AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #25-07 dated 2 July 2007

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New Classified Handhelds Bring New Security Policies. The advent of a new generation of handheld devices certified for handling both classified and unclassified data is expected to usher in a set of new security policies governing when, where and how officials may use those systems. Existing security doctrine provides some guidance on the proper use of the new devices, but the National Security Agency has begun drafting more detailed policies, NSA spokeswoman Andrea Martino said.

Two companies, General Dynamics C4 Systems and L-3 Communications, each developed a prototype for NSA's Secure Mobile Environment Portable Electronic Device (SME-PED) program. The agency is expected to award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts to both vendors later this month for the delivery and deployment of SME-PEDs, once they pass NSA's certification process.

The new systems will let officials in the military, the Homeland Security Department and other agencies send classified e-mail messages, access classified networks or make top-secret phone calls on the go. The device's hybrid status has some observers wondering about security policies that SME-PED users will need to follow. "Can I take it home with me? Do I have to store it in a safe overnight? Can I pull it out on the Metro?" asked one DOD official. When operated in unclassified mode, the Common Access Card-enabled SME-PEDs are considered high-value items, but storing them in a safe is not necessary, Martino said. However, using the devices in secure mode in public places, such as Metro trains in the metropolitan Washington area, is not desirable, she added. [fcw/25June2007] 

Egyptian Sentenced to Life on Israeli Spy Charge. An Egyptian state security court sentenced an Egyptian nuclear engineer to life in prison after convicting him of spying for Israel. Mohammed Sayed Saber, 35, an employee with Egypt's atomic agency, had been charged with harming the country's national security by giving stolen documents to Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, in exchange for $17,000. Israel has dismissed allegations that Saber was working for Mossad. 

Saber was arrested Feb. 18 after he returned to Egypt from Hong Kong, where the prosecution has said he used to meet agents working for Israel. During the first court session, Saber stunned the judge by praising Israel's advanced technology and claimed he handed over outdated documents that posed no threat to Egyptian security. Saber has claimed that just before his arrest in February, he informed the Egyptian Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, of his actions. He had been in Saudi Arabia since 2000 on a sabbatical from the atomic agency. [AP/Michael/25June2007]

Japan Ex-Intelligence Chief Arrested Over Land Deal with Pro-North Korea Group. The former head of Japan's intelligence agency was arrested on 28 June over a private land purchase from a pro-North Korean group he kept tabs on, officials said. Shigetake Ogata was arrested on suspicion of registering fraudulent documents involving a 3.5 billion yen (US$29 million; 22 million) purchase of the headquarters of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan - a group of pro-North Korean residents - through an investment company he headed, Tokyo prosecutors said in a statement. Prosecutors also accused Ogata of profiting from a gratuity of unspecified amount from the group over the deal, and arrested two real estate executives on suspicion they conspired in the fraudulent transaction. Ogata has denied any wrongdoing. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison. Ogata, 73, is the former chief of Japan's Public Security Intelligence Agency, whose duties include surveillance of North Korean activities in Japan. He retired in 1997. It emerged earlier this month that Ogata bought the sprawling Tokyo headquarters property of the North Korean group, also known as Chongryong, through an investment company that he runs out of his home. So far, there is no indication that Ogata used information from his intelligence career, or that the alleged fraud posed a security threat to the country. Kyodo News agency said prosecutors are mobilizing experts in financial crime to investigate the case. Prosecutors accused Ogata of pressuring the debt-ridden group into signing the land ownership change on May 31, knowing it would not be able to pay the money. Public broadcaster NHK said prosecutors believe Ogata also took 480 million yen (US$3.9 million; 2.9 million) from the group as a gratuity for the deal. [lc/AP/28June2007] 

Broader Experience for Higher Intelligence. If you're an employee at the FBI or the Defense Intelligence Agency, you may soon be pulling a tour of duty at the CIA - especially if you want to qualify for a promotion to a top job in the U.S. intelligence community. The 16 intelligence agencies in the federal government are moving to a "joint duty" requirement for promotions. The program is part of an effort to break down barriers between the intelligence agencies and to broaden the experiences and knowledge of intelligence officers, much as the military services have done through joint assignments and education programs. Mike McConnell, director of national intelligence, began the intelligence community's Civilian Joint Duty Program this week with a signing ceremony that was attended by Cabinet officials. The program has been in the works since last year, when John D. Negroponte, McConnell's predecessor, began taking steps to better integrate the 16 agencies. In April, McConnell announced plans for major changes in how the 100,000 employees in the intelligence community are hired, assigned, evaluated and paid. He said the changes, including joint duty assignments, would begin over 100 days as part of a "radical transformation" in U.S. intelligence gathering. The push to foster a "joint mission" atmosphere inside intelligence agencies grew out of findings by congressional and presidential commissions after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The panels called for a restructuring of the intelligence community, known as the IC, so that agency leaders and analysts could better "connect the dots," as one report put it.

Beginning Oct. 1, most employees must have joint duty experience before they can be promoted into jobs where they would report directly to the head of their agency or intelligence unit, Ronald P. Sanders, the top personnel adviser to McConnell, said in a conference call with reporters. Current employees will not lose their jobs because of the new requirement, but their successors will need to show joint duty experience in past assignments or obtain waivers. Sanders said waivers "will be difficult to come by, to maintain the credibility of the program." A list of senior positions will be compiled and will grow annually, so that 95 percent of the top ranks will require joint duty experience by 2010, Sanders said. Employees can get credit for joint duty by working at McConnell's intelligence directorate, at a national intelligence center, by completing a tour of duty at another IC agency or by gaining certain experience outside the IC, such as with the military, another federal agency, the private sector or an academic institution, the Web site said. Most employees will serve one to three years away from their home agencies, depending on job requirements, Sanders said. Employees in war zones, where interagency cooperation is the norm, will get credit for a full year of joint duty even if their tour is for less than a year. Some employees will be able to use past assignments, for a period going back to Sept. 11, 2001, to meet the joint-duty requirement.  [dh/cl/Barr/Washington Post/28June2007]

Security Lapses at Los Alamos. According to Newsweek Magazine, Los Alamos nuclear weapons laboratory has suffered two serious security problems over the last two months. In late May, a Los Alamos staffer took his lab laptop with him on vacation to Ireland. A senior nuclear official familiar with the inner workings of Los Alamos - who would not be named talking about internal matters - says the laptop's hard drive contained "government documents of a sensitive nature." The laptop was also fitted with an encryption card advanced enough that its export is government-controlled. In Ireland, the laptop was stolen from the staffer's hotel room. It has not been recovered. This source adds that Los Alamos has started a frantic effort to inventory all its laptops, calling in most of them and substituting nonportable desktop models. (The source's account was confirmed by a midlevel Los Alamos official who also requests anonymity owing to the sensitivity of the subject.) The second recent incident occurred in early June, when a Los Alamos scientist sent an e-mail containing "highly classified" information to colleagues at the Nevada nuclear test site over the open Internet. According to a lab source, the scientist works in Los Alamos's P Division, which does experimental physics related to weapons design. 

