AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #31-13 dated 13 August 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 for Next Two Months ONLY

 

Traveling this year or next? Business of pleasure? Before you do....

Some spaces remain available

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

1 p.m. speaker

Letitia A. Long

Director
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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.

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
EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza
1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, Virginia 22102
Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf
 

The Citadel - The Military College of South Carolina presents the Southeast Region Security & Intelligence Conference

10 - 11 October 2013 - Charleston, SC

"Securing Our Intelligence
& Protecting Our Ports" 

Keeping with the tradition of The Citadel's historic role in defending the country, the Criminal Justice Department and the School of Humanities is pleased to announce the next chapter in Homeland Security. The Citadel will hold its first conference dedicated to Homeland Security and Intelligence. The conference will feature professionals and academics from various disciplines and agencies related to homeland security and intelligence. Keynote speakers include: Letitia Long, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director for Intelligence Integration, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Stu Shea, Chief Operating Officer, SAIC, and many other senior officials and experts. http://www.citadel.edu/root/criminaljustice-sersi-conference
Conference Registration: https://foundation.citadel.edu/sersi


For your 2014 Calendar

MEMBERS - HOLD THE DATE

AFIO-NGA 2014 Intelligence Symposium

1 - 3 May 2014 - Tysons Corner, VA

Thursday, 1 May we will depart early for the large, beautiful new headquarters complex of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency located in Springfield, VA. US Citizens, only, are permitted at this part of our 3-day symposium. Will include facility tours and presentations by NGA principals on GEOINT, emergency support, mapping, and satellite reconnaissance.

Friday daytime will feature panels, speakers, and luncheon, all to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Vienna/Tysons Corner, VA. Friday evening is the reception and Spies in Black Ties™ Banquet.

Saturday, 3 May, to feature Chapter workshop and General Membership Meeting.

Registration, agenda, and further details to be supplied when available. Because of the early bus departure time on Thursday for NGA, all out-of-town symposium participants are urged to reserve rooms at the hotel starting Wednesday evening so you are ready to just come down to the lobby Thursday morning to take the 7 a.m. buses.


Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

US Intelligence Group to Review Privacy Issues. US intelligence director James Clapper introduced a review group Monday that will assess whether the right balance is being struck between national security and personal privacy.

President Barack Obama on Friday pledged to overhaul US spy programs amid a debate sparked by the leaks of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, which revealed vast telephone and Internet surveillance programs.

The group will assess whether the US "optimally protects our national security and advances our foreign policy while appropriately accounting for other policy considerations," the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said in a statement. [Read more: AgenceFrancePress/12August2013]

N.S.A. Leaks Make Plan for Cyberdefense Unlikely. Even while rapidly expanding its electronic surveillance around the world, the National Security Agency has lobbied inside the government to deploy the equivalent of a "Star Wars" defense for America's computer networks, designed to intercept cyberattacks before they could cripple power plants, banks or financial markets. 

But administration officials say the plan, championed by Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency and head of the Pentagon's Cyber Command, has virtually no chance of moving forward given the backlash against the N.S.A. over the recent disclosures about its surveillance programs.

Senior agency officials concede that much of the technology needed to filter malicious software, known as malware, by searching incoming messages for signs of programs designed to steal data, or attack banks or energy firms, is strikingly similar to the technology the N.S.A. already uses for surveillance.

"The plan was always a little vague, at least as Keith described it, but today it may be Snowden's biggest single victim," one senior intelligence official said recently, referring to Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor who released documents revealing details of many of the agency's surveillance programs. [Read more: Sanger/NYTimes/12August2013]

Obama Outlines Intelligence Gathering Reforms. U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday he is taking steps to make sure national security surveillance is more transparent.

During a news conference at the White House, his first in months, Obama also had critical words for Russian President Vladimir Putin - saying the United States would not boycott the Olympic Games in Russia because of increased tensions - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and Republicans, but he led off with plans for surveillance reform.

Though he credited Snowden with starting an avalanche of confused debate about surveillance programs, "I don't think Mr. Snowden is a patriot," the president said.

"It's not enough for me as president to have confidence in these programs," Obama said. "The American people need to have confidence in them, as well."

Obama said he would take four specific steps "to move the debate [about surveillance] forward." [Read more: UPI/9August2013]

CIA, FBI and NSA Leaders Ask for Help Fighting Cyberattacks. The heads of the CIA, FBI and NSA called for help from the private sector in fighting cyberattacks, which they said are growing in size and level of threat.

CIA director John O. Brennan, FBI Director Robert Mueller and NSA chief and four-star general Keith Alexander stressed the importance of collaboration between the public and private sector at the International Cyber Security Conference organized by the FBI and Fordham University in New York City this week.

"Government can not solve this by itself," Alexander said at a keynote roundtable with the other two government leaders on Thursday. "We can't do it by ourselves. We don't see all the data, we don't have the footprint that the industry has, so we have to have a partnership with the industry."

