Wed, April 16, 2014
The CIA: Its Origin, Its Transformation, and Its Militarization

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All lectures are held in the multipurpose rooms of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The building opens at 6:30 p.m., the talk begins at 7:15 p.m., and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m. All are welcome, and the event is free! For further information, please call 717-245-3972

April 16, 2014 (Wednesday)
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series with Dr. Richard Immerman

Dr. Richard Immerman
Professor, Temple University

April 16, 2014 (Wednesday)
Title: "The CIA: Its Origin, Its Transformation, and Its Militarization"

In his latest work, The Hidden Hand: A Brief History of the CIA, Dr. Richard Immerman of Temple University takes a sobering look at the agency behind some of America's greatest triumphs and her most humiliating blunders. Dr. Immerman explores the various missions of the CIA, from the collection and analysis of information, to secretive operations around the globe. Using the most up to date information available, Dr. Immerman examines the CIA's place in American culture and global affairs, presenting the intricate and divisive nature of the CIA in a way that lets the reader view the Agency in a whole new light. Immerman works to tie together national intelligence and national strategy, highlighting the relationship between the two. From its foundation in 1947 to its heavy involvement in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Central Intelligence Agency plays a key role in the modern day American government. Drawing from his years in the intelligence field, Dr. Immerman will present a lecture which blends experience and a lifetime of study into a powerful, and controversial, narrative.

A former Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence and the current Chair of the Historical Advisory Committee to the Department of State, Dr. Richard H. Immerman has spent a lifetime researching, writing, and teaching U.S. foreign relations, Cold War history, and intelligence policy. Dr. Immerman is the author of numerous award winning works, such as The Foreign Policy of Intervention to Waging Peace, and The CIA in Guatemala, and was the 40th president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. In 2009, Dr. Immerman began a 3-year term as representative to the Department of State's Advisory Committee on Historical Documentation, becoming the committee's chair in 2010. Dr. Immerman is the Edward J. Buthusiem Distinguished Faculty Fellow in History and the Marvin Wachman Director of Temple's Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. He is also serving as the Francis W. DeSerio Chair of Strategic Intelligence at the U.S. Army War College.