By Garrett Palmquist
The gradual expansion of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—Prescott’s College of Security and Intelligence (CSI) has seen the rise of numerous student organizations centered on security and intelligence work. Eagle Eye, one of the longest-running intelligence-focused organizations on ERAU’s Prescott campus, allows members to explore the world of intelligence writing and get a feel for a career in the field.
Eagle Eye president Caitlyn Aaron, a sophomore in the Global Security and Intelligence Studies degree program, has already seen the benefits that the club provides. “The club is great for those who want to build on their analytic and writing skills,” Aaron said, later adding that the club is a good resume builder for students pursuing internships and careers in security and intelligence. Aaron also noted that most internships in the field require strong writing skills. She added that many recent graduates who were former Eagle Eye members have since found fulfilling careers within the intelligence community that utilize the same skills expounded in Eagle Eye.
Eagle Eye’s Editor in Chief Christian Allen, a sophomore studying Global Security and Intelligence, denounced the misconception that the club is meant for students with already strong writing skills, or only for those wishing to work in the intelligence community. “We have engineering students who write for us,” Allen noted, explaining that the club focuses equally on building the skills of students at all ability levels while also delivering a formal intelligence publication.
Eagle Eye members take on the mantle of “Subject Matter Expert” (SME) for a particular region of the world, such as the Former Soviet Bloc, or international topic, such as Terrorism. SME’s then research their subject and produce periodic situational reports or intelligence briefs. These reports and briefs are published on Eagle Eye’s website, which can be found at [eagleeyeintel.com].
Aaron did note that many students believe that Eagle Eye is all work and no play. “People focus too much on the academic side of it,” she said, “but we’re more than just doing homework for fun.” Eagle Eye hosts numerous events throughout the academic year, including game nights, informational sessions, and faculty debates. The next faculty debate, which will feature CSI faculty discussing current events and trending topics, is scheduled for March 2018.
Both Aaron and Allen stressed that Eagle Eye is open to students from any degree program with any level of writing proficiency. Students interested in learning more about the intelligence community or improving their own writing skills are encouraged to attend the club’s meetings every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in ERAU—Prescott’s building 17, room 134.