AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #29-06 dated 24 July 2006
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ISRAELI-HEZBOLLAH CONFLICT REVEALS GAPS IN US-ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE On 14 July, the Hezbollah forces in Lebanon successfully launched an Iranian-made C-802 anti-ship missile, a variant of the Chinese Silkworm missile, at an Israeli warship. The problem was that neither the Mossad nor the CIA, or any other Israeli or US intelligence service, knew that Hezbollah had such a sophisticated missile in its arsenal. In fact, the Israeli ship did not even activate is anti-missile defenses. so confident it was that there was no threat. Further, intelligence officials have said that they are surprised at the improvements Hezbollah has made to some of its cruder rockets, adding cluster bomb warheads and ball-bearing payloads to maximize casualties and damage. The current conflict shows how successful Syria and Iran have been in supplying Hezbollah despite a crackdown by the Bush Administration on proliferation, especially Iranian proliferation. However, the US President has not used the conflict between Israel and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah as a showcase for the need to curb Iran's export of missile technology to terrorist groups. Some say the administration wants to avoid widening the scope of the conflict beyond Israel and Lebanon, and complicating the diplomatic task by including Iranian missiles and/or Syrian support. Syria has supplied, at least, the 220-millimeter rocket that was used on the train station in Haifa that killed eight. It was confirmed the missile's warhead was filled with ball bearings, which is a destruction multiplier seen in suicide vests, but not normally missiles. Officials also say that Hezbollah has improved the distance and accuracy of its missile attacks. However, it was the launching of the C-802 that caught intelligence officials most off guard. Although no evidence has been found to show Iranian forces participated in the launching, some experts doubt Iran would deploy such a missile without sending a team of Republican Guard to fire it. US intelligence confirms there are a small number of Iranian troops, probably of the Al Qud's force who are responsible for training foreign fighters, operating in Lebanon. [PJK/NYT 19Jul06/Mazzetti and Shanker]
CHINA GAINS VALUABLE INTELLIGENCE ON US RESPONSE TO NORTH KOREAN MISSILE TESTS Edward Timperlake, co-author of the recently published book, “Showdown: Why China Wants War With the United States,” submits that China was the big winner in the July 4th launching by North Korea of seven missiles, including the two-stage long range ballistic missile Taepodong-2. According to Timperlake, "China was able to monitor U.S. communications and missile defense system sensor activities, as well as the rules of engagement for using a missile interceptor against a North Korean long-range missile." Further Timperlake says that China concluded that the US has awakened to the growing strategic threat posed by China, and has shifted forces in the Pacific as a result. He also points to closer ties with Taiwan and Japan as a hedge against the threat posed by China. [PJK/WorldTrib 20Jul06]
EX-CIA OFFICER PLAME SUING VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY AND OTHERS OVER LEAK On July 13, Valerie Plame and husband Joe Wilson filed suit against Vice President Dick Cheney, White House aide Karl Rove and others for "a conspiracy among current and former high-level officials in the White House" to "discredit, punish and seek revenge" against Wilson for speaking out against Bush Administration assertions about Iraq attempting to obtain uranium from Niger. At issue is whether anyone in the administration purposefully leaked that Plame was allegedly a covert officer working for the CIA, the revelation of which, if true, would be a crime. The suit claims a violation of the couple's constitutional rights, including their right to privacy and that the leak of Plame's employment by the CIA ruined her career. Further, Wilson and Plame say that by revealing her identity as a covert CIA officer, her, her husband's and their children's safety was endangered, as they became targets for individuals or groups hostile to the US. The lawsuit describes a "'whispering campaign' designed to discredit and injure the plaintiffs and to deter other critics from publicly speaking out." [PJK/Reuters 13Jul06/Vicini]
GREEK TERROR GROUP MEMBER RELEASED ON PAROLE Nikos Papanastasiou, 53, a purported founding member of Greece's November 17th terrorist group, was freed July 19th on parole after serving only half of his 8-year prison term for participating in a terrorist group. November 17th is blamed for at least 23 murders including the 1975 assassination of CIA Chief of Station Richard Welch, and a number of US, British and Turkish diplomats and military officers. [PJK/HoustonChronicle 19Jul06/AP]
