AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #10-13 dated 12 March 2013

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Section V - Jobs, Obituaries, Research Requests, Books and Coming Events



Research Requests/Call for Papers


Coming Educational Events

Current Calendar New and/or Next Two Months ONLY


Sandy Grimes, former CIA/NCS
addresses National Cryptologic Museum Foundation
members and guests
Wednesday, 24 April 2013, 10-11:30 am
Event includes lunch

Annapolis Junction, MD

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:

SPYPEDIA Update - as of 08 March 2013:

SPYPEDIA is following closely Osama BIN LADEN's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who served as a spokesman for al Qaeda, who was taken into custody after being deported to Jordan from Turkey. He will be transported to New York to face terrorism related charges.
Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, a US Citizen and employee of the City Government of Portland, Reaz KHAN, was arrested for providing material support to al Qaeda, specifically to an operative who conducted a suicide bomb against Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Headquarters in Lahore in 2009.
On the same day, Bryan UNDERWOOD, the former security guard at a US Consulate in Guangzhou, was sentenced to nine years in prison for attempting to communicate national defense information to China. In 2011, Underwood surreptitiously photographed a restricted building and its content on the U.S. Consulate Compound, created a schematic that listed all security upgrades, and drew a diagram of surveillance camera locations. He then attempted to drop a letter off at the Chinese MSS building in Guangzhou offering "information and skills that would be beneficial to your offices goals.”
For those who were not able to attend CI Centre President David Major’s GTEC presentation this week, it is now available for download in our self-guided lecture series. The presentation is available in both pdf and ppt format.

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AFIO Members and Guests are invited to a free lecture
at the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum

CIA's Underwater Space Mission Revealed

Recovering a Secret Spy Satellite Capsule
from 16,400 feet below the Pacific Ocean

Friday, 26 April 2013, 7:00 pm

Airbus IMAX Theater
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Request Free Tickets

A Panel Discussion will be moderated by CIA historian David Waltrop

CAPT. Don Walsh, USN (ret.), Commander, Marianas Trench Expedition
CDR. Richard Taylor, USN (ret.), Former Trieste II (DSV-I) Pilot
LDCR. Beauford Myers, USN (ret.), Former Executive Officer, White Sands (ADR-20)
Mr. Lee Mathers, Former U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer

In the predawn hours of April 26, 1972, the U.S. Navy's most advanced deep sea submersible surfaced about 350 miles north of the Hawaiian Islands after salvaging a mysterious item from a depth of 16,400 feet below the Pacific Ocean. Publicly known as a "data package" from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the object was actually part of a film return capsule on the first mission of a new American spy satellite, codenamed HEXAGON. The United States launched the satellite in June 1971 to photograph denied intelligence targets, but the following month the parachute on one of its four capsules containing the valuable photographs malfunctioned on reentry, causing it to crash into the ocean and sink on impact. The U.S. Navy and CIA devised a bold plan to use the manned Trieste II (DSV-1) to salvage the capsule from the ocean floor, in what would become the deepest underwater operation conducted to date.

Learn about this now-declassified mission as operation participants and experts on deep sea research discuss the events that transpired.

Presentation is free, but tickets are required. Request Free Tickets

Driving directions to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Udvar-Hazy Center Floorplan



Congress Bars Removal of Intelligence Spending from DoD Budget. Congress has again blocked the transfer of the National Intelligence Program outside the Department of Defense budget, rejecting a move that had been urged by the 9/11 Commission. The transfer was specifically prohibited in the 2013 continuing appropriations conference bill passed by the House yesterday.

"None of the funds appropriated in this or any other Act may be used to plan, prepare for, or otherwise take any action to undertake or implement the separation of the National Intelligence Program budget from the Department of Defense budget," the conference bill stated in section 8108.

As things stand, the National Intelligence Program is largely subordinate, if not altogether subservient, to the Department of Defense and to the vagaries and pressures of the defense appropriations process.

The 9/11 Commission said that a stand-alone intelligence budget was a prerequisite to effective intelligence leadership, and that it was an essential step towards needed reform of congressional oversight of intelligence. [Read more: Aftergood/FAS/7March2013]

Wolf Says NASA Prompted Hiring of Person Linked to Chinese Espionage; May be Dozens More in Agency. Officials at NASA's Langley Research Center permitted a contractor to hire a Chinese national affiliated with an organization designated by U.S. national security agencies as an "entity of concern," and then allowed the individual access to classified information, according to Rep. Frank Wolf.

The as-yet unidentified individual was permitted to take that information back home to China, according to Wolf, the Virginia Republican who is chairman of a House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees NASA.

Wolf said during a Capitol Hill news conference today that "at least several dozen other Chinese nationals," are employed at Langley, and he charged that they are employed in a manner to "circumvent" congressional bans on Chinese involvement at NASA facilities.

Wolf said he has talked with FBI Director Robert Mueller and the Neil H. MacBride, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia about the alleged national security violations at Langley, which is located in Hampton, Virginia. [Read more: Pollock/TheExaminer/7March2013]

Americans are Training Syria Rebels in Jordan: Spiegel. Americans are training Syrian anti-government fighters in Jordan, the German weekly Der Spiegel said on Sunday, quoting what it said were participants and organizers.

Spiegel said it was not clear whether the Americans worked for private firms or were from the army but said some wore uniforms. The training focused on use of anti-tank weaponry.

Some 200 men have already received such training over the past three months and there are plans in the future to provide training for a total 1,200 members of the "Free Syrian Army" in two camps in the south and the east of the country.

