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Wisdom from our New Mexico Chapter's Newsletter
THE INTELLIGENCE FRONT: I think it goes without saying that the appearance of the ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State band of thugs, purporting to operate in the name of Islam to establish a Caliphate and eliminate all “infidels” (including, of course, all Muslims who don’t agree with their vision) has to be a priority for our security services and those of all our Allies. There are hazards aplenty for us in trying to counter this group. The Sunni-Shiite divide is a seriously compromising factor for anyone trying to form an Arab coalition to confront the I.S. Additionally, the likelihood of the U.S. putting any significant force on the ground in the Middle East is slim to nil. Groups like the Kurds and Yazidis might be capable allies if they were properly armed and supported, but that’s a tenuous proposition, politically. The political ramifications for the U.S. are unsettling, to say the least, if our government falls into bed with those who are willing to form expedient relationships that they can later disavow. And, on our home front, we’d best be turning up the heat and enhancing Intelligence on our borders, on returnees from the Middle East who may have gone off to fight for I.S., and on locating the “lone wolf” jihadists who—even if not allied with I.S.—will now be inspired and emboldened by such a vicious group. In short, a still-unsettled world.
-- Pete Bostwick and Mike Ford, Chapter co-Presidents
National Cryptologic Museum Foundation
End-of-Year Change of Leadership at AFIO
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Swiss Intelligence Service Investigates Paying Informants in
Bitcoin. Swiss intelligence services are reportedly looking into the possibility of using bitcoin to pay intelligence sources abroad.
Documents unearthed in a corruption investigation reveal that the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service (FIS) examined the possibility of using bitcoin in a document dated February 2014, according to the Tages Anzeiger newspaper.
The investigation originally targeted persons involved in the so-called Giroud Affair, which revolved around certain business deals made by winemaker Dominique Giroud, who was arrested in June 2014.
Along with Giroud, a professional hacker, a private detective from Geneva and an FIS agent were also remanded in custody on a wide range of allegations. [Read more: Hajdarbegovic/CoinDesk/25September2014]
Obama Had ISIS Intelligence Needed. President Barack Obama got ample early warning about the Islamic State long before its fighters grabbed the world's attention by brutalizing Syria and Iraq, former CIA analyst Lisa Ruth of the global intelligence firm LIGNET told MidPoint host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV on Monday.
Ruth gave a detailed rebuttal of the president's 60 Minutes claim that his intelligence agencies underestimated the Islamic State (ISIS), and were to blame for the slow military response.
"If you look back just over the last year we had an NIO [National Intelligence Estimate] - that came out last year that warned about ISIS," said Ruth. "It also warned about some terrorist groups that were offshoots of al-Qaida being extremely dangerous. And this is just the unclassified parts; I don't even know about the classified parts."
"Back in December, we had more briefings to Congress warning about ISIS and about terrorist groups," said Ruth. "February, the head of DIA [Defense Intelligence Agency] came out and said this is a problem, pay attention here.
"In May, the head of the autonomous Kurdish region [in Iraq] came and talked to [Vice President Joe] Biden personally and warned him," she said. "June, you had Fallujah fall, you had Mosul [fall] and suddenly we're paying attention."
Ruth said the intelligence agencies were providing sound intelligence early and often. [Read more: Piccoli/Newsmax/29September2014]
India Sends Intelligence Officer to Gulf Over Terrorism. India has sent a senior intelligence officer to the Gulf region over terrorism and possible radicalization of Muslim pilgrims during the Haj in Saudi Arabia, said local media Monday.
New Delhi Sunday dispatched Syed Asif Ibrahim, Director of Intelligence Bureau for a week-long trip to Saudi Arabia to discuss the issue, said the Hindustan Times daily. Thousands of Indian Muslims go on pilgrimage to Mecca during the on-gong Haj. Ibrahim will meet with Saudi intelligence agency officers and officials of the Interior Ministry of the country on how to prevent Sunni Muslims from joining the "Islamic State" militants in Syria and Iraq, said the report.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday in New York to seek stronger anti-terrorism cooperation between the two countries, said local media reports.
Modi, who is due to meet with US president Barrack Obama Monday in Washington, is expected to discuss terrorism with US leaders. [Read more: Xinhua/29September2014]
Italian Spy Agency Paid Mafia Bosses. An Italian lawmaker has decried a secret arrangement in which intelligence agents paid imprisoned top Mafiosi for information during several of the years when Silvio Berlusconi was premier.
