IWP students often go on to become leaders in the national security, intelligence, and international affairs communities. This section highlights and celebrates their achievements and shares other relevant news.

Jarrod McDowell at Commencement in 2017

Alumnus Spotlight: Jarrod McDowell (’17), NGA Analytic Editor

Above: Jarrod McDowell (third from right) with other members of the Class of 2017 Please note: The statements made in this article do not reflect the official positions of NGA, DoD, or the U.S. Government. Jarrod McDowell (’17), an analytic editor at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), still has recordings of lectures from courses he…

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Haroon Hakimi

Haroon Hakimi (’20) appointed Deputy Minister for Culture and Arts of Afghanistan

Above: Haroon Hakimi (’20) (center) at a ceremony introducing him as Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister for Culture and Arts. Haroon Hakimi, who received his Executive Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from IWP in 2020, has just been appointed Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Tourism of Afghanistan. In this position, Haroon’s portfolio…

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IWP Class of 2021

Perspectives from the Class of 2021

During what would have been their Commencement week, members of the Class of 2021 reflect on their experiences at IWP. IWP plans to celebrate their achievements with an in-person ceremony this September.  Congratulations to the Class of 2021! “IWP provided me with the necessary skills to understand the threats of the modern day and taught…

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2021-22 SGA

IWP students elect 2021-22 Student Government Association Board

This April, IWP students elected officers for the 2021-22 Student Government Association Board. The officers will begin their duties on May 16 and will continue until Commencement on May 14, 2022. President: Kyle Kessler Kyle was raised in the Bay Area and graduated from Cornell University where he majored in Information Science. Upon graduation, Kyle…

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Sean Honesty (’23) awarded the inaugural IWP Alumni Scholarship

In fall 2020, a group of alumni came together to establish the first IWP Alumni Scholarship. In a matter of weeks, the alumni exceeded the initial goal of $5,000, and they ultimately raised $12,141.66 for the scholarship. The first recipient of this scholarship will be Sean Honesty, who will join the Master of Arts in…

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General Raymond Odierno, LTC Gavin Rice, Dr. John Lenczowski

Lieutenant Colonel Howard (Gavin) Rice (’14): U.S. Army Strategist

Above: Gavin Rice at IWP Commencement in 2013. He is pictured with General Raymond Odierno, who is now retired from the U.S. Army and serves on the IWP Board of Trustees, and Dr. John Lenczowski, founder and President of IWP.  “IWP helped me understand that execution without a strategy, direction without a clear vision, and…

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Shining Path Wargame

IWP students play in Peru counterterrorism wargame

“As a Sendero Luminoso player, I felt that any move I made had a cost. Either I lost combatants, or I gained territorial control over the Peruvian government. Overall, I feel like strategy is key to terrorism operations, and any move you make is either your salvation or your defeat.” – Frederic Taly, insurgent player…

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How to Start at Private Investigation Business

IWP student writes book on “How to Start a Private Investigation Business”

IWP student Edward Panico recently wrote a book entitled How to Start a Private Investigation Business: A Proven Blueprint for Success, which was released in January. Edward is the founder of Lynx Security Group, a private investigation, security consulting, and training company, and he has worked both domestically and abroad in intelligence, investigations, and security…

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