AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #29-14 dated 29 July 2014

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Section IV - Upcoming Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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There Will Be No Weekly Intelligence Notes Next Week, 5 August 2014.

We will resume the following Tuesday on 12 August 2014.


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Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update, at the International Spy Museum

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Destroy Hamas? Something Worse Would Follow: Pentagon Intel Chief. A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict.

The remarks by Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the outgoing head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, came as Israeli ministers signaled that a comprehensive deal to end the 20-day-old conflict in the Gaza Strip appeared remote.

At least 1,050 Gazans - mostly civilians - have been killed, and 42 Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel have died.

Flynn disparaged Hamas for exhausting finite resources and know-how to build tunnels that have helped them inflict record casualties on Israelis. Still, he suggested that destroying Hamas was not the answer.

"If Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse. The region would end up with something much worse," Flynn said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. [Read more: Reuters/26July2014]

US Faces Intel Hurdles in Downing of Airliner. A series of unanswered questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shows the limits of US intelligence gathering even when it is intensely focused, as it has been in Ukraine since Russia seized Crimea in March.

Citing satellite imagery, intercepted conversations and social media postings, US intelligence officials have been able to present what they call a solid circumstantial case that the plane was brought down by a Russian-made SA-11 surface-to-air missile fired by Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine.

But they have not offered proof of what they say is their strong belief that the separatists obtained the sophisticated missile system from the Russian government. And they say they have not determined what, if any, involvement Russian operatives may have had in directing or encouraging the attack, which they believe was a mistaken attempt to hit a Ukrainian military aircraft.

Moscow angrily denies any involvement in the attack; on Saturday the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the US of waging "an unrelenting campaign of slander against Russia, ever more relying on open lies." [Read more: Dilanian/AP/26July2014]

Japan to Post Intelligence Officer at SDF Base in Djibouti. The government plans to station an intelligence officer at the Self-Defense Forces base in Djibouti to deal with antipiracy operations and gather information on terrorist activities and other security matters, a source familiar with Japan-US relations said Saturday.

Arrangements are under way for the officer to work in coordination with US military intelligence, the source said.

The move is intended as a long-term measure to secure the base by augmenting its antipiracy mission with other roles in the hopes it will lead to a greater Japanese presence in UN peacekeeping operations in the Middle East and Africa, the source added.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to improve the SDF's profile in international peacekeeping efforts now that he has paved the way to legalize Japan's use of collective self-defense by reinterpreting the Constitution earlier this month, and wants to use the tiny Horn of Africa country as a means to that end. [Read more: JapanTimes/26July2014]

EU Hits Russian Intelligence Chiefs With Sanctions. The European Union announced Saturday, July 26, it had widened its sanctions against Russia over its role in conflict-torn Ukraine to include the heads of intelligence services.

The director of the FSB security service, Alexander Bortnikov, and the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Mikhail Fradkov are on the new list of 15 people and 18 entities targeted by an asset freeze and visa bans, the EU's Official Journal said.

Also on the list is Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. A total of 87 people and 20 entities are on the extended list.

Bortnikov and Fradkov, both members of the Russian Security Council, are included for being "involved in shaping the policy of the Russian government threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine," the Official Journal said. [Read more: AgenceFrancePresse/26July2014]

China Says Zhou Yongkang, Former Security Chief, Is Under Investigation. In President Xi Jinping's most audacious move yet to impose his authority by targeting elite corruption, the Communist Party on Tuesday announced an investigation of Zhou Yongkang, the retired former head of domestic security who accumulated vast power while his family accumulated vast wealth.

Mr. Zhou, who retired from the Politburo Standing Committee in late 2012, is the most senior party figure ever to face a formal graft inquiry. Until now, no standing or retired member of the Standing Committee has faced a formal investigation by the party's anticorruption agency.

The party leadership has "decided to establish an investigation of Zhou Yongkang for grave violations of discipline," Xinhua, the state-run news agency, reported Tuesday, citing a decision by the party's anticorruption agency. The terse announcement gave no details of the charges against Mr. Zhou.

Until now, the detention and investigation of Mr. Zhou has been secretive and unconfirmed by the government, although known among party insiders and reported abroad. [Read more: Buckley/NewYorkTimes/29July2014]

FBI, Postal Service Nab Hoaxster Who Sent Hundreds of Powder-Laced Letters. Again and again for more than five years, police, sheriff's deputies and moon-suited hazardous material teams rushed to respond to the discovery of hundreds of letters mailed from northern Texas to government offices, schools, aerospace companies and even foreign targets, each containing a mysterious white powder.

