The United States Intelligence Community

Description: Did you know that the oldest federal intelligence organization is the Office of Naval Intelligence chartered in 1882? Or that in addition to the Central Intelligence Agency, six cabinet level departments have intelligence organizations? In this course you will learn about the composition and structure of the U.S. Intelligence Community; missions of the individual agencies; the acquisition and production of intelligence for government leaders, military commands, and law enforcement; and the successes, failures, and controversies.

Instructor: Mark Ericson was born in Japan and has a doctorate in Japanese History.  He retired after 37 years as a Department of Defense intelligence officer.  Dr. Ericson has taught courses focusing on East Asian Civilization for over 40 years, including several for Amelia Lifelong Learning. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Maryland Global Campus.

Schedule: Thursdays, 10/7 – 11/18

Time:  1:30 – 3:00pm.

Location:  This class will be taught via Zoom.  The instructor will send the Zoom invitation prior to the class.


Fee: $35/person


Materials: None required