AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #02-14 dated 14 January 2014

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Section IV - Books and Television, Jobs and Coming Events

Books and Television


Coming Educational Events

Current Calendar for Next Two Months ONLY

1 - 3 May 2014 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO-NGA 2014 3-day Intelligence Symposium. Preliminary details here. Hotel registrations currently available.

For Additional Events two+ months or more.... view our online Calendar of Events 

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CIA Invites you....

THURSDAY, 16 January 2014, 10 am to noon - Washington, DC - CIA and The CWIHP at The Wilson Center present "Assessing Warsaw Pact Military Forces: The Role of CIA Clandestine Reporting"

Please note: this event has been rescheduled from January 15th to January 16th from 10:00AM to 12:00PM.

"CIA Analysis of  Warsaw Pact Military Forces: The Importance of Clandestine Reporting" examines the role of intelligence derived from clandestine human sources in the Central Intelligence Agency's analyses of Warsaw Pact military capabilities for war in Europe from 1955 to 1985.  The intelligence was provided to US policymakers and military planners and used to assess the political and military balance in Central Europe between the Warsaw Pact and NATO during the Cold War. The speakers, who were analysts of Soviet military affairs during much of the period, were selected by the CIA to mine its archives for relevant material, previously highly classified, and to provide the documents in coherent form for their study and for public release. The release features a large collection of internal Warsaw Pact classified documents obtained clandestinely during the period and translated and disseminated to senior policymakers by CIA.

Joan Bird will provide a brief overview of the released CIA documents, while John Bird will engage in an in-depth review of the substance of CIA analyses of Warsaw Pact Forces. 

Mark Kramer, director of the Cold War Studies Program at Harvard University, and Barry Watts, Adjunct Professor, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, will join the panel as commentators. A. Ross Johnson, Senior Scholar at the Wilson Center, will chair the event.

This meeting is a sequel to an April 5, 2011, Wilson Center event, "Warsaw Pact: Wartime Statutes―Instruments of Soviet Control," which focused on the mechanisms of Soviet control over its Warsaw Pact allies, based on an earlier CIA release of Warsaw Pact documents also obtained clandestinely.

Further conference information.

No fee to attend. Location:  6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center. Directions:

Please RSVP here.

The Race by Networks to the Cultural Bottom

The Assets canceled by ABC after only 2 episodes! ABC viewers are not interested in 'the Cold War,' says network.
The Assets was to be an eight-part miniseries based on the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker). 1985 serves as the backdrop to the final showdown of the Cold War when Sandy and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) vowed to find the mole that would turn out to be the most notorious traitor in US History, Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys). Sandy is in a race against time to save the Soviet intelligence officers from being caught and killed. Living her own double life at home, this beautiful wife and mother vowed to stop at nothing until she uncovered the truth. The Assets looked inside the true, personal stories of the conclusion of the Cold War as told by the keepers of the nation’s secrets: the CIA.

The Assets was based on the book Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed by Sandy Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille.

The show was replaced by a 'reality show' - an oxymoron.

As soon as a DVD is available of this program, we will inform members.

26 January 2014, 6:30 pm - McLean, VA - The NMIA/NMIF Winter Social in Honor of Dr. Forrest Frank

The superb National Military Intelligence Association and its Foundation hold this tribute dinner in recognition of Dr. Forrest Frank, for his many years of service to the Intelligence Community. Frank served in US Navy intelligence; over 30 years as a corporate consultant to the IC; as an officer of NMIA, NMIF, and NMIA's DC Chapter; and was instrumental in the formation of the Foundation's Scholarship Program.
They expect 50 to 100 current/former IC professionals and significant others - why should you not be one of those! The McLean Hilton is known for outstanding food and impeccable service. Come enjoy what promises to be an exceptional night and an opportunity to recognize an individual who has excelled in his efforts for the Intelligence Community.
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Intelligence Committee Divided Over NSA Limits After Hearing From White House Panel. The Senate Intelligence Committee quietly invited the White House-appointed National Security Agency task force to a closed briefing Tuesday afternoon to discuss proposed changes to the agency's programs. But despite what lawmakers said was a productive discussion, committee members remain sharply divided over possible revisions.

"There is a spirited conversation in there in regards to the president's panel's recommendations," said Colorado Democrat Mark Udall, a critic of the NSA's collection of Americans' cellphone metadata. "There's still a broad range of viewpoints. We have momentum. And I don't say that in a gloating fashion, I respect everyone on the committee."

The president's panel, which included several former intelligence officials such as the former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was created to examine the NSA's programs in the aftermath of former defense contractor Edward Snowden's leaks. The panel submitted its 304-page report to President Barack Obama before Christmas. The surprisingly critical report made 43 recommendations for ways to revise the program, including no longer allowing the NSA to collect cellphone metadata. Instead, that data would remain in private hands and could be searched only when a court issues a warrant. [Read more: Watkins/McClatchy/7January2014]

US Navy's Huge Triton Drone Will Provide 360-Degree Surveillance. The U.S. Navy's next-generation surveillance drone is a whopper, with an incredible wingspan that stretches 130 feet (40 meters), about the same as a Boeing 757 airliner.

