With a rich background in U.S. intelligence matters and the intelligence community, Gerald Haines has a doctorate in U.S. Diplomatic History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the fall of 1974, he joined the National Archives as a foreign policy specialist. In 1981, he moved to the National Security Agency as a staff historian. He remained there until 1989, when he switched agencies yet again, this time becoming the deputy chief of the CIA’s history staff. Joining the National Reconnaissance Office in 1995, he was asked to establish their new history office. While there, Haines immersed himself in DS&T history and the development of space reconnaissance systems. He not only produces a brief unclassified history of the NRO, but he interviewed all of the NRO directors and program managers, leading to a deep knowledge and understanding of manned and satellite reconnaissance programs. He has presented lectures at universities around the country.
As a sidelight of this experience, Dr. Haines has become the Agency expert on UFO’s. In 1997, he returned to the CIA to head the CIA history staff and become the CIA’s chief historian. His publications include “The Americanization of Brazil: A Study of U.S. Cold War Diplomacy in the Third World” and “CIA’s Analysis of the Soviet Union, 1947-1991.”