Dr. Vince Houghton

Dr. Vince Houghton is the former Historian and Curator of the International Spy Museum. As the museum’s subject matter expert, he was a key member of the team that created and developed the content, exhibits, and design of the new museum. Vince has a PhD in Intelligence History, and is the author of two books – Nuking the Moon: and Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board and The Nuclear Spies: America's Atomic Intelligence Operation Against Hitler and Stalin. Dr. Houghton is currently the Director of the National Cryptologic Museum in Ft. Meade, MD.

Presentation Topics

Scientific and Technological Intelligence

Discussing the impact of science and technology on intelligence collection, analysis, and dissemination capabilities, as well as the reciprocal impact of intelligence on science and technology. Subsets of this topic for consideration include, but are not limited to: the history of U.S. nuclear intelligence; overhead reconnaissance; weapons of mass destruction, including biological and chemical; cryptography; and technological espionage.

Intelligence Organization

The institutional histories of various intelligence agencies, particularly the OSS and the CIA. The story of the CIA is one of inter-service rivalry, bureaucratic infighting and red tape, and a conflict between the need for security and the desire for individual liberty that pre-dates the American Revolution. A useful topic for businesses and organizations in the process of establishing themselves.

Intelligence in Wartime

Covering the use and implementation of military intelligence, domestically and internationally. Subsets include: traditional military intelligence in wartime (WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, etc.); covert operations that aid insurgencies; and covert operations that oppose insurgency.

 

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