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Icon CalendarJanuary 2024

Thursday, 18 January 2024, noon-1pm – Washington, DC – Spy Chat with Chris Costa ft. Special Guest Kenneth L. Wainstein – 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 Kenneth L. Wainstein, Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Wainstein is responsible for providing the Secretary, DHS senior leadership, DHS components, and state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners with the homeland security intelligence and information needed to keep the country safe, secure, and resilient. The Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) is a member of, and the Department's liaison to, the US Intelligence Community. Wainstein serves as the Chief Intelligence Officer for DHS and reports directly to the DHS Secretary and Director of National Intelligence. Prior to his confirmation in June of 2022, Wainstein was a litigation partner in the Washington, DC, office of Davis Polk & Wardwell. During his time in private practice, Wainstein also served as a law school adjunct professor teaching national security law, as a commissioner on the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, as a member of the Public Interest Declassification Board, and in a number of other national security organizations. Wainstein previously spent over 20 years in law enforcement and national security positions in the federal government including as Chief of Staff to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III and Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush. Program is free of charge but requires advanced registration. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Saturday, 20 January 2024, noon-4pm – Washington, DC – In-Store Book Signing Event: Spy Pilot with Author Gary Powers Jr. – In-Person International Spy Museum Book Signing

International Spy Museum eventsThe Spy Museum Store is hosting a special book signing event for Spy Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy with author Gary Powers Jr. He is the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Cold War Theme Study which assists the National Park Service to identify historic Cold War sites for preservation. In 2015, he consulted for a Steven Spielberg thriller, Bridge of Spies, about the 1962 spy exchange between KGB spy Rudolph Abel and CIA U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, Sr. Gary is the author of Letters from a Soviet Prison and Spy Pilot. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Monday, 22 January 2024, 7-8:30pm – Washington, DC – AI and Emerging Technologies: Intelligence Opportunities & Challenges with Dawn Meyerriecks, David S. Cohen and Chris Inglis – In-Person International Spy Museum Program

International Spy Museum eventsIs Artificial Intelligence the end of intelligence operations as we know them or an exciting new way of collecting and analyzing intel? Join us for a timely discussion with experts currently grappling with the new tech and its implications for national security. Dawn Meyerriecks, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director for Science and Technology, will moderate a conversation with the Deputy Director of the CIA David S. Cohen and Chris Inglis who served as the first National Cyber Director and is also a former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency. The speakers will explore how the US government has promoted AI safety and how it addresses security considerations resulting from this advanced tech. They will address how the intelligence community stays on top of emerging technologies and the implications of ongoing breakthroughs. They will also consider the interplay between the public sector and commercial leaders and what may lie ahead. Co-sponsored by the Council on Intelligence Issues. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Sunday, 28 January 2024, 11am-1pm – Washington, DC – Brush Pass Brunch with Eric O'Neill at The Mayflower – In Person International Spy Museum Program at Tolson in The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW

International Spy Museum eventsBubbles, Bribes, Blackmail…Brunch. Everyone loves brunch, even spies! Join us for an intriguing and egg-citing midday exploration of espionage while enjoying a delicious meal. Eric O'Neill will share tales from his job at the FBI where his background in surveillance led to his role as Robert Hanssen's assistant with the secret task of spying on his boss. Not that we recommend spying on your boss, but Hanssen was suspected of being a mole who was working for Russia. Eric will also reveal some spy stories involving food and drink from around the world. You'll enjoy some spy surprises, code-cracking puzzles, secret messages, and a front row seat for some re-enacted spy scenes. Brush Pass Brunch will be held at Tolson in The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection. The hotel is the scene of many famous spy stories and the restaurant is named for the FBI's longtime head J. Edgar Hoover who dined at The Mayflower daily and the private dining space Tolson is a nod to his protégé and lifelong confidant. Tolson is located in The Mayflower Hotel at 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20036. Tickets are $125; members tickets are $100. Your ticket includes a choice of brunch entrée, sliced seasonal fruit, The Mayflower's famous banana bread (secret recipe), and a spy mole-mosa (a mimosa!). Visit www.spymuseum.org.

