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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
United States Launches Top-Secret Spy
Satellite. The United States has successfully launched a multi-million dollar rocket into the sky outside of Los Angeles, but details regarding the cargo of the craft are not being released, as the government refuses to comment fully on the classified mission.
A Delta IV rocket was launched out of the Vandenberg Air Force base in Western California on Tuesday as part of a mission made possible to support the National Reconnaissance Office, one of the United States' 16 intelligence agencies. The NRO regularly manages spy satellites and related spacecraft for the US government, and although the specifics of the latest mission are staying sealed, this week's liftoff is expected to further the country's surveillance capabilities from high above the Earth.
As the exact purpose of the latest launch remains a matter for high-profile officers only, intelligence analysts speaking with the Associated Press speculate that the rocket was fired off to release a spy satellite that will allow the government to see from a set of eyes in the sky that will more successfully be able to see at night and in bad weather using high-tech radar imagining. To the AP, unidentified experts say they believe the high-tech satellite will be able to zoom into countries of interest and provide a point of view for the intelligence community that is not obtainable by America's otherwise advanced surveillance equipment. [Read more: RT/4April2012]
Number of Russian Spies in the UK Back to Cold War Levels, Say Security Services. Up to half the staff at the Russian embassy in London could be involved in intelligence gathering, a senior source told The Daily Telegraph.
Around 40 Moscow spies are believed to be operating in this country at any one time. Some are involved in traditional state espionage, while others monitor London-based oligarchs or engage in industrial spying for the commercial benefit of Russian firms.
There are fears Russia will ramp up its efforts over the coming months while the UK security services focus on the Olympic Games and the Queen's Jubilee celebrations.
Britain's close relationship with America is also hugely attractive for Russia who sees it as a "back door" to US intelligence, one expert warned.
It is believed there could be as many as 40 Russian spies active in the UK at any one time - similar to if not higher than numbers just before the end of the Cold War, sources said. [Read more: Whitehead/TheTelegraph/6April2012]
American Universities Infected by Foreign Spies Detected by FBI. Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon contacted the Central Intelligence Agency in late 2009 with an urgent question.
The school's campus in Dubai needed a bailout and an unlikely savior had stepped forward: a Dubai-based company that offered to provide money and students.
Simon was tempted. She also worried that the company, which had investors from Iran and wanted to recruit students from there, might be a front for the Iranian government, she said. If so, an agreement could violate federal trade sanctions and invite enemy spies.
The CIA couldn't confirm that the company wasn't an arm of Iran's government. Simon rejected the offer and shut down undergraduate programs in Dubai, at a loss of $3.7 million.
Hearkening back to Cold War anxieties, growing signs of spying on U.S. universities are alarming national security officials. As schools become more global in their locations and student populations, their culture of openness and international collaboration makes them increasingly vulnerable to theft of research conducted for the government and industry.
"We have intelligence and cases indicating that U.S. universities are indeed a target of foreign intelligence services," Frank Figliuzzi, Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director for counterintelligence, said in a February interview in the bureau's Washington headquarters. [Read more: Golden/Bloomberg/8April2012]
Ex-KGB Boss Wins Prez Election in South Ossetia. A former KGB chief on Monday scored a victory in the runoff presidential election in Georgia's breakaway province of South Ossetia that has been roiled by a political crisis over presidential succession.
A full vote count showed Leonid Tibilov won with 54.1 percent of the vote, local Election Commission Secretary Irina Gassiyeva said. His rival, David Sanakoyev trailed with 42.6 percent and conceded the race.
Tibilov, 60, is a former KGB officer who became South Ossetia's security minister in 1992, shortly after the mountainous province the size of Rhode Island broke away from Georgia in a war.
As the armed conflict between pro-Russian separatists and the central Georgian government simmered in the 1990s, Tibilov held several top government jobs, including that of a deputy prime minister.
Spiraling tensions between Georgia and South Ossetia triggered the August 2008 war, in which Russian troops routed the Georgian military in five days of fighting. The war sent Moscow's ties with the West to Cold War levels.
Russia's recognition of South Ossetia and another breakaway Georgian region, Abkhazia, remains a source of tensions between Moscow and Washington. Only a handful of other countries have recognized the independence of the separatist provinces.
Tibilov told the Voice of Russia radio station he will push for greater integration with Russia. [Read more: Dzhindzhikhashvili/AP/9April2012]
Israel Asks Obama to Release Convicted Spy. Israel's prime minister has called on the United States to release convicted spy Jonathan Pollard after the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst was hospitalized this week.
Pollard, 57, was sentenced to life in prison 25 years ago for leaking classified documents to Israel. Many Israelis believe the sentence was too harsh and officials often demand his release.
Those calls took on urgency after Pollard's wife Esther said he was hospitalized after suffering extreme pain last week.
Israel's President Shimon Peres said he would also appeal to President Barack Obama after hosting Pollard's wife on Sunday. [Read more: Boston.com/8April2012]
U.S., U.K. Firms Selling Spy Gear to Repressive Regimes, Says Report. A privacy group is claiming that Britain is exporting high-tech spy gear to repressive countries, endangering dissidents, says a report in the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper.
The Guardian reports that a group called Privacy International said it has identified at least 30 British companies it believes have exported surveillance gear to Bahrain, Iran, Syria, and Yemen, among other countries. The group also said 50 firms were exporting such technology from the U.S. and that Germany and Israel are also big exporters of spy gear.
The technology includes tools for monitoring mobile phone calls and text messages and for monitoring Internet traffic, as well as gear that lets users surreptitiously gain control of people's computers and of the microphones and cameras in their cell phones, the group claims.
The group said it contacted 160 companies about sales of such gear to repressive regimes but has so far received less than 10 denials, the Guardian reports.
The Guardian notes that WikiLeaks has posted what the document-dump Web site calls "a database of hundreds of documents from as many as 160 intelligence contractors in the mass surveillance industry."
The Guardian also notes that the European council has banned exports of surveillance gear to authorities in Iran and Syria, but that human rights groups say such technology is still being sold to private organizations in those countries. [Read more: Moyer/CNET/7April2012]
N. Korean Defector Spy Sent to Prison. A South Korean court Thursday sentenced a North Korean defector-turned-spy to four years in prison for trying to kill a fellow defector.
The defendant, identified only by the surname Ahn, was convicted of plotting to kill Park Sang-hak - who also had fled North Korea - with a poisoned needle, Yonhap News Agency reported.
Ahn was fined 11.75 million won ($10,399), the South Korean news agency said.
