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


513th MI Bde

513th Military Intelligence Brigade in Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM

Vigilant Knights in the Desert:

On 2 August 1990, Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait and threatened Saudi Arabia. Four days later, the Army alerted the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade for eventual deployment as part of Operation DESERT SHIELD. By the end of the month, its first elements arrived in Saudi Arabia. Eventually, the brigade’s deployed strength ballooned to over 2,200 Soldiers. With these Soldiers, the 513th MI provided multidisciplinary collection, all-source analysis, and widespread dissemination of theater-level intelligence to LTG John Yeosock’s US Army Central Command (ARCENT).

Deploying from Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, the 513th MI Brigade consisted of four battalions that operated at the echelon above corps level. The 201st MI Battalion conducted signals intelligence (SIGINT) operations. The 202d MI Battalion provided counterintelligence (CI), interrogation, and document exploitation support. The 297th MI Battalion supplied imagery analysis as well as ARCENT’s Intelligence Center. Finally, the Foreign Materiel Intelligence Battalion (FMIB) performed technical intelligence operations. In addition to these four subordinate battalions, the 513th later assumed command responsibilities for elements from six other MI battalions.

To follow its initial deployment, the brigade sent Task Force 174, under LTC Robert Butto, to Saudi Arabia. With elements from each of the 513th MI’s four battalions, the task force laid the ground work for the rest of the brigade’s arrival. Butto’s advanced party landed in Riyadh on 1 September. Within 24 hours of its arrival, it had established an Intelligence Center for ARCENT’s G-2 and begun to provide essential intelligence support. One of the center’s earliest studies provided an analysis of the terrain to the west of the Iraqi forces which stated that the ground could support movement by the Army’s armored forces. Briefed to the Central Command’s senior leadership, this assessment helped shape the eventual American ground campaign.

As TF 174 continued its shoestring operations, the rest of the brigade waited for transportation into theater. The need to build up combat power to counter the Iraqi forces meant that intelligence and other support assets were left behind. As it waited, the brigade received a new commander, COL William M. Robeson, on 12 September. Faced with a painfully slow deployment, Robeson travelled to ARCENT headquarters to provide senior on-the-ground leadership and try to push for the deployment of the rest of his brigade.

When Robeson arrived, the 513th MI had just under 200 Soldiers in theater. Although still constrained by limited transportation, he was able to gain approval to bring much of his brigade’s staff to Saudi Arabia in the fall of 1990. The staff was able to make the most of the brigade’s limited assets, establishing limited collection facilities and planning for integrating new equipment—such as the SANDCRAB jamming system—into brigade operations.

By early November the brigade had deployed 500 Soldiers—about one-third of its assigned strength—allowing it to enlarge its operations including aerial SIGINT operations and increased CI coverage. Moreover, COL Robeson received permission to call forward the balance of his brigade. At the end of 1990, the brigade’s strength was approaching 90 percent and it received important reinforcements to enhance its theater imagery capabilities.

At the same time, BG John Stewart became the ARCENT G-2 and quickly moved to prepare his staff for more active operations. Not only did he enlarge the staff, he infused it with senior MI leaders from throughout the Army. Both actions benefited the 513th MI Brigade. The experienced leaders supplemented the hard work and enthusiasm of younger Soldiers in the ARCENT Intelligence Center with insight and practical knowledge. Within a few weeks, the brigade almost doubled in size as its battalions finished their deployment and readied themselves to support ARCENT’s offensive.

In January 1991, COL Robeson oversaw the development of key theater intelligence organizations. The 201st MI Battalion coordinated the SIGINT efforts of its ground and aerial assets through the Integrated Ground Operating Facility. Shortly afterwards, the 202d MI Battalion established two joint interrogation facilities and later a document exploitation center. Meanwhile, the 297th MI Battalion provided much of the manning for the Joint Imagery Production Center, which garnered tactical support from theater and national imagery systems. Finally, the FMIB organized the Joint Captured Materiel Exploitation Center for in-theater technical intelligence. Through these operations, the Soldiers of the 513th MI Brigade provided effective multi-discipline intelligence for Army and theater decision makers, greatly assisting the successful ground campaign.

