Dr. Donovan Chau, professor of political science, at California State University San Bernardino has two projects coming to fruition in April 2014.
Description: Exploiting Africa, the Influence of Maoist China in Algeria, Ghana and Tanzania.
As the book will illustrate, China in the past meddled in the affairs of Africa, in places like Algeria, Ghana, and Tanzania. It did so for self-interest, for the benefit of the Communist Party of China, specifically its leaders’ strategic objective, which was to demonstrate influence in the world, that is, power in international politics. Though its material resources were scant in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, China nevertheless used them, in addition to devoting time and attention to Africa. It was a Meddling Dragon.
China was not required to devote time, attention, and resources to Africa. But it did, in Algeria, Ghana, and Tanzania, especially. China skillfully used its limited diplomatic, intelligence, and economic means to gain traction on the continent. It sought influence through a combination of means – through shaping perceptions, developing personal relationships, and providing tangible assistance.
There was a rhyme and reason to China’s early approach to the continent. And that rhyme and reason remains much the same today. Viewed in the broader historical and strategic contexts, China’s current presence in Africa demonstrates continuity with the past rather than a renewed focus. This book contributes vitally to the discourse on Sino-African history and adds to the contemporary strategic understanding and debate about China in Africa.
The Chinese arrived on the African continent without fanfare, yet maintained an active and influential presence, a presence which ultimately was more pragmatic than revolutionary. Though often couched in ideological rhetoric, China’s behavior in Africa in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s demonstrated goals and actions of an aspiring great power in the world. Contemporary China receives much more attention in Africa, as it does everywhere else around the world. Nevertheless, it is crucial to understand the nature and character of China’s historical actions on the African continent in order to properly grasp its future policies. Rather than merely looking forward, one must look backward to comprehend the true nature of China in Africa.
Description: China and International Security, History, Strategy and 21st-Century Policy
China’s future role will have profound implications for international security.
The first work of its kind, this strategic assessment of China’s national security reveals the nation’s intentions, capabilities, and threats—and their implications for the United States and the world.
As China continues to develop the strategic means to advance its national interests in Asia and around the world, assessing its role in international security is the greatest strategic challenge now faced by the United States and its allies. China and International Security facilitates this critically important understanding, analyzing topics that range from strategic geography and orientation to gender ratios. Using detailed case studies and sharing expert insights, the work provides historical, internal, and contemporary analyses that reveal the nature and character of China’s national security.
This three-volume set is written for scholars, students, and policymakers. The volumes offer in-depth articles penned by intelligence professionals and journalists, as well as entries by scholars in fields as diverse as international politics, history, and strategic studies. While other works may attempt to predict the future of China’s rise or the nature of China’s future bilateral relationships, none so thoroughly examines the totality of China’s domestic, regional, and international security—and their implications.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Cal State San Bernardino a grant for $485,000 to help the university further develop its cyber security and intelligence programs to help meet the expected demands for more cyber security experts.
“It is estimated that the U.S. will need 4 million cyber security professionals by 2017,” said Tony Coulson, a professor of information and decision sciences. Coulson and Mark Clark, professor of political science, were awarded the funding to create new degree programs in their respective departments.
A bachelor of science degree in cyber security and a master of science degree in national security studies with a concentration in cyber security have been created and should come online next year. The undergraduate degree has been approved while the master’s program is still under the review process through the California State University Chancellor’s Office.
Clark and Coulson are now developing the degree curriculums. Through their contacts in the cyber security community, and the Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence, they hope other universities across the nation will model the CSUSB programs.
What separates these degrees from others, Clark and Coulson said, is that most programs either specialize in the technical field of cyber security or in the analytical field of national security and intelligence. The Cal State San Bernardino programs combine the two for a new way to integrate technical and analytical writing skills.
The two professors said that students graduating from these programs will be trained to communicate technical information to non-technical people in such a way that it can help them make appropriate decisions.
“Students who embark on careers in this field can provide sound analytic advice,” Clark explained.
Cyber security is a field that is still fairly new, yet in high demand, said Coulson. Policy makers, intelligence agencies, leaders in private industry, and state and local governments can all use cyber security experts.
Without these new programs, students currently have to go through two programs to be qualified in cyber security and intelligence.
“We had one student go through both of our programs,” Clark explained. “He got hired by the Department of Homeland Security to work with its special group working on cyber defense of the U.S. infrastructure.”
Clark and Coulson are looking for “students from many disciplines, [students] who want to be on the cutting edge.”
With the demand for cyber security analysts on the rise, students will have the opportunity to take advantage of these degree programs.
“I‘ve been out telling the folks about our new program,” explained Coulson, speaking of the anticipation of employers desperate for well-trained students. “The question is not why, but rather when. They need the talent now.”