In its ruling, the Seoul Central District Court said it took into consideration "the fact that he was unexpectedly given the poisoned needle while gathering North Korea intelligence for the National Intelligence Service," the South's spy agency.
Ahn defected to South Korea in 1995 and was employed by a company handling inter-Korean economic projects. He met a North Korean spy in 2010 during business trips to Mongolia, and was later ordered by the North to carry out the assassination, court officials said. [Read more: UPI/4April2012]
More Journalists Linked to Case Charging ex-CIA Officer with Leaks about Interrogators. The identities of journalists who allegedly received illegal leaks from former CIA officer John Kiriakou are spilling into the public domain in the wake of his indictment last week on charges that he disclosed the names of CIA personnel involved in interrogations of terror suspects.
Two New York-based reporters, Matthew Cole and Richard Esposito, are among the journalists the government has alleged as being on the receiving end of leaks from Kiriakou, sources familiar with the case told POLITICO.
Cole, described in court papers as "Journalist A," worked until earlier this year as a producer for ABC News's investigative unit, but the alleged leaks to him took place before he joined ABC.
Esposito, described in court papers as "Journalist C," is the senior investigative reporter for ABC's I-team, headed up by Brian Ross. A complaint filed in the case earlier this year indicates that Esposito and Kiriakou "collaborated on a preliminary book proposal" and in the course of that effort Kiriakou "apparently" gave Esposito classified information.
Cole's alleged role is closer to the core of the case against Kiriakou and also raises questions about whether Cole, whose website indicates he was working on a book at the time, was straddling the line between traditional journalism and information gathering for lawyers representing Guantanamo detainees.
The indictment says Kiriakou gave Cole the last name of a CIA officer after Cole presented Kiriakou with a first name and other information. [Read more: Gerstein/Politico/9April2012]
Veterans Get Further Discovery in CIA 'Guinea Pig' Drugging Case. The Department of Veterans Affairs must disclose certain documents that a class of veterans hopes will prove they were used as guinea pigs by the CIA in Cold War-era drug experiments, a federal judge ruled.
Vietnam Veterans of America filed a class action against the U.S. government in 2009, claiming that at least 7,800 soldiers had been used as guinea pigs in Project Paperclip. The experiments were allegedly conducted at the Baltimore-area Edgewood Arsenal.
Soldiers were allegedly administered at least 250 and as many as 400 types of drugs, among them Sarin, one of the most deadly drugs known, amphetamines, barbiturates, mustard gas, phosgene gas and LSD.
Using tactics it often attributed to the Soviet enemy, the U.S. government sought drugs to control human behavior, cause confusion, promote weakness or temporary loss of hearing and vision, induce hypnosis and enhance a person's ability to withstand torture, according to the complaint.
The veterans say that some soldiers died, and others suffered seizures and paranoia.
They say the CIA knew it had to conceal the tests from "enemy forces" and the "American public in general" because the knowledge "would have serious repercussions in political and diplomatic circles and would be detrimental to the accomplishment of its mission."
The veterans' claims have changed over the course of discovery, and there are four remaining legal claims against the CIA, Defense Department, Army and Department of Veterans Affairs. [Read more: McCann/CourthouseNews/9April2012]
North Cyprus Arrests Russian in Espionage Incident. Turkish Cypriot media are reporting an "espionage incident" at the Turkish controlled Famagusta port in connection with a crew member of the Russian cargo ship "Natali 1" which is docked there.
Turkish Cypriot authorities confirmed that they arrested a Russian national, named as Nanec Hikov after he was caught taking photos of Turkish troopships.
Photographing or filming in the port area is strictly forbidden by Turkish occupation authorities, which maintains a strong security force in the area. [Read more: Barber/FamagustaGazette/5April2012]
Intelligence Analyst Describes his Role as 'Devil's Advocate' in the CIA. CIA employees pilot drones and gather surveillance on known enemies, but some spend large portions of their days reading through emails. Thousands per day, to be more precise, according to one analyst in the agency.
Eric Anderson described his large inbox and other aspects of his career to an audience in Mitchell Hall on Wednesday, April 4, as part of the Global Agenda speaker series.
As an analyst in a Red Cell unit of the CIA, Anderson said he works to come up with ideas that take different positions than his counterparts, examining data and predicting scenarios others do not foresee.
"We challenge the conventional wisdom," Anderson said of the Red Cell unit.
Anderson said Red Cell units were created in response to past intelligence failures. He described two of the most recognizable examples, one from more than 70 years ago and one from only a little more than a decade ago.
Anderson said in late November of 1941, the United States had "scattered and ambiguous" intelligence that the Japanese were plotting an attack in the Pacific. A minority of individuals believed Hawaii was a target, with supporting evidence including the disappearance of Japanese aircraft carriers from American radar. The Pearl Harbor attack devastated the U.S. less than one month later.
Sixty years later, American intelligence would fail again. Anderson said the 9/11 commission report cited estimates from as far back as 1995 stating the U.S. and its major symbolic landmarks faced threats from abroad.
He said presidential memos between 1998 and 2001 detailed the prevailing threat Osama bin Laden and his allies posed to the U.S., including one memo saying he was threatening attack with an aircraft.
American intelligence agencies, Anderson said, used to operate with the idea that information only needed to be divulged on a "need to know" basis. Since 9/11, the agencies have enacted a "need to share" policy, resulting in a flood of information for analysts. [Read more: Pitruzzello/UDaily/5April2012]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Shattered Glass. So maybe this guy doesn't walk into a bar....
In September 2011 the US government declassified substantial amounts of information about the GAMBIT and HEXAGON reconnaissance satellite programs. Certain aspects of those programs had been declassified in bits and pieces starting in 2002, and in 2008 the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) declassified a couple of official histories of the programs, with massive amounts of text deleted. Still, despite the fact that only a small part of the programs had been declassified, it was possible to develop an overall outline of them, and in early 2009 I ran a two-part general history of the GAMBIT program on The Space Review - fully aware that it would probably be rendered essentially obsolete/moot within a few years. (Indeed, I actually hoped that would be the case. See, or rather don't see: "Ike's GAMBIT: The KH-8 Reconnaissance Satellite," The Space Review, January 12, 2009.)
