Covert Operations: Causes, Consequences, and Morality (Central Florida ICCAE Colloquium)

Thursday, March 31, 2022 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Join the Central Florida ICCAE as they host a colloquium with special guest speakers from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). There will be a student poster session following the colloquium talks.


9:30 - 9:40 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction

9:40 - 11:10 a.m.
What is Covert Action and Who Does It?

David Robarge (Chief Historian at CIA) will review the CIA's involvement in covert operations, including its goals and its record of success and failure. Bianca Adair (CIA Officer-in-Residence, University of Texas) will follow by telling the story of how the CIA emerged as the designated covert action authority within the US government.

11:10 - 11:20 a.m.  
Careers in the CIA 

A local CIA recruiter will give an introduction and speak briefly about CIA careers and the application process. 

11:20 - 11:50 a.m.
Catered lunch

11:50 a.m. -1:20 p.m. 
The Ethics of Espionage and Covert Operations

James Olson (former Chief of Counterintelligence at CIA, now at the Bush School at Texas A&M) will speak about the morality of, and ethical dilemmas involved in covert action and spying in general. 

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Covert Regime Change: What do the Data Say?

Lindsey O'Rourke (Boston College) will present her quantitative analyses and historical case studies of the conduct and outcomes of US regime change operations during the Cold War. 

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
Student Poster Session

UCF undergraduates will present their intelligence-related research projects 

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