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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
US Scrambles to Rush Spies, Drones to Libya. The U.S. is sending more spies, Marines and drones to Libya, trying to speed the search for those who killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, but the investigation is complicated by a chaotic security picture in the post-revolutionary country and limited American and Libyan intelligence resources.
The CIA has fewer people available to send, stretched thin from tracking conflicts across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Much of the team dispatched to Libya during the revolution had been sent onward to the Syrian border, U.S. officials say.
And the Libyans have barely re-established full control of their country, much less rebuilt their intelligence service, less than a year after the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
The U.S. has already deployed an FBI investigation team, trying to track al-Qaida sympathizers thought to be responsible for turning a demonstration over an anti-Islamic video into a violent, coordinated militant attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. [Read more: Dozier/AP/15September2012]
Historian Richard Immerman: CIA is Flawed. The CIA has a flaw - it has abandoned its original mission as an intelligence analysis agency, a historian and former government employee said Tuesday in a speech to about 50 people.
Richard Immerman, a former assistant deputy director of national intelligence at the U.S. State Department, gave a lecture in Hamilton Hall as part of a lecture series put on by UNC's history department.
He said he is critical of the CIA's transition from an intelligence analysis agency to one that predominately directs covert operations.
"The CIA's architecture was flawed from design and flawed by design," Immerman said.
He said the military should direct covert operations rather than intelligence agencies.
"CIA intelligence should support paramilitary operations, but it should not undertake them or exercise authority over them," he said.
He believes the military should have led Operation Neptune Spear - the code name for the operation to assassinate Osama bin Laden. [Read more: TheDailyTarHeel/12September2012]
Romney Receives First U.S. Intelligence Briefing. Mitt Romney received his first intelligence briefing from President Barack Obama's administration on Monday, a courtesy extended to him as the Republican presidential candidate.
"Today Governor Romney received a briefing from the intelligence community," said his campaign spokesman Rick Gorka.
The former Massachusetts governor was briefed at a federal building in Los Angeles for about two hours. The campaign did not name the person from the U.S. intelligence community who briefed Romney.
It has been a tradition that the presidential candidate of the opposition party is updated on U.S. intelligence after formally accepting the nomination. Romney's briefing was likely heavy on events in the Middle East after four Americans were killed last week in an anti-American protest in Libya. [Read more: Reuters/17September2012]
Chinese Suspected of Spying on U.S. Strategic Missile Base in Wyoming. A group of Asian men set off alarm bells in U.S. counterintelligence circles last week by showing up outside the entrance to a U.S. strategic missile base in Wyoming.
Between eight and 10 people suspected of being Chinese nationals drove up to the entrance outside F.E. Warren Air Force Base, one of three strategic nuclear missile bases in the United States.
According to defense officials and a base spokeswoman, the group asked to use the rest room at the base's visitor control center. They then began asking questions about photos of Air Force command leaders posted on a "command board" at the entrance facility.
The suspicious visitors then asked to photograph display missiles near the entrance to the base, and were denied.
The base, home to the 90th Missile Wing that includes a group of Minuteman III nuclear missiles, is located about three miles west of Cheyenne, Wyo.
One security official said the suspicious incident on Sept. 3 appeared to be part of a Chinese intelligence collection operation or perhaps a training exercise for intelligence personnel. [Read more: Gertz/WashingtonFreeBeacon/10September2011]
U.S. Spies Press for Renewal of Broad Electronic Surveillance Law. U.S. intelligence officials made a public plea on Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, for quick congressional action to extend a sweeping but controversial U.S. electronic surveillance law.
Robert Litt, chief lawyer for the Office of Director of National Intelligence, told reporters that winning congressional approval to extend the electronic spying law was the U.S. intelligence community's "top priority."
If the law, which expires at the end of 2012, is not extended, Litt said, U.S. spy agencies would lose access to what he described as a "very, very important source of valuable intelligence information."
Relevant committees of both the House of Representatives and the Senate have approved similar, though not identical, versions of bills that would extend the surveillance law, an updated version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA.
