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Herb Briick

Membership level: Hall of Fame

Herb Briick

Inductee Year 2014
Herb Briick
Herb Briick ’69 was an outstanding student athlete who attended Notre Dame on a football scholarship, graduating in 1973 with a degree in History. He earned the O’Brien Prize his senior year for the outstanding History thesis.

Herb attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, graduating in 1975 with a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy in the field of International Security Studies.

Upon graduation from the Fletcher School, Herb entered service with the Central Intelligence Agency, where he had a very enjoyable 33 year career. Herb spent many years as an analyst of the military forces of the Soviet Union. This work included supporting arms control negotiations and evaluating and managing US intelligence collection programs. He served for several years as a liaison officer in the CIA's Office of Congressional Affairs, facilitating analytic briefings to Congress and organizing intelligence support for the Senate ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention. For the last five years of his career, Herb managed the CIA's declassification program, implementing changes in the Agency's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) work processes that were subsequently recognized by the Government Accounting Office as the best in the federal government for consistently reducing the backlog of requests. Working closely with the National Archives and the presidential libraries, his team greatly expanded the number of CIA records that are available to the public. Herb retired from the CIA in 2008 and was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal.

In October 2008 Herb received Presidential appointment to serve as a member of the Public Interest Declassification Board, an advisory committee established by Congress to promote the fullest possible public access to the documentary record of significant US national security decisions and activities. His service on the Board concluded in 2012.

Since his retirement he has been employed as a contractor supporting a variety of government programs, including the training of new analysts in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Herb is currently working for a subsidiary of the General Dynamics Corporation.

Herb makes his home in Great Falls, Virginia, and returns to Hinsdale to visit his family several times a year.
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