Lint Center Announces Virtual Archive for National Security (LC-VANS)

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 is pleased to announce the launch of its new Virtual Archive for National Security.

“It was only nine years after the devastation at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and no one believed that a surprise attack could happen to U.S. forces ever again. But it did,” observed James R. Lint, Founder and CEO of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “The surprise attack by communist forces from the North in Korea, sparking the Korean War, changed American national security assessments, as it helped to crystallize the implications of strategic surprise in geopolitics as well as to American security interests globally.”

The Lint Center Virtual Archive for National Security (LC-VANS) strives to voice, catalog, and document the experiences of veterans, contractors, and civilian workers involved in major pivotal points in U.S. national security and international affairs. By providing a resource to students, historians and observers alike the Lint Center seeks to provide the information and historical record necessary to ensure that pivotal mistakes are not repeated and so that America does not see the vulnerability of biases enabling strategic surprises perpetuated.

The Lint Center for National Security Studies desires to preserve the histories of individuals who actively shaped and developed the history of the National Security of the United States as it presently stands.

Your experience as a veteran, contractor, or civil service member is essential to help others understand how enemies can see the possibility to advance due to recent drawbacks, especially in an early period of an emerging war.

“Being in the national security career field is not an easy profession,” Lint adds.  “No one hears about the minor successes, but everyone knows mistakes can be costly. We can now learn from our mistakes, in order to confront similar situations where enemies may see a window of vulnerability.”

LC-VANS allows you to submit your story in two ways as we collect and receive content in these primary ways.

Submissions from the community about an interesting topic via the Contact Form.

Personal story submissions or interviews via Submit Your Story Form.

This press release was prepared by Lint Center volunteer, Stephanie Balepogi.

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