AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #38-13 dated 1 October 2013

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Section IV - Jobs, Obituaries, and Coming Events


China Team Senior All-Source Analyst


Coming Educational Events

NOTE: Many of the events we announce are being held by, at, or include speakers from the Federal Government. Many USG facilities are currently shutdown. If the SD continues, before departing for a venue, visit website of event sponsor to verify event viability.

Current Calendar for Next Two Months ONLY



FRIDAY, 15 November 2013

Space is limited.
Badge Pick-up at 10:30 a.m.

1 p.m. speaker

Walter Pincus

National Security Reporter
for The Washington Post
speaking on

"45 years covering national security"

3-course Lunch at Noon

The Widow Spy by Martha D Peterson 11 a.m. speaker

Martha D. Peterson

author of

The Widow Spy:
MY CIA Journey
from the
Jungles of Laos to Prison in Moscow

KGB Captures CIA DO Officer Peterson
in July 1977

The Widow Spy is Marti Peterson's personal story of a life among heroes. The first was her husband John, a CIA officer, whom she accompanied on her first overseas assignment in Laos, conducting paramilitary operations to contain the North Vietnamese Army. John was killed in a helicopter crash. 

The story continues with her joining CIA and becoming one of the first women operations officers ever assigned to Moscow in the mid-70s. She details the challenges of working covertly for nearly two years in Moscow, facing the potential of being discovered by the KGB, as she serviced dead drops and recovered secret packages from a highly valuable agent TRIGON. In the end, she was ambushed and arrested by the KGB.

TRIGON, often compared to Penkovsky, provided documents that revealed the Soviet government's plans and intentions in influencing world events and the negotiating positions of Soviet government officials in talks with the US and its allies.
The memoir contains descriptions of operational acts and real life within the enemy's camp (Moscow).
Marti Peterson's presentation will provide unique insights into the intelligence advantage the US had over the USSR, and provides a personal account of the covert life of a female CIA officer in Moscow. It also provides a look at how women were seen and treated in the DO in that era.

Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.
Marti Peterson begins her presentation at 11 a.m.
Lunch served at noon
Walter Pincus begins his 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 Registration Form Here
EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza
1960 Chain Bridge Road • McLean, Virginia 22102
Driving directions here or use this link:

"Securing Our Intelligence & Protecting Our Ports" 

    10 - 11 October 2013 - Charleston, SC

    At The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina

    This is their first Southeast Region Security & Intelligence Conference

    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.
    Conference Registration:


Romania's Spy Agency Admits Monitoring Gold Mine. Romania's spy chief says his agency has been spying on a planned Canadian gold mine project for years, monitoring protests and foreigners who allegedly paid lobbyists for and against the project.

Spy chief Gheorghe Maior told a parliamentary committee Monday that his agency had sent 500 memos to decision-making authorities from 1999 to 2013 about the planned gold mine in northwest Romania, which has drawn large street protests in recent weeks.

Maior said the action was legal because the mine was "a problem of national security." He said some protests had been manipulated by people he called "eco-anarchists." [Read more: AP/30September2013]

Kenyan Intelligence Suspected Westgate Mall Would Be Targeted, But Did Not Act, Report Claims. Kenyan intelligence suspected the Westgate shopping mall may be targeted by terrorists, and investigated the Nairobi shopping centre just 24 hours before the Al-Shabab attack, new reports claim.

Kenyan media has published leaked intelligence briefings of detailed plans for attacks in Nairobi and Mombasa, seen by cabinet ministers and army chiefs, specifically naming Westgate and the Holy Family Basilica, according to the BBC.

Kenya's Daily Nation reported that the National Intelligence Service reports were "informing them of increasing threat of terrorism and of plans to launch simultaneous attacks in Nairobi and Mombasa around September 13 and 20, 2013".

The Observer reported that intelligence agents may have been at the mall just hours before the terrorists arrived. [Read more: HuffingtonPostUK/30September2013]

Man Accused of Siphoning Millions From Fake Veterans' Charity. An ex-military intelligence officer who prosecutors say siphoned millions from a bogus charity for U.S. Navy veterans, is going on trial in Ohio.

The 67-year-old defendant calls himself Bobby Thompson, but authorities say his real name is John Donald Cody. He was arrested last year in Portland, Ore., after two years on the run and is charged with masterminding a $100 million multistate fraud using a charity called United States Veterans Association, based in Tampa, Fla.

Thompson, who worked in military intelligence in the 1970s and is described as a Harvard-trained lawyer, claims in court filings that he's still working as a "nonofficial cover" [NOC] agent for the CIA and that the charity is part of a secret operation. Thompson alleged that the Tampa charity was not a criminal enterprise but "a U.S. intelligence community/White House and Republican Party manipulated operation."

