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Gregory Aftandilian, an independent consultant, writer,
lecturer, and former Belfer Center Fellow, will speak on “The
Intelligence Analyst: How intelligence is used.” Greg
explains the job of an intelligence analyst and how intelligence is
used by State, DOD, and Congress. He illuminates the pressures
faced by intelligence analysts and the importance of providing
objective analysis. Greg Aftandilian served as a Middle East intelligence analyst
at the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1985-1986, covering the
Iran-Iraq war and from 1986 to 2000 as a Middle East analyst in the
Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the State Department.
He received the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction
and the State Department's Superior Honor Award. From 2000 to
2004, he was a professional staff member of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee where he observed first-hand how Congress dealt
with the run up to the Iraq war. See his March 2013 blog on
the impact of questionable intelligence reporting and negligent
oversight by officials and politicians.
http://cnponline.org/ht/display/ViewBloggerThread/i/42076/pid/35636 This seminar is open to Harvard students, fellows, faculty,
and staff on first come first served basis.