AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #11-19 dated 19 March 2019

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Obituaries, Jobs, Research Assistance

Obituaries

Jobs

Research Assistance

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others

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UPCOMING EVENTS

AFIO's 2019 Symposium
Thursday and Friday, 9-10 May 2019 - in Washington DC and McLean/Tysons VA

has opened for registrations

Thursday, 9 May is Day One at the International Spy Museum's New L'Enfant Plaza location. Buses will depart from the DoubleTree by Hilton, Tysons at 8 a.m. sharp to arrive at the International Spy Museum at 9 a.m. Featuring remarks by COL Christopher Costa USA (Ret.), Executive Director of the museum; and Dr. Vince Houghton, the museum's Curator and Historian. Other speakers TBA. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the museum. Return trip back to hotel will be at 3 p.m.

Friday, 10 May is Day Two at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Tysons and will feature a full day of speakers and panels [TBA], along with buffet breakfast and lunch. This second day will close with an evening cocktail reception and our "Spies in Black Ties™" Banquet. Day Two speakers TBA. Day Two Daytime program will begin at 9 a.m. (buffet breakfast and chapter workshop begin at 7 a.m.) Daytime program ends at 4:30 p.m. Cocktail reception and "Spies in Black Ties™" Banquet from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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

Register now to attend the symposium by using this secure link.


NCMF 2019 Spring Cryptologic Program Featuring Mr. C. Eric Estberg on Berlin Daze

Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 10 am - 1 pm - Annapolis Junction, MD

PDF of full program and agenda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Location: Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, The University of Texas at Austin, 2110 San Jacinto Boulevard Austin, TX 78712.

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

To register, do so here.


New and Forthcoming Books of the Week

Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler
by Lynne Olson
(Random House, May 2019)

The little-known true story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, the woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II. In 1941 a thirty-one-year-old Frenchwoman, a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour, became the leader of a vast intelligence organization—the only woman to serve as a chef de résistance during the war. Strong-willed, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country's conservative, patriarchal society, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job. Her group's name was Alliance, but the Gestapo dubbed it Noah's Ark because its agents used the names of animals as their aliases. The name Marie-Madeleine chose for herself was Hedgehog: a tough little animal, unthreatening in appearance, that, as a colleague of hers put it, "even a lion would hesitate to bite."
No other French spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence—including providing American and British military commanders with a 55-foot-long map of the beaches and roads on which the Allies would land on D-Day—as Alliance. The Gestapo pursued them relentlessly, capturing, torturing, and executing hundreds of its three thousand agents, including Fourcade's own lover and many of her key spies. Although Fourcade, the mother of two young children, moved her headquarters every few weeks, constantly changing her hair color, clothing, and identity, she was captured twice by the Nazis. Both times she managed to escape—once by slipping naked through the bars of her jail cell—and continued to hold her network together even as it repeatedly threatened to crumble around her.
Though so many of her agents died defending their country, Fourcade survived the occupation to become active in postwar French politics.
A comprehensive review in the New York Post by Reed Tucker—"This woman risked it all to run a secret WWII spy network"— is worth viewing here.

Book may be ordered here.


White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War
by John Gans
(Liveright, May 2019)

A former chief speechwriter at the Pentagon expands his doctoral dissertation to demonstrate how the National Security Council has become one of the dominant forces in shaping American foreign policy. Gans shifts back and forth between admiration for the NSC and warnings that the mostly publicity-shy staff members have accumulated too much influence without being overseen by anybody outside the White House. The agency was originally created in 1947 to coordinate sensitive, divergent foreign policy recommendations emanating from the armed services, the Defense Department, the State Department, the CIA, and other elements, and its staffers—not subject to confirmation by the Senate or any other body independent of the president—and have become a "band of warriors" for the White House. Gans identifies high-profile national security advisers to every president, beginning with Harry Truman's group of advisers and moving through Henry Kissinger, Condoleezza Rice, Henry McMaster, and others. The author focuses on case studies about how less-visible staff have exerted influence. These include Alexander Vershbow and Nelson Drew, who shaped Bosnian genocide intervention during the Bill Clinton presidency. To establish his theme early, Gans opens the book with scenes suggesting the influence of NSC staff member Meghan O'Sullivan on the controversial decision of George W. Bush to invade Iraq. Perhaps the most dramatic, revealing section occurs during the Ronald Reagan presidency, as the NSC gained the influence to implement foreign policy, leading to the Iran-Contra scandal and the loss of American lives to terrorists in Lebanon. The author also offers up-to-date research about the role of the presidency of Barack Obama, and he squeezes in a few pages of impressions about the chaos of the NSC during the Trump era. A useful historical study that will especially interest those seeking a look at government from the inside. —Kirkus

Book may be ordered here.



Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

DoD Requests Almost $23B for Key Intel Account.  The Pentagon wants to increase its black budget for intelligence programs for a fifth straight year.

The Department of Defense has requested $22.95 billion for the top-line budget of the Military Intelligence Program, the DoD announced Monday. While the overall fiscal 2020 budget request was released last week, the MIP request typically comes days or weeks afterward.

That total includes both base budget and overseas contingency operations funding. No further budget figures or program details will be released for "national security reasons," per a department statement.  [Read more:  Mehta/DefenseNews/18March2019]

Controversial Chief to Co-Chair Ukraine's Foreign Intel Agency Until New Head Appointed.  First Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Intelligence Service Serhiy Semochko will co-chair the agency until a new chief has been appointed by the president of Ukraine.

"We have two first deputies: Andrii Alieksieienko and Serhiy Semochko - they are authorized to serve as chairmen of the service in their respective areas until the relevant presidential decree appointing the chairman of the Foreign Intelligence Service has been issued," the agency's press service told UNIAN.

It is reported the two first deputies will serve in accordance with their focus area. [Read more:  UNIAN/15March2019]

NSA-Cyber Command Chief Recommends No Split Until 2020.  The commander of the nation's top military cybersecurity organizations, the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, has recommended they split from each other next year, Defense One has confirmed. That's another delay for an organizational change first planned for in 2016 and since slowed to allow officials time to sort out the authorities for the civilian agency and military command and ensure that both entities can perform well independently.

Gen. Paul Nakasone, who leads NSA and CYBERCOM, recommended to former Defense Secretary James Mattis last August that the split be put off until 2020, current and former intelligence officials told Defense One this week. Those officials believe the general's recommendation will be accepted by Pentagon leaders, though Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's views are not known. A Pentagon spokesman said no official decision has been made. Previous reports have hinted at the timing without confirming a year. In December, Defense One filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the command for the information, which was denied on the basis that the information was "pre-decisional."

Nakasone told the Senate Armed Services Committee last month that the decision how to split the organizations "remains with the secretary."  [Read more:  Tucker/DefenseOne/18March2019]

Colombian Intelligence Blocks Entry of Drugs into Europe.  In late January, British, Spanish, and Italian authorities, in coordination with the Colombian Navy, seized more than 2 tons of cocaine in several Italian ports. The Colombian Navy's thorough intelligence work, which also led to the arrest of one person, facilitated the combined operation.

European units found the drugs in several containers aboard two merchant ships coming from the Gulf of Urabá in the Colombian Caribbean. Authorities seized the cocaine in the ports of Genoa and Livorno, Italy, where the ships made a stopover on their way to Barcelona, Spain. According to the Colombian Navy, the seized cocaine would have been worth $164 million in the international market.

"This operation emerged from having monitored a group that smuggles mostly cocaine hydrochloride to European countries," Colombian Navy Vice Admiral Andrés Vásquez Villegas, commander of the Caribbean Naval Force, told Diálogo. "This organization seems to be linked to the criminal group Clan del Golfo, here in Colombia."  [Read more:  Ortega/Dialogo/14March2019]

CIA Announces New Chief Information Officer.  The CIA has appointed Juliane Gallina, currently a partner and vice president at IBM U.S. Federal, as its new chief information officer.

Gallina will begin her new role April 1, replacing John Edwards, who the CIA announced Monday was appointed Langley's deputy chief operating officer. Edwards, in his second stint with the CIA, held the CIO position since 2016.

Gallina has worked for IBM in various capacities for the past nine years, most recently as a partner and vice president of IBM U.S. Federal, where she helped government customers, including those within the intelligence community, maximize the use of emerging technologies.

