Intelligence in Defense of Democracy, the final report of the LBJ School's 2021-2022 Policy Research Project on foreign election interference, was recently published. Intelligence Studies Project Director Steve Slick led 13 UT master's degree candidates in an extensive literature review, policymaker and expert interviews, and the drafting of this report including specific policy recommendations. The report concludes that the threat posed to America's democratic processes by Russia and other foreign adversaries is serious and likely to persist, if not grow, in the future.
The University of Texas at Austin's Global (Dis)Information Lab, led by ISP Fellow Dr. Kiril Avramov, recently released an assessment that Russian state media significantly inflated the reported number of Ukrainian refugees entering Russia. The report was completed in collaboration with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and used commercial satellite imagery of border crossings and open source reporting. Read the full report HERE.
The University of Texas at Austin’s Intelligence Studies Project hosted the third running of the Texas Intelligence Academy (TIA) from May 22 to June 1, 2022 in Washington, D.C. The TIA 2022 cohort comprised 14 undergraduate students from UT-Austin, UT-El Paso, and UT-San Antonio.
The TIA students participated in classroom lectures and exercises with former senior intelligence professionals on analysis, human intelligence, technical intelligence, covert action, counterterrorism, intelligence reform, and intelligence-policymaker relationships. The program included a visit to the National Security Agency headquarters where the students met with NSA Deputy Director George Barnes and other executives to learn about the NSA mission. Students also discussed intelligence oversight issues with Senate intelligence committee members John Cornyn and Ben Sasse and along with committee staff members in the U.S. Capitol. The TIA cohort was escorted on a day-long “staff ride” to the Gettysburg National Military Park where they learned how intelligence contributed to battlefield success and failure.
ISP Fellow Co-authors Report on Growing Links Between Combat Sports and Extremist Political Groups in EuropeJan 06, 2022
Professor Kiril Avramov, a Fellow to the Intelligence Studies Project and Director of UT’s Global (Dis)information Laboratory, published “White Rex, White Nationalism, and Combat Sport” in the Fall 2021 edition of the Journal of Illiberalism Studies. With co-authors Rene Nissen and Jason Roberts, Professor Avramov reviewed existing studies of right-wing extremism, football hooliganism, networking, and identity, as well as contemporary public scholarship and investigative reporting on far-right combat sports in Europe, with a particular focus on the White Rex brand. The full article is available HERE.
The Texas National Security Review, Volume 5, Issue 1, recently published Not at Any Price: LBJ, Pakistan, and Bargaining in an Asymmetric Intelligence Liaison Relationship by LBJ School of Public Affairs PhD candidate Diana Bolsinger. Ms. Bolsinger's article received the Bobby R. Inman Award in 2020. Read the full article HERE.
LBJ School Spotlights ISP-Sponsored Policy Research Project on U.S. Responses to Foreign Election InterferenceNov 17, 2021
The LBJ School of Public Affairs interviewed ISP Director Steve Slick and Masters of Global Policy Studies student Jeremy Workman on an ISP-sponsored Policy Research Project that focuses on foreign threats to the integrity of U.S. elections. Read the full interview HERE.
Studies in Intelligence, the journal of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Center for the Study of Intelligence, recently released an unclassified special edition that includes reflections on the current state of integration within U.S. intelligence. Studies Volume 65, No. 3 is available in full HERE. This edition includes an essay by ISP Director Steve Slick “On a Path Toward Intelligence Integration” that concludes “[p]rogress along this path has been uneven, but U.S. Intelligence is immeasurably more unified and effective than it was when [the author] entered on duty during the final throes of the Cold War.”
ISP Director Steve Slick joined Ambassador (BG Ret.) James Smith and former ADCI/MA (LTGEN Ret.) John Campbell on September 22nd at the Heritage Country Club in McKinney, TX for a briefing focused on the Middle East. This National Security Briefing series benefits the Dallas area chapters of the Navy League, the Air Force Association, the Military Order of the World Wars, and the Jewish War Veterans. Video of the full event, including briefings and questions/answers, is HERE. The ISP Director’s remarks run from 26:52 – 49:41. Still photos from the event are HERE.
"Ransomware Attacks Are Another Tool in the Political Warfare Toolbox" Posted on the "The Hill" by Kiril AvramovSep 27, 2021
UT Global (Dis)Information Lab Director and ISP Fellow Dr. Kiril Avramov recently authored an opinion editorial "Ransomware Attacks Are Another Tool in the Political Warfare Toolbox" that appeared in The Hill. The article was co-authored by Ryan Williams, a doctoral student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and an affiliate to the Global (Dis)Information Lab. Click HERE to read the full text.
The Intelligence Studies Project was proud to sponsor an LBJ School policy research project focused on domestic extremism during the 2020-2021 academic year. The course was directed by J. Paul Pope, Professor of Practice at the LBJ School and an ISP Senior Fellow. The students’ final report—“Domestic Terrorism in the Digital Age”— describes the nature and scope of the domestic terrorism threat, including recent trends, the unique susceptibility of American society, and the role of social media in the dramatic increase in extremism and violent acts. Read the full report HERE.