Fall 2016

Intelligence and U.S. National Security Policymaking

Listed in: History, as HIST-460


Steven N. Simon (Section 01)


[US] The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the role and effectiveness of intelligence in forming and executing national security policy in the U.S. Government. It will include three major components: (1) a survey and assessment of the intelligence enterprise, its organization, and major functions, to gain insight into how the intelligence community works, and into its ethos and organizational culture; (2) an examination of the impact of intelligence collection and analysis on the policy community and of the interactions between the policy and intelligence communities from both their perspectives; and (3) review of case studies to gain deeper insight into intelligence community/policy making community dynamics in the “real world.”  One class meeting per week.Not open to first-year students.  Limited to 18 students.  Fall semester.  McCloy Visiting Professor Simon.

If Overenrolled: Preference to History majors, by seniority


Attention to Research


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018