Dr. John W. Ray of Montana Tech’s Liberal Studies Department recently returned from participating in a conference in Washington DC entitled Inside the CIA. Participants included representatives of the CIA, NSA, FBI, Mossad and the former KGB, now the FSB. The focus of Dr. Ray’s participation was energy security issues pertaining to China and the Middle East. Dr. Ray’s participation grew out of papers he has presented on energy security at Oxford University, England and in Beijing and Cairo.
While much of the work of national security agencies focuses on the gathering and analysis of information, the work of espionage is also a significant component. The Russian penetrations of the American political process as well as the work of Mossad in the Middle East and espionage and terrorism were all focuses of the conference. Worldwide the infiltration of a nation’s energy infrastructure has become as important as military espionage.
Dr. Ray teaches courses in International Relations as well as political philosophy at Montana Tech.