AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #34-06 dated 28 August 2006
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AFIO National Fall Luncheon
Friday, 8 September 06 - Vienna, VA
Two compelling presentations
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.
MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR THE STEELE FOUNDATION ( www.steelefoundation.com)
SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
REPUBLICANS SAY INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY DOWNPLAYING IRANIAN THREAT A House Intelligence Committee report, authored primarily by committee Republicans, released on August 23 criticizes the Intelligence Community (IC) for being overly cautious in their assessments of the threat Iran poses. "Intelligence community managers and analysts must provide their best analytical judgments about Iranian W.M.D. programs and not shy away from provocative conclusions or bury disagreements in consensus assessments,” the report says. The report maintains that the IC is gun shy in the wake of intelligence failures in the run up to war in Iraq, and therefore is watering down their assessments of Iran to avoid a repeat. John E. McLaughlin, a former director of central intelligence, says the IC is being appropriately cautious. Earlier this year intelligence agencies adopted standards that required a higher burden of proof, a better understanding of the raw intelligence and its sources, and required reports to include the chain of evidence and reasoning that led to conclusions. The goal is to avoid another "Curveball," which is the codename for the source that fed the IC faulty information about Iraq's biological weapons programs. Thomas Fingar, the director of national intelligence analysis said that analysts can't be expected to link all random pieces of intelligence, stating, "As a 40-year analyst, I’m offended by the notion of ‘connecting dots.' If you had enough monkeys you could do that.” Prominent Republican and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich says the IC is holding back too much. He points to the IC's assessment that Iran is 5-10 years away from having a nuclear weapon, but claims analysts ignore the possibility that they could get help from North Korea. He said, "If North Korea were to ship them a nuke tomorrow, how close would they be then?” The critics say the IC seems to be ignoring some intelligence on Iran, including reports from Israel about Iran's hand in supplying and controlling Hezbollah in the recent conflict in Lebanon. However, one intelligence official said, “There are no provable signs of Iranian direction on the ground. Nobody should think that Hezbollah is a remote-controlled entity.” Gen. Wayne A. Downing Jr., the retired former commander of the Special Operations Command and a White House counterterrorism adviser during President Bush’s first term says that people he knows in the military intelligence community tend to agree with this assessment, "Does Iran profit from all of this? Yes. But is Iran pulling the strings? The guys I’m talking to say, ‘no.’ ” Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) who is on the House Intelligence committee said, “Analysts were burned pretty badly during the run-up to the war in Iraq, I’m not surprised that some in the intelligence community are a bit gun-shy about appearing to be war mongering.” [PJK/NYT 24Aug06/Mazetti]
BRIT INVESTIGATION SHOWS TERRORISTS ARE NO LONGER JUST DISAFFECTED YOUNG MEN Richard Ried was the picture perfect profile of a terrorist recruit. Although a British citizen, he was young, male, ethnic Arab, Islamic and an outcast that lived on the fringes of society. In December 2001 he unsuccessfully tried to ignite a bomb built into his shoe on-board a U.S. bound airplane. However, the 24 people arrested so far in the British investigation of the latest terror plot to down airliners paint a new and disturbing portrait of fledgling terrorists. This group includes women and middle-class, university-educated men. At least three of the detainees are women. The men were mostly settled, middle-class, educated and held jobs. One was a university student who led a Islamic group on campus. This new profile of a terrorist makes it more difficult for intelligence and law enforcement to spot extremists, and the addition of women to the mix, "throws out everything we ever thought about profiling," says Farhana Ali, a policy analyst in Arlington, Va., at Rand Corporation. One of the women detainees, 23-year old Cossar Ali has an 8-month old baby, and her husband, Ahmed Abdula Ali, was also allegedly part of the plot. Islamic women participating in terror attacks are not without precedent, however. Three female suicide bombers have been seen in Iraq. One last year was a Belgian woman, believed to be the first Western woman to launch a suicide attack in the name of Jihad. Women have also been involved in suicide attacks in Israel and Chechnya. Al-Qaeda, capitalizing on this phenomenon, launched a magazine in Saudi Arabia targeted at women. Reflecting the growing concern of female involvement in attacks, security precautions now require women to taste their babies' formula before boarding an aircraft with it. British authorities do not believe the women they detained were going to be part of the actual attack on the airliners, they were serving in support roles, and there is no evidence that they were going to involve their babies. [Harvey/WSJ 16Aug06/Bryan-Low and Crawford]
INTERNATIONAL SPY CONFERENCE SPEAKER SAYS YOUNGER BROTHER RAUL CASTRO MAY SEEK CLOSER TIES WITH U.S. IF FIDEL DIES Brian Latell, a former Air Force officer who has worked at the CIA and on the National Intelligence Council, said that Raul Castro, younger brother to Fidel , is more likely to pursue ties with the U.S. Raul is the likely successor to Fidel having been put in charge of the country during the leader's recent stomach surgery. Although Fidel's medical condition is held as a state secret, Latell does not believe the Cuban dictator has long to live. Latell admits that Raul is a brutal enforcer in the Castro regime, and head of the military, but insists that Raul, "has real human feelings. Fidel never grieves, he never regrets, but Raul does." Latell said he drew his insights from interviews with Castro's relatives and acquaintances for his book, "After Fidel: The Inside Story of Castro's Regime and Cuba's Next Leader." "Raul is capable of changing," he said. "We can expect Raul to be putting out feelers to the United States. I think it's inevitable." [PJK/CharlotteObserver 24Aug06/Thompson]
