AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #13-14 dated 1 April 2014

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Section IV - Research Requests and Obituaries

Research Requests


Section V - Coming Educational Events

Current Calendar for Next Two Months ONLY

1 - 3 May 2014 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO 2014 3-day Symposium. Registration has opened here. Hotel registration currently available at this link.

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

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AFIO's 2014 Intelligence Symposium
Agenda and Registration Now Available Online

All speakers confirmed.

1 - 3 May 2014

GEOINT, HUMINT, SIGINT: Expanding Capabilities; Growing Challenges and Risks

Day One at the new headquarters of the
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Agenda is <here.
The Agenda was updated on 1 April 2014
There will be occasional updates so check again every ten days.

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You will hear and meet...

� Letitia Long, NGA Director; turned GEOINT into crucial player in most intelligence and CT operations;
� Michael Sulick, former Director, CIA's National Clandestine Service, Intelligence Historian;
� John J. Hamre, President CSIS, former Deputy Secretary of Defense;
� Michael Warner, Historian, DoD and CIA;
� James Hughes, CIA Mideast Expert;
� Paul R. Pillar, former senior CIA analyst, on Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform
� Kai Bird, Mideast Expert, author of The CIA in Beirut;
� Stewart Baker, former NSA & DHS legal expert on privacy and intel issues;
� John Bennett, former Director, CIA's National Clandestine Service;
� Spike Bowman, former NSA, NCIX/DNI, FBI, privacy and intel legal issues;
� David Ignatius, author, journalist Washington Post; the media view of privacy sensitivities;
� John Sano, former Deputy Director, National Clandestine Service, CIA;
� David Major, former FBI/National Security Council; Eyes-open expert on dangers the U.S. faces.
and banquet speaker: Dr. John M. Poindexter, ADM, USN(Ret), visionary, brave lightning rod, and heralded pioneer in digital, real-time security who showed how to connect-the-dots; a leader in protecting privacy in a data-driven society; the architect of Big Data systems that sent terrorists running for cover and to their lawyers and front groups to circumvent the new capabilities.

Day One of the Event [at NGA] is open to U.S. citizens only. Days Two and Three are open to all members, subscribers, and guests.
All three days will be conducted at UNCLASSIFIED level.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102, Phone: 1-888-233-9527

Use the following link: to enter a hotel reservation at the discounted $109/nite rate.

If there is any difficulty getting the AFIO $109/night rate, at the hotel ask for Kristina Dorough at 703-738-3114 M - F 7am - 5pm EST
We do NOT recommend calling the national reservation lines but suggest calling the hotel at the above number to get the special event rate now.


House Intel Chief to Retire Next Year. Rep. Mike Rogers will serve out the rest of his term as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. But after 2014, he says he will pursue a new career in talk radio.

Rep. Mike Rogers, the powerful Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, will not seek re-election to Congress after his term expires this year.

Rogers made the announcement Friday on the Detroit, Michigan radio station, WJR. In an interview he said he would pursue a new career after his term expires in 2015 as a radio talk show host with Cumulus Media, the second largest owner and operator of AM and FM radio stations in the United States.

Last night, The Hill reported and then withdrew its report that Rogers would be stepping down as early as Friday. [Read more: Lake/TheDailyBeast/28March2014]

Russian Government Officials Dump iPads Over Spying Fears. Russian government officials have swapped their iPads for Samsung tablets to ensure tighter security, the telecoms minister told news agencies on Wednesday.

Journalists spotted that ministers at a cabinet meeting were no longer using Apple tablets, and minister Nikolai Nikiforov confirmed the changeover "took place not so long ago."

He said the ministers' new Samsungs were "specially protected devices that can be used to work with confidential information."

"Some of the information at government meetings is confidential in nature and these devices fully meet these demands and have gone through the strictest system of certification." [Read more: AgenceFrancePresse/26March2014]

New Questions About Ex-CIA Director's Benghazi Claims Ahead of Testimony. New allegations are raising additional questions about former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell's involvement in crafting the administration's flawed narrative on the Benghazi attack, ahead of his scheduled testimony next week on Capitol Hill. 

Morell is set to testify publicly for the first time on Wednesday about his role in crafting the controversial Benghazi "talking points," which initially blamed a protest for the deadly attack. 

The former acting director, and deputy director, was called to testify to explain potentially conflicting testimony he gave Congress about the talking points and the administration's role. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers told reporters this week - before news of his retirement was made public - that the rare, open session should "allow Mr. Morell to answer the questions that we know many people have about what he knew and when he knew it." 

