AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #13-20 dated 31 March 2020

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Research Requests, Obituaries, Jobs

Research Requests

Obituaries

  • Some good news: No deaths to report for this issue of the WINs.

Jobs

Section V - Events

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Special Items for our members:

Jack Devine's Arkin Group has released this 27 March 2020 list of special intelligence/national security topics in their "Other News" email to their private clients:

Here is a roundup of some significant global developments you may have missed this week:

  • The U.S. government indicted Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on narco-trafficking conspiracy charges this week.
  • The U.S. has cut $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan and threatened to cut another $1 billion next year, citing Afghan leaders' inability to resolve a political dispute that would lay the groundwork for a peace deal with the Taliban that allows U.S. forces to withdraw from the country.
  • North Korea launched two projectiles, believed to be short-range ballistic missiles, toward the Sea of Japan on Saturday.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has suspended an April 22 referendum on a constitutional change to presidential term limits that would allow him to remain in power until 2036, citing the need to focus on the pandemic.
  • The Department of Homeland Security has warned that terrorists may exploit global leaders' focus on Covid-19, stepping up attacks around the globe.
  • Alternative theories about the origin of Covid-19 continue to bubble up from unlikely sources, hinting at the use of the virus to further ongoing misinformation campaigns. Theories about the real origins of Covid-19 have come from unlikely sources - a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, anti-vaccination groups, Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
  • The Russian-Saudi oil price war and demand hit from the Covid-19-related drop-off of economic activity have already triggered two major energy sector developments: massive layoffs in the U.S. shale patch and coal's surprise status as the world's most expensive fossil fuel.
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Newly Released and Forthcoming Books of the Week

No Shadows in the Desert: Murder, Vengeance, and Espionage in the War Against ISIS
by Samuel M. Katz
(Hanover Square Press, Apr 2020)

A dramatic account of the secret mission by U.S. and Jordanian intelligence agents to avenge the "capture, torture, and immolation" of Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh by ISIS fighters in Syria. After the engine in Moaz's plane caught fire on 24 Dec 2014, he parachuted into the Euphrates River near Raqqa and was captured and likely killed on January 3, though ISIS maintained he was alive until February when they released horrific video footage of his death. According to Katz, ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani (who is believed to have participated in the killing) hoped to break Jordan's resolve to be part of the international coalition fighting against the Caliphate; instead, the video had the opposite effect. Katz chronicles the multinational effort—led by the GID, Jordan's intelligence agency—to locate the five terrorists responsible for Moaz's death and design and implement missions to execute them. Against the backdrop of this spy tale, Katz briskly untangles the history of the Syrian civil war and the campaign against ISIS. Though Katz's staccato prose can be clunky, he packs a wealth of information into the book and skillfully draws on an extensive network of sources in the U.S. and the Middle East. Espionage fans will savor this detailed and immersive account. —Publishers Weekly

Book may be ordered here.


A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations
by Robert Bryce
(PublicAffairs, Mar 2020)

It's not just outsourced N95 masks and pharmaceuticals our modern society needs for self-reliance in emergencies. With its supply increasingly vulnerable to threats from sabotage and climate change, the reliance on electricity is one that bears monitoring as energy policies and politics struggle to keep pace with demand and usage.

"Shocking revelations about electricity.... A robust look at where the juice flows around the planet—and its planetary [and National Security] implications."—Kirkus Reviews

"Of all the aspects of modern life in the developed world, flipping a switch and having the lights come on ranks as one of the most underrated. It's good to be reminded, as Bryce does through powerful examples, that such convenience was unheard of until the late nineteenth century...In this wide-ranging history of electricity, power expert Bryce takes readers beyond the table lamp and microwave to demonstrate how crucial safe, dependable, and plentiful electricity is to a host of contemporary innovations, from cryptocurrency mining to marijuana cultivation."—Booklist

Book may be ordered here.


Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler's Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill, and Stalin
by Howard Blum
(Harper, Mar 2020)

True story of the Nazi plot to kill the leaders of the US, Great Britain, and the USS. during WW II.

The mission: to kill the three most important and heavily guarded men in the world.
The assassins: a specially trained team headed by the killer known as The Most Dangerous Man in Europe.
The stakes: nothing less than the future of the Western world.

