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Human Intelligence for SpecOps Personnel: Online

The online version of the S2 Human Intelligence for Special Operations Personnel course is designed to aid US Military special operations personnel in planning successful Title 50 HUMINT operations. In this four-hour course, the instructor, a former CIA Senior Field Operations Officer, explores the HUMINT process and provides practical advice for maximizing operational success and avoiding critical mistakes.

This course is a streamlined version of the lecture segment included in the 14-day HUMINT for SpecOps Field Operations course. Although this program addresses a wide range of important issues, this online version is not designed as a comprehensive course on NCS operational doctrine and tradecraft.

NOTE: The information presented in this course is UNCLASSIFIED. However, owing to the sensitive nature of the subject, enrollment in this course is restricted to US Government employees (Level 3 students).

Topics include:

The HUMINT Process • Intelligence Requirements • HUMINT Targeting Principles • Source Development & Recruitment • Secure Handling • Debriefing & Reporting • Operational Exploitation • Source Vetting & Testing • Working with Others • Effective Title 50 Proposals • Special Tradecraft for Hostile Environment CT Operations • Site Exploitation in CT Operations


This Internet-based training program includes the following S2 Online Academy lessons:

No. Lesson ID Lesson Title Presentation Time
1 INT 311 Human Intelligence for SpecOps, Part 1 1h 26m
2 INT 312 Human Intelligence for SpecOps, Part 2 1h 3m

Total completion time for this course is approximately 4 hours.

Testing And Documentation

The final exam for this course is administered online as a 20-question multiple-choice test. Upon completion of the test, the score is automatically graded and documented in the student's "My Courses" transcript (accessible from the "My Account" page). In accordance with S2 Online course policy, the student must complete the online test with a passing score of 80% or better to receive a Certificate of Training. If the student does not pass the test the first time, the student has one opportunity to re-test.

Student Comments

"A very good course for those working as or with SpecOps in the HUMINT field.
  R. Wilson
Department of State Bureau for International Narcotics and Law E
"Well thought out and professionally presented.
  J. Chapman
US Army
"Very interesting course. The instructor had a straight forward approach and delivery thus ensuring the students understood the subject matter. Outstanding!
  B. Smith
U.S. Army
"Although not military Special Ops, I have worked as a contractor in both OIF, OEF and in CN and CT areas for over 10 years. This course connected a lot of dots. I know the procedure(s) and work with 97B regularly. After taking this course, I now feel more confident. Well done, and I like the instructor's presentation and style, especially how he interjects real world tips!
  J. Roberts
Redtail Corp.

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Average Student Rating:
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S2 Members: $255.20
Non-Members: $319.00

Restriction Level:
Level 3 - U.S. Government Only

US Military Special Operations Personnel, Tactical HUMINT Team (THT) Personnel

Expected Completion Time:
4 hours

20 questions, multiple-choice

System Requirements:
PC: Windows 98 or above
Macintosh: OS X or above
Linux: Flash 7 browser plugin & accelerated X
Browser capable of supporting Flash Player 7 Macromedia Flash Player 7 or later - Click here to get the latest version of Flash Player.
128 MB RAM
Pentium III 600 MHz or faster processor / OR Mac G4 600 MHz or faster Audio capability
High speed Internet - ADSL, Cable, T1+ (>=512 kBps)

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