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 was edited by Ana Maria Lankford from January 2021 until April of 2022. It is currently edited by Sierra Mason.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – vol.4, no.1 – 8 July 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, SIERRA MASON: On June 24th, 2022, the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision was overturned by the US Supreme Court. In this special edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter, read about how this decision is already affecting government employees, members of the military, and more. We hope your summer is going well and look forward to seeing you all soon!
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, CASEY MAZZONE: Hello WINS! I hope everyone is having a safe, relaxing, and fun summer! Due to recent events, the WINS Executive Council wanted to make our members aware that we are here for you! If anyone needs emotional support, please feel free to reach out to any WINS executive. We will see you all for the fall semester!
LIMITED ABORTIONS WILL CONTINUE ON DOD BASES DESPITE ROE V. WADE REVERSAL. Read here to learn about the Pentagon’s announcement to still allow abortions for those in the military (following Title 10 of the US Code) in states that have elected to ban them.
FEDERAL WORKERS GET SICK LEAVE FOR HEALTH TRAVEL WITH ROE VOIDED. The Office of Personnel Management released a document following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, allowing federal employees to use sick leave when traveling for medical care. Read more about this in the article below!
OVERTURNING ROE: WHAT MIGHT THIS MEAN FOR MILITARY CULTURE? This article was written prior to the landmark decision, but explores the possible implications that overturning Roe v. Wade could have on military culture in the United States. Also covered in this article are challenges that women in the service face while seeking out abortion care like gendered stereotypes, stigmas, and Title 10 of the US Code.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – vol.3, no.16 – 30 April 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, SIERRA MASON: A number of senators introduced a new bill over the week that will change the way sexual harassment cases in the military are handled if passed. Read about it and more in the final WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter of the semester. Don’t forget to apply to internships and jobs in the email version of this newsletter, plus check out some final thoughts from our graduating executives! Best of luck as we begin finals week! For all our graduates, we wish you the best in your future endeavors and thank each of you for all that you’ve done for WINS!
PIPER DANZEK, WINS PRESIDENT: Hello WINS! I am so grateful to have spent the last six semesters with you all, I could not have asked for a better organization to be such a huge part of my life. This organization, and everyone in it, has made me so proud to be part of it, and I know that you will all continue to be incredible. While I’m sad to say goodbye to leading WINS, I know that this organization is being left to great and capable leaders. But as always, you can all always reach out to me if you need anything!
JARED GOTT, VICE PRESIDENT: The past two years being the WINS Vice President has brought me so much happiness and joy. Not only did our members become dedicated, they became fighters to promote women’s inclusion in the IC. This has brought me so many opportunities I would’ve never thought I could do in undergrad. Piece of advice moving forward. Don’t quit. If you want change in your life -in our case the IV- don’t give up. Change will happen. Just be patient and don’t let an opportunity slip. Thank you for everything, all. – JG
HANNAH CLEGG, FINANCE OFFICER: WINS has been a highlight of my college career the last two years, and I’m very glad I got to be part of this group! Its grown so much, and I have no doubt you all will continue to carry it forward. -Hannah
ANA MARIA LANKFORD, COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER: WINS members, it’s been such a pleasure to be the editor of your weekly newsletter each week for the past three semesters. I am so fortunate to have been a part of the team that started this important project. I am absolutely honored to have been a leader of this incredible organization and I am proud to have known you all! I look forward to seeing the monumental impact this organization will make on the on the future of the U.S. intelligence community! Take care, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if I can ever do anything for you! Ana Maria—out!
FBI LOS ANGELES DIVERSITY AGENT RECRUITMENT EVENT. For those searching for a job, the FBI Los Angeles field office is holding a virtual Diversity Agent recruitment event on May 4th.
TRIBUTE HELD FOR MADELINE ALBRIGHT. This article relays a tribute to Madeline Albrigh,t led by President Joe Biden and former Presidents Obama and Clinton. The video in the article also shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tribute to her. Albright was the first female secretary of state and was hailed for her support of democracy and human rights.
