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Beach and Travel Novels
LTC Shaffer pens new book -
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer made headlines when his memoir, Operation Dark Heart, which faced DoD concerns over all the classified material it included. Almost 10,000 copies of Operation Dark Heart were destroyed after being purchased for $47,000 by the Defense Department, which contended that the uncensored version threatened national security and put U.S. soldiers in danger.
Jason Mathews, former CIA NCS, discusses his tradecraft-filled novel,
Jason Matthews, a former officer in CIA's National Clandestine Service, spent 33 years in multiple overseas locations and engaged in clandestine collection of national security intelligence, specializing in denied area operations. Matthews conducted recruitment operations against Soviet-East European, East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean targets and, as Chief in various CIA Stations, managed covert action projects against the WMD programs of the world's Rogue States and collaborated with foreign liaison partners in CT operations. In this novel, Matthews creates an atmosphere of colorful characters focused on present-day Russia, where Putin's influence is omnipresent. Utilizing from-the-headlines topics (Russia as an unstable superpower led by an autocratic and power-mad Putin), and plenty of tradecraft (thumb-drive surveillance worms, traceable Russian spy-dust, futuristic space-based weapons systems), and thrilling international locales (Moscow, Helsinki, Athens, Rome, and Washington, D.C.) this proves to be an engaging beach or airplane read.
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Comey in Line to Become FBI Director, Officials Say. President Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey, a former senior Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, to replace Robert S. Mueller III as FBI director, according to two people with knowledge of the selection process.
Comey, 52, was at the center of some of the most bruising debates over counterterrorism during the Bush administration and established a reputation as a fierce defender of the law and the integrity of the Justice Department regardless of the political pressures of the moment.
The expected nomination of Comey, a Republican, was seen in some quarters as a bipartisan move by a president besieged by Republicans in Congress. But Chuck Hagel's prior service as a Republican senator from Nebraska did not spare him from a bruising nomination battle for secretary of defense.
Mueller has served 12 years as FBI director, a period of enormous transformation for the bureau in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The director's term is limited by law to 10 years, but Congress unanimously approved Obama's request in 2011 that Mueller be granted another two years.
Comey was famously involved in a 2004 hospital-room confrontation with White House counsel Alberto Gonzales and the president's chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr. [Read more: Horwitz&Finn/WashingtonPost/29May2013]
US National Intelligence Council Boss Gets Personal Email Hacked. In a rather embarrassing slip, the personal email account of Christopher Kojm, chairman of the US National Intelligence Council (NIC), has become the latest victim of the cracker known as Guccifer.
According to screenshots seen by The Smoking Gun, Guccifer grabbed email exchanges with 9/11 Commission members, banking information, personal correspondence, and documents covering the latest Obama administration's transition earlier this year.
Kojm is a foreign policy wonk who heads the NIC and advises the executive on intelligence matters. Classified information doesn't appear to have been compromised, although no doubt there are some embarrassing tidbits to be had.
"Good night America where ever you are," Guccifer said in a "lengthy, rambling note" attached to the images. In it he calls President Obama "The Black Angel" and mocks the attempts of the Secret Service to find out his identity.
This is the latest political scalp for Guccifer, a cracker who has made a habit of subverting the accounts of the rich and powerful for fun. The cracker's debut was getting into the personal email account of the 41st US President, George HW Bush. [Read more: Thomson/TheRegister/29May2013]
National Intelligence University Announces Retired Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen as its 2013 Honorary Degree Recipient. National Intelligence University President Dr. David Ellison announced today that retired Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen will receive an honorary Doctor of Strategic Intelligence degree at the university's July 26 commencement ceremony. This event marks a return to campus for Allen, who earned a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence degree from the school as a Marine captain in 1984. Allen retired from active duty April 30 following a 37-year Marine Corps career, including his most recent tour as commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan from July 2011 to March 2013.
The commencement is the closing event in the university's 50th anniversary year. Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper will deliver the commencement address to approximately 250 graduating students from the intelligence community as they cross the stage to receive one of the university's three degrees: Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence, Master of Science and Technology Intelligence, or Bachelor of Science in Intelligence. [Read more: DIA/3June2013]
IBM Protests $600M Amazon Cloud Contract With CIA. The 10-year, $600 million cloud computing contract between Amazon Web Services and the Central Intelligence Agency first reported by FCW is under protest by one of the contract's initial bidders.
FCW has learned that IBM filed a bid protest on Feb. 26 over the major CIA contract - awarded to AWS in January - and supplemented its protest three times, with the last amended protest filed April 11. Those actions - which are not uncommon on major contracts - are delaying AWS' plans to build the intelligence agency a private cloud infrastructure, the full scope of which is yet unknown.
Ralph White, managing associate general counsel for procurement law at the Government Accountability Office, confirmed the bid protest to FCW, and said GAO will render a decision by June 6 - within 100 days of the filing as required by law. GAO can deny, dismiss or sustain the protest. If GAO sustains it, the CIA will have to do the procurement again. [Read more: Konkel/FCW/31May2013]
CIA 'Whistleblower' John Kiriakou Describes Life in Prison where "leaking" has different meaning. A former CIA operative serving a prison sentence for revealing a covert officer's identity has penned a detailed letter about his new, complex life behind bars.
John Kiriakou pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 months in a low security prison in Loretto, Penn., in January for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, but as he did before he went away, he said in the letter that that's only what the government wants people to believe.
