AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #06-13 dated 12 February 2013

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Section IV - Obituaries, Research, and Coming Events



Coming Educational Events

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Last day to register for a few remaining seats

This FRIDAY, 15 February 2013

Badge Pick-up at 10:30 a.m.

Sulick Book

11 a.m. speaker

Michael Sulick

Former Director, National Clandestine Service, CIA


Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the
Dawn of the Cold War

CIA Seal

3-course Lunch at Noon

Helgerson Book

1 p.m. speaker

John L. Helgerson

Former Inspector General, CIA

Discussing ....

Intelligence Briefings of Presidential Candidates

Helgerson Portrait

Badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.
Mike Sulick presentation at 11 a.m.
Lunch at noon
John Helgerson presentation at 1 pm
Programs are On The Record

All attendees will receive a digital copy
of the entire unclassified edition
of John Helgerson's recently updated report on
"Getting to Know The President."

The latest intelligence books, and many others, for sale throughout event
compliments of the International Spy Museum Bookshop .

Event closes at 2 p.m.

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IC Virtual Career Fair

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Career Fair is Tuesday, 26 February from 2-8 p.m.
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Seven Intelligence Community (IC) agencies and components will be participating in the fourth IC Virtual Career Fair on Tuesday, February 26 from 2-8 p.m. ET. This free, online event will allow registered job seekers to learn about available intelligence jobs, interact with recruiters and subject matter experts online, and learn how apply for vacancies.

The 2013 fair will highlight hundreds of career opportunities available nationwide in a wide array of disciplines including cybersecurity/information assurance, intelligence analysis, mission support, foreign languages, and engineering, just to name a few.
Special emphasis will be placed on recruiting diverse candidates proficient in mission critical foreign languages with cultural expertise from our Nation's many heritage communities. Priority languages include: All African languages, Arabic (all dialects), Cambodian, Dari, Farsi, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and other Chinese languages, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Tajik, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.
Participating intelligence components include: Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation Language Services Section, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and National Virtual Translation Center. Attendees will be able to live-chat with recruiters, learn about career opportunities and how to apply to open positions, watch video presentations, participate in live question and answer sessions, upload/manage documents in their virtual briefcases, and create avatars of themselves all in a 3-D environment.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

"Typists to Trailblazers"
The History of Women's Advancement and Achievements at CIA

A CIA Conference at Smith College

Northampton, Massachusetts

This CIA Historical Documents 'Release Event' Conference co-hosted with Smith College and features CIA’s women’s history month celebration. Speakers will discuss women's advancement, including Petticoat Panel Report, and other achievements that brought women into higher positions beyond the typing pool.
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New al Qaeda Threat. A jihadist website posted a new threat by al Qaeda this week that promises to conduct "shocking" attacks on the United States and the West.

The posting appeared on the Ansar al Mujahidin network Sunday and carried the headline, "Map of al Qaeda and its future strikes."

The message, in Arabic, asks: "Where will the next strike by al Qaeda be?" 

"The answer for it, in short: The coming strikes by al Qaeda, with God's Might, will be in the heart of the land of nonbelief, America, and in France, Denmark, other countries in Europe, in the countries that helped and are helping France, and in other places that shall be named by al Qaeda at other times," the threat states.

The attacks will be "strong, serious, alarming, earth-shattering, shocking and terrifying."

Under a section of the post on the method of the attacks, the unidentified writer said the strikes would be "group and lone-wolf operations, in addition to the use of booby-trapped vehicles." [Read more: Gertz/WashingtonTimes/30January2013]

Spotlight on DoD Special Access Programs. The procedures for establishing, managing and overseeing special access programs [SAPs] in the Department of Defense are spelled out in an updated DoD Instruction that was issued yesterday. See "Management, Administration, and Oversight of DoD Special Access Programs," DoD Instruction 5205.11, February 6, 2013.

A special access program is a classified program that employs security measures above and beyond those that would normally be used to protect ordinary (or "collateral") classified information. Such measures may include special eligibility reviews, polygraph testing, cover, and other controls on information. Within DoD, SAPs fall into three broad topical categories: intelligence, acquisition, and operations and support.

DoD SAPs have been a focus of controversy in the past, because their intensive secrecy seemed to foster mismanagement. There were massive, multi-billion dollar failures [e.g., the aborted A-12 naval aircraft program] as well as the occasional eccentricity [e.g., the Timber Wind nuclear powered rocket for anti-ballistic missile missions], both of which triggered Inspector General audits.

Because of those kinds of missteps, "The special access classification system" is now adversely affecting the national security it is intended to support," the House Armed Services Committee concluded in 1991 [H.Rept. 102-60, p. 101].

But such concerns are expressed less frequently today. [Read more: Aftergood/SecrecyNews/7February2013]

Vision Takes Shape For Bethesda Intelligence Community Campus. Thursday evening, officials with the Army Corps of Engineers are set to detail design elements and a construction timeline for the Intelligence Community Campus being developed on Bethesda's Sangamore Road.

The federal facility is the former site of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. NGIA employees were transferred in to Virginia in 2011 as a part of the federally mandated Base Realignment and Closure [BRAC] process.

About 3,000 intelligence workers - about the same number of employees that worked at NGIA - are expected to work at the campus, which is being developed by the Army Corps and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

According to the Army Corps of Engineers project website:

"The redevelopment is necessary because: 1] there is a shortage of secured administrative building space in the Washington National Capital area; 2] a shared intelligence community campus supports congressional desires for a collaborative community environment and the consolidation of an intelligence community facility strategy; and 3] it supports the reuse of existing government facilities.

The re-development plan calls for removing one of the site's four buildings and combining the remaining three buildings into one facility, according to the site. [Read more: Donaghue/ChevyChasePatch/7February2013]

Ex-Italy Intelligence Chief Jailed in CIA Kidnapping Case. A court jailed Italy's former military intelligence chief for 10 years on Tuesday for the kidnapping of an Egyptian Muslim cleric in an operation organised by the United States.

An American former CIA station chief was earlier this month given a seven-year jail sentence after imam Abu Omar was snatched from a Milan street in 2003 and flown to Egypt for interrogation during the U.S. "war on terror".

Milan appeals court judges sentenced Niccolo Pollari, former head of the Sismi military intelligence agency, to 10 years and jailed his former deputy Marco Mancini for nine years.

