WIN 07-05 dtd 14 February 2005

 

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NOTES TO READERS - This WIN (as was the one for last week) was the last in our delay cycle from office vacation.  This time we even got the month correct - February, not January. Did we impress you for a nanosecond...delivering February news, in January? Such prescience is hard to achieve.  Apologies for any confusion.

Must Read TESTIMONY from SSCI Hearings yesterday - worth seeing [on CSPAN-3] or reading here.

Read CIA Director Porter J. Goss's important testimony on
"Global Intelligence Challenges 2005: Meeting Long-Term Challenges with a Long-Term Strategy"
before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday morning
http://www.cia.gov/cia/public_affairs/speeches/2004/Goss_testimony_02162005.html

as well as the Testimony of Robert S. Mueller, III FBI Director
Both delivered Before the Senate Committee on Intelligence of the United States Senate February 16, 2005
http://www.fbi.gov/congress/congress05/mueller021605.htm

SECTION I -- CURRENT INTELLIGENCE

IRAN BROKE CIA NETWORK

DIA UNIT'S LEADER OUT

MOSSAD OPERATIVE BELIEVED TO HAVE SOUGHT U.S. SECRETS

SECTION II -- CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE

CIA-FBI RIFT OVER RECRUITING FOREIGN AGENTS IN THE U.S.A.

IC REVIEWS IRAN ASSESSMENTS

CLARKE WARNED RICE OF QA'IDA DANGER 8 MONTHS BEFORE 9/11

SECTION III -- CYBER INTELLIGENCE

COMPUTERS HEIST EXPOSES INTEL OFFICIALS TO IDENTITY THEFT

SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES

   Books

 UNCOMMON GRIT

 RUSSIANS SAID TO KNOW WEST'S GERM WARFARE SECRETS

 THE NAVY THAT HELPED MAKE THE MODERN WORLD

   Issues

 CIA INTERROGATOR TO CITE BUSH IN ASSAULT TRIAL

SECTION V -- CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS

   Careers

 

Queries and Authors Seeking Assistance

NSA'S CENTER FOR CRYPTOLOGIC HISTORY CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline Approaching

IS THE NAME ZINOVI PECHKOFF FAMILIAR TO YOU? Help this researcher.

Obituary

ROBERT WARREN ANDERSON

Coming Events

19 February 05 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter Discusses Vulnerable U.S. Coastline - Public Invited

23 February 05 – Washington, DC - NSLS Career Fair

24 February 05 - Washington, DC - Spies of the Kaiser - Lunchtime Author Debriefing and Book Signing - International Spy Museum

1 March & 15 March 05 - Washington, DC - Sisterhood of Spies: Shady Ladies in Espionage (2 Part Series) - International Spy Museum

4-5 March 05 - College Station, TX - The Bush School/ONCIX, Counterintelligence for the 21st Century Conference

10 March 05 - Washington, DC - Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage - International Spy Museum

11 March 05 - New York, NY - AFIO Metro NY Chapter hosts speakers on Terrorism, Russian Intelligence Services, and on CIA and AFIO New Directions

14-16 March 05 - Arlington, VA - ASIS, 23rd Annual Government/Industry Conference on Global Terrorism

15-16 March 05 - Irvine, CA - ISAC/ONCIX, ISAC/ONCIX Regional Seminar 

19 March 05 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO MAINE Chapter has invited a representative from Sen. Susan Collins staff to brief on National Intelligence Reform Act.

19 March - Arlington - Amb. James Lilley to speak at OSSS Luncheon

21 - 22 March 05 - Washington, D.C. - EMININT 2005

23 - 24 March 05 - Fairfax, VA - NMIA National Intelligence Symposium

6 - 9 April 05 - Chicago, IL - SCIP Annual Conference

14 April 2005 - Huntsville, AL - NCMS/ONCIX, NCMS/ONCIX Regional Seminar

15 - 16 April 05 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Cryptologic Veterans Reunion

16 April 05 - Kennebunk, ME - NH Prof Wheeler Solves A WWII Mystery - The Death of Actor Leslie Howard

17-20 April 2005 - Copenhagen, Denmark - ASIS European Security Conference

18 - 21 April 05 - SFSAFBI Western Regional Conference

20 - 21 April 05 - Langley, VA - AFCEA Spring Intelligence Symposium

21 April 05 - Washington, DC - 2005 MOAA Career Fair - DC Convention Center

22 - 24 April 05 - Grapevine, TX - SFSAFBI South Central Regional Meeting

25 - 28 April 05 - Philadelphia, PA - 2005 DoDIIS Worldwide Conference

2-4 May 2005 - Falls Church, VA - NSI IMPACT 2005! 20th Annual Conference & Expo

23-27 May 2005 - San Diego, CA - IOSS, National OPSEC Conference and Exhibition

25-26 May 2005 - Washington, D.C. - GOVSEC, GovSec/US Law Enforcement/READY Expo & Conferences

12-15 September 2005 - Orlando, FL - ASIS, 51st Annual Seminar & Exhibits

27 - 30 October 2005 - AFIO 30th Anniversary Symposium Celebration - Sheraton Premiere Hotel, McLean, Tyson's Corner, VA

           

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SECTION I -- CURRENT INTELLIGENCE

 

 IRAN BROKE CIA NETWORK - The mullahs' regime in Tehran broke up a network of CIA agents more than 10 years ago, executing or imprisoning more than 50 of them, the Sunday Telegraph (London) reported former agency officials as saying.     www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/02/13/wiran13.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/02/13/ixnewstop.html

    The agents, who included military officers, relayed information to their handlers at the CIA's station in Frankfurt, using messages written in invisible ink on the back of letters posted from Iran. Secret writing was also used to relay requests and instructions from Frankfurt.

