AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #38-05 dated 3 October 2005
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1 - 29 October - Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, VA - Remembering the Park’s History as an OSS Training Camp
5 October - Nellis Air Force Base - AFIO Las Vegas Chapter Meeting
6 October 05 - Washington, DC - Exploring Q’s World: Where Fact and Fiction Collide
7 October 05 - Tysons Corner, VA - NIP Annual Meeting & Symposium
11 October 05 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter Meeting
12-16 October 05 - Arlington, VA - 101-OSS Association and OSS Society Reunion
14-15 October 05 - Fredericton, Canada - Terrorism in History - University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
15 October 05 - Kennebunk, ME - The AFIO Maine Chapter presents "Protecting Our Borders"
26 - 27 October - Washington, DC - NMIA Classified Intelligence Symposium
27-28 October 05 - Lincoln, NH - Naval Cryptologic Veterans Reunion
27-28 October 05 - Laurel, MD - Symposium on Cryptologic History
28 - 30 October 05 - AFIO FBI National Intelligence Symposium and 30th Anniversary Celebration at FBI HQ
5 Nov 05 - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts luncheon
8 - 13 November 05 - Hot Springs, VA - SpyRetreat 2005 Conference - Espionage: The Unknown Wars - held by CiCentre
9 November 05; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Driving Force: Terrorist Motivation, Past and Present
10-12 Nov 05 - Washington, DC - The World War II Veterans Committee holds Eighth Annual Conference
12 November 05 - Kennebunk, ME - CERT Training
16 November 05; 7 - 10 pm - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum Dinner with Kremlin Spy Oleg Kalugin
3 December 05 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting
5-7 December 05 - Chantilly, VA - The MASINT Association 4th Annual MASINT Conference
13 December 05 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter Meeting
13-14 December 05 - Chantilly, VA - AFCEA Hosts their Fall Intelligence Symposium at the National Reconnaissance Office
16 December 05 - New York, NY - AFIO New York Metro Chapter Meeting -Intelligence Challenges in the Post 9/11 World.
27-28 January 06 - Springfield, VA - Conference on "INTELLIGENCE AND ETHICS"
17-20 February 06 - Arlington, VA - The Intelligence Summit™ 2006
4 March 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting
7-9 May 06 - Bethesda, MD - 2nd Annual INTELCON Exhibition and Symposium
BUSH PICKS GENERAL TO HEAD DIA - President Bush has nominated Maj. Gen. Michael D. Maples (USA) to be DIA director, the first time in decades that someone who is not a career intelligence officer has been picked to lead the agency, the New York Times reported on 27 September.
The appointment, announced by DoD, reflected Secdef Rumsfeld's desire to put an officer who has used intelligence in the field extensively, but not produced it, in charge of an agency responsible for supplying information to battlefield commanders, the Times said.
Subject to Senate confirmation, Maples, a West Point graduate and career artillery officer, would succeed Vice Adm. Lowell E. Jacoby (USN) who is leaving in November after heading DIA for more than three years.
Maples will be promoted to lieutenant general if the Senate confirms his nomination, He is currently vice director of the Joint Staff. In that job, he has tackled several politically sensitive assignments for the Joint Chiefs. Earlier, he served as deputy chief of staff for intelligence and operations for the Allied rapid-reaction force in Macedonia http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/macedonia/index.html?inline=nyt-geo and Kosovo in the late 1990's.
According to the Times, some career intelligence officers reacted with skepticism to Maples' appointment. "As an intelligence professional, I'm disappointed that the senior military intelligence job in the Department of Defense is not going to an intelligence officer," said Vice Adm. Thomas R. Wilson (USN), a retired director of DIA. Wilson said he did not know Maples and did not want to prejudge his abilities. But, Wilson said, "Just because you put an operator in there doesn't mean he can solve all the problems associated with intelligence support to operators," adding, "It's a very complicated business." (DKR)
US MI SEES ZARQAWI AS COMMANDEERING INSURGENCY - The top US MI officer in Iraq has said Abu Musab Zarqawi and his foreign and Iraqi associates have essentially commandeered the insurgency there, becoming the dominant opposition force and the greatest immediate threat to US objectives in the country, the Washington Post reported on 28 September.
"I think what you really have here is an insurgency that's been hijacked by a terrorist campaign," Maj. Gen. Richard Zahner (USA) said in an interview. "In part, by Zarqawi becoming the face of this thing, he has certainly gotten the funding, the media and, frankly, has allowed other folks to work along in his draft."
The remarks underscored a shift in view among senior members of the US military command in Iraq since the spring, as violence, especially against civilians, has spiked and as Zarqawi, a Sunni Islamist from Jordan, has promoted himself and his anti-US, anti-Shia campaign.
US military leaders say they now see Zarqawi's group, referred to in English as al-Qa’ida in Iraq, as having supplanted Iraqis loyal to Saddam Husayn as the insurgency's driving element. Nevertheless, Zahner and other officers stressed that the insurgency is a complex mix of elements, often with differing political, religious or tribal aims and sometimes with simply criminal intentions.