Britain's Guardian newspaper also reported that U.S. trainers were assisting Syrian rebels in Jordan. British and French instructors were also participating in the U.S.-led effort, the Guardian said on Saturday, citing Jordanian security sources.

Jordanian intelligence services are involved in the program, which aims to build around a dozen units totaling some 10,000 fighters to the exclusion of radical Islamists, Spiegel reported. [Read more: Reuters/10March2013]

Intelligence Sharing Improves with Allies, Lags with Congress. The Commander of U.S. Central Command said last week that he is "encouraged" by the willingness of U.S. intelligence agencies to share information with military allies, which is becoming "a standard practice rather than the exception." At the same time, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee complained that her committee has not been receiving the intelligence information that it requires to perform its oversight function.

"As I travel throughout the AOR [area of responsibility] and see the promise of new initiatives and the risk posed by numerous challenges, I receive requests from military leaders across the region to increase intelligence sharing between our militaries," said Gen. James N. Mattis, CENTCOM Commander, in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 5.

"In order to demonstrate our commitment, I requested the Intelligence Community to begin drafting releasable products for our most trusted partners in the Levant, on the Arabian Peninsula, in the Central Asian States, and in South Asia as a standard practice rather than the exception," Gen. Mattis said.

"I am encouraged by the personal attention the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is giving these matters. Director Clapper's strong emphasis and encouragement for the intelligence community to produce intelligence in a manner that eases our ability to responsibly share information with our military counterparts creates a stronger, more focused front against our common enemies and builds our partner nations' confidence. We are grateful for the nimble manner in which our intelligence community has strengthened our efforts to checkmate more of our enemy's designs," Gen. Mattis testified. [Read more: Aftergood/FAS/10March2013]

Susan Rice as National Security Adviser? U.N. Ambassador Said to be Front-Runner. Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who lost out in a bruising bid for the job of secretary of state, may have the last laugh.

Rice has emerged as far and away the front-runner to succeed Thomas E. Donilon as President Obama's national security adviser later this year, according to an administration official familiar with the president's thinking. The job would place her at the nexus of foreign-policy decision making and allow her to rival the influence of Secretary of State John F. Kerry in shaping the president's foreign policy.

The appointment would mark a dramatic twist of fortune for Rice, whose prospects to become the country's top diplomat fizzled last year after a round of television appearances in which she provided what turned out to be a flawed account of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

That episode ignited a firestorm of criticism from Senate Republicans, who questioned her honesty and vowed to oppose her nomination and exposed misgivings from more liberal detractors who questioned whether her temperament, her family's investments and her relations with African strongmen made her unfit to lead the State Department.

In plotting her political rehabilitation, Rice has kept whatever disappointment she may have felt in check, employing humor to blunt the indignity of the experience.

At the same time, her staff has sought to erect a more protective shield around her, moving to restrict access by mid-level foreign delegates suspected of leaking details about her more controversial positions and sometimes undiplomatic remarks in confidential deliberations at the United Nations. [Read more: Lynch/WashingtonPost/9March2013]

Three CIA Contractors to Pay $3 Million to Settle Corruption Allegations. Three companies that contracted with the CIA agreed on Thursday to pay $3 million to settle allegations they violated anti-corruption laws, the U.S. Justice Department said.

The Justice Department had alleged that American Systems Corp, Anixter International Inc (AXE.N) and Corning Cable Systems had, among other things, paid for meals and entertainment and provided tickets to sporting events to both CIA staff and consultants.

The three companies, which had teamed up for the project, hoped to shape specifications that would help them win the unspecified 2009 contract "to provide supplies and services," the Justice Department said.

The investigation was sparked by a whistleblower, former Anixter sales representative William Jones. The three companies were accused of violating both the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Act while securing the contract. [Read more: Hurley/Reuters/7March2013]

What Did Terror Suspect Tell Authorities on Plane Trip to U.S.? Al Qaeda propagandist Sulaiman Abu Ghaith had a long plane ride last week to New York and an American jail cell located blocks from ground zero of the September 11 attacks.

He filled that time, in part, by talking to U.S. investigators. It was an odd end to a journey that began just weeks earlier in Iran.

Abu Ghaith, for reasons still unclear, left Iran and entered Turkey using a forged Saudi passport, Turkish media reported. The CIA tracked him to a Turkish hotel room.

He was detained by Turkish officials in early February, but they refused for a month to turn him over to the U.S.

Instead, Turkey expelled Abu Ghaith and put him on a plane to Kuwait, where he was born, sources said. U.S. law enforcement took him into custody during a stopover in Jordan. Members of HIG - the High Value Interrogation Group, which includes the CIA - were also involved in the operation.

Abu Ghaith apparently wasn't quiet during his overseas flight with U.S. authorities. The conversations, confirmed by a U.S. official with knowledge of them, are expected to be part of the government's case to prove Abu Ghaith helped conspire to kill Americans and recruited members for al Qaeda.

The Justice Department and FBI declined to comment on whether or when Abu Ghaith was read his Miranda rights after his arrest. However, intelligence experts say that is required if prosecutors intend to use his lengthy statement during trial. [Read more: Candiotti&Levitt/CNN/10March2013]

Intelligence Official Cites Threat of Cyberattacks on U.S. The nation's top intelligence official warned Congress on Tuesday that a cyberattack could cripple America's infrastructure and economy and suggested that such attacks pose the most dangerous immediate threat to the United States, more pressing than an attack by global terrorist networks. 

