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THIS IS A LIST OF UPCOMING EVENTS in 2019

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Register NOW for the final AFIO luncheon of 2019
Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise, co-author of
The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War
and  
Vince Houghton PhD, Spy Museum Historian, discussing his just released
The Nuclear Spies: America's Atomic Intelligence Operation against Hitler and Stalin
1 November 2019, 10:30 am - 2 pm - Tysons, VA  
Jonna Mendez's presentation starts at 11 a.m. Mendez (Spy Dust: Two Masters of Disguise Reveal the Tools and Operations That Helped Win the Cold War), share (with late husband Tony Mendez) their experiences as spies in Moscow during the height of the Cold War in the mid-1980s. The authors begin with the initial list of "the Moscow Rules" and continue to discuss briefly the current state of affairs in Russia under Vladimir Putin, and how they interfered with the 2016 U.S. election.
Vince Houghton PhD, historian and curator of the International Spy Museum, makes his presentation at 1 p.m. on The Nuclear Spies: America's Atomic Intelligence Operation against Hitler and Stalin. He asks why did the US intelligence services fail so spectacularly to know about the Soviet Union's nuclear capabilities following WWII? The Manhattan Project's intelligence team had penetrated the Third Reich and knew every detail of the Nazi 's plan for an atomic bomb. What changed and what went wrong?
MENU: BEEF — Beef Burgundy - Tender Flank Steak Slow Cooked with Mushrooms, Carrots and Onions Served Over Buttered Egg Noodles—
CHICKEN — Roulade of Chicken - Seared Chicken Stuffed with Cornbread, Cranberries and Apples with a Port Wine Demi Accompanied with Seasonal Vegetables and Wild Rice Pilaf
VEGETARIAN — Wild Mushroom & Fennel Ravioli - With Seasonal Vegetable Medley in a Fennel Broth
Dessert - Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream & Cinnamon
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22182 Phone: (703) 893-2100.
Directions at this link.
 
REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Icon CalendarOctober 2019

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Washington, DC – The Media and Intelligence Accountability— The Public's "Right to Know" or "Need to Know"? at the Catholic University of America

The U.S. Intelligence Community's responsibility to protect our country requires it to wield powerful capabilities that many fear could violate the rights of U.S. citizens. To ensure that U.S. intelligence agencies are accountable to the American people, they are subject to formal mechanisms of oversight, especially the designated congressional intelligence committees.

The Intelligence Studies Program of the Catholic University of America is pleased to host this panel discussion to explore the additional role that the media plays in keeping U.S. intelligence accountable. Joining us are four journalists with extensive experience reporting on national security: Julian Barnes of the New York Times, Ellen Nakashima and Peter Finn of the Washington Post, and Steve Coll, the dean of Columbia University's School of Journalism and a former correspondent for the Washington Post. Issues to be discussed include: Is the "public's right to know" a blanket justification to reveal any secret a journalist might discover, or are there limits? On what basis do members of the media judge that information ought to be shared with—or withheld from—the public? Former CIA officer and staff historian Nicholas Dujmovic, the founding director of the university's intelligence program, will moderate the discussion.

A reception will follow the event.

Event location: Heritage Hall (Father O'Connell Hall), in the Catholic University of America, 597-599 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20064.
There is no fee to attend. RSVP here. More information here. For questions or accommodations, please contact ihe@cua.edu.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 6 - 8 pm - Washington, DC - Mother, Daughter, Sister, SPY - a panel at The International Spy Museum

The Spy Museum is hosting a signature event, the annual Mother Daughter, Sister, Spy panel. The moderator will be Washington Post national security reporter Ellen Nakashima and panelists will include: The Honorable Mary Beth Long, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Former Chair of NATO's High-Level Group (HLG); Melissa Mahle, Former U.S. intelligence officer and expert on the Middle East and counterterrorism, SPY Advisory Board Member; Jonna Hiestand Mendez, Former Chief of Disguise in the CIA's Office of Technical Service, SPY Founding Board Member; Farhana Qazi, Author of Secrets of the Kashmir Valley and Invisible Martyrs: Inside the Secret World of Islamic Female Radicals, Adjunct Faculty in The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University; Lena Sisco, Former Department of Defense (DoD) certified military interrogator and Naval Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Officer. Tickets for the general public: $115 per person. Register here.
Event location: The International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington DC 20024 202.393.7798

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 7:30 to 8:45 pm - McLean, VA - Bill Gertz on "Deceiving the Sky: Inside Communist China's Drive for Global Supremacy" at The Westminster Institute

The United States' approach to China since the Communist regime in Beijing began the period of reform and opening in the 1980s was based on a promise that trade and engagement with China would result in a peaceful, democratic state.
Forty years later the hope of producing a benign People's Republic of China has evaporated. The Communist Party of China deceived the West into believing that its system and the Party-ruled People's Liberation Army were peaceful and posed no threat. In fact, these misguided policies produced the emergence of a 21st century challenge that may be as dangerous to the United States and its allies as the Soviet Union was. How can it meet this challenge?
Bill Gertz, national security columnist, The Washington Times, is author of seven books, including Breakdown: How America's Intelligence Failures Led to September 11 and The China Threat: How the People's Republic Targets America.

Where: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101. Reception at 7 pm
No charge to attend.
To register, do so here.

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 5-8pm – Washington, DC – Educator Night Out – at the International Spy Museum

Enjoy an evening at the new International Spy Museum where the red carpet will be rolled out just for teachers! Gain exclusive access to the brand new exhibits, bring your A-game to compete in a Museum-wide scavenger hunt, collect useful curriculum materials and resources to spice up…or shake up your teaching, relax with a signature martini – the Teachertini, and some quick bites to eat and who knows…you might just meet a real spy! Please Note: This event is open to K-12 classroom and resource teachers only. This is a 21+ event and a valid Teacher ID is required. Event is free but RSVP is required here.
Event location: The International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington DC 20024 202.393.7798

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 11 a.m. - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - The "Bill Webb" North Florida Chapter hosts LTG Hagenbeck on "A Career in Afghanistan."

AFIO BulletOur guest speaker will be LTG Buster Hagenbeck, US Army Retired. Buster will be discussing his career, Afghanistan, and other relevant topics. Buster is the chairman of the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville and has a distinguished career in the US Army.

Location: The Plantation, 101 Plantation Dr, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Reservations are required. Please contact Ken Meyer to RSVP.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 11:30 am - Albuquerque, NM - AFIO New Mexico Chapter hears Tom Dyble on "Chaos in Cairo: Arab Spring in Egypt."

