AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #41-12 dated 23 October 2012

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Section IV - Books and Documentaries, Announcements and Coming Events

Books and Documentaries

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012, 8am - Fairfax, VA - DynCorp hosts "Intelligence & Special Operations Small Business Outreach Event" at George Mason University

Two sessions: morning and afternoon. Join DynCorp International at an event welcoming small businesses in the intelligence and special operations fields. Right now, the US faces a complex and rapidly shifting international security landscape. DynCorp works daily in these markets to help protect our nation and enable US decision-making through agile, integrated solutions.
Morning Session: Doors open at 8am, program begins at 8:30am. Afternoon session: 1pm registration; 1:30 program starts.
Where: George Mason University, 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030 - Dewberry Hall inside Johnson Center.
Attire: Business casual
Fee: Free of charge, but pre-registration required.
Reply by October 26. To reply provide a) Your company's profile on DynCorp website:; b) Confirm participation for the morning session by registering here: MORNING or Confirm participation for the afternoon session by registering here: AFTERNOON
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Pentagon Adds Two to SES Ranks, Announces New CIO Office Assignments. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has appointed two executives to the Senior Executive Service and assigned them both to the department's office of the chief information officer, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

Frederick J. Moorefield Jr., formerly director of technical and strategic plans in the Air Force Spectrum Management Office, will serve as director of spectrum, policy and programs within the office of the CIO.

Mark. J. Morrison, former cyber issues officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, will serve as deputy CIO for cybersecurity and also is assigned to the office of the CIO.

The Pentagon also announced Brian P. Burns, previously deputy director for warfighter systems integration in the Air Force's office of information dominance, is the new deputy CIO for information enterprise. [Read more: Wilkers/ExecutiveGov/17October2012]

C.I.A. Officer Among Dead in Bombing by Afghan. An officer for the Central Intelligence Agency was killed on Saturday in a suicide bombing in southern Afghanistan, American officials said Tuesday. 

The attack, which was carried out in a remote area of Kandahar Province, occurred when a guard working for the Afghan intelligence service detonated a suicide vest as a delegation of American coalition members and Afghan intelligence officials arrived at the intelligence office in the Maruf District.

The blast killed Ghulam Rasool, the deputy intelligence director for Kandahar Province, two of his bodyguards, another Afghan intelligence official, and some Americans, including the C.I.A. officer.

An official with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said that the Americans did not appear to have been the principal targets but were "in the wrong place at the wrong time." A spokeswoman for the C.I.A. declined to comment. [Read more: Gordon/NYTimes/16October2012]

Issa's Benghazi Document Dump Exposes Several Libyans Working with the U.S. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa [R-CA] compromised the identities of several Libyans working with the U.S. government and placed their lives in danger when he released reams of State Department communications Friday, according to Obama administration officials. 

Issa posted 166 pages of sensitive but unclassified State Department communications related to Libya on the committee's website afternoon as part of his effort to investigate security failures and expose contradictions in the administration's statements regarding the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that resulted in the death of Amb. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

"The American people deserve nothing less than a full explanation from this administration about these events, including why the repeated warnings about a worsening security situation appear to have been ignored by this administration. Americans also deserve a complete explanation about your administration's decision to accelerate a normalized presence in Libya at what now appears to be at the cost of endangering American lives," Issa and Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R-UT] wrote today in a letter to President Barack Obama.

But Issa didn't bother to redact the names of Libyan civilians and local leaders mentioned in the cables, and just as with the WikiLeaks dump of State Department cables last year, the administration says that Issa has done damage to U.S. efforts to work with those Libyans and exposed them to physical danger from the very groups that had an interest in attacking the U.S. consulate. [Red more: Rogin/ForeignPolicy/19October2012]

CIA Found Militant Links a Day After Libya Attack. The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, U.S. officials have told The Associated Press.

It is unclear who, if anyone, saw the cable outside the CIA at that point and how high up in the agency the information went. The Obama administration maintained publicly for a week that the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans was a result of the mobs that staged less-deadly protests across the Muslim world around the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the U.S.

Those statements have become highly charged political fodder as the presidential election approaches. A Republican-led House committee questioned State Department officials for hours about what GOP lawmakers said was lax security at the consulate, given the growth of extremist Islamic militants in North Africa.

And in their debate on Tuesday, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney argued over when Obama first said it was a terror attack. In his Rose Garden address the morning after the killings, Obama said, "No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for."

But Republicans say he was speaking generally and didn't specifically call the Benghazi attack a terror attack until weeks later, with the president and other key members of his administration referring at first to the anti-Muslim movie circulating on the Internet as a precipitating event.

Now congressional intelligence committees are demanding documents to show what the spy agencies knew and when, before, during and after the attacks. [Read more: Dozier/AP/19October2012]

After Benghazi Attack, Talk Lagged Behind Intelligence. Even as Susan E. Rice took to the Sunday talk shows last month to describe the Obama administration's assessment of the Sept. 11 attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, intelligence analysts suspected that the explanation was outdated. 

