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AFIO's Spring Luncheon
Friday, 8 May 2015
Traitors, Leakers, and Insider Spies
John "Chris" Inglis
NSA's former Deputy Director and highest ranking civilian officer
"Hackers, Financial Safety, Bulk Data Collection, ISIS Recruitments, Snowden and more"
Investigative Reporter Bryan Denson on
The Spy’s Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer
Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia
Tysons Corner, VA
Register HERE to assure seating
||1 p.m. speaker: Chris Inglis,
the former Deputy Director, NSA (2014). His
remarks will be OFF THE RECORD.
||11 a.m. speaker: The Oregonian Investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bryan Denson speaks on his research on "The Spy’s Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia" the riveting story of the Nicholsons—father and son co-conspirators who deceived their country by selling national secrets to Russia.
|Jim Nicholson was one of the CIA's top veteran case officers. By day, he taught spycraft at the CIA's clandestine training center, The Farm. By night, he was a minivan-driving single father racing home to have dinner with his kids. But Nicholson led a double life. For more than two years, he had met covertly with agents of Russia's foreign intelligence service and turned over troves of classified documents. In 1997, Nicholson became the highest ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage. But his duplicity didn’t stop there. While behind the bars of a federal prison, the former mole systematically groomed the one person he trusted most to serve as his stand-in: his youngest son, Nathan. When asked to smuggle messages out of prison to Russian contacts, Nathan saw an opportunity to be heroic and to make his father proud.
|Timing: Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; Bryan Denson begins his presentation at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at noon; Chris Inglis presents at 1 p.m. Event closes at 2 p.m.
Morning presentation is on the record;
Inglis' remarks are Off 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, across from Tysons II Mall.
Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf
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Friday, 24 April 2015, 6-10pm - Scottsdale, AZ - The AFIO Chapter of Arizona hosts 3rd Annual James Bond 007 Scholarship Fundraiser Event
MISSION: To provide scholarship support to students pursuing university programs in the Security, Defense & Intelligence fields. Ticket Price $85.00 per person BLACK TIE OPTIONAL. Location: The Orange Tree Golf Resort, 10601 N 56th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org Online Ticket Purchase: http://www.afioaz.org (Visa, Discover, MC, PayPal) By Mail: 8707 E. San Martin Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
08 May 2015 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO's Spring 2015 luncheon
features the NSA's former Deputy Director, Chris Inglis, and Journalist Bryan Denson on Father and Son Traitors who stole secrets for Russia.
former National Security Agency Deputy Director will discuss "Hackers, Financial Safety, Bulk Data Collection, ISIS Recruitments, Snowden and more." Investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bryan Denson speaks on his research on "The Spy’s Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia" the riveting story of the Nicholsons—father and son co-conspirators who deceived their country by selling national secrets to Russia.
Timing: Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; Bryan Denson begins presentation at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at noon; Chris Inglis begins presentation at 1:05 pm. Event closes at 2 p.m.
Morning presentation by Bryan Denson is on the record; Chris Inglis' remarks are Off 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: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf
Registrations accepted HERE while space remains.
Thursday, May 28, 2015, 5:30 - 8:30pm - Atlanta, GA - The AFIO Atlanta Chapter-in-Formation and Harvard Club of George host reception for Prof Kristie Macrakis on Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies. There is no charge.
Professor Kristie Macrakis, an AFIO member and Harvard alum who teaches history at Georgia Tech, specializes in the history of espionage. She’ll discuss her 2014 book Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda. In it, she presents a fascinating cat-and-mouse game between spies who conceal their reports in plain sight and counterintelligence agents trying to intercept and detect them—and all the clever methods employed. As a friend of AFIO, this event is free for you and your guests.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Cocktail Reception
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Presentation by Prof. Kristie Macrakis, followed by Q&A
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Cocktail Reception
Location: Womble Carlyle, Skyline Room (25th Floor), Atlantic Station, BB&T Building, 271 17th St NW Ste 2500, Atlanta, GA 30363-1017
RSVP or questions to Brian Hooper, email@example.com or 404.879.2440. If you can’t attend but are interested in participating in the new chapter, please let him know.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015, 5:30-9pm - New York, NY - AFIO New York Metro Chapter Meeting Features Joseph Wippl, former CIA Clandestine Services Officer, on Aldrich "Rick" Ames, worst CIA traitor ever: his personality, his motivation for espionage and the impact on all Soviet agents of the CIA.
