AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #17-08 dated 28 April 2008


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US Court Jails Brother of Chinese-American Spy. The brother of a Chinese-American engineer jailed for passing sensitive submarine technology data to China was sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy. The judge said the harsh sentence meted out to Tai Mak for conspiracy in his brother's crime was meant to sent a message to China's intelligence services. His brother Chi Mak was an engineer who worked for a US Navy contractor that develops the technology to silence submarines.

Tai Mak and his wife Fuk Li were arrested October 2005 at Los Angeles airport as they were ready to embark on a plane for Hong Kong carrying a CD with the sensitive data that Chi had provided in their baggage. Prosecutors said the information dealt with stealth submarine technology.

Tai's wife and son, Billy, pleaded guilty in the case, and are expected to be sentenced in the coming weeks. Billy encrypted the information onto a CD-ROM before it was delivered to Chinese authorities. [ArabTimes/21April2008] 

Government Charges Vet with Passing Secrets to Israel. A former U.S. Army mechanical engineer was arrested on charges he slipped classified documents about nuclear weapons to an employee of the Israeli Consulate, who previously received information from convicted Pentagon spy Jonathan Pollard, authorities announced.

Ben-ami Kadish faces four counts of conspiracy, including allegations that he conspired to disclose U.S. national defense documents to Israel and that he acted as an agent of the Israeli government, U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia and FBI officials said. A criminal complaint said the activities occurred from 1979 through 1985 while Kadish worked at the Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center in Dover, N.J. The complaint said Kadish, born in Connecticut, was employed from October 1963 to January 1990 as a mechanical engineer at the Army's Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, where the research center is based.

Kadish, a U.S. citizen, is accused of taking classified documents home several times and letting the Israeli government worker photograph them. The documents included information about nuclear weapons, a modified version of an F-15 fighter jet, and the Patriot missile air defense system, the complaint said. 

The complaint said the Israeli worker, whose name was not given, is an Israeli citizen. It said that in the late 1970s, he was employed at Israeli Aircraft Industries in Israel, a defense manufacturing contractor for the Israeli government. From July 1980 through November 1985, he was the consul for science affairs at the Israeli Consulate General in Manhattan, the complaint said.

The complaint noted that Pollard was charged in November 1985 with espionage-related offense after he provided classified information to the same Israeli worker, among other people. The Israeli worker left the United States in November 1985 and has not returned, the complaint said. [AP/22April2008] 

Congress to Hear of North Korea Role in Syria Reactor. The Bush administration plans to tell Congress that North Korea was helping Syria build a plutonium-based nuclear reactor, which could undermine diplomatic efforts to dismantle North Korea's nuclear-weapons program.

Gordon Johndroe, a National Security Council spokesman, declined to comment on the report. 

The Central Intelligence Agency is expected this week to begin briefing members of the Senate and House Intelligence committees on an Israeli strike against a Syrian facility, according to congressional and administration officials, based in part on intelligence provided by the Israeli government. The information is expected to confirm the North Korean tie to the reactor. [Rosenkrantz/Bloomberg/22April2008] 

CIA Director to Retire from Military but Stay at CIA. CIA Director Michael Hayden said he will retire from the U.S. Air Force but continue at the intelligence agency. General Hayden said he will retire from the military on 1 July 2008. 

Hayden, who previously served as principal deputy director of national intelligence and head of the National Security Agency, has been the top CIA official since May 2006.

A CIA spokesman said it was not unprecedented for an active duty military officer to retire from the military and continue as CIA director. Adm. Stansfield Turner became CIA director in 1977, retired from the Navy in 1978 and stayed at the CIA until 1981. [Vicini/Reuters/23April2008] 

FBI Program Warns of Inside Threats, Too. The counterintelligence mission of the FBI ranks second in the agency's list of national priorities, just beneath anti-terrorism.

But in Huntsville, agents spend a good deal of time teaching businesses, academic institutions and government agencies how to protect themselves from the insider threat, said Jeff Hawkins, Huntsville coordinator of the FBI's Counterintelligence Domain Program.

The Domain Program is a joint effort with the FBI, academia, businesses and government entities to identify and protect important projects, whether they pertain to national security or trade secrets.

