AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #09-07 dated 5 March 2007
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SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
AMERICAN EXPERT ON RUSSIA SHOT IN MARYLAND AFTER IMPLICATING PUTIN REGIME IN LITVINENKO'S DEATH Paul Joyal, 53, who published an intelligence newsletter on Russia and was a former director of security for the Senate intelligence committee was shot last Thursday night outside his home in Prince George's County, Maryland. Joyal had appeared just four days before on NBC's television news magazine program Dateline, on which he accused the Putin regime of responsibility for the killing of former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko. Litvinenko, who was murdered in London with the rare radioactive poison polonium-210 in November 2006, was an outspoken critic of the Putin government. According to Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman, the FBI is assisting local police in the investigation. Joyal is in critical condition at a local hospital. Joyal's wife, who is a nurse and was at home at the time of the shooting, rushed to her husband's aid. Sources close to the investigation told the Washington Post that two men confronted Joyal in the driveway of his Adelphi, Maryland residence, took his wallet and briefcase, and shot him once in the groin. Police do not know if the shooting was related to Joyal's allegations of Russian President Vladimir Putin's involvement in the death of Litvinenko, but it is unusual for the FBI to be involved in a shooting of this nature. The FBI says their involvement stems from Joyal's involvement in intelligence matters and his recent statements directed at the Russian government. During the Dateline NBC broadcast on Sunday, 25 February, Joyal, who was an acquaintance of Litvinenko, said "A message has been communicated to anyone who wants to speak out against the Kremlin: 'If you do, no matter who you are, where you are, we will find you, and we will silence you -- in the most horrible way possible.'" Joyal was a member of the Prince George's County Law Enforcement Task Force and vice president of National Strategies, a Washington-based government consulting firm. Since 1991, he has been involved in telecommunications and air transportation joint ventures in Russia and Georgia. For ten years, Joyal published a daily intelligence news letter about the former Soviet Union, and in 1998 was a lobbyist for the Georgian government in Washington. [CL/FT 3Mar07, Sevastopol/WashPost 3Mar07, Rondeaux]
DNI SAYS BIN LADEN RE-BUILDING IN PAKISTAN, PAKISTAN ANNOUNCES ARREST OF SENIOR TALIBAN LEADER Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee, newly appointed Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Michael "Mike" McConnell testified that Osama bin Laden and his number two man Ayman Al Zawahiri were actively re-establishing Al-Qaeda training camps in western Pakistan. McConnell, referring to the tribal areas of Pakistan, said the intelligence community believes, "to the best of our knowledge that the senior leadership, No. 1 and No. 2, are there, and they are attempting to re-establish and rebuild and to establish training camps." Although bin Laden's presence in Pakistan had been widely rumored, this is the first time the U.S. intelligence community has gone on record stating that Al-Qaeda's leadership is there. The day prior to McConnell's testimony, the Deputy Director of the CIA, Stephen R. Kappes, flew to Pakistan to provide "compelling evidence" to Pakistani President Pervez Musharaff of Al-Qaeda's activities on Pakistani territory. Intelligence officials will not confirm the nature of the evidence, but sources say the U.S. may have surveillance photos of either bin Laden or Zawahiri in Pakistan. Kappes's visit was followed shortly thereafter by a visit from Vice President Dick Cheney. On the day of Cheney's visit, the Pakistani government announced the arrest of a senior Taliban leader, Mullah Obeidullah, who was the Taliban's former Defense Minister and has remained a leader in the insurgency in Afghanistan. Obeidullah, who was the most senior Taliban official arrested since U.S. operations began in Afghanistan in late 2001, was a member of Taliban leader Mullah Omar's inner circle. [PJK/ABCNews 27Feb07, Ross and Wolf/NYT 1Mar07, Gall]
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH CLAIMS UP TO THIRTY-EIGHT CIA SECRET PRISONERS STILL MISSING Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged President Bush in an open letter to disclose the whereabouts of dozens of individuals believed to have been taken prisoner by the CIA and kept at secret overseas detention facilities. "As you may know, the CIA's detention program has inflicted great harm on the reputation, moral standing and integrity of the United States," the letter said. HRW continued, "By revealing information about the fate and whereabouts of people formerly held in CIA custody, you could begin to repair the damage this abusive program has caused." The rights group believes the secret detention of suspects is illegal and leads to torture and mistreatment. Last autumn, President Bush acknowledged the secret prisons, saying they were necessary and useful in gleaning intelligence in the War on Terror that saved lives. At the time, President Bush said that he was transferring the last 14 prisoners held at the overseas facilities, one of whom was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, to the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and closing the secret prisons. However, many people remained unaccounted for and the HRW letter named 38 people who were believed to be prisoners of the CIA that still have not been located. President Bush had said that all detainees not at Guantanamo had either been freed or returned to their home governments for prosecution. Amongst the missing are Hassan Ghul, a suspected al Qaeda operative whose capture in Iraq was announced by Bush in January 2004; Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan, a Pakistani whose arrest in Lahore in July 2004 triggered security alerts at financial targets in New York, New Jersey and Washington and helped Britain crack a suspected al Qaeda sleeper cell; and Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, a Syrian holding a Spanish passport who is wanted in Spain for possible links to the 2004 Madrid bombings and who, according to Pakistani intelligence sources, was caught and handed over to the United States. [PJK/Reuters 27Feb07/Trevelyan]
