Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence

Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence




The Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) Program was established in 2005 to meet the nation’s demand for a diverse cadre of professionals to carry out national security priorities and obligations. The IC requires a diverse, professionally competitive and knowledgeable workforce to successfully accomplish its mission. The intent of the IC CAE Program is to increase the pool of competitive, diverse, applicants, and to increase awareness of the IC mission and culture throughout ethnically and geographically diverse communities. The planning and implementation of the IC CAE Program adheres to the guidance set forth in the National Security Act of 1947; the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2004; and the 2019 National Intelligence Strategy (NIS).


The IC CAE Program promotes the nurturing of diverse, competitive talent in support of the NIS objectives to “… forge and retain a diverse, inclusive, and expert workforce.” While all accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States are eligible, the legislation emphasizes increased IC workforce gender, ethnic, and geographic (rural) diversity. It also compels the program to award grants to applicants that are either “part of a consortium or specifically enhance collaboration with under-resourced schools in a manner that promotes diversity.” The IC CAE Program creates a community of committed IC professionals and academic faculty who will increase students’ knowledge of the IC and develop the critical skills needed to satisfy the national security mission as we build the right, trusted, agile workforce. Community accountability will ensure the program remains agile and flexible in meeting the goals of the IC CAE Program.


On December 21, 2019, ICCAE transitioned from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to the Intelligence Community Human Capital Office (ICHCO), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).


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