Brennan and Mueller echoed these thoughts.

Brennan called fighting cyberattacks a "team sport," noting that 85% of the critical infrastructure in the United States is in the hands of private companies. Cyberspace "is a privately owned and operated environment," he said. [Read more: Franceschi-Bicchierai/Mashable/9August2013]

Ex-CIA Chief Hayden: Snowden's Leaks Possibly Worst US Intel Breach in History. Former CIA Director Michael Hayden tells Newsmax that the most important aspect of Private Bradley Manning's conviction on multiple charges is the "deterrent effect" it might have on others with access to sensitive information.

But the retired four-star Air Force general asserts that Manning is being "horribly exploited" by those who are urging more government transparency.

And he says the intelligence leaked by former National Security Agency staffer Edward Snowden could be "the most serious hemorrhaging of American secrets" ever. [Read more: NewsMax/31July2013]

Groundbreaking SecureView Empowers Intel Analysts, Protects Data. "Connecting the dots" has become an increasingly public and controversial practice, as recent headlines will attest, but it has always been a primary goal of the intelligence community, and it got more complex after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

When the 9/11 Commission highlighted the critical importance of collaboration between intelligence-gathering agencies, it still insisted that, for security reasons, the information feeds analysts received from different networks remain completely separate from each other.

At first, that meant analysts needed a dedicated stand-alone computer, monitor and keyboard for each feed they worked with. Secure KVM switches began to pare the desktop clutter down a bit, but with 17 different networks in the intelligence community, analysts needed several separate, secure computers just for basic functionality.

While it's unlikely that individual analysts would need access to every single network, John Woodruff, program manager of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Cross Domain Solutions, Operations and Innovations team, has seen some complex setups. "It was not unusual at all to find an analyst with six to eight computers on his desk, with each one sitting on a different network," he said.

The solution involved more than decluttering desktops; it had to meet seemingly conflicting security and performance requirements. [Read more: Breeden/GCN/13August2013]

Norway Bars Apple from Taking Aerial Photos of Oslo. Norway's intelligence agency has blocked US company Apple from flying over Oslo to take 3D aerial photos for its map application, citing national security, officials said Tuesday.

"I can confirm that Apple was not authorised to take aerial photographs because the level of detail in the shots is considered too high for some of the restricted zones," a spokeswoman for the Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM), Mona Stroem Arnoey, said.

"We have however presented Apple with alternative solutions, including buying photos from Norwegian suppliers or from the Norwegian map authorities," she said.

Norway's neighbours Sweden and Denmark have meanwhile granted Apple permission to take aerial photos. [Read more: AFP/13August2013]

Estonia: Russian Spy did not know EU or Nato Secrets. An alleged Russian spy exposed in Estonia did not compromise EU or Nato secrets, Estonia's intelligence chief has told EUobserver.

The Baltic country last week detained Vladimir Veitman, a 63-year-old Estonian intelligence officer, on suspicion of spying for Russia, saying he has confessed to the crime and handed over illicit money.

The case is the third one in recent times.

In 2012, Estonia jailed another one of its intelligence officers, Aleksei Dressen, for 16 years for spying for its former Soviet master.

In 2009, it jailed an Estonian defence ministry official, Herman Simm, for 12 and a half years on similar charges. [Read more: EUObserver/13August2013]

ASIO Turns its Spies Onto High-Tech Espionage. Australia's top spy has flagged a shift in focus for the national security agency ASIO, with more resources for high-tech espionage after a decade of concentrating on terrorism.

ASIO boss David Irvine said on Tuesday that cyber espionage by other countries was escalating threats amid rapid technological change - requiring new skills for intelligence officials and laws to help combat the threats.

''In order to deal with current threats to our security, ASIO is currently in the process of growing its counter-espionage and foreign interference capabilities after a decade of primary focus on terrorism,'' Mr. Irvine told the Security in Government 2013 conference in Canberra.

But he stressed that terrorism was still a danger, citing fears about young Australians fighting and being radicalised in Syria. [Read more: Wroe/TheAge/14August2013]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Can Online Crowdsourcing Solve Korean War Mysteries 60 Years Later? The 27th of July marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War truce, but questions remain over the fates of almost 8,000 American POW/MIAs from the conflict. Those still alive at war's end were supposed to be repatriated in the weeks after the truce, but US officials feared many were not. A new Web site hopes to answer questions on many of these cases - some of which have stumped government researchers for years - by leveraging the power of the Internet.

"We are running out of time to solve these mysteries. Online sleuths may be able to find what the Pentagon and CIA cannot," said John Zimmerlee, POW expert, author and son of a missing aviator from the war.

For example, declassified CIA reports list the names of unreturned US POWs in their Chinese transliterations - how the English-language names sounded to Chinese-speaking sources. Someone on the Internet probably has the linguistic skills to match those names to the official POW/MIA list and determine if they are real. A captured North Korea film includes the faces of many US and South Korean POWs. Most families of the missing and Korean War veterans have never seen the film and could probably identify the men. [Read more: PRNewsWire/26July2013]

Obama: Technologies Can Block Snooping. Is there a technical solution to keeping the National Security Agency out of your inbox?

