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Strategic Intelligence During Times of Accelerated Global Changes

Mon, Apr 18, 2016, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of 

Strategic Intelligence During Times of Accelerated Global Changes

LTG Harry E. Soyster  
Former VP for International Operations, MPRI; Former Director of Defense Intelligence Agency 

Monday, April 18
4:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036


During LTG Soyter’s tenure as the Commanding General of INSCOM and as DIA Director, a burst of high impact events occurred across the world in a short time: Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, the invasion of Panama, the collapse of the Soviet Union, Tiananmen Square, and Desert Storm. This faster pace seems similar to what we have seen across the world since about 2014.​ In this lecture, LTG Soyster will comment on the role of strategic intelligence during these times of accelerated global change.

SoysterGeneral Soyster was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated from the US Military Academy and holds Master’s degrees in Chemistry from Penn State University and the University of Southern California in Systems Management. His military education includes the Command and General Staff College and the National War College.

He has commanded at all levels as a field artillery officer with staff assignments at Department of the Army and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was an associate professor at West Point and the Chief of Oral History at the Army War College. He was a battalion operations officer in Vietnam where he was twice decorated for valor and wounded in action. His assignments as a general officer were Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Dept. of the Army; Commanding General, US Army Intelligence and Security Command for an unprecedented 41/2 years and Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency during Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Storm as the senior military intelligence officer for the nation.

He joined MPRI after retiring and was the Vice President for International Operations for ten years. He returned to government as Special Assistant to SEC ARMY for the WWII 60th Anniversary Commemorations around the world. He now serves on various boards of directors, commissions and study groups.