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SECTION I -- CURRENT INTELLIGENCE and SECTION II -- CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE have been combined in this number of WINS to allow the first part of the notes to be devoted to the report by the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. The report is available at:
IC SEEN AS A BUREAUCRACY IN CHAOS - Four-and-a-half years after 9/11, the IC remains in many ways a bureaucracy in chaos, the Christian Science Monitor reported on 1 April, reporting on the findings of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction.
The CIA, FBI, and other IC bodies are still adjusting to such major changes as the new National Counterterrorism Center. As yet, there's no DNI in place with nominee John Negroponte's Senate confirmation hearings set for this month.
On 31 March, the presidential commission outlined 74 more changes for the IC that it said knows disturbingly little about the threats facing the country.
The day after the report was released, the CIA said it was trying to give policy makers a more candid account of the reliability of intelligence it passed on.
"The intelligence community has acknowledged flaws in its findings on the Iraq weapons of mass destruction target," said Paul Gimigliano, an agency spokesman. "It has worked hard to improve its operational and analytic tradecraft across the board and to ensure that its customers get not only a judgment, but a clear sense of the strength of the sourcing and reasoning behind the judgment."
"Our goal is to do even better," the New York Times reported him as saying.
The push for reform has not yet become counterproductive, the Monitor quotes some experts as saying. But these experts caution that improving intelligence may require more patience on Washington's part. "Thinking we're going to do a lot better soon is just unrealistic," says Gregory Treverton, an intelligence expert at RAND Corp.
The nine-member commission, with U.S. Appeals Court Judge Laurence Silberman and former Sen. Charles Robb of Virginia as co-chairmen, was appointed by President Bush in February 2004.
The panel's report declares that the performance of U.S. intelligence prior to the Iraq war was dead wrong in most of its judgments regarding Saddam Husayn's purported WMDs. The report, however, implicitly absolves the Bush administration of politicizing intelligence prior to the war, saying that CIA briefers told the White House what they believed.
The panel also studied current U.S. intel about the WMD programs of North Korea and Iran, among others. While the unclassified version of its report says little about this subject, a cover letter addressed to Bush says "the bad news is that we still know disturbingly little about the weapons programs and even less about the intentions of many of our most dangerous adversaries."
The commission concluded that many of the same weaknesses that plagued American efforts to investigate Saddam's regime are preventing the United States from collecting accurate intelligence on Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on 30 March.
Lacking American assets in either country's top leadership or weapons programs, the commission concluded, the United States has relied heavily on satellite photos and communications intercepts, and on foreign intelligence services, exiles and defectors. For North Korea and Iran, officials have also extrapolated from older, confirmed information to make estimates about current nuclear and other weapons programs, said officials familiar with drafts of the commission's classified report.
Intelligence officials and experts agree that CIA analysts, especially, spend too much time on minute detail and too little on strategic planning. For example to cover Hizballah, the agency has specialists on its military, communications, political and charitable services. But it does not have someone able to articulate the big picture capabilities and long-term intentions of the Islamist group.
Good news is that there have been some recent WMD intelligence successes, notes the report, such as the exposure of the Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadir Khan's clandestine nuclear supply network. Also, most of the changes called for In the commission's 600-page report can be implemented without legislation.
The most important changes needed, according to the report, include:
Giving the DNI power and backing to match his responsibilities. The report points out that the final version of the legislation that established this position, signed into law last December, watered down the DNI's capabilities.
Bringing the FBI all the way into the intelligence community. The report recommends putting all the FBI's intelligence capabilities into a National Security Service inside the bureau, much like Britain's MI5, and under the DNI's direction.
Demanding more of the IC. "Analysts must be pressed to explain how much they don't know," the report says. Collection agencies must be pressed to explain why they don't have better information on key topics.
Establishing a National Counter Proliferation Center. This would be similar to the National Counterterrorism Center, recommended by the 9/11 Commission, which is already operational.
The Silberman-Robb Commission sees the CIA having made great strides since the 9/11 attacks. An example is the NCTC and its daily threat assessments. The agency has also worked to rebuild its HUMINT capabilities, the report believes, and has put in place measures to challenge a groupthink mentality among analysts.
Many inside the agency see repeated criticisms and recommendations contained so far in six reports since 9/11 as piling it on, the Monitor says. They feel leaderless and do not know if DCI Goss will remain, or how the agency will be reorganized when, as expected, Negroponte becomes DNI.
Some CIA officers complain about the perceived heavy handedness of former Congressional staffers Goss brought with him who are known as Gosslings. (DKR)
CURVEBALL - As part of its effort to identify gaps in the ability of U.S. intel to spy on foreign NCB programs and terrorist groups, the Silberman-Robb panel examined the case of an Iraqi defector code-named Curveball, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on 30 March.
Curveball was a chemical engineer who turned up in a German refugee camp in 1998. He told his German interrogators he was involved in helping to design mobile biological-warfare facilities for Saddam. The Germans passed the information to U.S. intelligence officials, along with diagrams the defector provided.
The commission concluded that top U.S. officials were not told that German intel officials warned their American counterparts the defector might not be trustworthy, and that the only U.S. intelligence official who met him, a DIA specialist detailed to the CIA, had similar doubts.
Despite these qualms at lower levels, no burn notice about Curveball was given.
Administration officials repeatedly used Curveball’s false claim about mobile biological-weapons facilities in making their case for preemptive war against Iraq, most notably when Secretary of State Powell spoke in the United Nations Security Council on 5 Feb. 2003 and in the President's 2003 State of the Union address.
Other details that came out last week charged that DCI Tenet and his deputy, John McLaughlin, and other senior intel officials failed to tell Powell and other senior policymakers that U.S. interrogators never had formally debriefed Curveball. The Los Angeles Times reported that according to Tyler Drumheller, former chief of the CIA European Division, a German intel officer warned him in the fall of 2002, "Don't even ask to see him [Curveball] because he's a fabricator and he's crazy."
A former senior administration official said Tenet personally assured Powell of Curveball's reliability. There was no senior-level U.S. request to the German government for access to Curveball. Neither DIA, that oversaw the case, nor the CIA, subjected Curveball's information to a competitive analysis or applied routine verification procedures to him, such as polygraph tests. Analysts also disregarded the fact that Curveball's brother was a senior official of the Iraqi National Congress, an Iraqi opposition group that the CIA considered unreliable and infiltrated by Saddam’s government.
Tenet and McLaughlin responded with furious denials to claims they had apparently ignored warnings that Curveball was unreliable. But former DDO James Pavitt insisted debates had raged inside the CIA about Curveball's credibility. "The fact is there was yelling and screaming about this guy," said Pavitt. "My people were saying: 'We think he's a stinker.' "
Drumheller said he and other senior officials in his office repeatedly warned about Curveball. "Everyone in the chain of command knew exactly what was happening," said Drumheller, who retired in November after 25 years with the agency. He said he never met personally with Tenet, but did talk to McLaughlin and everybody else. "They can say whatever they want," Drumheller said. "They know what the truth is... . I did not lie."
