Post Graduate Intelligence Study

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Back in 1984 when I was a newly commissioned Second Lieutenant at the U.S. Army’s Intelligence School at Fort Huachuca, my classmates and I were taught the importance of seeing the world through the eyes of our adversaries. For most of us, our main adversary was the Soviet Union. This challenge was easier for me since I had spent the previous seven years in the Army as a Russian linguist participating in highly classified intelligence operations. Several years later, I was accepted into the Post Graduate Intelligence Program (PGIP) at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and earned a Masters Degree in Russian Foreign Area studies. As a result, I know much more about Russia than the average American – even more than most know-it-all political pundits.…show more content…
It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”

The most interesting course I took in PGIP was “Sources of Russian Conduct,” which provided key insights into Russian behavior and national interests – past, present, and future.

The first thing to understand about Russians is that they are products of geography and victims of history. With no Gulf Stream
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But given this history of one invasion after another, one can see why Russians are paranoid about security, and how wary Moscow is of the looming encirclement by NATO forces and bases, particularly should Ukraine enter NATO. Russian nationalists and revisionists not only fear threats from abroad, but from within as well. Many Russians today view even the establishment of the Soviet Union as a power grab by Russian Jews, who as Vladimir Putin recently revealed, formed the majority of the first Soviet government
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