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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
British Security Service 'Needs
More Spies.' The Security Service MI5 needs to recruit and
train more surveillance specialists before the control order regime for
terror suspects can be relaxed, the Government says.
Security minister Baroness Neville-Jones, a former chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, said sufficient surveillance needed to be in place "to give the necessary security to the public".
"That surveillance doesn't exist at the moment," the Tory Home Office minister told peers. "Individuals have to be recruited. People have to be trained. We need extra capacity and capability."
She was responding to calls from former Director of Public Prosecutions Lord Macdonald of River Glaven (Lib Dem) and former terrorism laws reviewer Lord Lloyd of Berwick (Ind), a retired law lord, for an early relaxation of restrictions on the eight people currently subject to control orders.
Lord Macdonald argued that a more relaxed regime, as planned by the coalition for next year, would increase the chances of gathering incriminating evidence that would allow the suspects to be prosecuted.
Lord Macdonald's recent review of the controversial control order regime resulted in the Government's proposed and less restrictive Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measure (TPIM) as its replacement. [AP/9March2011] Read the full article at http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5h2lAfMSJQy6qKQOnV2esk5qjDt6w?docId=N0371581299620867900A
Colorado Woman Admits Aiding
Foreign Terrorist Cell. A Colorado woman admitted Tuesday she
helped a terrorist cell that hoped to incite Islamic holy war, and her
lawyer said she was "part of something that was much larger, much more
complex than she ever knew."
Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 32, of Leadville, Colo., conspired with others to get military training in South Asia and moved to Ireland in 2009 to join the group, federal prosecutors said.
Court papers released Tuesday give a glimpse of the goals of the Algerian man she married in Ireland. Her husband sought to recruit "brothers & sisters" to train with the group known as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, prosecutors said; the group is an al-Qaida offshoot that has focused its efforts inside Algeria and has never attempted an attack on the U.S.
The documents also say he wanted to recruit people to train with Pakistan's lead intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence. The agency, while a sometimes unreliable ally for the U.S., is also an essential partner for combating terrorism inside Pakistan. [Dale/Forbes/8March2011] Read the full article at http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/03/08/general-us-american-terror-plot_8345700.html
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
History's Lessons: Dismantling
Egypt's Security Agency. The task of dismantling Egypt's
repressive security service may seem immense, but Middle East analyst
Omar Ashour draws lessons from other once feared and hated secret
services around the world.
History does repeat itself.
The evening of 5 March in Egypt was much like that of 15 January 1990, when thousands of German protesters stormed the headquarters of the State Security Ministry (Stasi) in Berlin.
The direct causes of the protests were shockingly similar - state security officers were seeking impunity by destroying files that documented corruption and repression. Consequently, citizens gathered and tried to safeguard the incriminating evidence.
Fortunately for the Stasi, YouTube and Facebook did not exist in 1990. Unfortunately for Egypt's State Security Investigations (SSI), they did.
Secret graveyards, medieval-like dungeons, files of political dissidents held for more than a decade, lists of informants - celebrities, religious figures, talk-show hosts and "opposition" leaders - were all captured on camera and uploaded onto the popular websites.
"I spent 12 years in the political section of Liman Abu Zaabal prison - without charge, without visits," former detainee Magdi Zaki told local media.
"When I saw my two kids I did not recognize them and they did not recognize me. But worst of all was the month I spent in the state security building," he said.
There are reasons for this.
Torture rooms and equipment were captured on camera in every SSI building stormed by protesters.
Unfortunately for the SSI and its last head, Gen Hassan Abd al-Rahman, who ordered the destruction process, reassembling the enormous amount of shredded files will not take a decade like in the case of the Stasi. Advanced computer-assisted data recovery systems exist now.
For many Egyptians, the sheer size and the graphic details of the released files were shocking.
The unlawful detentions, kidnappings and disappearances, systematic torture and rape, and the inhuman prison conditions have all been well documented since the 1980s, by both human rights organisations and Egyptian courts. But many media outlets did not dare to address those "red lines".