One of the stories that I included in the second article was about the time when one of the GAMBIT satellites accidentally fell on England in the early 1970s. Allegedly, a US Air Force officer heard about the discovery of the debris while sitting in a pub. This story was not in the officially released and heavily blacked-out history. It was told to me by a source who had gotten it from a former senior intelligence official. I trusted my source, and he trusted his source, but we both knew that the source was relying on a memory from many decades ago. Thus, there were likely gaps in his memory, and possibly places where real gaps had been filled in with some embellishments. That's the nature of oral history - you have to expect that even those with first-hand knowledge start to believe their own or other people's exaggerations.
Now that the official histories have been declassified, it is possible to get a little better picture of what actually happened. In this version of events, no US Air Force officer walks into a bar. [Read more: Day/TheSpaceReview/9April2012]
This Week: North Korean Fireworks? As Kim Jong-un's minions ready a rocket for takeoff - likely within this week - his neighbors are marshalling their missile-defense shields in the East Asia Sea and around cities that might be hit by an errant booster or rocket.
If North Korea launches its missile, and if it drifts off course, and if the allies try to shoot it down, we could be in for some fireworks well before July 4.
Three Japanese ships sailed for the East China Sea Saturday, along with a lone U.S. Navy vessel, to prepare to shoot down the North Korean missile if it drifts off course and threatens populated areas in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines or elsewhere.
Japan dispatched eight Patriot missile batteries to locations in Okinawa (where half of the 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan are based) and around Tokyo. South Korea is also deploying ships and interceptors in anticipation of the launch.
The ships would shoot down an errant missile in space; the Patriots are a second layer of defense if the ships' interceptors missed. The U.S. also dispatched its Sea-Based X-band radar from Pearl Harbor last month to monitor the missile's flight. The projected path of the missile suggests it will travel south over the East China Sea and Okinawa and beyond to the Pacific, rather than the more easterly route a 2009 North Korean launch took that had it fly over Japan's main island.
North Korea insists it is only lobbing an "Earth observation satellite" into space to honor the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth - and the current leader's grandfather - Kim Il-sung next Saturday. The U.S. and its east Pacific allies view the firing as a long-range missile test barred by U.N. resolutions.
In North Korea's two prior tests (both which apparently failed), the U.S. and its allies did little but watch Pyongyang's missiles ascend. A shoot down might shut up Pyongyang because if - as it has pledged - treats such an operation as an act of war, the regime's days will be numbered. Of course, if the allies shoot - and miss - that could prove embarrassing. [Read more: Thompson/Time/9April2012]
Student's Research Leads to Wikipedia Entry. Lt. General James H. Doolittle's report to President Eisenhower was stark. It was time to go Rambo on Russia, "an implacable enemy whose avowed objective is world domination by whatever means and at whatever cost." World War II hero Doolittle, who had led an air raid on Tokyo after Pearl Harbor (his exploits inspired the Spencer Tracy film Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo), declared in his 1954 report that "there are no rules in such a game... If the United States is to survive, long-standing concepts of 'fair play' must be reconsidered." Advocating that the CIA ruthlessly "subvert, sabotage, and destroy our enemies by more clever, more sophisticated, and more effective methods than those used against us," he warned Ike that Americans might have to swallow "this fundamentally repugnant philosophy."
Never heard of Doolittle and his report? Neither had we, until reading Wikipedia's entry about it, penned by Christopher Barnes (CAS'14). The Salem, N.H., resident parlayed a class project on the Doolittle Report into a piece for the online encyclopedia in February, an uncompensated, un-bylined effort that nonetheless, he says, yielded "the satisfaction of adding to the historical record."
Last fall, Stephen Kinzer (CAS'73), a College of Arts & Sciences visiting professor of international relations, assigned students in his class on the history of American foreign policy to make presentations about three Cold War documents. Two are well known: diplomat George Kennan's 1947 anonymous "X article" in Foreign Affairs magazine, calling for containment of Soviet expansionism, and NSC 68, the 1950 report to President Truman advocating military spending and "gradual coercion" of the Soviets. Barnes and a partner drew the Doolittle Report.
While Doolittle's thoughts are hardly the lost scrolls of Atlantis, Barnes began his class presentation by noting that "this one is so obscure it doesn't even have a Wikipedia entry," recalls Kinzer. Afterwards, Kinzer told his student that if there truly was no Wiki-entry - "the new symbol for obscurity" - he should write one. [Read more: Barlow/BostonUniversity/9April2012]
Banker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. President Obama recently nominated Jim Yong Kim, the president of Dartmouth, to be the next president of the World Bank - a privilege accorded to the United States since the bank's founding in 1946. A European, in turn, gets to run the International Monetary Fund.
In the wake of World War II, such a divvying up of the top spots among the great powers was inevitable. But how did the United States, the primary founder and financer of the two institutions, wind up taking the helm of the World Bank, and not the I.M.F., which was of vastly greater importance to its government?
In fact, that was the original goal of Harry Dexter White, the Treasury Department's key representative at the Bretton Woods conference of July 1944, where the two institutions were created. The I.M.F. was central to White's vision of a postwar global financial architecture dominated by the American dollar.
White relegated the British delegation head, John Maynard Keynes, to the commission creating the World Bank specifically to keep him away from the main event: creating the I.M.F. White so masterfully outmaneuvered the British that they wound up signing on to a dollar-centric design for the fund, one they thought they had already blocked.
Then, on Jan. 23, 1946, Harry S. Truman nominated White to be the first American executive director of the I.M.F. (such directors representing the major member countries). Truman was also widely expected to nominate White for the fund's top post of managing director.
But trouble soon arose in the form of J. Edgar Hoover, the F.B.I. director. White had been under surveillance for two months, suspected of being a Soviet spy. Hoover prepared a report for the president, based on information provided by 30 sources, including the confessed spy Elizabeth Bentley, asserting that White was "a valuable adjunct to an underground Soviet espionage organization," who was placing individuals of high regard to Soviet intelligence inside the government. If word of his activities became public, Hoover stressed, it could jeopardize the survival of the fund. [Read more: Steil/NYTimes/8April2012]
Camp Peary is Now Part of Pop Culture. For a place that has long denied its existence, Camp Peary has become much more visible lately. Mainstream media and Hollywood have made it part of America's popular culture.
It was 40 years ago when the Gazette broke the story that Camp Peary is a CIA training facility.
Today, officials still don't mention the CIA, but they have slowly nudged toward transparency about the Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity.
The base, known in the CIA as "The Farm," now has a dedicated PR spokesman who makes a telephone number available, although calling back is still tricky. No one really identifies themselves fully by title, and caller ID only shows "757."