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Friday, 2 February 2024, 6:00-9:00pm – Washington, DC – Spy Fest: Family Festival – In Person International Spy Museum Program

International Spy Museum eventsCould you be a spy? Now's your chance to find out! Do you have the savvy to beat a lie-detector? The smarts to break a top-secret coded message? The wits to create secret writing? Families are invited to find out how they measure up at the Museum's annual Spy Fest! Learn tradecraft from experts in the field and participate in spy skill challenges that will give KidSpy recruits and their handlers an insider's peek into the shadow world of spying—and who knows, there just may be a spy or two in your midst. Tickets are free of charge as a result of a generous donation from Booz Allen Hamilton. Museum admission is included in your ticket. All attendees must have a ticket. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Monday, 5 Feb 2024, noon CST - In Person, San Antonio, TX - The San Antonio AFIO Chapter Intelligence Briefing on the Communist Chinese Military Goals

AFIO BulletThe San Antonio AFIO Chapter will have its next meeting on 5 Feb 2024 (a Monday) at 12 (noon) at Blue Skies of Texas West. The topic will be the modernization of the Communist Chinese military and para military forces and the Communist Chinese Party's plans on how they will use these forces as they advance toward becoming the Earth's global power. Chinese planners considers the neutralization of US power projection to be one of their most important goals. The presentation will be done by John Franklin, the AFIO San Antonio chapter president from unclassified materials provided to Congress. Blue Skies of Texas West members are invited to attend the program.

San Antonio AFIO Chapter members attending the meeting are to identify to the Blue Skies gate guard that you are coming for the Intelligence briefing in the Roadrunner Lounge in the Towers. AFIO visitors should use the parking lot in front of the main building which is straight ahead from the gate. AFIO members may purchase a variety of lunch meals in the cafeteria. The presentation will be in a meeting room (the Roadrunner Lounge) adjacent to the cafeteria.
Here is the link to the Blue Skies Texas West which will provide orientation to the organization and their campus.
An address to put in you phone or GPS it is: 5100 John D. Ryan Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78245
RSVP to satxafio@gmail.com
Questions to John Franklin, President, AFIO San Antonio Chapter, at satxafio@gmail.com or 210 863-0430

Thursday, 8-15 February 2024, All Day – Washington, DC – Member Appreciation Days – In Person International Spy Museum Program

International Spy Museum eventsFor our 2023 Member Appreciation Days only, our members enjoy an additional one-time-use guest pass (redeemable between February 8 and 15), an exclusive membership gift (while supplies last), 25% off their purchases at the SPY Museum Store, and entrance to our member raffle to win an exclusive SPY swag gift bag! As part of these days, we will host a Members-Only Event on Saturday, February 10th. You can join SPY as a member online or by calling 202.654.2840. If you are a current member and have questions about Member Appreciation Days, please email membership@spymuseum.org. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Thursday, 8 February 2024, 6:30-8:30pm – Washington, DC – Spying Launched a Nation Whiskey Tasting Celebration with George Washington's Distillery – In Person International Spy Museum Program

International Spy Museum eventsWhiskey, spies, and rebellion: a winning combination for George Washington and for you this evening. Revel in the tales and tactics of the cunning spies George Washington depended on as we celebrate the Museum's newly updated exhibition Spying Launched a Nation. You'll enjoy afterhours access to the exhibit which features famed American actor Christopher Jackson telling the story of the Culper Ring. The Museum holds the original letter George Washington penned asking Nathaniel Sackett to set up a spy ring; Spying Launched a Nation is centered around this precious artifact. After exploring the exhibit, Steven T. Bashore, Director of Historic Trades and Head Distiller at George Washington's Mount Vernon, will lead you through a whiskey tasting. You'll try three whiskeys that show the progression of aging in barrels over time — in Washington's day it was all unaged rye! Join us as we cheers to Washington's innovative approach to spirits and spying on a wintery night in the month of his birth. Tickets are $150; members tickets are $130.  Your ticket includes tastings of three different whiskeys, hors d'oeuvres, and non-alcoholic beverages. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Saturday, 10 February 2024, 11:30 a.m. ET - In-Person - The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts David Hunt, retired Senior Operations Officer of CIA's Clandestine Service, discussing "Intelligence in Flux."

AFIO BulletThe Florida Satellite Chapter is hosting David Hunt, retired Senior Operations Officer of CIA's Clandestine Service. He will address "Intelligence in Flux."
Event commences at 11:30 AM at the Doubletree Hotel, 1665 North State Route A1A, Indialantic, FL 32903.

Mr. Hunt's' presentation will follow a sit-down lunch. The cost is $35.00 per person.

Questions? Or to attend, email Chapter President Laurence F. Sanford or call him at 978-502-3328.