DHS DOES NOT CONSIDER FLEA MARKETS, PETTING ZOOS AND POPCORN FACTORIES CRITICAL TARGETS Colonel Robert Stephan (USAF Ret.), Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection explained in an op-ed piece in USA Today the process DHS uses to prioritize the nation's critical targets for terrorism, and how an inaccurate IG report generated a national disservice to the dedicated professionals of the department [see, for example MSNBC]. As Stephan explains, the process to identify critical targets begins with the National Assets Database (NADB), which is a wide open directory compiled by local and state authorities and consists of over 77,000 facilities, assets and systems nationwide. The NADB, which does contain things such as flea markets, petting zoos and popcorn factories, is only a starting point. From there the list is filtered based on vulnerability, threats and consequences. Stephan emphasizes, "Only assets that are the most vulnerable and represent significant public health, economic and national defense consequences make the final cut." The filtering whittles the list down to about 600 critical targets that make up a classified list which drives prioritization for funding and operational focus. The data in the NADB is further used in disaster assistance, providing first responders or national crisis managers information on the nature of facilities in an affected area. The fodder for news reports that "turned an analytic process into a national mockery" was a report by the DHS Inspector General. Stephan claims that the IG "missed the purpose of the database entirely" and furthermore did not interview him in the preparation of his report. [KathyP/USAToday 20Jul06/Stephan]
U.S. LOSING FOOTING TO LEFTISTS IN LATIN AMERICA Since 9/11, Peter Hakim, President of the Inter-American Dialogue claims, the US has lost interest in Latin America and that relations between the US and Latin America are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War. Stephen Johnson [Heritage Foundation] says this has allowed China's influence to grow in the region. Most governments did not support the US position in Iraq, with Chile and Mexico, Latin America's representatives on the UN Security Council, voting against the US. Venezuela elected in a landslide the anti-US Hugo Chavez. President Bush is the most unpopular US president ever amongst Latin Americans according to NYT reporter Larry Rohter [NYT] and a Zogby poll shows that 86 percent of Latin America's upper class disagrees with US foreign policy. To help assuage the anti-US trend, Hakim recommends priority be given to the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas and reconsideration of US farm subsidies. [PJK/NewYorkInquirer 17Jul06]
CIA CONTRACTOR DISMISSED FOR BLOGGING A software tester, Christine Axsmith, 42, working on a CIA contract for BAE Systems was fired on July 13th after she posted an item to her blog "Covert Communications" (CC) hosted on the classified Intelink system. The controversial item was critical of the U.S.'s apparent use of torture techniques such as waterboarding, stating, "Waterboarding is torture and torture is wrong." The CIA claims it allows employees and contractors to use personal blogs in order to share information about their missions with others working similar missions. However, Ms. Axsmith as a software tester had no direct involvement in the interrogation of prisoners. The torture blog also contained what appeared to be references to classified material such as, "CC had the sad occasion to read interrogation transcripts in an assignment that should not be made public. And, let's just say, European lives were not saved." (this latter piece alluded to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's defense of U.S. handling of prisoners in Europe) In addition to losing her job, Axsmith's clearance was revoked. [PJK/NYT 22Jul06, Mazetti/WashPost 21Jul06, Priest]
NEXT-GENERATION RADIOLOGICAL DETECTION EQUIPMENT CONTRACTS AWARDED The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the award of the Advanced Spectroscopic Portal (ASP) program contracts totaling $1.157 billion to enhance the detection of radiological and nuclear materials at the nation’s points of entry. The ASP program improves upon the existing polyvinyl toluene based radiation portal monitors which are currently being deployed to the nation's points of entry and overseas. These new systems will enhance current detection capabilities by more clearly identifying the source of detected radiation through spectroscopic isotope identification. According to Vayl S. Oxford, Director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office. “The program is critical to implementing the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture." He added that the new technology developed under ASP will greatly improve the detection of special classes of nuclear material such as enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium. Contracts were awarded to Raytheon- Integrated Defense Systems, Thermo Electron Corporation, and Canberra Industries, Inc. The contracts are cost plus award fee with one base and four option years. In the base year, the priority for development will be the radiation detection assembly that will screen cargo containers and trucks. [KathyP/DHS 14Jul06]