President Barack Obama suggested there is at a Friday press conference in which he spoke broadly about changes to how the U.S. conducts electronic eavesdropping on phone calls and Internet traffic to fight terrorism.

To be clear, the President maintained that the NSA is not targeting your average American.

But he also said that if you don't trust the feds, there may be some technologies that could "provide another layer of assurance."

"If people don't have confidence that the law, the checks and balances of the court and Congress, are sufficient to give us confidence that government's not snooping, well, maybe we can embed technologies in there that prevent the snooping regardless of what government wants to do," he said. "There may be some technological fixes that provide another layer of assurance."

That's not quite the same as the president telling Americans to go off the grid or adopt hacker-grade encryption. He might have been referring to safeguards within the NSA's Ft. Meade complex near Washington, D.C. But geeks have long turned to various forms of encryption to keep their online dealings secret - even from the federal government.

Here are some technologies people have used as of late - though it's never a sure bet anything you send on the Internet is completely secure. [Read more: Yadron/WallStreetJournal/9August2013]

NSA Data Debate: Glossary and Who's Who. The National Security Agency's monitoring of Americans' data became the source of debate following leaks by a former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, leading to a policy shift by President Barack Obama on Friday. Here is a list of terms discussed in the debate over the NSA's data-collection programs as well as a who's who of the players involved:  [Read more:  WallStreetJournal/9August2013]

Brennan Emerges From The Shadows. Since becoming CIA Director last March, John Brennan has made no public appearances. Was he slipping into the shadows and assuming the more secretive posture of spymasters from a bygone era? Not according to CIA officials. Rather Brennan was intent on digging into the vast array of responsibilities - operational, analytic and technological - that he now oversees as the Director of Central Intelligence. Moreover, Brennan who had a reasonably high profile as President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser during the first term, wanted to demonstrate his commitment to the CIA work force before going out on the public speaking circuit. 

But his period of monastic seclusion officially comes to an end on Thursday. [Read more: Klaidman/TheDailyBeast/6August2013]

CIA's Covert Effort to Make FBI's Mueller Laugh. Ever wonder what top administration officials whisper to each other when they're testifying on Capitol Hill?

"Everybody thinks we're [whispering] something profound to each other," former CIA director George Tenet said Thursday about his times answering lawmakers' questions beside FBI Director Robert Mueller. "I would cup my hand and say something to Mueller like, ‘Bob, isn't that the dumbest question you've ever heard?'"

Mueller would stiffly mouth back, "Shut up," Tenet recalled.

Top Justice Department officials, FBI colleagues, lawmakers, former U.S. officials and the nation's top two intelligence officials - gathered in Washington for a farewell ceremony to Mueller - erupted into laughter at Tenet's story.

Mueller is leaving the FBI next month after 12 years at its helm. Mueller took the post a week before the 9/11 attacks.

During his own remarks, Mueller confirmed that Tenet used to try to make him laugh during congressional hearings. [Read more: York/WPRO/2August2013]

Marlene Dietrich to Be Honored at Fall Dinner of Current and Former Spies. The post-summer social season feels a long way off, as it should, but in truth party planners and caterers and numerous hosts are busy planning, positioning, and sending out "save the dates." One that got our attention is from the OSS Society. If you're not familiar with the group, the Office of Strategic Services, created during World War II, was the CIA before there was a CIA. The OSS Society is a club of spies and former spies, and other key figures in the intelligence industry, who gather each fall for a glamorous black-tie dinner and the presentation of the William J. Donovan Award. Donovan was the visionary and first leader of the OSS, which he modeled on the British Secret Service. Last year the society honored Ernest Hemingway. If it's possible to top that, this year's event may...the October 26 evening is to be dedicated to Hemingway's good friend Marlene Dietrich.

There's so much possibility for drama and glamour in that theme, and the OSS Society already has announced that Dietrich's daughter, Maria Riva, will attend and make a traditional martini toast to her mother. There will also be a toast to Hemingway, and a band will perform some of Dietrich's songs, including those she recorded for the OSS to be used as propaganda - the most famous being "Lili Marlene." Really, all that's needed now is to have Madonna - who routinely channels Dietrich - jump out of a cake. Though that's not likely, the society is importing Colin Field, the head bartender at the Paris Ritz's Hemingway Bar, named so because the author was a devoted patron. Forbes magazine has called Field the "world's greatest bartender." [Read more: Joynt/Washingtonian/8August2013]


Section III - COMMENTARY

How the Government (and Bad Guys) Intercept Electronic Data. The news of the NSA spying using PRISM should not come as a surprise to anyone in the intelligence community. Electronic spying is as normal as breathing. 

