The CIA University provides DI officers with an integrated,
career-long program that combines specialized training
in the craft of intelligence analysis with a substantive
curriculum interwoven with the values, traditions, and
history of the CIA. Courses on the intelligence profession
along with instruction in foreign languages, regional
studies, and core substantive issues enable DI officers
to work in cross-component teams and to stay abreast
of global and technological change. Leadership courses
help officers explore and enhance their individual abilities
and underscore the critical linkage between leadership,
values, and the intelligence profession.
The Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis is
the DI’s component of CIA University and provides
basic analytic training and more advanced courses in
- The Career Analyst Program (CAP) is the DI’s
basic training program and introduces all new employees
to the basic thinking, writing and briefing skills
needed for a successful career. Segments include analytic
tools, counterintelligence issues, denial and deception
analysis, and warning skills. Most CAP classes are
conducted at the Kent School’s facility approximately
10 miles from the main CIA compound.
- The Kent School also offers a wide range of intermediate-
and advanced-level training for analysts and managers
on analytic methodologies, substantive issues, and
- This DI-specific curriculum is supplemented by courses
offered in the CIA University’s Leadership and
Mission Academies, which focus on broader leadership
development issues and substantive training.
Analysts can take advantage of part-time or evening
course work at the multitude of excellent universities
in the Washington DC area. Full-time study options are
available on a select basis through individual offices.
Individuals also may compete for a study position at
one of the military services programs, such as the National
War College or the Army or Naval War College.
capability is an important part of the analyst’s
toolkit, CIA University offers a range of full-time
language training opportunities. In addition, the DI
sponsors part-time courses in such languages as Arabic,
Persian, Chinese, and Russian.
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