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THIS IS A LIST OF PRIOR EVENTS in 2019

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Icon CalendarJanuary 2019

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 11:30 AM - Albuquerque, NM - AFIO New Mexico Chapter hears from Bob Hull on "Russian Wet Affairs Using Novichok in London."

AFIO BulletSPEAKER: Mr. Bob Hull, Los Alamos Technical Associates Inc., will talk about the attempted killing of Russians in London using the Russian chemical agent, Novichok.

Location of event: "The Egg & I" restaurant on Menaul just east of Louisiana, next door to Chili's, 6909 Menaul Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87110, (505) 888-3447. Google map location.
Fee to attend: Meeting is Free.
Timing: 11 a.m. (Arrive, Order Lunch - available at separate cost), 11:30 a.m. (Call To Order), 1 p.m. (Adjourn)

Our meetings are normally open to present and former members of Federal, Military (uniformed and civilian), State and Local Agencies and selective others who support the Intelligence Community.

If you desire further information, please contact one of the following:
Sam Shaw - Phone: 505-379-3963 e-mail: President@afionm.org
Tom Dyble - Phone: 505-299-3242 e-mail: Vice-President@afionm.org

Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 6 p.m. - Coral Gables, FL - Fred Rustmann gives presentation on "False Flag"

Former CIA Operations Officer, author Fred Rustmann gives presentation on his latest novel, False Flag. This book was announced in Weekly Notes #02-18 (09 January 2018), and also praised by reviewer Joseph Goulden in Intelligencer, Spring 2018 [page 101].

A young, female CIA officer under non-official cover has been snatched off of the streets of Beirut by Hezbollah. This is the kind of situation that CIA's legendary Deputy Director of Operations Edwin Rothmann needs solved fast—but he can't involve the agency. Instead, he enlists the renegade Ft. Lauderdale outfit he refers to as "CIA, Inc." headed by former CIA case officer Mac MacMurphy. As the kidnapped officer faces a battle of wits with her mysterious interrogator, MacMurphy and his team track down a former CIA asset who may hold the key to infiltrating the hostage situation before it gets out of hand.

Rustmann will discuss various intelligence operations in this and his prior novels (The Case Officer, Plausible Denial), and the realities of modern techniques and covert operations.
Location: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134; 305-442-4408. See 2-page flyer here for details on book and event.
Too impatient to wait? Or seeking gifts for Christmas? Rustmann's 'too-real-to-be-novels' can be purchased from Amazon here or from Books and Books in Coral Gables here.

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 11:30 AM - Colorado Springs - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Kate Hall, discussing "The Hunt for Osama bin Laden: From the Inside"

AFIO BulletA CIA team tracked Osama bin Laden for years until the raid on his compound in Pakistan. This is the story of what the team did, how OBL's trail was discovered and followed, what problems had to be overcome and what finally led to the raid. A very entertaining and informative presentation by a member of the team.

Katherine (Kate) Hall has a 35-year career with the CIA in which Kate made her way from an 07 rank to lead thousands of analysts deployed around the globe. Along the way she visited jungles, deserts, and back alleys; but she also had the honor of meeting and briefing multiple US Presidents and foreign dignitaries. She was one of the first official Americans to go to People's Republic of China; the first female National Intelligence Officer with the National Intelligence Council; she headed two CIA Offices in the Directorate of Intelligence and had the honor of leading hundreds of analysts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thirty days from her retirement, 9/11 happened and, as most of her peers, Kate re-upped. The result was thirteen more years with CIA which included heading operations for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Her last five years in Washington D.C. were as Vice President and General Manager of BAE Systems where she headed global operations supporting several US Intelligence Agencies and the US military. 

For more information, please contact Tom VanWormer at robsmom@pcisys.net  and/or Steve at steve13507@gmail.com.

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 6 - 7:30PM - Alexandria, VA - NIP Third Thursday Social features RDML Brookes speaking on ""Perspectives on the Role of the Information Warfare Commander Afloat and Naval Intelligence at Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet."

Naval Intelligence Professionals kick-off their Third Thursday Social with guest speaker Rear Admiral Michael Brookes, Deputy Commander, U.S. 10th Fleet, discussing "Perspectives on the Role of the Information Warfare Commander Afloat and Naval Intelligence at Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet." RDML Brookes' operational tours include Imagery Intelligence Officer for VF-211 embarked aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68); Assistant Intelligence Officer (N21) for Cruiser-Destroyer Group One, embarked aboard USS Constellation (CV-64); Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (N2) for Carrier Strike Group 7, embarked aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76); Deputy Director of Intelligence (DJ2) for Joint Special Operations Command, where he deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan as Director of Intelligence (J2) for a joint special operations task force.

Please join us for camaraderie and professional insight. Questions are highly encouraged.

Location: Sonoma Cellar 207 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Questions: email Bob Allen, CAPT, USN (Ret), NIP Programs Coordinator or call him at 913-775-3655.

Saturday, 19 January 2019, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine hosts John Doughty, speaking on "Sino-U.S. Relations: Global Competitors or Inevitable Armed Conflict?"

AFIO BulletThe featured speaker at this AFIO Maine event will be John Doughty, veteran scholar, researcher, and analyst of global affairs. He will examine deteriorating China-U.S. relations. Doughty will discuss the tensions building on the trade front, China's military expansion into the South China Sea, and key events in Chinese history that may provide clues to future developments. He was formerly a senior financial analyst at Bath Iron Works, is a trustee of the Maine Historical Society, and currently serves on the boards of directors at World Affairs Council of Maine, and the Camden Conference.

This presentation is open to the public and a question period will follow.

No registration is required and there is no fee to attend. Event is held at the Brick Store Museum's Program Center, 4 Dane St, Kennebunk, ME.

Friday, 25 January 2019, 11 a.m. - noon - Washington, DC - DMGS hears Amédée Prouvost on "How The World Bank Manages Risk."

DMGS LogoHow The World Bank Manages Risk will be the presentation by Amédée Prouvost, Director, Operational Risk (CROOR) World Bank Group Risk Officer Vice President Mr. Provoust will discuss how the World Bank manages risk to include non-financial risk. Cost: Free

Where: Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, 1620 L St NW Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036 Dress Code is Business or Business Casual.

RSVP is required and guests must check in prior to entering the event. Register here.

DMGS Reserves the Right to Refuse entry and May Ask for Government Issued Identification.

Qs?: Direct Qs to Frank Fletcher, Director of Lectures & Seminars, at events@dmgs.org.

30 January 2019 (Wednesday), 11:30 a.m. - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco Chapter hosts Bill Monroe on CORONA Satellite Project, Genesis of Government-Private Sector Cooperation and its Impact on Silicon Valley

AFIO BulletSpeaker: Bill Monroe
Topic: CORONA Satellite Project, Genesis of Government-Private Sector Cooperation and its Impact on Silicon Valley
Times: 11:30AM no host cocktails; noon meeting
Location: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080. Google map location. RSVP: Register via Eventbrite here.

Icon CalendarFebruary 2019

1 February 2019, 10:30 am - 2 pm - Tysons, VA - First AFIO luncheon of 2019 features Larry Loftis, author of Code Name: Lise, and David Major, Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent, discussing "The Truth About Edward Snowden: The Man Who Conned the World."

AFIO BulletDavid MAJOR's presentation starts at 1 p.m.: Edward Snowden is a polarizing figure in the world today. Known by millions and the press as a champion of freedom and a self-appointed 'whistleblower' exposing IC activities which some saw as a violation of the civil rights of Americans. These are some of the myths surround Snowden's claims, and promoted by anti-IC minions in the press and nonprofit world. Almost all information in the public domain about Snowden is false; the vast majority of the "Snowden narrative" crafted, skewed, and provided by Snowden himself and swallowed whole by his media fans, never verified. Snowden has repeatedly lied about himself, his supposed expertise, the NSA, and his motivations. David Major will expose the truth about the man, his background, and the duplicity of his claims. These are essential corrections of the Snowden Myth which professionals need to know to counter continuing false claims made by Snowden and his supporters.

Larry LOFTIS's presentation starts at 11 a.m.: Code Name: Lise—The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy, by Larry Loftis recounts the story of Odette Sansom (1912-1995), a Frenchwoman living in England, wife of an Englishman and mother of 3 daughters, who was recruited into Britain's Special Operations Executive to conduct espionage in France during World War II with her commander, and yet-to-be second husband, Peter Churchill. Leaving her daughters in a convent school and with relatives, she joined the rigorous training program, becoming proficient with a wide range of weapons, learning the fine points of spycraft, and perfecting her new identity with the code name Lise. In France she proved herself fearless. Hunted by the Germans, in 1943, Odette and Peter were captured, imprisoned, and tortured. Loftis describes Odette's ordeal in grisly detail. Two lies saved her: She pretended that she and Peter were married (they would be after the war) and that Peter was related to Winston Churchill. In defeat, the Gestapo hoped to use her as a bargaining chip.
Watch this brief 83-second video about the book. You will want to attend to hear the author.

Registration has closed.

Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22182 Phone: (703) 893-2100. Directions at this link.

Friday, 1 February 2019, 1 p.m. - Westchester, CA - The AFIO Los Angeles Chapter Annual Business Meeting

AFIO BulletHappy New Year! With the new year we have scheduled our annual chapter business meeting on 1 February 2019 (Friday).

Lunch will be served at no cost. Complimentary lunch for members will be served as we focus on three agenda items listed below.
If you would like to add topics to the agenda, please forward them to the chapter officers here so that we may include them at the meeting.
Agenda Items are: • Election of Chapter Officers; • Membership Growth; • 2019 Speakers.

