Intelligence Operations Require Qualified Personnel With Anti Terrorism Training

The war in Iraq is drawing to a close and the war in Afghanistan may be in a similar position in the not too distant future. There was a successful transition of power in Iraq, and recent clandestine talks with terrorist leaders about the United States military presence in Afghanistan have shown promising signs. However, even though these high profile conflicts are seemingly coming to a swift conclusion, the struggle against terrorism will continue on for many years to come. Intelligence operations will trudge on behind the scenes, working hard to keep terrorist organizations in check. These operations will require a different type of analyst and operative. No longer will these operations be coupled with large scale military campaigns. They will regress back to their original form, laboring with little to no support in potentially hostile areas and getting no recognition or publicity.

As intelligence operations worldwide, but particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, shift to a more traditional style, it will be of the utmost importance that there are available, well-trained analysts and operatives. Not only will these new individuals need to be trained, but they need to be experts in counter terrorism. Their specialty will help to combat terrorist plots. Terrorist groups will continue to operate worldwide regardless of our military presence. So just because you stop seeing terrorists and terrorist attacks on TV on a regular basis, doesn't mean that there is any less demand for those with anti terrorism training.

For current members in the field or those looking to pursue a career in the Intelligence Community, there are many ways to obtain anti terrorism training. In fact, many of these individuals will receive this training as part of their military assignment with a Military Intelligence unit. Others will receive it as part of an agency training program, and still others will receive their training through a higher education institution. There are even a few universities which are now offering programs with anti terrorism training.

If you are reading this article and you are interested in pursuing a career within the Intelligence Community, do not assume that the end of formal military conflicts equates with a lack of new intelligence positions. On the contrary, with military forces pulled out of critical areas like Iraq and Afghanistan, there will be an increased need to rely on the expertise and flexibility provided through intelligence operations. This long term dependence of the Intelligence Community will result in an increase in the need for new qualified candidates.

My advice would be to understand the upcoming increased need for experts in the area of counter terrorism and get out ahead of the demand. Now would be the perfect time to begin pursuing a degree program which incorporates anti terrorism training. By the time you graduate with your new degree, the government will have realized the increased role the Intelligence Community has taken since the end of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and put you in a perfect position to be hired when the job openings become available.

Dan Sommer works for Henley-Putnam University, a leading educational institution in the field of Strategic Security. For more info on Henley-Putnam University, intelligence operations, anti terrorism training, call 888-852-8746 or visit us online at

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