Former CIA Analyst Joins Lint Center Mentoring Team

cialogoThe Lint Center for National Security Studies is delighted to welcome a tremendous edition to the Center’s already 200-plus strong mentoring team, Ms. Lisa Ruth.

Ruth spent 15 years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where she worked as both an Intelligence Analyst and as a Special Projects Officer.

While at CIA, Ruth was a subject matter expert on Latin America. Her specific area of expertise included counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, tracing and identifying money laundering and illicit arms transfers.

During her career, Ruth conducted overseas tours for the CIA where she provided on-the-ground assistance for counter-insurgency and counter-narcotics operations as well as other high profile intelligence targets. Additionally, Ruth served at the White House Operations Centers, where she provided 24-hour, around the clock, intelligence support to the nations most senior policymakers.

Ruth is a renowned international risk consultant. Currently, she is President of CTC International Group, which is staffed primarily by former CIA officers and provides discreet, timely and accurate information to business executives. CTC is widely regarded as a leading private intelligence organization designed and poised to meet the evolving needs of corporate America.

She is also the Editor in Chief of Communities Digital News, a major online news publication that features independent journalists from around the world. She writes extensively on intelligence, world affairs, and breaking news. She also provides investigative reporting and news analysis.

Additionally, Ruth frequently appears on Newsmax TV, providing analysis, insight and expert commentary on international developments and she is contributor to Newsmax, The Washington Times and other notable publications.

Ruth has a Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, from George Mason University, an Masters in International Relations from the University of Virginia. She is a licensed private investigator in Florida, New Jersey, and Maryland; a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers; and a member of MENSA.

On behalf of the Lint Center for National Security Studies team, we wish to thank Lisa for volunteering her time, energy, and effort to mentoring emerging leaders who wish to follow in the footsteps of national service.

You can follow her on Twitter @lmruth.

Women in Intelligence: Sapp Selected to Steer Satellite Spy Organization

NROThe list of women in high-powered positions in the Intelligence Community continues to grow with the appointment of Ms. Betty Sapp  to head the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Sapp joins the ranks of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director, Letitia Long, and other top echelon women at the NSA, DIA, and CIA according to a CNN “Politics” feature.

Sapp started her government career as an Air Force officer and held a variety of assigned positions in the NRO after joining the CIA in 1997, with her latest high level appointment being as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for “Portfolio, Programs, and Resources,” Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

Another agency that flies under the proverbial radar, the National Reconnaissance Office provides holistic reconnaissance support to the Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD). The official NRO website proclaims that, “when the United States needs eyes and ears in critical places where no human can reach – be it over the most rugged terrain or through the most hostile territory – it turns to the National Reconnaissance Office…the agency in charge of designing, building, launching, and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites.”

We encourage you to learn more about the NRO and its new chief, Ms. Betty Sapp.

***NOTICE: The information included in this post is from open-source media outlets and documents. It is intended for informational purposes and to encourage individuals to learn more about exciting employment opportunities within the U.S. Government.*

News and Happenings: University of Delaware – Spies, Lies & Sneaky Guys


The University of Delaware has published a series of free video lectures online entitled “Spies, Lies & Sneaky Guys: Espionage and Intelligence in the Digital Age.”

The lecture compilation “explores new challenges and opportunities in the field of international intelligence” from the front-lines, by former directors and chiefs, and by renowned espionage and intelligence observers.

Among the lectures:

Robert Grenier, a veteran of nearly 30 years in the CIA and former head of the Agency’s Counterterrorism Center, discussed “HUMan INTelligence in the Digital Age.”

Rounding out the series, on May 2, Matthew Aid, a leading intelligence historian and expert on the National Security Agency, will be giving a talk on “The Future of Intelligence and Espionage.”

The lecture series is a perfect venue for aspiring intelligence or government professionals to hear first-hand account of the current and future challenges facing the Intelligence Community at large.

To view the compiled series, please visit the “Spies, Lies & Sneaky Guys” PROGRAM schedule.