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"AFIO NOW" Interview Series
AFIO launched a series of recorded interviews and other activities. These programs are available in our Members-Only section which requires your USERID and PASSWORD —
information on current member cards supplied with each renewal. Some of the featured videos appear below.
Just released exclusively to members...
Pending Intelligence Legislation to Curtail "Formers" from "Sharing" [Selling] Secrets to Foreign Governments and Other Entities
Released 26 October 2021
Panel on Proposed Legislation Restricting "Formers" from Sharing Classified Methods with Foreign Employers.
Panel Session held Friday, 22 October 2021 with The Honorable Mike Rogers, former Chairman of HPSCI; Christopher Bing, Cybersecurity Reporter, Reuters who broke story of "Project Raven"; with hosts Stewart Baker, former General Counsel, NSA, AFIO Chairman; and James Hughes, former CIA DO, AFIO President.
The panel discussion runs 31 minutes.
Intelligence Legislation and Policy Panel discussed recent concerns regarding former military and intelligence officers working for foreign governments and sharing still-classified sources and methods.
Chris Bing of Reuters broke the story of "Project Raven" - about former U.S. Intelligence Officials, Ambassadors (mainly politically-appointed), and other officials with former – and in many cases still current – access to classified, highly sensitive tools and capabilities, training and methods, who were selling the information through corporate contracts with foreign governments and other entities. The activities were so alarming and seen as unethical (albeit a loophole which is not currently proscribed by law), it led to criminal investigations, indictments, and plea agreements. Congress is now seeking new legislation to curtail such activity.
Access the Panel Session here or click above image.
TO LEARN MORE: Section 308 of the draft Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (aka "the House bill") can be found here. See pages 32-40. Christopher Bing, the cybersecurity reporter at Reuters, may be reached here or by voice at 240-688-7636.
Prior Videos and Podcasts in this "AFIO Now" Series
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|Seth Jones PhD, Director, Transnational Threats, CSIS, on his book "Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran and the Rise of Irregular Warfare." - [Released to the public - Click title to view]. Podcast version here.
||Marc Polymeropoulos, former Senior CIA Operations Officer, on his book, Clarity in Crisis, his career, his experiences with "the Havana Syndrome," and advice to students on how to be appealing to CIA and other IC recruiters. [Released to the public - Click title to view]. Podcast version here.
||David McCloskey, former CIA Analyst, discussing his realistic novel, Damascus Station, set in Syria during their civil wars. - [Released to the public - Click title to view]. Podcast version here.
||Mark E. Mitchell former Director for Counterterrorism, NSC, and Principal Deputy Asst Sec Def for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, on "the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi in Mazar-i0Sharif, Afghanistan, 2001" - members-only
|James Gosler former Director, CIA's Clandestine Information Technology Office, on "Cyber Threats and Mitigation" - members-only
||Shelby Pierson - Interview #2 - the ODNI's U.S. National Elections Security "Czar" on her post-2020 Election Assessment and What the Focus is Now - [Released to the public - Click title to view]. Podcast version here.
||David Robarge PhD, CIA Chief Historian on "CIA and Covert Action — Pros and Cons" - [Released to the public - Click title to view]. Podcast version here.
||Sam Wyman, former senior CIA Field Operations officer and Arabist discussing the "Red Prince" - Ali Hassan Salameh - the chief of operations — code name Abu Hassan — for Black September,
the organization responsible for the 1972 Munich massacre and other terror attacks -[Released to the public - Click title to view]. Podcast version here.
|Pete Lapp, former FBI Special Agent, co-case agent for the Ana Montes Investigation discussing the Discovery, Cautious Investigation, Arrest and Conviction of a Cuban Spy in the DIA - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Ralph Hope former FBI Special Agent, discussing his book The Grey Men: Pursuing the Stasi into the Present on the power and influence of the Stasi in Germany today - [Released to the public - click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Edward Mienie PhD professor of Intelligence Studies, discussing intelligence education and careers in the U.S. Intelligence Community - [Released to the public - Click title to view]. Podcast version here.
||David Wolman author-journalist, on the Life and Career of legendary NSA Officer, Juanita Moody - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
|Bob Wallace and Keith Melton author-historians, on their new book, "Spy Sites of Philadelphia: A Guide to the Region's Secret History" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Jason Fagone, author on his book "The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Norman Roule, former National Intelligence Manager, Iran: former Division Chief, CIA Operations Officer/COS on the state of Iran today and how current and future administrations need to approach that regime - [Released to the public - click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Sam Wyman, former senior CIA Field Operations Officer and Arabist on the geopolitical risks the USG and American businesses face in Iraq - [Released to the public - click title to view.] Podcast version here.
