Wippl Speaks at Conference on the Future of Intelligence


Joseph Wippl, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Pardee School and a a former Central Intelligence Agency Officer, delivered a talk at the 22nd International Conference on Intelligence in the Knowledge Society on October 13, 2016.

Wippl, who spent a 30 year career as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service (NCS), delivered a paper entitled “Looking into the Future of Intelligence: Lessons learned from the Cold War,” which compared the operational objectives of the period before the end of the Cold War (The Soviet Union, the Eastern Bloc and China) and the changes in objectives subsequent to it, first in the 1990s and then after the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. 

According to Wippl, the recent past and immediate future has and will continue to emphasize the issues of terrorism, proliferation, organized international crime and rogue states. In this endeavor,  U.S. intelligence will continue to use covert action means against intelligence objectives.

The Conference was attended by intelligence officials from throughout Europe and the United States.

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. You can read more about him here