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Keith Howard

Keith Howard


McLean, VA USA

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Keith's work combines: Government, Writing, and Upholding a Cause and Belief

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Day In The Life

Senior Intelligence Analyst

I work with Top Secret and Highly Sensitive platforms and computer tools, write reports for the Intelligence Community.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Cleveland High School, Cleveland TN

  • Bachelor's Degree


    The University of Tennessee

  • Graduate Degree

    Public Administration

    University of Oklahoma

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Senior Intelligence Analyst:

Bachelor's Degree: History

Bachelor's Degree: Mathematics

Bachelor's Degree: English

Graduate Degree: History or Math or English

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    I flunked out of college.

  • 2.

    I joined the Navy.

  • 3.

    I gained my AS and BS in nursing after the Navy.

  • 4.

    I joined the Air Force as a nurse, but was not satisfied with being an RN.

  • 5.

    I transferred into Intelligence, which took several waivers and letters of recommendations.

  • 6.

    I completed several Intelligence schools and other courses while in the Air Force.

  • 7.

    I was shot 3 times and was medically retired.

  • 8.

    After my physical rehab, I continued my Intelligence career.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Teachers:

    We do not need any more dumb people on the team!

  • How I responded:

    My first term in college, I chased girls, ran track, was in a Fraternity and went to class in that order. My first term GPA was 0. My coach said, "We do not need any more dumb people on this team." I lost my scholarship and I quit school. I joined the Navy and got my priorities in order. After the Navy, I went back to college and received my AS in nursing, my BS in nursing and my master's in public administration while I was serving in the Air Force. In the AF, I became an Intelligence Analyst.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I didn't know how to study and was never really pushed to go to college, therefore, I wasn't prepared for college. I found a way to prepare me to work hard and learned how to study while in the Navy. After I learned how to study, I had no problems.