For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.
On Friday September 27, 2013, the National Security Studies Graduate Director, Dr. Mark Clark, held a program orientation for incoming graduate students. Dr. Clark discussed the different courses of study available to students within the program. Dr. Clark also discussed several new program developments including concentrations in African Security and Cyber Security. Opportunities to study foreign language and obtain internships in connection to our new multimillion dollar grant were also discussed.
Summer Intern Program: DIA’s Summer Intern Program provides promising undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in the areas of analysis, research, report writing, oral briefings, policy development, program management, and computer applications related to the intelligence field. Interns are appointed for a 10-week period from June through August, as full-time, temporary employees. All interns must be granted a security clearance and successfully pass a drug screening test prior to being made a final offer.
Deadline: October 31, 2013
More information on these internship opportunities can be found at: http://www.dia.mil/careers/students/summer-intern-program.html
Graduate Studies Program: For graduate students who focus primarily on international affairs, languages, economics, geography, cartography, physical sciences and engineering; other majors may be accepted Should be entering their first or second year of graduate studies in an accredited college or university. Active participation in projects with potential to have work disseminated throughout the Intelligence Community
Deadline: October 15, 2013
Graduate Scholar Program: For students that are entering graduate school, current graduate students, or doctoral students. Financial need as demonstrated by the household income ceiling up to $70,000 for a family of four, and $80,000 for a family of five or more. Annual salary, federal benefits package, and up to $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, fees, books and supplies Paid transportation between school and the Washington, DC area each summer, plus housing allowance Must agree to continue employment with the CIA after college graduation equal to 1.5 times the length of sponsorship
Deadline: October 15, 2013
More information on these internship opportunities can be found at: https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities
Graduate Mathematics Program (GMP):In the Graduate Mathematics Program (GMP), you’ll collaborate with top mathematicians and statisticians in the country, solving problems critical to the success of our missions. You’ll have the opportunity to learn and develop cryptomathematical theory and to apply the theory to operational problems. GMP participants work together on problems involving mathematics, statistical, data analysis, cryptology and communications technology. Students document their work in technical papers which are internally published at the agency. State-of-the-art computing resources are available, as well as computational software packages, such as Mathematica, MATLAB, Magma MAPLE, and S-PLUS R.
Deadline: October 15, 2013
Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance (SIP/IA): Working at NSA as a Summer Intern provides an opportunity for you to accelerate your career in the field of Information Assurance (IA). You will be involved in information operations that protect and defend the Nation’s top-secret information and information systems, as well as providing for restoration of information systems by incorporating protection, detection, and reaction capabilities.
Deadline: November 15, 2013
Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT): Spend your summer at NSA further developing your technical skills. As an Intern Analyst to the Operations Research, Modeling and Simulation Group at NSA, you’ll learn how to apply scientific and quantitative methods to develop innovative solutions to unconventional problems exclusive to the Intelligence Community.
Deadline: November 15, 2013
Cyber Summer Program (CSP): The Cyber Summer Program (CSP) is the National Security Agency’s (NSA) premier outreach effort to the very best undergraduate and graduate computer science, engineering, mathematics, network security and information assurance students in the country. Each summer we invite up to 16 exceptional students to participate in a 12-week program where they work together, and in teams, directly with NSA technical professionals on mission-critical cyber-related problems.
Deadline: November 15, 2013
Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP): In the Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP), you will gain first-hand experience in critical work at NSA, while making a valuable contribution to national security. And you’ll be earning a salary too!
As a CSIP intern, you will have the opportunity to apply your Computer Science skills to NSA hardware and software systems.
Deadline: November 15, 2013
More information on these internship opportunities can be found at: http://www.nsa.gov/careers/opportunities_4_u/students /undergraduate/csip.shtml
These Student Trainee (Social Science) (Pathways Internship) positions work as a team member engaged in special studies as assigned. The Student Trainee (Social Science) is required to utilize progressively increasing professional knowledge of anthropological, archeological, economic and geographic principles directed at avoidance of environmental impacts on the wetlands and waters, reduction of unavoidable impacts and to require mitigation or replacement of lost wetlands when appropriate and practicable.
Deadline: October 7, 2013
Student Trainee (Clerk)(Pathways Internship):
This is an open continuous announcement. The initial cut-off date for applications will be 04/10/2013. Thereafter applications will be reviewed and referred for selection as vacancies occur. This announcement will be used to fill all similar Intern positions GS-0399-2, 3 or 4 in the various departments of the Walla Walla District Headquarters, Walla Walla, WA.
