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UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2017

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AFIO-NGA's 2017 National Intelligence Symposium

Speakers and Venues

AFIO Symposium

DAY ONE: "Succeeding in the Open — The Future of GEOINT"
at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and

DAY TWO: "Active Measure — A Global Threat"
at the Doubletree-Hilton

Thursday & Friday, 28 to 29 September 2017

Hotel: DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA

Registration has closed for SYMPOSIUM 2017.
Registration was available securely ONLINE
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Agenda: THURSDAY: • Opening Remarks by Jim Hughes, AFIO President; • NGA Overview and Q&A; • Video Presentation • Robert Cardillo, D/NGA, (invited) NGA Leadership Remarks (D/NGA or DD) - Includes GEOINT Strategy and Functional Management; • Lunch (with museum tours, NGA store, and group photo). Presentations/Panels on: • KH 8 Declassification; • Pathfinder (unclassified research to solve intel problems); • Commercial GEOINT Activity; and • the Small Satellite Revolution.
FRIDAY: • "Active Measures - A Global Threat" - Includes agitprop, kompromat, fake news, political spin, hacks and ransomware, and other methods to harm US businesses, citizens, and cohesiveness. • Chris Inglis, Professor in Cyber Security Studies, US Naval Academy's Center for Cyber Security Studies, on "Making Sense of 2016 and the Limits of Intelligence." He is the former Deputy Director of NSA. • William "Bill" Evanina, Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), the 5th National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX). As the NCIX, he serves as the head of Counterintelligence (CI) for the US Government and as the principal CI and security advisor to the Director of National Intelligence. • Thomas Rid, PhD, Professor of Security Studies at King's College London. Rid is an expert on "Attributing Cyber Attacks" explaining and improving the identification of network breaches and the perpetrators. • Luncheon keynote presentation by James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence. •Champagne Reception and Banquet featuring keynote presentation by former CIA Deputy Director for Operations David Cohen. Chapter breakfast workshop meeting is Friday morning at the hotel starting at 7:30 a.m. followed by the General Membership meeting.
Arrive Wednesday evening, 27 September, to overnight at the hotel to be ready early Thursday, 28 September, for coach service to NGA Headquarters for all day conference including visit to their new museum. Agenda here. Friday evening is our "Spies in Black Ties" banquet.
Hotel: DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA [formerly the Crowne Plaza], at 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102.
Overnight rooms at hotel has finished at the special group: Other sleeping room registrations can still be made at 1-800-HILTONS. [To make room reservations carefully follow the prompts dialing "1" twice this is to get to reservations, and then to make a new reservation. You then are asked to enter your phone number followed by the pound sign. After that, you are placed into a queue in order to speak with a customer service rep. When they get on the line, they ask for the city [Tysons Corner, VA], the name of the hotel [DoubleTree-Hilton], and see if they will still give you the group special rate [AFIO $119/nite.]
Registration for SYMPOSIUM 2017 has closed. Registration was available ONLINE.
For registered attendees, here is a printable Registration Packet showing the formal invitation, agenda, and off-line registration forms sent earlier to all current member.

Icon CalendarSeptember 2017

Saturday, 9 September 2017, 11:30am - Patrick AFB, FL - The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter Hears from Dr. Scott Tilley on "Big Data."

AFIO BulletThe Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Dr. Scott Tilley on "Big Data, the Era of Yottabytes and Developments in Machine Learning." This talk describes the current big data landscape, provides an overview of some of the tools available to manage massive datasets, and discusses some of the possible impacts of big data and predictive analytics on businesses and society at large in the coming years.
Location: The Tides Collocated Club, Patrick Air Force Base, 1001 North Highway, A1A S Atlantic Ave, Patrick AFB, FL 32925.
To Attend: Prepaid reservations are required which must be received by 5 September 2017. To reserve, contact chapter president John Noble, Melbourne Police Department, 701 South Babcock St, Melbourne, FL 32935. John can also be reached at afiofsc@gmail.com, and at 321-693-2427. Menu Choices are: Sole stuffed with crab meat (F) or sliced flank steak (B).

Monday, 11 September 2017, noon - Washington, DC - Foxtrot in Kandahar: A Memoir of a CIA Officer in Afghanistan at the Inception of America's Longest War - at the International Spy Museum Kandahar.

International Spy Museum eventsAn ancient desert crossroads, and as of fall of 2001, ground zero for the Taliban and al-Qa'ida in southern Afghanistan. Progress has been made in the North, but with no "Southern Alliance" for the US to support, a new strategy is called for. Veteran CIA officer Duane Evans is dispatched to Pakistan to "get something going in the South." Join Evans as he shares some of the highlights of his unexpected journey from the pristine halls of Langley to the badlands of southern Afghanistan. As told in his new memoir Foxtrot in Kandahar, Evans was on the front lines in Pakistan, first as part of the advanced element of CIA's Echo team supporting Hamid Karzai, and finally as leader of the under-resourced and often overlooked Foxtrot team. He'll also comment on the opportunities lost in the years since his time in Afghanistan. The book will be available for sale and signing at the event. Event is free. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

12-13 September 2017 - Washington, DC - Intelligence Courses on Intelligence Budget Process Available for Individual Enrollment at The Intelligence Academy

We offer a 10% AFIO member discount for enrollment in this course. The discount is included as an option in the registration process, so be certain to use it.

Intelligence Budget Process course registration or more information can be found at this link.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 5:30 pm - New York, NY - The NY Metro Chapter Meeting features Carol Rollie Flynn, former Senior CIA Officer, discusses "Ethics in Intelligence."

