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Released to members-only on 18 June 2024...

An Incredible Spy Career and What It Took to Achieve It

Jonna Mendez,
Former CIA Chief of Disguise, on her latest book
"In True Face: A Woman's Life in the CIA, Unmasked.

Interview of Wednesday, 27 March 2024 of Jonna Mendez, Former CIA Chief of Disguise, on her latest book "In True Face: A Woman's Life in the CIA, Unmasked."
Interviewer is Linda Millis, former CIA, NSA, ODNI, who is currently Assistant Professor at Marymount University and serves on AFIO's Board.
Host is AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer and Former NSA Associate Deputy Director of Operations.
A courageous story of being a female spy at the height of the Cold War. She began her CIA career as a "contract wife" performing secretarial duties for the Agency. Yet Mendez had a talent for espionage and soon took on more significant roles at the Agency. She parlayed her interest in photography into an operational role overseas. She lived under cover and served tours of duty all over the globe, rising first to become an international spy and ultimately to Chief of Disguise at CIA's Office of Technical Service.

The interview runs 29 minutes and includes several Q&As.
More about Jonna Mendez and her books
"In True Face" can be purchased here.

Access the Mendez video interview here or click above image.



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Thursday, 27 June 2024, noon EDT - In-Person and Virtual - The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter luncheon features the Honorable Bill Burgess, Circuit Court Judge in Florida's Sixth Judicial Circuit and US Army Special Forces veteran

AFIO BulletThe Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter is holding its upcoming luncheon at noon on Thursday, 27 June 2024, in the Tournament Room at the MacDill AFB Bay Pines Golf Complex, 1803 Golf Course Ave, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Our speaker is the Honorable Bill Burgess, Circuit Court Judge in Florida's Sixth Judicial Circuit and US Army Special Forces veteran. Judge Burgess has had outstanding legal and military careers, and he will touch upon how his military experience has helped him in his legal profession. The luncheon includes a box lunch and costs $25. Reservations and arrangements for Base access must be completed no later than noon on Thursday, 13 June 2024, including arrangements for base access and food selection.

If you wish to participate by ZOOM, please click on this registration link to complete the registration request before noon on Thursday, 20 June 2024. This is NOT the ZOOM meeting link. Subject to approval, you will receive the ZOOM meeting link by separate email. Please check your ZOOM program in advance to ensure it is working properly and that you have the confirmed ZOOM meeting link handy to join the meeting. It is next to impossible to trouble-shoot ZOOM connections on the day of the meeting.

Questions? Contact the Chapter Secretary Michael Shapiro for more information, mfshapiro@suncoastafio.org.


Thursday, 18 July 2024 11:30 AM – Colorado Springs – The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Bill Berry discussing "Philippines-China Territorial Conflict in the South China Sea and Possible U.S. Involvement"

AFIO BulletAbstract: There is another potentially contentious issue, besides Taiwan, that involves conflicting claims in the South China Sea between the Philippines and China. Unlike the relationship between Taiwan and the U.S., the U.S. and the Philippines have a Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) negotiated in 1951 that remains in effect. Recently, China and the Philippines have engaged in increasing hostile actions in the South China Sea. China has used a variety of "grey zone" activities in the effort to intimidate the Philippines. The Biden administration has made it clear that its position is that the MDT applies to these conflicting claims. Consequently, the security relationship between the Philippines and United States has been enhanced. This presentation will explore the history of this potential conflict and possible outcomes.

Bio: William E. Berry, Jr. is a retired Air Force colonel whose 30-year career included assignments in Vietnam (1969-70), the Philippines (1973-75), the Republic of Korea (1984-86), and Malaysia (1990-93). A Cornell PhD, he taught at the Air Force Academy, the National War College, and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. He is the author of two books: U.S. Bases in the Philippines: The Evolution of the Special Relationship and Global Security Watch Korea.

For further information, contact Anthony Leto.


Online version of the Guide
AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence
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Full no-cost, online version of Guide 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.


ARTICLES SOUGHT

AFIO is seeking authors for its section on "When Intelligence Made a Difference" in the semi-annual Intelligencer journal. Topics of interest for which we are seeking authors include:

• How A.Q. Khan’s nuclear proliferation efforts were uncovered and stopped.
• The breaking of the Nazi U-boat SHARK encryption system.
• How US intelligence found Usama Bin Laden in Abbottobad, Pakistan.
• How US intelligence discovered the Soviet’s high speed Shkval torpedo.
• Intelligence and the rescue of Scott O’Grady.
• Other topics are also welcome.

