North American Society for Intelligence History Past Conferences

NASIH 2022 Conference Program (PDF)

The North American Society for Intelligence History held its second conference
online from Monday, July 18 - Tuesday, July 19, 2022. All times are Eastern 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 McCarthy Rescues an Unrepentant Stalinist from Probable Prison Time.”


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

  • Chair: Mary Kathryn Barbier

  • Isabel Campbell, “When the Women Left: An Examination of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Struggles to Perform Operational and Other Intelligence Work in the Early Post-war Period, 1945-1951.”

  • 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 Bollfrass, “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.”

  • Vince Houghton and Rob Simpson, "New Avenues of SIGINT and Cryptologic Research: National Cryptologic Museum 2.0."

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

  • 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 Guttmann, “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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