Claudio Fava, vice president of Parliament's anti-Mafia commission, told reporters Tuesday that magistrates who investigate Italy's organized crime syndicates were kept in the dark about the practice, described in a written protocol between the now-defunct intelligence agency Sisde and the national prison administration agency. The practice came to light after Premier Matteo Renzi declassified the document in July, and the arrangement was subsequently made public at the appeals trial of a former Sisde chief, Mario Mori, in Palermo, Sicily.
The arrangement ran from about 2003 to 2007. The commission will begin hearings Wednesday to learn if information bought from bosses was useful. Fava said he suspects the information might have been used to derail investigations into whether politicians had links with the Mafia.
"We didn't know then" that the arrangement was in place, and "we still don't know what information was passed on from Mafiosi to intelligence agents," Fava said. In effect, the intelligence agency was "managing top bosses held in tough prison conditions for a period protracted in time." [Read more: D'Emilio/AP/30September2014]
Spy Agencies Urge Caution on Phone Deal. An obscure federal contract for a company charged with routing millions of phone calls and text messages in the United States has prompted an unusual lobbying battle in which intelligence officials are arguing that the nation's surveillance secrets could be at risk.
The contractor that wins the bid would essentially act as the air traffic controller for the nation's phone system, which is run by private companies but is essentially overseen by the government.
And with a European-based company now favored for the job, some current and former intelligence officials - who normally stay out of the business of awarding federal contracts - say they are concerned that the government's ability to trace reams of phone data used in terrorism and law enforcement investigations could be hindered.
A small Virginia company, Neustar, has held the job since the late 1990s, but a private phone-industry panel has recommended to the Federal Communications Commission that an American division of Ericsson, the Swedish-based technology company, get the work instead. No final decision has been made. [Read more: Lictblau/NYTimes/28September2014]
Door Left Ajar for Civilian Intelligence in Finland. A task force appointed to contemplate the role of the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) has identified three alternative models for the organisation of Finnish security and intelligence operations in the future.
In a report presented to Päivi Räsänen (Christian Democrats), the Minister of the Interior, on Wednesday, the task force refrains from stating its preference among the alternatives.
Ultimately, a decision on whether to allow Supo to continue in its current capacity or to establish a new security intelligence service will be taken by policy-makers. The issue is expected to be on the agenda in the government negotiations to be held after the upcoming parliamentary elections to ensure that a vision for the organisation of security and intelligence services is inscribed into the next government programme.
"This is a decision that must be taken at the political level, carefully and without prejudices. I have no objection to Supo breaking away from the police organisation, despite there being no pressing need to overhaul the role of Supo," says Mikko Paatero, the National Police Commissioner. [Read more: HelsinkiTimes/27September2014]
Nica Asks for More Intelligence Funds. The National Intelligence Coordinating Agency of the Philippines, which is tasked to gather local and foreign intelligence vital to the country's security and economy, pleaded with the Senate Friday for more intelligence funds, saying its allocation for this purpose was dwarfed by the amounts received by other agencies.
Nica Director General Ager Ontog said that Nica had only P21.2 million in confidential and intelligence funds in its proposed P530 million budget for 2015.
This is 1.5 percent of the P1.4 billion total government intelligence fund for next year, Ontog noted.
The NICA is tasked with directing and coordinating all government activities involving national intelligence and counterintelligence, integration of information and production of intelligence, and conducting information build-up and counterintelligence activities. [Read more: Salaverria/PhillipineDailyInquirer/1October2014]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Taiwan, Asia's Secret Air Power. When current and former world leaders, including Bill Clinton, visit Taiwan, they often stay at the Grand Hotel Taipei, an opulent Chinese architectural landmark perched atop Yuan Mountain. With spectacular views of the downtown riverfront and a palm-lined swimming pool surrounded by lush green jungle, guests at the Grand Hotel could be forgiven for thinking they had arrived at one of the most peaceful spots in East Asia.
In fact, just under their feet lies a vast underground command center from which Taiwan's top leadership would direct their nation's armed forces in the event of a war with China. This facility, like many around the high-tech island, shows that when it comes to the defense of Taiwan, there is much more than meets the eye.
Known officially as the Tri-Service Hengshan Military Command Center, the sprawling tunnel facility stretches through the mountain in a line that starts near the Grand Hotel and goes down to the giant Ferris wheel in Dazhi. Built to defend against China's growing fleet of ballistic missiles, this hardened nerve center is designed to allow Taiwan's government (and thousands of military personnel) to live and work for months, riding out air raids above while organizing the defense of Taiwan from below.
