Dr. David Barrett
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
SRF: Intelligence and Politics in the Era of John F. Kennedy’s Presidency
Although scholars have written many books about President John F. Kennedy and numerous books about events relating to the Central Intelligence Agency during his presidency, we still lack a history of relations between the CIA and JFK's White House that covers all of the Kennedy era, from January 1961 to November 1963. In recent years, Professor David M. Barrett of the Political Science Department has been examining voluminous papers of President Kennedy, his advisers, leaders of the CIA, news reporters and columnists, and members of the U.S. Congress. His planned book will examine the interactions of CIA leaders with elected officials, especially the President and influential Congress members, in order to understand more clearly whether the Agency was responsive to directions from those elected leaders, or whether it often "free lanced" in carrying out covert operations and intrusive intelligence gathering around the world.