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Friday, 2 November 2018, 10 am - 2 pm - Tysons, VA - AFIO National Winter Luncheon features Ambassador Prudence Bushnell and authors Gus Russo and Eric Denzenhall
First notice AFIO's Fall Luncheon Friday, 2 November 2018. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala, and Dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute, will discuss Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience — My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings.
"A gripping harrowing saga of the 1998 bombing of Embassy Nairobi. Ambassador Bushnell provides lessons of leadership, crisis management, and policy acumen. Dramatically illustrates the terrorism danger diplomats [and intelligence officers] confront daily." —Ambassador Robert E. Gribbin III (Ret.)
"Bushnell is a true professional with the toughness, grit, courage, and compassion that marks the kind of superb leader you want in charge during a crisis. I witnessed her remarkable composure, even when personally injured, and her take-command leadership. This book is important for many reasons. It vividly presents a profile in courage; an understanding rarely appreciated for our foreign service men and women working in difficult assignments; a set of valuable lessons learned; and a case study in leadership during crisis. Every American should read this book."—Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
Authors Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall will discuss Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War Of this book, being released at the event, early reviewers have said: "... crucial for anyone who wants to understand espionage or the Cold War."— James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor
"If John le Carré wrote nonfiction and was a great reporter, BEST OF ENEMIES would be the result."—Laurence Leamer, author
"... how an American CIA agent and a Russian KGB agent wound up on the same side. You have to read it to believe it."—Tom Brokaw
Former KGB Officer Gennady Vasilenko, and Michelle "Mox" Platt, daughter of the late CIA Operations Officer Jack Platt, will be in attendance.
Badge pick-up starts at 10 a.m. First speaker is Ambassador Bushnell, at 11 a.m. Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall speak at 1 p.m.
Register here to ensure a seat. Event Location: DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA [formerly the Crowne Plaza], at 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102. Directions are here.
AFIO's Intelligence Community Mousepad
Full color seals of all 18 members of the U.S. Intelligence Community on this 8" round, slick surface, nonskid, rubber-backed mouse pad. Price still only $20.00 for 2 pads [includes shipping to U.S. based address, only. For foreign shipments, we will contact you with a quote.] Great gift for colleagues and self. Click image above for larger image. Now with dark navy background, brighter, updated seals of member agencies. And now MADE IN USA. Order MOUSEPADS here.
AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence
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The Guide consists of more than 66 articles on all aspects of intelligence. It is intended to help instructors become familiar with intelligence-related subjects. Guide articles, written by both academic experts and seasoned practitioners, are introductions to the subject with recommended readings for further study.
Guide articles appear in AFIO's journal Intelligencer and as PDFs on our website here.
They are free for academic reuse.
For a complete list of what articles are available at this time, view this pdf.
Monday, 24 September 2018, 5:30 - 8 pm - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts Elizabeth Peek on "Tariffs and the threat of tariffs and a strong US economy are America's best weapons in confronting our adversaries."
SPEAKER: Elizabeth ('Liz") Peek - Well-known writer and columnist for the bipartisan The Fiscal Times and the The Hill among other publications covering economics, finance, and politics.
TOPIC: Tariffs and the threat of tariffs and a strong US economy are America's best weapons in confronting our adversaries. The
talk will focus on Iran and China in particular.
TIME: Meeting starts 6:00 PM. Registration starts 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Society of Illustrators building: 128 East 63rd Street Between Lexington Ave and Park Ave in Manhattan.
COST: $50/person. Cash or check payable at the door only.
Full dinner and cash bar.
REGISTRATION: Strongly recommended. not required. Phone Jerry Goodwin 1-646-717-3776 or Email: email@example.com.
Saturday 3 November 2018, 11 am - 3 pm - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts Ronald Joseph MD on "Navy Seal: Charles Keating IV"
This North Florida Chapter luncheon features guest speaker: Ronald Joseph, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and renowned Olympic athlete, will discuss "Navy Seals; in particular, his Stepson Charles Keating IV."
When a team of less than a dozen U.S. military advisers came under attack in Iraq from more than 100 ISIS fighters, Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV was part of the force sent in to rescue them. All the advisers made it back. Keating, a decorated combat veteran and star athlete who decided to enlist after the 9/11 attacks, did not. Keating "was struck by direct fire, and although he was medevaced within the all-important golden hour, his wounds were too great. No other coalition or American forces were injured, though both medevac helicopters were
damaged by small arms fire."
Dr. Joseph's wife, Krista Keating-Joseph, is the mother of Charles Keating IV, the Navy Seal who died in combat. She will have her books about her son available to purchase and be individually inscribed to you or for others.
This event is just 8 days from the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War (WWI) and the beginning of Veterans' Day events. Please feel free to invite Navy Seals you know. This is going to be quite patriotic.
Place: Orange Park Country Club, 2525 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL 32073. Directions here.
