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HPSCI Chairman Mike Rogers
Friday, 14 November 2014 - Tysons Corner, VA - US Representative Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Outgoing President Gene Poteat; and special guest James R. Clapper, DNI, will address our group at this final 2014 AFIO National Luncheon.
Register for AFIO's Winter 2014 Luncheon
US Representative Mike Rogers,
Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, will
the growing threats of ISIS/ISIL, Cyberwar, China, Iran, North
Korea, and other challenges to the nation as he leaves this important
national security post and ends his 14-year career in Washington.
Includes special ceremony for the retirement* of AFIO's president of 15 years, S. Eugene Poteat.
Researchers - Writers - Speakers
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Russian Intelligence Can Help Against Islamic State: Former CIA Analyst. Russia could help the US-led coalition in its fight against the Islamic State (IS) by providing critical intelligence, a former CIA analyst told RIA Novosti.
"The US could use Russia on gaining intelligence about ISIS from Damascus. It's a good area for cooperation considering the relationship between Russia and Syria goes back 40 years," said Mel Goodman, a director at the Center for International Policy (CIP), who was the division chief of the CIA's Office of Soviet Affairs from 1976 to 1986.
Goodman mentioned that Russia could help on counterterror measures as well, by providing information about who is leaving places like Chechnya and going to Syria. In addition, according to Goodman, by leveraging Russia's relationship with Syria the coalition could be better positioned to support the air campaign against IS.
"Opening a dialogue with Syria could also help in establishing ground control. Instead we have a feckless bombing campaign without ground support," said Goodman. [Read more: RIANovosti/16October2014]
German Intelligence Agency Blames Pro-Russian Rebels for Downing of Flight MH17. A German intelligence agency has determined that pro-Russian rebels were responsible for the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which killed 298 people in eastern Ukraine in July.
The Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), the agency responsible for foreign intelligence, reportedly gathered information suggesting that Russian loyalists captured a BUK air defence missile system at a Ukrainian military base and fired a missile that exploded in the vicinity of the aircraft, bringing it down.
The BND carried out a detailed investigation into flight MH17 and eventually presented their findings to members of the parliamentary committee responsible for monitoring German intelligence services on October 8th.
According to German news magazine Der Spiegel, Gerhard Schindler, the BND's president, used satellite images and photo evidence to support his case. [Read more: Grant/Newsweek/20October2014]
Canadian Financial Intelligence Agency Tracks Money Given to Islamic Militants. Canada's financial intelligence agency says it is actively helping police and spies follow the money flowing into the coffers of Islamic extremists fighting overseas.
The Ottawa-based Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, known as FinTRAC, has passed along information to investigators as part of the government's effort to combat the Islamic State, says centre director Gerald Cossette.
Many Canadians have never heard of the centre, which keeps a relatively low profile compared with other national security agencies.
However, financial intelligence has become a "key component" of terrorism investigations by the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Cossette said during a recent talk hosted by Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. [Read more: Bronskill/CanadianPress/19October2014]
Somalia: Intelligence Service Seizes Explosion-Hit Garage in Mogadishu. Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) has seized a garage on Fifteen May road in Mogadishu's Warta Nabadda district in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Garowe Online reports.
Security officials told the media that the capture came after accidental explosion gutted a civilian vehicle parked inside the garage late on Monday night.
A spokesman for Security Ministry Mohamed Musse said, reacting to the bomb attached to the car of ordinary Somali citizen, Intelligence service is now in control of the garage.
Musse added that Garage mechanics were also arrested for the incident and security agencies from now will target Mogadishu garages in the future search operations. [Read more: GaroweOnline/21October2014]
Iran Tips Hand About Structure of Secret Services. Iran drew back the veil - if slightly - over its intelligence services on Wednesday, with its top nuclear security official crediting them for helping protect the Islamic Republic's atomic program from attempts at sabotage.
In a first, Iran provided public information about the structure of its secret services in an Intelligence Ministry magazine published for the 30th anniversary of the creation of the ministry. According to the magazine, entitled "30 years of Silent Devotion," Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi heads a coordination council overseeing 16 different agencies. The Guard, Iran's most powerful military force, separately operates two other intelligence agencies.
