On 13 November, IWP’s student chapter for the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) traveled to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) in Northern Virginia to learn about its mission, how it facilitates counterterrorism strategy, meet with an IWP alum who currently works there, discuss career opportunities, and tour the 24-hour operation center.
Students met with NCTC Executive Director Celia Durall, who gave an overview of the center and the state of U.S. counterterrorism today. Then a former colleague of Prof. Aaron Danis, who arranged the visit and worked at the NCTC from 2007-2018, gave a master class on national strategy development using the newest (and declassified) counterterrorism strategy as a point of reference.
An IWP alum from the class of 2009 then came in and discussed how IWP prepared him to enter the Intelligence Community, and how it still helps him in his current job as a supervisor for NCTC domestic representatives around the country, an important position that supports State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial authorities and first responders. The visit finished in the high-tech NCTC operations center, where students asked questions about its considerable responsibilities keeping the entire U.S. government informed on terrorist threats on a 24-hour, 365-day-a-year basis.
“These trips are unique among area universities,” Prof Danis said. “They don’t happen without the proactive support of IWP Career Services Director Derrick Dortch, who handles the considerable logistics. The students are fortunate that he advocates for them at IWP.”