The Senate Intelligence Committee's version would extend it until 2017. A Senate Judiciary Committee version would extend it only until 2015. [Read more: Hosenball/Reuters/11September2012]
Former CIA Official to Run Iowa Department of Public Safety. Gov. Terry Branstad on Tuesday appointed a career law enforcement official who has held posts at the Secret Service, the Central Intelligence Agency and INTERPOL to run the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
"I'm not someone who is going to come in and make changes just for the sake of making changes," K. Brian London said during a phone call Tuesday from Florida. "My goal is come into an already-outstanding department and try to make it more outstanding."
The Iowa Department of Public Safety oversees the Iowa State Patrol, Narcotics Enforcement and Fire Marshal's Office as well as administrative, investigative and law enforcement intelligence divisions.
London, 59, said the agency's breadth dovetails nicely with his career, which includes work as a California Highway Patrol officer, the CIA and Secret Service as well as supervisory roles at the U.S. Customs Service, INTERPOL and for the state of Florida Department of Financial Services.
London was most recently working at a security consultant in Florida when he was picked out of four people who interviewed for the $145,000-a-year job. He replaces Larry Noble, a former state trooper and state legislator Branstad appointed in December 2010, who stepped down earlier this year.
"Iowa is incredibly fortunate to have Brian filling this critically important role within state government," Branstad said in a statement. "There is no higher responsibility for the government than to protect its citizens, and Brian has a wealth of experience to apply within our Department of Public Safety." [Read more: Wiser/SiouxCItyJournal/11September2012]
White House Details 'Destructive' Spending Cuts. Administration officials said the numbers are preliminary and will be updated based on 2013 spending levels that Congress is addressing this month.
While military personnel were specifically exempted, other parts of the Pentagon will have to cut nearly 10 percent. The Army is slated to lose nearly $7 billion in operations and maintenance funding, and the Navy and Air Force will lose $4.3 billion each in operations money.
Border fencing and technology would take a $33 million hit, and salaries and staffing for the U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also would be cut.
At a time when embassy security is a concern in the aftermath of attacks, that account would be cut by $129 million. [Read more: Dinan/WashingtonTimes/14September2012]
Compensation for Families of Slain CIA Personnel Under Review. The nation's worldwide war against terrorism is claiming a growing number of Central Intelligence Agency officers.
The surge in covert-war casualties has prompted the CIA, Congress and the private CIA Officers Memorial Foundation to improve benefits for families of intelligence officers killed or wounded in the line of duty.
At least 24 CIA operatives have died in the 11 years since the 9/11 attacks - including 12 in Afghanistan.
The toll accounts for 23 percent of the 104 line-of-duty deaths during the CIA's 65-year history.
The latest: A CIA employee gunned down in Kabul last September by a rogue Afghan working for the U.S. government.
Additional intelligence officers have been wounded, including two agents in an attack on their armored vehicle south of Mexico City in late August. [Read more: HoustonChronicle/15September2012]
New Threats Push Need for Intelligence, DIA Director Says. The tips of fingers are sensitive, they can tell much to a person about what is felt and, in the world of intelligence gathering, ascertaining the intentions of an enemy many times requires a slight touch, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said last week.
"It's pretty stunning how far the intelligence community has come. How integrated we are. How interagency dependent we are," Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said Wednesday.
But in a constantly changing, violent-prone world, those engaged in intelligence work not only have to be current but be ahead of interpreting potential changes, said Flynn who assumed the DIA's top job in July.
The day before he spoke with the Herald/Review, an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya killed the U.S. ambassador and three of his staff members.
Flynn said what happened in Libya is one of the many "challenges we are facing today."
However, because the incident was recent, he declined to speak specifically about it.
"This particular incident is very tragic and it still is obviously being addressed by our national leadership and I will not talk about any specifics," he said.
What he and other senior American intelligence leaders, military and civilians, are facing in the now and may come up against in the future is ever changing, he said.
"The challenges we are facing in the global environment we are in, are much different than when I first came into the Army as a young officer," Flynn said.
Those days, three decades ago the focus was on the Cold War and the Soviet Union, the general said.
It was a time when training and war games were based on large-scale combat operations, he said,
"The changes that have occurred in areas of operations we find ourselves in are immense," the DIA director said, adding "The increased demand for intelligence is unprecedented and right now I see only an increase for even more and better intelligence in the future."
