Intelligence and Counterintelligence Challenges of Militant Islam

with John J. Dziak, PhD, President, Dziak Group Inc., Intelligence Consulting, Thursday, February 16th, 6:00 – 7:30pm

At The Westminster Institute, 6731 Curran Street, McLean, VA 22101

Militant Islam is not just another religion fostering an evangelical message of transcendence while asking for a place in the public square with other faiths. As with the totalitarian ideologies of the Twentieth Century, it seeks to spread and impose an all-embracing plan of life through an uncompromising struggle, notwithstanding the opposition of those unwilling to submit to its self-ordained mission. This presents uncomfortable challenges to US intelligence and counterintelligence services.  The specter of militant Islam on the march has features not unlike those that faced Western security services in World War II and in the Cold War – and shares in certain ways both the Nazi and Soviet paradigms of struggle.  This presentation will explore and analyze some intelligence and counterintelligence dimensions of those challenges.

Dr. John J. Dziak is President of Dziak Group, Inc., an intelligence consulting firm. Dr. Dziak is also a Senior Fellow at the International Assessment & Strategy Center for counterintelligence, terrorism, and strategic deception issues.  He is a consultant to the National Intelligence Council and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the National Intelligence University. He has served almost five decades as a corporate president and as a senior intelligence officer and executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and in the Defense Intelligence Agency.  Dr. Dziak received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the National War College.  He was the first director of the Masters Degree Program in Strategic Intelligence at the Defense Intelligence School, the original predecessor to the current National Intelligence University.  He also is currently a guest lecturer at the Institute of World Politics; has taught at the National War College, Georgetown and George Washington Universities; and lectures on intelligence and counterintelligence throughout the US and abroad.  He is the author of the award winning, Chekisty: A History of the KGB, numerous other writings, and is currently preparing a book on foreign counterintelligence, as well as other works on intelligence and strategic deception.

The Westminster Institute • 6729 Curran Street • McLean, VA 22101

Tel. 1-703-288-2885 •

Katharine Cornell Gorka, Executive Director