On October 20, more than 300 attendees tuned in for the Jackson Visiting Fellow Discussion Forum featuring Lt. Gen. James Clapper (ret.).
Clapper discussed his book, “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence.” Asha Rangappa, a senior lecturer at Jackson, moderated the conversation.
Clapper served from 2010 – 2017 as the Director of National Intelligence. In that position, he led the United States intelligence community and served as the principal intelligence advisor to the President.
Previously, Clapper served in two administrations as the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, where he was the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on intelligence, counterintelligence, and security matters for the Department. In this capacity, he was also dual-hatted as the Director of Defense Intelligence for DNI.
Earlier, he directed the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), transforming it into the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as it is today. He also served as a consultant and advisor to Congress and to the Departments of Defense and Energy and as a member of a wide variety of government panels, boards, commissions, and advisory groups.