CIA'S TECHNOLOGY VENTURE ARM IN-Q-TEL REVOLVING DOOR FOR INDUSTRY? CIA's venture capital technology investment firm, In-Q-Tel has seen a hemorrhage of leadership over the past year, losing 3 top executives. Mark Frantz, a managing general partner left to become a general partner in Redshift Ventures of Reston, VA. The founding CEO, Gilman Louie left, initially "to spend more time with his family" but later appeared involved in a Silicon Valley startup with partner Stewart Alsop. Alsop claimed that despite Louie's $800,000/year compensation with In-Q-Tel, he could make much more in private industry. Finally, Amit Yoran stayed only a few months before departing, also on the grounds of spending more time with his family. Yoran, who was appointed as Chief of Homeland Security's Cyber Security Division in September 2003, remained at that position for just a year [Washington Technology]. Private Equity Week believes the sieve at the top of In-Q-Tel is due at least in part to its public/private partnership model which, "includes a variety of conflicting interests and expectations." However, the Silicon Beat published by the San Jose Mercury News leans more toward the lure of high industry salaries for speeding the executives' exits. [PJK/SiliconBeat 14Jul06/Marshall]
BRAINWASH: The Secret History of Mind Control by Dominic Streatfeild, Hodder & Stoughton $26.95, 440 pages Retelling the history of the CIA's and British Intelligence's fascination with mind control, BRAINWASH begins in the late 40's and early 50's when the West believed the Communists were pioneering the field. In an effort to catch up, some moral and legal boundaries may have been crossed. Included are quotes from George White, who was recruited to lead the CIA's efforts, and a chilling story about a naval officer, Dr Maitland Baldwin, who while working for the CIA said that the only way to truly study mind control was through 'terminal experiments', an idea that was found 'immoral and inhuman' by the CIA. [CJL]
OFFICIAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE WEB PAGE OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD Contains articles and interviews about HAMAS that are difficult or impossible to find elsewhere. View at http://www.ikhwanweb.com [DonaldD]
WORLD WAR II SIGINT VETERAN PAT HAWKER HONORED AS "MEMBER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE" BY QUEEN Pat Hawker became involved in radio communications as a child in the early 1930's. In 1940, with the outbreak of war, he was invited by Lord Sandhurst to join the fight as a Voluntary Interceptor, and became a fulltime interceptor in Special Communication Unit 3 (SCU3) in 1941. He was assigned in reality to Section VII of MI6/SIS and stationed at Hanslope in North Bucks where he collected on Abwehr communications. Later he was transferred to Weald and SCU1 to intercept agents in France and Belgium, until later when he was moved to a newly formed unit, SCU9 to support D-day and the re-occupation of Europe. Hawker's exploits are more extensively covered in Chapter 34 of Geoffery Pidgeon's The Secret Wireless War. However, Hawker's current honor is not due to his work in the war, but to his work on radio communications and his writings on the subject in the post-war era. The award of the MBE was in the Queen’s 80th Birthday Honours. The citation reads: ‘For services to radio communications’. [AndreK]
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JOURNALIST SEEKING INFORMATION FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1956 HUNGARIAN UPRISING I am working on a long story for the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian
uprising and interested in speaking with officials who were involved in the
early years of rollback in Eastern Europe. The story will include an overview of
the events of the uprising in general and the impact of American intelligence
operations. I'm particularly interested in folks who were involved in Radio Free
Europe et al, particularly working Hungary/Poland. Also, those involved in
Hungarian balloon operations, REDSOX/REDHAT boarder crossings, émigré radio
broadcasts, or connected with the Hungarian resistance. Thanks, Alex Kingsbury,
U.S. News & World Report, 1050 Thomas Jefferson St., NW, Washington, D.C.,
20007-3837, Phone: (202) 955-2725, Cell: (202) 271-8612, Fax: (202) 955-2498,
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org [AlexK]
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.
