AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #27-14 dated 15 July 2014

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Section IV - Books, Research Requests and Upcoming Events


Research Requests

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Friday, 25 July 2014, 1 - 4 pm - Washington, DC
Meet A Spy: Tony & Jonna Mendez
The CIA Officers behind the award-winning movie ARGO

Meet the Mendezes - Tony and Jonna - 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

Monday, 28 July 2014, 4:30 p.m. - Washington, DC

Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army's Way of War

C. Christine Fair, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Peace and Security Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, author of Fighting to the End, speaks on this important topic.

Where: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036; Questions? Contact

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, noon
Washington, DC
Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update, at the International Spy Museum

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.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit


Chinese Businessman Is Charged in Plot to Steal U.S. Military Data. A Chinese businessman in Canada hacked into Boeing's computers and stole information about United States military aircraft and weapons, the Justice Department said on Friday, describing a corporate espionage case that is unusual for the huge amount of data involved.

The businessman, Su Bin, spent years taking data from Boeing, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in court documents, and working with two unidentified contacts in China sought to sell the information to companies there.

There is no indication that the Chinese government orchestrated the attacks, or that anyone breached classified systems or stole classified information. But the assault on one of the nation's most sophisticated military contractors is a reminder that even seemingly safe computer systems are vulnerable.

In March, Chinese hackers broke into computers that stored the personal information of all United States government employees. In May, the Justice Department accused five Chinese officials with hacking into Westinghouse Electric, United States Steel and other companies. [Read more: Apuzzo/NYTimes/11July2014]

As Government Narrows List of FBI Headquarters Sites, Speculation Mounts. The federal government is expected to name a short list of sites it will consider for a future FBI headquarters campus in coming days, ending weeks of speculation about which locations best fit what some call an increasingly rigid set of requirements.

On June 2 the General Services Administration, which is managing the process, received proposals from developers and local governments interested in offering properties to the FBI for what might be the largest new federal campus since the CIA�s Langley headquarters was completed in 1961.

The search has drawn intense jockeying from local members of Congress, with both Virginia and Maryland politicos holding press events that felt like pep rallies on behalf of their states.

Among the sites that have likely been proposed are the parking lot area at Greenbelt Metro station, a combination of public and private land in Springfield, the former Landover Mall and Poplar Point, a waterfront property in Southeast D.C. [Read more: O'Connell/WashingtonPost/9July2014]

Top Army Brass Defend Troubled Intelligence System. When Gen. John Campbell, the Army's vice chief of staff, appeared last year at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill, he cited his son's experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator's tough questions about a troubled intelligence technology system.

This week, after an inquiry by The Associated Press, the Army acknowledged that Campbell misspoke about his son's unit, omitting some key facts as he sought to defend a $4 billion system that critics say has not worked as promised.

Campbell faces another Senate hearing Thursday morning, this one on his nomination to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan. He may get another chance to discuss the Distributed Common Ground System, known as DCGS-A. The network of crash-prone software, sensors and databases was supposed to allow troops to process and integrate intelligence from a variety of sources, from electronic intercepts to overhead imagery to spy reports.

The need is greater than ever, since gathering and making sense of intelligence in Afghanistan will remain a priority even as US troops draw down. [Read more: Dilanian/AP/10July2014]

Australian Intelligence Agencies to Be Given New Powers. The federal government will seek to introduce legislation giving Australian intelligence agencies new powers and to create a new offence for when intelligence officers take material without appropriate authorisation.

The attorney general, George Brandis, told a Coalition party meeting on Tuesday the first part of the government's intelligence legislation would be introduced this week. He said the package would relate mostly to the recommendations in chapter four of the joint parliamentary committee on intelligence and security inquiry.

The package will also seek to introduce a new offence when the government is aware intelligence material has been taken but there are difficulties proving it has been disclosed to a third party. Guardian Australia understands the legislation will be introduced on Wednesday.

On Monday Labor MP Anthony Byrne, who is currently the deputy chair of the joint intelligence and security committee, said he had "grave concerns" about the "inevitability in this country an event will occur on this soil of the magnitude of the Bali event, or just a terrorism event". [Read more: Farrell/TheGuardian/15July2014]

Norway's New Arctic Spy Ship Unveiled, as Canada Trails Behind. Norway is spending $250 million on a new spy boat to track Russian activities in the Arctic, while Canada's efforts to safeguard its northern sovereignty appear to be moving in slow motion.

