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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Enigmatic North Korea Poses Tough Target for US Spies. Conflicting accounts from US intelligence about the status of North Korea's nuclear weapons program underscore just how difficult it is for American spy agencies to penetrate the inscrutable regime in Pyongyang, officials and experts said.
The world's most powerful intelligence apparatus is often left to guesswork when it comes to tracking a regime that has cut off its population from the outside world.
"I also have to say that North Korea, of course, is now and always has been one of the, if not the, toughest intelligence targets," National Intelligence director James Clapper told lawmakers at a hearing Thursday.
The spy chief acknowledged that North Korea's young, untested leader Kim Jong-Un remained a mystery figure whose motives and mindset were largely unknown.
"There's no telling how he's going to behave," Clapper said.
The United States gleans most of its intelligence from satellites tracking North Korean military movements, as Western spies cannot effectively operate in such a tightly-controlled dictatorship.
"It is virtually impossible to run a human spy in the north and penetrate the Korean state," Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer and fellow at the Brookings Institution, told AFP. [Read more: AFP/14April2013]
Intelligence Panels to be Briefed. Members of the House and Senate Intelligence panels will be briefed by the FBI on Tuesday about the Boston Marathon bombing that left at least two dead and dozens injured.
Rep. C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger (Md.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters that members of the panel had received an initial briefing from James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, about an hour-and-a-half after the afternoon attack.
The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), had also been briefed on the attack and said that "by all accounts, this was an act of terrorism."
"These are two bombs that went off simultaneously, all the hallmarks of an act of terrorism," he said. "Mass casualties, spectacular event, that's what they like to do."
Maine Sens. Susan Collins (R) and Angus King (I) released a statement that also said the bombings had the "hallmarks of a terrorist attack."
"As members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, we will be continually updated of the situation," they said. [Read more: Berman/TheHill/15April2013]
Judge Approves Cuban Spy Visit Home. A federal judge in Miami has granted a convicted Cuban spy's request for a visit home for his father's memorial service.
Judge Joan Lenard approved the request Friday, but imposed several requirements on Rene Gonzalez, who finished his U.S. prison sentence in October 2011 but remains on probation. Gonzalez's 82-year-old father died April 1 after a stroke.
Among the conditions are no contact with Cuban intelligence officials, submission of a detailed travel itinerary and regular communication with Gonzalez's probation officer in the U.S. Gonzalez was allowed to travel to Cuba last year to visit his sick brother and returned to the United States to continue his probation. [Read more: AP/12April2013]
Former JBER Soldier Pleads Guilty to Attempted Espionage. A military policeman arrested on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in October 2011 has pleaded guilty to attempted espionage. The charges stem from William Colton Millay's alleged communications and transmission of U.S. defense information to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent he thought was a foreign intelligence agent.
The 24-year-old Millay pleaded guilty before a military judge in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, on March 19. His charges included attempted espionage, failing to obey regulations and communicating national defense information, according to a U.S. Army press release.
Millay had access to sensitive information during his normal duties both stateside and on a previous deployment.
But back in November 2011, NBC News reported that military officials said Millay did not have access to sensitive intelligence. [Read more: Shedlock/AlaskaDispatch/11April2013]
Obama Budget Cuts Funds for US Spy Agencies. President Barack Obama's proposed budget, unveiled Wednesday, calls for cuts of at least $4.4 billion to America's intelligence agencies, in a sign of growing fiscal pressures.
Obama is requesting $48.2 billion for the CIA and other spy agencies starting October 1, down from a proposed $52.6 billion for fiscal year 2013, according to the national intelligence director's office.
Separately, the Pentagon said it had requested $14 billion for military intelligence programs, down from $21.5 billion spent in fiscal year 2012.
The figure reflected a trend in recent years, with the Pentagon - which funds a number of spy services - scaling back intelligence spending since 2010. [Read more: AFP/11April2013]
US Intelligence Chief: Cyberterror Leading Threat. The top U.S. intelligence official says cyberterrorism is the leading worldwide threat to U.S. security.