All of the more than 500 letters were determined to be harmless hoaxes - but only after expensive screenings had been conducted to ensure the powder wasn't anthrax, ricin or some other deadly toxin. And not until after waves of anxiety hit those who received the letters, some of which declared, "Al Qaeda back! Special thing for you."

On Monday, the FBI and US Postal Inspection Service announced that they have finally caught the hoaxster.

The bureau and Postal Service arrested a Rowlett, Texas man, Hong Minh Truong, 66, on a criminal complaint charging him with false information and hoaxes. [Read more: Gordon/McClatchy/28July2014]

Swedish Terrorism Expert Slams Norway Terror Alert. A Swedish terrorism researcher has blasted Norway's handling of its recent terror threat, saying the day the threat began was a "total intelligence failure".

"It created unnecessary anxiety in Norway," Magnus Ranstorp, terrorist expert at the Swedish National Defence College, told The Local

Norway has been on high-powered, ultra-defensive tip-toe for the past few days, since its intelligence service (PST) said last Thursday that it suspected an "imminent" terror attack.

"Was it necessary? There are some critical questions we don't know the answer to," Ranstorp said. "How close was the threat, was it an inevitable trajectory, and how much of it could they control? And we don't know any of that because the story keeps on changing."

Ranstorp said that both Sweden and Denmark have gone public about terror threats before, but generally only when the threat is under control and the suspect has been clearly identified. [Read more: TheLocal/28July2014]

In Rare Move, Canada Accuses Chinese of Trying to Hack Government Network. Canada on Tuesday took the unusual step of singling out Chinese hackers for attacking a key computer network and lodged a protest with Beijing, raising tensions at a time when Ottawa wants to boost oil sales to China.

Officials said "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" had recently broken into the National Research Council. The council, the government's leading research body, works with major firms such as aircraft and train maker Bombardier Inc.

Canada has reported hacking incidents before but this was the first time it had singled out China.

China is often cited as a suspect in various hacking attacks on companies in the United States and other nations. Beijing routinely dismisses such allegations. [Read more: Ljunggren/Reuters/29July2014]

NSA: Less Need Now for Snowden Deal. A top National Security Agency official says there's less need now for the US Government to cut a deal with leaker Edward Snowden than there was after his wave of surveillance disclosures began more than a year ago.

"As time goes on, the utility for us of having that conversation becomes less," NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett said during an appearance Saturday at the Aspen Security Forum. "It's been over a year since he had access to our networks and our information so the need for us to understand that greater level of detail is lesser and lesser."

Ledgett was the first US official to publicly discuss the possibility of amnesty or leniency for Snowden, telling 60 Minutes in an interview aired last December that it was "worth having conversations about" such a deal if it could stem the tide of leaks. The discussion Saturday was framed slightly differently, focusing on obtaining a better idea of what Snowden copied from NSA systems and reportedly gave to journalists.

Ledgett's remarks signal that lawyers for Snowden might have a weaker bargaining position over time. However, the NSA official also suggested that the damage Snowden did to NSA operations will also diminish with time because terrorist groups and foreign militaries change their communication methods from time to time anyway. [Read more: Gerstein/Politico/27July2014]


How Spy Agencies Keep Their 'Toys' From Law Enforcement. A little over a decade ago, federal prosecutors used keystroke logging software to steal the encryption password of an alleged New Jersey mobster, Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., so they could get evidence from his computer to be used at his trial.

The technique was classified and FBI technicians warned prosecutors that if the case went to trial, details about the tool could get disclosed in court.

In the end, the judge let the trial go forward without allowing the defense to see details of the technique and Scarfo - the son of legendary Philly mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo - was convicted.

But the prospect that classified capabilities could be revealed in a criminal case has meant that the most sophisticated surveillance technologies are not always available to law enforcement because they are classified, current and former officials said. [Read more: Nakashima/WashingtonPost/25July2014]

Tom Fergusson Inducted Into Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.  Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company, announced that Colonel Thomas G. "Tom" Fergusson, US Army (Ret.), was inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame at Fort Huachuca, Arizona during a ceremony on June 27, 2014. Before retiring from the Army and joining the defense industry in 1995, he served as a military intelligence officer for 30 years.

"When I learned late last year that I'd been selected for the Hall of Fame, it came as a complete surprise," said Fergusson, a Senior Defense Analyst at Leidos. "Being inducted in the presence of family and friends at Fort Huachuca was one of the proudest, yet most humbling, moments of my life. It is a distinct honor to be one of four men inducted into the MI Hall of Fame as the Class of 2014, joining many distinguished soldiers and civilians inducted in past years, several of whom were much admired mentors and peers during my Army career."

