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YPFP DC & Boren Forum Expert Series: United States Intelligence Leadership Incubator Mini Module

August 05, 2013 11:39 am

In the post-9/11 world, one of the greatest tools we have in the fight to prevent further attacks and preserve our national security is Intelligence.  According to the CIA, “Reduced to its simplest terms, intelligence is knowledge and foreknowledge of the world around us. The prelude to decision and action by U.S. policymakers. Intelligence organizations provide this information in a manner that helps consumers, either civilian leaders or military commanders, to consider alternative options and outcomes. The intelligence process involves the painstaking collection of facts, their analysis, quick and clear evaluations, production of intelligence assessments, and their timely dissemination to consumers.” 

YPFP & the Boren Forum’s leadership mini module on United States Intelligence will equip you with the understanding and skills you need to become future intelligence analysts and operatives.  Participants will engage in discussions intended to create tangible results, build working relationships, and better equip young foreign policy leaders with the skills and knowledge-base necessary to address the growing complexities of the US intelligence community.   

Incubator Module Objectives:

Throughout a highly specialized speaker series, participants will:

  • Understand the history, status quo and future of the U.S. intelligence community and tradecraft
  • Understand where intelligence is used to protect/advance America's national security
  • Understand the role that intelligence plays in decision-making
  • Develop keys skills future intelligence analysts and operatives will need

Application: Applications to participate in this module are open from July 24 till August 5 at 5:00pm. To apply please press the RSVP button, above, fill out the application, and press continue. The RSVP button will not appear until you are logged in as a member. All applicants will be notified of their selection by August 10.


August 12: Intelligence Community Overview and Collection Activities

A discussion with William (Bill) Nolte, Research Professor at the University of Maryland and longtime member of the US intelligence community, about: what agencies make up the Intelligence Community and what activities they engage in, what are the sources of conflict among various agencies, and what is the future of Intelligence Community reform efforts, especially more than ten years after 9/11?

August 19: Intelligence Support to Policy

A discussion with Rachel Ingber, National Intelligence Officer for Iran at the National Intelligence Council (NIC), about: what is the scope of 'intelligence support to policy'? e.g. where is intelligence used to protect/advance America's national security; who are the most important intelligence customers, and how does the Intelligence Community support them in a timely manner; how can intelligence inform customers without supporting a specific policy position; what is the dynamic between analyst and policymaker; what is the status of intelligence community officers, from a skills perspective; do we have the right mix of people to address the challenges of our time and into the future?

August 26: Role of Intelligence in National Security Decision-making

A discussion with Ylber Bajraktari about how intelligence fits into the policymaking cycle, what the dynamic is between analysts and policymakers, when intelligence is most and least useful, and does the Intelligence Community have the right mix of people to address the challenges of our time and into the future?

Conclusion/Social Event:  To be announced during first session on August 12


Contact: For more information, please email: manasi.singhal@ypfp.org

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