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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.

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10 April 2018, 11:30 am - 2 pm - MacDill AFB, FL - AFIO Suncoast FL Chapter hosts Lt Col Jen Snow USAF on "Special Operations: Innovative and Emerging Disruptive Technologies."

AFIO BulletLt Col Jen Snow USAF, speaks on innovation and emerging disruptive technologies relative to Special Operations concerns. JJ Snow is an Air Force Lt Colonel assigned as the U.S. Special Operations Command Innovation Officer and J5 Donovan Group Future Plans and Strategy Team Air Force Representative.

TIMING: Check-in starting at 1130 hours; Cash wine and soda bar open at 1130 hours for those who wish to come early to socialize; Opening ceremonies, lunch and business meeting at noon, followed by our speaker.
LOCATION: MacDill AFB's Surf's Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Anyone with special AFIO Base Access should proceed to the Bayshore Gate. If you need directions, please let us know.
FEE: $20/pp. You must present your $20 check payable to "Suncoast Chapter, AFIO" (or cash) at check-in to cover the luncheon. If you make a reservation, don't cancel and get a cancellation confirmation by the response deadline and then don't show up, you will be responsible for the cost of the luncheon.
RSVP DEADLINE: Tuesday, 3 April you should have sent your RSVP to Chapter Secretary Michael Shapiro at You will receive a confirmation via email. If you do not get a confirmation, please contact the Chapter Secretary. Note: Meal Alternatives Available. When you RSVP, indicate a meal preference.

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 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.

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19 April 2018, Time: 12.30-2pm - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO Los Angeles Chapter hosts LAPD Commissioner Soboroff.

AFIO BulletThe next scheduled meeting will feature speaker Steve Soboroff, President of the L.A.P.D. Police Commission.
Please make sure to mark your calendar. More details to follow.
Qs to Vincent Autiero, President, AFIO-Los Angeles Chapter at

Monday, 23 April 2018, 5:30 - 8 pm - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts CIA's Dr. Ursula Wilder on "The Psychology of Espionage and Leaking."

AFIO BulletUrsula M. Wilder PhD, a clinical psychologist with the CIA's Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis, discusses the psychology of espionage and leaking. In her presentation this evening, she will provide crisp sketches of the three kinds of distorted personalities -- psychopathology, narcissism, and immaturity -- found in those who have abused their access to top-secret information and betrayed their country.
Dr. Wilder was a 2011-2012 Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she studied the psychological rewards and challenges of professionals who work in counterterrorism. She also served as a member of the Editorial Board of CIA's inhouse journal, Studies in Intelligence.

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 insure space at event. Call or Email Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at or 646-717-3776.

Day TBD in April 2018 - San Francisco, CA - Historian Ralph Simpson discusses "History of the Enigma Machine" at this AFIO San Francisco Chapter meeting.

AFIO BulletRalph Simpson, Historian, discusses "The History of the Enigma Machine." Ralph Simpson worked in the computer industry for 32 years at IBM and Cisco Systems. He is now retired and volunteers at a local history museum. Mr. Simpson is the author of a cipher history book called Crypto Wars: 2000 Years of Cipher Evolution and is an avid collector of cipher machines, which can be seen on Mr. Simpson lives in San Jose in a restored Victorian house, which is also home to his Cipher History Museum.
Time: 11:30 AM no-host cocktail; noon - meeting and luncheon begins.
Location: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080
To Register: Do so here (when date known). The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins.
Questions?: Contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at

AFIO's Intelligence Community Mousepad

AFIO MousepadFull 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.

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

20 March 2018, noon - McLean, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum hosts Rosanne M. LeVitre RADM Ret, USN on "The Importance of the IC to National Security"

Rosanne M. LeVitre (RADM Retired, USN) will be the speaker at this DIF Intelligence Forum. She is Senior Advisor ODNI Transformation & Military Issues; Deputy Directorate for Intelligence Integration Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) "Rose" LeVitre joined ODNI as a senior national intelligence executive (SNIS) in July 2010. Prior to assuming her current duties she served as the National Intelligence Manager (NIM) for Military Issues (2015 to 2017). As such, she was the DNI's principal officer charged with ensuring Intelligence Community (IC) readiness, responsiveness, and capacity to support the warfighting needs of the Department of Defense, combatant commands, and military services. Ms. LeVitre is a former naval officer, retiring at the rank of Rear Admiral after a 31-year career. Ms Levitre will speak about the importance of the IC to national security and DNI Coats' priorities for the IC in the current threat and budgetary environments Her remarks will be off the record and not for attribution
Registration: Make by Tuesday, 13 March, by email to Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses for all attendees. For each attendee, choose chicken parmesan, trout lemone, lasagna, grilled sausage with sweet peppers, fettuccini with portobella, manicotti with spinach and ricotta, or cannelloni alla bolognese.
Fee: $30 online here or at the door with exact cash or a check payable to DIAA, Inc. DIAA cannot take credit or debit cards at the door. Check-in starts at 1130; lunch at 1200. Late comers will be served last.
Event Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA.

