Lint Center Announces Winner of the 2009 Eekwon Lee and Jongja Byun Scholarship

Lint Center for National Security Studies Announces Winner of the Eekwon Lee and Jongja Byun Scholarship, Recognizing Pioneers of Unfettered Freedom, Excellence, and Entrepreneurship

The Lint Center, a non-profit charity, supporting the educational pursuits of the next generation of emerging leaders in international relations, cultural awareness, and human security, today announced the winner of the 2009 Eekwon Lee and Jongja Byun Scholarship. The Pioneers of Unfettered Freedom, Excellence, and Entrepreneurship fund awarded its first scholarship to Magdalena J. Seol for her continued humanitarian volunteerism, her steadfast commitment to human dignity, and for her unbridled enthusiasm of higher education to actualize the ideal of sustainable conflict resolution around the globe.

The Eekwon Lee and Jongja Byun Scholarship, as part of the Pioneer’s Fund, was created to recognize and support outstanding individual students who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to freedom, a devotion to excellence, and fervor for entrepreneurship.

“The Lint Center’s generosity and the profound underlying legacy of Eekwon Lee and Jongja Byun, gives me great pause and a deep sense of gratitude,” said Magdalena Ji-in Seol. “As I continue my academic studies and explore consequential issues surrounding international relations, forced migration, international development, and refugees, I am extremely proud to have the support, encouragement, and financial assistance of the Lint Center. The Lint Center’s scholarship will enable me to take a step closer to actualizing my dream, ambition, and goal of making a lasting humanitarian impact an achievable quest, not a far off vision.”

“My parents would be proud to see their legacy supporting the educational endeavors of Ms. Seol,” said Soojoon Lee, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Kyung Hee University and the son of Lee and Byun. “Her continued effort to minimize human suffering, to mitigate threats posed to vulnerable populations, and her sincere desire to advance awareness, is nothing less than admirable humanitarianism. This scholarship was created to give those who have advanced the cause of freedom, liberty, and opportunity a much deserved leg-up.”

“The Lint Center is proud to recognize and support the noble efforts of Magdalena Ji-in Seol in her academic pursuits,” said James Lint, Chairman of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “Seol, through her work with UNANIMA International, focusing on economic and social advancement, her work with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to promote collaboration among nations through education, culture and science, set her apart from other scholarship applicants. The Lint Center is pleased to support emerging leaders with this level of commitment and with such candid purpose for being.”

Due to the generosity and continued support of the world’s leading private intelligence company, Strategic Forecasting, Inc., Magdalena Ji-in Seol will also receive a one-year subscription to Stratfor’s Subscription Service which includes industry leading intelligence reports providing situational awareness, geopolitical analysis, and analytically rigorous forecasting.

About the 2009 Eekwon Lee and Jongja Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship:

The Eekwon Lee and Jongja Byun Scholarship seeks to identify and recognize the most outstanding applicant who displays a passion, understanding, and appreciation of international relations, cultural awareness, and the impact pioneers for positive change can achieve.

About Magdalena J. Seol:

Magdalena Ji-in Seol holds a B.A. in International Politics from Seoul National University in South Korea. She did her Master’s study in Forced Migration (Refugee Studies) at University of Oxford as the British Chevening Scholar and the Clarendon Fund Scholar. She worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Seoul and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. After getting involved in a series of international volunteer works, she published a book in 2004 based on her experiences. For more information, please visit her Scholarship Winner Page.

About Stratfor:

Stratfor is the world’s leading private intelligence company providing individuals and corporations with breaking intelligence, in-depth analysis, assessments and forecasts on global political, economic, security, and public policy issues. Through its unrivalled blend of strategic and tactical expertise, Stratfor helps clients protect their assets, diminish risk and increase opportunities to compete in the global market. Stratfor’s services include free intelligence reports, subscription-based access and confidential consulting. For more information, please visit www.stratfor.com.

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization created to award merit-based scholarships for Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding. The Center, an IRS approved charity, is veteran and minority operated and managed.

Lint Center Announces New Scholarships

Center Launches the Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint National Security Scholarship to Support America’s Future National Security Scholars

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit organization created to further the educational development of the next generation of America’s Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, today announced the Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint National Security Scholarship. The new initiative is the largest scholarship offered by the Center to date and aims to support undergraduate and post-graduate educational pursuits of scholars interested in Counterintelligence, International Affairs, and National Security Studies.

The new scholarship will provide a $1,500 to the winner to assist with tuition and other educational costs. The deadline for scholarship consideration is July 31. Runners-up will automatically be considered for the Virginia & Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship and it will provide recipients with a $500 scholarship. Both will be awarded each summer.

“Through the generosity of Jim and Anna, this new scholarship initiative will strengthen and reaffirm the importance of identifying potential National Security workers who demonstrate a sincere commitment to preserving American security,” said Ms. Kay Lee Nicholas, Executive Board Member, Lint Center for National Security Studies.

“The importance of understanding the role of leadership in National Security Studies cannot be overstated”, observed Timothy W. Coleman, Recipient of the Lint Center’s Ms. Aehee Kim Alliance Building Scholarship (‘08). “This scholarship will support individuals who clearly demonstrate a propensity to serve, a desire to expand their scholarly skills in cross-cultural studies, and who offer creative solutions to today’s great security challenges in the global context in which national security leaders operate.”

