AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes
#15-08 dated 14 April 2008
AFIO 2008 SPY AUCTION
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Section II - TERRORISM
Section III - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Section IV - JOBS, OBITUARIES AND COMING EVENTS
For Additional Events two+ months or more....view our online Calendar of Events
Current Calendar Next Two Months ONLY:
- 15 April 2008, 1130 - 1400 - Arlington, VA - National Intelligence Forum Buffet Luncheon
- Wednesday, 16 April 2008, 6:30 PM - Washington, DC - Spy vs. Spy: FBI and KGB Secrets from the Cold War at the Spy Museum.
- Thursday, 17 April 2008, (12:30 - 2:30 pm) - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO L.A. Chapter luncheon features talk on Belle Boyd and Confederate Secret Service.
- Thursday, 17 April 2008, 12 Noon - 1 pm - Washington, DC - The Terrorist Recognition Handbook - A Manual for Predicting and Identifying Terrorist Activities at Spy Museum.
- 17-19 April 2008 - London, UK - The German Historical Institute in London hosts "Keeping Secrets" conference
- 18-19 April 2008 - Great Lakes, IL - The Midwest Chapter of AFIO hosts annual conference at Great Lakes Naval Station.
- 19 April 2008 - Kennebunk, Maine - AFIO Maine Chapter Meeting on "Changes in U.S. Intelligence Community"
- Thursday, 24 April 2008 - AFIO Arizona Chapter Meeting on Technological Support to U.S. Military in Iraq.
- 25 April 2008 - Vienna, VA - AFIO National Luncheon - High Technology Wizardry in U.S. Intelligence Community - Dr. Lisa J. Porter; and Mind of Terrorists by Jerrold Post, M.D. - HAS SOLD OUT.
- Monday, 28 April 2008, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Washington, DC - Symposium on Richard M. Helms, former Director, CIA - His Life and Career - HAS SOLD OUT
- Thursday, 29 April 2008 - Washington, DC - Institute of World Politics Open House.
- 29 April 2008, 5 p.m. - Medford, MA - Honourable Company of Freedom Fighters Medal Presentation
- Thursday, 1 May 2008, 12 Noon - 1 PM - Washington, DC - Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA.
- 3 May 2008 - Indian Harbour Beach, FL
- 8 May 2008 - San Francisco - AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter Meeting on "Covert Action in the Cold War."
- 15 May 2008, 4:30 pm - 10 pm - Houston, TX - AFIO Houston Spring 2008 Dinner featuring Michael F. Scheuer, Carlos J. Barron and others.
- 16 - 18 May 2008 - Bar Harbor, ME - The Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association hosts mini-reunion.
- Wednesday, 28 May 2008 - Washington, DC - Institute of World Politics Open House
- Tuesday, 3 June 2008, 6:30PM - Washington, DC - From the Secret Files of the International Spy Museum Spycraft 101: CIA Spytech From Communism to Al-Qaeda.
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Hayden Aims For 'A More Cohesive CIA'. CIA Director Michael V. Hayden has a game plan. His ultimate goal: "Build a more cohesive CIA."
At CIA headquarters, he told reporters and editors from The Times that the agency needs to get "back to what the nation needs it to be doing - its espionage function, its analytic function and its covert-action function."
The threat of terrorism, backlash from decisions made prior to his tenure and the difficult job of lifting the agency out of its tattered past doesn't seem to faze the even-tempered leader, who is described by those who know him as both "brilliant" and "blunt."
For the most part, the many successes the CIA achieved during Mr. Hayden's tenure will never be known, with controversies always in the limelight.
John E. McLaughlin, former acting CIA director, who replaced George J. Tenet in 2004, said the difficulties of leading one of the "youngest intelligence agencies" in the world stem from the fact that "the U.S. is still trying to figure out what intelligence is."
Uniformly, Mr. Hayden is held in high regard, Mr. McLaughlin said. "His ability to communicate frankly and sincerely with his work force is a major reason why," he added. "Mike Hayden has a very cool head. He's a gutsy guy when it comes to taking on tough situations."
As the 18th director of the CIA, Mr. Hayden initiated a new plan known as "Strategic Intent" to reinvigorate an agency still fractured from the fallout of Sept. 11.
The plan's goal is to unify the agency - having employees focused on the same goals and building solutions for information sharing across the nation's intelligence community and military.
Last year, Mr. Hayden also initiated the HUMINT Enterprise Board of Governors, which he manages. The new governing body, made up of members from more than 20 separate law enforcement, intelligence, military and support agencies, works to integrate the nation's human intelligence resources and information-sharing capabilities.
Mr. Hayden said the CIA is encouraging the development of nontraditional covert officers, sending analysts to foreign venues and pursuing innovative approaches to analyzing collected intelligence.
Although he could not reveal details, he said there are "thousands" of officers in the Middle East.
Whether it's chatting with young CIA officers in the cafeteria or attending Senate hearings in which he uses simple words to explain complex issues, Mr. Hayden doesn't have "much tolerance for bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo" and understands the importance of his position, employees said.
