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 This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2020-21 academic year.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.

The Bobby R. 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 at 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, advisor, and mentor to students, faculty members, and current government officials while occupying the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His areas of teaching and research are focused on political, economic, and military activities, policy processes and institutions, international affairs and diplomacy, and intelligence and national security.

Additional information about the Inman Award, including submission requirements and previous winners, is available at www.intelligencestudies.utexas.edu/inman-award.

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.

ISP Fellow Kiril Avramov and LBJ Master’s Candidate Ellery Cushman Co-Author Article “Eurosodom: Specifics of Weaponized Sexuality and Gender-Based Narratives in Contemporary Russian and Pro-Russian Disinformation”

Jan 04, 2021

ICONO 14, a bilingual (Spanish-English, Portuguese-English) journal focused on information and communication technologies, published this analysis on one particular aspect of Kremlin-sponsored political warfare: sexuality and gender-based narratives in Russian and pro-Russian disinformation campaigns targeting European Union and aspiring members from 2015-2020. The authors argue that the potency of these narratives arises from the emotional and cognitive load that they elicit. 

ISP Senior Fellow Contributes to LBJ School’s Policy Toolkit

Dec 11, 2020

Professor Paul Pope, a Senior Fellow with ISP, recently published an essay "Intelligence Lessons From COVID: Being ‘Right’ Is Not Enough" as part of the LBJ School’s “policy toolkit” on resiliency. In the essay, Professor Pope evaluates COVID as a potential intelligence failure and challenges the utility of the traditional “Intelligence Cycle” in assessing the performance of the intelligence community in warning of impending threats.

Impact of Prior Marijuana Use on IC Job Applications

Oct 25, 2020

Former IC official Charles Allen argued in the op-ed "Cannabis & Clearances: Unnecessarily Weeding Out Applicants" that IC agencies should either relax or standardize how security clearance applications are adjudicated when an applicant reports a history of drug use. We encourage students planning to apply for internships or full time positions with IC agencies to become acquainted with security regulations regarding use of marijuana and other drugs well before starting the application process.

ISP Director's Essay on "This November, America's Safety Is on the Ballot" Published in "Foreign Policy"

Oct 09, 2020

ISP Director Steve Slick recently authored an essay titled "This November, America's Safety Is on the Ballot" in Foreign Policy. To read the article, click HERE.

Council on Foreign Relations Virtual Meeting on “Trust”

Sep 17, 2020

ISP Director Steve Slick joined former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence for Community Management Joan Dempsey and The New Yorker Executive Editor and Author David Rohde on September 16 for a virtual meeting on “Trust and Distrust in the American Political System.” The meeting, moderated by Rand Corporation Senior Researcher Linda Robinson, ranged from Rohde’s recent book “In Deep: The FBI, the CIA and the Truth about America’s Deep State” to election security issues.  The discussion is available for viewing on the CFR website or here

ISP Posts Results of Third-Annual Survey of Public Attitudes on US Intelligence

Sep 10, 2020

Intelligence Studies Project Director Steve Slick and LBJ School Associate Professor Josh Busby recently published with the Chicago Council of World Affairs the results of ISP’s third-annual national poll measuring the public’s views on US intelligence.