These most recent incidents come after an incident in January where a half a dozen board members of the company that manages the lab circulated, over the Internet, an e-mail to containing the most highly classified information about the composition of America's nuclear arsenal. The two sources tell NEWSWEEK that the e-mail concerned what the weapons community calls "special nuclear materials," the other ingredients besides uranium or plutonium at the core of nuclear weapons. The sources confirm to NEWSWEEK that the breach was rated "category one," meaning it posed "the most serious threats to national security interests." 

Los Alamos spokesman Jeff Berger referred questions about the January breach to the Department of Energy or its specialist agency, the National Nuclear Security Administration. Regarding the e-mail to the Nevada test site, Berger said: "The purported incident is under investigation; it would be inappropriate to comment." As for the laptop stolen in Ireland, Berger confirmed the event, but said "information contained on the computer was of sufficiently low sensitivity that, had the employee followed proper laboratory procedure, he would have been authorized to take it to Ireland." About the encryption card, Berger said: "Ireland is a country that wouldn't have posed any export problems." He confirmed that, in the wake of this incident, Los Alamos is "in the process of narrowly restricting the use of laptops for foreign travel," while also working "to strengthen our employees' awareness of their responsibilities for protecting government equipment and the proper laboratory procedures for off-site usage." [Barry/Newsweek/25June2007]

More Arab Militants Join Fight In Afghanistan. Arab Islamic radicals who fled Afghanistan in the US-led invasion are coming back, eager to support suicide bombers in their increasingly frequent and effective attacks on Western and Afghan forces. 

In both Iraq and Afghanistan, young militants feel that "Allah's victory seems to be drawing near" and see parallels with the stalemating of the Soviet army in Afghanistan in the 1980s and its ultimate withdrawal, said Michael Scheuer, a former CIA official who until 2004 headed a team that searched for Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda is bringing back fighters it sent home after the post-9/11 invasion, he said. Seth Jones, counterinsurgency expert at the US-based Rand Corporation, said the influx is in the dozens or low hundreds, but is increasing, along with a fervor reminiscent of the 1980s, when Arabs such as the Saudi-born bin Laden flocked to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets. 

Attacks have surged. From Jan. 1 to May 31, 2006, 11 suicide attacks took 63 lives. In the same period of this year, 42 attacks killed 171 people, according to AP compiled statistics. 

Andrew Black, cofounder of Thistle Intelligence Group, an independent security studies group based in the US and Britain, says the fight in Afghanistan has an alluring clarity for Arab militants compared with Iraq, where war against the West is mixed up with sectarian strife between Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims. "With the Iraqi insurgency beginning to show signs of fissures . . . recruits will be more readily enticed to travel to Afghanistan, where the enemy is well defined," Black said. "Should the internecine fighting in Iraq become prolonged, the Afghan venue, and indeed other venues as well, will reap the benefits of added recruits."  [dh/Gannon/AP-BostonGlobe/25June2007]

Hopkins Center To Help War Effort. The Johns Hopkins University will receive at least $48 million to develop computer systems that would help military and spy agencies process the huge amounts of intelligence data they collect. The Department of Defense grant is for a new research center focused on improving technology that can automatically translate and analyze speech and text in multiple languages, school officials announced. It would help overburdened intelligence analysts cope with the flood of information - often in Arabic - being gathered in Iraq and the war on terror, experts said. 

The Human Language Technology Center of Excellence is being outfitted near Hopkins' Homewood campus, and the staff will include engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, cognitive scientists and linguists. 

Experts from the University of Maryland, College Park and BBN Technologies, a Cambridge, Mass., software company, will also participate in the project. 

In addition to Strong's appointment, Hopkins announced that James K. Baker will be the center's director of research. Baker founded Dragon Systems Inc., which in 1997 released Dragon NaturallySpeaking, a dictation program that can be trained to recognize a person's voice and turn it into written text. Baker is leaving a professorship at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to take the Hopkins position. BBN, which has offices in Columbia, was a prime force in development of the Defense Department's ARPAnet, the precursor to the Internet, in 1969. 

Experts said the military and intelligence agencies need all the help they can get. Too few analysts are fluent in Arabic and other languages to translate and catalog information they collect, the experts said. This makes it more difficult and time-consuming to find important intelligence leads, such as those that might alert authorities to a terrorist plot. 

To speed up the process, the government hopes to develop computer systems capable of screening speech and written documents for key intelligence leads. Such data are gathered from television broadcasts, newspapers, the Internet and intercepted communications. 

While new technology will improve the government's ability to decipher the enormous amount of information coming from overseas, Thompson said it will not replace human interpreters, who can better pick up on local nuances and dialects. Even the translation machines troops carry, which hold a few hundred basic Arabic phrases, are not commonly understood across the Middle East, he said, because the language varies. 

Alan Black, a researcher at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon, said current systems do well when translating clearly spoken language. The problem is that people rarely speak clearly, which can make it difficult even for a human listener to understand. The translation and analysis is also expensive and slow. "If you're processing a 30-minute TV show, for example, it's probably going to take about 24 hours to get all the information out," he said. [dh/Emery,Connolly,Gorman/BaltimoreSun/25June2007]

Slovakian Agency Opens Communist Secret Service Archives to Public Access. The National Memory Institute (UPN) of Slovakia has posted on its website a list of the names of individuals included in its files about collaborators with the Communist-era secret service (StB). Individuals who want to see their information can use the website to request a viewing. The UPN will send a reply within two days and notify the requestor when the documents are ready to view. The files can only be read in one of the institute's study rooms. The website also contains the name of nearly 3,000 additional StB officers whose files have yet to be delivered by the Interior Department, the paper adds. The National Memory Institute was established in 2002 to collect and archive files related to country's communist and fascist eras. [EurasianSecretServiceDailyReview/26June2007] 

Espionage Trial Begins in Yemen. A man charged with distributing false documents claiming Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were funding a terrorist cell to target tourists in Egypt went on trial in the Yemeni capital on 26 June. Yemeni Hamad al-Thahouk, 50, contacted an employee of the Egyptian embassy in Sanaa in March and asked for money in return for documents stating Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were financing a cell in Yemen, the prosecution said. The documents stated the cell was preparing, with the permission of the Yemeni government, to travel to Egypt to target tourists. "Thahouk ... aimed to unlawfully pass on false and misleading information about Arab states," the prosecution said. The judge adjourned the trial until July 10 for the defense to prepare its response.  [AFP/28June2007]

China Cyberwarfare. Defense officials say new intelligence on China's cyber-warfare capabilities has triggered a major reassessment of Beijing's ability to penetrate and attack U.S. and allied defense computers. The intelligence also is prompting a reassessment of past intelligence shortcomings on the subject. "There appears to be a systematic underestimation by the U.S. intelligence community of the Chinese offensive cyber-warfare threat that is only now being understood," said one official.

