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Two Important NSA Events Taking Place tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday THIS Week Regardless of Shutdown Status:
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
CIA Halts Public Access to Open Source Service. For more than half a century, the public has been able to access a wealth of information collected by U.S. intelligence from unclassified, open sources around the world. At the end of this year, the Central Intelligence Agency will terminate that access.
The U.S. intelligence community's Open Source Center (OSC), which is managed by the CIA, will cease to provide its information feed to the publicly accessible World News Connection as of December 31, 2013, according to an announcement from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), which operates the World News Connection (WNC).
The WNC "is an online news service, only accessible via the World Wide Web, that offers an extensive array of translated and English-language news and information," an NTIS brochure explains. "Particularly effective in its coverage of local media sources, WNC provides you with the power to identify what really is happening in a specific country or region. Compiled from thousands of non-U.S. media sources, the information in WNC covers significant socioeconomic, political, scientific, technical, and environmental issues and events."
"The information is obtained from full text and summaries of newspaper articles, conference proceedings, television and radio broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports. New information is entered into WNC every government business day. Generally, new information is available within 48-72 hours from the time of original publication or broadcast." [Read more: Aftergood/SecrecyNews/8October2013]
KGB 'Recruited' Two Politicians as Agents. A KGB officer ran two Australian federal parliamentarians as Soviet agents in the 1970s, according to a confidential account of ASIO counter-espionage operations during the Cold War.
ASIO also tried to persuade a Russian military intelligence officer to defect by offering him treatment in the US for his stomach cancer.
In an unusually candid document obtained by Fairfax Media, a former senior ASIO officer lists known Soviet intelligence officers in Australia and reveals numerous details of ASIO's counter-espionage efforts. Much of the information remains classified.
The account by the former counter-espionage specialist confirms that Soviet intelligence was very active in Australia throughout the Cold War and that ASIO's counter-espionage efforts had only limited success. [Read more: Dorling/TheAdvocate/14October2013]
North Korea's Overseas Restaurants Used for Espionage and Gaining Hard Currency. North Korea's global network of state-run restaurants, most in China, are dens of espionage and sites of operations involving tens of thousands of overseas North Koreans who send the regime in Pyongyang more than $100 million in hard currency annually, according to U.S. and western intelligence officials.
In Asia alone, the U.S. government has identified 60 restaurants ranging from Nepal to Cambodia to Dandong, China - located along the Yalu River separating China from North Korea.
Additionally, North Korea has dispatched up to 40,000 guest workers abroad. The workers are forced to live in slave-like conditions and provide a large portion of their funds to the communist government, said officials who discussed intelligence on the operations on condition of anonymity.
North Korea's restaurants have become important sources of currency. [Read more: Gertz/WashingtonFreeBeacon/15October2013]
Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker
Fightback. For the governments and corporations facing increasing computer attacks, the biggest challenge is finding the right cyber warriors to fight back.
Hostile computer activity from spies, saboteurs, competitors and criminals has spawned a growing industry of corporate defenders who can attract the best talent from government cyber units.
The U.S. military's Cyber Command is due to quadruple in size by 2015 with 4,000 new personnel while Britain announced a new Joint Cyber Reserve last month. From Brazil to Indonesia, similar forces have been set up.
But demand for specialists has far outpaced the number of those qualified to do the job, leading to a staffing crunch as talent is poached by competitors offering big salaries.
"As with anything, it really comes down to human capital and there simply isn't enough of it," says Chris Finan, White House director for cyber security from 2011-12, who is now a senior fellow at the Truman National Security Project and working for a start-up in Silicon Valley. [Read more: Apps&Goh/Reuters/13October2013]
Nearly $1B Intelligence Contract Still on Schedule. A government shutdown and protest apparently haven't sidetracked a massive intelligence contract coming out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
The proposal process for ATEP II - an eight-year, $960 million deal to support the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patt - was expected to wrap up in August so a contract could be issued by July 2014, but went into a holding pattern for several months pending an appeal. Then, the government shut down Oct. 1, throwing in another delay.