   Agents' letters were sent to a small number of addresses in Germany, and Iranian counterintelligence officers eventually became suspicious. "Once they had one agent, and they recovered the letters that had come in to him and found out where he was sending his letters, they quickly identified others that fitted that profile," said a former CIA operative in the Middle East.

   The network was broken up in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Officials interviewed in the Los Angeles Times of 12 February did not recall the exact date.

      Richard Perle, a leading neoconservative, made the first public reference to the Iran setback during testimony to Congress on 2 February. He blamed the CIA for the discovery of its agents, referring to the “terrible setback that we suffered in Iran a few years ago when, in a display of unbelievably careless management, we put pressure on agents to report with greater frequency and didn't provide improved communications."

    Perle said Iranian counter-intelligence officials detected a surge in traffic as the agents increased their reporting.

     Former CIA officials familiar with the matter confirmed portions of Perle's account but said it was not clear that the informants were exposed because of any pressure from the agency. The agency refused to comment publicly on details of the case, but rejected the thrust of Perle's comments.

    The collapse of the U.S. spy ring underscores the difficulty faced by Western intelligence in gaining accurate information from within Iran, most notably about its partly clandestine nuclear program. (DKR)

 

 DIA UNIT'S LEADER OUT - Col. George Waldroup (USA res.), leader of the Strategic Support Branch, DIA's new espionage unit, has abruptly resigned, the Washington Post reported on 13 February.

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19785-2005Feb12.html

     Pentagon officials said Waldroup surprised his staff in the first week of February when he announced he was leaving his post immediately.

     Late in January, DIA Director Vice Adm. Lowell E. Jacoby (USN), asked subordinates to account for reported deficiencies in the SSB. A colleague told the Post that Waldroup was told he needed to hand over his duties.  Waldroup, who had held the post since last summer, was said to have blamed enemies in Congress and in the then INS, where he spent most of his civilian career. Waldroup did not reply to messages the Post left by telephone and e-mail.

   On 23 January, the Post reported that two people who had worked with Waldroup said he referred loosely to previous secret assignments but was not a graduate of the Army's Special Warfare Center or the CIA's Field Tradecraft Course for intelligence officers.

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29396-2005Jan22.html

   Last year, Waldroup arranged transport and security for teams seeking WMD in Iraq, arranging convoys that took them in and out of their base near Baghdad International Airport.

   Skeptics about the DoD’s intelligence initiatives saw Waldroup's ascent to a senior espionage post from a civilian career as a cautionary tale of the risks of rapid expansion in the staffing and mission of clandestine units.

   SSB gathers intel alongside the Joint Special Operations Command and is intended to reduce what SecDef Rumsfeld has called his near total dependence on the CIA.

    SSB HUMINT augmentation teams have served in Afghanistan and Iraq with a commando unit, most recently called Task Force 626 that was tasked with the most demanding intel missions, including the hunt for WMD and recruitment of Iraqi informants.

     Task force members, in interviews, complained that some of Waldroup's personnel were unprepared for the assignment.

     Don Black, a spokesman for the DIA, said Waldroup returned to civilian life last weekend after an initial period of active duty expired. He acknowledged that Waldroup's status was renewable. "I would not say that it was at anyone's initiative," Black said. "His . . . activation was over, so he was allowed to depart."

   The DIA has stepped up a recruiting campaign for candidates with outstanding foreign language skills and backgrounds in hard science or special ops, advertising in the Army Times and other newspapers with wide military readerships. The DIA's Web site carries a call for graduates of the CIA's Field Tradecraft Course or veterans of the military's special mission units that report to the U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa.

     Leaders of those units, including the squadrons formerly known as Delta Force, are increasingly complaining about DIA plans to base the SSB at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Special ops teams are based at four locations, including Norfolk and Northern Virginia, some 1,500 miles away. (DKR)

 

 MOSSAD OPERATIVE BELIEVED TO HAVE SOUGHT U.S. SECRETS - Amir Lati, an Israeli diplomat expelled from Australia in January, seduced a senior official at the Defense Department who had access to classified material, according to the Sunday Mail (Adelaide, South Australia) on 13 February. He was believed to have intended to use the woman to gain U.S. intelligence and military technology given to Australia under a special agreement.

www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,12231663%5E911,00.html  (See AUSTRALIA EXPELS ISRAELI DIPLOMAT, WIN 06-05 dtd 8January 2005)

     The Australian Secret Intelligence Organization put him under surveillance after he visited two Mossad operatives arrested, tried and jailed in New Zealand for seeking to obtain fraudulently New Zealand passports.