Location: Alejos Restaurant, 8343 Lincoln Blvd, Westchester, CA 90045. Map location is here.

RSVP: Click to send email of your attendance.
We strongly encourage participation from all members. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a New Year!

Vincent Autiero, President; John Hallstead, Treasurer; AFIO-Los Angeles Chapter, http://www.afio.org

4 February 2019 - Laurel, MD - Deadline to respond to RFP: Request for Proposals for the 2019 Symposium on Cryptologic History, NSA

The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) and the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation invite proposals for the 2019 Symposium on Cryptologic History. The Symposium will be held on October 17-18, 2019 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, MD. The theme of the 2019 Symposium is "From Discovery to Discourse." Proposals are due February 4, 2019. To submit your proposals or for additional details please visit this link.

Friday, 8 February 2019, 5:30 - 7:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Insider Spies: New Ideas to Counter the Threat" - presentation by David Charney, MD at the Institute of World Politics

You are invited to attend a lecture by Dr. David Charney about his new NOIR White Paper, "Prevention: The Missing Link for Managing Insider Threat in the Intelligence Community." The event is being held at the Institute of World Politics graduate school in Washington, DC. There is no charge to attend.

This event is part of IWP's Sixth Annual Brian Kelley Memorial Lecture. Dr. Charney's presentation will cover the following points:

    • Counterintelligence is the Stepchild of the Intelligence Community
    • Prevention is the Stepchild of Counterintelligence
    • Detection Gets All the Love

The event is co-sponsored by the IWP Alumni Board.

Though there is no fee to attend, preregistration is required. Register or explore more about the program here. To read the White Paper, it is available here.

Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036. View Map.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 - MacDill AFB, FL - The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter hears FSO Nancy Charles-Parker on "War Stories" from Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Central Asia, South and Central America, Europe, the Arabian Gulf and East Asia.

AFIO BulletMs. Nancy Charles-Parker, former Operations Officer/Economic Reporter and Foreign Service Officer, had a distinguished 33-year career in government service. Her most interesting "war stories" stem from Saudi Arabia, where businessmen and government officials generally treated her like an "honorary man". The experiences she will share originate in her U.S. embassy assignments in South Africa, Central Asia, South and Central America, Europe, the Arabian Gulf and East Asia.

The program starts at noon. Fee: $20 by check or cash at door. RSVP: Luncheon reservations and arrangements for base access for those without military ID must be made by Tuesday, 5 February, by contacting the Chapter Secretary, michaels@suncoastafio.org.

Event location: MacDill AFB Surf's Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Boulevard, MacDill AFB, FL 33621.

Friday, 15 February 2019, 10 - 11 am - Washington, DC - How Japan Thinks of its Trade Policy and Relationship with the US - Presentation by Takeshi Komoto, Minister of Trade, Industry, Business and Energy, Embassy of Japan in Washington DC

DMGS LogoTakeshi Komoto, Minister of Trade, Industry, Business and Energy, Embassy of Japan in Washington DC, will talk about the evolution of Japan's trade relationships with the US and the way forward on trade policy in the digital age. Cost: free.

RSVP Required HERE. Daniel Morgan Graduate School Reserves the Right to Refuse Entry and May Ask for Government Issued ID. Dress Code is Business or Business Casual.

Location: Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, 1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
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16 February 2019, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter hosts Col. Will Hall USAF(Ret) on "From Vodka to Errant Missiles: Military Diplomats and the Challenges of Attaché Work."

AFIO Bullet"It Wasn't in the Job Description" is the alternate title of Col Hall's presentation at this public AFIO chapter meeting.
The speaker, former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer William Hall, served as the U.S. defense attaché in Bulgaria in the late 1990s when fighting broke out over Kosovo's bid for independence from Serbia. He will share insights from his wide experience in one of the lesser-known fields of intelligence — military diplomats.
Hall will discuss some of the more unusual challenges of attaché work, including how to respond when an armed U.S. missile accidentally drops onto a friendly nation, and how to diplomatically navigate a vodka-soaked foreign bureaucracy.
Hall retired as a colonel after a 30-year career that included stints in the Balkans, Vietnam, Korea, the Philippines, Germany, Greece, Turkey, and northern Iraq. A resident of Peaks Island, Hall is vice-president of the World Affairs Council of Maine.
The meeting is open to the public and begins at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk, ME. A Q&A will follow presentation. There is no registration required and no fee to attend.

Saturday, 16 February 2019, 11:30am - 2 pm - Melbourne, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Dr. Rande Matteson, former DEA, speaking on "Compare and Contrast, Pakistan v. Mexico: The observations of a DEA Special Agent immersed in the shadowy cultures of Mexico and Pakistan."

AFIO BulletAt this Florida Satellite Chapter event, Dr. Rande Matteson will address us on: "Compare and Contrast, Pakistan v. Mexico: The observations of a DEA Special Agent immersed in the shadowy cultures of Mexico and Pakistan." Dr. Matteson's knowledge and experience are first-hand and unique. Matteson is retired from Federal Law Enforcement with 25 years' service, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Agency in Pakistan, Mexico, Afghanistan, and the US. He worked closely with the CIA as a DEA pilot and also as a DEA Regional Agent in Charge. Event timing: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM: Social Hour, greet old, new members and guests (cash bar); 12:15 PM: Lunch

LOCATION: Suntree Country Club, One Country Club Drive, Melbourne, FL 32940

COST: Member and spouse: $27; Non-Members/Guest: $29; Student or active duty military: $25.

TO ATTEND: Advance, paid reservations are required and must be received by 7 February 2019.

Make your meal choice from the following two options for self and any guests you are bringing: 1. Strawberry Salmon, pan seared salmon with a strawberry & balsamic glaze (F), or 2. Vegetarian Lasagna, layers of pasta, three cheeses, spinach and carrots, baked in a zesty marinara sauce (V) Both with Chef's Choice of Potato or Rice, Seasonal Vegetables, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Iced Tea, Soft Drinks, Salad and Rolls. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free on advance request. Dessert is Chocolate Mousse.

Send check covering fees per person plus meal choice for self and guests to: Chapter Treasurer Rhonda Rhoads, PO Box 410158, Melbourne, FL 32941. Or email her at afiofsctreas@gmail.com. Questions? Email Rhonda or call her at 321-626-4465.

Monday, 25 February 2019, 9 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. - Washington, DC - Journal of National Security Law & Policy Annual Symposium — The Continuing Threat of Nuclear Weapons

This year's Journal of National Security Law & Policy symposium is "The Continuing Threat of Nuclear Weapons," and is brought to you by the JNSLP, the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, and the Georgetown Center for Asian Law. The symposium will be held on the 12th floor of the Gewirz Student Center. Directions and map here.

In addition to the following three panels, the symposium will also feature a lunchtime keynote speech by Joseph Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS by Stephen Dycus, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School.
PANEL 1: Banning Nuclear Weapons?
Panelists: Adam Mount, Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Posture Project, Federation of American Scientists; John Burroughs, Executive Director, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy; Alexandra Bell, Senior Policy Director, Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation; Moderator: David A. Koplow, Professor of Law at Georgetown Law.

PANEL 2: U.S./Russia Nuclear Relations.
Panelists: Michael Krepon, Co-founder/Senior Associate, Stimson Center; Bonnie Jenkins, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute; Adam Scheinman, Former Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, Dept. of State; Moderator: Dakota Rudesill, Assistant Professor of Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

LUNCHEON AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Joseph Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund.
PANEL 3: Nuclear Weapons Issues on the Korean Peninsula.
Panelists: Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; Joel S. Wit, Senior Fellow and Director of 38 North, Stimson Center; Sue Mi Terry, Senior Fellow, Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Moderator: James V. Feinerman, Co-Director, Georgetown Center for Asian Law.

CLOSING REMARKS: Stephen Dycus, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
RECEPTION will follow the event.

To RSVP, please click here.

Qs?: Email Journal of National Security Law and Policy here.

28 February 2019, 6 - 8pm - Washington, DC - "THE HUMANITY OF ESPIONAGE" is the theme of this symposium at The Catholic University of America

All AFIO Members and guests are invited to attend at no cost.

The Intelligence Studies Program of The Catholic University of America and the Institute for Human Ecology are cosponsoring a symposium entitled "The Humanity of Espionage."

Espionage is the collection of national security intelligence through human means. One person, the spy–typically a foreign national with access to information–passes it to another person, called a handler or case officer. At the heart of this activity is the relationship between the spy and his handler. This panel of former CIA case officers will explore the nature of that relationship through exploration of a variety of questions:

What does it mean to persuade another human being to break the trust he has with his own country and work for the benefit of the United States?
What obligations does the U.S. government have in such situations?
What is the personal connection between spy and case officer–is it totally cynical, or is there an authentic relationship?
How do we mitigate the risk to human dignity in the conduct of this intelligence activity?