"In truth, this is my punishment for blowing the whistle on the CIA's illegal torture program and for telling the public that torture was official U.S. government policy," he writes. "But that's a different story."
Instead of expanding on the controversy that brought him into the world's spotlight, Kiriakou spends a majority of the six-page letter describing his day-to-day life behind bars, from his own tiny cell to an almost anthropological study of the lunch room and the relatively rare prison fights.
"Violence hasn't been much of a problem since I arrived," the letter says. "There have been maybe a half-dozen fights, almost always over what television show to watch... Otherwise, violence isn't a problem."
Kiriakou said that he was especially safe because "a rumor got started that I was a CIA hitman." [Read more: Ferran/ABCNews/31May2013]
Air Force Transferring Command of Intelligence Agency at
Lackland. Maj. Gen. John M. Shanahan will take over command of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency at Lackland Air Force Base during a change of command ceremony on June 7.
Shanahan previously served as the special assistant to the Air Force deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance at Air Force headquarters in Washington, D.C.
He will replace Maj. Gen. Robert P. Otto. [Read more: Thomas/SanAntonioBusinessJournal/31May2013]
Yves Bertrand: Ex-Intelligence Boss Found Dead. The former boss of a French domestic intelligence agency who once described himself as a "minesweeper of the republic" has been found dead in his Paris home, according to reports.
Yves Bertrand was director of the Renseignements Generaux between 1992 and 2004 - the agency kept a watch on individuals or organisations that it believed could harm the state.
It was sometimes accused of being a "secret police" organ as it was run by the national police.
The 69-year-old was found dead on Monday in his apartment in the 8th district of Paris by the building caretaker who did not know the cause of Mr Bertrand's death, an anonymous source said. [Read more: SkyNews/4June2013]
US Intel Community Turning to Commercial Companies for R&D. With pressure on US defense contractors to cut costs and government research-and-development (R&D) spending facing new budget realities, the intelligence community is increasingly leaning on commercial companies to provide needed R&D, moving away from past reliance on traditional defense contractors.
Proof of the renewed interest in commercial companies comes in the form of a trip to Silicon Valley last week led by Dawn Meyerriecks, deputy director of national intelligence for acquisition and technology, where senior intelligence officials met with companies to discuss innovation for the government.
Describing R&D plans during a recent roundtable with reporters, Meyerriecks said the agency is increasingly leaning on nontraditional defense contractors and that she anticipates the trend will continue.
"I think it will be more commercial," Meyerriecks said. "Maybe I come in prejudiced; I'm happy with that. I wish we had done that sooner. But as the boss says, don't let a good crisis go to waste."
Meyerriecks, who previously spent seven years working for the Defense Information Systems Agency, worked for AOL before taking her current post at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2009.
Experts said the shift reflects a larger issue in the defense contracting community: companies are less willing to take risks, and the government doesn't have the money to fund all the innovation it needs. [Read more: Fryer-Biggs/DefenseNews/3June2013]
Smer MPs Drop Investigation of Military Intelligence Service Embezzlement Claims. The parliamentary committee that oversees the military intelligence service will not scrutinise claims of embezzlement by military intelligence officers during the first Fico government (2006-10).
The decision to drop any investigation was made by MPs from Prime Minister Robert Fico's ruling Smer party, who have a majority on the committee. Smer MP and committee member Daniel Duchoň told the Sme daily that the committee is not an investigative body, and that it had already exceeded its competences anyway.
The head of the committee, Martin Fedor, an MP for the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDK�), and ex-defence minister Ľubom�r Galko of the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party expressed outrage at the move. Galko is collecting signatures for the dismissal of the current Defence Minister Martin Glv�č. The committee heard four witnesses, three of whom testified against military intelligence officials. The case is being investigated by the Special Prosecutor's Office. [Read more: FlashNews/31May2013]
US Says Iranian Support for Global Terrorism Surged in 2012, al-Qaida Core 'On Path to Defeat'. Iran last year boosted its support for global terrorism to levels not seen for two decades, the Obama administration said Thursday as it released its annual report on international trends in extremist violence. The report said the core elements of al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan are headed for defeat but stressed that the network's various affiliates remain severe threats to the U.S.
The State Department's "Country Reports on Terrorism" for 2012 left unchanged the U.S. list of "state sponsors of terrorism." Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria remain on that blacklist, although Iran was singled out as the worst offender and Syria was taken to task for the ongoing brutal crackdown on opponents of President Bashar Assad's regime.
The report said 2012 was "notable in demonstrating a marked resurgence of Iran's state sponsorship of terrorism." That sponsorship has been largely carried out through the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and the militant Shiite Hezbollah movement, Iran's ally and proxy in Lebanon, it said. [Read more: AP/30May2013]
Ex-KGB Agent Marks Fourth Year in Sanctuary. Vancouver's First Lutheran Church held a fourth anniversary dinner for Burnaby resident and former KGB agent Mikhail Lennikov June 1.
June 2 marked four years that Lennikov has been living in church sanctuary at the East Side church on Wales Street. Lennikov was ordered deported on June 3, 2009 because of his history with the KGB, the former Soviet secret service, although he's argued he poses no threat to Canadian security. Lennikov's wife and son have been allowed to stay in the country on humanitarian and compassionate grounds and have also been living in the church.
Burnaby-New Westminster MP Peter Julian has been an outspoken supporter of Lennikov, but Julian couldn't attend the dinner this year.
