Hundreds gathered at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on January 30 to get an intriguing and revealing insight into history with the Central Intelligence Agency.
The symposium entitled “Nixon and the Role of Intelligence in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War” highlighted the Agency’s publication of more than 400 recently declassified documents including intelligence assessments, research papers, National Intelligence Estimates, high level memos, and briefing materials provided to the Nixon Administration.
The program was co-presented by the CIA Historical Collections Division, the Nixon Foundation and the National Archives.
Former CIA policymakers, intelligence analysts, and historians officials gave first-hand accounts of the events of the 1973 conflict, giving testament to the lessons learned from the unexpected attack on Israel 40 years ago.
President Nixon’s role in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War has been credited with saving Israel from an onslaught of potentially devastating attacks. Nixon overrode political and administrative objections to assist Israel with an American airlift to replace all of its lost munitions.
Speakers included Charles E. Allen (former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security); William Quandt (National Security Council staff member in the Nixon and Carter administrations between 1972–1974 and 1977-1979); Andy Liepman (former Deputy Director, National Counterterrorism Center); Richard Kovar (former chief of CIA’s Middle East Task Force); and Emile A. Nakhleh, PhD (former Senior Intelligence Officer, Research Professor, University of New Mexico).
Click here, to read NPR’s coverage of the event.
Click here, to read the full documentation from the CIA Historical Collections Division.
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