Retired CIA deputy director, JR Seeger, will lead a discussion of his career in the CIA and specifically his service in Afghanistan in the Fall of 2001.This event will focus on the historical context and the real-world challenges faced by the collaborative effort of CIA officers, SF operational detachments, and a USSOCOM command team, and will be rounded out with key demonstrations that reveal how operations changed over time through a slide show of the terrain and the various players involved in the operation.
BIO: John R. Seeger (J.R.) is a retired Senior Intelligence Service officer. He served in the CIA for 22 years. During his final, 3-year assignment in CIA Headquarters, he first served as a chief of operations for a geographic division in the Directorate of Operations and then served as one of the deputy directors of the CIA Counterterrorism Center as well as one of the deputy chiefs of operation for the Center. Seeger led multiple, small unit teams during his service including leading one of the CIA teams that infiltrated into Afghanistan after 9/11. Seeger’s CIA awards include the Intelligence Star for Valor, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, and the George H.W. Bush Award for Counterterrorism Excellence. Before serving in the CIA, Seeger attended Eisenhower College for his BA and the University of Iowa for his MA, and served as an airborne infantry officer in the 82nd Airborne Division.