Interested authors please contact Peter Oleson, senior editor The Intelligencer, at peter.oleson@afio.com



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Monday, 1 July 2024, noon - in-person - The San Antonio AFIO Chapter meeting will discuss Tyndall AFB's F-35s, Chinese Spying, Armenia-Russia Issues, and NSA Guidance on Smartphones

AFIO BulletThe meeting will be at the Blue Skies Texas West complex, 5100 John D Ryan Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78245. Blue Skies of Texas residents are invited to attend the program. The presentation will be a series of items covering rebuilding of Tyndall AFB for F-35, European researchers responding to Chinese spying, F-35 vs A-10 flyoff = Farewell to the Warthog, the AO-1A Warden aircraft, Armenia divorces Mother Russia, and NSA issues guidance on cell phones. AFIO Members attending should identify themselves to the Blue Skies gate guard as coming for "the intelligence meeting in the Roadrunner Lounge at The Towers." AFIO members attending should park in front of The Towers. You may come early and have lunch in the dining room adjacent to the Roadrunner Lounge. Please pay with a credit card.
Questions? John Franklin, President, AFIO San Antonio Chapter, or call 210 863-0430.


Tuesday, 30 July 2024, 7 p.m. - In-Person, Yorba Linda, CA - AFIO Los Angeles Chapter Presentation and Dinner features General David Petraeus former Director of the CIA

AFIO BulletGeneral David Petraeus former Director of the CIA will be the featured speaker we will subsequently meet for dinner following the presentation at 8.30 PM. If you are interested to attend please RSVP using the information below.

Subject: Gen. Petraeus will offer his expert analysis on challenges in Ukraine and across the Middle East
RSVP here: Meet General David Petraeus
Location: Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Dinner follows the presentation at 8.30 PM
Dinner location: Chilis Grill 18380 Yorba Linda Blvd

Questions? Contact Vincent Autiero, President, AFIO-Los Angeles Chapter, at afio_la@yahoo.com


Thursday, 1 August 2024, 6PM-7PM PDT - In-Person - The AFIO-Los Angeles Chapter meets at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum Center to hear Lt Gen Heath Collins, Director, Missile Defense Agency

AFIO BulletFor this event the chapter partners with the Reagan Museum Center for speaker Lt. General Heath Collins, Director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). More information to follow, in the coming weeks.

Lt. Gen Collins will discuss "the Missile Defense Agency - its responsibilities, its challenges and opportunities, and the importance of what the MDA does every day for our nation's security."

To sign up for the program, please click here.

Lieutenant General Heath Collins is the Director, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and advises the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering on Missile Defense programmatic policy, requirements, priorities, systems, resources, and programs. MDA's global mission is to develop, test, field, and sustain integrated, layered missile defense capabilities to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies and friends against missile attacks in all phases of flight. Lt Gen Collins directs the $11 billion global organization with more than 9,000 military, civilian and contract personnel. He exercises management oversight for the Missile Defense System to include program management of missile defense resources which he synchronizes with the services in support of Combatant Command requirements.

Questions? Contact Chapter President Vincent Autiero.


PUBLISHED IN 2023

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 47-page booklet reaches thousands of high school, college students, university guidance offices, and distributed in classes teaching intelligence, to help those considering careers in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

This is the all new fifth 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 online as a public service from the generosity and efforts of AFIO board, volunteer editors/writers, donors, and members. We thank all for their support which makes this publication available.

Careers Booklet (new 2023 Fifth Edition) can be read or downloaded here

AFIO STORE GIFT ITEMS

Gray long-sleeved polo shirts with embroidered AFIO logo. Men's sizes only.
Show your support for AFIO with our new Gray Long-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 $60 each including shipping.
Sizes for men, only: Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL, and XXXL.  $60 per shirt. Order this and other store items online here.

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Check out our new tapered, sleek AFIO coffee mug!! This handsome 20 oz. ceramic mug is made in the USA, has a white matte exterior, sports a beautiful navy-blue interior, and is dishwasher safe.  Order yours today!

$35 per mug includes shipping to a CONUS address. [includes shipping to U.S. based address, only. For foreign shipments, we will contact you with a quote.] 

