AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #33-12 dated 28 August 2012

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Section IV - Obituaries, Books, Letters to the Editors and Coming Events



Letters to the Editors

Coming Educational Events

Current Calendar New and/or Next Two Months ONLY

The CiCentre invites members to attend a free 60-minute briefing.

SPYPEDIA's Global Terrorism Espionage and Cybersecurity is hosting FREE Monthly Briefings
(G-TEC Briefing) on the following dates: Tuesday, 2 October 2012; Wednesday, 7 November 2012; and Tuesday, 4 December 2012. Time: mornings from 8 to 9 a.m.
Location: Microsoft Store, Tysons Corner Center Mall, Level 2, Parking Area: P5, Tysons Corner, Virginia.
To Register: 703 642-7450 or email
Seating is limited; Reservations required.

-Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre)



FRIDAY, 28 September 2012

Space limited.Badge Pick-up at 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. speaker

Colonel Rose Mary Sheldon

Professor of History at Virginia Military Institute

speaking on

AMBUSH: Surprise Attack in Ancient Greek Warfare
and Lessons It Provides for Today

[Frontline Bks, Sept 2012]

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3-course Lunch at Noon

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Michael Flynn Director DIA

1 p.m. speaker

The New Director of the
Defense Intelligence Agency

"Accelerating Change: Today's Defense Intelligence Imperative"

Michael T. Flynn, Lt. Gen. USA

DIA is first in all-source
defense intelligence
to prevent strategic surprise
and deliver a decision advantage to warfighters,
defense planners, and policymakers.
We deploy globally alongside warfighters
and interagency partners
to defend America's
national security interests.

DIA Seal

One Mission. One Team. One Agency.

Committed to Excellence
in Defense of the Nation

Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.
Col Sheldon of VMI speaks at 11 a.m.
Lunch served at noon
DIA Director Flynn - speaks at 1 p.m.

Lt Gen Flynn's Remarks are Not For Attribution - Chatham House Rules Apply
[When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity, nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed]

Col Sheldon's new book and other current intelligence books, and others items, for sale during event.

Event closes at 2 p.m.

EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza
1960 Chain Bridge Road • McLean, Virginia 22102
Driving directions here or use this link:

The September 13 DCI Conference by CIA and George Mason University has sold out.
If you missed this opportunity, please consider responding promptly as future events are announced.

The RALEIGH SPY CONFERENCE IS OVER...but photos are available.

Informal photos from the 2012 Raleigh Spy Conference are available
at this link:

AFIO June 1 Luncheon Video Online

The morning presentation by distinguished former CIA Latin America/Caribbean
expert, Brian Latell, PhD, author of Castro's Secrets: The CIA
and Cuba's Intelligence Machine
, made at the June 1 June 2012 luncheon is now on YouTube at link below. Dr. Latell discusses a few of the controversies uncovered in his new book on Castro, Cuban Spies, and the JFK Assassination. Did cunning, clever Cuban intelligence run circles around US Intelligence? Did Castro know of the various Kennedy-brothers motivated attempts (assigned to CIA) on his own life, and did Castro passively or actively participate in payback: the assassination of President JFK by Lee Harvey Oswald and possibly others? Includes welcome and introduction by S. Eugene Poteat, former CIA Science & Technology officer, current president of AFIO. Dr. Latell was a former AFIO board member.
The program runs approximately 50 minutes.

Brian Latell on Castro, Cuban Spies, and JFK

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



Mexico's Spy 'Bunker' Struggles to Stem Drug Violence. Deep in a bunker in Mexico City, police intelligence analysts monitor live images from street cameras, radars and drones in a vast effort to bring drug cartels to justice.

But despite the creation of this state-of-the-art Intelligence Center three years ago, Mexican federal police have struggled to stem drug trafficking and reverse the ever-rising homicide rate in the country.

"It has been a huge investment. Never has so much money been spent on public security with such terrible results," Samuel Gonzalez, a private security consultant and former drug prosecutor, told AFP.

The three-floor, 18-meter (60-foot) deep facility is one of the crime-fighting tools launched by the government of outgoing President Felipe Calderon during his six-year term, which ends in December.

