WIN #45-04 dtd 6 December 2004
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TWO FRIDAY EVENTS NOT TO MISS.....
LAST CALL FOR NEW YORK CITY CHAPTER MEETING ----
FRIDAY Morning, 10 December 2004 - Meet NY Times Reporter Ben Weiser and CIA Officer Aris Pappas at The University Club, 1 West 54th St, New York City, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Breakfast & organizational meeting for the FIRST NEW YORK CITY AFIO Chapter Breakfast Meeting. Author Ben Weiser discusses the details of the Ryszard Kuklinski case -- a model of a successful human intelligence operation, filled with tradecraft wizardry and skillful case officer handling. We need more of this right now in the middle east....learn how it's done. His book -- A Secret Life - will be on sale. Also present to discuss the book & case will be CIA Officer Aris Pappas who played a central role in the case. This chapter meeting is the first organizational meeting of the AFIO New York Metro Chapter. Curious? Interested? Attend (whether AFIO member or not) and learn more about this exciting, important Association and field...and the importance of careful agent recruitment. To register right now or for more info email: email@example.com
To attend: send $25 payable to "AFIO NY METRO" to AFIO New York Metro Chapter, c/o Jerry Goodwin, 530 Park Avenue 15B/16B, New York, NY 10021
FRIDAY, 14 January 2005 - Tyson's Corner, VA –
A F I O W I N T E R L U N C H E O N –
"The Hidden Worldwide Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies -- Islamic Terrorist Extremism - Abroad and Within - Europe's Late Awakening"
by Dr. George Friedman, Founder/Chairman, StratFor, Strategic Forecasting, Inc.,
Author of the recently released and riveting "America's Secret War"
- morning speaker -
"The Political Tug-of-War over Money and Power -The Intelligence Community Restructure Battle"
by Philip D. Zelikow, Executive Director, 9/11 Commission, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States,
- afternoon speaker -
- Discussing problems the Commission faces with adoption of its findings and what he foresees in a restructuring of the intelligence community.
Time: 10:30 a.m. for badge pick-up.
Friedman speaks at 11 am; lunch at noon; Zelikow at 12:45; close at 2 pm.
$35/person - current AFIO members and their guests, only.
Where: Tyson's Corner Holiday Inn.
Directions at Reserve right away with Visa, MasterCard or AMEX via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 703.991.1278, or by voice to 703.790.0320. Newly released intelligence books will be on display and on sale.
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BUSH PLEADS FOR PASSAGE OF INTEL OVERHAUL BILL - President Bush has sought to overcome opposition in Congress from members of his own party to the intelligence-overhaul bill by describing it as necessary to “Strengthen the safety of our citizens and defend our nation from harm." He called for Congress to adopt he bill this week, the New York Times reported on 5 December.
The president's appeal was carried in his weekly radio address on 4 December. It came a day after Sen. John W. Warner, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, expressed doubts about the bill, which would enact the major recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and create a cabinet-level DNI.
Warner was the first Senator from either party to express such concerns publicly since a final version of the bill was hammered out in November. He said he wanted to resolve issues in the legislation that may impact the time-tested chain of command within DoD. His comments echoed those of House Republicans who blocked a vote on the bill last month.
But on 5 December the Washington Post reported that key House members appeared to remain firm in their opposition to the measure.
TENET TO RECEIVE TOP DECORATION - President Bush is awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian decoration, to former DCI George Tenet, the White House announced on 2 December.
Two others to receive the decoration at a White House ceremony on 14 December are Gen. Tommy Franks and former Iraqi administrator Paul Bremer.
Tenet resigned as DCI in July after seven years in the post.
The Medal of Freedom was established by President Truman in 1945 to recognize civilians for their efforts during World War II and was reinstated by President Kennedy in 1963 to honor distinguished service. (DKR)
EGYPT SWAPS ISRAELI SPY FOR SIX EGYPTIAN STUDENTS - On 5 December, Egypt released an Israeli convicted of spying in exchange for Israel handing over six Egyptian students, the Associated Press reported. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EGYPT_ISRAEL_SPY?SITE=DCTMS&SECTION=HOME
Egypt freed Azzam Azzam, an Israeli Druse sentenced in 1997 to 15 years in prison for spying for Mossad. Azzam ran a textile factory in Egypt and was accused of using invisible ink on women's underwear hidden in a suitcase to pass information to Israel.
The six Egyptians were arrested after had sneaking into Israel in August. They were suspected of trying to kidnap Israeli soldiers and commandeer a tank.
The swap came after Egypt's foreign minister and intelligence chief met with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem last week. Earlier in the week, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak praised Sharon, saying Palestinians should be able to strike a peace deal with the Israeli leader.
Sharon and Mubarak spoke by telephone after the exchange and said they were looking forward to a strong working relationship, Sharon's office said.