James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, said in prepared testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee that American spy agencies saw only a "remote chance" in the next two years of a major cyberattack - what he defined as an operation that "would result in long-term, wide-scale disruption of services, such as a regional power outage."

Still, it was the first time that Mr. Clapper has listed cyberattacks first in his annual presentation to Congress about the various threats facing the United States, and the rare occasion since 2001 that intelligence officials have not listed international terrorism first in the catalog of dangers facing the United States. In 2009, the director of national intelligence, Dennis C. Blair, called the global financial crisis the "primary near-term security concern of the United States."

In Mr. Clapper's prepared testimony, he said, "In some cases, the world is applying digital technologies faster than our ability to understand the security implications and mitigate potential risks." [Read more: Mazetti&Shane/NYTimes/12March2013]

Syria Intelligence Agency May be Linked to Bombing at Turkey Border. Four Syrians and a Turkish man have been arrested for a deadly bombing at a border crossing last month.

Fourteen people were killed and dozens wounded when a minibus exploded in the southern Turkish province of Hatay.

The five suspects have appeared in court.

Two are accused of carrying out the bombing and one of organising the attack.

"Yes, we have confirmed that they have links with Syrian officials and intelligence officials but those will be revealed during the trial period. We know that the aim of the attack was to prevent the humanitarian aid to Syria," said Turkey's Interior Minister Muammer G�ler. [Read more: EuroNews/11March2013]


Top 5 Intelligence Agency Supercomputers. The intelligence community doesn't get enough credit for its contribution to the information age. When government and industry were still only tepidly considering the weird and alien concept of "computers," the IC was charging forward, having immediately recognizing the utility of processing power and its possible applications. Today, the spy world continues pushing the limits of what computers can do. Here are a few famous supercomputers used by the intelligence community. [Read more: Grady/ClearanceJobs/4March2013]

The CIA's Image in Films has Never Been Shinier. They both like to dress up, spin fictions and keep their unsavory behavior out of the headlines: No wonder the CIA and Hollywood are such a natural couple, though they've only recently stepped into the limelight together.

Two of the more prominent films in Oscar contention celebrate the triumphs of the Central Intelligence Agency: Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow's film about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden) and Argo (Ben Affleck's film about the freeing of six hostages sheltered by the Canadian embassy in Iran). Both directors have been effusive in their praise for the bravery and dedication of the Agency. The third sighting is the hit TV show Homeland, starring Claire Danes as a bipolar CIA Officer, fighting al-Qaeda with her brilliant intuitions.

All of these productions have had CIA assistance creating their scripts (in the case of Zero Dark Thirty, controversially so). And the stories have a common thread: They tell tales of flawed, emotionally intuitive human beings, who are sometimes insubordinate to their cautious, by-the-books overseers because they care so much about American lives.

The soft-propaganda program, marching in lockstep with a gunfight against terrorism, has changed our perception of the agency. A new stereotype has emerged: The CIA is neither an idiot nor a sinister killer, and its officers are no longer thin-lipped Machiavellian spooks, pulling the strings of international intrigue. They are struggling and intuitive men and women, making the personal sacrifices to fight the war on the shape-shifting monster called terrorism. [Read more: Lacey/TheGlobeandMail/21February2013]

The Banker Who Shaped the Modern Financial World After WWII was a Soviet Spy Who Wanted America to Become Communist. Harry Dexter White was the architect of the post-war financial system, which paved the way for the West to dominate the 20th century and win the Cold War.

But it has now emerged that the brilliant economist was in fact a staunch anti-capitalist who privately praised the Soviet Union's communism.

Documents unearthed at Princeton University prove that, although White devoted his life to strengthening western capitalism, he secretly despised the system he had created and believed it would eventually be overtaken by the state-controlled economy of the USSR and its allies.

The flawed genius did not live long enough to find out just how wrong he was, as he died in 1948, before both the decades-long boom enjoyed by the U.S. and Europe and the slow decline of the East.

The astonishing revelation of White's communist sympathies finally explains why he agreed to spy on his own country for the Soviets even while representing America at the 1944 Bretton Woods conference which would determine the post-war economic order.

Even though the conference ensured a postwar global financial climate dominated by the American dollar, White is thought to have been feeding information to Moscow for years. [Read more: Nye/DailyMail/5March2013]

Missile, Space Intelligence Center Saves Warfighter Lives. Engineers, scientists and analysts of the Defense Intelligence Agency's Missile and Space Intelligence Center provide high-confidence assessments of foreign missile and space systems and other critical intelligence products that help to keep warfighters from harm.

Spread out over some of the 38,000 acres of the Army's Redstone Arsenal in the Appalachian highlands of northern Alabama are the laboratories, high-performance computing operations, test areas and hardware storage spaces that make up MSIC's vast engineering complex.

"The work itself is pretty detailed and geeky," MSIC Director Pamela McCue explained during an interview with American Forces Press Service. "We're a bunch of engineers and scientists, and by nature we love to figure out how things work."

McCue, an electrical engineer, said the work involves looking at all sources of intelligence and figuring out the characteristics, performance and operations of threat weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, anti-tank guided missiles, ground-based anti-satellite systems and short-range ballistic missiles.

Service members who conduct operations anywhere in the world are likely to encounter a variety of weapons, McCue said.