China's cyber-warfare capabilities are being reassessed comprehensively, officials said.

Chinese-origin computer attacks are widespread and are detected regularly in the thousands by defense security officials. But the difficulty in identifying specific attackers has led to playing down the Chinese military role in the attacks by officials seemingly more interested in developing closer ties to China. Some details of the new China cyber-threat were disclosed to Congress recently by Richard Lawless, deputy undersecretary of defense for Asia. Mr. Lawless told the House Armed Services Committee on June 13 that China's military "is making significant strides in cyber-warfare, moving from solely defending PRC networks from attack, to offensive operations against adversary networks." The Chinese military has "developed a very sophisticated, broadly based capability to attack and degrade our computer systems and our Internet systems," he said. The computer warfare effort by China is focused on penetrating U.S. networks to disrupt them, stealing information, "as well as computer network attack programs which would allow them to shut down critical systems at times of contingency," he said.

The new intelligence contradicts assessments by U.S. intelligence staff analysts and contractors who for the past several years have sought to minimize Chinese cyber-warfare capabilities, claiming the Chinese military is not capable of waging computer warfare or has no intention of doing so. Officials said there are now suspicions involving a major compromise of U.S. command and control technology to China that investigators fear will allow military hackers to attack critical U.S. military communication nodes with relative impunity. The compromise is linked to the case of a Taiwan-based arms dealer named Ko-Suen "Bill" Moo, who was convicted last year of supplying weapons and technology illegally to China and who was involved in an earlier sale of a U.S. command, control, communications and intelligence system to Taiwan. [Gertz/Washingtontimes/26June2007]

Russian National Says He Was Recruited by MI6. Russia's security service said Tuesday it was questioning a Russian national who reported he had been recruited by Britain's Secret Intelligence Service. "The citizen, whose name cannot be revealed, said Britain's MI6 recruited him," the press service of the Federal Security Service (FSB) said. A service spokesperson said the person disclosed the names of British secret agents and revealed secret addresses in Europe that MI6 agents had given him, as well as the tasks he had been sent. The press service said the person cited fear for his life as the reason he had approached the FSB. 

The FSB press service also quoted the person as saying that Boris Berezovsky, who is wanted by Russia on charges of fraud and attempts to overthrow the government, had repeatedly proposed that they meet in Israel and pressed for his meeting with British agents.  [RussianNewsandInformationAgency/26June2007]

Poland Sees Expansion in Russian Spying Network. Poland has accused Russia of building up a covert network of agents, the country's military intelligence chief said Tuesday. Antoni Macierewicz said "Penetration by Russian [intelligence] services and secret agents in Poland has grown substantially, especially in the past few years. He also said that the increase in agents in Poland is demonstrated by their relentless search for new sources of information, and aggressive tactics, among other things.

Mr. Macierewicz said a report recently released by Polish special services lists 800 military servicemen who received training at Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) when Poland was a member of the Warsaw Pact. The Russian special services have made no comment on Macierewicz' claims. [RussianNewsandInformationAgency/26June2007] 

Spy Submarine is Blamed for Sinking Trawler in War Games. A mystery surrounding the deaths of five French fishermen in a trawler accident three years ago deepened on June 28 when a judge said that the boat was probably sunk by an unknown submarine spying on NATO exercises. Richard Foltzer, a French investigating magistrate, made his ruling after a campaign by relatives of the dead men to break through what they describe as a wall of silence put up by France, Britain and other Nato members. They have always believed that a submarine caused the sinking of the Breton trawler Bugaled Breizh off Cornwall in January 2004, and that officials have covered up the truth. They claimed to have been vindicated when Judge Foltzer told them that the most plausible theory was that one of the trawler's cables had been caught by a submarine which then dragged it under water. 

Judge Foltzer appears to have ruled out claims that the accident was caused by a British or Dutch submarine participating in the joint Nato and Royal Navy exercise. Documents submitted by the British authorities say that HMS Turbulent - accused in a French television documentary of involvement in the sinking - was tied up in Devonport while HMS Torbay was 100 miles away. The Dutch vessel, Dolfinj, was nine miles away. After meeting Judge Foltzer, Mantre Bergot said: "The submarine expert designated by the judge has put NATO's submarines out of the area. "If it's not one of those, it can only be a spy submarine," he said the judge told him. 

He welcomed judicial backing for what relatives claim to be the most likely explanation for the loss, but said that it would be very difficult to trace the submarine allegedly responsible. [Lc/Sage/Timesonline/29June2007]

Defense Attorneys to Argue Again for Bail in Laos Plot Case. A federal judge on Monday consolidated the cases of 11 mostly Hmong defendants accused of plotting to overthrow the government of Laos and set a date for their attorneys to try again to have their clients released on bail. U.S. District Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. ordered the attorneys and their clients to appear before another judge on July 12. They are expected to argue that the defendants do not pose a threat to the community and should be allowed to wait out the lengthy legal process with their families. Prosecutors accuse the defendants of trying to raise millions of dollars to buy machine guns, anti-aircraft missiles, rocket-propelled grenades, mines and other weapons in a plan to overthrow the communist government of Laos. Judges have refused to set bail during previous hearings, saying each defendant could be a flight risk or pose a danger to society.

John Keker, an attorney for Vang Pao, a former Laotian military leader who many Hmong-Americans consider a spiritual leader, said he will request that an undercover agent from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms testify at the hearing. Evidence the agent acquired while posing as an arms broker is expected to be at the heart of the federal case. Keker said he wants to question the agent about "what we believe was his role in making much larger what we believe is essentially a fantasy."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Twiss said he would file a motion within a day seeking to have the case declared complex, allowing some of the provisions requiring a speedy trial to be waived.

