WINS Diversity & Inclusion News

Welcome to WINS Diversity and Inclusion News, a weekly electronic publication of the Women in Intelligence and National Security organization at Coastal Carolina University. The goal of this effort is to distribute news and commentary that highlight issues of diversity and inclusion in the intelligence communities of the United States and other countries. It is edited by Ana Maria Lankford, WINS Vice President of Communications.


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 13 – November 26, 2021

FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: “As of 17 November 2021, 50 percent of President Biden’s Senate-confirmed nominations have been women”. However, Senate holds on confirmation hearings are delaying women from filling top national security potions. Read about this story and more in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter.

FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! I hope you all had a restful break before your upcoming finals! You all worked very hard this semester and deserved the week off. On behalf of the executive team, I want to wish you all luck on the last few weeks of the semester. As always, do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have!

SENATE HOLDS DELAYING CONFIRMATION OF WOMEN IN KEY NATIONAL SECURITY ROLES. This article focuses on Senate holds placed on the confirmation hearings for various national security leaders nominated by the Biden administration. This article claims that these holds are particularly frustrating for advocates of gender equality in national security positions, as many of these holds have been placed on women.

U.S. MARINE CORPS RESPONSE TO DIVERSITY DISPARITIES. The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General David Berger, stated that a priority of the U.S. Marine Corps is to “reflect America, and the society we come from”. This comment came after discussing a new plan for diversity improvements in the Corps entitled ‘Talent Management 2030’. Gen. Berger concluded by stating that ‘the core of America’s strength lies in its diversity; the same is true for the military’.

FIRST WOMAN TO GRADUATE FROM THE U.S. ARMY SNIPER COURSE. ​A female U.S. soldier, whose identity has not been revealed, just became the first women to complete the prestigious U.S. Army Sniper Course. To complete this course, a soldier must pass a variety of intense training exercises to include marksmanship, concealed movement, and intelligence preparation.


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 12 – November 19, 2021

FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: In the U.S., women account for less than 13% of all police officers. Find out why, and what is being done to combat this issue in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion News! Additionally, don’t forget to take some time in between the turkey and pumpkin pie to fill out applications for the internship/job opportunities we have listed below!

FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! This was an incredible semester, and I am so happy we got to end it with the potluck! The entire Executive Council is so proud of everyone, and so excited to see you next semester. Before we see you next semester, don’t hesitate to reach out with and questions you may have.”

PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN IN POLICING AT A STANDSTILL. Since the year 2000, the rate of women in state police jobs has only increased by about one percent. This article discusses the challenges women face in the state/local law enforcement field that may account for these low numbers.

GENDER-BASED COSTS DISPARITIES IN THE U.S. MILITARY. This article highlights a unique challenge to women who serve in the U.S. armed forces. Women in the U.S. military sometimes pay up to twice the price their male counterparts pay for uniform upgrades. It was noted that “a woman who has been in the Army for 20 years has likely paid more that $8,000 for uniforms, while a man with the same amount of service has only paid about $3,500”.

FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION. ​Jessica Rosenworcel was recently nominated by President Biden to serve as Chair of the FCC. If confirmed by Congress, she will be the first woman to serve in this position. This article describes some of her goals while serving as chair.


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 11 – November 12, 2021

FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: It is estimated that 100,000 veterans have been discharged from U.S. military service due to their sexual orientation. Find out what the U.S. Navy did this week in to honor a veteran who was wrongfully discharged because of his sexuality in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter.

FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! Thank you all for for such a great meeting on Monday! We can’t wait to see you at our end of the semester potluck this coming Monday at 5:00pm in the Tradition Pavilion. I’m the meantime, please reach out with any questions you may have.

U.S. NAVY NAMES SHIP AFTER GAY RIGHTS LEADER. The United States Navy has just launched a ship named after Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist and Navy veteran. Milk was discharged from the Navy after serving in the Korean War due to questions about his sexuality.

NATO APPOINTS NEW SPECIAL REP. FOR WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY. Irene Fellin was recently appointed as the new NATO Secretary General’s Representative for Women, Peace, and Security. She has previously served in various advisory roles, to include serving as a Senior Gender Adviser for Women in International Security (WIIS).

CALL FOR FEMALE UNITED NATIONS POLICE OFFICERS. Delegates from the UN Security Council have called for more female UN police officers. This serves as an effort of the Council’s greater goal of strengthening the effectiveness of its peace operations. The concept of “gender-responsive” policing is mentioned as a need for the increase in women, as this ensures that different gender- based security needs are met.


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 10 – November 5, 2021

FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: Curious about CIA Director William Burns’ thoughts on diversity in the U.S. IC? Check out this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion News to find out! Keep scrolling for job/internship opportunities, and for important comments from our WINS President.

FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! Everyone here put in a lot of great work into the Career WINdowS Initiative this semester, and we are all so happy that you got to participate! To culminate this initiative, we are having an exciting speaker, so don’t forget about the guidelines for the meeting. The potluck will be on November 15th, so make sure to check the document to see what you want to bring. In the meantime, do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have.

CIA DIRECTOR’S VIEW ON DIVERSITY IN THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. This article reflects upon last week’s House Intelligence Committee’s hearing on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the U.S. IC. This story specifically focuses on CIA Director William Burns’ comments. Burns states that “diversity is a key to the agencies success”.

WOMEN IN THE UNITED NATIONS. During a recent discussion with the UN Security Council, the need to increase the number of women holding top leadership positions within the organization was highlighted. It was argued that women reflected in leadership roles would help promote security for women around the world. During this discussion, the UN Chief stated that “women remain on the periphery of formal peace processes, and they’re largely excluded from rooms where decisions are made”.