SHIPPING: For shipment to a U.S.-based CONUS address, shipping is included in price. For purchases going to AK, HI, other US territories, Canada, or other foreign countries the shipping fees need to be calculated, so please call our office M-F 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET at 703-790-0320 or email afio@afio.com providing following information: 1) your name, 2) mailing address (or addresses where each gift item will be shipped), 3) name of the AFIO store items you wish to purchase, 4) quantity of each, 5) your credit card number and expiration date, 6) amount (except for additional of shipping fees) authorized to charge, and 7) your phone number and email should we have questions. Foreign shipments fees will be calculated and estimates emailed to you, awaiting your approval.  Order this and other store items online here.

Still available - 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, 220 Spring St Suite 220, Herndon, VA 20170. Phone orders at 703-790-0320. Questions? Contact Annette at: annettej@afio.com. 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—

Tuesday, 25 June 2024, 2:00-3:00pm – Washington, DC – SPY with Me: Program for Individuals with Dementia and their Care Partners – Virtual International Spy Museum Program

SPY with Me is an interactive virtual program for individuals living with dementia and their care partners. Join SPY as we use music and artifacts to explore some of our favorite spy stories. Programs last one hour and are held virtually through Zoom once a month. To register, please email Shana Oltmans at soltmans@spymuseum.org. Free but space is limited. Visit www.spymuseum.org.


26 June 2024 1630-1730 (ET) – In Person – Cracking the Nazi Code: The Untold Story of Canada’s Greatest Spy - Institute of World Politics, Washington DC

Jason Bell, Associate professor of philosophy at the University of New Brunswick, discusses his new book. "In public life, Dr. Winthrop Bell of Halifax was a Harvard philosophy professor and wealthy businessman. But as MI6 secret agent A12, he evaded gunfire and shook off pursuers to break open the emerging Nazi conspiracy in 1919 Berlin. His reports, the first warning of the Nazi plot for WWII, went directly to the man known as C, the mysterious founder of MI6. Throughout this, a powerful fascist politician quietly worked to suppress Bell’s alerts. Nevertheless, agent A12’s intelligence sabotaged the Nazis in ways that are only now being revealed. The Harvard philosophy instructor Winthrop Bell, aka British secret agent A12, was a star student of Edmund Husserl, the founder of modern German phenomenology. Bell was the first spy to fight the Nazis, in 1919, and the first to warn against their plans for the Holocaust, in 1939. His papers were held under classification for many years and were only recently declassified. They show how he dealt severe blows to the earliest Nazis, hindering them from taking over the world. How can this history help us to combat antisemitism today?" Jason Bell is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. He has taught in the graduate program at the Higher Institute of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and at Mount Allison University in Canada. He has served at the University of Göttingen in Germany as Fulbright Professor, as scholar-in-residence at Boston University, as Research Fellow at the Husserl Archives-Leuven, and as d’Alzon Fellow at Assumption University. He was awarded the doctorate in philosophy at Vanderbilt University. More information here.


26 June 2024 1200-1800 (GMT) – Virtual Conference – Using Intelligence to Control Weapons of Mass Destruction - Johns Hopkins University

Robert M. Clark previously was a faculty member of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Intelligence Community Officers’ Course and course director of the DNI’s Introduction to the Intelligence Community course. Clark served as a USAF electronics warfare officer and intelligence officer, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. At CIA, he was a senior analyst and group chief. He subsequently was the founder, President and CEO of the Scientific and Technical Analysis Corporation. He is the author of Intelligence Analysis: A Target-centric Approach (6th edition, 2019), The Technical Collection of Intelligence (2010), and Intelligence Collection (2014). He is a co-author, with Dr. William Mitchell, of Target-Centric Network Modeling (2015) and Deception: Counterintelligence and Counterdeception (2018); and, co-editor, with Dr. Mark Lowenthal, of Intelligence Collection: The Five Disciplines (2015). His newest book, The Road to Geospatial Intelligence: The Story of GEOINT, was published in 2020. Clark holds a BS from MIT, a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, and a JD from George Washington University. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Bar. More information here.