Carol Rollie FlynnAFIO BulletA 30-year veteran of CIA, Carol Rollie Flynn held a number of senior executive positions at the Agency including: Associate Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center; Executive Director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center; Chief of Station in major posts in Southeast Asia and Latin America; and Director of CIA's Leadership Academy. Ms. Flynn is currently Managing Principal at Singa Consulting, a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy and School of Foreign Service/Security Studies Program.
Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
Timing: Registration starts at 5:30 pm, Speaker presentation starts at 6 pm.
Fee: $50/person. Payment at the door only. Cash or check. Full dinner, cash bar.
RSVP: Strongly recommended that you RSVP to insure space at event. Call or Email Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at afiometro@gmail.com or 646-717-3776.

Monday, 18 September 2017, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, PhD on Ancient Espionage: The Greeks and the Great Game - at the International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum eventsEspionage is called the second oldest profession. Intrigue, trickery, and guile have always been powerful weapons. Spies have shaped the destiny of nations since the beginning of time-some inspired by patriotism, some driven by fear, others fired by greed, or a combination of motives. The Greeks excelled at deception: the story of the Trojan Horse is still with us today, but they also shone at intelligence gathering, ambush, and surprise attacks. This evening, Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, author of Ambush: Surprise Attack in Ancient Greek Warfare and Espionage in the Ancient World will transport you to the earliest days of espionage history. Discover how the first spy masters and military deceivers operated, their tradecraft, and their successes and failures in Greek warfare. Co-sponsored by the National Hellenic Society. Tickets for the general public: $20 per person; Members: $16. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

19 September 2017, 11:30am - 2pm - McLean, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum (DIAA) hosts LTG Bob Noonan, USA(Ret) on the "Idea of Innovation and How the Government Adopts it in Practice Versus Reality."

Retired US Army Lieutenant General Bob Noonan will discuss the "Idea of Innovation and How the Government Adopts it in Practice Versus Reality" at this Defense Intelligence Forum event. General Noonan is the chief security officer of Booz Allen's Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) military intelligence account. His work supports DIA, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the armed services, and combatant commands.
Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA. Parking: Pulcinella has a large parking lot. You can park also in the Staybridge Hotel lot, diagonally across the street in the southwest corner of Old Dominion Drive and Beverly Road.
Fee: Pay $30 at door with check payable to DIAA, Inc. Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged. Registration starts at 11:30AM, lunch at noon.
RSVP: Make reservations by 19 September 2017 by email to diforum@diaalumni.org. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among chicken parmesan, trout lemone, lasagna, grill sausages with sweet peppers, fettuccini with portobella, manicotti with spinach and ricotta, or cannelloni alla bolognese for your luncheon selection. Please send your luncheon selection with your reservation to reduce the wait time for your food.

Thursday, 21 September 2017, 11:30 AM - Denver, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts an experienced DHS Field Intelligence Officer and Briefer.

AFIO BulletThe DHS Field Briefer will provide an unclassified briefing on current threats and trends both nationally and internationally.
For details, please contact Tom VanWormer at robsmom@pcisys.net.

Thursday, 21 September 2017, 11:30am - 1:30pm - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO AZ Chapter hears from military medical officer and public health expert Dr. Donald Noah, USAF(Ret) on "Strange Bedfellows: The Intelligence and Public Health Communities."

AFIO BulletThe Arizona Chapter hears from Donald L. Noah, (USAF-Retired) DVM, MPH, DACVPM, on "Strange Bedfellows: The Intelligence and Public Health Communities." During his lengthy career as a military medical officer, he had the fortune of several assignments within the Intelligence Community (DIA and CIA). He writes: At first, I experienced great misunderstanding (to the point of distrust) between the respective missions and attitudes of the US public health and intelligence organizations. This presentation will highlight some of these experiences and chronicle (from a personal perspective) how this relationship evolved over time.
Dr. Donald L. Noah is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology at Midwestern University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale, AZ. He is responsible for building and delivering new educational courses to students across several medical disciplines at the University. An early champion of the One Health concept, Dr. Noah performs comprehensive academic duties relating to teaching, mentoring, public speaking and other forms of institutional and/or extramural professional service. Dr. Noah received his bachelor's and veterinary medical degrees from The Ohio State University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, and is a graduate of Harvard University's National Preparedness Leadership Institute. He is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and is a USDA-certified Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician.
Meeting Location: Best Western Thunderbird Suites, 7515 E Butherus Dr, Scottsdale, Az 85260.
RSVP: simone@afioaz.org or simone@4smartphone.net or call 602.570.6016. If you are bringing a guest provide their full name, as well. Your RSVP needs to arrive no later than 72 hours ahead of event. No-shows will be charged. BADGES: many chapter members were given permanent badges. If you need one for this event, email Simone with the information you would like on your badge (Full Name and Past Career Title/Affiliated Organization ~ should you wish). The cost for a badge with a magnetic strip is $5
Cost: $18 pp. - only checks or cash accepted.

21 September 2017, 11 am - 4 pm - Riverside, CA - AFIO Los Angeles Chapter Tours Drone Pilot Training Program in special visit to March Air Base

AFIO BulletTour includes: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Division (1hr); MQ-9 Reaper (1 hr); Lunch at The Backstreet Café 1.30 P.M. (approx); Security Forces Weapons Demonstration (1 hr); C-17 Globemaster III (1 hr); Departure Time 4 PM (approx)
No spaces remain. Event has sold out.
LOCATION: March Air Base 655 M St. Riverside, California, 92518-5000
Questions? Contact Vincent Autiero, President, AFIO-Los Angeles Chapter, 5651 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Email him at AFIO_LA@yahoo.com. If you haven't yet joined this active chapter, visit AFIO and then visit their webpage: www.afio.org
P.S. The event is scheduled September 21, 2017, for those of you planning to attend the annual AFIO national symposium at NGA headquarters, you will find that there is no conflict with the dates that the symposium is occurring and our visit to March Air Base.

