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First AFIO National Luncheon of 2014
21 March 2014
Meet Two Senior CIA Officers
1 pm Speaker
John Rizzo, former Acting General Counsel, CIA
Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA
"Rizzo rose to become the most influential career lawyer in CIA history
"Practicing law at CIA was unlike any other attorney job in the government.
Company Man is "an atlas to navigate the dark, murky morality
--- The Washington Post, Dina Temple-Raston, 10 January 2014
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11 am Speaker
Former Deputy Director of National Security, FBI
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
New Director of the Venezuelan Intelligence Service. The Venezuelan government endorsed today the appointment of Major General Gustavo Gonzalez as the new director of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN).
According to the Official Gazette circulating this Tuesday, the President of the Republic, Nicolas Maduro, delegated to the Executive Vice President, Jorge Arreaza, the official swearing of Gonzalez.
Gonzalez replaces Manuel Bernal, who was appointed to the position past January 19 and officialized four days later. [Read more: PrensaLatina/18February2014]
Taiwanese Intelligence Officer Charged With Desertion.
A Taiwanese military intelligence officer who went AWOL and unsuccessfully sought political asylum in Britain was indicted Friday on desertion charges, prosecutors said.
Yeh Mei, a 33-year-old lieutenant with the Military Intelligence Agency, had been put on Taiwan's wanted list after failing to return for duty following an overseas trip in 2012.
Yeh confessed to seeking permission from her superior for a sightseeing trip to Thailand with the intention of deserting her duties because she could not adjust to a military career, and fled to Britain via Bangkok in June 2012, prosecutors said in a statement.
The offence is punishable by a maximum five-year jail term. [Read more: NewStraitsTimes/14February2014]
Henley-Putnam University Honors Intelligence Studies Professor Gary Bowser. Henley-Putnam's security, counterterrorism, and intelligence studies students who nominated Mr. Bowser for this award noted that he, "sets the example for all professors, especially in an online academic environment. He provides excellent insight, guidance, mentorship, and leadership to his students. The student's learning ability is greater due to his passion for the course material, experiences, and his students."
Mr. Bowser's students also commend his dedication, use of one on one discussions, and contribution to the professional development and academic success of his students. One of the student nominations emphasized Mr. Bowser's ability to transfer his experience into an invaluable intelligence education:
"Mr. Bowser was instrumental in teaching me the broad brush strokes and finite nuances of intelligence work in the Cover, Recruiting, and Double Agents, Denial, and Deception coursework for my degree plan. His method was instrumental in grounding the learning so that I as a student could place myself into scenarios where I could almost gain a visceral feel for the teaching points he was providing. His extensive experience and ability to portray intelligence operations scenarios and personalities during my Cover course phone conversations with him were integral in my ability to craft and execute an intelligence cover plan under his instruction. He challenged me numerous times all the while keeping the learning points salient in our exchanges. I gained a great deal more than I bargained for in the courses that Mr. Bowser instructed me in. His thorough knowledge of the intelligence subject matter and his innate ability to realize that knowledge in me are things that I will carry with me for a lifetime."
Another student validated Mr. Bowser's ability to inspire and educate:
"It is Professors like Gary Bowser that have drawn me to Henley-Putnam and will have me taking intelligence classes even after I complete my Master's degree and also continue to send all of my friends to the school to further their own intelligence education goals. I have even offered to pay for my former soldiers' classes to get them started with Henley-Putnam, because with professors like Gary Bower, I feel they are actually going to learn the tools to be successful in their intelligence professions." [Read more: PRWeb/14February2014]
Canadian Cops Seek Real-Time Help With Regional Intelligence. A so-called "real time intelligence centre" that will cost $5.8 million per year to operate is expected to open in May and promises to help police officers in Metro Vancouver quickly identify and locate dangerous criminals.
The centre will replace the Provincial Intelligence Centre, which was set up in 2010 with 22 staff and operated 14 hours per day primarily to fight gang violence in Metro Vancouver but served as a resource for all agencies in B.C.
"Its mandate is violent gangs and it does not have the capacity to offer real-time operational support to frontline officers," said a Vancouver Police Department report that goes before the Vancouver Police Board Thursday. "Due to recent technological advancements, police agencies now have the ability to store, search, retrieve and analyze vast amounts of data and link seemingly unconnected criminal events. However, in B.C. there is only limited interoperability between various law enforcement databases."
