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AFIO BulletThe Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) presents this website to serve our members and visitors as a portal to our activities and to provide word of upcoming educational events by other select intelligence groups.



AFIO National 2023 Board Elections Have Opened

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Elections close 30 December 2022


"AFIO NOW" Interview Series

Released exclusively to members 22 November 2022...

The Creation of the OSS and the Writing of WWII HIstories


Recorded 11 October 2022

Nicholas Reynolds, CIA Officer, Military Historian, Author
on
"Need to Know: WWII and the Rise of American Intelligence"

Interview of Tuesday, 11 October 2022 between Nicholas Reynolds PhD, CIA Officer, Military Historian, Author and Lecturer, and AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer.
They discuss the many military and private industry figures -- some from a major NY law firm -- who joined with Gen. William Donovan, head of the newly-created wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS), to run clandestine operations based on significant codebreaking successes. How WWII histories are researched and written, and their continuing popularity, is also discussed.
The interview runs 25 minutes.
Nick Reynolds book — Need to Know: WWII and the Rise of American Intelligence —can be found here

Access the Reynolds interview here or click above image


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.

Prior Videos and Podcasts in this "AFIO Now" Series

To view publicly-released videos, visit our YouTube page here
To see all videos log into the Member-Only area of our website here.
To explore podcasts, visit main podcast page here.





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Upcoming AFIO Events ... Full listings found here
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Thursday, 8 December 2022, noon - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo San Francisco Chapter hosts Gurvais C. Grigg, former FBI Agent and current Chief Technology Officer, Chainanalysis. Time: Noon (Pacific Time)

AFIO BulletTopic: The use of crypto currencies by state and non-state actors.
Speaker Bio: Mr. Gurvais C. Grigg is a bilingual technology executive and recognized thought leader with over 28 year of public and private sector experience leading complex organizations, investigations and technical programs. Mr. Grigg retired from the FBI after 23 years of service and joined Chainanalysis as the Global Public Sector CTO. He is responsible for connecting global governments with the cryptocurrency industry and providing them with the best data and tools to manage risk, address threats, and conduct effective investigations.

Registration: This meeting will be held via zoom. Registrants will receive a zoom link. Reservation and pre-payment is required before November 30, 2022. Please contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at afiosf@aol.com or Mariko Kawaguchi, c/o AFIO, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011 for questions. Students: please e-mail your school ID to get sponsored. Register here.

Online version of the Guide
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.


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1 December 2022 - Virtual - The San Antonio AFIO Chapter program features Video on China's Oil and Gas Silk Road Initiative

AFIO BulletThe program will be a very current educational video on China's Oil and Gas "problem." The program covers China's motives for the Silk Road initiative, expansion into the South China Sea and development of overseas installations.
Questions or more information from John Franklin, Chapter President, 210-863-0430; satxafio@gmail.com.


AFIO STORE GIFT ITEMS

Now available: new Black short-sleeved polo shirts with embroidered AFIO logo. Men's only.

Show your support for AFIO with our new Black Short-sleeve Polo Shirts. Shirts are shrink and wrinkle resistant of fine cotton with a soft, "well-worn, comfy" yet substantial feel. They feature a detailed embroidered AFIO seal. Get a shirt for yourself and consider as gifts for colleagues, family, and friends. Only $50 each including shipping.
Sizes for (M) men, only; Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL, and XXXL. $50 per shirt.
You may pay by check or credit card. Complete your order online here or mail an order along with payment to: AFIO, 7600 Leesburg Pike, Ste 470 East, Falls Church, VA 22043-2004. Phone orders at 703-790-0320. Questions? Contact Annette at: annettej@afio.com.

 Mug with color glazed logo. Made in America. Sturdy enough to sit on desk to hold pens, cards, paperclips, and candy.

This handsome large, heavy USA-made ceramic mug is dishwasher-safe with a glazed seal.
$35 per mug includes shipping. Order this and other store items online here.

