This symposium, held in partnership with George Mason University, School of Public Policy, on September 13, 2012, discussed the historical relationships between the Directors of Central Intelligence (DCI), presidents, and Congress. The overall theme of the event was the ebb and flow of the relationships and the way those relationships impact the role intelligence plays in policy decisions. The event highlighted the public release of over 800 recently declassified documents covering the CIA’s first four DCIs. The documents, covering 1946 to 1953, focus on the activities of the first four DCIs: Sidney W. Souers, Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter and Walter B. Smith, and include office logs, memorandums, reports and various correspondence from each DCI’s tenure.
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