The CIA has a "social contract" with the American public, to whom the agency is ultimately accountable, Mr. Hayden said. "As a secret organization serving an open and free society, CIA has been granted an enormous public trust," he said. "That's what secrecy is in a democracy. Not a grant of power, but a grant of trust."
When he isn't traveling, he heads to his office, walking by the 87 chiseled black stars carved into the white marbled wall in the CIA's main lobby. He is reminded of the ultimate sacrifice made by agency officers. [Carter/WashingtonTimes/6April2008]
German-Libya Police Scandal Deepens. Germany's intelligence service refutes a newspaper report that it had been involved in the secret training of Libyan security forces. The intelligence service had been accused of training the Libyans under an accord allegedly signed by former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. This was in reaction to the report published in the newspaper Berliner Zeitung.
The paper had quoted security sources as saying that former Social Democratic Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had signed a cooperation agreement in 2004 on training Libyan security personnel, AFP reported.
Meanwhile, Schroeder could not be reached to comment on the matter on Saturday. However a Bundesnachrichtendienst (Federal Intelligence Service, BND) spokesman said, "The BND neither provided training assistance nor was it involved in an advisory or supportive capacity."
The newspaper reports claim that the BND had asked not to have its own people involved in the training and had remained on the sidelines. They added that they had provided know-how to German instructors as recently as last year. [PressTV/6April2008]
FBI Celebrates Centennial with Web Site. In anticipation of its upcoming centennial in July, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has updated its Web site with pages devoted to its first 100 years of existence.
The Web site covers the "Bureau of Investigation's" history since its inception during the Teddy Roosevelt presidency, and includes a section that details each of the bureau's directors through the years, including the 48-year run by J. Edgar Hoover from 1924 to 1972. The site also includes a "Hall of Honor" dedicated to the FBI agents that have been killed in the line of duty, as well as a detailed history of the bureau's seal.
The history of FBI headquarters - which President Nixon renamed the J. Edgar Hoover F.B.I. Building on May 4, 1972, two days after Hoover's death - is described in detail with pictures from groundbreaking through its construction.
The June 12, 1962 "Escape from Alcatraz," of three inmates is dissected with excellent pictures outlining the escapees plot to fool the guards. The Web page even provides contact information for the still-open-but-unsolved case, now handled by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Historic espionage cases such as that of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who sold nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union, are also documented, as well as the more recent espionage activities of Aldrich Ames and former FBI agent Robert Hanssen. [Campbell/GCN/7April2008]
Sudan Spy Chief Accuses Western Embassies of Recruiting Agents. Salah Gosh, the head of Sudan's National Security and Intelligence Service, speaking to forum named "Foreign presence in Sudan and its effect on National Security" said that these embassies are "acting like a watchdog on the executive branch" and attempting to influence Sudanese government agencies and politics.
The timing of Gosh's remarks could be linked to statements he made during a press conference last February in which he lashed out at journalists saying that some of them want to be "fake heroes" by accusing the government of supporting Chadian rebels following their failed assault on the capital Ndjamena.
The Sudanese official said that western diplomats are "moving freely and meeting leaders of political parties and NGO's in their homes".
He also complained about the lack of legislation regarding the foreign presence in the country before adding that some diplomats are "carrying out activities beyond what they are allowed to".
Gosh is considered to be a very powerful figure in Sudan and has transformed the security bureau into a dominant department within the government. He is also the main architect of the counter-terrorism cooperation between his government and the US administration. [SudanTribune/7April2008]
Peruvian Army General Sentenced to 35 Years for Massacre. A former Peruvian military intelligence chief was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the 1992 massacre of nine students and one professor in a public university in Lima. General Julio Salazar Monroe was convicted on charges of murder and forced disappearance of the victims from La Cantuta University, court officials said.
Three of Salazar's former subordinates in the Military Intelligence Service were sentenced to 15-year prison terms each, while two other former agents were acquitted in the case.
Former president Alberto Fujimori and other top military officers are also being prosecuted for ordering the July 18, 1992 killings.
Salazar Monroe was one of the country's key military figures during Fujimori's reign. The court heard evidence that he carried out orders from Vladimiro Montesinos, the head of Peru's national intelligence and Fujimori's right-hand man, who is serving prison terms for corruption and illegal arms' trafficking.
Montesinos also faces dozens of charges in other pending cases, including murder.
Salazar's sentence was one of the harshest ever given to an official of the state for violations of human rights. [Earthtimes/9April2008]
Syrian President's Brother-in-Law Accused of US-Backed Coup. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law has reportedly been arrested for aiding a possible US-backed coup against the Syrian regime, according to reports in various internet sites and newspapers of the Syrian opposition.
Al-Assad then sacked his brother-in-law, Assif Shawqat, from his post as military intelligence chief, while the Syrian regime tried to keep media officials from confirming or denying the arrest, according to Arab satellite TV network Al-Arabiya.