Former Rome CIA station chief Jeffrey Castelli and two other American officials were convicted in their absence and are unlikely to serve their sentences. [WorldBulletin/12February2013]

Retired Intelligence Officer Gets 13 Years for Coup Plot. A Moscow court has sentenced a 64-year-old retired colonel of military intelligence to 13 years in prison for plotting an armed rebellion in central Russia's Vladimir Region in 2010.

Vladimir Kvachkov pleaded not guilty to the charges, but admitted he had been organizing guerilla groups "to fight foreign intervention." However, the prosecutors insisted that Kvachkov had plotted a coup because he was extremely unhappy with the country's current political system. Their evidence included books, articles and other propaganda seized from the retired officer's apartment.

Kvachkov's earlier speech in court was so openly anti-Semitic that the Judge had to interrupt it.

Prosecutors also noted that Kvachkov and his accomplice, 62-year-old Aleksandr Kiselyov, managed to form a troop of about 10 pensioners who were equally unhappy with authorities on the federal and local level. The group planned to start an uprising in the town of Kovrov, in Vladimir Region and then proceed with a march to Moscow, which is 266km to the west. The rebellion was scheduled to begin on July 24, 2010, but the organizers were detained much earlier.

The judges ruled against stripping Kvachkov and Kiselyov of their officer ranks.

Kvachkov became famous in 2005 when he was arrested and charged with an attempt on the life of Anatoly Chubais - the mastermind of President Boris Yeltsin's economic reforms, who at that time headed the national power grid RAO UES. [Read more: Stenin/RIANovosti/8February2013]

Jeffrey Paul Delisle, Canadian Navy Officer, Convicted Of Spying For Russia. A Canadian navy intelligence officer who pleaded guilty to selling military secrets to Russia was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.

Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle will serve 18 years and five months behind bars because of time he has already served, Provincial court Judge Patrick Curran said. Curran also ordered Delisle to pay a fine of nearly CA$111,817 [$111,700].

Delisle, 41, pleaded guilty in October to espionage for selling secrets to the Russians. He worked at a naval intelligence center and had access to information shared by Canada, the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. The prosecution said he would search for Russian references on his work computer, transfer it to a USB key, then take it home and paste it into an email program that he shared with his Russian handler.

In an agreed statement of facts, Delisle admitted that his treachery began when he walked into the Russian embassy in Ottawa in July 2007 and offered his services for money.

Judge Curran said Friday that Delisle "coldly and rationally" offered his services to Russia.

Delisle was arrested in January 2012 - the first person to be charged under Canada's Security of Information Act, which was passed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. [Read more: AP/8February2013]

S. Korea Spy Agency Says More Nuclear Tests Possible. South Korea's spy agency warned that North Korea might conduct another nuclear test after Pyongyang detonated what it said was a miniaturised atomic device on Tuesday.

The warning came during a briefing to lawmakers by the head of the National Intelligence Service, Won Hei-Soon, Yonhap news agency reported.

The briefing raised "the possibility for another nuclear test by the North" or a ballistic missile test once the UN Security Council begins discussions on imposing new sanctions on Pyongyang, Yonhap said.

"The North may stage other provocations to distract international efforts to impose more sanctions on the North or to push China to eventually side with Pyongyang," Won was quoted as saying.

Despite the North's claim that Tuesday's test was of a "miniaturised and lighter atomic bomb", Won said his agency did not believe Pyongyang had yet succeeded in "weaponising its nuclear bombs". [Read more: AFP/12February2013]


Ex-Spy Reveals Shadowy World of CIA. As a scientific intelligence officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, Gene Poteat specialized in radar technology.

He could make fake aircraft appear on Soviet radar screens.

In 1964, he analyzed radar images from the Gulf of Tonkin and tried unsuccessfully to dissuade the White House from escalating the war in Vietnam.

Now 83, Poteat is retired from the agency. But he still plays a role in the shadow world of intelligence as president of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers - current and former spies who educate the public on the importance of things that happen in secret.

During a visit to Tampa on Monday to speak to the organization's second-largest chapter, Poteat said what he sees on his radar screen now is both encouraging and worrisome.

The intelligence community, said Poteat, "is in better shape than it's ever been. It's more robust than ever."

Its capabilities have been enhanced, he said, by working closely with U.S. Special Operations Command. [Read more: Altman/TampaTribune/6February2013]

The Army's Special Branch: How Bizarre Fake Spy Trees Appeared in No-Man's Land during WWI. Built using steel and wrought iron, these are no normal trees.

They are camouflaged weapons of war used to devastating effect during World War I on the Western Front.

The bizarre fake tree observation posts were built to spy on the enemy after switching them under cover of darkness with real battle-scarred stumps left in no-man's land.

With a perfect elevated position overlooking the enemy and the element of surprise, historians say the outposts were surprisingly successful.

Both sides used real trees for observation, building ladders up them and sometimes viewing platforms. But O.P Trees - or 'Baumbeobachter' as the Germans called them - were special.

On the British side, artists in the Royal Engineers were tasked with meticulously selecting a real tree on the battlefield by measuring and photographing it extensively.

The ideal tree was dead and often it was bomb blasted. The photographs and sketches were then sent to a workshop where artists constructed an artificial tree of hollow steel cylinders.

It contained an internal scaffolding for reinforcement, to allow a sniper or observer to ascend within the structure.

Then, under the cover of night, the team cut down the authentic tree and dug a hole in the place of its roots, in which they placed the O.P. Tree. [Read more: Watson/DailyMail/6February2013]

What and How Do U-2 Spy Plane Pilots Eat During Their 12 Hour Missions? Here's a fascinating look at what and how the USAF's finest pilots eat while flying America's favorite spy plane: the A-12. Second only to the A-12 Oxcart and its brother, the SR-71 BlackBird, being a A-12 pilot is an extremely physically demanding job, often requiring 12 hours of flying.

Watch Ssgt. Suzzett Stalesky - an airspace physiologist and U-2 launch and recovery technician - explain how they eat their tube food, another American aerospace classic on itself. The video also includes some great sequences of the U-2 itself.

