The U.S. Director of National Intelligence and an FBI deputy director will be at the Citadel on Tuesday to speak at the 2018 Intelligence and Cybersecurity Conference.
The Citadel began offering masters degrees in Intelligence and Security Studies in 2016 and bachelors degrees last year. Department of Intelligence and Security Studies Carl Jensen said the program is a hit with cadets.
“There’s a huge demand for this,” he said. “It’s turned out to be very popular.”
More than 100 members of the freshman class declared it as their major, he said.
“Every year the Citadel commisions between 20 and 25 military intelligence officers and in addition to that, the federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies have always recruited heavily from the Citadel,” Jensen said. “We thought it was a very natural fit given the mission of the Citadel: the notion of public service, the notion of honor, in addition to what they get in the classroom. It seemed to be a very good fit for the needs of the intelligence community. The sort of folks they want to hire are exactly the type of folks that we produce.”
This will be the third year the Citadel has hosted the Intelligence and Cybersecurity Conference. Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation David Bowdich will be keynote speakers.
Jensen said the military academy is looking forward to the event.
“We’re extremely excited, not only in the keynote speakers that we’ve gotten, but the panels we’ve been able to put together,” he said. “Also the interest that we’ve had… it’s a really big deal,” he said.
Jensen, a former FBI agent, and the rest of the program faculty have real-world experience in the field.
“(Coats) really doesn’t do a lot of these. So we were very excited to get him,” Jensen said. “We also have David Bowdich, who was the number-two person in the FBI. They’re going to be speaking about the world that they view, the emerging threats, the challenges that they see.”