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"Spies, Lies and Sneaky Guys: Espionage and Intelligence in the Digital Age" is the theme of the spring Global Agenda speaker series, which will open Feb. 22 and continue through May 2.

Global Agenda

Global Agenda series looks at espionage in digital age


8:09 a.m., Feb. 6, 2012--"Spies, Lies and Sneaky Guys: Espionage and Intelligence in the Digital Age" will be the theme of the University of Delaware's spring Global Agenda speaker series as it explores new challenges and opportunities in the field of international intelligence.

The Global Agenda presentations are free and open to the public and will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings, beginning Feb. 22 and continuing through May 2, in Mitchell Hall on South College Avenue on the UD campus in Newark.

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Speakers include a range of experts, among them Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA), and Washington Post reporter Dana Preist.

The international craft of espionage and intelligence gathering, once essentially a two-player, Soviet-American game during the Cold War, has become a multi-player game in the digital age. New technologies empower political, religious, and economic activists, and terrorists, worldwide. But those same technologies, from the Internet to pilotless “drone” surveillance tools, also offer powerful new defensive -- and offensive -- weapons to the United States.

"We are surrounded by issues related to espionage and intelligence, from the use of pilotless drones to electronic surveillance both abroad and at home," said Ralph Begleiter, director of the Center for Political Communication and Global Agenda moderator. "Espionage used to be mostly 'spy vs. spy,' but popularization of the Internet since the end of the Cold War has created new challenges to national security, as well as intelligence gathering opportunities for the United States and others around the world. The digital age has also ushered in the ability of governments and individuals to use electronic tools as weapons. Our speakers this spring will explore all those aspects of the intelligence environment."

Begleiter said the series "features national and international practitioners in world affairs" and is "intended to bring to life for UD students and the University community some of the most pressing and engaging questions of the day in international relations."

He noted that students enrolled in the Global Agenda class meet personally with all the speakers, both in class and over dinner, to explore their experiences and careers, and to probe controversial questions. Other students, members of the University community and the public are encouraged to hear and question these real-world experts, who have lived in the world of espionage and intelligence gathering for decades.

"I hope students, especially, take advantage of the unusual opportunity to meet these speakers, who have worked at the White House and the most secretive U.S. government agencies -- and in some of the most dangerous parts of the world," Begleiter said. "These speakers have been in the spy world throughout the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in the long effort to penetrate Al Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks. I'm especially pleased that former CIA director and National Security Agency director Gen. Michael Hayden is joining us at UD (on March 14) for this series."

Global Agenda is presented by the Institute for Global Studies, the Department of Communication, the Department of Political Science and International Relations and the Center for Political Communication.

The 2012 program schedule is as follows, with all sessions beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Mitchell Hall:

• Feb. 22 -- "Military Intelligence Complex," with Dana Priest, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter for the Washington Post. Priest covered the invasion of Panama, reported from Iraq, covered the Kosovo war, and has traveled widely with Army units in Asia, Africa and South America and on peacekeeping duty in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. She is currently working on a new book, Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.

• March 14 -- "Electronic Underworld," with Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and former director of the nation's most secretive intelligence organization, the NSA. Appointed by Presidents Clinton and Bush, Hayden led those agencies between 1999-2009, during the 9/11 attacks and aftermath and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

• March 21 -- "HUManINTelligence in the Digital Age," with Robert Grenier, who served 27 years in the CIA, most recently as head of its Counterterrorism Center. Among previous assignments, he led agent training at “The Farm,” was CIA representative to the White House on Iraq during the 2003 invasion, and, as CIA station chief in Islamabad, Pakistan, directed operations against the Taliban before, during and after the 9/11 attacks.

• April 4 -- "Red Cell!" with Eric C. Anderson, one of five career intelligence personnel on the CIA's "Red Cell," tasked with challenging conventional analysis. Since the 1990s he has worked at the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and as a senior intelligence officer for the U.S. government in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

• April 11 -- "Cyber Security: Grappling with the Risk," with Melissa Hathaway, who served both the Obama and Bush administrations as a leader in understanding cybersecurity. She worked in the office of the Director of National Intelligence and on the White House National Security Council staff, where she created a new Cyber Security office. She launched the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative in both presidential administrations.

• May 2 -- "The Future of Intelligence and Espionage," with Matthew M. Aid, a leading intelligence historian and expert on the National Security Agency. He was instrumental in exposing that U.S. intelligence agencies had been improperly "reclassifying" and removing documents from the National Archives to keep them secret. He is a Russian linguist, and author of Intel Wars: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror (2012), Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency (2009) and co-editor of Secrets of Signals Intelligence During the Cold War and Beyond (2001).

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