Noting DIA is the only national intelligence function with the word defense as part of its title - many others have national as part of their title - Flynn said "It's pretty stunning how far the intelligence community has come, how integrated we are, how interagency and interdependent we are." [Read more: Hess/TheHerald/15September2012]
Al Qaeda Took Advantage of Libyan Protest, CIA Chief Says. The attack that killed four Americans in the Libyan consulate began as a spontaneous protest against the film "The Innocence of Muslims," but Islamic militants who may have links to Al Qaeda used the opportunity to launch an attack, CIA Director David Petreaus told the House Intelligence Committee today according to one lawmaker who attended a closed-door briefing.
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the House Intel committee, said Petraeus laid out "a chronological order exactly what we felt happened, how it happened, and where we're going in the future."
"In the Benghazi area, in the beginning we feel that it was spontaneous - the protest - because it went on for two or three hours, which is very relevant because if it was something that was planned, then they could have come and attacked right away," Ruppersberger, D-Md., said following the hour-long briefing by Petraeus. "At this point it looks as if there was a spontaneous situation that occurred and that as a result of that, the extreme groups that were probably connected to al Qaeda took advantage of that situation and then the attack started."
Petraeus did not speak to reporters on his way in or out of the briefing. When he left the meeting, the former four-star general was trailed by about a dozen intelligence officials and a couple of Capitol police officers.
Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee were also briefed today by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs Admiral James Winnefeld. But senators emerging from that private briefing reported that they believed the attack in Libya was premeditated. [Read more: ABCNews/14September2012]
There are 50 Senior Agents in Turkey, Ex-Spy Says. There are nearly 50 high-ranking intelligence agents on Turkey's Syria border, including agents from the United States, France, Germany, Britain and "perhaps Greece," former CIA agent Philip Giraldi told Tolga Tanış of daily Hürriyet in an interview.
The former agent said there would be numerous spies working under the high-ranking spies and "many" informants working under them.
Giraldi said he thought there were 15-20 high-ranking CIA agents in Turkey working on the Syrian conflict alone.
"They would be paramilitary agents," Giraldi said. "They would be based at the consulate in Adana or the İncirlik Air Base, but could operate in the field as well," Giraldi said, adding that the agents would not cross into Syria but would direct intelligence operations from within Turkey in collaboration with Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MİT).
"The CIA probably has only 10 agents who are fluent in Arabic and maybe five who can speak Turkish fluently. For this reason, they need to rely on MİT agents when dealing with Syrian rebels," Giraldi said.
The CIA lacks personnel who are fluent in Middle Eastern languages because their tours of duty only last two or three years before they are transferred elsewhere. "The agents do no have enough time to specialize in that language or culture," he said, but added that the Russians were much better trained language-wise. "A Russian agent receives language courses for two years before arriving in Turkey, and once here, they can stay on duty for up to 10 years."
Turkish and American intelligence agencies were working "very closely" on the Syrian issue, Giraldi said, adding that the U.S. provided Turkey with photographs including satellite pictures and sensitive technical information it normally would not share with anyone. A Turkish intelligence officer "always" accompanies CIA agents in their dealings with officials from the Free Syrian Army, according to Giraldi. "This is not a rule, but that is how things work."
Giraldi guessed there would be high-ranking agents from France, Germany, Britain and "possibly Greece" near the Turkish-Syrian border, and would operate from the İncirlik Air Base, since it was a NATO base. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, meanwhile, worked in cooperation with the Turkish Foreign Ministry, he added. [Read more: HürriyetDailyNews/16September2012]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
From the Vault: Spies. The 1960s was the Golden Age of spy films. After the first James Bond film, Dr. No came out in 1962, theaters as well as television screens became flooded with spies. Films like The Liquidator, The Spy who Came in From the Cold, In Like Flint, Funeral In Berlin, and The Deadly Affair were popular on the big screen but television had even more spies to offer fans of the genre. During the 1960s, series like Danger Man, The Avengers, The Saint, I Spy, Mission: Impossible, The Prisoner, and Get Smart dominated the airwaves.
This week in From the Vault we're taking a look back at two of the more popular Spy series of the 60s, one from television and one from films. While they were both extremely popular with fans, they were very different in style and tone. Best of all, both are available on DVD. [Read more: Janson/Mania/16September2012]
The NSA Wants Hackers, And It Wants Them On Its Side. Hey, hackers: The NSA is out to get you. If you're an American who can code malware to infiltrate a network, or snoop on SMS messages, or stop a distributed denial-of-service attack in your sleep, you're a person of interest. Age is of little consequence. Location likewise. The NSA's mission is simple: It's trying to identify formidable hackers. But not to arrest them. To recruit them.
