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A second chance to put that New Year's resolution about "graduate school" and "career advancement" into action.
What better time than the year of 2-007
Where to start? Two Open Houses in February at the Institute of World Politics.
Thursday, 8 February 2007 or Tuesday, 27 February 2007
Location: 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036. 202.462.2101 or 1.888.KNOW.IWP. RSVP at www.iwp.edu
Other AFIO NATIONAL 2007 LUNCHEONS
Friday, 18 May
Friday, August 17
Holiday Inn Hotel, Tysons Corner/Vienna, VA
SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
CIA AND REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA INTERCEPT WEAPONS-GRADE URANIUM IN STING OPERATION Last summer, Georgia security forces, reportedly with support from the CIA, broke up a smuggling ring trying to sell highly-enriched weapons-grade uranium on the black market. The smuggler that carried the nuclear material was caught with what is described as a small amount in a plastic bag that he carried on his person. He said he had access to larger quantities, but since he and his three accomplices were taken into custody, they have refused to cooperate. Georgian authorities have been further stymied by Russia's unwillingness to help in the investigation, frustrating investigators' attempts to trace the material and confirm the smugglers' claims of access to more nuclear material. Relations between Russia and Georgia have broken down over Russian support of two Georgian breakaway regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The smuggling group was operating out of the breakaway regions. Georgia originally detected large smuggling operations of nuclear material in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, but noted that the materials for sale were low grade. This sting was the first that uncovered highly-enriched materials that could be used to produce a nuclear weapon. Georgian Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili said the operation began when a Georgian undercover agent posing as a foreign buyer contacted the smuggler, a Russian, in North Ossetia, which is part of Russia. The agent lured the Russian to Tbilisi, the Georgian capital where the buy was to take place. Merabishvili said the Russian produced a plastic bag from his pocket which contained about 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of uranium (a bomb the size of the one that destroyed Hiroshima would require 30-40 pounds of highly-enriched uranium). Since uranium has a low level of radioactive emission it can be transported more safely than other nuclear materials. He offered the uranium as a sample to begin negotiations for what he said were large quantities. The Russian was arrested as were three Georgian accomplices. The man received a sentence of eight-ten years for smuggling, and the other three lesser sentences. Georgia requested the help of the FBI and U.S. Energy Department, who confirmed the uranium was enriched to greater than 90%. The CIA has not commented on the case, and the FBI only confirmed its involvement. The U.N.'s nuclear watch dog group, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed there have been sixteen smuggling attempts of weapons grade nuclear material broken up by authorities since 1993. The largest occurred in 1994 when police in the Czech Republic intercepted six pounds of highly-enriched uranium. [PJK/KTVU 25Jan07]
AL-QAEDA IN IRAQ PLOTTED TO SEND OPERATIVES INTO THE U.S. THROUGH THE STUDENT VISA PROGRAM Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), the group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi prior to his death during a U.S. air attack in June 2006, was considering using the student visa program to sneak about a dozen operatives into the U.S. in order to conduct attacks. The student visa program was used by one of the 9/11 hijackers to get into the U.S. According to an official familiar with the investigation, a raid on a militant hideout conducted shortly before the attack that killed Zarqawi uncovered a list of operatives and initial plans concerning the student visa program. The discovery was deemed serious enough to alert the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review recent visa applicants and be on the look out for attempted infiltration. AQI normally does not operate outside of Iraq and the surrounding region (Zarqawi is though responsible for the bombing of hotels in Jordan in November 2005), so the fact that they were even considering a plot inside the U.S. was a matter of concern for investigators. In the end, the investigators concluded that none of the operatives successfully entered the U.S. and that one of the leaders was already dead. A counter-terrorism official confirmed the case, but said it was not more than AQI leaders discussing possibilities and never involved into an actual plan. Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, cited the case two weeks ago before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on threats against the U.S., saying that documents seized by coalition forces "revealed [Al Qaeda in Iraq] was planning terrorist operations in the U.S." Counter-terrorism officials believe the discussion of the plot amongst AQI leaders was spurred by a letter from al-Qaeda number two man Ayman al-Zawahiri who told Zarqawi he should conduct attacks far beyond the borders of Iraq. Since 9/11 attacker Hani Hanjour snuck into the country on a student visa (after being turned down for a tourist visa), schools have been required to keep closer tabs on foreign students. [LawrenceS/LATimes 23Jan07/Meyer]
