AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #20-06 dated 22 May 2006
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3 June 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting
7 June 06 - Nellis AFB, NV - AFIO Las Vegas meets at Nellis AFB Threat Training Facility and Air Museum
15 June 06 - Washington, DC – The Spy Museum- Author Debriefing: Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America’s First Shadow War
15 June 06 – Washington, DC – Renaissance Hotel- Managing Today's Threats to Homeland Security (w/focus on CBRN)
17 June 06 - Kennebunk ME - AFIO Maine Chapter Hosts James Pavitt, former CIA DDO, at Meeting
20 June 06 - Washington, DC - Spylight Tour: After Hours Recon at the International Spy Museum
27-29 June 06 - Lyon, France - Complex Asian Crime Symposium 2006
20 July 06 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds meeting at USAF Academy O'Club
12 August 06 - Melbourne, FL - Florida Satellite Chapter of AFIO host legendary Billy Waugh at luncheon at Colony Hall at the IRCC
23 - 25 August 06 - Raleigh, NC - Fourth Annual Raleigh International Spy Conference focuses on topic: Castro and Cuba: What Next?
3-8 September 06 - Oxford, England - Spies, Lies & Intelligence Conference
8 September 06 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Luncheon - Put On Calendar - Details to Follow
10 October 06 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter - at MacDill AFB O'Club
20-21 October 06 - Lubbock, TX - Texas Tech and CIA's Center for Study of Intelligence co-host "Intelligence in the Vietnam War,"
27 - 29 October 06 - McLean, VA - AFIO National Intelligence Symposium - Homeland, Port and Border Security
10 November 06 – Ft. Myer and Arlington National Cemetery - Army Counterintelligence Corps Veterans (ACICV) Annual "Day of Remembrance"
16 November 06 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds meeting at USAF Academy O'Club
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
12 December 06 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers’ Club
13 February 07 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter luncheon with Carl W Ford, Jr., former head of the State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR).
3 March 07 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting
HAYDEN CONFIRMATION HEARING In a six-hour confirmation hearing before a Senate subcommittee, General Michael Hayden, President Bush’s nominee to head the CIA, gave both sides of the aisle something to chew on. Hayden unabashedly defended as legal President Bush’s controversial eavesdropping program that some have alleged violates U.S. citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights to privacy, and said it was time to move on. About the rash of intelligence leaks he said, “Respectfully, senators, I believe that the American intelligence business has too much become the football in American political discourse. Accountability is one thing -- and we will have it -- but true accountability is not served by inaccurate, harmful and illegal public disclosures.” But Hayden also criticized some of the administration’s policies and decisions. Of the Pentagon’s pre-war intelligence, he said that it was put together to buttress pre-conceived notions, and warned the American people not to assume that U.S. intelligence was making the same mistakes with Iran. Hayden’s nomination has been criticized by some because opponents feel that too much of the intelligence community is already controlled by the military. However, Hayden emphasized that he would be loyal to Director of National Intelligence Negroponte not the Pentagon even though he does not intend to retire from the military if confirmed. Some senators attacked Hayden, though. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon doubted the general’s credibility, pointing to differing explanations he had given about the scope of the eavesdropping program. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin said that he stilled believed after having received a briefing on the full program that it was illegal, and Republican Olympia Snow of Maine said that she felt the Senate was not given ample information to perform its oversight role. Hayden refused to answer some questions as too sensitive and asked that they be discussed in a closed session that went late into the night. Included in these questions were six by Diane Feinstein, D-California that covered a possible push by White House aides for a broader domestic surveillance program; whether court warrants were obtained for any of the phone records received by the National Security Agency; CIA policy on rendition and "water-boarding' ; administration guidance on the permissibility of torture; and Iran's nuclear capability. Despite the criticism and objections, most believe Hayden’s nomination will be strongly confirmed. [SFChronicle 19May06/Epstein]