AFIO BulletMr. Tom Dyble will do a presentation to the AFIO New Mexico Chapter on "Chaos in Cairo: Arab Spring in Egypt" based on David D. Kirkpatrick's book Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East.
Location of event: "The Egg & I" restaurant at 6909 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, (505) 888-3447. [On Menaul just east of Louisiana, next door to Chili's]
Fee to attend: Meeting is Free.
Timing: 11 a.m. (Arrive, Order Lunch - available at separate cost), 11:30 a.m. (Call To Order), 1 p.m. (Adjourn)

Our meetings are normally open to present and former members of Federal, Military (uniformed and civilian), State and Local Agencies, and selective others who support the Intelligence Community.
If you desire further information, please contact one of the following:
Sam Shaw - Phone: 505-379-3963, e-mail: President@afionm.org
Tom Dyble - Phone: 505-299-3242, e-mail: Vice-President@afionm.org

Friday, 11 October 2019 - Arlington, VA - Annual General Membership and Board of Directors Meeting for NIP

The 2019 NIP Fall Luncheon and Annual General Membership and Board Meeting will be held at the stately Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA. The ANCC is near Suitland, MD with spectacular views of the Capitol and abundant free valet parking.
The guest speaker will be VADM Matthew Kohler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and 67th Director of Naval Intelligence.

Online registration is available for those ready to pay by credit card. To register use this link.

NO WALK UPS PLEASE, REGISTRATION DUE BY 5:00 PM EST, 4 October 2019.

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 10am - 3pm - Dedham, MA - AFIO New England hosts Membership Business Meeting, Speaker, and Discussions

AFIO BulletThe AFIONE meeting schedule is as follows: Registration & Gathering, 1000 ― 1030; Membership meeting 1030 ― 1045; Morning Discussion Session 1045 to 1200; Luncheon at 1200 - 1300. The Morning session will be open discussion. Our afternoon speaker will be from 1300 ― 1430 with adjournment by 1500. The Morning session will cover various business-related items, general discussion regarding recent events of interest to the membership and a presentation by one of our members.

Full details when available.

LOCATION: The AFIONE chapter meeting will be held at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham Mass. Their website is here. Address is: 80 Haven Street, Dedham, MA 02026. Should you elect to stay at the Endicott House, Mike Assad has arranged a room rate of $140.00. Please mention AFIO/NE and Mike Assad when you make your reservation.

For additional information contact us at afionechapter@gmail.com

Reservations are $25.00 per person. Emails regarding your plans to attend will be accepted if you are late meeting the deadline. These must be sent to Sarah Moore no later than 7 days prior to the event. Paid in advance the cost of the luncheon is $25 per person.
Mail name of attendee and any guests to: AFIO/NE, Sarah Moore, PO Box 1203, Orange, CT 06477.

Monday, 14 October 2019, 5 - 8 pm - Dallas, TX - Come to Formational Meeting of Proposed AFIO DFW (Texas) Chapter

AFIO BulletCome to this formational meeting for a proposed Dallas-Fort Worth AFIO Chapter.
We shall be meeting 5 - 8 p.m. on Monday, Columbus Day, 14 October at the Roy Stanley Masonic Lodge #1367, 9225 Ferguson Rd, Dallas, TX 75228. This is located just east of Buckner Blvd near White Rock Lake.
For reasons of security, participation is restricted to current AFIO members and their spouses. No invitees this time around. No evening meals are provided though refreshments are available.
In consideration of distance and travel time for some of our Ft. Worth-Granbury-Burleson members, and for any others who may be delayed for reasons of employment or other obligations, you are welcome to arrive when you can and depart when you must. No problem.
This is our first meet 'n greet. There will be good camaraderie knowing we are among confreres, many of whom have shared common experiences in ways not usually lived by others. Several generations will intermingle, some still employed, some retirees.
I suspect there will be a meeting of persons with friends in common and/or swapping stories of who, when, where and what ever happened to...followed by each person introducing him/herself to the group for 10 minutes or so. Q&A after all finished. The whole experience will produce a convivial atmosphere, excellent for first meeting which will be conducive for planning future meetings. As time goes by I may lean on each of you for suggestions and introductions to qualified speakers whom you know or otherwise have high regard for and to other meeting sites that may be available to us at no charge,
Some have already advised of their attendance at meeting. I welcome confirmation from all. Others with questions, requests, advice or regrets may call, text or email me at any time. I am looking forward to a sizeable turnout. No one will be disappointed. We are all among friends. Make the effort to attend.
Our vision of the future is what distinguishes us: to become one of the more significant AFIO Chapters nationwide by providing a podium to informed speakers in matters of intelligence to air their message; and there are many in the DFW area whose knowledge, talent and experience we will tap. We will grow slowly, are not yet funded or even officially a Chapter, but we'll make it happen. Good luck to all of us.
Please RSVP to organizer Arthur Hochberg arthurhochberg@hotmail.com or call him at 214-952-7988

Tuesday, 15 October - Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 4:30 - 6 pm - Washington, DC - IWP's Asian Initiative lecture series – a two-day event – "Lessons Learned: The Inter-Korean Dialogue and The Hanoi Summit"

AFIO Members are invited to the inaugural presentation of IWP's Asian Initiative lecture series – a two-day event – "Lessons Learned: The Inter-Korean Dialogue and The Hanoi Summit."
15 October, 4:30 - 6 pm: Lessons Learned: The Inter-Korean Dialogue and Path Forward with Gen. Kim Dong-shin, South Korea Minister of National Defense (ret.)
16 October, 4:30 - 6 pm: US-NK Relations: The Post-Hanoi Summit with a senior policy panel, to include:

  • Gen. Kim Dong-shin, former ROK Minister of National Defense
  • Gen. John Tilelli, Jr, former Commander in Chief, United Nations Command, ROK
  • Dr. Victor Cha, Senior Adviser and holder of the Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Mr. Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia, The Heritage Foundation
  • Prof. John Sano, IWP Professor, and former Deputy Director, CIA's National Clandestine Service

* Both events will be off the record.

About the Lecture and Panel Presentation: North Korea remains a highly critical foreign policy and intelligence issue for not just the U.S., but for the international community as well. A new, relatively untested leader with a burgeoning weapons inventory – both nuclear and conventional, and a penchant for unpredictability, Kim Jong-un represents both an enigma and an unprecedented dilemma. From what appeared to be a relatively promising first ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. President in Singapore to a disappointing sequence of events in Hanoi, the current situation on the Korean peninsula remains potentially extremely volatile.