According to the report, before his assassination, the leader in Lebanon's militant Shia group Hezbollah, Imad Mughniyeh, told al-Assad about Shawqat's betrayal, having taken advantage of his position as head of intelligence.
Imad Mughniyeh was the intelligence chief of Hezbollah's secretive military wing, the Islamic Resistance. He was killed in a bombing in Damascus on 13 February.
Reportedly, Shawqat had contacts with US intelligence and was planning a coup to unseat al-Assad.
Shawqat is married to Assad's sister, Bushra al-Assad who is now in Paris, France with her children. [Adnkronos/9April2008]
Author Says Cuba Wanted U.S. Journalist As Spy. American journalist Robert Eringer says that Cuba tried to enlist him to spy on members of the Cuban exile community and prominent Cuban-American citizens.
He asserts that representatives from the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., in 1999 sought to recruit him to obtain financial information on three Cuban-American legislators - Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida and New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez. They also wanted him to infiltrate the anti-Castro Cuban American National Foundation.
In exchange, the Cubans promised him exclusive contacts and business opportunities in Cuba, according to Eringer's book, "Ruse: Undercover with FBI Counterintelligence."
What the Cubans didn't know was that Eringer was at the time working as an undercover FBI agent.
Eringer, who has also been a novelist, literary agent and private intelligence consultant, worked for the FBI from 1993 to 2002. His mission was to capture Edward Lee Howard, a spy who had deserted the CIA and moved to Moscow.
Eringer posed as a literary agent interested in publishing Howard's memoirs. He met with Howard in Moscow in 1994, and Howard pulled strings with Cuban intelligence to allow Eringer to travel with him to Havana in 1999.
The U.S. planned to arrest Howard during a layover at an international airport, according to the Herald. But the plan was aborted by then-President Bill Clinton over fears it could jeopardize Russian-American relations. Howard was found dead in Moscow in 2002. [Newsmax/9April2008]
U.S. Air Force, Spy Agency Team up for Space Protection. U.S. Air Force Space Command and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) have joined together to create a new program to advise the military and intelligence community on how to protect space assets.
Gen. Robert Kehler, commander of Air Force Space Command, said the Space Protection Program will report to him and Scott Large, NRO director, and will help identify a wide range of possible options to safeguard space capabilities.
The program, launched March 31, will bring together officials from both organizations in places like Los Angeles, Colorado Springs and Chantilly, Va., who currently address this mission, Kehler said. The program ultimately will have a headquarters, but that the top priority at the moment is the development of a congressionally mandated space protection strategy that is due in July, he added.
The program could recommend options including development of new hardware, or changes in tactics and procedures, Kehler said. He and Large will weigh recommendations and then pass their decisions on to the appropriate places within their organizations for execution, he added.
Kehler said he and Large have made it clear they do not want the program to constrain itself to one particular area of solutions for space protection. [Singer/SpaceNews/9April208]
German Charged with Espionage. A 44-year-old German has been indicted for espionage after allegedly selling technological secrets to Russia. He had admitted to police that between 2004 and 2006 he had met Russian intelligence agents and sold documents describing sophisticated technical products .
He said he had met the agents in Germany or in nearby places abroad, arranging the meetings through webmail accounts, which can be set up anonymously on the internet, a common technique among agents.
The man, a German national living in Bavaria state, faces trial in Munich. [Earthtimes/11April2008]
Section II - TERRORISM
Russian Security Service Says International Terrorists Recruit in Russia Via Foreign NGOs. International terrorists carry out recruiting activities in Russia's regions with the support of some foreign non-governmental organizations, the Russian Federal Security Service chief said.
In late 2005, the Russian parliament passed a Kremlin-sponsored bill preventing foreign NGOs from having branch offices in the country and making Russian groups ineligible for most sources of foreign funding.
"The results of an analysis of the operational situation in the Southern Federal District bear witness to the fact that bandits and their accomplices are endeavoring to swell their ranks by brainwashing young people. Emissaries of foreign terrorist and religious extremist groups are taking advantage of existing socio-economic problems and ethnic and religious discord to carry out recruiting work in this and other Russian regions," Patrushev added.
The Russian government has faced criticism from Western leaders for restrictions imposed on rights groups and NGOs operating in the country, and the issue is often cited as an example of Russia's alleged backsliding on democracy.
In January, prosecutors in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, which is part of the Southern Federal District, requested that a British NGO promoting peacekeeping and community development be closed down, saying that its accreditation had expired. [Novosti/8April2008]
U.S. Study Finds Progress In Iraq, But Fragile Security And Potential For Terror Attacks. A new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq cites significant security improvements and progress toward healing sectarian political rifts, but concludes that security remains fragile and terrorist groups remain capable of initiating large attacks, several American government officials said this week.
The classified document provides a more upbeat analysis of conditions in Iraq than the last major assessment by United States spy agencies, last summer. It was completed this week, just days before the top American commander in Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus, is due in Washington to give lawmakers a progress report on the military strategy in Iraq.
