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THIS IS A LIST OF PRIOR EVENTS in 2022


Icon CalendarJanuary 2022

Sunday, 16 January 2022, 2 - 3:30 pm - Zoom Webinar - Steinstuecken: A Little Pocket of Freedom by The Cold War Museum

A lovely German village. But surrounded by hostile forces. Will your friends save you?
Suppose You Live in a Pleasant West German Village During the Cold War. Lovely Thought. Except That Your Tiny Town is Entirely Surrounded by Hostile Forces Who Are Eager to Make Your Daily Life As Tense and Miserable As Possible. Luckily, You've Got Some Determined Friends.
Steinstuecken (German for "stone pieces") is part of one of Berlin's Bezirks, or boroughs, but it is physically separated from its parent borough. About one kilometer of territory belonging to the neighboring German state of Brandenburg separates Steinstuecken from the boundary of Berlin. During the Cold War, NO Berlin-owned road or strip of land connected Steinstuecken to the city. When the Allies captured Berlin in 1945, Steinstuecken's borough became part of the American occupation sector. All the territory surrounding Berlin became part of the Soviet Occupation Zone. When the Cold War erupted, Steinstuecken, a place no bigger than the grounds of a college football stadium, became a de facto Western island in a Communist sea.
Don Smith will tell us this remarkable story, drawing from his recent book Steinstuecken: A Little Pocket of Freedom. He is a retired Army Reservist who served in Germany from 1986 to 1989.
Cost: $20, 100% of which is a contribution to the Cold War Museum.
Location: ONLINE ONLY. Eventbrite ticket buyers will receive a link to the virtual room on the Zoom platform where this event will take place.
Agenda: • 1:30-2:00. Participants arrive in the Zoom room online; • 2:00-2:05. Jason Hall, Executive Director of the Cold War Museum, introduces the Museum and Don Smith; • 2:05-3:00. Don presents on Steinstuecken in the Cold War; • 3:00-3:30. Q&A opportunity for the audience.
Questions? Call or email Jason Hall, 703-283-4124 (cell), jason@coldwar.org
To register, use this link.

AFIO Bullet20 January 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm PST - GoToMeeting Webinar - AFIO-L.A. Chapter January Kickoff Meeting

The AFIO-Los Angeles Chapter kicks off 2022 with guest speaker Dr. Daniel Winterhalter, who recently retired as Chief Scientist, from NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He will be discussing the James Webb Space Telescope, which had a successful launch on December 25, 2021. The Webb Telescope is expected to be a primary science asset to the nation and the world. Please join us for this meeting which will take place on the GoToMeeting platform.
Additional Information: The Launch - Webb/NASA
Platform: Go To Meeting
Chapter President Autiero: "I wanted to take the time and wish all of you celebrating the upcoming Christmas Holiday the best of times! As a reminder anyone who has not yet reserved a virtual space for our upcoming meeting taking place in January to please do so, therefore you have access in advance, your participation and attendance always helps to strengthen the chapter. I look forward to seeing all of you virtually in January!"
To participate in the January webinar, email Vince Autiero, Chapter President, for meeting access link: AFIO_LA@Yahoo.com

POSTPONED - Date TBD - Arlington, VA - Operation Soirée: Social Like a Spy and Save the World - POSTPONED

Mission: Mix and Mingle Like a Pro
Spyher welcomes Paul S. to OPERATION SOIRÉE. Paul is a counterintelligence subject matter expert and served 28 years as an NCIS Agent. During that time, he worked everything from onboard and offshore counterintelligence investigations and operations worldwide to oversite activities of counterterrorism and infrastructure protection. Paul is a highly credentialed and experienced trainer. Coached by senior former intelligence officers, guests prepare for a high-stakes mission to help thwart an imminent chemical attack against the McMillan Reservoir in Washington, D.C. Guests will craft a cover story and learn how to discreetly gather information with the elicitation techniques used daily in the world of espionage. With specific requirements in hand, guests deploy to a cocktail party celebrating the opening of a new art exhibit to find their targets. With new skills, they must tease out details of the attack plan that the Spyher team needs to be successful in stopping the perpetrators.
Location: Ideal lnnovations, inc., 4401 Wilson Blvd Suite 210, Arlington, VA 22203
Dress Code: Cocktail
For More Info or Questions: Spyher - Spy Tours and Events; 703-653-0115; rosanna@spyher.co ; Price: $275/pp;
POSTPONED - Event will be rescheduled - new dates TBD

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 1 - 2 pm ET - Zoom Webinar - NCF Winter 2022 Cryptologic Program - GCHQ Historical Perspective

The National Cryptologic Foundation's Winter 2022 Cryptologic Program will feature Mr. Tony Comer, retired GCHQ historian and Dr. John Ferris, author of Behind the Enigma: The Authorised History of GCHQ, Britain's Secret Cyber Intelligence Agency. The program will be moderated by Dr. David Sherman.
During the program, our guest speakers will discuss GCHQ's history and its relationships with its allies, including the U.S.
Registration: The cost to attend is free, but registration is required. Zoom login details will be provided in your registration confirmation email.
Questions for the Guest Speakers: A space to submit questions is provided on the registration form. Please use this even if you are unable to attend the live program.
Contact: If you have questions about this program, please contact the NCF office at 443-795-4498 or send an email to ncfinfo@cryptologicfoundation.org
Register here

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Wednesday, 2 February 2022, 2-3:15pm EST - Zoom Webinar - Ukraine and Russia on the Brink - a Harvard KSG Belfer Center Intelligence Project Event

As Russian troops continue to build up near the Ukrainian border amid rising tensions and stalled negotiations between Russia and the U.S., military action by Russia in Ukraine looks increasingly likely. Policymakers, military officials, and journalists are openly discussing the potential for an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine.
What are likely scenarios in the days and weeks ahead, and what are the military and diplomatic options available for Ukraine, NATO, and U.S. policymakers and military officials seeking to contain Russian aggression?
Join the Intelligence Project and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies for a discussion on these key questions with Retired Brigadier General and current Senior Fellow Kevin Ryan, Executive Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Alexandra Vacroux, and Senior Fellow and New York Times senior writer David Sanger. The discussion will be moderated by Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe.
Visit the event website for more information and to register. Event is open to the public.

Thursday, 3 February 2022, 7 pm CST - Virtual Zoom Webinar - Major General Glen Shaffer, USAF Retired, discusses challenges for intelligence professionals and the Iraq War at this AFIO San Antonio Chapter Virtual Event

AFIO BulletMajor General Glen Shaffer was the Director of Intelligence (J2) for the Joint Staff in Washington D.C. beginning July 2002. A career intelligence officer, he began his service in 1970. His many assignments included the Hq Strategic Air Command, Hq Tactical Air Command, Hq Atlantic Command, the National Security Agency, and Hq US Air Force before becoming the Director of Intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In addition to service school he has attended Harvard and MIT programs. Major General Shaffer currently teaches at Univ Texas at San Antonio. He will share observations on an intelligence career and his experience as Director of Intelligence for the Joint Staff where he worked for Sec of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
The 30 minute online social time has been dropped and this meeting begins promptly at 7 p.m. for civilians and 1900 hrs for former military. Virtual links will be forwarded closer to the date of the program.
Questions or to participate, contact John Franklin, President, AFIO San Antonio Chapter, at satxafio@gmail.comor 210 863-0430.

Sunday, 6 February 2022, 2 - 3:30 pm ET - Zoom Webinar - "Wilderness of Mirrors: The Work of the Cold War Military Liaison Missions" with Aden Magee by The Cold War Museum

Aden Magee is an internationally-renowned expert on full-spectrum threats to our way of life. He is a career intelligence and counterintelligence (CI) professional with a legacy of experience supporting U.S. government agencies including the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the Department of Homeland Security.
The Cold War was a Wilderness of Mirrors—a broad labyrinth of chess games played on multiple boards in support of integrated battles supporting even larger fronts on the "battlefields" of the Cold War. This presentation addresses two of the little-known, interrelated games of chess involving the U.S. Military Liaison Mission and the Soviet Military Liaison Mission -- both of which operated "behind enemy lines" for over four decades in Cold War Germany. These Military Liaison Missions were unique to the Cold War era, and their operations were among the most fitting microcosms of the battle for Europe which was a vital component of the strategic Cold War landscape.
The presentation opens an unprecedent historical time-capsule based on declassified U.S. government documents and first-hand accounts that could only be provided by the few secret warriors who fought the enemy in the streets of Cold War Europe. This disclosure of the many never-before documented histories and insights regarding the competing Military Liaison Missions also provides missing pieces to many of the puzzles that would have otherwise faded from human memory. In addition to being a unique story within a story within another story, this discussion applies some of the most important and relevant counterintelligence and intelligence principles to the lesser-known, and mainly never-known, episodes that will be recounted. The lessons learned when the bar was the highest are the ones that should be retained, and the Cold War Soviet adversary set the absolute highest counterintelligence, intelligence, and disinformation bar ever.
Cost: $20, 100% of which is a contribution to the Cold War Museum.
Location: ONLINE ONLY. Eventbrite ticket buyers will receive a link to the virtual room on the Zoom platform where this event will take place. We are recording the whole event, including the Q&A, for the Museum's archives.
Agenda: • 1:30-2:00. Participants arrive in the Zoom room online; • 2:00-2:05. Jason Hall, Executive Director of the Cold War Museum, introduces the Museum and Aden Magee; • 2:05-3:00. Aden presents on the history of the U. S. AND Soviet Military Liaison Missions; • 3:00-3:30. Q&A opportunity for the audience.
Register here
Questions? Call or email Jason Hall, 703-283-4124 (cell), jason@coldwar.org

Saturday, 12 February 2022, 11:30am - Indialantic, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Lt Gen Pat Hughes, former D/DIA, on "The Threat to the U.S. from China."

AFIO BulletThe Florida Satellite Chapter, at this in-person meeting, hears from Lieutenant General Patrick M. Hughes, US Army (Retired), the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, discussing "The Threat to the US from China."
Cost: The sit down lunch (which follows Gen. Hughes' presentation) is $35 per person.
Location: Doubletree Hotel, Rt A1A, in Indialantic, FL.
To register or more information, contact chapter president Larry Sanford at larryfsanford@gmail.com.