GENDER DISPARITIES AND NUCLEAR SECURITY. This article highlights a discussion panel where female experts in the field of nuclear security talk about diversity issues in the field. In this article, the women featured recount their own experiences and describe how these challenges are hindering women from joining the field of nuclear security.


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 9 – October 29, 2021

FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: The principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the United States intelligence community were put to the forefront amidst a public hearing by the House Select Committee on Intelligence. In this special edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter, check out the discussions between US lawmakers and top national security leaders through highlighted stories and transcripts from this hearing.

FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Great Career WINdowS meeting this week! Don’t forget to mark what you are going to bring to the potluck on November 15! In the meantime, please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.

DEFENDING DIVERSITY IN NATIONAL SECURITY. During a congressional hearing on Wednesday, the United State’s top intelligence leaders defended diversity improvement measures in the IC against law makers who claimed that these efforts were a “distraction from core national security priorities”. The Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines rebutted these claims by stating that these diversity and inclusion efforts are “essential to our mission and our values”.

THE U.S. IC IS MORE DIVERSE, BUT STILL FACING CHALLENGES. In the same Congressional hearing held on Wednesday, DNI Haines provided promising statistics on diversity growth within the US intelligence community. Haines stated that minority employment in the US IC went up a half percentage from 2019 to 2020. However, in the same note, Haines pointed to retention and promotion challenges for women and minorities in the IC. Haines declared that “We’ve found that the most common reason people leave the organization is a lack of promotion opportunities”.

HEARING: DIVERSITY, EQUITY INCLUSION IN THE US INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. This link provides the transcripts for all of the statements made during the House Select Committee on Intelligence hearing held this past Wednesday. This hearing focused on diversity and inclusion within the US IC.


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 8 – October 22, 2021

FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: A historic first for the United States: earlier today, the Biden Administration released the first ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality. This document points to the importance of diversifying the U.S. intelligence community. Read about this and more in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter. For notes on a recent Newmark Security Symposium on National Security, Technology, and Society (see WINS President’s comments for more details) click on the attached PDF file.

FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! Great job to everyone in our most recent Career WINdowS meeting! I am excited that in addition to this newsletter we have the opportunity to share with you the details of the 2021 Newmark Symposium on National Security, Technology, and Society! We all had a great time being able to experience this symposium, and are happy that you are also able to get this interesting information. In the meantime, if you are interested in a leadership position in WINS, and have not done so already, please reach out to me to let me know. As always, if you have any questions or concerns before the next meeting, do not hesitate to reach out.

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION RELEASES NATIONAL STRATEGY ON GENDER EQUITY AND EQUALITY. Earlier today, the Biden Administration released the first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality. The document includes an emphasis on increasing gender diversity and inclusion within the intelligence workforce.

FIRST TRANSGENDER U.S. FOUR-STAR GENERAL. Dr. Rachel Levine has just been sworn in as an admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She currently serves as the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health. She is the highest-ranking openly transgender official in the United States.

WHY THE U.S. IC NEEDS DIVERSITY. This article points to evidence that offers insight on the importance of diversity within the U.S. intelligence community. Included in this article, are instances of backlash the U.S. IC has received when moving to promote diversity recruitment.


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 7 – October 15, 2021

FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: From a successful career in the U.S. military, to a successful career running her own private cybersecurity firm, Phyllis Newhouse has become a role model for women and minorities interested in the field of national security. Read about this story, apply for internships/jobs and more in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter!

FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello again WINS! We had another great week of the Career WINdowS Initiative, and I can’t wait to continue this program next week! If you are interested in having a leadership position in WINS next semester, I encourage you to reach out to me (pldanzek@coastal.edu), to let us know. In the meantime, keep applying to the listed opportunities in the newsletter, and please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.

THE SECOND WOMAN TO LEAD THE PENTAGON’S TOP COMBATANT COMMAND. U.S. Air Force General Jacqueline Van Ovost was just promoted as the head of The U.S. Transportation Command. USTRANSCOM is one of the Pentagon’s 11 combatant commands. During her promotion ceremony, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, stated that “there is not a single person out there who is more prepared to lead TransCom than Jackie Van Ovost”.

A FEMALE VETERAN AND HER SUCCESSFUL CYBERSECURITY FIRM. This article tells the story of Phyllis Newhouse, an African American woman who first served her country in the military, and is now serving her country by running her own private cybersecurity firm. In addition, she uses her platform to educate and inspire young women.

NGA EFFORTS TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY RECRUITMENT. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has partnered with the University of Missouri to create a “talent pipeline” that will work to educate students from kindergarten through college on the STEM skills that create successful NGA employees. This pipeline will focus on providing opportunities to minority students.


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 6 – October 8, 2021

FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: Diversity recruitment challenges, motivational speeches, and more is what you can find in the week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter! Don’t forget to keep scrolling for comments from our WINS President and internship/job opportunities (in the email version of this newsletter).

FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: It was great to see you all at WINS this week, and I enjoyed hearing the incredible accomplishments you all have! Before our meeting next Monday, don’t forget to keep applying to the jobs and internships, and follow our Instagram @ccuwins! Please reach out with any questions you may have, and I will see you Monday at 5:00pm!

TOP NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY EXPERT ENCOURAGES WOMEN. This past week, Major General (Ret.) Kimberly Crider, the former U.S. Space Force Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, visited the University of Texas (El Paso) to give a speech on the nation’s cybersecurity needs. In this speech, she encouraged women to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

RECRUITMENT CHALLENGES FOR BLACK POLICE OFFICERS. This article describes the challenges police departments across the United States are having in recent years, when it comes to recruiting African Americans into the police force. A report from the New York Police Department shows a 14 percent decline in black police officers since 2008.