The transfer took place at the Taba crossing between Israel and Egypt. Israeli security officials who accompanied Azzam said he cried and flashed a victory sign. (DKR)
ISRAELI PAPER CLAIMS FBI SET UP AIPAC - The FBI used DoD analyst Larry Franklin to set up the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, according to the Jerusalem Post on 5 December. http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1102148878630
The powerful pro-Israeli lobby is currently under investigation by the bureau for espionage.
According to the Israeli newspaper, FBI agents used Franklin to draw two senior AIPAC officials into accepting what he described to them as classified information, Israeli government and other sources told the Post.
One of the AIPAC pair then told diplomats at the Israeli Embassy in Washington about the information that claimed Iranians were monitoring and planning to kidnap and kill Israelis operating in Iraqi Kurdistan, the Post was told. It was not clear whether the information was real or bogus.
Franklin, an Iran expert, was already under investigation for allegedly passing classified information to AIPAC when, the Post's sources said, bureau counterintelligence agents approached him to cooperate in the setup operation earlier this year.
The FBI had told Franklin to request a meeting with AIPAC officials Steve Rosen, director of foreign policy issues, and Keith Weissman, a senior Middle East analyst with the lobby. Franklin contacted them and told them he needed to discuss a ticking-bomb situation. When the three met, Franklin outlined the alleged threat to Israelis in northern Iraq, the Post was told.
According to the Post, the FBI hoped the AIPAC pair would find the information given by Franklin so troubling that they would risk breaching U.S. law and transfer the material to Israel. AIPAC did so.
Franklin, according to news reports, abruptly ceased cooperating with the bureau about two months ago. He also dropped his court-appointed attorney and engaged Plato Cacheris, a Washington defense lawyer who has represented numerous accused spies.
On 1 December, FBI agents visited AIPAC offices for the first time since August and seized computer files related to Rosen and Weissman. They also subpoenaed four senior AIPAC officials to appear before a grand jury later this month in the Eastern District of Virginia.
AIPAC has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. (James A., DKR)
U.S., CHAVEZ DIFFER OVER COUP WARNING - Following disclosure of CIA documents, the State Department and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez last week gave contradictory accounts of whether the former warned the latter of the coup plot that briefly ousted the leftist leader in 2002, Newsday reported on 3 December.
A senior official at State told Newsday on 2 December that a U.S. official had informed Chávez on 3 April 2002 that there were rumors of a plot against him. That was eight days before his temporary overthrow. Chávez pooh-poohed the warning, the official said. On 3 December, Chávez denied he had been warned and then claimed the United States had directed the coup.
The conflicting accounts followed a Newsday report that declassified CIA documents showed the U.S. government had detailed information about a possible coup in Venezuela before Chávez's ouster, despite its claims to the contrary immediately after the takeover on 11 April 2002. Chavez was restored to power two days later.
Chávez is an ally of Fidel Castro and a harsh critic of U.S. policies but supplies the United States with one-sixth of its imported oil.
A Long Island-based attorney, Eva Golinger, obtained the CIA documents. U.S. officials initially said only that they had done nothing wrong and that a State Department IG's report in July 2002 exonerated the U.S. government. The IG's report said U.S. officials warned Chávez of possible coup plots, but did not say when they did so or in what detail. (DKR)
PANEL ON NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION INTEL NOT TALKING - A commission that President Bush appointed last February to assess the state of U.S. intelligence on weapons proliferation has been deliberating entirely in secret and may not depart from that practice before it issues a final report next March, the New York Times reported officials of the panel as saying.
Statements from the commission and its staff have been limited to summaries posted on its Web site after each of its seven closed-door meetings. The commission has created 12 working groups among its staff, but officials will not disclose their assignments.
According to commission spokesman Larry McQuillan, "When you get into the nitty-gritty details of where are we strong and where are we weak in terms of intelligence gathering, you can't really share that with people." The panel, he said, intended to make public at least part of its final report, but that the question of whether it would hold public meetings or issue any staff reports remained open.
Among the commission's tasks are examining intelligence failures related to prewar assessments of Iraq's WMD and determining whether the United States can detect and combat the proliferation of WMD among countries without them and terrorist organizations.
Unlike the 9/11 Commission, created by Congress and the White House, the proliferation commission reports solely to the White House. A full-time staff of some 60 people includes intel professionals under an executive director, Vice Adm. John S. Redd, a former commander of the Fifth Fleet. The staff's deputy director for review is Gordon Oehler, who retired after 25 years with the C.I.A. and led its nonproliferation center. (DKR)
DUTCH 'COMMUNIST' FOOLED THE REAL THING - Praised and feted by leaders of the Communist world, a former Netherlands intelligence operative has told how he posed as a Communist running a 'Marxist-Leninist Party of the Netherlands' that never existed, the Wall Street Journal reported on 3 December.
'Chris Petersen' traveled the world during the Cold War, impressing Communist leaders with his revolutionary zeal and loathing of capitalism. He so impressed the Chinese Communist Party that it gave him banquets in the Great Hall of the People, an audience with Chairman Mao and envelopes stuffed with money. The Petersen show also went down big in Enver Hoxha's Albania.