Join moderator Nicholas Dujmovic (assistant professor and director of the University's Intelligence Studies and 26-year veteran of CIA, having served as an analyst, manager, editor of the President's Daily Brief, and CIA staff historian) and the following panelists for a great discussion:

John Bennett is a former Director of the National Clandestine Service at the Central Intelligence Agency. He retired from CIA in 2013 after 33 years as an operations officer and manager. Mr. Bennett served 18 years overseas, mostly in Africa, including four tours as a Chief of Station. He engaged in Cold War programs directed against the Soviets in Africa and managed counter-terrorism operations in East Africa and Southwest Asia. Mr. Bennett has a Bachelors Degree from Harvard and a Masters Degree from Georgetown University. Prior to joining CIA he served for five years as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Juan Cruz is a former career CIA operations and case officer. He served as chief of station in four different overseas locations and later was in charge of the Agency's Latin America division. He has experience in counterinsurgency, counterproliferation, covert action, and covert influence operations. Mr. Cruz graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and has a master's degree from Johns Hopkins. He has done graduate work at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica of Rio de Janeiro. Most recently he served on the National Security Council as Special Adviser to the President and Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere. He is originally from Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Gil Kindelan is a retired case officer with 34 years of government service in the US Army and the CIA. He served overseas for 17 years of his career in Asia, Eastern Europe during the Cold War, Western Europe and the Middle East as a case officer, deputy chief of station and chief of station. At CIA Headquarters, he served at various levels of management including chef of staff in the Counterterrorism Center. Since retiring he works part-time as a consultant. He has a masters degree in journalism and has worked as broadcast newsman and director of an educational TV news program.

Scotty Skotzko served 40 years as a CIA operations officer with eight overseas postings in the Balkans, South Asia and Africa, senior management positions in several Headquarters components, and deployments in support of U.S. military operations in Somalia, Kosovo, Iraq, Qatar and Afghanistan. His experience includes interagency intelligence collaboration, cooperation with foreign governments, and researching lessons-learned case studies of security issues. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and the Columbia University School of International Affairs.

For questions or accommodations, please contact ihe@cua.edu.

Location: The Catholic University of America, Heritage Hall in Father O'Connell Hall, 620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20064 + Google Map and Directions

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Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 7:30 - 8:45 pm - McLean, VA - "How to Identify Jihadi-Salafists Through Ideology, Practices, and Methodology" - presentation by Dr Habeck at the Westminster Institute

Dr. Mary Habeck, Senior Fellow, FPRI, lectures on al-Qaeda and ISIS, as well as on military strategy and history, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University, and American University.

Her recent monograph for the Heritage Foundation is titled The U.S. Must Identify Jihadi-Salafists through Their Ideology, Practices, and Methodology-and Isolate Them. She is the author of Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror (Yale, 2005) and three forthcoming sequels, Attacking America: Al-Qa'ida's Grand Strategy; Managing Savagery: Al-Qa'ida's Military and Political Strategies; and Fighting the Enemy: The U.S. and its War against al-Qa'ida.

She is also a Senior Fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute. From 2005-2013 she was an Associate Professor in Strategic Studies at SAIS, teaching courses on extremism, military history, and strategic thought. Before moving to SAIS, Dr. Habeck taught American and European military history in Yale's history department, 1994-2005. She received her PhD in history from Yale in 1996, an MA in international relations from Yale in 1989, and a BA in international studies, Russian, and Spanish from Ohio State in 1987.
Dr. Habeck was appointed by President Bush to the Council on the Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities (2006-2013), and in 2008-2009 she was the Special Advisor for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council staff.

Times: Come early to enjoy reception at 7 p.m. Program begins at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101
Questions: Robert R. Reilly, Director, The Westminster Institute, Call 703-288-2885 or email him at br@westminster-institute.org
No fee to attend. RSVP here.

Thursday, 14 March 2019, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO AZ Chapter hosts Dr Gary Marchant discussing "Artificial Intelligence - Current Applications and Concern."

AFIO BulletArtificial intelligence (AI) has recently had a resurgence in attention and applications due to recent innovations in machine learning and deep learning. This presentation will describe the recent advances in AI and why they are important, and will describe some current applications of AI across various industry and social sectors. It will also describe some of the concerns about Ai in terms of potential bias, safety, technological unemployment, national security and international competiveness.
Professor Marchant's research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. He teaches courses in Environmental Law, Law, Science & Technology, Genetics and the Law, Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy, and Nanotechnology Law & Policy. Professor Marchant has served on two National Research Council committees, has been the principal investigator on several major grants, and has organized numerous academic conferences on law and science issues.

TO ATTEND: RSVP no later than 72 hours ahead of time. And if you have to cancel or find you cannot attend, the chapter is charged for no-shows. A charge can be avoid if we receive word of your cancellation more than 72 hours before day of event.
BADGES: many have a permanent, regular badge. If you do not, email Simone at simone@afioaz.org with the information you would like on your badge (Full Name and Past Career Title/Affiliated Organization ~ should you wish). The cost with a magnetic strip is $8.
For reservations or questions, email Simone at either of these: simone@4smartphone.net, or simone@afioaz.org; or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016.
REMEMBER: If you are bringing a guest, send the full name.
Location: Best Western Thunderbird Suites, 7515 E Butherus Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Luncheon fee: $18 pp
RSVP - to simone@afioaz.org.

Saturday, 16 March 2019, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter hosts Amb Dunbar on "Afghanistan: Bad If We Stay; Worse If We Leave."

AFIO BulletFormer Ambassador Charles Dunbar will discuss "Afghanistan: Bad If We Stay; Worse If We Leave"; [Sounds like some marriages, yes?] at this AFIO Maine Chapter meeting.
The meeting is open to the public and begins at 2 p.m. at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question and answer period will follow.
Dunbar spent 32 years with the State Department, including as charge d'affaires in Kabul, as well as ambassador postings in Yemen and Qatar, and assignments in Iran, Afghanistan, Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania. He served two years as UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative in Western Sahara, and has taught at Simmons College, Boston University and Midcoast Senior College in Brunswick.

18 March 2019, noon - 2 pm - Washington, DC - "Talking to a Former Terrorist: American Al-Qaeda Bryant Neal Viñas" at the International Spy Museum

Bryant Neal Viñas, 'American Al-Qaeda' tells his story at the new, expanded International Spy Museum at their new location in L'Enfant Plaza.

In 2009, Bryant Neal Viñas, an American born in New York to a family of Catholic Hispanic immigrants, pleaded guilty on charges of conspiracy to murder U.S. citizens, and for providing material support to Al-Qaeda. The media referred to him as 'American Al-Qaeda' and reported his intriguing journey from the New York suburbs to Pakistan to attack U.S. military forces in Afghanistan. Viñas proceeded to cooperate with law enforcement and intelligence officials, in what has been described as a "treasure trove" of valuable information about the inner-workings of the Al-Qaeda network. What was the nature of Viñas's radicalization? How does a Western-born jihadist get through terrorist training in Pakistan?

Participants: Bryant Neal Viñas, Former American Al-Qaeda member; Mitchell Silber, Former Director of Intelligence Analysis, NYPD; Christopher Costa, COL, USA (Ret.), Executive Director, International Spy Museum, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counter-terrorism – National Moderator: Peter Bergen, Vice President, Global Studies & Fellows, New America

Event Location: The "Expanded" International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024. Directions or Map Location here.

Register Here.

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 11:30 AM - Colorado Springs - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Steve Maffeo, discussing "Intelligence in the Nelson Era."

AFIO BulletIn today's world of satellites and electronic eavesdropping, it's hard to appreciate the difficulties in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating secret intelligence two centuries ago. This presentation, based upon the speaker's first book Most Secret and Confidential: Intelligence in the Age of Nelson, gives a close look at the methods used to obtain and analyze secret material and deliver it to operational forces during the Great Age of Fighting Sail. The British experience from 1793 to 1815 is the main focus, but it also includes French and American activity. In addition, it examines how commanders used the information to develop strategy and tactics and win—or sometimes lose—battles. And, it informs on how Vice Admiral Lord Nelson and his associates dealt with intelligence obstacles and how the outcomes affected their own futures and, in some cases, the history of the modern world.

Steve Maffeo retired in 2008 as a Navy captain – after 30 years (both enlisted and commissioned) in the Colorado Army National Guard, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Naval Reserve. His last three assignments were as the commanding officer of reserve shore-based units supporting the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, and the National Defense Intelligence College. Steve then retired in 2015 as the Associate Library Director at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He holds a B.A. (English) from the University of Colorado; an M.A. (Library Science) from the University of Denver; and an M.S. (Strategic Intelligence) from the U.S. National Defense Intelligence College. His civilian career was for the most part as a library administrator. He's worked at Martin-Marietta Aerospace, the University of Northern Colorado; the U.S. Naval War College; and the Aurora (Colo.) Public Library.
Steve has published several journal and encyclopedia articles as well as four books: Most Secret and Confidential: Intelligence in the Age of Nelson; Seize, Burn, or Sink: The Thoughts and Words of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson; The Perfect Wreck: "Old Ironsides" and HMS Java—A Story of 1812; and U.S. Navy Codebreakers, Linguists, and Intelligence Officers against Japan: 1910-1941.

For more information and to reserve a seat, please contact Steve at steve13507@gmail.com.

Friday, 22 March 2019, 2 - 3:15 pm - Washington, DC - From Syria to Venezuela: From Crisis to Conflict, Presentation by Joseph Humire at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School

Mr. Humire will discuss the roots of the Venezuelan crisis, its geopoltical complexity and potential solutions that the US and the international community might pursue.
Joseph M. Humire is the Executive Director of the Center for a Secure Free Society. A global security expert specializing on transnational threats in the Western Hemisphere, he provides regular briefings on international terrorism, transnational organized crime, Islamism and Iran's influence in Latin America to various entities within the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, as well as prominent think tanks and universities around the world. He testifies frequently before the U.S. Congress on national security issues and has also testified before the European, Canadian, and Andean Parliament, as well as the Argentine and Peruvian Congress. In 2016, Mr. Humire served as an expert witness in an important terrorism trial in Lima, Peru.
Where: Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, 1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036
RSVP Required here.
Dress Code is 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.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 10 am - 1 pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - NCMF 2019 Spring Cryptologic Program Featuring Mr. C. Eric Estberg on Berlin Daze

The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's 2019 Spring Cryptologic Program features C. Eric "Rick" Estberg, author of the book Berlin Daze. Following his presentation, a book signing and lunch will take place from 1145 to 1300. Books will be available for purchase for $20. Learn more about Mr. Estberg, his presentation, and his book below.