JAPAN ADDS FOURTH SATELLITE TO ITS SPACE-BASED INTELLIGENCE CAPABILITIES On 24 February, Japan launched a fourth intelligence satellite into space, completing its worldwide space-based reconnaissance capability. The latest addition to the constellation of Japanese spy satellites is a radar collecting intelligence platform that will enhance Japan's ability to conduct surveillance on North Korea, independent of U.S. intelligence, upon which Japan is primarily reliant. Many Japanese critics, however, point to weaknesses in the satellite's technology and say it is a waste of money. The critics claim there is better data available from commercial sources and say this latest launch does nothing to decrease Japan's need for Washington's intelligence. The satellite lifted off from the country's space center located on a remote southern Japanese island atop the workhorse of the Japanese space program, the H-2A rocket. A smaller test satellite was launched as well. Japanese space agency spokesman Satoki Kurokawa announced a successful launch despite three postponements due to bad weather. The test satellite contains a prototype optics package that hopes to improve the quality of imagery from space-based platforms. Japan launched its first satellites in March 2003, a program that was set in motion by the 1998 North Korean test firing of a ballistic missile over Japan. The program was supposed to launch a total of eight satellites launched by 2006. However, the Japanese program suffered a set back in 2004 when a rocket carrying two satellites malfunctioned and had to be destroyed in mid-flight. Program officials say that after improvements to their crisis management abilities, they are back on track. The Japanese spy satellites are not under military control, however, there is legislation before Parliament that would give the military access to the space program. [Harvey/YahooNews 24Feb07/Freire (AP)]
FORMER CIA OFFICIAL URGES COLLEAGUES IN E-MAIL TO REFUSE COOPERATION IN FBI CHINESE SPYING INVESTIGATION Robert Sutter, a former national intelligence official for East Asia at the CIA and current professor at Georgetown University, urged colleagues via an e-mail sent to a distribution list of current and former government employees, to ignore requests from the FBI to help track and weed out Chinese spies. Sutter claimed that after an FBI sting operation netted Robert Montaperto, a Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, that he feared he and other intelligence analysts and advisers would be vulnerable to prosecution for discussing contacts with Chinese officials. Montaperto was convicted last June of mishandling classified information. In response to a string of espionage cases connected to the Chinese, the FBI and other counterintelligence organizations have stepped up efforts to ferret out Chinese spies. The increased efforts have included an outreach program to academia. Mr. Sutter's email said that two weeks ago two "relatively young" FBI agents asked him for his help "regarding activities of Chinese officials that I judged might be deemed matters of espionage." "They also seemed to want and need some educating on policies and priorities of the Chinese administration, and the state of play in U.S.-Chinese relations," Sutter said. Sutter was a Chinese and East Asian specialist for over 33 years, working for the CIA, the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress and Department of State intelligence Bureau. The email went to a list of 30 current and former officials, most with mission areas concerning China. Sutter recounted his interview with the FBI agents, stating that he told them that since the Montaperto sting operation, he did not trust the U.S. government not to use any information he gave them to hurt him or others. According to Sutter, the FBI agents agreed that the Montaperto case had cut off leads and closed doors in their investigation. Montaperto pled guilty in March 2003 of inappropriately keeping classified documents, although as part of his plea bargain, he had to admit to passing Secret and Top Secret information to Chinese government officials. Paul D. Moore, a former FBI counterintelligence official, said that the Chinese are proficient in worming the uninitiated into "you help me, I help you" situations. Moore gives as an example a U.S. scientist attending a meeting in China. The Chinese show the American secret Chinese missile designs and then asks the scientist if the U.S. uses similar designs. Even an answer of "no" could be construed as providing classified information, and opens the scientist to possible prosecution later. "Smart people then wonder if they talk to these [FBI] guys they might slice and dice what is said and send it over to the Justice Department for an espionage prosecution," Moore said. "When you're dealing with counterespionage, it will suck you in." [PJK/WashTimes 27Feb07/Gertz]
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
PUTIN'S SUCCESSOR- HEIR TO THE THRONE?