Ms. Rice, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, has said that the judgments she offered on the five talk shows on Sept. 16 came from talking points prepared by the C.I.A., which reckoned that the attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans had resulted from a spontaneous mob that was angry about an anti-Islamic video that had set off protests elsewhere. That assessment, described to Ms. Rice in briefings the day before her television appearances, was based on intercepted communications, informants' tips and Libyan press reports, officials said.

Later that Sunday, though, American intelligence analysts were already sifting through new field reports that seemed to contradict the initial assessment. It would be several days, however, before the intelligence agencies changed their formal assessment based on those new reports, and informed administration officials about the change. Intelligence officials say such a lag is typical of the ever-changing process of piecing together shards of information into a coherent picture fit for officials' public statements. [Read more: Schmitt/NYTimes/21October2012]

UK Blocks Extradition of Alleged Hacker to US. A British computer hacker's decade-long struggle to avoid trial in the U.S. over alleged breaches of military and NASA networks ended in success Tuesday, as the U.K. government ruled he was unfit to face charges there.

Home Secretary Theresa May said she had blocked the U.S. request to extradite Gary McKinnon after medical experts concluded he was seriously depressed and that there was "a high risk of him ending his life."

The 46-year-old unemployed computer administrator, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, was accused of one of the largest ever breaches of military networks, carried out soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.

"He literally couldn't speak, he cried, then we hugged, then we cried again," his mother Janis Sharp said, describing the moment she and McKinnon learned of his reprieve.

Officials in Washington expressed disappointment at the outcome, and State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the decision meant McKinnon would not "face long overdue justice in the United States."

British prosecutors will now decide if he should face charges in the U.K. [Read more: Stringer/AP/16October2012]

US Spy Agencies Would Share Cyberthreats, Per White House Order. A new White House executive order would direct U.S. spy agencies to share the latest intelligence about cyberthreats with companies operating electric grids, water plants, railroads and other vital industries to help protect them from electronic attacks, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press.

The seven-page draft order, which is being finalized, takes shape as the Obama administration expresses growing concern that Iran could be the first country to use cyberterrorism against the United States. The military is ready to retaliate if the U.S. is hit by cyberweapons, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. But the U.S. also is poorly prepared to prevent such an attack, which could damage or knock out critical services that are part of everyday life.

The White House declined to say when the president will sign the order.

The draft order would put the Department of Homeland Security in charge of organizing an information-sharing network that rapidly distributes sanitized summaries of top-secret intelligence reports about known cyberthreats that identify a specific target. With these warnings, known as tear lines, the owners and operators of essential U.S. businesses would be better able to block potential attackers from gaining access to their computer systems. [Read more: Lardner/AP/20October2012]

Lebanese Intelligence Chief Aware of Threat Before Death. A top Lebanese intelligence official was on his way to discuss a recent threat allegedly linked to Syria when he was assassinated last week, a lawmaker told CNN on Monday.

A car bomb killed Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan and two others Friday, 30 minutes before he was to meet with Lebanese lawmaker Amar Houri to discuss a threatening text message sent to the lawmaker from a Syrian phone number, according to parliamentarian Ahmad Fatfat.

Similar threats had been sent via text message to three other lawmakers, including Fatfat, although they did not realize it until after al-Hassan's assassination, Fatfat said. All four are members of Lebanon's Future Movement, the largest member of the vocally anti-Syrian March 14 political coalition led by Saad Hariri.

After al-Hassan's assassination, Fatfat said he and his colleagues received another text from a similar phone number threatening further killings: "Congratulations, the countdown has started," the text read. "One of ten."

Al-Hassan, who was killed along with a bodyguard and a bystander, was an icon among many fellow Sunni Muslims - including those aligned with Hariri's opposition coalition - for his leadership and efforts in rooting out those responsible for targeted killings in Lebanon. [Read more: Husseini/CNN/22October2012]

Intel Officers Get Graduate Program on Emerging Threats. The Defense Intelligence Agency has established a new graduate program to help intelligence officers develop expertise on the growing range of emerging threats to national security, the Defense Department said.

The program was established to assist intelligence officers in understanding the scope and intensity of technology-related threats, DOD said.

Students enrolled in the new program will get hands-on experience in advanced analytical techniques, systems theory, and science and technology threat architectures, the department said.

As part of their requirements, students will develop theoretical and analytical frameworks for understanding adversarial threats associated with changing science and technology-related geopolitical and strategic intelligence issues influencing national security, DOD said.

The new program is designed to fill a void that exists in the education of science and technology intelligence officers, who often cannot get such training in a nonfederal education environment because the classified nature of the subject matter prevents it from being taught in such a setting, the department said. [Read more: DefenseSystems/19October2012]

Intelligence Imagery Set to be Disclosed in 2013. A massive quantity of historical intelligence satellite imagery from the KH-9 HEXAGON program is being declassified and will be made public in a series of releases that are scheduled over the coming year, intelligence community officials say.

Declassification of intelligence satellite imagery languished for years after President Clinton ordered the release of product from the Corona, Argon and Lanyard missions in the 1995 executive order 12951. Although the Clinton order also required the periodic review of imagery from other missions, that requirement was effectively ignored by intelligence agencies and neglected by congressional oversight.

