AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #33-14 dated 2 September 2014

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Section IV - Books, Obituaries and Upcoming Events



Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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FRIDAY, 19 September 2014

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.


EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza
1960 Chain Bridge Road � McLean, Virginia 22102
Driving directions here or use this link:

Did you miss the June 13th AFIO National Luncheon?
Though few of our programs are recorded, this one was filmed by C-SPAN

See what you've been missing...
C-SPAN�s has released online the full version of the presentations by Devine and Finn from AFIO�s June 13th luncheon. These are only available for a few days (up to a couple of weeks).
They are as follows:

Jack Devine
Former CIA Director of the National Clandestine Service
[large screen version]
Book Discussion on Good Hunting
Jack Devine talked about his book, Good Hunting: An American Spymaster�s Story, in which he discusses his 32-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Mr. Devine headed up the CIA�s efforts to arm the mujahideen in Afghanistan, was involved in the Iran-Contra Affair, and helped track down Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) mole Robert Hanssen.
Peter Finn
[large screen version]
Book Discussion on The Zhivago Affair
Peter Finn talked about his book, The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book, in which he looks at the publishing history of Boris Pasternak�s Doctor Zhivago. The manuscript of the book, which was banned in the Soviet Union because of its critical depiction of the 1917 Revolution, was smuggled out of the country in 1956 and published widely around the world. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), recognizing the ideological value of the book, published a Russian-language version and smuggled it back into the Soviet Union, where it was sold on the black market and became an underground hit. 
A few other intelligence book programs of interest to our AFIO audience:
Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War
Kenneth Daigler
Last aired: August 16, 2014
Circle of Treason: The CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed

Sandra Grimes
Last aired: March 16, 2014
What We Won: America's Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979�89
Bruce Riedel
Last aired: August 10, 2014


FBI Examining Whether Russia Is Tied to JPMorgan Hacking. Russian hackers attacked the US financial system in mid-August, infiltrating and stealing data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and at least one other bank, an incident the FBI is investigating as a possible retaliation for government-sponsored sanctions, according to two people familiar with the probe.

The attack resulted in the loss of gigabytes of sensitive data, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the probe is still preliminary. Authorities are investigating whether recent infiltrations of major European banks using a similar vulnerability are also linked to the attack, one of the people said. 

In one case, the hackers used a software flaw known as a zero-day vulnerability in one of the banks' websites. They then plowed through layers of elaborate security to steal the data, a feat security experts said appeared far beyond the capability of ordinary criminal hackers. The incidents occurred at a low point in relations between Russia and the West. Russian troops continue to mass on the Ukrainian border and the West tightens sanctions aimed at crippling Russian companies, including some of the country's most important banks. 

The sophistication of the attack and technical indicators extracted from the banks' computers provide some evidence of a government link. Still, the trail is muddy enough that investigators are considering the possibility that it's cyber criminals from Russia or elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Other federal agencies, including the National Security Agency, are now aiding the investigation, a third person familiar with the probe said. [Read more: Riley&Robertson/Bloomberg/27August2014]

Taliban Suicide Bombers Hit Afghan Intelligence Agency in Jalalabad. Taliban suicide bombs hit an office of the Afghan intelligence agency in an eastern city on Saturday, killing six people, and insurgents shot dead another 11 in the west, in an upsurge of violence as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country.

Seven militants were also killed during several hours of heavy fighting with Afghan security forces at the Jalalabad headquarters of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), said Ahmad Zeya Abdulzai, a spokesman for the governor of eastern Nangarhar province near the border with Pakistan.

Abdulzai said four NDS agents and two civilians were killed when a truck and a smaller car, both loaded with explosives, were driven into the compound and a gunfight broke out between Afghan forces and the insurgents.

Reuters was not able to reach the NDS immediately for comment. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, in which dozens were wounded. [Read more: Shirzad/Reuters/30August2014]

Australia and Indonesia Sign Spying Code of Conduct. Australia and Indonesia's foreign ministers have signed an agreement to promote intelligence cooperation, drawing a line under the rift caused by spying revelations last year.

The document, described as a "joint understanding on a code of conduct", commits Australia and Indonesia not to use intelligence to harm the other.

Indonesia suspended aspects of cooperation with Australia after revelations published by Guardian Australia and the ABC that the Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, had been a target of spy activities.

