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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Man Accused of Terrorist Aspirations Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges. An Orange County man suspected by the FBI of trying to hatch a terrorist plot to kill members of the U.S. military serving overseas has pleaded guilty to two federal charges in connection with the alleged plot.
Jonathan Jimenez, 28, was polite in an Orlando Federal courtroom Tuesday morning, where he admitted to tax fraud and lying to the FBI.
Jimenez admitted to a federal magistrate judge that he did talk about waging violent jihad, or holy war, against high-ranking military members overseas. But he said the talk was just "chest-thumping," to make himself look important. And he said that he lied to the FBI about it.
"I know that I have made false statements to the FBI," said Jimenez.
The judge asked what he lied about and Jimenez responded "terrorist acts."
Federal prosecutors said Jimenez's secretly recorded phone call with a confidential government source indicated that he had received terrorist training from convicted felon Marcus Robertson, the former imam of an east Orange County mosque.
Agents said the training included martial arts, firearm and knife training. [Read more: WFTV/28August2012]
Americans Shot in Mexico Were C.I.A. Operatives Aiding in Drug War. The two Americans who were wounded when gunmen fired on an American Embassy vehicle last week were Central Intelligence Agency employees sent as part of a multiagency effort to bolster Mexican efforts to fight drug traffickers, officials said on Tuesday.
The two operatives, who were hurt on Friday, were participating in a training program that involved the Mexican Navy. They were traveling with a Mexican Navy captain in an embassy sport utility vehicle that had diplomatic license plates, heading toward a military shooting range 35 miles south of the capital when gunmen, some or all of them from the Federal Police, attacked the vehicle, Mexican officials have said.
The Mexican Navy said Tuesday in a statement that an American was driving the vehicle and that during the attack the captain, who was handling logistics and translating for the men, remained in the back seat calling for help on his cellphone.
The men were wounded, the Navy said, when the rain of bullets managed to tear through the car's protective armor. It was unclear if the Americans, who officials said were unarmed, were specifically targeted, if the shooting was a case of mistaken identity or if there was some other reason that the vehicle was ambushed. Mexican prosecutors have detained 12 federal police officers and have said no theory can be ruled out.
The C.I.A. declined to comment. [Read more: NYTimes/28August2012]
WA National Guard Opening Intelligence Center. The Washington National Guard is opening an intelligence analysis center at Camp Murray that it will operate with the Defense Intelligence Agency and other branches of the military.
A guard spokesman, Capt. Keith Kosik (KAH'-sik), says the new $1.5 million building is a secure facility and much of its work is secret.
It's called the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility and it will open Wednesday to provide around the clock intelligence support. [Read more: AP/28August2012]
Afghan President Removes Intelligence Chief. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has removed the head of the country's intelligence agency, in the latest shake-up to his Cabinet.
Mr. Karzai on Wednesday thanked Rahmatullah Nabil, the director general of the National Security Directorate, for his two-year service. He said Nabil would soon take over as an ambassador to a foreign country.
The president's office said Nabil's new appointment is consistent with Mr. Karzai's decision that intelligence chiefs cannot serve more than two years.
Some Afghan lawmakers criticized the decision to dismiss Nabil.
Farkhunda Zahra Nadari, a member of the lower house of parliament from Kabul province, said Wednesday "[Nadil] was not removed due to Afghanistan's internal politics or ethnicity issues; I am worried that Afghanistan's policies may be influenced by outside our country's borders." She did not specifically name any foreign influences.
The removal of Afghanistan's intelligence chief comes just weeks after parliament voted to remove Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak and Interior Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi for failing to bring security to the country and protect top officials. [Read more: VOA/29August2012]
Clapper Names New Director of Intelligence Research Agency. National Intelligence Director James Clapper selected Peter Highnam as the second director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.
Highnam, a former senior adviser to the National Institutes of Health, has been serving as acting director of the intelligence research agency since the departure of its first director, Lisa Porter, in May, according to a statement today from the director's office. [Read more: Newsmax/30August2012]
German Intel Warns of Homegrown Jihadists. The German intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst, or BND, is expressing increasing worry over the prospect of terrorist attacks by homegrown Islamic extremists, given the significant rise in native Germans converting to Islam, according to a report in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.
