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Intelligence Agencies and Open Source Information: who knows?

FSW Lecture - prof. David Gioe (US Military Academy West Point/Kings College London)

About the lecture

This lecture seeks to show how OSINT challenges the conventional secrecy and insular nature of intelligence agencies. It uses unclassified and publicly available information to challenge the idea that intelligence agencies know more (on the inside) than we do on the outside, with the war in Ukraine as case study

Dr. David Gioe is Associate Professor of History at the US Military Academy at West Point, where he also serves as History Fellow for the Army Cyber Institute. David is also Director of Studies for the Cambridge Security Initiative and co-convener of its International Security and Intelligence program. He holds advanced degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Cambridge. His scholarship and analysis has appeared in numerous outlets. Before starting his academic career, David was an intelligence officer, beginning with appointment in 2001 as a Presidential Management Fellow in the FBI National Security Division with responsibility for economic espionage cases and later counterterrorism. In 2003 he transferred to CIA as a counterterrorism analyst in the DCI’s Counterterrorist Center (CTC) before earning field tradecraft certification. He served multiple overseas tours as an operations officer in the Middle East and Europe. He retains his commission as a Commander in the Navy Reserve and is assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Defense Attaché Service. In 2015 he deployed as the Director for Human Intelligence and Counterintelligence for the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa. Other Navy assignments include service as a Division Officer in the Office of Naval Intelligence and as a Department Head in the Joint Analysis Center, RAF Molesworth, UK. He is currently Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the King's College London Department of War Studies.

Practical information

Date: 7 November 2023, 7 PM - 8.30 PM

Place: Aula R.004 (Rodestraat 14, 2000 Antwerp)

Participation is free, but online registration is mandatory.