So should you be worried? If you are up to no good, yes. If you have personal information on your devices that can be used to steal your identity, yes.

However, I'm personally not concerned about data being collected by my government. I'm well aware of what I'm electronically communicating and nothing incriminates me. But what does worry me is when bad guys get hold of data via RATs and use it to take over accounts or open new accounts. Using antivirus, antispyware and a firewall is your best defense.

We can't do much to protect ourselves from government surveillance other than simply not communicating digitally or using less popular search engines, social sites and email programs. But there are tools such as TOR and Hotspot Shield VPN that mask IP addresses and can be used to anonymize communications. [Read more: Siciliano/WashingtonPost/8August2013]

NSA Wants to Dump Most People with Snowden's Old Job. Here's How They Might Do It. If you're an IT administrator working for the NSA, you might want to brush off your résumé: Your boss, Gen. Keith Alexander, has announced he's planning to eliminate 90 percent of you and your co-workers thanks to some fancy new technology. The idea is to limit the organizational risk posed by Edward Snowden-type leakers. But what exactly will this sysadmin-vaporizing pixie dust look like?

Alexander was coy about it yesterday, speaking to an audience of information security professionals. He hinted at a "thin virtual cloud structure," but that was the extent of it.

So we know cloud computing is somehow involved. From that, we can infer that NSA is considering at least one, perhaps two systems. These aren't "new" in the sense that they've never been disclosed - in fact, the agency has been planning a shift to cloud computing since at least 2011. But to date, Alexander hasn't generally talked about cloud computing as a matter of internal security.

The first solution that could be considered is a program called ICITE - the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise. [Read more: Fung/WashingtonPost/9August2013]

Iran: Lessons Learned. In 1978, the Central Intelligence Agency assigned me to Iran. Martial law was declared the day after my family and I arrived. In 1979, I left after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's triumphant arrival on an Air France flight and the first takeover of the U.S. Embassy.

My intense immersion in Iranian politics had left me with the conviction that things could have turned out differently from the results of U.S. President Jimmy Carter's benign and optimistic approach to Khomeini's revolution.

Likewise, my experiences in Iran produced lessons that are still valid for dealing with the mullahs more effectively than what passes for foreign policy under President Barack Obama: Expressing respect for their culture and apologizing for past American actions.

Moreover, those lessons could apply to the current Egyptian situation as well. [Read more: LeGallo/UPI/29July2013]

Obama Gets It Right on NSA Reforms. President Obama took the right approach during his press conference today by proposing reforms to the NSA's programs that will allow for more congressional oversight and make more information available to the American people about programs involving cell-phone data and Internet use. He correctly noted that, despite all the disclosures by Edward Snowden, no evidence has been produced to suggest that NSA has abused cell-phone or Internet-monitoring programs to spy on the American people. The president said this is because there are protections in place to ensure these programs are not abused, but also agreed steps should be taken to reassure the American people. I think such reforms are inevitable given growing outrage over the NSA programs in Congress. 

I know the Obama administration is engulfed in scandals involving the IRS and investigating journalists. As a former intelligence officer, I see the NSA story as completely separate. The president did the right thing today. [Fleitz/NationalReview/9August2013]


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.]

Parsons is Seeking Intelligence Business Development Director, Centreville, VA

Parsons offers the U.S. Government qualified and clearable personnel to solve engineering, intelligence, information technology, facility, environmental, and energy needs. Our staff has supported mission-critical, defense, homeland security, installation/base optimization, range sustainability, space exploration, unexploded ordnance cleanup, missile defense, and disaster relief programs both here and around the globe. We excel in delivering to mission-critical expectations. Parsons makes the world a safer place.
Opportunity
Parsons Intelligence Sector, as part of the National Security & Defense Division (NSD), is a thriving business focused on national and military Intelligence Community clients. Parsons business is based on the core competencies in system engineering and integration, reverse engineering, full spectrum cybersecurity, R&D, intelligence analysis, training, and facilities & infrastructure support. The Intelligence Sector's 400+ staff are located nationwide both at our client sites and in Parsons home offices.
Parsons has extensive experience supporting identification, bid and award of contracts throughout the Intelligence Community. We have an exciting opportunity for a Business Development Director within our Intelligence Sector. The successful candidate will provide business development leadership and direction focused on the design, development and implementation of intelligence and cybersecurity solutions, intelligence training and exercise support, intelligence analysis, and related program management, advisory and assistance, and support services.
This position reports to the NSD Division BD Senior Vice President and Functional Manager and will work with the Intelligence Sector Vice President and General Manager to develop and implement sales and capture strategies to achieve annual revenue sold exceeding $30 - 50M. The ideal candidate will understand all phases and aspects of federal government business development and capture management, including: teaming strategies, business negotiations, as well as the ability to recognize and act upon opportunities addressing intelligence and related projects for the Intelligence Community. The selected candidate may travel to cultivate new and ongoing business endeavors. Preferred location for the role is Centreville, VA or Washington, D.C metropolitan area.
Requirements: 15+ years of related work experience and 4-year degree in business, technical, engineering or related field; Extensive contacts within both government and contractor community; Demonstrated ability in managing a diverse project base and meeting business goals; Proven performance in achieving rapid growth rates; Current TS/SCI required, with polygraph preferred; Knowledge and experience of full spectrum cyber and intelligence required; and Strong communications skills, both oral and written.

