AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #07-06 dated 13 February 2006
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SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
FORMER NIO SAYS INTELLIGENCE WAS CHERRY PICKED
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
GOSS DENOUNCES LEAKS
IC OFFICERS CRITICIZE BUSH ACCOUNT OF FOILED PLOT
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
USG GRANTS EXCLUDE APPLICATIONS IN MAC SOFTWARE
YAHOO IMPLICATED IN SECOND ARREST IN CHINA
DHS TO REPORT ON CYBERSECURITY EXERCISE
SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES
ZINNI CALLS FOR SYSTEMATIC FOREIGN POLICY PLANNING
INTELLIGENCE NOVEL AVAILABLE ON AMAZON SITE
CIA CI CHIEF SAID OUSTED FOR OPPOSING WATER BOARDING
SECTION V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
COUNTRY MANAGER, IRAQ
DHS CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR VIETNAM CONFERENCE
SHIN BET BOSS SAYS ISRAEL MAY RUE SADDAM'S OVERTHROW
Assistance Needed - Queries
INTERVIEWS WANTED WITH INTEL OFFICERS ON RWANDA
FACILITATOR NEEDED FOR HOMELAND SECURITY SEMINAR
William Darley Smith
18 February 06 - Portland, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter hosts field trip to Emergency Management Center
14 February 06 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at Officers Club at MacDill Air Force Base.
15 February 06 - Washington, DC - Hearings on Able Danger by House Armed Services Strategic Forces and Terrorism Committee
16 February 06 (Thurs) - Washington, DC - The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy - Spy Museum
SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
FORMER NIO SAYS INTELLIGENCE WAS CHERRY PICKED - Paul R. Pillar, NIO for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005, has accused the Bush administration of cherry-picking intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion. So reported the Washington Post, drawing on a lengthy article by Pillar appearing in the upcoming issue of the journal Foreign Affairs.
The 28-year CIA veteran acknowledged the IC's mistakes in concluding that Saddam's government possessed WMD, but said the misjudgments did not drive the administration's decision to invade. (The full text of the article is available at www.foreignaffairs.org/20060301faessay85202/paul-r-pillar/intelligence-policy-and-the-war-in-iraq.html)
According to Pillar, the administration "went to war without requesting -- and evidently without being influenced by -- any strategic-level intelligence assessments on any aspect of Iraq."
"It has become clear that official intelligence was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made, that damaging ill will developed between [Bush] policymakers and intelligence officers, and that the intelligence community's own work was politicized," Pillar wrote.
Pillar said the first request he received from a Bush policymaker for an assessment of post-invasion Iraq was not until a year into the war.
It was the first time such a senior intelligence officer so directly and publicly condemned the administration's handling of intelligence, according to the Post. At the end of his career, Pilllar was responsible for coordinating assessments on Iraq from all 15 IC agencies. He is currently a professor of security studies at Georgetown University.
White House officials did not respond to a request to comment for the Post article and have denied accusations that the administration manipulated intelligence to generate public support for the war.
Pillar said he believed that politicization of intelligence on Iraq occurred subtly and in many forms, but almost never resulted from a policymaker directly asking an analyst to reshape his or her results. Such attempts are rare, he wrote, and almost always unsuccessful. Rather, he described a process in which the White House helped frame results by repeatedly posing questions aimed at bolstering its arguments.
The Bush administration, Pillar wrote, called on the IC to uncover more material that would contribute to the case for war, including information on a supposed connection between Saddam and al Qaeda that analysts had discounted.
Analysts and managers concluded the United States was heading for war well before the March 2003 and knew that senior policymakers would frown on or ignore analysis that called into question the decision to go to war while welcoming analysis that supported such a decision, said Pillar. Intel officers felt a strong wind consistently blowing in one direction and the desire to bend with such a wind is natural and strong, even if unconscious, he believed.
"If the entire body of official intelligence analysis on Iraq had a policy implication," Pillar wrote, "it was to avoid war -- or, if war was going to be launched, to prepare for a messy aftermath."
IC assessments before the invasion, he wrote, indicated a postwar Iraq that would not provide fertile ground for democracy and would need a Marshall Plan-type effort to restore its economy despite its oil revenue. Fighting between Sunnis and Shiites for power also was foreseen. The IC also expected a foreign occupying force would be targeted by guerrilla warfare unless it established security and put Iraq on the road to prosperity in the first few weeks or months after Saddam's fall.
Leaked information "encouraged some administration supporters to charge intelligence officers (including me) with trying to sabotage the president's policies," Pillar wrote. One effect of that, he said, was to limit challenges to consensus views on matters such as the Iraqi weapons program.
When asked why he did not quit given his concerns, Pillar said in an interview with the Post that he was doing other worthwhile work in the nation's interest and never thought of resigning over the issue.
Pillar suggested that the IC remain within the executive branch but, along the model of the Federal Reserve, be overseen by governors serving fixed terms. That, he said, would reduce "both the politicization of the intelligence community's own work and the public misuse of intelligence by policymakers."
"The most serious problem with US intelligence today is that its relationship with the policymaking process is broken and badly needs repair," Pillar wrote in Foreign Affairs. (DKR)
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
GOSS DENOUNCES LEAKS - "At the Central Intelligence Agency, we are more than holding our own in the global war on terrorism, but we are at risk of losing a key battle: the battle to protect our classified information," D/CIA Goss wrote in the New York Times of 10 February.
President Bush's commission on WMD reported last March that in monetary terms unauthorized disclosures have cost America hundreds of millions of dollars and a much higher cost in security terms, Goss said. "Part of the problem is that the term 'whistleblower' has been misappropriated. The sharp distinction between a whistleblower and someone who breaks the law by willfully compromising classified information has been muddied."
Saying that since becoming D/CIA he has filed criminal reports with DoJ and that the department is committed to working with the agency to investigate cases of leaks aggressively, Goss wrote that he had also instituted measures within the agency to further safeguard the integrity of classified data.
