Counterintelligence conference planned in March
By JIM OLSEN
Bush Center Notes
The George Bush School of Government and Public Service, the Bush Library Foundation and the National Counterintelligence Executive are sponsoring a national level conference on counterintelligence to be held March 4 and 5 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center in College Station. This conference will bring together national security specialists, scholars, national and local news media personnel, interested public observers and Texas A&M University students for discussion and debate on the topic of “Counterintelligence for the 21st Century.” The public is welcome.
Speakers from the world of intelligence and national security will present their views on how the United States can respond to counterintelligence threats of the future.
Michelle Van Cleave, director of the National Counterintelligence Executive, will present the new U.S. National Counterintelligence Strategy. Other topics will include lessons from the Robert Hanssen spy case, foreign intelligence and security services, atomic espionage, cyber threats, technology loss and legal issues.
The Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency and Departments of Energy, Justice and Defense are among agencies that will be represented.
Historian and intelligence expert Keith Melton will have on display numerous espionage artifacts from his private collection. In collaboration with a CIA officer from the National Counterintelligence Executive, he will also premiere at this conference a multimedia presentation on the tradecraft used by Hanssen, the former FBI special agent now serving a life sentence for espionage. A Hanssen family member will discuss the impact that Hanssen’s actions had on the family.
Another highlight of the conference will be a presentation on atomic espionage by British intelligence writer Nigel West, author of the recently published book “Mortal Crimes: The Greatest Theft in History — Soviet Penetration of the Manhattan Project.”
The conference will begin the morning of March 4 and conclude after lunch March 5. The $150 registration fee includes continental breakfasts and lunches both days, and a reception and dinner March 4. Special speakers will make presentations at the lunches and the dinner.
• Jim Olson is senior lecturer at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.