NEW DRESS GUIDANCE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN IN THE U.S. ARMY. Women serving in the United States Army will no longer be required to wear dress uniforms for up to a year after giving birth. Prior to this implementation, there had been no guidance as to how long women had postpartum until they were required to return to regular Army dress standards.


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 5 – October 1, 2021

FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: Interested in advice on how to succeed in the national security workforce? How about some advice from the first female Deputy Secretary of Defense? Read about this, check out internship/job opportunities and more in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter.

FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello Career WINdowS participants! This week, it was great to hear about all the incredible things you have all put in your summary statements! Before we see you next week, make sure to follow our Instagram @ccuwins, and don’t forget to pay your dues to our Treasurer, Hannah Clegg. We are all looking forward to continuing this initiative next week, so please reach out to any WINS executive if you have questions before our next meeting.

DNI AVRIL HAINES: IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY IN THE IC. This past week, the Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, visited Florida International University to discuss opportunities within the United States intelligence community. In her speech, she referred often to the importance of a diverse national security workforce. Haines stated that “we are not going to be able to address the challenges of the future unless we’ve got a talented and diverse workforce”.

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: ADVICE FOR WOMEN INTERESTED IN SECURITY. Deputy Secretary of Defense, Kathleen Hicks, offered advice today for women interested in “following in her footsteps”, in addition to giving a talk on key issues the DoD is facing. Hicks is the first woman to serve in the number two spot at the Department of Defense. Her advice to women interested in the national security workforce included “expect challenges and be passionate about the work they want to do”.

U.S. AIR FORCE INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SPECIALIST SUPPORT DoD INCLUSION INITIATIVE. U.S. Air Force International Health Specialists are working to support the Department of Defense’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Act. The WPS is a law to “promote the meaningful contribution and participation of women in security processes and operations”. U.S. Air Force International Health Specialists are currently serving as advisors, amongst other roles, in order to promote this plan.


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 4 – September 25, 2021

FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: While you were in class this week, your road to serving in top national security positions saw another milestone. President Biden announced his intent to nominate two more women into key national security roles! Read about this story, check out internship/job opportunities and more in this weeks edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter!

FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: It was so great to see you all at another successful week of the Intelligence Careers WINdowS Initiative! Be sure to start working on your summary statement for our meeting next Monday, at 5:00pm, in BRTH 201. If you have not done so already, follow WINS on Instagram @ccuwins, and make sure you pay your dues to our Treasurer, Hannah Clegg! Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns before our next meeting, see you Monday!

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION NOMINATES TWO MORE WOMEN INTO KEY NATIONAL SECURITY ROLES. On Tuesday, President Biden announced his intent to nominate two more women into top national security positions. Shannon Corless was nominated to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis for the U.S. Department of Treasury. Formerly, she served in top roles at the ODNI. Carrie Racci was nominated to serve as the General Council of the Army. She retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel. Notably, she holds a degree in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace.

DIVERSITY IN SPACE: A PRIORITY. Earlier this month, U.S. Vice President Harris attended a conference where the need to diversify the National Space Council’s advisory group was highlighted. The UAG’s Executive Secretary, Chirag Parikh stated that “the goal is to attract a diversity of members from the space sector, which is a priority of the vice president”.

WOMEN IN INDIA CLEARED TO ATTEND ELITE MILITARY ACADEMY. For the first time next year, women serving in India’s military will be invited to participate in entrance exams for India’s elite defense academy. This will potentially open top-raking military leadership roles to women, which have historically been held by men.


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 3 – September 17, 2021

FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: WINS Members, “the heat is on” when it comes to lack of diversity in the military, according to a message issued by the United States Air Force. This begs the question, what exactly is the U.S. Air Force doing to promote diversity within its ranks? Find the answer to this question, internship/job opportunities and more in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter!

FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: It was great to see you all at the first day of our Career WINdowS Initiative! We will continue with the second week of this initiative next Monday in BRTH 239. As a reminder, dues are $10 and they can be paid in cash or through Venmo to our Treasurer Hannah Clegg. Also don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @ccuwins. Until next meeting, please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have!

US AIR FORCE RESPONSE TO DIVERSITY ISSUES: THE HEAT IS ON. The U.S. Air Force has responded to reports regarding the force’s diversity issues. In this response, the Air Force highlights the measures the department is taking in order to promote the importance of diversity and inclusion.

DIVERSITY EFFORTS BY THE FBI. This article discusses a collaborative relationship between the FBI and historically black colleges. Find out how this relationship promotes direct recruitment into positions within the FBI from these universities.

9/11 “BLIND SPOTS” INCLUDE LACK OF DIVERSITY IN THE U.S. INTEL COMMUNITY. This article discusses some of the “blind spots” or shortcomings when it came to U.S. intelligence amidst the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The article suggests that one of these shortcomings was a lack of diversity in the IC. This lack of diversity issue is referred to as an “intelligence gap”.


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 2 – September 11, 2021

FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: We hope you all enjoyed the long weekend, but are just as excited about returning to WINS next week as we are! Don’t miss out on the first week of our new Career WINdowS Initiative, and all of the exciting new internship/ job opportunities that we will discuss. Join us on Monday, 13 September, at 5:00pm in BRTH 239! If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out, see you on Monday!

DIVERSITY ISSUES IN THE U.S. AIR FORCE. A recent report issued by the United States Air Force has revealed multiple instances where women and minorities have been discriminated against. Some of the instances stated in the report include lack of promotions, fewer leadership opportunities, and harsher punishments for infractions.

PUSH FOR DIVERSITY IN CYBERSECURITY. This article discusses a report issued by experts in the cybersecurity field, who recommend actions in order to diversify the field of cybersecurity. Statistics in the report include only 4% of the cybersecurity workforce identify as Hispanic, 9% as black, and 24% as women.

