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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Intelligence Spending Fell in 2012 for Second Year in a Row. The U.S. government's total spending on intelligence activities fell in 2012, the second year in a row of declines after years of soaring security spending since the September 11 attacks in 2001.
The Office of Director of National Intelligence, the top U.S. intelligence authority, announced on Tuesday that total funding appropriated for the National Intelligence Program, covering activities of the CIA and high-tech spy agencies such as the National Reconnaissance Office, was $53.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2012, which ended on September 30.
That was down from the $54.6 billion appropriated during Fiscal Year 2011, according to government officials and figures published by the private Federation of American Scientists.
Also on Tuesday, the Pentagon announced that funding appropriated for the separate Military Intelligence Program during Fiscal 2012 totaled $21.5 billion. According to the Federation of American Scientists, that compares with $24 billion appropriated for military intelligence in Fiscal 2011.
The total appropriations in Fiscal 2012 for both the national and military intelligence programs was $75.4 billion. This compares to the Fiscal 2011 total of $78.6 billion. [Read more: Hosenball/Reuters/30October2012]
Embry-Riddle Prescott To Debut Master's Degree in Security and Intelligence Studies. In response to a growing need for advanced skills in the security and intelligence fields, Embry-Riddle's Prescott campus has announced a Master of Science in Security and Intelligence Studies as a part of the campus's industry-leading Global Security and Intelligence Studies (GSIS) Program.
The program, to be offered in Fall 2014, will integrate advanced courses in security and intelligence studies as well as science and technology including cyber security - one of today's hottest topics and the subject of another newly developed degree program at Prescott, Cyber Intelligence and Security. The B.S. in Cyber Intelligence and Security, along with two other degrees, Astronomy and Software Engineering with an emphasis in Cyber Security, will launch in Spring 2013.
According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, an estimated 40,000 intelligence jobs currently exist with large corporations such as Northrop Grumman Corporation, and there are potentially another 84,000 new jobs for intelligence professionals during the next few years. The masters' degree will help meet that employer demand for highly skilled graduates. [Read more: PRWeb/29October2012]
Three Taiwan Ex-Officers Arrested in China Spy Case. Taiwan said Monday that three retired military officers have been arrested on suspicion of leaking military secrets to China, in what legislators described as one of the island's worst espionage cases.
Chang Chih-hsin, formerly in charge of political warfare at the navy's METOC (meteorology and oceanography) office, is among those held, the defence ministry said in a statement.
"Chang, who initiated contacts with Chinese mainland officials while still serving in the navy, was suspected of luring his former colleagues and making illegal gains," it said.
Defence ministry spokesman David Lo confirmed two other former military officers have also been arrested in the case.
Lo did not say what kind of military information Chang allegedly sold to China but played down the damage to Taiwan's security, saying he had limited access to sensitive information.
Apple Daily newspaper said a total of eight former military officers had been arrested. [Read more: AFP/29October2012]
Russian Spy Case Details May Be Made Public. A British inquest into the killing of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may make public previously unreleased details about the murder investigation, a lawyer said Friday.
The case brims with international intrigue. Litvinenko died in November 2006 after ingesting polonium-210, a rare radioactive isotope that was secretly slipped into his tea at a London hotel. The former Russian FSB agent blamed the Kremlin for his death, which then took relations between Moscow and London to a post-Cold War low as the two countries engaged in tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions.
On Friday, inquest lawyer Hugh Davies said the evidence would include surveillance footage, crime scene evidence, medical notes, scientific analysis and witness interviews - offering new details about a sinister poisoning case that grabbed worldwide attention. [Read more: Satter/AP/2November2012]
Jordan Court Postpones Verdict of Ex-Spy Chief to Nov. 11. A Jordanian criminal court says it has postponed a verdict in the case of a powerful former intelligence chief on trial for alleged embezzlement of public funds, money laundering and abuse of office.
Presiding judge Nashaat Akhras told Mohammed al-Dahabi in court Sunday that his verdict will be pronounced Nov. 11, without giving a reason.
Al-Dahabi ran the General Intelligence Department between 2005 and 2008.
He faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted. [Read more: AP/4November2012]
Russian Sub Skirts Coast. A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine cruised within 200 miles of the East Coast recently in the latest sign Russia is continuing to flex its naval and aerial power against the United States, defense officials said.