“As our world continues to become interconnected, people, National Security Workers, and America’s future leaders need to develop greater cross-cultural understanding to implement policy and effect positive change,” said Anna Hyonjoo Lint.  “Jim and I are delighted to create this scholarship to identify, support, and mentor emerging national security leaders interested in pursuing work in the Counterintelligence, International Affairs, and the National Security arena.”

About the Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint National Security Scholarship:

Requirements: Applicants will prepare a 600-800 word essay discussing/analyzing an issue related to the importance of Counterintelligence, International Affairs, and National Defense and/or National Security.

  1. Specific attention should be applied to incorporating the goals, concepts, and mission of The Lint Center for National Security Studies.
  2. Essay must be an original work (with citations, if appropriate). Ground-breaking innovative ideas/solutions are preferred.
  3. The Center encourages applicants to be creative, think out-side-the-traditional box of analysis, and to use interdisciplinary perspectives and assessments in essay formulation. Essays will be judged on scholarly rigor, originality, and innovativeness.

Scholarship Benefits: Recipient will receive $1,000 for tuition and books.

  1. In addition, the Lint Center will publish the essays of selectee’s and the winner will receive a mentorship from a current or retired National Security Professional for one year.
  2. Through the generosity of Strategic Forecasting, Inc., scholarship recipients will also receive a one year premium subscription to STRATFOR.com, the world’s leading private intelligence service.

Deadline & Format Requirements: All submissions must be in English.

  1. Format: Applicants are advised that only PDF scanned submission will be considered. Correct format and instructions are found in the application package on the webpage.
  2. Deadline: All scholarship applications must be received by July 31

Further Info:

  1. Please visit the following link for additional details: Scholarship Descriptions

Ensuring Effective Food Safety Regulation in China?

Executive Summary: Recently, China has come under fire for its food safety standards by both export recipients and domestic consumers. Several of China’s largest trading partners have imposed punitive bans on Chinese food products, citing quality assurance concerns. Shortcomings in food safety have also precipitated instances of domestic social unrest. Reassessing the current food safety apparatus in China is necessary to determine the most effective response to deal with this issue.

Problem Statement: Food safety concerns have negatively impacted China in three main ways. First, publicized recalls and import bans on Chinese products have damaged the credibility of the Chinese brand. Secondly, several large trading partners have imposed bans and import restrictions on food products, undermining China’s export market penetration and impeding its long term economic growth. Thirdly, food safety concerns exacerbate domestic apprehensions regarding victuals safeguards, leading to instances of social instability. Policy Options: To address the need for improved safety regulations, three policy paths should be examined:

1. Essential Status Quo: In this scenario, China would implement minor bureaucratic and regulatory reforms. On the national level, oversight and food safety inspections would be consolidated slightly from six to four. Overhaul efforts would include a funding increase, deemed ‘significant’, for more food inspectors at the local level. The new regulatory regime would put the onus of day to day responsibility onto local jurisdictions with a Federal oversight role.

2. Moderate Reform Model: In this scenario, China would implement bureaucratic consolidation of its six major food safety regulators into two. In this new model, one agency would oversee food safety for exportation and the other agency would oversee domestic food safety. These two regulating and compliance bodies would report to the newly created Minister of Food Safety.

  • (a) A consolidated civilian command-and-control apparatus would mandate quality guidelines, increase frequency of unannounced inspections, and have authority to shutdown an operation or prosecute violators. Prosecutions would be conducted in civilian courts and victims could sue for punitive damages.
  • (b) To encourage higher food safety standards, a certificate program would be implemented. The program would certify a firm’s quality assurance program.

3. Securitize – Food Security, is State Security: In this scenario, China would implement wide sweeping changes focused on securing the Chinese food supply. A consolidated, unified singular regulatory body would be created and run by a former Chinese General with logistics expertise. The head of the new regulatory body would report directly to the Ministry of Defense.

  • (a) A mandatory registration process would be implemented requiring all contributors to the food supply chain be subject to inspection and quality standards.
  • (b) Violators would be prosecuted in criminal courts. Draconian sentencing guidelines including capital punishment would go into effect. Senior managers would be subject to prosecution including sentences to hard labor reeducation camps.
  • (c) A confidential tips hotline with a monetary award would be created to elicit greater input from citizens and workers.

Critique of Policy Options: In order to analyze the policy options, a clear criterion for evaluation is necessary. The policy options must meet four basic elements including short term impact on improving food safety, enhancing Chinese brand image, supporting export market expansion and continued economic growth, and alleviating domestic apprehensions surrounding food safety.

(1) In the first policy option, maintain the status quo, the emphasis is on minor modifications including a bureaucratic reshuffle. This is the easiest and least resource consuming choice. However, this policy will fail to improve food safety. This approach would also appear as window dressing by trading partners. Also, this policy would likely lack credibility for citizens still impacted by food safety concerns. As a result, the status quo policy option fails to qualify as an effective option.

(2) In the second policy option, moderate reform model, the consolidation of regulatory oversight, the creation of a Ministry of Food Security, and the enhanced authorities’ is a stronger path to ensuring food safety effectively. Such a policy program would send a strong message to trading partners and domestic constituencies that China was serious. The certification program would stimulate renewed interest in food safety efforts. However, this approach would be time intensive to create a truly viable food safety mechanism. Any delay could have serious repercussions. Additionally, food production is not a siloed process and the two regulatory bodies would likely find themselves fighting over jurisdiction if a plant produces food products for both the domestic and export market. As such, it falls short of being the most effective choice to improve food safety.

