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 Unveils July Scholarship Competition


The Lint Center for National Security Studies is pleased to unveil two merit-based scholarship opportunities for its upcoming July 2013 scholarship competition. The recently announced scholarship opportunities will provide $2,000, participation in its widely herald mentoring program from experienced national security practitioners, as well as a complimentary annual subscription to STRATFOR, the leading provider of unparalleled geopolitical intelligence, analysis, and forecasting.

The deadline to submit applications for the following scholarships is July 31, 2013:

–   Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship ($1,500)

–   Virginia & Frank Misselhorn Scholarship ($500)

Winning applicants will be afforded an experienced national security practitioner-mentor, either connected with the winner’s field of interest or otherwise able to guide them in their path in choosing a field. With over 200 mentors, the Lint Center is well positioned to match emerging leaders with practitioners and other individuals who can provide the feedback, context, and contacts to expedite the development as well as streamline the learning curve of mentees. For more information about the Lint Center’s Mentoring Program, please visit this link.

The Lint Center Scholarship Review Committee evaluates applicants on the strength of their academic records, essay on Counterintelligence or National Security, personal essay, resume, recommendation letters, and the likeliness and extent to which the applicant will take advantage of the opportunities afforded to them by the Lint Scholarship award and mentorship offering. To view the official requirements and to submit an application, please visit: To review the requirements and to submit an application, please visit this link.

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The Lint Center for National Security Studies has awarded 28 scholarships since 2007 and focuses on awarding merit-based scholarships for National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding. The Lint Center is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charity, and it is Veteran and minority operated and managed. It offers scholarships semi-annually (twice a year, in January and July). For additional information, please visit or follow the Center on Twitter @LintCenter.

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.