24 May 1999

Date: Mon, 24 May 1999 19:31:35 +0200
To: jya@jya.com
From: "C.Wiebes" <wiebes@pscw.uva.nl>
Subject: Sigint conference announcement 


More and more students of the Cold War begin to realize that the
intelligence communities played an important role during the Cold War. In
recent years in particular the importance of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
has been stressed and especially the capabilities and possibilities of
reading and deciphering diplomatic, military, commercial and other
communications of other nations. 

This growing awareness of the importance of intelligence applies not only
to the activities of the big services but also to those of the smaller
nations like for example the Netherlands. For this exact reason a couple of
years ago the Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA) was
established in which academics and (former and still active) members of the
Netherlands intelligence community work together in order to promote
research into the history of Dutch intelligence communities. This growing
interest had led in Holland to publications dealing with the history of the
Dutch internal security service (1995), the Dutch Navy Intelligence (1997)
and the Netherlands foreign intelligence service (November 1998). 

As honorary secretary of the NISA it is my pleasure to announce that the
NISA will host an international conference dealing with 


This conference with a particular emphasis on Sigint and the Northwestern
European nations will take place on Saturday November 27 in Amsterdam.

The line up of the program is as follows:							


09.45: 	Opening of the Conference and Welcome to the
		speakers and participants

10.00: 	Matthew Aid (United States, ex-NSA) 
		Introduction on the importance of SIGINT in the Cold War

10.45:	coffee

11.00: 	Richard Aldrich (United Kingdom, University of Nottingham)
		GCHQ and Sigint in the Cold War

11.45:	Erich Schmidt-Eenboom (Germany, Forschungsinstitut für
		The BND, German Military Forces and Sigint in the Cold War

12.30:	lunch

13.30:	Alf Jacobsen (Norway, NRK)
		Scandinavia, Sigint and the Cold War

14.15:	Cees Wiebes (Netherlands, NISA)
		The history of the WKC (Dutch NSA/GCHQ)

15.00:	Tea 

15.30:	Wies Platje (Netherlands, NISA)
		Dutch Sigint and the conflict with Indonesia, 1950 - 62

16.15:	Round Table discussion
		The importance of Sigint during the Cold War
17.00:	Closing Remarks + Reception

	Since the number of seats is strictly limited to 100, you are requested to
submit your registration as soon as possible. Places will be attributed on
a first registered-first served basis. The conference rate is US $ 80
including lunch and drinks at the reception. Please register as quickly as
possible by sending an E-mail or letter to the honorary secretary of the
NISA, Dr. Cees Wiebes, at the following address:

Dr. Cees Wiebes
Honorary secretary NISA
P.O. Box 18 210
1001 ZC Amsterdam
The Netherlands