Certificate In Applied Strategic and Tactical Intelligence Analysis

A module of Diploma In Anti & Counter Terrorism Studies.
Accomplish the Diploma and be awarded as a Anti & Counter Terrorism Practitioner (ACTP)


The Certificate in Applied Strategic & Tactical Intelligence Analysis (CASTIA) delivers fundamental knowledge, understanding and applied skills in the domain of intelligence work, with a special emphasis on the collection and analysis of information. In this Program, Strategic Intelligence pertains to the collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination of intelligence that affects macro-level considerations of a corporation such as its overall security from a range of threats, safety and wellbeing of staff, political risk exposure, corporate reputation, and overall ability to operate. Tactical Intelligence pertains to the collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination of intelligence that affects micro-level considerations of a security or analytical unit within a corporation on operational and investigative matters. This course covers all-source intelligence but focuses on the high value of Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) i.e. overt, publicly available sources (as opposed to covert sources). It also covers significant aspects of Social Media Intelligence (SOCINT).

CASTIA is designed for both current Security Practitioners as well as those intending on a career switch from a non-security role into a Security role. It is applicable to participants from both the private and public sectors and is pegged at those working mid-level security operations and corporate management.

Upon completion of the three-day CASTIA course and successful completion of an on-line examination, participants will earn a professionally-known in the industry Certification from the Academy of Security, Intelligence and Risks Studies (ASIRS). Participants will also be able to complete four other Security Modules to earn the Diploma of Anti & Counter Terrorism Studies.


The key objective of CASTIA is to provide participants with the building-blocks forming a comprehensive intelligence operations framework to acquire and analyse valuable information with the central goal of assisting corporate decision-making by reducing the element of uncertainty in the face of increasing complexity of todays’ operational environment.


Course Modules:  14 Modules

Duration:  3 Days

Language:  English

Assessment: written examination

Course Fee:  SGD 1,500

Application Fee:  SGD 100


This module introduces participants to the realm of intelligence in all its relevant aspects. It clarifies what is intelligence and what it is not. It also traces the evolution of the tradecraft of intelligence over the last century in which this line of work is no longer monopolised by governments and how it has become crucial in the business sector.
This module drills into the professional role, scope and responsibilities of an intelligence analyst across the layers of an organisation. It also discusses the value system and mental requirements of a competent and effective intelligence analyst. It maps out a recommended learning and growth development journey for those wanting to build a career in this line of expertise.
The domains of strategic intelligence and tactical intelligence are explained, including these distinctions and areas of overlap between them. The relevance of these aspects of intelligence across the public and private sectors are also explained to the participants.
The core framework in the discipline of intelligence work is the Intelligence Cycle and it is described in good detail supported by examples. The KPUU (Known-Presume-Unknown-Unknowable) Framework is mental model and intelligence process management tool that is used as a key guiderail in intelligence operations especially during analysis.
As the starting point of the Intelligence Cycle, proper intelligence planning is vital for a successful intelligence task to be executed and to achieve its objectives. In particular, a sharp research strategy is a core component of proper intelligence planning especially in the private sector and key principles will be thought to the participants.
The spearhead of a robust intelligence tasking is a good operational hypothesis as proper intelligence work is not about ‘joining the dots’ but making sense of external developments that allow us to find resolution to a problem or knowledge gap that hampers good decision-making to the stakeholders who need valuable information and insights to do so. This module teaches participants how to generate hypotheses and to test them using the ‘Analysis of Competing Hypotheses’ Framework.
This module properly introduces participants to the domain of OSINT as a very important, highly regarded and professionally respected area of information that is crucial to the success of intelligence operations today. It also imparts the methodology for accessing both digital and offline/traditional OSINT accurately and exhaustively.
This module properly introduces participants to the domain of SOCINT as a subset of digital OSINT and how certain social media platforms and online forums provide a rich source of tactical information using the right approaches and tools.
Close sourced intelligence refers to the domain of covert and sensitive information that is not often accessible through OSINT. This module covers some of the scenarios in which closed source intelligence is crucial to the completion of an intelligence tasking and the ethics and parameters that define the bounds for legitimate close source intelligence gathering to complement the open source approach.
One the main reasons why intelligence work fails its stakeholders is because the executors of intelligence operations are unable to process and manage the information they collect. Good information management is almost half the battle won in an intelligence tasking and the methods to do this well are covered in this module.
One the other reasons why intelligence work fails its stakeholders is because the executors of intelligence operations are unable analyse the information they collect and manage. Basically, they fail to answer the question of ‘So what?’ This module arms the participants with the toolbox to avoid analysis failure and to generate insights that will make a difference to the decision-making needs of their stakeholders.
The communication of intelligence determine whether the hard work and fruits of an intelligence tasking actually reaches the minds and ears of the stakeholders who commissioned the tasking in the first place. Concision and sharpness are critical in intelligence reporting and presentation and this module provides participants with templates and tips on delivering the best possible dissemination of intelligence.
Participants are equipped with the principles, planning architecture, resource requirements and generic but relevant SOPs on how to establish a permanent intelligence unit serving an organisation’s stakeholders within the larger corporate security unit and wider corporation being served.
Graham Ong Webb

Dr. Graham Ong-Webb

Vice President, Head of Future Technology Centre
ST Engineering


Entry Requirements
  • 21 years old and above; and
  • Diploma Holders; or
    an industry or government recognise akin certificate; or
    with at least 1 year of industry related working experience
  • Pass in English in Secondary or High School education or equivalent.
Graduation Requirements

Students will be assessed throughout the duration of the program. In order to be received the certificate, students must achieve a pass for their in-class assessments paper, and at least 75% of class attendance.