Former CIA Covert Officer Bruce Held, who served as Chief of Station in Asia, Latin America, and Africa and was the former Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence for the Department of Energy will present the talk, The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Secret Intelligence Perspective.
The talk is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 at Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa at 1505 Paseo de Peralta.
Many people know about the Thirteen Days, the dramatic story of how President Kennedy managed the Cuban Missile Crisis. This talk provides a secret intelligence perspective on the two years that lead up to that crisis, the world’s closest brush with nuclear Armageddon. What did the CIA know? How and when did they know it? What did the US Government do?
Held brings an expert’s eye to this story. During 2010-2012, he was Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence for the Department of Energy with responsibility for assessing foreign nuclear weapons programs, including those in Iran and North Korea. During 2013-2014 he led the $12 Billion US nuclear weapons program as the Acting Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration. This talk on the Cuban Missile Crisis is drawn from his book, A Spy’s Guide to the Kennedy Assassination.
Cost of the lecture is $12 in advance/$15 at the door for non-members and $10 in advance/$12 at the door for CIR members. There is no charge for students and teachers. For more information on registering for the lectures, go to the Council’s website at www.sfcir.org or telephone the office at 505.982.4931, ext. 102.
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