Counter-espionage and fending off cyber-attacks have been key recent challenges for Iran's intelligence community. Iran in the past has accused the US and Israel of directing a campaign that included the abduction of its scientists, sale of faulty equipment, and the planting of a destructive computer worm known as Stuxnet, which briefly brought Iran's uranium enrichment activity to a halt in 2010.
Iran responded to the cyber-attack on its nuclear facilities by beefing up its own cyber capabilities. It has periodically announced the arrest of suspects charged with espionage or attempts to sabotage its nuclear facilities. There have also been several announcements about Iranian scientists discovering and neutralizing alleged malware before it could cause serious damage. [Read more: AP/15October2014]
Poland Detains 2 Suspected of Espionage. A high-ranking army officer and a civilian have been detained and questioned on suspicion that they spied for a hostile foreign intelligence service, officials said Thursday.
Polish media reported that the two - an army colonel and a lawyer - are suspected of spying for Russia, but prosecutors have refused to identify the country in question.
Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet said that the matter is of an "extremely sensitive nature." He promised more information in the coming days. Some details were expected Friday.
Seremet said that the two were detained after months of investigation and that they are suspected of "hurting Poland's interests." [Read more: AP/16October2014]
Intelligence Service Tallies Jihadists From Switzerland. The number of jihadist fighters from Switzerland has almost tripled over the last 1.5 years, according to the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service (FIS). Just 20 fighters left Swiss soil between 2001 and May 2013; the remaining 35 have left since then.
Between 2001 and September 2014, the intelligence service tallied 55 cases of people leaving Switzerland to fight in jihadist conflicts. Thirty-one went to Iraq or Syria, while 24 went to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.
18 individuals currently living in Switzerland are believed to have returned from fighting in jihadist conflicts. Another 31 people from Switzerland remain abroad, fighting in so-called holy wars across the Middle East.
In one of the 18 cases of suspected returned jihadists, the FIS is sure the individual concerned had been fighting in jihad-motivated conflicts. The other 17 individuals are strongly suspected of having taken part in such conflicts. [Read more: SWI/15October2014]
Former National Security Adviser Calls Post-9/11 Intelligence Reform Successful. Stephen Hadley, former national security adviser, said at an intelligence conference held in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on Friday that intelligence and counterterrorism reforms since 9/11 have been successful.
The conference, titled "Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism after a Decade: Are We Smarter and Safer?" is being hosted by the University's Clements Center for History, Strategy and Statecraft and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law to look back at the 10 years since the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 was passed and restructured US intelligence.
After the passing of the reform act in 2004, Hadley said the national intelligence committee has been putting much effort into improving its methods to keep the country safe. He said, by the support and dedication of the committee, they have managed to improve over the years.
"The effort by the intelligence committee became so refined that we were knitting up the intelligence and policy process in real time," Hadley said. [Read more: Santillan/DailyTexan/17October2014]
2 Haqqani Leaders Arrested by Afghan Intelligence. Two senior leaders of the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network have been arrested in eastern Khost province, the Afghan intelligence service said Thursday, claiming a major blow to the Pakistan-based militant group.
Anis Haqqani, a brother of the network's leader, and Hafiz Rashid, who allegedly helped equip suicide bombers and select targets for attacks, were detained Tuesday in a special operation, the National Directorate of Security said in a statement.
"It is one of the biggest and most important arrests by NDS, and has strategic impact on this network and can cause disorder in its operations and weaken its fighting capabilities," the statement said, without providing details. The Associated Press could not immediately reach a Taliban spokesman for comment.
The statement said Anis Haqqani was an expert in computers and use of propaganda through social networks, and played a key role in the group's strategic decisions as a deputy to his brother, network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani. [Read more: AP/16October2014]
CIA Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels. The Central Intelligence Agency has run guns to insurgencies across the world during its 67-year history - from Angola to Nicaragua to Cuba. The continuing CIA effort to train Syrian rebels is just the latest example of an American president becoming enticed by the prospect of using the spy agency to covertly arm and train rebel groups.
An internal CIA study has found that it rarely works.
