AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #32-06 dated 14 August 2006
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14 - 18 September 06 - Arlington, VA
The OSS Society, the Carpetbaggers and NORSO group
co-host a reunion in Arlington, VA at the Crown Plaza Hotel Reagan National Airport. 1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA, US, 22202.
The Carpetbaggers were the 801st/492nd Air Force group who flew OSS missions to war zones during WWII. The NORSO group operated out of the Norway, Sweden, Denmark area. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is conveniently located near Reagan National Airport and adjacent to the Crystal City Mall with shopping and restaurant facilities, and is just two blocks from the Washington Metro system. In addition to meetings, there will be a White House tour, a reception with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Amb. Negroponte, and a driving tour of Washington. A Sunday brunch is planned at the Congressional Country Club on September 17. The main banquet is scheduled for September 16. For information and reservations please contact Bill Becker, 801/492 Bomb Group Association, 31446 Corte Madera, Temucula, CA 92592, phone 619-992-6228 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
AFIO National Fall Luncheon
Friday, 8 September 06 - Vienna, VA
Two compelling presentations
SPEAKERS: Amb. J. Cofer Black, former Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U. S. State Department, and former Director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, now Vice Chairman of Blackwater USA;
speaking on "The Evolution and Future of Terrorism"
and Senior Pentagon Correspondent for the Washington Post/author, Thomas E. Ricks on his impressive new book:
FIASCO: The American Military Adventure in Iraq. Space limited. $49 pp members; $59 pp non-members.
To be held in a new location...at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel Ballroom, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22180. Three course gourmet luncheon will be served. Registration at 10:30 a.m.; Ricks at 11 a.m.; Lunch at noon; Amb. Black at 1:00 p.m. Borders Books will have many new intelligence titles available to browse or purchase. Other authors will be present. Secure Online registration available here. Members given preference on date of registration basis.
Request for Speaker
INTELLIGENCE SPEAKER SOUGHT FOR MID-EAST ISSUES CONFERENCE 23 OCTOBER IN SAVANNAH GA
HOUSE OFTEN VOTES BLINDLY ON INTELLIGENCE BILLS In April, the Intelligence Appropriation Bill passed the House of Representative by a vote of 327 to 96. However, of the 423 voting members, only about a dozen actually read the bill, at least the classified portions of the bill. This is because the secrecy rules of the House forbid members from openly discussing or debating classified programs that they have officially reviewed. For example, those representatives that received the administration's briefing on the SWIFT banking surveillance program that tracked terrorist financing (offered to Congress just shortly before it was to break in the media) could not respond to reporters' questions about the program, or discuss it on the cable news shows. Representative Russ Carnahan, Democrat of Missouri calls the rules "a trap." He says that members can't debate a program if they know about it, or they can't debate it because they don't know about it. He was speaking of course, about public debates. The members can discuss and debate secret programs with other members that have received the classified information and sworn to protect it. The Congress has argued that they need better oversight of intelligence programs especially after the intelligence failures of 9/11, the incorrect estimates of WMD in Iraq, and the domestic spying programs that have come to light. However, the unclassified versions of the intelligence bills are purposefully vague and some argue congressmen cannot perform their oversight duties without viewing the classified versions. Representative Walter Jones , a North Carolina Republican says that if Congress can't challenge the programs it reads about in classified documents, then oversight is impossible. This leaves the Intelligence Committees in both the House and Senate to shoulder the burden of oversight. However, some on these committees say they do not receive enough information from the administration, and sometimes they don't get all the details of a program until it is about to be leaked in the press. Even the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi has cut back her regular intelligence briefings from four per month to two, saying they are not very valuable. Further, the Democrat and Republican leadership are now briefed separately, making some wonder if both are receiving the same information. The Democrats have tried to leverage more information out of the White House by threatening funding of some programs. However, the Republicans have countered all of those attempts. For example, in order to get more information about NSA's domestic wiretapping program, the Dems threatened to cut NSA's budget by 20%, which the Republicans voted down calling it, "irresponsible in a time of war." Similar tactics were used against the CIA to get more information about their handling of terrorist prisoners and the DoD to learn more about their relationship with Iraqi dissidents, especially Ahmed Chalabi. Some Republicans have been vocal in their criticism of the administration's stinginess with information, but part from the Democrats when it comes to threatening agencies that are supporting the war on terror. [Harvey/BostonGlobe 6Aug06/Milligan]
