Hilary H. Minkler Awarded Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship

The Lint Center for National Security Studies Awards 2018 Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship to Army SSG Hilary H. Minkler.

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on supporting the next generation of America’s National Security professionals through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, today announced the winner of the 2018 Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship.

SSG Hilary H. Minkler was awarded the Lint Center’s Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. scholarship for her continued and demonstrated commitment to advancing national security. The scholarship provides $1,000 to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to alliance building, counterintelligence, cultural understanding, and national security studies.

SSG Minkler is studying American History with a minor in Intelligence Studies, and boasts an already-successful Army service career. She has briefed commanding generals in Afghanistan on threats and contingencies, is a graduate of the Army’s paratrooper school, has filled both intelligence and counterintelligence roles, and was one of the first women NCOs in a special forces battalion. Ms. Minkler’s scholarship essay explored a significant vulnerability in American cybersecurity – the physical submarine fiber optic cables that stretch between countries on the ocean floor. These cables, which carry 99% of international data transmissions, are left entirely unprotected and are an easy target for any adversary looking to cripple our cross-ocean communications. The ability to protect those cables represent the next great arms race, she says, and America and our allies would be wise to begin considering ways to win that contest.

“I am incredibly honored to receive the Staff Sergeant Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship,” she says. “I started my degree plan in 2013 due to an exceptional leader I had, now-Captain Hong, and his focus on the betterment of the mind and how far an education will get you professionally and personally left a lasting impression. The struggle to complete this degree is trying, and without the support of the Lint Center I would essentially be stagnant in my goal.

“Thank you for the faith and confidence towards my educational goals, I hope that one day I will be able to support another soldier working to compete their educational goals through endorsing the Lint Center.”

“SSG Minkler has many of the same traits as SSG Eaton,” said James R. Lint, President and CEO of the Lint Center for National Security Studies.   “I served with SSG Eaton for over a decade and during multiple tours of duty. I can see that just as SSG Eaton was, SSG Minkler is mission focused and understands the larger picture for operations. SSG Minkler is poised to expand upon her Army knowledge base, leverage the experiences acquired through her tenure in multiple units, and I am confident she will continue to build an excellent career with the support of the Lint Center’s mentoring program.”

About the Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship:

The Staff Sgt Richard Eaton Jr. Memorial Scholarship is dedicated in honor of Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton, a United States Army Counterintelligence Special Agent and Bronze Star recipient who died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on August 12, 2003 (Iraq time). The scholarship fund provides $1,000 to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, Cultural Understanding, and National Security studies.

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization awards award merit-based scholarships and mentoring programs for students pursuing careers in national service with a particular focus on counterintelligence, military intelligence, national security and cross-cultural studies. The Center is Veteran and minority operated and managed. It awards scholarships semi-annually in both January and July. For more information, please visit http://www.lintcenter.org/.

This press release was prepared by Lint Center Volunteer, Ben Oatis.

A Cause of Concern – Understanding the Counterintelligence Threat Through A Case Study of Ana Belen Montez

by Hilary Minkler
Published with Permission

In January of 1961 the United States officially severed the political, economic and monetary relationship with Cuba, due to flourishing relationship with Russia and consistent dissatisfaction with Cuban leader, Fidel Castro. One of the effects of this relationship is the decided requirement from Cuba to increase covert operations in order to receive information and understanding of the social climate within the U.S. Government concerning U.S./Cuba and Cuba/Russia ties.[1] This concept led to the recruitment of Ana Belen Montes, one of the most successful spies of her time, in the league of Aldrich Ames and the Cambridge Five concerning effectiveness and longevity.

Ana Montes was born in 1957 at a U.S. Army installation in Germany, to Alberto and Emilia Montes. Her parents, of Puerto Rican decent were successful in their own right, Alberto worked as a U.S. Army doctor until starting his own practice in Baltimore after exiting the service; her mother worked as an activist and eventually a leader in the Puerto Rican community in Baltimore.[2] Ana had two siblings, Tito and Lucy, Lucy has continued to make public statements following Ana’s arrest, stating that she believes her parents divorce and the following had a lot to do with the mental state of Ana and the easy recruitment.

Ana attended college at the University of Virginia, with one year spent studying abroad in Spain, and then following on to attain a masters at John Hopkins University. She graduated University of Virginia with a degree in Foreign Affairs in 1979 and in 1988 obtained her masters in Advanced International Studies.[3] Colleagues and peers that have since come forward stating that during her time at John Hopkins her anti U.S. sentiment was apparent as well as her incredible distain for President Ronald Reagan.

She was recruited in 1984, a peer attending John Hopkins befriended her, she would soon find out he was actually a Cuban intelligence officer.[4] Apparently minimal convincing was needed for Montes to agree, Ana identified with the cause and believed the U.S. should stay out of foreign affairs.[5] When discussing the numerous reasons for someone to spy, monetary gain, to ideological gain is the main dividend or gain from their transgressions, in this case it was ideological. Depicted in recent quotes from Ana behind bars, “Prison is one of the last places I would have ever chosen to be in, but some things in life are worth going to prison for, or worth doing and then killing yourself before you have to spend too much time in prison.”[6]

Ana quickly attained a job within the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and ascended a throne to being crowned the Queen of Cuba.[7] During this time, she was awarded over 10 prestigious appurtenances from the DIA and even taken on fact finding trips to Cuba. Her position not only allowed her placement and access but the ability to soften U.S. policy against Cuba or perception within the intelligence community through production, agreeing with her viewpoints. Additionally, her grade was that of a GS-16, she had access to hundreds of thousands of documents and would typically sit at her desk even through lunch in hopes to memorize the document in order to later transcribe it.[8] Her abilities gave her notoriety within the DIA and led to minimal thoughts of her allegiances, in retrospect, DIA analysts usually shift within their Area of Responsibility and take on different problems sets, Ana was a Cuban analyst for an excessive amount of time comparatively.

