AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #20-14 dated 20 May 2014

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Section IV - Books, Jobs and Upcoming AFIO Events



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Section V - Other Upcoming Events

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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, highly successful CIA propaganda operation. Peter W. Finn, National Security Editor for The Washington Post (previously served as the Post's bureau chief in Moscow). The co-authors are Peter Finn and Petra Couvee [Couvee lives in Russia].
The 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). Using archival research, including previously classified CIA files, we see the oppressive political conditions that gave rise to Pasternak's masterpiece, and the international firestorm that occurred when the novel was banned in the USSR. 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.
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Lunch served at noon
Jack Devine begins his presentation at 1 pm
Morning and Afternoon programs are On The Record

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Event closes at 2 p.m.

Complete Registration

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Chinese Military Unit Charged With Cyber-Espionage Against U.S. Firms. The Justice Department on Monday accused five members of the Chinese military of conducting economic cyber-espionage against American companies, marking the first time that the United States has leveled such criminal charges against a foreign country.

Industries targeted by the alleged cyberspying ranged from nuclear to steel to solar energy, officials said. The hacking by a military unit in Shanghai, they said, was conducted for no other reason than to give a competitive advantage to Chinese companies, including state-owned enterprises.

In a statement he read at a news conference, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said: "The range of trade secrets and other sensitive business information stolen in this case is significant and demands an aggressive response... Success in the international marketplace should be based solely on a company's ability to innovate and compete, not on a sponsor government's ability to spy and steal business secrets.�

Holder said the Obama administration "will not tolerate actions by any nation that seeks to illegally sabotage American companies and undermine the integrity of fair competition in the operation of the free market." [Read more: WashingtonPost/19May2014]

U.S., Nigeria Reach Deal on Intelligence Sharing. The United States and Nigeria have reached a deal to share intelligence in the country's effort to find the more than 200 girls kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram.

NPR's Tom Bowman reports that the U.S. will now share "all source" intelligence with Nigeria. In simple terms, it means it will share intelligence analysis but withhold raw intelligence.

"Before now, it was a fusion cell of U.S., Brits and France working together, and Nigeria didn't get full access," Tom tells us. "The U.S. has said it will provide assistance, but not get directly involved with 'boots on the ground' in Nigeria."

Meanwhile, the BBC reports that the suicide attacks continued in the country. This time, suspected car bomb exploded in a street full of bars and restaurants in the northern city of Kano, killing four people. [Peralta/NPR/19May2014]

Japan Supreme Court Upholds Verdict in Intelligence Chief Fraud Case. The Supreme Court has upheld lower court decisions finding a former head of the Public Security Intelligence Agency, Shigetake Ogata, guilty of defrauding real estate and cash from Chongryon, the group of pro-Pyongyang Korean residents.

Ogata, 79, was first found guilty and sentenced in the Tokyo District Court in 2009 before appealing the decision to the Tokyo High Court. In the top court ruling dated Monday, presiding Justice Katsumi Chiba upheld Ogata's sentence of two years and 10 months in prison, suspended for five years.

The court also upheld the guilty verdict of co-defendant Tadao Mitsui, 80, sentenced to three years in prison, suspended for five years.

The court agreed with findings in the original case that Ogata and Mitsui defrauded Chongryon of its central Tokyo head office building in 2007, when the group was looking to temporarily offload the property to prevent its seizure by a government-run debt collection agency. [Read more: JapanTimes/20May2014]

Sudan Intelligence Service Takes Sadiq al-Mahdi to Court. Sudan's powerful intelligence service has filed a criminal complaint against the leader of a major opposition party, disputing claims a counter-insurgency unit looted, raped and committed arson, reports said Tuesday.

The National Intelligence and Security Service laid the complaint against Umma party leader Sadiq al-Mahdi over comments made about the Rapid Support Forces at a news conference last week, according to identical newspaper reports.

Newspapers said NISS accuses Mahdi of releasing false information about the RSF, including claims that it has "non-Sudanese" in its ranks.

The agency, which has authority over the RSF, accuses Mahdi of distorting the image of the forces, threatening public peace, undermining the prestige of the state and inciting the international community against Sudan, the reports said. [Read more: MiddleEastOnline/13May2014]

Washington Spends �200m Creating Intelligence Hub in Britain. Washington is to spend almost �200m to turn one of its British military bases - already implicated in mass surveillance and drone strikes - into one of its largest intelligence hubs outside the mainland United States.

