AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #47-06 dated 27 November 2006

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EDITOR'S NOTES: It is with a heavy heart this week I report the death of a former commander and friend, Colonel Thomas Felts, killed by an IED in Baghdad on 14 November. Captain Tom Felts was my company commander when I served in the 712th Military Intelligence Battalion in Augsburg, Germany in the late 80's/early 90's. I remember him as a gung-ho soldier who many of us kidded had the ethos of an infantry officer instead of a military intelligence "weenie." We soldiers would grumble, as only soldiers can, about the need to practice patrolling and tactical radio communications when we were stationed at a strategic site safe within the borders of West Germany. Felts' predecessors had largely left us alone to do our strategic mission and whoop it up on our break days. True, the Soviet horde was just across the border to the east, but few really feared an invasion that late in the game. Tom Felts knew, though, that every soldier's first job was that of foot soldier and warrior, and the training that he promoted proved prophetic as members of my battalion were deployed to Desert Storm in 1990/91. The strategic soldiers were frontline troops without warning and I am sure many thanked Tom Felts as they sat in the war zone comforted by the tactical training they had received. I last saw Col. Felts in 1995 at Ft. Huachuca, Az., just after I was promoted to Warrant Officer. He congratulated me and we rehashed old times from Augsburg. I was actually surprised that he remembered me, after all, I was just one of 140 soldiers in his command. But that was the kind of commander Tom Felts was- every soldier was important. He proved this when he volunteered to go to Iraq, even though it wasn't required of him. He saw it as an opportunity to gain important experience to pass on to other soldiers and officers, and maybe help them complete their mission, or save their lives. Tom Felts was a quiet hero, and he will be missed. 

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SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE

          POISONING SUSPECTED IN DEATH OF FORMER KGB OFFICER AND PUTIN CRITIC IN LONDON

          MAN DETAINED ENTERING U.S. WITH LARGE SUM OF CASH AND COMPUTER WITH INFORMATION ABOUT POISON AND NUCLEAR DATA

          SUSPENSION OF HOUSE STAFFER RESCINDED AFTER NO EVIDENCE FOUND THAT HE LEAKED NIE

          IRANIAN PRESIDENT CALLS FOR SUMMIT WITH IRAQI AND SYRIAN LEADERS ON CRISIS IN IRAQ

          ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER REMOVES THE HEADS OF ALL THREE INTELLIGENCE SERVICES

 

SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE

          THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUTH SERUM

 

SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE

         DARPA SUPPORTS IBM'S AND CRAY'S RESEARCH INTO NEXT-GENERATION SUPERCOMPUTERS

SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES

Books
Inside the Jihad: My Life With Al Qaeda: A Spy's Story by Omar Nasiri, Perseus Books Group, ISBN: 0465023886, $26.95
SECTION V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
Seeking Assistance
AUTHOR SEEKS NARRATIVE FROM OSS AND CIA OFFICERS INVOLVED IN PENETRATION OF CHINESE TARGETS CIRCA 1943 TO 1960
          FORMER RF-4 PILOT SEEKING INFO ON COVERT FLIGHTS
Obituaries
Colonel Thomas H. Felts, 45, U.S. Army Military Intelligence, KIA in Iraq by IED
Coming Events Next Two Months ONLY
28 November 06 - Washington, DC - OPEN HOUSE At The Institute of World Politics 5:30-8:00 pm
29 November - 1 Dec 06 - Washington, DC - Institute for Defense and Government Advancement host "Intelligence Analysis & Processing"
30 November-1 December 2006 - Washington, DC - Partners of Choice? A Western Hemisphere Security Conundrum
6 December 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting
8 December 06 - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts Dr. David Barrett at Evening Meeting
12 December 06 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter hosts former CIA DDO James Pavitt at MacDill Air Force Base
12-14 December 06 - Chantilly, VA - MASINT V The MASINT Association's Annual Conference will be held with the National Reconnaissance Office.
15-19 January 2007 - Fair Oaks, VA - InfoOps, OSINT, & Peacekeeping Intelligence. 50% discount for AFIO Members
20 January 07 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine will bring Maine's 9/11 memorial to Kennebunk for the meeting
26 - 27 January 07 - Springfield, VA - Intelligence and Ethics 2007 and Call for Proposals
For Additional Events two+ months or more....view our online Calendar of Events

SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE

POISONING SUSPECTED IN DEATH OF FORMER KGB OFFICER AND PUTIN CRITIC IN LONDON Alexander Litvinenko, 43, a former KGB operative and outspoken critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, died on 23 November from an apparent poisoning. Medical experts believe the poison used was a highly toxic radioactive substance called polonium 210. Polonium is 260 million times more toxic than cyanide and, therefore, only a speck would be required for a lethal does. Medical examiners are conducting an autopsy of Litvinenko's highly contaminated corpse, but say they may never find the source of the polonium. Just prior to his death, Litvinenko recorded a statement that accused Putin of complicity in the poisoning and called Putin "barbaric and ruthless." Putin has called Litvinenko's death tragic, but denied any involvement. In an official statement, Putin said there was no evidence yet that Litvinenko's death was the result of violence, and called on British authorities not to make a political scandal of the incident. Police are still handling the case as an unexplained death and not a murder. The poisoning occurred on or about 1 November.
    Litvinenko had worked for the Soviet-era KGB and then its successor the FSB. He worked in counterterrorism and organized crime. After the Soviet Union disintegrated, he said that he was ordered to recruit powerful businessmen that could help spur the Russian economy, and also to hire assassins. "So if somebody was the victim of a crime, like his daughter was raped, you would offer to let them take revenge on the perpetrator," Litvinenko said. "This was how we recruited killers."
    Other scenarios for the poisoning have been floated by the Russian media. The Russian government-controlled newspaper "Russkaya Gazeta" printed that the Russian expatriate community may have killed Litvinenko. The paper claimed that the Russian expats in London saw the former KGB officer as "a pawn who made his choice and drank his poison . . . when he betrayed those he worked for." The paper also said that Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky may have poisoned Litvinenko in order to discredit the Putin government or settle some business dispute. The government-controlled television station Channel One even theorized that Litvinenko may have poisoned himself. [CL/WashPost 26Nov06/Stringer (AP)]

MAN DETAINED ENTERING U.S. WITH LARGE SUM OF CASH AND COMPUTER WITH INFORMATION ABOUT POISON AND NUCLEAR DATA A U.S. citizen of Ethiopian descent, Sisayehiticha Dinssa, 35, was detained at Detroit International Airport when drug-sniffing dogs alerted Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. Dinssa, who was traveling from Nigeria by way of Amsterdam en route to Phoenix had in his possession $78,000 in cash and a laptop computer for which he had no power supply. Dinssa had claimed he was only carrying $18,000. Upon examination of the data stored on the computer, ICE officials found nuclear data described by two senior U.S. officials as, "beyond what someone would normally download from the Internet" as well as information on cyanide. The officials said it appeared Dinssa was conducting extensive research. Court records show that Dinssa said he was “interested in learning about cyanide and nuclear materials." It is still unclear if this is an innocuous incident, a narcotics trafficking-related case (the dogs detected the scent of drugs on the money) or possibly terrorist related. The FBI has been called in to examine the computer’s hard drive and determine the nature of the nuclear files. Dinssa will be held pending a judge’s review of the case. U.S. Attorney Leonid Feller said he considered Dinssa a probable flight risk and that he posed a potential “risk of harm to the community based on the material found in his computer.” [PJK/DetroitNews 15Nov06, Eagan/ABCNews 16Nov06, Thomas and Ryan]

SUSPENSION OF HOUSE STAFFER RESCINDED AFTER NO EVIDENCE FOUND THAT HE LEAKED NIE The chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), reinstated a mid-level Democratic staffer, Larry Hanauer, after Mr. Hanauer signed an affidavit and submitted to questioning. In the days before the last election, the Republican head of the HPSCI suspected Hanauer of leaking parts of the highly classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) to the New York Times, which published an article based on the NIE entitled “Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat.” The article was considered by Republicans to have been timed just before the elections to embarrass the Bush administration and Republican congress members who supported the war. In reinstating Hanauer’s access to classified information, Hoekstra wrote to Democratic ranking member of the HPSCI Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) “that the affidavit and the results of the committee staff director's interview of Hanauer were enough for him to rescind the punishment.” The original allegations against Hanauer cam from Rep. Roy LaHood (R-IL) who determined that Hanauer’s request and receipt of the NIE just two days before the Times article was suspicious. Hoekstra had written to Harman “[I have] come to the conclusion that I cannot assume that this was a mere coincidence.” However, no evidence of wrongdoing by Hanauer was ever discovered. [CL/WashPost 21Nov06/Pincus]