Joseph Wippl is a former CIA officer who spent 30 years as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service (NCS). Wippl served overseas in Bonn, West Germany; Guatemala City; Luxembourg; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany. On assignments in CIA headquarters, he served as the Deputy Chief of Human Resources, as the Senior NCS representative to the Aldrich Ames Damage Assessment Team, as Chief of Europe Division and as the CIA’s Director of Congressional Affairs. Wippl has coordinated extensively with other members of the US IC. He currently teaches at Boston University. Prior to that he occupied the Richard Helms Chair for Intelligence Collection in the NCS training program. Wippl has taught at BU since 2006 where he serves as Director of Graduate Studies, Professor of the Practice of International Relations; BU Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University.
Location: Society of Illustrators building, 128 East 63rd St, between Park Ave and Lexington Ave.
COST: $50/person Cash or check, payable at the door only. Dinner to follow talk & Q&A. Cash bar. RESERVATIONS: Strongly suggested, not required, Email Jerry Goodwin firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 646-717-3776.
Saturday, 2 May 2015 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts meeting
Location: Country Club of Orange Park. Questions and reservations: Quiel Begonia at email@example.com call 352-332-6150. Cost will be $16 each, pay the Country Club at the luncheon.
Saturday, 09 May 2015, 11:30am-2:00pm - Melbourne, FL - Pearl Harbor Scholar Thomas Kimmel addresses AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter on "The Story Within the Pearl Harbor Story."
Thomas Kimmel is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, former Special Agent of the FBI and grandson of Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, Commander of the Pacific Fleet on 7 December 1941. Admiral Kimmel was, says Kimmel, shamelessly scapegoated, reduced in rank, and disgraced after the Japanese attack. Kimmel comes from a family of distinguished scholars and government servants dedicated to protecting America, so Tom found it particularly troubling that his grandfather was accused from the well of the House of Resentatives for having failed to prevent both WWII and the Cold War. Tom has devoted years of his life to the study of the topic, and uses these speaking opportunities to respond to the allegations. Tom Kimmel served on three warships during the Vietnam War and attended John Marshall Law School before beginning his FBI career in 1973. He served the FBI and the nation with distinction for 25 years, investigating organized crime in Cleveland, serving on the House Appropriations Committee Surveys and Investigations Staff at CIA Headquarters, and ending his FBI career as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Division, heading the Foreign Counterintelligence and Terrorism Programs during the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.
Since retiring, Tom has served, as well as in other capacities, as a consultant to the Bureau on major spy scandals at both the FBI and the CIA. Location: Indian River Colony Club, At Ease Club, 1936 Freedom Dr, Melbourne, FL 32940.
For reservations and information, contact John Noble, (321) 693 2427, firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com
28 May 2015, 11:30am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts Capt. Lee Rosenberg, USN, ret. and Managing Director of Navigating Preparedness Associates.
Topic will be "Insider Threat: It's Not Just Cybersecurity." Timing of program: 11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon.
United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave, SF (between Sloat/Wawona).
E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent an Eventbrite link to register. Alternately, mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-members $35. $35 at the door. RSVP is required.
OTHER IMPORTANT UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL EVENTS....
Thursday, 23 April 2015, 1-4pm - Lexington, VA - NSA's Declassification and Release of William Friedman’s Official Papers
Please join us for a series of presentations on William F. Friedman, George C. Marshall Foundation’s Friedman Collection and the Declassification and Release of William Friedman’s Official Papers. With representatives from the National Security Agency and the National Archives and Records Administration
This program is a part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series sequence on Codebreaking. Marshall Library in the George C. Marshall Foundation VMI Parade, Lexington, Virginia Reservations required by calling Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138 or by email to email@example.com
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26 April to 3 May 2015 - Berlin and Vienna - ESPIONAGE IN EUROPE: Now and Then - a New York Times Journey with AFIO Member/former CIA Officer, Jon Wiant.
