Headshot portrait of  Mr. A. Denis Clift

A. Denis Clift is a former naval officer, editor-in-chief of Proceedings magazine, and president emeritus of National Intelligence University. He served in eleven presidential administrations, including tours as National Security Council senior staff member for the Soviet Union and Eastern and Western Europe/NATO, National Security Advisor to the vice president of the United States, and chief of staff, Defense Intelligence Agency. His books include A Death in Geneva, The Bronze Frog, and With Presidents to the Summit. 

Articles by A. Denis Clift

Future Vice Admiral J. Victor Smith was tapped as aide to Admiral William  Leahy (behind Roosevelt) in early 1944 and was with him at Yalta, where postwar reorganization in Europe would be determined.

Aide to Leahy

By A. Denis Clift
February 2024
In these edited excerpts from his oral history, Vice Admiral J. Victor Smith shares his experience as aide to Admiral Leahy during his time as Chief of Staff to FDR.
A U.S. Marine with 2nd Marine Logistics Group programs an AN/PRC-117F radio at Battle Skills Training School on Cape Lejeune, North Carolina.

Naval Comms

By A. Denis Clift
September 2023
Highlighting 150 years of flag bags, satellites, and naval communications in the pages of Proceedings.

Books by A. Denis Clift