Thursday, 17 February 2022, 7- 8:30pm EST - Zoom Webinar - Spies, Lies, and Algorithms - A Presentation by Amy Zegart at the Hayden Center

"Today we face a critical juncture for American spy agencies, as big as 9/11--only most people don't know it," says Amy B. Zegart, a leading expert on intelligence and professor at Stanford University.
Professor Zegart captures the past and future of American intelligence in her compelling new book "Spies, Lies, and Algorithms," one General Michael V. Hayden, former CIA and NSA Director, says is already becoming compulsory reading for any student or practitioner of intelligence.
General Hayden welcomes Professor Zegart to the Hayden Center for a chat on her book with our senior fellow David Priess, a former CIA analyst and author himself of "The President's Book of Secrets," an examination of the history of the President's daily intelligence briefing. All who register will receive a 30% discount on the purchase of Prof Zegart's book.. See your registration confirmation email for details.
There will be time set aside for audience questions. This Hayden Center presentation is being recorded for use on our website and social media.
REGISTER here

Thursday, 17 February 2022, 1800/6:00 PM EST; 1700/5:00 PM CST; 1500/3:30 PM PST; 1300 /1:00 PM HST - GoToMeeting - NIP Virtual Speaker Event on UWDC

Naval Intelligence Professionals will be holding their Virtual Speaker Event using the GoToMeeting platform.
TOPIC: Undersea Warfighting Development Center (UWDC). Our guest will address: UWDC history / evolution; UWDC organization; UWDC mission, roles, functions and priorities; UWDC lines of effort; o Training, o Doctrine; The relationship between the submarine community and Navy Intel.; Other UWDC efforts: Arctic Sub Lab and Aggressor Squadron (AGGRON)
GUEST Speaker: Mr. Graham Jackson, CAPT, USN (Ret.), Intelligence Training and Integration Officer, Undersea Warfighting Development Center. Full biography below.
FORMAT: Video Conference – GoToMeeting. Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone, beginning at 1750/5:50 PM EST:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/482386165 You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (669) 224-3412 Access Code: 482-386-165
New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/482386165
As always, please mute your device/phone. Thanks.
AGENDA: • (5 min) Ms. B. Lynn Wright, DDNI (Ret.), NIP Chairman, welcoming remarks and NIP Update, • (~25 min) Guest Speaker Remarks
(~30 min) Q & A moderated by CAPT (Ret.) Bob Allen. - Please enter your questions in the GoToMeeting chat window or email your questions in advance/during the video conference to: bob_allen36@hotmail.com

Thursday, 24 February 2022, 11:30am - 2pm - Tampa, FL and Zoom Webinar - The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter hears from Dr. Oakley on "The DoD/CIA Postwar Relationship"

AFIO BulletThe Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter meets in-person to hear speaker: Dr. David P. Oakley, a national security practitioner-scholar with over twenty-two years in the U.S. Army and Intelligence Community, will be speaking on the relationship between the CIA and DoD, which developed from actions taken in the late eighties and early nineties that set the foundation for their current relationship. A virtual, Zoom webinar option will also be available.
We also will be presenting an honorable mention award in the Chapter Scholarship Program. Please support this important Chapter initiative by attending—a good turnout makes a difference!
Timing: The in-person and simultaneous Zoom program is scheduled to start at noon.
Location: The offices of Bleakley, Bavol, Denman & Grace, 15316 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33613. The offices are off I-275 just north of the Bearss Avenue exit.
To Participate: We require a COVID acknowledgement and a food order form to complete an in-person reservation. Luncheon fee is $15 cash or check made out to "Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter," payable at the door.
We are also providing online access to the meeting free of charge via Zoom with prior registration and acceptance here.
Deadline: The deadline for in-person or online attendance is Thursday, 17 February.
Questions: Please contact the Chapter Secretary at michaels@suncoastafio.org to obtain copies of the required forms for in-person attendance or with any questions.

Thursday, 24 February 2022, 12:30 - 1:30 pm PST - GoToMeeting - AFIO-Los Angeles Chapter holds Elections and General Business Meeting

AFIO BulletWe will be scheduling our Annual Chapter General Business Meeting. Due to the concerns with the current health challenges, the meeting will be held virtually using GoToMeeting platform. Membership participation is extremely important during this annual meeting, which includes elections. So we look forward to your attendance and participation.
Agenda: 1. Election of Officers; 2. Treasurer's Report; 3. 2022 Objectives; 4. Open Discussion-Members Input.
RSVP President Vincent Autiero at afio_la@yahoo.com for GoToMeeting access link to attend this meeting.

Sunday, 27 February 2021, 2-3:30 PM EST - Zoom Webinar - The Glomar Explorer in Court: The CIA in a Court Case on Project Azorian - by The Cold War Museum

In 1975, a well-known marine engineer and scientist, Willard Bascom, and his company, Ocean Science and Engineering, sued the Federal Government in the US Court of Claims, alleging that the Central Intelligence Agency had infringed his patents and used his proprietary concepts in its effort to recover a Soviet Golf Class missile submarine, the K-129, from the ocean floor. Over the next three years, the CIA defended and won the case – all in secret with almost no press coverage.
Tom Scott, who represented the Government in the case, will tell the story of the CIA's groundbreaking technological effort to develop a lift vehicle to raise the sunken Soviet submarine and its ultimate deployment on a specially-designed ship, the Hughes Glomar Explorer, which was disguised as a mining vessel.
He will explain the CIA's successes and failure in its effort – all in the context of defending a complex litigation that demonstrates the ongoing conflict between the need for openness in the court systems of a genuine democracy and the need for the protection of sources and methods in national security cases.
Cost: $20, 100% of which is a contribution to the Cold War Museum.
Location: ONLINE ONLY. Eventbrite ticket buyers will receive a link to the virtual room on the Zoom platform where this event will take place. We are recording the whole event, including the Q&A, for the Museum's archives.
Details or ticketing here.
Questions? Ask CWM Executive Director Jason Hall at jason@coldwar.org

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Thursday, 3 March 2022, 7 pm CST - Virtual Zoom Webinar - John Lenczowski PhD, former NSC Staffer/Expert discussing "Chinese Influence Operations in the U.S. at this AFIO San Antonio Chapter Virtual Event

AFIO BulletThe AFIO Now program interview will be conducted by James Hughes, AFIO President, a former CIA Operations Officer. Dr. John Lenczowski discusses the psychological disarmament of the decision-making elites in the U.S. and in the rest of the West which has led to the greatest theft of intellectual property the U.S. has ever experienced. The Chinese use the media, academic institutions, think tanks, business community, politicians, Hollywood as a tool for their massive propaganda operations, Dr. Lenczowski explains. The interview runs 44 minutes. A must see AFIO Now.
The 30 minute online social time has been dropped and this meeting begins promptly at 7 p.m. for civilians and 1900 hrs for former military. Virtual links will be forwarded closer to the date of the program.
Questions or to participate, contact John Franklin, President, AFIO San Antonio Chapter, at satxafio@gmail.com
or 210 863-0430.

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 11:30am PST - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts Thomas Fingar discussing "Lessons from Intelligence Reform."

AFIO BulletDr. Thomas Fingar will discuss his book "From Mandate to Blueprint: Lessons from Intelligence Reform," addressing how he defined and prioritized challenges, why he created a new organization inside another new organization and how he maintained best in the world intelligence support to U.S. officials while implementing needed reforms.
Location: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080. Google maps link to location.
Timing: 11:30am no host cocktail; meeting and luncheon at noon.
To attend: Eventbrite registration is here. Reservation and pre-payment is required before 1 March 2022. The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins.
Questions?: Please contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at afiosf@aol.com or Mariko Kawaguchi, c/o AFIO, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011.

Thursday, 10 March 2022, 11:30am - 2pm EST - Vienna, VA - CIRA National Luncheon & 2021 Salvetti Award Presentation

CIRA will be hosting their first national luncheon of 2022. And will be using the occasion to present the 2021 Salvetti Award to Robert (Bob) Wallace. A keynote speaker (TBA) will discuss the 75th Anniversary Program.
For details on the program, precise location, meal, fee, or to make your reservations, visit CIRA's website here.
You must be a current member of CIRA to access this site.

Wednesday, 16 March 2022, 7pm EDT - Zoom Webinar - The Directors' View: Russia & Ukraine

Exclusive to the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security, five former senior intelligence leaders offer their perspectives on the world-changing full invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the role intelligence has played as it has unfolded.
Few have experienced world crises like former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former leaders of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael Hayden, John Brennan, Leon Panetta, and Michael Morell. All faced challenges from Russia in these roles and throughout their storied careers at ODNI, CIA, NSA, NGA, DIA, NCTC, and the Pentagon. Our director Larry Pfeiffer, former CIA chief of staff, will moderate this conversation.
More information or register here
If you are unable to connect to the event via Zoom, it will be live-streaming on their YouTube channel.

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 11:30 AM MDT - Colorado Springs - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Major General Richard Engel , discussing "Strategic Intelligence."

AFIO BulletSPEAKER BIO: General Richard Engel retired in December 2019 as the Director for Analytic Outreach for the National Intelligence Council (NIC). In this capacity, he was the principal interface between science and technology, international affairs, and social science subject matter experts and the NIC. Prior to his last position, Rich served as the Deputy Director for Strategic Programs and the Director for Environment and Natural Resources within the NIC. While on the NIC, Rich was also the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology (science and technology weapons analysts) where he was the principal representative for the National Intelligence Officer to the Scientific Technical Intelligence Committee (STIC).
Rich was Commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was the Commander of the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. He is a graduate of the Test Pilot School and he logged more than 4,000 flying hours in his USAF career and flew more than 30 aircraft types.

For event location and other information, please contact steve13507@gmail.com

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 12:30 - 1:30 pm PDT - GoToMeeting - AFIO LA Chapter hosts TD Barnes on "The Genesis and Evolution of CIA's Area 51"

AFIO BulletOur next L.A. AFIO meeting will feature guest speaker Thornton D. "TD" Barnes on "The Genesis and Evolution of the CIA's Area 51." The presentation will cover Area 51 and the U-2 and A-12 projects, the MiG exploitation project, and our pioneering stealth.
Two National Geographic Channel documentaries feature Barnes: Area 51 Declassified and CIA—Secrets of Area 51. Numerous documentaries on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Travel Channel, C-Span, and others also feature him, most recent, the Fox Nation aired August 2021. Barnes is the author of several books, including The CIA Area 51 Chronicles, a three-book series about the CIA at Area 51 and a new release, CIA Station D - Area 51. Barnes lives in Henderson, NV.
To RSVP to virtually attend, do so at AFIO_LA@yahoo.com
Questions to Chapter President Vince Autiero at afio_la@yahoo.com

Saturday, 19 March 2022, 2 pm EDT - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine hosts VADM William Merz on "Strengths and Vulnerabilities of Islands off China's Eastern Coast" - mainly Taiwan. Ukraine also on Agenda.

AFIO BulletThe speaker is Vice Admiral William Merz. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and holds a Master's Degree from Catholic University. He is currently assigned to the Pentagon as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy. His previous major assignments include Command of the 7th Fleet, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems, Director Undersea Warfare Division, Commander Naval Mine & Anti-Submarine Warfare, Task Force 54 in Bahrain, Submarine Development Squadron 12, the attack submarine USS Memphis and the nuclear deep-sea vessel Submarine NR-1. The 7th Fleet is part of the Pacific Fleet and is based in Japan with a major focus on the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

VADM Merz understands that the Maine Chapter's forum is an unclassified environment and is part of continuing discussions relating to the importance of having an effective Intelligence Community as USA's first line of defense; therefore, his presentation will be based upon statements that have been, or about to be released to the general public. We anticipate VADM Merz will also offer his observations, analysis and opinions of the current problem in Ukraine.
The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk, Maine 04043. A Question and Answer period will follow the presentation.

