AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #41-13 dated 22 October 2013
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Section IV - Jobs, Scholarships, and Coming Events
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Jets Bomb Syrian City After Intelligence General Killed. Syrian air force jets bombarded the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Friday after heavy overnight clashes and the killing of one of President Bashar al-Assad's top military intelligence officers, activists said.
General Jama'a Jama'a was shot dead on Thursday by snipers in the midst of a battle with rebels including forces linked to al Qaeda, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
His death, celebrated by rebels and opposition activists, marked a significant setback for Assad's bid to retain a hold over the city, capital of the eastern oil-producing province.
A death notice published on Facebook said Jama'a's body was being flown back for burial on Friday in his home village of Zama in the mountains overlooking the Mediterranean - the heartland of Assad's Alawite sect. [Read more: Evans/Reuters/18October2013]
Does Everyone Spy on Everyone? New revelations about U.S. spies reading the e-mails of Mexico's president and eavesdropping on millions of private phone calls in France have proven to be an embarrassment for the Obama administration. But experts aren't surprised by the news, revealed in documents leaked by former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.
France summoned the U.S. ambassador to express its outrage over the incident, which was revealed Monday in Le Monde. French Prime Minister Ayrault said: "It's incredible that an allied country like the United States at this point goes as far as spying on private communications that have no strategic justification, no justification on the basis of national defense."
Yet the outrage may be more for domestic consumption. Le Monde reported in July that the French government was storing personal data of its citizens on a supercomputer at the headquarters of the French intelligence service.
"There's absolutely nothing shocking here at all," said John Schindler, professor at the U.S. Navy War College and, like Snowden, a former National Security Agency analyst. "This is what intelligence services are supposed to be doing. The French do the exact same thing. Everyone does this. The NSA is just better at it than many other countries." [Read more: Niiler/Discovery/22October2013]
Ex-DEA Officials claim CIA Operatives Involved in 'Kiki' Camarena Murder. Former local DEA officials Phil Jordan and Hector Berrellez are alleging that 'CIA operatives' killed the late DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena.
This week's bombshell and widely publicized allegation, which come two months after Mexico's release of kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero from prison, set off a firestorm. Caro Quintero and two other high-level drug-traffickers had been sentenced to 40 years for their roles in Camarena's kidnapping, torture and murder.
Former CIA contract pilot Tosh Plumlee joined Jordan and Berrellez in making the allegations. Celestino Castillo III, another former DEA agent and author of Powderburns: Cocaine, Contras and the Drug War, said Jordan, Berrellez and Plumlee "are right on the money."
In an interview with the El Paso Times, Jordan and Berrellez said they went public now because they only recently confirmed the allegations that CIA operatives were involved in Camarena's abduction, torture and murder. [Read more: Valdez/ElPasoTimes/19October2013]
Students Talk Espionage with Former CIA Director. "The goal of the CIA is to learn other nations' secrets," noted General Michael Hayden, and he should know. Hayden was the Director of both the CIA (2006-2009) and the National Security Agency (1999-2005) and, most recently, a "guest lecturer" to a group SHSU students who traveled to Houston, Texas to learn more about intelligence operations. The lecture, hosted by the World Affairs Council, covered wiretapping, prioritizing threats, presidential performance, and balancing work and family.
The most pressing question from students focused on wiretapping, a topic that General Hayden seemed to anticipate. Hayden ensured students that the government did not record their calls, but acknowledged that the government did document the calls, taking note of who called whom and how long each call lasted - logging, as General Hayden referred to it, some 3 billion "phone events" per day.
This massive data collection comes in handy when other information falls into place. Hayden provided the example of the government capturing "Ali Bin Badguy" and confiscating "Mr. Badguy's" phone which, in turn, allows them to locate his calls off the "phone-event" database and identify other potential terrorist connections. Hayden emphasized, however, that the government did not record calls made by citizens, at least not without a warrant. [Read more: HuntsvilleItem/18October2013]
Saudi Spy Chief Says Riyadh to 'Shift Away From U.S.' Over Syria, Iran. Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief has told European diplomats the kingdom will limit dealings with the United States in protest at Washington's perceived inaction over Syria and its potential thaw with Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday.
