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Former Director Of National Intelligence James Clapper To Speak At Penn State Law

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday, November 6 in Sutliff Auditorium at the Lewis Katz Law Building.

Clapper served under President Barack Obama from August 2010 to January 2017, leading the United States intelligence community and advising the president on intelligence.

After a 32-year military career including two combat tours during the Southeast Asia conflict, Clapper worked in business with a focus on intelligence. He also served as a consultant and advisor to Congress and to the Departments of Defense and Energy and was a member of various government panels, commissions, and task forces.

Two days after 9/11, Clapper returned to government work as the first civilian director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), where he spent five years transforming it into the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) we know today.

Clapper is the first speaker of Penn State’s new Center for Security Research and Education, which is a collaboration between 10 university colleges, schools, and research units. The Center will focus on supporting Penn State research on security, teaching the public about security with outreach programs, and promoting interdisciplinary research to find solutions to modern security challenges.


Clapper’s talk is free and open to the public; attendees are not required to pick up tickets or register beforehand.

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Elissa Hill

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