Berlin Daze recounts dozens of Estberg's adventures and unique experiences over a seven-year period in walled West Berlin, as an Army NCO and an NSA civilian. As a "Cold Warrior" he served literally on the front lines, separated by only a few miles from hundreds of thousands of Soviet and East German soldiers. Unlike others who spent much of a career in those days simply training for some possible future crisis, Rick actually lived his real-world mission, day-in and day-out, along with hundreds of others of talented, dedicated military and civilian intelligence specialists.

Registration: The registration fee includes lunch. It is $25 for members and guests. To register now online follow this link.

View the full printed invitation and agenda here as a PDF.

Or you may mail-in your registration fee by check to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998. Include names of self and your guests. For more details, please call the NCMF office at 301-688-5436. ***Deadline for registration is 25 March 2019.*****

Event Location: CACI Inc., Maryland Conference Center, 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD 20755. Google map link here.

More about this event, about the author or book, is here.

Additional information or questions can be handled at NCMF Office at cryptmf@aol.com or call 301-688-5436.

Thursday, 28 March 2019, 8:30 am - 3 pm - Austin, TX - Intelligence in Transition, A Symposium of UT Austin's Intelligence Studies Project

Registration is now open for the fifth annual Intelligence Studies Project Symposium. The event is free and open to the public, however, advance registration is required to attend each session. Please click the registration link below to reserve your ticket(s) and plan to arrive early to secure your seat. Registration does not guarantee admission.

This year's Symposium Intelligence in Transition will feature a keynote address by the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Susan Gordon.
This event is co-sponsored by the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Clements Center for National Security, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Location: Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, The University of Texas at Austin.

Agenda Speaker Highlights: Stephen Slick, Director of the Intelligence Studies Project; Strategic Warning, with Opening Remarks by Amy McAuliffe, National Intelligence Council Chair; Moderator: Robert Hutchings, National Security and Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs; John McLaughlin, Former Acting Director of Central Intelligence; Dennis Wilder, Former National Security Council Senior Director for East Asian Affairs; Philip Bobbitt, Director of the Center for National Security at Columbia Law School.
Law Enforcement Responses to New Threats, An Interview with John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, by Ellen Nakashima, National Security Reporter at The Washington Post.
Intelligence in Transition, Remarks by Susan Gordon, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence; Introduction by Admiral (Ret.) Bobby Inman, Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs; Discussion moderated by Stephen Slick, Director of the Intelligence Studies Project
Emerging Threats, Technology Challenges, and Institutional Change, with Opening Remarks by Christopher Krebs, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director
Moderator: Robert Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law; Michelle Van Cleave, Former National Counterintelligence Executive; Samantha Ravich, Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Michael Daniel, Former Special Assistant to the President and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator; John Carlin, Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

To register, do so here.

Icon CalendarApril 2019

Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 1130 - Albuquerque, NM - AFIO New Mexico Chapter discusses "The Spy and the Traitor"

AFIO BulletSPEAKER:  Mr. Tom Dyble presents Part 2 of his report on the book by Ben Macintyre: "The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War". It is the story of Oleg Gordievsky

Location of event: "The Egg & I" restaurant on Menaul just east of Louisiana, next door to Chili's.
6909 Menaul Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87110, (505) 888-3447
Fee to attend: Meeting is Free.
11:00 AM (Arrive, Order Lunch - available at separate cost), 11:30 AM (Call To Order), 1:00 PM (Adjourn)

Our meetings are normally open to present and former members of Federal, Military (uniformed and civilian), State and Local Agencies and selective others who support the Intelligence Community. 

If you desire further information, please contact one of the following:
Sam Shaw - Phone: 505-379-3963   e-mail: President@afionm.org
Tom Dyble - Phone: 505-299-3242   e-mail: Vice-President@afionm.org

Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 7 pm - Las Vegas, NV - The AFIO Roger E. McCarthy Las Vegas Chapter hears from John Getter on "Choosing Excellence."

AFIO BulletThe AFIO Roger E. McCarthy Las Vegas Chapter has a full program of business and speaker presentation at this April 10 meeting. President Schiffbauer will update the chapter on activities (new and old business) and there will be a presentation by John Getter.
John Getter is a professional speaker, trainer, consultant and recovering television journalist. He began his career at a small town radio station while still in high school. Last year, he was part of the team nominated for a National Emmy Award for NBC News coverage of the October 1 shootings. He has served major media outlets and consulted with private and public sector clients and political candidates.

John is the author of three books about space exploration that are available on Amazon Books and other outlets. As the space and science reporter for KHOU-TV (CBS), John provided in-depth coverage of the first 35 space shuttle missions. He was a regular contributor to and consultant for CBS News, regularly seen in more than 100 countries and on CNN. He continues his broadcast journalism producing coverage for several American and International Channels.

And that's where he had some adventures as he worked to cover his beat – the shuttle program – as they were testing their ability to operate in secret.

John led projects involving both the Russian MIR and International Space Stations, leading teams in Russia and the USA.

Event location: Los Prados Country Club, Las Vegas, NV 89130
Timing: 5:30 p.m. - Enjoy the Los Prados Club restaurant and bar; 7 p.m. - Call to Order -- G. Schiffbauer; Pledge of Allegiance & Moment of Tribute -- G. Schiffbauer; Chapter Update – G. Schiffbauer; New Business; Adjournment of Business Meeting; Raffle Drawing.
RSVP: Linda Cohn, Chapter Secretary, at lasvegasafo@gmail.com or call 702-239-1370, if you have any questions. The chapter looks forward to seeing you!

Thursday 18 April 2019, 11 a.m. - noon - Washington, DC - The U.S.-China Economic Relationship: Paradigm Shift or More of the Same? A presentation by Carl Schonander at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School

Carl Schonander, Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy, Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
Mr. Schonander will discuss what the Trump Administration's trade, investment, and export control policies portend for the U.S.-China economic relationship.

Where: Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, 1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
RSVP Required and can be done here. There is no fee to attend.
Attire is business or business casual
Questions to Frank Fletcher at events@dmgs.org. Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security reserves the right to refuse entry and may ask for government issued photo identification.

Saturday, 20 April 2019, 10am - 3pm - Dedham, MA - AFIO New England hosts Membership Business Meeting, Speaker, and Discussions

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

Our morning presentation will be a review current issues in fraud and protection countermeasures covering identity theft. Our afternoon presenter is Kenneth Gray, one of our members who has recently published in the Academy of Criminal Justice Science (ACJS) journal an article along with a former student on research they conducted on the threat of hobby-level drones potentially being used as a weapon, and a look at the current technology that could counter this threat. In their research they found the majority of law enforcement agencies are both unaware of the threat and are ill-equipped to counter this threat.

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

Reservations are $25 per person. We can no longer accept walk-ins. Emails regarding your plans to attend will be accepted if you are late meeting the deadline. These must be sent to Ms Sarah Moore no later than 3 days prior to the event
********Luncheon reservations must be made by 17 April 2019. ************** Paid in advance the cost of the luncheon is $25 per person. Mail name of attendee and any guests to: AFIO/NE, Sarah Moore, PO Box 1203, Orange, CT 06477.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019, 8 - 10 a.m. - McLean, VA - GEOINT 2019 Sneak Peek

GEOINT 2019 Sneak Peek
The GEOINT 2019 Symposium returns to San Antonio, Texas, June 2-5. Before we gather for a week of training, learning, exhibiting, and networking, USGIF wants to share with you what our partners at NGA will be looking for as well as what they plan to showcase at GEOINT 2019.
Join us for breakfast at Maggiano's on Tuesday, April 23, to hear from: Sandra Auchter, Deputy Associate Director of Capabilities, NGA; William Caniano, Director, Office of Corporate Communications, NGA; Christy Monaco, Chief Ventures Officer, Office of Ventures and Innovation, NGA.

Agenda: 7:30 am – Registration and Coffee; 8:00 am – Welcome and Breakfast; 8:30 am – Government Presentations and Audience Q&A; 10:00 am – Networking
Registration Fee: Individual Members: $35; Non-Members: $50

Location: Maggiano's Tyson's Corner, 2001 International Dr., McLean, VA 22102

Event Type:Social/Networking, Regular registration starts on Jan 31, 2019 and ends on Apr 23, 2019. Late registration starts on Apr 24, 2019.
Register here.

Thursday 25 April 2019, 2 - 3 pm- Washington, DC - Challenges and Opportunities for US - Japan - Korea Trilateral Security Cooperation at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School

NOTE TIME CHANGE - Challenges and Opportunities for US - Japan - Korea Trilateral Security Cooperation is the topic of the presentation by James L. Schoff, Senior Fellow, Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, being given at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security.
A major shift in allied diplomatic tactics for handling the North Korean nuclear threat coupled with deteriorating Japan-Korea relations have sapped strength from trilateral security cooperation. This former leader of Defense Trilateral Talks will discuss where trilateral cooperation has been and where it could and should be going.

James L. Schoff is a Senior Fellow in the Carnegie Asia Program. His research focuses on U.S.- Japan relations and regional engagement, Japanese politics and security, and the private sector's role in Japanese policymaking. He previously served as senior adviser for East Asia policy in the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and as Director of Asia Pacific Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA).

Where: Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, 1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036
Time: 2 to 3 pm (formerly was 11 am - noon)
RSVP required and may be done here.
Attire is Business or Business Casual
Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security Reserves the Right to Refuse Entry and May Ask for Govt. Issued Photo Identification
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.

