Kristan J Wheaton
J Wheaton
M.A., J.D.
CAE 305

Kristan J. Wheaton (Kris) is an associate professor of intelligence studies at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is a retired Foreign Area Officer with the US Army who specializes in national security matters, analytic methods, intelligence communications and game-based learning. He has served as a defense and legal attaché to various US embassies and missions in Europe. He has also served in various intelligence or intelligence related billets including the S-2 to the 559th Artillery Group in Vicenza, Italy, Attaché to the Office of the Legal Counselor in The Hague; and Chief of European Analysis at the Directorate of Intelligence, EUCOM, in Stuttgart. He is the recipient of the CIA Seal Medallion and the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and is a member of the South Carolina Bar.


  • B.B.A., University of Notre Dame
  • MA, Florida State University
  • J.D., University of South Carolina

Courses Taught

  • INTL 655: Strategic Intelligence
  • INTL 580: Intelligence Communications
  • INTL 520: Advanced Analytic Techniques
  • INTL 510: Intelligence Theory and Practice
  • INTL 650: Topics in Intelligence: Collaborative Intelligence
  • RIAP 177: Intro to Intelligence Analysis
  • RIAP 178: Advanced Intelligence Analysis
  • RIAP 275: Writing for Intelligence

Research Interests

  • Analytic Methods
  • Game-based learning
  • Best Practices for Intelligence professionals

Selected Publications and Projects

  • Author of The Warning Solution: Intelligent Analysis in the Age of Information Overload Co-author of Structured Analysis of Competing Hypotheses: Theory And Application.
  • His current research interests include the use of games in teaching intelligence analysis and he is the author of “Teaching Strategic Intelligence Through Games”.
  • His research has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education and USA Today.
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