Spy moms unite
Nada Bakos at work in Iraq
May 12th, 2012
08:18 AM ET

Spy moms unite

By Suzanne Kelly

Nada Bakos used to go work with a Glock strapped to her thigh. The former targeting officer for the CIA started her intelligence career as an analyst in 2000. But then September 11 happened.

"Everybody's life changed," said Nada Bakos, who, like many other women who were serving as analysts prior to 9/11, moved to the counterterrorism and eventually made the switch to the operations side, which meant she wasn't just analyzing the data on the bad guys, she was going after them.

She didn't yet have a family when she accepted her assignment as a targeting officer in Iraq, working alongside special forces in the hunt for the now-deceased terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. She won't share the details of exactly what she did to help find him, but she saw definite advantages to being a woman in the arena, noting that she sometimes had a very different experience than her male counterparts when it came to working within the norms of the culture.

"I got a completely different response than the men did," said Bakos, describing one particular effort to gather information. "How is a 26-year-old white male gonna walk up to a woman in the Middle East and say 'Hey, why don't you talk to me?' "

After a couple of years, Bakos realized that she knew more about Zarqawi than she did about many of the other men in her life. That, in part, was a wake up call to do something more:  She wanted to start a family.  But she was deep into her career on the operations side. That was a problem."The difference between men and women is that it's really hard for women to live the lifestyle of a case officer," said Bakos. "If you have a significant other, it's hard for you both to be employed. I was 37 then and I can't really say, 'Hey, let's interrupt your career and you can carve out what you need."

At least 160 other women feel her pain. Women from the CIA, the National Security Agency, Naval Office of Intelligence and dozens of other agencies met last week in a hotel conference room in McLean, Virginia, to try and find a better way.

The "women in national security" conference was sponsored by Working Mother Media. Carol Evans, president of that group, noted the unique environment in which these women compete.

"These women work in a very unusual industry," said Evans. "National Security is still a very heavily male industry and many of these women as they will say throughout the day, are oftentimes the first in their field to be a woman - the only person in the room who's a woman.  So when we bring women together in an industry like this, they just feed off of each other, they catch each other's energy, and they build relationships."

And relationship-building while navigating a career in intelligence and national security is key, according to Letitia Long, the only female director of any of the 16 intelligence agencies that make up the intelligence community in this country.

Long, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency spoke at the conference. She insists that work-life balance is something she has to work at every day.

"I'm passionate about what I do, so I often want to stay to do that last e-mail or sign that last memo, or ensure that I'm prepared for the next day.  But we do have to remind ourselves that if we are going to be at the top of our game, if we are going to be rested and ready to lead, we have to take that step away and ensure we are keeping that work life balance," Long said in an interview with Security Clearance.  "These are some of the stressful, some of the most stressful positions that are in the work force and if we are able to balance this, then perhaps there are some secrets that we can share with others so that they can balance also."

Long said that part of the stress is dealing with a culture at the agencies that needs to change.

At the agency Long heads, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, women make up about 31% of the workforce, and the attrition rate is slightly higher than that of men. As director of the Agency, Long feels that balance has to change if the country is going to build a stronger, more diverse, national security workforce.

"I do notice that women bring a different perspective when we're talking about the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and our core mission, of GEOINT, as men and women are looking at imagery, they see things differently," said Long.  "We all are a product of our background and our upbringing and women will just tend to notice different things in an image than men will.  Or if we're looking at pattern of activity, they might notice something that a man might not and vice versa.  A man will notice something that a woman will not, because they don't see it as important or they don't see it as relevant, yet something that's not relevant today, might be relevant tomorrow."

The Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, David Shedd, agrees. With women making up close to 35% of his employees, he sees the distintive advantages of finding a workforce more in balance when it comes to women.

"Women as a rule tend to have stronger intuitive skills and in the world of intelligence, where you are often dealing with less than perfect information, that intuitive nature is important," said Shedd. "Men tend to be more fact-based."