In reality, 'Petersen' was an opera-loving math teacher named Pieter Boevé, who moonlighed for his country's intel service. The name Petersen, his politics and his party, he says, were concocted to penetrate the militant Marxist subculture.
Known as Project Mongol to the Dutch, Boevé's activities were labeled Operation Red Herring by the CIA that was kept regularly informed.
Boevé lives in the North Sea coastal resort of Zandvoort, near Amsterdam. One thing that has survived from his decades of Cold War escapades, he says, is a taste for Chinese food. The CCP had excellent cooks, it seems.
His caper became known as a result of the publication in September of a book by Frits Hoekstra, a former head of counterintelligence dealing with the Soviet bloc. The exposure of past far Left activities has deeply embarrassed former Maoists who have become part of the Netherlands political establishment.
"I totally wasted 12 years of my life," says Paul Wartena, once a member of 'Petersen's' party who donated 20 percent of his salary to it. Now he wants Netherlands intelligence to pay back all his donations.
The party, set up and run by intel officers in 1969, had its own newspaper, De Kommunist, written and edited by the secret service. As well as Boevé playing Petersen, the secretary-general, it had a chairman who was another fake Communist and a Central Committee stacked with security officers.
Wartena and a few others joined the party's nonexistent ranks under the impression they were part of a network of underground cells. (DKR)
TENET CALLS FOR NEW INTERNET SECURITY MEASURES - Former DCI Tenet called on 1 December for new security measures to guard against attacks on the United States through its use of the Internet, UPI reported.
Describing Internet security as a potential Achilles' heel, Tenet said protective measures would be controversial when "we still think the Internet is a free and open society with no control or accountability." Speaking at an information-technology security conference in Washington, he warned, "Ultimately the Wild West must give way to governance and control."
Telecommunications and in particular the Internet are a back door through which terrorists and other enemies of the United States could attack despite great strides in securing the physical infrastructure. Known adversaries, including intelligence services, military organizations and non-state actors, are researching information attacks against the United States. Al-Qa'ida, Tenet said was "undoubtedly mapping vulnerabilities and weaknesses in our telecommunications networks."
Access to networks like the World Wide Web might need to be limited to those who can show they take security seriously, Tenet commented. He called for industry to lead the way by establishing and enforcing security standards. Products need to be delivered to government and private-sector customers with a new level of security and risk management already built in.
The national press, including UPI, was excluded from the conference, organizers said, at Tenet’s request.
On 4 December AP reported that Tenet' has signed on with the Washington Speakers Bureau. The bureau’s Web site says its clients can command more than $40,000 a speech. Experts said Tenet would be at the higher end of the scale. (DKR)
ISR COMMERCIAL SATELLITE COSTS SOARING - The chief scientist of the engineering directorate at the Defense Information Systems Agency's Global Information Grid says it will take years for DoD to launch enough satellites to fulfill its bandwidth needs, the Washington Post reported on 22 November.
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have caused demand to soar and DoD purchases of commercial bandwidth have grown ten-fold since 2001. The Pentagon buys commercial services for such purposes as operating UAVs and other ISR sensor systems, as well as for voice communications.
An AFIO member told WINS that it would be reasonable to estimate that expanding ISR requirements accounted for as much as two-thirds of the increase.
DoD buys commercial bandwidth through three resellers who in turn competitively contract for bandwidth from the satellite carriers. The Office of the SecDef and the NRO are due to decide by April on whether to buy the commercial satellite service directly from the carriers. Commercial bandwidth purchases over the last three years are estimated to be in the range of $500 million to $600 million. Current contracts with the three resellers could be worth as much as $2 billion if it is extended to its full 10-year term.
As persistent surveillance becomes a widely shared goal and data-relay costs become increasingly noticed, calls for more effective HUMINT coverage of intelligence targets are likely to increase. (Don H., DKR)
ISLAMISTS ALLEGE CIA-OWNED FORUM USED TO SPY ON THEM - The radical Islamist forum Al-Ma'sada is warning readers that the CIA and the British have set up a forum with the purpose of spying on supporters of holy war by penetrating their computers, the Jamestown Foundation's Terrorism Focus reported on 30 November.
The Legislative Council of Sawt al-Qoqaz (Voice of the Caucasus) alleged that the forum, owned by the CIA and British-based, was intended for spying on Ansar al-Jihad (Supporters of Jihad). The CIA forum encourages Islamists to participate in it by running anti-American accounts of events in Iraq. The site seeks to download forum participants’ files, images and correspondence.
