What Is: Applied Intelligence

“The battlefield has shifted,” says Frederic Lemieux, faculty director of the Master’s in Applied Intelligence program at Georgetown University. Threats from malicious organizations and state actors are no longer confined to one world, real or digital: They exist in both, all the time. To meet this new challenge, Georgetown has developed a finely tuned master’s program that helps policymakers assess emerging geopolitical threats and craft strategic responses. Developed in consultation with leading intelligence organizations and taught by instructors who currently work in the field, the program focuses on four key sectors: homeland security, cyber intelligence, law enforcement, and competitive business intelligence. Applied intelligence is “harnessing the power of technology and human intelligence to make informed decisions that create competitive advantage,” Lemieux says. “It’s where data meets decision-making.”

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