A quiet understanding transcends the community. Like military retirees, plenty of CIA retirees have settled throughout greater Williamsburg. School teachers have become accustomed to vague definitions of what some of their students' parents do for a living.
Gazette reporters come across the secrecy occasionally, as some people refuse to be interviewed or photographed, no matter how innocuous the reference.
But times are changing. In February, when he was installed as Chancellor at the College of William & Mary, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, once director of the CIA, recalled his first memories of the base.
"During my freshman year our nights were punctuated by loud explosions and accompanying tremors from nearby Camp Peary," Gates said in his speech. "We would curse the U.S. Navy in the saltiest terms for our loss of sleep. Only years later would I learn that we had blamed the wrong part of the U.S. government for the noise.
"So," he continued, "I much later could state truthfully that the activities of the Central Intelligence Agency began keeping me awake at night long before I became a senior official there."
Public Affairs officer Fred Painter said in a recent phone interview that in the two years he's been at Camp Peary, he's begun issuing press releases with an eye to how the facility affects the community.
"We're part of the community here, and try to provide as much information as we can," he said. Few activities affect the community at large, but sometimes noise and aircraft spill outside the gates. Hence the noise alerts to the public. [Read more: Langley/VirginiaGazette/4April2012]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Nuclear Brat: Responding To The Impending North Korean "Satellite" Launch. "And know this: There will be no rewards for provocations. Those days are over. To the leaders of Pyongyang I say, this is the choice before you. This is the decision that you must make. Today we say, Pyongyang, have the courage to pursue peace and give a better life to the people of North Korea."
That's President Obama speaking in South Korea on March 26, 2012. He was responding to word that the government of North Korea would launch a "satellite" sometime in April in violation of a host of previous agreements to discontinue such work. The President's words were strong, brave and unequivocal.
They were also probably meaningless to the rulers of North Korea.
Have you ever had the misfortune to visit friends or relatives who seem incapable of exercising any real control or discipline over their small children? Ever sat through endless hours of meaningless threats of consequences that never materialize while the house around you is dismantled and the kids run amok? If so, then you have a really good idea of how American policy toward North Korea works.
The North Koreans act out. We stomp our feet and tell them to be good "or else." Then we cave in, grant a whole series of concessions and the cycle begins anew.
In fact, it has been only weeks since we concluded the previous round of such "negotiation." In late February 2012, the North Koreans agreed to a moratorium on long-range missile tests, nuclear tests and nuclear activity. It also agreed to allow international nuclear inspectors back on its soil. In response the United States agreed to provide 240,000 metric tons of food aid to North Korea. The ink was hardly dry on that agreement when the North Koreans trotted out their announcement regarding a proposed "satellite" launch. The planned launch, of course, has nothing to do with satellites. It is a continuation of North Korean efforts to develop the capacity to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles. [Read more: Faddis/AND/7April2012]
Time to Mobilize for Cyberwar. Iran's drive to become a nuclear power hinges partly on a facility outside the small mountain town of Natanz. According to intelligence analysts, the facility houses thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium to levels that could support nuclear weapons development, which has raised worldwide fears of a nuclear Iran. Amid faltering negotiations with the West to curb Iran's drive for nuclear power and with enrichment activities well under way, the Natanz facility mysteriously began to suffer technical difficulties in late 2009 and early 2010.
Without warning and for no apparent reason, nearly a thousand centrifuges began speeding up and slowing down, in ways that seemed calculated specifically to destroy them. At the same time, the systems monitoring those centrifuges did not register a single problem. Those centrifuges were destroyed, according to reports, and Iran's nuclear program was set back months - maybe years.
The computer programs running those centrifuges had been infected with a highly sophisticated computer worm, known as Stuxnet. This worm was 20 times more sophisticated than any worm or computer virus previously discovered, and news reports suggested that Israeli and American militaries had worked together to create it. Thus, if true, the United States and Israel launched a cyberattack on Iran's nuclear facilities no less effective than a nighttime air raid with missiles and smart bombs - but one that was far more secretive and deniable.
The Stuxnet attack on Natanz is one of many cyberattacks or cyber-intrusions in recent years, some of which have targeted U.S. government agencies and American corporations. These attacks and intrusions have stimulated a debate in Congress on how best to address national security in the digital age - without compromising our privacy, our civil liberties and our democracy.
Beyond Stuxnet, other cyberattacks have been in the news but are not as well known. In 2007, Estonia's government websites were taken offline by computer attacks originating from within Russia, although the Russian government denied involvement. In 2008, the Russian government was more clearly involved in a concerted cyberattack on the neighboring country of Georgia. Weeks before Russia sent ground troops into Georgia, Georgian government websites were taken offline with massive computer attacks, possibly the first time a cyberattack had been launched in conjunction with a shooting war. [Read more: Ammori&Pelican/SacramentoBee/8April2012]
Pakistan Must Answer on Osama. Let's see if we've got the numbers straight: Osama bin Laden lived in five houses in Pakistan, fathered four children there, kept three wives who took dictation for his rambling directives to his terror network, had two children born in public hospitals - and through it all, the Pakistani government did not know one single thing about his whereabouts?
Can this possibly be true? I suppose that if U.S. intelligence officials could fail to connect the dots about the 9/11 plot, then perhaps Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence directorate could be equally incompetent. And U.S. officials, with the cautious tone of witnesses who hope they won't have to testify at the trial, keep repeating that they haven't found the "smoking gun" that would confirm official Pakistani knowledge about the al-Qaida chief hiding in Abbottabad.
But this isn't a question for Americans, really. It's a matter for Pakistani officials. They can tear down bin Laden's compound - as Pakistani bulldozers did recently in a cleansing maneuver that reminded me of Lady Macbeth's famous line, "Out, damned spot! Out, I say!" But they can't wish away questions about the jihadist network that surrounded bin Laden and his accomplices during their nearly decade-long sojourn in the country. Here are some questions Pakistanis (with American acquiescence) have been ducking too long: [Read more: Ignatius/WashingtonPost/7April2012]
Noshir Gowadia, Father of Chinese Stealth Technology. First there were lot of news and rumors that China is probably developing a secret stealth bomber like B-2 Spirit and then come the rumors that China might be into development of stealth fighters in the class of F-22 Raptor. Then on December 2010, the world sees the first pictures of what seemed to be a Chinese stealth fighter and by January 2011 it was confirmed that China was indeed developing and testing stealth fighters.
