WIN #32-04 dtd 6 September 2004

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     FBI Continues Investigating DoD Neocons

     Italians Say French Intel Behind Niger Uranium Forgeries

     Israeli Intel Failures Draw Criticism


     CIA Said To Have Affected Military Discipline at Abu Ghraib

     Will the CIA Lose its Name?


     DoD IT Workers Need To Be More Diligent

     Federal Guidelines for Sharing Information Online

     Layering Biometric Data



        Algerian Criminals and Islamists in Boston

        The Need for Measured Use of Force

        A Cure for Political-Cultural Correctness


        Judge Judges 9/11 Report and Finds It Wanting

        Moyer to Cover 9/11 in 60-Minute TV Special



        University Recruiting Intel Studies Chair

     Coming Events

        9 - 11 Sep - Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona Security Forum 2004

        14 Sept 2004 - Kansas City, MO - BioTerrorism Experts Discuss “The Hot Zone”

        15 September, 22 September, 23 September - Homeland Defense Training Conferences - Transportation Security Executive Briefings

        18 September, 23 October, 27 November - Washington, DC - Spy Tour

        26 - 29 Sep - Reno, NV - USMC Tri-Association Intelligence Committee Joint Meeting

        27-28 Sep - Crystal City, VA - Workshops in Competitive Intelligence

       1 Oct - Tyson’s Corner, VA - Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP) Annual Meeting and Symposium

        7 - 10 Oct - Memphis, Tennessee - VQ Association Reunion

        8 - 9 Oct - East Lyme, Ct -- New England Chapter, Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association reunion

        26 - 27 Oct - McLean, VA -- NMIA Classified Symposium

        28 - 31 Oct - Linthicum, MD -- AFIO Annual Symposium

        International Spy Museum Events - Sept thru October - Washington, DC



FBI CONTINUES INVESTIGATING DoD NEOCONS - FBI counterintelligence investigators have in recent weeks questioned current and former U.S. officials as to whether Iran specialists at the Pentagon and in Vice President Cheney's office may have been involved in passing classified information to a U.S. lobbying group allied with Israel, the Washington Post reported on 4 September.


    Citing sources familiar with or involved in the case, the Post said the FBI agents have named two diplomats at the Israeli embassy and asked whether they would be willing recipients of sensitive intelligence.

    Investigators have specifically asked about DoD neoconservatives DDefSec Paul D. Wolfowitz, Undersecretary for Policy Douglas J. Feith, and Iraq and Iran specialist Harold Rhode as well as former Defense Policy Board chairman Richard Perle and David Wurmser, an Iran specialist in Vice-President Cheney's office.

    Nearly a dozen officials who have been briefed on the investigation said in interviews last week that the FBI began the inquiry as a national security matter based on specific accusations that employees of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee had been a conduit for secrets between Israel and the Pentagon, the New York Times reported on 6 December.


    On 3 September, the Los Angeles Times said that FBI surveillance was believed to have focused on Lawrence Franklin, a DIA veteran who is an Iran analyst in Feith’s office, Steven Rosen, Aipac's foreign policy director, Keith Weissman, an Aipac analyst specializing in Iran, and Naor Gilon of the Israeli embassy.

    A half dozen people sympathetic to the Israeli support body and neoconservatives in the DoD leadership saw the investigation as politically motivated and an attempt to discredit Aipac and the Pentagon group. Supporters of Aipac have said it is being dragged into a controversy largely because of its close ties to the Republican administration and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.  Friends and associates of the DoD necons believe they are under assault by adversaries from within the IC.

    Following 9/11, Wolfowitz and Feith called for military action to remove Saddam Husayn, as did Aipac and Israel. The Pentagon neocons circulated their own intel assessments that asserted Saddam and al-Qa'ida were allied. The CIA and 9/11 Commission subsequently discredited the assessments.

    Some neocons have begun to call for regime change in Tehran. Pushing the United States to adopt a tougher line on Tehran is one of Israel's major foreign policy objectives, the Times noted, and Aipac has lobbied the Bush administration to support Israel's policies.

    John Conyers Jr., the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, has called on AG Ashcroft to assign a new prosecutor to the investigation. Conyers pointed out that the present one, Paul J. McNulty, is a political appointee whose previous employment was principally with Republican politicians. Conyers cited press reports that McNulty had put the brakes on the investigation.

