Virtual Spy Chat with Chris Costa

Special Guest: Debra Evans Smith

Rendezvous Info
Thursday, February 17, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
Ticketing Info

Join us for an online discussion of the latest intelligence, national security, and terrorism issues in the news. Spy Museum Executive Director Chris Costa will lead the briefing. Costa a former intelligence officer of 34 years with 25 of those in active duty in hot spots such as Panama, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq is also a past Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council. He will be joined by Debra Evans Smith, former Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters. 

Smith began her career with the FBI in May 1984 as a professional staff employee. In 1987, she completed new agents’ training in Quantico, Virginia and was assigned to the New Orleans Field Office, where she worked a variety of programs, including civil rights and white-collar crime. In 1989, Smith attended the Foreign Service Institute in Rosslyn, Virginia, where she studied the Russian language, later transferring to the Los Angeles Field Office, where she worked Russian foreign counterintelligence and Russian organized crime. In 1996, she transferred to the Washington Field Office, continuing her work in Russian foreign counterintelligence investigations. Smith was promoted to supervisor in the Overseas Espionage Unit position at FBI Headquarters, where she managed multiple espionage cases. In 2000, she was assigned to supervise an espionage squad at the Washington Field Office. Most notably, she worked on the investigation of former FBI Special Agent Robert Hanssen. In 2002, she received the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence for her work on the Hanssen investigation, and the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction.

In August 2006, Smith was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the San Diego Division and oversaw responsibility for the intelligence, border liaison, security, media, and community outreach programs. In 2008, she was selected to serve as Chief of the Counterespionage Group, Central Intelligence Agency, overseeing a large group of personnel including investigators, analysts, security, National Clandestine Service officers, and individuals detailed from within the intelligence community. Later, she was selected to serve as Special Assistant to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller. In 2010, she was named Special Agent in Charge of the Administrative Division at the Washington Field Office and subsequently transitioned to Special Agent in Charge of Washington’s Counterintelligence Division. In 2013, she became Deputy Assistant Director-Counterintelligence Division. After retirement, Smith returned to the FBI and completed her career as a Diversity and Inclusion Senior Level Program Manager from 2016 to 2019.  

Following their discussion of key issues, you’ll be able to ask questions via our online platform. 



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