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COMING EVENTS FROM THE LATEST WEEKLY INTELLIGENCE NOTES - Use month index in right column to jump to current month:


PRIOR events in 2020 are at this link.

Upcoming events in 2021 will be at this link when available.

Icon CalendarSeptember 2020

Thursday, 3 September 2020, 1130 am CDT - Virtual Zoom - AFIO San Antonio TX Chapter Presentation on Communist China by John Franklin

AFIO BulletThe San Antonio Chapter will again use the Zoom meeting software and will feature a presentation on Communist China and its growth to a world power. The material covers the changes in the communist party's leadership and their ascendancy to a global power. The Chinese military is a part of the Chinese Communist Party. The presentation discusses the party's goals for regional domination and their future goals for global domination. Attendees will learn about the "little blue men," Chinese space operations and anti-satellite weapons, the BeiDou global navigation system, the Chinese Space Stations, and when is an underwater rock a part of nation building.

Contact John Franklin at for additional information and to be invited to Zoom meeting.

Upcoming virtual (and a few live, post-quarantine) events at the International Spy Museum. Click here to explore and register for upcoming Spy Museum virtual events for September 2020. All virtual events require pre-registration.

Saturday, 19 September 2020 - Zoom Virtual - The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History 75th Anniversary Event

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History presents a virtual symposium focusing on the 75th Anniversary of the ending of WWII. This virtual event will provide an understanding of the Manhattan Project and its implications on the Pacific conflict and following Cold War issues. The panels of distinguished guests will consider current and future concerns and create a public dialogue regarding a path forward for our world and defense concerns.
"They Changed Our World; The 75th Anniversary of World War II and the Use of Atomic Weapons Virtual Symposium" will take place via Zoom Webinar
Two panel sessions will take place, one from 8:30-10:30 am and the second from 10:45 am-1:00 pm. Guests are welcome to register for one or both panel sessions, and advanced registration is required.
One panel session is $25 or both panel sessions are $40 when purchased together.
More Info Here. Museum members and students receive a discount where one panel session is $15 or both panel sessions are $25 when purchased together. Students must provide their valid student email address to receive discount.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020, Noon EDT - Virtual - Briefing Presidential Candidates in an Election Year - A Joint Conference

Participate in a joint program hosted by the Council on Intelligence Issues (CII) and the International Spy Museum as they discuss an important election year matter: "Intelligence Challenges in an Election Year: Briefing Presidential Candidates."

Before a candidate is sworn in as President, the intelligence community provides classified intelligence briefings to candidates during the campaign and to a president-elect during the transition. These briefings are the first step for the IC to "get to know the President" and help shape a new President's Daily Brief, or PDB, which will be delivered only after the election.
Join the following speakers for a discussion of this historic election briefing practice. The panel and issues to be discussed are:

MODERATOR: Dr. Mark Lowenthal, former Assistant DCI for Analysis and Production and author of Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy.
Peter Clement
, Chief of CIA's Presidential Transition Team (2008); PDB daily briefer for Vice-President Cheney, NSC Adviser Rice, and Deputy NSC Adviser Hadley (2003-2004);
Dawn Eilenberger, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence and Assistant DNI for Policy & Strategy, Office of the DNI, she managed DNI's intelligence community's Presidential transition effort (2016);
John McLaughlin, former Deputy Director and Acting Director of Central Intelligence (2000-2004), he provided briefings to candidates, presidents-elect, and to sitting and former presidents; and
John Moseman, previously Chief of Staff, Director of Central Intelligence; CIA Director of Congressional Affairs, served as Senior Advisor to the DNI's Transition Teams for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 elections.

The issues to be discussed are:
• How does the intelligence community prepare for these briefings?
• How have these briefings changed or differed over time?
• Do candidates get "the good stuff"?
• And more.
Q&As will be welcomed.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Tickets are free but all are required to preregister at the link below.

