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MFA vs. CIA | Lapham’s Quarterly
A writer considers an alternate life as an undercover agent.
espionage  cia  mfa  GradSchool 
march 2016 by mike
Doctors of Doom: What a PhD Really Means in the US National Security Community | VICE News
“The number of doctorates awarded to the IC has increased steadily since 9/11. Between 1981 and 2014, the number of PhDs among Top Secret workers has grown many hundreds percent, while the total number of doctoral degrees grew just 42 percent in civil society during the same time frame. However, hardly any intelligence professionals enter the IC with a PhD, a fact confirmed by internal studies done by the government.

Online for-profit schools currently dominate the awarding of doctorate degrees to intelligence professionals, with four private for-profit online schools — Capella University, Walden University, the University of Phoenix, and Northcentral University — awarding the most degrees, almost 15 percent of the total. The top schools producing doctorates before 9/11 were the University of Texas at Austin, George Washington University, and Georgetown University. According to the Department of Education, this shift reflects a broader emergence of distance learning in the US, even at the doctoral level.”
security  academia  cia  espionage  usa  education 
february 2016 by mike
The Definition of Some Estimative Expressions — Central Intelligence Agency
From the CIA: Finished intelligence, particularly in making estimative statements, uses a number of modifiers like "highly probable," "unlikely," "possible" that can be thought of as expressing a range of odds or a mathematical probability, and these are supplemented by various other expressions, especially verb forms, conveying the sense of probability less directly "may," "could," "we believe." Certain other words express not probability but quantity, imprecisely but perhaps within definable ranges -- "few," "several," "considerable." Some people object to any effort to define the odds or quantities meant by such words. They argue that context always modifies the meaning of words and, more broadly, that rigid definitions deprive language of the freedom to adapt to changing needs.
cia  espionage  statistics  language 
january 2016 by mike

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