Bruce Held will speak on “In the Question of J. Robert Oppenheimer” on November 1
The Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) features Bruce Held speaking about “In the Question of J. Robert Oppenheimer” during his November Lecture Series, at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Fuller Lodge.
Normally scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month, this month’s conference is moved a week earlier to allow for Election Day on November 8.
Held describes his speech:
“J. Robert Oppenheimer was a great man and a loyal American. In our discussion…we will see that Oppenheimer was not blameless in the events leading up to the Atomic Energy Commission’s 1954 review of his security clearance. However, the AEC made a glaring mistake in revoking his clearance. They had the option – as Oppenheimer himself had offered – to let his clearance expire. They didn’t because they certainly sought to destroy its reputation as a source of reliable advice on nuclear policy. With all the historical facts now known, we can correct that error in a way acceptable to all loyal Americans, and it is time we let’s do it.
Held served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy, as well as Acting Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration in 2013-2014, with responsibility for oversight of the US nuclear weapons complex, including Los National Laboratories. Alamos. Prior to his tenure in the Department of Energy, he served three decades as a CIA covert operations officer, including tours as a CIA station chief in Asia, Latin America and Africa. . He also served as special assistant to CIA director George Tenet. He was awarded the CIA Intelligence Commendation Medal for “his tenacity and extraordinary achievements during a time of hostilities”.
Held is the author of A Spy’s Guide to American History which is free to bruceheld.substack.com
The conference is free; donations are welcome. For more information, call 505.662.6272.