Thurs - Fri, 24-25 September 2020 - Webex Virtual - Two-Day Conference on "Agents of Change: Driving a More Diverse and Capable Intelligence Community" - hosted by Harvard University

Agents of Change: Driving a More Diverse and Capable Intelligence Community is the theme of this two-day conference co-hosted by the Intelligence and Cyber Projects at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
The conference will take place over two consecutive mornings, with the first day focusing on identifying and understanding the current state of, and the opportunities and issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIB) in the IC; and the second focused on developing and discussing innovative solutions to these issues. We will convene senior leadership in the USIC, current and former intelligence officers, and leaders in the private sector and academia to facilitate a honest, open, and productive conversations.
This conference is virtual, open to public participation
To explore this event, see speakers, or register, use this link.

Thursday, 24 September 2020, 1800/6PM EDT; 1500/3PM PDT; 1200/12PM HST - Virtual - NIP September 2020 Virtual Speaker Series

Hold the date. Format: (New!) Planned – Video Conference (Go to Meeting)
Video conference details to be provided in follow up email no later than week of 14 September
GUEST SPEAKER: Ms. B. Lynn Wright, Former Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence (N2N6I) and Director, Naval Intelligence Activity and Independent Consultant, TS Pilgrim, LLC
TOPIC: "Reflections on the evolution of Naval Intelligence from the Global War on Terror to the Era of Great Power Competition: Constants and Disconnects"
AGENDA: • RDML (Ret.) Cothron welcoming remarks and introduction of Ms. Wright; • Ms. Wright's remarks; • Q & A moderated by CAPT (Ret.) Bob Allen: Please wait until called upon to present your questions. If you wish, please email questions before or during video conference to: and they will be presented.

Sunday, 27 September 2020, 2 PM EDT - Virtual Zoom - In the Shadows: The Secret, Intense Struggle to Mount a Second Berlin Airlift in 1961 - presentation by Colonel. G. H. "Hork" Dimon (USAF, ret.) for the Cold War Museum

Have you ever heard of the "The Second Berlin Airlift"—a time when preparations for which caused the Cold War to grow hot, Americans to be killed, and aircraft and equipment to be blown up? Probably not, for it occurred in the shadows as all eyes were focused on the Autumn 1961 Crisis when the Berlin Wall went up. Also probably not because the unadvertised Soviet plans for another Berlin blockade—and the backbreaking effort to prevent it—never made the news then and, indeed, it is hard to find any record of that effort today.
This is the 35th in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum featuring expert eyewitnesses to significant Cold War events and activities.

For full event description, speaker bio, and other information, use this event link.
Cost: $20, 100% of which is a contribution to the Cold War Museum.

Location: Online Only. Registration required. Eventbrite ticket buyers will receive a link to the virtual room on the Zoom platform where this event will take place. They are recording the whole event, including the Q&A, for the Museum's archives.
For more information and ticketing on Eventbrite, please click here.

Icon CalendarOctober 2020

1 Oct 2020, 11:30 a.m. CST - Virtual - "Inside the Concrete Jungle: Interrogating Terrorists with the Prison System" - theme of this virtual event by the AFIO San Antonio, TX Chapter

AFIO BulletThis presentation will focus on the nuances of interrogating terrorists within prisons, both domestically and overseas. Delineating between interrogations in an open setting and that of confinement, the presenter will discuss the challenges and benefits of that within a prison system. Further, the presenter will discuss the latest developments of using 'clean' interrogation teams in the war on terrorism. Presentation by Brig Barker.
Meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. Central Standard Time. If already a SA Chapter Member, mark your calendar. You will be sent a link for the online presentation prior to the meeting. If not a member, contact President John Franklin
There is no charge to attend these meetings.

