Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Korean WarNew Documents and New Histories: 

Twenty-First Century Perspectives on the Korean War

June 16-17, 2010

The Harry S. Truman Library
Independence, Missouri

June 16, 2010  
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. 

Press conference, release of new documents relating to the Korean War, with Michael Devine (Harry S. Truman Library), James Person (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars), and Christopher Ferry and Clayton Laurie (Central Intelligence Agency)

  Document Release.  CD-ROMs containing the newly released documents will be distributed at the press conference and the conference. 
  • From the Central Intelligence Agency:  Documents from four series in the agency’s records relating to the Korean War have been digitized and described by the agency’s Historical Documents Division.  The four series are (1) Korean Daily Reports; (2) National Intelligence Estimates; (3) Special Intelligence Estimates; and (4) Foreign Broadcast Information Service reports.  About half of the documents have never been released before; the other half have been released in part, but are now being either fully released or with newly released information included. 
  • From the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars:  Documents in two series relating, respectively, to the Korean War and to North Korea during the Cold War, c. 1945-1989, have been translated and digitized by the Center’s North Korea International Documentation Project.  The documents are from the archives of China, Russia, Poland, and other communist countries.
  • From the Harry S. Truman Library: Documents relating to Korea and the Korean War from the papers of John Paton Davies, Owen Jones, and Dean Acheson.  Davies was an official in the State Department’s Far East division who was dismissed in 1954 after being attacked by Senator Joseph McCarthy; Jones was with the Korean Economic Mission and the Joint U.S.-U.S.S.R. Korean Commission in 1947-1948.

4:00 to 4:05 p.m.  Opening remarks, Michael Devine
4:05 to 4:15 p.m. Opening remarks, John K. Singlaub, “The Use of Intelligence to Support Military Operations During the Korean War”
4:15 to 5:45 p.m.  Panel:  “Baptism by Fire:  What the U.S. Intelligence Community Knew and Who They Told”


Chair and Panelist:  Clayton D. Laurie, Central Intelligence Agency, “Describing the Elephant: CIA Reporting on Korea, 1949-1950”


Michael Warner, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, “Developing Capabilities:  The U.S. Intelligence System Between World War II and Korea”

David A. Hatch, National Security Agency, “Before and After 25 June:  The Sigint Effort”

Stanley Sandler, formerly with the Special Operations Command, U.S. Army, “Invasion and Intervention, 1950:  The Intelligence Picture at MacArthur’s Headquarters”

5:45 to 6:00 p.m. Peter Clement, Central Intelligence Agency, Challenges of Intelligence Analysis Today
6:00 to 6:10 p.m.

Remarks on the document release, Joseph Lambert, Central Intelligence Agency

6:10 to 6:15 p.m. Closing remarks, Michael Devine
6:15 to 8:00 p.m.  Reception
June 17, 2010  
9:00 to 9:10 a.m. Opening remarks, Michael Devine
9:10 to 11:00 a.m. Panel:  “The New International Historiography of the Korean War”
  Chair and panelist: James I. Matray, California State University at Chico
  Panelists: William Stueck, University of Georgia
Kathryn Weathersby, Johns Hopkins University
Hakjoon Kim, East Asia Daily and Alexander Humboldt Foundation

11 to 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

“New Documentation on North Korea”


Chair and panelist:  James Person, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, “New Documentation from Eastern Europe”

Bernd Schaefer, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, “New Documentation from the German Democratic Republic”

Panelist 3, “New Documentation from China”

12:50 to 1:50 p.m. Lunch
1:50 to 2:00 p.m. Introduction of speaker, Michael Devine
2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Keynote address, John K. Singlaub
2:30 to 4:00 p.m.  

 “New Perspectives, Old Allies, and Enduring

Legacies:  Views of the Korean War”


Chair:  James H. Willbanks/Tony R. Mullis, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

Conrad Crane
, United States Army War College, “Bombs, Bugs, MiGs, and Nukes:  Ten Things You Probably Did Not Know About the Korean War”

David Bercuson
, University of Calgary,

“Consequences of Holding the Jamestown Line in 1951”

Jiyul Kim
, formerly with the United States Army War College, "Korean Memory of the Korean War."

4:00 to 4:05 p.m Closing remarks, Michael Devine

Last updated: May 4, 2010

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