How Do I Get In?

Doug is interviewed about the common misconceptions of how one joins the CIA and its corresponding recruitment activities. Contrary to popular belief, there is no “back door” into the CIA and while the Agency does actively promote the organization in public, Doug explains that the only way to begin the process is to apply online at

While there are a lot of people out there claiming to have spent time in the CIA, Doug is one of the few former case officers and operatives that has been confirmed directly by the Agency. The CIA even went as far as acknowledging and redacting much of his memoir before it was published.

Follow The ROB Podcast YouTube Channel to learn more about his time in the CIA and to pick up tips and tricks to help you determine if you might have a friend or relative that is also leading a version of a spy’s double-life or if you’ve simply encountered another ‘operative by osmosis.’