Intelligence Experts, Educators to Gather at UTEP


What: International Association for Intelligence Education annual conference, “Expanding the Frontiers of Intelligence Education”

When: May 20-23

Where: Union Building East, UTEP Campus


Keynote speakers including former military and government leaders will tackle a variety of topics critical to the intelligence community in the 21st century during the 9th annual International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) conference starting Monday, May 20, at The University of Texas at El Paso.

This four-day event, themed “Expanding the Frontiers of Intelligence Education,” brings together about 150 of the leading intelligence educators and trainers from around the world. IAFIE is the top academic organization in this highly specialized field.

Among the speakers scheduled are Caryn Wagner, former Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis, and Brig. Gen. Linda Urrutia-Varhall, director of intelligence at U.S. Southern Command.

More than 30 panel presentations are scheduled, including “Teaching Denial and Deception,” “Ethical Challenges in Cyber-Security Education,” “Teaching Criminal and Financial Intelligence,” and a special senior leader panel “Security Along the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Local defense, intelligence and security agencies will attend.

This is the first time the conference has been in the Southwest and only the second time it has been staged west of the Mississippi River. Among the reasons the association agreed to conduct its conference in El Paso was because of the community’s importance as a security corridor for the nation and the University’s focus on intelligence, defense and security studies, said Larry Valero, Ph.D., associate professor of security studies at UTEP. Valero is a member of the organization’s board and led the effort, with the help of UTEP President Diana Natalicio and Patricia Witherspoon, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts, to bring the conference to El Paso.

“National defense and border security are a burgeoning aspect of what we do at the University,” Valero said. “I hope we can open a lot of eyes by highlighting what (UTEP’s Intelligence and National Security Studies program) do here.”

For a complete conference schedule, please click here.