Aside from the horrific stories, more mundane matters help to illustrate how Egypt was run under Mubarak.
In early 2000, I met an SSI general who effectively ran Cairo University. The intellectually unsophisticated general - to put it mildly - decided which dean should run which school, which professors got hired, fired, or promoted, and which students should discontinue their education.
Never openly discussed before, these former "red lines" are now being exposed.
Democratization processes have at least four phases: dictatorship removal, transition, consolidation and maturation.
With the fall of the SSI, Egypt seems quite close to completing phase one of its inspirational struggle for democracy - the removal of its dictator and his coercive apparatus, one that behaved more like a crime syndicate than a professional security service.
But moving into the transitional phase will require institutional and legal reform. [Omar Ashour is a lecturer in Middle East Politics and Director of the Middle East Graduate Studies Program at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter (UK). He is the author of The De-Radicalisation of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements.] [Ashour/BBC/9March2011] Read the full article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12679632
Section III - COMMENTARY
Spies Like Us: British
Intelligence Busted in Libya. For weeks we've been saying that
the "protesters" in Libya who've been holding their own against
Gaddafi's military strikes seemed a little too professional for a
home-spun resistance movement. A botched British spy mission in Libya
throws some weight behind that theory.
President Obama's critics on the left often accuse him of failing to make good on campaign promises. However there's one campaign promise Obama seems to be keeping that the left may start hoping he'd break.
"Restoring America's image abroad" was a touchstone in Obama's campaign, and it was shorthand for "we're going to stop our nation-building invasions of Middle Eastern countries." In the ire following the Iraq debacle, people ate it up. And not just American voters - remember how many people came out to that speech in Berlin?
Well, now Obama seems to be sticking to his guns, resisting the idea of sending troops into Libya even as the British and French pull the trigger.
Yesterday the Guardian published the account of a botched British spy mission into Libya in which British SAS were captured by the Libyan rebels they were trying to help. It's an incredible story of intrigue, espionage and ineptitude that sounds like some comedy of errors from the Cold War. The Guardian reports the incident is "a major embarrassment to the British government and could potentially undermine the rebels' claims that the revolution has had solely domestic roots."
Meanwhile the Obama administration is staying out of Libya (at least to the best of our knowledge) wary, as the New York Times writes, of "the perception that the United States would once again be meddling in the Middle East." A senior Administration tells the Times "[Obama] keeps reminding us that the best revolutions are completely organic."
For once a Western power has been discovered covertly aiding a coup d'etat in an oil-rich country and it's England that's left holding the bag - the U.S. seems to have its hand nowhere near the cookie jar, for a change. [Moore/DeathAndTaxes/9March2011] Read the full article at http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/59346/spies-like-us-british-intelligence-busted-in-libya/
Top Secret Executive Coaching? The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency says it needs some folks
with rather rare Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information
clearances for its formal agency-wide Leadership Coaching Program (LCP).
A buzzword-laden notice to industry said these coaches will work with NGA's Human Development Strategies Office (HDS) - Policy & Partnership Program Development Division "to effect deep, sustainable change in this agency."
That's not all, folks. These coaches, NGA said, "should be able to cultivate leadership initiatives and create a coaching culture that brings out the curiosity of the people within it, expands perspectives that allow differences, encourages new approaches, utilizes appreciative inquiry and fosters more productivity and meaningful conversations." [WhatsBrewin/9March2011] Read the full article at http://whatsbrewin.nextgov.com/2011/03/top_secret_executive_coaching.php
Section IV - BOOKS AND COMING EVENTS
Books on the Horizon:
Keeping U.S. Intelligence Effective: The
Need for a Revolution in Intelligence Affairs, by William J.
Lahneman. Keeping U.S. Intelligence Effective: The
Need for a Revolution in Intelligence Affairs explores whether the U.S.
intelligence enterprise will be able to remain effective in today's
security environment. Based on the demands currently being placed upon
the intelligence community, the analysis concludes that the
effectiveness of U.S. intelligence will decline unless it embarks upon
an aggressive, transformational course of action to reform various
aspects of its operations.