HEAD OF PALESTINIAN INTELLIGENCE WOUNDED IN EXPLOSION The Chief of Palestinian Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Tareq Abu Rajab, was seriously wounded on Saturday, 20 May, from an explosion that occurred as he stepped into an elevator in his heavily guarded headquarters in Gaza. His nephew, who acted as a bodyguard, was killed and five others in Rajab’s party and three nearby employees were wounded. Rajab, 59, also known as Muhammad Shanyoura, was a senior member of the Fatah party and ally of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Tensions between Fatah and the ruling party Hamas have escalated in recent weeks, and many are calling this an assassination attempt by Hamas. A Hamas spokesman for Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniya, said the explosion was being investigated, and cabinet secretary Ghzai Hamad asked that judgments, accusations and responses be reserved in order to avoid tension in the Palestinian streets. Doctors at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital conducted surgery on Saturday in an attempt to save Rajab’s leg. [NYT 20May06/Erlanger]
U.N. FINDS BUSH ADMINISTRATION POLICIES ON PRISONERS IN VIOLATION OF TREATY The U.N. Committee on Torture released Friday its findings of an investigation into U.S. policy with regards to prisoners taken in the Global War on Terror. The committee which reviews whether the 10-signatory countries to the U.N. Convention on Torture are adhering to it called for the United States to take six actions to reverse its current practices- ensure no prisoners are held in secret facilities, end rendition (called ‘enforced disappearance’ in the report), close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and provide judicial proceedings for those who qualify, cease any interrogation technique that includes torture (includes use of dogs, ‘water boarding’, and sexual humiliation), investigate and bring to justice any one accused of committing acts of torture, and allow the visit of a special rapporteur to visit Guantanamo and other detention facilities. Officials both in the administration and in the Congress derided the findings. White House spokesman Tony Snow said that the committee had refused numerous invitations to visit Guantanamo Bay where, according to Snow, prisoners are treated in accordance with U.S. law. Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson said of Guantanamo, "We have a right to keep dangerous people from doing us harm." The report is considered the most authoritative examination of Bush’s policies on the handling of terrorist prisoners to date. Obviously the President took the inquiry seriously, as the U.S. sent a delegation of over two dozen experts to participate in the proceedings. Human rights groups are hailing the committee’s findings. "This report condemns the United States for the exact sorts of practices that the United States has long condemned in other nations," said Jennifer Daskal, an advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. "This should be a humbling experience for every American citizen." The entire U.N. report is available here. [SJMercNews 19May06/Schofield]
WORLD LEADERS WELCOME NEW IRAQI GOVERNMENT Leaders from around the world Saturday hailed the approval the first permanent and democratic government in Iraq. New Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki vowed to heal the sectarian strife in his country and called on Iraqis everywhere to reject terrorism and unite in love and tolerance. PM Maliki described a 34-point plan to end terrorism, assimilate militias into the security forces and get critical infrastructure such as water and electricity repaired. He also called for a reasonable timeline for coalition forces to leave Iraq. President Bush called the struggle to create the broadly representative unity government of Shi’a, Sunni and Kurd “difficult and inspiring” and said that it offers Iraq new opportunities for progress which they would not face alone. British Prime Minister Tony Blair called the new government a huge step forward, and the head of the Arab League Amr Moussa called it a “step on the right path”. King Abdullah II of Jordan said that he hoped for "[fulfillment of] the aspirations of [Iraq's] people for a better life, democracy, pluralism and stronger national unity". The festivities were not with out distractions, however. The leader of the smaller of two Sunni groups complained about how the appointments were apportioned, although the full Parliament erupted into applause as each new cabinet minister was announced and took his seat. But then a member of the larger Sunni faction led a walkout to protest that no permanent selections had been decided to lead defense and interior, yet. For now, Maliki will head interior and a Sunni, Deputy Prime Minister Salam Zaubai, will run defense. [BBC 20May06]