The submarine was identified by its NATO designation as a Russian Seirra-2 class submarine believed to be based with Russia's Northern Fleet. It was the first time that class of Russian submarine had been detected near a U.S. coast, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of anti-submarine warfare efforts.
One defense official said the submarine was believed to have been conducting anti-submarine warfare efforts against U.S. ballistic and cruise missile submarines based at Kings Bay, Georgia.
A second official said the submarine did not sail close to Kings Bay and also did not threaten a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group that was conducting exercises in the eastern Atlantic.
Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, north of Jacksonville, Fla., is homeport for two guided missile submarines and six nuclear missile submarines. The submarines are known to be a target of Russian attack submarines.
Meanwhile, the officials also said that a Russian electronic intelligence-gathering vessel was granted safe harbor in the commercial port of Jacksonville, Fla., within listening range of Kings Bay. [Read more: Gertz/WashingtonFreeBeacon/5November2012]
Nine to Vie for $750M in Intelligence Training Task Orders. Nine companies will compete with each other for $750 million in Defense Department intelligence training task orders over a five-year period, the Defense Department announced Oct. 31.
The task orders will support the Defense Intelligence Agency's counterintelligence and human intelligence training requirements, according to solicitation documents. The multiple-award contract meets the requirements as set forth in the Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Advanced Solutions for the Enterprise acquisition program.
The companies are: BAE Systems Information Solutions; Battelle Memorial Institute; Booz Allen & Hamilton; Cyberspace Solutions; Intrepid Solutions Services; Prescient Edge; Science Applications International; Six 3 Intelligence Solutions; SRA.
The companies will perform the work for the multiple-award contract in various locations, including Washington, D.C.; Quantico, Va.; Norfolk, Va.; Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; Fort Jackson, S.C.; Willow Grove, Pa.; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and West Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. [Read more: Welsh/DefenseSystems/1November2012]
Investigator: Cyber Attack Bigger Threat than Sandy. As electric companies continue to restore power from Hurricane Sandy, a potentially more devastating threat is looming - from cyber criminals who may try to get control of the power grid.
Cyber criminals and nations are increasingly using the Internet, as well as traditional spying techniques, to infiltrate the computer networks of power companies and the larger electrical grid that distributes power between states.
Failing to address these cyber attacks could lead to "cyber Pearl Harbor," U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last month.
Some experts have estimated that a successful widespread attack could take months - months - to fix.
"They're looking for system vulnerabilities, whether that's for the ability to affect power production (or) to take down the grid," said Todd A. Snitchler, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
The National Security Agency says computer hackers are ramping up efforts to take down the U.S. power grid, with a 17-fold increase on attacks to the nation's critical infrastructure in the last two years.
"They're growing from disruptive to destructive and our country has the bulk of this network," Gen. Keith Alexander, the NSA chief, told the Aspen Security Forum in August. "We're the most vulnerable and we need to do something about it." [Read more: Meyer/WKYC/31October2012]
Officials: CIA Director in Cairo for Talks with Egyptian Security About Combating Terrorism. United States Central Intelligence Director David Petraeus began a two-day mission to Cairo on Wednesday for a two-day visit for security and counter-terrorism talks, Egyptian officials said.
Petraeus is leading a U.S. delegation that will meet with top Egyptian security officials to exchange information about combating terrorism, the officials said.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters. A U.S. Embassy spokesman declined to give information about the visit.
The visit comes as Egypt is clamping down on suspected militants. [Read more: AP/31October2012]
Russian Lawmakers Vote to Expand Definition of Treason, Espionage. The upper house of Russia's parliament voted Wednesday to broaden the definition of espionage and high treason, continuing what many activists view as a crackdown on dissent in the country.
The legislation, which will become law if signed by President Vladimir Putin, expands the definition of espionage and high treason to encompass "the rendering of financial, material-technical or other assistance to a foreign state, international or other organization or their representatives in the activities directed against the security of the Russian Federation."
The bill was approved by 138 of the 139 lawmakers present in the Federal Council, the parliament's upper house.
The legislation, which was submitted by the Federal Security Service, the successor of the Soviet KGB, offers officials wide room for interpretation and could undercut the development of democracy in Russia, warned Mikhail Fedotov, head of the Presidential Council of Civic Society and Human Rights.