The drone, dubbed Triton, recently completed its ninth flight test earlier this month. The unmanned surveillance vehicle, built by defense giant Northrop Grumman Corporation, is midway through a process known as "envelope expansion," which involves conducting a series of tests to validate the aircraft's ability to perform at different altitudes, speeds and under different weight scenarios. 

"Completion of envelope expansion will allow the test team to prepare for installation and further testing of Triton's surveillance sensors," Mike Mackey, Northrop Grumman's Triton program director, said in a statement. 

So far, engineers have tested the Triton's endurance in flights that lasted more than nine hours, at altitudes reaching up to 50,000 feet (15,200 m). The large drone has also performed doublets, which are maneuvers that assess the vehicle's ability to recover from simulated turbulence.

The test flights are being conducted at Northrop Grumman's manufacturing facility in Palmdale, Calif. [Read more: Chow/LiveScience/13January2014]

British MPs to Warn on Army Shortages of Vital Intelligence Staff. British armed forces face serious shortages of "vital" intelligence personnel, such as interrogators and army spies, MPs will warn on Tuesday in another blow to government plans to radically overhaul recruitment for the military.

For some jobs, the army has as few as half the trained intelligence officers it needs, parliament's defence select committee has found in its annual assessment of the Ministry of Defence's accounts. The situation has worsened over the past year. 

More than 700 new recruits are now needed across ranks to fill key positions in the Intelligence Corps alone.

In all, the number of "pinch points" - shortages in highly specialised and crucial jobs - has risen from 19 to 26 since 2012 in the army and from 11 to 15 in the navy. Only the RAF has seen an improvement. [Read more: Jones/FinancialTimes/14January2014]

CIA Sued for Targeting Nelson Mandela as 'Terrorist Threat'. A lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was filed Wednesday morning over the agency's failure to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request for records related to the U.S. persecuting the late human rights icon Nelson Mandela as a terrorist threat to national security. That persecution is believed to include the rights hero's imprisonment for decades and being on the U.S. terror watch list and thus, the suffered oppression of his nation.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) PhD candidate Ryan Shapiro filed a lawsuit this morning against the CIA due to its failure to comply with his FOIA request for records on recently deceased anti-apartheid activist and South African President, Nelson Mandela, a global human rights hero.

Shapiro is working to learn why the CIA viewed Mandela "a threat to American security," and what actions the agency took to thwart Mandela's efforts to secure racial justice and democracy in South Africa.

Shapiro is a FOIA specialist, a historian of the policing of dissent, and political functioning of national security.

His path-breaking FOIA work led the FBI to declare his MIT dissertation research a "threat to national security." [Read more: Dupre/Examiner/8January2014]

Croatian Court Orders Ex-Spy Chief's Extradition To Germany. A Croatian court has ordered the extradition to Germany of the country's former intelligence chief, Josip Perkovic.

Lawyers for Perkovic said they will appeal the January 8 ruling by the court in Zagreb approving Perkovic's extradition under a European Arrest Warrant.

Perkovic is accused in connection with the 1983 murder in Germany of a Yugoslav dissident, Stjepan Djurekovic.

The murder was allegedly ordered by Yugoslavia's intelligence agency. [Read more: AP&AFP/8January2014]

Russia Expels Its First U.S. Journalist Since the Cold War. Russia has expelled an American journalist and author critical of President Vladimir Putin in one of the first such cases since the Cold War.

David Satter, a former Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times and author of three books on Russia and the former Soviet Union, had been working as an adviser to the U.S. broadcasters Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty since September.

"As some of you may know, I've been expelled from Russia," he wrote on his Twitter page Monday.

Satter told CNN he had gone to the Ukrainian capital Kiev to exchange his existing visa for a correspondent's visa when he was told his application had been rejected, on the grounds that his presence in Russia was "undesirable." He is now in London "until we figure out what to do next." [Read more: CNN/14January2014]

Help Wipe Out Graft'..Sata Challenges Zambian Intelligence Wing to Strategise on Ending Corruption. President Michael Sata has challenged the Zambia Security Intelligences Service (ZSIS) to come up with appropriate strategies to monitor and wipe out corrupt practices and other cases of economic sabotage.

Mr. Sata said when he addressed the ZSIS senior officers' conference in Lusaka yesterday that corruption was an obstacle to national stability and growth.

He noted that the implementation of developmental programmes had in many cases been underpinned by corrupt practices, poor workmanship and intentional delays by contractors.

The President said the challenge for the ZSIS was to come up with appropriate strategies to monitor and negate the corrupt practices and cases of economic sabotage. [Read more: Lumba/TimesofZambia/7January2014]

U.S. Spy Agencies Were Fantasizing About Google Glass Four Years Before it was Invented. Google Glass is still a long way from reaching ordinary consumers like you and me. But the search company isn't the only one that's dreamed of a future powered by augmented-reality vision. Turns out the intelligence community was fantasizing about something called "iGlasses" as early as 2008 - long before anyone had coined the word "Glasshole."

Every so often, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence - the same agency that oversees the NSA - shoves a bunch of people in a room and gets them to think about tough challenges ahead. These four-week sessions are called Summer Hard Problems, or SHARP for short.

