AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #31-12 dated 14 August 2012

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Section IV - Obituaries, Career Opportunities and Coming Events


Career Opportunities

Coming Educational Events

Current Calendar New and/or Next Two Months ONLY

SPYPEDIA updates as of 08 August:  In espionage cases this week, "Manfred K.," a German employee of NATO's Air Command Headquarters at the US air base in Ramstein, was arrested on 06 August on suspicion of espionage and releasing state secrets. He is suspected of copying classified information onto his personal computer with the intention of passing it to unidentified third parties. On the terrorism front, local authorities have expressed their belief that Wade Michael Page's deadly attack on a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin was an act of domestic terrorism, as he was a known white supremacist. A representative of the FBI has stated that they are still investigating his motives. Internationally, a terrorism plot was foiled in Spain after three men were arrested for planning attacks either in the form of car bombs or aerial attacks on European targets. A few of their suspected targets were a US-Spanish joint naval base and British interests in Gibraltar. One of the men was an senior international operative for AQAP.

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-Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre)

George Mason University and CIA Seals

Intelligence, Policy and Politics: The DCI, the White House and Congress

September 13, 2012

Additional seats are now available on a first-come, first-serve basis at this link:
DCI Conference at George Mason

Last Opportunity to Register for Remarkable
8th Raleigh Spy Conference [RSC]

Raleigh Spy Conference

22-24 August 2012, Raleigh, North Carolina

Updated description here or page down to August event entry.

Speakers, Topics, and other details are on the RSC website here

Register and place event on your calendar.

National Cryptologic Museum Foundation Seal

Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 0915 - 1500 - Laurel, MD
The Annual NCMF General Membership Meeting

HOLD DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR: The event takes place at the JHU/APL Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland.
Registration and breakfast are from 0800-0900. The morning session will open with outgoing NCMF President, Mr. Eugene Becker, who will introduce the new NCMF President, Mr. Richard Schaeffer, to the membership. At 0915, NSA Deputy Director, Mr. Chris Inglis, will give the opening remarks. The remainder of the morning will feature DIA Director, Lt Gen Michael Flynn, who has been invited to be keynote speaker and Mr. Patrick Weadon, who will give an update on the National Cryptologic Museum. Lunch will be served from 1200-1300.
The afternoon session will be held from 1300-1500 and features Joel Brenner, author of America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime and Warfare who has been invited to speak on the cyber security threat to the civilian sector. The afternoon also features a panel of SCE senior commanders, chaired by Billy Bingham, Brig Gen, Ret., discussing cyber and how it pertains to their overall mission. Rod Isler, Maj Gen, Ret., will close the program with an update on the New Museum Project.
Registration information will appear here in late August. To jump the gun...or if you have questions, email

Seattle, Washington Area Members and Guests
CIA & Naval Museum Event to put on your calendars

Saturday, 03 November 2012, 11 am - 12:30 pm - Keyport, WA - An Underwater Ice Station Zebra, featuring Historian, CIA Officer David Waltrop. This is a CIA Historic Document Release Event at the Naval Undersea Museum.

The Trieste II Deep Sea Vehicle I (DSV-1), the U.S. Navy's most advanced deep sea submersible, surfaced about 350 miles northeast of the Hawaiian Islands in the pre-dawn hours of 26 April 1972 after having salvaged a mysterious item from 16,400 feet below the Pacific Ocean. Publically known as a nondescript "data package," the full story of this little known Cold War operation has remained hidden behind secrecy, rumor, and speculation. With access to sources from three agencies, An Underwater Ice Station Zebra reveals how the CIA and U.S. Navy undertook a dangerous mission, never before attempted, in the deepest undersea expedition of its time – twenty-eight months before CIA's better known salvage involving the Hughes Glomar Explorer. Presentation by David W. Waltrop, program manager in the CIA Historical Collections Division, who served previously as the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) deputy-chief historian, editor of NRO's quarterly publication, and curator of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
LOCATION: Naval Undersea Museum, 1 Garnett Way, Keyport, WA 98345 [for GPS or Google Maps use: Jenson Road, Poulsbo, WA 98345], Phone: (360) 396-4148. The Museum is located 28 miles from downtown Seattle.
REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED. Just show up and enjoy this important presentation. For more information visit the Museum website at

25-27 October 2012 - Gregynog Hall, Wales , UK - The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Fifty Year Retrospective Assessment - A Cambridge UK Intelligence Seminar!

Call for Papers.  Delegate registration. Places now available!  First come first served!

This autumn sees the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the quintessential Cold War crisis which Arthur Schleslinger, Jr. termed 'the most dangerous moment in human history'.  In order to mark this seminal event the Centre for Intelligence and International Security Studies (CIISS) at Aberystwyth University and the Cambridge Intelligence Group (seminar), University of Cambridge are hosting a major international conference at Gregynog Hall ( in the idyllic setting of rural Wales.  The conference will seek to address the legacies and lessons of the  Cuban Missile Crisis by means of a number of papers and roundtable discussions.  The conference will feature contributions from a number of the most eminent international scholars of nuclear history, intelligence, espionage, political science and the Cold War.  The continuing relevance of the lessons of 1962 cannot be overstated and this  multidisciplinary conference will be of interest to intelligence professionals, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and policymakers.

Speakers include:

Professor Christopher Andrew (University of Cambridge, official historian of MI5)
Professor Len Scott (CIISS, Aberystwyth University)
Dr. Michael S. Goodman (King's College London, Official Historian of the UK JIC)
H. Keith Melton (Intelligence specialist)
Professor Don Munton (University of Northern British Columbia)

Book now to avoid disappointment! (
Gold Pass CMC2012: Full-board and Conference Fee (including Conference Dinner and Wine receptions): £325 all inclusive
In order to be considered as a presenter please provide a 300 word abstract and your institutional affiliation to: David Gioe ( Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, University of Cambridge.

Please return all booking forms to: Dr. Kris Stoddart ( Centre for Intelligence and International Security Studies, Aberystwyth University
For further information please e-mail or David Gioe, ( Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, University of Cambridge



New DIA Director Expects Intensified Demands for Intelligence. The new director of the Defense Intelligence Agency is approaching his dream job with eyes wide open, valuing people over technology and expecting a future that holds more intense demands for intelligence.

Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn became DIA director July 24, as well as commander of the collocated joint functional component command for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance that is part of U.S. Strategic Command.

"If there's a dream job for me, this is it," Flynn said during an interview with American Forces Press Service.

His vision for the agency, the director added, "is to operationalize the capabilities that DIA brings to bear, for the defense community and specifically in support of our combatant commanders - [the] commanders and organizations that are spread throughout the globe in support of our nation's defense."

DIA personnel are deployed in 139 countries around the world, with more than 500 serving combat forces in Afghanistan.

"People don't always know that some of the men and women who are out there are even from DIA," Flynn said. "They show up and they live and breathe with the units they're [supporting], doing an intelligence analysis mission and helping commanders understand what's happening in their environment." [Read more: Pellerin/AFPS/10August2012]

German Arrested for Spying for Russia. A civilian NATO employee arrested in Germany last week on spying charges was working for Russian intelligence, a news report said Monday. 

The employee at Ramstein Air Base, identified only as Manfred K., downloaded tactical plans for U.S. operations worldwide as well as secret computer passwords for military top brass, the Times of London reported.

The material was so good that the Federal Security Service, or FSB, was prepared to offer �7 million ($11 million) in cash, the report said, quoting a "senior security journalist in Germany."

Ramstein is home to both a U.S. air base and a NATO command center.

It was unclear, however, why the FSB would be involved in the case. Unlike the Foreign and the Military Intelligence services, it runs no overseas operations. None of the agencies commented on the report Monday. [Read more: VonTwickel/MoscowTimes/14August2012]

Hackers Attack Australian Spy Agency Website. Australia's national intelligence agency acknowledged Friday that its public website may have encountered problems after hackers said they had subjected it to a sustained campaign of cyber attacks.

The Australian Security Intelligence Organization "is aware that there may have been some technical issues with its public website," a spokesman for the organization said.

But the site "does not host any classified information and any disruption would not represent a risk to ASIO's business," the spokesman added, using the agency's abbreviated name. [Read more: CNN/10August2012]

Bahamas Presses Ahead With Creation Of National Intelligence Agency. As promised, the government is moving ahead with the formation of a National Intelligence Agency comprised of representatives from all branches of law enforcement.

Speaking after a tour of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force base HMBS Coral Harbour yesterday, Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage said the NIA will be formed in short order.

He said: "We are establishing a National Intelligence Agency, which is akin to a Secret Service type of function.

"If we are going to protect our borders, if we are going to reduce crime, if we are going to maintain safety and peace, then we have to have first-class intelligence."

According to Dr. Nottage, the government began working on the initiative shortly after the election, and the process of forming the agency is already "far along."

He said: "We have an organisation called the Heads of National Law Enforcement Agencies which includes the Defence Force, the Police, Her Majesty�s Prison, the Port Department, Customs and Immigrations Departments and we have been meeting on a regular basis and we are about to be able to launch the national intelligence agency in the not-to-distant future.

"If each agency has it�s own intelligence, and is collecting intelligence, but they are not really sharing it with each other, then we are not really working together and we have already found just by having our meetings, we are discovering things about each other - what we found now is that we potentiate each other."

