AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #18-14 dated 6 May 2014

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Section IV -  Upcoming AFIO Events

Section V - Other Upcoming Events

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Did you miss AFIO Symposium banquet speaker Dr. John Poindexter's PowerPoint presentation?

John Poindexter AFIO Symposium Banquet PowerPoint

You can access it here.


FRIDAY, 13 June 2014

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

3-course Lunch at Noon


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


"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

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
Driving directions here or use this link:


CIA Officers, FBI Agents 'Advising Ukraine Government': Report. Dozens of specialists from the US Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation are advising the Ukrainian government, a German newspaper reported Sunday.

Citing unnamed German security sources, Bild am Sonntag said the CIA and FBI agents were helping Kiev end the rebellion in the east of Ukraine and set up a functioning security structure.

It said the agents were not directly involved in fighting with pro-Russian militants. "Their activity is limited to the capital Kiev," the paper said.

The FBI agents are also helping the Kiev government fight organised crime, it added. [Read more: AFP/4May2014]

National Intelligence University Announces 2014 Commencement Speaker: Former NSA Director Keith Alexander. Retired Army Gen. Keith Alexander will deliver the commencement address to National Intelligence University graduates July 25. Alexander retired in March after a 30-year military career, which included service as director of the National Security Agency from 2005-2014 and as the first commander of U.S. Cyber Command. 

NIU President Dr. David Ellison expects to present diplomas to approximately 250 graduating students from around the intelligence and national security communities as they cross the stage to receive one of the university's three degrees: Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence, Master of Science and Technology Intelligence, or Bachelor of Science in Intelligence. 

NIU is an accredited degree-granting institution whose main campus is located in Washington. Its faculty consists of subject matter experts from around the intelligence community who bring a wealth of knowledge and practical experience, as well as academic qualifications, to the classroom. [Read more: DIA/5May2014]

Director and Deputy of Intelligence Agency Are to Retire by Fall. The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn of the Army, and his civilian deputy, David R. Shedd, will retire by early fall, the agency said in an email to its employees on Wednesday.

The two men are stepping down at a time when the Defense Intelligence Agency is shifting its priorities from providing intelligence to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to working more closely with the C.I.A. to gather and distribute information on global issues like the proliferation of weapons and rising powers like China.

In a statement, the Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel "appreciates the service of these two dedicated and professional leaders," and that the retirements had been planned "for some time."

But two senior American officials said tensions had flared between General Flynn and some of his Pentagon colleagues who balked at changes he wanted to make, including cuts to what he viewed as outdated intelligence programs in favor of devoting shrinking resources to newer threats, including in the digital realm. [Read more: Schmitt&Sanger/NYTimes/30April2014]

OSCE Observers Detained in Sloviansk Linked to Germany's Intelligence Service. German military observers that had been detained in Sloviansk had "certain connections" with the Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst, or BND), Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Monday.

According to the report, the German inspectors were not staff of the BND or Military Counter-Intelligence Service (Militaerischer Abschirmdienst, or MAD). The four observers are employed by the Bundeswehr Verification Center in Geilenkirchen (North Rhine-Westphalia). The center is tasked with monitoring the compliance with agreements on arms control signed by Germany with other states, including within the framework of the OSCE.

The center is supported by the BND, which, according to Suddeutsche Zeitung, has an office in Geilenkirchen. Germany's Federal Intelligence Service provides consultations for OSCE observers before their missions, shares information about the situation in the country and gives recommendations on the location of certain facilities. [Read more: ITAR-TASS/5May2014]

FAA: Data From U-2 Spy Plane Caused Computer Issue. The primary air traffic control system around Los Angeles shut down last week because data from the a U-2 spy plane's flight plan confused software that helps track and route aircraft around the region, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday.

When the system failed Wednesday, a backup helped safely guide flights already in the air, but hundreds of planes across the nation headed for Southern California were ordered not to take off as an air traffic control facility about 40 miles north of Los Angeles effectively rebooted.

The problem had nothing to do with spy-related signals sent by the Cold War-era plane. [Read more: AP/5May2014]

CIA Fires Its Terror-Fighters. The CIA is dismantling its frontline Afghan counterterrorist forces in south and east Afghanistan leaving a security vacuum that U.S. commanders fear the Taliban and al-Qaeda will fill - and leaving the Pakistan border open to a possible deluge of fighters and weapons.

"The CIA has started to end the contracts of some of those militias who were working for them," said Aimal Faizi, spokesman for outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a longtime critic of the CIA's Afghan operatives. "Some of them were in very important locations, so we deployed our troops there."

