Initiatives

Major Conferences and Public Events

ISP hosts an annual Spring Symposium and invites speakers in the national security and intelligence fields to discuss important intelligence topics. 

In March of 2019, ISP hosted its fifth annual symposium on “Intelligence in Transition,” which featured a keynote address by the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Susan Gordon. This event was co-sponsored by the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Clements Center for National Security, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The event included panels on Strategic Warning and Emerging Threats; an interview with John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, by Ellen Nakashima, a National Security Reporter at The Washington Post; and a keynote address by Susan Gordon, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence. 

Information on previous ISP symposiums are found below:

March 2018 - Confronting 21st Century Challenges; Keynote - Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence (DNI)  

March 2017 - Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland;  Keynotes - James Comey, then-FBI Director; Thomas Bossert, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and Admiral Kurt Tidd, Commander U.S. Southern Command.

March 2016 - Intelligence and National Security in American Society; Keynote - Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

October 2014 - Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism after a Decade; Keynote - James Clapper, then-DNI

ISP will continue hosting IC leaders and distinguished experts at public events in Austin. The schedule for upcoming ISP events can be found here.

 

Scholarly and Academic Endeavors

In May 2019, ISP hosted the second Texas Intelligence Academy (TIA), an intensive academic program focused on intelligence and national security in Washington D.C. A cohort of 14 undergraduate students from UT-System institutions participated in lectures and social events with distinguished scholars and practitioners, simulation exercises, and visited intelligence-related venues like the headquarters at CIA and NGA, Capitol Hill, and Gettysburg National Military Park. The TIA 2019 schedule is available here. The inaugural TIA was offered to 12 UT students in May 2018.

During the 2017-18 academic year, ISP sponsored a Policy Research Project (PRP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs on "Spies and Special Operations: Unity of Effort in the Gray Zone Between War and Peace". This PRP, led by ISP Senior Fellow Paul Pope, was undertaken on behalf of policy clients at ODNI and the National Security Council (NSC). Students conducted dozens of research interviews and briefed their findings and recommendations to senior IC and NSC officials. The "Gray Zone" PRP report is available here. 

Shortly after its establishment, 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 successive rounds of winning authors in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The winning papers from all rounds of the Inman Award competition may be viewed here:  20152016, 20172018, and 2019.

ISP hosted its first post-doctoral research fellow, Dr. Kiril Avramov, during the 2018-19 academic year. Dr. Avramov conducted research on Russian "active measures." CIA's Resident Intelligence Officer, Dr. Alan Kessler, arrived at UT in Summer 2018. Dr. Kessler represents the CIA at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and teaches an undergraduate course on "International Security" and graduate seminar on "Strategic Communications for National Security" among other courses.