The final reports that come out of these sessions are typically classified. But the Federation of American Scientists managed to get its hands on one, published secretly in 2008, thanks to a FOIA request the group filed five years ago. The paper goes into depth on simulated environments like Second Life and World of Warcraft, looking at the economies and currencies that prop them up (and in some ways predicting the rise of Bitcoin).

More interesting, though, is the breathless way researchers described the potential, and the risks, of technology that melds the virtual and the physical. [Read more: Fung/WashingtonPost/10January2014]

Iraq Asks for Intelligence Support to Tackle Insurgency. Iraq has asked Australia for intelligence and military support, such as training and equipment, to fight the al-Qaeda-linked insurgency that is threatening to plunge the country back into chaos.

With international concern mounting about the militant network spanning Iraq and Syria, Iraq's ambassador to Australia, Mouayed Saleh, says he has had preliminary talks with Australian intelligence officials about closer co-operation.

He has sought training and equipment to counter the insurgency that has gripped Anbar province west of Baghdad, although he stopped short of requesting troop support.

"Australia has a very good system and good experience in intelligence. Democratic Iraq has just started ... [and] we need that experience in training, and through report-sharing," he said. [Read more: Wroe/SydneyMorningHerald/13January2014]


JFK Assassination: One Month After JFK's Murder, Former President Harry Truman Called for Abolishing the CIA. One month to the day after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, former President Harry Truman recommended that the U.S. abolish the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

In an op-ed column published in the Washington Post on Dec. 22, 1963, Truman never linked the CIA to President Kennedy's murder, but the timing of the explicit and strongly worded column and complaint implied a connection.

"For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment," Truman wrote. "It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas."

Truman continued: "This quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue - and subject for cold war enemy propaganda," the former president wrote. [Read more: Lazarro/InternationalBusinessTimes/13January2014]

My Father Was a Wartime Spy. In 1941 I was a "G-man detective" and had a wooden pistol to prove it, even though, aged five, I had no idea what the "G" stood for. It was actually "government" man, meaning FBI agent, a popular career among American boys I grew up with in prewar Manila. I didn't learn until after the war that my father, Gerald Wilkinson, the dynamic young manager of a British sugar firm, had been in the same line of business.

Commercial enterprise was his passion, but he also worked for the British Secret Intelligence Service (later MI6). He spied on Japanese businessmen in the Philippines doing the same thing as him (espionage) and tracked Japanese military movements. Before Pearl Harbour was hit on 7 December 1941, he warned of an imminent Japanese attack somewhere in the Pacific, but American military muddles and service rivalries prevented his warning getting through to the US Navy.

On Christmas Eve 1941, as Japanese soldiers closed in on Manila, my father surprised me by appearing in the uniform of a British army major. Later that day, after hasty arrangements, he left us - my mother Lorna, my older sister Mary June, aged eight, and me. My mother drove with him to the docks and said goodbye, not knowing when and how they would meet again. 

He took a launch across Manila Bay to the fortress island of Corregidor, the US Army's last holdout in the Philippines. Here he joined the US Philippine commander, General Douglas MacArthur, as his British liaison officer. Before Corregidor fell to the Japanese, MacArthur was taken off by motorboat and then plane to Australia. Gerald Wilkinson and other staff followed him in a submarine, creeping under the Japanese ships. [Read more: Wilkinson/TheGuardian/10January2014]

The Potential of Social Network Analysis in Intelligence. The legality of the National Security Agency's (NSA's) use of US citizens' metadata to identify and track foreign intelligence organizations and their operatives is currently a subject of much debate. Less well understood (and consequently routinely misreported) are the capabilities and limitations of social network analysis, the methodology often used to evaluate this metadata.

One of the first causes of confusion is definitional. Social network analysis is often linked to an inappropriate degree with social media. True, social media such as Facebook and Twitter are frequently used as rich data sources for social network analysis, but understanding the importance of networks in the affairs of states has been around at least since Machiavelli.

In addition, the first modern version of what would come to be called social network analysis was developed not by an intelligence agency or computer scientist but by Columbia professor and psychosociologist, Jacob Moreno, in 1934. These "sociograms," as Moreno called them were used to graph individual preferences or relations within a small group.

Little did Moreno suspect that his method for understanding the relationships between people, when combined with graph theory and the processing power of computers, would allow for the detailed analysis of thousands of people or organizations with hundreds of thousands of connections between them. [Read more: Wheaton&Richey/OODAAnalyst/10January2014]


John Miller: There's 'Almost' No Difference Between a Journalist and an Intelligence Officer. Former CBS News reporter John Miller returned to the network on Thursday in his new role as a top counterterrorism official for the New York Police Department.

In December, Miller's reporting for a 60 Minutes piece on the National Security Agency was widely criticized, and many wondered if he was too close to law enforcement to do a balanced piece on the agency. He staunchly defended himself, as did CBS. The network's continued affection for Miller was evident throughout his appearance on CBS This Morning.

"We miss you!" Charlie Rose told Miller at the top of the segment. Norah O'Donnell then asked him to reply to a Daily News article which questioned his qualifications for the job. Miller gave a lengthy defense of his credentials.

