U.S. National Security: Selected Topics

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Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  4-week course (2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23) 

Protecting our nation with covert actions directed against countries or persons we deem to be our adversaries is important. When they succeed, we almost never hear about them. However, if they fail and are exposed, they can cause much damage to our national security. This class will look at several past U.S. covert operations, now widely known, and discuss the rationale, implementation, and outcome for each. We will also take a look at how the government approves people to hold security clearances, and how secret documents are used and safeguarded.  [NOTE:Those who have previously taken a class from Dan Possumato are advised not to sign up for this one, since it is a condensed version of previous classes].

Dan Possumato, a former Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, as well as a Deputy Garrison Commander for the U.S. Army in Germany and Alaska. He has a M.S. from The Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He previously was a professor at the Army Management Staff College in Virginia. After 25 years he retired and worked as a contractor conducting anti-terrorist exercises at U.S. bases in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He currently holds a Top Secret clearance and works as a Special Investigator for the U.S. Department of State.Optional Reading:Josh Dean, The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History, ISBN 978-1101984437.