AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #17-14 dated 29 April 2014

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV -  Upcoming AFIO Events

Section V - Other Upcoming Events

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

    • WIN CREDITS FOR THIS ISSUE: The WIN editors thank the following special contributors:  pjk and fwr.  They have contributed one or more stories used in this issue.

 

REGISTER FOR AFIO's SUMMER LUNCHEON

FRIDAY, 13 June 2014

Space is limited.
Badge Pick-up at 10:30 a.m.

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1 p.m. speaker

Jack Devine

Former CIA deputy director of operations [National Clandestine Service] and chief of the CIA Afghan Task Force, 1986-87

Thirty Years of CIA Operations.
Where the Agency is Heading Today
vs. Where it Should Be

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"Jack Devine's Good Hunting gives readers an inside look at CIA―the good and the bad― from someone who rose from the bottom of the Agency to the top, during some of its most turbulent times. There are new insights into covert operations from Chile to Afghanistan to Iran-Contra and the lessons that should be drawn from them by government leaders and the public at large. Beyond that, it's just a good read." ―Walter Pincus, columnist for The Washington Post

"Good Hunting, like Jack Devine himself, is straightforward, clear, patriotic, fascinating, and at the center of decades of key events. Tired of angry or self-serving stereotypes about the CIA? Turn to Jack Devine. I did, and it was a great call." ― Ambassador R. James Woolsey, former director of central intelligence, CIA

"Jack Devine has the intelligence officer's essential gift: the willingness to say no to bad ideas. Devine recounts the recurring pressure to do dumb things―from Central America to Afghanistan to Iran-Contra―which he usually was able to resist. His compelling memoir illustrates why the CIA is most successful when it sticks to the basics of 'good hunting' in espionage and covert action operations." ―David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of The Director

"Jack Devine's unusually detailed accounting of, and insight into, intelligence operations from the height of the Cold War through the global war on terrorism puts a bright light on the intrigue of the inner workings of the CIA. Most important, though, are his principles for covert action. Our clandestine service officers and national leadership alike would do well to read and understand Devine's words and wisdom in this critical area." ―Vice Admiral Thomas R. Wilson, U.S. Navy (Ret), former director, Defense Intelligence Agency

"The world of CIA clandestine operations and technologies is complex, tough, and often arcane and unforgiving, but also consummately professional and necessary. Jack Devine is a larger-than-life character who served a long and distinguished career, in the field and in headquarters, spanning important periods in CIA history. If you want a better understanding of the CIA; its complex, differentiated, and noble people; and its missions, this well-written book is for you." ― Admiral William O. Studeman, U.S. Navy (Ret)

"Jack Devine's personal narrative as a CIA case officer weaves through some of the most contentious pages of recent history: Iran-Contra, aid to the Afghan mujahideen, the coup against Chile's Salvador Allende, the murderous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, the traitorous Aldrich Ames. And Devine tells these tales with a case officer's candor, busting popular myths as he goes. Read this book and learn why the nation still needs the CIA." ―General Michael Hayden, former director, CIA and NSA

"Jack Devine is one of the legendary spymasters of our time. He was in Chile when Allende fell; he ran Charlie Wilson's war in Afghanistan; he had too much to do with Iran-Contra for his own taste, though he tried to stop it; he caught Pablo Escobar in Colombia; he tried to warn George Tenet that there was a bullet coming from Iraq with his name on it. Devine served America's interests for more than thirty years in a wide range of covert operations, ultimately overseeing the Directorate of Operations, a CIA division that watches over thousands of American covert operatives worldwide. Good Hunting is his guide to the art of spycraft, told with great wit, candor, and commonsense wisdom. Caricatured by Hollywood, lionized by the right, and pilloried by the left, the CIA remains one of the least understood instruments of the United States government. Devine knows more than almost anyone about the CIA's vital importance as a tool of American statecraft. Now, as he sees it, the agency is trapped within a larger bureaucracy, losing swaths of turf to the military and, most ominous of all, being transformed into a paramilitary organization. Its capacity to do what it does best has been seriously degraded. In wonderfully readable prose, Good Hunting aims to set the record straight. This is a revelatory inside look at an organization whose history has not been given its real due." ― Robert David Steele, former CIA, from his review of the book at Public Intelligence Blog

