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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.

Lint Center Article in International Policy Digest

ebolaWe are pleased to highlight one of our outstanding volunteers Brittany Walter.

Last month, after her blog post on the implications of Ebola on US national security was posted in this forum, Ms. Walter’s piece was picked up and reprinted in International Policy Digest as a standalone article.

Congrats Brittany on a job well done!

Please check out her article in International Policy Digest HERE.

You may also view her original LC post HERE.

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

Happy 239th Birthday to the Marine Corps!

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The Lint Center is pleased to congratulate the US Marine Corps on its 239th birthday!

The Center’s own founder, James R. Lint, joined the Marines on November 13, 1975. He recently noted, that he was “coming up on 39 years since vacationing in San Diego MCRD.”

To learn more about the US Marines, please check out the United States Marines Corps History Division HERE.

Volunteers Recognized at 2014 Points of Light Tribute Awards Ceremony

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The Lint Center for National Security Studies inspired by the honorees at the 2014 Points of Light Tribute Awards CeremonyVolunteers from the Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of the next generation of National Security workers, took part and were recognized at the 2014 Points of Light Tribute Award Ceremony at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. on October 22.

Lt. General Brent Scowcroft (USAF ret.), who served as the National Security Advisor to both Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, the only individual in U.S. history appointed to the position under two different Presidents; NBA Legend, Dikembe Mutombo; Fox News Channel Greta Van Susteren, host of the prime-time news and interview program, “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” former New York Governor George Pataki and more than 250 other celebrities, dignitaries, and individuals from the corporate, nonprofit, government, service and entertainment industry attended the event to honor several individuals and organizations whose service and contributions to volunteering have had a positive local and global impact.

In attendance and on behalf of the Lint Center as well as all the hard working volunteers that help translate perspiration into success was the Center’s Chief Operating Officer, Timothy W. Coleman. “It was a tremendous opportunity to represent the Lint Center and to be recognized for all the incredible efforts of our volunteer team. To share in such an occasion and to be among individuals and organizations that have finite resources and use them to create change in varied and profound ways is always impactful. As an entirely volunteer based organization, we at the Lint Center, are moved everyday by individuals who donate their time and resources to causes they believe in and it’s regenerative to see individuals and organizations being recognized for their desire to do great things.”

This year, four individuals and organizations were recognized as Tribute Awardees by Points of Light Foundation:

  • Retired professional basketball player Yao Ming was recognized for The Yao Ming Foundation that seeks to improve the lives of children in China and the U.S., with an emphasis on providing educational opportunities.
  • Hewett-Packard who in 2013 logged more than 1.6 million volunteer hours and gave more than $13.3 million to nonprofits and schools.
  • Environmentalist Charles Orgbon III who started a club at age 12 to keep his school clean, then turned it into Greening Forward, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a diverse global environmental movement powered by young people.
  • World Central Kitchen, a humanitarian organization founded by international chef José Andrés that feeds and empowers vulnerable people in humanitarian crises around the world.

Earlier this year, on the 13th anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, The Lint Center was recognized by Points of Light with a Daily Points of Light Award for its aid in the advancement of the educational pursuits of the next generation of national security workers through its mentorship and scholarship programs.

“We created the Lint Center to fill a niche void, one that teamed emerging and talented national security rookies with veterans in the national security community,” said Kay Lee Nicholas, Director and Scholarship Committee Member for the Lint Center. “ The old saying that ‘rookies make rookie mistakes’ is a truism, however, the number and severity does not have to be of that cardinal reality. Lint Center scholarships and our mentoring program strive to elucidate that end.”

To date the Lint Center has awarded 32 merit-based scholarships ranging from $500-$1500. With financial support from corporate sponsorships, The Lint Center awards scholarships twice a year in January and July.

Are You Trainable?

MatthewBRidgwayTo quote the Greek philosopher Aristotle, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation […] Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” This important observation is especially relevant because it demonstrates that securing knowledge isn’t an end unto itself, but rather the basis for a behavioral augmentation and an ingrained approach to pursuing excellence in whatever we chose to achieve.