Hawkins works with a business alliance consisting of the top 10 contractors to share information and educate them on the importance of protecting their intellectual property.

Disgruntled employees and calculating new hires can both present challenges to employers who have sensitive information, Hawkins said.

Cyber crime is continually on the rise, he said, globalizing the threat to businesses.

Cooper said he couldn't disclose how many agents the Huntsville office houses, but he said the workload is gradually increasing.

The Huntsville office will continue to petition for more agents to handle the growing caseload, but it's a long process to obtain new agents, he said. [Doyle/HuntsvilleTimes/20April2008] 

Germany Disciplines Spy Agency Officials After Journalist's Emails Intercepted. The German government has ordered disciplinary measures against officials at the country's foreign intelligence service after the agency spied on correspondence between a journalist and an Afghan official.

Der Spiegel magazine said that the Federal Intelligence Service's president, Ernst Uhrlau, had informed reporter Susanne Koelbl that the agency intercepted her e-mail correspondence with an Afghan politician between June and November 2006. It said Uhrlau apologized to her for the snooping.

Der Spiegel later identified the politician as Commerce Minister Amin Farhang and said that the agency, known by its German abbreviation, BND, appeared to have been seeking information on him.

A parliamentary committee that oversees the intelligence services grilled Uhrlau behind closed doors this week. The panel's head, Thomas Oppermann, said that the BND's leadership found out about the surveillance a year after it took place, and he condemned its failure to inform the government.

He said the snooping constituted a "significant violation" of the journalist's rights.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Ulrich Wilhelm, told reporters Friday that "disciplinary measures have been initiated" in view of officials' failure to inform both the BND's leadership and the chancellery of what was going on. He did not elaborate on the disciplinary action. He also said the chancellery had ordered Uhrlau to move three BND officials, including the head of the department responsible, to other jobs with immediate effect.

The Afghan official Farhang, a one-time German resident, was quoted Friday by the daily Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung as saying that the eavesdropping was "an unparalleled scandal" and saying he had learned that the BND manipulated his office computer.  

Syrian Envoy Says CIA Fabricated Evidence. Syria's ambassador to the United States says the CIA fabricated pictures allegedly taken inside a secret Syrian nuclear reactor and predicts that in the coming weeks the U.S. story about the site will "implode from within."

Ambassador Imad Mostapha says the photos the U.S. government made public are, in his words, "ludicrous, laughable." However, he refused to say what the building in the remote eastern desert of Syria was used for before Israeli jets bombed it in September 2007.

The United States says it was a secret nuclear reactor meant to produce plutonium, which can be used to make high-yield nuclear weapons. They allege that North Korea aided in the design, construction and outfitting of the building. [Hezz/AP/26April2008] 

The Cold War and Its Spies. History buffs who want to relive an era that inspired countless spy novels, plays and movies can do so in "A Cold War Summit," a new tour offered by the educational travel organization Road Scholar (

The 10-day program visits Cambridge, England, and Russia, retracing the steps of the Cambridge Spies, a group of Soviet spies who attended Cambridge University. It will also offer lectures on the history of the Cold War and on its present-day ramifications. There will be visits to Bletchley Park, where the code produced by the German Enigma machine was broken, and to the Churchill Archives Center. In Moscow, participants will visit the Armed Forces Museum and the F.S.B. (formerly K.G.B.) Intelligence Museum and attend a reception in Moscow with former K.G.B. officers. Lectures on the cold war will be presented by authors like Nigel West ("Venona: The Cold War's Greatest Secret") and Richard Aldrich ("The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence"). Rates: $4,586 a person, based on double occupancy. [Pierdomenico/Reuters/27April2008] 

Finland at Center of Russian Surveillance Efforts. Surveillance experts in Finland, including the Finnish Security Police, say Russia has markedly expanded its surveillance activities in Finland over the past years. Pekka Iivari recently published a doctoral dissertation stating Finland is currently a focal point of eastern surveillance activities. Iivari says Finland is a clear area of focus for Russian intelligence efforts. This can be deemed by the number of diplomats Russia has assigned to Finland - far more diplomats are posted in Finland than for example in the United Kingdom.

Iivari says EU affairs and energy issues, including the planned Baltic Sea gas pipeline, are points of interest for Russia. Finland's possible NATO membership is also something Russia monitors.