Despite all of the United States' spending on defense, many experts say the country is still in a vulnerable position - to cyberattacks. According to General Keith Alexander of U.S. Cyber Command, a division of the Department of Defense, attacks on U.S. computer networks increased seventeen-fold between 2009 and 2011. To counter that threat, the U.S. is seeking cybersecurity experts with the chops to neutralize would-be online invaders. But rather than wait for hackers to reach out via LinkedIn, the NSA is being proactive: This fall, four universities--Dakota State, Northeastern, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), and Tulsa--are launching NSA-designated cyber-operations curricula intended to fast-track students into security jobs. The goal is to create a pipeline of government-vetted talent and with it, a robust line of virtual national defense.
There's no questioning, or avoiding, the growing danger posed by hackers. In 2012 alone, hackers have stolen hundreds of thousands of credit-card numbers from American banks. In all, estimates put the cost of cybercrime to businesses and government agencies at more than $100 billion annually - and that sum isn't likely to shrink in the coming years. "We can do things to make it more costly to hack into our systems... but [security experts] didn't say we can stop them," Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) told the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee in March 2012. Explains Cynthia Irvine, chair of the Cyber Academic Group at the NPS, "There is a mission-critical need for cyberwarriors."
Starting in the 2012-13 school year, Irvine and her counterparts at the other universities will have the chance to train those soldiers. The pilot schools were selected from a pool of applicants based on their existing cyber-operations course offerings, which were then expanded to meet NSA requirements. "We've had these programs for years," says Sujeet Shenoi, a professor of computer science at Tulsa, "but this is the first time a government agency has formalized it."
Though credit and degree requirements for the NSA-designated programs vary from school to school, standard courses include such crowd-pleasers as malware analysis, cloud security, and electronic eavesdropping alongside core subjects like cryptography, network infrastructure, and programming. [Read more: Ungerleider/FastCompany/12September2012]
Be Part of an Elite Community and Join in the Fight: Cracking Codes and Discovering Threats. In today's technically advanced world, radical groups and rogue states don't just use guns and bombs to attack our country and allies; they use technology and information too. The need to defend against these cyber attacks has spurred an evolution in the field of Information Warfare - and generated exciting, meaningful career opportunities for a new generation of men and women who want to serve their country.
From the Civil War period, when specially trained U.S. Naval personnel intercepted and deciphered enemy signals and employed cryptology to secure domestic and international communications, protecting our nation's communication infrastructure has been a priority. Sailors and Marines assumed cryptologic duties as early as 1889, when the first radio transmission was sent from a U.S. Navy ship. During World War II, nearly 10,000 Naval cryptologic personnel worked worldwide to support every major campaign in the war.
Since that time, cryptologists have played a direct role in every United States conflict and have evolved to meet the dynamic challenges of modern cyberwarfare. Today's Information Warfare community consists of more than 11,000 members. Their efforts have played a critical role in missions ranging from the Osama bin Laden raid in Pakistan to the capture of the Maersk Alabama, a cargo ship held hostage by pirates off the coast of Somalia. As cyber security grows in importance to national security, the demand for people who can help keep our country protected has never been greater.
In an era of Information Warfare, enemy groups are able to plan their attacks more effectively. Therefore, people with the skills to protect our country's communication and technological systems are critical to capitalize on vulnerabilities in our enemies' information environments. The responsibility of the Information Warfare community involves attacking, defending and exploiting rival communications networks at sea, in the air or on land. The field of Information Warfare offers opportunities for those who excel at computing, foreign languages or other technical fields. The Navy can provide jobs and training opportunities for high school and college graduates as well as those with professional experience. Assignments place Sailors in a variety of locations, from aircraft carriers to amphibious command ships to Naval air stations, at home and abroad.