Saturday, 10 February 2024, 10:00am – Washington, DC – Members Only: The Making of Spying Launched A Nation – In Person Members-Only International Spy Museum Program

International Spy Museum eventsThis Valentine's Day season, in the spirit of love and gratitude, we are thrilled to invite all Spy Museum members to Member Appreciation Days. During Member Appreciation Days, join us for an exclusive look at the Museum's newly updated exhibition Spying that Launched A Nation. On Saturday, February 10th at 10 AM, Dr. Andrew Hammond, SPY's Historian and Curator, and Lauren vonBechmann, the Museum's Exhibitions Project Manager, will discuss the importance of the Culper Spy Ring, the history of the George Washington Spy Letter, and the making of a museum exhibition. Members are invited to a formal presentation in the Museum's Theater from 10 to 10:30 AM, followed by coffee and pastries and an opportunity to chat with members of the Spy Museum team. 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.

Tuesday, 13 February 2024, 7pm – Washington, DC – WWI Series Part I: Flirting with Danger with Janet Wallach – Virtual International Spy Museum Program

International Spy Museum eventsJoin us for a two-part look at World War I-era intelligence and operatives. As modern American intelligence took shape and intelligence personnel became essential to any senior wartime commander, the traditional spy in the shadows thrived as well. Marguerite Harrison was just such a spy. This evening Janet Wallach, author of Flirting with Danger: The Mysterious Life of Marguerite Harrison, Socialite Spy, will introduce you to this daring and glamorous woman who became a US spy and Russian double agent. Dining with aristocrats and dancing with socialists late into the night, she watched as alarming signs emerged from a broken Germany in the aftermath of World War I. Harrison saw the future in both places – a second war with Germany, a cold war with the Soviets – but was little believed back home. Wallach has written extensively about notable women in history, and she brings to life this courageous woman who was drawn to danger and adventure. After Wallach's presentation and a brief interview by Amanda Ohlke, Director of Adult Education at the International Spy Museum, we'll turn to your questions about this turbulent period and extraordinary individual! Support for this program has been provided by a generous grant from the Pritzker Military Foundation, on behalf of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Thursday, 15 February 2024, 12:00-1:00pm – Washington, DC – Spy Chat with Chris Costa ft. Special Guest Uzi Arad – 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 Uzi Arad, former Head of Israel's National Security Council.  Arad is a well-known strategist and thought leader who is currently a Senior Fellow at the Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security at Tel Aviv University. Arad served as National Security Advisor to Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and Head of the Israeli National Security Council between 2009 and 2011.  He was Netanyahu's Foreign Policy Advisor from 1997 to 1999. Between 1975 and 1999 Arad served with Mossad, Israel's foreign intelligence service. He held senior positions domestically and abroad and was advisor to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. He ultimately became Director of the Intelligence Division. Prior to his career in government, Arad was a Professional Staff Member at the Hudson Institute in New York and a Fellow at Tel Aviv University's Center for Strategic Studies. Program is free of charge but requires advanced registration. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

NOTE NEW DATE: 26 March 2024, noon EDT - In-Person at MacDill AFB, FL or by Zoom - The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter hosts Michael Pullara on "1993 Murder of CIA Station Chief Freddie Woodruff."

AFIO BulletThe Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter is holding its upcoming luncheon at noon on Tuesday, 20 February 2024, at the MacDill AFB Activity Center (formerly the Surf's Edge Club), 7315 Bayshore Boulevard, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Our speaker is Michael A. Pullara, a veteran trial lawyer and masterful storyteller who investigated the 1993 murder of CIA Officer Freddie Woodruff and authored a thrilling true-life espionage tale. Thanks to Pullara's investigation, in 2008 the Russians ultimately freed from prison the original suspect who'd been sentenced to 15 years' hard labor for the crime.
The luncheon includes a box lunch and costs are based on timing of your reservation/response.
Early response, $15 luncheon fee, no later than noon on Tuesday, 27 February.
Response cut-off, $20 luncheon fee, no later than noon on Thursday, 14 March.

ZOOM registration cut-off, $0 fee, no later than noon on Thursday, 14 March.
If you wish to participate by ZOOM please click on the this registration link to complete the registration request before noon on Monday, 14 March 2024. This is NOT the ZOOM meeting link. Subject to approval, you will receive the ZOOM meeting link by separate email. Please check your ZOOM program in advance to ensure it is working properly and that you have the confirmed ZOOM meeting link handy to join the meeting. It is next to impossible to trouble-shoot ZOOM connections on the day of the meeting.
Questions or to attend, contact the Chapter Secretary, Michael Shapiro, for more information, mfshapiro@suncoastafio.org.