The hull of the new ship, to be operated by the Norwegian military intelligence service and enter service in 2016, was delivered recently to a military base in Alesund, a coastal town northwest of Oslo in the Scandinavian kingdom of 5 million people.

Norwegian military intelligence is currently working to install ultra-sensitive spying equipment. The spy ship, which looks like a large car-and-truck ferry, was built in Romania.

Twenty military intelligence agents will work on board, Norwegian officials said, without giving more details on their specific tasks. [Read more: McIntosh/QMI/13July2014]

Chinese Hackers Extend Reach to Smaller U.S. Agencies, Officials Say. After years of cyberattacks on the networks of high-profile government targets like the Pentagon, Chinese hackers appear to have turned their attention to far more obscure federal agencies.

Law enforcement and cybersecurity analysts in March detected intrusions on the computer networks of the Government Printing Office and the Government Accountability Office, senior American officials said this week.

The printing office catalogs and publishes information for the White House, Congress and many federal departments and agencies. It also prints passports for the State Department. The GAO is known as the "congressional watchdog," conducting investigations into how the federal government spends money and the effectiveness of its programs.

The attacks occurred around the same time Chinese hackers breached the networks of the Office of Personnel Management, which houses the personal information of all federal employees and more detailed information on tens of thousands of employees who have applied for top-secret security clearances. [Read more: Schmidt/NYTimes/15July2014]

ISR Agency Becomes Part of Newest Numbered Air Force. The Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency is being realigned from Headquarters Air Force as a Field Operating Agency to become part of a new operational Numbered Air Force, or NAF, under Air Combat Command, or ACC, officials said July 11.

"The primary focus of this realignment is to establish an ISR NAF (25th Air Force) to enable closer synchronization and integration of Air Force ISR activities and effects," said Lt. Gen. Bob Otto, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. "We do this by combining ISR aircraft, PED (production, exploitation and dissemination), targeting and analysis under a single NAF focused on operational mission execution, employment, deployment, and readiness issues."

With operational control of many Air Force ISR capabilities, ACC will, in addition to its contribution to wartime missions, retain the ability to provide multi-disciplined intelligence, including: analysis, imagery, targeting and other capabilities in support of international emergency relief and other peacetime operations. Flight operations and data analysis will be streamlined, allowing integration of tactical, regional, and national ISR capabilities.

The new Numbered Air Force headquarters will be located at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. A team of experts from ACC, Air Force ISR Agency and Headquarters Air Force is already at work developing the program action directive which will assign responsibilities for the actions needed to complete the realignment. Further details will be provided as the realignment plan is fully developed. [Read more: AirForceReserveCommand/15July2014]

Staffers Purged at Homeland Security Committee. A spate of sudden firings at the House Homeland Security Committee last month adds to a pattern of extensive turnover that has left members and staffers questioning the panel's leadership and its commitment to border security and counterterrorism policy.

A new staff director for Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas cleaned house at the committee, dismissing five top policy staffers on June 20, including his top advisers on border security and counterterrorism, both of whom McCaul hired less than two years ago. There have been at least five other staff departures since McCaul became chairman last year.

The brain drain comes a few months after McCaul hired Brendan Shields to reorganize the panel as staff director - and leaves the full committee without some of its most experienced policy aides against the backdrop of a crisis of Central American children illegally crossing the Southern border and instability in Iraq, Syria and the rest of the Middle East.

"I kind of wonder if Brendan Shields has turned on a television in the last six months or picked up a New York Times," said a former government official, who was not among the fired staffers but knows people involved with the committee. "Is he not paying attention to what's going on in Syria? In Libya? ... Has he turned on CNN and seen the holding pens with thousands of children coming across the border?"

McCaul and his spokesman declined to comment. [Read more: Newhauser/RollCall/15July2014]


This Never-Before-Seen WWII Document Offers an Inside Account of an Elite Nazi Combat Unit's Collapse. American G.I. John Frankemolle was guarding a group of captured German soldiers in Europe during World War II when an intelligence officer handed him an interrogation of prisoner of war (IPW) report. The officer told Frankemolle to keep the papers to himself and give it back to him after reading it - but that was the last time the two ever saw each other.

Seventy years later, 90-year-old Frankemolle still has that report, which he stored in his Long Island home alongside photos and mementos from his period of service with the US Navy Armed Guard. The two-page Special IPW Report, titled The Odyssey of Goetz Von Berlightngen, is an English translation of a first-hand account written by an unnamed Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS) staff officer in the presence of his American interrogators.