Obviously, her tradecraft was not flawless, because she eventually was caught, however Ana spied and relied information successfully for sixteen years.[9] Ana was taught directly from Cuban handlers how to use a code to communicate with them directly or in case of emergency, how to successfully do dead drops/hand offs, and even how to successfully evade a polygraph test. Most intriguing is the one pad system that was relayed over radio frequency. Cuban’s acknowledge that to run a source for so long they would need to repeatedly change their one pad system and would broadcast a new set of 150 numbers to Ana on AM frequency 7887 kHz, minding you that the code would remain in Spanish.[10] Significantly different from other high-level spies, Ana actually met her handlers every few weeks face to face and handed off information directly over a meal, typically Chinese food.

In 1996 Ana tipped off her superior by failing to follow typical protocol, and while this had no ramifications at the time, four years later it drew attention to her when the DIA believed they had a mole.[11] After tracing encryption disks back to her laptop the FBI began surveillance on Ana in hopes to catch her in the act. They started with simply following her, this is where they saw her using random payphones to message her handlers, then they found her shortwave radio used for messaging from her handlers. Finally, the FBI searched her purse and found her one pad system, confirming the transcription of messages.

The DIA and FBI’s message following her arrest depicts that they basically got lucky when catching Ana, she had provided the Cuban’s with an arsenal of information. She also tipped information about U.S. Special Forces in Latin America in hopes of the information being pushed to successfully target them. Her intelligence efforts strategically impacted and shaped Cuba’s perceptions of the United States while providing them insight into our additional foreign affairs concerning their nation. Within the intelligence community, Ana’s polygraph trick directly impacted polygraph protocol, now there is a gauge on the seating to check for sphincter tightening (the method she was taught) to deceive the machine. Her intelligence sharing have directly led to deaths and casualties that would have forced her to be charged with murder however she received twenty-five years in a brokered deal.

Ideology is one of the hardest things to impact in war and peace, Ana’s ideology could never be shaken, as most had no idea how rooted her life was in the Latin American cause. Ana’s ability two work for almost two decades as an analyst with the ability to retain new information and access high level documents with no one thinking twice about her additional activities. Ana will continue to provide debriefings until 2023, on tradecraft and Cuban affairs, regardless of U.S. and Cuban relations


[1] Office of the Historian. n.d. A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Cuba. Accessed December 28, 2017. https://history.state.gov/countries/cuba.

[2] McCoy, Terrence. 2014. Cuba deal reveals new clues in case of Ana Montes, ‘the most important spy you’ve never heard of’. December 18. Accessed December 28, 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/12/18/cuba-deal-reveals-new-clues-in-case-of-ana-montes-the-most-important-spy-youve-never-heard-of/?utm_term=.359e7ccfcb8b.

[3] Patterson, Thomas. 2016. The most dangerous U.S. spy you’ve never heard of. July 11. Accessed December 28, 2017. http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/06/us/declassified-ana-montes-american-spy-profile/index.html.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Howlett, Charles. 2011. Spies, wiretaps, and secret operations: An Encyclopedia of American Espionage. Santa Barbra, CA: ABC-CLIO .

[6] Popkin, Jim. n.d. Ana Montes did much harm spying for Cuba. Chances are, you haven’t heard of her. Accessed December 28, 2017. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/feature/wp/2013/04/18/ana-montes-did-much-harm-spying-for-cuba-chances-are-you-havent-heard-of-her/?utm_term=.ccb3274cdffa.

[7] Intel Diary Today Staff. 2017. The Queen of Cuba: The two stories of Ana Montes. July 7. Accessed December 28, 2017. https://gosint.wordpress.com/2017/07/02/the-queen-of-cuba-the-two-stories-of-ana-montes/.

[8] Popkin, Jim. n.d. Ana Montes did much harm spying for Cuba. Chances are, you haven’t heard of her. Accessed December 28, 2017. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/feature/wp/2013/04/18/ana-montes-did-much-harm-spying-for-cuba-chances-are-you-havent-heard-of-her/?utm_term=.ccb3274cdffa.

[9] Latell, Brian. 2014. New revelations about Cuban spy Ana Montes. August 2. Accessed December 28, 2017. http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/issues-ideas/article1978099.html.

[10] Groll, Elias. 2014. The Mysterious Cuban Spy at the Center of Obama’s Havana Rapprochement. December 18. Accessed December 28, 2017. http://foreignpolicy.com/2014/12/17/the_mysterious_cuban_spy_at_the_center_of_obamas_havana_rapprochement/.

[11] Patterson, Thomas. 2016. The most dangerous U.S. spy you’ve never heard of. July 11. Accessed December 28, 2017. http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/06/us/declassified-ana-montes-american-spy-profile/index.html.


Bibliography

Cereijo, Manuel. n.d. Ana Belen Montes: The chronicle of an American Spy for the Cuban Government. Newspaper Article, Latin American Studies. Accessed December 28, 2017. http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/espionage/montes-chronicle.htm.

FBI Staff. n.d. FBI History: Ana Montes: Cuban Spy. Accessed December 28, 2017. https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/ana-montes-cuba-spy.

Groll, Elias. 2014. The Mysterious Cuban Spy at the Center of Obama’s Havana Rapprochement. December 18. Accessed December 28, 2017. http://foreignpolicy.com/2014/12/17/the_mysterious_cuban_spy_at_the_center_of_obamas_havana_rapprochement/.

Howlett, Charles. 2011. Spies, wiretaps, and secret operations: An Encyclopedia of American Espionage. Santa Barbra, CA: ABC-CLIO .

Intel Diary Today Staff. 2017. The Queen of Cuba: The two stories of Ana Montes. July 7. Accessed December 28, 2017. https://gosint.wordpress.com/2017/07/02/the-queen-of-cuba-the-two-stories-of-ana-montes/.

Latell, Brian. 2014. New revelations about Cuban spy Ana Montes. August 2. Accessed December 28, 2017. http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/issues-ideas/article1978099.html.

McCoy, Terrence. 2014. Cuba deal reveals new clues in case of Ana Montes, ‘the most important spy you’ve never heard of’. December 18. Accessed December 28, 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/12/18/cuba-deal-reveals-new-clues-in-case-of-ana-montes-the-most-important-spy-youve-never-heard-of/?utm_term=.359e7ccfcb8b.