Iivari stresses that the Kremlin's foreign policy is molded at the other end of these surveillance operations.

The Finnish Security Police, which monitors both eastern and western surveillance efforts, is understandably reticent on disclosing the details of Russian surveillance activities in Finland. The Security Police, however, told YLE that it has advised politicians and those working in political circles, such as civil servants and aides, to exercise caution. This entails considering the content of phone conversations. The ultimate aim is to prevent information leaks before they happen. [YLE/24April2008] 


Dutch Spy Chief Sees Growing Terror Threat, al-Qaida Regaining Strength. The threat of terrorism is growing in the Netherlands, according to Gerard Bouman, chief of the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service, AIVD. Mr. Bouman said that concern has led the government to extend its involvement in the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.

Last month the Dutch counterterrorism coordinator, acting in part on intelligence provided by Bouman's agency, raised the national threat level to substantial, the second highest in a four-step warning scale. He cited the threat of professional terrorists from Pakistan and Afghanistan operating in Europe, and anticipation of Muslim anger in response to an anti-Quran film by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders. In Amsterdam in 2004, a Muslim extremist killed Theo van Gogh, the director the film "Submission," a fictional study of abused Muslim women with scenes of near-naked women with Quranic texts appearing on their flesh.

Last week, the son of the Dutch military chief was killed by a roadside bomb, raising the Dutch death toll in Afghanistan to 16. The Taliban said it had deliberately targeted Lt. Dennis van Uhm, son of Gen. Peter van Uhm, but the claim was rejected in the Netherlands.

The 116-page annual AIVD report also warned that many Dutch Muslims found the tone of debate about Islam insulting and hurtful. About 850,000 of the 16 million Dutch population are Muslims, leaving the Netherlands with a large Muslim minority.

Bouman said Dutch spies had picked up signals that al-Qaida is regaining strength in Pakistan and Afghanistan and that the group's extremist ideology is growing in influence. [pr-inside/21April2008] 

Denmark Evacuates Algeria, Afghanistan Embassies. Danish Foreign Ministry officials announced Denmark has moved staff from its embassies in Algeria and Afghanistan to secret safe locations because of an imminent threat.

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service earlier this month warned of an aggravated terror threat level against Danish interests in North Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It said the threat level had sharpened since Danish newspapers reprinted earlier this year a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammad as a protest over a plot to murder the cartoonist. The cartoon depicts Mohammad wearing a bomb in his turban. It was one of 12 drawings of the Prophet that sparked riots in the Muslim world in 2006 after originally being printed in a Danish newspaper in 2005. 

Most Muslims consider any depiction of the founder of Islam as offensive. [Sulugiuc/Reuters/22April2008] 


Loyal Canadian Civil Servant or Threat to National Security?  Haiyan Zhang was a rising star in the Canadian federal bureaucracy, until a security guard escorted her from her Ottawa office. 

Recently declassified documents filed in Federal Court show how, in an era of escalating concern about Beijing's spies, several Ottawa agencies worked to rid the bureaucracy of one perceived threat, Ms. Zhang. Ms. Zhang successfully appealed her 2003 ouster, but remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of a new security-clearance investigation.

Confident, attractive and trilingual, Ms. Zhang received attention from the government because of her attendance at some Chinese embassy functions in Ottawa and her friendship with a Chinese diplomat. She had also attended gatherings sponsored by her former employer, Xinhua, the state-controlled Chinese news service. The fact that she had visited China eight times in eight years after getting her Canadian citizenship was deemed noteworthy as well.

Security-intelligence agents also raised questions about a $700 gift Ms. Zhang received years earlier from U.S. officials in Egypt who included the money along with a picture frame and mailed it to her.

Ms. Zhang denies any wrongdoing and has stated that she poses "no past, current or future threat to Canada." The government did not charge her with a crime, but dismissed her from employment in 2003. She refuses to make public comments on her wrongful-dismissal case until it is completely resolved.

Born in China in 1963, Ms. Zhang says she loved learning English as a student, especially after Canadian �migr�s introduced her to Shakespeare. She said she was hired by Xinhua as one of the agency's first female correspondents because she received excellent grades in school. 