As such, it is important to view yourself as a perpetual trainee so as to never allow yourself to become complacent and sedentary. If not for self-betterment purposes alone, because (especially within the intelligence and security community) we know full well that our adversaries aren’t sitting idly by and twiddling their thumbs as new ways for improvement become available.

How trainable are you? 

From an employer’s perspective, training is vital for a multitude of reasons. The first and foremost advantage is that it ensures an employee constantly grows their skillset and is challenged to learn more applicable skills of use. This knowledge can be developed into a sustainable skillset and adds value not only to the individual, but also to the entire enterprise.

Training serves to improve an employee’s overall job performance as it builds confidence and allows the individual to assess where and how job functions can be improved. Additionally, providing an individual with real world, practitioner oriented training enables the employee to better appreciate and comprehend the governing policies and regulations that comprise job responsibilities. This helps the employee grow and increases their successful consistency in terms of achievements.

Let’s take a step back and place you in the position of hiring manager for an important government department or agency. You receive a candidate’s resume and it’s from a recent graduate of a prestigious school. You like what you see, but what does the degree mean and what is the value of that education to your organization?

Clearly, it demonstrates the candidate is learned and most likely capable. Even so, you are hiring for a position in the intelligence and security field. No student will walk in on day one of the job and be fully capable of carrying out their duties without any training. Indeed, what you most likely want to see and need to know is that the candidate is smart, capable, dependable and trainable. As a hiring manager, you need to know that whoever you hire will be able to learn and implement their job duties successfully.

In turn, next time you are looking at your resume with a critical eye, ask yourself – what about my resume drives home the training and being trainable narrative? If you can’t find it, you should do something about it. Having something on your resume that highlights your ability and proclivity for learning and implementing evolving job tasks is what will place you among the best applicants – not to mention, training is a tremendous help for those applicants that are filling out those much dreaded KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) for a USAJobs application.

Embedded Benefits of Training

The embedded benefits of training are overwhelming clear. A well-trained employee has a higher level of productivity, provides an increased quality in service and in products delivered, and requires less supervision from superiors, which allows them more time to focus on other priorities.

To that end, we would like to highlight another free training and course completion certification resource available that will help build your KSAs, bolster your resume, and perhaps even instill Aristotle’s habituation of excellence.

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offers a wide-ranging series of training course completion certifications through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI), as the Website notes, “serves as the national focal point for the development and delivery of emergency management training. This training enhances the capabilities of the Federal, state, and local government, volunteer organizations, and the private sector to minimize the impact of disasters on the American public.”

With over 2 million students receiving training annually, EMI provides more than 185 training courses that span the breadth and scope of FEMA’s core mission areas such as Incident Management, Continuity Programs, Operational Planning, Public Disaster Communications, Disaster Logistics, Integrated Preparedness, Emergency Communications, Hazard Mitigation, and more.

In fact, the course offerings for Independent Study Program cover a lot of ground, with training courses that include: Surveillance Awareness, Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas, and Radiological Emergency Response – just to name a few.

Additionally, EMI offers more focused and tailored training programs that hone in on specific functional job areas. Specifically, there are courses that explicate core elements of what is expected of a Geospatial Information System Specialist and another for Public Information Officers.

From a user’s perspective, it is incredibly easy to sign up and start taking training courses. The materials are online and all you have to do is pass a final multiple-choice exam by correctly answering 75 percent of the questions. If you don’t get it on the first try there is no penalty for taking it again. More conveniently, EMI is accessible to mobile users and students can take the multiple-choice exam on a mobile phone during a coffee break or while waiting for a class to begin.

Perhaps most importantly, EMI Independent Study Program training and course completion certifications are free of charge. For course offerings and to register, check out:http://training.fema.gov/IS/.

The Department of Homeland Security offers a variety of additional training opportunities for DHS personnel, partners and citizens, including home and business owners.

DHS offers training that includes:

  • Boating and Marine Safety
  • Chemical Sector Training and Resources
  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Training
  • Cybersecurity Training & Exercises
  • Electronic Crime Training and Resources

And DHS offers more focused training on Emergency Management and Preparedness Training:

  • Business Preparedness Training
  • Emergency Management Training
  • Emergency Preparedness Training
  • Law Enforcement Training
  • National Infrastructure Protection Plan
  • School Safety Planning and Training

To learn more about such DHS training opportunities, please check out:http://www.dhs.gov/how-do-i/find-training-opportunities.