RAF Croughton, a US Air Force (USAF) base near Milton Keynes, which has a direct cable link to Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) at Cheltenham, is to be the site for an ultra-secure intelligence centre staffed by up to 1,250 personnel and covering operations in Africa, a current focus for US counterterrorism activities.

The $317m (�189m) project, which includes an installation for the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon's main military espionage service, underlines RAF Croughton's position as a centre for clandestine and classified US communications in Britain.

Once complete in 2017, the facility will be comparable in number of personnel and operational importance to RAF Menwith Hill, the National Security Agency (NSA) listening station in North Yorkshire. Like Menwith Hill, it is likely to be co-staffed with representatives of British intelligence, including GCHQ. [Read more: Milmo/TheIndependent/18May2014]

CIA Denies Its Agents Were Killed in Eastern Ukraine. The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has denied reports of a number of CIA agents allegedly killed in clashes between forces loyal to the Kiev authorities and self-defense units in eastern Ukraine.

Earlier, the People's Mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, announced that Kiev-controlled troops and law enforcers had sustained heavy losses during a so-called "counter-terrorist" operation in the east of the country.

At least 650 servicemen were killed, wounded or taken prisoner in the past ten 10 days, he said. There are 70 foreigners among them and of those 13 agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and CIA were killed and 12 others were wounded, Ponomaryov told reporters.

A CIA official claimed on the US embassy in Berlin's official Twitter page that no such incidents had taken place and that allegations by pro-Russian activists did not correspond to reality. [VOR/18May2014]

Costa Rica's Sol�s Defends Spy Agency as Lawmakers Look to Abolish It. Costa Rica may have disbanded its army, but it does have an intelligence agency - at least, for now.

Libertarian Movement Party lawmaker and former presidential hopeful Otto Guevara has presented a bill to abolish the Department of Intelligence and Security, or DIS, and reallocate its budget to the Public Security Ministry, the daily La Naci�n reported on Tuesday.

Lawmaker Ott�n Sol�s, founder of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) to which President Luis Guillermo Sol�s belongs, also came down in support of the bill. Ott�n Sol�s has long been a critic of the agency that he and other PAC members have claimed spied on them because of their political beliefs.

President Sol�s, however, claimed the maligned agency plays a critical role in Costa Rica�s security and warned against disbanding it without an alternative in place. [Read more: Dyer/TicoTimes/13May2014]

Lessons Learned Guide Intelligence Community Information Enterprise. The Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (ICITE) has generated a host of lessons learned that could be applied to many network consolidation efforts. Al Tarasiuk, chief information officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), outlined these lessons to a luncheon audience on the second day of AFCEA's three-day Joint Information Environment (JIE) Mission Partner Symposium being held in Baltimore May 12-14.

Tarasiuk described five key lessons learned in the development of ICITE: employ hands-on executive leadership; ensure mission/business involvement; have a clear and transparent architecture and strategy; ensure consistent messaging and constant communications, including both workers and oversight organizations such as Congress; and maintain relentless execution.

ICITE featured a service-provider-based business model, and different intelligence organizations were in charge of individual aspects. The CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA) were in charge of the intelligence community cloud along with identification, authentication and authorization; and the NSA handled the applications mall. The National Reconnaissance Office was tasked with network requirements and engineering. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) handled enterprise management service as well as the intelligence community desktop. And, the ODNI and the DIA were placed in charge of the security coordination center.

Tarasiuk related that ICITE is operational and is scaling to meet the needs of all intelligence community missions. More than 400 apps already have been moved into the new information structure, and that number is growing, he added. [Read more: Ackerman/AFCEA/13May2014]


Meet the 'NeRD,' the Navy's New E-Reader. For cybersecurity reasons, sailors on U.S. Navy vessels can't always use smartphones and tablets. And in the cramped quarters of a submarine, there's little room for shelves full of books.

So how is a bookworm sailor supposed to pass the time during those long hours at sea?

The Navy has a solution: The Navy eReader Device, or "NeRD" for short, a custom-made, secure e-reader that comes preloaded with a library of 300 titles. The device has no cellular connectivity or Wi-Fi, so there are no signals to betray its location or tempt enemy hackers.

