American Intelligence: Technology, Espionage, and Alliances
In two months, our nation will confront the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. In the decade since, what have we learned? What is our espionage history, and why is it important? What is the appropriate balance between civil liberties and national security? In this week, a collaboration with the International Spy Museum, we will examine American intelligence capabilities, the methods by which we collect and analyze data, how our justice system works, and what these issues tell us about who we are and how we form alliances. We'll learn about our technical capabilities in an information-based global environment with billions of bits of information. What do we know about our espionage efforts, and how do we know our strategies are working?
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Peter Earnest is the founding executive director of the International Spy Museum and a 35-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency. He served 25 years as a case officer in its Clandestine Service, primarily in Europe and the Middle East. He ran intelligence collection and covert action operations against a range of targets including Soviet Bloc representatives and Communist front organizations. At CIA headquarters, Earnest ran counterintelligence and double agent operations, working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and military intelligence. He was chief of the task force in charge of the highest-ranking Soviet defector to the U.S.
Assigned to the Office of the Director of Central Intelligence, Earnest served as an inspector with the inspector general, liaison with the U.S. Senate and director of media relations and spokesman. A member of the Senior Intelligence Service, he received the CIA's Medal of Merit and Career Intelligence Medal. He is the former president and chairman of the Board of the Association for Intelligence Officers and still serves on its board of directors.
Earnest was the primary researcher for a book on the CIA's top secret agent in Poland, A Secret Life, by New York Times reporter Ben Weiser. As International Spy Museum director, he has played a leading role in its extraordinary success as a Washington attraction. He edits the museum's book ventures and has frequently been interviewed by the major media in radio, television and the press on current intelligence issues.
Founder of The Malrite Company, is the driving force behind the International Spy Museum. He founded Malrite Communications Group, Inc. in 1956 and served as its Chairman and CEO until the company was sold in 1998. Under his direction, Malrite became one of the most successful operators of radio and television properties in the country with stations in major markets like New York and Los Angeles. In 1985, he was the recipient of the prestigious Dively Award for Entrepreneurship, receiving a Chair from the Harvard School of Business. Mr. Maltz served as Director of Key Bank, and in 1996, was inducted into the Cleveland Business Hall of Fame. Two outstanding achievements of his civic endeavors have been the creation of the Maltz Family Foundation and his involvement in the founding and development of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, where he played a major role in obtaining the project for the City of Cleveland. Active in numerous philanthropic and civic organizations, Mr. Maltz and his family work to support various charities both nationally and internationally. Mr. Maltz earned a BS degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois. A veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Maltz developed an interest in intelligence and national security issues when he worked for the National Security Agency in Washington, DC.
"George Washington, father of our country, is also considered by those of us in this discipline the father of American intelligence," explains Peter Earnest, executive director of the International Spy Museum. "He had an acute sense of the need for accurate and timely intelligence. He did not want secondhand information."