AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #31-14 dated 19 August 2014

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Upcoming Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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

   

AFIO's FALL LUNCHEON

FRIDAY, 19 September 2014
Register

Badge Pick-up at 10:30 a.m.
<Predator - Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution by Richard Whittle 11 a.m. speaker

Richard Whittle

speaking on "The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution."

<Richard Whittle - author, Predator

author of PREDATOR: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution
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.

Predator is a must-read. Love it or hate it, the armed drone represented a transformation in military technology. Like every revolution, this one had a colorful cast of characters, and Whittle tells their story with the insight and authority of a veteran military journalist, drawing on inside sources in the Air Force, the CIA and defense industry. This book should be on the shelf of anyone who wants to understand military power in the 21st century.” ―David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of The Director

“Whittle's account comes to a pointed conclusion: Drone technology has already changed how we die, but what remains to be seen is how it ‘may change the way people live.’ For students of technological history and political wrangling alike, the book is endlessly interesting and full of implication.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A brilliant and detailed account of the growing pains of the weapons system of the future. Whittle fully captures the political struggle that almost downed the nascent Predator program.”
―Richard A. Clarke, former National Security Council counter-terrorism director

3-course Lunch at Noon

<FBI DD Mark F. Giuliano

1 p.m. speaker

Mark F. Giuliano


Deputy Director, FBI

on Terrorism, WMDs,
and Espionage

<FBI Seal
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.

Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.
Richard Whittle begins his presentation at 11 a.m.
Lunch served at noon
FBI DD Mark Giuliano begins his presentation at 1 pm
Morning and Afternoon programs are On The Record

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

Event closes at 2 p.m.

Register

EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza
1960 Chain Bridge Road • McLean, Virginia 22102
Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf
 


Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Gichangi Resigns as Kenya's Intelligence Chief. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday announced the resignation of Kenya's intelligence chief Major-General Michael Gichangi "on personal grounds."

There was no immediate replacement announced, but President Kenyatta's spokesman Manoah Esipisu said Gichangi had been asked to stay on until a new appointment is made.

"His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta regrets to announce the resignation, on personal grounds, of Major-General Michael Gichangi as Director-General of the National Intelligence Service," a State House dispatch sent to newsrooms late Thursday said, outlining other changes affecting Principal Secretaries and diplomatic heads.

State House described Gichangi's career as "distinguished and colourful" spanning four decades in Kenya's defence forces, where he rose through the ranks to Major-General.

He was appointed to head Kenya's intelligence gathering in 2006 for a five-year term. His term in office was renewed in 2011. [Read more: CapitalReporter/14August2014]

Mike Rogers: U.S. in Greater Danger Now than Before 9/11. House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Sunday that he believes the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has put the U.S. in more danger than it was in the lead up to the Sept. 11 attacks more than a decade ago.

"Before 9/11, there were single-level threat streams coming to the United States. So, pretty serious. Obviously they got in and conducted the attacks on 9/11. Now you have multiple organizations, all al Qaeda-minded, trying to accomplish the same thing," Rogers said in an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation." "Now you have two competing terrorist organizations, both of them want to get their credentials to the point where they can say, 'We are the premier terrorist organization.' Both want to conduct attacks in the West for that reason. And guess what? That means we lose at the end. If either one of those organizations is successful, we lose."

"The threat matrix is so wide and it's so deep. We just didn't have that before 9/11," Rogers said.

In particular, Rogers noted that ISIS wants to use foreign fighters with U.S. and European passports who have gone to Iraq and Syria to fight to carry out attacks on the U.S. FBI Director James Comey said Monday that those fighters are very hard for the U.S. to track but represent an urgent threat. [Read more: Kaplan/CBSNews/17August2014]

Another DIA Departure: Gus Taveras Resigns as CTO. Gus Taveras is stepping down as the Defense Intelligence Agency's chief technology officer, the third high-level departure from the Pentagon's spy agency revealed in recent weeks. Taveras, who has been CTO since December 2012, confirmed the news in an Aug. 19 email to FCW.