The world was confused as in how China a country which has been notorious for reverse engineering fighter planes of Russian origin could have indigenously developed a stealth fighter with record time and very little research & development. And now on February 2012 we have confirmed news that China is developing the second stealth fighter Shenyang J-16 code named Silent Flanker.
Thanks to Noshir Sheriarji Gowadia who I refer to as the "Father of Chinese stealth technology" I believe China was able to develop such advanced technologies in such a short time. Noshir Gowadia was born in Mumbai, India emigrated to the United States and is now a naturalized U.S. citizen. He worked for Northrop from 1968 to 1986, as a design engineer, Gowadia was the principal designers of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, who conceptually designed the B-2 Bomber's entire propulsion system and called himself the "father of the technology that protects the B-2 stealth bomber from heat-seeking missiles." Besides the infrared suppression systems of B-2 Spirit it is unclear what other technologies of the bomber Gowadia had access to. In 1999, he founded N.S. Gowadia, Inc, which is described as providing "research and development, engineering services, technical consulting and any business related thereto."
In October 2005, Noshir Gowadia who worked for Northrop for 18 years was accused of disclosing the stealth bomber's infrared-suppression secrets to representatives from eight foreign governments. He was charged with one count of willfully communicating national defense information to a person not entitled to receive it, which falls under federal espionage statutes. Several classified documents from the engineer's days at Northrop and when he was a contract engineer in the 1990s at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico were found in his $ 4 Million house in Hawaii. He confessed of sharing classified information "both verbally and in papers, computer presentations, letters and other methods, to establish the technological credibility with the potential customers for future business." Gowadia was also charged with helping to design stealth technology for Chinese missiles, and with money laundering. [Dsouza/DefenceAviation/14March2012]
Chinese Commercial Espionage: U.S. Policy Recommendations. Sino-American economic conflicts are often characterized as "bad but improving." For example, the trade deficit is ugly, but exports to China are rising, protection of intellectual property is said to be slowly expanding, and so on. There is an important matter, however, where the situation is bad and the case that it is getting better is very thin: commercial espionage.
Commercial espionage overlaps economics and national security. The cyber variant - where networks are infiltrated and crucial knowledge pilfered - overlaps violations of intellectual property rights (IPR) and cyberwarfare attacks. China remains at the top of the offenders list in IPR infringement and cyberwarfare, so it is little surprise that it "leads" in commercial espionage.
The surprise is lack of improvement. China's political and business leadership either considers commercial espionage acceptable or believes they cannot be held accountable. Both misperceptions need to be corrected. The U.S. should make a sharp change in its response to commercial espionage - not to immediate retaliation but to making it unmistakably clear that such espionage is not acceptable. [Read more: Scissors/Heritage/9April2012]
Section IV - Books, Obituaries and Coming Events
Battle Loyal. When Lt. Jack Rencher met his flight commander and co-pilot, Capt. Werner Goering, he stared the man and thought: "So this is the guy I'm supposed to kill."
This was no insignificant task. Goering, one of the best of the Allies' bomber pilots, was also something else - the nephew of Adolf Hitler's right-hand man, Hermann Goering.
Was he a traitor, a spy or just an American immigrant eager to show how loyal he was to his new country? A new book by Stephen Frater says the FBI didn't know for sure.
Werner Goering was just 11 months old when his family immigrated to Salt Lake City from Germany and converted to Mormonism.
While his father, Karl, made a meager income at the church, his uncle Hermann Goering was rising to the top of the social elite in Germany.
After becoming a decorated WWI pilot, Hermann had caught the eye of Hitler, who had made him aviation minister.
The Utah Goerings were filled with admiration as they watched Hermann's incredible success and wealth. During one newscast, Hermann boasted about having six hunting estates, a villa and a castle, as well as 1,375 priceless paintings (most stolen from Jews).
But then Hermann changed. He got fat, more angry. He became Hitler's mouthpiece. By 1939, when war had broken out, the brothers severed communications.
Karl and Werner shared "anger, shame, embarrassment and wounded pride" about Hermann. He had "betrayed not only England, Poland and France; but he had also betrayed the Salt Lake City Goerings."
Werner Goering, who was a high-school "slacker," described as "bullheaded, difficult, a loner," put this betrayal to good use: He enlisted as an air cadet to face his number one enemy - his uncle.
This was perplexing to the FBI. J. Edgar Hoover headed up an investigation about this 19-year-old and his German family.
The consensus? [Read more: Cahalan/NYPost/25March2012]
Pakistan on the Brink by Ahmed Rashid. Five years ago, on a trip to South Asia, I asked a former Pakistani ambassador where Osama bin Laden was hiding. The ambassador replied that he would be found in a safe house built by Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI, near a military headquarters. I was taken aback, but the ambassador expressed complete confidence in this speculation. Clearly, Pakistanis understood their complex relationships with terror and with Washington; Americans took years to catch up.
Ahmed Rashid, one of Pakistan's premier journalists and analysts, knows the region's pressures better than most. He literally wrote the book on the Taliban and now has added a superb work on the future of Pakistan, a country many people deem the world's most dangerous. "Pakistan on the Brink" depicts a nation with a severe socioeconomic crisis, and with political leadership that has neither the courage nor the will to carry out essential reforms and is building the fastest-growing nuclear arsenal on the globe. The U.S.-Pakistan relationship is in a state of virtual meltdown, Rashid rightly contends, with both sides to blame.
The relationship is so bad that "the United States and Pakistan are just short of going to war," Rashid writes.
Much of the growing enmity between the two countries can be traced to the U.S. raid that killed bin Laden - and that's where Rashid begins his tale. [Read more: Riedel/WashingtonPost/6April2012]
Bertil Stroberg. Bertil Stroberg, a former Swedish air force officer who was convicted of spying for Poland during the Cold War but always maintained his innocence, has died. He was 79.
Stroberg's wife, Marianne Stroberg, said Wednesday he died in Stockholm on March 25 following a yearlong battle against cancer.
Stroberg was sentenced to six years in prison for spying in 1983, but released on parole after serving three years.
The key evidence in his case was a letter the prosecution said he had written to the Polish embassy offering to sell military secrets. Handwriting experts failed to link the letter to Stroberg.
The letter was signed Sven Roland Larsson and asked that money be sent in that name to the Central Post Office. Stroberg was arrested in 1983 when he went to the post office to collect Larsson's mail.
The court rejected the officer's claim that he was the unwitting victim of a conspiracy and that he had picked up the letter as a favor for an acquaintance.
After a 2009 documentary presented new information about the case, Stroberg requested a retrial, but Sweden's Supreme Court dismissed the request in October 2011.
