The ICE BIT focuses on the development of the knowledge, skills, and core competencies required to be effective Intelligence Research Specialists (IRS) while supporting DHS and ICE missions. The ICE BIT provides a basic analytic competence in the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that contribute to successful job performance. The ICE BIT combines classroom lecture, demonstration, guided practice, site visits, computer labs, and practical exercises to train IRSs in analytic functions, including: six IRS core competencies, the intelligence process, legal systems, critical thinking, research methods, system tools, analytic methods, intelligence communication, and collaboration. Guest speakers and site visits provide students with an insight into real job tasks and the array of IRS duties and opportunities. The ICE BIT is a five-week course of instruction and consists of 25 instructional days. The average number of students per iteration of the program is 16.