CONGRESS MOVES CLOSER TO INCLUDING WOMEN IN THE DRAFT. Last week, the House Armed Services Committee saw bi-partisan support for a bill that would require women to register with the Select Service System in the United States. The final version of the bill has yet to be published but will be discussed further by the full House and Senate in the next few weeks.

INTERNSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency internship (deadline: 30 September); National Security Agency internship now available (deadline: 31 October).


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 1 – September 3, 2021

FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: Welcome to the first official issue of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter for the fall 2021 semester! Below, you will find critical news stories regarding increasing diversity in intelligence, comments from our WINS president, and internship/job opportunities! See you all at our next meeting on Monday, September 13, at 5:00pm! Have a good Labor Day weekend!

FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Welcome back to WINS! We are extremely excited to have you all with is for this semester. Our next meeting, on 13 September, marks the kickoff of our new Career WINdowS Inititive! So make sure you join us at 5:00pm in BRTH 239. In the meantime, please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have!

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION PUTS EMPHASIS ON A DIVERSE CYBERSECURITY FIELD. In a recent press release published by the White House, the Biden administration discusses the importance of bolstering U.S. cyber capabilities, which includes increasing diversity in the field. This statement also includes many private sector companies vowing to implement programs to increase diversity in their training and employment process.

THE FEMALE SPY WHO HELPED END APARTHEID. This article tells the story of Sue Dobson, who risked it all while spying for the African National Congress (ANC) during the apartheid era in South Africa. Among other things, she engaged in a “honey-pot affair” with a police official, collected information from him, and passed it on to the ANC.

ADDRESSING THE “GAP” FOR WOMEN IN CYBERSECURITY. This article discusses a special conference dubbed “Women in Cybersecurity” which addresses the challenges women face in the field from recruitment to employment, and discusses what efforts can be made to combat these challenges.

INTERNSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Federal Bureau of Investigation jobs and internships now open (deadlines vary); National Security Agency internship now available (deadlines vary).


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 19 – August 14, 2021

FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: Hello all. Below is our last summer edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter. A few reminders, please stop by and see us at our WINS tent at OK Day on Friday, August 20, from 3-7pm! Our first meeting of the semester will be on Monday, August 30, at 5:00pm, in BRTH 239. Additionally, for those interested, FBI Knoxville will be hosting a virtual Diverse Special Agent Recruitment Seminar on September 9, from 6-8pm. Please see this link to register, using your CCU login. We look forward to seeing you all at OK Day and at our first meeting! Have a wonderful first week of classes!

FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! As we are all gearing up for the new semester, it is important to take a moment to recognize the loss of our member and friend, Rae McArthur. Her impact and memory will have lasting impressions on WINS and our department as a whole. As we will see you all in just a few short days, please reach out if you have any questions, or if you need anything at all.

AFGHANISTAN-BORN FEMALE US NAVY INTELLIGENCE OFFICER. This article tells the story of a women who fled from Afghanistan as a young child, only to return as a United States Naval Intelligence Officer. Her story includes her escaping her abusive father at a young age, and joining the United States military.

FIRST BLACK WOMEN SELECTED TO TRAIN FOR FBI SWAT. This video, which was released by the FBI, shows the training of one of the first black females selected for FBI SWAT.

SECRET TRAINING FOR AFGHAN WOMEN BY US MILITARY. *WARNING article contains graphic content​* This article tells the story of a secret program that allowed for the training of women from the Afghan National Army by the United States military. Much of the training remains classified, but it was revealed that these women did receive training in combat roles.

INTERNSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Council on Foreign Relations internship (rolling deadlines); National Security Agency job application (deadline: 2 November 2021).


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 18 – July 16, 2021

FROM WINS PRESIDENT PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS, I hope you are all enjoying your summer! Everyone worked so hard this last semester, so this break is well-deserved. I am extremely excited to be serving as the new President of this amazing group, and we all can’t wait to see you in the fall! In the meantime, please reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have!

INCREASE IN MINORITY EMPLOYMENT IN THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. The Annual Demographic Report Fiscal Year 2020, released last week by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, shows an increase in minorities and those with disabilities working within the US intelligence community. Along with the release of this report, Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines stated that “Promoting diversity and inclusion is fundamental to our democratic values and critical to the Intelligence Community’s mission”.

EQUITY IN NATIONAL SECURITY. In this article, CEO of Girl Security, Lauren Buitta, discusses her efforts to empower the next generation of women working in the national security workforce. She echoes recent comments made by the Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, who highlights the importance of the US IC “reflecting the US population”.

FIRST WOMAN PASSES ELITE U.S. NAVY TRAINING PROGRAM. This article lists and discusses 50 women who are leading the field of human rights efforts. It describes how their efforts have influenced foreign policy and prompted other substantial changes all over the world.

INTERNSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Institute for the Study of War internship (rolling deadline). American Enterprise Institute internship (rolling deadline)..


WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 17 – May 25, 2021

ITALY’S FIRST FEMALE SPY CHIEF. Elisabetta Belloni was appointed to serve as the first female to lead Italy’s secret services. She will lead the agencies that oversee both domestic and foreign intelligence. Formerly, Belloni was the first female to serve in Italy’s highest diplomatic position.

JANINE BROOKER: FORMER SPY WHO FOUGHT SEXISM IN THE CIA. This article tells the story of a successful former female CIA spy, whose career came to an abrupt end after allegations of misconduct from male coworkers came to the surface. Brooker fought these allegations and then went on to become a lawyer. She spent the rest of her career as an attorney fighting sexism in the CIA and other intelligence community agencies. Brooker passed away in early May of 2021.

