International Association For Intelligence Education 2015 Essay Competition

International Association For Intelligence Education 2015 Essay Competition

Deadline: May 3, 2015

International Association For Intelligence Education invites entries for its 2015 essay competition. This competition promotes IAFIE’s goal of providing a forum for the creation of knowledge and the dissemination and exchange of ideas and information for those interested in and concerned with intelligence education.

Essay Questions

  1. In an era of rapidly increasing technical capability where the intelligence focus is often on the modes of collection and tools of analysis rather than the analyst themselves there is a perception that the role of the analyst is diminishing in importance. Examine the role and function of the intelligence analyst and discuss the importance or otherwise of the analyst to the intelligence system.
  2. Big data is the new black. Will exploiting big data be an intelligence game changer? Discuss the use of big data in the intelligence domain, consider its potential advantages and vulnerabilities and how it might impact intelligence practice.


  • The competition is open to everyone (professionals, graduate students & undergraduates) with an interest in furthering intelligence education.
  • IAFIE board members, officers, and staff are not eligible to compete


First place: $1000 prize
Second place: $500 prize
First and second place finishers will have the opportunity to publish their essays on the IAFIE website, and receive a one year free membership in IAFIE.

How to Enter/ Submission Guidelines

Submit all entries to [email protected]

Submissions must be in ONE word document (please NO PDFs) and include a title page with the following:

  • author’s name
  • contact information (include phone, email, and mailing address)
  • category (professional, graduate student, or undergraduate student)
  • 150-word (or less) biography
  • name of the organization where you work or college or university you attend
  • title of the essay

Essays must be submitted in English, must not exceed 3500 words (excluding endnotes and bibliography) and should be submitted double spaced using Times New Roman, 12 point font. Please number the pages. Essays must be original and not previously published. Submission constitutes permission to publish.

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