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UPCOMING 2018 EVENTS
Includes AFIO and Chapter events and a selection of events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others

Prior 2018 Events by month appear HERE

Documentaries, Videos of Interviews, and Commercial Movies of Interest to AFIO members can be found here.

First notice
AFIO's Fall Luncheon

Friday, 2 November 2018

     

Amb. Prudence Bushnell

Terrorism Betrayal & Resilience

Ambassador Prudence Bushnell
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs,
U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala
Dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute

on

— Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience —
My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings

"A gripping harrowing saga of the 1998 bombing of Embassy Nairobi. Ambassador Bushnell provides lessons of leadership, crisis management, and policy acumen. Dramatically illustrates the terrorism danger diplomats [and intelligence officers] confront daily." —Ambassador Robert E. Gribbin III (Ret.)

"Bushnell is a true professional with the toughness, grit, courage, and compassion that marks the kind of superb leader you want in charge during a crisis. I witnessed her remarkable composure, even when personally injured, and her take-command leadership. This book is important for many reasons. It vividly presents a profile in courage; an understanding rarely appreciated for our foreign service men and women working in difficult assignments; a set of valuable lessons learned; and a case study in leadership during crisis. Every American should read this book."—Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

 
  and  

Best of Enemies

Gus Russo

Eric Dezenhall

Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall
on Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War

"... crucial for anyone who wants to understand espionage or the Cold War."― James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor

"If John le Carré wrote nonfiction and was a great reporter, BEST OF ENEMIES would be the result."—Laurence Leamer, author

"... how an American CIA agent and a Russian KGB agent wound up on the same side. You have to read it to believe it."—Tom Brokaw


Former KGB Officer Gennady Vasilenko, and Michelle "Mox" Platt, daughter of the late CIA Operations Officer Jack Platt, will be in attendance.

 
  Badge pick-up starts at 10 a.m.
First speaker, Ambassador Bushnell, at 11 a.m.
and Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall at 1 p.m.
     
Register here to ensure a seat.
     
Location: DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA [formerly the Crowne Plaza], at 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102.

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2 August 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Wilsonville, OR - The AFIO Columbia River Chapter features Derrick Olsen on "Staying Engaged on International Issues in the Age of Disruption."

AFIO BulletDerrick Olsen, former State Department official, and current President of World Oregon, will discuss "From the State Department to WorldOregon: Staying Engaged on International Issues in the Age of Disruption."
Olsen is a former Foreign Service Officer and currently the President of WorldOregon. Previously, he had over 13 years managing political and economic issues as a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State in Latin America, Asia, and Washington, DC, with four overseas tours including as Chief of the US Embassy's Political Section in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Fluent in Spanish, Derrick grew up in Oregon. He holds a BA in Government and History from Dartmouth College and a MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Event location: McMenamins Wilsonville Old Church & Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070 (503) 427-2500. Note: Attendees are responsible to pay for their own food and beverages. McMenamins will provide individual checks for everyone's convenience. The views expressed are those of the speaker and do not represent the views or opinions of the US Government or any component of AFIO.
TO ATTEND: Contact Carl Wege twege@ccga.edu or 912-222-8640 or for more information.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 7 pm - Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas AFIO Chapter Business and Speaker Meeting

AFIO BulletThe Roger E. McCarthy Chapter Las Vegas, Nevada AFIO meets tomorrow. Speaker TBA.
Timing: 5:30 pm - Enjoy the Los Prados Club restaurant and bar; 7 pm - Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance & Moment of Tribute, and Chapter Update – all by G. Schiffbauer. New Business -- Adjournment of Business Meeting; Raffle Drawing
We have a facinating guest speaker and look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting. If you have anyone you would like to invite to the meeting as potential future members, please forward this email to them.
Event location: Los Prados Country Club. Remember that when you get to the Los Prados guard station, have a photo ID available and tell the guard you are going to the clubhouse.
Qs? You may email me, Linda Cohn (Chapter Secretary), at lasvegasafio@gmail.com anytime or call me at 702-239-1370, if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Saturday, 11 August 2018, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts Col John Frketic on "The President's Daily Brief."