The year is 1943 and the three Allied leaders—Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin—are meeting for the first time at a top-secret conference in Tehran. But the Nazis have learned about the meeting and Hitler sees it as his last chance to turn the tide. Although the war is undoubtedly lost, the Germans believe that perhaps a new set of Allied leaders might be willing to make a more reasonable peace in its aftermath. And so a plan is devised—code name Operation Long Jump—to assassinate FDR, Churchill, and Stalin.

Immediately, a highly trained, hand-picked team of Nazi commandos is assembled, trained, armed with special weapons, and parachuted into Iran. They have six-days to complete the assignment before the statesmen return home. With no room for error and little time, Mike Reilly, the head of FDR's Secret Service detail—a man from a Montana silver mining town who describes himself as "an Irish cop with more muscle than brains"—must overcome his suspicions to work with a Soviet NKVD officer to save the three leaders.

Book may be ordered here.


Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Intelligence Community Copes with Unique Corona Crisis Challenges. For government contracting companies whose employees work in classified spaces, the coronavirus crisis presents special challenges. Many contractors can't go to work in their usual spaces, and they typically can't work from home because of the nature of their tasks. Government instruction has been murky thus far.

"There is broad guidance: Do what you can from home," said Preferred Systems Solutions CEO Randy Morgan. "Where contracts call for work to be done at a government site, they are trying to determine what is mission essential and what is not. It's all pretty disjointed."

Contractors nonetheless are finding ways to continue meeting mission requirements this week. They've changed up work patterns and boosted work-from-home efforts and they're working in close cooperation with clients to keep the wheels turning. [Read more: Stone/WashingtonExec/30March2020]

Britain Names New MI5 Chief: The Spy Who Investigated 2018 Novichok Attack.
Britain on Monday named Ken McCallum, a career spy who led the response to the attempted murder of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal, as the new head of its MI5 domestic intelligence agency.

McCallum, who has worked in MI5 for 25 years, rose through the ranks working across the agency's main fronts from Northern Ireland to countering Islamist militants and ensuring the safety of the 2012 London Olympics.

Then, after former Russian double agent Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned with a Soviet-developed nerve agent known as "Novichok" in 2018, McCallum led the agency's response to the attempted murder, MI5 said. [Read more: Reuters/30March2020]

U.S. Spies Find Coronavirus Spread in China, North Korea, Russia Hard to Chart. As U.S. spy agencies seek to assemble a precise picture of the world's coronavirus outbreaks, they are finding serious gaps in their ability to assess the situation in China, Russia and North Korea, according to five U.S. government sources familiar with the intelligence reporting.

The agencies also have limited insight into the full impact of the pandemic in Iran, although information on infections and deaths among the ruling class and public is becoming more available on official and social media, two sources said.

The four countries are known by U.S. spy agencies as "hard targets" because of the heavy state controls on information and the difficulty, even in normal times, of collecting intelligence from within their closed leadership circles.

An accurate assessment of those countries' outbreaks would aid U.S. and international efforts to limit the human and economic tolls from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, experts say. [Read more: Reuters/30March2020]

An Elite Spy Group Used 5 Zero-Days to Hack North Koreans. Most North Koreans don't spend much of their lives in front of a computer. But some of the lucky few who do, it seems, have been hit with a remarkable arsenal of hacking techniques over the last year—a sophisticated spying spree that some researchers suspect South Korea may have pulled off.

Cybersecurity researchers at Google's Threat Analysis Group revealed on Thursday that an unnamed group of hackers used no fewer than five zero-day vulnerabilities, or secret hackable flaws in software, to target North Koreans and North Korea-focused professionals in 2019. The hacking operations exploited flaws in Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Windows with phishing emails that carried malicious attachments or links to malicious sites, as well as so-called watering hole attacks that planted malware on victims' machines when they visited certain websites that had been hacked to infect visitors via their browsers.

Google declined to comment on who might be responsible for the attacks, but Russian security firm Kaspersky tells WIRED it has linked Google's findings with DarkHotel, a group that has targeted North Koreans in the past and is suspected of working on behalf of the South Korean government. [Read more: Greenberg/Wired/26March2020]

Ex-F.B.I. Agent Who Vanished on His Own Unauthorized Mission to Iran Is Most Likely Dead, U.S. Concludes. Trump administration officials have concluded that Robert A. Levinson, the retired F.B.I. agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007 on an unauthorized mission for the C.I.A. [or other private clients], died while in Iranian custody, his family announced on Wednesday.