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 2:00-3:00pm – Washington, DC – SPY with Me: Program for Individuals with Dementia and their Care Partners – 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. To register, please email Shana Oltmans at soltmans@spymuseum.org. Free but space is limited. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 7pm – Washington, DC – WWI Series Part II: World War I and the Foundations of American Intelligence – Virtual International Spy Museum Program

International Spy Museum eventsIn the second part of our WWI series, dive deeper into America's intelligence history with author and global security historian, Dr. Mark Stout as he discusses his new book World War I and the Foundations of American Intelligence. The book examines the army, navy, and State Department's increasing reliance on intelligence personnel around the globe during the Great War to create a new professional practitioner that transcended the Armistice to active peacetime service leading up to the founding of the Office of Strategic Services in World War II. Stout examines the breadth of American intelligence in the war, not just in France, not just at home, but around the world, and demonstrates how these far-flung efforts endured after the Armistice in 1918. For the first time, there came to be a group of intelligence practitioners who viewed themselves as different from other soldiers, sailors, and diplomats. Stout will also discuss how this gave the United States a solid foundation from which to expand to meet the needs of the second world war and the Cold War that followed. Support for this program has been provided by a generous grant from the Pritzker Military Foundation, on behalf of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

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6 March 24, 1800 hours (ET) - Virtual - The East Tennessee AFIO Chapter hosts Jennifer Daniel to discuss her 37-year IC career, including work at NGA and the DNI.

AFIO BulletMs. Daniel is known for her transformational leadership across diverse mission sets including collection, analysis, IT Solutions, human capital, budget management, and international relations. Among her many roles, Ms. Daniel served as the Associate Director for Enterprise at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Mission Priorities, Analysis, and Collection in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of NGA’s Persistent GEOINT Office. Currently, she is President of the NGA Alumni Association East, a board member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, and CEO of JS&N Consulting LLC. Contact admin@ETNAFIO.com for Google Meet invite and/or chapter questions.

Sunday, 10 March 2024, · 2 - 3:30pm EDT - Virtual - "The Cold War: Law, Lawyers, Spies, and Crises" - Art Downey speaks to The Cold War Museum

Top Cold War political and military leaders created the strategies. Much of that depended for implementation on the work of smart lawyers. Drawing from his book The Cold War: Law, Lawyers, Spies and Crises (ABA: 2016), Art Downey will tell us about something that is largely hidden in standard accounts of the Cold War: the key role that a large number of talented lawyers had in some of the most important events during the Cold War. The most important actors during the period were the political and military strategists who wielded great power on both sides. Their plans and positions, however, were developed with the help of lawyers and new, uniquely-applied laws, international organizations, treaties, and multinational defense organizations that came from the ideas and work of lawyers. The first section of the book deals with international law, including the Berlin Blockade and the Wall, the creation of key international organizations like NATO and the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OCSE); the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis; the suppression of the East German uprisings (1953), the Hungarian Revolution (1956), and the Prague Spring (1968), followed by the Brezhnev Doctrine; and the Nicaragua crisis. The second covers spies and subversives, real and imagined, from the immediate postwar Soviet subversion attempts; Hiss, McCarthy and the Rosenbergs; the trial of Rudolph Abel; and Francis Gary Powers and the Bay of Pigs exchanges. The third focuses on the creation of, and eventual limitations of, Presidential War Powers, from waging war or a police action without Congress, to the restrictions on Presidential control over domestic resources such as steel mills, and the final nature of the War Powers Resolution. Although the United States never faced a serious economic challenge from the Soviet Union, unlike with the Chinese today, there was also an economic Cold War. There were trade promotion and coordination problems for which lawyers helped find solutions, and there were difficulties on both the import and export sides. Grand Cold War strategies often couldn't go into effect without a lot of negotiation and working out the implementation details, as well as trial and error. Lawyers behind the scenes were often the key element in making the gains we made in all of these areas. Come listen to this hidden history, then ask Art your own questions. Arthur T. Downey (Washington, D.C.) has lectured at the Smithsonian, taught at Georgetown University Law Center, and is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia. He lived through the Cold War as a student, lawyer, diplomat, and government official. Downey is the author of Civil War Lawyers (ABA: 2010), The Creole Affair (Rowman & Littlefield: 2014), and The Cold War: Law, Lawyers, Spies and Crises (ABA: 2016)

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. 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 Art Downey • 2:05-3:00. Art presents on the important roles of lawyers in implementing some of the key strategies and organizations of 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.

