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Partnership with Auburn University – courses being offered in Alabama & the Southeast!

The Intelligence & Security Academy is pleased to announce its partnership with Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services to provide education and training through its Intelligence & Security Institute. The Institute will offer courses for individual enrollment held throughout Alabama and the Southeast. Course participants may earn continuing professional education credits to maintain their credentials.

Don-Terry Veal, director of the Center for Governmental Services, an agency of University Outreach, said governments and businesses have operated under a heightened awareness of intelligence and security since the events of 9/11. He said the need to secure data and information and protect resources is essential for the urban and rural communities within Alabama and across the United States. “The center has recognized this need and has been able to identify and engage resources at the highest level to provide training that is designed to provide tools that, when properly utilized, will protect the interests of governments and businesses,” Veal said.“This type of information should not be used to protect only Washington, D.C., and the larger metropolitan areas, but it also has application to the more rural communities.”

The Institute will offer two courses this October at Auburn University with instruction provided by Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal, former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production, author of Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy (now in its 6th edition), and internationally recognized intelligence authority.  Dr. Lowenthal said, “We are very pleased to enter into this partnership with Auburn’s Center for Governmental Services. National and homeland security has a strong state and local component and we are looking forward to this partnership.”

Dr. Lowenthal also noted that Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs at Auburn, will serve as a consultant to the partnership.

Course registration is handled directly through Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services.  More information can be found here.


Cyber-future is murky


Mark Lowenthal, who spoke at Germanna Community College on Wednesday, was the Jeopardy! grand champion in 1988.

But the former high-ranking U.S. intelligence official says even he doesn’t have all the answers about the future of cyberspace.

“We really don’t know what it’s going to do to us as individuals or as a society,” he said at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association networking breakfast hosted by Germanna’s Center for Workforce & Community Education.

Lowenthal, who has written several books and was vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council, did offer some predictions during his presentation on cybersecurity.

A person’s sense of privacy will eventually be lost completely, he said in response to a question.

“There’s this total compulsion to share the most banal moments of your life with everybody else,” said Lowenthal, now president of the Intelligence & Security Academy, which provides national security education and training. “I was saying to a class the other day, ‘You know, some of your private thoughts are probably not worth posting in 140 characters.’”

Another issue is the uncertainty of who has carried out cyberattacks, he said.

“Pearl Harbor, there were these big circles on the aircraft,” Lowenthal said. “We know who they are. It’s not the Germans, it’s not the Italian fascists, it’s the Japanese. You get a cyberattack,” the culprit isn’t so obvious.

And, he said, not enough people are being trained in cybersecurity.

As an example, Lowenthal mentioned the Target CEO who resigned this year after a massive data breach.

“The problem is that those people are not being trained to do cyber,” he said. “These are IT people who know how to set up a really large IT infrastructure so the Target runs. But they don’t have people sitting there saying, ‘Whoa, what’s that, what does that mean?’”

Germanna has partnered with Lowenthal’s Intelligence & Security Academy to develop a national security program that will offer courses on cybersecurity and other issues.

David Broadhurst, a Germanna consultant and former intelligence official, said the program will be able to customize courses for individual businesses.

“We’ve got these courses within the program ready to go,” Broadhurst said. “Now we’re looking for an audience.”

On a lighter note, Lowenthal admitted that he got into the profession because, simply put, he needed a job.

“I graduated from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in military history during the Vietnam War,” he said. “How’s that for career planning?”


Additional Cyberforce Superiority™ courses offered at Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University, the Intelligence & Security Academy and Raytheon Solipsys continue to team together to offer Cyberforce Superiority™ training as part of JHU’s Advanced Academics Programs’ curriculum for their Certificate in National Security Studies and Masters degrees in Government and Global Security Studies. Courses are held at JHU’s Krieger School of Arts & Sciences in Washington, DC and are currently scheduled for the Summer and Fall terms.  More information can be found here (see Summer & Fall schedules).

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September 2014 – Intro to U.S. Intelligence & Analyst Training – Registration Open!

Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal, former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production, author of Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy (now in its 6th edition), and internationally recognized intelligence authority, will teach two courses this Fall. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from one of the leading experts in intelligence.

Courses will be held at the Academy’s new headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, just two blocks from the Ballston Metro Rail.

Enrollment is capped at 24 seats, register now!


International SPY Museum: Why Intelligence Fails


A video of this session can be found here.