According to Stalesky, most pilots eat about one tube per hour. They really have to watch out their food intake because they are not allowed to defecate in the suit. Their favorite tubed food: caffeinated chocolate pudding, which gives them a little kick while they are in the aircraft, and chicken a la king.

Other foods include peaches, hash browns with bacon, cinnamon applesauce, and key lime pie. [Read more: Diaz/Gizmodo/7February2013]

The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed. The man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden sat in a wicker chair in my backyard, wondering how he was going to feed his wife and kids or pay for their medical care.

It was a mild spring day, April 2012, and our small group, including a few of his friends and family, was shielded from the sun by the patchwork shadows of maple trees. But the Shooter was sweating as he talked about his uncertain future, his plans to leave the Navy and SEAL Team 6.

He stood up several times with an apologetic gripe about the heat, leaving a perspiration stain on the seat-back cushion. He paced. I didn't know him well enough then to tell whether a glass of his favorite single malt, Lagavulin, was making him less or more edgy.

We would end up intimately familiar with each other's lives. We'd have dinners, lots of Scotch. He's played with my kids and my dogs and been a hilarious, engaging gentleman around my wife.

In my yard, the Shooter told his story about joining the Navy at nineteen, after a girl broke his heart. To escape, he almost by accident found himself in a Navy recruiter's office. "He asked me what I was going to do with my life. I told him I wanted to be a sniper.

"He said, 'Hey, we have snipers.'

"I said, 'Seriously, dude. You do not have snipers in the Navy.' But he brought me into his office and it was a pretty sweet deal. I signed up on a whim."

"That's the reason Al Qaeda has been decimated," he joked, "because she broke my fucking heart."

I would come to know about the Shooter's hundreds of combat missions, his twelve long-term SEAL-team deployments, his thirty-plus kills of enemy combatants, often eyeball to eyeball. And we would talk for hours about the mission to get bin Laden and about how, over the celebrated corpse in front of them on a tarp in a hangar in Jalalabad, he had given the magazine from his rifle with all but three lethally spent bullets left in it to the female CIA analyst whose dogged intel work and intuition led the fighters into that night. [Read more: Bronstein/Esquire/11February2013]

CIA Operatives, Barrels of Whiskey, and a Biker Named Thor. Grenades and women, yes. A briefcase stuffed with $54,000: definitely that. But under no circumstances had there been more than two ounces of cocaine.

On January 14 in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, he hunched his six-foot, four-inch wiry frame over the defendant's table and frowned so hard it looked painful. His thin lips and handlebar mustache pressed against the microphone. The ponytailed 68-year-old yelled, pounded the table, and yelled some more. It was 9:15 a.m. The judge rolled his eyes. And the blond stenographer couldn't keep pace with Thor's raving.

"Oh, sorry," Thor said, relinquishing his mouth's hold on the microphone. "I guess I've just spent too many years in the recording business."

Thor - a Norwegian country singer, a former Outlaws motorcycle chieftain, and an "ambassador at large" to a rebel Haitian government - chuckled.

Then he was at it again, machine-gunning fresh manifestos. No one could be trusted, he said. Liars and conspirators stalked the proceedings. And this pretrial court hearing - which concerned a lingering bond-jumping charge against him from 1981 - was about much more. "We are at the tail end of a 30-year CIA conspiracy plot," Thor said.

Thor paused. Thor let this information sink in. [Read more: McCoy/MiamiNewTimes/14February2013]

Death of a Master Terrorist: How the 'Iranian Jackal' was Killed. On the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Imad Mughniyah, a.k.a. "The Iranian Jackal," much new information about the hunt for the terrorist most wanted by Mossad and the FBI has emerged. It's a story of high-tech surveillance and old-fashioned espionage, and it's just starting to be truly told now.

Imad Mughniyah was 20 years old when he made his debut on the international terrorist scene in 1983, with a series of spectacular and deadly bombings aimed at Western forces in Lebanon. The 1983 Beirut suicide bombings included those on April 18 at the U.S. Embassy [63 killed]; on Oct. 23 at the U.S. Marine barracks [241 killed]; and on Oct. 23 at the French paratrooper barracks [58 killed]. A litany of bombings, hijackings, kidnappings and assassinations followed, with an ever-increasing body count. A list of the attacks he is believed to have been involved in, directly or in a leadership capacity, reads like an index of late-20th-century terrorism: Car bombings of the Israeli embassy and the Jewish cultural center in Argentina [124 killed] in the early 1990s; the World Trade Center bombing of 1993 [6 killed]; the Khobar Towers suicide bombing in Saudi Arabia in 1996 [19 killed]; the U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 [223 killed]; the 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen [17 killed].

And perhaps even the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. The 9/11 Commission Report references "a senior Hezbollah operative" shepherding the future hijackers in and out of Iran. Some terrorism experts believe this was almost certainly Mughniyah. Indeed, according to Peter Lance's book Triple Cross, Osama bin Laden spoke admiringly of Mughniyah's lethal handiwork and in 1993 met with him in Khartoum, Sudan, to form a working alliance. That historic meeting, according to Lance, was brokered by Ali Mohamed, bin Laden's master spy and double agent inside the FBI. Kenneth R. Timmerman, in Countdown to Crisis, quotes Major General Amos Malka, a senior Israeli military intelligence official, saying that before Sept. 11, the Israelis had picked up on numerous signs that bin Laden and Mughniyah were planning new operations against Israel and the U.S. "within the next few weeks."

Even after the Sept. 11 attacks, Western intelligence agencies continued to track Mughniyah with interest. [Read more: Eraf/NationalPost/12February2013]


Rand Paul Advances 'Folk Myth' the U.S. Funded bin Laden. In some ways, Sen. Rand Paul seems committed to distancing himself from his father. For example, after Ron Paul tweeted some controversial words about ex-Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, Rand issued his own statement calling Kyle a "hero."

In other ways, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

For example, in just a one-month span, Sen. Paul has - not once, but twice - advanced a conspiracy theory that says that during the Reagan era, the U.S. funded Osama bin Laden.

During John Kerry's secretary of state confirmation hearing, Paul said "We funded bin Laden" - a statement that prompted Foreign Policy magazine's managing editor, Blake Hounshell, to fire off a tweet saying: "Rand Paul tells a complete falsehood: 'We funded Bin Laden.' This man is on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee."