But Husayn loyalists, including former Baath Party members, onetime military and intelligence officers and other Sunni Arabs, who are labeled Saddamists in US military reports, are now considered less an immediate military danger than a longer-term political concern,
Zarqawi's network is numerically a small fraction of the insurgency but is said to be behind a disproportionately large part of the violence.
Foreigners from a number of countries who have infiltrated Iraq from Syria are said to be used by Zarqawi as the primary suicide attackers in Iraq. These bombings have produced the highest casualties and, senior US officers say, done the most to heighten insecurity and sectarian tensions and to undermine public support in the United States for the US military presence in Iraq.
The level of daily attacks across Iraq, including small-arms fire, drive-by shootings, mortar and rocket assaults and roadside bombings, has continued to creep up since spring and stands now at about 90.
"I think right now he's taking an extremely high-risk but, in his view, potentially high-payoff strategy, which is to try to force a civil war with the Shia and portray himself as the defender of the Sunni populace," Zahner said. "If you don't take off the terrorist element, the political process can't mature." (DKR)
ITALY ISSUES ARREST WARRANTS FOR THREE MORE AMERICANS - Italian authorities have ordered the arrests of a former US Embassy official and two other people in connection with CIA operatives allegedly kidnapping a radical Muslim cleric, known as Abu Omar, from Milan and flying him to Egypt, where, he has said, he was tortured, the Los Angeles Times reported on 30 September.
The new warrants bring to 22 the number of people sought on suspicion of planning and executing the rendition and appear to be the first to make a direct connection to the US Embassy in Rome. In Washington, intelligence officers, while refusing to acknowledge the operation publicly, have sought to depict it as conducted by the equivalent of contractors.
Italian investigators said their review of telephone traffic among those who abducted Abu Omar in February 2003 led them to a woman who is a former US Embassy employee. She is believed to have made or received a number of calls aimed at coordinating and organizing the abduction and to have participated directly in the operation, according to papers filed in court by prosecutors.
The prosecutors maintain that the participation of the woman is especially egregious given the diplomatic position she held at the embassy. According to public records, she served in in Rome until this year, when she was transferred to Latin America.
The Italian court file does not identify her as a CIA officer, but previous court documents have said the team of agents worked under the former station chief in Milan who has been identified as Robert Lady and who is now retired.
Efforts to speak to the former Rome embassy worker at her posting in Latin America were not successful. In a brief conversation, a person answering the phone initially identified herself as the woman. However, when told she was speaking to a reporter, she immediately said she had no idea who the woman was and refused to respond further.
Two men are named in the new warrants, but the names appear to be aliases, the Times said.
Italian investigators have uncovered computer records, including photographs and an Internet map search, that appear to link another former US diplomat and agency operative to the abduction, Knight Ritter reported on 29 September.
The evidence implicates Robert Lady, who was serving as political officer at the US Consulate in Milan at the time of the rendition and for whom an arrest warrant was issued last June. Lady was widely known to law enforcement agents in Milan as the local CIA chief, according to KRT.
Lady, 51, retired from the Agency in December 2003 and moved to a house near Turin. When police raided the villa, his wife told them her husband was out of the country. Italian police say he placed a cell phone call to his wife that day from Honduras, where he was born and where his family still owns a house near Tegucigalpa. (DKR)
SENATE REPUBLICANS WANT CIA STRIPPED OF HUMINT MANAGEMENT - Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence want to strip the CIA of its role as manager of overseas HUMINT collection, suggesting that DNI Negroponte take over that responsibility, the Washington Post reported on 1 October.
In the past, agency did not effectively exercise the authorities of the national HUMINT manager, often focusing instead on its own structure and operations," the committee majority said in its report on the fiscal 2006 intelligence authorization bill.
Led by chairman Pat Roberts, the committee urged DNI Negroponte to manage and oversee directly the conduct of HUMINT operations across the IC, saying the need is imperative because of the Pentagon and the FBI placing greater emphasis on spying.
Democrats on the committee opposed the suggestion, calling it a misguided solution and noting that the CIA has recently reached agreements with the FBI and DoD to ensure smooth coordination of spying operations at home and abroad. The Democrats also noted that the DNI was not established as a new bureaucracy to assume the responsibility for day-to-day intelligence operations.
The Republican call for change came as a plan by CIA Director Goss to create a coordinator for all HUMINT carried out abroad by US bodies, including DoD and FBI, awaits Negroponte's approval. There is no timetable for the DNI to make that decision, an official in his office said. yesterday.
The majority report accompanied the Senate version of the intelligence authorization bill, which carries about $44 billion for the IC. It will now go to the Senate Armed Services Committee. The House has already passed its version of the bill.
The report included two additional indications of DoD’s sharply increasing activities in the intelligence field at home and abroad, the Post noted. DoD has created a Defense Humint Management Office to coordinate increased spying activities by the DIA HUMINT section, as well as clandestine operations by the separate services, area commanders and counterintelligence arms.
Another proposal reflected increased DoD interest in intelligence operations in the United States involving American citizens. Included in the senate bill, it would give a limited exemption to defense intelligence personnel, allowing them to recruit sources and collect personal information on US citizens clandestinely, without disclosing they worked for the government, when significant foreign intelligence is being sought. They would have to coordinate such collection with the FBI.