Speaking shortly after the election, Dr Nottage said the National Intelligence Agency will help the government maximse its use of resources in the fight against crime, particularly international drug trafficking. [Read more: Nixon/Tribune/10August2012]

New Intelligence Chief Promises Action After Neo-Nazi Scandal. Germany�s new domestic intelligence chief on Friday promised a shake-up of the agency on his first day in the job, after it failed to detect a neo-Nazi terrorist cell believed to have been responsible for a string of murders over nearly a decade.

One member of the cell is in custody, while the other two died in an apparent murder-suicide in November.

Hans-Georg Maassen was inducted Friday, saying: "Trust is the principal currency used by intelligence services... I know that we�ve got a tough time ahead of us."

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, who was at the induction, said: "The office has lost trust in recent weeks and months."

In June the scandal over reports that staff had deliberately shredded files on neo-Nazis in November led to the resignation of Maassen�s predecessor, Heinz Fromm.

The documents vanished shortly after it came to light that the unsolved murders of nine immigrants and a policewoman since 2000 appeared to have been the work of the three-member neo-Nazi cell.

An inquiry is underway to determine whether employees of the intelligence agency tried to conceal their links to some of the hundreds of neo-Nazis in central Thuringia state where the cell had formed. [Read more: EuropeOnline/10August2012]

Want to Cut Security Clearance Costs? Recognize Other Agencies' Credentials. The failure of federal agencies to recognize one another's clearances is costing taxpayers millions of dollars, according to a government technology trade group.

TechAmerica, an organization representing technology contractors, said agencies are creating inefficiencies by disregarding a requirement for reciprocity in the 2004 intelligence reform law. In a survey of its member firms, the organization found that 96 percent of companies had trouble transferring employees with security clearances among contracts. The Homeland Security Department was one of the worst offenders, the survey indicated. Non-Defense intelligence agencies also ranked poorly on reciprocity; the Defense Department fared better.

"While the survey did identify some areas of improvement, the results were stark and clear," wrote Greg Keeley, vice president of defense, intelligence and homeland security policy at TechAmerica. "Federal agencies are not adhering to existing clearance reciprocity laws, resulting in massive inefficiencies in time, effort and money."

One area with more positive news was processing speed. Fifty-two percent of respondents to the survey said processing times for obtaining clearances improved, with 22 percent saying times had stayed approximately the same and 26 percent reporting longer processing periods. 

A GAO report released in June said the federal government has made progress on security clearance processing and management, including reciprocity. But U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro noted in congressional testimony that more work lies ahead for federal agencies looking to give security clearances. [Read more: Pavgi/GovernmentExecutive/13August2012]

Gliph's Cutting-Edge Cloaked Email Protects Email Privacy. Gliph, a one-of-a-kind mobile and web app, today announced the availability of Cloaked Email, a new and innovative method for protecting the privacy of users' email addresses.

Cloaked Email allows users to both send and receive email using their normal email client, while keeping their real email address a secret. Email sent to the cloaked address is smoothly forwarded to users' real email addresses. When the user replies, their real email address is automatically replaced with the cloak address.

This design is perfect for situations like Craigslist communications and transactions, where users often prefer to keep their real identity under wraps. "We're excited about how Cloaked Email provides Craigslist users in particular with a new tool to protect their anonymity," said Rob Banagale, co-founder and CEO of Gliph. "We all have situations where we'd prefer to keep our actual email address private. Cloaked Email makes this convenient for everyone."

In addition to general privacy protection, Cloaked Email offers Gliph users a new layer of protection against potential data breaches. By registering for a website or newsletter using a Cloaked Email address instead of a real one, Gliph users can limit their exposure to breach or attack.

"As we've seen with the recent attacks against Blizzard, Yahoo, and Stratfor, unfortunately, data breaches are becoming a problem for everyone," said Nicholas Asch, co-founder and CTO of Gliph. "From major gaming companies to global intelligence service providers, it just doesn't pay to use your real email address if you can avoid it." [Read more: PRWeb/14August2012]

Kenya: Bill Seeks to Give NSIS Power to Carry Guns. Spy agents will soon have powers to carry and use firearms in an attempt to deal with increasing security threats. The National Intelligence Service Bill 2012 which is now before Parliament also gives the agency's Director General, "in the event of extreme emergency" unfettered access to any place, seize any property including information and document and restrain suspects from escaping.

There is however a caveat that the DG shall "as soon as practically possible" but not later than 36 hours, obtain a court warrant for what has taken place.

If there is no emergency, the DG or any other member of the service authorized by the director should first obtain a warrant from the High Court before searching a home, a premise or seizing information and documents.

The Bill, which now awaits debate by MPs, is aimed at repealing the National Security Intelligence Service Act. It will change the name of the agency from National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS) to National Intelligence Service (NIS).

On firearms, the Bill stipulates that the officers shall use such weapons only when it is impossible to carry out an operation with no force at all.

"A member of the service, may, where necessary for the performance of his or her functions under this Act and with the approval of the Director-General, carry and use an official firearm," reads the Bill.

The Bill says the firearms shall be used for the purpose of saving or protecting the life of the service or any other person. The firearm can also be used "in self-defence or in defence of another person against imminent threat of life of serious injury." [Read more: Mureithi/AllAfrica/9August2012]

Albania Replaces Secret Service Chief. The Albania president has fired the head of the State Security Agency, SHISH, replacing him with the Deputy Minister of Innovation, Visho Ajazi Lika.

Bahri Shaqiri was nominated as the head of the Albanian State Intelligence Service, SHISH, in January 2005 and was widely respected for his professionalism, particularly for ensuring that key security institutions did not fall under political influence.

Due to his fierce independence, however, he also gained enemies. The government of Prime Minister Sali Berisha repeatedly cut the agency's funding since assuming power.

Although the government sought to replace him, former presidents Moisiu and Bamir Topi supported Shaqiri.

According to Albanian law, the head of SHISH can only be replaced at a proposal by the prime minister, which has to be approved by the president.

In 2010, Berisha tried to fire Shaqiri by amending the Secret Service Law, but faced opposition by NATO and the United States, Albania's key ally. [Read more: Likmeta/EurasiaReview/9August2012]


CIA Declassifies Spy Satellite Saga with a Deep-Sea Twist. It's a plot worthy of a Hollywood action movie: 40 years ago, the U.S. Navy carried out a daring mission to retrieve a top-secret film capsule that had settled more than 16,000 feet (4,876 meters) underwater on the ocean floor. At the time, the expedition was the deepest undersea salvage operation ever attempted.

Documents released by the Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday detail the capsule's incredible recovery, using what was at the time the Navy's most sophisticated deep-sea submersible.

On July 10, 1971, a classified U.S. satellite, code-named Hexagon, attempted to return a mysterious "data package" to Earth by ejecting a capsule over the Pacific Ocean. The capsule's parachute failed, and the canister slammed into the water with an excruciating 2,600 G's of force.

Hexagon satellites, which were declassified in 2011, were photo reconnaissance spacecraft that were part of an American Cold War-era spy program. Since these satellites preceded today's era of digital technology, Hexagons recorded images on film, sending them back to Earth in capsules that re-entered Earth's atmosphere and were recovered within a designated zone near the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

During the first Hexagon mission in 1971, the parachute attached to one of these capsules broke. The capsule sank to a depth of about 16,400 feet (almost 5,000 meters) in the Pacific.

To recover the sunken capsule, the U.S. Navy crafted a bold rescue mission to be carried out by its Trieste II Deep Sea Vehicle, or DSV-1. At the time, this mini-submarine was the Navy's best deep-sea submersible. 

The newly declassified CIA documents include a report of the undersea mission and pictures of the Navy's DSV-1 and the film capsule at the bottom of the ocean. The report explains how and why the CIA decided to retrieve the Hexagon Recovery Vehicle (RV) in the first place. [Read more: Chow/NBC/10August2012]

Elusive FinSpy Spyware Pops Up in 10 Countries. It is one of the more elusive commercial cyberespionage tools available. It is marketed as a way for governments to spy on criminals. And for over a year, virus hunters unsuccessfully tried to track it down. Now it is popping up across the globe, from Qatar to an Amazon server in the United States.

FinFisher is a spyware product manufactured by the Gamma Group, a British company that sells surveillance technology. It says its spyware offers "world-class offensive techniques for information gathering." According to FinFisher's promotional materials, the spyware can be "used to access target systems, giving full access to stored information with the ability to take control of the target system's functions to the point of capturing encrypted data and communications."

Security researchers who studied the spyware last month said it can grab images of users' computer screens, record their Skype chats, remotely turn on cameras and microphones, and log keystrokes. The Gamma Group markets FinFisher as a way for government law enforcement and intelligence agencies to keep track of criminals, but the researchers' findings suggested that it was being used more broadly. [Read more: Perlroth/NYTimes/13August2012]

Nazi Spy Ring Busted in Detroit Featured on 'History Detectives'. A Nazi spy ring busted in Detroit nearly 70 years ago was featured on the PBS series History Detectives Tuesday night.

The show used a collection of German toy soldiers to revisit the Hollywood-esque tale of Detroit physician Fred Thomas, who was arrested in 1943 after allegedly leaking information to a German spy turned double agent.

