Drs. Stephen Coulthart, Paul Ashby, and Michael McGee provided a research workshop on border security for the Inter-American Defense College during their visit to the El Paso Intelligence Center on December 12. Dr. Larry Valero served as a discussant and facilitator for the workshop.
Mary O’Sullivan from Globalytica provided a strategic foresight workshop featuring an analytic exercise examining major power rivalry in the Arctic for INSS graduate students on November 30 and December 1.
Dr. Barbara Sude provided a CISR seminar for faculty and students titled “What History Tells Us about the Risk of Terrorism in Large Refugee Flows” on November 29.
Mr. Mason Shuya participated in the 68th Midwest Association for Latin American Studies Conference at UTEP on Nov 17. He presented his paper entitled "It's Time for Mexico to Join North American Security" with the position of inviting Mexico to join NORAD.
Mr. Mason Shuya participated at UTEP's Grad Expo on the panel for International Relations and delivered a discussion on Russian Cyber Aggression and the New Cold War: Putin's Big Gamble.
Alan Kessler, Resident Intelligence Officer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT-Austin, held an information session on CIA careers and delivered a lecture on social media intelligence.
Dr. Valero delivered a presentation titled “Russian Active Measures in Historical Perspective” on October 26 at the StratComES 2018 Conference - Strategic Communication for Security and Defense: Information Operations in the Digital Era” at the School of Communication Sciences, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain.
Dr. Valero provided a pre-conference seminar on “History and Analysis of Propaganda” at the StratComES 2018 Conference - Strategic Communication for Security and Defense: Information Operations in the Digital Era” at the School of Communication Sciences, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain.
Dr. Paul Miller of Georgetown University provided a CISR seminar based upon his recent book ti titled " American Power and Liberal Order: A Conservative Internationalist Grand Strategy" on October 17, 2018.
Dr. Coulthart presented a paper, “The Virtual Fence on the US-Mexico Border: A Research Agenda,” at the 11th Annual Homeland Defense & Security Education Summit at SUNY Albany on October 11-13, 2018.
NSSI hosted a Center for Intelligence and Security Research Seminar Series title "Government sUAS Integration in El Paso" by Dr. Michael McGee on Friday, September 28, 2018.
Dr. Larry Valero provided a keynote address titled “Teaching about Intelligence and Information: A Philosophical Approach” at the Third Annual IAFIE Europe Conference in Leicester, UK on September 13.
Dr. Misty Duke presented a paper titled “Cognitive Bias in Intelligence Analysis: Teaching Students How to Recognize and Counter Thinking Errors” at the Third Annual IAFIE Europe Conference in Leicester, UK on September 12.
Dr. Duke published a paper in the journal, Law and Human Behavior, describing her FBI-funded research on the effectiveness of intelligence interrogation methods. http://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Flhb0000299
Dr. Misty Duke traveled to Washington D.C. last week to film a video that will be part of an interrogation exhibit at the International Spy Museum.
Dr. Bridget Nolan presented a paper titled “The Invisible Manual: A Simulation Exercise for Teaching Intelligence” at the Third Annual IAFIE Europe Conference in Leicester, UK on September 12.
Victoria Breshears, INSS graduate student, attended an Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research course titled "Machine Learning for the Analysis of Text as Data" held at the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She hopes to incorporate what she has learned into her master’s thesis.
Congratulations to Dr. Bridget Nolan for sharing first prize for the annual IAFIE essay competition (professional category)! The award for her essay titled “The Making of Intelligence Officers” was announced at the annual IAFIE conference in Sydney, Australia on July 25.
Congratulations to Victoria Breshears, INSS graduate student, for earning first prize for the IAFIE student poster competition! Her poster titled “OSINT through Text Mining: A Case Study of Russian and Chinese Influence within Tajik Media” was recognized at the annual IAFIE conference in Sydney, Australia on July 25.
Team NSSI (Dr. Valero, Dr. Coulthart, Dr. Nolan, and Victoria Breshears) at the annual IAFIE conference hosted by Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Valero served as the master of ceremonies for the event from July 22-25
Dr. Bridget Nolan participated in a special panel titled “Voice of the Educator: The Future of Intelligence Education” at the 14th annual IAFIE conference hosted by Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia on July 25.
Dr. Bridget Nolan presented a paper titled “Harry Potter and the Art of Pedagogy: Using Fantasy Fiction to Teach Intelligence” at the 14th annual IAFIE conference hosted by Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia on July 25.