Office of the Historian. n.d. A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Cuba. Accessed December 28, 2017. https://history.state.gov/countries/cuba.

Patterson, Thomas. 2016. The most dangerous U.S. spy you’ve never heard of. July 11. Accessed December 28, 2017. http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/06/us/declassified-ana-montes-american-spy-profile/index.html.

Popkin, Jim. n.d. Ana Montes did much harm spying for Cuba. Chances are, you haven’t heard of her. Accessed December 28, 2017. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/feature/wp/2013/04/18/ana-montes-did-much-harm-spying-for-cuba-chances-are-you-havent-heard-of-her/?utm_term=.ccb3274cdffa.

Whitney, W. T. 2017. Defending Ana Belen Montes and Other Prisoners of Empire. September 8. Accessed December 28, 2017. https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/08/defending-ana-belen-montes-and-other-prisoners-of-empire/.

LC Winner’s Report on Asia Travel

The Lint Center is always pleased to hear from scholarship recipients who are already exploring the world and bringing back insights and knowledge from their travels.

Andrew Ertl, who  ‘Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint’ scholarship award in 2016, took a trip through Shanghai, Vietnam, and Seoul, South Korea. He took full advantage of the experience, visiting everything from a hockey game to an ice sculpture festival.

Andrew made a point of stopping at sites that were important both to his studies and to his past as a Marine. In Hue, outside the imperial citadel, I bumped into two former Marines who fought there (one of the Vietnam War’s toughest fights) 50 years ago. Andrew said, “Hearing about some of their experiences was something I will take with me forever. Next I stopped by Danang, the only reason for doing so was to see the site where Marines came ashore in March 1965 (Nam O Beach–which kicked off the United States’ rapid escalation).”

He also said, “Of all the places I visited in Ho Chi Minh City, one of the most impactful was visiting the American Consulate General (which used to be the US Embassy) and where the Viet Cong broke in on January 30, 1968 during which two Marine guards (a job I used to do) died in its defense. Aaron O’Connell wrote a book called “Underdogs: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps” in which he likens the Marine Corps to a religion. He is correct and I was on a pilgrimage.”

Andrew is now back in Beijing. We will be looking forward to seeing what projects and cultural experiences Andrew takes on next.

The Russian Militarization of the Arctic: the Responsibility of NATO to Counter Russian Aggression

by Jonathan Deemer
Published with Permission

Problem Statement:

Since Vladimir Putin’s return to the Russian Presidency, the Russian Federation has pursued an aggressive policy of militarization of the Arctic. Not only is Russia revamping Soviet-era bases near the Finnish border and in northern Siberia, it is also constructing 1 new bases off the Russian mainland extending to Aleksandra Island (the northernmost island of the Franz Josef Land Archipelago) and Sredny Ostrov. It is no coincidence that the U.S. Geological Survey has detected an estimated 726 trillion cubic feet of natural gas deposits and 30 billion barrels of oil in the Amerasian and West Siberian Basins of the Arctic Circle, representing 13% of the globe’s oil and 30% of its natural gas reserves.2, 3 With a warming global climate making Arctic drilling and extraction activities ever more possible, the Russian militarization of the Arctic is an effort to legitimize a claim to the wealth of untapped resources north of the 66th parallel.

This presents a particular problem to U.S. interests abroad because of the nature of Russia’s international clout. In the words of U.S. Senator John McCain, Russia functions mainly as “a gas station masquerading as country.” Though Russia has displayed willingness to use hard power in campaigns in Georgia and eastern Ukraine, Russia’s true strength come from its natural resources, namely oil and gas. In fact, in 2016, Russia surpassed Saudi Arabia as the world’s leading producer of oil and gas.4 It weaponizes these resources and uses them as a dangerous tool of leverage. For example, Western Europe’s ever-present political tension with Russia is underscored by the fact that Russia supplied the EU with 40% of its 2016 natural gas imports.5 One could argue that such a trade dependency has played a role in Russia’s uncontested annexation of Crimea. Should Russia confiscate these Arctic resources, Russia will have an even greater capacity to foment insurrection and advance Russian interests worldwide, interests which are explicitly contradictory to U.S. and Western interests of freedom and democracy.

Policy Proposal:

At present, NATO and the United States lack a well-developed strategy to address and counter Russian aggression in the Arctic. Traditionally, and understandably, NATO forces have amassed in Eastern European Russian-border states pursuant to geopolitical necessity. The headquarters of both U.S. European and African Commands are located in southern Germany, with U.S. plans to construct new bases in northern Germany to expand its presence. Instead of housing more troops in Western European countries with larger militaries and stronger ties to the West, NATO and the United States should instead pursue a renewed strategy of containment, constructing military installations in two specific regions: northern Norway and northwestern Alaska.

Expanding on a January 2017 reshuffling of troops that led to 300 U.S. Marines being stationed at Vaernes Air Base, NATO should construct bases in the Norwegian states of Nordland, Troms, and Finnmark. At the same time, military installations in the Northwest Arctic, North Slope, and Kotzebue Sound would provide a NATO presence at the mouth of the Northern Sea Route. An already-established Canadian and Danish military presence on the opposite side of the Arctic and in Greenland would complete this strategy of containment. Russia would find itself with NATO forces to the west in Norway, the east in Alaska, and to the north across the Arctic. Any Russian territorial claims could be legitimately disputed and Russia would largely be limited to resources found on the Russian mainland, maintaining the global power equilibrium and advancing U.S. interests abroad.

Challenges of Implementation:

Our reality is world of scarce and finite resources. Therefore, any diversion of NATO troops to pursue such a strategy would inevitably leave NATO less formidable elsewhere, namely in Western Europe. It is, then, wise to be cautious. Still, a number of things must be considered when analyzing the viability of this policy. First, the suggested action is responsive—not preemptive. This means that, in order for NATO to redirect resources to the Arctic, Russia must have had to do so first. It is common knowledge that the mantra of NATO is “an attack on one is an attack on all”. Though brash at times, Russian foreign policy and military intervention is not random or naive. Russia knows it cannot match U.S. military hard power, let alone the full force of NATO. Should Russia decide to pursue a military response to this strategy, it would inexorably be met with overwhelming force. Even when it utilizes its military, Russian action must meet prerequisites: it must be justifiable (mistreatment of ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine) and the target country must not identify strongly with the West (Georgia, Ukraine, etc). Leaving Western Europe more vulnerable to direct Russian attack, for lack of a better term, calls Russia’s bluff.