Saturday, 16 March 2024 Spyher presents Secret Stories of Arlington National Cemetery.

This tour of Arlington National Cemetery visits the gravesites of select intelligence officers and interprets their stories. Some made the ultimate sacrifice. Stops also include the John F. Kennedy gravesite, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Guests gain a deep appreciation for the human cost of defending U.S. freedoms.
Book here and use promo code SSANC2024 for a 10% discount.

Wednesday, 20 March 2024, 2:00pm – Washington, DC – Spies of the Pacific: The Claire Philips Story – Virtual International Spy Museum Program

International Spy Museum eventsIn partnership with the National Museum of the Pacific War (NMPW), International Spy Museum's Director of Adult Education joins the NMPW as a guest speaker to recount the story of Claire Phillips in their latest webinar. Born in 1907, Phillips was a stage actress and singer from Portland, Oregon. She gained recognition for her bravery as a spy and humanitarian during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II. Renowned as an author and activist, she was honored with the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian wartime decoration in the United States. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Thursday, 21 March 2024 11:30 AM – Colorado Springs - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Umadevi Gopaldass discussing "Lessons from the Lion taming the Dragon"

AFIO BulletAbstract: How Singapore has successfully navigated China's rising power in the ASEAN region with finesse and delicacy over the past few decades.

Bio: Uma Gopaldass is a board-certified governance counsel with over 32 years of global experience in the Natural Resources and Management Consulting industries. She is an active board director for several corporations and chairs strategic planning and investor councils. Uma founded Leading Lotus, a company that guides executive teams to navigate a myriad of business challenges in today's socio-economic and geopolitical landscape. Prior to this, Uma managed multiple global re-organizations, including mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings for industry-leaders, including Schlumberger, Accenture, Newmont, and Fortune 500 clients, Unilever, Deutsche Bank, and Chevron. Uma is a native of Singapore, and has lived and operated in 5 continents. Today she calls Denver, Colorado home.

For further information, contact Anthony Leto at rmcafio@gmail.com

Thursday, 21 March 2024, 12:00-1:00pm – Washington, DC – Virtual Spy Chat with Chris Costa ft Dr. Jung H. Pak – 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 Dr. Jung H. Pak, Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, US Department of State.  As Deputy Assistant Secretary Pak is responsible for overseeing relations with Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. She also serves as the Deputy Special Representative for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Prior to arriving at State, she was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she focused on Korean Peninsula issues, East Asia regional dynamics, and transnational threats related to proliferation, cybersecurity, and climate change. While at Brookings, she authored Becoming Kim Jong Un, which has been translated into multiple languages and draws from her deep knowledge and experience as an intelligence officer. Pak has held senior positions at the Central Intelligence Agency, receiving several awards for contributions to the President's Daily Brief, superior analytic accomplishments, and service to advance workforce development. As the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Korea at the National Intelligence Council, she led the Intelligence Community's production of strategic analysis. Before her career in national security, Pak taught US history in New York City. She received her PhD from Columbia University and studied in South Korea as a Fulbright Scholar. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

NOTE NEW DATE: 26 March 2024, noon EDT - In-Person at MacDill AFB, FL or by Zoom - The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter hosts Michael Pullara on "1993 Murder of CIA Station Chief Freddie Woodruff."

AFIO BulletThe Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter is holding its upcoming luncheon at noon on Tuesday, 26 March 2024, at the MacDill AFB Activity Center (formerly the Surf's Edge Club), 7315 Bayshore Boulevard, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Our speaker is Michael A. Pullara, a veteran trial lawyer and masterful storyteller who investigated the 1993 murder of CIA Officer Freddie Woodruff and authored a thrilling true-life espionage tale. Thanks to Pullara's investigation, in 2008 the Russians ultimately freed from prison the original suspect who'd been sentenced to 15 years' hard labor for the crime.
The luncheon includes a box lunch and costs are based on timing of your reservation/response.
Early response, $15 luncheon fee, no later than noon on Tuesday, 27 February.
Response cut-off, $20 luncheon fee, no later than noon on Thursday, 14 March.
ZOOM registration cut-off, $0 fee, no later than noon on Thursday, 14 March.
If you wish to participate by ZOOM please click on the this registration link to complete the registration request before noon on Monday, 14 March 2024. This is NOT the ZOOM meeting link. Subject to approval, you will receive the ZOOM meeting link by separate email. Please check your ZOOM program in advance to ensure it is working properly and that you have the confirmed ZOOM meeting link handy to join the meeting. It is next to impossible to trouble-shoot ZOOM connections on the day of the meeting.
Questions or to attend, contact the Chapter Secretary, Michael Shapiro, for more information, mfshapiro@suncoastafio.org.

