Former CIA officer to speak, Nov. 7

Nov. 2, 2001 2:06 p.m.

An operations officer in the CIA for almost four decades will speak on "Sept. 11: The Challenge of Hard-Target Operations" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in McCosh 46.

Burton Gerber, former director of the European and the Soviet East European divisions of the Directorate of Operations at the CIA, will present the lecture, which is sponsored by the Research Program in International Security of the Center of International Studies .

Gerber worked primarily in operations related to the former Soviet Union and the former Warsaw Pact countries. He served overseas as the CIA chief of station in three separate assignments. In Washington, he directed the agency's operational programs in the former Soviet Union and Europe for eight years.

In 1992, he established the National HUMINT Requirements Tasking Center, an interagency organization that works with policymakers and the military to determine and write intelligence requirements and then assigns those requirements for intelligence collection to U.S. government agencies.