Western counterintelligence agencies often liken Xinhua to an intelligence agency, but Ms. Zhang says she was merely a journalist. Most days were filled with drudgery, she says, rewriting foreign news reports for consumption in China.

During the early 1990s, she was posted to Cairo. She found life in the Xinhua compound there difficult. While in Cairo, she says she befriended a man named Bob who worked at the U.S. embassy. She asked for his help getting into U.S. universities, and provided him with a writing sample as part of the admission process. 

Ms. Zhang says her sample was "a handwritten piece describing a routine, political study session at the Xinhua bureau" - including how her bosses were asking for more stories from the Middle East as they rejected pieces on the collapse of Communism in Europe.

Ms. Zhang said Bob and his wife gave her $700.00 in the package containing the picture frame they gave her as a going-away gift.

During a rare out-of-country assignment to Kuwait, Ms. Zhang met a Canadian, who she married in 1995. They moved to Ottawa, and Ms. Zhang started Chinabridge Communications, a consultancy whose clients included corporations and federal agencies. The purpose of the company was to assist clients make inroads into China. As part of her job, she sometimes attended Chinese embassy functions and some parties held by Xinhua. In 2002, Industry Canada, a former client, hired Ms. Zhang, who had become a Canadian citizen.

The PCO soon poached her from Industry Canada. But in August, 2003, the PCO took the extremely rare step of firing Ms. Zhang. Ms. Zhang writes she had just gotten back from a trip to China, her eighth trip 1995 and 2003, where she attended her brother's funeral and also donated 200 schoolbags to poor children.

The PCO acted on the advice of Canadian intelligence, which spent six months studying Ms. Zhang's background, a standard check to see whether a civil servant merits "secret" clearance. The Security Intelligence Review Committee, a watchdog body, ended up backing the intelligence investigation completely.

After seven days of secret hearings in 2005, the SIRC chairwoman of the time, Paule Gauthier, upheld all the concerns. 

Ms. Zhang is still appealing the decision. [Globe&Mail/22August2008] 

Government Misstep in Wiretapping Case. One Friday afternoon in August, 2004, a Washington, D.C., attorney named Lynne Bernabei received notification that the government was investigating one of her clients, the American branch of a Saudi charity called the Al Haramain Islamic Foundation, which had been active in fifty countries. Al Haramain had come under scrutiny, as had many other Islamic charities, after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and Treasury Department investigators believed that Al Haramain's American branch, which was based in Oregon, had connections to Al Qaeda. In response to a request from Bernabei for evidence against her client, the government had turned over two sets of documents, primarily media reports that referred to other branches of Al Haramain. None of the materials demonstrated a direct connection between the Oregon branch and Al Qaeda.

Bernabei asked for any classified evidence the government might have, arguing that it was impossible to rebut evidence that she couldn't see. When a third batch of evidence arrived that August afternoon, the cover letter noted that the enclosed materials were "unclassified," so Bernabei didn't give much thought to the last item, a four-page document stamped "Top Secret." 

Bernabei photocopied the materials and forwarded them to the half-dozen clients and attorneys associated with the case. Several weeks later, the Treasury Department concluded its investigation, and declared the Oregon branch of Al Haramain a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity, citing "direct links" with Osama bin Laden.

Soon afterward, two F.B.I. agents visited Bernabei's office and informed her that a classified document had accidentally been turned over to her. Bernabei told them that she had received only "unclassified" information, but she agreed to retrieve the document from her files. According to Bernabei, one of the agents suggested that as she looked for the document she should try not to think about what it contained. In the following weeks, F.B.I. agents tracked down the copies that she had distributed. One lawyer for Al Haramain had an electronic copy. The F.B.I. asked to purge it from his computers.

Bernabei said that she and her associates did not appreciate the significance of the document, and the government's efforts to recover it, until December, 2005, when the New York Times revealed that the Bush Administration had authorized the National Security Agency to employ wiretaps inside the United States without first getting a warrant. The document that the Treasury Department had turned over to Bernabei appears to have been a summary of intercepted telephone conversations between two of Al Haramain's American lawyers, in Washington, and one of the charity's officers, in Saudi Arabia. The government had evidently passed along proof of surveillance to the targets of that surveillance, and supplied the Oregon branch of Al Haramain - a suspected terrorist organization - with ammunition to challenge the constitutionality of the warrantless-wiretapping program.