About the Speaker and Panel Members: On 15 October, former ROK Minister of National Defense, Gen. Kim Dong-shin will present a lecture based on his significant experiences as part of the national leadership during the myriad inter-Korean dialogue as well as his assessment as to the path forward in addressing what is undoubtedly one of the most pressing national security and foreign policy issues of our time.

On 16 October, panel members in addition to Gen. Kim, include Gen. John Tilelli, Jr., former Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command, and concurrently Commander of U.S. Combined Forces, and U.S. Forces Korea; Dr. Victor Cha, former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council and currently a senior advisor and holder of the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Mr. Bruce Klingner, former CIA Deputy Director for Korea analysis and currently the senior research fellow for Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation's Asian Studies Center.
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. Parking.
More information is here.
RSVP here.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 1-4pm – Washington, DC – Eric Lichtblau: Return to the Reich– at the International Spy Museum

Meet at the International Spy Museum for an in-store book signing of Return to the Reich by Eric Lichtblau. Eric Lichtblau, a two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, is the best-selling author of The Nazis Next Door and Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice. He was a Washington reporter for the New York Times for fifteen years, while also writing for the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, TIME, and other publications. He has been a frequent guest on NPR, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and other networks, as well as a speaker at many universities and institutions. He lives outside Washington, D.C.
Book Description: forthcoming
Event is free. More about event is here.
Event location: The International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington DC 20024 202.393.7798

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Laurel, MD - NCMF 2019 Membership Meeting

NCMFThe 2019 NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium will be held from 9am to 3pm on 16 October 2019 at the JHU/APL Kossiakoff Center, 11100 John Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723-6099. See below for a snapshot of the program and stay tuned for more details. Registration is open now. We hope you will please share information about our upcoming program with friends, colleagues, and related communities.

SYMPOSIUM SNAPSHOT:  RUSSIAN PENETRATION OF U.S. ASSETS

The NCMF symposium this year will feature an exposé of Soviet and Russian active measures to engage in political warfare and to conduct espionage against the U.S. and others using close access and other means. Among the speakers are Dr. John Lenczowski, Dr. Terry Thompson, Dr Eric Haseltine, Charles Gandy, Jerry Roddy, and James Gosler, all of whom were directly involved in working to thwart these security threats. In addition, the program includes information about NCMF and museum activities as well as an update on the new museum project.

REGISTRATION and COST: Fee includes breakfast (8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.) and lunch (Noon - 1:00 p.m.). $25 Members, $50 Guests (includes 1 year NCMF membership). Deadline to register is 11 October. NSA/CSS and NCMF Program and Registration Fill-n-Print Forms. Or register online now. To register, do so here.

***CCH Symposium 2019 (see next event below) - Remember, this year the Symposium on Cryptologic History will take place on 17-18 October and registration for this event is separate from the NCMF program. Please consider registering for both events and enjoying 3 full days of cryptology and cybersecurity. See the NCMF event calendar and Educate section for information about the CCH Symposium.

Additional information or questions can be handled at NCMF Office at cryptmf@aol.com or call 301-688-5436. NSA/CSS and NCMF Program and Registration Fill-n-Print Forms.

Thursday-Friday, 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."

THEME & PROGRAM INFO

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. The 2019 Symposium program offers over 20 educational sessions led by over 65 speakers. Topics include cryptologic history related to World War I and II, the Cold War, communications security, cyberspace and technology, international and diplomatic relations, counterintelligence and espionage, declassification and public engagement, and more. The program is here.

REGISTRATION INFO: The registration rate is $70/day ($140 for the full program). The student rate is $35/day ($70 for the full program). Registration includes a light continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks. Sessions on Saturday, October 19th are free for those who register for one, or both, days at the Kossiakoff Center. For registration questions, contact the NCMF at crypt@cryptologicfoundation.org or 301-688-5436.

Registration is available online here. OR mail your registration form and payment following these instructions.

*** Registration will close on Friday October 11, 2019. No refunds for cancellations will be issued after Monday October 14, 2019.

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 6:30pm – Washington, DC – Life Undercover: An Evening with Amaryllis Fox – at the International Spy Museum

Amaryllis Fox spent ten years in the clandestine operations unit of the CIA, hunting the world's most dangerous terrorists. Fox was in her last year as an undergraduate at Oxford when her writing mentor Daniel Pearl was captured and beheaded. Galvanized by this brutality, Fox applied to Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, where she created an algorithm that predicted, with uncanny certainty, the likelihood of a terrorist cell arising in any village around the world. At 21, she was recruited by the CIA. At 22, she was fast-tracked into advanced operations training, sent from Langley to "the Farm," learning how to use a Glock, how to get out of flexicuffs while locked in the trunk of a car, how to withstand torture, and the best ways to commit suicide in case of captivity. At the end of this training she was deployed as a spy under non-official cover as an art dealer specializing in tribal and indigenous art and sent to infiltrate terrorist networks in remote areas of the Middle East and Asia. Join Fox this evening as she discusses her ten years in the CIA clandestine service and launches her riveting new memoir Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA. Life Undercover will be available for sale and signing at the event. Tickets for the general public: $15 (or $35 including book); tickets for Spy Museum members: $10 (or $30 including book). To register to attend, do so here.
Event location: The International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington DC 20024 202.393.7798

19 October 2019, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Hosts Robert Cekuta, Former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan, discussing "Oil, Gas, Russia, Iran, and America."

AFIO BulletFormer U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta will explore "Oil, Gas, Russia, Iran and America" at this AFIO Maine meeting.
The only country in the world to border both Russia and Iran, Azerbaijan is important to the US in terms of oil and natural gas for European and global energy security, as a means for NATO access to Afghanistan as well as for commerce between Europe, China, and South Asia. Current policy concerns in the region for the US include China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, the changes in Turkey's foreign relations, transnational criminal activity and terrorism.
This is the latest in a series of discussions relating to the importance of Intelligence in current public affairs. This chapter meeting is open to the public, and will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question period will follow the presentation.
No registration is required.