Newly revealed intelligence pointed to Mr. Levinson's death, top national security officials told his relatives inside the White House Situation Room in recent weeks, according to a person familiar with the meeting. The officials provided strong evidence that Mr. Levinson had died sometime in the past several years, the person said, but did not detail the proof.

"We recently received information from U.S. officials that has led both them and us to conclude that our wonderful husband and father died while in Iranian custody," Mr. Levinson's family wrote in a statement on Facebook. "We don't know when or how he died, only that it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic." [Read more: Goldman/NYTimes/25March2020]

Reshuffle of South African State Security Agency Could be Delayed. There is still a long way to go towards the planned restructuring of the State Security Agency (SSA) as the scheduled deadline of end of March comes up this week.

However, the agency was this week adamant that there was never a deadline to introduce a new structure that would see the National Intelligence Agency brought back as the domestic branch, and the South African Security Services managing foreign intelligence.

However, with the contracts of acting director-general Loyiso Jafta and head of branch Mahlodi Muofhe coming to an end on Tuesday, sceptics tell City Press that the planned changes would take a lot more time to implement due to dual communication channels existing between President Cyril Ramaphosa and the agency. [Read more: Stone/News24/29March2020]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

LIVE STREAM: COVID-19's Impact on the Intelligence Community. In this era of social distancing and quarantines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals and industries are adapting to new norms in which direct in-person contact may be seriously curtailed for some time to come. How will this affect the intelligence community and espionage? Will human intelligence collection practices be forced to change? Will communications and signals intelligence collection play a more prominent role as face-to-face interactions become less frequent? Join 30-year CIA veteran Carol Rollie Flynn to learn how intelligence agencies are adapting during this unique time. [More Details: FPRI/6April2020]

Baltic Intelligence Agencies Increasingly Worry About Threats From China in Addition to Russia. In mid-March, the State Security Service (VDD) of Latvia published its annual public report. "While the new coronavirus COVID-19 disease has for some time brought other priorities to the forefront of public safety, national security issues remain relevant," said VDD Chief Normunds Mežviets (Vdd.gov.lv, March 17). Similar reports were issued earlier this year by the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service (EFIS) (Valisluureamet.ee, February 12) and the State Security Department as well as the Second Investigative Department under the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense (Vsd.lt, February 24). Crucially, while all three countries' intelligence services once again highlighted threats from Russia, their annual reports additionally raised growing concerns about hostile Chinese activities.

The EFIS report clearly declares, "The only existential threat to Estonia's sovereignty is a potential Russian military operation against the Baltic States. Compared to NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] forces, the balance of power on the Baltic States' axis is clearly tilted in favor of Russia. Even discounting [the heavily militarized Russian Baltic exclave of] Kaliningrad, Russia has absolute supremacy in terms of offensive equipment—tanks, fighter aircraft and rocket artillery" (News.err, February 12).

In turn, according to the Latvian VDD, Russian actions against NATO and the European Union remained high over the past year. [Read more: Nikers/EurasiaDailyMonitor/30March2020]

CIA Used This Device for Pilots to Hide an Escape Radio in Case of Capture. The CIA has come up with some strange and creative ways to hide things, and one prototype is no exception.

Created by the Central Intelligence Agency's former chief of disguises, the "scrotum concealment device" featured a hairy prosthetic scrotum that could be placed over the real thing, allowing pilots to hide an escape radio.

With the radio's container resembling the pilot's family jewels, the pilot would be able to (at least in theory, depending on who captured him) escape detection via strip search.

The device's inventor, Tony Mendez, only created one prototype that was never used in the field. [Read more: WarisBoring/27March2020]

Former KGB Spy Talks About His Switch to the American Dream. Jack Barsky, 70, was born in East Germany and recruited to be a KGB agent at just 23 years old. Now, he resides in Covington with his wife and daughter and is living out what he considers the American Dream.

"Just because you were in the KGB doesn't mean you were Superman," Barsky said at a Feb. 10 Rotary Club of Sandy Springs meeting. "I'm one of the best-trained agents that they ever sent out into the world and I'm just quite normal."

The KGB was a security and secret-police agency of the Soviet Union from 1954 until the country's collapse in 1991.