Those who choose to bypass the 1998 Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act, which as a congressman Goss sponsored, and go straight to the press are not noble, honorable or patriotic, he said. "Nor are they whistleblowers. Instead they are committing a criminal act that potentially places American lives at risk. It is unconscionable to compromise national security information and then seek protection as a whistleblower to forestall punishment."
Revelations of successes or failures, whether accurate or not, can aid terrorists in many ways and a leak is invaluable to them, even if it only prematurely confirms whether one of their associates is dead or alive, said Goss. Leaks also cause our intelligence partners around the globe to question our professionalism and credibility. "Too many of my counterparts from other countries have told me, 'You Americans can't keep a secret.' And because of the number of recent news reports discussing our relationships with other intelligence services, some of these critical partners have even informed the CIA that they are reconsidering their participation in some of our most important antiterrorism ventures. They fear that exposure of their cooperation could subject their citizens to terrorist retaliation."
The revelation in press reports in 1998 that Osama bin Laden's satellite phone was being tracked by US intelligence was, without question, one of the most egregious examples of an unauthorized criminal disclosure of classified national defense information in recent years, Goss wrote. "It served no public interest. Ultimately, the bin Laden phone went silent."
"Our enemies cannot match the creativity, expertise, technical genius and tradecraft that the CIA brings to bear in this war. Criminal disclosures of national security information, however, can erase much of that advantage. The terrorists gain an edge when they keep their secrets and we don't keep ours," Goss concluded. (GPoteat/DKR/LaClair)
IC OFFICERS CRITICIZE BUSH ACCOUNT OF FOILED PLOT - On 9 February, President Bush offered a vivid account of a foiled al Qaeda plot to strike the United States after 9/11 by crashing a hijacked commercial airliner into a Los Angeles skyscraper, the Washington Post reported.
The daily also reported that several US intelligence officials said there was deep disagreement within the IC over the seriousness of the plot to attack the Library Tower and whether it was ever much more than talk.
Bush said four Southeast Asians who met with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in October 2001 were taught how to use shoe bombs to blow open a cockpit door and steer a plane into the building, since renamed the U.S. Bank Tower. It is the tallest building on the West Coast. The four were captured by Asian authorities before they could execute the plan, the president said.
Bush cited the episode as an example of international cooperation against terrorism, and cautioned against complacency. "We cannot let the fact that America hasn't been attacked in four and a half years since September 11, 2001, lull us into the illusion that the threats to our nation have disappeared. They have not."
The reported West Coast plot had been disclosed before but never in as much detail. White House officials said they decided in the past three weeks to declassify the case so that Bush could have an example to provide the public, the Post said.
Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism specialist who heads the Washington office of Rand Corp., said Bush's account added some interesting detail to the episode, but still left key questions about the case unanswered. "It doesn't really give us any more indication of whether this was a plot that was derailed or preempted, or a plot that was more in the realm of an idle daydream," Hoffman said.
But Frances Fragos Townsend, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser, told reporters that "there is no question in my mind that this is a disruption. It's not about credit; it's about protecting the American people. And the American people are absolutely safer as a result of these arrests."
According to Capitol Hill Blue (which describes itself as a not-for-profit, non-commercial experiment in on-line journalism published as an information resource), outraged intelligence professionals said Bush was cheapening and politicizing their work. It quoted a longtime CIA field operative as saying. "He is basing this absurd claim on the same discredited informant who told us Al Qaeda would attack selected financial institutions in New York and Washington."
Current and retired intelligence professionals from the CIA, NSA, FBI and military contacted Capitol Hill Blue, it said, with angry comments disputing the President’s remarks. Although none were willing to allow use of their names, saying doing so would place them in legal jeopardy, the publication said it was able to confirm that at least four of the 23 who contacted it currently worked or had worked, within the IC. (DKR)
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
USG GRANTS EXCLUDE APPLICATIONS IN MAC SOFTWARE - Many scientists, scholars and others say they face the predicament of the federal government about to give away more than $400 billion in grants, but only to people whose computers ran on Microsoft software, the Washington Post reported on 13 February.
The new "Grants.gov" system, that aims to replace paper applications with electronic forms, is being phased in at the NIH, DHUD and other federal agencies. All 26 grant-giving agencies are supposed to have their application processes fully online by 2007. But while scientists and others depend on graphics-friendly Macintosh computers, the software selected by the government is not Mac-compatible and is expected to remain so for at least a year, according to the Post.
Last week, faced with evidence that the system will not be fully accessible to Mac users by this fall as promised, NIH dropped plans to switch to electronic applications for October's $600 million round of major R01 grants. But it and other agencies already have been asking for electronic applications for smaller grants,
Although most observers believe the move to electronic granting will eventually pay off, concerns about fairness during the transition have prompted angry humor, the Post commented. "Uh, this would be the same government that spent a lot of time and money pursuing Microsoft for its anti-competitive behavior?" one blogger wrote. "And they now offer a government site that mandates monopoly?" (DKR)
YAHOO IMPLICATED IN SECOND ARREST IN CHINA - Yahoo provided China with information that led to the jailing of a second internet writer, according to the watchdog body Reporters Without Borders, the BBC reported on 9 February.
Yahoo released data which led to the arrest of Li Zhi, jailed for eight years in 2003 after posting comments that criticized official corruption. Last year Yahoo was accused of giving information to Beijing which led to the imprisonment for ten years of reporter Shi Tao.
Yahoo spokeswoman Mary Osako said that in dealing with China, the company only responded with what it was legally compelled to provide and nothing more. But, she added, "The government of China is not required to inform service providers why they are seeking certain information, and typically does not do so." Four major US-based companies, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Cisco, have been accused of collaborating with China to censor the internet. (DKR)
DHS TO REPORT ON CYBERSECURITY EXERCISE - DHS will begin examining data from a globally coordinated cybersecurity exercise held 6 - 10 February with the intent of issuing a report this summer, fcw.com reported.