Linked to a large network of subterranean command posts and military bases around Taiwan and its outer islands - as well as the US Pacific Command in Hawaii - the Hengshan Military Command Center is the ultimate redoubt for Taiwan's president. It is so important, in fact, that China's strategic rocket force, the Second Artillery, has actually simulated missile attacks on the bridges that connect it to the Presidential Office. [Read more: Easton/TheDiplomat/25September2014]
At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas are Covert. The new supervisor thought his idea was innocent enough. He wanted the baristas to write the names of customers on their cups to speed up lines and ease confusion, just like other Starbucks do around the world.
But these aren't just any customers. They are regulars at the CIA Starbucks.
"They could use the alias 'Polly-O string cheese' for all I care," said a food services supervisor at the Central Intelligence Agency, asking that his identity remain unpublished for security reasons. "But giving any name at all was making people - you know, the undercover agents - feel very uncomfortable. It just didn't work for this location."
This purveyor of skinny lattes and double cappuccinos is deep inside the agency's forested Langley, Va., compound. [Read more: Wax-Thibodeaux/WashingtonPost/27September2014]
Want to work for the CIA to Kill ISIS terrorists? Try an Internship With the National Clandestine Service. In times of war the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) , and the National Security Agency (NSA) and other special operations agencies and units spring into action.
In the case of President's Obama recent declaration of war against the Islamist terrorist organization ISIS ("The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria"), agents and spies will work covertly behind the scenes conducting shadowy intelligence gathering missions and espionage operations against the enemy.
Repeated attempts to figure out how the CIA is going about waging war against ISIS has been practically impossible.
All I get is rumors and stories that sound too incredible to be true - they sure the hell can't be verified.
With that being said we can conclude that the CIA has been awfully busy lately. [Read more: Tilford/GroundReport/28September2014]
A Conversation With Herb Meyer. Our friends at Powerline have done a video interview with our friend and frequent contributor Herb Meyer. If you get your information from the mainstream media, you may not know thaty Herb is one of the people most responsible for victory in Cold War, putting together at the CIA the information identifying the vulnerabilities of the USSR and shuttling among the three key leaders - President Reagan, PM Thatcher, and Pope John Paul - to create and implement that the victorious strategy. For this service to our nation, he was awarded the nation's highest decoration for intelligence service.
Herb is one of the most original and insightful minds analyzing the contemporary world. If you know him, as I am privileged to, then you realize what a brilliant conversationalist he is. Steve Hayward of Powerline flew into Friday Harbor, Washington, where Herb lives, and recorded a conversation, part one of which is available here. The video cannot be embedded, so you must follow the link. You will be glad you did. [Read more: Lifson/AmericanThinker/28September2014]
What Is the Pentagon's Secret Space Drone Doing? For almost two years, an unmanned space plane bearing a remarkable resemblance to NASA's space shuttle has circled the Earth, performing a top-secret mission. It's called the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle - but that's pretty much all we know for certain.
Officially, the only role the Pentagon acknowledges is that the space plane is used to conduct experiments on new technologies. Theories about its mission have ranged from an orbiting space bomber to an anti-satellite weapon.
The truth, however, is likely much more obvious: According to intelligence experts and satellite watchers who have closely monitored its orbit, the X-37B is being used to carry secret satellites and classified sensors into space - a little-known role once played by NASA's now-retired space shuttles.
For a decade between the 1980s and early 1990s, NASA's space shuttles were used for classified military missions, which involved ferrying military payloads into space. But the shuttles' military role rested on an uneasy alliance between NASA and the Pentagon. Even before the 1986 Challenger disaster, which killed all seven crewmembers, the Pentagon had grown frustrated with NASA's delays. [Read more: Weinberger/NYPost/28September2014]
Does the Intelligence Community Really Get
Hadoop? The intelligence community is collecting more data than ever. But does that mean the intelligence gleaned from these massive new stores of data is also getting better?
Intelligence officials are naturally a little tight-lipped about the types of capabilities at their disposal. But current and former officials agreed the intelligence community's foray into big data - using new tools to collect, process and parse through data on a massive scale - remains a work in progress.