Finally, in the summer of 2017, the Russian budget for Arctic exploration and development underwent drastic changes. The budget was slashed from ₽209 billion to ₽12 billion, even as the scope of the program was extended until only 2025. One might be tempted6 to think that this is representative of a Russian retraction from the Arctic. However, this is not so. Over half the new budget will be spent on an ice-class drifting platform for Arctic research, and in addition to the 12 billion rubles provided by the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Defense will also be contributing ₽34 billion, according to RBC.7 This action is nothing more than a response to the effect of sanctions and lowered oil prices on the Russian economy.


1 Reevell, Patrick. “Russia flaunts Arctic expansion with new military bases” ABC News . Apr. 29, 2017.

2 Houseknecht, D.W., Bird, K.J., and Garrity, C.P., “Assessment of undiscovered petroleum resources of the Amerasia Basin Petroleum Province:
U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report” U.S. Geological Survey, 16 Nov. 2012.

3 Klett, T.R., “Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the West Siberian Basin Province” U.S. Geological Survey . 15 June 2011.

4 “Russia.” BP Global , 1 Jan. 2017.

5 Mazneva, Elena. “Putin’s Russia Seen Domination European Gas for Two Decades.” Bloomberg Markets , 28 Feb. 2017.

6 Staalesen, Atle.”Russia makes new big cuts in Arctic spending” The Independent Barents Observer . July 5, 2017.

7 Podobedova, Lyudmila. “ Правительство задумалось о сокращении расходов на Арктику в 17 раз” RBC Information Systems . June 30, 2017

Jonathan Deemer Awarded Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship

The Lint Center for National Security Studies Awards 2018 Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship to Union College undergaduate student Jonathan Deemer

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on supporting the next generation of America’s National Security professionals through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, today announced the winner of the 2018 Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship.

Jonathan Deemer, was awarded the Lint Center’s Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship for his continued and demonstrated commitment to advancing national security. The scholarship provides $500 to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to alliance building, counterintelligence, cultural understanding, and national security studies.

Deemer’s winning essay, “The Russian Militarization of the Arctic: the Responsibility of NATO to Counter Russian Aggression,” highlights the dangers of Russia’s increasingly strong presence in the oil-rich Arctic region and offers insightful and realistic solutions. His careful analysis and vital topic set his work apart from other applicants’.

“I am humbled and thrilled to be a recipient of the Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship,” says Deemer. “I would like to thank the Lint Center for National Security Studies and its benefactors for their dedication to national security and their commitment to providing career development opportunities for my generation. It is my hope that I will be an effective public servant and will make the Lint Center proud to have its prestigious name associated with me.”

“It is a pleasure to see that Jonathan Deemer is a forward thinker, looking at future threats to our country,” says Lint Center Director James Lint. “Mrs, Byun and her husband were also forward thinkers. They were refugees of the Korean War and had to move and work hard to create a good life in South Korea.  Mrs. Byun saw the potential in Deemer.”

Jonathan Deemer was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a third-year undergraduate at Union College in Lincoln, Jonathan is studying international relations and business finance. On campus, Jonathan is the Vice President of the college’s United Nations Association chapter, as well as the captain of the basketball team, class president, and a member of the Student Senate. Off campus, Jonathan has been involved in a number of internships, including those with Nebraska State Senator Brett Lindstrom, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, and the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political-Military Analysis. Over the coming summer, he will be in Washington, D.C. for the American Enterprise Institute’s Summer Honors Policy Studies Program. Immediately following, he will be in Stuttgart, Germany interning with the U.S. European Command. After his undergraduate studies, Jonathan plans to pursue a joint degree including a Juris Doctor and a Master’s Degree in International Relations. As an Officer Candidate in the U.S. Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class, Jonathan will commission as a 2nd Lieutenant after graduation from law school.

About the Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship:

The Lint Center’s Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship provides $500 to students who display a passion, understanding, and appreciation of international relations, cultural awareness and the impact pioneers for positive change can achieve. The creation of the Eekwon Lee and Jongja Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship is part of the Center’s Pioneer Fund for Unfettered Freedom, Excellence, and Entrepreneurship. The established Pioneer’s Fund recognizes the contribution of individuals who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to freedom, a devotion to excellence, and an unbridled enthusiasm for entrepreneurship.

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization awards award merit-based scholarships and mentoring programs for students pursuing careers in national service with a particular focus on counterintelligence, military intelligence, national security and cross-cultural studies. The Center is Veteran and minority operated and managed. It awards scholarships semi-annually in both January and July. For more information, please visit http://www.lintcenter.org/.

 

This press release was prepared by Lint Center Volunteer, Sarah White.

Sequester and Furloughs: It’s Discount Espionage Time

Published with Permission by:
Coleman, Timothy & Lint, James R., “Sequester and Furloughs: It’s Discount Espionage Time”, Homeland Security Today, 15 July 2013, Web, https://www.hstoday.us/columns/guest-commentaries/sequester-and-furloughs-it-s-discount-espionage-time/

On his deathbed in 1801, legend has it that the infamous American Continental Army Gen. Benedict Arnold, a hero of the battles of Ticonderoga and Saratoga who defected to the British Army, uttered his regret: “Let me die in this old uniform in which I fought my battles. May God forgive me for ever having put on another.”

But while scholars have debated the prevailing historical wisdom that Arnold’s treasonous conversion was motivated by his frustration at having been passed over for promotion and outraged that others took credit for his achievements and military victories, a congressional investigation indicted his motivation was purely financial — he was nearly penniless, having spent much of his own money on the American war effort. But when he joined the British Army as a brigadier general, the Red Coats gave him what was then a very generous pension and a £6,000 signing bonus.

It’s a familiar story, though: money, or ideology; sometimes both.