SYRIA MAY HAVE RECEIVED PAKISTANI NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY For the first time, U.S. intelligence has publicly linked Syria to the illegal nuclear proliferation network of A.Q. Khan, the rogue Pakistani nuclear scientist. The annual report to Congress on proliferation said that Pakistani investigators have confirmed reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Khan offered nuclear technology to Syria. According to the report, intelligence believes Syria received the technology, as well accepting help on ballistic missile programs from China, which is a known violator of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). China supplied the technology that enabled Pakistan to become a nuclear power, although China was never punished by the U.N. for its misdeeds. Syria, who is also a signatory to the NPT and subject to IAEA inspection, currently conducts civilian nuclear energy research in three locations. However, its uranium enrichment and hot cell facility research has dual-use possibilities in nuclear weapons programs. Additionally, Syria is seeking to build solid propellant rocket motors with assistance from North Korea. [Harvey/WashTimes 13May06/Gertz]
AMERICA’S CONTINUED INVOLVEMENT IN SOMALIA The central government collapsed in Somalia in 1991 amongst fierce urban fighting. President George H.W. Bush, under U.N. charter, deployed forces to Somalia in December 1992 in an effort to feed the starving populace resulting from rival warlords attempting to control the food supply. This humanitarian mission was widely considered successful. The U.S. presence was scaled back considerably, from a peak of 30,000 U.S. troops to about 1,200 and turned over to U.N. control under President Clinton. After 23 Pakistani peacekeepers were ambushed and murdered, the U.N. mandated the perpetrators be brought to justice. The followers of warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid were thought responsible. On October 3, 1993, while attempting to apprehend an Aidid lieutenant, the Battle of Mogadishu ensued and resulted in the death of 18 U.S. service members and the international broadcast of their bodies dragged through the streets. It was the longest and bloodiest firefight for the U.S. since the Vietnam War. President Clinton began withdrawing U.S. forces on October 7 with all troops gone by March 1994. The search for Aidid was abandoned. [Institute for National Strategic Studies] Osama Bin Laden, who sent soldiers into Somalia to battle American troops there, called the U.S. soldier a paper tiger. Although Bin Laden denies FBI claims of his involvement, the first attack on the World Trade Center occurred about 5 months after the U.S. began pulling out of Somalia. [PBS]
Fast forward to May 12, 2006. A fledgling Somali transitional government is struggling to get on its feet. Meanwhile, in the heaviest fighting since the fall of the Somali government, allied warlords battled Islamic forces in the streets of Mogadishu. It is estimated that 150 people, mostly non-combatants, have been killed in six days of fighting. Although the American embassy in Nairobi called on the warring factions to cease, some accuse the U.S. of backing the coalition of warlords, who have formed an anti-terrorism alliance. The Director for African Policy at the International Crisis Group Suliman Baldo says, “It's a well-established fact for the last few years that U.S. counterterrorism officials and other intelligence officials have been working through Somali partners to fight extremists.” Baldo says that his limited information does not include evidence of America supporting the warlords with arms, but did show U.S. operatives paying for the apprehension of suspected Al-Qaeda members. In one report, U.S. intelligence supposedly offered $4 million for the apprehension of Tariq Abdallah, a suspected Al-Qaeda operative. When the warlords launched the operation to capture Abdallah, though, he was not found. The U.S. will officially say only that they support fight against terrorism and the new transitional Somali government. But the Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed said that the U.S. should work through the government instead of individual warlords, and tell the warlords to support the government. The warlords, however, say they have received nothing from the U.S. and fight the Islamists out of a shared hatred for terrorism. In the void left by no central government, Islamist courts have sprung up around Mogadishu, delivering Islamic justice and supporting local schools and charities. The United States has linked several of the leaders of the Islamic courts to Al-Qaeda including Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys whom the U.N. accuses of receiving a large cache of arms from a nearby country. Aweys says that his motivation is to liberate his people from the control of the warlords and calls himself “part of the mujahedeen that is fighting back.” [Harvey/NYT 13May06/Lacey]