Calderon's tactics have included the deployment of soldiers across the country in 2006. Since then, drug violence has spiraled out of control, leaving a grim death toll of more than 50,000 and counting. [Read more: Thomet/AFP/26August2012]

Minister Calls on Intelligence Service to Help Hunt Down 'Arsonists'. Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias on Tuesday called on Greece's intelligence agency to help hunt down arsonists suspected of being behind wildfires that have wreaked havoc on the island of Chios and elsewhere.

"There are indications, if not proof, that the fires on Chios are due to arson and we have therefore mobilized together with the fire service, the police and the National Intelligence Service," Dendias said, referring to three fronts on the eastern Aegean island that burned into their fourth day, destroying thousands of hectares of farm and forest land.

Dendias's comments mirror statements made on Tuesday by a spokesman for the fire service, which, he said, is facing a "titanic task." [Read more: Ekathimerini/21August2012]

Lavish James Bond Spy Party Shakes and Stirs Sweden. Government accountants are concerned about a lavish James Bond-themed party thrown for Sweden's spy agency, Sapo.

Sweden's Dagens Nyheter (DN) news website says the party for 1,000 Sapo staff in June last year featured casino tables, a gala dinner and big band.

But questions are being asked about the bill: 5.3m kronor (�508,000; $804,000).

The head of Britain's domestic intelligence service MI5, Jonathan Evans, was among the guests at the bash, DN reports.

Famous celebrities and comedians entertained the partygoers.

Such expenditure was controversial because in recent years Sapo, Sweden's police intelligence agency, has been through a big reorganisation involving budget cuts. [Read more: BBC/27August2012]

Russian Intelligence Seeks New Ways to Monitor Social Media. The Foreign Intelligence Service has announced three closed tenders amounting to over 30 million rubles ($943,300) for the development of new methods of monitoring the blogosphere, as well as for publishing messages on social networks aimed at influencing public opinion, Kommersant newspaper reported on Monday.

The newspaper reported that Military Unit No.54939, the state customer, requested the development of systems named Dispute, Monitor-3 and Storm-12.

"They are planning to monitor the blogosphere with the Dispute system, while Monitor-3 will analyze the acquired information. Based on this new data, Storm-12 will publish any necessary information on social networks," Kommersant reported.

Kommersant's government source reports that Military Unit No.54939 is part of the Foreign Intelligence Services system. Kommersant has not received a reply to its request for further information on this issue from the intelligence agency. [Read more: RAPSI/27August2012]

Cubesats to Share Ride with Spy Satellite. When the NRO-36 reconnaissance satellite launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base next month there will be 11 much smaller satellites going along for the ride. These small satellites are called nanosats or cubesats. The University of California, University of Colorado at Boulder, California Polytechnic State University and Morehead State each built a cubesat through NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosats Program. In addition, The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is sponsoring 7 cubesats from the Army Space and Missile Defense Command, the Aerospace Corp., the University of Southern California and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Objectives of the various satellites include testing future spacecraft technologies, probing space weather and observing the cosmic X-ray background. UC Berkeley's CINEMA (Cubesat for Ions, Electrons, and Magnetic fields) will obtain pictures of the "ring current", an electrical current that encircles the Earth and which, during large magnetic "space storms", can blow out power grids on the ground. Next year CINEMA will be joined by two satellites launched by South Korea and another NASA launched cubesat that together will monitor the 3-D structure of the ring current and warn of dangerous activity. [Read more: Sharkey/Examiner/24August2012]

Turkish Intelligence Announce Recruitment of Specialists with Knowledge of Hebrew, Arabic, Persian and Armenian. Turkey's National Intelligence Service (MIT) reported that, in response to the announcement of the recruitment specialists with knowledge of Arabic, Persian, Armenian and Hebrew, they received a response from a large number of citizens, according to the portal The same news circulated in a number of other Armenian Internet resources.

The Armenian website refers to a statement issued by the intelligence service in the Turkish news agency Hurriyet that on July 25 they announced the need for such specialists. Many who read this posting applied to the MIT via the internet. The deadline for applications is September 3.

Applicants must be citizens of Turkey, serving in the Army. Priority will be given to those who can work in different regions of Turkey and the world, the report says. [Read more: VestnikKavkaza/26August2012]

Former Intelligence Chief May Run for Czech President. Czech civilian intelligence service former chief Karel Randak is likely to run in the direct presidential election to be held at the beginning of 2013, the Insider Internet daily reports Monday.

