Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis

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The Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis is a training school for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) intelligence analysts located in Reston, Virginia.[1] Opened in May 2000, the school is housed on the second floor of a five-story structure of polished brick and smoked glass that is sheathed with special materials and contains sensors designed to prevent eavesdropping from outside. The school's study area is nicknamed "The Vault" due to the presence of numerous locks, alarms and guards.[2]

The school serves as the CIA Directorate of Intelligence's component of CIA University,[3] a CIA-wide training program founded in 2002 in response to changing intelligence needs following the September 11 attacks.[4] Courses include foreign languages, regional studies, satellite image analysis, wiretap transcript analysis, and media report analysis.[2][3] [5]

The school is named for Sherman Kent, a Yale University history professor and CIA officer who pioneered many methods of intelligence analysis.[6]

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  1. ^ The precise location of the school within Reston is undisclosed. It is rumored to be located on Campus Commons Drive (38°56′38″N 77°20′09″W / 38.9439°N 77.3358°W / 38.9439; -77.3358). See "CIA University Mail Bomb Attack". Cryptome. October 4, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Drogin, Bob (August 27, 2000). "At CIA School, Data Outweigh Derring-do". Seattle Times. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Training Resources". Central Intelligence Agency. January 23, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Kelly, Mary Louise (May 28, 2004). Inside CIA University: Higher Ed for Operatives (Radio production). NPR. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ See pages 38 to 79 in Jones, Milo L. and; Silberzahn, Philippe (2013). Constructing Cassandra, Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947-2001. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0804793360. 
  6. ^ Loeb, Vernon (May 4, 2000). "CIA Goes Deep Into Analysis; Agency Opens School, Elevates Analysts". Washington Post. p. A.23. 

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