    The affair became public when on 27 August CBS News revealed that Lawrence Franklin, a DIA veteran working for Feith as an Iran analyst, was believed to have handed over a classified draft presidential policy directive on Iran to AIPAC which then handed it on to Israel.

    Press leaks describing the investigation appear to have derailed the probe, the Washington Times reported on 4 September, citing law enforcement authorities. "Investigators were watching the activities of a few people and now they know they're being watched,” one of them said. “It has become a nightmare.”

    McNulty reportedly told the FBI that because of the leaks it needed to put its case together by this week or move on.

    The Franklin affair has raised the question for some of why Israel would need to spy on the United States, given the intimate intel relations between the two countries. The closeness of the relations was indicated by the Washington Times on 3 September when it reported obtaining documents showing that on 14 February 2003, U.S. officials briefed senior Israeli leaders on U.S. war plans for Iraq.


    Two days after the briefing, the U.S. European Command, under the direction of the Central Command, set up a formal information-sharing channel with Israel on U.S. military plans for Iraq. Two countries can't get much closer than that, the Times noted.

    But that Israel does spy on the United States, despite its denials of doing so, is widely accepted in the IC. Israel, it is believed, maintains a large and active intel-gathering operation in the United States and has long attempted to recruit U.S. officials as spies and to procure classified documents, according to U.S. officials, cited by the Los Angeles Times. Congress has shown little appetite for vigorous investigations of alleged Israeli spying, the paper observed. (DKR)

ITALIANS SAY FRENCH INTEL BEHIND NIGER URANIUM FORGERIES - Italian diplomats, speaking privately, are blaming France's intelligence service for circulating forged documents that appeared to show Iraq trying to buy uranium from Niger, the Sunday Telegraph (London) reported on 5 September.


    The forged documents were used by the United States and Britain to make the case for war with Iraq. According to the Italians, French intel used an Italian-born middleman, known as Giacomo, to circulate a mixture of genuine and bogus documents to trap the United States and Britain into making unsupportable claims.

    The Telegraph was told that Giacomo has a criminal record for extortion and fraud and draws a monthly salary of about $5,000 from the French foreign intel agency, the Direction G�n�rale de la S�curit� Ext�rieure, for which he is said to have worked for the past five years. The DGSE is part of the Ministry of Defense.

    The Italian diplomats gave the Telegraph a photograph they claimed shows Giacomo meeting a senior French intelligence officer based in Brussels.  Giacomo cannot be more fully identified for legal reasons, the paper said.

    "The French hoped that the bulk of the documents would be exposed as false, since many of them obviously were," an Italian official said. "Their aim was to make the allies look ridiculous in order to undermine their case for war." France was driven by "a cold desire to protect their privileged, dominant trading relationship with Saddam."

    Last month, reports first surfaced that Giacomo claimed to have been unwittingly used by Sismi, Italy's foreign intelligence service, to circulate the false documents. The papers found their way to the CIA and to MI6 and in September 2002 Prime Minister Tony Blair accused Saddam of seeking to obtain uranium from an undisclosed African country (Niger).  President Bush made a similar claim in his 2003 State of the Union address, using information passed to him by MI6. The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency expressed doubts over the documents' authenticity, however, and in March 2003 declared them false.

    The suggestion that Italy, driven by its government's support for the United States, had forged the documents to help to justify the war in Iraq, caused a furor and has now led to the revelation of new information about Giacomo.

    Giacomo could not be reached for comment at his home in Formello, a suburb of Rome, nor at his second home in Luxembourg. French intelligence, asked to comment publicly on the charges, had not done so as of 6 September. (DKR)

Israeli Intel Failures Draw Criticism - Israeli intel agencies have come under criticism for failing to crack the Hamas cell in Hebron that carried out twin suicide bombings in Beersheba on 31 August in which 16 people died and more than 100 were wounded, the New York Times reported.


    The internal security of the Hamas cell, held responsible for more than 80 Israeli deaths, is so effective that neither IDF, MI nor Shin Beit have been able to penetrate it. 

    On 11 July, a suicide bomber sent by the cell got into the Jewish part of Jerusalem but lost his nerve and was later killed by the IDF. Nevertheless, the operation was seen by Israelis as a success for Hamas, simply because it was able to get the agent into Jerusalem.