CHAVEZ CLAIMS FOUR U.S. SPIES CAUGHT AND RIDICULES BUSH ON APPOINTMENT OF VENEZUELAN INTEL MISSION MANAGER Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, who ran his re-election campaign on anti-U.S. rhetoric, claims to have caught four individuals that were spying for the U.S. Chavez's accusations of U.S. spying have climbed along with his vehemence in verbal attacks against the Bush administration and U.S. policy. As oil prices climb, the Venezuelan president becomes more bold, doubting any serious challenge to his re-election in December. In the most recent claim, Chavez said, "I’ve caught four of their spies, four, and I’ve put them back in their hands. Not long ago we caught a very beautiful woman in Valencia, taking photos.” In February Venezuela expelled a naval attaché claiming he was a spy. “We have no idea what the president is talking about,” Brian Penn, a United States Embassy spokesman, said Saturday of the new charges. Chavez continued his ridicule of Bush, poking fun at the recent appointment of an Intelligence Mission Manager for Venezuela who will oversee the strategic goals and not be involved in specific collection and analysis efforts. Iran and North Korea are the only other nations to have a mission manager appointed. J. Patrick Maher, a longtime veteran of the CIA, was named to the post on Friday, and will manage Cuban intelligence as well. In referring to Mr. Maher, Chavez said, "They selected Jack the Ripper. Whatever their plan is, we stand ready to defeat it.” [CameronL/NYT 20Aug06/Romero]
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
SECRET OF TUNNELS DUG UNDER POST-WAR LONDON NEARLY EXPOSED WHEN PRUDENTIAL BUILDING WAS DAMAGED The Prudential Assurance building, known to Londoners as the 'Pru,' had an unfortunate location over a tunnel system being constructed in the post-war era. The top-secret tunnel system, begun in 1949 and known simply as "Post Office Scheme 3245," was reported to be 100 feet at its most shallow point. However, even this depth did not keep it from undermining the Pru at Staple Inn, near Chancery Lane, eliciting a legal suit from Prudential in 1952 against the Post Office for damages. The Post Office, though, was a cover for a Defence Cabinet project that involved MI-5. The Post Office was used for cover since it already had many shallower digging projects on-going. The purpose of these deep tunnels to this day is not exactly clear. Many believe the massive tunnel system was constructed as a shelter for the government in the event of an atomic bomb attack on the city. In documents recently declassified and released under Britain's Freedom of Information Act it is only referred to as "part of the defence programme." The documents reveal the extent to which the government went to keep the project secret. The record includes a direct order to a civil servant not to provide information to his cabinet minister about the project. Manny Shinwell, the Labour Minister of Defence, requested information about the project after reading vague accounts in the news. His employee did not answer, and within days Clement Atlee called for a general election which Labour lost, and Shinwell was replaced with Winston Churchill, who as Prime Minister already knew of the project. The official cover given by press offices was that the project was laying underground communications cables for the General Post Office (GPO) to protect them in the event of another war. Other documents show that the GPO would use less than a third of the immense facility, though. Despite all this secrecy, when the Pru sued the government decided to take a Pru surveyor and lawyers on a tour of the facility and ask for the company's silence. The tactic worked and the Pru dropped its case, never mentioning what they were told or what they saw in those tunnels. The Pru suit, however, received interest from MI-5 leading some to believe the tunnels had a surveillance aspect to them. There have been other secret tunnel systems built under London, the most recent of which is called the Pindar. The Pindar cost £125 million and was completed in 1994. "Post Office Scheme 3245," which runs from Whitehall at least as far as Holborn, a mile away, it is said, may have been incorporated into the Pindar. [CameronL/Telegraph 25Aug06/Fenton]
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
U.S. JOINT TASK FORCE-GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS VS. THE CHINESE CYBER THREAT “China has downloaded 10 to 20 terabytes (trillions of bytes) of data from the NIPRNet (DOD’s Non-Classified IP Router Network),” said Maj. Gen. William Lord, director of information, services and integration in the Air Force’s Office of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, during the recent Air Force IT Conference in Montgomery, Ala. Lord adds that the Chinese hackers are trying to obtain identifying information so they can enter the system as an authorized user on a DoD system. He characterizes the threat as a nation-state threat. One of the primary cyber weapons in the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) arsenal is its civilian units drawn from universities, institutes, and industry. China began building its computer network attack capabilities in the wake of the Gulf War. At the time, China's military was similar in strength to Saddam Hussein's army, which the U.S. swept aside easily. Top military minds in China knew then that if they were to be a world player they would have to develop a way to counter the U.S. military might. Called a "revolution in military affairs," the move to gain "information dominance" and develop "information warfare" tactics was not only adopted by China; the U.S. began its own push in the arena. China's cyber denouement came in 1999 with the publication of Unrestricted Warfare, by PLA colonels Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui. The authors recognized globalization and a battlefield that was expanding rapidly outward from the conventional