Icon CalendarMay 2019

3 May 2019, 11 am - 2 pm - Arlington, VA - Naval Intelligence Professionals Spring/Red Tie Luncheon to hear CDR Wiley on "Does Analytical Excellence Still Matter?"

Speaker will be Neil Wiley, CDR, USN (Ret), a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (DISES) and is the DIA Functional Manager for Analysis. With over 30 years of experience in the national security arena, Mr. Wiley has served both as a naval officer and civilian intelligence professional. He leads DIA's all-source analytic effort across the regional, functional and S&TI portfolios, producing Defense Intelligence in support of policymakers, military planners and warfighters, and defense acquisition. Mr. Wiley also serves as Functional Manager for all-source analysis for the Defense Intelligence Enterprise, responsible for the alignment, quality, and integrity of the analytic output of the DIA, the service intelligence centers and the combatant commands.
At the luncheon, we will also be pleased to honor Ms. Lynn Wright as the annual Red Tie award recipient for 2019.
Timing: 1100-1200 - No-Host Social; 1200 -1300 - Luncheon; 1230-1300 - Mr. Neil Wiley - Guest Speaker (Confirmed): Topic -- Does Analytical Excellence Still Matter?.

Registration Closes 26 April 2019. To register online do so here.
To register and pay by check, please send checks to: NIP, P.O. Box 90461, Washington, DC 20090
Please remember to include your menu entree selection - Salmon or Chicken or Vegetarian - when registering via mail.
No WALK UPS.
Location: Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA, The ANCC is a world class venue located conveniently near Suitland and minutes from the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, with spectacular views of the Capital and abundant free valet parking.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 1130 - Albuquerque, NM - AFIO New Mexico Chapter hears Sam Shaw on "Overview of Sound, methods of generation, and directional control."

AFIO BulletMr. Sam Shaw will present Part 2 on his Overview of Sound, methods of generation, and directional control at this AFIO New Mexico Chapter meeting.

Location of event: "The Egg & I" restaurant on Menaul just east of Louisiana, next door to Chili's, 6909 Menaul Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87110, (505) 888-3447
Fee to attend: Meeting is Free.
11:00 AM (Arrive, Order Lunch - available at separate cost), 11:30 AM (Call To Order), 1:00 PM (Adjourn)

Our meetings are normally open to present and former members of Federal, Military (uniformed and civilian), State and Local Agencies and selective others who support the Intelligence Community. 

If you desire further information, please contact one of the following:
Sam Shaw - Phone: 505-379-3963   e-mail: President@afionm.org
Tom Dyble - Phone: 505-299-3242   e-mail: Vice-President@afionm.org

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 7:30 to 8:45 pm - McLean, VA - The Future of the War on Terror -- ISIS and After by Ilan Berman at the Westminster Institute

Timing: Reception at 7 pm, program begins at 7:30.
Ilan Berman is Senior Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. An expert on regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Russia, he has consulted for both the CIA and the Defense Department, and provided assistance on foreign policy and national security issues to a range of governmental agencies.
Event location: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101
Fee: None
Register Here.

9-10 May 2019 - Washington DC and McLean VA - AFIO's 2019 Symposium

AFIO Bullet

Thursday, 9 May is Day One at the International Spy Museum's New L'Enfant Plaza location two days before they officially open. Buses will depart from the DoubleTree by Hilton, Tysons at 8 a.m. sharp to arrive at the International Spy Museum at 9 a.m. Featuring remarks by COL Christopher Costa USA (Ret.), Executive Director of the museum; and Dr. Vince Houghton, the museum's Curator and Historian. Other speakers Stephen K. Black, Director, Office of Intelligence and CI, DOE; David Ignatius, author and journalist; Peter Singer, author and futurist. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the museum. Return trip back to hotel will be at 3 p.m.

Friday, 10 May is Day Two at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Tysons and features a full day of speakers and panels. The day starts with a welcome and orientation by James Hughes, AFIO President, former CIA and NSA, and M.E. Spike Bowman, AFIO Chairman, former Navy, NSA, FBI, ODNI, followed by a presentation by Robert Jackall, Professor Emeritus, Williams College. The morning panel is moderated by Robert S. Litt and covers "Intelligence and Democracy: Time to Rethink FISA and Intelligence Oversight." It features panelists Glenn Gerstell, John Rizzo, Suzanne Spaulding. Our luncheon keynote will be Chris Inglis, former Deputy Director, NSA. Amb. Ronald Neumann, President American Academy of Diplomacy, follows. Christopher Parker's afternoon panel on "Totalitarian States Use of Technology Against the U.S." features panelists Amb. Joseph DeTrani, Kevin McCarty, John Sano, and Toshi Yoshihara. Day Two also includes buffet breakfast and lunch. This second day will close with an evening cocktail reception and our "Spies in Black Ties" Banquet featuring a presentation by John Bennett, former Director of CIA's National Clandestine Service. Day Two Daytime program will begin at 9 a.m. (buffet breakfast and chapter workshop begin at 7 a.m.) Daytime program ends at 4:30 p.m. Cocktail reception and "Spies in Black Ties" Banquet from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

PROGRAM: The tentative program for both days may be viewed here.

Buses will transport attendees from the DoubleTree by Hilton, Tysons to the International Spy Museum and back. The second day of this event takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Tysons, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102. To be ready for early departure by buses on Day One, it is recommended that attendees consider staying overnight starting Wednesday, 8 May. Reservations may be made online at this link or by calling (703) 893-2100. The special event room rate is $139/night and is available until 6 April 2019 or until all rooms are filled. You must reference our group code AAF. You may also locate rooms at this or other nearby Tysons/Vienna hotels using online services, e.g., Trivago, Expedia, Travelocity, or Orbitz.

9-12 May 2019 - Columbus, OH - "Soldiers and Civilians in the Cauldron of War" is the theme of the 2019 Conference of The Society for Military History

The Society for Military History is holding is Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, from May 9-12, 2019.

Friday, 10 May 2019, 4 - 6 pm - Ft Meade, MD - "GCHQ 1919-2019: Reflections at the Start of Our Second Century" is topic of the 2019 Henry F. Schorreck Lecture Speaker Series

"GCHQ 1919-2019: Reflections at the Start of Our Second Century" will be topic by Tony Comer, GCHQ Historian, at this event at the National Cryptologic Museum in Ft. Meade, MD.

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) was created in 1919 right after World War I. First known as the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), it would run the successful (and now very famous) Bletchley Park codebreaking facility north of London during World War II. Shortly after the war (1946), it would adopt its current name. In his presentation, Tony will offers stories and perspective about this historic organization—and about that special US-UK cryptologic relationship, first established in February 1941.

TONY COMER joined GCHQ as a Spanish and Portuguese linguist in 1983. He worked in a variety of operational and policy roles in GCHQ with a primary focus on support to military operations. In 2009 he became Departmental Historian.

*** A full house is anticipated, so advanced registration is required.*** Register here.

An event flyer is also available here. For more information about the Henry F. Schorreck Memorial Lecture Speaker Series and previous presentations, that information is here.

10-12 May 2019 - Berlin, Germany - The IIHA (International Intelligence History Association) 25th Annual Conference

The 25th Annual Conference of the International Intelligence History Association will be held at the Spy Museum in Berlin. Further information will follow closer to the date.

Monday, 13 May 2019, 5:30 p.m. - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro hosts Jeff McCausland, discussing "Battlefield Nuclear Weapons in South Asia."

AFIO BulletDr. Jeff McCausland, a visiting professor of International Security Studies at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA), former Dean of the Army War College. He is currently involved in a project for the National Nuclear Security Administration focused on nuclear weapons in South Asia and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. He serves as a national security consultant for CBS radio and television. He routinely does analysis for CBS on issues such as Iraq, European security, arms control, or related questions of national security policy. His topic this evening will be: "Back to the Future: Battlefield Nuclear Weapons in South Asia."

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.

15 May, 2019 (Wednesday), 11:30 a.m. - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco Chapter hosts DEA Assistant Regional Director (ret) Bruce Goldberg on Illicit Drug Traffic Control and International Cooperation

Speaker: DEA Assistant Regional Director (ret) Bruce Goldberg
Topic: Mr. Goldberg will discuss how he and his team of agents collaborated with the Ecuadorian Special Police and Military to uncover and investigate the first ever narco-submarine.
Timing: 11:30 a.m. no-host cocktails; 12 noon meeting
Location: Basque Cultural Ceneter, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA
RSVP: Enter your registration here.

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 11:30 a.m. – Colorado Springs – The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Dr. Gail Nelson, discussing "Thinking in Time: Strategic Intelligence Parameters Today."

AFIO BulletSynopsis: "Thinking in Time" encompasses the Strategic Intelligence Threats that plague nations across the geopolitical and ideological divide. The brief captures many major challenges by recommending classic Estimative Intelligence Methodologies in Annual Regional and Country Geopolitical Formats for regular review by senior national security staffs thus facilitating the demand for Special Estimates and Crisis Scenario Development during emerging crises. The absence of these finished intelligence products exponentially increases the liabilities of risk management and miscalculation exactly at a time when leaders demand accuracy in assessing adversary intentions in a complex world. 

Gail Nelson, Ph.D. a veteran DOD Intelligence Officer, received his Political Science BA at California State College, Long Beach, in 1966 and completed doctoral work at the University of Colorado in 1979. His career assignments include US Army Europe, US Air Forces Europe, and US European Command specializing in Russian and East European Geopolitical Affairs. He later was appointed Senior Advisor to the Afghan Chief of Military Intelligence; and performed similar responsibilities in the Philippines and Iraq. His published monographs explore the Political Psychology of Nazi Genocide; Soviet Defense Decision Making; Warsaw Pact Crisis Management; and biographies on Security & Intelligence leaders. He was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal during the Cold War, the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal in 2001, and foreign advisory recognitions later.