Also available are our popular Intelligence Community Mousepad AFIO 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.

Other Upcoming Educational Events....includes selection of events from advertisers, corporate sponsors, and others—

7 December 2022, 7 pm ET - Virtual - The CIA at 75: Looking Back, Looking Ahead - at the International Spy Museum with Council on Intelligence Issues

International Spy Museum eventsAttend this event marking the CIA's 75th anniversary with an evening focusing on the Agency's history, followed by discussion of operational, analytic, technological, and other challenges that illustrate CIA's mission and unique role as a national intelligence agency, and a look ahead to the challenges for the future. 
David Robarge, CIA Chief Historian, will set the stage with a brief look at CIA's history, agility at adapting to the world around it, and the challenges it has faced. Following the historic background, Mark Lowenthal, former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production, will moderate a panel of CIA experts sharing their diverse firsthand experiences to illustrate how CIA and generations of its intelligence professionals have met some of the challenges and risks they faced around the globe. The panel includes: James Lawler, former Directorate of Operations Officer and counterproliferation expert; Andrew Makridis, Former CIA Chief Operating Officer, analyst and presidential briefer; Dawn Meyerriecks, former Deputy Director for Science and Technology; and William D. Murray, former Directorate of Operations Officer Chief of Station. To conclude the program, John McLaughlin, former Deputy and Acting Director of Central Intelligence, will discuss some of the challenges CIA faces and the role it will play in continuing to provide all-source intelligence analysis and operational support to enable policymakers to anticipate and address traditional and emerging threats to US and global security.
Following the formal program, you'll be able to ask questions via our online platform.
Event is co-sponsored by the Council on Intelligence Issues and the Central Intelligence Retirees' Association with thanks to the Central Intelligence Agency for its assistance.
More about event or to register, do so here.


Thursday, 15 December 2022, noon - 1 p.m. ET - Virtual - Virtual Spy Chat with Chris Costa - Special Guest: Dr. Kimberly Kagan

International Spy Museum eventsAttend this online discussion of the latest intelligence, national security, and terrorism issues in the news. Spy Museum Executive Director Chris Costa will lead the briefing. Costa, a former intelligence officer of 34 years with 25 of those in active duty in hot spots such as Panama, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq is also a past Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council. He will be joined by Dr. Kimberly Kagan, founder and president of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
Following their discussion of key issues, you'll be able to ask questions via the online platform.
More about event or to register, is here.

Additional Events:

Sunday, 11 December 2022, 8 - 10 a.m. ET - Washington, DC - ACCESS TO SPY: Opening Our Doors to the Autistic Community - at the International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum eventsThe International Spy Museum is pleased to offer a sensory friendly community program geared for families who have an autistic child or an individual with sensory processing differences.
What might be a mission impossible visit during normal operating hours is now mission possible. On this special access morning, the Museum has set private hours (8:00-10:00 am) for families to enjoy an exclusive visit with less noise, fewer people, and a designated quiet room. In addition, guests can participate in a scavenger hunt and create their own cipher wheel! 
While this program is geared for families, we welcome all ages and individuals with sensory processing differences to attend this event.
COST: FREE but advance registration is required! QUESTIONS? Email educators@spymuseum.org.


MORE about the AFIO Now Video Series....

To view publicly-released videos, click videos in table below or visit our YouTube page here
To see all videos log into the Member-Only area of our website here.
To explore podcasts, see links in table below or visit main podcast page here.