But contracting officials recently announced they were back on the job - available to receive proposals and answer questions - and say that awards are still on track to be issued next summer as scheduled. Final proposal material is due on Nov. 15. [Read more: Cogliano/DaytonBusinessJournal/15October2013]
Ex-ROC Intelligence Officer Sentenced for Working for PRC. The Taiwan High Court sentenced a former Republic of China military intelligence officer to eight years in prison Tuesday for setting up an acquaintance for interrogations by mainland Chinese agents.
Maj. Chen Shu-lung, a retired intelligence officer at the Ministry of National Defense's Military Intelligence Bureau, tricked an unidentified acquaintance into meeting him in Shanghai in 2007.
Upon arrival, however, the acquaintance was taken away by Chinese intelligence personnel for three days of interrogation, according to the court ruling.
The victim, a former ROC diplomat stationed in Japan, was subjected to questioning on issues including whether Taiwan's diplomatic missions in Japan had attempted to recruit Chinese spies. [Read more: CNA/15October2013]
Fate of Federal Workers Still Unknown, Leave Accrual Halted. With the government shutdown reaching day 15, the federal workforce is still in flux and Office of Personnel Management guidance says furloughed workers will not accrue sick leave and vacation during the shutdown.
Federal employees accrue sick leave and vacation every two week pay period, but OPM guidance says no new leave time is credited during a pay period when a full-time employee with an 80 hour biweekly workweek accumulates a total of 80 hours of nonpay status.
Some agencies have recalled furloughed employees.
The intelligence community recalled a small percentage of employees that were deemed to perform functions that directly support efforts to protect against imminent threats to life or property. [Read more: McDermott/FierceGovernment/15October2013]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
On Anniversary of Che Killing, CIA's Felix Rodriguez Remembers. Former CIA operative Felix Rodriguez, who participated in the historic manhunt to capture Ernesto "Che" Guevara, says the Marxist revolutionary was little more than a criminal and devoted killer who deserves to be demystified.
"I believe that eventually people will see what he really was. He was an assassin," said Rodriguez, who spoke to Newsmax about Guevara in advance of the 46th anniversary of his death on Oct. 9, 1967, at age 39. "He was an individual with very little regard for life. He enjoyed killing people."
In the interview with Newsmax, Rodriguez gives a detailed first-hand account of the capture and execution of the man whose image is still being appropriated as a counterculture fashion statement.
Rodriguez, a Cuban-American Vietnam veteran who fought in the Bay of Pigs invasion, was recruited to train and lead a team to track down Guevara, who had been instrumental in Fidel Castro's Cuban Revolution. [Read more: Billups&Walter/NewsMax/10October2013]
US Intelligence Assets in Mexico Reportedly Tied to Murdered DEA Agent. Few remember Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena, the DEA agent killed in the line of duty almost 30 years ago, when the War on Drugs was the talk of Washington.
"On February 7, 1985, Special Agent Camarena was kidnapped by the traffickers," then First Lady Nancy Reagan somberly told a room full of anti-drug advocates. "He was tortured and beaten to death."
Camarena's killer was sentenced to 40 years in jail. Now, he's free after serving only 28 years. And those who knew the agent and became close to his family are fighting to see that his story is not forgotten.
"I think the American people, at least, owe him for the sacrifice that he made to ensure that the people that took his life, that subjected him to torture over a three day period of time are held accountable and brought to justice, says Jimmy Gurule, the former Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles. [Read more: LaJeunesse&Ross/FoxNews/10October2013]
The CIA Has a New Top Spy Guy, but They Won't Tell You Who He Is....this reporter will....Frank Archibald is a nice guy in a killer job - literally. Last May the affable, hulking former Clemson University football player, 57, was named head of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, which is home to the agency's spies and hunter-killer teams, like the ones dispatched to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya and elsewhere in search of al Qaeda and other terrorist spore.