"It's a sad moment, when you think what the family's going through," he said.
In 2009, Julian obtained thousands of pages of government files on Lennikov. "There's nothing in his files which indicates there's any reason for the (immigration) minister to deny on compassionate and humanitarian grounds for the Lennikov family to stay in Canada," Julian said. "The family's been through a lot. Mr. Lennikov has spent years in what is, in effect, a prison. He's not allowed to leave the church grounds, he has not left the church grounds, he hasn't really been out in the sunlight in years. I think it's just another example of what's been a really wrong-headed immigration policy by this government." [Read more: Moreau/BarnabyNow/3June2013]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
The Secret War in Laos Redux. On May 10, a small group of aging Laotian and Hmong veterans of the CIA's "Secret Army," a handful of American advisors who served during the Vietnam War, and a few others gathered at Arlington Cemetery to honor the Lao and Hmong veterans, their families, and the American advisors who gave their all in the covert U.S. war in Laos.
The group has been meeting there every year since the small granite memorial, now shaded by an Atlas cedar tree, was placed there in 1997. As time goes by, the numbers of those who fought the invading Soviet- and Chinese-backed Vietnamese communist forces in Laos grow fewer. Speaking at the ceremony, Colonel Wangyee Vang, the president of the Fresno, California-based Lao Veterans of America Institute, commented, "When we were all alive, we promised to remember each other."
Over 125,000 Lao Hmong, Kmu, Mien, Lahu, and other ethnics fought in the CIA's Secret War in Laos; of that number, an estimated 39,000 were killed from 1961-75 while fighting the communist North Vietnamese (NVA). They fought to protect their homelands, to stem the flow of NVA soldiers and supplies fueling the war in South Viet Nam, and to guard U.S. assets - such as the Lima Site 85 radar control guidance system that made it possible to bomb North Vietnam in any weather. They kept more than three NVA divisions at bay by pinpointing for bombing countless NVA troop movements, supply depots, and convoys of men and supplies headed for South Vietnam. They also rescued a large number of American pilots and crews - without them, there would be hundreds more names on that somber black granite wall at the Vietnam Memorial.
On May 9, 1975, in the Pathet Lao newspaper, the Lao Peoples' Revolutionary Party announced its policy toward the Hmong and other participants in the Secret Army, proclaiming that it would hunt down the "American collaborators and their families to the last root," adding that they would be "butchered like wild animals." Even though the Vietnam War ended over 38 years ago, in the "Second Secret War," Hmong men, women, and infants are still being killed in Laos for the purported "sins of their fathers and grandfathers" - the handful of aged fighters who sided with the U.S. in the 1960s. [Read more: Benge/AmericanThinker/27May2013]
Historical Society Gets Taste of Counterintelligence at Annual Dinner. Halloween is months away, but there was something decidedly spook-y about the Arlington Historical Society's annual membership banquet, held May 31 at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn/Key Bridge.
It must have been the keynote speaker.
Dr. David Robarge, chief historian of the Central Intelligence Agency, used his time at the speakers' podium to regale audience members with tales of Cold War counterintelligence that took place across Northern Virginia.
Several of his tales filled in information on well-known cases - Aldrich Ames being one - but Robarge also provided details of one of the greatest, but lesser-known, triumphs in U.S. intelligence-gathering: the Venona Project.
A combined effort of Americans and British that began during World War II and ended when the Soviet Union got suspicious enough the change its modus operandi, the project cracked seemingly impossible secret codes and uncovered more than 300 "intelligence assets" planted or recruited by the Soviets throughout Washington.
Cryptographers uncovered the details of "an astounding amount of Soviet penetration in the highest ranks of the U.S. government," said Robarge, who joined the CIA in 1989 and served as an analyst on Middle East issues before being tapped as chief historian in 2005. [Read more: McCaffrey/SunGazette/4June2013]
Conspiracy: Top 5 Covert Operations You Should Know About. With the recent spate of increased interest in so-called "false flags" and covert operations following the Boston bombings and the tornadoes in Oklahoma, we thought we'd give some historical background on why those "crazy conspiracists" have their reasons for distrusting the government.
There have been plenty of confirmed and documented covert operations conducted by our very own feds on the same people who elected them into office.
Here are the top five covert operations that you should know about. [Read more: Prince/Heavy.com/3June2013]
30 Years of Risky Business: A Cybersecurity Timeline. With all the attention on recent cyberattacks, it's easy to forget that the government has been defending the nation's online resources since the early days of the Internet. Here's a look at some of the key milestones. [Read more: GCN/3June2013]
Former Operative Happy Going from CIA to Pancakes. It's said that life takes you down roads you never thought you would travel. This is true of Afghan-born Abdullah Akbar, who 31 years ago was involved in one of the CIA's most complex operations. Today, he runs a Costa Mesa pancake house.
In 1969 a young Akbar, born and raised in Afghanistan, moved to the United States as part of a student exchange program. He studied and worked until 1979, when his homeland was invaded by the Soviet Union.
"Within three weeks, I lost my brother and three cousins," he recounts. "That created a huge panic in my family."
Akbar made the tough choice to leave the United States and met his family in Pakistan, where they had fled to find safety.
Akbar recalls the horror he found in Pakistan.
"I saw the suffering of war - people with no legs, kids without hands, women crying and stranded in the middle of the desert with nobody to help them. It just breaks your heart," he said.