Parsons offers an ethical, challenging, diverse, and a rewarding work experience where enthusiastic, responsible people use their energy, talent and dedication to make a difference in the world.

Candidates are encouraged to apply here or www.parsons.com/careers. We provide career growth and development, a competitive compensation and benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; tuition reimbursement program; credit union membership; Employee Stock Ownership Plan and a 401(k) plan. Parsons is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. M/W/D/V. Founded in 1944, Parsons, an engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm with revenues of $3 billion in 2012, is 100% owned by the Employee Stock Ownership Trust. We conquer the toughest logistical challenges and deliver design/design-build, program/construction management, professional services, and innovative alternative delivery solutions to private industrial customers worldwide as well as to federal, regional, and local government agencies. Parsons is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, environmental, and defense/security. Currently, more than 11,500 Parsons' employees are engaged in more than 2,000 projects in 50 states and 25 countries. These dedicated workers speak 82 languages collectively, and hold more than 7,600 college degrees and professional registrations. Parsons' employees continue to go anywhere in the world, meet every technical and management challenge, and persevere until the job is done.

Linquists Needed in Dari/Pashto/Tamachek/Tuareg/Tamahaq/Hausa/Arabic
Walsingham Group is accepting applications for Dari/Pashto/Tamachek/Tuareg/Tamahaq/Hausa/Arabic Linguists located in various CONUS and OCONUS locations. Linguists supporting the SOCOM LSS contract will provide foreign language interpretation, transcription, and translation services to support classified Overseas Contingency Operations worldwide for a Task Force.
Minimum Qualifications: US Citizen; Score a minimum ILR level 3 in the foreign language and English; Possess or be willing to obtain a security clearance; Willing to travel in support of Special Operations Forces; and Physically fit (lift 30 lbs over head and hike 3 miles with 30 lb pack).
Replies to: Moe Kader, Manager of Intel and Linguist Recruiting, mkader@walsinghamgroup.com or visit www.walsinghamgroup.com

Books

New Novel Explores Biological Weapons Attack on US. Charles S. Faddis is a retired CIA operations officer and author. In this, his third novel, he explores the implications of a biological weapons attack on the United States. Faddis spent twenty years in the Near East and South Asia and retired as the head of CIA's WMD terrorism unit. This fast paced thriller is also all too real and all too possible. "Caffa" became available on Amazon on 12 August 2013.

"Caffa" is the third in the thrilling 'Aphrodite" series of books. The books follow the adventures of former CIA officer, Bill Boyle, and his lover, Eleni Paraskevi, a former member of a Greek terrorist group.

The name "Caffa" is derived from the name of the Crimean city attacked by Muslim forces in the first known use of biological warfare. The Muslim army, decimated by the plague, resorted to catapulting the bodies of their dead over the walls of the city in an attempt to spread the pestilence inside. The terrified defenders fled by boat to Italy and brought with them the Black Death, which ravaged Europe for decades. [PRLog/29July2013]

Review: Reds Under The Beds: Diana West Can't Sleep. Diana West comes charging in at a furious gallop unfurling the banner of treason in her recent book American Betrayal. The Secret Assault on our Nation's Character. She arrives late to the subject of Soviet infiltration of the United States. But she brings attitude, wearing her outrage on her sleeve as she recounts the duplicitous activities of key American communists and sympathizers who allegedly transformed U.S. policy to conform with Stalin's ambitions. Despite her hyperbolic, exclamation point, italicized febrile style, the awful truth appears to materialize, like a photographic image in a pan of developing fluid. Yes, yes.... it is true! she constantly exclaims.

And to her credit she explores key events and individuals beyond the declassified evidence available since 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. She notes books and articles from the 1940s and 1950s that identified espionage rings and traitorous federal officials at the heart of U.S. policy who operated in the thrall of Soviet communism. She is horrified by treasonous behavior and draws conclusions from parallel events, such as FDR's commitment to Russia which she says altered the course of World War II and the chilling aftermath.

West never slows down divulging her selected evidence of manipulation of U.S. policy by Stalin's agents of influence, such as efforts to induce the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor; the call for Germany's "unconditional surrender" that she says prevented a negotiated accommodation with "good Germans"; the Chinese repudiation of Chiang Kai-shek in favor of Mao; and the White House-favored decision by the U.S. military to abandon Churchill's Mediterranean Strategy that - West asserts - could have cut off the advancing Red Army before it rolled into Germany. [Read more: Reeves/AmericanThinker/10August2013]

Book: Rise of Leftist Power in South America Led to Allende Coup. The rising power of leftists in South America made the election of Chile's President Salvador Allende a threat to the United States, a journalist says.