But in a May 2010 memorandum Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair ordered the "re-establishment" of the declassification review of intelligence imagery - though it had never been officially disestablished - with a particular focus on imagery from satellite systems that were deemed obsolete.

In January 2011, DNI James R. Clapper formally declared that the KH-9 HEXAGON program was obsolete, and that declassification review of all program imagery should therefore commence. KH-9 HEXAGON was operational from 1971 to 1984.

"The process to declassify imagery pursuant to EO 12951 began shortly after DNI Blair's May 26, 2010 memorandum and has been ongoing, in earnest, with the goal of releasing as much imagery as possible to the public, consistent with national security," said Michael G. Birmingham of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. "Accordingly, The KH-9/HEXAGON system was declared obsolete in January 2011 and a phased declassification of its imagery has ensued."

More than two years after the Blair memorandum, however, next to nothing has yet been made public. [Read more: Aftergood/SecrecyNews/22October2012]


'Skyhook' And Other CIA Spyware: A Slideshow. Scooping officers off the ground with a passing airplane wasn't just the stuff of James Bond movies. In the 1950s, the Central Intelligence Agency developed "Skyhook," a system in which an officer on the ground would use a helium balloon to lift a 500-foot cable into the air, strap himself to a harness connected to the other end of the cable, and sit with the wind to his back and arms crossed. A low-flying, slow-moving plane, such as a B-17, would snag the cable with steel wire-catching horns on its nose, sweeping the person off the ground, and then winch the person in. "Seven Days in the Arctic," a painting by Keith Woodcock, illustrates a May 1962 operation in which the CIA used the Skyhook system to extract officers and materials from an abandoned Soviet ice station that was suspected to have monitored American submarines. The painting hangs in the agency's Intelligence Art Gallery. [Read more: SanFranciscoChronicle/21October2012]

FBI Director Robert Mueller Describes Agency's Post-9/11 Transformation. Students at HBS often read case studies about leaders contemplating key challenges, an activity they tend to engage in as they stare out windows. Few of the leaders in our case studies faced as harrowing a challenge as the one faced by Robert Mueller on September 11, 2001, exactly one week into his tenure as the sixth Director of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

In a wide-ranging address and Q&A session last Thursday, Mueller described his efforts to transform the FBI from an agency focused on law enforcement into one focused on counterterrorism after 9/11, leadership lessons he learned along the way, and the principal security challenges facing the US in the years ahead.

As all new leaders do, Mueller said he arrived at the FBI on September 4, 2001 with a vision encapsulating the priorities and objectives that were going to define his tenure as Director. As happens to many new leaders, if not all, those priorities and objectives quickly went out the window.

"Clearly 9/11 was a cataclysmic event for everyone, but especially for an institution such as ours," Mueller said. "When I came in I expected I'd be doing the types of cases I'd done as a prosecutor, but of course that changed when September 11 happened." [Read more: Clareman/HarbusOnline/16October2012]

New "Surveillance-Proof" App To Secure Communications Has Governments Nervous. Lately, Mike Janke has been getting what he calls the "hairy eyeball" from international government agencies. The 44-year-old former Navy SEAL commando, together with two of the world's most renowned cryptographers, was always bound to ruffle some high-level feathers with his new project - a surveillance-resistant communications platform that makes complex encryption so simple your grandma can use it.

This week, after more than two years of preparation, the finished product has hit the market. Named Silent Circle, it is in essence a series of applications that can be used on a mobile device to encrypt communications - text messages, plus voice and video calls. Currently, apps for the iPhone and iPad are available, with versions for Windows, Galaxy, Nexus, and Android in the works. An email service is also soon scheduled to launch.

The encryption is peer to peer, which means that Silent Circle doesn't centrally hold a key that can be used to decrypt people's messages or phone calls. Each phone generates a unique key every time a call is made, then deletes it straight after the call finishes. When sending text messages or images, there is even a "burn" function, which allows you to set a time limit on anything you send to another Silent Circle user - a bit like how "this tape will self destruct" goes down in Mission: Impossible, but without the smoke or fire.

Silent Circle began as an idea Janke had after spending 12 years working for the U.S. military and later as a security contractor. [Read more: Gallagher/Slate/16October2012]

As a Secret Agent You Work for the Good of Your Country, Says Russian Spy. Andrei Bezrukov worked for over 20 years as a spy inside the United States.

During a candid interview recently, he discussed some unusual aspects of his work and how he felt about committing espionage against the American people for so many years.

"You know that intelligence does not work against specific people, permanent and assignments can change. As a secret agent, you work for the good of your country. Crimes may be committed against specific people, but intelligence is a patriotic business."

During the 20 years he was spying inside the United States he indicated that he never uttered a single syllable in Russian.

"This is one feature of undercover work. You cannot use your native tongue, even at home; you have to be a control freak. That said, after working for several years it comes naturally to you. You even have dreams in other languages..." (see article: Spy reveals his secrets ).

According to the article, Andrei Bezrukov was born in Khansk, Siberia and graduated from Tomsk University. He was an undercover intelligence agent, with his wife, Yelena Vavilova, for more than 20 years. [Read more: Tilford/Examiner/21October2012]


Spy vs. Spy. Like the poor, spies are always with us. Everybody does it: Enemies spy on each other, but so do allies. During the Cold War, the Soviets were, of course, the most active in spying on the U.S., but the Israelis were right behind them in second place.