Prior to her time at IBM, she served 21 years in the U.S. Navy - retiring as a commander - and held a variety of positions over a 10-year period within the National Reconnaissance Office, a sister intelligence agency to the CIA.  [Read more:  Konkel/NextGov/19March2019]

Controversial Counterintelligence Nominee on Hold In Senate.  The nomination of U.S. intelligence community's most senior counterintelligence official, under fire for overlooking major counterspy failures in the Obama administration, is on hold in the Senate.

FBI Agent Bill Evanina, an Obama administration holdover and head of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, a DNI unit, has been awaiting Senate confirmation for two years.

Earlier this month, Sen. Chuck Grassley, former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, placed a hold on Evanina's nomination for the second time to prevent him from being the first Senate-confirmed director of the counterintelligence center.

The hold is based on a dispute with the office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Justice Department. It is the second time in two years the nomination has been blocked by Grassley who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The last hold on the nominee took place in June 2018.  [Read more:  Gertz/FreeBeacon/18March2019]

60 Minutes Video: "Are U.S. diplomats being targeted abroad?" Brain trauma suffered by U.S. diplomats abroad could be work of hostile foreign government Since 2016, dozens of American officials have come home from Cuba and China with unexplained brain trauma. Evidence shows it may be the work of another government using a weapon that leaves no trace. See this report by Scott Pelley as he interviews various survivors.
In 2016 and '17, 25 Americans, including CIA Officers, who worked in the U.S. Embassy in Cuba suffered serious brain injuries causing impaired vision and memory loss among other persistent symptoms. Now, we've learned that at least 15 American officials in China suffered unexplained brain trauma soon after. The FBI is now investigating whether these Americans were attacked by a mysterious weapon that leaves no trace. Over many months we have been collecting evidence of what appears to be a hostile foreign government's plan to target americans serving abroad and their families. Main video runs 13:57 minutes. 60 Minutes Overtime Video runs 5:33 minutes.


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

James Bond Behind-the-Scenes: The Photos.  Judging by these photos, George Lazenby had the best time when the camera weren't rolling.

Eon Productions has been making James Bond films since 1962. There are 24 of them - 26 if you include the two that Eon didn't make, 1983's Never Say Never Again and the 1964 Casino Royale, the latter of which is based loosely on the Ian Fleming book - which means there's also a trove of behind-the-scenes photos from the sets. Here are 35 of those photos, including Sean Connery having a few laughs, George Lazenby taking it easy, Daniel Craig (and Halle Berry) in their swimming suits, Timothy Dalton smoking a cigarette, and more.  [Read more:  Esquire/13March2109]

Move to Depoliticize Security Clearances Could Face Resistance.  Responding to reports that President Trump overruled intelligence agency recommendations on security clearances, two senators on Thursday introduced a bill that would "protect the integrity" of the process against politicization.

Observers predicted it would heighten long-standing tensions over the prerogatives of the executive branch and Congress.

The Integrity in Security Clearance Determinations Act, unveiled in draft by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, came just days after House members demanded documents from the White House along with a Justice Department response to reports that Trump advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were given clearances even though their background checks had raised concerns and intelligence officials had recommended against it. President Trump has denied interfering with security clearance determinations, though he did revoke the clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, a frequent critic.  [Read more:  Clark/GovExec/15March2019]

UK Code Breakers Drop Bombe, Enigma and Typex Simulators Onto the Web For All to Try.  UK signals intelligence agency GCHQ, celebrating its centenary, has released emulators for famed World War II-era cipher machines that can be run within its web-based educational encryption app CyberChef.

"We've brought technology from our past into the present by creating emulators for Enigma, Typex and the Bombe in #CyberChef," GCHQ said Thursday via Twitter. "We even tested them against the real thing! Try them out for yourself!"

Enigma machines turn text into ciphertext and back again; they were used by the German military, among others, to encrypt and decrypt messages during the Second World War.  [Read more:  Clayburn/TheRegister/18March2019]

Inside the Secretive Concert Where Spies Mingle with Rock 'n' Roll Royalty.  How much would you pay to watch former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper do a Blues Brothers routine alongside Dan Aykroyd?

The going rate is roughly $1,000, but the real challenge is securing the ticket that gets you in the door.