Thompson faces up to 40 years in prison for the fraud. [Read more: Neuman/NPR/30September2013]

Former Chilean Intelligence Chief Commits Suicide, Officials Say. A former director of a Pinochet-era intelligence agency killed himself on Saturday, officials said, days after the government announced that it would close the exclusive military prison where he was being held for human rights crimes and transfer the inmates to a less privileged detention center. 

The former intelligence chief, Gen. Odlanier Mena, 87, shot himself at home, officials said, where he had been allowed to spend weekends since mid-2011. At that time, he had completed half of a six-year sentence for the 1973 murder of three leftists while he was commander of an army regiment in Arica, in northern Chile. General Mena, who retired from the army, was director of the National Information Center intelligence agency from 1977 to 1980.

The Cordillera Detention Center in eastern Santiago, where General Mena had been serving his sentence, was set up on the grounds of the army's telecommunications command center in 2004. At the time, the Supreme Court was abandoning its practice of applying a 1978 amnesty law in human rights cases, and the government feared that Punta Peuco, a special military prison created in 1995 to hold human rights offenders, would not suffice.

General Mena's lawyer, Jorge Balmaceda, blamed the recent government decision for his client's suicide. [Read more: Bonnefoy/NYTimes/28September2013]

France Arrests Paris Woman for 'al Qaeda Links'. Officers with France's DCRI domestic intelligence agency arrested a Paris woman on Tuesday suspected of having links to a regional branch of al Qaeda based in the Arabian Peninsula.

The 21-year-old was arrested as part of an investigation by officers with France's Central Directorate of Homeland Intelligence, or DCRI, into a case of "criminal association in connection with a terrorist enterprise", said a source close to the investigation.

The source said the woman was arrested around 6:30am (4:30am GMT) at her apartment in the working-class Belleville district of northern Paris. She was the first to be arrested as part of a preliminary investigation that began in March 2013 into a conspiracy to commit terrorist acts.

The suspect is a reader of Inspire - an online magazine published by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) - and will be questioned about her suspected contacts with the group.

Based in Yemen, AQAP is considered one of the deadliest franchises of the international militant network. [Read more: France24/1October2013]

Venezuela Expels Three US Diplomats Over 'Sabotage'. Venezuela has announced it is expelling three US diplomats, whom it accuses of plotting to sabotage the economy.

President Nicolas Maduro said the diplomats have 48 hours to leave the country, saying "Yankees, go home!"

Mr. Maduro says he has evidence that the trio took part in a power-grid sabotage in September and had bribed Venezuelan companies to cut down production.

The United States and Venezuela have been without ambassadors in each other's capitals since 2010.

The diplomats expelled have been named as Kelly Keiderling - the charge d'affaires and the most senior US diplomat in Caracas - David Moo and Elizabeth Hoffman. [Read more: BBC/30September2013]

NSA Warns Congress About 'Wrong Decisions' on Spying. Collection of bulk phone records by U.S. intelligence agencies is essential to preventing terrorist attacks and "wrong decisions" by Congress could curb this power, the head of the National Security Agency said.

"We need our nation to understand why we need these tools, and what those tools mean to civil liberties and privacy and what they mean to defending this country," NSA Director General Keith Alexander said during a keynote speech at a security conference in Washington today.

Bulk phone records were used to determine if there was a threat to New York City in the aftermath of the April 15 bombing of the Boston Marathon, as well as to determine if there were terrorist plots against U.S. embassies abroad during the summer, Alexander said in an interview after his speech.

"Somebody who has a database that can look at the foreign and the domestic numbers can look at those and get the information back quickly can tell you where there's a threat and where there's not," Alexander said. He declined to discuss details about the cases. [Read more: Bloomberg/25September2013]

ODNI CIO Now Driving Integration of New IT Architecture, Tools. The intelligence community's major technology program wasn't moving as quickly as officials thought it should. So, the chief information officer of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence made an unusual decision to change the oversight of the program.

Al Tarasiuk, ODNI's CIO, brought the systems integration role into his office and away from the intelligence community agencies who are leading the efforts to implement different parts of the intelligence community IT Enterprise (ICITE) program.

"What we discovered was that it's very hard for these agencies to worry about provisioning these services for us and at the same time integrating with their other service provider partners to ensure the services all work together," Tarasiuk said during a recent media roundtable update on the ICITE program. "We discovered that piece of it wasn't being done. We asked them to do it. We probably should've asked ourselves to do it for them. What happened here is we ended up doing it. We've now taken on the systems integration role to ensure that these services comes together. That was kind of a bump in the road that delayed us a little bit."

ICITE met its first round of milestones in August. [Read more: Miller/FederalNewsRadio/25September2013]

U.S. Command in Afghanistan Gives Army 60 Days to Fix or Replace Intel Network. The Pentagon's main battlefield intelligence network in Afghanistan is vulnerable to hackers - both the enemy or a leaker - and the U.S. command in Kabul will cut it off from the military's classified data files unless the Army fixes the defects within 60 days, according to an official memo obtained by The Washington Times.

