Author Biography

Brian Alcorn is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps with a cumulative seventeen months spent deployed in support of national security interests throughout his career. He has deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force—Customs and Border Patrol. He received his BA in Anthropology from Beloit College in 2017. Currently he is working on an MA in Intelligence Studies, with a concentration in Intelligence Operations at American Military University.

Dr. Beth Eisenfeld is an adjunct faculty member at American Military University and National American University. She teaches or taught numerous online doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s classes over the last eleven years. Eisenfeld holds a Doctorate in Strategic Security from the Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security at National American University. She earned a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. Dr. Eisenfeld also earned a Certificate in Computer Science from DePaul University, a Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis from American Military University, and a Higher Education Teaching Certificate from Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.



Subject Area Keywords

Foreign policy, Intelligence analysis, Intelligence collection, Intelligence studies/education, International relations


Intelligence officers often interact in culturally diverse settings different from the settings in which they grew up. Yet, there is a lack of academic research about the integration of culture and the study of intelligence. Researchers have made Cultural Intelligence (CQ) measurable via the Cultural Intelligence Scale (CQS) and successfully applied it in the business world as a predictor of success in multi-cultural environments. This article describes an application of the CQS, using the Observer Report questionnaire to assess the memoirs of three successful intelligence officers to ascertain the degree that CQ applies to the success of officers in United States Intelligence Community (USIC) in multicultural environments. The study results indicated each intelligence officer possessed a high degree of cultural intelligence that assisted in the course of their duties and the CQS is a good assessment tool to measure cultural intelligence.

Keywords: Cultural intelligence, Cultural Intelligence Scale, CQS, Cultural Intelligence Quotient


A sincere thank you to my professor, Dr. Eisenfeld, my parents, and the Marines I have had the honor and privelege to lead throughout the past three years.