Pope, J. Paul | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., Naval Postgraduate School
  • B.S., U.S. Military Academy
Teaching Areas
  • Intelligence and National Security

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.  


Media MentionJuly 25, 2017
How the New Russia Sanctions Bill Shows How Far the U.S. Has Come

Prof. Paul Pope comments on the seventieth anniversary of "the most important piece of national security legislation ever passed," the National Security Act, passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by Democratic President Harry S. Truman. 

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Media MentionJuly 4, 2017
5 Lessons Trump’s America Can Learn From 1776

Independence Day is usually more about celebration than reflection. Yet LBJ Professor Paul Pope says we should pause long enough to recall that merely declaring independence from Great Britain did not grant us independence nor establish government “by the people.”

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Media MentionJuly 4, 2017
Commentary: Six national security principles we should take from 1776

LBJ Professor Paul Pope calls for reflection on Independence Day. 

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