Prince Bandar bin Sultan told the envoys Washington had failed to act effectively on the Syria crisis and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was growing closer to Tehran and had not backed Saudi support for Bahrain when it crushed an anti-government revolt in 2011, the source said. [Lyon/Reuters/22October2013]
Russia to Test New Missile. Russia will test launch a controversial missile over the next several weeks that U.S. officials say is raising new concerns about Moscow's growing strategic nuclear arsenal and Russia's potential violations of arms treaties.
The RS-26 missile is expected to be deployed with multiple supersonic, maneuvering warheads designed to defeat U.S. missile defenses in Europe, U.S. officials told Inside the Ring.
A House defense aide said the new missile appears to violate the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, based on recent tests and Russian statements that it is designed to thwart U.S. defenses. The treaty bans missiles with ranges of between 310 and 3,400 miles.
"The Russians are advertising this as a system capable of defeating U.S. missile defenses in Europe," the aide said. "At the same time, the State Department is accepting Russia's claim that this is an ICBM and doesn't violate INF. It can't be both." [Read more: Gertz/WashingtonTimes/16October2013]
NSA Director to Step Down Next Year. The director of the National Security Agency will step down early next year, the White House announced on Thursday.
Army Gen. Keith Alexander's departure comes in the aftermath of revelations about the U.S. intelligence community eavesdropping program leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed that Alexander, who has led the agency for eight years, would depart his post in March.
Alexander informed President Obama about his decision several weeks ago, and had made clear when his tenure was extended for a third time earlier this year, and prior to the Snowden leaks, that he would like to retire in 2014, Carney said. [Read more: Madhani/USAToday/17October2013]
Russian Spy Agency Seeks to Expand Internet Surveillance. Russian authorities are moving to expand surveillance of the Internet by requiring service providers to store all traffic temporarily and make it available to the top domestic intelligence agency.
Under an order drafted by the Communications Ministry, providers would have to install equipment that would record and save all internet traffic for at least 12 hours and grant the security services exclusive access to the data.
President Vladimir Putin has tightened his grip over Russia since his election to a third term in March 2012 amid a wave of opposition protests, and security is being stepped up further before the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The draft order, made public on Monday, is likely to deepen concerns over tighter surveillance of the Internet, where debate is much freer than in Russia's conventional media and which security officials have said should be better controlled. [Read more: Reuters/21October2013]
MI6 Demands More Spies in Afghanistan to Fight Terrorism. MI6 is calling for reinforcements in Afghanistan amid fears that the country will become an "intelligence vacuum" where terrorists will pose an increased threat to Britain, The Telegraph has learnt.
The Secret Intelligence Service is appealing for extra staff from other intelligence agencies amid growing concern about a terrorist threat from Afghanistan after British troops withdraw next year, intelligence sources have said.
David Cameron has committed to withdrawing troops by December next year, leaving Afghan government forces in charge of securing the country against Taliban insurgents and extremist groups.
Ministers insist that the Afghan forces are up to the task, but Whitehall sources say that intelligence agencies are increasingly concerned that the country could again become a viable base for international terrorists after NATO forces withdraw. [Read more: TheTelegraph/20October2013]
Dutch Intelligence Service: Flights to Egypt Cancelled. A tip-off received by the Dutch intelligence service that a terrorist attack was planned on a Dutch flight to Egypt this week resulted in flight cancellations of Transavia flights from Amsterdam to Sharm Al Sheikh for the next two weeks.
According to the sources, Dutch intelligence shared the information with airway companies Transavia and ArkeFly.
Due to political unrest in Egypt, ArkeFly rescheduled flights to the Egyptian seaside resort Sharm al Sheikh to October 27, but due to the alleged threat, that date could be postponed. [ETN/16October2013]
Sofia Military Court to Hold Sitting on Trial Against Former Chief of Bulgaria's National Intelligence Service. Sofia Military Court is to hold a sitting on the trial against the former director of the National Intelligence Service, reserve lieutenant general Kircho Kirov. The sitting kicks off at 10:00 a.m. local time. The indictment against general Kirov was submitted on 2 July 2013. The former intelligence chief is charged with embezzling more than BGN 4,7 million between 2007 and 2011 when he was director of the intelligence service. General Kirov is accused also of making over 1,100 official financial documents to prove non-existing costs.