The still-classified review, one of several CIA studies commissioned in 2012 and 2013 in the midst of the Obama administration's protracted debate about whether to wade into the Syrian civil war, concluded that many past attempts by the agency to arm foreign forces covertly had a minimal impact on the long-term outcome of a conflict. They were even less effective, the report found, when the militias fought without any direct American support on the ground.
The findings of the study, described in recent weeks by current and former American government officials, were presented in the White House Situation Room and led to deep skepticism among some senior Obama administration officials about the wisdom of arming and training members of a fractured Syrian opposition. [Read more: Mazzetti/NYTimes/14October2014]
UCF Awarded $1.85M Grant to Educate Future Intelligence Workforce. The University of Central Florida was awarded a $1.85 million grant from the Defense Intelligence Agency to establish a center that will help prepare the workforce for the intelligence community of the future.
UCF is one of only a handful of universities nationwide to house an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence. The grant is the largest ever received by the political science department at UCF, according to a release from the school.
Mark Schafer, a professor of political science, will lead the new center, which will offer students state-of-the-art curriculum in national intelligence and security and will also include a speaker series that will attract nationally and internationally known experts in the field.
It will also offer students opportunities for summer educational programs and study abroad programs. [Read more: Barth/OrlandoBusinessJournal/15October2014]
US National Security Prosecutors Shift Focus From Spies to Cyber. The US Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up in the wrong hands, as American business and government agencies face more intrusions.
The revamp, led by Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, also marks a recognition that national security threats have broadened and become more technologically savvy since the 9/11 attacks against the United States.
As part of the shift, the Justice Department has created a new position in the senior ranks of its national security division to focus on cyber security and recruited an experienced prosecutor, Luke Dembosky, to fill the position.
The agency is also renaming its counter-espionage section to reflect its expanding work on cases involving violations of export control laws, Carlin confirmed in an interview. [Read more: Reuters/21October2014]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Profile: Marcel Lettre, Principal Deputy Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence. Marcel Lettre serves as principal deputy defense undersecretary for intelligence and functions as program executive for the country's military intelligence program.
He represents the Defense Department on intelligence and sensitive operations to the CIA, National Security Council, and other elements of the intelligence community; and also works as ODNI's director of defense intelligence.
Prior to his current role, Lettre was the deputy chief of staff at the Office of the Secretary of Defense between 2011 and 2013.
For the two years prior, he served as principal deputy assistant defense secretary and was responsible for work to promote the policies, strategies and budget of DoD to Congress. [Read more: [Wilkers/ExecutiveGov/16October2014]
Biometrics May Mean End of the Spy's Disguise. Somewhere In Washington: Spy movie makers love retinal scans and ever-more inventive ways to steal or modify fingerprints.
Former CIA Director David Petraeus and the Joint Special Operations Command relied heavily on retinal scans, DNA sampling, fingerprints, facial and body recognition - all cross referenced with other intelligence - to build enormous cross-linked databases that helped track and crack the bad guys in Baghdad.
Wigs, fake beards, contact lenses, latex masks, glasses, makeup and clothing have all long played important roles in masking or changing the appearance of spies. But biometrics, considered key technologies by the Intelligence Community, may spell the effective end of the covert spy, say several experienced intelligence professionals.
Imagine a suspect US intelligence officer is walking down the street in a hostile capital. Someone walks into him from an office building, bumping him hard and leaving a small scratch on the back of his hand. Several hours later a video of the encounter has been loaded into a computer and the small sample of skin and blood are being analyzed. When a computer program can read video or photos of a face, assess the subject's movements and body shape, check his retina and even track his DNA, it's going to be awfully hard to keep agents in the field for long periods of time without regularly changing their legends and appearance. [Read more: Clark/BreakingDefense/20October2014]
The People and Principles Behind @CIA. For over 60 years the Central Intelligence Agency has cultivated a hardened image, quietly ruling the shadowy world of intelligence.
But in June the CIA joined a very different world, blazing in with 61 characters: "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet."
Within minutes it was the tweet heard round the world, reports CBS News correspondent Julianna Goldman.
