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KAPPES TO RETURN AS CIA DEPUTY DIRECTOR Stephen R. Kappes, a casualty under Peter Goss's CIA, quit in November 2004 over a "management dispute." Since General Michael Hayden was tapped to replace Goss at the CIA, however, there has been much speculation that Kappes would return as Hayden's deputy. Time magazine has confirmed through a June 1 London Stock Exchange filing by ArmorGroup International, a London-based security firm where Kappes has worked since April 2005, that he plans to rejoin the CIA. The company said Kappes "will be leaving the Group in early June 2006 to accept the position of deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency." Many in the CIA are hailing the return of Kappes who became popular for standing up to the oft disliked Goss. However, some are not so sure that Kappes's Santini-like discipline would be welcomed back, and others in Congress, such as Pete Hoekstra, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, are opposed to Kappes' return. Hoekstra says that the installation of Hayden, a military insider, at the helm and Kappes, an intelligence insider, shows that the White House has given up on reforming the CIA. "Claim a win for the bureaucracy at the CIA," he says. [TimB/Time 4Jun06/Burger]
ANTI-TERRORISM BUDGET CUT FOR NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON Representative Peter King, R-NY, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, is mad that the anti-terrorism budget for New York City was cut by $80 million. He is so mad that he threatening to launch investigations into what he called "CIA orgies" unless the funding is restored. "[The cut] to me raises very serious questions about the judgment and the sincerity of the Department [of Homeland Security] and everything they do," King told WABC Radio's John Gambling. "If they can't get something like this right, how can we trust them to get anything right?" The New York GOP member then threatened: "So I am going to be investigating them from top to bottom and one clear example is this whole scandal with [ex-]Congressman Duke Cunningham, which has now unfolded to include orgies at the Watergate hotel." (No one has actually alleged that anyone participated in orgies, but there have been allegations of poker parties where prostitutes were present) Homeland Security spokeswoman Tracy Henke said that New York City had received $568 million in federal security funding since 2003 - on top of the $20 billion in reconstruction aid earmarked to help rebuild lower Manhattan in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said during an interview on the Sean Hannity radio program that there no actual cuts, but that the previous higher budgets in 2005 and 2006 were adjustments to make up for prior shortfalls. The budget about which King is complaining is just a return to what New York was supposed to be receiving. Chertoff admits, however, that his agency has done a poor job in communicating this reality. He also counter Senator Hillary Clinton's attacks [NewsMax] that the Bush administration held that New York had no national monuments or icons that were endangered. In an email sent to prospective backers, Clinton prompted that they should send postcards to Chertoff of the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building, adding, "Maybe Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and his Department don't think those are icons - but we know better!" Chertoff explained to Hannity that it was to New York's benefit to classify structures such as the Empire State Building as an office building with people in it as opposed to a monument, as buildings have a higher priority for protection and therefore garner more funding. Also cut was the budget for Washington, D.C., which lost $77 million over the previous year. The Homeland Security budget raised funding for cities such as Louisville, Kentucky and Omaha, Nebraska from previous low levels. [St. Petersburg Times]. [PJK/NewsMax 2Jun06]
IRAN THREATENS OIL SUPPLY Iran continued on Sunday with its rhetoric of threats by warning that if the U.S. "makes one mistake on Iran" it would curb its oil exports. This new threat came on the heels of an agreement ironed out by all five permanent members of the U.N.'s Security Council, that provides Iran with both incentives if it complies with the world body's demands on its nuclear program and punitive measures if it does not. Some are claiming the agreement is a new course for U.S. policy, as the agreement offers for direct meetings between the U.S. government and Iran if certain conditions are met. U.S. policy has staunchly avoided any direct meetings with Iran. In addition to Security Council members- the United States, Britain, Russia, China and France- Germany also lent its support to the proposal. Although Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad remained non-committal about U.N. proposal, head Iranian cleric Ayatollah Khamenei said that Iran would not give into threats and bribes, calling it an absurd lie" that Iran sought nuclear bombs. He declared friendship with Europe, but, in reference to the United States, said, "If you make a single mistake about Iran, the supply of energy will definitely be put in serious risk." [NYT 4Jun06/Knowlton]