According to the Russian constitution, President Vladimir Putin will give up
power after two terms as the country's leader on March 2, 2008. It is assumed
this is the way things will work, although some doubters point to Putin's
consolidation of power and wild popularity amongst Russia's citizenry as
indications that Putin may find a way to prolong his stay in the Kremlin.
However, if Putin does obey the law and step aside, the question is now
floating, who will succeed him? Some say Putin's heir-apparent is the current
Defense Minister and soon-to-be First Deputy Prime Minister, Sergei B. Ivanov.
Ivanov, like Putin, is a former KGB officer. Ivanov served covert assignments
in Finland and Kenya, and perhaps in Sweden and the U.K. as well. He is
described as unskilled in the art of politics and is not a smooth talker.
However, the 54-year-old Ivanov is a leading contender to replace Putin, even
though he has never expressed a desire to be president publicly, or privately
as far as that can be known.
Of course, none of the other leading contenders have expressed such a desire either. The field of unannounced contenders includes Dmitri A. Medvedev, the other first deputy prime minister and the other presumed-to-be-leading candidate; Valentina I. Matviyenko, the governor of St. Petersburg; Vladimir I. Yakunin, another former K.G.B. agent and head of the state-owned Russian Railways; Sergei S. Sobyanin, a former governor and the president’s Chief of Staff; Dmitri N. Kozak, presidential envoy to the Caucasus; Boris V. Gryzlov, speaker of the lower house of Parliament; Sergei M. Mironov, chairman of the upper house; and Sergei V. Chemizov, director of the state arms-marketing monopoly who served as an intelligence officer with Putin in East Germany. These men are leading the 2008 presidential polls not because of anything they've done, but because they are part of Putin's inner circle. All of them except Sobyanin are natives of Putin's hometown of Leningrad, now called St. Petersburg (again). So, although they are all prominent contenders, none is actually a candidate.
Analysts say a candidate will emerge as soon as Putin selects one. Once Putin makes his decision, experts believe the selectee is a shoe-in to win the election. Putin is an incredibly popular president. He is so popular in fact, which is much the product of his own doing, it is hard for some to imagine anyone else as leader. Putin's self-cultivated czar-like presence has stifled the ability of any alternate national candidate to emerge, even if Putin himself selects the candidate. That is why in Russia the "2008 Election" is often referred to as the "2008 Problem."
The only truly competitive election of post-Soviet Russia was the first election between Boris Yeltsin and Communist Gennadi A. Zyuganov. Although that election also had complaints of corruption, it received the blessing of the West. As Yeltsin's time in office came to an end, he selected Putin as Prime Minister and then installed him as acting president in 1999. During the 2000 election, Putin won as the "incumbent" candidate over a second attempt by Zyuganov with 52% of the vote, amid allegations of ballot stuffing (as reported by the Moscow Times). By 2004, however, Putin had control of most of the television networks which barred candidates from appearing or advertising, and the diminished field of second tier candidates faced government haranguing, such as untimely fire inspections during their campaign rallies. The lopsided win by Putin in 2004, with 71% of the vote, was viewed by many as ludicrous.