    In October 2003, Israelis rounded up more than 100 members of the clan to which the head of the Hebron cell belongs but to no avail. The Israelis mounted another unsuccessful operation against the Hebron cell the night before its attack on Beersheba.

    These setbacks did not prevent Ranaan Gissin, an adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, from claiming Israeli successes in attacking Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza had obliged the militants leaders to move to Damascus. "Orders and support for terrorist actions come from neighboring countries that support terrorism, like Syria and Iran,'' he said.

    Israel was not about to attack Syria, said Gissin, but warned the Hamas political leader, Khaled Mashal, not to think he has immunity because he sits in Damascus.

    In 1997, Israel tried to kill Mashal in Jordan by injecting him with a poison. The Jordanians captured two Israeli agents traveling on Canadian passports and the United States forced Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to supply Mashal with an antidote, the Times reported. (DKR)



CIA SAID TO HAVE AFFECTED Military Discipline at Abu Ghraib - An Army investigation into the Abu Ghraib scandal has raised new questions about whether the CIA, operating outside military rules, contributed to the breakdown of military discipline at the prison, the Associated Press reported on 3 September.


    Ghost detainees were held outside the military's system of registration, interrogation and medical care. This was done under arrangements between CIA officers on the spot and military officials at the prison, the investigation found. Lt. Col. Stephen Jordan, the head of the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib, was said to be fascinated with the CIA, and to have given agency officers leeway to operate without military involvement.

    The CIA's freedom to operate influenced Army soldiers to ignore military procedures, the report contends. "The CIA's detention and interrogation practices contributed to a loss of accountability and abuse at Abu Ghraib," the investigation found.

    CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield said the report issued by the investigators, senior Army generals, made broad allegations that are not supported by the text.

    Of 44 cases of possible abuse, the CIA was involved in only one. It involved the death of a newly arrived CIA prisoner who was not given an initial medical screening and then died. The death continues under investigation. The agency's Inspector General is looking into allegations of abuse at various U.S.-run detention and interrogation centers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Justice Department is also investigating whether any CIA officers or contractors committed criminal acts.  (DKR)

Will the CIA Lose its Name? asks AFIO member Tim B. -- The initials CIA create a global brand name as recognizable as that of Coca-Cola. So it was no wonder that Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Pat Roberts got everyone's attention last week, when he proposed an intelligence overhaul so extensive that it would break up the CIA and eliminate its name.

    Former DCI George Tenet warned that the Roberts proposal "would result in the demoralization of a proud and extremely capable agency and less security for the American people… It is time for someone to slam the brakes on before the politics of the moment drives the security of the American people off a cliff." Numerous other CIA defenders were equally critical of a plan to put much of the IC under the new name of National Intelligence Service.

    But even some fans of the agency have credited Roberts with ensuring that meaningful intel reform, going well beyond President Bush's convention-eve executive orders, will at least be seriously debated. And some were willing to ask, rhetorically anyway, whether it may indeed be time to put a new face on U.S. intelligence. "I think many of Roberts' proposals make some sense," said Richard Kerr, a respected former career CIA official who ultimately served as acting DCI. Kerr concurred with many of Roberts' ideas for strengthening the powers of the head of the IC, adding that "it can be argued that maybe it’s time to change the name. You'd want to think it through pretty carefully before you take the step."

    After five decades of spying and toppling the occasional foreign government, the CIA is viewed in many countries as Uncle Sam's omnipresent leading edge. "It's got a lot of associations, a lot of history, carries a lot of baggage. It also carries a lot of cache with it, too," Kerr said. "CIA in some countries has more influence and more authority than the State Department has," he said. "It's not nagging a country on its human rights programs and it's not trying to get it to follow U.S. policies, it's often cooperating with it on things that those countries find important. So it has real impact with other countries. That's important."

    One senior U.S. intel official said Roberts' proposal is too much too fast, and could create the sort of problems still being experienced by the major, ongoing effort to get the massive DHS functioning properly. "I'm inclined to think that we probably ought to do it in an evolutionary fashion, rather than the Roberts dramatic surgery," this official said. "It's just too hard for bureaucracies to adjust to. Look at Homeland Security and the birth pains they're having." Roberts insisted that he is not proposing "terminating the CIA." Instead, he argued, "We are making it more powerful. We are actually giving them more authority to do the job that they have to do."

