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FRIDAY, 19 September 2014

Badge Pick-up at 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. speaker

Richard Whittle

speaking on "The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution."

author of PREDATOR: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution
being released at this event.

Whittle is a Wilson Center Global Fellow on International Security Studies, and a Fellow at the National Air & Space Museum. He writes extensively on security and aviation matters.

Predator is a must-read. Love it or hate it, the armed drone represented a transformation in military technology. Like every revolution, this one had a colorful cast of characters, and Whittle tells their story with the insight and authority of a veteran military journalist, drawing on inside sources in the Air Force, the CIA and defense industry. This book should be on the shelf of anyone who wants to understand military power in the 21st century.” —David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of The Director

“Whittle's account comes to a pointed conclusion: Drone technology has already changed how we die, but what remains to be seen is how it ‘may change the way people live.’ For students of technological history and political wrangling alike, the book is endlessly interesting and full of implication.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A brilliant and detailed account of the growing pains of the weapons system of the future. Whittle fully captures the political struggle that almost downed the nascent Predator program.”
—Richard A. Clarke, former National Security Council counter-terrorism director

3-course Lunch at Noon

1 p.m. speaker

Mark F. Giuliano
Deputy Director, FBI

on Terrorism, WMDs,
and Espionage

FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano discusses terrorism, WMDs, and espionage. Giuliano was former Executive Assistant Director (EAD) of the National Security Branch (NSB), responsible for counterterrorism, espionage, and WMDs. He also served as the FBI’s lead intelligence official, responsible for coordination and liaison with the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and the rest of the Intelligence Community. Giuliano streamlined counterterrorism operations and better positioned the FBI to address current and emerging terrorist threats through operations designed to penetrate and disrupt key terrorist networks and threats.

Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.
Richard Whittle begins his presentation at 11 a.m.
Lunch served at noon
FBI DD Mark Giuliano begins his presentation at 1 pm
Morning and Afternoon programs are On The Record

The latest intelligence books, and many others, for sale throughout event.

Event closes at 2 p.m.

Register HERE

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1960 Chain Bridge Road • McLean, Virginia 22102
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Saturday, 13 September 2014, 10am - 1pm - Mission Viejo, CA - The AFIO Orange County Chapter business meeting and presentation by CIA Clandestine Service Officer

AFIO BulletBusiness Meeting: 10 – 11am. (1) Nomination and election of chapter officers for the coming year. Please contact me if you are interested in serving in one of these positions and you will be added to the slate for election: Current Officers are - Larry Holdridge, President; Tom Cagley, Secretary (Not running for reappointment); Len Holzworth, Membership Director; and Bob Margoles, Programs Director. (2) Venues and times for meetings, and (3) New Business.
Speaker Presentation: 11am - 12:30pm. Speaker – Maura Godinez, with Q&A session at end of presentation.
SPEAKER: MS. MAURA GODINEZ - CIA NATIONAL CLANDESTINE SERVICE OFFICER. Ms. Godinez served in the Central Intelligence Agency for 25 years as a member of the National Clandestine Service. Experience includes service as an operations officer and intelligence officer on multiple continents; analytic and operational work in counterintelligence, foreign intelligence collection and covert action; managing counterintelligence operations against hostile services and non-state actors; coordinating intelligence collection from military, law enforcement and intelligence community assets in a high-threat environment; and engagement in covert action programs. Prior to joining the CIA, Ms. Godinez was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She has a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Relations.
LOCATION: Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA
Directions to the meeting: From Interstate 5 in Mission Viejo: Exit at La Paz and head East toward the mountains. Go 1.6 miles on La Paz and turn left at light on Veterans Way (It’s named Pacific Hills if you turned right). Go about 0.2 miles to end of Veterans Way and it dead ends into the Mission Viejo Community Center Parking Lot. Go to the front desk and they will direct you to our meeting room.
Fees: Annual chapter dues of $40 are due. Please pay at the meeting or mail to the chapter secretary: Tom Cagley, 21951 Cayuga Lane, Lake Forest, CA 92630
RSVP by email or phone to: or cellphone: 954-298-5442.

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO – The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Deputy Sheriff Mark Pfoff who will speak about a complicated trial.