Not that you've seen his name all over the news. Breaking with its decades-long practice, the CIA declined to identify Archibald when he was appointed head of the NCS, even though the 30-year veteran's name was well-known among congressional oversight committees, Pentagon counterparts, and journalists who cover the CIA, not to mention scores of friendly and not-so-friendly foreign spy services, including Pakistan's, where Archibald served as station chief a few years ago.
Indeed, only hours after the CIA made known Archibald's anonymous appointment, media organizations turned up a few details. The Washington Post described him as "a longtime officer who served tours in Pakistan and Africa and was recently in charge of the agency's Latin America division, according to public records and former officials." The Associated Press confirmed Archibald's previous job as head of the agency's Western Hemisphere division and added that he "once ran the covert action that helped remove Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic from power."
From there it was an easy leap for Columbia University journalism professor John Dinges, a Latin American specialist and former NPR News managing editor who has written highly regarded books about the CIA's relations with South American intelligence services, to ferret out and release Archibald's name. "It was pretty obvious who he was," Dinges told the website Mashable. "It took me about five minutes to find out. It wasn't secret, nobody leaked it." Within minutes, Archibald's name circled the globe. And one downside [and the reason CIA prefers no longer to name these and many other officials] was immediate: one website used Google Earth to post a photo of Archibald's house. So go the hazards of the Internet Age. (And if something now happens...who is responsible?) [Read more: Stein/Newsweek/11October2013]
Russia Foreign Intelligence Services (SVR) Recruiting Prospective Agents Online. Visiting an enemy website is not considered by many a particularly interesting past time. In fact, let me clue you in on something, it is boring as hell sometimes. But it does give you valuable insights to what the enemy is up to, what he is thinking and how he is going about his job of intelligence work.
WELCOME COMRADE !
In this case I visited the Russian Foreign Intelligence website (http://svr.gov.ru/) as part of investigation on how the spy service recruits new agents.
On this occasion we found some very interesting documents, including an online application form and questionnaire.
One page welcomes visitors to the site this way:
"Dear visitor SVR of Russia!" [Read more: Tilford/GroundReport/22September2013]
Why the Government Shutdown Is the Best News Ever for Money Launderers. Though I've found the ongoing government shutdown to be a huge drag - I was all set to pay my estimated quarterly taxes, but now there's nobody at the IRS to receive my check - there are some out there who appreciate it, like grandstanding congressmen, and World War II veterans who enjoy seeing their pictures in the news. Also included in that list: criminals.
While the FBI and DEA are still open for business, there are other, smaller federal law enforcement and intelligence divisions that have been crippled by the shutdown. From now until the shutdown ends, I'm going to profile some of these groups: what they do, what they're not doing now, and what their absence might mean in the short- and long-term.
First up, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. [Read more: Peters/Slate/8October2013]
A Spy Like Horrie. On a scorching hot afternoon in late December 1962, an attractive, well-dressed woman arrived outside the Maid and Magpie Hotel in Stepney, an inner eastern suburb of Adelaide.
The Cuban missile crisis had recently brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. To Australia's north, the Vietnam War was escalating. Under prime minister Robert Menzies, Australia still maintained close defence ties with the United Kingdom, including testing British missiles at the Woomera range in northern South Australia - a major target for Soviet intelligence.
Ten days earlier, Kay Marshall had met a Soviet diplomat in Sydney. A gregarious figure on Canberra's small diplomatic circuit, Ivan Skripov was a KGB officer who had spent 15 months grooming Marshall to work as a Soviet intelligence operative. He briefed her to fly to Adelaide and meet a man outside the Maid and Magpie. Her contact, he told her, would be about 45 years old, wearing brown horn-rimmed spectacles, and carrying a black brief case and a folded copy of The Age.
Marshall was a double agent. [Read more: Dorling/NorthQueenslandRegister/14October2013]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Why Should the US be Involved in Asia? The year was 1957. Two CIA operatives James D. Haase and Tony Poe had just landed by an amphibious plane on Lake Singkarak in West Sumatra on an assignment to assist an armed group that was rebelling against Jakarta.
