National Intelligence: Art or Science?

The Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, the Croft Institute for International Studies, and the Department of Political Science will offer a lecture by national security and intelligence experts Gregory F. Treverton, Ph.D., and Wilhelm Agrell, Ph.D., entitled “National Intelligence: Art or Science?”.

The lecture takes place on April 15 at 7:00 pm in the Johnson Commons Ballroom. Dr. Treverton is a national security and intelligence expert and senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. He previously served as the vice chair of the National Intelligence Council and as a National Security Council staff member.

Dr. Agrell is a professor at the Research Policy Institute at Lund University and was appointed Sweden’s first professor of intelligence analysis. Together, they recently wrote a book, National Intelligence Systems: Current Research and Future Prospects. Light refreshments will be served at lecture.

Gregory F. Treverton, Ph.D.


Gregory Treverton is director of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Global Risk and Security.  Earlier, he directed RAND’s Intelligence Policy Center and its International Security and Defense Policy Center, and he was associate dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School.    His recent work has examined at terrorism, intelligence and law enforcement, with a special interest in new forms of public-private partnership.  He has served in government for the first Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, handling Europe for the National Security Council and, most recently as vice chair of the National Intelligence Council, overseeing the writing of America’s National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs).  He holds an A. B. summa cum laude from Princeton University and an M.P.P (Master’s in Public Policy) and Ph.D. in economics and politics from Harvard.  His latest books are Intelligence for an Era of Terror, Cambridge University Press, 2009; Film Piracy, Organized Crime and Terrorism, (with others) RAND, 2009; and Reorganizing U.S. Domestic Intelligence:  Assessing the Options, RAND, 2008. (March 2010).

Wilhelm Agrell, Ph.D.

Professor in Intelligence Analysis at the Research Policy Institute, Lund University, Sweden and guest professor at the Swedish National Defence College.