Lt. Col. Robert J. Darling Presents First-Hand Account of U.S. Leaders’ Response to 9/11

University of Mississippi presents free lecture on crisis leadership

OXFORD, Miss. – On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Lt. Col. Robert J. Darling was the only military officer serving as a liaison between the Situation Room, the vice president and the National Military Command Center.

Darling wrote “24 Hours inside the President’s Bunker: 9-11-01 The White House” (iUniverse, 2010), which details his experiences with the nation’s top leaders immediate response to the terrorist attacks. On Tuesday (March 5), Darling shares his firsthand accounts of the crisis leadership decisions made on that infamous day in a free public lecture at the University of Mississippi.Read the story …

National Intelligence Center Named Center of Academic Excellence

Honor places UM among select prestigious universities, provides federal funding

OXFORD, Miss. – It usually takes at least a decade for an academic program to earn recognition for excellence from a nationally acknowledged organization, but the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies at the University of Mississippi has managed to accomplish that feat in less than half that time. The Director of National Intelligence recently designated the CISS as an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence. Along with the recognition that comes with such an honor, CAE schools receive several years of funding from the federal government to develop courses, fund student study abroad opportunities and run conferences and workshops. “I am especially happy about what this means for our students,” said Carl Jensen, CISS director. “It is further validation that the IC approves of our educational model and the recognition will open doors for Ole Miss students in the future.”

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UM Professor Honored for Developing Model Program in Intelligence Studies

OXFORD, Miss. – For students in the University of Mississippi’s competitive Intelligence and Security Studies minor, activities such as networking with leaders of the intelligence community, participating in professional conferences and assisting local police in active investigations are the norm.

It’s hands-on teaching methods like these that earned ISS and legal studies professor Carl Jensen the International Association for Intelligence Education’s 2012 Outstanding Instructor Award. The award, given to one exceptional educator each year, was presented to Jensen, director of UM’s Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, or CISS, during the organization’s recent international conference in Washington, D.C.

“It is evident that the University of Mississippi would not stand today as an emerging leader in intelligence education without Dr. Jensen,” said Carol Boyd, interim dean of the School of Applied Sciences who helped nominate Jensen. “He gives his entire being to the education of students. He elevates his students to a level of critical thinking that transforms their entire approach to academics. Not only is he an outstanding intelligence instructor, he is an outstanding teacher and mentor.”Read the story …

Intelligence and Security Studies Students Recognized for Excellence, Achievements

OXFORD, Miss. – Sarah Dawn Miller, a University of Mississippi student from Clinton, is the recipient of the inaugural John H. Napier III Intelligence Prize awarded by the UM Center for Intelligence and Security Studies.

The prize is to be awarded annually to a graduating senior who has successfully completed the Intelligence and Security Studies minor and who best exemplifies the qualities of outstanding scholarship, excellent character and a strong commitment to service.Read the story …

CISS and London University Directors Co-Edit Book

Beyond-Rationality-BookOXFORD, Miss. – The complex thinking patterns behind dictatorships, suicide terrorism and other irrational choices are examined in a new book co-edited by research center directors at the University of Mississippi and the London School of Economics and Political Science. In “Beyond Rationality: Contemporary Issues” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), scholars from a variety of disciplines – including psychology, philosophy, business and criminal justice – explore the concept of irrationality in an increasingly complex world. Combining both theory and practice, the essays provide useful insights into why citizens often readily support people and systems that ultimately undermine civility and humanitarianism. Carl Jensen, director of the UM Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, and Rom Harré, director of the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the London School of Economics, served as co-editors of the volume. “Rom is a world-renowned scholar in a variety of disciplines, and I was thrilled when he agreed to be an editor,” Jensen said. “As it turns out, he’s very down-to-earth, exceptionally easy to work with and a great storyteller. “In a world that appears increasingly chaotic and unpredictable, understanding the irrational is essential. We hope our book helps provide meaning for those in academe, as well as the general public.” Walter Flaschka, CISS network administrator, designed the cover of the book, which features “The Children’s Khorovod” (also known as “Barmaley Fountain”) photographed by Emmanuil Evzerikhin during the Battle of Stalingrad in World War II. “The statue is based on a poem by Korney Chukovsky about irrational fear and suspicion of the unknown,” Flaschka said. “Evzerikhm’s photograph captures the possibility of innocent and happy life and the catastrophe of war and violence.” Since entering into a partnership in 2009, both centers have sponsored “Beyond Rationality,” a series of conferences that yielded the essays included in the book. The partnership was due in large part to the collaborative work of Marie Barnard, assistant dean of UM’s School of Applied Sciences. “This is an example of how CISS is partnering with the top scholars in the world to collaborate on investigations that delve into issues related to our nation’s security,” said Barnard, who is also executive director of CISS and research assistant professor of health promotion. A senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corp., Jensen served as a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 22 years. In the FBI, he worked as a field agent in the Atlanta and Cleveland divisions, a forensic examiner in the FBI Laboratory and an instructor-researcher in the Behavioral Science Unit. Previous positions Harré has held include distinguished research professor at Georgetown University, university lecturer in the Philosophy of Science at Oxford University and fellow at Linacre College. He has been a leading advocate of psychology as a moral science, pioneering the new approach of positioning theory. Click here for more information on the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies.

MPB: Ten Years After 9-11: How Much Safer?

Ten years ago, the American public by and large had no idea who Al-Qaeda was and what their hatred of the Western world propel them to do. That all changed instantly on the morning of 9-11-2001. MPB’s Sandra Knispel takes a look at how U.S.-focused terrorism has changed in the last decade. Listen to the story

Case of Terrorist Attacks Focus Of Intelligence Center Students


OXFORD, Miss. – A fictional planned series of terrorist attacks against the United States was foiled in part by a group of University of Mississippi students working through a recent intelligence case study.

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Ambassador John Dinger Visits UM For Public Lecture, Class Presentation


OXFORD, Miss. – Ambassador John Dinger of the U.S. State Department plans to discuss national security and terrorism issues Monday (March 8) at the University of Mississippi.

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Software Gifts to Center for Intelligence and Security Studies Provide Competitive Edge for Students

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi students hoping to one day fight terrorism or organized crime will have a competitive edge in the job market, thanks to software gifts from two leading corporations in the intelligence software industry.

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Former FBI Psychologist to Provide Insight into National Intelligence Agency

OXFORD, Miss. – Geospatial intelligence has been used to pinpoint terrorist training camps in Afghanistan, assess the devastation following the Samoan Island tsunami and safeguard such events as the recent presidential inauguration and Super Bowl.


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