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AFIO BulletThe Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) presents this website to serve our members and visitors as a portal to our activities and to provide word of upcoming educational events by other select intelligence groups.


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AFIO National's Luncheon: Friday, 3 February 2023 - Tysons, VA

The next National Luncheon features Talent Acquisition Officer with CIA, Mike Bruni, discussing CIA Careers and Recruitment starting at 11 a.m.
The afternoon speaker is the renowned intelligence historian, author, former MP, and AFIO Honorary Board member Nigel West, discussing his newest book "Hitler's Trojan Horse."

Timing: Check-in and badge pickup for Registered Attendees begins at 10:30 a.m. NO registrations or walk-ins at hotel.

Presentation by Mike Bruni, Talent Acquisition Officer with CIA, begins at 11:00 a.m. Lunch is served from noon-1:00 p.m.

  

Nigel West is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The event ends at 2:00 p.m.

Luncheon prices are $55 for Members; $70 for nonmember guests and all Subscribers.

Register here. Registration closes: 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, 29 January 2023

All attendees must be members or accompanied by a member.  Learn more about becoming a member at www.afio.com.  Questions? Contact us at 703-790-0320 or at afio@afio.com.

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, McLean-Tysons, VA Address 1960 Chain Bridge Rd McLean, VA 22102. Though we do not provide special overnight room rates, if you wish to make room reservations at the hotel, do so here.
Questions regarding the event? Email events@afio.com

Cancellation Schedule: AFIO must commit to the hotel facilities and therefore, regrets it must charge a cancellation fee. 100% refund until close of registration. No refunds or cancellations after close of registration. You will receive a donation receipt for fees forfeited. A donor statement will be sent showing that you made a "gift to AFIO" in such instances. Gifts to AFIO are tax-deductible.


"AFIO NOW" Interview Series

Released exclusively to members 24 January 2023...


Recorded 15 January 2023

Nigel West,
Intelligence Historian and Former MP
on "Spies Who Changed History: Greatest Spies and Agents of the 20th Century"

Interview of Sunday, 15 January 2023 of Nigel West, Intelligence Historian, Author, former MP, and AFIO Honorary Board member. Interviewer - Host: James Hughes, AFIO President, a former CIA Operations Officer.
Nigel West and Jim Hughes discuss several intelligence figures from Nigel's recent book, "Spies Who Changed History: The Greatest Spies and Agents of the 20th Century." Those include: "The White Lady", "The Angel", "Garbo", Arnold Deutsch, Kim Philby, and the mysterious death of Ashraf Marwan.
The interview runs 22 minutes and includes several Q&As.
[Members-Only access. Click title above. Video not yet released to the public.]

Purchase a copy of Spies Who Changed History here.

Access the West interview here or click above image

The AFIO Now video series in 2023 is sponsored by Northwest Financial Advisors.


AFIO launched a series of recorded interviews and other activities.
These programs are available in our Members-Only section which requires your USERID and PASSWORD
— information on current member cards supplied with each renewal. Some of the featured videos appear below.

Prior Videos and Podcasts in this "AFIO Now" Series

To view publicly-released videos, visit our YouTube page here
To see all videos log into the Member-Only area of our website here.
To explore podcasts, visit main podcast page here.





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Thursday, 2 February 2023, 7 pm CST - Virtual event - AFIO SATX (San Antonio, TX) hosts Zoom event featuring Ben Robinson discussing John Mulholland, a CIA Magician and Illusionist

AFIO BulletJohn Franklin, President of the AFIO SATX (San Antonio, TX) Chapter invites AFIO members to this scheduled Zoom meeting with Ben Robinson, author of MagiCIAn, a book about John Mulholland, a magician and illusionist who was employed by the CIA decades ago for training and covert work during the Cold War.
Ben Robinson discovered John Mulholland (1898-1970) in 1968. In 1977, news broke Mulholland had assisted the Central Intelligence Agency between 1953-1958. Ben spent the next 31-years trying to distinguish truth from illusion as to Mulholland's activities. The story involves the famous MK-ULTRA project, LSD use, surreptitious drugging, ESP research and fraternization with "the loose affiliation of millionaires and billionaires."
David Endris, the SATX AFIO chapter secretary will moderate the presentation.
TO ACCESS THIS ZOOM EVENT: contact John Franklin at satxafio@gmail.com ASAP to receive the link and passwords to the meeting. Do not wait until the day of event.
The MagiCIAn: John Mulholland's Secret Life is available in print, e-book, and audio book with the author reading.