Here are a few of the chief Information Warfare career opportunities that are most in demand now and will be in the future: [Read more: JournalSentinal/14September2012]
Today in History 09-18-2012. Today's Fact:: The National Security Act of 1947 established the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). [Read more: TheTimes/18September2012]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Victory and Deceit. One side effect of nuclear weapons is the growing popularity of indirect warfare. This is the practice of making war clandestinely, without letting your opponent know, or be able to prove, who is behind the attacks. In the past this was done by secretly supporting rebels or hostile neighbors of your victim. This would include espionage and sabotage as well. These days, there are even more options.
Once the United States had nuclear weapons in 1945, and the world was aware of how hellishly destructive nukes were, confronting America directly suddenly became much less popular. Thus, the large numbers of Russian supported "communist insurgencies" in Eastern Europe after World War II ended in 1945, were portrayed by the Russian KGB (secret police/intelligence service) as men running them as "spontaneous pro-Russian rebellions." That was absurd on the face of it, as most of these nations historically hated and feared Russia. But after World War II most of these countries were occupied by Russian troops and full of KGB agents who were taking names (of pro and anti-Russian locals) and arranging for the disappearance of those opposed to their nation becoming a satellite state of the Soviet Union (in effect, a semi-autonomous part of the Soviet Union).
The Russians wanted control of Eastern Europe and the United States knew they did (as was made clear in talks between American, Russian, and British leaders towards the end of the war). But the Russians knew if they staged enough convincing (at least to foreign media) political theater as they installed pro-Russian dictatorships, the Americans would not be able to muster enough media and political support to oppose the Russians. Most Americans and Westerners in general, have now forgotten these tragic events but not East Europeans, who then had to endure over 40 years of Soviet rule before the nightmare ended.
The Russians kept at it in the 1950s, but were not as successful when they did not have troops and KGB agents in the area. Russia staged the North Korean invasion of South Korea in 1950, and that failed in a spectacular fashion. When the United States first got involved with Vietnam in the late 1950s, there was good reason to believe American assistance would lead to the defeat of the communist guerilla movement in South Vietnam. That was because the communists had not been doing so well with their guerilla wars. In the previous two decades there had been twelve communist insurgencies, and 75 percent of them had been defeated. [Read more: StrategyPage/14September2012]
I've Been Inside Camp Bastion - And it Seemed Like the Safest Place on Earth. It was often said of Camp Bastion that the only correct decision that Britain ever made during its torrid history in Afghanistan was to build the base in the middle of nowhere, with isolation as its primary strength.
Anyone approaching from any direction should be easily spotted, tracked, identified - and, if they pose a threat, destroyed. That was the theory.
But the events of last Friday, when a force of Taliban gunmen managed to move up to and breach the Bastion's security at around 10.15pm (local time), supposedly without being seen or heard, have sent a shock wave through Nato's high command.
Initial reports state that the Taliban had been monitoring the eastern side of Camp Bastion for at least two weeks and had been posing as farmers working in a nearby maize plantation.
The attack only ever had one aim. It was a suicide mission designed to demonstrate that the Taliban can attack any Nato installation, no matter how secure.
A five-foot-high hole has reportedly been found in the outer fence which sits adjacent to the main runway. It is believed to have been caused by a suicide bomber detonating an explosive vest. One the fence had been breached, around 19 insurgents, many also wearing suicide vests, streamed forward firing rocket propelled grenades and mortars. Two US Marines were killed in the ensuing battle and five aircraft, including US Marine Corps Harrier jump jets and helicopters, were destroyed. A fuel storage tank and a helicopter maintenance tent were also hit and caught fire.
Camp Bastion became operational in April 2006, when the British Army moved into the Helmand badlands on a mission to bring security, assist local construction projects and help the Afghan government extend the rule of law.
In the intervening years, the base has grown in size, to cover around 20 square miles and now includes Bastion 1 and Bastion 2, Camp Leatherneck, home to thousands of US Marines and Camp Shorabak, the main Afghan National Army base in the province. [Read more: Rayment/TheTelegraph/15September2012]
Intelligence is the Best Weapon in the War on Terror. Quite simply, the United States is losing the war on terror. The attacks against US embassies in Libya, Egypt, Yemen and elsewhere tragically demonstrate that the United States has failed to bolster our intelligence corps sufficiently to fight the terrorist threat.
While killing Osama bin Laden was an undeniable victory, it was akin to winning a single battle in a very long war. Although it eliminated bin Laden, it may have fractured the al Qaeda organization and lead to multiple al Qaeda affiliates operating independently under the al Qaeda banner.