A 60-year-old former Army Ranger, Harrison Jack led covert operations and worked with Hmong fighters during the Vietnam War. The federal indictment describes him as the middle man between the Hmong defendants and the presumed arms dealer. The defendants are charged with conspiring to violate the Neutrality Act against a nation with which the United States is at peace; conspiracy to kill, kidnap and maim; conspiracy to possess firearms and destructive devices; and conspiracy to export munitions without a license from the U.S. State Department. [pjk/InternationalHeraldTribune/27June2007] 


Interview with Judge Royce Lamberth. On June 23, Judge Royce Lamberth spoke at the American Library Association Washington Office update session. Judge Lamberth received his appointment to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 1987, and presided over the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 1995 to 2007. The session was conducted as a back and forth conversation between the judge and Tom Susman, an attorney at Ropes & Gray. You can watch the entire podcast at Following is an AP write-up of the speech:

Judge Criticizes Executive Decision on Warrantless Wiretaps. A federal judge who used to authorize wiretaps in terrorist and espionage cases criticized President Bush's decision to order warrantless surveillance after the Sept. 11 attacks. Royce Lamberth, a district court judge in Washington, said Saturday it was proper for executive branch agencies to conduct such surveillance. "But what we have found in the history of our country is that you can't trust the executive," he said at the American Library Association's convention. "We have to understand you can fight the war (on terrorism) and lose everything if you have no civil liberties left when you get through fighting the war," said Lamberth, who was appointed by President Reagan. The judge disagreed with letting the executive branch alone decide which people to spy on in national security cases. "The executive has to fight and win the war at all costs. But judges understand the war has to be fought, but it can't be at all costs," Lamberth said. "We still have to preserve our civil liberties. Judges are the kinds of people you want to entrust that kind of judgment to more than the executive."

Lamberth was named chief of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 1995 by then-Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. Lamberth held that post until 2002. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 established the court after domestic spying scandals in the 1970s. The court meets in secret to review applications from the FBI, the National Security Agency and other agencies for warrants to wiretap or search the homes of people in the United States in terrorist or espionage cases. Each application is signed by the attorney general. The court has approved more than 99 percent of them.

Shortly after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Bush authorized the NSA to spy on calls between people in the U.S. and suspected terrorists abroad without FISA court warrants. The administration said it needed to act more quickly than the court could and that the president had inherent authority under the Constitution to order warrantless domestic spying. After the program became public and was challenged in court, Bush put it under FISA court supervision this year. The president still claims the power to order warrantless spying.

Lamberth took issue with Bush's approach. Lamberth said the FISA court met the challenge of acting quickly after Sept. 11. Lamberth was stuck in a car pool lane near the Pentagon when a hijacked jet slammed into it that day. With his car enveloped in smoke, he called marshals to help him get into the District of Columbia. By the time officers reached him, "I had approved five FISA coverages (warrants) on my cell phone," Lamberth said. He also approved other warrants at his home at 3 a.m. and on Saturdays. "In a time of national emergency like that, changes have to be made in procedures. We changed a number of FISA procedures," Lamberth said.

Lamberth would not say whether he thought Bush's warrantless surveillance was constitutional. "Judges shouldn't give advisory opinions and I was never asked to give an opinion in court," he said. But he said when the NSA briefed him about the program, he advised them to keep good records so that if any applications came to the FISA court based on information obtained from warrantless surveillance, the court could rule on the legality. He said he never got such an application before leaving the court in 2002.

Lamberth defended the court against those who say it is a rubber stamp and said if the government is working properly, most applications should be approved. "We're making sure there's not some political shenanigan going on or some improper motive for the surveillance," Lamberth said. "The fact that they have to submit it to us keeps them honest."

Lambert also criticized FBI Director Robert Mueller for allowing the agents in charge of all 56 FBI field offices to approve National Security Letters. These allow agents to demand information from phone companies, Internet service providers and corporations without court warrants in national security cases. The Justice Department's inspector general recently estimated there were 3,000 violations of law between 2002 and 2005 in the FBI's use of the letters.

"Once they saw how the field offices had screwed this all up, I thought that would be a good time to centralize the approvals in one Washington office that could enforce the rules uniformly," Lamberth said. "Unfortunately, Mueller and (Attorney General Alberto) Gonzales did not do that." [AP/Sniffen/23June2007]



Egyptian Billionaire Accused of Spying for Israeli Intelligence Service Found Dead in London. Financier Ashraf Marwan, 62, the son-in-law of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, was found dead apparently from a fall from his London flat. The Egyptian billionaire reportedly feared assassination after being named by Israeli officials as a source for the country's intelligence service Mossad. Scotland Yard is treating his death in Carlton House Terrace in St Johns as 'unexplained'. 

Mr. Marwan, 62, who was married to Mr. Nasser's daughter Mona, had been living in London for many years after leaving Egyptian government service in the late Seventies. 

His widow is set to fly to London today after traveling from Beirut to Cairo yesterday where she was met at the airport by family members. 

Mr. Marwan had spoken about his fears of being killed after he was accused three years ago of being an agent during the Yom Kippur war. Israeli media claimed that on the eve of the war of October 1973, Mr. Marwan told Mossad that Egypt and Syria were about to attack Israel. However, some members of London's Arab community believe he might have committed suicide after he was diagnosed with a serious illness. 

Mr. Marwan associated with some of Britain's wealthiest people. His contacts included former FC Chelsea chairman Ken Bates, arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, the late Tiny Rowland and Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi. He was identified as an agent in the book Eve Of Destruction by Vanity Fair writer Harold Bloom. According to journalists in Israel, Mr. Marwan first walked into the Israeli embassy in London in 1969 and volunteered to give information but he was turned down. He was allegedly later recruited by Mossad. Military historian Gad Shimron, a former Mossad officer, said: "We know now, from testimony-given by Israeli spymasters and made public years after the Yom Kippur war, that Marwan was the man who tipped off the Mossad." He gave the warning just hours before the Egyptian attack on Israeli forces on the east bank of the Suez Canal but Israel decided not to order a general mobilization, Mr. Shimron added. 

Mr. Marwan worked as a senior information official for both Mr. Nasser and his successor, Anwar Sadat, but it has been claimed that he also had an Egyptian intelligence service role. He acted as an envoy to Arab countries and between 1974 and 1979 he headed the Arab Industrialization Organization, an Arab-financed project to develop arms industries in Egypt. 