But another detail is raising questions. According to a source with first-hand knowledge of events, during a secure video conference call two days after the Sept. 11, 2012 attack, Morell told the team in Libya that there was intelligence a demonstration preceded the assault. With that statement, Morell apparently dismissed the reporting of U.S. personnel on the ground, including the CIA's top officer, known as the chief of station. [Read more: Herridge/FoxNews/28March2014]

NIU Expands Graduate Intelligence Offerings to Quantico. National Intelligence University President Dr. David Ellison announced that the university will begin offering graduate courses in Quantico, Va., this fall. NIU, in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, will offer the Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence degree program as part of the new NIU Quantico Academic Center located at the FBI Academy.

"Intelligence education is a key component of our primary mission to prepare future leaders," said Ellison. "By partnering with other members of the community, we are making intelligence education more accessible. NIU faculty, augmented by Quantico-based subject matter experts, will use existing classrooms to deliver NIU degree and certificate programs. This initiative represents a cost-effective model for expanding professional development opportunities during a time of severe fiscal constraints."

Beginning in August, this new academic center will provide part-time graduate study for military and federal civilian intelligence professionals living or working in the Quantico region. [Read more:]

National Security Experts: iScotland May Not Need Its Own Security Force and Intelligence Agency. An independent Scotland would be unable to afford its own security and intelligence agency but it may not need one, according to national security experts.

Scotland would face "significant resourcing, capability and legislative hurdles" to replace the security currently provided by MI5, MI6 and GCHQ as part of the UK, a report by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) said.

But the terror threats to an independent Scotland would be "less severe" meaning a full security service may be unnecessary, the report by RUSI director of national security and resilience Charlie Edwards said.

Scotland should consider an expanded intelligence division within Police Scotland rather than the �206 million security and intelligence agency envisaged in the Scottish Government's White Paper on independence. [Read more: HeraldScotland/31March2014]

Norwegian Intelligence Agency Lifts the Veil. Norway's national military intelligence service (NIS, or Etteretningstjenesten) will be more open about its staff, operations and intelligence gathering, promises NIS Chief Kjell Grandhagen. The move towards more openness aims to reassure Norwegians that the service is not monitoring their every move in an era of explosive whistleblower spying allegations.

"There is no longer any credibility in answering �no comment' to every question," Grandhagen told newspaper Aftenposten. "I see that what's in the public sphere has created the impression that the NIS (mostly called E-tjenesten in Norway) constitutes a threat against normal people and their private lives. I guess I'm the one in Norway who knows the phenomenon of international intelligence best. I can say that this fear is unfounded."

Grandhagen said he's concerned with the other organizations that pose a threat to citizens. "Commercial players, criminals, and there are hacker groups," he explained. "Foreign intelligence services, whether they come from Norway or the USA or China, have one purpose: threats to their national security. I have no interest, no capacity and no ability to interest myself in normal peoples' comings and goings, what communication they have with others, what information they're sitting on." [Read more: Woodgate/NewsinEnglish/27March2014]

Son of Cuba's Top Intelligence Officer Asks for U.S. Asylum. The son of Cuban Interior Minister Abelardo Colom� Ibarra, one of the island's most powerful and feared figures, has defected and joined the long list of relatives of top government officials now living in South Florida, according to a Miami blog.

Josu� Colom� V�zquez crossed from Mexico to Texas and arrived in Miami one month ago, according to the list published by Cuba al Descubierto - Cuba Uncovered - a blog that focuses on sensitive information about the island and its ruling class.

His Facebook page includes recent photos showing him in a bathing suit on Miami Beach and in a gym, his new car, two pairs of fancy sneakers, a lobster dinner and a gathering with friends at a Hooters restaurant.

Also on the list compiled by blog editor Luis Dominguez are the sons of three senior Cuba figures - a former intelligence chief, a former top diplomat in Washington and the godfather of virtually all of Latin America's leftist guerrillas. [Read more: Tamayo/MiamiHerald/28March2014]

Intelligence Building Workshop an Indication of Interoperability During African Lion 14. During African Lion 14, the Intelligence Capacity Building Workshop was a small but significant example of multilateral cooperation and international partnerships to bolster partner-military capability and intelligence capacity across broad, professional domains.

The four-day workshop brought together U.S., Moroccan and German military professionals to strengthen proficiency in integration for intelligence operations.

"The ICBW is all about partnering with our counterparts and improving interoperability as it pertains to intelligence," said Maj. Paul Bischoff, the intelligence officer-in-charge, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

"Intelligence is one of those areas we want to be able to work with our partners; we want to share the process, find ways to work together so we can operate together," he added. [Read more: Vayavananda/]

Organizers of Cancelled Tampa Intelligence Conference Sue Insurer. The organizers of a major national intelligence conference that would have brought more than 4,000 visitors to Tampa last year are suing Lloyds of London, claiming it reneged on a cancellation insurance policy.

The 2013 GEOINT Symposium was scheduled to be held in Tampa last October, filling hotel rooms and restaurants and bringing together intelligence agency and military leaders and defense industry behemoths. It was postponed until next month because of the government shutdown.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Tampa, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation is claiming that the British insurance giant failed to live up to a policy that would "protect against loss that might result from a cancellation, curtailment, postponement, removal to alternative premises or abandonment" of the symposium.