    Still, many at the CIA were left to wonder whether the proposed NIS would ever live up to the brand name to which they have become accustomed. But they could take comfort in the fact that at least that part of Roberts' bill seemed to generate little immediate enthusiasm. By week's end, members of the 9/11 Commission were still studying the various intelligence reform proposals emanating from Congress. Commissioners largely reserved final judgment but praised Roberts for saying that "the present situation is not acceptable" and backing the commission's insistence on "putting someone in charge, truly in charge," as commission vice chairman Lee Hamilton put it. But should the CIA be renamed? "I'm just not clear on it," Hamilton said. (Timothy B.)



DoD IT WORKERS NEED TO BE MORE DILIGENT - New Hardware to better protect military networks cannot operate at full capability unless DoD IT workers install products correctly and patches more quickly, according to on 1 September, citing a Defense Information Systems Agency official.


    DISA officials put in large routers from Juniper Networks Inc. at the base borders of the Unclassified but Sensitive Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNET), said Joe Boyd, chief of DISA's Center for Network Services, speaking at a Directorate of Information Management/Army Knowledge Management conference sponsored by AFCEA International. Improving information assurance requires IT workers to work more diligently, Boyd said.

    Officials in the Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations, that oversees protection of military networks, report a gradual increase in the number of attempted intrusions over the past three years. They reported 40,076 in 2001 rising to 54,488 in 2003 and 24,745 as of June this year. (DKR)

Federal Guidelines For Sharing Information Online - Federal managers have received new policy guidelines to help them minimize risks when sharing sensitive information online, reported on 3 September.


    The federal Chief Information Officers Council issued the guidelines that are intended to help federal decision-makers balance demands for information security and privacy with the need to carry out their agencies' missions.

    The business-oriented guidelines were developed with assistance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Office of Management and Budget and several industry groups. Information sharing among agencies increasingly puts officials at risk of violating data security and privacy.

    Federal managers developing new information systems are urged to think about data privacy and security as early as possible and at the highest levels possible. According to the guidelines, information assurance specialists by themselves can no longer be charged to protect enterprise resources. (DKR)

Layering Biometric Data - In what is being called layering, biometric authenticators such as fingerprints can now be combined with smart cards, passwords and other biometrics, USA Today reported on 3 September.


    Topaz Systems make a device that combines fingerprint scans with electronic signatures. The signature serves as both a biometric authenticator and a legally binding signature on electronic documents. Applications include computer and network access, physical access control, electronic notarization, ID creation and more.

    Topaz's IDGem series of biometric identity verification and signature capture terminals have a fingerprint scanner next to the signature area. The device records the strokes, speed and timing of the signature and saves them as a biometric vector file.

    Interlink Electronics' ePad-i.d. has the same general features and functions as IDGem. The ePad-i.d. also offers a built-in USB hub that enables addition of digital cameras and smart cards. By combining these devices with the fingerprint and signature authentication another security layer can be added. (DKR)




    Algerian Criminals and Islamists in Boston -- Lorraine Adams, Harbor (Alfred A. Knopf, 292 pp. $23.95)

    Adams reported for The Washington Post on the arrest of an Algerian, Abdel Ghani Meskini, and an FBI investigation into a millennium terrorist plot in which a car full of explosives was to have been driven across the Canadian border near Seattle and detonated at Los Angeles International Airport.

    Drawing on what she learned from her reporting, she has written a novel that explores the lives of illegal Algerian immigrants, who include criminals and Islamist terrorists, and FBI agents. The protagonist is the young Aziz Arkoun who has fled to Boston in 1999 as a stowaway to escape the violence of the Islamist insurgency in Algeria and the brutality and corruption of the country's regime. His neighbors in Boston are mostly secularized Muslims who drink, go to clubs, get involved with women and regard the call to jihad with contempt.

    When the Algerian community attracts the attention of the bureau, the agents dealing with the investigation are woefully incapable of understanding the Arabic-speaking world they are looking into. The result is that they put together an almost wholly inaccurate picture of what is going on. This in turn results in small fry being caught while the big fish get away.

