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American University Graduate Student, Jared Zimmerman, Awarded International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship

The Lint Center for National Security Studies Awards 2018 International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship to Jared Zimmerman.

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 through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, and the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE), the leading international organization for Intelligence Education, today announced the 2018 International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship award winner.

Mr. Jared Zimmerman was awarded the Lint Center’s IAFIE Scholarship for his commitment to advancing national security and intelligence. The Lint Center’s IAFIE Scholarship provides a $1,500 award towards education in national security or intelligence studies.

Mr. Zimmerman is a first year graduate student at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C. where he is pursuing an MA in International Affairs with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and national security. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, he spent five years working in the software industry. In his scholarship essay, Zimmerman argued that not all terrorists acting alone deserve the “lone wolf” label. Lone wolves, says Zimmerman, are those who act entirely alone and for their own cause. Terrorists that run solo operations in support of or even as part of a larger global jihadist movement should instead be labelled Individual Terrorism Jihadists (ITJ). He then reviewed recent high profile cases of lone wolf attackers, such as the Austin Serial Bomber and the DC Beltway sniper, and parsed the differences.

“I am honored and excited to be this year’s recipient of the International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship through the Lint Center for National Security Studies,” Mr. Zimmerman said. “Many of my peers have dedicated themselves to similar goals, face similar challenges, and have submitted impressive essays, and so I consider it a great honor to receive this year’s IAFIE Scholarship. I am eager to meet with my mentor and discuss my future as I explore ways forward into the Intelligence Community. I also wish to thank the Lint Center for the tremendous support it provides students like myself. The scholarship and mentorship are such valuable resources to young people who want to serve their country.”

“Jared Zimmerman’s scholarship essay further refining motivators of individual terrorists shows the kind of outside the box thinking that is critical to the Intelligence Community,” said Mr. James R. Lint, President and CEO of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “Paired with his background in software development and the guiding hand of one of our mentor, I am confident that Mr. Zimmerman will be a powerful asset to any agency and a quality national security worker.”

About the International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship:

The International Association 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.

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/.

 

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

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 https://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.

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