The symposium had to be cancelled, organizers say, because military and government personnel who were key speakers and attendees were unable to travel as a result of restrictions imposed by the shutdown. [Read more: Altman/TampaTribune/26March2014]

Britain Orders Inquiry Into Muslim Brotherhood. Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an inquiry into the activities in Britain of the Muslim Brotherhood, one of the most prominent Islamic organizations, to determine in part whether it is using London as a base for planning extremist attacks following the military crackdown in Egypt, officials and news media reports said on Tuesday.

In the past, British governments have moved against smaller Islamic militant groups, but have tended to cast the Brotherhood in a different, more moderate light, particularly after Mohamed Morsi was elected Egypt's president in 2012. Mr. Morsi was overthrown last year by the military and Egypt, like Saudi Arabia, has since declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Cameron, speaking in return for anonymity under departmental rules, said the Brotherhood "has risen in prominence in recent years but our understanding of the organization - its philosophy and values - has not kept pace with this."

"Given the concerns now being expressed about the group and its alleged links to violent extremism, it's absolutely right and prudent that we get a better handle of what the Brotherhood stands for, how they intend to achieve their aims and what that means for Britain," the spokeswoman said. [Read more: Cowell/NewYorkTimes/1April2014]


AFIO Member Inducted Into Journalism Hall of Fame: William Hamilton. William A. Hamilton of Granby, CO, will be among nine outstanding journalists honored during the 44th Anniversary Celebration of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame Thursday, April 24 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

Hamilton, a Pauls Valley native, began his journalism career as a paperboy for the Anadarko Daily News.

A Master Parachutist, he served 20 years as an infantry officer, including two tours in Vietnam, earning the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, 20 Air Medals, four Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.

He served as editor-in-chief of the Lincoln (NE) Capital Times. For 25 years, along with his syndicated newspaper column, he was a featured commentator for USA Today. He has also been a guest commentator on PBS NewsHour, and CNN.

The author of award-winning articles on military and aviation subjects, he, and his wife, Penny, are the authors of four spy novels. He is a member of the Oklahoma Army ROTC Wall of Fame and the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame. [Read more: StateAviationJournal/April2014]

Postcard from... Berlin. A history involving surveillance by Hitler's Gestapo and the communist Stasi secret police means that most Germans are unusually sensitive about spying. Berlin was outraged by disclosures last year that Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone was being bugged by the US National Security Agency. But even the Germans have to spy. Yesterday, the first 170 of 4,000 spooks moved into a new 912m (�755m) Berlin headquarters of Germany's main intelligence service, the BND. 

The concrete and glass monster covers an area equivalent to 35 football pitches in the centre of the capital and replaces the current BND HQ at Pullach, near Munich. The BND's spymasters say the new centre is needed to bring the intelligence services back to the centre of power. But critics claim it is a huge waste of taxpayers' money and that planning blunders and rows with contractors have nearly doubled the original estimated costs.

"The complex is not only huge and ugly, it is also massively expensive," said Berlin's Green Party MP Christian Str�bele. More galling for the BND's detractors perhaps, is that - irrespective of the Merkel phone debacle - Germany's intelligence services have pledged to continue working with the despised NSA. [Read more: Win/TheIndependent/1April2014]

Cyberattacks: Too Much How, Not Enough Why. Legislators, executive branch agencies and industry pay too much attention to the mechanics of cyberattacks and not enough to why the attacks occur, according to a report by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.

The nonprofit, public/private INSA's March publication "Strategic Cyber Intelligence" states that national security and intelligence communities need to identify the broader goals and perspective on cyberattacks to properly allocate resources and counter assaults.

INSA seeks to recognize and promote standards in the national security and intelligence communities. Its members include current and former high-ranking intelligence, military and government leaders, analysts, and experts from industry and academia.

Tactics dominate the discussion of cybersecurity, the reports states. The tactical focus is apparent in the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which defines cyber intelligence as "information in the possession of an element of the intelligence community directly pertaining to a vulnerability of, or threat to, a system or network of a government or private entity including information pertaining to the protection of a network or system." [Read more: Rockwell/FCW/31March2014]

Ukraine's Spy Dolphins Switch Allegiance to Russia. Russian forces completed their take over of the Ukrainian navy's assets in Crimea with the storming of the minesweeper Cherkessy.

The Ukrainian navy has been reduced to only 10 vessels, with the other 51 it held at the beginning of this month, including its only submarine, now flying the Russian flag. 

But of all the Ukrainian military assets Russia has seized during the annexation, none is quite as unusual as the combat dolphin program.

The Soviet Union began training dolphins and other marine mammals to locate mines, mark underwater and obstacles and detect - and if necessary kill - enemy frogmen in the 1960s. 