Retired general Randak, who has been active in the Anti-corruption Endowment of Karel Janecek in the past year and pointed to suspicious transactions in the Prague Transport Company, has so far refused to be involved in politics, Insider wrote.

Randak plans to gather 50,000 votes for his presidential candidacy in two months, the Internet daily writes.

Randak confirmed to Insider that he was really considering his presidential candidacy.

"I am leaving for holiday now and I will make the final decision in early September. Now I can only confirm that I am considering the candidacy," Insider quotes Randak as saying. [Read more: PragueDailyMonitor/28August2012]

Future Battlefields Less 'Star Wars,' More Tiny Robots. "Star Wars" battlefields may seem imminent given the U.S. military's enthusiasm for testing laser weapons on planes, ships and vehicles. But a Pentagon workshop found that lasers, cyberwarfare, 3D printers and biological tools seem unlikely to revolutionize the battlefield by 2025.

Only one futuristic technology tended to stand out - swarms of tiny robots that could act as sneaky spies or clear enemy-held buildings without risking human lives. Still, that represented just one of many ideas considered during war games held among military officers and scientists at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., from Aug. 14-15.

"When we're talking about PackBots or the Predator [drone], we're talking about the Model T Ford," said Peter Singer, director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institute and leader of the NeXTech workshop. "It's the Wright brothers flyer of this technology - the first generation."

The NeXTech workshop represented the second in a series focused on identifying game-changing technologies for tomorrow's battlefields. A first workshop held in Washington, D.C., looked at the broader questions of what should count as a "game-changing" technology.

In the second workshop, participants imagined how possible "game-changing" technologies could transform the way the U.S. military operates in four possible scenarios. (The workshop operated under the Chatham House rules that ask participants to not identify others by name or organization, unless individuals grant permission.) [Read more: Hsu/InnovationNewsDaily/28August2012]

Military Leaders Urgently Push for New Counterterrorism Software. A U.S. military command has sent an urgent request to the Pentagon to fund counterterrorism intelligence computer software for special operations troops globally, including the Palantir analytical system.

Palantir is at the center of two investigations in Washington. Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, has accused the Army of making it difficult for conventional soldiers in Afghanistan to buy Palantir off the shelf because the Pentagon is protecting its own system.

The Aug. 17 request memo comes from U.S. Special Operations Command, the tip of the spear in the war on terrorism as it oversees Navy SEALs, and Army Delta Force and Green Berets.

The memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times, talks of plans to purchase an application named Lighthouse. Lighthouse can collect data sent via mobile devices such as cellphones, the Internet and radios, and send it to Palantir, which processes and stores data and then analyzes links among terrorists.

Commanders in Afghanistan have raved about Palantir's ability to point them at enemy combatants who build and bury homemade bombs, the biggest killer of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

"Palantir supports distributed data ingestion, manipulation and storage, useful for the analysis of Lighthouse data," says the memo, signed by Konrad J. Trautman, director of intelligence for Special Operations Command. "Lighthouse and Palantir users are equipped to exploit structured data using link analysis [and] data mining."

The memo adds that deployed special operations troops have an "intelligence priority for rapidly deploying a data collection, fusion and analysis system." [Read more: Scarborough/WashingtonTimes/27August2012]


OSS Agents Trained at Prince William Forest Park. Prince William Forest Park is known for its picturesque hiking trails, wildlife, and cabins.

But during World War II, portions of the heavily forested park were used by the Office of Strategic Services to train its agents.

"It was a civilian organization under the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was deactivated on 30 December 1945," explained Art Reinhardt, 87, who was recruited from the Army Air Corps into the OSS in May of 1944.

Reinhardt's comments came during a recent presentation at the park called "Tuesdays with Art." He received about two months of training as a radio operator and cryptographer before being sent to China, where he provided intelligence to American fighter pilots who were battling the Japanese.

"The mission of OSS was collecting and analyzing strategic information and secret intelligence and executing programs of physical sabotage and subversions against the enemy to support allied military operations," he said.

At its peak in August of 1944, there were roughly 12,800 members of the OSS, Reinhardt said. Of those, 4,000 were women, and 6,000 were service members who had been detailed over to the organization.