A 2009 document leaked by the former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden indicated Australia's spy agencies had attempted to listen in on the personal phone calls of Yudhoyono and targeted the mobile phones of his wife, senior ministers and confidants. [Read more: Hurst/TheGuardian/28August2014]

Intelligence Nightmare: Extremists Returning Home. The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts US intelligence officials.

Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four people at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels. Three died instantly, one afterward. Nemmouche was arrested later, apparently by chance.

For US and European counterterrorism officials, that 90-second spasm of violence is the kind of attack they fear from thousands of Europeans and up to 100 Americans who have gone to fight for extremist armies in Syria and now Iraq.

The Obama administration has offered a wide range of assessments of the threat to US national security posed by the extremists who say they've established a caliphate, or Islamic state, in an area straddling eastern Syrian and northern and western Iraq, and whose actions include last week's beheading of American journalist James Foley. Some officials say the group is more dangerous than al-Qaida. Yet intelligence assessments say it currently couldn't pull off a complex, 9-11-style attack on the US or Europe.

However, there is broad agreement across intelligence and law enforcement agencies of the immediate threat from radicalized Europeans and Americans who could come home to conduct lone-wolf operations. [Read more: Dilanian&Klapper/AP/30August2014]

Turkey Summons Top US Diplomat Over Spying Allegations. The Turkish foreign ministry has summoned the most senior US diplomat in the country for clarification of a report about American and British spying in Turkey.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arin� said the US charge d'affaires and Turkish officials had discussed the report Monday. German magazine Der Spiegel and online magazine The Intercept said that documents provided by former US National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden show that Turkey was a high-priority intelligence target for US and British intelligence services.

According to Turkish news wires, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan downplayed the importance of the report, saying that all major countries spied on each other.

Last month, Focus magazine reported that Germany's main intelligence agency had also targeted Ankara. [Read more: AP&Reuters/1September2014]

David Cameron Gives Spy Agencies Power to Vet Airline Flight Lists. David Cameron will make it easier for intelligence agencies to access information about airline passengers and announce measures to intensify cooperation with Turkey and Germany as the government moves to stem the flow of British-born jihadis travelling to and from Syria and Iraq.

As the king of Saudi Arabia warned that terror groups would attack Europe in the next month unless they were confronted with "power and speed", the prime minister will hold a final round of talks with Nick Clegg on Monday before outlining the package of measures to parliament.

The prime minister and his deputy have reached broad agreement on plans to make it easier to strip suspected jihadis of their passports in Britain and to improve the flow of data about airline passengers to the intelligence agencies.

But Clegg and Cameron will try to resolve differences on possible plans to impose a temporary ban on British-born jihadis returning to Britain and plans to tighten up terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims), the successor to control orders. [Read more: Watt/TheGuardian/31August2014]

Australian Government Wants East Timor Spy Charged. The Australian government has asked the federal police to investigate if lawyer Bernard Collaery and a former spy can be charged with disclosing classified information after revelations Australia spied on East Timor during sensitive oil and gas treaty talks.

Confirmation of the investigation came as the AFP asked the ABC to hand over material relating to its reports on the clandestine operation.

According to sources, the AFP was particularly keen on getting unedited footage of Mr. Collaery's interviews with 7.30, Lateline and Four Corners.

It might also want an extract of an affidavit from the former Australian Secret Intelligence Service agent that reporter Conor Duffy claimed to have obtained. [Read more: Allard/SydneyMorningHerald/31August2014]


Intelligence Gap: How a Chinese National Gained Access to Arizona's Terror Center. For five months in 2007, an unvetted Chinese computer programmer plugged into law enforcement networks and a database of 5 million Arizona drivers in a possible breach that was kept secret for years, according to a new report Ryan Gabrielson of ProPublica and Andrew Becker of the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The man, Lizhong Fan, worked at the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center in Phoenix, set up by state and local authorities in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks. While he was assigned a team of minders to watch him nearly every moment inside the center, no one stood in Fan's way when he packed his equipment one day in early June 2007, then returned home to Beijing.