Putin has fixed many of the problems that plagued Russia through the 90's as it attempted to plant its feet in democracy. However, he has done so by erecting authoritarian structures, arresting or chasing away successful businessmen who might challenge Putin for power, and nationalizing the media. The opposition parties have gone by the wayside, and now only act to support Putin, who sits almost above the government, unassailable and untouchable. Only three individuals have announced any interest in opposing Putin for the presidency. The outsider is Gary Kasparov, the former world chess champion who now resides in New York and appeared recently in Moscow representing the opposition party "The Other Russia." Also announcing is Mikhail Kasyanov, the former prime minister ousted by Putin, and the young mayor of the small White Sea port city of Archangelsk, Aleksandr V. Donskoi. However, announcing one's candidacy is seen as open opposition to the Kremlin and a smooth transition of power. Both Kasyanov and Donskoi came under the immediate scrutiny of prosecutors as soon as they announced. Kasyanov was investigated for a shady deal to privatize a summer home on the Moscow River, and Donskoi accused of falsifying a diploma during his first mayoral election. Donskoi told a N.Y. Times reporter, even as his home was being searched by authorities, that he realized the dangers, both legal and physical, of running for the presidency. Kasyanov, a hold over from the Yeltsin administration and voice for democracy, served as Putin's Prime Minister from 2000-2004. He was fired on the eve of Putin's reelection. “There is no possibility for a free and fair election,” Kasyanov said, “Right now there is an issue of the survival of the democratic state.” [PJK/NYT 25Feb07/Myers]
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
FORMER LOCKHEED EMPLOYEE AWARDED $5M BY COURT AFTER DISMISSAL FOR TRYING TO STOP HACKERS A jury awarded Shawn Carpenter, a former employee of defense giant Lockheed Martin who was working at Sandia National Laboratory, $5 million for wrongful termination. Carpenter, an information technology worker, discovered foreign hackers trying to steal sensitive data from the laboratory's network and took action to stop them, and then follow up and identify them. According to Carpenter, his bosses at Lockheed directed him to cease his personal investigation of the hackers. Sandia, which has been managed by Lockheed since the award of a 1993 contract, develops nuclear weapons technology for the U.S. military, as well as performing other research. During his investigation, Carpenter was able to trace the hackers back to the source machines and "back hack" into them. Carpenter's managers at Lockheed told him to stop his activities and to keep the information about the attacks internal to Sandia. Carpenter refused, and instead reported the incidents to the FBI and began cooperating with counterintelligence agents who said his information was greatly aiding in their investigation. As soon as Lockheed found out Carpenter was fired. "I think...he thought that his motive was noble, but I also recall that he was very clearly told the process that had to be followed," a senior executive for the company said in a sworn deposition introduced at the trial. "We have to be able to trust our employees to do the right thing, to follow our direction." Jurors saw Carpenter's side, though, and awarded him twice the amount his lawyers had requested. After the trial one juror said, "If they [Sandia] have an interest in protecting us, they certainly didn't show it with the way they handled Shawn." [PJK/ABCNews 26Feb07/Rood]
AIRPORTS STILL YEARS AWAY FROM INSTALLING LIQUID EXPLOSIVE SCANNERS Scanners capable of detecting liquid explosives have been commercially available for years. However, airports have been reluctant to install them. The scanners' detractors say they are cumbersome, hard to use, have a high false positive rate, and still require human screeners to examine items. They are also expensive. The debate over installing the machines heated up after the U.K. broke up a terrorist plot last summer, in which Islamic extremists planned to blow up ten or more airliners over the Atlantic with liquid explosives. In response, the Transportation Safety Administration initially banned all liquids carried onto planes, and then adopted a policy that allowed liquids in three ounce containers carried in a clear zip-lock bag. The so-called "3-1-1" policy has been adopted by Canada, Australia and the European Union and appears to be the counter-liquid explosive policy for the foreseeable future. According to Robert Poole, director of transportation studies at Reason Public Policy Institute, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, “There’s nothing yet that is inexpensive enough, combined with having a fast enough processing rate, to reliably identify liquid explosives on a mass basis that would be needed for passenger checkpoints.” [NationalDefense Mar07/Jean]
SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES
My Father’s Secret War, by Lucinda Franks, Miramax, ISBN: 9781401352264, $24.95. Franks tells the story of her father's World War II experience as an Allied spy who masqueraded as an SS officer to gather intelligence against Hitler's Germany. Franks' father kept the secret of his war activities until very near the end of his life, when he retold to his daughter the stories that make up this book.
Chief of Station, Congo: Fighting the Cold War in a Hot Zone By Larry Devlin, Public Affairs, ISBN: 1586484052, $26.00 An authoritative account of the Congo during the Cold War from Larry Devlin, who was posted to Congo beginning in 1960. Devlin was faced with a maelstrom. The Belgian colonial powers had withdrawn, local strongmen were beginning what would be come a decades long struggle to exert dominance, and the Soviets were dispatching agents to the region to exert influence. With his wife and daughter, Devlin comes to the Congo to find Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba leaning towards the Soviets, when word comes from Washington for Lumumba's removal. Within weeks Lumumba is dead, and although other events populate the book, Lumumba's death is the one that most haunts Devlin. He spends the last chapter of the book refuting his and his agency's involvement in the death.
