Katherine Thoroughman Weary
Assistant Professor of the Practice
Phone: (979) 845-0008
Fall 2019, Katherine Thoroughman Weary joined the Departments of International Affairs as an Assistant Professor of the Practice, specializing in writing and analysis under the intelligence concentration. She started teaching as a part-time lecturer in the spring of 2017 and now teaches several classes, including Analytic Tradecraft, Advanced Analytic Tradecraft, Briefing Tradecraft, and an international affairs capstone student research project.
Ms. Weary has held several key positions at the Department of Defense’s National Security Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. As a Senior Intelligence Analyst at NSA, she produced intelligence products for senior government and military officials on a variety of sensitive targets in various offices. She also served as NSA’s Office of International Security Issues Intelligence Analyst Advisor, charged with training new analysts and succession planning. Separately, Ms. Weary was placed as an Integrated Analyst at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s National Intelligence Council on the Near East portfolio, where she directly supported IC participation in the National Security Council process. Prior to her time at Ft. Meade, she worked as a contractor in several offices at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including the Office of Intelligence Analysis.
Before joining the intelligence community, she served in the George W. Bush administration in the Secretary’s Office at the U.S. Department of Education. Her undergraduate work experience included time at the U.S. State Department’s Office of Policy and Global Issues and at the Office of President George H. W. Bush in Houston.
Ms. Weary completed a significant amount of coursework at NSA’s National Cryptologic School and the CIA’s Kent School on advanced analytics, structured analytic techniques, advanced approaches to critical thinking, writing for the President’s Daily Brief, and telecommunications technologies. She earned her master’s in Security Policy Studies with concentrations in transnational security threats and national security policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in 2005, and a Certificate in International Affairs from the Bush School in 2002. She received her BA in history from Texas A&M University in 2001, where she also minored in English and political science.