Shedd also offered advice to the women attending the conference. When a woman from the NSA stood up and told him that she personally struggles with how effective she is at her job because when she makes an unpopular decision, instead of being seen as a strong leader, she is referred to as a word that rhymes with 'witch,' he agreed that some misperceptions still exist.

"As a man, I can tell you when no women are around, men still say that type of woman, you used the 'witch' word, but the man, he's just strong-willed and strong-minded," said Shedd. "I am very familiar with that. Changing the culture is critical."

Shedd advocates for women in intel to build a strong team of mentors and then to call on them often and to set clear goals, not being afraid to show their ambition in finding what comes next in their careers.

Bakos, the former spy mom with the Glock, is on that path now. She retired from the Agency  and is looking for consulting work.

She still feels like she has much to offer. "I think there has to be a better way," said Bakos, who advocates for changing the culture within the intelligence community, to help allow women to live both lives.

soundoff (1,419 Responses)
  1. Edwardwrarm

    песни слушать бесплатно

    March 19, 2021 at 12:48 am | Reply
  2. PatrickKit

    бесплатно mp3 все песни в хорошем песни

    March 18, 2021 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  3. Darrellfup

    mp3 песни в хорошем качестве

    March 18, 2021 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  4. Albertoweamb

    скачать музыку бесплатно

    March 18, 2021 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  5. Ronaldaquak

    популярная музыка 2021 слушать

    March 18, 2021 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  6. BrianGetty

    песни черных

    March 18, 2021 at 9:58 am | Reply
  7. MichaelRhich

    мп3 скачать бесплатно

    March 17, 2021 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  8. RichardRow

    скачать музыку без

    March 17, 2021 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  9. RobertLes

    слушать музыку новинки

    March 17, 2021 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  10. MartinPsymn

    русская музыка 2021

    March 17, 2021 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  11. ElmerStisa

    скачать новинки mp3

    March 17, 2021 at 11:22 am | Reply
  12. Weldonfub

    скачать музыку mp3

    March 17, 2021 at 9:50 am | Reply
  13. LanceSug

    скачать музыку бесплатно 2021

    March 17, 2021 at 8:34 am | Reply
  14. Stevenag

    скачать музыку с вк

    March 17, 2021 at 6:42 am | Reply
  15. https://www.shinsen-mart.com

    Best view i have ever seen !


    March 14, 2021 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  16. cbd benefits for seniors

    what mg of cbd should i take


    March 9, 2021 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  17. MichaelGrica

    песня любящая

    March 6, 2021 at 9:05 am | Reply
  18. MartingAine

    качество музыки mp3

    March 6, 2021 at 7:11 am | Reply
  19. Williamadons

    песнь про

    March 6, 2021 at 5:50 am | Reply
  20. JamesLow

    скачать песню суть

    March 6, 2021 at 4:43 am | Reply
  21. Melvinjep

    песня черный

    March 6, 2021 at 3:23 am | Reply
  22. Williamtip

    песнь песней скачать

    March 6, 2021 at 2:02 am | Reply
  23. ShelbyJat

    скачать музыку

    March 5, 2021 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  24. Michaelfloth

    бесплатные новинки mp3

    March 5, 2021 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  25. Duanesaulk

    скачать хорошие песни mp3

    March 5, 2021 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  26. JosephMab

    песни лета 2021

    March 5, 2021 at 11:27 am | Reply
  27. BarryAcast

    слушать популярную музыку

    March 5, 2021 at 9:46 am | Reply
  28. Ismaelerugs

    новинки музыки 2021

    March 5, 2021 at 7:14 am | Reply
  29. Joshuasob

    музыка слова

    March 5, 2021 at 5:41 am | Reply
  30. BrianDunty

    слушать мп3

    March 5, 2021 at 4:23 am | Reply
  31. Horaceces

    скачать песни бесплатно

    March 4, 2021 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  32. Edwardtot

    слушать популярную музыку онлайн

    March 4, 2021 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  33. Richardgonna