SENATORS INTRODUCE NEW ACT TO REMOVE SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASES FROM THE MILITARY CHAIN OF COMMAND. Senators from California, Hawaii, New Jersey, and New York introduced the Sexual Harassment Independent Ivestigations and Prosecutions (SHIIP) Act. This bill would require sexual harrasment investigations and prosecutions to be handled by a new special trial counsel rather than the military chain of command.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – vol.3, no.15 – 22 April 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: We’ve talked about it all semester, but just how important is mentorship in the IC? Read about this story and view job/internship opportunities in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter.
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! It was great seeing you all participate in our off-campus meeting on Monday, I know I had a lot of fun with you all! Don’t forget that our potluck is this Monday in the Tradition Pavilion! As always, don’t hesitate to reach out. See you all Monday!
FBI DEPUTY DIRECTOR’S REMARKS TO NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVES. On Wednesday, Deputy Director Paul M. Abbate of the FBI addressed the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives regarding challenges faced in law enforcement from the Bureau’s perspective. In his speech, he notes the progression of diversity initiatives from 1972 to present day.
USAID HAS A NEW (AND FIRST EVER) CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER. Last month, the US Agency for International Development’s first chief diversity officer was sworn in, with the duty to oversee the agency’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility efforts. This article includes an interview where chief Nenah Diallo talks about her new position and goals for the agency.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTORSHIP FROM GREAT WOMEN IN NATIONAL SECURITY. This article explores the 2022 Women in National Security (WINS) Media Festival that occurred in March. This includes the Lipstick Mafia Networking and Mentoring Event, attended by the WINS Executives. Also included is advice from Deputy Assistant Secretary Annette Redmond and Sergeant at Arms Lt. General Karen Gibson about why mentorship is important.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – vol.3, no.14 – 15 April 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: The Biden Administration launches a new diversity action plan for the US federal government. How will this improve diversity and equity within US intelligence agencies? Read about this story and view job/internship opportunities in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter.
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! I hope you all have a nice long weekend! Don’t forget, we will not be meeting in our regular location, but we will be in downtown Myrtle Beach for our last meeting before the potluck! As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have!
BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ISSUES DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. The Biden Administration released an action plan on Thursday, aiming to increase diversity across the federal government. This plan is to ensure that all agencies within the federal government are actively engaging in initiatives that promote diversity amongst the workforce. An example of this includes creating diversity and inclusion offices within agencies.
PERSPECTIVE ARTICLE: BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN. This article questions the US federal government’s ability to follow through with the Biden Administration’s action plan for diversity, by offering examples of times that agencies have neglected diversity issues.
US AIR FORCE AND SPACE FORCE TO ALLOW UP TO 35 DAYS OFF FOR FERTILITY TREATMENTS. On Wednesday, the US Air Force and the US Space Force announced that service members will be allotted up to 35 days off to seek treatment from fertility specialists. It was noted that this special leave period would not count against regular annual leave time. This policy was created in coordination with the USAF’s Women’s Initiative Team.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – vol.3, no.13 – 10 April 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: If confirmed by the Senate, Admiral Linda Fagan will become the first woman to lead a US military branch! Read about this story and more in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter. Don’t forget to apply to the internship/jobs and see commentary from our president down below!
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! As a reminder, please do not forget to let us know if you are unable to make it to our meeting on April 18, as we only have one more meeting before that! Until then, keep applying to the opportunities listed here. As the semester is nearing its end, do not hesitate to reach out to any WINS Executive for any reason!
PRESIDENT BIDEN NOMINATES FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD A MILITARY BRANCH. On Tuesday, the Biden administration announced the nomination of Adm. Linda Fagan for Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. If confirmed by the Senate, Fagan will be the first woman to lead a US military branch.