The show, known as "Spookstock," is an annual invite-only concert organized by a nonprofit organization that brings together current and former U.S. intelligence agents, corporate executives and special forces soldiers to watch performances by members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The event's proceeds are donated to the families of Americans killed in action.  [Read more:  Stone/CyberScoop/15March2019]

Green Berets Who Avenged 9/11 on Horseback Will Recreate Legendary WWII Jump.  Before D-Day, on June 5, 1944, some 90 teams of two to four men parachuted into Nazi-occupied France. They were members of the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessors of both the CIA and the modern-day Army Special Forces. These OSS teams were called "Jedburgh" teams and were highly skilled in European languages, parachuting, amphibious operations, skiing, mountain climbing, radio operations, Morse code, small arms, navigation, hand-to-hand combat, explosives, and espionage. They would need all of it.

The OSS teams' job was to link up with resistance fighters in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands to coordinate Allied airdrops, conduct sabotage operations, and roll out the red carpet for the Allied advance into Germany. D-Day was to be the "Jeds'" trial by fire.

Fast forward to 75 years later: Europe is no longer a fortress and the OSS has since evolved into both the CIA and the US Army's Special Forces. To honor that tradition, a team of Army Special Forces veterans, including SOF legend and 2017 Bull Simons Award Winner CSM Rick Lamb, are planning to recreate the Jedburghs' famous nighttime jumps into Europe in June 2019 and those veterans just happen to be members of the ODA that rode into Afghanistan on horseback in the days following the 9/11 attacks - they are Team American Freedom.  [Read more:  Stilwell/WeAreTheMighty/18March2019]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Brazil's Intelligence Agency's Future As Uncertain As Its Past.  With the election of retired military officer Jair Bolsonaro to the highest civilian post in Brazil, some observers fear that the military will ascend to a position they haven't occupied since the country's return to democracy in 1985. Some of the changes that have fuelled such concern have taken place at Abin, the Brazilian Intelligence Agency. 

The previous incarnation of Abin didn't leave good memories, yet one could argue that was not a past life at all, but an altogether different institution. Created in 1964, the National Intelligence Service, or SNI, has given enough source for nightmares, and the one who said so was its very own Dr. Frankenstein, General Golbery do Couto e Silva, reported to have said they "created a monster." According to journalist and researcher Elio Gaspari, author of a best-selling book series on Brazil under military rule, twenty years after the inception of SNI, Gen. Couto e Silva admitted that, "We tried to create an information service, but we got screwed."

In yet another example of his 20/20 hindsight, the general said that such a line of work "disfigures people." That, perhaps, could be said of most work that entails secrecy and deception, but the SNI was a special case. It was espionage turned inwards, aimed at identifying and destroying the opposition while spreading enough fear to discourage any manifestation of dissent. To that end, the SNI went far beyond gathering intelligence. It persecuted artists, promoted censorship, and kidnapped and tortured antagonists of the regime. It even created its own false-flag terror attacks. [Read more:  Schmitt/TheBrazilianReport/18March2019]

Blackbird Spotting: How the SR-71 Gave the U.S. Intelligence Superiority.  As a military brat, I've seen stranger things growing up on military bases around the world. Few experiences topped the first time I saw the ultra-secret SR-71 Blackbird. My Father, a young Navy lieutenant commander, was operating the range and flying search-and-rescue while stationed at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. Situated a few hours east of Reno, Nevada, Fallon sits at the edge of one of the most desolate deserts in the United States. Today, it serves as the air base for Top Gun after relocating in the 90s from NAS Miramar, near San Diego. Immortalized in the 80s Hollywood blockbuster of the same name, the dogfighting sequences were filmed over the barren canyons and dry lake beds that serve today as a tactical flight training and bombing range.

The SR-71 would make refueling stops at alternate air bases if there was inclement weather at Beale AFB or mechanical issues. And Fallon provided enough seclusion to accommodate. The SR-71 was the most advanced and secretive military jets in aviation history. The original version, the A-12, was first developed for the Central Intelligence Agency.

Commissioned by President Eisenhower in 1957 for development during the height of the Cold War, Lockheed Martin, the Department of Defense, and CIA went to great lengths to maintain the secrecy of the SR-71.  [Read more:  InCyberDefense/18March2019]

The 26 Words that Guard the Open Internet and Open-Source Intelligence.  In 1996, Congress quietly included 26 words in a massive overhaul of U.S. telecommunications laws. Those words, part of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, provide broad immunity to websites, apps, and other online platforms for claims arising from user-generated content.