"Believe me, there are literally inches and inches of documentation" including "dozens and dozens of e-mails and memos and things like that detailing meetings" where officials sharply questioned Curveball's credibility, Drumheller said. (DKR)
COMMISSION CALLS FOR DNI TO ACT ON IC AGENCIES – On 1 April, the co-chairmen of President Bush's commission on intelligence called for the incoming DNI to take action against agencies, and perhaps individuals, responsible for the worst of the failures to accurately assess prewar Iraq's weapons programs, the Washington Post reported.
"Wrong calls and failures to correct the record we believe were so serious that the DNI ought to look at those institutions and decide specific remedies," said Charles Robb during a joint interview with his fellow co-chairman, Laurence Silberman.
Silberman said that he believed the IG/CIA was looking into the matter. If any actions are taken, Silberman added, "we would hope it would be by the CIA first," and then believe the DNI would look at them all.
The commission's report singled out three agencies for contributing crucially to the Iraq WMD debacle. As the three, after making serious errors, resisted admitting them, the commission urged the DNI to consider reconstituting or reorganizing the units. The agencies were the Army's National Ground Intelligence Center, DoD's Defense Humint Service and the CIA's Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation and Arms Control Center, known as WINPAC.
The commission found NGIC, which studies foreign military equipment, was completely wrong in concluding that aluminum tubes were not useful for rockets, thus supporting a hypothesis later discarded, that Iraq acquired them to build uranium centrifuges for a nuclear weapons program. NGIC failed to pursue basic information that could have prevented the misjudgment, the commission said, even though the subject was at the core of its assigned area of expertise.
DoD's DHS, which handles foreign-agent reports, inexcusably failed to rescind information provided by an Iraqi exile (not Curveball) after learning he was a known fabricator. DHS then compounded the error by failing to notice that the fabricator's information was in Secretary of State Powell's February 2003 speech to the U.N. Security Council.
The commission found that DoD's DHS disseminated information from Curveball, another unreliable source, while taking little or no responsibility for checking the accuracy of his reports.
When questioned about disseminating information provided by Curveball, DHS called itself a conduit for the material and resisted the idea it had any real responsibility to vet his veracity, the panel said.
WINPAC, which handled all-source WMD analysis, disseminated what turned out to be inaccurate information on both the aluminum tubes and Curveball's claims about biological production facilities. WINPAC showed great reluctance to correct these errors, even well after they had become obvious, the panel said.
The commission also found that certain WINPAC analysts were forced to leave the center after they said reassessments should be circulated as a result of doubts about the accuracy of Curveball's information. An analyst who spoke out about Curveball told the panel he was read the riot act by his office director and accused of making waves and being biased.
The commission was highly critical of the CIA's handling of questions within the agency about Curveball's credibility. (DKR)
PRESIDENT'S DAILY BRIEF SAID TO BE OF LITTLE VALUE - Top government officials who read the President's Daily Brief told the Sllberman-Robb commission they find it of little value, the New York Times reported on 3 April.
Citing Robb and Silberman as its source, the Times said officials told the commission they read the PDB brief mainly because they knew it was going to drive the president's schedule on a given day, and they had to be prepared for that reason. "I cannot recall any particular current or former official saying that they believed the PDB was in and of itself that valuable to them," Robb said. "It was more of a defensive reading of the document."
The comments suggest that shortcomings in the briefs before the Iraq war have not been remedied despite CIA efforts in recent months to improve them. National security adviser Stephen Hadley's spokesman, Frederick Jones, said the White House did not want to discuss a privileged presidential document.
PDBs carry the latest intelligence on nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea, the activities of al-Qa'ida and emerging threats elsewhere. The commission's finding that prewar PDBs likely conveyed a greater sense of certainty than the data warranted is still very much a concern, Silberman and Robb said.
The commission found the briefs left an impression of many corroborating reports when in fact there were very few sources. Some administration officials say Bush now demands to see some of the backup sourcing, but they could not say how often he hears dissenting views. The president is given an oral briefing each morning from 8 to 8:45 on foreign intelligence and domestic security. The agency briefer is usually accompanied by DCI Goss. The DCI has said that preparing, studying and
delivering the brief takes as much as six hours a day.
The commission urged that the DNI should not be the person who briefs the president, or even be in the room every day when the report is given, AP reported on 31 March. "For if the DNI is consumed by current intelligence, the long-term needs of the intelligence community will suffer," the report said.
The commission co-chairmen suggested that intense competition among the intelligence agencies and their divisions to get their own reports into the president's brief often skewed the document.
A former senior intelligence official said the team of analysts and editors who compile the brief each night have tried to make changes along the lines recommended by the commission. Headlines are less sensational and more neutral, the official said, and alternative views of other agencies are
included more often. But, the former official said, taking a longer-range view of world developments, as the commission recommends, is not easy.
"The daily mission eats your lunch," he said. "Policymakers ask dozens of questions every day that have to be answered within 24 hours." (DKR)
PANEL WARNS BUSH IC WILL ATTACK DNI'S AUTHORITY - The Silberman-Rodd commission warned President Bush he should expect intelligence agencies to attempt to undermine the authority of the DNI, the Washington Post reported on 1 April.
"They are some of the government's most headstrong agencies," the commission wrote to Bush. "Sooner or later, they will try to run around -- or over -- the DNI. Then, only your determined backing will convince them that we cannot return to the old ways."
Many insiders admitted to the commission that the IC has an almost perfect record of resisting external recommendations," the report said. "I'm sure there are people plotting right now," said Melissa Boyle Mahle, a former CIA DO officer.
Although the IC is full of talented, dedicated people, the report said, "they seem to be working harder and harder just to maintain a status quo that is increasingly irrelevant to the new challenges presented by weapons of mass destruction." To obtain the best work from the agencies, the commission said, policymakers must pressure the intelligence community to the point of discomfort.
The commission learned that a turf battle raged for more than a year between the CIA Counterterrorist Center and the newer Terrorist Threat Integration Center (now the National Counterterrorist Center). In June 2004, the director of the TTIC, which was supposed to function as the government's top threat analysis center, warned DCI Tenet that the center was at the breaking point and could not perform its mission because the agency and other IC bodies refused to detail experienced officers to staff it. The interagency squabbling never ended, the report says.
Referring to the agency’s hierarchy, Mahle said, "The whole structure is set up to preserve the status quo." "You have to break the back of the [CIA] chiefs of station" and regional directors, the traditional operations managers, "to force innovative thinking," she said. (DKR)
COMMISSION SHOCKED BY LOSS OF ASSETS THROUGH MEDIA LEAKS - The Silberman - Robb panel was shocked to learn of the loss of critical intelligence assets over the past 20 years as a result of leaks to the news media, the New York Times reported.
"We were stunned even in the war on terror to find out how leaks had so hampered that," Silberman and Robb said. As a remedy, he and Robb suggested prosecuting leakers and discussed granting journalists a limited privilege to protect anonymous sources, setting out circumstances under which reporters would be required to disclose sources. But the panel could not reach agreement on such a proposal, the co-chairmen said. (DKR)
NEED FOR WAYS FOR SOLDIERS TO ACCESS BATTLEGROUND INFORMATION - IT companies need to develop ways for soldiers on the ground to have access to, and the ability to share, battlefield information, especially as the services conduct more operations in urban areas, according to Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Michael Hagee, Defense Daily reported on 31 March.