Experts say that some 100,000 Germans have converted to Islam. A number of them are known to have traveled to war zones in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere for terror training.
German Intelligence Chief Gerhard Schindler is sounding the alarm, suggesting that homegrown Islamist radicals could become domestic terrorists.
In an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt, Schindler said that threats come wherever al-Qaida has set up training facilities.
"A particular threat stems from al-Qaida structures in Yemen," Schindler said. "They want to bring jihad to Europe. Among other tactics, this involves the ‘lone wolf' model, which involves individuals who are citizens of the targeted country and who go abroad for training. We know that this strategy is currently high on al-Qaida's agenda, and we are accordingly attentive."
Germany has been one of those countries whose citizens have traveled to Afghanistan for al-Qaida training, with the intention of returning to their homeland to wage jihad, if they're not killed beforehand.
The number of German young people who have traveled to Afghanistan has alarmed security officials.
Germany and Spain recently have been the locations where authorities arrested al-Qaida suspects who were plotting attacks. [Read more: Maloof/WND/3September2012]
S. Korea Court Awards $2.2mn Over False Spy Charges. A Seoul court on Tuesday awarded a fisherman compensation of more than $2 million for being tortured and imprisoned in the 1980s on false charges of spying for North Korea.
The Seoul Central District court ordered a payment of 2.45 billion won ($2.2 million) to the fisherman, identified as Cheong, and six of his family members named in the compensation suit, a court spokesman said.
Cheong, along with dozens of other fishermen, was briefly detained in the North in 1965 after they were seized while collecting shellfish on an islet close to the disputed sea border in the Yellow Sea.
Seventeen years later, in 1982, he was taken into custody by South Korea's military-backed government and grilled for 13 days by counter-espionage agents who accused him of spying for the North.
Released without charge, he was detained again the following year for 38 days, and ended up signing a confession under torture which led to his wife and brother confessing under similar duress.
Cheong, now 71, served 15 years in prison before being released on parole in 1998, after which he remained under surveillance.
"The investigators fabricated evidence and extracted false confessions through torture and threats," the court said in a statement.
"At that time the court also handed down a guilty verdict without verifiable evidence." [Read more: AFP/4September2012]
Putin Adds Police, Spy Chiefs to Energy Commission. President Vladimir Putin has reinforced one of two commissions seen as vying for control over Russia's crucial oil and gas sector by adding the country's top cop and spook to its ranks.
The formation of the presidential commission on June 15 raised eyebrows as its membership - a mix of officials and industry leaders - almost duplicates that of the government's energy commission, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.
But now it has been bolstered with two men not on Mr. Dvorkovich's list: Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev and Mikhail Fradkov, director of the Foreign Intelligence Service, formerly a department of the KGB. Mr. Putin signed a decree on Aug. 31 adding them to his commission. [Read more: Marson/WallStreetJournal/3September2012]
US Consulate Guard Fails at Spying for China, Pleads Guilty. A former Marine who was working at a U.S. consulate office in China has pleaded guilty after trying - and failing - to spy for China, the Department of Justice said today.
Bryan Underwood, 32, pleaded guilty to one charge for attempting to pass photographs and access to the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou, China to China's Ministry of State Security.
After losing over $150,000 in the stock market in March 2011, Underwood, who was working at the time as a contract security guard, wrote a letter to China's Ministry of State Security in which he expressed his, "interest in initiating a business arrangement with your office," according to court documents.
"I know I have information and skills that would be beneficial to your offices," he wrote.
The Justice Department said that Underwood took over 30 pictures of sensitive areas of the consulate and made a document which listed recent security upgrades and the locations of surveillance cameras inside the consulate building.
But Underwood failed to deliver the letter to the Ministry of State Security. He got as far as taking a taxi to the Chinese MSS, but he was turned away by a guard, the DOJ said. Instead, Underwood, believing that his apartment was searched at times by Chinese security officials when he was not present, left the letter and other documents out in the open for them to take. Underwood had "Top Secret" clearance, according to court documents.
Prior to his attempts to establish contact with Chinese intelligence officials, Underwood had been approached by a U.S. counterintelligence official and was asked to participate in a counter-surveillance project designed to alert U.S. officials to attempts by Chinese spies to recruit Americans.
