AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #07-07 dated 19 February 2007
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SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
ARMY CONTRACT TRANSLATOR PLEADS GUILTY TO FALSE IDENTITY AND POSSESSING CLASSIFIED MATERIAL Federal investigators still don't know who he really is. In court documents, they refer to him by his aliases "Abu Hakim" and "Abdulhakeem Nour." What is known is that "Hakim" applied for a translator job with Titan Corporation, a defense contractor that supplied translators and interpreters to the U.S. Army in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, in August 2003. He was deployed to Iraq on two occasions. While in Iraq in 2004, Hakim illegally downloaded classified intelligence from the 82d Airborne Division that outlined Iraqi insurgent locations that the Army was about to assault, and additional information on the Army's plans to protect Sunni pilgrimages to Mecca. Hakim also took photographs of a classified battle map in Najaf. The classified material was discovered in the translator's Brooklyn apartment, but the government does not know what Hakim did with or planned to do with the information. Hakim plead guilty to using false identification to obtain U.S. citizenship and gain access to classified material, and illegal possession of classified material. U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman could sentence him to up to 60 years in prison. Although Titan was responsible for hiring the translator, it was the responsibility of the government to perform a through background check and adjudicate his suitability for access to classified information. Titan Corporation, which was bought by L-3 Communications in the summer of 2005, has held the translator services contract with the Army since 1999 (the contract was originally won by BTG, Inc. which was subsequently acquired by Titan). A Washington, D.C. contracting consortium unseated L-3 as the incumbent on the contract that supplies over 5,000 translators and interpreters in Iraq. The new company is to take over operations in March. [CL/WashPost 15Feb07/White]
PORTUGUESE PRIME MINISTER SAYS NO EVIDENCE THAT CIA BROKE THE LAW Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates revealed last week that after an investigation of possible illegal CIA activities connected with the extraordinary rendition program at a U.S. airbase in the Azores, which are governed by Portugal, his government had concluded that there was no concrete evidence that the U.S. had conducted illegal counterterrorism activities. Sócrates stressed that the investigation had not harmed U.S.-Portuguese relations. “We have no indication of any illegal activity practiced by the Americans,” he said. “It would not be proper that an ally would conduct illegal activities.” He called the United States a “country with respect for the law, a state based on laws” that would be treated as innocent until proven guilty. The investigation began after Ana Gomes, a member of parliament, approached Portugal’s attorney general, Fernando Pinto Monteiro with alleged evidence of dozens of U.S. flights between the base in the Azores and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The alleged evidence included witness statements claiming sightings of prisoners chained together embarking and disembarking planes at the base at Lajes in the Azores. She also claimed that local authorities knew that some of the flights were operated by the CIA. Foreign Minister Luís Amado said there was no evidence [to support Gomes's claims of illegal activity] and contested a recent finding by a European Parliament committee that said 91 illegal flights had transited. The Sócrates government is dominated by socialists, and the Prime Minister is currently championing a bill to lift Portugal's restrictive abortion laws. [PJK/NYT 13Feb07/Sciolino]
CIA TOP-LEVEL ADMINISTRATOR DUSTY FOGGO INDICTED ON CONTRACT CORRUPTION CHARGES Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, the former top Administrator in the CIA from November 2004 to May 2006, was indicted by a San Diego grand jury on corruption charges stemming from alleged activities in his former senior position with the CIA in Europe. He is charged with steering contracts to the company of his friend Brent Wilkes. Wilkes, also indicted, is said to have lavished Foggo and his family with expensive meals and vacations to destinations such as Hawaii, Scotland, and Washington, and promised Foggo a job when he retired from the government, in exchange for lucrative contracts to supply CIA operations in Iraq. Foggo is also accused with supplying Wilkes with classified information about the CIA, Wilkes' competitors and "other matters." The Foggo/Wilkes indictments are the latest to emerge from an ethics crackdown that began when Republican California Congressman Randall "Duke" Cunningham was charged and convicted of accepting bribes and illegally earmarking contracts for donors and friends. On 13 February, the government said that Cunningham used two prostitutes supplied by Wilkes. Other members of Congress have been threatened by these probes. However, some of the pressure from the U.S. attorney's office has may abate with the dismissal of a key investigator, Carol C. Lam in San Diego. Lam, who headed the Foggo investigation, was fired for undisclosed "performance-related deficiencies." The head of the San Diego FBI field office praised Lam's performance in the investigations and said her dismissal was politically motivated. The Justice Department denied this accusation. Lam left office last Thursday. [CL/WashPost 14Feb07/Smith]
