Legacy Lecture

Marshall and Intelligence in War and Peace

November 2, 20235:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Marshall Foundation building
340 VMI Parade
Lexington, Virginia 24450

Join us for a lecture by Dr. David Robarge at the GCMF building in Lexington, Virginia, on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. A reception will follow the lecture.


The Soldier-Statesman in the Secret World

George C. Marshall, the Army’s Chief of Staff during 1939-45 and Secretary of State and Defense during 1947-49 and 1950-51, respectively, is best known as the Allies’ “organizer of victory” during World War II and steward of the namesake economic recovery program that helped stave off communist-incited instability in postwar Western Europe. Far less well-known is Marshall’s extensive engagement with the world of intelligence during those years. In his Army leadership role in World War II, his diplomatic mission to China right after the war, and his service as head of the State and Defense Departments, he grappled with difficult issues concerning intelligence capabilities and authorities, security matters, and political and bureaucratic conflicts that persist today in the US Intelligence Community. How he approached them can provide insights for current intelligence leaders and practitioners as they confront those historically enduring problems.


How can I attend?

The event is free to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve a seat, or for more information about the event, contact [email protected] or call 540.463.7103, ext. 138.


How can I watch from home?

The presentation will also be livestreamed on the Marshall Foundation YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/2Or0E8D) simultaneously. Viewers of the stream are encouraged to write questions using the live video chat (to the lower right of the video) or via email at [email protected]. Chat will be monitored for abusive comments.


Who is Dr. David Robarge?

David Robarge is Chief Historian of the Central Intelligence Agency. He joined the CIA in 1989 and worked as a political and leadership analyst on the Middle East. After earning a Ph.D. in American history from Columbia, he moved to the History Staff in 1996 and was appointed Chief Historian in 2005. Dr. Robarge has taught at George Mason University, currently teaches at Georgetown University, and also has written a biography of Chief Justice John Marshall.