CIA chief to announce partnership with UNM

The University of New Mexico is getting a visit from the CIA Director John Brennan next week to announce a partnership between the federal agency and the state’s largest university.

He will come to Albuquerque for a campus community event titled, “Intelligence and Security Challenges in the Next Decade,” from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday.

He’ll also participate in a question-and-answer session with Emile Nakhleh, the director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at UNM.

Brennan is expected to announce a partnership between the CIA and UNM that would “provide opportunities for students and faculty,” said Dianne Anderson, a university spokeswoman.

The nature of the partnership between the university and the federal agency was not immediately announced Thursday.

The event is open to those with a valid UNM ID. Those interested are also required to RSVP. An email was sent Thursday to UNM students and employees with a link to register for the event.

Brennan was sworn in as the director of the CIA in 2013, and previously served as a counterterrorism adviser to President Barack Obama. Reuters recently reported that Brennan announced “the most sweeping” reforms of the CIA’s 69-year history about 18 months ago to focus on threats from the digital realm.

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