"If approached literally, the bill creates totally unlimited possibilities of finding high treason in any action," Fedotov said in an interview Wednesday. "If a passerby asks me in a Moscow street for directions to the Kremlin and duly gets them from me and later turns out to be a member of an organization working against our national security, I will automatically become a person guilty of high treason." [Read more: Loiko/LATimes/31October2012]
Cyprus Denies Claim it's Russian Dirty Money Haven. Cyprus' government on Monday dismissed a German media report that claims a financial bailout for the island nation would primarily benefit Russians who have stashed billions in ill-gotten gains in its banks.
Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou rejected the article by German news magazine Der Spiegel, which cited the conclusions of a classified German intelligence service paper, as an attempt to sully the country's reputation as an international investment center.
Stefanou said Cyprus has enacted effective anti-money laundering laws that adhere to European Union law and which have earned plaudits from, among others, the International Monetary Fund.
The Spiegel article said that Germany's foreign intelligence agency (BND) estimates Russian deposits in Cypriot banks amount to over €20 billion ($25.55 billion), more than Cyprus' €18 billion in national GDP. The BND also accused Cyprus of facilitating money laundering by making it easy for Russians to obtain citizenship.
Stefanou said Russians prefer to deposit money in Cyprus mainly because of advantages offered by its banking system. For example, Cyprus has a treaty with Russia that avoids double taxation on investments and its corporate tax rate is 10 percent, one of the lowest in the EU.
Asked to comment on the Spiegel article, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said that the government on principle never discusses intelligence matters. [Read more: Hadjicostis/AP/5November2012]
Two Afghan Intelligence Officials Missing in the U.S. The FBI is looking for two senior Afghan intelligence officials who have disappeared from Washington, D.C.
Major Mohd Farooq Ghanizada is the chief of the Counterterrorism and Organized Crime Section. Captain Alibaba Ghashee is the deputy chief of the American and European Department. Both officers work for the National Security Directorate (NDS), which is Afghanistan's intelligence agency. Both were supposed to meet their U.S. government hosts in front of a Washington hotel for a return flight to Afghanistan last Friday, but neither showed for the ride to Dulles Airport.
Ghanizada and Khashee were here as part of an elite executive training program called the George C. Marshall Center Advanced Security Studies program. The Marshal Center brings in top officials from military and security agencies form NATO members and other allied countries for the rigorous 10-week course. It is a joint program run by the U.S. and German governments and is headquartered in the Alps in Garmisch, Germany. Part of the course involves a trip to Washington DC where students are given briefings by Pentagon officials, FBI executives and tour the Supreme Court. The course is meant to highlight how security functions in a democracy. [Read more: Miller/CBSNews/2November2012]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
My Father's Secret Life. Ten years ago, on a blustery March morning, I found myself in front of Moscow's infamous Lubyanka prison, the dreaded home of the KGB, where thousands of political prisoners were jailed, interrogated, and tortured.
I had come to find the file of my father, a man I did not know - a man who, when he was arrested in the hellish days of Joseph Stalin's purges, was not even half the age I am now.
The dark central stairwell in the Lubyanka annex where I was directed was barely illuminated; a sole light bulb hung above the second-floor landing that housed the reading room. There, I was handed his file under the watchful eyes of a couple of dour officials behind an all-glass wall.
My Russian guide, Lada, nervously translated the contents, while I stared at my father's mug shot taken at the Butyrskaya Prison, built in the time of Catherine the Great and still the largest in Moscow. He looked haggard and soulful.
The file revealed that my father, Wilhelm Schwarzfeller, a German national, had been an agent for Red Army intelligence in the 1930s before being arrested in Moscow in January 1938 during Stalin's Great Terror. [Read more: Feller/TheSpec/20October2012]
Petraeus's Quieter Style at CIA Leaves Void on Libya Furor. In 14 months as CIA director, David H. Petraeus has shunned the spotlight he once courted as America's most famous general. His low-profile style has won the loyalty of the White House, easing old tensions with President Obama, and he has overcome some of the skepticism he faced from the agency's work force, which is always wary of the military brass.
But since an attack killed four Americans seven weeks ago in Benghazi, Libya, his deliberately low profile, and the C.I.A.'s penchant for secrecy, have left a void that has been filled by a news media and Congressional furor over whether it could have been prevented. Rather than acknowledge the C.I.A.'s presence in Benghazi, Mr. Petraeus and other agency officials fought a losing battle to keep it secret, even as the events there became a point of contention in the presidential campaign.
Finally, on Thursday, with Mr. Petraeus away on a visit to the Middle East, pressure from critics prompted intelligence officials to give their own account of the chaotic night when two security officers died along with the American ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, and another diplomat. The officials acknowledged for the first time that the security officers, both former members of the Navy SEALs, worked on contract for the C.I.A., which occupied one of the buildings that were attacked.
