Dear Delegates

Welcome to the most powerful committee at Harvard Model Congress! The Central Intelligence Agency is the primary organization within the US government tasked with intelligence gathering, processing and analyzing intelligence from around the world in order to defend and further US interests. Formed immediately following World War II in an attempt to centralize US intelligence gathering, the agency has rapidly evolved. Originally, this was primarily accomplished through the use of informants and other traditional espionage techniques. However, in recent years there has been a shift towards new intelligence gathering techniques in response to the increasing importance of computers. The CIA’s standard operating procedures are shrouded in shadows for the sake of national security; many of their actions are classified as top secret and the public rarely is aware of them.

As the US government’s reliance on computers increases, they become an ever growing target for enemies of the US. It is imperative that the US adapt to meet this threat. There have been numerous breaches in US computer systems, both government-run and civilian. In response, the US needs to reengineer its current protocols to prevent and respond to this threat, but to what extent is up to this committee. Should cybersecurity be normalized across all industries? Or should individual companies be allowed to write their own protocols? To what extent, if any, should US networks be strengthened in order to dissuade cyberterrorism? These questions all must be answered by this committee within this conference.

The CIA has recently evolved into the most powerful branch within the government, operating with almost complete autonomy. The Agency only has to report to the President, and recently has undertaken direct action more frequently. The Agency claims this allows them to respond to threats more rapidly, and rarely releases any information to the public or even other government agencies. Expenditures for these operations are filed under the the CIA’s black budget, which prevents the only remaining form of oversight. Should this be allowed to continue? Would ending this autonomy be a detriment to national security? How should the Agency be monitored? Once again, this committee is responsible for addressing each of these concerns.

The US Central Intelligence Agency is the world’s preeminent intelligence gathering organization, and its actions ensure the safety of the US against all enemies, foreign and domestic. In order to make these serious decisions, delegates to the committee must be informed and prepared at the beginning of committee in January.

We look forward to meeting you all in January at this session of HMC Asia!

Yours truly,
Nick Pagel and Alexandra Caffrey
Chairs, Central Intelligence Agency, HMC Asia 2017

Pre-Conference Assignment

Each delegate will submit two one-minute speeches, one on each briefing topic. These speeches should written from the perspective of the delegate’s assigned role — for example, a delegate assigned the role of the United States should present arguments that the United States would be in favor of. The pre-conference assignments are due on December 30th and should be sent to your committee chairs by email (see below). Delegates should use this opportunity to research their role and become familiar with the topics at hand in order to prepare for the conference. Committee chairs will provide feedback on these assignments before the conference.

About Us

Alexandra Caffrey

Central Intelligence Agency
Alexandra is a sophomore studying Government and Global Health. She is originally from Miami, Florida, and at Harvard enjoys dancing with the Harvard Ballet Company and volunteering with the Harvard Democrats.

Nick Pagel

Central Intelligence Agency
Nick is a sophomore at the College, concentrating in Chemical and Physical Biology. The son of a Marine, he was born in America, but raised by the world. While traveling across Asia, he witnessed international politics at work and found his passion.