Who lives in caves, only holy men or primitive cavemen? Dr. Milo Jones, visiting professor at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, thinks that the answer to that question helps explain the intelligence failure of 9/11. He comes to the International Spy Museum to argue that the CIA’s repeated intelligence failures are a result of the fact that the CIA thinks that intelligence analysis is science while it is really a social process in which identity and culture play a major role. Also joining us for the evening will be Dr. Mark Lowenthal, CEO of the Intelligence and Security Academy and former assistant director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production. He will engage with Dr. Jones on the provocative conclusions of the book Constructing Cassandra: Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947–2001, that Jones co-authored with Philippe Silberzahn of EMLYON Business School in France.   

This event took place May 13, 2014. Published on June 16, 2014.


CIA Holds First Public National Security Conference

Georgetown University

June 12, 2014 – CIA Director Speaks at Agency’s First Public National Security Conference

The 67-year-old Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is facing historic challenges that affect national security and the transparency of intelligence collection, the agency’s director said at Georgetown yesterday.

“Today – and certainly not for the first time in our history – America’s intelligence community is at a crossroads,” said CIA director John O. Brennan at the agency’s first public national security conference. “The transformational impact of technology and enhanced scrutiny and skepticism of the value, legality and appropriateness of our mission have prompted a reexamination of the work of intelligence agencies, understandably and rightly so.”

The all-day conference in Georgetown’s historic Gaston Hall, “Ethos and Profession of Intelligence,” was co-sponsored by the university’s Security Studies Program. 

Dr. Mark Lowenthal, the Academy’s President & CEO, participated in the Roles of Intelligence in the 21st Century panel with Arif Alikhan, John McLaughlin and Ambassador John Negroponte. A video of this panel and others can be found here.


Overseeing Intelligence: Historians Brief Congress on Its Past Relationship with the Intelligence Community

June 11, 2014, American Historical Association, by Dane Kennedy
With Washington currently abuzz about the revelations regarding electronic surveillance by the NSA, the conflict between the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the CIA over a forthcoming report on ”enhanced interrogation,” and various other controversies, what better time to consider how Congress has sought to oversee the intelligence community in the past? This was the subject of the Congressional Briefing that the National History Center held on Monday, June 9, in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

The briefing was conducted by Laura Donohue, director of Georgetown University’s Center on National Security and the Law and author of The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty, and Mark Lowenthal, former assistant director of Central Intelligence for analysis and production, current adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, and author of the textbook Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy, now in its fifth edition. Both speakers hold history degrees. James Grossman, executive director of the American Historical Association and chairman of the board of the National History Center, chaired the session. It attracted a full house and was filmed by C-SPAN.

Laura Donohue provided a richly detailed account of the rapid growth of the intelligence community following the passage of the National Security Act in 1947, the subsequent absence of congressional oversight of its activities, and the revelations in the early 1970s of domestic surveillance and other abuses by the CIA, the FBI, and other intelligence-gathering agencies. These abuses spurred investigations by Senate and House committees and the passage of laws that sought to rein in these agencies and keep Congress apprised of their activities.

Mark Lowenthal provided a personal perspective on the subject, derived from years spent in the intelligence arena as a senior staff member of a congressional committee, a senior official in the CIA, a private consultant, and an academic. In 1974, he was completing his PhD in history under Ernest May at Harvard when the New York Times first exposed the domestic spying scandal, leading him on an unexpected career trajectory. He highlighted how the institutional structures put in place in response to the scandal actually operate.

Lowenthal argued that, although “it’s not pretty,” the system of congressional oversight works fairly well. The key to its success, he suggested, is control of the budget. Donohue was less sanguine. She felt that rapid advances in computer technology in recent decades have created a very different intelligence-gathering environment, one that outstrips the controls created in the reforms of the 1970s and 80s.

This stimulating session accomplished exactly what the Congressional Briefings are intended to achieve—showing how the past informs the present by examining the historical contexts of contemporary controversies.

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These courses are offered in partnership with Raytheon Solipsys. 


Piedmont Virginia Community College offering Cyberforce Superiority™

Piedmont Virginia Community College is offering the Academy’s 5-day introductory Cyberforce Superiority™ course as part of its Spring 2014 Workforce Services course schedule.

This course will be held April 28-May 2, 2014 in Charlottesville. More information can be found here.

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Johns Hopkins University offering Cyberforce Superiority™: Foundational Elements

Johns Hopkins University now offers our Cyberforce Superiority™: Foundational Elements introductory-level course as part of their Advanced Academics Programs’ curriculum. 

The first session begins February 19, 2014 and runs for 2 1/2 weeks at JHU’s Krieger School of Arts & Sciences in Washington, DC.  

More information can be found here.

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