By law, then-Gov. Janet Napolitano and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose agencies admitted Fan into the intelligence center, were required to disclose to possible security breach. To this day, they have not. In fact, Gabrielson and Becker's investigation reveals that David Hendershott, who was second-in-command at the sheriff's office, moved aggressively to maintain a silence that has now lasted seven years. [Read more: ProPublica/26August2014]

A Scandal at the CIA. Maybe. The green metal file box was about the size and shape of an ammunition case. It was scuffed and serious-looking and packed tight with personal letters and papers that had belonged to my grandfather, who died in 1989. The line in the family had always been that he �did intelligence work in Washington after the war.� This file box gave up a better story: My grandfather was an operations officer with the CIA from January 1948 to August 1951. But that revelation brought up another question: Why only three years? I went back through the brittle and yellowing letters in the file box, looking for anything that might explain the brevity of my grandfather�s spying career. I wouldn�t need much; I have a fertile imagination.

What I found was The Case of the Sudden Death of Thomas Whittemore.

Thomas Whittemore was a dashing and colorful archaeologist and preservationist, a mash-up of Indiana Jones, Oscar Wilde and Tom Wolfe. A prized dinner guest and an excellent fund-raiser, he was the founder of the deliciously named "Byzantine Institute, Inc." (offices in Boston, Paris and Istanbul). He is remembered primarily as the man who convinced Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to let him preserve the mosaics of the Hagia Sophia.

It is possible that Whittemore and my grandfather met at Harvard in the '20s, when my grandfather was a student, and Whittemore was over there on Beacon Hill, being ardently Anglo-Catholic and friends with Henri Matisse and most likely presiding over a few salons. What I do know is that by the early '40s they were back in touch, as friends and because my grandfather was a patron of the Byzantine Institute. And I know how Whittemore spent his final hours, because the file box contains a carbon copy of a letter my grandfather wrote recounting them. [Read more: Shafer/NYTimes/27August]

Secrets of Alaska's Secret Agents. Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the US government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

Invasion of Alaska? Yes. It seemed like a real possibility in 1950.

"The military believes that it would be an airborne invasion involving bombing and the dropping of paratroopers," one FBI memo said. The most likely targets were thought to be Nome, Fairbanks, Anchorage and Seward.

So FBI director J. Edgar Hoover teamed up on a highly classified project, code-named "Washtub," with the newly created Air Force Office of Special Investigations, headed by Hoover protege and former FBI official Joseph F. Carroll.

The secret plan was to have citizen-agents in key locations in Alaska ready to hide from the invaders of what was then only a US territory. [Read more: AP/31August2014]

Gerhard Schindler: Germany's Spymaster. He's something like Germany's Agent 001: Gerhard Schindler, 61 years old, parachutist, lieutenant colonel in the reserve, anti-terror specialist. Years as a top official in the German Ministry of the Interior, responsible for internal security. An edgy character, tanned, not particularly tall, bald, firm handshake, intense gaze.

For about three years, Schindler has presided over the Federal Intelligence Service (BND), the German spy agency responsible for foreign intelligence. His position has taken on critical importance. Germany is becoming Europe's dominant economic and political player, Russia is moving aggressively against its eastern neighbors and the Middle East is in turmoil. Schlinder wants an agency befitting Germany's position.

But he faces a skeptical public that remembers too well the abuses of the Nazi Gestapo and East German Stasi, which used intelligence against Germans. Germans were outraged last year to learn not just that the US National Security Agency was spying on German citizens, but also that Schindler's BND shares intelligence with the NSA.

BND resembles the CIA and the NSA rolled into one, though it's much smaller - maybe less than a tenth the size America's behemoth spying apparatus - with just 6,500 employees under Schindler's command. (NSA and CIA employment is classified.) And he's got a mission: to turn BND into more of a spy agency that collects information instead of just sitting in comfortable offices analyzing what happens to come in. [Read more: M�ller/OZY/2September2014]

Space: Next Big Data Frontier? If you made a list of recent and future catalysts of massive data growth, you'd probably jot down things like mobility, social media, machine data, the Internet of Things, and ... outer space?

What was once the purview of James Bond is increasingly accessible to private enterprises, which can now use satellite-generated information such as imaging and geospatial data for big data initiatives in market research and planning, supply chain and logistics, competitive intelligence, and other purposes.

Military and intelligence personnel have relied on satellite data for years to keep tabs on other nations and goings-on around the globe, but it was largely classified or otherwise restricted from the private sector. Now, looser regulations and lower costs are allowing companies to use that same kind of information for a variety of business reasons, such as near-real-time geospatial data visualizations of housing construction and other activity when planning new store locations.