    Adams has set down a vivid account of a culture that far too few of us understand. (DKR)

    The Need For Measured Use of Force - Michael Ignatieff, The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (Princeton University Press, 160 pp. $22.95)

    Ignatieff is a Canadian descended from a prominent Russian family. Count Paul Ignatieff was the last Minister of Education under Czar Nicholas II. Michael is an acute commentator on historical and current affairs, a man of liberal inclination in a rare combination with a sense of the ethics of consequences rather than the more typically liberal ethics of intentions. He is Professor of the Practice of Human Rights at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

    In this work, which originated in the Gifford Lectures delivered at Edinburgh University in 20003, Ignatieff traces the history of terrorism and counter-terrorism from the nihilists of Czarist Russia and the militias of Weimar Germany to the IRA and the threat posed by al-Qa'ida.

The Abu Ghraib scandal has made us aware of the opposing demands faced by those whose task is to gather intelligence while still respecting the human decency that is a core value of liberal democracy. Ignatieff argues that the use of force, far from undermining such a political order, is necessary to its survival. But the use of force, he also believes, must be measured; there cannot be a simple approval of the use of torture. His position is that while we may need to kill in the struggle against Islamist terrorism, we must never pretend that doing so is anything better than a lesser evil. (DKR)

    A Cure for Political-Cultural Correctness - Daniel J. Flynn, Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas (Crown Forum, 272 pp. $25.95)

    In his new book, Flynn, author of Why the Left Hates America, targets what he calls intellectual morons, clever folk turned stupid by letting ideology do their thinking.

    Flynn presents a number of case histories that illustrate the disorder. They include Herbert Marcuse, Margaret Sanger, W.E.B. Du Bois, Michel Foucault, Noam Chomsky and Gore Vidal. As well as the Lefties, he also has criticism for such distinctly non-Lefties as Ayn Rand and Leo Strauss.

    Flynn provides a useful corrective to sloppy and sentimental thinkers who have made their mark at dinner parties in Georgetown and beyond. (DKR)


    Judge Judges 9/11 Report And Finds It Wanting -- AFIO President Poteat would like to draw the attention of WIN readers to a review critical of the 9/11 Commission report, written by Richard A. Posner for the 29 August New York Times.


    Posner is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School and author of the forthcoming, ''Catastrophe: Risk and Response.''(Oxford University Press, 352 pp. $28. Available 1 October.)

    Posner praises the report as the work of a politically balanced and well financed panel of experienced people and for the quality of its writing which he finds superb and remarkably forthright.

    “However,” Posner writes, “the commission's analysis and recommendations are unimpressive.” He finds particularly troublesome the inclusion in the report of recommendations and the misplaced quest for the commissioners’ unanimity.

    With the aid of hindsight, the commission, he believes, leapt to the conclusion that failure to prevent 9/11 was the result of systemic failures in the IC security apparatus that can be corrected by changing the apparatus, a conclusion he finds the report’s narrative does not sustain.

    After making his case in support of this view, he goes on to propose a number of recommendations of his own. These include eliminating legal barriers to the CIA and FBI sharing information; training more people in Arabic, Persian and other languages of the Muslim world; moving the thousands of federal agents assigned to the unwinable war on drugs to the war on terror; and reforming the FBI so as, among other things, to end its legalistic mindset that hinders it from thinking in preventive rather than prosecutorial terms.

    Gene P. will not be the only one to find Posner’s article valuable to all those interested in improving our ability to counter terrorism. (Gene P., DKR)

    "9/11: For the Record" A NOW with Bill Moyers Special Edition - Airdate: Friday, September 10, 2004 at 9:00 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) In the wake of the 9/11 Commission Report, Moyer feels that a critical question continues to haunt America's national psyche: how could the most powerful nation on earth have been so utterly unprepared to protect its homeland? In "9/11: For the Record," a special one-hour analysis of the commission report, Bill Moyers seeks to connect the dots of what happened that day and the warning signs leading up to it. On this eve of the third anniversary of 9/11, Moyers teams up with a long-time colleague, award-winning producer Sherry Jones, to take a second look at what the 9/11 Commission found. Jones, whose credits include "Watergate Plus 30: Shadow of History," "Trade Secrets," and "High Crimes and Misdemeanors," highlights what they call missteps, and failures of two successive administrations and America's intelligence and security agencies in the months and years leading up to 9/11.  [Edited description supplied by show producers]




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    University Recruiting Intel Studies Chair -- Resumes are now being welcomed for the position of Chair for the Department of Intelligence Studies at the American Military University ( Salary is negotiable depending on qualifications. The Department Chair for Intelligence oversees a program that covers terrorism, espionage, national security, competitive intelligence, regional intelligence, the "war on drugs," and ethnic conflict, along with other topics. The Intelligence degree program with AMU provides an environment for students who will study the issues that challenge intelligence professionals and learn how each issue fits into larger intelligence strategies.