Rose also admitted that he had "loved" having Miller on CBS News, and asked him if he felt more like a journalist or a law enforcement official in his heart. Miller responded that he was an intelligence officer, and that there was "almost no difference" between the two jobs, since they both dealt with the collection and analysis of facts. [Read more: Mirkinson/HuffingtonPost/9January2014]

Cranked Up Intelligence. In Washington, D.C., they say, your enemies stab you in the back, your friends stab you in the chest. So it was earlier this week, with ex-Defense Secretary Robert Gates's lacerating portrait of President Obama's White House's politics-driven national security team in a memoir entitled Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.

And now the Pentagon's former top expert on Afghanistan is charging that the most recent gloomy intelligence report on the future of that nation was cooked up and leaked by administration officials trying to lay the groundwork for a quicker exit from the war there.

If true, that would be a new twist in the funhouse world of Washington leaks. Usually, when anonymous officials leak a secret report saying a U.S. military campaign is on the verge of disaster, it's designed to spur support for more troops, planes, time and money.

But David S. Sedney, a veteran senior national security official who headed the Pentagon's office for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia until resigning in May, says the recent leak of a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Afghanistan was tailored to jibe with polls that show two out of three Americans think the war is not worth fighting. And it is polls, he says, that drive foreign policy decisions by the president's closest aides. [Read more: Stein/Newsweek/10January2014]

Keep Pollard Behind Bars writes AFIO Chairman in NYT Op-Ed. Jonathan Jay Pollard liked to imagine his life was greater than it was. He told fanciful tales to peers while at Stanford in the 1970s, including that he was a Mossad officer and that he had once been captured and tortured by Arabs.

After graduation, he lied to superiors and friends about his exploits and his qualifications. By the mid-1980s, he had used his position as a civilian naval intelligence analyst to become an enthusiastic and willing spy for profit by passing state secrets to Israel.

The Department of Justice was prepared to file a variety of charges against him, but in a plea agreement all except the most serious were dropped. Mr. Pollard pleaded guilty to espionage in 1987.

At the time of his arrest and trial, I was the liaison officer for the Department of Defense to the Department of Justice, and the coordinator of an investigation into the damage Mr. Pollard's treachery had done to the American intelligence community. [Read more: Bowman/NYTimes/14January2014]

Outgoing NSA Deputy Director John "Chris" Inglis Interviewed on National Public Radio

National Security Agency Deputy Director John C. "Chris" Inglis has spent most of his time recently defending the NSA from revelations by former contractor Edward Snowden. Snowden leaked to foreign powers that the agency was gathering phone records of millions of Americans and others, but that was only a small fraction of what Snowden revealed - most of which had nothing to do with US citizen privacy concerns. Inglis retires Friday. Before stepping down, he talked to NPR's Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep about running a spy agency in a democracy. Here is a link to a transcript of the unedited audio of their conversation.

Section IV - Books and Television, Jobs and Coming Events

Books and Television

Did Bob Gates' New Book Just Trash His Golden Reputation? Robert Gates had a nearly five-year run at the Pentagon in which he cultivated an image of himself as the consummate professional, the reluctant, bureaucratic hero with the steel trap for a brain, the discreet adviser who was as humbled by the office he held as he was by his meetings with the young troops fighting the wars he was brought in to fix.

It were those characteristics that helped define him, prompting the incoming Obama administration to make history by asking Gates, President Bush's last secretary of defense, to remain in his job. It led White House officials and members to Congress to brand him as one of the best defense secretaries the Pentagon had ever seen. And that reputation helped lift his stature above that of so many of the other Washington officials who were so often seen as small-minded, ego-driven and politically petty. Gates seemed to stand out in Washington because he seemed so unlike the rest of the city's politicians and administration officials.

Until now. Gates, 70, has unmasked himself as just another former Washington official writing just another kiss-and-tell in the soon-to-be-released Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, in which he takes shots at a sitting commander-in-chief, his top aides and Congress, an institution with which he often expressed frustration - but also respect. Gates was known for being discreet and sharp-minded, loyal to the office he occupied and careful about what he said in public. So deliberate were his public pronouncements about wars or national security policy or budgets that he became the E.F. Hutton of the Pentagon - everyone leaned in every time he had something to say.

But now his brand seems diminished by the scrappy, petty nature of many of his criticisms - even though some are substantive and legitimate - and a legacy he seemed quietly determined to protect may be permanently reduced to something less than what it once was. [Read more: Lubold/ForeignPolicy/9January2014]

Miniseries Details Bond Author's Own Spy Story. James Bond's creator had first-hand knowledge of spy work.

Fleming, the creator of the iconic secret agent, immersed himself in espionage as a British Naval Intelligence officer during World War II, a story told in BBC America's Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond (Jan. 29,10 p.m. ET/PT).

Dominic Cooper, who plays Fleming, was aware of the famous author, but didn't realize how fascinating his life was - including parallels to Bond - until he read some biographies.

"Growing up in the UK, you can't help but (be) a Bond fan," he told TV critics Saturday. As for the films, "I loved the (Sean) Connery ones, (including) From Russia with Love. The later ones I enjoyed. I'm always amazed how it's spread across generations." [Read more: Keveney/USAToday/11January2014]

 [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.]

