Former CIA deputy director to speak at Memorial Union

Matthew Rezab

Tom Twetten, a 34-year veteran of the CIA, will present Ethical Implications for the Intelligence Community” on April 2 in the Memorial Union Sun Room at 8 p.m.

Twetten, an ISU alumnus, worked his way up the ladder in the CIA to eventually become deputy director for operations. 

Throughout his career Twetten worked under diplomatic cover for the CIA in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. As deputy and then chief of the Near East Division, his unit helped the Afghanis fight the Soviet Union in the 1980s. 

In the later years of his career, Twetten placed new emphasis on fighting international terrorism, narcotics trafficking and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

He also made the first Predator drone purchase on behalf of the U.S. government and was awarded the CIA’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, twice.

Twetten also received the 2008 Carrie Chapman Catt Award from ISU for public service.

The lecture is free of charge and part of Iowa State’s World Affairs Series “Redefining Global Security.” The event is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Committee and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by the Government of the Student Body.