AFIO Central Office
7700 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA
Voice: 703 790 0320
Fax: 703 991
Copyright and Privacy Notice
The 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.
Upcoming AFIO and Intelligence Community Events
Many informative, fascinating programs are occuring in the Washington Metro Area and across the country. Find out which ones to add to your calendar to stay connected and to stay current.
how your company can make a difference with AFIO corporate memberships
and marketing opportunities. Reach more than 4,800 intelligence professionals.
Join or renew your existing membership and enjoy member
benefits, such as special publications, invitations to events, unique banking & investment services, scholarships, and career
As a member or subscriber you receive the popular Weekly Intelligence Notes [WINs] and the print-only academic journal: Intelligencer - Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies for the intelligence community by intelligence professionals. AFIO also produces Intelligence As A Career - a printed and online guide to organizing your life and education to qualify for work in the intelligence community, and a Guide to the Study of Intelligence to assist college instructors, secondary school teachers of history, civics, and current events, and students, on the best readings on a wide variety of current intelligence topics.
Learn about us - our many events, publications, programs, and legislative alerts. Support AFIO with purchases and donations or meet
our members at events throughout the US. Make your views known.
chapters have appeal to many members, so after you have joined AFIO National, consider adding a local chapter membership to your mix.
|Upcoming AFIO and related Organization Educational Events ... Full listings found here
25 May 2019, 11:30am - 2pm - Patrick AFB, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Col Mike McCalister USA(Ret) discussing "CENTCOM and SpecOps."
Colonel Mike McCalister, USA (ret.) served in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard for over thirty years. He occupied a senior staff positon in CENTCOM in the special operations area. He has been an instructor at the university level and served in various command positions in the National Guard. He will address us on his experiences in CENTCOM and, with any luck, in the SpecOps area as he may be able to share.
Timing: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM: Social Hour, greet old, new members and guests (limited cash bar – honor system); 12:15 PM: Sit-Down lunch
NOTE NEW Location: The Tides, 1001 N. Hwy A1A, Bldg #967, Patrick AFB, FL 32925
TO ATTEND: Prepaid reservations are required which must be received by 20 May 2019. To reserve, please contact the chapter treasurer (if you did not directly receive a form to register for the lunch). She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those with a registration form, complete it and send check and meal choice to: Chapter Treasurer Rhonda Rhoads, PO Box 410158, Melbourne, FL 32941.
Rhonda can also be reached at email@example.com, and at 321 626 -4465.
Paid, advance registration is required and none can be accepted after 20 May.
Please note new meeting venue at top of this announcement.
Menu Choices are: Parmesan-crusted chicken breast with cream corn chipotle sauce (C); Pulled BBQ pork plate with cole slaw and roasted potatoes. (P); Dessert is key lime pie with Chantilly cream.
Cost is $28/members, $30 non-members.
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
Are You Using It?
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.
We thank Peter Oleson, Senior Editor of Intelligencer, and Editor of AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence, for online release of the following articles which appeared in the print-only Intelligencer journal:
Cyber Intelligence by Robert M. Clark and Peter C. Oleson
Wet Affairs, Part I: Stalin's Disciple: Vladimir Putin and Russia's
Newest "Wet Affairs" by Peter Oleson
Wet Affairs, Part II: Significant Murders or Attacks Related to Putin's Regime by Peter Oleson
Wednesday 18 September 2019, 5:30 p.m. - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts Larry Loftis, on SOE Hero, Odette Sansom, in his book Code Name: Lise.
Larry Loftis is the author of Code Name: Lise—The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy, the story of Odette Sansom (1912-1995), a Frenchwoman living in England, wife of an Englishman and mother of 3 daughters, who was recruited into Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) to conduct espionage in France during WW II with her commander, and yet-to-be second husband, Peter Churchill. Leaving her daughters in a convent school and with relatives, she joined the rigorous training program, becoming proficient with a wide range of weapons, learning the fine points of spycraft, and perfecting her new identity with the code name Lise. In France she proved herself fearless. Hunted by the Germans, in 1943, Odette and Peter were captured, imprisoned, and tortured. Loftis describes Odette's ordeal in grisly detail. Two lies saved her: She pretended that she and Peter were married (they would be after the war) and that Peter was related to Winston Churchill. In defeat, the Gestapo hoped to use her as a bargaining chip.
Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
Timing: Registration starts at 5:30 pm, Speaker presentation starts at 6 pm. Fee: $50/person. Payment at the door only. Cash or check. Full dinner, cash bar.
RSVP: Strongly recommended that you RSVP to ensure space at event. Call or Email Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-717-3776.
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.
$95, includes Fedex shipping to a CONUS (U.S.-based) address. AK, HI, and other US or foreign addresses should contact email@example.com to inquire about shipping options.
To order use this online form. The Guide is available for purchase directly from Amazon at this link. All orders outside the U.S. should order from Amazon.
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.