U.S. and Afghan military commanders tell The Daily Beast that Afghan forces are stretched too thin to replace many of those departing CIA paramilitaries. Thousands more CIA-trained operatives are about to get the boot ahead of what already promises to be a bloody summer fighting season. That could mean spectacular attacks against U.S. and Afghan targets just as the White House is weighing its long-term commitment to Afghanistan. And it could give the now small al-Qaeda movement inside the country more freedom to grow and eventually hatch new plots more than a decade after the invasion meant to wipe out the perpetrators of the Sept. 11th attacks.

Senior U.S. officials said the slow dismantling of the CIA's forces has also alarmed U.S. lawmakers, who had assumed those forces would remain in the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban after U.S. troops withdrew. [Read more: Dozier/TheDailyBeast/4May2014]

MI5 Warns Businesses Foreign Spies Targeting Their IT Staff - Report. MI5, the British intelligence agency, has reportedly warned that foreign agents are attempting to recruit IT corporate employees - even low-level contractors - to gain access to classified data.

In these post-Snowden times, when all electronic information and communication has been proven vulnerable to some form of spying, UK intelligence is warning corporate executives in "high-level conversations" on the importance of boosting their "digital defenses," the Financial Times reported, quoting anonymous Whitehall officials.

The warning comes as the government works to beef up digital security at important institutions such as "banks, utility companies or energy providers," some of which remain vulnerable to espionage.

According to the UK's national security risk assessment, cyber-attacks rank as a "tier 1 threat," which is defined as an event that is both likely to occur and to have a major impact.

While most businesses and government agencies now understand the importance of protecting their data from external infiltration via the internet, less attention is being given to internal espionage being carried out by their own employees. [Read more: RT/6May2014]

Canadian Found Dead in Cambodia Provided Help to Intelligence Agents: Friend. A missing Canadian journalist found dead in Cambodia this week quietly "served his country" by helping intelligence agents root out war criminals, friends say.

They've been tight-lipped about Dave Walker's ties to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service since his suspicious disappearance in mid-February, fearing if he'd been kidnapped his captors would kill him but one longtime pal is now breaking his silence.

Dr. Peter Vronsky, a Ryerson University professor, said his friend "deserves better" than to be treated like a "bumbling tourist" who wandered off in a foreign land and ended up dead.

"Dave wasn't a sex tourist or some whack-job ex-pat retreating from life; he was living life," Vronsky said Friday. "He was a great guy and he didn't deserve to die like this, in the jungle on his back."

"He contributed to Canada's national security and he deserves the absolute best," he added. [Read more: Doucette/QMI/2May2014]

U.S. Intelligence Operative Arraigned for Bribery, Stealing Drug Money. A United States intelligence specialist assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency's office with U.S. Southern Command was arraigned on Friday in federal court in Miami, Fla., and is charged with bribery, extortion and other criminal activity involving alleged drug money.

Special agents with the FBI had arrested Jose Emmanuel Torres in February after he received an Army duffel bag from a confidential informant that he believed contained $250,000 in drug-related U.S. currency.

Torres was a part of a Marine Corps intelligence unit that gathered information on alleged drug gangs and terrorist groups.

The FBI claims the 37-year-old Marine gunnery sergeant threatened the confidential informant (CI) with arrest for immigration violations if the informant failed to pay Torres $10,000.00. Following Torres' threat and ultimatum, the informant, whose identity is being kept confidential, notified the FBI about Torres. [Read more: Kouri/Examiner/3May2014]

China Arrests Spy Who Used Internet to Provide Military Secrets Abroad. China's communist government has arrested a man in southern China who was charged with being a spy for a foreign intelligence service for providing military secrets through the Internet, Chinese state media revealed on Monday.

The resident of the southern coastal city of Shantou, north of Hong Kong, was jailed for 10 years for what the official Xinhua news agency said was the crime of disclosing military secrets to foreign intelligence agencies.

The case is unusual as China rarely discloses foreign spy cases. It also highlights the modern-day spying technique of using the Internet in China to break through what in the past has been rigid Chinese military secrecy.

Chinese military secrets disclosed on the Internet in recent months have included the images of the new DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile, a new medium-range missile called the DF-25, a new airborne warning and control aircraft, numerous Chinese unmanned aircraft, new warships, new intelligence-gathering aircraft, new submarines, and new torpedo. [Read more: Gertz/WashingtonFreebeacon/5May2014]


Arms Cache Most Likely Kept in Texas by the C.I.A. In passing references scattered through once-classified documents and cryptic public comments by former intelligence officials, it is referred to as "Midwest Depot," but the bland code name belies the role it has played in some of the C.I.A.�s most storied operations.