In keeping with the emerging literature on this subject, the book asserts that a so-called Revolution in Intelligence Affairs is needed. The need for a Revolution in Intelligence Affairs implies that no amount of evolutionary adjustments to existing intelligence community practices will keep U.S. intelligence effective. While evolutionary reforms might be necessary, they will not be sufficient to permit the intelligence community to target successfully the various threats and emerging issues that populate today's and tomorrow's security environment.
Warrior: Frank Sturgis - The CIA's #1 Assassin-Spy, Who Nearly Killed Castro but Was Ambushed by Watergate, by Jim Hunt and, Bob Risch. The press called him a "real-life James Bond."
Fidel Castro called him "the most dangerous CIA agent."
History remembers him as a Watergate burglar, yet the Watergate break-in was his least perilous mission.
Frank Sturgis--using more than 30 aliases and code names--trained guerrilla armies in 12 countries on three continents and spearheaded assassination plots to overthrow foreign governments including those of Cuba, Panama, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.
Warrior follows the shocking, often unbelievable adventures of Sturgis, brought to life by his nephew, Jim Hunt, who lived with Sturgis, and his co-writer, Bob Risch. Also included are never-before-seen personal photos of Sturgis and his compatriots.
Frank Sturgis was well-versed in a life of shadows: familiar to world leaders and underground kingpins, to spies and counterspies...Warrior is his story. [Macmillan/April2011] http://us.macmillan.com/book.aspx?isbn=9780765328632
Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice, by Fred Burton and John Bruning. In July 1973, a gunman stepped from behind a tree and fired five shots, point blank, into Josef Alon, a kind, unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot. Sixteen-year-old Fred Burton was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood of Bethesda, Maryland. As it turned out, Alon wasn’t just a pilot and family man - he was a high-ranking Israeli military official with intelligence ties. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. Then, in 2007, now State Department counterterrorism special agent Fred Burton reopened the case and successfully pursued the killer, bringing closure to a traumatized family. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed history spans the globe and several fraught decades in our history. In its portrait of how power is used, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder, Chasing Shadows spins a gripping tale of agents, double agents, terrorists, and heroes as Burton chases leads around the globe in an effort to solve this decades-old murder. [Macmillan/April2011] http://us.macmillan.com/chasingshadows
THE LINK - A NEW PRINTED NEWSLETTER OF THE NCMF: National Cryptologic Museum Foundation is now publishing "The Link" - 1st edition just out, February 2011. Topics: NSA Historian's Corner, Editor's Introduction, Civil War Communications and Cryptology, The U.S. Military Telegraph Corps During the Civil War, and Bookshelf. Also: Historic Annapolis Junction Today. A few topics for future issues include: the Russian comms and crypto change of 1948-9; the evolution of communications at AFSA/NSA; outsourcing at NSA; the NCM library collections re Sigint support to counterintelligence in the 1930s and after (MASK, ISCOT, VENONA). Suggestions are welcome.
Reader comments on this and future issues of the LINK should be directed to Lou Benson, Editor, at CryptMF@aol.com. For more information visit http://www.cryptologicfoundation.org/
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY Spy Museum Events in March and April with full details are listed on the AFIO Website at www.afio.com. The titles for some of these are in detail below and online.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 4:30 pm - Washington, DC - Application of Forensic Science to Intelligence Analysis with John M. DeMaggio, FBI SAC, at Institute of World Politics.