Recently, several former and current Russian nationals were arrested in Houston on charges of illegally exporting $50 million worth of microchips and other advanced electronics for use in Russia's missile guidance systems, bomb triggers and police surveillance equipment. What matters more than the incident itself are the questions it raises about U.S.-Russian espionage - how, and in what strategic context, it should be conducted.

Stephen Morrier, the Houston FBI agent in charge of the case, referred to "countries hostile to the United States [that] seek to improve their defense capabilities and to modernize their weapons systems."

Hostile? Is this an echo of U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's antiquated characterization of Russia as the U.S.'s "No. 1 geopolitical foe," or is it a preview of coming attractions? [Read more: Lourie/MoscowTimes/21October2012]

Foreign Policy: Bunker Mentality. When U.S. embassies are under attack around the world, it may seem like an odd time to talk about architecture. But this week's events have highlighted the degree to which U.S. embassies are America's foremost symbolic representatives abroad, and the way the United States presents itself in foreign capitals includes the design of the embassy buildings themselves. Over the last three decades, the design of U.S. embassies has been a balancing act between the need to protect diplomats and staff and the desire to project a positive image of the United States: welcoming buildings that showcase transparency and openness versus imposing and intimidating fortresses. But attacks on U.S. facilities, especially in the post-9/11 era, have tended to tilt the conversation toward the latter, and it remains to be seen whether this week's attacks in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and elsewhere will have a similar effect.

"It's really a tradeoff that a lot of diplomats will accept, accepting more risk to make it easier to do their jobs," says Jane Loeffler, an architectural historian and author of The Architecture of Diplomacy, a history of U.S. embassy design. "But we're not always willing to make that tradeoff on their behalf."

The State Department didn't put much thought into embassy design for most of its early history; it usually simply bought existing buildings in foreign capitals. In 1926, the Foreign Service Buildings Office - later renamed the Overseas Buildings Office (OBO) - was formed to oversee the construction of U.S. embassies. According to architecture critic Martin Filler, "the results were hardly distinguished and ran to Beaux-Arts Classical or Colonial Revival clich�s."

In 1954, the OBO instituted a new embassy design program that embraced the emerging architectural modernist movement in order to give its facilities what Loeffler calls "a distinguishable American flavor." The legacy of that era can be seen today in buildings like the Athens embassy built in 1959 by famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius and the New Delhi embassy built the same year by Edward Durell Stone, best known for Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center. These facilities may look a bit run-down today, but at the time, they were considered architectural milestones and an emblem of American swagger at the height of the Cold War.

This age of relative innocence in embassy design ended in 1983 with the suicide bombing that killed 63 people at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. [Read more: Keating/ForeignPolicy/17September2012]

How Bureaucracy Crowds Out Good Intel. Not surprisingly (for anyone familiar with the ways of Washington) the intelligence community is fighting back against the common assumption that there was an intelligence failure in Benghazi - not only in preventing the attack but in describing it afterward as the work of a spontaneous mob rather than a planned jihadist terrorist attack.

Kimberly Dozier of the Associated Press writes: "The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, U.S. officials have told The Associated Press."

I don't doubt that was the case, and that's why I did not single out the CIA for criticism in my blog item a few days ago suggesting that readers of the New York Times or Washington Post often have better information than readers of classified intelligence products. The CIA is by far and away the best intelligence agency we have when it comes to both collecting human intelligence and analyzing intelligence. [Read more: Boot/CommentaryMagazine/21October2012]

Disband the Office of National Intelligence Director. Now we are seeing finger pointing in the press between the Office of National Intelligence Director (ODNI) and the CIA over the incorrect claim that protests over a YouTube video led to the killing of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi.

Regardless of which agency was most at fault, the spectacle provides yet another reason to abolish the ODNI.

The 9/11 commission recommended the appointment of a national intelligence director with budgetary authority to better coordinate the work of the intelligence community and resolve differences.

As proposed by the commission, the national intelligence director would not head a major agency. Rather, the appointee would have a "relatively small staff of several hundred people, taking the place of the existing community management offices housed at the CIA," according to the commission's report.

President Bush and Congress endorsed the national intelligence director proposal, and the office was created in April 2005. However, rather than having a staff of several hundred, the national intelligence director has ballooned into an agency with 1,500 employees. They are housed in a new building next to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) in McLean, Va.

While a small segment of those employees work for the NCTC, which is vital, the rest of the agency has done virtually nothing to enhance the intelligence effort. [Read more: Kessler/NewsMax/22October2012]

Section IV - Books and Documentaries, Announcements and Coming Events
 [IMPORTANT: AFIO does not "vet" or endorse these research inquiries or job offers. Reasonable-sounding inquiries and career offerings are published as a service to our members, and for researchers, educators, and subscribers. You are urged to exercise your usual caution and good judgment when responding or supplying any information.]

Books and Documentaries

Was W.Va. U's Frank Kearns a CIA Agent? Morgantown native Frank Kearns was an award-winning journalist, a globe-trotting foreign correspondent, a WVU professor...and perhaps a spy for the Central Intelligence Agency.