    The Lati affair has been handled discreetly by Canberra so as not to trouble a visit to Australia on 28 February by Israel's President Moshe Katsav. The Mail reported the Lati affair also caused ructions with U.S. intelligence agencies, which fear their secrets have been compromised. (DKR)

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SECTION II -- CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE

 

 CIA-FBI RIFT OVER RECRUITING FOREIGN AGENTS IN THE U.S.A. - An ambitious new effort by the FBI to recruit foreigners in the United States and deploy them as spies overseas has stirred friction with the CIA, the New York Times on 11 February reported senior government officials as saying.

www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/02/10/news/intel.html

   Both agencies are to report to the White House this week on plans to improve their counterterrorism efforts. Under a new program, the FBI wants to manage foreigners after they return to their home countries, instead of the current practice of handing these assets over to the CIA. The result would be to turn the bureau into an overseas intelligence-gathering body.

    The bureau effort is aimed at people from former Communist bloc states and from Muslim countries that are home to Islamic extremists. Other targets include citizens of China, Israel, India, Taiwan and Japan.

  Tension in recent weeks has been reflected in an exchange of communications between DCI Goss and FBI director Mueller. Representatives from the two agencies are negotiating a new arrangement that focuses on rules for recruiting foreigners in the United States, according to senior government officials. However, a final settlement is not expected until the Bush administration appoints a DNI. (DKR)

 

 IC REVIEWS IRAN ASSESSMENTS -The IC is conducting a broad review of its Iran assessments, including a new look at the country's nuclear program, the future of its ruling clerics and the impact of the Iraq war on Tehran's position in the region, the Washington Post of 12 February reported administration officials and congressional sources as saying.

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17526-2005Feb11.html

    A National Intelligence Estimate and a memo-to-holders that focuses only on Tehran's WMD capabilities are to reflect an updated IC consensus. The documents are meant to guide the Bush administration as it deliberates on how to deal with Iran and its nuclear ambitions.

   The review began last month and comes after several weeks in which President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Secretary of State Rice have told Iran to halt what the administration believes to be a nuclear weapons program.

   A presidential commission is reviewing past assessments on Iraq, Iran and North Korea and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence recently told DCI Goss it also will review current intel on Iran. (See SENATE HAS EYE ON INTEL ABOUT IRAN, WIN 06-05 dtd 8 February 2005)

   A senior administration official told the Post there will be a rigorous scrubbing of the intelligence before the new Iran assessment is complete, and that extreme care will be taken in reaching conclusions.

   The last published intelligence report on Iran, released in November, said it continued to pursue indigenous programs to produce nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

     The new assessments were being made as former intel officials and thinktank specialists said U.S. intelligence on Iran is unlikely to know much about its nuclear program and could be vulnerable to manipulation for political ends, Reuters reported on 9 February.

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7586007

   "If U.S. intelligence was bad in Iraq, and it was atrocious, it's probably going to be worse vis-à-vis Iran," said Richard Russell, a former CIA analyst who teaches at the National Defense University.

   A former senior intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said not even covert ops in Iran by U.S. military units would be likely bear much fruit. "They're never going to find anything out of substance except that there's some mysterious place in the desert with barbed wire and mines around it."

    Ray Takeyh, an Iran expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, said he would be highly surprised if the United States had assets in the Iranian organs of power. "They don't even know who the second-tier Revolutionary Guards are," he added, referring to the elite military force that is especially loyal to the theocratic regime.

    Former chief weapons inspector David Kay said the Bush administration was again relying on evidence from dissidents, as it did in prewar Iraq. "The tendency is to force the intelligence to support the political argument," Kay said in a CNN interview on 9 February.

   But administration officials said the new assessment will be conducted without any input from Bush’s policymakers. "The policy people can't even look at it until it's a finished product," an official said.

   While there is no deadline for the report's completion, officials said they expected the NIC review to be ready by March. The memo-to-holders is also expected to be completed in the coming weeks. (DKR)

 

CLARKE WARNED RICE OF QA'IDA DANGER 8 MONTHS BEFORE 9/11 - In a newly declassified memo, dated 25 January 2001, then White House terrorism chief Richard Clarke informed then national security adviser Rice of the threat posed by al-Qa'ida, Bloomberg News Service reported on 12 February.

www.freep.com/news/nw/memo12e_20050212.htm

   Clarke sent the memo five days after President Bush took office. In it he said, "al Qida (sic) is not some narrow, little terrorist issue” but an organization that “affects centrally our policies in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Central Asia, North Africa and the GCC (Persian Gulf Cooperation Council).”

     "We would make a major error if we underestimated the challenge al-Qida poses, " Clarke said and sought a meeting of Principals to take up the matter. Such a meeting was only held on 4 September.

    Clarke's memo did not contradict the Bush administration's position that it lacked specific warnings prior to 9/11, the White House said.