His last day will be Aug. 22. 

Taveras said in a note posted to his LinkedIn page that he was leaving government to work for industry, without specifying where. He reflected on the intelligence community's move toward a single, standards-based IT architecture, known as ICITE. Investments in ICITE "are the building blocks for accelerating information sharing, adoption and efficiencies – all original pillars of the [director of national intelligence's] unified vision," Taveras wrote.

Prior to serving as DIA CTO, Taveras was a technical adviser to the DOD CIO and Army G2, among other positions in a career that began in 1987 as an infantryman in the Marine Corps. [Read more: FCW/19August2014]

Director of Naval Intelligence Can't Access Classified Information After 9 Months. Vice Adm. Ted Branch has been Director of Naval Intelligence for 13 months. But for the last nine of those months, he hasn't been allowed to see any intelligence - classified intelligence, at least.

Branch has not been accused of wrongdoing of any kind thus far, but he is one of several senior Navy officials who are part of the investigation into the bribery scandal involving Glenn Defense Marine Asia, and as a result, his classified access has been temporarily suspended for the large majority of the time he's been in his current role, which also includes serving as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance and as the Navy's Chief Information Officer.

Navy officials said last November that they made the decision to suspend access to classified material by Branch and another senior intelligence officer, Rear Adm. Bruce Lovelace, "given the sensitive nature of their current duties." As the DoD and Justice Department investigation into the ship husbanding scandal drags on, the suspension remains in effect.

"Vice Adm. Branch is performing functions to the extent restrictions placed on his access to classified material permit," Capt. Dawn Cutler, the Navy's acting chief of information and top spokeswoman wrote in an emailed statement to Federal News Radio. "Action to resolve the access suspension is pending additional information from the ongoing investigation conducted by the Department of Justice and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service."

A senior Navy official said most of Branch's duties that require access to classified material are being handled, for now, by his deputy director for naval intelligence, Lynn Wright. [Read more: Serbu/FederalNewsRadio/15August2014]

CIA Vaults a Woman into Top Spy Ranks. Move over, boys. Continuing its appointment of women across its senior ranks, the CIA has promoted a veteran female operative into the number two slot in its espionage and dirty tricks division, Newsweek has learned.

The woman, whom Newsweek is not naming because she remains under cover, is the second female in a row to become deputy chief of the National Clandestine Service, the home of the spies. Its previous occupant also served briefly as acting NCS chief until her connection with the CIA's detention and interrogation program doomed her chances for holding on to the job. After accepting a demotion back to deputy earlier this year, she was compensated with a transfer to London.

The new number two, said to be fluent in French, has held senior operational posts in plush European CIA stations, in New York, and at headquarters, but not the Middle East or other hardship posts, multiple sources said. The hole in her post-9/11 resume has provoked some grumbling among CIA veterans who have spent much of their careers in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

"We need people willing to do hard things in hard places and she hasn't done that," said one former operative, on condition of anonymity. "If you're going to ask young people to put their lives on the line, you'd better have done that yourself."

But another former intelligence official called such a view outdated. "You don't need to serve in tough places. That's old-agency bullshit." [Read more: Stein/Newsweek/7August2014]

Pact Set to Restore Canberra-Jakarta Ties After Damaging Spy Row. Australia and Indonesia have agreed a pact to put a damaging spy row behind them, paving the way for the resumption of full defence cooperation, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said yesterday.

Ties sank to their lowest point in years in November after reports that Australian spies tried to tap the phones of Indonesia's outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his inner circle.

Jakarta recalled its ambassador from Canberra and suspended cooperation in several areas over the incident, including efforts to stop people-smuggling boats reaching Australia.

