Instructor, Cyber Intelligence Initiative
Vangala Ram is an intelligence and Foreign Service professional, retiring from the U.S. Foreign Service as a Senior FSO recently, after a distinguished twenty-seven career, earning several awards along the way, such as the Superior Honor Award (SHA).
Mr. Ram’s tours in the Foreign Service included nine overseas diplomatic assignments in Banjul, Amman, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tunis, Riyadh, Seoul, Cologne, Kabul, and Herat. Some of his key positions included Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), Senior Civilian Representative (SCR), and Office Director for Regional Security and Arms Transfers in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/RSAT).
Mr. Ram served as the Department of State Chair at the National Intelligence University (NIU) and later taught graduate school there for several years. Mr. Ram has served as a Senior Analyst (de facto DNIO), at the National Intelligence Council (NIC), and as a Cyber Subject Matter Expert (SME) at USCYBERCOM.
He is currently an Associate Adjunct Professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and is an active-duty Veteran of DESERT STORM. Professor Ram was an active-duty MI Officer in the U.S. Army for over ten years.
Mr. Ram is married to a fellow FSO at the State Department and his foreign languages include German, Russian, Arabic, and Persian-Farsi. Mr. Ram was one of IWP’s earliest students in 1992.