The focus here is not on the collection of information via technical means. Rather, STI is concerned with evaluating the research, manufacturing and engineering capabilities of a state; analysing weapons systems; understanding the technical and scientific threats to national security; and developing suitable countermeasures.

This three-day program focuses on those skills and disciplines needed by security and intelligence professionals to understand and respond to a broad range of challenges. Guidance is given on a variety of collection disciplines, as well as a range of analytic frameworks and techniques. The course also covers technical issues such as systems analysis, materials exploitation and patents.

What You Will Learn

Introduction – Introduction to STI
– STI in history
– Science, technology and national policy
– The dynamics of technological change
– Legal and ethical constraints
Requirements Planning – Risk / threat / opportunity assessments
– Problem analysis and evaluation
– Requirements and collection planning
STI Collection – Scientific, academic and industry sources
– Working with human intelligence
– Effective Internet exploitation
– Multimedia exploitation
– Grey and foreign literature
– Clandestine collection methodologies
Adversary Analysis – Identifying and monitoring national R&D priorities
– Capability / intent analysis
– Technological SWOT analysis
– Industry assessments and evaluations
– Military / weapons systems analysis
– Alliance analysis
Technology Analysis – Patent analysis
– Benchmarking
– Systems and subsystems analysis
– Foreign material exploitation
– Modeling and simulations
Technology Forecasting – Technology prospecting / scouting
– Technology life cycle analysis
– Technology roadmaps
– Technology impact analysis
– Patent analysis
– S-Curve analysis
Working with STI – Establishing an STI capability
– Operating an STI unit: frameworks for action
– Managing a STI research project
– Communicating STI
– Security and counterintelligence
– Applying STI to national R&D priorities

Teaching Method: This is a five-day program combining theory with case studies and practical exercises. Participants are expected to take part in group and individuals activities and provide constructive feedback to their peers.

Instructors: Chris Pallaris, i-intelligence / Gari Owen

Target Audience: Security and intelligence professionals, scientific and technical professionals, government researchers, etc.

Language of Instruction: English

Course Requirements: Participants are encouraged to set up a Gmail account if they don’t have one.