I recently was a guest lecturer on covert action in a law school seminar. For anyone interested, my instructional approach (fictional scenario, issues for consideration, operational proposals) is available here —feel free to use it (or, better yet, improve on it). In this post I offer a few practitioner-focused thoughts on the “why,” “what” and “how” that informed my planning for this class. I hope this background description and approach are useful to others teaching about covert action.
Peter deLacy is a founder of deLacy Associates LLC. He spent over 28 years in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as an Associate General Counsel in CIA’s Office of General Counsel and as a certified CIA Directorate of Operations officer. As a CIA operations lawyer, he provided legal guidance in support of priority US national security intelligence activities, including counterterrorism and covert action. His permanent overseas intelligence assignments included locations in Asia, Europe and North Africa. He served as the CIA’s faculty representative to the National War College and is a recipient of the George H. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism.
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