Welcome to my ePortfolio

Rachael Riggs, an aspiring intelligence management expert, welcomes you to her captivating ePortfolio.

 This showcase represents the culmination of Rachael's master's degree journey at Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security.

Dive into her meticulously curated collection of coursework, assignments, and a thought-provoking final reflection that highlights her mastery of core competencies and Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). 

Explore the world of intelligence through Rachael's lens and witness her dedication to becoming a strategic security leader.

Masters: SEC665-CYBERSECURITY (March 2023)

Instructed by Dr. Ray Curts "This course covers the development of computer hacking and its effect on business and government, with special emphasis on methods, tools, and hacker culture. Students will learn to describe both the specific tools of hackers and system administrators as well as the literature and subcultures of hackers and groups dedicated to malicious computer hacking. They will also be able to distinguish appropriate countermeasures to be applied to shore up specific vulnerabilities and to fend off specific types of intrusion attempts." Nau Course Descriptions

Masters: TCT570 -Cults & Charismatic Leaders (January 2023)

Dr. Chad Bushman "Understand thought reform techniques used by various states & organizations that have exercised social control over their members. Students will describe “brainwashing” methods used by communist societies & social control mechanisms employed by religious cults & other groups to recruit, control, & deploy their followers. They will be able to explain & discuss the nature of charismatic leadership. groups covered as case studies: Manson Family, the Unification Church, the People’s Temple, The Order of the Solar Temple, Aum Shinrikyo, & Heaven’s Gate." -NAU Course Descriptions

Masters: PRO 596: Advanced Protective Intelligence (October 2022)

Instructor: Bill Gage "This course prepares the student to conduct a protective intelligence assessment of a client. Unlike threat assessments, which concentrate on the determination of the general level of danger faced by a particular client, protective intelligence concentrates on the investigation of historical background of a specific subject who shows an "unusual direction of interest" towards a client, the determination of the subject's threat to a client, and finally, the management of the subject's interest towards a client." -NAU Course Descriptions

Masters: INT570- All Source Intelligence

Instructor: Milo Szymczak "To provide the current and thorough Intelligence Analysis required by Senior Policy Makers, Military Leadership, & Corporate America. All-source analysts utilize HUMINT, IMINT, SIGINT, TECHINT, MASINT, & OSINT. Analysts use a variety of linking, modeling, and data manipulation or artificial intelligence software packages. In this course, we will look at several means of collecting and analyzing multi-discipline information but remain focused on the need and ability to synthesize all of this data, however collected, into objective and cohesive All Source products" -NAU Course Descriptions

Masters: PRO535-Advanced Vehicular Security [March 2022}

Instructor: David Haag "This course equips the student to apply essential principles of executive/dignitary protection to the problem of conveying the client via motor vehicle. Students will be able to explain how to protect the client when entering and exiting a vehicle, planning and executing a motorcade. The class will discuss how to secure vehicles from threats, employ proper responses during an ambush, and use correct driving strategies." -Nau Course Descriptions

Masters: INT535-Cover (December 2021)

Dr. John Lervold "This course defines "Cover" as it is used in the arena of clandestine activity. It explores the different types of cover, their relative strengths and weaknesses. The course examines Cover for Action, Cover for Status, Official Cover, and non-official Cover (including proprietary and front companies). The course will discuss the use of aliases during operations and problems that may be encountered with aliases. Students will examine the federal law and limits in protecting cover, as well as, cover used in actual espionage cases." -NAU Course Description

Masters: INT 551- Double Agents, Denial, and Deception

Instructor: Dr. John Lervold "This course defines double agents and illustrates their importance in counterintelligence operations. It examines historically significant double agent cases and deception operations, as well as, the underlying precepts and principles for deceptions to be effective. The course examines strategic Denial and Deception (D & D) as used by various countries. The student will participate in an interactive exercise to apply deception concepts and principles to a real-world problem." -NAU Course Descriptions

Masters: INT521-Advanced Intelligence Collection (July2021)

Instructor: Bruce Guggenberger "This course teaches all-source collection methodologies as they satisfy national intelligence requirements. It explores major sources of finished intelligence & the methods for collecting it. It examines the need for a collection priorities framework; concept of an integrated collection strategy; & some of the more sophisticated techniques for collecting, processing, and exploiting intelligence. Learn value of synergy in collection & how synergy among collection assets is achieved. Students learn operational tradecraft for each intelligence discipline, as well as how each discipline enables the others." -NAU Course Description
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Masters: INT580- Leadership & Political Analysis

Instructor: Praveen Abhayaratne "Leadership analysis consists of examining a leader's personal and professional life to identify his or her ability to address the problems and challenges of the leadership position. Some leaders just manage their jobs, and others truly lead. This course teaches the craft of analyzing leaders, how to review available biographical information in an effort to discern the leader's personality traits and skills, and any available information on the leader's professional record in dealing with a variety of issues." NAU Course Description

Masters: INT511-Advanced Analytical Methods

Instructor: Amie Bowman "Advanced forms of analysis require the analyst to adroitly handle information from a variety of sources and disciplines, weighing each according to its inherent strengths and weaknesses. He or she must also know how to generate alternate scenarios for analytical and preparation purposes. Advanced analysis is the distillation of the intelligence product into information that can prepare leaders and policymakers for otherwise unexpected contingencies. This course teaches the finer points of advanced analysis, including how to present briefings geared to the context of the intelligence customer." -Acquired From NAU Course Description
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Masters: RES500-Academic Research and Writing

Instructor: Brooks, J "This course is the first course in all H-PSSS master’s programs. This is a research and writing course in which students will devote significant time to improving upon their research, writing, sourcing, and citing skills. Students will learn the importance of accuracy, brevity, and clarity in strategic security communications. Students will focus on academic essay organization including thesis statements, ethical use of source materials using scholarly methods." -Acquired From NAU Course Description

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