A similar exemption was sought last year but dropped in the face of opposition in the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Another proposal would require that the deputy director of central intelligence be a civilian and not an active-duty military officer. The committee said Vice Adm. Albert M. Calland III (USN) could continue to serve until President Bush nominates a successor or he retires. (DKR)
HOUSE REPUBLICANS SEE SIGNS OF DOD MASKING INTEL ACTIVITIES - House Republicans have said there are signs that DoD may be carrying out new intelligence activities through programs intended to escape oversight from Congress and the DNI, the New York Times reported on 29 September.
The lawmakers said they believed that some intelligence activities, involving possible propaganda efforts and technological initiatives, might be masked as so-called special access programs, details of which are highly classified.
"We see indications that the DoD is trying to create parallel functions to what is going on in intelligence, but is calling it something else," said Rep. Peter Hoekstra, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Hoekstra said he believed the purpose might be to obscure the extent of DoD intelligence activities and to keep them outside the DNI’s designated orbit. Since 9/11, DoD is understood to have carried out a major expansion of its intelligence programs, including HUMINT efforts by Special Operations Forces and by an arm of the DIA. (DKR)
SENATE CONFIRMATION URGED FOR HEADS OF NSA, NRO AND NGA - A Democrat member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Barbara Mikulski, has urged that senatorial confirmation be required for those heading the NSA, NRO and NGA, the Baltimore Sun reported on 2 October.
A White House spokesman, noting that Mikulski's proposal only became public last week, said the administration was studying it.
Intelligence officials subject to Senate confirmation are the CIA director, the leaders of the intelligence divisions at the State and Treasury departments, and the DNI and his top deputy.
Jonathan Pike, an intelligence specialist at Globalsecurity.org, estimates the NSA and NRO budgets at $7 billion each and the NGA's at $2 billion. The NSA, with its 32,000-strong work force, is the largest agency.
With about 3,000 employees, the NRO has the largest budget of all intel agencies because it is responsible for purchasing satellite spy systems. Until this year, the NRO director was also an Air Force undersecretary and subject to Senate approval for that position. This year DoD split the job into two positions. The NGA has fewer than 9,000 employees and has had a lower profile among the IC. (DKR)
EU JOINS IN MOVE TO END US CONTROL OF INTERNET - The United States and the European Union clashed in Geneva on 29 September when the EU proposed stripping the Americans of their effective control of the Internet, the International Herald Tribune reported.
A European decision to back demands by the rest of the world for a new international body to govern the Internet caught the Americans off balance, the Paris-based paper said.
The Geneva meeting was part of talks over the past two years on devising a new way of regulating digital traffic.
"It's a very shocking and profound change of the EU's position," said David Gross, the State Department official in charge of international communications policy. "The EU's proposal seems to represent an historic shift in the regulatory approach to the Internet from one that is based on private sector leadership to a government, top-down control of the Internet."
Delegates, who had been meeting in Geneva for two weeks, hoped but failed to reach consensus on a draft document by 30 September. The United Nations organized the World Summit on the Information Society. Opened in 2003, it was to conclude this November at a meeting in Tunisia.
In Geneva, the EU made a surprise proposal to set up an intergovernmental body that would set principles for running the Internet. Currently, the Commerce Department approves changes to the Internet's root zone files, which are administered by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, a nonprofit organization based in Marina del Rey, CA.
Under the EU proposal, the new body could set guidelines on who gets control of what Internet address and could play a role in helping to set up a system for resolving disputes. The proposal left open the possibility, opposed by Washington, that the UN could have some future governing role.
Various groups, including the International Telecommunication Union, a UN agency based in Geneva, have suggested that the US government has too much control over the Internet.
Under a 1998 memorandum of understanding, ICANN was to gain its independence from Commerce in September 2006. But the Bush administration said in July that the United States would "maintain its historic role in authorizing changes or modifications to the authoritative root zone file."
Delegates said further talks would be needed before the Tunisia meeting 16 to 18 November. (DKR)
CHINA IMPOSES MORE INTERNET RESTRICTIONS - China http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/china/index.html?inline=nyt-geo has imposed more restrictions intended to limit the news and other information available to Internet users, and sharply restricted the scope of content permitted on Web sites, the New York Times reported on 26 September.
The Internet has become a dominant source of news and information for millions of urban Chinese. Now major search engines and portals like Sina.com and Sohu.com, used by millions of Chinese each day, must stop posting their own commentary articles and instead make available only opinion pieces generated by government-controlled newspapers and news agencies.
The rules also require private individuals or groups to register as news organizations before they can operate e-mail distribution lists that spread news or commentary. Few individuals or private organizations are likely to be allowed to register as news organizations, meaning they can no longer legally distribute information by e-mail. (DKR
WINNING THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS IN EUROPE - Tony Blankley, The West’s Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations? (Regnery Publishing, 256 pp. $27.95) Blankley, editorial page editor of the Washington Times and hardy perennial of NBC’s The McLaughlin Group, raises an urgent warning that the United States is faced with the possibility of a Eurabia, that is a Europe taken over by Islamists rooted in the Muslim communities that have grown up in the Old World.
