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Human Intelligence Targeting: Online

Experienced HUMINT professionals know that trolling for recruitment targets is a low percentage strategy that usually results in sources with little access to priority information. Nevertheless, "trolling" and waiting for targets-of-opportunity remain common targeting methods used in law enforcement and military intelligence communities.

In this two-hour program, the instructor, a former CIA Senior Field Operations Officer, presents focused targeting as an alternative and superior method for identifying and prioritizing high-value targets for recruitment.

The primary examples described in this lesson focus on intelligence support for domestic homeland security. However, the principles of focused targeting as presented by the instructor are universal and can be applied in any operational environment.

Topics include:

Intelligence Requirements • Target Identification • Access • Uncovering Target Leads • Recognizing Targets of Opportunity • Humint Targeting Packages • Targeting Exercise


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

No. Lesson ID Lesson Title Presentation Time
1 INT 310 Human Intelligence Targeting 1h 27m

Total completion time for this course is approximately 2 hours.

Testing And Documentation

The final exam for this course is administered online as a 10-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

"It was very informative.
  S. Stoll
"Great course.
  A. Mogos
"The information in this course was captivating. The information was presented in a way that was easy to follow, and the pratical exercises made me think outside of the box.
  C. Denny
"This course was very informative. One of the items I really liked is that you get good examples of how to go about finding targets, that wouldn't be the traditional way of getting information. It leads you down the path to thinking outside the box and doing something that normally you wouldn't think about doing.
  W. Picard
"This course provided a great general way of thinking on human intelligence targeting, some aspects that were never taught in my line of work. Very well put together and recommended to anyone in this field.
  C. Hammock
U.S. Army
"This course provided a great general way of thinking on human intelligence targeting, some aspects that were never taught to me in my line of work that does pertain to this. Very well put together and recommended to anyone in this field.
  C. Hammock
U.S. Army
"Very informative and the instruction together with examples was terrific.
  Y. Harrington
U.S. DoD
"The course was conducted vey professionally and offered a lot of information. Targeting exercises helped as well.
  J. Alvarez
Broward County Sheriffs Office
"Excellent and informative course.
  J. Rector
United States Air Force
"It re-emphasises and reminds you of the basics with very good examples and helps you to refocus on targeting requirements.
  S. O'Connor
U.S. Army

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S2 Members: $119.20
Non-Members: $149.00

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

Counterintelligence Agents, HUMINT Officers, Intelligence Analysts, Intelligence Collection Managers

Expected Completion Time:
2 hours

10 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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