The exercise, Cyber Storm, involved 115 public, private and international agencies. It examined the response, coordination, and recovery processes and procedures to a simulated cyberattack against critical infrastructures. The USG has been involved in previous simulated cybersecurity exercises but not on such a scale.Other participating federal agencies included Justice, Commerce, Energy, Defense, Treasury, State, CIA, NSA, NSC and the Homeland Security Council. Officials from Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand also participated. (DKR)
SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES
ZINNI CALLS FOR SYSTEMATIC FOREIGN POLICY PLANNING - Tony Zinni, Tony Koltz, The Battle for Peace: A Frontline Vision of America's Power and Purpose (Palgrave Macmillan, 256 pp. $24.95) Gen. Zinni USMC, former CENTCOM commander, finds that the United States, having created a de facto empire, has no choice but to take the lead. Otherwise, he says, nothing significant happens. The post - Cold War pattern of improvisation in foreign affairs should give way to systematic, in-depth planning, he asserts. Also, instead of the current US emphasis on unilateral action, he calls for working with others toward the goals of worldwide stability and development. Negotiation, mediation and facilitation should be favored. Americans, he writes, must recognize that, in a global age, there can be no zero-sum games: when someone loses, no one wins in any but the shortest term. (DKR)
"BUSH’S POODLE?" - Con Coughlin, American Ally: Tony Blair and the War on Terror (Ecco, 400 pp. $26.95) Coughlin, defense editor of the Daily Telegraph (London), sets out Blair’s career as British prime minister from the emergence of the New Labor party that carried him to power to the war in Iraq. In Coughlin’s view, Blair has paid a high price for his close alignment with the United States. Part of that price, as Coughlin tells it, are the indignities Blair suffered at the hands of Clinton during the 1990s Balkan conflict and the Lewinsky scandal. In the present administration, Blair has faced the intense dislike of neoconservatives and in particular of Vice-President Cheney. The heart of the book is about Iraq and the search for WMD and what followed after 9/11. Blair, a deeply moral wartime leader, emerges as a victim of Washington's political and ideological currents in Coughlin’s telling. (DKR)
INTELLIGENCE NOVEL AVAILABLE ON AMAZON SITE - Francis Hamit's novel The Shenandoah Spy will be serialized over 2006 in 14 parts, each appearing three to four weeks apart on Amazon Shorts, a new feature on the amazon.com site. The Shenandoah Spy takes place between July 1861 and July 1862 and focuses on the early career of Belle Boyd, a 17 year old girl from Martinsburg, VA, who became known as a notable spy and scout for the Confederacy. She was the first woman to be formally commissioned an army officer as a captain of scouts at the age of 18. Hamit's book is based upon extensive research into the era and the operations of the Confederate Secret Service He plans to write at least four additional books, focusing on the women who were employed as secret agents for the South. Antonia Ford, Rose Greenhow and Loretta Valaquez will all appear in future volumes. Hamit's first publication on the Amazon site, a novella called Sunday in the Park with George, appeared last month. Each Amazon Short costs 49 cents and can be printed out. Hamit is one of more than 60 authors in the program. (DKR)
CIA CI CHIEF SAID OUSTED FOR OPPOSING WATER BOARDING - Robert Grenier, head of the CIA counterterrorism center, was fired because he opposed detaining Al-Qaeda suspects in secret prisons abroad, renditions and such interrogation methods as water boarding, the 12 February Sunday Times (London) cited intelligence sources as claiming.
On 7 February, Reuters reported Grenier, 51, had informed colleagues in an e-mail that he had been asked to move on. It was not clear whether Grenier planned to leave the CIA and there was no immediate word at the time on who would succeed him in the counter-terrorism post. Vincent Cannistraro, a former head of CIA counterterrorism, said: "It is not that Grenier wasn’t aggressive enough, it is that he wasn’t ‘with the program’. He expressed misgivings about the secret prisons in Europe and the rendition of terrorists." Grenier also opposed "excessive" interrogation, according to Cannistraro. Grenier was relieved of his post after a year in the job. One intelligence official said he was not quite as aggressive as he might have been in pursuing Al-Qaeda leaders and networks. Also, D/CIA Goss is believed to have blamed Grenier for allowing leaks to occur. According to the Washington Times, the top ranks of government counterintelligence agencies are empty due to resignations and retirements amid a dispute over the role of counterspying.
The Times, describing as the most senior CIA official presidential appointee Michelle Van Cleave, said she resigned in January after the office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX), which she headed, was made part of the ODNI. Reached by telephone, Van Cleave said she left NCIX because she had accomplished many initial reforms. "I am confident that the contributions that the NCIX team has made will be a solid foundation for Director of National Intelligence to carry forward," she said.
An intelligence source said Grenier was asked to step aside by the CIA clandestine service chief, whose identity is secret. "There is a sense that he was not necessarily aggressive enough or forward leaning enough, that this is a good officer but there might be a better choice for this post at this time," the source said.
Grenier had spent much of his career undercover in overseas assignments, often in the Middle East. He was CIA station chief in Islamabad at the time of 9/11.
According to the Times, intelligence officials said the failure to fill the top posts is a sign of bias against counterspying by senior officials under DNI Negroponte and at other agencies. A senior intelligence official said those within the intelligence bureaucracy have resisted counterintelligence reform for a decade. This goes against the recommendations of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Times said. Last year that presidential commission called countering foreign spying an urgent priority.
"The DNI is confident that counterintelligence operations are being very effectively conducted across the intelligence community," DNI spokesman Carl Kropf said. He added that the selection process is active and that "we anticipate that these vacancies will be filled expeditiously."
The leading candidate to replace Van Cleave is Paul J. Redmond [AFIO Board Member], a former CIA CI chief who helped uncover Aldrich Ames. (DKR)
SECTION V -- CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
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COUNTRY MANAGER, IRAQ - Reports to: President, Blackwater USA. Purpose: The eyes, ears and face of Blackwater in Iraq. Represents the President, Blackwater USA and the Vice Presidents of each Blackwater business unit. Responsible for all Blackwater activities in Iraq to include current contracts, potential future business opportunities, liaison with all clients, foreign government agencies (MoI, MoT, MoF, etc.), US government agencies (DSS, etc.) and business organizations (PSCAI, etc.).