"Our job is to understand the threat weapons and push intelligence to the military so they will be prepared," she added. "Hopefully, we can do it so our service [members] won't even encounter the threat weapons, but if they do, we want them always to come out on top." [Read more: Pellerin/AFPS/8March2013]

Edith Tudor-Hart: the Soviet Spy with a Conscience. Being a Soviet agent doesn't seem to have come naturally to the photographer Edith Tudor-Hart (n�e Suschitzky). For one thing she used the code name "Edith", which was not subtle. For another, when she moved to London from her native Vienna in 1933 she liked to attend and photograph demonstrations led by the Communist Party of Great Britain.

She was, nevertheless, successful in one important regard: she is thought to have recruited Kim Philby, one of the Cambridge Five.

As a photographer working in the period her success was limited as well, at least in terms of her influence. It wasn't that Tudor-Hart wasn't innovative - she was, breaking the mould of static, studio-based portraits of children by introducing a more naturalistic style which showed them in their own environments, such as her photograph of children being treated for rickets using ultraviolet light. It was more that because Special Branch had her under surveillance (doing so until her death, in 1963), the Ministry of Information blacklisted her work and Fleet Street followed its lead. 

Yet her work has since become significant and she is now the subject of a major exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland. The photographs have been printed from her negative archive, which was donated by her family in 2004. But because she destroyed her negative lists when Philby was first arrested, not all the figures in the photographs are identifiable. "She seems to have had a nervous breakdown when Philby was arrested," Duncan Forbes, the exhibition's curator, says. "But it wasn't until Anthony Blunt's confession in 1964 that she was really dropped in it." [Read more: Farndale/TheTelegraph/6March2013]

I'm Not an MI6 Spy Says Archbishop of Canterbury. This morning, as the intriguing story of the Archbishop of Canterbury's career in some of the world's most dangerous countries emerged, Lambeth Palace laughed off suggestions he may have been working for the Secret Intelligence Service.

It is widely known that Justin Welby regularly embarked on Anglican peace missions in the Niger Delta but today further details of his unconventional path emerged.

It is understood that on four occasions during the past seven years the Archbishop briefed US officials about his time in Nigeria.

His trips to the country were difficult and dangerous. On one occasion Dr Welby, an old Etonian, was arrested at gunpoint and only released when the Nigerian government intervened. He was regularly blindfolded by al-Qaeda militants as he was led into the dangerous creeks of the delta.

Three times he called his wife and told her 'I love you' because he believed he was about to be killed. [Read more: Philipson/TheTelegraph/6March2013]

Gordievsky: Russia Has as Many Spies in Britain Now as the USSR Ever Did. Three decades ago, Oleg Gordievsky was dramatically smuggled out of the Soviet Union in the boot of a diplomatic car. A strident figure of a man, he passed to the British vital details of Moscow's espionage operation in London.

These days, Gordievsky is a shadow of his former self. He walks with a stick and is stooped, following an episode five years ago in which he says he was poisoned. But though diminished, Gordievsky remains combative and critical of his homeland.

Intriguingly, as Britain and Russia embark on something of a mini-thaw this week with top-level bilateral talks in London, Gordievsky warned that Moscow was operating just as many spies in the UK as it did during the cold war.

Gordievsky, 74, claims a large number of Vladimir Putin's agents are based at the Russian embassy in Kensington Palace Gardens. As well as career officers, the embassy runs a network of "informers", who are not officially employed, Gordievsky said, but regularly pass on useful information. They include a famous oligarch.

"There are 37 KGB men in London at the moment. Another 14 work for GRU [Russian military intelligence]," Gordievsky told the Guardian. How did he know? "From my contacts," he said enigmatically, hinting at sources inside British intelligence. [Read more: Harding/TheGuardian/11March2013]

Arlington Burial for Saranac Lake WWII Spy is March 29. Rene Joyeuse shot his way out of a Nazi ambush and provided vital information to the Allies ahead of the D-Day invasion, exploits that earned him one of the U.S. military's highest medals, with Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower himself pinning the Distinguished Service Cross on the Switzerland-born spy at the end of World War II.

After trading espionage for medicine after the war, he immigrated to America and helped pioneer emergency trauma care at hospitals across his adopted country. All he asked in return, according to his family, was to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Initially rejected because he didn't meet the cemetery's eligibility criteria, Joyeuse will be buried at Arlington on March 29, one of his two sons said Monday.

"It's the one thing that he wanted," Remi Joyeuse, of Knoxville, Tenn., said. "As a kid I remember him saying, 'I'll be buried in Arlington when I die."

If any veteran deserves to be buried alongside America's heroes, it's Joyeuse, according to author and military historian Patrick O'Donnell, who wrote about the spy's wartime exploits in a 2004 book, Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs.

"He was one of the most extraordinary spies of World War II," O'Donnell said. [Read more: AP/12March2013]


Gray Matter: How to Fight Chinese Cyber Attacks Without Starting a Cold War. The Chinese People's Liberation Army has been systematically stealing technology worth billions of dollars from countless American companies in many industries. Is this news? 

Not to American intelligence agencies. Not even to anyone else who's been paying attention. But publicly available evidence is new and fascinatingly detailed, as the recent report from the private forensics firm Mandiant showed. The hidden story here is that the private sector can perform first-class intelligence collection and analysis that a few years ago could have been done only by a nation-state. Meanwhile, our own government is keeping mum -- tangled in World War II-era rules about classified information and fearful of disrupting relations with a nation that owns huge amounts of our national debt.

