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Press Release for Monday, October 31, 2005

Former CIA Directors Speak at UNF on Intelligence Reform

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Burton Gerber, former Central Intelligence Agency director of covert operations, and John Brennan, former interim director of the Terrorism Task Force, will be speaking about intelligence reform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the University Center on the University of North Florida campus. This lecture is co-hosted by UNF and the World Affairs Council.

The public can order tickets for this free lecture online at Click on the Fall 2005 Lectures link. World Affairs Council members can reserve their complimentary tickets by calling (904) 280-8162.

Gerber served as the director of the European and Soviet divisions of the Directorate of Operations at the CIA. He worked primarily in operations related to the former Soviet Union and the former Warsaw Pact countries. He served overseas as the CIA chief of station in three separate assignments. In Washington, he directed the agency's operational programs in the former Soviet Union and Europe for eight years.

In 1992, Gerber established the National HUMINT Requirements Tasking Center, an interagency organization that works with policymakers and the military to determine as well as write intelligence requirements, assigning those requirements for intelligence collection to U.S. government agencies.

Brennan joined the CIA in 1980 and has held a variety of senior positions in the Agency’s Directorate of Intelligence and the Directorate of Operations. He served in several analytic assignments in the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis in the DI. He was in charge of terrorism analysis in the DCI’s Counter Terrorist Center and also served as the CIA’s daily intelligence briefer at the White House in the mid-90s.

Admiral Jonathan Howe, a retired U.S. Navy Admiral, will moderate the panel discussion. He was the Special Representative to UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali for Somalia in the early 1990s and former Deputy National Security Advisor in the first Bush administration. Adm. Howe currently serves as president of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

This panel discussion, funded by Water Street Capital, is part of UNF’s Distinguished Voices Lecture Series. The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to engaging the community in global issues.