Sunday/Monday, 20-21 October 2019 – Washington, DC – North American Society for Intelligence History Inaugural Conference – at the International Spy Museum

Want to rub shoulders with intelligence historians and intelligence scholar/practitioners from around the world? Want to hear about their cutting-edge research much of which underpins the new International Spy Museum exhibitions? Want to meet the authors of some of your favorite books about espionage and intelligence? Then come to the inaugural conference of the North American Society for Intelligence History (NASIH). This extravaganza includes eleven panels on the international history of espionage and counterespionage, disinformation, intelligence in popular culture, signals and cyber intelligence, covert action, counterterrorism, intelligence analysis, intelligence in wartime, and much more. Conference attendees will have access to the Museum's exhibits with their conference badge and will be eligible to sign up for guided tours by the Museum's curatorial staff. Tickets: $100 in advance; $150 at the door; $50 for students. To register, do so here.
Event location: The International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington DC 20024 202.393.7798

Friday, 25 October 2019, 6:30pm – Virginia Hall: A Woman of No Importance? – at the International Spy Museum

Virginia Hall was a trailblazing spy. She didn't let a hunting accident which robbed her of a leg slow her down. A Baltimorean with an interest in foreign languages and the gumption to overcome obstacles both physical and cultural, Hall operated courageously behind enemy lines in occupied France during World War II. She coordinated French Resistance efforts and put her life on the line first as an agent for the English Special Operations Executive and then with the US Office of Strategic Services. Award-winning author Sonia Purnell's new book A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II takes a fresh look at Hall's espionage activities and how they changed the course of the conflict. And who better to interview Purnell about Virginia Hall than another trailblazing spy: Jonna Mendez, former CIA chief of disguise and co-author of Moscow Rules. Guests will have a chance to see some Virginia Hall artifacts from the Museum's collection. New York Times bestseller A Woman of No Importance and Moscow Rules by Jonna Mendez will be available for sale and signing at the event. Tickets for the general public: $15 (or $35 including book); tickets for Spy Museum members: $10 (or $30 including book). To register, do so here.
Event location: The International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington DC 20024 202.393.7798

Monday, 28 October 2019, 6-8:30 pm - Alexandria, VA - "The Dark Side of Paradise: Odd and Intriguing Stories from Vero Beach" by former DDCI Richard Kerr

Members are invited to an author talk with former Deputy DCI Richard "Dick" Kerr as he discusses his new book, The Dark Side of Paradise: Odd and Intriguing Stories from Vero Beach (Rand-Smith, May 2019). Dick's son, Peter Robert, will have books available for purchase on site for $16 (cash or check).

LOCATION: Union Street Public House, 121 South Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314
COST: $30. Includes light refreshments.
To REGISTER.
This event is sponsored by the NIU (National Intelligence University) Foundation and Alumni Association.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 - Beaverton OR - The AFIO Columbia River (OR) Chapter hosts Prof Tung Yin on "FISA and the Constitution."

AFIO Bullet Professor Tung Yin from the Lewis and Clark School of Law at Lewis and Clark College will be speaking on "Foreign Intelligence Surveillance and the Constitution" discussing the origin of FISA and its development after 9/11.
The Columbia River Chapter of AFIO's website goes live at the end of October at https://afiocr.org/. Under the "For Students" tab there are two things that link back to AFIO materials.
Kudo's to chapter Secretary-Treasurer John Roberts who took the whole thing from a set of powerpoint slides into a working website.

LOCATION: This unclassified program will be held in the Fab-15 Auditorium, Intel Aloha Campus, 3585 SW 198th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97078.

REGISTRATION: AFIO members and others are invited to attend. Current AFIO membership is not required. The event is free of charge with ample parking.
The content of this presentation is provided by the author and nothing therein should be construed to represent the positions of the United States Government or AFIO
For additional information contact Carl Wege at twege@ccga.edu or 912-222-8640.

Tuesday, 31 October 2019, 1-4pm – Washington, DC – Meet an F-4 Pilot: Mark Hewitt – at the International Spy Museum

Meet at the Spy Museum Store to be introduced to an F-4 pilot. Mark A. Hewitt has always had a fascination with spyplanes and the intelligence community's development and use of aircraft. He flew F-4s in the Marine Corps and served as Director of Maintenance with the Border Patrol and the Air Force, as was an Associate Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is the author of Special Access, Shoot Down, No Need to Know, and his latest, Blown Cover. His novels have been approved by the CIA Publication Review Board.
Book Description: When a stolen CIA file is released to the public, America learns that their President is not the man he claims to be. Three years after being chased from office, the former president discovers the identity of the man who released his secret file. The ex-President begins to exact revenge while plotting his return to power. A fatwa makes CIA pilot Duncan Hunter the most wanted man in America. Then an airliner disappears over the Pacific Ocean. The new President gives the CIA two time-sensitive missions: find and eliminate his traitorous predecessor, and stop a self-radicalized computer scientist before another airliner goes missing. Duncan Hunter is in the race of his life to stop a jumbo jet from crashing. The CIA believes they have finally located the former president. All roads lead to Dubai where a showdown between good and evil begins on the top floor of the world's tallest building. Event is free. No registration required.
Event location: The International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington DC 20024 202.393.7798.

31 October 2019, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Tyson Corner, VA - The Pinnacle Awards 2019 hosted by Mike Rogers

WashingtonExec Pinnacle Awards 2019, presented by Bloomberg Government, will be hosted by AFIO Board Member Mike Rogers, former Congressman and Host of CNN's "Declassified."
Before an audience of over 300 GovCon leaders and influencers, WashingtonExec in November announced the winners of the inaugural Pinnacle Awards — not an easy feat as the judges had received 125 impressive nominations spanning several categories.
Of the many finalists for the awards, of interest to AFIO are these categories: Cybersecurity Government Executive of the Year; Cybersecurity Industry Executive of the Year; Intelligence Government Executive of the Year; Intelligence Industry Executive of the Year; National Security/DHS Industry Executive of the Year; and STEM Advocate of the Year.

To meet the finalists and all the guests and hosts, attend the event at The Ritz-Carlton, 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102.
More information on the finalists, sponsorships, and participation is here.

Icon CalendarNovember 2019

1 November 2019, 10:30 am - 2 pm - Tysons, VA - This final AFIO luncheon of 2019. Event features Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise, co-author of (with Tony Mendez, and Matt Baglio) The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War, and Vince Houghton PhD, Spy Museum Historian, discussing his just released The Nuclear Spies: America's Atomic Intelligence Operation against Hitler and Stalin.