Once Underwood's efforts were detected, he was interviewed by U.S. law enforcement officials about his scheme and he allegedly told them that he hoped to obtain between $3 million and $5 million from the Chinese for his spying. [Read more: Ryan/ABCNews/30August2012]
Low Cost Spy Plane Takes Off as Military Budgets Squeezed. Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the B-2 spy plane and the Global Hawk unmanned drone, will demonstrate a smaller, cheaper surveillance plane this week it hopes will be attractive to budget conscious U.S. law agencies and foreign countries.
The new Air Claw system marks Northrop's latest effort to expand its overseas revenues and move into new non-military markets at home given the expected decline in U.S. military spending after a decade of sharp growth.
The new aircraft adds high-tech sensors to the rugged, single-engine Quest Kodiak aircraft, including a wide-area surveillance camera that captures images over an area that measures 4 miles by 4 miles and has already been used to help make arrests on the southern U.S. border.
"Air Claw will cost millions less than other aircraft that are out there," Tom Kubit, a senior executive with Northrop Grumman's technical services sector, told reporters at a small private airport outside Baltimore.
He said Northrop has built over a dozen special mission planes for the U.S. government over the past 21 years, but developed the new plane as a low-cost alternative given the mounting budget pressures facing the U.S. government and an estimated 48 countries that use such aircraft. [Read more: Shalal-Esa/Reuters/30August2012]
Nigeria Secret Police Details Leaked. Personnel records of former and current members of Nigeria's top domestic spy agency, including home addresses and names of immediate family members, were posted on the Internet in a threatening message that claimed to come from a radical Islamist sect that is killed hundreds of people this year alone.
The leak of personal data of more than 60 past and current employees of Nigeria's State Security Service remained easily accessible on the Internet for days and had details about the agency's director-general, including his mobile phone number, bank account particulars and contact information for his son.
Many of agents listed who could be reached said they received no official warning from the spy agency that their information had been posted online nor been otherwise alerted. The material has been deleted from the comment section of a website, but the security breach astonished spy service veterans and calls into question whether Nigeria's intelligence community, whose agents already have released suspected terrorists out of religious and ethnic sympathies, are too compromised from within to stop the violence now plaguing Africa's most populous nation.
A senior Nigerian intelligence official said authorities were aware that the leak had happened and that many were embarrassed by it. He spoke on condition of anonymity as information about the leak wasn't to have been made public. [Read more: AP/30August2012]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Remembering Archie Barr, Canada's Honourable Spy. Many years ago, I was a young reporter working on what appeared to be a bombshell tip. I placed a call to a man named Archie Barr.
I'd been told that Robert Coates, Brian Mulroney's new defence minister, had compromised himself, and a briefcase containing national secrets, somewhere in Europe. Apparently hookers were involved.
We had further been told that some top-secret government agency was investigating.
At the time, Barr ran a top-secret government agency: the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. He was its deputy director.
He assured me CSIS was not investigating any such story. Though he said some other agency might be and, if it were, it might not have seen fit to tell CSIS. So I kept digging.
Long story short, we found out that Coates and two assistants had been in a bar featuring strippers and hookers outside the Canadian military base in Lahr, Germany.
There was no briefcase of secrets involved, but Coates's officials had misled Lahr's base commander. They had used his official car, were tailed by military police and had spread expense-account money around the bar.
Coates resigned and Privy Council Office security officials, we discovered, had been looking into the case.
When I returned from Germany, though, I read in the Toronto Sun that CSIS had also been pursuing an investigation.
I'll never forget the reply when I called Archie Barr back and demanded to know why he had denied it: "Our investigation started a few seconds after you walked out my door," he said. "This is a two-way street, young fellow."
That's called being schooled by a pro. [Read more: Macdonald/CBC/29August2012]
Retired Intelligence Officer Puts to Use his Skills as a Criminal Analyst. It's a unit within the Pima County Sheriff's department you seldom hear about, but the work they do helps detectives sort out complicated cases.
Phil Berikoff is one of the criminal analysts. In a previous career, he tracked down criminals all over the world. Some were wanted by the Hague and the UN War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Berikoff says "The tribunal gave me the opportunity to dig deeper into law enforcement type investigations." He's among a dozen people who work in the unit that analyzes information to create intelligence used in criminal investigations.
