Volume 57, No. 1 (March 2013)

Rethinking and Old Approach: An Alternative Framework for Agent Recruitment: From MICE to RASCLS

By Randy Burkett


Ask any CIA National Clandestine Service officer what his or her mission is and the likely reply will be “to recruit spies to steal secrets and conduct covert action.” This mission has been relatively unchanged since the founding of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) on 13 June 1942. What has changed is the profile of the people we ask to become agents to steal the secrets and engage in covert action. In this article I will discuss how we trained OSS and CIA officers to find and recruit the people who became our agents.

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