Release Date: Feb. 24, 2011
ASU Center for Security Studies Hosting Elite Intelligence Course
A group of the U.S. Air Force’s top uniformed and civilian intelligence analysts are currently attending the intensive, two-week Air Force Advanced Analyst Course (AAC) hosted by Angelo State University’s Center for Security Studies (CSS).
The 23 students were hand-picked from the ranks of Air Force intelligence agencies by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance at Headquarters Air Force. The Advanced Analyst Course was implemented in February of 2010, and the current group is the fourth to experience it. ASU is the first civilian institution to host the course, with previous sessions held at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., and a military installation in Germany.
Dr. Robert Ehlers, CSS director, said the AAC is the “flagship intelligence analyst course” for the “best and brightest” analysts in the Air Force. Participants receive daily classroom instruction based on intensive reading assignments, and then engage in complex intelligence-analysis practice scenarios.
The students are instructed by nine faculty mentors, all of them active duty or retired senior Air Force or Army officers.
Ehlers worked with Headquarters Air Force to bring the course to ASU, paving the way for civilian institutions to become regular hosts for the two-week sessions, which are conducted several times a year. Angelo State’s CSS will host another session of the course this summer.
For more information, call the CSS at 486-6682.