For American traitor Navy communications officer John Walker, Jr., his motivation for nearly two-decades of spying for the Soviets (which included providing “enough code-data information to alter significantly the balance of power between Russia and the United States”), was purely financial, prosecutors said.

Heavily in debt and bitter that his brilliance had gone unrecognized, veteran CIA Soviet counterintelligence officer Aldrich Ames — among other things — sold to the KGB the identities of the CIA’s agents secreted throughout the Soviet spy agency.

FBI Soviet counterintelligence agent Robert Hanssen spied for Soviet, and then Russian, intelligence services for 22 years also partly due to the same frustrations that tormented Ames, but also partly, it seemed according to prosecutors, because of the tastes of an expensive mistress. The Justice Department’s Commission for the Review of FBI Security Programs said Hanssen “possibly [was] the worst intelligence disaster in US history.”

While these turncoats spied against their country during an espionage boom when the Soviet’s were quite willing to cut CEO-equivalent paychecks for such big fish, they were the exceptions rather than the rule. In today’s austere espionage market economy, brought on by sequester and furloughs, foreign intelligence services are far more likely to ensnare a broke and bitter GG-13 with access to secrets for a bargain basement price.

Foreign Intelligence Security Services (FISS) still keep a keen eye out for the Walkers, Ames, and Hanssens, but they’re also spending a great deal more time assessing the vulnerabilities of the many lower level military and Intelligence Community (IC) employees who have access to valuable secrets.

For decades, the US military, IC and contractors have been required to not only continuously evaluate their workforces for eligibility to access classified information, but also to be on the lookout for signs and indicators of potentially treasonous espionage from within their ranks. This includes the criminal leaking under the nation’s espionage laws of the nation’s most closely guarded foreign intelligence collection operations — — espionage operations former National Security Agency (NSA) and CIA director, AF Gen. (Ret.) Michael Hayden, recently pointed out that all nations’ intelligence services engage in.

Consequently, the failure of the early warning system to alert what NSA contractor Edward Snowden was up to has provoked an intensive investigation into whether there were, in fact, signs and indicators that someone had observed that weren’t properly reported. Former NSA official John R. Schindler recently remarked that Snowden’s security clearance background investigation was “clearly flawed.”

The threat of penetration by FISS is ever-present, and the Army trains its soldiers as well as civilian employees to always be vigilant. Training and awareness efforts are clearly articulated under US Army Regulation 382-12, Threat Awareness and Reporting Program (TARP), revised by the US Army on Oct. 4, 2010.

Formerly known as Subversion and Espionage Directed Against the US Army (SAEDA), TARP outlines the policy and responsibilities for threat awareness and reporting within the US Army. Specifically, it requires Department of the Army (DA) personnel to report any information to counterintelligence offices regarding known or suspected espionage, international terrorism, sabotage, subversion, theft or illegal diversion of military technology, information systems intrusions and unauthorized disclosure of classified information, among other required security and espionage concerns.

As the revised directive states: “The primary focus of this regulation is to ensure that DA personnel understand and report potential threats by foreign intelligence and international terrorists to the Army. Threat awareness and education training is designed to ensure that DA personnel recognize and report incidents and indicators of attempted or actual espionage, subversion, sabotage, terrorism or extremist activities directed against the Army and its personnel, facilities, resources and activities; indicators of potential terrorist associated insider threats; illegal diversion of military technology; unauthorized intrusions into automated information systems; unauthorized disclosure of classified information; and indicators of other incidents that may indicate foreign intelligence or international terrorism targeting of the Army.

Following the digital data dump of roughly a quarter-million State Department cables — six percent of which were classified “Secret” and the rest were either “Confidential” or unclassified  — accessed via classified Internet networks and downloaded onto thumb drives by low-level, but sufficiently cleared 23-year-old Army intelligence analyst, Private First Class Bradley Manning, President Obama on October 07, 2011, issued Executive Order 13587 that required government-wide “structural reforms to improve the security of classified networks and the responsible sharing and safeguarding of classified information.”

The order applies to “all agencies that operate or access classified computer networks, all users of classified computer networks (including contractors and others who operate or access classified computer networks controlled by the federal government), and all classified information on those networks …”

All of these security efforts are not without justifiable reasons. Cleared personnel can become the target for recruitment by foreign spies and hostile intelligence services by no fault of their own. It is simply the reality and consequence of having access to classified information and sensitive US government secrets.

Not access alone

It is not only access to classified information that makes one an inviting target, however, there are other activities that increase the desirability. In fact, any Army team member/employee and or soldier can be targeted because of where they are stationed, where they travel or even because of an ethnic or cultural background of particular interest.

It should be noted and emphasized that being a target for recruitment does not necessarily reflect poorly on an individual. The opposite also applies, especially if the reason a specific person is targeted is because of his or her susceptibility to recruitment or exposure to compromise. Even so, just being a target does carry with it embedded risk factors, as it clearly increases the potentiality that a weakness or pressure point can be discovered and exploited by foreign intelligence collectors.

Targets of convenient opportunity

The historical record clearly demonstrates that US personnel with security clearances are regularly targeted. ‘By hook or by crook,’ foreign counterintelligence agents have repeatedly been able to entice Americans to commit treason. The question then quickly becomes, what is it that makes America and would-be patriots such inviting targets of opportunity?

Prominent and well-publicized instances of Americans turned traitors shows that monetary reward and financial gain are very often a major driving factor in the equation. In turn, it should come as no surprise that foreign intelligence agents seeking new, well-placed assets often examine the financial circumstances and standing of identified potential targets.

Financial difficulties provides an initial and eventually lucrative ingress of potential exploitable temptation to facilitate the evolution of an individual’s compromise – and eventual treason. But it is generally not the only factor that’s in play in the targeting and recruitment effort.

Win, place or show: An espionage trifecta

Another and sometimes more nefarious element to recruitment can include exploiting personal feelings of disillusionment, anger, frustration and disappointment. These emotions can exist for a multitude of reasons, and can run the gamut from being passed over for a promotion, feeling underappreciated at work, disgruntled with the Army … or even America itself. These beliefs– indications of which can openly manifest as attitudes of anger and resentment — are recognized by foreign intelligence services’ case officers as openings to manipulate a potential target into justifying his or her espionage.

