On Thursday, November 15, 2012, Gene Poteat, the President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) came to visit DeSales University. Sponsored by the Political Science Program’s National Security Track, Gene spoke to the audience on the topic of “The Secret History of U.S. Intelligence.” He related the importance of expionage in General Washington’s fight against the British Army during the Revolutionary
On Monday, October 22, Scott Dean from the U.S. State Department spoke at DeSales University on the topic of “The Process of Nuclear Arms Control.” Dean has more than 30 years of experience with the State Department. He now works as a civil servant on nuclear arms control, particularly to prepare for future U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control agreements in the wake of the 2011 U.S.-Russian New START treaty.
Members of the National Security Club were fortunate enough to interview Gene Poteat for our second podcast interview (the first was with Cameron La Clair, one of the original founders of the CIA). Eugene Poteat is the President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO). He is a retired CIA Senior Scientific Intelligence Officer. His early CIA career included work on the U-2 and SR-71 class of airplanes and various space systems. His CIA assignments included the Directorate of Science and Technology, the National Reconnaissance Office, Technical Director of the Navy’s Special Programs Office, and Executive Director of the Intelligence Research and Development Council. He served abroad in London, Scandinavia, and the Middle East.
On Thursday, April 12, 2012 in the Air Products Room in Trexler Library Kevin Bagatta gave the students in the National Security Track/Club a presentation on Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. His experience come from his Air Force service as a commander of a Missle Combat Crew, in which he was responsible for the control of 50 ICBMs. He discussed the topic of nuclear deterrence and his contribution to the START treaty during the George H.W. Bush Administration.
On Thursday, December 8, 2011 six students from the National Security Club – Tony Fabrizio, Collin Roszyk, Tim DiGilio, Peter Wertz, Ryan Olah, and Jeff Anderson – attended the Association of Former Intelligence Officers’ Winter Luncheon. The main attraction was John Bennett, Director of the National Clandestine Service, CIA. Noted author J.M. Berger also spoke at the event on his new book “JIHAD JOE: Americans Who Go To War In The Name of Islam.”
On November 10, 2011 in the Trexler Library at DeSales University, the National Security Track/Club celebrated the Dedication Ceremony with Mary La Clair, the widow of Cameron La Clair, and her daughter Andrea. Cameron & Mary were major contributors to this collection now numbering approximately 1000 volumes. Other contributors included Joseph Goulden, book review for the Washington Examiner, and Dr. John Behling, former OSS officer.
On Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Dr. William Nolte spoke to students, faculty, and staff at DeSales University on the impact of budget reductions on the intelligence community. He also discussed careers in the intelligence community, as well as his own 30-year career.
On Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Dr. William Nolte will be coming to the DeSales University campus at 3;00pm in the Hurd Room in the DeSales University Center to discuss “The Prospects for the Intelligence Community in the Face of Budget Reductions.” Dr. Nolte has served for 30 years in the intelligence community holding numerous senior positions with the CIA, NSA, and ODNI. Please join us for this event. If you have any questions, contact Dr. andrew Essig at Andrew.Essig@desales.edu
Now available on the right-hand side menu is a podcast with Cameron La Clair and his wife Mary made during an interview with Joe Pauloski and Bianca Cavacini, members of the National Security Club, on April 3, 2011. Cameron is one of the five remaining founders of the CIA. The podcast covers his experiences in WWII and Vietnam, the founding of the CIA and the individuals involved, as well as dealing with Soviet spies and recruiting spies for the United States government. This podcast lasts approximately two hours. Enjoy! This is an historical treasure. The picture above was taken at an AFIO luncheon in May 2010. From left to right: Bianca Cavacini, Mary La Clair, and Cameron La Clair.
On Tuesday, February 15th at 4pm in the Air Products Room in Trexler Library Lt. Col. Kevin Hinkle, USAF, Officer-in-Charge; Public Health/Medical Intelligence 193rd Special Operations Wing/SGPM (AFSOC) spoke to the students of the National Security Club about his experiences as lead medical officer in suport of Hurricane DEAN, GUSTAV, and IKE, working with civilian and military authorities regarding patient evacuation and sheltering in place for healthcare facilities. He also discussed his responsibility of providing medical intelligence for commanders and maintain force health protection measures for soldiers and airmen.