The confidential memo says the Army's Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) flunked a readiness test and does not confirm the sources of outside Internet addresses entering the classified database.

The Sept. 5 warning from the U.S. command in Kabul is another blow to the intelligence network, commonly called "D-Sigs." It already sustained a wave of criticism from soldiers saying its performance was unreliable and from the Pentagon's top tester, who judged it as not operationally effective. [Read more: Scarborough/WashingtonTimes/24September2013]

Al Qaeda Spy Gets 18 Years for NYSE Bomb Plot. A former PricewaterhouseCoopers accountant who cased the New York Stock Exchange for an al Qaeda bomb plot was slapped with 18 years behind bars Monday.

Number-crunching terrorist spy Sabirhan Hasanoff, 37, walked into Manhattan federal court smiling at about 20 relatives and friends in the gallery. But his grin was quickly wiped off by Judge Kimba Wood.

While noting the "enormous letters of support" she received from the turncoat American's friends and family painting him "as a caring, loving . . . man," Wood said, "None of that deterred him from leaving his family to die in jihad against Americans."

"There's no way for me to know if he's changed, [or] if when he's released, he would go back to be a combative jihadist," the judge said.

Wood then gave the former Brooklyn resident the maximum sentence minus two years time served. [Read more: NYPost/30September2013]

ASU Offers Credit to Intelligence Officers. Once again, Angelo State is cementing its reputation as a military-friendly school.

Intelligence officers who wish to get their Masters in Security Studies will be receiving 12 hours of credit from Angelo State University if they complete the USAF 14N Intelligence Course at Goodfellow Air Force Base.

Transfer students must have completed 80 percent in any course they wish to receive credit for, as well as completing all 14N coursework.

The officer must also have a 3.0 GPA for one completed semester at ASU before the credit transfer will appear on the ASU transcript.

"The Master of Security Studies (M.S.S.) in Intelligence, Security Studies, and Analysis is a distinctive degree addressing the growing need for graduate-level study of the intelligence discipline and its relationships to national security issues such as policy making; military strategy, planning, and operations; and Constitutional issues and the rule of law in a democracy," states the ASU website. [Read more: Benson/SanAngeloLive/30September2013]


When the FBI Spent Decades Hunting for a Soviet Spy on Its Staff. One spring night in 1962 a short, stocky Russian walked into the FBI office in Midtown Manhattan and offered his services as a spy for the United States. Aleksei Kulak, then 39, was working undercover as a science official at the United Nations. He said he was unhappy with his progress at his true employer, the KGB.

Kulak was taking a huge risk simply by entering the FBI office. The building was on East 69th Street at the corner of Third Avenue - just three blocks from the Soviet U.N. mission on Park Avenue at 68th Street, which provided cover for dozens of KGB agents. "Aren't you worried they may be watching the FBI building?" an FBI agent asked.

"No," Kulak replied. "All of our people are out covering a meeting with your guy, Dick."

Your guy, Dick.

The Russian was clearly saying that the KGB had a mole inside the FBI. With those three words, he set off an earthquake inside the bureau that reverberated for decades - and remains unsettled even now. [Read more: Wise/SmithsonianMagazine/October2013]

To Fix U.S. Intelligence, Shrink It? Criticism of U.S. intelligence takes many forms: Intelligence agencies are too secretive, or they are too leaky. They over-collect, or they under-perform. Or all of these, and more besides.

Many of the criticisms can be reduced to a single argument: The U.S. intelligence community has become too large to be properly managed.

Interestingly, this is a view that is held by some within U.S. intelligence itself, according to a new dissertation by a CIA sociologist who studied and worked at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).

"I actually fear that the IC is too big," a CIA analyst at the NCTC told sociologist Bridget Nolan. "It's crossed the point where it's [producing] healthy competitive analysis. We've gotten to the point where we're in each other's way. We're hindering the mission."

"Something that's worth considering," another CIA analyst said, "is completely counterintuitive, which is to make the CT [counterterrorism] community smaller, not larger. I think there are far more people at CIA HQ now than when we defeated the Soviet Union in the Cold War. What the hell?" [Read more: Aftergood/FAS/30September2013]

Intelligence Officers Warn of More Terrorism after Kenya Mall Attack. The horrific terrorist attack by al-Shabaab on the Watergate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya this week starkly highlights the threat of al-Qaeda affiliates against soft targets around the world and the increasing reach of terrorist affiliates. It is also raising concerns of another round of terrorist attacks, potentially even in the United States.

The few Americans aware of al-Shabaab before this week likely categorized it as a Somali terrorist group, active primarily around the Port of Kismayo.

Last year, African Union troops expelled the group from the stronghold, declaring a cautious victory. Even at the time, however, a village elder warned a local television station that no one should celebrate. "Al Shabaab has not perished," he said on the television interview, "so the worry is what next."