Akbar stayed in Pakistan so he could help his family and those suffering because of the invasion.
Akbar decided to take his family of 18 women and children to the U.S. Embassy for help. While waiting in the lobby, he came across a man he recognized from his time in New York. At that time Akbar was not aware the man was part of the CIA. He later explained to Akbar that he was part of an ongoing CIA operation in Afghanistan and offered to help Akbar and his family find a refugee camp.
"He gave me forms to fill out for my family for a program that was supposed to start next month. He gave them to me early so I could submit them earlier than anybody else. He did me a great favor."
The CIA operative later asked Akbar if he would be interested in helping the CIA since he was so familiar with the language, terrain and climate of Afghanistan. Although hesitant at first, Akbar accepted the role as a way to help those affected by the invasion and war.
"They didn't know too much about Afghanistan," he said. [Read more: Marcos/OrangeCountyRegister/3June2013]
Meet Eugene Kaspersky: The Man on a Mission to Wage War Against - and Kill - the Computer Virus. He's a virus killer whose name can be found inside tens of millions of computers worldwide - and he sees vistas of cyber-warfare everywhere he looks. The FBI trusts him, even though he also counts Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the KGB, as a client. Given that Eugene Kaspersky's company, Kaspersky Lab, is well on its way to becoming the dominant player in the world of computer security, it's perhaps not surprising that the 47-year-old Muscovite believes that cyber-crime, in all its hues, is currently the biggest threat facing the global economy. It's big business.
He rattles off the threats: tailor-made cyber-weapons designed to destroy data at a specified time; new infection methods designed to target big business; malware (malicious software used to disrupt computer operations) attached to app stores that steal data from mobile phones; co-ordinated attacks on government communications and infrastructure. Not to mention the common banking frauds that rob the IT specialists employed by the world's major banking and financial institutions of their sleep every night. "And the number-one problem?" booms the slightly rumpled CEO, who bears more than a passing resemblance to the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. "Cyber-weapons and cyber-espionage." And he's happy to identify the number-one offender, too. "China," he says emphatically.
Kaspersky now presides over a $US612-million-a-year private-tech empire, operating in nearly 200 countries. The company employs 2700 virus specialists and licenses its products to behemoths such as Microsoft, Cisco and IBM. "We are number four by revenue," he says. That is, number four after anti-virus giants Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro.
Kaspersky's personal wealth is estimated to be $US1.18 billion. Out of 131 dollar-billionaires in Russia, Kaspersky is ranked 114. Not that money gets him out of bed in the morning, he insists. "I am saving the world for fun. I have enough money. Money has to be like oxygen. You have to have enough. I have enough." [Read more: BendigoAdvertiser/5June2013]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Our Government is Keeping Too Many Secrets. The following editorial appeared Sunday in the Washington Post:
In recent days, President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. have acknowledged that prosecutors may have overreached in two leak investigations that obtained journalists' phone call and email records.
It's good to see them stepping back from the brink. As the president put it in his address at the National Defense University, a free press is essential to democracy, and "journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs."
Obama ordered a review of existing Justice Department internal guidelines on leak investigations, and Holder began holding consultations with editors.
The guidelines were last approved in 1980, and a review is overdue. We hope it can clarify the government's obligation to notify the news media in advance, if possible, when it seeks such sensitive items as phone records and emails.
Unfortunately, we need more than just a few tweaks to policy guidelines. [Read more: ArizonaDailyStar/4June2013]
Spies Like Them. With the announcement that James B. Comey will be nominated by President Barack Obama to replace Robert W. Mueller III as the director of the FBI, a modern era will soon come to an end. Mueller has served longer (12 years) as FBI director than anyone since J. Edgar Hoover. He is the first person to complete a full term as director since Hoover's tumultuous and controversial 48-year reign, and the imposition of a 10-year term limit by Congress in 1976. While the public and the press generally laud Mueller for his achievements at the FBI, his own agency has a more conflicted view.
Mueller was appointed by President George W. Bush to replace Louis Freeh just days before 9/11, and was a bit like a raw recruit the first time he witnessed combat in the stressful period that followed the attack. He was little heard or seen in the field as he allowed Deputy Director Tom Pickard to lead the daily all-office conference calls and manage the initial stages of the TRADEBOM and PENTBOM cases, as the investigations into the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks were known. Mueller soon found his voice, however, and set about ensuring that the FBI was protected from the wolves that were circling the bureau, sniffing the blood of blame and recrimination for the 2,977 innocent victims. The wolves were bent on dismantling and destroying the organization that allowed 19 Saudi terrorists to live among us for so long, essentially unnoticed. The FBI was described as having precipitated an intelligence failure of epic proportions.
Mueller eventually prevailed over his detractors, and he satisfied the FBI's numerous 9/11 critics by creating the National Security Branch, an Intelligence Division, a Cyber Division, and reprogramming thousands of FBI agents from criminal work into counterterrorism and intelligence analysis. He personally initiated one of those grand paradigm shifts in government that academics and historians build careers around analyzing and evaluating. There is no doubt that Director Mueller is held in the highest esteem by local law enforcement, Congress, and the general public; he will go down in history as one of the FBI's greatest directors.