Warner Brothers to make Plamegate feature film Warner Brothers is developing a feature film based on the story of Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife Valerie Plame. Plame was exposed by the press as a CIA employee after Wilson's 2002 trip to Africa to investigate claims that Saddam Hussein was attempting to acquire yellow cake uranium for nuclear weapons. The only legal charges to come from the affair were perjury charges levied against the former Chief of Staff to Vice President Chaney. The case is currently in the hands of the jurors who have been deliberating for more than a week. [PJK/NetscapeNews]
SECTION V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES
AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
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DHS Headquarters Vacancy Announcements
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Positions located at DHS Headquarters
Positions located at the Office of the Inspector General
Positions located at the Preparedness Directorate
Positions located at the Science and Technology Directorate
NEED HELP WITH EFFECTS OF OPEN TRADE WITH MEXICO AND BORDER/DRUG ISSUES - "I am analyzing a white paper that cites Open Border/Closed Border. It is a study of the effects of open trade with Mexico high volume movement across the border, and as a result -- drugs, contraband and illegal aliens have more opportunity to move product and themselves into our country. The study goes from 1993 to 1996. As part of my presentation I want to bring up to date all the current initiatives DEA, ICE and Border Patrol have instituted to address these problems. I do not need classified but perhaps AFIO members will know of these new DEA ICE or Border Patrol programs. I would like to interview you to get your perspective and include this in my presentation. I would appreciate any help AFIO members can give me." REPLIES to: Mike Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (516) 504-9400 Ext 18
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., 89, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and special White House assistant to President Kennedy Arthur M. Schlesinger, who published his first book "Orestes A. Brownson: A Pilgrim's Progress" at age 21, and went on to write the Pulitzer Prize winning chronicle of the Kennedy administration "A Thousand Days," died of a heart attack in New York City last Wednesday night. Schlesinger won his first Pulitzer at the age of 28 for the 1945 bestseller "The Age of Jackson," a reevaluation of Andrew Jackson's presidency. His long life and numerous accomplishments are recounted in his obituary in the L.A. Times. [PJK/LATimes 1Mar07/McLellan]
5 - 7 March 2007 - St. Petersburg, Fl - The Intelligence Summit The Intelligence Summit provides an opportunity for the international intelligence community to listen to and learn from each other. They report that they had attendees from over 36 foreign nations in 2006. Local, State, and Federal law enforcement are also expected to participate in sessions including Intelligence sharing, counter terrorism, port security and biological weapons workshops by international experts. See their 2007 Program at www.intelligencesummit.org/program.php The organizers have kindly extended to AFIO member a 10% discount off attendee fees for the conference. For further questions please call (727) 475-1280 or email email@example.com.
6-8 March 2007 - Arlington, VA - The Seger Consulting Group presents Domestic Terrorism: †The Threat From Within The course will be held at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA (1-703-807-2000). Learning Objectives include: The threat within the United States from international terrorists; home grown terrorists including anti-government and supremacist groups; cult and single-issue terrorist threats; traditional tactics used by domestic terrorists; weapons of mass destruction: The domestic threat; potential for suicide terrorism within the United States; terrorists targeting law enforcement and military installations; infrastructure threats and challenges; terrorist intelligence collection and target selection; and conducting a local terrorist threat assessment. Schedule is 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Dress is casual. No tape recording is permitted. Each participant will receive an extensive workbook. Participants are responsible for their sleeping rooms. Mention the Seger Consulting Group when making reservations. Please note, the best rates are often found on the Internet. Tuition is US$995.00 and is payable in advance or at the door. Tuition is $795.00 per person if three or more people register from the same organization. Tuition may be paid by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, check or DD Form 1556. If a credit card number is included with the registration, the card will not be charged until one week before the workshop unless otherwise requested. Questions? Contact Karl Seger, telephone (888) 277-9703. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 March 07 - Melbourne, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter - Slawson on Counterintelligence The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter March luncheon features Col Thomas Slawson, USAF(ret), a former AF/OSI officer speaking on: Counterintelligence - a Historical Perspective." Slawson, a current member of the chapter, recently published "In Pursuit of Shadows." The luncheon will be held at the Indian River Colony Club (IRCC). A cash bar will open at 1130 hours and lunch will begin at 1230 hours. The cost of the meal is $16.00, reservations requested. For further information please contact George Stephenson, Chapter Vice President at email@example.com and title your email: AFIO Meeting.
13 March 2007; 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
Thursday, 15 March 2007 - the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation is hosting a conference on "FISA: It's History and the Law." The program will be held at the L-3 Communications Maryland Conference Center in the National Business Park at 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Lunch will be served following the program. The guest speaker will be Mr. W. K. (Kevin) Powers. Powers is the former NSA Associate General Counsel for Operations and a leading authority on the Foreign Information Surveillance Act (FISA). The presentation will describe the evolution of electronic surveillance law culminating in recent proposals to amend the FISA. It will focus on the privacy protections in the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and highlight several key Supreme Court cases dealing with that amendment. Respond by 01 March to attend. Send $12.00 to cover luncheon expenses prior to the event. Call 301-688-5436 to pay by credit card or mail a check to NCMF, POB 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755.
