JMark Services, Inc., has developed and currently teaches and administers an Information Environment Advanced Analysis (IEAA) course program sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSD(I)). This is the only advanced analysis course available for intelligence analysts interacting with planners and operators from across all military services within the Information Environment (IE). It is open to all ranks of civilian and military members but specifically targets personnel in the officer, warrant officer, mid-grade/senior NCO, and GG/GS11-14 grades.
This Joint-Staff certified and Joint credit-awarding course focuses on the ways in which the proliferation of information and information systems creates a distinct operating environment – the IE. Course mentors help students understand how to engage in careful and coordinated analysis, planning, and operations within the IE to help the DoD and its partners achieve end-states and objectives across the spectrum of conflict. The course content is designed to give students varied approaches and insights that will help them and their commanders to seize and hold the initiative within complex problem and mission sets and, to the extent possible, achieve objectives short of armed conflict.
Our rigorous, two-week IEAA courses equip analysts, planners, and operators with concepts, techniques, and constructs enabling them to analyze a complex problem situation, anticipate how to achieve an end-state favorable to U.S. interests, and devise a recommendation that will help a commander determine how to seize and sustain the initiative in the IE to achieve a stated end-state and supporting objectives. Students develop will- and capabilities-based activities and effects within the IE to achieve their objectives and end-state in support of strategic priorities. The course also gives students detailed approaches and tools for assessing progress toward achieving effects, objectives, and end-states. These include measures of effectiveness, measures of performance, and effectiveness indicators. This focus on assessment, and specifically on MOEs, MOPs, and MOEIs, is useful throughout the range of conflict, from information-driven to kinetic problem sets.
What Our Students Say
"The framework process will greatly help me with my work – it will help me identify a problem and step through a process to head towards an end-state. I will be able to take away these new skills and immediately put them into practice in my work environment."
"Learned more critical thinking skills in the past two weeks than past 13 years combined."
"I feel as though I am armed with the right thoughts or steps to help break down situations and put it back together to understand the full problem and make more accurate decisions."
"Now, I have a methodology and mindset to tackle the problem."
"The mentors really helped to ensure that we understood the material and then how to apply it."
Seasoned mentors cover key course concepts, approaches, and tools within the context of real-world problem sets and practical exercises, resulting in a rich learning experience that students can carry back to their duty stations. As a result, course graduates from operations, plans, and intelligence organizations are better able to characterize, forecast, target, wargame, and assess the IE in support of a commander’s decision-making process and the achievement of national security objectives.
In addition to members of the joint U.S. military community, law-enforcement and Intelligence Community professionals have graduated from the IEAA course and have successfully applied course concepts and techniques in such areas as special operations, counter-terrorism, and gang and narcotics enforcement.
These courses feature highly interactive instruction in plenary and small-group settings, a challenging and realistic practical exercise, rigorous study and reading programs, and teaching/mentoring teams comprised entirely of senior leaders and educators. All IEAA courses include the following expertise, resources, and deliverables:
- Senior IEAA educators/mentors and course administrators who conduct, teach, administer, and evaluate the course for up to 30 students during a two-week period. Our senior educators/mentors are retired Colonels with senior command and staff experience in intelligence billets as well as significant planning and operations experience.
- Curricula, syllabi, lesson plans, extensive reading requirements, training and learning objectives, student workbooks and module packets, and an evaluation process that includes student performance assessment and continuous review of course progress, both during and after the course. (Note: course materials are available in hard copy or digital form.)
- Detailed, relevant practical exercises, based on real-world problems addressed in the National Security Strategy and National Military Strategy. These include detailed baselines, decision-maker profiles, and daily scenario injects (each covering a one-month period) that facilitate and ensure student application and comprehension of advanced IE-related analytic techniques, methods, and concepts taught throughout the course.
- A 2.5-hour oral comprehensive examination administered to all students in the course.
- An 8-hour block to build an IE Recommendation Briefing for senior evaluators playing the role of a theater commander, political advisor, and other key leaders. The 40-minute briefing showcases students’ learning and new skills and is followed by a rigorous question-and-answer session with the senior evaluators.
- Completion and assessment of detailed end-of-course critiques by all students at the conclusion of every course. This continuous course critique and assessment process focuses on lessons learned, portions of the course to be sustained, and opportunities for improving specific aspects of the course. Mentors and staff meet semi-annually for a Hot Wash in which key findings from the critique process are incorporated into the course, facilitating an iterative improvement that allows mentors to keep the course at the forefront of developing IE-related approaches, concepts, and practices.
If you have general questions about course content, or if you are interested in sponsoring an IEAA course at your location/facility, contact Rob Ehlers.
