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ISP Director’s Essay on Intelligence Integration in "Studies in Intelligence"

Oct 12, 2021

Studies in Intelligence, the journal of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Center for the Study of Intelligence, recently released an unclassified special edition that includes reflections on the current state of integration within U.S. intelligence. Studies Volume 65, No. 3 is available in full HERE. This edition includes an essay by ISP Director Steve Slick “On a Path Toward Intelligence Integration” that concludes “[p]rogress along this path has been uneven, but U.S. Intelligence is immeasurably more unified and effective than it was when [the author] entered on duty during the final throes of the Cold War.”

ISP Director’s Briefing on Middle East Security Challenges

Sep 29, 2021

ISP Director Steve Slick joined Ambassador (BG Ret.) James Smith and former ADCI/MA (LTGEN Ret.) John Campbell on September 22nd at the Heritage Country Club in McKinney, TX for a briefing focused on the Middle East. This National Security Briefing series benefits the Dallas area chapters of the Navy League, the Air Force Association, the Military Order of the World Wars, and the Jewish War Veterans. Video of the full event, including briefings and questions/answers, is HERE. The ISP Director’s remarks run from 26:52 – 49:41. Still photos from the event are HERE.

"Ransomware Attacks Are Another Tool in the Political Warfare Toolbox" Posted on the "The Hill" by Kiril Avramov

Sep 27, 2021

UT Global (Dis)Information Lab Director and ISP Fellow Dr. Kiril Avramov recently authored an opinion editorial "Ransomware Attacks Are Another Tool in the Political Warfare Toolbox" that appeared in The Hill. The article was co-authored by Ryan Williams, a doctoral student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and an affiliate to the Global (Dis)Information Lab. Click HERE to read the full text.

Professor Pope Directs a Policy Research Project: “Domestic Terrorism in the Digital Age”

Aug 16, 2021

The Intelligence Studies Project was proud to sponsor an LBJ School policy research project focused on domestic extremism during the 2020-2021 academic year. The course was directed by J. Paul Pope, Professor of Practice at the LBJ School and an ISP Senior Fellow. The students’ final report—“Domestic Terrorism in the Digital Age”— describes the nature and scope of the domestic terrorism threat, including recent trends, the unique susceptibility of American society, and the role of social media in the dramatic increase in extremism and violent acts. Read the full report HERE.

2021 “Bobby R. Inman Award” Winners Announced

Aug 10, 2021

The Intelligence Studies Project of the University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the winner and two semifinalists in its seventh-annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security.

Public Attitudes on US Intelligence 2020 - ISP Survey Confirms Broad Popular Support, Reveals Opportunities for Greater Transparency

May 20, 2021

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs recently published the results from the fourth round of an annual poll sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin’s Intelligence Studies Project (ISP) that seeks to shed light on Americans’ perceptions of our intelligence agencies. The data from Summer 2020, along with selected graphics, a summary of the survey history and methodology as well as related policy analysis is available HERE. The survey was conducted and reported by ISP Director Steve Slick, Strauss Center for International Security and Law Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby, and Clements Center for National Security Undergraduate Fellow Archit Oswal.

Implied Powers Podcast Posts New Episode on "Intelligence, Emerging Technologies, and Great Power Competition: A Discussion with Dr. John Beieler”

May 13, 2021

Listen to the latest installment of Implied Powers, “Intelligence, Emerging Technologies, and Great Power Competition: A Discussion with Dr. John Beieler.” In this episode, Dr. John Beieler, the Intelligence Community’s Director of Science and Technology, unpacks the discussion surrounding emerging technologies, S&T intelligence applications, and near-peer competition.

The podcast was created by UT-Austin undergraduate student and Clements Center Undergraduate Fellow, Patrick O'Connor.

Listen on Apple Podcasts HERE.

Call for Papers: 2021 "Bobby R. Inman Award" for Student Scholarship on Intelligence

Apr 26, 2021

The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the seventh annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The winner of the “Inman Award” will receive a cash prize of $5,000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2,500. This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2020-21 academic year. The deadline for submitting papers is June 30, 2021.

ISP Participates in Task Force on Technology and Intelligence

Jan 15, 2021

The Center for Strategic and International Studies recently released Maintaining the Intelligence Edge: Reimagining and Reinventing Intelligence Through Innovation, the final report of a year-long Task Force convened to study the opportunities and obstacles to integrating emerging technologies into intelligence missions. The Task Force report and a link to the January 14, 2021 (virtual) briefing by the Task Force staff and commissioners is available HERE.