Moreover, the highly public crowing of the operation after the fact likely cost us valuable intelligence. Not only did we lose access to any information bin Laden himself had - although, admittedly, we may not have obtained information from bin Laden even if he was alive - we also lost access to other potential sources.
When we publicly announced the successful operation against bin Laden, all sources and potential sources went immediately to ground. This likely required US intelligence officers to start from scratch in terms of recruiting sources and gathering information against al Qaeda.
Terrorism is not a traditional war and we cannot defeat it through the use of traditional weapons. We cannot negotiate an end to terrorism with diplomacy. Drone attacks target individual terrorist leaders but do not eradicate the terrorist threat. There is no shortage of leaders and want-to-be leaders in the jihadist movement. Like the mythological hydra, cut off one head and two grow in its place.
Intelligence is the best, the only, way to defeat the terrorists. [Read more: Ruth/WashingtonTimes/14September2012]
Section IV - Books, Obituaries, Employment Opportunities, Letters to the Editors and Coming Events
Book Tells Little-Known Iran Hostage Crisis Story. "Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History" (Viking), by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio
Ask almost any American adult about the Iran hostage crisis, and you'll get the outlines of the well-known story: militants storming the American embassy in Tehran in 1979 and holding dozens of Americans hostage for 444 days.
Now, in "Argo," CIA disguise master Antonio Mendez tells a lesser-known story about the crisis. In the confusing and chaotic takeover, six Americans escaped.
For almost three months, the group hid out in Iran, sheltered by the Canadian government. But the situation grew increasingly precarious. Ultimately, the CIA sent two operatives into the country to rescue the group. As cover, the CIA concocted an elaborate back story involving a Hollywood film.
Mendez developed a plan to disguise the Americans as a Hollywood group scouting locations for a fake science-fiction film called "Argo." Mendez didn't do anything halfway. He obtained a script, advertised the film, printed business cards, and rented and staffed a Hollywood office in case anyone in Iran checked up on the story. Then, posing as the film's producer, he slipped into Tehran, helped transform the embassy workers into Hollywood types and spirited the Americans on a plane to Switzerland.
For years, however, the full story of the CIA's involvement was a secret. That changed in 1997, the 50th anniversary of the CIA. Mendez was honored by the agency that year, and he related the "Argo" story for newsman Dan Rather. [Read more: Gresko/AP/18September2012]
Gaeton Fonzi. Gaeton Fonzi, 76, a magazine reporter who investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy for congressional committees in the 1970s, died Aug. 30 at his home in Satellite Beach, Fla. He had Parkinson's disease.
His wife, Marie Fonzi, confirmed his death.
Mr. Fonzi was an investigator for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1975 to 1977 and for the House Select Committee on Assassinations for two years after that.
Mr. Fonzi came to believe that Kennedy was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy that he alleged involved the CIA. Mr. Fonzi's research led the House committee to conclude in its official 1979 report that there was a high probability that two gunmen shot at Kennedy in Dallas and that the president "was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy" - although the committee specifically excluded the CIA, the FBI, organized crime, and the Soviet and Cuban governments from any alleged conspiracy.
Mr. Fonzi took issue with the final report, saying he had established a link between the CIA and Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of Kennedy. Mr. Fonzi published a book explaining his findings, "The Last Investigation," in 1993.
"His whole obsession was the Kennedy assassination," his wife said.
"He was in constant contact with everybody about that" for years, she said. "He went and spoke in Dallas almost every year" at gatherings where the assassination was discussed.