While the last assessment painted a grim picture of an Iraqi government paralyzed by sectarian strife, the new intelligence estimate cites slow but steady progress by Iraqi politicians on forging alliances between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq, said the government officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the document is classified.
At the same time, officials said that the document detailed several factors that could reverse these trends: including a campaign of violence by Shiite splinter groups and the possibility that the government would not carry out a series of reconciliation laws Iraq's Parliament passed recently. Some Bush administration officials said that the report presented positive news, but they remained cautious about the future.
The document was described by American officials on both sides of the Iraq debate, including officials who favor rapid withdrawals of American troops beyond those already scheduled through June.
It was not clear whether the estimate includes a detailed discussion of what might happen should those withdrawals continue, something that the two Democratic presidential candidates have sought. One intelligence official said that the document concluded that American efforts against the insurgent group Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia helped diminish its ability to carry out attacks in Baghdad, and that a grass-roots movement to turn Iraqis against the group had made progress since last summer. American officials contend the largely Iraqi group has some foreign leaders.
But the American government officials also said that the estimate warned that security gains could be upended and that militant groups were still capable of deadly attacks in Baghdad, the capital.
Among the factors seen as contributing to the ebb in violence in Iraq have been the cease-fire observed by the Mahdi Army, the militia founded by the cleric Moktada al-Sadr. That was broken last week by fighting in Basra and other cities in the Shiite-dominated south between Iraqi security forces and the militia. [Mazzetti&Schmitt/NewYorkTimes/4April2008]
U.S. : Al-Qaida Chief Behind UK Strikes is Dead. Senior al-Qaida planner Abu Obeida al-Masri, believed to be a key figure in the 2005 London subway and bus bombings and a foiled 2006 plot to blow up commercial airliners, has died of hepatitis, according to US intelligence sources.
The network's third-in-command died a few months ago in Pakistan, the sources said, adding that he had already been replaced by another Egyptian, Sheikh Sayed al-Masri, who was in charge of al-Qaida finances.
Based in the mountainous Afghan province of Kunar, al-Masri was believed to have been in charge of planning attacks on U.S.-led coalition forces in the volatile east region of the country. Violence in southern and eastern Afghanistan spiked last year, leaving about 1,600 people dead, including a surge in suicide attacks - a change of tactics by the militants.
The Pakistani government originally had believed al-Masri was killed in a CIA Predator strike in 2006. [MSNBC/9April2008]
Section III - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
The Changing Face of Espionage in America. Financial incentives and external coercion play a diminishing role in motivating Americans to spy against the United States, according to a new Defense Department study. But divided loyalties are increasingly evident in recent espionage cases.
According to the study, two thirds of American spies since 1990 have volunteered. Since 1990, spying has not paid well: 80% of spies received no payment for espionage, and since 2000 it appears no one was paid. It also says that p\offenders since 1990 are more likely to be naturalized citizens, and to have foreign attachments, connections, and ties, and therefore they are more likely to be motivated to spy from divided loyalties. Even so, the majority (65%) of American spies are still native born.
The new study was performed for the Defense Personnel Security Research Center, with the support of the Counterintelligence Field Activity (which reportedly may soon be dismantled). [Aftergood/SecrecyNews/8April2008]
Russian 'Spy Buster,' Aged 100, Keeps Her Secrets. Russia's oldest counter-intelligence officer is 100 years young. And although she's long retired, Maria Lyovina is still barred from revealing sensitive details about her work in the past.
Maria was working as a secretary in a Leningrad factory when the Soviet Union entered the Second World War. She was recruited by Army officers looking for an experienced typist. She joined SMERSH, a counter intelligence group dedicated to catching traitors and undercover Germans. Its name literally meant 'death to spies'.
Maria knew her work was vital and that meant doing it under any conditions.
Maria's reports led directly to the capture of several German spies and Russians who were in league with the Nazis. [RussiaToday/7April2008]
Fighting the War in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973. Previously secret U.S. Air Force official histories of the Vietnam war published on 9 April by the National Security Archive disclose for the first time that Central Intelligence Agency contract employees had a direct role in combat air attacks when they flew Laotian government aircraft on strike missions and that the Air Force actively considered nuclear weapons options during the 1959 Laos crisis.
The newly declassified histories, which were released through Freedom of Information Act litigation by the National Security Archive with the law firm James & Hoffman, include the Air Force's detailed official history of the war in northern Laos, written during the 1990s. Also declassified were Air Force historical studies on specific years of the Vietnam War, documenting in great detail the Air Force's role in planning and implementing the air war in North and South Vietnam. Among other significant disclosures in these histories are:
* Air Force interest in nuclear options during at least two flash points in the Southeast Asian conflict: Laos in 1959 and in 1968 during the battle of Khe Sanh.
* CIA operational commitments for the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion hampered the Agency's ability to carry out Kennedy administration policy in Laos.
* CIA proprietary Air America directed search and rescue missions in Laos in addition to its role in combat operations.