25 September 2017 - Bethesda, MD - HOLD THE DATE for the PenFed Foundation Military Heroes Golf Classic.

Join the PenFed Foundation for the 14th Annual Military Heroes Golf Classic on 25 September 2017, at the world-renowned Congressional Country Club, host to five major championships, three U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship, in Bethesda, MD. As you enjoy a round of golf, know that your support will help the Foundation meet the unmet needs of our Military, Veterans, and their families. Their grants help ensure that those who have bravely served our country will not struggle to pay necessary bills, purchase a home, or get the treatment and support they need. Their 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities are now available. Download the sponsorship packet here. If you are interested in securing a sponsorship or participating in the tournament,* please call 703-838-1302 or visit PenFedFoundation.org.

28 - 29 September 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO's 2017 National Intelligence Symposium

AFIO Bullet"Succeeding in the Open — The Future of GEOINT" at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and "Active Measure — A Global Threat" at the Doubletree-Hilton are the themes of AFIO-NGA's 2017 Intelligence Symposium being held at NGA and the DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA.

Agenda: THURSDAY: • Opening Remarks by Jim Hughes, AFIO President; • NGA Overview and Q&A; • Video Presentation • Robert Cardillo, D/NGA, (invited) NGA Leadership Remarks (D/NGA or DD) - Includes GEOINT Strategy and Functional Management; • Lunch (with museum tours, NGA store, and group photo). Presentations/Panels on: • KH 8 Declassification; • Pathfinder (unclassified research to solve intel problems); • Commercial GEOINT Activity; and • the Small Satellite Revolution.
FRIDAY: • "Active Measures - A Global Threat" - Includes agitprop, kompromat, fake news, political spin, hacks and ransomware, and other methods to harm US businesses, citizens, and cohesiveness. • Chris Inglis, Professor in Cyber Security Studies, US Naval Academy's Center for Cyber Security Studies, on "Making Sense of 2016 and the Limits of Intelligence." He is the former Deputy Director of NSA. • William "Bill" Evanina, Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), the 5th National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX). As the NCIX, he serves as the head of Counterintelligence (CI) for the US Government and as the principal CI and security advisor to the Director of National Intelligence. • Thomas Rid, PhD, Professor of Security Studies at King's College London. Rid is an expert on "Attributing Cyber Attacks" explaining and improving the identification of network breaches and the perpetrators. • Luncheon keynote presentation by James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence. • Champagne Reception and Banquet featuring keynote presentation by former CIA Deputy Director for Operations David Cohen. Chapter breakfast workshop meeting is Friday morning at the hotel starting at 7:30 a.m. followed by the General Membership meeting.

Arrive Wednesday evening, 27 September, to overnight at the hotel to be ready early Thursday, 28 September, for coach service to NGA Headquarters for all day conference including visit to their new museum. Agenda here. Friday evening is our "Spies in Black Ties" banquet.
Hotel: DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA [formerly the Crowne Plaza], at 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102.

ROOM RESERVATIONS HAVE CLOSED: Room registrations at the non-event price can be made at 1-800-HILTONS. [To make room reservations carefully follow the prompts dialing "1" twice this is to get to reservations, and then to make a new reservation. You then are asked to enter your phone number followed by the pound sign. After that, you are placed into a queue in order to speak with a customer service rep. When they get on the line, they ask for the city [Tysons Corner, VA], the name of the hotel [DoubleTree-Hilton], and the group name.

Registration has closed. Register securely ONLINE
to ensure a place.
Or use this printable packet with the formal invitation, agenda, and off-line registration forms sent earlier to all current member.

Wednesday, 27 September - 18 October 2017, 10:15am - Washington, DC - Great Escapes or How Spies, Hostages, and Assets Survive and Get Out Alive: Four Sessions - at the International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum eventsEscape rooms are popular, but what if your life depended on the result? This series shares tales and tactics of escapes, rescues, and evasions from the 1970s until today. Explore ingenuous rescue and escape plans with people who developed them and used them as well as experts familiar with these life or death operations. You'll discover how intelligence services bring back assets from abroad in a hot or Cold War and learn about the 21st century approach to training people in self escape and how to survive a rescue. Tickets for the general public: $130, tickets for Spy Museum Inner Circle Members: $80. Tickets must be purchased through the Smithsonian. To register: 202.633.3030 or www.SmithsonianAssociates.org.

Friday, 29 September 2017, noon-3pm - Washington, DC - Josh Dean: The Taking of K-129 - at the International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum eventsCome to the Spy Museum Store for an in-store book signing of The Taking of K-129 by author Josh Dean. The Taking of K-129 is a true-life tale of espionage and engineering set at the height of the Cold War-a mix between The Hunt for Red October and Argo-about how the CIA, the U.S. Navy, and America's most eccentric mogul spent six years and nearly a billion dollars to steal the nuclear-armed Soviet submarine K-129 after it had sunk to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean; all while the Russians were watching. Event is free. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

28-29 September 2017 - Baltimore, MD - CyberMaryland Conference

More information, when available, will be provided for this event.

Icon CalendarOctober 2017

Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 8am - 4pm - Washington, DC - Ethos and Profession of Intelligence 2017 at George Washington University - Co-sponsored with CIA

CIA_IconAFIO Members and guests are invited by CIA and the George Washington University who are co-hosting CIA's fourth public conference on national security, "The Ethos and the Profession of Intelligence," on the GW campus. The full-day conference, themed "Achieving Strategic Advantage," features a panel of former CIA Directors and other panels bringing together a diverse array of leaders from the Intelligence Community, other government agencies, private industry, non-governmental organizations, and the media to give each participant - on stage or in the audience - new perspectives on global security and how the U.S. Intelligence Community can best serve the open society it defends.