News 4 Tucson's Lupita Murillo followed Berikoff on a day when he was looking into burglaries. Every day he goes through case reports, analyzes them and comes up with "MO's."
One of Berikoff's jobs is to determine "the times that burglars normally commit their crimes, and hopefully come up with the locations, so we can advise the patrol deputies, and they increase the patrols in that area," he says.
He also comes up with flow charts detailing names, associations, and friends. He's done this for detectives on gang members and murder investigations. The charts help by providing possible leads or gives detectives other avenues to look at. [Read more: Murillo/KVOA/3September2012]
The Strange Top Secret Illicit Air Traffic Into Palestine in 1948. Right after the Arab-Israeli War began on May 15, 1948, the CIA produced a memo two weeks later.
The memo, titled Clandestine Air Transport Operations, gave a brief overview and several examples of how private U.S. citizens were supporting the Jewish or Arab people during the Partition of Palestine. This support was not endorsed by the U.S. government at the time. The report states that these individuals were secretly flying supplies, equipment, and even arms into Palestine in an effort to support the warring factions.
The citizens referenced in the memo were owners of charter airlines in the U.S. who would order the illicit goods to be flown into Palestine via less obvious routes.
The Partition Plan for Palestine was a United Nations attempt in 1947 to separate Palestine into three states: a Jewish state, an Arab state, and a neutral area that encompassed Jerusalem. Of the countries who voted on the plan, 33 voted for while 13 voted against.
The plan was never implemented, and its proposal resulted in a riff between the Arab and Jewish communities. Tensions between the two communities exploded into a civil war when Jewish leaders declared the establishment of a Jewish state within Palestine. The war became known as the Arab-Israeli War.
The memo states that the clandestine activities conducted by these private citizens during this conflict posed several national security threats to the Unites States. According to the document:
"U.S. national security is unfavorably affected by these developments and that it could be seriously jeopardized by continued illicit traffic in the ‘implements of war.'"
The memo offers five reasons these activities could have jeopardized U.S. national security; however, three of the reasons have been redacted from the declassified report. The two that have not been redacted are the possible negative effects on liaisons with foreign political groups and the possible protest from "friendly" governments. Apparently, the U.S. had already experienced some of these negative effects, and offered those up in the document.
Unfortunately, those too have been redacted.
The CIA did outline at least two of the known instances of these clandestine operations. [Read more: Dufrene/TopSecretWriters/3September2012]
5 Spy Gadgets Used by Real Life James Bonds. James Bond. Maxwell Smart. Sydney Bristow. Spies' wonderful toys make or break their missions whenever we see them in books, movies, or TV shows. Real-life spy gadgets are at times even more diabolical than those used by make-believe villains. While they may not be as shiny or as high-tech as those given to 007 by Q, that doesn't make them any less successful (or dangerous!).
Spies gather information by watching, listening and waiting. Eavesdropping is what spies do best. Is it any wonder, then, that three of these clever devices are for espionage? And in case things get messy, sometimes an agent needs a way to take out a target that's less direct than an abduction or assassination.
Dogs, rocks and umbrellas may not be as high-tech as some movie gadgets, but the end result is just as sneaky. The major difference is that in the movies, the spies' gadgets usually work, but in real life, they are less reliable. The fact that real-life spy gadgets don't always succeed may turn out to be more interesting than any slick fictitious version.
We've uncovered these spy secrets, revealing that even the tricks that may have been successful in the field have still failed at sneakiness. It also makes us wonder what sneaky stuff remains cloaked in stealth! [Read more: McClelland/MashableTech/3September2012]
USARAF Welcomes New Intel Officer. "I can honestly say for probably the first time in the history of my career the Army gave me the job I wanted. There is no job I wanted more than to be the G2 of U.S. Army Africa. Even if it was someplace else, I want to fend the post of a region; the fact that it's in Italy made it a whole lot easier to sell to the Family". - Col. Garrett Howard, U.S. Army Africa G2 Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.
Howard's excitement about this assignment is quickly apparent. With more than twenty years of experience as an intelligence officer Howard said while Africa is very unique, similar intelligence processes and procedures still apply.