RUSSIA BLOCKS EXTRADITION OF LUGOVOI TO U.K. FOR MURDER OF LITVINENKO Although Scotland Yard claims a file it has handed over to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) contains sufficient evidence to indict Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoi for the poisoning death of ex-KGB officer and British citizen Alexander Litvinenko, Russia says there is no chance it will extradite Lugovoi to the U.K. Russian prosecutors said that the Russian constitution prohibits the extradition of Russian citizens, but contends that Lugovoi could be prosecuted inside Russia for crimes committed overseas given sufficient evidence of the crime. Lugovoi has denied any involvement in the death of Litvinenko, and said he has cooperated with Scotland Yard investigators. Lugovoi also said he is prepared to defend himself in any court. Some in the U.K. believe, however, that the Kremlin may demand the U.K. turnover Russian dissident and billionaire oligarch Boris Berezovsky who was granted asylum in the U.K. Investigators said that Lugovoi attended a meeting with Litvinenko at the Millennium Hotel in London on November 1st. Litvinenko became ill shortly after the meeting and died three weeks later of polonium-210 poisoning. A trail of polonium-210 contamination followed Lugovoi back to Moscow, and a teapot at the hotel reportedly tested "off the charts" for polonium-210. A number of other guests at the hotel also tested positive for polonium-210. Investigators believe Litvinenko was served poisoned tea from the pot. Further, it appears the pot remained in service at the hotel for some time after the poisoning. [CL/Guardian 27Jan07/Harding and Cobain]
AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN AND NATO TO OPEN JOINT INTELLIGENCE SHARING CENTER IN KABUL Afghanistan, Pakistan and NATO are set to open the first official center design to share intelligence about the resurgent Taliban and other militant organizations. The center, to be located in Kabul, will be staffed by six agents from the intelligence organizations of each participant. Afghan defence ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi said, "The centre will allow the sharing of information and reports to be able to better coordinate military operations." However, a hint of skepticism was noted in his comments when Zaimi added, "Now how useful and significant it will be -- we will wait for the results. Lots has been discussed in the past, lots of commissions and meetings were formed. We will wait and see if this will be useful." The commanders of the three militaries already meet monthly as part of a Tripartite Commission. Tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been growing as Taliban attacks have been on the rise. Afghanistan has accused members of the Pakistan government, especially with in Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, of aiding the Taliban. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf strongly rejected accusations that any organization in his government has cooperated with the Taliban to send militants into Afghanistan. Spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Brigadier General Richard Nugee said that the center was a "significant step forward" in combating the militants who also carry out attacks inside Pakistan along the border. Nugee feels the Pakistani and Afghani militaries will be brought closer together by sharing intelligence. [PJK/YahooNews 25Jan07/AFP]
OPM TO BLOCK CONVICTS FROM FEDERAL JOBS FOR UP TO THREE YEARS, MAY AFFECT CURRENT EMPLOYEES The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) entered new regulations into the Federal Register that would extend from one year to three years the length that federal employers may bar applicants with criminal convictions, amongst other infractions, from federal jobs. The new rules would apply not only to new applicants, but also could effect the continued employment of current federal job holders. Further, new procedures would be emplaced that would make it easier for the government to win out in the appeals process. Applicants can appeal rejection from a government job through the Merit Systems Protection Board. Currently, the board only needs to find one of the employer's reasons invalid to send the decision back to the agency level. The new rules would reverse that, requiring the board to uphold the agency's decision if it finds at least one of the agency's reasons for denying employment valid. The new rules allow agencies to claim an applicant unsuitable for other reasons beside criminal conviction, such as false educational degrees and drug use. Recently a number of government employees, including staff at the National Security Agency, were found to have purchased fake degrees from an on-line supplier [SeattleTimes 12Oct06/AP]. Agencies will have to inform applicants of the specific reasons they were turned down for employment. [LawrenceS/GovExec 18Jan07/Rutzick]
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
NATO PSYOPS UNITS SEEK TO ISOLATE TALIBAN COMMANDERS FROM THEIR TROOPS Psychological warfare, or psyops, units prey on the worst fear of the enemy in order to break his will to fight. For example, in a recent campaign to overtake Taliban strongholds near Kandahar, Major Kirsty McQuade, the top NATO psyops officer in southern Afghanistan, said that psyops efforts targeted the Taliban troops' fear of capture to make them abandon their positions. "Being captured is a big fear for the Taliban. Most of them want to live to fight another day. But they would rather die than be captured," McQuade said. Although psyops are normally conducted in the shadow of secrecy, McQuade provided details on the recent operation. She said that the plan targeted two different tiers of Taliban fighters. Tier 1 consisted of the leaders, who were sometimes foreigners, and motivated by power and prestige, or sometimes they were just plain psychopaths. The second tier was made up of the low level fighters, who were mostly poor farmers looking to support their families and get out of debt. McQuade explained that the operation sought to draw a divide between the two tiers. Leaflets aimed at Tier 1 warned, "Enemies of Afghanistan leave now. Capture and death await you," while the foot soldiers of Tier 2 received leaflets that suggested, "Choose peace, return to your homes and meet with your elders." Over 88,000 leaflets were dropped. In a different sector of the battlefield, Royal Marines communicated with Tier 2 fighters over a loudspeaker. "We explain to Tier 2 that their commanders don’t care about them, they are just using them for their own aims,” Major McQuade said. “If you can clear the debt or give them an alternative way of making money they are often willing to give up.” A day after the psyops campaign, Canadian forces took the stronghold at Howz-e Madad without firing a shot. Many of the Taliban fighters, however, were thought to have fled to Pakistan and could return in a spring offensive. [CL/Times 22Jan07/Starkey]