Despite the challenges of a slow deployment to an undeveloped theater, incorporation of almost one thousand augmentees and the integration of new equipment, the 513th MI effectively linked the corps and divisions to intelligence information from the national agencies. It also produced its own intelligence through its various joint facilities and organic collection assets. As BG Stewart noted in his after action report the 513th MI.

Brigade was “the” key MI capability at the Army level during Operations Desert SHIELD/STORM.

[This article was written by Michael E. Bigelow, Command Historian, US Army Intelligence and Security Command, in February 2016 for the Moments in MI History series.]

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Honoring Our Veterans

WWII_PicIn quiet tributes, at small family gatherings, in meeting halls, and at grand patriotic parades, Americans come together to honor and celebrate the men and women of the armed forces and those who have nobly fought to keep our country free on Veterans Day.

On this annual occasion, we celebrate the enduring bonds and gallant nature of the millions of men and women who have served and continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces.

We honor them all – veterans past and present.

We pause and give thanks to them all.

While all American Veterans are united by their common duty, all Americans remain humbled and grateful to our veterans for their uncommon courage and commitment to national service.

The Lint Center wishes to thank each and every veteran – those serving and those who have served – we proudly salute you!Tomb_on_unknown

My life was late nights and early mornings, physical exhaustion and boredom, my life was hurry up and wait. My days were broiling heat, my nights freezing cold. I lived in pouring rain, freezing snow and stifling humidity. Dust, sand and mud were my bed, my pillow a rucksack, butt pack or helmet. My feet toughened by thousands of miles of roads, paths, trails and fields trod. My back made strong and wide by days upon weeks upon years of carrying my rucksack just one more click. My youth spent learning my craft, sharpening my will and hardening my body for whatever was asked of me. Taught by men who had been taught by men who had hit the beach, held that hill or leapt from that airplane. My teacher’s lessons collected by experiences written in blood, sweat and tears. My classroom was the forest, the jungle, the desert and the mountain. My certificate a colorful ribbon, a shiny badge and those stripes. My traditions are ageless, my heritage stretches back centuries, I descended from giants and am proud to be counted as one of them. My youth was spent in service to my country, my youth was spent with my brothers and sisters I served with, my youth was not misspent.” – Unknown US Army Ranger

OPSEC-60 Years and Counting, Remembering the Korean Conflict 1950, five years had passed since the U.S. Army achieved victory during World War II. The Army had a major drawdown and cut troop units and staff. Most of the remaining junior personnel had not served in World War II nor did the draftees have actual combat experience. June 25, 1950 was a picture perfect summer day, the sun was shining, spirits were high and Americans were preparing for a big installation softball event. It was a great day to leave the office behind, enjoy life, and relish downtime even if you were stationed in Korea.

June 25 was a day for great operational security practices, and a busy day for unwitting others. Motor pools were emptied covertly and troops by the masses trudged south. The North Korean invasion of South Korea was just about to commence and lemonade was still being poured at the big Post softball event.

There was no warning, just complete surprise. The U.S. Army’s focus was on softball. An Embassy Marine driving an orange painted jeep near the U.S. Embassy compound noticed a plane in the morning air flying lazy circles. He waved, and the North Korean Yak came in for a strafing run. The Marine barely survived, but the jeep was an early combat loss.

Even with the recent memories of 1941 Pearl Harbor still fresh in the minds of military and civilian personnel serving overseas, the obvious question was how yet another surprise attack could happen again. The better question is how this attack could have been prevented.

2North Korea’s use of intelligence and surveillance served them well in the attack of an organization not focused on operational security (OPSEC) in all working conditions, to include fun. The need to observe and implement good OPSEC practices is evident, and could have saved lives.