An hour-long documentary about him, "Frank Kearns: American Correspondent," seeks to unravel the tangled story of whether he served a dual role while working for CBS News in the 1950's and 60's.

Producers Jake Davis and Chip Hitchcock, who befriended Kearns while they were journalism students at WVU, include plenty of material to support the allegations that Kearns was a spy, but they also present plenty of evidence to the contrary.

The CIA won't say one way or another and Kearns denied until his death in 1986 that he worked for the agency. 

Kearns had a background in the spy game, having served in the counterintelligence corps in Europe during WWII.

Later, while working as a stringer in Cairo for CBS, Kearns formed close friendships with CIA operatives stationed there. [Read more: Kercheval/CharlestonDailyMail/22October2012]

Author of 'The Finish' Talks About CIA Sources, Bungled Bin Laden Ops, And The Coming Cyber War. Author Mark Bowden had a juicy story from an agent [sic] in the Central Intelligence Agency he was itching to put into his new book, "The Finish: The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden."

But he couldn't.

"It was given to me off the record," says Bowden. "It's not necessarily about building lasting relationships with sources, it's about honest reporting."

Bowden says it wasn't the first time he had potentially compromising information - it was a situation he ran into frequently while covering Army "Delta" operators in Somalia, the subject of his book "Black Hawk Down."

A book as thoroughly researched as "The Finish" is bound to cross some lines into gathering information one might consider "sensitive." For example, Bowden builds a painstakingly detailed and borderline addictive narrative about how an eccentric, obsessive agent [sic] named Michael Schauer [sic] and his "harem" of specialized, detail-oriented female teammates tracked Osama like prey around the world. Team ALEC, they were called, named after Schauer's son, and they delivered several intel recommendations to drop bin Laden, each growing in anxiety to the point of an almost religious crescendo.

And all I can think is: Bowden's access is mindblowing. [Read more: Ingersoll/BusinessInsider/17October2012] [Warning: CIA Officers are "officers" not "agents," and the name is Mike "Scheuer" not "Schauer." We have to hope that Bowden, author of the book being reviewed, has it right in his book, and that Ingersoll in this piece made these (and more) errors.]

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Forecasting Global Events and Trends -- AFIO Volunteers Wanted

W hen will Bashar al-Assad resign or otherwise vacate the office of President of Syria? Will there be a significant lethal confrontation in the South China Sea or East China Sea before 31 December 2012? Will any country officially announce its intention to withdraw from the Eurozone before 1 April 2013?

If you enjoy making well-informed judgments about the likely outcomes of such current international developments, then we invite you and your AFIO colleagues to join the ACE-INFORMED project.

ACE-INFORMED is part of a multi-year research study, sponsored by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), that is investigating the accuracy of individual and group predictions about global events and trends, leading to fundamental advances in the science of forecasting. Perhaps you have subject expertise in international political, security, economic, social, technology and/or public health issues. Or maybe you are knowledgeable about a particular region of the world -- or even a specific country. Whatever the case, we would value your active and regular participation in this IARPA project, which is known as Aggregative Contingent Estimation, or ACE.

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Seeking Intelligence Officers to interview for book "Spies in the Kitchen"

We received the following request: "I am taking the liberty of approaching AFIO to introduce myself as a retired, high-ranking officer in the Israeli Mossad, Special Operations Division.
I have been retired for the past 27 years. Some 18 months ago I published my first book "Sylvia: On the Life and Death of a Mossad Agent." It was published in Israel, Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

I am currently editing and collating a new work entitled "Spies in the Kitchen" and am looking for retired intelligence officers whose hobbies include cooking and would be willing to contribute interesting experiences as part of this book.  If so, I need a) Personal data or no more than a page; b) a favorite recipe; and c) An intelligence story that you were involved in. 
The book will be written in Hebrew and English and your contribution will be acknowledged.
If you are interested in participating or wish to explore this further, contact: MOTI KFIR, 12 BNEI DAN ST, TEL AVIV 62260, MOBILE NO : 972 544 274 417, or via email at

New Jersey City University hosts 71st Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor! - 2nd Northeast Regional Security Education Symposium on "Creating Actionable Intelligence and Using Analytical Techniques"

In concert with launching the inaugural doctoral degree program in Civil [Homeland] Security, NJCU will be hosting a regional Security Symposium on December 7, 2012, from 9am to 3pm. This is NJCU's second regional symposium since being designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in 2009 by the DHS and the NSA. CPEs and limited vendor tables will be available. The one-day conference costs is $65. Legacy and Corporate sponsorships are being pursued as well. The venue for the conference will be in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty at The Liberty State Park - Liberty House Restaurant, 76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305. For directions visit 

Invited Speakers: Michael Ward - SAC, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Newark, NJ; Ed Dickson - Director, NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness; Eduard J. Emde, CPP - President, ASIS - International; "Rosie" Rosenberg - Commanding general and participants of The Bus mission [See ]

For additional details contact (201) 200-2275 or email our Department Secretary, Denise Melendez at:

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Coming Educational Events


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

Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 1730-1900 - National Harbor, MD - DIA Official Dr. Guggenberger addresses NMIA National Capitol Region Meeting

Dr. Bruce Guggenberger, Functional Management Chief in the Directorate for Collection Management at the Defense Intelligence Agency, speaks to the National Military Association (NMIA) National Capitol Region (NCR) Chapter at McLoone's Pier House ( at 141 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20745.
RSVP to Michael Veronis, NCR Membership Chair ( and Lou Anne DeMattei, Event Coordinator (443-654-1713, ), by Friday 19 October. Cost for refreshments is $10 - cash will be accepted by the event coordinators at the meeting venue.