"We had 1,000 new followers joining us a minute around the world, and we were just watching this on the computers, just stunned," said CIA director of public affairs Dean Boyd. [Read more: CBS/21October2014]
Did Israel Avert a Hamas Massacre? The story behind the Gaza tunnel plot, from Israeli intelligence officials - and Hamas leader Khalid Mishal. Yossi Adoni, a village leader in Zarit, is worried. For years, residents in his small Israeli farming community, on the northern border with Lebanon, have heard drilling under their homes, late at night. His mother, Ruth, for one, says she has often been awakened by "the trembling and noise from a jackhammer." Her next-door neighbor, Shula Asayag, insists that the subterranean vibrations have become so intense that picture frames and TV sets have crashed to the floor. "My children are afraid to come and visit me," she explains. Adoni and other officials contend that they have heard similar stories from other towns along the border.
Nearby, Shlomo Azulai tends an Israeli apple orchard. For months he watched in disbelief as clouds of dust appeared on the ridgeline below the Lebanese town of Marwahin and steadily moved in his direction. He observed earthmovers operating in, around, and then underneath an enormous greenhouse. "After a while," Azulai claims, "the excavator was so far underground I could no longer see it." When he alerted the Israeli Defense Forces (I.D.F.), he says, they dismissed the moving dust clouds as "small fires" - nothing to worry about. But Azulai has reason to worry. In 2006, Hezbollah operatives positioned across the border fired a guided missile at his Toyota Hilux, driving shrapnel into his arms, torso, and lower abdomen.
Now, eight years later, Azulai and his neighbors believe Hezbollah may have pulled off a far more provocative gambit: building a tunnel under Zarit, which the group could conceivably use to send forces into Israel to massacre civilians.
What once may have sounded like rejected scenes from a remake of Poltergeist, now strike Israelis in the north as harbingers, especially after this summer's Gaza war, which laid bare a complex of subterranean tunnels that had been dug under Israel's southwestern border with the Gaza Strip - an area ruled by Hamas, a party whose credo calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. [Read more: Ciralsky/VanityFair/21October2014]
The Real Drone Queens. When President Barack Obama went to the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Virginia, to be briefed on drone operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, he was taken aback by the number of female spies directing the agency's secret killing programme.
A week later, the CIA's top expert on Pakistan was summoned to the Oval Office. She was strikingly attractive in her stiletto heels. "You don't look like a Pakistan expert," the president told her, breaking into a grin.
Obama was mistaken: the expert was typical of the new generation of CIA officers. Many are women in their thirties with a decade or more of experience in hunting down terrorists and vaporising them with Hellfire missiles.
The dilemmas confronting "the sisterhood", as they are known to colleagues, is central to the fourth season of the hit drama Homeland. In the first episode of the new season, shown on Showtime and Channel 4, Carrie Mathison, the bipolar CIA officer, orders an airstrike on a farmhouse in Pakistan. Afterwards, her staff give her a birthday cake iced with the words "drone queen".
It then turns out that dozens of women and children at a wedding party have been killed. Carrie hides the truth. [Read more: Harnden/TheSundayTimes/21October2014]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Shifting US Response to Islamic State Doesn't Win Over Allies. Our presidents have consistently taken a bipolar approach to Islamic violence, not knowing whether to ignore it or confront it. When choosing the latter, they have equivocated between terrorism as an act of war or as a felony. The bombings of Islamic State group targets by the United States and Sunni Arab states is only the first step in defeating a murderous ideology that fit the needs of seventh century desert nomads but does not meet 21st century values. As a former CIA officer with counterterrorism responsibilities, I believe that the Islamic State army is the worst terrorist threat we have faced and that our hesitant and piecemeal response sends mixed signals to both friends and foes.
The intellectual fountainhead for the fundamentalist Muslim movement is the Muslim Brotherhood, which inspired the creation of al Qaeda, which itself is still spawning offshoots. One of these was al Qaeda in Iraq, which eventually became the Islamic State group. As al Qaeda franchises spread, the pattern of Middle East terrorism changed from secular to religious: that is, an attempt to re-create the golden years of Islam. In the 1980s, the American Embassy and the Marine barracks in Beirut were bombed, and the CIA Beirut station chief was beheaded. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb already had killed more than 100,000 Algerians before beheading a French citizen last week. Unable to unseat infidel governments in the Middle East, al Qaeda and associated groups targeted America. The 1993 bombing of the north tower of the World Trade Center, the 2000 bombing of the US Navy destroyer Cole and the 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center followed. Osama bin Laden had signed a 30-page fatwa declaring war against the United States and Israel in 1996, and another one in 1998.