Sunday, 20 March 2022, 2 - 3:30 EDT - Zoom Webinar - Near the End of All Things: Able Archer 1983 & History to Novel - sponsored by The Cold War Museum

You Know How Close the World Came to Ending During the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. But Did You Know That 21 Years Later Mutually-Assured Destruction Almost Occurred Again? And This Time One Side (Ours) Didn't Even Know Until the Last Second That We Were Right on the Edge. A Breath Away From the End of All Things: Able Archer 1983 and Turning the History into Fiction
In 1983, the U.S. and the Soviet Union came very close to nuclear war—without the U.S. being aware at the time of the extreme danger of the situation until things had advanced very far toward nuclear war.
The Soviets had become convinced that the 1983 version of an annual NATO exercise known as Able Archer was not the routine military exercise that it in fact was, but instead was the pretext for a first strike against the Soviet Union.
What had happened was a combination of some added realism in the NATO war simulation, including, as Wikipedia notes, "a new, unique format of coded communications, radio silences, and the participation of heads of states," AND unusually tense relations between the Soviets and the West at that time, especially about pending new installation of Pershing nuclear missiles in Europe. When the Soviets heightened their actual defense status in ways that clearly indicated nuclear war was close at hand, only following a U.S. General's advice against responding in kind managed to de-escalate the situation in time.
Brian Morra was an Air Force Intelligence officer during this crisis, serving in some of the locales that were important to Able Archer 1983. He'll be talking with us about The Able Archers, the first in his series of forthcoming novels relating to these events and subsequent ones. After describing why he decided to write this book, he'll explain how he chose his two main characters (one AF intelligence, the other GRU), what the key Able Archer historical events were, and how he's thinking about Able Archers series of novels going forward. This is a chance to not only learn about this key historical event but also to discover how writers of historical fiction who are serious about getting the history right try to do that while creating an engaging story line that will provide a way for people who otherwise might not be interested in history to engage with it through the eyes of the fictional characters on various sides of the events.
Cost: $20, 100% of which is a contribution to the Cold War Museum.
Location: ONLINE via ZOOM Webinar platform. Eventbrite ticket buyers will receive a link to the virtual room on the Zoom platform where this event will take place. We are recording the whole event, including the Q&A, for the Museum's archives.
Register here
Agenda: • 1:30-2:00. Participants arrive in the Zoom room online; • 2:00-2:05. Jason Hall, Executive Director of the Cold War Museum, introduces the Museum and Brian Morra; • 2:05-3:00. Brian presents on the history of Able Archer '83 and how he used that history as the framework for his historical novel; • 3:00-3:30. Q&A opportunity for the audience.
Questions? Call or email Jason Hall, 703-283-4124 (cell), jason@coldwar.org

Wednesday, 23 March 2022, 3 - 4:30 PM EDT - Virtual - The OSS Society hosts Virtual Conversation with Drs Robert Gates and Michael Vickers

This first of 2022 "Oh So Social" virtual one-on-one conversation by The OSS Society features Dr. Robert Gates and Dr. Michael Vickers.
Speaker bios, program information, and to register

Thursday, 24 March 2022, 1800/6:00 PM EDT; 1700/5:00 PM EDT; 1500/3:30 PM PDT; 1200 /12:00 PM HST - GoToMeeting - NIP Virtual Speaker Event

Naval Intelligence Professionals are hosting a Virtual Speaker Event on this topic: Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC)
Topic outline: A) NAWDC history / evolution; NAWDC organization; NAWDC mission, roles, functions and priorities; Training; Doctrine development; NAWDC lines of effort
B) Navy Intel and the aviation community; Challenges; Evolving training and skillsets
C) Targeting and CVW/CSG operations – past/present/future; Traditional alignment with CVW for Strike; TQCP and the Navy Program; Targeting as a functional area of expertise; Fleet demand signals
D) Other NAWDC efforts: Integrated Training Facility and Live, Virtual, Constructive
GUEST Speaker: CDR David "Bergy" Bergesen, Director of Information Warfare, Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC).
FORMAT: Video Conference – GoToMeeting. Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone, beginning at 1750/5:50 PM EDT:
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://meet.goto.com/427078189
You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (408) 650-3123 Access Code: 427-078-189
Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://meet.goto.com/install
As always, please mute your device/phone. Thanks.
AGENDA: (5 min) Ms. B. Lynn Wright, DDNI (Ret.), NIP Chairman, welcoming remarks and NIP Update; (~25 min) Guest Speaker Remarks; (~30 min) Q & A moderated by CAPT (Ret.) Bob Allen. - Please enter your questions in the GoToMeeting chat window or email your questions in advance/during the video conference to: bob_allen36@hotmail.com

Tuesday, 29 March 2022, noon EDT - Zoom - Situational Briefing on Conflict in Ukraine and Roundtable Discussion at this Flordia Suncoast Chapter Virtual Session

AFIO BulletThe Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter is pleased to present a situational briefing on the conflict in Ukraine and a roundtable discussion. The special online Zoom meeting features Dr. Golfo Alexopoulos, founding director of the USF Institute on Russia and Professor of Global Studies at the University of South Florida, and Dr. Mark Grzegorzewski, Resident Senior Fellow in the Department of Strategic Intelligence and Emerging Technology at Joint Special Operations University, MacDill AFB.
We anticipate the briefing and discussion will run approximately 90 minutes.
Registration is required. Question submission and registration ends at noon on Thursday, March 24. Please send in any questions and register early. Use this link
Questions are welcome; please submit to Chapter Secretary, michaels@suncoastafio.org.

Tuesday, 29 March 2022, 6pm EDT - Atlanta, GA - AFIO Atlanta hears from Reg Regenstein on "Havana Syndrome: Are the Russians Secretly Attacking Americans Abroad?"

AFIO BulletSince 2016, hundreds of American diplomats, intelligence officers, and military attaches—and their family members—have suddenly suffered from severe neurological damage and often had their health permanently impaired under suspicious and inexplicable circumstances. Substantial evidence, including from the National Academy of Sciences, points to the cause being pulsed microwave energy radiation. DCI Burns and other national security officials have met, investigated, and discussed these attacks. Some have attributed the injuries to hysteria, tension, pesticides, or even the chirping of crickets. But much credible evidence has emerged implicating Russian involvement.
CIA veteran Lewis "Reg" Regenstein—a charter member of AFIO since 1975—has studied and written extensively on Havana Syndrome and related Russian operations. He and his published articles on the subject have not been challenged, except by the Russian media outlet RT (Russia Today). (RT is an agent of Kremlin policy and a tool directly used by President Vladimir Putin to engage in covert disinformation campaigns designed to sow doubt about democratic institutions and destabilize the West.)
Join us for an exciting lecture as Reg argues that America's weakness, timidity, confusion, and feigned ignorance in the face of these microwave attacks on Americans have helped erode our deterrence, encouraged Russian aggression, and destabilized today's world. The talk will be followed by Q&A when you may feel free to support or dispute his conclusions.
Complimentary appetizers and hors d'oeuvres will be provided
OPEN TO NON-MEMBERS AND FRIENDS!
VENUE: Big B's Fish Joint, 4600 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342 (free parking available)
RSVP: email, call, or text to Brian Hooper at brian@afioatlanta.com or 404.403.8004

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Thursday, 7 April 2022 at 6:30 - 7:30pm EDT - Washington, DC - Dr Harlan Ullman discusses "How Massive Attacks of Disruption are an Existential Danger to the U.S. and World" - at this in-person event at The City Tavern Preservation Foundation

NOTE THE NEW DATE: The City Tavern Preservation Foundation, an organization established for the preservation of the oldest and last remaining Federal era tavern in Washington, DC, invites AFIO members, at no cost, to attend a discussion and book signing with Harlan Ullman for his latest book: The Fifth Horseman and the New MAD: How Massive Attacks of Disruption Became the Looming Existential Danger to a Divided Nation and the World at Large.
Dr. Harlan Ullman is a globally recognized thought leader and strategic thinker. Among his better known innovative concepts are: "shock and awe" "A Brains Based Approach to Strategic Thinking"; and "Massive Attacks of Disruption. "
A former naval person and Swift Boat skipper in Vietnam who carried out over 150 combat missions, and later, commanded a destroyer in the Persian Gulf, he has advised heads of government and industry. He has also chaired several companies.
He lays out the issues and makes major recommendations to repair a broken government, infrastructure, and in many ways a flawed national security policy and organization. He is UPI's Arnaud de Borchgrave distinguished columnist and a Contributor to The Hill
No Charge to attend but reservations required and can be made at this Eventbrite link.
Event location: City Tavern, 3206 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007. Location on Google Maps.
To order a book, do so here at Amazon

Thursday, 7 April 2022, 8:15am - 4:30pm EDT- Hybrid: In-Person and Zoom Webinar - Intelligence and the Changing Security Environment by The Intelligence Studies Consortium - Georgetown University School of Continuing Education and National Intelligence University

The Intelligence Studies Consortium (ISC) was established in 2018 by the National Intelligence University (NIU) to promote communications and cooperation between academic and government organizations. The ISC provides an organized forum for the member universities to work together exploring issues and engaging in solutions that improve national security. The participating universities have national security-focused academic programs and unique relationships with many government agencies; the ISC seeks to develop these relationships and provide an integrated forum to discuss critical intelligence issues. This symposium is an opportunity for students to present recent work at an academic conference in a panel format. Students will be selected for participation in the symposium based on their proposal, which will be judged by the ISC faculty representatives.
All attendees attending in-person must be fully vaccinated and compliant within the GU360 system. The event will also be live-streamed for those unable to attend in-person.
*Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by March 28 to scsevents@georgetown.edu. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests made after March 28.* If you have any questions, contact scsevents@georgetown.edu.
LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom; In-Person at Georgetown School of Continuing Studies, 640 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20001. This event will also be live-streamed via Zoom.
Audience: Prospective Students, Current Students, Alumni, Outside Attendees
RSVP for the event using this link.
More about this program at Georgetown University website or at the SCS website

Thursday, 7 April 2022, 7 pm CDT - Virtual Zoom Webinar - Major General Gary W. O'Shaughnessy will speak about careers in intelligence at this AFIO San Antonio Chapter Virtual Event

AFIO BulletMG Gary O'Shaughnessy began his military service in 1960, when he was commissioned through the ROTC program. In 1962 he became a Communications Intelligence Officer and served several tours in Asia. He progressed in the military with assignment in the Security Service, Electronic Security Command, National Security Agency, and US Europe Command as the Director of Intelligence. General O'Shaughnessy currently serves on the AFIO National Board.
The 30 minute online social time has been dropped and this meeting begins promptly at 7 p.m. for civilians and 1900 hrs for former military. Virtual links will be forwarded closer to the date of the program.
Questions or to participate, contact John Franklin, President, AFIO San Antonio Chapter, at satxafio@gmail.comor 210 863-0430.