3-course Lunch at Noon

< 11 a.m. speaker


Peter W. Finn

National Security Editor for The Washington Post (previously served as the Post's bureau chief in Moscow). His book, The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book, discusses a 1960s CIA propaganda operation
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Peter W. Finn, National Security Editor for The Washington Post (previously served as the Post's bureau chief in Moscow). His book, scheduled for release to public four days after this special event, discusses a 1960s CIA propaganda operation: The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book. The co-authors are Peter Finn and Petra Couvee [Couvee lives in Russia]. These authors take readers into the world of Soviet intelligentsia and Cold War politics to study how Boris Pasternak came to write and publish Doctor Zhivago (which first appeared in Italy in 1957). The authors use rich archival research, including previously classified CIA files, to depict the oppressive political conditions that gave rise to Pasternak's masterpiece, and the international firestorm that occurred when the novel was banned in the Soviet Union. The torturous ideological policing by the Soviets is discussed; for indeed, the tale of Doctor Zhivago itself is very much about the long psychic scar left by the Russian Revolution. The authors also present the role played by the Kremlin in persecuting Pasternak and his loved ones, as well as the role of the CIA in using his novel in a game of ideological warfare―overall, a triumphant reminder that successful covert and propaganda operations can fade into history devoid of public recognition or credit for what became highly beneficial, pro-freedom outcomes.

Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.
Peter W. Finn begins presentation at 11 a.m.
Lunch served at noon
Jack Devine begins his presentation at 1 pm
Morning and Afternoon programs are On The Record

The latest intelligence books, and many others, for sale throughout event.

Event closes at 2 p.m.

Complete Registration

EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza
1960 Chain Bridge Road • McLean, Virginia 22102
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Intelligence Agency Billing Fraud Proves Costly. Contractors for the top four U.S. intelligence agencies have been investigated for billing fraud that cost the federal government millions of dollars over the past decade, according to a new Pentagon watchdog's report.

The report, released last week by Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence Anthony Thomas, found that out of 128 unclassified cases of contractor misconduct that were investigated, 89 involved false billing claims for work the contractors had not completed resulting in an overall loss to taxpayers of $4.34 million.

According to the report, 68 percent of the cases involved time-and-attendance fraud by individual contractor-employees or groups of contractor employees. In the 86 cases involving individual employees, the loss per employee ranged from $433 to $265,698. The average loss was nearly $42,000 over ten years.

In most cases, the losses were fully recouped from the contractors' employers, according to the Pentagon report. [Read more: Howell/WashingtonTimes/23April2014]

Dutch Intelligence Agency Says 100 Jihadists Left Netherlands for Syria in 2013. The Netherlands says more than a hundred Dutch citizens left the country in 2013 to fight as jihadists in Syria and 10 of them have died - including one who was a suicide bomber.

The annual report published Wednesday by the country's AIVD intelligence agency included a report on potential threats to Dutch national security posed by the jihadists. It says approximately 30 of them have been to Syria and returned home since Syria's civil war began four years ago.

The agency says it is cooperating with other agencies to try to slow the flow of Dutch youth to Syria, and with local governments in tracking those who return.

Interior Affairs minister Ronald Plasterk did not release further details about the suicide bomber. [AP/23April2014]

Venezuelan Ex-Intelligence Chief Eliecer Otaiza Killed. A former chief of Venezuela's intelligence service, Eliecer Otaiza, was killed on Saturday, officials have revealed.

Maj. Otaiza, a friend and ally of the late president Hugo Chavez, was shot dead outside the capital, Caracas.

President Nicolas Maduro said police would investigate the "suspicious" circumstances of his death.

Maj. Otaiza was elected in December as local councilor for the governing PSUV party for the Libertadores area.

Police said the motive for his killing was not yet clear. [Read more: BBC/29April2014]

Chinese Spies May Have Read All MPs' Emails for a Year. The Chinese intelligence agencies that penetrated Australia's parliamentary computer network in 2011 may have been inside the system for up to a year and had access to documents and emails that reveal the political, professional and social links across the political world, according to seven sources with knowledge of the breach.