EGYPT RELEASES THE MUSLIM CLERIC THAT THE CIA ALLEGEDLY KIDNAPPED FROM ITALY The Egyptian State Security Court ruled that the government had no grounds to hold Muslim cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar. Omar was allegedly kidnapped from the streets of Milan, Italy in February 2003, and flown to Egypt for interrogation and imprisonment as part of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program. Montasser al-Zayat, attorney for Abu Omar, confirmed Omar's release and said that the cleric was now with his family in Alexandria. Egypt will not force Omar to return to Italy. Italian and U.S. officials contend that Omar had fought in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan and was recruiting fighters for radical Islamic causes such as preparing the insurgency in Iraq prior to the U.S. invasion. However, al-Zayat claims Omar only traveled to Jordan, Yemen, Albania and Germany before entering Italy illegally in 1997. Guido Salvini, a prosecutor in Milan, issued an arrest warrant for Omar in April 2005 as part of a terrorism investigation. Italy and Egypt do not have an extradition treaty. The Italian courts, investigating illegal activity by the CIA Chief of Station in Rome and others for the abduction of Omar and his transference to Egypt, have indicted 26 suspected CIA employees and operatives, as well as nine Italians including Nicolo Pollari, the former head of Italian military intelligence and his deputy, Marco Mancini [NYT]. The Italian indictments come on the heels of 13 indictments handed down by German courts against CIA operatives accused in rendition cases, and a European Parliament investigation that concluded that 15 EU governments and Turkey colluded with the U.S. or turned a blind eye to the CIA rendition activities [WashPost]. The U.S. government says it has received no extradition requests from Europe for CIA employees, but there is little chance the Bush administration would agree to extradite anyone in connection with the alleged CIA operations. [PJK/ChicagoTrib 13Feb07/Nasrawi]
RUSSIA WILL PULL OUT OF ARMS TREATY IF U.S. DEPLOYS MISSILE DEFENSE IN EASTERN EUROPE General Yury Baluyevsky, the Russian Army Chief of Staff, threatened that Moscow may pull out of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty if the U.S. proceeds with its plans to deploy a missile defense system in Eastern Europe. The INF treaty banned the U.S. and the Soviet Union from developing and deploying nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500km. Baluyevsky said that there was plenty of reason to abandon the treaty, since so many other governments were developing intermediate range missiles, but he explicitly linked any possible withdrawal to the U.S. missile defense system. The U.S. is about to enter negotiations with the Czech Republic and Poland to base anti-missile interceptors in those countries. The U.S. State Department said it has not been officially notified by Russia of plans to withdraw from the treaty, which includes a clause that allows either nation to withdraw with six months notice if "extraordinary events ... jeopardized its supreme interests.” The general's comments came just days after Russian president Vladimir Putin claimed that the U.S. missile defense system could spark a new arms race. Col-Gen Leonid Ivashov, a former senior Russian defense official said that Russia has grounds to withdraw from INF since the U.S. withdrew from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Yuri Solomonov, director of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, which manufactures missiles, said that Russia was prepared to begin producing new intermediate-range missiles again. NATO said Russia's plan was to pressure the Pole and Czech governments to reject U.S. attempts to deploy the missile defense systems on their territory, but some officials said what Russia really wanted was to participate in a Europe-wide defense system. A NATO diplomat said he had already begun talks with Moscow about a tactical missile defense system that would protect troops in the field. [PJK/FT 15Feb07/Sevastopulo, Buckley, Dombey and Cienski]
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
CHARLIE ALLEN'S CHALLENGE TO ESTABLISH AN INTELLIGENCE
ORGANIZATION IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY At 71, most men are
retiring, or at least slowing down. Not Charlie Allen; a Washington legend
with over 50 years in the intelligence business who took on an almost
impossible job 17 months ago to establish a credible and viable intelligence
organization within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The task has been
described as monumental, with the need to take on the 800-pound gorillas of
the Intelligence Community and nab territory that they had already divvied up. Allen has already muscled his way into meetings of the IC's three-letter
agency chiefs and figuratively elbowed aside his competitors in front of
Congress to make room for his agency. California Democrat Congresswoman Jane
Harman, the new chairman of the House subcommittee that overseas homeland
security intelligence said, "The dirty four-letter word in government is
spelled ‘turf'. Nobody wanted interference from this newbie agency."