Application of Forensic Science to Intelligence Analysis with John
M. DeMaggio Special Agent in Charge (ret)/ Captain USN (ret)
at the Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC
Please RSVP to email@example.com
Thursday, 17 March 2011, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Mark O'Regan, Consul General of Australia on "Great Floods of Queensland"
Consul General Regan discusses the significant flooding that
occurred in many areas of Queensland during late December 2010 and
early January 2011, with three quarters of the state declared a
disaster zone. "Our economy will take a hit, wiping almost 2 percentage
points of forecast growth," said Treasurer Andrew Fraser. The flooded
area is the size of Texas and New Mexico together. Now Tropical Cyclone
Yasi hit land as a CAT-5 storm in the middle of the flooded area. Winds
for Yasi have been clocked at 175 miles per hour.
Bi-monthly Meeting in the USAFA Eisenhower Golf Course Special Meeting Room
Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any problems getting on to the USAF Academy Grounds, please call 719-459-5474 for assistance
24 March 2011 – San Francisco, CA – The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Captain Jeff Kline, U.S. Navy, ret.; Senior Lecturer, Navy Postgraduate School, speaking on "Piracy on the High Seas" with special emphasis on the Somali pirates. The meeting will be held at UICC, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco (between Sloat/Wawona): 11:30 AM no host cocktails; noon - luncheon. $25 member rate with advance reservation and payment; $35 non-member. E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi (please indicate pot roast or fish): email@example.com and mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578 Burlingame, CA 94011
24 March 2011- Arlington, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum meets to hear Erik Jens on "Prospects and Challenges for International Security Assistance and US Forces in Afghanistan."
Mr. Jens has just returned from a tour as Chief of the Human Intelligence Operations Cell for US and allied forces in Afghanistan. He teaches intelligence collection, ethics, and law at the National Defense Intelligence College. He joined the College faculty following four years in the Global Division of the Defense HUMINT Service. Starting as a Russian linguist and SIGINT specialist, he has over twenty years' experience in Signals and Human Intelligence. He served several years as an Army reservist in DIA assignments in Washington D.C., Seattle, and Iraq, including watch officer, strategic debriefer, and HUMINT collection team chief. His deployments with DIA include one tour with the Iraq Survey Group in Baghdad and three tours in Afghanistan, where he twice served as Chief of the DIA Detachment at Bagram. Mr. Jens holds a B.A. in English from University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Intelligence School and the Defense Language Institute.This forum will follow a modified Chatham House rule. You may use the information, but with the exception of speaker's name and subject, you may make no attribution. The Defense Intelligence Forum is open to members of all Intelligence Community associations and their guests. LOCATION: at the Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA. Registration starts at 1130, lunch at 1200. Reserve by 18 March by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Give names, telephone numbers, email addresses, and choice of chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, or fettuccini with portabella. Pay at the door by check for $29 per person. Make checks payable to DIAA, Inc. THE FORUM DOESN'T TAKE CASH! If you don't have a check, have the restaurant charge your credit or debit card $29 and give the restaurant's copy of the receipt when you check in.
NEW Date and
Friday, 25 March 2011, 12:30-2:30 pm - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO LA Chapter features CDR Rowley, USN on "Third Jihad - Stealth Jihad - and other aspects of Islam"
Navy Commander Al Rowley (Ret) will address the
Chapter on the Third Jihad "Stealth Jihad" and other key aspects of
Islam. Al Rowley is a retired Navy Commander who served for over 21
years during the Cold War years when our major enemy was communism.
Following the hostage taking of our Tehran Embassy staff and some two
dozen other terrorist acts against the U.S. culminating with the
attacks of 9/11/2001, he began studying Islam and Islamic history. He
now believes that Islam is the greatest threat to our nation, our
liberty and our Constitution we have ever faced. Al now devotes his
time to studying and informing others about Islam and the tactics of
the Islamists, those who would conquer us and impose Islamic law,
Shariah, and replace our republic with an Islamic theocracy. Al will
speak to us about the Third Jihad, a "stealth jihad," which is
currently being waged against us ordinarily by non-violent means and
acquaint us with its history, organizations, tactics, and goals.
Location: Room 302 in the HIlton Business Building on the campus of LMU.