"Though the conditions in Africa are different than some other places in the world, the basic blocking and tackling of military intelligence operations are the same," Howard said. "You have a toolkit that will work. You may just have to use your toolkit in a slightly different way to address the challenges that are unique to Africa."
With every new job come new challenges. The biggest challenge Howard perceives will be "establishing the G2 and USARAF as an important part of the overall intelligence team and leveraging the intelligence community to optimally support [USARAF Commander Maj. Gen. Patrick] Donahue's mission requirements."
Howard's previous assignment was as the Director of the Electronic Warefare Proponent Office at Leavenworth, Kan. [Read more: McGraw/USARAF/4September2012]
Section III - COMMENTARY
The Troubling Potential for 'Spoofers' To Commandeer Aircraft. Last December an old, rarely used word - spoofing, -meaning to hoax or to fool others - entered worldwide aviation vocabularies virtually overnight. Simultaneously it brought a new and disturbing strategic escalation to military tactics and a potential, albeit probably lesser, threat to civil aircraft operations.
Before then, the spoofing expression had been almost unknown, but that changed alarmingly on December 4, when the Iranian government announced it had electronically taken over control of an unmanned and, until then, secret U.S. Lockheed Martin turbofan-powered RQ-170 Sentinel intelligence-gathering aircraft as it flew over Iran and caused it to land, more or less intact, 140 miles inside its border, far from its Central Intelligence Agency home base in Afghanistan. Later that day, Washington announced that it had "lost contact" with one of its Afghanistan aircraft. A subsequent request by President Obama to Iran to return the Sentinel was rebuffed.
In military terms, spoofing is the act of surreptitiously transmitting false GPS signals to an aircraft, ship or surface vehicle by remote electronic means and then altering that target's previous path to a different path chosen by the spoofer, now commonly called "the attacker." For many years, spoofing has been recognized as a potential military application of GPS, but the technique has never previously been demonstrated - at least, as far as is known - since it has always been felt to be well beyond the ability of present-day technology.
Basically, spoofing relies on the fact that signals from the GPS satellites are extremely weak when they reach the earth. So the attacker first determines the precise GPS signals that the target is using to navigate, a fairly complex and delicate task, particularly if several miles separate the target and attacker. But once the attacker knows the target's precise GPS coordinates, he commences to broadcast them on the GPS frequency, first at a much lower signal strength, and then slowly increasing their strength to equal and then exceed those from the actual GPS satellites. The target's own GPS receiver(s) will then start tracking the stronger false signals and will be "captured." Then, still slowly, the attacker starts to change the original GPS coordinates it has been broadcasting to those of the new "hijack" track, which the captured target then follows. But those changes must be gentle enough, particularly in a manned target capture, not to alert the crew, for example, or to trigger on-board alarms. It is an exacting process involving advanced software programming.
The Iranian capture of the RQ-170 was startling in three quite different ways. First, an aircraft had never before been taken over in flight by a spoofing attack. Second, despite the aircraft's unconventional tailless, swept-wing design - suggesting possibly unusual handling characteristics - it had been flown and then successfully landed, possibly with its gear up, under remote spoofing control, and with what appeared to be minimal damage. Third - and this might possibly have been the biggest surprise of all - the spoofing technology was not developed by the U.S., Russia, China or any other leading aviation nation, but by Iran. True, we knew of Iran's burgeoning nuclear activities, but we knew little of its advanced avionics capabilities. [Read more: Sheridan/AviationInternational/2September2012]
Intelligence Bill Too Restrictive on Press. From afar, a new measure that puts tighter constraints on conversations between intelligence agencies and journalists might appear reasonable. It follows a series of unauthorized disclosures about the use of a terrorist "kill list" and cyberattacks by the United States on Iran - leaks that are under federal investigation. But the measure passed by the Senate Intelligence Committee this summer would go too far in chilling the exchange of information on national security issues. The legislation fails to appreciate the serious downside of keeping the public in the dark about potentially illegal, fraudulent or wasteful activities by the government's massive security apparatus.
Despite troubling aspects, the amendment to the 2013 intelligence authorization bill passed through the committee with only Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon objecting. One of the most pernicious provisions limits contact between the press and intelligence agencies to the director or deputy, or a designated public affairs officer. Only one of those officials may give background or off-the-record information.