It would be wise not to dismiss Blankley’s cry as mere alarmism when he writes, "If current birthrates continue, if current EU policies continue, if current multicultural sensibilities continue to deny Western institutions any protection and special respect, if current unthinking tolerance of the intolerant continues, if current thinking in Europe (and to a substantial extent in America) doesn't change, Western values and lifestyles will be supplanted in Europe by the values of radical Islam."
"Europe's effort at cultural tolerance has slowly morphed into a surprisingly deep self-loathing of Western culture that has denied the instinct for cultural and national self-defense," he writes.
Muslim birth rates mean that an increasing part of Europe’s population will be Muslim while Islamism, excused by a majority of Muslims, grows.
A countervailing force, however, has emerged, following the Madrid railroad station bombings, the murder of Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam and last July’s bomb attacks in London. The consequences of this terrorism is that some in Europe’s political circles have come to recognize that assumptions about cultural assimilation have proved false, that it was a mistake to invite in thousands upon thousands of Muslim guest workers and that it is intolerable to allow preaching of the defense of Islamist violence.
But Europe’s leaders overall still tend to recoil from the tough measures the situation requires. A stern Blankley summons up the example of FDR who employed propaganda, imposed censorship, stripped naturalized citizens of their American nationality and deported them, interned citizens and restricted speech. Of course, that was in a time of war -- but then we are again living in such a time. (DKR)
BRAVERY IN THE AFGHAN MOUNTAINS - Malcolm MacPherson, Roberts Ridge: A Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan (Delacorte, 352 pp. $25) At the beginning of March 2002, US intelligence launched Operation Anaconda, directed at al-Qa’ida and Taliban forces in the Shah-i-Kot valley. MAKO-30, a seven-man SEAL reconnaissance team attempted a helicopter landing on Takur Ghar, the highest overlooking peak, and found its landing zone was a concealed al-Qa’ida camp.
Ground fire drove off the team's Chinook helicopter but when SEAL Neil Roberts fell out of the chopper, his mates insisted on going back for him. With the team pinned down by enemy fire and facing annihilation, commanders dispatched a quick reaction force of Rangers to rescue it. What followed was as harrowing drama as the Rangers' ill-fated Battle of Mogadishu.
MacPherson, a journalist and novelist, tells a gripping tale based on interviews with survivors and access to the army's after-action report. The battle played no part in the success of Anaconda, the report said, but went on to cite the troops' conspicuous bravery and countless acts of heroism. (DKR)
SECOND CONGRESSMAN SAYS HADLEY WAS GIVEN ABLE DANGER CHART - A second Republican Congressman has said that Stephen Hadley, then the deputy national security adviser, was given a chart shortly after 9/11 that showed information about al-Qa’ida, collected by the Able Danger program before 9/11, the New York Times reported.
Rep. Dan Burton said in an interview that on 25 September 2001, he attended a meeting with Hadley in the White House together with Rep. Curt Weldon who has said he gave Hadley such a chart at the meeting.
Told about Burton's account, a spokesman for Hadley, now the national security adviser, confirmed for the first time last week that Hadley recalled seeing such a chart in that time period. But the spokesman, Frederick Jones, said that Hadley did not recall whether he saw it during a meeting with Weldon, and that a search of NSC Council files had failed to produce such a chart. (DKR)
JOURNALIST TESTIFIES IN PLAME AFFAIR - Judith Miller, a reporter for The New York Times, testified to a federal grand jury investigating whether Bush administration officials leaked the identity of CIA covert operative Valerie Plame, the Times reported on 1 October.
Miller testified the day after reaching an agreement with special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that released her from jail after 12 weeks for refusing to testify.
She emerged from the Virginia courthouse on 30 September saying she was satisfied that her source had granted her a genuinely uncoerced waiver of her pledge of confidentiality and that she had upheld a vital journalistic principle through her confinement.
She did not disclose what she told the grand jury and she would not identify the source when answering reporters' questions. But lawyers involved in the case said her source was I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff. (DKR)
DNI REVIEW STIRS UPHEAVAL IN SATELLITE PROGRAMS - A review led by DNI Negroponte is stirring a major upheaval within spy satellite programs, beginning with an overhaul of a $15 billion program plagued by delays and cost overruns, the New York Times reported on 29 September.
In an announcement two weeks ago, the NRO said a Boeing Company contract to provide the next generation of reconnaissance satellites, known as the Future Imagery Architecture, was being restructured. But government officials and outside experts said Negroponte had ordered Boeing to stop work on a significant part of the project, involving satellites with powerful cameras, under a plan to shift the mission to Lockheed Martin, Boeing's chief competitor.
The remainder of the program, involving satellites that use radar for surveillance, would remain with Boeing. But it was not clear how far the proposal went to meet Congressional demands for deep cuts in spending on sat programs as Democrats and Republicans call for shifting funding to HUMINT. (DKR)
GOSS COMMENTS ON SECRET PAPERS LEFT IN RENTAL CAR - Speaking to CIA staff in mid-September, Director Goss was asked what would happen to the officer who left secret papers in a rental car at Dulles airport, the Washington Post reported.
