• M.A., Naval Postgraduate School
  • B.S., U.S. Military Academy
Teaching Areas
  • Intelligence and National Security

James “Paul” Pope is the Central Intelligence Agency’s officer-in-residence at the LBJ School. He is a senior executive in the National Clandestine Service (NCS). He recently served on the NCS’s leadership team as chief of the Tradecraft and Training Division, responsible for implementing and managing service-wide training. He has had multiple foreign tours, managed budgets and multidisciplinary and interagency workforces, and has served as a chief of station. He has served in senior coordinating roles with the National Security Council staff. Before joining the NCS, he served as deputy national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia and led analytic units in the CIA’s Intelligence Directorate. Pope was awarded the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal, the National Intelligence Reform Medal, the NCS’s Donovan Award for Excellence and multiple performance awards. Before joining the CIA, he was an Army officer, serving on the Army staff and twice commanding combat arms units at the company level, including the only active firebase in the Army on the Korean DMZ. Pope received his M.A. with distinction from the Naval Postgraduate School and his B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He retired from the Army reserves as a lieutenant colonel.