"Rank in OSS really meant nothing more than your pay scale," he noted. "They were very non-military." [Read more: LeDoux/InsideNoVa/26August2012]

Canadian Reporter Used as Spy for China. Long-time Parliament Hill reporter and author Mark Bourrie threw away a steady job reporting for Xinhua News Agency when it became painfully clear he was being used as a spy.

Now he is giving an inside look into the murky world of Chinese-state journalism with an article published Aug. 23 in Ottawa Magazine detailing his time with the Chinese regime's leading state-controlled news agency.

"I knew when I worked for Xinhua that there would be that time when they would really try to compromise me. It became fairly obvious as the months went by," he told The Epoch Times.

Bourrie took the job only after contacting CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) to find out if he should be worried about being used as a spy. CSIS never got back to him.

While Bourrie spent most of his time doing straight reporting, a few assignments were clearly intelligence work, done for the sole purpose of keeping the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) intelligence agency abreast of what the regime's critics in Canada were up to.

As these questionable assignments added up, Bourrie felt the weight of compromising his journalistic integrity.

"There are times in life when you have to draw a line and say, 'This is wrong.' And to do actually know that I could do it and not make excuses for continuing it...was cathartic," he said. [Read more: Little/EpochTimes/26August2012]

PARI Offers Look at Cold War-era Espionage. Located on a secluded 200-acre tract near Balsam Grove sits the former Rosman Tracking Station. In the 1960s, NASA used the station's giant radio antennas to track early satellites and to assist in America's first manned space flights, including the Apollo mission.

After newer satellite systems forced NASA to mothball the tracking station, the U.S. Department of Defense took over the site in 1981. Declassified documents show the station's real tenant was the National Security Agency, a government intelligence agency then devoted to eavesdropping on the Soviet Union.

According to NBC news reporter Robert Windrem, whose 1986 series "The Eavesdropping War" looked into the facility, the NSA used the renamed Rosman Research Station to intercept communications being relayed by Soviet satellites.

"After the DoD takeover, the work at Rosman, even the number of employees, was a closely guarded secret," wrote an unnamed NSA official in a declassified document from the agency's Center for Cryptologic History. "Budget cuts and the removal of the station's primary function forced the Agency to cease operations on 31 March 1995."

Today the facility is owned by the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, a nonprofit group dedicated to scientific education and research. PARI runs tours of its campus every Wednesday at 2 p.m., offering the public a rare glimpse into the cloak-and-dagger world of Cold War espionage.

The facility's formerly clandestine operations become clear the moment tourists enter Building One on PARI's campus. Bulletproof glass surrounds the reception area, which has a wall switch that triggers a revolving red light in a nearby corridor. [Read more: Axtell/TimesNews/26August2012]

IT's 9 Biggest Security Threats. Hacking has evolved from one-person crime of opportunity to an open market of sophisticated malware backed by crime syndicates and money launders.

Years ago the typical hacking scenario involved a lone attacker and maybe some buddies working late at night on Mountain Dew, looking for public-facing IP addresses. When they found one, they enumerated the advertising services (Web server, SQL server, and so on), broke in using a multitude of vulnerabilities, then explored the compromised company to their heart's content. Often their intent was exploratory. If they did something illegal, it was typically a spur-of-the-moment crime of opportunity.

My, how times have changed.

When describing a typical hacking scenario, these days you must begin well before the hack or even the hacker, with the organization behind the attack. Today, hacking is all crime, all the time, complete with bidding markets for malware, crime syndicates, botnets for hire, and cyber warfare gone amok.

Here are the nine biggest threats facing today's IT security pros. [Read more: Grimes/ComputerWorld/28August2012]


Foreign Policy: The Pentagon Misses The Big Picture. The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Pentagon's central provider of military intelligence to field commanders and policymakers, recently rededicated itself to the mission of strategic warning. Its new five-year plan commits the agency "to prevent strategic surprise." This week the 2,000th U.S. soldier died in the now 11-year Afghan war. Many will see this milestone as just one of the many painful consequences of the intelligence community's failure to warn policymakers about the Sept. 11 attack. From that perspective, it is understandable that DIA's leaders seem to be putting strategic warning at the top of their priorities.

But will the renewed commitment to strategic warning actually make the United States safer? Improved strategic warning won't improve safety if policymakers don't act on the warnings they receive. And despite the intelligence community's best efforts, surprise is nonetheless inevitable, if only because adversaries are constantly probing for openings. DIA and its fellow intelligence agencies are not wrong to step up efforts at preventing strategic surprise, but it is actually just as important to focus on tactical warning. And, ultimately, the real burden falls on policymakers to follow through on the warnings they receive and to prepare for the surprises that will inevitably occur.

