When businesses, institutions, nonprofit organizations, or governmental agencies need to reduce uncertainty, one place they can turn to is the Tom Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst. Many already have.

The Tom Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst University has a research and analysis arm, the Institute for Intelligence Studies and Information Science. This center has provided research and analysis products to clients since 1995. Over the years, it has done research and analysis for agencies such as Department of Defense, the European Union ParliamentCentral Intelligence AgencyProcter & GambleCoca ColaErie Regional Chamber of CommerceEriez Magnetics, and many more.


Here are some examples of the types of services that Institute for Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences can provide:

  • Focused, open source research: Under the direction of The Ridge College faculty, our student research requested topics.  These requests can range from amassing large databases for manufacturers to finding the latest developments in highly specialized scientific endeavors.
  • Custom analysis: Also under the direction of The Ridge College faculty, our students perform open source research on intelligence requirements. Utilizing a variety of analytic techniques, the students produce estimative intelligence products and briefing to meet decision-maker needs.
  • Custom threat assessments: Under the direction of The Ridge College faculty, our students develop targeted threat assessments to support organizational needs.
  • Analytic test beds: With a student population in excess of 400 candidates, The Ridge College offers opportunities for researchers and software developers to test hypothesis, techniques, and products on the future of the intelligence workforce.
  • Program evaluation: We offer a third party analytical assessment of your organization’s programs.  It provides the customer and funding authorities a review of program deliverables, fiduciary soundness, and program impact.  The professional expertise we possess is unparalleled in providing unbiased analysis of core performance criteria and communicating that information in a concise context for all types of decision makers.

The Tom Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst University, through its Institute for Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, has a number of training options for potential clients to consider.  For more information contact:

Can the Ridge College develop training courses for my organization?

The Ridge College has developed courses of varying lengths and to varying degrees of intensity for the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the FBI, and other government agencies, including some foreign governments.  We are prepared to use our highly skilled subject matter experts and instructional designers to develop effective training courses to meet client needs.  Potential areas include, but are not limited to:

  • National Security Intelligence
  • Law Enforcement Intelligence
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Intelligence for Cyber Issues
  • Intelligence for Counterterrorism Issues

What training courses are available from the Ridge College?

Courses have covered topics such as counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and intelligence analysis methodologies.The Ridge College faculty has crafted unique, application-oriented programs that give intelligence analysts more tools to add to their toolbox. The Ridge College offers course packages with the option of taking train-the-trainer courses at Mercyhurst or the client’s chosen site, or The Ridge College faculty and staff can train the personnel at the client’s choice of locations.

Advanced Analytic Techniques (5 day course)

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to explore techniques emerging from the physical and social sciences and apply those techniques to intelligence problems. Focusing on a variety of techniques from a variety of disciplines, this course will expose an advanced student to new and potentially useful methods for conducting intelligence analysis.

Analytic Methodologies for Law Enforcement and Homeland Security (5 day course)

The course reviews the key requirements for intelligence in law enforcement and homeland security. The course focuses the use of advanced analytic methodologies to analyze structured and unstructured law enforcement data produced by all source collection. Students will apply these concepts, using a variety of tools, to develop descriptive, explanatory, and estimative products and briefings for decision-makers in the field.

Intelligence Communications (5 day course)

The skill most valued by the intelligence consumer is the ability to communicate, briefly and effectively, the results of detailed analytic work. This course, through repetitive application of a focused set of skills to a body of information of constantly increasing complexity, is designed to prepare intelligence analysts to deliver a variety of intelligence products in both written and oral formats.

Law Enforcement Intelligence for Analysts (5 or 10 day course)

This course exposes analysts who will be working in an intelligence capacity within a law enforcement agency to applied analytic technologies, methodologies, and tools for both investigative case support and the production of tactical and strategic intelligence products.  Emphasis will be placed on sources, methods, writing, and briefing for law enforcement decision-makers.

Law Enforcement Intelligence for Officers and First-Line Supervisors (5 day course)

This course will identify the role of officers and first-line supervisors in the use of intelligence.  The focus will be on how officers and first-line supervisors can contribute to the intelligence-driven policing initiatives within an agency.

Managing a Law Enforcement intelligence Unit (5 or 10 day course)

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the primary concerns in managing an effective law enforcement intelligence unit or law enforcement intelligence operations.  Practical exercises will allow participants to plan for the management of effective, safe, legal, and ethical intelligence operations within their agency.

Structured Analysis of Competing Hypothesis (3 day course)

This analytic workshop introduces the use of analysis of competing hypothesis and the structured analysis of repeating hypotheses.  Students will discuss why hypotheses testing is important and apply ACH and SACH to develop high quality written estimates and visual presentations through various exercises. 

Using Intelligence for National Security and Law Enforcement Executives (1 day course)

Managers, whether in national security or law enforcement, need to understand the basic principles of the intelligence discipline, and when & how to use it as a management tool.  However, with the exception of military officers and usually those at the most senior ranks in their national governments, there are no formal training programs to teach managers how to use this very powerful management discipline. The purpose of this executive seminar is to provide senior managers and administrators a working level understanding of intelligence, its essential operations and key managerial uses.  The course will focus on the role and responsibilities of managers to define and articulate their specific need(s) for intelligence.  Working in small teams, attendees will draft executive-level intelligence requirements in one of the four basic categories: decision making, action, planning, and information.  They will present their Intelligence Requirements (IR’s) to a panel of experienced national security and law enforcement executives, who in turn, will critique the IR’s for the class as a whole.

Can the Ridge College develop custom training to meet our needs?

Yes. Ridge College subject matter experts and instructional designers are poised to modify any existing courses to meet client needs.  Clients may choose learning modules from a variety of pre-existing courses or request unique learning modules to be developed to meet their own distinctive training requirements.

Contact us for all of your training needs:

Brad Gleason
Institute Director
Phone: 814-824-2423