15 March 2007 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds luncheon meeting at the Falcon Room, Air Force Academy Officers Club Cost $10.00 for each lunch buffet. Inquiries to Dick Durham. Treasurer of the Chapter at Riverwear53@aol.com.
15 - 16 March 2007 - Washington, DC - L'Enfant Plaza Hotel - Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology (S&T) First Annual University Network Summit on Research and Education The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate Office of University Programs is sponsoring its first Annual University Network Summit on Research and Education. The summit will be held March 15-16 at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. DHS officials will be on hand to discuss research and education needs in the key divisions of the S&T Directorate. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear first-hand from leaders of the Centers of Excellence and other DHS-sponsored university initiatives on critical research areas for homeland security. The summit will be a major event leading up to the 2007 Homeland Security Science and Technology Stakeholders Conference, set for May 21-24 in Washington, D.C. Additional information about the summit, including a registration page link, is available at: http://www.orau.gov/DHS_RE_Summit07/.
17 March 07 - Kennebunk, ME - The.AFIO Maine Chapter hosts Dr. Christopher T. Yeaw speaking on the challenge presented by nuclear proliferation in the world, and on his role in removing the Weapons of Mass Destruction documents from Gadhafi in Libya. Dr. Yeaw is associate professor and senior strategic researcher at the U. S. Naval War College specializing in strategic and nuclear issues. Since beginning his government career with the U. S. Navy, Dr. Yeaw has served as the Defense Intellience Agency's lead technical intelligence officer on China's nuclear weapons program and principal advisor on nuclear and strategic issues to the Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance. While at the State Department he had the distinction of being the first nuclear diplomat on the ground in Libya, and retrieved the nuclear weapons documents provided to that country by Pakistani, A. Q. Khan. Dr. Yeaw was also chief scientist for the U. S. Department of Energy's Office of Intelligence. The meeting begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Library, Main Street, Kennebunk. Call 207-985-2392 for information
Saturday, 17 March 2007 - Orange Park, FL - The March luncheon meeting of the North Florida Chapter, AFIO, will be at 12:00 noon at the Orange Park Country Club,2525 Country Club Boulevard, Orange Park, FL. The guest speaker will be General/Ambassador Kalman Kocsis,former Ambassador; Chairman of the Expert Commission onIntelligence Reform of Bosnia and Herzegovina , Sarajevo ; and former chief of A Magyar Köztársaság Információs Hivatala,Hungary 's foreign intelligence service. Cost of the luncheon is $16 per person, pay at the club. All AFIO members and their guests are cordially invited to attend, please RSVP to Mr. Quiel Begonia at BEGONIA@coj.net as soon as possible.
27 March 2007 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Arizona AFIO Chapter holds luncheon meeting featuring FBI Counterintelligence Agent. The luncheon meeting at Buster's Restaurant at 11:30 AM will feature FBI Special Agent Lyn Anastasio speaking on the importance of counterintelligence in the US. Businesses and Universities need to be aware of foreign entities attacking US economic and national security. Special Agent Anastasio has been an agent for 10 years, working violent crime for two years and counterintelligence for eight years. Her current position is the Domain Coordinator for the FBI Phoenix Division. Please call Bill Williams (602) 944-2451 to make reservations or for additional information.
27-28 March 2007 - Fair Lakes, VA- National Military Intelligence Association Seminar on Information Operations This two-day seminar will be at the Northrop Grumman Conference Center in Fair Lakes, VA and will examine information operations and the specific types of intelligence support needed for success. The Conference will be conducted at the SECRET/NOFORN level. Presenters will include the Department of State, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the combatant commands, the Services, and the intelligence community. Key topics include the nature and practice of strategic communications, the mission and daily operations of the Joint Information Operations Warfare Command. Confirmed speakers are Adm William O. Studeman, USN Ret.; Eliot O. Jardines, Asst DDNI for Open Source Intelligence; MG Barbara Fast, Commander, U.S. Army Intelligence Center, Ft. Huachuca, AZ; Col. George J. Franz, Commander, 704thMI Brigade, Ft. Meade, MD; Robert Giesler, Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (IWS); and Col. John Davis, USA, Commander, 1st Information Operations Command and Ambassador Brian Carlson, Office of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs The Registration Fee starts at $475 for general admission. Seminar information and registration specifics can be found at https://www.123signup.com/event?id=qhdhh.