The program is shrouded in myth, but the mammals are believed to have been trained to kill frogmen with special harpoons or knives fitted to their backs, or drag them to the surface to be captured. [Read more: Oliphant/TheTelegraph/26March2014]

"The Changing Face of American Intelligence" - a presentation at The Institute of World Politics by S. Eugene Poteat, President of AFIO, on 29 March 2014. 

The video runs approximately 1 hour.

Theme covered: 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.


How to Win Cold War 2.0: To Beat Vladimir Putin, We're Going to Have to Be a Little More Like Him. The last two weeks have witnessed the upending of the European order and the close of the post-Cold War era. With his invasion of Crimea and the instant absorption of the strategic peninsula, Vladimir Putin has shown that he will not play by the West's rules. The 'end of history" is at an end - we're now seeing the onset of Cold War 2.0.

What's on the Kremlin's mind was made clear by Putin's fire-breathing speech to the Duma announcing the annexation of Crimea, which blended retrograde Russian nationalism with a generous helping of messianism on behalf of his fellow Slavs, alongside the KGB-speak that Putin is so fond of. If you enjoy mystical references to Orthodox saints of two millennia past accompanied by warnings about a Western fifth column and "national traitors," this was the speech for you.

Putin confirmed the worst fears of Ukrainians who think they should have their own country. But his ambitions go well beyond Ukraine: By explicitly linking Russian ethnicity with membership in the Russian Federation, Putin has challenged the post-Soviet order writ large.

For years, I studied Russia as a counterintelligence officer for the National Security Agency, and at times I feel like I'm seeing history in reverse. The Kremlin is a fiercely revisionist power, seeking to change the status quo by various forms of force. This will soon involve NATO members in the Baltics directly, as well as Poland and Romania indirectly. Longstanding Russian acumen in what I term Special War, an amalgam of espionage, subversion and terrorism by spies and special operatives, is already known to Russia's neighbors and can be expected to increase.

In truth, Putin set Russia on a course for Cold War 2.0 as far back as 2007, and perhaps earlier; Western counterintelligence noted major upswings in aggressive Russian espionage and subversion against NATO members as far back as 2006.The brief Georgia War of August 2008, which made clear that the Kremlin was perfectly comfortable with using force in the post-Soviet space, ought to have served as a bigger wake-up call for the West. [Read more: Schindler/Politico/25March2014]

Support the CIA, Don't Kick It. Editor's note: The following was written by Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking intelligence officer ever to defect to America during the entire Cold War. After dramatically breaking with communism in 1978, he spent years helping the CIA and other Western intel agencies understand and better deal with the Soviet Union. Last year, WND Books published Pacepa's blockbuster book, Disinformation, co-authored with historian Ronald Rychlak.

Moscow state television recently announced that Russia could turn the U.S. into "radioactive ash."

That March 17 pronouncement was not an empty threat. During the Cold War, the KGB was a state within a state, and killed 94 million people within the Soviet empire alone. Now that same KGB, under new names, is sitting in the Kremlin itself, and is transforming Russia into a KGB dictatorship. Over 6,000 former KGB officers are running Russia's federal and local governments, and managing its nuclear arsenal - which is now larger than America's.

However, instead of focusing on the threat from Russia, some senior members of the U.S. Senate have seen fit to launch public attacks on the CIA, the main foreign intelligence defense of our country. The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, accused the CIA of lying to Congress, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid demanded that the CIA be investigated.

To me, this is "d�j� vu all over again." [Read more: Pacepa/WND/30March2014]

Peace, Patriotism, and Pollard. Along with Ames and Hanssen, Jonathan Pollard is in his own very special category of treason.

Having sworn an oath to the United States, Pollard betrayed that trust with energetic glee. In return, Israel ensured that the American intelligence officer was handsomely rewarded for his crimes. Pollard's efforts continued without hesitation, until the day he was finally caught, in 1985.

Since then, pursuing Pollard's release from prison has been a unifying cause for Israeli society. In tune with public sentiment, successive Israeli governments have spent many years petitioning successive American presidents to "do the right thing." Those presidents have always said no. But now, it seems, that might change.

Yesterday, reports surfaced that suggest President Obama is considering releasing Pollard in exchange for Israeli concessions to the Palestinians. That must not happen.

First, let's be clear about something. [Read more: Rogan/NationalReview/1April2014]

Section IV - Research Requests and Obituaries

Research Requests
 [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.]

Research Request: Seeks to Interview former US Intel Officers Serving in Italy 1960-70.