Yes, that NeRD name may stigmatize reading for some seamen and women. But the Navy is hoping the new gadget will be a welcome companion for bored sailors. [Read more: CNN/16May2014]

New Stealth Spy Drone Already Flying Over Area 51. The latest top secret unmanned spy plane to be uncovered isn't just a design idea, it's already flying at the Air Force's famed Area 51. Unlike the recently announced SR-72, the new RQ-180 from Northrop Grumman is believed to be currently in flight testing according to Aviation Week and Space Technology.

The RQ-180 is a new design aimed at intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR, a.k.a. spying) and incorporates stealth technology, in addition to an efficient new design that's tailored to flights over countries where the red carpet isn't being rolled out for current U.S. spy drones.

It's the successor to the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, known as the "Beast of Kandahar" for its countless missions out of Afghanistan since 2007. It is assumed the RQ-170 has flown missions over Iran and Pakistan, but the aircraft lacks the endurance of other unmanned aircraft, somewhat limiting its capabilities. Iran displayed what is claimed to be a captured RQ-170 in December 2011. The U.S. Air Force would only acknowledge that it lost control of an RQ-170 over western Afghanistan at the same time.

The new RQ-180 is thought to largely address the problem of flying in hostile airspace through improved stealth design and better aerodynamics. According to Aviation Week, the unmanned spy plane would allow the Air Force to expand ISR capabilities beyond the "permissive environments - such as Iraq and Afghanistan," where current drones such as the Global Hawk and Predator/Reaper operate. Instead the RQ-180 would be able to fly undetected in airspace where the U.S. does not have permission and/or the protection needed to fly. [Read more: Paur/Wired/13May2014]

Nazis Formed Secret Army to Overthrow Allies After WWII. Nazi officers formed a secret army after the end of World War II and had plans to overthrow the Allies who occupied Germany, according to a report published this week based on newly available documents by the German intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND).

A group of 2,000 soldiers - veterans of the Nazi-era Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS - formed the group, and with a plan to recruit 40,000, they spied on politicians and amassed weapons to attack opposing forces, including the Soviets in East Germany, the files revealed.

Their aim was to restore "honor" and "to defend nascent West Germany against Eastern aggression in the early stages of the Cold War and, on the domestic front, to deploy against the Communists in the event of a civil war," Der Spiegel reported.

The discovery of the documents was accidental, the German magazine revealed, detailing how a German historian working for an Independent Historical Commission hired by the BND to research its history and that of its predecessor (the Gehlen Organization), stumbled upon the files, which had been given the title "Insurances." The historian Agilolf Kesselring published his study this week. [Read more: TimesofIsrael/16May2014]

15-Year-Old Harrogate Teen Earns Master's Degree and a World Record Title. A 15-year-old Harrogate teenager just walked across the stage to earn her Master's degree in Intelligence Analysis, as well as the world record for being the youngest person to do so.

Eugenie de Silva has plans to become the Secretary of Defense, a goal she set when she was only seven years old.

She earned an award from Johns Hopkins University for verbal and mathematics testing when she was seven, and was told she could start taking college classes. She declined, because her father wanted her to earn her high school diploma before jumping into college.

By the time she turned 15, she was wrapping up her Master's degree in Intelligence Analysis, has a handful of books published, taught herself how to play piano, and now holds the title of being the youngest person in the world to earn a Master's degree in Intelligence Analysis.

"I just really have a passion for Intelligence Analysis and law enforcement," de Silva said. [Read more: Wamke/WVLT/19May2014]

Asylum Seekers as Informants? This summer a chapter of German intelligence history will close. It involves the "Office for Questioning" (HBW), which has existed with very little public knowledge for more than 50 years as a part of Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND. After the public learned last year that the agency had been secretly and systematically tapping asylum seekers for information, the German government announced that it would close the HBW down.

For the moment, 40 people work at the HBW, according to figures provided by the federal government during a parliamentary inquiry convened by the opposition Left Party in April. The government told DW the HBW will be shut on 30 June, but some politicians are not convinced that closing the office will mean asylum seekers are no longer questioned by Germany's spy agency.

"Instead of scrutinizing and changing the practices at the bureau, there are crude diversion tactics taking place," said the deputy leader of the Left Party, Jan Korte, in response to a DW inquiry. "The BND will just put new signs on the doors, and people in distress will continue to be exploited."