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
IBM TO DELIVER OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE THAT WILL HIDE CONSUMER PERSONAL DATA FROM IDENTITY THIEVES IBM unveiled an open source software application that will aid consumers in avoiding identity theft in on-line transactions. The application is called "Idemix," short for Identity Mixer. Idemix acts as a middleman between a consumer and an on-line vendor. It creates a "pseudonym" for the on-line transaction that hides a consumer's personal data such as name, credit card number, address, etc. Trusted third-party institutions such as banks will issue vouchers to merchants that contain the consumer's information. Therefore, when a merchant receives a pseudonym in an on-line translation the customer's data does not need to be transmitted. Reducing the transmission of personal data will decrease the risk of identity theft. IBM said Idemix will be offered to the Eclipse Open Source Foundation's Project Higgins, which is an open source identity management framework backed by IBM, Novell and Harvard University. [InfoWorld 26Jan07/Roberts]
DOD CONSIDERING USE OF HIGH TECH BALLOONS AND UAV'S TO BRIDGE GAP IN SATELLITE COVERAGE Air Force Maj. Gen. William Lord, speaking at the 2007 SpaceComm Conference, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain chapter of AFCEA International in Colorado Springs, said he was considering the use of high tech balloons and unmanned aerial vehicles to bridge the gap in mobile communications satellite coverage. The Department of Defense is now spending about $1 billion per year for commercial broadband communications satellite usage. Although the Navy plans to start launching the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites in 2009 to provide cellular telephone-type service to mobile and tactical DoD units, it has no funding for receiver systems due to a shift in the funding priorities within the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program. Rear Adm. Victor See, the Navy’s program executive officer for space, said the DoD could wind up with $7 billion worth of satellites in orbit with no MUOS capable radio systems. However, the MUOS package does carry a legacy support system that will allow some Army tactical radio systems to make use of the satellites. Further setbacks were announced by Air Force Lt. General Charles Croom, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency. Croom said that deployment of the Transformational Satellite System (TSAT) has been delayed and its five planned satellite constellations, providing a total of 28 gigabits/sec throughput, will not be available until 2016 as opposed to the original date in 2009. Lord said that in light of the satellite delays, he was examining the Combat Skysat system that consists of a tethered balloon that files 65,000-90,000 feet over the battlefield and acts as a satellite surrogate. The system costs only $6,000 and can be deployed in 20 minutes. Combat Skysat provides coverage over 60 miles. He is also eyeing use of the Global Hawk UAV, two of which can provide coverage over an area the size of Iraq. [FCW 26Jan07/Brewin]
SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES
America at Night: The True Story of Two Rogue CIA Operatives, Homeland Security Failures, Dirty Money, and a Plot to Steal the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election by Larry J. Kolb, Riverhead Books, ISBN: 1594489009, $26.95 In his second book, Kolb, a covert operative of the CIA for over 20 years, tells of how he was drawn back into the world of intrigue by the Department of Homeland Security. Kolb was asked to investigate the activities of two "vaguely CIA-connected individuals" -- Robert Sensi and Richard Hirschfeld --who were now wanted by the FBI for their involvement in financial scams. Through open sources Kolb amassed an avalanche of data on the two, including the fact that Sensi and Hirschfeld had put the treasurer of Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign on the board of a company that sold supplies to al-Qaeda - a fact that if made public could have derailed the senator's White House ambitions. Kolb covers numerous accounts of fraud, swindles and extortion, often with the complicity of prominent Washington personalities. [CL/NYT 25Jan07/Maslin]
SECTION V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS,
QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING
[IMPORTANT: AFIO does not "vet" nor endorse career offers, research inquiries or announcements. Reasonable-sounding inquiries are published as a service to members. Exercise your usual caution and good judgment when responding or supplying any information or making referrals to colleagues. Members should obtain prior approval from their agencies before answering questions that would impact ongoing military or intelligence operations - even if unclassified. Never assume public inquiries about classified projects means they've been declassified. Be attuned to false-flagging.
Three Country Managers Sought for Chile, Venezuela, and Andes Region --
Country Manager Duties: Responsible for all aspect of the company’s business to include: • Financial performance and profit and loss responsibility; • Growth of the company through aggressive business development efforts; • Management of a large employee base in the provision of security services; • Driving intensive recruiting and staffing activities on an ongoing basis; • Legal and HR affairs; union relations; • Contract administration
Applicants should have: • Minimum of 7 years of management experience in business and/or security; • Experience in managing operations comprising 500 or more personnel is a plus; • Former government/private security, law enforcement, and/or U.S. government experience is a plus; • Applicants must be able to read, write, and speak English and Spanish fluently; • Previous work and/or business experience in Latin America; • Local nationals and expatriates will be considered.
Salary Range & Compensation: • Salary commensurate with experience; • Non-resident tax benefit; • Quarterly operational performance bonuses and end-of-year incentive bonus of up to 20% of base salary; • Paid vacation • Medical and dental plan; • Local holidays; • Company vehicle is provided as applicable; • Reasonable moving allowance in some circumstances.
