The Intelligence Studies Project of the University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the winner and two semifinalists in its sixth-annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security.
Dr. Bianca Adair, an officer in the Directorate of Operations at the Central Intelligence Agency, will serve as the Resident Intelligence Officer at the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs from Fall 2020 to Fall 2022.
Caroline Burks, a UT Law School student and Cybersecurity Graduate Fellow with the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, recently published a paper “The Psychology of ‘Orwell the Snitch’: Applying Psychological Theories of Agent Recruitment” in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.
Gabriel Cortez, a candidate for a Master in Global Policy Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, recently co-authored a timely essay on the challenge of promoting and maintaining workplace diversity in America’s principal foreign affairs agencies. Mr. Cortez, a Department of State Charles B. Rangel Fellow, was recently selected by the Strauss Center as a 2020 Brumley NextGen Graduate Fellow and assigned to the Intelligence Studies Project for the coming academic year. The full essay is available on the website of the U.S. (Helsinki) Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe HERE.
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Eric Kreitz, a U.S. Army War College Fellow at UT-Austin during the 2019-20 academic year, earned third place in the Secretary of Defense’s National Essay Competition and the U.S. Army War College Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research for his paper “Re-emerging Russian Influence in Latin America and US Foreign Policy Response.”
UT-Austin Student Completes Research on "Espionage in the Digital Age: How Technology is Impacting the Recruitment and Handling of Spies"Jun 24, 2020
Katie Dehlinger, a UT-Austin Plan II Honors student, recently completed her research thesis on "Espionage in the Digital Age: How Technology is Impacting the Recruitment and Handling of Spies." Using the framework of the so-called "agent acquisition cycle," Ms. Dehlinger analyzed how dramatic advances in digital technology were impacting every facet of human intelligence gathering from spotting potential sources to terminating agent relationships. ISP Director Steve Slick and CIA's Resident Intelligence Officer Alan Kessler advised Ms. Dehlinger on the year-long project. Congratulations! The full thesis can be found HERE.
The Intelligence Studies Project congratulates ISP Fellow Dr. Kiril Avramov on his appointment as an Assistant Professor in UT’s Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies.
In Spring 2020, the Intelligence Studies Project (ISP) piloted a national security course for undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) at the University of Texas at Austin.
ISP Director Steve Slick recently joined Lera Toropin of the Slavic Connection to discuss his nearly three decades in intelligence. The conversation includes personal accounts of the fall of the Berlin Wall, U.S. efforts to end conflicts in the Balkans, the morning of 9/11 in CIA’s Executive Offices and the launch of UT’s Intelligence Studies Project. The full podcast is available HERE.
Call for Papers: The University of Texas at Austin Announces the 2020 "Bobby R. Inman Award" for Student Scholarship on IntelligenceMay 05, 2020
The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the sixth annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security.