Panel topics at the conference will be: • Leading CIA: A Conversation among Former CIA Directors; • Countdown to Crisis: Asia Pacific Insecurity and America; • The Looming BioThreat: Perils and Promises of Biotech Innovation; • Tectonic Shifts: Forecasting Conflict and Political Instability; • Masking Unmasked: Conducting Espionage in a Transparent, Connected World.

Registration: 8-9am; Conference: 9am-3:45pm
Location: Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
To view invitation. To register. The registration link takes you to registration page on GW ticketing system for Lisner Auditorium. No promotional code is required to proceed with registration. For other information about conference, contact cchs@gwu.edu or by phone at 202-994-2437.
There is no charge to attend.

12 October 2017 (Thursday), 11:30 am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco Chapter hosts Brad Roberts on "The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century."

AFIO BulletBrad Roberts, Director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory discusses the "Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century" at this October meeting of the AFIO "Andre LeGallo" San Francisco Chapter. Drawing on his recent publication with Stanford University Press, The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century, Dr. Roberts will discuss the lessons-learned from the efforts of the Obama administration and its predecessors, to create conditions that would allow us to move further away from nuclear deterrence. Arguments counter to the conventional wisdom that the United States can and should do more to reduce both the role of nuclear weapons in its security strategies and the number of weapons in its arsenal, will be presented, as well as the reactions from the political, military, and academic communities.
WHERE: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116.
TIMES: 11:30AM no host cocktail; meeting and luncheon at noon.
RSVP: Eventbrite Registration link forthcoming.
Reservation and pre-payment is required before 2 October 2017. The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins.
Contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at afiosf@aol.com with your questions

18 October 2017, 9 am - 3 pm - Laurel, MD - NCMF General Meeting & Symposium: "How Cyber has Changed the World Around Us."

NCMFRegistration is now open for the 2017 NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium - "How Cyber Has Changed the World Around Us" - on 18 October from 0900 to 1500 hours in Laurel, MD. Guest speakers include Dr. Mary Aiken, renowned Irish forensic cyberpsychologist and author of The Cyber Effect, as well as Mr. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, award-winning writer and recent author of The Spy Who Couldn't Spell. The program will also feature a panel discussion on the impact of cyber on future social, political, and economic climates, featuring experts from the field, such as Mr. Robert B. Dix, Dr. Mike Warner, and Professor Bill Nolte. Registration is $25 for NCMF members and $50 for guests (includes complimentary one-year NCMF membership). Deadline to register is 13 October. And remember - this year our program precedes the 2017 CCH Symposium on Cryptologic History. Please note registration for the CCH Symposium is separate (see listing at right). Click HERE to go directly to NCMF program ticket purchase. Additional details at www.cryptologicfoundation.org.
Event location: The Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory.

Thursday 19 October 2017, 6:30pm - West Bloomfield, MI - AFIO Johnny Micheal Spann Memorial Chapter, Michigan hosts Thys DeBruyn, former CIA Chief, China Operations.

AFIO BulletThys DeBruyn, a former CIA China expert, is President of ADVANCE Resources and Consulting and a principal consultant with the firm. He spent 24 years as a China specialist at CIA. His last position before he left CIA in 2008 to join the private sector was Chief of China Operations. Thys also served as Chief of Station, Jakarta, Indonesia 2003-2006, where he led successful efforts to bring to justice terrorists targeting U.S. and other western travelers, including those responsible for the Bali, JW Marriott Hotel, and Australian Embassy bombings. Since joining the consulting world in 2008, Thys has applied his intelligence background and China expertise helping companies protect their information, their people and their facilities in China and other high-risk foreign markets. TO ATTEND: contact Michigan Chapter at afio.secretary@afiomichigan.org for additional information.

19 - 20 October 2017 - Laurel, MD - 16th NSA/CSS Center for Cryptologic History Symposium: "Milestones, Memories, and Momentum."

Registration is now open for the 2017 CCH Symposium on Cryptologic History, 19-20 October 2017 (with additional events at the NCM on 21 October). The theme for this year's Symposium is "Milestones, Memories, and Momentum." There are many milestones to mark in 2017: the 160th anniversary of the first attempt to span the Atlantic with a telegraph cable, 100 years since both the entry of the United States into World War I and the Russian October Revolution, and 75 years after the World War II battles of Coral Sea and Midway. The Symposium will take place just a few months before the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, and during the 25th year after the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.

View the preliminary program details via the PDF link on the Event Calendar Page. Registration deadline is 13 October. Learn more via the event calendar. To purchase your tickets now do so here. 
Location: Kossiakoff Conference Center, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland.

21 October 2017 - Washington, DC - The OSS Society Holds the Donovan Awards Dinner honoring Dr. Michael G. Vickers

Invitations will be mailed shortly to The OSS Society's 2017 William J. Donovan Awards Dinner honoring Dr. Michael G. Vickers. The event, by invitation only, takes place at The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Washington, DC.

24-25 October 2017 - Washington, DC - Intelligence Courses on Analyst Training: Writing, Analysis & Preparing Briefings Available for Individual Enrollment at The Intelligence Academy

We offer a 10% AFIO member discount for enrollment in this course. The discount is included as an option in the registration process, so be certain to use it.

Analyst Training: Writing, Analysis & Preparing Briefings course registration or more information can be found at this link.