For example, the report said, the RCMP, VPD, federal and provincial corrections and the B.C. Sheriffs each have their own "human source" intelligence databases. The new multi-agency centre will assist police in "overcoming challenges associated with jurisdictional boundaries, fiscal restraint and limited resources," the report said. [Read more: Howell/VancouverCourier/17February2014]
DHKP/C Arrests in Greece Coordinated by CIA, MİT,
EYP. The Feb. 10 anti-terror operation in Greece that led to the arrests of senior members of the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) was conducted by Greek security forces in tandem with U.S. and Turkish intelligence agencies, daily Hürriyet has revealed.
The raid on residences in the Gizi neighborhood of the greater Athens area was triggered by an anonymous informer and led to the arrest of four men, including DHKP/C leader Hüseyin Fevzi Tekin and İsmail Akkol, who is wanted by Turkish authorities for his alleged involvement in the murder of businessman Özdemir Sabancı in 1996, according to Greek daily To Vima.
Turkish sources told Hürriyet that the latest raid was the result of a fresh collaboration between Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MİT), its Greek counterpart EYP, and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). According to the same sources, the three national agencies started to share intelligence following last year's DHKP/C attack targeting the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. After it was concluded that the DHKP/C was about to organize another attack on Turkish soil, Greek security arrested four militants on two separate operations near the Greece-Turkey border last year. [Read more: Hurriyet/13February2014]
Two Egyptians to Stand Trial for Espionage. An Egyptian man and woman will stand trial for allegedly spying for Israel, Egypt's top prosecutor said Tuesday.
The suspects, who were not identified by name, are accused of passing information on the Egyptian government and the inner workings of various political groups and the Egyptian Army to agents for Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service.
In exchange, prosecutors allege, the suspects received nearly $125,000 from Mossad, along with other gifts, Ahram Online said.
It was not clear how the suspects came upon the information they allegedly passed to Israeli spies. [Read more: UPI/18Feburary2014]
DHS Can't Prevent Sale of Parody Department Seal Designs. A Minnesota man has the right to sell merchandise referring to the Homeland Security Department as the "Department of Homeland Stupidity," the federal government acknowledged in a Feb. 14 lawsuit settlement.
In 2011, DHS and the National Security Agency sent cease-and-desist letters to Zazzle, an online company that facilitates merchandising by setting up a supply chain and online storefronts for affixing custom designs to T-shirts, coffee mugs or other modern bric-a-brac.
The company hosts an online store for LibertyManiacs, a design outfit offering "freedom-oriented products" owned by Dan McCall, resident of Minnesota.
DHS in particular objected to the presence on Zazzle of a McCall parody of the DHS seal featuring an apparently drunk eagle wearing a dunce cap and the words "U.S. Department of Homeland Stupidity." The department cited 18 USC § 506, which makes it a crime to falsely mutilate or alter the seal "of any department or agency of the United States, or any facsimile thereof."
Zazzle removed the design from the LibertyManiacs storefront, and McCall sued in October 2013 with the help of advocacy organization Public Citizen, asserting a First Amendment right to parody official seals. [Read more: Perera/FierceHomelandSecurity/18February2014]
Former French Spy Chief on Trial in Phone-Tapping Scandal. A former French intelligence chief faced trial on Tuesday for spying on a journalist in a case linked to France's wealthiest woman and to former president Nicolas
Bernard Squarcini says he was acting in the national interest by tapping into the phone records of Gérard Davet, a journalist with French newspaper Le Monde.
Investigators though say his defence cannot possibly hold and consider him guilty of illegally collecting personal data.
Squarcini was trying to find the journalist's source in an investigative report on Liliane Bettencourt, France's wealthiest woman.
In 2010 Le Monde published a story that led to allegations of illegal funding from Bettencourt for the election campaign that won Sarkozy the presidency. [Read more: Woods/RFI/18February2014]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Journalist Claims It Was Ian Fleming's Wife Who Invented James Bond. Those who were lucky enough to visit Goldeneye, Ian Fleming's Jamaican retreat, could never understand how the Flemings went through so many wet towels.
But those sodden towels were needed, literally, to cool their fiery partnership, used to relieve the stinging of the whips, slippers and hairbrushes the pair beat each other with - Ian inflicting pain more often than Ann - as well as to cover up the weals Ian made on Ann's skin during their fiery bouts of love-making.
And like their love-making, their relationship was complex, passionate, often shocking.
Each was tormented by the other - but it was this painful torment which kept their marriage on the road. It seems unbelievable that the creator of James Bond was born 100 years ago this year.