|Carmen Medina, former CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence, and co-author of "Rebels at Work: A Handbook of Leading Change from Within"discussing women exerting power and being innovative in male-dominated enterprises - [Released to the public - click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Jack Devine, former Deputy Director of Operations and Chief of the CIA Afghan Tast Force, on "Spymaster's Prism" on: The Fight Against Russian Aggression - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Caryn A. Wagner, former Undersecretary, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Dept of Homeland Security, on "Experiences serving as Undersecretary, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, at the Department of Homeland Security" - [Released to the public - Click title to view]. Podcast version here.
||Steve Vogel, Author/Journalist, The Washington Post, on "Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation" on A Cold War Covert Operation of many names — Operation Gold (US); Operation Stopwatch (UK); PBJointly (CIA); Operation REGAL (NSA) - [Released to the public - click title to view.] Podcast version here.
|Larry Loftis, attorney, author, professor, on "The Princess Spy" on WWII Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Linda Millis, former Senior Intelligence Officer at NSA, CIA, ODNI on "Women in Intelligence" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Vince Houghton PhD, Director, National Cryptologic Museum on "The Nuclear Spies: America's Atomic Intelligence Operation Against Hitler and Stalin" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Joe Augustyn, former CIA Clandestine Services Officer on "CIA's Defector Resettlement Program" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
|Victor Cha PhD, Former Director for Asian Affairs, NSC on "North and South Koreas — Issues Facing the Biden Administration" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Joseph W. Augustyn, former CIA Clandestine Services Officer on "CIA's Role in the Creation of the Department of Homeland Security"[Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Seth Jones PhD, Director, Transnational Threats Project, CSIS on "A Covert Action" [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||David Priess PhD, Author, former Senior CIA Analyst and PDB Briefer on "The President's Book of Secrets" [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
|Everette Jordan, Dep Asst Sec for IC Integration, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, US Department of the Treasury on "Enjoying a Rich, Challenging Intelligence Career Spanning Multiple Agencies." - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Bruce Riedel, former CIA Senior Analyst, Served on National Security Council during Iraq War on "Early Gulf War Policy Decisions" [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Shelby Pierson, Election Threats Executive, Office of the Director of National Intelligence on "Nationwide Election Security" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Bruce Klingner, Former CIA Deputy Division Chief for Korea; Heritage Foundation Fellow on "U.S. Strategy Towards North Korea" [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
|Martin C. Faga, former Director, National Reconnaissance Office on "NRO Support to the Gulf War" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Nicholas Dujmović, Professor, Author, former CIA Historian, PDB Editor on "Guidelines and Experiences Teaching Intelligence at the University Level" - members-only
||David Robarge PhD, CIA Chief Historian, PDB Editor on "The Complexities of Counterintelligence"- [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
||Vince Houghton PhD, Director, National Cryptologic Museum on "Nuking the Moon...and Other Intelligence Themes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
|Series Introduction: Stewart Baker, Chairman, and James Hughes, President - members-only
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Thursday, 4 November 2021, 6:30 pm CDT - Zoom Webinar - AFIO San Antonio Chapter hears from Seth Jones PhD on the Rise of Irregular Warfare and the Change in Global Warfare
Many historians talk about how the military trains for the last war they fought. Well our enemies are not planning for that old war, they are conducting a new type of warfare and the fighting is going on right now!
This program will be an AFIO NOW briefing by Seth Jones PhD. who is very knowledgeable on this type of warfare.
Jones holds the Harold Brown Chair, is director of the Transnational Threats Project, and is a senior adviser to the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He teaches at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
TOPIC: Seth Jones' latest book -- Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran, and the Rise of Irregular Warfare -- examines how three key figures in Moscow, Beijing, and Tehran, have built irregular warfare campaigns that are eroding American power. Conventional warfare—clashes between large military forces—defined twentieth-century power. But today, facing dominant US conventional and nuclear capabilities, the U.S.'s principal adversaries, Russia, China, and Iran, have adopted a different style of competition. Cyber attacks, covert action, proxy conflicts, information and disinformation campaigns, espionage, and economic coercion—these are the tools of irregular warfare, which will increasingly reshape international politics. In short, the future of warfare is likely to be closer to the Chinese general Sun Tzu than to the Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz. The presentation runs 39 minutes. This is a very timely presentation on attacks that are going on right now.
TIMING: Prior to the virtual presentation using ZOOM you will be sent a link for the program. "Three Dangerous Men" is available from Amazon here.
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Saturday, 6 November 2021, 11:30 a.m. EDT - Indialantic, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter Meeting Features Col John Hilliard on "Atlas Missiles, Spy Satellites, and Negotiations with Soviet Union on Arms Contol."
The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter will be holding an in-person meeting at 11:30 AM, November 6, 2021 at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel in Indialantic, Florida. The speaker is Colonel John Hilliard who will discuss Atlas missiles, spy satellites and negotiations with the Soviet Union on arms control.