The Benghazi crisis is the biggest challenge so far in the first civilian job held by Mr. Petraeus, who retired from the Army and dropped the "General" when he went to the C.I.A. [Read more: Shane/NewYorkTimes/2November2012]
The Spy Next Door. Patrick Ellam has a doozy of an opening line.
"I was a spy," says Ellam, 92, in a gentlemanly British accent that could just as easily be uttering, "Bond. James Bond."
A master of understatement, Ellam says simply of his early career, "It was the nicest job I ever had. No one ever told you what you were supposed to do or how you were supposed to do it."
In his life, the longtime Tucsonan - who shares a northwest-side home with his wife of 57 years, June - has been many things: a sailor who gained notoriety in the 1950s for crossing the Atlantic in a tiny sailboat with no motor, an avid adventurer who's explored the world by land and sea, an entrepreneur, an author, a Life magazine and Sports Illustrated photographer, even a restaurateur.
It's hard to know where to start. So, let's take it from the top. [Read more: Cook/ArizonaDailyStar/4November2012]
Left on the Floor of a Fleet St Pub, Britain's Greatest Cold War Secret. The leaking of one of Cold War Britain's greatest state secrets was foiled when a journalist's notebook was left lying on the floor of a London pub.
The notebook contained never before seen details of Britain's top secret code-breaking site Eastcote, which was later to become the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).
Eric Tullett, a Sunday Express journalist, had been passed the explosive information detailing Britain's operation to intercept and decode Soviet signals by Arthur Askew, the Foreign Officer's former head of physical security.
But his extraordinary scoop was lost when he left his notebook on floor of the Old Bell pub, on London's Fleet Street.
At the time the public were in the dark about the Cold War cipher work being carried out at Eastcote. Nor did they know about Bletchley Park, the wartime cryptography site which pioneered the art of using early computer technology to break encrypted messages.
The secret survived for another 23 years until the existence of GCHQ was finally revealed in the mid 1970s. [Read more: Kinder/TheTelegraph/5November2012]
Ansar al-Sharia's Role in Benghazi Attacks Still a Mystery. One of the main participants in the Sept. 11 anniversary assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission and Central Intelligence Agency annex in Benghazi is a group formed earlier this year called Ansar al-Sharia, according to the current U.S. intelligence assessment of the attack. Ansar al-Sharia, which translates as "supporters of Islamic law," has many roles in Libya's second city. It provides security for the city's main hospital. It's also a social-services organization and an ideological movement that seeks to bring its corner of eastern Libya under the rule of an Islamic government, according to the group's own public information and published interviews with its leaders.
Before the attacks, the U.S. intelligence community didn't consider Ansar al-Sharia a threat to American interests, and the group wasn't a priority target for the CIA officers monitoring jihadists in Libya, according to U.S. intelligence officials with knowledge of the investigations into the Benghazi attacks.
Because Ansar al-Sharia wasn't designated as a terrorist group or thought to have significant connections to al Qaeda, there were fewer resources deployed to monitor the organization's members, these officials say. It also makes it tricky to go after the group's leaders now. Under the war resolution Congress passed three days after the original Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush and President Obama have asserted the authority to kill or capture al Qaeda and associated groups all over the world. That resolution is the legal basis for the maintenance of kill lists maintained by the CIA and the military to send special operations teams or predator drones to Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Because Ansar al-Sharia was regarded by the intelligence community as separate and distinct from al Qaeda, the group managed to avoid being added to these target lists, according to U.S. counterterrorism officials.
Some analysts in the intelligence community disagreed with the official assessment, however. [Read more: Lake/TheDailyBeast/5November2012]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Germany Discloses Most of the Spy Tools It's Using - and Other Countries Should, Too. Most law enforcement agencies refuse to reveal the surveillance technologies they use, claiming doing so could threaten national security. But authorities in Germany have shown it's possible to be transparent without the sky falling in - by disclosing how they've spent millions on spy tools to help monitor Skype, email, and mobile phones.
Earlier this year, German politician Jan Korte submitted a series of written questions to the country's federal ministry of home affairs regarding surveillance tools. The request was prompted by a scandal about how police had paid a private company to develop a controversial spy trojan to infiltrate and monitor suspects' computers - a tactic that in most circumstances violates the German constitution. The answers Korte received were published in German in July, but have only this month been translated into English.