Within the FBI, however, there are at least two divergent views of Mueller's legacy. [Read more: Gomez/ForeignPolicy/31May2013]
Section IV - Books and Television, Obituaries and Coming Events
Books and Television
We Steal Secrets: The Story of
WikiLeaks - Movie Review.We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks tells its story largely by telling the story of Julian Assange, the Australian hacker-turned-activist who founded the WikiLeaks Web site in 2006 as a clearinghouse for information that others would have preferred to keep hidden. The documentary's focus on Assange is not surprising. He's the face of the organization, having become the focus of praise or blame - depending on your viewpoint - for the release of such material as secret Icelandic banking documents, U.S. diplomatic cables, Afghan war logs and the notorious video showing a helicopter attack on unarmed civilians by American soldiers in Baghdad.
But who is Assange? By the end of the film, the man is in hiding in London's Embassy of Ecuador, having sought asylum to avoid pending sexual assault charges in Sweden and possible criminal prosecution in the United States. Is he, as some have called him, a "punk idealist" or a paranoid hypocrite? Traitor or hero? Self-aggrandizing egomaniac or self-effacing champion of free speech? [Read more: O'Sullivan/WashingtonPost/30May2013]
Film reveals the irony of WikiLeaks which now forces employees to sign nondisclosure agreements. Shows the hubris and lunacy of Assange…a world where only one person -- Assange -- is the arbiter of what can remain secret. He has given to himself the right to steal, broker, and leak national and personal secrets…but forbids any revelations about himself or his leak-arbitrage company.
Mayo Stuntz. Mayo Stuntz: soldier, scholar, merchant, gentleman, spy. He was also a longtime member of AFIO.
He began his military career in the old horse cavalry, before the United States got into World War II. During the war, he was an imaginative and resourceful supply officer who coaxed from an often hidebound Army bureaucracy the weapons and gear for elite units to wage covert warfare in the South Pacific.
"By hook or crook, he managed to get them what they needed," said Lance Q. Zedric, author of The Silent Warriors, a book about the war in the Pacific.
Back home, Mr. Stuntz researched and wrote histories of his home town of Vienna and the state of Virginia, where his family traced its ancestry to the 1600s. With his wife, Constance, he was author of three books on local history. For 10 years, he and his wife ran a Vienna antiques store called Antiques Uniques. He was a former president of the Fairfax Historical Society and the recipient of an award in 2012 from the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society as a "consummate and exemplary Virginia gentleman."
For 25 years, Mr. Stuntz was in the CIA, serving in Nicaragua and Japan and at the agency's headquarters in Langley.
He would say only that he was "an intelligence officer."
"He was James Bond, Robert E. Lee and William Faulkner," observed a friend and retired Navy officer, Tom Aanstoos.
Mr. Stuntz was 97 when he died May 9 at the Virginian, a retirement center in Fairfax County. He had a heart attack, said his daughter, Anne Stuntz.
Mayo Sturdevant Stuntz was born Oct. 15, 1915, in Vienna, which would be his lifelong home.
He was a descendant of the Fitzhugh family, which has been in Virginia since colonial times. Fitzhughs were friends with George and Martha Washington and neighbors of Robert E. Lee, the leader of the Confederate army in the Civil War.
In 1932, Mr. Stuntz graduated from Oakton High School. As a teenager, he worked in hotels in Virginia and North Carolina, and he later studied hotel management at Cornell University. He was drafted into the Army before receiving a degree.
The Vienna in which Mr. Stuntz grew up was a Southern country village, far different from the suburban Vienna of the 21st century. Aanstoos, a former neighbor, recalled decades-old stories of the young Mr. Stuntz "running down Chain Bridge Road with broom or rake in hand chasing after a pet pig, escaping for the umpteenth time."
As a child, Mr. Stuntz picked up a soft Southern accent and a courtly deference to others, both of which he would retain all his life.
His World War II service was primarily with the Alamo Scouts, an all-volunteer unit made up of small teams operating from a base in New Guinea.
Their missions included forays deep into Japanese-held territory to attack enemy installations and to gather intelligence - including the locations and movements of enemy troop and supply ships.
Because the Alamo Scouts were a unique military unit, there was no prescribed table of organization setting forth the supplies and equipment to which they were entitled, said Zedric, the Silent Warriors author. Mr. Stuntz relied on his own wit and persuasion to get his troops what they needed: rubber rafts, paddles, special weapons, ammunition, climbing gear, shovels, rain gear, hip boots and knives large enough to clear paths in dense tropical jungles.
As the unit's missions accumulated, the Scouts brought back war souvenirs - Japanese guns and swords, flags, insignia, medals, uniforms - that could be bartered for hard-to-get caches of food and equipment. So resourceful was Mr. Stuntz, Zedric said, that his unit was able to acquire not only the best combat equipment but also such rarities as fresh meat and ice cream. Food in the Alamo Scouts' chow hall "was among the best in the South Pacific," he said.
In January 1945, Mr. Stuntz was transferred from the Alamo Scouts and named supply officer for all of the U.S. guerrilla units operating in the Philippines.
The Alamo Scouts were disbanded in November 1945, but in 1988 the unit was officially recognized as a predecessor to the Army's Special Forces.
After the war, Mr. Stuntz was an assistant manager at the old Statler Hotel in Washington for five years before joining the CIA, where he remained until retiring in 1975.
For more than 35 years after that, he devoted his time to local history.
With his wife, he produced This Was Vienna, Virginia, This Was Tysons Corner, Virginia, and This Was Virginia, 1900 to 1927, a collection of photographs.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Constance Pendleton Stuntz of Vienna; three children, Anne Stuntz of Vienna, Reid Stuntz of Alexandria and Mayo Stuntz Jr. of Mamaroneck, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
In the final years of his life, Mr. Stuntz took to wearing a Greek fisherman's cap as he went around Northern Virginia on his daily business.