Colonel Fergusson's military experience included combat tours in Vietnam and Laos as a young officer and subsequent overseas assignments in Germany, South Korea and Japan. He was a soldier-scholar who taught at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York and the Army's School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. While on active duty, he published an award-winning book on the history of British military intelligence based upon his doctoral dissertation at Duke University. In addition to serving three year tours as the S-2 (senior intelligence officer) for an armored cavalry regiment in Texas and G-2 (senior intelligence officer) for a mechanized infantry division in Germany, he commanded Army intelligence units at the battalion and brigade levels in South Korea and Japan, respectively, before serving his final tour on active duty in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon.

Colonel John G. Lackey III, US Army (Ret.), who nominated Colonel Fergusson for induction into the MI Hall of Fame, called Fergusson 'a visionary of intelligence architecture, a mentor of the Intelligence Community.' He stated, "Colonel Fergusson's contribution to the Military Intelligence service is immeasurable." [Read more: WallStreetJournal/28July2014]

Turkish Spy Agency's Image Makeover. On July 10, news broke that several high-profile political murders of the 1990s were carried out with the knowledge of the Turkish state. There is now evidence that the state was indeed in command. The Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) submitted, upon the request of the prosecutor, voice recordings and a transcript of a conversation dating back to 1995 between two of its former employees. One of them was the former head of the MIT Counterterrorism Unit.

Some 18 separate, unsolved murder cases from the 1990s were still in the courts as the MIT released the notorious 13-page transcript. The victims were mostly, but not exclusively, Kurdish businessmen, activists and intellectuals. In addition, further killing lists included singers and other famous names. A former MIT employee, Yaman Namli, testified that these lists were approved by the Special Warfare Command and the National Security Council (MGK).

The MIT has shared crucial documentation in the last year concerning two high-profile cases known as the Sept. 12 and Feb. 28 cases. All of these cases were part of a battle Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had publicly promised: for further democratization and curtailing the powers of the "deep state." The Justice and Development Party (AKP) takes pride in the struggle to face the past and to clean its slate. "State within the state" and now the "parallel state" rhetoric all follow in this logic. In this endeavor, the MIT has been cooperating with the prosecutors' requests, which has set a precedent quite different from previous traditions. Previously, the MIT was known to brush off these demands or share much less. Keen observers of the institution refer to this as the "Hakan Fidan [the current undersecretary of National Intelligence] difference."

The MIT has gone beyond the regular call of duty because the evidence that was shared with the courts indeed incriminates the MIT. Hence, it is fair to say that for the first time in its history, the MIT is willingly cooperating in an investigation that puts the organization itself on the hot seat. [Read more: Tremblay/AlMonitor/28July2014]

The CIA Fears the Internet of Things. The major themes defining geo-security for the coming decades were explored at a forum on "The Future of Warfare" at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday, moderated by Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron.

Dawn Meyerriecks, the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency's directorate of science and technology, said today's concerns about cyber war don't address the looming geo-security threats posed by the Internet of Things, the embedding of computers, sensors, and Internet capabilities into more and more physical objects.

"Smart refrigerators have been used in distributed denial of service attacks," she said. At least one smart fridge played a role in a massive spam attack last year, involving more than 100,000 internet-connected devices and more than 750,000 spam emails. She also mentioned "smart fluorescent LEDs [that are] are communicating that they need to be replaced but are also being hijacked for other things."

"The merger of physical and virtual is really where it's at. If we don't grok that then we've got huge problems," she said. Grok, a reference to Robert A. Heinlein's 1961 novel Stranger in a Strange Land, describes the telepathic communion of thoughts, feelings, and fears. [Read more: Tucker/DefenseOne/24July2014]


The OSS Gold Medal Bill. As our Second World War veterans pass to their eternal rewards, members of Congress are moving to recognize the most secretive of the veterans, the men and women of the Office of Strategic Services.

The WWII spy agency, led by William J. "Wild Bill" Donovan, was the predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency and was a vital instrument in the hands of American leaders as they took on the Axis Powers in foreign lands.

After the war, President Harry S. Truman immediately shut down the OSS and created the CIA minus Donovan, whom he hated and who was left to return to running his Wall Street law firm. Like Donovan, OSS veterans were kicked to the curb at the end of the war and many died without explaining to their loved ones what they had done during WWII.