Marianne Stroberg said her husband was very disappointed by that decision.
"It was as if he lost all his powers then," she told The Associated Press. "He took it very, very hard."
"He was a man who worked hard and always did the right thing in life," she added. "He never even got a parking ticket."
Stroberg is survived by Marianne, two children and four grandchildren. His wife said the funeral would be private. [AP/4April2012]
David P. Herrling. David P. Herrling, 80, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away peacefully with his family at his side Saturday, March 31, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Pomona, Calif., Saturday, May 16, 1931, son of the late Harold E. and Josephine (Johnson) Herrling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, James Herrling.
Mr. Herrling, a longtime vacationer to the Rehoboth Beach area, has been a permanent resident since 2004, coming from Great Falls, Va. He received his bachelor's degree at the University of California, Berkeley in business administration. He was Phi Beta Kappa and sang in a barbershop chorus while at Berkeley. He later relocated to the Washington, D.C. area and worked for the CIA as a special agent. His career enabled him to travel the world, including posts in the Middle East and Far East. After retiring from the government, he took a position with the private sector as the head of Security for B.T.G.
He was a member of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, Lewes. His hobbies included working with model trains, wood carving, stamp and coin collecting, hunting, gardening and traveling.
Mr. Herrling is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth K. (Connolly) Herrling of Rehoboth Beach; a daughter, Maryjo Herrling Poisl of Kenosha, Wisc.; two sons: David E. Herrling of Alexandria, Va. and James M. Herrling of Lovettsville, Va.; and four grandchildren: Ginny Herrling-Schetter of Kenosha, and James Herrling, Kimberly Herrling and Heidi Herrling, all of Virginia. [Read more: CapeGazette/3April2012]
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY Spy Museum Events in April, May, and beyond, 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.
Tuesday, 10 April 2012, 11:30 am - 2 pm - MacDill AFB - AFIO Florida Suncoast Chapter hosts Hon. Gus M. Bilirakis at this luncheon.
Gus M. Bilirakis, Republican from Palm Harbor
serving on the Committees on Homeland Security, Veterans' Affairs and
Foreign Affairs. Gus has been appointed Chairman of the Subcommittee on
Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communication, a vital post for the
state of Florida. He will be touching a number of topics of vital
interest to our nation.
Event location: MacDill AFB Surf's Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Boulevard, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. RSVP no later than Wednesday, April 4, for yourself and include the names of any guests. Email
or call the Chapter Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost is $20. If you make a reservation, don't cancel and get a cancellation confirmation by the response deadline and then don't show up, you will be responsible for the cost of the luncheon.
Note that the base is now enforcing a handscan registration for those with ID cards so, if you haven't been on-base recently, you should look into this or allow some extra time when you arrive for the meeting. Should you not have a 'bumper sticker' or ID card for access to MacDill AFB, please so state in your RSVP. If you have not already submitted information required for the Gate Access List, be sure to include your license number, name on drivers license and state of issue for yourself and for any guests you are bringing on base.
Anyone with special AFIO Gate Access should proceed to the Bayshore Gate. If you need directions, please let us know.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012, 11:30am - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO AZ Chapter hosts Thomas Davidson, CWO4 on "Mexican Drug Cartels - Their Areas of Operation along US Border."
CWO4 Thomas S. Davidson II is Military Intelligence, USArmy (Ret). Tom served a total of 36 years in the U.S. Army. His last assignment was with the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO), U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He started the FMSO Mexico and Southwest Border Security Team in January 2002 when he was recalled to active duty.
Location: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260.
WE WILL NEED FOR EVERY MEETING an RSVP no later than 72 hours ahead of time; in the past, not reserving or cancelling without prior notice (72 hours prior to the meeting) created much grief for those of us organizing the meeting and dealing with the personnel!
WE ARE charged for the no-shows and please remember, we are a small organization with a humble coffer! We would therefore APPRECIATE that you all respond to this email to confirm your presence (or not).
Our meeting fees will be as follows: $20.00 for AFIO members; $22.00 for guests and other nonmembers.
For reservations or questions, please email Simone email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016
13 April 2012, noon - 3pm - Ashburn, VA - The Loudoun Crime Commission
hosts FBI ADIC/WFO James McJUNKIN, former ADIC/CT Division on
"Washington Field Office Responsibilities: CT, CI, Crime, Intel and
Luncheon Speaker is: FBI ADIC James McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge, Washington Field Office, the FBI's second largest field office, most recently served as the Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division.
Location: Belmont Country Club, off Rte 7 in Ashburn at 19661 Belmont Manor Lane, Ashburn, VA, 20147. Directions can be found at http://www.belmontcountryclub.com/location-direction.shtml.
Cost: $20.00 cash or check at the door. Doors open at noon for registering and networking, lunch at 1230, and speaker at 1pm. RSVP is strongly suggested but we always try to have a few extra seats for stragglers.
RSVP by 9 April to: email@example.com
Saturday, 14 April 2012, 1-6pm - Washington, DC - "Solidarity and the CIA" with Ted Kontek, and two other topics/speakers at IWP event.
The Institute of World Politics hosts The Kosciuszko Chair's Second
Annual Kosciuszko Chair Spring Symposium. The three topics are:
The Euro and Poland's Economy by Prof. Andrzej Kazmierczak, Solidarity and the CIA with Ted Kontek, and The New York Times and Poland by Pawel Styrna.
1:00 PM: Registration and Light Refreshments; 2:00 PM: Sessions 1 & 2; 4:00 PM: Break; 4:30 PM: Session 3; 5:30 PM: Wine & Cheese Reception
Location: 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
RSVP Required: email Katie Lenczowski Bridges at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Washington, DC - "Graphic Intelligence: Comics, the KKK, and Covert Ops" at the International Spy Museum
Comic books often reflect the time in which they are created. Since
the Cold War, spies have been hot, and the world of comics has had a
great assortment of espionage volumes. National security lawyer and
comic collector/dealer Mark S. Zaid has assembled a rich array of comics
that address spies and espionage. He'll showcase some of the coolest
and rarest volumes in his collection while he describes how spy comics
mirrored the intelligence issues of the time period in which they were
published—some purporting to reveal true spy cases. He'll also share
tales of how comics may have been used as intelligence tools and to push
social agendas involving war, race, and sex. Then there is the story of
the famous superhero who teamed up with actual spies to strike a blow
for justice and equality in the United States. Award-winning author Rick
Bowers shares the story behind his new book Superman vs. the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate.
