On Wednesday, 21 March, members of the WWII forerunner of the CIA – the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) – were presented with the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal for their invaluable service to our country.

This Medal is bestowed upon those “who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient’s field long after the achievement.”

Former CIA officer and DMGS Intelligence Chair Ronald Marks was invited to attend the ceremony held in Emancipation Hall in the Capitol.  “I had the honor of serving with a number of OSS veterans in my days at CIA.  They were truly the finest representatives of the Greatest Generation.”

We, at the DMGS, salute them for their service and congratulate them on this most well deserved honor.

Ronald A. Marks, M.A.

Program Chair

Ronald A. Marks is currently the Chair of the Intelligence program at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS).

Ronald “Ron” Marks is a 33-year veteran of the U.S. national security community. A former CIA official, Ron was a clandestine service officer and a Senate Liaison for five DCIs. He went on to serve on Capitol Hill as Intelligence Counsel to Senate Majority Leaders Robert Dole and Trent Lott. Ron maintains his involvement with intelligence matters as a member of various Intelligence Community advisory groups.

Marks was President of Intelligence Enterprises, LLC, a privately held national security management-consulting firm. He also headed the DC office of Oxford Analytics, a nationally recognized analytical, strategic, and consuling firm.

He is the author of Spying in America in the Post 9/11 World: Domestic Threat and the Need for Change.