Thirty-five years later, Donovan was redeemed when OSS veteran William J. Casey took over the agency in 1981. Casey was a Donovan prot�g� and a fellow member of the Knights of Malta. [Read more: McCabe/CanadaFreePress/23July2014]

Spying on Russia Is in Everyone's Interests. Everyone spies on everyone else. The United States spies on Russia, of course, and vice versa. As the Jonathan Pollard case proved, Israel spies on the US, its greatest backer, and as recent scandals have demonstrated, Washington spies on Germany, a key ally in Europe.

But far from being a harbinger of war, spying can actually make the world a safer place. As the West steps up its own intelligence activity against Moscow, it can reasonably hope to forestall surprises like Crimea and bring the fighting in Ukraine to a swift end. And, although perhaps counterintuitive, more spying by the West might actually be to the advantage of the Russian people.

Russia, so far, has considerably outpaced its intelligence adversaries. Russian intelligence operations abroad have reached a high point in recent years, with officials in both Europe and North America affirming that the scale and tempo of Moscow's espionage are at Cold War levels.

Some of these operations may have verged on the farcical, such as the ring of deep-cover "illegals" unmasked in the US in 2010. Their main activities seemed to be listening to think tanks (do you ever need to spy on a think tank? Generally they will tell everyone exactly what they think) and enjoying the American lifestyle.

Others, though, are far more serious. [Read more: Galeotti/MoscowTimes/29July2014]

The US and Germany are Rebuilding a Spy Partnership. Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated extensively with the NSA on surveillance activities. But after a high-level meeting in Berlin this week, this long-standing but veiled cooperation may have a firmer legal and political base.

The two countries' past partnership became so extensive that they even developed a special logo for their joint signals-intelligence activity, known by its initials, "JSA." It shows an American bald eagle against the colors of the German flag, next to the words Der Zeitgeist, or "the spirit of the age." 

Like so much else we know about the NSA, the details about its activities in Germany come from Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor now living in Moscow. He provided a trove of secret documents to Der Spiegel, which published more than 50 online last month. 

German anger about US spying boiled over recently with the expulsion of the CIA station chief in Berlin. The Germans were furious when they discovered that the CIA was paying a "walk-in" German agent, adding to their anger that the NSA had tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone.

In an attempt to heal this feud, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough met Tuesday in Berlin with his German counterpart, Peter Altmaier. A senior German official told me his government was "very satisfied" with the meeting, especially McDonough's proposal to develop "guiding principles" for cooperation on intelligence matters. [Read more: Ignatius/WashingtonPost/22July2014]

Section IV - Upcoming Events

Upcoming AFIO Events


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.

16 August 2014, 11 a.m. - South Euclid, OH - Steven Oluic, USA, on "Aspects of Radical Islam in the Balkans and Ties to Diaspora in US" at the Northern OHIO AFIO Chapter

The AFIO Northern Ohio Chapter invites everyone to a speaking engagement at 11:00 am at Notre Dame College, South Euclid, OH. Our speaker will be Dr. Steven Oluic, USA (ret.), Dean of Mathematics, Natural and Social Sciences at Lakeland C.C. He is a published author and has presented at many professional conferences including the Defense Intelligence Agency, the FBI, and the Department of State. He has also had a 27-year military career including tours of duty in Iraq, Korea, Germany, and Bosnia.
The topic for the meeting will be " Aspects of radical Islam in the Balkans and its ties to the Diaspora in the USA.
Members are encouraged to offer this meeting to interested associates, as we would like to grow our chapter.
I would also like to thank our fellow member Greg Moore, Ph.D., Chair Department of History and Political Science, and Director, Center for Intelligence Studies, Notre Dame College for his efforts in creating a venue for our speakers to offer their presentations.
A catered brunch will be offered so a nominal fee will be collected at the meeting site. Please RSVP to by the 11th of August so we can plan for the number of people arriving and brunch. We look forward to seeing you.

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:

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO – The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Deputy Sheriff Mark Pfoff who will speak about a complicated trial.

In December of 2009 an 11 year old girl accused her grandfather of touching her inappropriately. This started a case that revealed an 800 page grooming document and took 4 years to resolve; to include a 2 1/2 year manhunt and a complicated trial. To be held at The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 S. Highway 105 Palmer Lake, CO, Exit 161 westbound off I-25, West on Highway 105. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11 am - 2 pm - Tysons Corner, VA - FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano discusses the latest efforts and concerns on Terrorism, WMDs, and espionage. Richard Whittle, aviation expert, on PREDATOR: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution.

FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano discusses terrorism, WMDs, and espionage. Giuliano was former Executive Assistant Director (EAD) of the National Security Branch (NSB), responsible for counterterrorism, espionage, and WMDs. He also served as the FBI’s lead intelligence official, responsible for coordination and liaison with the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and the rest of the Intelligence Community. Giuliano streamlined counterterrorism operations and better positioned the FBI to address current and emerging terrorist threats through operations designed to penetrate and disrupt key terrorist networks and threats.
Morning speaker: Richard Whittle, author of PREDATOR: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution which is being released at this event. Whittle is a Wilson Center Global Fellow on International Security Studies, and a Fellow at the National Air & Space Museum. He writes extensively on security and aviation matters.
Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; Richard Whittle begins presentation at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at noon; FBI DD Mark Giuliano begins his presentation at 1 pm. Event closes at 2 p.m.
Morning and Afternoon programs are On The Record
The latest intelligence books, and many others, on display and for sale throughout event.
EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA
Driving directions here or use this link:

Monday, 22 September 2014, 6 pm - New York, NY - The AFIO NY Metro Chapter features Jack Devine

Former CIA Director of Operations, Jack Devine, speaks on his new book Good Hunting.
Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St.
Full details to follow. Questions to

Wednesday, 30 September 2014, 11:30 a.m. - Scottsdale, AZ - Dr. Connie Mariano, Physician to the President/Dir of WH Medical Unit makes presentation to AFIO Arizona Chapter

Guest Speaker: Connie Mariano, M.D., Physician to the President and Director of the White House Medical Unit; Founder and President of the Center for Executive Medicine, sharing interesting aspects of her personal journey at the White House, as well as vignettes and lessons from serving 3 sitting presidents, and what life has been after the White House.
Her work experiences include the Mayo Clinic, a private practice, and is currently businesswoman and author. She will be more than happy to share her current challenges both professional and personal.
Location: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Pkwy, Scottsdale AZ 85258, Phone 480.948.0260
RSVP: RSVP no later than 72 hours ahead of time; in the past, not reserving or cancelling without prior notice (72 hours prior to the meeting) created much grief for those of us organizing the meeting and dealing with the personnel!
WE ARE charged for the no-shows and please remember, we are a small organization with a humble coffer!
We would therefore APPRECIATE that you all respond to this email to confirm your presence (or not).
Our meeting fees will be as follows:
• $20.00 for AFIO members
• $22.00 for guests
For reservations or questions, please email Simone or or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 (6:00-10:00 PM), Scottsdale, Arizona - Wanted: former or retired DDP, DDO or NCS officers for a Black Tie Event in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Your Assignment: Should you choose to accept it. Table Host for unwitting art patrons at Gala Opening of the Covert Affairs, art Exhibit.
Sponsors: Arizona AFIO and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Uniform required: Black tie
Details: Dinner and gallery admission provided in exchange for "war stories"and anecdotes about life and times in the clandestine services. One officer per each of fifteen tables will represent the CS to the attendees.
Contact: Maurice Gralnek, Chapter President - or Simone S Lopes, Chapter Director - 

For Additional Events two+ months or greater....view our online Calendar of Events

Other Upcoming Events

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

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

19 August 2014, 1130 - McLean, VA - The DIAA Alumni Association's DIF hosts John Moore on "The Mess in the Middle East."

The Defense Intelligence Forum luncheon features Mr. John L. Moore speaking on “The Mess in the Middle East.”
From 1968 thru 2000, John Moore was an analyst, senior analyst, manager and senior executive on the Middle East for DIA. From 1984 thru 1992, he was the chief of the Middle East and Africa Division and from 1992 thru December 2000 when he retired, John served as the Defense Intelligence Officer for the Middle East, South Asia and Terrorism. Mr. Moore worked as a Middle East consultant from 2000 thru 2002 where he appeared as the first non-lawyer to brief the international Court of Justice (World Court). From 2003 thru 2012, John was a consultant on the Middle East for DIA; the last five years he served as the Senior Mentor in the Middle East office. John was twice awarded the National Distinguished Service Medal (1991 and 2000) and was twice awarded the DIA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal (1984 and 1997). John was a 1965 graduate of LaSalle University and a 1978 graduate of the US Army Was College.
Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA. Pay at the door with a check for $ 29.00 payable to DIAA, Inc. Check is preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged.
Forum follows 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.
Make reservations by 18 August 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.

Friday, 22 August 2014, 1- 4 pm - - 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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