Other Upcoming Educational Events....includes selection of events from advertisers, corporate sponsors, and others—
Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 6 - 10:30 pm - Washington, DC - Michael Morell and Jill Singer, Co-Chairs, invite you to The Honorable William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner at the International Spy Museum
The William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner will take place at the new home of the International Spy Museum in L'Enfant Plaza. On this special evening, more than 500 attendees will gather to recognize the men and women who have served in the field of National Security with integrity and distinction.
Each year, The Honorable William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual who has embodied the values of our esteemed friend, mentor, and leader — Judge William H. Webster. This year's honoree is someone known for his invaluable service and contributions to the Intelligence Community, someone that has worked from the ground up and has been both a provider and consumer of intelligence with more than 20 years of experience. It is with great pride that we announce the 2019 honoree is General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
AWARD DINNER CO-CHAIRS: Mr. Michael Morell, Senior Counselor, Beacon Global Strategies and Former Deputy Director and former Acting Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Ms. Jill Singer, Vice President, National Security, AT&T Public Sector & Wholesale; Former Chief Information Officer, National Reconnaissance Office.
Tickets range from $495 to $15,000. Explore your registration options here.
This event is closed to media.
Event location: The New International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024. Directions here.
5 June 2019, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Annapolis Junction, MD - Summer NCMF Cryptologic Program: The Tian'anmen Square Massacre of 4 June 1989 - A Day that Marked a Turning Point in Chinese History with Author Greg Nedved and Dr. Laura Kaplan Murray.
On the 30th Anniversary of this significant event in Chinese
history, the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) invites
you to come and learn about this tragedy from two NSA Center for
Cryptologic History historians and experts on Chinese society. We
are thrilled to have Mr. Greg Nedved and Dr.
Laura Kaplan Murray with us as our special guest
speakers. Lunch will follow the morning presentation, and a book
sale will include a book by Mr. Nedved, Presidential Foreign
Language Trivia. To view a 2-page program flyer of the event, access it here.
TIMING: 10 a.m-11:45 a.m.program followed by lunch noon-1 p.m.
LOCATION: CACI Inc., Maryland Conference Center, 2720 Technology
Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD 20755
FEE: Registration Fee, inclusive of lunch, is $25 for members and
REGISTER: Register online here or mail your check to NCMF, PO Box
1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755.
Qs?: call the NCMF office at 301-688-5436
To learn more about the topic or speakers, as well as the
presentation, do so here.
17 - 18 October 2019 - Laurel, MD - 2019 Symposium on Cryptologic History - The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) and the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation
The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) and the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation invite proposals for the 2019 Symposium on Cryptologic History. The Symposium will be held on October 17-18, 2019 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, MD. The theme of the 2019 Symposium is "From Discovery to Discourse." Proposals are due February 4, 2019. To submit your proposals or for additional details please visit this link.
The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) and the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the 17th biennial Symposium on Cryptologic History which will take place October 17 - 18, 2019. The Symposium will be held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland. Following the Symposium on Saturday October 19th, attendees will be given an opportunity to tour the National Cryptologic Museum and participate in a workshop on researching cryptologic history sources.
The theme for the 2019 Symposium on Cryptologic History is "From Discovery to Discourse." Since 1990, the Symposium on Cryptologic History has served as an opportunity to present historical discoveries found in unclassified and declassified Intelligence Community records and engage in scholarly discussion about their significance to cryptologic history. All topics relevant to the history of cryptology, signals intelligence, technology, and national security are welcome. An interdisciplinary approach is encouraged. Topics anchored by anniversary events are traditionally well-received by attendees. Just two examples of significant anniversaries in 2019 include the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the British Government Code and Cypher School (now known as the Government Communications Headquarters or GCHQ) and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of NSA/CSS' predecessor, the Armed Forces Security Agency. Submissions from those who are new to the field, particularly graduate students, are particularly welcome. This will ensure the variety and diversity of exchange that has been the hallmark of this event.
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 - Ten Years in a Row - #5 in 2018
One of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
For the tenth 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 fifth 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 2018 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.
Join as a corporate, academic,
or foundation member
Become an Individual
use this Online Form
Join or subscribe to our publications and
enjoy all our unusual member benefits
Student Rates: U.S.-based Students, 28 years old or younger, attending a U.S. nonprofit accredited college, may join 1x at special rate. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your info for application and rates. Rate not available to current or former members. Use this form to apply for student membership.
CURRENT or LAPSED MEMBERS - RENEW HERE:
Renew or Reinstate Your Membership or Subscription here
UPDATE MEMBER INFO:
New Email or Mailing Address? Provide here.
Review our Member
CODE of ETHICS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS' Photos and Public Biographies
Explore Careers at CIA
Movies of Interest to members can be found here.
Call for Papers
Send your articles and reviews to email@example.com for the journal INTELLIGENCER
as a Career
Is It Right For You
Are You Right For It?
Click HERE, or the cover photo above, for the updated version Booklet.
Donations Needed -
Help AFIO continue our Special Events, Publications, and Speakers Program.
Bequest and Deferred Gifts to AFIO
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.