SPYING ON AMERICANS FROM SPACE? In a provocatively titled article, “U.S. Government's Spy Cameras Watch Americans from Space”, AP writer Karen Shrader discovers that America’s spy satellites have been used to observe domestic “targets.” However, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA- formerly the National Imagery and Mapping Agency), James Clapper, is proud of these programs, and unlike the NSA domestic eavesdropping case, there is no major investigation of NGA for violating Americans’ privacy rights. That’s because the nation’s satellites have been turned to view the homeland for humanitarian purposes like aiding rescuers and victims in emergencies such as Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, or provide security at major events such as the Super Bowl. In response to last year’s record hurricane season, the little publicized NGA set up field command posts and dedicated over 900 personnel to aide operations in the devastated regions. One service they were able to provide was the ability for homeowners to view their property remotely and discover the extent of storm damage in locations that were otherwise unreachable. Even though the agency was created for intelligence purposes, Clapper sees domestic support programs such as this to be payback to taxpayers for their support over the years. In addition to disaster support, the agency also can help security officials protect major events such as the Super Bowl and national political conventions. In addition to the view from the sky, NGA works with hotels and other venues to get access to indoor security cameras, the images from which NGA can combine with mapping data to get a more complete operational picture, or prepare for action for example, in a hostage situation. There are detractors, though. Privacy advocates are wary of how much data the agency collects and stores, especially in light of the accusations against the Bush administration for domestic spying. Although the exact capabilities of imagery satellites are classified, it is believed that NGA’s birds have a far greater resolution than commercial satellites that can crisply depict objects from space as small as one meter in size. However, Clapper insists that NGA is a “big picture” organization that looks at large collective areas and doesn’t threaten anyone’s privacy. A retired Air Force Lt. General, Clapper is the longest serving director of a national intelligence agency and due to retire next year. [PJK/AP 14May06/Shrader]
JOHN STANLEY WARNER, SR. OBITUARY ERRATA WINS Issue #18-06 (8May06) published the obituary of former AFIO Board member and AFIO contributor, John Stanley Warner, Sr. David Barrett sent these additional personal insights into the Warner’s life.
[Mr. Warner] handled legislative liaison for many years, beginning in the late 1950s and through much of the 1960s. At the time of his service in that capacity, he had a progressive view of congressional oversight of CIA: the leaders of tiny, secretive congressional subcommittees that were supposed to monitor the Agency were simply too busy to do a continually effective job. Congress, he thought, should develop a more effective system. Mr. Warner was, like his predecessor Walter Pforzheimer, kind and helpful to me in my attempt to write a history of early Congress-CIA relations. Both men submitted themselves to interviews and repeated telephone calls requesting information and clarifications. Mr. Warner's work diary during his years as legislative liaison are available through the CREST system housed at National Archives in College Park, Maryland. They will be useful to historians for decades to come.” -David M. Barrett, Political Science Dept., Villanova Univ., author of "The CIA and Congress: the Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy" (University Press of Kansas, 2005).
30 May 2006 - McLean, VA – NMIA Spring Intelligence Symposium - "Actionable Intelligence for a Transforming Army" will examine the critical elements of Army Intelligence transformation, and the operational and technical initiatives that form the way ahead. This one day SECRET symposium will be held on Tuesday, 30 May at the MITRE facility in McLean, VA. LTG John Kimmons, DCS, G2, US Army will give the keynote presentation, and there will be a series of top level presentations by senior Army intelligence leaders and other experts who will outline their challenges, requirements and programs. Cost of admission will be $185 for members, and $225 for non-members, who will also receive a one-year NMIA membership as well. Detailed agenda and registration instructions at www.nmia.org.
2 June 06 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Luncheon - Amb. John Negroponte, Director of National Intelligence Sold Out. No further registrations can be accepted. Wait List at maximum capacity.
3 June 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
Wednesday, 7 June 06 - Nellis AFB, NV - AFIO Las Vegas meets at Nellis Air Force Base Threat Training Facility (TTF) and Air Museum. Lt Col Peter J. Lambert, USAF, Commander, 547th Intelligence Squadron, is hosting the meeting at the TTF, which includes a tour of the TTF's Air Museum (the TTF is a formerly classified facility). Event starts at 6 p.m. Meet at the Nellis Officers' Club, and then travel as a group to the Nellis TTF. All guests must use the MAIN GATE located at the intersection on Craig and Las Vegas Blvd. 5871 Fitzgerald Blvd, Nellis AFB, NV 89191. For access and registration, email Christine Eppley at EPPLEY@nv.doe.gov or call her at 702-295-0073.