  A copy of the memo was posted on 10 January on the website of the National Security Archives, a private body located at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (DKR)

 

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SECTION III -- CYBER INTELLIGENCE

 

COMPUTER HEIST EXPOSES INTEL OFFICIALS TO IDENTITY THEFT - Some of the nation’s most influential former intelligence and military officials have been informed that they are at risk of identity theft, the Washington Post reported on 12 February.

     The risk arose from a break-in on 25 January at a major government contractor that netted computers containing the Social Security numbers, telephone numbers, addresses and financial information concerning tens of thousands of past and present employees of Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego.

  www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17506-2005Feb11.html 

   SAIC is known for hiring Washington’s most powerful figures when they leave the government, including former SecDefs and DCIs. These and a 45,000-strong workforce that includes many security clearance holders were informed a fortnight ago that they needed to take action to protect themselves from fraud.

    The computer thefts came as SAIC was in difficulties with the federal government that provides 80 percent of its $7 billion annual revenue.

     David Kay was chief weapons inspector in Iraq after nearly a decade as a SAIC executive. He said he had spent more than a dozen hours shutting down accounts and safeguarding his finances. The theft of personal data by thieves who smashed windows to gain access, he said, did not speak well of a company that is devoted to keeping the government’s secrets secure.

   “I just find it unexplainable how anyone could be so casual with such vital information. It’s not like we’re just now learning that identity theft is a problem,” said Kay.

   Former DDCI Adm. Bobby Ray Inman, also a former SAIC director, said, “If the security is sloppy, it raises questions.”

   Ben Haddad, a SAIC spokesman, said the theft occurred in an administrative building where no sensitive contracting work is performed. The company did not know whether the thieves sought computers containing employee information or simply wanted hardware to sell for cash. “We’re taking this extremely seriously,” Haddad said. “It’s certainly not something that would reflect well on any company, let alone a company that’s involved in information security. But what can I say? We’re doing everything we can to get to the bottom of it.”

    Gary Hassen of the San Diego Police Department said that at the moment there were no leads.

    Two weeks ago FBI Director Mueller told Congress that SAIC had botched an attempt to build software for the bureau’s new Virtual Case File system. In San Antonio, SAIC is fighting charges that it padded cost estimates on a $24 million Air Force contract. The case prompted USAF to issue an unusual alert to its contracting officials late last year, warning them that DoJ believes that SAIC is continuing to submit defective cost or pricing data in support of its pricing proposals.

   Haddad said criticisms are inevitable for such a large company and that there is no pattern of poor performance. “This company has always prided itself on strong ethics,” he said. (DKR)

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SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES

 

Books

 

WINS BOOK REVIEWS NOW ONLINE - AFIO has placed online all book reviews and book mentions in WINs. They be found at http://www.afio.com/sections/book_reviews/

 

UNCOMMON GRIT - David Rozelle, Back in Action: An American Soldier's Story of Courage, Faith, and Fortitude (Regnery, 256 pp. $27.95)

   Captain Rozelle (USA) tells a gripping story that opens as he says goodbye to his pregnant wife to deploy in Iraq, goes on to the day a land mine blew off his right foot and ends with his extraordinary re-certification as "Fit for Duty" and return to Iraq as commander of an armored cavalry troop.

    Rozelle, recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal, speaks frankly about his post-amputation struggles as he learned to walk with a prosthetic foot and finally became able to complete five sprint-distance triathalons and an Olympic-distance triathalon, as well as skiing, snowboarding, and mountain climbing,

   "Every now and again," Rozelle says, "I would get the standard, 'That is horrible, how do you feel about the war?'" To which he would reply, "How do you feel about your freedom? If you aren't willing to die for it, then you aren't American." (DKR)

 

RUSSIANS SAID TO KNOW WEST'S GERM WARFARE SECRETS - Alexander Kouzminov, Biological Espionage: Special Operations Of Soviet-Russian Intelligence In The West (Greenhill Books, pp. 176 $19.95)

   Kouzminov, formerly a senior member of a KGB unit responsible for biological espionage, says that the secrets of Fort Detrick, MD, and Britain's Porton Down are known to the Russians through the work of deep-cover Russian operatives. His unit was Department 12 of Directorate S, the part of the KGB that ran its illegals around the world.

   According to Kouzminov, America's and Britain's most guarded germ warfare secrets have been known to the Russians for decades and spies continue to operate at the heart of the West's biotechnology industry.

   Kouzminov left the KGB in 1992 and has been living in New Zealand since departing Russia two years later. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph (London), he said he was certain that the KGB's activities were still being carried out by its successor, the SVR.

       He said he was sure that Fort Detrick was penetrated and that a long-term agent codenamed Rosa had reached the inner sanctum of Porton Down.

     Another highly-placed Department 12 source, who Kouzminov believed was British or based in Britain, reached high levels in NATO's headquarters at Mons, Belgium, while another agent ran a spy ring inside the World Health Organization. (DKR)

 

THE NAVY THAT HELPED TO MAKE THE MODERN WORLD - Arthur Herman, To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World (HarperCollins, 672 pp. $26.95)

     Herman, author of the widely praised How the Scots Invented the Modern World, this time offers a splendid history of the Royal Navy.