There are also training programs available through DHS for Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICE-CERT) that require physical attendance and some of them include:

  • Web-Based Training
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  • Introductory Level
Introduction to Control Systems Cybersecurity (101)
  • Intermediate Level
Intermediate Cybersecurity for Industrial Control Systems
  • Intermediate Level
Intermediate Cybersecurity for Industrial Control Systems (202)
  • Technical Level
 ICS Cybersecurity (301)

For more info, visit: http://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/Training-Available-Thr…

The Discipline of Training

With the current budget uncertainty and recent training cuts, it is imperative that prospective intelligence and security professionals take the initiative to find and complete free training. It shows your “trainability” and is a crucial indicator of your drive to excel.

Training helps prepare you to work in important public and private sector roles. Training also helps ensure that you don’t repeat past mistakes in the industry. Ultimately, the objective remains to learn from the last generation and to move forward, armed with the best and most relevant practices of today.

In the end, training is a gift and a means to stay ahead of bad actors. And like all gifts, if you fail to use it, it is your fault but becomes America’s problem.

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Lint Center Launches New Awareness Web-Video

We are pleased to unveil a new Web-based video aimed at increasing the awareness of our semi-annual merit-based scholarship programs.

As an all-volunteer force (no-paid staff), the Lint Center is pleased to release the following video in effort to promote awareness and interest in the Center’s scholarship opportunities.

This video was created by one of the Center’s volunteers, Mr. Nathan Rhodes and a proper thank you is certainly in due order.

Please be sure to check out the video and let us know your thoughts.To learn more about the Lint Center for National Security studies and the great work it does, please visit: https://www.lintcenter.org/

Like the Center on Facebook, follow the @LintCenter on Twitter, and join the LinkedIn Group to get involved! Help us spread the word!

 

Train, Maintain, Sustain

matthew_b_ridway“Train, Maintain, Sustain” is the unit crest and motto of the 81st Regional Readiness Command of the U.S. Army Reserve. According to its official page, The 81st Regional Support Command “provides essential customer care and services to Soldiers, Civilians and their Families in the Southeast Region and Puerto Rico, enabling supported commanders and leaders to maximize resources and meet global requirements.” Their motto is a poignant reminder that training requires maintenance to be sustainable.

Logistics, Logistics, Logistics

Napoléon once quipped, “An army marches on its stomach.”

It’s a truism that even Alexander the Great, the Macedonian King whose unprecedented military campaigns through Asia and Africa forged one of the largest empires the world has ever seen, knew all too well. A military leader of world renown, Alexander was a gifted strategic planner and one who capitalized on a seemingly obscure element – logistics.

Indeed, Alexander supposedly planned his military campaigns across Asia to coincide with upcoming harvest seasons. His reasoning was simple: a harvest season made fertile supply routes for a hungry army on the march and provided enough substance to feed both his troops and the pack animals that accompanied the army.

Fundamental Truisms

At the core, many truisms and similarly relevant historical adages boil down to confirm fundamentals. There is, after all, a reason they’re called “truisms.”

Attention to seemingly insignificant details can make or break an endeavor. But such cognizance does not just serve the head of the spear or the commanding general of an army. The true value of consequential particulars touches all those involved; once a best practice is identified, it must be learnt down the ranks through training to truly become an operational staple.

Utility of Best Practices

The utility and applicability of training best practices remains at the core of both intelligence and security professional disciplines. These best practices, however, are constantly evolving within a competitive market and what worked yesterday or today, won’t necessarily work as effectively tomorrow.

To stay abreast and ahead of competitors requires continuous self-education. All businesses seek to create differentiators between competitors; similarly, you, as a prospective job applicant, need to find, highlight, and hold your own individual competitive advantage.

Be a Better Fish

Your academic studies set you apart from your peers and illustrate that education matters, qualifications count, and that you likely rank right up there with the most qualified job seekers on the market. Even so, this just makes you a bigger fish in a smaller pond (or a well-qualified candidate in a pool of other well-qualified applicants).

