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King University News :: Legendary CIA agent to Speak at King Mar. 25-26 About Iranian Nuclear Program

Chet Nagle, a former agent of the Central Intelligence Agency, who is routinely described as “a legend” by CIA insiders will speak at King University on Mar. 25 and 26 as part of a two-month lecture series on how to resolve the political stalemate around the Iranian nuclear program.  The series is hosted by the King Security and Intelligence Studies Group (KSI), in association with the Security and Intelligence Studies (SIS) program.  It is funded through a generous grant from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to strengthen America's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict.

“Any serious effort to resolve the political stalemate around the Iranian nuclear program must take into account the national character of the Iranian people and aspirations of the country’s leadership,” said Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis, instructor who coordinates King’s Security Intelligence Studies program.  “As someone who has lived in Iran and has interacted with its people, Chet Nagle is uniquely positioned to help us appreciate the complex intricacies of this critical challenge to international peace and security.  Additionally, Chet’s capacity as a legendary intelligence insider guarantees that his insight on this pressing issue will be both extremely fascinating and highly enlightening.”

Nagle is a Naval Academy graduate, a Georgetown Law School graduate, and carrier pilot who flew on the blockade against Soviet ships during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  As director of Aeromaritime, Inc., and an agent of the CIA, he lived and operated abroad for over 12 years in a variety of places, ranging from the Sultanate of Oman to Taiwan and behind the Iron Curtain in Bashkortostan, Soviet Union.

Prior to serving as an agent of the CIA, Nagle joined International Security Affairs (ISA) as a senior Pentagon civilian and became deeply involved in defense, foreign military weapon sales, and intelligence affairs.  He later became the founding publisher of The Journal of Defense Diplomacy, a geopolitical magazine, read in more than 20 countries.  Nagle is a recipient of the Order of Oman, among several civilian and military honors. 

Nagle has also authored two books. His first novel, “The Woolsorter’s Plague,” describes a fictional attack on Washington by Iranian terrorists using biological weapons.  His second book, “The Iran Covenant,” is a fact-based novel about Iran's nuclear weapons program.

King’s new minor in Security and Intelligence Studies provides students with the opportunity to explore hot-button topics in several classes covering themes such as espionage and intelligence, international terrorism, the Cold War, covert action, and geopolitics.  Career paths where a minor in SIS is beneficial include jobs in government, military, diplomacy, scientific research, or intelligence.  Areas of study complemented by a SIS minor include political science, history, and business – particularly finance, economics, management, and administration.  Other majors enhanced by the minor are neuroscience, forensic science, physics, mathematics, psychology, and foreign language.  King is one of only 25 schools in the nation offering this type of program on the undergraduate level.

Chet Nagel’s first lecture on Monday, March 25 will discuss “Would Iran Use a Nuclear Weapon?”  The lecture will take place in Kline Hall room 122 from 1:40 p.m. to 2:40 p.m., and again from 4-5 p.m.  On Tuesday, March 26, Nagel’s lecture will discuss “Can Iran’s Nuclear Program Be Stopped Without War?”, and will take place in Kline Hall room 121 from 1:10 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. and again from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on the lecture series or King’s Security and Intelligence Studies program, contact Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis at 423.652.6014 or 



Monday, March 25

Would Iran Use a Nuclear Weapon?

1:40-2:40 p.m. or 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Kline Hall 122 

Tuesday, March 26

Can Iran’s Nuclear Program Be Stopped Without War?

1:10-2:40 p.m. or 4:30 to 6:00 KLINE HALL 121

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