AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #27-13 dated 9 July 2013

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Jobs, Books, and Coming Events

Jobs

Books

Coming Educational Events

Current Calendar New and/or Next Two Months ONLY

 

Traveling this year? Next? Before you do....

REGISTER EARLY FOR AFIO's SUMMER LUNCHEON

FRIDAY, 23 August 2013

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

11 a.m. speaker


Luke Bencie

on
Counter–Espionage and Consulting: Spy vs. Spy in Globalized Business 

author

Among Enemies: Counter-Espionage for the Business Traveler.

For the past 15 years, Bencie has traveled to over 100 countries on behalf of the U.S. Intelligence Community and private defense industry. A veteran of espionage struggles, he knows intimately the threats business and government travelers face.

Luke Bencie Among Enemies

Luke Bencie

3-course Lunch at Noon

Letitia Long, D/NGA

NGA Seal small

1 p.m. speaker

Letitia A. Long

Director
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Anywhere the warfighter has to be...
Any decision the policymaker has to make...
Any mission the intelligence community has to accomplish...
Any disaster that responders have to overcome...
NGA is there to Know the Earth… Show the Way… Understand the World.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) delivers geospatial intelligence to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals, and first responders. NGA is a unique combination of intelligence agency and combat support agency. Anyone who sails a U.S. ship, flies a U.S. aircraft, makes national policy decisions, fights wars, locates targets, responds to natural disasters, or even navigates with a cellphone relies on NGA. NGA enables all of these through timely, relevant, accurate and actionable GEOINT. NGA manages a global consortium of more than 400 commercial and government relationships. Director Long serves as the functional manager for GEOINT, the head of the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG), and the coordinator of the global Allied System for Geospatial Intelligence (ASG). In these multiple roles, NGA receives guidance and oversight from DOD, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and Congress. Headquartered in Springfield, Virginia, NGA has two major locations in St. Louis and Arnold, Mo. Hundreds of NGA employees serve on support teams at U.S. military, diplomatic, and allied locations around the world.

 

Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.

Luke Bencie begins his presentation at 11 a.m. Lunch served at noon. NGA Director Long begins her presentation at 1 pm.

Morning and Afternoon programs are On The Record.

The latest intelligence books, and many others, for sale throughout event. Event closes at 2 p.m.

Complete a Registration Form HERE
and we will see you in August.
EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza
1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, Virginia 22102
Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf
 

Intel Historian Keith Melton discusses
"Sex(pionage): Spies, Lies, and Naked Thighs"

at the International Spy Museum

This Thursday, 11 July 2013, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC

The weather isn't the only steamy thing at the Spy Museum this summer!
Think July is hot? Wait til you hear these sultry tales of sex and spies. If you have access to secrets or influential VIP's, you might just find yourself the victim of one of the oldest tricks of the trade: sexpionage. From ancient intrigues to Anna Chapman, spies, counterspies, and terrorists often conduct their undercover activities under the covers! International Spy Museum Board Member and intelligence historian H. Keith Melton will reveal how seduction is used as a tool to attract and manipulate assets, to coerce and compromise targets, and to control spies in both reality and fiction. Featuring authentic sexual entrapment videos and technical details of the infamous Russian "honey traps," Melton will tell all about the spies who stop at nothing to get their man or woman!
Guests will enjoy a complimentary cocktail as they gather 'essential knowledge' for handling any questionable or suspicious relationship.
Adult material - 18 and older strictly enforced. Some tickets still available: $25
Register at www.spymuseum.org

 

Visiting Washington, DC? Do not miss the International Spy Museum...


Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Activity-Based Intelligence Uses Metadata to Map Adversary Networks. Few outside the intelligence community had heard of activity-based intelligence until December, when the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency awarded BAE Systems $60 million to develop products based on this newish methodology. But ABI, which focuses not on specific targets but on events, movements and transactions in a given area, is rapidly emerging as a powerful tool for understanding adversary networks and solving quandaries presented by asymmetrical warfare and big data.

Indeed, ABI is the type of intelligence tool that could be applied to the vast wash of metadata and internet transactions gathered by the NSA programs that were disclosed in June by a whistle-blower.

In May, the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation's Activity-Based Intelligence Working Group hosted a top-secret forum on ABI that drew representatives from the "big five" U.S. intelligence agencies.

At the SPIE 2013 Defense, Security + Sensing Symposium on May 1, NGA Director Letitia Long said the agency is using ABI to "identify patterns, trends, networks and relationships hidden within large data collections from multiple sources: full-motion video, multispectral imagery, infrared, radar, foundation data, as well as SIGINT, HUMINT and MASINT information." [Read more: Miller/DefenseNews/8July2013]

Intel Agencies Merge IT Strategies. The intelligence community wants to change the way it does business, not only within its walls, but also with its large information technology vendors.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper last year approved a five-year strategy to standardize technology operations across the intelligence agencies, with IC chief information officer Al Tarasiuk spearheading the effort.