Deadline: December 31, 2013
Student Trainee (Office Support/OA) (Internship): Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Pathways Intern Program. The Department of the Army Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in the Department of Army and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. The Department of the Army Pathways Interns may be converted to a permanent position within 120 days of successful completion of the program.
Deadline: October 4, 2013
Park Ranger Student Trainee (Internship): These trainee positions are meant to provide experience and specialized training in the field of work related to the student’s major field of study. Students will be involved with productive, hands-on job assignments as a Park Ranger. Duties performed consist of a wide variety of routine, repetitive tasks that require the application of simple work procedures within any of the functional areas of Interpretation, Visitor Protection & Services or Resource Management.
Deadline: December 31, 2013
Student Trainee (Contracting) – NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program: Are you thinking about the future? At NASA, we make the future happen. Become a part of the NASA team and develop job skills that could take you farther than you ever imagined. Start your career by building a bright future for yourself at NASA, recognized as one of the best places to work in the Federal government. The opportunities are out of this world! The NASA Pathways Intern Program provides students with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful developmental work experience. The graduate student selected for this internship will perform contracting work with guidance and oversight from experienced personnel within the Procurement Division. The Intern applies basic knowledge of business and accounting principles, mathematics, and/or business law to assignments in the procurement of goods and services, including market research, competitive pricing, assessments, negotiation, and contract enforcement.
Deadline: November 21, 2013
More information on these internship opportunities can be found at: https://www.usajobs.gov/studentsandgrads/
Student Employment Program: Thank you for your interest in NGA’s Student Employment Program. NGA views student employees as our future workforce; therefore, work assigned to students is professional in nature and is conducted in a learning environment that provides each student real-world experience and an opportunity to be evaluated for potential long-term employment. Student employment assignments are open to associate, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students and are based on entry-level professional job descriptions, which will involve a great deal of independent and team oriented work under the guidance of a senior-level supervisor and mentors. Students who perform successfully and meet program requirements are invited to continue in the program for the duration of their degree programs, and may be granted the opportunity for conversion to permanent employment upon graduation.
Deadline: October 11, 2013
More information on these internship opportunities can be found at: https://www1.nga.mil/Careers/StudentOpp/Pages/default. aspx
Looking for a summer job that will stretch your mind, provide pre-professional work experiences that are relevant and meaningful to your academic and career-related goals, give you the opportunity to serve your country, and enable you to delve into the fascinating world of intelligence? Look no further than the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), our nation’s premier maritime intelligence agency. As an ONI summer intern, you will participate in Operational Familiarization (OPFAM) trip to Norfolk, VA to visit ONI’s operational customers onboard ships, with aviation squadrons and at other USN commands. You will also experience field trips to D.C. area commands, agencies, and relevant landmarks while doing work that makes a real contribution to national security.
Deadline: November 5, 2013
More information on these internship opportunities can be found at: http://www.oni.navy.mil/Join_US/Just_for_college_students/ summer_intern_programs.html
Mark Clark and Tony Coulson (CBPA) were awarded a 3-year, $485,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a National Model Curriculum in Cyber Security, effective September 15, 2013. The central goal of the grant will be to develop an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Security, housed in the Information and Decision Sciences Department in the College of Business and Public Administration and a Master of Science in National Security Studies (Cyber Security) in the Political Science Department. Other activities will include roundtable discussions between the faculty in both departments on integrating the curriculum and learning one another’s approaches to education, as well as presentations to regional and national certification boards, where appropriate.
On April 12, 2013 the California State University Center of Academic Excellence held its 7th Annual Colloquium. Students from Azusa Pacific University, CSU-San Bernardino, CSU-Fullerton, CSU-Long Beach, University of Redlands and others attended. Professor Donovan Chau of CSU-San Bernardino presented on “Challenge Projects.” Challenge projects are quarter-long, faculty-student research projects, designed to provide insight for agencies of the U.S. government about a specific issue, while enhancing students’ analytical skills. CSU-San Bernardino has completed seven of these projects in the past few years for the National Security Agency. Following Dr. Chau’s presentation, National Security Studies students from Political Science 621: Strategic Intelligence, presented their class project entitled “Sustainability of U.S. Drone Operations in Pakistan” to classmates, visiting students, faculty, and members of the Intelligence Community. Afterwards, guest lecturer Benjamin Acosta, Ph.D. Candidate at Claremont Graduate University and National Security Studies graduate, presented his research on drone operations on their effect on terrorist groups.
The presentations were followed by an Intelligence Community panel where representatives from the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Government Accountability Office and the State Department presented on careers at their respective agencies. Students then had the opportunity to meet individually with the representatives.
