Author – Advocate – Educator
David Cariens is a retired CIA officer–31-year career. Most of his time at the Agency was spent as a political analyst dealing with Eastern Europe. In this capacity, he wrote for all levels of the U.S. government–from the President to the working level analysts and policymakers. He headed the CIA University program to teach new analysts writing and briefing skills. He also served on the CIA’s Inspector General Staff.
Cariens currently teaches Intelligence Analysis and Writing for the Intelligence Community. He also teaches intelligence and crime analysis for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Correctional Service of Canada, and he has taught for the Singapore Police.
Cariens served as a member of the Ad-hoc Program Advisory Committee (PAC) relative to the development of the Bachelor of Applied Public Safety (BAPS) – Specialization in Crime and Intelligence Analysis at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada. He teaches at the University of Richmond’s Osher Institute and is an adjunct professor at VCU’s Homeland Security Department.
He is the author of A Question of Accountability: The Murder of Angela Dales–an examination of the shooting at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia in January 2002. Angela Dales, the mother of Cariens’ oldest grandchild, was killed in that shooting. His textbook, Critical Thinking Through Writing: Intelligence and Crime Analysis, is used by federal and state law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Cariens is a contributing author to the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Agency’s Criminal Intelligence for the 21st Century.
Cariens is a victims’ rights advocate (all volunteer) working with the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy. He takes no money for his work on behalf of school shooting victims and their families. He published Virginia Tech: Make Sure This Doesn’t Get Out, in February 2014. After taxes and expenses, all profits from the book will go to the twelve families whose stories are told in the book. Cariens published A Glossary of Intelligence and Crime Terminology in March 2015, and his new textbook, A Handbook for Intelligence and Crime Analysis, is slated for publication in late summer or early fall 2015.