For the IC, it means agencies will no longer go it alone when procuring common IT services, such as cloud computing, network services and app stores. Instead, they will share systems, according to industry experts.

"The challenge here is there is a major shift for the IC," said Nuhad Karaki, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Inceptre Corp. "They do not want to deal with technology and services tailored only to them. They want to deal with commercially proven solutions." [Read more: Johnson/FederalTimes/7July2013]

Germany Defends 'Strictly Legal' Cooperation with NSA. Angela Merkel's government said on Monday that its cooperation with American intelligence was fully regulated by strict legal guidelines after a magazine reported that the U.S. National Security Agency was in close cahoots with German spies.

Germany's opposition, with an eye on September's election, when the chancellor will seek a third term, demanded that her government explain how much it knew about U.S. surveillance tactics ahead of talks with Washington about the NSA.

"In the light of the latest media reports, it is even more urgent to ask what Germany's secret services and above all what the Chancellery knew about eavesdropping activities," said the Social Democrats' (SPD) chancellor candidate, Peer Steinbrueck.

Der Spiegel's report that the NSA works with Germany and other Western states on a 'no questions asked'-basis undermines the chancellor's indignant talk of "Cold War" tactics revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. [Read more: Brown/Reuters/8July2013]

Bulgaria's Financial Intelligence: Mafia Funds Laundered through Renewable Energy Companies. Renewable energy companies are a front for money laundering, according to a report of the Financial Intelligence Directorate of Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security (DANS) for 2012.

The report, as cited by Sega daily, draws attention to the return of pyramid/Ponzi schemes, adding that they have become more complicated and refined compared to the fraud schemes to which many Bulgarians fell victim in the 90s.

According to DANS, renewable energy plants are used in money laundering schemes for a number of reasons.

Firstly, the diversification of energy sources is a main priority in Bulgaria and the EU, which presupposes the creation of companies operating in the sphere.

The energy produced by these plants is purchased at preferential prices under preliminary contracts and this type of investment is incentivized, which paves the way for attempts to use the activity of these companies for money laundering, DANS notes. [Read more: SofiaNewsAgency/8July2013]

Afghanistan Arrests Former US Translator. Afghanistan intelligence on Monday announced the arrest of an Afghan who translated for the U.S. Special Forces and was linked to the mysterious deaths of at least nine civilians in an affair that has further strained relations between the U.S. and President Hamid Karzai.

The Afghan National Directorate for Security said Zakaria Kandahari was picked up "recently" in the southern city of Kandahar for "various crimes."

It did not elaborate, but the Defense Ministry has said Kandahari was wanted on charges of murder and torture in connection with the men who disappeared last year. Their remains were discovered over the course of four weeks in May and June, buried in a rock-strewn field within walking distance of a special operations forces base.

What happened to the men is a mystery that has touched off violent protests and could complicate plans to leave special forces in Afghanistan after combat troops complete their withdrawal next year. [Read more: AP/8July2013]

New Protections Coming for Disgruntled Intelligence Workers. The Obama administration is moving toward final implementation of new job protections for disgruntled intelligence employees who keep their complaints about wrongdoing within government channels.

Some advocates for whistleblowers have hailed the move, which comes as Edward Snowden - who has claimed to be a U.S. national security whistleblower - accelerates his search for foreign asylum from a Moscow airport waiting room.

By July 8, dozens of federal agencies are required to tell the White House in detail how they plan to implement an order the president signed last October that prohibits retaliation against those who flag "waste, fraud and abuse" in intelligence programs to approved officials.

Obama signed the directive after Congress twice dropped intelligence workers from legislation meant to strengthen whistleblowing protections throughout the government. The lawmakers were responding in part to longstanding intelligence agency claims that those with access to highly sensitive national secrets must be treated differently than other U.S. employees and that they already had adequate redress for any grievances.

An administration spokesman, speaking on condition he not be identified, said agencies are "on track" to meet Obama's implementation deadline. Moreover, even though Obama's order generally applies only to government employees - not intelligence contractors like Snowden - the administration is looking closely at how to protect contractors who claim their access to intelligence information was withdrawn as punishment for telling authorities about wrongdoing. [Read more: Birch/CenterforPublicIntegrity/5July2013]

FBI Nominee Faces Questioning on Surveillance. From surveillance to sensitive criminal investigations, the Obama administration's nominee to become the next FBI director, James Comey, would be stepping into the job at a critical time for the bureau and its 13,000 agents.

Comey spent 15 years as a federal prosecutor before serving in the George W. Bush administration, where he is best known for facing down the White House over a warrantless surveillance program. The White House made changes in the program when Comey and current FBI Director Robert Mueller threatened to resign.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding Comey's confirmation hearing Tuesday.