50 WOMEN LEADING HUMAN RIGHTS EFFORTS AND INFLUENCING FOREIGN POLICY. This article lists and discusses 50 women who are leading the field of human rights efforts. This article describes how their efforts have influenced foreign policy and prompted other substantial changes all over the world.

INTERNSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: DIA Cooperative Education Program (Deadline: 28 May 2021). NSA summer program (Deadline: 31 October 2021). DHS internship (Deadline: 27 May 2021).


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 16 – May 7, 2021

CIA DIVERSITY-CENTERED RECRUITMENT VIDEO RECEIVES CRITICISM. Back in March, the Central Intelligence Agency released a recruitment video that centered on promoting diversity within the agency. The agency, along with the female CIA officer featured in the video have since received extreme backlash as critics continue to scrutinize the video for being too “woke”. The woman featured in the video is a Latina CIA officer. This video is a part of an online CIA initiative to promote diversity within the agency.

WOMAN TELLS HER STORY OF BEING ASSAULTED BY THE SON OF ONE OF THE CIA’S RUSSIAN SPIES. In this article Lisa Sales describes her horrific encounter with the son of one of the CIA’s top Russian spies. In addition to describing the assault, she discusses the challenging legal process of trying to convict someone who may be under the protection of the U.S. IC. The article does state, however, there is currently no proof that the CIA helped this individual “evade punishment”. Sales now uses her platform to advocate for survivors and spread awareness about sexual assault.

GERMAN-BORN JEWS WHO WORKED ASSISTED IN U.S. INTEL MISSIONS IN WWII. This article discusses a group known as “Ritchie Boys” who were a group of German-born Jewish men who served as US military intelligence during WWII. Collectively, they used their knowledge of German language and culture to “gather more than half the combat intelligence on the Western Front”.

INTERNSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: National Military Intelligence Foundation scholarship (deadline: 15 May 2021); NSA internship (deadline: 15 October 2021).


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 15 – April 30, 2021

WOMEN’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. In a virtual conference, a representative from the U.S. Department of Defense discussed how the agency is working to “integrate gender considerations into policies, plans, operations, and training to ensure women participate across ranks within the force”. This article often refers to the DoD’S Women, Peace and Security program as a set of guidelines for these advances. ​

DIVERSITY CHALLENGES WITHIN THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT. This article discusses the pressure being put on the Biden administration to consider diversity when nominating U.S. diplomats. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken recently stated that, “promoting diversity and inclusion is the job of every single member of this department”. He goes on to say that this is “mission critical”. Additionally, this article offers current statistics in relation to diversity within the department.

AIR FORCE GENERAL WRITES ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE. In this article, ​Air Force Global Strike Command Deputy Commander, Lt. General Anthony Cotton discusses how diversity and inclusion impacts U.S. national defense. He states that top U.S. Air Force leadership sees diversity and inclusion as “a warfighting imperative”. Additionally, he states that “diversity will keep us (The U.S.) competitive on a global stage”.

INTERNSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: National Military Intelligence Foundation scholarship (deadline: 15 May 2021); Disney Intelligence internships (deadline not specified); US Department of State internship (deadline: May 4, 2021).


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 14 – April 23, 2021

Hello all! Did you know that if Dr. Stacey Dixon is confirmed by the Senate, the top two highest-ranking intelligence officials in the U.S. will both be women? Have you had the chance to review President Biden’s most recent nominations for key intelligence positions? Read about these stories and find internship/scholarship opportunities in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter!

DNI AVRIL HAINES PUBLICLY SUPPORTS FEMALE NOMINEE FOR PDDNI. In an official statement, the Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, publicly supported President Biden’s nominee, Dr. Stacey Dixon, to serve as the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence. In an official one-page statement released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Haines described Dr. Dixon as a “talented and innovative intelligence professional”. Dr. Dixon currently serves as the Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

DR. STACEY DIXON TO BE HIGHEST-RANKING AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE INTEL PROFESSIONAL IF CONFIRMED. ​If Dr. Stacey Dixon is confirmed by the Senate as the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, she will be the highest ranking African American woman in the IC. Dixon has previously spoken out about the need to diversify top national security roles in the US.

BIDEN CONTINUES TO NOMINATE WOMEN FOR KEY NATIONAL SECURITY POSTS. Over the past week, President Biden has issued his intent to nominate dozens of women to hold remaining top national security positions. The women that Biden has nominated come from various intelligence agencies, both military and civilian. A list of his most recent nominations is presented here.

INTERNSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Intelligence and National Security Foundation scholarship (deadline 11 June); The Bobby R. Inman Award for intelligence students (deadline 30 June); Department of Justice internship (deadline not specified).


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 13 – April 16, 2021

WINS members: Did you know that, if confirmed by the Senate, Christine Wormuth will serve as the first female Secretary of the United States Army? How do you feel about President Biden prioritizing gender parity in upcoming US ambassador nominations? Read about these stories and internship opportunities in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter! -Ana Maria Lankford

WOMEN IN NATIONAL SECURITY GROUP URGE BIDEN TO CONSIDER GENDER PARITY IN UPCOMING NOMINATIONS A PRIORITY. In collaboration with 30 former female ambassadors, the Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS) co-authored a letter asking President Biden to prioritize gender diversity in upcoming ambassadorial nominations.

THE STORY OF AGENT “SONYA”. ​Masking under various aliases throughout her career, Ursula Kuczynski was known as a “first rate spy” during her time serving as a Red Army officer. She had an expertise in radio communications, and conducted her missions all while raising three children.

INTERNSHIPS: Central Intelligence Agency scholarship (deadline: 18 June); National Security Agency internship (deadline: 15 October); National Reconnaissance Office internship (deadline not specified).


