Eyes and Ears in the Sky: The Intelligence Community’s Presence in Space During the Cold War

    Date/Time
    Date(s) - 01/20/2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Location
    Old Bust Head Brewery

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    WHAT WAS ONE KEY WAY WE KNEW WHAT THE SOVIETS WERE DOING DURING THE COLD WAR?

    ASK AN EXPERT ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY’S TECHNOLOGY IN SPACE

     

     

    The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentation by former NSA Deputy Chief Scientist John O’Hara on

     

    Eyes and Ears in the Sky: The Intelligence Community’s Presence in Space During the Cold War

    Dr. O’Hara will discuss how the US was limited in what we could intercept from the USSR due to the Iron Curtain and how that drove us into space. He will give details on the politicians and military people involved and discuss how and why they made their decisions on particular satellite programs. He will also discuss how important our intelligence from space is to our military combat operations.

    Dr. John O’Hara has held many significant positions at NSA, including design engineer for special purpose systems, Chief of a major satellite program, Chief of all worldwide ELINT (electronic intelligence) programs, Chief of NSA Advanced Research, and NSA Deputy Chief Scientist. He is the person who processed the signals received from the Soviet Luna 9 mission that made the first soft landing on the moon. He has received many awards from NSA and from AOC, the major professional organization of those engaged in electronic intelligence and electronic warfare. His Air Force service was in the Strategic Air Command. Dr. O’Hara has an MS in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania; his PhD in Electronic Engineering is from Catholic University of America.

    This is the seventeenth in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum featuring expert eyewitnesses to, and other authorities on, significant Cold War and related events and activities. Presentations occur at Old Bust Head brewery or at the Vint Hill Craft Winery, followed by special access to the Museum (next door) with a tour for event participants.

    Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019

    (NOTE: FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS PRESENTATION BUT CANNOT ATTEND BECAUSE THEY ARE AT A DISTANCE, HAVE A CONFLICT, ETC., THEY MAY BUY A TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE AND THEN ACCESS THE EVENT VIDEO ONLINE AFTER THE EVENT VIA A LINK THAT CWM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JASON HALL WILL SEND THEM. TO ARRANGE, EMAIL JASON AT JASON@COLDWAR.ORG.)

    Time: 1:00 PM. (Arrival at the brewery: 12:30-1:00 PM)

    Cost: $25, including the presentation; a $7 coupon toward a craft beer draft, Kombucha or other drink; a $10 contribution to the Cold War Museum; and special access to the Museum (next door) for event participants following the presentation. TICKETS AT THE DOOR, IF AVAILABLE, WILL BE $35.

    Event seating at the brewery is limited, and many prior presentations have sold out well in advance, so we suggest that you secure your tickets promptly. Questions? Call or email Jason Hall, 703-283-4124 (cell), jason@coldwar.org

    TICKETS AND DETAILED INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE ON EVENTBRITE:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eyes-and-ears-in-the-sky-the-intelligence-communitys-presence-in-space-during-the-cold-war-tickets-53482080342

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