AFIO BulletJonna Mendez's presentation starts at 11 a.m. Mendez (Spy Dust: Two Masters of Disguise Reveal the Tools and Operations That Helped Win the Cold War), share (with late husband Tony Mendez) their experiences as spies in Moscow during the height of the Cold War in the mid-1980s. The authors begin with the initial list of "the Moscow Rules" and continue to discuss briefly the current state of affairs in Russia under Vladimir Putin, and how they interfered with the 2016 U.S. election.

Vince Houghton PhD, historian and curator of the International Spy Museum, makes his presentation at 1 p.m. on The Nuclear Spies: America's Atomic Intelligence Operation against Hitler and Stalin. He asks why did the US intelligence services fail so spectacularly to know about the Soviet Union's nuclear capabilities following WWII? The Manhattan Project's intelligence team had penetrated the Third Reich and knew every detail of the Nazi 's plan for an atomic bomb. What changed and what went wrong?

Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22182 Phone: (703) 893-2100. Directions at this link.
MENU: BEEF — Beef Burgundy - Tender Flank Steak Slow Cooked with Mushrooms, Carrots and Onions Served Over Buttered Egg Noodles—
CHICKEN — Roulade of Chicken - Seared Chicken Stuffed with Cornbread, Cranberries and Apples with a Port Wine Demi Accompanied with Seasonal Vegetables and Wild Rice Pilaf
VEGETARIAN — Wild Mushroom & Fennel Ravioli - With Seasonal Vegetable Medley in a Fennel Broth
Dessert - Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream & Cinnamon

REGISTER HERE.

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 International Spy Museum is proud to announce the keynote speaker for the Museum's annual dinner will be The Honorable George J. Tenet, former Director of Central Intelligence.

As one of longest serving and most influential CIA directors in history, DCI Tenet shares the unique perspective of intelligence in action at the highest level. He will share his experiences and long-standing relationship with this year's Webster Service Awardee, General Michael V. Hayden (Ret.), former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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.

Saturday, 9 November 2019, 11:30am - 2pm - Indialantic, FL - Rudy Enders on 1961 Bay of Pigs Operations - at this Florida Satellite Chapter meeting

AFIO BulletGuest Speaker is AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter Member Rudy Enders.
American efforts to disable or overthrow the Castro regime in Cuba did not end with the failed Bay of Pigs operation in 1961. CIA was tasked by the National Security Council Special Group to continue infiltrating Cuban exile teams into Cuba to recruit, organize and train indigenous forces to wage a guerilla warfare campaign designed to overthrow the communist government. This led to a number of covert CIA maritime operations to insert teams and resupply them, with the hand of the US government hidden or plausibly denied. Our speaker will relate his experience in the conduct of at least one of these operations.
TIMING: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM: Social Hour, greet old, new members and guests. Cash bar. 12:15 PM: Sit-Down lunch
LOCATION: Doubletree Melbourne Beach Oceanfront, 1665 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic, FL 32903
FOOD CHOICES: Chicken Francese, chicken breast sautéed in a buttery lemon and wine sauce (C); Chef's Choice of either Pasta Marinara or Pasta Primavera. (P); Vegetables, dessert, coffee and iced tea included. Costs are $32 members, $36 non-members.
TO ATTEND: Prepaid reservations are required which must be received by 5 November 2019. To reserve, send food choices and names of self+guests with send check, payable to AFIO FSC, to: Chapter Treasurer Rhonda Rhoads, P.O Box 410158, Melbourne, FL 32941.
Rhonda can also be reached at afiofsctreas@gmail.com and at 321 626 -4465.
Paid, advance registration is required and none will be accepted after November 5.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 11:30 a.m. no-host cocktails; 12 noon - San Francisco, CA - The "Andre Le Gallo" San Francisco Chapter hosts Dr. Matthew Brazil on Beijing's Spy Apparatus

AFIO BulletDr. Matthew Brazil, a non-resident Fellow at The Jamestown Foundation, worked in Asia for over 20 years as a U.S. Army officer, American diplomat, and corporate security manager. He is the co-author of Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, Nov 2019)
Hitherto, almost all writings about Beijing's espionage and influence operations have focused on individual cases that shed little light on the actual nature of their organs of state security. Dr. Brazil will speak about how he and his co-author researched original sources in Chinese and unearthed new insights into Beijing's most secret operations at home and abroad.

RSVP: Your registration via Eventbrite may be quickly completed here.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 1 - 5:30 p.m. with reception to follow - Boston, MA - USING RAPID DNA TO ADVANCE JUSTICE

This Boston University Event is sponsored by The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, the BU Police Department & the Metropolitan College of Applied Social Sciences

DNA has been used for criminal justice purposes since the 1980s but current DNA methods are slow and some labs are backlogged by years. The recent development of Rapid DNA has reduced processing time from months to minutes, increasing expediency and accuracy. Leam more about this cutting edge technology with transformational global implications.

Speakers include:
Ed Davis, Former Boston Police Commissioner,
John Boyd, Office of Biometric Identity Management, Department of Homeland Security,
Richard Seiden, M.D., Ph.D., Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, ANDE Corp.

A panel of subject matter experts including:
Prof. Robin Cotton, Ph.D., Director, Biomedical Forensic Science, BU School of Medicine.

The conference chair is Prof. John Woodward, J.D., Pardee School.

Event Location: Barrister's Hall, BU School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA

There is no conference fee but you must RSVP to: Ms. Madison Sargeant msrgnt@bu.edu

21-22 November 2019 - Phoenix, AZ - CAE in Cyber Security Annual Symposium

The CAE in Cyber Security Symposium is right around the corner! CAE is Centers of Academic Excellence. If your institution belongs to the CAE-CD, CAE-2Y, CAE-R, or CAE-CO Program, you are eligible to participate. Details to follow several months from now.
Direct your questions to info@caecommunity.org. What are CAEs? More information here.

Upcoming CAE events and the Cyber Security Symposium.

Icon CalendarDecember 2019

Wednesday 4 December 2019, 5:30 p.m. - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts CIA Officer (Ret) Dr. John A. Gentry discussing "IC Political Activism since 2016 -- Origins and Implications."

AFIO BulletPartisan political activism by current and former intelligence officers since mid-2016 is the largest and most significant politicization of intelligence by intelligence officers in U.S. history. This presentation will explore the causes and the wholly negative consequences of this new form of politicization for the IC and the country.