Wednesday, 08 February 2023, 1800 (PT) - Simi Valley, CA - AFIO Los Angeles Chapter hosts event in conjunction with Reagan Library Presentation by former CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

AFIO BulletIn conjunction with the Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs, the LA Chapter will be conducting their annual chapter general business meeting. Former CIA Director Mike Pompeo will be the guest speaker with a presentation set to start at 6 PM. Following the presentation we will move over to dinner at the Wood Ranch restaurant and conduct our annual general business meeting along with the election for our chapter officers.
This is a two-step reservation process. Please follow the directions below. We look forward to your attendance and participation. Happy New Year!
Mike Pompeo is an American politician, diplomat, and businessman who served under President Donald Trump as director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2017 to 2018 and as the 70th United States Secretary of State from 2018 to 2021. He is the first person to have held both of those positions.
TO ATTEND Sec. Mike Pompeo 6 PM PST Presentation - Step 1: Reserve for Sec. Pompeo's presentation: Onstage at the Reagan Library with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo - An in-person event.
TO ATTEND POST-EVENT DINNER: Step 2: Dinner Reservation Wood Ranch restaurant 7:30 PM: email AFIO_LA@Yahoo.com..
If you would like to only attend the dinner portion you may do so. Cost is $30 per person meal & beverage included. Questions to Vince Autiero, Chapter President, at AFIO_LA@yahoo.com.


Saturday, 11 February 2023, 11:30 am ET - Indialantic, FL - The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Mr. Jamie Draper, Museum Director, Air Force Space & Missile Museum, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, discussing the Museum's History and Future

AFIO BulletThe Florida Satellite Chapter will be hosting Mr. Jamie Draper, Museum Director for the Air Force Space & Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. His presentation will focus on the museum's operation's past, present, and future. The event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, Rt A1A, Indialantic, Florida. Mr. Draper's presentation will follow a sit-down lunch. The cost is $35.00 per person.
Questions or Reservations to Larry Sanford, President Venue Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Melbourne Beach, 1665 North SR A1A Indialantic FL 32903.


Saturday, 18 February 2023, 2 pm ET - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine hosts for CIA Analyst John Gentry on discussing The New Politicization of the US Intelligence Community

AFIO BulletPolitical activism, radically new for the American Intelligence Community (IC), has surprised observers of U.S. intelligence.
But, the still incomplete story has significant political and bureaucratic ramifications for the roles and usefulness of US intelligence. This activism amounts to a new form of the "politicization" of intelligence by some officers to influence policy decisions and this article offers a theory of the origins of the cultural changes within parts of the IC that have created this politicization.
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. No reservations are required.


Online version of the Guide
AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence
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Full no-cost, online version of Guide is here.

Perfect for professors, students, those considering careers in intelligence, and current/former officers seeking to see what changes are taking place across a wide spectrum of intelligence disciplines.

AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence helps instructors teach about the large variety of subjects that make up the field of intelligence. This includes secondary school teachers of American History, Civics, or current events and undergraduate and graduate professors of History, Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies, and related topics, especially those with no or limited professional experience in the field. Even those who are former practitioners are likely to have only a limited knowledge of the very broad field of intelligence, as most spend their careers in one or two agencies at most and may have focused only on collection or analysis of intelligence or support to those activities.

We regret that the printed, bound edition has sold out. No copies remain for sale.

AVAILABLE ONLINE-ONLY: As an educational service to professors and students, AFIO provides the full 788-page Guide online here for free. This was made possible through the generosity of our foundation, corporate, and institutional members, coupled with the donations we received from our many individual members. We thank all of them.