Essential Functions: Evaluates and monitors leadership personnel within each program. Serves as a mentor to subordinate leaders. Provides advice & counsel on operational and technical management issues.
- Develops and implements Critical Success Goals that are consistent with Blackwater USA’s mission. Ensures their timely and accurate processing, and provides results and recommendations to Blackwater USA leadership.
- Develops and implements workflow changes to meet goals and objectives.
- Ensures compliance with all contract requirements, including adequate manpower, supplies, etc. for all Assigned contracts.
- Tracks manning levels for all programs. Ensures shortfalls are properly addressed by CONUS management.
- Performs tactical needs assessments to determine safety, manning and logistics requirements.
- Maintains active and cordial relationships with ICs and their clients.
- Prepares cost proposals and contract modifications.
- Develops new business and promotes Blackwater capabilities throughout Iraq.
- Analyzes monthly performance reports to implement improved expense controls.
- In conjunction with Blackwater legal representation, the NILF and the PSCAI, liaises with Iraqi Ministries, Iraqi Taxation authorities, and all other agencies that effect Blackwater operations in Iraq.
- Performs other duties as assigned or required.
Required Education/Experience: BA/BS required. Must possess ten (10) or more years of experience providing security services pertinent to area of assignment. Must have at least three (3) years of OCONUS experience, and ten (10) years or more of supervisory and logistics experience.
Must be able to understand, review and submit detailed financial reports, and work effectively with a broad range of people with a wide variety of skills and experience. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate staff and communicate clearly. MBA or substantial experience in business is strongly preferred, as is military or other federal protective service. At least 20 years of military experience is required, special operations experience preferred.
Must be able to get and maintain security clearance for routine access to classified materials.
Working Conditions: Subject to frequent interruption. Must be willing to remain OCONUS for up to one year, in austere and hostile environments, including combat zones.
Physical Requirements: Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, running, climbing, squatting, and kneeling. Requires constant use of hands and fingers to feel, handle or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms. Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds or more with assistance. Specific vision required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus. Because the incumbent will conduct, supervise, and participate in training, and in fulfilling contractual obligations, must meet established health requirements for contract personnel associated with assigned contracts.
The POCs at Blackwater: 1) Mike Rush, Vice President, Blackwater Security Operations, 850 Puddin Ridge Road, Moyock, NC 27958, email@example.com, 252-435-2002
2) Phil Hurni, Director, Blackwater Security Consulting, firstname.lastname@example.org, (W) 252-435-2054, (C) 252-599-0144
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Call for Papers: October Conference on Intelligence in the Vietnam War. 20-21 October 06 - Lubbock, TX - The Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University and the Center for the Study of Intelligence (CSI) will co-host a conference on "Intelligence in the Vietnam War," which will be held in Lubbock, Texas, at the Holiday Inn Park Plaza. The purpose of this conference is to examine intelligence activities in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and elsewhere as they impacted the Vietnam War. We welcome papers that discuss intelligence analysis and operations from all sides of the conflict and desire presentations that discuss US, RVN, DRV, VC, USSR, PRC, Warsaw Pact, and other intelligence activities as they related to the Vietnam War. While the focus will remain on historical events, it is our distinct hope that appropriate historical lessons might be drawn of more immediate application to current wars and conflicts. To that end, we are seeking paper and panel proposals on all subjects related to Intelligence in the Vietnam War to include but not limited to the following topics: Intelligence and counter-intelligence operations to include human, electronic, signals, and imagery intelligence; Terrorism and counter-terrorism; Infiltration operations into North Vietnam, the Viet Cong infrastructure, and elsewhere; Psychological operations; The Phoenix Program, Provincial Reconnaissance Units, and other attempts to neutralize the VCI; Rolling Thunder, enemy order of battle, the will to persist, and other analytical issues; Inter-agency cooperation and conflict between the CIA, DIA, and other intelligence organizations; The politics of intelligence (e.g. the producer v. the consumer in the development of estimative products); the use of RAND and other private analytical resources as intelligence; etc... This conference will offer students, scholars, intelligence officials, policy makers, and others with an excellent opportunity to discuss and learn from intelligence activities from America's longest war along with the many issues that surrounded these complex activities and events. If you are interested in providing either an individual presentation or a panel discussion, please submit a proposal (single page or less) to Mr. Stephen Maxner, Deputy Director at the Vietnam Center at email@example.com or call (806) 742-9010 for more information. Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2006
SHIN BET BOSS SAYS ISRAEL MAY RUE SADDAM'S OVERTHROW - The head of Shin Bet, Yuval Diskin, has said Israel may come to regret the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the BBC reported on 9 February.
"When you dismantle a system in which there is a despot who controls his people by force, you have chaos. I'm not sure we won't miss Saddam," he told teenage Jewish settlers in the West Bank Eli settlement.
Diskin said a strong dictatorship would be preferable to the present chaos in Iraq. He also said the Israeli security services and judiciary treated Arabs and Jewish suspects differently. His speech was secretly recorded, the BBC said. Diskin took over as Shin Bet's boss last May.
Asked to compare the treatment of Jews and non-Jews by Israel's security and judicial establishments, Diskin, said, "If I had arrested a terrorist from Nablus and Eden Nathan Zaada [an Israeli army deserter who shot dead four Israeli Arabs on a bus in August], they wouldn't have received similar treatment in interrogation or court."