      His argues that the British Empire was the foundation of the modern world and the Royal Navy the foundation of that empire. He sustains that thesis in a fluent narrative that reaches from the Tudor age to the Falklands War.

   The Royal Navy's discipline and food in the age of sail may not merit the revisionist view taken by Herman but he is frank about the limitations of British warship design, poor gunnery in the Victorian age, and lack of preparations for antisubmarine warfare between the world wars.

    His narrative encompasses the Royal Navy’s role in the founding of Britain’s iron and steel industries and such great as sea battles as that of Quiberon Bay in 1759 and Trafalgar in 1805. (DKR)

 

Issues

 

CIA INTERROGATOR TO CITE BUSH IN ASSAULT TRIAL - A CIA contract interrogator, charged with assaulting an Afghan prisoner who died the next day, is basing his defense in part on statements by President Bush and other officials that called for tough action to prevent terrorist attacks and protect American lives, the New York Times reported on 11 February.

www.nytimes.com/2005/02/11/politics/11detain.html?pagewanted=all

   Documents unsealed last week in federal court in Raleigh, NC, indicate David A. Passaro, 38, intends to cite written legal justifications by Bush and other top officials for harsh interrogation methods as well as a Congressional resolution passed after 9/11 calling for the president to use all necessary and appropriate force to thwart further terrorism.

   Passaro's lawyers contend that in passing the legislation under which their client is charged, Congress cannot have contemplated the use of the law to provide grounds for criminal prosecution of a battlefield interrogation of a suspected terrorist linked to constant rocket attacks.

   Thomas P. McNamara, Passaro's lead defense lawyer, has officially notified the government that he will pursue a public authority defense in which it is claimed that the defendant believed, even if incorrectly, that he was acting with the authority and approval of the government.

   The CIA hired Passaro, a former Special Forces soldier, in 2003 to capture fighters from the Taliban and al-Qa'ida and question them at a base at Asadabad in Afghanistan.

      He faces four counts of assault, accused of using his hands and feet and a large flashlight to beat a prisoner named Abdul Wali over two days. Abdul Wali had turned himself in to the U.S. military after learning he was under suspicion of firing rockets at the base. He died in his cell on 21 June 2003. Passaro is not charged in his death but could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted on the assault charges.

   Friends and relatives have set up a website, www.savedave.us to raise money for his defense. (DKR)

 

SECTION V -- CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE,

Careers

[IMPORTANT: AFIO does not "vet" or endorse these inquiries or offers. Reasonable-sounding inquiries and career offerings are published as a service to our members, and for researchers, educators, and subscribers. You are urged to exercise your usual caution and good judgment when responding or supplying any information.]

 

DHS HAS MANY NEW OPENINGS:  5 vacancy announcements for positions at DHS-headquarters follow. All open positions are also posted on www.usajobs.opm.gov.  For vacancies with DHS components including FEMA, Coast Guard, etc., check their postings on www.usajobs.opm.gov.
Supervisory Information Technology Specialist (Director, Wireless Managment Office) GS-2210-15
Veterinary Medical Officer GS-0701-12/13
International Program Coordinator GS-0301-14
Chemist GS-1320-14
Operations Analyst (Knowledge Mgmt Officer) Gs-0301-11/12

 

Queries and Authors Seeking Assistance

 [IMPORTANT: AFIO does not "vet" or endorse these inquiries or offers. Reasonable-sounding inquiries and career offerings are published as a service to our members, and for researchers, educators, and subscribers. You are urged to exercise your usual caution and good judgment when

responding or supplying any information.]

 

NSA'S CENTER FOR CRYPTOLOGIC HISTORY CALL FOR PAPERS - The National Security Agency's Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) is calling for proposals for papers or panels for its 2005 Symposium on Cryptologic History. The symposium will be held on 27 and 28 October 2005 in Maryland. The theme for the 2005 conference will be "Cryptology and the Cold War," although other papers on fresh topics will be considered. Send your proposals for a paper or a panel, or any questions to cch@nsa.gov or FAX them to 301.688.2342. Proposal deadline is 28 February.
 

IS THE NAME ZINOVI PECHKOFF FAMILIAR TO YOU?  "I am looking for any and all references to Zinovi Pechkoff a very colorful character who when he died in November 1966 was a four star General in the French Army. Being the elder brother to Yakov Sverdlov, first head of State of Bolshevik Russia and the adopted son and long time traveling companion of Maxim Gorky his life story is well worth telling. Harold Macmillan thought Zinovy to be the most handsome and dashing character in Algiers in 1943. I have a copy of 'The Bugle Sounds' that Zinovy signed, inscribed to Irving Thalberg which may have been the inspiration for Beau Geste. Zinovy may have been involved in other film efforts to depict the French Foreign Legion. Zinovy enlisted at the outbreak of WWI as a private, got his arm blown off in heroic action and was promoted to Lieutenant. If anyone can ever recall meeting him I would treasure any impressions." Contact AFIO Member Walter James McIntosh at alohamac@xtra.co.nz
 

Obituary

 

ROBERT WARREN ANDERSON - A retired Army captain who also worked as a CIA program manager, died of cancer, aged 59, on 30 January at Inova Alexandria Hospital, VA, the Washington Post reported.