1 to 29 October 2020, 6:30 - 7:30 pm EDT - Virtual Event - The OSS Society hosts An "Oh So Social" Conversation Series Celebrating the OSS' 75-Year Legacy

Hear leading figures from the Intelligence and Special Operations Communities discuss critical national security issues.
The OSS Society is hosting a month-long series of conversations throughout October with some of the leading figures from the Intelligence and Special Operations Communities to celebrate the Office of Strategic Services' 75-year legacy. They will be moderated by Dr. Michael Vickers who served as the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. Each event will include a unique OSS-themed libation presented by cocktail historian and noted author Philip Greene who has served as The OSS Society's bartender at The William J. Donovan Award® Dinner for many years. We are calling it an "Oh So Social" Conversation Series. (During World War II, so many OSS personnel were listed in the Social Register it was said the initials "O.S.S." really stood for "Oh So Social.")

Upon buying a series pass, you will receive access to five consecutive events throughout the month of October. Twenty-four hours prior to each event, you will receive an email from that will contain a unique private link for the event. Speakers' biographies, articles related to the topic of discussion and the recipe for the evening's highlighted drink will also be emailed to you and are available on the event page after you register. Your registration is valid for the entire five-part series. Tickets purchased after the first event are not discounted and no refunds are available after purchase.

Moderated by the Hon. Michael G. Vickers
1 October 2020: A Third Special Operations Forces Revolution -- Colonels David Maxwell USA Ret., Mark Mitchell USA, Ret. & Keith Nightingale USA, Ret.
8 October 2020: Current & Future State of SOF -- Adm. Eric Olson, USN (Ret.)
15 October 2020: INR75: The Bureau of Intelligence & Research -- The Hon. Ellen McCarthy, Asst. Secretary of State for INR
22 October 2020: The Future of Intelligence -- Michael Morell, former Acting Director of CIA
29 October 2020: OSS75: Its Legacy & Lessons -- Sec. Robert Gates, Sec. Leon Panetta, Adm. William McRaven, USN (Ret.) & Gen. David Petraeus, USA (Ret.)
Special Cocktail Presentations by noted author & cocktail historian Philip Greene

All Online Event. Fee - $250 – $1,000. No Refunds
To Attend or explore more about this event, do so here.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020, 12 noon - Virtual Zoom - The "Andre Le Gallo" San Francisco Chapter hosts Rear Admiral John Bitoff, U.S. Navy (ret) on Restoring Civility to Our Public Discourse

AFIO BulletRear Admiral John Bitoff will address what many perceive as the rise of incivility in America. Through the lens of history, he looks at the root causes of the corrosion of manners, and of downright meanness, and he considers why the virtues of humility and kindness seem to be on the wane.

The admiral extols civility by recounting military stories and personal anecdotes, and exploring the writings of philosophers, writers, scientists and leaders. His experience in leading men and women in difficult circumstances, of service in the highest level of the military, and his efforts in the field of international relations - particularly arms control - make him especially well-suited to address the topical subject of civility.

Rear Admiral John Bitoff, U.S. Navy (ret), has commanded destroyers, the master training base of the Atlantic Fleet, the Combat Logistics Ships in the Pacific Fleet, served as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff, integrated women aboard U.S. Third Fleet ships, and implemented a Nuclear Forces Treaty with the Soviet Union. He also carried the last Olympic Torch out of San Francisco onto the Golden Gate Bridge for the 1996 Summer Games.

His talk on Civility arises from these life experiences, and is most timely in today's world.

To participate: This meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Registration link is here.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020, 4 - 5:30 PM EDT - Webinar and Livestreamed Facebook - "Chinese Communist Espionage" with Dr. Matthew Brazil at this Institute of World Politics free Event

You are cordially invited to an Asia Initiative Lecture Series (AILS) webinar presentation on the topic: Chinese Communist Espionage with Dr. Matthew Brazil.
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 China's organs of state security. Dr. Matthew 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.

Speaker: Matt Brazil is a non-resident Fellow at The Jamestown Foundation. He 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), which can be found in hardcover and Kindle versions here.

More information on the book and this topic may be viewed here. The author's compendium of espionage terms in Chinese and photos from the world of Chinese Communist espionage may be seen here.

More information on this free virtual event or to Register, do so here.