Assistant Professor: University of South Florida, School of Information. 
Closing date: Open until filled

The School of Information at the University of South Florida (Tampa) seeks applications for a full-time faculty position at the assistant professor level. A tenure track appointment is possible for the properly qualified candidate. In Fall, 2014, the School of Information will begin enrollment for a new online master's program (MS) in information studies with a focus on strategy and information analytics. The MS program will have a formal concentration available in Cyber Intelligence. This new position will support that concentration and will be a core member of the MS program faculty.

The MS in Information Studies with a Focus on Strategy and Information Analytics will be an applied graduate degree program to train a "next generation" of information and intelligence professionals for the private and public sectors. The program is built around an innovative STEM-based model for professional analytic education. The curriculum will focus primarily on developing analytic competencies, and subsequently allow students to focus on specialized subject-matter areas. 

The Cyber Intelligence concentration also articulates with a new MS in Cybersecurity at USF, which is also scheduled to begin enrollment in Fall 2014. The Cyber Intelligence curriculum will provide a formal concentration for that program as well. The School of Information is leading the "Cyber Intelligence" component, but this is part of a larger set of exciting cybersecurity initiatives at USF.

We are seeking candidates with a deep understanding of intelligence analytic methodology and at least some background/experience in applying those methodologies to discern the capabilities, intentions, and activities, of potential adversaries or competitors in the cyber realm ("Cyber Intelligence"). Candidates are expected to demonstrate enthusiasm for, and excellence in, teaching, as well as a significant potential for scholarly productivity and external funding. Responsibilities will also include student advising and mentoring, and committee service at department, college, and university levels. Candidates must have the ability to develop, teach, and integrate emerging distance learning technologies into SI online courses. Salaries are nationally competitive commensurate with the rank of assistant professor and we offer a generous package for "start-up" funding. The position is a nine-month appointment with the possibility for summer teaching and research opportunities.

The following are the minimum and preferred qualifications of potential candidates:

Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) in a relevant discipline, such as Information Science, Computer Science/Engineering, Operations Research, Behavioral Sciences OR a Master's degree with more than five years of professional experience in intelligence analytic methodology and/or cyber intelligence.
Evidence of ability to engage in collaborative interdisciplinary research.
Expertise in information analytics, strategic analytic methodologies, open source intelligence collection/analysis, or other similar areas.
Background and/ or experience in applying analytic methodologies to cyber threats or cyber intelligence. 
Evidence of ability to develop, teach, and / or integrate distance learning technologies into online courses delivery
Evidence of teaching and/or professional experiences in previously indicated areas
Demonstrated potential for multidisciplinary research funding and assisting in the development of a new area of study

We will begin screening applications on January 21, 2014 and the review process will continue until the positions are filled. Appointment is expected for August 2014 (fall 2014 semester). USF SI faculty will be available to talk with interested parties at the 2014 ALISE Conference in Philadelphia, and the 2014 iSchool Conference in Berlin. 

Application Process
Applicants who wish to apply for this position should go to: and follow the links and instructions for applying for the faculty line. When applying, keep in mind only the required fields are needed at this time, which includes a cover letter, CV, and a list of the names and contact information for three references. For further questions about this position please contact the program coordinator, Randy Borum at For questions about the search process, please contact the search committee chair, JungWon Yoon at

Equal Opportunity Statement
USF is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer, and is committed to diversity in hiring, complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is a Public Records Agency.

According to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public. For ADA accommodations, please contact JungWon Yoon at 813-974-3520 or at least five working days prior to need. 

Coming Educational Events


MANY more International Spy Museum Events in 2014 with full details are listed on the AFIO Website at

THURSDAY, 16 January 2014, 10 am to noon - Washington, DC - CIA and The CWIHP at The Wilson Center present "Assessing Warsaw Pact Military Forces: The Role of CIA Clandestine Reporting"

Please note: this event has been rescheduled from January 15th to January 16th from 10:00AM to 12:00PM.

"CIA Analysis of  Warsaw Pact Military Forces: The Importance of Clandestine Reporting" examines the role of intelligence derived from clandestine human sources in the Central Intelligence Agency's analyses of Warsaw Pact military capabilities for war in Europe from 1955 to 1985.  The intelligence was provided to US policymakers and military planners and used to assess the political and military balance in Central Europe between the Warsaw Pact and NATO during the Cold War. The speakers, who were analysts of Soviet military affairs during much of the period, were selected by the CIA to mine its archives for relevant material, previously highly classified, and to provide the documents in coherent form for their study and for public release. The release features a large collection of internal Warsaw Pact classified documents obtained clandestinely during the period and translated and disseminated to senior policymakers by CIA.

Joan Bird will provide a brief overview of the released CIA documents, while John Bird will engage in an in-depth review of the substance of CIA analyses of Warsaw Pact Forces. 

Mark Kramer, director of the Cold War Studies Program at Harvard University, and Barry Watts, Adjunct Professor, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, will join the panel as commentators. A. Ross Johnson, Senior Scholar at the Wilson Center, will chair the event.

This meeting is a sequel to an April 5, 2011, Wilson Center event, "Warsaw Pact: Wartime Statutes―Instruments of Soviet Control," which focused on the mechanisms of Soviet control over its Warsaw Pact allies, based on an earlier CIA release of Warsaw Pact documents also obtained clandestinely.