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Wednesday, 17 November, 2021, noon PST - Zoom-virtual - The AFIO San Francisco Chapter hosts Capt Aynesworth on "Intelligence Challenges of the Movement of International Containerized Cargo."
The "Andre Le Gallo" San Francisco Chapter hosts James L. Aynesworth, Captain, U.S. Navy Reserve (ret); President, Trident Information Services International on "Movement of International Containerized Cargo: Intelligence Challenges."
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Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 2-3pm EDT - Virtual - Livestream - CSIS hosts "A Conversation with Anne Neuberger and Chris Inglis" on Cybersecurity
Join CSIS [Center for Strategic & International Studies] for a virtual conversation with Anne Neuberger, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology and Chris Inglis, National Cyber Director. The discussion will focus on opportunities to advance U.S. cybersecurity.
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Thursday, 28 October 2021, 12:00pm – Washington, DC – Virtual Spy Chat with Chris Costa and Frank Figliuzzi – Virtual International Spy Museum Program
Join in for an online discussion of the latest intelligence, national security, and terrorism issues in the news. Spy Museum Executive Director Chris Costa, a former intelligence officer of 34 years, will lead the briefing. He will be joined by former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Frank Figliuzzi, who served for 25 years as a special agent and directed all espionage investigations across the government. Following their discussion of key issues, you'll be able to ask questions via our online platform. Sponsored by the Honorable Mary Beth Long, International Spy Museum, Board of Directors, and by MAG Aerospace.
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16 November 2021, 6 pm EDT - Virtual - The OSS Society Conversation features Gen. David Petraeus USA(Ret) and David McCloskey, former CIA Analyst, on his novel Damascus Station
Join General David Petraeus, USA (Ret.) for a discussion with former CIA officer David McCloskey about his new novel, Damascus Station. Called "the best spy novel I have ever read" by Petraeus, the book is set against the backdrop of a Syria pulsing with fear and rebellion and is a gripping thriller that offers a textured portrayal of espionage, love, loyalty, and betrayal in one of the most difficult CIA assignments on the planet. More about this novel is here.
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Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 12:00pm – Washington, DC – Elizebeth Smith Friedman: The Woman All Spies Fear – Virtual International Spy Museum Program
During World War I, Elizebeth Smith Friedman cracked thousands of messages, but that was only the beginning of her brilliant career. In the 1920s and 1930s, she pitted her wits against the mob. When World War II broke out, she hunted Nazi spies. Despite her fame, she was a woman of many secrets, and later she was pushed into the shadows. To get the true measure of her hidden life, award-winning historian Amy Butler Greenfield sifted the truth from the misdirections and myths to write The Woman All Spies Fear: Code Breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman and Her Hidden Life. From the "doll woman" spy to bootleggers, join us for a conversation with Greenfield about the new facts she discovered about the enigma of this astonishing woman's life.
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Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 5:30 PM VIP Reception / 6:30 PM Progressive Reception & Award Program - Washington, DC - 2021 Webster Distinguished Service Award Event - International Spy Museum
The Spy Museum offers an evening of intrigue for the 2021 Webster Distinguished Service Award event. The award is an opportunity to recognize the extraordinary contributions of individuals in the Intelligence Community. This year's awardee is The Honorable Susan M. Gordon, former principal deputy director of national intelligence. Previous recipients of the Webster Distinguished Service Award include President George H. W. Bush (2017), Admiral William H. McRaven, USN (Ret.) (2018), and Gen. Michael V. Hayden (Ret.) (2019). Webster attendee and sponsor support fuels the nonprofit mission of educating the public about the history and craft of espionage and intelligence through youth and adult programs, community service, and the care of the Museum's unique collection of artifacts for generations to come.
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For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or information about ways to support the International Spy Museum, please contact the development office at 202.654.2853. Event tickets, other details are available here.
Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 6 - 10 pm - Washington, DC - 30th (+1) Anniversary Gala and Chancellor's Dinner - Institute of World Politics
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Intelligence Community - Eleven Years in a Row
One of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
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For the eleventh consecutive year, the Intelligence Community (IC) was honored to be in the top-ten Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, according to an independent analysis of federal workers' job satisfaction and commitment. See more about the ranking here.
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.
In 2019, the IC jumped two spots upwards to now be ranked THIRD overall among large agencies, which includes over 17 organizations, each of which employs more than two thousand people. Rankings are based on data from the 2019 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, HHS, Commerce and Transportation.
Visit bestplacestowork.org to see which agencies top the rankings and to access trend analysis, demographic data and various workplace categories, as well as generate custom reports and conduct side-by-side comparisons for up to three agencies.
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