• The Ethics of Force-Feeding

    Today’s post is from Dr. Jan Goldman, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and the editor of Ethics of Spying, Volumes 1 and 2.  Dr. Goldman is the world’s leading expert on intel...

    Picture: Honor Bound Guard Tower at JTF Guantanamo
  • Lessons Learned from a Future IC Member

    Dear Fellow Intelligence Lovers, I am senior at the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, Cohort #2. (What what?!) I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Ole Miss and I love my job; being a stud...

    Lessons Learned from a Future IC Member
  • Robocallers that can fool you

    At the CISS blog we like to keep an eye on the future, and sometimes the future is perturbing. The new phenomenon on our radar comes straight from the uncanny valley. It’s robo-calling software ...

    Robocallers that can fool you
  • FBI Halts Hiring

    A lot has happened in the world of intelligence since we last blogged in the spring of 2013.  Over the course of a summer and an early fall, we’ve witnessed the debacle that is Edward Snowden play out...

    FBI Halts Hiring
  • New CISS Motto: Yeah, But…

    I like mottos. The best ones tell you straight up the ethos that an organization embraces (or says it embraces). Think Semper Fidelis (US Marine Corps) or To Protect and to Serve (Los Angeles and seve...

    New CISS Motto: Yeah, But…
  • What’s in a code name?

    The US Secret Service uses code names for the public figures it protects. In the days when radio communications were unencrypted and easily intercepted, this was a security measure. Today code names a...

    What’s in a code name?
  • Your brain is not your friend

    When you have the spare time to tease apart the physical structure of a human brain, and also a victim, you will notice that our brains “pile on” from a relatively simple, primitive brain stem. Each s...

    Your brain is not your friend
  • Misreading Intentions

    The CIA recently released a classified study on the intelligence failures leading up to the Iraq War. The document details analysis failures such as misreading intentions of the Iraqi regime, mindsets...

    Misreading Intentions
  • Boston Bombing: What Social Media Gives Us

    Yesterday, my phone lit with a terse message from CNN. I was meeting with Center visitors so I only glanced at it and saw there had been an explosion during the marathon. People were wounded. CNN had ...

    Picture of Boston Bombing victim
  • Perks of Being an Introvert

    There’s a joke that I hear frequently concerning analysts in the Intelligence Community (IC): How do you tell an introvert from extrovert? Answer: The extrovert is the person looking at your sho...

    Perks of Being an Introvert