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 12 – April 9, 2021

Hello all! In light of this being our WINS President, Riley McCormick’s last official meeting this coming Monday, we would like to like to start this edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter with her final presidential comments. Thank you, Riley for all you have contributed to WINS, and we wish you great success in all your future endeavors! -Ana Maria Lankford

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: Hi everyone! Please come out and join us on Prince Lawn at 5pm this Monday. We are finally meeting face-to-face for the first time in over a year and are super excited to meet some of you all. Also, please RSVP to Piper by this Sunday at 6pm. This week’s event is especially important to me because it will be my last officially WINS meeting not only as the President, but as a true member. WINS has been a major part of my life for the past four years and has prepared me for what I will be doing next, which I am forever grateful for. I would like to thank all of my past and current fellow executives who have trusted me to be their leader, as well as their cohort. I would also like to thank Dr. J for all he does for this organization and putting up with me (he thinks I am a handful for some reason?). This club would not be here without him. Lastly, thank you to all the members and friends I have gained through WINS. I can only hope that I have empowered at least one of you along the way. Please continue to empower the women around you and always be an ally! My number and email are posted below so do not hesitate to reach out to me if ever needed! Thank you all. See you Monday! -Riley McCormick

STUDENTS LAUNCH CONSORTIUM ON WOMEN IN NATIONAL SECURITY: Over the past month, students from the Elliot School of International Affairs, located in Washington D.C., created a consortium for the purpose of promoting women’s involvement in the field of national security. The D.C. Student Consortium on Women, Peace and Security includes collaborative studies from 18 universities. These studies specifically focus on women and gender studies in the field of security, both international and domestic.

OPPORTUNITIES AND OBSTACLES FOR WOMEN: NSA AND CYBERSECURITY: In this article, three women discuss their experiences working at the National Security Agency (NSA) and in the field of cybersecurity in general. These women talk about the strives they have made as women in the field, in addition to sharing the challenges they face being women in a male-dominated field.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN CYBERSECURITY: This article reflects on comments made by top female IT leaders during the Women Leaders in Cybersecurity Webinar hosted on April 6th, 2021. This webinar was hosted by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The women leading this seminar discussed why diversity and inclusion is critical to cybersecurity, and that at this time, women only make up about 14% of the cybersecurity workforce.

INTERNSHIPS: Institute for the Study of War (deadline not specified); Center for Strategic and International Studies (deadline not specified); Central Intelligence Agency internships (rolling deadlines).


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 11 – April 2, 2021

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Defense has an entire program dedicated to the security of women around the world? How much do you know about the importance of diversity in the field of national security? Read about these stories, comments from our WINS president, and internship opportunities down below. Just a reminder, our in-person meeting will be held on Monday April 12th at 5:00pm on Prince Lawn! Don’t forget to RVSP for this event by emailing Piper Danzek (pldanzek@coastal.edu) no later than 6pm on Sunday, April 11th. Hope to see you all there! -Ana Maria Lankford

DoD’S WOMEN PEACE AND SECURITY PROGRAM: ​The United States Department of Defense released a report earlier this week discussing its Women Peace and Security Program. This report includes statements from the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Kathleen Hicks, in which she describes the security of women around the world as a global security issue.

10 NOTABLE WOMEN IN SECURITY: To celebrate the end of Women’s History Month, this article highlights 10 women who made significant advances in information security. This article includes women advancements in national security as far back as WWII.

WOMEN IN CYBERSECURITY: This article discusses the history of women in the cybersecurity field, historically and in present day. In addition to discussing how women have made significant advances in the field, this article highlights the mission-critical importance of diversity in cybersecurity.

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: Hi everyone! Thank you all who showed up last week to hear from our special guest, Dr. Lamesha Craft. I couldn’t have thought of a better person to end off Women’s History Month! Her strides in the IC as an African American woman are very inspirational. On another note, we will see you all Monday April 12th at 5:00pm on Prince Lawn for our first face to face meeting in over a year! We hope you all have a restful spring break and can’t wait to meet some of you. -Riley McCormick

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: FLETC internship (Deadline: 09 April 2021); Center for Strategic and International Studies internships (rolling deadlines); CIA student internships (rolling deadlines).


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 10 – MARCH 26, 2021

Did you know that throughout the month of March, the FBI has been recognizing notable women working within the agency? How much do you know about sexual harassment problems in the U.S. military? Read about these stories, comments from our WINS president, and find internship opportunities in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter! See you all Monday at 5:00pm!

FEMALE FBI LEADERS RECOGNIZED AMIDST WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: ​In light of Women’s History Month, this article by the Federal Bureau of Investigation highlights the achievements and contributions women have made to the FBI. In addition, the women featured in this article offer advice for women interested in careers in the FBI.

PENTAGON FINDS THAT TOP NAVY AUDITOR SEXUALLY HARASSED WOMEN FOR YEARS: The Pentagon’s Inspector General found that former Auditor General of the U.S. Navy, Ronnie Booth, sexually harassed women for 20 years. Booth harassed at least 12 women that worked at the Naval Audit Service during this time.

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE TO HOLD 2021 MILITARY WOMEN’S SUMMIT: On March 25th & 26th, Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi will host the 2021 Women’s Military Summit. The content of the summit will include presentations to inspire women to succeed while in the military and beyond.

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: Hey all! We are hoping you can join us this Monday at 5pm for a special surprise! We will also be discussing the opportunity to meet face to face towards the end of the semester for a fun little gathering. We are sad that the 10 for 10 is coming to a close, but we hope that you gained some valuable information that you will use for the future. See you on Monday! -Riley McCormick

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: DIA internships (deadline: 01 April 2021); FLETC internships (deadline 09 April 2021); CIA internships (rolling deadline).