"Jack Barsky" is not his given name - it's one he started using as a false identity but now has become his own. [Read more: Greco/ReporterNews/25March2020]

5 Heroic Indian Spies Who Could Teach James Bond A Lesson Or Two In Covert Operations. With several James Bond films to draw inspiration from, the Mahendra Sandhu starrer featured femme fatales, daring action sequences and high-stakes thrills - all viewed through the lens of a suave, flamboyant hero willing to gamble his life in the service of his country.

It's all Bollywood at its most classic - the very name of Mumbai's film industry was coined during this period in Indian cinema. And among the thousands that would crowd theatres that summer to watch this flick, there must have been a few, who - whether they knew it or not at the time - had a closer connection to the world of espionage than the average filmgoer.

I am, of course, talking about Indian National Army (INA) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agents - the crème de la crème of India's intelligence, espionage and counter-espionage efforts. Given India's long and sometimes tumultuous history with its neighbours, these elite individuals ended up with one hell of a life behind them, and while the nature of espionage itself means that many incredible stories will be forever lost to time, there's a handful that make it into the public eye.

Here's 5 of the most fascinating, thrilling and downright hardcore spy biographies in the history of India. [Read more: Sanil/MensXP/30March2020]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Unmasking Northrop Grumman's XRQ-72A Great Horned Owl Spy Drone. Nearly a decade ago, the U.S. Intelligence Community began work on an experimental ultra-quiet, high-efficiency reconnaissance drone with an advanced hybrid-electric propulsion system. Very limited details about this secretive project, known as Great Horned Owl, have emerged since then. Now, The War Zone can share previously unseen schematics and other details about the resulting stealthy flying-wing-shaped unmanned aircraft called the XRQ-72A, which Scaled Composites, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman well known for producing advanced aircraft designs, developed.

The War Zone obtained the information via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) supported the Great Horned Owl program, which the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) first disclosed in 2011. IARPA is one of the Intelligence Community's top research and development arms and answers to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It's not clear which intelligence agency or agencies may have had requirements that led to the Great Horned Owl effort, but the CIA has operated a variety of drones with a wide range of capabilities over the years to conduct various missions. [Read more: Trevithick/TheDrive/30March2020]

This Is What It's Like to be a Developer for the Dutch Intelligence Service. Being a developer for the Dutch intelligence service isn't the easiest job in the world. But if you can cope with the secrecy and long screening process, it's definitely an interesting one. "This job never gets boring."

Today, she says, her name is Melanie.

I'm speaking with a 30-something-year-old developer who works for the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Agency (or AIVD, in Dutch), which is why she cannot disclose her real name. Or any other personal details, for that matter.

The agency resides in a bunker-like office in the Dutch city of Zoetermeer. Getting into the building, I quickly learn, is easier said than done. First, I'm buzzed in upon mentioning my name and appointment. Second, I need to verify my passport using a scanner in the first hall. Step three takes place in a second hall, where my bag and I go through another security scan. Once I'm cleared, all my electronics need to be stored in lockers. [Read more: Vleugels/TNW/25March2020]

The Intelligence Contest in Cyberspace. The ongoing competition in cyberspace is largely an intelligence contest. Although the technology is different, the underlying contest exhibits all the characteristics of traditional spy-versus-spy battles.

An intelligence contest is an effort to steal secrets and exploit them for relative advantage. Great powers today are using cyberspace with vigor, seeking to steal communications in transit and data at rest. China's effort to steal intellectual property via cyberspace was famously described as the "most significant transfer of wealth in history." China has attempted to exploit this effort to improve its military capabilities, with mixed results. Russia has also become more active in cyberspace espionage, targeting the United States and its partners abroad.

Intelligence contests also include sabotage. [Read more: Rovner/Lawfare/26March2020]


Section IV - Research Requests, Obituaries, Jobs

Research Requests

Help Choose the IAFIE 2020 Intelligence Education Instructor of the Year

If you know outstanding teachers in the field of intelligence, please nominate them as explained below, before the 1 April 2020 deadline.

The IAFIE (International Association for Intelligence Education) recognizes individuals who have excelled in intelligence instruction, which includes both academic and professional training instruction.

Nominations may be submitted by a supervisor, colleague or other individual. Self-nomination is also allowed and encouraged. The nominee must submit an application package, the contents of which are described below, by 1 April. An IAFIE subcommittee will select the winner.

Read full details of the application process here.
Questions? Contact jonsmith@coastal.edu.