It is difficult to overstate the impact that Section 230 has had on the modern Internet. In fact, Cornell University Press is publishing my history of Section 230 next month entitled The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet. Section 230 has been one of the greatest enablers of online speech in the world, allowing companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia to offer vast amounts of user content without fearing liability for each word and image. Section 230 has also enabled harmful speech, such as defamation, harassment, and sex trafficking ads. Section 230 has also faced criticism for creating open forums for the self-proclaimed Islamic State and other national security threats. Indeed, some judges have cited Section 230 as a reason to dismiss claims against online platforms brought by the families of the Islamic State's victims.

It is worth understanding the intelligence, security, and law enforcement benefits of the open Internet that Section 230 has created. Rather than communicating exclusively via encrypted and anonymized tools on the dark web, some bad actors are fully visible to U.S. intelligence and law enforcement, providing valuable intelligence about threats. Changes to Section 230 may reduce or eliminate many of these benefits.  [Read more:  Kosseff/WarOnTheRocks/14March2019]


Section IV - Obituaries, Jobs, Research Assistance

Obituaries

Bill Gaal, USAF COMINT and IBM Executive

William Henry Gaal, 72, died 18 March 2019 in McLean, VA. Bill served in the US Air Force in the late 1960s where he specialized in COMINT. He then shifted to his career with IBM where he rose to become a senior executive specializing in client management.

Bob Hall, former NSA Senior Manager/Analyst; Tennis Pro and Teacher

Robert McLeod Hall, 86, a former NSA Senior Manager/Analyst; Tennis Pro and Teacher, died 10 March 2019 in Bonita Springs, FL.
Bob grew up in the Chevy Chase area and attended St. Anthony's High School in Washington, DC. He attended the University of Maryland on a basketball scholarship.
He worked in the Army Security Agency for three years in Alaska and after discharge, worked as an analyst and senior manager for 31 years at the National Security Agency. Following his government service, he worked as a consultant for Lockheed Missile and Space Corporation.
He was also a Certified Tennis Professional, teaching and coaching in the Annapolis, MD area. As a tennis tournament player, Bob won over fifty USTA titles in singles and doubles and was highly ranked at the local, district, section and national level. Bob was also involved in the administrative side of tennis, serving as the Vice-President of the Maryland District of the USTA and also the Professional Tennis Registry, Maryland Section.
Bob and his wife, Patsy moved to Bonita Springs in 1998 where they enjoyed their retirement, continuing to play tennis, travel and enjoy the retirement life in Southwest Florida.
Bob is survived by his a son and two daughters, and other family.
Burial will take place on 30 March 2019 at 11 am at Our Lady of the Fields, 1070 Cecil Ave., Millersville, MD 21108.

Walt Lloyd, Senior Security Officer and Associate General Counsel, CIA; Lockheed Director of Security; Hughes Aircraft Director of Security; Nevada Attorney General