Dear members of the AFIO,
I am a PhD candidate in the Princeton University Politics Department and I am writing a dissertation on intelligence-policy relations. One of my case studies is Italian intelligence in the 1960s and 1970s. After conducting archival research in Rome, London and Washington on this topic, I think that my research would benefit from the conduct of a series of interviews of former US intelligence officers who worked in or on Italy during this time.
As you can imagine, finding these officers is a rather difficult endeavor. Some of them are unfortunately no longer with us and others may not want their names to be known. Can your association put me in touch with those who would be willing to speak to me?
I live in Washington DC so it would be relatively easy for me to come and visit your office in case you think this may be helpful.
I look forward to hearing from you, either via mail by phone.
Thanks for the time you will be willing to dedicate to this,
Matteo Faini (cell- 609-375-5624) or at


Thomas Polgar, CIA Official During the Fall of Saigon. Thomas Polgar, the last CIA station chief in Saigon during the Vietnam War, who helped direct the frantic airborne evacuation of U.S. citizens and Vietnamese leaders during the final days of the war in 1975, died March 22 at his home in Winter Park, Fla. He was 91.

His wife, Anna Polgar, confirmed the death but said she did not know the exact cause.

Mr. Polgar, a native Hungarian who served in a U.S. espionage agency in World War II, joined the CIA at its founding in 1947. He spent years working in Europe and Latin America before going to Saigon in 1972 to take over what was the largest CIA station in the world.

"He was a legend in the institution," Jack Devine a former CIA station chief, said in an interview. "If you would look at him, he's the last guy you would think was in the spy business."

Balding and bespectacled, with a noticeable Hungarian accent, Mr. Polgar exhibited few trappings of power and often commuted to work on his bicycle. Nonetheless, he had ready access to the highest levels of the CIA, White House and Pentagon and often attended meetings with President Richard M. Nixon and Henry A. Kissinger, the national security adviser and later secretary of state.

When Mr. Polgar took over the Saigon station, the CIA director was Richard Helms, an old friend from the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. "If somebody were to assign Tom Polgar to go after me," Helms said in 1988, "I would really be worried about it. He gets his man."

In Vietnam, Mr. Polgar had command over a network of 550 CIA officers, including 200 who worked undercover, according to journalist Tim Weiner's 2008 CIA history, Legacy of Ashes. [Read more: Schudel/WashingtonPost/1April2014]

James R. Schlesinger, CIA Chief and Cabinet Member. James R. Schlesinger, a Republican economist who advanced rapidly to some of the highest positions of government power in the 1970s but whose abrasive leadership style led to conflicts with presidents, bureaucrats and the American public, died March 27 at a hospital in Baltimore. He was 85.

The cause was complications from pneumonia, said his daughter Ann Schlesinger. He was an Arlington resident. 

Mr. Schlesinger specialized in the economics of national security, which helped propel his rise during the Cold War from academia to influential jobs in the federal government, including CIA director, secretary of defense and the nation's first secretary of energy.

He gained a reputation as someone willing to cut jobs and implement unpopular policies with little regard for what other people thought of him. In 1969, Mr. Schlesinger joined the Nixon White House staff as deputy director of the Bureau of the Budget, where he overcame Pentagon opposition to cut $6 billion from the defense budget during the Vietnam War. Impressed, Nixon named him chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, which ran the nuclear weapons complex and regulated the nuclear power industry.

After Nixon won reelection in 1972, he effectively fired CIA Director Richard Helms after the two clashed over Helms's refusal to impede the FBI investigation into the Watergate break-in, the botched political operation that ultimately led to the president's resignation. [Read more: Smith/WashingtonPost/27March2014]

Section V - Coming Events


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

Saturday, 5 April 2014 - Shepherdstown, WV - Society for History in the Federal Government [SHFG] 2014 Annual Meeting

This multi-day event features a special panel on 5 April of interest to AFIO members.
The panel runs 2:00 - 3:30 PM on Saturday, April 5, with the title "The Dueling Loyalties of Cold War Era Spies of the U.S. Government and the Soviet Union."
Panel Chair, Katherine Sibley, Saint Joseph's University.
Panelists: David Chambers, Independent Historian, "Whittaker Chambers and the Global Network of Great Illegals, 1932-1935";
Jason Roberts, Quincy College, "An Examination of the Rosenberg Grand Jury Transcripts";
John Fox, Historian, Federal Bureau of Investigation, "The FBI's Eyes on the Communist World: Morris Childs, Cold War Intelligence and the Sino-Soviet Spilt"; and
Veronica Wilson, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, "To Tell All My People": Race, Representation, and African-American FBI Informant Julia Brown.
Full program for 4-5 April is here.

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 - or 646-717-3776

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 11:30am - 2pm - Tampa, FL - The AFIO Florida Suncoast Chapter hears Col Michael Hill on USSOCOM's History and Background

Colonel Michael S. Hill is the Deputy Director, Communications Systems, J6/CIO, for Headquarters United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL. He is responsible for developing USSOCOM's Information Technology (IT) strategy as well as executing the Command's C4 acquisition program. He is also responsible for operating and maintaining USSOCOM's global network providing support to more than 56,000 special operations personnel.
COL Hill will brief us on USSOCOM history and background, strategic context, the commander's priorities, and how the J6 Communications Systems Directorate provides support in achieving the Commander's Vision and the SOCOM Mission. He will close with the challenges facing USSOCOM and its current priorities.
The meeting will be held at the Surf's Edge Club at MacDill AFB, with the program beginning at noon. Advance reservations are required by Wednesday, April 2, and the luncheon cost is $20. Please contact the Chapter Secretary, Michael Shapiro at for further information or to make reservations.

