Author Biography

Dr. Robert Clark is a professor at Henley-Putnam University where he teaches an advanced course in Intelligence Practicum. He began his career in the US Air Force as a B-52 Electronics Warfare Officer and subsequently as an intelligence officer. He worked as an all-source analyst and group chief at CIA for a number of years, leaving to start a software development and technical analysis company that performed specialized work for the CIA, NSA, and NRO. Dr. Clark currently is a faculty member of the Intelligence Community Officers' Course, where he conducts an exercise on collection systems and analysis for IC mid-level managers, and facilitates case studies on intelligence estimates, covert action, and counterintelligence. He continues to perform space systems threat analyses for the National Reconnaissance Office and the CIA. He published Intelligence Analysis: Estimation and Prediction in 1996. His second book, Intelligence Analysis: A Target-centric Approach, was first published in 2003; the second edition was published in 2006. Dr. Clark holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a JD in International Law from George Washington University.



Subject Area Keywords

Intelligence studies/education, Intelligence analysis, National security, Security studies


At this year's annual conference of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) in Monterey, CA, the keynote speaker posed the question, "How much do you need intelligence education outside the beltway?" Which led to a second question discussed during the conference: "What should such education look like?" In short, what should we be teaching in universities? What should we leave to the intelligence community as training? And what could be done in either or both settings? The first question of any educational effort is:What are we preparing students for?