AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #43-13 dated 5 November 2013

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Obituaries, and Coming Events

Obituaries

Coming Educational Events

Current Calendar for Next Two Months ONLY

 

Breaking the Code - a play about British Cryptanalyst, Alan Turing


APL Turing
 

Breaking The Code

APL Allies in the Workplace of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory presents "Breaking the Code" - Hugh Whitemore's 1986 play of the true story of Alan Turing, the British cryptanalyst and trailblazing mathematician who shortened World War II by breaking Hitler's U-boat Enigma codes. In 1952, the British government convicted Turing of gross indecency under an 1885 law that targeted homosexual men, effectively destroying his career. Some of his colleagues have said that it's a good thing Turing's homosexuality didn't become public until after the war, because without him World War II would have been lost. Based on Andrew Hodges book Alan Turing: The Enigma and produced in cooperation with Samuel French, Inc., Breaking the Code will play for two weekends only at the Kossiakoff Center.

Show dates are Nov. 9, 10, and 16 at 1 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. The play will be presented at the Kossiakoff Center and there is no charge for admission. Reservations are recommended. Reservations or more info HERE.

NCMF
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The latest edition mentions some important cyber security items:

American Blackout by National Geographic
Click image above to view several of abbreviated videos of the program.

American Blackout is a fictional account of a 10-day blackout following a cyber attack. The program is now being shown on the National Geographic Channel. Catch it 11/13 at 9 & 11 p.m. ET, & 11/20 at 5 p.m. ET. The film poses the question, "are you prepared?" Visit the Council on CyberSecurity's Web page to read more & view a trailer.

And the above directly relates to Former DIRNSA Mike McConnell's recent presentation at a Bloomberg Government cybersecurity conference, where he stated that the U.S. is losing a "cyberwar" and it will take a "cyber Pearl Harbor" for the country to take the necessary steps to protect critical computer systems. Bloomberg News report. 

Next NCMF Meeting....

The speaker at the Twelfth Annual NCMF Pearl Harbor Commemoration Lecture is noted author and historian Dr. Donald Goldstein. Dr. Goldstein's presentation will include insights into the Japanese outlook on the Pearl Harbor attack and the subsequent disastrous aftermath, a gap in our series which we have been trying to fill for over five years.

This year's presentation will take place at L3 Conference Center in the National Business Park. Lunch will follow at noon. It takes place Thursday, 5 December 2013, 10am-1pm in Annapolis Junction, MD. We will have a selection of books that Dr. Goldstein has authored or coauthored available for purchase.

The program fee for members is $20 and $50 for non-members which includes membership in the NCMF for a year. Please remit to the NCMF or you may pay online. The deadline for payment is 29 November. Refunds will not be possible after that date. Make check payable to NCMF and send to PO Box 1682, Fort George G Meade, MD 20755-3682 by 29 November. The L3 conference center is located at 2720 Technology Drive Annapolis Junction MD 20701.
Questions? Contact Mary J. Faletto, Senior Administrator, National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, Office: 301-688-5436 Cell: 443-250-8621. E-mail: cryptmf@aol.com

The NCMF will have the NSA 2013 Christmas ornament available for those who wish to purchase it - a rare opportunity. The ornament must be reserved and paid for in advance by check. The cost for the ornament in the gift shop is $16.50 plus tax. Your cost is $16 including tax and handling less your NCMF discount. Please include this amount in a check along with your program fee. The ornament may not be paid for online.


Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

North Korea Developing 'Electromagnetic Pulse Weapons'. South Korea's spy agency said Monday that North Korea was using Russian technology to develop electromagnetic pulse weapons aimed at paralysing military electronic equipment south of the border.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a report to parliament that the North had purchased Russian electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weaponry to develop its own versions.

EMP weapons are used to damage to electronic equipment. At higher energy levels, an EMP event can cause more widespread damage including to aircraft structures and other objects.

The spy agency also said the North's leader Kim Jong-Un sees cyberattacks as an all-purpose weapon along with nuclear weapons and missiles, according to lawmakers briefed by the NIS. [Read more: AFP/4November2013]

Intelligence Spending Dropped Sharply Last Year. Total U.S. intelligence spending last year declined by more than 10%.

Intelligence spending has been on a downward slope for the last few years since its peak in 2010. But last year's drop, disclosed yesterday in newly declassified budget data for FY2013, was the steepest one-year decline in intelligence spending since at least the end of the Cold War, and maybe longer.