4-7 April 2018 - San Francisco, CA - ISA2018: The International Studies Association (ISA) 59th Annual Convention includes an Intelligence Studies Section with a exceptional program.

The Intelligence Studies Section content (4 straight days, 30 panels and roundtables) is one small part of ISA's much larger conference. The full conference program is almost 300 pages; find details at the full conference website here. The Intelligence Studies Section (ISS) is one of thirty thematic sections that make up the ISA, has approximately 350 members, and has been sponsoring research about intelligence as a function of government since the mid-1980s. Additional information on the ISS can be found here.
If you have questions about the ISS program, contact the Section Chair: Stephen Marrin at or
The updated program of Intelligence Studies Section panels at ISA2018 is here. Scan down that page to be dazzled by the number of presenters and breadth of intelligence and national security topics. This is a must-attend conference.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 6 - 10:30 pm - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum's Annual "William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner" honoring Adm William H. McRaven

International Spy Museum eventsFor your calendar. A special evening to illuminate the critical role of individuals and organizations serving the Intelligence Community, and to raise funds in support of the International Spy Museum.

The William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner will take place at The Ritz Carlton Hotel. More than 600 attendees are anticipated and will recognize the men and women who have served in the field of National Security with integrity and distinction. This annual tribute dinner is given by the International Spy Museum to an individual who has embodied the values of Judge William H. Webster. This year's honoree is a patriot for whom love of country has been his guiding principle: Admiral William H. McRaven, former US Special Operations Commander, former Joint Special Operations Commander, and Chancellor of The University of Texas System.
Schedule: 6 pm - VIP Reception; 6:30 pm - Cocktail Reception; 7:30 - 9 pm - Dinner & Awards; 9 - 10:30 pm - Dessert Reception.
Location: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037. **Please note: this event is closed to Media**
Tickets Available Now: Prices range from $100,000 to a single seat for $495. Funds raised at this tribute dinner will support artifact preservation, educational programming, research, exhibits, and accessibility programs for underserved communities at the International Spy Museum. To purchase tickets now, do so here. To learn more about this annual dinner, it is available here.

Additional Events:

22 - 25 April 2018 - Tampa, FL - USGIF GEOINT 2018 Symposium on "Driving Data to Decisions and Actions."

Always a phenomenal event in number of panels, quality (fame) of speakers, and hundreds of latest tech exhibits. This is the GEOINT version of the dazzling Consumer Electronics Show...

Hear from senior defense and intelligence leaders such as NGA Director Robert Cardillo and USDI Joseph Kernan in keynotes, panels, and presentations.
Learn from 52 hours of professional development, training, and education sessions with PDUs and CEUs.
See the latest in technology, services, and solutions from 200+ exhibitors in more than 100,000 sq ft of exhibit space.
Networking with more than 4,000 GEOINT Community professionals from 40 countries spanning defense, intelligence, homeland security, industry, and academia.

Learn more about the GEOINT Symposium here

Or register now and start planning on being in Tampa for GEOINT 2018.

Friday, 18 May 2018, 1 - 2:30 pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - 2018 Henry F. Schorreck Lecture Speaker Series by NSA's Center for Cryptologic History on "The Pueblo Incident: A Fifty-Year Retrospective."

NSACCH_Lecture Series on PuebloThe National Cryptologic Museum hosts NSA's Center for Cryptologic History's 2018 Henry F. Schorreck Lecture Speaker Series which will explore "The Pueblo Incident: A Fifty-Year Retrospective."

The special guest speaker is Mitchell Lerner, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Korean Studies at Ohio State University. He is the author of The Pueblo Incident: A Spy Ship and the Failure of American Foreign Policy, which won the 2002 John Lyman Book Award.
"Remember," Rear Admiral Frank Johnson told the officers of the USS Pueblo just before they departed for their first mission, "you are not going out there to start a war." And yet, war appeared to be not far off when the spy ship was captured by North Korean forces on 23 January 1968, leaving one dead crewman and 82 other Americans held captive for a year in North Korean prison camps. This presentation will examine this controversial incident from start to finish, and will open a window into not only American decision making but also into the perspectives of North Korea, South Korea, and the Soviet Union.
REGISTRATION: Event is free. However, a full house is anticipated and thus, advanced registration is required at this link. The NSA-CCH will confirm registrations and answer any questions.
DIRECTIONS: The NCM is located at 8290 Colony Seven Rd, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701. Here are directions to the Museum.
Qs or prefer to register by email?: contact Greg Nedved at to reserve the desired number of seats by email.

Call for NSA HOH Nominations

The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) invites your nominations for the National Security Agency Cryptologic Hall of Honor. The Hall was established in 1998 to pay tribute to Americans and others who have given distinguished service to the US in cryptology and related fields. The nomination process is open to all individuals, military, and civilian.

Nominees must be retired for a minimum of ten years and have made significant contributions to the security of the US in the field of cryptology. See "Tips to Aid You in Preparing a Nomination" on the nomination and selection process.

DEADLINE is Friday 30 March 2018. Mail your nominations to NCMF, POB 1682, Fort Meade, MD 20755 or send via email to


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 - / DICE

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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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 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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