Frankemolle believes he may have one of the last copies of that forgotten document, which his family agreed to share with Business Insider

Nazi SS combat troops were Hitler's most diehard and elite soldiers, still notorious for their wartime atrocities. But this officer's account reveals that he and his comrades fought hard - but suffered from waning morale in the months following the Allies' successful D-Day invasion of the European mainland on June 6, 1944.  [Read more: Adwar/BusinessInsider/11July2014]

Distinctions to Try for a Devious Spy. Connoisseurs of delicious irony must have been pleased when the latest edition of the CIA's Style Manual & Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications circulated online last week.

The 185-page style guide, made public thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request by a group of attorneys known as the National Security Counselors, stresses that "good intelligence depends in large measure on clear, concise writing."

But within its pages is a reminder that intelligence officers are not always so forthright in their communication. In a section on "possibly troublesome words," the meanings of "misinformation" and "disinformation" are carefully distinguished. " 'Disinformation' refers to the deliberate planting of false reports," the style guide advises. " 'Misinformation' equates in meaning but does not carry the same devious connotation."

The "devious connotation" of "disinformation" originated in the Cold War wrangling of intelligence agencies on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The word first hit English-language newspapers in the summer of 1954, in reports on an Australian Royal Commission hearing about bombshell allegations of Soviet spying. Vladimir Petrov, an officer at the Soviet embassy in Canberra, had agreed to provide evidence of espionage in exchange for political asylum. Petrov pulled back the veil on the global machinations of the KGB, including the existence of an entire department responsible for "the dissemination of misleading information," known as the Disinformation Section. [Read more: Zimmer/WallStreetJournal/11July2014]

The Return of an Intelligence Code Word With a Storied History. UMBRA.

In the annals of intelligence, no word is more associated with secret government intelligence reports, especially those produced for policy-makers based on raw intelligence. UFO reports in the 1950s. The most brittle reporting on Soviet leadership intentions. Intercepted phone calls between Chinese and Pakistani nuclear officials.

Way back when - at least since middle of the 1950s - the intelligence community used the UMBRA code word to inform the reader of a certain report that the original source for the intelligence was of the most sensitive category. At the NSA, back then, there were three levels of source sensitivity. UMBRA was the five-letter code word used for Category III sources. (Other words: MORAY and SPOKE).

If a document was stamped TOP SECRET UMBRA at the top and the bottom, you'd know that the agency went to great lengths to obtain the embedded information. [Read more: Ambinder/9July2014]

Spy Novel Derailed CIA Career, Agent Claims. A CIA agent claims the agency derailed his career because he wrote a novel that cast The Company in a negative light - and that the CIA objected to phrases such as "conch fritters" and "tropical breeze" as classified information.

Under the alias Jim Markson, the man sued the CIA, 14 of its officers - 13 of them identified only by their first name and an initial - and John Doe CIA agents, in Federal Court. He accuses the defendants of retaliation and violating his rights to free speech and due process.

Markson says he started drafting his novel in 2011, the year in which the fictitious story is set.

"It concludes with the arrest of fictional terrorists who were conspiring to conduct massive biological attacks against opening day professional football games in close proximity to the ten-year anniversary of the real terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001," the complaint states. [Read more: Abbott/CourthouseNews/14July2014]


How the CIA Partnered With Amazon and Changed Intelligence. The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If the technology plays out as officials envision, it will usher in a new era of cooperation and coordination, allowing agencies to share information and services much more easily and avoid the kind of intelligence gaps that preceded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

For the first time, agencies within the IC will be able to order a variety of on-demand computing and analytic services from the CIA and National Security Agency. What�s more, they�ll only pay for what they use. 

The vision was first outlined in the IC Information Technology Enterprise plan championed by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and IC Chief Information Officer Al Tarasiuk almost three years ago. Cloud computing is one of the core components of the strategy to help the IC discover, access and share critical information in an era of seemingly infinite data. 

For the risk-averse intelligence community, the decision to go with a commercial cloud vendor is a radical departure from business as usual. [Read more: Konkel/NextGov/11July2014]

Spies Like Us. Is it because they know us so little - or because they know us too well - that the Americans can't stop spying on us Germans?