Obituaries

No deaths to report for this issue of the WINs.



Jobs

IT Acquisitions Subject Matter Expert for Intelligence Community Client; Other Openings in Reston and Bolling AFB

E3/Sentinel has a funded opening for an IT Acquisitions Subject Matter Expert with specific experience in IT architecture requirements to support an IC customer. Candidate will assist in developing innovative business strategies and procurement policy/processes. Only candidates with TS/SCI clearances will be considered. Contact Rosanna Minchew rminchew@e3sentinel.com for more details.

E3/Sentinel has multiple openings for Contracts Specialists, Acquisition Analysts, Cost/Pricing Analysts and Contracts Closeout Specialists. Positions in Reston and at Bolling AFB. TS/SCI required to be considered for interview. Polygraph preferred.  Contact Rosanna Minchew rminchew@e3sentinel.com for more details.

Adjunct instructors at the University of Texas at El Paso (US)
The National Security Studies Institute at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) (see their website here) is seeking adjunct instructors to teach online graduate-level courses:
Legal Issues in Intelligence and National Security
Propaganda and Influence Operations
Intelligence and Counterterrorism
Political Economy of Terrorism
Risk Analysis
Emergency Management
Public Health and Homeland Security
A PhD in public policy, security studies, political science, or a related field is required.
Interested and eligible applicants should contact Stephen Coulthart (sjcoulthart@utep.edu).

Two Positions at James Madison University for Assistant or Associate Professor - Intelligence Analysis

James Madison University (JMU) located in Harrisonburg, VA, seeks applicants for two faculty positions in its Bachelor's Degree Program in Intelligence Analysis (IA). The appointments will be at the Assistant or Associate Professor level and will reside within the larger School of Integrated Sciences. The IA program offers a multidisciplinary undergraduate degree with an emphasis on methodology and technology to prepare students to become analysts, with a specialization in intelligence analysis. Its graduates have been successful in securing positions as analysts in both the public and private sectors, to include the Intelligence Community, military and law enforcement organizations, defense contractors, and major consulting firms. The program emphasizes methodology and synthesizes critical and creative thinking methods with technological tools for data collection, visualization, and analysis with situational knowledge of a problem's political, economic, social, and technological context with strong communicative and professional skills to support decision-making.
Ideal candidates will be comfortable in an interdisciplinary, diverse setting and possess the potential for becoming an excellent teacher to future analysts in one or more intelligence domains including national security, military, homeland security, law enforcement, private sector security, cyber security, and geospatial. They optimally have a background in either mixed-methods, qualitative, or quantitative research and analysis methods. We especially encourage applications from candidates that can leverage the use of systems thinking, employ data science in analysis, support the development of writing skills, or teach ethics specifically for future analysts. The typical teaching load in the school is 3 courses per semester.
We welcome applicants from all academic disciplines—to include the humanities, social sciences, and sciences—that provide a knowledge foundation for doing analysis. Prospective candidates should review our curriculum online to identify areas that match their expertise and to locate potential areas that they could help the program to develop. The program values teaching excellence as well as one-on-one professional mentoring and seeks candidates who can demonstrate potential for both. In addition, the position requires the potential for an active program of scholarly activity. The position requires either a Ph.D. in a relevant academic field by the date of hire (for a tenure-track appointment) OR Master's Degree with substantial experience in the field (for appointment on a Renewable Term Contract).

More information or applications may be found here.

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Boston, MA; New York, NY; Washington, DC

 

You will manage a team of Account Executives and Client Managers selling, retaining, renewing and expanding our Productivity suite of Legal Software Solutions into Law Firms within the Global Large Law (GLLF) sub segment. You will be required to work collaboratively across the GLLF sales team and with key stakeholders withi...

 

Job Title:

IT Support Engineer

Company:

Thomson Reuters

Experience:

3 to 20 years

Employment Type:

Full Time

Job Location:

McLean, VA

 

TRSS is a small, dynamic, technology heavy, and security focused environment where members of the IT team contribute in a variety of areas. All team members perform helpdesk support for onsite and remote employees, help maintain various network systems, and contribute to the implementation of new systems. After hours suppor...

