Each morning, the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) is given a daily “Intelligence Briefing” That briefing is briefed by a Senior Terrorism Analyst, and is encapsulate a prioritized slide-deck covering the gamete of issues, threats, and concerns globally.
It includes not only key reporting on each current terrorist event, plot, activity, etc. but critical analytical judgments, graphs, images, and outlooks on the future of the threat streams in general.
For this assignment, I would like you to produce and edit the briefing slide-deck based on current open source reporting on Domestic Terrorist events that have occurred recently, as well as analysis of threats, – and domestic terrorism trends that could be over the horizon. The briefing will be done in PowerPoint format.
I want you to provide this PowerPoint as if you were the lead briefer – briefing the Director of NCTC. I want you to convey the key points, reporting, and outlooks on each slide.
As you may have already realized, the content of this briefing would vary by what issues “are hot” and what issues may be of constant concern over the previous hours, days, or weeks. I leave it to your discretion to determine these issues. Please prioritize your slides based on how you see the threat itself, and its importance.
Each issue and corresponding slide should be direct, to-the-point, and provide key insight to the threat itself.
Each slide will cover one (1) issue or threat. Each issue/threat/concern should have each of the key parts:
· A Title or “Hook” – Each Title should not be generic but informative
· The “BLUF” – The Bottom-line analytical judgment up-front
· Bulleted Reporting and evidence supporting the BLUF
· An outlook or key assessment bottom-line and/or operational actions being taken to mitigate the threat/concern/issue
Each slide should also have images and graphs that support or help “tell the story”. NOT JUST GENERIC PHOTOS, but graphs or imagery that help support the assessment or reporting ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.
Attached, you will find two documents that will provide further guidance:
1. A PowerPoint (ppt) presentation that provides quick guidance on what your slides should contain. The ppt provides guidance on both incident/threat reporting, and strategic issue reporting. So for example, if your drafting a slide on the recent attack in Portland, OR – use the incident/threat reporting guidance. Separately, if your providing a slide on the general growth of the ISIS radicalization in the US, use the “strategic reporting” guidance. You can find this guidance WILL ATTACH PP GUIDANCE!!
2. I was able to gain approval from DHS, to utilize their “Use of Precise Language” guidance provided to their CT analysts. Please use it as guidance on how you should use language in your briefing. More importantly, it’s great insight in to how CT Analysts write within the Intelligence and Law Enforcement Community. You can find this guidance WILL ATTACH!!!
Your briefing however should only be 7-9 slides- depending on the depth of your analysis, content, and the organization of your slides. Like with all Morning Briefs, the slides are prioritized by what issues the Analyst feels are the most important. Please order your brief in that order. MUST USE PEAKERS NOTES HAVE AT LEAST 5 REFERENCES (PEER REVIEWED OR CREDIBILE REFERENCES)-MUST USE IN TEXT CITATIONS!! REFERENCES MUST MATCH INTEXT CITATIONS AND VICE VERSA!!!
HOW YOU WILL BE GRADED
You will be graded on the following:
1. Your use of the open source reporting, and the validity of that reporting
2. The content and substance of each slide. Each slide should be substance and drive a specific narrative, topic, etc. Each slide should provide substantive information that would be used to inform a “Senior CT Officer” in the US Government.
3. The visual appeal of each slide. Does it give me the information I need in an informative way.
4. Your ability to prioritize and identify the key issues of the day, highlight the key reporting, and provide analytical assessments that support policymakers and Military Leaders
5. Grammar and punctuation