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AFIO Members are invited, at no cost, to a Joint Event
21 - 22 April 2014 - Carlisle, Pennsylvania
No Fee to Attend
Tuesday, 22 April at the Army War College Heritage Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA –– 9 am registration/coffee; 9:30 am to 11:30 am: PANEL TWO on "Analyzing the Warsaw Pact Forces;"
All speakers confirmed.
1 - 3 May 2014
GEOINT, HUMINT, SIGINT: Expanding Capabilities; Growing Challenges and Risks
Day One at the new headquarters of the
Agenda is <here.
You will hear and meet...
• Letitia Long, NGA Director; turned GEOINT into crucial player in most intelligence and CT operations;
Day One of the Event [at NGA] is open to U.S.
citizens only. Days Two and Three are open to all members, subscribers,
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Former CIA Chief: Freeing Convicted Israeli Spy Pollard Would Be 'Act of Desperation'. With Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on the brink, the Obama administration reportedly is considering the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard as a way to keep the two sides at the table, but the former head of the CIA said Sunday such a move would be disastrous.
Gen. Michael Hayden, former chief of both the CIA and NSA, said the release of Pollard - now serving a life sentence at a federal prison in North Carolina for selling secrets to Israel in the 1980s - would show the White House is desperate to make progress on Israeli-Palestinian peace.
"I don't think it's a good idea just to keep some people at the table, which apparently was the purpose of this offer," he said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. "It's almost a sign of desperation, that you throw this into the pot in order to keep the Israelis talking with the Palestinians."
The prospect of Pollard's release represents U.S. leverage to keep Israel at the table, but Mr. Hayden argued it would send the message that you can sell or steal America's intelligence secrets and get away with it. [Read more: Wolfgang/WashingtonTimes/6April2014]
CIA Official Dies in Apparent Suicide. A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA.
CIA spokesman Christopher White confirmed the death and said the incident did not take place at CIA headquarters in McLean, Va.
"We can confirm that there was an individual fatally injured at a facility where agency work is done," White told the Washington Free Beacon. "He was rushed to a local area hospital where he subsequently died. Due to privacy reasons and out of respect for the family, we are not releasing additional information at this time."
A source close to the agency said the man who died was a middle manager and the incident occurred after the man jumped from the fifth floor of a building in Fairfax County. [Read more: Gertz/WashingtonFreeBeacon/4April2014]
Hackers Steal $1.5 Million in Printer Ink From FBI, EPA, GSA. Hackers were able to steal $1.5 million worth of printer cartridges from the FBI, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the General Services Administration (GSA) by placing fraudulent contract orders.
Federal News Radio reports: The General Services Administration's schedules program has been victimized by spear phishing attacks, costing vendors more than $1.5 million. And law enforcement officials say it's increasing.
GSA alerted Schedule 70 and 75 vendors Wednesday that since July 2012 the FBI, the Environmental Protection Agency and GSA inspectors general have been investigating a series of fraudulent orders placed online to GSA vendors from criminals posing as federal contracting officials, according to an email to Schedule-70 and 75 vendors, which Federal News Radio obtained. [Read more: WashingtonFreeBeacon/4April2014]
US Secretly Built 'Cuban Twitter' to Stir Unrest. The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter" - a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned.
The Obama administration project, which lasted more than two years and drew tens of thousands of subscribers, sought to evade Cuba's stranglehold on the Internet with a primitive social media platform. First, the network would build a Cuban audience, mostly young people; then, the plan was to push them toward dissent.
Yet its users were neither aware it was created by a U.S. agency with ties to the State Department, nor that American contractors were gathering personal data about them, in the hope that the information might be used someday for political purposes.
It is unclear whether the scheme was legal under U.S. law, which requires written authorization of covert action by the president and congressional notification. Officials at the USAID would not say who had approved the program or whether the White House was aware of it. The Cuban government declined a request for comment. [Read more: AP/3April2014]
Swedish Security Service Sees Increasing Threat From Russia. Sweden's security service identified "war preparations" by neighboring Russia as the most serious threat it currently faces in a regular security assessment.
