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Discussion on “The Fourth Man”

Mon, Mar 27, 2023, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Featuring: Prof. John J. Quattrocki
Location: The Institute of World Politics - 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

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Discussion on The Fourth Man


Prof. John J. Quattrocki
Former Vice President, CACI’s National Intelligence Solutions Group; Former Senior Executive on the National Security Staff


Monday, March 27, 2023
4:30-6:00 PM EST


The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th St. NW
Washington D.C. 20036
Marlatt Mansion, Commodore Barry Room
Getting to campus


The Fourth Man cover art by Robert Baer

About the Lecture

Before the Cold War was known to be ending in a few short years, and during what appeared to the high point of an endlessly unfolding intelligence war between the countries of the Warsaw Pact and an American-led NATO, the East-West conflict exploded over an 18-month period, resulting in the arrests or executions of more agents – on both sides – than during any two decades in peacetime, combined.

These 80+ intelligence compromises from 1984-1986 have never been comprehensively addressed by either side’s counterintelligence services … the indictment or arrests of Ed Howard, WEIGH, Rick Ames, Vasilenko, Clayton Lonetree, Earl Pitts, Z, ACCORD, Jim Nicholson, “angry Colonel,” COWL, Bob Hanssen etc. ad seriatum … notwithstanding.

There remain enough unresolved HUMINT and TECHINT compromises for the longer period, 1977 – 2004, that it has spawned a first – and, so far, only – of its kind phenomenon in the world of intelligence journalism.

We now have eight separate in-print books, which address the same set of compromises … during the same period of time … acknowledging the same principal actors.

Further – and one would presume to our and history’s advantage – seven of the eight are written not by professional journalists with undisclosed or concealed access to current or former government officials but by former intelligence officers, qua journalists, writing from a first-person perspective and with direct access.

And yet, no two of these books agree on all of the “facts” at issue.

The most recent of these, The Fourth Man, by retired CIA Case Officer, Bob Baer, has now reignited an Intelligence Community bar fight coming up on its 40-year “anniversary.”

So join us, won’t you, as we discuss the case that has been at the core of IWP’s curriculum on the Statecraft of Counterintelligence for more than 18 years.

About the Speaker

Prof. John J. Quattrocki formerly served as Vice President at CACI’s National Intelligence Solutions Group. An expert on U.S. national security, Prof. Quattrocki is retired from the Senior Executive Service with 22 years of operational and policy experience. His work has focused on Russia, the countries of the (former) Warsaw Pact, East Asia, Islamic extremist groups, and domestic terrorist threats.

He has ten years of experience in national security policy development and implementation at the Senior Executive level on the National Security Council staff, where he served as a policy advisor to the National Security Advisor, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and the NSC. In this role, he worked on counterintelligence policy, intelligence policy for the Global War on Terrorism, intelligence and security policy in homeland security matters, U.S. government policy in matters of classification and declassification, and U.S. intelligence community transformation and re-engineering.

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