MICHIGAN WAL-MART TIP LEADS TO APPREHENSION OF 3 MIDDLE-EASTERNERS WHO PURCHASED 1000 CELL PHONES At 1:00 AM, in a Wal-Mart north of Detroit, three Muslim men purchased 80 cell phones, three at a time, paying in cash. They made their purchases in lots of three because Wal-Mart bans the purchase of more than three cell phones at a time. Buying more would have raised an alert. The cashier, however, became suspicious and called local authorities. When the Michigan State Police pulled the three over they were headed in the direction of Bad Axe, where there is another Wal-Mart Supercenter. Police discovered over a thousand cell phones in the van. The men were tearing apart the packages, separating the phones in one box, the batteries in another and the chargers and packaging in a third. They explained to authorities that they bought the $20 Nokia TracFones, which come with 40 minutes of air time and require no name registration, and resold them for $38 elsewhere. They said they don't include the packaging or the charger in their sales. The Michigan bomb squad says the operation was consistent with an attempt to acquire cell phones for use as remote bomb detonation devices. The three men appeared to be naturalized U.S. citizens of Palestinian origin aged 19, 22, and 23 who actually lived in Texas, not Michigan where they were apprehended. Police describe the men as cooperating and open, saying they get stopped often. The Caro, Michigan Police Department, the FBI and the Homeland Security Terrorism Taskforce are involved in the case. [PJK/WNEMTV-5 11Aug06/Licavoli]
BRITISH, U.S. AND PAKISTANI INTELLIGENCE SHARING BROKE APART PLOT TO BOMB AIRLINERS Foreign Ministry spokesman Tasnim Aslam of Pakistan said that arrests in Pakistan of two or three terrorist suspects aided in the British disruption of a terror plot to blow up up to ten airliners bound for the US in mid flight. Unofficial statements by anonymous members of the Pakistani government claimed that the arrests were made in Lahore and Karachi, and were coordinated with the UK police. MI5, Britain's interior intelligence agency, said the plot was uncovered over a months long investigation and the arrests were executed only when it appeared the perpetrators were about to go operational. The US supplied British intelligence with intercepts of the groups communications, allegedly even the codeword that signaled the move to the operational stage. Many supporters of the President and the NSA domestic wiretapping program are claiming this as a success and proof that the NSA anti-terror program is essential to the war on terror. The British made 24 arrests of mostly second and third generation British citizens of Pakistani descent, mostly originating from the disputed region of Kashmir. Five suspects are still at large. US officials say that the groups plans have changed and evolved over the course of the investigation and settled on UK-US flights only days before the arrests. The plot centered on sneaking the separate components of a liquid explosive known as TATP (triacetone triperoxide) on the the planes and then mixing and exploding them in mid-air. TATP is a favorite explosive amongst terrorists since the components are cheap, and easily obtained and combined. However, TATP is volatile and can explode during the mixing phase. In 1994, Al Qaeda operative Ramzi Yousef plotted to blow up a dozen aircraft over the Pacific with a liquid explosive in an operation termed Operation Bojinka and was only stopped when his apartment in the Philippines caught fire while he was combing the components [Wikipedia- Operation Bojinka]. Yousef escaped, but was arrested a year later in Pakistan and extradited to the US on charges that he masterminded the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 [9-11 Research]. He is now serving a 240-year sentence in the US. Although the current plot in the UK has many of the hallmarks of an Al Qaeda scheme, no government is officially linking this to bin Laden's terror group yet. [LawrenceS, Time 10Aug06, Bennet and Waller/PJK, BrietBart 10Aug06, Ahmad]
SPY WATCH: UPDATE ON SPY CASES CURRENTLY UNDER PROSECUTION
The following items provide updates to on going espionage-related cases
currently under investigation and/or prosecution.