James Clapper is director of national intelligence. He's telling Congress Thursday that cyberattacks and cyberspying can damage critical infrastructure like power grids. But in prepared testimony, he says advanced cyber-actors like Russia and China are unlikely to launch such attacks unless they are threatened by conflict.
He gives examples like last year's denial-of-service attacks on websites for U.S. financial institutions, and the attack against 30,000 computers at Saudi oil company Aramco, as typical of what's to come. [Read more: Dozier/AP/12April2013]
Military Should Run Drones, Ex-Agent Says. When it comes to selecting who should die by a drone-fired missile, the President of the United States has no business making the call, says Richard Holm.
"I just find it basically inappropriate that the President of the United States is concerning himself with a hit list," says Holm, sitting Tuesday at a white linen-covered table at the Surf's Edge Club on MacDill Air Force Base. "But who cares what I care?"
After 35 years in the CIA as an operations officer and station chief in a career that nearly killed him and earned him the agency's highest accolades, the answer to his question is plenty of people.
That includes U.S. Special Operations Command, where sometime today, he will talk about his observations on working at the village level, something he did while stationed in Laos.
The decision to kill via drone should instead be made "at the level of a colonel or brigadier general," says Holm, talking to the Tribune after delivering a speech to the local chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, a group of men and women who served their country as members of the intelligence community.
"Not everyone is happy with the dramatic increase in the number of strikes," Holm says. "There is an argument that we are just making enemies." Under President Barack Obama, there have been far more strikes, about 370, in four years than there were under the eight years of President George W. Bush, Holm says.
"It raises questions we ought to address publicly," says Holm, now 77 and living in McLean, Va. "There ought to be a debate."
For Holm, the road to the CIA led through the wine country of Bordeaux. [Read more: Altman/TampaTribune/9April2013]
Intelligence Agency Reveals Alleged Spy in Annual Report. In a fresh annual report today, the Estonian Internal Security Service, formerly known as the Security Police, revealed an alleged spy who is said to have collected information about Estonian officials and public figures for the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service during the middle and late 1990s.
Releasing the report at a press conference today, Director General Raivo Aeg said the man usually went under the alias Manfred Seywald, was born in 1941, and has portrayed himself as an Austrian citizen, although his first language is Russian.
"Manfred has since left Estonia," Aeg said, adding that he could not disclose any more details on the subject. [Read more: ERR/12April2013]
Free Childcare Scam Aimed at Intelligence Staff. Australian intelligence agency employees have been the target of an unsophisticated online phishing scam, which used a website purporting to offer free childcare to government employees to extract sensitive personal data.
"Concinna Day Care Centre" was claiming to be opening its government-funded centre "within a couple of weeks" but some farcical elements soon exposed the scam.
Its website, which went online late last week, had a four-page application form asking for information not normally divulged to a childcare operator, including tax file numbers, Australian Government Service numbers and the sexual orientation of the parents. It also required a payslip and an official business card be provided.
Asking for enough information to steal multiple identities at once, the scheme targeted intelligence employees. The website's metadata - used to optimise search results - used the keywords "defence employees", "asio employees" and "dsd employees".
The Russell area notably includes the offices of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the Australian Defence Force. [Read more: Stuff/16April2013]
WA DOL Issued Most Undercover Licenses to CIA. A Washington Department of Licensing program that supplied fake licenses for undercover officers issued the most fake IDs to the Central Intelligence Agency and Defense Department.
The numbers were discovered by the Kitsap Sun through a public records request.
Last month the department showed the paper and public radio's Northwest News Network a list of agencies issued confidential licenses since 2007. The CIA topped the list with 288, followed by the Defense Department with 198, then followed mostly by police agencies in the state.
When the department released the list Friday by email it lumped together all federal law enforcement agencies without naming them, saying it's classified information. [Read more: AP/16April2013]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
German Trial Spotlights Alleged Spies. Apart from traces of an Eastern European accent, Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag appeared to be a typical couple in this medieval German university town. She was a housewife who played computer games in their backyard. He was an automotive engineer who often traveled for work.