Icon CalendarNovember 2017

4 November 2017, 11 am - 3 pm - Orange Park, FL - The North Florida AFIO Chapter hosts TBD

AFIO BulletDetails on this forthcoming event to be released later.

RSVP to Ken Meyer kemeyer123@att.net or call at 904-777-2050. Cost will be $24 per person, pay the Club at the luncheon.
Remember that family and guests, especially potential members, are all cordially invited.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 6 - 10pm - Washington, DC - The Honorable William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner by the International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum eventsOn November 29, 2017, the first annual "The Honorable William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner" takes place at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC. This International Spy Museum event honors an individual who has served the nation in the field of National Security with integrity and distinction. The Museum’s award is named for Judge William H. Webster, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (the only individual to have held both offices), a man whose reputation for probity and forthrightness is the standard by which all others are measured. Before serving the intelligence community, Judge Webster was a distinguished jurist of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Since retirement from public office, Webster has practiced law at the Washington DC office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy where he specializes in arbitration, mediation, and internal investigation. He is currently the Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and a founding member of the International Spy Museum Advisory Board of Directors. Judge Webster has a long record of distinguished service to our country; the International Spy Museum is pleased to name this award in his honor.
EVENT DETAILS DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 6 to 10 PM
LOCATION: The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street, NW Washington, DC 20037
ATTIRE: Cocktail
ATTENDEES: Approximately 500 guests will attend this inspirational evening of cocktails, dinner, and an award ceremony.
EVENT SCHEDULE: VIP Reception 6 - 7 PM; Cocktail Reception 6:30 - 7:30 PM; Dinner/Awards 7:30 - 9 PM; After-Glow 9 - 10 PM
Sponsorship benefits and opportunities or to attend this event, email: Rebecca Diamond (Vice President of Development & Membership) at: rdiamond@spymuseum.org, or call: 202.654.0954, or use this online link.

Icon CalendarDecember 2017

Monday, 4 December 2017 - New York, NY - The AFIO New York Metro Chapter hosts Eva Dillon, author of "Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War."

AFIO BulletEva Dillon, author and magazine publisher, on Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War. It is an engaging true-life memoir, of her CIA father, Paul Dillon, and the GRU officer, Dmitri Fyodorovich Polyakov, who became a CIA agent whom her father handled - the highest ranking, longest serving asset the US had during the Cold War. It is also a memoir about both families growing up unknowingly as the children of spies.
"A beautifully written, profoundly moving account of one of the most important US Intelligence sources ever run inside the Soviet Union. A cliff-hanger from beginning to end, Dillon's account is filled with espionage tradecraft and family drama - essential reading for intelligence professionals, memoir enthusiasts, and anyone fascinated by how spying really works." - Peter Earnest, Executive Director, International Spy Museum.
Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
Timing: Registration starts at 5:30 pm, Speaker presentation starts 6pm.
Fee: $50/person. Payment at the door only. Cash or check. Full dinner, cash bar.
RSVP: Strongly recommended that you RSVP to insure space at event. Call or Email Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at afiometro@gmail.com or 646-717-3776.

7 December 2017 - Columbia, MD - NCMF 2017 Pearl Harbor Program

More information, when available, will be provided for this National Cryptologic Museum Foundation event.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2018 ARE HERE


Documentaries, Videos of Interviews, and Commercial Movies of interest

View video from your desk using this link

"Looking Over The Horizon"
CIA's Third Conference on The Ethos & Profession of Intelligence
was held Tuesday, 20 September 2016
at George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, Washington

The conference included the following panelists: Speakers: David S. Cohen, (Moderator) Deputy Director, CIA; Carrie Cordero, Founder, The Law Office of Carrie Cordero; Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security (former) Ben Huebner Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer, CIA; Dan Klaidman, Deputy Editor, Yahoo News; Jason Leopold, Investigative Reporter, VICE News. Speakers: Christopher Kojm, (Moderator), Visiting Professor, Practice of International Affairs, GW; Chairmain, National Intelligence Council (former); Susan Gordon, Deputy Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Nancy Jackson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, US Department of State; Carla Koppell, Vice President Applied Conflict Transformation, US Institute of Peace. Speakers: Frank Cilluffo, (Moderator), Associate Vice President, GW; Director, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, GW; Chris Darby, President and CEO, In-Q-Tel; Andrew P. Hallman, Deputy Director, Digital Innovation, CIA; Chris Inglis, Distinguished Visiting Professor in Cyber Security Studies, US Naval Academy; Deputy Director, NSA (former); Dr. Jason Matheny, Director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity; Matt Olsen, President of Consulting, IronNet; Director, National Counterterrorism Center (former). Speakers: John Brennan, (Moderator) Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, Defense Minister of Afghanistan (acting); Nick Warner, Director-General, Australian Secret Intelligence Service; Alex Younger, Chief, British Secret Intelligence Service. Speakers: Frank Sesno, (Moderator) Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, GW; Peter Clement, Deputy Assistant Director, Europe and Eurasia Mission Center, CIA; John McLaughlin, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Johns Hopkins University; Acting Director, CIA (former); Dennis Wilder, Senior Fellow and Assistant Professor, Georgetown University.
Video of panels may be viewed at this link.
All GW Center for Cyber and Homeland Security videos are here.


The President's Daily Brief: Delivering Intelligence to Nixon and Ford was a document release event by the Central Intelligence Agency, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Foundation, and the National Archives. The event was held Wednesday, 24 August 2016, in Yorba Linda, California.

Video of the event can be viewed here.

Director of Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper were one of several speakers. A special invitation-only reception followed at close of program, hosted by AFIO President James R. Hughes.

