Mr. Coyle received his B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University before joining the CIA in 1976 as a field operations officer. He served almost half of his thirty year career abroad, with postings in Russia, Brazil, Portugal, Kyrgyzstan and Greece among other countries. In addition to operationally-related HQS assignments, he also spent a year on rotation as an analyst and was working as a HUMINT referent in the DCI’s Community Management Staff when the September 11, 2001 attacks occurred, which brought him immediately back into Operations. He returned to Indiana University in 2004 as a Visiting CIA Professor.
Since retiring from the Agency in 2006, he has continued teaching various classes on the history of espionage and national security issues. He has recently been appointed as a Professor of Practice within the newly created School of Global and International Studies at I.U. and teaches classes for the International Studies Department and the Global Village Living Learning Center. He is a recipient of the CIA’s Intelligence Medal of Merit for a technical operation he conducted in Moscow, has had two articles published in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence and has also written five fictional spy novels since his retirement.