27-29 March 2007 - Provo, Utah - Brigham Young University hosts Spying in Film and Fiction Conference The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah is sponsoring a three day conference on Spying in Film and Fiction on March 27, 28, and 29, 2007. Confirmed presenters are Christopher Andrew, well known Cambridge University historian, author, and official historian of MI5; Loch K. Johnson, widely published intelligence scholar from the University of Georgia; Wesley Wark, University of Toronto historian and frequent commentator on spy films and fiction; Frederick Hitz, former Inspector General of the CIA, lecturer at Princeton and at the University of Virginia, and author of the 2004 book, The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage; Nicholas Dujmovic, CIA historian; and Stan Taylor, organizer of the conference. The conference is free to the public although letting us know you are planning to attend would be appreciated. Inquiries about local lodging and about the conference schedule may be directed to Cory Leonard, Associate Director of the David M. Kennedy Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-422-2980. Any AFIO member who attends will automatically be placed on a post-presentation discussion panel. If you come early or stay late, you can enjoy some excellent early Spring skiing at some of the finest ski resorts in the nation less than an hour from the Brigham Young University campus.
28-29 March 2007 - Washington, DC - DEFENSE TRANSFORMATION AND NETWORK-CENTRIC OPERATIONS Conference at NDU A National Defense University and Forces Transformation and Resources Short Course at Marshall Hall, Room 155, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC 20319. FREE to participants. http://www.ndu.edu/info/WhatsNew/whatsnew.cfm Program: Defense Transformation and Network-Centric Operations: A Strategic Perspective: Progression in Force Transformation, Dr. Hans Binnendijk, Director, CTNSP/NDU; Department of Defense Strategic Directions for Transformation, Mr. Terry J. Pudas, DASecDef, Forces Transformation and Resources (OUSD-P); The Theory and Practice of Network-Centric Operations for Major Warfighting by Mr. John Garstka, Assistant Director of Operations and Concepts, Forces Transformation and Resources (OUSD-P); DoD Plans and Programs for Information Networks by Dr. Stuart Starr, Sr Research Fellow, CTNSP/NDU; Resources for Force Transformation by Dr. Gordon Adams, Fellow, Wilson Center; Transforming the National Security Community by Mr. Spike Bowman, Sr Fellow, CTNSP/NDU; Applications of Network Centric Operations -- Transformation Case Study: The Stryker Brigade by Colonel Robert Ballew, USA, Transformation Strategist, Forces Transformation and Resources (OUSD-P); 1000 Transformation Case Study: The Stiletto Program by Capt Gary Edwards, USN, Transformation Strategist, Forces Transformation and Resources (OUSD-P); Transformation Case: Littoral Combat Ship by Dr. Stuart Johnson, Senior Research Analyst, RAND Corporation; Transforming the Structure of the Military: Combat Decisions – Rank, Responsibility, or Frontline Positions? by Mr. Bing West, Founder and CEO, GAMMA Corporation; Transformation for Disaster Relief: Response to Hurricane Katrina by LTC John M. Epperly, Virginia National Guard, CDR 3-116 Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 29th Infantry Division (Light); Transforming the Interagency for Complex Operations by Mr. Bernie Carreau, Senior Research Fellow, CTNSP/NDU; Wrap up and Evaluations. More information/Registration at http://www.ndu.edu/info/WhatsNew/whatsnew.cfm
30 March 2007 - Alexandria, VA - The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre)™ -"The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence" By retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent Raymond J. Batvinis As the world prepared for war in the 1930s, the United States discovered that it faced the real threat of foreign spies stealing military and industrial secrets—and that it had no established means to combat them. Into that breach stepped J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI. Author Ray Batvinis gives a talk about his new book, "The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence," Friday, 30 March 2007, 6:00 pm, CI Centre in Alexandria, VA. Light refreshments will be served. His book will be available for purchase at the event so you can have it signed by Ray Batvinis. The event is free. Please RSVP as space is limited. Call the CI Centre at 703-642-7450 or 1-800-779-4007 or RSVP online at http://cicentre.com/BK/fbi_batvinis_book_event.html.
Thursday, 5 April 2007 - Alexandria, VA - the CiCentre hosts Ray Semko's "D*I*C*E 2007: Unleashed" an Annual Security Awareness/Refresher Briefing - from 9:30am - Noon. Almost all organizations, whether government or private sector, have a requirement to provide a security refresher briefing every year to their personnel. For those who hold security clearances, this is mandated by the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM 3-107), and records of completion have to be kept for security inspections of your facility. These briefings need to cover topics such as threat awareness, defensive security, employee reporting obligations and requirements and security procedures. Would you like to experience a D*I*C*E briefing yourself? Or are you part of a small organization who can't fill a D*I*C*E briefing? Ray Semko will premiere his D*I*C*E 2007: UNLEASHED! briefing. This is his first new briefing since he retired from the government and now that he's "unleashed," you can find out what he has to say. All attendees will receive a special certificate signed by Ray stating they've completed their annual security briefing for the year. For more information and to register to attend, go to: http://cicentre.com/dice/2007_premiere.html or call them at 1-800-779-4007 or 703-642-7450. Seating is limited.