Security and parliamentary sources said Chinese agencies obtained remote, system administrator access to the Parliament's computer network, which "effectively gave them control of it".

In March 2011, The Australian newspaper and other media outlets reported that China was suspected of accessing, for more than a month, the email system used by federal MPs, their advisers, electorate staff and parliamentary employees. The perpetrators accessed several thousand emails, reports said.

Senior sources said the breach was much more serious. Australian intelligence reached the "absolutely clear conclusion" that Chinese intelligence was responsible and informed their political masters the identities of the intruders. [Read more: Joye&Patrick/AFR/28April2014]

HASC Bill 'Fully' Supports Military Cyber Activities. A US House Armed Services subcommittee on Tuesday released legislation that would require Pentagon officials to conduct several sweeping reviews of military intelligence programs.

HASC's Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee's version of the lower chamber's 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contains no dollar figure for how much it would authorize the military to spend on things like intel, special operations forces and cyber.

Those funding levels will be decided next week by the full Armed Services Committee. But a review of the subcommittee's bill shows it largely supports the Pentagon's 2015 request in each area.

The legislation, to be voted on by the panel Wednesday morning, contains a slew of provisions raising concerns about the Pentagon's intelligence, special operations and cyber activities. Those typically are accompanied by requirements for reports and data on those matters. [Read more: Bennett/DefenseNews/29April2014]

Clapper, Senators & Obama Administration Favor Transparency on Drone Strikes - If It Makes Them More Defensible. At the request of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and the wider executive branch, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which is chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein, agreed to remove a provision in an intelligence bill that would have required the president to release an annual report on casualties from drone strikes launched by the United States.

On April 18, Clapper sent Feinstein and Senator Saxby Chambliss, vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, a letter essentially outlining why President Barack Obama's administration was not ready for transparency yet.

"The Executive Branch is currently exploring ways in which it can provide the American people more information about the United States' use of force outside areas of active hostilities," Clapper states.

"To be meaningful to the public, any report," which included data on the number of "combatants" and civilians killed by "targeted lethal force," "would require context and be drafted carefully so as to protect against the disclosure of intelligence sources and methods or other classified information." [Read more: Gosztola/Firedoglake/29April2014]

Czech Intelligence Ex-chief Acquitted in Nagyová's Bonuses Case. The Prague Municipal Court Tuesday definitively acquitted former civilian intelligence chief Karel Randak and the Government Office's former employee Lenka Pikorova in the case of the release of bonuses paid to Jana Nagyova when she headed the office of then PM Petr Necas.

Nagyova, now Necasova, married Necas last September, a couple of months after he resigned as PM and Civic Democrat (ODS) head amid a corruption and surveillance scandal, involving Nagyova.

Randak and Pikorova were charged with an unauthorised handling of personal data that allegedly strongly harmed Nagyova's reputation.

The court decided that the act was not a criminal offence. [Read more: ČTK/29April2014]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

The Irish Outsider Set to Lead British Intelligence Agency GCHQ. Britain's incoming director of GCHQ, the secretive cyber spying agency, is of Irish heritage, enjoys watching GAA in his spare time and formerly trained as a teacher.

Robert Hannigan was seen as an outside choice for the role as head of GCHQ when it was announced last week that he would take up the role in August.

However, National Security Adviser, Sir Kim Darroch, said Hannigan would bring "energy, flair, deep knowledge and extensive experience to the role".

Sometimes dubbed Britain's eavesdropping agency because of their methods of mass surveillance of internet and phone traffic, the Government Communications Headquarters is a clandestine agency working to ensure the "safety and security of the United Kingdom".

As well as protecting regular citizens, GCHQ also acts on behalf of the Government, the army, the police and big business. One of the agency's biggest challenges is fighting terrorism, drug trafficking and other serious crime.