AFIO BulletOur guest speaker is Colonel John D. Frketic, US Army(Ret), talking about "the President's Daily Brief" aka "the PDB." He has recently given a similar speech to the University of North Florida. Frketic spent 34 years on active duty with multiple combat tours including Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom and was an intelligence operator, analyst, and unit commander with years working intelligence, order-of-battle, and counterterrorism issues throughout the Balkans and the Middle East. The PDB, sometimes referred to as the President's Daily Briefing or the President's Daily Bulletin, is a top-secret document provided each morning to the US President and also distributed to a small number of top-level US officials approved by the President. It includes highly-classified intelligence analysis, information about CIA covert operations, and reports from the most sensitive US sources or those shared by allied intelligence agencies. The PDB is produced by the Director of National Intelligence, and involves fusing intelligence from CIA, DIA, NSA, the FBI and other members of the US Intelligence Community.
Location: Country Club of Orange Park, 2525 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL 32073.
RSVP: Ken Meyer at kemeyer123@att.net or for further information call 904-777-2050. Cost will be $24 per person, pay the Club at the luncheon. Remember that family and guests, especially potential members, are all cordially invited.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Meet A Spy: Sandy Grimes at the International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum eventsSandy Grimes is a longtime veteran of the CIA's clandestine service who helped capture Aldrich Ames, the CIA officer turned traitor. Ms. Grimes highlights the back story and capture of Ames in Circle of Treason, the first account written by CIA agents who were key members of the CIA team that conducted the intense Ames Mole Hunt. Sandra Grimes and fellow author and former CIA colleague Jeanne Vertefeuille were two of the five principals of the CIA team tasked with hunting one of their own and were directly responsible for identifying Ames as the mole, leading to his arrest and conviction.
There is no charge for this event.
Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 7:30 to 8:45 pm - McLean, VA - Sebastian Gorka on "America's Enemies Old and New and the Trump Doctrine" at the Westminster Institute

Dr. Sebastian Gorka discusses "America's Enemies Old and New and the Trump Doctrine." Gorka is former Deputy Assistant and Strategist to the President (2017) and author. Former Kokkalis Fellow at Harvard,  he has taught at Georgetown, was Associate Dean at National Defense University and held the distinguished chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University.
Gorka was born in the UK to parents who escaped Communism during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He is an internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, irregular warfare, terrorism and democratization, having worked in government and the private and NGO sectors in Europe and the US.
Where: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101
Register here.
Questions: Contact Robert R. Reilly, Director; The Westminster Institute, 703-288-2885, br@westminster-institute.org

Saturday, 18 August 2018 10 am - 2 pm - Ft Meade, MD - Party & Movie to Celebrate 25 Years for the National Cryptologic Museum

Come celebrate the National Cryptologic Museum's 25th Anniversary with family-friendly free activities like having fun with fingerprinting, making invisible ink, making a code quilt design, coloring, and scavenger hunts. Plus - enjoy cake and punch! No ticket is required for the party, only for the movie screenings that will follow (see below).

For Anniversary Party, explore the activities here. Admission is free.

After the party - there will be a free movie screening of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian starring Ben Stiller. TICKETS ARE REQUIRED for the movie screenings. Click the link below for more info and to reserve your movie tickets via EventBrite. Screenings at 2:30 and 6:30 pm.
Night at the Museum Movie Screening Reservations are here.

The National Cryptologic Museum is located at 9900 Colony Seven Rd, Fort Meade, MD 20755.

Thursday, 23 August 2018, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Spies on Screen: Mata Hari, Agent H21 - Film at the International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum eventsWorld War I Paris offered the legendary Mata Hari some unique opportunities. This 1964 film featuring Jeanne Moreau and Jean-Louis Trintignant imagines how the famous dancer used her charm and seductive powers to spy for Germany and bankroll a glamorous life. But when she falls in love, her life as a spy loses its luster. This spy romance includes invisible ink, quick escapes, and a doomed love–perfect film fare for a summer evening. Along with the evening's screening of Mata Hari, H21, enjoy popcorn and sparkling French soda almost as tasty as Jeanne Moreau's Mata Hari. In French with English subtitles; screening at the Spy Museum. Co-sponsored by the Alliance Française de Washington.
Tickets for the general public: $10 per person; tickets for Spy Museum members: $8 per person. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

29 August 2018 (Wednesday), 11:30 am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco Chapter hosts FBI ASAC Lisa Gentilcore on "The Chinese Use of Social Media" 

AFIO BulletFBI ASAC Lisa Gentilcore addresses the AFIO San Francisco Chapter on "The Chinese Use of Social Media" at this luncheon meeting.  

