J. Paul Pope

Senior Fellow of the Intelligence Studies Project
J. Paul Pope

James “Paul” Pope is a clinical professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a senior fellow in the Intelligence Studies Project, which is sponsored by the Strauss and Clements Centers. Mr. Pope retired from the CIA after multiple foreign tours, service as Chief of Station and assignments as a Chief, Deputy Chief and Chief of Operations in three of the Directorate of Operations largest components. As Chief of the Training and Tradecraft Division, he was responsible for DO training, capturing “lessons learned,” and adapting training and tradecraft to emerging technical challenges and mission imperatives. He was acting Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Partner Engagement for an extended period and Head of Delegation to NATO’s Civilian Intelligence Committee.  Pope was DNI/DCIA Representative to Commander, US Pacific Command and his component commands. Prior to the NCS, he served on the National Intelligence Council for the Near East and South Asia and led an analytic branch in the Directorate of Intelligence. Pope was an Army officer, with service on the Army General Staff after twice commanding at the company level, including command of the only active firebase in the Army on the Korean DMZ. He received his M.A. With Distinction from the Naval Postgraduate School and B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a Distinguished Graduate of Command and General Staff College and a graduate of the National War College’s CAPSTONE course.