Goss replied jokingly, "I thought it was a brilliant deception operation and I am still going along on that assumption." He said he did not know the status of any inquiry into the incident. (DKR)
NEW ONLINE CI/HUMINT GROUP - A new professional discussion group has sprung up for CI/HUMINT professionals and wannabe's. The group discusses related posts and conducts exercises based on current issues. All info is OSIC and UNCLAS. AFIO members are invited to check out the site and learn more about it at
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HISTORIAN SEEKS INFORMATION ON WWII LISBON - AFIO member, engaged in a study of rumors that Winston Churchill was going to travel through Lisbon between February and May or June 1943, seeks relevant information from any individual who visited Lisbon during that period. (Churchill did make two visits to North Africa but traveled via Gibraltar.) Please contact: Professor Douglas Wheeler, History Dept, Univ. of NH, Durham NH 03824 USA; tel. (603) 868-9633; e-mail: DougWheeler2@aol.com
GRAD STUDENT NEEDS HELP WITH INTEL HISTORY PROJECT - I am a Master's graduate student in American history at American University. As a project for my Oral History class, I would like to interview a World War II or Vietnam veteran who lives in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. who was involved in intelligence work. My specific interests are:
Someone involved during the Vietnam war in Ops-35 of SOG in strategic intelligence gathering;
Someone involved during World War II in the D-Day deception, Operation Fortitude South, intended to make the Germans believe the landing was going to be in the Pas-de-Calais.
Someone involved in OSS, possibly the 15th Army group, working with the Italian Partisans
Someone involved in counterintelligence against the German night fighters.
If the above topics do not bring anything to mind, I have a couple of others. The interview would be taped and a transcribed, with a copy to the interviewee. I would like to complete the interview by October 15. Any help would be greatly appreciated. REPLIES TO Julie R. Dyer, 301/309-8059 (H), 513/225-6884 (C), firstname.lastname@example.org
AFIO MEMBER INVITES VIEWS ON NATIONAL INTEL SUMMIT - I would like to hear from other AFIO members who have decided to attend the National Intelligence Summit next February, or not to do so, or who attended the original INTELCON last year. I want the feedback in order to decide whether or not I and my organization should become involved. Cliff Karchmer email@example.com
DANIEL J. LYNCH - A retired information officer on the CIA’s Cuba desk, he died, aged 73, of complications from diabetes on 29 September at a nursing home in Norristown, PA, the Washington Post reported.
He had lived in Norristown since 2000 and before that in McLean, when he worked for the CIA from 1959 to 1988. During his career, he traveled extensively in Latin America and the Middle East. Born in Java, in what was then the Dutch East Indies and is now Indonesia, he was raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from Temple University and served in the Army in Japan during the Korean War. His wife, Sheila Lynch, died in 1977. Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Cotting, a brother and a sister, and four grandchildren. (DKR)
FRANCIS BYRON MILLS - An OSS veteran and retired Army colonel, he died on 27 September at his home in Virginia Beach, VA, after suffering a stroke. He was 90 years of age. Born in Mangum, OK, in 1914, he descended from pioneers who settled in Texas in the 1840's. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in political science, and was president of Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Through the ROTC, he was commissioned into the Army reserves and called to active duty early in 1941. He first served with the artillery but was then selected for duty with OSS and joined the combined Special Forces command of British, French and Americans in London. The command organized, supported and led resistance operations in Europe as part of D-Day. He landed on Omaha Beach heading an OSS Special Forces detachment and coordinated French Resistance activities with operations of the First Army as the Allied forces moved through France. When the German defeat was imminent in 1944, he volunteered for assignment to the OSS Detachment in China where he commanded special operations against Japanese until the war ended. Resistance forces organized and led by his OSS teams made 1,756 rail cuts in one night on the vital Peking-Hankow railway, and destroyed two spans of the mile-long Yellow River Bridge along with an enemy troop train. He wrote a history of this period entitled The OSS Secret Wars in China, published in 2002. After the war, he carried out a variety of assignments, including a lengthy one for the CIA. He attended the Army War College at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1958. In 1959 he became commandant of the 1st Special Forces Group on Okinawa, providing military advisors to several Southeast Asian countries including Viet Nam. In 1963 he was assigned as Chief of the Special Warfare Branch of the US Strike Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. He was instructor of Counter-Insurgency and Guerrilla Warfare at the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA, when he retired in 1967 after 26 years of active duty. Among many awards and decorations, he received that of Master Parachutist, the Bronze Star and the Republic of China's Special Breast Order of Yun Hui. He was twice awarded the Legion of Merit. After his retirement from the Army he moved to the DC area and worked for the US Agency for International Development. He was put in charge of the National Police Training Academy in Da Lat, Vietnam, before returning to Washington in 1969 to become head of the Postal Services Management Institute, a position he filled with distinction for the next 15 years, retiring in 1984. He was an active member of AFIO, in The OSS Society and in the Special Forces Association.