If found guilty, he faces between 10 and 20 years' imprisonment and confiscation of the whole or part of his property. [Focus/22October2013]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Peek Behind the Veil of Secrecy in the West Coast Premiere of Spy: The Secret World of Espionage. Making its West Coast premiere at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, SPY: The Secret World of Espionage is an unprecedented 12,000 square foot exhibition created through a collaboration between the CIA, FBI, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Foreign Excellent Trenchcoat Society and BASE Exhibitions. SPY gives you the rare opportunity to peek behind a veil of secrecy into the world of espionage and undercover operations. The nearly 300 spy gadgets and documents on display - many of which have never before been seen outside of classified circles - or even known - reveal an unseen picture of the mysterious world of espionage. SPY parts the veil, inviting visitors into a secret world of patriots, spies, moles, traitors, and spy catchers: a world with heroes and villains, whose actions helped shape the world we live in today.
"Visitors to the Reagan Library will be thrilled as they learn what it means to be an American serving the cause of freedom in a dangerous and difficult world," said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. "From rare and fascinating spy artifacts to Hollywood props from James Bond films to entertaining interactive displays, this exhibit is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for visitors of all ages."
Check out how a simple coin has been loaded with a tiny poisonous needle meant to be used as a suicide device; or how an insect-sized robotic dragonfly, called an insectothopter, was designed to gather intelligence from the air as the world's first miniaturized unmanned aerial vehicle; or what a fake movie script looks like that was created in order to rescue diplomats from Iran and inspired the movie ARGO. Take a look at the actual cockpit from one of the world's nine remaining A-12 Oxcart spy planes. View objects like a KGB poison pellet-firing umbrella to spy cameras, tear-gas pens, shoes with hidden compartments, and even a hollow molar the East German secret police created to conceal a microdot in a spy's mouth. The variety of fascinating declassified items will intoxicate every visitor. [Read more: MarketWired/21October2013]
NSA Revelations: A Timeline of What's Come Out Since Snowden Leaks Began. Since Edward Snowden's first published leak about National Security Agency surveillance techniques appeared in The Guardian on June 5, new revelations have been steadily trickling out. Here's a look at what we've learned since June, broken down by eight key dates. [Read more:
CIA Reading List: Suggested Reading for Intelligence Officers. While intelligence is most known for its classified nature, a good portion of intelligence work is conducted using open source methods. OSINT, or open source intelligence as it's referred to, is a valuable tool critical to any bit of analysis. A responsible intelligence analyst always takes into consideration the OSINT available; while it cannot (or should not) be used to reveal the sources and methods behind sensitive intelligence collection techniques, OSINT often provides the context, perspective, and background information the analyst needs to make an accurate intelligence assessment.
On that note, the Central Intelligence Agency maintains a website available to the public that provides a myriad of great info for any readers interested in learning more about intelligence, becoming an intelligence officer, or learning how intelligence has played a role in determining our foreign policy since the time of George Washington. Consider it your open source gateway to all the context, perspective, and background information you need to build an accurate picture of the craft of intelligence.
As with anything else in life, there is often far too much to do and not enough time to do it. The same applies to the amount of reading material in this list. Regardless, the CIA's Suggested Reading List under Intelligence Literature is a valuable resource not to be overlooked. It contains an extensive bibliographic list of intelligence literature that provides "a wide spectrum of views on intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency...[covering] history, technology, opinion, and....key personalities associated with intelligence."
A few topics of interest the list covers include: [Read more: 14Charlie/SOFREP/15October2013]
Inside the Looking Glass: Watching the World with the Defense Intelligence Agency. It's 9:51 a.m. on Aug. 23 at the Defense Intelligence Agency headquarters.
Army Lt. Gen. and DIA Director Michael T. Flynn surprises everyone in the room when he stands up and tells his staff, "Twenty minutes and I'll be back."
"Yes, sir - got it," responds one of his aides.
With several staffers trailing him, Flynn then sets out with this reporter for a secret place that no journalist has ever seen.
"I want to show you a place, because it will give you an impression... of our ability to watch the world," Flynn says.
The fast-paced, unprecedented walk through one of the most secretive places in the intelligence community is punctuated by the fact that an audio recording device is allowed to capture it all. [Read more: Green/WTOP/21October2013]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Submarines Alone Are Not Enough Nuclear Deterrent. There are ten primary missions outlined in the Department of Defense's 2012 strategy guidance. Three of those missions require the Pentagon to maintain an effective deterrent to nuclear war that, the guidance says, "can under any circumstances confront an adversary with the prospect of unacceptable damage, both to deter potential adversaries and to assure U.S. allies and other security partners that they can count on America's security commitments."
