Mayday 1960: Reassessing the U-2 Shoot Down
U-2 Operations, with former U-2 Pilot Charles P. Wilson
Panel I: The U-2 and the Missile Gap
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Drawing upon imagery from the last few U-2 flights over the Soviet Union which has never before been seen in public, Panel I will focus on the role of signals intelligence, newly developed photo-reconnaissance satellites and the U-2 in resolving the missile-gap debate.
- Christian Ostermann - chair
- Chris Pocock - author, 50 Years of the U-2
- Martin Sherwin - Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow
- Dino Brugioni - all-source analyst,(ret.) National Photographic Interpretation Center
Panel II: The U-2 Shoot Down
3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union on 1 May 1960 provoking a major Cold War incident which led to the cancellation of a planned superpower summit.
Drawing upon newly declassified documents on the Board of Inquiry which examined Powers' conduct during the shootdown and his subsequent captivity, Panel II will examine the repercussions of the U-2 shoot down in international politics and intelligence history.
- Chris Pocock - chair
- Svetlana Savranskaya - director of Russian programs, the National Security Archive
- Giles Whittell - Washington correspondent, The Times of London and author, Bridge of Spies: A True Story of the Cold War
- Matthew Aid - visiting fellow, the National Security Archive and author, The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency
Generous Support for this seminar has been provided by Raytheon Systems Co.