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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
CIA Director Faces a Quandary over Clandestine Service Appointment. As John Brennan moved into the CIA director's office this month, another high-level transition was taking place down the hall.
A week earlier, a woman had been placed in charge of the CIA's clandestine service for the first time in the agency's history. She is a veteran officer with broad support inside the agency. But she also helped run the CIA's detention and interrogation program after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and signed off on the 2005 decision to destroy videotapes of prisoners being subjected to treatment critics have called torture.
The woman, who remains undercover and cannot be named, was put in the top position on an acting basis when the previous chief retired last month. The question of whether to give her the job permanently poses an early quandary for Brennan, who is already struggling to distance the agency from the decade-old controversies.
To help navigate the sensitive decision on the clandestine service chief, Brennan has taken the unusual step of assembling a group of three former CIA officials to evaluate the candidates. Brennan announced the move in a previously undisclosed notice sent to CIA employees last week, officials said.
"The director of the clandestine service has never been picked that way," said a former senior U.S. intelligence official. [Read more: Miller&Tate/WashingtonPost/26March2013]
Career Spy Named New Head of Britain's Domestic Espionage Agency. A career intelligence officer who played a lead role in MI5's response to the 2005 attacks on London was on Thursday named the new director-general of the British domestic spy agency.
Mr. Andrew Parker, the current deputy director, was also instrumental in foiling an Al-Qaeda plot to attack United States-bound airliners with liquid bombs in drinks bottles in 2006. The 50-year-old will succeed Mr. Jonathan Evans, who will retire next month after six years leading the intelligence organisation.
Home Secretary Theresa May said Mr. Parker brought "a wealth of experience and knowledge" to the job.
Mr. Parker has spent 30 years with MI5 working in the fields of Middle Eastern terrorism, counter espionage, Northern Ireland terrorism and organised crime, the agency said in a statement. [Read more: AFP/29March2013]
Most of Europe Reluctant to Crack Down on Hezbollah Despite Growing Threat. A House hearing on Hezbollah as a global terrorist threat coupled with Thursday's prison sentence of a Hezbollah member - the first in a European court -- brings into sharp focus the rising danger of the Lebanese terror organization for the security of the U.S. and its allies.
The criminal court in Limassol, Cyprus, sentenced Hossam Taleb Yaacoub - a self-confessed Hezbollah operative - to four years in prison for plotting to kill Israeli tourists on the island. "There is no doubt these are serious crimes which could have potentially endangered Israeli citizens and targets in the republic," the three-member judge panel said.
The Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah - a major proxy of Iran's radical clerical rulers - has an extensive history of carrying out terror attacks on U.S. soldiers. In January 2007, Hezbollah operative Ali Mussa Daqduq played a critical role in the murders of five U.S. soldiers in Iraq. In 1983, a year after its founding, Hezbollah executed a double suicide attack against U.S. and French military barracks in Beirut, killing 241 American servicemen and 58 French paratroopers.
And Hezbollah's mushrooming presence in United States' backyard is cause for concern. Matthew Levitt, director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told FoxNews.com, "With Hezbollah playing a central role in Iran's shadow war with the West, concerns over the group's presence and capabilities in Latin America are well-placed. Hezbollah's reach in the region extends beyond the tri-border area of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay - recent cases highlighted Hezbollah activities in Venezuela and Mexico, too." [Read more: Weinthal/FoxNews/29March2013]
Gadhafi Spy Aide Arrested in Egypt. Egyptian security forces arrested a close aide of ousted Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi on Tuesday following a siege at his Cairo home, a security official and witnesses said.
Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam surrendered to Egyptian security forces after shots were fired, they said. An intelligence official under Gadhafi, Qaddaf al-Dam is among dozens wanted for their role in Libya's 2011 civil war that ended with Gadhafi's capture and killing.
Police surrounded his home in the Cairo neighborhood of Zamalek before dawn Tuesday. Gunshots were heard during the siege, but it was unclear who fired at whom.
The official, who spoke anonymously, said three policemen were wounded.
Tens of pro-Gadhafi Libyans living in Cairo converged on the scene to denounce the arrest, chanting, "God, Moammar, Libya!" [Read more: Makar/AP/20March2013]
Clark Magnet Club Peeks Inside CIA. A group of Clark Magnet students learned firsthand Wednesday which U.S. presidents worked best with the CIA over the years and what it's like to take part in various intelligence roles.