15 October 2020, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. PST - Virtual Go-To-Meeting - "Challenges Facing Cyber Intelligence" - Topic of AFIO Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

AFIO BulletThe AFIO L.A. Chapter will hold its next virtual meeting on featuring guest speaker Prof. Al Lewis discussing "Challenges Facing Cyber Intelligence."
Al Lewis is currently a doctoral candidate in Strategic Intelligence in the School of Security and Global Studies at the American Military University. His primary areas of research includes the role of the Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) within state-sponsored cyber conflict and advocacy for ethics in cyberspace. Al is an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University where he teaches Cyber Threat, Policy, & Strategy to graduate students in the Elliott School of International Affairs. Additionally, Al currently oversees the Cybersecurity Operations Center of Boeing, the world's largest aerospace and defense company. Before that he served as a Special Agent in the Secret Service where he conducted International cybercrime investigations, computer forensics, and executive protection operations. Lastly, Al served in the United States Marine Corps, as a Force Reconnaissance Platoon Commander, conducting deep reconnaissance and direct actions missions around the world
We look forward to your attendance, and if any of your members would like to attend, please feel free to let them know we welcome their participation.
Virtual Platform: Go To Meeting
RSVP For Meeting Link:

Friday, 16 October 2020 - Arlington, VA - Naval Intelligence Professionals Fall Annual Meeting

Details to follow. Will appear first at NIP website.
Event will be held at the Army-Navy Country Club.

22 October 2020, 1 pm EST - Virtual - NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium

Join our colleagues at the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation for their first virtual General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium. The theme of the program is "A Virtual Afternoon at the Museum." For those who do not live in the DC-MD-VA area, this is the perfect opportunity for you to attend the October Meeting/Program AND explore the Museum!
This year's program features a virtual Museum tour, Foundation and Museum updates, and a keynote presentation by Dr. Michael Warner, U.S. Cyber Command Historian and Lt. Col. John Childress, USA. Warner and Childress will speak on themes from their recent book The Use of Force for State Power: History and Future. The book was published in 2020 by Palgrave Macmillan and is also available via Kindle.

*** The program will be free, but registration is required. Stay tuned for the opening of registration and for details on how to view the virtual program. A recording of the program will be made available on our website at a later date.

Full agenda, registration and other details here.

CANCELED: Friday, 23 October 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Tysons, VA - AFIO National Fall Luncheon features Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, and Author, former Post reporter Stephen Vogel

Saturday, 24 October 2020, 5:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - Save the Date! PenFed Foundation's 2020 Night of Heroes Gala

PUT ON CALENDAR AND HOLD THE DATE: The Pentagon Federal (PenFed Credit Union) Foundation will be hosting their spectacular Night of Heroes Gala on Saturday, 24 October 2020 at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. Last year's annual gala raised over $1.5 million and honored children of military families.
VIP Reception at 5:30 PM
General Reception and Silent Auction at 6:00 PM
Location: The Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, D.C.
Attire: Black Tie or Military Dress
RSVP: October 2, 2020
Click here to learn more or sponsor a table.

Icon CalendarNovember 2020

5 Nov 2020, 11:30 a.m. CST - Virtual - "Current U.S. Immigration Issues" - theme of this virtual event by the AFIO San Antonio, TX Chapter

AFIO BulletU.S. immigration policy was one of the first discussed by the U.S. Congress in 1790 and began our long history of immigration laws for the United States of America. Our current immigration policy stems from landmark legislation of 1952 with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and has been amended significantly seventeen times since and shaped by Presidential executive orders.
Family reunification, labor supply, and humanitarian issues are the main basis of our current immigration policy while immigration enforcement seeks the restriction to those who merit entry and residence here in this great country.
This will be a short overview of selected current immigration issues. Presented by Fred Schellenberg.

Meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. Central Standard Time. If already a SA Chapter Member, mark your calendar. You will be sent a link for the online presentation prior to the meeting. If not a member, contact President John Franklin
There is no charge to attend these meetings.

