National Security Risks from
Politicizing the Intelligence Community
Dr. Mark Lowenthal
ONLINE CONFERENCE EVENT
April 6, 2021 5pm Zoom Online Service
Registration Closes: April 2, 2021
The relationship between a new president and the intelligence agencies that serve him can be difficult in the best of times. But it’s difficult to imagine a more turbulent period than Trump’s politicizing and marginalizing intelligence products while attacking an entire community as disloyal. Under President Biden the intelligence community has gained new leadership in an administration willing to listen rather than rejecting intelligence products that do not conform with policy preferences. This means marshaling the most objective set of facts possible, even if they clash with personal beliefs.
How is the new administration doing after just three months in office? Are Avril Haines as the first female Director of National Intelligence and Ambassador William Burns as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency good choices for maintaining the credibility of the intelligence community? To assess these and other issues we welcome Dr. Mark Lowenthal
Dr. Lowenthal served as the Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production, and as the Vice Chairman for Evaluation on the National Intelligence Council. Prior to these duties, he served as Counselor to the Director of Central Intelligence. Dr. Lowenthal was the staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the 104th Congress (1995-97), where he directed the committee’s study on the future of the Intelligence Community. He also served in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), as both an office director and a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. Dr. Lowenthal has written extensively on intelligence and national security issues, including nine books and over 100 articles or studies. His most recent book, Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy, in its 8th edition, has become the standard college and graduate school textbook on the subject.
In “retirement”, Dr. Lowenthal served as President and CEO of the Intelligence Security Academy, a national security education, training and consulting company in Arlington, Virginia. He is currently writing a history of U.S. intelligence since 1754.
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