Friday, 8 April 2022 - McLean, VA - AFIO's First 2022 In-Person Luncheon features Shane Harris, journalist/author, The Washington Post, and Toby Harnden, journalist/author

AFIO BulletAFIO's first in-person event of 2022.
Speakers will be: Shane Harris, journalist/author, The Washington Post, author of "@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex" speaking at 11 am; Toby Harnden, journalist/author of "The First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission To Avenge 9/11" speaking following lunch. Harris, will discuss the latest developments in Ukraine, which he is covering for the Washington Post, with special focus on the intelligence aspects. Also present will be and one of the brave Team Alpha members featured in Tody Harnden's incredible book.
Event will be held at DoubleTree by Hilton, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA.
Registration has CLOSED. Questions to annettej@afio.com

Sunday, 10 April 2022, 2-3:30pm EDT - Zoom Webinar - Dome of Light: A Real Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon? by John Ramirez, former CIA DS&T - Event by The Cold War Museum

UFOs. UAPs. Is That All Crazy Stuff? Well…Maybe Not. Hear & Ask a Former CIA Technical Expert About the Dome of Light Case.
An unusual phenomenon known as the Dome of Light was detected by US intelligence sensors during certain Russian ballistic missile test launches. Of particular interest was the SS-20 Sable intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM). Ballistic missile analysts at the Foreign Technology Division (now the National Air and Space Intelligence Center -- NASIC) at Wright-Patterson AFB attributed the Dome of Light phenomenon to a ballistic missile countermeasures technique. However, this phenomenon was also detected when there were no ballistic missile launches. What did the Russians know about the Dome of Light, which they called the "Petrozavodsk Phenomenon?" The possible answer has surprising relevance to the US government's Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) investigation as mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022.
John Ramirez served from 1984 to 2009 in the CIA Directorate of Science and Technology, Directorate of Intelligence, and the ODNI National Counterproliferation Center (NCPC). During his 25-year career he specialized in ballistic missile defense systems and signals analysis of weapon system radars. He served as the Chief of Base for an overseas technical collection facility and was Chief of the Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) Analysis Branch. A founding member of the ODNI NCPC, he was the SIGINT specialist and the multi-discipline collection requirements strategist for counterproliferation equities. Prior to his career in the Intelligence Community, John enlisted in the US Navy as an Electronics Warfare Technician. He is a graduate of the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is currently a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and the Central Intelligence Retirees Association.
This is the 60th in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum featuring eyewitnesses to, and other experts on, significant Cold War-era events and activities.
Cost: $20, 100% of which is a contribution to the Cold War Museum.
Location: ONLINE ONLY. Click this link to register.
Eventbrite ticket buyers will receive a link to the virtual room on the Zoom platform where event will take place.
Agenda: 1:30-2. Participants arrive in the Zoom room online; 2-2:05. Jason Hall, Executive Director of the Cold War Museum, introduces the Museum and John Ramirez; 2:05-3 John presents on the history of the Dome of Light phenomenon and what that suggests for the newly-mandated Congressional inquiry into Unidentified Aerial Phenomena; 3-3:30. Q&A opportunity for the audience.
Questions? Call or email Jason Hall, 703-283-4124 (cell), jason@coldwar.org

13 April 2022, 6:30pm PDT - Las Vegas, NV - AFIO Las Vegas hosts special speaker event on "Is Democracy in Russia Possible?"

AFIO BulletThe next LV Chapter meeting features a brief business meeting followed by a presentation by a very special guest speaker. Due to sensitivities, the chapter will not be providing the name of the speaker. He is a well-respected advocate for Russian democracy and has agreed to share his insights into our current world situation. The topic of the evening's speaker is "Is Democracy in Russia Possible?" This is going to be an enlightening and intriguing talk and I urge everyone who is able, to attend.
Attendees are invited to meet in the patio room of the clubhouse restaurant for drinks, food, and great conversation anytime after 5:30 pm.
Location: Los Prados Golf & Country Club Clubhouse, 5150 Los Prados Cir, Las Vegas, NV 89130.
NOTE: Please... no recording devices or photos at this meeting.
If you have any questions, please contact Linda Cohn at 702-239-1370.
To attend, contact Linda M. Cohn, Secretary, AFIO Las Vegas Chapter, at lasvegasafio@gmail.com

Saturday, 16 April 2022, 10 - noon EDT - Zoom Webinar - AFIO New England 2-Speaker Event - Prof. Declan Hill on "The Origin of Covid-19"; and former FBI Agent Ken Gray on "NWC Talks: America and the Intelligence Revolution with Jeff Rogg"

AFIO BulletAFIO New England will be hosting a virtual event with two speakers.
Our first presenter is Declan Hill talking about the origin of Covid-19. Hill will be followed by former FBI Agent Ken Gray, who will show the video "NWC Talks: America and the Intelligence Revolution with Jeff Rogg." The video will be followed by a discussion.
Both presentations will run approximately 45 minutes each, with time for Q&As.
Declan Hill is an associate professor of investigations at the University of New Haven. He specializes in the study of organized crime and corruption specifically in international sport. His first book The Fix: Organized Crime and Soccer tells the story of Hill infiltrating a group of Asian match-fixers as they fixed matches at the World Cup. His second book, The Insider's Guide to Match-Fixing in Football is written for sports officials. Hill was an investigative journalist and news presenter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and has a podcast "Crime Waves with Declan Hill." His current series is called the "Slow-Motion Chernobyl" on the origins of Covid-19.
Hill received his doctorate from the University of Oxford.
Ken Gray was an officer with the US Navy and then spent 24 years as a FBI Special Agent and served his entire career in the New Haven Division. After an extra 6 months past mandatory retirement, he moved over to University of New Haven, where he teaches criminal investigation in the C.J. Department
To sign up for this webinar or if you have questions: contact chapter President Art Harvey at aharvey@rdi.qozzy.com or Sarah Moore, AFIO/NE Secretary, at afionechapter@gmail.com.
Note: Your invitation will come either directly from Ken Gray or the University of New Haven, or from Art Harvey. Since this webinar will be open to the public, no detailed chapter information will be presented; however, there will be a discussion of resuming in-person meetings on a schedule. The chapter looks forward to connecting with all members and guests in these troubled times.

Saturday, 16 April 2022, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Hosts Maj Gen Gregg Potter on Army Intelligence

AFIO BulletRetired Army Major General Gregg Potter will be making a presentation at this AFIO Maine Chapter Event. He will focus on the modernization of the Army and army intelligence. Also, he will comments about the Russia and Ukraine conflict. A question and answer period will follow.
The event takes place at the Brick Store Museum Program Center at 4 Dane St, Kennebunk, ME.
The meeting, which is open to the public. No reservations are required.

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 12:30 - 1:30pm PDT - GoToMeeting - AFIO Los Angeles hears from Maj Charles Christian the Civil Air Patrol on The Wide Range of Essential CAP Missions

AFIO BulletThe next AFIO L.A. Chapter meeting will feature guest speaker Major Charles Christian, Director of Emergency Services for the California Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
The Civil Air Patrol is celebrating its 80th Anniversary. Since the founding in June of 1941, CAP has been protecting and serving the U.S. with an unpaid professional force currently at over 66,000 members.
Often called a Force Multiplier by the Air Force, Maj Charles Christian, Director of Emergency Services for the California Wing, will present a wide-ranging insight as to the variety of missions that CAP now accomplishes. From saving lives in SAR, to Counter Drug with Homeland Security, to aerial reconnaissance for Cal OES and Cal Fire, to training Cadets to be the next generation of Air Force Pilots and Cyber Warriors, and community support in Food Bank distribution, Maj Christian will tell us about the best kept secret—the Civil Air Patrol.
Maj Christian is an IT professional with Cyber and Network specialization for the public and private sectors. He is an accomplished Pilot with land and sea ratings. With 12 years in CAP, his dedication has been recognized with 13 Search "Find" Awards, 3 Achievement Awards, 11 Commanders Commendations, 1 Exceptional Service Award, 4 Meritorious Service Awards, Air Force Organizational Service Award, Member of the Year, and Crisis Service Award.
His current role (CA Wing Director of Emergency Services) requires him to generate, facilitate, coordinate, and oversee the execution of operational missions within the State of CA. Maj Christian coordinates with 1st Air Force staff, Federal agencies (such as NOAA, FEMA, Homeland Security), the Governor's office of emergency services for the state of CA, local agencies, and special districts on a weekly basis.
Lt Paul Rivera is a Public Information and Communications Officer for the California Wing and will be assisting Maj. Christian in the presentation.
Please RSVP via email to President Vince Autiero at afio_la@yahoo.com for the access link to the meeting.
Platform: Go To Meeting (Virtual)
Questions: contact Vincent Autiero, President, AFIO-Los Angeles Chapter, at AFIO_LA@yahoo.com

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 7 - 8:30pm EDT - GoToMeeting Virtual - Naval Intelligence Professionals Virtual Speaker Event on "Surface and Mine Warfighting Center"

Naval Intelligence Professionals will host guest speaker CDR Robert Pipkin, Intelligence Branch Head (N2), Surface and Mine Warfighting Center HQ discussing the "Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC)"
FORMAT: Video Conference – GoToMeeting. Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone, beginning at 1850/6:50 PM EDT:
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://meet.goto.com/386989557
You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 386-989-557
Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://meet.goto.com/install
As always, please mute your device/phone. Thanks.
AGENDA: (5 min) Ms. B. Lynn Wright, DDNI (Ret.), NIP Chairman, welcoming remarks and NIP Update; (~25 min) Guest Speaker Remarks; (~30 min) Q & A moderated by CAPT (Ret.) Bob Allen. - Please enter your questions in the GoToMeeting chat window or email your questions in advance/during the video conference to: bob_allen36@hotmail.com.

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 6 - 8pm - Virtual - The OSS Society "Oh So Social" Author Spotlight: Erika Robuck & The Hon. Ellen McCarthy

The OSS Society launches their "Oh So Social" Author Spotlight Series. Starting off that event are The Honorable Ellen McCarthy who will interview author Erika Robuck about her new novel Sisters of Night and Fog.
To register or learn more, do so here

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Sunday, 1 May 2022, 2-3:30pm EDT - Zoom Webinar - The Black Bats: CIA Spy Flights Over China from Taiwan 1951-1969 featuring Chris Pocock - hosted by The Cold War Museum

We've had a long history of working with Taiwan on info-gathering over mainland China. Come see what the Cold War version of that looked like, as our friend and previous presenter Chris Pocock tells us on May 1 the story of the Black Bats, who took huge risks to gather the necessary data for Taiwan and for the U.S.
This is a great story of courage and determination against a formidable enemy, and one that Chris knows well.
After Mao's communists took control of mainland China in 1949, the CIA went into partnership with the nationalist Chinese government on Taiwan for covert air operations over mainland China—dropping agents and propaganda, and collecting SIGINT. But Communist China's air defences reacted with determination and ingenuity to the unwelcome intruders. Over 100 Taiwanese aircrew lost their lives in this epic yet hardly-known struggle, which is being told in English for the first time.
The story of The Black Bats—the 34th Squadron of the Republic of China Air Force—is one of courage and determination, teamwork, and technical innovation. The CIA won't declassify its history of these remarkable operations. But Chris Pocock and co-author Clarence Fu Jing Ping have reconstructed the story through research and interviews in Taiwan and the US.
Chris Pocock is a British writer, researcher and consultant who specializes in aerospace, airfreight, defense, and intelligence.
Cost: $20, 100% of which is a contribution to the Cold War Museum.
Event is ONLINE ONLY. Eventbrite ticket buyers will receive a link to the virtual room on the Zoom platform where this event will take place. We are recording the whole event, including the Q&A, for the Museum's archives.
Register here.
Agenda: • 1:30-2:00. Participants arrive in the Zoom room online; • 2:00-2:05. Jason Hall, Executive Director of the Cold War Museum, introduces the Museum and Chris Pocock; • 2:05-3:00. Chris presents on the story of the Black Bats; • 3:00-3:30. Q&A opportunity for the audience.
Questions? Call or email Jason Hall, 703-283-4124 (cell), jason@coldwar.org

1 - 3 May 2022 - Tucson, AZ - Spies Lies & Nukes Conference

Join Valerie Plame and several of her legendary, highly decorated CIA colleagues as they dive into the secretive world of espionage. Hear intriguing, provocative, and sometimes shocking conversations on cyber attacks, covert actions, nuclear scams, recruiting real spies from those that lived in the "wilderness of mirrors" for years.