Readers are warned to be wary of agents of the Crusaders, atheists and Jews on the Internet. (DKR)
BIOLOGICAL ESPIONAGE: Special Operations of the Soviet and Foreign Intelligence Services in the West - Alexander Kouzminov. (Greenhill, 160 pp. $19.95)
This memoir comes from a former officer of Department 12 of the Soviet KGB’s foreign intelligence branch. Department 12 had two duties: conducting biological warfare and spying on foreign biowar efforts. Joining the KGB after army service and college in the early ’80s, the author became a specialist in running spies, particularly "illegals" who spent working lives abroad. The efforts of the illegals gave the KGB a steady flow of information on foreign biological research, weapons procurement, immunology and other subjects (the Human Genome Project a major target). Department 12’s work became particularly demanding after DNA research led to genetic tailoring of biowar agents, but duplicating all of this became impossible after the collapse of the Soviet Union. After 9/11, Kouzminov and his wife left Russia with the hope of participating in international cooperation against biological warfare. The author portrays the labyrinthine bureaucracy and paranoid secrecy of the espionage world, and delves into a lot of fascinating tradecraft. Due for release next month [January 05] (EAB)
DEALING WITH THE IRANIAN MULLAHS - Kenneth M. Pollack, The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America (Random, 576 pp. $26.95)
Pollack, a former director for Gulf affairs at the National Security Council and CIA military analyst, has produced a timely book. While he was an influential proponent of toppling Saddam Husyan, he now argues against military intervention in Iran. As well he might, given the unhappy demonstration in Iraq of the limits on the U.S. capacity to follow up a successful invasion with a successful occupation.
What makes Pollak's work timely is the brewing crisis over the Iranian mullahs' drive to acquire the capacity to make their own nuclear weapons, an acquisition President Bush has declared unacceptable. Pollack’s view is akin to what appears to be a consensus among policy commentators from the august heights of Zbigniew Brzezinski and former DCI Gates down to the level of suspect academic/think tank advocates of 'dialogue' with Tehran.
This view is that the United States, preferably in coordination with the Europeans, should offer a mix of juicy carrots and menacing sticks to dissuade the mullahs from going nuclear. In the end, Pollak suggests, the United States can live with nuclear-armed mullahs.
At this point in the cat and mouse game being played by the mullahs together with the military difficulties in which the United States finds itself, Pollak's argument is one that its supporters will see as realistic and its opponents as defeatist. (DKR)
MASS SURVEILLANCE AND ITS ATTENDANT ILLS - Robert O’Harrow Jr., No Place to
Hide: Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance Society (Free Press, 308 pp. $26 (308p)
O’Harrow, who covers privacy and technology for the Washington Post, follows the explosive growth of the corporate surveillance industry since 9/11. Businesses now cozying up to the government by offering masses of information first gathered it for marketing purposes. What has followed are such byproducts as identity theft and the detention of travelers whose names resemble those of someone else on an airport list.
A thoughtful and comprehensive account of the need for surveillance and the ills that spring from it. (DKR)
CHECHNYA AND THE MURDEROUS BEAR - Andrew Meier, Chechnya: To the Heart of a Conflict (Norton, 144 pp, paperback, $11.95)
Meier was Time’s Moscow correspondent during the first modern war in Chechnya. In this brief but well-done account, Meier tells the story of that struggle and of the second war that followed and continues.
Although Meier carefully follows the tortured history of Russian-Chechen relations, he relates the links between the Chechens and transnational Islamist terrorist groups as well as the brutal and inept Russian military with its massacres of civilians and destruction of the Chechen capital, Grozny. (DKR)
SCHEUER SEES U.S. LOSING WAR ON TERROR - Michael Scheuer, author of Imperial Hubris and a senior CIA analyst until his resignation last month, believes the United States will ultimately lose the war on terror because of its policies in the Middle East and because of concerns for the human rights of militants, UPI reported on 3 December.
Scheuer told the press agency that Usama bin Ladin was now possibly the Arab world's most popular leader and that al-Qa'ida's dominated the Internet in the Muslim world. "They've beaten our pants off, especially with their Internet capability," Scheuer said. "They dominate discourse on the internet in the Islamic worlds."
Before 9/11, the United States had between eight and 10 chances to kill UBL, but failed to do so because of inaction by the upper echelons of the bureaucracy, he said. Scheuer described as ludicrous Bush administration claims that two-thirds of al-Qa'ida's leadership had been killed and destroyed. The organization was functioning with terrorists, insurgents, financiers and administrators across the globe.
Asked if the United States could win the war on terror, Scheuer responded by saying: "No. It can't be won. We're going to eventually lose it. And the problem for us is that we're going to lose it much more quickly if we don't start killing more of the enemy."
Scheuer cited hurdles hampering the targeting of militant leaders. In Europe, laws prohibit the transfer of terrorism suspects to countries that have the death penalty.
In Arab countries, UBL's popularity hampers U.S. activities. Since many Arab rulers friendly to the United States are unpopular among their own people, it is difficult to persuade them to rally against UB and his followers are suspected of having penetrated U.S., Saudi and Jordanian military and security services.
The IC worked under constraints in trying to capture or kill suspected terrorists because of U.S. law and it was difficult to bring suspects to the United States unless there was an airtight case against them. On one occasion, when a plan had been put together to capture UBL, federal lawyers demanded that an ergonomic chair be built for him, with oxygen and medical supplies, so he would be comfortable. They also reviewed the type of tape that would be used to gag him. "It's a gutless policy to force the directorate of operations to depend on that kind of process to defend America," Scheuer said.
