A Conversation with the Hon. Henry Crumpton

Policy Research Forum

On Wednesday, June 13, 2012 the Homeland Security Policy Institute held a Policy & Research Forum Event featuring The Hon. Henry A. Crumpton, former Senior CIA Officer, Coordinator for Counterterrorism and author of "The Art of Intelligence."

Featured Speaker
The Hon. Henry A. Crumpton
Former CIA Officer
Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State
Member, HSPI Steering Committee

Moderated By
Frank J. Cilluffo
Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute
Frank J. Cilluffo, an Associate Vice President at The George Washington University leads GW's homeland security efforts on policy, research, education, and training. Cilluffo directs the multi-disciplinary Homeland Security Policy Institute, a nonpartisan “think and do tank” that builds bridges between theory and practice to advance homeland security through a multi and interdisciplinary approach.

About "The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service"
"For a crucial period, Henry Crumpton led the CIA's global covert operations against America's terrorist enemies, including al Qaeda. In the days after 9/11, the CIA tasked Crumpton to organize and lead the Afghanistan campaign. With Crumpton's strategic initiative and bold leadership, from the battlefield to the Oval Office, U.S. and Afghan allies routed al Qaeda and the Taliban in less than ninety days after the Twin Towers fell. At the height of combat against the Taliban in late 2001, there were fewer than five hundred Americans on the ground in Afghanistan, a dynamic blend of CIA and Special Forces. The campaign changed the way America wages war. This book will change the way America views the CIA.

The Art of Intelligence draws from the full arc of Crumpton's espionage and covert action exploits to explain what America's spies do and why their service is more valuable than ever. From his early years in Africa, where he recruited and ran sources, from loathsome criminals to heroic warriors; to his liaison assignment at the FBI, the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, the development of the UAV Predator program, and the Afghanistan war; to his later work running all CIA clandestine operations inside the United States, he employs enthralling storytelling to teach important lessons about national security, but also about duty, honor, and love of country.

No book like The Art of Intelligence has ever been written-not with Crumpton's unique perspective, in a time when America faced such grave and uncertain risk. It is an epic, sure to be a classic in the annals of espionage and war."

Speaker Biography
Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton
Founder of Crumpton Group LLC, a strategic international advisory and business development firm. From 2005 until 2007, Ambassador Crumpton served as the Coordinator forCounterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State. Ambassador Crumpton joined the CIA’s Clandestine Service in 1981 as an operations officer.  For most of his 24-year career he operated in the foreign field.

He led CIA’s Afghanistan campaign, 2001-2002, and from 2003-2005 served as Chief of the CIA’s National Resources Division. Ambassador Crumpton received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico and a Masters in International Public Policy, with honors, from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an honorary member of the OSS Society. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA’s highest award for achievement.

To view Ambassador Crumpton's full biography, please see his HSPI Steering Committee profile.

About HSPI's Policy & Research Forum Series
HSPI's Policy & Research Forum Series spotlights cutting-edge security policy solutions and innovative research.  The Series is designed to provide thought leaders in the United States and abroad with a uniquely constructive venue in which to discuss current and future security issues and challenges.