Yudhoyono called for a code of conduct to govern behaviour during talks with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in June, and the agreement reportedly includes a promise from Canberra never to use its intelligence agencies to harm its neighbour. [Read more: AgenceFrancePress/19August2014]

Accused Arms Smuggler May Contest Data Search. The "evolving state of the law" on warrantless electronic searches may implicate charges against a man accused of trying to sell Iran 300 surface-to-air missiles, his attorney told a federal judge.

Reza Olangian, a dual citizen of the United States and Iran, could face life imprisonment if convicted of skirting sanctions to arm Tehran. He allegedly made his first failed attempt to obtain roughly 100 missiles known as SAMs for the Iranian government in 2007.

In 2012, Olangian tried to pull off another deal with a confidential source for the Drug Enforcement Administration, who claimed to be a weapons and aircraft broker, according to an indictment unsealed last year.

Olangian allegedly chatted with the informant throughout the year about buying an IGLA-S missile system and various aircraft components. [Read more: Klasfeld/CourthouseNews/19August2014]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Spying by the Central Intelligence Agency Yields Informative Website About the World. Are you looking for trouble? It's not hard to find.

Throw a dart at a map of the world and there's a good chance it will land on a country that's experiencing some serious problems.

The news is full of reports of armed conflicts raging in Iraq, Israel, Ukraine and Syria. Conflicts continue to simmer in Libya, Egypt and several other African countries. Violence in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India flares regularly. The illicit drug trade fuels violence in the United States, Mexico and parts of Central and South America. Territorial disputes between China and its neighbors are raising tensions in Southeast Asia.

Trying to keep the names of the countries and the ideologies of the various battling factions straight would be a full-time job. For many people, all that is known of these countries is the stream of bad news flowing from the media every day. If you want to learn more about any of these troubled lands you can start by visiting the website of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The CIA has a section on its site called The Worldfactbook (cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/). It contains encyclopedia-type entries on 267 countries and other entities around the world. There's information on each country's history, people, government, economy, geography and more. There are also maps, flags and photos from around the world. [Read more: O'Neill/TheTimesTribune/16August2014]

Meet the Man Leading the Snowden Damage Investigation. Among the many actions the Obama administration took in the "post-Snowden" era of insider threats was to appoint a new governmentwide counterintellligence chief.

The man filling that role, or the "NCIX," as acronym-inclined national security feds call the National Counterintelligence Executive, is Bill Evanina, 47, a former FBI special agent with a counter-terrorism specialty.

Tapped in May 2014 by James Clapper, director of the Office of National Intelligence, Evanina is now immersed in coordinating multi-agency efforts to mitigate the risk of foreign infiltration, assess damage from intelligence leaks and tighten the security clearance process.

He spends most days at the NCIX office in Bethesda, Md., but spoke to Government Executive from ODNI headquarters in McLean, Va., as part of the intelligence community's "marketing strategy of new openness, which includes explaining which part of the federal government does what," he said. [Read more: Clark/GovernmentExecutive/17August2014]

Canada's Intelligence Agency Reveals Years of Captured Spy Equipment. The spy business has changed a lot over the years and for its 30th anniversary Canada's national intelligence agency is putting some of that history online. The service posted a collection of espionage artifacts on its website that give a glimpse into the history of spy craft.

These are relics of the Cold War, and show the battle of wits the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) fought with the Soviet Union. [Read more: Little/EpochTimes/12August2014]

Agencies Stalk the Insider Threat. With cyberspace now recognized as a military domain alongside land, sea, air and space, nations are gearing up to wage war and defend themselves with equal demonstrations of power and technology against enemies in the cyber domain. 

With cyberwar comes the threat of new forms of espionage, as well as sabotage conducted within both the information systems and control systems that form the interface between the physical and cyber worlds. Security, both physical and cyber, traditionally has been outward facing. But espionage and sabotage often are the domains of the trusted insider, the agent operating from within.

