Ray S. Cline

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Ray S. Cline served as Deputy Director for Intelligence for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1962-1966 and played a major role in the Cuba missile crisis of 1962.

From 1969 until his retirement in 1973, he was Director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State. He was awarded CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the Career Intelligence Medal.

Dr. Cline now serves as senior adviser for the Center for Strategic and International Studies at Georgetown University, as well as professor of international relations. He teaches, directs research and writes on strategic intelligence, geopolitics, strategy and foreign affairs.

He was a Henry Prize Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford University, and a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, where he earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph. D. degrees.

Dr. Cline is the author of numerous books, including Washington Command Post, (Department of Army, 1951) a reference work on military planning in World War II, and Secrets, Spies and Scholars: The CIA from Roosevelt to Reagan (1986), which describes the American intelligence system from World War II through 1976. In addition, Dr. Cline has written a series of studies on geopolitics and the relative strength of nations.

A number of his many published works have dealt with the timely topic of terrorism, including “Terrorism: Seedbed for Soviet Influence” and two books that he co-authored, Terrorism as State-Sponsored Covert Welfare and Terrorism: The Soviet Connection.

He is Vice President of the Veterans of the Office of Strategic Services, the World War II precursor of the CIA, and is founder and president of the National Intelligence Study Center, created to improve understanding of the role of intelligence in the American political process. He is a member of the board of visitors of the United States Defense Intelligence College and president of the Committee for a free China.