US Intelligence Analysis

In Person

Next Program Entry:
March 25 –March 29, 2019, 8:30 a.m. –5:00p.m.
SMU Main Campus
5 Days, Monday –Friday
$1,495 ($1,295 TCOLE price)
Contact Hours:
The SMU U.S. Intelligence Analysis Certificate program is designed to give a broad perspective of strategic U.S. intelligence and all phases of the intelligence cycle, from requirements to reporting, with an emphasis on supporting leadership decision-making.
This intensive course is taught by seasoned professionals with substantial experience in the field. The principal instructor is Roger Stokes, a former intelligence officer with more than 20 years of experience in the military, government and private sectors.

Who Should Attend

  • Public safety and security professionals who want to add intelligence analysis to their skill sets.
  • Those exploring careers in the intelligence field.
  • Private-sector individuals and organizations interested in developing intelligence and analysis capabilities to further goals and protect interest.
  • Military veterans interested in intelligence careers after completing service.

Key Benefits

  • Build an understanding of the process, tools and responsibilities of intelligence analysis.
  • Learn about the ethical dilemmas posed by the ongoing war on terrorism and resulting collection capabilities.
  • Receive a personalized learning experience with expert instructors in a small class.

Course Overview

Offered in an intensive format over 5 days, it combines both lecture and workshop format to offer practical knowledge and skills. You will learn the essential elements of US intelligence policy and discover key tools of employing intelligence analysis. Whether you are looking to move into an intelligence role in public safety or in the private sector, this program will provide a wealth ofreal-world experience from veterans of the intelligence community.

Tuition and Financing

The certificate is offered in an intensive, five-day format, which consists of 40 hours of in-person education. Due to the intensive, cohort-based nature of the program, accepted students will register and pay for the certificate program at the same time. Simply follow the steps below to apply for the Intelligence Analysis Certificate program at SMU.

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition for the Intelligence Analysis Certificate program is $1,495.
  • Agency pricing and payment options are available.
  • Tuition includes all course materials except textbooks. Textbooks may be purchased online or in the bookstore of your choice.
  • Texas Peace Officers will receive 40 hours of TCOLE credit for the successful completion this course.
  • Veterans’ benefits are available. Please call us at 214-768-1104 for details.

Next Steps

  1. Talk one-on-one with an advisor to answer your specific questions. Call us at 214-768-1086 or email us
  2. Submit the application, a statement of interest and $50 application fee.
  3. Applications will be carefully reviewed and background checks will be conducted on all applicants.
SMU  Intelligence Analysis instructors are senior-level, practicing professionals with years of experience.

Roger Stokes – Principal Instructor

Mr. Roger Stokes is a retired United States Army veteran with 22 years of active duty military service. Mr. Stokes served as a Senior Counterintelligence (CI) Special Agent responsible for planning and managing CI investigations, threat vulnerability assessment, and CI operations supporting US Forces operating in South Korea; global CI operations supporting U.S. Army Special Forces; and coordinating security investigations and CI operations within the U.S. Army Military Intelligence mission-space.
Upon retirement from the U.S. Army, Mr. Stokes was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Supervisory Intelligence Analyst with the FBI Knoxville Division and as the Analytic Coordinating Authority/Senior Intelligence Analyst with the FBI Dallas Division. Mr. Stokes was responsible for division-wide intelligence program management in support of the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence. Additionally, he served as an FBI Inspector responsible for inspecting the intelligence programs of the FBI New York Office, the FBI Atlanta Division, and the FBI San Diego Division. Mr. Stokes concluded ten years of federal civil service as a Senior Intelligence Officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence and Analysis responsible for North Central Texas and West Texas area fusion centers, which serve as major, urban-area intelligence centers. 

Mr. Stokes graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security in 2013 with a Master of Arts in security studies, where he authored a thesis titled “Employing the Intelligence Cycle Process Model within the Homeland Security Enterprise.” Additionally, Mr. Stokes graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Master of Human Relations concentrated on organizational leadership and management as well as a graduating from Excelsior College with a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies. Mr. Stokes was recently nominated and selected to serve on the SMU and George W. Bush Presidential Library Security Council along with spearheading the development of an intelligence program for the National Criminal Justice Training Center at SMU. 

Stanley Forney – Guest Instructor

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“The course was exactly what I was looking for. All of the instructors had amazing perspectives that offered a well-balanced view of the intelligence community that will be invaluable as I pursue a career in this field.”

– Recent Graduate

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