So, instead of retiring, Allen is working 15-hour days, dealing not only with friction from external organizations, but from within DHS itself. DHS "owns" thousands of potential intelligence collectors in Border Patrol agents, Coast Guard members, and airport screeners. However, Charlie Allen has little to no influence over their activities and has met with resistance from their leaders. Allen knows that he is on a restricted timeline to be successful. His agency has already been ridiculed for the color-coded terrorist alert system and advice to citizens to arm themselves with duct tape. Underlining his recognition that time is running out, Allen said in a recent interview, “This is an extraordinarily challenging task because of the depth, breadth and the difficult elements involved. I am impatient. We need to drive this a lot harder.”
The other front that Mr. Allen must defend is assailed by civil libertarians who attack some of Allen's progress, such as sifting through data on American and foreign travelers to identify potential terrorists. “They call it a ‘seamless national intelligence system’ ” said John Reinstein, legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union in Massachusetts. “I call it a reason to be very concerned.”
Despite the untiring efforts of Charlie Allen, some in the IC say he is doomed to fail. “What we’re doing is essentially setting a great man up for failure,” said John Gannon, a former CIA. deputy director of intelligence. Allen is undeterred. He uses a forceful management style to bring his staff in line with his vision. Gannon calls him a "pile driver." But to Allen its not only worth the effort, it is necessary. “The country is at risk,” he said. “It is a darker world.” [LawrenceS/NYT 16Feb07/Lipton]
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
FBI REPORTS 160 LAPTOPS LOST OR STOLEN OVER FOUR-YEAR PERIOD, SOME CONTAINING SENSITIVE DATA From February 2002 to September 2005, the FBI reports that 160 laptops were lost or stolen, coincidentally, the same number of weapons that are mission from the Bureau. At least ten of the missing laptops contained classified or sensitive information, and one held "personal identifying information on FBI personnel." Fifty-one other lost laptops may have contained classified information, some from the counterintelligence and counterterrorism divisions. The FBI report said, "Without knowing the content of these lost and stolen laptops, it is impossible for the FBI to determine the extent of the damage these losses might have had on its operations or on national security." As bad as this news may seem, it is a marked improvement over a previous report that showed prior to 2002, the Bureau had lost 317 laptops in just two years. FBI Assistant Director John Miller emphasized the progress made in preventing loss and theft, showing that losses dropped from about twelve per month to only four. 'Making progress' may seem like a win for the FBI, but it's unacceptable when you're talking about lost weapons and computers with sensitive information," said Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a frequent FBI critic. The FBI maintains over 26,000 laptops, so some are bound to go missing each year. However, the FBI failed to report about 76% of the missing laptops to the Justice Department as required and failed to even list the losses in its own criminal investigation database. [WashPost 13Feb07/Eggen]
MASSACHUSETTS-BASED STREAMBASE SYSTEMS REPORTS INVESTMENT BY IN-Q-TEL IN ITS DATA ANALYSIS SOFTWARE StreamBase Systems, Inc. of Lexington, Mass. reported receiving capital investment from In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital firm. Terms or amounts of the investment were not disclosed. StreamBase's software is designed to analyze complex and varied data streams pouring into modern intelligence analysis workstations. Company officials said other software packages cannot keep with the rate and volume of data that analysts contend with today. In addition to the investment in StreamBase's current technology, In-Q-Tel reportedly signed a "technology advancement" agreement with the company. [PJK/BostonBusJournal 12Feb07]