This can all add up to a desired trifecta of opportunity for a foreign counterintelligence case officer – a potent, readily exploitable human Petri dish seething with psychological, financial and other stressors that make the person a target ripe for recruitment.

An individual who possesses a security clearance, has financial problems and is disgruntled poses a dangerous triad … and a compounding problem for counterintelligence interdiction efforts. In the end, a counterintelligence target that embodies the aforementioned trifecta is one that has two more levers to pull, and two more pressure points than is required for an FISS to target.

This trifecta, in essence, can define the elements required for the low-hanging fruit of an American traitor that’s ripe for the picking.

Catch more flies with honey

With the current budgetary environment, furloughs the talk of the town, and sequestration the topic of water cooler chatter, low-hanging fruit that bear the elements of trifecta targets are sure to abound. Just a superficial reading of “Letters to the Editor” in various magazines and publications widely read by federal employees and members of the military makes the case for a target-rich environment for foreign agents. The problem is compounded by a growing segment of government personnel — many of whom likely hold security clearances — venting their frustration and anger in Internet blog comments, making them identifiable potential targets for recruitment.

Disgruntled individuals that publicly voice their justifiable concerns make easy work for foreign intelligence operatives who seek potential turncoats of opportunity. In many respects, it would appear as though potential opportunities for penetration are being served up on a silver platter at an all you can eat buffet where the chow line stretches around the proverbial corner!

We could even say that we are ensuring job advancement prospects for foreign intelligence agents and providing the very fodder for enemy promotions with such a perfect storm for motivating espionage from within our own ranks.

Consequences of context

Currently, sequester and  current furloughs are expected to impact soldiers with great effect. Stress and greater work scrutiny, coupled to an increase in regulations, and some early outs will cause worry among all ranks of the Army. Inevitably, this will extend into the civilian workforce, particularly with an estimated 20 percent pay cut caused by the recent start of 11 weeks of furlough.

While 99.9 percent of the individuals who are likely to be the hardest hit are loyal and dedicated American patriots, there nevertheless will be a small percentage whose financial hardships and other life stresses become so overwhelming that the resulting discontent and dissatisfaction will make them vulnerable to persuasion by foreign intelligence operatives, whose efforts to entrap these susceptible and exposed targets will require little effort at all.

The certainty of maybe not today

As accurate and apropos as the adage, “if you play with fire you will get burned,” is, it is vital to understand that if you commit espionage, you will be caught.

The Army’s military intelligence and counterintelligence organizations are designed to protect soldiers and employees from espionage threats and FISS espionage overtures. These entities and their work remains key to protecting the technological advances that give American soldiers the edge on the battlefield. Army counterintelligence have partnered with the FBI and have taken down important foreign recruitment operations. While trifecta targets may, in turn, be a target rich environment for FISS recruitment, one should assume that Newton’s thirdlaw of motion applies to counterintelligence: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

To be specific, Army counterintelligence units have, and continue, to partner with the FBI on very important espionage investigations. Disgraced former US Army National Security Agency SIGINT analyst David Sheldon Boone’s 24 year and four month sentence for espionage on behalf of the former Soviet Union is proof positive that treason will be dealt with. Boone was arrested following a successful sting operation by the FBI in 1999 that was supported in large part by Army counterintelligence. According to press reports at the time, Boone decided to become a Soviet spy in order to alleviate “severe financial and personal difficulties” — a familiar refrain sung by many other American traitors in financial trouble.

Remaining true to the core values

It is not by accident that loyalty is the first word cited in the Seven Core Army Values. It is also isn’t accidental that the US Army is composed of both solders and civilians who know the importance of the mission at hand, and therefore go well above and beyond what is expected of them in their service to their country.

Nevertheless, because of current operating environments, tempos and the resulting pressures, there should be no doubt that there’s a well-trained cadre of highly proficient foreign intelligence professionals out there who are operating in overdrive. Like barbarians breaching the gate, or a pack of hungry wolves surrounding a campfire, we have no alternative other than to remain more vigilant than we’ve ever been, especially given that our enemies today have far better knowledge and understanding of the stresses that are on America’s Army workforce. This is why supporting your battle buddies, knowing your left and right flanks and having your six covered will get us through this time of seemingly unprecedented tribulations with our core security values intact.

It’s easy to imagine especially hostile foreign governments and their intelligence services plotting and rejoicing as they undoubtedly regard our furloughs and sequestration as a euphemism for discount espionage.

And a “discount espionage” opportunity almost assuredly is apparent in the minds of our avowed adversaries, as they understand that it’s now far cheaper to buy not just one, but perhaps many, Benedict Arnolds today than it was during, say, the Cold War era of President Ronald Reagan. The return on a foreign intelligence service’s investment has been made inherently worth the risk because of the cut-rate prices they can get away with paying today to comprise disgruntled, financially overextended and security cleared individuals. Like it or not, these individuals are perceived as virtually undemanding targets for espionage recruitment operations.

It is for this reason we must aggressively boost our awareness, redouble our vigilance and steadfastly support our fellow co-workers. The Army has a series of vitally important programs in place to take care of our people, yet they’re often underutilized. And they’re not new programs — many were launched more than half-a-century ago. But over time, they’ve become overlooked, underappreciated and underutilized. For those in uniform who may be experiencing a financial crisis, the Army Community Services, Employee Assistance Programs and organizational Chaplains are there to counsel and provide spiritual guidance. Financial counseling and assistance is also available.

Your Army, as well as those who lead it — are ready, willing and able to do their part. But it’s also the duty and responsibility for  all government employees, uniformed or civilian, to be vigilant and help your fellow soldier and office worker. It is one Army, and one team — and we are dependent on that more today than ever before.

Remember, inaction begets targeting. Targeting invites compromise, and compromise precipitates contrition. But forgiveness for treason remains unattainable.

James R. Lint served in the United States military for over 20 years, in both the US Marine Corps (7 years) and US Army (14 years). He spent three years in Marine Infantry, four years as a Marine Counterintelligence specialist, and nearly 15 years as an Army Counterintelligence Special Agent. Lint has expertise in counterintelligence, cyber intelligence, security, information assurance, terrorism studies, counterterrorism, human intelligence collection and low-intensity asymmetric warfare.