* The U.S. ambassador in Laos served as the field commander of the so-called "secret war" there, a role that has been largely undocumented.
The most recent (and recently released) document is a volume of the official history series The Air Force in Southeast Asia. Prepared by Air Force historians, Victor B. Anthony and Richard R. Sexton, the 400-page The War in Northern Laos, 1954-1973 was published by the Air Force History Office in 1993 on the basis of two separate manuscripts, one of which the Archive first requested in 1990. The Air Force initially released this history in 2006, but with much heavier excisions; as a result of a successful Freedom of Information Appeal by the National Security Archive, much more information is available. [GWU/9April2008]
Section IV - JOBS, OBITUARIES AND COMING EVENTS
Counterdrug Senior Intelligence Analyst. McMunn Associates, Inc. is seeking a Counterdrug Senior Intelligence Analyst to work at the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South) in Key West, Florida. Incumbent must have at least 4 years of experience in Counter Narcotics and interagency operations against drug smuggling. This person must have experience and be comfortable with extracting and working with data from various SQL supported databases as well as other US and Foreign sources including the Internet. The Senior Intelligence Analyst works in coordination with Intelligence Analysts in the Joint Interagency Information Operations Center (JIIOC) in the formulation of drug movement trends and estimates of activity and coordinates the transit zone portion of the annual Interagency Assessment of Cocaine Movement (IACM) publication. Additionally, the Senior Intelligence Analyst develops and presents a comprehensive and current cocaine/heroin "Flow/Threat Brief" to Flag-level audiences. The individual will be expected to attend quarterly counterdrug conferences. This individual must have a current government background investigation (SSBI) and be approved and eligible for access to classified information at a Top Secret/SCI level.
Contact Molly Ryan, Employee Relations Manager, McMunn Associates, Inc. (703) 481-6100 ext. 103, (703) 481-6013 (fax), email@example.com.
Major Eddie Willner. Maj. Eddie H. Willner, 81, died March 30 at his home in Falls Church. He had Parkinson's disease.
Eddie Hellmuth Willner was born Aug. 15, 1926, in Muenchen-Gladbach, Germany. His father fought in the Kaiser's army in World War I, earning an Iron Cross. In 1939, Eddie was sent to live in Belgium because it was safer for Jews. His father was detained in a French camp, where Eddie was also held when he visited his father. The pair escaped by cutting a hole in a fence. A Catholic priest hid the 15-year-old and his family in a vacant church, gave them false identity papers and put them to work in nearby vineyards.
In 1942, the family was deported after authorities discovered the falsified papers. Eddie's mother was killed in an Auschwitz gas chamber, but Eddie was put to work as a slave laborer, defusing unexploded bombs and repairing railroad tracks. His father turned 50 and was killed at Auschwitz because older prisoners were deemed less useful as workers. Maj. Willner was one of 26 out of 4,000 who survived a march from Blechhammer to Gross-Rosen in 1944. Sent to a Buchenwald sub-camp, he built tunnels where V-2 rockets were to be hidden.
As the Allies pushed forward in the last days of the war, the Germans were told to exterminate the prisoners who knew too much about the rockets. Six young men, including Maj. Willner, fled. Only two survived, running from bush to bush for eight nights until they found the American tank company.
After he came to the United States, Eddie immediately joined the Army, where he served for 21 years in an intelligence division. He retired as a major in 1968. After enlisting in the Army, he served twice each in Germany, Japan and Korea. He also served in Washington. After leaving the Army, he became a social science analyst with the Census Bureau, where he worked for 20 more years.
Two years later, Maj. Willner recorded his story for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 2002, he reunited with the survivors of the 3rd Armored Division, Company D, 32nd Regiment, his saviors. He was a member of the Falls Church Public Safety Commission for 20 years, a lifetime member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and a Mason.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Johanna Tiburtius Willner of Falls Church; six children, retired Army Col. Albert Willner of Atlanta, Nicole Willner Holacheck of Prague, Czech Republic, Marcel Willner of Yardley, Pa., Marguerite Willner Singer of Damascus, Sachiko Willner Ark of Ashburn and Michael Willner of Arlington County; and 14 grandchildren. [Sullivan/WashingtonPost/8April2008]
EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
15 April 2008,
1130 - 1400 - Arlington, VA - National Intelligence Forum Buffet
Luncheon at Dan & Brads, Arlington Hilton, 950 N Stafford St.
Arlington, VA 22203. Speaker: Mr. Robert Slate on an article he
wrote: “China's National Intellectual Property Strategy: Implications
for U.S. National Security” which was recently published in the DI
Journal. Slate is a Lead Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer at The MITRE
Corporation. He formerly served as a Captain in the US Army and faculty
member at the National Defense Intelligence College, Post-Graduate
Intelligence Program-Reserves. Prior to obtaining his Juris Doctorate,
Slate received his M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
and B.A. from Oberlin College. Pay at the door with a CHECK for $26
made payable to DIAA, Inc. Social hour starts at 1130, lunch at 1215,
program at 1300
RSVP by 8 April by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Give your: Name and the names of your guests, Your association, Your telephone number, and your e-mail address.