To their dismay, the rebellion army and weapons their Indonesian contact had promised were nowhere to be seen. Many years later, when relating this story in the book by Kenneth Conboy and James Morrison Feet to the Fire - CIA Covert Operations in Indonesia (1999, Naval Institute Press), Poe poignantly commented: "Why the f*** did we come?"
When looking at US involvement in Asia, it is always advisable to pose Poe's introspective question, albeit in more elegant language.
In the past, the answer was often obvious. [Read more: Siagian&Bayuni/JakartaPost/9October2013]
China's Real and Present Danger. Much of the debate about China's rise in recent years has focused on the potential dangers China could pose as an eventual peer competitor to the United States bent on challenging the existing international order. But another issue is far more pressing. For at least the next decade, while China remains relatively weak compared to the United States, there is a real danger that Beijing and Washington will find themselves in a crisis that could quickly escalate to military conflict. Unlike a long-term great-power strategic rivalry that might or might not develop down the road, the danger of a crisis involving the two nuclear-armed countries is a tangible, near-term concern - and the events of the past few years suggest the risk might be increasing.
Since the end of the Cold War, Beijing and Washington have managed to avoid perilous showdowns on several occasions: in 1995-96, when the United States responded to Chinese missile tests intended to warn Taiwanese voters about the danger of pushing for independence; in 1999, when U.S. warplanes accidentally bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade during the NATO air assault on Serbia; and in 2001, when a U.S. spy plane collided with a Chinese fighter jet, leading to the death of the Chinese pilot and Beijing's detention of the U.S. plane and crew. But the lack of serious escalation during those episodes should not breed complacency. None of them met the definition of a genuine crisis: a confrontation that threatens vital interests on both sides and thus sharply increases the risk of war. If Beijing and Washington were to find themselves in that sort of showdown in the near future, they would both have strong incentives to resort to force. Moreover, the temptations and pressures to escalate would likely be highest in the early stages of the face-off, making it harder for diplomacy to prevent war. [Read more: Goldstein/ForeignAffairs/October2013]
East Africa: Intelligence Sharing Key to War on Terrorism in East Africa. Al-Shabaab's terrorist attack at Westgate mall in Nairobi last month should provide the impetus for Kenya and Somalia to forge a mechanism for inter-agency security collaboration between the two countries.
For al-Shabaab to have the logistical capability to launch such a deadly strike at a shopping mall in the heart of Kenya's capital is a clear demonstration that the militant group is not confined to Somalia, but is a dangerous group that requires the pooling of human, technological and financial resources from both countries to contain it, security analysts told Sabahi.
"The terrorism problem has ballooned into a regional crisis and it calls for a sustained synergy among various security agencies," said Jaw Kitiku, a retired Kenyan army colonel and the executive director of Security Research and Information Centre in Nairobi.
"Time has come for the Kenyan and Somali governments to throw suspicion to the wind and develop a common watertight anti-terror strategy which, among other things, sets up an intelligence sharing network as one way of collaboration," he told Sabahi.
A joint intelligence sharing mechanism between Kenya and Somalia will not only improve information gathering, but will also enhance the speed of data processing and analysis, thus ensuring swift action on recommendations, Kitiku said. [Kithuure/AllAfrica/14October2013]
The Cyber-War Against Iran Is a Real War, and a Rehearsal for Future Conflicts. The West's war with Iran is a war of and for information. Waged by Israel, the United States, and European allies, this campaign has targeted the human vessels storing that knowledge. Last week, Iran's cyber-warfare chief Mojtaba Ahmadi was found dead with two bullets to the chest, and at least five of Iran's nuclear scientists have been killed since 2007. But Iran's own information and knowledge have been treated as equally, and perhaps more, valuable targets. For instance, the joint Israeli-U.S. cyber-initiative known as Operation Olympic Games went after Iranian command-and-control platforms - including, most famously, the Stuxnet computer worm that sabotaged centrifuges at the Natanz enrichment facility.