For more information or to attend, contact steve13507@gmail.com.

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 2 - 3pm - Washington, DC - "China and International Telecommunications Issues Facing the US" is topic at this Daniel Morgan Graduate School program

Michael O'Rielly, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission, will discuss "China and International Telecommunications Issues Facing the US."
Michael O'Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and was sworn into office in November 2013. In January 2015, he was confirmed and sworn into office for a second term, which extends until June 30, 2019.

Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner O'Rielly spent almost 20 years working in prominent Republican communication policy and leadership positions for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Most recently, he served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip, led by U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).

Commissioner O'Rielly received his B.A. from the University of Rochester.

Event is being held at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School, 1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036
RSVP Required here.
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.

16 May 2019, 6 pm - Washington, DC - "Night of Heroes Gala 2019" by the PENFED Foundation.

The PENFED Foundation hosts their impressive annual "Night of Heroes Gala 2019" at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental, 330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024. This year marks the 15th annual gala honoring our unsung heroes — military children. Each year, the PenFed Foundation raises more than $1.5 million for military heroes through this hallmark event. Last year's event sold out and raised $2.5 million! Do not miss your opportunity to support Military Heroes.

6 pm General Reception and Silent Auction; 7 pm Dinner Program; After Dinner - Dessert Reception. To learn more...or to register.

17 May 2019, Noon to 1:30pm - Washington, DC - The International Spy Museum Luncheon and Book Signing with Lynne Olson

A luncheon at the new International Spy Museum features Lynne Olson, historian, journalist, author of Madame Fourcade's Secret War. The sponsor/host of the luncheon is Museum board member, former Governor (Michigan) Jim and Janet Blanchard. Olson will share insights from her book, which is an account of Marie-Madeline Fourcade, the woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II.
Location: International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024.
Fee: $90 per person.
To register, do so here.

Saturday 18 May 2019, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter hosts Col. David Hunt

AFIO BulletAuthor, national news analyst and retired military intelligence officer Col. David Hunt has over 29 years of military experience, including extensive operational experience in special operations, counter terrorism and intelligence missions. He served as tactical advisor in Bosnia where he facilitated all national intelligence matters for the commander in chief, and coordinated a $350 million national security program for the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency.

He also served as counter terrorism coordinator to the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. In this capacity, Hunt planned, choreographed and implemented the first United States national response for an Olympic event in Korea in conjunction with Korean National Intelligence and the Korean Crisis Response Agency as the counter-terrorist coordinator.

Hunt received his Master's degree in English from Norwich University in 1981, and graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University in 1991. He has lectured at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and several other high profile government agencies, as well as state and local police officials.

A question period will follow his presentation.

Location: The Brick Store Museum's Program Center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk, ME.

22 May 2019, 6:30 - 8 pm - Washington, DC - Graduate Admissions Information Session at Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security

Looking for the next step in your career with a focus on national security and intelligence? Come to the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security's Open House. Refreshments will be served while you get an in-depth presentation from our admissions team as they present on the opportunities that await you with a degree from DMGS. Speak to our world-class scholar-practitioner faculty, visit with current students and learn about the admissions process.

Location: Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, 1620 L St NW #Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036. Nearest Metro Stations: Farragut North and West.
Address questions to Jackie Linde at linde@dmgs.org or call 202-759-4988

No cost to register. Register here.

Thursday, 23 May 2019, 9 - 10:30 am - Washington, DC - The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law Breakfast to Celebrate Launch of the Foreign Intelligence Collection

You are invited to attend a breakfast to celebrate the launch of the Foreign Intelligence Collection.

Curated by Professor Laura K. Donohue and Jeremy McCabe, the Foreign Intelligence Collection contains:
• the legislative histories of all statutory changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA);
• all publicly available opinions and orders issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (FISCR);
• all FISA-related cases in non-specialized Article III courts;
• statutorily required and special reports on FISA and correspondence between FISC and Congress; and
• an annotated bibliography of select secondary sources related to FISA, FISC/FISCR, and FI law.
The fully-searchable website is designed to be a resource for the judiciary, clerks, legal advisors, amici, government attorneys, members of Congress and their staff, lawyers, scholars, journalists, students, companies, members of the public, and anyone with an interest in or need to understand the legal framework for U.S. foreign intelligence collection.

The panel discussion launching the website will include an overview of the site, a discussion of the materials, and information on the assigned Georgetown Identification (GID) numbers applied to facilitate use of the information.

Professor Laura K. Donohue, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center, Director, Center on National Security and the Law and Jeremy McCabe, Research Services Librarian, Georgetown Law Library
Carrie Cordero, Senior Fellow and General Counsel, Center for a New American Security, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law Center (moderator)

Event will be held at Georgetown University, McDonough 200. Light breakfast provided.
Please RSVP here or to nationalsecurity@law.georgetown.edu.
Qs? Contact nationalsecurity@law.georgetown.edu.

Thursday, 23 May 2019, 6-8 pm - Washington, DC - NIP Third Thursday Social featuring LT William N. Murray on "Reimagine Intel Officer Training."

Please join us for socializing, professional insight and libations.
Happy Hour begins at 6pm, remarks by our guest speaker 6:45-7:30PM, followed by informal discussion.
Guest Speaker: LT William N. Murray, NIP Essay Contest Winner
Topic: Reimagine Intelligence Officer Training
LT William N. Murray recently completed a tour in Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center where he served as the Executive Assistant to the Commanding Officer, leading command operations and administrative efforts for the CO and 500+ Sailors, Civilians, Reservists, and Contractors. He also served as an INDOPACOM analyst. Prior to joining the Naval Intelligence Community, Murray served as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard USS McCAMPBELL (DDG 85) out of Yokosuka, Japan. He has a Master of Philosophy in International Relations and East Asian Studies from Cambridge University and a Bachelor's of Science in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy.
Location: The BRIG – DC'S Secret Beer Garden, 1007 8th SE, Washington, DC (8th & L Streets – convenient to Navy Yard and Eastern Market Metro)

25 May 2019, 11:30am - 2pm - Patrick AFB, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Col Mike McCalister USA(Ret) discussing "CENTCOM and SpecOps."

AFIO BulletColonel Mike McCalister, USA (ret.) served in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard for over thirty years. He occupied a senior staff positon in CENTCOM in the special operations area. He has been an instructor at the university level and served in various command positions in the National Guard. He will address us on his experiences in CENTCOM and, with any luck, in the SpecOps area as he may be able to share.
Timing: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM: Social Hour, greet old, new members and guests (limited cash bar – honor system); 12:15 PM: Sit-Down lunch
NOTE NEW Location: The Tides, 1001 N. Hwy A1A, Bldg #967, Patrick AFB, FL 32925
TO ATTEND: Prepaid reservations are required which must be received by 20 May 2019. To reserve, please contact the chapter treasurer (if you did not directly receive a form to register for the lunch). She can be reached at afiofsctreas@gmail.com.
For those with a registration form, complete it and send check and meal choice to: Chapter Treasurer Rhonda Rhoads, PO Box 410158, Melbourne, FL 32941.
Rhonda can also be reached at afiofsctreas@gmail.com, and at 321 626 -4465.
Paid, advance registration is required and none can be accepted after 20 May.
Please note new meeting venue at top of this announcement.
Menu Choices are: Parmesan-crusted chicken breast with cream corn chipotle sauce (C); Pulled BBQ pork plate with cole slaw and roasted potatoes. (P); Dessert is key lime pie with Chantilly cream.
Cost is $28/members, $30 non-members.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019, 7:30 - 8:45 pm - McLean, VA - "Caliphaters and Apocalyptic Jihad: The Dynamics of the Most Powerful Millennial Movement of the 21st Century" - topic of Richard Landes's talk at the Westminster Institute

Richard Landes, Director and co-founder of the Center for Millennial Studies, and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Communication at Bar-Ilan University (2015 to present), will discuss: "Caliphaters and Apocalyptic Jihad: The Dynamics of the Most Powerful Millennial Movement of the 21st Century." He is the author of a number of books, including Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience.
Of his topic, he says: "Millennial movements seek to usher in 'heaven on earth,' a messianic era in which evil has been destroyed and good finally triumphs. When motivated by a sense of imminent success, apocalyptic-millennial movements move into active phase. The most dangerous of all these movements are those which believe in an active cataclysmic scenario (we are the agents of the necessary and massive destruction of evil that will clear the path), leading to an imperial millennial dream (we will rule the world). Currently Global Jihad represents one of the largest and most dangerous of all such movements known in history. The current ignorance of Westerners about this dimension of the problem and its dynamics constitutes a major weakness in our ability to resist. Worse, certain Western responses enable this movement."

Dr. Landes taught history at Boston University for 25 years and was Director and co-founder of the Center for Millennial Studies. For four years prior, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also the editor of The Apocalyptic Year 1000: Studies in the Mutation of European Culture; and Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movements.

He received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University in history and a B.A. from Harvard University. He also attended the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.

No fee to attend. Register here.
Location: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101
Qs?: Contact Institute Director Robert R. Reilly at 703-288-2885 or at br@westminster-institute.org.