16 April 2008, 6:30 PM - Washington, DC - Spy vs. Spy: FBI and KGB
Secrets from the Cold War - Event held at International Spy Museum."I
was beginning to like these guys."-Oleg Kalugin on the FBI surveillance
team observing him in Miami, December 1968. Once they worked against
each other. Now Oleg Kalugin and David Major are colleagues and
friends. In this unique evening the former KGB acting Washington
station chief and FBI director of counter-intelligence retrace their
exciting careers and how they intersected. They book-ended the
espionage career of John Walker-Kalugin supervised the notorious spy
and it was to Major's office that the traitor was brought after his
arrest. From surveillance to recruitment, all will be shared. As
columnist Jack Anderson once wrote, Kalugin's "undercover activities
were known to the FBI, but only the State Department knows the reason
he is still here." Now that the dust has somewhat settled on their
overlapping cases, this is your chance to hear both sides of the story
from FBI successes and snafus to KGB plots and procedures.
Location: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station. Tickets: $20; Advance Registration required. Tickets are non-refundable and do not include admission to the International Spy Museum. To register, call Ticketmaster at 800.551.SEAT or the Museum at 202.393.7798; order online at ticketmaster.com; or purchase tickets in person at the International Spy Museum.
17 April 2008, 12:30 - 2:30 pm - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO L.A.
Chapter luncheon features talk on Belle Boyd and Confederate Secret
Service. AFIO Member Frances Hamit will address the group about his
upcoming book Belle Boyd and the Confederate Secret Service. Chapter
business meeting will follow. Complimentary Buffet Lunch will be
served. Francis Hamit is a professional writer who once spent four
years in the Army Security Agency between stints at the Iowa Writers
Workshop. During the 1980s he worked for the Encyclopedia Britannica
where he wrote most of the short articles on various world intelligence
agencies and notable figures such as Ralph Van Deman, Edward Lansdale,
Yuri Andropov and, yes, Belle Boyd.
He is best known as a journalist but now works mostly as a novelist, playwright and travel writer. His last active duty job, which ended in 1971, was as the NCOIC for the Public Information Division of the U.S. Army Security Agency, Europe in Frankfurt. That's his story and he's sticking to it. He will, in an act of shameless self promotion, be discussing his novel, The Shenandoah Spy, which will be in a new print edition this spring.
Location: Hilton business building located at the Loyola Marymount University [LMU] campus (Playa del Rey).
RSVP to AFIO_LA@yahoo.com no later than April 8, 2008.
17 April 2008, 12 Noon - 1 pm - Washington, DC - The Terrorist
Recognition Handbook - A Manual for Predicting and Identifying
Terrorist Activities - event held at the International Spy Museum.
Terrorists can come from any background, any age group, either gender,
and yet somehow they must be identified and neutralized. As an
internationally recognized expert, author, and educator on the Iraq
insurgency, Jihadist tactics and Al Qaeda's global organization,
Malcolm Nance has studied the telltale characteristics of terrorist
operations and developed an intelligence-based approach to observing
and analyzing behavior for warning signs. In The Terrorist Recognition
Handbook he uncovers the terrorists' means, methods, organization, and
motivations. He identifies the key steps that every terrorist group
will always follow, and how and why groups use and choose their
weapons. Join Nance for an eye-opening look at terrorism as the sum of
its parts rather than as an incomprehensible force.
Location: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station. Tickets: Free. No registration required
17-19 April 2008 - London, UK - The German Historical Institute in London hosts "Keeping Secrets" conference. The German Historical Institute in London is hosting a conference entitled "Keeping Secrets: How Important was intelligence to the conduct of international relations from 1914 to 1939." Among the scholars expected to speak are Zara Steiner, General William Odom, Christopher Andrew, Ernest May, Paul Kennedy, Gerhard Weinberg, Mark Lowenthal, Richard Aldrich, Georges-Henri Soutou, and David Kahn. The conference will take place at the institute in central London from 17 to 19 April. For further information write Karina Kurbach at <email@example.com>
18-19 April 2008 - Great Lakes, IL - The Midwest Chapter of AFIO will host its annual conference at the Great Lakes Naval Station. Registration is $10 per person. Hotel reservations ($62 per night) can be made April 17th-19th by calling the Navy Lodge at 1-847-689-1485. Mention that you are with the Midwest AFIO Chapter. For more information on speakers and meal pricing, please contact Angelo Di Liberti ASAP at 847-931-4184.
19 April 2008 - Kennebunk, Maine - AFIO Maine Chapter Meeting. The Maine Chapter of AFIO will meet at the Kennebunk Public Library in Kennebunk, Maine, on Saturday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. The speaker will be Bill Murray, retired CIA officer who will speak on the changes made in the organization of the intelligence community during the Bush administration. Inquiries should be directed to David at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 24 April 2008 11:30 am - Phoenix, AZ - AFIO Phoenix hosts luncheon featuring Dr. John Pye, PhD, P.E. on the value of support to Intel and Military Units.