Larry Bruns is the senior project manager at JMark Services Inc. for advanced analysis courses delivered to OSD, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps students, including the Information Environment Advanced Analysis Course. He is a principal instructor and the author of all practical exercises for those courses. Mr. Bruns has also managed a variety of critical ISR training, concepts, and systems projects for the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, including analytical support and concept design for the Distributed Common Ground System–Army. He led a team providing ISR modeling, future Army modular force experimentation, and subject matter expertise to the Army Battle Command Battle Laboratory.
Mr. Bruns also completed a 26-year career as an Army intelligence officer, retiring at the rank of colonel in 1998. He served in variety of command and staff positions, from company to the national level. Those positions included command of a battalion in DESERT STORM; brigade command at Fort Lewis, Washington; Assistant Chief of Staff, G2, I Corps; and Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, U.S. Army Forces Command. Mr. Bruns holds a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M, and a Master of Military Art and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Dr. Tom Drohan is the Director of the International Center for Security and Leadership at JMark. His 38-year career in the U.S. Air Force blended operations and education. As a pilot his duties included HC-130 combat rescue aircraft commander at Kadena AB (Japan), C-130 airlift squadron director of operations at Pope AFB (North Carolina), provisional airlift squadron commander at Ramstein AB (Germany) and Prince Sultan AB (Saudi Arabia), and T-41 instructor pilot (USAF Academy). As an educator he served as Permanent Professor of Military & Strategic Studies and Vice Commandant at the USAF Academy, Division Chief for Anti-terrorism & Force Protection and for Air & Missile Defense in South Korea, Advisor at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan, Visiting Scholar at The Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and Council on Foreign Relations Fellow in Japan.
A USAF Academy graduate, he holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii, and a master’s degree and doctorate in politics from Princeton University. Following his military retirement in the rank of brigadier general, Dr. Drohan was Dean of the National Defense College in the United Arab Emirates. He is the author of A New Strategy for Complex Warfare and American-Japanese Security Agreements, and various articles and chapters on contemporary security strategy.
Tim Hollifield is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with 22.5 years of service as an intelligence officer, Foreign Area Officer, and Defense Attaché. Since his retirement in 2010, he served as a Senior Instructor and Course Manager for the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Language and Regional Expertise Center (LREC) and the Joint Military Intelligence Center. He has also served as an Instructor and Course Coordinator for the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute in the School of Professional and Area Studies. In the past, he has been a guest lecturer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Ministry of Defense Advisor Program, Special Operations Command (SOCOM), the FBI Counterterrorism Division (CTD) and at the Department of War Studies, Kings College London (UK).
Prior to his retirement from active duty in 2010, he served as a Strategic Intelligence Analyst, U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer (South Asia), Defense Attaché, Defense Liaison Officer, Security Assistance Officer, and Human Intelligence Officer, and Counterterrorism / Staff Operations Officer working in and focusing on the Near East, South Asia, and East Africa. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne (Parachutist), U.S. Army Ranger School, U.S. Air Force Escape and Evasion School, and the Pakistan Army Staff College as well as numerous other Defense and National Security courses. He is a combat veteran and served multiple tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Horn of Africa. His graduate degrees are in Strategic Intelligence (Joint Military Intelligence College, now National Intelligence University) and Strategic Intelligence and Middle East Studies (American Military University). His research focus is on Insurgencies, Violent Extremism Organizations, and Religious, Ethnic, and Tribal Identity and Conflict in the AFPAK region, the Near East, and South Asia. Tim has both Afghan and Persian-American relatives and speaks basic conversational Dari/Farsi and Hindi/Urdu. He is a Licensed Hypnotist, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, Certified Body Language and Counter-Deception Instructor, and Certified Cross-Cultural Communications Trainer/Facilitator.
David Johnson completed a distinguished military career as an Air Force intelligence officer in 2010, retiring at the rank of colonel. He is currently the senior Director of ISR Development with PatchPlus Consulting. In his final active duty assignment, he served as Chief, Distributed Common Ground System Weapon System Office, AF ISR Agency, where he led program management and oversight of the AN/GSQ-272 Sentinel (AF DCGS) weapon system. He also served as Chief, ISR Force Development, Training, and Weapons and Tactics, AF ISR Agency; Chief, ISR Division 607th Air and Space Operations Center, 7th Air Force; Chief, NATO Intelligence Systems Service Branch, SHAPE; and Commander of Pacific Air Forces Air Intelligence Squadron and 26th Air and Space Intelligence Squadron, Hickam AFB.
He was Instructor, Flight Commander, Assistant Operations Officer, and Operations Officer of the Intelligence Division, USAF Weapons School. Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from Louisiana Technical University.
Jeff Johnson is a the Vice President, Eastern Region, at JMark Services Inc. In that role, Jeff is the business development and capture lead for future initiatives, as well as program and project manager for current major business activities. Prior to coming to JMark, Jeff was the principal lead responsible for Booz Allen Hamilton’s Air Force intelligence business, which included projects in Air Combat Command, the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Agency, Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Force Space Command, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, and other organizations.