So how, then, do you make your application stand out? It’s a challenge that has many solutions but no definitive and universally applicable answer. Nevertheless, if you reach back and think about the importance of fundamentals, it becomes clear that supplemental training goes a very long way.

Take the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a case in point. In a ‘frequently asked questions’ segment of its Website, the CIA explains, “The Agency places a high priority on preparing officers for increasing levels of responsibility and leadership over the course of their careers.” Adding later in another section, CIA states, “The world of intelligence is increasingly complex, making continuous learning an imperative.” They’ve made it clear that initial and continuing training is imperative to the operational success of the CIA.

Continuous Learning

The role and utility of training within the intelligence and security community should not be dismissed, ignored, or underappreciated. It’s a vital component for both those currently in the community as well as those seeking to enter it. It can be a stepping-stone for career development, or the differentiating factor of the bigger, brighter, and better fish in the applicant pool.

To that end, we would like to highlight a free training and certification resource that will help build your KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities), bolster your resume, and perhaps even be the key indicator of a diligent applicant who knows the values of continuous learning and therefore holds themselves to constantly improving standards.

Defense Security Service

The Defense Security Service (DSS), an agency of the Department of Defense (DoD), under the direction of Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, provides training and education services via its Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE).

The CDSE’s mission is to “Provide the DoD with a security center of excellence for the professionalization of the security community and be the premier provider of security education and training for the DoD and industry under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). The CDSE provides development, delivery, and exchange of security knowledge to ensure a high-performing workforce capable of addressing our Nation’s security challenges.”

The training and certification programs offered by DSS run the gamut of core elements of security disciplines. Course offerings are broken down by specific functional and operational areas and include: Counterintelligence, Cybersecurity, General Security, Industrial Security, Information Security, International Security, Operations Security, Personnel Security, Physical Security, and other areas of interest. Most of the training and certifications that are publicly available are Unclassified.

Training programs and certifications are the gold standard for DoD security professionals in both civil service and contractor fields. The curriculum is rigorous and the material is challenging. Web-based training videos and course materials are readily available online 24-hours a day.

From a user perspective, DSS training courses should not be taken on a whim. After registering for a class and successfully completing a course there is a multiple-choice exam that one is required to complete in order to receive full credit. There is an important caveat to note to prospective participants: if you fail an exam three times, you cannot register again for the same exam, and the passing grade is 75 percent.

Perhaps most importantly though, DSS CDSE training courses and certifications are free of charge. To review training courses that may be of interest and to register, check out: http://www.cdse.edu/about.html.

The goal of taking and successfully completing DSS CDSE courses is to one day qualify for entrance into the Security Professional Education Development Program (SPēD). The goal for DoD is to use this four level program as a future hiring requirement. Future promotions will likely require SPēD certification for DoD security positions so it’s a good idea to get started early.

A Key to Victory

Training is a gift. It is intended to be tool of substance and the foundation on which to build a viable skillset for real world application. To excel in the world of intelligence and security, either as a member of the civil service or a contractor, you need to take advantage of the opportunities that provide the right tools for achieving the mission at hand.

Leaders realize this. They provide opportunities for their employees and team members to garner the knowledge that will enable ultimate victory. Good leaders embrace training, but greater leaders instill continuous learning as both an operational imperative and a strategic value – not because it’s easy, but because they know, as General Matthew B. Ridgway observed, “If an army fails, it is because its leaders have failed; if it succeeds, it is because they have succeeded.”

Last Man Standing: Medal of Honor recipient Walter Ehlers

Moh2Walter D. Ehlers, the last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Allied invasion of Normandy during ‘Operation Overlord’ in 1944, passed away in Buena Park, California on Thursday of natural causes at the age of 92.

Ehlers was born in 1921, during the post-World War I recession era that soon became known as the ‘Roaring Twenties,’ and in 1940, both he and his brother, Roland enlisted in the U.S. Army.

