Review Comment

[INAF U8132] Understanding Intelligence Operations

January 16, 2011

Long, Austin
[INAF U6779] Special Operations And Low Intensity Conflict and [INAF U8132] Understanding Intelligence Operations

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Prof. Long is an outstanding professor. His classes have a good balance between historical background, concepts, and current operational matters. I doubt there is another professor at the university that has as much insight into counterinsurgency, special operations, and the current US wars as Prof. Long (he spends his breaks in Iraq and Afghanistan conducting research). Prof. Long has a very pragmatic style and isn't dogmatic about anything he teaches. During the classes he will encourage discussion and provide opportunity for students to provide opinions from across the spectrum. He looks like a hard charger but actually maintains a pretty balanced class environment. We had both peace activists and former special operations guys in the class, and the environment was always fair and open to all students. His teaching style is pretty casual, but the readings are well selected and he certainly provides a scientific base for his theories. Prof. Long's classes are among the most interesting I've taken at Columbia.

Workload:

The reading load is totally acceptable for a SIPA class (about 50-100 pages/week). One midterm exam, fairly easy if you've done the readings and participated in class. One final paper (25-30 pages).

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
INTA / INAF INTA INAF U8132: Understandng Intell Operations Austin Long 2012 Spring R / 6:10- 8:00 PM 1
INTA / INAF INTA INAF U8132: Understandng Intell Operations Austin Long 2011 Spring R / 6:10- 8:00 PM 1
INTA / INAF INTA INAF U8132: Understandng Intell Operations Austin Long 2010 Spring R / 6:10- 8:00 PM 1