S. Eugene Poteat (born c. 1935) is a retired senior Central Intelligence Agency executive He was awarded the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit and the National Reconnaissance Office Meritorious Civilian Award. He is President of AFIO - the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and previously served on the Board of Advisors of the International Spy Museum. In addition, he serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of Intellaine, LLP, a U.S. defense and risk engineering firm located in Arlington, Virginia.
He graduated from The Citadel (military college) with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1957, and holds a Master's degree in Statecraft and National Security Affairs with a specialization in Intelligence Studies from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., and was awarded a LL.D. in 2010 for his service to intelligence education and to the profession. He has also taken postdoc courses in foreign policy, national security, and intelligence at Cambridge University.
He was a participant in the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. In the Fall of 1999, he wrote that he was asked in early August 1964 to determine if the radar operator's report showed a real torpedo boat attack or an imagined one. He asked for further details on time, weather and surface conditions. No further details were forthcoming. In the end he concluded that there were no torpedo boats on the night in question, and that the White House was interested only in confirmation of an attack, not that there was no such attack  (For a historical parallel to this incident, see Iraq and weapons of mass destruction.)
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- S. Eugene Poteat, Biography, Center for Counterintelligence and Security Studies
- Awards and decorations of the United States government
- FAS Factbook: CIA Medals
- Intellaine, LLP
- S. Eugene Poteat, "Engineering in the CIA: ELINT, Stealth and the Beginnings of Information Warfare", The Bent of Tau Beta Pi, Fall 1999
- S. Eugene Poteat, "Intelligence analysis paralysis", AFIO Periscope Newsletter, 2005, pages 3-6
- Michelle Delio, "A peek inside the secret world", 10 November 2003
- Jeffrey T. Richelson, "The Wizards of Langley: Inside the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology", Westview Press (July 2001), 386 pages, ISBN 978-0-8133-6699-9
- S. Eugene Poteat, "George Washington: Spymaster Extraordinare", February 2000