Saturday, 29 June 2024, 2:00-4:00pm – Washington, DC – In Store Book Signing Event for Humble Yet Fierce with Author Katy McQuaid – In Person International Spy Museum Book Signing

Former deputy director of logistics in the CIA, and now award-winning author and leadership consultant, Katy McQuaid brings her true-life stories of courage, faith, and adventure related to that journey. From the life-changing events in her first year of college to her remarkable career in the CIA, McQuaid shares that you don't have to be loud to be strong. She shares her challenges as a woman working in a male-dominated industry. She was inspired by good leaders who helped her succeed and go further than she thought possible. After thirty-two years, McQuaid retired from the secretive and often dangerous world of intelligence gathering at the CIA, and found her voice through writing the Everybody Loves Grace series, winning two Nautilus Book Silver awards for children's illustrated fiction books. Along with stories of strength through adversity, this book includes stories of leadership with humility. Humble Yet Fierce will remind you that leadership is a way of life, that you don't have to be overbearing to make yourself heard, and that you can laugh at yourself even in difficult times. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Additional Events:

26-27 June 2024 1200-1800 (GMT) – Virtual Conference – Knock in the Night: Intelligence, Security, and Special Services in Authoritarian States – Brunel University

The Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS) is hosting a two-day, online conference about the activities, role and functioning of intelligence and security organisations in autocratic regimes. The conference will address the causes, conditions and difficulties that national intelligence and security infrastructures face as governments transform into democracies. More information and free registration here.


Thursday, 27 June 2024, 5:30pm – Washington, DC – Sexuality and Subterfuge with Josephine Baker – International Spy Museum and National Portrait Gallery Program at the National Portrait Gallery's McEvoy Auditorium

Join the National Portrait Gallery and the Spy Museum for a conversation about Josephine Baker's secret career as a spy for the French Resistance during World War II. The panel will be moderated by the Spy Museum's Amanda Ohlke and will feature Portrait Gallery Curator Robyn Asleson in conversation with counterterrorism expert Dexter Ingram and former CIA agent and Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez. This program will take place in the National Portrait Gallery's McEvoy Auditorium. Visit www.spymuseum.org.


30 Apr - 02 May 2025 – In Person – Cryptologic History Symposium - National Cryptological Foundation and NSA Center for Cryptologic History, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland

Since 1990, the Cryptologic History Symposium has served as an opportunity to present historical scholarship found in unclassified and declassified cryptologic records and engage in discussion about their significance to history. The event is an occasion for historians and those interested in history to gather for reflection and debate on relevant and important topics from the cryptologic past. Regular speakers include historians from CCH, the Intelligence Community, the defense establishment, the military services, scholars from American and international academic institutions, veterans of the cryptologic profession, graduate and undergraduate students, and noted authors. Past symposia have featured scholarship that set out new ways to consider our cryptologic heritage. The conference provides many opportunities to interact with leading historians and other experts. The mix of practitioners, scholars, and interested observers guarantees a lively debate that promotes an enhanced appreciation for past events and their applicability to current and future issues. More information and registration here.


MORE about the "AFIO Now" Video Series....

To view publicly-released videos released in 2024 and earlier visit our YouTube page here
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To explore podcasts, see links in table below or visit main podcast page.

"AFIO Now" Interviews and Podcasts in 2024 are sponsored by

Northwest Financial Advisors
Press Release on this new Joint Arrangement



Below are the Videos and Podcasts released in 2024 in our popular "AFIO Now" Series.
View publicly-released videos from 2024 and earlier at our YouTube page here
View member-only pre-2024 videos here.


For Members-Only at this time...

An Incredible Spy Career and
What It Took to Achieve It

Jonna Mendez,
Former CIA Chief of Disguise, on her latest book
"In True Face: A Woman's Life in the CIA, Unmasked.

Interview of Wednesday, 27 March 2024 of Jonna Mendez, Former CIA Chief of Disguise, on her latest book "In True Face: A Woman's Life in the CIA, Unmasked."
Interviewer is Linda Millis, former CIA, NSA, ODNI, who is currently Assistant Professor at Marymount University and serves on AFIO's Board.
Host is AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer and Former NSA Associate Deputy Director of Operations.
A courageous story of being a female spy at the height of the Cold War. She began her CIA career as a "contract wife" performing secretarial duties for the Agency. Yet Mendez had a talent for espionage and soon took on more significant roles at the Agency. She parlayed her interest in photography into an operational role overseas. She lived under cover and served tours of duty all over the globe, rising first to become an international spy and ultimately to Chief of Disguise at CIA's Office of Technical Service.

The interview runs 29 minutes and includes several Q&As.
More about Jonna Mendez and her books
"In True Face" can be purchased here.

Access the Mendez video interview here or click above image.

For Members-Only at this time...