force-on-force scenario. They suggested that the Internet tore down borders and redefined warfare. The U.S. has a counter to this threat in Joint Task Force Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO). JTF-GNO is assigned the responsibility of operating and defending the Global Information Grid (GIG), a network that connects DoD's information infrastructure and moves information to applications worldwide. The "non-defensive" side of network operations is in the purview of the NSA. JTF-GNO is building a layered "defense-in-depth" strategy that closes the doorways to outside intruders. As part of this defense, a public key infrastructure is being deployed system wide to ensure user authentication, and user-level cyber security training is under development. JTF-GNO is also publishing the Network Operations Concept of Operations, which will dictate how DoD personnel will secure their systems. The three main thrusts of the document are ensuring systems and networks that deliver information are available, information can move freely from one point to another, and information is protected at the right level. John Hamre, president and chief executive officer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, worries about our growing dependency on China even as China grows less dependent on the U.S., and what may already be inside our defenses. He admits the possibility that “subversive functionality could be embedded” in technology. “The Defense acquisition community is not used to thinking of itself as part of computer security,” he said. [ThomasH/GCN 21Aug06/Onley and Wait]
ON-LINE INSTRUCTIONS FOR KILLING WESTERNERS ON THE ARABIAN PENINSULA A document dated June 15, 2006 and published to an Islamic extremist website on August 6 outlined the procedures for killing "crusaders" on the Arabian Peninsula. User Amer Al-Najdi instructs readers how to select the victim, set up surveillance and do the actual killing. The Middle East Media Research Institute recently published a translation of portions of this disturbing document. Al-Najdi recommends that the attacker appear "non-religious," to be clean shaven, not wear a turban, and disguise one's appearance by wearing sun glasses during the day, or regular glasses at night, and to wear a suit. Also the attacker should remove any article from his car that would indicate he is religious, such as Jihad tapes or post-it notes, so if he is stopped by authorities nothing in the car would alert them. He warns the would-be attacker to leave his cell phone behind while out on a mission as it might contain the numbers of his contacts and friends who would come under investigation if the attacker is captured by authorities. To conduct identify a target and conduct surveillance Al-Najdi suggests the attacker locate a Western compound and drive by at 7 AM to determine how they exit the compound and identify their cars. The attacker is warned to pass the compound only once. After two or three days the attacker should go back to the compound, but not as closely as before. He should go to one of the exit routes and wait for one of the "crusaders" to pass and then follow him. For further surveillance, the attacker should change vehicles, and never follow too closely. At traffic lights the attacker should be no more than two or three cars behind the target or beside, but not directly beside the crusader's vehicle. The attacker should avoid casual glances at the target, and busy himself with something inside the car. On the highway, the attacker should speed up to pass the target and then later slow down to allow the target to pass him in order to remove suspicion. On secondary roads where there is no other traffic, the attacker should slow down and look left and right as if searching for a shop so the "infidel" thinks the attacker has no interest in him. Other places to find Westerners includes the big markets or through acquaintances that may know infidels that work in the country. Al-Najdi gives instructions on how to question acquaintances about Americans (or others) without drawing suspicion. To carry out the plot the attacker is advised to forge an ID in order to rent a car under a false name. If this cannot be accomplished then the attacker should steal a license plate from a car of the same model as his own, but one located far from the attacker's home, or steal a car and abandon it in a public place after the act. The actual killing should take place in a location that is away from anything associated with the killer. If the target works for the same company as the attacker or an acquaintance of the attacker the killing should be done on the victim's day off. If the victim lives near the killer, the act should be done near the victim's work or another place away from home. An escape route should be planned that includes about five minutes on the highway and then moves to secondary roads and then into neighborhoods. The attacker should change vehicles before proceeding home. The attacker should not talk about his act as many "brothers" have been caught by talking near others. If at all possible, Al-Najdi suggests the murder should be taped to be replied by the media so that it has broader impact. He says that after one successful killing, the attacker will see how simple it is and that there is no need for a squad of people to carry out such attacks. [LawrenceS/MEMRI 25Aug06]
SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES
Why I Left Jihad: The Root of Terrorism and the Return of Radical Islam by Walid Shoebat, Top Executive Media, ISBN: 0977102114, $24.95 The author is a self-described former PLO terrorist who spent time in prison for his acts. He was born in Judea and raised a devout Muslim, but later converted to Christianity. In a number of television interviews the author claims his conversion began with his own attempt to convert his wife, a Christian, to Islam. Indoctrinated in an "addiction of hate" against the Jews, he was challenged when she would not accept his assertions and asked him to show the support for the bad things the he claims the Jews had done. So began his own personal review of the Bible, the Koran and history. As the book progresses the writer declares that "...I am no longer a terrorist. I am a Christian, dedicated to peace and truth..."