Well before September 11th, U.S. intelligence agencies had suspicions about the connections between Islamic charities and terrorism. Zakat, or charitable tithing, is one of the five pillars of Islam, a duty for observant Muslims, and, by some estimates, Saudi charities raise four billion dollars a year. They establish mosques and community centers, distribute religious literature, and dispatch clerics to spread Wahhabism, the severe strain of fundamentalist Islam that is the official religion of the kingdom. In 2004, David Aufhauser, who as the Treasury Department's general counsel oversaw its counterterrorism efforts after September 11th, estimated that in recent decades the kingdom had spent "north of seventy-five billion dollars" on Islamic evangelism.

Al Haramain was established, with help from the Saudi royal family, in 1991. Its headquarters were in Riyadh, with offices in foreign countries. Within a few years, the charity was suspected by the C.I.A. of involvement in terrorism. In 1996, a C.I.A. report suggested that a third of Islamic N.G.O.s "support terrorist groups or employ individuals who are suspected of having terrorist connections"; it named Al Haramain as an example. In 1997, a C.I.A. informant in Nairobi said that the local branch of Al Haramain planned to blow up the U.S. Embassy. According to the Times, a C.I.A. inquiry turned up no evidence of a plot, but after the bombings of the American Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, the following year, Kenyan authorities ordered Al Haramain from the country. In a trial on the bombings in New York in 2001, prosecutors introduced a collection of business cards that had been seized from the Nairobi home of Wadih el-Hage, an Al Qaeda operative who was eventually convicted for his role. One belonged to Mansour al-Kadi, an Al Haramain official in Riyadh, who was the titular vice-president of the Oregon branch (though he never played an active role there, and no further connection was made between the charity and the bombings).

Aqeel al-Aqil, who was Al Haramain's director during the nineties, told me by e-mail that he could not control aid and donations once they arrived in areas of conflict, such as Bosnia and Chechnya. "If you give a sack of flour to a needy family," he said, "you cannot guarantee that some of their mujahideen sons will not eat some of the bread made of that flour." U.S. authorities, however, believed that the charities must be held accountable. "Historically, Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups have set up or exploited some charities," Stuart Levey, the Treasury Department's Under-Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, told the Senate Finance Committee earlier this month. "Those who reach for their wallets to fund terrorism must be pursued and punished in the same way as those who reach for a bomb or a gun." [Keefe/NewYorker/28April2008] 

Project COLDFEET: Seven Days in the Arctic. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union battled for every advantage, including studying the Arctic for its strategic value. For seven days in May 1962, under Project COLDFEET, the US intelligence community pursued a rare opportunity to collect intelligence firsthand from an abandoned Soviet research station high in the Arctic.

The Soviet drift station - located on a floating ice island - had been hastily evacuated when shifting ice made the base runway unusable. Since the ice was breaking apart - and normal air transport to the island was now impossible - the Soviets felt the remote base and its equipment and research materials would be crushed and thoroughly destroyed in the Arctic Sea. Unfortunately for the Soviets, they were wrong.

Project COLDFEET was truly a joint venture bringing together the resources and expertise of the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency. On May 28, using pilots and a B-17 from CIA proprietary Intermountain Aviation - accompanied by a polar navigator borrowed from Pan American Airlines - two intelligence collectors were successfully dropped by parachute onto the ice.

The B-17 - now rigged with Robert Fulton's Skyhook - returned on June 2 to recover the team and their take. The Skyhook was a unique airborne pickup device that included a nose yolk and a special winch system. The key measure of COLDFEET's success was the unprecedented safe removal of the investigative team and many critical items.

The mission yielded valuable information to the US intelligence community on the Soviet Union's drift station research activities. The team found evidence of advanced acoustical systems research to detect under-ice US submarines and efforts to develop Arctic anti-submarine warfare techniques.