We accepted the obvious only after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. [Read more: LeGallo/SFGate/29September2014]
Intelligence and the Islamic State. When an intelligence commodity perishes, the costs can be severe. Consider what's happening with the Islamic State.
Ignorant of IS's plans, the Obama administration is unable to restrain its advance. With relative freedom, IS continues to move large convoys of fighters and weaponry towards its various offenses. Watch this video from yesterday. It appears to show a large, raucous IS formation advancing toward Baghdad. That convoy was a prime, but perishable, target. Now the convoy has almost certainly divided into smaller, more concealable skirmishing groups.
And this convoy is just one of many IS movements on multiple fronts. At present, IS forces are moving against key towns in Anbar and Syria's Deir ez-Zor province, and against Kobani and other Kurdish strongholds; also, as I explained on Monday, it is proceeding with urban terrorism in Baghdad.
President Obama's strategy is collapsing. His intelligence failings explain why. [Read more: Rogan/NationalReview/16October2014]
Section IV - Jobs, Obituaries, and Upcoming Events
David Greenglass, the Brother Who Doomed Ethel Rosenberg, Dies at 92. It was the most notorious spy case of the Cold War - the conviction and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union - and it rested largely on the testimony of Ms. Rosenberg's brother David Greenglass, whose name to many became synonymous with betrayal.
For his role in the conspiracy, Mr. Greenglass, an Army sergeant who had stolen nuclear intelligence from Los Alamos, NM, went to prison for almost a decade, then changed his name and lived quietly until a journalist tracked him down. He admitted then, nearly a half-century later, that he had lied on the witness stand to save his wife from prosecution, giving testimony that he was never sure about but that nevertheless helped send his sister and her husband to the electric chair in 1953.
Mr. Greenglass died on July 1, a family member confirmed. He was 92. His family did not announce his death; The New York Times learned of it in a call to the nursing home where he had been living under his assumed name. Mr. Greenglass's wife, Ruth, who had played a minor role in the conspiracy and also gave damning testimony against the Rosenbergs, died in 2008.
In today's world, where spying has more to do with greed than ideology, the story of David Greenglass and the Rosenbergs is an enduring time capsule from an age of uncertainties - of world war against fascism, Cold War with the Soviets, and shifting alliances that led some Americans to embrace utopian communism and others to denounce such ideas, and their exponents, as un-American. [Read more: McFadden/NYTimes/14October2014]
Upcoming AFIO Events
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
8 November 2014, 1130 - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - The Florida Satellite Chapter presents its own Tyler Wasson on Al Qaeda's Network Threat.
The Florida Satellite Chapter presents its own Tyler Wasson. FSC member and recent Henley-Putnam University graduate with the degree of Master of Science in Intelligence Management will discuss his thesis “Al Qaeda’s Collective 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.
A core, six affiliates and up to thirteen allied groups comprise the Al Qaeda (AQ) network. The groups that comprise AQ are simultaneously independent and part of a collective network. They often work together and benefit each other in both defensive and offensive actions that enable al Qaeda to conduct devastating attacks and sustain itself since 1988. Despite efforts to remove AQ from safe havens, the AQ remnants counter by retreating, regrouping, and reconstituting once allied forces leave. The collective network enables AQ groups to move into other safe havens, regroup, and sustain itself for over two and a half decades. To prevent AQ from expanding in sanctuary and having the opportunity to attack the US homeland, this presentation will discuss recommendations on how best to mitigate the AQ threat. Note: Time will be allocated for questions and answers.
Event location: Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937. We have been informed that the Eau Gallie Yacht Club has discontinued serving alcoholic beverages to non-members. In the interests of avoiding needless dehydration, the Chapter will be moving future meetings to the Indian River Colony Club.