He was buried in it, along with a bottle of Virginia Gentleman whiskey and two cigars. [Barnes/WashingtonPost/1June2013]
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, 5 June 2013, 6 pm - Nellis AFB, NV - the AFIO Las Vegas Chapter hears Jim Parker, CIA-Ret, on "The Battle for Skyline Ridge."
Please join us at 5 p.m. in the "Robin's Roost" bar area for liaison and beverages.
Our featured speaker for the evening will be: Jim Parker, CIA (Ret.) speaking on "The Battle for Skyline Ridge." The military fight for Laos between the CIA rag-tag army of irregulars under command of Hmong General Vang Pao and two invading North Vietnamese Divisions under command of PAVN General Nguyen Huu came down to a single ridgeline.
Place: The Officers' Club at Nellis Air Force Base. 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.
For access information contact Mary Bentley (firstname.lastname@example.org) anytime or call me at 702-295-0417, We look forward to seeing you!
Wednesday, 5 June 2013, noon - Washington, DC - "Global Terrorism, Espionage, and Cybersecurity Monthly Update," at the International Spy Museum
This noontime, no cost presentation is done in partnership with the CI Centre, to provide an opportunity to be the first to learn of the most current worldwide happenings in the field of intelligence and terrorism. Drawn from the Centre�s SPYPEDIA�, the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world. Each update covers important events and information which may not be reported by mainstream media outlets; such as, espionage penetrations and arrests, cyber espionage reporting, and terrorist events. Briefings led by CI Centre founder David Major will include trend analysis and coverage of new emerging issues of value to the intelligence and security professional and individuals with an interest in national security matters. Major will also highlight and review, as appropriate, new books and reports to keep you current with breaking developments in the national security arena. Tickets: Free! No registration required. See www.spymuseum.org
Friday, 07 June 2013 1 - 3 p.m. - Washington, DC - LTC Shaffer pens new book - this time, a novel. Hear more at International Spy Museum
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer made headlines when his memoir, Operation Dark Heart,which faced DoD concerns over all the classified material it included. Almost 10,000 copies of Operation Dark Heart were destroyed after being purchased for $47,000 by the Defense Department, which contended that the uncensored version threatened national security and put U.S. soldiers in danger.
Now Shaffer returns with round two: The Last Line, using a safer, less controversial novel format which is rooted in the world of espionage, government power, and betrayal. The theme: Mexico is descending into anarchy, the drug cartels have kicked up the heat, allying with Hezbollah and the Iranian secret service in a plot aimed at the destruction of the U.S. As Teller races to unravel the plot, he discovers that the most dangerous and pernicious enemies are not bloodthirsty drug lords, but a terrifying and treasonous cabal within the U.S. government itself. Both books will be available to purchase at the signing. Tickets: Free! No registration required. Further info at www.spymuseum.org
Saturday, 08 June 2013, 1 - 3 pm - Washington, DC - Jason Mathews, former CIA NCS, discusses his tradecraft-filled novel, Red Sparrow, at the International Spy Museum Store
Jason Matthews, a former officer in CIA's National Clandestine Service, spent 33 years in multiple overseas locations and engaged in clandestine collection of national security intelligence, specializing in denied area operations. Matthews conducted recruitment operations against Soviet-East European, East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean targets and, as Chief in various CIA Stations, managed covert action projects against the WMD programs of the world's Rogue States and collaborated with foreign liaison partners in CT operations. In this novel, Matthews creates an atmosphere of colorful characters focused on present-day Russia, where Putin's influence is omnipresent. Utilizing from-the-headlines topics (Russia as an unstable superpower led by an autocratic and power-mad Putin), and plenty of tradecraft (thumb-drive surveillance worms, traceable Russian spy-dust, futuristic space-based weapons systems), and thrilling international locales (Moscow, Helsinki, Athens, Rome, and Washington, D.C.) this proves to be an engaging beach or airplane read. Tickets: Free! No registration required. Further info at www.spymuseum.org
Wednesday, 12 June 2013, 11am - 2pm - Albuquerque, NM - The AFIO New Mexico Chapter to Discuss Current Intel Issues
11:00 AM: Arrive, socialize, order lunch 11:45 Meeting Program. Location: Lunch at "The Egg & I" (Menaul just East of Louisiana).
Questions to B.E. Pete Bostwick, Jr., President, AFIO Tom Smith New Mexico Chapter, 436 Chimaja Rd., Corrales NM 87048; Tel: 505-898-2649 or email him at email@example.com
12 June 2013, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor: Nazi Spy? at the International Spy Museum
When King Edward VIII abdicated the English thrown in December 1936
to marry Wallis Simpson, the world was agog. And many feared the
political implications of a former king on the loose. What would these
notorious lovers do? Would they attempt to influence world affairs? It
seemed that the worst nightmare of many observers was coming to pass
when photos of the two gleefully gladhanding Hitler appeared in 1937.
During World War II, the former King was given governorship of the
Bahamas - a post that those in-the-know rightly considered a form of
exile. But just how dangerous were they? Amanda A. Ohlke,
Adult Education Director at the International Spy Museum, will overview
the most serious accusations and credit or debunk them. Much is made of
secret files and gossip, but this June, the 76th anniversary of their
controversial marriage, find out the truth about Wallis and Edward.