From the facility, located somewhere in the United States, the C.I.A. has stockpiled and distributed untraceable weapons linked to preparations for the Bay of Pigs invasion and the arming of rebels and resistance fighters from Angola to Nicaragua to Afghanistan.

Yet despite hints that "Midwest" was not actually where it was located, the secrecy surrounding the C.I.A. armory has survived generations of investigations. In a 2007 essay on the 20th anniversary of the Iran-contra affair, for example, a congressional investigator noted that the facility where the C.I.A. had handled missiles bound for Iran remained classified even as other "incredible things were unveiled during the hearings."

But three years ago, it became public that the C.I.A. had some kind of secret location at Camp Stanley, an Army weapons depot just north of San Antonio and the former Kelly Air Force Base, though its purpose was unclear. And now, a retired C.I.A. analyst, Allen Thomson, has assembled a mosaic of documentation suggesting that it is most likely the home of Midwest Depot. [Read more: Savage/NYTimes/4May2014]

These Are the Guys Who Invented Modern Espionage. On a bitterly cold evening in November 1918, a heavily disguised figure could be seen slipping across the border between Finland and Russia.

Joseph Afirenko looked every inch the Russian revolutionary and was carrying papers that identified himself as a member of Lenin's secret police. In fact, he was no such thing. His real name was Paul Dukes and he was a spy working for the British secret service.

The Secret Intelligence Service (today's MI6) had been established in 1909, but it was to come into its own in the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution that swept Lenin's Bolsheviks to power. Lenin had made it clear that his regime was avowedly anti-democratic. He had also declared his intention of bringing down British India, the jewel in the crown of the British Empire. London urgently needed to know whether or not he was serious.

The key player in this new game of espionage was the head of Britain's secret service. Mansfield George Smith Cumming was a gruff, monocle-wearing and endearingly eccentric figure whose great passion in life was to drive through London at a recklessly high speed in his Rolls Royce.

His recklessness may have made him an ideal candidate for espionage but it had also cost him dear. [Read more: Milton/HistoryNewsNetwork/4May2014]

With Conspiracy-Minded Intrigue, Life Imitates Fiction in Turkey. Istanbul as an urban tableau of intrigue is well-worn literary and cultural terrain, traveled by Graham Greene and Ian Fleming and by more contemporary spy novelists such as Joseph Kanon and Alex Berenson.

The most recent James Bond film, Skyfall, had scenes of the debonair spy careening through Istanbul's centuries-old Grand Bazaar on a motorcycle, and Mr. Kanon's novel Istanbul Passage was set here during the waning days of World War II, when Turkey was neutral and Istanbul was a haven where secret agents of all allegiances could meet and conduct espionage in relative safety.

So perhaps, given the events that have been occupying Istanbul's elite of late, Oscar Wilde was not only correct but also prescient when he wrote, "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life."

With a corruption investigation involving officials including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan; with the prime minister at every turn blaming the inquiry on the United States and Israel; with a feud between the prime minister and the followers of a reclusive preacher, Fethullah Gulen; there is clearly no shortage of conspiracy-minded intrigue that would make Mr. Wilde smile. Turkey's own spy chief, Hakan Fidan, has been surreptitiously recorded while apparently discussing covert operations in Syria. Newspapers have published lists of thousands of Turks whose telephone conversations have been wiretapped. And when Turks want to have a private conversation, they sometimes leave their cellphones outside the room, worried that they can be used as recording devices by the national intelligence agency, known as M.I.T. [Read more: Arango/NYTimes/5May2014]

CSIS Gives Spies a Crash Course in Social Media. Canada's spy agency doesn't want its thousands of intelligence officers being twits on Twitter and fatheads on Facebook, according to newly disclosed social media guidelines for Canadian spooks.

QMI Agency has learned that CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) sent guidelines to its spies last November that outlined a social media code of conduct.

"Every keystroke leaves a trace on the Internet," says the nine-page CSIS document obtained under a federal access-to-information request. "One small mistake can ruin months or even years of prudent use, as many online hackers and offenders found out much too late."

The document also suggests that spies keep tabs on what people close to them are posting online, and warns to be on the lookout for people posting photos of them or revealing personal information by, for example, wishing them a happy birthday. [Read more: McIntosh/QMI/5May2014]


Putin Steals the CIA's Playbook on Anti-Soviet Covert Operations. The West has made NATO's military alliance the heart of its response to Russia's power grab in Ukraine. But we may be fighting the wrong battle: The weapons Russian President Vladimir Putin has used in Crimea and eastern Ukraine look more like paramilitary "covert action" than conventional military force.