Recent years have produced front-page examples of both types of activity. Edward Snowden, working as a contractor within the National Security Agency, used his position to gather and export sensitive data from the agency. Before that, the Stuxnet worm worked quietly within the control systems of an Iranian industrial facility to physically damage equipment. In 2012, a cyberattack on the Saudi Aramco oil company erased data on corporate computers.

This insider threat, coupled with the blurring of the network perimeter by ubiquitous Internet access, requires a new type of defense.

"That barrier is gone," said Ken Ammon, chief strategy officer for the access security company Xceedium. "Identity is the new perimeter."

For both government and private sector organizations, the tools for protecting information and control systems must have the visibility to see, identify, track and understand the behavior of those inside its networks. [Read more: Jackson/GCN/19August2014]

The Achampong Theorem of Life at NSA. Wondering what it's like to work at the National Security Agency, one of the most secretive intelligence agencies in the world, is nothing new for most people. But wondering what it's like in the aftermath of an unprecedented security breach that has fed a campaign to demonize the agency and its employees is an entirely different proposition. To understand that, you have to have lived it - you have to have had your patriotism and common decency challenged on the front page of nearly every dying newspaper in the world.

Christina Achampong knows what that's like. The 30-year old operations researcher has applied her mathematics expertise at NSA since 2009. She describes her experience working at the agency as "wonderful." But there was that one moment, shortly after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed thousands of classified documents detailing NSA's operations around the world, when the mainstream media began painting the agency with the broad strokes of an evil empire bent on destroying liberty that Achampong and her colleagues felt the need to pause and think about what was being said about them.

"I did have that moment of ‘Is this true? Is this who we really are? Are we who they say we are?'" Achampong told FedScoop in an exclusive interview at NSA's headquarters. "I think that everybody must have had that moment of introspection. I know that they must have had the same moment. You could feel it. I came to the understanding that the answer was a resounding no. No."

There it was. Long before the newly-appointed NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers had issued his current marching orders to stick to the facts and not apologize to anybody for being a part of NSA, Achampong and her colleagues had put the noise of Washington, D.C.'s media echo chamber behind them. "Surprisingly, it sort of cemented my resolve. We seemed to have doubled-down in our commitment and we're all as passionate as ever," she said. "It's unfortunate, it's hurtful, and it's hard sometimes from day to day when it's constantly something else and something else. But we all still come to work, and we all still do our job, and we're not going anywhere." [Read more: Verton/FedScoop/19August2014]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Marc Thiessen: Here's a Better Definition of 'Torture.' New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet has declared the soon-to-be-released report on Central Intelligence Agency interrogations prepared by Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats the "most definitive accounting of the program to date." Of course he has not read it. No one has. It's still classified. But why wait for the details? It comes to the right conclusions, from the perspective of the Times, so let's declare it "definitive."

So convinced is Baquet by the report he has not read that he recently announced that the Times will henceforth refer to the techniques used by the CIA as "torture." After all, President Obama recently declared that "we tortured some folks." And Obama never says anything that is untrue.

Baquet openly admits that both the Bush and Obama Justice Departments investigated and found the CIA had not violated U.S. laws against torture. But, he says, there is a "specialized legal meaning" and a "plain-English" meaning of torture - and while the CIA interrogations did not meet the "legal meaning" they do meet this "plain-English" meaning.

When researching my book "Courting Disaster," I interviewed some folks who understand the "plain-English" meaning of torture a heck of a lot better than the editors of the Times - American servicemen who suffered actual torture in North Vietnamese prison camps. Here is what these torture victims had to say about waterboarding. [Read more: Thiessen/ProvidenceJournal/19August2014]

The Truth About Executive Order 12333. In the Aug. 14 issue of the New York Times, reporter Charles Savage describes whistleblower actions taken by former State Department employee John Napier Tye. Tye, who was the section chief for Internet freedom in the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor before stepping down in April, questioned whether the rules governing certain overseas intelligence surveillance activities adequately protect information that intelligence agencies "incidentally collect" about Americans while targeting the communications of foreign nationals overseas. In a Washington Post op-ed on July 18, Tye pointed out that such intelligence collection may be regulated not by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), but by Executive Order 12333. That order, updated in 2008 by President George W. Bush, helps govern the activities of the intelligence community.