What's next appears to be an effort by the group to grow geographically and in numbers. [Read more: Ruth/WashingtonTimes/26September2013]

The CIA's Most Highly-Trained Spies Weren't Even Human. There would be a rustle of oily black feathers as a raven settled on the window ledge of a once-grand apartment building in some Eastern European capital. The bird would pace across the ledge a few times but quickly depart. In an apartment on the other side of the window, no one would shift his attention from the briefing papers or the chilled vodka set out on a table. Nor would anything seem amiss in the jagged piece of gray slate resting on the ledge, seemingly jetsam from the roof of an old and unloved building. Those in the apartment might be dismayed to learn, however, that the slate had come not from the roof but from a technical laboratory at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. In a small cavity at the slate's center was an electronic transmitter powerful enough to pick up their conversation. The raven that transported it to the ledge was no random city bird, but a U.S.-trained intelligence asset.

Half a world away from the murk of the cold war, it would be a typical day at the I.Q. Zoo, one of the touristic palaces that dotted the streets of Hot Springs, Arkansas, in the 1960s. With their vacationing parents in tow, children would squeal as they watched chickens play baseball, macaws ride bicycles, ducks drumming and pigs pawing at pianos. You would find much the same in any number of mom-and-pop theme parks or on television variety shows of the era. But chances are that if an animal had been trained to do something whimsically human, the animal - or the technique - came from Hot Springs. [Read more: Vanderbilt/SmithsonianMagazine/October2013]

CIA Disguise Kits Another Invaluable Tool for Spies. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is rumored to use a quick disguise kit called the "Dagger", the contents of which reportedly fit into a small paper bag.

The kit, it is rumoured can completely transform a person in less than 5 minutes, to the point you could never recognize them.

Oddly enough the Dagger kit is said to contain "no make-up" - its exact contents even today are classified secret.

So what is involved in a good disguise? [Read more: Tilford/GroundReport/25September2013]

The Shutdown Won't Break the U.S. Foreign Policy Machine (Right Away). Four hundred thousand Defense Department employees, sent home. Internal watchdogs, defanged. Congressional investigations, stymied. A billion dollars a day in government contracts, stopped up.

If there's a government shutdown on Tuesday, the United States will continue to be able to conduct its key foreign policy, national security, and intelligence missions - at least for a little while. But beyond that, well, it's not going to be pretty.

The effects of political dysfunction in Washington are already reverberating across the globe. Markets in Europe and Asia took a hit on Monday, and both the NASDAQ and Dow Jones industrial average fell sharply this morning when trading got under way in New York. But rattling global markets is only the first of many potential effects of the shutdown.

While government employees engaged in essential national security and intelligence-gathering activities would report to work as usual - at least in the short term - many could face considerable personal hardship because of delayed paychecks. Active-duty service members might be compensated; civilians, not so much.

A government shutdown would also affect U.S. foreign policy more subtly by delaying critical foreign-policy related hearings in Congress, paring back nuclear and other critical energy programs to the bare minimum, and interfering with the State Department's ability to police itself.

"Spies will still spy. The machinery will go on," said a retired senior CIA official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. [Read more: ForeignPolicy/30September2013]


Column: A Lesson About Leaks: It's Not So Simple. The FBI needed access to the telephone toll records of Associated Press reporters to identify who had leaked to one of their reporters. The information, delivered on May 2, 2012, forced the end of a secret CIA operation in Yemen that had provided valuable intelligence against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and promised more.

It was among the most destructive press leaks in years because it came during a joint clandestine operation with British and Saudi agents, some of whose lives were put at risk.

A year of investigation followed the first story, on May 7, 2012, that disclosed the leaked Yemeni operation. Over nearly 12 months, it involved 550 interviews and a review of tens of thousands of documents, but had not led to the leaker.

Justice Department regulations call for a delay before going directly after media in special cases, so it was in April 2013 that Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole signed off on subpoenaing telephone records for 20 AP phone lines.

The records covered six weeks between April and May 2012. And within days, authorities were able to link one AP reporter's toll records to the source. On Monday, months after making that link, Justice announced former FBI bomb technician Donald John Sachtleben, 55, was the leaker. [Read more: Pincus/WashingtonPost/27September2013]

Afghanistan: Withdrawal Lessons. The withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan in 2014 is likely to be followed by a civil war between a predominantly non-Pashtun security apparatus and Pakistan-backed Taliban forces. As we confront this reality, we would be wise to look closely at the experience of the Soviet Union following its occupation of Afghanistan in the late 1980s. The prime lessons from that ill-fated moment are the need to provide continued economic and military support to the leadership in Kabul and to obtain the support of Pakistan, while maintaining sufficient intelligence and covert action infrastructure on both sides of the frontier the two countries share. A sustainable relationship with Pakistan is critical today because of the country's important role in any political solution in Afghanistan and the significant risks to the international community posed by Pakistan's own instability.