RSVP to Ken Meyer here
Cost: $30 per person
After your RSVP has been received and acknowledged, pay by check to be received no later than Friday, 19 October. Make check payable to Ken Meyer who will then pay club directly. Payment must be received no later than 7 days prior to event by OPCC. Late RSVPs cannot be accepted. You will receive Mr. Meyer's mailing address for sending your check after your have emailed him your RSVP ( here ) and he has verified your registration.
AFIO's 788-page comprehensive Guide to the Study of Intelligence. Peter C. Oleson, Editor. Foreword by Dr. Robert M. Gates, former Director, Central Intelligence.
View authors and table of contents here.
A thoughtful gift for professors, students, those considering careers in intelligence, and current/former officers seeking to see what changes are taking place across a wide spectrum of intelligence disciplines.
AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence helps instructors teach about the large variety of subjects that make up the field of intelligence. This includes secondary school teachers of American History, Civics, or current events and undergraduate and graduate professors of History, Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies, and related topics, especially those with no or limited professional experience in the field. Even those who are former practitioners are likely to have only a limited knowledge of the very broad field of intelligence, as most spend their careers in one or two agencies at most and may have focused only on collection or analysis of intelligence or support to those activities.
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NOW ONLINE: As an educational service to professors and students, AFIO provides the full 788-page Guide online here at no charge. This was made possible through the generosity of our foundation, corporate, and institutional members, coupled with the donations we received from our many individual members.
Even with the book online, at 788-pages a printed copy allows a reader to get away from the glare of electronic devices to read sections and articles without a nearby plug. It also allows annotations, underlines, and highlighting to enhance learning and retention of material. Order here. The Guide is available for purchase directly from Amazon at this link.
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Wednesday 26 September 2018 5:15 - 6:15 pm - Washington, DC - "Debating the Military-Industrial Complex: A Cost-Benefit Analysis" by Drs. James Carafano and Christopher Preble at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School
The Daniel Morgan Graduate School Chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society is hosting a panel on "Debating the Military-Industrial Complex: A Cost-Benefit Analysis."
Much time is spent in the defense and national security community debating the efficacy of certain policies, what amount of military spending is adequate, and which global conflicts directly impinge on US national security. But how often do those in government, the military, and defense contractors ask: is it all worth it? Does the United States military-industrial complex and our huge expenditure on the armed forces make us a safer, freer, more prosperous society on balance? Please join us for this discussion, hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society, featuring two of the nation's preeminent scholars on national security. Refreshments will be provided.
Speakers: Dr James Carafano - DMGS Board of Advisors and Adjunct Professor; Dr. Christopher Preble - Hamilton Scholar, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. Moderator – Mr. Cameron Keyani, President of the DMGS Chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society
Where: 1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036
RSVP Required, Daniel Morgan Graduate School Reserves the Right to Refuse Entry and may ask for government issued identification.
Attire: Business or Business Casual.
No cost to attend.
For more information or to RSVP do so here.
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10 October 2018, 6 - 9 p.m. - Washington, DC - "Mother, Daughter, Sister, Spy" Program at the International Spy Museum
The museum event -- "Mother, Daughter, Sister, Spy" -- features Dayna Baer, Carol Rollie Flynn, Carmen Middleton, Jonna Mendez, and Jill Singer.
Dayna Baer is a former Protective Officer in CIA's Directorate of Operations. Carol Rollie Flynn is a former Chief of Station and Senior CIA Executive, and Managing Principal at Singa Consulting, as well as Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. She is Advisory Board Member for the museum. Jonna Hiestand Mendez is the former Chief of Disguise in the CIA's Office of Technical Service and a founding member of the museum. Carmen Middleton is the current Deputy Executive Director of the CIA, and Founder & President of Common Table Consulting. Jill Singer, who will be moderator for this event, is the Vice President, National Security for AT&T Global Public Sector and SPY's Board Member.
Tickets range from $69 per seat to $15,000.
RSVP by 28 September 2018. Space is limited. RSVP or explore your seating options here.
17 October 2018, 9 am - 3 pm - Laurel, MD - NCMF 20th General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium
"CRACK THE SKY, SHAKE THE EARTH" — This was the message to North Vietnamese forces that they were "about to inaugurate the greatest battle in the history of our country." Will provide accounts of surprise attacks on U.S. and ARVN forces during Vietnam War.
At this year's NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium, the featured panel discussions and other program-related presentations will be focused on the 50th Anniversary of the Tet Offensive. Learn more about the panel discussions below. The annual meeting will include updates about the Foundation, Museum, and New Museum Project. Please stay tuned to this Event Calendar page and to our e-newsletters for updates regarding the program, including details about the keynote speaker.