The reduction in spending was accelerated by the budget sequester which deprived intelligence agencies of billions of dollars beyond the intent of congressional appropriators, who were already cutting intelligence spending anyway.

The Director of National Intelligence said that the 2013 budget appropriation for the National Intelligence Program was $52.7 billion, but that it was reduced by sequestration to $49.0 billion. [Read more: Aftergood/SecrecyNews/1November2013]

Oh, by the Way, Germany Spies on Us. For two decades, a quiet office park outside Frankfurt has served as home to Project Rahab, a cyber-espionage operation named after the prostitute in the Book of Joshua who helps spies infiltrate Jericho. According to the National Security Council's Operations Security Intelligence Threat Handbook, Project Rahab is an arm of the Bundesnachrichtendienst, or BND, Germany's foreign intelligence agency. Of note, the BND is directly subordinate to German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Project Rahab uses SIGINT - intelligence based on interception of signals, conversations and electronic communications - to gather information on foreign business competition that can benefit German companies. BND officers have penetrated computer networks and databases in countries including Russia, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Italy, and the United States.

In his book Spies Among Us, former NSA intelligence and computer systems analyst Ira Winkler details Project Rahab hackers' successful infiltration of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), which provides the network for financial institutions worldwide to send and receive trillions of dollars in a secure and reliable environment. The ability to monitor SWIFT transactions would provide German businesses a leg up - at least. (As it happens, last month, the German magazine Der Spiegel used documents acquired by Edward Snowden to break the news that the NSA monitors SWIFT.)

Project Rahab poses a far greater threat to U.S. national security. [Read more: Thomson/HuffingtonPost/31October2013]

Russia's Goodie Bag Gifts 'Bugged' G-20 Delegates. They're spies like us!

Crafty Russian operatives gave goodie bags to world powers at the G-20 summit with USB drives and phone chargers - but they were "Trojan Horses" designed to download info and send it back to the motherland.

The cloak-and-dagger spy game played out at last month's conference in St. Petersburg, where Vladimir Putin and President Obama appeared to patch up their feud.

But little did Obama know that Putin's henchmen were making sure every delegate at the G-20 walked out with equipment that could compromise state secrets.

The clever Boris-and-Natasha ploy was reported Tuesday by the major Italian newspapers La Stampa and Corriere della Sera as the US remains under fire for NSA spying on world leaders' phone calls. [Read more: Soltis/NYPost/30October2013]

Car Bomb in Restive Libyan City of Benghazi Kills Intelligence Officer and His 2-year-old Son. Security officials in Libya say a car bomb has killed an intelligence officer and his two-year son in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Officials say Sueliman el-Fasy and his son were killed Sunday night in the Quraish neighborhood in a blast targeting his family. They say his pregnant wife suffered burns and his eight-month son was hospitalized.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief journalists. [Read more: AP/4November2013]

IBM Bails on $600M CIA Cloud Deal, Lets Amazon Have It. Amazon has (finally) secured a $600 million contract to power a U.S. spy agency's secret cloud, leaving IBM limping away from the contested deal.

On Wednesday, Big Blue withdrew its protest to power the private cloud-based project by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, ceding to Amazon Web Services, which was originally granted the contract.

Amazon was awarded the contract earlier this year, but IBM filed with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in efforts to be granted the contract for itself - a process not too uncommon in a highly lucrative business space. 

The protest was upheld, forcing the secret intelligence agency to throw open the contract rebidding process.

Amazon subsequently complained in a U.S. court to prevent its cloud rival from snapping up the contract out of its hands, which resulted in a federal judge striking down IBM's objections earlier this month, leading to the company withdrawing its complaint altogether. [Read more: Whittaker/ZDNet/30October2013]

Brazil Says It Spied on U.S. and Others Inside Its Borders. Brazil's government acknowledged on Monday that its top intelligence agency had spied on diplomatic targets from countries including the United States, Iran and Russia, putting the Brazilian authorities in the uncomfortable position of defending their own surveillance practices after repeatedly criticizing American spying operations. 

Brazil's Institutional Security Cabinet, which oversees the nation's intelligence activities, contended in a statement on Monday that the spying operations, involving relatively basic surveillance about a decade ago of diplomats and diplomatic properties in Brazil, were "in absolute compliance" with legislation governing such practices.