The Secret Plot to Build a Confederate Navy



Alexander Rose,
author, historian, journalist,
on The Lion And The Fox: Two Rival Spies and the Secret Plot to Build a Confederate Navy

Interview of Tuesday, 13 February 2024. Alexander Rose, author and historian, on his latest book "The Lion And The Fox: Two Rival Spies and the Secret Plot to Build a Confederate Navy."
Host and Interviewer is AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer and Former NSA Associate Deputy Director of Operations.
In 1861, soon after the outbreak of the Civil War, two secret agents — one a Confederate, the other his Union rival — were dispatched to neutral Britain, each entrusted with a vital mission. This is the untold tale of two implacable foes and their twilight struggle for the highest stakes involving the lucrative Cotton trade.
The interview runs 30 minutes and includes several Q&As.
On X he is @AlexRoseWriter
The Lion and The Fox is available here.

Access the Rose video interview here or click above image.

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For Members-Only at this time...

Duplicity and Betrayal in Espionage

James Roth, author and former CIA Officer,
on The Dead Drop: Espionage is a Dangerous Game for Amateurs

Interview of Friday, 9 February 2024. James Roth, author and former CIA Officer, on The Dead Drop: Espionage is a Dangerous Game for Amateurs, explores themes of duplicity and betrayal. The novel captures the human tension of real-world espionage with a memorable cast of characters. Of the book, former CIA Officer James Lawler wrote: "...a riveting tale of spies, youthful idealism, and adult betrayal, which accelerates to a thrilling climax worthy of a major motion picture."

Host and Interviewer is AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer and Former NSA Associate Deputy Director of Operations.
The interview runs 22 minutes and includes several Q&As.

Access the Roth video interview here or click above image.

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Who Was Frederick Rutland aka 'Agent Shinkawa'?

Ronald Drabkin, author
Beverly Hills Spy: The Double-Agent War Hero Who Helped Japan Attack Pearl Harbor

Interview of Wednesday, 1 February 2024. Ronald Drabkin, author of Beverly Hills Spy: The Double-Agent War Hero Who Helped Japan Attack Pearl Harbor, the story of the WWI hero who became a fixture of high society in Golden Age Hollywood while acting as a double agent for the Japanese Empire as it prepared to attack Pearl Harbor.
"Thanks to recently declassified FBI files, Drabkin discovered why the UK, US, and Japan would prefer to keep their dealings with Frederick Rutland, aka 'Agent Shinkawa,' secret forever.... The life of a spy has never seemed so addictive or harrowing. Drabkin takes an evenhanded approach, portraying Rutland as complicated—equal parts hero and villain. This winning and dramatic biography pierces the veil of secrecy surrounding historical events." — Booklist
Host and Interviewer is AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer and Former NSA Associate Deputy Director of Operations.
The interview runs 19 minutes and includes several Q&As.

Access the Drabkin video interview here or click above image.

Podcast here.

Would a Victorious post-Ukraine Russia Eye the Baltics?

James Stejskal,
Author, Military Historian, Conflict Archaeologist,
author of "Dead Hand" on a victorious post-Ukraine Russia eyeing the Baltics

Interview of Tuesday, 12 December 2023. James Stejskal, Author, Military Historian, Conflict Archaeologist, former CIA and Special Forces, on his book "Dead Hand" on a story of what happens after Russia has won the war in Ukraine and is eyeing the Baltics. As the world stands on the precipice of war, a legendary CIA Officer rushes to meet a spy deep in the Kremlin, on an operation where failure could mean nuclear Armageddon.
Interviewer/host is AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer and Former NSA Associate Deputy Director of Operations.
The interview runs 14 minutes and includes several Q&As.
"Dead Hand" is available here.

Access the James Stejskal video interview here or click above image.

Podcast here.

CIA Digital and Cyber Capabilities

Jennifer Ewbank, Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation,
responsible for accelerating the development and integration of digital and cyber capabilities across all of CIA's mission areas.

Interview of Wednesday, 3 January 2024. Jennifer Ewbank, Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation, responsible for accelerating the development and integration of digital and cyber capabilities across all of CIA's mission areas.
Interviewer: Paul Hollingsworth PhD, former senior CIA Executive in Analysis and Operations. Ms Ewbank retired from her CIA post shortly after this interview.
Host: AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer and Former NSA Associate Deputy Director of Operations.
The interview runs 36 minutes and includes several Q&As.
Jennifer Ewbank's LinkedIn page is here.