The capability to connect disparate units spread over the battlefield will help provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to commanders who can then call in fire support against the enemy, Hagee said, speaking on 30 March at the Northern Virginia chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Naval IT day in McLean, VA.
RADM Don Harvey (USN ret.) commented to WINs that Hagee was talking like an Intel officer concerned with ISR problems and this meant something is going to be done in the near future and that intel types are being told to work on the problems
Hagee also saw IT as critical to sea basing, a key component of the USN's Sea Power 21 concept. IT would also become vital to sea base logistics. For example, it could be used to locate parts on transit ships and to have robots retrieve the items, even in sea states of three or four. "In order for sea base to work, we have to be able to do that," Hagee said.
Hagee also said he was not happy that soldiers are unable to pass information between units. "Shame on industry and shame on us for letting this happen."
Another concern, said Hagee, is that the proliferation of UAVs, such as ScanEagle, means frequency management will become an issue. He said industry and the Marine Corps would have to think through how to manage all those frequencies and what will happen when UAVs begin to interact with each other.
Urban combat will also pose a problem for electronic systems and those that require the
transmission of data, Hagee said. "We have jammers for improvised explosive devices that work well, but they don’t always work in built up areas. Interoperability of equipment has left something to be desired." (Don Harvey, DKR)
TRAVEL, PRIVACY ADVOCATES OPPOSE RFID PASSPORTS - A government plan to embed U.S. passports with radio frequency ID chips starting this summer is being met by resistance from travel and privacy groups who say the technology is untested and could create a security risk for travelers, the Washington Post reported on 3 April.
The chips are designed to make passports work like employee ID cards. State Department officials said the RFID technology would allow customs agents to quickly process passengers at airports and borders. The passports are to be issued to diplomats starting in August, and the program later expanded to applicants for new passports over the next year.
Each chip is to contain a digital record of all information printed on the passport, including the holder's photograph, enhanced by facial recognition technology.
Travel industry groups and privacy advocates say the chips would do more harm than good. Critics say terrorists or thieves could use hand-held chip readers to identify U.S. citizens anywhere they travel. Such readers are available from $500 up to several thousand dollars, depending on the level of sophistication.
"If you're walking around in Beirut, it would be well worth al-Qa'ida's money to use one of these readers to pick out the Americans from the Swedes without any problem," according to ACLU's Barry Steinhardt. But officials at State and some RFID industry executives said it would be difficult, if not impossible, to intercept transmissions because the antenna to be embedded in U.S. passports can only be read from four inches away. But Donald Davis, editor of Card Technology magazine, said that consultants in Europe have been able to intercept data on chips from several feet away. (DKR)
HOUSE CHAIRMAN SAYS U.S. UNLIKELY TO EXTEND BIOMETRIC PASSPORT DEADLINE - The chairman of the House committee overseeing U.S. immigration laws warned on 31 March that Congress was unlikely to extend an October deadline for the European Union to adopt biometric passports, the Financial Times (London) reported.
Rep. James Sensenbrenner's warning raised the possibility that many European travelers to the United States could be obliged to obtain visas after the 26 October deadline, adding substantially to the time and expense involved in visits to America. The coming deadline is for an extension already granted.
The visa-waiver scheme, under which travelers from 27 mostly European countries can easily enter the United States, has been criticized by some Republican congressmen as a loophole that could be exploited by terrorists.
Sensenbrenner spoke the day after the EU said it had asked America for more time to introduce secure biometric passports. www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/03/31/weu31.xml&sSheet=/news/2005
London, which is not bound by EU biometric passport regulations, is also negotiating with Washington for a one-year extension, which is broadly supported by the Bush administration.
Visa-waiver countries account for about 13 million travelers to the United States each year, and, according to the FT, the State Department lacks the resources to issue visas to them. (DKR)
HOW AMERICANS CAME TO TAKE MILITARY ACTIVISM FOR GRANTED - Andrew J. Acetic, The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced By War (Oxford University Press, 270 pp. $28)
Bacevich, a West Point graduate, spent 23 years in the Army, fought in Vietnam and left the service as a lieutenant colonel. Today he is a professor of international relations at Boston University.
Bacevich used to be on good terms with the neoconservatives, writing for such periodicals as Commentary and the Weekly Standard. No longer. He sees Operation Iraqi Freedom as a war launched in a spasm of strategic irrationality and the war on terrorism as camouflage for stealing oil from the countries that have it.
Interventions in Bosnia, Somalia, Haiti, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq have exposed how inappropriate an instrument they actually were for solving foreign policy problems. Worse, according to Bacevich, Abu Ghraib showed American soldiers not as liberators but as tormentors, not as professionals but as sadists getting cheap thrills.
The American people, he finds, have persuaded themselves that global power projection, which implies military activism without apparent limit, has become the normal condition to which no plausible alternatives seem to exist. "All of this Americans have come to take for granted: it's who we are and what we do." (DKR)
THE PAINFUL MAKING OF A MAN AND STATESMAN – Bob Dole, One Soldier’s Story: A Memoir (HarperCollins, 304 pp. $25.95)
The former senator and presidential contender begin his memoir with what comes across as an archetypically American childhood in Kansas in which the idyllic triumphs despite his family’s modest circumstances.
After college, the young Dole joins the army during World War II, writing letters home all about Mom’s cooking, college sports and fraternity life. But then Dole is sent to Italy and, not long before the end of the war, is victim of a German shell that leaves him nearly paralyzed with a badly damaged spine and shoulder.
Dole recounts s the painful convalescence that followed and that took three years before he regained use of his legs and arms. It was a time of strain on his family as well as his difficulty in coming to terms with his shattered body.
This is a memoir to the agonizing testing of a young man who triumphed over adversity through faith, family and hard work. (DKR)
A MARINE LOOKS AT KOREA THEN AND NOW - James Brady, The Scariest Place in the World: A Marine Returns to North Korea (St. Martin’s Press, 288 pp. $24.95)
A skilled writer, Brady opens by taking the reader on a trip to Hill 749, the battlefield where he fought. In sight of North Korean emplacements, it is now defended by a South Korean army far superior to that which fought during the Korean war.
Moving on to Seoul, he arrives in a city of skyscrapers that had no building left standing over two stories tall when he last saw it in 1951.
He vividly portrays fellow Marines, including the late Rhode Island governor and senator John Chaffee, as they were in old age and in their youth, when they faced the invading Chinese. (DKR)
COUNTERINTEL STRATEGY PUBLISHED - The National Counterintelligence Executive has published its first National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States, intended to transform the conduct of counterintelligence as an instrument of national policy.
Nearly 80 Americans have been caught spying since 1985, and the Bush administration has launched a more aggressive anti-spying effort to better combat foreign intelligence activities. The spy cases reveal a systemic vulnerability and lack of a comprehensive focus on protecting U.S. secrets, according to the report.
The new strategy will require substantial changes in the conduct of U.S. counterintelligence, according to Michelle Van Cleave, head of NCIX that was founded in 2002. The new strategy calls for replacing the current counterintelligence system, which is fragmented, lacks centralized leadership and focuses too much on individual spy cases, the report said.