In the aftermath of its retreat from Afghanistan in 1989, the already crumbling Soviet Union was able to provide funding and military support to prop up President Mohammed Najibullah for three years. That level of support and more will be necessary to sustain the Karzai regime for even one year after our departure, whether that regime is led by Hamid Karzai himself or an American-aligned successor. Despite President Karzai's shortcomings, this should be precisely our short-term objective, as his continued reign will buy time for Afghan society to stabilize and to prevent the re-establishment of an Al Qaeda safe haven while the United States continues to decimate that organization around the world. Unfortunately, leaving behind a viable democratic state in Afghanistan has been and remains beyond the pale, at least until the majority of the Afghan people want it and are willing to fight for it. [Read more: Devine&Kassel/WorldPolicyJournal/Fall2013]

Section IV - Jobs, Obituaries, and Coming Events

 [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.]

China Team Senior All-Source Analyst

Leidos ( is currently seeking a Senior China All-Source Analyst with experience in underground facility analysis to support a national intelligence customer in the Reston, VA area.





If interested, please contact Mike Bruni of Leidos at


Albert Wheelon. Albert "Bud" Wheelon, one of the nation's central figures in the development of the first spy satellite and later the commercial communications satellite industry, has died. He was 84.

Wheelon, who became one of California's most important technological innovators in aerospace, leaving behind a multbillion-dollar enterprise and making key contributions to national security, died Friday at his home in Montecito, Calif.

Under Wheelon's guidance as the first science and technology director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. invented the photo reconnaissance satellite during the early 1960s.

The spacecraft, bearing the code name Corona, gave U.S. military planners their first concrete assessment of the capabilities of the Soviet Union during the tensest days of the nuclear arms race, when some feared that the communists had opened a wide superiority over the U.S. in nuclear warheads.

The grainy black-and-white images sent by Corona, dropped into the atmosphere in film canisters that were captured in midflight by aircraft, helped to contain the arms race from ever greater extremes, Wheelon said decades later when the program was declassified.

"Bud was one of the giants of aerospace," said Steven Dorfman, a business associate at Hughes and later a friend of Wheelon's. [Read more: Vartabedian/LATimes/30September2013]

Coming Educational Events


MANY more International Spy Museum Events in 2013 and some for 2014 with full details are listed on the AFIO Website at The titles for some of these are in detail below and online.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013, 11:00 am - 3 pm - MacDill AFB, FL - AFIO Suncoast Chapter hosts Daniel T. Cohen, RSA, The Security Division of EMC

Please note: the event speaker will start a half hour earlier this time, so arrive by 11 a.m. to be certain of having a seat.
Daniel Cohen
is Head of Knowledge Delivery and Business Development for RSA's Online Threats Managed Services Group (OTMS). RSA is the security division of EMC. He will be presenting from Israel via Skype link. As described in Wikipedia, EMC Corporation (stylized as EMC�) is an American multinational corporation that offers data storage, information security, virtualization, and cloud computing products and services which enable businesses to store, manage, protect, and analyze massive volumes of data. EMC's target markets include large FORTUNE 500 companies as well as small business across various vertical markets. It is headquartered in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. In his role as Head of Knowledge Delivery, Mr. Cohen and his team are responsible for gathering, analyzing and reporting on intelligence findings recovered by the different cyber teams operating within the group. This intersection of data - human-based intelligence, malware research, and anti-phishing operations - provides Mr. Cohen with unique visibility into the ever-changing cyber-crime landscape. Coupled with his industry insight as Head of Business Development, Mr. Cohen has a wealth of experience in working with leading companies worldwide in strategizing their security needs. Mr. Cohen holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Herzliya Inter-Disciplinary Center, Israel.
Location: MacDill AFB Bay Palms Golf Complex, 1803 Golf Course Avenue, MacDill AFB, FL 33621.
Please RSVP to the Chapter Secretary no later than Wednesday, October 2, for yourself and include the names of any guests. Email or call the Chapter Secretary. You will receive a confirmation via email. If you do not, please contact the Chapter Secretary.
You must present your $20 check payable to "Suncoast Chapter, AFIO" (or cash) at check-in to cover the luncheon. If you make a reservation, don't cancel and get a cancellation confirmation by the response deadline and then don't show up, you will be responsible for the cost of the luncheon.
Note that the base is now enforcing a handscan registration for those with ID cards so, if you haven't been on-base recently, you should look into this or allow some extra time when you arrive for the meeting. Should you not have a 'bumper sticker' or ID card for access to MacDill AFB, please so state in your RSVP. If you have not already submitted information required for the Gate Access List, be sure to include your license number, name on drivers license and state of issue for yourself and for any guests you are bringing. Anyone with special AFIO Gate Access should proceed to the Bayshore Gate. If you need directions, please let us know. The main gate will send you to the visitor's center and they will not be able to help you enter the base, only give you directions to the Bayshore Gate. The cash wine and soda bar will open at 1100 hours for those that wish to come early to socialize.
Questions or reservations to Michael F. Shapiro at