But that didn't discourage Paul. During a much anticipated foreign policy speech at the Heritage Foundation today, Paul doubled down, saying: "In the 1980's the war caucus in Congress armed bin Laden and the mujaheddin in their fight with the Soviet Union."

The only problem is that this is, at best, highly speculative - and, at worst, the perpetuation of an outright myth. [Read more: Lewis/DailyCaller/6February2013]

Leak of White Paper Boosts Intelligence Oversight. The unauthorized disclosure last week of a Justice Department White Paper on the legality of targeted killing of senior al Qaida operatives who are Americans had the collateral effect of strengthening congressional oversight of intelligence.

The leak not only fulfilled a stalemated congressional effort to provide information to the public, but it also catalyzed the long-sought disclosure of classified documents to the intelligence committees themselves.

Although the intelligence committees received the White Paper in June 2012, they proved powerless on their own to gain its broader public release, or to acquire their own copies of the underlying legal memoranda.

"I have been calling for the public release of the administration´┐Żs legal analysis on the use of lethal force - particularly against U.S. citizens - for more than a year," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee in a February 5 statement. "That analysis is now public..."

In other words, what the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee was unable to accomplish for over a year was achieved by a resourceful reporter [Michael Isikoff of NBC] along with a cooperative source. That is a peculiar fact that ought to prompt some soul-searching on the part of the Committee, which has been relentlessly critical of intelligence-related leaks.

But the disclosure did more than just make the White Paper available to the public and launch a substantial public debate on its contents. It also enhanced the ability of the intelligence committees themselves to gain access to additional classified records on which oversight depends. [Read more: Aftergood/SecrecyNews/11February2013]

Did Bing Just Reveal the Location of the Secret Saudi Drone Base? You know that top secret drone base in Saudi Arabia everyone's been crowing about lately? If Wired's sources are correct, that's a picture of it above. Runways, hangar, sand - it's all there. It's not very secret, either. 

The base is hard to find, sure. But there it is hiding in plain sight waiting for some well informed blogger to find on Bing. Noah Shachtman, who runs Wired's Danger Room blog, was that blogger, and on Thursday night, he described the finding. It's very difficult to confirm whether this is or it isn't America's secret Saudi drone base, first of all. "But the base's hangars bear a remarkable resemblance to similar structures found on other American drone outposts," Shachtman explains. "And its remote location - dozens of miles from the nearest highway, and farther still to the nearest town - suggests that this may be more than the average civilian airstrip."

Beyond that, Shachtman earned tacit confirmation from two former American intelligence officers. "I believe it's the facility that the U.S. uses to fly drones into Yemen," one of them told Shachtman. "It's out in eastern Saudi Arabia, near Yemen and where the bad guys are supposed to hang out. It has those clamshell hangars, which we've seen before associated with U.S. drones." The other officer described the location as "way, way out in the Rub al Khali, otherwise known as Hell." We did some exploring on Bing Maps, and sure enough, it's almost comically unfriendly to human life. Ripples of sand dunes stretch for hundreds of miles, and it's dozens if not hundreds of miles to the nearest sign of civilization. In other words, it's the perfect spot to hide a secret drone base.

Something seems wrong here, doesn't it? If America was so protective of its secret Saudi drone base - enough so that it managed to keep The New York Times and The Washington Post from publishing details about its location - wouldn't they double check the publicly available satellite imagery? They could at least blur it out a little bit, right?

Nope. [Read more: Estes/AtlanticWire/7February2013]

Section IV - Obituaries, Research Requests, and Coming Events


Frederic McCann. Frederic McCann, 86, who worked as a CIA analyst from 1952 to 1982 and became a specialist on Eastern Asia for the spy agency, died Jan. 14 at Brooke Grove nursing home in Sandy Spring.

He died of pneumonia, said a son, Bernard McCann.

Mr. McCann served in the CIA's Directorate of Operations, and his assignments included Japan, Vietnam and Laos.

Frederic McCann was a native of Brockton, Mass., and a 1949 philosophy graduate of Brown University in Providence, R.I. After Army service in the United States during World War II, he did graduate work in philosophy at George Washington University before joining the CIA.

He moved to Brooke Grove from Rockville in 2012.

In the early 1960s, Mr. McCann and his wife of 52 years, Mary Louise Cotter, worked to integrate St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rockville and its school by bringing black friends to the church.

His wife died in 2001. His companion of seven years, June Bradlaw, died in 2008.

Survivors include eight children from his marriage, Patrick McCann, Andrew McCann and Janet Reilly, all of Rockville, Matthew McCann of Bethesda, Frederic P. McCann of Potomac, Bernard McCann of Waltham, Mass., Mary Louise McCann of San Francisco and Rosemary McKee of Shepherdstown, W.Va.; 14 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. [Rudansky/WashingtonPost/31January2013]

John Morrison. Major General John E. Morrison, Jr., (ret), 94, a 40-year resident of Davidsonville, died January 11 at his home. He was born on April 20, 1918 in Baltimore and graduated from the University of Baltimore in 1939 with a Juris Doctor degree. He also graduated from the Air Command and Staff College in 1949 and from the Air War College in 1959. In 1942, John was commissioned in the Army Signal Corps and was assigned to the Signal Intelligence Service, Army Air Forces in Washington, DC. He served in the Pacific theater during World War II, participating in the invasions of Munda, Bougainville, Green, Emirau and Luzon Islands. In 1947, John transferred to the U.S. Air Force. In 1949, he was detailed to the Air Command and Staff School as a student. Upon graduation, he was retained as a member of the faculty until he assumed command of the 6981stRadio Group Mobile in Alaska in 1953.In 1956, John transferred to Air Force Headquarters in Washington, DC where he later became Chief of the Policy and Objectives Division in the Telecommunications Directorate. In this role, he was a direct counsel to President Kennedy during the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion. In 1963, he was designated Chief of the National Security Agency's Pacific Command and later became Assistant Director for Production, a position he held until his retirement from the Air Force in 1973.John continued working at the NSA until his retirement from government service in 1979. John's military awards included the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation medal and the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Air force Longevity Service Award and the Philippine Liberation Award,He also received the Order of Service Merit, Third Class, from the president of the Republic of Korea in 1966.In 1979, John received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and was inducted into the NSA Hall of Honor in 2001. John was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Historical Intelligence Museum; founder, president and chairman of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation Board; and a member of the Joint Military Intelligence College Foundation Board. He was a Scottish Rite Freemason for over 60 years. He enjoyed gardening, traveling and Civil War history and crabbing. John was known as "The Singing General". He enjoyed entertaining family, friends, colleagues and even strangers. One of John's past times was entering a restaurant singing "If I Loved You" in his Irish Tenor voice. During the last several years of his life, John enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. John is survived by his children, Patricia A. Zasadil of Springhill, FL and Karen M. Sutton of Crofton and John E. Morrison III of Evergreen, CO; his former wife, Flora H. Morrison; six grandchildren, Kimberly A., Laura L. and John M. Zasadil, Kristine E. Ford, Tammy M. Taylor, Jason P. Sutton; and 14 great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to John's Life Celebration from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 17 and from 10 a.m. until his funeral service begins at 11 a.m., Friday, January 18 at the Riva Trace Baptist Church, 475 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, Inc, PO Box 1682, Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998. An online guestbook is available at [TheCapital/13January2013]

