Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence

What is an IC CAE?

In 2005, Congress mandated the establishment of the IC CAE Program to develop, prepare, and educate the next generation of intelligence professionals with the core skills necessary to meet the United States’ National Security imperatives. The IC CAE designation affords students increased educational, cultural, and experiential opportunities, as well as heightened career prospects within the Intelligence Community (IC).

Accredited Universities whose programs meet or exceed the IC CAE’s rigorous and sustainable National Security and Intelligence education academic requirements have earned the prestigious designation of IC CAE.

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The University of Arizona Earns the Designation

The University of Arizona's Intelligence and Information Operations (IIO) undergraduate program earned the Intelligence Community-Center of Academic Excellence designation in 2019.  The ISS program is a proud partner with the IIO degree program, and all of our ISS students are afforded the benefits that accompany the IC-CAE designation through this partnership.

Benefits of the IC CAE Designation

As an IC CAE, the University of Arizona affords its students, staff, and faculty exclusive professional development opportunities. Find information here on professional development seminars, events, and networking opportunities from leading intelligence educators, practitioners, and policymakers.

Southern Arizona Intelligence Summit


2024, Date TBA
University of Arizona, Health Sciences Innovation Building,
1670 E Drachman St. Tucson, AZ 85721

Event Info

Over the past ten years, our nation has seen a constant barrage of threats against our national security and our way of life. Although we have advanced innovation and technology to increase our national security posture, our adversaries are rapidly evolving and deploying counter tactics. As we enter a new decade, the emerging threat against our national security will require an evolution of both collection and analysis.

At this year’s Summit, we will convene the strategic leaders and pacesetters of the intelligence, security, and law enforcement communities. We will explore current successes and setbacks of varied intelligence methods and consider future workforce needs in the intelligence field. Be present as these experts deliver assessments and the opportunities for the “Future of Intelligence.”

For information on the Agenda, Registration, and Speakers, see https://iio.azcast.arizona.edu/content/summit

IC CAE Speaker Series

May 22, at 4pm AZ

Jamie Wilson, Branch Chief, Analysis and Mitigation (A&M), DoD Insider Threat Management and Analysis Center (DITMAC)

The Cyber Convergence Center is hosting an IC CAE Speaker Series from January to June, 2023, with monthly virtual sessions to provide professional development to students and faculty. This is a series of virtual events that will highlight important themes in the Intelligence Community.

Info Flyer Coming Soon

For more information and a list of upcoming sessions, please visit the IIO speaker series site: https://iio.azcast.arizona.edu/content/student-professional-development

Additional Opportunities

As an IC-CAE, a number of opportunities are available to our students. Check back here for events like security conferences, speaker series, and more offered by outside universities or other security centers, which are available given our IC-CAE designation.