Past Event

Jack Devine: An American Spymaster's Story

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Wed, Jun 11 2014 - 12:00pm

Jack Devine, Founding Partner and President, The Arkin Group; Author, Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story
In conversation with Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Former Distinguished Chair in International Security Studies, West Point

As one of the legendary spymasters of our time, Jack Devine served America’s interests for more than 30 years in a wide range of covert operations, ultimately overseeing the Directorate of Operations, a CIA division that watches over thousands of American covert operatives worldwide.

Good Hunting is his guide to the art of spy craft, told with great wit, candor and common-sense wisdom. Caricatured by Hollywood, lionized by the right and pilloried by the left, the CIA remains one of the least understood instruments of the United States government. Now Devine sees the agency trapped within a larger bureaucracy, losing swaths of turf to the military and, most ominous of all, being transformed into a paramilitary organization, thereby degrading its capacity to do what it does best.