Please include “Country Manager - Chile,” “Country Manager - Venezuela,” and/or Country Manager - Andes Region,” as appropriate, in your Subject line and e-mail or send resume and salary expectations to: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Company Overview: Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc., (www.icsecurity.com) is a leading U.S.-owned security company, providing a full range of physical security services to government and commercial customers on three continents. We are an industry leader in functional areas of security and in several geographic markets, enjoying wide recognition for our work in the field of customized, high-requirement security. Inter-Con employs over 25,000 security personnel, trained and managed by a team of professionals with military, law enforcement, and security experience. Inter-Con is at the forefront of the design and implementation of security programs that attend to a client's security needs across wide geographic regions. Inter-Con has global operations, including Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. We are seeking qualified professionals for Country Manager positions in Chile, Venezuela, and also in the Andes Region to help expand growth in this territory.
Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc., Human Resources, 210 South De Lacey Ave, Pasadena, CA, 91105
New University Center for Global Security Studies - Intelligence at UT-PA: Members of the University of Texas-Pan American have received a federal grant from the Intelligence Community to create a Center of Academic Excellence on their campus. This Center’s purpose will be to educate the next generation of national security and intelligence leaders as well as leaders for the global economy at large. This Center will be composed of two programs; an Undergraduate Minor in Global Security Studies and Leadership and an Interdisciplinary Masters in Global Security Studies and Leadership. These programs will focus on broadening the skill sets of students by focusing on advanced interdisciplinary studies, research, and team communication. I recently visited the campus and found the students very engaging and eager to learn. I believe it would serve the nation well if AFIO members in the vicinity of UT-PA made themselves available to visit the university and interact with the students. Of course there are the self proclaimed experts that are critical of the program, and anything we can do to support this DNI effort will serve our community well. UT PA is in Edinberg, Texas, 78541. I am an AFIO member and for more information please can be contacted at email@example.com, or by phone at 703-413-5852. You may also try the university contacts Dr. Van Reidhead at (956)381-3551; firstname.lastname@example.org or Nick Weimer at (956)318-5342; email@example.com.
U.S. News and World Report journalist seeking personal knowledge/experience for article on reform of the intelligence security clearance process For a newsmagazine article on the need for reform of the intelligence security clearance process, I would like to hear from anyone with a recent personal story that illustrates the problems with the current process in providing expeditious yet thorough background checks." Linda Robinson, Senior Writer, U.S. News & World Report (and AFIO associate member). email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington Post reporter Jefferson Morley Examining BBC Claims About RFK Assassination: I am writing an article for a national > magazine that seeks to decisively clarify allegations made by the BBC last November that three CIA officers were present at the Ambassador Hotel on the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. I would like to hear from any former intelligence officers who knew George Joannides, David Morales and/or Gordon Campbell so that I can publish the views of knowledgeable persons about such allegations. I can be reached at via email at email@example.com; via phone at 202/413-7841; or via mail at 1804 Kenyon St. NW Washington, DC.
Carnegie Researcher working on book on OSS Station Chief Jim Thompson: I have signed a contract with John Wiley publishers to do a biography of Jim Thompson, the former OSS station chief in Bangkok who lived in Thailand between 1946 and 1967 and then mysteriously disappeared while hiking in Malaysia in 1967. This will be the first substantial, full-length biography of Thompson in 30 years. I plan to tell the whole story of his life, not just focusing on his disappearance, but I do plan to examine the disappearance. I am contacting AFIO members to hear from any who knew Thompson while they were stationed in Bangkok, or whether it would be possible for me to send a message to someone you know who might have known Thompson. I would be happy to explain the book more, where I am in the process of researching, and any other details you'd like. If anyone served with Thompson while he was in the OSS, knew Thompson at all between 1946-1967, or has interesting insights into his life, please contact me. If you wish to speak about Thompson on background, I promise to conduct confidential interviews, in which your name would not be mentioned in any way. Joshua Kurlantzick firstname.lastname@example.org or on 202 939 2259. Joshua Kurlantzick, Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Sue Huck, AFIO member and 'Intelligencer' contributing editor, died January 21, 2007 Sue Huck was a contributing editor to AFIO's most important journal - Intelligencer -- and was a superb writer, with brave and uncanny instincts for cutting through political nonsense. Four pages of her reviews appeared in the last publication of Intelligencer only a few months ago, and in the issue before that one. Ms. Huck was an original -- a rare, fascinating, and brilliant person. She was famous for the wry smile that lit her face as she faced another challenging writing request. Sue Huck inspired a number of young people in recent years who have gone on to careers in the intelligence community, a community which she herself quietly served with her sharp-witted academic assessments and analyses. She maintained great friendships and supported some of the community's most well-known members -- the late Ted Shackley being one. Sue Huck will be greatly missed. (A full obituary for Ms. Huck will be printed in the WINs when available.)