Location: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080

RSVP: Eventbrite Registration may be completed here. 
Reservation and pre-payment is required before 25 August 2018. The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins. Questions? Contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at afiosf@aol.com with any questions.

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Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 7 to 8:45 pm - McLean, VA - Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch, discusses "The History of Jihad" at the Westminster Institute

Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch, discusses "The History of Jihad" at the Westminster Institute.
Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is the author of eighteen books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad ( both by Regnery Publishing). His latest book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS (Bombardier Books). It will be available for purchase and signing.

Where: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101
No fee to attend.
More information and to register, do so here.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 11 am - 12:15 pm - Washington, DC - "The Iranian Protests, Nuclear Deal, and Change from Obama to Trump" - a presentation by Dr Raymond Tanter at the DMGS

Dr. Raymond Tanter, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan and former NSC staff, discusses "The Iranian Protests, Nuclear Deal, and Change from Obama to Trump" at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security.
Tanter will discuss the opposition to the Iranian regime and how the West and the US might facilitate political change in Iran. The context for his discussion will be the nuclear agreement and the foreign policy of the Obama and Trump Administrations with respect to Iran.
More details on speaker, location, and maps for parking or metro available here.

Location: 1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
RSVP Required here. N.B.: Daniel Morgan Graduate School Reserves the Right To Refuse Entry and may ask for identification.
Attire: Business or Business Casual

Direct questions to Frank Fletcher, Director of lectures & Seminars by email to events@dmgs.org. Please note that you must RSVP to attend this event. Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security reserves the right to refuse entry.

Saturday 15 September 2018, Noon - Melbourne, FL - The AFIO Florida Space Coast Chapter hosts Greg Donovan and Renee Purden on "TSA, FAA, Intelligence and Other Security and Preparedness Matters"

AFIO BulletThe AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Greg Donovan, AAE, Executive Director of Orlando Melbourne International Airport and Renee Purden, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Orlando Melbourne International Airport Police Force.
Director Donovan and Chief Purden will address such topics as: the local management and police/security relationships and coordination with the federal Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration; the usefulness on our local scene of national and international intelligence reports and the Domestic Outreach Plan for the federal information sharing program; security in the General Aviation sector; and, the airport's emergency preparedness plans for catastrophic events.
Event location: Suntree Country Club, One Country Club Drive, Melbourne, FL 32940.
To register, or for more information, please contact chapter president John Noble, at afiofsc@gmail.com or 321-604-2135.

Monday, 24 September 2018, 5:30 - 8 pm - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts Elizabeth Peek on "Tariffs and the threat of tariffs and a strong US economy are America's best weapons in confronting our adversaries."

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SPEAKER:  Elizabeth ('Liz") Peek -  Well-known writer and columnist for the bipartisan The Fiscal Times and the The Hill among other publications covering economics, finance, and politics.
TOPIC:  Tariffs and the threat of tariffs and a strong US economy are America's best weapons in confronting our adversaries. The talk will focus on Iran and China in particular.
TIME: Meeting starts 6:00 PM. Registration starts 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Society of Illustrators building: 128 East 63rd Street Between Lexington Ave and Park Ave in Manhattan.
COST: $50/person. Cash or check payable at the door only. Full dinner and cash bar.
REGISTRATION: Strongly recommended. not required. Phone Jerry Goodwin  1-646-717-3776 or Email:  afiometro@gmail.com.

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10 October 2018, 6 - 9 p.m. - Washington, DC - "Mother, Daughter, Sister, Spy" Program at the International Spy Museum

The museum event -- "Mother, Daughter, Sister, Spy" -- features Dayna Baer, Carol Rollie Flynn, Carmen Middleton, Jonna Mendez, and Jill Singer.
Dayna Baer is a former Protective Officer in CIA's Directorate of Operations. Carol Rollie Flynn is a former Chief of Station and Senior CIA Executive, and Managing Principal at Singa Consulting, as well as Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. She is Advisory Board Member for the museum. Jonna Hiestand Mendez is the former Chief of Disguise in the CIA's Office of Technical Service and a founding member of the museum. Carmen Middleton is the current Deputy Executive Director of the CIA, and Founder & President of Common Table Consulting. Jill Singer, who will be moderator for this event, is the Vice President, National Security for AT&T Global Public Sector and SPY's Board Member.