It is a question worth pondering after last week's revelation that American agents had recruited at least one member of Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND, and may have done the same with a high-ranking defense official. In response, the German government denounced the "stupidity" of the CIA and expelled its top man in Berlin.

The reports struck nerves already jangled by Edward J. Snowden's revelations about the scope and depth of the National Security Agency's surveillance into both private communications and Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone.

Against this backdrop, it is hard to qualify the latest scandal as mere stupidity. The NSA revelations could at least be dismissed as an unfortunate but inadvertent result of mission overreach; developing human intelligence sources within the German government is another matter. To many Germans, America's continuing espionage against one of its supposedly closest allies smacks of arrogance and disrespect. [Read more: Bittner/NYTimes/13July2014]

The CIA in Germany: A Secret History. Over the weekend, news broke that the German security service had arrested a 31-year-old intelligence official who has been charged with providing classified information to an unnamed foreign government. Within a matter of hours, the German media confirmed that the country in question was the United States. CIA officials quickly said off-the-record that the Agency was �involved' in recruiting the German agent, although we are still waiting for further details about what role the CIA played in this affair.

One should not be surprised by the news. You do not have to look very hard to find in the historical record information revealing that the CIA has been spying inside Germany for more than sixty years. CIA agents have even been captured and expelled by German authorities, including a number who were caught in the 1990s. These incidents, which received comparatively little attention in the US, were covered extensively in Germany and enraged the German public.

Despite the fact that Germany has been a longtime friend and NATO ally of the US, many of the Agency's escapades have for decades been chronicled in the pages of the German news magazine Der Spiegel. And thanks to information leaked over the past year to the US and European media by Edward Snowden, we now know in some detail that America's eavesdropping behemoth, the NSA, had been tapping the cell phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her predecessors since at least the late 1990s.

So why all the hoopla about this latest press revelation? [Read more: Aid/TheDailyBeast/10July2014]

Hayden: Some of the Best Intelligence Is No Secret at All - It's Social. Intelligence is often viewed as a profession that steals secrets and then knits those secrets together for policymakers in order to inform their judgments.

That's certainly true, but it might be a better (or at least more complete) description of the profession's past than of its future. It's not that secrets don't or won't matter, but in an information age, a larger percentage of the knowledge required for wise policymaking will not have to be stolen. It will be generally available.

Nearly two years ago, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance published a white paper (I was one of a team of authors) that declared: "To fully serve policymakers, the [intelligence community] will need to continue to expand - to a much greater degree than has been assumed or accomplished to date - its reliance on open sources of information that contain or reflect the sentiments, intentions, and actions of non-governmental actors; what might be called �social intelligence.'"

We were then, of course, reflecting on the Arab Awakening, an understanding of which may not have been particularly advanced by purloining a document from the safe of, say, Omar Suleiman, then head of the Egyptian intelligence service. As good a traditional intelligence officer as Omar was, during Tahrir Square he seemed to know less about the Egyptian street than we did. [Read more: Hayden/WashingtonTimes/9July2014]

Canada Actually Let Scientists Review the Success of Its Intelligence Gathering. While America spends billions every year on sophisticated intelligence gathering so that the CIA can brief the president with timely information on precarious situations in the Middle East, nobody knows exactly how accurate the information truly is. But in a much smaller, little-known Canadian intelligence forecasting unit, excellent and reliable forecasts are churned out regularly, according to a new analysis. 

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that forecasts issued by the analytic teams of the Middle East and Africa divisions within the Intelligence Assessment Secretariat (IAS) of Canada, matched 76 percent of the actual "variance in geopolitical outcomes" the unit forecast.

"The accuracy of 1,514 strategic intelligence forecasts abstracted from intelligence reports was assessed," explains the report, authored by David Mandel and Alan Barnes, two defence experts. "The results show that both discrimination and calibration of forecasts was very good."

Barnes and Mandel were using IAS as a case study for figuring out how accurate internal intelligence forecasting within government agencies really is, generally. The report contends that though forecasting is a vital part of strategic intelligence, giving key decision makers at the highest branches of government geopolitical advice, "intelligence organizations seldom keep an objective scorecard of forecasting accuracy." [Read more: Makuch/Motherboard/14July2014]

U.S. Spying on Germany: Making Enemies Out of Allies, and for What? What were they thinking?

In the wake of last fall's revelation that the National Security Agency had wiretapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone, the report of US intelligence's involvement in two other likely cases of spying on Germany is mind-boggling.