NSA BLACKOUT LOOMING AS THE AGENCY DRAWS MORE AND MORE POWER As the NSA's power consumption increases, the electrical infrastructure and nearby servicing substation remained stagnant; and this spells potential disaster. Forecasted over a decade ago, the agency's power needs never became a priority, and therefore, were never adequately addressed. Now, some NSA leaders are saying that they may have as little as two months to fix the problem or face widespread power outages, damage to sensitive computing equipment, and possible data loss. The situation is already effecting operations, as new supercomputers needed for the nation's intelligence work cannot be installed due to a lack of infrastructure to power them. According to Baltimore Gas and Electric (BG&E), NSA is the company's largest consumer of electricity, using as much as Maryland's capital city Annapolis, and BG&E is working with NSA to address the problem. However, there is no quick fix. Not only is NSA's power consumption on the rise, but so is that of the surrounding region. Stop gap measures are being emplaced, including the shut down of legacy and non-essential systems and raising the temperature by two degrees in all NSA buildings and offices. NSA is also looking to purchase commercial generators to supply their own power while a permanent solution is worked out. NSA had a taste of what may come in January 2000, when data overload, not power shortage, caused a crash of its network. Then NSA Director, General Michael Hayden, who described the agency as "brain dead" during the episode said, "We were dark. Our ability to process information was gone." The data overload lasted 3 1/2 days. A power outage on the scale being discussed could last much longer, and cause much more damage and disruption to the U.S. intelligence capability. [Harvey/BaltSun 6Aug06/Gorman]
AFRICAN URANIUM INTERCEPTED ON ITS WAY TO IRAN According to a recently released UN report, there is "no doubt" that a large shipment of Uranium 238 was bound from the Congolese mines of Lubumbashi via Tanzania to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. According to Tanzanian customs officials, the uranium was hidden in a shipment of coltan, which is a rare mineral used to make mobile phone chips. The coltan was bound for smelting in Kazakhstan by way of the Iranian port. The hidden cargo was discovered when the containers were scanned with a Geiger counter and found to be very radioactive. Lubumbashi where the uranium was mined has historical significance as the origin of the uranium used in the Hiroshima bomb of World War II. The mine has been closed since 1961, with a brief attempt by North Korea to get the mine reopened. Congolese officials seemingly turn a blind eye to illegal mining operations there, however. [Harvey/LondonSundayTimes 6Aug06/Swain, Leppard, and Johnson-Thomas]
OLD-STYLE SOVIET PROPAGANDA RESURFACES IN TRANSDNIESTRIA The KGB was skilled in the art of propaganda; spurring stories as far-flung as the CIA's responsibility for the AIDS epidemic. Suddenly, hints of the propaganda machine are being seen again in the breakaway region of Transdniestria. Transdniestria is part of the former Soviet republic of Moldova. It is heavily pro-Russian unlike the rest of Moldova, and declared its independence after a brief civil war in 1992, which of course Russia strongly supports and the West strongly denounces. While Moldova's primary industry of wine exports suffers under a Russian embargo, Transdniestria's arms industry is flourishing. Enter the International Council for Democratic Institutions and State Sovereignty (ICDISS), which claims to support “result-oriented nation-building for new and emerging states” and consists of "a bunch of well-known international lawyers, including a serving State Department official, and academics from Stanford, Oxford and Harvard." In April 2006, after a conference held in Washington, DC's swank Beacon Hotel, the ICDISS concluded in a report that the position for Transdniestrian independence must be conceded. This outside report from a council of esteemed Westerners that flew in the face of US and European position was just the support that the Transdniestrian rebels and their Russian supporters needed; how convenient! Unfortunately for the Transdniestrians, the Beacon Hotel has no record of such a conference being held, and none of the experts quoted in the report attended it. When contacted, all of the experts, with the exception of one doctoral student who gave some advice, hotly denied any involvement in the ICDISS or its report. The ICDISS has since removed their names from the report. More interesting is the ICDISS itself. It has no address or telephone number. Although its website and an entry in Wikipedia, a user-maintained on-line encyclopedia, claim that the ICDISS has existed since 1999, no other works by this organization can be found prior to January of this year (and that is all pro-Transdniestria) nor can any of its listed staff members. It claims to be based in the US, although