The non-clandestine - indeed very public - sanctions campaign identifying and targeting the financial networks that have allowed the regime to plan its nuclear weapons program can be understood as part of the same effort. With Iran's economy crippled and its currency in a nosedive, the Tehran regime has dispatched its emissary of light, President Hassan Rouhani, to seek relief even as Congress, over the objections of the State Department, is looking to pass another round of even stricter sanctions legislation.
While both hawks and doves seem to see sanctions as something short of warfare, the truth of our software-driven universe is that such measures damage their target in much the same way that bombs and seizure of territory do. The reason sanctions have had such a powerful effect on the Iranians, Juan C. Zarate, a former Treasury Department official in the George W. Bush Administration and author of Treasury's War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare, told me, is that "they use elements of globalization to do big things. Not just to prevent a $100 attack, but to go after a WMD program and do strategic damage not only to the regime's ability to get money, but also to budget for its future plans, for which you need to be connected to the global finance system." [Read more: Smith/TabletMag/9October2013]
Was One Week Enough Time to Interrogate Libya Terror Suspect? Abu Anas al-Libi, the al-Qaeda suspect nabbed by Delta Force in a raid on Libya on October 5, spent the past week being interrogated by intelligence officers aboard a navy ship. Now he has been brought to New York to stand trial for his role in the 1998 bombing of two US embassies in Africa. This is bound to prove controversial with those who believe he rightly belongs at the Guantanamo detention center, followed by trial in by a special tribunal rather than in a federal district court.
For my part I am agnostic about the venue of trial and the issue of where he and other terrorist suspects are held - as long as it is possible to arrest them, conduct interrogations without having them "lawyer up," and then to convict and punish them for their attacks. Whether those attacks are defined as criminal acts or acts of war is less important than the issue of whether they will be brought to some kind of justice and whether their full intelligence value is exploited along the way.
It's hard to know whether this happened in Al-Libi's case. [Read more: Boot/CommentaryMagazine/14October2013]
Tales of the Shutdown (IV): Who Wants to Work for a Dysfunctional Employer? You may have heard the mantra before, "If the government were a business, it'd go belly up." Well, I think we've all caught a glimpse of what going belly up might look like. This is what happens when an organization runs out of money, and it happens to companies all the time. But when companies go under, their employees don't always stick around and hope for the best. So, I can't help but wonder how current and future members of the military and intelligence community would react to the federal shutdown if they adopted the private sector mindset.
In the business world, nobody works for free. So if the military and intelligence community were like private industry, many of their employees would not come back from the furlough. Those employees would take their valuable skills elsewhere. Sure, they might not send their r�sum�s off to our adversaries, but they would certainly go work for someone that didn't make a mockery of their livelihood. Good business leaders constantly evaluate employee morale and adjust compensation to keep their people happy and productive. Sadly, it's pretty clear that supporting our public servants is not high on Congress' priority list. (Anybody know what does qualify for that list?)
Not only would there be an exodus of employees, but the number of job applicants and prospective military recruits would drop dramatically as well. Right now, Uncle Sam has a bit of a reputation problem. In the private sector, nobody wants to work for a turbulent company that can't manage to cut paychecks for its employees. Think about it: Would you have applied to work at Bear Sterns or Circuit City when they were collapsing? Probably not. So why go work for a dysfunctional government?
But in the end, the military and intelligence community is not a business. [Read more: Hanlon/ForeignPolicy/15October2013]
Section IV - Coming Events
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY more International Spy Museum Events in 2013 and some for 2014 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.
16 October 2013 - Laurel, Maryland - "Safeguarding Intelligence" - Theme of the National Cryptological Museum Foundation's Annual Membership Meeting
THIS 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 .
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 email@example.com
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: NDC@nara.gov) 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 archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/cold-war/berlin-1962-1987.html.
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 GalleryPlease email all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
17-18 October 2013 - Laurel, MD - "Technological Change and Cryptology: Meeting the Historical Challenges" is theme at the Biennial Cryptologic History Symposium
THIS 2-DAY 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 email@example.com.
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 www.spymuseum.org
19 October 2013, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter features Chet Lunner on "Domestic Intelligence: The Missing Link."
