Introduction to Intelligence


This course is designed to give a broad understanding of intelligence processes in order to provide an overview of how organisations and individuals can optimise their use of information to make better informed decisions.

The course starts by looking at the conventional intelligence cycle and other alternative models (including F3EAC – Target Centric / OODA / SARA) which can be used to provide a structure for information processing activities. The course then looks at different functions within the intelligence cycle (CCIRM etc) and critically examines a common model for implementing Intelligence Led Working Practices (NIM).


You can benefit from IMSL’s decades worth of accumulated expertise in intelligence process management to ‘jump start’ your organisation’s intelligence management processes.


The course is suitable for individuals and groups from the public, private and charitable sectors, with examples and use cases drawn from IMSL’s extensive experience of implementing intelligence management processes in all three of these domains. The course is ideally suited to anyone who is considering implementing (or updating) intelligence led working practices, and for any individual or group whose role involves the exploitation of data in support of decision making.

Level: No specific requirements.

Language: The course will be delivered in English

Delivery Style: 70% Instructor led theory, 20% Instructor led practical sessions, 10% Classroom discussion

Duration: 1 Day / Hours (Times 08-30 – 12-30 / 13-30 – 17-30)

Location: The Intelligence & Analysis School, IMSL, Walsingham House, Shrivenham. SN6 8TZ. UK. (Alternative locations by arrangement)


  • Direction: Identifying your intelligence requirements.
  • Collection: Identifying sources of information suitable to your endeavour, forming a collection plan and running the CCIRM function efficiently.
  • Process / Analysis: What tools, techniques and expertise do I need to turn my information into intelligence? What is analysis? An overview of analytical process and identification of several key types of intelligence analysis.
  • Dissemination: Ensuring that your intelligence has the greatest possible impact on decision making.


  • What structures, processes and skillsets do I need to put in place to make intelligence work?
  • Using NIM as a benchmark model for critical assessment of a model.
  • Mapping intelligence infrastructure to organisational need.
  • Common problems implementing intelligence infrastructure.


Any requirements for overnight accommodation are the responsibility of the trainee – but we are happy to help!

Tea, coffee and soft drinks are provided throughout all classroom training courses.

Day-long course modules will include a buffet lunch. (Special dietary requirements must be noted at the time of booking)

Car Parking: Available.

Public Transport: By rail to Swindon Station + local taxi.

Call IMSL on +44 (0) 1793 784579 or email