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

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

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

Speakers include:

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

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

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

Friday, 26 October 2012, 1200-1300 - San Diego, CA - AFIO San Diego Chapter Hosts Senior Intelligence Analyst at the SD-LECC.

Mr. Matthew Miller, Senior Intelligence Analyst at the San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center (SD-LECC) is scheduled to speak to AFIO's San Diego Chapter on the myriad of intelligence challenges he has worked, in both the domestic and international arenas.

Mr. Miller is a very engaging and entertaining speaker, with a unique perspective on the issues confronting the US domestically and internationally. In addition to his position at the SD-LECC, Mr. Miller sits on the Board of Directors for the San Diego InfraGard Members Alliance. He also has over 20 years of military experience in combat arms, special operations, and intelligence. Mr. Miller's overseas assignments include tours in the Far East, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. He is also distinguished academically, as he holds degrees from University of California San Diego and the London School of Economics, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defense Forces Academy.
FOOD: $20 buffet, which includes a wide selection of protein (meat) and vegetarian selections, salads, soups, and desserts. We look forward to seeing you all on October 26th, as we welcome this engaging speaker.
WHERE: USD's La Gran Terraza Restaurant, 5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110, (619) 849-8205,
RESERVATIONS to Alex Carrillo at or call him at: 858-531-7433 by Wednesday, October 24th.

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:

Wednesday, 31 October 2012, 8am - Fairfax, VA - DynCorp hosts "Intelligence & Special Operations Small Business Outreach Event" at George Mason University

Two sessions: morning and afternoon. Join DynCorp International at an event welcoming small businesses in the intelligence and special operations fields. Right now, the US faces a complex and rapidly shifting international security landscape. DynCorp works daily in these markets to help protect our nation and enable US decision-making through agile, integrated solutions.
Morning Session: Doors open at 8am, program begins at 8:30am. Afternoon session: 1pm registration; 1:30 program starts.
Where: George Mason University, 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030 - Dewberry Hall inside Johnson Center.
Attire: Business casual
Fee: Free of charge, but pre-registration required.
Reply by October 26. To reply provide a) Your company's profile on DynCorp website:; b) Confirm participation for the morning session by registering here: MORNING or Confirm participation for the afternoon session by registering here: AFTERNOON
Questions to Mary McGuire at 703 277-7757 or email her at

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

Dennis Bowden, former CIA analyst and Managing Editor of the President’s Daily Brief will discuss "Mutual Introductions: Briefing Candidates and Presidents-Elect."
Where: At the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. For those who may not be familiar with the PDB, it is frequently described as the world’s smallest newspaper, a CIA product that is put together each night from all-source intelligence so that a CIA analyst can brief the president the following morning. CIA briefings are also available to candidates and presidents-elect. There are many anecdotes about the way in which individual presidents have received their PDBs, some of them quite amusing and others less so, and we hope that our speaker will share some of the better of these with us.
To register or for more information contact Donna Czarnecki,

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

Saturday, 03 November 2012, 11 am - 12:30 pm - Keyport, WA - An Underwater Ice Station Zebra, featuring Historian, CIA Officer David Waltrop. This is a no-cost CIA Historic Document Release Event at the Naval Undersea Museum.

The Trieste II Deep Sea Vehicle I (DSV-1), the U.S. Navy's most advanced deep sea submersible, surfaced about 350 miles northeast of the Hawaiian Islands in the pre-dawn hours of 26 April 1972 after having salvaged a mysterious item from 16,400 feet below the Pacific Ocean. Publically known as a nondescript "data package," the full story of this little known Cold War operation has remained hidden behind secrecy, rumor, and speculation. With access to sources from three agencies, An Underwater Ice Station Zebra reveals how the CIA and U.S. Navy undertook a dangerous mission, never before attempted, in the deepest undersea expedition of its time – twenty-eight months before CIA's better known salvage involving the Hughes Glomar Explorer. Presentation by David W. Waltrop, program manager in the CIA Historical Collections Division, who served previously as the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) deputy-chief historian, editor of NRO's quarterly publication, and curator of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
LOCATION: Naval Undersea Museum, 1 Garnett Way, Keyport, WA 98345 [for GPS or Google Maps use: Jenson Road, Poulsbo, WA 98345], Phone: (360) 396-4148. The Museum is located 28 miles from downtown Seattle.
REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED. Just show up and enjoy this important presentation. For more information visit the Museum website at There is no fee to attend.