Diskin also said he thought Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had made a mistake when he withdrew the Israeli army from the Gaza Strip last year without ensuring the Palestinian Authority could fill the security vacuum. (DKR)
Queries - Assistance Needed
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INTERVIEWS WANTED WITH INTEL OFFICERS ON RWANDA - William Ferroggiaro, currently undertaking lessons-learned studies for the Academy for Genocide Prevention, a project of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, would like to interview officers who focused on Rwanda during 1990 - 1994. His project's aim is to analyze the situation as it looked to officials at the time. Research findings will be used in training government officials in genocide prevention and response.He would prefer to schedule the interviews over the next few weeks, but would work to accommodate interviewees' schedules. Please contact William Ferroggiaro 1816 Kalorama Road, N.W., #403 Washington, D.C. 20009-8119 (202) 375-3144 mobile (202) 986-8975 home, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
FACILITATOR NEEDED FOR SEMINAR - Clifford Karchmer is developing a concept for conducting homeland security and counterterrorism technology briefings and seeks a professional with requisite clearance to facilitate classified portions of a seminar. Experience with technology assessment issues, OST or Science and Technology Directorate, with homeland security implications, would also be welcomed. Send replies to email@example.com Position becomes paid when a contract for the briefings are accepted by a corporation. (DKR)
WILLIAM DARLEY SMITH - A retired CIA finance officer, he died on 25 January 25 at his home in Fairfax, VA. Aged 69, he had Parkinson's disease and dementia, the Washington Post reported.
Born in Logan, UT, he was raised there and in Idaho. After serving in the Marine Corps in Japan from 1954 to 1956, he graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in political science and history.
He worked for an aeronautical engineering firm in Utah before beginning his career with the CIA. Most of his 23-year there were spent in the agency's budget and finance section and included tours of duty in Asia and Africa.
A classical and jazz music aficionado, he is survived by his wife of 49 years, Helen Markowski Smith; two daughters, Michelle Simmons and Nan Zacharias; his mother, Edith D. Swain; two brothers; and a granddaughter. (DKR)
14 February 06 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers Club's, at MacDill Air Force Base. Before lunch, there will be a demonstration of software, which is not yet commercially available, that teaches someone to speak a language without an accent. It is being developed in numerous languages. This is not just for blending in. The more clearly one speaks, the more credible the message. The luncheon speaker is Amado Gayol who was an officer involved in the Bay of Pigs in 1961 where he was captured and sentenced to thirty years in a Cuban prison. After two years, the US paid a ransom for his return. He was a US Marine Corps officer, trained as a US Army Special Forces Captain, and was Airborne Ranger qualified. He was wounded in combat in the Dominican Republic, was a three year veteran of the Vietnam War, and served twenty five years as a Senior Operations Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency where he was a specialist on Non-Official Cover (NOC). He is the recipient of the CIA Intelligence Star for Valor. [Gayol is also a member of the AFIO National Board of Directors] Details on this unusual program are available from COL Nathaniel Alderman, Jr., AldermanNJ@aol.com.
Wednesday, 15 February 06 - Washington, DC - Hearings on Able Danger at 2:30 p.m. in 2118 Rayburn House Office Building, the House Armed Services Strategic Forces and Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittees have tentatively scheduled a joint hearing for open and closed testimony on the Able Danger effort. Witnesses have not yet been scheduled as interviews are ongoing. A complete list of witnesses should be available by close of business on Monday, February 13, 2006.
Thursday, 16 February 06 - Washington, DC - The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy; 12 noon - 1 pm Congressional criticism, aggressive oversight alternating with extreme passivity, tight purse strings: the CIA's first 15 years. When David M. Barrett used newly declassified documents, personal interviews, and exhaustive research to explore the CIA's formative years, he found a world of secret budgeting, covert action, and spymasters on Capitol Hill. Barrett's profile of the Agency's early successes and failures will provide a fascinating context for anyone interested in the current debates over the Agency's ultimate fate. FREE LUNCHTIME AUTHOR DEBRIEFING AND BOOK SIGNING www.spymuseum.org.
18 February 06 - Portland, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter hosts a field trip to the emergency management center. Completed last March with Homeland Security funding and port security grants, the center is a state-of-the-art facility for directing response to natural and man-made disasters. The centers' communication system, which allows decision makers to communicate across agencies and disciplines, has been referred to as "the best in the country." Besides its vital role in securing the largest crude oil port on the East Coast, it has been used to coordinate snow removal during winter storms and to cover a visit by the Queen Mary 2. The center is located in the Portland Arts and Technology High School on Allen Avenue. Those planning to go should meet in the parking lot of the Kennebunk Library at 1:00 p.m. to share rides to the center. Call 207-985-2392 for further information.
Thursday, 23 February 06 - Washington, DC - The Impossible Spy; 6:30 - 9:15 pm "What if I were to tell you that there are many Eli Cohens? And that if they are successful, you will never hear of them?" - former Mossad chief, Isser Harel Forty years ago, Eliahu ben Shaul Cohen was sentenced to death by a Syrian military tribunal and executed. At the time of his arrest, Cohen - an undercover agent for Israel's intelligence agency Mossad - had become so popular among the Syrian leadership that he was being considered for the post of Deputy Defense Minister. This 1987 film captures the true story of this unlikely spy - from his hesitant response to recruitment to his enthusiastic adjustment to life as a Syrian powerbroker. Join Wesley Britton, author of Beyond Bond: Spies in Fiction and Film, as he describes this film's unique place in the world of onscreen espionage and its depiction of the Middle East, and Harvey Chertok, the movie's executive producer, for the film's fascinating back story. www.spymuseum.org to register.
4 March 06 -- Melbourne, FL - The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts (11:30 AM) luncheon at the At Ease Club at the IRCC, Melbourne, Florida. Guest Speaker MG Charles "Chuck" Francis Scanlon (USA Retired) -- author of 3 books: 1) The Attachés, 2) Attachés II Retribution, 3) In Defense of the Nation - DIA at Forty Years -- will speak about realities of terrorism in today's world. Elected to the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame in 1995. Served as Director of Operations at the Defense Intelligence Agency and headed the Defense Attaché System for four years. For more information, contact Bobbie Keith at: (321) - 777-5561 or e-mail at: Bobbie6769@JUNO.com.
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.
