Joseph Wippl

Director of Graduate Studies; Professor of the Practice of International Relations; BU Pardee School of Global Studies
College of Arts & Sciences

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BA Marquette University; MA University of Minnesota in European History; PhD Candidate in European History, University of Minnesota

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Joseph Wippl is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. He spent a 30 year career as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service (NCS). Wippl has served overseas as an operations officer and operations manager in Bonn, West Germany; Guatemala City; Luxembourg; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany. On assignments… Read more

Joseph Wippl is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. He spent a 30 year career as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service (NCS). Wippl has served overseas as an operations officer and operations manager in Bonn, West Germany; Guatemala City; Luxembourg; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany. On assignments in CIA headquarters, he served as the Deputy Chief of Human Resources, as the Senior NCS representative to the Aldrich Ames Damage Assessment Team, as Chief of Europe Division and as the CIA’s Director of Congressional Affairs. Wippl has coordinated extensively with other members of the U.S. intelligence community. Prior to his arrival at Boston University, he occupied the Richard Helms Chair for Intelligence Collection in the NCS training program.  Wippl has taught at BU since 2006.

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  • Sharing information on potential terrorists critical, local law enforcers say

    June 14, 2016

    Lowell Sun Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies In a 911 call made during the weekend massacre at a Florida nightclub, shooter Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS and called the Boston Marathon bombers his “homeboys.”… Expert quote: “In order to winnow out the really important stuff from all […]

  • FBI explains its history with Orlando shooter

    June 13, 2016

    WCVB Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The FBI says it investigated Orlando nightclub shooter for 10 months in 2013, conducting surveillance and even introducing confidential informants to him before closing out the case… View full article and video of expert Joseph Wippl

  • How Was the Brussels Attack Missed?

    March 23, 2016

    NECN Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies View video of expert Joseph Wippl

  • CIA officer weighs in on Paris attacks

    November 13, 2015

    Fox25 News Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Listen to audio of expert Joseph Wippl

  • New Benghazi hearings unlikely to fully answer key questions

    October 21, 2015

    USA Today Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Thursday’s reopening of congressional hearings into the 2012 fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, promises to produce high political theater, as Republicans try to embarrass then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as President Obama… Expert quote: “They’ll […]

  • ‘Blind Spots and Inefficiencies': The CIA Before and After 9/11

    September 22, 2015

    Vice News Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies On a Friday night last June, the CIA quietly released an internal accountability report focusing on the lead-up to the September 11 terrorist attacks… Expert quote: “That was the last time I was asked to speak on the topic. There are […]

  • What makes young people drawn to radical terror plots?

    June 15, 2015

    Fox 25 News Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The terror investigation that led to the arrest of two local men and the shooting death of another suspect, by a Joint Terrorism Task Force, shows the influence the Islamic State has on the minds of some young Americans… Expert […]

  • The Spy Who Billed Me

    June 3, 2015

    Slate Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Health In 1961, when a KGB counterintelligence officer showed up at a CIA station in Helsinki, Jeanne Vertefeuille held the keys to the office safe… Expert quote: “As a general rule, case officers do not spend enough on cultivating agent candidates or liaison […]

  • Female fighters being targeted by ISIS terrorist organization

    April 3, 2015

    WCVB Farouk El-Baz, College of Arts & Sciences Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences View video of experts Farouk El-Baz and Joseph Wippl

  • Experts Media Alert – White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

    February 13, 2015

    The White House will hold a “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism” on February 18. According to a statement from the White House press secretary, the summit will “highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit […]

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