CHAVEZ- FRIEND TO A JACKAL During an OPEC meeting on Thursday, June 1, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called famed terrorist Carlos the Jackal "a good friend." Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, was a Cold War era assassin and bomber. Sanchez is serving a life sentence in France. Chavez reminisced about a letter he received from Carlos that talked about Chavez's 1999 tour of OPEC countries as "hair raising." Ramirez has testified that he led a 1975 attack that killed three people at the OPEC headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Among the 70 hostages seized in the attack was Venezuela's then-oil minister, Valentin Hernandez Acosta. The hostages were freed in Algeria. Chavez once addressed Carlos in a letter as a "dear compatriot" and signed the letter "with profound faith in the cause and the mission, now and forever." [PJK/Miami Herald 2Jun06/Rueda]
THE CIA'S COMING OUT PARTY Since the confrontation between the Bush administration and the CIA over the Iraq War began there has been a parade of former CIA officers coming forward to publicize what they knew, when they knew it and whom they told. A prime example is Ray McGovern, a 27-year veteran of the CIA who publicly lambasted Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for four minutes during a Q&A after a Rumsfeld speech in Atlanta. McGovern's charge was that Rumsfeld lied to the public in the lead up to the war. McGovern has been colored as an activist against the war in Iraq, starting with Secretary of State Powell's appearance at the U.N., presenting the U.S. evidence of Saddam Hussein's violations of U.N. mandates and his continued weapons of mass destruction programs. McGovern had put together a group of former intelligence officers which he called VIPs (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity) and had prepared a same-day rebuttal to the Secretary's presentation. McGovern was only one of a list of former agency officers turned author, spokesman, and/or public whistleblower (or, as many on the political right claim, men with an ax to grind or political agenda). Gary Berntsen, a former overseas operative, penned a book on his experiences in Afghanistan that was unfavorable to Bush. Paul Pillar, who is now a professor at Georgetown University, wrote an article in Foreign Affairs after resigning as the agency's top Middle East analyst. Tyler Drumheller, who was head of the European Unit until 2005, gave 60 Minutes an interview in which he accused Bush of lying about Iraq's search for uranium in Africa (the famous 16 words from the 2003 State of the Union Address), and also offered evidence that Bush knew that it was a lie. One CIA employee did not even wait to leave the CIA before writing his book. Michael Scheuer, with the CIA's permission, authored Imperial Hubris while still serving as the agency's head of the Bin Laden unit. He initially published it anonymously, but then went public shortly before the 2004 Presidential election. An anticipated tell-all by Valerie Plame, wife of former ambassador Joe Wilson and subject of controversy over her outing as a CIA employee by members of the Bush administration, is due out next year (see Books section). Some say that all of this Bush bashing is proof that the CIA is filled with folks that harbor political agendas. Bob Baer, another outspoken former employee of the agency, counters arguments that the CIA is a bastion of liberalism with his own observations that the agency, which in its early years had a large contingent of Ivy League liberals, was now home to pragmatists. And Pillar says that in 2000, the CIA was filled with people who "mostly voted for Bush." It was not always so easy or acceptable for an agency employee to go public. McGovern admits that years ago, although he was tempted, he was not courageous enough to leak information that showed Viet Cong armed opposition in Vietnam was twice what the Pentagon was publicly acknowledging, fearing for his career. Others fell on their swords to keep quiet about what they knew. In Noam Scheiber's words, "Perhaps the most vivid personification of this code was Richard Helms, a longtime Wisner deputy who became CIA director in the mid-'60s. While testifying before a Senate panel a decade later, Helms refused to come clean about the CIA's role in undermining the Chilean government--and was eventually prosecuted for withholding information from Congress. But, following his sentencing, Helms returned to the CIA fold a hero. A roomful of retired operatives greeted him with a standing ovation--and even passed around a basket to pay his $2,000 fine." Dick Kerr, the CIA's deputy directory during the 90's, says the code of silence began to erode with the end of the Cold War, when agency personnel lost the feeling of immediacy and danger in the daily work, and that their words could result in direct harm to officers and agents overseas. There was also a new glasnost (openness), and a push to transparency, that resulted in the CIA's Publication Review Board allowing the publication of a 1996 autobiography by Dewey Clarridge, a former operative, that detailed his operations for the CIA. The book, aptly named the "Clarridge Precedent", it is said, opened the flood gates. [DavidE/NewRepublic 2Jun06/Scheiber]
