IAFIE Virtual Conference Schedule

Day 1 – Wednesday, June 5

9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Welcome, Barry Zulauf, IAFIE President
9:15 AM to 10:15 AM – Keynote, Rear Admiral Gene F. Price (ret.), Frost Brown Todd
10:15 AM to 10:30 AM – Break
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – Intelligence Education: Where We've Been, Where We Are, and Where We're Going

  • William Spracher, retired, Professor of Strategic Intelligence and Director of the Writing Center at the National Intelligence University; editor American Intelligence Journal

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM – AI in Education

  • John Borek, Seth Marcotte, University of New Hampshire. “Evaluating the Use of Large Language Models in Analysis and Implications for Policy and Education”

  • Gordon R. Middleton, Patrick Henry College. “AI – Tools for Accelerating Learning”

2:15 PM to 2:30 PM – Break
2:30 PM to 3:45 PM – Teaching and Using OSINT

  • Jeffrey Mader, Penrose Institute. “Reducing heuristic-driven outcomes in Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) training through the application of a structured reflective debriefing process"

  • Katherine Reid, Florida State University. “Teaching OSINT Ethically: The Fish Tank Model”

  • Jessica Freeman, Charles Sturt University. “Public OSINT v. Government or National Security OSINT”

3:45 PM to 4:00 PM – Break
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – President's Address, Barry Zulauf, IAFIE President

Day 2 – Thursday, June 6

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM –

  1. Disinformation, Digital Literacy, and Threat Intelligence          

    • Catalin-Andrei Chirita, Cristina-Daniela Harangus, Constantin-Marius Aradan, West University of Timisoara. “Digital Battlegrounds: Investigating Disinformation and Propaganda in the Russo-Ukrainian and Israel–Hamas Conflicts on Social Media”

    • Morgan Saletta, University of Melbourne. “Disinformation, Misinformation and Malign Influence: a crucial component of the Intelligence Studies curriculum”

    • Tosca Chirco, Mercyhurst University. “Digital Literacy for Tomorrow's Cyber Threat Intelligence Analysts: Incorporating Technical Cross-Training into Curriculums to Defend Democracy”

  2. Strategic Intelligence

    • Brian Harte, Charles M. Russo, St. John's University . “Strategic Intelligence Curricular Design: Pragmatic Approaches for Attaining Learning Objectives in Baccalaureate Degree Programs”

    • James Burch, Casey Skvorc, David J. Kritz, James Hess, and Keith Ludwick, American Public University. “A Case for a Doctorate in Intelligence: A Model from the American Military University’s Doctorate of Strategic Intelligence”

    • Avner Barnea, University of Haifa. “Israeli Intelligence was Caught Off Guard: The Hamas Attack on 7 October 2023--A Preliminary Analysis”

10:15 AM to 10:30 AM – Break
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – Structured Analytical Techniques and Large Language Models for Decision Support

  • Andrew Macpherson, University of New Hampshire

  • Mark Bailey, National intelligence University

  • Frederic Baron, National intelligence University

  • John Borek, University of New Hampshire

  • Katharine Cunningham, University of New Hampshire

  • Chris Linebarger, University of Massachusetts Lowell

  • Bridget Nolan, University of New Hampshire

  • Kathy Pherson, Pherson Associates

  • Jennifer Rose, Wesleyan University

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM –

  1. Adversarial Uses of ChatGPT and Its Connections to the Terrorist Attack Cycles

    • Ryan P. Boyle, Jake R Wunder, Ana Jeranashvili, State University of New York, Albany

  2. Intelligence Education Learning Outcomes in an Age of Distraction

    • Michael Landon-Murray, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. “The View from the Top: IAFIE Presidents on the Organisation and the Field”

    • Mark Feulner, Suzanne Steel-Claridge, Banyon Pelham, Florida State University. “Improving Metacognition Using an Infused Critical Thinking Pedagogy”

    • Colonel Ditebogo P.  Mashigo, Stellenbosch University. “Educational Standards for an Intelligence Studies Curriculum”

2:15 PM to 2:30 PM – Break
2:30 PM to 3:45 PM –

  1. Threat Intelligence

    • Catalin-Andrei Chirita, Cristina Harangus, Constantin Aradan, West University of Timisoara. “Unveiling the Veil: Analyzing the October 2023 Security Breach in Taliban-Dominated Afghanistan”

    • Caitlyn Colavita, University of New Hampshire. “Insightful Shadows: Decoding Threat Group Intelligence Capabilities”

    • John Comiskey, Monmouth University. “The Extremism-Terrorism Continuum: Implications for Intelligence Studies”

  2. Beyond the Intelligence Curriculum

    • Netanel Flamer,  Bar Ilan University. “When area studies intersect with intelligence studies”

    • Robert Hicks, University of New Hampshire. “Intelligence Capabilities of Governing Sports Bodies: An Analysis of Professional Leagues”

    • Jordan Jackson, Stephen Coulthart, University of Albany. “How to Get an Internship in Intelligence: A National Survey”

3:45 PM to 4:00 PM – Break
4:00 PM to 5:15 PM –

  1. Applied Intelligence Education

    • Joseph Gartin, George Washington University. “The Space Between: Intelligence Practitioners as Intelligence Educators”

    • Renzo Nucci, Katherine Reid , Audrey Heffron-Casserleigh, Florida State University. “A Student Centric Approach to Intelligence Analyst Training”

    • Zachary Prisk, Mercyhurst University. “From Classroom to Client: A Student-Centric Exploration of Applied Intelligence Projects”

  2. Cultural Bias and Intelligence Education

    • Saba Sattar, Institute for World Politics. “Addressing Cultural and Cognitive Biases in Intelligence Studies”

    • Holly O'Donald, Mercyhurst University. “Cases of Cultural Sensitivity to Violent Groups: Ethics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies”   

Day 3 – Friday, June 7

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM –

  1. Defining Intelligence             

    • Frederic Baron, National Intelligence University. “Why REdefine Intelligence?”

    • Bob de Graaff, Universiteit Utrecht. “Intelligence processes at the crossroads: looking for new directions or re-discovering old ones?”

    • Andrew Macpherson, University of New Hampshire. “A Typology of Entities Practicing Intelligence”

  2. An Interview with John Gentry

    • Interviewer: Carol Choksy, Indiana University, Bloomington

10:15 AM to 10:30 PM – Break
10:30 AM to 11:45 AM – Author's Roundtable, Charles Gallagher, Boston College

  • 8-10 minutes per presentation; 25 minutes for Q&A

  • Katherine Hibbs Pherson: Randolph H. Pherson, Ole Donner, Oliver Gnad, Clear Thinking: Structured Analytic Techniques and Strategic Foresight Analysis for Decisionmakers (Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2024).

  • John M. Weaver & Jennifer Pomeroy: Intelligence Analysis and the United States: Threats to the Hegemony (Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2024).

  • Mark Stout: World War I and the Foundations of American Intelligence (Lawrence KS: University of Kansas Press, 2023).

  • John A. Gentry: Neutering the CIA: Why US Intelligence Versus Trump Has Long-Term Consequences (Estes Park, CO: Armin Lear Press, 2023).

  • Netanel (Nati) Flamer: The Hamas Intelligence War Against Israel (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, January 2025).

11:45 AM to 1:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM – Association Annual Meeting


The conference will be hosted in Eastern Standard Time (EST).  If you have any questions, please reach out to Craig Gruber, IAFIE Vice President and Chair of the Scientific Committee at VP@IAFIE.org, or cgruber@american.edu.