8 April 2014, 4:30pm - Washington, DC - Dr. Nowaczyk discusses "Poland's Smolensk Crash: A Status Report" at the Institute of World Politics

As the fourth anniversary of the Smolensk Plane Crash--which killed the Polish president and 95 other members of Poland's political and military elite in suspicious circumstances--approaches, Dr. Kazimierz Nowaczyk will deliver a lecture on the current state of our knowledge about the circumstances of the air disaster.
Dr. Kazimierz Nowaczyk will present the results of studies by experts from several countries-including the US, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Denmark, Germany, Poland and Russia-who collaborated over the last three years with the Polish Parliamentary Committee to Investigate the Crash of the presidential Tupolev-154M in Smolensk, Russia on April 10, 2010. Dr. Nowaczyk's presentation will focus on the official Russian report, issued by the Interstate Aviation Committee (Russian MAK), which was put in charge of investigating the crash by an executive decision of the National Investigation Committee headed by Vladimir Putin himself.
The analysis will concentrate on the actions of the Russian air traffic controllers, the recorded data of the final seconds of the flight, and the immediate activities of the rescue services and official forces responsible for securing the crash site.
Dr. Kazimierz Nowaczyk received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Gdańsk, Poland. In the early 1990s, he began working for the Center for Fluorescence Spectroscopy at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. His scientific research has focused on fluorescence and phosphorescence of biological systems, image processing, and statistical data analysis. In 2011, he began cooperating with the Polish Parliamentary Committee for the Investigation of the 2010 Smolensk Air Disaster. He coordinates the research of a group of experts from many countries who investigate the causes of the Smolensk Crash
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
REGISTER HERE. Parking map is here.

Tuesday, 8 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

Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 11am - 1pm - Albuquerque, NM - AFIO New Mexico hears from Tom Dyble on ABLE ARCHER and the 1983 Soviet War Scare

ABLE ARCHER vs. Operation RYaN: Cold War in Crisis by Tom Dyble, AFIO member
Soon after Ronald Reagan became President in January 1981, KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov initiated a joint KGB/GRU program, called Operation RYaN, to collect indicators of US and NATO preparations for nuclear war. By 1983 Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev had died and been replaced by Andropov who quickly intensified the monitoring of nuclear attack indicators. In the fall of 1983, a NATO troop reinforcement exercise, AUTUMN FORGE 83 culminated in ABLE ARCHER 83, a command post exercise which simulated the authorization for the use of nuclear weapons. While ABLE ARCHER was an annual exercise, in 1983 NATO was in the process of deploying Pershing II intermediate range missiles which would reduce the flight time of nuclear weapons to Moscow to less than 10 minutes. Soviet leaders feared that US and NATO were preparing for a nuclear first-strike. This talk will present the astonishing series of events which led to the crisis and its abrupt ending.
Tom Dyble is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University with degrees in Chemical Engineering. After graduate school, he entered the United States Air Force and retired after 22 years in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His first and last duty assignments were with the Air Force laboratory at Kirtland AFB. In between he had general staff assignments in Washington DC which coincided with the presidency of Ronald Reagan. While not directly encountering ABLE ARCHER, he was exposed to the many events contributing to this Cold War crisis.
WHERE: The Egg & I, at 6909 Menaul Blvd NE (just East of Louisiana).
Sign in and order lunch 1100 Hrs - Call to Order NLT 1130 Hrs - Adjourn 1300
RSVP to B.E. Pete Bostwick, Jr., President, Tom Smith New Mexico Chapter,

Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO Arizona Chapter hosts Professor Gregg Zachary, on the role of Vannevar Bush and the Manhattan Project

Guest Speaker: Gregg Zachary, Professor of Practice.
Title: The Role of Vannevar Bush as presidential science adviser in WWI, overall director of the Manhattan Project and much more...
World War II transformed the way Americans applied science and technology tothe problems of war, military planning and national security. Vannevar Bush (1890-1974) was at the center of this revolution of arms, knowledge and men. In a wide-ranging introduction to Bush's life and times, Gregg Pascal Zachary, a professor of practice at ASU, will examine Bush's role as presidential science adviser in WWII and overall director of the Manhattan
Project and all military R&D, including research done by his "Division 19" for the OSS.
G. Pascal Zachary is a professor of practice at Arizona State University. Zachary covered Silicon Valley for The Wall Street Journal in the 1990s and reported from 50 countries as a correspondent for the Journal from 1989-2002. Of Zachary's four books, one was Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century (1997), which won the IEEE Literary Award.
Location: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 - Phone 480.948.0260. RSVP no later than 72 hours ahead of time.
If you do not show up for the lunch meeting and have not cancelled 48 hours prior, please send your check to Simone - you will be charged for the lunch. Meeting fees are as follows: $20 for AFIO AZ Member; $22 for Non-Members.
For reservations or questions, please email Simone: or
To call, please leave a message on 602.570.6016.