Admiral Bobby Inman, former deputy director of the CIA, spoke with students in the school's Geopolitics Club, which is known for snagging interviews with military/political figures via Skype.
In February, Maj. Gen. Paul D. Eaton, who was in charge of training the Iraqi military between 2003 and 2004, spoke with club members, and last year they interviewed Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster from his post in Afghanistan, where he is commander of the joint anti-corruption task force in Afghanistan.
Inman served as deputy director of the CIA for about 15 months, beginning in early 1981 and resigning in 1982. Based in Texas, Inman is now a senior trustee at Caltech.
"The good news is that all my mistakes are still classified," Inman told the club.
When junior Asbed Papisian asked which presidents had the best working relationships with the CIA, Inman credited George H.W. Bush with knowing the agency's strengths and weaknesses.
He later said that Dwight Eisenhower "may have been the most effective."
But the Reagan years were good, too. [Read more: Corrigan/LATimes/27March2013]
Turkey's 'Secret-Keeper': Spy Chief Hakan
Fidan. The head of Turkish intelligence, Hakan Fidan, is the driving force behind the state's clandestine peace talks with a jailed Kurdish rebel chief that aim to end a bloody three-decade insurgency.
Low-profile Fidan, 45, was appointed to the top spy seat by close ally Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May 2010.
Fidan took part in peace talks with senior figures from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Oslo in 2009, which unraveled in 2011 when secret recordings were leaked to the media revealing the talks.
After the failed negotiations, Erdogan's government delegated Fidan to hold talks with PKK chief Abdullah Ocalan, who is serving a life sentence in the isolated prison island of Imrali.
When state prosecutors last year asked the senior intelligence official to shed light on whose authority the agency held the Oslo talks, Erdogan publicly voiced support for his ally.
"It was me who sent him to Oslo and to Imrali," the premier said.
"He is my secret-keeper, he is the state's secret-keeper," Erdogan said, describing Fidan as a "very well-trained bureaucrat." [Read more: AgenceFrancePress/18March2013]
Bakersfield Man Reveals he was an Undercover CIA Spy. A Bakersfield man is getting national attention saying he was an undercover spy for the CIA. Fernando Jara says he was embedded with Islamic extremists after the September 11th attacks, looking for terrorists. Jara happens to be Kern County Supervisor, Leticia Perez's husband and his story just happened to break as Perez announced she's running for the 16th District Senate seat.
Jara says the timing is purely coincidence. 17 News told Jara's story in the past, as the person who started Rockhill Farms. But, it wasn't until recently did he want to talk about his life in the CIA.
In 2010, just outside of Bakersfield, 17 News first met Fernando Jara, who started Rockhill Farms. It's part of a Christian church, offering men sober living and a chance to grow themselves and the land.
"When Channel 17 was following my story, I wasn't ready to tell that story yet," said Jara.
That story starts before September 11th. Four years before the attack, Jara had converted to Islam, trying to find his way. He also knew some Arabic. So, after the attacks, wanting to do something for his country, he volunteered himself to the CIA in an e-mail.
"And, I said here's my connections. Here's what I know and then I forgot about it. And, I felt silly that I had sent out that e-mail and a month later, roughly, I got a call," said Jara.
Jara says he trained with the CIA and spent five years embedded in the Middle East, borderline living as a terrorist recruit. [Read more: KGET/20March2013]
Richard Holm: US Government's Behavior After Benghazi 'Inexcusable'. In an exclusive interview with LIGNET [Langley Intelligence Group Network (LIGNET.com) run by the conservative NEWSMAX media empire], legendary former CIA operations officer Richard Holm laments what he calls serious lapses in judgment during the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya and says he's deeply concerned about the state of U.S. intelligence, including the CIA drone program and the growing size of the intelligence bureaucracy, both of which he says are wasting resources.
Richard L. Holm is a former paramilitary adviser, operations officer, senior manager and station chief for the Central Intelligence Agency. He is the recipient of a special achievement award for his service in Southeast Asia, the Donovan Award for his work at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the highest award that the CIA can bestow.
The veteran CIA officer said he was sorely disappointed with what happened before, during, and after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. He says there were serious lapses in judgment at the State Department, and the White House, concerning the incident. Holm said new information suggests the U.S. government was informed by the Libyans about a plot to attack the consulate but, he claims, nothing was done in response to this information. He says it is inexcusable that U.S. officials were not at least disciplined - if not removed from their jobs - for the way they handled the threats and the actual attack on the Benghazi consulate.