The report may be found in Adobe format under Publications on the NCIX website www.ncix.gov (DKR)
IC TO DRAW UP SECRET LIST OF UNSTABLE COUNTRIES - The intelligence community is drawing up a secret list of 25 countries where instability might precipitate U.S. intervention, according to officials in charge of a new office set up to co-ordinate planning for nation-building and conflict prevention, the Financial Times (London) reported on 29 March.
The list will be revised every six months by the National Intelligence Council, according to Carlos Pascual, head of the newly formed State Department Office of Reconstruction and Stabilization.
Conceived out of the acknowledged failure of postwar reconstruction efforts in Iraq, the FT said, the new office amounts to recognition by the Bush administration that it needs to do better. But some advisers believe its small budget - $17 million requested from Congress for this year and $124 million in FY 2006 - reflects a lack of commitment in an administration that remains deeply divided over nation-building. (DKR)
INTELLIGENCE COORDINATOR - NEW MEXICO HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA - CLOSING DATE: April 29, 2005 Salary negotiable beginning at $85,123 plus benefits This is a new position established by the Executive Board of the New Mexico High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NM HIDTA). The person selected will be hired on a yearly contract to the NM HIDTA. This position is contingent on an annually renewable federal grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and on satisfactory performance. The position will be based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The NM HIDTA will provide no relocation funding. This position will support NM HIDTA intelligence efforts in the state of New Mexico. Frequent travel at government expense will be required. Applicants may be required to travel to the NM HIDTA at their own expense for an interview. Position Summary: The Intelligence Coordinator implements intelligence program priorities and objectives for the NM HIDTA based on policy and guidelines furnished by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the NM HIDTA Executive Board and its Intelligence Subcommittee. This position receives performance review from the NM HIDTA Executive Board and its Intelligence Subcommittee. These bodies have authorized the NM HIDTA Director to represent them in direct oversight of the Intelligence Coordinator’s activities. On the Board’s behalf, the NM HIDTA Director clarifies policy guidance and reviews the overall performance for accomplishments and contributions to the NM HIDTA mission. The Intelligence Coordinator provides administrative oversight to the intelligence program, ensuring compliance with NM HIDTA priorities and objectives. Program activities are conducted to assure support for investigations of all echelons of drug traffickers and/or drug money launderers. Support to interregional or international investigations is a high priority. Major Duties: On Behalf of the Executive Board and its Intelligence Subcommittee, the Intelligence Coordinator: · Ensures compliance with ONDCP Program Guidance and NM HIDTA policies as they relate to intelligence activities. Oversees the development of the annual NM HIDTA Threat Assessment Report.; Based on the annual Threat Assessment coordinates the development of the intelligence portion of the NM HIDTA strategy; Provides general oversight/coordination in the annual preparation of intelligence initiatives and proposals. Ensures that intelligence priorities and objectives are clearly identified and realistic, and consistent with other NM HIDTA programs and initiatives; Monitors the progress of intelligence coordination activities and periodically reports to the Director, NM HIDTA and the NM HIDTA Executive Committee and its subcommittees; At the express direction of the Executive Board and/or Intelligence Subcommittee, may represent the NM HIDTA in intelligence-related forums involving other HIDTAs and non-HIDTA agencies; Develops methodologies to maximize intelligence sharing among law enforcement agencies in the NM HIDTA. Works with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies when requested, to help develop mutually beneficial law enforcement intelligence programs; Ensures that the NM HIDTA intelligence function provides optimal service to NM HIDTA participating agencies. Identifies funding needs to the Director, NM HIDTA, and recommends reprogramming of funds where needed; Ensures that the NM HIDTA wide-area network operates within security standards set by the NM HIDTA Executive Board and ONDCP; Analyzes NM HIDTA intelligence programs to identify deficiencies, critical problems, progress toward objectives, the need for revision of programs, and method of operation; Manages the implementation of NM HIDTA event/target deconfliction; Develops/oversees implementation of intelligence standard operating procedures to ensure timely and effective intelligence products; Develops and maintains systems or procedures for tracking various statistics needed by the NM HIDTA and/or participating NM HIDTA agencies; Coordinates and ensures appropriate intelligence training for NM HIDTA personnel and participating agencies. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - Must meet requirements for a Top Secret security clearance; Must possess exceptional writing and public speaking skills; Must be able to work effectively in an interagency environment with federal, state and local law enforcement; Must possess a high degree of creativity and initiative to develop realistic strategies to identify and correct program deficiencies, improve methods of operation, progress towards objectives and achieve desired results; Must exercise sound judgment to carry out activities independently within the guidelines; Must have extensive operational experience in law enforcement and law enforcement intelligence; Must possess a working knowledge of intelligence architecture systems at the federal, state and local level; Must have a working knowledge of 28 CFR, part 23; Must have a general working knowledge of computers, networking technology and security; Must be able to travel frequently at government expense.
Education/Experience - Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field, or equivalent experience; Extensive experience in drug law enforcement, preferably with a management focus; Preference will be given to those with experience supervising law enforcement intelligence units; Preference will be given to those with experience managing intelligence programs; Preference will be given to those with experience in developing and managing complex multi-agency programs, including their evaluation.
How to Apply: Résumés should specifically address the items within this announcement. Send résumés via U.S. Mail to: Director, NM HIDTA, 2450 Lakeside, Building A, Las Cruces, NM 88007
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Personnel for Personnel Recovery (PR) planning and execution services (PR Administration) in order to establish and operate in-country Combined Country Team Personnel Recovery Centers (CCPRCs) as required by the USSOUTHCOM Personnel Recovery Mission Analysis in its area of responsibility (AOR). USSOUTHCOM will provide the required resources to support the establishment of the CCPRC in countries in its AOR identified as having hostile and uncertain environments and within the scope of Department of Defense (DoD) operations within those countries. The contractor will provide an adequate number of trained and qualified personnel in each Government identified location (expected level of effort is generally one or two personnel unless a specific mission dictates otherwise). The countries identified for immediate contractor support are Peru, and Bolivia. Future support may be required in other Central and South American countries and is likely in the countries of Colombia, Panama, Ecuador and Venezuela. PLACES OF PERFORMANCE: US Embassy, Military Group Bogota, Colombia; US Embassy, Military Assistance Advisory Group (USMAAG) Lima, Peru; US Embassy, Military Group La Paz and Santa Cruz, Bolivia; US Embassy, Office of Defense Corporation Panama City, Panama; US Embassy, Military Group Quito, Ecuador; US Embassy, Military Group Caracas, Venezuela.
(i) Serve as vital team member on the country CCPRC and as the subject matter expert in all aspects of Country Team and Partner Nation (PN) PR to include Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR); Joint Combat Search and Rescue (JCSAR); Non-conventional assisted recovery (NAR); Evasion and Recovery (E&R); and Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE). (ii) Responsible to provide administrative support relative to doctrine and policy issues as well as planning and training development. (iii) Serves as the primary focal point within the US Embassy to ensure PR training, education and operations plans are developed to support all operations. (iv) Responsible for reviewing all recovery plans and training requirements prior to submission for approval. (v) Coordinates with Country Team (Interagency) and Partner Nation to establish forces available and prepared to support personnel recovery operations. REQUIREMENTS: (i) Joint Personnel Recovery Agency PR 102, 240, 301, 303 graduate; (ii) Service SERE School graduate; (iii) Latin America Orientation Course graduate; (iv) Dynamics of International Terrorism graduate; (v) At least 5 years experience in Personnel Recovery.