E. Howard Hunt Jr., died January 23, 2007
E. Howard Hunt Jr., died January 23, 2007 in Miami, Florida after a lengthy
struggle with pneumonia. Mr. Hunt was born on October 9, 1918, in Hamburg, New
York, the only surviving son of Everette Hunt, an attorney, and Ethel Jean
Totterdale Hunt. His grandfather, Horace F. Hunt, was involved in Republican
politics in New York State and helped many political offices.
Mr. Hunt graduated from Brown University in 1940 with a degree in English Literature. He joined the Naval Reserve and graduated from Annapolis as a midshipman in February 1941. Mr. Hunt was assigned as a gunnery officer on the USS Mayo, part of a convoy of destroyers in the North Atlantic. He was honorably discharged from the Navy after sustaining injuries at sea. During his hospitalization, Mr. Hunt wrote his first novel, East of Farewell, the first novel published about World War II by an American participant.
Mr. Hunt went to work for TIME magazine as a documentary film writer, and then became a correspondent for Life magazine in the South Pacific. In 1943 he enlisted in the Army Air Force, earned a second commission, and became an instructor at the Air Force Intelligence School. He volunteered for duty with the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor of the Central Intelligence Agency, and was sent to China where he operated with Chinese guerillas behind Japanese lies.
At the end of the war, he won a Guggenheim Fellowship in creative writing and worked as a Hollywood screenwriter. In 1949, he joined the newly created Central Intelligence Agency and married his first wife, Dorothy Wetzel De Goutiere, with whom he had four children. For twenty-one years, Mr. Hunt served as a covertly counterintelligence officer in the CIA in Latin America, Asia and Europe. Retiring from the CIA in 1970, Mr. Hunt joined a Washington public relations firm, and a year later, accepted a part-time consultancy in the Nixon White House.
In 1972, an entry teams recruited by Mr. Hunt was arrested in the Watergate offices of the Democratic National Committee. Following his first wife’s death in an airplane crash in Chicago, Mr. Hunt was indicted and pled guilty to conspiracy. Provisionally sentenced to 35 years in prison, his cooperation with the Watergate prosecution team resulted in a lesser sentence of which he served 33 months.
He was paroled in 1977, and married second wife, Laura Martin Hunt, with whom he had two children. Wit the exception of several years living in Guadalajara, Mexico, Mr. Hunt and his wife lived in Miami, Florida.
Mr. Hunt was the author of more than 80 novels and three non-fiction books, including an updated autobiography entitled American Spy (Wiley and Sons) scheduled for publication in March 2007. He was a frequent contributor to national magazines and journals of opinion.
Mr. Hunt is survived by his wife, Laura, and six children: Lisa Tiffany Hunt of Las Vegas, Nevada; Kevan Hunt Spence of Pioneer, California; St. John Hunt of Eureka, California; David Adams Hunt of Los Angeles, California; Austin Daring Hunt of Miami, Florida; and Hollis Fleming Hunt of Miami, Florida; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Miami Shores Presbyterian Chapel at 4 pm on January 29, 2007.
He has been described as "one of the most extraordinary, if controversial, men-of-action-and-letters of our time. [obituary provided by the Howard Hunt family via Major General John Singlaub]
30 January 2007 - Scottsdale, AZ - The AFIO Arizona Chapter meets at Buster's Restaurant 11:30AM with Phil Jones, PhD, as featured speaker. Dr. Jones is a Professor at the School of Arts and Sciences at the Embry- Riddle University in Prescott, Arizona. Having been born in Pakistan of Missionary parents he is knowledgeable on the Pakistan /Afghanistan area. He served for a number of years with the CIA. Inquires and registrations to Bill Williams at email@example.com
30 January - 1 February 2007 - Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. - National Defense University Defense Transformation and Interagency Operations Seminar In cooperation with Forces Transformation and Resources (OUSD-P), The National Defense University's (NDU) Center for Technology and National Security Policy is organizing a three-day seminar on Defense Transformation and Interagency Operations. This seminar will be held in Marshall Hall 155, NDU, Fort McNair, Washington DC 20319. You are cordially invited to attend this informative and interactive seminar. There is no charge. Please note that the regular ndu.edu email server is down for at least 4 weeks for maintenance so use this link gmail.com to take registrations. To register for the course, please provide Personal Information: Rank/ Title, Position, First Name, Last Name, Organization, Citizenship; Mailing Address: Street Address, City, State, Zip Code; Contact Information: Telephone, Fax, Email and send it to: CTNSP.NCO@gmail.com. The seminar is filling up quickly, and they look forward to your participation.