If we're waiting until China decides to "play fair," we're in for a long wait. China won't play fair with us any more than Western powers played fair with China when we carved it up into concessions in the 19th century and imposed Western law on Chinese territory. This is realpolitik. China's intelligence services will continue to steal Western technology unless the price of that behavior becomes too high.

We're in a strategic trap that's partly economic and partly in our heads. [Read more: Brenner/ForeignPolicy/8March2013]

Benghazi v. Dick Holm: The CIA, Loyalty, and Leave No Man Behind. Once upon a time, the CIA left no man behind. The Agency took care of its own, even in the face of disapproval from the public or from other government organizations. Right or wrong, the Agency did everything it could to protect its employees.

And the leaders in the United States Government backed those decisions, anxious to protect Americans overseas.

That was the CIA that saved Dick Holm; that went into the Congo not once but twice to rescue him.

Where was that CIA on September 11, 2012? [Read more: Ruth/WashingtonTimes/3March2013]

The U.S. is Not Ready for a Cyberwar. A recent report by a task force of the Defense Science Board on cyber-conflict makes clear that all is not well in preparing for this new domain of warfare.

The U.S. military often uses "red" teams to challenge established "blue" teams in exercises. According to the report, small red teams, with only a short amount of time and using tools downloaded from the Internet, have been able to "significantly" disrupt blue team military operations. The task force said, "If this level of damage can be done by a few smart people, in a few days, using tools available to everyone, imagine what a determined, sophisticated adversary with large amounts of people, time, and money could do." In another part of the report, the task force hints that U.S. nuclear weapons, hardened to survive an atomic blast in the Cold War, may not be ready to survive a cyber-onslaught. While the task force didn't say what the vulnerability might be, they called for "immediate action" to make sure the nuclear weapons would survive. 

What would cyberwar be like? [Read more: WashingtonPost/11March2013]

Section IV - Jobs, Obituaries, Research Requests, Books and Coming Events


Walsingham Group is seeking Intelligence Analyst candidates for immediate open positions in Afghanistan.
Position Description:
The Intelligence Analyst functions as a part of an intelligence analytical team of military and/or DoD civilian analysts in support of CJ2 analytical requirements. The Intelligence Analyst is responsible for analysis, reporting, data base input and dissemination of Afghanistan measures of stability which include security, governance and development, Human Terrain Analysis, preparation of provincial and district assessments and Campaign and Mission Analysis briefings and annexes, High Value Individual Targeting products, Extremist and Regional Threat Network Nodal Analysis, Preparation of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Assessment Metrics which include daily IMINT, SIGINT and HUMINT products to gauge the effectiveness of collection operations, 24/7 Indications & Warning withstanding and all-source exploitation of documents and media from detainees. This position is mid level analyst.
The Intelligence Analyst is responsible for researching, developing, presenting and publishing all-source intelligence products at the tactical, operational and strategic level related to Military actions, insurgent activities, economic and political activities, and threats to regional stability as part of an overall analytical team. This position provides input to multiple Government requirements and objectives, assist with the analysis and production of various intelligence products, and supply analytical support for senior Military leaders. The Intelligence Analyst shall attend meetings and conduct comprehensive research on complex topics independently or as a part of a larger analytical effort focusing on current events and long-term trends that could impact the Government’s mission. This position is responsible for intelligence analysis related to counter-terrorism, HUMINT, SIGINT, counterintelligence, Afghanistan and South West Asia regional issues, political/military analysis and support to targeting.
Position Requirements:
This position requires a minimum of 4 years analytical experience within DoD or equivalent Government agencies required, with operational level experience preferred. Experience in either CT, Afghanistan, South West Asia regional issues and HUMINT or political/military analysis desired.
·         Shall be proficient in utilizing basic computer applications and intelligence related automation to support analytical efforts and product development.
 Possess strong research and writing skills and be capable of effectively operating as a member of a strategic level analytical team in the accomplishment of intelligence products and assessments. This position requires former MOS 1N, 35F, 350F, 18F, 35D, 34A or equivalent.
·         This position requires Top Secret/SCI clearance (must be current).
Walsingham offers a competitive benefits package to include: paid holidays, paid time off, medical, dental, vision, flexible spending account, long and short term disability and company paid life insurance, and a Safe Harbor 401(k) with profit sharing.
Walsingham is an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing to include background checks.

Please apply on our website securely at or submit your resume to


Wayne S. Miller. Wayne S. Miller, 91, a retired Central Intelligence Agency officer, died of respiratory failure Feb. 15 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was a Chevy Chase resident.

His son, Ross Miller, confirmed his death.

Mr. Miller joined the CIA in 1952 and retired from the agency's Senior Intelligence Service in 1980. His work included service as an economics analyst specializing in the Soviet Union. He was also a liaison to the British intelligence service while based in London and was chief of staff for plans and programs. In 1980, he received the CIA's Career Intelligence Medal.

Wayne Sumner Miller was born in Des Moines. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II. He helped build and operate a mobile laboratory used to detect and analyze Nazi radio and radar signals during the war.

In 1949, he graduated from California State University at Sacramento. He received a master's degree in economics from Iowa State University in 1950.

On retiring from the CIA, Mr. Miller taught economics at Montgomery College in Rockville.

His wife of 63 years, the former Virginia Lee Roberts, died in 2009.

