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IWP and TrapWire announce selection of first Brian Kelley Counterterrorism Interns

Due to the nature and scope of the Institute’s curriculum and its reputation in the intelligence community, TrapWire, Inc. has selected IWP as its exclusive source of candidates for a new counterterrorism analysis internship, named in honor of IWP adjunct professor Brian Kelley.  Professor Kelley is best known for his course entitled “Case Studies in Counterintelligence Operations,” drawn from decades of experience in the intelligence community and his own experiences at CIA and with the USAF.

Today, TrapWire announced its reluctance to hire only one intern, so strong was the finalist pool.  Instead, the company has selected and hired three IWP students and will bring all of them in for the summer: one of whom is a candidate for a Master of Arts degree in Statecraft and National Security with a specialization in Intelligence;another of whom is an M.A. candidate in Strategic Intelligence Studies; and Amanda Williams, a Graduate Certificate candidate in Strategic Intelligence Studies.

This unique summer internship, a first of its kind for the company and for IWP, is named in honor of one of IWP’s leading counterintelligence experts and well-known professors who has devoted more than 40 years of his life in service to the CIA and the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Professor Kelley introduced TrapWire to IWP during a recent visit by Dan Botsch, Executive Vice President of TrapWire, who attended Kelley’s anniversary briefing on the Robert Hanssen case, commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hanssen’s arrest.  So impressed by IWP was Botsch, that he decided to explore the possibility of establishing a paid internship in counterterrorism.

The outcome: ten qualified IWP students experienced a rigorous interview process for an inaugural internship opportunity.  Dan Botsch managed the selection process with the assistance of IWP’s Director of Professional Affiliations, Linda Strating.

“It was a difficult decision to make from among ten such outstanding candidates,” said Mr. Botsch, who also indicated that all of the students were excellent examples of the “rigorous professionalism” which characterizes the IWP education. “IWP presented us with ten outstanding and dedicated young Americans.  We really could not go wrong with any of them, and found it virtually impossible to choose just one. We are grateful to IWP for this collaborative effort and the enhanced opportunities we’ll soon employ in the unique markets we serve.”    

TrapWire, Inc. was founded in 2004 to design, build and deploy counterterrorism technologies and services for the protection of critical infrastructure and personnel. The genesis of the company lies in a project initiated in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The objective of this project was to develop a capability to help prevent such calamities from occurring in the future. This project evolved into TrapWire’s flagship product, TrapWire for Critical Infrastructure, and its related methodologies and supporting capabilities.  The company’s headquarters are located in Reston, VA.