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These courses are all developed and available to be taught. There are faculty to teach them, established learning objectives, and structured course material.

The courses that make up the five concentration areas are listed here by concentration. In the following lists, each course is annotated according to the maturity of the course offering. The annotation A refers to a course that is available, has been taught before, and is mature in program content, although it may be modified for the MS&TI degree offering. The annotation D refers to a course that is developed but has not yet been taught and is therefore considered to still be a work in progress according to the NDIC course development processes. The annotation F refers to a course that has not yet been developed but which is intended for development at a future time.

• Weapons of Mass Destruction

—MST 663. WMD Counter-proliferation (A)

—MST 665. The Biological Threat (A)

—MST 666. Space and Missile Threats (D)

—MST 667. The Nuclear Threat (A)

—MST 669. The Chemical and Explosive Threat (A)

—MST 655. Advanced Conventional and Non-conventional Weapons (A)

—MST 656. The Economics of Technology (F)

Of these courses, five, marked A, are considered to be developed, available to be taught, and mature in terms of content, learning objectives, and structured course material. One, MST 666, which is marked D, is considered to be under development, and one, MST 656 marked F, is considered to be a future development need (NDIC, 2011b).

• Information Operations and Cyber Intelligence

—MST 680. Information Power and National Security (A)

—MST 681. Propaganda, Persuasion, and Influence (A)

—MST 682. Cyber Operations (A)

—MST 683. Foreign Information and Cyber Strategies (D)

—MST 684. Cyber Defense (A)

—MST 687. Advanced Information Power Seminar (D)

—MST 698H. Cyber Attack (D)

—MST 698J. Cyber Exploitation (D)

Of these courses, four are listed as being developed, available to be taught, and mature in terms of content, learning objectives, and structured course material. The four that are listed as under development (D) are MST 683, MST 687, MST 698H, and MST 698J (NDIC, 2011b).

• Emerging and Disruptive Technologies

—MST 653. Advanced Science and Technology Intelligence (Process) (F)

—MST 655. Advanced Conventional and Non-conventional Weapons (A)

—MST 656. The Economics of Technology (F)

—MST 657. Case Studies in Technology Transfer (D)

—MST 658. Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment (A)

Of these courses, two are listed as being developed, available to be taught, and mature in terms of content, learning objectives, and structured course material. One of the remaining three is listed as “under development”: MST 657. The remaining two, MST 653 and MST 656, are listed as future development projects (NDIC, 2011b).

See also: Staff college

Former names

National Defense Intelligence College (NDIC) and Joint Military Intelligence College (JMIC)
Established1962 (1962)

Parent institution

Defense Intelligence Agency
ChairpersonMaureen A. Baginski
PresidentJ. Scott Cameron, PhD
ProvostSusan M. Studds, PhD
DeanDon Hanle, PhD, Dean, College of Strategic Intelligence
DeanBrian R. Shaw, PhD, Founding Dean, College of Science and Technology

Academic staff

Students715 (2015–16)
LocationBethesda, MD, USA

The National Intelligence University (NIU), formerly known as the National Defense Intelligence College and the Joint Military Intelligence College, is a federally-chartered research university in Bethesda, MD. NIU is the United States Intelligence Community's (IC) premier institution for higher learning in fields of study central to the profession of intelligence and national security. NIU awards undergraduate and graduate degrees, graduate certificates, and research fellowships to prepare personnel for senior positions in the IC and the broader national security enterprise. Since 1963, more than 80,000 military and civilian students have attended the university[1]. Formerly located at the Defense Intelligence Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C., NIU's primary campus is now located at Intelligence Community Campus Bethesda (ICC-B) with five additional locations around the world. The university's John T. Hughes Library is also located at ICC-B. NIU is the only university in the United States where students can study and complete research at the Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level.

National Intelligence University's interdisciplinary programs emphasize education through scholarly and applied research designed to help U.S. intelligence officers better understand the diverse range of geopolitical, strategic, and technological threats and opportunities affecting intelligence and national security. The university is organized into two separate academic units: the College of Strategic Intelligence and the Oettinger School of Science and Technology. Combined, the colleges cover a diverse and evolving range of international affairs issues and adversarial threats and capabilities, from cultural and religious conflicts to WMD proliferation, cybersecurity threats, terrorism, transnational crime, and more.[2]

Congressionally chartered and publicly-funded but with admissions restricted solely to current U.S. Intelligence officers holding a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information clearance, NIU is a small, non-resident university. Admissions are highly selective, but tuition is subsidized by the United States government.


The United States Department of Defense established the Defense Intelligence School in 1962 to consolidate existing U.S. Army and Navy academic programs in strategic intelligence. In 1980, the U.S. Congress authorized the school to award the Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence degree. In 1981, the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredited the School. That same year, DoD rechartered the institution as the Defense Intelligence College, placing additional emphasis on its research mission.

Since then, the university has added several off-campus programs at the National Security Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and several regional centers and has encouraged an increase in enrollment from civilian agencies. On campus, it has also added two part-time graduate programs, one designed for military reservists. Students from throughout the Intelligence Community attend the university, and they include active duty and reserve military personnel from each of the services (including the Coast Guard), DoD, and other federal civilian employees.

Renamed the Joint Military Intelligence College in 1993, it educates the future leaders of the Intelligence Community by offering an undergraduate and graduate curriculum. In addition, the university sponsors research and publication opportunities for students and faculty, attracts distinguished speakers, and its students participate in field exercises and simulations in partnership with their peers at the military staff and war colleges.

Vision and mission[edit]

LTG Michael T. Flynn, USA, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, addressed NIU graduates, their families and guests at the 2012 graduation by stating, "Our vision—that NIU becomes the center of academic life for the intelligence community—will help shape graduates who address the range of mission challenges as a fully integrated community, and encourage lifelong learning as they continue to serve this nation."[1]

NIU is an accredited federal degree granting institution educating and preparing intelligence officers to meet current and future challenges to the national security of the United States. NIU President Dr. David Ellison stressed in his 2012 graduation remarks that NIU addresses these challenges by helping students develop "depth in critical thinking" and "breadth in understanding the IC" and how focused research applies to analysis and addressing critical questions on national security.[3]

Educational accreditation[edit]

The university is authorized by the United States Congress to award the Bachelor of Science in Intelligence, the Master of Science and Technology Intelligence and the Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence degrees. The university is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Facilities and resources[edit]

The John T. Hughes Library houses 2.5 million items, including books, unclassified intelligence documents, reference materials, periodicals, microfilms, video and cartographic items. The library subscribes to 2,000 international periodicals, newspapers, annuals, serials, and statistical reports. It is particularly strong in Russian periodicals. The library has archival microfiche and microfilm collections of general and scholarly periodicals, Foreign Broadcast Information Service reports, and declassified documents.

The Office of Research within the university enables students to pursue projects that require research outside the Washington, DC, area, including overseas. The university encourages faculty research on intelligence issues and supports intelligence-related research by faculty from other DoD Schools. Faculty and student research is published in academic journals, in the university's Occasional Paper series, and in book-length special studies. Research results and thesis abstracts are also disseminated electronically to the Intelligence Community.

Academic programs[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Intelligence (BSI)
  • Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence (MSSI)
  • Master of Science and Technology Intelligence (MSTI)
  • Certificates of Intelligence Studies (CIS), specializing in China, AfPak, Africa, or counterintelligence[4]


All prospective NIU students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be U.S. citizens who are members of the U.S. Armed Forces or are federal government employees
  • Be nominated by their parent organization, and
  • Possess a TS/SCIsecurity clearance prior to enrollment

Notable Graduates and Faculty[edit]

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