Location: Hilton Garden Inn in Phoenix, (One block West of Central Avenue on Clarendon and one block South of Indian School Road). Pye is the Office Director and Principal Engineer at Exponent (www.exponent.com) - a large engineering firm which provides embedded PhD's and Engineers to a US Army Special Support unit in Iraq to provide rapid prototyping and specialized engineering support to units in Iraq and Afghanistan. Support ranges from lock picks through small robots for security and search support. Dr. Pye has been by one of our members, he is articulate, interesting and sends a strong message about the value of direct support to intel and military units by smart and engaged technical people. Furthermore, to make his presentations ever more interesting, he will be bringing a little robot vehicle that can run around the room with a camera!
For reservations or concerns, please call Simone Lopes at 480.368.0374 or email her at email@example.com
Friday, 25 April 2008, 10:30 am - 2 pm - Vienna, VA - AFIO National Luncheon - High Technology Wizardry in U.S. Intelligence Community - Dr. Lisa J. Porter; and Mind of Terrorists by Jerrold Post, M.D.
"Cutting-Edge Technical Wizardry in the U.S. Intelligence Community"
Speaking at 11 a.m. is Dr. Lisa J. Porter, Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Dr. Porter is the first Director of IARPA.
The IARPA sponsors research aimed at game-changing breakthroughs to complement the mission-specific science-and-technology research
being conducted by intelligence agencies.
Speaking at 1 p.m. is Jerrold M. Post, M.D., former CIA Psychiatrist,
author of THE MIND OF THE TERRORIST: The Psychology of Terrorism from the IRA to Al-Qaeda
Is currently oversubscribed. All registrations entered from April 14 onwards go on a wait-list.
Make WAIT-LIST reservations at this secure page.
EVENT LOCATION: The Capitol
Club at the Sheraton-Premiere Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike · Vienna,
Driving directions here.
Monday, 28 April
2008, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Washington, DC - Symposium on Richard M. Helms,
former Director, CIA - His Life and Career. CIA's Historical
Collections Division (HCD), Information Review and Release Group,
Information Management Services - in concert with Georgetown
University, CIRA, and AFIO are hosting a half day symposium in the main
auditorium, Gaston Hall, on the life of Richard McGarrah Helms. A group
of distinguished panelists will discuss his career in OSS and CIA and
his tenure as Director of CIA. A reception will follow at Georgetown's
Lauinger Library. Keynote speaker will be CIA Director General Michael
V. Hayden and Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, followed by two panel discussions. Panelists include: Brent
Scowcroft, former National Security Advisor; Michael R. Beschloss,
author; David S. Robarge, CIA Historian; William Hood, author; Dr.
Jennifer E. Sims, Director of Intelligence Studies: Center for Peace
and Security Studies Georgetown University; and Burton L. Gerber,
moderator, Professor in Practice in Intelligence: Security Studies
Program, Center for Peace and Security Studies Georgetown University.
Cynthia Helms, Richard Helm's wife, will be attending with her son. A
display of Helms' mementos, letters, and personal effects will be
exhibited in Lauinger Library beginning in April.
This event is currently oversubscribed. All registrations entered from April 11 onwards are going on a wait-list.Further information and online WAIT-LIST reservation forms.
Thursday, 29 April 2008 - Washington, DC - Institute of World Politics Open House. The IWP invites you to join them this evening for their monthly open house program to learn more about the programs and career opportunities through graduate study at IWP. Each program begins at approximately 5:30 pm and concludes by 8:00 pm. RSVPs are strongly encouraged, and preferences are easily requested by visiting the IWP home page at www.iwp.edu. The Institute is located at 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, eight blocks north of the White House and three blocks east of the Dupont Circle metro station (red line). IWP enrolls new students during the spring, summer, and fall terms. Make sure you're one of them.
29 April 2008, 5 p.m. - Medford, MA -
Honourable Company of Freedom Fighters Medal Presentation. The Honourable Company of Freedom Fighters will present its medal posthumously to the Russian national hero Adolf Tolkachev.
Tolkachev's achievements contributed greatly to the downfall of the Soviet Empire. The event is being held in the Edward R. Murrow Room at the Jebsen Center/International Security Studies, Fletcher School, Tufts University. The medal will be presented to Kissa Guilsher. She and her husband, John, were long-term cases officers for Tolkachev. John unfortunately passed away on 5 April. Anyone wishing to attend the ceremony should contact The Company's Chief Factor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 1 May 2008, 12 Noon - 1 PM - Washington, DC - Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA. Mexico City in the 1960s was a hotbed of spies, revolutionaries, and assassins. In the thick of this Cold War Casablanca was spymaster Winston Mackinley Scott. As chief of CIA's Mexico City station from 1956 to 1969, Scott played a key role in the creation and rise of the Agency. In his new book, Our Man in Mexico, investigative reporter Jefferson Morley traces Scott's career from wartime G-man to consummate intelligence officer with three Mexican presidents on his payroll. But it was Scott's role in the surveillance of Lee Harvey Oswald just prior to President John F. Kennedy's assassination that led to the spymaster's disillusionment. Join Morley for a revealing look at Scott's life and his startling rebuttal of a key finding in the Warren Report.