Hannigan's Irish roots are also something of a secret, while it was confirmed to The Irish Post that he is "of Irish heritage" few details about his family will be released due to the nature of the role he will take on this autumn. [Read more: Harrington/IrishPost/24April2014]

Dutch Intelligence Is a Joke - Just Not the Way You Think. Intelligence agencies are good at gathering information - it's the reason they exist. However, when the focus shifts to information about them, they tend to dislike prying eyes and ears. Intelligence agencies gather, they don't share.

Such an attitude has been demonstrated countless times in recent years, ever since Edward Snowden sounded the privacy alarm. The NSA, for instance, was not known for being overly forthcoming, usually only offering statements to the press that were variations on a theme: "The NSA uses its technical capabilities only to support lawful and appropriate foreign intelligence operations, all of which must be carried out in strict accordance with its authorities," and so on.

The 'gather, don't share' attitude is not unique to the NSA - it's how most intelligence agencies across the globe handle their PR.

Not so in the Netherlands, the country that, until recently, claimed it had no problem with piracy (and also the country where soft drugs and prostitution are completely legal). Yes, the Dutch do things a little differently, and apparently, that includes how the country's intelligence agency operates. [Read more: Gijzemijter/ZDNet/24April2014]

Kim Philby Had No Regrets About Betraying Britain to the Soviet Union, Recordings Reveal. Kim Philby, one of Britain's most notorious traitors, admitted he had no regrets about betraying his country - only about any mistakes he might have made along the way.

Speaking as if from beyond the grave - his voice recorded during a talk he gave for KGB officers in 1977, 14 years after defecting to the Soviet Union - Philby is heard saying: "There is an awful lot of work for us to do it seems. I have no regrets whatsoever about the past, just the mistakes I made doing it."

Quoting the Russian revolutionary Felix Dzerzhinsky - founder of the KGB's forerunner the Cheka - Philby closes his speech in Russian by saying: "If I had a chance I would do it all again. I would do it exactly the same way."

The recording was played for the first time on Saturday, at a conference held at Cambridge University, from where Philby graduated in 1933 and where other infamous spies, such as Douglas Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, and John Cairncross had studied. [Read more: Sawer/TheTelegraph/27April2014]

World War I Spy Mata Hari Did Not Flinch in Final Moments: Report. She remained stoic to the end.

The famous World War I spy known as "Mata Hari" did not reveal anything during her last prison interrogation before she was executed by a French firing squad, recently revealed top secret files from the British intelligence agency MI5 show, reports The Star.

The former Dutch exotic dancer whose name was Gertruda Margaretha Zelle never made a full confession nor gave up the name of any accomplices, an officer notes in the report.

"She was a 'femme forte' and she worked alone," the report concludes, according to The Star.

She also did not flinch when an interrogator told her of a long list of officers from different ranks and countries she had supposedly slept with. [Read more: Landau/NewYorkDailyNews/28April2014]

From Russia - With Love? What seems like a throwback to the Cold War has caused an uproar in the German media in recent days: According to Germany's domestic intelligence service, the German Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), Russian agents in Berlin have been spying on targets linked to German political, economic and scientific spheres on a massive scale.

Hans-Georg Maaßen, the president of the German Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), the domestic intelligence service, told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag: "There is no secret service that is as interested in gathering intelligence in Germany as Russia is."

The agents usually work in Berlin's Russian embassy, their diplomatic status protecting them from persecution under German law. BfV told the media that up to a third of Russian embassy employees in Berlin have a secret services background.

Green party politician Hans-Christian Ströbele, who has become known for his vocal criticism of massive NSA data collection by the US in recent months, has now called for a special session of the Parliamentary Control Panel in charge of scrutinizing the work of intelligence services.

Ströbele, who is one of the members of the panel, told DW that he "would like to have more concrete details on the information that was in the newspapers." [Read more: Sherwin/DeutscheWelle/23April2014]

From Baltimore to Langley? David Simon Eyes CIA TV Project. What will David Simon, creator of the all-time classic The Wire and the under-the-radar but still outstanding Treme, do for his next TV project? If he has his druthers, it appears, he's going to tackle the history of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Indiewire reported Tuesday that Simon, speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival, detailed plans for a super-ambitious, expansive history of America's most well-known spy agency:

"I've got a story that I'd love to do, which I've been working on for eight or nine years, which is the history of the CIA, which would basically be America's foreign policy footprint. But it's 70 years of period piece filming, it's all over the world, there's a lot of CGI. Scene I, Act I is Berlin after the war, in total wreckage. And HBO goes, ‘Listen, it was all fun when we were giving him $20 million and he was making The Wire and no one was watching, but do you take us for fools?' They're looking at what the plausible revenue stream with all the downloads and BitTorrent. The window of this Golden Age of Television might have a point where it snaps shut on your fingers, because we're talking like a Hollywood studio. 'Can we get James Franco? If we get James Franco, you can make it.'"

