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Seeks Identification of Events Significantly Affected by
Intelligence for "When Intelligence Made a Difference" AFIO
AFIO is beginning a new educational project entitled "When
Intelligence Made a Difference." We invite you to identify events
involving any nation or organization when the outcome was affected
significantly by intelligence.
We plan to publish edited submissions serially in our print-only
member magazine Intelligencer: Journal of US Intelligence
If you are interested in contributing an article, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Briefly state what event you have in mind, and include your bio.
[AFIO will identify authors by name and current or former title
only ― no multi-line biographies.] If your suggestion is a good
fit for this project, we will respond asking for your comments on
that event, not to exceed 1,500 words (excluding footnotes).
When you send your article and bio, please let us know if you have
ever had prior employment or contract work within the US
Intelligence Community -- and, to meet pre-publication review
requirements, supply a copy of the official approval letter or
email you received back, naming and clearing for publication the
article you are sending us. Without this, we are unable to
consider or include your article in the publication.
As with most nonprofit academic publications, contributors will
not be paid, however AFIO will publish under broad,
pro-educational Creative Commons copyright. Therefore, authors
retain the right to use their articles anywhere else they wish,
after its publication in Intelligencer.
Eight weeks after publication of your contribution in the
print-only version of Intelligencer, the article will
then appear on AFIO's website for general public/educational
access. Since the time of 1) an article's acceptance, and 2)
appearance in print, and then 3) inclusion online can run eighteen
months to three years from start-to-finish, a title-author listing
of all accepted forthcoming articles (but no summaries) will be
included in a print edition of Intelligencer and online.
So it is imperative authors be patient as these articles are
released on this serialized basis, in our two or three journal
issues per year. By submitting an article to us authors
acknowledge and accept these provisions.
This project would make a good class assignment. Accepted
articles would give students a publication credit in a recognized
Again, if you wish to participate or explore more aspects of this
project, email Peter Oleson at email@example.com.
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officers, colleagues, recruitments, agents, advisors, and
family. The AFIO Store has following new items ready for quick
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RESCHEDULED from Spring: Friday, 23 October 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Tysons, VA - AFIO National Fall Luncheon features Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, and Author, former Post reporter Stephen Vogel
HOLD THE DATE: The morning speaker will be David Ignatius, author of the upcoming intelligence novel, The Paladin: A Spy Novel [WW Norton, May 2020]. Ignatius is a Washington Post columnist and has been covering the Middle East and CIA for nearly three decades.
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22182 Phone: (703) 893-2100. Directions at this link.
Of Ignatius' forthcoming novel, reviewers wrote: "For me nothing is more intriguing than life inside our intelligence agencies. David Ignatius uses his decades' worth of reporting experience to take us there in this fast-moving, jaw-dropping drama that reads like it was ripped from the headlines. I recommend you grab a copy and hold on tight for the entire thrilling ride." — Brian Kilmeade, Fox News.
"David Ignatius once again takes readers behind the scenes of America's most secretive bureaucracy, revealing in fiction what could never be declassified in fact. The Paladin is yet another stirring read from one of America's most revered reporters and gifted storytellers." — Joe Scarborough, MSNBC
The afternoon program features Stephen Vogel, author of Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation [Custom House, Sept 2019]. Vogel is a former Washington Post reporter who covered the federal government. He was based overseas from 1989 through 1994 where he covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first Gulf War, and subsequently reported on military operations in Somalia, Rwanda, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Of Betrayal in Berlin, Former CIA Officer Sandy Grimes wrote: "The best spy book I have ever read...Steve Vogel is a talented and gifted writer who brings the personalities and idiosyncrasies of every participant in this operation to life. His research is vast, varied, and full of detail. It is truly one of those rare books you can't put down."
Registration will open in late September.
AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence
Are You Using It?
Full no-cost, online version of Guide is here.
Perfect 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.
We regret that the printed, bound edition has sold out. No copies remain for sale.
AVAILABLE ONLINE-ONLY: As an educational service to professors and students, AFIO provides the full 788-page Guide online here for free. 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. We thank all of them.
Online version of the Guide.
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International Spy Museum has reopened to visitors. Click image below to explore exhibits and ticketing.
For some of the many upcoming events
at the International Spy Museum, see the listing here.
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NEW DATE: Saturday, 24 October 2020, 5:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - Save the Date! PenFed Foundation's 2020 Night of Heroes Gala
PUT ON CALENDAR AND HOLD THE DATE: The Pentagon Federal (PenFed Credit Union) Foundation will be hosting their spectacular Night of Heroes Gala on Saturday, 24 October 2020 at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. Last year's annual gala raised over $1.5 million and honored children of military families.
VIP Reception at 5:30 PM
General Reception and Silent Auction at 6:00 PM
Location: The Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, D.C.
Attire: Black Tie or Military Dress
RSVP: October 2, 2020
Click here to learn more or sponsor a table.
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 - Eleven Years in a Row and now higher ranked at #3 in 2019
One of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
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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