In July of this year he and his wife, Virginia, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. In addition to his wife he is survived by his daughter Cynthia A. Britt, son Robert S. Mills and grand-daughter Katherine L. Mills. He will be interred at Arlington Cemetery on December 8 at 3 p.m. (DKR)
1 - 29 October - Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, VA - Remembering the Park’s History As An OSS Training Camp - 1 October is the 60th anniversary of the disbanding of the OSS and every Saturday during that month Prince William Forest Park will hold events highlighting its history as an OSS training camp. Noted speakers will discuss the legacy of the OSS and there will be tours of historic Cabin Camp 3. Speakers include a historian from the CIA specializing in OSS operations in Burma, a member of the FBI Counterintelligence Training Unit, Linda McCarthy, founding curator of the CIA Museum, John Chambers, a Rutgers University Professor of History. OSS veterans Gail Donnelly and Art Reinhardt will be on hand during the Cabin Camp 3 tours on 8 October to talk about life in the OSS. For more information visit the park’s website www.nps.gov/prwi or call the visitor center at 703-221-7181. Prince William Forest Park is located approximately 35 miles south of Washington, D.C. at I-95 Exit 150B (Triangle/Quantico - VA 619). (DKR)
5 October - Nellis Air Force Base - AFIO Las Vegas Chapter Meeting - The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Nellis AFB Officers’ Club. Featured speaker is Terry Meissner (Lt. Col. USAF ret.), Senior Counter Terrorism Operations Specialist, Bechtel Nevada, who will cover chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and conventional threats. Mock-ups of improvised explosive devices will be available for show-and-tell.
Thursday, 6 October 05 - Washington, DC - Exploring Q’s World: Where Fact and Fiction Collide - 6:30 pm. Spies rely on gadgets and gizmos in the world of spy fiction, but what about real operatives in the field? Join pop spy fiction expert Danny Biederman and Robert W. Wallace, former director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, as they explore fantasy versus reality in the world of spy gear. Biederman will tell tales of the extraordinary television and movie props in the new exhibit "Spy Treasures of Hollywood: Highlights from the Danny Biederman Spy-Fi collection," and Wallace will reveal how the boundaries blur when spy fiction raises the bar for real technology at the agency. This International Spy Museum program includes a sneak peek at the exhibition. Tickets: $15. Advance registration required at www.spymuseum.org
7 October 05 - Tysons Corner, VA - NIP Annual Meeting & Symposium - Tysons Corner Holiday Inn.
11 October 05 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers Club's, MacDill Air Force Base. The speaker at this meeting is Andy Byer who is the author of a book, The (IM)Perfect Spy, on Colonel George Trofimoff, USAR (Ret). Colonel Trofimoff was arrested in Tampa in June 2000 and charged with espionage. He had been recruited by his step brother, a Russian Orthodox Priest, to spy for the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Andy was Trofimoff's next door neighbor, friend, and got exclusive rights to his story. Trofimoff is currently serving a life sentence. Details are available from COL Nathaniel Alderman, Jr., AldermanNJ@aol.com.
12 - 16 October 05 - Arlington, VA - 101-OSS Association and the OSS Society Reunion is being held at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel. Cost: $100/pp. The program and speakers are still in planning stages. RESERVATIONS: 101-OSS members send check to Dennis F. Klein, 1307 Crocus Cove, Cedar Park, TX 78613-4267 or phone 1-512-918-0690. OSS Society members email OSSSociety@aol.com
14-15 October 05 - New Brunswick, CANADA - Terrorism in History - University of New Brunswick, Fredericton - The 25th Annual Conflict Studies Conference will be devoted to the Strategic Impact of Terrorism from Sarajevo 1914 to 9/11. Bruce Hoffman of the RAND Corporation will deliver the key not speech on Terrorism in History. Taking part in a panel on Terrorism and the World Wars will be Keith Wilson, University of Leeds; Brian Kri, University of Maryland; and Sean Kennedy, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. A second panel will discuss Terrorism and National Liberation - The First Wave, with Robert White, Indiana/Purdue University; David Charters, University of New Brunswick; and Kevin Dooley and Richard O'Meara, Rutgers University. The subject of a third panel will be Terrorism and National Liberation - The Second Wave, with Michael Gunter, Tennessee Technological University; Stuart Farson, Simon Fraser University; and James Miskel, Alidade Inc. The fourth panel will take up Endgames: Revolutionaries and Apocalyptics, with Michael Dartnell, University of New Brunswick, Saint John; and Gavin Cameron, University of Calgary. Terrorism Trends, Responses, and Impacts is the subject of the fifth panel, with Mark Sedgwick, American University in Cairo; John Mueller, Ohio State University; Jeffrey Kaplan, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh; and Monsuru Kasali, National Open University of Nigeria. A summation will be presented by David Charters, UNB, on 9/11: Terrorism and the Future Historian. The conference will close with a banquet. Conference fee: $150 CDN; $125 US. Banquet fee: (extra) $30 CDN $25 US. Fees can be paid by Mastercard, Visa, or American Express, by personal check, or money order payable to Centre for Conflict Studies. Accommodation: A block of rooms has been set aside at the Lord Beaverbrook Hotel. You may contact the hotel directly at: 506-455-3371, and ask for a room held for the Conflict Studies Conference. To register or for further information contact: Centre for Conflict Studies, University of New Brunswick, PO Box 4400, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3, Canada. phone: 506-453-4587 fax: 506-447-3175 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
15 October 05 - Kennebunk, ME - The AFIO Maine Chapter presents "Protecting Our Borders" with a representative from U. S. Border Patrol. Royal Canadian Mounted Police also invited to present a view from both sides of the border. The event starts at 2 pm, Kennebunk Free Library, Kennebunk, ME. Further details available from Barbara Storer, (207) 985-2392.
