DA4280 Intelligence and Counter-Proliferation

This course examines the role of intelligence in countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (CP/CWMD). It provides a holistic look at the Intelligence Community and various capabilities used to collect, analyze, and disrupt proliferation networks. The course will also cover the vital role intelligence plays in diplomacy, including negotiations, sanctions, and support to international nonproliferation regimes. The instructor will use case studies, guest speakers, site visits, and draws on a decade of CP/CWMD experience to illustrate key concepts. 


Students should take DA3882 and are recommended, but not required, to take DA3885 prior to taking this course.

Lecture Hours


Lab Hours


Quarter Offered

  • Fall
  • As Required


  1. Students will identify the key players in the IC working CP issues and how they are worked in the interagency context.
  2. Develop an understanding of the key role policymakers play in setting priorities, driving requirements, and providing feedback.
  3. Assess the key challenges of CP-related collection, analysis, and options to delay/disrupt networks.
  4. Evaluate the costs, benefits, and risks of policy options and strategies designed to inhibit the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological platforms.
  5. Forecast near-term and over-the-horizon trends in the spread of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.
  6. Apply course content to conduct a detailed oral presentation of a specific CP issue or case study.
  7. Demonstrate strong critical thinking and analytic writing skills for the mid-term and finals essays.