Richard Nixon's visit in 1969 to CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
[Above: President Richard Nixon's 1969 visit to CIA Headquarters]

Previously classified President's Daily Briefs (PDB) from the Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford Administrations produced by the CIA were released on Wednesday, 24 August, at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, at a symposium from 1:00 - 4:30 pm.

The event featured panel discussions and remarks by CIA Director John O. Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, senior Intelligence Community historians, and leaders from the academic and archivist communities. AFIO's president, James R. Hughes, hosted a post-conference reception and met with many members and other attendees.

The President's Daily Briefs (PDBs) contain intelligence analysis on key national security issues for the president and other senior policymakers. Only the president, vice president, and a select group of officials with high-level security clearance receive the daily briefing, which represents the Intelligence Community's best insights when confronted with threats, as well as opportunities related to our national security.

This public release highlights the role of the PDBs in foreign and national security policymaking. This collection includes the PDBs published during President Nixon's term from January 1969 through the end of President Ford's term in January 1977. These documents offer insight into intelligence that informed presidential decision-making during critical historical events including: the Vietnam War, President Nixon's Trip to China, the OPEC embargo, and the Arab-Israeli War.

The declassified documents in this release event were posted on the CIA website here. This collection was assembled as part of the CIA's Historical Review Program, which identifies, reviews, and declassifies documents on historically significant events or topics.

You can view video of presentations at event here.


CNN's TV Series "Declassified" starts Episode 1 with "Trigon: The KGB Chess Game"

Declassified - CNN Series 2016

Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies

The CNN TV Series appears each Sunday.

In Season 1, Episode 01 - "Trigon: The KGB Chess Game" - 45 minutes, we hear from CIA Operations Officer Marti Peterson, CIA Chief of CI James Olson, and KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin discuss covert operations conducted by Marti in Moscow. Watch as Marti "goes black" - gets out of the embassy without KGB surveillance to obtain stolen, crucial information on nuclear arms and US-USSR confrontations.
Episode covers the SR100, dead drops, going black, Trigon, L-pills, concealment devices, camera pens, women case officers, and the useful outcome - the 'take' - from this operation.

Season, Episode, Title, Release Date
1, 1, Trigon: The KGB Chess Game, 2016-06-19
1, 2, The Hunt for Saddam, 2016-06-26
1, 3, Zarqawi: The Father of ISIS, 2016-07-03
1, 4, Cuba: Traitor on the Inside, 2016-07-10
1, 5, Cross International: The Billion Dollar Black Market, 2016-08-14
1, 6, The Taliban's Double Agent, 2016-08-21
1, 7, Red Storm Rising, 2016-08-28
1, 8, Hexagon: The Secret Satellite, 2016-09-04

The series provides factual accounts of America's covert operations told firsthand by the officers who lived it, and includes access to the often complicated, hidden world of covert operations and espionage.
Series is hosted by former US Congressman/former House Intelligence Committee chair and current CNN national security contributor and AFIO member Mike Rogers.


The Assets on CBS

The Assets Returns

Previously cancelled by ABC TV, the counterespionage series based on the successful hunt for CIA traitor Aldrich Ames continues to be released...slowly on ABC.The Assets, an eight-part miniseries, is based on the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker). 1985 is the backdrop to the final showdown of the Cold War when Sandy and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) vow to find the mole that turns out to be the most notorious traitor in US History [before Edward Snowden]: Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys). Sandy is in a race against time to save the Soviet intelligence officers from being caught and killed. Living her own double life at home, this beautiful wife and mother vows to stop at nothing until she uncovers the truth. The Assets looks inside the personal stories as told by the keepers of the nation's secrets: the CIA.

The Assets stars Paul Rhys as Aldrich Ames, Jodie Whittaker as Sandy Grimes, Harriet Walter (Babel) as Jeanne Vertefeuille, Stuart Milligan (Jonathan Creek) as Art O'Neill, Julian Ovenden as Gary Grimes, Christina Cole as Louisa, and Ralph Brown as Lawrence Winston.

The Assets is based on the book Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed by Sandy Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille. Morgan Hertzan, Rudy Bednar and Andrew Chapman executive produce the series. The Assets is produced by Lincoln Square Productions.

ABC started running The Assets on January 2nd but suddenly pulled the series after two episodes - "My Name is Aldrich Ames" and "Jewel in the Crown" - without explanation. The network then announced the show would return, ran two episodes in June, pulled the show again.

Episodes one thru eight are available on various online streaming services:
My Name is Aldrich Ames - Episode 1
Jewel in the Crown - Episode 2
Trip to Vienna - Episode 3
What's Done is Done - Episode 4
Check Mate - Episode 5
Small Useless Truth - Episode 6
The Straw Poll - Episode 7
Avenger - Episode 8


TOURS OF THE CIA AND NSA MUSEUMS

A Tour of the CIA Museum - Two Parts - 1 June and 8 June 2014

Tour of CIA Museum by Toni Hiley for C-SPAN - Part 1 of 2  Toni Hiley, director and curator of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Museum in Langley, Virginia, talked about the museum's collection and explained its mission of preserving and presenting the agency's history. This was the second of a two-part program.

A Tour of the National Cryptologic Museum - 25 March 2014

Patrick Weadon, curator at the National Cryptologic Museum, spoke about the making and breaking of secret codes and the role of cryptology in U.S. history and U.S. intelligence activities. The museum is located on the campus of the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, Maryland.

