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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
“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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 p.m.in KLINE HALL 121
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