Dr. Coulthart presented a paper titled “Across the Divide: A Team-Taught Course on Big Data Analytics for Security Studies and Computer Science Graduate Students” at the 14th annual IAFIE conference hosted by Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia on July 24.
Dr. Valero presented a paper titled "Teaching Propaganda and Influence Operations: Combining Classic Studies with New Resources" at the 14th annual IAFIE conference hosted by Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia on July 23.
Bryan Card, INSS alumnus, published his latest article “Preparing air missile defense, joint force against near-peer threat” in the Army Fires Bulletin. http://sill-www.army.mil/…/articl…/18-4_July-Aug_11_Card.pdf
Dr. Valero conducted two-day workshop last week examining “Propaganda, Psychological and Influence Operations” at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain
Vanessa Goss and Rebecca Hernandez, INSS students, participated in the National Security Analysis and Intelligence Summer Seminar in Washington, DC from June 5-16.
Dr. Coulthart presented a co-authored paper on border security at a workshop on “wicked” and complex policy problems hosted by the International Public Policy Association at the University of Pittsburgh.
The National Security Studies Institute held its annual colloquium on June 19-20. This year’s them was “Intelligence in the Non-English Speaking World.” Here is the video link with KTSM: https://app.meltwater.com/mwTransition/…
Dr. Ruben Arcos from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain conducted a simulation exercise on June 18 with INSS students examining the raw intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Rangel Int’l Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is Now Welcoming Applications! The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is now accepting applications for the 2019 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program at www.rangelprogram.org!
Just a friendly reminder, we are only a couple days away from the Annual National Security Colloquium!!!
As you know, the CIA has several available Student Program opportunities for all students, which may be found on
https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities . These include Undergraduate & Graduate Internship & Co-op opportunities. We recommend students apply a year before their ideal start date & we accept applications year-round since Internships are in the Summer and Co-op tours are in the Fall/Spring. The application window for these programs has been open since February & will close on 31 Jul 18.
We have received all the nominations for the SINS 2018-2019 election. The nominees are listed in alphabetical order by position. President: Victoria Breshears, Shawn Naegele, Patrick Perez Vice President: Shawn Naegele, Elizabeth Olivas, Secretary: Brandon Flores, Tonantzin Lozano, Mark Riusech, Treasurer: Brandon Flores, Destiny Olivas. In order to vote, you will need to follow the this link: https://minetracker.utep.edu/submitter/election/start/185926
Registration is now live for the Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2018. Registration can be accessed at ICVirtualFair.com.
Dr. Coulthart is providing instruction this week to the inaugural class of the 2018 Texas Intelligence Academy in Washington D.C. The academy brings together top undergraduate students from across the University of Texas System interested in Intelligence Community careers.
Victoria Breshears, INSS graduate student, spent the Spring 2018 semester in Tajikistan studying Farsi and Tajik with support from a Fulbright award and IC CAE funding.
Dr. Coulthart is assisting with the first annual Texas Intelligence Academy (TIA) sponsored by UT Austin’s Intelligence Studies Project and the Texas National Security Network. Tonight the TIA hosted a special conversation with former CIA Director John Brennan.
Congratulations to Victoria Breshears and Susana Moreno, INSS graduate students, for receiving ASIS-El Paso Scholarships valued at $2,000!
INSS students are participating in OSINT Pathfinder training provided by Reuser’s Information Services this week, May 15-17.
Dr. Coulthart has been awarded $41,000 by the Texas National Security Network Excellence Fund to pursue his research project, “Big Data on the Border: A Case Study of Artificial Intelligence in U.S.-Mexico Border Security.” The project will examine the opportunities and limitations of artificial intelligence in 21st century border security and draw upon extensive field research as well as interviews with public and private sector stakeholders.
Congratulations to Tyler Herrera (Political Science/INSS) and Victor Hurtado (Art History/INSS) upon receiving “Top Ten Senior” awards on May 4!
NSSI has updated our Internet Resources website with new links to Defense One, Lawfare, and War on the Rocks. Please visit us at https://www.utep.edu/…/student-reso…/internet-resources.html
Dr. thart is in San Francisco with a DHS/ODNI-sponsored team to investigate emerging national security technologies. The team is attending the RSA conference-- one of the largest IT security conferences in the world--as well as interviewing Silicon Valley entrepreneurs