For Members-Only at this time...
Nicholas Reynolds PhD, CIA Officer, Military Historian, Author, on "Need to Know: WWII and the Rise of American Intelligence"
Interview of Tuesday, 11 October 2022 with senior CIA Operations Officer James Hughes, AFIO's President. They discuss the many military and private industry figures -- some from a major NY law firm -- who joined with Gen. William Donovan, head of the newly-created wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS), to run clandestine operations based on significant codebreaking successes. How WWII histories are researched and written, and their continuing popularity, is also discussed.
Nick Reynolds book — Need to Know: WWII and the Rise of American Intelligence —can be found here
[Video not yet released to the public.]
For Members-Only at this time...
Shelby Pierson
, NGA Deputy Director, Source Operations & Management Directorate, Interviewer: Jennifer Daniel, former Senior NGA Officer and current AFIO Board member. Host: AFIO's President, James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer. They discuss the NGA's Directorate's responsibility for commercial GEOINT discovery, assessment, and acquisition. The processing and availability of commercial imagery has grown significantly changing the landscape for satellite imagery. She describes the newest (unclassified) imagery capabilities and how they have impacted the GEOINT Team, including uncovering war crimes and assisting in natural disasters worldwide.
[Video not yet released to the public.]

Itai Shapira, Col. (Ret.), former Deputy Head of Analysis for the Israeli Defense Intelligence Service, on "Intelligence Culture in Israel." They discuss the topic of "The Israeli National Intelligence Culture" - which is the theme of the thesis he is working on for his doctorate. It is based on his experiences being in military intelligence for twenty-six years. Also discussed were the differences in how Israel attracts, trains, and retains intelligence officers -- particularly for military intelligence -- versus Mossad, Shin Bet, and various US and UK intelligence services.
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.]
Podcast version here.

Shane Harris, Washington Post Reporter providing an update on the Unpredictable Ukraine-Russia War. Harris discusses the confusing and dangerously fluctuating situation in Ukraine. From Putin's sudden conscription of 300,000 unwilling troops, his threats to use tactical nuclear weapons, and the mysterious sabotage of the Nordstream Pipeline.
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.]
Podcast version here.

Chris Rasmussen, Founder and Manager of NGA's Tearline Project discussing Open Source Intelligence, OSINT, and Publicly Available Information. And Jardines provides historic examples of Open Source events that had a real impact which brings the topic to life.
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.

