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American Forum - Intelligence and Espionage: The Lessons of Tehran and Afghanistan

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Howard Hart
October 10, 2008
11:00AM (EDT)

Howard Hart
Howard Hart

Howard Hart was an officer in the CIA's Directorate of Operations, the Agency's clandestine service, for more than 25 years. In Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, From the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, Steve Coll reports that as head of station in Islamabad during the Afghan resistance to the Soviet invasion, Hart acted "as a quartermaster for the Afghan mujahedin. He ordered guns from CIA headquarters, helped oversee secret training programs for the mujahedin in Pakistani camps, and evaluated weapons to see which ones worked for the rebels and which did not."

Forum Series: The Business of U.S. Intelligence Gathering and Analysis

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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.

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