Holm says he is confident that the CIA Clandestine Service is capable of dealing with threats now facing the US, but he is concerned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has become a new layer of bureaucracy that is making U.S. intelligence less efficient and is consuming too many resources with its large and ever-expanding staff. [Read more: Lignet/20March2013]
Cyber Vision 2025: AF Missions at Risk in Cyberspace. A recently released year-long study on cyberspace highlighted that missions are at risk from 'malicious insiders, insecure supply chains and increasingly sophisticated adversaries as well as growing systems interdependencies.'
The study, led by Air Force Chief Scientist Dr. Mark T. Maybury, combined an Air Force-wide team of experts from major commands, the Air Force Research Laboratory and Headquarters Air Force. The completed study is a science and technology blueprint for how the Air Force should advance in the near, mid and long term in cyberspace to ensure its secure use.
'It is cyberspace (science and technology) that can provide the assurance, reliance, affordability and empowerment to mitigate and defeat these risks,' Maybury said. 'However, this requires integration across authorities and domains, shaping of doctrine, policy, people and processes and intelligent partnering.'
Underscoring the need of cyberspace for operations, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley said, 'Our military depends on resilient, reliable and effective cyberspace assets to respond to crises, conduct operations, project power abroad and keep forces safe.'
The document, 'Cyber Vision 2025', discusses various methods and recommendations of how to protect our freedom in cyberspace for continued mission success for years to come. Overall, extracting value from the document will require adoption sustained effort across the science and technology, acquisition and operational communities, Maybury said. [Read more: GlobalSecurity/27March2013]
British Intelligence 'Had Role in Lumumba Killing'. A former British intelligence officer claimed that Britain played a role in the assassination of Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba, one of her friends has told the British media.
Before she died three years ago, Daphne Park - who was sent as an MI6 officer to the Belgian Congo in 1959 - told a fellow member of the House of Lords that she had helped coordinate Britain's role in Lumumba's elimination two years later.
The claim will spark surprise because the former colonial power Belgium concluded in 2001 that it had a "moral responsibility" in the assassination of Lumumba, Congo's first democratically-elected prime minister.
David Lea said in a letter to the London Review of Books that he had a conversation with Park in 2009 - a year before she died - in which they discussed the likelihood of Britain's MI6 foreign intelligence agency being involved in Lumumba's death.
"It so happens that I was having a cup of tea with Daphne Park a few months before she died," Lea said.
"I mentioned the uproar surrounding Lumumba's abduction and murder, and recalled the theory that MI6 might have had something to do with it. 'We did,' she replied. 'I organised it'." [Read more: AFP/2April2013]
MPs, Analysts Call for Intelligence Agency Transparency. The recent resignation of Kosovo's Intelligence Agency deputy head Latif Merovci, followed by speculation in local media about the agency's professional activity, became the subject of discussions among experts.
Kosovo daily Zeri reported on Friday (March 22nd) that Merovci resigned because of irregularities within the agency, "mainly those related to the recruitment of staff in an illegal way and other irregularities related to issues of public procurement."
The newspaper also outlined a letter sent by Merovci to Florin Krasniqi, the head of the parliamentary commission which supervises the intelligence agency's activity.
Speaking to SETimes, Krasniqi said he has no details about the agency's activity and reasons for Merovci's resignation. However, he said political influence on agency's work and allegations concerning the agency's connections to the intelligence service of the former Kosovo Liberation Army are worrisome.
That agency never was officially recognised as an intelligence service and was officially disbanded in 2008. The Kosovo Intelligence Agency was formed in 2008 after Kosovo proclaimed independence. [Read more: Karadaku/SETimes/27March2013]
Maizitis Appointed New Head of Latvian Intelligence Service. Janis Maizitis, the former Chief Prosecutor of Latvia, has been appointed as the new head of the Latvian intelligence and counter-intelligence service Satversmes Aizsardzibas Birojs (SAB; Constitution Protection Bureau), writes news2biz LATVIA.
His appointment is being seen as a sign that Latvian politicians now want to see important jobs go to professionals and not necessarily to their party members.
The previous head of SAB Janis Kazocins had led the bureau since 2003. This May, he is facing the end of his second five-year term in the office and he has decided not to run for it again. [Read more: BBN/28March2013]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Comic Sheds Light on Secret Army Spy Unit. In a dark corner of American special operations there exists, alongside the Army's Delta Force and the Navy's Osama bin Laden-killing SEAL Team Six, a small unit of Army spies known as the Intelligence Support Activity.