Previously, he served 25 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a colonel. During his military career, he served as a commander of special reconnaissance missions in the former East Germany; as a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy, Moscow; and as commander of the 67th Operations Support Squadron, where he directed operations for the Air Force’s SIGINT wing; and as 390th Intelligence Squadron. He served as Director of Intelligence, Combined Air Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, responsible for AF intelligence in Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. A graduate of the University of Texas, Mr. Johnson holds master’s degrees in national security strategy from the National War College and in national security/Soviet studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Michael Phillips is executive vice president at JMark Services Inc., where he leads efforts to promote education, training, and development initiatives in the U.S. and overseas, with a special emphasis on identifying and engaging qualified small, disadvantaged businesses in such efforts. He was formerly the Executive Director, Analysis Mission Programs, Department of the Air Force, where he was responsible for implementing standards and policy for intelligence analysis across the USAF and for the development of advanced intelligence analysis education and training programs. In that role, he served as primary agent for professionalization, outreach, and rapid improvement of Air Force intelligence analysis.
His 28-year military career included assignments as principal military advisor to the United Nations special representative in Kosovo; commander of the 381st Intelligence Squadron; Director of Intelligence (A2), 13th Air Force, PACAF; commander of the Air Force Intelligence Analysis Agency, and commander of the DIA Special Collections Operations Group. He retired at the rank of colonel in September 2009. Mr. Phillips holds master’s degrees in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College and in international relations from Troy State University; he has served as a National Defense Fellow at Georgetown University.
Christopher Tatka served 25 years as a U.S. Army Officer (Operator, Planner, Scholar). He started his career as an Airborne Ranger qualified Combat Engineer. As an Engineer he deployed to Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Macedonia in support of peace enforcing/keeping operations. He was selected for the Engineer Warrior Program where he served as an Observer Controller at the National Training Center for engineer units deploying to combat. He then became a Small Group Instructor for the Engineer Captains Career Course instructing staff procedures, planning, and intelligence. He attended the Air Command and Staff College and was selected to be a Combat Advisor Team Leader where he served in Mosul, Iraq during the Surge (battalion level) and the final year of the war in Bashara, Iraq (division level) earning two Bronze Stars and the Combat Action Badge. He served as an executive officer in Nasiriyah, Iraq providing command and control, planning, and logistical support for military police, intelligence, engineer, EOD, and remotely piloted aerial vehicle units. He led the Improvised Explosive Device working group for all Southeast Iraq integrating intelligence and operations to save lives on the battlefield. He served as the Deputy Chief for Current Operations and Crisis Team Leader at USCENTCOM. While there he attended the Joint Forces Staff College and completed his joint qualification redesignating as an Army Strategic/Operational Planner. He ended his career as a Professor of Military and Strategic Studies and Irregular Warfare at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Dr. Erin Wirth-Beaumont is an experimental social/political psychologist. She previously served as the Senior Intelligence Officer for DIA's Human Factors Analysis Division, and was the standard bearer for Human Factors analysis and methodologies in the U.S. Defense Enterprise. During her seven years of government service, she lead multiple international working groups on techniques for applying social science methods to intelligence problem sets, and lead a research team which is an internationally recognized expert in developing and applying intelligence-relevant social network analytical approaches. She built and delivered a Division-wide, four-week, graduate-level curriculum to train her analytic workforce, a first in the intelligence community. She has research and teaching interests in advanced and novel analytic methods, leadership decision making, information operations, and antecedents to political violence. In 2012, she accepted an academic appointment as a member of the psychology faculty at Northwest Arkansas Community College.
In 1994, after 13 years enlisted service in combat arms skills, Joe Guay was assigned as a Special Agent with the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) Reserve and received appointment as a Warrant Officer rising to the level of Chief Warrant Officer 3. Subsequently, Maj Guay accepted a direct commission as a 2LT in the Military Police Corps and has held assignments as a platoon leader as well as a Commander for 4 separate tours. Currently Maj Guay has been employed as a Los Angeles Police Officer, Sergeant and Lieutenant for 24 years. He is currently assigned as the Officer-in-Charge of the Fugitive Warrant Section with responsibility over 75 personnel.
4-15 March 2019 (Colorado Springs, CO)
6-17 May 2019 (Colorado Springs, CO)
8-19 July 2019 (Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA)
19-30 August 2019 (Ramstein AB, Germany)
9-20 September 2019 (Colorado Springs, CO)
For more information on the IEAA course and how to apply, the primary contact is:
JMark Services, Inc.
If Judy is unavailable, you may contact:
Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Intelligence | Intelligence & Security | HUMINT & Special Activities
Ctr, JMark Services
Lisa Bellamy, PhD
Senior Training Program Developer
25th AF |AFCO |Advanced Analysis and Training
JMark Services, Inc.
To be considered for selection to attend IEAA, please submit an application at https://intellipedia.intelink.gov/wiki/IEAA.