Thursday, 1 February; 12:00 noon – 1 pm - Washington, DC - FDR’s 12 Apostles: The Spies Who Paved the Way for the Invasion of North Africa - No cost Lunchtime Author Signing and talk at the Spy Museum. A wine merchant, a Harvard anthropologist, a Parisian playboy pal of Hemingway’s, and two ex-French Foreign Legionnaires. Characters in a comedy? No, FDR’s spy network. Hal Vaughan has written this examination of how President Roosevelt bypassed the U.S. State Department to plan the invasion of Vichy, North Africa. In FDR’s 12 Apostles. Paris-based Vaughan, who has spent over forty years as a U.S. diplomat and newsman, used the unpublished memoirs of the “apostles” and newly declassified Office of Strategic Service (OSS) and foreign archives, to reveal the desperate, clandestine actions of these men. He describes how they, along with their OSS partners, overwhelmed Nazi, Italian, and French actions to pave the way for General Eisenhower’s Operation Torch landings and the eventual assassination of Vichy French leader Jean-François Darlan. Further information at www.spymuseum.org
Tuesday, 6 February; 7–10 pm - Washington, DC - Dinner with a Spy - An Evening with Melissa Boyle Mahle at the Spy Museum. From the Reagan years through 2002, CIA intelligence officer Melissa Boyle Mahle ran operations against Al Qaeda terrorists, conducted missions to interrupt illicit networks plotting to sell weapons of mass destruction, and completed assignments throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa as the agency’s top-ranked female Arabist. Mahle, author of Denial and Deception: An Insider’s View of the CIA, has discussed her fourteen-year tenure as a covert operative for the CIA with CNN, PBS, and Jon Stewart. Be one of only 20 guests at Zola Restaurant for a three-course meal and hear her counterterrorism operations accounts, her views on today’s continuing intelligence challenges, and enjoy the dialogue between Mahle and former CIA chief of disguise, International Spy Museum board member, Jonna Mendez. Call 202.654.0932 or write firstname.lastname@example.org with special dietary needs. Tickets: $160 includes three-course dinner with wines • Space is extremely limited - advance registration required. Further info at www.spymuseum.org
Wednesday, 7 February 2007 - Las Vegas, NV - The AFIO Las Vegas Chapter is hosting an evening meeting featuring speaker Ken Walther worked as an undercover Technical Operations Officer for CIA for 27 years before retiring from the Agency in 1996. He will be speaking on "Bujumbura, Burundi -- the Terror of Tribalism" - How this country has been involved with brutal tribalism for decades and the mayhem of rotating from Rwanda to Burundi and back. What was, or could have been done and how the impact on foreigners and diplomats assigned to countries experiencing such warfare was indelibly stamped. During his career with the CIA, Walther spent seventeen years serving on overseas assignments and his work led him to visit 101 countries and was awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit and the Career Intelligence Medal. Prior to the Agency, he also served in the Army Security Agency and was involved with Tactical SIGINT collection. Event starts at 6 p.m. at Nellis Air Force Base Officers' Club. All guests must use the MAIN GATE located at the intersection on Craig and Las Vegas Blvd. Address: 5871 Fitzgerald Blvd., Nellis AFB, NV 89191 Phone: 702-644-2582. Registration deadline to submit names of guests is Thursday, February 1st. Arrive early and join other chapter members in the bar area. Feel free to bring a spouse and/or guest(s) to dinner as well as the meeting. If you should encounter any difficulties entering the base, please call the Chapter Corresponding Secretary cell phone, at 443-3623 (after 4:00 p.m. on February 7th), and she will provide assistance. You may email or call me at 702-295-0073 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you! Christine J. Eppley, Chapter Corresponding Secretary
Thursday, 8 February 2007 - Washington, DC - Open House at the Institute of World Politics, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, The IWP is an accredited graduate school offering M.A. and Certificate programs designed to impart knowledge and understanding of the ethical use of all the instruments of power. Areas of special focus include: • National Security Affairs, • Statecraft, • American Foreign Policy, • Military Strategy, • Comparative Political Culture, • Democracy Building, • Intelligence, • Counterintelligence, • International Politics, • Terrorism, • Counterterrorism, • Arms Control, • Public Diplomacy, • Political Warfare, • Political Economics, • Strategic Information Warfare, • Immigration, • Conflict Resolution. Location: 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036. 202.462.2101 or 1.888.KNOW.IWP. RSVP at www.iwp.edu
Friday, 9 February 2007 - New York, NY - AFIO - New York Metro Chapter hosts HAL VAUGHAN and LEWIS JOHNSON. Vaughan is author of FDR and the Twelve Apostles: The Spies Who Paved the Way for the the Invasion of North Africa. He served 40 years as a U.S. Diplomat and newsman. Johnson is a WWII USAF fighter pilot active in the North African and European air wars. Event will take place at Society of Illustrators Building 128 East 63rd Street Manhattan 6:00 PM Start Buffet dinner. Details to follow. Further info from Jerry Goodwin, President, AFIO - New York Metropolitan Chapter, 212-308-1450 or at email@example.com
13 February 07 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers' Club, at MacDill Air Force Base. The luncheon speaker is Carl W Ford, Jr., former head of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), from 2001 until 2003. As Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, he reported directly to the Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and provided intelligence support and analysis to him and other senior policy makers. He was directly involved in crafting policy related to the war on terrorism, the Iraq war and reconstruction, and issues regarding the Chinese military, nuclear proliferation, the Middle East peace process, and the North Korean military threat. Between 1965 and 1989, Mr. Ford served a tour of duty in Vietnam, was a U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer, a Defense Intelligence Agency China Strategic Intelligence Officer, a CIA China military analyst, a professional staff member for East Asia on the Committee on Foreign Relations, and the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the CIA. Beginning in early 1989, Mr. Ford spent four years working at the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary levels in the Defense Department. For more information contact Don White, DonWhite@tampabay.rr.com.