Adapted for successive generations, Bond is as modern today as he was when Fleming's first in the series, Casino Royale, was published in 1960.
In Fleming's books - as in his life - sex and cruelty went hand in hand, and sex and cruelty never go out of fashion.
This cruelty even infected his marriage. In public, his wife Ann was a beautiful, sharp-witted aristocrat.
In private, she soaked up the pain the abusive Fleming caused her - physically and mentally - and then gave some of it back. Had Ann not been in Fleming's life, the James Bond novels might never have been written. [Read more about Fleming and le vice anglais: DailyMail/16February2014]
US Army Builds Fake City to Shoot at During Training. The US army has built a fake city designed to be used during combat training exercises.
The 300 acre 'town' includes a five story embassy, a bank, a school, an underground subway and train station, a mosque, a football stadium, and a helicopter landing zone.
Located in Virginia, the realistic subway station comes complete with subway carriages and the train station has real train carriages.
The subway carriages even carry the same logo as the carriages in Washington, DC.
There are also bridges and several other structures which can be transformed into different scenarios. [Read more: Kinder/TheTelegraph/13February2014]
How to Operate Like a Spy: CIA Declassifies OSS Field Manual. The CIA isn't known for sharing its secrets with anyone, let alone the public. As such, the contents of an old Office of Strategic Services field manual aren't something to be missed.
As SOFREP has covered previously, the days of the OSS were the glory days where espionage, sabotage, and war-fighting all converged under the banner of "Wild Bill" Donovan and the Allied fight against the Nazis during World War II, with resounding success.
The OSS, predecessor to the CIA, is often seen as the golden child of U.S. intelligence operations, where innovative and unconventional, organic solutions far outweighed the massive bureaucracy that plagues the U.S. intelligence community today.
Enter the OSS's timeless field manual for successful sabotage, which lists out various ways the OSS, Jedburghs, and Allies defeated their enemies: the Simple Sabotage Field Manual. [Read more: SOFREP/17February2014]
Life Undercover: Legendary Spy Gevork Vartanian's 90th Birth Anniversary. Legendary Soviet spy Gevork Vartanian, who helped foil a Nazi plot to kill Allied leaders in Tehran during World War II would have celebrated his 90th birthday today, February 17.
Vartanian died from cancer at the age of 87 in a Moscow hospital on January 10, 2012.
Vartanian and his wife, Gohar, became a legendary spy couple, working on numerous missions for Soviet intelligence abroad. In an interview with RIA Novosti, Ms. Vartanian shared her memories and thanked her friends for their care of her after her husband's death.
"I wouldn't have survived the grief of losing my wonderful husband, my life companion if it were not for the support of our friends."
As she further noted, after her husband's death, she continues the task of passing on the experience of intelligence work to younger generations. "He gave all of himself to the people and our motherland, holding nothing back," she said.
Vartanian, whose father was a Soviet intelligence agent in Tehran posing as a merchant, began working for Soviet intelligence when he turned 16. He played a role in foiling a Nazi plot to assassinate Soviet leader Josef Stalin, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill when they held a conference in Tehran in November 1943. [Read more: PanArmenian.net/17February2014]
How Do You Get a Job as a Spy at ASIO or ASIS? International jetsetting, disguises, dead drops and taking down evil scoundrels sounds pretty intriguing. And who hasn't envied James Bond's gadgets, hook-ups and Tom Ford wardrobe if not the near-death escapes?
So how does one become a spy? Not so much the Cody Banks variety, more the Jason Bourne, Carrie Mathison or Sidney Bristow type.
We've all heard the stories of cloak and dagger recruitment scenarios, the mysterious tap on the shoulder at university. But time has marched on since the Cambridge Five era and anyone can apply to be a spy these days.
In Australia, there are two primary organisations responsible for intelligence services: Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the more aptly low profile Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS).
Both organisations work in intelligence gathering with ASIO focused on the domestic sphere while ASIS is international and based out of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
If you're interested in spywork, there's a trove of information available on the organisations' websites, which is now their main recruitment portal. There are also information nights, commonly on university campuses. [Read more: News.com.au/14February2014]
Cuban Spies Received Secret Messages by Old-Time Short-Wave. Even if you're not a Cuban spy, you too can receive secret messages sent by Havana to its spooks in Miami, Washington and around the world.
Every week, one short wave radio station in Cuba broadcasts 97 messages coded in fax-like tones. A computer program easily available to the public changes the tones into numbers, and the Cuban spies then decode the numbers into words.