Under EO 12333, intelligence agencies may collect, retain, and disseminate information about Americans "only in accordance with procedures " approved by the Attorney General - after consultation with the Director [of National Intelligence]." Tye noted that he is not familiar with the details of these procedures, but nonetheless said that Americans should be troubled by "the collection and storage of their communications" under the executive order.

As the civil liberties protection officer for the director of national intelligence (DNI), I work with intelligence agencies on these procedures, and would like to describe how they safeguard privacy and civil liberties. [Read more: Joel/Politico/18August2014]

Castro's Spy, the CIA, John Kerry, and AP. With wars raging in the Middle East, and Russia still threatening Ukraine, the problem of anti-Americanism in Latin America has been put on the back burner. But since Secretary of State John Kerry declared last year that the Monroe Doctrine was dead, Vladimir Putin of Russia has traveled to Brazil, Argentina, Nicaragua, and Cuba. This doesn't seem like an accident. The Obama administration is inviting aggression against the U.S.

During the Cold War, Cuba hosted Soviet nuclear missiles targeting the U.S., and the Castro regime sponsored terrorism on American soil carried out by such groups as the Weather Underground and the Puerto Rican FALN. Cuba continues to protect anti-American terrorists on the island such as Joanne Chesimard, a cop-killer who fled the U.S. with the help of the Weather Underground.

None of this bothers Putin, of course. And Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is talking about establishing new military bases in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Russia's clout in the region has dramatically increased, while American influence has declined. Again, this doesn't seem like an accident.

The Monroe Doctrine was supposed to protect U.S. national security interests in the Western hemisphere by prohibiting foreign meddling in America's backyard. Putin seems to share Kerry's belief that this national security doctrine is dead. [Read more: Kincaid/RenewAmerica/15August2014]

From Truth and Reconciliation to Lies and Obfuscation: The Senate RDI Report. On a bright spring day in 2005, in a country I cannot name, I entered a drab, unremarkable building, a gateway to a grim, unaccustomed world. Its spaces were impersonal, antiseptic, institutional. The residents of that alien world, both the guards and the guarded, were never exposed to natural light. They inhabited a claustrophobic universe of their own, a place suffused with a permanent air of foreboding, in which both time and external reality had been suspended. On entering that world one could sense an invisible bond among the inhabitants, the captors and the captured, impenetrable to outsiders. A harsh necessity had bound them together, condemning them both.

No one with a soul, upon first exposure to this place, could fail to be affected by it. And yet, when I spoke with the Americans there, it was to another reality, far outside their confined spaces, that I referred. I told them of the importance of what they were doing, how the information they generated, confirmed by investigations whose leads they had supplied and which had culminated in the arrests of committed terrorists, may well have saved the lives of hundreds and perhaps thousands of innocents, most of whom would forever remain blissfully unaware of their debt to the inhabitants of that room.

Over nine years have passed since my visit to a so-called CIA "black site," where mass murderers - some actual, some merely aspirant - were detained and interrogated, but the issues with which some of us struggled in those days remain very much with us. Within the next few weeks, a redacted version of both the executive summary and the findings and conclusions of a highly classified report prepared by the Senate Intelligence Committee will be formally declassified, and will hit the street. Dealing with the CIA's now-defunct terrorist detention and interrogation program, which existed from 2002 to 2009, it is expected to be accompanied by a similarly redacted version of a CIA rebuttal, and by yet another commentary, this time from the minority Republican members of the same committee. If the reader is surprised that the Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee would feel constrained to provide a separate assessment of what purports to be their own committee's work, it is because I have left out an important detail regarding whose report this actually is. More on that later. [Read more: Grenier/HuffingtonPost/10August2014]


Section IV - Upcoming Events


Upcoming AFIO Events


AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

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: afio_LA@yahoo.com

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 6 pm - Las Vegas, NV - The AFIO Las Vegas Chapter hears Steven Ririe on "Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial."