Speakers: Valerie Plame, Conference Host and former Covert CIA Ops Officer; James C. Lawler, former Senior CIA Ops Officer; Alma Katsu, former CIA and NSA Analyst; Marc Polymeropoulos, former Senior CIA Ops Officer; Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, former Senior CIA Intelligence Officer; Mary Beth Long, former Asst SecDef for Intl Security Affairs; Glenn Carle, former Senior CIA Ops Officer; Lucy Kirk, former CIA Chief of Station and Ops Officer; Jonna Mendez, former Senior CIA Intelligence Officer; Gary C. Schroen, former Senior CIA Intelligence Officer
Topics: Some of the topics that will be presented by our experts and panelists:
"Afghanistan: Ending the Forever War"; "What is the 'Havana Syndrome'?"; "Russian election hacking / cyberwarfare"; "SoulCatcher: How to recruit a spy"; "Women in the CIA"; "Spy Fiction: What is real and what isn't?"; "The Morality and Politics of Torture"; and "The Nuclear Threat."

Location: Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort - a beautiful and historic resort 5501 N Hacienda Del Sol Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718
To celebrate the New Year we are offering $40 off ticket prices through Jan 31.
More information or to register while tickets remain, visit https://www.spiesliesnukes.com/

5 May 2022, 7pm EDT - Zoom Webinar - Afghanistan: A Year After - at the Hayden Center/George Mason University

Masoud Andarabi, former Afghanistan Minister of Interior and Acting & Deputy Director of its intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, sits down with Michael Morell and other representatives of The Hayden Center to offer his perspective on the current state of play in his homeland. Just over a year since President Biden's decision to withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan, the US ended 20 years of active combat in the country and the Afghanistan government fell to the Taliban, in rapid succession. Michael Morell, former Acting & Deputy Director of CIA will discuss these historic events with Andarabi, look at the current situation inside Afghanistan, and discuss what role the United States and its Western allies should be playing going forward.
To register, do so here

5 May 2022, 7pm CDT - Zoom - San Antonio TX Virtual AFIO Chapter Meeting featuring Bruce Riedel of Brookings Institution, and James Hughes, President, AFIO

AFIO BulletThe San Antonio Chapter of AFIO [SATX] is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting which features an interview of Bruce Riedel, Director, The Intelligence Project at the Center for Middle East Policy, by AFIO President James Hughes, a former CIA Operations Officer. Mr. Riedel discusses his background and crucial work while on the National Security Council during the Iraq War. The interview was recorded Thursday, 17 September 2020.
To receive Zoom Meeting ID, Passcode, and links, contact John Franklin, President, AFIO San Antonio Chapter, at satxafio@gmail.com, or call him at 210 863-0430.
The Program is a virtual and runs approximately 30 minutes.

10 - 12 May 2022 - National Cryptologic Foundation General Membership Meeting (GMM) & 18th CCH Cryptologic History Symposium

The 24th NCF GMM will take place on May 10th as a hybrid event with virtual attendance via Zoom and very limited in-person seating at our office in Glen Burnie, MD. Lunch will be optional for in-person attendees. 
Our program will include presentations to our first corporate and individual Education Program awardees: Mr. Greg Von Lehmen and Northrop Grumman. Our featured guest speakers will be Mr. Harry Wetherbee and Ms. Betsy Rohaly Smoot. The program will also include, In Memoriam, special recognition of past staff and volunteers, and Foundation & Museum updates. Click to REVIEW THE AGENDA.
We will have signed copies of our guest speakers' books for sale for in-person attendees, as well as a rare and used book sale. Please bring cash or check for book purchases.
The bi-ennial CCH Cryptologic History Symposium will take place on May 11-12. See more about the 2022 Symposium later in this e-letter. We hope you will sign up for both programs and make it Three Days of Cryptology!

The Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) and the National Cryptologic Foundation (NCF) will host the 18th Cryptologic History Symposium on May 11-12, 2022. The Symposium will be held as an all virtual event via the Microsoft (MS) Teams Live Events platform. Attendees will be able to view sessions either through the MS Teams application or with a standard web browser. The theme for the 2022 Symposium is "Icons & Innovation." Click here to view the preliminary program. Registration is free, but required, and is hosted by the NCF on the NCF website. Registration opens 3 April and will close at 9pm EDT on 10 May. Learn more about the program and to register, explore those here.

Call for Papers - The Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) and the National Cryptologic Foundation (NCF) invite proposals for papers for 18th Cryptologic History Symposium, 11-13 May 2022.

The Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) and the National Cryptologic Foundation (NCF) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the 18th Cryptologic History Symposium, 11-13 May 2022. The Symposium will be held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland. The theme for the symposium is "Icons and Innovation." Proposals are due 7 September 2021.
For more information visit the NCF or contact cchevents@nsa.gov.

13 May 2022, 11am - 1pm - Arlington, VA - NIP Spring Red Tie Luncheon featuring VADM Frank D. Whitworth

The Naval Intelligence Professionals' Red Tie Luncheon will return to the Army Navy Country Club (ANCC), 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.
Agenda: 11-noon No-Host Social; noon-1pm Luncheon; 1230-1pm VADM Frank D. Whitworth - Guest Speaker. VADM Whitworth is currently the director of intelligence for the Joint Staff and has been confirmed by the Senate to serve as the eighth director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency which is charged with analyzing and distributing geospatial intelligence for the national security community.
At this event, we are pleased to be honoring CAPT (Ret) Dave McMunn as the Red Tie award recipient for 2022.
Event location: Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA 22202
REGISTER ONLINE here
To register and pay by check, please send checks to: NIP, P.O. Box 11579, Burke, VA, 22009-1579. Please remember to include your menu entree selection - Salmon or Chicken or Vegetarian - when registering via mail.
NO WALK UPS PLEASE, RESERVATIONS DUE BY COB 6 May 2022. You do not have to be a NIP member to attend.

Saturday, 14 May 2022, 11:30am EDT - Indialantic, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Alex Goodale, former CIA, on "Actionable Intelligence."

AFIO BulletThe AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Alex Goodale, former career CIA clandestine officer, speaking on "Actionable Intelligence."
The event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, Rt A1A, in Indialantic, FL. A sit down lunch will be followed by Mr. Goodale's presentation. Cost is $35.00 per person.
Inquiries to: Larry Sanford at larryfsanford@gmail.com

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 5pm - N. VA. location - CIRA 1st Wine Social & Scholarship Fundraising Event

CIRA is hosting its first CIRA's 1st Wine Social & Scholarship Fundraising Event at a beautiful N. Virginia location (TBA to registrants).
Slow down and enjoy an evening with friends and former colleagues for a relaxing evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres, and music on the deck overlooking Lake XXX. This is a very casual affair, no agenda and no speeches, something of a pot luck happy hour. You bring the wine and the CIRA board members will provide the hors d'oeuvres.
Admission is $20 plus a bottle of wine. All proceeds, after the facility rental fee, will go directly to the CIRA Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to children of Agency Officers every year.
COVID transmission rates are low in the suburbs surrounding the DC and we will take precautions to keep our CIRA colleagues safe. Hors d'oeuvres will be served on individual covered plates and we request anyone who is not fully vaccinated wear a mask.
To register log into our members-only website https://www.cira.org, go to Online Payments under the main menu on the left, scroll down the page to the 'Payment Wine Social' button and fill in your information. Credit card payment.

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 11:30 AM – Colorado Springs - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Mark Pfoff, discussing "Forensics."

AFIO BulletTopic: Mark Pfoff will present the latest technologies used by law enforcement to locate/track suspects and obtain digital evidence in criminal cases. The use of some of these technologies is currently being challenged in court. BIO: Mark Pfoff is a retired Detective with 17 years of experience in law enforcement. After a 22 year career as a computer engineer he went into law enforcement full time where he became a Detective with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He specialized in computer crimes and computer forensics. He investigated many major crimes including sex assaults and homicides. Mark is a consultant with Rocky Mountain Computer Forensics where he provides consulting for both criminal and civil cases. He is a court qualified expert in computer and cell phone forensics, cellular technology, police procedures and investigations, digital evidence collection, social media, and child exploitation.
For more information on this event or details on how and where to attend, contact steve13507@gmail.com

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 1750/5:50 PM EDT - GoToMeeting - NIP Virtual Speaker Event features CAPT (Ret.) Steve Maffeo

This Naval Intelligence Professionals May virtual speaker event features CAPT (Ret.) Steve Maffeo, author U.S. Navy Codebreakers, Linguists, and Intelligence Officers against Japan, 1910-1941, discussing "Intelligence and Cryptology at the Battles of Coral Sea and Midway"
FORMAT: Video Conference – GoToMeeting. Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone, beginning at 1750/5:50 PM EDT:
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://meet.goto.com/486509013
You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (872) 240-3212; Access Code: 486-509-013
Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://meet.goto.com/install
As always, please mute your device/phone. Thanks.
AGENDA: (5 min) Ms. B. Lynn Wright, DDNI (Ret.), NIP Chairman, welcoming remarks and NIP Update; (~25 min) Guest Speaker Remarks; (~30 min) Q & A moderated by CAPT (Ret.) Bob Allen
Questions? bob_allen36@hotmail.com

Saturday, 21 May 2022, noon - Mandarin (Jacksonville), FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Luncheon features Ric Prado, former CIA Operations Officer, on "Black Ops"

AFIO BulletThe North Florida Chapter AFIO will be hosting Ric Prado, former CIA Operations Officer, on his book, "Black Ops," released 1 March. He will be discussing the book and other topics. We also will be celebrating the Jacksonville Bicentennial.
Very limited space remains. Our next meeting location will be in the Angler Room at the Bonefish Grill in Mandarin.
Agenda: noon-12:45 Social Hour; 1-1:05 Call to Order, Pledge, Invocation, Intro of Ric Prado and New Members; 1:05-2:00 Ric Prado presentation and Luncheon; 2-2:15 Post-Lunch break; 2:15-3 Lightning Round and Post-Meal Discussions.
RSVP ASAP to Ken Meyer at kmeyer12@bellsouth.net. Fee: $25 pp. Check or Cash Only.
For your calendars: the chapter meetings in 2022 will all be Saturdays as follows: 13 August 2022; and 5 November 2022.