TSA WEBSITE HAS MAJOR SECURITY FLAW- PERSONAL INFORMATION ENTERED MAYBE VISIBLE TO HACKERS In order to clear your name from the TSA's Terrorist Watch List, the agency responsible for safe and secure air travel set up a website (at the time of writing this article, the website was not accessible). Passengers could visit the website and provide the TSA with personal information such as date and place of birth and identifying numbers such as passport, driver's license, or birth certificate. However, when the "submit" button was pressed, the personal data was transmitted to the TSA in the clear, without the benefit of encryption provided by standard web technologies such as Secure Socket Layer (SSL). Sites protected by SSL have an "https" prefix as opposed to the conventional "http" prefix. This means that any malicious user with access to the network over which the data was transmitted, for example the wireless network supplied at many airports, could have easily intercepted the personal information. The security flaw was discovered (at least publicly) by Chris Soghoian, the same computer security graduate student that showed how on-line accessible boarding passes could be forged to allow terrorists to conceal their identity and get past the security checkpoint in airports and onto planes. [WashPost 14Feb07/Krebs]
SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES
'BREACH' TELLS THE STORY BEHIND THE CAPTURE OF ROBERT HANSSEN, THE WORST ESPIONAGE CASE IN FBI HISTORY A new movie by director Billy Ray offers the story of Eric O'Neill, a 27-year-old surveillance specialist whose job it was to keep an eye on Robert Hanssen, while the FBI worked to nab the suspected spy. O'Neill, played by actor Ryan Phillippe, was assigned uncover as an administrative assistant to then head of FBI counterintelligence, Robert Hanssen, played by Chris Cooper. O'Neill reported on Hanssen's every move until he made a crucial error and was arrested while trying to stuff a bag full of classified documents at a dead drop under a bridge in Fairfax County's Foxstone Park. It was O'Neill himself who pitched the story to Hollywood, after receiving clearance from the FBI. Director Ray says there are 500 stories that could be told about the Hanssen case, as there were 500 officers involved in the investigation and arrest. However, Ray said, "...out of the 500, there was only one who was locked in a room with that guy every day -- Eric." [CL/WashPost 15Feb07/Thomson]
SECTION V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES
AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
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Operation Spy™: Live it. Feel it. Experience It. A NEW immersive experience OPENING late spring 2007 ONLY AT THE International Spy Museum
Just announced as a "heads up" is.... Do you have what it takes to be a spy? Find out. The International Spy Museum announces Operation Spy™, an immersive experience that employs interactivity in a tour they will be giving selected participants put into teams to take on the role of U.S. intelligence officers on international missions to locate a missing nuclear device on the verge of being sold to a rogue nation. The simulation combines live-action, video, themed environments, special effects, and hands-on activities. Based on actual cases drawn from U.S. intelligence files. Participants will be expected to “feel, think, and act” like intelligence officers, to uncover deception in a milieu of double agents and corrupt officials. The team debates and decides a final course of action. The event will occur in late Spring 2007 at the International Spy Museum. Media Contact: Amanda Abrell, Media Relations Manager, [P] 202.654.2843, [F] 202.393.7797, [E] firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author seeking individuals with knowledge of
OSS Humanitarian Missions in Asia in August 1945 My name is Greg Leck. I am
the son of an early member of the CIA (my father, the son of an immigrant coal
miner, was recruited by the CIA in 1950 - he was surprised because he thought
they were looking for Ivy League types, and he barely knew what the Ivy League
was). I recently published a book about the Japanese internment of Allied
civilians in China, 1941-1945. While doing research, I came across references to
the OSS Humanitarian Missions in Asia in August 1945, and did some additional
research in Record Group 226 at NARA. I am considering writing about these
"Mercy Missions" as the subject of my next book. The missions, and their
objectives, were as follows: Cardinal Mission - Mukden; Duck Mission - Weihsien;
Magpie Mission - Peking; Flamingo Mission - Harbin (cancelled due to Soviet occupation); Sparrow Mission - Shanghai (Joint OSS and AGAS mission); Pigeon Mission - Hainan (General Singlaub was the leader); Seagull Mission - Hankow; Albatross Mission - Canton; Eagle Mission - Keijo, Korea; Quail Mission - Hanoi, Viet Nam; Raven Mission - Vientiane, Laos. I am seeking members who might supply leads in finding any surviving members of the above missions. For the Sparrow Mission, I know that Schoyer, Shoemaker, Levin, Eaton, and Kim (whose brother, Dick Kim, has been in contact with me) are deceased. I am still looking for 1st Lt. John H. Cox, S/Sgt Kermit Anderson, and Cpl. William Hutton. Sincerely, Greg Leck, www.captives-of-empire.com, e-mail email@example.com.
