ISR | Human Intelligence

“Throughout history, information derived from human sources has helped shape foreign policy decisions. If Oleg Penkovsky had not been providing the CIA with detailed information regarding the Soviet’s missile capabilities, the Cuban Missile Crisis might have had a completely different outcome.” – CIA Featured Story Archive

HUMINT is information gathered from people, through a number of methods and sources. These include:

  • Clandestine (concealed) acquisition of images, documents, or materials
  • Overt or open collection by people overseas
  • Debriefing of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens who travel in foreign countries
  • Official US contacts with foreign governments


HUMINT 200 – Report Writing for Human Intelligence

Law Enforcement (LE) and Human Intelligence Officers (HIO) must be able to clearly and concisely communicate factual information to Superior Officers and/or others who were not at the event to allow them to make well- informed decisions on future courses of action. Effective writers think clearly, draw conclusions, remain objective, employ critical thinking and reasoning, and translate highly complex information into digestible and understandable products. This course provides students the opportunity to hone their writing skills in order to formulate highly effective intelligence reports. This course takes place in Charlottesville, Virginia. [40 Academic Hours]

HUMINT 210 – Interviewing and Interrogation Methods

This course is designed to enhance the skills of Law Enforcement (LE) and Human Intelligence Officers (HIO) as they conduct interviews of detainees, witnesses, and suspects. This course will teach students how to obtain information effectively through various interview and interrogation methods, techniques, and theory. Students will take part in lectures and conduct mock interviews and interrogations. [40 Academic Hours]

HUMINT 300 – Surveillance

Students will learn the skills necessary to conduct surveillance in support of law enforcement and military operations. This course involves a careful examination of covert / overt physical surveillance methodology, terminology, and surveillance types. It emphasizes the importance of area knowledge, counter-surveillance detection, disguises, and pre-planning to greatly increase the probabilities of success of missions conducted against the target at home and overseas. Our team of experts have conducted unique high impact, undercover cases and spent thousands of hours conducting surveillance. Two days in the classroom and three days conducting live surveillance exercises in populated areas. [40 Academic Hours]

HUMINT 310 – Interrogation and Surveillance Methods Program

HUMINT and Surveillance Methods Program is a combination of HUMINT 200, 210, and 300 packaged together for ease of scheduling to meet supported customer needs. [13 Academic Days]