AFIO BulletIn December of 2009 an 11 year old girl accused her grandfather of touching her inappropriately. This started a case that revealed an 800 page grooming document and took 4 years to resolve; to include a 2 1/2 year manhunt and a complicated trial. To be held at The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 S. Highway 105 Palmer Lake, CO, Exit 161 westbound off I-25, West on Highway 105. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at

Monday, 22 September 2014, 6 pm - New York, NY - The AFIO NY Metro Chapter features Jack Devine

AFIO Bullet Former CIA Director of Operations, Jack Devine, Founder & President "The Arkin Group" NYC-based Global Strategic Intelligence, speaks on his new book Good Hunting. A sophisticated account of real life in the CIA,  an American spymasters spellbinding memoir of his career. Charlie Wilson's War, stinger missiles, acting chief of the clandestine service, South American drug cartels.
Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St.
Registration: 5:30 p.m., Presentation starts 6 p.m. Buffet dinner follows the talk & Q&A.
$50/person  Payable at the door only, cash or check.
Reservations strongly suggested, not required. Reply to Jerry Goodwin 646-717-3776  or  Email:

Wednesday, 30 September 2014, 11:30 a.m. - Scottsdale, AZ - Dr. Connie Mariano, Physician to the President/Dir of WH Medical Unit makes presentation to AFIO Arizona Chapter

AFIO BulletGuest Speaker: Connie Mariano, M.D., Physician to the President and Director of the White House Medical Unit; Founder and President of the Center for Executive Medicine, sharing interesting aspects of her personal journey at the White House, as well as vignettes and lessons from serving 3 sitting presidents, and what life has been after the White House.
Her work experiences include the Mayo Clinic, a private practice, and is currently businesswoman and author. She will be more than happy to share her current challenges both professional and personal.
Location: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Pkwy, Scottsdale AZ 85258, Phone 480.948.0260
RSVP: RSVP no later than 72 hours ahead of time; in the past, not reserving or cancelling without prior notice (72 hours prior to the meeting) created much grief for those of us organizing the meeting and dealing with the personnel!
WE ARE charged for the no-shows and please remember, we are a small organization with a humble coffer!
We would therefore APPRECIATE that you all respond to this email to confirm your presence (or not).
Our meeting fees will be as follows:
• $20.00 for AFIO members
• $22.00 for guests
For reservations or questions, please email Simone or or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016


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Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 6 pm - Las Vegas, NV - The AFIO Las Vegas Chapter hears Steven Ririe on "Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial."

AFIO BulletThe next AFIO Roger E. McCarthy, Las Vegas Chapter Meeting features Steven Ririe, Memorial founder & Chairman, on his memorial: "Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial."
The US emerged victorious from the Cold War due largely in part to those who worked in secret. Without their contributions, the Cold War could very well have had a different ending. To ensure the continued safety of our country, many of their contributions were purposefully left out of history books. Ririe states that there is now an obligation and a responsibility to honor these heroes by telling their stories and giving them their rightful place in history.
The inspiration for the Memorial started on 17 November 1955 at 7:25 a.m., a USAF Military Air Transport Service aircraft took off from Burbank, CA with an Air Force crew, engineers, CIA personnel and scientists bound for Watertown, now known as Area 51. At 8:40 a.m. the aircraft was first reported missing. The full story of the fourteen men aboard and the U2 reconnaissance plane they helped build remained classified for over 40 years. Also classified as top-secret was the account of the men who risked their lives while they braved subzero temperatures at 11,500 feet elevation to attempt a rescue on Mount Charleston. Now, over four decades later, the time has come to tell one of the most intriguing stories of the Cold War. To honor these men and the hundreds of individuals who have worked in obscurity during the Cold War, many of whom have paid for our freedom with their very lives, is the purpose of this new proposed Memorial.

Presenter: Ririe has been featured on the History Channel’s Pawn Stars and the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum. Ririe has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1961. For the past 26 years Ririe worked as an insurance agent and is currently employed with AAA of Nevada. Ririe is a member of the AFIO-Las Vegas, Nevada Chapter.
“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but by the men it honors, the men it remembers” – President John F. Kennedy
PLEASE NOTE NEW CHAPTER Event Location: in the Conference Center at Texas Station Hotel [Gambling Hall and Casino], 2101 Texas Star Ln (corner of Rancho Blvd. and West Lake Meade Blvd.), North Las Vegas, NV 89032, (702) 631-1000
Please join us at 5 p.m. in the "Texas Star Oyster Bar" for liaison and food and beverages.
RSVP: Mary Bentley at or call her at 702-295-0417, if you have any questions.

