Mid-East Intelligence Workshop for Homeland Security

Course Description

The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize our homeland defenders or deploying professionals with the history of the Middle East and the culture of the Arabs, with special focus on Islam as a religion and as a way of life, ultimately leading to a better understanding of the depth and intensity of religiously-motivated terrorism and its direct impact on our homeland security and nation-building efforts overseas.

Course Objectives

The objective of this workshop is to provide critical knowledge (morning sessions) and practical skills (afternoon sessions) to conduct more effective intelligence, military, security, and public and civil affairs duties with persons of the Muslim faith, Arabs and non-Arabs alike, overseas or state-side. Anyone attending this seminar will receive the equivalent of one full semester of practical information on Arabs and Muslims, and useful skill sets to combat terrorism; the most real and critical threat to our nation, at home and around the world.

  1. List and identify the various ethnic groups of the Middle East that reside in the United States.
  2. List and identify the various religious groups of the Middle East that reside in the United States.
  3. List and identify the various linguistic groups of the Middle East that reside in the United States.
  4. List and identify the various nationalist groups of the Islamic world that reside in the United States.
  5. Discuss the cultural fault lines between the various ethnic/religious/linguistic/nationalist groups.
  6. Describe the influence of Arab culture on the ethics of Muslims today, Arabs & non-Arabs.
  7. Describe the influence of Arab culture on the ethics of Muslims today in the United States.
  8. Compare and contrast American and Arab cultural values.
  9. Describe legendary Arab physiognomic powers.
  10. Describe the Arab belief system before Islam.
  11. Discuss the creation and foundation of Islam.
  12. Discuss the set of religious beliefs of Muslims.
  13. Discuss the set of religious practices of Muslims.
  14. Describe the impact of the concept of jihad on the life of Muslims today.
  15. Compare and contrast (greater and lesser) jihad and terrorism.
  16. Compare and contrast the ethics of martyrdom and suicide terror.
  17. Discuss the history of the Islamic Empires and cultural impact on militant Islam today.
  18. Discuss the cultural renaissance of the Islamic Empires and its cultural impact on militant Islam.
  19. Discuss the political legacy of the Islamic Empires and its political impact on militant Islam.
  20. Describe the relationship of the various sectarian groups within Islam.
  21. Describe the relationship of the various sectarian groups within Islam, in America.
  22. List the various agencies of the US foreign intelligence community.
  23. Describe the intelligence production cycle.
  24. Discuss the utility of intelligence sources and methods in the fight against terrorism.
  25. Describe the intelligence security classification system.
  26. Discuss the impact of the intelligence security classification system on state/local antiterror efforts.
  27. Discuss basic definitions of the Arabic language.
  28. Identify aspects of Arabic alphabet with direct impact on transliteration of Arabic names.
  29. Identify aspects of Arabic word structure with direct impact on transliteration of Arabic names.
  30. Identify aspects of Arabic soft vowels (accents) with impact on transliteration of Arabic names.
  31. Identify the three forms of Arabic used today (around the world).
  32. Decipher political affiliation or political intent from the form of Arabic used by target.
  33. Demonstrate the ability to decipher Arabic/Islamic names.
  34. Identify and decipher Arabic/Islamic compound names (including the ninety-nine names of Allah).
  35. Identify and decipher Arabic nicknames/honorifics/nom-de-guerre/Jihadi covers.
  36. Demonstrate the ability to identify ethnic affiliation by deciphering Arabic/Islamic names.
  37. Demonstrate the ability to identify religious affiliation by deciphering Arabic/Islamic names.
  38. Demonstrate the ability to identify sectarian affiliation by deciphering Arabic/Islamic names.
  39. Demonstrate the ability to identify nationalist affiliation by deciphering Arabic/Islamic names.
  40. Demonstrate the ability to identify regional affiliation by deciphering Arabic/Islamic names.
  41. Demonstrate the ability to identify colonialist tradition by deciphering Arabic/Islamic names.
  42. Demonstrate good-cop/bad-cop behavior in the context of Arab/Islamic cultural norms.

 

Course Length

3 days (24 hours)

Who May Attend This Course