Lunch will be served for a fee of $20 paid at the door, please RSVP via email by no later than Friday March 18, 2011, and indicate whether you will have lunch. Email: AFIO_LA@yahoo.com
Saturday, 26 March 2011, 2 pm - West Kennebunk, Maine - AFIO Maine hosts "The Failing American Education System and Its Impact on National Security" and "The Muslim Brotherhood - How Dangerous Are They?" featuring by Beverly and Michael Goldstein
The AFIO Maine Chapter hosts Beverly Goldstein, Ph.D., who created
the first security/intelligence symposium for high school students. She
is involved in efforts to improve the quality and accuracy of textbooks
through peer review and in developing programs for secondary students.
One of her projects is a high school textbook on national
security/global threats. In 2009 she received the FBI Director's
Community Leadership Award presented by Director Robert S. Mueller, III.
Michael Goldstein, an attorney, will address the issue of the Muslim Brotherhood and its activities in the U.S. Michael is a retired naval cryptologic officer who served 26 years in the active Naval Reserve which took him to many stations in the U.S. and overseas. He is currently President of the AFIO Northern Ohio Chapter; his wife, Bev, is Secretary. They co-hosted the 2010 AFIO National Intelligence Symposium on "Intelligence and National Security on the Great Lakes and Northern Border".
This meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Dorothy Stevens Center in West Kennebunk.
DIRECTIONS TO THE CENTER FROM THE MAINE TURNPIKE; Coming Northbound on the Turnpike: Turn right at the end of the exit ramp, cross over the Turnpike, go straight through the set of lights. There is a flashing red light at .8 miles. Turn right here onto Thompson Road. The Dorothy Stevens Center is .4 miles on the right, a small white building between the middle school and fire station. Coming Southbound on the Turnpike, turn left at the exit ramp onto Route 35. At the set of lights turn right onto Main St. It will be .8 miles to the flashing red light. Turn right here onto Thompson Road and follow above directions to the Center. For information call 207-967-4298.
March 2011 - Reston, VA - GEOINT 101 - 1 day course
A one-day course providing an introduction to the fundamentals of the geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) community, core GEOINT technologies and operations, and the role of GEOINT in national security affairs supporting decision makers and operations.
More information available at http://usgif.org/education/geoint101
28 March - 1 April 2011 - San Diego, CO - Bicoastal Counter-Terrorism Summit at SDSU by The HALO Corporation The 2011 Bicoastal Counter-Terrorism Summit (BCTS) has been created to meet the critical needs of Security Professionals and Law Enforcement personnel. Throughout the Summit, Law Enforcement and Security Professionals will share and exchange information, ideas, and intelligence and engage in exercises based on factual scenarios. For further information contact www.thehalocorp.com
Tuesday, 29 March 2011, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Who's Watching Whom: Spying and Social Media" at the International Spy Museum
"You are opening the floodgates to a torrent of data, which your
adversary can ... sift and turn into intelligence."—Paul
Strassman, former Pentagon director of defense information, July 2010
Much has been made of Anna Chapman, the Russian illegal, and her use of Facebook to search for contacts and information. But how effective is social media as a vehicle for intelligence gathering and manipulation? This expert panel will reveal what online identities and social media can do that actual operatives and organizations can't. Judge Shannen L. Rossmiller (Ret.) is credited as America's first online operative in the War on Terror. Since 9/11, the cyber-spy has been responsible for more than 200 cases of actionable intelligence and extremist captures – most of them overseas and in conjunction with the FBI made through her adoption of online alter egos who proclaim allegiance with terrorist groups. Thomas Ryan, co-founder of Provide Security, created the fictional Robin Sage, a cyber femme fatale, who quickly wormed her way into the confidence of security professionals who should have known better. The experiment was conceived to expose weaknesses in the nation's defense and intelligence communities. Jack Holt, senior strategist for emerging media at the Department of Defense, joins in to reveal the challenges and opportunities that social media presents for us all. Tickets: $15.00 per person. Register at www.spymuseum.org
Tuesday, 5 April 2011 - Washington, DC - CIA Conference on "Wartime Statutes - Instruments of Soviet Control" at Woodrow Wilson Center.