6 April 2007 - Houston, TX - AFIO Houston Chapter event speaker confirmed Speaker to be announced later for security reasons. Registration and further details at http://afiohouston.com/contacts.html 1800h 6pm Cocktails. No tickets at the door.
10 April 2007 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers' Club, at MacDill Air Force Base. Our luncheon speaker is Porter Goss, former Director of the CIA. After graduating from Yale, Porter joined the CIA and worked as a Case Officer in the Directorate of Operations for nine years. He began his political career in local government in 1974 and went on to be elected to Congress in 1988, where he served for 16 years. Among other leadership positions he held, Porter served as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee for 8 years. He left Congress when he was appointed DCI by President George W. Bush. He served as DCI and then Director of the CIA from September 2004 until May 2006. We are honored to have such a dedicated public servant who has been willing to answer the call to serve wherever his country needed him. Due to base security, reservations for this meeting should be received by April 1, 2007. For more information contact Don White, DonWhite@tampabay.rr.com.
20 - 21 April 2007
- New London, CT - AFIO New England Chapter hosts luncheon featuring Dr. Michael
Hiam, author of Who the Hell Are We Fighting? The Story of Sam Adams &
the Vietnam Intelligence Wars.
The Spring meeting of the David Atlee Phillips New England Chapter will gather
20 - 21 April 2007 at the Lighthouse Inn, 6 Guthrie Place, New London, CT
06320-4206, Telephone 860-443-8411, Reservations 888-443-8411,
Lodging is available to AFIO members at the rate of $155 plus taxes per night in
the Mansion; deadline is 21 March.
As is our custom, Friday evening AFIO/NE will host a wine & cheese social 6:00 - 8:00 PM 20 April 2007 followed by a no-host dinner with our speakers at the Lighthouse Inn. The luncheon the next day is $25 per person when paid by check by April 9th or $30 at the door on a first-come-first-serve basis, as seats are available.
Our morning speakers will be the two students who won the 2006 AFIO/NE “Best Paper” competition. First will be Matthew Allatin. Recipient of the graduate student award, he recently completed his MS degree in National Security from the University of New Haven. Matthew will discuss “The al Qaeda Terrorist Organization: A Redefining Look.” This presentation will endeavor to provide an description of al Qaeda, their driving factors & a general understanding of how this terrorist group functions.
Our second morning speaker will be David Lim, recipient of the undergraduate award. He recently graduated with a BA degree in International Relations from Boston University. Next year he will enter Law School. David will discuss his paper on “Organized Crime & Terrorism.”
Our Keynote Speaker Saturday afternoon will be Dr. Michael Hiam who took four years from his practice as a clinical psychologist to research & write Who the Hell Are We Fighting? The Story of Sam Adams & the Vietnam Intelligence Wars (Steerforth, 2006). The book is about CIA Analyst Samuel A. Adams. It reviews his life, career, & obsession to uncover the truth concerning the “numbers controversy” about the strength of the Viet Cong. Adams is a distant relative of the Presidents Adams. Dr. Hiam suggests there are parallels between Intelligence failures in Viet Nam then and now in Iraq He holds degrees in English & History as well as a Ph. D. in Psychology. He is a resident of Newton, MA. For further information contact Arthur Hulnick 617-353-8978.
20-22 April 07 -Weimar, Germany- 13th Annual Meeting of the International Intelligence History Association Organizers: Professor Wolfgang Krieger (Universitšt 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)
23-27 April 2007 - Vancouver, British Columbia - International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA)/Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU) 2007 Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. These two organizations represent the largest associations representing both intelligence analysts and intelligence officers in the world; if you go to one training conference in 2007, this should be the one! This is the second joint conference involving IALEIA and LEIU; we worked together on our Annual Conference in Alexandria, VA in 2005, which was a huge success and attracted over 700 attendees. Keynote by Dr Mark Lowenthal, former CIA Assistant Director for Analysis & Production, and discussions on Future Challenges for the Intelligence Community by Dr Thomas Fingar (DNI), Director of National Intelligence Analysis/Chairman National Intelligence Council. Please visit the website for more details http://leiu-homepage.org/events/index.php David Jimenez-Director of Training, Education, and Career Development, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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