That was one of the reasons the CIA became involved, directly or indirectly, in the socialist leader's assassination in 1973, author Carlos Bosso said in an interview published Sunday in the Santiago (Chile) Times.

In his book, "The CIA in Chile," Bosso said the CIA detected what it saw as "a strong increase" in Chileans voting for leftist political parties in the 1960s

He cited an analysis of leftist guerrillas done by the CIA that said attempts by leftist groups to take over governments by violence "were not feasible anymore," so the groups began getting involved in the continent's political processes. That resulted in the election of Allende. [UPI/12August2013]


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, 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

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 - McLean, VA - TECHEXPO POLYGRAPH-ONLY hiring event

TECHEXPO is producing two POLYGRAPH-ONLY hiring events this August! Don't miss your chance to upgrade your career by interviewing at this exclusive event that is designed for polygraph tested professionals like you.
TECHEXPO Polygraph Only. Event being held at Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, VA 22102
Active Security Clearance w/ a CI or Full Scope Polygraph Required to Attend
For details visit TechExpoUSA.com

Thursday, 15 August 2013 - Baltimore, MD - TECHEXPO POLYGRAPH-ONLY hiring event

TECHEXPO is producing two POLYGRAPH-ONLY hiring events this August!
Don't miss your chance to upgrade your career by interviewing at this exclusive event
that is designed for polygraph tested professionals like you.
TECHEXPO Polygraph Only. Event location: BWI Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Baltimore, MD 21090
Active Security Clearance w/ a CI or Full Scope Polygraph Required to Attend
For details visit TechExpoUSA.com

19 - 21 August 2013 - Long Beach, CA - Maritime Security 2013 West - "Technology and Strategies to Mitigate Security Threats to the Maritime Domain"

Captain James D. Jenkins, Sector Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles - Long Beach, to give opening keynote address on August 20th.
SEE NEWLY REVISED AND MORE DETAILED AGENDA
Maritime Security 2013 West will bring together public and private stakeholders from all levels to discuss, learn and collaborate on strategies and technology use in mitigating security threats posed to the maritime domain.
Registration here:
- All access registration rates range from $95 to $445
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Thursday, 22 August 2013, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - James Bond, All-American Hero: Exquisitely Evil Programs, at the International Spy Museum

Leave your affected British accent at the door!
When Ian Fleming created the character James Bond he made him English to the core, from his Aston Martin to his quick wit and loyalty to the Queen. Historian Jonathan Nashel contends that as Bond has become a global phenomenon something very curious has happened to 007: he has become an all-American hero. Nashel argues that as Bond was idolized by millions of American men during the Cold War, he set the standard for many of them - including President John F. Kennedy. Bond showed how a man should carry himself and especially how he should act when confronted with danger. And English or American, would James Bond have been as fascinating without the evildoers in his films? Nashel will show how the evolving Bond and his responses to these villains and threats influenced the values and mores behind US Cold War policy and affected the image of red, white, and blue Cold War masculinity.
Tickets: $10 Visit www.spymuseum.org to register or more information.

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

Wednesdays, 04 September - 25 September 2013, 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Washington, DC - James Bond: Fact Into Fiction (and Back) 4-Session Daytime Course, at the International Spy Museum.

No one has introduced more people to the secret realm of espionage than James Bond. The man we know as 007 has been the face of clandestine operations for more than half a century, giving readers and movie audiences glimpses of a hidden world few are able to imagine.
Bond and his onscreen exploits represent fiction informed by some truth - some of it drawn from author Ian Fleming's own experiences in covert operations as a WWII British naval intelligence officer. In books and onscreen, the ablest agent of British secret intelligence service MI6 faces threats - from Cold War cliffhangers in the Caribbean to mass-media manipulation in the 1990s - that seemed fantastic at the time, but occasionally foreshadowed future headlines.
In Bond's flamboyant adventures, he deploys techniques and technologies that genuine spies use - or perhaps will, should fact catch up with cinematic imagination. His onscreen gadgets are said to have inspired innovations in disguise and communications technologies by real intelligence agency technical services units.

In this series, experts and former intelligence officers explore the intersecting powers of James Bond in fiction and fact, presented in conjunction with the International Spy Museum's continuing exhibition Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains. They place Bond and his nemeses in historical context, exploring how the evildoers and their plots have changed to reflect their times. (The series price includes a ticket to tour Exquisitely Evil.)

Sept. 4 - Bond Begins: A Cold War Spy
When Ian Fleming created James Bond in 1953, he drew on his own espionage career with British naval intelligence during WW II. Explore the roots of Fleming and Bond with Alexis Albion, PhD, an intelligence historian who served as a guest co-curator of Exquisitely Evil and is a former 9/11 Commission staff member. Learn how the Bond of Fleming's novels evolved to become the superspy universally known for impeccable taste, wit, and physical prowess. Dr. Albion is joined by Burton Gerber, a former CIA Clandestine Service officer and station chief in critical Cold War hotspots, who uncovers the realities of operating behind the Iron Curtain.

