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May 2, 2012 7:30pm

The Future of
Intelligence and Espionage

Matthew M. Aid is a leading intelligence historian and expert on the National Security Agency. He was instrumental in exposing that U.S. intelligence agencies had been improperly "reclassifying" and removing documents from the National Archives to keep them secret. He is a Russian linguist, and author of Intel Wars: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror (2012), Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency (2009) and co-editor with Dr. Cees Wiebes of Secrets of Signals Intelligence During the Cold War and Beyond (2001). He is a regular commentator on intelligence matters for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the National Journal, the Associated Press, CBS News, National Public Radio (NPR) and others..

A native of New York City, Aid holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. From 1986 to 2005, Mr. Aid served as a senior executive with a number of large international financial research and investigative companies in Washington, D.C., including the Investigative Group International (IGI) and Kroll Associates. His responsibilities included managing the Kroll Washington, D.C. office’s international investigative and security operations, as well as personally conducting a broad range of high profile investigations, including complex merger and acquisition, due diligence, litigation support, criminal defense, and business intelligence matters. He was also the managing director of Kroll’s Washington office from 2001 through 2002.

Since 2005, Aid has been a full-time writer on national security and intelligence matters for a number of publications. He is also the author of a number of published articles on intelligence and security issues.