A declassified CIA essay from 2003 attempted to explain the difference between tactical and strategic warning. Tactical warning focuses on specific incidents, targets, or perpetrators, with a goal of deterring or limiting damage from an adversary's attack by alerting friendly forces and resources already in place. Strategic warning, by contrast, focuses on long-term developments that, when brought to the attention of policymakers, will allow officials to redirect resources, formulate contingency plans, establish new programs, form new relationships, and otherwise meaningfully prepare for new conditions and trends.

Some may consider the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the September 2001 attacks to be strategic surprises, due to the magnitude and consequences of those events. But by the CIA definition, these were tactical, not strategic surprises. The U.S. government was long aware of Japan's designs on the Pacific and had been developing a war plan for decades prior to the Pearl Harbor attack. Similarly, the U.S. government was well aware of al-Qaida before Sept. 11 and was slowly - if inadequately - responding to the threat. The intelligence failures in both cases were tactical, not strategic. [Read more: Haddick/NPR/27August2012]

Section IV - Obituaries, Books, Letters to the Editors and Coming Events


Weston G. Parker. Weston G. Parker, 86, who worked in the CIA's directorate of operations for 27 years and was a case officer, died of renal failure Aug. 17 at his home in Vienna.

The death was confirmed by his wife, Jocelyn "Trish" Parker.

Mr. Parker retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 1978 after assignments in Washington, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and France. He then was an office manager at the Waterman Steamship Corp. in Athens before returning to the Washington area in 1984.

Weston Gwin Parker was born in Chicago and served in the Army Air Forces in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. He was a 1950 graduate of the University of Missouri.

His hobbies included sailing.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Jocelyn Peale Parker of Vienna; five sons, Geoffrey Parker of Edgewater, Christopher Parker and Bradford Parker, both of Vienna, Lincoln Parker of Rockville and Weston P. Parker of Frederick; three brothers; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson. [Bernstein/WashingtonPost/26August2012]


Ex-Navy SEAL Whose Book Reveals Inside Story of bin Laden Raid Faces Death Threats from al Qaeda...Just One Day After His Identity was Revealed. The former Navy SEAL who authored a soon-to-be-published book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is now facing death threats in addition to possible criminal prosecution.

An official al Qaeda website on Friday posted a photograph and the name of the former Navy commando responsible for the book, calling him 'the dog who murdered the martyr Sheikh Osama bin Laden.'

Meanwhile the head of U.S. Special Operations Command told current and former troops that the military would take legal action against anyone found to have exposed sensitive information that could cause harm to fellow forces.

'We will pursue every option available to hold members accountable, including criminal prosecution where appropriate,' Admiral Bill McRaven wrote in an open, unclassified letter emailed to the active-duty special operations community.

'As current or former members of our special operations community, authors have a moral obligation, and a legal duty, to submit their works for pre-publication security review,' the admiral wrote.

The book's publisher announced on Wednesday that 'No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden' would tell the real story about the raid in Abottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011.

The book, to be published under the pseudonym 'Mark Owen,' is scheduled to be released on September 11 - the 11th anniversary of the devastating terror attacks in New York and Washington, DC.

But the former serviceman's attempts to remain anonymous were foiled on Thursday, when identified him as Matt Bissonnette, 36, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, who retired shortly after the bin Laden mission. [Read more: Durante/DailyMail/25August2012]

Letters to the Editors

Dear Editors:

I felt I had to add my 2 cents worth re: an article about a German who stole computer passwords and Tactical plans from Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany and sold them to the FSB for $11M dollars, which means the quality of the Intel was so good the Russians were willing to pay big dollars for the information. I would like to beat this person within an inch of his life. This is worse than the havoc caused by the Walker Spy Ring. 