Saturday, 21 May 2022, 2pm - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine hosts Dr. Seth Jones on National Security Issues

AFIO BulletThe next meeting of AFIO's Maine Chapter will take place at the Brick Store Museum's Program Center at 4 Dane St., Kennebunk, ME.
Guest speaker Dr. Seth Jones, a defense expert with an extensive background in strategic and international studies with special emphasis on national security, will talk about what country rivals are using against the United States to undermine American power while adapting American techniques and having made huge gains without traditional warfare.
Dr. Jones, a Bowdoin graduate, has taught extensively about our national security and has written numerous articles and published books related to irregular warfare, counterterrorism, and covert action. He is the director of the Transitional Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
A question and answer period will follow the presentation. All are welcomed to attend. No registration or fee required...just show up.

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Thursday, 2 June 2022, 5pm CDT - Chicago, IL or Virtual - The Spy Who Came in From the Cold War: Spy Museum Infiltration at the PMML

Join the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, in partnership with the International Spy Museum, for an evening of drinks, intelligence, and espionage.
From 5-6 pm mix and mingle with former members of the intelligence community as well as leadership from the SPY Museum and the PMML. Following the reception, SPY Museum historian and curator, Dr. Andrew Hammond will host a conversation with Spy Museum Executive Director Chris Costa, and retired senior FBI agent John Quattrocki, to talk Cold War intelligence, espionage, and their experiences in the field.
Costa, a former intelligence officer of 34 years with 25 of those in active duty in hot spots such as Panama, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq is also a past Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council.
Quattrocki retired from the Senior Executive Service (SES - 4) as a Special Agent of the FBI with 19 years of operational experience against the Soviet Union/Russia, the countries of the (former) Warsaw Pact, East Asia, Islamic extremist groups, and domestic terrorism. He also has 14 years of experience in U.S. National Security policy development and implementation at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) and in the Intelligence Directorate on the National Security Council (NSC) staff at the White House as the Director of Counterintelligence Programs.
Not able to join us in person? Indicate under "Attendance Options" if you wish to attend in person or virtually to access the free livestream of the program. The livestream will begin at 6:00 PM CDT.
Register here

Thursday, 2 June 2022, 7pm CT - Zoom - San Antonio TX Virtual AFIO Chapter Meeting featuring Shane Harris, Washington Post, and James Hughes, President, AFIO, Former CIA Operations Officer

AFIO BulletThe AFIO San Antonio, Texas Chapter (SATX) will feature at this meeting an interview AFIO National conducted with Shane Harris of the Washington Post. The interview got excellent reviews and I am offering a copy of the program for our virtual meeting 2 June.
Interview between Shane Harris, senior National Security Reporter for The Washington Post, and AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer. They discuss Shane's extensive reporting on the Ukraine-Russia War for The Washington Post. Also covered is the unusual role the Intelligence Community played in this Ukraine-Russia engagement versus the more secretive and timid role in 2008; how reporters are selected for posting overseas in dangerous war zones...the training they receive; and what were Shane's career steps in becoming a nationally-recognized and award-winning journalist. The interview runs 43 minutes.
To receive Zoom Meeting ID, Passcode, and links, contact John Franklin, President, AFIO San Antonio Chapter, at satxafio@gmail.com, or call him at 210 863-0430.
The Program is a virtual and runs approximately 43 minutes.

Monday, 6 June 2022, noon - Virtual - Washington, DC - Berlin Stories: Gay Espionage in Cold War Germany - Virtual International Spy Museum Program

By the late 1960s, the East German secret police (the Stasi) started to see Germany's gay subculture as both a threat and an opportunity for intelligence work. Western espionage services had long sought to exploit this subculture, recruiting agents and informants from Berlin's gay bars and cruising locales. After 20 years of run-ins with gay Western agents, Stasi officials began to recruit their own gay spies, men who they hoped could use their sexuality as a means to meet new contacts, penetrate Western society, and gather intelligence. Join us for a talk by Samuel Clowes Huneke, author of States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany. He will focus on how both Eastern and Western intelligence agencies sought to recruit gay men because they believed that they were naturally more conspiratorial and would thus make better agents. They also came to see the class-crossing gay subcultures of German cities, especially Berlin, as ideal sites from which to extract information about politics and military matters. Huneke explores previously untapped German archives to capture this surprising story of espionage and emancipation with its colorful cast of Cold War characters.
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Monday, 6 June 2022, 6pm EDT - Atlanta, GA Hybrid Event: In-Person and Zoom - AFIO Atlanta Hosts former DIA Intel Officer Rebekah Koffler on "The Russia-Ukraine war and Putin's Doctrine"

AFIO BulletLast year the AFIO Atlanta (GA) Chapter hosted Rebekah Koffler, the Russian-born former DIA intelligence officer and author of Putin's Playbook: Russia's Secret Plan to Defeat America. During her talk, she all but predicted today's Russia-Ukraine war.
Join us on Monday, June 6 (6/6) at 6 PM over Zoom with Ms. Koffler for an AFIO Atlanta exclusive Intel Brief on the Russia-Ukraine war and Putin's Doctrine, followed by Q&A.
Some of us will gather in person for her virtual talk. If you would like to join us in person, please let me know at brian@afioatlanta.com and we will give you the details. Or you can join directly
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86437508588; Meeting ID: 864 3750 8588
Other "Dial by your location" numbers for Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Houston, San Jose, Tacome, will be supplied by the chapter to those who ask at brian@afioatlanta.com
Questions? Ask Brian Hooper at brian@afioatlanta.com

Tuesday, 7 June 2022, 6:30pm - Virtual - Washington, DC - Virtual Members-Only Tour of Operación Jaque - Virtual International Spy Museum Program

Join for this one-of-a-kind event, just for Spy Museum members, to have a special, exclusive look at the Spy Museum's new Operación Jaque pop up exhibit. The program will explore Operación Jaque, a Colombian intelligence operation that freed hostages that were being held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the early 2000s. Watch from the comfort of your own home while our Lead Curator, Dr. Alexis Albion, presents highlights from the exhibit. She will also be joined by special guest Dan Treado, Director of Exhibitions Production. Dan will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes commentary on how the exhibit was created. This event is free of charge and open exclusively to Spy Museum members. You can join SPY as a member online or by calling 202.654.2840.
Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022, noon EDT - Virtual - "New Perspectives on Intelligence Analysis for the Private Sector" - hosted by Johns Hopkins University

Host Dr. Michael Ard of JHU's MS in Intelligence Analysis leads a curated discussion with Dr. Maria Robson Morrow and Lewis Sage-Passant on Intelligence Analysis for the Private Sector.
Dr. Maria Robson Morrow teaches research methods in the MS in Intelligence Analysis program. Outside of Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Robson Morrow works as the Intelligence Project Program Coordinator at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Northeastern University.
Lewis Sage-Passant is a doctoral researcher at the University of Loughborough, where he studies the history and present structure, sources, and methods of private sector intelligence teams. Sage-Passant is Manager of Global Strategic Intelligence at the US technology firm Salesforce.
No charge to attend.
To explore or register, do so here

Wednesday, 15 June 2022, 6:30pm - Virtual - Washington, DC - SPY Summer Social: Young Professionals Event - Virtual International Spy Museum Program

Sneak into the International Spy Museum after hours for the SPY Summer Social! SPY will kick off its 20th Anniversary celebration with drinks and bites on the rooftop - including unforgettable views of DC at sunset and exclusive access to our galleries complete with a birthday cake bar. More fun surprises will be revealed throughout the night. Register below.
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Thursday, 16 June 2022, noon - Virtual - Washington, DC - Code Name Madeleine with Arthur J. Magida - Virtual International Spy Museum Program

Seventy-nine years ago today—June 16, 1943—Noor Inayat Khan was flown to France on a small Lysander plane to take on the dangerous job as a wireless operator for Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Nazi-controlled France. The daughter of a Sufi mystic from India and an American mother, Khan became an unlikely World War II heroine. Raised in a lush suburb of 1920s Paris, Khan was an introspective musician and writer, dedicated to her family and to her father's spiritual values of harmony, beauty, and tolerance. She did not seem destined for wartime heroism. Yet, faced with the evils of Nazi violence and the German occupation of France, Khan joined the SOE and trained in espionage, sabotage, and reconnaissance. For crucial months of the war, Khan was the only wireless operator sending critical information to London from Paris, significantly aiding the success of the Allies on D-Day. Join us for a discussion with Arthur J. Magida, author of Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris. Magida will share the rich details he gleaned from dozens of interviews, newly discovered manuscripts, official documents, and personal letters about this valiant young woman.
Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Thursday, 16 June 2022, 6 - 7:30pm EDT - Virtual - Digital World: Killing Espionage but Saving Intelligence? - by The OSS Society

The Hon. Sue Gordon and The Hon. Ellen McCarthy will discuss how the digital environment is revolutionizing the craft of intelligence.
This is a virtual event as part of The OSS Society's "Oh So Social" Conversation Series.
Fee ranges from free to $1000.
Register here

Thursday, 16 June 2022, 1800/6:00 PM EDT - Virtual - NIP Virtual Speaker Event Featuring NGA's Mark Andress discussing "Leading the Way During a GEOINT Revolution."

This Naval Intelligence Professionals virtual speaker event features NGA's Mark Andress discussing "Leading the Way During a GEOINT Revolution."
GUEST Speaker: Mark Andress, Chief Information Officer & Director, IT Services, NGA.
FORMAT: Video Conference – GoToMeeting. Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone, beginning at 1750/5:50 PM EDT:
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://meet.goto.com/916927157
You can also dial in using your phone. US: +1 (571) 317-3112 Access Code: 916-927-157
Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://meet.goto.com/install
As always, please mute your device/phone. Thanks.
AGENDA: • (5 min) Ms. B. Lynn Wright, DDNI (Ret.), NIP Chairman, welcoming remarks and NIP Update; • (~25 min) Mark Andress's Remarks; • (~30 min) Q & A moderated by CAPT (Ret.) Bob Allen.
Please enter your questions in the GoToMeeting chat window or email your questions in advance/during the video conference to: bob_allen36@hotmail.com

Friday, 17 June 2022, noon - Washington, DC - The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate with Jefferson Morley - Virtual International Spy Museum Program

Fifty years ago today, five men were discovered breaking into the Democratic National Committee Headquarters at the Watergate in Washington, DC. President Nixon, desperate to shut down the FBI's investigation of the crime, sought the support of CIA Director Richard Helms. To mark this unhappy anniversary join us for a discussion with Jefferson Morley, the author of the new book Scorpion's Dance: The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate, and James Rosen, author of The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate. In conversation, Morley and Rosen will explore the concealed, deadly power struggle between Nixon and Helms, two Cold Warriors whose edgy relationship dated back to the 1950s. Both president and spymaster knew secrets about the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba as well as off-the-books American government and CIA plots to remove Fidel Castro and other leaders in Latin America. Both had enough information on each other to ruin their careers. Morley and Rosen, both veteran Washington reporters, will discuss the various theories of Watergate and the long-neglected evidence Morley has uncovered to give a new perspective on one of America's most notorious presidential scandals.
Visit www.spymuseum.org.