(3) In the third policy option, securitize food safety, a major reshuffling of regulatory oversight and the creation of a food safety department reporting to the Ministry of Defense would indicate the issue’s level of importance. It would serve to bolster China’s brand image because of the severity of Chinese actions. It would send a strong message to trading partners that food safety for the export market was a priority. Elevating the matter to a state security level would alleviate fears about the government’s inability to ensure food safety. Lastly, consolidating responsibility would reduce bureaucracy and ensure stakeholders were held to account.

Recommendations: China supplies nearly 20 percent of the world’s population with food (Ref: 1a). Additionally, China exports food products to more than 200 nations around the world and 99 percent of those exports comply with the required safety standards of export nations (Ref: 1b). While the quality of Chinese food exports is high, even a one percent failure rate has serious implications for China’s food industry. As a consequence, any breakdown in the food safety supply chain can have a wide reaching and profound impact on those China feeds both domestically and abroad.

The third option is the most radical in form and nature. However, it satisfies all four criteria for effectiveness. In addition pursuing such a policy course by pulling security resources into the issue would propel the reform measures along. In turn, implementation of this policy could be achieved expeditiously. As such, China should move forward and securitize food safety.


References

1a) China’s Government’s Official Web Portal, “Hu: Food Issue Concerns World’s Development, Security”, Wednesday, July 9, 2008, Assessed on October 20, 2008, http://english.gov.cn/2008-07/09/content_1040376.htm

1b) Embassy of the Republic of China in the United States of America, “China-US Relations: Chinese Food Exports Are Safe”, June 26, 2007, Assessed on October 20, 2008, http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/zmgx/t334047.htm


Bibliography:

1) Becker, Geoffrey S. “CRS Report to Congress: Food and Agricultural Imports from China”, Congressional Research Service, September 26, 2008, Accessed on October 20, 2008, http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/RL34080_20080926.pdf

2) Becker, Geoffrey S. “CRS Report to Congress: Food and Agricultural Imports from China”, Congressional Research Service, October 9, 2007, Accessed on October 20, 2008, https://ncseonline.org/NLE/CRSreports/07Nov/RL34080.pdf

3) Blanchard, Ben “China says food safety scares threaten stability”, Reuters News, July 9, 2007, Accessed on October 20, 2008, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-09/20/content_10084798.htm

4) Bristow, Michael “China tackles tainted food crisis”. BBC News, July 10, 2007, Accessed on October 20, 2008, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6288096.stm

5) China Daily Staff, “Draft food safety law approved”, Peoples Daily Online, November 1, 2007, Accessed on October 20, 2008, http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/6294558.html

6) China’s Government’s Official Web Portal, “Hu: Food Issue Concerns World’s Development, Security”, Wednesday, July 9, 2008, Accessed on October 20, 2008, http://english.gov.cn/2008-07/09/content_1040376.htm

7) Cutler, Thomas R. “The Impact of Six Sigma on Food Quality”, International Food Safety & Quality Network, September 4, 2007, Accessed on October 20, 2008, http://www.ifsqn.com/articles_detail.php?newsdesk_id=407&osCsid=a5066c1832252393e5bc4fca51858d44&t=The+Impact+of+Six+Sigma+on+Food+Quality

8) Embassy of the Republic of China in the United States of America, “China-US Relations: Chinese Food Exports Are Safe”, June 26, 2007, Accessed on October 20, 2008, http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/zmgx/t334047.htm

9) The Associated Press, “China To Execute Chief Food Inspector”, CBS News, May 29, 2007, Accessed on October 20, 2008, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/29/health/main2860989.shtml

10) Xinhua News Agency, “Hu Underscores Rural Development, Food Safety”, Beijing Review, October 10, 2008, Accessed on October 20, 2008, http://www.bjreview.com.cn/special/third_plenum_17thcpc/txt/2008-10/10/content_156236.htm

11) Xinhua News Agency, “HKSAR government to introduce food safety bill”, China Org, October 15, 2008, Accessed on October 20, 2008, http://www.china.org.cn/government/local_governments/2008-10/15/content_16615817.htm

Virtual Volunteering Project

Our Virtual Volunteering Project participants will have an impact.

We will have a Virtual Volunteering Project that will allow our members to have an impact.

Benefits:
Mentorship:

  1. For those individuals who volunteer will have an opportunity to interact with some Lint Center mentors.
  2. Mentors are highly regarded individuals who have practitioner oriented experience and who are current and/or former members of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Lint Center Mentors are individuals with expertise and experience in a broad array of our country’s intelligence agencies including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security,  US State Department, and various other organizations including  the Department of Defense.

Presidential Service Award Nomination:

  1. In his 2002 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush issued a challenge to all Americans to make time to help their neighbors, communities, and Nation through service. He created the USA Freedom Corps to help all Americans answer his call to service and help foster a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility.
  2. Hours spent on this project may be added toward a nomination for the Presidential Service Award. If nominees receive a service award, volunteers will receive 1) An official President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin; 2) A personalized certificate of achievement; 3) A congratulatory letter from the President of the United States; 4) A letter from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, 5) A personal letter of recommendation from the Lint Center for future employers.