Walter Theodore Lloyd (Loyd), 91, a Senior Security Officer and, later, Associate General Counsel, both at CIA; Lockheed Director of Security; Nevada Attorney General, died 16 March 2019 in Green Valley, AZ.
Walt served in the Army as 2nd Lt Inf. in WWII at age 19 and left as 1st Lt Inf. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1951 and was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency. At night he obtained his law degree from American University in 1958. He was Senior Security Officer on the Agency's aircraft programs: the U-2, Oxcart, SR-71 (Blackbird), and the Corona Program (satellites).
In 1966 he was selected for a one year Civil Service Congressional Fellowship sponsored by the American Political Science Association and worked in the offices of Congressman Gerald Ford and Senator Charles Percy.
For three years in the late 1960s he was Chief of Project of a large intelligence outpost in a foreign country addressing the Soviet Long Range Missile capability. The outpost recorded the Soviet Fractional Orbital Bombardment System test event which Secretary of Defense, Melvin Laird, immediately reported to Congressional Intelligence Committees as a possible threat to Washington DC and the nation. He also spent more than a year in Taiwan assisting the Nationalist Chinese U-2 program.
In 1971 he was assigned to the Glomar Explorer Project (the raising in 1974 of a Soviet Nuclear Submarine which sank in 1969 in very deep waters in the Pacific). He was responsible for the public cover story and coined the phrase (still used today) known as the "Glomar Response": "We can neither confirm nor deny your allegations, but if we assume they are true, the subject matter would be classified and could not be disclosed." He also participated in a patent lawsuit arising out of the Glomar Explorer where he devised a method for the handling of classified information in litigation: a method still used in Federal Courts addressing classified matters.
He retired from the CIA in 1976 as Associate General Counsel. While in the Agency he received numerous commendations including the "Space Pioneer" Medal and the Intelligence Medal of Merit.
Following retirement, he worked for the Nevada Attorney General as a Deputy AG where he rewrote Nevada's Child Enforcement Statute. The Legislature named that session "The Year of the Child" in honor of the statute. He also worked in Gaming Enforcement. For a time he engaged in private law practice in Nevada. Because of his extensive experience in classified programs, he was recruited in 1986 to be Corporate Director of Security of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Los Angeles. He later became Corporate Director of Security of Hughes Aircraft and was located at its Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.
In 1990 he and his wife, Monte Simpson (also a lawyer), spent a week on a raft floating down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and a week horseback riding in the high Sierras.
In 1993 Walt retired from Hughes Aircraft and Monte from her law practice, and they purchased a recreational vehicle (RV) and for the next 19 years traveled North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand with the RV as their only home. In addition they toured countries on all six continents and enjoyed several weeks in the Antarctic traveling on the only ship to run the Antarctic "Gullet" that year.
In 2012 they purchased a house in Green Valley, AZ and in 2015 a summer home in Show Low, AZ.
In 2013 Walt was interviewed by National Public Radio regarding the "Glomar Response." In 2016 he was interviewed and filmed by New Sparta Films of London for a movie on the Glomar Explorer as well as a documentary. In 2018 Ridley Scott was named as the Director/Producer and the movie is planned to be called "Neither Confirm nor Deny."
He was admitted to the Maryland, D.C. and Nevada Bars. In 1993 he received the MSU School of Criminal Justice's Alumni of the Year Award and in 2006 he was inducted into the MSU's Wall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife, Monte M. Simpson, a son, several stepchildren, and other family.

Betty Stolz, wife of the late DDO Dick Stolz

Betty Jane Elder Stolz, 93, the wife of the DDO Richard Stolz, died 16 March 2019 in Williamsburg, VA.
She graduated from Randolph Macon Women's College in 1947. Married in Hopewell in 1950, Betty and her husband, Richard F. (Dick) Stolz Jr who pre-deceased her in 2012, spent much of their married life living abroad due to Dick's career as an intelligence officer. Foreign assignments included Trieste, Munich, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Sofia, Moscow, Rome, Belgrade, and London. Betty was known to her many friends as a warm hostess, engaging conversationalist, epicure and fine cook, avid reader, loyal correspondent, Anglophile, creative writer, reluctant driver, adaptable homemaker, creator of inspired flower arrangements and possessor of a highly refined sense of design.
To her children she was a loving mother who always encouraged them to read, travel, and enjoy life.
Betty met Dick in New York City in 1949 when working in the interior decorating department of B. Altman. Following Dick's last overseas posting in London, Betty became a docent at the Hillwood Estate Museum in Washington D.C., a perfect outlet for her deep knowledge of and love for decorative arts. While living in London, Betty had occasion, when not frequenting museums and antique merchants, to attend formal events at which a prominent woman born on the same day and year as she, Queen Elizabeth II, was in attendance.
After moving to Williamsburg in 1997, Betty took volunteer guide positions at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum of Folk Arts and the St. George Tucker House.
She is survived by a daughter and two sons, and other family.

Jobs

Assistant Professor of Intelligence and National Security Studies - Tenure Track - at Coastal Carolina University

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Intelligence and National Security Studies beginning August 2019. Preference will be given to applicants with specializations related to intelligence communication and research, with particular interests in intelligence writing and briefing skills, open source intelligence collection and intelligence-policymaker relations. The ability to offer courses in other areas such as research methods, international negotiations, security studies, homeland security, emergency management, or counter-narcotics would also be of interest. Prior professional work experience in the field of intelligence is welcome, but not required.

