Counter-Intelligence for the Manhattan Project and Beyond

Join us for a Distinguished Lecture!

When: April 28, 2023, 6:00 – 8:00 PM PDT

Where: The Atomic Museum | 755 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Zoom Option Available


General: $15
Students: $10
Members (Little Boy Level and Above): FREE

Dr. Vince Houghton is the Director of the National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic Museum, and is the former Historian and Curator of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Vince has a PhD in Diplomatic and Military History from the University of Maryland, where his research centered on US scientific and technological intelligence (nuclear intelligence) in the Second World War and early Cold War. He has taught extensively at the middle school, high school, and university levels, most recently at the University of Maryland, where he lectured on the History of US Intelligence, US Diplomatic History, the Cold War, and the History of Science.

Dr. Houghton is the author of two books: Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Plots and Military Schemes Left on the Drawing Board (Penguin, 2019); and The Nuclear Spies: America’s Atomic Intelligence Program Against Hitler and Stalin (Cornell University Press, 2019). His third book, on the city of Miami’s role in the Cold War, will be released in 2024.

Dr. Houghton’s lecture will focus on the intelligence and counterintelligence mission surrounding the American nuclear weapons program, from its early beginnings during the Manhattan Project, to advanced tools used during the Cold War by US intelligence agencies (like the National Security Agency) to keep watch on America’s adversaries—while also preventing them from stealing our nuclear secrets.

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