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Beyond unique and innovative courses, students in the Intelligence and Security Studies program have a variety of extracurricular opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills as intelligence and security professions.

Unique Experiential Opportunities

CIB Students (Added 8/10/2021) MCD

The Chanticleer Intelligence Brief (CIB) is an experiential, peer-mentoring activity that immerses students into the activities of a simulated intelligence agency, with a functional chain of command, a mission, as well as a scope that changes every semester in light of domestic and worldwide developments. It also publishes weekly and semi-annual publications, hosts a television and podcast show, and facilitates the CIB Tactical Analysis Group, which facilitates “deep-dives” into pressing matters in domestic and international affairs. Learn more about the CIB at

The Coastal Law Enforcement Analysis and Research (CLEAR) group is an experiential activity that allows students to provide direct intelligence support to local law enforcement organizations.

National Intelligence Studies (NIS) in Washington, D.C. is a three-week “study away” program in Washington, D.C. conducted in the summer to allow students to engage with Intelligence Community organizations, think tanks, and universities. Past trips have featured site visits to elements of the Intelligence Community, the Pentagon, Policy Think Tanks, and the U.S. Congress.

STRATCOM Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance (DAAA) is an initiative designed to promote interaction between U.S. Strategic Command and academia in order to glean insights from academic research and to promote interest in the field of deterrence among undergraduates.

Study-abroad program in Cyprus and Greece is a highly-successful month-long trip enables undergraduate students to examine, on location, the geopolitical complexities of the Balkans and the Middle East, while simultaneously broadening their cultural horizons and engaging with very different cultures, such as the majority-Muslim population of Northern Cyprus.

Student Organizations

WINS Women in National Security Icon (Added Sept 2018)Women in Intelligence and National Security (WINS) was founded at CCU in 2016 as the first undergraduate student-led group of its kind in the nation. The purpose of WINS is to educate men and women about the importance of inclusion and diversity in the US Intelligence, National Security, Military and Law Enforcement Communities through constructive dialogue. Learn more about this organization at


The National Security Club (NSC) is a professional development organization that provides opportunities for students to prepare forIntel Security Studies Block (Added 8/13/2021) MCD careers in security-related fields. The organization hosts a speakers series that connects practitioners and students to discuss opportunities and strategies for career advancement.

The Order of the Sword and Shield (OSS) is a national honor fraternity for high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of intelligence, homeland security, and emergency management. Learn more about this organization at




Journal of European and American Intelligence Studies
Journal of European and American Intelligence Studies (added 9/20/2021) MCD

Joe Oestrich
Interim Chair 
Intelligence and Security Studies 

Kelly Burton
Administrative Specialist
Intelligence and Security Studies