William J. Hood. William J. Hood, a retired senior officer in the Central Intelligence Agency and a writer, died at home in Amagansett early on the morning of Jan. 28. He would have turned 93 on April 19.

During World War II, having just transferred from the Army into military intelligence, Mr. Hood volunteered for the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor to the C.I.A. He worked for a time on Ultra, a top-secret exploitation of coded German messages that the British and Americans had cracked and that the Germans thought was invulnerable, Enigma.

"Bill Hood was one of the heroes of O.S.S. and C.I.A., a major figure and leader in the clandestine services over three decades, a member of Allen Dulles's wartime team, and a successful and inspiring leader of operations in Central Europe and at headquarters," wrote Tom Polgar, a former colleague.

After the war, Mr. Hood remained in Europe, working for the agency in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, often as chief of station. He was one of three deputies of James Jesus Angleton, the head of counterintelligence at the agency. Before retiring in 1975 he was chief of operations for Latin America and had also worked in New York under cover at the United Nations.

Described by Kennett Love in a review of one of his spy novels as a "looming, powerfully built, agreeably sinister-looking veteran spook," Mr. Hood became an Amagansett fixture after marrying a former O.S.S. colleague, Mary Carr Thomas, in 1976, and could often be seen in shorts sitting on Main Street benches taking the sun.

Mr. Hood was married first to another O.S.S. colleague, Cordelia Dodson, but the marriage ended in divorce.

After he retired, while he and his second wife were dividing their time among Portland, Me., New York, and Amagansett, Mr. Hood wrote "Mole," a nonfiction story of a Soviet Army colonel who became a double agent.

He went on to write three spy novels, "Spy Wednesday," "The Sunday Spy," and "Cry Spy," all of which were well received. His last book was "A Look Over My Shoulder," a biography of Richard Helms, whom he had worked for when Helms was the director of the agency.

"William was an urbane and sharply intelligent observer with a wry, New England sense of humor," said Sheridan Sansegundo, a friend. "He was a man of few words, but you could depend on those words being astute, perceptive, and dead on the money." [Read more: Carmichael/EastHamptonPatch/9February2013]

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MANY Spy Museum Events in 2013 with full details are listed on the AFIO Website at The titles for some of these are in detail below and online.

Wednesdays, 6 - 27 February 2013 10 am - Washington, DC - "Spy Seminar Series: Exfiltrations, Captures, or Kills: Famous High Stakes Intelligence Operations" at the International Spy Museum

Intelligence operations that hold human life in the balance are some of the most difficult missions any intelligence service will ever undertake. Exfiltrations are supremely delicate. This is the process of extracting a person or people from a targeted site with absolute urgency due to a sudden change which makes the site hostile. This could happen when a spy's cover is blown or a change in leadership puts people in danger. Captures are just that: snaring an enemy. And lastly kills. Wet jobs. Assassinations. When the enemy is bad enough that termination is the only answer. In this series, a distinguished group of experts and former intelligence personnel will introduce you to some of the greatest of these intense operations.

February 13 - How the Mossad Captured Eichmann
For 15 years the hunt for Eichmann, architect of the mass murder of Europe's Jews, stretched from war-ravaged Europe to the shores of Argentina. In researching his book, Hunting Eichmann, best-selling author Neal Bascomb gathered groundbreaking new information and interviews, and newly declassified documents to fully tell the story of how the notorious Nazi was brought to justice. He will reveal how the young Israeli spy agency, the Mossad, organized this colossal operation—dispatching operatives like Isser Harel and Zvi Aharoni on their harrowing mission to Argentina to capture and deliver Eichmann.

February 20 - Saving Ryszard Kuklinski
In 1972, Polish Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski volunteered to spy for the United States. His self-appointed mission: to undermine his country's Soviet-dominated leadership to save Poland from nuclear destruction. Over the next nine years of high-risk, clandestine exchanges, he copied tens of thousands of secret documents and covertly passed them to the CIA—including plans to crush the Solidarity movement. Learn the inside story of this extraordinary case and of Kuklinski's last-minute, daring escape from International Spy Museum Executive Director, Peter Earnest, a former CIA officer who did unprecedented research into Agency records for Benjamin Wesier's A Secret Life: The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission, and the Price He Paid to Save His Country. Former CIA officer, Sue Burggraf, who worked with Kuklinski in Warsaw will also comment on the heroic Pole.

February 27 - Canadian Caper
International Spy Museum board member and former CIA chief of disguise Tony Mendez led the famous rescue of six Americans who were trapped in Iran after they had escaped from the US Embassy during the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979. Mendez came up with an ingenuous plan to get the Americans out by creating a fake movie called ARGO, setting up a cover film studio, and disguising them as a location scouting team from Canada. Mendez will take you behind the scenes of the operation, recently immortalized in the real film ARGO, from Canada's incredible support of the rescue to what kind of props he brought to make the Americans look more like film industry types.