Previously, Lint served as Deputy Director for Safeguards & Security, Office of Science, at the Department of Energy. And prior to that, he served at the Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis, where he was initially the lead cyber intelligence analyst and later the Chief of the Collection Analysis Team.

His military assignments include Korea, Germany and Cuba in addition to numerous CONUS locations. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at American Military University.

Timothy W. Coleman is a writer and security analyst who has co-founded two technology startup firms. He has a Masters of Public and International Affairs in Security and Intelligence Studies, and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance.

The views expressed in this article are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect official policy or the position of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense or any other department or agency within the US Government.

Lint Center Announces the McGaughey Family Scholarship

Lint Center Announces the McGaughey Family Scholarship

The Lint Center for National Security Studies is pleased to announce the McGaughey Family Scholarship ($1,000).

The Lint Center, a non-profit charity, focused on supporting the educational pursuits of the next generation of America’s Counterintelligence (CI) and National Security Workers through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, today formally announced the creation of the McGaughey Family Scholarship, funded by the generous donation of Doug M. McGaughey, CPP, CI Special Agent, USA (CW2, Ret).

Chief McGaughey’s career serves as a shining example to today’s future intelligence and national security leaders. We hope this scholarship will support and encourage others to follow in his footsteps. His career included service as Special Agent in Charge of a forward deployed CI field office, Presidential security details, CI Team Lead for the Bosnian Assault Command Post, support to the Pentagon, CIA, NRO, in areas of counterterrorism, surveillance operations and private consulting. This annual scholarship will award $1000 to the most qualified applicant to assist with tuition and other educational costs. The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens. The deadline for scholarship consideration is July 31 each year.

“The Lint Center is pleased to create the The McGaughey Family Scholarship through the generous donation of CW2 Douglas M. McGaughey,” said James Lint, Chairman of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “I had the honor of serving with Doug on a surveillance team years ago and consider him a very proficient operator. He is an exemplary leader and possesses a generous spirit. We admire and commend Doug for his contributions to the intelligence and security community over the last four decades. We are also very grateful for Doug’s philanthropic giving and his support of the Lint Center’s mission to encourage and support new students full of potential with the desire to serve their nation.”

Having known Jim for over 30-years, learning about the Lint Center and mentoring a few students over the years, I am happy to be able to support the Lint Center for National Security Studies efforts to identify, mentor, and support future leaders in America’s intelligence and security community,” said Mr. Doug M. McGaughey, CPP, CI Special Agent, USA (CW2 Ret). “I think we all remember the first day we held our badge and credentials (B&C’s) in our hands, then realized that we didn’t know anything about the real world, and sought out our first mentor – usually the closest Warrant Officer. Mentoring the next generation of intelligence and security officers through educational enablement and enhancement always proves to be a strong investment so I am pleased to be able to do so. I look forward to continuing my work with these young professionals applying for the scholarship, learning more about the promising individuals who apply and supporting their pathway to a rewarding career in the community.”

Chief McGaughey, is the President/CEO, for 29-Ten Security Consulting, LLC, a firm advising discrete clientele in Foreign Intelligence threat evaluations and risk mitigation operations. He is a currently managing projects specializing in intelligence and security operations. He holds a Master’s degree in Security Operations, is an ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and has earned the CPTED Professional Designation (CPD). He is also a recipient of the US Army Legion of Merit and well recognized for his expertise and knowledge.

About the McGaughey Family Scholarship:

The McGaughey Family Scholarship seeks to identify and recognize outstanding recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, Cultural Understanding, and National Security studies. Workers in these fields and their children are encouraged to apply. Additional information about the program and other scholarships can be found at  https://www.lintcenter.org/scholarships/.

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization that provides merit-based scholarships and offers mentoring programs for students pursuing careers in national service with a particular focus on counterintelligence, military intelligence, national security and cross-cultural studies. The Center is veteran and minority operated and managed. It awards scholarships semi-annually in both January and July. For more information, please visit http://www.lintcenter.org/.

 

This press release was prepared by Lint Center Volunteer, Linda Yonemoto.

Kessler Awarded International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship

Georgetown University Graduate Student Awarded Intelligence Education Scholarship

The Lint Center for National Security Studies Awards 2017 International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship to Sam Kessler

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit dedicated to fostering the educational development of the next generation of America’s Counterintelligence and National Security professionals, and the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE), the leading international organization for Intelligence Education, today announced the Winter 2017 International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship award winner.

Sam Kessler, an analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and graduate student at Georgetown University, was awarded the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) Scholarship for his commitment to advancing national security and intelligence. The International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) Scholarship provides a $1,500 award. Kessler was selected based on his embodiment of the principles forwarded by the Lint Center and IAFIE. Kessler is a hard-working emerging leader in the national security arena who has passion, intangible capability, and a desire to serve.

Sam Kessler is currently an analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He has previously worked for the Congressional Commission on WMD Proliferation & Terrorism and as a contractor at the Department of State and Department of Defense. While at DOD, he completed rotations at the Joint Staff and in Afghanistan with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) where he served as Assistant Editor of the ISAF Commander’s daily intelligence publication. Sam graduated from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University in 2007 with a B.S. in Justice and Social Inquiry and a B.S. in Political Science and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University.

“I am sincerely grateful to the Lint Center for their work advancing the education and career development of scholars in international affairs, counterintelligence, and national security and am honored to accept the International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship,” said Kessler. “I look forward to furthering my educational development and joining the growing list of students and professionals who have benefited from the Lint Center’s work to empower individuals and enhance the study of national security issues. I am committed to honoring the core values of service, scholarship, and stewardship while advancing my career as a public servant.”

“Throughout my nearly 40-year career in intelligence and counterintelligence I have seen the need for out-of-the-box thinkers like Sam Kessler,” said Mr. James R. Lint, President and CEO of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “Kessler’s background and global studies portfolio make him a tremendous asset for the national security and intelligence community. I look forward to watching Sam Kessler’s career and seeing the great contributions via research and development, intelligence sensors and devices, and more.”