Would you watch that show? I would watch that show. Oh, do I want to watch that show, like, right now. [Read more: Silver/TechnologyTell/30April2014]

George Washington: More Than a General and a President. Not only was George Washington the first president of the United States, he was also America's first intelligence chief. During the Revolutionary War, Washington spent more than 10 percent of military funding on intelligence-related activities. These activities included managing individual spies, running spy rings, and establishing special units for the collection of military intelligence. Washington himself established agent networks in Boston, New York and Philadelphia.

In the early years of the war, Washington personally supervised the recruitment, training, and running of intelligence agents. The Culper Ring, established in the summer of 1778 in New York and made up of about 20 people, was the most sophisticated of Washington's agent networks, using aliases, coded writing, dead drops and other tradecraft.

Washington strongly emphasized the collection and use of human intelligence to his field commanders and was not above instructing them on the fine points of intelligence tradecraft. For example, on March 28, 1779 Washington wrote to Maj. Gen. Alexander McDougall, the commander of two New York brigades who fought with Washington at the Battle of Long Island in 1776 and the Battle of Germantown in 1777. Washington informed McDougall that he had taken it upon himself to warn McDougall's agent "not to place too much confidence in persons undertaking the office of double spies. The person in the present instance appears to be very sensible, and we should on that account be more than uncommonly guarded until he has given full proofs of his attachment."

After the war, Maj. George Beckwith, the head of British intelligence operations in the colonies, acknowledged the effectiveness of Washington's intelligence activities. After returning to England with the defeated British army, London newspapers quoted Beckwith as saying, "Washington did not really outfight the British, he simply outspied us." [Read more: DIA.mil/20April2014]

How the Russian Intelligence Mind-Set Differs From America's. A Cold War is purely an intelligence war. If you go on a Ukrainian geopolitical bender in front of a former KGB chief like Russian President Vladimir Putin without having a firm grasp of the opposition's mind-set, you risk launching yourself into a wall like some kind of drunken frat bro on a Slip 'n Slide.

Here are a few handy tips for understanding the Russian intelligence modus operandi and how it differs from America's. [Read more: Marsden/Townhall/30April2014]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Snowden Disclosures Hurt Intelligence Agencies' Recruitment. The Edward Snowden disclosures of National Security Agency surveillance certainly have awakened concerns in a portion of our country that feels strongly about the protection of civil liberties. Snowden's disclosures seem to have created a perception that the values of the intelligence community are not American values, that its activity is inconsistent with our ideals.

The disclosures have also created a breach between U.S. technology firms (many of which reside here in Silicon Valley) and the U.S. intelligence community, which have enjoyed a close partnership since 9/11. While the intelligence community has not broken the law, there is a segment of the country that is offended by the revelations of the "dirty tricks" required to gather information and intelligence.

These changes in attitudes, reverberating on college campuses including here at Stanford, might have a longer term and more far-reaching impact on national security.

As a current career intelligence officer and a former intelligence analyst, we are both recent transplants to Stanford. We have near-daily interactions with some of the most amazing undergraduates the university has to offer and frequently talk with students about prospective careers in intelligence. But something has changed in the last six months. [Read more: Atkins&Erwin/SanFranciscoChronicle/25April2014]

Opinion: MI5 Ad for Russian Analysts Signals Loss of Edge. A recent advertisement for Russian analysts by British intelligence agency MI5 signals that the agency has lost its advantage, former US clandestine operations officer Robert David Steele told RIA Novosti Monday.