Our lack of OPSEC practices and the North Korean’s good use of OPSEC and intelligence information helped our enemies attack the U.S. military. Lesson learned’ When we lower our guard and our OPSEC practices, we create and expose our vulnerabilities for our enemies to exploit. Protecting our country, our servicemen and women and their families begins with good OPSEC behaviors.

June 25 holds a special place in the hearts and minds of security and intelligence professionals. For us, we see an intelligence failure that cost lives. There were no indications and no warnings presented to the command leadership that could have prevented the attack or at least allowed an evacuation of the area to save lives.

Then, there was little tracking because the Army was the victorious Army of World War II; who would dare attack us. Security stood at a readiness level best described as, hollow. When we need to, we will upgrade to meet the threat. Additionally, people believed that when the time comes, we will be ready, so let’s enjoy the day.

It is so easy to sit back 60 years later and see the errors in the ways of those professionals at the time. Even so, this assessment would do little to provide meaningful value to us today. Instead, I like to sit back and compare the intelligence and security operations of June 25, 1950 to today. We are better prepared. We have implemented a more robust and fine-tuned intelligence system.

However, first we must ensure that we maintain our focus and support the overall command mission. Through improved OPSEC behaviors and practices, we decrease opportunities for our enemies to exploit our perceived weaknesses.

As our military navigates its way through our present conflicts abroad, I challenge all of us to remember the valuable lessons of the past and move on with the new security requirements of daily life on the home front.

Bottom line- we must ensure we stay informed with the best intelligence information available and be vigilant concerning any security breaches, or imperfections. Minor security issues will most always exist; however, I charge our military communities to think of how we can improve our security practices. This is a group effort that requires each and every one of us to adhere to OPSEC with saving lives in mind.

We are in the same military community, and serve the same country, the United States of America. If we see problems with the regulations, we have a responsibility to raise these issues through the chain of command and report it to Department of the Army Headquarters. We have to balance security, risk, and mission accomplishment. Too much security can hamper mission accomplishment, just as too little can destroy a mission and possibly cause loss of life.

Having served seven years in Korea, both active duty and as a civilian, I have had the opportunity to see the history through the eyes of the people who were there that day. The 50-year anniversary of the Korean War brought the veterans of 1950 back to Korea. My conversations with them and the U.S. Forces Korea Historian Office, highly energized me to be a good professional in the security realm of operations at the brigade and headquarters levels. At any level, good security practices are essential.

I ask that as June 25 approaches, you will reflect on where our security capabilities were 60 years ago compared to the technology and security and intelligence operations we engage in today. As you reflect, perhaps you may find where improvements can be made within your organization and its operations.

Be informed, be safe, be secure!

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

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Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Honored with Fort Meade Memorial Plaque

Happy Memorial Day Lint Center Mentors and Affiliates!

UnknownThe Lint Center for National Security Studies is proud to announce that Staff Sgt. Richard S Eaton Jr. was recently honored with a biographical plaque at the US Army Reserve Center Memorial at Fort Meade.

The transcript of the plaque biography reads:

SSG Richard Selden Eaton, Jr., a CI Special Agent and “soldier’s soldier” who represented the very best of the non-commissioned officer corps, was born 9 February 1966 in New Haven, Connecticut.  He grew up in Wallingford, Old Lyme, and Guilford, Connecticut — his family home for 29 years.  He attended The Wooster School in Danbury, CT and graduated from Guilford High School in 1985.  He continued his education at Seoul University for language studies, the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State University with a major in International Studies.

Throughout his 18-year Army career, 13 Active Duty and 5 in the Army Reserves, SSG Eaton served in numerous duty positions that included extensive tours in South Korea with the 2nd ID and two tours with JTF-B in Honduras. He also served on special missions in the Philippines (Feb., 1986) and Panama (Dec., 1989).  He joined B Company 323rd MI BN as a reservist in 1998 and worked as a DC area contractor with Sytex and BAE. While working for Sytex, he authored “Introduction to CHATS and CHASIS (the Army CI Human Intelligence Automated Tool Set and All-Source Integration System),”  Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin, 24: 24-27 October-December 1998. He was a co-founder and co-moderator of the online Army Counterintelligence Discussion Group (ACIDG-L).  While working as a BAE contractor for G2, he and other staff escaped death on September 11, 2001 due to the remodeling of their Pentagon office.  A G2 staff member and an electrical contractor were killed by the hijacked airliner while making final plans for computer installations.

