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The CIA Officer-in-Residence Program

The Program

CIA's Officer-in-Residence program is one of several ways in which the Agency works to strengthen iu links to the academic community. Under the program, the Agency sponsors its senior professionals for tours with faculties of colleges and universities. CIA encourages officers to teach, do research, and actesource for their academic colleagues; it looks to them to shed light on the national security process and the Agency's role in it, and it aims to make the academic world aware of the quality and competence of the people who work for theAgency.

General Responsibilities

The sponsoring component is responsible for the costs associated with an officer-in-residencc assignment. The Director of Training and Education, working through the Deputy Director for Curriculurn/OTE and the Center for the Study of fotclligence/OTE, oversees the program, actsroker with the academic institution, andlearinghouse and source of information. The program is closely coordinated with the Public Affairs Office.

Selection Guidelines

Selections are madeonsultative process involving the' sponsoring office and OTE. There are no formal selection criteria, but several conriderations should be kept in mind:

Officers-tn-residence need both credibility with their faculty associates and standing with the student body. One way to smooth the path is for them to possess the "rickets" recognized byoctorate-levelist of theirappropriate teaching experience, or other academic contacts of some duration. Many uistitutioos, however, welcome officers-uvresidence for the practical experience they bring, regardless of their formal academic credentials.

The Agency benefits the most when an officer returns to workampusAgency officers, therefore, are encouraged to consider tbe possibility of an officet-in-residence tour before the end of their careers.


Officcrs-in-rcsidcnccreat deal, in terms of personal reward as well as standing with the faculty and contact with the student body, if they can do some leaching. Thus the Agency favors tours where teaching is part of the assignment. OTE stands ready to put its instructional resources at any officer's disposal.

The Mechanics

Each assignment is tailored to fit the individual and the institution.esidcuCc tours are typically for one or twowo-year tour is treaicdornestic PCS, and HRfB Attach meatour of less than two years is treatedDY.our generally involves more out-of-pocket costs to tbe officer concerned.

Candidates and sponsoring offices should be aware that placementime-consuming process that should begin several months before the officer intends to move to the campus.

Before making any inquiries in the academic world, individuals and potential sponsoring units arc encouraged to contact the Cemcrfor'the Study of mtelBgenceAOTEH^aiacibc: of Commerce Building, secureeneral briefing, Lndividualsshould also ensure at an early stage thai iheyommitment of support from their sponsoring unit Once this is obtained, they should wort: with CSI/OTE in contacting potential host institutions. The details of the assignment can generally be worked out at the head-of-department level, but appropriate people in the academic hierarchy need to be informed and brought on board early. This is usually the joint responsibility of the candidate and OTE. The candidate will almost certainly want to visit the campus during this process, and OTE asks that the candidateTEepresentative visit the campus to confirm the assignment with university authorities.

The Agreement With the Institution

Officers need toritten understanding with the institution before the tour begins. Experience has shown that such an agreement reduces the possibility of later misunderstanding and also serves as another check that the institution has fully accepted the officer's assignment CSI/OTE will assist in working out the agreement and shouldopy. Questions of the following sort should be considered, although they do not all need to be detailed in *the understanding:

What specifically will the officer's status be on campus, and what are the implications of that status?

What will the officer be doing? How much research, and what son? Any teaching? What about more informal activities such as symposiums? Will the university be lookingroductofsomesort? '

To what extent can the officer expect to be involved with university aoministrative marten? For example, some officers have found themselves serving on panels and boards because the regular faculty shuns theseew have even been asked to vote oa issues such as hiring.

How will the universiry handle any articles written by the officer?

How will the officer be expected to interact with the student body?

Is there anything the university expects the officer nor to do?

Rules for the Officer-in-Residence

The vulnerability of individualesidcnce and the programhole requiresew rules be observed:

Openness. The assignment is completely open and unclassified. Before it can be considered final, it must be agreed to by all appropriate people in the academic hierarchy. Normally this means utforming someone at least at the level of the dean. Often it means checking with the head of the institution. OTE is responsible for ensuring thai the necessary agreements have been reached. The final step in this processisit to the campus byTE or bis representative and the candidate.

the Agencyhole and "sporting" for

0aie strictly prohibited. Officers may discuss life in tbe Agency and the Agency's role in the world; indeed, they are eocouraged to do so. Any expression of interestob, however, must unmediately be referred to the area recruiter.

Contact With the Media. Officers mustull briefing from the Public Affairs Office beforeour. Once on campus, they must report any contact with the press to PAO.inimum, the campus newspaper may want an interview. All officers should know, however, thai campus journals have their own communication network and have

used it, sometimes assistedexchange information

about Agency representatives. Thus the ofScxr-iiwtndcncrmmi check with PAO before Hikingampus paper. The requirement becomes even more urgent when the commercial media are involved.

Speeches. An officer- in -residence mightresentation in one of three forums: on campusormal academic setting, on campus to an informal gathering, or off campus to an outside group. The tint is not Likely toroblem if the relationship between the officer and the institution is clear and open. An officer must ask for guidance and support from the PAO, however, before agreeing to informal presentations oa campus or to speeches before outside groups.

Reports. To help the Agency build an instimtional memory, ofiicers-in-rcsideoce are asked to submit annual reports on their activities to the sponsoring unit and CSI/OTE. Headquarters components provide feedback to these reports.

Required Knowledge. Because the job is partly representational, officers should come to it with anof the issues facing the Agency and the activities of its various parts They should be prepared for the usual questions that may come their way (Iran-Cootrt, coven action, assassinations, and sond they should be able to explain how the Agency interacts these days with the rest of the US Government (uxludinghey should also be prepared if organizations opposed to the Agency, such us those associated wmhHB^-dS ampaign against them They should look to the sponsoring unit, CTlt^inS^AO for the necessary support.

Support. The sponsoring unit, OTE, and PAO share responsibility for supporting the officer-in-rcsidence. The sponsoring unit provides basic housekeeping services and covers the officer's expenses. There should be clear agreement on any overall expense Limit and what specific costs will be covered. OTE provides general advice to the prospective officer-in-residencc. furnishes guidance to the sponsoring unit on the mechanics of tbe arrangement, actsroker with the university, and provides an instinitiooal memory. To get reactions and suggestions about the program, OTE also contacts universities whereesidence have served. PAO supports the officers in their dealings with the outside world. All three supporting entities, in coordination with each other, shouldlow of relevant information to the officers while ihey are in place. Other communication with the officers rakes placeO's Academic Coordinator, the officers' annual reports and feedback thereto, and annual garherings in Washington of past, current, and prospective officers-in-residence.

A list of people at Headquarters who can help with specific problems, both substantive andPAO, Scarrity, Finance, and Personnel.

Recent unclassified articles by Robert Gates and others.

annotated bibliography of books related to the intelligence profession.

election of unclassified Studies in Intelligence articles from the past few ycaisisting of all unclassified Studies articles.

*' Case studies written by Harvard's Kennedy School under its QA contract

Three books:

The CIA and American Democracy by Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

Lying by Sisiela Bok

Teaching Intelligence in therom Georgetown University

of Katharine Graham's speech in the Headquarters Auditorium on "Secrecy and tilencluding the qiiestion-and-answer period.


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