The next AFIO Roger E. McCarthy, Las Vegas Chapter Meeting features Steven Ririe, Memorial founder & Chairman, on his memorial: "Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial."
The US emerged victorious from the Cold War due largely in part to those who worked in secret. Without their contributions, the Cold War could very well have had a different ending. To ensure the continued safety of our country, many of their contributions were purposefully left out of history books. Ririe states that there is now an obligation and a responsibility to honor these heroes by telling their stories and giving them their rightful place in history.
The inspiration for the Memorial started on 17 November 1955 at 7:25 a.m., a USAF Military Air Transport Service aircraft took off from Burbank, CA with an Air Force crew, engineers, CIA personnel and scientists bound for Watertown, now known as Area 51. At 8:40 a.m. the aircraft was first reported missing. The full story of the fourteen men aboard and the U2 reconnaissance plane they helped build remained classified for over 40 years. Also classified as top-secret was the account of the men who risked their lives while they braved subzero temperatures at 11,500 feet elevation to attempt a rescue on Mount Charleston. Now, over four decades later, the time has come to tell one of the most intriguing stories of the Cold War. To honor these men and the hundreds of individuals who have worked in obscurity during the Cold War, many of whom have paid for our freedom with their very lives, is the purpose of this new proposed Memorial.

Presenter: Ririe has been featured on the History Channel’s Pawn Stars and the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum. Ririe has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1961. For the past 26 years Ririe worked as an insurance agent and is currently employed with AAA of Nevada. Ririe is a member of the AFIO-Las Vegas, Nevada Chapter.
“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but by the men it honors, the men it remembers” – President John F. Kennedy
PLEASE NOTE NEW CHAPTER Event Location: in the Conference Center at Texas Station Hotel [Gambling Hall and Casino], 2101 Texas Star Ln (corner of Rancho Blvd. and West Lake Meade Blvd.), North Las Vegas, NV 89032, (702) 631-1000
Please join us at 5 p.m. in the "Texas Star Oyster Bar" for liaison and food and beverages.
RSVP: Mary Bentley at mary.bentley@doe.gov or call her at 702-295-0417, if you have any questions.

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 10am - 1pm - Mission Viejo, CA - The AFIO Orange County Chapter business meeting and presentation by CIA Clandestine Service Officer

Business Meeting: 10 – 11am. (1) Nomination and election of chapter officers for the coming year. Please contact me if you are interested in serving in one of these positions and you will be added to the slate for election: Current Officers are - Larry Holdridge, President; Tom Cagley, Secretary (Not running for reappointment); Len Holzworth, Membership Director; and Bob Margoles, Programs Director. (2) Venues and times for meetings, and (3) New Business.
Speaker Presentation: 11am - 12:30pm. Speaker – Maura Godinez, with Q&A session at end of presentation.
SPEAKER: MS. MAURA GODINEZ - CIA NATIONAL CLANDESTINE SERVICE OFFICER. Ms. Godinez served in the Central Intelligence Agency for 25 years as a member of the National Clandestine Service. Experience includes service as an operations officer and intelligence officer on multiple continents; analytic and operational work in counterintelligence, foreign intelligence collection and covert action; managing counterintelligence operations against hostile services and non-state actors; coordinating intelligence collection from military, law enforcement and intelligence community assets in a high-threat environment; and engagement in covert action programs. Prior to joining the CIA, Ms. Godinez was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She has a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Relations.
LOCATION: Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA
Directions to the meeting: From Interstate 5 in Mission Viejo: Exit at La Paz and head East toward the mountains. Go 1.6 miles on La Paz and turn left at light on Veterans Way (It’s named Pacific Hills if you turned right). Go about 0.2 miles to end of Veterans Way and it dead ends into the Mission Viejo Community Center Parking Lot. Go to the front desk and they will direct you to our meeting room.
Fees: Annual chapter dues of $40 are due. Please pay at the meeting or mail to the chapter secretary: Tom Cagley, 21951 Cayuga Lane, Lake Forest, CA 92630
RSVP by email or phone to: LarryHoldridge@gmail.com or cellphone: 954-298-5442.