The statement followed a report in the newspaper Folha de São Paulo describing how the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, commonly known as Abin, had followed some diplomats from Russia and Iran on foot and by car, photographing their movements, while also monitoring a commercial property leased by the United States Embassy in Brasília, the capital. [Read more: Romero/NYTimes/4November2013]

Secret Spy Station on Cocos Islands. Australia's electronic spy agency is intercepting Indonesian naval and military communications through a secret radio listening post on the remote Cocos Islands.

According to former defence officials, the Defence Signals Directorate operates the signals interception and monitoring facility - known locally as "the house with no windows" - on Australia's Indian Ocean territory, 1100 kilometres south-west of Java.

The station has never been publicly acknowledged by the Australian government, or reported in the media, despite being in operation for more than two decades.

Along with the better-known Shoal Bay Receiving Station near Darwin, the previously unreported Cocos Island facility forms a crucial part of Australia's signals intelligence collection efforts targeting Indonesia. [Read more: Dorling/SydneyMorningHerald/31October2013]

U.S. Grid Threatened. An Energy Department-sponsored study of the U.S. electrical power grid publicly identifies numerous vulnerabilities to cyberattacks by nations or terrorists, including hacking that could cause widespread power outages.

"Impacts identified in the failure scenarios include loss of power, equipment damage, human casualties, revenue loss, violations of customer privacy, and loss of public confidence," states the 269-page report "Electric Sector Failure Scenarios and Impact Analyses."

The report was funded by the Energy Department and published in September by the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization Resource, a group of industry and academic specialists focused on improving cybersecurity for networks in the power grid.

The highly technical report outlines more than 40 ways foreign intelligence services or other malicious hackers could break into the networks used to control the distribution of electrical power. [Read more: Gertz/WashingtonTimes/30October2013]

Hypersonic Successor to Legendary SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane Unveiled. Lockheed Martin's famed Skunk Works has finally unveiled the long-awaited successor to the SR-71 Blackbird. Aviation Week and Space Technology's Guy Norris pulled the covers off the project that Lockheed Martin is simply calling the SR-72. The new airplane will be roughly the same size as the record-setting Blackbird, but will be able to fly twice as fast as the jet that still holds the speed records.

The new spy plane will be capable of Mach 6 cruise speeds, making it the first hypersonic aircraft to enter service should it be produced. Only the rocket-powered North American X-15 was able to regularly fly those speeds, and the three examples built were used for research. The SR-71 Blackbird is legendary in aviation circles for its Mach 3 capabilities, and different iterations served as a spy plane for 35 years until its retirement in 1998. It still holds several records, including a flight from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. in 64 minutes, 20 seconds.

The new SR-72 has long been rumored and debated, and is part of the U.S. Air Force's plan for hypersonic capabilities that will allow fast reaction for gathering intelligence around the world. A Mach 6 airplane fills the gap between current surveillance aircraft that can loiter for long periods of time, but don't have the ability to transit to a new area quickly. The SR-72 is also expected to have optional strike capabilities, according to Aviation Week.

The key to the new airplane, as it was with the SR-71, will be the engines. [Read more: Paur/Wired/1November2013]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

10 Things You Might Not Know About Conspiracy Theories. We're approaching the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an event that wrenched this nation and spawned countless conspiracy theories. Was Kennedy killed by the Cubans? The CIA? The Mafia? The military-industrial complex? Time to spread your blanket on a grassy knoll and examine these 10 conspiracy theories: [Read more: Jacob&Benzkofer/ChicagoTribune/3November2013]

U.S. Intelligence Agencies Have Their Own Twitter. It's Called eChirp. While there is significant tension between the intelligence community and social media companies in the wake of the NSA leaks from former contractor Edward Snowden and the firing of the White House staffer behind @NatSecWonk, it appears that they've been copying the social media format on their own networks for years. David Nakamura reports that the intelligence community has developed its own internal social media network called eChirp, which is patterned after Twitter.

It allows analysts to weigh in on breaking news from across several agencies, much like Twitter allows in the public sphere. [Read more: Peterson/WashingtonPost/1November2013]

Check Out the Top Spying Scandals That Shook the World. The world was somehow shocked when it was revealed the US had been spying on everyone - including world leaders.

