Eugene Poteat

Professor Emeritus

S. Eugene (Gene) Poteat is a retired senior CIA Scientific Intelligence Officer, and has served as President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO). He was educated as an electrical engineer and physicist. He holds a Masters in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from IWP. His career in intelligence included work with U-2 and SR-71 class of aircraft and various space and naval reconnaissance systems. He also managed the CIA's worldwide network of monitoring sites. He holds patents on covert communications techniques. His CIA assignments included the Directorate of Science and Technology, the National Reconnaissance Office, Technical Director of the Navy's Special Programs Office and Executive Director of the Intelligence Research and Development Council. He served abroad in London, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Asia. He received the CIA's Medal of Merit and the National Reconnaissance Office's Meritorious Civilian Award for his technological innovations.

Professional Experience

  • President, Association for Intelligence Officers (2000-2014)
  • Director, Strategic Research Group, Electronic Warfare Association (1993-2002)
  • Founder, President and CEO, Petite Research Group, Inc. (1980-1993)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (1960-1980)
  • Member of Technical Staff, Bell Telephone Laboratories (1957-1960)


  • B.S., Electrical Engineering/Physics, The Citadel, 1957
  • M.A., Statecraft and National Security Affairs, Institute of World Politics, 2001


  Technology, Intelligence, Security, and Statecraft


  The Sound of Crickets: New dangers facing U.S. personnel serving abroad and possibly all of us
  Solving the problem of dictators
  The End of Privacy: Lessons Learned by 4-Star Generals, the Intelligence Community, and the Rest of Us
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