"If you have to advertise for experts at the last minute, you have already lost the intellectual, moral and intelligence advantage," he said, commenting on the advertisement on the British Secret Service's official webpage.

"The recent advertisements by MI5 for Russian experts are an act of desperation but also practical. Neither the US nor the UK is intelligent about intelligence," Steele said.

"Neither has listened to the many loyal reformers urging them to maintain a balanced capability of top experts on all countries, not just Russia, easily one of the top five powers of the world," Steele added, explaining the disparities between what the intelligence agencies need at the moment and what they can actually do given the resources at their disposal. [Read more: Alentyev/RIANovosti/28April2014]


Section IV Coming AFIO Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

Saturday, 3 May 2014, 11a - 3p - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts Capt Robert Masterson, USNR on Special Operations

Our speaker will be CAPT Robert Masterson, USNR (Retired), whose subject will likely concern special operations. He was commissioned at OCS, Newport, RI, in June 1967. Location: Country Club of Orange Park. Questions and reservations: RSVP right away for the 3 May meeting to kemeyer123@att.net or call 904-777-2050. 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, bobbie6769@juno.com, 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: 0072014@afioaz.org. 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 afiosf@aol.com and mail check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-member guests $35 (must be accompanied by member).

15 May 2014, 11:30am - 2 pm - Englewood, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hears from Thomas Ravenelle, FBI SAC Denver

AFIO will hold a joint meeting with FBI's InfraGard featuring Thomas Ravenelle, FBI Denver Division Supervising Agent in Charge. SAC Ravenelle will talk about a case briefing and overview of a closed EOD case. The meeting will be held at the Perfect Landing Restaurant, which is upstairs at the Denver Jet Center FBO, 7625 S. Peoria Street, Englewood CO 80112. Phone: 303-649-4478. There are seating limitations of 45 seats so we will accept reservations on a first come first serve basis. You will receive directions when you RSVP to Tom Van Wormer at robsmom@pcisys.net. The lunch will cost $15.00. You can pay at the door.

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. The morning speaker is Peter Finn, National Security Editor for The Washington Post. His book, The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book, discusses a risky, highly successful 1960s CIA propaganda operation.

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.

Peter Finn's book, co-authored with Petra Couvee [Couvee lives in Russia], discusses the world of Soviet intelligentsia and Cold War politics to study how Boris Pasternak came to write and publish Doctor Zhivago (which first appeared in Italy in 1957). The authors use previously classified CIA files to depict the oppressive political conditions that gave rise to Pasternak's masterpiece, and the international firestorm that occurred when the novel was banned in the Soviet Union. The torturous ideological policing by the Soviets mirrored the tale of Doctor Zhivago itself which harbored a long psychic scar from the Russian Revolution. The authors also present the role played by the Kremlin in persecuting Pasternak and his loved ones, as well as the role of the CIA in using his book in a game of ideological warfare―overall, a triumphant reminder that successful covert and propaganda operations, though they can fade into history devoid of public recognition or credit, played significant roles and led to some highly beneficial, pro-freedom outcomes.

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 V - Other Upcoming Events

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

Saturday, 3 May, 2014, 1- 3 - Washington, DC - Author briefing - Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson, authors of Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War

Join us at the International Spy Museum for an informal chat and Q&A with best-selling authors Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson. The only American writers to be commissioned to pen official James Bond novels have joined forces to bring us twenty tales of paranoia, espionage, and psychological drama.
With the current tensions in Ukraine, many are remembering a time not so long ago when the United States and Russia were at a standoff and nuclear war was a touch of a button away. In ICE COLD, the Cold War era serves as the backdrop for a collection of short stories from these mystery writers. This short story anthology contains nuclear brinksmanship, psychological warfare, spies, double agents, femme fatales, and dead drops.
"These stories are terrific. They range from classic espionage to subtle psychological drama of the decades that saw huge change in the world.”
No registration required. For more info visit www.spymuseum.org

Monday, 5 May 2014, 4pm - Washington, DC - "Covert Legions: U.S. Army Intelligence and the Defense of Europe, 1944-1949"

