Film Screening - "The Man Nobody Knew"

Film Screening of

The Man Nobody Knew:
In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby 

a film by Carl Colby
an Act 4 Entertainment Production

Wednesday, January 18th

6:00 – 6:30 PM
Networking Reception

 6:30 – 8:15 PM  
Film Screening

8:15 – 9:00 PM 
Discussion and Q&A
Navy War Memorial
Arleigh & Roberta Burke Theater
701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

                           Moderator:               Robert Zarate, Foreign Policy Initiative
                             Speaker:                Elbridge Colby, CNA


Man Nobody Knew"The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby" uncovers the secret world of a legendary CIA spymaster. Told by William Colby’s son Carl, the story is at once a probing history of the CIA, a personal memoir of a family living in clandestine shadows, and an inquiry into the hard costs of a nation’s most cloaked actions. From the beginning of his career as an OSS officer parachuting into Nazi-occupied Europe, William Colby rose through the ranks of “The Company,” and soon was involved in covert operations in hot spots around the globe. He swayed elections against the Communists in Italy, oversaw the coup against President Diem in Saigon, and ran the controversial Phoenix Program in Vietnam, which sparked today’s legacy of counter-insurgency. But after decades of obediently taking on the White House’s toughest and dirtiest assignments, and rising to become Director of CIA, Colby defied the President. Braving intense controversy, he opened up to Congress some of the agency’s darkest, most tightly held secrets and extra-legal operations.

Speaker Biographies

Elbridge Colby is currently a research analyst at CNA, where he focuses on deterrence, nuclear weapons, and related issues for a number of U.S. Government entities.  Previously,  he served as policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense’s Representative for the negotiations on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, as an expert advisor to the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, as special assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as a staff member on the President’s WMD Commission, with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq, and with the State Department. Mr. Colby has also been an adjunct staff member with the RAND Corporation and is a consultant to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Global Security Directorate as well as a current or former consultant to a number of Department of Defense entities. He publishes regularly on defense and foreign policy issues in a variety of venues and has published book chapters in edited collections as well as articles, and op-eds in outlets such as Policy ReviewOrbis, The National Interest, and He has also spoken to government, expert, university, and broader public audiences in the United States, Europe, and Asia.  He is a recipient of the Exceptional Public Service Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and of the Superior Honor Award from the Department of State.  A member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, Mr. Colby is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.  He is also the grandson of William Colby.

Robert Zarate is the policy director at the Foreign Policy Initiative. Prior to joining FPI, Mr. Zarate served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a legislative assistant for Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, and earlier as a legislative fellow on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. Before serving on the Hill, he worked as a research fellow at the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC), as an independent consultant on nuclear issues, as a reporter at Wired News, and as a policy analyst at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, D.C. Mr. Zarate co-edited Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter. He has also published essays and articles in The Weekly StandardNational Review OnlineE-Commerce Law Week and other periodicals. Mr. Zarate received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago.  He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, U.K.

Mission Statement

The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.
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