Overview

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Public Affairs Office, is seeking highly-motivated volunteers. The Lint Center Public Affairs Office provides a wide range of communication services for the Lint Center and serves as the primary liaison between the Lint Center and the news media as well as the general public. The office promotes enhanced public awareness about the Center, its mission as a non-profit, its scholarship recipients, and its think tank efforts promoting the innovative ideas and counterintuitive solutions of contributing writers addressing existing counterintelligence, defense policy, and national security issues.

The Lint Center’s Public Affairs Office is seeking Volunteers and interns for positions as Public Affairs and Digital Media Interns who are creative, technologically proficient, and task oriented. The internship is unpaid but can be completed via tele-Networking or virtual communications. In turn, interns are not required to relocate and bare the financial burden of temporary dislocation. However, interns are expected to have access to the Internet and must be committed to assisting the Lint Center. (Suggested summer commitment: 100 hours for Undergraduate students and 200-300 hours for Graduate students). This page is dedicated to the Virtual Volunteering Project, opportunities with another page for Intern information.

Title:

MySpace Public Relations Coordinator

Assignment:

  • Facilitate the dissemination of information regarding the details, submission deadlines, and other vital particulars of the Center Scholarship program. Duties will include posting various Lint Center volunteer opportunities, internship programs, and scholarships on MySpace.com.
  • Research and report on coverage/mention of the Lint Center

Description
The Lint Center for National Security Studies, is seeking the support of volunteers to assist with the development as well as expansion of the Center’s MySpace account. Specifically, the Lint Center is hoping to find a motivated individual to assist in monitoring, identifying, and relaying opportunities within the MySpace community to attract additional volunteer support for enhanced community engagement. The emphasis of the effort is to connect and retain a base of virtual volunteer supporters to facilitate and improve the work of the Lint Center.
Specific areas of interest, in addition to the above mentioned areas of responsibility, include posting news, information, and details’ regarding the Lint Center’s various scholarships. Additionally, a weekly ‘coverage report’ or summary of MySpace comments pertaining to the Lint Center will be required.
 Age: 19 and older
Does this assignment involve direct interaction with clients?
No. Even so, it does provide participant with direct interaction with senior and executive level members of the Lint Center.
Volunteer Skills and Equipment Needed

  • A computer and regular access to the Internet
  • Access to MySpace,
  • Knowledge of how to search and post certain areas of MySpace,
  • Review MySpace for comments and ideas pertaining to Lint Center
  • Attention to detail, thoughtful and careful reading of stories to glean only certain articles, commitment to deadlines.

This opportunity is totally virtual (volunteer doesn’t have to be on site at the organization)
This opportunity has no expiration date (this opportunity is always available unless currently filled)

The Lint Center may request a quick telephone interview, a resume review, and/or a short writing sample.

Please provide your comments, suggestions, and ideas by using the Feedback form. This form may also be used to start the internship application process or initiate a dialogue with the Center, should you require clarification. Our aim is to provide motivated individuals with a rewarding, enriching experience and to provide Lint Center interns with the basic skill set and practitioner oriented knowledge needed to reach the next step. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly with any questions. We welcome your interest and look forward to hearing from you.

Volunteer Application

Happy New Year 2009

Happy New Year from Lint Center!

Lint Center had a great year with the award of six scholarships during two different scholarship competitions. We also created a new Ben Franklin scholarship that was awarded once in Summer 2009 and will also be awarded in Winter 2010. The Ben Franklin scholarship was funded by a new donor who has helped cover two different competitions.

Additionally, we had many scholars to mentor contacts. Our mentees are smart people and ask great questions of our mentors. The feedback from the mentors is that they enjoy the time with bright minds. The mentor program is constantly rated as one of the highest value items Lint Center has produced.

We have another scholarship competition ending 30 January 2010. Please push out the website with information to people who can put the information in front of scholars with an interest in National Security. See our available scholarships listed on our Scholarships Page. The applications can be sent in via PDF or completed online using our Online Scholarship Application Form. Past winner information can be found here. This is a great time to thank the hard-working scholarship selection committee. They wade through mounds of applications and consistently come up with high performers.

This year we awarded two of our volunteers with President’s Volunteer Service Awards. This program was started by President George Bush, Sr., and has been continued by President Obama. More information about Lint Center and this program can be found here. There is also information on how to sign up and get your hours recognized.

Additionally, Lint Center is a member of the new Disney program to award volunteers. Beginning January 1, 010, when you sign up here to volunteer a day of service with a participating organization (and your service is completed and verified), you’ll get one day admission to a Walt Disney World® or Disneyland® theme park, FREE! Lint Center is one of the approved organizations to sign up for this event. As a virtual organization, your eight hours will be cumulative to achieve that one day.

As Lint Center grows, we look for new ideas to excel and serve. Please send those ideas to me to be converted into action. Remember to push out scholarship information to scholars to increase the competition and allow us to find the best for awards and mentorship.

Jim Lint, Chairman
Special Agent (Retired)
Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc.
IRS Approved 501(c)(3) Charity

Lint Center Unveils Scholarship For Fallen Bronze Star Hero

Lint Center for National Security Studies Announces Memorial Scholarship for U.S. Army Counterintelligence Special Agent, Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton Jr.

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, today formally announced the creation of the Staff Sergeant Richard Eaton Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The 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.