Putin, the former KGB officer, may in fact be taking a page out of the United States' playbook during the Ronald Reagan presidency, when the Soviet empire began to unravel thanks to a relentless U.S. covert-action campaign. Rather than confront Moscow head-on, Reagan nibbled at the edges, by supporting movements that destabilized Russian power in Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Angola and, finally, Poland and eastern Europe. 

It was a clever American strategy back then, pushing a wounded Soviet Union and opportunistically exploiting local grievances wherever possible. And it's an equally clever Russian approach now, offering maximum gain at minimum potential cost.

The parallel was drawn for me this week by John Maguire, a former CIA paramilitary covert-action officer, who served in the contras program in Nicaragua and later in the Middle East. "At the end of the day, Putin is a case officer," says Maguire. "He watched what we did in the 1980s, and now he's playing it back against us." [Read more: Ignatius/WashingtonPost/8April2014]

Clapper's Gag Order Could Hurt Intelligence Analysts More Than Journalists. The recent directive from Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. essentially banning contacts between members of the intelligence community and the media has been criticized for undermining the public access to that community's thinking and its role in society. However, it has another, and perhaps far more dangerous consequence: its negative impact on intelligence gathering and analysis.

Intelligence gathering relies on human contact by agents and technical means such as intercepts. In an age of voluminous unclassified information, the average analyst sitting in her or his cubicle needs help to decipher both classified incoming reports and open-source information. The analysts must discern first whether the information is correct and second what it means.

Most analysts, inside and outside the government, get help with this interpretation by exchanging ideas, asking questions, having friendly conversations, going to think-tank presentations in Washington and meeting with people abroad. Absent such contact, analysts are relegated to the confines of their own minds and computer screens. They can speak with co-workers, but the analyst in the next cubicle has the same limits on external input.

The danger in Clapper's directive is that it will make contacts between analysts and outsiders even more rare. Its loose definition of members of the media and the constraint on discussing even unclassified material with them will mean that analysts already overburdened by security-related reporting requirements when they meet with outsiders will feel even more intimidated. In effect, under this directive an outside academic, a think-tank member or a nongovernmental organization staff member is now out of reach. The director of national intelligence may deny this, but practically speaking, what analyst would be willing to jeopardize his or her position by risking a conversation that could run afoul of the security bureaucracy? The intelligence complex is a risk-averse system. [Read more: Barkey/WashingtonPost/2May2014]

Israel Won't Stop Spying on the U.S. Whatever happened to honor among thieves? When the National Security Agency was caught eavesdropping on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone, it was considered a rude way to treat a friend. Now U.S. intelligence officials are saying - albeit very quietly, behind closed doors on Capitol Hill - that our Israeli "friends" have gone too far with their spying operations here.

According to classified briefings on legislation that would lower visa restrictions on Israeli citizens, Jerusalem's efforts to steal U.S. secrets under the cover of trade missions and joint defense technology contracts have "crossed red lines."

Israel's espionage activities in America are unrivaled and unseemly, counterspies have told members of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees, going far beyond activities by other close allies, such as Germany, France, the U.K. and Japan. A congressional staffer familiar with a briefing last January called the testimony "very sobering... alarming... even terrifying." Another staffer called it "damaging." 

The Jewish state's primary target: America's industrial and technical secrets. [Read more: Stein/Newsweek/6May2014]

Release Obama's Benghazi Intelligence Briefings. President Obama claims he was only repeating what the intelligence community told him when his administration asserted that the attack in Benghazi began with a spontaneous protest inspired by an Internet video. If that's the case, there is a simple way to prove it: Give the new congressional select committee investigating Benghazi his daily intelligence briefings that show exactly what he was told.

There is precedent for doing so. In 2004, at the request of the 9/11 Commission, President George W. Bush declassified and publicly released the President's Daily Brief (PDB) delivered to him before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. No sitting president had ever declassified a PDB while still in office. But Bush did it anyway, releasing the report titled "Bin Laden determined to attack inside the U.S." It warned that the FBI had detected "patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings" but contained no actionable intelligence that could have stopped the 9/11 attacks from happening.

What's good enough for Bush should be good enough for Obama. Congress should ask the president to follow precedent and release the PDBs he received in the days after the Benghazi attack.

There is no good reason for Obama to refuse such a request. If Obama is right that the intelligence community told him the attack was the result of a protest over the Internet video, releasing the PDBs will demonstrate that he is telling the truth - and put the Benghazi debate to rest once and for all.

Of course, it is highly unlikely that is what the Benghazi PDBs would show. [Read more: Thiessen/WashingtonPost/5May2014]

Section IV Coming AFIO Events


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.

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 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 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:

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Section V - Other Upcoming Events

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

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 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

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 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.

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