4.1 SECURITY REQUIREMENTS: Planners are required to have TS/SCI access with an assigned billet. b. Trained and qualified on the 9MM weapon. When travel into or over a hostile or uncertain environment in USSOUTHCOM’s AOR the governing Embassy, IAW Agency Procedures, may authorize a weapon to be issued to the CCPRC personnel IAW US SOUTHCOM and US Embassy procedures. FOR FURTHER JOB INFORMATION, CONTACT: Bruce Kaplan, Strategic Resources Group, US: 305-321-0021, LatAm: +(591)70818444, Thuraya Sat Phone: +(882)1677454832 or +(882)1677454831, Kuwait: +(965)914-1988, Iraq:+(964)770-131-0215
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SOUGHT FOR CYBER CONFLICT ASSOCIATION - The Cyber Conflict Studies Association has an immediate opening for an Executive Director, who will also serve as the Association’s President.
Background: The purpose of the CCSA is to develop intellectual capacity in the field of cyber conflict. This growth should result in PhD programs and faculty positions within academia dedicated to researching key cyber security issues; also in the development of experts who will contribute to the development of related national policy.
Position responsibilities: The ED will manage the business of the CCSA, acting in the capacity of its chief executive. The ED will oversee the development of workshops and colloquia, develop and implement a strategic plan to meet CCSA goals, and develop long-term funding sources for the CCSA including obtaining grants. The ED will oversee the publishing of research findings,
recommendations, policy papers and other scholarly works of the Association to the academic
community at large; also the launch and maintenance of an updated CCSA web site. He/she will work closely with senior leadership in government, academia, and industry to help further CCSA goals. He/she will take strategic direction from the Board.
Position requirements: PhD desired; Masters degree required. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to work effectively within academia, as well as the ability to define and meet business objectives. He/she will have experience with policy and operational issues; have research experience; have demonstrated the ability to grow an enterprise; and have excellent interpersonal, communications, and management skills. Some travel will be required. It is anticipated that the candidate will live on the East Coast, but this is not a requirement.
Terms: The position is funded for the next three years on a half-time basis (20 hrs per week). The selected candidate will be a part-time employee of the National Center at Norwich University, VT. He or she will be supported by an administrative assistant, who will also work an average of 20 hours per week in support of the CCSA.
CCSA Point of Contact: Interested candidates should send their resume or c.v. to Ms. Jessica
INTERNATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM ASSOCIATION SEEKS MEMBERS - The International Association of Counter-Terrorism Investigators was created in 1983 by law enforcement professionals to establish an international forum to provide professionals with knowledge, cooperation, communication, and world-class training.
The hub of the IACTI effort is the web site at www.iacti.org. The site currently offers extensive information and data on Terrorism, Counterterrorism, Intelligence, Counterintelligence, Intelligence Analysis, Special Operations, Profiles of Terrorist Individuals, Profiles of Terrorist Groups, Security Issues, Publications, News, Links, potential employment opportunities and more.
IACTI Members receive a Certificate of Membership suitable for framing and an IACTI lapel pin. Members are eligible, on completion of a credible process, to obtain certification as a CERTIFIED COUNTERTERRORISM INVESTIGATOR. In the days to come, they will also receive access to the Counter Terrorism Journal, which will highlight recent events, training, terrorist incidents, and professional articles on all terrorism related topics. They will be eligible to attend continuing educational and training events and to submit articles for publication in the Counterterrorism Journal and on the IACTI web site.
The international community should not become mired in a bunker mentality and allow terrorists to instill fear and apprehension. Professional counterterrorism investigators must carry the war to the terrorist on every conceivable front. The public at large should join the effort by supporting the front line fighters and providing any information that may benefit that effort. IACTI is a part of this effort and with your aid and assistance that effort will grow and become more potent and effective.
Membership application forms may be downloaded at www.iacti.org Membership fees are: Professional $125.00; Corporate $350.00; Retired $75.00. (DKR)
SYRIA SAYS IRAQI-HELD PAIR NOT SPIES - Syria has demanded Iraq release two Syrians who it said were forced to confess to being spies in an Iraqi television broadcast, Reuters reported on 30 March.
Damascus said Ahmad al-Farra and Mahmoud al-Rammah, were forced to present hemselves falsely and under threat on Iraqi television, the government satellite channel, as intelligence officers of the Syrian army but were really merchants.
Rammah and Farra frequented Iraq to buy leather, the official Syrian news agency said. The families of the two men said they were not educated enough or physically fit enough to have
carried out the tasks of which the Iraqi report accused them.
Iraqiya television has aired videotaped interviews in the past few weeks with suspects who said they were hired by people working for Syrian intelligence to carry out terrorist attacks in Iraq.
Iraqi officials have frequently announced that they have captured dozens of foreign fighters,
including Syrians, in major security operations. (DKR)
IRAN COMPLAINS OVER SPY CONVICTIONS IN EGYPT - The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Egyptian Interests Section chief Shoqi Ismaili on 29 March to hear a complaint about the conviction by a Cairo court of Mahmud Id Dabus, an Egyptian charged with spying for Iran, and Mohammad Rezadust, an Iranian diplomat, tried in absentia, according to RFE/RL Newsline, Part III, on 30 March.
(See EGYPTIAN SAYS IRANIANS HAD PLAN TO ASSASSINATE MUBARAK, WIN 09-05 dtd 28 February 2005)
On 27 March, the court sentenced Id Dabus to 35 years and Rezadust to 25 years in jail.
According to the Cairo newspaper, Al-Misri Al-Yawm, on 20 February, Id Dabus was hired by Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps in a failed plot to assassinate President Hosni Mubarak. (DKR)
EVELYN COUFAL - The former CIA librarian died of congestive heart failure on 23 March at the Chevy Chase home of her brother-in-law, Edward Ryan. She was 92, the Washington Post reported on 29 March.
Miss Coufal moved to Washington in the 1950s to attend library school at Catholic University,
receiving a master's degree in library science in 1956. She then joined the CIA as a librarian. At her retirement in 1972, she was presented with a certificate of distinction for her work by DCI Richard
Born in Dwight, NE, she grew up in the nearby town of York. She worked as a secretary in Nebraska until she and her younger sister, Edna, joined the Foreign Service as secretaries in 1946. The two sisters were assigned to the U.S. legation in Helsinki, where Miss Coufal was secretary to the chief of mission. In 1948, she returned to Nebraska to enroll at York College, from which she graduated in 1952.