13 September 2014, 1130 hrs - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - The Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Counterterrorism expert, Wallace Bruschweiler

AFIO BulletFormer AFIO Suncoast Chapter VP Wallace Bruschweiler will explore various approaches used by Israel, USA, Western Europe and Russia in combating terrorist activities around the world. He is a quadri-linguist and an expert on counter terrorism and national security issues. Wallace is a results oriented security executive, strategist and problem solver with extensive expertise and over 25 years in solving complex domestic and international security and intelligence situations in a large range of venues. Terrorism has evolved and Wallace has stayed in front of the curve.
Event location: Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
For reservations and further details, contact Barbara Keith, 1024 Osprey Drive, Melbourne, Florida 32940. Telephone: 321.777.5561, email:

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11 am - 2 pm - Tysons Corner, VA - FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano discusses the latest efforts and concerns on Terrorism, WMDs, and espionage. Richard Whittle, aviation expert, on PREDATOR: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution.

AFIO BulletFBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano discusses terrorism, WMDs, and espionage. Giuliano was former Executive Assistant Director (EAD) of the National Security Branch (NSB), responsible for counterterrorism, espionage, and WMDs. He also served as the FBI’s lead intelligence official, responsible for coordination and liaison with the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and the rest of the Intelligence Community. Giuliano streamlined counterterrorism operations and better positioned the FBI to address current and emerging terrorist threats through operations designed to penetrate and disrupt key terrorist networks and threats.
Morning speaker: Richard Whittle, author of PREDATOR: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution which is being released at this event. Whittle is a Wilson Center Global Fellow on International Security Studies, and a Fellow at the National Air & Space Museum. He writes extensively on security and aviation matters.
Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; Richard Whittle begins presentation at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at noon; FBI DD Mark Giuliano begins his presentation at 1 pm. Event closes at 2 p.m.
Morning and Afternoon programs are On The Record
The latest intelligence books, and many others, on display and for sale throughout event.
EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA
Driving directions here or use this link:
Complete Registration now while space is available. Form is HERE

Thursday, 9 October 2014, 11:30 a.m. - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts Lt. Col. BC Thomas, USAF, ret. speaking about the SR-71.

AFIO BulletLt. Col. BC Thomas, USAF(Ret) addresses the chapter on the subject of SR-71s. 11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon.
Event location: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco (between Sloat/Wawona).
RSVP required by 9/7/14 to Mariko Kawaguchi: with meal choice (fish or meat) and mail check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-member guests $35 (must be accompanied by a member).


Friday, 5 September 2014, 1 - 4 pm - Washington, DC - Meet former FBI/CIA Counterintelligence Officer, Christopher Lynch

International Spy Museum eventsChristopher Lynch was a Counterintelligence Officer, first in the FBI, and then in the CIA, for thirty years. As an Operations Analyst, he specialized in the KGB in assessing tradecraft and in detecting hostile control.
Free. No registration required. More info and directions at

Tuesday, 09 September 2014, 12pm - 7pm - Washington, DC - The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg at the International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum eventsBriefing on Moe Berg—the major league baseball player, OSS operative and legendary linguist--was one of the most remarkable secret agents ever deployed by the US. Whether authorized by the government as an atomic spy or choosing to surreptitiously film Tokyo of his own volition, Berg relished and accomplished his espionage missions, yet he died penniless and with little acclaim. Nicholas Dawidoff brought Moe Berg’s achievements to light in his best-selling 1994 book The Catcher Was a Spy. In honor of the Pennant Race, Dawidoff will share his latest thoughts on the only Major League baseball player to have his card on display at CIA headquarters.

Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit

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12 September 2014, noon - 2 pm - Ashburn, VA - The Loudoun Crime Commission hosts FBI Special Agent Kara Sidener, on her 9/11 experiences in the Pentagon.