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: bobbie6769@juno.com

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 robsmom@pcisys.net

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: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf

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

Former CIA Director of Operations, Jack Devine, Founder & President "The Arkin Group" NYC-based Global Strategic Intelligence, speaks on his new book Good Hunting. A sophisticated account of real life in the CIA,  an American spymasters spellbinding memoir of his career. Charlie Wilson's War, stinger missiles, acting chief of the clandestine service, South American drug cartels.
Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St.
Registration: 5:30 p.m., Presentation starts 6 p.m. Buffet dinner follows the talk & Q&A.
$50/person  Payable at the door only, cash or check.
Reservations strongly suggested, not required. Reply to Jerry Goodwin 646-717-3776  or  Email: afiometro@gmail.com

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: simone@afioaz.org 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 simone@4smartphone.net or simone@afioaz.org 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 - info@afioaz.org or Simone S Lopes, Chapter Director - simone@afioaz.org 

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 www.afio.com.

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 www.spymuseum.org

Friday, 5 September 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 www.spymuseum.org

Tuesday, 09 September 2014, 12pm - 7pm - Washington, DC - The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg at the International Spy Museum

Briefing on Moe Berg—the major league baseball player, OSS operative and legendary linguist--was one of the most remarkable secret agents ever deployed by the US. Whether authorized by the government as an atomic spy or choosing to surreptitiously film Tokyo of his own volition, Berg relished and accomplished his espionage missions, yet he died penniless and with little acclaim. Nicholas Dawidoff brought Moe Berg’s achievements to light in his best-selling 1994 book The Catcher Was a Spy. In honor of the Pennant Race, Dawidoff will share his latest thoughts on the only Major League baseball player to have his card on display at CIA headquarters. Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 10:15 am - Washington, DC - The Atomic Spies: Famous Spy Rings of the 20th Century - A Spy Seminar Series by the International Spy Museum

The execution of the Rosenbergs in 1953 ensured that the Atomic Spies would never be forgotten. The key actors involved in stealing nuclear secrets ranged from internationally-known top-level physicists to working man machinists. Some sought scientific equality while others wanted to level the world’s political playing field. Some paid with their lives and others continued with distinguished careers. International Spy Museum historian Dr. Vince Houghton explored these spies and their networks researching his dissertation The Principal Uncertainty: U.S. Atomic Intelligence, 1942-1949. He’ll share never-before seen documents revealing the extensive espionage effort to steal the secrets of the atomic bomb. Tickets: $100. To register: (via phone) 202.633.3030; (online) www.SmithsonianAssociates.org. Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-732.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 10:15 am - Washington, DC - The Cambridge 5: Famous Spy Rings of the 20th Century - Spy Seminar Series of the International Spy Museum

Philby, Maclean, Burgess, Blunt, and Cairncross. These famous English spies, known for the University where they were recruited as young men between 1934 and 1937, spied for the Soviet Union before and during World War II. Three were assigned to the British embassy in Washington, DC, at the start of the Cold War and into the 1950s. How were they recruited by the NKVD, what motivated them, how damaging were they, and does their espionage legacy still effect the world today? David Major, retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) and former Director of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs at the National Security Council in the White House, has provided high-level briefings on this case for the intelligence community and now he can share with you the incredible access and exploits of this NKVD/ KGB-controlled network. With posts to positions of power, knighthoods, and work with MI5 and MI6, this spy ring set the gold standard for access and national security damage. Tickets: $110
To register: (via phone) 202.633.3030; (online) www.SmithsonianAssociates.org. Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-732.


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