After retiring from the CIA, Miss Coufal moved back to York and helped oversee the building of a new library there. In 2003, she returned to Chevy Chase to live with her sister and brother-in-law. Her sister died last December. There are no immediate survivors. (DKR)
5 April 05 - Las Vegas, NV - The AFIO Las Vegas Chapter celebrates the newly opened Atomic Testing Museum with special tour. Their private tour of the Museum begins at 6 p.m., led by Troy E. Wade II, the Nevada Test Site Museum Foundation Chairman and a member of the AFIO chapter. The Museum includes artifacts on loan from personal collections, the Smithsonian, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Labs, as well as pieces of the Berlin Wall and the World Trade Center. The concept of the museum... "a 50-year walk through the Cold War." Wade, who was Asst Secretary of Energy for Defense Programs at DOE; and other high DOE posts, agrees with Newsweek Magazine's February 28th review of the new museum: "Rarely do museums blow you away. Yet at the new Atomic Testing Museum...guests experience a simulation of an aboveground nuclear test - complete with trembling benches, explosive noise and swoosh of air. After that, the audience watches a film about the history of testing at the Nevada Test Site north of Las Vegas." TO ATTEND: The special chapter fee for this event is only $7/pp - spouses & guests welcome. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 702.295.0073. More about the museum can be found at: http://www.ntshf.org/
6 - 9 April 05 - Chicago, IL - SCIP 20th Annual International Conference & Exhibition - At the Hyatt Regency Chicago, an event not to miss. Business intelligence, business planning and analysis, competitive intelligence, forecasting, market research, mergers and acquisitions, new product development, opposition research, proposal management, sales, strategic planning and analysis, technical intelligence. If you, or your company, are 'going places,' this is one of the places to go to make it happen. A total education and training event with following tracks: Academic; Global, Government & Security; innovation in Practice; Leadership & Management; and Tools, Techniques, and Networks. Keynote presentation by Bob Galvin, former Chairman, Motorola; Modest fee for full event. Info and registration at: http://www.scip.org/chicago . SCIP is at 1700 Diagonal Rd Ste 600, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 739-0696.
11 April 05 – Washington, D.C. – Will Intelligence Reforms Work? - The Law and Government Program of American University's Washington College of Law will present a panel discussion on "The Reforms of U.S. Intelligence and Counterterrorism Policy: Will They Work?" Professor Daniel Marcus, who was General Counsel of the 9/11 Commission, will moderate the program. The participants in the panel discussion are: Jamie S. Gorelick, a member of the 9/11 Commission and Deputy Attorney General of the United States 1994-1997; Walter B. Slocombe, a member of the Presidential Commission on Intelligence Capabilities Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (whose public report is expected to be available before 11 April) and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy 1994-2001; John C. Gannon, Staff Director, House Select Committee on Homeland Security 2003- 2005, Chairman, National Intelligence Council 1997-2001, and CIA Deputy Director for Intelligence 1995-1997; and Michael Bopp, Staff Director and Chief Counsel, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and principal drafter of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. The program will take place in Room 603 (the Moot Courtroom) at the Law
School, which is located at 4801 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. between 5 and 7 p.m. on Monday, 11 April. There will be a reception immediately following the program. Kelly McClanahan, President, National Security and Law Society, American University Washington College of Law. http://wcl.american.edu/org/nsls
12 April 05 - Tampa, FL - AFIO's Florida Suncoast Chapter hosts luncheon and talk at the MacDill AFB Officers' Club. Event starts at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon; speaker -- Dr. Frank R. Durr, DPA, speaks on his long experience in the field of counterintelligence during his military career, with special insights on the assassination of President Kennedy [from Durr's time as Special Agent in the 66th MI Group in West Germany in 1964]. Cost: $12/pp. RSVP by 7 April to Col. Nat Alderman, Jr., at AldermanNJ@aol.com
Tuesday, 12 April 2005; 6:30 pm - Inside Stories: Intrigue in the Pyrenees — Dr. Charles L. Schepens of the Belgian Resistance - Meet a true WWII hero—and hear dramatic details of the double life he led to aid the Allies. With a back country logging business as a front, “Jacques Pérot,” a young Belgian ophthalmologist, fooled the Nazis into thinking he was on their side while he and his comrade, a Basque shepherd, passed intelligence and evacuees across the French-Spanish border! Join the daring Pérot, actually Dr. Charles L. Schepens, and Meg Ostrum, who wrote about his story in The Surgeon and the Shepherd, for a captivating evening of deception, suspense, drama, courage, and great success. Ms. Ostrum and Dr. Schepens will sign the book following the presentation. Co-sponsored by the Embassy of Belgium, the Union francophone des Belges à l’étranger, and The Washington Flanders Club. Advance registration required at http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/index.asp#Register_Now
14 April 05 - San Francisco, CA - AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts cocktails, dinner, and speaker at the United Irish Cultural Center (UICC) - St. Francis Room Main Floor, 2700 45th Ave (between Sloat and Wawona). Speaker is military historian Philip Gioia, a Bay area business executive who served for ten years in U.S. Army infantry, airborne and special operations in the U.S. and SE Asia, and was awarded Silver Star and Purple Heart. He speaks on 'A Near-Run Thing' - How Allied Intelligence Countered the V-Weapons Threat in World War II. 6:30 Cocktails; 7:15 Dinner or chicken chardonnay or Filet of Halibut. $35/pp members, $45/pp non-members. Reservations to Mary Lou Anderson no later than end of day 4/8/05. Reservations not cancelled by end of day 4/8/05 must be honored. Send reservation, including check and menu choice to: Mary Lou Anderson, 46 Anchorage Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965-1626, or call 415-332-6440
15 Apr 05 - Tysons Corner, VA - Naval Intelligence Professionals Annual Red Tie Luncheon and Dworkin Award presentation - Tysons Corner Holiday Inn. RADM Porterfield, Director of Naval Intelligence, will be the principal speaker. All US naval intelligence professionals, past and current, invited. $30. You can register through the NIP website http://www.navintpro.org (click on item of interest, Red Tie Luncheon and then register on-line) or contact: Navintpro@aol.com or tel: 703-250-6765. Red Tie Luncheons began many years ago as a means for analysts following the Soviet Navy to get together and network. Since then, they have developed into events for analysts to meet and to rub elbows and hear the opinions of the leadership of naval intelligence.
16 April 05 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO MAINE Chapter hosts Veteran AFIO member and Univ New Hampshire Professor Doug Wheeler who has agreed to reveal his findings from his research into the circumstances surrounding the death of actor Leslie Howard, one of the last great mysteries of WW II. Meeting is at 2:00 p.m. in Hank's Room at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street, corner of Fletcher, in downtown Kennebunk. New members welcome. Chapter dues for 2005 are $25. For questions or information contact Barbara Storer, 9 Spiller Drive, Kennebunk, ME 04043. tel. 207.985-2392.
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: email@example.com; Website: http://www.ncva-ne.org
17-20 April 2005 - Copenhagen, Denmark - ASIS, ASIS European Security Conference http://www.asisonline.org/
18 - 21 April 05 - SFSAFBI Western Regional Conference - For more information, please visit http://www.socxfbi.org/Conference/Conferences.htm
18 April 05 - Waukesha, WI - The Cold War Museum-Midwest Chapter hosts Panel Discussion: When Empires Clash - A Cold War Discourse with Khrushchev and Powers. $16.00/pp at 7 pm at Carroll College Ballroom Student Center, 100 North East Ave, Waukesha, WI. Dr. Sergei Khrushchev and Francis Gary Powers, Jr., sons of two Cold War icons, are joined by RADM Ronald Kurth (Ret), 36-yr Navy vet who served at U.S. Embassy Moscow, to discuss Cold War flash points -- Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam War, and rise/fall of Nikita Khrushchev. Further info at: www.freewebs.com/coldwar Questions by voice to: 262.227.1198. Chapter is at PO Box 1112, Waukesha, WI 53187-1112.