Further conference information.

No fee to attend. Location:  6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center. Directions:

Please RSVP here.

Thursday, 16 January 2014, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO - The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Sheriff Terry Maketa

Sheriff Maketa will speak about issues of our times involving law enforcement in El Paso County. To be held at The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 S. Highway 105 Palmer Lake, CO, Exit 161 westbound off I-25, West on Highway 105. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at

Thursday, 16 January 2014, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - Disinformation: The Secret Strategy to Destroy the West, at the International Spy Museum

A quarter-century ago, the highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, exposed the massive crimes and corruption of his former boss, Romanian President Nicolae Ceaușescu, giving the dictator a nervous breakdown and inspiring him to send assassination squads to the U.S. to find his former spy chief and kill him. They failed. And now Pacepa takes aim at an even bigger target: the exotic, widely misunderstood but still astonishingly influential realm of the Russian-born "science" of disinformation. Pacepa and his co-author, historian and University of Mississippi School of law professor Ronald Rychlak, reveal some of the most consequential yet largely unknown disinformation campaigns of our lifetime in Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion and Promoting Terrorism. Join Rychlak (Pacepa lives under a protective identity and does not make public appearances) for a discussion of key cases such as the transformation of Pope Pius XII from a wartime hero into a Nazi sympathizer, the spread of anti-Semitism in the Middle East, and the Kremlin�s cultivation of modern terrorism. We will also screen highlights from the documentary Disinformation: The Secret Strategy to Destroy the West.
Tickets: $10. Register or for More information at

Thursday, 23 January 2014, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - American Spies: Espionage Against the United States from the Cold War to the Present, at the International Spy Museum

Join Michael Sulick, former chief of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, as he discusses his latest book, the second volume in his comprehensive history of spying in the United States. American Spies tracks great espionage cases from the KGB�s placement of "illegals" like Rudolf Abel in the 1950s all the way through the impact of WikiLeaks today. Some of the stories are familiar, such as those of Robert Hanssen and Jonathan Pollard, and others less so - meet Paul Raphael Hall, a one-time signalman aboard the USS Benfold who shared classified movements of the destroyer with terrorist contacts. For more than forty cases, Sulick describes how they reflect the issues of the day and the motivations that drove these individuals to spy, how they gained access, the secrets they betrayed, their tradecraft, their exposure and punishment, and the damage they ultimately inflicted on America's national security.
Tickets: $10. Register or for More information at

30 January 2014, 7:30pm - Santa Monica, CA - The AFIO LA Chapter joins with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council to hear former DCI Robert Gates

Robert Gates, former SecDef and D/CIA, will address offer his views on Afghanistan today, and will talk about his tenure as the only defense secretary who served under a Democratic and a Republican president. He faced challenges in dealing with Congress and the Pentagon bureaucracy, and said his goal was to transform the Pentagon from a "department organized to plan for war into one that could wage war."
Gates served as defense secretary under Presidents Bush and Obama from 2006 to 2011, presiding over the surge of US forces in Iraq, and redistributing some defense spending from conventional warfare to a greater emphasis on special forces. The event includes dinner. Fee: $95.
Location: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica CA 9040.
REGISTER NOW: contact Vince at AFIO LA Chapter at

01 February 2014 - Orange Park, FL - The AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts meeting featuring AFIO National President, Gene Poteat

We have moved the date of our February 2014 meeting from the 8th to the 1st to accommodate a very special guest speaker and his tight travel schedule in Florida. AFIO President S. Eugene Poteat, LLD, will do us the honor of a visit on that occasion, so we hope you will be able to attend. Gene is a retired CIA Senior Scientific Intelligence Officer. He was educated as an Electrical Engineer and physicist, and holds masters degrees in National Security and Intelligence Studies from the Institute of World Politics graduate school in Washington, where he now lectures on technology, intelligence and national security. He began his career with the Bell Telephone Laboratories in New Jersey and Cape Canaveral, Florida. His early CIA career included work on the U-2 and SR-71 class of airplanes and various space systems. His CIA assignments included the Directorate of Science and Technology, the National Reconnaissance Office, Technical Director of the Navy's Special Programs Office and Executive Director of the Intelligence Research and Development Council. He served abroad in London, Scandinavia, and the Middle East. He frequently writes and speaks on intelligence and national security topics.
Event location: The Country Club of Orange Park. Please RSVP to Cost will be $16 each, pay the Country Club at the luncheon.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014, 5pm - Las Vegas, NV - Travis Pullen, DOE, speaks on "Comic Books with Intelligence and the Military from WWII to Present" at the AFIO Las Vegas Chapter

Our featured speaker for the evening will be: Travis M. Pullen, Sr. Intelligence Research Specialist, US Department of Energy, on "The Ultimate Crossover: The Intersection of Comic Books with Intelligence and the Military, from WWII to the Present."

Did You Know: that the creator of the lie detector wrote comic books, and wrote his invention into the stories?; that the Army has had a standing contract to have a comic periodical written for its personnel for the last 60 years?; that after the failure of imagination cited by Congress regarding the September 11 attacks, one of the people the government turned to for insight on future terrorist attacks was a comic book writer?