     Anderson was born in Rock Island, IL and became an Eagle Scout before entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He graduated in 1969 and later attended Army Ranger and Airborne schools. He was wounded in combat in Vietnam three times while serving as a long-range reconnaissance platoon leader and assistant operations officer.

     A postwar assignment included a stint as a DIA intelligence desk officer. He went on to become an ordnance officer at the Aberdeen Proving Ground before resigning from active military duty in 1976. He was decorated with the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart twice and the Army Commendation Medal. He received the Intelligence Commendation Medal from the agency where he served as a program manager from 1985 to 1996. He then went worked as a mechanical engineer for the Boeing Co. until his death.

    A member of the Washington Woodworkers Guild, he made reproductions of 17th century furniture and enjoyed traditional rug hooking, fly-fishing and car restoration.

     He lived in Arlington, where he built his own home. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Shirley A. Anderson; two daughters, Tanya M. Anderson of Phoenix and Andrea L. Wilkinson of Alexandria; three brothers; a sister; and three grandchildren. (DKR)

 

Coming Events

 

19 February 05 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO MAINE Chapter meets to discuss Maine's vulnerable coast presented by two key speakers: U. S. Coast Guard officer Ensign Mike Glensky will discuss the vital role of the Coast Guard in protecting Maine under Homeland Security. Captain Jeffrey Monroe, MM, Director of Ports and Transportation, City of Portland, will speak on the dangers faced by merchant mariners in the current world environment. The public is invited to this open meeting of the Maine Intelligence group. Meeting is at 2:00 p.m. in Hank's Room at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street, corner of Fletcher, in downtown Kennebunk. New members welcome. Chapter dues for 2005 are $25. For questions or information contact Barbara Storer, 9 Spiller Drive, Kennebunk, ME 04043. tel. 207.985-2392.

 

23 February – Washington, D.C. - NSLS CAREER FAIR - The National Security and Law Society strives to create an effective, non-partisan forum for informed discourse on U.S. national security policy and foreign affairs. The career fair is a component in our effort to provide access for our members to recruiters from law firms, government agencies, think tanks, non-profit organizations, and other such companies with focuses on national security.  We are seeking recruiters from this wide array of organizations so as to provide alternative career avenues for our members other than the traditional law firm route.   The role of the recruiters is 1) to provide information on what is involved in working at the particular office, what kind of work is generally done, and what kind of security clearance measures might be required; and 2) details for interested individuals what they can do to best effectuate their candidacy for a position in the particular office.  Additional information about NSLS can also be found at http://wcl.american.edu/org/nsls.  If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at nsls@wcl.american.edu or (202) 907-7945. - Brad Moss, Vice-President, National Security and Law Society, Washington College of Law, American University http://wcl.american.edu/org/nsls (DKR)

 

24 February 05 - Washington, DC - Spies of the Kaiser - Lunchtime Author Debriefing and Book Signing - International Spy Museum - In the early twentieth century, the British were obsessed with the possibility of German spies operating in their midst – so much so that all Germans in the United Kingdom were catalogued and eventually interned. Was the German spy threat real? What was German intelligence really up to? Armed with information from untapped German sources and recently declassified British documents, International Spy Museum historian and AFIO member Thomas Boghardt will reveal the true scope of German covert operations, their objectives, and the dramatic British response. Join this author for an informal chat and book signing from 12PM to 1PM. No registration required!

 

1 March & 15 March 05 - Washington, DC - Sisterhood of Spies: Shady Ladies in Espionage (2 Part Series) - International Spy Museum - Spies come in all shapes and sizes… sometimes the shapelier the better. Using their often under-estimated intellect and feminine wiles, women have influenced events and gathered critical intelligence throughout history. Who better to blow the cover of the sisterhood of spies than two charter members? Retired Senior U.S. Army Counterintelligence Special Agent Connie Allen and former CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez will brief you on these shady ladies, exploring the roles held and progress made by women in the world of espionage. Whether you’re interested in Mata Hari’s tactics of seduction, wives with secret lives, Cold War-era operations in Moscow, or the recent “outing” of Valerie Plame, this session is sure to redefine your interpretation of feminine persuasion. Tickets: $40. Members of The Spy Ring: $35. Space is limited – advance registration required! To register, please email: membership@spymuseum.org or call (202) 654-0942

 

4-5 March 2005 - College Station, TX - The Bush School/ONCIX, Counterintelligence for the 21st Century Conference http://bush.tamu.edu/counterintelligence/

  

10 March 05 - Washington, DC - Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage - International Spy Museum - From “Angels” to “Z priorities,” the second edition of the definitive reference to the world of espionage features over 2,500 entries. Spies, agencies, organizations, and operations, are carefully uncovered and detailed in this accurate and accessible resource for aficionado and layman alike. Join authors Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen as they discuss intelligence successes and failures throughout history. Join this author for an informal chat and book signing from 12PM to 1PM. No registration required!