THE WOMEN WHO FOUGHT AGAINST THE TALIBAN. This article shares stories of the Afghan women who fought the Taliban alongside US Special Forces. These women and other Afghan refugees will soon be offered permanent residency in the US for their efforts.
THE FEMALE SPIES WHO HELPED WIN WWII. This article highlights the 39 women affiliated with the UK’s Special Operations Executive. This was a top-secret espionage organization based in Europe during WWII. These women are accredited with being some of Europe’s most fruitful spies during the war.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – vol.3, no.12 – 2 April 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: In this special edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter, the WINS Executive Council has prepared statements highlighting key takeaways from the “Lipstick Mafia” networking event we attended a couple of weeks ago in Washington, D.C. Check out the brief statements from each of your executives to see what current intelligence and national security practitioners have to share with the future generation! Don’t forget to apply to job/internship opportunities and view important comments from our WINS President down below!
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! I hope you are all had a great week since we saw you last! We are fast approaching our April 18 date for our program in downtown Myrtle Beach, so I hope you are just as excited as I am for it! Don’t forget to keep applying to the included jobs and internships. As always, reach out with any questions or concerns you may have!
PRESIDENT PIPER DANZEK: Don’t be discouraged from talking to and asking advice from people in the intelligence community. We spent much of that weekend speaking with high-ranking intelligence practitioners and it paid off with all the connections we made for WINS. They are just as excited to talk to future intelligence professionals as we are to talk to them!
VICE PRESIDENT JARED GOTT: As a male, the biggest take away I got from the event was to always be a mentor and one that others can look up to. Not even necessarily up to, but someone people can rely on and trust. Women throughout the IC look up to those who are allies. Us –allies– are helping change the future for a better, more diverse, and inclusive environment for all.
FINANCE OFFICER HANNAH CLEGG: The relationships in the IC are key to getting things done! Networking is not just used to find jobs but to connect between agencies and specialties. The group we met with can get important things done behind the scenes because of their friendships. Working with people in different fields helps each side improve and gain skills from the other.
RECORDS OFFICER CASEY MAZZONE: It was inspiring to hear the importance of mentorship in the IC as this aligns with the WINS organization’s mission! We are very lucky to have connections with the IC as members of WINS. My advice based off this experience is to take advantage of these connections!
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER ANA MARIA LANKFORD: Mentorship is perhaps our greatest asset as aspiring intelligence professionals. There are so many people working or have previously worked in intelligence that are willing to help the next generation succeed! My advice based off this experience, especially to the freshman and sophomores in WINS; seek out a mentor! For example, don’t be afraid to ask for advice on an internship application from your professors. They are here to help!
RECRUITMENT OFFICER ALEXA McMICHAEL: This opportunity at the “Lipstick Mafia” event gave me plenty to take back and share with the rest of WINS! Some of the best advice I gathered from this event is how important it is to get involved and make connections! Every WINS member is already doing this by participating in our meetings, but don’t stop there! Always go the extra mile by speaking in club meetings, volunteering for projects, or even applying to be an executive!
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – vol.3, no.11 – 25 March 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: Agent 355, the alleged female member of the Culper Spy Ring. Did she exist? Read about this story and more in the weeks edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter. Don’t forget to apply to the job/internship opportunities we have in the email version of this newsletter.
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! Thank you all for another great meeting! As you have heard, last week your executives spent some time attending networking events in order to make some connections to the IC for all of our members! So we were all very excited to include some of the wisdom shared with us there. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have!
DEFENSE DEPARTMENT RE-INSTITUTES COMMITTEE ON WOMEN IN THE SERVICES. Earlier this week, the Department of Defense announced the re-institution of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. According to Secretary of Defense, Lloyd J. Austin, the committee will work to “address issues impacting women’s service in the military”.