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Friday, 3 February 2023 - Tysons, VA - AFIO National In-Person Luncheon

AFIO BulletThe next National Luncheon features Talent Acquisition Officer with CIA, Mike Bruni, discussing CIA Careers and Recruitment starting at 11 a.m.
The afternoon speaker is the renowned intelligence historian, author, former MP, and AFIO Honorary Board member Nigel West, discussing his newest book "Hitler's Trojan Horse."

Timing: Check-in and badge pickup for Registered Attendees begins at 10:30 a.m. NO registrations or walk-ins at hotel.

Presentation by Mike Bruni, Talent Acquisition Officer with CIA, begins at 11:00 a.m. Lunch is served from noon-1:00 p.m.

Nigel West is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The event ends at 2:00 p.m. Topics in Nigel's talk include: Impact of Abwehr defections; Richard Wurmann; Erich Vermehren; SIS Officer Nicholas Elliott; SIS officer and professor H.L.A. Hart; Paul (Willi) Hamburger; SIGINT; Adm. Wilhelm Canaris; Operation Valkyrie and the 20 July Plot to assassinate Hitler; Sicherheitsdienst; Otto John - code name WHISKY; Claus von Stauffenburg; Prince Frederick III, Solms-Baruth, and others who were tortured or executed for the attempt to assassinate Hitler.

Luncheon prices are $55 for Members; $70 for nonmember guests and all Subscribers.

Register here. Registration closes: 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, 29 January 2023

All attendees must be members or accompanied by a member.  Learn more about becoming a member at www.afio.com.  Questions? Contact us at 703-790-0320 or at afio@afio.com.

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, McLean-Tysons, VA Address 1960 Chain Bridge Rd McLean, VA 22102. Though we do not provide special overnight room rates, if you wish to make room reservations at the hotel, do so here.
Questions regarding the event? Email events@afio.com

Cancellation Schedule: AFIO must commit to the hotel facilities and therefore, regrets it must charge a cancellation fee. 100% refund until close of registration. No refunds or cancellations after close of registration. You will receive a donation receipt for fees forfeited. A donor statement will be sent showing that you made a "gift to AFIO" in such instances. Gifts to AFIO are tax-deductible.


AFIO STORE GIFT ITEMS

Now available: new Black short-sleeved polo shirts with embroidered AFIO logo. Men's only.

Show your support for AFIO with our new Black Short-sleeve Polo Shirts. Shirts are shrink and wrinkle resistant of fine cotton with a soft, "well-worn, comfy" yet substantial feel. They feature a detailed embroidered AFIO seal. Get a shirt for yourself and consider as gifts for colleagues, family, and friends. Only $50 each including shipping.
Sizes for (M) men, only; Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL, and XXXL. $50 per shirt.
You may pay by check or credit card. Complete your order online here or mail an order along with payment to: AFIO, 7600 Leesburg Pike, Ste 470 East, Falls Church, VA 22043-2004. Phone orders at 703-790-0320. Questions? Contact Annette at: annettej@afio.com.

 Mug with color glazed logo. Made in America. Sturdy enough to sit on desk to hold pens, cards, paperclips, and candy.

This handsome large, heavy USA-made ceramic mug is dishwasher-safe with a glazed seal.
$35 per mug includes shipping. Order this and other store items online here.

Also available are our popular Intelligence Community Mousepad AFIO Mousepad

Full color seals of all 18 members of the U.S. Intelligence Community on this 8" round, slick surface, nonskid, rubber-backed mouse pad. Price still only $20.00 for 2 pads [includes shipping to U.S. based address, only. For foreign shipments, we will contact you with a quote.] Great gift for colleagues and self. Click image above for larger image. Now with dark navy background, brighter, updated seals of member agencies. And now MADE IN USA. Order MOUSEPADS here.