That's because the questioning sessions will not end when the HBW office is phased out. The BND will still be able to siphon information from asylum seekers in the future, a fact provided by the German government to the Left Party, which the opposition party then passed it along to the dpa news agency. [Read more: P�hle/DeutscheWelle/18May2014]

Need GEOINT? There's an App for That, Even When Disconnected. Disconnected from the server or cloud? There's an app for that. A new software program lets the military, first responders and security personnel share geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) data via mobile devices even with little or no connectivity.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's Geospatial Intelligence Advancement Testbed Mobile Apps Team developed the capability in response to requests from intelligence community users, said Benjamin Tuttle, the team leader.

"One of the No. 1 things that we hear from people is, 'this has to work disconnected,' whether it's urban search-and-rescue people who are worried that the [cell] towers are going to be down or it's security forces at a special event who are worried that there are going to be so many people that the towers are going to be intermittent in terms of connectivity," Tuttle said.

"Everybody wants to know that they're still going to have that [geospatial intelligence] and situational awareness that NGA is trying to provide them," he added. [Read more: Kanowitz/GCN/19May2014]


Our Enemies Are Stronger Because of Edward Snowden's Treacherous Betrayal. For the intelligence community, June 5, 2013 is a date that is indelibly seared into the consciousness. For it was on that day nearly a year ago that Edward Snowden, a hitherto unknown contractor with America's National Security Agency, embarked on arguably the greatest act of treason in the modern age.

With the active cooperation of journalists on both sides of the Atlantic, Snowden revealed many of the secret methods employed by America and its allies to spy on their enemies. While he and his supporters claimed they were performing a vital public service in exposing the mass surveillance techniques regularly used by the world's leading spy agencies, security officials were under no illusions about the extent of the damage his revelations had inflicted on their intelligence-gathering operations.

On one level, the Snowden affair had the comic effect of requiring some of the world's most senior political figures, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Fran�ois Hollande, to change their mobile phone numbers for fear that American eavesdroppers were monitoring their conversations. Of more serious concern, though, has been the devastating impact Snowden's revelations have had on the way the intelligence agencies go about their business.

For now that our enemies have been apprised of the methods we use to spy on them, they have implemented radical changes to the way they communicate, thereby making it immensely more difficult for the Western intelligence community to track their activities. [Read more: Coughlin/TheTelegraph/16May2014]

Benghazi, the CIA, Morell, the White House and Politicizing Intelligence. The select committee on Benghazi formed by House Speaker Boehner this week is unlikely to find solid evidence of administration wrong-doing. In particular, they are unlikely to find that the administration lied about the reason for the militant attack on the consulate and the CIA post on September 11, 2012.

Critics charge that the White House did lie about the cause of the Benghazi attack. The argument is that because President Obama had declared al-Qaeda "dead," administration officials were unwilling to identify al-Qaeda as the group behind the attack. They accuse the administration of intentionally manipulating information to fit the "al-Qaeda is dead" narrative.

The administration insists it based its assertions about the attack on information from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has released portions of CIA information related to the Benghazi attack.

CIA talking points originally dated September 14, 2012, drafted at 11:14 a.m., claim that the attack was "spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo." The CIA has provided evidence that through the 14 versions of these talking points, with the last version on September 15 at 11:36 a.m., this phrase never changed. [Read more: Ruth/CDN/15May2014]

With Spy Charges, U.S. Draws a Line That Few Others Recognize. By indicting members of the People's Liberation Army's most famous cyberwarfare operation - called Unit 61398 but known among hackers as the "Comment Crew" - the Obama administration has turned to the criminal justice system to reinforce its argument that there is a major difference between spying for national security purposes, something the United States does daily, and the commercial, for-profit espionage carried out by China's military.

The Chinese argue that the distinction is an American artifact, devised for commercial advantage. They believe that looking for business secrets is part of the fabric of national security, especially for a rising economic powerhouse. And while American officials are loath to admit it, Washington's view has relatively few advocates around the world. The French, for example, were notorious for conducting state-backed corporate espionage long before the Chinese mastered the form. And if they choose, Chinese leaders have ample opportunity to retaliate by making life even harder for American companies.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. repeated the we-don't-spy-for-corporate-America argument Monday morning as he unsealed an indictment that included allegations that Unit 61398 had stolen trade secrets for nuclear power plants that would save Chinese firms years of design work, as well as information from inside an American solar energy company that was pursuing a trade complaint against its Chinese competitors.

