December 7, 2022
“CIA at 75: Looking Back, Looking Ahead”
The Spy Museum, Council on Intelligence Issues, and the Central Intelligence Retirees’ Association marked the CIA’s 75th anniversary with an evening focused on the Agency’s history, a discussion of operational, analytic, technological, and other challenges that illustrate CIA’s mission and unique role as a national intelligence agency, and a look ahead to the challenges for the future.
David Robarge, CIA Chief Historian, set the stage with a brief look at CIA’s history, agility at adapting to the world it, and some challenges it has faced.
Mark Lowenthal, former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production, moderated a panel of CIA experts sharing their diverse firsthand experiences to illustrate how CIA and generations of its intelligence professionals have met some of the challenges and risks they faced around the globe. The panel includes:
· James Lawler, former Directorate of Operations Officer, counterproliferation expert;
· Andrew Makridis, former Chief Operating Officer, analyst and presidential briefer;
· Dawn Meyerriecks, former Deputy Director for Science and Technology; and
· William D. Murray, former Directorate of Operations Officer, Chief of Station.
Concluding the program, John McLaughlin, former Deputy and Acting Director of Central Intelligence, discussed some of the challenges CIA faces and the role it will play in continuing to provide all-source intelligence analysis and operational support to enable policymakers to anticipate and address traditional and emerging threats to US and global security.
The Council on Intelligence Issues (CII) is a nonprofit organization established as a resource for CIA and other intelligence community officers who need information about legal assistance and to educate the public about intelligence. Visit CII’s website at www.intelissues.com or write email@example.com.
The International Spy Museum is an independent non-profit museum which documents the tradecraft, history, and contemporary role of espionage. It holds the largest collection of international espionage artifacts on public display. For information, visit spymuseum.orgor write firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Central Intelligence Retirees’ Association (CIRA) is a non-profit social organization that also offers scholarships to family members of CIA officers. Membership is limited to CIA retirees as well as current and former officers employed by the Agency for at least 10 years. Visit www.cira.org for information.
With much thanks to the Central Intelligence Agency for its assistance.
presented in partnership with the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security
Featuring Moderator Dawn Eilenberger (Former Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Former Assistant DNI for Policy & Strategy, Office of the DNI); Michael Atkinson (Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP; co-lead of the National Security practice and former ODNI Inspector General); Joel Brenner (Senior Research Fellow, MIT Center for IInternational Studies and former NSA Inspector General); Jason Klitenic (Partner, Holland & Knight, Head of National Security, Defense and Intelligence Team and former General Counsel, ODNI); and Mark Zaid (Managing Partner, Mark S. Zaid, PC; Founder, James Madison Project and Co-Founder, Whistleblower Aid).
January 27, 2021
“The Billion Dollar Spy: Adolf Tolkachev”
What is a good spy worth? In the case of this one, an estimate by the US Air Force specialist who used the intelligence gained from this one source to terminate or direct research, “somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 billion…” That was before the source, Adolf Tolkachev, delivered another 179 rolls of film with thousands of pages of Soviet documents.
Spy stories, real spy stories, are never simple, and they frequently have tragic endings. They are also often hampered by internal governmental controls that make the operation more difficult for the operations personnel. Fighting through these obstacles is often as difficult as running the operation itself.
Meet one man who made this fight and helped America gain clear advantages in the future of air warfare and the author who brought the operation to light many years later:
Burton Gerber, a legendary CIA officer and senior leader and Moscow Chief during much of the operation.
David E. Hoffman, Washington Post journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning author.
William D. “Bill” Murray, a retired senior operations officer of the CIA and co-founder of the Council on Intelligence Issues, will moderate this discussion.
John Gannon, CII’s Chairman, will introduce the participants. Please join us for this free online presentation that will bring you deeply into one of the most successful and important U.S. espionage operations of the late 20th century.
The Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Council on Intelligence Issues present this exciting and timely discussion.
Peter Clement, Chief of CIA’s Presidential Transition Team (2008); PDB daily briefer for Vice-President Cheney, NSC Adviser Rice, and Deputy NSC Adviser Hadley (2003-2004);
Dawn Eilenberger, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence and Assistant DNI for Policy & Strategy, Office of the DNI, she managed DNI’s intelligence community’s Presidential transition effort (2016);
John McLaughlin, former Deputy Director and Acting Director of Central Intelligence (2000-2004), he provided briefings to candidates, presidents-elect, and to sitting and former presidents; and
John Moseman, previously Chief of Staff, Director of Central Intelligence; CIA Director of Congressional Affairs, served as Senior Advisor to the DNI’s Transition Teams for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 elections.
Moderator: Dr. Mark Lowenthal, former Assistant Director of Intelligence (DCI) for Analysis and Production and author of Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy.
Co-sponsored by the Council on Intelligence Issues
Much has been reported about intelligence briefings for sitting presidents, how different presidents receive these briefings, known as the President’s Daily Brief (PDB), and how presidents deal with the intelligence they receive. Even before inauguration, the intelligence community provides classified intelligence briefings to candidates during the election campaign and to a president-elect during the transition. These briefings often are the first step in an intelligence community’s “getting to know the President.” Bringing classified intelligence to candidates who are often unfamiliar with how foreign intelligence is collected, analyzed, and protected presents many challenges. Join us for a discussion of this practice authorized by every President dating back to Harry Truman in 1952.
Our distinguished panel includes: Peter Clement, Chief of CIA’s Presidential Transition Team (2008) and PDB daily briefer for Vice-President Cheney, NSC Adviser Rice, and Deputy NSC Adviser Hadley (2003-2004); Dawn R. Eilenberger, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence and Assistant DNI for Policy & Strategy, Office of the DNI, she managed DNI’s intelligence community’s Presidential transition effort (2016); John McLaughlin, Former Deputy Director and Acting Director of Central Intelligence (2000-2004), he provided briefings to candidates, presidents-elect, and to sitting and former presidents; and John Moseman, previously Chief of Staff, Director of Central Intelligence, CIA Director of Congressional Affairs, and Senior Advisor to the DNI’s Transition Teams for the 2008, 2012, and 2016 elections.
Former Assistant DCI for Analysis and Production and author of Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy, Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal, will moderate the discussion which will share insights on: How does the intelligence community prepare for these briefings? How have these briefings changed or differed over time? Do candidates get “the good stuff”? And more.
December 10, 2019
“Preserving Intelligence Integrity in a Dangerous World”
Join moderator John Gannon, former Chairman, National Intelligence Council and panelists: Peter Clement, former Deputy Assistant Director of CIA for Europe and Eurasia; Robert Grenier, Former Director, CIA Counter Terrorism Center; Chris Kojm, former Chairman, National Intelligence Council; Bill Murray, former CIA Station Chief, Senior Manager and Operations Officer (Europe, Middle East, Balkans, South Asia); and the Honorable Caryn Wagner, former Undersecretary for Intelligence & Analysis, Department of Homeland Security, as they highlight factors that enhance or undermine the credibility, effectiveness, and impact of intelligence for national security decision-makers.
Black Ops: Deception, Influence and Propaganda
November 15, 2015
William Murray, Presenter