On June 6, 1944, Staff Sgt. Ehlers was one of more than 160,000 Allied troops who took part in ‘Operation Neptune,’ the code name commonly referred to as D-Day. During the Battle of Normandy, he led a 12-man reconnaissance patrol across Omaha Beach, in Nazi-controlled France, without sustaining a single loss or casualty to his team.

Staff Sgt. Ehlers was later award the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest and oldest military decoration that may be awarded by the United States government. On December 12, 1944 Staff Sgt. Ehlers received the Medal of Honor, “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9-10 June 1944, near Goville, France.”

While sustaining significant injuries and after learning that his brother Roland was killed in action during the Normandy invasion, Staff Sgt. Ehlers refused to be evacuated and instead continued to lead his squad.

By the war’s end, Staff Sgt. Walter Ehlers had fought in eight campaigns. In addition to the Congressional Medal of Honor, he received the Silver Star, three Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, the Presidential Unit Citation with Two Clusters, and the Combat Infantry Badge. Additionally, he received the King George Military Medal from the United Kingdom, France’s Croix de Guerre, Belgium’s King Leopold Medal and was knighted by King Albert II, according to a release by the City of Buena Park, California.

Staff Sgt. Ehlers received the following citation, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, for his personal bravery and self-sacrifice:

“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9-10 June 1944, near Goville, France. S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership. Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing 4 of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the guncrew and put it out of action. Turning his attention to 2 mortars protected by the crossfire of 2 machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy of the mortar section, killing 3 men himself. After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position single-handed. The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory, the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members of his own squad to withdraw. At this point, though wounded himself, he carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was unable to carry previously. After having his wound treated, he refused to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad. The intrepid leadership, indomitable courage, and fearless aggressiveness displayed by S/Sgt. Ehlers in the face of overwhelming enemy forces serve as an inspiration to others.”

The Congressional Medal of Honor, was established by General George Washington on August 7, 1782, and is “awarded in the name of Congress to a person who, while a member of the Army, distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.”

On behalf of a grateful nation and for your honorable and faithful service, Lt. Walter D. Ehlers – America thanks you.

Veteran’s Day: Our Debt of Gratitude Has No Bounds

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On this Veteran’s Day, the Lint Center wishes to thank all those that have nobly served this great nation. We honor those great American patriots that have made and continue to make this country strong and free.

Veterans epitomize that which makes this country great. They are a powerful testament to the great cause of freedom everywhere. We are eternally grateful to them all. We are honored by their courage, commitment and valor.

And we are reminded on this day of our responsibility to our veterans as well – past, present and future. As George Washington noted, “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.”

May God bless the heroic men and women who served and those who continue to serve this nation in our armed forces.

Once a Marine, Always a Marine

“There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines:  Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.”  – Gen. William Thornson, U.S. Army
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Sunday, November 10 is the 238th birthday of the United States Marine Corps and it is a fitting time to reflect on the glories, the illustrious history, and the heralded reputation of the Corps. It is also an important reminder of the very real sacrifices generations of brave Marines have endured for this nations freedom.

The Lint Center would like to offer its most sincere thanks and pay the appropriate homage to all Marines and for the everlasting brotherhood the Corps remains – Semper Fidelis!

“You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced to the point of arrogance, that they are the most ferocious fighters on earth–and the amusing thing about it is that they are.” – Father Kevin Keaney, 1st MarDiv Chaplain, Korean War

USA Cyber Warrior Scholarship for IT Security

Last week, ISC(2) in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, revealed the inaugural recipients of the 2013 USA Cyber Warrior Scholarship. The program was developed as a way to provide training opportunities to United States military veterans within the information security field.
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The recipients of the 2013 scholarships are Brian Eighmey, Temecula, CA; Bryan Johnson, Midvale, UT; Regina Porter, Chesapeake, VA; Jacobo Schreiber, Owens Cross Roads, AL; Eric Shaver II, Crossville, TN; and Jacobo Soriano, Fayetteville, NC.

The recipients were chosen from a pool of applicants who had service-related IT experience and expressed a passion for cyber security. Each will have the choice of pursuing one of four cyber certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional, Certified Authorization Professional or Systems Security Certified Practitioner. All expenses associated with earning the certification will be covered by the scholarship.