its website is registered to a hotel in Mexico, the phone number listed for it does not answer, and the server it resides on is in Latvia. The report was co-published with the Euro-Atlantic Joint Forum Contact Group, which aside from its logo does not appear to exist at all. Megan Stephenson, who identifies herself as a program director for ICDISS answered reporters by email, but would not discuss ICDISS over the telephone or in person. She claimed ICDISS wished to keep a low profile due to its support of Venezuelan activists who were arrested. An old dormant Venezuelan website does credit ICDISS for helping the group, but doesn't say how, when or where. “If you wish to reach for the somewhat strained conclusion that our little group of volunteers is a Kremlin front, then so be it, but I again state clearly for the record that this is not the case,” insists Ms Stephenson. This report on Transdniestria is similar to a psychiatric report on pro-Western Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili, that portrays him as a paranoid hothead. The report is falsely endorsed by Western hospitals and research institutes. Some believe that Russia is behind the reports in an effort to counter the forthcoming vote on independence for Kosovo breaking away from longtime Russian ally Serbia. Russia may be laying the groundwork to invite Transdniestria and three other breakaway regions into the Commonwealth of Independent States, which would be a boon to Russia and a setback for the West. [CameronL/Economist 3Aug06]
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
GERMAN COMPUTER EXPERT DEFEATS NEW RFID BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS Lukas Grunwald, a computer consultant with a German company, released his research at the recent Blackhat hacker and computer security conference in Las Vegas that showed he could clone the information in the new high-tech RFID passports. He demonstrated by copying the data from his own passport's RFID chip and putting it on to the RFID chip in a smart card. Grunwald performed this all with standard commercial hardware and some code that he wrote himself. He claimed the entire process cost him about $200 and only took about two weeks to figure out and construct. At the DefCon conference he showed how his approach could be used to copy building access cards. Security experts are not only concerned about the potential for use in identify theft, but also possible uses in terrorism. Grunwald admitted that although he could copy data, including the biometric data stored in the new UK passports, he couldn't change it yet without alerting authorities. [PJK/Guardian 7Aug06, Johson/ITWire 6Aug06, Beer]
NEW MICROSOFT WINDOWS VULNERABILITY CAUSING CONCERNS AT DHS Officials at the US Department of Homeland Security are recommending all American business, government offices and home users apply Microsoft security update MS06-040 as quickly as possible. This security patch is designed to protect against a vulnerability that, if exploited, could enable an attacker to remotely take control of an affected system and install programs, view, change, or delete data, and create new accounts with full user rights. Since exploits of vulnerabilities are normally seen within 24 hours of the release of a patch, DHS advises against delaying application of the update. Users can apply the Microsoft MS06-040 security patch at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms06-040.mspx. Home users may prefer to go to Windows Update at http://update.microsoft.com and select “express” to install critical security updates, including the MS06-040 security patch. [KathyP/DHSPressRoom 9Aug06]
US AIR FORCE NANOSATELLITES COULD INSPECT SPACE SHUTTLE, WATCH OVER FRIENDLY AND DISABLE ENEMY SATELLITES Lockheed Martin has been awarded a US Air Force contract to produce a detailed design of an autonomous satellite that would fly in geosynchronous orbit and keep an eye on other heavenly hardware. The so-called ANGELS satellite would move and act autonomously to check for damage to other satellites and even the space station and shuttle, or it could be used aggressively to take out an adversary's satellite. Someone in the acronym creation office (ACO) worked overtime to find words to fit the ANGELS pseudonym, finally coming up with Autonomous Nanosatellite Guardian Evaluating Local Space. Blah! However, the ANGELS program builds on the successful XSS-11 (less catchy title), which showed that satellites could navigate autonomously around other spacecraft in low Earth orbit. The ANGELS will operate at a much higher altitude though, about 36,000 KM, where autonomy is absolutely critical due to the time delay in radio communications. The ANGELS craft is only about the size of a suitcase and will be launched piggyback style on the satellite it is intended to monitor. Theresa Hitchens of the Center for Defense Information recently told New Scientist that ANGELS could also be used offensively by equipping it with signals and image jamming electronics and sending it toward an adversary satellite. If the Lockheed Martin design is accepted in mid-2007, the first demonstration launch of ANGELS could be seen in 2009. [PJK/NewScientist 4Aug06/Shiga]SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES
CIFA DIRECTOR BURTT RESIGNS AMID CONTRACTS INVESTIGATION Amid an investigation by Pentagon and federal prosecutors over allegations that some contracts awarded by the Counterintelligence Field Activity may have been tainted, the director of CIFA, David A. Burtt has announced his resignation and the retirement of his deputy, Joseph Hefferon. The contracts in question went to MZM, Inc. the CEO of which, Mitchell Wade, pled guilty to bribing Congressman Duke Cunningham (R-CA), who is now serving an 8-year jail term. A note from Cunningham who was supporting over $16 million for a CIFA collaboration center endorsed MZM and Burtt had worked closely with a Sr. VP of MZM, Lt. Gen. James C. King, while creating CIFA. Prosecutors claim that Cunningham made getting contracts for MZM one of his top priorites including one contract in particular that awarded MZM $6 million to build a data storage system for CIFA and included $5.4 million in profit for the company and a subcontractor. [CameronL/WashPost 10Aug06/Pincus]
FORMER CIA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KRONGARD JOINS IRIDIUM BOARD OF DIRECTORS Iridium, "the only true provider of global satellite voice and data communications," announced that Alvin B. ("Buzzy") Krongard has joined its Board of Directors. Krongard was formerly the Counselor to the Director of the CIA, then as Executive Director of the CIA from 2001 to 2004. [PJK/YahooBiz 9Aug06]
Request For Speaker
INTELLIGENCE SPEAKER SOUGHT FOR MID-EAST ISSUES CONFERENCE ON 23 OCTOBER IN SAVANNAH GA. A current or former intelligence officer is sought to address one or more of these suggested topics: a) what it will take from Israel to have recognition for Jerusalem as the official Capital of Israel. b) why the U.S. might have avoided moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem? and c) the story of the 1983 US troops in Lebanon to honor them on the 23 October 2006; or d) other options for Mid East Peace accords. The speaker will be hosted at the Westin of Savannah, Georgia, with all meals included, and if coming from within the U.S., air fare will be covered, as well. An honorarium is possible based on the prominence of the speaker in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Replies to Orly Benny Davis at ORLYUSA@aol.com
21 - 24
August 2006 - Denver, CO - After 11 successful years, the annual Intelink
Conference has been renamed The DNI's Information Sharing Conference &
Technology Exposition, Intelink and Beyond: Dare to Share. The new name
represents sponsorship of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and its
responsibility for facilitating information sharing between federal entities,
the Intelligence Community, state, local, and tribal entities, and foreign
partners. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver, at the Colorado
The lessons learned from 9/11 clearly indicate that simply gathering and storing critical information is not sufficient. Rather, entities involved in protecting this nation at all levels must proactively share information, in order to ensure that everyone involved has as many pieces of the puzzle as are available, and can create the clearest and most accurate picture possible. Achieving this vision requires us to remove the barriers that today exist between different networks, and separate users from information, to evolve toward a true national intelligence enterprise.
Featured Plenary Session Speakers Include: The Honorable Dale W. Meyerrose, Associate Director of National Intelligence and Chief Information Officer; The Honorable John Grimes, Assistant Secretary for Defense for Networks and Information Integration (ASD NII)/CIO, Department of Defense; Amb Thomas McNamara, Program Manager Information Sharing Environment; RADM Arthur Lawrence, Assistant Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Thomas Fingar, Deputy director of National Intelligence for Analysis; and Dr. Eric Haseltine, Associate Director of National Intelligence for Science and Technology.
The afternoon agenda has been structured into 4 tracks: Track 1. Building and Governing the New Enterprise; Track 2. Better Intelligence through New Communications; Track 3. Reaching New Consumers; Track 4. New Tools and Technologies.
If you have not already registered, SIGN UP NOW. For more detailed agenda information and to register for the conference, please visit one of the following homepages: NCSI: http://www.ncsi.com/intelink06/index.shtml or JWICS Intelink Central: http://www.ic.gov. SIPRNET Intelink Central: http://www.ismc.sgov.gov; or OSIS: http://www.osis.gov.
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 Securityï¿½s 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, email@example.com
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.