Now the story has taken a dramatic new turn, with Germany expelling the CIA chief of station in Berlin - an almost unprecedented step by an ally. This unusual action reflects how seriously the Merkel government takes these spying allegations.

What could the CIA hope to gain by infiltrating the BND, the German Federal Intelligence Service, knowing there was a chance that the operation might be exposed? What was worth this risk? [Read more: Wise/Reuters/1July2014]

Section IV - Books and Upcoming Events


The Past, Present & Future of the CIA Through Spying Eyes. In his new book co-written with Vernon Loeb, Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story (Sarah Crichton Books), Jack Devine recounts his 32-year CIA career, considers how the war on terror has changed the agency and urges that US leaders not lose sight of old-fashioned spycraft's value.

Devine joined the CIA in 1967. By the mid-1990s, he oversaw all CIA spying operations as acting director of operations. He recalls the 1973 coup that toppled Salvador Allende's government in Chile, the hunt for Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar and just about every other major CIA operation during his tenure.

Perhaps most significant - for history, for America then and now, and for this book - is Devine's key role in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Supplying the mujahedeen with shoulder-launched Stinger anti-aircraft missiles as they fought back against Soviet invaders, he essentially ran the operation depicted in the 2007 movie Charlie Wilson's War.

Devine also covers what's painful, disturbing territory for him: the cases of Soviet moles Robert Hanssen, who infiltrated the FBI, and Aldrich Ames, who infiltrated the CIA. Devine trained with Ames, twice supervised him and considered him less than a model employee, but "compartmentalization" kept the full truth about Ames from Devine until he learned of Ames' 1994 arrest via TV news. [Read more: Wallace/TribLive/12July2014]

Research Requests

Micro Writing for Coded Messages.


Would it be possible for you to add this request to the next available issue of WINs? As you will read it's part of a research project and if anyone is able to help it would be very much appreciated.

'Recently I came across some instances of micro writing being used as part of a coded message. In fact it had been written into the shape and form of normal sized letters. In one case it is evident on an image of a series of capitalised letters and in another it appears to be written into words that were in cursive style and which in turn made up a verse from a poem. The writing was in the range of .4mm to .6 mm in size.

I have images that I am happy to share on request but I wondered whether anyone had any examples of micro writing from WW2 and the years following to 1952 including carrier pigeon messages in micro code, in micro writing and any small sized drawings.

I did find a reference of its use during WW2 by a German Intelligence officer, Heinrich Schmitz, link to story here.

This is part of an ongoing research project and any help or assistance possible would be greatly appreciated'

Very Best Regards,
Gordon Cramer

Upcoming AFIO Events


Thursday, 17 July 2014, 11:30 am - Palmer Lake, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hears Sheriff-Elect Bill Elder.

Our speaker is Bill Elder, Sheriff-Elect at the caucus who is running unopposed in November; therefore, he will be our next Sheriff of El Paso County unless a huge write-in campaign is undertaken. This is an excellent chance to meet the new Sheriff and get to know more about him and his background.
Location: The Inn on the Palmer Divide, 443 S Highway 105, Palmer Lake, CO 80133 ~ Phone: 719-481-1800.
Exit I-25 at Exit 161 for Monument and Palmer Lake. Go North of SH 105 towards Palmer Lake. You will receive additional directions when you RSVP to Tom Van Wormer at The lunch will cost $12.00. You can pay at the door.

Saturday, 9 August 2014 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts meeting

Location: Country Club of Orange Park. Questions and reservations: Quiel Begonia at call 352-332-6150. Cost will be $16 each, pay the Country Club at the luncheon.

14 August 2014, 11:30 a.m. - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco "Andre LeGallo" Chapter hosts Capt. Welton Chang, DoD Analyst and Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Topic: Predicting War and Peace: Inside the Massive IARPA Political Forecasting Experiment - Exploring the Frontiers of Optimal Political Forecasting. In 2011, IARPA sponsored a tournament to test a big idea: can people predict political outcomes? If so, how? Come learn how the tournament has progressed over the last three years from a participant in the project. Capt. Welton Chang will discuss the experimental set up, findings, and implications for intelligence and policy making. 

11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon. Please note new meeting location: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080. RSVP required by 8/1/14 to Mariko Kawaguchi: e-mail with meal choice (Salmon with Champagne Sauce or Veal Roast au Jus) 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.