What the answers revealed is the technology used by some of the country's federal agencies and the companies contracted to provide it. Between 2005 and 2011, for instance, the Federal Office of Administration, which carries out work for all of Germany's federal ministries, spent more than €1.9 million ($2.5 million) on telecom and internet surveillance gear provided by the companies TU München and Syborg, plus €158,000 ($204,000) on facial recognition software from the firm Cognitec.
Some police and intelligence agencies declined to provide Korte with the requested information, claiming it was restricted or classified. But others did not show the same concern. [Read more: Gallagher/Slate/31October2012]
The Why Behind the Benghazi Attack. Nearly two months ago, on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, a group of militants attacked the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, killing the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.
The Romney campaign has accused the Obama administration with a cover-up of the details of the attack, and various pundits have sown great confusion over a tragic event that points to a failure of intelligence analysis and operational tradecraft at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency.
CIA Director David Petraeus has stayed in the background regarding the Sept. 11, 2012 security failure at the CIA-dominated Benghazi consulate, in contrast to his high-profile role as a U.S. general in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The unwillingness of the White House's senior adviser on counter-terrorism, John Brennan, to play a public role in the aftermath of this tragedy left the Obama administration without an authoritative voice on the event.
It's now apparent that the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was no ordinary consulate; in fact, it probably was no consulate at all. The consulate's primary mission was to provide an intelligence platform that would allow the CIA to maintain an operational and analytical role in eastern Libya.
The region is home to myriad militant and terrorist organizations that threaten Western interests in North Africa and, more importantly, the creation of a stable state in Libya. In other words, the consulate was the diplomatic cover for an intelligence platform and whatever diplomatic functions took place in Benghazi also served as cover for an
important CIA base. Both the State Department and the CIA share responsibility for seriously underestimating the security threat in Libya, particularly in Benghazi. [Read more: Goodman/Counterpunch/6November2012]
Section IV - Books, Obituaries and Coming Events
Catalogue of Wartime British Spy Gadgets Discovered. A rare wartime book documenting the ingenious James Bond-style gadgets invented by British 'spooks' to help prisoners of war escape has been discovered.
The 1942 classified catalogue contains the designs for the covert equipment including tiny compasses concealed in gold teeth and coat buttons.
Many of the inventions were the brainchild of Christopher Hutton - a real-life 'Q' from the James Bond movies - who worked for the government's little-known MI9 agency.
Less than 100 of the instruction manuals were printed and given to US intelligence officers who were lagging behind the British in espionage design after entering the war late.
The 76 page book details what the gadgets were and how they were made and concealed in innocuous domestic items.
The gadgets were placed in food parcels and sent to British PoWs in camps like Colditz or the 'Great Escape' prison, Stalag Luft III.
Some of the fascinating gadgets include maps of Germany printed on silk so that they didn't rustle and crammed inside pencils, vinyl records, cigars and pipes.
Another map was hidden under the surface of 54 playing cards that, when pieced together, formed a large map of Germany and Europe.
Small hacksaws were secreted in dart boards while a tiny camera was hidden inside a cigarette lighter and small radio receivers in cigar boxes.
The extremely rare copy of the book called 'Per Ardua Libertas' - Liberty Through Adversity - that has come to light was a dummy version retained by the London printing company.
It is now being sold at auction by a Devon man who inherited it from one of the executives of the company. [Read more: TheTelegraph/30October2012]
Donald Mac Showers. On Friday, October 19, 2012 Rear Admiral Mac Showers, passed away in Arlington, VA. Beloved husband of the late Sarah "Billie" Gilliland Showers.
Surviving are his children Donna S. Webb (Tom) of Richland, MI, Donald M." Mike" Showers, Jr. (Valerie) of Ashburn, VA and David V. Showers (Suzanne) of Arlington, VA; his grandchildren Ashleigh Webb, Tommy Webb (Alayna), Lindsay Webb, Kaleigh Showers Boyd (Chris), Courtney M. Showers and Robert M. Showers: his great grandchildren Owyn T. Webb and Adalee C. Webb; his sisters Portia Cooper of Iowa City, IA and Susan Blumgren of Scottsdale, AZ and his brother James Showers of Cedar Rapids, IA.