Sept. 11 - Bond After the Fall
Bond's fictional world changed after the fall of Communism - just as the collapse of the Soviet Union brought the Western intelligence community a range of challenges, from the absence of a major adversary to slashed funding. Hear from the Museum's Executive Director Peter Earnest, a former CIA Clandestine Service officer, on the transition from the Cold War to the post-Soviet era, and how Bond's adventures mirror the real-world issues and villains of the late-20th century. Jack Platt, another former Clandestine Service officer, provides firsthand observations of the fall of the Soviet Union, the decline of the Russian economy and way of life, and the growth of syndicated crime and corruption in that country.

Sept. 18 - 21st-Century Bond
The museum's historian and Exquisitely Evil co-curator Mark Stout, PhD, a former CIA intelligence analyst, brings you up to speed on the latest Bond villains and their connections to reality. How does Skyfall's Raoul Silva reflect Julian Assange of Wikileaks? How has radicalism and terrorism altered both Bond plotlines and our approach to intelligence? Cindy Storer, a former CIA officer in the Counterterrorism Center, adds perspective on how the intelligence business has changed in response to terrorism.

Sept. 25 - Bond's Women: More Than Meets the Eye
The museum's Adult Programs Director Amanda Ohlke explores the role of women in Bond's universe, from beautiful-but-deadly villains like Elektra King to Judi Dench's steely take on spy boss M. Former CIA officer Melissa Mahle discusses what it was like to undertake an espionage career in the shadow of the femme fatale. Did the Bond girl mystique help or hinder her career? She shares how she took control of the stereotypes and turned them upside down.

Tickets: $120. Obtain yours now via phone: 202.633.3030; or online at www.SmithsonianAssociates.org. Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-675.
Includes admission to Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Bond films. See over 100 film artifacts from the archives of EON Productions, the Bond film producers.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013, noon - Washington, DC - "Cyber War Will Not take Place," at the International Spy Museum with author Thomas Rid.

Is cyber war really coming? Scholar Thomas Rid of the Department of War Studies at Kings College London argues that the focus on war distracts from the real challenge of cyberspace: non-violent confrontation that may rival or even replace violence in surprising ways. In this provocative talk, the author will trace the most significant hacks and attacks and explore some key questions: What are cyber weapons? How have they changed the meaning of violence? How likely and how dangerous is crowd-sourced subversive activity? Why has there never been a lethal cyber-attack against a country's critical infrastructure? How serious is the threat of cyber-espionage? And who is most vulnerable in the cyber realm?
Join this British author for an informal chat and book signing. Tickets: Free! No registration required. For more information visit www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 6 p.m. - Las Vegas, NV - The AFIO Las Vegas Chapter hears Col James Harvey, USAF on "Silent Shield"

Our featured speaker for the evening will be: COL James P. Harvey, USAF
Topic: SILENT SHIELD: AFSOC's Direct Support Operators. As a result of a hostile fire incident during Operation JUST CAUSE, AFSOC and AIA established a program called SILENT SHIELD. This program uses a special group of airborne cryptologic linguists (called Direct Support Operators) to provide a direct threat warning "shield" around special operations aircraft. Over the decades, the SILENT SHIELD mission has grown into a joint, special operations capability featuring airborne cryptologic linguists and their language skills as a weapon and extending the shield around ground and maritime special operations forces. During operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM, these intelligence professionals even became a "go no-go" criteria for many critical special operations ground missions.
In November 1991, Knife 01 crashed in Afghanistan with one of these special operations intelligence professionals on board. The DSO's actions in the air and on the ground saved the lives of the crew and several Afghan civilians.
Presenter: Col J.P. Harvey is an AFSOC plank-holder, was an MH-60G pilot from 1987-1991, and commanded the 25th Intelligence Squadron (SILENT SHIELD) from 2006-2008.
Colonel James P. Harvey is the Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency's representative to the Commander, USAF Warfare Center, Nellis AFB, Nevada, and serves as the Center's Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. The USAFWC is responsible for assuring combat air, space, and information operations forces are trained and equipped to conduct integrated combat operations. As the A2, Colonel Harvey integrates ISR across the Center's air, space and cyberspace advanced testing, tactics development and training efforts.
Colonel Harvey was commissioned in May 1986 and following Undergraduate Helicopter Training, he served as a pilot in the 55th Special Operations Squadron. Following this assignment, he instructed at the Air Force Academy as a Course Director and Assistant Professor. Colonel Harvey then attended the Intelligence Officers Course, completed as the Honor Graduate, and has held numerous joint, interagency and Air Force positions leading to his current post.
at Nellis Air Force Base Officers' Club
(Guest names must be submitted along with their birth date to me by 4:00 p.m., Monday, August 19, 2013
Please join us at 5 p.m. in the "Robin's Roost" bar area for liaison and beverages.