Dr. John A. Gentry was for 12 years an intelligence analyst at the CIA, where he worked mainly economic issues associated with the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries; for two of those years he was senior analyst on the staff of the National Intelligence Officer for Warning. He is a retired U.S. Army Reserve officer, with most assignments in special operations and intelligence arenas. On active duty, he was executive officer of a special forces operational detachment. As a reservist, he was mobilized and spent much of 1996 as a civil affairs officer in Bosnia. Dr. Gentry also is an adjunct associate professor with the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. He formerly taught at the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University, at the National Intelligence University, and at George Mason University. His research interests primarily are in intelligence and security studies. He publishes frequently in Intelligence and National Security and International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence. Georgetown University Press published his co-authored book, Strategic Warning Intelligence: History, Challenges and Prospects, in early 2019. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence. He is adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

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 afiometro@gmail.com or 646-717-3776.


UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2020 may be viewed here.

Documentaries, Videos of Interviews, and Commercial Movies of interest

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"Looking Over The Horizon"
CIA's Third Conference on The Ethos & Profession of Intelligence
was held Tuesday, 20 September 2016
at George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, Washington

The conference included the following panelists: Speakers: David S. Cohen, (Moderator) Deputy Director, CIA; Carrie Cordero, Founder, The Law Office of Carrie Cordero; Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security (former) Ben Huebner Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer, CIA; Dan Klaidman, Deputy Editor, Yahoo News; Jason Leopold, Investigative Reporter, VICE News. Speakers: Christopher Kojm, (Moderator), Visiting Professor, Practice of International Affairs, GW; Chairmain, National Intelligence Council (former); Susan Gordon, Deputy Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Nancy Jackson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, US Department of State; Carla Koppell, Vice President Applied Conflict Transformation, US Institute of Peace. Speakers: Frank Cilluffo, (Moderator), Associate Vice President, GW; Director, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, GW; Chris Darby, President and CEO, In-Q-Tel; Andrew P. Hallman, Deputy Director, Digital Innovation, CIA; Chris Inglis, Distinguished Visiting Professor in Cyber Security Studies, US Naval Academy; Deputy Director, NSA (former); Dr. Jason Matheny, Director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity; Matt Olsen, President of Consulting, IronNet; Director, National Counterterrorism Center (former). Speakers: John Brennan, (Moderator) Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, Defense Minister of Afghanistan (acting); Nick Warner, Director-General, Australian Secret Intelligence Service; Alex Younger, Chief, British Secret Intelligence Service. Speakers: Frank Sesno, (Moderator) Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, GW; Peter Clement, Deputy Assistant Director, Europe and Eurasia Mission Center, CIA; John McLaughlin, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Johns Hopkins University; Acting Director, CIA (former); Dennis Wilder, Senior Fellow and Assistant Professor, Georgetown University.
Video of panels may be viewed at this link.
All GW Center for Cyber and Homeland Security videos are here.


The President's Daily Brief: Delivering Intelligence to Nixon and Ford was a document release event by the Central Intelligence Agency, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Foundation, and the National Archives. The event was held Wednesday, 24 August 2016, in Yorba Linda, California.

Video of the event can be viewed here.

Director of Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper were one of several speakers. A special invitation-only reception followed at close of program, hosted by AFIO President James R. Hughes.

Richard Nixon's visit in 1969 to CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
[Above: President Richard Nixon's 1969 visit to CIA Headquarters]

Previously classified President's Daily Briefs (PDB) from the Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford Administrations produced by the CIA were released on Wednesday, 24 August, at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, at a symposium from 1:00 - 4:30 pm.

The event featured panel discussions and remarks by CIA Director John O. Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, senior Intelligence Community historians, and leaders from the academic and archivist communities. AFIO's president, James R. Hughes, hosted a post-conference reception and met with many members and other attendees.

The President's Daily Briefs (PDBs) contain intelligence analysis on key national security issues for the president and other senior policymakers. Only the president, vice president, and a select group of officials with high-level security clearance receive the daily briefing, which represents the Intelligence Community's best insights when confronted with threats, as well as opportunities related to our national security.

This public release highlights the role of the PDBs in foreign and national security policymaking. This collection includes the PDBs published during President Nixon's term from January 1969 through the end of President Ford's term in January 1977. These documents offer insight into intelligence that informed presidential decision-making during critical historical events including: the Vietnam War, President Nixon's Trip to China, the OPEC embargo, and the Arab-Israeli War.

The declassified documents in this release event were posted on the CIA website here. This collection was assembled as part of the CIA's Historical Review Program, which identifies, reviews, and declassifies documents on historically significant events or topics.

You can view video of presentations at event here.


CNN's TV Series "Declassified" starts Episode 1 with "Trigon: The KGB Chess Game"

Declassified - CNN Series 2016

Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies

The CNN TV Series appears each Sunday.

In Season 1, Episode 01 - "Trigon: The KGB Chess Game" - 45 minutes, we hear from CIA Operations Officer Marti Peterson, CIA Chief of CI James Olson, and KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin discuss covert operations conducted by Marti in Moscow. Watch as Marti "goes black" - gets out of the embassy without KGB surveillance to obtain stolen, crucial information on nuclear arms and US-USSR confrontations.
Episode covers the SR100, dead drops, going black, Trigon, L-pills, concealment devices, camera pens, women case officers, and the useful outcome -- the 'take' -- from this operation.

Season, Episode, Title, Release Date
1, 1, Trigon: The KGB Chess Game, 2016-06-19
1, 2, The Hunt for Saddam, 2016-06-26
1, 3, Zarqawi: The Father of ISIS, 2016-07-03
1, 4, Cuba: Traitor on the Inside, 2016-07-10
1, 5, Cross International: The Billion Dollar Black Market, 2016-08-14
1, 6, The Taliban's Double Agent, 2016-08-21
1, 7, Red Storm Rising, 2016-08-28
1, 8, Hexagon: The Secret Satellite, 2016-09-04

The series provides factual accounts of America's covert operations told firsthand by the officers who lived it, and includes access to the often complicated, hidden world of covert operations and espionage.
Series is hosted by former US Congressman/former House Intelligence Committee chair and current CNN national security contributor and AFIO member Mike Rogers.


The Assets on CBS

The Assets Returns

Previously cancelled by ABC TV, the counterespionage series based on the successful hunt for CIA traitor Aldrich Ames continues to be released...slowly on ABC.The Assets, an eight-part miniseries, is based on the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker). 1985 is the backdrop to the final showdown of the Cold War when Sandy and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) vow to find the mole that turns out to be the most notorious traitor in US History [before Edward Snowden]: Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys). Sandy is in a race against time to save the Soviet intelligence officers from being caught and killed. Living her own double life at home, this beautiful wife and mother vows to stop at nothing until she uncovers the truth. The Assets looks inside the personal stories as told by the keepers of the nation’s secrets: the CIA.