BLACK WOMEN PAVING THE WAY IN NATIONAL SECURITY. This article highlights the careers of ten black women who are serving in prominent positions in the fields of national security and foreign affairs. Many of these women are the first black women to hold their positions.
AGENT 355: A FEMALE SPY IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR? This article tells the story of Agent 355, an unconfirmed female operating in the Culper Spy Ring during the Revolutionary War. Did she exist? Historians are not sure.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – vol.3, no.10 – 18 March 2022
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! I hope you all had a great week! As a reminder, make sure you keep your attendance up this semester in order to come to our end of semester event. We will see you all on Monday! As always, reach out to any WINS Executive if you have any questions or concerns!
BIDEN ADMINISTRATION: EQUAL PAY IN THE FEDERAL WORKFORCE. Earlier this week, the Biden Administration announced new action to close gender and racial wage gaps. Wage disparities within the federal workforce, including the field of national security, were specifically mentioned.
UKRAINIAN WOMEN ON THE FRONT LINE. This article shares stories and experiences from women who are currently serving in various military and paramilitary roles in Ukraine. This article features a Ukrainian woman who just a few weeks ago, worked as a makeup artist. She now serves in combat on the front lines of the Russian-Ukrainian War.
OPINION: MEDIA PORTRAYAL OF WOMEN FIGHTING IN THE UKRAINE. This article offers perspective as to how the media portrays the women fighting in the Ukraine by claiming these women are going viral for “all the wrong reasons”. The article argues that these viral stories may be portraying a stereotypical narrative of women in conflict.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 3, No. 9 – March 11, 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: This past week, we celebrated International Women’s Day! This week’s stories pay tribute to that day, which is designed to celebrate women’s achievements. We hope you’ve had a good spring break, and we will see you on Monday.
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! I hope you are all enjoying your break, and missing WINS as much as I am! When we return, we will continue with our security programming for this semester. But as always, please reach out to any WINS executive with questions or concerns you may have. See you Monday!
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY. In honor of International Women’s Day, the U.S. Department of Defense released an article highlighting advancements the department has made over the past year in increasing opportunities for women and promoting security for women.
THE WOMEN FIGHTING FOR UKRAINE. As the Russo-Ukrainian War draws on, Ukrainian women continue to join the ranks in the fight against the Russian invasion. This article features stories from women serving on the front lines.
THE U.S. AIR FORCE: RE-EXAMINING POLICIES THAT DETER WOMEN. The U.S. Air Force will be looking into gender-specified policies that may be deterring women from entering the force. An example of a gender-specific policy mentioned is pregnant women being required to sign a waiver before enlisting.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 3, No. 8 – March 4, 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: Happy Women’s History Month! This edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter highlights advancements for women serving in the field of intelligence and/or security. We hope you all have a safe and relaxing spring break!
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! I hope you all have a great Spring Break, take this time to relax and apply to some of the opportunities that are in this newsletter! After the break, we will continue with our operational security program this semester. As always, do not hesitate to reach out to any WINS executive with anything you may need.
BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ON WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH. In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Biden administration acknowledges its achievements and continuous goals for women in the United States. Achievements acknowledged in this statement include highlighting the first female Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines.
WOMEN IN THE U.S. MILITARY: THEN AND NOW. This article describes how roles for women in the U.S. military have developed throughout history. The article demonstrates how roles for women have expanded from treating wounds and cleaning uniforms, to serving in combat on the front lines.
HALF OF LATEST RECRUITS TO MI5 ARE WOMEN. For the British equivalent of the FBI, 50% of the most recent recruits have been women. Currently, women make up around 47% of the MI5 staff.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 3, No. 7 – February 25, 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: Ukrainian women on the front lines amidst a Russian invasion is the featured story of this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter. Read about this, apply for internships/jobs, and read important comments from our WINS president down below.
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! Thank you all again for the great meeting this week! Make sure you keep your attendance up as we go through this semester. As always, please reach out to any WINS Executive with any questions or concerns you may have.