These out-of-the-ordinary stories and more are part of a presentation that demonstrates how comics have touched upon major moments in American history, and how the realms of the American military, nuclear weapons, and the intelligence community have been involved and portrayed in comics. Learn how the people who made comic books participated in and influenced World War II and how the war impacted the comic industry. Discover the surprising interactions between the intelligence community and the world of comics over several decades. Observe the two-way street of interaction as these unlikely companions impact each other, and be amazed as we uncover the cultural significance of comics in a modern context, such that you will never look at them as "kiddie mags" again!

Pullen holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a focus on International Affairs. He is a 20-year IC veteran and life-long comic collector and recent blog author.
Place: The Officers' Club at Nellis Air Force Base. All guests must use the MAIN GATE, located at the intersection of Craig Road and Las Vegas Blvd. at 5871 Fitzgerald Blvd., Nellis AFB, NV 89191 Phone: 702-644-2582.
(Guest names must be submitted along with their birth date by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 22, 2014)
Consider arriving early to join us at 5 p.m. in the "Robin's Roost" bar area for liaison and beverages.
Questions or to register: email Mary Bentley at or call 702-295-0417. We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, 05 February 2014, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Washington, DC - Dinner with a Spy - Spies in Love: Jonna and Tony Mendez, a CIA Romance, at Poste Restaurant

What happens when two spycrafty people connect? Tony Mendez has become famous for his rescue of American diplomats from Tehran during the Iranian Hostage Crisis as depicted in ARGO, but he�s not the only spy named Mendez. Both Tony and Jonna Mendez are former CIA chiefs of disguise. This married couple will share their powerful stories of developing disguises and performing identity transformation for officers and agents around the world, and how they managed to balance personal lives with demanding careers. Jonna Mendez, who left the government in 1993 earning the CIA�s Intelligence Commendation Medal, used her disguise skills to go up against the Soviet KGB, the East German Stasi, and the Cuban DGI. Tony Mendez retired from CIA after 25 years earning the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Intelligence Star, and two Certificates of Distinction. At this special pre-Valentine�s Day event, you will be one of only 7 guests at Poste for a three-course dinner where you�ll talk with them about their extraordinary disguise exploits and the evolution of their spy romance.
Tickets: $450. Ticket includes hors d�oeuvres and three-course dinner with wines. To make a reservation call 202-654-0932 or e-mail at

Wednesdays, 05 February - 26 February 2014 - 10:15 a.m. - Washington, DC - Spy Seminar Series: Inside the Minds of Traitors, Dictators, and Terrorists, at the International Spy Museum (in collaboration with the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program)

Human intelligence (HUMINT) is concerned with helping policymakers better understand how our adversaries think. In this fascinating morning course, experts who have spent years examining the dark side of human psychology - delving into the minds and motives of traitors, dictators, and terrorists―share their insights and discuss implications for national security in the 21st century.

05 February 2014 - What Makes Traitors Tick?
He was the psychiatrist for notorious spy Robert Hanssen and interviewed him extensively in prison. David L. Charney knows better than anyone how Hanssen thought and even felt immediately after his long-term espionage was discovered. Did he feel remorse, did he worry about his family, did he care? The answers may surprise you. Charney has worked with a number of high-profile spies and has focused extensively on the psychology and motivation of traitors.

12 February 2014 - Does the Evil Mind Exist?
What makes a person choose evil as a way of life? Stanton Samenow, a noted forensic scientist and author of The Criminal Personality and Inside the Criminal Mind, has closely encountered truly villainous people -- both notorious and unknown. If anyone can answer whether there are truly evil people, he can. Samenow was the prosecution's mental health witness in the trial of the younger of the DC snipers, Lee Boyd Malvo, and he participated in the longest in-depth clinical research and treatment study of offenders conducted in North America.

19 February 2014 - Dictators and Their Disciples in a Dangerous World
Today�s international security environment is much less stable than that of the Cold War. Rogue leaders of outlaw nations with access to weapons of mass destruction pose threats unknown in the past. It is crucial to understand what drives these leaders. Jerrold Post has devoted his career to this effort. He is director of the political psychology program at The George Washington University, and was founding director of the CIA�s Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior. He played the lead role in developing the "Camp David profiles" of Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat for President Jimmy Carter, and testified before Congress on the political personality of Saddam Hussein. He also initiated the U.S. government program in understanding the psychology of terrorism. Dr. Post�s latest books are Leaders and their Followers in a Dangerous World and The Mind of the Terrorist.

26 February 2014 - Can a Terrorist�s Brain be Rebooted?
What sets someone on a terrorist trajectory and, more importantly, what could divert him (or her)? Anne Speckhard, author of Talking to Terrorists, is a research psychologist who has interviewed more than 400 terrorists, their family members, hostages, and close associates worldwide. She has conducted psychological autopsies on more than half of the 112 Chechen suicide terrorists as well as dozens of Palestinian suicide terrorists to understand the motivations for and psychological underpinnings of terrorism. She also helped design the Detainee Rehabilitation Program in Iraq for more than 20,000 detainees held by the U.S. Department of Defense. Drawing on this expertise, she can suggest whether the terrorist mindset can be changed.