26 - 27 October 05 - Washington, DC - NMIA Classified Intelligence Symposium - The National Military Intelligence Association is conducting a two-day SECRET/NOFORN conference on MASINT Issues and Challenges and Countering Denial and Deception. The conference will be held at the Anteon Corporation Conference Center in Washington, DC near the Navy Yard, and directly across the street from the Navy Yard Metro Stop at the corner of M St. at New Jersey Ave. A safe commercial parking garage is also available in the basement of the Anteon building. For more Information please visit www.nmia.org or call 540.338.1143 (DKR)
27-28 October-Lincoln, NH -Naval Cryptologic Veterans Reunion - Information on the New England Chapter, Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association reunion is available by telephoning the host, John Hogan, at 603-539-8046, HOGANfrd@aol.com. Website:" www.ncva-ne.org. The chapter is composed of career and non-career individuals who serve(d) in the U.S. Naval Security Group and predecessor organizations.
27-28 October 05 - Laurel, MD - Symposium on Cryptologic History, sponsored by the Center for Cryptologic History. Location of event: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. Agenda and registration information available at www.nsa.gov and click on "history."
28 - 30 October 2005
AFIO FBI National Intelligence Symposium 2005
and 30th Anniversary Celebration
with a rare opportunity - our first day-long visit to the transformation-embracing NEW Federal Bureau of Investigation
An insider's look at its new Directorate of Intelligence, Counterterrorism Division and the "just announced" National Security Service
and special programs at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel, Tyson's Corner, VA
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5 Nov 05 - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - Florida Satellite Chapter of AFIO will host luncheon Nov. 5, 2005 (Eau Gallie Yacht Club), at which Dr. William Arrasmith will speak about "unconventional photo imagery." For more information, contact Chapter President B. Keith at: (321) - 777-5561.
8 - 13 November 05 - Hot Springs, VA - SpyRetreat 2005 Conference - Espionage: The Unknown Wars - held by CiCentre. The conference will focus on the unknown "intelligence wars" that have taken place in secret yet have impacted the security and destiny of nations. Presenters will shed light on these secret wars and were often intimately involved on the front lines. These presenters include retired FBI counterintelligence and counterterrorism specialists David Major and Rusty Capps; retired Russian KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin who headed KGB’s worldwide foreign counterintelligence; retired Canadian RCMP counterintelligence officer Dan Mulvenna who battled the Russian KGB in Canada; and renowned British military intelligence historian and author of over 25 books, Nigel West. Conference attendees will hear from this international group who are accompanied by the CI Centre’s trademark dynamic multimedia presentations, bringing to life the unknown espionage wars. Morning lectures include (full descriptions on SpyRetreat website): Spies with War-Winning Implications: Inside the John Walker Spy Network; The Canadian RCMP/KGB Wars; Technical Espionage Wars: IVY BELLS, TAW, ABSORB, BOARDWALK; Terror’s Espionage War; The Israeli Intelligence War Against Terror; On Veterans Day, the CI Centre hosts the special Veterans Recognition dinner which salutes all veterans of wars, including the espionage wars. The dinner speaker will be Nigel West who will talk about the recently released top secret diaries of Guy Liddell, who was British MI5’s Director of Counterespionage during World War II. West will reveal the most secret and sensational operations of British intelligence in their war against the Nazis. The special package for this five-night stay at The Homestead Resort and Spa includes lectures, a private reception and a private banquet. Price is $3,750 for double occupancy; $2,325 for single. More information about the "ESPIONAGE: The Unknown Wars" conference can be found on the internet at http://spytrek.com/spyretreat/index.html or by calling 1-866-SPY-TREK (1-866-779-8735). Directions to the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA can be found here http://www.thehomestead.com/transportation.asp
Wednesday, 9 November 05; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Driving Force: Terrorist Motivation, Past and Present - London, 2005; New York and Washington, 2001; Ephesus, 365 BCE. Terrorist acts have haunted humanity for centuries. Why do they continue to happen? What makes terrorists tick? This is a chance to gather information from experts on terrorist motivation. Albert Borowitz, author of "Terrorism for Self-Glorification: The Herostratos Syndrome," draws upon Greek mythology, literature, and current events to trace how a warped desire for fame has triggered terrorism from antiquity to the present day. Then Marc Sageman, a CIA case officer in Afghanistan between 1987-89 and now a forensic psychiatrist, will share the results of his analysis of over 400 terrorist biographies. Sageman, author of "Understanding Terror Networks," testified before The 9/11 Commission on his findings on Al Qaeda, about the people that are drawn to the movement, and how to combat global jihad. The authors will sign their books following this International Spy Museum program. Tickets: $15. To register: www.spymuseum.org
10-12 Nov 05 - Washington, DC - The World War II Veterans Committee is holding its Eighth Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington. The Thursday afternoon, November 10th segment will be devoted to the war in the CBI, and will include a speaker/panelist from OSS Detachment 101. For more information call the Committee at 202-777-7272, or e-mail to WWII@radioamerica.org.