Mr. Marwan is survived by his wife, two sons, Gamal and Ahmed, and five grandchildren. [DailyMail/27June2007]

Anthony Brooks, British Secret Agent. Anthony Brooks, who has died aged 85, was one of Britain's most effective and highly decorated secret agents in occupied France during the second world war, and spent many postwar years working for the intelligence and security services, MI6 and MI5.

Known as Tony, he was born in Orsett, Essex, but went to live in Switzerland and southern France with his mother and brother after his parents split up, learning perfect French at school in Geneva. After his mother died during his early teens, Tony was looked after by relatives in the Jura region of France, who sent him to Felsted boarding school, also in Essex.

He was 17 when the war broke out, and his underage attempt to join the British army failed. By summer 1940 he was back in France, working at a family business in the Jura when the German blitzkrieg overran France and the low countries. He moved to Montauban, north of Toulouse, in Vichy France, and it was here that his clandestine career began by accident in autumn 1940, when he helped a British soldier trying to reach neutral Spain after missing the boat home at Dunkirk.

This kind of work obviously ran in the family. Not only had Brooks's father been involved in secret missions during the first world war: when he returned to the Jura, he discovered that his aunt was engaged in running an escape line. He was a natural candidate for the Special Operations Executive (SOE) set up by Churchill in July 1940 with his famous order to "set Europe ablaze". Its role was to train and infiltrate agents into occupied countries to support resistance movements fighting the Germans with espionage and sabotage.

The SOE was regarded as an upstart organization by traditionalists in MI6, who ensured it was wound up soon after the war. But it operated in most occupied countries, from Scandinavia to the Balkans. Notable successes in Yugoslavia and Burma were offset by such failures as the complete German penetration of the organization in the Netherlands. The main focus of its efforts was in France, where it made a major contribution to the disruption of the German response to the Normandy invasion in June 1944.

Back in the Jura, Brooks helped his aunt organize the escape of stranded British soldiers and aircrew, escorting them to Marseille by train and truck; the seamen's mission in the port was used as a refuge. In May 1941, Brooks was warned that he was under suspicion by the Vichy regime and made timely use of the escape line himself. He led a small group that walked across the Pyrenees into Spain, but they were caught and imprisoned before they could get to a British consulate. It was six weeks before the British embassy in Madrid got them released and sent to Gibraltar.

Brooks arrived in Britain in October and was interviewed by the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), which thought him too young for clandestine operations in France. However, the SOE's section F decided he had the necessary qualities, including initiative and language, and sent him for training. He excelled on the courses and passed out in April 1942 as F section's youngest agent.

At the beginning of July, he was dropped near Limoges, in south-central France. A faulty parachute almost ended his career, but Brooks was nursed back to fitness by a French family before starting a resistance network among French railwaymen. By D-day on June 6 1944, the resistance had almost complete control of the railways in southern France, and was able to prevent entire German armored divisions from reaching the Normandy front: immobilized by sabotage at night, trapped units were bombed by allied aircraft the next day. Many factories were also knocked out. Brooks narrowly escaped arrest on several occasions and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, the Military Cross and French decorations for his work, ending the war as a 23-year-old major.

After the war he continued his clandestine career, mainly with MI6. In 1952 he proved he had moral, as well as physical, courage when he declined a posting to Hanoi. Challenged by the head of the service to go or resign, he wrote out his resignation on the spot and went back to the family business in France. He returned to MI6, however, in time for the Suez crisis of 1956. In the years before his retirement, he was seconded to MI5 to help with cold war counter-espionage.  [Guardian/vandervat/26June2007]

Job Vacancies

The National Defense Intelligence College has three current job vacancies.

POSITION #1: The College has a vacancy for a Senior Faculty Member to teach National Security Policy, vacancy announcement number H07-018048-01-VNM - Description: Incumbent serves as a faculty member in the National Defense Intelligence College. The incumbent develops new curricula on topics based on broad instructional objectives-including identifying, defining, and developing specific topics of instruction and developing student evaluation material. Maintains currency and effectiveness of curriculum based on a variety of inputs including, but not limited to student critiques, peer evaluations, and current events. Reviews intelligence and open-source publications for up-to-date information and incorporates into courses. Maintains contact with subject matter specialists in DIA's current Agency elements, intelligence directorate, and, as necessary other Agency elements, intelligence community agencies, Federal agencies, academia and private industry. In addition the incumbent is responsible for: teaching three courses per academic quarter with the primary responsibility for teaching National Security Policy and an area of specialization; normally, all faculty are required to teach at least two core courses in addition to specialized electives in their area of expertise; developing expertise in Operational Capabilities, Intelligence Community Management and/or Globalization courses; maintaining a rigorous research and publication agenda that supports the College’s research priorities; contributing to the College’s international engagement and academic outreach activities; preparing military and Department of Defense civilian personnel for command, staff, and policy-making positions related to intelligence at national, theater, and tactical levels during peacetime, crisis, and armed conflict; serving as committee chair or reader for six graduate thesis students per academic year; undertake and disseminate intelligence research that contributes to the educational and professional career development of military and Federal civilian personnel who are pursuing careers in intelligence; contribute to the expansion of degree-program offerings, international programs, research and academic outreach to Federal, public, and private colleges and universities; cooperate with other Intelligence Community and Department of Defense educational entities and make significant recommendations contributions to expand the college’s mission and increase enrollment.
Qualifications Requirements: Applicants will be assessed against specific position-related assessment factors which are directly related to the position being filled and are essential for successful job performance. In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have experience that demonstrates possession of the broad range and depth of knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the occupation or specialty at or equivalent to the next lower grade. Mandatory Position-Related Assessment Factors: 1. Experience teaching Intelligence and National Security Policy in the context of strategic intelligence. 2. Knowledge of adult learning principles, techniques and strategies. 3. Knowledge of teaching techniques, needs assessment, courseware development, and student evaluation methods. 4. Strong verbal and written communication skills in order to effectively convey ideas, concepts, and principles in an adult learning environment. 5. Demonstrated experience in applying organizational transformation skills and previous involvement with learning outcomes assessment as they relate to regional accreditation.
Highly Desired Assessment Factors: 1. Ph.D in an intelligence-related field. 2. Demonstrated experience in a record of academic research and publication or working-knowledge in the Intelligence Community on national security policy issues.