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.

Nellis Air Force Base Access:
If you have provided your name, date of birth and either a drivers' license number or a social security number, your name will be at the guarded main gate at the entrance of Nellis Air Force Base. If not, please provide this information to me by Monday August 19, 2013, or you will not be admitted on base. If you currently have adequate base access, you do not need to provide this information.

RSVP to Mary Bentley (mary.bentley@doe.gov) or call her at 702-295-0417, if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013, noon - Washington, DC - "Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity" (a Monthly Update), at the International Spy Museum featuring David Major.

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®, a comprehensive online subscription database of espionage information, each of these updates 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. For more information visit www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 7 pm - 10 pm - Washington, DC - "Dinner with a Spy," An Evening with Malcolm Nance.

He's been undercover in terrorist hotspots, passed hostile border crossings in disguise, submitted to waterboarding, and now he's prepared to dine with you. Malcolm W. Nance is a counterterrorism and terrorism intelligence expert with wide-ranging field and combat experience. A frequent guest commentator on breaking news, he's the author of The Terrorist Recognition Handbook among other books. Drawing on his experience as a 20-year veteran of the US intelligence community's Combating Terrorist program, he's been a consultant for the US government on special operations, homeland security, and intelligence. As a master Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) instructor, he can handle any tricky situation including testifying before the US Congress. You will be one of only 20 guests at Poste for a three-course dinner where you'll talk with him about his extraordinary experiences and thoughts on today's intelligence issues.
Tickets: $225. Please call 202.654.0932 or email lhicken@spymuseum.org to register and provide any special dietary needs.
Ticket includes hors d'oeuvres and three-course dinner with wines. Registration required, space is limited! For more information visit www.spymuseum.org.
Location: Poste, 555 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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.

Thursday, 19 September 2013, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO - The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Mark Pfoff, Detective El Paso County Sheriff's Office

The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Mark Pfoff, Detective, El Paso County Sheriff's Office will talk on a case he has been working since 2006 regarding an Online Predator that is finally coming to a close. This event will take place on 19 Sep 2013 at 11:30am. 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, 26 September 2013, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America," at the International Spy Museum

Six months after the 9/11 attacks, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly initiated a straightforward, yet audacious, antiterrorist plan to be implemented in the Big Apple, dispatching a vast network of undercover officers and informants to track suspected terrorists. In Enemies Within, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalists Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman for Associated Press reveal the effectiveness of the domestic spying plan. Based on hundreds of previously unpublished New York Police Department internal memos and exclusive interviews with intelligence sources, including 25-year FBI veteran Don Borelli who assisted with the book, they found that many of those strategies aren't even close to being useful, functional, or successful. As Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), Borelli was responsible for top investigations and counterterrorism missions that spanned the globe. Join Apuzzo and Borelli for an unbridled look at the breathtaking race to avert a second devastating terrorist attack on American soil.
Join the co-author and contributor for an informal chat and book signing.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. For more information visit www.spymuseum.org.

Tuesday, 01 October 2013, 6 pm - Washington, DC - "Witness to History: The Investigation of Robert Hanssen," at the International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum events In 1979, FBI special agent Robert Hanssen volunteered to spy for Soviet Military Intelligence (GRU). To enrich his lifestyle and that of his family, the counterintelligence expert shared US intelligence community secrets, the identities of dozens of secret intelligence agents working for the US around the world, caused deaths of Russians aiding the US, and leaked the existence of an FBI eavesdropping tunnel under the Russian Embassy in DC. Hanssen remained anonymous to his Soviet handlers and to the US government for over 20 years. Building the case against Hanssen was a joint effort between the FBI, CIA, Department of State, and the Justice Department. Hanssen's arrest and conviction led to a full security review of the FBI. Panelists for this inside look at the case include: Mike Rochford, (ret.) FBI Section Chief, Russian Overseas Espionage and David Wise, Author of Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America
Light hors d'oeuvres at 6:00PM. Panel begins at 6:45pm. Free! Registration required, space is limited! For more information visit www.spymuseum.org.

10 - 11 October 2013 - Charleston, SC - The Citadel - The Military College of South Carolina presents the Southeast Region Security & Intelligence Conference with the theme: "Securing Our Intelligence & Protecting Our Ports" 

Keeping with the tradition of The Citadel's historic role in defending the country, the Criminal Justice Department and the School of Humanities is pleased to announce the next chapter in Homeland Security. The Citadel will hold its first conference dedicated to Homeland Security and Intelligence. The conference will feature professionals and academics from various disciplines and agencies related to homeland security and intelligence. Keynote speakers include: Letitia Long, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director for Intelligence Integration, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Stu Shea, Chief Operating Officer, SAIC, and many other senior officials and experts. http://www.citadel.edu/root/criminaljustice-sersi-conference
Conference Registration: https://foundation.citadel.edu/sersi

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