12 November 05 - Kennebunk, ME - CERT Training - The Maine Chapter of AFIO is sponsoring Citizens Emergency Response Team training to be given by the York County Emergency Management Agency. Classes to be held at the fire station (Washington Hose Co.) on Route 35 in Lower Village, Kennebunk. First class is at 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, 12 November. Interested chapter members may contact Barbara Storer at 207-985-2392. (DKR)
Wednesday, 16 November 05; 7 - 10 pm - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum Dinner with a Spy of the Kremlin: Oleg Kalugin - An evening of intrigue. Dine with Oleg Kalugin, the former head of Soviet KGB operations in the U.S. Be one of only 20 guests at table with the youngest general in the history of the KGB. Kalugin worked undercover as a journalist while attending New York’s Columbia University and then conducted espionage and influence operations as a Radio Moscow correspondent with the UN. He handled the notorious Naval spy John Walker, as Deputy Chief of the KGB station at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, and he also served as an elected member of the Soviet parliament during Gorbachev’s administration. Enjoy General Kalugin's well-honed wit, as he faces across the table his former CIA Operations Official and foe, now International Spy Museum Executive Director and AFIO Chairman, Peter Earnest during the three-course meal from renowned Zola. Tickets: $160. Space is extremely limited - advance registration required at www.spymuseum.org
3 December 05 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting
5-7 December 05 - Chantilly, VA - The MASINT Association 4th Annual MASINT Conference - "Progress through Partnership" at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, VA. The conference is classified SI/TK, open to U.S, Canadian, British and Australian citizens. For information contact Phil Edson at 571-214-2415, email@example.com or the AOC at https://www.myaoc.org/EWEB/dynamicpage.aspx?webcode=120505_MASINT
13 December 05 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers Club's, MacDill Air Force Base. The speaker at this meeting is Fred Wettering, a 36 year veteran of CIA, who served as the National Intelligence Officer for Africa. In addition to Africa, he served in Europe, the Middle East, and taught at the National War College. Details are available from COL Nathaniel Alderman, Jr., AldermanNJ@aol.com.
13- 14 December 05 - Chantilly, VA - AFCEA Hosts their Fall Intelligence Symposium at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, VA. Classified SI/TK and open to U.S. citizens only. For information contact Phil Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 336-4583 ext. 6219 or (703) 631-6219. Website Address: http://www.afcea.org/events/fallintel/
16 December 05 - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metropolitan Chapter meets to hear Jack Devine, former CIA Acting Director & Associate Director for Operations on Intelligence Challenges in the Post 9/11 World. Devine is current President, The Arkin Group in New York City. Meeting location: Society of Illustrators Building, 128 East 63rd Street in Manhattan; Registration 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM; speaker to 7:15 PM; refreshments to 8:00 PM. Cost: $45pp. Inquiries to Chapter President, Jerry Goodwin at email@example.com.
27-28 January 06 - Springfield, VA - Conference on "INTELLIGENCE AND ETHICS" at The Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics (JSCOPE). Runs from 3:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, and 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Intelligence practitioners and civilian scholars discuss and present Academic Papers, conduct Working Groups, present Case Histories and Testimonies, and hold Dinner and Luncheon Discussions on the emerging field of "Intelligence Ethics" which to many academicians does not have civilian/academic input and expertise. It is the goal of this conference to establish the first international meeting of civilian and military intelligence professionals, educators and those with academic perspectives in national security, philosophy, law, history, psychology, theology and human rights. The Intelligence Ethics Section seeks voices from all ranks and areas of intelligence and are soliciting contributions and participation from all interested parties and perspectives. More information at http://eli.sdsu.edu/ethint
17-20 February -06 - Arlington, VA - The Intelligence Summit 2006 -to be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, VA. This new event will bring together the international intelligence agencies from the free nations of the world in a non-partisan, non-profit educational conference on neutral ground. "Intelligence today embraces more than the civilian and military agencies of the federal intelligence community. In this age of terrorism, it is critically important for state and local law enforcement to know how and where to obtain intelligence, and to whom it should be forwarded. Corporate and private-sector intelligence managers face new and diverse challenges, from defending against economic espionage to creating new technology to meet intelligence's future needs. Many members of the press (and even a few members of Congress) lack the depth of knowledge in intelligence which is necessary to deal with, and resolve, its complex issues. The same is true for non-governmental organizations, the academic community, media, and ethnic and religious organizations. All of these diverse components of the intelligence domain will come together at the Intelligence Summit." The sponsors of the event have offered AFIO members a 10% discount off the website price if the voucher code "AS10" is entered in the special discount field on the online reservation form. For more information to attend or to be an exhibitor, visit: http://www.intelligencesummit.org/about.php or write to them at The Intelligence Summit, 535 Central Ave Ste 316, St Petersburg, FL 33701. Also visit their news pages for some good links to current breaking intelligence news: http://www.intelligencesummit.org/news/
4 March 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
7-9 May 06 - Bethesda, MD - 2nd ANNUAL INTELCON [NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE CONFERENCE AND EXPOSITION] - To Emphasize Practical Applications and Techniques
3 June 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. ContactQuiel Begonia at email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
9 September 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. ContactQuiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
6 December 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. ContactQuiel Begonia at email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
3 March 07 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. ContactQuiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
2 June 07 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. ContactQuiel Begonia at email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
8 September 07 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. ContactQuiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
1 December 07 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. ContactQuiel Begonia at email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
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