 

Job Title:

DevOps/Implementation Engineer

Company:

Thomson Reuters

Experience:

3 to 20 years

Employment Type:

Full Time

Job Location:

McLean, VA

 

Work directly with internal resources as well as customer technology staff to support custom TRSS solutions Provide technical sales and solution architecture support for TRSS program opportunities Provide input to TRSS business, technology and product development leadership teams using technical expertise and knowledge of c...

 

Job Title:

Sales Executive - East

Company:

Thomson Reuters

Experience:

5 to 20 years

Employment Type:

Full Time

Job Location:

Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; Washington, DC; Charlotte, NC

 

Thomson Reuters is seeking a motivated enterprise technology Sales Executive who is passionate about a career in sales. This is a hunter position where the selected candidate will be focused on new business development and will be responsible for representing our products and solutions to potential clients. While working in...

 

Job Title:

Sub-Editor/Correspondent

Company:

Thomson Reuters

Experience:

7 to 20 years

Employment Type:

Full Time

Job Location:

New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA

 

Help run, write and sub edit a global file covering human trafficking and modern day slavery as well as other human rights issues Initiate and oversee unique storytelling using various multimedia tools Sub edit other stories from our team of 50 staff and more than 200 freelance journalists Help promote the Thomson Reuters F...

 

Job Title:

Senior Software Engineer

Company:

Thomson Reuters

Experience:

2 to 20 years

Employment Type:

Full Time

Job Location:

McLean, VA

 

You will be part of the specialized TRSS development team and will design implement and deliver software solutions and data science efforts, as well as enhance and support existing applications. You will engage the TRSS analytical staff to gather requirements, generate ideas, and develop documentation. You will demo new sof...

 

Job Title:

Project Manager

Company:

Thomson Reuters

Experience:

7 to 20 years

Employment Type:

Full Time

Job Location:

Washington, DC

 

Provide professional and consulting services to customer engagements (programs/projects) and associated team(s) to ensure provision of the best implementation and support for our Court Management Solutions productized offerings in a profitable manner. The Engagement Manager works in a matrix manner leveraging resources acro...

 

Job Title:

Associate Account Executive, MLF (D.C./PA/NJ)

Company:

Thomson Reuters

Experience:

4 to 20 years

Employment Type:

Full Time

Job Location:

Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC

 

The objective of the Associate Account Executive (AAE) program is to provide a pool of qualified candidates who are ready and able to fill open Account Executive positions within the channel. The AAE position is part of a formal field sales training program designed to provide training and experience to position the AAE to...

 

Job Title:

Client Account Executive ***Remote***

Company:

Thomson Reuters

Experience:

2 to 20 years

Employment Type:

Full Time

Job Location:

Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; New York, NY; Washington, DC

 

Manage revenue growth of client accounts and be responsible for account renewal, expansion and up sell Build strategic and trusted relationships with key stakeholders and contacts at all levels across their business to ensure no single point of failure Represent your clients internally and ensure effective hand off of clien...

 

Job Title:

Data Science - Internship

Company:

Thomson Reuters

Experience:

2 to 20 years

Employment Type:

Full Time

Job Location:

McLean, VA

 

Work closely with a team of data scientists to create, design, and build a proof of concept related to the field of national and global security Write well designed, well constructed, and well tested code Perform statistical analyses or create machine learning models Present your progress at the end of the engagement Basic...

 

Job Title:

Account Manager - MD/DC

Company:

Thomson Reuters

Experience:

2 to 20 years

Employment Type:

Full Time

Job Location:

Media, PA; Washington, DC

 

Attains assigned revenue account goals Establishes solid, long term customer relationships and cultivates new business opportunities by diagnosing needs, presenting solutions and addressing customer concerns Provides high quality client management and customer support services to assigned accounts Presents and implements le...

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Many other jobs available with Thomson-Reuter. Email Brian Lemley for a list with descriptions and links.

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Section V - Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

CANCELLED for Public Safety from Coronavirus - Saturday, 9 May 2020 -- Indialantic, FL - Florida Satellite Chapter hears Col Prince on the Qu'ran

The speaker will be AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter member Col. Bill Prince, USA (ret.) After graduating from West Point, Bill served in Vietnam with both Ranger and Special Forces units. He resigned his regular army commission to accept a position as a CIA case officer, with subsequent experiences in numerous hostile environments. He has a graduate degree from Harvard, where his studies focused on the Middle East. The topic of his address will be the Qur'an, a subject he has studied extensively.

Please note that attendance at Florida Satellite Chapter meetings is always well within current CDC guidelines against gatherings of fifty or more.