29 - 30 August 2006 - New York, NY - The Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals [SCIP] ï¿½Competitive Technical Intelligence Best Practice Forumï¿½ will feature Wayne A. Rosenkrans, Jr., PhD of AstraZeneca Rosenkrans, the scientific and medical strategy director for external scientific affairs at AstraZeneca, will speak on how competitive technical intelligence (CTI) and strategy work together in successful organizations. CTI refers to the analysis of the external competitive environment in the context of internal issues, especially when technology is a factor. CTI can include scientific or technological threats, opportunities, or developments that impact a companyï¿½s competitive situation. ï¿½CTI is prevalent in a number of industries represented by our organization and a topic our members want to learn more about,ï¿½ explains Alex Graham, SCIPï¿½s executive director. ï¿½Professionals in many industries - pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, information technology, aerospace, chemicals, and transportation - can benefit from this forum.ï¿½ Serving as a co-moderator with Martha Matteo, PhD [former CTI director at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical, and SCIP board member] is Arik Johnson, founder and CEO of Aurora WDC and also a SCIP board member. The forum features discussion groups, networking opportunities, and a post-conference white paper summary of the event. The two-day forum will be at the Marriott Marquis Time Square in New York. For full details and to register, visit www.scip.org.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com
8 September 06 - Vienna, VA - AFIO National Luncheon Two
Amb. J. Cofer Black,
former Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U. S. State
Department, and former Director of the CIA's Counterterrorism
Center, now Vice Chairman of Blackwater USA;
speaking on "The Evolution and Future of Terrorism" and Senior Pentagon Correspondent for the Washington Post/author, Thomas E. Ricks on his impressive new book:
FIASCO: The American Military Adventure in Iraq. Space limited. $49 pp members; $59 pp non-members. To be held at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel Ballroom, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22180. Three course gourmet luncheon will be served. Registration at 10:30 a.m.; Ricks at 11 a.m.; Lunch at noon; Black at 1:00 p.m. Borders Books will have many new intelligence titles available to browse or purchase. Other authors will be present. Online registration available here. Members given preference on date of registration basis.
9 September 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
September 06 - San Francisco, CA - AFIO's Jim Quesada Chapter Luncheon
featuring David G. Ego, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge, San
Francisco, on "CounterTerrorism and the FBI Since 9/11." Time: 11:30
AM for No Host Cocktails; 12:00 Noon Luncheon. Place: United Irish Cultural
Center (UICC) - St. Patrick Room, 2nd Flr, 2700 – 45th Avenue, San
Francisco, CA 94116 (45th between Sloat and Wawona). David Ego, Chief of the
FBI Counter Terrorism section, San Francisco Division, will discuss the
changes that have taken place within the FBI as a result of the terrorist
acts on 9/11 and recent counter intelligence successes.
Entrée: Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce or Halibut. Cost: $25 per person, Member Rate - with advance reservations; $35 per person, Non-Member Rate or at door without reservation. Please respond to Rich Hanson no later than 5 PM 9/8/06. Reservations not cancelled by end of day 9/8/06 must be honored. Please send your reservation, including check and menu choice to: Rich Hanson, 1255 California St #405, San Francisco, CA 94109 or Call 415-776-3739. NOTE: Those attending without reservations may experience a delay in receiving food service.
14 - 18 September 06 - Arlington, VA - The OSS Society and the Carpetbaggers and NORSO group are co-hosting a reunion in Arlington, VA at the Crown Plaza Hotel Reagan National Airport. 1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA, US, 22202. The Carpetbaggers were the 801st/492nd Air Force group who flew OSS missions to war zones during WWII. The NORSO group operated out of the Norway, Sweden, Denmark area. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is conveniently located near Reagan National Airport and adjacent to the Crystal City Mall with shopping and restaurant facilities, and is just two blocks from the Washington Metro system. In addition to meetings, there will be a White House tour, a reception with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Amb. Negroponte, and a driving tour of Washington. A Sunday brunch is planned at the Congressional Country Club on September 17. The main banquet is scheduled for September 16. For information and reservations please contact Bill Becker, 801/492 Bomb Group Association, 31446 Corte Madera, Temucula, CA 92592, phone 619-992-6228 or e-mail email@example.com
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.
