Author Cindy Otis
September 22, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
September 22, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT
BENS Virtual Discussion with Cindy L. Otis, author of True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News.
In True or False, Ms. Otis takes readers through the history and impact of misinformation over the centuries, sharing stories from the past and insights that readers today can gain from them. Then, she shares lessons learned in over a decade working for the CIA, including actionable tips on how to spot fake news, how to make sense of the information we receive each day, and, perhaps most importantly, how to understand and see past our own information biases, so that we can think critically about important issues and put events happening around us into context.
Ms. Otis is a former CIA officer and an expert on disinformation threat analysis and counter-messaging. She is a former Senior non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab and currently, an Associate at Argonne National Lab. Prior to joining the private sector in 2017, she served in the CIA as a military analyst, intelligence briefer, and a manager in the Directorate of Intelligence. While at the CIA, she specialized in security issues in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. She is a frequent media commentator and writes regularly about disinformation and national security issues, often cited by publications, such as The Washington Post, New York Times, BBC, NPR, and CNN. She is also a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors. As a wheelchair user and passionate advocate of disability rights, she frequently advises major disability rights organizations.
Dinner w/Major General Ed Thomas
BENS Chicago members will host Major General Ed Thomas, Commander, USAF Recruiting Services, for a plated dinner at the Chicago Club. The Discussion objective is USAF talent recruitment and retention. For attendance and registration information, please contact Natalie Callone at NCallone@bens.org.
Lunch w/General Gary M. Brito
BENS Discussion with General Gary M. Brito, Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. For attendance and registration information, please contact Natalie Callone at NCallone@bens.org.
Breakfast w/Major General Richard Neely
BENS Chicago members will host Major General Rich Neely, Adjutant General of the State of Illinois for a plated breakfast. The discussion objective is an update on the Russia-Ukraine war, and ILANG recruitment numbers. For attendance and registration information, please contact Natalie Callone at NCallone@bens.org.