This small team - incredibly courageous and resourceful - planned and executed a remarkable feat, capitalizing on a rare intelligence opportunity.  [CIA/14April2008]


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Medical Officers Frankfurt Mission. I am writing a scholarly history of CIA Office of Medical Services. I would like to know if any AFIO members have any recollections of the following regional medical officers who served in Germany in the 1950s: Dr. Phil Potter, Dr. G. Clayton Kyle, or Dr. Charlie Bohrer. Dr. Potter served in the Frankfurt Mission circa 1952-54 and helped care for an especially "difficult patient" - the Chief of Mission. Lucian K. Truscott. Dr. Bohrer eventually became a psychiatrist and was Director of OMS in the mid 1970s. I can be reached at


Webcast: Cyber Espionage and Protecting Data from Insider Threats - A Webcast from Federal Computer Week, GCN and Oracle

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2008
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CIA's Hayden To Present Landon Lecture at KSU 30 April. CIA Director Mike Hayden will be giving the Landon Lecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas on Wednesday, April 30th at 2:30 p.m. in the McCain Auditorium. He will be the first CIA Director to deliver a Landon Lecture. The lecture is free and the public is welcome to the event, according to KSU officials.

The point of contact is Charles Reagan, associate to the president of KSU and chair of the Landon Lecture Series. He can be reached at KSU's Office of the President, (785) 532-6221.


Symantec-Sr. Sales Engineer with TS/SCI with poly security clearance, Herndon, VA. Symantec is seeking a Public sector Sr. Sales Engineer with TS/SCI with poly security clearance in the greater Herndon, VA area (job 574220). 

As Sr. Account System Engineer, Federal (Public sector) you will participate in development of multi-year account plans for complex, strategic accounts. Able to act as SE team lead on projects impacting overall organization. Acts as customer's primary point of contact for all technical needs, and proactively develops technical relationships at all levels of the account, including senior executives and product management. 
You will deliver product presentations and demonstrations internally and externally on all relevant Symantec solutions. Coordinates with Marketing and Sales to ensure that Symantec initiatives are timely and appropriate for current end user and/or market demand. The Account SE is responsible for partner satisfaction regarding technical aspects of initiatives. 
Act as project lead to ensure that partner's specific product requirements are addressed in both current and future product development. Assists sales with building business cases for new opportunities. You will maintain technical knowledge of competitive solutions. 
Manages all technical aspects of account in highly complex go-to-market model, leveraging both internal and partner resources. 
The Sr Account SE is established as an expert in an OEM/ISP technical function. 
Uses professional and technical concepts to contribute to development of company concepts and principles and to achieve objectives in creative and effective ways. Applies advanced principles, theories, and concepts. 
Contributes to the development of innovative principles and ideas. Has thorough understanding of technical concepts required for OEM/ISP business model. 
Uses knowledge, creativity, and company practices and priorities to obtain solutions to complex problems. 
Works on extremely complex accounts where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangible variables. 
Exercises independent judgment in developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. 

- Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent. 
- 5-8 years experience in systems administration, pre-sales or related field. 
- Previous vendor and or pre-sales Systems Engineering experience required. 
- Expertise in security solutions, high availability and/or enterprise technology or software solutions. TS/SCI with poly security clearance. 
- Have the ability to handle project management responsibilities for implementation of company related solutions assigned by the manager. 
- Must possess presentation-ready knowledge of several Symantec or competitor solutions and possess expertise in products making up one or more solutions. 
- Ability to present a professional appearance and demeanor. 
- Ability to relate to a wide range of technical staff and managers in customer environments. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software helping customers protect their infrastructure, information, and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability/storage, compliance, messaging, and performance.
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DHS - Executive Assistant for Physical Security Division Chief. McMunn Associates, Inc seeks to fill a temporary position at the Department of Homeland Security. POC is Molly Ryan,, 703-481-6100 ext. 103.
Applicant must be a good problem solver, focused on effectiveness, organized, flexible, self-directed, and must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills / sense of urgency as well as the ability to work unsupervised at times. The ability to manage change and frequent interruptions is vital to this position. 
Duties include answering phones, managing schedulewinss / arranging appointments, making travel / meeting arrangements, reviewing and summarizing emails, maintaining files, tracking documents, maintaining electronic files, and processing mail, faxes, in-basket items, monitoring security processes, tracking contractor personnel from multiple companies, creating spreadsheets, etc. Candidates should be able to work in a team based environment as necessary to effectively accomplish tasks. 