20 - 23 September 2006 - Offutt AFB, NE - the Midwest Chapter of AFIO holds group reunion at U.S. Strategic Command (SAC) and Several Museums. They will have an informal get-together WEDNESDAY evening for those who arrive in time. THURSDAY the group heads over to US STRATEGIC COMMAND but without briefings on today's STRATCOM. Then attendees will hear from the DIA/WCAO-Omaha Division Chief and finally from one of the folks involved with NAOC who will bring things from their "gift shop." There will be a chance to learn how things are being done with DIA's increased impact on service intelligence and also learn about the E4-B. Lunch will be in the King Dining Facility (Sgt King was TDY from Offutt when he was killed in the Khobar Towers blast) for which attendees must bring cash -- no checks, no credit cards nor travelers checks. After lunch all will walk across a small part of a parking lot to the Tuskegee Dorm and see how junior enlisted members of today's Air Force live. Right now the rest of Thursday afternoon is open but that may change based on the interest of the group. Thursday evening will be a group dinner. The speaker was one of the early SR-71 pilots who began his USAF career in F-51s and finished having flown and commanded the SR-71s. The place remains to be selected as it depends upon the number attending and the audiovisual support available. For both Thursday and Saturday, the dinner price will include a "cover charge" for the meal for the speaker and spouse. FRIDAY the attendees will begin the day with a tour of Offutt AFB with the Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) by bus. Followed by a visit to the Martin Bomber plant (known locally as Building D) where the AFWA detachment is headquartered. The AFWA detachment here has many interesting stories to tell--some of which they will share with this special group. Lunch at the Patriot Club (formerly Offutt Officers Club) will follow, though other alternatives are being considered. Friday afternoon will include a tour of the Northrop Grumman (NGMS) facility in Bellevue where attendees will see the map table. There are a lot of things to say about this map table--one being the fact that it costs about $500,000 and is a bargain, given what it can do. Attendees will see what this new capability brings. It dovetails with some of the things learned previously concerning coordinating first (and follow on) responders last Spring at the Chapter's Great Lakes event. If any retired Special Forces members are present, NGMS will show you how much more current and extensive the data is today. Friday evening is the time for Rosh Hashanah so there will not be a formal session--instead it is dinner on your own. SATURDAY morning will be a visit to the SAC Museum. There is the usual high priced "snack bar" with a very limited selection and a nice gift shop. There is a military discount for the entrance fee. In the afternoon the group will move over to the Durham Western Heritage Museum which is the former Union Station. It is a restored art deco "masterpiece" with both permanent and traveling exhibitions. It has an old fashioned soda fountain that serves hot dogs. On several occasions, the two museums have done a "two museums for a reduced price" event. Numbers and interest will determine if the group qualifies, so register now. Saturday night's dinner location depends upon the number of attendees. Wherever it is held, the speaker will be a former Vietnamese linguist with the POW/MIA recovery team in Hanoi who might toss in some words on his experiences in Kuwait in 2003. Accommodations: Breakfast will be available at the home of Treasurer David A. McBlain's home on Saturday morning before departing for the museum(s). "Special Forces" omelets are planned, as they have been a hit everywhere they were served before. The cost would be about $3.00 per person and include hash browns, rolls, fruit, juice, and coffee. REGISTRATION: $10.00 per person, all meals are on an individual basis. The Offutt Inn (the on-base housing) offers rooms with a Queen-size bed for $27.75 per night. The room's amenities include refrigerator, microwave, private bath, cable and high speed Internet (no extra charge). Call 402-294-3671 and tell them your group number is 20470092234. Please do not delay in making your room reservation.The registration fee, and your name(s) and addresses and either a telephone number or an email needs to be sent to: David A. McBlain at DAMcBlain@aol.com or by mail to him at: Treasurer, MWAFIO, 7173 Thorn Apple Lane, LaVista, NE 68128. Do not dawdle.
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. Valerie J. McNevin, Esq., World Bank and financial crimes expert, who also was an AFIO National Board Member, will speak at the noon meeting. Lunch is the only $10.00. 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" 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 Cafï¿½' 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.
Oct 06 - Lorton, VA - The COLD WAR MUSEUM HOSTS PROGRAM ON 1956 POLISH AND
HUNGARIAN UPRISINGS - The Cold War Museum will convene a
distinguished gathering of diplomats, officials and historians in Fairfax County
to discuss the 1956 Polish and Hungarian uprisings against the Soviets and
Communism. Among those attending will be Polish and Hungarian dignitaries;
Sergei Khrushchev, son of the late Soviet premier; David Eisenhower, grandson of
President Eisenhower; Rep. Tom Davis, Congressman from Fairfax County; Dr.
Charles Gati, historian from Johns Hopkins University; and Christian Ostermann,
historian from the Cold War International History project. The daylong program
will be at the South County Secondary School, 8501 Silverbrook Rd, Lorton,
Virginia. South County students are assisting with conference logistics and 250
are scheduled to attend the event. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; program
starts at 9:30 a.m. Fee is $25 pp, includes continental breakfast and lunch.