The Assets stars Paul Rhys as Aldrich Ames, Jodie Whittaker as Sandy Grimes, Harriet Walter (Babel) as Jeanne Vertefeuille, Stuart Milligan (Jonathan Creek) as Art O'Neill, Julian Ovenden as Gary Grimes, Christina Cole as Louisa, and Ralph Brown as Lawrence Winston.

The Assets is based on the book Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed by Sandy Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille. Morgan Hertzan, Rudy Bednar and Andrew Chapman executive produce the series. The Assets is produced by Lincoln Square Productions.

ABC started running The Assets on January 2nd but suddenly pulled the series after two episodes -- "My Name is Aldrich Ames" and "Jewel in the Crown" -- without explanation. The network then announced the show would return, ran two episodes in June, pulled the show again.

Episodes one thru eight are available on various online streaming services:
My Name is Aldrich Ames - Episode 1
Jewel in the Crown - Episode 2
Trip to Vienna - Episode 3
What's Done is Done - Episode 4
Check Mate - Episode 5
Small Useless Truth - Episode 6
The Straw Poll - Episode 7
Avenger - Episode 8


TOURS OF THE CIA AND NSA MUSEUMS

A Tour of the CIA Museum - Two Parts - 1 June and 8 June 2014

Tour of CIA Museum by Toni Hiley for C-SPAN - Part 1 of 2  Toni Hiley, director and curator of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Museum in Langley, Virginia, talked about the museum’s collection and explained its mission of preserving and presenting the agency’s history. This was the second of a two-part program.

A Tour of the National Cryptologic Museum - 25 March 2014

Patrick Weadon, curator at the National Cryptologic Museum, spoke about the making and breaking of secret codes and the role of cryptology in U.S. history and U.S. intelligence activities. The museum is located on the campus of the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, Maryland.

Videos are from C-SPAN's American History TV



"The Changing Face of American Intelligence" - a presentation at The Institute of World Politics
by S. Eugene Poteat, President of AFIO

on 29 March 2014
The video runs approximately 1 hour.
Theme covered: The CIA has responded to changing national security needs. The early CIA, staffed by former OSS men with Special Ops expertise, succeed in countering the Communist subversion of Italy, Greece and Turkey. Political interference however, led to the disastrous Bay of Pigs fiasco. Special Ops were replaced by analysts who sought to inform policymakers on all they needed to know. But without HUMINT, analysts failed to answer the most critical intelligence question of the time, the "bomber and missile gap." Eisenhower answered the question with high tech reconnaissance, beginning with the U-2 and Corona satellites, which also helped in the Berlin and Cuban Missile crises. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, followed by challenges of global Islamic terrorism, American intelligence has returned to an updated version of Special Ops, i.e., integration of HUMINT, analysis, high-tech weapons, such as the Predator, all working hand-in-glove with Special Forces based in Florida.


TURN: The Untold Story of America's First Spy Ring....on AMC TV
Series started Sundays, 6 April 2014

View episodes or learn more about the series



NBC Nightly News: Sisterhood at the CIA
 
 

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For years, women have been making important contributions to the Central Intelligence Agency. Today, nearly half of the CIA is female, and women have been promoted to five of the CIA's top eight positions. NBC's Ann Curry reports.
Originally Aired November 14, 2013


Nature of Domestic Terrorist Threats
Nov 25, 2013
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

CSPAN Video of Lone Wolf Terrorist Attacks panel by Potomic Institute for Policy Studies

AFIO's chairman, Spike Bowman, was one of the panelists talking about the growing threat of "lone wolf" domestic terrorist attacks. "Lone wolf" is a term associated with notable attacks such as the shooting at the Fort Hood, Texas, Army base, the bombing at the Oklahoma City federal building, and the 2013 shootings at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard and at LAX airport.
1 hour, 45 minutes.

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International Organized Crime and National Security
Nov 1, 2013
American Bar Association

CSPAN Video of National Security Law Conference by ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security

AFIO's chairman, Spike Bowman, was one of the panelists talking about organized crime as a national security threat, including the effects of organized crime on the security of New York City, and what should be done about it. This event took place at the America Bar Association's annual national security conference.
1 hours, 51 minutes.

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AFIO's Vice President, John Sano, interviewed on C-SPAN Washington Journal Tuesday, 10 September 2013
on CIA Uses of Intelligence.

John Sano, who oversaw the day-to-day management of the CIA's covert operations as the former deputy director of its National Clandestine Service, talks about how the CIA gathers and uses intelligence.

John Sano, AFIO VP, on C-SPAN on CIA Uses of Intelligence

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/314938-5

Two additional videos we recommend:


A Newseum/American Bar Association Panel on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 on
NSA Surveillance Leaks: Facts and Fiction
Features AFIO's Chairman, Spike Bowman, and board member Stewart Baker.


CIA Careers Overview


ZERO DARK THIRTY: For a decade, an elite team of CIA intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. This is the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.
Directed and co-produced by Kathryn Bigelow with screenplay by Mark Boal
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong

Book is tied to the October release of the political thriller film Argo (starring Ben Affleck as Mendez).
This is a fast-paced account of a 1979 rescue operation during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979–1981. Iranian militants entered the American Embassy in Tehran and held dozens of Americans hostage for 444 days. Six diplomats managed to escape and fled to the Canadian ambassador’s home, avoiding discovery and possible execution by militants for two months. After a recap of the hostage situation at the American embassy, the narrative follows the six step-by-step as they moved through several hideout locations. CIA operative Mendez (Spy Dust), in charge of creating and maintaining myriad false identities and disguises for the CIA, relates, with the aid of journalist Baglio (The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcism), how he concocted a clever but risky plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. Posing as a film producer, he set out to disguise the six as a Hollywood production crew scouting locations for a fake science fiction movie titled Argo: “It’s like Buck Rogers in the desert.”
Details of the dangerous operation inject strong suspense and excitement into the closing chapters.

