ISP Senior Fellow Paul Pope Honored with Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal

Aug 17, 2017

On June 1, 2017, Paul Pope, the Intelligence Studies Project’s Senior Fellow and Clinical Professor in the LBJ School, was awarded the Career Distinguished Intelligence Medal at CIA Headquarters.

2017 Bobby R. Inman Award Recipient and Semifinalists Announced

Aug 14, 2017

The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the winner and two semifinalists of its third annual “Bobby R. Inman Award” competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security.

The recipients of the 2017 “Bobby R. Inman Award” for student scholarship on intelligence are Welton Chang, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, and Elissabeth Berdini, a J.D. candidate at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law.  Their paper, “Restructuring Structured Techniques in Intelligence Analysis,” challenges whether the use of structured techniques improves the quality of intelligence analysis in the absence of reliable metrics for gauging possible overcorrection.  The underlying research was supported by the ODNI's Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity and was supervised by David Mandel and Philip Tetlock.


The graduate student semifinalist is Andrew Indorf, a recent graduate of Stanford Law School.  His paper, “Blocking the Backdoor Loophole: A Case for the Unconstitutionality of U.S. Law Enforcement Queries of Data Collected Under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008,” argues that the ability of federal agencies to use foreign intelligence information for law enforcement purposes should be constrained during the upcoming congressional reauthorization of the FAA.


The undergraduate student semifinalist is Joyce Koltisko, a senior at Yale University majoring in Global Affairs and Economics.  Her paper, “The Current Status of Suspicious Activity Reporting and Considerations for Fusion Centers in the Future Development of the SAR Program,” proposes greater standardization of SAR collection and analysis criteria to improve the performance of regional intelligence fusion centers and to achieve a sustainable balance between civil liberties and domestic security concerns.    


With over one hundred impressive papers from students at dozens of U.S. universities and colleges, the papers were evaluated on their academic rigor, clear presentation, creativity, and the potential to contribute positively to the U.S. intelligence community. In addition to the $5000 cash award for the winner and the $2500 semifinalist cash awards, these three papers, linked above, will be posted on the Strauss and Clements Centers websites and will be made available to current intelligence practitioners.


The Intelligence Studies Project was established at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 as a joint venture of the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for National Security. The Project’s mission is to improve understanding of intelligence activities and institutions through research, courses, and public events bringing intelligence practitioners together with scholars, students, and the public.


The Inman Award recognizes more than six decades of distinguished public service by Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Admiral Inman served in multiple leadership positions in the U.S. military, intelligence community, private industry, and the University of Texas. His previous intelligence posts include Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice-Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency, and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He continues to serve as a teacher and mentor to students, faculty members, and current government officials while occupying the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs.

September: UT Austin CIA Career Information Sessions

Aug 10, 2017

CIA local recruiters will be on UT Austin's campus this coming fall to participate in the Engineering EXPO. All Longhorns are invited to attend an information session during the week of September 11th. 

Job Opening: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Aug 09, 2017

The Democratic staff of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee seeks a motivated full-time staff/research assistant to join an active and tight-knit team in Washington, DC.

ISP Director Slick Publishes Intelligence Studies Essay in Lawfare

Jul 27, 2017

ISP Director Steve Slick recently published The Intelligence Studies Essay: "After you, Alphonse," or Why Two Different Intelligence Agencies Now Attend National Security Council Meetings, Whether It Matters, and How to Mitigate the Potential Hazards in Lawfare. 

ISP Senior Fellow featured in Psychology Today

Jul 24, 2017

ISP Senior Fellow and LBJ School professor J. Paul Pope recently wrote an article featured in Psychology Today on the 70th anniversary of the National Security Act of 1947. 

ISP Director Slick Recently Quoted in The Atlantic

Jul 23, 2017

ISP Director Steve Slick was recently quoted in The Atlantic’s profile of the current Senior Director for Intelligence Programs on the National Security Council staff.

Elephants in the Room: Summer 2017 Reading from Director Steve Slick and Dr. Will Inboden

Jun 30, 2017

ISP Director Steve Slick and Clements Center Director William Inboden were recently featured in a Foreign Policy piece with a few of their suggested books for summer reading. 

ISP Senior Fellow Paul Pope: National Security Takeaways from 1776

Jul 02, 2017

ISP Senior Fellow and LBJ Professor Paul Pope was featured in The Monitor over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.