 

11 March 05  [Friday Evening] - New York, NY - AFIO New York Metropolitan Chapter hosts Andrew McCarthy, the Federal Prosecutor for the Southern District of New York (1986 – 2003) who led the successful prosecution against the jihad organization of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and is an attorney in private practice and a Senior Counterterrorism Consultant at the “Invest Project” in Washington, D.C., a foundation that specializes in the analysis of militant Islamic groups, will give the keynote speech on counterterrorism.  Irene Halligan, Former Chief of Protocol for the City of New York under Mayor Rudy Giuliani, will lead Pledge of Allegiance; S. Gene Poteat, AFIO President, will speak on “The Current State of American Intelligence and Counterintelligence”; and Julie Anderson, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, CUNY, AFIO Award Winner, and Acting AFIO New York Metropolitan Chapter VP/Treasurer, will briefly comment on her ground-breaking Ph.D. Dissertation on the Russian Intelligence Services.
TIME: 5:30 – 6:00 pm: Registration; 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Speakers; 7:00 – 8:00 pm: Cocktails
WHERE: SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS BUILDING, 128 E 63rd St, (Between Park and Lexington Aves), New York, NY 10021.
COST: $45. Per Person Checks: Make Payable to Jerry Goodwin, 530 Park Ave., 15B, New York, NY 10021; Checks/Cash Accepted at the Door: RESERVE NOW: Email/Call/Write for Advance Reservations. afiometro@yahoo.com or call 212-308-1450 They look forward to seeing you at this exciting, speaker-packed meeting. Jerry Goodwin, Acting Organizer, AFIO – New York Metropolitan Chapter

 

14-16 March 2005 - Arlington, VA - ASIS, 23rd Annual Government/Industry Conference on Global Terrorism http://www.asisonline.org/

 

15-16 March 2005 - Irvine, CA - ISAC/ONCIX, ISAC/ONCIX Regional Seminar 

 

 19 March 05 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO MAINE Chapter has invited a member of Sen. Susan Collins staff to brief on the National Intelligence Reform Act. Commitment pending. Meeting is at 2:00 p.m. in Hank's Room at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street, corner of Fletcher, in downtown Kennebunk. New members welcome. Chapter dues for 2005 are $25. For questions or information contact Barbara Storer, 9 Spiller Drive, Kennebunk, ME 04043. tel. 207.985-2392.
 

19 March - Arlington - Amb. James Lilley to speak at OSSS Luncheon - Please join us at American Legion Post 24 in Alexandria, VA to welcome Ambassador Lilley, author of China Hands: Nine Decades of Adventure, Espionage, and Diplomacy in Asia.  Amb. Lilley was U.S. ambassador at Beijing from 1989 to 1991 and at Seoul from 1986 to 1989.  He will sign copies of his recently published memoir described by Publishers Weekly as a “must-read for students of Asia and intelligence work.  Foreign Affairs reported that “his insider account...adds considerably to our understanding of four critical decades in East Asia..."  The New York Times described Amb. Lilley’s memoir as an "...adventure story that will have many grown-ups staying up past their bedtimes...filled with gripping anecdotes skillfully rendered." Location: American Legion Post 24, 400 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA, (703) 683-5564. TIME: 12 Noon.  Cost: $32/person.  Payment must be made in advance by check to The OSS Society, Inc. and mailed to 6723 Whittier Ave., 303A, McLean, VA 22101.  Payment must be received by March 14, 2005. Questions: 703-356-6667 or via email to osssociety@aol.com.  -- Charles T. Pinck, President, The OSS Society. (DKR)

 

21 - 22 March 05 - Washington, DC - EMININT 2005 - The National Security and Law Society of the American University Washington College of Law is hosting a two-day professional symposium on Emerging Issues in National and International Security. The meeting will address the pressing issues of the day in the fields of national and international security. The symposium will consist of expert panels equally distributed between the fields of foreign policy, intelligence, and law, discussing such topics as: The Risks of Cross-Cultural Profiling; The Emergence of a New Intelligence Mindset; Climate Change, Infectious Disease, and Resource Shortages as Threats to International Security; The Fourth Estate and National Security Policy: Reporters or Watchdogs?; Comparative Counter-Terrorism Policies; Personal Information Privacy in the Post-9/11 World; Homeland Security Law and Private Industry; Whistle-blowing and the Intelligence Community; Torture, Interrogation, and Human Rights in the Global War on Terror; and Reconciling an Active Role for First Responders in Homeland Security with Budgetary Appropriations. The speakers represent the pinnacles of their respective fields, coming from five countries and across the United States. They represent academic experts, senior U.S. government policymakers, and corporate leaders. They have written books, made laws, established companies, and otherwise shaped the field of National Security. There is something for everyone in this symposium, and few attendees will fail to take something away from it. Note: This event requires paid registration for non-students. For registration or further information, visit http://wcl.american.edu/org/nsls  or email nsls@wcl.american.edu  CLE credit is available.

