Former CIA Officer S. Eugene Poteat to Speak at DeSales

by Tom McNamara | Nov 08, 2012

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On Thursday, November 15, at 7:00 p.m., S. Eugene Poteat, president of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, will speak at DeSales University on the topic of “The Secret History of U.S. Intelligence.” The lecture will be held in the Commonwealth Room of the DeSales University Center and is free and open to the public.

Poteat is an electrical engineer and physicist.  He began a career in Research and Development at the Bell Telephone Laboratories, working in New Jersey and at Cape Canaveral, Florida, as a missile guidance development engineer.  Poteat then joined the CIA as a scientific intelligence officer. 

His career assignments included the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology, the National Reconnaissance Office and Technical Director of the Navy's Special Programs Office.  Poteat served abroad in London, Scandinavia and the Middle East.  After retiring from the CIA as a senior executive, he founded the Petite Research Group, a high-tech company in McLean, Virginia.  Poteat also studied intelligence, national security and international relations at Cambridge University in England and holds a master’s degree in National Security and Intelligence Studies from The Institute of World Politics in Washington, where he also received an Honorary Doctorate. 

Poteat has appeared on the History Channel, C-SPAN and BBC TV as an intelligence, counterintelligence, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism expert.  He presently teaches, writes and lectures on intelligence and national security.

The national security track of the political science major at DeSales began five years ago. Students who are interested in careers in both the public and private sectors dealing with national security issues take courses in national security, terrorism, and intelligence. DeSales University is one of the few schools that offers national security program on the undergraduate level. In addition to the track, there is a National Security Club that is open to all majors on campus. For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Essig, professor of political science and advisor to the national security track, at 610.282.1100, ext. 1632. 

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