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The Future of Intel: Incorporating Education, Effort and Research into an Intelligence Career

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Podcast with Colonel Chris Costa, AMU Alumnus and Executive Director of the International Spy Museum and Dr. Nicole Drumhiller, Program Director, Intelligence Studies

Intelligence plays a large role in our society and national security. There is considerable need for up-to-date professionals who are well versed in areas such as terrorism, cybersecurity and counterterrorism.

In this podcast, Colonel Chris Costa discusses the challenges of balancing family life, military life and his degree. He describes how the events of 9/11 and family support motivated him to take his final class and the life-changing impact that class on terrorism had on his career. Other topics covered include knowledge gaps in the intelligence field and international partnerships to encourage diversity in learning.

About the Speakers

Colonel Chris Costa (U.S. Army, Ret.) is the Executive Director at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. He most recently served as Special Assistant to President Donald Trump and Senior Director for Counterterrorism on the White House National Security Council. Colonel Costa has over 30 years of experience in national security, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, unconventional warfare and human intelligence. He received two Bronze Stars for his intelligence work in Afghanistan, a Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. In May 2013, he was inducted into the United States Special Operations Command Commando Hall of Honor.

Dr. Nicole Drumhiller graduated with a Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington State University. She is currently the Program Director of the Intelligence Studies Program at American Public University System. Nicole teaches courses in analysis, profiling, deception and propaganda. Her research interests include cognition, group and leadership psychology, and extremist studies.