Dismissing assessments that UBL and his group targeted the United States
and Europe because they hate Western culture, Scheuer said:
"They're attacking us because of our unqualified support for Israel. They're attacking us because we've helped cement on their heads tyrannies in the Arab world ... for the last 40 years. They're attacking us because we're in the Arabian Peninsula and it happens to be a holy place for them."
The former head of the agency team that hunted UBL until 1999, Scheuer said the United States needed to change from viewing al-Qaida as a terrorist movement to seeing it as an insurgent group and so be able to recognize the order of battle that would allow recognition of the organization's structure and composition. "There's a great deal of fact-free analysis going on," he said.
Scheuer said there were a very small number of terrorists in the organization. Most of the fighters were insurgents who had seen action in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kashmir and elsewhere. A larger section of the group handled logistics, administration, fundraising, media activities and religious indoctrination. Al-Qa'ida sent field-grade officers or combat veterans to affiliated groups, along with financial experts. (DKR)
COUNTERINTELLIGENCE INSTRUCTORS NEEDED - The FBI's Counterintelligence Division's Counterintelligence Training Center (CITC) through an RFP with SOSI, Ltd,in concert with a major gov't. contractor, is bidding on supplying personnel to develop, instruct and/or support counter intelligence courses offered to FBI personnel or personnel from other federal, state and local law enforcement offices. The contract will also require role players with CI experience, or role players without CI experience who would work twelve (12) hours over a two-week period in three US cities, as part of a course taught by CITC staff. These geographic areas are: Group 1: Boston, Albany, Buffalo; Group 2: New York, Newark, New Haven, Philadelphia; Group 3: Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Louisville; Group 4: Washington DC, Richmond, Norfolk, Baltimore;
Group 5: Knoxville, Memphis, Charlotte, Columbia; Group 6: Atlanta, Birmingham, Mobile, Jackson; Group 7: Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, San Juan; Group 8: Chicago, Springfield, Indianapolis, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Minneapolis; Group 9: New Orleans, Little Rock, Oklahoma City; Group 10: Houston, Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio; Group 11: Denver, Kansas City, Omaha, Salt Lake City; Group l2: Seattle, Portland, Anchorage; Group 13: San Francisco, Sacramento, Honolulu; Group 14: Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Las Vegas.
Individuals applying for these position should have the following experience:
COURSE INSTRUCTORS/DEVELOPERS: no less than seven years of experience in the counterintelligence or intelligence field. These subject matter experts shall have gained their experience through actual counterintelligence and intelligence investigative work in a federal intelligence agency, rather than through academic training. Subject matters in which expertise may be needed to complete this contract include: the history of counterintelligence, foreign intelligence services, federal laws and statutes affecting counterintelligence investigations, the recruitment cycle used by foreign intelligence services and in the US intelligence community, tradecraft uses, espionage statutes and investigations, surreptitious surveillance and entries, behavioral and cultural issues, interviewing, recruitment and handling of double agents.
ROLE PLAYERS: Counterintelligence-skilled role players (CI Role Players) must have seven (7) years of counterintelligence or intelligence experience. Role players may be assigned to work with groups of students and may play characters, such as intelligence officers, who are being recruited by students or whom the students are following. Counterintelligence-skilled role players (CI Role Players) may be required to provide feedback and training to the students.
SECURITY AND FACILITY CLEARANCES: A current "TOP-SECRET" clearance is preferred, however all contractor personnel shall have a "SECRET" security clearance prior to employment on the contract, with the exception of Non-CI Role Players who will only require an "escort" clearance level.
Please e-mail resumes and address all inquiries to: Jon W. Witt, SOSI, Ltd.; e-mail: jwitt@sosltd..com; telephone: 703-391-9680; fax: 703.391.9781
INSTRUCTOR - COUNTERINTELLIGENCE OFFICER SOUGHT - Wackenhut Services Incorporated, prime contractor operating the DoE National Training Center at Albuquerque, NM, has an immediate opening for an experienced instructor who is a U.S. intelligence or counterintelligence professional. The post is with the NTC Counterintelligence Training Academy.
The incumbent will represent the DOE/NNSA Counterintelligence (CI) community by presenting CI awareness and CI professional staff training to DOE/NNSA federal and contractor employees nation-wide. This job is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and involves frequent short-term travel to DOE/NNSA and contractor sites nation-wide.
Candidates should have extensive operational experience with a U.S. intelligence or CI agency both as a CI officer and as an instructor. Recent experience in counter-terrorism or force-protection matters is highly desired. Candidates must have thorough knowledge of the laws, policies, and principles underlying United States intelligence and counterintelligence activities and either posses, or qualify for, a "Q" clearance with access to special compartmented intelligence information. Employment is contingent upon passing a National Security Polygraph Examination (CI scope only).