Bowers reveals how the producers of The Adventures of Superman radio
show took on the resurgent Ku Klux Klan in 1946, teaming up with
infiltrators within the secret society to produce a ground-breaking,
16-part radio drama in which the Man of Steel conquered the hooded hate
WHERE: International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station.
Tickets: $15.00 Register at www.spymuseum.org
19 April 2012, 8 AM - 7 PM - Fort Lauderdale, FL - South Florida InfraGard Branch Regional Conference on "Current and Future Security threats: How are the private and public sectors working to meet these challenges."
The South Florida InfraGard Branch of the InfraGard Membership
Alliance invites AFIO members to participate in their first Regional
Conference: Current and Future Security threats: How are the private and
working to meet these challenges.
As security threats continue to develop and new plans and intentions are exposed which target our private and public sector entities, it is imperative to stay aware and current on technology/physical security best practices, to prevent, mitigate and react to potential disruption and loss of services, life and property. Conference speakers will represent all sectors and functions facing the challenges threatening our Cyber and Critical Infrastructure, and
will address methods to protect it, as well as Technology and Risk Management trends and advances towards the safeguarding of our National Security.
FOOD: Breakfast, full gourmet lunch, snacks and an evening cocktail event are included. LOCATION: Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel.
REGISTER AT: http://www.s-fla.eventbrite.com
For list of speakers, their topics, their bios, and additional information visit http://www.infragardmiami.com/
Questions to Nancy Bianco, South Florida InfraGard, 650 533-5360 or email@example.com
Thursday, 19 April 2012, 3:30pm - Washington, DC - JNSL Symposium to discuss "Shadow Wars" featuring William C. Banks, Syracuse U Col of Law
The Journal of National Security Law & Policy and The Georgetown
Center on National Security and the Law will be hosting a symposium to
discuss JNSLP's latest issue:
Opening Remarks by William C. Banks, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of National Security Law & Policy. Banks is on the Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor, Syracuse University College of Law, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Syracuse University; Author of the JNSLP article "Shadow Wars."
Featured Authors and Panelists: Laura Dickinson, Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School; Author of the JNSLP article Outsourcing Covert Activities.
Louis Fisher, Scholar in Residence, The Constitution Project; Former Specialist in Constitutional Law, Library of Congress; Author of the JNSLP article Basic Principals of the War Power.
John Prados, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Iraq Documentation Project; Director of the Vietnam Project at the National Security Archive at The George Washington University; Author of the JNSLP article The Continuing Quandary of Covert Operations.
Scott Shane, National Security Reporter, Washington Bureau, The New York Times.
WHERE: Hart Auditorium, Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue, Washington, DC.
Reception to Follow
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact email@example.com with questions.
19 April 2012, 6pm - 9pm - Arlington, VA - Annual Black Tie Banquet of the FAOA
The Foreign Area Officer Association hosts their Annual Black Tie
Banquet featuring keynote speaker: James R. Clapper, Lt Gen, USAF(Ret) -
Director of National Intelligence.
Location: The Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA. (Note: This is not the Army Navy Club in DC)
Attire: Black Tie – Tuxedo/formal evening gown and military personnel equivalent. Open Bar Included. Mixer starts at 6:00 PM and proceedings start at 7:00 PM
Register online here.
20 April 2012, 5 PM - Washington, DC - "Ronald Reagan's Policies for
Intelligence and Security: A Useful Model for Today's Challenges" by
Professor deGraffenreid at IWP
Kenneth deGraffenreid is a full-time professor and Faculty Chairman at The Institute of World Politics, where he teaches courses on intelligence and counterintelligence.
From 2004-2005, Prof. deGraffenreid served as Deputy National Counterintelligence Executive to the President of the United States. He has also served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Support at the Department of Defense, Senior Director of Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council, Senior professional staff member at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senior Fellow on Intelligence at the National Strategy Information Center.
He is a Retired Captain, U.S Navy Reserves, and a founding member of the IWP Board of Overseers. He holds a B.A. from Purdue University and an M.A. from The Catholic University of America
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
MUST RSVP to attend. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, 21 April 2012, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - "How 20th Century Technology Transformed 21st Century Spycraft" - at AFIO Maine
CIA Operations officer Robert Wallace takes off the mask to reveal
tales of deception and trickery as he shows "How 20th Century Technology
Transformed 21st Century Spycraft" at the April 21st meeting of the
Maine Chapter of the Association for Intelligence Officers.
After serving in the U.S. Army in 1968-1970 in Vietnam where he led long-range reconnaissance patrol teams of Company E, 75th Rangers, Bob moved to Washington, D.C. in 1970 as Administrative Assistant to the late Ohio Congressman William McCullough. In 1971 he joined the Central Intelligence Agency where he enjoyed a 32 year career with assignments as operations officer, station chief, resource manager and director of clandestine technical programs, finally becoming Director of CIA's Office of Technical Service (OTC) in 1998. As Director of OTC he was engaged in managing programs for the design, development and deployment of technical equipment to support clandestine operations worldwide.
Wallace is co-author of "SPYCRAFT: The Secret History of CIA's Spytechs from Communism to al-Qaeda" (2008) and co-author of "The Official CIA Manual of Deception and Trickery" (2009).
He retired from CIA in 2003 and founded Artemus Consulting Group, a network of intelligence and security professionals providing services to government and corporate clients.
The meeting will be at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 2 Dane Street, Kennebunk and the public is invited. For information call 207-967-4298.
5 May 2012, 11:30am - 2pm - Melbourne, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter meets to hear Col. Jespersen on T.E. Lawrence
11:30 social hour with cash bar. Lunch 12:30.
Speaker will be Col. Robert Randolph Jespersen who will discuss T.E. Lawrence: soldier-scholar and his impact on guerilla warfare doctrine.
Location: Eau Gallie Yacht Club.
RSVP to POC Donna Czarnecki, email@example.com
Tuesday, 8 May 2012, noon – 1 pm – Washington, DC - "Spies and Commisars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution" at the International Spy Museum
Russia was a chaotic hotspot after the Revolution of 1917, torn by
Civil War between the Bolsheviks and the White Russians. While Lenin and
Trotsky tried to spread their revolution across Europe and the great
powers attempted to extinguish the Bolshevik experiment, an
extraordinary collection of adventurers, opportunists, journalists, and
spies poured into the roiling Russian political scene. Outsized
characters like Sidney "Ace of Spies" Reilly, communist activist John
Reed, and author Somerset Maugham all played their parts…under the
watchful eye of Feliks Dzerzhinsky, the head of the ruthless Cheka, the
first of the Soviet state security organizations. Join renowned British
historian Robert Service for a discussion of his thrilling new book
about this turning point of twentieth century history.