WHERE: International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
TICKETS: Tickets: $120 (must be purchased through the Smithsonian)
To register: (via phone) 202.633.3030; (online) Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-647. For more information visit

Friday, 8 February 2013, 6 - 7:30 pm - Washington, DC - Africa and International Terrorism - by Kemal Okudo at the Institute of World Politics

You are cordially invited to a special lecture on the topic of Africa and International Terrorism with Kemal Okudo, National Security Consultant, IWP Class of 2009.
Kemal Okudo has over 23 years of cumulative and diversified executive and operational-level experience in banking, telecommunications, logistics, industrial security, and national security consulting. During his career, he has won awards as a banker; pioneered, designed and supervised the logistics and security functions at one of Nigeria's largest telephone companies (currently with over 30 million subscribers); and consulted for various national governments and global corporations in different areas of national security.
Where: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW. Parking map is here.
RSVP and confirmation - required to attend. RSVP HERE

Wednesday, 13 February 2013, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Scottsdale, AZ - "Experience as an OSS Officer" featuring Robert Swift, at the AFIO Arizona Chapter

Guest Speaker will be Robert Swift, Ret. OSS Officer, on “Bob’s experience as an OSS Officer”
Bob was reading and transmitting code by age seven in the early 1930’s. His father and grandfather were both ham radio operators. He trained as a communicator with the OSS and was sent to Europe to support their operations against Germany. After the war Bob joined a new company in the communications business. He rose through the ranks to become an Executive Vice President in charge of International business and then chief of Staff to the Chairman of Motorola. Bob is now retired and lives in North Scottsdale with his wife Mary. Bob will share key aspects of the following: - OSS operations focused on Eastern Europe; - OSS support of 15th Air Force Bombing missions against German petroleum supplies and production, and; - Lessons learned from the Bari bombing disaster as well as lessons applicable to current intelligent operations.
Location: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260.
RSVP or To call, please leave a message on 602.570.6016. Do so no later than 72 hours ahead of time. If you do not show up for the lunch meeting and failed to cancel 48 hours prior the chapter will be charged so, by necessity, you will be charged for the lunch.
Fee: $20 for Members; $22 Non-Members

Friday, 15 February 2013, 10:30am - 2pm - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National 2013 Luncheon features Spying in America by former D/NCS CIA Mike Sulick, and Intelligence Briefings of Presidential Candidates by former CIA Inspector General John L. Helgerson.

The former CIA Inspector General, John L. Helgerson, discusses "Intelligence Briefings of Presidential Candidates" and the former Director of the National Clandestine Service, Michael Sulick, presents - SPYING IN AMERICA: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War - a history of more than thirty espionage cases inside the US.
Helgerson provides unique insights into the mechanics and content of these briefings of candidates, the interaction of the participants, and the briefings' effect on the relationships presidents have had with their intelligence services.
Sulick presents a number of espionage cases which include Americans who spied against their country, spies from both the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War, and foreign agents who ran operations on American soil. Some of the stories are familiar, such as those of Benedict Arnold and Julius Rosenberg, while others, though less well known, are equally fascinating. Mr. Sulick speaks at 11 a.m. Lunch at noon. Mr. Helgerson speaks at 1 pm. All attendees will receive a digital copy of the unclassified edition of John Helgerson's updated report on "Getting to Know The President."

Saturday, 16 February 2013, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - The Maine AFIO Chapter hears from Libya Expert - Dr. Ali Ahmida - on Libya Today - the impact of extremists and Arab Spring.

Dr. Ali Ahmida, Chairman of the Sociology Department at the University of New England, born in Libya, will speak about the geographical and tribal divisions of Libya, the eventual result of the "Arab Spring," and the relationship of Libya's government to the extremist groups which have entered the country. Dr. Ahmida was born in Waddan, Libya, and received his education at Cairo University in Egypt and the University of Washington in Seattle.  He has authored numerous books and articles including The Making of Modern Libya published in 2009.

The meeting, open to the public, will be held at the Brick Store Museum Progam Center, 2 Dane Street, Kennebunk. For information call 207-967-4298

Saturday 23 February 2013 - Orange Park/Gainesville, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts Terry Williams, former CIA, on A Spy Novel and the CIA Experience

The North Florida AFIO Chapter meets Saturday, 23 February rather than its customary date of 9 February. Starting time, schedule and location remain the same. Please RSVP to Quiel Begonia, Secretary/Treasurer at or call 904-545-9549 as soon as you can so we can get an accurate head count and keep the country club happy.
Our guest speaker will be Mr. Terry Williams, who has just completed a spy novel that is salted with his years of CIA experience. Terry is a former CIA Operations Officer with over thirty years' experience conducting and managing covert operations in Asia, Europe and Eastern Europe. He served as Chief of Station in Taipei and Ottawa and as Chief of Base in Shanghai. He was the Deputy Chief of East Asia Division for Counterintelligence and did rotational assignments to the FBI and Capitol Hill. Prior to his tenure at the CIA, Williams served in the Peace Corps in Bogota, Colombia, taught at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City, taught English to helicopter pilots and mechanics of the Imperial Iranian Air Force, and at a university in Tokyo, Japan.
Cooper's Revenge is his first novel. He is currently writing a sequel, Unit 400, to be released this year. Terry is a treasure trove of career experience. His Agency classmates include John Brennan, DCI candidate. We hope to see you at the meeting. Family and guests are cordially invited as well.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013, 7 - 10 pm – Washington, DC - "Dinner with a Spy: An Evening with Martha D. Peterson" at the International Spy Museum

Undercover at the US Embassy in Moscow in 1977, CIA officer Martha D. Peterson was one of the first female CIA case officers to serve there. Peterson discovered that she could move freely around Moscow without a trace of surveillance coverage, unlike her male CIA colleagues who were smothered by KGB surveillance teams. She became almost solely responsible for retrieving messages from a key spy in the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs, code named TRIGON. She communicated for nearly 21 months with TRIGON through dead drops disguised as logs, dirty gloves, crushed milk cartons, and crumbly pieces of concrete. On the evening of July 15, shortly after Peterson placed a concrete concealment device filled with spy equipment in a tower on a railroad bridge, she suddenly found herself in the clutches of KGB agents. She was arrested and harshly interrogated. She refused to cooperate, held her ground, and ultimately was declared persona non grata and sent back to the US. Three KGB officers drove out to the airport to salute her plane in recognition of her composure during interrogation. Spend an evening with this heroic woman and learn what it was like to be caught and keep your cool! You will be one of only 14 guests at Adour for a four-course dinner and wine-pairing where you'll talk with her about her remarkable career and her thoughts on today's intelligence issues.
Peterson is the author of The Widow Spy which is recommended for pre-event reading.
Location: Adour, 923 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Tickets: $250. Ticket includes four-course dinner with wines. Please call 202.654.0932 or write to register and with special dietary needs.