4 March 06 - Seattle, WA - The Pacific Northwest AFIO Chapter (Washington/Oregon) meets on Saturday March 4th from 11:30am - 4:00pm at the Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA. Speaker Andy Hamilton (Retired DOJ) will provide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the Ahmed Ressam, the "millennium bomber" investigation and discuss the complexities of international terrorism investigations. If you wish to attend, email: Judd Sloan, VP, email@example.com or call (253) 720-3376
Tuesday, 7 March 06 - Washington, DC - Hot Science and Cool Analysis; 6:30 pm "The analysis came down firmly on both sides of the issue." - Former Director of Central Intelligence Robert Gates in From the Shadows Spies gather data, analysts make sense of it, and scientists develop the tools that help them do both. In this program, you will have the rare opportunity to see demonstrations of the latest technology developed through research now being conducted by the University of Maryland Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) - and then use that technology to gather and analyze information about a fabricated espionage case. Using cutting-edge science, spy skills, and savvy, you will ferret out a double agent on this fast track assignment. Ebeam lithography, particle identification, and voice-changing technology are just some of the super-science technology you will use to shut down a shady operation. Co-sponsored by MRSEC. www.spymuseum.org to register
8 March 06 - College Station, TX - Future of Transatlantic Security Relations - Speakers and panels will examine US and European foreign and defense policies, military strategies and contrasting US and European perspectives on: grand strategy; US basing realignments; complementary US and European initiatives for expanding regional and out-of-region security, stability, peacekeeping and power projection roles and missions; and homeland security and terrorism. The conference will be open to Texas A&M and other regional university faculty, students, and community members. The George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University will host the conference at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center in College Station. See http://bush.tamu.edu
14 - 17 March 06 - San Antonio, TX - Seminar on Investigating and Prosecuting Terrorism - DOJ, USAO, FBI, and St Mary's University are hosting a 3 1/2 day course at St. Mary's University Law School with sponsorship by the FBI, NAA of Texas, Inc., the San Antonio Division of the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas and the Center for Terrorism Law, St. Mary’s University Law School. The course is designed to provide a working knowledge of investigative techniques and practical approaches to prosecuting issues in the Global War on Terror and is intended for senior police executives, task force agents, intelligence officials, local, state & federal law enforcement officials and prosecutors. Register online and make hotel reservations by 15 February. Full Payment of $195.00 must be received by 25 February. For more information, please call Robert Gonzalez at (210) 436-3668. (DKR)
16 March 06 - Colorado Spring, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds meeting at Air Force Academy Officers Club in the Falcon Room, starting at 11:30, lunch served at 12:00 and meeting ends at 1:30 pm.Speaker will be Lt.Col Ty Cresap,USAF, Commander of Detachment 801 of the Air Force Office Of Special Investigations at Buckley Air Force Base. He has just returned from a year over in the Far East. Questions or Reservations to Dick Durham, 719-488-2884. or Riverwear53@aol.com.
Thursday, 16 March 06 - Washington, DC - The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy; 12 noon - 1 pm Virginia Hall, Baltimore's answer to Sydney Bristow. This amazing spy was SOE's go-to agent in World War II France before she had to flee for her life with Klaus Barbie, “the Butcher of Lyon,” hot on her trail. During her second trip to Nazi-occupied France on an OSS mission, Hall, disguised as a peasant, radioed vital info to London and ran a Resistance circuit that helped pave the way for the Allied invasion. For her work, she received the coveted Distinguished Service Cross. That was just the start of a career that continued with the CIA in Latin America. Join Judith L. Pearson for a celebration of the vaunted career of "The Limping Lady." FREE LUNCHTIME AUTHOR DEBRIEFING AND BOOK SIGNING www.spymuseum.org
17 March 06 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Luncheon - Put On Calendar - Details to Follow
20-21 March 06 - Washington, DC - EMININT 2006 - The National Security and Law Society, an international law student organization with thirteen chapters across the U.S. and Canada annually hosts a Spring Symposium on Emerging Issues in National and International Security (EMININT). EMININT 2006 will be hosted at American University Washington College of Law, and will feature panels on Awarding of Governmental National Security Contracts; Legislative Interpretation of National Security; Cyber-Security and the Electronic War on Terror; Immigration in an Age of Terrorism; Petro-Security in the Post-9/11 World; FBI vs. MI-5: The War Over Domestic Intelligence; International Adjudication of Terror; and The War on Terror in the Foreign Media. EMININT 2006 will consist of speakers who represent the top of their fields, from six countries, including academic experts, senior U.S. government policymakers, and international legal authorities and the media. To receive updates or for more information, email EMININT@gmail.com Online pre-registration is http://www.wcl.american.edu/org/nsls/eminint_2006.cfm
21 - 26 March 06 - Salzburg, Austria - COUNTER-TERRORISM IN EUROPE & AMERICA: Threat Perception and Response, Consequence Management, Security v. Civil Liberty. This five-day day program will provide a comparative, critical and comprehensive assessment of current European and American counter-terrorist efforts, including the social, ethical, political and legal impacts. It will provide the first comprehensive review of counter-terrorist efforts since the expiration of the Patriot Act in the United States, and the release of the EU Counter-Terrorism Strategy Paper in Europe.