Gaetano Fonzi was born Oct. 10, 1935, in Philadelphia. (He later dropped the final letter of his first name.) [Read more: Naedele/WashingtonPost/14September2012]
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Letters to the Editors
"Real World Intelligence." Re Herbert Meyer's call for war against Iran, terming his article 'real world intelligence" does not make it so. His name-calling of Iran leadership shows his own lack of objectivity. Comparing the current leadership of Iran to Hitler is a big stretch of history, while his argument that we should have believed Hitler but not believe current Iranians lacks logic, We have been mad at Iran since 1979, So-called students' occupation of American Embassy and keeping of hostages for over a year was an insult to the United States and great violation of international law. Instant retaliation against Iran over hostage issue would have been appropriate and justifiable, but President Carter did not want to jeopardize life and safety of hostages. He may well have lost reelection because of that issue. That is no reason why we should now go to war in Iran, a war in which we control the beginning but cannot predict the end. Iran leaders claim "the use of nuclear, chemical and similar weapons...a great and unforgivable sin." The Supreme Ayatollah Ali Khameinei told the assembly of non-aligned nations "nuclear for all and nuclear weapons for none". Khameini also said "This does not mean foregoing our right to the peaceful us of nuclear energy and the production of nuclear fuel." Our 30 year of steadfast opposition to and sanctions against Iran did not change Iran's determination and progress. Meyer claims we should have believed Hitler. In the absence of reliable intelligence to the contrary, why not accept that Khameini is telling the truth? When we get firm, verifiable info that Iranians are building bomb - like Russians, Chinese, Indians, Pakistan and North Korea did - means for military intervention would still be on table. Or we could dissuade them, like we did with South Africa, with logic and flexibility. Final point: We do not need or want a new war in Middle East.
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.
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
Thursday, 27 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
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.
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, 11:30 am - McLean, VA - DIA Forum hears Col Jore on "Mexico Looks to the Future."
The Defense Intelligence Forum meets at Pulcinella Restaurant to hear Col (ret) Jeffrey D. Jore, USA, will speak on "Mexico Looks to the Future." Specifically, Col Jore will provide a prospective on how Mexico views its relationship with the U.S. and some thoughts on the incoming government of newly elected Mexican President Pena Niete. As a Latin American Foreign Area Officer, Jeff Jore has spent over 30 years studying our relationships with Hispanic countries and is a recognized expert on Latin America. In addition to serving as Defense Attaché (DATT) to Mexico, Jeff Jore has served as DATT to Surinam, Army DATT to Spain and Argentina and Ass't Army DATT to Guatemala. Additionally, he was an exchange officer with the Venezuelan Army. Col Jore also served as the Director, Foreign Intelligence (DAMI-FI), Army Staff, G-2. He is member of Defense Attaché Hall of Fame and currently serving as the SIO in the Latin American Division of the Office of Attaché Operations, DCHC, DIA.
Event is on the record.
Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, Mclean, VA. Pay at the door with a check for $29.00 payable to DIAA, Inc Registration starts at 11:30AM, lunch at 12:00 PM. Make reservations by 15 October 2012 by email to email@example.com. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among choose among chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, Lasagna, sausage with peppers, or fettuccini with portabella for your luncheon selection. Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged.
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.
Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Minute-by-Minute: The Role of Intelligence in the Cuban Missile Crisis: A Hands-on Simulation" at the International Spy Museum. Event features AFIO President Gene Poteat.
For two weeks in October 1962, the world held its breath while President Kennedy and Premier Khruschev navigated one of the most intense showdowns of the Cold War. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, this hands-on workshop offers participants an insider view into this pivotal event in history. Experience the drama surrounding the Soviet attempt to secretly place ballistic missiles in Cuba. Learn how raw intelligence, analysis, and back channel exchanges enabled, or in some cases hindered, Kennedy as he sought to avert a nuclear war. Step into the shoes of a CIA analyst in October 1962 through a simulation using declassified U-2 photographs and documents to make recommendations to President Kennedy at various stages of the crisis. Following the simulation, Eugene Poteat, a retired senior CIA Scientific Intelligence Officer will speak about overhead reconnaissance and its role in the Cuban Missile Crisis and his personal experience during this tense time. Tickets: $15. To register visit www.spymuseum.org
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. Program agenda is at www.cryptologicfoundation.org. Fee: $20pp NCMF members; $40pp nonmembers.
Registration: email or mail your name, name of any guests, telephone #, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Credit cards accepted are Amex, MasterCard, Visa. If you have questions, email email@example.com
23 October 2012 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts CIA Officer Richard Holm.
Richard Holm, former CIA, will be speaking about his newly published autobiography, The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA. The disucssion will be followed by a book signing. The meeting will be held at the World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter Street, SF from 2:15PM - 4:00PM. RSVP is mandatory. E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi at firstname.lastname@example.org and mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $15; non-members $20.