The FBI Agents Association has told committee chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., that it supports Comey's nomination.

Civil liberties groups are expressing concerns that Comey signed off on abusive CIA interrogation techniques for terrorist suspects during the Bush administration. [Read more: Yost/AP/9July2013]

Inspector General Classification Reviews Due in September. The inspector general of each executive branch agency that classifies national security information is required to produce an evaluation of the agency's classification program by the end of September, pursuant to the Reducing Over-classification Act of 2010. The goal of the reviews is to identify policies and procedures "that may be contributing to persistent misclassification of material."

This is not a straightforward assignment because classification is not a purely objective process that lends itself to external validation; rather, it is an expression of presidentially-delegated authority. And if proper classification is a matter of judgment, then so is overclassification.

"Classifying and controlling the dissemination of information is an inherently subjective process," said the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, which prepared guidance earlier this year for other agencies' inspectors general to help them conduct the required classification reviews.

"Key terminology, such as ‘over-classification' and ‘damage to national security' has not been defined [by executive order or regulation], causing those determinations to be made by personnel in the Departments and Agencies," the DoD IG guidance observed. [Read more: Aftergood/SecrecyNews/8July2013]

DNI Clapper Won't Resign Over Misleading Congress on NSA Surveillance. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has no plans to resign following disclosures to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he misled Congress on widespread National Security Agency electronic surveillance of Americans.

"DNI Clapper explained his response in the letter to Chairman [Dianne] Feinstein [(D., Calif.)] and apologized for the misunderstanding," said Michael Birmingham, spokesperson for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Clapper "values the decades-long stellar relationship he has with Congress and remains focused on leading the intelligence community," Birmingham told the Free Beacon in a statement Monday.

White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said: "The president has full confidence in Director Clapper and his leadership of the Intelligence Community." [Read more: Gertz/WashingtonFreeBeacon/9July2013]

Across Europe, Nations Mold Cyber Defenses. Since Estonia suffered a crippling cyberattack in 2007, generally attributed to Russian hackers, European states have slowly been organizing their disparate cyber crime and security organizations under national coordinating committees, bringing military commanders into contact with intelligence agencies, police forces and private industry.

The new furor over US spying on European Union nations will likely heighten efforts in the region to strengthen defenses against economic and political cyberattack from political and economic adversaries and allies alike.

In Italy, a decree issued by the Cabinet in January sought to impose a chain of command on a series of cybersecurity operations launched in recent years by law enforcement and state agencies.

The decree puts the prime minister at the top of the pyramid but gives operational authority to the head of the DIS, the Italian intelligence agency that oversees both overseas and domestic operations.

"The DIS has led this reorganization and has taken a central role," said Stefano Mele, a cyber analyst with the Italian Institute for Strategic Studies. "It is the first real step toward an operational approach to cybersecurity." [Read more: Kington/DefenseNews/9July2013]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Bin Laden Wore Cowboy Hat 'To Avoid Detection': Pakistani Report. Osama bin Laden "trusted in Allah for his protection" but made sure to wear a cowboy hat on his walks around his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, "to avoid detection from above." That's according to the blockbuster final report of a Pakistani commission that looked into the circumstances surrounding the May 2011 raid in which U.S. commandos killed the leader of al-Qaida. The report was obtained and published by Al-Jazeera English.

The so-called Abbottabad Commission comprised Pakistan's most senior supreme court judge, a retired inspector general of police, a retired army lieutenant general, and the director general of the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad. Its task was to investigate how bin Laden managed to live quietly in that garrison town ("a kilometer in a straight line from the Pakistan Military Academy," the report notes) and how U.S. special operations forces were able to conduct the covert raid without interference from Pakistan government forces. Key question: Was Pakistan's government guilty of incompetence or complicity in each case?

It's a fascinating read, capturing the would-need-two-upgrades-to-be-merely-tense relations between the U.S. and Pakistan - a country U.S. officials call crucial to the war on terrorism but which needs to do more to crack down on Islamist extremists.

The independent commission's assessment of Pakistan's government is brutal. [Read more: Knox/YahooNews/8July2013]

German Artist Protests U.S. 'Stasi' On Embassy Wall and Web. A German artist who beamed the words "United Stasi of America" onto the wall of the U.S. embassy in Berlin says Washington's spy methods make the former East German secret police look like boy scouts.

A video of Oliver Bienkowski's artwork is fast becoming a hit on the Internet in Germany, tapping into widespread outrage over U.S. surveillance programs revealed by fugitive ex-National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden.

Government eavesdropping is a highly sensitive topic in Germany, evoking memories of the Nazi Gestapo and the Stasi security police, which used a vast network of informants to crush dissidents in communist East Germany.

