Growing educational programs to meet mounting needs for national security experts
By Prof. Carl Jensen, director of Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel, and Prof. Bo Moore, dean for The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Since the attacks of 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security and the United States intelligence community (IC) have grown dramatically. For example, protective service jobs are projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to increase by 153,900 from 2014-2024.
The market for intelligence analysts within private corporations such as BAE, SAIC, SRA, SPAWAR, and Northrup Grumman is also robust. Each of these companies has a presence in South Carolina. Other industries hiring analysts include peacekeeping and humanitarian operations support, cybersecurity companies, management consultant firms, and state and local law enforcement agencies.
Whether it is within the private sector or government, there are a staggering number of protective service occupations in South Carolina− more than 40,000 according to current Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The Departments of Homeland Security and Defense are logically the two agencies hiring the most intelligence and security professionals. From 2000 to 2015, there were 62,778 defense contracts awarded in South Carolina, totaling $38,975,698,333.
The military has also indicated in various posture statements, a continuing need for intelligence officers from undergraduate programs. The Army has invested heavily to recruit additional MI [military intelligence] Soldiers and expand training throughput capacity at the US Army Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona in order to grow the MI force. The Army will continue to integrate lessons learned and evaluate requirements based on operational experiences in Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, and elsewhere into future force structure planning. Army Intelligence transformation is synchronized with the Army Campaign Plan to generate a more balanced, modular, and more capable MI force optimized for effective support in complex operating environments worldwide (www.army.mil).
The list of job openings for qualified intelligence professionals is long; in fact, according to Indeed.com, in 2017 there were 21,098 intelligence analyst positions open nationwide, with 134 in South Carolina. There were also 685 business intelligence openings across the state. According to Recruiter.com, more than 20,000 intelligence analyst positions will be filled in 2018.
Colleges and universities are working to keep up with the demand, especially institutions that already have proven foundational programs. One of the most popular departments at The Citadel, the department of criminal justice, launched a new Master of Arts (MA) degree program in Intelligence and Security Studies (ISS) just last year. A new Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Intelligence and Security Studies for members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets becomes available this fall.
The ISS master’s degree is 100 percent online, and teaches best practices for intelligence collection and analysis. The program combines theory, experience and research to provide the real-world skills necessary to enter and advance in intelligence arenas. The program offers an intellectually rigorous course of study that emphasizes key skills related to analytical writing and research, critical thinking, and general international and domestic subject matter expertise. The MA program offers two concentrations, cybersecurity (offered jointly with the College of Charleston) or leadership, both of which lead to a certificate in addition to the master’s degree.
The new BA in Intelligence and Security Studies will consist of 15 highly inter-disciplinary courses. Initially, the program will only be available to cadets; however, in the spring semester of 2018, it will be provided as an evening undergraduate degree completion program through The Citadel Graduate College.
One of the most exciting opportunities for both students at various institutions and security professionals from across the country occurs every other year at a national conference hosted by The Citadel. In September 2018, the third Citadel Intelligence and Cyber Security Conference will be held in Charleston. Program and registration information will be available at Citadel.edu in the fall.
Dr. Carl Jensen is the director of the Intelligence and Security Studies program at The Citadel and co-author of the book “Introduction to Intelligence Studies.” He served in the FBI as a supervisory special agent in various settings for 22 years.
Dr. Bo Moore is dean of The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences, which houses the Department of Criminal Justice as well as five other departments.