Survivors include three children, Roberta M. Pala of Centreville, Grant W. Miller of Silver Spring and Ross W. Miller of Washington; a brother; and two grandchildren. [Read more: Barnes/WashingtonPost/10March2013]

Nathan Safferstein. Nathan Safferstein was barely 21 when circumstances suddenly propelled him from his job as a supermarket manager into the stealth world of a counterintelligence agent on the project that produced the atomic bomb.

A customer at the Connecticut market had told her brother - an Army intelligence commander - about a bright young prospect. Soon, paperwork was filled out, recommendations made.

Wartime security being paramount, Safferstein eavesdropped on phone calls of scientists and engineers in Los Alamos, N.M., to make sure no Manhattan Project secrets were leaked, and delivered bomb-making uranium and top-secret messages. He also scrawled his signature on the first A-bomb, called "Little Boy," dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945. A second bomb leveled Nagasaki on Aug. 9, and Japan surrendered six days later.

Safferstein died Tuesday night at his home in the Bronx after a long illness, his family said. 

"We had that feeling right from day one that this was the instrument that was going to end this war," Safferstein said in a 2005 interview conducted by one of his sons, Michael, along with an oral history project moderator. "In my heart, I know that it saved us from the invasion of Japan and millions of casualties that would have come about."

The Washington-based National World War II Memorial online registry includes a photo of Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves, who ran the top-secret Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Los Alamos, presenting Safferstein with a Bronze Star medal after the war.

Safferstein, a native of Bridgeport, Conn., had been working as a supermarket manager in nearby Fairfield when his life took the extraordinary turn. One day, he was ordered to join about 100 other men in New York City's Grand Central Terminal.

"It seemed like a thing out of a Bond movie," he recalled years later. "We were all dressed in our Adam hats and cover cloth coats. ... Ten or 12 agents would drop off: Syracuse, Buffalo, Chicago. The train kept going west."

Safferstein's group disembarked in New Mexico. Two cars took them to a wooded area where they met Maj. Peer DeSilva, the laboratory's commander.

"He explained to us for the first time this ultra top secret mission, that they were working on a bomb that would be able to dig a hole into the ground some 80 to a hundred feet deep and perhaps 5, 10 miles long. And that from this point on, you are in the Manhattan Project," Safferstein recalled.

Most of Safferstein's activities remained a mystery to his family and friends, including his future bride, Bernice Klein.

Duty later called Safferstein to the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific, where U.S. forces had built airfields to launch long-range raids on Japan itself, and in mid-1945 the two bombs from Los Alamos had been secretly delivered by Navy ship.

About 12 hours before "Little Boy" was placed aboard the aircraft Enola Gay, a scientist appeared at a Quonset hut on the island of Tinian to make final adjustments.

He "explained the whole function of this bomb," Safferstein recalled. "And then he left and here I am alone with 'Little Boy.' And so I walked over to it, saw that there were some initials on it ... and added my signature to the bomb."

Though "extremely proud" to be part of history, Safferstein was not impervious to the ravages of war.

After the bombs were dropped, Safferstein accompanied a team that included U.S. doctors who surveyed the damage in Japan. Deeply moved by its "beautiful people," he recalled thinking: "Let's ... never have to use it again."

He said that after the war, Groves urged him to remain in counterintelligence, but he decided on civilian life. He returned to supermarkets, became president of Storecast Corp., a merchandising and marketing company, then started Long Island-based Supercast and its spinoff, In-Store Distributing. [AP/8March2013]

Research Requests/Call for Papers 
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Intelligence in World War Two

Dear Colleagues:

I solicit your views and recommendations for an article on the role of intelligence during World War Two.

This article will be part of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers' effort to develop a Guide to the Study of Intelligence. The articles already published or accepted are accessible at . The goal of the Guide is to develop a reader for instructors to enable them to teach about intelligence. The target audience includes secondary school teachers of American History, Civics, or current events and undergraduate professors of History, Political Science, International Relations, and related topics, especially those with no or limited professional experience in the field. Each of the Guide's articles addresses an important topic about intelligence and provides a literature review of significant works useful for educators.

The literature on intelligence during World War Two in both the European and Pacific theaters is robust and growing. Consequently, I am soliciting you, whether you are a professor, practitioner, or arm-chair historian, to recommend the three or four most significant books on the role of intelligence in that war. 

Please Reply to . Also please feel free to forward this request to anyone whom you believe might be helpful.

Peter Oleson
Chairman, Academic Exchange Program, AFIO


Spy Game.

To whom it may concern,

May I introduce myself, my name is Dave Johnson.. I am interested in help with my research pertaining to espionage. I am producing a spy / espionage themed pen and paper role-playing game, called: OSS: The Spy Game.

I need help with planning covert operations scenarios and help with the job description of case officers.

An evaluation of my rule book would be helpful too.

Dave Johnson USN Ret.


Harbor Knight: From Harbor Hoodlum to Honored CIA Agent. Growing up in Da' Harbor, a rough steel town with more than its share of notorious criminals passing through, a young boy seemed destined to a life of crime or, at best, a hazardous life in the steel mill. In Harbor Knight: From Harbor 'Hoodlum' to Honored CIA Agent, Ralph Garcia reflects on "pivotal moments" when his life in East Chicago, Indiana might have taken a horrible turn for the worse. Harbor Knight follows Garcia through his tumultuous childhood, to fatherhood at age sixteen - and to a bunker in Vietnam, where an unconventional message to the CIA gains him an exciting career in covert defense of the United States.