"For years, this was all cut off [from the business world]," Thermopylae Sciences + Technology CEO A.J. Clark told us in an interview. For most people, the most obvious example of increased accessibility to high-quality space-based imaging is Google Maps or Google Earth. (Thermopylae was a 2013 Google enterprise global partner of the year for maps.) "The whole concept of having higher-resolution imagery is good when we just think about a user looking at a picture, but it's great, by an order of magnitude, when we start talking about running automated analytics against that imagery to develop answers to business questions," said Clark. [Read more: Casey/InformationWeek/2September2014]


A Timid Response to Crisis Across a Terrified Globe. It's hard to imagine a bigger disaster than nine years of a propped-up Iraq quickly slipping into the hands of the Islamic State - a vortex for terrorists from 80 countries. The Islamic State sees itself as the new caliphate, fulfilling Osama bin Laden's global jihad. They use beheadings and videotaped executions to bring doubters into line, while ruthlessly massacring Christians and government troops.

America's armed forces are worn out and discouraged; the nation overspent and tired of foreign do-goodism and misadventures. Our Veterans Affairs hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties - costs we face for decades, while our infrastructure crumbles. Whether 300 troops, or 3,000, we can't fix the unsolvable: an explosion of Islamic extremism. Tragically, America is easily influenced, manipulated and drawn into others' costly, unwinnable conflicts. What have we learned from the expenditure of our blood, irreplaceable youth and trillions of dollars? Little. Since the creation of Israel at the end of World War II - a thorn in Muslims' side - coupled with our dependence on Mideast oil, we've been drawn into their conflicts.

Iraq, along with Syria and the greater Mideast, is imploding, along with America's naive, meddlesome foreign policy. Iraq is falling apart under the assault of the Islamic State. When its fighters moved into Mosul, a security force of some 30,000 Iraqi troops and police collapsed in a few days. The US response: ethereal considerations that perhaps we should team up with the Iranians. In 2011, just 2 years after US troops pulled out after billions of dollars and nearly nine years in Iraq, it was in free fall. President Obama bragged we were "leaving Iraq a stable, sovereign and self-reliant country" - fulfillment of a campaign promise. That "stable country" vanished overnight. [Read more: Poteat/WashingtonTimes/31August2014]

Section IV - Books, Obituaries and Upcoming Events


Author Charles Cumming Ponders the Seductions - and the Sins - of Spying. If you were making a movie about the world of British espionage, you'd want to cast someone like Charles Cumming as your undercover agent. He's tall and handsome and self-assured and utterly charming in that self-deprecating British way. You can imagine him effortlessly gliding through the small talk of embassy parties or sweeping a gullible female officer off her feet - in service of Queen and country, of course. In other words, it's easy to be seduced by him.

And seduction is what it's all about, according to Cumming - who is, in fact, a best-selling author of spy novels. "Spying is about relationships, and spying is about persuading people to do what you want them to do - and that is not so far removed from a romantic relationship."

Cumming was actually approached to join the British intelligence services after he graduated from university. A friend of the family suggested he might want to explore joining the "diplomatic" service, a delicate euphemism for the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. He went through the early stages of application - and that experience inspired A Spy By Nature, which follows young recruit Alec Milius as he learns that while deception is necessary in the complex world of espionage, self-deception is something else entirely. [Read more: Sikka/NPR/1September2014]

Spy on Spying: Author Ken Daigler. For three years, Ken Daigler woke up at 5 a.m. every day to look out at the ocean and write.

It was a long way from his 40-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency.

"I couldn't have done that in DC," he said.

The result of his work was his new book, Spies, Patriots and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War.

A native of Buffalo, he does not look the part of a spy handler with his short, stocky build, bald head and dry sense of humor. His job was to recruit and manage spies. One of the first things he says is that he is bound by a secrecy oath to not discuss his work.

For the book, Daigler said, he wanted to compare and contrast intelligence work during the Revolutionary War compared to today. [Read more: Mavity/CapeGazette/2September2014]