John W. Morrison, 88, CIA Training Officer John W. Morrison, 88, a training officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, died on February 7 at Greenspring Village retirement community in Springfield, VA, from complications of a broken hip. Mr. Morrison served the CIA for over twenty years, from the early 1950s to the early 1970s. He rose to the position of director of the CIA's intelligence school which offered orientation classes for new employees, and courses for mid-career and selected employees on analysis and other functions. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Teaneck, NJ. In 1940, Mr. Morrison graduated from Williams College and later received a master's degree in English from Columbia University. He entered the Navy before World War II and was serving on the battleship Nevada during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Later, he was promoted to command a PT boat squadron in the South Pacific. John Morrison is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth "Betsy" of Greenspring Village; and two children, John W. "Jock" Morrison, Jr. of Taos, NM and daughter Janet Morrison of Fairfax County, VA, and one grandson. [CL/WashPost, 16 Feb07]
22-23 February 2007 - London - National Defense University presents a Counter-Terrorism Transformation Short Course The Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom, and the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University, Washington, DC, will co-host a Counter-Terrorism (CT) Transformation Short Course in London 22-23 February 2007. This course is by invitation only. The Short Course will concentrate on the theme of how to transform forces and the way business is done to meet future challenges. This theme lends itself to exploring further the future demands on defense in tackling the challenges posed by terrorist organizations. The aim of the course will be to provide a thought-provoking day for staff officers and their principals, focusing on defense transformation in the counter-terrorism arena. Staff officers will be encouraged to look beyond current issues and the close battle, provoke debate, and stimulate discussion, while concentrating on the transformational challenges in the 10–15 year timescale. Ultimately the first day should leave attendees with a few key ideas to take forward to their own working environments and to initiate the panel discussion on Day 2 of the course. Please find details about the upcoming course Read More.
24 February 2007 - 9:30am - 1:30pm - Seattle, WA - AFIO - Pacific Northwest Chapter hosts Capt. Stephen Metruck, U.S. Coast Guard Commander, speaking on Waterborne Terrorism and Port Security. Capt. Metruck is the top federal official dealing with waterborne terrorism, security, the environment and rescue in the Puget Sound area. He has authority over ships and ports in 3,500 square miles of sea coast and inland waterways. The meeting will be held at The Museum of Flight (206) 764-5720, 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA 98108-4097. Meeting open to everyone interested in domestic intelligence. $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org or AFIO, 4616 25th Ave NE, #495, Seattle, WA 98105.
26 February 2006 - Arlington, VA - The Potomac Chapter of the National Military Intelligence Association returns with a special luncheon at 1130 hrs on Monday, February 26, 2007 at the Fairview Park Marriott, Route 50 and Route 495. Mr. Michael Delaney, Staff Director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will address, in a not for attribution session, the current state of intelligence oversight and reform on Capitol Hill. Information and registration is available at https://www.123signup.com/register?id=qrpjz. The cost is $15 per person. Registration will be limited to the first 50 to sign up.
27 February 2007 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts luncheon featuring Gen Ronald L. Burgess, Jr., Principal Deputy to Amb. John Negroponte, former Director of National Intelligence Topic: Update on American Intelligence. He has scheduled his trip to California at our request to speak. We recommend you make your reservations early through Mary Lou. In view of the high public information value of the event, students will be admitted at the membership rate. Time: 11:30 a.m. Cocktails, Noon - Start of Luncheon. Location: United Irish Cultural Center (UICC) - St. Patrick's Room (2nd Floor), 2700 - 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116 (45th between Sloat and Wawona). Cost: $25 per person, Member Rate - with advance reservations; $35 per person, Non-Member Rate or at door without reservation. For advance reservations, please send the names of the attendees, along with a check made out to AFIO for the luncheon to Mary Lou Anderson at 46 Anchorage Rd, Sausalito, CA 94109 or call her at 415-332-6440 or by email at email@example.com
27 February 2007 - Washington, DC - Open House at the Institute of World Politics, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, The IWP is an accredited graduate school offering M.A. and Certificate programs designed to impart knowledge and understanding of the ethical use of all the instruments of power. Areas of special focus include: «» National Security Affairs, «» Statecraft, «» American Foreign Policy, «» Military Strategy, «» Comparative Political Culture, «» Democracy Building, «» Intelligence, «» Counterintelligence, «» International Politics, «» Terrorism, «» Counterterrorism, «» Arms Control, «» Public Diplomacy, «» Political Warfare, «» Political Economics, «» Strategic Information Warfare, «» Immigration, «» Conflict Resolution. Location: 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036. 202.462.2101 or 1.888.KNOW.IWP. RSVP at www.iwp.edu
28 February 2007 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Arizona AFIO Chapter will hold their luncheon meeting at Buster's Restaurant in Scottsdale at 11:30 AM. Ronald J. Olive, formerly with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and author of recent best-seller "Capturing Jonathan Pollard: How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice" will describe the many twists and turns in this fascinating and important case of "friendly espionage." Mr. Olive was the lead investigator in the case. Do not miss this important program. To register or for more information call Bill Williams at (602) 944-2451.