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in Political Science or other relevant field by the time of appointment. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the field, as well as support the continued growth and development of the Intelligence and National Security Studies program. Prior experience with distance learning would be beneficial.

Direct Link: http://jobs.coastal.edu/hr/postings/6675

POC: Jonathan Smith, Search Committee Chair (jonsmith@coastal.edu)

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Intelligence-Counterintelligence Analyst Position

Intelligence/Counterintelligence Analyst sought by the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) in Bethesda, Maryland.
Div 08 - Community & Defense Analysis | ID:437892 U.S. Citizenship and existing Top Secret/SCI with Poly CLEARANCE are absolutely required.

CENTRA Technology, Inc. (CENTRA) is an employee-owned company providing analytic, consulting, and staffing support to U.S. Government national security agencies, including the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, and similar Government clients. CENTRA Technology has two immediate openings and is looking for candidates for Intelligence/Counterintelligence Analyst positions with demonstrated experience conducting Offensive CI Operations (OFCO). Experience in briefing OFCO programs to senior officials is highly desired. The Contractor shall provide: 1) Strategic operational planning, centralized de-confliction, and coordination for CI activities conducted by the U. S. Government in direct response to Presidential Directives, National Strategy, and National needs and priorities; 2) Assistance to the Sponsor in conducting an annual assessment of the effectiveness of the Offensive CI Operations (OFCO) program; 3) Assistance to the Sponsor in overseeing the U.S. Government's CI enabling programs and capabilities to support sensitive CI activities; 4) Support into the development, oversight and continuous refinement of technical and cyber CI programs across the U.S. Government; 5) Support to the development and management of the U.S. Government's centralized knowledge base of foreign intelligence threat actors; 6) Assistance to the Sponsor in conducting activities related to security of financial management processes and systems. *Members: please note that NCSC is not identified in the CENTRA announcement as the government sponsor! However you can apply directly to the CENTRA website using announcement number ID:437892.

CENTRA is also actively recruiting for the following (TS/SCI with polygraph required): Desk Officers, Collection Management Officers, CI Officers, All-Source Targeting Officers, Technical Targeters, and Executive Officers. For the above position or any of these, visit CENTRA here to apply.

Deputy Director, Human Language Technology Center of Excellence Position at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore

The Human Language Technology Center of Excellence (HLTCOE) at Johns Hopkins
University seeks to hire a Deputy Director. Located adjacent to the Johns Hopkins' Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland, the HLTCOE conducts long-term and applied research on fundamental challenges driven by critical problems.
Qualifications: Applicants should have a college degree, 10+ years of experience in senior leadership positions and hold a current or recent TS/SCI clearance, with full-scope polygraph.
Additional Information: If you are interested in discussing this opportunity, please submit a CV to Jed McCormick, jmccor12@jhmi.edu.

FireEye Has Positions for Engineers, Intel Analysts, and Security Professionals in Reston and Fort Belvoir, Virginia

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Consulting Systems Engineer - DoD

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Experience:

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Senior Intel Analyst (TS/SCI)

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Will track advanced persistent threats and report on their tools, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) of attacker's motivations, industry and attacker trends Provides master level support for Intelligence activities, initiatives, and projects Serves as expert resource for other staff to draw on as needed Provides expert techn...

 

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The Quality of Life Plus program, aka QL+, was established in 2009 to generate innovations to aid and improve the quality of life of those who served our country and were wounded or disabled in the course of that service. QL+ handles all costs and does not seek funds, grants, memberships, nor sponsorships from AFIO members referring potential assistance cases to the QL+ organization. They only seek your confidential referrals of needy, worthwhile cases.

Patriots with life-altering injuries from across the US are assisted by QL+, one-on-one, which studies their situation to understand the lifestyle limitations they endure as a result of their injuries. These men and women are called "Challengers" by QL+, which then turns to their experts at universities to arrive at innovations in engineering, rehabilitation, and program management, to alleviate specific obstacles in the Challengers' lives which can be eased or overcome through innovation, such as development of a custom assistive device, adaptations to sports equipment, or prosthetic modification.

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AFIO members can play a role. QL+ is seeking Challengers for the 2019/2020 Academic year. Contact them here with your confidential referrals. Or write or call the organization: QL+, 6748 Old McLean Village Dr, McLean, VA 22101; 703.442.0038. Their fall 2018 newsletter may be viewed here.


AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

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

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

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

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

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

The AFIONE meeting schedule is as follows: Registration & Gathering, 1000 ― 1030; Membership meeting 1030 ― 1045; Morning Discussion Session 1045 to 1200; Luncheon at 1200 - 1300. The Morning session will be open discussion. Our afternoon speaker will be from 1300 ― 1430 with adjournment by 1500. The Morning session will cover various business-related items, general discussion regarding recent events of interest to the membership and a presentation by one of our members. Full details when available. LOCATION: The AFIONE chapter meeting will be held at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham Mass. Their website is here. Address is: 80 Haven Street, Dedham, MA 02026. Should you elect to stay at the Endicott House, Mike Assad has arranged a room rate of $140.00. Please mention AFIO/NE and Mike Assad when you make your reservation. For additional information contact us at afionechapter@gmail.com
Reservations are $25.00 per person. Emails regarding your plans to attend will be accepted if you are late meeting the deadline. These must be sent to Sarah Moore no later than 7 days prior to the event. Paid in advance the cost of the luncheon is $25 per person. Mail name of attendee and any guests to: AFIO/NE, Sarah Moore, PO Box 1203, Orange, CT 06477.

9-10 May 2019 - Washington DC and McLean VA - Registration Opens for AFIO 2019 Symposium

Thursday, 9 May is Day One at the International Spy Museum's New L'Enfant Plaza location. Buses will depart from the DoubleTree by Hilton, Tysons at 8 a.m. sharp to arrive at the International Spy Museum at 9 a.m. Featuring remarks by COL Christopher Costa USA (Ret.), Executive Director of the museum; and Dr. Vince Houghton, the museum's Curator and Historian. Other speakers TBA. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the museum. Return trip back to hotel will be at 3 p.m.

Friday, 10 May is Day Two at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Tysons and will feature a full day of speakers and panels [TBA], along with buffet breakfast and lunch. This second day will close with an evening cocktail reception and our "Spies in Black Ties™" Banquet. Day Two speakers TBA. Day Two Daytime program will begin at 9 a.m. (buffet breakfast and chapter workshop begin at 7 a.m.) Daytime program ends at 4:30 p.m. Cocktail reception and "Spies in Black Ties™" Banquet from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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

Register now to attend the symposium by using this secure link.

Monday, 13 May 2019, 5:30 p.m. - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro hosts Jeff McCausland, University Professor and CBS National Security Consultant

Dr. Jeff McCausland, a visiting professor of International Security Studies at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) serves as a national security consultant for CBS radio and television. He routinely does analysis for CBS on issues such as Iraq, European security, arms control, or related questions of national security policy. He is currently involved in a project for the National Nuclear Security Administration focused on nuclear weapons in South Asia and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Dr. McCausland is also the founder and CEO of Diamond6 Leadership and Strategy, LLC.

Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
Timing: Registration starts at 5:30 pm, Speaker presentation starts at 6 pm. Fee: $50/person. Payment at the door only. Cash or check. Full dinner, cash bar.
RSVP: Strongly recommended that you RSVP to ensure space at event. Call or Email Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at afiometro@gmail.com or 646-717-3776.

Wednesday 18 September 2018, 5:30 p.m. - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts Larry Loftis, on SOE Hero, Odette Sansom, in his book Code Name: Lise

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

Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
Timing: Registration starts at 5:30 pm, Speaker presentation starts at 6 pm. Fee: $50/person. Payment at the door only. Cash or check. Full dinner, cash bar.
RSVP: Strongly recommended that you RSVP to ensure space at event. Call or Email Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at afiometro@gmail.com or 646-717-3776.



Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others

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

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

Direct questions to Frank Fletcher, Director of Lectures & Seminars by email to, events@dmgs.org. Please note that you must RSVP to attend this event. Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security reserves the right to refuse entry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To register, do so here.

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

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

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


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AFIO's Guide to the Study of IntelligenceAFIO's 788-page Guide to the Study of Intelligence. Peter C. Oleson, Editor, also makes a good gift. View authors and table of contents 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.
For a printed, bound copy, it is $95 which includes Fedex shipping to a CONUS (US-based) address.
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