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 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”.
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 (email@example.com) 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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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”?
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.
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.