Created more than 30 years ago, the ISA has had its hand in almost every high-profile American special operation around the world in recent history, and countless others, according to published reports and special operations veterans with firsthand knowledge of the group.
And though relatively little is known about the secret unit - the military still refuses to acknowledge its existence - a new, colorful picture of the group has emerged through, of all things, a comic book.
In the panels of the comic "The Activity," writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Mitch Gerads create a cell-shaded version of the ISA's world in which the plot is fictional, but much of the rest rings true, even to those few familiar with the comic's real-life counterpart.
One former member of the special operations community, who requested anonymity to speak about the ISA, told ABC News that while the comic clearly condenses intelligence-gathering timelines and significantly expands the ISA's duties for the sake of dramatic story telling, he was surprised at its overall accuracy.
"There's a lot more gunplay [in the comic] and a lot less of the mundane day-to-day intelligence collection," he said. "[But] the mission profiles, the types of missions are accurate... They [the writers] actually do know the unit to which they're referring." [Read more: Ferran/ABCNews/22March2013]
Even the CIA is Struggling to Deal with the Volume of Real-Time Social Data. Thanks to spy movies and other entertainment fare, we all have our own picture of what the Central Intelligence Agency is like - but the agency's chief technology officer, Ira "Gus" Hunt, told attendees at GigaOM's Structure:Data conference that just like any other company, the intelligence division has to somehow find the signal in an ever-increasing volume of noise. And that problem is getting harder and harder all the time.
For the CIA, Hunt said, there are three lines of "business" that are required: to collect information on America's adversaries, to produce timely analysis, and to conduct covert action based on that analysis. All three of these jobs rely on understanding and interpreting increasing volumes of data, he said - not just from human beings and the vast quantities of social data that come from Facebook or Twitter or YouTube, but also from devices and the growing field of smart machines and sensors.
As all of those forces combine to generate more information, the CIA's analysts not only have to sort through it all somehow, but they need to be able to combine data in ways that they may not even know they require until the moment arrives where they need a specific kind of information, said Hunt. That means the agency needs to develop algorithms and tools that have some intelligence of their own built into them, so that analysts can sort through data in the same way they build an Excel spreadsheet.
That day isn't here yet, the CIA official said, but it is coming. And just as Google and other companies are trying to find smarter and smarter ways of filtering the world's information, so is the CIA, using many of the same tools and technologies - it is just doing so for a different purpose. [Read more: Ingram/Gigaom/20March2013]
Researchers Deploy Drones to Spy on Sperm Whales. Drones are being developed at an increasingly rapid pace and privacy watchdogs are concerned about the way the unmanned aircraft might be used. But for one group of scientists ramping up the use of drones, there will be no complaints from the study subjects: large whales.
Wayne Perryman, a marine biologist for NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center, recently returned from a pioneering spy expedition to the South Pacific, where two drones were tested in the study of sperm whales.
Perryman was among the first scientists to adapt military spy technology to monitor dolphin populations in the 1980s (when thousands of dolphins were dying in tuna nets).
He had also used unmanned aircraft to study penguins and leopard seals on land.
Perryman, additionally, has studied whales extensively from airplanes, gleaning such information as age, weight and whether a whale is injured, entangled in fishing gear or pregnant.
But airplane research is costly, invasive and impractical. Large planes cannot be flown closely to the mammals without altering their behavior.
Much smaller, quieter drones, on the other hand, are inexpensive and can be flown almost directly overhead. (Said Perryman via email: "I tend to call them unmanned aerial systems (UAS) rather than drones because of the knee-jerk negative reaction in some about drones.") [Read more: Thomas/GrindTV/19March2013]
Can You Crack The NSA's Top-Secret Crossword Puzzles? The National Security Agency has just released back issues of Cryptolog, the agency's in-house, formerly top-secret news magazine. In some of those issues, you'll find: cool '70s illustrations and doodles, crossword puzzles, and also [redacted], [redacted], and [redacted].
With issues released between 1974 and 1997, it's an interesting read for anyone curious about national security culture in the Argo era, but there's a lot that's still classified in these unclassified documents. (Executive Order 13526 requires documents like this to be released before they turn 25, but agencies can still withhold some info.) For example: There's an illustration of a birthday cake for an article from the '70s, but everything else about the article (even the headline) is marked out. In 1988, there was a fairy tale written about Crayola crayons that seems like a bizarre inside joke, and the author's name has been removed, along with a lot of other contributors' names. Still out in the open, though, are (most of) these crossword puzzles. They ran for years with some variations of this message accompanying it:
"The quotation on the next page was taken from an article in an NSA publication. The first letters of the WORDS speII out the author's name and the title of the article."
