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  Guidance and Procedures

The Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence (IC CAE) in National Security Studies program is established to strategically meet the nation’s demand for a cadre of professionals to carry out America’s National Security Imperatives over the long-term during the 21st Century. The IC requires a competitive, knowledgeable and ethnically diverse workforce to successfully accomplish this goal. The IC CAE Program aims to increase the pool of eligible applicants in core skills areas, specifically targeting women and racial/ethnic minorities with varied cultural backgrounds, regional and geographical expertise, skills, language proficiency, and related competencies. The planning and implementation of the IC CAE Program shall adhere to the guidance set forth in Public Law 108-177, Section 319.

Participation in the IC CAE program is open to all accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The IC CAE Program is designed to promote the acquisition of competitive talent in concert with the IC’s human capital strategy for 21st Century National Security Imperatives. The IC CAE Program initiative will focus attention on diverse institutions and populations of talent across the United States including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), and Asian American and Pacific Islander-serving institutions (AAPI-SI), as well as majority institutions with significant populations of minorities and/or women that possess credentials and disciplines compatible with America’s National Security Agenda and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Direction Imperatives.

In addition, institutions shall:

  • Make a commitment to the goals and objectives of the IC CAE Program -- in particular, creating a pool of competitive applicants from the targeted populations noted above;
  • Enroll and graduate a significant number of ethnically diverse students who are eligible and competitive for careers across IC agencies and components;
  • Link their CAE activities and curriculum offerings to at least one of the five CAE Areas of Focus; and
  • ommit resources to support the infrastructure needed for the institution’s CAE initiative.

The target student populations include high school, undergraduate and graduate students. All students participating in the IC CAE Program must be United States citizens.