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Commencement speaker, the Honorable James R. Clapper, Jr., Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, addressed the Class of 2007

A. Denis Clift, President of the National Defense Intelligence College


he National Defense Intelligence College was chartered in 1962 by the Department of Defense to educate government intelligence professionals and to conduct and disseminate research. NDIC reaches beyond the Department of Defense to involve all sixteen agencies and departments that make up the national intelligence community under the auspices of the Director of National Intelligence. As a powerful change agent, the College leads professional development in this national community by awarding graduate and undergraduate degrees in Intelligence. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers a Bachelor of Science in Intelligence and a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence, both authorized in law by Congress. The College prepares intelligence community and combatant command professionals, both civilian and military, to work with skill and dedication in identifying and effectively integrating foreign, military, and domestic intelligence in defense of the homeland and of US interests abroad. The College’s research products, both classified and unclassified, reflect the deep familiarity of graduate students, faculty and research fellows with intelligence targets and with the craft of intelligence collection, analysis and synthesis. College alumni become leaders in the intelligence community, and research produced at the College contributes to more efficient business practices, as well as to greater integration of the community. The National Defense Intelligence College’s dynamic learning community centers around a professionally diverse student body of over 650, representing a balanced mixture of experience in federal agencies and all branches of the US Armed Services. All students are employed in the federal government and hold Top Secret security clearances. The faculty embodies a professional and talented mix of knowledge and experience gained through advanced academic degrees and through senior leadership positions in the national intelligence community. Professors specialize in globalization, asymmetric warfare, social analysis, terrorism, Islam, military strategy, analytic methodology, collection management, science and technology, information operations, and geostrategic studies. The challenges and the opportunities for education in the national intelligence community today are broader and more multifaceted than ever. The College has created three applied academic Centers that specialize in broadening the College’s reach beyond the classroom, bringing a focus on international engagement, scientific and technical intelligence, and on publishing strategic intelligence research through the National Defense Intelligence College Press. The College’s ability to apply education as a powerful tool for a stronger national intelligence community grows from its leading role in reforming intelligence through teaching, research and outreach. The College is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

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