Conference of Intelligence Studies- with special Public Diplomacy and Intelligence Studies Panel

Sponsored by:
CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence
in cooperation with
The University of Southern California’s
School of International Relations
Center for International Studies
Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events
Center on Public Diplomacy

On 2-3 February 2006, the University of Southern California and CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence sponsored the first of a series of regionally focused conferences on intelligence studies. The conference brought together scholars from Southern California as well as veteran intelligence officers from Washington, D.C. to discuss topics of critical importance to understanding today’s national intelligence community. All panels featured a mix of veteran intelligence officers and scholars.

To download the conference schedule, clike HERE.[PDF]

To download the conference registration form, click HERE.[PDF]

Speakers included:

John C. Gannon, Vice President for Global Analysis, BAE Systems; former Staff Director, House Select Committee on Homeland Security; Head White House Team, Department of Homeland Security Transition Planning Office; Vice Chair, Intellibridge Corporation; Assistant Director for Analysis and Production, CIA; Chair of the National Intelligence Council; Deputy Director for Intelligence, CIA.

Mark Lowenthal, President and CEO of the Intelligence & Security Academy, LLC; former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production; Vice Chairman for Evaluation on the National Intelligence Council, and Counselor to the Director of Central Intelligence.

Kevin O’Connell, Director, Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis in Washington, D.C.; formerly Director of Central Intelligence Community Management Staff; Special Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs; Senior Analyst, White House Situation Room, National Security Council; Analyst, Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

Martin C. Petersen, Business Development Manager, Science Applications International Corporation; formerly Deputy Executive Director of CIA; Assistant Deputy Director of Intelligence for Strategic Planning and Programs, CIA; Director of the Office of Asian Pacific and Latin American Analysis, CIA; and Director of the Office of East Asian Analysis, CIA.

Jennifer Sims, professorial lecturer, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, freelance writer and a private consultant in Washington, DC; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence Coordination and Department of State’s first Coordinator for Intelligence Resources and Planning.

Melissa Smisloval, Acting Director, Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center (HITRAC) U.S. Department of Homeland Security; formerly Senior North Korean Analyst, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense. (Invited)

Gregory Treverton, senior policy analyst at RAND and Associate Dean of the RAND Graduate School; formerly Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center (RAND). Served on the staff of the first Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, of the National Security Council, and as Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council.

Panels included:

• “The Intelligence Community Today: How the Intelligence Community Is Structured and Functions; How It Differs from the Past; Tasks of the New Organizations and the Role Of The DNI”
• “Terrorism Risk Assessment”
• “What to Expect from Intelligence: What Intelligence Can Do And What It Cannot Do”
• “Public Diplomacy and Intelligence”
• “Intelligence and the Academy: Relations between Intelligence Community and US Institutions of Higher Education, Past, Present, and Future”

RSVP requested. Please email Linda Cole at to RSVP.

For further information, please contact:

Linda Cole
School of International Relations
University of Southern California
213 740 2139


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