A second Cuban spy station transmits 16 messages per week in the dots and dashes of the 175-year-old Morse code - secret messages to Havana spies who may be older or less technologically savvy.
Sixteen years after the arrests in Miami of five Cuban spies who got their secret orders by short wave transmissions, Havana is still using a system that fell out of favor in the cloak-and-dagger world with the end of the Cold War. [Read more: Tamayo/MiamiHerald/18February2014]
This Macabre X-Ray of Hitler's Skull Just Sold at Auction. You're looking at an x-ray of Hitler's skull, which just sold for $1500 (£898).
According to the auction site, it was part of a 47-page 1945 classified report issued by the US Military Intelligence Service Center that "contained highly-detailed data obtained from Adolf Hitler's six chief physicians, along with ten x-rays of various views of Hitler's skull and several EEGs."
The site was only taking bids for the x-ray image for one day, starting out at $100 (£59.81) and was expected to top-out at $200-$300 (£119-179). After 41 bids notching up through the hundreds, the successful bidder walked away with the image for $1500 (£898). [Diaz/Gizmodo/19February2014]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Analysis: Defense Clandestine Service Is Here To Stay. Senior US officials and lawmakers are sending new signals that a fledgling cadre of military spies is a done deal, despite no real substantive public debate.
The Pentagon last year proposed creation of the Defense Clandestine Service (DCS), saying the military needed its own team of spies to gather human intelligence across the globe. The country already has a civilian clandestine service within the CIA, which is itching to ditch some of its post-9/11 roles and return full-time to the spying and analysis business.
Yet, despite unresolved questions about operational and budgetary redundancy, Congress rubber-stamped the Pentagon's plans. And by approving the Defense Department plans as included in its last budget request, so did President Barack Obama, who seems enamored with the country's myriad intelligence tools.
The conclusion apparently reached by Congress and the administration: Why not add another intel gadget to the toolbox - and slap a military insignia on it? [Read more: Bennett/DefenseNews/12February2014]
On Syria, a Spymasters' Conclave. Western and Arab intelligence services that support Syria's struggling opposition gathered for a two-day strategy meeting in Washington last week that appears to signal a stronger effort to back the rebels.
The spymasters' conclave featured Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, Saudi Arabia's minister of the interior, who will now supervise the kingdom's leading role in the covert-action program. He replaces Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi intelligence chief, who has been suffering from a back ailment and whose leadership of the program was seen as uneven.
Susan Rice, the U.S. national security adviser, met with Prince Mohammed to discuss strategy. But sources caution that President Obama is still wary of any major escalation in Syria that might involve U.S. forces directly. The U.S. opposes no-fly zones, for example, although the administration's call for secure corridors to provide humanitarian assistance may lead it to embrace de facto safe zones if the U.N. can't agree on a formal plan.
Prince Mohammed's new oversight role reflects the increasing concern in Saudi Arabia and other neighboring countries about al-Qaeda's growing power within the Syrian opposition. As interior minister, he coordinates the kingdom's counterterrorism policy, which gives him close ties with the CIA and other Western intelligence services. [Read more: Ignatius/WashingtonPost/18February2014]
Countering Terrorism: An Institution-Building Approach for Yemen. President Barack Obama's decision to resume repatriation efforts for Yemeni detainees held in the detention center at Guantanamo Bay presents a significant opportunity to strengthen the counterterrorism relationship between the United States and Yemen. As part of the repatriation effort, the United States should fund the establishment of a permanent terrorist rehabilitation institution in Yemen, providing a critical counterterrorism partner with a needed strategic capability to counter al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and forming the cornerstone of a strengthened intelligence-sharing relationship. While the center would initially be used to reduce the significant political and security risks of returning Guantanamo detainees, it could then serve to rehabilitate other Yemeni terrorism detainees, undermining AQAP and other militant groups threatening the security of the United States and Yemen.
Over 600 Guantanamo detainees have been repatriated or released, but 155 remain. The Guantanamo Periodic Review Board (PRB) determined that there is no longer a basis to hold fifty-five of the detainees from Yemen as enemy combatants and cleared them for release. Of the fifty-five detainees, there are thirty in "conditional detention." Statute prevents their transfer until the president certifies the security situation in Yemen is adequately stabilized, appropriate third-country resettlement options have been arranged, or a suitable rehabilitation program has been established. These detainees are not considered high-value detainees for intelligence purposes. The youngest Yemeni detainee is thirty-two, making indefinite detention a forty- to fifty-year proposition. The PRB determination strengthens the possibility of these detainees eventually prevailing in federal courts, forcing their release or transfer under potentially less-than-ideal terms.