Icon CalendarDecember 2020

Thursday, 17 December 2020 - Annapolis Junction, MD - Anniversary of National Cryptologic Museum Opening to Public

17 Dec 1993: The National Cryptologic Museum opened to the public. Read about the Museum's History.

Did you know that ....It was captured Axis cryptographic equipment that became the basis for a small and little known Research and Development Museum collection (RDM) that was the NCM's precursor?

William F. Friedman and Lambros Callimahos (who set up his own makeshift office museum) originally cared for the equipment. Then in 1970, Earl J. Coates, NSA's first curator, set up museum-like exhibits in the lobby of NSA headquarters.

When the old Colony 7 Motel adjacent to NSA was purchased in the spring of 1990, Vice Admiral William O. Studeman, then-Agency director, was the first to suggest it be used as an NSA-operated museum.

The Museum initially opened on 15 July 1993 for NSA employees and families, as well as members of the Intelligence Community. But once the Museum opened to the public in December 1993, media interest and attendance boomed. Requests for interviews poured in and stories appeared in outlets all over the world. About 10,000 visitors stopped by that first year, a remarkable number considering the museum's furtive beginning. The photo shown here is of the Museum in 1993 when it was a one-room open exhibit area.

Check out the plans for the new museum and Cyber Center for Education and Innovation here.


Documentaries, Videos of Interviews, and Commercial Movies of interest

Video Tours of the Intelligence Community...continued

Virtual Museum Tours - No Masks, No Traffic or Long Drives, No Standing in Line

Take a Virtual Tour of the CIA Museum Online Collection

The CIA Museum helps visitors better understand CIA and its contributions to national security.
The museum's collection includes clothing, equipment, weapons, insignia and other memorabilia that serve as tangible testimony to the Agency's history.
Many of the objects were designed, manufactured, and used specifically for intelligence operations.
A few artifacts are associated with the CIA's predecessor, the Office of Strategic Services, and foreign intelligence organizations.
The CIA Museum is located within the CIA compound and is not open to public tours.


Take a Guided Virtual Tour of NSA's Cryptologic Museum

NEW Video at NGA - the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Show the Way
Who, What, Why, When... Where.

Throughout human history, we've yearned to discover what lies beyond the horizon. The drive to explore our surroundings and understand the Earth is deeply ingrained in our DNA. Run 3.5 minutes.

At NGA, our mission is to answer those fundamental questions today, so we can help show the way to a better tomorrow.

New career opportunities with NGA are here.

Many videos about NGA Mission, Mapping, Life, History, Geointerest Podcasts, and more are here.

THE NRO: America's Eyes and Ears in Space

Though released four years ago, the above National Reconnaissance Office video provides a quick review of the important space surveillance activities NRO conducts to keep America and our allies safe.
NRO captures signals and images critical to America's safety, reveals threats to the homeland, provides battlefield awareness, supports counternarcotics, surveys the damage from natural disasters, and more. The work is done by the unusual satellites of the National Reconnaissance Office. Learn more in this 13 minute video. [Thank you Marty Faga!]


Operation Overlord: OSS and the Battle for France

Saturday, 6 June 2020, marked the 76th anniversary of D-Day when more than 150,000 American and Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy to save the world from tyranny. The OSS Society produced an award-winning short documentary about D-Day: "Operation Overlord: OSS and the Battle for France" which tells the story of Allied special forces whose daring exploits changed the course of World War II. The film includes an introduction by The Honorable Leon Panetta. It was written and directed by Carl Colby, an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose father, William Colby, jumped into Nazi-occupied France as an OSS Jedburgh. The film's executive producer is Charles Pinck, The OSS Society's president.
Watch full documentary by clicking video above or the link here. Runs ~15 minutes.

View video from your desk using this link

"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


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.

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.


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.


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

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: 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:
or click on image above. We recommend you take the hour to view it.


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


An important film about a possible threat
that shows a country bent on annihiliation of the free world:
Iran's Acquisition of Nuclear Weapons

For a limited time, entire film can be viewed online at no cost.
We urge you to take the time to do so now.

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:

    More information about the case and film is available at:


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