For one thing, the intelligence community needs more data scientists, according to John Custer, the retired Army major general and former director of intelligence for US Central Command. He spoke at a panel discussion last week hosted by Nextgov and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.
The Harvard Business Review proclaimed data scientist the "sexiest job of the 21st century," but the government hasn't exactly picked up on the trend. [Read more: Moore/NextGov/30September2014]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Spy. Assassinate. Protect. Once again the United States finds itself embroiled in a debate over whether or not to "go to war." It's a choice the country shouldn't have to make, and it wouldn't with a bigger, more lethal clandestine service like France or Israel has.
While today's enemies are virtually undetectable until they strike, history offers some lessons on how to fight a resourceful, nameless foe that effortlessly weaves themselves into the fabric of everyday life.
From the Revolutionary War to the Eisenhower administration, Americans successfully executed covert and clandestine actions around the world by empowering select individuals to secure the nation. From its creation, the Central Intelligence Agency has struggled to balance its charter and mandate with risk adversity. The art of collecting human source intelligence has been lost in the modern era, as the United States has turned to the relative comfort of relying exclusively on global partners and technology.
In remarks offered right here in Massachusetts, the CIA's own deputy director once observed dryly, "People in the 1950s and early 1960s concluded that the United States was facing a ruthless and implacable enemy. Our only hope of survival was to match their dedication with our dedication and their ruthlessness with our ruthlessness." That ruthlessness is sorely needed again. [Read more: Caruso/BostonGlobe/18September2014]
The Rise of OSINT in Threat Intelligence Analysis. Recent geopolitical events in Ukraine and the Middle East have highlighted the growing volatility of the world today. The emergence of states like Brazil, China and Russia underline how the world is moving to a more competitive place, with power more evenly distributed on a global scale. This structural shift in power distribution away from a consolidation of power in the West has been coined as the move from a unipolar to a multipolar world.
From another dimension, though, threats to governments and private sector organizations are increasingly fragmenting away from states and the traditional contours of sovereignty, and into the realm of entrepreneurial terrorist organizations.
Both of these shifts have implications for intelligence gathering in both the private and public sector.
Set against this changing threat landscape is the opportunity presented by new technology to gain more predictive intelligence about emerging threats to geopolitical stability. The recent tendency for regional conflagrations to spring up and surprise organizations raise the question of how much of these events are now predictable with the advent of Big Data.
Traditionally, risk identification and analysis has been mostly qualitative, performed by expert analysts covering a particular region who collate information themselves and then interpret and disseminate their findings. This is often a three-part intelligence process encompassing data collection, analysis and dissemination. [Read more: Hartley/HSToday/30September2014]
Has the ISIS Crisis Pushed the CIA into Bed With Hezbollah? A few months ago, a former top CIA operative applied for a Lebanese visa to do some work in Beirut for an oil company. While he was waiting for approval, a package arrived at his client's office. Inside was a full dossier on his CIA career. "It included things on where I had served, well back into 1990s," said Charles Faddis, who ran the CIA's covert action program in Kurdistan during the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, among other top assignments. "It had details on my travels to Israel and Lebanon - years ago."
Faddis took it as a blunt message from Hezbollah, the Iran-backed partner in Lebanon's coalition government that is equal parts political party, social service agency, occupying army and terrorist group. "It was their way of saying, 'We don't want this guy here, but we want business with you to go forward,'" Faddis told Newsweek. It also was a way of underscoring - as if any emphasis was needed - that to do business in Lebanon, you have to go through the "Party of God." And today that business includes the US drive to recruit regional partners to wage war on the Islamic State, the group more commonly known as ISIS.
Washington wants Lebanon to stop ISIS at its borders. So does Hezbollah, whose entry into the Lebanese government last February did not get it removed from the State Department's list of terrorist groups.
It's a tricky minuet for two longtime lethal foes. [Read more: Stein/Newsweek/1October2014]
Section IV - Obituaries and Upcoming Events
Leo T. Fink. Leo T. Fink, 78, of Avon, passed away on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Fink was born in Washington, DC, and raised in Rutherford, N.J. After graduating from St. Mary's High School and Villanova University, he served in the US Coast Guard. In 1965 he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served until retiring from the Senior Executive Services in 1996. During his career, Mr. Fink was assigned to numerous posts abroad, and he and his family also lived in Reston, Va., before coming to Avon in 1996.