Resettling the Yemeni detainees in third countries would complicate reintegration and raise the risk of recidivism, which the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) assessed to be more than 25 percent for released Guantanamo detainees. Resettlement would shift this security risk to those countries - a risk few are likely to accept. [Read more: Berger/CFR/19February2014]
Section IV - Obituaries, Books and Coming Events
Col. Andrew Nichols Pratt. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Andrew Nichols Pratt, the former leader of the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies for the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, and longtime AFIO member, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery April 4.
Pratt died Dec. 28, 2013 in Munich.
The ceremony will take place at 10:45 a.m. in the post chapel at the military cemetery in Arlington, Va. According to the Arlington web site, Family and friends should arrive at the cemetery approximately one half hour prior to the scheduled service time.
The primary mission of Arlington National Cemetery is to "function as the nation's premier military cemetery and shrine honoring those men and women who served in the Armed Forces," according to its web site. In this regard, the cemetery performs more than 27 funeral services each day.
Since 1996, Pratt served as a professor of strategy and international politics for the Marshall Center. In the early organization of the Marshall Center, he served as a deputy department chairman. In 1998, he designed and was named the director of "Leaders for the 21st Century," a security studies program oriented toward a younger participant. He organized and conducted 12 Leaders courses. Following 9/11, he developed the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies and served as its director for eight sessions. In February 2008, he was requested to serve as the U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Regional Security in Jerusalem and on the West Bank and participate in support of U.S. efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He returned to the Marshall Center in July 2008.
Prior to his retirement from the Marine Corps, he served as director of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Marine War College. Throughout his career, he was privileged to command extensively and at every level, from a CIA Special Operations Group team that conducted covert operations in denied areas in support of U.S. national security objectives overseas, to a battalion landing team deployed in the Persian Gulf. He has participated in active operations in the Near East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. In addition to serving with Marines, he served from 1978-1979 with the U.S. Military Observation Group which supported the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, Southern Lebanon. He also served in the White House during the close of the Nixon administration and the transition into the Ford administration.
Pratt received his undergraduate degree in engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., and held two master of arts degrees, one in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, Newport, R.I., and one in international relations from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. [MarshallCenter/5February2014]
Erik Prince Tells His Side of the Blackwater USA Story at the Acton Institute. Erik Prince, the automotive supplier heir from Holland who founded the security agency Blackwater USA and became reviled as a mercenary, brought his crusade to restore his image to the Acton Institute on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Prince, 44, surprised the friendly audience at some points and reinforced their conservative political agenda at other points during his hour-long remarks. He is on a publicity tour to promote his book, Civilian Warriors, The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror.
The former Navy SEAL surprised some when he argued the U.S. defense budget is "so big and so bloated, it serves to be counterproductive."
"I would say make the whole thing smaller," said Prince, noting the U.S. spends more than the rest of the world put together on defense. "It's a ridiculous number. It's way too high. It doesn't need to be that much."
Prince, who was raised in the Christian Reformed Church and converted to Roman Catholicism in college, put his faith front and center in his presentation.
"My faith has always played a great part in my life," he said. "If you read the book, you know I've made some great mistakes along the way - terrible mistakes. I'm thankful I have a faith that also includes forgiveness." [Read more: Harger/MLive/18February2014]
Spy Sites of New York City and Philadelphia includes free interactive online map
Authors Keith Melton, Robert Wallace, and Henry Schlesinger offer a free web-based interactive map of New York spy sites launched today which AFIO members might find of interest. The map, based on a google tool, http://goo.gl/m6iZXP works best on laptop and desktop computers and provides a "virtual tour" of 100 historical sites of two centuries of military and civilian espionage activity in New York.
Silent and unseen, intelligence wars have raged on the clandestine battlefield of New York City since the American Revolution. Lovers of New York can now experience the city's secret history by downloading a new Google Maps-based tool. Based on the popular book, Spy Sites of New York City, (www.spy-sites.com) the free interactive map for laptop and desktops presents a one-of-a-kind view of New York's more than 200 years of espionage history, from the Revolutionary War to present day.