Wilhelm Unge, chief analyst at Sweden's domestic intelligence agency Säkerhetspolisen, told Swedish public radio later Monday that the situation was worrying.
"Without going into details we see increased Russian intelligence activity at the moment because of what is happening in Ukraine and in Crimea," Mr. Unge said.
He said electronic attacks had increased and that these attacks were focused on areas of society that the Swedish state needs to protect, without being more specific. [Read more: Duxbury/WallStreetJournal/8April2014]
Saudi Prince Bandar to Resume Intelligence Post. Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan will return to the kingdom within days after spending around two months abroad for surgery and retake his position as intelligence chief, including control of the Syrian dossier, said Saudi security officials late Sunday.
The Saudi officials said that during Prince Bandar's absence, Saudi Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef was put in charge of the Syrian file and of the intelligence agency.
The three security officials said the 65 year-old prince was seeking medical attention in the U.S. and resting in Morocco after surgery on his shoulder. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Bandar, who formerly served as Saudi ambassador to the U.S. for 22 years, has had special responsibility for the Levant for years, leading Saudi intelligence and strategic affairs in the region. Some analysts have speculated that Bandar has been the key figure trying to boost Saudi weapons flow to Syrian rebel forces seeking to oust President Bashar Assad's government. [Read more: AP/7April2014]
ASIO Chief David Irvine to Step Down in September. Australia's top spy is hanging up his trench coat after five unusually high-profile years fighting terrorism, cyber espionage and leaks from "trusted insiders" such as Edward Snowden.
David Irvine, 67, has told his staff at the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation that he will step down as director-general of security in September, after agreeing to work six months beyond the expiry of his contract while the Abbott government appoints his replacement, according to sources.
ASIO is considered the most important of Australia's six intelligence agencies because it is the only one authorised to monitor and investigate Australian citizens in the routine course of its business.
Its payroll has almost tripled from 600 to more than 1,700 since the start of this century, stretching the country's supply of trusted technologists and linguists.
Attorney-General George Brandis is expected to seek an outside replacement, as has been the case with each of the past four director-generals. A spokesman for Senator Brandis confirmed Mr. Irvine would retire on September 14. [Read more: Garnaut/SydneyMorningHerald/2April2014]
Director of National Intelligence Hopeful Increased Security, Audits Can Stop Leaks. "Tag the data, tag the people."
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says that's the "bumper-sticker mantra" of a key part of the intelligence community's plan to prevent another catastrophic release of information like the one former NSA contractor Edward Snowden pulled off last year. The extent of the damage revealed in the numerous programs, sources and methods Snowden farmed out to journalists and activists may not be fully known for years, according to experts.
"What we're pushing is a project called ICITE (pronounced EyeSight), which is the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise," Clapper said in an exclusive recent interview with WTOP.
He said the program started several years before Snowden's release.
"The basic idea is to have one integrated enterprise, as opposed to separate stove pipes, and to take advantage of cloud computing and the requisite security enhancements," Clapper said.
The intent of the program is to keep tabs on what data are in the intelligence community's databank, and so "we can connect that data with the people who have the appropriate bona fides to have access to the data," said Clapper. [Read more: Green/WTOP/8April2014]
Turkish Parliament to Debate New Intelligence Bill. The Turkish Parliament will debate a bill Wednesday that enhances the powers of the National Intelligence Organization, said the ruling AK Party's parliamentary group chairman, Nurettin Canikli.
The draft law was approved by a parliamentary commission in February.
It empowers the intelligence organization, or MIT, to establish direct contact with 'terrorist' organizations.
The bill also enables MIT to monitor telecommunication lines and collect data relating to 'terrorism, international crimes, and foreign intelligence.' The parliament is expected to discuss details on the proposed monitoring activity.