Mr. Fink was predeceased by his parents, John C. and Rose (nee Rooney) Fink. He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Sharon T. (nee Tadsen) Fink. He is also survived by his children and their spouses, Rebecca and Todd Donahue, of San Diego, CA, Michael T. Fink and Jennifer MacIntyre, of Switzerland, and Jennifer and Edwin Doyle, also of San Diego. He was the beloved grandfather of Connor, Ashley and Claire Donahue, and Lucy and Vivienne Fink. He is also survived by his brothers and their spouses, John C., Jr. and Dolores Fink, of FL, and Robert and Marie Fink, of CT, as well as by other relatives and friends.
Visitation will take place at O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 hwy. 35, at New Bedford Rd., Wall, on Friday, September 26, 2014, from 5-8 P.M. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Church, Avon, on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 10 A.M., followed by entombment at St. Catharine's Cemetery, Wall. For further information or to send condolences, please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com. [AsburyParkPress/25September2014]
Upcoming AFIO Events
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 11:30am - Scottsdale, AZ - Arizona's Director of Homeland Security speaks at the AFIO AZ Chapter
Gilbert M. Orrantia, Director AZDOHS-Director,
Arizona Department of Homeland Security, addresses the AFIO AZ chapter.
Orrantia became the Director of the Arizona Department of Homeland
Security in June, 2009. Prior to heading Arizona’s Homeland Security
efforts at the State, he served in the FBI for 26 years.
Mr. Orrantia brings a national and global perspective on counterterrorism that is gained from vast counterterrorism experience including the supervision of an FBI counterterrorism squad in Phoenix and serving eight years as a Supervisory Special Agent. For four years he helped lead the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Phoenix, Arizona located at Arizona’s fusion center, known as the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC).
Recognized as an expert in investigations of terrorism, drugs and violent crimes, Mr. Orrantia’s successful FBI law enforcement career is reflected in the numerous awards and commendations he received. Among them are two of the FBI’s highest commendations: the Medal of Valor and the FBI Star. These awards were made to Mr. Orrantia for his role in the deadliest firefight in FBI history;- a gun battle known as the “Miami Shootout” in which two fellow FBI agents were killed.
Mr. Orrantia has lectured to members of the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia on officer safety and survival and continues to share his expertise in surviving a deadly encounter with numerous law enforcement agencies.
Director Orrantia currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association Homeland Security Advisors Council and also serves as a Tri-Chair of the National Homeland Security Consortium.
In April of 2013, he was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer to serve as Co-Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking.
Mr. Orrantia, a native Arizonan who is fluent in Spanish, was raised in Mesa, Arizona. He is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.
LOCATION: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260.
WE NEED an RSVP no later than 72 hours ahead of time; in the past, not reserving or canceling 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.
Our meeting fees will be as follows:
• $20.00 for AFIO members
• $22.00 for guests
For reservations or questions, please email Simone email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016
Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 11 am - Albuquerque, NM - CI Specialist Donald Fingleton on Conducting Research in a Threat Environment
Dr. Fingleton founded D4 Enterprise in early 2010 to provide private industry and US Government agencies advice on protecting critical program information from economic collection and industrial espionage activities. Prior to this he was a Counterintelligence Specialist with the Department of Energy’s Counterintelligence Training Academy (CITA) with a focus on providing counterintelligence (CI) training for the national laboratory science and engineering community and CI professional development training for the U.S. intelligence community. He is a frequent keynote speaker at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership conferences and workshops across the country, often teamed with former intelligence officers from hostile intelligence services. Dr. Fingleton also served on the FBI’s Region Nine Counterintelligence Working Group and the U.S. Attorney’s Anti-terrorism Advisory Council.
Before joining CITA he was primarily a physical scientist with positions at New Mexico State University, College of Engineering; Founding Director, Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center; the FBI; and Argonne National Laboratory. While at Argonne, he had special assignments at Harvard University and the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Dr. Fingleton has a Bachelors Degree in Physical Science and Mathematics; Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Atmospheric Science, Geochemistry, and Industrial Hygiene; and a Doctorate in Environmental Chemistry. He has over 150 scientific publications and has delivered more than 400 presentations on a wide variety of topics. In 2007, Dr. Fingleton received commendation from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III for “Exceptional Service in the Public Interest.”
Dr. Fingleton is a unique member of the intelligence community in that he is an experienced counterintelligence specialist with significant academic and research experience who as an environmental chemist, with no access to classified information (i.e., no clearance), was targeted by hostile intelligence services and terrorists. He has firsthand experience conducting research in a threat environment
Location: “The Egg & I,” 6909 Menaul Blvd (just East of Louisiana), Albuquerque.