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 9 – MARCH 19, 2021

WINS Members: Did you know that in the Biden administration’s most recent national security report, increasing diversity within the US national security workforce is considered a national security priority? How much do you know about the role women have embodied in the US military? Read about these stories and internship opportunities down below in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter! See you all Monday at 5:00pm! On behalf of the WINS Executive Council, Ana Maria Lankford.

WHITE HOUSE REPORT POINTS TO NEED FOR DIVERSITY IN INTELLIGENCE WORKFORCE. In the “Interim National Security Strategic Guidance” issued by the White House earlier this month, the Biden administration refers to increasing diversity in the US national security workforce as a national security priority. Additionally, the Biden administration discusses the need to invest in the national security workforce and inspire younger generations to consider this field of work.​

TIPS FOR WOMEN INTERESTED IN US GOVERNMENT CAREERS. In light of Women’s History Month, an article published by ClearanceJobs.com discusses helpful tips as to how women can be successful while looking, and working for government positions.

WOMEN IN THE US MILITARY. This article discusses the important role that women serve in the US military. It provides a brief history of female advancements in the military, in addition to sharing stories of the women who paved the way for women to serve today.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: DIA internships (​Deadline: 01 April 2021); NSA internship (Deadline: 15 October 2021); ​NRO internship (rolling deadline).


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 8 – MARCH 12, 2021

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND FEMALE INTUITION. Intelligence-Israel has collected information from Israel’s most successful women in order to create the worlds first female-intuitive artificial intelligence system. This AI technology will be used to help advance young females in their careers.

MISOGYNIST “INCEL” MOVEMENT GROWING SECURITY CONCERN. Federal officials are beginning to focus on the involuntary celibates or “incel” movement as a terrorist threat. Those involved in the movement are men who resent and target women in their attacks. The movement continues to spread internationally.

WOMEN INTERESTED IN U.S. INTELLIGENCE. This article discusses the organizations and other resources that make a career in the U.S. intelligence community for women possible. Additionally, this article discusses a podcast directed towards women in the intelligence community.

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: Hi everyone! This Monday at 5pm we will be finishing up the resume portion of the 10for10 and moving on to more internship related tips and tricks. Please come with your resume as finished as you can and we can look over it with you. See you all there! -Riley McCormick

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: CIA internship (Deadline: March 15 2021); DIA internships (01 April 2021); NRO internship (no specified deadline).


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 7 – MARCH 5, 2021

March is Women’s History Month! This month, U.S. government agencies from the civilian intelligence community, to the U.S. armed forces are honoring the efforts women have made to contribute to the security, and safety of the United States. Below are some of these stories, in addition to internship opportunities, and comments from our WINS president! See you all Monday at 5:00pm!
On behalf of the WINS executive council, Ana Maria.

WOMEN IN THE AIR FORCE” EXHIBIT SET TO OPEN 05 MARCH. The National Museum of the US Air Force will virtually present it’s newest exhibit “Women in the Air Force” on March 5th, at 6:30pm. This exhibit highlights the history of women in the U.S. Air Force, and their contributions.

INAUGURAL WOMEN’S AIR AND SPACE POWER SYMPOSIUM. In light of Women’s History Month, ​the Department of the Air Force will be hosting a four-day symposium disusing the role of women within the USAF, and the importance of diversity and inclusion. This symposium with start on March 8th.

HONORED FEMALE CODE BREAKER TURNS 100. Julia Parsons, who served as a code breaker during WWII, turned 100 this past week. Parsons worked with the U.S. Navy during WWII to decipher encrypted messages from German U-Boat commanders.

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: Happy Women’s History Month everyone! This month will be filled with stories about women’s significant involvement in intelligence throughout history. Starting this Monday at 5pm, which is also International Women’s Day, we will be discussing many women who have made history within the IC. Keep a lookout on our Instagram and Facebook for other stories as well! We can’t wait to see you all. Have a good weekend! -Riley McCormick

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: DIA internships (deadline 01 April 2021); CIA internship (deadline 15 March 2021); Department of Defense (deadline varies).


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 6 – FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Did you know that the Department of Energy is one of the 18 members of the US intelligence community, and that a woman now leads this agency? Did you know that a woman led significant advances in the National Security Agency’s SIGINT technology? Read about these stories, commentary from our WINS president, and internship opportunities in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter! See you all Monday at 5:00pm!

Female Secretary of Energy sworn in. ​Jennifer M. Granholm was sworn in on Thursday to serve as the US Department of Energy Secretary. She is the second woman in US history to serve in this position. Formerly, she served as the first female Governor of Michigan.

Female CIA officer receives prestigious award. Juliane Gallina, a Chief Information Officer with the US Central Intelligence Agency, was a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient for her contributions to the CIA. This award is given to the most influential leaders in both the private and public sector.

SIGINT Expert, Juanita Moody. This articles tells the story of former NSA cryptographer, Juanita Moody, and her efforts in pushing to advance signals intelligence technology. Moody went on to serve in multiple leadership positions during her time at the NSA. Additionally, Moody became the first recipient of the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Interpol internship (​Deadline: 5 March 2021); SLED internship (Deadline March 2021); Department of Defense Internships (deadlines vary).

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: Hi WINS Members! Join us Monday at 5pm to hear about new internship/job opportunities in the IC and go over the second page of our resumes. Please try and follow the outline Dr. J. has sent out and bring something to share at your desks. We can’t wait to see you 🙂 -Riley McCormick


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 5 – FEBRUARY 19, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Declare All-Male Draft Unconstitutional: A petition created by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has made it’s way to the Supreme Court. This petition ask that the U.S. Supreme Court revisits the United States’ male-only draft policy, and declare it unconstitutional.