In addition, the bill grants impunity to MIT officials from prosecution if their activities were authorized by the intelligence organization. [Read more: WorldBulletin/8April2014]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
During Cold War, CIA Used 'Doctor Zhivago' as a Tool to Undermine Soviet Union. A secret package arrived at CIA headquarters in January 1958. Inside were two rolls of film from British intelligence - pictures of the pages of a Russian-language novel titled Doctor Zhivago.
The book, by poet Boris Pasternak, had been banned from publication in the Soviet Union. The British were suggesting that the CIA get copies of the novel behind the Iron Curtain. The idea immediately gained traction in Washington.
"This book has great propaganda value," a CIA memo to all branch chiefs of the agency's Soviet Russia Division stated, "not only for its intrinsic message and thought-provoking nature, but also for the circumstances of its publication: we have the opportunity to make Soviet citizens wonder what is wrong with their government, when a fine literary work by the man acknowledged to be the greatest living Russian writer is not even available in his own country in his own language for his own people to read."
The memo is one of more than 130 newly declassified CIA documents that detail the agency's secret involvement in the printing of Doctor Zhivago - an audacious plan that helped deliver the book into the hands of Soviet citizens who later passed it friend to friend, allowing it to circulate in Moscow and other cities in the Eastern Bloc. The book's publication and, later, the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Pasternak triggered one of the great cultural storms of the Cold War. [Read more: Finn&Couvée/WashingtonPost/5April2014]
So You Think You're Smarter Than a CIA Agent [sic]. The morning I met Elaine Rich, she was sitting at the kitchen table of her small town home in suburban Maryland trying to estimate refugee flows in Syria.
It wasn't the only question she was considering; there were others:
Will North Korea launch a new multistage missile before May 10, 2014?
Will Russian armed forces enter Kharkiv, Ukraine, by May 10? Rich's answers to these questions would eventually be evaluated by the intelligence community, but she didn't feel much pressure because this wasn't her full-time gig.
"I'm just a pharmacist," she said. "Nobody cares about me, nobody knows my name, I don't have a professional reputation at stake. And it's this anonymity which actually gives me freedom to make true forecasts."
Rich does make true forecasts; she is curiously good at predicting future world events. [Read more: Spiegel/NPR/2April2014] [The NPR author failed to notice that CIA Officers are not called "agents"]
AIVD Intelligence Service Warns of Spies and Terrorism in the Netherlands. Among intelligence services the AIVD are consider among the best in the world. They are the secret service of the Netherlands. Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst(AIVD), formerly known as the BVD (Binnenlandse Veiligheidsdienst - Domestic Security Service) is the General Intelligence and Security Service or The Secret Service of the Netherlands. The office is in Zoetermeer. Its predecessor was the 1945-1947 Bureau voor Nationale Veiligheid (Bureau of National Security).
In World War II the BVD or Domestic Security Service's exploits were legendary.
Today they are less well known, but none the less are highly respected.
"We can learn a lot from them", said one intelligence analyst in Charlotte, N.C. [Read more: Tilford/GroundReport/3April2014]
Rare Spy Exhibition on Display at Russian Foreign Intelligence Service in Moscow. Most people in the United States know nothing of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Agency (SVR), except what they heard in various media reports.
This is, of course by design.
As a spy agency their work is mostly secret and shrouded in mystery.
The Russian Foreign Intelligence Services (SVR) has an exhibition of very rare and unusual spy items on display to the public, dated back to the Cold War and WW2.
"It is a unique event in the history of Russian Foreign Intelligence Services (SVR)", said Sergei Ivanov who is SVR Minister, Office of Public Relations.
The exhibition of about 200 items consisting of mostly rare portraits and photographs of famous agents and "scouts," a term used to refer to intelligence operatives. [Read more: Tilford/GroundReport/3April2014]
What Happens to Captured Spies? What happens to spies once they're caught?
The question is in the news after an Israeli official involved in talks told CNN that Jonathan Pollard could be released before the Jewish holiday of Passover as part of efforts to save Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
Pollard was a U.S. intelligence agent convicted of spying for Israel.