WSI offers a competitive salary and benefits package. For consideration, please mail your resume and letter of interest to the Human Resources Director, Wackenhut Services, Inc., P.O. Box 18041, K.A.F.B., Albuquerque, NM 87185, Fax: (505) 845-6147, or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CRYPTOLOGIC MUSEUM HOLDS 6th ANNUAL MEETING - The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation held its sixth annual meeting on 29 October at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. This year’s topic was Information Assurance, including a keynote address by the Deputy Director of the DHS National Cyber Security Division, Lawrence Hale. Earl Flowers and his two sons, Ronald and Russell, all former or current NSA employees, made another major presentation that traced the development of communications security to information security to information assurance.
Continuing with the series of presentations in observance of Pearl Harbor, on 1 December 2004, Mr. William Price discussed the role of PURPLE intelligence, derived from Japanese diplomatic traffic, in the war in the Pacific as well as Europe. This material provided excellent coverage of Russian, German and Japanese policies and strategies for dealing with the allies, but was ultimately compromised for political reasons and lost to further exploitation. (NCMF, DKR)
WHERE WAS THE OLD CIA HEADQUARTERS LOCATED? - Author Don Bohning writes: “I have a book coming out early next year - published by Brasseys - entitled: The Castro Obsession. US Covert Activities Against Cuba 1959-1965. The question has come up, regarding planning for the Bay of Pigs, where Quarters Eye, the agency set of temporary buildings at the time before Langley was opened - were located. Two different locations have been given me: 1) Off the Mall near the Reflecting Pool and 50 yards or so from Ohio Avenue. 2) 2430 E Street, Northwest.
I think both may be correct, in that I understand E street offices were really the headquarters, where Dulles, Cabell, etc., were located and the other was Quarters Eye, the temporary buildings where Jake Esterline, Jack Hawkins etc., who planned what was to become the Bay of Pigs, were located. Any help would be appreciated. To contact Don, please write: email@example.com
9 December 04 - Alexandria, VA - Terrorist Surveillance Detection Field Exercise - CT-CI Academy - Following a brief period of classroom instruction, participants will spend the day learning how to detect terrorist surveillance in a realistic field exercise on the streets of the Washington, DC/Virginia area. During this day long field exercise, participants will practice Movement & Terrain Analysis, various counter surveillance techniques, on foot and driving, as well as recognition of pre-incident indicators (Attack Recognition) while under actual surveillance by a “terrorist group” whose objective is to carry out a terrorist attack. All weather, comfortable clothes required. Space is limited and there is a minimum required number of people to be able to run the course. For more information, please visit the CT-CI Academy’s website at: http://ctstudies.com/ct-ci-academy/Open_Course_OCT_NOV_DEC_04.htm
10-12 January 05 - Anaheim, CA - GovCon '05: The 4th Annual Government Convention on Emerging Technologies....Enabling the National Security Community. This conference will focus on emerging technologies that will enable the departments and agencies of the National Security Community to responsively acquire, synchronize, correlate, and deliver national security data, information, intelligence, and knowledge for ensured success across all policy and operational missions. Jim Woolsey (former DCI) is confirmed as a keynote speaker. Supporting agencies and technical guidance provided by the following: Office of the Secretary of Defense (OASD/NII); National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Homeland Security/Consequence Management Office; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) of the Department of Energy. In addition to "views from the top," GovCon-05 will feature three concurrent breakout tracks. The first focuses on the technologies required to create the trusted information environment recommended by the 9-11 Commission and set forth in an Executive Order dated August 27, 2004 on sharing terrorism information. The second track will explore the technologies required to attain tailored persistence (persistent surveillance), whereby networked sensing suites tailor their observations to the adversary’s activity. The third track will focus on data interoperability, which, among other things, speaks to the notions of fusing independent pieces of data that may require transformation, providing information to consumers as close to the point of collection as possible via processes such as tagging on the fly. Several interactive sessions allowing audience members to give feedback via wireless devices in real time to speakers, panelists and debaters will be featured in this conference. To learn more about GOVCON-05, or to register, please visit www.federalevents.com or contact Howard Blumberg, Government Relations Manager, National Conference Services, Inc. (NCSI), 6440 Dobbin Road Suite C , Columbia, MD. 21045 888-603-8899, ext. 224 (toll-free) firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ncsi.com
12 December 04 - Independence, OH - AFIO Northern Ohio Chapter hosts Christmas Brunch at noon at Holiday Inn. Reservations to Howard F. at (440) 338-4720.
14 December 04 - Las Vegas, NV - AFIO Las Vegas Chapter hosts Byron L. Ristvet, Ph.D., Chief, Infrastructure Office, Test and Technology Support Division, Technology Development Directorate, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Kirtland AFB, NM, speaking on "THE DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION AGENCY: REDUCING THE THREAT OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION" at 6 p.m. at Merlot Room at Boulder Station Hotel & Casino, 4111 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas, NV 89121. Phone: (702) 432-7777.
Please RSVP by Thursday, December 9, 2004. You may e-mail or call them at (702) 295-0073 if you have any questions. They always look forward to welcoming new AFIO members and those from other AFIO chapters!