Reserve now to travel on this exciting eight day intelligence excursion. "Espionage in Europe: Now and Then" is a journey focused on history & context. From the Cold War to present day government phone-hacking. Berlin and Vienna are two of Europe's capital cities that have seen more than their fair share of activity. Explore how, why and who was involved, the back stories and realization that it will never go away.
Join us on a unique tour to Berlin and Vienna, to learn about both underground goings on and those taking place in plain site, how World War II shaped Cold War intelligence operations and why our espionage bases in Berlin and Vienna became the dangerous front lines of our conflict with the Soviet Union. The Times-selected expert accompanying this trip is Prof. Jon A Wiant, retired Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, former White House director of intelligence policy and former member of the CIA. To hear more about this tour, listen to Jon Wiant speak, during a recent webinar.
Cost: $7,450 pp, +$1,000 single supplement. Deposit $500. Itinerary: 8 days, 7 nights. Activity Level: More active trips involving hiking over moderately strenuous and varied terrain, usually — but not always — with vehicle support and at elevations most often below 10,000 feet, or trips with significant hiking days, wilderness camping, or other mandatory activity. On some trips, you can elect to skip a day’s hike, depending on logistics. Questions? Call 855-698-7979.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015, 6:30pm - Washington DC - The Spy's Son: The True Story of Jim and Nathan Nicholson at the International Spy Museum
What would you do if your father asked you to spy? In the mid-1990s, Jim Nicholson was a rising star in the CIA. By day, he served as a branch chief inside Langley’s counterterrorism center. By night, he was a minivan-driving single dad racing home to have dinner with his kids. But Nicholson led a double life—he was secretly spying for Russia and betraying all his intelligence colleagues and the nation. On the heels of fellow agency-man Aldrich Ames’ deadly betrayals, Nicholson turned over troves of classified documents to the SVR, including the names of hundreds of career trainees—some of whom he taught himself at the CIA’s covert training center. In 1997, he became the highest-ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage, but his betrayals weren’t over. In 2006, locked behind the walls of a federal prison in Oregon, Nicholson recruited his young son, Nathan, to smuggle messages out of the visiting room to a Russian spy. In the end, Nathan would become his father’s last asset. Investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bryan Denson spent five years investigating the Nicholson cases. Join him for the launch of his deeply researched book The Spy’s Son, which offers the most authoritative account yet of how Nicholson twice betrayed country and kin for Russia.
Tickets: $10. Visit www.spymuseum.org
Other Events of interest:
12 - 15 July 2015 - Ireland - Mercyhurst University's Global Intelligence Forum 2015 on "Intelligence-Informed Decision-Making to Build a More Secure Future"
The Theme: Intelligence-Informed Decision-Making to Build a More Secure Future
The Global Intelligence Forum continues down the path of intelligence innovation and discovery first begun in July 2010 with our exploration of the nature of analysis and its application in various intelligence professions. In 2011 and 2013, the discussion centered on the interaction between the intelligence analyst/practitioner and the decision-maker. In July 2015, we continue to build bridges between decision-makers, practitioners and scholars in the fields of cyber security, geospatial intelligence, and data analytics. Best practice panels and speakers will also explore anticipatory analytics, and the wicked problem approach to intelligence challenges. Additionally, the Forum will provide a breakout session for Higher Education leaders to discuss the application of intelligence practices to higher education decision-making. We will bring best practices in 21st century intelligence and data management to the examination of what leaders in the public and private sectors require to make more effective decisions.
Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan, Commissioner of the Garda, Ireland's National Police Service
Lewis C. Merletti, Former Director, U.S. Secret Service (Keynote Speaker)
The Honorable Howard Schmidt, Partner at Ridge - Schmidt Cyber (Keynote Speaker)
Ian McCulloh, Sr., Scientist in the Asymmetric Operations Dept of the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
Abe Usher, Chief Technology Officer, HumanGeo Group
More about these and other speakers is available here.
To register, do so here.
Mailing address: Tom Ridge School of Intelligence Studies and Information Science, Mercyhurst University, 501 East 38th St, Erie, PA 16546-0002
Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 10 am - 1 pm - Laurel, MD - Dr. Andrew Hodges, Oxford, presentation and signing at NCMF luncheon
Dr. Andrew Hodges,
Sr. Research Fellow, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford,
author of Alan Turing: The Enigma [source for the movie The Imitation Game] Hear this luminary on his rare U.S. visit...
to lecture and sign his book for the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation
Members and Guests.