With much humor (and a few other emotions), the author shares incidents from his life of espionage and speaks frankly of how this career has affected his family life. In retirement, Garcia describes how he has been given a second, unexpected opportunity at fatherhood. Keeping one foot in the spy business, he also assists veterans and youth on a variety of fronts and has become involved in politics. [IUniverse/6March2013]

Coming Educational Events


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.

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

Wednesday, 13 March 2013, 11:30 am � 1:30 pm - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO AZ Chapter hears Shields Fair on "Art and Science of Eavesdropping."

Topic: "The Art and Science of Electronic Eavesdropping: Past � Present and Future" by Shield T. Fair.
For nearly one hundred years, since microphones and amplifiers were invented, electronic eavesdropping has been a major tool of spies, sleuths, investigators, jealous spouses and lovers.
Battles have been won, marriages have ended, bad people have gone to prison and drugs have been intercepted, thanks to electronics.
For nearly 20 years I manufactured a variety of small electronic devices capable of listening in on phone calls, whispered conversations and all manners of telecommunications. Virtually all of this was undetectable. I have also built and used sophisticated detection equipment to locate devices like the kind I and others created.
Speaker Shields T. Fair is an expert on the design/build of electronics eavesdropping equipment. He supplied hundreds of special devices to a variety of government agencies. He had an extensive career in electronics in the U.S. and Mexico.
Event location: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258, Phone 480.948.0260.
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 for AFIO AZ Member; $22.00 for Non-Members
For reservations or questions, please email Simone: or To call, please leave a message on 602.570.6016.

15 March 2013, 12:30 pm - Los Angeles, CA - The Greater Los Angeles, CA AFIO Chapter hosts former CIA Officer, Richard Holm.

Richard Holm, author of The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA, is the keynote speaker at the AFIO L.A. Meeting Location: LMU Campus Play del Rey Hilton Business Building Room 304. Complimentary Refreshments will be served. Email to register and/or for additional information.

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)

Saturday, 16 March 2013, 2:00 pm - Washington, DC - "The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II" at the International Spy Museum

In-store book signing with Denise Kiernan, author of The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II.
This is the incredible story of the young women who left their homes from all across the United States under a shroud of mystery, having only been promised good wages and work that would help to bring about the end of WW II. Their destination, unknown to them, was Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A town which was created from scratch, it did not appear on any map until 1949 and was home to more than 75,000 people all brought together to complete what later was known as the top secret program that produced the atomic bomb.
With a diverse collection of details, Kiernan masterfully paints a vivid intimate portrait of the lives of these extraordinary women and the incredible scientific developments of the 20th century. As the story unfolds, readers start to understand the magnitude and implications of the Manhattan Project and share the strong mix of emotions that these workers have endured.
Free! No registration required. More info at

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 directions.

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

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.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013, 6 pm - Nellis AFB, NV - the AFIO Las Vegas Chapter Meets to discuss "Maritime Piracy" with Col. John Alexander

“Maritime Piracy: The Best Business Model Available” is the topic Col. John B. Alexander, PhD will discuss. Piracy has been a fact of life ever since seafaring began. Hollywood’s portrayal of swashbuckling pirates of the Caribbean is far off the mark. Their actions are not funny, and complex business has evolved, especially near the Horn of Africa with over 100 million dollars a year paid in ransom. With a cost of billions to maritime industries, navies from around the world are now cooperating to stifle the trade. There have been dramatic rescues, such as Maersk Alabama, and a tragic escalation of violence. In February, Dr. Alexander transited the Gulf of Guinea which has a rising piracy problem. Explored will be the history of piracy and what is being done to insure safe passage on the high seas. “It’s complicated” is an understatement.
Dr. John Alexander holds a M.A., Pepperdine University, Ph.D., Walden University, and later attended the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, the Sloan School of Management at MIT, and the Kennedy School of Government general officer program “National and International Security for Senior Executives” at Harvard University.
Come early - 5 pm - to join a group in the "Robin’s Roost" bar area for liaison and beverages.
Location: Nellis Air Force Base Officers' Club. Guest names must be submitted along with their birth date to email below, by 4 pm, Thursday, 21 March 2013
All guests must use the MAIN GATE, located at the intersection of Craig Road and Las Vegas Blvd.
Address: 5871 Fitzgerald Blvd., Nellis AFB, NV 89191 Phone: 702-644-2582.
Email Mary Bentley ( anytime or call 702-295-0417 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

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.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Insider Espionage Update: A Worldwide Review, at the International Spy Museum

Get a worldwide overview of espionage and terrorism today - the trends, threats, and evolution of today's intelligence from the ultimate insider. As a retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent and former Director of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs for the FBI, International Spy Museum Board Member David Major will help you become an informed citizen of the world. As the founder of the CI Centre, which provides counterintelligence and security studies and training to the US government and private sector, Major tracks the most important spy cases from around the globe and has the most up-to-date information on their statuses. He'll reveal how many individuals have been indicted in the US for espionage-related crimes from 1945 to the present. He'll explore how aggressive China is in stealing information and analyze the reality of Russia as an espionage threat to Europe and North America. You'll also find out what terrorism and economic espionage have in common in the 21st century. Come learn, laugh, think, and ponder the very real world of spy games that we live in.
Mr. Major's seminar is based on information his organization, the CI Centre, collects and analyzes and then makes available to members via SPYPEDIA�, the world's largest resource for information on, and analysis of, worldwide espionage, terrorism, and cybersecurity.
Tickets: $15. Purchase tickets at

Wednesday, 17 April 2013, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Cyber Terror on the Silver Screen: Skyfall's Raoul Silva, at the International Spy Museum