For reservations and further details, contact Barbara Keith, 1024 Osprey Drive, Melbourne, Florida 32940. Telephone: 321.777.5561, email:email@example.com
Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 11:30 a.m. - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO Arizona hears from Alan Rodbell, Police Chief of Scottsdale
MEMBERS: PLEASE NOTE THAT we will start THIS TIME sharply at 11:45 am because our guest speaker will need to leave prior to 1PM!!!!!!
GUEST SPEAKER: ALAN RODBELL - Police Chief, City of Scottsdale
Chief Rodbell has been the Police Chief in the City of Scottsdale, Arizona since 2003. He has 36 years of public safety experience, which has taken him through the ranks and multiple levels of responsibility as a line level employee, supervisor, manager, and leader. He came to the city after 25 years serving in the Montgomery County Maryland Department of Policy. He has a B. A. Criminology from the University of Maryland and a Masters degree in Education from McDaniel College, formally Western Maryland College. Chief Rodbell is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
In the years he has served in Scottsdale, Rodbell has successfully completed a workforce study, enabling the successful full staffing of his department, an award winning Strategic Planning process and has been involved in leading the first Photo Enforcement study on a state highway.
Under his leadership, Scottsdale has achieved double digit reductions in crime making Scottsdale one of the safest cities in Arizona. In the October issue of Parent Magazine, the City was recognized as the best city in the country to raise children, complete with an A+ grade for public safety, and most recently, Law Street Media has named Scottsdale the 5th safest city in the U.S.
Chief Rodbell sits on two State Boards, appointed by the Governor, the Arizona Policy Officer Standards and Training Board, and the Homeland Security, Central Regional Advisory Council. In 2013, Chief Rodbell received the NAACP Law Enforcement Award for his work with the community from the East Valley NAACP.
Chief Rodbell was recently appointed to the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board, by the State's Attorney General.
Chief Rodbell serves as an Executive Board member of the East Valley NAACP and a member of the Arizona Black Law Enforcement Employees Association (A.B.L.E.). The A.B.L.E. Organization honored him with the 2014 Doeg Nelson Supervisor of the Year Award in August.
Chief Rodbell has served as the Acting, Chief of Public Safety. In this capacity, he was responsible for leadership of Police, Fire, Homeland and Municipal Security operations for the City. Under his leadership, the City has combined various support services that have traditionally supported two departments into one, saving millions of taxpayer dollars.
Today, Chief Rodbell is responsible as the Chief of Police for the City of Scottsdale, now recognized as the fifth safest large city by recent FBI Crime Reports
LOCATION: McCORMICK RANCH GOLF COURSE
(7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260)
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, as does outgoing AFIO National President S. Eugene Poteat, former CIA S&T. DNI James Clapper will also speak at this final 2014 AFIO National Luncheon.
US Representative Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence;
DNI James Clapper;
and Outgoing President Gene Poteat
will address our group at this final 2014 AFIO National Luncheon.
US Representative Mike Rogers,
Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, will
the growing threats of ISIS/ISIL, Cyberwar, China, Iran, North Korea,
and other challenges to the nation as he leaves this important national
security post and ends his 14-year career in Washington.
Outgoing President Gene Poteat will speak on the just released revision of George O'Toole's Honorable Treachery: A History of US Intelligence, Espionage, and Covert Action from the American Revolution to the CIA [GroveAtlantic 2014], and of his more unusual or amusing CIA experiences, as he departs after 15 years leading AFIO;
and James R. Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, will stop in at this final 2014 AFIO National Luncheon.
Includes special ceremony for the retirement* of AFIO's president of 15 years, S. Eugene Poteat.
* 'retirement' - for both of these men (as with most other intel officials) means leaving one well-served post and heading to another.
'Kicking back' - not in their dictionaries.
Timing: Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; Gene Poteat begins presentation at 11 a.m.; Cake-Cutting, Tributes, and Comments for Poteat at 11:45 to noon. Lunch served at noon; DNI James Clapper arrives to make special remarks; HPSCI Chairman Rogers begins his presentation at 1:05 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
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Thursday, 20 Nov 2014, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO - The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Robert Olislagers speak on“Terrorism and Intelligence sharing in the Air Domain.”