CIA, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson Center, will be releasing many newly declassified documents on "Wartime Statutes - Instruments of Soviet Control." There is no charge for AFIO members wishing to attend this event. To receive material and updates about this event, email us at: email@example.com and indicate "CIA April DC Conference" on subject line.
5-6 April 2011 - St Louis, MO - NGA Tech Showcase West
For more information at http://usgif.org/events/NGAWest
Wednesday, 6 April 2011, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - "The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror" at the International Spy Museum
"We need to know where the threat is moving, and we need to get
there first."—Robert S. Mueller III, FBI director, February 2009
The Washingtonian editor-in-chief and noted journalist Garrett Graff has zeroed in on the story of a small group of FBI agents who believed that they could confront a new generation of international terrorists like Al Qaeda without sacrificing America's moral high ground. Graff has closely covered FBI director Mueller's tenure at the FBI and was given unprecedented access to the director and thousands of pages of once secret documents. He conducted hundreds of interviews and explored how a generation of FBI agents taught themselves to confront threats no one had ever before seen. In his new book The Threat Matrix he shares what he found: from the corridors of the Hoover Building to the cells of Gitmo to tensions between the FBI and the CIA.
Tickets: $12.50 per person. To register or for further information visit www.spymuseum.org
Thursday, 7 April 2011, 10 am - 1 pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - Cryptologic Museum Foundation Commemorates 150th Anniversary of American Civil War
The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation spring program features
former NSA Senior Cryptologic Executive, David Gaddy,
speaking on "Decoding the Civil War." This is part of the NCMF's 150th
anniversary commemoration. Mr. Gaddy's talk will approach the conflict
from the Confederate perspective and will explore the Confederacy's
successes and Failures in the use of cryptology. A Q&A will follow
talk. Mr. Gaddy conceived the concept of a Center for Cryptologic
History and museum of cryptology, served as the first chief, retiring
from NSA in 1994 after forty-one years of service.
Location: L3 Communications Conference Center in National Business Park, 27270 Technology Dr. Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-1024.
Registration: $40 for non-members of the NCMF (includes membership fee); $15 for members. Make checks payable to NCMF and send to PO Box 1682, Ft George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998. For further information contact or to confirm your attendance call (301) 688-5436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
11-12 April 2011 - Chantilly, VA - Warfare Without Kinetics: Conducting Information Warfare and Information Operations: As Is and Could Be/Should Be - theme of NMIA classified symposium
The National Military Intelligence Association two day Classified
Symposium will be held at the TASC Heritage Center in Chantilly, VA at
the SECRET-US ONLY Classification level
The focus of the symposium will be on the current and future state of Information Warfare, Information Operations, and the role of the military intelligence community in supporting policymakers and operators. The Symposium will open with a review of the current art, science, and practice of information warfare and information operations by MG Michael Flynn. The Symposium will then consider current international and domestic legal constraints on Information Warfare and Information Operations. The Symposium will then dive into current operations to identify current and projected intelligence requirements from the perspective of policymakers and operators. The Symposium current and future mechanisms used by the IC to satisfy those requirements. The Symposium will conclude with an assessment of what future Information Warfare and Information Operations could be by Chris Inglis, Deputy Director, National Security Agency.
To register: https://nmia.site-ym.com/events/register.asp?id=145279
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 - Tampa, FL - The AFIO Suncoast FL Chapter hosts SGM William "Billy" Waugh (US Army-Ret.)
Billy Waugh is a highly decorated American Special
Forces soldier and a CIA Paramilitary Operations Officer who served in
the United States military and CIA special operations for more than
fifty years, a member of the elite Green Berets and the CIA's famed
Special Activities Division. Waugh enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948,
completing basic training at Fort Ord, California. He was accepted into
the United States Army Airborne School and became airborne qualified.