SSG Eaton was also a former civilian employee of INSCOM at Fort Belvoir, VA.  Four months before his 2003 OIF deployment he was a contractor in South Korea at Kunsan AFB. Though accepted by a South Korean reserve unit, he cancelled the paperwork and chose to deploy with the 323rd MI BN. He was a tireless NCO, superb trainer and a professional soldier. He was the Bravo Company Training NCO and a co-author of the CI portion of the Battalion Tactical SOP. During his mobilization in Kuwait and Iraq he served with distinction on many assignments while attached to the 221st MI BN, the 223rd MI BN and the 3/3 ACR.

In his last assignment SSG Eaton conducted missions for the 3/3 ACR as a CI HUMINT team leader in the Sunni Triangle region of Iraq. After a protracted firefight on August 11, 2003 in Hit, in which he rescued a heat-stricken soldier under live fire, he died after medical treatment the next night from heat stress and rhabdomyolysis.

SSG_EatonSSG Eaton’s awards include the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster (one for merit and the other for valor), Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (one silver and one oak leaf cluster), Good Conduct Medal (three awards), National Defense Service Medal (one star device), Army Superior Unit Award, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (two devices), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (five awards), and the Expert Marksmanship Badge with bars for rifle, pistol and grenade. He was nominated for the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame and received the Thomas G. Knowlton Award and the 3/3ACR’s Order of the Spur.

His survivors were his father, Richard Selden Eaton, Sr., deceased in 2005, and mother, Sharon Noble Eaton, of Guilford, CT. They established the Richard S. Eaton. Jr. National Security Book Collection at the University of New Haven and the SSG Richard S. Eaton, Jr. History Scholarship at Guilford High School. The non-profit Lint Center for National Security Studies established the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent SSG Richard S. Eaton, Jr. Memorial Scholarship in 2009.

The US Army Counterintelligence Agent SSG Richard S. Eaton Jr. Memorial Scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis for students pursuing scholastic study in the fields related to “Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, Cultural Understanding, and National Security studies.”

The Lint Center for National Security Studies is ever-honored to be connected with CI Agent SSG Eaton Jr. and his family, and we always hope that our work will help the next generation of national security workers to follow in the footsteps of the heroes that came before them.

Jarrett Kolthoff, President/CEO of SpearTip, Joins Lint Center Mentoring Team

SpearTipMr. Jarrett Kolthoff is a former Special Agent, U.S. Army Counterintelligence and is the President/CEO of SpearTip LLC, a corporate and cyberespionage advisory firm.

Mr. Kolthoff’s expertise rests in cyber investigations, Counterintelligence (CI), threat and fusion cell analysis.

SpearTip LLC provides unbiased advice to board level and executive leadership in a unique service that combines technical and Human Intelligence along with real world experience. Mr. Kolthoff’s business savvy, investigative, and analytical experience are invaluable additions to the Lint Center’s gamut of skill-sets on its Mentor team.

Thank you for offering your Mentor services, Mr. Kolthoff, and we look forward to connecting you with a scholarship winner-mentee in the near future!

To see Mr. Kolthoff’s full bio please visit: HERE, to visit the SpearTip LLC website please click here: HERE.

Toward the Sounds of Chaos: Which Way Would You Run?

We saw this new video and found it very inspiring so we thought we should share it with you.

“And when the time comes, they are the first to move towards the sounds of tyranny, injustice and despair. They are forged in the crucible of training.”

Here is another one we thought was worth revisiting:

Symbol of Strength – More Than a Uniform

Do you have a favorite video? What other’s do you find particularly inspiring? Let us know.


The Lint Center Team