DEFENSE JOINT INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS CENTER Michael Pflueger, CIO of DIA, describes the current enemy as agile- moving from Internet cafe to Internet cafe- and wants to make the Intelligence Community (IC) just as flexible. On April 3rd, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld signed into existence the Defense Joint Intelligence Operations Center (DJIOC) which will be housed at DIA's Defense Intelligence Analysis Center on Bolling Air Force Base in Washington. The DJIOC's primary mission is to integrate and synchronize full-spectrum intelligence operations on behalf of the combatant commands. To fight an enemy that is decentralized, networked and unpredictable, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is restructuring the intelligence community into an integrated, joint enterprise with a focus on getting information to warfighters quickly. Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, director of DIA hails the DJIOC as a major transformational initiative that will facilitate intelligence planning by connecting collectors and analysts together. Pflueger says the DJIOC will help eliminate data duplication, consolidate functions and enable interoperability. IC restructuring includes DIA taking over operational control and IT management for the combatant commands. The mission of the DJIOC will be integrated with the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JFCC-ISR), a command established six months ago with a global focus on ISR planning and asset allocations. JFCC-ISR will be jointly housed with DJIOC. “We’ve got to eliminate the impediments to progress,” Maples said. “There are impediments to progress that are keeping us from achieving what we hope to achieve. We are still stuck in vertical stovepipes: our policies, our processes and our procedures. We’ve got to move to a horizontally integrated capability.” [LeonardS/GCN 22May06/Onley]
RFID TAGGING IMMIGRANTS TO IMPROVE SECURITY AND TRACKING During a May 16th interview on FoxNews' morning show "Fox and Friends," Scott Silverman, Chairman of the Board of VeriChip Corporation, suggested that in order to meet President Bush's call to know "who is in our country and why they are here," immigrants wishing to work in the U.S. could be implanted with his company's RFID chip at the border. The implanted chips would then verify to employers the identity of workers. Silverman claims his company has talked to "many people" in Washington about the idea. The VeriChip is a very small Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag about the size of a large grain of rice. It can be injected directly into the body; a special coating on the casing helps the VeriChip bond with living tissue and stay in place. A special RFID reader broadcasts a signal, and the antenna in the VeriChip draws power from the signal and sends its data. The VeriChip is a passive RFID tag; since it does not require a battery, it has a virtually unlimited life span. The idea has met with some official consideration. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe allegedly remarked that microchips could be used to track seasonal workers to visiting U.S. senators Jeff Sessions (Alabama) and Arlen Specter (Pennsylvania). "President Uribe said he would consider having Colombian workers have microchips implanted in their bodies before they are permitted to enter the US for seasonal work," Specter told Congress on April 25. Needless to say, privacy advocates are concerned. [PJK/LiveScience 31May06/Christensen]
GOVERNMENT ASKS ON-LINE PROVIDERS TO MAINTAIN DATA FOR UP TO TWO YEARS U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III asked Google, Inc., Time-Warner AOL and other companies to maintain records about web sites visited and on-line contacts for their customers for up to two years in order to support child pornography and terrorism investigations. The Department of Justice (DoJ) was quick to point out that it is not asking for email content. This follows reports from earlier in the year that the government asked for information on billions of on-line queries and telephone records. Companies are reportedly gearing up to fight the request, but the DoJ says that if the request is not met voluntarily, DoJ may seek legislation requiring companies to keep the records. Currently most on-line providers only maintain data for a few days or weeks. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the nonprofit Electronic Privacy Information Center, says that the request is not only linked to kiddie porn and terrorism, but that data retention is open ended. Basically, according to Rotenberg, the government is telling the companies to keep everything on everyone and they'll sort it out later. These concerns may have merit. Individual legal battles increasingly include court-approved requests for records from Internet access providers who might have online evidence of criminal activity or proof of an affair in a divorce proceeding. Often those requests yield little because the target can no longer be linked to a specific computer's Internet address or because the e-mails and records of website visits have been deleted. The proposed request would change all that. None of the companies involved have publicly opposed the request, but have voiced concerns. [PJK/LATimes 2Jun06/Menn]