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
27 October 2012, 6 - 10 pm - Washington, DC - The OSS Society Donovan Award Dinner Honors Former SECDEF Robert M. Gates
The 2012 William J. Donovan Award Dinner is scheduled and honors former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Event location: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St NW, Washington DC. Black Tie/Mess Dress. Registration and additional information is available here. Tickets $225 per person; Sponsorships range from $1000 to $25000. Review and complete the following PDF.
Saturday, 27 October 2012, 9:30 am - Fairfax, VA - Book Signing / Conference - The Cold War Museum hosts "Cuban Missile Crisis - 50 Years Later" - at George Mason University
Cuban Missile Crisis Conference and Book Signing with Sergei Khrushchev. The Cold War Museum in conjunction with the Department of History & Art History at George Mason University (GMU) will convene a distinguished panel of historians, authors, and first hand participants to discuss and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. This FREE half day program will be held in the Harris Theater on the main campus of GMU, 4400 University Drive in Fairfax, Virginia. Seating is limited. Pre registration required. Program starts at 10:00 a.m. Immediately following the conference there will be a book signing reception.
Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and author of "Nikita Khrushchev and the creation of a superpower" will provide the keynote address. Martin J. Sherwin, Pulitzer Prize winning author on Robert J. Oppenheimer and GMU History Professor, Michael Dobbs, Washington Post Reporter and author of "One Minute to Midnight," and Svetlana Savranskaya, editor of "The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis" and National Security Archive's Director for Russian Archives and Institutes will conduct a roundtable discussion following Khrushchev's remarks.
U-2 pilot Colonel Buddy Brown (USAF, Ret) and F8U-1P Crusaders pilot Lt. Commander Tad Riley (USN, Ret) who overflew Cuban SA-2 missile sites during the crisis will discuss their mission objectives and recollections. Photographic interpreter, Dino Brugioni, author of "Eyeball to Eyeball", who briefed President Kennedy on the photos taken over Cuba, will provide a dramatic first hand account of the behind the scene activities of the Kennedy administration during those tense thirteen days in October 1962.
Immediately following the conference, there will be a book signing and sale with Sergei Khrushchev ("Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower"), Dino Brugioni ("Eyeball to Eyeball"), Michael Dobbs ("One Minute to Midnight"), Ken Jack (co-author "Blue Moon over Cuba: Aerial Reconnaissance during the Cuban Missile Crisis"), Norman Polmar and John D. Gresham ("DEFCON 2: Standing on the Brink of Nuclear War During the Cuban Missile Crisis"), Svetlana Savranskaya (editor "The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis"), Harvey Simon ("The Madman Theory"), and David Stokes ("Camelot's Cousin").
To Register: http://www.planetreg.com/E831629318444
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.
Sponsorship Opportunities: Please contact Katie Colten at email@example.com or 202-454-4694 for more information, or visit www.fas.org
Monday, 3 December 2012, 5:30 pm - 8 pm - New York, NY - AFIO New York Chapter Meeting Features ESPIONAGE IN GOTHAM
Speaker: Bob Wallace - CIA 32 years, retired. Author Topic: "Two Centuries of Espionage in Gotham" (based on new book: Spy Sites in New York City).
Book reveals NYC as a city of
mystery, adventure and intrigue - a hub of espionage - nearly 200
sites where spies lived, plotted and operated. Location: "Society of
Illustrators" 128 East 63rd Street (between Park & Lexington).
5:30 PM Registration 6:00 PM Meeting Start. Cost: $45/person. Cash or check at the door only. Buffet dinner and cash bar. Reservations: Strongly suggested, not required. 646-717-3776 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, 7 December 2012, 09:30 am - 2 pm - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO WINTER Luncheon - Film Screening on DCI William Colby; Presentation on The Internal IC Hunt and Unmasking of CIA Traitor Aldrich Ames
Place on your calendar. A very special day. In the a.m. we will have an introduction and screening of Carl Colby's [Jedburgh Films] acclaimed - controversial to some - documentary: THE MAN NOBODY KNEW: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby. Please note: Event is starting one hour earlier than usual. Film and Q&A starts at 10 am, concludes at noon. 3 course luncheon. 1 p.m. speaker will be Sandy Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille, two former CIA officials [26 yrs and 38 yrs, respectively] - the principals behind the dogged search and unmasking of the spy in their midst, described in their just released book: Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed. Registration will open October 1. Link will be provided here.
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