19-22 June 2022 - Treviso (near Venice), Italy - 2022 IAFIE and IAFIE-EC Conference and CFP

Theme: "Working Wicked Intelligence Challenges: Intelligence Research, Education-Training and Practice"
The 2022 CALL FOR PAPERS addresses engaging themes that combine the different Intelligence domains and disciplines with a look into the future challenges.
Read the Call for Papers to know the main Conference themes, requirements, deadline and the new IAFIE Study Group Initiative.
Those who had planned to attend and present papers at the postponed 2020 or 2021 Italy conference can resubmit their papers--or propose to present new papers--at the June 2022 Treviso-Venice Conference.
Presenters are encouraged to submit papers for publication in the Journal of Security, Intelligence, and Resilience Education (JSIRE). IAFIE announces the requirements for a peer-reviewed paper to be accepted for publication in the Call for Papers.
The Call for Papers includes details about Registration, Fees, Travel, and Accommodations along with additional tour options and partners/spouses' tour.
Conference includes a tour to Venice (free of charge) at the end of the Conference.
Event will be hosted by École Universitaire Internationale - Italy.
The Conference will take place in the territories that have witnessed the rise of the first structured Intelligence service in the world, and have always been the bridge between west and east, forefront observer of their evolution through time;
Be with us to live what freedom and Democracy are. Be with us to be a sign, a design for what freedom and democracy will be in the future.
We will meet in Treviso, near Venice, crossroad city that unites cultures, east-west, north-south for a vision of the global universe.
For more information, to respond to the CFP, or to register, do so here.

Thursday, 23 June 2022, noon - Washington, DC - Virtual Spy Chat with Chris Costa with Darrell M. Blocker - Virtual International Spy Museum Program

Join us for an online discussion of the latest intelligence, national security, and terrorism issues in the news. Spy Museum Executive Director Chris Costa, a former intelligence officer of 34 years, will be joined by Darrell M. Blocker, former Deputy Director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center. Blocker is the Chief Operating Officer for MOSAIC Security, a strategic intelligence, crisis management, and executive advisory firm. He retired from government service after a successful 32-year career in the US intelligence community, including 28 years as a CIA operative. He was awarded the CIA's Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and was recognized as the most senior Black officer in CIA's Directorate of Operations upon retirement in 2018. Blocker is an ABC News National Security Analyst and Contributor. He is also developing espionage-themed content in Hollywood, serving as a tv consultant, and volunteers with nonprofits dedicated to serving youth in the foster care system (Peace4Kids.org).
Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Wednesday, 29 June 2022, 3-4pm EDT - Virtual - "The Israeli Perspective on Strategic Intelligence" - featuring Col Itai Shapira, hosted by Johns Hopkins University

Michael J. Ard, JHU host, leads discussion with intelligence analyst Colonel Itai Shapira on "the Israeli Perspective on Strategic Intelligence."
Colonel (res.) Itai Shapira has more than 25 years of experience in the Israeli Defense Intelligence (IDI), where he has served in various intelligence analysis and management roles on the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. His last assignments included the deputy for analysis in the IDI's Research and Analysis Division (RAD), the head of the Syrian department in the RAD, and the head of the IDI's "Devil's Advocate" department.
Itai holds a B.A and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University and is a graduate of the Israeli National Defense College. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester – studying Israeli national intelligence culture.
No charge to attend. Explore more or register here.


Icon CalendarJuly 2022

Thursday, 7 July 2022, 7pm CT - Zoom - San Antonio TX Virtual AFIO Chapter Meeting discusses Javelin anti-tank missile system and the M270 Multiple Rocket Launcher System - both supplied to Ukraine

AFIO BulletThe AFIO San Antonio, Texas Chapter (SATX) will be a real "shoot em up" session. Two segments to get you up to speed on the Javelin anti-tank missile system and the M270 Multiple Rocket Launcher System. Both weapons have been provided to Ukraine. Total program time is less than 30 minutes.
To receive Zoom Meeting ID, Passcode, and links, contact John Franklin, President, AFIO San Antonio Chapter, at satxafio@gmail.com, or call him at 210 863-0430.

Sunday, 10 July 2022, 2 - 3:30pm EDT - Virtual - Subchaser: Finding and Tracking Soviet Submarines in the P-3C by The Cold War Museum

On July 10, CWM is turning to one of our star presenters, Don Stanton, to tell us about one of the most important preventive measures we took during the Cold War to forestall a nuclear attack. What if your nuclear-armed opponent could approach your coast without being detected? That would be unfortunate, since it would cut your warning time drastically if there were a massive attack nuclear missile attack. And what about the other main kind of submarine, the hunter-killers who were prowling to attack your own submarines? What the Soviets didn't know for a long time about both of those kinds of submarines is that we knew where all of theirs were at all times, thanks to a multi-layered system that initially detected Soviet subs far from our coasts using undersea sensors (SOSUS), then had them tracked by our own hunter-killer submarines, which were much quieter than theirs. But we had another tracking element that was much faster and more mobile for acquiring Soviet subs via sound, then tracking them. That was our squadrons of P-3 Orion aircraft, designed and equipped for this task. (One of the U.S.'s longstanding advantages in establishing and maintaining air superiority in multiple situations has been the range of specialized aircraft we can array in a coordinated manner to do specific tasks in sequence.) What vital role did the P-3s play then (and now) in defending against nuclear attack from below the sea's surface? What was it like to fly in one during the Cold War? Don Stanton knows because he was there, doing this work. Ride along with him as he takes on P-3 actions he experienced, explaining how it looked and felt on these vital missions.
Location: ONLINE ONLY. Eventbrite ticket buyers will receive a link to the virtual room on the Zoom platform where this event will take place. We are recording the whole event, including the Q&A, for the Museum's archives.
Agenda: • 1:30-2:00. Participants arrive in the Zoom room online; • 2:00-2:05. Jason Hall, Executive Director of the Cold War Museum, introduces the Museum and Don Stanton;
• 2:05-3:00. Don presents on chasing Soviet submarines from above in the Orion P-3; • 3:00-3:30. Q&A opportunity for the audience.
Questions? Call or email Jason Hall, 703-283-4124 (cell), jason@coldwar.org
Cost: $20, 100% of which is a contribution to the Cold War Museum.
Register here

Thursday, 14 July 2022, 7-9pm EDT – Washington, DC – Spies & Spymasters Cocktail Party – International Spy Museum Program

International Spy Museum eventsThis not-so-clandestine affair is part of our epic anniversary celebration of SPY's 20th Anniversary on July 19th. Join us after hours in the Museum for the spy mixer of your dreams—on the dossier: exclusive access to the exhibits, artifacts from the spy vault, delicious drinks, and a chance to meet some of the most interesting people who ever stepped out of the shadows! Mingle with some of the coolest people we've had on camera and off over the last few years including Jonna Mendez, Jan Neumann, Eric O'Neill, Mubin Shaikh, Debra Evans Smith, Bob Wallace, Robert Ashley Jr., Farhana Qazi, Mary A. Legere, Dexter Ingram, Naveed Jamali, Mark Zaid, and Chris Costa to name a few. We'll have your favorite historian Dr. Andrew Hammond; your beloved hosts Amanda Ohlke, Shana Oltmans, and Hannah Saloio; and a few surprise guests as well. Enjoy exclusive after-hours access to the Museum and "one-night-only" activities. Plus, two drinks are included—you can choose from signature cocktails, wine, beer, or non-alcoholic options. Cash bar to follow. Don't worry if you are a hungry agent, we'll have a few snacks for peckish operatives as well. Tickets: $100, Members: $75. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Monday, 18 - 19 July 2022, 8:25 AM - 4:30 PM EDT - Online - North American Society for Intelligence History 2022 Conference

The North American Society for Intelligence History will hold its second conference online.
Before the conference we will send speakers and attendees the link to Hopin, our virtual conference platform, to the email listed on the ticket. The email will come from nasihconference@gmail.com so be sure to check spam/junk folders. Participants should use their preferred email to register.
** All times are Eastern (Washington, DC) time **
Abbreviated listing of Panels follows. Online listing includes panels and panelists...see link below.
Panels are: Panel 1: Covert Operations in the Early Cold War: A Roundtable Reassessment; Panel 2A: New Findings on the CPUSA on its Centennial: Julia Stewart Poyntz, George Mink, and Earl Browder; Panel 2B: Anglo-American Intelligence in the European Theater of World War II; Panel 3A: Intelligence Analysis in the Twentieth Century; Panel 3B: The Central Intelligence Agency at 75; Panel 4A: Ethics and Experimentation in Intelligence History; Panel 4B: New Perspectives on Soviet Intelligence; Panel 5A: Intelligence, Terrorism, and Insurrection; Panel 6A: New Beginnings in Signals Intelligence; Panel 6B: Machinery of Government and Intelligence; Panel 7: World War I and its Aftermath; Panel 8A: Intelligence Liaison in History; Panel 8B: Italian and German Intelligence in the Inter-War Period; Panel 9A: New Methods and Best Practices for Teaching Intelligence History and Using Intelligence to Teach History; Panel 9B: US Imagery Intelligence: Meeting the Challenges of the Cold War
Full agenda and Registration here

Tuesday, 19 July 2022, 10am-4pm EDT – Washington, DC – Spy Museum's 20th Birthday Celebration –International Spy Museum Program

International Spy Museum eventsThe year was 2002: Kelly Clarkson had just won the initial season of American Idol and the New England Patriots were trying on their Super Bowl rings for the first time in history. Plus, another first was on the scene: the International Spy Museum (SPY), the first-ever espionage museum had just opened its doors blocks from the National Mall in Washington, DC. Join us on Tuesday, July 19 from 10 am-4pm as we celebrate our 20th birthday with festivities outside of the Museum for the local community featuring music from the year of its birth (2002), Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, giveaways, activities, a new 20th birthday scavenger hunt, and a partnership with the DC Public Library for its Summer Reading Day. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

20 July 2022, noon - 1pm EDT - Virtual - Erik Dahl, former Naval Intel, on "Lessons in Strategic Warnings from 9/11 and January 6" - by JHU MS in Intelligence Analysis

Johns Hopkins University asks you to join host Michael Ard for a virtual curated discussion with veteran Naval intelligence officer Erik Dahl on the intelligence analysis comparisons between the strategic warnings for 9/11 and January 6th.
Erik J. Dahl is an associate professor of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and is author of "Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Beyond" (Georgetown University Press, 2013), and "The COVID-19 Intelligence Failure: Why Warning Was Not Enough" (forthcoming). Dahl retired from the U.S. Navy in 2002 after serving 21 years as an intelligence officer, and received his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Tufts University. Dahl is a former chair of the Intelligence Studies Section of the International Studies Association.
No charge to attend. Register here

Thursday, 21 July 2022, 7:00 PM PDT - Virtual via Zoom - The Columbia River Chapter of the AFIO hosts Amb Browning discussing "Inside a U.S. Embassy."

