Catholic University alumnus Matthew Skros was recently honored with the publication of his paper in Studies in Intelligence, the professional intelligence journal published by the CIA for the U.S. intelligence community. Skros was also awarded the Walter Pforzheimer Award for the best student paper submitted. Established in 2000, the award has only been given to seven other individuals. Skros, who graduated in 2018, was one of the first students to receive a Certificate in Intelligence Studies from Catholic University.
“I would not be surprised if his paper became required reading for naval intelligence officers,” said Nicholas Dujmovic, director of the Catholic University Intelligence Studies program. Skros’ paper focused on Union naval intelligence during the Civil War and how it contributed to the U.S. Navy's development of a global intelligence presence. In the citation for his paper, the CIA wrote that, “Matthew effectively and concisely addressed a pivotal time in the institutionalization of Intelligence in the United States.”
“I am extremely pleased to be published in Studies in Intelligence,” Skros said. “The award came as a pleasant surprise and I am honored to accept it, especially one that bears the name of one of the CIA’s founding fathers.”
Skros wrote this paper for an independent study that he conducted while completing his Certificate in Intelligence Studies. It is one of the very few student papers to be selected for the journal.
“Matthew's achievement,” said Dujmovic, “shows that our program contributes to the University's status as a research institution and demonstrates the scholarly rigor of the Intelligence Studies Program.”
The Intelligence Studies Program, which is housed in the Department of Politics, was created in 2016 and offers students a certificate in Intelligence Studies.