Monday, September 30, 2013

An Internship in Intelligence Studies

Hannah Curtis, a double major in History and Political Science, is taking the semester to study intelligence at the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center in Dayton, OH under a partnership with AU.  A few weeks in, she says that taking the program "was one of the best decisions I've made." For the whole program, each student researches and keeps up to date on one particular country while he or she take classes on things like reconnaissance, human intelligence, signals intelligence, "how to write like an analyst", "how to brief like an analyst", and other topics relating to the field of intelligence. Students are a mix of college students, recent graduates, and people who are or were in the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Hannah particularly highlights how "everybody works together and shares information ... When we were researching our countries for our papers, I would see so many people go to someone and say something like, 'Hey, you have Iran, right? I just read this article about it, this will be helpful for you.'  It's like watching how the intelligence community is *supposed* to work by sharing information.  It really gives me hope for the future."

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