21 August 2014, 12:30pm - Los Angeles, CA - AFIO � Los Angeles hosts LAPD Police Chief Bernard Parks on Aerial Surveillance Platforms

The chapter will host Bernard Parks, former Chief of Police of the L.A.P.D. (Los Angeles Police Dept.) and current member of the Los Angeles City Council, to discuss the current state of safety in the city of Los Angeles and future limited use of aerial surveillance platforms (UAV-Drones), and the impact it will have on the future of local law enforcement in L.A.
Location for the meeting: LAPD-ARTC 5651 W Manchester Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90045, Start Time:12.30 PM, Room 1E.
Please RSVP for attendance:

13 September 2014, 1130 hrs - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - The Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Counterterrorism expert, Wallace Bruschweiler

Former AFIO Suncoast Chapter VP Wallace Bruschweiler will explore various approaches used by Israel, USA, Western Europe and Russia in combating terrorist activities around the world. He is a quadri-linguist and an expert on counter terrorism and national security issues. Wallace is a results oriented security executive, strategist and problem solver with extensive expertise and over 25 years in solving complex domestic and international security and intelligence situations in a large range of venues. Terrorism has evolved and Wallace has stayed in front of the curve.
Event location: Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
For reservations and further details, contact Barbara Keith, 1024 Osprey Drive, Melbourne, Florida 32940. Telephone: 321.777.5561, email:

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Other Upcoming Events

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Exploring the Covert Capital with Prof. Friedman - at the International Spy Museum

�His Monument is Around You.� - Dulles memorial inscription at CIA Headquarters
Washington, DC, may be the United States� official capital, but the northern Virginia area is the covert capital of a secret empire. Anchored at one end on the Pentagon and at the other on CIA headquarters, the area has been profoundly affected in its architecture, culture, and politics by the covert business done there, business which touches every part of the globe. Join Professor Andrew Friedman of Haverford College for a fascinating discussion of an aspect of the secret world of espionage that you probably never considered: architecture. Afterwards, Professor Friedman will sign his book Covert Capital: Landscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia, and you can examine photographs from the secret files of the International Spy Museum showing long-gone classified CIA facilities around the Washington area.
Reservations at Tickets: $8

Saturday, 19 July 2014, 1pm - 4pm - Washington, DC - Allan Topol: In-Store Book Signing

The International Spy Museum hosts a book signing of The Argentine Triangle by Allan Topol, the author of ten novels. Two of them, Spy Dance and Enemy of My Enemy, were national bestsellers. His novels have been translated into Japanese, Portuguese and Hebrew. One was optioned and three are in development for movies.
BOOK SUMMARY: Former CIA Officer Craig Page is featured in Alan Topol’s The Argentine Triangle. Craig goes undercover in Buenos Aires’ where he confronts brutality driven by a power hungry Argentine general, his cruel henchman, and a double-dealing Washington lawyer who is the American President’s closest advisor.
In trying to block their effort to reshape exotic Argentina and all of South America, Craig uncovers buried secrets from the Dirty War. His mission and life hinge upon Gina, a young Argentine journalist and Nicole a compassionate Patriot.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit

Friday, 25 July 2014, 1 - 4 pm - Washington, DC - Meet A Spy: Tony & Jonna Mendez, the real CIA Officers behind the movie ARGO

Meet the Mendezes - Tony and Jonna - 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

Monday, 28 July 2014, 4:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army's Way of War

C. Christine Fair, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Peace and Security Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, author of Fighting to the End, speaks on this important topic.

Where: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036; Questions? Contact

Friday, 15 August 2014, 1 - 4 pm - Washington, DC - Meet former FBI/CIA Counterintelligence Officer, Christopher Lynch

Christopher Lynch was a Counterintelligence Officer, first in the FBI, and then in the CIA, for thirty years. As an Operations Analyst, he specialized in the KGB in assessing tradecraft and in detecting hostile control.
Free. No registration required. More info and directions at

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, noon - Washington, DC - Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story with Jack Devine

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; and he tried to warn George Tenet that there was a bullet coming from Iraq with his name on it. His new book, Good Hunting, is Devine’s guide to the art of spycraft and his belief in the CIA’s vital importance as a tool of American statecraft. Although it has been caricatured by Hollywood, lionized by the right, and pilloried by the left, Devine believes the CIA remains one of the least understood instruments of the United States government. Join him as he uses his wit, candor, and common sense wisdom to set the record straight about an organization whose history has not been given its due.

Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit

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