Author Biography

Kevin Riehle is an associate professor at the National Intelligence University. He has spent over 28 years in the U.S. government as a counterintelligence analyst studying foreign intelligence services. He received a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London, an MS in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and a BA in Russian and Political Science from Brigham Young University. He has written on a variety of intelligence and counterintelligence topics, focusing on the history of Soviet and Eastern Bloc intelligence services. His is the author of the book, Soviet Defectors: The Revelations of Renegade Intelligence Officers, 1924-1954.



Subject Area Keywords

Intelligence analysis, Intelligence studies/education, National security, Security studies


Intelligence and security studies degree programs at non-government universities offer a variety of diplomas, from bachelor’s degrees, to graduate certificates, to master’s degrees. In most cases, universities market intelligence studies degree programs to two audiences: those who aspire to a job in a security-related career (intelligence, law enforcement, or homeland security); and those already in one of those careers who want to improve their qualifications for career advancement. This article proposes three additional audiences—intelligence scholars, students seeking to improve critical thinking and analytic skills, and any informed student—that would also benefit from such degree programs, with each requiring a different combination and weighting of competencies, thus necessitating a different level of emphasis in an intelligence degree program.


The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense or any U.S. Government agency.