Fred Wark, a Detroit native, bought the toy soldiers from his best friend, Fritz Thomas, who was Fred Thomas's son. Wark asked History Detectives to uncover what happened to Dr. Thomas and his son.

While the soldiers provided few clues - other than they were authentic German toys completed with a saluting Adolf Hitler - History Detective's Eduardo Pagan and team found Thomas was exonerated of the espionage charges after initially being found guilty.

Wark, who now lives in Boulder, Colo., recalled on the show the last time he saw Fritz.

"This was probably 1943. The newsboys were yelling, "Extra, extra. Nazi spy ring broken in Detroit." To my shock it was Fritz's dad Fred Thomas. That very evening I went over to Fritz's house. That's the last time I saw Fritz Thomas." [Read more: Block/MLive/7August2012]

25 Cutting Edge Firms Funded By The CIA. It's no secret the Central Intelligence Agency has an investment firm that funds startups that could have a big impact for the Agency. 

If there is a company out there doing intelligence research, it's likely that In-Q-Tel, the CIA's personal investor, either looked them up or made a check out to them. 

It's all to ensure that the Agency remains on the forefront of tech. Not long ago, In-Q-Tel invested heavily in a company called Keyhole. Never heard of them? Maybe you know their work, a little project eventually known as Google Earth. 

So, want to know what's next for technology? Keep an eye on these 25 companies. [Read more: Hickey/BusinessInsider/11August2012]

Not an Average Grandmother. Mary Anne Krause isn't like most grandmothers. She used to work for the CIA.

Krause joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1987, when she was 48. A Java native, Krause worked for the intelligence agency for 17 years, spending two years each in Venezuela, Jamaica, Israel and Hawaii.

Krause, who worked as an executive assistant, had some interesting times in the CIA. Because her job was covert, she can't talk much about them.

But she did have a code name. And when she worked in Venezuela and Jamaica, her employer's main concerns were preventing the importation of drugs into the U.S., she said. When she worked in Tel Aviv, Israel, the focus was the peace process.

While in Israel, Krause said she worked in the control center that coordinated one visit by Hillary Clinton and three visits by then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Krause enjoyed her time with the CIA, but it was stressful. That was because of government red tape and having many levels of superiors. Plus, she sometimes lived in countries that were not friendly to the U.S.

She had temporary duty assignments, lasting 62 days each, in Havana, Guantanamo Bay, Monrovia, Alaska, Guatemala, Mexico and Argentina.

"I say I went from the gutter, as in Kingston, Jamaica, to the mountaintop, as in Mount Sinai, Israel, where Moses got the Ten Commandments," she said. "I've gone from Alaska to Argentina, from Moscow, Russia, to Hawaii."

Her first tour of duty, which was in Caracas, Venezuela, was challenging. She was "fresh off the farm," didn't know the language and the streets were not arranged the way she expected, she said. But she survived.

She enjoyed her time in Israel the most because she felt she was doing something important. [Read more: Bahr/AberdeenNews/10August2012]

Claims that Pius XII Was Framed Gaining Support. Last month, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem revised a controversial text on Pope Pius XII used in its exhibition, changing it from an unfairly negative assessment of the wartime Pope and his record in saving the Jews, to one that includes a few arguments in his defense.

But the new text omitted sensational claims, originating from a former Romanian intelligence chief, that efforts to muddy Pius's reputation began in Moscow very soon after World War II, and that the Soviets later led a campaign of disinformation - called "Operation Seat 12" - against the wartime Pope.

The claims were made in 2007 by General Ion Mihai Pacepa who once headed the Romanian intelligence service before defecting to the United States in 1978. He also claimed that Rolf's Hochhuth's 1963 play The Deputy was used by Soviet intelligence as part of this wider plot to frame Pius. Some voiced skepticism of such KGB involvement, including a few sympathetic to Pius's wartime record. One of those was University of Mississippi professor Ronald J. Rychlak. But rather than let it go, Rychlak spent two years investigating Pacepa's story. He has since become so convinced of the veracity of it that he is writing a new book with him on the Soviet plot, called Disinformation.

In this July 20 interview with the Register, Pacepa discusses in detail his story of how the Soviets framed Pius and how, even today, the Russians continue to wage a war of intelligence against religion. [Read more: Pentin/NCRegister/13August2012]

Ernest Hemingway was a Lousy Spy. A great article by Nicholas Reynolds in the journal Studies in Intelligence looks at Ernest Hemingway's surprisingly extensive dabblings in spy work during World War II, which included connections with the State Department, OSS, FBI, and the Soviet NKVD. Not surprisingly, Papa relished the danger and excitement of intelligence work but wasn't actually very good at it. Here's his best, and most Hemminwayesque, scheme from his time in Cuba:

"While other American sailors were volunteering their boats and their time along the East Coast to spot U-boats, Hemingway's concept of operations went further. He would pretend to be fishing, wait until a German submarine came along side to buy fresh fish and water and then attack the enemy with bazookas, machine guns, and hand grenades. Hemingway would use Basque jai alai players to lob the grenades down the open hatches of the unsuspecting U-boat.

Hemingway had a good ON contact, the redoubtable Marine Col. John A. Thomason, who was the writer's kind of man: veteran of World War I infantry combat, a distinguished short-story writer and sketch artist, a heavy drinker, and an intelligence officer. Thomason told Hemingway that he and his crew would stand no chance of success against the highly trained submariners of the Third Reich, but the Marine could not say no to Hemingway, especially since the author had the support of the ambassador.

In the end, the ONI arranged for Hemingway to receive just enough gear - guns, ammunition, grenades, a direction finder, and a radio - to make the mission viable. The ONI even threw in an experienced Marine to sail with Hemingway. It would all be highly secret. Hemingway clearly relished the secrecy and the danger. He especially enjoyed developing his cover, which was that he was performing oceanographic research for the American Museum of Natural History. The Pilar's war cruises lasted from the second half of 1942 through most of 1943. Although Hemingway patrolled diligently for much of the time, he only spotted one German submarine, which sailed away on the surface as he approached."

After traveling to Europe as a war correspondent, he did eventually spend a few days gathering intel with an underground French marquis group - an operation that was undoubtedly brave, if not particularly productive. [Read more: Keating/ForeignPolicy/13August2012]


How 10 Years of War Has Changed US Spies. People often ask me how the CIA and American intelligence generally have changed in the 11 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In fact, the changes are profound, and they have been transformative.

Perhaps the most important thing to realize about American intelligence officers in 2012 is that this is the first generation since Vietnam to have been "socialized" - that is hired, trained, and initiated - in wartime. And to a greater degree than even the Vietnam generation, their experience approximates that of their World War II forbears in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) - the bold and innovative organization to which most American intelligence officers trace their professional roots. To be sure, the Vietnam generation also saw more than a decade of war, but it was more confined geographically and culturally and occurred in the bipolar world of the Cold War, when the boundaries and consequences of conflict were clearer than in today's kaleidoscopic world.

The intelligence community you see today also reflects the rapid growth and changed demographics that came in the wake of 9/11. In the years prior to those attacks, the community had been downsized by more than 20% as the nation sought a "peace dividend" following the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. The rapid intelligence buildup as the country sought to retaliate for 9/11 and prevent future attacks has yielded one of the youngest intelligence workforces in history; the combination of retirements from the aging workforce of the 1990s and the new hiring of the last decade means that in most agencies 50 percent or more of the population has been on board only since 9/11. It's fair to say, however, that the intensity of their experience, especially the frequent tours in war zones, has yielded a population more skilled and mature than years on the job typically measure.

Along with a growth in the workforce came an increase in what intelligence officers, particularly at the CIA, were authorized and directed to do. Robust and aggressive new operational guidelines in areas such as capture and detention have exposed officers to both danger and controversy that their predecessors seldom experienced. Paralleling this has been an unprecedented level of integration with the U.S. military. [Read more: McLaughlin/CNN/25July2012]

Help Wanted: Geek Squads for US Cybersecurity. Finding enough qualified men and women to protect America's cyber networks stands as one of the central challenges to America's cybersecurity. Even in the computer age, people are essential. In the field of cybersecurity, they are also lacking.

Cybersecurity breaches cost America billions of dollars a year. Meanwhile, cyberattacks on America's critical infrastructure increased 17-fold between 2009 and 2011. To defend the cybersecurity of both private businesses and government agencies, it is time for a serious geek surge.

Right now the lack of qualified cyber experts is hamstringing US efforts to secure cyberspace. Last month, Jeff Moss, a prominent hacking expert who sits on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, told a Reuters conference, "None of the projections look positive... The numbers I've seen look like shortages in the 20,000s to 40,000s for years to come." A study earlier this year by industry group (ISC)2 found that 83 percent of federal hiring managers surveyed said it was extremely difficult to find and hire qualified candidates for cybersecurity jobs.

In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security announced plans to recruit 1,000 cyber professionals in the next three years. As of 2011, DHS had only managed to hire about 260. "We need analysts. We need people who are engineers. We need people who are experienced in intelligence as it relates to the cyber-universe," Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano recently told CNN.