    слушать музыку без

    March 4, 2021 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  34. JamesRit

    скачать песни 2021

    March 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  35. Brantpvj

    bipolar disorder Treatment Therapies

    bpd is typically a chronic and debilitating condition. one good thing is, It's also a highly curable one. medication is the mainstay of treatment, And hypnosis is generally recommended as a critical complement to treatment.Treatment for bpd can be divided into three general categories. Acute treatment focuses on controlling current symptoms and continues until remission, Which occurs when the symptoms are diminished for some time. extension treatment prevents a return of symptoms from the same manic or depressive episode. cleaning treatment prevents a recurrence of symptoms.throughout 2018, The Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments while using the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) Published guidelines based on rigorous research and clinical experience for both pharmacological and psychosocial treatments for bipolar disorder. for that reason, Most of the below advice and insights come from that resource.Medication for Bipolar DisorderMedication for Acute EpisodesIt can take time to find the appropriate medication or combination of medications. your will figure out what medication to prescribe based on various factors, illustration: The kind of episode you're suffering with, And the severity of that episode; how quickly you need the medication to work; Whether you have any co occurring psychological or medical disorders; Any previous responses with therapy; The safety and tolerability of the tablets; and preference.If none of those solutions available work, The next option is a backpack medications (Which are believed to be "Second grouping" for their safety and tolerability risks): Olanzapine, Carbamazepine, Ziprasidone, and after that haloperidol. Another option is the mixture therapy of olanzapine with lithium or divalproex.Lithium and divalproex also are ordinarily combined in clinical practice. instance, Lithium or divalproex plus an atypical antipsychotic is helpful if you would like a faster response, And have worse episodes. Another second line option is mao inhibitors with lithium or divalproex, in addition an atypical antipsychotic. Clinical experience suggests that the medications for manic episodes also are appropriate for hypomania. thus, your will likely prescribe a mood stabilizer such as lithium or divalproex and/or an atypical antipsychotic if your hypomanic episode is severe or impairs functioning.For acute melancholy in bipolar II latin brides disorder, The only first line therapy is quetiapine. Second line treatments are lithium, Lamotrigine, Or the mao inhibitors sertraline or venlafaxine (for folks who experience a pure depressive episode, Not with mixed telltale signs.)Third line solution includes divalproex; Fluoxetine if you happen to mainly have pure depression; Or ziprasidone if you happen to have depression with mixed hypomania, consequently other medications.Medication for Maintenance TreatmentMedication also is the foundation of maintenance treatment for bipolar disorder, which will to prevent relapse, Reduce discomforts, And improve total well being. you'll likely continue taking whatever medication helped you effectively treat your acute episode (with a few exceptions, Such as antidepressants, simply because they can trigger mania in bipolar I).Don't abruptly stop taking your prescription medication. Always talk to your doctor first. by way of example, Research shows that 50 to 90 percent in people who stopped taking lithium experienced recurrence of symptoms within 3 to 5 months. There's also an increased risk for hospital and suicide.Lithium is the gold standard for maintenance treatment for bipolar I disorder because of its ability to prevent both depressive and manic episodes and anti suicidal effects. Lithium requires careful monitor. this consists of getting a menstrual history (as a result of possible increased risk of polycystic ovarian syndrome); Hematology personal; And liver function tests at 3 to 6 months in the first year of starting the pills, And then once a year.Because of issues of safety, Olanzapine is considered a second line maintenance ringing in the ears bipolar I, because it trigger metabolic syndrome. Asian patients should be tested for a specific allele that's associated with a higher risk for these skin conditions (When accepting carbamazepine).Lamotrigine and carbamazepine can reduce the efficacy of oral birth control methods. equally, If you're a woman of having children age, it is crucial for your doctor to talk to you about the increased risk of birth defects for some medications. by way of example, Divalproex has a bigger risk of neural tube defects and neurodevelopmental delay. Continuing to take prescription medication is a complicated, Nuanced verdict, Because bipolar disorder can worsen during pregnancy, And birth defects have been involved in untreated mood disorders, too. in either case, Don't stop taking your medication until ending up in your doctor. Many women do continue for taking medication, And get regular tests to check on the health of their babies.

