Who We Are and What We Do: Intelligence

Who We Are and What We Do: Intelligence, March 5, 2019, 11-11:45am EST, DEA Auditorium, DEA Museum Lecture Series
Take a peek into the inner workings of the Drug Enforcement Administration in our 2019 lecture series “Who We Are and What We Do.” Join Elizabeth L. Maurer, Curator of Education for the DEA Museum at a panel discussion with 4 members of the Intelligence staff stationed at Headquarters. Aaron Hurwitz, Intelligence Research Specialist; Kia M. Pratt, Intelligence Staff Coordinator; Carrie N. Thompson, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Intelligence; and William N. Trull, Intelligence Research Specialist will lend their expertise and discuss their respective roles in the Intelligence Division of the DEA. Together, they have over 40 years of experience with the DEA. Learn how they came to work at the DEA, their current roles in the agency, and their day to day activities on the job.

Since its establishment in 1973, the DEA, in coordination with other federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement organizations has been responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of drug-related intelligence. The role of intelligence in drug law enforcement is critical. The DEA Intelligence Program helps initiate new investigations of major drug organizations, strengthens ongoing cases and subsequent prosecutions, develops information that leads to seizures and arrests, and provides policy makers with drug trend information upon which programmatic decisions can be based.

The DEA’s Intelligence Program has grown significantly since its inception. From only a handful of Intelligence Analysts (I/A) in the domestic offices and Headquarters in 1973, to over 700 I/As worldwide today. DEA’s intelligence program encompasses a wide variety of investigative and strategic intelligence assignments spanning the globe.

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time: 11:00 am – 11:45 am ET

Auditorium, DEA Headquarters
700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

DEA Museum, [email protected], (202) 307-3463
Kenna Howat Felix, Historian, [email protected], (202) 307-6714

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Elizabeth L. Maurer (Moderator), Curator of Education, DEA Museum

Aaron Hurwitz, Intelligence Research Specialist

Aaron Hurwitz began his intelligence career as a Crime Analyst with the Center for Law Enforcement Analysis and Training in Dayton, Ohio in 2012, providing analytical support for gang cases to federal, state, and local law enforcement. He joined DEA in 2014 and currently studies domestic fentanyl and heroin trends. In his position, he provides DEA officials and other U.S. government policy makers with high-priority strategic intelligence analyses on the drug trade in the United States and assesses the changing dynamics of counterdrug situation across the country. Mr. Hurwitz is the lead writer and lead briefer for DEA’s 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment which provides an in-depth assessment on complex topics that impact national-level high-priority drug issues including major trafficking organizations, smuggling routes and methods, drug-related crime and violence, and other pertinent issues that impact U.S. national security.

Mr. Hurwitz holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Criminal Justice from Ashland University as well as certificates from the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center and the Intelligence Community Advanced Analyst Program.

Kia M. Pratt, Intelligence Staff Coordinator

Intelligence Staff Coordinator Kia M. Pratt started her DEA career in 2006 as the Senior Intelligence Research Specialist assigned to the Intelligence Division’s Policy and Liaison Section at DEA Headquarters.  During that time, she served as the sole analyst assigned to the Centers for Drug Information (CDI) program and the Reports Officer (RO) Program.  She is currently assigned to the Office of National Security Intelligence (ONSI), Intelligence Community (IC) Integration Section. In her current role, she serves as a faculty member and the DEA chair at the National Intelligence University (NIU) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Prior to reporting to ONSI, Ms. Pratt was the Intelligence Group Supervisor for the Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).  From 2008 to 2012, Ms. Pratt was assigned the Atlanta Field Division, where she was a strategic and operational Intelligence Analyst.  Over her DEA career, Ms. Pratt has supported several multi-jurisdiction and international drug and money laundering cases.  She has liaised with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, members of the Intelligence Community (IC), private sector entities, and foreign counterparts to enhance the exchange of law enforcement information, improve intelligence collection, and support DEA’s mission and programs, domestically and internationally.

Ms. Pratt holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Clark Atlanta University.

Carrie N. Thompson, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Intelligence

Carrie N. Thompson began her career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as an Intelligence Research Specialist (IRS) in September 1998 assigned to the Detroit Field Division Office. Over the course of her career IRS Thompson has served in three overseas posts—Bogota, Islamabad, and Brussels—and multiple assignments at DEA Headquarters. In March 2018, Mrs. Thompson was promoted to Section Chief of the Intelligence Division’s Policy and Strategic Planning Unit and shortly thereafter transferred to her current position as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Intelligence.

Prior to joining the Drug Enforcement Administration, Mrs. Thompson completed internships with The White House and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Indiana. Mrs. Thompson received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Notre Dame where she studied International Relations and Economics and graduated with Honors in May 1998.

William N. Trull, Intelligence Research Specialist

William Trull is an intelligence research specialist assigned to the Research and Analytics Unit, as part of the Data Management Section, in the Office of Special Intelligence, Merrifield Virginia. The NSD section provides support through the advanced use of intelligence, data, and geospatial analysis in order to perform detailed analysis of large data sets. Further, Mr. Trull’s work includes: geospatial support in the form of maps, charts, range analysis, surveillance support analysis, and training on geospatial programs such as ArcGIS.

Prior to joining NSD, Mr. Trull was assigned to the Diversion Intelligence Unit, as part of the Field Support Section, at DEA Headquarters in Arlington, VA. During his time in the unit, he was responsible for authoring reports and providing comprehensive briefings detailing the diversion of controlled prescription drugs, as well as the shipment of precursor chemicals into the United States. Working in conjunction with his unit’s many counterparts, Mr. Trull has provided investigative and strategic support on a multitude of cases covering DEA offices both domestic and foreign.

Prior to his assignment in Diversion intelligence, Mr. Trull worked in the Strategic Intelligence Section, in which he covered drug trafficking and trends in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Mr. Trull holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies from Northern Illinois University.