Kara Sidener, Special Agent, InfraGard Coordinator, FBI - Washington Field Office, is the keynote speaker. Sidener details her experience in the 9/11 terrorist attack where she was a first responder to the Pentagon. She will discuss her experiences on that day as a member of the FBI's WFO's Evidence Response Team and the difficult task of gathering evidence in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Her 16+ years with the FBI have all been in the Washington, DC area, having had assignments at WFO, FBI Headquarters, and the FBI Academy. Kara has experience in a number of areas to include counterintelligence and cyber investigations, evidence response, instruction and training, and private sector outreach. She is a member of the Behavioral Analysis Program team and is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the DiSC assessment tools. Kara was also a member of WFO’s Evidence Response Team and a first responder to the Pentagon on 9/11/01. She has also co-authored two articles, “Proactive Human Source Development” and “Office Paper DeCopier,” which appeared in the Law Enforcement Bulletin and Journal of Forensic Sciences, respectively. Kara has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Forensic Science degree, both from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
The luncheon will be held at the Belmont Country Club, 19661 Belmont Manor Ln, Ashburn, VA 20147; (703) 723-5330. Doors open at noon for registering and networking, the meeting starts at 12:30 PM.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 10:15 am - Washington, DC - The Red Wasp Network: Famous Spy Rings of the 20th Century - Spy Seminar Series of the International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum eventsOn September 15, 1998, USA Today reported, “Ten people were charged in what prosecutors said is the largest Cuban spy ring ever uncovered in the United States since Fidel Castro came to power nearly 40 years ago.” Discussion of the controversial La Red Avispa or Wasp Network showcases the creativity, patience, and tenacity of the Cuban Directorate of Intelligence (DI) that ran the network based in south Florida. The spy ring sought to penetrate American military bases, infiltrate anti-Castro groups and manipulate US media and political organizations. Connie Huff Allen, a retired US Army Counterintelligence (CI) Special Agent and former Senior Instructor at the US Army’s Advanced Foreign CI Course and former Professor/VP for Training and Education at the Centre for CI and Security Studies, will address the spy ring’s members, missions, and neutralization by the FBI.
Tickets: $110
To register: (via phone) 202.633.3030; (online) Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-732.


Getting a Security Clearance: Questions and Answers about what they are, how they are conducted,
how you can qualify, how long they take, and what can put them in jeopardy.

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Security Clearances - FAQs - / DICE

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Intelligence as a Career - Updated with latest listings of colleges teaching intelligence courses.

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Intelligence Community Named 2010
Best Place to Work in the Federal Government

For the second consecutive year, the Intelligence Community (IC) was honored as one of the top-ten Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, according to an independent analysis of federal workers’ job satisfaction and commitment.

The rankings were compiled by the Partnership for Public Service (PPS) and American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation (ISPPI) and announced today at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. PPS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that aims to attract people to federal careers and improve how the government runs. The institute conducts research and helps federal leaders solve difficult public-policy issues.

Army Lt. Gen. John F. Kimmons, the director of the intelligence staff for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, accepted the award on behalf of the entire IC. “The fact that the IC placed in the top ten for two consecutive years reflects a work force understanding of the critical role they fill and the importance of our national security mission,” he said.

The IC ranked tenth overall among large agencies, which includes 32 organizations, each of which employs more than two thousand people. Rankings are based on data from the 2010 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which the U.S. Office of Personnel Management administers. The first survey was in 2003, but the IC has only participated since 2009. Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, noted that the IC does not have to participate but does so voluntarily, “which is a credit to them.”

To maintain the security of information about its work force, the IC relies on its own instrument to assess each year how its workers feel about issues such as job satisfaction, professional development, and the effectiveness of senior leaders. The IC includes several questions from the federal survey provided by the PPS, in the IC’s annual Employee Climate Survey. That way, the Community’s information would be comparable with that from other organizations under consideration for Best Places.

Other returning top-ten Best Places to Work are: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Government Accountability Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Departments of State and Justice, and the Social Security Administration.

According to the Best Places to Work analysis, employee satisfaction is at an all-time high of 65 out of 100, a 7.4 percent jump from 2003 when the rankings were first released, with 68 percent of agencies improving their index score since the last rankings in 2009.

Visit to see which agencies top the rankings and to access trend analysis, demographic data and all 10 workplace categories, as well as generate custom reports and conduct side-by-side comparisons for up to three agencies.

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