POSITION 2:  (GG-12) Assistant Admission Officer, vacancy announcement number H07-017741-01-VNM.
The incumbent serves as the Assistant Admissions Officer in the Office of Enrollment and Student Services of the National Defense Intelligence College. Under the team leadership of the Admissions Officer, and the supervision of the Director, Office of Enrollment and Student Services aids in identifying and recruiting qualified prospective students to increase the number, quality, and organizational diversity of applicants. Maintains liaison with graduate and undergraduate applicants prior to admission. Interviews prospective students as necessary to determine admission eligibility to the College's programs. Reviews, rigorously evaluates, and advises prospective applicants on academic requirements and admissions credentials and packets. Communicates with a diverse pool of prospective students on admission process and enrollment procedures. Maintains proficiency in transfer credit procedures. Rigorously reviews academic credentials for authenticity and relevance. Provides guidance in all of the above aspects to prospective students and supports their academic experience once admitted. Actively contributes to the orientation process and sessions for all newly admitted students. Supports in the design, planning, execution and management of recruitment campaigns geared for students. Aids in the development, implementation and refinement of marketing tools including, publications and other media, for the College which increase awareness of College programs. Supports the development of direct mail marketing materials and electronic communications. Participates in college governance and serves on various college boards and committees in the absence of the Admissions Officer. Contributes to the organization, management and analysis of enrollment-related data to achieve enrollment projections. In concert with the Admissions Officer helps in the development of the College strategic plan regarding enrollment management. Represents the college and the DIA at meetings, conferences and symposia. Corresponds with appropriate professional and educational organizations to ensure admission standards and procedures are consistent with those commonly practiced within the higher education community. Promotes the College’s programs to organizations associated with the intelligence and national security communities. Supports the Admissions Officer in coordinating admissions processes and procedures. Maintains familiarity with federal statutes related to student privacy, admissions criteria and academic policies, and makes policy recommendations as appropriate.
Qualifications Requirements: Applicants will be assessed against specific position-related assessment factors which are directly related to the position being filled and are essential for successful job performance.
Mandatory Position-Related Assessment Factors: 1. Experience communicating effectively with and maintaining liaison with varying levels of personnel as it relates to college student recruitment, admission and enrollment processes. 2. Experience providing customer service associated with a College enrollment and admissions service. 3. Experience justifying and/or articulating a variety of requirements and procedures, conveying tasks, and exchanging information such as planning, organizing, and participating in College recruiting events for prospective students. 4. Experience which demonstrates proficiency working with statistics, data, a variety of databases and in the operation of a variety of computer software applications, including the Windows NT operating system. 5. Experience which has led to knowledge of the Intelligence Community and its components.
Highly Desired Assessment Factors: 1. Experience using the Jenzabar College Information System or similar student data base in a college setting. 2. Experience dealing with the various levels of the DoD civilian and military force structure.

POSITION 3: (GG-13) Training Support Manager (educational technology database specialist), vacancy announcement number H07-017755-01-VNM.
Incumbent serves as an educational technology database specialist in the National Defense Intelligence College. Performs a range of activities relative to the management and maintenance of large-scale educational technology solutions. Assists in conducting activities that contribute to the implementation, operation, maintenance and enhancement of educational technology solutions across the systems lifecycle. Functions may include, but are not limited to: serving as database administrator for the Jenzabar EX and the Blackboard (TM) Learning Management systems, working with technical contractor and overseeing the daily maintenance and updates, creating and managing portal accounts, online subscription accounts, student information system accounts, and other accounts as required, managing systems upgrade functions and writing test plan, coordinating and conducting administrator and user testing. Serves as College liaison with key organizations including configuration management, information technology requirements, and the JWICS VTC support team. Represents the College at the Jenzabar Mid-Atlantic Regional Users Group and other appropriate external organizations. Serves as the central point of contact for distance education students. Posts course syllabi and other course material online. Creates and manages portal accounts for students at all of the various campus locations. Serves as systems administrator for the campus portal, online subscriptions (Criterion accounts) and creates and administers all research and course-based surveys. Conducts portal training for all incoming faculty, student and staffs. Works with the College provost, various center directors and deans to provide leading-edge reports for the College required for continued college accreditation. Works with IT Working Group and the IT Requirements section of the DIA Systems Directorate to facilitate the procurement and deployment of hardware and software in the College. Serves as recorder for the Information Technology Working Group. Develops preventative maintenance programs and implements disaster recovery procedures when necessary. Supports activities related to defining policy and standards and ensuring compliance in the areas of information security, quality management, and configuration management. Seeks opportunities to provide process improvement recommendations to senior staff as necessary.
Qualifications Requirements: Applicants will be assessed against specific position-related assessment factors which are directly related to the position being filled and are essential for successful job performance.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have experience that demonstrates possession of the broad range and depth of knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the occupation or specialty at or equivalent to the next lower grade.  Mandatory Position-Related Assessment Factors: 1. Experience in admissions or registration functions in an online environment (i.e. student information systems, learning management systems, portals, online surveys, online subscriptions, etc.). 2. Experience in the technical understanding of an academic technology architecture or other academic technology architectures.  3. Experience as demonstrated as a proven database administrator of a student information management systems and reports creation tools. 4. Experience demonstrated in proven problem solving skills and the ability to interact as a member of a team, forging working relationships and a cooperative environment. 5. Experience as demonstrated with specific academic technologies including, but not limited to: the VTC equipment, the student information system, reporting Tools, learning management systems and portals.

For further information on any of these positions, see or contact Mr. Steve Kerda, Director of Operations, National Defense Intelligence College, 202-231-3068.

 BLACKWATER SECURITY POSITIONS -  immediate openings for a current contract. Blackwater is looking for professional, motivated, in shape, and enthusiastic individuals to meet the required qualifications: 8 years of Military service with qualifications in one of the following: US Navy SEALS, Army Special Forces or Rangers, Marine Force Recon, Air Force PJ or CCT; · Must have or be eligible for US Government Secret Clearance; Must have a minimum of one year experience in Iraq or Afghanistan; · Must be proficient in small arms and be in excellent physical condition. If you or someone you know is interested, please send resumes to D. Carter at

Book Review

A Poisoned Dissident - The man who turned on Russian intel 
June 24, 2007

It is no exaggeration to declare that Vladimir Putin's Russia is a true "spookocracy," a government dominated by members and veterans of intelligence services, what Reuel Marc Gerecht calls a "unique corporate, capitalist police-state."