A spokesman for the U.S. embassy, in the heart of Berlin near the Brandenburg Gate, said the artist's stunt was "funny, but anyone who makes this comparison knows neither the Stasi nor the United States". [Read more: Marsh/Reuters/9July2013]

If You Don't Want the Government to Spy on You, Move to Montana. Behold the Montana legislature, whose last prominent achievement allowed Montanans to eat their own roadkill. Overshadowed by that bill this past term was little old House Bill 603, a measure that requires the government to obtain a probable cause warrant before spying on you through your cell phone or laptop. HB 603 was signed into law this past Spring, effectively making Montana the first state to have an anti-spy law long before anyone heard of Edward Snowden. To be clear, HB 603 passed the state Senate overwhelmingly by a vote of 96-4 in April and was signed into law on May 6. That's almost one month to the day when we first found out about the NSA's secret order to collect phone records from Verizon, which has since ballooned into a world-wide scandal and chase. "The NSA reports hadn't even come out at that time," said one of the law's supporters to the news website The Daily Interlake. 

That we didn't find out about the extensive NSA spying and Edward Snowden until June, is probably the reason HB 603 passed without much fanfare in the spring. At the time, the law might have seemed extraneous, or even paranoid. But knowing what we know now, the law seems prophetic (not unlike the way Shia LaBeouf warned us about spying back in 2008) and is getting some new-found attention. The law is pretty straightforward - the government can't spy on Montanans through their electronic devices unless they obtain a warrant: 

That effectively makes Montana the first state in the country's history to pass an electronic privacy law that protects you from the government. [Read more: Abad-Santos/AtlanticWire/9July2013]

Old KGB Radio Intercept Stations Are Still Operational and Listening. The world has been somewhat surprised by recent reports of the National Security Agency's massive electronic spying operations around the globe. But they're not the only ones with their ears to the proverbial ground. Just about every nation is engaged in some sort of electronic espionage. Russia, for example, still has an array of massive listening stations, ready to snoop on whoever's talking.

It's a legacy of the Soviet Union, which ran one of the largest of those electronic eavesdropping networks as it tried to gain any intel it could on the U.S. and its allies. Those old Soviet eavesdropping stations still exist. Some are rusting away in former Soviet countries. Others are still operational.

Intelligence historian Matthew Aid just got ahold of a recently declassified CIA document listing the locations of 11 KGB strategic radio interception stations throughout Russia and the rest of the old Soviet Union. [Read more: Reed/ForeignPolicy/8July2013]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Opinion: Vilnius Replaces Vienna as a Backyard of Russian Spies. How will we remember the year 2013? The year when we finished reconstructing, and finally opened, the Palace of the Grand Dukes.

If one were to believe lofty opening speeches, interspersed with sentimental songs, one should be in a state of national euphoria. The ultimate symbol of our statehood is back up, no one will destroy it again for ages to come; moreover, Lithuania is at the helm of the EU Council.

Pure joy, isn't it? Not quite. Something is missing. Right before the opening celebrations at the Grand Dukes Palace, conservative MP Mantas Adomėnas published his conversation with a Western intelligence officer who told a rather different story.

Vilnius has become a backyard of foreign intelligence services, dominated by far by Russian spies. Meanwhile Western intelligence officers are losing faith in their Lithuanian colleagues, because their intelligence service, the State Security Department (SSD), has been destroyed by the conservatives, those self-appointed patriots, in tandem with the (allegedly Russian-influenced) Labour and Paksas's men as well as the President, whose rhetoric has grown markedly more anti-Russian than in the beginning of her term.

Paradoxical? Only at a first glance. But that's a topic for another time. The issue at hand is that Vilnius has become what Vienna was during the Cold War - a hive of spies. And in this, Lithuania is increasingly left to fend for itself. [Read more: Valatka/LithuaniaTribune/9July2013]

Digital Sovereignty is the Right to Spy on Citizens. It would be perversely ironic if Edward Snowden's crusade against the U.S. government Internet surveillance programs resulted in less Internet freedom in Russia.

State Duma deputies reacted with outrage to Snowden's revelations that U.S. Internet giants like Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter provided the National Security Agency with information on their foreign clients' online activities. Sergei Zheleznyak, deputy Duma speaker from United Russia, promised to introduce legislation that would protect the personal data of Russian citizens by requiring international Internet companies to locate their computer servers under Russian jurisdiction as a condition of continuing their operations here. He called this a defense of Russia's "digital sovereignty."

Let's get a few things straight here.

Spying on foreigners, as opposed to spying on your own citizens, is not a violation of human rights or a breach of international laws. It is called collecting foreign intelligence. For any intelligence service, foreigners and their personal communications are fair game. It's what taxpayers pay their spooks to do. [Read more: Frolov/MoscowTimes/9July2013]

New Deputy Director of CIA Not Most Qualified. Though news coverage of President Barack Obama's selection of Avril Haines as the new deputy director of the CIA has been slim, there are many retired and active intelligence officers living in Brevard County who should take note of this appointment.