NSA Panel: A distinguished panel of NSA historians and former NSA field personnel who were assigned to the NSA Watch Center in Saigon at the time of the 1968 Tet Offensive will give their firsthand accounts of the series of coordinated surprise attacks on U.S. and ARVN forces that is now considered by many to be the turning point of the Vietnam War.
The discussion will focus on NSA's reporting on the surprise attack and the NSA field office implementation of alternate intercept planning following the first strike on Nha Trang, headquarters of the U.S. I Field Force, during the evening hours of 30 January 1968 and the attack on Saigon early the following morning.
CIA Panel: Adding their perspective will be a separate panel of senior CIA historians who will discuss the Vietnam War and a 50-year look-back on the CIA's involvement in the wars in Southeast Asia. A highlight of the discussion will be a contrast/comparison of the Afghanistan and Vietnam Wars.
Film Clip: Panel discussions will be preceded by a 1968 film clip featuring Walter Cronkite and his proclamation to the American public that the Vietnam War was "unwinnable." This statement and his trip to Vietnam in February 1968 are viewed by many to have begun the erosion of public support for the U.S. war effort in Vietnam.
More information on symposium and updates.
Location: JHU/AP Kossiakoff Center, 11100 John Hopkins Rd, Laurel, MD 20723-6099
Fee: $25 members; $50 Guests. Guest fee includes 1 yr NCMF membership). Fees include breakfast (8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.) and lunch (Noon - 1:00 p.m.).Registration Deadline is 12 October, 2018
Register: Online registration.
If paying by check or credit card mail send to: NCMF, PO Box 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755
Directions: Kossiakoff Center location here. Parking for the Kossiakoff Center is here. More information on JHUAP.
26 October 2018 - Arlington, VA - NIP 2018 Annual General Membership/Board Meeting and Fall Luncheon
Registration is now open for the 2018 NIP [Naval Intelligence Professionals] Fall Luncheon being held at the stately Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA.
The honored guest speaker will be VADM Matt Kohler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and the 67th Director of Naval Intelligence.
Agenda: 1000 - NIP Annual General Membership and Board of Directors Meeting;
1100-1200 - No-Host Social;
1200 -1300- Luncheon;
1230-1300 - VADM Matt Kohler - Guest Speaker.
Location: Army Navy Country Club (ANCC), Arlington, VA which is near Suitland and minutes from the Pentagon. The club has spectacular views of the Capitol and abundant free valet parking.
Registration: Registration is via an online system for payments by credit card. To register do so here.
To register by check or via mail, send check to: NIP, PO Box 11579, Burke, VA 22009 to arrive no later than 19 Oct. Remember to include your menu entree selection - Salmon or Chicken or Vegetarian.
No Walk-ups allowed. All reservations are due by COB 19 October 2018. Nonmembers of NIP are welcome to attend.
Getting a Security Clearance: Questions and Answers about what they are, how they are conducted,
how you can qualify, how long they take, and what can put them in jeopardy.
Two valuable booklets are now available
The Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - by the Congressional Research Service, Sept 2013
Security Clearances - FAQs - ClearanceJobs.com / DICE
Be informed on career opportunities in the U.S. Intelligence Community
Intelligence as a Career - with updated listings of colleges teaching intelligence courses, and Q&As on needed foreign languages, as well as the courses, grades, extracurricular activities, and behavioral characteristics and life experiences sought by modern U.S. intelligence agencies.
AFIO's popular 56-page booklet reaches high school and college students considering careers
in the U.S. Intelligence Community.
This is the fourth edition.
The publication is also popular with University Career Guidance Centers, professors and academic departments specializing in national security, and parents assisting children or grandchildren in choosing meaningful, public service careers.
This booklet is provided at no cost as a public service - online and in print - from the generosity of AFIO board, donors, and members. 20,000 printed copies of each edition are distributed. Many more PDF copies are accessed online.
We thank all members for their support which makes this educational effort possible.
Careers Booklet (fourth edition) in PDF Format available here.
Intelligence Community - Nine Years in a Row - #5 in 2017
One of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
For the ninth 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.
The IC ranked fourth overall among large agencies, which includes over 30 organizations, each of which employs more than two thousand people. Rankings are based on data from the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which the U.S. Office of Personnel Management administers. The first Federal Government survey was in 2003, but the IC has only participated since 2009. Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, noted that the IC does not have to participate but does so voluntarily, "which is a credit to them."
To maintain the security of information about its work force, the IC relies on its own survey instrument to assess each year how its workers feel about issues such as job satisfaction, professional development, and the effectiveness of senior leaders. The IC includes several questions from the federal survey in the IC's annual Employee Climate Survey. That way, the Community's information can be compared with that from other organizations.
Other top-five large organization Best Places to Work are: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State and Justice.
Visit bestplacestowork.org to see which agencies top the rankings and to access trend analysis, demographic data and various workplace categories, as well as generate custom reports and conduct side-by-side comparisons for up to three agencies.
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