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

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

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) hosts this important 2012 Symposium at the National Press Club Ballroom, 429 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045
The next President of the United States and his national security team will need to make urgent decisions about protecting the nation from catastrophic attacks. To advise the next administration, just three days after the election, FAS will host a symposium featuring distinguished experts on policy and technological aspects of conventional, nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, bio-technology, nuclear safety, electricity generation, distribution, and storage, and cyber security. At the symposium, these experts will present their recommendations for preventing and reducing risks from catastrophic threats.
The event will also feature an awards ceremony luncheon to honor outstanding people who have made a distinctive contribution to national security. Dr. John Ahearne will be honored with the 2012 Richard L. Garwin Award, Dr. Sidney Drell will be honored with the 2012 Public Service Award and Dr. Stanford Ovshinsky will be honored with the 2012 Hans Bethe Award. Dr. Drell will share the honor of the Public Service Award with Dr. Henry Kissinger, Senator Sam Nunn, Dr. William J. Perry, and Mr. George P. Shultz.
Sponsorship Opportunities: Please contact Katie Colten at or 202-454-4694 for more information, or visit

Saturday, 10 November 2012, 11 am - Orange Park, FL - Navy Officer Allan Wilson on "ASW Ops in the Middle East" - AFIO N Florida Chapter

Retired Navy petty officer Allan Wilson who, with his daughter Brittany, has been attending many of our meetings. At this November meeting he will speak on ASW operations in the Middle East (out of Bahrain), among other subjects.
Where: Country Club of Orange Park. Spouses and guests invited. Cost: $16 per person for the luncheon, pay the club. We need 20 members/guests in attendance to satisfy the CC's requirements, so hope to see you there!
Replies to: Vince Carnes at or to Quiel at or 904-545-9549

Saturday 10 November 2012, 10 am-4 pm - Washington, DC - The Sixth Annual Parade of Trabants at the International Spy Museum

The ONLY Trabant Rally in the United States!
Where were you when the Wall fell? The Berlin Wall is long gone, but one Cold War icon is still chugging away—the Trabant. Despite their questionable performance and smoky two-stroke engines, these little cars are now affectionately regarded as a symbol of East Germany and the fall of Communism. Trabants are a rarity here, but on November 10 some of the finest examples in the US will chug their way to the International Spy Museum to celebrate our Sixth Annual Parade of Trabants. Drop in to view the vintage cars, which will be parked in front of the Museum on F Street, NW, and enter a raffle to win a ride in a Trabant. While the cars are on display, experts will be on hand to answer questions about Trabants, the Cold War, and Communism, while the Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden German Band provides festive music. Stasi training films will reveal the East German Secret Police's techniques, and you can check out our own Checkpoint Charlie.
International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
TICKETS: Free No registration required! For further information or directions visit

Wednesday, 14 November 2012, 11:30am – 1:30pm - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO Arizona Chapter luncheon features FR. Gregory Rice, MHM "A Perspective on cultural and political landscapes of the Middle East and Southwest Asia"

MORE ON OUR SPEAKER AND TOPIC: MORE ON OUR SPEAKER AND TOPIC: Fr. Gregory Rice has had a unique perspective, from working in the NSA related community to returning as a missionary priest to the same region. Fr. Rice brings first hand experiences so others can understand the region that is an on-going hot bed in the global war on terrorism.
Fr. Rice has been a regular lecturer on the Islamic Middle East and Southwest Asia before educational and professional groups. His talk before AFIO will focus on the cultural and political landscape from the perspective of one who has lived for a third of a century in the midst of the people he has been working with. This is flavored with his background of having been on assignment to Pakistan with the Air Force Security Service (cryptology associated work).
He has comprehensive, first hand experience on the region and its people. Fr. Rice is knowledgable in two of the languages of the region, and fluent in one. Fr. Rice is currently assigned with the Native American Ministry for the Diocese of Phoenix. McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260
WE WILL NEED FOR EVERY MEETING an RSVP NO LATER than 72 hours ahead of time. If you do not show up for the lunch meeting and have not cancelled 48 hours prior, please send your check to Simone – you will be charged for the lunch.
Meeting fees are as follows: $20.00 for AFIO AZ Members; $22.00 for Guests.
For reservations or questions, please email Simone: or To call, please leave a message on 602.570.6016

Tuesday, 27 November 2012, noon – Washington, DC - Author presentation: "The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and America's Entry into World War I" at the International Spy Museum

In January 1917, British naval intelligence intercepted what became the most important telegram in all of American history. It was a daring proposition from Germany's foreign secretary, Arthur Zimmermann, offering German support to Mexico for regaining Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona in exchange for a Mexican attack on America. Five weeks later, America entered World War I. Former SPY historian Thomas Boghardt returns to talk about his remarkable new account of the Zimmerman Telegram. He has tapped fresh sources to provide the definitive account of the origins and impact of this German scheme. Boghardt also corrects longstanding misunderstandings about how the telegram was sent and enciphered and provides a new account of how British intelligence was able to decipher it.
Join the author for an informal chat and book signing. Free!  No registration required. TICKETS: Free No registration required! For further information or directions visit

Wednesday, 28 November 2012, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC – "Bond Villains: The Reality Behind The Evil" at the International Spy Museum

