Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Two New Job Hunting Resources (How To Get A Job In Intel)

Two of our students (Thanks, Mike and John!) recently pointed me towards some interesting resources if you are looking for a job in the US national security intelligence community.

The first is a new resume database sponsored by the Director of National Intelligence. The service allows job-seekers to submit their resumes one time and have it be available to the entire intelligence community for up to a year after submission.

I don't see this as a replacement for more traditional ways of applying for jobs in the US IC but it is a welcome addition. I think it will help the IC most in those crisis or hard to fill positions (like if something major goes down in Burkina Faso and you are one of the few speakers of dioula in the US...).

The other resource was actully put together by John. It is a list of links to all of the contractors he could find who, according to John, currently "have openings for either intelligence analysts, cyber analysts, or both." The links go directly to the career/jobs page of the 40+ companies he identified so there is no needless hunting and pecking through some corporate website for the right place to search for positions and apply.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Elicitation Techniques For The Intelligence Professional (

Elicitation: "Acquisition of information from a person or group in a manner that does not disclose the intent of the interview or conversation. A technique of human source intelligence collection, generally overt, unless the collector is other than he or she purports to be."
You don't hear much about elicitation. An element of intel operations tradecraft, many consider it the seedier side of HUMINT (or, as the business guys call it, "primary source") intelligence in the corporate world.

The best introduction to this world, in my opinion, is John Nolan's excellent book Confidential (which you can now buy in paperback).

Another useful product came across my desk the other day, however. One of my students (Thanks, Nimalan!) forwarded the very interesting slide presentation at the bottom of this post by Stephan Hernan who appears to be an independent analyst working health, science, and communications technology issues.

Whether you are curious about elicitation generally or are more interested in the counterintel implications of these techniques, I recommend the slide show:

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Exciting Opportunity: Analytic Best Practices Conference, July 11-13, 2010 In Ireland!

Analysts and decisionmakers...
Academics and practitioners...
From both sides of the Atlantic...
From the business, national security and law enforcement intelligence communities...
For three days...
In Ireland!

I gotta say, I am pretty pumped about the 2010 Dungarvan Conference on analytic best practices, July 11-13, 2010.

Mercyhurst is sponsoring the conference in order to begin a more robust dialogue between and among all of the stakeholders and sub-disciplines of intelligence. We want to explicitly recognize both the common ground and the good thinking that exists across the entire field of intelligence analysis.

We are holding the conference in Dungarvan, Ireland to make it relatively easy for US participants and easier for our European friends (and our US friends living in Europe) to attend the conference. Likewise, Mercyhurst is expanding its campus to Dungarvan and we want to take maximum advantage of this uniquely beautiful location for all attendees.

You can find more information about the conference on the Conference website. Registration is now open! Hope to see you there!

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