Dr. Hodges was elected a fellow at Wadham College in 2007 and appointed Dean in 2011. In 2012, he became a Senior Research Fellow in the Mathematics Institute at Oxford. Dr. Hodges has worked extensively on Twistor geometry and its application to fundamental physics. In the cryptologic community, he is perhaps better known for his work as the biographer of Alan Turing. His book, "Alan Turing: The Enigma," has been called one of the 50 essential books of all time in the British press and is the inspiration for the highly acclaimed film, "The Imitation Game."
Location: Patuxent Greens Golf Club,
14415 Greenview Dr, Laurel, MD 20708. $55 for guests; $25 for members. Includes lunch. The ballroom at the club is being used and provides plenty of space to meet the swelling interest in this program. Do not miss this by failing to register NOW. Registration remains open until 15 May 2015.
More information and Registration here.
Call for Papers, Panels, and Presentations for September Intelligence and Homeland Security Conference, The Citadel, Charleston, SC
The Citadel Intelligence and Homeland Security Enterprise Conference will be held 16, 17 and 18 September, 2015 at the Charleston Marriott 170 Lockwood Blvd., Charleston, SC
Individual Paper Presentations: Submissions for a regular session presentation must include a title and abstract of no more than 200 words, along with author information.
Complete Thematic (Academic or Government) Panel: Roundtable and panel proposal are welcome. For a thematic panel, you must submit titles, abstracts (no more than 200 words) and author information for all papers together. The panel must deal directly with the topics and issues related to the conference.
Roundtable Sessions (Academic or Government): These sessions consist of three to four presenters discussing related topics. Submissions for a roundtable must include a title and abstract of no more than 200 words, along with participant information. Roundtable sessions are generally less formal than panels.
Student Poster Session: Poster Presentations: Submissions for poster presentations require only a title and abstract of no more than 200 words, along with author information. Posters should display theoretical work or methods, data, policy analyses, or findings in a visually appealing poster format that will encourage questions and discussion about the material.
Thematic panels, individual paper, and roundtable abstracts are due on or before: July 15, 2015. Abstracts should be submitted to Michael Brady at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Option: Complete papers will be considered for publication as part of conference proceedings if submitted on or before September 1, 2015.
GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE SUBMISSIONS
When submitting an abstract, you should select a single area in one of the broad categories below. The area you choose should be based on the aspect of your paper that you would describe as the primary focus of the paper.
- Cyber Security Challenges
- Terrorist Challenges- People and Places to Watch
- US Intelligence Challenges
- Emergency Preparedness and Response Disasters
- Port/Maritime Security
- Law Enforcement and Intelligence Challenges
- Challenges Confronting the Southeast US: Drug Smuggling and Human Trafficking
- Education/Training Challenges Homeland Security and Intelligence
Questions about the submission process should be directed to:
Michael Brady, Conference Director, Department of Criminal Justice at The Citadel, 171 Moultrie St, Charleston, SC 29409
Email: email@example.com or call him at (843) 953-0319 (office) or (843) 953-7085 (fax)
Conference website here.
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.
Two valuable booklets are now available
The Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - by the Congressional Research Service, Sept 2013
Security Clearances - FAQs - ClearanceJobs.com / DICE
Intelligence as a Career -with listings of colleges teaching intelligence courses.
AFIO's booklet for high school and college students considering careers
in the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Careers Booklet in PDF Format updated January 2013 available here.
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Intelligence Community - Six Years in a Row - Named 2014
One of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
For the sixth consecutive year, the Intelligence Community (IC) was honored as #4 in 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 recently 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.
The IC ranked fourth overall among large agencies, which includes over 30 organizations, each of which employs more than two thousand people. Rankings are based on data from the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which the U.S. Office of Personnel Management administers. The first Federal Government 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 survey 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 in the IC's annual Employee Climate Survey. That way, the Community's information can be compared with that from other organizations.
Other top-five large organization Best Places to Work are: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State and Justice.
Visit bestplacestowork.org 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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