The newly created fund will award $1,000 to the winning applicant to assist with tuition and other educational costs. The deadline for scholarship consideration is January 31, 2009.

“I am grateful that the Lint Center is dedicating a memorial scholarship to honor my son’s contribution to our nation’s Counterintelligence capability and the sacrifice of his life for our country,” said Sharon Noble Eaton, Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton’s mother. “Rick loved his CI work in the Philippines, South Korea, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Iraq, and places I don’t know. He shared that passion with and trained CI soldiers in any way he could. This is his legacy to the CI world. He was also a great and loving son. I miss him every day.”

“I had the honor of serving with Rick both at home and abroad,” said James Lint, Chairman of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “His exemplary achievements during his career are a testament to the character, conviction, and courage of those who continue to serve this nation – always out front. I owe Rick a debt of gratitude that only service members can understand and Counterintelligence specialists can appreciate; this country owes him the honor befitting his sacrifice. The Lint Center is committed to ensuring Rick’s deeds, personal example, and noble heroism are both honored and memorialized.”

As Staff Sgt. Rick Eaton’s former CI instructor and a Moderator of the Army Counterintelligence Discussion Group (ACIDG), Gary Scher explained, “Rick viewed the preservation of liberty and the American way of life as a basic undeniable tenet of his life’s work as an Army Counterintelligence Special Agent.” Mr. Scher further stated, “Rick had a great reputation as an extremely knowledgeable agent. He left a comfortable job to volunteer for recall supporting our soldiers in Iraq. That is a man’s and a soldier’s choice.” In the end, as Mr. Scher explained “It is a very special honor to offer this scholarship in his name because Rick is what we strive to be. This scholarship is a small way to honor his sacrifice.”

About the 2009 Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton Jr. Memorial Scholarship:

The Staff Sgt Richard Eaton Jr. Memorial Scholarship fund provides $1,000 to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, Cultural Understanding, and National Security studies. For more information on scholarship application requirements, please visit our Scholarships Page.

About Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton Jr:

Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton was awarded the Bronze Star for his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition to numerous other medals and citations, Staff Sgt Eaton received the Thomas G. Knowlton Award from the Military Intelligence Corps Association which recognizes those individuals who have significantly contributed to the promotion of Army Intelligence. For more information about Staff Sgt. Rick Eaton, please visit: http://www.chinapost1.org/divisions/korea/Eaton.htm or http://www.militarycity.com/valor/256727.html.

About the Army Counterintelligence Discussion Group:

The Army Counterintelligence Discussion Group mailing list (ACIDG-L) is open to all active, reserve, former, and retired Army Counterintelligence Special Agents. Requests will be approved after verification of a subscribers CI status. ACIDG-L is privately run by unpaid volunteers and is not affiliated with the US Army, Department of Defense or any subordinate activity. Rick Eaton and Jim Lint are co-founders of ACIDG-L. It is said that, “Rick Eaton is the moderator from the high ground for ACIDG.” For more information, please visit: http://www.ACIDG.org.

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization created to award merit-based scholarships for Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding. The Center, an IRS approved charity, is Veteran and minority operated and managed.

Lint Center Awards Scholarship To Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Lint Center for National Security Studies Announces 2008 Winner of Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship

The Lint Center for National Security Studies today announced the winner of the 2008 Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship. The Lint Center, a non-profit charity, focused on supporting the educational pursuits of the next generation of America’s Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, awarded its second scholarship this summer to Joseph Linhart. The Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship award aims to identify, support, and mentor an emerging leader focused on Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, and National Security studies.

“This means a tremendous amount to me and I am humbled to receive this scholarship award from the Lint Center,” said Joseph Linhart, First Lieutenant., New York Army National Guard and project manager for Kraft Foods Global. “I am confident that the Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship will better afford me the opportunity to pursue my academic pursuits and that the Lint Center’s mentoring program will help empower me to achieve my professional aspirations.”

“The Lint Center was extremely pleased with Joseph Linhart’s analytical essay discussing war and diplomacy as well as his experience with Effects Based Operations while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom,” said Jim Lint, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. “Linhart’s honorable service and time overseas in a hostile theater has sharpened his perception and appreciation of important national security issues. The fact that his insights exceed his years is as impressive as it is necessary for America’s future. We are excited to support Mr. Linhart’s educational efforts and the Center looks forward to being an active mentor as he pursues a career in the public sector.”

About the 2008 Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship:

The Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship fund provides $500 to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, and National Security studies. Linhart will receive a national security mentor provided by the Lint Center to provide guidance on his future endeavors.

Due to the generosity and continued support of the world’s leading private intelligence company, Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (www.stratfor.com), Linhart will receive a one year subscription to Stratfor’s Subscription Service which includes industry leading intelligence reports providing situational awareness, geopolitical analysis, and analytically rigorous forecasting.

For more information on Joseph Linhart and other scholarship winners, please visit our Scholarship Winners Page.

About Stratfor:

Stratfor is the world’s leading private intelligence company providing individuals and corporations with breaking intelligence, in-depth analysis, assessments and forecasts on global political, economic, security, and public policy issues. Through its unrivalled blend of strategic and tactical expertise, Stratfor helps clients protect their assets, diminish risk and increase opportunities to compete in the global market. Stratfor’s services include free intelligence reports, subscription-based access and confidential consulting. For more information, please visit www.stratfor.com.