Thursday, 30 May 2019, 2 - 3 pm - Washington, DC - Globalized Authoritarianism: How Dictators are Weaponizing International Organizations at Daniel Morgan Graduate School

Globalized Authoritarianism: How Dictators are Weaponizing International Organizations will be a presentation by Dr. Edward Lemon at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security.
In recent years, powerful authoritarian states have sought to dilute the democratic dimensions of various international organizations and implant "rule by law" into these bodies. Through an examination of two case organizations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Interpol, Dr. Lemon will explore how autocrats are utilizing international organizations to pursue political exiles, consolidate their regimes, protect themselves against external pressure and develop new norms of international cooperation that undermine democracy and human rights.
RSVP Required. Do so HERE.
Event location: Location
Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, 1620 L St NW Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036.
Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security Reserves the Right to Refuse Entry.
Attire is business or business casual.

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2 - 5 June 2019 - San Antonio, TX - GEOINT 2019

GEOINT 2019 is hosted and produced by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), a non-profit, non-lobbying educational organization, the annual GEOINT Symposium is the nation's largest gathering of industry, academia, and government to include Defense, Intelligence and Homeland Security Communities as well as commercial, Fed/Civil, State and Local geospatial intelligence stakeholders.

The event annually attracts more than 4,000 attendees from all over the world, features more than 250 exhibiting organizations, offers 50 hours of training sessions, and countless opportunities to learn, exchange ideas, and network. The event is held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.

Need support for your request to attend? Download the GEOINT 2019 Justification Letter.

5 June 2019, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Annapolis Junction, MD - Summer NCMF Cryptologic Program: The Tian'anmen Square Massacre of 4 June 1989 - A Day that Marked a Turning Point in Chinese History with Author Greg Nedved and Dr. Laura Kaplan Murray.

On the 30th Anniversary of this significant event in Chinese history, the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) invites you to come and learn about this tragedy from two NSA Center for Cryptologic History historians and experts on Chinese society. We are thrilled to have Mr. Greg Nedved and Dr. Laura Kaplan Murray with us as our special guest speakers. Lunch will follow the morning presentation, and a book sale will include a book by Mr. Nedved, Presidential Foreign Language Trivia. To view a 2-page program flyer of the event, access it here.
TIMING: 10 a.m-11:45 a.m.program followed by lunch noon-1 p.m.
LOCATION: CACI Inc., Maryland Conference Center, 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD 20755
FEE: Registration Fee, inclusive of lunch, is $25 for members and guests.
REGISTER: Register online here or mail your check to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755.
Qs?: call the NCMF office at 301-688-5436
To learn more about the topic or speakers, as well as the presentation, do so here.

Monday, 10 – 12 June 2019, 8 am - 5 pm – Queens County, NY – IAFIE 15th Annual Conference Featuring John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism, NYPD.

The International Association for Intelligence Education expects many excellent papers and panels at their upcoming annual conference in New York City. Several distinguished speakers will include John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism, NYPD. Don't miss this great opportunity to network and get the latest developments in intelligence education.

Consider bringing any interested students to the conference. There is another wonderful student poster competition planned and your students' participation is welcomed!

Event location: St Johns University, Queens Campus, NY. Accommodations arranged with Courtyard New York Queens/Fresh Meadows, or Fairfield Inn & Suites NY Queens/Fresh Meadows. Shuttle services between both locations and the conference location will be available. The campus is conveniently situated halfway between Laguardia and JFK airports.

To register: do so at this link.

Qs?: Additional information available from Keith Cozine at tel 973-928-1154 or cozinek@stjohns.edu

Wednesday, 12 June 2019, 7 pm - Las Vegas, NV - The AFIO "Roger E. McCarthy" Las Vegas Chapter hears Col Bijold on "US Army Nuclear Operations 1950s to 1990s."

AFIO BulletOur featured speaker for the evening: Col. Gerald (Jerry) P. Bijold, US Army (Retired) speaking on "US Army Nuclear Operations 1950s to 1990s."
Col Jerry Bijold, US Army (Ret.) brings his insight and experiences with nuclear operations in the U.S. Army. During his 27-year career, Col. Bijold, served in diverse capacities, to include Helicopter Pilot; Executive Officer; U.S. Army Recruiting Commander; and Plans Officer.

Location: Los Prados Country Club, 5150 Los Prados Cir, Las Vegas, NV 89130
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 – G. Schiffbauer; New Business; Adjournment of Business Meeting; Raffle Drawing.
To attend, email Linda Cohn at lasvegasafo@gmail.com anytime or call 702-239-1370 if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you!

15 June 2019, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine hosts CIA Veteran Operations Officer David Hunt discussing "From Russia With Love."

AFIO BulletCIA operations veteran David P. Hunt will discuss "From Russia With Love -- a history of assassinations from the 16th century to today," at the AFIO Maine Chapter meeting.

Hunt served 32 years in the CIA, including tours in Italy, Vietnam, Somalia, Norway, France, and New York City. He served twice as Deputy Chief of Station (Norway and France) and twice as Chief of Station (Somalia and New York City). A Colby College graduate, he is an expert in Soviet operations, European affairs, and counterintelligence.
Hunt holds the Donovan Award for Excellence, as well as the CIA's Distinguished Intelligence Medal, its highest award.
This is the latest in a series of discussions relating to the importance of intelligence in current public affairs.
The meeting is open to the public, and will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk.
A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019, 11 am - 2 pm - Arlington, VA - CIRA Luncheon - Speaker: Amb Joseph DeTrani, CIA expert on US Relations with North Korea and China

Ambassador Joseph DeTrani has served the public interest for more than three decades in the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and the State Department. Ambassador DeTrani had a distinguished career at CIA and the ODNI and is a highly recognized expert on North Korea which continues to be at the forefront of US national security and diplomatic interests. Moreover, Ambassador DeTrani has significant experience in directing and coordinating CIA and IC efforts in matters concerning China and Counterproliferation.

At CIA, Ambassador Detrani led Divisions in the Directorate of Operations and the Office of Technical Services, the Office of Public Affairs, and the Crime and Narcotics Center. At the ODNI, he served as Special Advisor to the DNI, the Director of the National Counterproliferation Center, and National Issue Manager for Counterproliferation and North Korea. He also served with the rank of Ambassador as the US Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks with North Korea. Ambassador DeTrani is a graduate of New York University and recipient of several awards for his service to the Intelligence Community including the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Donovan Award. He is past President of the Industry and National Security Alliance (INSA). Ambassador DeTrani has published extensively on matters concerning China, North Korea, and Proliferation.

At a time when US relations with North Korea and China are of intense interest, CIRA is very fortunate to have such a distinguished speaker. Please join your fellow members in extending a warm welcome to Ambassador DeTrani.

Luncheon Location will be at the usual Arlington, VA location known to members. Fee: $27pp.

Send Reservation/Payment to CIRA, Box 7154, McLean, VA 2210 or make reservation + payment online on CIRA's website under Main Menu/Online Payments.

Monday, 24 June 2019, 6:30 - 7:30pm - Washington, DC - Graduate Admissions Information Session at Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security

DMGS LogoMeet staff, students, and faculty.
Looking for the next step in your career with a focus on national security and intelligence? Come to the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security's Open House. Refreshments will be served while you get an in-depth presentation from our admissions team as they present on the opportunities that await you with a degree from DMGS. Speak to their scholar-practitioner faculty, visit with current students and learn about the admissions process.

RSVP or Address questions to Jackie Linde by email at linde@dmgs.org

Location: Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, 1620 L St NW #Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036. P: 202-759-4988.
Nearest Metro Stations: Farragut North and West.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019, 11 am - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts Bill Dayhoff, former FBI Director of Virtual Threat Analysis Center

AFIO BulletWe are extremely happy to have Bill Dayhoff, retired FBI - Director, Virtual Threat Analysis Center (2011-2016), as our guest speaker. Bill will be talking about his career in the FBI specifically regarding terrorism funding, various fraud schemes, 9/11 related incidents, etc. Bill recently retired from Ameris Bank where he served as the Chief Fraud Officer. Our chapter has recently moved our meeting venue from Orange Park to The Plantation at Ponte Vedra. We're also shifted to weekday events instead of Saturdays. Additionally, several of our members live in the Ponte Vedra area.

Event Location: The Clubhouse at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra, 101 Plantation Dr, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082.

Please RSVP to Ken Meyer, AFIO NF Chapter Secretary, at kmeyer12@bellsouth.net. Cost is $25 cash at the event that begins at 11 am with lunch beginning at Noon. If you do plan on attending we MUST have your email address available for gate security at least five days before the event.


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Thursday, 18 July 2019, 11:30 AM - Colorado Springs - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Bill Gallegos, discussing "Hostage in Tehran for 444 Days."

AFIO BulletThe speaker, Bill Gallegos, and 51 others were taken hostage in Tehran on November 4, 1979 by a group of Iranian college students belonging to the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line, who supported the Iranian Revolution as they took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. He spent 444 days until January 1981 as a "guest" of the Ayatollah Khomeini, who had replaced the Iranian monarchy with an Islamic Republic in March 1979. It was the longest hostage crisis in recorded history. Bill will speak to his experiences as a hostage.

Biography: William (Billy) Gallegos was born in Pueblo, Colorado. His Marine Corps career started in 1977. He attended Marine Corps Depot in San Diego, CA. He was then assigned to Marine Security Guard Battalion in Quantico, VA. Upon graduation from Marine Security Guard school he was assigned to the American Embassy Tehran, Iran. Upon his release from captivity, Sgt. William Gallegos completed his military enlistment and was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps. During his military service he earned numerous military awards including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Department of State Award for Valor. Upon his discharge, he returned to Colorado where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado.

