Miller Center

Business of Intelligence Gathering & Analysis

During the 2008-2009 academic year the Miller Center Forum hosted a special series on the business of gathering, analysis, dissemination and use of intelligence. The 9-11 tragedy brought to light devastating intelligence failures and raised questions regarding the need to restructure the U.S. intelligence community, its many agencies, operations and procedures. This series examines these issues in greater detail, as well as assesses significant intelligence strengths by inviting experts from the field to offer their perspectives and policy recommendations. The series will focus on six key areas of interest with respect to intelligence: 1) history, 2) collection, 3) analysis, 4) interagency politics, 5) operations and, 6) legal issues.

Forums in Series—Complete Schedule

OCTOBER 3, 2008—11AM

Introduction to the Series & Brief History of Intelligence

Fred Hitz
Served as CIA Inspector General and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for National Security Law at the U.Va. School of Law, and former Inspector General, CIA.


OCTOBER 10, 2008—11AM

Intelligence and Espionage: The Lessons of Tehran and Afghanistan

Howard Hart
Career officer in the CIA's Directorate of Operations, the Agency's Clandestine Service for more than 25 years. From 1981–1984 he served as Chief of Station in Islamabad 1981-1984 where he coordinated resistance to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.


NOVEMBER 3, 2008—11AM

Intelligence Analysis and Dissemination

Thomas Fingar
Chairman, National Intelligence Council. Assistant Secretary of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (NIR), having previously served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Analysis; Director of the Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific; and Chief of the China Division.


NOVEMBER 17, 2008—11AM

Interagency Relationships in the Intelligence Community

Phillip Mudd
Associate Executive Assistant Director, National Security Branch of the FBI; previously held positions at the CIA, National Intelligence Council and Counter Terrorism Center. In 2009 Mudd was presented the Director's Award for his leadership, extraordinary fidelity and essential service by the Director of Central Intelligence.


NOVEMBER 19, 2008—11AM

The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

James Bamford
Author of Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency (Anchor, 2002), and A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies (Anchor, 2004). A former Washington Investigative Producer for ABC News' World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, he has written investigative cover stories for the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. A book signing will follow his Forum.


FEBRUARY 9, 2009—11AM

Suicide Terrorism

Assaf Moghadam
Assistant Professor, Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a postdoctoral fellow with the International Security Program's Initiative on Religion in International Affairs, Harvard University.


MARCH 27, 2009—5:30PM

Of Knowledge and Power: The Complexities of National Intelligence

Robert Kennedy
ROBERT KENNEDY, a Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, served for 35 years in various government postings, including Civilian Deputy Commandant at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Army War College, and Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. His most recent book examines the labyrinth of complexities that the intelligence community faces in trying to provide quality intelligence to support American foreign policy and national security interests.


MARCH 30, 2009—11AM

The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower

Robert Baer
ROBERT BAER has publicly acknowledged working in India, Beirut, Tajikistan, and Salah-al-Din in Kurdish northern Iraq during his 20-year career as a CIA officer. During the mid-1980s, Baer was sent to Iraq to organize opposition to Saddam Hussein, but was recalled and investigated for allegedly conspiring to assassinate the Iraqi leader. George Clooney's character in Syriana (for which Clooney won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award) was loosely based on Baer, who, according to Seymour Hersh, "was considered perhaps the best on-the-ground field officer in the Middle East." A book signing will follow his Forum.


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from the Intelligence series.