"Goodbye, Mr. Bond!" – Auric Goldfinger, Goldfinger (1964)

What makes James Bond, codename 007, the greatest secret agent ever?  Is it because he can fly airplanes, even space shuttles, drive fast cars, and defuse missiles with seconds to spare all while seducing ladies and maintaining his cool?  Or is it because he has matched his skills against, and defeated, some of the most despicable and extraordinary villains ever imagined?  For over fifty years, James Bond villains have fascinated us with their shocking schemes, lavish lairs, and horrid henchmen.  Yet, these evil geniuses have also evolved.  From the crazed scientist Dr. No in 1962, to the mysterious Raoul Silva in this year's Skyfall, Bond villains have reflected changing public fears and anxieties.  Join intelligence historians, Dr. Alexis Albion, Dr Christopher Moran, and Dr. Mark Stout, as they revisit the Cold War and its aftermath to explore the connections between Bond villains and the era in which they first wowed audiences.  Delving into espionage history, and illuminating the remarkable overlap between spy fact and spy fiction, the speakers will detail the real-life role models for these dastardly evil-doers.  Moreover, they will consider to what extent Bond's adventures have mirrored, or responded to, developments in the real world of intelligence.

Tickets:  $9. TICKETS and for further information or directions visit

Thursday, 29 November 2012, 11:30 - Englewood, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts joint meeting with FBI's InfraGard.

Speaker will be Major General H. Michael Edwards, Adjutant General, Colorado. This is a joint meeting of the AFIO and Denver InfraGard. To be held at Centennial Airport the week after Thanksgiving. There are seating limitations of 45 seats so we will accept reservations on a first come first serve basis. You will receive directions when you RSVP to Tom VanWormer at The lunch will cost $12.00. You can pay at the door.

Thursday, 29 November 2012, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC – "Secrecy and the State: US, UK, and You" at the International Spy Museum

"Secrecy and deception will always create problems in a free society."  Roger Hilsman, Former State Department intelligence chief, 1967.

What level of government secrecy is warranted?  What level is overkill?  Are decisions hard and fast or arbitrary?  With the deluge of information revealed by Wikileaks, the parameters of state secrecy have been brought into clearer focus.  This panel of experts will explore secrecy on both sides of the Atlantic detailing the tensions between secret keepers, whistleblowers, and ordinary citizens.  Join Dr. Christopher Moran, Warwick University, author of Classified:  Secrecy and State in Modern Britain, a fascinating account of the British state's long obsession with secrecy and the ways it sought to prevent information about its cover activities from entering the public domain; John Heley, former CIA officer and editor of the President's Daily Brief, who has been directly involved in providing current intelligence for eight presidents; and Steven Aftergood, director of the American Federation of Scientists and a prominent critic of U.S. government secrecy policy.

Tickets:  $9. TICKETS and for further information or directions visit 

29-30 November 2012 - Bloomington, IN - CHANGING NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITIES: 2013-2020, theme of 2-day conference

Indiana University is hosting a two-day conference on Changing National Security Priorities: 2013-2020, which will include a number of current and former USG officials and the Honorable Mary Beth Long, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Internaional Affairs, as the keynote speaker.
Other Speakers of note:
Tyler Drumheller, former CIA Chief of European Operations
Robert Jones, SAC, FBI Indianapolis
Fulton Armstrong, former National Intelligence Officer for Latin America
Jeff Tunis, retired career foreign service officer
For details: Questions to conference organizer, Gene Coyle.

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:

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.

7 December 2012, 9am - 3pm - Jersey City, NJ - New Jersey City University hosts 71st Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor! - 2nd Northeast Regional Security Education Symposium on "Creating Actionable Intelligence and Using Analytical Techniques"
In concert with launching the inaugural doctoral degree program in Civil [Homeland] Security, NJCU will be hosting this second regional symposium following NJCU's designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in 2009 by the DHS and the NSA. CPEs and limited vendor tables will be available. The one-day conference costs is $65. Legacy and Corporate sponsorships are being pursued as well. The venue for the conference will be in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty at The Liberty State Park – Liberty House Restaurant, 76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305. For directions visit – 
Invited Speakers: Michael Ward - SAC, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Newark, NJ; Ed Dickson - Director, NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness; Eduard J. Emde, CPP - President, ASIS – International; "Rosie" Rosenberg - Commanding general and participants of The Bus mission [See ]
For additional details contact (201) 200-2275 or email our Department Secretary, Denise Melendez at:
A registration form is available at:
(Use the message field to convey your interests and/or sponsorship level)

Wednesday, 12 December 2012, 8:30 am - 4 pm - Washington, DC - Jamestown Foundation 6th Annual Terrorism Conference

The conference theme of the Jamestown Foundation's 6th Annual Terrorism Conference is "The Periphery and the Core: the Evolution of AQ and Its Affiliates."
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Root Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
The conference will feature the following speakers: Bruce Riedel, Bruce Hoffman, David Kilcullen, and Former CIA Director Michael Hayden.
**More details and registration information to follow** Website:
Phone: 202-483-8888. Jamestown Foundation, 1111 16th St NW Suite 320, Washington, DC 20036.

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