Leaked information by supergrass Edward Snowden exposed how the CIA tapped the phones of high profile politicians including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Even poor old Pope Francis couldn't play a sneaky game of Angry Birds in peace without the Yanks snooping through his phone details.

But some analysts are questioning why the public is shocked by these revelations given that spying is often described as the second oldest profession in the world.

Here we take a look at some of the top spying scandals that have rocked the world. [Read more: MacNamee/IrishMirror/1November2013]

NSA Eavesdropping: We've Always Spied on Friends, and Always Will. In the spring of 1929, the new Secretary of State under President Herbert Hoover learned that tucked away in New York City, his department was operating one of the world's foremost code breaking operations. Led by legendary code breaker Herbert O. Yardley, the "Black Chamber" had been operating for almost 10 years. And despite a minuscule budget (less than $350,000 in a decade) and staff, the Black Chamber delivered more than 45,000 decrypted messages to American leaders. Perhaps their most important work came during the Washington Naval Conference in 1921/22. The Black Chamber's delivery of decrypted negotiating instructions from foreign capitals to their delegates gave U.S. negotiators a decisive edge in crafting the eventual 5:5:3 naval force ratio that resulted. America's supposed allies of the time, Great Britain, Italy, France, and Japan, among others, had no idea that U.S. negotiators effectively knew the parameters of their negotiating strategies.

Nearly destitute, Yardley proceeded to write his memoirs of the affair, The American Black Chamber. The book was serialized in the pages of The Saturday Evening Post, and rapidly became a runaway international bestseller, chronicling in devastating detail the operations and achievements of the Black Chamber during their decade of operations. Across the globe, governments immediately tightened up their diplomatic protocols and began to systematically improve communications security. This included the development of cipher machines utilizing telephone rotary switches based upon large number theory protocols, such as the German Enigma and Japanese PURPLE. By the outbreak of World War II, virtually every nation in the world was using such machines to protect their diplomatic and military communications, resulting in huge new intelligence enterprises like ULTRA and MAGIC.

Ironically, the Washington, D.C., bureaucrat that eventually authorized the funding and personnel to create MAGIC was the same idealistic gentleman who, in 1929, had shut down the Black Chamber: Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson. [Read more: Gresham/DefenseMediaNetwork/30October2013]

GPS Bullets are Latest Weapon for American Police. It sounds like something out of a James Bond movie - GPS bullets that can track the location of a suspect's car.

The bullet is designed to make high-speed chases safer - enabling the authorities to track suspects without having to risk theirs or others' lives.

And in true spy fashion the system works by hitting a button inside a police car.

That triggers a lid to pop up releasing a bullet that shoots out and sticks to the car in front.

The system, dubbed Starchase, is already in use in four US states - Iowa, Florida, Arizona and Colorado - and the firm behind it is now keen to get the system into the UK. [Read more: BBC/29October2013]

The Spy Who Saved the World - Then Tried to Destroy It. Felicity Stuart watched the telephone with mounting unease. She was officially the assistant to the British embassy's visa officer, Ruari Chisholm, but this was just a cover role: Chisholm was the head of MI6 in the city, and she was his cipher clerk.

In tandem with the CIA, MI6 were in the midst of running their most successful espionage operation to date. A colonel in Soviet military intelligence, Oleg Penkovsky, was working for them as an agent-in-place, photographing thousands of top-secret documents with a miniature camera, and delivering the resulting microfilm in disguised packs of cigarettes and boxes of sweets to Chisholm's wife Janet, at cocktail parties, parks and other locations around the city.

The operation was in an especially fraught stage as it was now taking place in Moscow, which was home to the KGB's headquarters, the Lubyanka. Tens of thousands of KGB officers worked in the city, and a dedicated division conducted surveillance on the small community of foreigners. Walls in apartments, offices, and public locations contained microphones, and entire floors of buildings were given over to command posts listening in to and recording conversations. In 1961, Moscow was perhaps the most dangerous city for espionage in the world.

One major problem was how to communicate with Penkovsky. He had identified a safe spot to leave messages - a 'dead drop' in spy jargon - behind a radiator in the foyer of a block of apartments in Pushkinskaya Street, but tradecraft dictated that this could only ever be checked once. Usually, Penkovsky communicated with his handlers via notes he passed to Janet Chisholm with his other material, but they needed another method in case he couldn't meet her. It was decided to use the telephone, but because everywhere was bugged the rings would function as messages. [Read more: Duns/DailyBeast/3November2013]

How a Nato War Game Took the World to Brink of Nuclear Disaster. Chilling new evidence that Britain and America came close to provoking the Soviet Union into launching a nuclear attack has emerged in former classified documents written at the height of the cold war.