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization that provides merit-based scholarships and offers mentoring programs for students pursuing careers in national service with a particular focus on counterintelligence, military intelligence, national security and cross-cultural studies. The Center is veteran and minority operated and managed. It awards scholarships semi-annually in both January and July. For more information, please visit http://www.lintcenter.org/.

About the International Association for Intelligence Education:

The International Associated for Intelligence Education is the leading international organization for Intelligence Education. The Association was formed in June 2004 as a result of a gathering of sixty plus intelligence studies trainers and educators at the Sixth Annual International Colloquium on Intelligence at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. The mission of the Association is to advance research, knowledge and professional development in intelligence education. For more information, please visit www.iafie.org.

 

This press release was prepared by Lint Center Volunteer, Linda Yonemoto.

Ziegler Awarded Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship

ROTC Cadet Awarded Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship

The Lint Center for National Security Studies Awards 2017 Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship to Paige M. Ziegler

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on supporting the next generation of America’s National Security professionals through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, today announced the award of the 2017 Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship.

Paige M. Ziegler, an undergraduate at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet, was awarded the 2017 Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship for her commitment to advancing national security. The Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship provides a $1,500 award to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to international affairs, counterintelligence, global understanding, and national security studies.

On campus, Ms. Ziegler serves as a shining example to her peers and fellow junior level ROTC cadets. She is currently pursuing a degree in Homeland Security with a focus on Terrorism and Military Science. Once completed, Ms. Ziegler plans to commission as an Officer in the United States Army with the Active Duty Aviation branch and to eventually serve with a government agency tasked with strengthening national security and counterterrorism efforts.

Ms. Ziegler’s winning scholarship essay provided a careful analysis of deployment and withdrawal solutions to America’s ongoing efforts in Afghanistan. In her analysis, Ms. Ziegler stood out to the scholarship committee with her acute knowledge of the American presence in Afghanistan. Additionally, her academic prowess, demonstrated persistence, and deep desire to serve our country makes her an invaluable asset to the national security community and a worthy recipient of her scholarship.

“I am so very blessed to receive the Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship,” explained Ms. Ziegler. “Any student who struggles to make ends meet knows that scholarships are a huge help. This scholarship means so much more than just a monetary supporting hand. Having access to experienced and dedicated mentors that are willing and able to support my future career is truly priceless – I am most appreciative of the Lint Center’s enduring support.”

Ms. Ziegler added, “Not only has Mr. Lint himself made me more confident in pursuing my aspirations by reaching out to me on a personal level, but the entire Lint Center team has welcomed me with open arms. I am excited to be a part of this organization, and hope that one day I can graciously return the favor of mentoring the generations to come.”

“This year was an especially competitive competition,” said Mr. James R. Lint, President and CEO of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “ROTC Cadet Ziegler was highly qualified for this scholarship due to her excellent application and that she is ranked #1 out of 58 Cadets in her ROTC Battalion. We look forward to her excelling in future activities in her military career.”

About the Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship:

The Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship program is offered to help further the education and career development of scholars, especially in the areas of International Affairs, Counterintelligence and National Security. Workers in these fields and their children are encouraged to apply with the goal of improving national security and global understanding. Additional information about the program and other scholarships can be found at  https://www.lintcenter.org/scholarships/.

 About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization that provides merit-based scholarships and offers mentoring programs for students pursuing careers in national service with a particular focus on counterintelligence, military intelligence, national security and cross-cultural studies. The Center is veteran and minority operated and managed. It awards scholarships semi-annually in both January and July. For more information, please visit http://www.lintcenter.org/.

 

This press release was prepared by Lint Center Volunteer, Linda Yonemoto.

Army Counterintelligence Agent Awarded Lint Center Scholarship

Lint Center for National Security Studies announces the winner of its Patrick M. Hughes, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired Inspiration Scholarship

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit organization focused on supporting the next generation of America’s National Security professionals through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, today announced the award of the Patrick M. Hughes, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired Inspiration Scholarship.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Richard Sanders, a veteran Army counterintelligence agent, is this year’s scholarship winner. Over the course of his career, CW4 Sanders has deployed six times to conflict areas around the world, serving in both staff and leadership capacities, and has been awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Knowlton Award. He holds a BA in History from the University of Maryland and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Johns Hopkins. CW4 Sanders’ 17 years of distinguished service in Army counterintelligence differentiated him from the Lint Center’s other scholarship applicants.

Recipients of the award receive $500 towards education in national security or intelligence studies.

“I’m honored to have received the Patrick M. Hughes, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired Inspiration Scholarship,” said CW4 Sanders. “I’m grateful to the Lint Center for considering my application, and I hope to honor Gen. Hughes’ name by relentlessly pursuing excellence as I continue to move my career forward. I’m beyond humbled.”

In addition to his impressive career, CW4 Sanders’ scholarship essay was instrumental in the committee’s decision. He examined Alexander the Great, his conquests, and how a frayed relationship with his father fueled a constant drive to prove himself to be the better man. “This type of investigation into causes and motivators is required in the counterintelligence field,” said Mr. James Lint, Chairman of the Lint Center. “CW4 Sanders’ study of Alexander the Great’s psyche during his years of conquest exemplifies the type of creative and analytical thinking the committee looks for when awarding scholarships. That, and his already impressive service career speaks to the quality of CW4 Sanders as a national security worker.”

The Lint Center announced the Patrick M. Hughes scholarship in February 2016 to honor the legacy of General Hughes’ and his leadership over the course of his career. After 35 years of active duty service, General Hughes embarked on federal civilian service, as well as a private consultant, federal contracting executive, and contractor. The Lint Center hopes his life story and this scholarship will embolden the next generation of emerging leaders to follow Lieutenant General Hughes path in the national security career field.

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization awards award merit-based scholarships and mentoring programs for students pursuing careers in national service with a particular focus on counterintelligence, military intelligence, national security and cross-cultural studies. The Center is Veteran and minority operated and managed. It awards scholarships semi-annually in both January and July. For more information, please visit https://www.lintcenter.org/.