Agents from other countries are usually traded, while American turncoats tend to get locked away. Here's a sample from the Cold War era onward. [Read more: CNN/2April2014]
Section III - COMMENTARY
I Ran the CIA Interrogation Program. No Matter What the Senate Report Says, I know It Worked. People might think it is wrong for me to condemn a report I haven't read. But since the report condemns a program I ran, I think I have justification.
On Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify and release hundreds of pages of its report on U.S. terrorist interrogation practices. Certain senators have proclaimed how devastating the findings are, saying the CIA's program was unproductive, badly managed and misleadingly sold. Unlike the committee's staff, I don't have to examine the program through a rearview mirror. I was responsible for administering it, and I know that it produced critical intelligence that helped decimate al-Qaeda and save American lives.
The committee's staff members started with a conclusion in 2009 and have chased supportive evidence ever since. They never spoke to me or other top CIA leaders involved in the program, or let us see the report. Without reviewing it, I cannot offer a detailed rebuttal. But there are things the public should consider.
The first is context. [Read more: Rodriguez/WashingtonPost/4April2014]
Intelligence: Pakistan Tries a DNI. Pakistan recently decided to form the NID (National Intelligence Directorate) in order to pool intelligence gathered by over 30 Pakistani agencies. Even many Pakistani intelligence officials are not sure how many government and military intelligence collecting organizations there are in Pakistan. An effort is under way to compile a definitive list. The NID was created because of the growing number of instances in which counter-terrorism efforts failed because vital information existed but was not known or available to the army or police. Not unusual, but there have been a growing number of cases in which vital information was available within the intelligence community but there was no easy way to connect the agency with the information with the army or police units tasked with actually doing something about the problem. The NID is supposed to solve the problem but many inside Pakistan and in intelligence agencies worldwide doubt it.
Much of this doubt comes from a failed American effort to do what NID is attempting. Back in 2004 the United States decided, for the same reasons, to create a similar agency called the DNI (Director of National Intelligence). The DNI was to control all intelligence. This promptly ran into resistance from the CIA which had, for a long time, filled the role as the "Central" Intelligence Agency. The DNI got things rolling quickly by proposing that the chief intelligence officer (the CIA "station chief") at each U.S. embassy be someone other than a CIA officer. The main alternatives proposed were someone from the DIA (the Department of Defense Intelligence Agency) or the NSA. The problem, as the CIA saw it, was that if the intelligence station chief is from NSA or DIA, the senior CIA guy there would have another layer of bureaucracy to go through, and this would slow things down. Although the DNI, technically, has the power to order this change, the CIA unofficially threatened to use its considerable influence (in Congress, the media and elsewhere) to oppose the move.
This proposal actually makes some sense. [Read more: StrategyPage/8April2014]
How to Fix the Intelligence Committees. When you look at the history of the creation of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the most revealing parts have to do with the internal jurisdictional struggles between the idea for a new committee and the existing committees with overlapping jurisdiction, such as those covering the judiciary, armed services, appropriations and foreign relations.
Each of these committees had to give up a piece of their traditional turf to charter a new committee. However, in exchange, these committees were guaranteed a seat on the respective new intelligence committee so essentially, there is an "interlocking directorate" with the other related committees. We went through a similar drill more recently with the creation of home security committees in each house.
Recall that the intelligence committees were created largely because of the Watergate scandal and the so-called Church and Pike investigating committees, which painfully documented a wide range of abuses during the 1960s by the various agencies of our intelligence community.
The new committee structure was put to the test during the early 1980s with the Iran-Contra matter. This intricate situation led - finally - to a thoughtful dialog between the White House of President George H.W. Bush and the Congress with the passage of key amendments to the National Security Act governing so-called "covert actions" - un-attributable overseas intelligence activities and operations of the CIA. [Read more: Gallington/USNews/8April2014]
Section IV - Obituaries
Jerry Roberts, 93, Code Breaker for Britain. Jerry Roberts, the last surviving member of the British code-breaking team that cracked strategic ciphers between Hitler and his top generals, helping to hasten the end of World War II, died on March 25 in Hampshire, England. He was 93.