Relying on Russian sources, Mr. Gerecht, a longtime clandestine services officer for the CIA, recently wrote that of Russia's 1,016 leading political figures, including departmental heads in the presidential administration, all members of the government, deputies of both houses of parliament and the heads of federal units and regional, executive and legislative branches, "26 percent had reported serving in the KGB or its successor agencies." (Given the penchant of intelligence operatives to conceal their backgrounds, Mr. Gerecht says the actual figure might be 78 percent.)

(For the text of Mr. Gerecht's paper, written for the American Enterprise Institute, visit and search for "A Rogue Intelligence State?")

These connections took on fearful relevance last November with the murder of former KGB officer and Putin loyalist Alexander "Sasha" Litvinenko, who was poisoned in London by a radioactive isotope, polonium 210. Litvinenko had turned on an intelligence service, charging it was "now being used for settling scores and carrying out private, political and criminal orders for payment." He accused superiors of extortions, kidnappings and murder.

What apparently pushed him past the breaking point was an order by a superior at the Federal Security Service (FSB) to murder Boris Berezovsky, a powerful Russian businessman who helped put Mr. Putin into power, and who then broke with Mr. Putin and fled to London.

When Litvinenko protested the murder order, he, too, was suddenly in disfavor, accused of a wide range of crimes, including torture of Chechen prisoners. Jailed briefly, he escaped to London and went to work for Mr. Berezovsky and other exiled magnates. He spoke out stridently against Mr. Putin and the excesses of his regime, accusing him, among many other perfidies, of bombing Moscow apartment houses to stir fears against Chechen separatists.

In November 2006, he met two former KGB associates for tea in the bar of the Millennium Hotel, across Grosvenor Square from the U.S. embassy. Within hours, he was violently ill. In due course, physicians detected that he had been contaminated by polonium, a radioactive substance. He died after weeks of agony.

"The Litvinenko File," by a former BBC correspondent in Moscow, reads like a nonfiction Martin Cruz Smith novel. Martin Sixsmith knew many of the principal players when he was stationed in Russia and later when many had fled into fearful exile in London. He details how dogged Scotland Yard detectives traced the polonium trail through swank London hotels, business offices there and on the Continent and British Airways planes that flew to Moscow. And he gives a superb picture of how Russian intrigue has spilled over into the rest of Europe as rival business factions compete for riches.

Although his book was in press weeks before the Crown Prosecution Service brought formal charges, Mr. Sixsmith does not hesitate to name the man he considered the culprit - Andrei K. Lugovoi, himself a former KGB officer.

Now that Mr. Lugovoi has been charged (on May 22), Moscow has waved away British demands that he be extradited and said the murder was actually carried out by MI-6, the British foreign intelligence service. Or perhaps even by Boris Berezovsky himself in a plot to discredit Mr. Putin.

As Mr. Sixsmith writes, hunting down and killing dissidents is a storied tradition of the Russian secret services, whatever their name at the time, Cheka, MKVD, KGB or FSB. He related, "it was the automatic duty of any serving agent who encountered a defector from the security services, whether in Russia or abroad, to kill him."

In Mr. Putin's Russia, such killings now are steeped in legality rather than in off-the-books tradition. In July of 2006 the Russian Duma, or parliament, passed Federal Law N 153-F3, which allows the president to use the secret service to eliminate "extremists" in Russia and on foreign territory.

A subsequent expansion, Federal Law N 148-F3, expanded the definition of "extremists" to include anyone "libelously critical of the Russian authorities." Five months later, Litvinenko fell victim to polonium 210. When Mr. Sixsmith asked two Moscow detectives whether these laws were a "clear mandate" to kill dissidents such as Litvinenko, they stared at one another, then retreated to the telephone to ask "clarification" from higher-ups.

Then they explained that the laws were not adopted with any "evil intent," but to empower Russian special forces to hunt down and kill the murderers of five Russian diplomats in Iraq.

Many factors complicated the case. Mr. Berezovsky competed with numerous other exiles of shady reputations for business deals. The dissidents quarreled among themselves. And, as Mr. Sixsmith acknowledges, "The view of Litvinenko as a fantasist, or at least an overly obsessive zealot in the anti-Putin cause, was widespread."

Among his shakier accusations were that the FSB trained the September 11 hijackers, that the Kremlin had a role in the July 2005 bombings in the London Underground trains and that Mr. Putin had "regular sex with underage boys, the evidence seemingly being that he had been filmed playfully kissing a toddler during his election campaign." Scotland Yard's chief investigator, Peter Clark, had to combat resistance not only in Moscow but in London itself.

To British businessmen, Russia was a valuable financial partner, "with British firms investing $3.5 billion in Russia in 2006 and Russian companies raising $15 billion with share offerings on the London Stock Exchange."

Trade Minister Alistair Darling said of the Litvinenko affair, "Our relationship is robust. Where there have been difficulties, we need to talk frankly as partners." Mr. Darling's secondary goal was to "shore up Britain's access to Russian oil and gas, a market in which Moscow had been increasingly flexing its muscles . . . with 30 percent of the world's gas production and oil production far outstripping all its rivals."

For a time, Scotland Yard seemed hard up against decision, "business before justice." In the end, prosecutors were permitted to proceed with bringing charges. Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, action was delayed until after Prime Minister Tony Blair announced his date for leaving office, meaning that likely successor Gordon Brown will have to sit across the table from Mr. Putin at the next summit conference.

Mr. Sixsmith concludes that the question of whether the FSB did the murder "remained tantalizingly unresolved." Further, "it was still completely unclear at what level the operation might have been planned and authorized? Had it been at the top, in the corridors of Vladimir Putin's Kremlin?" If so, we'll never know. On the subject of "deniability," intelligence professionals hark back to Henry II's query about Thomas a Becket:

"Who will free me from this turbulent priest?" The cleric shortly thereafter was killed in Canterbury Cathedral. But, did the king actually order his murder? Or did his courtiers put their own interpretation on his outburst? KGB veteran Putin surely knows the rules of the game.

Joseph C. Goulden is writing a book on Cold War intelligence. His e-mail is


THE LITVINENKO FILE  By Martin Sixsmith St. Martin's Press, $24.95, 312 pages, illus.

 OSS NEWSLETTER:  The OSS Society Summer 2007 newsletter features the following highlights: -- OSS Efforts to Save Art Stolen by Nazis Recounted in New Book; -- SOCOM Celebrates 20th Anniversary; -- Moe Berg Remembered at Medal Presentation; -- The Art of OSS veteran Saul Steinberg; -- Fisher Howe's Memories of General Donovan; and a Remembrance of Peter Tompkins and Arthur Schlesinger Jr. The newsletter can be read online at here.