UKRAINIAN WOMEN DEFENDING THEIR NATION. This article highlights the women in Ukraine who have chosen to fight against the invading Russian forces. The women in the article discuss their reasoning for joining the fight and how they are viewed by their male counterparts.
FEMALE SPIES OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR. This article highlights the most influential female spies of the American Civil War. The women featured in this article are credited with revealing battle plans, passing crucial messages, and more.
US ARMY INTELLIGENCE TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY. This article describes diversity efforts promoted by US Army intelligence. When speaking about diversity, commander of the 309th Military Intelligence Battalion, Lt. Col. Dartanion Hayward stated that “action drives change, not thought”.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 3, No. 6 – February 18, 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: “Women in the military around the globe” is the theme for this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter. Keep reading to find out how female Ukrainian soldiers are preparing for potential escalation amidst the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Don’t forget to apply for the advertised jobs/internships and review comments from our WINS president down below!
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! I think it is safe to say that we had a great meeting this week, and our executive team is all looking forward to the next one! Do not forget to pay your dues as soon as you can and follow us on Instagram @ccuwins. As always, do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything before our next meeting!
US AIR FORCE: MULTIPLE WOMEN ON TRACK TO BECOME FIRST FEMALE LEADER OF A US MILITARY SERVICE. The US Air Force reported this week that there are multiple women in senior level positions considered “highly competitive” to potentially serve as the first-female Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The selection process will begin in the next 12-18 months. To date, a woman has not served in such a senior military position in any branch of the US military.
UKRAINIAN WOMEN ON THE FRONT LINES. Since military reforms were established in the Ukraine back in 2014, women’s roles in combat have increased. Women now make up about 15% of the Ukrainian military. This article talks about how the role women in the military will develop if the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine were to escalate.
LIMITATIONS FOR KUWAITI WOMEN IN COMBAT ROLES. This article discusses the restrictions Kuwaiti women in combat roles face after recently being allowed to participate in these roles. Limitations include not permitting women to carry guns, requiring permission from a male guardian to enlist in combat roles, and being required to cover their hair while serving.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 3, No. 5 – February 11, 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: Long-time national security professional, Jessica Lewis is the woman in charge of overseeing the U.S. State Department’s security aid to the Ukraine. 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! We had a great second meeting of the semester! Keep up your attendance and make sure you get your dues in soon! In the meantime, reach out with any questions or concerns you may have!
U.S. LAWMAKERS PRESS FOR INFORMATION ON DIVERSITY IN NATIONAL SECURITY. Lawmakers in the U.S. are pressing the Biden Administration for details on how the administration intends to increase diversity and inclusion in the national security workforce. This comes after the administration released a memo last February, directing intelligence agencies to increase diversity recruitment.
THE WOMAN BEHIND U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT’S AID TO UKRAINE. Jessica Lewis, the assistant Secretary of State for the department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, is overseeing the distribution of security aid to the Ukraine amidst the Russia-Ukraine conflict. This article highlights Lewis’ background and her thoughts on diversity in top national security positions.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION: A NECESSITY IN U.S. MILITARY. In this article, published by the Department of Defense, a senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense, Bishop Garrison, highlights continuing diversity recruitment efforts in the U.S. military. Garrison stated that 41% of the U.S. military identifies as a minority group and this number is “expected to grow”.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 3, No. 4 – February 4, 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: 85% of those selected for new key positions in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) identify as female. 50% identify as black. Read about this interesting story, apply for internships/jobs, and see important comments from our WINS President down below!
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS!! I am so glad that we are all back together for WINS this semester! This is going to be a great semester and I am excited to be able to share it with you all! As we get this semester started, don’t forget to keep applying to all the opportunities listed in this newsletter. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have!