Tickets range from $69 per seat to $15,000.
RSVP by 28 September 2018. Space is limited. RSVP or explore your seating options here.

17 October 2018 - Laurel, MD - NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium - Hold the date.

NCMFThe National Cryptologic Museum Foundation hosts their General Membership Meeting and Annual Symposium. More details to follow later in the year.

Registration is $25 for NCMF members and $50 for guests (includes complimentary one-year NCMF membership).
Deadline to register has not been announced. Additional details at www.cryptologicfoundation.org.
Event location likely to be: The Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory.

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Friday, 2 November 2018, 10 am - 2 pm - Tysons, VA - AFIO National Winter Luncheon features Ambassador Prudence Bushnell and authors Gus Russo and Eric Denzenhall

AFIO BulletFirst notice AFIO's Fall Luncheon Friday, 2 November 2018. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala, and Dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute, will discuss Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience — My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings

Authors Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall will discuss Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War Of this book, being released at the event, early reviewers have said: "... crucial for anyone who wants to understand espionage or the Cold War."— James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor
"If John le Carré wrote nonfiction and was a great reporter, BEST OF ENEMIES would be the result."—Laurence Leamer, author
"... how an American CIA agent and a Russian KGB agent wound up on the same side. You have to read it to believe it."—Tom Brokaw
Former KGB Officer Gennady Vasilenko, and Michelle "Mox" Platt, daughter of the late CIA Operations Officer Jack Platt, will be in attendance.

Badge pick-up starts at 10 a.m. First speaker is Ambassador Bushnell, at 11 a.m. Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall speak at 1 p.m.

Register here to ensure a seat. Event Location: DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA [formerly the Crowne Plaza], at 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102. Directions are here.


3 November 2018, 11 am - 3 pm - Orange Park, FL - The North Florida AFIO Chapter hosts TBD

AFIO BulletDetails on this forthcoming event to be released later.

RSVP to Ken Meyer kemeyer123@att.net or call at 904-777-2050. Cost will be $24 per person, pay the Club at the luncheon.
Remember that family and guests, especially potential members, are all cordially invited.

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

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

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

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Monday, 3 December 2018, 5:30 - 8 pm - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts Jen Easterly, for Counterterrorism executive.

AFIO BulletJen Easterly served as a special assistant to the president and senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council. Now a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley.

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.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018 - Annapolis Junction, MD - 18th Annual NCMF Pearl Harbor Program - Hold the date

NCMFJoin the National Cryptologic Foundation on 5 December for their 18th Annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Program. Speaker and topic TBA.
When: 10-11:30 am, followed by lunch.
Cost: $25 for NCMF members, $50 for guests (complimentary one-year NCMF membership included with guest purchase).
Where: CACI Inc., Maryland Conference Center, 2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20755
RSVP or More Info: Registration links will be provided later in year. A check may be mailed to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755. For further details, call NCMF office at 301-688-5436

UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2019 ARE HERE


Documentaries, Videos of Interviews, and Commercial Movies of interest


Watch a thrilling moment in NSA, Cybercom, and IC history.
Change of Command ceremony held 4 May 2018 at Fort Meade, MD.
Army Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone takes command of U.S. Cyber Command and NSA from outgoing chief Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers during this change-of command ceremony. Nakasone's new assignment comes with a promotion to four star general. Rogers is retiring after 37 years of service. When Nakasone takes leadership of Cybercom, it will be elevated to a full unified military command, such as U.S. Central Command.


Click here or image above to view DOD News' YouTube 1:15:53 recording of the impressive ceremony.


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 provided 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

Senior Women Officers in 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


VOA interview on Snowden and NSA

AFIO Vice-President John Sano
[former deputy director, CIA's National Clandestine Service]
and board member, Michelle Van Cleave
[former director National Counterintelligence Executive - NCIX/ODNI]
appear in this Voice of America interview
recorded 6 December 2013 at AFIO Headquarters.

"In 2014, NSA to Face Winds of Change."

VIDEO: The National Security Agency will have a new leader and possibly new procedures after a difficult year in which many secrets were leaked, sparking global criticism of its surveillance activities. VOA's Kent Klein has more here from his interview with these two officials and others.

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


I R A N I U M

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:
    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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