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Emily Francona Emily Francona

Principal; Speaker, Commentator, Analyst | Francona Advisors, LLC


Demystifies intelligence issues for the tax-paying citizen by explaining basic concepts and illustrating with a case study



Emily Francona overcame unique challenges as an American intelligence officer and later as a professional staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Tackling organizational obstacles within the traditionally male-oriented military system, she excelled in an even more male-dominated specialty – a clandestine case officer.
During her distinguished intelligence career, Emily served with the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency in Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Latin America.
After retiring from the Air Force, Emily joined the professional staff of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence – where she conducted direct oversight of sensitive Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency operations. Her extensive intelligence background enabled her to draft legislation on intelligence operations standards and intelligence restructuring, still in force today.
Emily is passionate about educating citizens on intelligence issues and providing relevant context for frequently sensationalized, inaccurate media reporting. She believes that tax-paying citizens need to be better informed about the capabilities, limitations, and costs of intelligence – and the impact of intelligence on national security and foreign policy decisions.
Her audiences have included the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Civilian-Military Relations, Portland State University's International Affairs Department, Willamette University's Institute for Continued Learning, the Argentine Ministry of Defense, and many civic groups. She also provides customized analysis for the Central Intelligence Agency on intelligence issues for emerging democracies.

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International Affairs

Areas of Expertise (5)


Public Speaking




Education (2)

University of Central Florida: BA, Latin American Studies 1980

Troy University: MS, International Relations 1987

Affiliations (10)

  • Open Source Intelligence
  • Rotary International
  • National Military Intelligence Association
  • Association for Intelligence Officers (AFIO)
  • Book Marketing
  • Rotary Foundation Alumni
  • Public Speaking
  • Defense Language Institute Alumni Association.
  • HUMINT, Intelligence Operations
  • The Rotary Foundation Bequest Society


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