Other Upcoming Educational Events....includes selection of events from advertisers, corporate sponsors, and others—

Friday, 27 January 2023, 6:30-9:00pm – Washington, DC – Spy Fest: Tradecraft Try-Its – In Person International Spy Museum Program

Could 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 for the general public - Youth (4-17): $25; Adults (18+): $30; Tickets for Members - Youth (4-17): $20; Adults (18+): $25. Museum admission is included in your ticket. All attendees must have a ticket available here www.spymuseum.org.

Additional Events:


MORE about the AFIO Now Video Series....

To view publicly-released videos released in 2023, click videos above or in table below or visit our YouTube page here
To see all videos released in 2023, log into the Member-Only area of our website here.
To see videos released in 2020 to 2022, log into the Member-Only area here.
To explore podcasts, see links in table below or visit main podcast page here.

AFIO Now Interviews and Podcasts in 2023 are sponsored by

Northwest Financial Advisors


For Members-Only at this time...
Nigel West, Historian and Former MP, on "Spies Who Changed History: Greatest Spies and Agents of the 20th Century"
Interviewer - Host: James Hughes, AFIO President, a former CIA Operations Officer.
Nigel West and Jim Hughes discuss several intelligence figures from Nigel's recent book, "Spies Who Changed History: The Greatest Spies and Agents of the 20th Century." Those include: "The White Lady", "The Angel", "Garbo", Arnold Deutsch, Kim Philby, and the mysterious death of Ashraf Marwan.
Purchase a copy of Spies Who Changed History here.
The interview runs 22 minutes and includes several Q&As.
[Video not yet released to the public.]
For Members-Only at this time...
Geoff O'Connell, former CIA Operations Officer, COS Tel Aviv, on the Church of the Nativity Crisis which involved the siege by the Israel Defense Forces at the Church of the Nativity in a bid to halt terrorism by Hamas, Fatah, and Palestinians.
Interviewer - Host: James Hughes, AFIO President, a former CIA Operations Officer.
The interview runs 24 minutes and includes several Q&As.
[Video not yet released to the public.]
Norman T. Roule, former National Intelligence Manager, Iran, ODNI; former Division Chief, CIA Operations Officer, Chief of Station on the state of Iran today and how prior, and likely current and future administrations need to approach that regime.
Interviewer - Host: James Hughes, AFIO President, a former CIA Operations Officer. The interview runs 25 minutes and includes several Q&As.
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.]
Podcast version here.
Bruce Henderson, Author/Historian, on The Secret Military Intelligence Role of Japanese Americans in World War II
Bruce Henderson, author of "Bridge to the Sun: The Secret Role of the Japanese Americans Who Fought in the Pacific in World War II." Host: AFIO's President, James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer.
The interview runs 35 minutes.
Bruce's book can be found here.
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.]
Podcast version here.
Nicholas Reynolds PhD, CIA Officer, Military Historian, Author, on "Need to Know: WWII and the Rise of American Intelligence"
Senior CIA Operations Officer James Hughes, AFIO's President, and Nick Reynolds, CIA Historian, discuss the many military and private industry figures -- some from a major NY law firm -- who joined with Gen. William Donovan, head of the newly-created wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS), to run clandestine operations based on significant codebreaking successes. How WWII histories are researched and written, and their continuing popularity, is also discussed.
Nick Reynolds book — Need to Know: WWII and the Rise of American Intelligence —can be found here
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.]
Podcast version here.
Shelby Pierson, NGA Deputy Director, Source Operations and Management Directorate, Interviewer: Jennifer Daniel, former Senior NGA Officer and current AFIO Board member. Host: AFIO's President, James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer. They discuss the NGA's Directorate's responsibility for commercial GEOINT discovery, assessment, and acquisition. The processing and availability of commercial imagery has grown significantly changing the landscape for satellite imagery. She describes the newest (unclassified) imagery capabilities and how they have impacted the GEOINT Team, including uncovering war crimes and assisting in natural disasters worldwide.
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.]
Podcast version here.
Itai Shapira, Col. (Ret.), former Deputy Head of Analysis for the Israeli Defense Intelligence Service, on "Intelligence Culture in Israel." They discuss the topic of "The Israeli National Intelligence Culture" - which is the theme of the thesis he is working on for his doctorate. It is based on his experiences being in military intelligence for twenty-six years. Also discussed were the differences in how Israel attracts, trains, and retains intelligence officers -- particularly for military intelligence -- versus Mossad, Shin Bet, and various US and UK intelligence services.
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.]