Bill Gallegos then began a career in law enforcement as a Denver Sheriff and joined the Denver Police Department in 1994. His assignments with the Denver Police Department include street patrol officer, Vice and Narcotics and Denver police Intelligence unit where he was on loan to the Federal Bureau of Investigation/Joint Terrorism Task Force from 2004 to 2018. His police awards include numerous commendations as well as three Denver Police Distinguished Service Crosses and a Purple Heart. He retired from law enforcement in November 2018.

Please contact steve13507@gmail.com for more information.

Thursday, 18 July 2019, 9:30 - 11 am - Washington, DC - "Political Transition in Central Asia" Panel at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School

DMGS LogoCentral Asia is undergoing a period of profound transformations. Islam Karimov, who ruled Uzbekistan from 1989, died in office in 2016. His successor former Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev has embarked on a series of reforms to create a more efficient bureaucracy, attract investment, soften repression and rebuild ties with neighboring states.

Kazakhstan's first President Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned in March 2019. Zhomart Toqaev, his anointed successor, called a snap election on June 8th, winning with over 70% of the vote. But citizens have reacted angrily to perceived political stagnation with over 1000 arrested in protests around the country.

Tajikistan, the region's poorest state is also looking toward transition. President Emomali Rahmon, in power since 1992, appears to be grooming his son Rustam for power; presidential elections are scheduled for 2020. This comes at a time of instability in the country, with over thirty killed in a prison riot in May.

These ongoing developments are interlinked and pose questions around the sustainability of post-Soviet models of authoritarian governance in the region. To discuss these developments, Daniel Morgan Graduate School and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) will assemble a roundtable of experts who follow the region closely.

Speakers:Torokul Doorov, Director of RFE/RL's Kazakh Service; Salimjon Aioubov, Acting Director of RFE/RL's Tajik Service; Alisher Syddiq, Director of RFE/RL's Uzbek Service; Erica Marat, Associate Professor, College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University. Moderator: Edward Lemon, DMGS - Kennan Institute Fellow, Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security

Where: The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, 1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036
RSVP Required. Do so HERE. Qs? contact Frank Fletcher, Director of Lectures & Seminars by email to: events@dmgs.org
Attire: business / business casual
Registration Opens at 9:00 am
Please note that you must RSVP to attend this event.
Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security Reserves the Right to Refuse Entry.

Saturday, 20 July 2019, 10am - 3pm - Dedham, MA - AFIO New England Chapter hears from Peggy Adler and Damien Cregeau, and conducts chapter business

AFIO BulletOur schedule is as follows: Registration & gathering, 1000 – 1015; Membership meeting 1015 – 1030; Morning Speaker 1030 to 1200; Luncheon at 1200-1300. Our afternoon speaker will be from 1300 – 1430 with adjournment by 1500. Our morning presenter is Peggy Adler. Peggy has served as AFIO/NE chapter president for 3 years and as program coordinator for 8 years She is also a recipient of AFIO National's coveted General Stilwell Award presented in 2001. Peggy's topic covers the Richard Brenneke October Surprise where in 1991, she was retained by self-proclaimed ex-CIA agent, arms dealer and money launderer, Richard Brenneke, to co-author his autobiography. Discovering evidence in his files contradicting claims regarding his presence at October Surprise conspiracy meetings, she contacted former CIA analyst-turned-journalist, Frank Snepp. This evidence was the basis of Snepp's February 1992 article for the Village Voice which outed Brenneke as a con artist. Adler worked with Snepp on additional articles for the "Voice" which went on to prove that the so-called "October Surprise" was a hoax. Adler's work was also the subject of a chapter in Robert Parry's book, Trick or Treason: The October Surprise Mystery and she was interviewed by PBS' Frontline in this regard for an episode which aired in April 1992. In mid-1992, learning that the House October Surprise Task Force was investigating whether or not there actually had been an October Surprise, she contacted investigative journalist and author Steven Emerson, who put her in touch with the Task Force so that she could turn over to them the seventy cartons of documents she had hauled east from Brenneke's home in Portland, Oregon, in order to write his memoirs. Subsequently, she worked as a consultant to the Task Force, and assisted in drafting and editing the Brenneke section of their final report.

Our afternoon presenter is Damien Cregeau. Mr. Cregeau's one-hour PowerPoint presentation, "Spies, Lies, and Alibis: Spying and Tradecraft During the American Revolution," will focus on the espionage efforts in and around New York City, including the Major Benjamin Tallmadge's Culper Ring and the Dayton Ring run by Colonel Elias Dayton. It will also include an analysis of the failed Captain Nathan Hale operation as well as the successful counterintelligence efforts regarding the failed Tory plot to capture or kill Generals George Washington and Israel Putnam. The talk will also look briefly at the special invisible ink developed by Sir James Jay, brother of John Jay, as well as two common misunderstandings regarding the treachery of Major General Benedict Arnold. Finally, there will be a brief look at the unheralded efforts of Sgt. Daniel Bissell, a Continental Army soldier who posed as a deserter to operate behind British lines. Damien earned his bachelor's in history from Hillsdale College and his master's in history from Colorado State. After teaching history at preparatory schools for several years he became an independent historian. He is a scholar of the American Revolution specializing in espionage of the era. He has spoken on spies in the Revolution since 2007 at the FBI's New York Office, the Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York City, as well as to historical societies and organizations throughout the northeast, including Boston, Vermont and New Hampshire. He serves as president of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He has been published in seven historical journals, including Leatherneck Magazine, Financial History, the Journal of the American Revolution and the DAR's American Spirit. He and his wife own two homes from 1765 in Connecticut: a private's house in Wethersfield and the General Jedediah Huntington House in Norwich. In September, as part of the town of Litchfield's 300th anniversary, Damien will host a Revolutionary War spy symposium on Sunday, September 8th.

Event being held at the MIT Endicott House, 80 Haven Street, Dedham, MA 02026. Should you elect to stay at the Endicott House, Mike Assad has arranged a room rate of $140/night. Please mention AFIO/NE and Mike Assad when you make your reservation. For additional information contact us at afionechapter@gmail.com.

REGISTER: Advance reservations are $30 per person. We can no longer accept walk-ins. Emails regarding your plans to attend will be accepted if you are late meeting the deadline. These must be sent to Ms Sarah Moore at afionechapter@gmail.com no later than 3 days prior to the event
Reservation deadline: luncheon reservations must be made by 17 July 2019.
Mail your check and the reservation form to: AFIO/NE, Sarah Moore, PO Box 1203, Orange, CT 06477.

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 7 p.m. - Las Vegas, NV - The Roger E. McCarthy Chapter Las Vegas, Nevada hears from Tommy Anderson about "Haboob Wind"; Other Chapter Business Conducted

AFIO BulletOur guest speaker, Mr. Tommy Anderson—a noted storyteller—will be speaking on the background and personal experiences which led to his authoring of a chilling story about what could actually happen in a modern day terrorist attack on the technology that holds together the very fabric of our society. Anderson is an Veteran of the U.S. Army, U.S. Army National Guard, and the U.S. Air National Guard.
His first novel, Haboob Wind—the basis of his talk this evening—draws on his experiences in the military and law enforcement and pays homage to the resourcefulness and patriotism of veterans.

The formal business meeting will start at 7 pm with a pre-meeting social gathering at 5:30 pm for those who wish to grab a bite or beverage at the Clubhouse Restaurant/Bar before the meeting.
Event is being held at the Los Prados Country Club, 5150 Los Prados Cir, Las Vegas, NV 89130.

RSVP: Linda Cohn, Chapter Secretary, at lasvegasafo@gmail.com or call her at 702-239-1370, if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you!

19 - 21 August 2019 - Sydney, Australia - The Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) holds their National Conference with theme: "An Emerging Intelligence Enterprise"

The AIPIO has issued a call for papers for its 2019 National Conference to take place August 19-21 in Sydney. The conference theme is "An Emerging Intelligence Enterprise" in Australia with a focus on capability planning, workforce/organizational development and analytic rigor. Proposals (300 word abstracts) are due by April 15, 2019 with a decision date of April 29, 2019. Papers will be due June 15, 2019 and with author approval will be published following the conference in a special issue of the AIPIO Journal.
CFP and conference details can be found here.  

Saturday, 24 August 2019, 5:30 p.m. - Oak Lawn, IL - AFIO Illinois-Indiana Chapter hosts Cybersecurity expert Professor Maurice Dawson

AFIO BulletSpeaker and Dinner are part of this chapter meeting where we will hear Maurice Dawson, Ph.D., D.C.Sc., SMIEEE, Director of the Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education, Fulbright Scholar, & Senior Fellow at ALPF, discuss Cybersecurity issues. Professor Dawson is a nationally recognized expert on CyberSecurity and a published author.

Event is being held at the Stoney Creek Golf Club, 5850 W 103rd St., Oak Lawn, ill. 60453. Chapter VP John Fanning has arranged dinner for us in a private room for the cost of only $40pp.

RSVP: Please advise me as soon as you can of your commitment to attend, and please bring guests with you.
Please understand that we must provide a guaranteed number, and I will be personally responsible for no-shows.
Email your RSVP to chapter President Vernon Petri at Vjpetri@petrilaw.com or call him at 317-696-3580. Also, if your dues are up for renewal, bundle the $40 fee with your registration.

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

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


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

Video of the event can be viewed here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can view video of presentations at event here.


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

Declassified - CNN Series 2016

Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies

The CNN TV Series appears each Sunday.

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

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

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


The Assets on CBS

The Assets Returns

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

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

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

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

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


TOURS OF THE CIA AND NSA MUSEUMS

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

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

A Tour of the National Cryptologic Museum - 25 March 2014

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

Videos are from C-SPAN's American History TV



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

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


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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