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMIN (NOAA) WELCOMES MOST DIVERSE LEADERSHIP TEAM IN AGENCY HISTORY. Earlier this week, the US environmental intelligence agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announced new members in key leadership roles. NOAA has called this “the most diverse leadership team in agency history”. 50% identify as black, and 85% identify as women.
WOMEN IN POLITICAL AND SECURITY LEADERSHIP. This article talks about the history of US policies in promoting women in government leadership positions. In addition, the article focuses on current policies and women-led organizations that seek to support gender-equity in politics.
US DEFENSE DEPARTMENT “SEEKING PATHWAYS” FOR WOMEN IN THE MILITARY. This article, published by the US Department of Defense, discusses the diversity-centered measures the department is conducting in order to promote equity and inclusiveness in the US military. An example of this, as discussed in the article, begins with strategic recruitment in which gender diversity is considered.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 3, No. 3 – January 28, 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: The WINS Executive Council is excited to welcome you back to our first meeting this coming Monday, January 31st at 5:00pm! (BRTH 239) In the meantime, check out articles, internship/job opportunities, and important comments from our WINS President in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter.
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! We are all so excited to be able to have out first meeting of the semester this coming Monday on 31 January, in BRTH 239! We hope to see you all there, as we have a lot of fun things planned for this semester. As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns in the meantime.
CYBERSECURITY: LEAST DIVERSE IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: The federal cybersecurity workforce has become known as the least diverse among professions in the federal government. This article describes the challenges the federal cybersecurity field has experienced in efforts to promote diversity.
DIMINISHING BARRIERS: WOMEN IN THE MILITARY: This article highlights groups within the United States military that focus on the progression of women in the military. Their efforts include promoting diverse recruitment and aiding military women in reaching their “full potential”.
FEMALE PROTESTORS THREATENED IN AFGHANISTAN: Under the Taliban rule in Afghanistan, female protestors fighting for working and education rights have reported that women involved in the protests have gone missing. This is after a video surfaced online of an Afghan woman pleading for help after claiming the Taliban entered her home. She has not been heard from since.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 3, No. 2 – January 22, 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: On the one-year anniversary of the Biden administration’s assumption of power, today’s featured article reviews the diversity and inclusion efforts made by the administration in the field of national security over the past year. Read about this and more in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter! Please refer to comments from our WINS President about our upcoming meeting.
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! Our Executive Council hopes you are all having a great start to the semester. We are looking forward to seeing you on 31 January in BRTH 239. Make sure you are still applying to all the opportunities listed below. Please reach out to any WINS executive if you have any questions or concerns! See you all soon!
ONE YEAR OF PRESIDENT BIDEN: DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION EFFORTS. A report produced by the White House encapsulates the diversity and inclusion advancements for government agencies that the Biden Administration has implemented during its first year in office. This report discusses diversity advancement efforts such as the formation of the first White House Gender Policy Council and the publication of the first National Gender Strategy.
224-YEAR-OLD US NAVAL WARSHIP SEES FIRST WOMAN IN COMMAND. Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell has become the first woman to command the USS Constitution since its creation 224 years ago. She assumed this new position after a change of command ceremony held earlier today.
WOMEN IN CYBERSECURITY: LOWERING THE GENDER GAP. This article highlights gender disparities in the field of cybersecurity when it comes to women. A heavy focus on gender gaps in the field by global location is presented in this article.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 3, No. 1 – January 14, 2022
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: Hello and welcome back to our returning members! Please take a moment to read the latest on diversity in national/international security and refer to comments from our WINS President below for important meeting updates! We look forward to seeing you all at our first meeting on Monday, January 31st!
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! I want to welcome you back for the Spring Semester! I hope you all had a great break and are ready for this exciting semester. We can’t wait to see you all on Monday, 31 January, in BRTH 239! In the meantime, please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have, and don’t forget to check out our Instagram @ccuwins.