Tuesday, 26 March 2024, 2:00-3:00pm – Washington, DC – SPY with Me: Program for Individuals with Dementia and their Care Partners – 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. To register, please email Shana Oltmans at oltmans@spymuseum.org. Free but space is limited. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Thursday, 28 March 2024 Spyher presents Vintage Espionage. A wine tasting event with an espionage twist.

Immerse yourself in a world of mystery and intrigue. Your sommelier for the evening C/1 lived and served around the world as an intelligence officer. She's an expert in relationship building and persuasion and guides you through a blind tasting of old-world and new-world wines. Whether you're a wine connoisseur or simply love intrigue, Vintage Espionage promises an evening you won't want to miss.
Book here and use promo code VE2024 for a $20 discount.

Saturday, 30 March 2024, 2:00-4:00pm – Washington, DC – In Store Book Signing Event for In True Face with Author Jonna Mendez – In Person International Spy Museum Book Signing

International Spy Museum eventsThe bestselling co-author of The Moscow Rules and Argo, Jonna Hiestand Mendez, released a new book this month and will be coming to the Spy Museum Store for a signing event.  The new book, In True Face: A Woman's Life in the CIA, Unmasked, tells the riveting, courageous story of being a female spy at the height of the Cold War.  Mendez began her CIA career as a "contract wife" performing secretarial duties for the CIA as a convenience to her husband, a young officer stationed in Europe. She needed his permission to open a bank account or shut off the gas to their apartment. Yet Mendez had a talent for espionage, too, and she soon took on bigger and more significant roles at the Agency. She parlayed her interest in photography into an operational role overseas, an unlikely area for a woman in the CIA. Often underestimated, occasionally undermined, she lived under cover and served tours of duty all over the globe, rising first to become an international spy and ultimately to Chief of Disguise at CIA's Office of Technical Service. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

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Programs Offered by External Organizations


The National Cryptologic Foundation VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

NCF Virtual Education Programs

Details on the Virtual Education Programs of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation are available here
Other NCF Events can be found here on NCF website here, and CCH website here.


NCF #CYBERCHATS - FOR THE K-12 COMMUNITY

Our #CyberChats are designed to promote cybersecurity education and inspire students to pursue a cyber-related career. NCF #CyberChats are hosted in our Nepris online classroom and also via Zoom. The Chats feature a wide variety of cyber experts and professionals, some who are NCF members. These dedicated professionals share their experiences, insights, advice, and resources with students, parents, and teachers. Chats on a specific topic are often specifically requested by classrooms across the U.S.


NCF CRYPTOLOGIC PROGRAMS (VIRTUAL)

The NCF hosts quarterly cryptologic programs, as well as an annual Membership Meeting & Symposium featuring guest speakers. We also partner with the NSA's Center for Cryptologic History in promoting various programs & lectures. During our Anniversary year (April 2021-April 2022), we are hosting a variety of additional special programs and talks, such as our kickoff event in April 2021 that featured a panel of former NSA directors.

In 2021, we began hosting virtual programs via Zoom. However, prior to that our programs were in person. If you are interested in seeing recaps and photos from those prior events, please visit the Quarterly Programs page or Membership Meeting & Symposium page.


NCF PARTNER PROGRAMS

The NCF's Education Program hosts Cybersecurity Events with the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), as well as other community partners.The programs highlight relevant cybersecurity topics and feature experts in the field. These events take multiple forms, to include webinars and special events at locations around the National Capitol Region.


NCF PARTICIPATION

Just as the NCF enjoys interviewing professionals and experts for our #CyberChats and Cryptologic Programs, our staff likewise enjoys the opportunity to be interviewed for other organizations' programs or podcasts regarding their experience and knowledge. 


For more information on in-person and virtual activities of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (cryptologicfoundation.org) [NCF], explore their website at https://cryptologicfoundation.org/



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