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization created to award merit-based scholarships for Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding. The Center, an IRS approved charity, is Veteran and minority operated and managed.

Lint Center Awards Scholarship to Bronze Star Recipient

Lint Center for National Security Studies Announces Largest Scholarship to Date, Continuing the Promise to Empower Future Leaders & Support America’s Veterans

The Lint Center for National Security Studies today announced the winner of the 2008 Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship.  The Lint Center, a non-profit charity, focused on supporting the educational pursuits of the next generation of America’s Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, awarded its largest scholarship to Jennifer Lynn Flory.  The Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship was created to identify, support, and mentor emerging national security leaders focused on international affairs, counterintelligence, and national security studies.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected by the Lint Center for this award,” said Bronze Star recipient Sergeant Jennifer Lynn Flory, U.S. Army, 1st Calvary Division (G-2 Section) and the 2008 winner of the Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship.  “With the financial support of the Center and its excellent mentoring program, I am confident that I can improve my skills and knowledge base to better serve my country in an intelligence capacity.”

“The Lint Center and I were particularly impressed by the innovative idea Sgt. Flory presented in her essay discussing the need for a civilian-focused scrap metal initiative in Iraq,” said Anna Hyonjoo Lint, Chief Operations Officer for the Lint Center for National Security Studies.  “Sgt. Flory’s quintessential out-of-the-box perspective is vital to enhancing greater cross-cultural understanding to implement coherent policies effecting positive change and to ensure America’s national security interests.  Flory is the Center’s first undergraduate scholarship recipient and we are delight to support her educational pursuits and to provide her with an experienced mentor to further her ambitions to serve.”

In addition, through the generosity of the Military Intelligence Corps Association (MICA), Flory will receive a one-year membership to MICA’s professional association.

“We are pleased to partner with the Lint Center to advance our mutual goal of promoting Military Intelligence,” said Executive Director, Les Siemens, Military Intelligence Corps Association.  “Flory is an ideal candidate for MICA’s program and we feel confident that our professional association of active duty, reserve component, and retired Army as well as defense contractors will be extremely beneficial to her growth and development.”

“The generosity of the Military Intelligence Corps Association is extraordinary and the Lint Center is very excited to partner with MICA to support Sgt. Flory’s educational endeavors,” said Jim Lint, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc.  “By working in combination, MICA and the Lint Center will continue to champion the core mission of Military Intelligence to ensure that it remains ‘Always Out Front!’  We believe Flory will benefit tremendously from MICA’s leadership, expertise, and resources.”

Due to the generosity and continued support of the world’s leading private intelligence company, Strategic Forecasting, Inc., Flory will also receive a one-year subscription to Stratfor’s Subscription Service which includes industry-leading intelligence reports providing situational awareness, geopolitical analysis, and analytically rigorous forecasting.

About the 2008 Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship:

The Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship provides $1,000 to help assist with the costs of undergraduate and graduate studies to recipients pursuing scholastic study related to Counterintelligence, International Affairs, and National Security Studies. Flory will receive a national security mentor provided by the Lint Center who can provide guidance on her future endeavors.

About Sgt. Jennifer Lynn Flory:

Please visit her Scholarship Winner Page to learn more.

About Military Intelligence Corps Association:

MICA is the professional association of the US Army’s Military Intelligence Corps. Members represent the active duty, reserve component, and retired Army (military and civilian) as well as defense contractors and others who support the MI mission and are dedicated to ensuring that Army Intelligence remains “Always Out Front!” For more information, please visit www.micorps.org/.

About Stratfor:

Stratfor is the world’s leading private intelligence company providing individuals and corporations with breaking intelligence, in-depth analysis, assessments and forecasts on global political, economic, security, and public policy issues. Through its unrivalled blend of strategic and tactical expertise, Stratfor helps clients protect their assets, diminish risk and increase opportunities to compete in the global market. Stratfor’s services include free intelligence reports, subscription-based access and confidential consulting. For more information, please visit www.stratfor.com.

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization created to award merit-based scholarships for Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding. The Center, an IRS approved charity, is veteran and minority operated and managed.

Lint Center Awards Two Scholarships for Mid-Year 2008

www.GoArmyEd.mil which increased the number of highly qualified applicants.” Lint continued, “We received numerous submissions from veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as active duty personnel. This round of competition clearly demonstrates the need for more scholarship awards and the Lint Center will continue to build its financial base to help recognize great people with great potential to improve America’s National Security.”

About the Scholarship Program:

Scholarship applicants were required to submit essay’s addressing an issue of Counterintelligence, National Defense, and/or National Security. Applicants were encouraged to clearly articulate original thoughts, ideas, and experiences as it pertains to the topic. Ground-breaking pioneering ideas, solutions, and recommendations were strongly desired. Essays were judged on scholarly rigor, creativity, and innovation. Authors were urged to be interdisciplinary in their thinking, assessments, and essay formulation.

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization created to award merit-based scholarships for Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding.

The Center aims to:

  1. Identify promising individuals and assist in educational pursuits through scholarship initiatives
  2. Provide talented individuals with a meaningful leadership development mentoring program by current-and-former Counterintelligence and National Security Workers
  3. Create a forum for the dissemination and discussion of National Security Studies through the Center’s online Web-

All donations and contributions to the Lint Center are allocated solely to the Center’s scholarship funds. All actions and activities by the Lint Center are conducted by unpaid staff and volunteers. The Center is Veteran and minority operated and managed.

