May 20th Meeting
May 20, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Brick Store Museum Program Center
4 Dane Street, Kennebunk, ME
FORMER SPY CHIEF TO SPEAK
The talk will be presented by retired CIA executive Thomas Twetten, who served for three years as Deputy Director of Operations (DDO), the chief of the agency’s worldwide clandestine services. His topics are expected to include covert action, counter intelligence, the challenges of supplying effective technical support for officers in the field, and the special challenges of collecting intelligence on terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and Islamic State.
Twetten joined the CIA in 1961 after serving in the Army and obtaining a graduate degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. His career took him to West Africa, Afghanistan and elsewhere before returning to CIA headquarters in 1982, where he headed the technical support office and the Near East Division before being promoted to the operations directorate.
He retired in 1995, moving to Vermont, where he is a book-binder and seller of antique books specializing in travel and scholarly works on Africa, the Middle East and China
The latest in a series of public affairs discussions, the AFIO meeting is open to the public, and will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question period will follow the presentation.