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what my teacher said to me "That said, one way of getting to a good topic is to reflect back on your previous courses and ask yourself if there is something that you came across that REALLY interested you, but you didn't have the time to explore. Choose that topic. This is your opportunity. Intel Ops is quite broad, but I am sure you can think of something."


This assignment is a research paper. This means you will choose a topic of intelligence interest, identify your research sources, identify and apply a research method to your paper, and draft a paper that defends your main point/thesis.


TOPIC: 1. How advanced were the insurgent intelligence networks in Iraq?

You must choose a topic from your area of concentration. You are free to choose any topic you are interested in or have wanted to investigate but haven't been able to address.


You should be sure to have a thesis that addresses the topic you are focusing on and that this thesis is CLEAR and UNAMBIGUOUS. If you have any questions about your thesis you should ask them on the open discussion board for the class. It is OK to share your ideas and ask for feedback. Also, if necessary, you can ask me for input (though you are now expected to be able to develop your own theses and know that what your developing is a good thesis. Your thesis must be in the first paragraph or section of your paper.

You should also be sure to have section headings, a title page, end notes (or footnotes), list of references, page numbers and all the other elements of a professional paper.


Your paper should be 15-20 pages in length, double spaced, Arial font size 10. You are welcome to use graphs and charts and maps, etc., provided they add new information and support your paper.


You should strive for 7+ references (which shouldn't be difficult given all the reading you've done in your program). Be sure that your selection of sources gives you balance, that they are credible and reliable and accurate (and note when they may not be).


All research papers have assumptions. These bound the problem, exclude difficult variables, provide a firm starting point. While it is not necessary to have a separate section for assumptions, it is necessary that you identify them when you make them. (For instance in an examination of covert action success you may want to make the assumption that the first CA engaged in by CIA was not representative of what occurs later in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, and therefore should be excluded from your study.)

Addition notes that may help, this is taken from the link above:

An intelligence report should be thought of as the answer to an intelligence problem. In this sense it should raise the question, present the answer, indicate the gaps as a guide to collection, explain the method used in achieving the answer, and document the discussion so that any reader may conduct an independent check of the results.

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