Created by the authors of Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs: from Communism to Al-Qaeda, (www.ciaspycraft.com) the map offers a comprehensive interactive guide of New York City espionage. All aspects of covert activity are featured, including-assassination, sabotage, operational sites, commercial covers, homes, and safe houses. This is New York City as seen through the eyes of the villains and heroes of the clandestine world. From dead drops to dining, the map pinpoints the exact addresses where spies worked, lived, played and died. As a companion to Spy Sites of New York City, the free map tool, based on Google Maps' 'My Places' platform, presents more than 100 espionage locations beginning with Revolutionary War and the Civil War, progressing through World War I and World War II, then into the Cold War and today. The tool will expand to smart phones and tablets as 'My Places' further migrates to mobile. While generations of schoolchildren have learned the tragic fate of the young spy, Nathan Hale, executed in 18th century Manhattan, few know that the Culper Ring, the most successful espionage Patriot spies of the Revolution, operated under the noses of British troops occupying New York. Similarly, even devoted fans of James Bond are likely unaware that Ian Fleming had a favorite Manhattan restaurant and hotel. Although some operations have faded from memory, their retelling makes fascinating reading.
"I can guarantee that even life-long New Yorkers who know their city's history will find surprises," said Wallace. "Who imagined that spies once dined and slept in the restaurants you frequent or the buildings where you live--and maybe still do." To access the map go to http://goo.gl/m6iZXP
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY more International Spy Museum Events in 2014 with full details are listed on the AFIO Website at www.afio.com.
20 February 2014, 12:30 - 2 pm - Los Angeles, CA - AFIO-Los Angeles meets to hear Hugh Wilford on The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East
Our guest speaker will be Hugh Wilford discussing his latest book: America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East.
Author bio: Hugh Wilford is a professor of history at California State University, Long Beach, and the author/editor of five books, including The Mighty Wurlitzer (Harvard University Press, 2008). He lives with his family in Long Beach, California.
RSVP your attendance by 2/14/2014: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 20 February 2014, 5 - 7:45 pm - New York, NY - "Human Source Intelligence in a Technical Era" is topic of Discussants David Cohen and David Hunt, both former CIA, at this NCAFP event.
On February 20, 2014 the NCAFP will host a public program featuring David A. Cohen, Former Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence for the New York Police Department, and David P. Hunt, are both former career CIA officers who served in the Directorate of Operations.
David Cohen was the Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence for the New York City Police Department, the first appointed to that position, created by the city in response to the 9/11 attacks. He previously was Deputy Director for Operations (DDO) in the CIA. He worked briefly in the private sector following his Agency career, doing global risk assessment for the American International Group. He retired from the New York City Police Department in December 2013.
David Hunt retired in 1995 as a senior CIA Officer where he served for 32 years, primarily in the Directorate of Operations. Hunt served overseas with tours in Italy, Saigon, Mogadishu, Somalia, Oslo, Paris, and New York City, serving twice as deputy chief of station (Oslo, Paris) and twice as chief of station, (Mogadishu, New York). He has expertise in Soviet operations, European affairs, and counterintelligence. He holds the Donovan Award for Excellence as well as the Agency's Distinguished Intelligence Medal.
Agenda: 5 - 5:30 p.m. Arrivals; 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Lecture and Q & A; 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. Cocktail Reception
** Men are required to wear a jacket and tie. No Jeans allowed
Venue: The University Club, 1 East 54 Street, 9th Floor, Rms 3 and 4, New York, NY 10022
Register here. Nonmember [of NCAFP] fee is $15.
For questions on this or other NCAFP events, please contact our office by phone at (212) 224-1120 or email us at email@example.com.
Wednesday, 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.
26 February 2014 - Can a Terrorists 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 remaining day of Spy Museum Seminar Series, visit www.spymuseum.org
6 March 2014, 11:30 am - 2 pm - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO James Quesada Chapter hosts former FBI Special Agent Frank Doyle, discussing "The Oklahoma City Bombing and Timothy McVey."
Former FBI Special Agent Frank Doyle will discuss
the Oklahoma City bombing, a homegrown domestic terrorism event which
occurred on April 19, 1995. This April will be the 19th anniversary of
this most destructive act of terrorism on U.S. soil, only superseded by
the September 11 attacks in 2001. 11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting
starts at noon.
Event location: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, SF (between Sloat/Wawona).
RSVP required by 2/25/2014 to Mariko Kawaguchi at firstname.lastname@example.org and mail check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-member guests $35 (must be accompanied by member).
12 March 2014 - Laurel, MD - The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation hosts the Spring Program featuring Jim Ohlson 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.