Cabinet memos and briefing papers released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that a major war games exercise, Operation Able Archer, conducted in November 1983 by the US and its Nato allies was so realistic it made the Russians believe that a nuclear strike on its territory was a real possibility.

When intelligence filtered back to the Tory government on the Russians' reaction to the exercise, the prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, ordered her officials to lobby the Americans to make sure that such a mistake could never happen again. Anti-nuclear proliferation campaigners have credited the move with changing how the UK and the US thought about their relationship with the Soviet Union and beginning a thaw in relations between east and west.

The papers were obtained by Peter Burt, director of the Nuclear Information Service (NIS), an organisation that campaigns against nuclear proliferation, who said that the documents showed just how risky the cold war became for both sides.

"These papers document a pivotal moment in modern history - the point at which an alarmed Thatcher government realised that the cold war had to be brought to an end and began the process of persuading its American allies likewise," he said. [Read more: Doward/TheObserver/2November2013]


Section III - COMMENTARY

The Two Types of Spy 'Scandals'. Attitudes of the American public and elected officials toward intelligence go in cycles. There is an oscillation between two types of perceived crisis. One type is the "intelligence failure," in which things happen in the world followed by recriminations about how intelligence agencies should have done a better job of predicting or warning of the happening. The recriminations are customarily accompanied by "reform," or talk of it, which chiefly means finding ways to do things differently from what was done before - not necessarily better, just different.

Usually there also are accusations of malfeasance by individuals, even though there is an inherent tension between attributing failure to unreformed institutions and attributing it to individuals who screwed up. Often the response also involves additional empowerment of institutions, in the form of added resources or added authorities.

The other type of crisis involves seeing institutions as too empowered, with the response being to place additional restrictions on them. For U.S. intelligence agencies one of the most conspicuous examples of this phase of the cycle was in the 1970s, with some of the agencies in question already suspect as the nation came out of the Vietnam and Watergate eras, and with the principal response being to erect congressional and legal checks that are still in place today. [Read more: Pillar/ConsortiumNews/1November2013]

An Open Letter to the NSA. Editor's note: The following is an open letter from John R. Schindler, a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., where he is a specialist on intelligence, terrorism, and European security issues. Prior joining the Naval War College in 2005, he spent nearly a decade with the National Security Agency as an intelligence analyst and counterintelligence officer. This article first appeared on Schindler's blog, The XX Committee, and is republished here with his permission. 

Dear NSA,

Hi, it's me again. Although I left the agency a few years ago, I still think about you a lot, and in recent months - thanks to that awful Ed guy - I've been writing and talking about you a good deal in public. Plus, because on my very first day on the job I agreed to that whole lifetime secrecy oath thing, we're separated but we're never going to really get divorced, are we?

Nevertheless, there are some things I'd like to get off my chest. My comments in the media in defense of intelligence, generally if not always specifically, have led to me getting a lot of flak from haters about being a "shill" for the NSA and whatnot. Of course, that's not true. There are things that need change at the agency, and the unprecedented catastrophe of the Snowden case offers an overdue chance to start making smart changes in how the NSA does business. I'd like to suggest a few.

I'm dispensing these in a spirit of affection, tough love if you will. I grew up in an agency family - part of me will always be connected to you guys and girls. I still have good friends within the agency, and I happen to think that, dollar for dollar, the NSA represents the best value of anything funded by the American taxpayer. Thousands of dedicated, hard-working people - military, civilian, and contractor - who strive every day to provide America with the best possible source of intelligence. As in every human endeavor, there are a few rotten apples, but the agency is a special place for the patriots who have taken on enormously stressful jobs, often putting their lives on the line every day.

That said, the NSA really needs a rebranding. [Read more: Schindler/ForeignPolicy/30October2013]

Did I Miss Something? Let's review.

For months now we have been treated to a barrage of revelations, most originating with Edward Snowden, regarding National Security Agency programs, which allegedly collect on the communications of American citizens inside the United States. The response from the Obama Administration has in large measure been "get over it". Without confirming or denying any details the government has told us to rest easy, that all collection is being done for our own good and that if we're not doing anything wrong we don't have anything to hide.