Tuesday, 08 October 2013, 7 p.m. - Washington, DC - An Evening with Dame Stella Rimington - Book Signing, The Geneva Trap, at the International Spy Museum

When the British government first decided to reveal the person behind their MI5 spy agency, many were surprised to find that the person was a she, not a he. She was Dame Stella Rimington, appointed Director General of the Security Service (MI5) - the first woman in history to hold that post. Rimington was famously the inspiration for Judi Dench's no-nonsense M in the James Bond films. She retired from the service in 1996 and is now a spy novelist, using her knowledge of the secret services to write several thrillers starring a feisty heroine, Liz Carlyle.
Join us at the International Spy Museum as Dame Stella presents her latest and seventh Liz Carlyle book, The Geneva Trap - an exploration into a Russian agent, a deadly secret and a deadly plot to reignite the smoldering embers of the Cold War through a cleverly disguised cyber attack.
BOOK SUMMARY: At a tracking station in Virginia, U.S. Navy officers watch in horror as one of their communications satellites plummets into the Indian Ocean and panic spreads through the British and American intelligence services. When a Russian intelligence officer approaches MI5 with vital information about the cyber sabotage, he refuses to talk to anyone but Liz Carlyle. But who is he, and how is he connected to Liz? Is this a Russian plot to disable the West's defenses? Or is the threat coming from elsewhere? As Liz and her team search for a mole inside the Ministry of Defense, the trail takes them from Geneva, to Marseilles, and to Korea in a race against time to stop the Cold War from heating up.
REVIEW: "Rimington's best work demonstrates a flair for narrative, with a sense of authenticity and an insider's grasp on the pressing issues of the day."  ---  Washington Post
"Rich with authentic details from Rimington's own life as director general of MI5, this is a must-read for fans of contemporary spy fiction." ---   Publishers Weekly
Tickets: Free!  No registration required.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013, 11:30am - 1:30pm - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO Arizona hears from Dr. Thomson on SWOT Analysis of Nepal

Brendan D. Thomson, M.D., MBA, speaks on SWOT Analysis of Nepal from a 28-Year Perspective.
To help others appreciate the dynamics of a small country situated between almost 2 billion people, Dr. Thomson will share with us a very unique perspective from his vast array of experiences whilst living in Nepal.
Thomson is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease physician and member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He holds an MBA from Arizona State University West.
He has been involved with the people of Nepal since 1985. He was a founding member of the American Nepal Medical Society.
In 2013 he was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant to assist the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Kathmandu, Nepal transition from the Case based method to the Clinical Presentation Method of teaching.
Dr. Thomson was a Lt. Cmdr. in the uniformed services with the Indian Health Services and the US Coast Guard.
His nephew is the current Captain of the US John Paul Jones, guided missile destroyer.
Event location: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260
RSVP NO LATER than 72 hours ahead of time. If you do not show up for the lunch meeting and have not cancelled 48 hours prior, please send your check to Simone you will be charged for the lunch.
Fees: $20.00 for AFIO AZ Member; $22.00 for Non-Members
For reservations or questions email Simone: or or call 602.570.6016.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013, noon - Washington, DC - Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity (a Monthly Update), at the International Spy Museum with 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

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.
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Thursday, 10 October 2013, 4:30 PM - Washington, DC - Among Enemies: Counter-Espionage for Business Travelers with author Luke Bencie

Information to help business executives protect themselves and their precious company secrets from tech theft.
Bencie provides clear, easy-to-follow techniques to thwart the work of professional operatives - individuals whose job it is to identify and track likely targets for espionage, and whose efforts often begin at the very airport terminals where executives begin their overseas travel.
About the author: For the past 15 years, Luke Bencie has traveled to more than 100 countries on behalf of the U.S. Government as well as for the private defense industry. He has experienced, first-hand and sometimes painfully, the threat of espionage. He has seen the lengths to which foreign intelligence services and other hostile global competitors will go to steal American business secrets.
Mr. Bencie was a Senior Security Consultant for Raytheon Company in the Intelligence and Information Systems Division.
Event location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.
RSVP Required. Make them at

Friday 11 October 2013, noon to 2 pm - Ashburn, VA - The Loudoun Crime Commission Luncheon features Austin White, SA for the VA State Police on "Suspicious Activity Reporting."

Special Agent Austin C. White, of the Criminal Intelligence Division of the Virginia State Police [Richmond, VA], will be speaking on Suspicious Activity Reporting or SAR. Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) is one of our best defenses against terrorist threats and our greatest resource to building resilience. Every day, members of the public work with law enforcement officers to help keep our communities safe by reporting activities that are out of the ordinary and suspicious. The Virginia Fusion Center serves as the Commonwealth's "one stop shop" for information and intelligence exchange. By understanding the capabilities of the VFC and how the public and public safety organizations work within the parameters of SAR standards, citizens can help to detect, deter and disrupt criminal and terrorist acts.
Location: The Belmont Country Club, 19661 Belmont Manor Ln, Ashburn, VA 20147; (703) 723-5330.
TO ATTEND: RSVP by October 8th by emailing
Doors open at noon for registering and networking, and the meeting starts at 12:30 PM.