David E. Murphy. David Edmund Murphy died on August 28, 2014 in Alexandria, VA. Mr. Murphy was born on June 23,1921 in Utica, New York to Anne (nee Brown) Murphy and Howard Lee Murphy. He was preceded in death on February 27, 1978 by his first wife and mother of his children, Marian Escovy of San Francisco,CA. His second wife, Star Hellmann Murphy of Washington, DC died on February 21, 2008. Mr. Murphy is survived by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Steven Murphy of Orlando, FL, Vincent Brian Mor of Darthmouth, MA, Gerald Murphy of Brooklyn, NY, Barbara (Murphy) Merritt of McLean, VA, Caryn Hollis of Alexandria, VA and Scot Chipman of Catharpin, VA; grandchildren, David Murphy of St. Louis, MO, Orly Mor of Nahariya, Israel, Spring Hollis Ogeneski of Guilford, CT, Emily Hollis Markmann of Arlington, VA, Brendan Murphy of Orlando, FL, Zoe (Chipman) Regan of Santa Monica, CA, Christopher Chipman of Fairfax, VA, Amy (Chipman) Hedden of Manassas, VA, Lara (Merritt) McKinney of Richmond, VA, Sean Murphy of New York, NY, Gregory Max Mor of Darthmouth, MA, Kyla Mor of Baltimore, MD, and Andrew Merritt of McLean, VA; great grandchildren, Lainey and Reese (Hollis) Anderson and Claire Markmann of Arlington, VA, Nicole and Grace Murphy of St. Louis, MO, Henry, Charlie and Jimmy Ogeneski of Guilford, CT and Evan McKinney of Richmond, VA. Mr. Murphy grew up in Syracuse, New York and graduated from Cortland College in 1942. From June 1942 until January 1946 he served in the U.S. Army Europe working with the Russian Army due to his Russian language skills. In July 1946, he served as a Russian Language Officer with the U.S.A. - USSR Joint Commission in Seoul Korea. In 1947, Mr. Murphy joined the Central Intelligence Agency and served in Japan, France and Germany. From December 1954 to June 1961, he was assigned to Berlin as Deputy and Chief of the CIA Base. When the Berlin Wall was erected in 1961, he was summoned to Washington to brief President John F. Kennedy on the state of affairs. Thereafter he served as deputy chief of the East European Division and Chief of USSR Division in the CIA Operations Directorate. From 1968 to 1971 he served as Assistant to the Ambassador for Security Affairs at the United States Embassy, Paris, France. From 1973 to 1975, he served as the National Intelligence Officer focusing on the Soviet Union. Mr. Murphy retired from the CIA in 1975. In retirement, he authored "BattleGround Berlin: CIA vs KGB in the Cold War" and "What Stalin Knew: The Enigma of Barbaross" respectively printed by Yale University Press. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Youth Fund of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 211 W Charlotte Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. [WashingtonPost/31August2014]

Spy Ring Mastermind John Walker Dies in N.C. Prison. Nine months before he was to become a free man again, the mastermind of one of America's most devastating spy rings has died in federal prison.

For 18 years, John A. Walker Jr. sold U.S. secrets to the Soviets, both as a cryptologist in the Navy in Norfolk and after he retired. It was estimated that he pocketed about $1 million.

He eventually enlisted espionage help from his brother Arthur; his son, Michael; and a Navy friend, Jerry Whitworth.

The security breach was considered one of the biggest in the nation's history. [Read more: Watson/VirginianPilot/30August2014]

Upcoming AFIO Events


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 or call her at 702-295-0417, if you have any questions.

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

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: 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:

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, 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:

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 -

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:30 a.m. - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts Lt. Col. BC Thomas, USAF, ret. speaking about the SR-71.

Lt. Col. BC Thomas, USAF(Ret) addresses the chapter on the subject of the SR-71. 11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon.
Event location: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco (between Sloat/Wawona).
RSVP required by 9/7/14 to Mariko Kawaguchi: with meal choice (fish or meat) and mail check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-member guests $35 (must be accompanied by a member).

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Other Upcoming Events

12 September 2014, noon - 2 pm - Ashburn, VA - The Loudoun Crime Commission hosts FBI Special Agent Kara Sidener, on her 9/11 experiences in the Pentagon.

Kara Sidener, Special Agent, InfraGard Coordinator, FBI - Washington Field Office, is the keynote speaker. Sidener details her experience in the 9/11 terrorist attack where she was a first responder to the Pentagon. She will discuss her experiences on that day as a member of the FBI's WFO's Evidence Response Team and the difficult task of gathering evidence in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Her 16+ years with the FBI have all been in the Washington, DC area, having had assignments at WFO, FBI Headquarters, and the FBI Academy. Kara has experience in a number of areas to include counterintelligence and cyber investigations, evidence response, instruction and training, and private sector outreach. She is a member of the Behavioral Analysis Program team and is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the DiSC assessment tools. Kara was also a member of WFO�s Evidence Response Team and a first responder to the Pentagon on 9/11/01. She has also co-authored two articles, �Proactive Human Source Development� and �Office Paper DeCopier,� which appeared in the Law Enforcement Bulletin and Journal of Forensic Sciences, respectively. Kara has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Forensic Science degree, both from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
The luncheon will be held at the Belmont Country Club, 19661 Belmont Manor Ln, Ashburn, VA 20147; (703) 723-5330. Doors open at noon for registering and networking, the meeting starts at 12:30 PM.