Podcast version here.
Shane Harris, Washington Post Reporter providing an update on the Unpredictable Ukraine-Russia War. Harris discusses the confusing and dangerously fluctuating situation in Ukraine. From Putin's sudden conscription of 300,000 unwilling troops, his threats to use tactical nuclear weapons, and the mysterious sabotage of the Nordstream Pipeline.
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.]
Podcast version here.
Chris Rasmussen, Founder and Manager of NGA's Tearline Project discussing Open Source Intelligence, OSINT, and Publicly Available Information. And Jardines provides historic examples of Open Source events that had a real impact which brings the topic to life.
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Nathalia Holt, author of "Wise Gals: The Spies Who Built the CIA and Changed the Future of Espionage." Discussion centers on four women who served in the early days of OSS and CIA, enjoying exceptional careers, receiving recognition but not being considered, in those days, equal to their male colleagues in similar posts. Dr Holt explains how that began to change in 1953 with CIA's Petticoat Panel which studied the role of women in intelligence. Opportunities for women today in the Intelligence Community are far greater today because of these brave trailblazers.
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.]
Podcast version here.
Eliot A. Jardines Ed.D.,Former Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Open Source (ADDNI/OS) discussing Open Source Intelligence, OSINT, and Publicly Available Information. And Jardines provides historic examples of Open Source events that had a real impact which brings the topic to life.
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Alex Finley, Former CIA Operations Officer; Journalist, Author, Satirist, on her time at CIA, her expertise on Russian intelligence and influence, disinformation, counterterrorism, and also the problems facing Agency couples. Also discussed are her three novels, and her "YachtWatch" Twitter feed which Identifies Russian Oligarch Yacht whereabouts.
[Video released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Ron Estes, Former Senior CIA Operations Officer, on his long and occasionally harrowing CIA career, including the assassination of his friend and Chief of Station, Athens, Richard Welch. [Video released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
"Terror in Athens — Remembering CIA Station Chief Dick Welch" by Samantha Randazzo Childress and Carol "Rollie" Flynn, was published in the Winter-Spring 2021 edition of AFIO's Intelligencer journal, and is available here.
Ric Prado, Former Chief CIA Counterterrorism Center (CTC), Senior CIA Senior CIA Operations and Paramilitary Officer, on his career From the Shadow Wars Fought Since the Vietnam Era... to the Bin Laden Task Force, as presented in his new book "Black Ops." [Video released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Carol "Rollie" Flynn, former Senior CIA Operations and Counterterrorism Officer, on Rollie's ground-breaking 30-year career as one of the first women operating abroad as a Clandestine Services Officer and later as Chief of Station. Also covered are the wide variety of career opportunities available at CIA, the ways to be the most appealing candidate, the traits, interests, languages, lifestyle, experiences, and skills one should consider prior to making a formal application. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Andrew Hammond PhD, Historian & Curator, International Spy Museum, Former Embed in G2 Intelligence and Security Unit, on the Soviet-Afghan War of 1979-89 and major shifts in Cold War Geopolitics. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Shane Harris, Intelligence and National Security Reporter, The Washington Post, on the US Intelligence Community's unique role in this latest Ukraine-Russia War . [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Bruce O. Riedel, former CIA Analyst, Served on NSC,
Discussing Jordan and America's Enduring Friendship. Riedel is Director of The Intelligence Project at the Center for Middle East Policy. He discusses Jordan and America's Enduring Friendship -- a new publication released by The Brookings Institution. Members-only. Podcast version here.
Melvin Gamble, a 40-year career CIA Senior Intelligence Officer, discussing the Havana Syndrome as well as the need and benefits of diversity in the intelligence community, and in CIA in particular. Mel served in a number of senior executive positions in the Directorate of Operations in the Central Intelligence Agency and is currently President of Gamble Advisory Group, a security consulting firm. He also serves as an advisor on security matters to two Wall Street firms. Members-only. Margaret Coker, Investigative Journalist, discussing her 2021 book, The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle against ISIS. It is an account of how a covert Iraqi intelligence unit called "the Falcons" came together to defeat ISIS. The Falcons, comprised of ordinary men with little conventional espionage background, infiltrated the world's most powerful terrorist organization, ultimately turning the tide of war against the terrorist group and bringing safety to millions of Iraqis and the broader world. [Released to public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Mike Howard, discussing his CIA Career - From Dangerous Overseas Operations to Worldwide Security for Microsoft. The variety of CIA career postings and assignments which took his career rapidly upwards and eventually led him to handle all security for Bill Gates and the Microsoft Corporation. Mike provided security for DCI Bill Casey, handled risky operations in the Philippines, and reorganized worldwide security for Microsoft, its principals and employees, including personal security for Bill Gates. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. James Lawler discussing the Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program through his latest novel "Living Lies" - a story about espionage, human frailty, and loyalty. The plot focuses on a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program, which Lawler -- a former senior CIA operations officer -- devoted his career to battling. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Douglas Ollivant discussing the War in Iraq from in-country, and then while serving on the NSC at the White House. He explains the challenges he faced in 2004 thru 2007 serving in Iraq or overseeing the war in that country. We hear as he first saw the war up close in-country, and then his impressions overseeing the war as he served at the National Security Council at the White House. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Bryan Denson, author of "The Spy's Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia" — story of a father and son co-conspirators who deceived the U.S. by selling national secrets to Russia. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Toby Harnden, author of "The First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission To Avenge 9/11," discusses the true story of the secret mission of the eight members of the CIA's Team Alpha, the first Americans to be dropped behind enemy lines in Afghanistan after 9/11. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. John Lenczowski PhD, former NSC Staffer/Expert discusses "Chinese Influence Operations in the U.S." The Chinese use the media, academic institutions, think tanks, business community, politicians, Hollywood as a tool for massive propaganda operations, Lenczowski explains. [Released to public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Steve Vogel, Author/Journalist, The Washington Post discusses traitor George Blake's betrayal of a Cold War secret tunnel, his arrest, incarceration, escape, and flight to Moscow and Vogel's visit to Blake's Dacha decades later. [Released to public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Douglas London, former Senior CIA Operations Officer, discussing his book, The Recruiter, his career, and the changes he's seen at CIA - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Panel on Proposed Legislation Restricting "Formers" from Sharing Classified Methods with Foreign Employers .with The Honorable Mike Rogers, former Chairman of HPSCI; Christopher Bing, Cybersecurity Reporter, Reuters, Stewart Baker, and James Hughes [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Seth Jones PhD, Director, Transnational Threats, CSIS, on his book "Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran and the Rise of Irregular Warfare." - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Marc Polymeropoulos, former Senior CIA Operations Officer, on his book, Clarity in Crisis, his career, his experiences with "the Havana Syndrome," and advice to students on how to be appealing to CIA and other IC recruiters. [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. David McCloskey, former CIA Analyst, discussing his realistic novel, Damascus Station, set in Syria during their civil wars. - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Mark E. Mitchell former Director for Counterterrorism, NSC, and Principal Deputy Asst Sec Def for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, on "the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi in Mazār-i-Sharīf, Afghanistan, 2001" [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. James Gosler former Director, CIA's Clandestine Information Technology Office, on "Cyber Threats and Mitigation" -[Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Shelby Pierson - Interview #2 - the ODNI's U.S. National Elections Security "Czar" on her post-2020 Election Assessment and What the Focus is Now - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. David Robarge PhD, CIA Chief Historian on "CIA and Covert Action — Pros and Cons" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Sam Wyman, former senior CIA Field Operations officer and Arabist discussing the "Red Prince" - Ali Hassan Salameh - the chief of operations — code name Abu Hassan — for Black September, the organization responsible for the 1972 Munich massacre and other terror attacks -[Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Pete Lapp, former FBI Special Agent, co-case agent for the Ana Montes Investigation discussing the Discovery, Cautious Investigation, Arrest and Conviction of a Cuban Spy in the DIA - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Ralph Hope former FBI Special Agent, discussing his book The Grey Men: Pursuing the Stasi into the Present on the power and influence of the Stasi in Germany today - [Released to the public - click title to view.] Podcast version here. Edward Mienie PhD professor of Intelligence Studies, discussing intelligence education and careers in the U.S. Intelligence Community - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
