North American Society for Intelligence History 2022 Conference

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The North American Society for Intelligence History will hold its second conference online on Monday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

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Before the conference we will send speakers and attendees the link to Hopin, our virtual conference platform, to the email listed on the ticket. The email will come from so be sure to check spam/junk folders. Participants should use their preferred email to register.

** All times are Eastern (Washington, DC) time **

------- DAY 1: July 18 --------

8:30 – 8:55 AM: President’s Welcome by Calder Walton

9:00-10:50 AM: Session 1

Panel 1: Covert Operations in the Early Cold War: A Roundtable Reassessment

Chair: Sarah-Jane Corke

  • Sarah-Jane Corke, “What a “Little Bird” Can Tell Us about One of America’s First Covert Operations in Communist China.”
  • Susan Perlman, “Covert Action in France, 1945-1953.”
  • Francesco Cacciatore, “US Covert Action in Italy in the Early Cold War: Interventionism or Cooperation?”
  • Stephen Long, “Reappraising the Prototype ‘Rollback Failure’: Anglo-American Covert Action in Albania, 1949-60.”
  • James Marchio, “‘Roll Back’ and US Military Planning: Reconsidering the Eisenhower Administration’s Strategy toward Eastern Europe.”

11:00-12:30 PM: Session 2

Panel 2A: New Findings on the CPUSA on its Centennial: Julia Stewart Poyntz, George Mink, and Earl Browder

Chair and Discussant: Katherine A. S. Sibley

  • Denise Lynn, “Missing Spies and Political Murder: The FBI and the Construction of Crime.”
  • Vernon L. Pedersen, “The Last Days of George Mink: Spain, Mexico, and the Death of Leon Trotsky.”
  • James G. Ryan, “Senator Joe McCarthey Rescues an Unrepentant Stalinist from Probable Prison Time.”

Panel 2B: Anglo-American Intelligence in the European Theater of World War II

Chair: Kathryn Barbier

  • John Peaty, “A Study in failure: The Ardennes, December 1944.”
  • Stephen J. Jaskoski, “Intelligence Delivery: The Case of Ultra Distribution to the Army Echelon in Operation Husky.”
  • Allison Abra, “Secret Agent Romances in the Special Operation Executive.”

12:30 – 1:00PM: Break

1:00 – 2:50 PM: Session 3

Panel 3A: Intelligence Analysis in the Twentieth Century

Chair: Sarah Miller Beebe

  • David Sherman, “An Intelligence Classic that Almost Never Was: Roberta Wohlstetter's Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision.”
  • Daniel Salisbury and Alex Bolfrass, “The Role of Procurement Intelligence in All-Source Assessments of Pakistan's Nuclear Program, 1974-1984.”
  • Mark Stout, “Intelligence Analysis in the US Army during the World War I Period.”

Panel 3B: The Central Intelligence Agency at 75

Chair: Diana Bolsinger

  • Hugh Wilford, “The CIA: An Imperial History.”
  • Michael Warner, “Central Intelligence: Dream and Reality.”
  • Nicholas Reynolds, “God Bless Bureaucracy: The Post-war American Intelligence Reset.”
  • Jeff Rogg, “The CIA and Civil-Intelligence Relations: A New Framework for Interpreting Old Debates.”

3:00 - 4:20 PM: Session 4

Panel 4A: Ethics and Experimentation in Intelligence History

Chair: Jan Goldman

  • Eleanor Leah Williams, “Why Is Intelligence Unethical?”
  • John Lisle, “The Lessons and Legacy of OSS Truth Drug Trials..”

Panel 4B: New Perspectives on Soviet Intelligence

Chair: Calder Walton

  • Filip Kovacevic, “The Teacher: Oleg Gribanov and KGB Counterintelligence.”
  • Mark Pruett, “Postage Due: A New Perspective on State Security Intelligence Research.”
  • Alexandra Sukalo, “Establishing Political and Social Order: Recruiting Locals to the Soviet Political Police, 1945-1953.”

4:30 – 5:50 PM: Session 5

Panel 5A: Intelligence, Terrorism, and Insurrection

Chair: Mark Stout

  • Shannon Nash, “Deception, Concealment, and Patience: Terrorist Training Manuals and al Qaeda Methods in the Lead up to 9/11”
  • Cortney Weinbaum, “Intelligence Failures and the January 6th Attack”

-------- DAY 2: July 19 --------

9:00 -10:20 AM: Session 6

Panel 6A: New Beginnings in Signals Intelligence

Chair: John Ferris

  • Agathe Couderc, “Founding French Military Intelligence Anew: Cipher Services in the 1920s.”
  • Philip C. Shackelford, “If You Can't Lick 'Em, Join 'Em: The U.S. Air Force Security Service and its Relationship with the National Security Agency during the Early Cold War.”

Panel 6B: Machinery of Government and Intelligence

Chair: Timothy Sayle

  • William Cooney, “The Global Affairs Canada Special Registry Declassification Project.”
  • Lucy Towler Slater, “The Role of the Cabinet Secretary in British Intelligence Management, 1943-1968.”

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Session 7

Panel 7: World War I and its Aftermath

Chair: Michael Warner

  • Benjamin Hodges, “The War Office and the Development of Intelligence Doctrine after the First World War.”
  • Danielle Wirsansky, “Desert Queen and The White Mouse: How the Successes of British Women Spies in WWI Paved the Way for Female Agency in WWII.”
  • Betsy Rohaly Smoot, “Soldier, Sailor, Codebreaker, Spy: The Short Humint Career of Colonel Parker Hitt.”

12:00 to 1:00 PM: Break

1:00 - 2:20 PM: Session 8

Panel 8A: Intelligence Liaison in History

Chair: Sara Castro

  • Aviva Guttman, “Covert Diplomacy to Overcome a Crisis: German and Israeli Intelligence after Munich.”
  • Matthew Hefler, “Secret Service Relationships during the Second World War and a Deeper Level of International Diplomacy.”
  • Diana Bolsinger, “CIA's Afghan Program and Pakistan's Bargaining Leverage.”

Panel 8B: Italian and German Intelligence in the Inter-War Period

Chair: Calder Walton

  • Jessi A. J. Gilchrist, “Sharing Empire: Great Britain, Fascist Italy, and (Anti-) Colonial Intelligence Networks in the Palestine Mandate.”
  • Nicolas G. Virtue, “Interpreting Revolt: Colonial Assumptions in Italian Military Intelligence.”
  • Marcus Faulkner, “Intelligence and the Evolution of the Panzerschiff Programme, 1928-1935.”

2:30 – 4:00 PM: Session 9

Panel 9A: New Methods and Best Practices for Teaching Intelligence History and Using Intelligence to Teach History

Chair: Marion "Molly" Girard Dorsey

  • Mary Kathryn Barbier, “Teaching Intelligence History during COVID: A Modified Approach.”
  • Sara Castro, “Using Primary Sources to Teach Intelligence History.”
  • Melissa Graves, “Going to the Source: Teaching Intelligence History.”

Panel 9B: US Imagery Intelligence: Meeting the Challenges of the Cold War

Chair: Alexandra Sukalo

  • Jack O’Connor, “Feature Recognition Algorithms in the US Intelligence Community.”
  • Aaron Bateman, “Mutually Assured Surveillance at Risk: Anti-Satellite Weapons and Cold War Arms Control.”

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