Strengthening DHS intelligence analysis education: core competencies, gaps, and challenges

Michelle Black, Lana Obradovic

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Building and strengthening the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) workforce in counterterrorism operations starts with effectively trained and educated intelligence analysts. However, identifying and establishing standards for effective training and core competencies for intelligence analysts can be a challenge. By drawing on ethnographic interviews with members of the Intelligence Community (IC) and conducting domain analysis, this article sets out to understand those challenges and examine what is required to solve them. More specifically, we sought to identify benchmarks for core competencies associated with intelligence analysis as well as gaps in standardisation and the current implementation of intelligence training and education. Based on our findings, we recommend a conceptual framework for homeland security intelligence training and education and chart a path to build a more innovative and efficient intelligence workforce able to conduct analysis and develop intelligence products that contribute to the missions of DHS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-39
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2024


  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Intelligence education
  • core competencies
  • workforce development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law


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