David Wolman author-journalist, on the Life and Career of legendary NSA Officer, Juanita Moody - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Bob Wallace and Keith Melton author-historians, on their new book, "Spy Sites of Philadelphia: A Guide to the Region's Secret History" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Jason Fagone, author on his book "The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Norman Roule, former National Intelligence Manager, Iran: former Division Chief, CIA Operations Officer/COS on the state of Iran today and how current and future administrations need to approach that regime - [Released to the public - click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Sam Wyman, former senior CIA Field Operations Officer and Arabist on the geopolitical risks the USG and American businesses face in Iraq - [Released to the public - click title to view.] Podcast version here. Carmen Medina, former CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence, and co-author of "Rebels at Work: A Handbook of Leading Change from Within"discussing women exerting power and being innovative in male-dominated enterprises - [Released to the public - click title to view.] Podcast version here. Jack Devine, former Deputy Director of Operations and Chief of the CIA Afghan Tast Force, on "Spymaster's Prism" on: The Fight Against Russian Aggression - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Caryn A. Wagner, former Undersecretary, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Dept of Homeland Security, on "Experiences serving as Undersecretary, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, at the Department of Homeland Security" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Steve Vogel, Author/Journalist, The Washington Post, on "Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation" on A Cold War Covert Operation of many names — Operation Gold (US); Operation Stopwatch (UK); PBJointly (CIA); Operation REGAL (NSA) - [Released to the public - click title to view.] Podcast version here. Larry Loftis, attorney, author, professor, on "The Princess Spy" on WWII Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Linda Millis, former Senior Intelligence Officer at NSA, CIA, ODNI on "Women in Intelligence" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Vince Houghton PhD, Director, National Cryptologic Museum on "The Nuclear Spies: America's Atomic Intelligence Operation Against Hitler and Stalin" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Joe Augustyn, former CIA Clandestine Services Officer on "CIA's Defector Resettlement Program" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Victor Cha PhD, Former Director for Asian Affairs, NSC on "North and South Koreas — Issues Facing the Biden Administration" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Joseph W. Augustyn, former CIA Clandestine Services Officer on "CIA's Role in the Creation of the Department of Homeland Security"[Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Seth Jones PhD, Director, Transnational Threats Project, CSIS on "A Covert Action" [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
David Priess PhD, Author, former Senior CIA Analyst and PDB Briefer on "The President's Book of Secrets" [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Everette Jordan, Dep Asst Sec for IC Integration, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, US Department of the Treasury on "Enjoying a Rich, Challenging Intelligence Career Spanning Multiple Agencies." - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Bruce Riedel, former CIA Senior Analyst, Served on National Security Council during Iraq War on "Early Gulf War Policy Decisions" [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Shelby Pierson, Election Threats Executive, Office of the Director of National Intelligence on "Nationwide Election Security" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Bruce Klingner, Former CIA Deputy Division Chief for Korea; Heritage Foundation Fellow on "U.S. Strategy Towards North Korea" [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Martin C. Faga, former Director, National Reconnaissance Office on "NRO Support to the Gulf War" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Nicholas Dujmović, Professor, Author, former CIA Historian, PDB Editor on "Guidelines and Experiences Teaching Intelligence at the University Level" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. David Robarge PhD, CIA Chief Historian, PDB Editor on "The Complexities of Counterintelligence"- [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Vince Houghton PhD, Director, National Cryptologic Museum on "Nuking the Moon...and Other Intelligence Themes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Series Introduction: Stewart Baker, Chairman, and James Hughes, President - members-only

