Update: On April 17, 2012, the Pentagon announced that it has nominated LTG Flynn to become the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, an appointment requiring a vote of confirmation by the
The Assistant Director of National Intelligence, LTG Michael T. Flynn, hosted a discussion of intelligence careers in the U.S. government for IWP students on April 4, 2012.
LTG Flynn, who received an honorary doctorate from IWP in 2011, has served in numerous senior military intelligence roles, including Director of Intelligence for the Joint Staff and Director of Intelligence for the International Security Assistance Forces-Afghanistan. He is also the author of a number of essays appearing in Infantry Journal, Joint Forces Quarterly, and Small Wars Journal.
In his remarks to IWP students, LTG Flynn emphasized steps that can be taken inside and outside the classroom to prepare for an intelligence career. He suggested that tightening budgets will lead to further engagement and cooperation between U.S. government employees and the private sector, as well as foreign intelligence services, and noted the need for personnel with adequate language training. He also emphasized the growing importance of cyberwarfare and the need for professionals with applicable experience.
LTG Flynn concluded by noting the need for ongoing self-education via reading, in addition to what is required for academic coursework; he suggested keeping a few books around at all times that will help one attain a wider perspective on intelligence, strategy, history, and world politics in general.