RSVP: Please come to what should be a very interesting meeting. Your Chapter officers look forward to seeing you, and hope you will bring guests whom you think might also be interested. Questions to Pete Bostwick at (505) 898-2649 or email@example.com or Mike Ford at (505) 294-6133 or Secpro39@yahoo.com
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org or Simone S Lopes, Chapter Director - email@example.com
Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 7:30 pm - Palo Alto, CA - AFIO SF Chapter reconvenes to hear former DIRNSA, Mike Hayden, speak on "Inside the NSA"
Event being held at Stanford University's Cemex Auditorium
General Michael Hayden, former Director of the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency will be speaking in Cemex Auditorium, GSB, Stanford Campus, on Wednesday, October 8 from 7:30 to 8:30pm. Stanford in Government, in collaboration with the Stanford Law School, FSI, CISAC, and Continuing Studies, welcomes General Hayden to campus to commence a year-long "Security Conundrum" speaker series. There will be a post-event reception from 8:30pm to 10:00pm in the GSB's Seawell Conference Room. General Hayden, Professor Phil Taubman, and Hoover Institution Associate Director and CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart will also be at the reception.
The event is free. You can RSVP at here.
MEETING CANCELED - Thursday, 9 October 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
Tuesday, 14 October 2014, noon - MacDill AFB, FL - The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter hears from Dr. Bill Costanza, retired CIA, Professor at Marymount University.
William Costanza, DLS, has more than two decades of
experience at CIA. He retired in 2004 as a senior operations officer
after 24 years of service. During his Agency career he designed and
implemented operational targeting and intelligence collection strategies
in the areas of counterterrorism, counter-narcotics, WMDs,
telecommunications and strategic technologies. He also conducted
operations in high-threat environments against high-priority terrorist
targets in Africa and Central Asia.
Costanza received a doctoral degree in liberal studies from Georgetown University in 2012. His doctoral dissertation examined the psychology of radicalization and proposed an interdisciplinary framework to study the radicalization process across cultures.
What began as an initiative to introduce one or two intelligence-related courses into the forensic psychology curriculum at Marymount University in northern Virginia is now evolving into a process to create a series of skills-based intelligence courses geared to meet the analytic needs of the IC.
LOCATION: MacDill AFB Surf’s Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Boulevard, MacDill AFB, FL 33621.
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QUESTIONS: Contact Michael Shapiro, Secretary, Florida Suncoast Chapter of AFIO at (813) 832-1164 or firstname.lastname@example.org
8 November 2014, 1130 - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - The Florida Satellite Chapter presents its own Tyler Wasson on Al Qaeda's Network Threat.
The FSC member and recent Henley-Putnam University graduate with the degree of Master of Science in Intelligence Management -- Tyler Wasson -- will discuss his thesis “Al Qaeda’s Network Threat.” Tyler’s work
examines the threat posed by AQ’s collective network by reviewing the
evolution of AQ’s network structure, evaluating AQ’s network
collectiveness and breaking down its network capacity. This is a
particularly timely topic and our speaker is particularly qualified to
discuss it. 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: email@example.com
Friday, 14 November 2014 - Tysons Corner, VA - US Representative Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, addresses us as he leaves this important national security post. Other speaker will be outgoing AFIO National President S. Eugene Poteat, former CIA S&T, for this final 2014 AFIO National Luncheon.
HPSCI Chairman Rogers discusses
ISIS/ISIL, China’s continued emergence as a competitor to US
interests, and to threats posed by Iran and North Korea, and other
threats to the nation.
Morning speaker will be outgoing AFIO National President S. Eugene Poteat, former CIA S&T: Special ceremony for the retirement of AFIO's president of 15 years, S. Eugene Poteat.
Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; Gene Poteat begins presentation at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at noon; HPSCI Chairman Rogers 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
Register while space available. Registration Form is HERE
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Other Upcoming Events
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
• 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 www.mleconference.com. 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).
