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Spies, Lies, & Nukes Inside International Espionage is a fascinating 2-day conference hosted by Valerie Plame and featuring experts with extraordinary experiences and access to the highest levels of US policy-makers.

Join former covert CIA officer, Valerie Plame, and several of her CIA colleagues as they discuss their perspectives and experiences on cyber warfare, covert action, international affairs, and nuclear proliferation. In the current disordered world, it’s crucial to understand the history that brought us to this point and why these topics are so relevant to today. You will be informed, entertained, and challenged as we explore international secrets and why they still matter.  We look forward to seeing you!


Conference topics will include:


  • Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction


  • How the CIA Recruits Foreign Spies

  • Covert Action and the White House


  • Terrorism, Intelligence, and Paradigms of Perception


  • The Cuban Missile Crisis

  • Who Really Killed JFK?

"My goal for this conference is to provoke dynamic and illuminating exchanges between the audience and the expert panel of legendary intelligence officers."    

~Valerie Plame

Terrorism, Intelligence, and Paradigms of Perception

Glenn Carle was a career CIA Operations Officer, serving on four continents in a 23 year career, from 1985-2007.  His last position was as Acting, then Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats, on the National Intelligence Council, the nation's most senior position for strategic terrorism and transnational intelligence assessments, reporting directly to the President.

Glenn Carle 
Marked for Assassination: Who Killed JFK?

Mr. Mowatt-Larssen served for 23 years as a CIA intelligence officer in various domestic and international posts, to include Chief of the Europe Division in the Directorate of Operations, Chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Department, Counterterrorist Center, and Deputy Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support.   

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen
Covert Action and Presidential Findings

From 2007-2009, Ms. Long served as the first woman confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Defense For International Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as Chair of NATO’s High Level Group (HLG), responsible for NATO’s nuclear policy. In her defense department roles, she also acted as Principal Deputy Secretary of Defense on the Middle East, Africa, the Western Hemisphere, Asia, and Southeast Asia; and was the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Counter Narcoterrorism with a budget of over $1 billion. To those credentials, she adds more than a decade of Central Intelligence Agency operational experience (1986–99) on terrorism and other security issues. 

The Honorable
Mary Beth Long

As a career CIA covert operations officer, Valerie worked to protect America’s national security and to prevent the spread of WMDs. Author of the best-selling memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House and of the Vanessa Pierson spy-thriller series, Valerie appears in the press regularly on topics such as nuclear proliferation, women in intelligence, and the NSA’s data collection. 

Valerie Plame
The Cuban Missile Crisis: a Secret Intelligence Perspective

Bruce Held served as Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy as well as Acting Undersecretary of Energy for Nuclear Security during 2013-2014 with oversight responsibility for America’s nuclear weapons complex, including Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.  During 2010-2012, he was the Director of DOE’s Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.

Bruce Held
Soulcatcher - A series of vignettes on how intelligence officers recruit human assets; i.e. spies

Mr. Lawler was a member of CIA's Senior Intelligence Service (SIS-3) from 1998 until his retirement in 2005.  He spent well over half of his CIA career battling the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  As Chief of the A.Q. Khan Nuclear Takedown Team, Mr. Lawler was the recipient of one of the CIA's Trailblazer Awards in 2007, marking the 60th anniversary of CIA.  He also received the Director's Award from DCI George Tenet, the U.S. Intelligence Community's HUMINT Collector of the Year Award, and the Donovan Award from the CIA's Deputy Director of Operations.  

James C. Lawler

This year's two day event features many amazing speakers, sponsors and exhibitors!  Your ticket includes access to all talks, panels, morning coffee & tea service, lunch buffet, and all day beverage service.  Registration and exhibits will open at 8:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Presentations will begin at 9:00 AM.


La Fonda Hotel Accommodations 



Contact Drury Plaza Hotel for

Special Conference Rates


Standard Room = $149/nite

Call Drury Plaza Hotel and ask for Jennifer
and mention Spies, Lies & Nukes 

La Fonda on the Plaza

Santa Fe, New Mexico

100 E. San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM  87501 

La Terraza Patio, La Fonda

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Guitarist Gustavo Pimentel

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Phone: 505-433-7138

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Conference organized by Clark Consulting Group, LLC