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The Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - by the Congressional Research Service, Sept 2013
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Intelligence as a Career BookletIntelligence as a Career - with updated listings of colleges teaching intelligence courses, and Q&As on needed foreign languages, as well as the courses, grades, extracurricular activities, and behavioral characteristics and life experiences sought by modern U.S. intelligence agencies.

AFIO's popular 56-page booklet reaches high school and college students considering careers in the U.S. Intelligence Community.
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RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2022 — a Monograph on The Cuban Missile Crisis — Sixty Years Later — by CIA Historian/Analyst Regis Heitchue

"The Cuban Missile Crisis: When Intelligence Made a Difference.
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In October 1962 the US and the world faced the most serious crisis and threat of nuclear war. A new 208-page monograph published for free on-line by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) on the Cuban Missile Crisis is an insightful examination of US intelligence during the crisis.  Unlike most accounts of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which focus on the decision-making of President Kennedy and personal accounts of those involved, "The Cuban Missile Crisis — 60 Years Later — When Intelligence Made a Difference" provides an examination of how US intelligence functioned before, during, and after the crisis.  This is a unique treatment of the topic.

Former DCI Richard Helms once said "… the Cuban Missile Crisis was really an intelligence crisis. The threat appeared only through intelligence sources. Only those sources confirmed that the threat had gone away." The monograph is the story of what American intelligence knew, when it knew it, and how it knew what the Soviets were doing in Cuba prior to and during the crisis—and what we now know, 60 years later, quite accurately, of what the Soviets were actually doing in Cuba.

The monograph examines the critical questions that the president posed to the intelligence community and how the community responded.  It also includes interesting vignettes on principal intelligence officers involved in the crisis, including Juanita Moody, head of NSA's Cuba effort, and Arthur Lundahl, the chief of the new National Photographic Intelligence Center (NPIC), who briefed President Kennedy on a daily basis.

This is a well-researched and riveting monograph, with extensive notes, bibliography, charts and photos.   It is a valuable reference for any class on intelligence. — Peter Oleson, Senior Editor

The author is Reg Heitchue, a retired senior CIA scientific and technical officer. The book project was managed and edited by former DIA Assistant Deputy Director for Plans and Policy, Peter C. Oleson, who also serves as AFIO's Senior Editor, Intelligencer journal.

The free PDF version of publication here: "The Cuban Missile Crisis: When Intelligence Made a Difference."

For those interested in purchasing a paperback edition — a longer, more comprehensive version by Mr Heitchue — it is available here.

Intelligence Community - Thirteenth Year in a Row
One of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
and now ranked at #4 in 2021

For the 13th consecutive year, the Intelligence Community (IC) has been named as one of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government." The IC ranked fourth overall among large federal agencies with more than 15,000 full-time permanent employees. The Partnership for Public Service (PPS) compiled the 2021 rankings and presented the awards during a ceremony today in Washington, D.C. Dustin Gard-Weiss, Deputy DNI for Policy and Capabilities, and Sherry Van Sloun, Assistant DNI for Human Capital, accepted the award on behalf of the IC.

"What makes the IC the Best Place to Work from my perspective, is the extraordinary people who show up every day, ready to solve some of the most vexing and important challenges we face in the world," said Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines. "I also realize, however, that we need to support those extraordinary people and we will continue to work to make their lives and the environment that they work in one that allows them to realize their enormous potential." The "Best Places to Work" rankings provide insight into employee satisfaction across several key workplace categories including innovation, recognition, and work-life balance. The results are based on data from the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, as well as responses collected by several federal agencies that surveyed their employees during the same time period last year. PPS is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that aims to revitalize the federal government by transforming the way government works and inspiring a new generation to serve. For more details, visit: bestplacestowork.org.


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