“You’ve made a good decision to study here – to invest in yourself and your career and to broaden your professional horizons,” Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper told the National Intelligence University Class of 2017 at the formal Convocation ceremony marking the start of the new academic year. Attired in academic regalia, with the blue and gold academic hood signifying his status as a 1995 recipient of an honorary Doctor of Strategic Intelligence, DNI Clapper provided keynote remarks highlighting the challenges facing intelligence leaders in the 21st Century. “As you pursue your studies, think about why we do intel…to reduce uncertainty for decision makers, from POTUS in the oval office to a warfighter in an ‘oval foxhole.'”
This was an event with historic significance as the audience – the NIU Class of 2017 – will be the last students to begin study at the current main campus at DIA Headquarters, its home since 1983. Later this year, NIU will move to a beautiful new, purpose-built facility at the Intelligence Community Campus – Bethesda (ICC-B).