Where: International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Tickets: Free. No registration required.
3 May 2008 - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - The next Florida Satellite Chapter AFIO luncheon will be at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. The luncheon speaker will be Rear Admiral Roland G. "Gil" Guilbault, USN, Retired. The topic of Admiral Guilbault's presentation will be "The Navy Today and the Challenges Ahead." A cash bar opens at 11:30 a.m. followed by a 12:30 p.m. luncheon. Interested individuals can contact George Stephenson, Chapter Vice President at email@example.com for further information.
8 May 2008 - San Francisco - AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter Meeting on "Covert Action in the Cold War." The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Tristan Abbey, AFIO SF chapter scholarship winner. Mr. Abbey graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in History with honors. His topic will be on covert action in the early cold war and will include a reappraisal of the CIA's involvement in the overthrow of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran in 1953 and a broader critique of how historians have often interpreted covert action in the period.
The meeting will be held at United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116 (between Sloat and Wawona). 11:30 AM no host cocktails; noon - luncheon. $25 member rate with advance reservation; $35 non-member rate or at door. RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi (please indicate roast cross rig of beef bordelaise or fresh fish of the day) no later than 5PM 4/30/08: firstname.lastname@example.org, (650) 622-9840 X608 or send a check to P.O. Box 117578 Burlingame, CA 94011.
15 May 2008, 4:30 pm - 10 pm - Houston, TX - AFIO Houston Spring 2008 Dinner featuring Michael F. Scheuer [CIA], Andrew R. Bland, III and Carlos J. Barron [both FBI].
This will be an exclusive evening at the Sheraton Suites, near the Houston Galleria, featuring Michael F. Scheuer, Ph.D., former CIA Chief of the Bin Laden Unit at the Counterterrorism Center, Andrew R. Bland, III, Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Division, FBI. Nineteen months in Iraq prior to his arrival to Houston."Today challenges by FBI in Houston in protecting Houston's Domain" http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel07/bland050107.htm, and Carlos J. Barron, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge of FBI Counterterrorism Intelligence Group, (CTIG) Houston Division - an FBI Joint Task Force (JTIF) initiative with CIA.
Preceding dinner, the author's reception will include appetizers and book signing of Mike Scheuer's latest and prior books: "Imperial Hubris" also "Why the West is Losing the War on Terror and Through Our Enemies Eyes" and "Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam and the Future of America." Event fee: USD60.00 per person There will be Special Rate offered to AFIO members as well as to all guests and attendees for Rooms at the Sheraton Suites Hotel located at 2400 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027 713-856-5187
Arrangement must be made thru AFIO Houston. Please contact us for assistance in reservations and booking room(s) by email listed below or by phone: 713-851-5200
Kindly RSVP here: email@example.com Full program can be found at: http://afiohouston.com/eventsrsvp/spring2008dinner.html
16 - 18 May 2008 - Bar Harbor, ME - The Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association hosts mini-reunion. The NCVA of New England will hold a mini-reunion at the Bar Harbor Regency, Bar Harbor, Maine. The reunion is open to all personnel that worked for the US NAVSECGRU or its successor organization in NETWARCOM. Contact Vic Knorowski at 518-664-8032 or visit http://ncva-ne.org for information.
Wednesday, 28 May 2008 - Washington, DC - Institute of World Politics Open House. The IWP invites you to join them this evening for their monthly open house program to learn more about the programs and career opportunities through graduate study at IWP. Each program begins at approximately 5:30 pm and concludes by 8:00 pm. RSVPs are strongly encouraged, and preferences are easily requested by visiting the IWP home page at www.iwp.edu. The Institute is located at 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, eight blocks north of the White House and three blocks east of the Dupont Circle metro station (red line). IWP enrolls new students during the spring, summer, and fall terms. Make sure you're one of them.
June 2008, 6:30PM - Washington, DC - From the Secret Files of the
International Spy Museum(tm) Spycraft 101: CIA Spytech From Communism
Rubber airplanes, messages hidden inside dead rats, and subminiature cameras hidden inside ballpoint pens...a few of the real-life devices created by CIA's Office of Technical Service (OTS). These and other clever technical devices are featured in Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda, by the former director of OTS Bob Wallace teams up with espionage gadget collector H. Keith Melton to discuss the operations of OTS...from the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the war on terror. Rare OTS devices including concealments, microdots, and disguises will be on display.
Where: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Tickets: $20; Advance Registration required. Tickets are non-refundable and do not include admission to other the Museum exhibits. To register, call Ticketmaster at 800.551.SEAT or the Museum at 202.393.7798; order online at ticketmaster.com; or purchase tickets in person at the Museum.
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