But, now the tables have turned. New revelations have emerged. We are no longer talking about spying upon American citizens protected by constitutionally guaranteed rights and living on American soil. Now we are talking about foreigners, outside the United States and with no guarantee to protection under US law at all.

And, now the Administration is worried.

The President's spokesman, Jay Carney, has assured us that inquires are under way. The President has asserted his ignorance regarding any of the alleged activities, apparently under the theory that it is good for the Chief Executive to claim with unparalleled frequency to have no more idea than we do what the various agencies of the government are up to. Multiple sources, including Diane Feinstein, have "confirmed" that the President did not know anything about the alleged spying. Shock and indignation are all the rage. "Gentlemen do not read other gentlemen's mail." Something must be done. The spy agencies are running amok. We need answers. By God there will be hearings!

I hate to spoil a good excuse for photo ops and political posturing, but I have some questions. [Read more: Faddis/EpicTimes/1November2013]


Section IV - Obituaries and Coming Events


Obituaries

Stanley P. Darer. Stanley Paul Darer of Stamford died Nov. 3. He was 79.

Darer was born May 8, 1934, in the Bronx, N.Y., to Harry H. Darer and Mollie K Darer. He was a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Sloan Fellows program at London Business School. He served in the U.S. Army in Japan.

He had a long career in government service and worldwide film distribution. He also worked for Merrill Lynch. He served on the Stamford Board of Representatives in the 13th District and was a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the Rotary Club of Stamford, Senior Men's Association of Stamford and the JCC Men's Club.

Darer is survived by his wife, Susan; children, John Darer of Stamford, Sarah Darer Littman of Cos Cob, and Anne Darer of Brooklyn; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford. [StamfordDailyVoice/4November2013]

Gérard de Villiers. Gérard de Villiers, a French popular novelist whose raffish, long-running spy-thriller series, S.A.S., sold more than 100 million copies and became a kind of drop box for real-world secrets from intelligence agencies around the world, died on Thursday in Paris. He was 83. 

The cause was cancer, his lawyer, Eric Morain, said. 

Mr. de Villiers was often compared to Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, who served as an inspiration when Mr. de Villiers created his own fictional spy hero - Son Altesse Sérénissime, or His Serene Highness, was his code name - in 1964. Though largely unknown in the Anglophone world, S.A.S. may be the longest-running fiction series ever written by a single author, and one of the best selling.

For all the kinky sex and gunplay that fueled his plots, Mr. de Villiers remained a journalist at heart, and his books were based on constant travel and reporting in dozens of countries. He cultivated spies and diplomats, and he insinuated himself so thoroughly into their world that many sought him out and were then delighted to see themselves appear - always under different names - in his novels. [Read more: Worth/NYTimes/2November2013]


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.

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 afiosf@aol.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 kbridges@iwp.edu.

Friday 8 November 2013, noon - 2 pm - Loudoun, VA - Luke Bencie addresses Loudoun Crime Commission Group on "Counter - Espionage For The Business Traveler"

Luke Bencie, Managing Director of Security Management International, LLC., and author of Among Enemies, Counter - Espionage For The Business Traveler, discusses his experiences and insights on threats business and government travelers face.
For the past 15 years, Luke Bencie has traveled to more than 120 countries on behalf of the U.S. intelligence community, as well as for the private defense industry. He has experienced – firsthand 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 currently serves as Managing Director of Security Management International, LLC, a security-consulting firm in the Washington, D.C., area. A native of Detroit and a graduate of Michigan State University and The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, he frequently lectures to defense contractors, U.S. government agencies and Fortune 500 companies on how to protect themselves and their intellectual property from espionage while traveling abroad. He lives in Northern Virginia.
Event location: Belmont Country Club
RSVP by November 5th to: RSVP@loudouncrimecommission.org
Doors open at noon for registering and networking, and the meeting starts at 12:30 PM.
Cost for the luncheon is $20.00 for non-members of the Loudoun Crime Commission, $15.00 for members, and can be paid by cash or check at the door

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 qbegonia@comcast.net 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 qbegonia@comcast.net Cost will be $16 each, pay the Country Club at the luncheon.

