Former sky spy to talk about snooping

Richard C. DeAngelis

Richard C. DeAngelis

The Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield, will host a program on Thursday, Sept. 7, about Aerial reconnaissance known as Signal Intelligence (Sig-int). This Sig-int reconnaissance originated with the development of ever more sophisticated radio and communications technology that dramatically increased both the scope and utility of electronic “snooping.”

Glenn Michael, chef and owner of Fire and Rice Fairfield

Glenn Michael, chef and owner of Fire and Rice Fairfield

Fire and Rice catering company will be serving dinner at 5:30, followed by the lecture at 6:30 p.m. The light supper will include paella, salad, drinks and dessert.

Fire & Rice is a Fairfield County based company, which began in Naples, Fla. and now has several locations throughout the U.S. Chef Glenn Michael Tatangelo purchased the Fairfield County franchise location in 2016 from Paul Schmidgall, owner and franchisor. 

Richard C. DeAngelis, Professor Emeriti of the History Department at Fairfield University, flew Sig-int missions as a Chinese linguist in East Asia during the early years of the Cold War. These flights tracked the activities of the Chinese and North Korean air forces.

Dr. DeAngelis will talk about his experiences as a language specialist on these missions and discuss the current state of intelligence gathering. He’ll explain what these flights yield and why they continue.

“The U.S. Air Force and Navy now have responsibility for most of this form of intelligence collection,” says Rick, “and most of it is done in accord with international law or specific agreements.  While adversary nations are the major focus, Sig-int is not limited to former Communist block nations.  Most nations that have the technological capacity participate to some degree in Sig-int gathering and sharing.”  Over the years several ships have been targets of retaliation and more than half a dozen aircraft have been shot down, harassed or attacked.

The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a light supper at 5:30. The program fee is $5.  Advance registration is required by calling 203-256-3166. The public is invited.

The Bigelow Center for Senior Activities is accessible to people who use assistive devices.

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