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Coming in from the Cold….

A few posts ago, the potential
within the library profession and the intelligence world was examined. This
past week, I was tasked with yet another great example of this brave new
world. (Names have been changed to
protect the innocent ;^)

Assignment: Dr. X was asked to brief
the National Intelligence Council on country Y’s perspectives of country Z’s
military modernization.

The
result was a fantastic chance to plumb the depths of open source intelligence
in a variety of methods. The question was broken into eight parts and a list of
possible reputable sources to scour was made. Colleagues assisted by providing
alternative resources and examples. After a good two days, enough current and
precise information was gathered to make an accurate and timely presentation.  While Dr. X now had a veritable bible to read
over the next week, he also had all the accurate statistics, reports, news
briefs, etc to utilize for this presentation.  What fun!

So,
how about we teach that in library school? Let’s call it:

Information Research
for Intelligence: Spies, Lies and the Sources that Bind Us.

I love
my job…:)

 

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"Ike and Dutch: Mentor, Protégé, and Common Sense by Dr. Gene Kopelson" presentation at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

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Published on Feb 24, 2017

As Ronald Reagan traveled across the United States campaigning for the highest office in the land, the Governor of California possessed an ace in his hand unmatched by his opponents: the ear and advice of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower. Reagan was in constant contact with Ike, following his advice at every turn and going so far as to base his entire 1966 campaign on his mentor’s own successful run years before. Eisenhower’s astute view of internal Washington politics, foreign affairs, military matters, and the swirling pool of primary rivals, provided his protégé the fuel he needed to learn, and eventually win, the war of words. In his latest book, Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman, Dr. Gene Kopelson outlines the story of Reagan’s first presidential bid with an in-depth look behind the scenes. On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Dr. Kopelson gave a lecture titled, “Ike and Dutch: Mentor, Protégé, and Common Sense,” to delve deeper into the relationship between Reagan and his mentor and how it not only shaped Reagan’s future campaigns, but his presidency, as well.

In his lecture at the USAHEC, Dr. Kopelson uses never-before-tapped audio clips, interviews with the original 1968 campaign staff, Eisenhower’s personal diary, and material straight from personal correspondence to show how Eisenhower influenced Reagan’s politics and eventually, his far-reaching presidential policies. From Reagan’s hawkish views on Vietnam to his perspective on the Arab-Israeli situation, his groundbreaking steps with Gorbachev and the Soviets to nuclear defense, Eisenhower and Reagan had a close and personal relationship which changed America’s future.

Lecture Date: February 15, 2017

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