28 February 2013 - San Francisco, CA - "Defense Strategy for Acquisition and its Influence on Intelligence Gathering" is Lt. Col. William Chadwick's topic at AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter Luncheon.

Lt Col(R) William Chadwick , lecturer at The Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, will be speaking on "Defense Strategy for Acquisition and its Influence on Intelligence Gathering." The luncheon begins at 11:30AM with no-host cocktails; meeting starts at noon. Location: The United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, SF (between Sloat/Wawona). E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi at and mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-members $35.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013, noon - Washington, DC - "The Rice Paddy Navy: US Sailors Undercover in China" at the International Spy Museum

After the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1942, the US Navy knew it would need vital information from the Pacific. Captain Milton 'Mary' Miles journeyed to China to set up weather stations and monitor the Chinese coastline—and to spy on the Japanese. After a handshake agreement with Chiang Kai-shek's spymaster, General Dai Li, the Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO) was born. SACO consisted of nearly 3,000 American servicemen, 97,000 organized Chinese guerrillas, and 20,000 "individualists," including pirates and lone-wolf saboteurs. This top-secret network worked hand in hand with the Nationalist Chinese to fight the Japanese invasion of China while erecting crucial weather stations, providing critical information to the US military, intercepting Japanese communications, blowing up enemy supply depots, laying mines, destroying bridges, and training Chinese peasants in guerrilla warfare. Join author Linda Kush as she reveals the story of one of the most successful—and little known— covert operation efforts of World War II.
Join the author for an informal chat and book signing.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. For more information visit

Tuesday, 5 March 2013, 8-9 a.m. - Tysons Corner, VA - CICENTRE Brief on Global Terrorism, Espionage, and Cyber Security.

*Up to 5 guests per person (all must RSVP)
*New updated material every month!
*Light refreshments will be served and multiple PRIZES will be drawn!

Don't forget to RSVP for our FREE one hour brief on Global Terrorism, Espionage, and Cyber Security! Location: Microsoft Store Tysons Corner Mall, Virginia, Level 2 parking area: Terrace C.
RSVP to reserve your seat or call (240) 281-1627

Wednesday, 13 March 2013, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - "Blowing Blofeld's Mind: The Psychology of Villainy" at the International Spy Museum

All the greatest men are maniacs. –Dr. No
The Spy Museum's new exhibition, Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains, features some of the most memorable fictional evildoers of the last half century. Many were inspired by real world figures or by the actions of real people who were really evil. What makes people move down a dark path? These experts can tell you exactly how Bond villains demonstrate classic criminal or otherwise aberrant psychological behavior based on their experiences with real offenders: Dr. David L. Charney,who was the psychiatrist for notorious spy Robert Hanssen and interviewed him extensively in prison; and Dr. Stanton Samenow, a noted forensic scientist and author of The Criminal Personality and Inside the Criminal Mind. Dr. Samenow was the prosecution's mental health witness regarding the younger DC sniper, Lee Boyd Malvo. Why would someone betray their country like Robert Hanssen or GoldenEye's Alec Trevelyan? How realistic is the Stockholm syndrome suffered by Elektra King in The World Is Not Enough? What makes people consider crime as a way of life? In this extraordinary conversation, you'll learn exactly how maudlin sentimentality—Blofeld's love for his cat—can coexist with chilling brutality.
Tickets:  $20. To register or for more information visit

16 March 2013, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - The Maine AFIO Chapter hears from Amer Sami Abusada on "Palestine: A Student's View."

AFIO Maine welcomes Amer Sami Abusada as guest speaker on the topics of "Palestine: A Student's View." Amer is a non-muslim, 17-year-old, exchange student at Bonny Eagle High School, Buxton, Maine. He comes from Beit Sahour, Palestine, a small city not far from Bethlehem. After exposure to the American view of events in Palestine, gathered largely from press reports, Amer sensed the need to present another view and to correct misconceptions. His presentation includes selected pictures and videos, and will touch on the culture and lifestyle of the people, history of Palestine, the political situation, and what he calls "the wall of discrimination" from his perspective.
The meeting, open to the public, will be held at the Brick Store Museum Progam Center, 2 Dane Street, Kennebunk. For information call 207-967-4298

16 March 2013, 5 – 7 p.m. - Mission Viejo, CA - AFIO Orange County hosts Dick Holm, former CIA COS

Richard L. Holm, author of "The American Agent" will address the chapter.
Born in the Midwest, Dick Holm joined the CIA in the early 1960s and rose rapidly in the ranks to become Chief of several stations, eventually receiving the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA's highest award.
Mr. Holm had an eventful and action packed career that spanned thirty five years. He was first assigned to Laos where he worked with the Hmong tribesman and led operations against the Ho Chi Minh trail during the early stages of the Vietnam War. He was then sent to the Congo where he suffered near fatal injuries in a plane crash in the far northeastern region of that country. Treated by local tribesmen, his severe burns were treated with tree bark and snake oil. He subsequently spent two years at Walter Reed Hospital where he underwent dozens of operations. It was a trying period during which he regained his eyesight and the use of his hands.
Among other places, Dick Holm served in Hong Kong, Brussels and Paris and, at one point in his career he was head of the Agency's Counter Terrorism Office. Intensely patriotic, he has worked under thirteen CIA Directors and has deeply held views on policies - past and present, national and international - which ultimately determine where, how, and why the CIA is deployed/used.
In his fascinating memoir, Dick Holm not only gives an inside view of the life of a CIA officer, but poignantly describes his appalling injuries after the plane crash in the Congo and his determined fight for survival.
Mr. Holm is married, wife Judith, and has a platoon of daughters (4). He currently resides in McLean, Virginia.
In 2004, Holm published his memoirs, "The American Agent." An updated version of his memoirs recently appeared as "The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA," published in August 2011 by Mountain Lake Press.