Nathalia Holt, author of "Wise Gals: The Spies Who Built the CIA and Changed the Future of Espionage." Discussion centers on four women who served in the early days of OSS and CIA, enjoying exceptional careers, receiving recognition but not being considered, in those days, equal to their male colleagues in similar posts. Dr Holt explains how that began to change in 1953 with CIA's Petticoat Panel which studied the role of women in intelligence. Opportunities for women today in the Intelligence Community are far greater today because of these brave trailblazers.
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.]
Podcast version here.
Eliot A. Jardines Ed.D.,Former Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Open Source (ADDNI/OS) discussing Open Source Intelligence, OSINT, and Publicly Available Information. And Jardines provides historic examples of Open Source events that had a real impact which brings the topic to life.
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Alex Finley, Former CIA Operations Officer; Journalist, Author, Satirist, on her time at CIA, her expertise on Russian intelligence and influence, disinformation, counterterrorism, and also the problems facing Agency couples. Also discussed are her three novels, and her "YachtWatch" Twitter feed which Identifies Russian Oligarch Yacht whereabouts.
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Ron Estes, Former Senior CIA Operations Officer, on his long and occasionally harrowing CIA career, including the assassination of his friend and Chief of Station, Athens, Richard Welch. [Video released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
"Terror in Athens — Remembering CIA Station Chief Dick Welch" by Samantha Randazzo Childress and Carol "Rollie" Flynn, was published in the Winter-Spring 2021 edition of AFIO's Intelligencer journal, and is available here.
Ric Prado, Former Chief CIA Counterterrorism Center (CTC), Senior CIA Senior CIA Operations and Paramilitary Officer, on his career From the Shadow Wars Fought Since the Vietnam Era... to the Bin Laden Task Force, as presented in his new book "Black Ops." [Video released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Carol "Rollie" Flynn, former Senior CIA Operations and Counterterrorism Officer, on Rollie's ground-breaking 30-year career as one of the first women operating abroad as a Clandestine Services Officer and later as Chief of Station. Also covered are the wide variety of career opportunities available at CIA, the ways to be the most appealing candidate, the traits, interests, languages, lifestyle, experiences, and skills one should consider prior to making a formal application. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Andrew Hammond PhD, Historian & Curator, International Spy Museum, Former Embed in G2 Intelligence and Security Unit, on the Soviet-Afghan War of 1979-89 and major shifts in Cold War Geopolitics. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Shane Harris, Intelligence and National Security Reporter, The Washington Post, on the US Intelligence Community's unique role in this latest Ukraine-Russia War . [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Bruce O. Riedel, former CIA Analyst, Served on NSC,
Discussing Jordan and America's Enduring Friendship. Riedel is Director of The Intelligence Project at the Center for Middle East Policy. He discusses Jordan and America's Enduring Friendship -- a new publication released by The Brookings Institution. Members-only. Podcast version here.
Melvin Gamble, a 40-year career CIA Senior Intelligence Officer, discussing the Havana Syndrome as well as the need and benefits of diversity in the intelligence community, and in CIA in particular. Mel served in a number of senior executive positions in the Directorate of Operations in the Central Intelligence Agency and is currently President of Gamble Advisory Group, a security consulting firm. He also serves as an advisor on security matters to two Wall Street firms. Members-only. Margaret Coker, Investigative Journalist, discussing her 2021 book, The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle against ISIS. It is an account of how a covert Iraqi intelligence unit called "the Falcons" came together to defeat ISIS. The Falcons, comprised of ordinary men with little conventional espionage background, infiltrated the world's most powerful terrorist organization, ultimately turning the tide of war against the terrorist group and bringing safety to millions of Iraqis and the broader world. [Released to public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Mike Howard, discussing his CIA Career - From Dangerous Overseas Operations to Worldwide Security for Microsoft. The variety of CIA career postings and assignments which took his career rapidly upwards and eventually led him to handle all security for Bill Gates and the Microsoft Corporation. Mike provided security for DCI Bill Casey, handled risky operations in the Philippines, and reorganized worldwide security for Microsoft, its principals and employees, including personal security for Bill Gates. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. James Lawler discussing the Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program through his latest novel "Living Lies" - a story about espionage, human frailty, and loyalty. The plot focuses on a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program, which Lawler -- a former senior CIA operations officer -- devoted his career to battling. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Douglas Ollivant discussing the War in Iraq from in-country, and then while serving on the NSC at the White House. He explains the challenges he faced in 2004 thru 2007 serving in Iraq or overseeing the war in that country. We hear as he first saw the war up close in-country, and then his impressions overseeing the war as he served at the National Security Council at the White House. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Bryan Denson, author of "The Spy's Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia" — story of a father and son co-conspirators who deceived the U.S. by selling national secrets to Russia. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Toby Harnden, author of "The First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission To Avenge 9/11," discusses the true story of the secret mission of the eight members of the CIA's Team Alpha, the first Americans to be dropped behind enemy lines in Afghanistan after 9/11. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. John Lenczowski PhD, former NSC Staffer/Expert discusses "Chinese Influence Operations in the U.S." The Chinese use the media, academic institutions, think tanks, business community, politicians, Hollywood as a tool for massive propaganda operations, Lenczowski explains. [Released to public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Steve Vogel, Author/Journalist, The Washington Post discusses traitor George Blake's betrayal of a Cold War secret tunnel, his arrest, incarceration, escape, and flight to Moscow and Vogel's visit to Blake's Dacha decades later. [Released to public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Douglas London, former Senior CIA Operations Officer, discussing his book, The Recruiter, his career, and the changes he's seen at CIA - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Panel on Proposed Legislation Restricting "Formers" from Sharing Classified Methods with Foreign Employers .with The Honorable Mike Rogers, former Chairman of HPSCI; Christopher Bing, Cybersecurity Reporter, Reuters, Stewart Baker, and James Hughes [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. 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 Mazār-i-Sharīf, Afghanistan, 2001" [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. James Gosler former Director, CIA's Clandestine Information Technology Office, on "Cyber Threats and Mitigation" -[Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. 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" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. 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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NOW AVAILABLE