In 1951, Waugh was assigned to the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat
Team (RCT) in Korea. Shortly after the end of the Korean War, Waugh
began training for the Special Forces. He earned the Green Beret in
1954, joining the 10th Special Forces Group (SFG) in Bad Tolz, Germany.
Waugh arrived in South Vietnam with his Special Forces "A-team" in
1961, and began working alongside Civilian Irregular Defense Groups
(CIDGs) there, as well as in Laos. In 1965, while participating in a
commando raid with his CIDG unit on a North Vietnamese Army encampment
near Bong Son, Binh Dinh province, Waugh's unit found itself engaged
with much larger enemy force than anticipated of almost 4,000 soldiers,
including Chinese regulars. While he and his men attempted to retreat
from Next Meeting's the MacDill AFB Officer's Club.
Please RSVP no later than April 5th with the names of any guests. Refer to the information "To attend our Meeting" for important details. Check-in at 1130 hours; opening ceremonies, lunch and business meeting at noon, followed by our
speaker, SGM William "Billy" Waugh (US Army-Ret.). We have maintained the all-inclusive cost at $15. The cash wine and soda bar will open at 1100 hours for those that wish to come early to socialize. Further info at www.suncoastafio.org or contact Wallace S. Bruschweiler, Sr. at email@example.com
Tuesday, 12 April 2011, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm - Washington, DC - "Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice" at the International Spy Museum
In July 1973 gunmen shot and killed the Israeli fighter pilot and
assistant air attaché, Lieutenant Colonel Josef Alon at his home
in Bethesda, Maryland. The FBI and Israel's Shin Bet worked hard on the
investigation but never found the killers. In 2007, author Fred Burton,
a special agent at the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security
returned to this cold case. Join us for this book launch in which
Burton traces Alon's remarkable life from his combat experience in the
skies over Israel in 1948 through his brutal death in the United
States. Hear the gripping tale of how Burton relentlessly tracked the
assassins through a hidden world of international intrigue, double
agents, terrorists, and violence.
Join the author for an informal chat and book signing. Free! No registration required!
Wednesday, 13 April 2011, noon - 1:30 pm - Washington, DC - Terrorism Expert Brian Jenkins - Sr Adviser, RAND, and expert on terrorism and security speaks at ABA Luncheon
Issues surrounding domestic or "homegrown" Muslim terrorists are seizing attention on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch. Brian Jenkins, Senior Advisor to the President at the RAND Corporation, and regular commentator and expert witness on terrorism and security, has been analyzing terrorism for nearly four decades and recently published a paper entitled "Would-be Warriors." He will discuss the most recent data and analysis on the homegrown threat in this presentation to the Standing Committee on Law and National Security at the luncheon..
Location: Army Navy Club, 901 17th St NW, Washington, DC.
Jenkins is author of Will Terrorists Go Nuclear, and of several RAND monographs, including Unconquerable Nation: Knowing our Enemy, Strengthening Ourselves and two 2002 reports on al Qaeda. Charge: $25.00. Reservations must be made in advance. Checks, payable to "ABA," should go to: ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, 740 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 along with your name, address, and names of your guests.
In the event you need to cancel, a refund will be made provided notice received by April 8. There is no charge for members of the press.
Saturday, 16 April 2011, 10 am - 2:30 pm - Salem, MA - The AFIO New England Chapter holds their quarterly meeting with luncheon featuring novelist Joe Finder on "Buried Secrets."
Our schedule is as follows: Registration & gathering, 1000 -
1130, membership meeting 1130 – 1200. Luncheon at 1200 followed
by our speaker, with adjournment at 2:30PM.
Our afternoon speaker will be Chapter Member Joe Finder, a nationally famous novelist whose new Nick Heller novel due out this summer. He is the author of several hit novels, and one was made into the movie "High Crimes" with Morgan Freeman. Note, as this meeting is a one day event we have not made any hotel arrangements.
Overnight Accommodations: the Salem Waterfront Hotel located in
Salem MA. The hotel web site is here: http://www.salemwaterfronthotel.com/.