Congress just missed an opportunity to help solve this problem. The now-dead Cybersecurity Act of 2012 included a federal cyber-scholarship-for-service program and continued training for federal employees working on cyber issues. The bill also would have helped build clearer and more rewarding career paths for cyber experts employed by the federal government. And it would have established national and statewide competitions to help identify and recruit cyber talent for the next generation. Such programs would be both valuable and politically uncontroversial, and they merit inclusion in any future cyber legislation.

Wisely, federal agencies are not waiting for legislation to ramp up their campaigns to find cyber experts. Ms. Napolitano has gone on a tour of American universities in an attempt to increase interest in cyber careers. The National Security Agency is setting up programs at select universities to train people for cyber jobs in intelligence, military, and law enforcement. The private sector is also rising to the challenge. For instance, the defense firm Northrup Grumman has paired with the University of Maryland to start an undergraduate cybersecurity program that will begin this fall.

Beyond specialty cyber-education programs, America needs the building blocks of a future workforce fit to grapple with the rapidly evolving challenges of cybersecurity. This will require young Americans skilled in "STEM" fields - science, technology, engineering, and math. It will also require H-1B visa reform to keep more talented engineers and cybersecurity experts working in America. [Read more: Lord&Stokes/ChristianScienceMonitor/8August2012]

Morsi Makes His Move: What the Power Grab Means for Cairo - And Washington. Over the weekend, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi sacked Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the minister of defense, and Lieutenant-General Sami Hafez Enan, the chief of staff of the armed forces. He also cancelled the military's June 17 constitutional decree, which stripped important national security and defense prerogatives from the presidency. His move came as a shock. Yet Morsi is doing what any prudent national leader does upon assuming office - consolidating power. 

In the coming days, much of the commentary about Morsi's gambit will focus on what it means for Egypt's transition, especially the direction of civil-military relations, which have favored the armed forces for the past 60 years. Equally important, however, is how changes in Egypt's senior military command will alter the country's ties with the United States. If historical precedent is any guide, Morsi's shake-up at the Egyptian Ministry of Defense will be followed by a strategic realignment between Cairo and Washington.

When they came to power in July 1952, Gamal Abdel Nasser and his fellow Free Officers [with a few notable exceptions] were willing to join in a Western security alliance. And for its part, the Eisenhower administration regarded Egypt's new leaders as potentially important allies in confronting the Soviet Union. The U.S. embassy in Cairo cultivated both Nasser and Muhammad Naguib, who had been the Free Officers' front man. At the same time, Washington began helping Cairo develop its own clandestine intelligence service. In the summer of 1954, Nasser requested $100 million in military and economic assistance from the United States. Washington demurred, offering $40 million instead. The move sowed mistrust and anger among the Egyptians but did not lead to an outright breach in relations. 

Over the following six months, however, things soured. [Read more: Cook/ForeignAffairs/13August2012]

Section IV - Obituaries, Career Opportunities and Coming Events


Richard Dane. Richard Dane, 93, a retired Central Intelligence Agency operations officer, died of congestive heart failure July 1 at the Eden Homes assisted living facility in Bethesda.

His death was confirmed by his son, Michael Dane.

After retiring from the CIA in 1979, Mr. Dane was a co-founder of a travel agency that became Passport Executive Travel of Georgetown. He managed the business for 30 years and sold it a year ago.

Richard James Dane was born in Brooklyn. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1939. During World War II, he served in the Army in North Africa and Italy.

He came to the Washington area in 1949 and joined the CIA. He served in Berlin, Munich and Vienna in the 1950s and in Vietnam during the war there, in addition to postings in Washington.

His first wife, Sally Marks Dane, whom he married in 1948, died in 1984. His second wife, Lorna Zimmerman Dane, whom he married in 1993, died in 2011.

Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Michael Dane, Rebecca Dane Evans and Elizabeth Dane, all of Bethesda; three stepchildren, Kenneth Zimmerman of Montclair, N.J., Lisa Zimmerman of San Francisco and David Zimmerman of Madison, Wis.; a sister, Faith Dane Crannitch of Washington; and six grandchildren. [Read more: Barnes/WashingtonPost/8August2012]

Brian Crozier. Those who remember TV in the early 1960s may recall the dramatic opening of Danger Man, starring a young Patrick McGoohan. "Every Government has its secret service badge. America - it's CIA. France - Deuxi�me Bureau. England [!] - MI5. A messy job? Well, that's when they usually call on me. Or someone like me. Oh yes. My name is..."

John Drake, the fictitious secret agent working for "M9" could in many ways have been modelled on Brian Crozier. Among the achievements of an extraordinary 94-year life, Crozier had the rare distinction of having founded his own private enterprise spy network, "The 61", in 1977. Like M9, The 61 worked with established intelligence agencies, including MI5, MI6 and the CIA - but, Crozier alleged, independently of them.

Brian Rossiter Crozier was a talented linguist, musician and painter, an international activist, journalist, spy, author, and intelligence and security studies expert. He was born in the small mining village of Kuridala, Queensland, Australia, where his father was a mining engineer, in August 1918. He came to England with his family at the age of five. An asthmatic child, in 1923 he was taken to France for health reasons, which precluded military service in the Second World War. He went to a French lyc�e in Montpellier, France, for six years becoming bilingual in French and kick-starting his talent as a linguist.

In 1930 the Croziers returned to England, where the 12-year-old Brian attended school in Harrow before taking up a scholarship at Trinity College of Music in London. He was a brilliant young composer and pianist. He maintained his interest in music all his life until he died. His son Michael - "Mikey" - recalls him playing his own compositions, and those of the classics such as Scriabin, Chopin, Faur� and Schumann, on his beloved Bechstein grand piano up to a week before his death. At Trinity he began his journalistic career writing articles on art and music for a weekly magazine, Comment. He also took up painting and continued to write poetry.

He had two friends at Trinity who were both members of the Communist Party although he never was himself. He was impressed by "their outspokenness, their devotion to their principles...". Like many young intellectuals of the time he was initially attracted to Communism and the Left, but unlike some outgrew that phase when he was alerted to Stalin's warped interpretation of Marxist-Leninist teachings. Later, Crozier turned against what he saw as a concerted campaign led or inspired by the Soviets to undermine western values.

In 1940 he married a fellow music student, Mary Lilian Samuel, daughter of an English mother and Indian father. He still had asthma, so was rejected for military service. In 1943 he joined Reuters, and the next year the News Chronicle, moving into a big house in Hammersmith where he was able to paint large pictures and pursue his interest in weightlifting, which enabled him to overcome his asthma.

According to his autobiography Free Agent: The Unseen War 1941-1991, published by HarperCollins in 1993, Crozier "was not quite cured of the Marxist infection" until 1947, when he read Victor Kravchenko's I Chose Freedom, a masterpiece detailing Stalin's depredations in Ukraine. From then on he was a committed anti-communist. Britain was a shattered country after the war, and rationing still cramped creativity. In October 1948 the Crozier family - Brian, Mary (Lila), seven-year-old Kathryn-Anne, Isobel, nearly four, and baby Michael, set off for Australia, where he had been offered a three-year contract on the Sydney Morning Herald.

In 1951 he rejoined Reuters through Australian Associated Press (AAP-Reuters) based in Melbourne. Reuters sent him to South-east Asia as a foreign correspondent. He began in Indonesia, then Singapore and Saigon, covering the Franco-Vietnamese War. After some months he returned to Singapore, where the family was now ensconced, and joined the Straits Times as features editor. His fourth child, Caroline, was born in Singapore.

It was here, in 1952-53, and in Saigon, that he made his first contacts with the British and French secret services. Returning to Britain in October 1953, he extended his intelligence sources while running Foreign Report, a confidential bulletin for The Economist, and broadcasting on the BBC overseas service in French and Spanish. He also wrote leaders for The Economist and worked as a foreign correspondent for the magazine in many countries.

At this time the expansion of what we would now call communist "soft power" was focused in South-east Asia. So began more than 40 years working in counter-insurgency and counter-espionage. During the 1950s and '60s, Crozier worked for The Economist and for the Information Research Department, a covert anti-communist propaganda unit within the Foreign Office.

He also started to work with the CIA, MI6 and the intelligence agencies of France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Morocco, Iran, Argentina, Chile, and Taiwan. [Read more: Bellamy/TheIndependent/13August2012]

George Varick Lauder. George Varick Lauder, 88, of Washington, D.C. and South Bristol, a retired Director of Public Affairs of the Central Intelligence Agency, died of natural causes in Washington, DC, on July 25, 2012.

Mr. Lauder was born in New York City on March 2, 1924. He graduated from Yale University in 1947 as a member of the class of 1945, which was composed of students whose education had been interrupted by military service during World War II. Mr. Lauder graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1950. He was an officer in the US Navy in World War II and served as a navigator on seaplanes and an aircraft carrier.

Mr. Lauder joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1951 and served as an operations officer and senior official in Washington, DC, as well as in several posts abroad and as the CIA's Deputy Inspector General. He retired from the agency in 1987, after having been its Director of Public Affairs for nearly four years. He received the CIA's Distinguished Intelligence Medal, Medal of Merit, and other awards of distinction.

