ICCAE Has a Lot to Offer in Fall 2020

The purpose of the Central Florida Intelligence Community Center of Excellence is to encourage students to consider and pursue careers in the United State’s Intelligence Community (IC)—the collection of 17 agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and even Coast Guard Intelligence—that keep America’s leaders, policy-makers, and soldiers informed.  The center, housed in SPSIA and funded by a grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence coordinates academic programs, brings intelligence community to campus to speak with students, and support students’ academic programs by offering financial support for studying abroad, internships, and undergraduate research.

While 2020 has forced us to alter some of our programs, the CF-ICCAE has continued to forge ahead with its mission.  Instead of conducting in person meetings with IC staff, we’ve held virtual sessions with staff from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency.  When most study abroad and internship programs were cancelled we were able to repurpose those funds and awarded 28 general purpose scholarships to students at UCF and Seminole State College.  We’re looking forward to two great events in November—Professor Richard Samuels will talk about the history of Japanese Intelligence, and staff from the National Security Agency will talk with students about the important if sometimes unrealized role of women in cryptological history.

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