    Minimum qualifications for this position are:  PhD (or MA/MS if a PhD candidate is not selected) - Willingness to commute or relocate to Charles Town, West Virginia (for first six months must commute each day to Charles Town, and then at least two days per week after the initiation period). There are several department chairs who commute from Northern VA and Columbia, MD) - Be a team player - Intelligence community experience highly desirable -- preferably CIA, FBI, or State Dept  Job entails: Computer literacy - Excellent writing skills - Management skills to interact with faculty - Administrative skills to schedule and monitor courses for quality - Interest in creating and conducting on-line courses - Able to interact with students - Able to represent university to prospective students and at various marketing events.   

    If you are interested in applying for this position, or know of colleagues who may be qualified, please send me your CV/resume for consideration offlist. Please do not include your social security number or photograph on any resume.  Replies to:    -- David Jimenez, MSgt, USAF, Ret, CCA Intelligence Specialist, USBP, El Paso, Texas, President, Texas Association of Crime & Intelligence Analysts Faculty, University of Texas @ El Paso Adjunct Faculty, American Military University IALEIA Director of Training, Education, and Career Development.

Coming Events

    9 - 11 September - Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona Security Forum 2004 -- The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in conjunction with the Government of Catalonia, is hosting a unique international forum dedicated to studying local security and safety issues. The conference will consider security in the context of diversity and the information society and will bring together local authorities, policy makers, and security and law enforcement professionals from around the world to tackle the most pressing issues facing cities and communities. The focus of the conference will be the discussion and analysis of specific case studies presented by city, industry, and academic representatives which will provide specific tools and recommendations essential to forming and implementing security policy at the city, community, and organizational level.  To get more information visit, or to register, Contact: James Perkins

    14 Sept 2004 - Kansas City, MO - BioTerrorism Experts Discuss “The Hot Zone” - Midwest Research Institute, in its Salute to Science Seminar series, part of the Institute’s 60th Anniversary celebration, is proud to present Jerry and Nancy Jaax as its September speakers. Their presentation, “Return to the Hot Zone,’’ is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, in the Arthur Mag Conference Center, 4920 Cherry Street, with a reception following.

    The couple plans to provide an overview of emerging disease issues and response strategies. The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. Jerry Jaax is now Kansas State University’s associate vice provost for research compliance and university veterinarian. His wife, Nancy Jaax, is Special Projects Officer in the Office of Sponsored Research Programs at Kansas State University.

    Their work in 1989 with the Reston Ebola outbreak was detailed in Richard Preston's best-selling book, The Hot Zone, and inspired the film Outbreak, starring Dustin Hoffman. Considered leading experts on bioterrorism, Cols. Jerry and Nancy Jaax have been on the front lines of the fight against Ebola, anthrax, Congo fever, and other deadly viruses that exist around the globe. Their research and fieldwork have helped to develop medical defenses against chemical and biological agents.  Jerry and Nancy Jaax are both graduates of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

    For more information on Jerry Jaax, visit: or

    For more information on Nancy Jaax, visit 

    To attend the seminar, please contact Laura Luckert, 816-753-7600, x1902, at Midwest Research Institute.

    15 September, 22 September, 23 September - Homeland Defense Training Conferences - Transportation Security Executive Briefings - The Homeland Defense Journal and Homeland Defense will host a series of management briefings on the subjects of Highway/Road, Railroad, and Ports Security. Each session will examine major government and transportation sector requirements, initiatives and priorities. DHS and its agencies are responsible for protecting the transportation systems of the United States. This is no easy task given that, annually, there are 11.2 million trucks and 2.2 million rail cars that cross into the US and 7,500 foreign flagships make 51,000 calls in US ports. What is our government doing to promote increase security for various modes of transportation and among transportation management agencies? Attend these Transportation Security Briefings to find out! At these briefings, you'll hear from the executives involved in helping to secure these various transportation areas - ports/coast, rail, and public roads. For registration information, please contact Maurice Martin at (703) 807-2753. For general information, contact Laura Johnson at (703) 807-2747.

