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David Cariens is a retired CIA officer--31-year career. Most of his time at the Agency was spent as a political analyst dealing with Eastern Europe. In this capacity he wrote for all levels of the U.S. government—from the President to the working level analysts and policymakers.



Cariens served in Eastern Europe and as an editor at the BBC-FBIS facility outside London. He headed the CIA University program to teach new analysts writing and briefing skills. He also served on the Agency’s Inspector General’s staff.


Cariens teaches Intelligence Analysis and Writing for the FBI, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crime Center (FinCEN) and has taught for members of the U.S. Intelligence Community including the Department of Homeland Security as well as the National Counter-Terrorism Center. He also has taught for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Police College, the York Ontario Police, the Correctional Service of Canada, and the Singapore Police.


Cariens served as a member of the Ad-hoc Program Advisory Committee (PAC) relative to the development of the Bachelor of Applied Public Safety (BAPS)—Specialization in Crime and Intelligence Analysis at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada. He teaches at the University of Richmond’s Osher Institute and was an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Homeland Security Department.


Cariens is a victims’ rights advocate; he takes no money for his work on behalf of school shooting victims and their families.

He is a director of the Writers Guild of Virginia.

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