    March 4, 2021 at 11:48 am | Reply
  36. RonaldFed

    мп3 бесплатно

    March 4, 2021 at 11:20 am | Reply
  37. Derek Oliveria


    March 4, 2021 at 10:19 am | Reply
  38. Angele Laramie

    I haven't checked in here for a while since I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess I'll add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂


    March 4, 2021 at 10:17 am | Reply
  39. Anderson Baumfalk

    Thanks , I have just been searching for information approximately this subject for a while and yours is the best I've found out so far. But, what about the conclusion? Are you certain in regards to the supply?


    March 4, 2021 at 10:05 am | Reply
  40. HaroldTaile

    пой песни поешь

    March 4, 2021 at 9:35 am | Reply
  41. KennethFeasp

    лучшие песни бесплатно

    March 4, 2021 at 8:03 am | Reply
  42. Bernice Julander

    Sweet blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I've been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Appreciate it


    March 3, 2021 at 8:19 am | Reply
  43. https://thuocladientu123.com

    Best view i have ever seen !


    March 2, 2021 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  44. WilliamfriNc

    песни слушать бесплатно

    March 1, 2021 at 7:49 am | Reply
  45. Angelobot

    слушать русскую музыку

    March 1, 2021 at 6:33 am | Reply
  46. CharlesSal

    музыка 2021 бесплатно mp3

    March 1, 2021 at 5:10 am | Reply
  47. Michaelsap

    слушать музыку без остановки

    March 1, 2021 at 1:54 am | Reply
  48. ThomasSoilk

    вк мп3

    March 1, 2021 at 12:31 am | Reply
  49. Kennethutisa

    бесплатно mp3 все песни в хорошем качестве

    February 28, 2021 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  50. ClarkClurn

    xc9il a7fvf 5vvm

    February 28, 2021 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  51. Josephignop

    песни круга

    February 28, 2021 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  52. Gregorydic

    музыка остановка

    February 28, 2021 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  53. Justindop

    песня снова

    February 28, 2021 at 11:33 am | Reply
  54. Greggbut

    музыка вк

    February 28, 2021 at 9:53 am | Reply
  55. Darrellmeemo

    скачать новинки mp3

    February 28, 2021 at 3:12 am | Reply
  56. Davidmourf

    песня юность

    February 27, 2021 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  57. RaymondBom

    mp3 2021

    February 27, 2021 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  58. CharlesSpoib

    песнь песней скачать

    February 27, 2021 at 11:07 am | Reply
  59. Facebook Services

    Thanks for one's marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you are a great author.I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and may come back sometime soon. I want to encourage one to continue your great work, have a nice holiday weekend!


    February 27, 2021 at 9:53 am | Reply
  60. WilliamKaw

    музыка слова

    February 27, 2021 at 9:38 am | Reply
  61. MichaelJoype

    песни новинки

    February 27, 2021 at 8:08 am | Reply
  62. RobinElexy

    скачать песню ремикс

    February 27, 2021 at 6:20 am | Reply
  63. ThomasBom

    песня руки

    February 27, 2021 at 4:42 am | Reply
  64. Stantontib

    скачать песнью бесплатно

    February 27, 2021 at 2:41 am | Reply
  65. RogerDaf

    слушать песни онлайн

    February 27, 2021 at 1:21 am | Reply
  66. Richardicozy

    слушать музыку онлайн бесплатно без

    February 26, 2021 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  67. photographer

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article! It's the little changes that produce the most important changes. Many thanks for sharing!