SECTION V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
FOR THE STEELE FOUNDATION (www.steelefoundation.com) - The Steele
Foundation is a Private Security / Risk Management firm. Benefits: Health, paid
vacation, and profit sharing. Req’d Education: Bachelors Degree with CPP, Prefer
MBA. Req’d Experience: 5-7 Years of international business experience in High
Risk Environments and/or emerging markets, preferably in Corporate Security,
Military, and/or Law Enforcement agencies. We are looking for an experienced
business executive with a strong understanding of the security and/or services
industry in emerging markets to head this new company. This is a hands-on senior
management role which requires business management experience and an
entrepreneurial spirit, high energy and an excitement about building a high
quality security company in a developing environment. The ideal candidate will
have a strong work ethic and be driven by financial reward as a result of a
successful business operation.
This position will be responsible for compliance requirements for the security company to operate throughout the designated region. The Managing Director is responsible for profit and loss of company services and overall performance within the designated region. Working closely with the Chief Operating Officer, the Managing Director will develop and implement regional business plans and marketing strategy. For a detailed job description please visit the employment link on our website: www.steelefoundation.com or e-mail email@example.com. Employment is contingent upon a successful drug screen and background investigation.
Authors/Researchers Seeking Assistance
WERE YOU IN OPERATION PHOENIX? The RAND Corporation is undertaking research to develop lessons learned from the Phoenix (Phung Hoang) program in South Vietnam. RAND researchers are eager to interview individuals with first-hand experience of the program. If desired, the interviews can be on a not-for-attribution basis. For more information, please contact Dr. William Rosenau at firstname.lastname@example.org; tel. (703) 413-1100, x5412
THE ROLE OF THE GRU IN THE 1952 SHOOTDOWN OF A SWEDISH PLANE OVER THE BALTIC for book on Cold War and role of Sweden...author seeking information about conflicts within the Politburo in Moscow June 1952. The conflict engaged Stalin, MGB/KGB, GRU and most members of the Politburo. Some of the highest officers in GRU had to leave and new persons arrived. Since the year 1952 was filled with tense conflicts with other countries there are many sources about the role of the GRU which was involved in the shooting down of a Swedish plane over the Baltic. But what were their political decisionmaking that led to this act? Of course everything is connected to the Korean war, Germany and the U.S. too. Please reply with your thoughts, suggestions of sources, or firsthand information: Professor Roger Almeberg at email@example.com
CALL FOR PAPERS: 3RD CONFERENCE ON MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN COUNTERTERRORISM
is being held 28 - 30 September 06 at the Institute of World Politics in
Washington, DC in cooperation with Stanford University, Phoenix Mathematica,
Rochester Institute of Technology, and the American Association for the
Advancement of Science. Featured speakers include faculty from USC, NYU, MIT,
Rutgers, Los Alamos Research Lab, Canadian Border Service, RIT, Stanford,
AAAS, and other notable institutions and organizations.
Since 2001, tremendous amounts of information have been gathered regarding terrorist cells and individuals potentially planning future attacks. There is now a pressing need to develop new mathematical and computational techniques to assist in the analysis of this information, both to quantify future threats and to quantify the effectiveness of counterterrorism operations and strategies. Concepts and techniques from mathematics-specifically, from Lattice Theory and Reflexive Theory-have already been applied to counterterrorism and computer security problems. The following is a partial list of such problems.
- Strategies for disrupting terrorist cells
- Border penetration and security
- Terrorist cell formation and growth
- Data analysis of terrorist activity
- Terrorism deterrence strategies
- Information security
A primary intention of this Third Conference on Mathematical Methods in Counterterrorism (CMMC) is to present talks that are accessible to the broader public, especially policy makers, politicians, and members of the intelligence and law enforcement communities.
