Training Courses

Advanced HUMINT-CI Tradecraft (Reserves)

The 10 day classified HUMINT-CI tradecraft Course (Reserves) is a hybrid course that combines HUMINT and counterintelligence concepts, procedures and practices into a single course. The course is designed for certified military HUMINT and counterintelligence specialists with operational field experience. This is a skill enhancement course. The course addresses and responds to operational challenges and pitfalls and introduces students to advanced HUMINT-CI practices, such as asset validation (AV)/risk management (and associated operational tradecraft), and operational reporting. The course is classified SECRET/NOFORN in its entirety.

The main course components are as follows:

  • The Asset Validation segment provides an overview of the Asset Validation System and delves into the practical techniques and challenges of vetting HUMINT sources. The course teaches students to develop vetting strategies; identify and use available vetting tools; develop, construct, and implement operational testing and ways to apply vetting and ops testing in different operational situations. Students will gain an understanding of how vetting is used across the intelligence enterprise; learn practical applications of AV tools under a broad array of circumstances; learn the differences in applications of vetting and validation within the intelligence enterprise; learn portable vetting skills that can be used in a multitude of HUMINT environments; and develop effective interagency communication skills in regard to vetting and asset validation. The course mixes instruction with practical exercises. This segment is derived from DynCorp International’s certified multi-week Asset Risk Management System Course (ARMSC).
  • Operational reporting. The ability to document operational observations, vetting measures, counterintelligence indicators, and other complex intelligence issues is a skill often missing among even the most experienced intelligence operators and counterintelligence agents. The operational reporting component is designed to enhance students’ ability to write clear, concise and lucid intelligence reports, incorporating operational lessons learned in the asset validation segment. (It is not a report writing format course.) The operational reporting segment is designed for students to clearly communicate operationally relevant events and issues, while incorporating critical thinking skills developed during the Asset Validation course component.

Application: This course is designed for the following occupations: Source handlers and debriefers; counterintelligence agents supporting HUMINT missions; HUMINT operations supervisors (e.g., G2X); and intelligence analysts supporting HUMINT missions.

Approximately 50 percent of the course involves practical exercises (individual and team). The course culminates in a classified final exam.

Instructors: The course instructors, both retired case officers (DoD and CIA), have a combined total of approximately 45 years of operational and supervisory tradecraft experience and 20 years of tradecraft instruction experience. They have served in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia.

The course is available at DynCorp International’s secure training center in McLean, VA or as an MTT anywhere.

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