To Register for Spy Museum Seminar Series for all four days: $120. Register or for more information at

Friday, 7 February 2014, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - "Counterintelligence after Snowden" by William M. Nolte, former ODNI, lecture at Institute of World Politics

William M. Nolte, Former Director of Education and Training, Office of the Director of National Intelligence presents this lecture as the annual Brian Kelley Memorial Lecture to be held at The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.
William M. Nolte is the former director of education and training in the office of the Director of National Intelligence and chancellor of the National Intelligence University. He is a former Deputy Assistant Director of Central Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency. He was Director of Training, Chief of Legislative Affairs and Senior Intelligence Advisor at the National Security Agency. He also served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia during the Gulf War. He has taught at several Washington area universities, is on the board of CIA's Studies in Intelligence, and directed the Intelligence Fellows Program. He holds a B.A. from La Salle University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.
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8 February 2014, 11:30 - Melbourne, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hears from Gene Poteat, former CIA DS&T, President of AFIO National, on "Special Ops to Analysis and High Tech Reconnaissance."

AFIO National president Gene Poteat who will address members and guests on the topic Changing Face of American Intelligence: From OSS Special Operations, to Analysis and High Tech Reconnaissance, Back to Special Operations. As this promises to be a sellout event, interested parties should reserve early.
Location: Indian River Colony Club, Melbourne, FL. Contact Chapter Secretary Don Wickstrand,, for reservations and details or send reservations to: Bobbie Keith 1024 Osprey Drive Melbourne, FL 32940 or call 321-777-5561.

11 February 2014 - MacDill AFB, FL - The AFIO Suncoast chapter welcomes AFIO President Gene Poteat

AFIO National President Gene Poteat is honoring us with a return visit and presentation, subject to be announced. We may also have a special surprise guest. Stay tuned!
Questions or reservations to Michael F. Shapiro at

12 March 2014 - Laurel, MD - The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation hosts the Spring Program featuring Jim Ohlsen of NSA's Office of Counterintelligence

The guest speaker is Jim Ohlson. Jim is a retired FBI Special Agent with over 28 years of service to the FBI, primarily in the counterintelligence and counterterrorism programs. Early in his career he studied Arabic at the Defense Language Institute and then put the language to use in the Bureau's New York Field Office. He spent over 14 years in the New York Office working counterterrorism, counterintelligence and directing FBI support to the National Foreign Intelligence programs for the U.S. Intelligence Community. Following that assignment Jim was awarded the DCI's National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. Jim retired from FBI Headquarters as the Security Program Manager. In 13 years since leaving the FBI, he has worked with the Center for Public Justice, the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive [NCIX]; and, since 2004, with NSA's Office of Counterintelligence. Prior to his years in the FBI, Jim served in the U.S. Army, to include a tour in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division.
Registrations information to be provided here when available. Visit the NCMF website to explore upcoming programs. When fee announced, make check payable to NCMF and send to PO Box 1682, Fort George G Meade, MD 20755-3682. Questions? Contact Mary J. Faletto, Senior Administrator, National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, Office: 301-688-5436 Cell: 443-250-8621. E-mail:

Friday, 14 March 2014, 6:30pm - 9:30pm - Washington, DC - Spy School Workshop: Inside Surveillance 101 with Eric O'Neill, at the International Spy Museum

Spring into surveillance! As a young operative in the FBI, Eric O'Neill was used to conducting surveillance; he was even put into the position of spying on his boss. The boss was Robert Hanssen, who was under suspicion of working for Russia, and O'Neill was up to the challenge. Now he'll share his expertise with you. O'Neill has conducted many outdoor surveillance exercises for the Museum, and he's ready to take those with the right skills up a notch. You'll be trailing the "Rabbit" through a complicated urban setting with red herrings and false leads. O'Neill will rate your clandestine prowess while you spy on secret meetings and operational acts and see if you can uncover the spy skullduggery that's afoot while you are on foot. There is no guarantee that your "Rabbit" won't escape!
Tickets: $94. Space is limited to only 10 participants - advance registration required! Call Laura Hicken at 202-654-0932 to register.

 Friday, 28 March 2014, 6 - 7:30 pm - Washington, DC - IWP Professor and AFIO President, Gene Poteat, speaks on The Changing Face of American Intelligence: From OSS Special Operations, to Analysis and High Tech Reconnaissance, back to Special Operations

The CIA has responded to changing national security needs. The early CIA, staffed by former OSS men with Special Ops expertise, succeed in countering the Communist subversion of Italy, Greece and Turkey. Political interference however, led to the disastrous Bay of Pigs fiasco. Special Ops were replaced by analysts who sought to inform policymakers on all they needed to know. But without HUMINT, analysts failed to answer the most critical intelligence question of the time, the "bomber and missile gap." Eisenhower answered the question with high tech reconnaissance, beginning with the U-2 and Corona satellites, which also helped in the Berlin and Cuban Missile crises. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, followed by challenges of global Islamic terrorism, American intelligence has returned to an updated version of Special Ops, i.e., integration of HUMINT, analysis, high-tech weapons, such as the Predator, all working hand-in-glove with Special Forces based in Florida.
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.
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