"The alleged hacking appears to have been conducted for no reason other than to advantage state-owned companies and other interests in China, at the expense of businesses here in the United States," Mr. Holder said. "This is a tactic that the U.S. government categorically denounces. As President Obama has said on numerous occasions, we do not collect intelligence to provide a competitive advantage to U.S. companies, or U.S. commercial sectors." [Read more: Sanger/NYTimes/19May2014]

Section IV - Books, Jobs and Upcoming AFIO Events


As U.S. Looks to Nuclear Deal, Book Faults Handling of Iranian Defector. To those who lost loved ones in the suicide bombing of the American Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, in April 1983, it is often called "the forgotten bombing" - overshadowed by an even deadlier attack on a Marine barracks at the Beirut airport six months later.

Now, a new book shines a spotlight on the embassy bombing, which killed 63 people, 17 of them American, including eight Central Intelligence Agency officers. One of those was Robert C. Ames, a C.I.A. operative who is the hero of the book, The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames, by Kai Bird.

Mr. Bird explores Mr. Ames's shadowy path in the Middle East, where he formed an unlikely friendship with the intelligence chief of the Palestine Liberation Organization and used it to try to draw the Israelis and Palestinians together in peace negotiations.

But in sifting through the long-dead embers from the embassy bombing, Mr. Bird makes a startling assertion: that an Iranian intelligence officer who defected to the United States in 2007 and is still living here under C.I.A. protection, oversaw the 1983 bombing, as well as other terrorist attacks against Americans in Lebanon. [Read more: Landler/NYTimes/18May20014]

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American Public University System. American Public University System, through its two institutions, American Public University and American Military University, is currently educating more than 100,000 distance learners studying in 50 states and more than 100 countries. We are rapidly growing our student base, expanding into new markets, and employing technology in exciting new ways to continue to make education a reality for people around the world. We need qualified and dynamic people from all backgrounds to allow us to live up to our mission of making education accessible to all.

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- Online Full-Time Faculty - Intelligence - Associate Professor (must have a terminal degree - a background focusing in Cyber Intl is preferred)
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- Online Part-Time Intelligence Faculty (must have a masters - preferred courses to teach are INTL434 Threat Analysis, INTL413 Denial and Deception, INTL412 Espionage/Counterespionage, INTL446 Intelligence and Narcotics, INTL305 Law and Ethics in Intelligence, INTL498 Senior Seminar in Intelligence Studies)

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014, 6p - Nellis AFB, NV - AFIO Las Vegas Chapter meets to hear Reza Karamooz on "Future of Unmanned Vehicles."

Please join us at 5 p.m. in the "Robin’s Roost" bar area for liaison and beverages. Mr. Reza Karamooz is the President, Nevada Business Aviation Association. His topic, “Future of Unmanned Vehicles” is highly appropriate based on recent news analyses.
Place: The Officers' Club at Nellis Air Force Base. All guests must use the MAIN GATE, located at the intersection of Craig Road and Las Vegas Blvd.
Address: 5871 Fitzgerald Blvd., Nellis AFB, NV 89191 Phone: 702-644-2582.
Guest names must be submitted along with their birth date, driver’s license number and social security number by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 21, 2014
For Nellis AFB access or questions about the upcoming event, email or call Mary Bentley at or 702 295-0417.

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 .

19 June 2014, 11:30a - 2p - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO James Quesada Chapter hosts investigative journalist Scott C. Johnson who will be speaking about his book, The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son and the CIA.

11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon. United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, SF (between Sloat/Wawona). RSVP required by 6/6/14 to Mariko Kawaguchi: e-mail with meal choice (fish or meat) 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 a member).

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

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014, noon - Washington, DC - Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update with David Major

Be the first to learn the latest intelligence news! 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.
Free. No registration required!

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.

Friday, 27 June 2014, 1 - 4pm - Washington, DC - Meet A Spy: Tony & Jonna Mendez, the real CIA Officers behind the movie ARGO

Meet the Mendezes, both are former CIA Chiefs of Disguise, responsible for changing the identity and appearance of thousands of clandestine operatives around the world. Tony is most famous for his rescue of American diplomats from Tehran during the Iranian Hostage Crisis as depicted in the film ARGO.
Free. No registration required. More info and directions at

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