Chet Lunner speaks on "Domestic Intelligence, the
Missing Link." Prior to his retirement in 2010 Lunner was Deputy Under
Secretary of Homeland Security in the office of Intelligence and
Analysis where he helped build a national network of fusion centers.
Prior to that he served Secretary Michael Chertoff as acting Assistant
Secretary for Intergovernmental Relations. In the latter position he
gained a broad view of homeland security issues facing state, local, and
tribal leadership. In 2003 Lunner was appointed head of
the Office of Maritime and Land Security where he developed policies for
rail, trucking, highway, pipelines, Amtrak and postal transportation.
His standing as an expert in intelligence collaboration and information
sharing is recognized internationally.
He continues to work as an independent consultant in homeland
Location: Kennebunk High School Main Auditorium. The auditorium is at the south end of the building through the door marked #3. Parking is along Fletcher Street in front of the building or behind the south side of the building. The meeting is open to the public. For information call: 207-967-4298.
Saturday, 19 October 2013, 1 - 3 pm - Washington, DC - "Unlikely Warriors: The Army Security Agent's Secret War in Vietnam 1961-1973," a booksigning at the International Spy Museum Store.
Join the International Spy Museum Store for a book signing of Unlikely Warriors by authors Lonnie M. Long and Gary B. Blackburn. The military history book takes readers into the Vietnam War and follows members of the Army Security Agency (ASA) as they conduct top secret missions.
Long and Blackburn chart the years that ASA operated in Vietnam - occurring from 1961 to 1973. With each story, many of which have never been told, readers will find themselves in awe as they learn about specific operations, incidents and battles that involved ASA personnel.
"We want the reader to come away with an appreciation for the job those thousands of young men did and the many thousands of lives they saved through their efforts," say Long and Blackburn.
Tickets: Free! No registration required.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
7 November 2013, 11:30am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Israeli Consul General, Dr. Andy David
Dr. Andy David, Israeli Consul General to the Pacific Northwest and former advisor to the Foreign Minister speaks at this event.
TIMES: 11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon.
LOCATION: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, SF (between Sloat/Wawona). Seating will be limited. RSVP required by 10/31/13 to Mariko Kawaguchi at email@example.com and mail check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-member guests $35 (must be accompanied by member).
Thursday, 7 November 2013, 4:30 - 6 PM - Washington, DC - National Security vs. Privacy - by John Metelski of Bridge the Divide Foundation.
Much has been written in the press recently about government programs that track and record an individual's electronic communications, both here and abroad. The intelligence community defends these programs as necessary for national security; others assert they violate the individual's right to privacy.
This presentation will briefly examine the historical tensions which have ever been present between the rights of the group vs the rights of the individual and how various forms of government have sought to address this tension with an eye toward self-preservation. We will examine the "operative factors" affecting how these systems have (or have not) changed to adapt to this tension, including how our system of Democracy is structured to handle this issue. We will then discuss how the present situation could be addressed and evaluate the path US democracy offers to resolve this tension.
John Metelski is a retired Army LtCol. He has an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a law degree from Georgetown. He worked for the National Security Council during the time of the Watergate scandals of the '70s. He subsequently was counsel to and later founder of a number of businesses related to wireless telecommunications.
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
MUST RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, 9 November 2013, 11 am - Orange Park, FL - The AFIO Northern Florida Chapter meets to hear Colonel John D. Frketic, USA (Ret).
The speaker will be Colonel John D. Frketic, USA (Ret), who served 34 years of active service. He served as a platoon leader, battalion S-2 and chief of the Division's All-Source Intelligence Center. He was subsequently an instructor at the Intelligence Center and School and served a two year tour as an Exchange Officer in Australia.Throughout his career, Colonel Frketic continued to serve alternating tours in Army tactical units as either the S-2/G-2 or as a unit commander.
He served 2 1/2 years as the commander of a special intelligence unit at Ft. Bragg, N.C. and also served first as the G-2 Operations and Plans Officer then Executive Officer of
the divisional intelligence battalion. He was individually deployed for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and after serving as the G-3 Current Operations Officer for the 3rd Army (ARCENT) Forward tactical operations center (TOC) he was selected as the G-2 of the 6th InfantryDivision (Light).