Woman Named Vice Chair of Intelligence and Special Operations Subcommittee: Stephanie Murphy, a U.S. representative from Florida, will serve as the vice chairwoman of the U.S. House Intelligence and Special Operations Subcommittee. Murphy formerly worked at the Pentagon under President George W. Bush.

Harriet Tubman Inducted into Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame: Harriet Tubman, a former Union spy who led dozens of enslaved African Americans to their freedom will be inducted into the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame. This comes 150 years after her service.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: NGA internship (sign in with your CCU username); State Department internship (closes February 25 or after first 50 applications); NSA internship.

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: Hello WINS members! Please do not forget to pay your dues in the coming week! We are accepting members and dues until the end of February. Dues are $10 and can be paid by Venmo to Hannah Clegg (@Hannah-Clegg-2) or paid in cash at Dr. J’s office (Brittain Hall 360). This Monday at 5pm we will discuss the first page of your resume and the summary! Please try your hardest to come with at least something for us to review. I look forward to seeing you all! -Riley McCormick


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 4 – FEBRUARY 12, 2021

First Female Deputy Defense Secretary Confirmed: Kathleen Hicks was confirmed by the Senate as the Deputy Defense Secretary on Monday evening. This makes her this first woman to serve in this position. Hicks formerly served as a deputy undersecretary of defense under the Obama administration.

Diversity In the Biden Administration: ​This article discusses the role diversity is serving in President Biden’s cabinet selections. Additionally, this article showcases the background of the first female Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines.

Female and Male Police Officers: ​In this 30 minute podcast, filmmaker Deirdre Fishel describes his discussion with a female police officer about an infamous police shooting. It was from this conversation that Fishel asked himself, “Do women police differently than men”?

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: NGA internship; INTERPOL internship; FireEye internship.

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: Hello WINS members! Please do not forget to pay your dues in the coming week! Dues are $10 and can be paid by Venmo to Hannah Clegg (@Hannah-Clegg-2) or paid in cash to Dr. J’s office! (Brittain Hall: 360). You will receive a receipt via email.  This Monday at 5pm we will be practicing talking about ourselves. So, bring your most impressive qualities and accomplishments! We want to hear EVERYTHING! See you guys there 🙂 -Riley McCormick


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 3 – FEBRUARY 5, 2021

How Feds See Diversity and Inclusion at Work: In a recent podcast, Senior Research Analysts for The Government Business Council discuss results from a recent survey about the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in government workplaces.

​Six Priorities to Revitalize National Intelligence: In a recent opinion article, former National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Letitia A. Long released six priority suggestions for the Biden administration to consider when restructuring U.S. national intelligence. Notably, the sixth suggestion points to diversity needs within the U.S. intelligence community.

Biden Orders New Review of Sexual Assault Policies in Military: ​President Biden’s Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, recently directed the Pentagon to send him their “best plans and practices” to address sexual assault and harassment within the U.S. armed forces.

​INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

NGA INTERNSHIP; ​WASHINGTON INTERNSHIP INSTITUTE; DIA STUDENT INTERNSHIPS/OPPORTUNITIES

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: Hello WINS members! Please be sure that you pay your dues within the coming two weeks. Dues are $10 and should be to our Treasurer, Hannah Clegg. In addition to Venmo, dues can also be paid in cash by dropping it off to Dr. J’s office! (Brittain Hall: 360). You will receive a receipt via email. Thank you and see you Monday at 5:00pm! -Riley McCormick


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 2 – JANUARY 29, 2021

Senate Confirms Avril Haines as First Woman to Serve as Director of National Intelligence : Avril Haines will be the first woman to serve as Director of National Intelligence for the United States. Additionally, she is the first member of President Joe Biden’s cabinet nominations to be confirmed by the Senate.

Biden Takes Steps Forward to Put Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill: ​As an intelligence officer for the Union during the Civil War, Harriet Tubman led dozens of enslaved African Americans to their freedom through the Underground Railroad. Additionally, she became the first woman to lead an armed militia raid.

Online Extremism Expert Says Far Right Has Adapted ISIS Playbook: The ​founder of SITE Intelligence, Rita Katz claims that former President Donald Trump’s “behavior” and “dynamics” on social media are causing a growth of right-winged groups. Additionally, Katz claims these right-winged groups and ISIS have “remarkably similar trajectories”.

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: This month we all witnessed history. Kamala Harris was sworn in as, not only the first South Asian and African American Vice President, but the first female Vice President! Representation is something that WINS cares deeply about and Kamala Harris is representing minorities all over the United States. I am hopeful that the future will allow more women to see themselves in power! Additionally, thank you to everyone who attended our meeting last Monday. It was a great turn out and we hope to see all of you and more at our meeting this coming Monday at 5pm! Also, don’t forget to apply for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Internship (See attached file). -Riley McCormick


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 1 – JANUARY 22, 2021

Biden Continues to Appoint Women to Top National Security Positions. Anne Neuberger, the current director of cybersecurity at the National Security Agency (NSA), has officially been appointed to the position of Deputy National Security Advisor for cyber and emerging technology. Additionally, the Biden administration selected Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall to serve as Deputy National Security advisor and Homeland Security Advisor.

Limited Progress for Diversity Recruiting in the Intelligence Community. While efforts have been made over the past decade to increase diversity within the U.S. Intelligence community, a recent report from the Government Accountability Office has found that these numbers are lower than what federal standards call for.
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New Series Honors Groundbreaking-Female Cryptanalyst. Recently released documentary series The Codebreaker, cast a light into the story of Elizabeth Smith Friedman, and how her work to decode messages for the U.S. government aided in the discovery of a nearly undetectable Nazi spy ring in WWII, amongst other discoveries.