Recommended Reading List

Recommended Reading List (Compiled by Dr. Jon Patterson)

Bowden, Mark. 2011. Worm. New York: Grove Atlantic.

Clarke, Richard. 2012. Cyber War. New York: Haper-Collins.

Dickey, Christopher. 2010. Securing the City. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Greenwald, Glenn. 2015. No Place to Hide. New York: Metropolitan.

Hayden, Michael. 2017. Playing to the Edge. New York: Penguin.

Mazzetti, Mark. 2014. The Way of the Knife. New York: Penguin.

McDermott, Terry and Josh Meyer. 2012. The Hunt for KSM. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

Rodriguez, Jose. 2013. Hard Measures. New York: Threshold Editions.

Warrick, Joby. 2015. Black Flags. New York: Doubleday.

Wright, Lawrence. 2007. The Looming Tower. New York: Vintage.


Security and Intelligence Studies Currculum

The curriculum consists of the following components:

Part A. The Security and Intelligence Core Curriculum (required of all students)

Part B. A Specialization area (Geospatial Intelligence,  Cyber Security, Information Analytics, Language + and Open Specialization). Select one specialization area.

Part C. Internship

Student Learning Assessment

CINSER's student learning outcomes are based on ODNI's Competency Directives for the Intelligence Workforce and on the International Association for Intelligence Education's Standards for Intelligence Education Undergraduate and Graduate Programs . Students must demonstrate mastery in six Core Competences (CC) and seven Core Intelligence Areas (CA)


CC1:  Engagement and Development – Students are able to recognize, value, build, and leverage diverse collaborative networks.  Within these networks, students share information and knowledge to achieve desired results.

CC2:  Critical Thinking – Students are able to use logic, analysis, synthesis, creativity, judgment, and systematic approaches to gather, evaluate, and use multiple sources of information to effectively inform decisions and outcomes.

CC3: Personal Leadership and Integrity – Students are expected to demonstrate personal initiative and innovation, as well as integrity, honesty, openness, and respect for diversity.  In addition, students are expected to demonstrate selfless service, commitment to excellence, and courage and conviction to express their professional views.

CC4: Accountability for Results – Students are expected to take responsibility for their work through setting priorities, organizing work, and utilizing time and resources efficiently and effectively to achieve desired results.

CC5: Communication – Students are expected to effectively comprehend and convey information with and from others through writing, reading, listening, and verbal and non-verbal behaviors and use a variety of media in communicating and making presentations appropriate to the audience.

CC6: Technical Expertise – Students are expected to acquire and apply the tradecraft and subject matter knowledge and skills in core areas (CA) to achieve desired results within the field.

      • CA1: Intelligence History – Students are expected to be able to identify key events, persons, successes and failures in intelligence activities including their role and influence in history.
      • CA2: Intelligence Organization – Students are expected to be able to describe the current organizational structures, resources, capabilities and responsibilities of intelligence institutions.
      •  CA3: Intelligence Planning – Students are expected to be able to explain how intelligence organizations plan for their work, including their overall strategy and how they make decisions on resource allocation to pursue this strategy. 
      • CA4: Intelligence Collection – Students are expected to be able to explain how to collect, process, and explore information used to develop intelligence products.
      • CA5: Intelligence Analysis – Students are expected to be able to demonstrate how to analyze information and develop intelligence products needed by strategic, operational, and tactical consumers.
      • CA6: Counterintelligence and Security – Students are expected to be able to explain how intelligence organizations counter the adversarial threats made to one’s nation, organization, personnel, systems, and information.
      • CA7:  Subject Matter Expertise – Students are able to explain the strategies and operations necessary to appraise threats, challenges, and issues as they relate to specific subject matter, such as geospatial, cybersecurity, etc.