    18 September, 23 October, 27 November - Washington, DC - Spy Tour -- Francis Gary Powers, Jr. writes: “Tickets are on sale now for the September 18, October 23, and November 27 Spy Tour of Washington, DC. Since its earliest days, Washington, D.C. has been the scene of international intrigue, espionage, and intelligence activity, as the U.S. government has tried to learn the plans of other countries while keeping its own plans secret. Key players in this non-ending drama include personalities as diverse as Rose Greenhow, Herbert Yardley, Major General "Wild Bill" Donovan, Aldrich Ames, and Robert Hanssen. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, may be to locate various espionage sites in Arlington, Washington, and Georgetown; observe the Caf�, Au Pied du Cochon, where a Soviet spy escaped from his CIA handlers; listen in on a briefing about Civil War espionage at Lafayette Park; tour the Berlin Wall at the Newseum; and/or visit drop points used by agents such as FBI spy Robert Hanssen. Call 703-273-2381 or visit for more details.”

    26 - 29 September 04 - Reno, NV - USMC Tri-Association Intelligence Committee Joint Meeting -- All bets are on you will not want to miss the joint meeting of the U. S. Marine Corps Tri-Association Intelligence Committee comprised of members of the Marine Corps Counterintelligence, the Marine Corps Intelligence and the Marine Corps Cryptologic Associations at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. The reunion will be held in conjunction with the Marine Intelligence Community’s fall conference which will involve active duty Marines attending from the “corners of the world,” current contingencies permitting. Friends of Marine Corps Intelligence are invited to attend. For additional details, contact Tom MacKinney (916) 983-6119 or at

    27-28 September - Workshops in Competitive Intelligence --The Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals is holding workshops for those engaged in CI whether in the fields of IT, Defense, Telecom, Consulting, Biotech, Pharmaceuticals, or Government Contracting.  CI101 & CI202 are full-day intensive workshops offering a comprehensive professional development program to sharpen your skills in CI research and analysis techniques. This program offers tools and techniques to best your competition: Create and use intelligence within your organization; Discover available primary and secondary; research sources and techniques; Better understand the marketplace and the competition; Develop the ability to manage CI effectively; Help your firm reach desired goals—increased market share, profitability, and cost cutting. CI101 & 202 will be offered September 27-28, 2004 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. Space is limited and this program has been a constant sell-out!  Don’t delay and sign up today. Call SCIP at +1.703.730.0696 or visit for more information and online registration.

    1 October - Tyson’s Corner, VA - Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP) Annual Meeting and Symposium -- This year’s annual meeting of the Naval Intelligence Professionals will take place at the Tyson’s Corner Holiday Inn. For more information, please call (703) 250-6765.

    7 - 10 October - Memphis, Tennessee - VQ Association Reunion -- Fleet Air Reconnaissance Association (VQ-1, 2, 5, 6 and Security Group Support) is holding its annual reunion in Memphis, Tennessee October 7-10, 2004.  For details and sign up information please contact Allan Prevette, 3232 Village 3, Camarillo, CA 93012, phone: (805) 482-1204, email:  The VQ Association web page is at:   VQ is a Navy abbreviation for Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadrons. V = Air/Aviation Q = Reconnaissance. The VQ squadrons VQ1 and VQ2 being the best known provide ELINT Order Of Battle data to on foreign countries to national level intel agencies. VQ1 stands for Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE. The Navy EP3E (PR31) aircraft that suffered a collision with a Chinese F8 interceptor in 2001 was a VQ1 aircraft.

    8 - 9 October 04 -- East Lyme, CT - Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association Reunion -- The New England Chapter, Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association hosts a special reunion. For more information, contact: Phil Sirmons, 492 Boston Post Rd, East Lyme, CT 06333, 860-739-6006,, or visit their website at:

    26 - 27 October - McLean, VA - NMIA Classified Symposium -- NMIA will hold its next classified Symposium at the MITRE facility in McLean VA on 26 & 27 October. For more information, visit

    28 - 31 October - Fort Meade, MD - AFIO National Symposium 2004 at NSA - full details at: 

    MANY dates in September and October - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum hosts a wide variety of frequent programs in their building at 8th & F Streets. Visit their website at to review their offerings and to sign up for these programs. Tickets can be quickly obtained using TicketMaster at


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