His death was confirmed by the Bletchley Park Trust, a nonprofit group that administers the Victorian estate north of London where the British government lodged Mr. Roberts and hundreds of other code breakers during the war, among them linguists, mathematicians and puzzle masters of various backgrounds.
Mr. Roberts, a German linguist, was part of a small top-secret group assembled in 1941 to help decrypt messages picked up in radio signals between Hitler and his field marshals on the front. The team's very existence remained a secret until 2006, when the British government declassified wartime intelligence files.
By 1941, Bletchley Park cryptographers had already deciphered thousands of messages transmitted by lower-level German commanders in the field, thanks to the work of the mathematician Alan Turing, who in 1940 cracked the daunting German secret code that the British called Enigma. But they were stumped by the even more complex ciphered messages being transmitted among Hitler and the generals Erwin Rommel, Wilhelm Keitel, Gerd von Rundstedt and Alfred Jodl.
Code breakers initially called the system Fish, taking the name from a German code operator who, in an unguarded moment, had referred to the code as "sägefisch" (sawfish). Mr. Roberts and his group nicknamed it Tunny - as in tuna fish - and they were able to crack it.
Mr. Roberts eventually served as the head cryptologist for the team, which grew to more than 100. [Read more: Vitello/NYTimes/2April2014]
Section V - Coming AFIO 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To call, please leave a message on 602.570.6016.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 TIME.com'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: LarryHoldridge@gmail.com, 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)
Replies to Alex Carrillo, AFIO San Diego Chapter President, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (858) 531-7433.
Exact location TBD.
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. Theme is GEOINT, HUMINT, SIGINT: Expanding Capabilities; Growing Challenges and Risks
Day One at the new headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
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.
ay 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: http://tinyurl.com/ko6ppau 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, 3 May 2014 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts meeting
Location: Country Club of Orange Park. Questions and reservations: Quiel Begonia at email@example.com or call 352-332-6150. Cost will be $16 each, pay the Country Club at the luncheon.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: email@example.com. 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.
15 May 2014, noon - 2 pm - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO James Quesada Chapter hosts Farhad Mansourian, former officer in the Imperial Iranian Army. He will discuss the current Iranian government and intelligence related to terror structure and nuclear activities.
11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon. United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, SF (between Sloat/Wawona). RSVP required by 5/1/14 to Mariko Kawaguchi: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and mail check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-member guests $35 (must be accompanied by member).
Friday, 13 June 2014, 10:30am - 2pm - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO Summer Luncheon featuring "Good Hunting" by Jack Devine, former CIA director of operations and chief of the CIA Afghan Task Force, 1986-87.
John "Jack" J. Devine addresses his colleagues and other AFIO members at this luncheon upon the release of his book, Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story. Devine served in the CIA for more than three decades, participating in covert operations that took him from Allende's Chile through Iran-Contra and Charlie Wilson's Afghanistan to George Tenet's Iraq, eventually rising to the position of Director of the DO [today's National Clandestine Service]. This book is a master class in spying.
Early registration is
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: AFIO_LA@Yahoo.com
For Additional Events two+ months or greater....view our online Calendar of Events
Section VI - Other Upcoming Events
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 www.spymuseum.org.
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, 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 email@example.com.
10 April 2014, noon - 2 pm - Washington, DC - Returned & Services League of Australia, Washington Sub-Branch, hosts Gene Poteat speaking on Fom U-2 and Satellite Cold War Photography to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Where –Amenities Room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW,Washington, DC 20036
S. Eugene Poteat, LL.D is the president of the AFIO.
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each. Attire: Business casual.
RSVP by noon on Wednesday April 9, 2014, to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Valid photo ID required
Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.
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.
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.
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