That means an essential avenue for reporters, and by extension the public, to understand the workings of various agencies - background talks and briefings with agency experts - would be prohibited. If a reporter gets information from an overseas source about a U.S. intelligence operation, he or she could no longer check out its veracity with someone in ground-level operations. Out of necessity, closing off American intelligence sources would give more weight to overseas sources, which itself could damage national security. [Read more: TampaBayTimes/4September2012]
German Bureaucrats Attack Russia. Germany recently seized two shipments of military aircraft engines from Russia because the engines lacked the proper paperwork. Normally this would not be a big deal but Germany is growing angrier at increased Russian espionage inside Germany and smuggling via Germany. In response the Germans are showing no mercy when it comes to paperwork and documents in general.
One of the blocked shipments contained four turboprop engines for eight Russian Ru-142 maritime patrol aircraft used by India. The other shipment contained rebuilt Russian jet engines for Algerian MiG-29s.
This sort of thing can continue to escalate with Russia refusing to back down on its espionage efforts and Germany based dirty deals in general. Russia can threaten trade interruption but that will hurt Russia more than Germany at this point. The German economy is doing well, Russia's is not. So now is the time for German counter-intelligence to put the screws to the Russians. Kick them while their down, because otherwise the Russians will just ignore your complaints. [StrategyPage/1September2012]
The Big Intelligence Picture. Ever consider the massive amount of intelligence that the United States collects and uses in the defense of the country and our allies? It is surely massive given the scope of our collection effort.
Many people do not realize that the U.S. intelligence community is comprised of 16 separate agencies, not including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence which is responsible for leading intelligence integration. These agencies are tasked with foreign and domestic intelligence collection, analysis support of military planning, and in some cases performing acts of espionage:
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency (AFISRA)
Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM)
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA)
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
National Security Agency (NSA)
Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (OICI)
Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A)
Coast Guard Intelligence (CGI)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Office of National Security Intelligence (DEA/ONSI)
Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)
Dept of Treasury's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI)
Now we have to add U.S. Cyber Command to that list.
In addition, we have to add all the private sector organizations that have established their own security intelligence and cyber intelligence gathering and analysis capabilities as well as those in industry protecting against cybersecurity threats as well.
Oh - we should not forget the state and local law enforcement intelligence units that exist around the country.
Now let's add the black-ops (clandestine) intelligence community members.
Add them all up and that paints a reasonable picture of the intelligence coverage we have in place. It sounds like allot, but given the number of kinetic and non-kinetic threat we face, it's not! [Read more: Coleman/AOL/4September2012]
Section IV - Books, Research Requests, Employment Opportunities and Coming Events
New Book Exposes the Wicked World of Communism Published by Outskirts Press. Traian Nicola's recently published memoir offers an insider's view of communism from the perspective of a former member of the Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service. Nicola's eloquent narration invites the reader to take a step back in time and see communist Romania - first through the eyes of an innocent child growing up in Transylvania, then as a student, and later as a member of the Foreign Intelligence Service, a powerful organization personally controlled by Nicolae Ceauşescu, the leader of the Romanian Communist Party.
Written with humor, compassion and insight, Nicola's memoir gives readers a rare glimpse into the thinking and inner workings of Romania's communist regime. Nicola's personal experience led him to a deeply held conviction - that communism should never again be considered a viable political option.
Good-bye Dracula was written at a time when nostalgia for communism was on the rise in Romania and other former Soviet bloc countries. Ironically, soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall state property was transferred to a few thousand people, mostly former high-level communist party officials and the top brass of the secret police. This left a large portion of the population, both young and old, to struggle for their very existence. Political corruption spread, leading to disappointment and anger among the countries' citizens.