Submit title and abstracts of papers to Jonathan Farley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
29 - 30 August 2006 - New York, NY - The Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals [SCIP] ï¿½Competitive Technical Intelligence Best Practice Forum 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 company's competitive situation. CTI is prevalent in a number of industries represented by our organization and a topic our members want to learn more about, explains Alex Graham, SCIP's executive director. Professionals in many industries - pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, information technology, aerospace, chemicals, and transportation - can benefit from this forum. 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: email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org
6 September 06 - Nellis AFB, NV - "Paradoxes in
the Global War on Terror" will be the theme at the AFIO Las Vegas Chapter
meeting at 6 p.m. at the Officers' Club at Nellis Air Force Base from speaker
JOHN B. ALEXANDER, PH.D. Alexander has a varied career which included many key
positions in special operations, intelligence, research, and development. He
served with the U.S. Army (retired as Colonel), the Los Alamos National
Laboratory, the Council on Foreign Relations, and has been a guest lecturer at
the U.S. Air Force Air University. He is a leading advocate of non-lethal
weapons and has organized and chaired six major conferences on the topic and
served as a US delegate to four NATO studies dealing with non-lethal warfare. A
prolific writer, Dr. Alexander is currently a private consultant, a Senior
Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University, and serves with the Army
Science Board. His books include, The Warrior's Edge; Future War, with foreword
by Tom Clancy; and the sequel, Winning the War, published August 2003. A more
complete biographical sketch will be included with the evening's program.
Dr. Alexander will speak to the Chapter Membership and Guests on his address, this month, to the U.S. Army War College addressing the paradoxes of Global War on Terror (GWOT) caused by conflicting value systems, including the four steps we claim to use in GWOT and why each is fraught with problems. Dr. Alexander's briefing will also include his recent travels from Tibet to Timbuktu to Brazil.
To register, the chapter must have your name no later than Thursday, August 30th (due to Labor Day Holiday), for gate access. All guests must use the MAIN GATE located at the intersection on Craig and Las Vegas Blvd. 5871 Fitzgerald Blvd., Nellis AFB, NV 89191 Phone: 702-644-2582. Once again, please feel free to bring your spouse and/or guest(s) to dinner as well as the meeting. You may email or call them at 702-295-0073 if you have any questions. They look forward to seeing you!
Thursday, 7 September 06 - Washington, DC - 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm - "Unconquerable Nation: Knowing Our Enemy, Strengthening Ourselves" - FREE author talk at the International Spy Museum. As the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks approaches, Brian Michael Jenkins, the dean of American terrorism research, has written a clear-sighted and sober analysis of where we are today in the struggle against terrorism. Jenkins, a former captain in the Army’s elite Special Forces, was decorated for his combat service in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam, and currently serves as senior advisor to the President of RAND Corporation. With the benefit of his nearly forty years of terrorism research, his new book Unconquerable Nation: Knowing Our Enemy, Strengthening Ourselves provides a fresh perspective on jihadists and how they can be defeated without the sacrifice of civil liberties. Free! No registration required! Join the author for an informal chat and book signing. More info at www.spymuseum.org
September 06 - Vienna, VA - AFIO National Luncheon 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 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 email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
11 September 06 - Coral Gables, FL - The Ted Shackley Chapter of AFIO, Miami-Dade, is hosting Antonio J. Mendez, the Author of “Master of Disguise” and Jonna Mendez, Co-Author of “Spy Dust” at 8:00 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Reception to follow. Antonio Mendez is the former Chief of Disguise for the CIA. A recipient of the CIA’s Intelligence Star of Valor and the Trailblazer Award, he is the author of The Master of Disguise. Jonna Mendez is a twenty-seven year veteran of the CIA who served as a technician operations officer and Chief of Disguise. She is the Co-Author of “Spy Dust.” RSVP to: Michelle at Spencer Law Firm: (305) 648-0940 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations of: $25 are requested to support The University of Miami Intelligence Education Program at the UM School of Business
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 ï¿½ 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
Entrï¿½e: 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.
Sunday, 17 September 06 - Washington, DC - 1–3:30 pm The Secret History of History - Moe Berg: Baseball’s Man of Mystery - at the International Spy Museum. “You’d make a great spy — you know, you’re the man who knew too much.”—Bob Broeg to Moe Berg in The Catcher Was a Spy. Moe Berg, the major league baseball player, OSS operative and legendary linguist, was a remarkable secret agents. Whether authorized by the government as an atomic spy or choosing to surreptitiously film Tokyo of his own volition, Berg relished—and accomplished—his espionage missions, yet died penniless and with little acclaim. During this exploration of Berg, you’ll be introduced to his career by Linda McCarthy, founding curator of the CIA Museum; survey the Moe Berg memorabilia and enjoy personal recollections of the catcher by Vivian Grey, author of Moe Berg: The Spy Behind Home Plate. Tickets: $20 Advance registration required! www.spymuseum.org.