Colonel Frketic commanded two battalions; the Military Intelligence battalion of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the Officer Training Battalion for the IntelligenceCenter and School at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. As the FORSCOMG-2/DCSINT he was heavily involved with national intelligence fusion into the FBI's security effort for the 1996 OlympicGames in Atlanta,GA. He concluded his career as the DeputyCommander for theArmy Combat Readiness Center at Ft. Rucker, AL where he served as the senior intelligence officer for the initial U.S. civilian governing effort in Iraq under LTG (Ret.) Jay Garner and Ambassador L. Paul Bremer.
Event takes place at the Country Club of Orange Park. As you can see from the attached newsletter, we have a very exciting speaker on tap for the event, so we hope you will be able to attend -- as always, guests and family are cordially invited. PLEASE RSVP TO QUIEL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AT email@example.com or call him at (904) 545-9549. We need a total of 20+ attendees to meet the country club's requirements. I've also attached another item, a short article from a recent Newsmark magazine, entitled "NSA Snooping Runs Amok," which contains references and a photo of the new NSA Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah, which was reported to the Chapter in February of last year. General Webb will be conducting another "Lightning Round," which will include a group discussion of the method of selecting meeting dates for 1-2 years in advance. Does that work, are there conflicts, is there a better way? Good meeting coming up, Tandy and I hope to see y'all there.
Please RSVP right away for the 9 Nov. 2013 meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org Cost will be $16 each, pay the Country Club at the luncheon.
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 www.spymuseum.org
Thursday, 14 November 2013, 5:30 - 8:30 pm - Tysons Corner, VA - Spy vs Spy: Global Espionage Threats to Business - A Panel and Reception.
The International Speakers Society at The Tower Club features discussants Luke Bencie - Managing Director of Security Management International, LLC; author of
Among Enemies: Counter-Espionage for the Business Traveler; and Brian E. Finch - Partner of Dickstein Shapiro, LLP, head of the firm's Global Security Practice, Named by Washingtonian Magazine in 2011 as one of the top 40 lobbyists; Ladi Carballosa - Former FBI Chief of the Practical Applications Unit; Interim Deputy Director of Law Enforcement for the Counter Terrorism Center of the CIA.
Times: 5:30-6:30pm Reception For Members & Guests; 6-7 pm Open Networking Reception; 7-8:30 pm Panel Discussion.
Location: The Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr #1700 Vienna, VA 22182. Parking available in garage at building entrance.
Admission: $30.00 per person
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.
Thursday, 21 November 2013, 11:30 am - Palmer Lake, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain meeting features John Putnam on "Lessons Learned from the Waldo Canyon Fire."
Speaker, John E. Putnam is with Putnam Assurance & Risk Services, LLC, Colorado. He will talk about "Lessons Learned about the Waldo Canyon Fire."
Event location: The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 S. Highway 105, Palmer Lake, CO, Exit 161 westbound off I-25, West on Highway 105.
Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at email@example.com
Monday, 2 December 2013, 5:30 - 8pm - New York, NY - "NSA Wiretapping, Snowden, Manning, and the FISA Court" - Judge Michael Mukasey's talk at the AFIO NY Chapter Meeting
SPEAKER: Judge Michael Mukasey, Former US Attorney General, 2007 - 09; currently NYC-based Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton. Served 18 years as Judge US District Court of the Southern District of NY, 6 years as Chief Judge. Most notable award, "Learned Hand Medal of
the Federal Bar Council."
LOCATION: Society of Illustrators 128 East 63rd Street between Lex. & Park Ave. TIME: Registration 5:30 PM Meeting Start 6:00 PM
Registration: Strongly suggested, not required. Open to the public.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 646-717-3776, Jerry Goodwin, President, AFIO New York Metropolitan Chapter
Cost: $50/person Cash or Check at the door only
Buffet Dinner: Buffet Dinner to follow talk & Q&A.
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