The USA Cyber Warrior scholarship program was created to meet the demands of the rapidly growing cyber security field. In 2013, Frost and Sullivan, in partnership with ISC(2) conducted a Global Information Security Workforce Study. The study concluded that as the use of BYOD (bring your own device), cloud computing and social media in the workplace grows; the most effective defense against rapidly evolving threats is cyber security professionals.

The findings narrowed in on a specific skill set found to be most advantageous including leadership, communication, and a broad understanding of the security field.  These skills correlate well with those of veterans entering the workforce.

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As stated by Booz Allen Principal Tony Urbanovich, “Veterans have performed tasks in the military that, with additional training, can lead to successful cyber and information security career.”

ISC(2) hopes that their scholarship will not only close a gap in the demand for cyber security professionals but also ease the process for veterans assimilating into the civilian workforce; providing them the training needed to enter a financially and intellectually rewarding field.

Congrats to all the winners!

To learn more about the scholarship, please visit ISC(2).

About the Author: Kathryn Bly is a Lint Center volunteer.


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Must Read: Leadership and Management Lessons Learned

Lint_BookThe Lint Center is pleased to announce that our Chairman and CEO recently published his first book titled, “Leadership and Management Lessons Learned, A Book of Management Vignettes.”

As James R. Lint explains, “The concept of this book is a series of short stories from service in US Marine Corps, Army, government contractors, Civil Service overseas, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Energy (DOE), acquiring MBA, and teaching college at AMU. This book is a total of 38 years in Leadership and Management Lessons Learned.”

Further Lint says, “Lessons can be learned with humor and retrospect. This book attempts to do that and look at the new lessons to be learned for supervisors and managers pertaining to Social Media.”

The Kindle Edition went on sale at Amazon.com on Thursday, October 17, 2013. All profits and proceeds go to the Lint Center for National Security Studies scholarship program. We encourage you to take a look and help spread the word. The book is priced at $4.95 and is available for purchase here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G04EG1E.

Honoring our Gold Star Mothers

Gold-Star-MothersWith loving thoughts and heartfelt prayers, the Lint Center wishes to honor the brave and deserving Gold Star Mothers.

On this day, we pay tribute to these loving mothers of our country’s fallen military heroes.

We, as a nation, should pause to honor those who have given so much.

We pray for hope to fill each Gold Star Mother’s heart, comfort to fill her days, and peace to fill her soul.

A Soldier’s Legacy: Richard S. Eaton Jr

us-flag-capitol-half-staff-737281August 12, 2013 marks the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., a Counterintelligence Special Agent for the US army.  He died due to medical complications following a 24-hour firefight in Hit, Iraq while deployed with the 323rd Military Intelligence Battalion.

Eaton was a highly decorated soldier with awards including the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Expert Marksmanship Badge with bars for rifle, pistol, and grenade.  During his 18 years of Army service, he served tours in Korea, Honduras, Panama, and Iraq.

Eaton dedicated his career to the advancement of Counterintelligence and national security.  Since his passing, his accomplishments have been honored by his family and colleagues.  Eaton’s family established the SSG Richard S. Eaton, Jr. National Security Collection at the University of New Haven’s library in 2003 (http://www.newhaven.edu/library/SpecialCollections/Eaton/).  Just last year, he was honored with a plaque at the US Army Reserve Center Memorial at Fort Meade.

In 2011, the Lint Center for National Security Studies announced an educational scholarship to be annually awarded in honor of this fallen soldier.  This scholarship provides both financial and mentoring support to those who have chosen to follow in Eaton’s footsteps.

zzeaton-richard“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.”

“It has been ten years since he left us, but not a day goes by that doesn’t fail to remind us of who he was, what he did, or what he meant to us. We continue to proudly remember his legacy of service and his many years of friendship.”

A special thank you goes out to the Eaton family for their long time support of the Lint Center’s mission to support the educational pursuits of America’s next generation of intelligence and national security workers.

 

To learn more about SSG Eaton’s life and accomplishments, please visit the links below:

  1. Together We Served
  2. Honor the Fallen
  3. The Courant
  4. Rense

 

*This post was written by Jessica Crawford, a Lint Center volunteer.