16 October 2013 - Laurel, Maryland - "Safeguarding Intelligence" - Theme of the National Cryptological Museum Foundation's Annual Membership Meeting

EVENT WILL OCCUR REGARDLESS OF SHUTDOWN STATUS: "Safeguarding Intelligence" is the theme of the National Cryptological Museum Foundation's Annual Membership Meeting. The Meeting will be held at the Kossiakoff Center, JHU/APL, 11100 John Hopkins Rd, Laurel, MD 20723, 240-228-7574
Agenda with following Outstanding Speakers: 0815-0900: Registration and breakfast; 0900-0915: Welcome by NCMF President, Mr. Richard Schaeffer; 0915-0930: Opening address by Deputy Director, National Security Agency, Mr. Chris Inglis; 0930-1000: National Cryptologic Museum update by museum curator, Mr. Patrick Weadon; 1000-1045: guest speaker, Ms. Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary, Homeland Security; 1045-1100: break; 1100-1145: Guest speaker, Mr. David G. Major, Founder and President, Counterintelligence Centre for Security Studies; 1145-1315: LUNCH; 1315-1415: Keynote Address by The Honorable Michael Chertoff, Founder of the Chertoff Group and former Secretary, Homeland Security; 1415-1500: New Museum Project and capital campaign update by MG Rod Isler and Brig Gen Neal Robinson; 1500-1510: closing remarks by Brig Gen Billy Bingham Bingham.
The fee for NCMF members is $20 and for non members $50 which includes one year membership in the NCMF. The fee includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments at the morning break. There will also be A.M and P.M. shuttle service to and from the parking lot. You can register on line at the secure NFG site or you can download and complete the NCMF Registration form and mail to the NCMF at PO Box 1682, Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755. Call 301-688-5436 for assistance or send an email to

Wednesday, 16 October 2013, 9 am - noon - Washington, DC - The National Archives National Declassification Center (NDC), in partnership with the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) Historical Review Program, will host a free symposium to tell the story of the people of Berlin and their struggle for freedom. "A City Divided: Life and Death in the Shadow of the Wall"

The event, from 9 a.m. to noon, takes place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The symposium is open to the public (reserve a seat by emailing: and the press.

The symposium will highlight newly published and released declassified documents that reveal East and West Berliners' struggle for life and death in the shadow of the wall. The documents detail many aspects of their lives, focusing on the resolve of the human spirit for freedom and equality.

With his iconic speech on June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy united the citizens of Berlin with the United States by stating that he too was a Berliner. Twenty-four years later, President Ronald Reagan declared in Berlin that "I do not come here to lament. For I find in Berlin a message of hope, even in the shadow of this wall, a message of triumph." 

On October 16, we will release 11,000 pages of newly declassified documents on various topics and activities on Berlin from 1962 to 1986 - the years between these two famous speeches by American Presidents. Symposium attendees will receive a free publication and DVD compilation of approximately 1,324 documents, and an additional 1,140 documents will be posted online at


The National Archives Building is located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW, and is fully accessible. Metro: Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on 7th and Constitution Ave, NW.

For more information: Directions; Visitor's Map; William G. McGowan Theater; Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery

Please email all inquiries to

17-18 October 2013 - Laurel, MD - "Technological Change and Cryptology: Meeting the Historical Challenges" is theme at the Biennial Cryptologic History Symposium

EVENT WILL OCCUR REGARDLESS OF SHUTDOWN STATUS: The Two Day Cryptographic History Event of the Year - "Technological Change and Cryptology: Meeting the Historical Challenges" - NSA's 2013 Cryptologic History Symposium, 17-18 October 2013 Laurel, Maryland

The Center for Cryptologic History hosts a biennial international symposium in October during odd-numbered years. The speakers and audience are a mix of outside scholars, current practitioners, retired veterans, and interested members of the public. Past symposia have had presenters from over a dozen countries.
The theme for the 2013 symposium, to be held on October 17-18 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Conference Center (just west of Laurel, Maryland) is "Technological Change and Cryptology: Meeting the Historical Challenges." The conference will include sessions on "A Tribute to Alan Turing," a "Roundtable on Cyber History," "Bletchley Park," "COMINT and the Civil War," "The Cryptologic Legacy of the Great War Era," "SIGINT and the Vietnam War Era," and "A Technological Advantage: Historical Perspectives on Cryptologic Research and Development."
In all there will be 21 separate sessions and over 70 presentations. Speakers will include scholars such as David Kahn and cryptologic pioneers such as Whitfield Diffie.
All symposium sessions are unclassified and open to the registered public. A complete agenda and registration information will be available here at the website or by contacting the Center for Cryptologic History at 301-688-2336 or via email at

Note also that the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation has an excellent program the day before - 16 October - at the same venue described above.