Sunday, 12 October 2014, 1pm - Washington DC - Sylvia Rafael: The Life and Death of a Mossad Spy by Moti Kfir - a book signing at the Spy Museum
Sylvia Rafael was a young Mossad spy when she was chosen to be one of the lead intelligence agents tracking Ali Hassan Salameh, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Black September division. Her pursuit of Salameh, the infamous mastermind of the kidnapping and murder of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, led her team to Lillehammer, Norway. The mission went tragically wrong resulting in the death of an innocent named Ahmed Bouchiki. Join co-author Moti Kfir as he discusses Sylvia Rafael, a page-turning account of the dedicated Mossad spy he trained. Kfir held a number of senior positions in the Special Operations Unit of Mossad, including Director of the School for Special Operations. He and his co-author Ram Oren drew on extensive research and interviews to weave together the stories of Rafael and Ali Hassan Salameh, how the intelligence failed, and the impact of that day in Norway.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit www.spymuseum.org
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.
Friday, 17 October 2014, 4-6:30 PM - Washington, DC - Special Panel on "British Patriot or Soviet Spy: Clarifying a Cold War Mystery" at the Institute of World Politics.
Please save the date for a demonstration of new analytic techniques to examine the controversial case of whether Britain's former MI5 Director General, Roger Hollis, was or was not a Soviet agent.
Raymond J. Batvinis, Ph.D. - Retired FBI Supervisory Agent; IWP Professor of counterintelligence history; author of The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence.
David L. Charney, M.D. - Consulting psychiatrist to the U. S. intelligence community; expert on the psychology of the "insider spy"; Medical Director, Roundhouse Square Counseling Center.
Harvey Klehr, Ph.D. - Intelligence historian, Emory University; Co-author of
Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America.
WITH ARGUMENT MAPS BY Paul Monk, Ph.D. - Former Senior Intelligence Officer, Australian Defence Intelligence Organization; Argument mapping/Bayesian expert; Co-founder of Austhink, a critical-thinking skills consulting firm.
MODERATOR - John L. Wilhelm - Former U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer; TIME magazine correspondent; Independent PBS Writer/Producer/Director; author of a forthcoming history of Russian Military Intelligence (the GRU).
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 4:30 PM - Washington, DC - Robert Anders' Winning Paktika: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan discussed at the Institute of World Politics
"We can win the war without killing a single person."
This is the story of the Wolfhounds in 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company through the eyes of a young platoon leader. He details their adventures on the frontier in a little-known dangerous place called Paktika Province, centrally located along Afghanistan's volatile border with Pakistan. It is the story of ordinary men, cast into a treacherous and unfamiliar world with the mission to destroy the enemy's sanctuary, not just the enemy. It is the story of triumph and failure, elation and frustration through a hard-fought struggle with their identity as infantrymen, evolving from trained tactical killers to strategic nation builders in their quest to win Paktika.
Author Rob Anders was beginning his senior year at the United States Military Academy at West Point on 9/11. Rob and his men deployed to Afghanistan in early 2004, facing a complex and confusing war. In addition to his responsibility of executing tactical level orders with his platoon, he also served as a primary liaison to the highest ranking Afghan leaders in Paktika Province where he had a close-up account of life in the trenches as well as the operational and strategic tectonics of the battlefield.
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
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RSVP: Register here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Saturday, 8 November 2014, 6:45 p.m. - Henderson, NV - The Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame honors four Inductees including a former CIA Official, John Parangosky.
The Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame has selected four individuals this
year for induction. These individuals all have contributed
significantly to aviation history and, in one case, U.S. National
Security. That individual is: John Parangosky (a.k.a.
Thomas P. McIninch) inducted for having brought to fruition some of the
world's most sophisticated aerial and space-based technical
intelligence collection systems from the mid-1950s through the
mid-1970s. In the mid-1950s, Parangosky joined the CIA's highly
classified IDEALIST program management, where he participated in all
aspects of the U-2's development, flight testing at Groom Lake and early
deployments. Parangosky was the CIA’s OXCART program executive officer
and program manager, overseeing the A-12's first test flight at Groom
Lake on April 30, 1962, its operational certification in November 1965,
and deployment overseas as part of operation BLACK SHIELD. In 1967, in
recognition of his per-formance and contributions to the A-12 Program,
Parangosky received the Distinguished Intelli-gence Medal, one of the
CIA's highest awards.
The induction dinner is being held at The Landings Restaurant, Henderson Executive Airport, 3500 Executive Terminal Dr. A no-host social begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 6:45 p.m. The induction program begins at 7:30 p.m.
TO REGISTER: Advance reservations and payment must be received by Oct. 31. Cost is $75 per person; dress is business casual. The public is invited but seating is limited; corporate tables are available.
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