Timing: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM: Social Hour, greet old, new members and guests. Cash bar. 12:15 PM: Sit Down lunch

TO ATTEND: Prepaid reservations are required which must be received by 2 May 2020.

Florida Satellite Chapter meets at the Doubletree Melbourne Beach Oceanfront, 1665 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic, FL 32903.
For more information, or to register for the luncheon meeting, contact Chapter Treasurer Rhonda Rhoads, P.O Box 410158, Melbourne, FL 32941. Rhonda can also be reached at afiofsctreas@gmail.com and at 321-626-4465. CANCELLED for Public Safety from Coronavirus.

RESCHEDULED from Spring: Friday, 23 October 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Tysons, VA - AFIO National Fall Luncheon features Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, and Author, former Post reporter Stephen Vogel

HOLD THE DATE: The morning speaker will be David Ignatius, author of the upcoming intelligence novel, The Paladin: A Spy Novel [WW Norton, May 2020]. Ignatius is a Washington Post columnist and has been covering the Middle East and CIA for nearly three decades.
Of Ignatius' forthcoming novel, reviewers wrote: "For me nothing is more intriguing than life inside our intelligence agencies. David Ignatius uses his decades' worth of reporting experience to take us there in this fast-moving, jaw-dropping drama that reads like it was ripped from the headlines. I recommend you grab a copy and hold on tight for the entire thrilling ride." — Brian Kilmeade, Fox News.
"David Ignatius once again takes readers behind the scenes of America's most secretive bureaucracy, revealing in fiction what could never be declassified in fact. The Paladin is yet another stirring read from one of America's most revered reporters and gifted storytellers." — Joe Scarborough, MSNBC
The afternoon program features Stephen Vogel, author of Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation [Custom House, Sept 2019]. Vogel is a former Washington Post reporter who covered the federal government. He was based overseas from 1989 through 1994 where he covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first Gulf War, and subsequently reported on military operations in Somalia, Rwanda, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Of Betrayal in Berlin, Former CIA Officer Sandy Grimes wrote: "The best spy book I have ever read...Steve Vogel is a talented and gifted writer who brings the personalities and idiosyncrasies of every participant in this operation to life. His research is vast, varied, and full of detail. It is truly one of those rare books you can't put down."
Registration will open in late September.

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

Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others

CANCELLED for Public Safety from Coronavirus - 26-29 April 2020 - Tampa, FL - USGIF GEOINT 2020 Symposium

US Geospatial-Intelligence Foundation's GEOINT 2020 Symposium has the theme, "New Decade, New Challenges, New Strategies."
Learn more. Network with more than 4,000 GEOINT Community professionals from 40+ countries spanning defense, intelligence, homeland security, industry, and academia. See the latest in technology, services, and solutions from 200+ exhibitors in more than 100,000 sq ft of exhibit space. Learn from 50+ hours of professional development, training, and education sessions with PDUs and CEUs.
All official GEOINT 2020 hotels are conveniently located within walking distance of the Tampa Convention Center, and are only available through the GEOINT Symposium website and our registration partner SPARGO.
Do not delay reserving your hotel room, booking your flight, or registering for the nation's premier geospatial intelligence event of the year, which returns to Tampa from Sunday, April 26, to Wednesday, April 29.
View program, speakers, and registration requirements here.

17 June 2020, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Annapolis Junction, MD - The NCMF Summer Cryptologic Program features Seth Jones on "Covert Action."
(Date is subject to change depending upon COVID-19 related restrictions.)

This National Cryptologic Museum Foundation 2020 Summer program features Political Scientist & Author Seth Jones. Jones is a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. His most recent book, A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland, details the dramatic untold story of one of the CIA's most successful intelligence operations during the Cold War, which has important implications for today's threat from Russia. Learn more about Jones's books.
Registration is not yet open, but the fee will be $25 and will include lunch. For your convenience, we will offer easy online registration. You may also mail-in your registration fee using the Flyer/Registration form (coming soon). Or mail checks to NCMF, P.O. Box 1682, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland 20755-9998, and include the names of all registrants. For more details, please call the NCMF office at 301-688-5436.

Visit the NCMF Event Page for updates. (Date is subject to change depending upon COVID-19 related restrictions.)

