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National Intelligence University’s Role in Interagency Research

National Intelligence University’s Role in Interagency Research: Recommendations from the Intelligence Community

Judith A. Johnston
Natasha Lander
Brian McInnis
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 76
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    National Intelligence University’s Role in Interagency Research
    Book Description:

    To help the Center for Strategic Intelligence Research (CSIR) of the National Intelligence University (NIU) better identify collaborative research opportunities, topics, and processes with Intelligence Community research entities, this study details the results of semistructured interviews conducted with a purposive sample of representatives to capture information about these research entities, their responsibilities, and their willingness to support interagency research with NIU.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8202-2
    Subjects: Political Science, Education

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  4. Figures
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. Tables
    (pp. xi-xii)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xiii-xviii)

    NIU and CSIR have institutional and IC responsibilities with regard to research. As an accredited institution of higher learning, NIU has an obligation to support faculty and student research. As the national intelligence university, it has an obligation to foster collaborative research to support all the agencies of the IC. Additionally, NIU is the result of an evolution of ideas in the IC and among its leaders about what a national intelligence university should be. This process began with the formation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) as a requirement of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism...

  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xix-xx)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
  9. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-4)

    In 2005, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) was formed in response to recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report,¹ four Executive Orders,² and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA)³ to “forge an Intelligence Community that delivers the most insightful intelligence possible.”⁴ One of the goals of the ODNI is to promote a diverse, highly skilled intelligence workforce that reflects the strength of the United States. To help address this goal, the National Intelligence University (NIU) was formed.

    Since its inception, the NIU has evolved as an institution of higher learning serving the Intelligence Community (IC)...

  10. CHAPTER TWO Data Collected: Interviews and Literature
    (pp. 5-14)

    The IC consists of seventeen separate components: ODNI, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Department of State, the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency, Air Force Intelligence, Army Intelligence, Coast Guard Intelligence, the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Marine Corps Intelligence, and Navy Intelligence. Working with NIU and CSIR, we identified 13 research entities in nine of these 17 components.

    This study was designed to elicit expert opinions from those familiar with...

  11. CHAPTER THREE Findings
    (pp. 15-20)

    We conducted interviews with 18 senior leaders representing the IC research entities and NIU either in person or by telephone. We conducted interpretational/thematic analysis on the interview data, yielding findings that we categorized into four major constructs (matching the constructs of the interview instrument) and 13 sub-constructs. We then looked at themes across the interview responses to identify root causes and/or issues. Our findings will be discussed first in terms of the constructs and sub-constructs identified in Table 3.1, and then by the themes we identified across responses. The research entities represented in this study were generally small in size...

  12. CHAPTER FOUR Recommendations
    (pp. 21-28)

    Our study participants were positive in their discussion of NIU and they provided a number of suggestions that addressed CSIR and NIU more generally. The suggestions focused on how NIU and CSIR could help address the needs and resources of their own research entities, and on what NIU should do. The recommendations that follow are based on the findings of our interviews with senior leaders in the IC.

    Our recommendations are presented in terms of the four constructs that frame this study. The interviewees recommended a wide range of activities that would, indeed, support the research entities but may not...

  13. CHAPTER FIVE Concluding Observations
    (pp. 29-36)

    As a dual-hatted organization in the IC with both institutional and community obligations, NIU faces a number of challenges when embarking on interagency research and other collaborative activities. One benefit to this position is that NIU, unlike many of the entities it will be partnering with, has visibility across the agencies of the IC and a broader view of IC needs and research interests. This visibility can inform research decisions that serve NIU’s current and future educational goals and vision for intelligence analysis education and support IC research needs holistically.

    This chapter addresses the challenges to expanding NIU engagement in...

  14. APPENDIX A Interview Instrument
    (pp. 37-38)
  15. APPENDIX B Research Entities in the Intelligence Community
    (pp. 39-50)
  16. References
    (pp. 51-54)