Thursday, 17 October 2013, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Hezbollah's Reach Around the World" at the International Spy Museum

"We will not take rejection or humiliation." - Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Hezbollah

Hezbollah - Lebanon's "Party of God" - is much more than a political party. It's an Islamic Shia religious and social movement, Lebanon's largest militia, a close ally of Iran, and a terrorist organization. But Hezbollah's reach is not limited to Lebanon; it extends far beyond that country's borders with worldwide financial and logistical networks supporting its covert criminal and terrorist operations worldwide from the Middle East to Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. And what is the extent of Hezbollah's role in Iran's shadow war with Israel and the West, including plots targeting civilians around the world? Explore Hezbollah's footprint and future goals with expert commentators: Matthew Levitt, Senior Fellow and Director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy's Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, author of Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God, and a former FBI counterterrorism analyst as well as former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the US Department of the Treasury; and Reuel Marc Gerecht, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, author of The Wave: Man, God, and the Ballot Box in the Middle East, and a former Middle East specialist in the CIA's Clandestine Service.
In collaboration with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy.
Tickets: $15. To register or for more information visit

2 November 2013, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Russell Hayes, FBI, on "Changes in the FBI in Response to Terrorism"

Russell Hayes, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent of the Brevard Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a sub-office of the FBI Tampa Division. Mr. Hayes also heads the Brevard Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), which includes representatives of five Brevard law enforcement agencies. Mr. Hayes will address the transformation of the FBI over the past decade into the agency that serves us today, including the JTTF and counterterrorism work in Brevard.

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM: Social Hour; greet old, new members and guests (cash bar)
12:15 PM: Sit Down lunch
Location: Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Dr, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
TO ATTEND: Prepaid reservations are required which must be received by October 24. Send $28 pp to "AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter" to Bobbie Keith, PO Box 372397, Satellite Beach, FL 32937-2397. Questions: Contact AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter President Bobbie Keith at: (321) 777-5561 or email her at or
Note: Late reservations cannot be accommodated. We regret we cannot accept walk-ins.
Menu Choices are: Rustic Chicken with Red Grape and Walnut Salad (S), or Tomato-Basil Pasta with Shrimp (P). Choice includes Cream of Mushroom soup, rolls, butter, coffee or tea. Dessert: Heath Bar Ice Cream Pie. (Price includes tax & gratuity).

Thursday, 14 November 2013, noon - Washington, DC - "The Family Jewels: The CIA, Secrecy and Presidential Power," at the International Spy Museum

In December 1974, a front-page story in the New York Times revealed the explosive details of years of illegal domestic operations by the Central Intelligence Agency including political surveillance, eavesdropping, and detention. These revelations shocked the public and led to investigations by a presidential commission and committees in both houses of Congress. Investigators soon discovered that the CIA abuses were described in a top-secret document that Agency insiders dubbed the "Family Jewels." That document became ground zero for a political firestorm that lasted more than a year. John Prados, a Senior Fellow of the National Security Archive in Washington, DC, recounts the secret operations that constituted the "Jewels," shows that the abuses have since been replicated by the intelligence agencies at the global level, and exposes the strenuous efforts -- by the Agency, the Executive Branch, and even presidents -- to evade accountability.
Join the author for an informal chat and book signing.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. More information at

Friday, 15 November 2013, 10:30am - 2pm - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Fall Luncheon features National Security Reporter Walter Pincus, and former CIA DO Officer Marti Peterson

1 p.m. speaker is Walter Pincus, National Security Reporter for The Washington Post, speaks on "45 years covering national security."
3-course Lunch at Noon
11 a.m. speaker is Martha [Marti] D. Peterson, author of The Widow Spy: MY CIA Journey from the Jungles of Laos to Prison in Moscow.
The Widow Spy is Marti Peterson's personal story of a life among heroes. The first was her husband John, a CIA officer, whom she accompanied on her first overseas assignment in Laos, conducting paramilitary operations to contain the North Vietnamese Army. John was killed in a helicopter crash.
The story continues with her joining CIA and becoming one of the first women operations officers ever assigned to Moscow in the mid-70s. She details the challenges of working covertly for nearly two years in Moscow, facing the potential of being discovered by the KGB, as she serviced dead drops and recovered secret packages from a highly valuable agent TRIGON. In the end, she was ambushed and arrested by the KGB.
TRIGON, often compared to Penkovsky, provided documents that revealed the Soviet government's plans and intentions in influencing world events and the negotiating positions of Soviet government officials in talks with the US and its allies.
The memoir contains descriptions of operational acts and real life within the enemy's camp (Moscow).
Marti Peterson's presentation will provide unique insights into the intelligence advantage the US had over the USSR, and provides a personal account of the covert life of a female CIA officer in Moscow. It also provides a look at how women were seen and treated in the DO in that era.
Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m. 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.
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tysons Corner, VA.
Registration is here.

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