Access the Jennifer Ewbank video interview here or click above image.

Podcast here.

The Secret Pigeon Service of WWII

Gordon Corera, BBC National Security Correspondent and author
on Operation Columba - The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Story of World War II Resistance in Europe

Interview of Friday, 1 December 2023. Gordon Corera, BBC National Security Correspondent, Author and Journalist, on his book "Operation Columba - The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Story of World War II Resistance in Europe."
The fascinating, untold story of how British intelligence secretly used homing pigeons as part of a clandestine espionage operation to gather information, communicate, and coordinate with members of the Resistance to defeat the Nazis in occupied Europe during World War II.
Interviewer/host is AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer and Former NSA Associate Deputy Director of Operations.
The interview runs 21 minutes and includes several Q&As.
"Operation Columba - The Secret Pigeon Service" is available here

Access the Gordon Corera video interview here or click above image.

Podcast here.

The Secret History of Women at the CIA

Liza Mundy,
Journalist/Author, on her book
"The Sisterhood: The Secret History of Women at the CIA"

Interview of Friday, 10 Nov 2023 between Liza Mundy, award-winning journalist and New York Times-bestselling author of five books; Linda Millis, Former Senior CIA, NSA, and ODNI Executive, Assistant Professor, Marymount University / AFIO Board Member, and AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer and Former NSA Associate Deputy Director of Operations. They discuss Liza's latest book "The Sisterhood: The Secret History of Women at the CIA."
The interview runs 24 minutes and includes several Q&As.
The Sisterhood is available here.
Her earlier book, Code Girls, is available here.

Access the Liza Mundy video interview here or click above image.

Podcast here.

Cambodian Allies who Defied the Khmer Rouge

Dr. Chip Beck,
CIA Officer, Foreign Service Officer, Naval Commander on
"Final Days of Heroes"

Interview of Thursday, 19 Oct 2023 between Chip Beck, CIA Officer, Sailor, Artist; and AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer. They discuss Chip's book "Final Days of Heroes: How a CIA Agent and his Cambodian Allies Fought, Defied, and Resisted the Khmer Rouge."
The interview runs 25 minutes and includes several Q&As.
His book FINAL DAYS OF HEROES is available for purchase here

Access the Chip Beck video interview here or click above image.

Podcast here.

Iran and Its Surrogates


Recorded 31 January 2024

Norman Roule, ODNI National Intelligence Manager, Iran, on
Attacks on US Forces by Iranian Proxies

In this inaugural AFIO Special Edition episode, former CIA Division Chief and National Intelligence Manager for ODNI, Iran, Norman Roule discusses the aerial system attack at a military base in Jordan near the Syrian border last week that killed 3 service members. Interviewer: Jim Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer and Former NSA Associate Deputy Director of Operations.

The interview runs 27 minutes and includes several Q&As.

Access the Norman Roule interview here or click above image.

Podcast here.

The Soviet Nuclear War Crisis of 1983

Brian J. Morra, USAF Intelligence Officer
on The Able Archers on the 1983 Soviet Nuclear War Crisis

Interview of Tuesday, 17 Oct 2023 between Brian J. Morra, Former US Air Force Intelligence Officer and senior aerospace executive; and AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer. They discuss Brian's semi-fiction book "The Able Archers" on the 1983 Soviet nuclear war crisis.

The interview runs 26 minutes and includes several Q&As.
His book "The Able Archers" may be purchased here.

Access the Brian Morra interview here or click above image.

Podcast here.

The Secret History of the CIA and a Cold War Assassination

Stuart A. Reid,
Executive Editor of Foreign Affairs,

on "The Lumumba Plot - The Secret History of the CIA and a Cold War Assassination"

Interview of Monday, 2 Oct 2023 between Stuart A. Reid, Executive Editor of Foreign Affairs, prolific author/writer; and AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer.
They discuss Stuart's new book "The Lumumba Plot: The Secret History of the CIA and a Cold War Assassination."
The interview runs 30 minutes and includes several Q&As.
The Lumumba Plot can be purchased here.

Access the Stuart Reid interview here or click above image.

Podcast here.


Above are the Videos and Podcasts released in 2024 in our popular "AFIO Now" Series.
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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]


Intelligence Community - Fourteenth Year in a Row
One of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
and now ranked at #3 in 2022

For the 14th 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 2022 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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