As it should be, this position has traditionally been nonpolitical.

Haines, an attorney, is smart and has some experience as an attorney at the State Department and the White House. At one time, she managed a bookstore in Baltimore that hosted erotica readings. All of which is OK.

However, I find it's sort of an insult to a number of smart, dedicated, highly experienced female intelligence officers, who have been banging their heads on a glass ceiling for years, that the honor and distinction of becoming the first female deputy director of the CIA has gone to one who is, well, perhaps not qualified or deserving. [Tasker/FloridaToday/2July2013]

CIA Director Usually Chooses Own Deputy. With regard to the recent letter concerning the lack of qualifications for the position of the newly assigned deputy director of the CIA, the writer is, of course, correct in that not only does Arvil Haines lack any intelligence background whatsoever, she also never has held any position of leadership.

As if that were not bad enough, her appointment to this position by the president is at variance with the longstanding custom whereby the CIA director chooses his own deputy, usually from within the ranks of the organization.

The incumbents in the two top positions of the CIA are now dependent upon the White House for their assignments, not at all a healthy situation. [Lee/FloridaToday/5July2013]


Section IV - Jobs, Books, and Coming Events


Jobs
 [IMPORTANT: AFIO does not "vet" or endorse these research inquiries or job offers. Reasonable-sounding inquiries and career offerings are published as a service to our members, and for researchers, educators, and subscribers. You are urged to exercise your usual caution and good judgment when responding or supplying any information.]

Historian/Curator, International Spy Museum, Washington, DC. The Museum is seeking a curator/historian to perform research that supports its educational programs, exhibitions, publications, and media outreach; to develop, organize and/or conduct programs for the general public, educators, scholars, and professionals in the intelligence community; to publish articles and educational resources; and to represent the Museum to the public, VIPs, and media. Requires flexible schedule with occasional morning/evening/weekend hours.

Main Responsibilities:
+ Conduct scholarly research that supports Museum programs, exhibitions, media outreach, and staff training;
+ Respond to public and media inquiries about the Museum's content, collection, special exhibits and programs;
+ Assist in creating engaging interpretive programs and written materials for the Museum's various audiences;
+ Present lectures and tours relating to the permanent collection and special exhibitions for staff, educators, VIPs, and the media.
+ Work with Director of Education to update permanent exhibitions and conceptualize and develop temporary exhibits;
+ Publish articles and materials that educate the general public, educators, and scholars.
+ Administer the Museum's blog and podcast programs.
+ Identify and coordinate with experts in the intelligence community to present programs addressing current issues and scholarship;
+ Represent the Museum to the media through interviews and articles and to the public via social media;
+ Assist in overseeing the care, exhibition, acquisition, research, study and interpretation of the collection; develops relationships and cultivates current and potential donors to expand object donations and loans.
+ Build and expand the Museum's local, national, and international presence, profile and reputation.

Experience Required
Advanced degree in Modern History, Political Science, or International Relations or related field.
Specialty in intelligence is highly desirable. Global political and/or historical perspectives are especially encouraged. Familiarity with history of science and technology a plus.
Teaching, museum, intelligence community and/or other pertinent experience highly desirable.

For immediate consideration, email a cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and writing sample with Curator/Historian in the subject line to: humanresources@spymuseum.org. Also, you may fax to 202.393.7797. For information about the International Spy Museum, please visit: www.spymuseum.org

CIA. The Central Intelligence Agency has uploaded a new video, Careers Overview, available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdowFqJp82E&feature=em-uploademail. Subscribers can be notified as new videos are released. You can also learn about career opportunities at the CIA at https://www.cia.gov/careers/index.html. [CIA.gov/3July2013]\

Upcoming TECHEXPO Events for Security Cleared Personnel looking for that new position -
July Hiring Events for Security-Cleared Professionals
Tuesday, July 16 - Baltimore, MD
Wednesday, July 17 - Reston, VA
August Hiring Events Exclusively for Polygraph Tested Professionals

Wednesday, August 14 - Tysons Corner, VA
Thursday, August 15 - Baltimore, MD
Download your registration form here


Books

Book by Former CIA Analyst and AFIO Board Member Sheds New Light on Cuba, Kennedy, Oswald. Lee Harvey Oswald had closer ties to Cuba's intelligence agency in the months before his fatal shooting of John F. Kennedy than previously known, according to a new book by a former CIA analyst.

Furthermore, the CIA lied about its knowledge of those ties to the Warren Commission that was tasked with investigating the crime, according to Brian Latell, the CIA's national intelligence officer for Latin America from 1990 to 1994 and author of the book Castro's Secrets: Cuban Intelligence, the CIA, & the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, due out on July 9.