    February 26, 2021 at 6:49 am | Reply
  68. Buy Real Instagram Video Likes

    I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own weblog and was curious what all is required to get set up? I'm assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I'm not very internet savvy so I'm not 100 sure. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Kudos


    February 25, 2021 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  69. ThomasCoale

    хорошая музыка

    February 24, 2021 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  70. Normanutece

    слушать песни

    February 24, 2021 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  71. JohnnyWag

    песню будете

    February 24, 2021 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  72. MartinDar

    песнь песней текст

    February 24, 2021 at 11:27 am | Reply
  73. Georgenourn

    музыка слушать бесплатно остановки

    February 24, 2021 at 8:39 am | Reply
  74. Eddiesariz

    песни черных

    February 24, 2021 at 7:34 am | Reply
  75. Philipicoge

    слушать музыку онлайн бесплатно

    February 24, 2021 at 5:49 am | Reply
  76. Frankfriem

    песни онлайн слушать бесплатно

    February 24, 2021 at 4:02 am | Reply
  77. Waltoncic

    песни лета 2021

    February 24, 2021 at 2:12 am | Reply
  78. Briangrota

    скачать песнь мп3

    February 23, 2021 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  79. Donaldpax

    скачать песню бывшая

    February 23, 2021 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  80. Timothystony

    mp3 качество скачать

    February 23, 2021 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  81. Jeremyedito

    лучшие песни скачать бесплатно

    February 23, 2021 at 10:35 am | Reply
  82. CharlesSEr

    новинки русской музыки

    February 23, 2021 at 6:03 am | Reply
  83. JasonKib

    скачать песнь

    February 23, 2021 at 4:30 am | Reply
  84. GeorgeFoode

    песнь онлайн

    February 23, 2021 at 2:30 am | Reply
  85. JamesCek

    песни слушать бесплатно

    February 22, 2021 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  86. JamesFap

    популярная музыка 2021

    February 22, 2021 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  87. Gregoryemish

    такия песня

    February 22, 2021 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  88. Williamgag

    слушать музыку онлайн бесплатно без

    February 22, 2021 at 11:10 am | Reply
  89. AlbertNut

    песнь песней mp3

    February 22, 2021 at 9:57 am | Reply
  90. remote pc assistance

    Thank you, I've recently been looking for information approximately this topic for a long time and yours is the greatest I have found out so far. But, what concerning the bottom line? Are you sure in regards to the supply?


    February 21, 2021 at 5:43 am | Reply
  91. My Private Proxies Cheap

    Thanks for the ideas shared using your blog. Something else I would like to mention is that weight loss is not exactly about going on a fad diet and trying to get rid of as much weight as you're able in a few months. The most effective way to burn fat is by having it bit by bit and using some basic guidelines which can provide help to make the most from a attempt to shed weight. You may know and already be following most of these tips, nevertheless reinforcing know-how never does any damage.


    February 20, 2021 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  92. Williambothe

    все о сексе

    February 20, 2021 at 9:55 am | Reply
  93. PeterThevy


    February 20, 2021 at 8:27 am | Reply
  94. Ivoryspoft

    mp3 2021

    February 20, 2021 at 7:12 am | Reply
  95. Josephnup

    mp3 скачать качество бесплатно

    February 20, 2021 at 5:43 am | Reply
  96. ThomasDup

    песни мп3 бесплатно

    February 20, 2021 at 4:01 am | Reply
  97. MichaelWricy

    музыка 2021

    February 20, 2021 at 2:04 am | Reply
  98. Allenskync

    mp3 бесплатно хорошего качества

    February 19, 2021 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  99. SocialMedia Services2021

    Do you want get more social network traffic, likes, subscribers? Our Company provide SMM Services that means (Social Media Marketing) that is directly using social network websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to promote a website. High Quality Services / Our prices are the cheapest in the market, starting at $0.01 / 24/7 Support / API Support for panel leaders / Best prices Our Website: https://smmsupreme.com/auth/signup


    February 19, 2021 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  100. MartinUtilt

    новинки музыки 2021 скачать бесплатно

    February 19, 2021 at 2:02 pm | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Leave a Reply to dashboard repair near me


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.