Traian Nicola was born in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu in 1949 and grew up in the midst of the terror and darkness of communism in the 1950s and early 1960s. In 1971, he graduated from the Academy of Economics at Bucharest, Romania, and a year later joined the Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service as a way of fulfilling his childhood dream to see the free, yet forbidden, world for himself. He worked as a press attaché in Japan and an economic attaché in Pakistan. Deeply disappointed with communism and feeling betrayed by the Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service, he defected with his wife and children to the United States in 1979. [Read more: OutskirtsPress/31August2012]
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I'm an author writing a book about Rene A. Dussaq, a former OSS officer, Jedburgh trained, who jumped into France prior to D-Day for the British SOE. After the war he worked undercover for the FBI and CIA. I'm seeking information about him. I'd appreciate it if you might put my query into your newsletter.
Dussaq, who died in 1996, was known as "Captain Bazooka" to the Maquis fighters he trained in Southern France. He was born in Argentina but became a naturalized citizen. He was a paratrooper and went to England and trained with the Jedburghs but worked with SOE for his lone assignment to their "Freelance" team. His father was a Cuban diplomat and he had strong family ties in Cuba, where he spend summers as a youth. He grew up in Switzerland where his father was stationed. He participated in Cuban revolutions and sometimes listed Cuban as his nationality.
After the war, he settled in Los Angeles and worked for the FBI undercover exposing communists. During the Korean War he worked for Army intelligence as a captain in Germany on the East German border. Before the war he had been an Olympic athlete, Hollywood stuntman, deep sea diver and treasure hunter, and noted speaker. His civilian job before his retirement in the late 1970s was as a Prudential Insurance salesman and manager in Los Angeles.
I'd appreciate any information about him from those who might have known him. I'm a member of the Writers Guild, Author's Guild and a working author and journalist. This will be my 11th book.
Robert K. Wilcox
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Individuals Who Served in Austria during Cold War Years.
We are working on an event with the Austrian Embassy for February 6, 2013. The focus is a sort of Cold War Noir Spy Evening. We are wondering if you know any AFIO members who worked in Austria during the Cold War. We are interested in inviting them to the event as special guests and maybe for other purposes! Any help you can offer on this front would be great.
Thanks so much. REPLIES TO: Amanda Ohlke, Adult Education Director, direct: (202) 654-0937, International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: (202) 393-7797
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Intelligence Doctrine Trainer.
Position Title: Principal Training and Development Specialist
Intelligence Doctrine Trainer
***** THIS POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON FUNDING *****
RTSC has a requirement to provide Intelligence Doctrine Trainers to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense (MoD) who are United States Citizens that have proof of citizenship and possess a U.S. passport.
The Intelligence Doctrine Trainer will advise and train the Iraqi MoD Doctrine Directorate on researching, developing, and publishing doctrine for the Iraqi Army (IA).
Work may include nights, holidays, and weekends on short notice. Conduct training six (6) days per week for up to twelve (12) hours per day while at OCONUS work site(s), and a standard 40 hour work week while at CONUS work sites.
Train Iraqi MoD staff on all aspects of developing doctrine.
Train Iraqi MoD doctrine development team on incorporating combined arms and joint operations into doctrine.
Assist the Iraqi MoD doctrine development team with ensuring Iraqi doctrine is incorporated into courses being taught at institutional schools.
Assist the Iraqis with developing a total force approach to doctrine that includes sustainment and a robust intelligence capability.
Train the Iraqis to integrate doctrine into MoD goals.
Coordinate with the Lessons Learned Training Team to incorporated Iraqi latest TTPs.
Demonstrated MS Office Skills and Personal Computer (PC) Skills.
Superior Communications, Organizational, and Interpersonal Skills.
Must be willing to work and live in Iraq, and could be assigned to any location in Iraq based upon the needs of the U.S. Government.
Must be willing to work in hostile areas.
Must be willing to deploy and live on Forward Operating Bases (FOB) operated by the US Government under austere conditions. Force protection is provided by the US Government.
Must adhere to military grooming standards.
Must be willing and able to travel outside of protected areas via security convoys, helicopter, or fix wing and wear protective clothing and equipment as required. In the conduct of their training contractors may encounter hostile forces.
Must have experience working in TRADOC or other service equivalent developing strategic level doctrine.
Experience working on a Corps (or above) level Staff
Must be U.S. Army Command and General Staff College graduate or other service equivalent.
Experience as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer or other service Intelligence Officer.
Previous experience training foreign militaries.
Retired O5 or above.
Previous Battalion Command.
U.S. War College Graduate or equivalent institution.
