Petraeus’ Mistress Was Named ‘National Security Insider’ by National Journal as a Grad Student

By Jon Street | November 15, 2012 | 6:54pm EST

Paula Broadwell, author, who had an adulterous affair with CIA Director David Petraeus. (AP)

( – Former CIA Director David Petraeus’ biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell contributed to National Journal as a “national security insider” in 2011, as a graduate student.

The National Journal’s online archives indicate that Broadwell began contributing as one of 73 national security insiders in May 2011, when she was surveyed on whether the U.S. should cut aid to Pakistan following 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden’s death in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

National Journal is a subscription-only magazine aimed principally at Washington insiders: the White House, members of Congress, Capitol Hill staffers, think-tank analysts, lobbyists and news media.

National Journal also asked its insiders, including Broadwell, following the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi whether they thought the Obama administration “deliberately misled people by delaying to label the [Benghazi] assault a terrorist attack.

Seventy-four (74)  percent of the insiders said that the administration’s response to the situation in Libya was not misleading while 26 percent said the administration did mislead by people delaying to call it a terrorist attack.

Broadwell, the author of “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,” is currently a Ph.D. candidate for the War Studies program at King’s College London, a major British university, according to her publisher, Penguin Group USA.

The Charlotte Observer, Broadwell’s hometown newspaper, reported in January that Broadwell had traveled to Afghanistan six times (a total of three months) to interview Patraeus for her doctoral dissertation that led to the publication of the biography.

During a speaking engagement at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., Broadwell spoke about her book, “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus on Feb. 6, 2012, just days after her book’s release on Jan. 24.

“I was intrigued by how this individual [Petraeus] had galvanized organizational transformation in the Army,” Broadwell said, “and I was looking at this from a management perspective: How does an insider affect organizational transformation? And I asked him if I could use him as a case study in my doctoral dissertation and he agreed.”

Broadwell is no stranger to military operations. She attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 1991 to 1995, graduating with honors. From the end of her time at West Point until 2003, she served with the U.S. intelligence community, Special Operations Command and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

In 2003, Broadwell attended the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, where she earned a Masters of International Studies in 2006.

Later that year, Broadwell began work on her Masters of Public Administration degree at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she graduated in 2008.

Broadwell has devoted most of her time since 2008 to the completion of her doctorate and biographical book of Gen. Petraeus.

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