The CATO Institute's Christopher Preble and Matt Fay's recent article "To Save the Submarines, Eliminate ICBMs and Bombers" is a policy recommendation that fails to meet DOD's high standard for an effective nuclear deterrent. While they mention the submarine's inherent survivability, power and accuracy, they neglect other aspects required of an effective deterrent force. The deterrent force must be survivable, affordable, flexible, visible, available, credible and provide stability. While each element of the triad comprises many of these attributes, no one leg has them all.
Affordability is also a key component of nuclear deterrent forces. While the $60 billion dollars quoted for the new nuclear-armed submarines seems daunting, it pales in comparison to the $400 billion for the Joint Strike Fighter, according to the Government Accountability Office. Moreover, the entire nuclear deterrence force represents only around $20 billion per year, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter. ICBMs are the least expensive leg to maintain. Bombers still have a required conventional role, so making them non-nuclear nets only minor savings. Thus, even with the addition of new submarines, the nuclear deterrent force is incredibly affordable compared to the overall defense budget of $526 billion.
The nuclear deterrent force must be credible. [Read more: Spaulding/DefenseOne/16October2013]
Pentagon's Newest Spy Agency Initiative "Lacks Details Necessary for Effective Review", According to Report. Buried deep in a 2013 Senate Intelligence Committee report are details pertaining to the newest, most secretive spy agency in the United States, perhaps the entire world.
I refer to the "Defense Clandestine Service" (DCS).
Needless to say trying to find information regarding this budding new , super secret spy service within the Defense Department is extremely difficult, especially where it concerns potential problem areas.
In this case the indications are suggestive of problems in regard to the effective review and implementation of the reorganization of agency itself. Which is very usual.
What follows is a portion of that Senate report's finding: [Read more: Gilford/Ground Report/22October2013]
Section IV - Jobs, Scholarships, 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.]
Information Technology Risk Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Financial Institution Supervision Group.
The Information Technology Risk team examines large, complex financial firms and financial market utilities and focuses on three key areas within the IT discipline: (1) information (including cyber) security, (2) IT project management for systems that support critical financial market infrastructure, and (3) business continuity and resiliency. The team provides firm-specific supervisory assessments, cross-firm analyses, and emerging issues analysis in these three key areas. Each Information Technology (IT) Specialist has expertise in information security or IT project management and should have or develop proficiency in business continuity and resiliency, especially as it relates to the 2003 Interagency White Paper on Sound Practices to Strengthen the Resilience of the U.S. Financial System. Given the scope of this role, the IT Specialist will collaborate across external law enforcement entitles, Federal Reserve Information Security leadership as well as Treasury officials.
PDF at this link provides full job description, requirements, and contact details to apply for consideration.\
Three Job Fairs for Individuals Holding Clearances - TechExpo
Wed. 6 November 2013, 10am - 3pm - Baltimore, MD - TECHEXPO Baltimore - recruiting Security-Cleared Professionals
Location: BWI Marriott, 1743 W Nursery Rd, Baltimore, MD 21090
Thurs. 7 November 2013, 10am - 3pm - Colorado Springs, CO - TECHEXPO - recruiting Security-Cleared Professionals
Location: DoubleTree Hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Tues. 12 November 2013, 10am - 3pm - Tysons Corner, VA - TECHEXPO - recruiting Security-Cleared Professionals
Location: Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, VA 22102
Explore all of these or Register: www.techexpousa.com/
GE-REAGAN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS - 2014 - DEADLINE: Midnight CST, January 9, 2014 - $40,000 per Award
Exceptional student leaders are invited to apply for the 2014 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. In honor of the legacy and character of President Ronald Reagan, this program annually rewards up to 20 college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with $10,000 renewable scholarships (up to $40,000 per recipient).
Honoring the legacy and character of our nation's 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.
Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years - up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study only, and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program.