Minimum of five years experience in executive administrative assistance. Minimum of an Associates Degree in Administration or related field (With a Bachelor Degree experience required is three years.) Experience in one or more of the standard U.S. Government security fields (e.g., technical, physical, information, personnel, operational or industrial security programs) or law enforcement would be a big plus. TS/SCI security clearance, and ability to pass DHS suitability requirements. Candidate must possess outstanding computer knowledge and be enthusiastic about learning new programs and skills. This candidate must have an eye for accuracy and careful attention to detail; exceptional proofreading proficiency is essential. Applicants must possess the ability to handle and maintain confidential reports and information with discretion.

Geographic Location: DHS Nebraska Avenue Complex, Washington DC
Work Schedule: Primarily day work, eight hour day between 0800 to 1630.

The National Defense Intelligence College (formerly Joint Military Intelligence College) has a vacancy for a Senior Faculty Member (GG-14) to teach science and technology intelligence courses and two Senior Faculty Members( GG-14) to teach intelligence collection management and intelligence collection planning. Apply via or contact Steve Kerda, Director of Operations, National Defense Intelligence College, 202-231-3068,

Vacancy Announcement Number A08-020125-01-DNM
Position: Senior Faculty Member
Opening Date: 15-Apr -08
Number of Positions: 2
Location: Washington, DC
Closing Date: 6 May 08
Pay Plan/Series/Grade: GG-1710-14
Salary Range: From $98003 to $127442 annually 

Position Summary: Incumbent serves on the National Defense Intelligence College faculty, and will specialize in teaching intelligence collection management and intelligence collection planning against current and emerging national security threats. Courses and research will focus on integrating imagery, signals, geospatial, measurement and signature intelligence, and human intelligence, to provide a higher degree of warning capability. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: developing and delivering courses in Intelligence Collection and Collection Management; engaging with Department of Defense and IC Collection Mission Managers to bring current collection priorities, guided by analytical gaps and priorities to the classroom environment. 

Duties include but are not limited to: 
(a) Teaching required and elective courses in Intelligence Collection and Collection Management. Normally, all faculty are required to teach core courses in addition to specialized electives in their area of expertise. 
(b) Implementing and enforcing appropriate learning standards and graduate-level rigor, and use outcome assessment data for course, curricular, and program improvement. 
(c) Serving as committee chair for six graduate theses per academic year. 
(d) Undertaking and disseminating intelligence research that contributes to
the Intelligence Community's efforts in collection management, HUMINT, technical and open source collection. 
(e) Participating as needed in the College's outreach activities through its centers: The Center for Strategic Intelligence Research, The Center for International Engagement and the Center for Science and Technology Intelligence. 
(f) Collaborating with other Intelligence Community and Department of Defense intelligence collection entities. 

Vacancy Announcement Number A08-020125-01-DNM
Position: Senior Faculty Member
Opening Date: 15-Apr -08
Number of Positions: 1
Location: Washington, DC
Closing Date: 6 May 08
Pay Plan/Series/Grade: GG-1710-14
Salary Range: From $98003 to $127442 annually 

Position Summary: Incumbent serves on the National Defense Intelligence College faculty, and will specialize in teaching science and technology intelligence analysis to address threats to national security arising form globalization of science and technology; identify disruptive consequences of adversarial technology adaptations; and provide a framework for effective collection and warning. Courses and research topics will reflect the National Intelligence Priorities Framework (NIPF) issues in science and technology. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: developing and delivering courses in science and technology intelligence analysis, and working with the College's Center for Science and Technology Intelligence, to network and collaborate with analysts across the Intelligence Community. 

Duties will include: 
(a) Teaching three courses per academic quarter in science and technology-related topics. Normally, all faculty are required to teach core courses in addition to specialized electives in their area of expertise. 
(b) Implementing and enforcing appropriate learning standards and graduate-level rigor; and use of learning outcome assessment data for course, curricular, and program improvement. 
(c) Serving as committee chair for six graduate thesis students per academic year. 
(d) Undertaking and disseminating intelligence research that contributes to the body of knowledge of S&T intelligence analysis and analytic methodologies. 
(e) Collaborating with Intelligence Community and Department of Defense scientific entities. 