But in a trial unfolding in a Stuttgart courtroom, the two are accused of working for more than two decades as Russian spies, living an unremarkable middle-class life as the Anschlags while passing on secrets of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and European Union to Soviet, and later Russian, intelligence services. Their true identities aren't known to German prosecutors or authorities, according to court officials, who said even the couple's own daughter didn't know their real names or profession.
Witness testimony at the trial, which began in January and is expected to last until June, promises a rare look at Russia's espionage efforts and the lives of the agents it recruited. Such insights were largely thwarted when 10 members of a Russian spy ring were exposed in the U.S. in 2010 and deported soon after.
German authorities proposed a spy swap following the couple's October 2011 arrest, wanting to avoid a trial to prevent their own spy-tracking methods from being revealed, said people familiar with the matter. But German and Russian authorities haven't agreed to a swap.
The defendants - whom prosecutors are trying under their Anschlag aliases - haven't admitted that they were spies, nor has Russia. But the couple has confirmed to prosecutors that they are Russian citizens and that Russian authorities are providing consular assistance to the defendants, who have made no statements in court, said Horst-Dieter Pötschke, Mr. Anschlag's lawyer. He said he doesn't know their real names. [Read more: WallStreetJournal/12April2013]
Wikileaks: At What Point Does a Person Become a Spy? The latest release of WikiLeaks cables raise a question: at what point does a person become a spy? Bob Hawke was by far the US Embassy in Canberra's most highly placed and reliable informant, over the years 1973 to 1976, the most riotous period in Australian political history.
It is not suggested Hawke betrayed Australia; but he routinely dished the dirt to the Americans, especially on the failings of his prime minister, Gough Whitlam. The Americans found Hawke's language on Whitlam too blue to relate even in secret cables.
"Direct quotations in this report will be difficult as Hawke used short words of emphasis not suitable for family newspaper," an embassy cable joked in late 1973, noting Hawke's disgust that Whitlam had "begged" campaign money from Jewish business figures in 1972 but then betrayed them with pro-Arab policies.
By 1974, as Whitlam's unpopular government began to suffer from chronic mismanagement, Hawke complained to the Americans of Whitlam's "stupidity" and advised the PM could not be trusted to run the economy "any place but down".
The Americans did not assess Hawke as a disloyal Australian. The exchanges were mutually beneficial, with cables noting the Americans routinely assisted Hawke, then president of both the ALP and the ACTU, with his travel plans to the US and by facilitating high-level meetings.
Unaccustomed to such brutal Aussie straight talk, they delighted in Hawke, whom they clearly assessed as a future prime minister. [Read more: Toohey/NewsLimitedNetwork/12April2013]
What Do We Know About the Defense Intelligence Agency? It manages America's defense attaché system, operating out of U.S. embassies and consulates around the globe. It counts more than 16,500 military and civilian employees in 139 countries, with hundreds in Afghanistan. An unknown number work undercover. Its size has more than doubled since 2000, partly because of the restructuring of military intelligence, and many more employees are deployed abroad. Today, more than half of DIA's staff is posted outside of Washington, compared to less than a third in 2000. [FederalNewsRadio/15April2013]
Section III - COMMENTARY
The Bandana: Senior Military Officer Misconduct.
Last week, the Pentagon announced that Army Maj. Gen. Ralph O. Baker, the commander of a counterterrorism force in the Horn of Africa, had been relieved from his post in late March on charges of sexual misconduct. According to press reports, Baker sexually assaulted a female civilian employee of his while under the influence of alcohol.
That story made me think about a lot of things, leadership, standards, accountability, but, in particular, it made me think about my father and a red bandana.
My father was a career naval officer. He graduated from the academy in 1944, went directly to Okinawa as part of the invasion, participated in the occupation of Japan, fought in the Korean War and served until 1974, when he retired and went home to Southwestern Pennsylvania. He was ramrod straight, and his uniform always meticulous.
And, he always wore a red bandana in the back pocket of his uniform trousers. Even in dress whites he wore that bandana. I sat in the audience as a kid in the early seventies watching him take command of Destroyer Squadron Six at Charleston, SC, and as he walked to the podium he had that bandana dangling from his back right pocket.