I worked in WE-5, (a section of DISA that handled the I in C4ISR), inside a hut surrounded by barbed wire at the USAG Ft. Ritchie back in the 90's. It was our job to make sure that we had, either COTS or made to order and quality tested INFOSEC software and hardware that would have prevented anyone from capturing someone else's computer password, even if it was "on the fly" over the internet, or by someone happening to have "peaked" over someone else's shoulder and obtained their password. We worked hard to prevent any form of computer/IT based espionage of military secrets and, not to brag but we were good at what we did, and not being on the ground but only reading the WIN report, my first analysis is there was a breakdown in INFOSEC operational orders. WE-5 would go to go to other agencies to advise and consult on how to fence in their applications not only from external threat but from internal as well. In summation, back in the earliest part of the 1990's before computer hacking was even at the forefront of people's minds, we were already beginning to plan for computer counter-espionage within this unit through event driven notifications and deviations that would "SOUND THE KLAXON" and immediate shutdowns and re-routing of sensitive information could occur over SIPR AND NIPRNETS.

Knowing that password hijacking, except over the net and when they unencrypted is next to impossible unless other personnel are being lax in the handling of their passwords, I would have all personnel undergoing a debriefing with INFOSEC, COMPSEC, Air Force OSI and other federal law enforcement agencies, because working on a military reservation (even civilians) are subject to the UCMJ.

May Heaven help us that we get our plans changed quickly and they are better than before. John F. Regus

Coming Educational Events


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

30 August 2012 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts LTC J.B. Vowell, Academic Fellow, CISAC 2012-2013

LTC J.B. Vowell, Academic Fellow, CISAC 2012-2013 will be speaking on Tactical and Operational Intelligence and the Threats the Army and Dod Faces in the Years Ahead. 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-mOil 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 - SOLD OUT - "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
EVENT has sold out.

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:

Saturday, 15 September 2012, noon - Washington, DC - Alexandra Hamlet, speaks about her novel: "The Right Guard" at this Spy Museum book signing.

Hamlet is a Harvard-trained cultural anthropologist, an international lecturer, a defense anthropologist, and a member of AFIO. This is her first novel, a winner in three categories of the 2012 International Book Awards.

CIA operative Eric Brent and his revolutionary light weapon invention are being used by the CIA to reveal members involved in a take-over of the United States Government. It's the mid-'70s, and the Vietnam War has finally ended. The Founding Fathers made clear the right of the people to rise against tyranny and institute new government and some extremely powerful Americans have taken that to heart. They work to assemble their own, "private" army by stealing armaments from National Guard armories around the country, spiriting away the ordnance into huts and unused factories. Believing the government is taking away civil liberties and becoming too intrusive into the lives of ordinary Americans, this group calls itself The Right Guard. It has been preparing for what they call Wings Day, they plan to capture the president and keep him hostage until a government of their making can take control. Brent has to stop the imminent takeover and the elderly fanatic leader who dreams of putting the United States under martial law in order to tailor the fabric of American life to his liking.

The book reads like a film, the scenes rapidly progressing back and forth between the CIA and The Right Guard with a dizzying amount of characters appearing so quickly it is impossible to keep track of where they stand. Days later I found my mind drifting back to the book after reading current political news. This one will stay with you. Free! No registration required. Further info at

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

18-19 September 2012 - Chantilly, VA - 2-day symposium on "Foreign Engagement & Global Coverage under the New Defense Plan: FAOs, Security Cooperation, and the Defense Attach� System"

Event is jointly sponsored by NMIA and the FAO Association (FAOA). Senior personnel from each of the components will be speaking, plus a panel of Service representatives will be discussing their specific service involvement with the Attach� System. There will be presentations on Attach� Training, Current Attach� Topics, What the new Senior Defense Officer looks like, and an examination of the Future Attach� Program. Where: TASC Heritage Center, 4805 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly, VA.
This event will be held at the SECRET/NOFORN Level. NMIA events are always worthwhile and members with clearances are urged to consider attending. Register here.

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

Friday, 28 September 2012 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO Fall Luncheon features DIA Director Lt Gen Michael T. Flynn

Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, USA, the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, will discuss the greater global scope of DIA, and the acceleration of change - Today's Defense Intelligence Imperative. He speaks at 1 p.m. following lunch.
Registration is at 10:30 am; Morning speaker TBA, starts at 11 am; 3-course Lunch at Noon; Event ends promptly at 2 pm.
NOTE TO MEDIA and all attendees: Director Flynn's presentation will be conducted under the Chatham House Rule. When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity, nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.
TO REGISTER: Proceed here to register while space remains.