Coming Events

Wednesday, July 11, 2007: 9:00 am - Noon - Alexandria, VA - Ray Semko, aka the one and only "D*I*C*E Man", presents D*I*C*E 2007: UNLEASHED! at the CI Centre and other locations. Hear what Ray has to say about security, OPSEC, INFOSEC and terrorism now that he's no longer in the US government! These special open "Up Close and Personal" D*I*C*E briefings at the CI Centre are tailored towards those organizations operating under a requirement to provide a security awareness briefing to their employees every year (as NISPOM requires). Attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating they have completed their security awareness briefing for the year. Seating is limited in the CI Centre's classroom, so register early to reserve your seat. Cost is $99.95 per person. Free parking. Coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts provided. REGISTER NOW: You may download the Registration Form from: or call 1-800-779-4007.

18 July 2007 - Arlington, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum hosts luncheon event jointly with the National Defense Intelligence College Foundation.  The Defense Intelligence Forum meets at the Alpine Restaurant, 4770 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22207 with a social hour starting at 1130, lunch at 1215, program at 1300, to hear Allen Keiswetter will speak on Islam in the Contemporary World. His talk will include Mouhammad as a feminist, the compatibility of Islam and democracy, and the differences between Shia and Sunni. Mr. Keiswetter teaches courses on Islam and the Middle East at the National Defense Intelligence College. He is also an Adjunct Scholar at the Middle East Institute under whose auspices he has given more than 100 TV and radio interviews. In 2003, he retired as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Near East Bureau after 36 years in the US Foreign Service. The luncheon is sponsored jointly by the Defense Intelligence Alumni Association and the National Defense Intelligence College Foundation. To encourage candor, the forum does not allow media, notes, recordings, or attribution. RSVP by 13 July by reply email or telephone DIAA at 571-426-0098 for further information or email them at

19 July 2007 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds luncheon meeting on MASINT at the Falcon Room, Air Force Academy Officers Club. MASINT is the topic at the luncheon meeting of the at AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter. Event is held at the Falcon Room, Air Force Academy Officers Club. Col. John Gonzales, USAF will speak to on MASINT which is a new and little known part of intelligence. Cost $10.00 for each lunch buffet. Inquiries to Dick Durham. Treasurer of the Chapter at

 20 - 21 July 2007 - Northampton, MA - AFIO New England holds their summer weekend event at the Hotel Northampton, Northampton, Massachusetts. A full description of services as well as directions to the hotel, are available on-line at Please mention AFIO/NE when making reservations. The student speaker will be David Lim. Their main speaker will be Jeff Beaty, former member of the Delta Force, the CIA & the FBI. The program will begin with a Friday evening complimentary wine and cheese social at the Hotel Northampton starting at 6:00 PM. This get-together is a wonderful opportunity to renew friendships, as well as make new ones in a relaxed informal setting. We anticipate that our speakers will join us at the social. This may be followed by a no-host dinner at local area restaurants. Our Saturday schedule is as follows 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. Meeting Registration, 11:00 - 11:20 a.m. First Speaker, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Luncheon, 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker, 2:30 p.m. Adjournment. For additional information contact

24 July 2007 - Crystal City, VA - PLA Naval Attaché to give luncheon presentationThe Naval Attaché for PLA Navy will give a luncheon presentation to the Surface Navy Association Greater Washington Chapter (GWC) on Tuesday 24 July at Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel. See  for further details.

 4 August 2007 - Melbourne, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter meets at the Indian River Colony Club  The Chapter August 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. Speaker details and reservation information is forthcoming. For additional information please contact George Stephenson, Chapter Vice President at and title your email: AFIO August Meeting

25 August 2007 - Seattle, WA - AFIO Pacific Northwest Chapter Meeting25 August 2007 - Seattle, WA - AFIO Pacific Northwest Chapter Meeting featuring Capt Cannady, LTC Woodard, and Maj. Krueger. An outstanding program is planned with speakers from McChord AFB and the Washington National Guard. Captain Matthew Cannady is the Intelligence Officer assigned to the Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) at McChord. He will provide an in-depth briefing on the workings of the Air Defense system on the West Coast. Lt. Colonel Timothy Woodard the J2 of the Washington National Guard and Major Bill Krueger will provide a detailed briefing on the recently created 194th Intelligence Squadron. The cost of the meeting will be $25 which includes a breakfast buffet. Time: 09:30am - 1:30pm. Where: South View Lounge at the Museum of Flight. The meeting is open to anyone interested in national intelligence whether they are a member or not. The chapter welcomes family, friends and associates to attend. SPECIAL OFFER: A gracious corporate donor has agreed to pay $5 for each of the first 10 people who send their CHECKs to arrive with Fran Dyer prior to July 16. The first 10 people who meet these conditions will receive a $5 refund at the meeting. Please mail your checks, payable to AFIO PNW Chapter, to: AFIO PNW Chapter, 4616 25th Ave NE Suite 495, Seattle, WA 98105. Please RSVP Fran Dyer at:

27 - 29 August 2007 - New Orleans, LA - SYNERGY '07 - Conference and Expo - Advancing an Integrated Defense Intelligence Enterprise. Co-sponsored by: The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD/I). The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, (USD/I), headed by Lt Gen James R. Clapper, Jr.,, USAF(Ret) is co-sponsoring with Government Emerging Technology Alliance (GETA) this Synergy ‘07 New Orleans, LA. Synergy '07 will strive to bring DoD Operations and Intelligence Community representatives together for open dialog with the objective of fostering better collaboration between decision makers and members of the war-fighting, requirements, collections, analytics and vendor communities. The conference, chaired by Brigadier General Billy J. Bingham (USAF, ret), a former Assistant Deputy Director for Operations and Deputy Chief, Central Security Service at Fort George G. Meade, and Director of Intelligence (J2) U.S. Pacific Command, will focus on past operational successes as a means of addressing the impediments and challenges that the various components face in providing quality support to U.S. warfighters during peace, crisis and wartime. "What we are hoping to do is build a confederation of communities, including, to the extent possible, our coalition partners that will increase the effectiveness of DoD operations and provide upgraded support from the ISR community to our boots on the ground warfighters," said Jim Riggins, NCSI’s Executive Director of Intelligence Community Programs and Initiatives. More about the conference can be found at

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 Our Spring AFIO Spy Auction is here! The AFIO 2007 Auction will soon come to a close. Not to reappear until 2008. Do not miss out this year..

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