As a kid I never thought about it. Dad was fully formed as a man when I was born in 1958. I did not question how he had come to be. He just was. It never occurred to me that there were any other choices as to how he dressed and acted.
I grew up. I joined ROTC. I was commissioned and went on active duty in the Army. I began to have my own direct experience with other officers, good and bad. My first company commander sent the troops to the field for maneuvers and then went home to his apartment to take a shower and watch a movie until the men had finished getting the bivouac established. I began to wonder about that bandana, and why a Naval Academy grad and straight arrow like my Dad always had it tucked in his pocket for all to see.
I left the Army and joined CIA. [Read more: Faddis/AND/11April2013]
Is the Boston Bombing An Intelligence Failure? For years a simple message has been posted, in one form or another, all over public transport in Boston: "See Something. Say Something... Instincts tell you to do something? Do something. Call this number..." One sees much the same slogan in New York, in Washington, or for that matter in Paris and London. Public vigilance is an important part of preventing terrorist attacks. And if bystanders on Boylston Street in Boston near the marathon finish line on Monday had seen a couple of stray backpacks, or someone dumping large packages into garbage cans, and said "something," maybe - just maybe - three people would be alive today and more than a hundred could have been saved from injury.
But the first, most important line of defense against terrorist attack is not the public, and it's not even the cops. It's not metal detectors or high tech aerial surveillance. And it's certainly not the threat of after-the-fact jail time for the bombers in this the age of suicidal terrorism.
The best and most important defense is detailed, real-time intelligence about the fanatics and lunatics who may intend to carry out such attacks, and the means that they may use to slaughter innocents. Thus, the critical failure to protect the crowd at the marathon was summed up by Boston Police Commissioner Edward P. Davis in a single phrase: "There was no specific intelligence," he said, that would suggest such an attack was imminent.
When the police have information, plots can be disrupted, attacks prevented, and, at a minimum, public vigilance can be heightened. Without it, life goes on as normal, until it doesn't.
Normally, it's up to the Federal government to come up with that sort of intelligence. [Read more: Dickey/DailyBeast/16April2013]
Section IV - Jobs, Books, Letters to the Editors and Coming Events
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Walsingham Group is seeking candidates for an Intelligence Targeting Specialist for immediate positions in Afghanistan. Please submit your resume through the www.walsinghamgroup.com careers portal. You may also e-mail inquiries to email@example.com .
Intelligence Targeting Specialist
Intelligence Targeting Specialist provides Intelligence targeting support to ISAF/USFOR-A, IJC and/or RC CJ2 umbrella organization. The Intelligence Targeting Specialist supports the maintenance of the ISAF Joint Effects List (JEL), the No Strike List (NSL), Restricted Target List (RTL) and Joint Prioritized Effects List (JPEL); and the synchronization of joint/coalition targeting effort and all assets, lethal and non-lethal. Coordination with ISAF/USFOR-A, IJC and RC intelligence staffs pursuant to the deliberate and dynamic targeting processes is required. The contractor is responsible for tactical and operational intelligence targeting subject matter expert to the Targeting Cell.
The contractor is responsible for maintaining intelligence/situational awareness of all operations and disposition of Coalition Forces in support of ISAF/USFOR-A.
Requirements: This position requires 4 years analytical experience within DoD or equivalent Government agencies required, with operational level experience preferred. Experience in targeting operations in support of Counter Terrorism operations or operations in Afghanistan / South West Asia desired. Targeting experience should include the preparation of target packets and exposure to the Find, Finish, Fix, Exploit, Analyze and Disseminate (F3EAD) process / procedures.
- This position requires an Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree preferred or equivalent military experience at the mid-level NCO, warrant officer or company grade level.
- The contractor shall be proficient in utilizing basic computer applications and intelligence related automation in support of analytical efforts and product development. Must possess strong research and writing skills and be capable of effectively operating as a member of an analytical team from a remote location in support of Afghanistan Theater of Operations requirements.