10 January 05 - Washington, DC - Spies on Screen: Behind the Scenes of BBC Video’s MI-5 - International Spy Museum - From suicide bombers to treason, much of the BBC’s hit series MI-5 – seen in the U.S. on A&E – seems dangerously close to the truth about the UK’s security intelligence agency. Discover the difference between fact and act at this thought-provoking, fun, and revealing evening hosted by MI-5 espionage consultant, Mike Baker, former CIA covert field operations officer and current CEO of Diligence LLC. You’ll watch action-packed clips, discuss their inspiration and authenticity, and take home your very own screener of an episode from the series’ second season plus a special bonus feature. Advance copies of the MI-5 Volume 2 DVD will also be on sale at the session, prior to their public release.
Tickets: $15. Members of The Spy Ring: $12. Space is limited – advance registration required! To register, please email: email@example.com or call (202) 654-0942
FRIDAY, 14 January 2005 - Tyson's Corner, VA - A F I O W I N T E R L U N C H E O N- The Hidden Worldwide Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies -- Islamic Terrorist Extremism - Abroad and Within - Europe's Late Awakening by Dr. George Friedman, Founder/Chairman, Stratfor, Strategic Forecasting, Inc., Author of the recently released and very riveting "America's Secret War" - morning speaker - AND The Political Tug-of-War over Money and Power -The Intelligence Community Restructure Battle by Philip D. Zelikow, Executive Director, 9/11 Commission, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, - afternoon speaker -, Problems the Commission faces with adoption of its findings and what he foresees in a restructuring of the intelligence community.
Time: 10:30 a.m. for badge pick-up. Friedman speaks at 11 am; lunch at noon; Zelikow at 12:45; close at 2 pm. $35/person - current AFIO members and their guests, only.
1 February & 8 February 05 - Washington, DC - Inside Stories: America Held Hostage - 444 Days to Freedom (2 Part Series) - International Spy Museum - When Iranian students took Americans hostage 25 years ago, the U.S. worked feverishly to resolve the crisis – from the failed “Operation Eagle Claw” – to the ultimately successful “Canadian Caper” rescue. Now hear the details – many never-before revealed – from crucial players, including former CIA Director Admiral Stansfield Turner; former CIA officer Tony Mendez; members of the elite Delta Team; former hostage and author of In the Shadow of the Ayatollah: A CIA Hostage in Iran William J. Daugherty; and former U.S. Department of Agriculture Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the “sixth man” of the “Canadian Caper” Lee Shatz. With Mendez moderating their stories about the covert operations, secret negotiations, and rescue missions you’ll find out how it felt to be in their shoes with danger around the corner and the clock ticking. The speakers will also share their thoughts on the Iranian situation today. Tickets: $40. Members of The Spy Ring: $35. Space is limited – advance registration required! To register, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 654-0942
8 - 10 February 05 - Arlington, VA - National Intelligence Conference and Exposition (INTELCON) debuts at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. INTELCON'S goal to bring together intel professionals and members of Congress in an informal setting on neutral ground to provide educational enhancement and discuss common issues. Veteran intelligence specialist John Loftus is directing the INTELCON Program. Based upon the theme of “Widening the Intelligence Community,” the Conference offers five two-day Program Tracks – Federal Civilian, DOD/Military, State and Local Law Enforcement, Business, and Private Sector. There will be eight, full-day Professional Enhancement Seminars, Luncheon and keynote addresses. There will also be a vendor exposition with companies and products relevant to intelligence interests. Its organizer is Federal Business Council of Annapolis Junction, Maryland. For more information, please visit: http://www.intelcon.us, or contact: David Powell, Federal Business Council, 10810 Guilford Road, P.O. Box 685, Annapolis Junction, Maryland 20710 Tel. (301) 206-2940, Fax: (301) 206-2950, email@example.com
24 February 05 - Washington, DC - Spies of the Kaiser - Lunchtime Author Debriefing and Book Signing - International Spy Museum - In the early twentieth century, the British were obsessed with the possibility of German spies operating in their midst – so much so that all Germans in the United Kingdom were catalogued and eventually interned. Was the German spy threat real? What was German intelligence really up to? Armed with information from untapped German sources and recently declassified British documents, International Spy Museum historian and AFIO member Thomas Boghardt will reveal the true scope of German covert operations, their objectives, and the dramatic British response. Join this author for an informal chat and book signing from 12PM to 1PM. No registration required!
1 March & 15 March 05 - Washington, DC - Sisterhood of Spies: Shady Ladies in Espionage (2 Part Series) - International Spy Museum - Spies come in all shapes and sizes… sometimes the shapelier the better. Using their often under-estimated intellect and feminine wiles, women have influenced events and gathered critical intelligence throughout history. Who better to blow the cover of the sisterhood of spies than two charter members? Retired Senior U.S. Army Counterintelligence Special Agent Connie Allen and former CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez will brief you on these shady ladies, exploring the roles held and progress made by women in the world of espionage. Whether you’re interested in Mata Hari’s tactics of seduction, wives with secret lives, Cold War-era operations in Moscow, or the recent “outing” of Valerie Plame, this session is sure to redefine your interpretation of feminine persuasion. Tickets: $40. Members of The Spy Ring: $35. Space is limited – advance registration required! To register, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 654-0942
10 March 05 - Washington, DC - Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage - International Spy Museum - From “Angels” to “Z priorities,” the second edition of the definitive reference to the world of espionage features over 2,500 entries. Spies, agencies, organizations, and operations, are carefully uncovered and detailed in this accurate and accessible resource for aficionado and layman alike. Join authors Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen as they discuss intelligence successes and failures throughout history. Join this author for an informal chat and book signing from 12PM to 1PM. No registration required!
