7 Events

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Open Source Intelligence for National Security: The Art of the Possible

Tue., Nov. 1, 2022 | 10:00am - 12:00pm


The war in Ukraine was a wake-up call for many in revealing the ability of non-state actors such as Bellingcat to glean immensely valuable security information from entirely open source data. This phenomenon is not new, but has been insufficiently explored. Many private sector firms are effectively leveraging the wealth of open source and commercially-available data to answer questions that have vast ramifications for national security. What is possible in this world of open source information, and how can governments - and specifically intelligence communities - leverage this new capability that resides outside of the government domain?

Join the Intelligence Project for a session in which we will hear from experienced private sector professionals from Altana AI, 3AI, C4ADS, Zero Trafficking, Public Democracy, and Faculty AI, each speaking to a national security-level issue they have addressed with the right open source or commercial data and the right analytical approach. The session will be led by Belfer Fellow Kristin Wood, former CIA officer and current CEO of Grist Mill Exchange, and facilitated by Intelligence Project Manager Maria Robson-Morrow. The session is online and open to the public. Registration is required.


Seminar - Open to the Public

The Past, Present, and Future of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the American Intelligence Community

Wed., Apr. 13, 2022 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm


Please join the Intelligence Project for a discussion on the history of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the U.S. intelligence community (IC). This session will discuss the findings of a forthcoming paper on the history of publicly known IC initiatives, studies, and policies alongside observations from current and former intelligence officials, academics, and senior military officers. In over seven decades of study after study, the U.S. Intelligence Community has identified a lack of diversity in the workforce as a problem. Beginning with a 1953 CIA report on women in the Agency, tellingly titled “The Petticoat Panel,” agencies have documented a lack of presence and opportunity for women, minorities, and other groups including people with disabilities. The paper reviews efforts of what has been done, what has succeeded, and what has failed. Together we will unpack why progress has been slow and underscore lessons from the past that can inform future approaches to reinforce America’s intelligence posture and meet challenging requirements.

The session will feature a discussion with Intelligence Project Fellow Jeff Fields from the FBI, and with experienced former intelligence officials Natalie Colbert, Belfer Center Executive Director; Kristin Wood, Intelligence Project Fellow, and Lori Roule, senior executive at Transparent Language.
It will be moderated by the report's authors: Dr. Michael Miner, Associate Fellow with the Intelligence Project, and Lindsay Temes, former military officer with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

This virtual event is open to the public and registration is required.

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell is sworn in as he testifes before the House Intelligence Committee.

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Speaking Truth to Power & The Intelligence-Policy Nexus

Wed., Sep. 9, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm


The Intelligence Project will host a webinar with Michael J. Morell, Former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, on Wednesday September 9th from 12:00-1:15pm. Belfer Center Non-Resident Fellow and former Senior CIA Officer Kristin Wood will moderate. 

This session will be off-the-record and open to the Harvard Community.  Advanced registration required. Please RSVP below for access to the Zoom link.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

"From Cold War to COVID: Lessons on Intelligence During Crises"

Wed., Apr. 8, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Intelligence Project will host a webinar with Daniel Hoffman and Kristin Wood on Wednesday April 8th from 12:00-1:00pm.

Admission will be open to Harvard students, staff, faculty, fellows, and affiliates. Please register below for access to the zoom link. 

General Qassem Soleimani

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Middle East Post-Soleimani: An Intelligence Assessment

Wed., Feb. 12, 2020 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

The Intelligence Project will host a panel discussion with Bernard Hudson, former Director of Counterterrorism for the CIA, and Norman Roule, former National Intelligence Manager for Iran. Kristin Wood, former Senior CIA Analyst, will moderate. 

Admission open to Harvard staff, students, fellows, faculty, and alumni. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below and bring your Harvard ID for check-in at the door. 

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

A Conversation with Kristin Wood: Observations from 20+ Years as a CIA Analyst

Thu., Nov. 7, 2019 | 1:15pm - 2:30pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

The Intelligence Project will host a seminar with Kristin Wood, Former Deputy Director of the CIA's Open Innovation & Technology Group, from 1:15-2:300pm in the Belfer Center Library. Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe will moderate.  

A late lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Intelligence Challenges in the 2020's

Wed., Sep. 18, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

The Intelligence Project will host the Fall Semester kick-off seminar from 12:00-1:30pm in the Allison Dining Room. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Panelists will include:

The Honorable Mike Rogers, Former Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Former Department of Energy Director of Intelligence & Counterintelligence; Former CIA Division Chief; Former CIA Chief of Station

BG (Ret) Kevin Ryan, Former Defense Attache to Russia; Founder, US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism; Founder, Elbe Group

Kristin Wood, Former Deputy Director, Innovation & Technology Group, Open Source Center, CIA

Bernard Hudson, Former Chief of Counterterrorism for the CIA 

Norman Roule, Former National Intelligence Manager for Iran

Moderated by the new Intelligence Project Director:

Paul Kolbe, Former CIA Division Chief; Former CIA Chief of Station