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KENNETH MICHAEL ABSHER currently is a Fellow with the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, the Bush School of Government and Public Service, at Texas A&M University. He retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service, having served over 31 years in the clandestine service. Mr. Absher was Chief of Station in two different field assignments, and Chief of Base in two others. He had four tours in CIA Headquarters managing foreign intelligence operations. Mr. Absher also served in Western Europe, the Caribbean, and Indochina. He provided direct intelligence support to the U.S. handling of major Cold War events such as the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the 1983 military and rescue operation in Grenada (Operation URGENT FURY), and the break-up of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. Mr. Absher has taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and from 1997 to 2002 at the Joint Military Intelligence College (now known as the National Defense Intelligence College) in Washington, DC. From January 2003 to February 2005, Mr. Absher served on the Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Antonio, Texas. During 2005, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appointed Mr. Absher as the DCI representative to three Accountability Review Boards to investigate terrorist attacks in Iraq. Mr. Absher graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Princeton University.
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