OFFICER-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM - AN ACADEMIC RESOURCE

Created: 1/1/1985

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How does one arrange to participate?

The program Is adm mistered by CIA's Office of TrmlniQH md Fdacaooa. Interestedwithin ihr Agency should contact the Center for Ibo Study of Iniclllgenoe/OTE. Academic iratiaitioro may call the Center8 QT write: 1

Center for the Study of Intelligence Office of Training and Education (OTH) Central Intelligence Agency Washington.

The

Central Intelligence Agency

Program

An Academic Resource

IArogram?

The Central Intelligence Agency has established its OfTicer-in-RctidfTKC program in tbc belief lhat open exchange between [he Axeocy and the academic community brings boncfil to both sides. CIA officers have much to offer the academic world. Many have impressive academic credentials of their own; several leach at the university level. Others offer the insights derived from years of experience in the foreign policy field at home and abroad. Equally (treat benefitshe Agency: CIA has longthat it best fullfills iu mission when ilgaios ins it, hu from the academ It world.

What does the program look like?

Under tbe program, the Agency sponsors its senior professionals for one- or two-year tours with the faculties of coilegei and umrasjucs Since the programhe Agency has seatfficers to institution* such as Harvard, Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Miamieorgetown, and the University of Texas. In all.sdrahooshavc participated in the program.

The officer-in-residence is pan acadenucian. part ambassador. CIA encourages officers to teach, do research, and actesource for iheir faculty colleagues. It looks to them to shed light on the national security process aad CIA's role in it. More broadly, it aims to make the academic world aware of the quality and competence of the people who work for tbe Agency. For its part, the Agency standi to benefit any time one of iu officers is immersed in Ihe academic environmentrotracted period.

Equally important is what the program is not. There is absolutely nothing clandestine about it. The assignment is completely open and agreedll appropriate levels of the institution. Recruiting for the Agency is expressly forbidden, as is any other activity that might call the bona fides of an officer-in-reatdence into question. Ills CIA's policy to ensure thai officers-in-rcsidence are exactly what they say they are: pro-fessonxli abiding by the rules of their adopted milieu.

The program is loosely structured; each

cause CIA sponsors the officer-in-resirtcnce, the financial cost to (he Iristitubon is minimal, although ihe Agency does expect that office space and thesupplies will be provided, along with accessecretary. Generally speaking, CIA asks that the officer-in-rcsidencc be provided the status and services normally offered visiting faculty members.

What can the academic institution expect to gain?

OiTicers-in-rcsidcnceide variety of skills to the campus. For example:

One of ficcr-in-residenceourse on the Soviet economy under Gorbachev.

Another designed andourse in practical analytical methods. Tne course was so well received Lhat be was asked to extend his tourear.

A third wrote case studies focusing on thebetween intelligence analysis and theprocess.

A fourth wrote papers and made presentations io' graduate-level classes on such topics as the rolo of intelligence, ethics and intelligence, covert actions, and Cuban foreign policy.

Pxrocipaimg institutions have found another benefit: the intellectual stimulus that comes from the presence of bright, articulate people who have firsthand experience with the challenges facing the United Sums and its national security apparatus.

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