Homeland Security Intelligence

Homeland Security Intelligence

Penn State Harrisburg's Department of Continuing Education and School of Public Affairs are offering a five-day residential executive course from June 4 - 8, 2018. The course is designed for practitioners in homeland security enterprise, the intelligence community, and emergency management at local, state, and federal levels. Participants can register to receive three academic credits or continuing education units (CEU).

The Homeland Security Intelligence course provides a depth of knowledge of key intelligence issues for homeland security professionals. The course achieves the objectives by focusing on:

  • Identifying Intelligence sharing strategies.
  • Recognizing collection capabilities and describing analytical tradecraft - methods and techniques of analyzing intellegence.
  • Analyzing policies established by governments to develop relevant and timely intelligence for customers.
  • Identifying the roles and missions of key players in the Intelligence Community.
  • Discussing relevant legal issues in intelligence
  • Exploring significant and emerging threats to the homeland and intelligence challenges.

Shortfalls in intelligence sharing were identified as key problems in the 9/11 Commission Report (2004) which allowed the 9/11 attacks to be executed. Improvements in intelligence sharing and a vast increase in intelligence volume have resulted from this finding. There are also areas in which intelligence sharing continues to be a challenge. This is all important information for future homeland security and criminal justice practitioners alike.

Homeland security and law enforcement professionals are producers as well as consumers of intelligence products. This includes state and local officials who are part of the homeland security enterprise and the law enforcement network, and who must ultimately respond to potential threats and attacks, if they should occur.

The executive course can be counted towards the Penn State Homeland Security Certificate (12 credits in total). It can also be counted as an elective in the Penn State World Campus Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security.

Residential Executive Course Schedule

Course Schedule


Nicholas Eftimiades recently retired from the US Department of Defense. His 34 year government career includes employment in CIA as a Technical Operations Officer, Special Agent in the US Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and a Senior Intelligence Officer in Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). His numerous awards include the National Intelligence Council Achievement Award and DIA Director's Award. Mr. Eftimiades has expertise in intelligence analysis and operations, terrorist tactics, emerging threats and disruptive technologies.

Homeland Security Residential Executive Course Presenters include:

  • Mr. Brian Harrell, CPP, Managing Director, Enterprise Protective Services at Duke Energy Corporation 
  • Ms. Jennifer Whitt, Former Director, Program Management and Threat Assessments, TSA Office of Intelligence Analysis
  • Mr. Milton Diaz, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Dr. John Yurechko, Former National Intelligence Officer, National Intelligence Council
  • Mr. Jim McIlmail. Former Navy/DIA Special Assistant for MASINT and Technical Collection
  • Mr. Esteban Rodriguez, former Director of Operations, Defense Combating Terrorism Center, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Mr. Anthony Waters, former Defense Attache, Lt Col, USMC Retired

To Register:

Registration Instructions for Graduate Degree Students - Credit:

  1. Meet with you adviser and plan your course schedule.
  2. Internet registration is available using LionPath. Login with your user ID and password and proceed to registration.
  3. Select 2185 – Summer 2018 as the Term.
  4. Select HB – Harrisburg for Campus.
  5. Select Harrisburg as the Location.
  6. Select PUBPL as the Subject. Click search.
  7. Select PUBPL 476 – Homeland Security Intelligence
  8. If you have missed two consecutive semesters, you must complete a Resume Study Form and be approved through the office of your major prior to registration. If you missed just one semester, please contact Enrollment Service (717) 948-6020.
  9. Penn State Harrisburg Residential Tuition Rates apply.

Having Trouble Registering?

Contact (814) 867-4973 for immediate assistance.

Interested in Non-Credit?

Call Kristin Deibler at 717-948-6500 or cetraining@psu.edu

Additional Information

This is a Penn State Harrisburg executive course offering, where the tuition/registration fee covers participation in the course. No meals or breaks are included. The setting for the course is like for any academic class, where meals are within the responsibility of the student/participant. No full dining services will be available on campus. Sandwiches, salads, and snacks can be purchased in the campus coffee shop. Several dining options are available within a few minutes’ driving distance.

Overnight Accommodations

Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey
4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111

  • Please indicate Penn State Homeland Security when calling to book a room.
  • A.M. and P.M. shuttle service provided to Penn State Harrisburg Campus only!

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