The program is designed to provide a practical means of assessing current risk and response for individuals whose work is affected by potential terrorist activities and current and future counter-terrorism policies. This includes officials in trans-national, national, state and city governments, security organizations, private corporations, the media, think tanks, human rights organizations, as well as other independent sector entities. Faculty - François Heisbourg (Chair), Director, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique , former Senior Vice President Strategic Development, MATRA-Defense-Espace, Paris; Randy Beardsworth, Assistant Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security, Policy, Planning, and International Affairs Directorate, Washington, DC; European Commission, Directorate General for Freedom, Security and Justice, European Commission, Brussels (To be announced); Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for External Relations and the European Neighborhood Policy, European Commission, Brussels; former Austrian Foreign Minister; Robert R. Kiley, Commissioner of Transport, Transport for London, London; Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, Minister of Justice, Ministry of Justice, Madrid (tentative); David Omand, former Head of Security and Intelligence, Cabinet Office, London (invited). For more information visit the following site: http://www.salzburgseminar.org/2006Sessions.cfm?GroupID=4025&IDEventTypes=144&IDEvent=1024
Friday, 24 March 06 - New York, NY - AFIO Metro New York Chapter hosts evening meeting on Internet Security at the University Club, 1 W 54 St, 9th Flr, Manhattan, cor. 54 & Fifth. TIME: 5:30 - 6:00 PM Registration: 6:00 - 7:15 PM Speaker 7:15 - 8:00 PM Refreshments. SPEAKER: DAVID AUCSMITH, Senior Director, Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, Microsoft Corp., on Internet Security. Before joining Microsoft in August 2002, Aucsmith was chief security architect for Intel Corporation from 1994 to 2002. He has worked in a variety of security technology areas including secure computer systems, secure communications systems, random number generation, cryptography and network intrusion detection. He is a former officer in the US Navy and has been heavily involved in computer security and cybercrime issues for more than twenty years. Currently, Aucsmith is a member of the advisory board of the NSA, co-chairman of the FBI's Information Technology Study Group, a member of the Secret Service Task Force on Computer Aided Counterfeiting, member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academes of Science, a member of the President's Task Force on National Defense and Computer Technology and a member of the Department of Defense's Global Information Grid Senior Industry Review Group. Aucsmith holds 20 patents for digital security technology and is an editor for the "IEE Journal of Information Security." COST $45pp. Registration in Advance: Mail Checks & Make Payable "Jerry Goodwin" 530 Park Ave 15B New York, NY 10021 OR Register in Advance: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone 212-308-1450 And Pay at the Door OR Register at the Door: No Advance Notice- Checks/Cash Accepted
7-9 April 06 - Tutzing, Germany - "Fifty Years of Bundesnachrichtendienst, 1956-2006: The BND in Its Historical Context" - the 12th Annual Meeting of the INTERNATIONAL INTELLIGENCE HISTORY ASSOCIATION [IIHA] at the Politische Akademie in Tutzing (nr. Munich) IIHA/AGN members are requested to send their registration AS SOON AS POSSIBLE by post or by e-mail to Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Krieger, Fachbereich 06, Universität Marburg, 35032 Marburg / Germany Email: email@example.com
Please provide your full name and home address (as well as your e- mail address if possible.) Accompanying spouses are requested to register with full names and addresses and are charged at the full conference rate (see below for rates). Conference Organizers: Dr. Jürgen Weber (Tutzing) / Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Krieger (Marburg)
11 April 06 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers Club, at MacDill Air Force Base. The luncheon speaker is Frederick Rustmann, Jr., a twenty-four-year veteran of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. He retired in 1990 as a member of the elite Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) with the equivalent rank of major general. Assigned abroad to posts in eight countries in Asia, Europe and Africa during the Cold War, he was heavily involved in the collection of foreign intelligence from human and technical sources. In two of those foreign posts he was the senior CIA officer in country. In addition to out-of-country service, he was an instructor at the CIA’s training facility known as "the Farm." After retiring from CIA, he founded CTC International Group, Inc., a pioneer in the field of business intelligence and a recognized leader in the industry. He is the author of CIA, Inc. Espionage and the Craft of Business Intelligence. Further details and registration are available from COL Nathaniel Alderman, Jr., AldermanNJ@aol.com.
21 - 22 April 2006 - Great Lakes, IL - AFIO Midwest Chapter holds annual two day symposium at the Great Lakes Naval Station, Great Lakes Illinois at the Port O'Call (Old Officers Club). There will be a full two-day schedule along with speakers from several Law Enforcement Agencies and a briefing on Homeland Security. Registration is $10.00 per person and a block of rooms have been reserved for AFIO members at the Navy Lodge, Direct any inquiries to Col Angelo M. Di Liberti, Midwest Chapter , President , P.O. Box 295, South Elgin, IL 60177-0295, Telephone number 1-847-931-4184, or Fax number 1-847-931-9131
7-9 May 06 - Bethesda, MD - 2nd Annual INTELCON [National Intelligence Conference and Exposition] - To emphasize practical applications and techniques INTELCON combines an educational program which focuses on practical applications and techniques, along with a full-scale vendor exposition of intel products and services, to attract a wide audience of intelligence practitioners and vendors from both the public and private sectors.
WHO: Dr. William A. Saxton, Conference Chair; Dr. Peter Leitner, Program Chair. Supported by a Program Advisory Group.
WHERE: Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, MD. For more information, contact: Conference: Dr. William A. Saxton, Chairman
DrWASaxton@aol.com; Tel. 561-483-6430; Exposition: George DeBakey at firstname.lastname@example.org and Barbara Lecker at lecker@ejkrause of E.J. Krause and Associates; Tel. 301-493-5500 Web sites: www.IntelConference.US (2006)
7 May 06 - Tyson's Corner, VA - XXXII NMIA Anniversary and Awards Banquet - The National Military Intelligence Association holds this annual event in honor of distinguished individuals who have provided outstanding contributions to military intelligence and who represent the epitome of intelligence professional performance. Selections for the awards are made by the service intelligence chiefs and the directors of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Please contact Debra Davis email@example.com The Event is being held at the Sheraton-Premiere Hotel. NMIA is a worthwhile organization and deserving of your support.
18 May 06 - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds meeting at Air Force Academy Officers Club in the Falcon Room, starting at 11:30, lunch served at 12:00 and meeting ends at 1:30 pm. Speakers to be announced. Questions or Reservations to Dick Durham, 719-488-2884. or Riverwear53@aol.com.