17 September 2014, 11:30am - McLean, VA - Dr. Daniel L. Burghart discusses "What Has Changed in Russia" at this DIF Luncheon

The Defense Intelligence Forum [DIAA] hosts Dr. Daniel L Burghart speaking on �What has changed in Russia, what has not, and how will future changes affect Russia.�
Dr. Burghart is a professor of National Security and Eurasian Studies at the National Defense Intelligence College in Washington, DC. As a specialist in Russian, CIS and Central European Affairs, he entered the Army in 1973 as a distinguished military graduate of the University of Illinois, and served in a variety of Foreign Area Officer assignments before retiring as a Colonel with 30 years of service in June 2003. Prior to coming to NDIC, Dr. Burghart taught and was a research fellow at the National Defense University. He has also served as Senior National Security Policy Advisory at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, U S. Defense and Army Attach� to Kazakhstan, and a Mission Commander at the On Site Inspection Agency, Where he led arms control inspections to the republics of the Former Soviet Union. Other assignments include: Senior Russian Military Analyst and Eurasian Branch Chief on the Army Staff, Professor of Russian and East European Studies at West Point and Director of Area Studies at the U.S. Army Russian Institute. He has a Ph.D. in Russian and International Studies from the University of Surrey. Along with articles in defense and civilian journals, He is the author of the book �Red Microchip: Technology Transfer, Export Control and Economic Restructuring in the Soviet Union.�
The forum will follow a modified Chatham House rule. You may use the information, but with the exception of speaker's name and subject, you may make no attribution. Everything will be off the record.
Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA
Register: Pay at the door with a check for $29.00 payable to DIAA, Inc Registration starts at 11:30 AM, lunch at 12:00 PM. Make reservations by 16 September 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 luncheon selection .
Pay at the door with a check for $29.00 per person, payable to DIAA, Inc.
Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged

7 - 8 Oct 2014 - Chelan, WA - 26th Annual Marine Law Enforcement Conference

The 26th Annual Marine Law Enforcement Conference is a program designed to support continuing education and training, information sharing and technology transfer. This program is a unique opportunity for marine law enforcement representatives across the State of Washington to meet, network, and train together using best practices that will enhance their duties on the water. Upon conclusion of the program, all participants will be given a certification of completion signifying that they have been trained in the latest and highest standards of law enforcement tactical ability provided by the State of Washington.
• Hotel rooming block ($83/night) expires September 6
• Updated Agenda released
Attendees will be given training and instruction in the following fields:
• Waterborne Pursuit & Stop Techniques
• NASBLA BOAT Certification
• Onboard Handcuffing Techniques
• Boat Handling
• Dry Fire Training
• Live Fire Training
• Boating Education
• Hull Identification Number Analysis
• Derelict Vessel Removal
REGISTRATION: Details can be found at Participants are encouraged to bring their duty sidearms and long rifles to the conference for training purposes. Ammunition will be provided if your weapon models and ammunition types are disclosed during the registration process
NEWFor the first time, registration is open to all law enforcement and government agencies outside of the State of Washington. Law enforcement and government personnel from outside Washington State can register for $750 ($850 after September 1).

15 October 2014 - Laurel, MD - National Cryptologic Museum Foundation [NCMF] 16th General Membership Meeting and Annual Symposium

"Effects of Internet, Social Media, & Open Source Data on Intelligence Analysis" - Alex Borhani, FBI Cyber Division and Martin Petersen, former CIA
"The Aftermath of the Snowden Disclosures" - John "Chris" Inglis, Chair for Cyber Studies, US Naval Academy
Invited Guest Speaker: Richard Ledgett, NSA Deputy Director.

Location: John Hopkins APL - Kossiakoff Auditorium

Registration/Check-In for the program begins at 0800. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Speaker presentations are from 0900-1500. A detailed tentative agenda is available here.

The fee for members is $25 and the guest fee is $50 (including a one-year guest membership). Please register online here or send a check made out to the NCMF to P.O. Box 1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998.

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