PLAME WORKING NEW BOOK DEAL Valerie Plame Wilson, the CIA officer who was outed allegedly by the Bush administration over her husband Joe Wilson's criticism of pre-war intelligence, is seeking a new book deal with publishing house Simon and Schuster. Her previous $2.5 million deal with Crown Publishing fell through. The New York Times reports that the book had a working title of "Fair Game" and would be the first public discussion of Plame's role in the American intelligence community as well as her prominence in the ramp up to the war in Iraq. Crown had originally set a publication date in the Fall of 2007. According to Crown, there was "a difference of opinion on some of the contract terms." Simon and Schuster executive vice president, David Rosenthal, said that he was confident a deal would be reached with Plame. Scooter Libby, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney has been indicted on charges that he lied to a grand jury about his role in the leaking of Plame's identity as a CIA officer. [PJK/UPI NYT 2Jun06/Rich, M.(NYT)]
AFIO HQ [McLEAN, VA] SEEKS PERMANENT PART-TIME EMPLOYEE - FAST and COMPUTER LITERATE. 80 hours per month [maximum]. Demand at the AFIO office has increased and an additional part-time permanent position is available. Enjoy long weekends and the flexibility of non-rush-hour arrival and departure days and times of your choosing, two or three days per week. Must be proficient and fast with general computer usage. Ability to enter membership data quickly with scrupulous accuracy of primary importance. Position involves variety of tasks, from event planning and logging, to phone response to members, the Board, and Intelligence Community, and general membership duties from new member processing, renewals and personal notes. If you already possess quick, accurate skills with Microsoft Word (especially advanced mail-merge skills) and some Microsoft Excel you have the skill needed for learning the secure database system AFIO uses for our special membership and the other processes used with it. Discretion and the signing of a secrecy non-disclosure agreement required, along with a background check. Position, however, does not require an existing security clearance. We are a small office so you meet all levels of members, Board, public -- some quite famous -- making the position a fascinating one. Room to advance into web-design, special events, publishing, Association Management, and other areas, if interested and possess knowledge, talent and/or willingness and ability to learn. Generous hourly salary, paid monthly. Send resume by email to email@example.com
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SEEKING INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS OF 1956 ERA: "I would be extremely grateful for your help. I'm writing to see if anyone can help me with tracking down intelligence officers who were serving in 1956. This is needed for a major BBC documentary series marking the fiftieth anniversary of the British, French and Israeli invasion of Egypt. I know that many officers of the day are sadly no longer around, but I'm hoping that some of the more junior may still be in evidence! I'm looking for officers who may have been based in Cairo, London or Washington." Replies to: Jo Glanville, Producer, BBC Current Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 (0)20 8752 4322 , Mobile: +44 (0) 771 302 0971
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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 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
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 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
16 September 06 - Kennebunk, ME. The Maine Chapter of AFIO will meet at 2:00 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Library, Main St., Kennebunk. Guest speaker will be Janet Ray Weininger, daughter of Thomas "Pete" Ray, a CIA pilot killed in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. Ray, whose body was kept on display in a Havana morgue, is remembered by Memorial Star 22 on the Wall of Honor and in the Book of Honor at CIA headquarters. Following her successful recovery of her father's body from Cuba, Weininger spearheaded the recovery mission of the remains of two CIA pilots from the remote mountains of Nicaragua in 1998 with support from CIA, a U.S. Army team from the Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, U. S. Army Black Hawk crews, and U.S. and Nicaraguan diplomats and military. Weininger has been honored by the U. S. Congress for her work and has appeared on national TV programs such as Good Morning America and in the press. Weininger is founder and president of Wings of Valor, a Miami, Fla. based charitable organization dedicated to rebuilding lives torn apart by war, poverty, and disaster. She has a degree in Business Administration and lives in Miami, Fla. with her husband, a Delta Airlines pilot. The meeting is open to the public. Contact 207-985-2392 for information.
