One of the perks of studying at an elite U.S. university is that top companies, organisations, and agencies congregate in search of talent. What follows is my experience attending a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recruiting brief and simulation session at the Johns Hopkins University. Names have been altered to preserve personal security. You can read part I and II here. 

“Hell no,” said John.

Michael had given us five minutes to come up with a decision: do we inform the Director and the president, or do we. . . fail?

“I repeat: hell no. We can’t provide an analysis to the director and president with what we’ve got.” John’s portly face was blazing red. He was truly worked-up by the prospect of failure. “It isn’t like we can give an assessment only to retract a few minutes later when a new piece of information trickles in.”

“Can we request more time,” asked Manuela?

“I doubt it,” I responded.

The cataract of information that Michael had given us was still twisting in my mind. Numbers, capabilities, blast radiuses, motives.

“Are we certain we haven’t missed anything? Skipped a detail?” I said.