Cuba also hid what it knew about Oswald, writes Latell, citing a CIA wiretap of a conversation between two Cuban secret service agents he uncovered in declassified archives.

"I am now convinced that Oswald was engaged with the Cubans," Latell told Reuters.

While he is careful not to suggest Oswald killed Kennedy on instructions from Havana, Latell says the new evidence confirms a widely held belief that Oswald was motivated to kill Kennedy by a fervent desire to impress Cuban leader Fidel Castro. [Read more: Adams/Reuters/8July2013]


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, 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 For more information please visit or RSVP to Meaghan.Smith@cicentre.com or call (240) 281-1627.

NOTE NEW LOCATION - 10 July 2013, 10 am - Laurel, MD - The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation Summer Program features Dr. Melvin Goodman discussing "National Insecurity"

Dr. Melvin A. Goodman, former senior CIA analyst, author and senior fellow at the Center for International Policy [currently serving as an adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University] will be discussing his latest book, National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism. Goodman gained an exceptional knowledge of national security while serving under every Administration from Johnson to Bush, Sr. Mr. Goodman decries that the Government's persistent misdirection of power stems from its dependency on the military-industrial complex. He believes that allowing the military to dominate national security is both exorbitant and ineffective in results. He offers a prescription for curbing the costs, calling for diplomacy as a better tool for dealing with foreign policy issues such as North Korea, Iran, and Syria. In his book he contends, "The United States must abandon its notion of 'exceptionalism' which has led this country to gratuitously deploy military forces overseas to advance U.S. values." Mr. Goodman is an exciting, provocative speaker with strong views and thoughts on the last two Administrations' handling of major crisis areas challenging the U.S. These will be vexing issues for some that will more than likely lead to a lively Q&A session. We hope you can join us for this exciting program. A book signing and lunch will follow the presentation.

The Program fees are $40 which includes lunch and a year's membership in the Foundation. You may register and pay online at www.cryptologicfoundation.org. Or make your check payable to NCMF and return by 30 June to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Fort George G Meade, MD 20755-3682.Questions? Contact cryptmf@aol.com.
NEW Location: the program will be held at the Patuxent Greens Country Club, 14415 Greenview Dr, Laurel, MD 20708, (301) 776-5533. Location and Directions are here: http://goo.gl/maps/zeBw1

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 robsmom@pcisys.net

Thursday, 11 July 2013, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - H. Keith Melton discusses "Sex(pionage): Spies, Lies, and Naked Thighs" at the International Spy Museum

The weather isn't the only steamy thing at the Spy Museum this summer!
Think July is hot? Wait til you hear these sultry tales of sex and spies. If you have access to secrets or influential VIP's, you might just find yourself the victim of one of the oldest tricks of the trade: sexpionage. From ancient intrigues to Anna Chapman, spies, counterspies, and terrorists often conduct their undercover activities under the covers! International Spy Museum Board Member and intelligence historian H. Keith Melton will reveal how seduction is used as a tool to attract and manipulate assets, to coerce and compromise targets, and to control spies in both reality and fiction. Featuring authentic sexual entrapment videos and technical details of the infamous Russian "honey traps," Melton will tell all about the spies who stop at nothing to get their man or woman!
Guests will enjoy a complimentary cocktail as they gather essential knowledge for handling any questionable or suspicious relationship.
Adult material - 18 and older strictly enforced. Tickets: $25 Register at www.spymuseum.org

Tuesday 16 July 2013, 8:30 am to 4 pm EDT - Virginia Beach, VA - Combating Corporate Espionage, a Cyber Counterespionage Event Comes to Virginia