After the presentation, toast the famed couple's marriage with some
bubbly and trade a quip with the Baltimore-born Duchess. The Duchess, as
brought to life by historical enactor Emily Lapisardi, will answer to some of the most heinous accusations in the spirit of Mrs. Simpson.
Space is limited - advance registration required! For more information or to purchase tickets please visit: www.spymuseum.org
14 June 2013, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Surveillance 201 with Eric O'Neill - Spy School Workshop at the International Spy Museum
What if you were assigned to watch the most damaging spy in US history? As a young operative in the FBI, Eric O'Neill was put into position as Robert Hanssen's assistant with the secret
task of spying on his boss, who was under suspicion of working for
Russia. O'Neill's background with the FBI was in surveillance, so he was
up to the challenge. O'Neill has run some previous recruits through a
surveillance basics course, and now he's ready to take those with the
expertise to the next level. This advanced small group surveillance
exercise is best suited to those who already know how to track the
"Rabbit" without being "made." O'Neill will rate your clandestine
prowess while you spy on secret meetings and operational acts and see if
you can uncover the spy skullduggery that's afoot while you are on
foot. There is no guarantee that your "Rabbit" won't escape!
Space is limited to only 10 participants � advance registration required! For more information or to purchase tickets please visit: www.spymuseum.org
14 June 2013, 7 - 8:30 pm - Arlington, VA - 15 Minutes with "POTUS" Briefing Competition Final Presentation at Founders Hall, George Mason University - No Charge To Attend.
15 Minutes with "POTUS" takes place at Founders Hall, George
Mason University, Arlington, VA. This Policy Briefing Competition
enters the Final Stage. The three finalists now will display their
briefing skills to high-level policymakers.
They were assigned to imagine that they are policy analysts at the National Security Council. They have been asked to prepare a decision memo for the President. The President has allocated 15 minutes for their briefing
The three great finalists will be presenting policy briefs to Chuck Robb, Michael Hayden, and Janine Davidson.
POTUS―played by The Honorable Charles S. Robb,
former U.S. Senator (D-VA);
National Security Advisor―played by General Michael V. Hayden,
former director, CIA and NSA;
Secretary of Defense―played by Dr. Janine Davidson,
former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans.
There is no charge to attend.
Here is the link to the RSVP page if AFIO members would like to attend to cheer-on and encourage these students and other attendees, and to meet the presidential stand-ins. 15minutes.gmu.edu/
15 Minutes with POTUS is hosted by George Mason School of Public Policy, in Founders Hall Auditorium, Friday, June 14, 2013, 7 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) Arlington, VA.
18 June 2013, 1130am - 2pm - McLean, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum hears Hon. James Longley, Jr. on Congressional Relations with Intel Community
The Honorable James B. Longley, Jr. will speak on
Congressional Relations with the Intel Community. Longley
is an attorney, Marine Corps veteran, communicator and long-standing
analyst who uses this diverse background in law, business, the military,
politics, media and government to provide a clearer understanding of
some the critical and complicated issues confronting the federal
government. As a member of the famous, "Gingrich Congress" (1995-1997)
and House Armed Services Committee, he was one of six members who, well
in advance of 9/11, self-funded the House Task Force on Terrorism and
Unconventional Warfare. He was also a founder on the House Shipbuilding
Caucus and participated in a number of matters of intense interest to
the armed services and the intelligence community, especially in the
area of acquisition.
Event location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA
RSVP by 17 June 2013 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
FEE: Pay at the door with a check for $29pp payable to DIAA, Inc.
Check is preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged.
Saturday 22 June 2013, 10am - 2:30pm - Milford, MA - AFIO New England Chapter hosts John Strauchs at their Summer Meeting
Schedule: Registration & gathering, 1000 - 1130, Membership
meeting 1130 - 1200; Luncheon at 1200 followed by keynote speaker John J. Strauchs;
Adjournment at 2:30PM.
Our afternoon speaker is John J. Strauchs. His presentation is titled: The 1993 Bombing of the World Trade Center: The Wellspring of Counterterrorism Planning for Public Buildings
John Strauchs was the chief security engineering consultant for the World Trade Center following the 1993 bombing. John will discuss the risk assessment that was conducted for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in May 1994 and, despite comments to the contrary by political and news media pundits, that the possibility of the deliberate crashing of an aircraft into the towers was considered. He will reveal the many security innovations that were developed for the World Trade Center, as well as lessons learned―both good and bad―and how the 1993 bombing changed life in America and how we live and work today. The resultant security systems design consisted of more than 1000 security design drawings and an initial security construction budget of $54 million.
Note, as this meeting is a one day event we have not made any hotel arrangements.
Advance reservations are $25.00 per person. We can no longer accept walk-ins. Emails regarding your plans to attend will be accepted if you are late meeting the deadline. These must be sent to Mr. Arthur Hulnick no later than 7 days prior to the event. Location: Courtyard by Marriott in Milford, Mass. Hotel website is here.
********Luncheon reservations must be made by 12 June 2013. ************** Mail your check and the reservation form to: Mr. Arthur Hulnick, 216 Summit Avenue # E102, Brookline, MA 02446 or contact him at email@example.com Questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
22 June 2013, 2:30 pm - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine meets to hear Martha Peterson, former CIA Ops Officer, describe her arrest, interrogation by KGB
Guest speaker will be Martha D. Peterson, who
retired from CIA after a 32-year career as an operations officer. Martha
describes what it was like to be a CIA Operations Officer assigned to
Moscow during the Cold War and be arrested and interrogated by the KGB.