For directions to the hotel look here: http://www.salemwaterfronthotel.com/location.html
Information about Salem MA and local hotels can be found here: http://salem.org/
For additional information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINES to register: Advance reservations are $25.00, $30.00 at the door - per person.
Luncheon reservations must be made by 4 April 2011.
Mail your check and the reservation form to:
Mr. Arthur Hulnick, 216 Summit Avenue # E102, Brookline, MA 02446; 617-739-7074 or email@example.com
Wednesday, 20 April 2011, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of the K-129" at the International Spy Museum
"If you go back there it would mean war."—Soviet naval
officer, December 1974
In early August 1974, despite incredible political, military, and intelligence risks and the slim chances of success, the CIA attempted to salvage the sunken Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129 from the depths of the North Pacific. The remarkable effort had a huge potential payoff—the opportunity to obtain Soviet nuclear-armed torpedoes and missiles as well as crypto equipment—but the operation had to be conducted under cover of a seafloor mining operation sponsored by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Using the Hughes Glomar Explorer the operation was undertaken even after the Soviets were warned of a possible salvage operation resulting in close surveillance by Soviet naval ships. Internationally known analyst, consultant, and award-winning author Norman Polmar, teamed with documentary filmmaker Michael White to tell the definitive story of this unprecedented project in their book Project Azorian. Join Polmar as he shares the story of this amazing clandestine project using footage from White's Project Azorian documentary and material from interviews with Glomar Explorer and USS Halibut crew members, U.S. intelligence officers, and the K-129's Soviet division commander.
Tickets: $15.00 per person. More information and registration at www.spymuseum.org
26 April 2011 - National Harbor, MD - 2011 Emerald Express Strategic Symposium "Al Qaida after Ten Year of War: A Global Perspective of Successes, Failures, and Prospects.
This one day symposium by Marine Corps University, in partnership
with the DoD Minerva Research Initiative and the Marine Corps
University Foundation, is a one-day conference being held at the
Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, National Harbor, MD. The
conference will examine the multidimensional aspects of the Al-Qaida
threat in various theaters where it currently operates or may do so in
the future. The symposium will bring together authorities on Al-Qaida
from academia, government (both military and civilian), think tanks,
and media from both the United States and from the regions under
discussion. We are proud to feature Gen Michael V. Hayden
(USAF, Ret), the former Director of the CIA, former Director
of the NSA, and former Principal Deputy Director of National
Intelligence, as our morning keynote speaker.
We hope to see you there, as your participation will contribute to the quality of the event. To see the agenda and/or register, please visit the symposium website at: http://www.regonline.com/ee2011. Please feel free to share this email with colleagues and friends. There is no cost to attend.
Further questions and/or comments may be directed to Ms. Stephanie Kramer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.432.4771 or LtCol Sal Viscuso at email@example.com,or 703.432.5251
29-30 April 2011 - Nottingham, UK - Landscapes of Secrecy: The CIA in History, Fiction and Memory at the East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham, UK
This will be a major conference to allow scholars to explore and
debate the history of the Central Intelligence Agency and its place
within the wider realms of post-war American politics and culture.
There will be a focus on the place of the CIA in the post-war of
American diplomacy and foreign policy, and also the more general public
reception of the subject through the medium of memoirs, film and
The conference coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs episode, when the CIA's failed attempt to overthrow the Castro regime in Cuba placed the Agency under the public spotlight and triggered debates over its role in US foreign policy that have never really subsided.
The conference seeks to integrate international and cultural approaches to provide a comprehensive approach to CIA history. In addition to examining the treatment of the CIA within American diplomatic history and national security policy, it also views history as a form of cultural production. Accordingly, this is an inter-disciplinary conference brings together a wide array of distinguished experts from the fields of history, international relations, American studies, film studies and literature. Overall, this conference represents a unique opportunity to examine and debate the multi-faceted development of the CIA within post-war American and international history.
A draft programme and further details about the conference and booking can be found at -
Enquires about the conference can be directed to
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