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NIU Current Events

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NIU Opens Innovative, Unclassified Research Lab in Washington, D.C.

In a research lab above a Chevy Chase Cheesecake Factory and a T-Mobile, students, government employees, and experts from industry and academia are attempting to address some of the nation’s most pressing technological challenges.While the collaboration is inspired by a goal to strengthen partnerships in the National Intelligence Strategy released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) ...


DNI Haines kicks off NIU’s 2024 Academic Year

The National Intelligence University Convocation and Installation of President Ceremony on August 25 marked the beginning of the academic year and formally installed Dr. John Ballard as NIU’s next president. More than 150 new students attended the convocation ceremony and over 700 intelligence and national security professionals began classes this fall at NIU’s main campus and academic centers...

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Featured Research Publications

Research Shorts are a cross between conventional intelligence products and the shorter academic papers published by universities and think tanks. Research Notes fuse current events with a research insight. Though most of our Research Shorts and Research Notes appear within government channels, those below have cleared for public release.  Articles are presented in PDF Format.

Integrating GenAI and Strategic Foresight for 21st Century National Security

Today’s political leaders are using military force as a go-to solution for geopolitical disputes in Ukraine, Gaza, and beyond. This assertiveness is not confined to isolated regions; it is an emergent global phenomenon. Victory in these and future conflicts requires pivoting to a foresight-based approach that informs strategies rooted in a deep understanding of complex global dynamics. Building a generative-artificial intelligence (GenAI)-powered “cognitive operating system” to navigate uncertainty can harness GenAI’s ability to synthesize vast arrays of data into coherent, actionable insights. Integrating GenAI with strategic foresight will bolster the US national security ecosystem’s capacity to think, act, and adapt in an unpredictable, ever-changing global landscape.

Pursuing Geopolitical Advantage? China’s Search for Military Allies

China’s leaders apparently see their partnership-focused foreign policy strategy as adequate, but that view may not hold indefinitely. Strategic competition with the United States and its allies, even now, is beginning to expose the limitations of Beijing’s partnerships. If, as many theorize, China were to attack Taiwan, would it not be best prepared for success by seeking military alliances beyond its sole currently...

(Re)defining Warning

This Research Short looks to reignite debate on how the IC defines warning and several terms associated with it in the context of intelligence. The term has been used inconsistently over time and across intelligence organizations, and past definitions have often presented limited views of the concept. To ground the discussion, this Short will note problems arising from how the IC has defined the term across history ...

I want to ensure that NIU operates as the academic hub for the Intelligence Community (IC) and broader Federal Government, preparing intelligence and national security professionals to be tomorrow’s strategic leaders.

Dr. John R. Ballard
President, National Intelligence University
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