Woodward Speaks at University of Pittsburgh

Prof John Woodward (seated on left) w Pitt students and University of Pittsburgh Prof Frank Hofmann (standing on right).

John D. Woodward Jr., Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, was the guest speaker at a seminar hosted by the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh on February 17, 2017.

In his presentation, Woodward offered his views on recent national security and intelligence-related developments, including an assessment of the current controversy involving Russian interference in the U.S. electoral process.

Woodward also discussed US Intelligence Community friction, placing the issue in an historical context. “Tensions in the US Intelligence Community predate the National Security Act of 1947, which created the IC,” he explained.  “Wild Bill Donovan, the head of the Office of Strategic Services in World War 2, not only had to fight the Axis powers but he also had to fight shrewd bureaucratic opponents in the US military services, the FBI, and the State Department.”

His visit was hosted by Frank A. Hofmann, a visiting senior lecturer at GSPIA and a retired CIA officer.

Woodward is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. During his twenty-year CIA career, he served as an operations officer in the Clandestine Service and as a technical intelligence officer in the Directorate of Science and Technology, with assignments in Washington, DC, East Asia, Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. Learn more about him here.