21 - 25 August 06 - El Paso, TX - Foundations of Intelligence Analysis Training Active duty, Reserve, and National Guard personnel can attend this course if there is interest in law enforcement intelligence applications. The International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts still has seats available for the 40 hour Foundation of Intelligence Analysis Training class for this fall, August 21 through 25, to be held at the El Paso Intelligence Center. Seating is limited to 25 individuals. Additional information about FIAT is available at www.ialeia.org/fiat.html. Application, and additional material, can be obtained at www.intelligenceisthefuture.com under the FIAT tab. The 40 hour course covers the following topics in depth: History of Intelligence, Legal Aspects, Sources of Information, Critical Thinking, Logic, Inference Development, Competing Hypotheses, Crime Pattern Analysis, Association Analysis, Flow Analysis, Strategic Analysis, Communication Analysis, and Products of Analysis. IALEIA has already registered a number of individuals attending from other locations in the U.S. and Canada, to include instructors. Early registration is encouraged. Registration is $350.00. Recommended accommodations at a very good government rate ($88.00) is the Chase Suites near the airport (915-772-8000 or 800-237-8811). Mention the FIAT course and prior arrangements with Pat Valdez (General Manager). These accommodations are very comfortable, and only several minutes from the airport and 15 minutes to EPIC. Please feel free to contact David Jimenez, MSgt, USAF (Ret), CCA, 915-834-8628 (email@example.com), Moderator: www.IntelligenceIsTheFuture.com Adjunct Faculty: American Military University, Andrew Jackson University, Grantham University; Special Advisor, California University of Protection & Intelligence Management IALEIA Director of Training, Education, & Career Development
21 - 25 August 06 - Baltimore, MD - 2006 DHS Security Conference and Workshop will take place at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel and Hyatt Regency Hotel. The conference will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 21, and will have training developed specifically for State and Local security professionals. There is no registration fee for this conference. The Hyatt Regency Baltimore will house the Office of Security’s sessions, but you may stay in either hotel, they are located adjacent to one another. The Conference is expected to draw IT planning managers and security practitioners such as Information Systems Security Officers (ISSO), and Information Systems Security Managers (ISSM), as well as Administrative, Physical and Personnel Security Managers, State & Local Security Managers, and personnel from throughout the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) component organizations. To register for the conference and/or to acquire additional information on the conference please go to http://www.fbcinc.com/conference2006/default.asp. When you register, please indicate that you are associated with the Office of Security; this will link you to a survey document that will assist us in planning appropriate room sizes for the selected presentations. To ensure that you receive the government room rate you must make your reservation before July 18th. Make room reservations by calling the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel at 1-888-962-8300 or the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 1-888-421-1442. For more information contact: Office of Security, Helen Stewart, (202) 205-3266, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - 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.
17 September 06 - Washington, DC - The International Spy Museum presents "Third-String Catcher, All-Star Spy" This event celebrates American baseball player Moe Berg and his efforts as a secret agent of the OSS. From parachuting into Yugoslavia to clandestinely filming Japanese military installations, Berg was an active agent whose life as a touring baseball player was a perfect cover. Join historians, authors, friends, and fans in this exploration of Berg's career with a special presentation of a commemorative Moe Berg medal to relative Irwin Berg. The event will be held from 1:00-3:15pm at the Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC,Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station. The cost is $15; Members of The Spy Ring: $12; Advance Registration required. Tickets are non-refundable and do not include admission to the International Spy Museum. To register, call Ticketmaster at 202.397.SEAT, 800.551.SEAT or the Museum at 202.393.7798; order online at ticketmaster.com; or purchase tickets in person at the International Spy Museum. To infiltrate The Spy Ring, the Spy Museum's membership program, visit spymuseum.org or call 866.SPYMUSEUM.
21 September 06 - Colorado Springs, 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. Speakers to be announced. Questions or Reservations to Dick Durham, 719-488-2884. or Riverwear53@aol.com.
