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What Makes An Operations Officer

I get this question a lot, mostly from people interested in joining the CIA, or from people who were not selected and are wondering why....

Leadership Styles of the CIA

As I sit here sipping my mug of Cuban coffee—yes mug, those little cups are for the weak—I am recalling all the different managers I...

The Upcoming Personnel Crisis at the CIA

Years ago when I worked at the CIA, I was part of a few panels and groups working to tackle a variety of personnel issues at the Agency....

The Case Officer - Agent Relationship

The CIA does two principal things, collect and analyze intelligence. Within the CIA, the Directorate of Operations (DO) collects human...

Lessons Learned from Ukraine

Ukrainian Soldiers (WordPress) There are many lessons to be learned from Russia's invasion of Ukraine. People will be reviewing these...

The Woke Military?

Woke: aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice) - Merriam-Webster I...

The Intelligence Assault on the West

Agent of Influence: An agent of some stature who uses his or her position to influence public opinion or decision-making to produce...

We Are Destroying This Nation

I spent 28 years of my adult life defending this country. I don't say that to obtain admiration, to pat myself on the back, or to gain...

Can We Win A New Cold War?

I was re-reading NSC-68 the other day (NSC-68 United States Objectives and Programs for National Security (fas.org), the height of...

Booby Traps

I have always said that within the Directorate of Operations (DO) there is a never-ending contest centered around war stories. War...

What Will We Learn From Afghanistan?

As it concerns Afghanistan, we are currently in the finger-pointing stage. We love to accuse everyone else for the mistakes, demanding a...

Book Review - Alpha

Alpha - Eddie Gallagher and The War for the Soul of the Navy SEALS, David Philipps This is an excellent book that is sure to stir up...

There Was This Guy

There was this guy. That is how most stories start out, at least in the espionage profession. Given the secrecy and the need to protect...

 

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