Saturday, 09 November 2013, 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Washington, DC - Allan Topol's The Russian Endgame at the International Spy Museum

Join the International Spy Museum for an In-store book signing of The Russian Endgame by Allan Topol. Allan is the author of nine novels of international intrigue. Two of them, Spy Dance and Enemy of My Enemy, were national best sellers. His novels have been translated into Japanese, Portuguese and Hebrew. One was optioned and three are in development for movies.
Why all the interest? Well....in The Russian Endgame, the third and last book in his Craig Page trilogy, Director of EU Counterterrorism Craig Page, along with Elizabeth Crowder, are out to get vengeance on the Chinese General Zhou, and also thwart the attempts of former KGB agent, Dmitri Orlov, from a plot to assassinate the President of the United States and seizing classified military weaponry capable of shifting the balance of world power.
Author Allan Topol has written a thrill-packed roller-coaster of a novel which is sure to keep you awake late into the night turning the pages. It's a thriller which shifts back and forth between four main settings, Moscow, Beijing, Paris, and Washington, with exotic locales like Indonesia and Bali thrown in for good measure.
REVIEWS "Allan Topol once again engages his readers with a thought-provoking and realistic storyline that is full of surprising twists and turns. The novel's conclusion is unexpected, but upon reflection, it is an appropriate ending." ---Goodreads
"The Russian Endgame is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, and reading it is like a rush of adrenaline in your veins. The characters are three-dimensional and believable, and it's a book you won't want to put down. It can be enjoyed as a stand-alone, though I highly recommend that you also check out the first two books in Topol's Craig Page trilogy, The China Gambit and Spanish Revenge." ---Las Vegas Guardian Express
Tickets: Free! No registration required. More info at www.spymuseum.org

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: simone@afioaz.org or simone@4smartphone.net, or call 602.570.6016.

Thursday, 14 November 2013, Noon-2:00 pm - Washington DC - The Returned & Services League of Australia meets to hear Brigadier General Xhavit GASHI, the Kosovo Security Force Attaché.

Where - Amenities Room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Washington DC 20036
Charge - $15.00 including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages - $2.00 each.
RSVP by noon on Wednesday November 13 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.com
NOTE: Valid photo ID required
Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.

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.
Reservations: www.internationalspy.eventbrite.com
Admission: $30.00 per person

Thursday, 14 November 2013, 5 - 7 p.m. - Long Beach, CA - Cameron Munter, former Ambassador to Pakistan, discusses U.S. relations with Pakistan in 2014 and Beyond.

Topic: US-Pakistan Relations in 2014 & Beyond, Lecture by Ambassador Cameron Munter
Cameron Munter served as a US Foreign Service Officer for nearly three decades before his retirement in fall 2012. He was Ambassador to Pakistan from 2010-2012, guiding US-Pakistani relations through a period of severe crisis, including the operation which enabled America to finally capture Osama Bin Laden in Abbotabad where he was being hidden, and the latest phase of the Afghan War. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Pakistan, Munter served in several capacities in Baghdad, Iraq, overseeing US civilian and military cooperation in planning the drawdown of US troops. Ambassador Munter's talk will address US relations with Pakistan in light of the expected drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan in 2014.
Location: California State University, Long Beach
There is no charge for this event, but you must RSVP in order to reserve a space, detailed information is listed below. AFIO L.A. is not in charge of the guest list, so please make sure to reserve at your earliest convenience if you plan to attend.
Once you RSVP, you'll receive a confirmation/reminder email at the beginning of the week of November 11 with details about the building location and parking.
Register here. For more information, contact: Dave Neumann at dave.neumann@csulb.edu

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 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

16 November 2013, 2 - 4pm - Kennebunk, ME - Maine Chapter of AFIO presents China expert Kathleen Walsh on "China: Partner, Rival, or Adversary?"

An Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, Walsh will speak on "China: Partner, Rival, or Adversay." What does the future hold in view of China's more assertive role in the international sphere?
Walsh joined the Naval War College in 2006 where she has focused her research on China and the Asia-Pacific region with emphasis on security and technology issues. Her current research includes assessing China's science and technology development, defense innovation and military modernization efforts, and the role played by foreign R&D investment in China's development.
Walsh is the author of numerous publications including: China's Defense Innovative System: Making the Wheels Spin; China's National Security Strategy: A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery, Inside an Enigma.
Prior to joining NWC Walsh was a senior independent consultant to several Washington think tanks where she worked for U.S. Government clients on issues related to China and Asian regional security arising from globalization.
Walsh has a Master of Arts degree from the School of International Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the Elliott School of international Affairs at George Washington University.
The meeting will be at 2:00 p.m., November 16, 2013 at the 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.