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 available

The Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - by the Congressional Research Service, Sept 2013
[PDF]

Security Clearances - FAQs - ClearanceJobs.com / DICE
[PDF]


Be informed on career opportunities in the U.S. Intelligence Community

Intelligence as a Career BookletIntelligence 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.

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RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2022 — a Monograph on The Cuban Missile Crisis — Sixty Years Later — by CIA Historian/Analyst Regis Heitchue

"The Cuban Missile Crisis: When Intelligence Made a Difference.
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In October 1962 the US and the world faced the most serious crisis and threat of nuclear war. A new 208-page monograph published for free on-line by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) on the Cuban Missile Crisis is an insightful examination of US intelligence during the crisis.  Unlike most accounts of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which focus on the decision-making of President Kennedy and personal accounts of those involved, "The Cuban Missile Crisis — 60 Years Later — When Intelligence Made a Difference" provides an examination of how US intelligence functioned before, during, and after the crisis.  This is a unique treatment of the topic.

Former DCI Richard Helms once said "… the Cuban Missile Crisis was really an intelligence crisis. The threat appeared only through intelligence sources. Only those sources confirmed that the threat had gone away." The monograph is the story of what American intelligence knew, when it knew it, and how it knew what the Soviets were doing in Cuba prior to and during the crisis—and what we now know, 60 years later, quite accurately, of what the Soviets were actually doing in Cuba.

The monograph examines the critical questions that the president posed to the intelligence community and how the community responded.  It also includes interesting vignettes on principal intelligence officers involved in the crisis, including Juanita Moody, head of NSA's Cuba effort, and Arthur Lundahl, the chief of the new National Photographic Intelligence Center (NPIC), who briefed President Kennedy on a daily basis.

This is a well-researched and riveting monograph, with extensive notes, bibliography, charts and photos.   It is a valuable reference for any class on intelligence. — Peter Oleson, Senior Editor

The author is Reg Heitchue, a retired senior CIA scientific and technical officer. The book project was managed and edited by former DIA Assistant Deputy Director for Plans and Policy, Peter C. Oleson, who also serves as AFIO's Senior Editor, Intelligencer journal.

The free PDF version of publication here: "The Cuban Missile Crisis: When Intelligence Made a Difference."

For those interested in purchasing a paperback edition — a longer, more comprehensive version by Mr Heitchue — it is available here.

Intelligence Community - Thirteenth Year in a Row
One of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
and now ranked at #4 in 2021

For the 13th consecutive year, the Intelligence Community (IC) has been named as one of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government." The IC ranked fourth overall among large federal agencies with more than 15,000 full-time permanent employees. The Partnership for Public Service (PPS) compiled the 2021 rankings and presented the awards during a ceremony today in Washington, D.C. Dustin Gard-Weiss, Deputy DNI for Policy and Capabilities, and Sherry Van Sloun, Assistant DNI for Human Capital, accepted the award on behalf of the IC.

"What makes the IC the Best Place to Work from my perspective, is the extraordinary people who show up every day, ready to solve some of the most vexing and important challenges we face in the world," said Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines. "I also realize, however, that we need to support those extraordinary people and we will continue to work to make their lives and the environment that they work in one that allows them to realize their enormous potential." The "Best Places to Work" rankings provide insight into employee satisfaction across several key workplace categories including innovation, recognition, and work-life balance. The results are based on data from the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, as well as responses collected by several federal agencies that surveyed their employees during the same time period last year. PPS is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that aims to revitalize the federal government by transforming the way government works and inspiring a new generation to serve. For more details, visit: bestplacestowork.org.


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