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John Guilsher, 77, Former CIA Officer. John Ivan Guilsher, a former CIA officer whose activities in Moscow were included in an official account of the CIA last year, died on 4 April of pancreatic cancer. He was 77.

Mr. Guilsher was born July 10, 1930, in New York and spoke Russian at home with his parents. He graduated from the University of Connecticut and served as an Army intelligence officer during the Korean War. He joined the CIA in 1955 and had assignments all over the world before being posted to Moscow in 1977.

Mr. Guilsher's previously classified activities in Moscow were detailed in a book by retired CIA officer Barry Royden, published last year. According to the book, a Russian man approached cars with American diplomatic license plates in Moscow five times between January 1977 and February 1978, begging to speak to an American. Each time he approached a car, he provided more information about himself, and said he had information about Soviet weapon systems. Each time, he was turned away.

Finally, the CIA assigned a Russian-speaking officer named John Guilsher to make contact with the man, a senior engineer named Adolf Tolkachev. Mr. Guilsher spoke to Mr. Tolkachev several times on the phone, and the two met in person on New Year's Day 1979. Mr. Tolkachev passed along 91 pages of notes about his work with Soviet radar systems and aircraft. Mr. Tolkachev continued to provide information to the United States for almost a decade. 

CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield said Mr. Guilsher was a "legendary case officer who put himself at great personal risk to deal with one of the most valuable and productive agents in CIA history." He and other CIA officers concealed coded information, cash and matchbox-size cameras in a dirty mitten, seemingly discarded on a street. A light in a window or a car parked in a certain direction could bring, or cancel, a face-to-face meeting.

Under constant surveillance by the KGB, Guilsher became a master of disguise. He drove to the U.S. Embassy for a dinner engagement, then left through a back door and climbed into another car. Guilsher then walked or rode buses and subways to his secret meetings. He later went back to the embassy and emerged from the front door in a diplomat's suit and tie.

In mid-1980, Guilsher left Moscow for another assignment. His espionage role was never discovered by the KGB. 

Tolkachev continued to meet other American operatives periodically until early 1985, when a rogue CIA officer named Edward Lee Howard, who was fired for theft and abusing drugs, identified Tolkachev and other secret agents to Soviet authorities. Tolkachev was arrested in June 1985 and executed in September 1986.

Guilsher worked at the CIA until 1990, then continued as a consultant on Russian matters for the agency until last year. 

In addition to his wife of 50 years, survivors include three children, Michael Guilsher of Birmingham, Ala., Anne Guilsher of Arlington, and Alexandra Guilsher of New Marlborough, Mass.; a sister; and two grandchildren. [Schudel/WashingtonPost/21April2008] 



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 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

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 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:, (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", 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: Full program can be found at: 

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 for information.

Wednesday, 21 May 2008, 11:30 a.m. - Phoenix, AZ - The AFIO Arizona Chapter luncheon will hear "Inside the Terrorist Mind: The Unconscious Reality of Those Who Would Destroy Us" by guest speaker Barry Austin Goodfield, Ph.D., Senior professor at Henley-Putnam University, an online intelligence university composed of ex-CIA and Secret Service officials. The event takes place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Phoenix, (One block West of Central Avenue on Clarendon and one block South of Indian School Road). For reservations or concerns, please call Simone Lopes at 480.368.0374

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 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.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008, 6:30PM - Washington, DC - From the Secret Files of the International Spy Museum(tm) Spycraft 101: CIA Spytech From Communism to Al-Qaeda.
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; or purchase tickets in person at the Museum.

Thursday, 5 June 2008 - Washington, DC - "Seduced By Secrets: Inside the Stasi's Spy-Tech World" by Kristie Macrakis at International Spy Museum. No Charge.
The Stasi, the East German Ministry for State Security, was one of the most effective and feared spy agencies in history. As it stole secrets from abroad and developed gadgets at home, the Stasi overestimated the power of secrets to solve problems and created an insular spy culture more intent on securing its power than protecting national security. Now for the first time, their technical methods and sources are revealed. In Seduced by Secrets, historian Kristie Macrakis recreates the Stasi's clandestine world of technology through biographies of agents, defectors, and officers and by visualizing their James Bond-like techniques and gadgets. Join the author for this eye opening look at a very frightening and very real wilderness of mirrors.
International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station

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