Abstract

Climate change and related topics are ideal subjects for teaching intelligence analysis in higher education. This article describes how Edith Cowan University’s Intelligence Program examines climate change through the prism of a complex and fuzzy problem. Student takeaways include a deeper understanding of the nature of climate change and its implications for national security and enhanced analytical skills.

Authors

Jennifer Medbury

Jennifer Medbury lectures in intelligence and terrorism studies at Edith Cowan University. She has over 11 years’ experience as an intelligence analyst and senior intelligence analyst with the Australian Defence Intelligence Organisation and the Western Australia Police Force. Jennifer was awarded a Master in Strategic Affairs from the Australian National University and is currently a PhD candidate at Edith Cowan University. Her research interests include the lessons learnt process; emergency services; and intelligence analysis education.

Jeff Corkill

Jeff Corkill lectures in Intelligence and Security and is actively researching in the fields of intelligence analysis, surveillance, and personnel vetting at Edith Cowan University (ECU). His primary interests are the role of professional artistry in intelligence analysis and the role of authentic learning in teaching intelligence analysis. Jeff is a former military intelligence officer who after serving 20 years in the Australian Army made the move to the resource sector and spent the next 10 years of his career focusing primarily on the security intelligence needs of the precious minerals industry. Jeff has held several security intelligence management roles in the resource sector and continues to consult in the security and intelligence field. His consultancy has included working with the U.N. and private companies primarily on issues related to intelligence and surveillance. Jeff joined ECU in 2007. Jeff is a Regional Representative for the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers and currently sits on the Board of the International Association for Intelligence Education.

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Using the Complexity of Climate Change to Teach Intelligence Analysis