IRANIAN PRESIDENT CALLS FOR SUMMIT WITH IRAQI AND SYRIAN LEADERS ON CRISIS IN IRAQ Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad has taken a dramatic step by calling on the Iraqi and Syrian leaders to join him in Tehran for a summit on the violence in Iraq. The move is seen by some as Ahmadinejad’s attempt to define himself as a responsible regional player, as opposed to the West’s common portrayal of him as a rogue maverick. Should the unprecedented meeting occur, it should also help boost the image of Syrian leader Bashar al-Asaad, whose relations with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani have been poor until lately. A Syrian envoy, Foreign Minister Walid Moallem just ended a visit in Baghdad which was the first by a Syrian official since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003. The countries are now discussing reestablishing diplomatic relations which were severed after Iraq’s 1982 attack on Iran that initiated the 8-year Iran-Iraq War. Syria supported Iran in the conflict. Khaled Salih, the spokesman of the Kurdish regional government in Irbil confirmed Ahmadinejad’s invitation and said that President Talabani would attend the meeting which was scheduled for 25/26 November. Iraq and Iran already share good relations since Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki’s Dawa party and largest Shia party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, were operated out of Iran during Saddam Hussein’s reign. Syria’s participation is seen as key in reducing violence in Iraq as most of the foreign fighters enter Iraq across the Syrian border. Major General William Caldwell, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, said that they still see 75-100 foreign fighters enter Iraq from Syria each month. Syrian says that it has responded to U.S. requests to secure the border by stepping up its patrols, but says it cannot completely control its long, mostly desert border with Iraq. The U.S. says that it does not know if Syria is aiding fighters to enter Iraq, but also doesn’t know if Syria is really trying to dissuade the cross-border activity. Khasro Goran, Mosul's deputy governor, says Syria could reduce terrorism in Iraq by as much as 50% if it would only take aggressive action. He points to a Syrian-led crackdown of the Kurdish terrorist group PKK that resulted in the capture of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, and led to a mass exodus of PKK members from Syria. [CL/Guardian 21Nov06/Steele]

ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER REMOVES THE HEADS OF ALL THREE INTELLIGENCE SERVICES Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi announced on 20 November that the heads of all three Italian intelligence services were being replaced. The move was not unexpected in the case of Nicolò Pollari, chief of the military intelligence service SISMI. Pollari has been accused of aiding the CIA in kidnapping Osama Mustafa Hassan Nasr, a Muslim cleric, in Milan almost four years ago. Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, was a suspected terrorist. Italian prosecutors have accused the CIA of abducting Nasr under its "extraordinary rendition" program with the complicity of the SISMI and transporting him to Egypt were he was imprisoned and tortured. Mr. Pollari has denied authorizing any action contrary to Italian law. The Prodi government claimed that it had not fired Pollari, but transferred him to a special position reporting directly to the Prime Minister. The new head of SISMI will be Bruno Branciforte, 59, a naval intelligence expert. More surprising were the changes at SISDE, the Italian domestic intelligence agency, where Mario Mori, 67, was replaced by Franco Gabrielli, 46, a man known for his breakup of a Red Brigades terrorist cell. Also replaced was the chief of an intelligence coordinating committee that reports to political authorities. The Italian administration said that all of the changes were just the "natural rotation" of political appointees. Pino Sgobio, a communist parliamentarian and member of Mr. Prodi’s ruling coalition, said he hoped that the new intelligence chiefs would work in a transparent manner “after the recent dark years of their predecessors”. [CL/FT 20Nov06/Barber]  


SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE

THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUTH SERUM Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder is credited as having observed, "In vino veritas"- "in wine there is truth." And, in truth, alcohol given intravenously was an early form of truth serum. The debate isn't settled as to whether alcohol or any other drug can reliably induce a subject to provide truthful answers. If there is a reliable truth serum, no one in the know is publicizing it. The modern pursuit of truth drugs appears to stem from a 1916 incident in which obstetrician Dr. Robert House noted that a woman under the influence of scopolamine for pain during child birth was able to recall in detail the location of a scale the doctor had requested, all while anesthetized. House came to believe the drug could produce truthful answers in anyone and went on to study the forensic application of it. Throughout the 1920's and 1930's scopolamine and other drugs were used by police in interrogations- the product of which was even allowed by some judges in court cases. Some of the more famous drugs pursued were the barbiturates Pentothal and Amytal.
    By the 1950's, though, the majority of the scientific community concluded that no drug reliably produced truthful answers, and testimony derived from drugged suspects was widely ruled inadmissible. The courts' rulings and scientific consensus, however, did not stop the pursuit of the perfect truth serum in the intelligence community. In 1953, the CIA launched Project MK-ULTRA, which tested a number of drugs on subjects, sometimes without their knowledge. Frank Olson, a U.S. Army scientist, was unknowingly dosed with LSD as part of MK-ULTRA and suffered a mental breakdown. According to government records [Wikipedia], shortly after seeing a CIA-recommended psychiatrist in New York City, Olson jumped from his 13th story hotel room to his death. The MK-ULTRA program ended in the late 1960's and its abuses were revealed during congressional hearings in 1977.
    There is no public evidence that the government's pursuit of a truth serum continues. Retired U.S. Army Captain Gordon H. Barland said that in 1967, when he left his service with the U.S. Army Combat Development Command's intelligence agency he was asked to develop a list of "materiel objectives" on which he included a drug to aid in interrogation. Barland now works in the Department of Defense's polygraph program and says that he has heard nothing of new research into truth drugs, and doubts that after MK-ULTRA any such program would receive support. Tara O'Toole, director of the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said that she hasn't heard of any research into truth drugs and said keeping such a research agenda secret would be nearly impossible. "We haven't been able as a government to create anthrax vaccine. The idea that we could develop a [truth] drug de novo strikes me as outlandish," she said. "That would be a really major research and development project that would be hard to hide."
    In the post 9/11 U.S., however, the use of drugs on terrorist suspects to uncover plots of future attacks has rekindled the debate. Jason R. Odeshoo wrote in the Stanford Law Review in 2004 that there are no laws, state or federal, against using a truth drug on a prisoner. He notes, though, that the Constitution's protection against self-incrimination would make any evidence obtained from a drugged suspect inadmissible in court. The use of a truth serum for intelligence-gathering purposes probably would be legal, although the Geneva Conventions forbid its use on POWs. However, if terrorist detainees are not classified as POWs, truth serum probably could be used on them. With all the controversy over the use of coercive or harsh interrogation methods on terrorist detainees it is interesting to note that truth serum was originally considered to be a non-violent alternative to coercive interrogation methods. In the 1920's, shortly after House made his original observations about scopolamine, police were often thought to use violent methods of extracting confessions.  "In this climate 'truth serum' was powerfully represented as a sophisticated, scientific, and non-violent alternative to unsavory police methods," wrote Alison Winter in a history of truth serum published in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine in 2005. The search for truth serum may not be dead, though.
    Advances in neuroscience may lead the way to a resurrection in the search for a truth serum. Recently, Michael Kosfeld and Markus Heinrichs of the University of Zurich, experimented with the hormone oxytocin on 130 college students to determine the drug's effect on trust. In the experiment, some students received oxytocin while others were given a placebo. The students were divided into "investors" and "trustees". The investors were given a sum of money and told that they could transfer none, part or all of the money to an unknown trustee for investment. Unbeknownst to the investors the mere act of transferring the money tripled its value. The trustees could then return a portion of the funds to the investor to recognize their trust or keep it. The investors under the influence of oxytocin more often transferred money to the trustees, and twice as many- 45% to 21%- transferred all their money. The oxytocin had no effect, however, on the trustees returning money to the investors, indicating that the drug may only act in situations of risk and uncertainty. Paul J. Zak, a neuroscientist at Claremont Graduate University in California who helped supervise the experiment briefed its results to military representatives at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). One military scientist asked at the end of the presentation, "How do I use this stuff tomorrow?"   [CL/WashPost 20Nov06/Brown]


SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE

DARPA SUPPORTS IBM'S AND CRAY'S RESEARCH INTO NEXT-GENERATION SUPERCOMPUTERS The Department of Defense awarded a $494 million contract under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to IBM and Cray to continue research into next generation supercomputers. This award marks phase three of DARPA's High Performance Computer Systems (HPCS) program. Sun Microsystems, which participated in phase two was eliminated from continuing with the program. IBM's tact is to not only focus on supercomputing hardware, but also to address advancing the state of supercomputing software. “This has less to do with acquiring a machine and everything to do with helping to build the technologies that will benefit the industry more broadly,” said Dave Turek, vice president of Deep Computing at IBM. Past research efforts have concentrated more on processing power while gaps developed in the overall technology portfolio. Turek expects to share the advances in technology with government laboratories and industry. The IBM system puts productivity and ease-of-use first, and will develop tools for programmers and administrators to ease software creation and systems management. The Cray architecture will support this goal by basing its system on adaptive supercomputing technology that allows the programmer to create software in the manner with which he/she is accustomed. The computer then transparently adapts to the software. The DARPA contract requires IBM and Cray to deliver prototype systems by 2010 capable of sustained processing speeds of 2 petaflops (FLOP= floating point operation), which is ten to twenty times faster than today's fastest supercomputers. One of DARPA's primary customers for this technology is the National Security Agency which requires faster computing to support cryptanalysis of more and more complex encryption schemes. [FCW 22Nov06/Rogin]


SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES

Books

Inside the Jihad: My Life With Al Qaeda: A Spy's Story by Omar Nasiri, Perseus Books Group, ISBN: 0465023886, $26.95 For five years the author claims to have worked as a spy inside al-Qaeda for the top European intelligence agencies. From 1994 to 2000, Nasiri (an alias) says he worked for France's DGSE and Britain's MI-5 and MI-6 to gather intelligence from inside the terror group. Nasiri was a young Moroccan living in Belgium when he was recruited. His mission took him between bin Laden's training camps in Afghanistan and radical mosques in Paris and London. Nasiri condemns his former employers though as not understanding the threat. "It was almost laughable how little these so-called terrorism experts knew about their enemy. They didn't seem to get that these were serious people with a great deal of knowledge, not children playing games with toy weapons," he wrote in an extract published Sunday by the London Times. Former CIA al-Qaeda expert and head of the unit that hunted bin Laden Michael Scheuer called Nasiri's account "an extraordinarily complete story [of the emergence of al-Qaida as a global network]. I don't think there's anything to match it in terms of intelligence reporting." [PJK/UPI 20Nov06/Waterman]


SECTION V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
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Seeking Assistance

AUTHOR SEEKS NARRATIVE FROM OSS AND CIA OFFICERS INVOLVED IN PENETRATION OF CHINESE TARGETS CIRCA 1943 TO 1960 Established historical author seeks narrative from OSS and CIA officers involved in penetration of Chinese targets circa 1943 to 1960 including General Donovan's work (and work of Gordon Browne and Carleton Coon) as U.S. Ambassador to Thailand from August 1953. Contact Hal W. Vaughan, halvaughan@noos.fr, backup email: hal@halvaughan.com, Telephone: +33 (0)1.40.17.05.78, Paris, France.

FORMER RF-4 PILOT SEEKING INFO ON COVERT FLIGHTS: I am seeking information regarding a project called DARK GENE or DARK GENIE which involved US and Iranian Pilots making low/mid/high altitude incursions into the Soviet Union from Iran. These flights were made during the time period 1965 to 1976 using RF-5's and RF-4C's of the Iranian Air Force. Replies to: Art Krenzel at phoenix98604@msn.com or phone him at 360-666-1883 or send your comments to him at 10505 NE 285th St, Battle Ground, WA 98604

Obituaries

Colonel Thomas H. Felts, 45, U.S. Army Military Intelligence, KIA in Iraq by IED He did not have to go on this mission. Col. Felts was a student at the Army's School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., home to his wife, Kim, and three daughters and son. He volunteered to go to Iraq, however, because he felt that someday he would be instructing other officers and wanted combat zone experience to prepare him as a future teacher. Felts was killed on 14 November in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near his vehicle. He had leave scheduled to visit his family over the Thanksgiving holiday. "Tom volunteered for that job even though he didn't have to," said Peter Schifferle, an instructor at the school and friend . "Although he was a colonel, he had never personally been in combat. He volunteered to leave his wife and children." Col. Felts sang in his church choir and played guitar. A dedicated family man, he communicated with his wife and children daily via webcam over the Internet. He was a native of Sandston, Va. and gradate of the University of Richmond, where he was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Felts served over 23 years in the Army with postings across the country including Texas and Colorado. W. John Hayden, a biology professor at the University of Richmond, recalled Felts as an inquisitive student who helped in the laboratory to research the spotted spurge plant. "He had a positive, can-do type of attitude," Hayden said. "It was, 'If that's what has to be done, we'll roll up our sleeves and do it.' " [WashPost 18Nov06/Glod]

