16 2015

The American Intelligence Community

10:00AM - 11:30AM  

JCC of Middlesex County
Edison, NJ
732-494-3232 (Phone)
732-548-2850 (Fax)

Contact Sue Horwitz
732-494-3232 (Phone)
732-548-2850 (Fax)

The American Intelligence
Presenter: Dr. Douglas Simon
Since the end of World War II, through the Cold War and the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the American intelligence community has grown to gigantic proportions and unmatched power. This series will explore this phenomenon and in so doing, raise a number of critical questions. How big should the intelligence community be? What is the balance between security and freedom? How does a vast and powerful collection of government agencies built on secrecy square with a democratic political system built on freedom and transparency.

Session I: The History of Intelligence. Focuses on the global history of intelligence and then specifically on the history of American Intelligence from the Revolutionary War, through WW II and the early years of the Cold War.

Session II: The Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. Session II examines the origins and growth of the two most powerful American agencies, the CIA and the NSA.

Session III: Domestic Intelligence. Session three enters the fuzzy world of domestic intelligence. Fuzzy because in today’s world, the line between domestic and foreign is getting very blurred. The initial focus will be on the activities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Homeland Security and conclude by addressing some basic questions that still haunt the American intelligence community to this day.


Dr. Simon is emeritus professor of political science at Drew University where he specialized in international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, international organization, and national security. He received his B.A. from Willamette University, and a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. Dr. Simon
co-directed the Drew University’s Semester on the United Nations for fifteen years. He then served as convener of Drew’s Masters in International Affairs Program, and later was department chair. He is the author of numerous publications..