2 June 06 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Luncheon - Put On Calendar - Details to Follow
3 June 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.
27-29 June 06 - Lyon, France - Complex Asian Crime Symposium 2006 sponsored jointly by Interpol General Secretariat, Lyon, France, and the Center for Asian Crime Studies [CACS] an international, not-for-profit, research and training organization. This training symposium has expanded the geographic scope of the event to encompass interest in terrorism, and has added organized crime to its coverage--and its links to terrorism--from Suez to Tokyo. Experts from academia and national police agencies world-wide, plus private organizations and think-tanks, are asked to gather in Lyon to address a wide range of issues of strategic and tactical interest to law enforcement authorities. Broad topic areas will include (1) Trends in collaboration between criminals and terrorists, (2) New techniques for identifying and tracing suspects, (3) Cross-cultural considerations for effective investigations of persons of Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist religion, (4) Recent investigations involving money laundering, fraud, underground banking and human smuggling by ethnic Asian criminals, and (5) Essential differences between mindsets of West, South and East Asian criminals and societies. Speakers: Among approximately 20 speakers who will appear at the symposium, the following might participate: (1) Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, New Scotland Yard, London (2) Mr. David E. Kaplan, Chief Investigative Correspondent, US News & World Report, Washington, DC. (3) Dr. Sheldon Zhang, Professor, San Diego State University, California (4) Chief Investigator Larry Lambert, Orange County Prosecutor’s Office, California (5) Mr. Garry Spence, Director of Investigations, Consumer Protection Authority, British Columbia, Canada. (6) Superintendent Gordon McRae, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Registration: Attendance is limited to persons actively engaged in law enforcement or with serious academic interests. Due to security considerations and limited seating, all who would attend this symposium must register in advance. Registration forms may be found at www.asiancrime.org. Prior to May 31, 2006, a registration fee of 190 Euros per person will be assessed each attendee.
After May 31, 2006, the registration fee will be 220 Euros per person. Completed registration forms may be sent by email to email@example.com, or they may be sent to Center for Asian Crime Studies, 7609 Royal Dominion Dr, Bethesda, MD 20817, USA along with your payment.
3-8 September 06 - Oxford, England - Spies, Lies & Intelligence Conference - From the historical certainties of World War II, through the treacheries and ultimate triumphs of the Cold War, we have emerged into an age when "Terror" is the West's new political and security watchword. This five-day conference brings together authors, experts and intelligence practitioners of international standing and examines the evolution of intelligence, espionage and deception across more than half a century. Please direct all enquiries and bookings to: The Steward's Office, Christ Church OXFORD OX1 1DP. Tel: +44 (0)1865 286848 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com (DKR)
8 September 06 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Luncheon - Put On Calendar - Details to Follow
9 September 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.
14 September 06 - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds meeting at Air Force Academy Officers Club in the Falcon Room, starting at 11:30, lunch served at 12:00 and meeting ends at 1:30 pm. Speakers to be announced. Questions or Reservations to Dick Durham, 719-488-2884. or Riverwear53@aol.com.
OCTOBER - 3rd or 4th week - McLean, VA - AFIO National Intelligence Symposium - Put on Calendar -
10 October 06 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers’ Club, at MacDill Air Force Base.The luncheon speaker is Billy Waugh who was wounded five times in his seven and a half years as a Green Beret in Vietnam. Many of these years were spent behind enemy lines as part of SOG, a top secret group of elite commandos. Sergeant Major Billy Waugh retired in 1972 to continue his craft as an independent contractor with the CIA. In 1994, Waugh was the team leader of a four-man CIA group that laid the groundwork for the capture of Carlos the Jackal, the world's most wanted man at the time. At the age of 71 shortly after 9/11, he was one of the first on the ground as a team member of a combined Special Forces/CIA takedown unit inside Afghanistan. Earlier Waugh had kept surveillance on Osama bin Laden in Khartoum in 1991 and again in 1992 as one of the first CIA operatives assigned to watch the al Qaeda leader. His book, Hunting the Jackal, recounts a remarkable life of service. Further details and registration are available from COL Nathaniel Alderman, Jr., AldermanNJ@aol.com
16 November 06 - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapterholds meeting at Air Force Academy Officers Club in the Falcon Room, starting at 11:30, lunch served at 12:00 and meeting ends at 1:30 pm. Speakers to be announced. Questions or Reservations to Dick Durham, 719-488-2884. or Riverwear53@aol.com.
20-21 October 06 - Lubbock, TX - The Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University and the Center for the Study of Intelligence (CSI) will co-host a conference on "Intelligence in the Vietnam War," which will be held in Lubbock, Texas, at the Holiday Inn Park Plaza. The purpose of this conference is to examine intelligence activities in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and elsewhere as they impacted the Vietnam War. We welcome papers that discuss intelligence analysis and operations from all sides of the conflict and desire presentations that discuss US, RVN, DRV, VC, USSR, PRC, Warsaw Pact, and other intelligence activities as they related to the Vietnam War. While the focus will remain on historical events, it is our distinct hope that appropriate historical lessons might be drawn of more immediate application to current wars and conflicts. To that end, we are seeking paper and panel proposals on all subjects related to Intelligence in the Vietnam War to include but not limited to the following topics: Intelligence and counter-intelligence operations to include human, electronic, signals, and imagery intelligence; Terrorism and counter-terrorism; Infiltration operations into North Vietnam, the Viet Cong infrastructure, and elsewhere; Psychological operations; The Phoenix Program, Provincial Reconnaissance Units, and other attempts to neutralize the VCI; Rolling Thunder, enemy order of battle, the will to persist, and other analytical issues; Inter-agency cooperation and conflict between the CIA, DIA, and other intelligence organizations; The politics of intelligence (e.g. the producer v. the consumer in the development of estimative products); the use of RAND and other private analytical resources as intelligence; etc... This conference will offer students, scholars, intelligence officials, policy makers, and others with an excellent opportunity to discuss and learn from intelligence activities from America's longest war along with the many issues that surrounded these complex activities and events. If you are interested in providing either an individual presentation or a panel discussion, please submit a proposal (single page or less) to Mr. Stephen Maxner, Deputy Director at the Vietnam Center at email@example.com or call (806) 742-9010 for more information. Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2006
1 December 06 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Luncheon - Put On Calendar - Details to Follow
5-7 December 06 - Chantilly, VA - MASINT V, The MASINT Association’s Annual Conference More details to follow. Or write them at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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