At the time of his death Mr. Lauder had homes in Washington, DC, and South Bristol, ME. He was the great-grandson of George Lauder, originally of Dunfermline, Scotland, then of Pittsburgh, PA, and Greenwich, CT. Mr. Lauder was a member of the Chevy Chase and Metropolitan Clubs in Washington, the Christmas Cove Improvement Association in Maine, the Society of the Cincinnati, and the Founders and Patriots of America. He was an avid sailor, and loved being on the water in coastal Maine. His interest in American history and genealogy continued throughout his life, and he was particularly proud of his service in the U. S. Navy during World War II.

Mr. Lauder is survived by his wife of 62 years, Laurita B. Lauder of Washington, DC, and South Bristol, ME, a son, Dr. George V. Lauder Jr. of Lexington, MA, two daughters, Frederica R. Lauder and Leigh B. Lauder of New York City; one brother, Winston Lauder of Essex, CT, and a granddaughter, Katherine R. Lauder of Louisville, CO. A memorial service will be held in the fall. [WashingtonPost/7August2012]

John Keegan. John Keegan, a British military historian whose groundbreaking book "The Face of Battle" cast a fresh look at warfare, capturing the fears, anxiety and heroism of the front-line soldier, died Aug. 2 at his home in Kilmington, England. He was 78.

The Telegraph newspaper in London, for which he had been an editor and writer, announced his death but did not disclose the cause.

Mr. Keegan was a writer of exceptional grace whose more than 20 books spanned the history of warfare from Alexander the Great to the 21st-century U.S. incursion in Iraq. In the New York Times Book Review in 2009, Civil War historian James M. McPherson called him "our generation's foremost military historian."

The work that established Mr. Keegan's reputation was "The Face of Battle" (1976), which examined warfare from the perspective of soldiers taking part in three historical European battles: Agincourt in 1415; Waterloo in 1815; and the 1916 Battle of the Somme, during World War I.

In the book, Mr. Keegan made it clear that his approach was a departure from conventional historical writing, "with its reduction of soldiers to pawns, its discontinuous rhythm, its conventional imagery, its selective incident and its high focus on leadership."

Instead, he described the conditions at the battlefront with a visceral realism, depicting the deafening noise, blinding smoke, slippery gore, confusion, stench and fear that accompanied soldiers in war.

All battles, regardless of their era, Mr. Keegan argued, were fought by soldiers "struggling to reconcile their instinct for self-preservation, their sense of honor and the achievement of some aim over which other men are ready to kill them."

He was particularly eloquent in writing about the brutality of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, on July 1, 1916: "In all, the British had lost about 60,000, of whom 21,000 had been killed, most in the first hour of the attack, perhaps the first minutes."

The conditions of the battle were so abhorrent, he wrote, with "long docile lines of young men, shoddily uniformed, heavily burdened, numbered about their necks, plodding forward across a featureless landscape to their own extermination," that they could be compared only to the Nazi concentration camps of World War II.

"Accounts of the Somme," Mr. Keegan wrote, "produce in readers and audiences much the same range of emotions as do descriptions of the running of Auschwitz - guilty fascination, incredulity, horror, disgust, pity and anger."

Historian Neal Ascherson, writing in the New York Review of Books, said that "The Face of Battle" had "no counterpart in the literature of war."

British historian J.H. Plumb, in the New York Times Book Review, pronounced it "a brilliant achievement" that was "as much about the nature of man as of battle."

Mr. Keegan went on to write other influential books exploring the nuances of warfare, including "Six Armies in Normandy" (1982), about the D-Day Invasion of France during World War II, and "The Mask of Command" (1987), which concluded that the best military commanders projected strength through a strong sense of theatricality that inspired their soldiers to follow them into battle. [Read more: Schudel/WashingtonPost/4August2012]

Career Opportunities
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Program Director, Intelligence Studies at American Military University, American Public University System. 
Tracking Code 666-175 - Reports to Dean, School of Security and Global Studies.
Location: Remote Posted: July 3, 2012 Closing: Open until filled FLSA Status: Exempt

Synopsis of Role: The Program Director of Intelligence Studies is a key leadership position within the university. The Program Director provides the resources for a quality learning experience for students by ensuring coherence in the discipline and relevance to the practice. This management position contributes to a range of activities that support student learning outcomes, program quality, and discipline integrity, all of which focus on student learning and retention. The Program Director facilitates the work with other departments including faculty hiring, institutional research and assessment, instructional design, Library and course materials, and marketing. The Program Director of Intelligence Studies collaborates with the Director of Faculty to provide the total learning experience for students and a cohesive work environment for faculty.

Essential Functions: Responsible for program curriculum quality and management of discipline leaders to include:
Program and discipline quality Define program and course objectives, review regularly, and revise as needed.
Update program content and materials and/or delivery methods, based on information such as emerging practice changes in the discipline, instructional effectiveness data, current or future performance requirements, feasibility, and costs.
Research, evaluate and prepare recommendations on current and future curricula.
Work with discipline course leads to ensure discipline and program continuity, currency, and relevance. Convene regular meetings with course leads so they are aware of how their course(s) fit within the overall program progression, and other APUS requirements.
Interview and utilize subject matter experts as well as conduct other research to develop relevant and current instructional content and methods of instruction.
Confer with members of educational committees and advisory groups to obtain knowledge of subject areas, and to relate curriculum materials to specific subjects, individual student needs, occupational areas, and discipline knowledge.
Analyze various program areas and prepare program and course analysis for program and course reviews, and course and homework contact hours.
Work with Institutional Research Department to develop course and program assessments that evaluate student learning and effectiveness of instructional strategies and methods to achieve learning outcomes.
Regularly analyze and report on data to assess student learning and retention.
Program delivery Ensure APUS instructional standards and policies are reflected in course design.
Research and evaluate emerging instructional technologies or methods and develop instructional materials (e.g., lessons, audio-visual materials, etc.) accordingly.
Provide analytical support for the design and development of curricula, learning strategies, educational policies, or courseware standards.
Ensures model courses are developed and maintained according to applicable accreditation, certification, or other requirements.
External review and validation Engage with external expert reviewers to review program content; execute reviewer recommendations as applicable.
Convene and Chair Industry Advisory Council meetings.
Discipline communities Coach/mentor discipline leaders (e.g., course leads and full-time faculty) in curriculum development, as needed, to ensure standards are maintained.
Support/promote ongoing professional development and scholarship for course leads and full-time faculty.
Ensure course leads and full-time faculty are aware of new classroom procedures and instructional materials.
Recognize course leads and full-time faculty for outstanding performance or accomplishments.
Provide input for annual performance reviews.
Regularly advise instructors in curriculum development and use of materials.
Chair meetings with instructors teaching courses in the discipline (monthly or quarterly) on curriculum/content/development of discipline and practice with those who teach in the program, and to promote community among all in the discipline.
Maintain discipline knowledge and establish and advance discipline as leader per APUS Strategic Plan and priorities. Conduct research and publish, and if applicable, contribute to the practice and in industry.
Participate in the discipline-related professional communities.
Teach courses within program (i.e., 150 registrations per year).
Support APUS initiatives and departments; specifically marketing.

Required Skills: Coaching and Developing Others - Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Communications - Knowledge of communication and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform via written, oral, and visual media.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Deep Knowledge - Knowledge of one's discipline and practice and the ability to translate theory and practice into learning opportunities that advance the discipline.
Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and measurement.
Learning Strategies - Selecting and using instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Monitoring - Monitoring/assessing curriculum to make improvements or take corrective action.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date in the discipline and applying new knowledge to your job.

Competencies Critical to this Position: Adaptability/Flexibility - Open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Attention to Detail - Careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Cooperation - Pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Discipline Expertise - Willing and able to remain current on discipline development.
Initiative - Willing and able to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Innovation - Creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
Leadership - Willing and able to lead; take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Self-Control - Maintain composure, keep emotions in check, control anger, and avoid aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Stress Tolerance - Ability to accept criticism and deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Required Experience: Ph.D. degree in Political Science, International Relations, National Security, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution is required.
5+ years of experience in the Intelligence industry required.
1+ years online teaching experience is preferred.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite programs required.

Work Environment and Physical Demands: Remote.
Requires attendance at meetings in Charles Town, WV, Virginia, or DC.
Standard office environment.
Sitting, walking, climbing stairs, extensive use of keyboard.
Position Type - Full-Time/Regular

To Apply or for more information:

Coming Educational Events


MANY Spy Museum Events in August, September, and beyond, with full details are listed on the AFIO Website at The titles for some of these are in detail below and online.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012, noon - Washington, DC – "Spies on Screen: Our Man Flint" at the International Spy Museum
He was the best - undisciplined but the best.
Erratic weather, global disaster, eco-terrorism. 21st century problems? Guess again: these issues are circa 1966! Out-of-control earthquakes and pop-up volcanoes are just part of a world-saving mission for super agent Derek Flint. James Coburn portrays the uber spy who is tops at everything from seduction and deduction to dolphin chit-chat. When the world's intelligence agencies realize their top operatives are being picked off, Flint's former boss, intelligence chief Cramden, played by Lee J. Cobb, grudgingly calls in "the original man of mystery." Flint battles the controlling secret organization GALAXY, all while keeping his cool and his mojo. As an Americanized version of James Bond, Flint's over-the-top persona as the sexiest, suavest, smartest, and sportiest spy is 007 taken to the extreme. Following the screening, International Spy Museum Executive Director Peter Earnest, will discuss how pop culture portrayals of spies and villains affected his own career as an officer in the Clandestine Service of the CIA during the 60s and 70s. He may even reveal whether all spies really are glamorous playboys.
Tickets: $9. Price includes screening, special spy debrief, and popcorn. Register at

21 August 2012, 11:30 am - 2 pm - McLean, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum meets to hear Tom Dowling on "Iran: Cultural Quirks and How To Understand Them."

