In the world of espionage world, "the world’s second oldest profession," the words "Consider the Source" are sacrosanct. It is with this in mind that I write a little about myself in this first entry on my Newsmax blog.
After retiring from both CIA and the Naval Reserve in 2014, I realized that my mission was not yet over, and that I felt compelled to write and comment on National Security and political developments to an audience. Why? Because I want to share my acquired wisdom and experiences — the same drive that motivated me to start teaching. I believe my unique background can be of value in today’s national security environment. The challenges that lie before the United States are daunting — and I feel duty bound to make my voice heard.
Ironically it’s clear that in this "information driven" society — there is less and less true wisdom and knowledge. With politics intertwined more than ever with foreign policy, national security, and our lives in general, I hope to help my readers untie these knots and make a bit of sense out of the world events that affect them.
Why me? Unlike some pundits/journalists, I bring the perspective of an operator to my commentary. I spent little time in front of a computer at a "desk job" — my place was in the field as an Operations Officer in CIA. What I thus bring to my blog (and podcast) is a career spent in CIA — with 12 years abroad in Europe and Central Asia, and 4 years as a CIA Station Chief. Prior to that, my Navy sea service was a superb "school of life" — as military service often is for those who follow that calling.
From childhood to the present, there is one constant in my life — a fervent desire to learn more about the world. In CIA I learned Russian, "spy tricks," and most importantly — an understanding human motivations and psychology. Danger? Yes, there was some — but that was outshone by the mental challenges I found in understanding what makes people tick — and exploiting it to obtain intelligence for U.S. policymakers.
Since retiring, I have lectured at universities, taught at NYU — and have slowly gotten involved in politics. In June I served as a Trump delegate to the National Convention as a representative of the people — an auspicious honor.
Intel officers are pragmatic, analytical problem-solvers. I like to have my facts, and my analysis is often driven by what I have personally experienced — or read during the course of a lifetime devoted to what is one of my life’s greatest pleasures. A knowledge of history is invaluable in "getting" the context of World Events — in our hurried, day-to-day world, this is often what is missing from commentary.
I am not entirely a wonk — in addition to the intel world and my reading, I am the husband to a beautiful Moldovan green card holder (soon to be citizen!) and father to my high school age stepdaughter. I enjoy riding my classic motorcycles, spending time with my family and friends, old movies, and physical fitness. I am likely not so different from the reader….I have worked hard to fulfill my version of the American Dream, and have been amply rewarded.
So, the Station Chief Blog will provide some "ops-level" perspective to events on the world stage. I will distill what I see in the world into the basic essences — and tell readers what I think. I have always be true to my principles — and have no intention of changing!
Scott Uehlinger is a retired CIA Station Chief and Naval Officer. A Russian speaker, he spent 12 years of his career abroad in the former Soviet Union. In addition to teaching at NYU, he is a frequent Newsmax TV and Fox Business TV commentator, and has a weekly podcast, "the Station Chief," that can be found on iTunes or at www.thestationchief.com. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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