July 2008 competition produced some excellent essays

flory

SGT Jennifer Flory, winner of Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship, had an interesting idea on use of Scrap Metal for a safer Middle East which she describes in her essay. As she states it can put the power back into the hands of the people. SGT Flory has served a tour an interesting assignment in Iraq and earned a Bronze Star. Read more about SGT Flory herePress Release

linhart

Joe Linhart, winner of Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship, takes a look at Effects Based Operations in his essay.  However it is the method of engagement that can either be lethal or non-lethal in nature.  Press Release

Written as a companion piece to an article published in 02138 magazine called “My Iraq”  (http://www.02138mag.com/magazine/article/1676.html), Joe Linhart’s article “Our Army, Our America” takes a provocative look at Iraq, America and what it’s like to serve in uniform.

The former Harvard educated, Army LT also has authorized his personal essay to be published which shows how his experiences have formed his opinions on how to conduct military or diplomatic operations.

Lint Center Announces a Significant Gift from Stratfor

Stratfor & the Lint Center Team Up to Improve National Security Skills, Enhance Global Understanding and Situational Awareness of Scholarship Recipients

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit organization created to further the educational developments of the next generation of America’s Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, today announced it has received a generous gift from Strategic Forecasting, Inc., the world’s leading private intelligence company. The Lint Center will receive three annual membership subscriptions to Stratfor’s industry leading intelligence reports providing situational awareness, geopolitical analysis, and analytically rigorous forecasting. Subscriptions will be given to scholarship recipients of the Lint Center for National Security Studies.

“We are extremely delighted to receive this substantial gift from Stratfor and believe it will enhance the knowledge of the Center’s scholarship recipients by enabling them to access Stratfor’s cutting edge intelligence reports,” said Jim Lint, founder and chairman of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “We are grateful to Stratfor for recognizing and supporting the mission of the Center in our effort to identify, mentor, and improve our country’s future National Security workforce.”

“Stratfor is pleased to support the important work of the Lint Center,” said Rodger Baker, Stratfor. “The Center’s scholarship recipients will benefit from the fresh perspective provided by our intelligence professionals, and our insights into political, economic, and military developments occurring around the globe. We look forward to continuing our work with the Center as it strives to empower, enhance, and enable the next generation of America’s National Security Workers.”

About Stratfor:

Stratfor is the world’s leading private intelligence company providing individuals and corporations with breaking intelligence, in-depth analysis, assessments and forecasts on global political, economic, security, and public policy issues. Through its unrivalled blend of strategic and tactical expertise, Stratfor helps clients protect their assets, diminish risk and increase opportunities to compete in the global market. Stratfor’s services include free intelligence reports, subscription-based access and confidential consulting. For more information, please visit www.stratfor.com.

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization created to award merit-based scholarships for Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding. The Center is Veteran and minority operated and managed IRS-approved charity.

Lessons learned in recovery of classified materials

Original Published on Monmouth Message Newspaper

We have relative peace and calm here at Fort Monmouth even during wartime.

But I am often reminded about the guys in the Iran Embassy in November 1979. They thought there was no need for emergency evacuation or for emergency destruction drills. I’m sure there were many in the Pentagon in 2001 who thought the same way. But, November 4, 1979, and September 11, 2001, changed those complacent thoughts.

How is your unit and your area? Are you sure nothing will happen in your area? Are you as sure as they were in Iran and at the Pentagon? I want to share some of the lessons learned in the recovery of classified material after the 9/11 attack.

The CECOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) will hold our “Annual Reduction of Classified Holdings and Review of Classified Permanent Historical Materials” from June 2 to 16. This needs to be enforced as an important effort for the command because some classified materials recovered on 9/11 at the Pentagon dated back as far as the 1940s. Reducing the amount and number of classified materials on hand decreases the risks of compromise and permits a more focused analysis of what requires protection.

Security Managers need to document the location of classified containers in their work areas. Do you know the number and locations NOW. And what happens if the Security Manager is killed, missing or absent?

Recovering and securing classified materials during or after a disaster are such specialized tasks that only trained personnel can be allowed to execute them. The role of classified materials users and custodians is to sort and advise on disposal after the materials have been recovered and secured.

Respirators, fire-retardant clothing, gas masks, safety gloves, rubber boots, portable/cellular communications, several vehicles and other special equipment must be identified in advance to enable DOD classified materials recovery to begin as soon as possible in the event of a disaster or other emergency. A mobile capability is needed at the disaster site for initial security of large recovered items, to include damaged safes.

Depending on the severity of the disaster and weather conditions afterward, most if not all of the classified materials at the disaster site may well be damaged beyond further use. That’s why custodians and users must maintain backup files and redundant capabilities of truly critical materials.

As soon as possible, such a site must be secured and access to it controlled. Badge systems will be required to enable first responders such as fire, rescue, law enforcement and other essential but un-cleared personnel to work in the secured area – and to exclude all others.

Following recovery, classified materials must be moved to a facility protected by fences, lights, intrusion detection systems and guards as required by the materials that may be involved. A plan is needed to coordinate and assist custodians and users in order to sort classified materials there. This includes the following:

  • channels for clearance, verifying need-to-know and Inadvertent Disclosure Agreements
  • provisions for personal effects mixed with classified materials
  • personal protective clothing as specialized equipment to open damaged containers
  • procedures to destroy COMSEC and other classified items in accordance with National Security Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency guidance

The coordination of security at a disaster scene may include local police; FBI; local fire, rescue and military police units; facility engineers; custodians/users of classified materials; and other DOD elements.