3 March 07 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting Contact Quiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
5 - 7 March 2007 - St. Petersburg, Fl - The Intelligence Summit The Intelligence Summit provides an opportunity for the international intelligence community to listen to and learn from each other. They report that they had attendees from over 36 foreign nations in 2006. Local, State, and Federal law enforcement are also expected to participate in sessions including Intelligence sharing, counter terrorism, port security and biological weapons workshops by international experts. See their 2007 Program at www.intelligencesummit.org/program.php The organizers have kindly extended to AFIO member a 10% discount off attendee fees for the conference. For further questions please call (727) 475-1280 or email email@example.com.
6-8 March 2007 - Arlington, VA - The Seger Consulting Group presents Domestic Terrorism: The Threat From Within The course will be held at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA (1-703-807-2000). Learning Objectives include: The threat within the United States from international terrorists; home grown terrorists including anti-government and supremacist groups; cult and single-issue terrorist threats; traditional tactics used by domestic terrorists; weapons of mass destruction: The domestic threat; potential for suicide terrorism within the United States; terrorists targeting law enforcement and military installations; infrastructure threats and challenges; terrorist intelligence collection and target selection; and conducting a local terrorist threat assessment. Schedule is 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Dress is casual. No tape recording is permitted. Each participant will receive an extensive workbook. Participants are responsible for their sleeping rooms. Mention the Seger Consulting Group when making reservations. Please note, the best rates are often found on the Internet. Tuition is US$995.00 and is payable in advance or at the door. Tuition is $795.00 per person if three or more people register from the same organization. Tuition may be paid by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, check or DD Form 1556. If a credit card number is included with the registration, the card will not be charged until one week before the workshop unless otherwise requested. Questions? Contact Karl Seger, telephone (888) 277-9703. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 March 07 - Melbourne, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter - Slawson on Counterintelligence The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter March luncheon features Col Thomas Slawson, USAF(ret), a former AF/OSI officer speaking on: Counterintelligence - a Historical Perspective." Slawson, a current member of the chapter, recently published "In Pursuit of Shadows." The luncheon will be held at the Indian River Colony Club (IRCC). A cash bar will open at 1130 hours and lunch will begin at 1230 hours. The cost of the meal is $16.00, reservations requested. For further information please contact George Stephenson, Chapter Vice President at email@example.com and title your email: AFIO Meeting.
13 March 2007; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - The Secret History of History - Early Espionage: The Great and Ancient Game - at the International Spy Museum. Espionage is called the second oldest profession. Others say it is difficult to tell the difference between the two. Intrigue, trickery, and guile have always been powerful weapons: Hannibal used disguises, secret hand-shakes, and forgery in his strategy against Rome; Caesar cracked codes; and Persia operated sophisticated spy networks. 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. Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, author of Spies of the Bible, Intelligence Activities in Ancient Rome, and Espionage in the Ancient World will transport you to the earliest days of espionage history. Discover how the first spy masters operated, their tradecraft, and their successes and failures. Tickets: $20 Advance registration required. Registration and further information at www.spymuseum.org
Thursday, 15 March 2007 - the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation is hosting a conference on "FISA: It's History and the Law." The program will be held at the L-3 Communications Maryland Conference Center in the National Business Park at 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Lunch will be served following the program. The guest speaker will be Mr. W. K. (Kevin) Powers. Powers is the former NSA Associate General Counsel for Operations and a leading authority on the Foreign Information Surveillance Act (FISA). The presentation will describe the evolution of electronic surveillance law culminating in recent proposals to amend the FISA. It will focus on the privacy protections in the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and highlight several key Supreme Court cases dealing with that amendment. Respond by 01 March to attend. Send $12.00 to cover luncheon expenses prior to the event. Call 301-688-5436 to pay by credit card or mail a check to NCMF, POB 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755.
