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de Adrian Novac HotNews.ro
Luni, 7 septembrie 2009, 8:38 Actualitate | Internaţional
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Background: Dr. Bruce Tefft served 21 years in the CIA, including 17 years abroad, many as a CIA Chief of Station; and was a founding member of the CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center in 1985.
Dr. Tefft has traveled more than 350,000 miles, training more than 17,000 thousand law enforcement officers and first responders in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Mexico. After 9/11 he served as the New York Police Department’s Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence advisor.
Dr. Tefft is vice-president of the Western Defense Studies Institute in Rome and is Director of CRA’s Terrorism Assessment Center in the USA, providing world-wide terrorism prevention and emergency response training to first responders, law enforcement and security agencies and civil servants.
He has a Master’s degree in History and Doctorate in International Law from the University of Denver.
How does someone get a job at the CIA? Should you have special skills, it’s about luck or it’s a job for the Average Joe?
There is a lot of information on the internet about applying for employment with the CIA…many questions are answered, for example, at this site:
Within the CIA there are thousands of people with many different skill sets and capabilities. I met “Average Joe’s” and geniuses.
Some skills are more useful than others: language abilities are highly prized as well as adaptability, flexibility, intelligence, common-sense (not so common) etc.
Chances of being accepted depend more on whether your skills match the needs of a particular job vacancy than on what skills you actually have. One year the CIA may have no need for someone with your skills or educational background and experiences and the next year an opening may appear. I applied 3 separate times in 5 years before being accepted for the intial interview.
Did you consider your career to be adventurous? What aspects made it adventurous?
Of course. ANY career involving travel and living overseas in dangerous parts of the world is adventurous. I was fortunate to spend 17 of my 21 years abroad; mostly 3rd or 4th world countries and war zones.
The challenge is in dealing with or adapting to unknown and potentially dangerous circumstances of a culture or country not your own. Travellers and tourists do this all of the time…most are not also engaged in other risky activities at the same time. Continue reading