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.
Thursday, 21 September 06 - Washington, DC - The International Spy Museum’s Ultimate Scavenger Hunt - Spy Behind the Scene, at 7–10:30 pm A scavenger hunt at the Museum using questions, timing, and tradecraft. Tickets: $45 per person or $180 per team of four. Advance registration required! www.spymuseum.org
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 intelligence
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. AFIO Members with current membership card receive $5.00 off Spy Tour.
26 September 06 - Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC - the Joint Military Intelligence College Annual Conference 2006 is titled: Science + Technology = Intelligence on Target. Featured Speakers are Dr. Rita Colwell, Bio-terrorism Expert and Former Director of the National Science Foundation; Dr. Anthony Oettinger, Chairman, Harvard University's Program on Information Resources Policy; Mr. Aris Pappas, Deputy Director, Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments; Dr. Gerald Yonas, Chief Scientist, Sandia National Labs. Event runs from 0800 hrs to 1730 hrs in the Tighe Auditorium of the Defense Intelligence Analysis Center. The conference will be unclassified and open to all members of the Intelligence Community as well as students and instructors from institutions nationwide who provide both technical and intelligence related curricula. Seating is limited to the first 350 applicants. ATTENDEE FEES: $35.00 ODNI Staff, JMIC Faculty and currently enrolled JMIC students; $50.00 Government Employees; $75.00 Industry and non- government. Registration fee includes refreshments, luncheon at the Bolling Air Force Base Officer's Club and a post- conference reception. To register: https://www.fbcinc.com/jmic/atreg1.asp For more Info: https://www.fbcinc.com/jmic/
28 - 30 September 06 - Washington, DC - Call for Papers: The 3rd Conference on Mathematical Methods in Counterterrorism is being held at the Institute of World Politics in cooperation with Stanford University, Phoenix Mathematica, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Featured speakers include faculty from USC, NYU, MIT, Rutgers, Los Alamos Research Lab, Canadian Border Service, RIT, Stanford, AAAS, and other notable institutions and organizations. Since 2001, tremendous amounts of information have been gathered regarding terrorist cells and individuals potentially planning future attacks. There is now a pressing need to develop new mathematical and computational techniques to assist in the analysis of this information, both to quantify future threats and to quantify the effectiveness of counterterrorism operations and strategies. Concepts and techniques from mathematics-specifically, from Lattice Theory and Reflexive Theory-have already been applied to counterterrorism and computer security problems. The following is a partial list of such problems. - Strategies for disrupting terrorist cells - Border penetration and security - Terrorist cell formation and growth - Data analysis of terrorist activity - Terrorism deterrence strategies - Information security. A primary intention of this Third Conference on Mathematical Methods in Counterterrorism (CMMC) is to present talks that are accessible to the broader public, especially policy makers, politicians, and members of the intelligence and law enforcement communities. For more information: http://www.rit.edu/~immc/conferences/cmmc2006/ Organizers Jonathan Farley, Stanford University, email@example.com Stefan Schmidt, Dresden Technical University, Germany, firstname.lastname@example.org Bernard Brooks, Rochester Institute of Technology, email@example.com Anthony Harkin, Rochester Institute of Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org Submit title and abstracts of papers to Jonathan Farley at email@example.com .
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.