So you're probably not familiar with the authors (unless you're really, really into reading NSA publications from this era), but you should be able to figure out the titles. Let's see: Here are a few crosswords. [Read more: Lecher/PopSci/28March2013]
10 Things You Might Not Know about the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) provides imagery data crucial to US intelligence-gathering. With it, the NGA was able to locate the bin Laden compound, as well as determine how many people lived there, their gender, and even their heights.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency provides geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT, to the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. Its members are able to map the ground, generate 3D renderings of terrain and buildings, determine what those buildings are made of, and use facial recognition software to identify people in the area. While researching our book, Marc Ambinder and I learned a lot about the NGA. Here are 10 things you might not know about the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. [Read more: Grady/ClearanceJobs/22March2013]
Cold War: Stevens in Thick Of It. Bob Stevens is fluent in Russian. It's an interesting language to know in the modern world, but during the Cold War era, the skill was invaluable.
Stevens put that skill to use for 25 years in the U.S. Army. For most of his military career, the 79-year-old was stationed in West Germany, staring across the Berlin Wall at Soviet Russia. Stevens, a Hendersonville resident, joined the Army in 1952 at age 18 and launched a career in Cold War intelligence. He served three years in an intelligence unit.
Stevens left the Army in 1955, but re-enlisted in 1957. He requested to go to the Defense Language Institute. At the time, it was known as The Army Language School. He spent the next 47 weeks learning Russian.
"I did not know one word of Russian," Stevens said.
He was fluent when he graduated from the course, however, and had mastered all the nuances of the language.
As the early 1960s approached, that skill would prove more useful than Stevens ever imagined. After a brief stop in Frankfurt, Germany, the Army wasn't through educating Stevens. They sent him back to the U.S., where he attended Georgetown University. He majored in languages again, but this time focused on Russian and German.
"Suddenly, I was a well armed hot shot," he joked.
He headed back to Germany as a second lieutenant and became a member of a unit called TAREX, also known as Target Exploitation. It's a secret group that Stevens said people don't know much about. The group was part of the National Security Agency, and Stevens was part of a three-man detachment in West Berlin. [Read more: Millwood/TimesNews/1April2013]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Intelligence and Public Perceptions of It. A common current piece of advice to U.S. intelligence agencies, coming from many places including reportedly from official advisory panels, is that those agencies ought to de-emphasize whacking terrorists and redirect some of that effort to traditional functions of collecting and analyzing intelligence, lest the United States be blind-sided by something in China or the Middle East or elsewhere. Just about everyone who comments on what U.S. intelligence agencies ought to be doing seems to be saying something along that line; we don't need to turn to any official panels with privileged access to hear that. The message has an appealing, back-to-basics ring to it, as well as having the appeal of sounding forward-looking. And the message is substantively sound; intelligence agencies ought indeed to focus on the core missions of collecting and analyzing information about the world outside the United States.
Sound though this particular message is, it is another illustration of publicly expressed conventional wisdom about intelligence that exists as a sort of parallel universe, separate from what the intelligence agencies are actually doing - of which, given the classified nature of that activity, the public commentators know little. Without access to the real thing, purveyors of conventional wisdom feed on each other's output until the conventional wisdom gets treated as if it were hard fact. When the conventional wisdom says something about how the intelligence community has been devoting too much attention to one topic and ought to shift attention to something else, this is really much more a reflection of where the public commentary itself has been devoting attention. The same is true of what counts as a "surprise"; this often has less to do with what intelligence agencies were or were not telling their official customers behind closed doors than with what the public had or had not been conditioned to expect, based on public statements and discussion.
Amid pronouncements coming from the parallel universe, several realities about the actual world of intelligence ought to be noted. [Read more: Pillar/NationalInterest/27March2013]
Will Russia Play Tough with its "Foreign Agent" Law?
Last July the Duma, Russia's parliament, passed a law requiring NGOs that receive funding from abroad to register as "foreign agents". Since then the new legal provisions have been conspicuously unenforced. No one registered and nothing happened: the law sat there, a kind of sword of Damocles over civil-society groups that could swing down at any moment.
