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Date and Location

November 12, 2019
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
T-520 Allison Dining Room



​The importance of human relationships and insight is too often lost in the era of social media, technical operations, and cyber everything. Nevertheless, agents conducting espionage, often at great risk, are needed to inform policymakers on a broad array of threats.  Classic human intelligence remains a vital means to protect Western democracies.   

Whether the topic is terrorism, disinformation, election manipulation, proliferation or conventional conflict, often the only way to discern an adversary's plans and intentions is through a spy in the councils of leadership.Sir Mark Allen spent a career combating the threats of the day, from the Cold War, Middle East conflicts, terrorism and the effort to counter proliferation of WMD. In this session, he will present a case for the world of agent operations where some truths remain despite the march of technology.

Speakers and Presenters

​Sir Mark Allen