 

23 - 24 March 05 - Fairfax, VA - NMIA National Intelligence Symposium - NMIA will hold its annual symposium on 23 Wed - 24 Thurs 2005 at Northrop Grumman Corporation, 12900 Federal Systems Park Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033. For more information, please visit http://www.nmia.org  

 

6 - 9 April 05 - Chicago, IL - SCIP 20th Annual International Conference & Exhibition - At the Hyatt Regency Chicago, an event not to miss. Business intelligence, business planning and analysis, competitive intelligence, forecasting, market research, mergers and acquisitions, new product development, opposition research, proposal management, sales, strategic planning and analysis, technical intelligence. If you, or your company, are 'going places,' this is one of the places to go to make it happen.  A total education and training event with following tracks: Academic; Global, Government & Security; innovation in Practice; Leadership & Management; and Tools, Techniques, and Networks. Keynote presentation by Bob Galvin, former Chairman, Motorola;  Modest fee for full event. Info and registration at: http://www.scip.org/chicago . SCIP is at 1700 Diagonal Rd Ste 600, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 739-0696.

 

14 April 2005 - Huntsville, AL - NCMS/ONCIX, NCMS/ONCIX Regional Seminar

 

 16 April 05 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO MAINE Chapter hosts Veteran AFIO member and Univ New Hampshire Professor Doug Wheeler who will reveal his findings from his research into the circumstances surrounding the death of actor Leslie Howard, one of the last great mysteries of WW II. Meeting is at 2:00 p.m. in Hank's Room at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street, corner of Fletcher, in downtown Kennebunk. New members welcome. Chapter dues for 2005 are $25. For questions or information contact Barbara Storer, 9 Spiller Drive, Kennebunk, ME 04043. tel. 207.985-2392.

 

15 - 16 April 05 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Cryptologic Veterans Reunion - The reunion is being organized by the New England Chapter, Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association. Contact Bob Marois, Tel: (518) 237-0015; E-mail: marois@acp.edu; Website: http://www.ncva-ne.org  

 

17-20 April 2005 - Copenhagen, Denmark - ASIS, ASIS European Security Conference  http://www.asisonline.org/

 

18 - 21 April 05 - SFSAFBI Western Regional Conference - For more information, please visit http://www.socxfbi.org/Conference/Conferences.htm  

 

20 - 21 April 05 - Langley, VA - AFCEA Spring Intelligence Symposium - For more information, please visit http://www.afcea.org/calendar/eventdetails.asp?offset=10&EventID=227  

 

21 April - Washington, DC - 2005 MOAA Career Fair - DC Convention Center – The Military Officers Association of America is holding their annual Career Fair, to be held at the Washington, DC Convention Center on Thursday April 21, 2005. Join local, national, and international employers -- including Lockheed Martin, AT&T Government Services, Anheuser Busch Companies, Inc., Raytheon, the State Department, and the FBI -- who are there to meet and recruit qualified and proven leaders, and their spouses, to fill a wide variety of key positions. Others seeking to recruit at this event are asked to register before January 14, 2005 for lower fees. The rate of $1,500.00 includes a carpeted 10' x 10' pipe-and-drape booth, company sign, skirted table, two chairs, employer lounge, two lunches, and all-day beverage service. In addition, they receive a link from their website and 60 days of electronic resume access. Booths will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. At last year's event, the MOAA reports that over 2,100 candidates (most with security clearances) with leadership, management, and operational experience attended.

Click on the following link for the 2005 MOAA Career Fair Registration Form: https://www.moaa.org/TOPS/CareerFair2005/registration   If you have any questions, contact their Career Fair Manager - toll free 877-553-8677 or by email at: moaacareerfair@aol.com  

 

22 - 24 April 05 - Grapevine, TX - SFSAFBI South Central Regional Meeting - For more information, please visit http://www.socxfbi.org/Conference/Conferences.htm  

 

25 - 28 April 05 - Philadelphia, PA - 2005 DoDIIS Worldwide Conference, For further details visit http://www.federalevents.com  or contact: Howard Blumberg, Government Relations Manager, National Conference Services, Inc. (NCSI), 6440 Dobbin Road Suite C, Columbia, MD. 21045; 888-603-8899, ext. 224 (toll-free) blumberg@ncsi.com, http://www.ncsi.com  

 

2-4 May 2005 - Falls Church, VA - NSI, NSI IMPACT 2005! 20th Annual Conference & Expo  http://nsi.org/Impact05.html

 

23-27 May 2005 - San Diego, CA - IOSS, National OPSEC Conference and Exhibition http://www.iaevents.com/NATOPSEC05/index.cfm

 

25-26 May 2005 - Washington, D.C. - GOVSEC, GovSec/US Law Enforcement/READY Expo & Conferences http://www.govsecinfo.com/

 

12-15 September 2005 - Orlando, FL - ASIS, 51st Annual Seminar & Exhibits http://www.asisonline.org/

 

**** 27 - 30 October 2005 - AFIO 30th Anniversary Symposium Celebration - Sheraton Premiere Hotel, McLean, Tyson's Corner, VA and at other secured venues. PUT THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS. ****

 

FOR OTHER DATES, SEE THE FULL LIST ON THE AFIO WEBSITE BULLETIN BOARD at http://www.afio.com/sections/bulletin_board/ 

 

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