His nicotine hair flops queasily over his forehead on the Silver Screen: Skyfall's Raoul Silva on Silva, The Daily Telegraph.
Javier Bardem's Raoul Silva, from the newest Bond movie Skyfall, just might be the best Bond villain ever. Like the other iconic evildoers from the series, Silva has an intense persona and a cutting edge connection to current issues―in this case cyberterrorism. Silva gets whatever he wants with a click of the mouse, but just how real is this harrowing hacker? Join Dave Marcus, Director and Chief Architect of Threat Research and Intelligence for McAfee's Federal Advanced Programs Group, when he'll put Silva's astounding control of systems and cyberspace into a real world context. In his work, Marcus focuses on advanced research and threat intelligence projects such as Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) analysis, financial fraud malware, hardware-assisted security architecture, and SCADA/ICS research. In addition, Mark Stout, International Spy Museum Historian and a curator of the Museum's exhibition Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains will discuss how Silva's actions mirror Julian Assange and today's cyber struggles as well as other intelligence issues.
Tickets: $15. Register at

18 April 2013, 12:30 - 2:30pm - Los Angeles, CA - "Situation Awareness" - topic at AFIO LA Chapter Meeting

Clinton Emerson, President of Escape the Wolf, Risk Mitigation will be discussing "Situation Awareness" at the Los Angeles Area AFIO Chapter. Mr. Emerson is a respected authority and author on preemptive risk mitigation and provides personal travel safety awareness instruction for corporations & various branches of the government, including the National Security Agency. His military service experience in combat and highly sensitive operations worldwide as a Department of Defense employee for nearly 20 years, including multiple deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, has been recognized with numerous awards for bravery and leadership. Please RSVP for attendance and location information:

Friday, 19 April 2013, 5:30-7 PM - Washington, DC - Ronald Reagan: Counterintelligence and the Evil Empire by Dr. Raymond Batvinis, at the Institute of World Politics

The Institute hosts their Third Annual Reagan Intelligence Lecture featuring Raymond J. Batvinis, Former Supervisory Special Agent, FBI, and IWP Professor. Dr. Raymond Batvinis joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation on July 17th, 1972. Entering the FBI just two years before Watergate, he was able to watch firsthand the subsequent "Age of Reform" in that agency - which involved reform chiefly in the intelligence and counterintelligence communities. He proceeded to spend twenty-five years in the FBI, gaining invaluable experience as well as deep knowledge about the organization itself.

After working in Cleveland on organized crime and fugitive work, he moved to the Washington field office, where he was introduced to counterintelligence. He eventually went to the FBI headquarters, and taught FBI agents about counterintelligence, espionage, and international and domestic terrorism investigations.
Dr. Batvinis also spent twelve years in the Baltimore field office as the Supervisory Special Agent of Counterintelligence. He was responsible for counterterrorism and domestic terrorism, as well as counterintelligence. There, he also arranged for training of the staff - and recommended to some of them that they attend IWP! He ultimately attained a senior-level position coordinating the National Foreign Intelligence Program.

Twelve years into his retirement from the FBI, Dr. Batvinis works today as a Consultant/Investigator at RJB Associates. He continues to teach history at FBI field offices around the nation, and he works for the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, which awards scholarships and grants, and engages in other charitable work in memory of the first Director of the FBI.

Dr. Batvinis devotes much of his spare time to historical research and analysis of the FBI. One of the readings for his class at IWP is a book that he wrote himself: The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence.
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Click here to RSVP.
Important note: Attendance at all IWP events requires an RSVP in advance. In addition, prospective attendees must receive an e-mail confirmation from IWP indicating that seating will be available for them at the event. A government-issued ID that matches your name on the confirmed attendee list must be presented at the door for admission to any event. The use of photographic and/or recording equipment is prohibited except by advanced permission from IWP, the event organizer, and the speaker(s). IWP is a private organization; as such, all attendees are guests of the Institute.

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.
Questions to

20 April 2013, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - "The Chinese Intelligence Threat to America" topic of AFIO Maine Chapter Meeting

"The Chinese Intelligence Threat to America: How it Operates and Why It Succeeds" will be the topic at the April 20, 2013 meeting of the AFIO Maine Chapter. The guest speaker, who will be identified at the meeting, is recognized in the Intelligence Community as an expert on Chinese Counterintelligence and operational planning. He has held senior CIA positions in both headquarters and overseas directing operations in a high risk counteringelligence environment.  He will describe the organization of the intelligence services of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) and explain why their methods of collection pose such a serious threat to the U.S.

The speaker's extensive CIA experience includes managing all counterintelligence activities for the Agency's Clandestine Services' East Asia Division.  After retirement, as a senior officer with Athena Innovative Solutions and CACI, he was responsible for developing a Department of Defense (DOD) counterintelligence strategy to combat PRC espionage against DOD facilities, personnel, and programs. The speaker is the recipient of numerous CIA and Intelligence Community awards.  Prior to his Agency service he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with "V" indicating valor in combat. He holds an MA in history from Syracuse University and a BA in history from Centre College, Danville, Kentucky.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 2 Dane Street, Kennebunk.  For information call:  207-967-4298.

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:

Saturday, 4 May 2013, 1130 am � Indian Harbour Beach, FL - "My Life in the CIA" with Richard Holm at Meeting/Luncheon by AFIO Florida Satellite 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. POC: Bobbie Keith,, 321.777.5561

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