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An Insider's History of the Cold War
Monday, June 21, 2004

Join the St. Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations and MIC for a discussion with Tom Reed, former secretary of the Air Force, on what really was happening behind closed doors during the Cold War; much of which is documented in the speaker’s first book, published earlier this year, AT THE ABYSS: An Insider’s History of the Cold War (Presidio Press/Ballantine Books).

Mr. Reed's previous positions have included director of National Reconnaissance, special assistant to President Reagan for national security policy, and a consultant to the Director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Tom Reed graduated from Cornell University with a degree in engineering and a ROTC commission into the U.S. Air Force. He began his professional career at the Air Force Ballistic Missile Division in Los Angeles during the 1950s. He earned his graduate degree from the University of Southern California and then moved on to Lawrence Livermore where he designed two thermonuclear devices. On leaving Livermore, Reed started and ran a successful high-tech company making superconductors. In 1966 he became the northern California chairperson of Ronald Reagan’s first gubernatorial race. He served as chief of personnel in the Governor’s first administration, and in 1970 assumed full responsibility for Governor Reagan’s re-election campaign.

In 1973, Reed was recruited to manage intelligence projects at the Pentagon. He first became director of information, then secretary of the Air Force. During the Reagan years Reed served as the special assistant to the President for national security policy. Reed left Washington in 1983 to return to managing his business. Throughout the period of the Soviet collapse up to 1991, Reed served as a consultant to General Colin Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Cost: MIC and FRC members $25; Non-members $35
To register: Contact Roger at roger.prestwich@metrostate.edu or 612.659.7293

  • Time: Registration 11:15 a.m.; lunch 11:45 a.m.; program 12:30 p.m.
  • Place: Carlson Private Dining Room, Carlson School of Management (lower level), U of M, Riverside and 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis
  • Cost:
        $25 Member/Students
        $35 Non-Member

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