Wednesday, 11 October 06 - Washington, DC - From the Secret Files of the Spy Museum - Back Brief Cuba: Covert Ops, Castro’s Brother, and the Challenge of Tomorrow at 6:30 pm. “My idea is to stir things up on [the] island with espionage, sabotage, [and] general disorder.” — Attorney General Robert Kennedy to President Kennedy, 4 November 1961 Cuba may be the new hot destination for renegade American tourists, but it’s been a hot button issue for the U.S. intelligence community since Castro gained power. Don Bohning, author of The Castro Obsession: U.S. Covert Operations Against Cuba 1959-1965, will explore the U.S.’s bold clandestine war against Cuba and how these efforts backfired, consolidating Castro’s hold on the island, and leading to a tense standoff that has continued to the present. AFIO Board Member Brian Latell, author of After Fidel: The Inside Story of Castro’s Regime and Cuba’s Next Leader, will draw upon his more than forty years of experience as one of the world’s best recognized Castro specialists, to consider what the next chapter in Cuba-U.S. relations holds. How will Castro’s younger brother, Fidel’s heir apparent, change or stay the course? Tickets: $20. Advance registration required. www.spymuseum.org
Thursday, 12 October 06 - Washington, DC - Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary; Free author talk at 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm at the Spy Museum. How we handle Russia (and how Russia handles us) resonates throughout the world. Timothy Naftali, Associate Professor at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs and contributor to Slate, has used unprecedented access to Politburo and Soviet intelligence materials to trace an important chapter of the U.S.-Soviet relationship in Khrushchev’s Cold War. Join Naftali as he reveals three moments when the premier’s inner circle restrained him from plunging the superpowers into war, new takes on the Cuban missile crisis, and Soviet actions in under-examined hot spots in Asia and the Middle East. Naftali’s understanding of Khrushchev’s strategic gamesmanship gives insight into today’s unpredictable global affairs. No registration required. More info at www.spymuseum.org
14 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 8:00 a.m.; program starts at 9:00
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
October 06 - Washington, DC - National Portrait Gallery presents Spies on Screen
- THIRTEEN DAYS - Screening at 6:30 pm “Communicate with the Soviets? We
can't even communicate with the Pentagon. And they're just across the goddamn
river.”—Kenny O’Donnell in Thirteen Days
The volatility of today’s world harkens back to the Cold War at its boiling point. For two weeks in October 1962, the world held its breath while President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev navigated a Cold War showdown. The film Thirteen Days captures the drama surrounding a President faced with the Soviet attempt to secretly place ballistic missiles in Cuba. It explores how raw intelligence, speedy analysis, and back channel exchanges enabled Kennedy to avert a nuclear war. S. Eugene Poteat, President of AFIO, was there. After the film screening in the National Portrait Gallery’s new auditorium, Poteat, a former senior officer with the CIA’s Science and Technology Directorate, will share his personal experience of the Cuban missile crisis and comment on the background and authenticity of the film. Program to be held at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and G Sts NW Tickets: $15 Advance registration required! www.spymuseum.org
20-21 October 06 - Lubbock, TX - The Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University and CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence (CSI) will co-host a conference on "Intelligence in the Vietnam War," which will be held in Lubbock, Texas, at the Holiday Inn Park Plaza. The purpose of this conference is to examine intelligence activities in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and elsewhere as they impacted the Vietnam War. We welcome papers that discuss intelligence analysis and operations from all sides of the conflict and desire presentations that discuss US, RVN, DRV, VC, USSR, PRC, Warsaw Pact, and other intelligence activities as they related to the Vietnam War. While the focus will remain on historical events, it is our distinct hope that appropriate historical lessons might be drawn of more immediate application to current wars and conflicts. To that end, we are seeking paper and panel proposals on all subjects related to Intelligence in the Vietnam War to include but not limited to the following topics: Intelligence and counter-intelligence operations to include human, electronic, signals, and imagery intelligence; Terrorism and counter-terrorism; Infiltration operations into North Vietnam, the Viet Cong infrastructure, and elsewhere; Psychological operations; The Phoenix Program, Provincial Reconnaissance Units, and other attempts to neutralize the VCI; Rolling Thunder, enemy order of battle, the will to persist, and other analytical issues; Inter-agency cooperation and conflict between the CIA, DIA, and other intelligence organizations; The politics of intelligence (e.g. the producer v. the consumer in the development of estimative products); the use of RAND and other private analytical resources as intelligence; etc... This conference will offer students, scholars, intelligence officials, policy makers, and others with an excellent opportunity to discuss and learn from intelligence activities from America's longest war along with the many issues that surrounded these complex activities and events. If you are interested in providing either an individual presentation or a panel discussion, submit a proposal (single page or less) to Mr. Stephen Maxner, Deputy Director at the Vietnam Center at email@example.com or call (806) 742-9010 for more information. Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2006\
21 October 06 - Kennebunk, ME - 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
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 Archives.
ï¿½The Cold War: An Eyewitness Perspectiveï¿½ 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
- 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 Jerusalem statutes.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Tuesday, 24 October 06 - Washington, DC - Intrigue at the Willard - Spy School Workshop: Espionage 101; 6–8:30 pm An introduction to the intricacies of espionage tradecraft. Takes place at the Willard InterContinental Hotel. Gather intelligence, conduct surveillance, etc. Celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Willard Hotel's re-opening. $65 pp. Register at www.spymuseum.org or phone 202.654.0930.
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, 1Reston, VA. To make your reservation NOW online at the special convention rate of $129/nite at the hotel that has been voted the BEST hotel in Fairfax County, click here and following the instructions: https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode= welcome_ei_new&eventID=32661. Otherwise, call the Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents Street, Reston, Virginia, USA 20190, Tel: 703 709 1234 Fax: 703 925 8295. They are located in a great walking (and parking) area of Reston with many shops, restaurants, and a even a skating rink.
