Oct. 6, 2004
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, will give the talk, "Intelligence and War: Lessons from the Recent Past," Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
The talk is open to the public without charge.
McGovern, who spent 27 years as an analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, recently partnered with intelligence community alumni to form Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).
VIPS includes more than 45 former professionals from the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Army Intelligence, the FBI and the National Security Agency.
VIPS' first paper was a same-day critique of Secretary of State Colin Powell's address to the United Nations on Feb. 5, 2003. The next two pre-war memos in the VIPS series of 11 such papers were "Cooking Intelligence for War" and "Forgery, Hyperbole, Half-Truth: A Problem."
While with the CIA, McGovern chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President's Daily Brief (PDB). During the mid-'80s, he was one of the senior analysts conducting early morning briefings of the PDB one-on-one with the vice president, the Secretaries of State and Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and the assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
McGovern, who is a frequent radio and television guest in domestic and foreign media, recently appeared on "NewsHour" with Jim Lehrer and on the BBC.