will cause a 10 point penalty in your score. I want to see your organic thinking before you jump in and start sharing. I will be able to quickly see that you have an original posting first.
To order to achieve outstanding grades you need to far exceed the basic expectations set in the forums.
Use examples, demonstrate you have read the materials, and apply critical thinking skills to earn maximum points on this board. Show your sources as well…it assists in the rigor of your thinking. You are welcome to draw on additional readings, but your work must at least reflect that you’ve completed the required readings.
For this discussion forum (and all subsequent discussion forums) you must contribute one posting that includes your original response to the topic and at least two postings that reflect on the contributions of another student. Remember to challenge yourself, others, and me. The more you push yourself and post the better the experience you will have.