To be eligible for this award, applicants must:* demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship; * demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent); * demonstrate financial need; * be citizens of the United States of America; * be high school seniors attending high school in the United States, or any of the U.S. territories and commonwealths and graduating in winter 2013 or spring 2014. Applicants living on a U.S. Armed Forces base and attending high school outside the U.S. are eligible. Home-schooled students who are graduating in winter 2013 or spring 2014 are also eligible.* plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor's degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2014-2015 academic year.
In addition, semifinalists must be nominated by an eligible community leader, such as a high school principal, elected official or executive director of a nonprofit organization, and must provide documentation to certify academic performance and financial need. Finalists will be interviewed via Skype or telephone by a member of the selection committee. Learn more about the qualifications of a GE-Reagan Foundation Scholar or download a GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program flyer here.
Qualified candidates may apply online starting October 15, 2013 through January 9, 2014 or until 25,000 applications are submitted, whichever comes first. To be considered for this award, candidates must complete the secure online application and all of its components prior to the deadline. Deadline extensions will not be granted, and incomplete applications will be disqualified. Materials submitted in hard copy prior to the semifinalist stage will not be considered and will be discarded. Only the first 25,000 completed applications will be considered.
Applicants who have questions about the application process may contact the program's administrator, Scholarship Management Services, at 1-507-931-1682 and ask for the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should anticipate a response to inquiries within one business day. Personnel at GE and The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation cannot address applicant questions.
Applications for the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted online until January 9, 2014. Additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application are available online. We look forward to honoring your young leaders next spring.
Erin Korsvall, Program Officer, GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
Applicants who have questions about the application process may contact the program's administrator, Scholarship Management Services, at email@example.com.
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.
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 (JETTY), 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 JETTY 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 Gallia Yacht Club, 100 Matura 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 Slat/Wewoka). 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 Local. 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 (ARDENT) Forward tactical operations center (TOC) he was selected as the G-2 of the 6th Infantry Division (Light).
Colonel Frketic commanded two battalions; the Military Intelligence battalion of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the Officer Training Battalion for the Intelligence Center and School at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. As the FORSCOMG-2/DOSING he was heavily involved with national intelligence fusion into the FBI's security effort for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, A. He concluded his career as the Deputy Commander for the Army 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 LAG (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 QUILL 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 News mark magazine, entitled "NSA Snooping Runs Amok," which contains references and a photo of the new NSA Data Center in Bluff dale, 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.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Scottsdale, AZ - "Egypt and Syria" - Paul Kinsinger's topic for AFIO Arizona Chapter Meeting
"Egypt and Syria" is the topic of Paul Kinsinger, Clinical Professor of Business Intelligence, Executive Director, Thunderbird Executive Education, Thunderbird School of Management.
Location: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260
Send your check to Simone - you will be charged for the lunch. Meeting fees are as follows: $20 for AFIO AZ Member; $22.00 for Non-Members.
No-shows will be charged if not cancelled 48 hours prior to event.
For reservations or questions, email Simone: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 602.570.6016.
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 Prado's,
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 Bennie - 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; Laid Cabrillo's - 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.
Friday, 15 November 2013, 8 pm - Washington, DC - "Sharks & Lasers: A Bond Villains' Night Out" at the International Spy Museum
An Exquisitely Evil Program Presented by the International Spy Museum and Brightest Young Things
An evening celebrating the villain in us all, and especially the villains of the Bond franchise! Come as your favorite evil alter ego as the sleekest villain attire will be judged while you enjoy cocktails and jams. Everyone's favorite Bond villain, Jaws, from the The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, will be our featured guest as Richard Kiel reunites with his steely teeth. Meet him and other villainous types during after-hours access to the Museum's Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains special exhibition.
Have an evil cat like Blofeld's? Submit your best diabolical kitty pictures for bragging rights in our Pussy Galore Gallery. We'll have a well-stocked photo booth with evil accouterments, Bond trivia, and a chance to meet real spies. Will you be brave enough to go 4-D with our shark tank come-to-life? Bravery required, swimsuit not. And in your confessional "My Villainous Moment" video use our clandestine cameramen and voice-changing equipment to record your anonymous personal evil best.
This is a 21+ event.
Tickets: Advance Price: $20; Day Of: $25 More information at www.spymuseum.org
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 Van Wormer 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 Ukase, Former US Attorney
General, 2007 - 09; currently NYC-based Partner at Televise &
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 Lax. & 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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