CANCELLED for Public Safety from Coronavirus - 25 - 27 June 2020 - Pordenone, Italy - IAFIE 2020 Annual Conference - Intelligence Education, Research and Practice in the 2020s

The 2020 Annual Conference of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) will be held in Pordenone, Italy from June 25 to 27. This year IAFIE and IAFIE EC are joining hands in organising a joint annual conference examining the intelligence requirements for the next decade 2020- 2030, with its changing threat environment and fast developing technological advancements. The conference papers will reach out to other cognate disciplines for a multidisciplinary approach and brings scholars and practitioners together for a blend of research and applied discussions on intelligence. This will be the 5th Annual Conference of IAFIE EC. The topics/themes for the conference are Intelligence Analysis, Intelligence Domains, Management of Intelligence Community, and Intelligence Education and Research. Authors of recent books, monographs and reports in line with these topics/themes are also invited to submit proposals to participate in Author Roundtables. Please email your general enquiries to iafie2020@ecoleuniversitaireinternationale.net. More information here. CANCELLED for Public Safety from Coronavirus

NEW DATE - Saturday, 24 October 2020, 5:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - Save the Date! PenFed Foundation's 2020 Night of Heroes Gala

PUT ON CALENDAR AND HOLD THE DATE: The Pentagon Federal (PenFed Credit Union) Foundation will be hosting their spectacular Night of Heroes Gala on Saturday, 24 October 2020 at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. Last year's annual gala raised over $1.5 million and honored children of military families.
VIP Reception at 5:30 PM
General Reception and Silent Auction at 6:00 PM
Location: The Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, D.C.
Attire: Black Tie or Military Dress
RSVP: October 2, 2020
Click here to learn more or sponsor a table.


MORE GIFT IDEAS:

In addition to the new Royal Blue long sleeve shirts, and the gray long sleeve hooded sweatshirts, the AFIO Store also has the following items ready for quick shipment:

NEW: LONG and Short-Sleeved Shirts with embroidered AFIO Logo and New Mugs with color-glazed permanent logo

Show your support for AFIO with our new Polo Shirts. Be the first to buy these new, high quality, subtle heathered grey short sleeve shirts, and dark blue long sleeved shirts, of shrink and wrinkle resistant fine cotton with a soft 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 $45 each including shipping.
Sizes of (M) men or (W) women shirts; Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL, and XXXL. At this time all orders will arrive as Short Sleeve shirts.
You may pay by check or credit card. Complete your order online here or mail an order along with payment to: AFIO, 7700 Leesburg Pike, Ste 324, Falls Church, VA 22043-2618. Phone orders at 703-790-0320. If interested in other shirt colors or sleeve lengths, contact Annette at: annettej@afio.com.

Long-Sleeved Shirts and Hooded Sweatshirts with embroidered AFIO Logo

Show your support for AFIO with our new long-sleeved Polo Shirts and Hooded Sweatshirts.

Both items are high quality and shrink resistant and feature a detailed embroidered AFIO seal. The color of the long-sleeved Polo Shirts is royal blue; the price is $55 and includes shipping.

The Hooded Sweatshirts are dark grey; the price is $70 and includes shipping. 

Purchase a shirt and sweatshirt for yourself and consider as gifts for colleagues, family, and friends.

Both items are available in men's sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL, and XXXL. The long-sleeved Polo Shirts and Hooded Sweatshirts are not available in ladies' sizes.



NEW: Mug with color glazed logo. Made in America. (We left out all that lead-based glaze and hidden toxins in those mugs made in China being sold by other organizations). Also 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.

MousepadAFIO's Intelligence Community Mousepads are a great looking addition to your desk...or as a gift for others.
Made in USA. Click image for larger view.

These 2017 mousepads have full color seals of all 18 members of the US Intelligence Community on this 8" round, slick surface, nonskid, rubber-backed mouse pad with a darker navy background, brighter, updated seals. Also used, by some, as swanky coasters. Price still only $20.00 for 2 pads [includes shipping to US address. Foreign shipments - we will contact you with quote.] Order MOUSEPADS here.


Guide to the Study of Intelligence and When Intelligence Made a Difference

"AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence" has sold out in hard-copy.
However, it is available in digital form in its entirety on the AFIO website here.

Also available on the website here are the individual articles of AFIO's history project "When Intelligence Made a Difference" that have been published to date in The Intelligencer journal. More articles will be forthcoming in future editions.


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