15 June 06 - Washington, DC – Spy Museum- Author Debriefing: Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America’s First Shadow War On 6 June 1944, while Allied troops stormed the Normandy beaches, 300 young American, British, and French soldiers parachuted behind enemy lines to launch a secret mission codenamed Jedburgh. Working with the French Resistance, the "Jeds" embarked on a stunningly effective guerilla campaign against the German war machine. Colin Beavan, whose grandfather helped direct the operation, tells the incredible story of the daredevils who carried out America’s first special forces mission in his new book. Join the author as he highlights one of the most hazardous covert operations of World War II. Free! No registration required
15 June 06 – Washington, DC – Renaissance Hotel- Managing Today's Threats to Homeland Security (w/focus on CBRN) Special guest speaker will be Frances Fragos Townsend, Special Assistant to the President for Terrorism. The Managing Today's Threats to Homeland Security Conference is specifically designed to give the attendees a quick snapshot of how Government and industry are addressing the CBRN threat – from policy decisions all the way to recent research and technology development. Senior White House Officials, DHS policy-makers, and corporate leaders of private sector will gather on June 15 to address the path forward to enhance the protection of the critical infrastructure in these vital sectors. This timely event will put you ahead of the curve for the most important areas in Homeland Security in our nation today. Details and registration
17 June 06 - Kennebunk, ME - James L. Pavitt, former CIA Deputy Director of Operations will speak to the AFIO Maine Chapter on "Post 9/11 Intelligence Reform and Reorganization - The Pursuit of Perfection." As head of the Clandestine Services from 1999 to August 2004 Pavitt led CIA's operational response to the September 11 attacks. He managed CIA's global intelligence collection and nearly half of its multi-billion budget. In the course of over 30 years of intelligence experience, he spent many years overseas as a member of the Clandestine Services. Fom 1990 to 1993 he served as Senior Intelligence Advisor to President George H. W. Bush as a member of the National Security Council team meeting with the President, Cabinet, Congress, heads of foreign intelligence services and senior government officials around the globe. He is currently a Principal of the Scowcroft Group. The meeting, scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Library will be open to the public. For more information call (207) 985-2392.
20 June 06 - Washington, DC - Spylight Tour: After Hours Recon at the International Spy Museum Starts at 8 p.m. What is it really like to meet an agent in the dead of night in a denied area? How do the objects on display in the Museum handle in the field? Get the spy’s-eye view in this extraordinary program. Burton Gerber is a widely respected veteran of 39 years as a CIA case officer who served in some of the Agency’s most challenging overseas posts. As chief of station in Moscow during the Cold War, he was known for his rigorous tradecraft and dedication to operations. He is the co-editor of the recent, well-received book, Transforming U.S. Intelligence. In this exclusive, after-hours tour, Gerber will bring the Museum’s unique exhibits to life with stories from his distinguished career and informed opinion on historical events. He’ll share how the gadgets really worked -- or didn’t -- and whether to include your wife in a clandestine operation. Tickets: $60 http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/index.asp#Register_Now
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or they may be sent to Center for Asian Crime Studies, 7609 Royal Dominion Dr, Bethesda, MD 20817, USA along with your payment.
20 July 06 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds meeting at USAF Academy O'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.
12 August 06 - Melbourne, FL - The Florida Satellite Chapter of AFIO will host its luncheon at Colony Hall at the IRCC. The legendary Billy Waugh will be the guest speaker; a man whose career spans some 50 plus years in special operations -tracking Carlos the Jackal, coming face to face with Osama bin Laden are but a few of the stories he will share with us. For more information, contact BEKeith at: Bobbie6769@JUNO.com or phone: (321) 777-5561.
23 - 25 August 06 - Raleigh, NC - Fourth Annual Raleigh International Spy Conference focuses on topic: Castro and Cuba: What Next? From revolution to Cold War KGB leader, Castro and his era will end soon. Hear the experts -- Don Bohning, Humberto Fontova, Brian Latell, Tim Naftali, Art Padilla, and AFIO's President, Gene Poteat -- take you from the Bay of Pigs through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the intrigue of Castros role as the "Bridgehead" for the KGB-led Non-aligned Movement - including new revelations from the intelligence world and estimates of what will happen to Cuba and its relationship with the US after Castro. Put on your calendar and go to www.raleighspyconference.com or call the Spy Hotline at 919- 807-7917 to register early for this important event.