Memorial Service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 3313 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201 on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2 p.m. Interment with Full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery will be announced at a later date. [WashingtonPost/24October2012]
Eric H. Biddle Jr. Eric H. Biddle Jr., who served in the CIA during the early Cold War period and became an outspoken critic of the discrimination he said he faced in later employment because of his espionage career, died Oct. 21 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. He was 84.
He had pneumonia and dementia, said his son, Michael C. Biddle Sr.
Mr. Biddle was a Harvard graduate from a Philadelphia Main Line family. He served in the CIA from 1952 to 1960, stationed in Europe and specializing in Soviet intelligence.
"I wanted to serve my country," he told the Washington Star in 1975. "The CIA was considered to be the most exciting place in Washington... I was asked, for example, when I was interviewed whether or not I was willing to jump - parachute - into the Soviet Union. I didn't know whether that was a realistic possibility or not. I had no idea. I sort of gulped and said yes."
Mr. Biddle said he became disillusioned with the spy service because of a romantic entanglement. He had fallen in love with a Greek woman while working in Greece, but CIA employees are prohibited from marrying foreign nationals. The policy was a factor in his 1960 resignation, though he did not marry the woman.
He held several private-sector jobs and pursued graduate work in religious studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He contemplated joining the Peace Corps but was turned down because of his CIA past. The service group does not hire former intelligence agency employees in an effort to protect its overseas volunteers from accusations of being U.S. spies. [Read more: Bernstein/WashingtonPost/31October2012]
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY Spy Museum Events in October, November, 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.
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.
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 email@example.com or to Quiel at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.spymuseum.org
Tuesday, 13 November 2012, 1 - 3 pm - Washington, DC - "Inside the World of James Bond" with Raymond Benson, Book Signing at the International Spy Museum
This impeccably British character created by author Ian Fleming has captivated and entertained people from around the globe. Raymond Benson was the third—and first American—author to be commissioned by Ian Fleming's Estate to write official James Bond novels. The International Spy Museum is honored to have Mr. Benson for an in-store book signing on November 13, 2012 from 1 - 3 PM to celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond. With his fast-paced action and stylish recreation of 007 his work is a must for all Bond fans. Tickets: Free! Visit www.spymuseum.org
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"
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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
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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. To call, please leave a message on 602.570.6016
Wednesday, 14 November 2012, 1145 - 1300hrs - Albuquerque, NM - AFIO New Mexico November Meeting features Tim Roberts
Speaker: Tim Roberts, Dept. of the Air Force Civilian. Timothy D. Roberts is, as the lead paragraph of his biography says, "… the lead instructor for Security Forces Ground Combat Readiness and Airman Expeditionary Combat Skills Training for the 377th Security Forces Group, and installation deployers, Kirtland AFB, NM." That rather sparse statement does not, however, begin to do justice to his long and varied career, including with Army Special Forces. He has considerable background in fields we're all familiar with, and remains active today, not only in his position at Kirtland AFB, but as a reservist with the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, NC. I think it's fair to say the Chapter is in for another very informative and interesting presentation. I have asked our webmaster, Sam Shaw, to post Mr. Roberts' full bio on the website.
Location: "The Egg & I" at 6909 Menaul Blvd NE (just East of Louisiana)
Sign in and order lunch at 1100 Hrs - Call to Order NLT 1145 Hrs - Adjourn at 1300
Registration or inquiries to: email@example.com
Wednesday 14 November 2012, 4 - 5:30 pm - Washington, DC - Foreign Affairs Symposium at the Institute of World Politics
Panel and Topics: "The American Worldview" with Prof. John J. Tierney, Jr.; "Geopolitics of the Moment" with Prof. Joseph Wood; "Russia, Central Europe, and the Intermarium" with Prof. Marek Chodakiewicz; and "China and the U.S." with Prof. Ross Munro.
The panel will be followed by a reception.
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.
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Important note: Attendance at all IWP events requires advance registration. In addition, prospective attendees must receive an e-mail confirmation from IWP indicating that seating will be available for them at the event. A government-issued ID that matches your name on the confirmed attendee list must be presented at the door for admission to any event.
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 www.spymuseum.org
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 www.spymuseum.org
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 email@example.com. 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 www.spymuseum.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.
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 – www.libertyhouserestaurant.com
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 http://www.space.com/12996-secret-spy-satellites-declassified-nro.html ]
For additional details contact (201) 200-2275 or email our Department Secretary, Denise Melendez at: email@example.com
A registration form is available at: http://web.njcu.edu/sites/profstudies/securitystudies/Content/symposium.asp
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