Monday, 18 April 2005; 3 - 9:30 pm at Ford’s Theatre - Spy Seminar: The Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy - Retrace the steps of John Wilkes Booth—literally! Why did a handsome, successful actor murder President Lincoln? Examine the Lincoln assassination anew—at the scene of the crime and throughout the neighborhood—during this eye-opening event. On one fact alone do scholars agree: President Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. All else is suspect! While you face the very balcony where President and Mrs. Lincoln sat, Jay Winik (invited), author of April 1865, and Michael W. Kauffman, author of American Brutus, will set the stage with the facts of the event. Next, like John Wilkes Booth, you’ll escape into the neighborhood, but you’ll have time to tour the “House Where Lincoln Died” and the International Spy Museum, and to dine at one of several restaurants nearby. Return to Ford’s Theatre at 7 pm where experts including Warren Getler, Elizabeth Leonard, and H. Donald Winkler will immerse you in the key conspiracy theories. Was Booth acting as a lone gunman? A player in an internal Union scheme? A tool of the Confederacy? A cog in an insidious global plot? The evening will conclude with a reception at Ford’s Theatre Museum featuring book signings by the experts, a surprise appearance by “Lincoln” and “Booth,” and of course, the opportunity for more discussion.
Seminar to be held at Ford’s Theatre, National Historic Site, National Park Service. Advance registration required at http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/index.asp#Register_Now
20 - 23 April 05 - Fort Knox, KY - The AFIO Midwest Chapter is holding its Spring meeting at Fort Knox. The group is staying at the Golden Manor Motel just off I-65 right outside the entrance to Fort Knox. The PAO arranged that those attending will get the military rate of $58.00, tax included. Contact the motel directly at 1-800-999-8181 and give them group confirmation number 1004114. AAA lists the motel as at Muldraugh, KY and gives it two diamonds. The registration for the event is $10/pp. Members will spend Thursday and Friday viewing a variety of training exercises at Fort Knox and attend a graduation ceremony. They will eat one or two meals with the troops. There will be a meeting on the 19th at 2000 (8:00 pm) at the motel to go over arrangements and the final itinerary for Thursday and Friday. The one absolute constant in dealing with the military is change. Come a day early or stay a day late and take in the Patton Museum - well worth your time. RSVP ASAP to Angelo M. Di Liberti 847-931-4184 or by fax at 847-931-9131 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
22-23 April 05 - New London, CT - AFIO NE Chapter meets at the Lighthouse Inn Resort by the shores of southeastern Connecticut at a beautiful Victorian resort with full room services, day spa, heated outdoor pool and two dining facilities. There are also outdoor gardens, coastal walking trails and all the other amenities that we have previously enjoyed in the area. Herb Romerstein will be the principle speaker and Bob Vickers, CIA Officer in Residence at MIT, will speak on "strategic warning". Vickers was the former National intelligence Officer for Warning on the National Intelligence Council and a long-time CIA veteran. To register contact Art Lindberg at 732.255.8021
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 http://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, http://www.ncsi.com
Thursday, 28 April 05 - Coral Gables, FL - The AFIO Miami Chapter, in conjunction with The Institute for Cuban & Cuban-American Studies, hosts a book presentation from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM for Don Bohning, on his "The Castro Obsession: U.S. Covert Operations Against Cuba, 1959-1965." Don Bohning graduated from the Dakota Wesleyan University in 1955. He spent two years in the United States Army before attending the American Institute for Foreign Trade in Phoenix. He also did graduate work at the University of Miami. In 1959 Bohning joined the Miami Herald staff in 1959 as a reporter. Five years later he became a foreign correspondent for the newspaper. Over the next 36 years he reported from every independent country in the Western Hemisphere. This included the overthrow of Salvador Allende by Augusto Pinochet in Chile, the 1978 Jonestown Massacre in Guyana and the U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1979. Bohning has also written extensively about the Bay of Pigs and the attempts to remove Fidel Castro from power in Cuba. WHERE: Casa Bacardi / Olga-Carlos Saladrigas Hall, Institute for Cuban & Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami, 1531 Brescia Avenue, Coral Gables, Fl Welcome by Jaime Suchlicki, Director of the Institute, and Presenter will be Juan Tamayo, senior correspondent, Miami Herald. RSVP: The Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at (305) 284-CUBA (2822). Open to the public. Space limited.
Thursday, 28 April 2005; 12 noon to 1 pm - Washington, DC - FREE LUNCHTIME AUTHOR DEBRIEFING AND BOOK SIGNING at Spy Museum. Join the author for an informal chat and book signing from. No registration required! Thaddeus Holt, author of The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War
Thaddeus Holt, using newly declassified material, is the first to give a full account of the unprecedented military deception the Allies employed in WWII. Finally, critical details are divulged and questions answered about successful secret operations throughout the war, including early British missions in the Middle East and Europe, the amazing D-Day successes, America’s victory in the Pacific theater, and the war’s culmination on the brink of an invasion of Japan. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and quiz the man who understands the extent of deception that won the war.
Thursday, 12 May 2005; 12 noon to 1 pm - Washington, DC - Melissa Boyle Mahle, author of Denial and Deception: An Insider’s View of the CIA from Iran-Contra to 9/11 gives FREE LUNCHTIME AUTHOR DEBRIEFING AND BOOK SIGNING Join the author for an informal chat and book signing at Spy Museum. No registration required! From the Reagan years through 2002, CIA intelligence officer, Melissa Boyle Mahle, ran operations against Al Qaeda terrorists, conducted missions to interrupt illicit networks plotting to sell weapons of mass destruction, and completed assignments throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa in the interest of national security. Meet her, hear about the many challenges of counterterrorism operations she faced, and find out why she describes the Agency as a “rudderless ship adrift” in the post-Cold War world.
14 May 05 - Eau Gallie Yacht Club, Indian Harbor Beach, Florida - AFIO Satellite Chapter hosts Dr. William Arrasmith, Department of Engineering Systems at Florida Institute of Technology, speaking on Unconventional Imaging. Contact B. Keith at email@example.com for more information
Sunday, 15 May 05 - Tysons Corner, VA - National Military Intelligence Association hosts their XXXI Anniversary and Awards Banquet at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel. Details at http://www.nmia.org.