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 to

Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 8-9 am - Tysons Corner, VA - SPYPEDIA's Global Terrorism Espionage and Cybersecurity is hosting FREE Monthly Briefings
(G-TEC Briefing)
Location: Microsoft Store, Tysons Corner Center Mall, Level 2, Parking Area: P5, Tysons Corner, Virginia.
To Register: 703 642-7450 or email
Seating is limited; Reservations required.

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

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 - Annapolis, MD The US Naval Institute and US Naval Academy co-host "The History and Future Challenges of Cyber Power."
The symposium will be held at the Alumni Hall on the Academy Yard in Annapolis, Maryland. Gen James Cartwright, USMC (Ret.), Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will begin the session as the morning keynote. The program will include a luncheon keynote address by Kevin Mitnick and two panels:
Combating Cyber Warfare: The Evolution of Alliances Between the Public and Private Sectors
Forging the Links for Cyber Operations: Command, Control, and Policy
The keynote speakers and panelists will include renowned active-duty and civilian experts and leaders in the field ranging from preeminent historians to those on the cutting edge of cyber power in the armed forces, government, the private sector, and academia.
To register or for additional information 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-Elect" 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-Elect."
Where: At the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. For those who may not be familiar with the PDB, it is frequently described as the world’s smallest newspaper, a CIA product that is put together each night from all-source intelligence so that a CIA analyst can brief the president the following morning. CIA briefings are also available to candidates and presidents-elect. There are many anecdotes about the way in which individual presidents have received their PDBs, some of them quite amusing and others less so, and we hope that our speaker will share some of the better of these with us.
To register or for more information contact Donna Czarnecki,

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 no-cost 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 There is no fee to attend.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012, 8-9 am - Tysons Corner, VA - SPYPEDIA's Global Terrorism Espionage and Cybersecurity is hosting FREE Monthly Briefings
(G-TEC Briefing)
Location: Microsoft Store, Tysons Corner Center Mall, Level 2, Parking Area: P5, Tysons Corner, Virginia.
To Register: 703 642-7450 or email
Seating is limited; Reservations required.

Friday, 9 November 2012, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm (reception to follow) - Washington, DC - FAS hosts 2012 Symposium on Preventing Catastrophic Threats and Awards Ceremony

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) hosts this important 2012 Symposium at the National Press Club Ballroom, 429 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045
The next President of the United States and his national security team will need to make urgent decisions about protecting the nation from catastrophic attacks. To advise the next administration, just three days after the election, FAS will host a symposium featuring distinguished experts on policy and technological aspects of conventional, nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, bio-technology, nuclear safety, electricity generation, distribution, and storage, and cyber security. At the symposium, these experts will present their recommendations for preventing and reducing risks from catastrophic threats.
The event will also feature an awards ceremony luncheon to honor outstanding people who have made a distinctive contribution to national security. Dr. John Ahearne will be honored with the 2012 Richard L. Garwin Award, Dr. Sidney Drell will be honored with the 2012 Public Service Award and Dr. Stanford Ovshinsky will be honored with the 2012 Hans Bethe Award. Dr. Drell will share the honor of the Public Service Award with Dr. Henry Kissinger, Senator Sam Nunn, Dr. William J. Perry, and Mr. George P. Shultz.
Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. John Ahearne, Adjunct Scholar for Resources for the Future and an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Duke University
Mr. Charles Blair, Senior Fellow on State and Non-State Threats, Federation of American Scientists
Mr. Joseph Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund
Dr. Sidney Drell, Deputy Director Emeritus, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Dr. David Franz, Senior Advisor (Biosecurity Engagement) to the Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs
Dr. Charles Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists
Dr. Richard L. Garwin, IBM Fellow Emeritus, Thomas J. Watson Research Center
Mr. Hans Kristensen, Director of Nuclear Information Project, Federation of American Scientists
Dr. Robert Standish Norris, Senior Fellow for Nuclear Policy, Federation of American Scientists
Mr. Miles O'Brien, Science Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
Dr. Stanford Ovshinsky, President and Chief Scientist and Technologist, Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD Ovonics)
Mr. Matt Schroeder, Director of the Arms Sales Monitoring Project, Federation of American Scientists
Dr. Paul Walker, Director of Environmental Security and Sustainability, Global Green USA
Sponsorship Opportunities: Please contact Katie Colten at or 202-454-4694 for more information, or visit

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