Wednesday, 9 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, 9 April 2014, 6 pm - Las Vegas, NV - Gaetano Benza talks of Operation Fortitude/D-Day at AFIO Las Vegas Chapter Meeting.

The AFIO Roger E. McCarthy, Las Vegas Chapter hosts Mr. Gaetano Benza. On Tuesday, June 6, 1944, World War II and the Normandy invasion began with the overnight parachute and glider landings of massive attacks and naval bombardment; and U.S. Army Private, Gaetano Benza was there! With a few weeks of new tactics and training leading up to the invasion, the Allied forces conducted a deception operation, Operation Fortitude, aimed at misleading the Germans with respect to the date and place of invasion.

In the early morning, amphibious landing on five beaches, (code names) June, Gold, Omaha, Utah and Sword began and during the evening the remaining elements of the parachute divisions landed. Only ten days of each month were suitable for launching this operation and a day near full moon was needed both for illumination during the hours of darkness and for spring tides. All landings had to be scheduled for low tide entry.

Operation Neptune, which was the assault phase, began on D-day, June 6, 1944 and ended on June 30, 1944. By this time, the Allied Forces had established a firm foothold in Normandy. The Supreme Allied Commander was General Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Deputy Supreme Commander was Arthur Teddy. Also present was General Bernard Montgomery, 21st Army Group and Ground Forces Commander in Chief; Trafford Leigh-Mallory, Air Commander in Chief; Bertram Ramsay, Naval Commander in Chief; and General Omar Bradley, U.S. First Army.

Presenter: Mr. Gaetano Benza was born in New York, New York on March 7, 1925. After his military career, he worked for many years as a barber at Nellis AFB where patrons were regaled with stories of his past.

Location: The Officers' Club at Nellis AFB, at intersection Craig Rd & Las Vegas Blvd. All guests must use the MAIN GATE. Address: 5871 Fitzgerald Blvd., Nellis AFB, NV 9191; Phone: 702-644-2582

Nellis Air Force Base Access: If you have provided your name, date of birth and either a drivers' license number or a social security number, your name will be at the guarded main gate at the entrance of Nellis Air Force Base. If not, please provide this information to me by Tuesday, April 1, 2014, or you will not be admitted on base. If you currently have adequate base access, you do not need to provide this information.

QUESTIONS / REGISTRATIONS?: Email Mary Bentley at or call 702-295-0417. (Guest names must be submitted along with their birth date by 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2014). Please join us at 5 p.m. in the "Robin's Roost" bar area for liaison and beverages.

Wednesday, 9 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

Thursday, 10 April 2014, 7pm - Mission Viejo, CA - Former CIA case officer Bob Baer speaks on International Relations, Espionage, and Foreign Policy at the AFIO Orange County California Chapter.

Robert Booker "Bob" Baer is an American author and a former CIA case officer who was primarily assigned to the Middle East. He is currently's intelligence columnist and has contributed to Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Baer is a frequent commentator and author about issues related to international relations, espionage and U.S. foreign policy. He was born on July 1, 1952 in Aspen, Colorado, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for his novels and the movies Syriana (2005), Car Bomb (2008) and Cult of the Suicide Bomber 2 (2006).
Event Location: Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA
Directions to the meeting: From Interstate 5 in Mission Viejo: Exit at La Paz and head West toward the mountains, Go 1.6 miles on La Paz and turn left at light on Veterans Way (It's named Pacific Hills if you turned right), Go about 0.2 miles to end of Veterans Way and it dead ends into the Mission Viejo Community Center Parking Lot. Go to the front desk and they will direct you to our meeting room.

Please RSVP and send your email responses and telephone responses directly to me at my personal email:, or cell phone: 954-298-5442.

Friday, 18 April 2014, noon - San Diego, CA - AFIO San Diego Chapter to hold meeting on Domestic Cyber Threats.

We will have a very engaging, DOD offensive cyber expert as a speaker on domestic cyber threats. Please let me know if you have any questions, and if you plan (at least tentatively) on attending.
Replies to Alex Carrillo, AFIO San Diego Chapter President, or call (858) 531-7433.
Exact location TBD.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 6:30 - 9:30pm - Washington, DC - Spy School Workshop: Surveillance 101 with Eric O'Neil, 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.

1 - 3 May 2014 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO 2014 Intelligence Symposium.