Tom Dowling will speak on "Iran: Understanding the cultural quirks that shape Iranian behavior and make it difficult for us to understand them." Tom is a retired Foreign Service Officer with 30 years of experience working mostly in or on the Middle East. He served in Iran from 1976 to 1978 and worked on the State Department working group during the first months of the revolution. Later, he was consul in charge in Dubai from 1980 to 1982. From 1996 to 2002, he served as deputy director and acting director of Department of State/Bureau of Intelligence and Research for Near East and South Asia. For the life of the 9-11 Commission, he worked on this commission as a professional staff member of a group responsible for tracing the origins of Al Qaeda. Last Summer Tom helped organize and spoke twice at an Intelligence Community seminar on Iran. He has been a faculty member at NIU since 1998 and taught courses on Middle East for Intel Analysts, Islam in Modern World, and Operational Capability Analysis, which he was instrumental in its development. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hunter College City University of New York with a BA in Political Science. Other degrees include a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University and a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College. For this forum, you may attribute the speaker's remarks. Everything will be on the record.
The Defense Intelligence Forum is open to members of all Intelligence Community associations and their guests. Make reservations by 20 August 2012 by email to Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, or fettuccini with portabella for your luncheon selection.
Pay at the door with a check for $ 29.00 per person, payable to DIAA, Inc. Check is preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit cards payments are discouraged.

22-24 August 2012 - Raleigh, NC - "Dramatic Revelations - J. Edgar Hoover, Castro, Deep Throat, Carlos the Jackal, and Secret from CIA" the theme of the 8th Annual Raleigh Spy Conference

8th Raleigh Spy Conference – August 22-24, NC Museum of History
Dramatic Revelations: Castro, J. Edgar Hoover, Deep Throat, CIA Secrets From the Deep and the New Profile of Today's Terrorist

Ready to register? Go to to register to review the line-up for 2012 and to learn about past conferences. You can also register by telephone by calling Carlie Sorosiak at Raleigh Metro Magazine, 919-831-0999 or email  

Need more info on the conference? Fidel Castro had foreknowledge of the JFK assassination. Who was the real J Edgar Hoover? Deep Throat's motives were not what the public thought.  How did the CIA scoop a satellite 12,000 below the sea? What is the new profile of today's terrorist?

These are the topics for the 8th Raleigh Spy Conference August 22-24 at the NC Museum of History, presented by top experts drawing on the latest in declassified information. And the public is invited to learn and ask question and get to know  each speaker personally:

Brian Latell – Keynote speaker,  formerly a Cuba hand for the CIA, has plowed through newly declassified documents - and interviewed secret Cuban agents who can now talk for the first time - for his new book Castro's Secrets, revealing that the Cuban intelligence services were highly sophisticated. Cuban operatives duped the CIA and planted nearly 50 double agents in the US intelligence services. Latell also reveals from secret sources that Castro had prior knowledge of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

John Fox  - FBI Historian,  on J. Edgar Hoover's role as chief domestic intelligence officer of the United States - and as one of the most significant and controversial figures in American history – while serving as FBI Director from 1924 to his death in 1972. But who was the real Hoover?

Max Holland, editor of the insider web site Washington Decoded - and a prolific and respected author on key events of the modern era - has dug into newly declassified documents to reveal the true story of the motivation that compelled FBI assistant director Mark Felt to disguise himself as the infamous Deep Throat, the source that played a major role in bringing down a presidency and elevating two obscure journalists to super-star status. Watergate remains a watershed event in American history - and Mark Felt was the man who made it happen.

David Waltrop, a CIA officer currently serving as a Program Manager in the Agency's Historical Collections Division will share the recently declassified story of one of the most secret operations of the Cold War. Called An Underwater Ice Station Zebra, this little known undersea mission was hidden in rumor and speculation - until now.

Albert Grajales, INTERPOL Director of Puerto Rico and Coordinator of Intelligence / Antiterrorism Office of the Attorney General (Secretary of Justice) and the Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) of Puerto Rico will present an insider's assessment of the profile of the modern terrorist, beginning with Carlos the Jackal up to today's dangerous operatives.

Between sessions, spy conference attendees can visit with representatives of the Historical Collections Division of the CIA who will offer free attractive booklets containing recently declassified information on key Cold War events. The CIA presence at last year's conference offered audiences a first-hand opportunity to talk directly with Agency staff and learn more about CIA and its operations.

A very special person will be the subject of a tribute at the 8th Raleigh Spy Conference- Brian Kelley, the CIA officer who played a major role in the creation of the conference who passed away a month after last year's event. The tribute will be led by Dan Mulvenna, a former security officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a close friend of Kelley's who has also served as a speaker at the conference.

"Brian was key in the success of the Raleigh Spy Conference", said RSC founder Bernie Reeves. "He loved recruiting top experts to speak, and he loved being in Raleigh and the friends he made here. Dan is putting together a fitting tribute for Brian that will communicate his important role as an intelligence officer - and his unique ability to create lasting friendships".

The Raleigh Spy Conference is recognized for its leading role in providing a dynamic environment to the general public for the discussion of declassified information released since the end of the Cold War. The roster of speakers since 2003 has included highly regarded intelligence officers, scholars  and authors.

Go to to register to review the line-up for 2012 and to learn about past conferences. You can also register by telephone by calling Carlie Sorosiak at Raleigh Metro Magazine, 919-831-0999 or email   

The Raleigh Spy Conference was founded in 2003 by Bernie Reeves, editor and publisher of Raleigh Metro Magazine ( Discounts are offered for intelligence workers, members of the armed forces, students, and seniors.
Bernie Reeves and Raleigh Metro Magazine will be hosting this 8th Raleigh Spy Conference at the NC Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.
And if you missed the 7th Raleigh Spy Conference, a beautifully prepared set of DVDs of event are available here.

Friday, 24 August 2012, 11 am – Washington, DC - "The Double Game," by Dan Fesperman book signing at The International Spy Museum Store

This thrillingly, inventive novel is all about spies and their secrets, fathers and sons, lovers and fate, and duplicity and loyalty—a maze of intrigue built from the espionage classics of the Cold War.
A few years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, spook-turned-novelist Edwin Lemaster reveals to up-and-coming journalist Bill Cage that he'd once considered spying for the enemy. For Cage, a fan who grew up as a Foreign Service brat in the very cities where Lemaster set his plots, the story creates a brief but embarrassing sensation. More than two decades later, Cage, by then a lonely, disillusioned PR man, receives an anonymous note hinting that he should have dug deeper. Spiked with cryptic references to some of his and his father's favorite old spy novels, the note is the first of many literary bread crumbs that soon lead him back to Vienna, Prague, and Budapest in search of the truth, even as the events of Lemaster's past eerily—and dangerously—begin intersecting with those of his own. Why is beautiful Litzi Strauss back in his life after thirty years? How much of his father's job involved the CIA? Did Bill, as a child, become a pawn? As the suspense steadily increases, a "long stalemate of secrecy" may finally be broken.
A creative interplay with some of the best lines of classic spy fiction genre mixed with an original voice. This novel will immerse you in a clever and intriguing twist of plots and keep you a willing accomplice to the end. [All statements by Museum and do not reflect AFIO assessment of this book]
Free! No registration required.

28 August 2012, 5 to 9PM - Washington, DC - Integrating Intelligence: Knowledge, Decision & Action by the FBI Intelligence Analysts Association

Opening Remarks: Sean M. Joyce, DD/FBI; Keynote: Hon. William H. Webster, former D/FBI.
Sessions: ONE: Integrating our Knowledge—Improving Intelligence Analysis with Technology, featuring Gurvais Grigg, FBI; Dr. Colleen McCue, GeoEye. TWO: Integrating Intelligence and Operations— An Evaluation of the New "Fusion Cell" Model featuring Maureen Baginski, National Security Partners LLC; Dr. John C. Gannon, Bipartisan Policy Center; Wayne Murphy, NSA; Eric Velez-Villar, FBI - AD/Intel.
Event location: National Press Club, Washington, DC. Heavy Hors d'oeuvres, Drinks, and More. Register or more information here. Register with coupon code iSpy2012 and save 25%

30 August 2012 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Col. Joseph (Joe) Felter, US Army and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Felter will be speaking about current topics on counterinsurgency strategy. The meeting will be held at UICC, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco (between Sloat/Wawona): 11:30AM no host cocktails; noon - luncheon. $25 member rate with advance reservation and payment; $35 non-members. E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi (please indicate meat or fish) at and mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011.

