Three Can Keep a Secret if Two of Them are Dead



Bill Phillips, Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

Date and Time

April 30, 2018 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


William J. Perry Conference Room
Encina Hall, Second Floor, Central, C231
616 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

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  1. What do some of America’s adversaries think about U.S. scientists, engineers and technical specialists they meet?
  2. What is it really like to be an intelligence officer (IO) abroad? What are some of the stresses IO’s experience in their work?
  3. What is Counterintelligence (CI)?
Speaker bio: Bill Phillips is a former senior officer of the CIA’s clandestine service (Directorate of Operations.) He has over 36 years experience as a professional intelligence officer. Bill served overseas for most of his 25 years at CIA. Among other things, Bill was the CIA’s senior field operations executive manager in three overseas posts. He also served as the Chief of Staff to the Head of the Clandestine Service  in the months following the 911 attacks. After his retirement from the Directorate of Operations (DO), Bill worked for the National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE) as Director of Counterintelligence at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After that, Bill retired again and worked as a national security consultant on CI to various elements of the executive branch of government. Bill is the recipient of CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, two Meritorious Unit Citations, the CIA National HUMINT Collector Award, CIA’s Latin America Division Medal and numerous other honors for sustained exceptional performance. He was certified as a ‘CI Professional’ by the CIA. Bill is now completely retired and occasionally consults on CI doctrine, the practice of mindfulness in the intelligence profession and resilience issues.