This moment seems to have arrived. In early March, state prosecutors - along with officers from the tax service and justice ministry - began to make spot inspections of dozens of NGOs across Russia, arriving unannounced to demand everything from staff lists to tax records. The prosecutor's office only says, blandly, that it is checking "adherence to the law." More than 80 organisations in 22 regions have been visited so far, says Pavel Chikov of Agora, a legal-aid NGO, though he suspects the real number is considerably higher, and could eventually climb to more than 2,000. (Agora's turn came on March 27th, when it received a request from prosecutors to hand over documents by next week.)
Life has never been that easy for civic-society groups in Russia, especially for those active on issues the state considers politically sensitive: throughout the Putin era, their work has been complicated by opaque regulations and the targeted use of bureaucratic pressure. Some have been singled out, such as Golos, a vote-monitoring group, which was the subject of a campaign of harassment around the time of Duma elections in December 2011. Yet it is the first time that so many NGOs, working on disparate issues and spread out across the country, have faced a large, single wave of meddlesome inspections all at once.
Why now? [Read more: JY/TheEconomist/28March2013]
Considering Women for Key Leadership Posts Shows Intelligence. If the Chinese were doing the naming, they could call this the Year of the Woman or perhaps the Year of the Doe.
With a bountiful crop of females occupying Congress, a first woman director of the Secret Service and the possibility of another woman permanently heading the CIA's clandestine services, the glass ceiling certainly has major cracks.
It is about time, given that many positions once dominated by men - lawyers, doctors, judges, college presidents, police officers - are regularly occupied by women. Even the phrase "weaker sex" - a put-down aimed at promoting men's physical domination - has been laid to rest by the decision to allow women a combat role in the armed forces.
In colleges and universities, women make up more than 50 percent of the enrollment - and that includes medicine and the law.
All-male havens almost have disappeared, and women have driven the grade-point average necessary for admission to elite colleges and universities to impossible heights.
The Virginia Military Institute, a state-funded college and one of the last bastions of male exclusivity, didn't begin admitting women until 1997, 21 years after the U.S. Military Academy at West Point began accepting female cadets. In my opinion, a main reason why VMI resisted admitting women was not about their ability to handle the often-primitive rigors of "Keydet" life at the historic institution, but because of fears that women might raise the grading curve.
Last week, Julia Pierson was sworn in as director of the U.S. Secret Service, the most important position in security and financial law enforcement. [Read more: Thomasson/ReporterNews/31March2013]
Section IV - Books and Coming Events
Book Review: 'Patton's Oracle': Setting the Record Straight on Gen. Oscar Koch, George Patton's Intelligence Officer. When I finish a book with tears in my eyes, as I just did with a work by Robert Hays, "Patton's Oracle: Gen. Oscar Koch, as I knew Him" (Lucidus Books, a division of Herndon-Sugarman Press, Savoy, IL, available from Amazon, 272 pages, index, photographs, notes, appendix, price, discounted by Amazon.com: $9.98) I know I've experienced great writing.
It all began when I learned that Robert Hays was writing about Gen. George S. Patton's friend and intelligence officer (G-2) during some of the most significant campaigns of World War II. I knew I had to read and review the book. I had given a rave review to a novel by Hays, "Blood on the Roses" (for my July 10, 2011 review: http://www.huntingtonnews.net/5947) and I wanted - as a WW II and history buff - to see the record set right for once and for all by a fellow Illinoisan and a distinguished author and journalist. I knew that Bob Hays would do the job. In addition to discussing his friendship and collaboration with Koch, the book is a personal memoir.
If your knowledge of "Old Blood and Guts" - as George Smith Patton Jr. was widely called during his lifetime (1885-1945) consists solely of the 1970 movie directed by Franklin Schaffner and starring George C. Scott - you don't know the real story. Gen. Oscar Koch (Jan. 10, 1897- May 16, 1970) died before he saw the movie - for which Hays gives much thanks - but Koch's widow saw it and hated the portrait it painted of Patton, not to mention the total omission of Koch from the film. (Koch's G-2 role was given a fictional name, Col. Gaston Bell). Nan Koch wanted John Wayne to play Patton and was appalled at the treatment of her beloved husband by the movie makers.
Col. Oscar Koch's sterling performance as Gen. George S. Patton Jr.'s intelligence chief - or as it's known in military lingo G-2 - was a critical element of Patton's success in World War II and earned Koch the reputation as arguably the most brilliant intelligence officer in U.S. Army history.