21 - 22 March 05 - Washington, DC - EMININT 2005 - The National Security and Law Society of the American University Washington College of Law is hosting a two-day professional symposium on Emerging Issues in National and International Security. The meeting will address the pressing issues of the day in the fields of national and international security. The symposium will consist of expert panels equally distributed between the fields of foreign policy, intelligence, and law, discussing such topics as: The Risks of Cross-Cultural Profiling; The Emergence of a New Intelligence Mindset; Climate Change, Infectious Disease, and Resource Shortages as Threats to International Security; The Fourth Estate and National Security Policy: Reporters or Watchdogs?; Comparative Counter-Terrorism Policies; Personal Information Privacy in the Post-9/11 World; Homeland Security Law and Private Industry; Whistle-blowing and the Intelligence Community; Torture, Interrogation, and Human Rights in the Global War on Terror; and Reconciling an Active Role for First Responders in Homeland Security with Budgetary Appropriations. The speakers represent the pinnacles of their respective fields, coming from five countries and across the United States. They represent academic experts, senior U.S. government policymakers, and corporate leaders. They have written books, made laws, established companies, and otherwise shaped the field of National Security. There is something for everyone in this symposium, and few attendees will fail to take something away from it. Note: This event requires paid registration for non-students. For registration or further information, visit http://wcl.american.edu/org/nsls or email email@example.com. CLE credit is available.
23 - 24 March 05 - Fairfax, VA - NMIA National Intelligence Symposium - NMIA will hold its annual symposium on 23 Wed - 24 Thurs 2005 at Northrop Grumman Corporation, 12900 Federal Systems Park Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033. For more information, please visit http://www.nmia.org
6 - 9 April 05 - Chicago, IL - SCIP Annual Conference - At the Hyatt Regency Chicago, an event not to miss. A great organization under new leadership. Info at: http://www.scip.org/chicago. SCIP is at 1700 Diagonal Rd Ste 600, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 739-0696.
15 - 16 April 05 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Cryptologic Veterans Reunion - The reunion is being organized by the New England Chapter, Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association. Contact Bob Marois, Tel: (518) 237-0015; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: http://www.ncva-ne.org
18 - 21 April 05 - SFSAFBI Western Regional Conference - For more information, please visit http://www.socxfbi.org/Conference/Conferences.htm
20 - 21 April 05 - Langley, VA - AFCEA Spring Intelligence Symposium - For more information, please visit http://www.afcea.org/calendar/eventdetails.asp?offset=10&EventID=227
21 April - Washington, DC - 2005 MOAA Career Fair - DC Convention Center – The Military Officers Association of America is holding their annual Career Fair, to be held at the Washington, DC Convention Center on Thursday April 21, 2005. Join local, national, and international employers -- including Lockheed Martin, AT&T Government Services, Anheuser Busch Companies, Inc., Raytheon, the State Department, and the FBI -- who are there to meet and recruit qualified and proven leaders, and their spouses, to fill a wide variety of key positions. Others seeking to recruit at this event are asked to register before January 14, 2005 for lower fees. The rate of $1,500.00 includes a carpeted 10' x 10' pipe-and-drape booth, company sign, skirted table, two chairs, employer lounge, two lunches, and all-day beverage service. In addition, they receive a link from their website and 60 days of electronic resume access. Booths will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. At last year's event, the MOAA reports that over 2,100 candidates (most with security clearances) with leadership, management, and operational experience attended. Click on the following link for the 2005 MOAA Career Fair Registration Form: https://www.moaa.org/TOPS/CareerFair2005/registration If you have any questions, contact their Career Fair Manager - toll free 877-553-8677 or by email at: email@example.com
22 - 24 April 05 - Grapevine, TX - SFSAFBI South Central Regional Meeting- For more information, please visit http://www.socxfbi.org/Conference/Conferences.htm
25-28 April 05 - Philadelphia, PA - 2005 DoDIIS Worldwide Conference, For further details visit www.federalevents.com or contact: Howard Blumberg, Government Relations Manager, National Conference Services, Inc. (NCSI), 6440 Dobbin Road Suite C, Columbia, MD. 21045; 888-603-8899, ext. 224 (toll-free) firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ncsi.com
**** 27 - 30 October 2005 - AFIO 30th Anniversary Symposium Celebration - Sheraton Premiere Hotel, McLean, Tyson's Corner, VA and at other secured venues. PUT THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS. ****
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