Tuesday, 13 February 2007 - Washington, DC - Beyond Al-Qaeda: Ideology, the Terrorist Universe and Fighting Back - Rand Corporation Panel Discussion at the International Spy Museum at 6:30 p.m. "The war on terror at its most fundamental level goes to the war of ideas."-Angel Rabasa, Beyond al-Qaeda The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks changed the world. As the U.S. response to terrorism has evolved, so has al-Qaeda. Beyond al-Qaeda explores the jihadist movement inspired by al-Qaeda's worldview, other violent Islamist and non-Islamist groups without known links to al-Qaeda that threaten U.S. interests and allies, and the nexus between terrorism and organized crime. Join Rand Corp. study contributors Kim Cragin, Angel Rabasa, and Bill Rosenau as they discuss global jihadist movements, policy recommendations to counter al-Qaeda's ideology, links between global and local jihadist organizations, and ways to strengthen the capabilities of front-line states and moderate civil society groups. Event held at 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station. $20 pp. More info at www.spymuseum.org
15 February 07 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds luncheon meeting at the Falcon Room, Air Force Academy Officers Club. The speaker is Mike Popolano, a retired FBI agent with 30 years with the FBI. Reservations required. Contact Dick Durham, Chapter Treasurer at 719-488-2884 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org Reservations must be sent to Durham not later than 12 February. The cost is $10.00.
Friday, 16 February 2007 - Houston, TX - AFIO Houston Chapter hosts James L. Pavitt, former DDO CIA, and and Don K. Clark, Former Special Agent-in-Charge of the Houston Field Office of the FBI at a formal dinner - 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the SHERATON SUITES HOTEL, 2400 West Loop South (I-610), Houston, Texas 77027. 713-586-2444. A presentation and introduction will be made by Roland V. Carnaby President of AFIO Houston Chapter, and Dr George Friedman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stratfor RSVP REQUIRED and final registration by February 12, 2007. You may remember their great Inaugural Dinner Meeting! Seating is limited by capacity and security. Kindly Respond in the affirmative ASAP: Provide name, address, email, phone and names of your guests to the Houston address 1302 Waugh Dr. # 520 Houston, Texas 77019 no later than February 12, 2007. Bring an associate, friend, spouse. $50pp payable to AFIO Houston Chapter. For further information visit Houston Chapter Website at: www.afiohouston.com and for directions and future events. No tickets at the door, for security reasons. Please, NO cameras or cell phones allowed at this event.
17 February 2007 - Carrollton, TX - Metroplex Intelligence Association Group Meeting MIAG seeks to form a group of various intelligence association members in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, who would otherwise not meet as a single affiliated association on a local level. Members of the following associations and organizations are invited: Marine Corps Intelligence Association, Inc. (MCIA, Inc.), Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP), Military Intelligence Corps Association (MICA), Army Security Agency Association (ASAA), National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA), Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Members of the Service Reserve and National Guard w/intelligence MOS. As a group of multiple associations the MIAG is seeking strength in numbers at this local level to present programs of mutual interest and knowledge. At this meeting, they seek to present a one hour showing of “Obsession, Radical Islam’s War Against the West”, a brief on the recent Israeli battle with Hezbollah in S. Lebanon (20 minutes), and discuss future activities, programs and meeting dates. Sandwiches, sodas, beer, etc., will be available for purchase from the Broadway Bistro. Plan on arriving 15-20 minutes prior to noon so that you can purchase lunch and eat it while watching the showing. They plan to start the DVD- Obsession- as close to 1200 noon as possible. Location: Executive Meeting Room, Broadway Bistro, 1101 S. Broadway Street, Carrollton, TX 75006, (Two story building corner of W. Main St. & S. Broadway across from the parking lot with the white gazebo). Point of Contact (POC): Steve Eklund, Captain, USMC (Ret.), member of MCIA, Inc. and NMIA. Tel: 214.223.3792. Email: email@example.com.