THOUSANDS OF FORMER FEMALE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENTS TRAPPED IN AFGHANISTAN. Thousands of women who previously worked for The National Directorate of Security (NDS), an Afghan intelligence agency, are stranded in Afghanistan and say, “they fear for their lives”. The NDS was disbanded shortly after the Taliban assumed control of the country in August of 2021. The unnamed former security officer mentioned in this article states that the Taliban continue to hunt her and thousands of other women who had previously worked for the agency.
ISRAEL BREAKS UP ALLEGED FEMALE IRANIAN SPY RING. Intelligence agencies in Israel have claimed that they have broken up an Iranian based spy ring working in Israel that directly recruited women. Four women of Iranian descent living in Israel have been arrested after being accused of working with their Iranian handler to collect information on various Israeli security and diplomatic facilities. The women involved claim they had no intentions of harming Israel’s security.
U.S. ARMY HAS NEW OFFICE TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION. This article highlights a new office set up by the U.S. Army’s Human Resources Command dubbed the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Workforce Development. The goals of the establishment of this new office are discussed in depth in this article.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 16 – December 17, 2021
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: Today we are sharing the story of Josephine Baker, an African American woman who spied for the French during WWII. Baker was just awarded a prestigious honor by the French government for her contributions to intelligence during the war. Read about this story and apply for new internships/jobs down below. Don’t miss the deadlines for applications!
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! I hope you are having the relaxing break that you deserve! We are all eager to see you next semester and get to work on our next program. Before we see you next, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have!
FIRST BLACK WOMAN INDUCTED INTO FRENCH PANTHEON AS A WWII SPY. Josephine Baker, an American woman who spied for the French in WWII, has just been inducted into the French Pantheon. She is the first black woman to have been awarded this honor. Baker used her career as a cabaret dancer as a cover for her double life as a French spy.
NEW HEAD OF THE BRITISH ARMED FORCES SEEKS TO EMBRACE DIVERSITY. The new Chief of Defense for the UK’s armed forces, Admiral Tony Radakin, gave a speech in which he pointed to the importance of a diverse military. Adm Radakin stated that the British military needs to “reflect the diverse nation it serves”.
WHY DIVERSITY MATTERS IN CYBERSECURITY – BUSINESS INTEL. This article focuses on the need to diversify the cybersecurity field in business intelligence. It focuses on the benefits that a diverse cybersecurity team can provide to businesses.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 15 – December 10, 2021
FROM WINS VP of COMMUNICATIONS, ANA MARIA LANKFORD: We hope you all have a happy and safe winter break. We will continue to send you our newsletter throughout the break, so make sure to use some of your newly found free-time to apply for the various internship/job opportunities we have listed for you. *Please be aware that some of the news stories listed below contain content relating to sexual violence.*
FROM WINS PRESIDENT, PIPER DANZEK: Hello WINS! I hope your finals week wasn’t too stressful! We want to wish you all a great winter break, you deserve the time off after this semester! We will see you soon, but as always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.
AGREEMENT REACHED BY CONGRESS TO MITIGATE SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY. As a part of a broader new defense bill, Congress has reached an agreement to improve the way sexual assault cases are handled in the military. According to this agreement, military commanders will no longer handle the prosecution in cases of sexual assault, murder, rape, domestic violence, etc.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE STATEMENT SUPPORTING DIVERSITY EFFORTS BY PRESIDENT BIDEN. The U.S. Department of Defense recently released a statement showing their support for efforts by the Biden Administration to promote diversity and women’s safety in national and international security.
WOMEN WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER FOR THE DRAFT. During congressional discussions regarding a new defense bill, the portion that would require women to register for the Selective Service System in the U.S. has been dropped. These discussions have been ongoing since 2015.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 14 – 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. 13 – 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. 12 – 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. 11 – 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. 10 – 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. 9 – 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. 8 – 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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. 7 – 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. 6 – 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. 5 – 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. 4 – 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. 3 – 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.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 2 – 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.
WINS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 2, No. 1 – 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.
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.
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.
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.