AFIO 2014 Intelligence Symposium

Agenda and Registration Now Available Online
All speakers are confirmed.

1 - 3 May 2014

GEOINT, HUMINT, SIGINT: Expanding Capabilities; Growing Challenges and Risks

Day One at the new headquarters of the
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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You will hear/meet...

� Letitia Long, NGA Director; turned GEOINT into crucial player in most intelligence and CT operations;
� Michael Sulick, former Director, CIA's National Clandestine Service, Intelligence Historian;
� John J. Hamre, President CSIS, former Deputy Secretary of Defense;
� Michael Warner, Historian, DoD and CIA;
� James Hughes, CIA Mideast Expert;
� Paul R. Pillar, former senior CIA analyst, on Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform
� Kai Bird, Mideast Expert, author of The CIA in Beirut;
� Stewart Baker, former NSA & DHS legal expert on privacy and intel issues;
� John Bennett, former Director, CIA's National Clandestine Service;
� Spike Bowman, former NSA, NCIX/DNI, FBI, privacy and intel legal issues;
� David Ignatius, author, journalist Washington Post; the media view of privacy sensitivities;
� John Sano, former Deputy Director, National Clandestine Service, CIA;
� David Major, former FBI/National Security Council; Eyes-open expert on dangers the U.S. faces.
and banquet speaker: Dr. John M. Poindexter, ADM, USN(Ret), visionary, brave lightning rod, and heralded pioneer in digital, real-time security who showed how to connect-the-dots; a leader in protecting privacy in a data-driven society; the architect of Big Data systems that sent terrorists running for cover and to their lawyers and front groups to circumvent the new capabilities.

Day One of the Event [at NGA] is open to U.S. citizens only. Days Two and Three are open to all members, subscribers, and guests.
All three days will be conducted at UNCLASSIFIED level.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102, Phone: 1-888-233-9527

Use the following link: to enter a hotel reservation at the discounted $109/nite rate.

If there is any difficulty getting the AFIO $109/night rate, at the hotel ask for Kristina Dorough at 703-738-3114 M - F 7am - 5pm EST
We do NOT recommend calling the national reservation lines but suggest calling the hotel at the above number to get the special event rate.

Saturday, 10 May 2014, noon - 2 - Indian Harbor Beach, FL - The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Dick Kerr discussing Robert Gates' book: Duty.

CIA veteran Dick Kerr will discuss Robert Gates' book Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. The meeting will convene at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbor Beach, FL. For information and reservations, please contact Barbara Keith,, or 321 777 5561.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014, 6 - 9 pm - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO AZ Chapter's 2nd Annual James Bond 007 Black Tie Event

AFIO's Arizona Chapter's scholarship fundraiser helps support the students of the defense and security studies at ASU.
Attire: Black Tie Optional
EVENT: Shaken not Stirred Martini Bar, Sit down dinner with hosts at each table representing the CIA Clandestine Service, FBI, Military Intelligence, and Law Enforcement Intelligence who will share war stories and answer questions; Bond Girls; live entertainment and dancing; Aston Martin (minus Machine Guns); Charitable fundraising auction of intelligence & spy paraphernalia; related art objects.
Tickets: $62.50 per person; $125 per couple until April 30
$75 per person; $150 per couple May 1 to May 11.
RSVP: Send check to: AFIO AZ 8614 E Appaloosa Trail, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. Select Chicken Provencal or Poached Salmon, and indicate full name of each guest.

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

Thursday, 12 June 2014 - CIA Technology Exposition - CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA 

Hosted by the Office of the CIO, the CIA Technology Expo returns to the CIA Original Headquarters this June! This exclusive event is one of the very few opportunities to showcase your products and services inside the walls of the CIA. This is a great opportunity to network with CIO personnel as well as over 1,000 other CIA personnel. Over 100 applications will be collected but only 55 will be hand-selected by CIA to exhibit.
The CIA Technology Council will review all applications, make selections, and notify NCSI of accepted exhibitors. Please keep your answers concise and explain exactly the products and services you have to offer the CIA. The application process is free, you will only be charged if you are selected to exhibit!
In order to ensure that your application is processed, please complete both the 2014 Tech Expo Contract and the CIA Application. All applications must be received by 12:00 PM EST on April 4, 2014! All responses must be typed including electronic signatures and sent electronically. 
Please contact your NCSI sales representative at 443-561-2400 for application and contract forms and additional information.

27 June 2014 - Los Angeles, CA - AFIO Los Angeles hears from Dr. Erik Nemeth on "Cultural Intelligence in International Affairs and Foreign Policy."

Dr. Erik Nemeth from the RAND Corporation will be the guest speaker for the June 27, 2014 meeting. Dr. Nemeth will present "Cultural Intelligence in International Affairs & Foreign Policy" - The politics of historical & cultural property and the intelligence gathering to assess the political significance of looting and repatriation of cultural property. Please RSVP for attendance:

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