Thursday, 30 August 2012, 11 am – Washington, DC - "The Drone Paradigm" by Fred Harrison book signing at The International Spy Museum Store

Author Fred Harrison brings over 30 years of experience in the Office of Naval Intelligence, National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency into realistic yarns that could be happening today.
Harrison's career has involved interagency projects, including a key role in the development of Intelink (Top Secret Intranet: How U.S. Intelligence Built Intelink - the World's Largest, Most Secure Network). His portrayal of the relationships between federal, state, local and international law enforcement/intelligence organizations, based on this experience, adds extraordinary realism to his novels that already contain believable and exciting plots.
In his newest novel, "The Drone Paradigm", Harrison takes us to Afghanistan. In a bid to conclude American involvement in Afghanistan successfully, Washington places a risky bet on the prospects of would-be Taliban leader Mir Batani Khan, a young, fearless insurgent seeking to unite the warring factions within Afghanistan under his leadership to develop the country's bountiful resources and great economic potential. CIA provides cash and covert assistance in the form of drone strikes against common enemies. Operative Hannah Crossman and others are deployed to advise Batani and keep him alive. After a number of bold strikes, however, it becomes apparent that Batani's success has alarmed Pakistan's leadership, which fears a prospective competition with a resurgent Afghanistan. Action shifts rapidly from Washington to Paris to Islamabad to Dushanbe, Kabul, the hinterlands of Afghanistan and back again. Frederick Harrison's characters range from the insurgent-on-the-street to the President of the United States, all against a present day, real world background that will absorb the reader's interest. [All statements by Museum and do not reflect AFIO assessment of this book]
Free! No registration required.

10 - 14 September 2012 - Helen, GA - 2012 ASA Veteran Annual Reunion

Attention all veterans who were fortunate to be stationed at the 14th USASA Fld. Sta. in Hakata, Japan on the island of Kyushu. It's time for another reunion. The reunion will be held at the Helendorf River Inn & Conference Center. This hotel/motel is right in the middle of Helen so one can walk just about anywhere they wish to go.
Reservations can be made by calling (800) 445-2271. Don't forget to mention you are with the 14th, ASA veterans reunion and the reunion date of Sept. 10th - 14th. A contract for a block of 15 Chattahoochee riverfront rooms has been reserved and will be held until August 1 awaiting individual reservations. Our reunion date is the week before Oktoberfest, so if we need more than 15 rooms, we need to know so we can reserve additional ones. Room prices are much higher during the Octoberfest event. The total cost per room will be $296.00 plus 15% state and local taxes for four nights. The cost is for a single or double occupancy. Each of these rooms will have a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, private balcony and are all elevator accessible.
Meeting space for our reunion group will be available all four days with out any additional cost. They also have free WI-FI and an enclosed heated pool. If you wish to learn more about where we will be staying for our 14th. ASA 2012 reunion, you can click the URL - If you have any questions or ideas please call 770-957-1085 or e-mail Tom & Marianne Morfoot at

12 September 2012 - Albuquerque, NM - AFIO NM Chapter Hosts Fall Meeting. Details to follow.

13 September 2012 - Fairfax, VA - "The DCI Papers" - a CIA Historical Documents 'Release Event' Conference co-hosted with George Mason University's School of Public Policy.

Intelligence, Policy and Politics: The DCI, the White House and Congress Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM (ET) Arlington, VA

The CIA and George Mason School of Public Policy host "Intelligence, Policy and Politics," featuring panel discussions with former DCIs including Michael Hayden (confirmed), James Woolsey (confirmed), Leon Panetta (confirmed), Porter Goss (confirmed), William Webster, and other invited officials, and a keynote from CIA Chief Historian Dr. David Robarge.
This event takes place at George Mason University, Founders Hall, 3351 N Fairfax Dr Arlington, VA 22201
Additional seats are now available on a first-come, first-serve basis at this link: DCI Conference at George Mason.

Thursday, 13 September 2012, 10:15 - 11:45 am - Washington, DC - Stealing Soviet Secrets from the Bottom of the Sea - CIA's Attempt to Recover Soviet Sub by CIA's David Sharp, at the International Spy Museum

When the CIA attempted to recover a Soviet sub from the floor of the North Pacific Ocean in 1974, David Sharp was there. As a CIA officer, he was personally involved in both the development and the operation of the recovery system created to raise the Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129. Sharp, author of The CIA's Greatest Covert Operation: Inside the Daring Mission to Recover a Nuclear-Armed Soviet Sub, will share his story and will give you an insider's perspective on the advanced technology required to attempt such an audacious project. He'll also discuss the complex cover story under which the CIA disguised the entire recovery program as a commercial ocean mining venture under the ostensible sponsorship of the famous Howard Hughes with his ship, the Hughes Glomar Explorer. More information at

14-15 September 2012 - Syracuse, NY - 3rd Annual Seminar on Teaching Law and National Security: Educating the Next Generation of Decisionmakers: The Intersection of National Security Law and International Affairs
In modern foreign affairs and national and international security governance, the policy and subject area experts and lawyers attend the same meetings, hash out common policy positions, and worry about how to implement their prescriptions. Yet the international affairs experts and national security lawyers work in parallel, not together. They speak different professional languages, and their analytic reference points and methods are normally divergent, if not inharmonious. At times, a good deal of energy in governance is spent finding common ground between the lawyers and the policy experts. The objective of the Conference is to explore ways to enrich the education in our related but disparate disciplines by exposing one side and its methods and ways of approaching problems to the other.
$150 registration fee. For more information or to register:

Thursday, 17 September 2012 - Washington, DC - Geospatial Intelligence and the Lay of the Land by Keith Masback, USGIF at the International Spy Museum

How can you plan humanitarian assistance projects, disaster relief, or pinpoint an enemy—perhaps in Abbottabad—from great distances with as few surprises as possible? Geospatial intelligence. GEOINT is the combined use of imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information to give the clearest possible picture of an area - including its "human terrain" - before boots hit the ground. Keith J. Masback, President of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, will explain the basics of this relatively new category of intel, and he will discuss the general techniques that could be used in varying missions, from responding to natural and man-made disasters, to watching suspected nuclear sites, to tracking down high value targets like Osama bin Laden.
Tickets: $90. Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-627 or call 202 633-3030. Visit

Wednesday, 19 September 2012, 11:30am - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO Arizona features Police Chief John J. Bennett on Law Enforcement Perspectives of Homeland Security

Chief John Bennett will discuss how local law enforcement partners with state and federal agencies on homeland security issues.
He is a 40 year veteran of Law Enforcement and was appointed Chief of Police for the Town of Paradise Valley in June, 2008. Prior to that, he was Chief of Police in Caln Township, PA from 2002 – 2008 and retired as Deputy Chief of Police in 2002 from Marple Township, PA after 30 years of service. Both prior agencies are located in suburban Philadelphia.
He holds a B.A. degree from Villanova University and has attended over 200 management, supervision and advanced training seminars in his career. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (188th session); FBI LEEDS at Princeton University and Penn State University’s POSIT & POLEX executive development programs.
In PA, he was elected to the Executive Board of the Chester County Chiefs of Police Association, served on the PA Chiefs of Police Association’s Legislative and Membership/By-Laws Committees and currently serves on the InternationalChiefs of Police (IACP) Civil Rights Committee. He was also an instructor for 12 years for the PA Municipal Officers’Education and Training Commission.
In 2009, Chief Bennett was elected to serve on the Executive Board of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) and is currently the 2012 President. He is also a member of the East Valley (AZ) Chiefs of Police Association.
Where: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260
TO REGISTER: We need 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!
The chapter is charged for no-shows and please remember, we are a small organization with a humble coffer!
Fees: $20 AFIO members; $22 for guests
RSVP or Questions to Simone – or To call please leave a message on 602.570.6016

Thursday, 20 September 2012, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO - The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Major General Thomas R. Csrnko (Ret) Commanding General, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

MG Csrnko was Commanding Officer of the Green Berets at Ft Bragg, NC, he will talk about Intelligence and how it is used by Special Forces and Special Ops. To be held at The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 S. Highway 105 Palmer Lake, CO, Exit 161 westbound off I-25, West on Highway 105. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at

20 September 2012 12:30 - 2 pm - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO Los Angeles Area Chapter luncheon focuses on "Intelligence & Security Issues Facing Los Angeles Harbor.

The Port of Los Angeles is the number one port by container volume and cargo value in the United States, its world-class security operations which include Homeland Security operations and the nation's largest dedicated port police force, will be the topic of discussion. Location: The LMU campus. RSVP to attend to Lunch will be served.

Thursday, 20 September 2012, 10:15 - 11:45 am - Washington, DC - History of U-2, A-12, OXCART, and SR-71 by Gene Poteat, at the International Spy Museum

S. Eugene Poteat, retired senior CIA Scientific Intelligence Officer, and current President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, helped develop and launch some of the most incredible technology of the Cold War. He'll brief you on the history of the U-2, A-12 OXCART, and SR-71 aircraft; stealth; past, current, and future drones; and the roles of these craft in past crises, such as the Missile and Bomber Gap, Berlin Crisis, Cuban Missile Crisis, and the current struggle against terrorism. Poteat received the CIA's Medal of Merit and the National Reconnaissance Office's Meritorious Civilian Award for his technological innovations.