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 email@example.com
Thursday, 9 November
06 - Washington, DC - Inside Stories - Capturing Jonathan Pollard: The Real
Story at 6:30 pm at the Spy Museum. “Pollard…once collected so much
[classified] data that he needed a handcart to move the papers to his car.” —
Seymour Hersh, The Traitor: The Case Against Jonathan Pollard. Ever since
Jonathan Jay Pollard, an intelligence analyst working in the U.S. Naval
Investigative Service’s Anti-Terrorist Alert Center, was accused of stealing
security secrets for Israel in the mid 1980s, the case has been awash in
lobbying by Israel and friends of Israel to free him. Pollard stole more than
one million pages of classified material which he sold to Israel to bankroll a
flashy lifestyle. As the assistant special agent in charge of
counterintelligence in the Washington office of the Naval Investigative Service
when Pollard was arrested, author Ron J. Olive sets the record straight. Drawing
on his involvement in the investigation and interrogation of the spy, Olive, the
author of Capturing Jonathan Pollard: How One of the Most Notorious Spies in
American History Was Brought to Justice, shares details from this case on how he
elicited the spy’s confession, and why Pollard should never be freed.
Tickets: $20 To register: www.spymuseum.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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Thursday, 16 November 06 - Washington, DC - 6:30 pm - Domestic Spying: Anti-Terrorism or Anti-American? “There is no time to waste on hairsplitting over infringement of liberty.” — The Washington Post approving the Palmer raids of January 1920. The Spy Museum asks if President George W. Bush’s domestic surveillance program is a critical terrorism prevention tool or illegal intrusion on fundamental U.S. rights? Navigate this politically charged issue with the help of moderator, Gene Policinski, executive director of the First Amendment Center, and a panel made up of: Eric Lichtblau, The New York Times Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who revealed the formerly secret anti-terrorism domestic spying techniques being used to halt terrorists; Spike Bowman, formerly Senior Executive Service, FBI, currently a member of AFIO's Board of Directors and a distinguished fellow, Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University; Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies; and Bob O’Harrow, The Washington Post reporter and author of No Place to Hide. Tickets: $20. Space is limited - advance registration required at the www.spymuseum.org
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 email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park , FL.
8 December 06 - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter holds evening meeting at Society of Illustrators Building, 128 East 63rd St, (between Park and Lexington). Check-in: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM. Speakers to be announced. Buffet dinner, tables of eight. $45pp, includes drinks, coffee, dessert. Cash bar. Registration and more information available from Jerry Goodwin, Chapter President, at 212-308-1450, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12-14 December 06 - Chantilly, VA - MASINT V The MASINT Association's Annual Conference will be held with the National Reconnaissance Office. Write them at email@example.com
12 December 06 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers' Club, at MacDill Air Force Base. The luncheon speaker is James Pavitt. A 31-year veteran of CIA, who in 1999 was appointed Deputy Director for Operations to head what is now known as the National Clandestine Service, the CIA directorate responsible for the clandestine collection of foreign intelligence. He had served as Associate Deputy Director for Operations from July 1997 through July 1999. He served longer in that position than any DDO in the last 30 years until retiring from CIA and the DO in August 2004. After joining the Agency in 1973 as a Career Trainee, he served in a variety of intelligence assignments in Europe, Asia and at CIA Headquarters. In 1990, he was assigned to the National Security Council as the Director for Intelligence Programs. In June 1992, President Bush appointed him Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and NSC Senior Director for Intelligence Programs. Mr. Pavitt began his intelligence career in the United States Army from 1969-1971 as an intelligence officer. Jim Pavitt is currently a principle at the Scowcroft Group and also serves as a member of the AFIO National Board of Directors. For more information contact Don White, DonWhite@tampabay.rr.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
13 February 07 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers' Club, at MacDill Air Force Base. The luncheon speaker is Carl W Ford, Jr., former head of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), from 2001 until 2003. As Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, he reported directly to the Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and provided intelligence support and analysis to him and other senior policy makers. He was directly involved in crafting policy related to the war on terrorism, the Iraq war and reconstruction, and issues regarding the Chinese military, nuclear proliferation, the Middle East peace process, and the North Korean military threat. Between 1965 and 1989, Mr. Ford served a tour of duty in Vietnam, was a U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer, a Defense Intelligence Agency China Strategic Intelligence Officer, a CIA China military analyst, a professional staff member for East Asia on the Committee on Foreign Relations, and the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the CIA. Beginning in early 1989, Mr. Ford spent four years working at the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary levels in the Defense Department. For more information contact Don White, DonWhite@tampabay.rr.com.
3 March 07 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
8 September 07 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
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