Initiatives

Major Conferences and Public Events

In March of 2017, ISP partnered with the Business Executives for National Security (BENS), Strauss Center, Clements Center, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs to host Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland, a symposium on the challenges our intelligence and law enforcement agencies face in detecting and disrupting attacks inside the U.S. by violent extremists. The symposium featured keynote remarks by James Comey, the Director of the FBI, Thomas Bossert, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Adm Kurt Tidd, Commander, U.S. Southern Command. 

During the spring 2016 semester, ISP hosted a conference on Intelligence and National Security in American Society featuring discussions on intelligence oversight with White House Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, prominent journalists, and others.

In October of 2014, a conference on Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism after a Decade examined the period since the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 ushered in a sweeping reorganization of the U.S. Intelligence, creating the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the National Counterterrorism Center. Leading intelligence officials, practitioners and scholars--including Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, and UT System Chancellor and former commander of the United States Special Operations Command William McRaven--analyzed the lessons learned and challenges that still remain for U.S. Intelligence.

In separate campus events, the ISP has hosted the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan, Former Director of Central Intelligence Porter Goss, DNI Clapper, Former DNI John Negroponte, Deputy Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) Richard Ledgett and a variety of serving and former senior intelligence officials.

Audio and video of past ISP events, as well as the schedule for upcoming events, can be found on the ISP website here.

Scholarly and Academic Endeavors

In 2015, ISP launched the "Bobby R. Inman Award" competition to recognize outstanding student scholarship in the field of intelligence. ISP announced the inaugural recipient--together with two semifinalists--in June 2015 and recognized another round of winning authors in June 2016. ISP will sponsor this unique and increasingly popular competition annually. Winning papers from previous rounds of the Inman Award competition may be viewed here and here.

For the spring semester of 2017, ISP is sponsoring the course "Intelligence and National Security Decision-Making" for undergraduates in partnership with the LBJ School of Public Affairs and UT Austin's College of Liberal Arts. This course is being led by ISP Senior Fellow Paul Pope. ISP Director Steve Slick also teaches a Plan II Honors course on "Intelligence in American Society." 

During the 2015-2016 Academic Year, ISP sponsored a year-long Policy Research Project (PRP) course on "Intelligence in American Society" for Global Policy Studies masters candidates at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The PRP was led by ISP Director Steve Slick and Clements Center Executive Director Will Inboden. The students conducted research on the supervision and oversight of U.S. Intelligence on behalf of the ODNI, and they briefed their findings and recommendations directly to the Principal Deputy DNI, NSA Director, CIA officials and the staffs of the congressional oversight committees. A copy the published report can be found here.