Thursday, 20 September 2012 - Mahwah, NJ - IACSP 20th Annual Terrorism, Trends & Forecasts Symposium

Location: Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute.
Top presenters will be featured in the areas of antiterrorism, homeland security, consequence management, and other related areas.
The event is attended by a combined audience of law enforcement and emergency responders, corrections, homeland security, military, intelligence community, academia, and corporate security personnel.
Several writers and staff for the IACSP's longstanding publication, The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International, will be on hand at the symposium, as well as members of the IACSP advisory board. The IACSP's journal has been in publication since the 1980's (over 25 years).
Further information available at

Friday, 21 September 2012, 6:30 pm – Washington, DC - ARGO: A Book Launch Party at the International Spy Museum

A gripping true story of the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage!
Join International Spy Museum Board Member Tony Mendez in celebrating the book launch of ARGO, the inside story of his ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue six Americans who escaped from the US embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979 during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Armed with foreign film visas, Mendez traveled to Tehran posing as the production manager for a location scouting team looking for sites for a fake film called Argo. While pretending to find the perfect scenery and backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees and smuggling them out of Iran without a single shot being fired. Join Mendez as he launches his new book ARGO which finally details the mind-bogglingly complex and dangerous operation he led more than three decades ago. He'll also brief you on the soon-to-be released major motion picture ARGO directed by and starring Ben Affleck.
Join the author for an informal chat and book signing.
Free! Advance online registration required. Cash bar and complimentary light refreshments.
For further information, registration, or directions visit

29 September 2012, 1000 - 1430 - Milford, MA - The AFIO New England Chapter meeting features Ken Sawka, expert on Competitive Intelligence, Early Warning Systems, and Strategy Development.

Schedule: Registration & gathering, 1000 - 1130, membership meeting 1130 – 1200. Luncheon at 1200 followed by our speaker, with adjournment at 2:30PM.
Where: At the Courtyard by Marriott in Milford, Mass. The hotel web site is here:
Ken Sawka is President and CEO of the private intelligence consulting firm Outward Insights. Ken is a nationally recognized competitive intelligence, early warning system, and strategy development expert. He has had a long and acclaimed career as both an intelligence practitioner and consultant, having developed competitive intelligence programs with numerous Fortune 500 companies. An expert commentator, Ken is a published author and has been quoted extensively on competitive strategy and intelligence matters in Time, Investor's Business Daily, American Banker, and other prominent journals. He is a regular contributor to the Business Resource Center, and has appeared on CNBC's acclaimed Squawk Box.
Prior to joining Outward Insights, Ken directed pricing and competitive analysis at Deloitte Consulting and also served as a Practice Leader in Deloitte's Strategy and Operations Group, managing the delivery of services in strategy development, competitive analysis, and scenario planning. Key clients were in the telecommunications, healthcare, and financial services industries. He was also an Intelligence Analyst with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
Ken holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science (cum laude) and Masters Degree in International Relations from American University. Ken is based in the Outward Insights headquarters office in Andover, MA.
Note, as this meeting is a one day event we have not made any hotel arrangements.
For additional information contact us at

Advance reservations are $25.00, $30.00 at the door - per person.
********Luncheon reservations must be made by 15 September 2012.**************
Mail your check and the reservation form to: Arthur Hulnick, 216 Summit Ave # E102, Brookline, MA 02446; 617-739-7074 or send questions

Wednesday, 03 October 20126:30 pm - Washington, DC - The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby - a screening at the International Spy Museum

"A public convinced of the CIA's value will help protect its true secrets." — William Colby, Honorable Men, 1978.
When Carl Colby decided to make a documentary film on his late father William E. Colby, he found the perfect vehicle for telling the story of American espionage and special operations in the second half of the 20th century. From his days as an OSS Jedburgh officer in WWII; to his assignments in Stockholm, Rome, and Saigon as CIA Station Chief; then as Chief of the Far East Division; followed by Head of CORDS/Pacification Program (and Phoenix Program) during the Vietnam War; and finally as Director of Central Intelligence during the Church and Pike Hearings into CIA wrong-doing in the 1970's; Colby's career is the quintessential spy story. He knew everyone and he knew their secrets. This very personal film includes interviews with veteran CIA officers, OSS veterans, government officials, and nationally recognized journalists. Join Carl Colby for a special screening and discussion of his well-received real life spy thriller.
Tickets: $9. For further information or directions visit

Friday, 5 October 2012, 6-7:30 pm - Washington, DC - "The Precipice of Nuclear Annihilation: Through the Eyes of the Cuban Missile Crisis - 50 Years Later" - talk by former CIA Scientific Officer Gene Poteat at the Institute of World Politics

You are cordially invited to attend a special lecture on the topic of "The Precipice of Nuclear Annihilation: Through the Eyes of the Cuban Missile Crisis Fifty Years Later - The Value of Evidence over Speculation"
by Gene Poteat, current President, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, is a Retired Senior CIA Scientific Intelligence Officer.
With the emergence of unstable nuclear-armed nations and their despotic leaders, what lessons should we have learned from the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 when dealing with today's crises? How was the U.S. blindsided by the Soviet missile build-up in Cuba ...just a few miles south of Florida? How close did we come to a nuclear exchange and, during the showdown, who blinked first? What secret agreements were made that ended the crisis and how did they differ from face-saving press releases? What were the long-term consequences of the agreement that ended the Crisis.
CIA Scientific Officer Gene Poteat was on the scene in 1962. His first-hand account and revelations will answer these questions.
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Please RSVP to

9 October 2012 - MacDill AFB, FL - AFIO Suncoast Chapter Meeting

Speaker TBA. Location – Surf's Edge Club on MacDill AFB.
Questions or registrations? Email or call the Chapter Secretary at Check-in at 1130 hours; opening ceremonies, lunch and business meeting at noon, followed by our speaker.
Note that our meetings have moved to a new facility, the Surf's Edge Club, where the luncheon cost is $20.
You must present your $20 check payable to "Suncoast Chapter, AFIO" (or cash) at check-in to cover the luncheon.
Anyone with special AFIO Gate Access should proceed to the Bayshore Gate. If you need directions, please let us know.
The cash wine and soda bar will open at 1100 hours for those that wish to come early to socialize. Inquiries to Michael Shapiro Secretary, Florida Suncoast Chapter of AFIO at (813) 832-1164 or at or visit

Wednesday, 10 October 2012, noon - Washington, DC - Castro's Secrets: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence Machine - a author book presentation at the International Spy Museum

In Castro's Secrets, Brian Latell, former National Intelligence Officer for Latin America and long-time Cuba analyst, offers a strikingly original image of Fidel Castro as Cuba's supreme spymaster. Latell exposes many long-buried secrets of Castro's lengthy reign, including numerous assassinations and assassination attempts against foreign leaders. In writing this book, Latell spoke with many high-level defectors from Cuba's powerful intelligence and security services; some had never told their stories on the record before. Latell also probed dispassionately into the CIA's most deplorable plots against Cuba, including previously obscure schemes to assassinate Castro and presents shocking new conclusions about what Castro actually knew of Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Join the author for an informal chat and book signing.
Free! For further information or directions visit

25-27 October 2012 - Gregynog Hall, Wales , UK - The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Fifty Year Retrospective Assessment - A Cambridge UK Intelligence Seminar!

Call for Papers.  Delegate registration. Places now available!  First come first served!

This autumn sees the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the quintessential Cold War crisis which Arthur Schleslinger, Jr. termed 'the most dangerous moment in human history'.  In order to mark this seminal event the Centre for Intelligence and International Security Studies (CIISS) at Aberystwyth University and the Cambridge Intelligence Group (seminar), University of Cambridge are hosting a major international conference at Gregynog Hall ( in the idyllic setting of rural Wales.  The conference will seek to address the legacies and lessons of the  Cuban Missile Crisis by means of a number of papers and roundtable discussions.  The conference will feature contributions from a number of the most eminent international scholars of nuclear history, intelligence, espionage, political science and the Cold War.  The continuing relevance of the lessons of 1962 cannot be overstated and this  multidisciplinary conference will be of interest to intelligence professionals, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and policymakers.

Speakers include:

Professor Christopher Andrew (University of Cambridge, official historian of MI5)
Professor Len Scott (CIISS, Aberystwyth University)
Dr. Michael S. Goodman (King's College London, Official Historian of the UK JIC)
H. Keith Melton (Intelligence specialist)
Professor Don Munton (University of Northern British Columbia)

Book now to avoid disappointment! (
Gold Pass CMC2012: Full-board and Conference Fee (including Conference Dinner and Wine receptions): £325 all inclusive
In order to be considered as a presenter please provide a 300 word abstract and your institutional affiliation to: David Gioe ( Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, University of Cambridge.

Please return all booking forms to: Dr. Kris Stoddart ( Centre for Intelligence and International Security Studies, Aberystwyth University
For further information please e-mail or David Gioe, ( Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, University of Cambridge

Saturday, 3 November 2012, noon - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - "Briefing Candidates and Presidents Elects" the topic at the AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter meeting

Dennis Bowden, former CIA analyst and Managing Editor of the President’s Daily Brief will discuss "Mutual Introductions: Briefing Candidates and Presidents Elects."
Where: At the Eau Gallie Yacht Club.
To RSVP or for more information contact Donna Czarnecki,

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