- This Position requires former MOS 1N, 35F, 350F, 18F, 35D, 34A, 180A or service equivalent.
- This position requires a work schedule of 12 hours per day 6 days per week.
- This position requires Top Secret/SCI clearance.
Walsingham Group is accepting applications for the below positions. These positions are contingent on Task Order award. Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or apply through www.walsinghamgroup.com
Intelligence Collection Manager (CM)
The Intelligence Collection Manager serves as a part of an intelligence analytical team of military and/or DoD civilian analysts in support of USFOR-A, SOJTF and SFAB J2 staffs' collection and planning requirements. The CM is responsible for coordinating all Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) collection requirements and ensure all intelligence data is properly disseminated within the supported commands/organizations. The CM will develop, maintain and update collection plans based on the supported Commander's Priority Intelligence Requirements prioritized in support of counter terrorism, C-IED, COIN, and the Commander's specific targets. The CM will monitor a wide range of available organic and non-organic collection systems for new nominated requirements, then validates and distributes them as required. The CM will prepare ISR assessment metrics of IMINT, SIGINT and HUMINT products to gauge the effectiveness of collection operations. The CM will interface with higher, lateral and subordinate commands/organizations' Collection and Requirements Managers including entities within ANSF/GIRoA to answer intelligence related RFIs and de-conflict or collaborate on AOR requirements and reporting. The CM will conduct presentations and briefings when required.
Requirements: *This position requires a minimum of 3 years collection management operational experience within DoD or equivalent Government agencies required. Background in National, DoD and Service collection platform capabilities, collection management planning, synchronization, execution and assessment preferred
*Must possess a college degree (Associate's or Bachelor's) or equivalent mid-level military enlisted or company grade officer experience preferred.
* Must have a thorough understanding of National, DoD and Service collection techniques, capabilities, and applications. Knowledge of communication and dissemination architectures is desired. Previous coalition/Joint assignments are preferred.
*Must be a proficient in utilizing multiple sensors from the intelligence disciplines (SIGINT, HUMINT, GEOINT, CI, MASINT) to collect intelligence. Candidates with tactical ground and air sensor operations and management experience are preferred.
*Must be proficient in utilizing basic computer applications, Microsoft Office products including PowerPoint and intelligence related automation.
*Must have knowledge and familiarity of systems such as Falconview and C2PC and experience with Intelligence Community Collection Management systems (for example, COLISEUM), mission applications, and communications capabilities within INTELINK, JWICS, and SIPRNET.
*Must possess strong briefing skills and be capable of effective communication in the accomplishment of collection management reporting and requirements.
*Prior attendance in the ISR Operations Course, Goodfellow AFB, is desired
*Must possess a current Top Secret/SCI clearance with a current CI-Scope Polygraph.
The CIA's Unlikely Insurgent. It seems oddly fitting that the death of William Colby, a man once in charge of his country's shadowy spying activities, should have itself seemed mysterious. In April 1996, Colby's canoe was found near a sound on Chesapeake Bay, not far from his Maryland home. A few days later his body was discovered. Although the coroner ruled that he had died of either a stroke or a heart attack, his family was unpersuaded. One son suggested suicide. An old friend even thought that Colby had been murdered.
Randall Woods begins "Shadow Warrior" with these events and speculations and ends his book, almost 500 pages later, with a brief reference to Colby's last day, when he was "alone at his weekend house." The effect is to leave open the possibility that Colby's death was not natural. But that is one of the few questions about Colby's life that Mr. Woods leaves unanswered. In this carefully researched biography, Mr. Woods provides a favorable but critical evaluation of a man whose undeniable talents did not prepare him to lead America's most prominent spy agency at its most perilous moment.