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. direct all enquiries and bookings to: The Steward's Office, Christ Church OXFORD OX1 1DP. Tel: +44 (0)1865 286848 Email: email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org
9 September 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at email@example.com 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.
14 - 18 September 06 - Arlington, VA - The OSS Society and the Carpetbaggers will be co-hosting a Reunion at the Crown Plaza Hotel Reagan National Airport. 1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA, US, 22202. More information can be found at www.osssociety.org
22 September 06 - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter holds evening meeting at Society of Illustrators Building, 128 East 63rd St, (between Park and Lexington). Check-in: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM. Speakers to be announced. Buffet dinner, tables of eight. $45pp, includes drinks, coffee, dessert. Cash bar. Registration and more information available from Jerry Goodwin, Chapter President, at 212-308-1450, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. For more information contact Don White, DonWhite@tampabay.rr.com.
20-21 October 06 - Lubbock, TX - The Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University and CIA's 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, 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
10 November 06 – Ft. Myer and Arlington National Cemetery - Army Counterintelligence Corps Veterans (ACICV) Annual "Day of Remembrance" The ACICV Day of Remembrance, which includes a special Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in the Cemetery and a Memorial Luncheon at Fort Myer, honors the memory of Army Counterintelligence veterans and associates who have passed away since the last Remembrance Day. Friends and supporters of ACICV and Army Counterintelligence are invited to attend. For additional information contact Ed Meiser at 1-518-371-8356 (e-mail: Leigh54@aol.com) or Elly Burton at 1-703-591-3848 (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
16 November 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.
6 December 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
8 December 06 - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter holds evening meeting at Society of Illustrators Building, 128 East 63rd St, (between Park and Lexington). Check-in: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM. Speakers to be announced. Buffet dinner, tables of eight. $45pp, includes drinks, coffee, dessert. Cash bar. Registration and more information available from Jerry Goodwin, Chapter President, at 212-308-1450, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12 December 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 James Pavitt. A 31-year veteran of CIA, who in 1999 was appointed Deputy Director for Operations to head what is now known as the National Clandestine Service, the CIA directorate responsible for the clandestine collection of foreign intelligence. He had served as Associate Deputy Director for Operations from July 1997 through July 1999. He served longer in that position than any DDO in the last 30 years until retiring from CIA and the DO in August 2004. After joining the Agency in 1973 as a Career Trainee, he served in a variety of intelligence assignments in Europe, Asia and at CIA Headquarters. In 1990, he was assigned to the National Security Council as the Director for Intelligence Programs. In June 1992, President Bush appointed him Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and NSC Senior Director for Intelligence Programs. Mr. Pavitt began his intelligence career in the United States Army from 1969-1971 as an intelligence officer. Jim Pavitt is currently a principle at the Scowcroft Group and also serves as a member of the AFIO National Board of Directors. For more information contact Don White, DonWhite@tampabay.rr.com
AND FOR 2007 CALENDARS ....
13 February 07 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers' Club, at MacDill Air Force Base. The luncheon speaker is Carl W Ford, Jr., former head of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), from 2001 until 2003. As Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, he reported directly to the Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and provided intelligence support and analysis to him and other senior policy makers. He was directly involved in crafting policy related to the war on terrorism, the Iraq war and reconstruction, and issues regarding the Chinese military, nuclear proliferation, the Middle East peace process, and the North Korean military threat. Between 1965 and 1989, Mr. Ford served a tour of duty in Vietnam, was a U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer, a Defense Intelligence Agency China Strategic Intelligence Officer, a CIA China military analyst, a professional staff member for East Asia on the Committee on Foreign Relations, and the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the CIA. Beginning in early 1989, Mr. Ford spent four years working at the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary levels in the Defense Department. For more information contact Don White, DonWhite@tampabay.rr.com.
3 March 07 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at email@example.com 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. Contact Quiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Contact Quiel Begonia at email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
18-19 October 2007: Symposium on Cryptologic History sponsored by the Center for Cryptologic History, to be held at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD. Further details available in early 2007.
1 December 07 - 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.
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