Businesses today are in real danger of espionage, both technical and physical, and knowing how to protect against these dangers could make all the difference. SpearTip, LLC, a cyber counterespionage and counterintelligence firm, is sponsoring this event alongside CI Centre and ComSec, LLC on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Virginia Beach, VA. "Combating Corporate Espionage" Protecting Your Organization From "Spies, Hacks & Taps" is a chance to participate with like-minded counterintelligence experts as they share ways to help protect organizations from foreign and domestic, corporate, cyber, and electronic espionage attacks. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. EDT.
Jarrett Kolthoff, President / CEO of SpearTip, LLC has 20 years of experience in the Information Security field. As a former Special Agent - U.S. Army Counterintelligence, he has experience in cyber investigations, counterintelligence, and Fusion Cell analysis that assist SpearTip’s clients to identify, assess, neutralize, and exploit threats leveled against their corporation. His civil casework includes investigations in anti-trust lawsuits, embezzlement, collusion, theft of intellectual property, and corporate espionage. He has testified in civil cases as an expert computer forensic witness in depositions in U.S. Federal Court - Eastern District of Missouri and has acted as a liaison between companies and law enforcement agencies. Jarrett led assignments throughout the United States with both national and international corporations. He continues to serve his community as an Adjunct Professor at Webster University, and through membership with the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Espionage Research Institute International (ERII), and board membership as past-President of the St. Louis InfraGard Chapter and the St. Louis Chapter of the International High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA).
David G. Major, President of CI Centre, is a retired Senior FBI Supervisory Special Agent. David’s skills and abilities propelled him to being named as the first FBI official assigned to the National Security Council. He served as the Director, Intelligence and Counterintelligence Programs in 1985 and 1986, and briefed and advised President Reagan on counterintelligence matters. He worked with the FBI in counterintelligence and counterterrorism for 24 years and for over 38 years David has been a student, practitioner, and lecturer on CI and CT. David Major has made a life-long commitment to the practice and study of counterintelligence and its subset, counterterrorism, making him one of the nation's top experts on the subject. His views and advice are sought out by the government, private companies, and national and international media. 
J.D. LeaSure, President / CEO, of ComSec, LLC has over 24 years of experience in counterintelligence operations ranging from both HUMINT and Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) in both governmental and private sectors. J.D. is one of the few U.S. practitioners who maintains the internationally recognized Certified Counterespionage Information Security Management Certification (CCISM). J.D. also leads SpearTip’s Cyber TSCM, counterintelligence, and counterespionage consulting services. J.D. possesses extensive training, knowledge, and experience in the identification of eavesdropping devices, espionage detection methods and the intelligence collection tactics most often employed by global perpetrators of electronic espionage. He has traveled the globe to provide counterespionage advisory services to businesses, corporate counsels, chief executives, government agencies, non-profit organizations, celebrities, and high net worth clients. He continues to serve his country as the Director of Espionage Research Institute International (ERII).
Registration for the seminar costs $45. This includes access to all presentations, question and answer sessions, and a networking lunch. Click here for more information and to register for the seminar.  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=94diz6jab&oeidk=a07e7iogqgd966939dd&oseq=

16 July 2013, 11:30am - 2 pm - McLean, VA - "Counter Surveillance: Keeping Your Secrets Your Own" by Jeffrey Berkey at DIAA Forum

Mr. Jeffrey Alan Berkey will speak on "Counter surveillance: Keeping Your Secrets Your Own." This presentation will discuss how tools often associated with securing our personal safety can also be used by individuals for nefarious purposes. This discussion will consider the range of the surveillance threat and tools used to provide counter surveillance and privacy protection. This needed protection is obtained by considering the following: The Environment, The Surveillance Consciousness, Counter surveillance Resources, and Recognized Objectives. He will bring some devices and provide handouts to provide a clearer understanding of this threat.
He is a Human Resources Manager for Professional Maintenance of Indiana which works in conjunction with American Sound Masking. These companies provide commercial and industrial sound reduction devices for business applications and distribute Electronic Surveillance Countermeasures devices for the U.S. Department of Defense, Homeland Security and U.S. Embassies Worldwide. Mr. Berkey received a B.A. degree from Bob Jones University and is enrolled in an MBA program at the University of Indianapolis.
Make reservations by 15 July 2013 by email to diforum@diaalumni.org. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, or fettuccini with portabella for their luncheon selection.
Event location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA. Pay at the door with a check for $29.00 payable to DIAA, Inc.
Registration starts at 11:30 AM, lunch at 12:00 PM. Pay at the door with a check for $29.00 per person, payable to DIAA, Inc. Check is preferred, but will accept cash; however. Credit card payment are discouraged.

25 July 2013, 12:30 - 2:30pm - Los Angeles, CA - David Glazier speaks on "Drones, Targeted Killing, and the Law" at AFIO LA Chapter

The Los Angeles Chapter of AFIO will host an open forum discussion on the use of Drones & Target Assessment in the 21st Century battlefield. David Glazier will provide a legal overview analysis of the use of drones with a counterpoint view provided by an individual from the IC known to the chapter as ‘Coop.’ Location: LAPD ARTC 5651 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Please RSVP for attendance: AFIO_LA@YAHOO.COM

25-26 July 2013 - Fairfax, VA - Workshop on Terrorism Analysis at George Mason University

FAS Senior Fellow on State and Non-State Threats Mr. Charles Blair will be hosting a workshop at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, titled Terrorism Analysis: Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodologies and Tools on July 25-26, 2013.
This non-credit course introduces participants to a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies for the study of terrorism and learn how to create and utilize analytical tools for preventing, preparing for, responding to, or predicting terrorism.
DEADLINE EXTENDED! Early Bird Rate- register by July 15, 2013: $600.00
1 Continuing Ed Units awarded
If you are interested, please sign up as soon as possible. For more information or to register online, visit the course's page. Direct any questions about the course to Charles P. Blair at cblair@fas.org
For more information on the workshop and to register, click here