27 February 07 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts luncheon featuring Gen Ronald L. Burgess, Jr., Principal Deputy to Amb. John Negroponte, former Director of National Intelligence Topic: Update on American Intelligence. He has scheduled his trip to California at our request to speak. We recommend you make your reservations early through Mary Lou. In view of the high public information value of the event, students will be admitted at the membership rate. Time: 11:30 a.m. Cocktails, Noon - Start of Luncheon. Location: United Irish Cultural Center (UICC) - St. Patrick's Room (2nd Floor), 2700 - 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116 (45th between Sloat and Wawona). Cost: $25 per person, Member Rate - with advance reservations; $35 per person, Non-Member Rate or at door without reservation. For advance reservations, please send the names of the attendees, along with a check made out to AFIO for the luncheon to Mary Lou Anderson at 46 Anchorage Rd, Sausalito, CA 94109 or call her at 415-332-6440 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 27 February 2007 - Washington, DC - Open House at the Institute of World Politics, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, The IWP is an accredited graduate school offering M.A. and Certificate programs designed to impart knowledge and understanding of the ethical use of all the instruments of power. Areas of special focus include: • National Security Affairs, • Statecraft, • American Foreign Policy, • Military Strategy, • Comparative Political Culture, • Democracy Building, • Intelligence, • Counterintelligence, • International Politics, • Terrorism, • Counterterrorism, • Arms Control, • Public Diplomacy, • Political Warfare, • Political Economics, • Strategic Information Warfare, • Immigration, • Conflict Resolution. Location: 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036. 202.462.2101 or 1.888.KNOW.IWP. RSVP at www.iwp.edu
Tuesday, 13 March; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - The Secret History of History - Early Espionage: The Great and Ancient Game - at the International Spy Museum. Espionage is called the second oldest profession. Others say it is difficult to tell the difference between the two. Intrigue, trickery, and guile have always been powerful weapons: Hannibal used disguises, secret hand-shakes, and forgery in his strategy against Rome; Caesar cracked codes; and Persia operated sophisticated spy networks. Spies have shaped the destiny of nations since the beginning of time—some inspired by patriotism, some driven by fear, others fired by greed or a combination of motives. Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, author of Spies of the Bible, Intelligence Activities in Ancient Rome, and Espionage in the Ancient World will transport you to the earliest days of espionage history. Discover how the first spy masters operated, their tradecraft, and their successes and failures. Tickets: $20 Advance registration required. Registration and further information at www.spymuseum.org
17 March 07 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter presents The Current Terrorism Threat...and what you can do about it. It is a program seeking to provide a look at the threat we are facing, the need for both citizens and public servants to be better informed ,and what they can do in terms of prevention. The speaker is a representative from the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals. He has served in the U S Army Special Forces, including service in Operation Enduring Freedom, U. S. Department of Homeland Security, and in the private sector. This material has been extensively presented at a wide number of national and international conferences. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Library, Main St., Kennebunk. Call 207-985-2392 for information.
20-22 April 07 -Weimar, Germany- 13th Annual Meeting of the International Intelligence History Association Organizers: Professor Wolfgang Krieger (Universität Marburg / Germany) and Professor Heiner Timmermann (Akademie Rosenhof / Weimar). It has often been said that intelligence services helped keep the peace during the cold war. But there can be no doubt that in many instances intelligence activities led to or intensified international conflict. At least two large-scale wars, in Vietnam and in Afghanistan, resulted directly from massive intelligence failures (and eventually led to further such failures). Throughout the cold war intelligence clashes produced diplomatic or political incidents, such as expelling embassy staff or formal protests against abductions or telephone wiretappings. Intelligence clashes worsened relations , at least temporarily, within each bloc, between the two blocs and with countries outside the blocs. While a fair number of such clashes have already been studied, including naval incidents and incidents relating to espionage overflights, much research is still required before we understand more thoroughly their significance in cold war history. Proposals are to be sent (by February 15th) to -- email@example.com --. Conference presentations will be limited to 25-30 minutes. While the conference organizers will attempt to provide financial assistance to the conference presenters for travel and accommodation expenses no commitment can be made in advance. For further information please consult our website at -- www.intelligence-history.org -- where administrative details will be posted shortly for all who wish to participate in this conference. (This message is also available online at www.intelligence-history.org)
9 June 2007 - Boston, MA - THE FIFTH ANNUAL "BOSTON AFIO GROUP" AT THE POPS - AMERICA! - 8;00 PM Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115. This year the Boston Pops honors our men and women in Uniform with a powerful patriotic program. It’s the Pops salute to the music of the proud, the courageous, and the free. Join other AFIO members and friends in the Hatch Room lounge located behind the orchestra level for a social hour before the performance begins. For tickets, call Symphony Hall Charge at 888-266-1200 or online at www.bso.org. Tickets ($18.00 - $85.00) go on sale Monday March 5th and do not include a gift to AFIO. The AFIO Boston Pops Committee has introduced this event over the years as a way to support AFIO’s programs and increase the awareness of the role of the intelligence community in national security. AFIO will be featured in the Boston Pops June 9th program booklet with a full page advertisement which honors the goal of increasing the awareness and in order to support Scholarship programs we need your donations. Please support this national mission.
07- Laurel, MD -National Security Agency's Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) Call for
Papers or Panels for its 2007 Symposium on Cryptologic History The
National Security Agency's Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) is calling for
proposals for papers or panels for its 2007 Symposium on Cryptologic History.
The symposium will be held on 18 and 19 October 2007 in Laurel, Maryland. The
CCH is looking for papers to be presented on fresh topics relating to the
history of cryptology, with an emphasis on World War II and the Cold War,
although papers on other fresh topics will be considered.
Send your proposal for a paper or a panel, or any questions about the symposium to firstname.lastname@example.org, or FAX them to 301-688-2342. Proposals will be considered after March 16, and a schedule issued.
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