03 February 2015

Austin, Texas – The William P. Clements, Jr. Center for History, Strategy & Statecraft and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin have named Stephen Slick as the inaugural director of the Centers’ joint Intelligence Studies Project (ISP). The program brings together scholars, policymakers and intelligence officials to explore the past, present and future of intelligence and national security. Slick will also serve as a Clinical Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs where he will teach courses on intelligence and national security.

Slick joins UT after serving for 28 years as a decorated member of CIA's Clandestine Service, with extensive experience in the Middle East and Europe. Between 2005 and 2009, he served as a Special Assistant to the President and the Senior Director for Intelligence Programs and Reform on the staff of the National Security Council at the White House.

“Steve Slick for many years served the public with great distinction, both within the Intelligence Community and at the National Security Council,” said UT System Chancellor William McRaven. “Now students and scholars will have the benefit of his sharp analysis, thoughtful perspective and extraordinary experience. It is a major step forward for the ISP and its effort to focus scholarly attention on the role of intelligence.”

Former National Security Advisor Steve Hadley added: "Few people are better positioned than Steve Slick to bring a strategic and historical perspective to the work of the U.S. Intelligence Community. As our nation faces a world of increasingly difficult threats and challenges, Steve Slick will provide an important voice for guiding this work."

The ISP was established in 2013 out of a conviction that the activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community are increasingly important both at home and abroad. While the study of intelligence has been neglected by universities, the ISP aims to remedy that through a host of programs including new classes, research projects, workshops and conferences for scholars and policy and intelligence professionals as well as other public events.

“It is a privilege to have someone with Steve’s background, knowledge and experience on our campus,” University of Texas President Bill Powers said. “With Steve’s leadership, the ISP will make The University of Texas at Austin a premier center for the study of the Intelligence Community.”

Former National Security Agency Director and former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Admiral Bob Inman said: “There has been far too little focus in the academic world on the Intelligence Community and the critical role it plays in our country’s national security. The hiring of Steve Slick to strengthen the work of the Clements and Strauss Centers positions UT- Austin to be the leading academic center on U.S. intelligence.”

The ISP has hosted several conferences, most recently examining the decade since the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 ushered in a sweeping reorganization of the U.S. Intelligence Community, creating the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center. The conference analyzed what lessons have been learned and what challenges lie ahead.

Other ISP conferences have included “The NSA at the Crossroads,” looking at the history and future of the NSA in light of the Snowden revelations, and a unique gathering with the senior staff of the NSA under the Chatham House Rule. This resulted in a spin-off project in which Strauss Center Director Bobby Chesney and Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institution conducted a series of lengthy, on-the-record interviews with NSA staff. More recently, the Strauss Center was selected to host a two-hour workshop on issues involving privacy, technology and security during the 2014 South by Southwest Interactive festival.

Slick received a B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University, J.D. from the UCLA School of Law and Master in Public Policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Slick can be reached at
(512) 471-8936 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law integrates expertise from across the university, as well as from the private and public sectors, in pursuit of practical solutions to emerging international challenges.

The William P. Clements, Jr. Center for History, Strategy and Statecraft is a nonpartisan research and policy center that draws on the best insights of diplomatic and military history to train the next generation of national security leaders.

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