Videos are from C-SPAN's American History TV



"The Changing Face of American Intelligence" - a presentation at The Institute of World Politics
by S. Eugene Poteat, President of AFIO

on 29 March 2014
The video runs approximately 1 hour.
Theme covered: The CIA has responded to changing national security needs. The early CIA, staffed by former OSS men with Special Ops expertise, succeed in countering the Communist subversion of Italy, Greece and Turkey. Political interference however, led to the disastrous Bay of Pigs fiasco. Special Ops were replaced by analysts who sought to inform policymakers on all they needed to know. But without HUMINT, analysts failed to answer the most critical intelligence question of the time, the "bomber and missile gap." Eisenhower answered the question with high tech reconnaissance, beginning with the U-2 and Corona satellites, which also helped in the Berlin and Cuban Missile crises. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, followed by challenges of global Islamic terrorism, American intelligence has returned to an updated version of Special Ops, i.e., integration of HUMINT, analysis, high-tech weapons, such as the Predator, all working hand-in-glove with Special Forces based in Florida.


TURN: The Untold Story of America's First Spy Ring....on AMC TV
Series started Sundays, 6 April 2014

View episodes or learn more about the series



NBC Nightly News: Sisterhood at the CIA

Senior Women Officers in the CIA

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For years, women have been making important contributions to the Central Intelligence Agency. Today, nearly half of the CIA is female, and women have been promoted to five of the CIA's top eight positions. NBC's Ann Curry reports.
Originally Aired November 14, 2013


VOA interview on Snowden and NSA

AFIO Vice-President John Sano
[former deputy director, CIA's National Clandestine Service]
and board member, Michelle Van Cleave
[former director National Counterintelligence Executive - NCIX/ODNI]
appear in this Voice of America interview
recorded 6 December 2013 at AFIO Headquarters.

"In 2014, NSA to Face Winds of Change."

VIDEO: The National Security Agency will have a new leader and possibly new procedures after a difficult year in which many secrets were leaked, sparking global criticism of its surveillance activities. VOA's Kent Klein has more here from his interview with these two officials and others.

Nature of Domestic Terrorist Threats
Nov 25, 2013
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

CSPAN Video of Lone Wolf Terrorist Attacks panel by Potomic Institute for Policy Studies

AFIO's chairman, Spike Bowman, was one of the panelists talking about the growing threat of "lone wolf" domestic terrorist attacks. "Lone wolf" is a term associated with notable attacks such as the shooting at the Fort Hood, Texas, Army base, the bombing at the Oklahoma City federal building, and the 2013 shootings at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard and at LAX airport.
1 hour, 45 minutes.

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International Organized Crime and National Security
Nov 1, 2013
American Bar Association

CSPAN Video of National Security Law Conference by ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security

AFIO's chairman, Spike Bowman, was one of the panelists talking about organized crime as a national security threat, including the effects of organized crime on the security of New York City, and what should be done about it. This event took place at the America Bar Association's annual national security conference.
1 hours, 51 minutes.

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AFIO's Vice President, John Sano, interviewed on C-SPAN Washington Journal Tuesday, 10 September 2013
on CIA Uses of Intelligence.

John Sano, who oversaw the day-to-day management of the CIA's covert operations as the former deputy director of its National Clandestine Service, talks about how the CIA gathers and uses intelligence.

John Sano, AFIO VP, on C-SPAN on CIA Uses of Intelligence

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/314938-5

Two additional videos we recommend:


A Newseum/American Bar Association Panel on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 on
NSA Surveillance Leaks: Facts and Fiction
Features AFIO's Chairman, Spike Bowman, and board member Stewart Baker.


CIA Careers Overview


ZERO DARK THIRTY: For a decade, an elite team of CIA intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. This is the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.
Directed and co-produced by Kathryn Bigelow with screenplay by Mark Boal
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong

Book is tied to the October release of the political thriller film Argo (starring Ben Affleck as Mendez).
This is a fast-paced account of a 1979 rescue operation during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979 - 1981. Iranian militants entered the American Embassy in Tehran and held dozens of Americans hostage for 444 days. Six diplomats managed to escape and fled to the Canadian ambassador's home, avoiding discovery and possible execution by militants for two months. After a recap of the hostage situation at the American embassy, the narrative follows the six step-by-step as they moved through several hideout locations. CIA operative Mendez (Spy Dust), in charge of creating and maintaining myriad false identities and disguises for the CIA, relates, with the aid of journalist Baglio (The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcism), how he concocted a clever but risky plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. Posing as a film producer, he set out to disguise the six as a Hollywood production crew scouting locations for a fake science fiction movie titled Argo: "It's like Buck Rogers in the desert."
Details of the dangerous operation inject strong suspense and excitement into the closing chapters.

Film trailer viewable here or click image above

ARGO

ARGO: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio [Viking Press, 320p, October 2012]

Book is tied to the October release of the political thriller film Argo (starring Ben Affleck as Mendez).
This is a fast-paced account of a 1979 rescue operation during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979 - 1981. Iranian militants entered the American Embassy in Tehran and held dozens of Americans hostage for 444 days. Six diplomats managed to escape and fled to the Canadian ambassador's home, avoiding discovery and possible execution by militants for two months. After a recap of the hostage situation at the American embassy, the narrative follows the six step-by-step as they moved through several hideout locations. CIA operative Mendez (Spy Dust), in charge of creating and maintaining myriad false identities and disguises for the CIA, relates, with the aid of journalist Baglio (The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcism), how he concocted a clever but risky plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. Posing as a film producer, he set out to disguise the six as a Hollywood production crew scouting locations for a fake science fiction movie titled Argo: "It's like Buck Rogers in the desert."
Details of the dangerous operation inject strong suspense and excitement into the closing chapters.

Film trailer viewable here or click image above


CIA declassifies Extraordinary Fidelity - Available for viewing at link at right

CIA has declassified Extraordinary Fidelity - a moving one-hour documentary about two CIA Officers (and two pilots) on a dangerous 1952 mission in the Manchuria region of northeast Communist China.