Must have a Masters degree and 4 years of related work experience. Equivalent work experience may be considered in lieu of education requirement.
Contractor personnel shall comply with all theater command policies, regulations, and General Orders. All tours are unaccompanied.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. SECRET Clearance.
Contact: Rachael Del Pino, Sr. Employment Recruiter, Warfighter FOCUS, RTSC Human Resources, Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC, Raytheon Company, +407.207.9414 (office), +407.619.3263 (cell), +321.235.0228 (fax)
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY Spy Museum Events in September, October, and beyond, with full details are listed on the AFIO Website at www.afio.com. The titles for some of these are in detail below and online.
Friday, 7 September 2012, 6-8 PM - Washington, DC - Dedication Ceremony for former CIA Officer/IWP Professor Brian Kelley
Professor Brian Kelley was a true national hero and he continues to be greatly missed at IWP and within the US Intelligence Community. As we approach one year since his passing, the alumni of IWP have come out in droves asking how they can donate, support, and keep the memory of Brian fresh in our hearts and minds.
The IWP Alumni Association has taken those donations and suggestions and will be dedicating a plaque in Professor Kelley's honor to be displayed proudly at IWP. The plaque is a testament to Professor Kelley's lifelong career of government service, but also represents everything else he was to his family, friends and the students of IWP. Please join us for the dedication and social gathering to remember Brian, to support his family, and to keep the values of what he stood for alive and well at IWP.
Important note: Attendance at all IWP events requires ADVANCED REGISTRATION. In addition, prospective attendees must receive an e-mail confirmation from IWP indicating that seating will be available for them at the event. A government-issued ID that matches your name on the confirmed attendee list must be presented at the door for admission to any event.
The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
PREREGISTRATION and CONFIRMATION EMAIL required for admittance. Register with email@example.com.
Event is hosted by the IWP Alumni Association and The Institute of World Politics
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
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 - http://www.helendorf.com/ If you have any questions or ideas please call 770-957-1085 or e-mail Tom & Marianne Morfoot at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.spymuseum.org
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: http://insct.org/teaching-national-security-law-seminar/
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 www.spymuseum.org
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
Tickets: $90. Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-627 or call 202 633-3030. Visit www.spymuseum.org
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 Attaché 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 Attaché System. There will be presentations
on Attaché Training, Current Attaché Topics, What the new Senior
Defense Officer looks like, and an examination of the Future Attaché
Program. Where: TASC Heritage Center, 4805 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly,
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 – email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.iacsp.com
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 www.spymuseum.org
Friday, 28 September 2012 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO Fall Luncheon features DIA Director Lt Gen Michael T. Flynn, and Colonel Rose Mary Sheldon, PhD of VMI
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 is Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, PhD 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]. Her talk presentation 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: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bosml-courtyard-boston-milford
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 Kiplinger.com 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2012, 8-9 am - Tysons Corner, VA - SPYPEDIA's Global Terrorism
Espionage and Cybersecurity is hosting FREE Monthly Briefings
Location: Microsoft Store, Tysons Corner Center Mall, Level 2, Parking Area: P5, Tysons Corner, Virginia.
To Register: 703 642-7450 or email email@example.com
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 www.spymuseum.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.suncoastafio.org
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 www.spymuseum.org
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 http://www.usnihistoryconference.org.
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 (http://www.wales.ac.uk/en/UniversityConferenceCentre/GregynogHall.aspx) 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.
• 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! (http://www.wales.ac.uk/en/UniversityConferenceCentre/GregynogHall.aspx)
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 (email@example.com) Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, University of Cambridge.
Please return all booking forms to: Dr. Kris Stoddart (firstname.lastname@example.org) Centre for Intelligence and International Security Studies, Aberystwyth University
For further information please e-mail email@example.com or David Gioe, (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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, email@example.com.
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 http://www.navalunderseamuseum.org/ There is no fee to attend.
7 November 2012, 8-9 am - Tysons Corner, VA - SPYPEDIA's Global
Terrorism Espionage and Cybersecurity is hosting FREE Monthly Briefings
Location: Microsoft Store, Tysons Corner Center Mall, Level 2, Parking Area: P5, Tysons Corner, Virginia.
To Register: 703 642-7450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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