Thursday, 19 May 2005; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement in America—Yesterday and Today How well do you really know your neighbors? Would it shock you to know that some of the most dangerous anti-U.S. extremists are living among us today as self-described patriots and staunch defenders of the Constitution? Daniel Levitas, author of The Terrorist Next Door, former National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize nominee, will discuss the deadly threat posed by home-grown terrorists. While most Americans have been focused on the potential of violence from abroad, far-right extremists here systematically plot to overthrow the government of the United States. Levitas will reveal how white supremacist paramilitary groups have evolved from their post-Civil War roots to the Oklahoma City bombing and on to their current preoccupation with biological and chemical warfare. Don’t miss this disturbing and enlightening session, including a discussion of the FBI’s preventive measures and the issue of civil liberties in the post-9/11 era. Mr. Levitas will sign The Terrorist Next Door following the presentation. Tickets: $20 Advance registration required at http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/index.asp#Register_Now
Monday, 23 May 2005; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Inside Britain’s Secret WWII World: The Diaries of Guy Liddell by Nigel West. Intrigue, espionage, politics, and plots…and that’s just one day’s entry! The diary of Guy Liddell, MI-5’s World War II counterespionage chief, contained reports so riddled with controversy that the journal was locked in the MI-5 Director-General’s safe for decades. Until now. Famous British espionage expert and author, Nigel West, reveals the diary’s brutally honest and startling entries, ranging from bungled disinformation plans to Churchill’s personal foibles. Retired FBI Special Agent Ray Batvinis, now with the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, will shed light on Liddell’s intense scrutiny of the FBI and his work’s enduring influence on American counterintelligence strategies. Mr. West, editor of The Secret Diaries of Guy Liddell, will sign copies following the presentation. Tickets: $20 Advance registration required at http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/index.asp#Register_Now
23-27 May - Alexandria, VA - IALEIA Annual Conference - The conference will celebrate the 25th anniversary of IALEIA and the 50th anniversary of the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit, which is participating in the event. Registration fees are $275 for members, $375 for non-members, and $150 for associate members and spouses. There will be a program for the spouses). Please keep in mind that IALEIA membership costs $50. Membership information can be found on the IALEIA web page at www.ialeia.org You can register on-line at: http://www.leiu-homepage.org/events/2005dcConference/registration.html Updated conference information can be found there as well. The conference will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria Virginia, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA. Room Rates are $143.00 Single/Double Occupancy (plus 10.5% Tax and $1.00 Occupancy Tax), and $163.00 Triple Occupancy or $183.00 Quadruple Occupancy (plus taxes). For reservations, call (703) 845-1010 or 1-800-HILTONS, and mention the conference to get the special rate. Shuttle service is complimentary from Reagan International Airport, and parking is Free. Scheduled topics include strategic analysis, intelligence-led policing, national and international perspectives on organized crime, high tech crime, and fusion center development. For more information, please contact Ritchie Martinez, IALEIA Executive Director at (520) 547-8760, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org We hope to see you all there!
Thursday, 9 June 2005; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Wild Rose: The Dangerous Mrs. Greenhow by Amy Blackman. A highly dramatic evening of Civil War espionage. Washington, D.C. August 23, 1861: On orders from President Lincoln, detective Allan Pinkerton arrests charming high society widow Rose Greenhow. The lady in question had sweet-talked top-flight Union officials and lowly Union clerks alike, encoded their information, and smuggled messages South—with the help of her own spy ring! Ann Blackman, author of a new biography of Mrs. Greenhow, will expose the spy’s dramatic exploits and her convention-breaking role as a personal emissary of President Jefferson Davis. Wild Rose herself will join the presentation to reveal how she helped the South win the First Battle of Bull Run. Actress Emily Lapisardi recreates Greenhow from her words and deeds, and is ready to withstand interrogation from our audience of espionage experts. Ann Blackman will sign copies of Wild Rose, Civil War Spy, A True Story following the program. Tickets: $20 Advance registration required at http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/index.asp#Register_Now
11 June 05 - Boston, MA - THE THIRD ANNUAL "BOSTON AFIO GROUP" AT THE POPS - RED, WHITE, & BLUE - 8:00 PM Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115 Conductor Bruce Hangen and the Boston Pops Orchestra celebrate Flag Day with Daniel Rodriguez the native New Yorker and “singing policeman,” by performing enduring patriotic favorites that will boost national pride. Join other Boston-based AFIO members in what has become an informal, annual Boston tradition. This year members are asked to purchase tickets directly from the Boston Pops. Tickets ($18.00 - $72.00) went on sale Monday March 7th and will need to be purchased by phone at 888-266-1200 or online at www.bso.org - if still available. If you also wish to provide.
Thursday, 30 June 2005; 12 noon to 1 pm - Washington, DC - The Literary Spy: The Ultimate Source for Quotations on Espionage & Intelligence He writes under the pseudonym Charles E. Lathrop, but you can trade quips and quotes with this CIA speechwriter and analyst face to face at this rare public appearance. A scholar of all-words-espionage, Lathrop went to great lengths to discover and document every reference to intelligence and espionage spoken aloud or put into print—from sources as diverse as the Bible, James Bond films, and presidential speeches. His selection process, favorite quotes, and research techniques are an open book—one that is as interesting to the serious researcher as to espionage aficionados and the armchair spies among us. FREE LUNCHTIME AUTHOR DEBRIEFING AND BOOK SIGNING Join the author for an informal chat and book signing at Spy Museum. No registration required!
22-23 July 05 - Northampton, MA - AFIO NE Chapter meets at the Hotel Northampton, with its friendly atmosphere which offers a large variety of art galleries, museums, clubs & theaters. Nestled amongst Smith, Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts this area has traditionally been a delightful weekend destination. The morning speaker will be AFIO’s own Burton Hersh who, after graduating from Harvard College with high honors, has had a long career as an independent writer. Following a six-year stint as a Fulbright Scholar and military translator in Germany, he returned to New York in the sixties to more than a decade as a successful magazine article writer and author of many books. After lunch Joseph C. Goulden will be speaking on successful spy efforts in our nation’s history. Joe has enjoyed varied careers as a prize-winning newsman, a best-selling author of non-fiction books, a media critic, and as a consultant and commentator on intelligence, national security and public affairs from Washington. In his early years, before becoming a writer, he worked as an underground minder and as a military counterintelligence operative. To register contact Art Lindberg at 732.255.8021
6 August 05 - At Ease Club located in the Indian River Colony Club (IRCC) - Melbourne, Fl. AFIO Satellite Chapter hosts Mr. Andy Byers, author of The Perfect Spy- contact B. Keith at email@example.com for more information
13 August 05 - Lenox, MA - AFIO Members at Tanglewood. 8:30 PM the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by James Conlon with violinist Gil Shaham to present Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D,K.218 & Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 in C, Op. 60, Leningrad in Koussevitzky Music Shed, Lenox, MA, in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. Next day concerts include an All-Mozart Program by the BSO and an evening of All That Jazz conducted by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops with guests "New York Voices." Come and enjoy the weekend concerts with family, friends and AFIO colleagues from New England and New York. Tickets for these informal concerts must be made by phone at 888-266-1200, 617-266-1200 or online at www.bso.org. Saturday evening tickets $19, $28, $47, $70, $85 and $17 (lawn). Contact the Berkshire Visitors Bureau at (800) 237-5747 or www.berkshires.org for reservations/lodgings. They provide a reservation service and excellent resources for comparing places to stay.
7 Oct 05 - Tysons Corner, VA - NIP Annual Meeting & Symposium - Tysons Corner Holiday Inn.
**** 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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