Safes need to be identified by serial number stamped directly in the metal, not by a tin plate bolted on their sides. During the 9/11 terrorist attack, many of the tin plates and other markings on the outsides of the safes simply melted and burned in the fire resulting from the attack. An alternative is maps drawn with the location of each safe. It has been found that, in a blast, safes can move or floors can collapse. The serial number stamped directly into the metal inside of the drawer has been the best identifier of safes after catastrophic events.

Special equipment will be required to open safes. Combination locks are destroyed in fires and the metal drawers are fused to the safe frame.

Having reviewed these elements from the after action report of 9/11 at the Pentagon, how does your office stack up? How does your unit compare to the Pentagon? Having an incident requiring emergency actions in a foreign country would create even more responsibilities and headaches. Some of our CECOM LCMC units have overseas offices. By “being prepared” we can decrease stress and improve the security of our nation!

An additional benefit of this program is preparation for Base Realignment and Closure and relocation. Having recently moved to New Jersey, I found that having more boxes to unpack is not an enjoyable event. The “Annual Reduction of Classified Holdings and Review of Classified Permanent Historical Materials” during June will improve our organization and mission execution during the BRAC move. Not often you can do an action that gives so many benefits.

So, please enjoy cleaning out those security containers because it will be beneficial in the long run. Have a “Secure” day!

James Lint

Lint Center Awards Ms Aehee Kim Alliance Building Scholarship

Lint Center for National Security Studies Recognizes Scholarship Winners

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit organization created to further the educational development and opportunities for the next generation of America’s Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, today announced the Ms. Aehee Kim Alliance Scholarship Award Winners. The scholarship fund aims to promote and advance cross-cultural understanding and global insight into national security and counterintelligence issues.

There was one award given to Timothy W. Coleman (Winner), with two runners-up. Both runners-up were located overseas with the first Name Not Disclosed, and the second runner up named Charles DeBarber. Both runners-up will be eligible for additional scholarships that will be awarded later in the year.

“I am honored to receive this award and recognition,” said Timothy W. Coleman, winner of the Ms. Aehee Kim Alliance Building Scholarship. “This scholarship will assist in my educational pursuits to better understand the national security issues facing America today and the emerging geostrategic threats shaping tomorrow.”

“We had many good applications, essays and thoughtful submissions by outstanding scholars,” said Jim Lint, founder and chairman of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “Tim had a great essay in addition to outstanding history and great potential to be a key player in America’s future national security endeavors.” Lint continued, “We received numerous submissions from veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as active duty personnel. This round of competition clearly demonstrates the need for more scholarship awards and the Lint Center will continue to build its financial base to help recognize great people with great potential to improve America’s National Security.”

About the Alliance Building Scholarship:

Scholarship applicants were required to submit essay’s addressing an issue of Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, National Defense, and/or National Security. Applicants were encouraged to clearly articulate original thoughts, ideas, and experiences as it pertains to the topic. Ground-breaking pioneering ideas, solutions, and recommendations were strongly desired. Essays were judged on scholarly rigor, creativity, and innovation. Authors were urged to be interdisciplinary in their thinking, assessments, and essay formulation.

About the Lint Center:
The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created to award merit-based scholarships for Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding.

The Center aims to:

  1. Identify promising individuals and assist in educational pursuits through scholarship initiatives
  2. Provide talented individuals with a meaningful leadership development mentoring program by current-and-former Counterintelligence and National Security Workers
  3. Create a forum for the dissemination and discussion of National Security Studies through the Center’s online Web-portal

All donations and contributions to the Lint Center are allocated solely to the Center’s scholarship funds. All actions and activities by the Lint Center are conducted by unpaid staff and volunteers. The Center is Veteran and minority operated and managed.

Lint Center Unveils Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship ($500)

Lint Center Unveils Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship ($500)

Recognizing Extraordinary Students in Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, and National Security Studies

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc, a non-profit charity, focused on supporting the educational pursuits of the next generation of America’s Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, today unveiled the Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship which aims to identify, support, and mentor an emerging leader focused on Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, and National Security studies.

The Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship fund provides $500 to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, and National Security studies.

“The Lint Center is extremely pleased to be offering the Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial scholarship award for the third consecutive year,” said Jim Lint, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. “This scholarship has become one of the Center’s most sought after awards and we are extremely optimistic the level of interest as well as applicant submission caliber will be more impressive in 2010 than it was in years past.”

About the Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship:

The Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship fund provides $500 to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, and National Security studies. This scholarship is competed each year in July.

The deadline for scholarship applications is July 31.

About the Lint Center: 

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization created to award merit-based scholarships for Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding. The Center, an IRS approved charity, is Veteran and minority operated and managed. For more information and to view details regarding semi-annual scholarship opportunities, please visit www.LintCenter.org.

 

Scholarships Advertised

Lint Center receives confirmation of scholarships published on multiple websites and databases.

Three different national scholarship database organizations have advertised both the Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship and the Virginia & Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarships.  The Lint Center appreciates these organizations and their desire to assist students and the education community. 

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