AFIO BulletPlease join us for a virtual presentation by Ambassador Steven A. Browning entitled "Inside A U.S. Embassy" geared toward an audience with a background in federal service. There will be a short question and answer session following the presentation. Ambassador Browning retired from the Senior Foreign Service holding the rank of Career Minister in December of 2014 and his bio is attached FYI. We look forward to the opportunity to hear from Ambassador Browning and are very fortunate to secure his time in this presentation.
For security, the Zoom link will be sent to those who have contacted
Carl Wege, President of the AFIO Columbia River Chapter, at twege@ccga.edu
Please pass this information on to the members of your Chapter. It would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, 21 July 2022, 1800/6:00 PM EDT; 1700/5:00 PM CDT; 1500/3:30 PM PDT; 1200 /12:00 PM HST - Virtual GoToMeeting - NIP Virtual Speaker Event on "Russia-Ukraine Lessons Learned"

Naval Intelligence Professionals hosts Jeff Ringhausen, Senior Naval Intelligence Manager Russia and Eurasia, Office of Naval Intelligence, discussing "Russia-Ukraine Lessons Learned."
FORMAT: Video Conference – GoToMeeting. Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone, beginning at 1750/5:50 PM EDT:
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.https://meet.goto.com/722292349
You can also dial in using your phone. US: +1 (224) 501-3412 Access Code: 722-292-349
Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://meet.goto.com/install
As always, please mute your device/phone. Thanks.
AGENDA: (5 min) Ms. B. Lynn Wright, DDNI (Ret.), NIP Chairman, welcoming remarks and NIP Update, (~25 min) Jeff Ringhausen Remarks; (~30 min) Q & A moderated by CAPT (Ret.) Bob Allen.
Please enter your questions in the GoToMeeting chat window or email your questions in advance/during the video conference to: bob_allen36@hotmail.com.

Saturday, 23 July 2022, 2-4pm EDT – Washington, DC – In-Store Book Signing: Toby Harnden – International Spy Museum Program

International Spy Museum eventsVisit the Spy Museum Store for a book signing of First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11 with author Toby Harnden and special guest David Tyson from CIA Team Alpha. Toby Harden is a winner of the Orwell Prize for Books. A former foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times of London and the Daily Telegraph who reported from thirty-three countries, he specializes in terrorism and war. Born in England, Harnden was imprisoned in Zimbabwe, prosecuted in Britain for protecting confidential sources, and vindicated by a $23 million public inquiry in Ireland. A dual British and US citizen, he spent a decade as a Royal Navy officer before becoming a journalist. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Tuesday, 26 July 2022, 2-3pm EDT – Washington, DC – SPY with Me: Memory Loss Program – Virtual International Spy Museum Program

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

Wednesday, 27 July 2022 - See Website - CIRA National Summer Lunch Features John Brennan

Please join your CIRA colleagues for our Summer National Lunch!
The keynote speaker will be John Brennan. This will be a conversation with the former director. A cash bar reception will begin at 11:30am, followed by lunch and presentation. Lunch cost is $45 per person and includes salad, entree choice, sides, dessert, and coffee/tea. When you register for the lunch you will need to make a choice of chicken, salmon, or vegetarian entree. If you have a required dietary restriction please let us know for the venue may be able to provide alternatives.
Payment Details: If you pay by credit card on the website, you will be able to indicate your meal choice at the same time. If you are paying by credit card and bringing a guest(s), please send the name(s) and meal choices in an email to admin@cira.org.
Reservations with Credit Card Payment: Log in to the CIRA Website and click on "Online Payments"
Scroll down the page and click on the blue box named "Make Lunch Payment(s)"
Check Payment/Reservation: Credit card payments are strongly encouraged, but if you prefer to pay by check, it must arrive in our post office box by 19 July. You will need to send your meal choice in the envelope with your check. You will also need to include the name(s) of your guest(s) and their meal choice(s).
Mail your Check to arrive by Tuesday July 19th to: CIRA, PO Box 7154, McLean, VA 22106-7154
Additional Notes: Refunds? We are obligated to pay for the number of attendees guaranteed in advance, so refunds cannot be provided should you be unable to attend. Thank you for your understanding.
We will follow the VA Gov's COVID guidance, but will be taking additional precautions to keep our colleagues safe. Anyone not fully vaccinated must wear a mask.

Wednesday, 27 July 2022, 6:30-7:30pm EDT – Washington, DC – Agent Josephine Baker with Damien Lewis and Jonna Mendez – Virtual International Spy Museum Program

International Spy Museum eventsPrior to World War II, Josephine Baker was a music-hall diva renowned for her singing and dancing, her beauty and sexuality; she was the highest-paid female performer in Europe. When the Nazis seized her adopted city, Paris, she was banned from the stage. Yet instead of returning to America, she vowed to stay and to fight the Nazi evil. Overnight, she went from performer to Resistance spy. Join us for a compelling conversation about Baker with author Damien Lewis and former CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez. Lewis has uncovered little-known history about the famous singer's life in his new book Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy. Discover how Baker became a hero of the three countries in whose name she served—the US, France, and Britain--and fully deserving of her unique place in the French Panthéon. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Icon CalendarAugust 2022

Tuesday, 2 August 2022, 6 - 7:30pm EDT - Virtual - The OSS Society's "Oh So Social" Conversation Series features General David Petraeus + Dr. Michael Vickers

General David Petraeus, USA (Ret.) and Dr. Michael Vickers talk one-on-one about the state of the world in this latest "Oh So Social" Virtual Conversation Series by The OSS Society.
Fee ranges from free to $1,000.
Register here

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 7pm CDT - Zoom - AFIO San Antonio TX Chapter (SATXAFIO) Hosts Program on History/Geography of Ukraine-Russia

AFIO BulletA short program on the history/geography of Ukraine and Russia. A sad tale of camaraderie gone bad, 'when we gave up all our nuclear weapons you said we would be friends forever! On the first day of your special military activity you destroyed our Antonov AN-225 Myra!'
This program reviews the ethnic history of the two countries and their relationship over several centuries. This is a long term relationship with centuries of resentment. It will provide you a background on the motivations behind the fight and a historical understanding of why the Russians want the "Little Russians" to give them back what they think is part of Mother Russia and why the Ukranians shout obscenities at the Russians.
Chapter President John Franklin invites you to join this scheduled Zoom meeting.
Please forward to your chapter's/organizations members if you are a visiting chapter or club.
For Zoom Meeting links and passcodes contact John Franklin at satxafio@gmail.com or call him at 210 863-0430

Thursday, 11 August 2022, noon-1pm EDT – Virtual – Online Spy Chat with Chris Costa with Gina Bennett – Virtual International Spy Museum Program

International Spy Museum eventsJoin us for an online discussion of the latest intelligence, national security, and terrorism issues in the news. Spy Museum Executive Director Chris Costa, a former intelligence officer of 34 years, will be joined by Gina Bennett, former CIA analyst and advisor. Bennett is a recently retired seasoned counterterrorism specialist who authored some of the earliest warnings of today's terrorism trends, including a 1993 report that served as the first warning of the growing danger of the movement Osama bin Laden was fomenting. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University's Center for Security Studies. Bennett is often featured in documentaries and other media profiling her role in counterterrorism and as a pioneer for women in National Security and Intelligence careers, which she now continues as the new Strategic Advisor for Girl Security, an organization which seeks to empower, secure, and advance young girls into national and international security missions. More info and registration at www.spymuseum.org.

Saturday, 13 August 2022, 11:30 am EDT - Melbourne, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter Luncheon features Col Stephen Bond discussing "Intelligence in the Panama Operations 1989."

AFIO BulletAt this in-person luncheon event, the AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Colonel Stephen Bond, US Army (Retired), who will discuss "Intelligence in the Panama Operation 1989."
Location: The Doubletree Hotel, 1665 N. Route A1A, Indiatlantic/Melbourne, FL 32903. Location here: https://goo.gl/maps/TgvNnqRTdfmk6Sf67
A sit down lunch will be followed by Colonel Bond's presentation. Cost is $35.00 per person.
Inquiries or reservations to Larry Sanford, President, AFIO FSC, at afiofloridasatellitechapter@gmail.com.

Saturday, 13 August 2022, noon - Mandarin (Jacksonville), FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Luncheon

AFIO Bullet Our next meeting location will be in the Angler Room at the Bonefish Grill in Mandarin.
Agenda: 12:00-12:45 Social Hour; 1:00-1:05 Call to Order, Pledge, Invocation, Intro of Guests and New Members; 1:05-2:00 Luncheon; 2:00-2:15 Post-Lunch break; 2:15-3 Lightning Round and Post-Meal Discussions.
RSVP ASAP to Ken Meyer at kmeyer12@bellsouth.net. Fee: $25 pp. Check or Cash Only.

Thursday, 18 August 2022, noon-1pm EDT – Virtual – Kevin P. Riehle on Russian Intelligence – Virtual International Spy Museum Program

International Spy Museum eventsThe core responsibility of the Russian intelligence services is to preserve the Russian regime and protect it from internal and external threats. How exactly do they do that? And what can be learned? Dr. Kevin Riehle, Associate Professor at University of Mississippi Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, mined all the open-source information he could find to discover the answer. With his new book, Russian Intelligence: A Case-based Study of Russian Services and Missions Past and Present, he has created the definitive guide to Russian intelligence and security. Join International Spy Museum Historian and Curator Dr. Andrew Hammond for a discussion with Riehle about the organization of the Russian services, the missions they undertake, and the human and technical platforms they use. From the use of non-intelligence personnel like Maria Butina to the key themes that Russia repeats in all disinformation campaigns, Riehle has systematically explored and detailed the inner workings of Russian intelligence. More info and registration at www.spymuseum.org.

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 1800/6:00 PM EDT - GoToMeeting - NIP Virtual Speaker Event features Vice Admiral Robert "Bob" Sharp, USN (Ret) on "Continuing Evolution of Naval Intelligence"

This Naval Intelligence Professionals May virtual speaker event features Vice Admiral Robert "Bob" Sharp, USN (Ret), Former Director National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, former Director National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office, and former Commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence, discussing "The Continuing Evolution of Naval Intelligence -- some personal perspectives from a lifetime in the profession."
FORMAT: Video Conference – GoToMeeting. Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone, beginning at 1750/5:50 PM EDT:
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https://meet.goto.com/891638637. You can also dial in using your phone. US: +1 (408) 650-3123; Access Code: 891-638-637.
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AGENDA: (5 min) Ms. B. Lynn Wright, DDNI (Ret.), NIP Chairman, welcoming remarks and NIP Update, • (~25 min) Guest Speaker VAdm Sharp Remarks (~30 min) Q & A moderated by CAPT (Ret.) Bob Allen.
Please enter your questions in the GoToMeeting chat window or email your questions in advance/during the video conference to: bob_allen36@hotmail.com

Tuesday, 23 August 2022, 2-3pm EDT – Virtual – SPY with Me: Memory Loss Program – Virtual International Spy Museum Program

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

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