15 March 2007 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds luncheon meeting at the Falcon Room, Air Force Academy Officers Club Cost $10.00 for each lunch buffet. Inquiries to Dick Durham. Treasurer of the Chapter at Riverwear53@aol.com.
17 March 2007 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter hosts Dr. Christopher T. Yeaw speaking on WMD and Nuclear Proliferation. This program seeks to provide a look at the threat we are facing, the need for citizens and public servants to be better informed, and what they can do in terms of prevention. The speaker is a representative from the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals. He has served in the U S Army Special Forces, including service in Operation Enduring Freedom, U. S. Department of Homeland Security, and in the private sector. This material has been extensively presented at a wide number of national and international conferences. The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Library, Main St., Kennebunk. Call 207-985-2392 for information.
27-28 March 2007 - Fair Lakes, VA- National Military Intelligence Association Seminar on Information Operations This two-day seminar will be at the Northrop Grumman Conference Center in Fair Lakes, VA and will examine information operations and the specific types of intelligence support needed for success. The Conference will be conducted at the SECRET/NOFORN level. Presenters will include the Department of State, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the combatant commands, the Services, and the intelligence community. Key topics include the nature and practice of strategic communications, the mission and daily operations of the Joint Information Operations Warfare Command. Confirmed speakers are Adm William O. Studeman, USN Ret.; Eliot O. Jardines, Asst DDNI for Open Source Intelligence; MG Barbara Fast, Commander, U.S. Army Intelligence Center, Ft. Huachuca, AZ; Col. George J. Franz, Commander, 704thMI Brigade, Ft. Meade, MD; Robert Giesler, Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (IWS); and Col. John Davis, USA, Commander, 1st Information Operations Command and Ambassador Brian Carlson, Office of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs The Registration Fee starts at $475 for general admission. Seminar information and registration specifics can be found at https://www.123signup.com/event?id=qhdhh.
28-29 March 2007 - Washington, DC - DEFENSE TRANSFORMATION AND NETWORK-CENTRIC OPERATIONS, A National Defense University and Forces Transformation and Resources Short Course at Marshall Hall, Room 155, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC 20319. FREE to participants. http://www.ndu.edu/info/WhatsNew/whatsnew.cfm Program: Defense Transformation and Network-Centric Operations: A Strategic Perspective: Progression in Force Transformation, Dr. Hans Binnendijk, Director, CTNSP/NDU; Department of Defense Strategic Directions for Transformation, Mr. Terry J. Pudas, DASecDef, Forces Transformation and Resources (OUSD-P); The Theory and Practice of Network-Centric Operations for Major Warfighting by Mr. John Garstka, Assistant Director of Operations and Concepts, Forces Transformation and Resources (OUSD-P); DoD Plans and Programs for Information Networks by Dr. Stuart Starr, Sr Research Fellow, CTNSP/NDU; Resources for Force Transformation by Dr. Gordon Adams, Fellow, Wilson Center; Transforming the National Security Community by Mr. Spike Bowman, Sr Fellow, CTNSP/NDU; Applications of Network Centric Operations -- Transformation Case Study: The Stryker Brigade by Colonel Robert Ballew, USA, Transformation Strategist, Forces Transformation and Resources (OUSD-P); 1000 Transformation Case Study: The Stiletto Program by Capt Gary Edwards, USN, Transformation Strategist, Forces Transformation and Resources (OUSD-P); Transformation Case: Littoral Combat Ship by Dr. Stuart Johnson, Senior Research Analyst, RAND Corporation; Transforming the Structure of the Military: Combat Decisions – Rank, Responsibility, or Frontline Positions? by Mr. Bing West, Founder and CEO, GAMMA Corporation; Transformation for Disaster Relief: Response to Hurricane Katrina by LTC John M. Epperly, Virginia National Guard, CDR 3-116 Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 29th Infantry Division (Light); Transforming the Interagency for Complex Operations by Mr. Bernie Carreau, Senior Research Fellow, CTNSP/NDU; Wrap up and Evaluations. More information/Registration at http://www.ndu.edu/info/WhatsNew/whatsnew.cfm
6 April 2007 - Houston, TX - AFIO Houston Chapter event speaker confirmed Speaker to be announced later for security reasons. Registration and further details at http://afiohouston.com/contacts.html 1800h 6pm Cocktails. No tickets at the door.