Friday Evening, 22
September 2006 - New York, NY - AFIO Metro New York Chapter hosts Dr. David
Kahn: World-Famous Codebreaking Historian, speaking on "The Rise of
Intelligence" - based on Dr. Kahn's article which will be appearing in
the August/September 2006 issue of "Foreign Affairs." The article makes two
points. (1) generals staffs did not establish intelligence evaluation units
until they had suffered a defeat and (2) intelligence only began to matter in
WWl when radio intelligence enabled generals, for the first time, to win
victories which intelligence had never before been able to provide. Kahn holds a
Ph.D in modern history from Oxford (England), and has taught courses on
political and military intelligence at Yale and Columbia Universities, has
spoken widely on intelligence, has testified before Congress on policy matters
dealing with cryptology, and appears on television as an expert on the history
of codes and ciphers. He is a founding co-editor on the scholarly quarterly "Cryptologia"
and is a member of the boards of editors of "Intelligence and National Security"
and of the "International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence." He
is also bestselling Author of "The Codebreakers" (often called the bible of
cryptology), "The Reader of Gentlemen's Mail", "Hitler's Spies", "Seizing the
Enigma" and "Kahn on Codes." This will be a fascinating talk by a consummate
PLACE: Society of Illustrators Building 128 East 63rd St, Manhattan - Between Park and Lexington Aves, New York City. TIME: Registration: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM. FORMAT: Buffet Dinner Starting at 6:00 PM. Cash Bar. COST: $45. Per Person. In Advance or at the Door. Checks Payable to Jerry Goodwin, [President, AFIO Metro Chapter]; Advance Reservations not Required but Strongly Suggested and Much Appreciated by phone to 212-308-1450 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
23 September 06 - Washington, DC - The Cold War Museum hosts a special Spy Tour of Washington. The Cold War Museum hosts a tour of various espionage sites in Arlington, Washington, and Georgetown; observe the former Café' where a Soviet spy escaped from his CIA handlers; listen in on a briefing about Civil War espionage at Lafayette Park; tour the Berlin Wall at the Newseum; and/or visit drop points used by agents such as FBI spy Robert Hanssen. Since its earliest days, Washington, D.C. has been the scene of international intrigue, espionage, and intelligence activity, as the U.S. government has tried to learn the plans of other countries while keeping its own plans secret. Key players in this non-ending drama include personalities as diverse as Rose Greenhow, Herbert Yardley, Major General "Wild Bill" Donovan, Aldrich Ames, and Robert Hanssen. This six-hour bus tour will introduce you to many of the locations in and around Washington that have been associated with intelligence and counter intelligence activities for the past two hundred years. Some walking is required. Optional stop at International Spy Museum not included in price. For more information, private bookings and additional information visit www.spytour.com or call the Cold War Museum at (703) 273-2381.
4 - 5 October 2006 - Bolling AFB, DC - National Military Intelligence Association hosts 2-day conference on Joint Intelligence Operations Center: Concepts and Reality with the Defense Intelligence Agency. The Conference will feature presentations by USD(I), the J2, the Combatant Commands, the Service Intelligence Chiefs and conclude with a discussion of resources by the Deputy Director, DIA. The conference will be conducted at the SECRET level at the DIAC on October 4-5, 2006. Further information available at www.nmia.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.
21 October 06 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter hosts Colin Beavan, author of Operation Jedburgh. Colin was born in New York City and grew up in Westport, Mass. He moved to England at age 18 and received both his bachelors and doctors degrees from the University of Liverpool. He now lives in New York City working full-time as a writer. While working on an article about his grandfather, Jerry Miller, and his career in OSS and CIA, he uncovered Operation Jedburgh and his grandfather's leading role. Operation Jedburgh tells the dramatic story of 300 American and Allied soldiers who were dropped behind enemy lines on D-Day to work with French Resistance and who launched a highly effective campaign against the Germans. Special forces procedures pioneered in this operation are still being used in Iraq and Afghanistan. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Kennebunk Free Library, Main Street, Kennebunk at 2:00 p.m. Contact 207-985-2392 for information
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
3 - 5 November 06 - Reston, VA - AFIO - DHS National Intelligence Symposium on Homeland, Port and Border Security FOR YOUR Calendars. The AFIO National Symposium with the Department of Homeland Security will focus on DHS's Intelligence and Port and Border enforcement issues. The event will be held 3 November thru 5 November at the Hyatt Regency Hotel - Reston, 1800 Presidents St, Reston, VA 20190. Further information to be sent to all AFIO members in coming months. The hotel offers free shuttle to/from Dulles Airport. Make your flight reservations now.
3 - 4 November 06 - Hampton Beach NH - AFIO New England Chapter meets at the beautiful Ashworth-by-the-Sea Hotel to hear speakers Professor William Tafoya and Joe Wippl, the new CIA Officer-in-Residence at Boston University. For further information or to register, contact chapter president Art Lindberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com).
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
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.
12-14 December 06 - Chantilly, VA - MASINT V The MASINT Association's Annual Conference will be held with the National Reconnaissance Office. Write them at firstname.lastname@example.org
12 December 06 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officersï' 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 ....
26-27 January 07 - Springfield, VA- Intelligence and Ethics 2007 and Call for Proposals. The International Intelligence Ethics Association (IIEA) invites paper proposals by September 18, 2006; proposals for dinner table discussions on intelligence ethics in current events, by October 10, 2006, and proposals for lunch-with-an-author, by October 10, 2006. For further information, see http://intelligence-ethics.org/conference/07 or inquire at email@example.com.
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 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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