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 robsmom@pcisys.net

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: afiometro@gmail.com 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.

5 December 2013, 11:30am-2pm - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco Chapter hosts Lt. Vincent Nguyen, USCG assigned to Intelligence unit in Florida Keys.

The AFIO James Quesada San Francisco Chapter hosts Lt. Vincent Nguyen, US Coast Guard currently assigned to an Intelligence unit in the Florida Keys. Lt. Nguyen is the winner of one of our chapter scholarships and is pursuing a Master's degree in Asian-Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco.
11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon. Location: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, SF (between Sloat/Wawona). RSVP required by 11/30/13 to Mariko Kawaguchi: e-mail afiosf@aol.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, 5 December 2013, 10am-1pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's Annual Pearl Harbor Program

The speaker at the Twelfth Annual NCMF Pearl Harbor Commemoration Lecture is noted author and historian Dr. Donald Goldstein. Dr. Goldstein's presentation will include insights into the Japanese outlook on the Pearl Harbor attack and the subsequent disastrous aftermath, a gap in our series which we have been trying to fill for over five years.

This year's presentation will take place at L3 Conference Center in the National Business Park. Lunch will follow at noon. We will have a selection of books that Dr. Goldstein has authored or coauthored available for purchase.

The program fee for members is $20 and $50 for non-members which includes membership in the NCMF for a year. Please remit to the NCMF or you may pay online. The deadline for payment is 29 November. Refunds will not be possible after that date. Make check payable to NCMF and send to PO Box 1682, Fort George G Meade, MD 20755-3682 by 29 November. The L3 conference center is located at 2720 Technology Drive Annapolis Junction MD 20701.
Questions? Contact Mary J. Faletto, Senior Administrator, National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, Office: 301-688-5436 Cell: 443-250-8621. E-mail: cryptmf@aol.com

The NCMF will have the NSA 2013 Christmas ornament available for those who wish to purchase it - a rare opportunity. The ornament must be reserved and paid for in advance by check. The cost for the ornament in the gift shop is $16.50 plus tax. Your cost is $16 including tax and handling less your NCMF discount. Please include this amount in a check along with your program fee. The ornament may not be paid for online.

10 December 2013 - MacDill AFB, FL - The AFIO Suncoast Chapter hears from Hon. William Burgess, on Special Operations

Our meeting's featured Speaker: Hon. William H. Burgess, III, Florida Circuit Court Judge, retired US Army, on his Special Operations Experiences Hon. William H. Burgess, III, is a Circuit Court Judge in Florida's Sixth Judicial Circuit. He is a former trial attorney and prosecutor for the State of Florida. Judge Burgess is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law and is a member of The Florida Bar, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the Clearwater Bar Association, and the West A Bar Association. He regularly lectures on sentencing, evidence, professionalism, trial practice, and other criminal law-related topics for lawyer organization throughout Florida and has taught at the college and law school levels. He is an expert on Florida sentencing law and is the author of the definitive legal treatise on that subject, which used by judges and lawyers throughout the state. Mr. Burgess received his J.D. from Washington College of Law, The American University; his M.P.A. from Clark University; and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts.
Judge Burgess enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1976, receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1978. Burgess served in Infantry, Military Intelligence, and, for most of his career, Special Forces, including wartime command experience in the Persian Gulf. While in the Army, Burgess worked and trained with several allied special operations forces, including Britain's 22 Special Air Service. He is a charter member of the Army's Special Forces Combat Arms Branch. Burgess authored the Army's first Special Reconnaissance doctrinal manual and made significant contributions to other doctrinal publications pertaining to sensitive special operations and intelligence matters. He also lead pioneering efforts in research, development, and application of strategic targeting methods in support of National Command Authority objectives. He has written a number of articles about the concepts and history of special operations for a variety of national and international magazines and journals, and he edited and contributed to Inside Spetsnaz, the most definitive open-source book of its time on Soviet special operations forces. At retirement in 1995, Burgess was serving as a Regular Army Major on the personal staff of the Commander-in-Chief, United States Special Operations Command. Burgess is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2473 and has remained active in veterans affairs since his retirement.
Questions or reservations to Michael F. Shapiro at mfshapiro@att.net

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