Morning sessions feature Hungarian and Polish panelists moderated by Dr. Charles Gati from Johns Hopkins University. An afternoon panel focuses on reflections of the 1956 events by Sergei Khrushchev, David Eisenhower, moderated by Christian Ostermann of the Cold War International History Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. Breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon will include the collection of oral histories from area Nike Missile and other Cold War veterans.During one of the breakout sessions a photo shoot for the Cold War Museum is planned with the dignitaries participating. Plans call for the museumï¿½s permanent headquarters to be located on the grounds of the former National Nike Missile Site also in Lorton, Virginia. Following the conference, the Polish and Hungarian Embassies in Washington, DC will co-host an evening reception for invited guests. The Hungarian and Polish embassies, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, the Hungarian Technology Council, as well as the Cold War Museum and the South County Secondary School, are hosts for the program. Sponsors include EnviroSolutions, Inc., K. Hovnanianï¿½ Homes, Marriott Fairfax at Fair Oaks, Northern Virginia Community College, and Verizon. For more information contact Francis Gary Powers, Jr., 703-273-2381; email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (806) 742-9010 for more information. Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2006\
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
21 October 06 -
Washington, DC - The National Archives Presents The Cold War: An Eyewitness
Perspective A Public Symposium. Speakers and topics include:
Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein; Ambassador Harlan Cleveland;
Ronald Radosh; Ellen Schrecker. Cold War Mediation: Unraveling the Knots of
War with Timothy Naftali, Moderator, Sergei Khrushchev, Ted Sorensen, and
Susan Eisenhower. Lunch on your own. Cold War Reporting: Global Views and
Results with Ralph Begleiter, Moderator, Morley Safer, Gene Mater, Daniel
Schorr, Vladislav Zubok, Thomas C. Wolfe, and Vladimir Abarinov. Cold War
Espionage: Through the Looking Glass with Allen Weinstein, Moderator, Herb
Romerstein, Timothy Naftali, Ronald Radosh, Victor Navasky, Francis Gary
Powers, Jr., and Peter Earnest. All participants are invited to attend
a post-symposium reception hosted by the Foundation for the National
“The Cold War: An Eyewitness Perspective” is sponsored by the Center for the National Archives Experience (NARA), The Presidential Libraries, and the Foundation for the National Archives. For more information: www.nara.gov
22 - 24
October 06 - Savannah, GA - Convergence 2006 - 2 days of talks, meeting, and
colloquia on terrorism facing Israel and its future in the Middle East.
Event will examine the claims and challenges facing Israel as it increasingly
becomes surrounded by ever more hostile enemies. The event will discuss Israel's
right to exist as sought by all nations to live in peace and security; a review
of the claim in 1917 with the Balfour Declaration, of the 1923 San Remo
Conference, and the 1947 U.N. Resolution 181. Also examined will be the
unresolved issue of a rapidly growing population of Arabs, unsettled by current
The event will feature presentations by: Honorable Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC); Honorable Mr. Giora Eiland; Honorable Mr. Moshe Yaalon; Honorable MR.Yuval Shetinitz; Honorable Shemuel Ben Shemuel; Honorable Shabtai Shavit; Honorable Mr Arie Eldad; Honorable Ambassador Oded Eran; Honorable Mrs. Limor Livnat; Mr Rahanan Gissin; State Congressman Bill Herbkersman; Hilton Head City Judge Mrs Morrin Coffee Adri. To register or for further information contact: Orly Benny Davis 912-330-5020 ex 216, E-mail; email@example.com.
Event is presented by Pomegranate Company Inc., and is sponsored by Park West Homes; cosponsored by Jewish Federation of Savannah, with support of Israeli Consulate General in Atlanta GA; Jewish National Fund; KKL; JEA of Savannah, ZOA CIPAC
Friends of The world Likud; and Hadassah Of Savannah
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).
14 November 06 - Arlington, VA - Defense Intelligence Alumni Association (DIAA) has provided early "hold-the-date" notice that the DIAA Fall Luncheon will be held at the Columbus Club of Arlington, 5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington VA. Program details and directions to the event will be provided in mid-September.
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.
29 Nov - 1 Dec 06 - Washington, DC - The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement host "Intelligence Analysis & Processing: The latest on Intelligence Analysis policy, programs, and technology" - Pre-Conference Seminar and Main Chaired by: Ed Waltz, Chief Scientist, Intelligence Innovation Division, BAE SYSTEMS. IDGAï¿½s Intelligence Analysis & Processing conference is a forum for industry professionals worldwide to network and exchange information about the latest advances in Intelligence Analysis & Processing challenges, methodology, and technology. The Intelligence Analysis & Processing Seminar preceding the conference will allow participants to increase their knowledge of some of the most important advancements in Intelligence Analysis & Processing through in-depth master classes. For more information: www.ipqc.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¿½' 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 INTEL 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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