They are shot down, lost to all back home, tortured, and were in-and-out of solitary confinement for decades. How the operation went awry, the betrayals, the methods each used for keeping sane and motivated under unending imprisonment, was compounded by the fact that, back home, they were MIA and later presumed dead since China never acknowledged - for years - their survival and capture.
The documentary, produced by CIA and never aired outside headquarters, is now available for viewing on YouTube.

The two pilots died but CIA officers - Richard G. Fecteau and John T. "Jack" Downey - were freed in 1971 and 1973, respectively, and have gone on with their lives devoid of bitterness and have continued to excel in the new paths they have taken.

Extraordinary Fidelity Documentary

The documentary can be viewed at this link: http://www.youtube.com/user/ciagov
or click on image above. We recommend you take the hour to view it.

ACT OF VALOR

Act of Valor

When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Act of Valor uses active duty U.S. Navy Seals as actors. The characters they play are fictional, but the weapons and tactics used are real.
Act of Valor opened in many theaters as of February 17, 2012

Click on image above to view film trailer or use this link: trailer


I R A N I U M

An important film about a possible threat
that shows a country bent on annihiliation of the free world:
Iran's Acquisition of Nuclear Weapons

For a limited time, entire film can be viewed online at no cost.
We urge you to take the time to do so now.


TWO Semi-Documentaries to see:

Fair Game - A Film about CIA Officer Valerie Plame, diplomat Joe Wilson, CIA, and the Bush Administration - in Theaters November 5, 2010
Click image below to view trailer

Fair Game

A suspense-filled glimpse into the corridors of political gamesmanship where leaked intelligence community doubts about the lack of any serious threat of WMDs in Iraq, comes up against an administration hellbent to justify an invasion of Iraq to bring about regime-change. The film is based on the autobiography of the same name of CIA National Clandestine Services [NCS] officer Valerie Plame [Naomi Watts], whose career was destroyed, and marriage strained, when her covert identity was exposed by White House minions, in a campaign to neutralize her and to discredit her husband who released the findings not meant for public release, when it was clear his assessment would not support administration goals.

But the situation was not as simple as the book and film would have us believe. As a NCS officer operating as a "NOC" [non-official cover officer], working in CIA's Counter-Proliferation Division, Plame leads an investigation into the existence of WMDs in Iraq. Plame's husband, diplomat Joe Wilson [Sean Penn] - a well-known critic of the Bush administration - is drawn into the investigation when he is assigned [by whom?] to substantiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger. His classified findings are that there was no sale and likely no WMDs. But when the administration ignores his findings and uses the issue to continue its call to war, Wilson violates the secret nature of his assignment and writes a New York Times editorial outlining his conclusions, igniting a firestorm of controversy. The WH sees the editorial, by the husband of a CIA officer who likely played a role in cherrypicking Wilson for the assignment, as nothing less than a deliberate endplay, and a blatant, politically motivated betrayal of decisions that should have remained in the hands of the President and his advisors who, alone, were the ones to decide which facts to accept or ignore from a vast number of inputs arriving from intelligence collectors and analysts.

Misbehavior on both sides. There still is little agreement on where the betrayals were greatest, but the deliberate exposure of Valerie Plame's undercover status was unconscionable for it put the lives of scores of sensitive operations, proprietaries, other officers, and intelligence agents at risk in countries that quickly arrest and often kill entire families found to be aiding CIA or other western services.


  • Farewell - A Documentary based on spy Vladimir Vetrov
  • A real espionage case. Do not miss the following...

    Farewell The Movie

    Farewell - A movie based on spy Vladimir Vetrov

    In Select Theaters July 2010 - New York and Los Angeles - July 23, 2010
    Cast & Crew: Director: Christian Carion Producers: Christophe Rossignon, Bertrand Faivre, PHILIP BOEFFARD
    Cast: WILLEM DAFOE, Guillaume Canet, EMIR KUSTURICA, ALEXANDRA MARIA LARA, Dapkunaite, Dina Korzun, David Soul, Fred Ward
    Written by: Eric Raynaud
    France 2009 | Run time: 112 min.
    Director: Christian Carion | Language: French - English - Russian

    In 1981, Colonel Grigoriev of the KGB (real name - Vladimir Vetrov), disenchanted with what the Communist ideal has become under Brezhnev, decides he is going to change the world…
    Discreetly, he makes contact with a French engineer working for Thomson in Moscow and little by little passes on documents to him - mainly concerning the United States - containing information which would constitute the most important Cold War espionage operation known to date.
    During a period of two years, French President, François Mitterrand, was to personally vet the documents supplied by this source in Moscow, to whom the French Secret Service gave the codename « Farewell ».
    Then master of the White House, Ronald Reagan, set aside his reluctance to work with a French Socialist to put this unhoped-for information from the very heart of the KGB to use. Farewell would in fact decapitate the network which enabled the KGB to gain in-depth knowledge of scientific, industrial and military research in the West.
    Once the USSR had been deprived of these precious sources of information, Ronald Reagan's announcement of the new « Star Wars » military programme sounded the death bell of the Soviet Union. The Berlin Wall would fall before the end of the 80s…
    In his own way, Farewell managed to change the world, by avoiding traditional espionage methods too well known to the KGB and by not asking for any financial compensation whatsoever - much too capitalist for his taste. He simply followed his destiny, so that a new world might dawn for all his fellow Russians, but especially for his son.
    A trailer of the film can be viewed at this link:
    http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/farewell/

    More information about the case and film is available at: http://www.FarewellTheMovie.com


 
 

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