Koch's collection and analysis of information in early winter 1944 led him to issue stern warnings of the German buildup preceding the Battle of the Bulge and let Patton be prepared, but higher headquarters - represented by Eisenhower and General Omar N. Bradley (1893-1981) - a technical advisor to producer Frank McCarthy on the 1970 film (and played by Karl Malden in it) refused to listen. Today, intelligence specialists cite that work as a model for combat intelligence training. Unfortunately, writers as well known as Stephen Ambrose and John S.D. Eisenhower omitted or dismissed Oscar Koch's contributions to Patton's success, Hays writes in the latter part of the book. [Read more: Kinchen/HuntingtonNews/1April2013]
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY Spy Museum Events in 2013 with full details are listed on the AFIO Website at www.afio.com. The titles for some of these are in detail below and online.
Wednesday, 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 ensure 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 (email@example.com) anytime or call 702-295-0417 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!
Friday, 5 April 2013, 6 - 8 PM - Washington, DC - "Women's Roles in Terrorist Movements" theme of event at Institute of World Politics
Women's Roles in Terrorist Movements is the presentation to be made by Paula Holmes-Eber, Ph.D. Professor of Operational Culture at Marine Corps University, and Christopher C. Harmon, Ph.D.,
IWP Professor, and Chair of Military Theory, Marine Corps University.
In the Latin, Asian, Middle Eastern, and European regions, revolutionary political movements have been accepting and deploying women in various and important roles: cadre; mid-level organizers; intelligence agents; couriers; combatants of many sorts; and suicide bombers. In unusual cases, women have also held senior leadership posts in undergrounds; a few have run their own terror organizations. What are the reasons for, and effects of, incorporating females into sub-state fighting organizations? What are the "lessons learned" for intelligence analysts, military personnel, and students of the social sciences focused on culture and war?
To attend, RSVP required. Click here to do so.
Event Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Parking map is 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.suncoastafio.org
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, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm - Scottsdale, AZ - The AFIO Arizona Chapter hosts Professor Don Costello on "Computational Intelligence"
Don Costello, Associate Professor Emeritus,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Computing Science and Engineering
Department, Member of AFIO AZ, speaks on "Computational Intelligence:
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."
Don Costello is also a fellow of The British Computer Society and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Association for Computing Machinery. He is a retired Air Force Reserve Major and worked as an Airborne Telecommunications Officer out of Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska and as an Intelligence Officer focusing on Soviet Computer Technology and Missile Technology in Wright Patterson Air Force Base where he worked for the Foreign Technology Division (now a part of NSA). He is the President of Expert Security Systems.
He has monitored the change in technology used in Intelligence for many years. He will discuss those changes and how emerging computational and communications technology coupled to the change in the profile of aggressor nations and groups in light of the vulnerability of our National Computational Infrastructure forces the intelligence community to continuously upgrade the first and second team on the ground in the Intelligence community. He will present his thought on the need for new ORGWARE.
He has worked in Security and Cryptography for many years and will be again teaching Cryptography and Network Security at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln later this year. He also is designing and teaching new courses in Robotics.
Event Location: McCormick Ranch Golf Course at 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260.
RSVP NO LATER than 72 hours ahead of time.
Reservations or questions to Simone: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call, please leave a message on 602.570.6016. No Shows without 48-hr cancellation are charged for the missed lunch. Fee: $20.00 for AFIO AZ Member| $22.00 for Non-Members. Send check to Simone.
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 www.spymuseum.org
16 April 2013, 11:30 am - McLean, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum hears Russell C. Rochte, Jr. on "Media Wars."
Mr. Russell C. Rochte, Jr. will speak on "Media
Wars." This presentation will provide a summary of recent academic
studies pointing out Al Q'aida's Associated Movements in their media
campaigns and U.S. general strengths and weaknesses to these movements. A
strategy and a body of tactics for both short-term and long-term
success in this "war of ideas" will be given using the media of
television. Mr. Rochte retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant
Colonel in 2005, after more than 25 years of active duty, to become a
member of the faculty of the National Intelligence University, where he
teaches courses on information power, propaganda analysis, and
globalization to graduate and undergraduate students from across he U.S.
Intelligence Community. He also lectures several times yearly to
audiences at the National Defense University, the NATO School in
Oberammergau, Germany, the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College
at Quantico, VA, and to a variety of events, both CONUS and abroad. He
is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), is a
graduate of the University of Michigan and Troy University, and is
engaged in continuing postgraduate education at George Mason University
in Fairfax, VA.