Somewhat improbably, Mr. Woods calls Colby a romantic, capable of destroying "his country's enemies, but he was much more interested in converting them." That phrase captures Colby's lifelong faith in unconventional warfare and may also offer a clue to Colby's fateful misreading of the Washington political scene in the mid-1970s. It was then that he attempted to reform the culture of the CIA and ended up tarnishing its image and breaking its spirit. Some former colleagues so loathed Colby that they hinted to journalists that he might be a Soviet mole. He was by far the most polarizing director ever to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
Taking the helm of the CIA in 1973, just as an attack on the agency was gaining steam, Colby startled his colleagues and the White House by confirming a host of secret and sometimes illegal activities. Along the way, he exposed one of his predecessors, Richard Helms, to criminal charges and turned over confidential documents to congressional committees, whose members promptly leaked them to the press. Agency morale and effectiveness plummeted. Colby's defenders praised his honesty, insisting that, without owning up to its sordid episodes, the CIA could not survive in a democratic society. By 1975, Colby had been fired. [Read more: Klehr/WallStreetJournal/12April2013]
Letters to the Editors
I enjoyed Weekly Intelligence Notes (WIN) #13-13, especially the article "Cold War: Stevens in thick of it," about Bob Stevens and his activities in Cold War Berlin. In reference to the tour officers from the Military Liaison Mission (MLM) who went across the border to observe and photograph Soviet activities, Stevens stated that "These are guys that are true heroes, but no one knows about them." Fortunately, at least one fiction writer - someone who was there - has written about them. Last month David Edgerley Gates, a Russian linguist who served in Berlin in the 1960s, released Black Traffic, a novel about a KGB general's plot to create chaos in West Germany, and the MLM personnel who stop him. Thanks again for the great content in the WIN.
Respectfully, Michael Parnell.
Anyone interested can read Mr. Parnell's Amazon review here.
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, 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 and 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 email@example.com
Saturday, 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.
Saturday, 20 April 2013, 10:30am - 5pm - Washington, DC - National Archives Espionage Book Fair
Jeff Stein, investigative reporter and "Spy Talk" columnist for The Washington Post, will host the following sessions:
Michael J. Sulick, 10:30 a.m., Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War
Michael J. Sulick, former director of the CIA's clandestine service, will discuss a history of espionage cases inside the United States from the American Revolution, through the Civil War and two World Wars, to the atomic age of the Manhattan Project. Spying in America is a perfect introduction to the early history of espionage in America and focuses on the motivation that drove these individuals to spy, the secrets they betrayed, their exposure and punishment, and the damage they inflicted upon America's national security.
Randall B. Woods, noon, Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA
Eminent historian Randall B. Woods discusses his book Shadow Warrior, a biography of William Colby, a World War II commando, Cold War spy, and the CIA director under Presidents Nixon and Ford. William Egan Colby played a critical role in some of the most pivotal events of the 20th century. A quintessential member of the greatest generation, Colby embodied the moral and strategic ambiguities of the postwar world, and first confronted many of the dilemmas about power and secrecy that America still grapples with today.
Richard L. Holm, 1:30 p.m., The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA
For more than three decades, Richard L. Holm worked in the CIA's Directorate of Operations, now the National Clandestine Service, the component directly responsible for collecting human intelligence. His assignments took him to seven countries on three continents, and his travels added many more destinations. At almost every turn Holm encountered his share of dangerous characters and situations, including one that nearly ended his life before he turned 30. The Craft We Chose is a chronicle of those episodes.
Sandra Grimes, 3 p.m., Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed
One of the most destructive traitors in American history, CIA officer Aldrich Ames provided information to the Soviet Union that contributed to the deaths of at least 10 Soviet intelligence officers who spied for the United States. Sandra Grimes, one of the two CIA officers directly responsible for tracking down Ames chronicles their involvement in the hunt for a mole. Considering it their personal mission, Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille dedicated themselves to identifying the traitor responsible for the execution or imprisonment of the Soviet agents with whom they worked. Their efforts eventually led them to a long-time acquaintance and coworker in the CIA's Soviet-East European division and Counterintelligence Center, Aldrich Ames.
Note: The Charters Cafe will be open to serve museum visitors and book fair attendees on Saturday, April 20 from 10a.m. to 4p.m.
Event takes place at the National Archives
The fair will be webcast live (then immediately archived) on the National Archives UStream channel.
The book fair is free and open to the public and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Use the Special Events Entrance, located at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 <email@example.com>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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