Introduction to Intelligence Report Writing - IIRW

This course includes a discussion about Intelligence and Technical report writing frameworks, best practices, and accepted standards. We survey the various stakeholders and reviewers as well as customers. We also discuss the role of reporting as it relates to the Intelligence Lifecycle and work through tone shifting to ensure all audiences are best equipped to comprehend reports. Finally, we discuss reporting controls in addition to formal and informal classification schemes.


  • A better understanding of the role of reporting in both consulting and Intelligence work
  • More familiarity with defined frameworks and guidance as it relates to report writing
  • Best practices for report writing in terms of:
  • Prose
  • Tone
  • Delivery
  • Reporting Controls as it relates to government and non-government classification schema



  • No technical prerequisites in terms of skills
  • You should have some familiarity with OSINT and conducting some level of intelligence investigations or other technical work requiring reporting
  • You need to be able to open the following file types to be most successful:
  • PDF (Adobe Reader)
  • PPTX (PowerPoint, OpenOffice, LibreOffice)
  • DOCX (Word, OpenOffice, LibreOffice)


  Introduction and Housekeeping
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  Section 1: Foundations
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  Section 2: Preparation for the Report
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  Section 3: The Rubber Meets the Road
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  Section 4: Actual Reporting
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  Conclusion and Final Housekeeping
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About Your Instructor

Joe Gray, a veteran of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force, is the inaugural winner of the DerbyCon Social Engineering Capture the Flag (SECTF) and was awarded a DerbyCon Black Badge. Joe is the Founder and Principal Instructor at The OSINTion.

As a member of the Password Inspection Agency, Joe has consistently performed well in Capture the Flag events, specifically those involving OSINT. Examples include 2nd Place in the HackFest Quebec Missing Persons CTF and Winning the TraceLabs OSINT Search Party during DEFCON 28 (as a member of The Password Inspection Agency), DEFCON 29 (as a member of The Federal Bureau of OH-SHINT), and DEFCON 30 (as a member of The Eff Ess Bees). Independently, Joe placed 4th in the DerbyCon OSINT CTF and 3rd in the National Child Protection Task Force Missing Persons CTF and 2nd Place in Hacker Jeopardy at Hack in Paris.

Joe has contributed material for a variety of platforms such as Forbes and Dark Reading in addition to his platforms. Joe has authored the OSINT tools DECEPTICON Bot and WikiLeaker in addition to the book, Practical Social Engineering, available via NoStarch Press.