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Annual Conference 2017, 30 March-1 April, Washington D.C.

Conference Program

„Creating and Challenging the

Transatlantic Intelligence Community“

from 30 March to 1 April 2017

at Woodrow Wilson Center and German Historical Institute, Washington DC, USA

in cooperation with the International Intelligence History Association (IIHA)


THURSDAY, 30 March 2017 (Woodrow Wilson Center)

12:00 – 12:30 Registration


12:30 – 13:00 Welcome and Opening

Christian OSTERMANN (Director, Woodrow Wilson Center, USA)

Thomas BOGHARDT (U.S. Army Center of Military History, USA)

Michael WALA (Ruhr-University of Bochum/IIHA, Germany)


13:00 – 14:00 Panel I: From World War to Cold War and Beyond

Chair: Anna DAUN (Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany)

  • Thomas J. MAGUIRE (King’s College London, UK): „Western Overseas Security Assistance: Counter-subversion, Intelligence Liaison and Post-imperial Influence in the Cold War Global South”
  • Michael HERMAN (Nuffield College Oxford, UK): “What Difference did it Make? Cold War Intelligence from a Todays’ Point of View”


14:00 – 14:30 Coffee Break


14:30 – 16:00 Panel II: Exchanging Intelligence, Exchanging Data

Chair: Vince HOUGHTON (International Spy Museum, USA)

  • John FOX (FBI Historian, USA): “Foreign Counterintelligence Cooperation and the Transatlantic Intelligence Community”
  • Jens WEGENER (William Paterson University, USA): “A Many-Headed Beast: The CIA’s Project HYDRA and the Dawn of the Information Age in the Transatlantic Intelligence Cooperation”
  • Verena DIERSCH (University of Cologne, Germany): “Digital Network Intelligence in a Transatlantic Organizational Field and Cooperation between NSA, BND, and BfV”


16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break


16:30 – 18:00 Panel III: Transatlantic Intelligence and Eastern Europe

Chair: Jeffrey HERF (University of Maryland, USA)

  • Mark STOUT, Katalin KADAR LYNN (Johns Hopkins University, USA): “Failed Transatlantic Liaison: Early Cold War Paper Mills and the Case of the MHBK (Association of Hungarian Veterans)”
  • Enrico HEITZER (Brandenburg Memorial Foundation, Germany): “The Fighting Group against Inhumanity: Spying and Destabilizing the GDR”
  • Nicholas J. SCHLOSSER (US Army Center of Military History, USA): “The East German Campaign against Radio in the American Sector (RIAS) Berlin, 1953-1961”


19:30   Dinner



FRIDAY, 31 March 2016 (Woodrow Wilson Center)

9:00 – 10:30 Young Researchers’ Forum I

Chair: Charlotte BACKERRA, (University of Stuttgart, Germany)

  • Susan PERLMAN (American University Washington DC, USA): “Franco-American Intelligence Cooperation and the Beginning of the Global Cold War”
  • Constant HIJZEN (Leiden University, The Netherlands): “Our American friends: The Genesis of the Dutch-American Intelligence Liaison”


9:00 – 10:30 Young Researchers’ Forum II

Chair: Anna ABELMANN (Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany)

  • Christopher KIRCHBERG (Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany): “The Computerization of the German Intelligence Service: Starting Point for a New Level of Transatlantic Intelligence Partnership“
  • Tobias SCHMITT (University of Freiburg, Germany): “U.S. Intelligence and the Nascent Transatlantic Security Architecture of the Cold War: The Case of the Gesellschaft für Wehrkunde
  • Daniel PRONK (Netherlands Ministry of Defense, The Netherlands): “Sharing the Burden, Sharing the Secrets. The Fulcrum of Transatlantic Intelligence Cooperation”


10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break


10:45 – 11:45 Panel IV: Transatlantic Intelligence and the Two Germanys

Chair: Richard BREITMAN (American University, USA) (tentative)

  • Kevin Conley RUFFNER (CIA, USA): “’Our Work in the Soviet Zone of Germany has been nothing but Interminable Delays, Restrictions, Bargaining and Suspicion’: U.S. Army Graves Registration Operations in East Germany 1945-1956”
  • Kristie MACRAKIS (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA): “The Hazards of Intelligence Cooperation: The Case of the Berlin Tunnel & George Blake”


12:00 Keynote Address

Chair: Christian OSTERMANN (Woodrow Wilson Center, USA)

Christopher A. KOJM (George Washington University, formerly chair of NIC, USA: “The Transatlantic Intelligence Relations”


13:00-14:30 Lunch Break


14:30 – 16:00 Panel V: Anglo-American Signals Intelligence Relationship:

Evolution and Lessons

Chair: John FERRIS (University of Calgary, Canada)

  • David J. SHERMAN (National Security Agency, USA): “From Improvisation to Permanence: British and American Signals Intelligence, 1941-1955: An American Perspective”
  • Tony COMER (Government Communications Headquarters, UK): “From Improvisation to Permanence: British and American Signals Intelligence, 1941-1955 – A British Perspective”
  • Michael WARNER (US Department of Defense, USA): “Transformation and Intelligence Liaison”


16:00-16:30 Coffee Break


16:30-18:00 Panel VI: UK-USA Intelligence: Past, Present, Future

Chair: Bernd SCHAEFER (Woodrow Wilson Center, USA)

  • Chris MORAN (University of Warwick, UK): “Anglo-American Co-operation and the Future of Intelligence”
  • David GIOE (US Military Academy at West Point, USA): “The 1946 UK-USA Agreement: The Mustard Seed of Transatlantic Cyber Operations?”
  • Calder WALTON (Harvard University, USA): “For your Eyes only: The UK-US ‘Special’ Intelligence Relationship and Changing Strategic Threats in the Twentieth Century”


18:00-19:00 Panel VII: Perceptions of US-German Intelligence Relations

Chair: Timothy Naftali (New York University, USA)

  • Dorle HELLMUTH (Catholic University of America, USA): ”German-US Intelligence Cooperation: Reliable Transatlantic Allies despite Differences”
  • Bodo HECHELHAMMER (BND Historia, Germany): “[…] to give the Germans a broad picture of the US […]”: the Secret US Training and Visiting Program by the CIA


19:30 Dinner


SATURDAY, 1 April, 2016 (German Historical Institute)

9:00-9:30         Welcome by GHI Director Simone LÄSSIG


9:30-11:30: Panel VIII: German Integration in the Transatlantic Intelligence Community

Chair: Simone LÄSSIG (Director German Historical Institute, USA)

  • Wolfgang KRIEGER (University of Marburg, Germany): “The BND as a Western Intelligence Partner, 1948-1968”
  • Michael WALA (Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany): “Hunting the ‘Red Orchestra’ after 1945 and the Creation of a Transatlantic Intelligence Community”
  • Thomas BOGHARDT (U.S. Army Center of Military History, USA): “Semper Vigilis: The U.S. Army Security Agency Europe in Early Cold War Germany”
  • Eva JOBS (University of Marburg, Germany): “Trust, Lies, and Science: The Polygraph as a Transatlantic Intelligence Challenge”


11:30-11:45 Coffee Break


11:45 – 12:45 Keynote Address

Chair: Thomas WEGENER FRIIS (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

  • Joseph WIPPL (former CIA Chief of Europe Division/Boston University, USA): “Unilateral v. Multilateral Liaison: The Future of Transatlantic Intelligence”


12:45-13:00 Closing Remarks


13:00 Lunch at German Historical Institute