Covert Legions: U.S. Army Intelligence and the Defense of Europe, 1944-1949.
“As the Third Reich collapsed, Soviet forces moved deep into Central Europe, and the United States had to adjust rapidly to the new political landscape. The intelligence services of the U.S. Army assumed a key role in informing Washington national security policy toward Europe during this critical period. This presentation discusses the early Cold War operations of U.S. Army intelligence as it sought to apprehend war criminals, suppress Nazi subversion, contain communism, and monitor the Red Army.”
Location: Woodrow Wilson Center. 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room, Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop. An Informal Reception Will Follow the Lecture.
To register or learn more visit here or RSVP to WHS@wilsoncenter.org

Thursday, 8 May 2014, 10a - Washington, DC - Data and Goliath: How the Internet Affects Power, and How Power Affects the Internet with Bruce Schneier

Data and Goliath: How the Internet Affects Power, and How Power Affects the Internet is the theme of the talk by security expert Bruce Schneier, Chief Technology Officer, Co3 Systems, Inc.; Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Register here.

Thursday, 8 May 2014, 12:30-2p - Washington, DC - Nuclear Weapons Materials Gone Missing: What Does History Teach? at IWP

Nuclear Weapons Materials Gone Missing: What Does History Teach? - The book's authors will give short presentations:
Henry Sokolski, NPEC and Adjunct Professor at IWP
Charles Ferguson, Federation of American Scientists
Edwin Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists
Jodi Lieberman, American Physical Society

Also featuring commentary by:

Matthew McKinzie, Natural Resources Defense Council
Ryan Snyder, Federation of American Scientists (invited)
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Register here.
Please contact sdwyer@iwp.edu with any questions

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 , 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Why Intelligence Fails, at the International Spy Museum

"What you're surprised with depends on who you are - " --Philippe Silberzahn
Who lives in caves, only holy men or primitive cavemen? Dr. Milo Jones, visiting professor at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, thinks that the answer to that question helps explain the intelligence failure of 9/11. He comes to the International Spy Museum to argue that the CIA's repeated intelligence failures are a result of the fact that the CIA thinks that intelligence analysis is science while it is really a social process in which identity and culture play a major role. Also joining us for the evening will be Dr. Mark Lowenthal, CEO of the Intelligence and Security Academy and former assistant director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production. He will engage with Dr. Jones on the provocative conclusions of the book Constructing Cassandra: Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947-2001, that Jones co-authored with Philippe Silberzahn of EMLYON Business School in France.
Tickets: $10. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Sunday, 18 May 2014,1800 - 2200 - Tysons Corner, VA - NMIA/NMIF Awards Banquet
Please join for the social highlight of 2014 as NMIA honors the winners of the prestigious National Military Intelligence Association/National Military Intelligence Foundation awards. Help them and senior representatives from each of the Services in congratulating the future leaders of the military intelligence community whose significant achievements have enhanced our national security in truly spectacular ways.
Location: Mclean Hilton Hotel, Tysons Corner, VA.
Register here.

20 May 2014, 11:30a - 2p - McLean, VA - Dr. Bythrow "On the Future of MASINT" at the DIF Forum

The Defense Intelligence Forum hosts Dr. Peter Bythrow speaking on the question: “On the future of MASINT: independence or annexation?”
Dr. Bythrow is the MASINT Chief Scientist at DIA/National MASINT Office. Before assuming his present position in 2000, he was the Principle Staff Scientist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physical Laboratory from 1981 to 2000. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physic from the University of Texas in Dallas in 1981 and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Physic from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 1970. He served as a pilot in the United States Air Force from 1970 to1975 and has been an aerobatic flight instructor since 1992.
This forum will follow a modified Chatham House rule. You may use the information, but with the exception of speaker's name and subject, you may make no attribution. Everything will be off the record.
Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA
Fee: Pay at the door with a check for $ 29.00 payable to DIAA, Inc
Registration starts at 11:30 AM lunch at 12:00 PM
Make reservations by 19 May 2014 by email to diforum@diaalumni.org. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, or fettuccini with portabella for your luncheon selection.
Pay at the door with a check for $ 29.00 per person, payable to DIAA, Inc.
Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; however credit card payments are discouraged

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. 
www.ncsi.com


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