On 20 February 2001, Mr. Ohlson's phone began to ring early in the morning and continued without letup throughout the day. He was stunned to learn that Robert Hanssen, a co-worker he had formed close ties with during assignments in D.C. and New York, was under arrest for espionage. The media frenzy that followed the Robert Hanssen spy case can be used to judge its impact. No modern spy has been the focus of so much attention as fast as Robert Hanssen. By 2003, five books had been published and numerous articles written and by 2007 several films had been produced.
Jim Ohlson had come to know Bob Hanssen fairly well over the years and felt the books and movies had done a mixed job at solving the essential mystery. To explain why, it will be helpful to address a series of questions: Who is Bob Hanssen? What made him a good FBI agent? What made him a good KGB agent? What was the damage? Why did he do it? Where is he now?
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.
Event Location: L-3 Communications located at 2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701, Tel 301-575-3200. Lunch will be served 1200-1300.
To join us for this exciting program mail your registration fee in the enclosed envelope or register online at www.cryptologicfoundation.org. The fees are $20 for members and $50 for guests (includes a guest membership). Deadline for registration is 07 March 2014.
If you wish to register by sending a check via U.S. mail, do so by making it 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: email@example.com
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.
19 March - 21 May 2014 - Washington, DC - Frontiers: A Ten Week Program in American Strategy and Statecraft at the Institute of World Politics.
Frontiers consists of ten-weekly luncheons featuring a panel of experts on each session's topic including Cyber and Corporate Statecraft, Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Counter-radicalization and more. Frontiers is an intensive ten-week program in American strategy and statecraft that reflects the unique curriculum offered at The Institute of World Politics (IWP) based on statecraft, strategy, political philosophy, and applied ethics. The program will emphasize the concept of integrated strategy, which attempts to address foreign policy and national security challenges by applying and integrating different instruments of statecraft such as military, traditional and public diplomacy, strategic communications, intelligence, counterintelligence, and economic strategy - within the rule of law.
Schedule: Click here for the schedule for the Spring 2014 Frontiers program.
Application: Click here to apply for Frontiers Spring 2014 (March 19-May 21).
Tuition: The cost of this program is $3,000. Once you have been accepted to the program, please mail your check to: The Institute of World Politics, Attn: Tania Mastrapa, 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Contact: Dr. Tania C. Mastrapa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 20 March 2014 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter luncheon features Inspector John San Agustin of El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Inspector John San Agustin of the El Paso County Sheriffs Office discusses the Jon Benet Ramsey case. That case has been in the news in December 2013 and again in January 2014. John Agustin and Ollie Gray, partners in an investigation with full access to the Ramseys files, will demonstrate their findings and evidence, which may surprise you. The Chapter meets at its new venue: the Falcon Room of the Air Force Academy, Falcon Club, starting at 11:30 am. Price: $12.00 payable at the door. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at email@example.com.
Friday, 21 March 2014, 10:30am - 2pm - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO's first 2014 luncheon features John Rizzo, former Acting General Counsel, CIA - the most influential Career Lawyer in CIA history, and Philip Mudd, Former DD/National Security, FBI and Former DD/Counterterrorist Center, CIA.
John Rizzo, former Acting General Counsel, CIA, author of: Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA, makes his presentation to our members at 1 p.m. "Rizzo rose to become the most influential career lawyer in CIA history ...involved in proxy wars in Central America in the 1970s to recent drone strikes in Pakistan." "Practicing law at CIA was unlike any other attorney job in the government. Few federal statutes were meant to apply to the Agency's activities..." Company Man is "an atlas to navigate the dark, murky morality that governs the business of intelligence." -- The Washington Post, Dina Temple-Raston, 10 January 2014
Morning speaker, 11 am, is Philip Mudd, Former Deputy Director of National Security, FBI, and Former Deputy Director, Counterterrorist Center, CIA, author of TAKEDOWN: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaida. Philip Mudd, a career CIA officer, become second-in-charge of counterterrorism analysis in the Counterterrorist Center. He was promoted to the position of Deputy Director of the Center in 2003 and served there until 2005, when FBI Director Mueller appointed him as the first-ever deputy director of the National Security Branch in 2005. He later became the FBI's Senior Intelligence Adviser and then resigned from government service in March 2010.
<Register Here while space remains.
EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102. Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf
25-27 March 2014 - Oxford,
MS - Five Eyes Analytic Workshop at the University of Mississippi's
Center for Intelligence and Security Studies
The University of Mississippi's Center for Intelligence and Security Studies is pleased to host the Five Eyes Analytic Workshop at the Oxford, MS campus on March 25-27, 2014. We invite you to attend and/or present; information is available at our event website:
The workshop's theme is "Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds," based on the 2012 document published by the National Intelligence Council; DIA originally selected this theme for the cancelled November 2013 workshop. You may view the NIC publication at: http://www.dni.gov/index.php/about/organization/national-intelligence-council-global-trends
At this time, we'd like to invite proposals for presentations, which must be submitted at http://5eyes.olemiss.edu/propose. We'd like to include, on the March 2014 agenda, any presenters from the November 2013 schedule who wish to attend the upcoming workshop. Please indicate your proposal's initial acceptance to the November Five Eyes on the online submittal form.
If you have any questions, please contact Carl Julius Jensen, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies: Legal Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org, (662) 915-1886, or Melissa Anne Graves, Associate Director, Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, email@example.com, (662) 915-1474. Feel free to share this call for proposals with your colleagues.
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.
RSVP Required. Do so to firstname.lastname@example.org.
7 April 2014, 5:30 - 8 pm - New York, NY - Master of Disguise CIA Officer Tony Mendez, of the ARGO Operation which inspired the film, to speak on his unusual tradecraft techniques.
Speaker: Tony Mendez, 25 year distinguished CIA career. Awarded CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit in 1980 for exfiltrating six Americans from Iran, subject of the Oscar-winning movie ARGO, awarded "Trailblazer Medallion"
Topic: His book Master of Disguise - A classic story about life in the CIA. Iran was only one of several places where this master of disguise was successful.
Location: Society of Illustrators building 128 East 63rd St, New York City
Time: Registration 5:30 PM Meeting Start 6:00 PM
Cost: $50/person Cash or check, payable at the door only.
Register: Registrations required - email@example.com or 646-717-3776
Tuesday, 08 April 2014, 6 p.m. - Washington, DC - "Witness to History: DarkMarket and the FBI Agent who Became Master Splynter" (How an online agent exposed an exclusive cyber club for crooks) at the International Spy Museum
Selling stolen personal credit and identity information online is not a recent phenomenon, in 2005 DarkMarket was created to be a one-stop shop for illicit data. The online site became a hub for underground criminal enterprise, with over 2,500 registered members at its peak. In 2008, Agent J. Keith Mularkski of the FBI's Cyber Initiative & Resource Fusion Unit creatively masked his true identity joined DarkMarket under the handle Master Splyntr and remained undetected for two years. His ingenious efforts were responsible for preventing millions in financial loss and resulted in 60 worldwide arrests. Hear directly from Mularski how he learned to log on and think like a crook to catch criminals and hear from the experts how cyber security adapts to current threats and trends in the marketplace.
Presented in collaboration with the National Law Enforcement Museum. Sponsored by Target.
Tickets: Free! For more information visit www.spymuseum.org.
Wednesday, 09 April 2014, noon - Washington, DC - Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update at the International Spy Museum.
Join David Major, retired FBI agent and former director of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs, for a briefing on the hottest intelligence and security issues, breaches, and penetrations. Presented in partnership with The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), these updates will cover worldwide events such as breaking espionage cases and arrest reports, cyber espionage incidents, and terrorist activity. Find out Snowden's current status and what could happen next with this case. Major uses his expertise to analyze trends and highlight emerging issues of interest to both intelligence and national security professionals and the public. Cases are drawn from the CI Centre's SPYPEDIA®, the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world, containing events and information that may not be reported by mainstream media outlets. Major will also highlight and review the latest books and reports to keep you current on what is hitting think tank desks.
Tickets: Free! No registration required.
Wednesday, 09 April 2014, 7 - 10 p.m. - Washington, DC - Dinner with a Spy: An Evening with Sandy Grimes, at Poste.
Dine with a woman who helped identify Aldrich Ames -- the infamous CIA officer turned traitor.
Aldrich Ames could not have been more wrong when he considered Sandy Grimes a dumb broad. As a former CIA officer in the Agency's Clandestine Service, she and her fellow co-worker Jeanne Vertefeuille used determination and hard work to identify him as a KGB mole inside CIA. He was not only a co-worker and long-time acquaintance but someone they saw frequently in the hallways of CIA Headquarters. The women were finally able to tell the inside story of the unmasking of the CIA's most notorious mole in their remarkable book Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed which was the basis for the recent ABC Television mini-series The Assets. At this gathering, International Spy Museum executive director, Peter Earnest, who was once Ames' immediate supervisor, will lead a discussion with Grimes about how she and Vertefeuille pursued Ames until his capture. You will be one of only 7 guests at Poste for this three-course dinner.
Tickets: $450. To register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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