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
21 October 06 - Kennebunk, ME - the Maine Chapter of AFIO will meet at 2:00 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Library, Main St., Kennebunk. Guest speaker will be Colin Beavan, author of "Operation Jedburgh." Further information on the author and book, to follow. The meeting is open to the public. Contact 207-985-2392 for information.
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" 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.
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 email@example.com
6 December 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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
17-19 May 2007 - Omaha, NE - SAC Intelligence/544th & Friends Reunion We have activated a SAC IN/544th & Friends Reunion website to update you on our reunion planning efforts. The web site address is: http://sacintelreunion.com (note: there is no www in the address). The web site is still UNDER CONSTRUCTION, and will be for some time as we incrementally add/refine relevant reunion information. The initial web site data includes, among other items, a main (i.e. home) page with reunion overview information, and a "participant" link that contains a list of the SAC IN/544th & Friends alumni that we've contacted to date. We request that you review this list to identify anyone you may know who is not on the list and, in turn, contact them (info Marv Howell: email@example.com) and advise them of our reunion plans and ask them to contact Marv to let him know if they are interested (or not) in attending the reunion. Your assistance in identifying and contacting other potential reunion attendees is key to our getting the word out to as many people as possible and is very important to our "sizing" the reunion and developing related reunion cost data. We're also pleased to report that we have signed a contract with the Embassy Suites reserving a ballroom with a capacity of 350 for our banquet on Saturday, May 19, 2007. Additionally, we have blocked 50 rooms at a special rate for our reunion attendees ($129 plus tax, double occupancy). We encourage attendees who plan on staying at the Embassy Suites to make their reservations at the earliest convenient date to be insured of getting the discounted group room rate. Reservations should be made either directly with the Omaha Embassy Suites (402) 346-9000, or through the Embassy Suites central reservation center at 1-800-362-2779, request the "SAC INTELL Reunion" block discount room rate, group code "SIR". For your convenience, our web site provides a link to the Omaha Embassy Suites web site. As regards reunion event planning, we're very proud to note that our reunion banquet keynote speaker, General Michael Hayden (SAC IN analyst & briefer '70-'72), has been confirmed by the Senate to be Director of the CIA. Additionally, we have reserved the Dougherty Conference Center for a symposium to be held on Friday, May 18, and have reserved the Bellevue Lied Activity Center for a presentation on SAC Intelligence's role in the Cuban Missile Crisis to be held on Sat May 19. More detailed information on these reunion events will be posted on our web site as soon as possible. Finally, we have decided on a pre-registration fee of $25 per attendee and would request that those who plan on attending the reunion mail their pre-registration checks, made payable to: "SAC IN/544 Reunion", to: Mike Catherall, 13006 Jan Circle, Bellevue, NE 68123. Early payment (i.e. within the next 30 - 60 days) of the pre-registration fee is encouraged to assist us with meeting reunion planning financial obligations to include payment of a deposit for the banquet ballroom. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you this time next year in Omaha.
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 C lub 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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