Professor William Van Cleave, a former mentor and professor to several members of our National Security Studies faculty, passed way away on March 15, 2013. Our program director, Dr. Mark Clark, studied under Professor Van Cleave at USC through his Ph.D. Additionally, Drs. Donovan Chau and Antony Field both studied under Professor Van Cleave while earning their Master’s degrees at Southwest Missouri State University. We are sorry to hear of his passing. Please see the following article.
William Van Cleave, former senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan, the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of State and former professor of international relations at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has died. He was 77.
Van Cleave died of natural causes at his home in Idyllwild, Calif., on March 15.
Professor of international relations and director of the Strategic Studies Program at USC Dornsife from 1967 to 1987, Van Cleave had vast experience in, and influence upon, U.S. defense policy.
He served in numerous policy-advisory positions. For example, he was a delegate to the U.S.-Soviet Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and a member of the “Team B” review of intelligence estimates on the Soviet military, both in the 1970s. From 1979 to 1981, he was senior adviser to Reagan and director of the defense transition team for Reagan’s new administration.
Robert English, associate professor of international relations and director of USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations (SIR), recalled Van Cleave’s intensely loyal following at the Department of Defense.
English joined the department straight out of graduate school from Princeton University in 1982. His position as a junior analyst quickly brought him into contact with Van Cleave’s former students working in the Pentagon and elsewhere in Washington, D.C.
While English didn’t always agree with their positions, “I have to say that Van Cleave’s protégés were among the best informed, hardest working and most dedicated to the national interest that I knew in nearly a decade of defense policy analysis,” English said. “Looking back over the years, William Van Cleave was probably one of the USC professors whose influence on national policy was greatest. From the late 1970s through the mid-1980s, his impact on foreign policy debates and decision-making was such that few academics in any area had more direct influence on U.S. policy than he did.”
The author of 200-plus publications, Van Cleave helped to place many of his graduate students in important executive branch, Congressional staff and think tank posts. He stirred controversy with hardline positions favoring a large U.S. military buildup, one that some credit with accelerating the USSR’s global retreat in the late 1980s and ultimately ending the Cold War.
Van Cleave was admired for his passion for ideas and dedication to his students, many of whom are acknowledged as among the best that SIR has produced — including Secretary of the U.S. Air Force Michael Donley, former Deputy National Security Adviser J.D. Crouch and many top officials with the state and defense departments.
Keith Payne, director of the National Institute for Public Policy and former deputy assistant secretary of defense, recalled Van Cleave as “an incomparable mentor, friend and constructive critic.”
“Professor Van Cleave believed that the formulation and direction of government policy should benefit from rigorous scholarly analysis,” Payne said. “He did not simply talk that talk; his integrated career of academic excellence and public service will have a positive impact for generations as his students and their students carry on his example of scholarly rigor and public service.”
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations Peter Berton was Van Cleave’s close colleague. The two taught many of the same students.
“William Van Cleave’s security program at the School of International Relations helped to put USC on the map,” Berton said.
Riki Ellison, former USC and pro football linebacker, now director of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, remembers his former professor as a surrogate father.
“It was a match made in heaven and a bond that never has, never will be broken,” Ellison said. “Like father and son, we shared the same passions, loved the same things. We set our principles beyond reproach and above the minutia, climbed together those impossible dreams, yet fell together when we slipped. He was the one to pick you up like a father and put you back on that white horse to fight the good fight.”
Born on Aug. 27, 1935, in Kansas City, Mo., Van Cleave was a U.S. Marine who earned his bachelor’s degree in political science summa cum laude from Cal State Long Beach, now called California State University, Long Beach, and his master’s and PhD from the Claremont Graduate University.
Van Cleave is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Van Cleave, sisters Linda Schooler, Patricia Lamport and Marcia Donnelly, and granddaughters Amber Van Cleave and Monica Gibson, and grandson Christopher Gibson.
His family is organizing a memorial service to be held in Washington, D.C., in late April.
During the third week of February, CSU San Bernardino’s Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence invited our senior Central Intelligence Agency liaison, Steve, to meet with students from the National Security Studies graduate program and other CSU-ACE schools. Steve spent several hours over the course of two days advising students regarding their pursuits to become members of the Intelligence Community.
In addition to individual appointments, Steve also visited the two intelligence courses offered to National Security Studies graduate students, Strategic Intelligence and Political Intelligence. In the Strategic Intelligence course, Steve discussed structured analytic techniques and problem solving related to intelligence. In Political Intelligence, Steve detailed his experience joining the Central Intelligence Agency and his time there.
We hope to bring Steve, and other analysts, back to campus in the near future, continuing our outreach with the Intelligence Community.
The Center trains students in skills essential for successful careers across government and in turn strengthens the national security of this nation. Our diverse coursework is designed to develop student capacity in writing, critical thinking and presentation.