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West Point cadets visit IWP to discuss intelligence and international affairs

West Point Kosciuszko Squadron, 2019

Above: The West Point Kosciuszko Squadron on a visit to IWP.

This April, IWP was pleased to host two groups of cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

On April 5, the West Point Kosciuszko Squadron made its annual visit to the Institute, led by Col. Steve Olejasz and Professor Larry Mansour. At a roundtable seminar, the cadets met with Lithuanian Defense Attaché Colonel Alvydas Siuparis and former Lithuanian Chief of Defense General John Kronkaitis. They also listened to a lecture by Professor Marek Chodakiewicz, holder of the IWP Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies, and met IWP founder and president, Dr. John Lenczowski. Their next stop after IWP was a visit to the Polish embassy.

West Point cadets 2019

Above: West Point cadets from Dr. David Gioe’s intelligence history class on a visit to IWP.

On April 9, a second group of three West Point cadets visited IWP, led by Dr. David Gioe, Assistant Professor of History at West Point and History Fellow at the Army Cyber Institute. This delegation from West Point also included Chris Hartley, Deputy Director of the Army Cyber Institute at West Point, and Major Richard Lovering, an instructor with West Point’s History Department.

The cadets, who are currently enrolled in a course on intelligence history with Dr. Gioe, began their day with a visit to the CIA, which was followed by a visit to IWP for a roundtable discussion on intelligence.

At IWP, they met with IWP Senior Vice President for Professional Affiliations Chris Glass, IWP Senior Vice President for Cyber Intelligence Dean Lane, Executive Vice President Larry Cosgriff, IWP professor and former Deputy Director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service John Sano, and special guests Nicholas Reynolds and Richard (Dick) Holm.

Dr. Reynolds is an expert on modern military history and intelligence. A Marine Corps veteran, he captured field history as it happened and later served as a CIA officer at home and abroad. He has served as the historian for the CIA Museum, teaches as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, and is the author of Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961.

Mr. Holm is also former CIA, having served under 13 CIA directors. He is the recipient of the Agency’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. He is the author of The American Agent: My Life in the CIA and The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA.

This is the second year that IWP has hosted an intelligence roundtable for West Point cadets.