Film trailer viewable here or click image above

ARGO

ARGO: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio [Viking Press, 320p, October 2012]

Book is tied to the October release of the political thriller film Argo (starring Ben Affleck as Mendez).
This is a fast-paced account of a 1979 rescue operation during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979–1981. Iranian militants entered the American Embassy in Tehran and held dozens of Americans hostage for 444 days. Six diplomats managed to escape and fled to the Canadian ambassador’s home, avoiding discovery and possible execution by militants for two months. After a recap of the hostage situation at the American embassy, the narrative follows the six step-by-step as they moved through several hideout locations. CIA operative Mendez (Spy Dust), in charge of creating and maintaining myriad false identities and disguises for the CIA, relates, with the aid of journalist Baglio (The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcism), how he concocted a clever but risky plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. Posing as a film producer, he set out to disguise the six as a Hollywood production crew scouting locations for a fake science fiction movie titled Argo: “It’s like Buck Rogers in the desert.”
Details of the dangerous operation inject strong suspense and excitement into the closing chapters.

Film trailer viewable here or click image above


CIA declassifies Extraordinary Fidelity - Available for viewing at link at right

CIA has declassified Extraordinary Fidelity - a moving one-hour documentary about two CIA Officers (and two pilots) on a dangerous 1952 mission in the Manchuria region of northeast Communist China.

They are shot down, lost to all back home, tortured, and were in-and-out of solitary confinement for decades. How the operation went awry, the betrayals, the methods each used for keeping sane and motivated under unending imprisonment, was compounded by the fact that, back home, they were MIA and later presumed dead since China never acknowledged -- for years -- their survival and capture.
The documentary, produced by CIA and never aired outside headquarters, is now available for viewing on YouTube.

The two pilots died but CIA officers - Richard G. Fecteau and John T. "Jack" Downey - were freed in 1971 and 1973, respectively, and have gone on with their lives devoid of bitterness and have continued to excel in the new paths they have taken.

Extraordinary Fidelity Documentary

The documentary can be viewed at this link: http://www.youtube.com/user/ciagov
or click on image above. We recommend you take the hour to view it.

ACT OF VALOR

Act of Valor

When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Act of Valor uses active duty U.S. Navy Seals as actors. The characters they play are fictional, but the weapons and tactics used are real.
Act of Valor opened in many theaters as of February 17, 2012

Click on image above to view film trailer or use this link: trailer


TWO Semi-Documentaries to see:

Fair Game - A Film about CIA Officer Valerie Plame, diplomat Joe Wilson, CIA, and the Bush Administration - in Theaters November 5, 2010
Click image below to view trailer

Fair Game

A suspense-filled glimpse into the corridors of political gamesmanship where leaked intelligence community doubts about the lack of any serious threat of WMDs in Iraq, comes up against an administration hellbent to justify an invasion of Iraq to bring about regime-change. The film is based on the autobiography of the same name of CIA National Clandestine Services [NCS] officer Valerie Plame [Naomi Watts], whose career was destroyed, and marriage strained, when her covert identity was exposed by White House minions, in a campaign to neutralize her and to discredit her husband who released the findings not meant for public release, when it was clear his assessment would not support administration goals.

But the situation was not as simple as the book and film would have us believe. As a NCS officer operating as a "NOC" [non-official cover officer], working in CIA's Counter-Proliferation Division, Plame leads an investigation into the existence of WMDs in Iraq. Plame's husband, diplomat Joe Wilson [Sean Penn] -- a well-known critic of the Bush administration -- is drawn into the investigation when he is assigned [by whom?] to substantiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger. His classified findings are that there was no sale and likely no WMDs. But when the administration ignores his findings and uses the issue to continue its call to war, Wilson violates the secret nature of his assignment and writes a New York Times editorial outlining his conclusions, igniting a firestorm of controversy. The WH sees the editorial, by the husband of a CIA officer who likely played a role in cherrypicking Wilson for the assignment, as nothing less than a deliberate endplay, and a blatant, politically motivated betrayal of decisions that should have remained in the hands of the President and his advisors who, alone, were the ones to decide which facts to accept or ignore from a vast number of inputs arriving from intelligence collectors and analysts.

Misbehavior on both sides. There still is little agreement on where the betrayals were greatest, but the deliberate exposure of Valerie Plame's undercover status was unconscionable for it put the lives of scores of sensitive operations, proprietaries, other officers, and intelligence agents at risk in countries that quickly arrest and often kill entire families found to be aiding CIA or other western services.


  • Farewell - A Documentary based on spy Vladimir Vetrov
  • A real espionage case. Do not miss the following...

    Farewell The Movie

    Farewell - A movie based on spy Vladimir Vetrov

    In Select Theaters July 2010 - New York and Los Angeles - July 23, 2010
    Cast & Crew: Director: Christian Carion Producers: Christophe Rossignon, Bertrand Faivre, PHILIP BOEFFARD
    Cast: WILLEM DAFOE, Guillaume Canet, EMIR KUSTURICA, ALEXANDRA MARIA LARA, Dapkunaite, Dina Korzun, David Soul, Fred Ward
    Written by: Eric Raynaud
    France 2009 | Run time: 112 min.
    Director: Christian Carion | Language: French - English - Russian

    In 1981, Colonel Grigoriev of the KGB (real name - Vladimir Vetrov), disenchanted with what the Communist ideal has become under Brezhnev, decides he is going to change the world…
    Discreetly, he makes contact with a French engineer working for Thomson in Moscow and little by little passes on documents to him - mainly concerning the United States - containing information which would constitute the most important Cold War espionage operation known to date.
    During a period of two years, French President, François Mitterrand, was to personally vet the documents supplied by this source in Moscow, to whom the French Secret Service gave the codename « Farewell ».
    Then master of the White House, Ronald Reagan, set aside his reluctance to work with a French Socialist to put this unhoped-for information from the very heart of the KGB to use. Farewell would in fact decapitate the network which enabled the KGB to gain in-depth knowledge of scientific, industrial and military research in the West.
    Once the USSR had been deprived of these precious sources of information, Ronald Reagan's announcement of the new « Star Wars » military programme sounded the death bell of the Soviet Union. The Berlin Wall would fall before the end of the 80s…
    In his own way, Farewell managed to change the world, by avoiding traditional espionage methods too well known to the KGB and by not asking for any financial compensation whatsoever - much too capitalist for his taste. He simply followed his destiny, so that a new world might dawn for all his fellow Russians, but especially for his son.
    A trailer of the film can be viewed at this link:
    http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/farewell/

    More information about the case and film is available at: http://www.FarewellTheMovie.com


 
 

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