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

27 July - 1 August 2013 - Las Vegas, NV - The Black Hat USA 2013 Cyber Conference

Black Hat USA is the most intensely technical and relevant global information security event in the world, encouraging collaboration between academia, leaders in the public and private sectors, and world-class researchers. Nowhere else will you experience the same caliber of conversations and continuing education, within a strictly vendor-neutral environment. Each year, the brightest minds in security come together in Las Vegas for six days of learning, networking and high-intensity skills building.
Back for its 16th year, the Black Hat USA Briefings and Trainings will take place July 27-August 1, 2013 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada. REGISTER NOW and save an additional $200 when you use this special promotion code: 200OffUSbh (new registrations only). For more information, explore here.

Saturday, 3 August 2013, 11:30 am - Melbourne, FL - "When Clerics Say Kill" the topic at the AFIO Satellite Chapter Meeting

The topic will be "When Clerics Say Kill" and the speaker will be Don White. He asks: How do devout, intelligent, educated, religious leaders drift from their core beliefs to the point of ordering the deaths of innocent people? What do they look for in recruiting a suicide bomber? Could it happen here in America in significant numbers?
Meeting being held at: the Indian River Colony Club's At Ease Club, starting at 11:30 AM. Questions or to register contact Bobbie Keith, 321 777 5561 or email her at bobbie6769@juno.com

Tuesday, 13 August 2013, noon - Washington, DC - The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines, at the International Spy Museum

When 26 Army nurses and medics - part of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron - boarded a transport plane in November, 1943, they never anticipated the crash landing in Nazi-occupied Albania that would lead to their months-long struggle for survival. The group dodged bullets and battled blinding winter storms as they climbed mountains and fought to survive, aided by courageous villagers who risked death at Nazi hands as well as Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) and the American OSS. Join author Cate Lineberry, a former writer and editor for Smithsonian Magazine, for this mesmerizing tale of World War II courage and heroism.
Join the author for an informal chat and book signing.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. See www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 14 August, 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

Friday, 23 August 2013, 10:30 am - 2 pm - Tysons Corner, VA - Letitia Long, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Luke Bencie on Counterespionage for Travelers.

AFIO National Summer Luncheon features Letitia Long, the Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Luke Bencie, author of AMONG ENEMIES: Counter-Espionage for the Business Traveler.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) delivers geospatial intelligence to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals, and first responders. NGA is a unique combination of intelligence agency and combat support agency. Anyone who sails a U.S. ship, flies a U.S. aircraft, makes national policy decisions, fights wars, locates targets, responds to natural disasters, or even navigates with a cellphone relies on NGA. NGA enables all of these through timely, relevant, accurate and actionable GEOINT. NGA manages a global consortium of more than 400 commercial and government relationships. Director Long serves as the functional manager for GEOINT, the head of the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG), and the coordinator of the global Allied System for Geospatial Intelligence (ASG). In these multiple roles, NGA receives guidance and oversight from DOD, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and Congress. Headquartered in Springfield, Virginia, NGA has two major locations in St. Louis and Arnold, Mo. Hundreds of NGA employees serve on support teams at U.S. military, diplomatic, and allied locations around the world.

Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m. Luke Bencie begins his presentation at 11 a.m. Lunch served at noon, NGA Director Long begins her presentation at 1 pm. Morning and Afternoon programs are On The Record The latest intelligence books, and many others, for sale throughout event. Event closes at 2 p.m.
EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza, 1960 Chain Bridge Road • McLean, Virginia 22102; Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf
Register HERE

Monday, 16 September 2013, 5:30 - 8 pm - New York, NY - "Putin's Russia" featuring KGB Maj Gen Oleg D. Kalugin, addressing AFIO NY Metro Chapter

Gen. Kalugin was one of the youngest generals in the history of the KGB, and his intelligence career spanned the better part of the Cold War. As deputy resident at the Soviet embassy in Washington, DC, he oversaw Moscow's spy network in the United States, and as head of KGB foreign counter-intelligence, he directed several Soviet covert actions against the West. In his memoirs, Spymaster, KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin (Ret.) provided an unparalleled look at the inner workings of Moscow's famed spy agency. Join Kalugin to hear firsthand of his assessment of how Russia and its intelligence organs have fared under Russian president Vladimir Putin, including the death of Russian intelligence defector Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006, up to the present quandary dealing with the Edward Snowden leaker affair.
Location:  Society of Illustrators Building  128 East 63rd Street (between Park Ave and Lexington Avenue). 
Times:  Registration starts at 5:30 PM with 6 PM meeting start. 
Fee: $50/pp - advanced registration required at afiometro@gmail.com or call 646-717-3776.

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