For this forum, you may attribute the speaker's remarks.
Registration starts at 11:30 AM, lunch at 12:00 PM
Event location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA
Reservations by April 15, 2013 by email to email@example.com. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among Chicken Cacciatore, Tilapia Puttanesca, Lasagna, Sausage with Peppers, Fettuccini with Portabella for your lunch selection.
Pay at the door with a check for $29.00 per person, payable to DIAA, Inc.
Check is preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged!
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 www.spymuseum.org
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
instruction for corporations & various branches of the
including the National Security Agency. His military service
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
recognized with numerous awards for bravery and leadership. Location:
LAPD Ahmanson Training Center, RM 1F, 5651 W. Manchester Blvd., Los
Angeles, CA 90045
Please RSVP for attendance and location information:AFIO_LA@yahoo.com
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" and Charles A. Morgan, M.D., 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.
Charles A. Morgan, M.D., will be our second April 20th luncheon speaker, speaking on "Actuarial Project on Behalf of FBI: Truth and Deception through Manual and Cognitive tasks." Dr. Morgan's talk promises to be interesting, enlightening & perhaps even eye-opening. You are encouraged not to miss the opportunity to hear this Bureau-engaged researcher.
Location: Courtyard by Marriott in Milford, Mass. Hotel web site is here: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bosml-courtyard-boston-milford
Schedule: Registration & gathering, 1000 – 1130, Membership meeting 1130 – 1200; Luncheon at 1200 followed by keynote speaker; Adjournment at 2:30PM.
Questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 counterintelligence 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
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: email@example.com
25 April 2013, 11:30 am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts SAC David J. Johnson, FBI San Francisco Division on Transformation of the Bureau.
Topic: "The Continuing Transformation of the FBI" with speaker SAC David J. Johnson, FBI SF Division. Meeting starts at noon.
Location: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, SF (between Sloat/Wawona). E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi at firstname.lastname@example.org and mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-members $35
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, email@example.com, 321.777.5561
Wednesday, 8 May 2013, 6 - 9 pm - Scottsdale, AZ - 1st Annual 007 "End of Season" Dinner
In lieu of lunch, this season's LAST regular monthly Arizona Chapter meeting will be held Wednesday, May 8th, from 6pm to 9pm
It will be our First annual 007 event, to include cocktail attire and entertainment: Spy stories by many of our esteemed members; "Shaken not Stirred" Martini & Cash Bar; Sit down dinner (prime rib or salmon filet;
"Bond Girls" in attendance; Silver Aston Martin (without machine guns mounted) in the drive! All at McCormick Ranch Golf Club!
Please make your reservations BY MAY 1st, 2013 (Spouses, friends, and spy enthusiasts welcome since attendance IS limited to approximately 100 people!)
RSVP to Simone Lopes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Friday, 10 May 2013, 10:30 am - 2 pm - Tysons Corner, VA - David Shedd, DD/DIA, and Col. John B. Alexander, PhD.
AFIO National Spring Luncheon features Deputy Director David Shedd, Defense Intelligence Agency. The morning speaker is Col. John B. Alexander, PhD on UFOs and the Intelligence Community. Alexander, Senior Fellow with the Joint Special Operations University; Former Green Beret Commander, Los Alamos Project Director, recently released a book: UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities. Early registration is here.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 - Denver, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter visits the Disaster Management Institute's "Center for Simulation"
The Institute's Center is located at 9235 E 10th Dr, Building 859 Room 911, Denver, CO. This is a joint meeting of the AFIO and Denver INFRAGARD. There are seating limitations of 45 seats so we will accept reservations on a first come first serve basis. There will be no lunch at this facility... it will be lunch on your own outside the Center for Simulation, since they have no cafeteria. The Center for Simulation is the first of its kind in the world for training and preparing first responders in full immersion learning environments. Since its inception in 2005 the center has grown to include a complete home, bar, street scene, hazardous material/refinery, hoarder house, underground space and the Disaster Management Institute (DMI). The DMI is a state of the art emergency operations center with multiple cable and satellite feeds, Web-EOC, smart boards, a star board, video cubes and a touch table. Each space has multiple cameras and global sound. Every training is recorded and a DVD can be created live or the video feeds can be stored on servers for playback options. Currently the Center and DMI have active training relationships with working professionals from local, state, federal and Department of Defense assets in addition to students from several educational institutions. You will receive directions when you RSVP to Warren Gerig at email@example.com.
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