College of Security and Intelligence
Dr. Philip Jones, Dean
Dr. Jones is a former CIA intelligence analyst and an international security expert with extensive field experience in political and security risk studies and management for corporate clients. He has done field work for World Bank clients in international development projects and is an expert on South Asia.
Welcome to the first College of Security and Intelligence in the United States. The College currently offers three undergraduate degrees, in Global Security and Intelligence Studies and Cyber Intelligence and Security, and one graduate degree in Security and Intelligence Studies. It is the mission of the College to educate men and women of integrity and good character to be future leaders in the national security community, the intelligence agencies, military intelligence, state and local law enforcement, and corporate security, among other fields. The college always puts its primary emphasis on helping our students develop as scholars, professionals, and enlightened citizens.
At the undergraduate level, our programs are designed to incorporate liberal arts courses with more specialized knowledge courses, together with a strong emphasis also on practical skills and hands-on learning. We emphasize key background areas, such as History, International Relations, Economics and Psychology with specialized courses in Intelligence, Security and Forensics. Our students are challenged to think critically about international developments, write about these in intelligence style formats, and brief students and faculty about what they have found and judge to be of significance. Hands-on courses include lab work in our Forensics Lab and field work at ‘crime scenes,’ practicing elicitation skills in counterintelligence, working with area schools on an intensive security audit, and participating in secure building design. Our students compete in Red Team/Blue Team exercises in the Cyber Lab and in a capstone simulation or “war games” class, where they must demonstrate a strong grasp of the knowledge base and key skills required of a professional working in security, intelligence, or cyber intelligence fields.
At the Prescott campus, the College of Security and Intelligence works closely with the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation and Engineering. A number of courses in the Master of Science in Security and Intelligence require collaboration with faculty in the other colleges. The MS degree is designed around the courses that deal with the linkages between advanced security and intelligence topics and science and technology. These include work on UAS/UAVs, interpreting overhead imagery, studying cyber threats, planning to cope with the implications of climate change, and building scenarios of future space conflict. The result, we believe, is a cross disciplinary avenue to greater knowledge and an enhanced preparation for our graduates to achieve personal and professional success.
The attributes we look for in our students and graduates include:
- A deep interest in international developments and desire to know why things happen the way they do in the international arena.
- A capacity for critical thinking and an ability to structure analysis on known facts and science.
- A grasp of the essential knowledge base in our fields and demonstrated ability to develop new knowledge through established research methodologies.
- An ability to communicate effectively in both writing and briefing.
- An ability to work effectively in a team to solve a pressing problem.
- A basic understanding of at least one foreign language and interest in learning about other cultures.
- A commitment to high personal standards of integrity, and
- A desire to serve in either the public or private sector, but in ways that enable one to protect our land and people, and especially those who cannot protect themselves.
Our graduates now work in all of the agencies of the Intelligence Community, and in other departments or organizations at the federal, state and local levels. About a fourth of our graduates serve as commissioned officers in either the Army or Air Force, some in the Navy and Marines. Others work in corporations as security officers or political risk specialists. Many have gone on to graduate or law school and pursued similar occupations from there. Some have found interesting careers in places like the World Bank, the United Nations, or abroad in places like the United Arab Emirates.
The College of Security and Intelligence particularly values scholarship, for this creation of new knowledge is not only a service to humankind, but enlivens the classroom by bringing in the kind of constructive expertise and thirst for knowledge that characterizes the world of research and scholarship. Our faculty have published books via Oxford and Cornell University Presses, and in peer-reviewed journals. They have helped break new ground in aviation security, homeland security, counterterrorism, cyber intelligence and cyber warfare, and international risk and threat assessment. In addition, our faculty work on grants, contracts, and consultancies with federal, state, and local governments. They often set national and even world standards in partnerships with corporations, other business entities, development agencies and international organizations. They help shape public opinion through media broadcasts on breaking developments. The College has two publications co-produced by faculty and students. These are The Eagle Eye, our long-running weekly analytic newswire, and the new Cyber Eye, which already has developed collaborative relationships with industry and law enforcement.