Associate Professor, IA

waltontr@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Education
  • B.A. College of William and Mary
  • Ph.D. University of Virginia
Scholarly Interests/Research Topics
  • Improving intelligence analysis
  • Intelligence history
Experience

Dr. Walton spent 24 years as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency.  His assignments included being posted to the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon as an intelligence advisor to the Secretary of Defense during the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords in the Balkans.

He has taught classes for Johns Hopkins University, Mercyhurst University, and the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis, the CIA’s analytic training academy.  Since August 2011 he has been on the faculty of the Intelligence Analysis Program at James Madison University.

He is the author of The Role of Intelligence in Ending the War in Bosnia in 1995 (2014), and Challenges in Intelligence Analysis: Lessons from 1300 BCE to the Present (2010), a collection of case studies for use in courses on analysis. One of Professor Walton’s hobbies is coin collecting, and he is also the author of The Spanish Treasure Fleets (1994), which is a history of the legendary pieces of eight, the first global currency.

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