Additional Information: There is a nominal cost of $10.00 per attendee, payable at the door, cash or check. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.
Location: Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
RSVP to (Tel. 954-298-5442) or (Tel. 949-831-1211)

Thursday, 21 March 2013, 11:30 am – Colorado Springs, CO - "Bugs, snakes, rats, torture and the Sex Life of a Naval Aviator in the Hanoi Hilton" at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of AFIO

The title of this meeting would catch the attention of anyone! Attend to hear Capt John Michael McGrath, USN(R) talk about "Bugs, snakes, rats, torture and the Sex Life of a Naval Aviator in the Hanoi Hilton 1967-73." McGrath was a Vietnam POW for six years and has some remarkable accounts to share. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at and also to obtain directionss.

27 March 2013 - New York, NY - "Circle of Treason" with Sandy Grimes, former CIA, at the AFIO NY Chapter Meeting

Sandy Grimes, one of the CIA principals behind the search and unmasking of Aldrich Ames - the traitor in their midst at CIA HQ - discusses in "Circle of Treason," her new book, co-authored with the late Jeanne Vertefeuille, this mole who nearly escaped capture. A remarkable story.
Location: Society of Illustrators 128 East 63rd St, New York City.
For further information contact Jerry Goodwin, Chapter President, at 646-717-3776 or email to

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 - Northampton, MA - "Typists to Trailblazers" - The History of Women's Advancement and Achievements at CIA

This CIA Historical Documents 'Release Event' Conference co-hosted with Smith College and features CIA’s women’s history month celebration. Speakers will discuss women's advancement, including Petticoat Panel Report, and other achievements that brought women into higher positions beyond the typing pool.
Additional program details to follow. Registration will be available here in coming weeks.
All AFIO members are invited.
REGISTER your interest in attending event by clicking email address at right to obtain additional details:

2 April 2013, 8 am - 3 pm - Washington, DC - CACI Hosts conference on Combating Asymmetric Threats: The Interplay of Offense and Defense

Discuss Asymmetric Threats on April 2 at an event co-sponsored by The U.S. Naval Institute, the Center for Security Policy, and CACI International Inc.
Participants will have a unique opportunity to explore America's capability to counter asymmetric threats by assessing the interplay of our nation's offensive and defensive powers. In particular, we will examine whether the United States has forfeited any of its asymmetric advantages, as well as what needs to be done in order to reclaim those advantages and ultimately defeat asymmetric threats to our national security and national interests. Winning the asymmetric fight is the core issue to be explored.
Speakers: ADM James G. Stavridis, USN–Commander, US European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (invited); LTG Michael T. Flynn, U.S. Army – Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (confirmed); The Honorable Jon Kyl – US Senator, Arizona, 1995-2012 (confirmed).
Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
This symposium is complimentary and open to participants by invitation only. Registration and further information at To request an invitation to register, do so here.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013, 11:30 am - MacDill AFB, FL - "My Life in the CIA" with Richard Holm at Meeting/Luncheon by Florida Suncoast Chapter

Richard Holm, a former paramilitary adviser, decorated operations officer, senior manager and station chief for the Central Intelligence Agency, will share fascinating stories of his experiences during the Cold War. Drawing from the material he used in writing his book, The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA, he will recount highlights of his 35-year Agency career and explain why it is imperative for Americans to understand and support what the CIA does--a goal that also underlies AFIO's efforts to raise public awareness of the importance of national intelligence. He will also touch on the impact of an intelligence career on one's family and family life.
Location: MacDill AFB Surf's Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621.
RSVP: no later than Wednesday, April 3, for yourself and include the names of any guests.
Email or call the Chapter Secretary at (813) 832-1164 or at or visit
Cost: $20. You must present your $20 check payable to "Suncoast Chapter, AFIO" (or cash) at check-in to cover the luncheon. If you make a reservation, don't cancel and get a cancellation confirmation by the response deadline and then don't show up, you will be responsible for the cost of the luncheon.

Saturday 20 April 2013 - Milford, MA - AFIO New England Chapter hosts Mike Stedman on "'A' for Argonaut" at their Spring Meeting

Mike Stedman, South Boston born and bred, is a former political columnist, magazine writer, and intelligence consultant to major corporations. Formerly on the New England board of the Association for Intelligence Officers, he has been both a practitioner and critic of the spy world. Stedman, a former U.S. Army Reserve soldier with the 94th Infantry, has served as chairman of the New England Chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition and President of his local Rotary Club. He lives outside of Boston with his wife. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren, including identical twin boys.
But really... who is Michael J. Stedman?
Born Michael J. Hurley into a pre-arranged adoption at St. Mary's Infant Asylum in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, Michael J. Stedman considers himself one of the luckiest people alive.
Location: Courtyard by Marriott in Milford, Mass. Hotel web site is here:
Schedule: Registration & gathering, 1000 – 1130, Membership meeting 1130 – 1200; Luncheon at 1200 followed by keynote speaker; Adjournment at 2:30PM.
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Wednesday, 24 April 2013, 10-11:30 am plus lunch - Annapolis Junction, MD - Sandy Grimes, former CIA/NCS, addresses National Cryptologic Museum Foundation members and guests

Ms. Sandy Grimes, author and former employee of the CIA National Clandestine Service, will be the guest speaker for the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's spring program. The program will be held Wednesday, 24 April, from 1000-1130, at the L3 Conference Center in National Business Park. A booksigning and lunch will follow the presentation.
Ms. Grime's co-authored Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed, with her colleague, the late Jeanne Vertefeuille. Together they worked on a CIA task force to investigate the disappearance of Soviet agents who were working undercover for the CIA. The lecture will focus on the decade-long investigation and the clues that led to the exposure of one of the most dangerous traitors in U.S. history.
Fluent in Russian, Ms. Grimes was recruited by the CIA in 1967 and spent most of her 26-year career targeting the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. She and her husband of 43 years reside in Great Falls, Virginia.
Join us for this riveting story of Cold War espionage. The Program fees are $15 for NCMF members, $40 for guests. The guest fee includes an annual membership in the Foundation. Make check payable to NCMF and send to PO Box 1682, Fort George G Meade, MD 20755-3682 by 17 April. The L3 conference center is located at 2720 Technology Drive Annapolis Junction MD 20701.
Questions? Contact Mary J. Faletto, Senior Administrator, National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, Office: 301-688-5436 Cell: 443-250-8621. E-mail:

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