Free! No registration required. For directions go towww.spymuseum.org
Wednesday, 9 May 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m – Washington, DC - "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - From 9/11 to Abbottabad" at the International Spy Museum
"Tonight, I can report…that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden."—US President Barack Obama, May 1, 2011
When Osama bin Laden declared war against the United States for the first time to a Western audience, Peter Bergen was there. He produced Osama bin Laden's first television interview. His book, The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader,
was named one of the best non-fiction books of 2006. Bergen has
continued to write and report extensively on bin Laden and the conflict
between the US and al Qaeda for publications ranging from The New York
Times to Rolling Stone. He's produced award-winning documentaries on the
subject matter, and in his latest book he has turned his attention to
the hunt and termination of the notorious terrorist. Join us for an
inside account of Bergen's professional connection to bin Laden, his
perspective on the decade-long hunt to capture or kill him, and his
thoughts on the results of Operation Neptune Spear.
WHERE: International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Tickets: $15.00 Register at www.spymuseum.org
10 May 2012, 8:30 am - 5 pm - Stony Brook, LI, NY - "The History of Spying: Espionage In America" Conference at Long Island Spy Museum
An exclusive opportunity to explore the art of spycraft.
9:00-9:30: Coffee/Light Refreshments; 9:30-9:45: Introduction by Master of Ceremonies; Actor Peter Firth from the critically acclaimed television series MI-5.; 9:45-10:45: Michael Sulick | Former Director of the US National Clandestine Service and 28-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency: "Revolutionary War Espionage & George Washington's Spies."; 10:45-11:45: Bill Birnes | New York Times bestselling author, TV personality, espionage historian and New York University School of Law graduate: "WWII-Office of Strategic Services (OSS): The Birth of an Intelligence Agency; Patriots, Buccaneers & Movie Stars."; 11:45-12:45: LUNCH BREAK; 12:45-1:45: General Michael Hayden | Former Director of both the Central Intelligence Agency & National Security Agency: "CIA, the War on Terror, and the Killing of Bin Laden."; 1:45- 2:00: Coffee Break.; 2.00-3:00: Cindy Webb | Former Chief of Counter Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency: "Counterintelligence in the Cold War and Beyond."; 3:00-4:00: Tom Betro | Former Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS): "Counterintelligence 2.0; CI Challenges and Opportunities in the Internet Era."; 4:00-4:30: Q&A session;
4.30-4:40: Closing Remarks.
Admission $25.00 Doors open: 8:30 AM. Limited seating available. To purchase tickets visit: www.LongIslandSpyMuseum.org
Long Island Spy Museum, 275 Christian Ave, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Call 631-371-1473 for additional information.
11-13 May 2012 - North Conway, NH - The New England Chapter of the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association (NCVA-NE) holds Spring Mini-Reunion
Location: North Conway Grand Hotel, North Conway, New Hampshire. The registration cut-off date for the event is 27 April 2012. For additional information, local members and prospective members may call (518) 664-8032 or visit http://ncva-ne.org
Thursday, 17 May 2012, 11:30 - Englewood, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Ray Levesque - the new DIA Representative to NORAD
The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Ray Levesque - the new DIA Representative to NORADNorthCom, J2's SIO in Iraq and recently back from work in Mexico. This is a joint meeting of AFIO and Denver INFRAGARD. will be held at Centennial Airport. There are seating limitations of 45 seats so we will accept reservations on a first come first serve basis. You will receive directions when you RSVP to Tom VanWormer at firstname.lastname@example.org. The lunch will cost $12.00. You can pay at the door.
Friday, 18 May 2012, 6:30 – 9:30 pm – Washington, DC - "Surveillance 101 with Eric O'Neill" at the International Spy Museum
Test your surveillance skills on the mean streets of DC!
What if you were assigned to watch the most damaging spy in US history? As a young operative in the FBI, Eric O'Neill was put into position as Robert Hanssen's assistant with the secret
task of spying on his boss, who was under suspicion of working for
Russia.$7 O'Neill's background with the FBI was in surveillance, so he
was up to the challenge. But how would you measure up? It's your chance
to find out. O'Neill is prepared to share his hard-earned expertise with
you. This intense small group introduction to surveillance will include
learning the basics and conducting surveillance in the streets of DC.
Will you be able to track the "Rabbit" without being "made?" You'll
learn how to snap clandestine shots and keep your target in view so you
won't miss operational acts or secret meetings. O'Neill will lead the
exercise and help you learn how to blend into the shadows for the best
WHERE: International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Tickets $94.00. Space is limited to only 10 participants – advance registration required. Call 202 654-0932 to register.
Sunday, 20 May 2012, 6 pm - McLean, VA - NMIA/NMIF Hosts 34th Awards Banquet
The 34th Military Intelligence Community Awards Banquet includes dinner and awards presentation recognizing achievement of Intelligence Professionals from DoD Components, National Intelligence Agencies, and the Department of Homeland Security. Event takes place at the McLean Hilton Hotel. Cocktails 1800 hrs; Dinner & Awards Ceremony 1800 hrs. Mess Dress/Black Tie Preferred. Details as well as reservation forms available at http://bit.ly/HHxZ7z
Thursday, 24 May 2012, 6 pm - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro meets to hear Dr. Vadim Birstein on Stalin's SMERSH
Dr. Vadim Birstein - Russian American who arrived in
the US in 1991, is a historian, a molecular geneticist and author of
over 150 scientific papers, three
scientific books and one history book. www.vadimbirstein.com/bio.htm
Dr. Birstein's new book "SMERSH" an acronym of the Russian phrase "Death to Spies." "SMERSH" was Stalin's secret weapon, Soviet Military Counterintelligence during WWll. Dr. Birstein
reveals for the first time the structure of this super secret organization, its torture and execution of countless Soviet officers and servicemen and its brazen arrest of foreign civilians, the recovery of Hitler's body and its completely unknown involvement in the Nuremberg trials and much, much more.
RSVP: Strongly suggested, not required. Email email@example.com
Location: 3 West Club, 3 West 51st St, NYC
Cost: $45/person including buffet dinner & cash bar.
For Additional Events two+ months or greater....view our online Calendar of Events
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