10 April 2007 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers' Club, at MacDill Air Force Base. Our luncheon speaker is Porter Goss, former Director of the CIA. After graduating from Yale, Porter joined the CIA and worked as a Case Officer in the Directorate of Operations for nine years. He began his political career in local government in 1974 and went on to be elected to Congress in 1988, where he served for 16 years. Among other leadership positions he held, Porter served as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee for 8 years. He left Congress when he was appointed DCI by President George W. Bush. He served as DCI and then Director of the CIA from September 2004 until May 2006. We are honored to have such a dedicated public servant who has been willing to answer the call to serve wherever his country needed him. Due to base security, reservations for this meeting should be received by April 1, 2007. For more information contact Don White, DonWhite@tampabay.rr.com.
20 - 21 April 2007
- New London, CT - AFIO New England Chapter hosts luncheon featuring Dr. Michael
Hiam, author of Who the Hell Are We Fighting? The Story of Sam Adams &
the Vietnam Intelligence Wars.
The Spring meeting of the David Atlee Phillips New England Chapter will gather 20 - 21 April 2007 at the Lighthouse Inn, 6 Guthrie Place, New London, CT 06320-4206, Telephone 860-443-8411, Reservations 888-443-8411, www.lighthouseinn-ct.com Lodging is available to AFIO members at the rate of $155 plus taxes per night in the Mansion; deadline is 21 March.
As is our custom, Friday evening AFIO/NE will host a wine & cheese social 6:00 - 8:00 PM 20 April 2007 followed by a no-host dinner with our speakers at the Lighthouse Inn. The luncheon the next day is $25 per person when paid by check by April 9th or $30 at the door on a first-come-first-serve basis, as seats are available.
Our morning speakers will be the two students who won the 2006 AFIO/NE “Best Paper” competition. First will be Matthew Allatin. Recipient of the graduate student award, he recently completed his MS degree in National Security from the University of New Haven. Matthew will discuss “The al Qaeda Terrorist Organization: A Redefining Look.” This presentation will endeavor to provide an description of al Qaeda, their driving factors & a general understanding of how this terrorist group functions.
Our second morning speaker will be David Lim, recipient of the undergraduate award. He recently graduated with a BA degree in International Relations from Boston University. Next year he will enter Law School. David will discuss his paper on “Organized Crime & Terrorism.”
Our Keynote Speaker Saturday afternoon will be Dr. Michael Hiam who took four years from his practice as a clinical psychologist to research & write Who the Hell Are We Fighting? The Story of Sam Adams & the Vietnam Intelligence Wars (Steerforth, 2006). The book is about CIA Analyst Samuel A. Adams. It reviews his life, career, & obsession to uncover the truth concerning the “numbers controversy” about the strength of the Viet Cong. Adams is a distant relative of the Presidents Adams. Dr. Hiam suggests there are parallels between Intelligence failures in Viet Nam then and now in Iraq He holds degrees in English & History as well as a Ph. D. in Psychology. He is a resident of Newton, MA. For further information contact Arthur Hulnick 617-353-8978.
23-27 April 2007 - Vancouver, British Columbia - International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA)/Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU) 2007 Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. These two organizations represent the largest associations representing both intelligence analysts and intelligence officers in the world; if you go to one training conference in 2007, this should be the one! This is the second joint conference involving IALEIA and LEIU; we worked together on our Annual Conference in Alexandria, VA in 2005, which was a huge success and attracted over 700 attendees. Keynote by Dr Mark Lowenthal, former CIA Assistant Director for Analysis & Production, and discussions on Future Challenges for the Intelligence Community by Dr Thomas Fingar (DNI), Director of National Intelligence Analysis/Chairman National Intelligence Council. Please visit the website for more details http://leiu-homepage.org/events/index.php David Jimenez-Director of Training, Education, and Career Development, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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