Coming Events

28 November 06 - Washington, DC - OPEN HOUSE At The Institute of World Politics 5:30-8:00 pm. Offering accredited graduate certificate and M.A. programs... designed to deploy knowledge and understanding in the ethical use of power into unmapped areas of public diplomacy, political warfare, and intelligence. RSVP to the website of http://www.iwp.edu

29 November - 1 Dec 06 - Washington, DC - Institute for Defense and Government Advancement host "Intelligence Analysis & Processing" - Pre-Conference Seminar and Main Chaired by: Ed Waltz, Chief Scientist, Intelligence Innovation Division, BAE SYSTEMS. IDGA's 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

30 November-1 December 2006 - Washington, DC - Partners of Choice? A Western Hemisphere Security Conundrum This symposium will explore ideas about the pursuit of strategic partnerships in today’s security environment and seek to gain insight into how democratic countries in the Western Hemisphere can work together bilaterally or multilaterally in concrete ways. What are the different prerequisites, expectations, obstacles to avoid and trade-offs that can influence the choice of security partners? In addition, we seek to identify those attitudes, policies and institutions that need to change or be accommodated in order to make working security partnerships possible. Confirmed speakers include: GEN James T. Hill, USA (Ret) former Commander, USSOUTHCOM, Amb Luigi Einaudi, former Acting Secretary General of the OAS, Amb Heraldo Muñoz, Ambassador of Chile to the UN, Ambassador "Cris" Arcos, former AS, International Affairs Policy, DHS, GEN Juan Carlos Salgado, (Ret) formerly Defence Chief of Staff of Chile, LtGen Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira, Brazilian Army, First Commander of the UN Stabilization Force Haiti, LtGen Julio Hang, (Ret) Argentine Army, former commander of the Third Army Corps, and a wide range of other experts. A detailed agenda and other information is available at: http://www.ndu.edu/inss/symposia/whs2006/whs.htm. Registration & payments must be done online using the pay.gov registration form. Call 202-685-3857 if you have questions or need assistance.

6 December 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at begonia@coj.net 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 Evening Meeting.  AFIO NY Metro holds evening meeting at Society of Illustrators Building, 128 East 63rd St, (between Park and Lexington). Check-in: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM. Dr. David M. Barrett, Villanova University (Ph.D in political science), will be the honored guest. His remarkable new book, "The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy" has just been awarded the D.B. Hardeman prize for the Best Book of the Year on Congress. Professor Barrett will focus especially on the agency's early years, when the Cold War was at its peak. Professor Barrett's book, published by the University Press of Kansas, will be available for purchase and signing at the dinner. The book provides the remarkable inside story of the highly secret, often contentious relationship between the CIA and Congress. 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 afiometro@yahoo.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

12-14 December 06 - Chantilly, VA - MASINT V - The MASINT Association's Annual Conference will be held with the National Reconnaissance Office. This year’s conference, open to appropriately cleared personnel from the US, UK, Canada and Australia, is focused on “Collaborating for Success” with co-chairs from the ODNI and the MASINT Association. The Director of National Intelligence, Ambassador John Negroponte has been invited to be Keynote Speaker. Information on the conference and registration are at http://www.masint.org/index_masint_activities.htm  or at https://www.myaoc.org/EWEB/dynamicpage.aspx?webcode=121206_MASINTV.

15-19 January 2007 - Fair Oaks, VA - InfoOps, OSINT, & Peacekeeping Intelligence. 50% discount for AFIO Members For more information see http://www.oss.net/IOP.

20 January 07 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine will bring Maine's 9/11 memorial to Kennebunk for the meeting Michael Clarke, Bath, Maine fire dept. Captain, who went to New York City the day after the attacks as a member the of FEMA USAR Team Task Force l, located in Beverly, MA. will be the speaker. Clarke grew up on Long Island and was a fifth generation New York firefighter before coming to Maine. The memorial features a section of steel girder from one of the World Trade Center towers. Only a few sections of girders have been released and Bath's is believed to be the only fire department in New England to have a section. The memorial, which weighs 550 lbs., will remain on display at the Kennebunk Free Library for two to three weeks following the meeting. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the library in Kennebunk at 2:00 p.m. Contact 207-985-2392 for information.

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 conference2007@intelligence-ethics.org.

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