Peterson has written The Widow Spy: My CIA Journey from the Jungles of Laos to Prison in Moscow (Wilmington: Red Canary Press, $18.95 paperback).
Event will be held at the Brick Store Museum Progam Center in Kennebunk, Maine. Further information available at 207-967-4298.
7-10 July 2013 - Dungarvan, Ireland - 3rd Annual Global Intelligence Forum - "Preparing Intelligence Analysts for the 21st Century" - Hosted by Mercyhurst University
Join us in Dungarvan, Ireland for a very special worldwide gathering
of intelligence professionals, academics and decision makers.
Preparing Intelligence Analysts for the 21st Century is the theme of the conference. The Global Forum continues down the path of intelligence innovation and discovery we embarked on in July 2010. Then, we began by exploring the nature of analysis and its application in various intelligence professions. Later, in 2011, we discussed the interaction between the intelligence analyst/practitioner and the decision-maker. In July 2013 we hope to continue to build bridges between practitioners and scholars within intelligence related professions, and discuss emerging 21st century intelligence best practices.
This year's forum will center on the greater shift the intelligence analysis field must make to account for a changing world. Panelists and contributors from the national security, law enforcement, business and academic communities will discuss the emerging trends and the necessary steps intelligence practitioners must take to address 21st century problems.
View the agenda here, check out our current speaker list, view the website, and most importantly REGISTER here to join us!
Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, noon - Washington, DC - Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update, at the International Spy Museum
Presented in partnership with the CI Centre, these monthly briefings
will provide you with the opportunity to be the first to learn of the
most current worldwide happenings in the field of intelligence and
terrorism. Drawn from the Centre's SPYPEDIA�, the most comprehensive
source of espionage information in the world, each Update will cover
important events and information which may not be reported by mainstream
media outlets. Such as: espionage penetrations and arrests, cyber
espionage reporting, and terrorist events. Briefings led by CI Centre
founder David Major will include trend analysis and
coverage of new emerging issues of value to the intelligence and
security professional and individuals with an interest in national
security matters. Major will also highlight and review, as appropriate,
new books and reports to keep you current with breaking developments in
the national security arena.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. See www.spymuseum.org
10 July 2013, 10 am - Annapolis Junction, MD - The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation Summer Program features Dr. Melvin Goodman discussing "National Insecurity"
Dr. Melvin A. Goodman, a senior fellow at the Center
for International Policy and adjunct professor of government at Johns
Hopkins University, will discuss National Insecurity and will
include a review of the non-military instruments for dealing with Iran,
North Korea, and Syria. Dr. Goodman served 42 with the US government,
including the CIA, the Defense Department, the State Department, and
the US Army (as a cryptographer). His seven books on international
security issues include: The Wars of Eduard Shevardnadze, The Phantom Defense, America's Pursuit of the Star Wars Illusion, Bush League Diplomacy, How the Neoconservatives are Putting the World at Risk, The Failure of Intelligence, The Decline and Fall of the CIA, National Insecuity, and The Cost of American Militarism.
The program will be held at the L-3 auditorium at the National Business Park in Annapolis Junction, MD The cost is $40 for lunch and a year's membership in the Foundation. There will be a book signing following the presentation.
Thursday, 11 July 2013, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO - The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Don Shannon, FBI Supervisory Special Agent In Charge of Southern Colorado Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Don Shannon, FBI Supervisory Special Agent In Charge of Southern Colorado Joint Terrorism Task Force. SSA Don Shannon will talk on his trip to Thailand. This event will take place a week before normal meetings to allow for scheduling issues again... 11 July 13. To be held at The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 S. Highway 105 Palmer Lake, CO, Exit 161 westbound off I-25, West on Highway 105. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at email@example.com
25 July 2013, 12:30 - 2:30pm - Los Angeles, CA - David Glazier speaks on "Drones, Targeted Killing, and the Law" at AFIO LA Chapter
Glazier will provide a legal overview assessment of the use of drones for targeted killing.
Location: LAPD ARTC 5651 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Please RSVP for attendance: AFIO_LA@YAHOO.COM
26 July 2013 - Washington, DC - Commencement Speaker at National Intelligence University's Graduation Ceremony is James R. Clapper, Jr., Director of National Intelligence
The Honorable James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence
(DNI) will deliver the commencement address to National Intelligence
University graduates on Friday, July 26, 2013. The commencement is the
closing event in the University's 50th Anniversary year and
coincidentally marks the 50th anniversary of Director Clapper's
intelligence career: he was first commissioned as an Air Force
intelligence officer in 1963.
NIU President Dr. David Ellison expects to present diplomas to approximately 250 graduating students from around the Intelligence Community as they cross the stage to receive one of the University's three degrees: Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence, Master of Science and Technology Intelligence, or Bachelor of Science in Intelligence.
The National Intelligence University is a federal degree-granting institution whose main campus is located in Washington, DC. Its alumni are past, present and future leaders in the intelligence and national security communities and in the private sector. Notable alumni include a former Director of National Intelligence; former directors of DIA, CIA, NSA, and NGA; former heads of military intelligence and a growing number of senior government executives and corporate leaders. For more information, visit www.ni-u.edu
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