Robert Olisalgers is returning from the Intelligence National Security Alliance Conference in DC and will be discussing Terrorism and Intelligence sharing in the Air Domain.
This event will 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 8 December 2014, 5:30 - 8 pm - New York, NY - The AFIO NY Metro Chapter discusses "Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century."
Four Star General Eugene Habiger, USAF(Ret), former Commander in Chief US Strategic Command ( 35 years) was responsible for national security & nuclear operations. He also served 150 combat missions in Vietnam.
He will be discussing with us: Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century.
SPACE IS LIMITED TO 90. Registration for this important event is on a first come basis.
Capacity is 90 attendees maximum so Reservations are required. You must cancel prior to Thursday December 4th or payment will be due.
Location: Society of Illustrators building: 128 E 63rd St, NYC, 3rd floor.
Time: Registration 5:30 PM, Meeting Start 6:00 PM
Cost: $50/person only by pre-registration. Payable at the door only, cash or check. Buffet dinner following talk/Q&A. Cash bar.
Register with Jerry Goodwin 646-717-3776 or by email: email@example.com
Other Upcoming Events
Thursday, 23 October 2014, 6:30pm - 7pm - Washington DC - Burned with Valerie Plame: Exclusive! - at the International Spy Museum
“A smart, sexy action hero, a kind of James Bond with high heels, short skirts and a Glock in her purse.”―Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
Valerie Plame has put her hard-won intelligence experience expertly to work with her latest spy thriller Burned. Vanessa Piersen, the hero of Valerie Plame’s thriller series, is a CIA Ops Officer that Plame describes as a “younger, smarter version of me.” Plame and her co-author Sarah Lovett left Piersen with plenty of unfinished business in their first book Blowback. Now Piersen is tangled in an even more desperate scenario when an explosion in Paris sets off an international manhunt to prevent all-out war. Join Plame as she launches her new thriller and shares how her CIA career including assignments in counterproliferation operations enables her to create a fast-paced and believable version of the global wilderness of mirrors.
Tickets: $10. Visit www.spymuseum.org
Friday, 24 October 2014, 1pm - 4pm - Washington, DC - Meet A Spy: Peter Earnest at the International Spy Museum
Be at at the International Spy Museum Store and “Meet A Spy” – uncover the world of espionage and intelligence from people who practiced professionally.
Peter Earnest is the founding executive director of the Spy Museum and a 36-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He served 25 years as a case officer in its Clandestine Service, primarily in Europe and the Middle East where he ran a wide range of intelligence collection and covert action operations. He was the former President, and later the Chairman, of AFIO.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit www.spymuseum.org
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - Washington, DC - The 2014 William J. Donovan Award® Dinner by The OSS Society
Hold the date. Details to follow in coming months.
Monday, 27 October 2014, 12pm - 2pm - Washington, DC - Breaking Good? The Burglary that Exposed the FBI's Secret Surveillance Program at the International Spy Museum
“The break-in at the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania changed history.” – Frederick A. O. Schwarz, Jr., former Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Church Committee investigating America’s intelligence agencies
More than four decades ago, under the cover of night, a group of eight individuals infiltrated an FBI office outside of Philadelphia and walked out with more than 1,000 documents, revealing closely guarded secrets―many about the FBI’s extensive surveillance programs. News of the burglary made the front page of The Washington Post, and although the incident itself faded from the headlines and was later overshadowed by Watergate and the Pentagon Papers, the publication of these sensitive documents altered the workings of the intelligence community. Now the author of that front-page story, journalist Betty Medsger, has returned to the headlines by revealing the burglars’ identities for the first time in her tell-all account, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI. Be at for a conversation with Medsger, two of the burglars John and Bonnie Raines, and former FBI special agent Dr. Ray Batvinis who served during the tumultuous years following the break-in and who has studied it closely since then, for an in-depth look at an event that altered domestic intelligence gathering for decades to follow.
Tickets: $12. Visit www.spymuseum.org
Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 10:30 am - Washington, DC - Digital Soft Power: The Frontline of Defense in the War Against Extremism
A conference featuring Matthew Daniels, J.D., Ph.D., Founder of The Center for Human Rights and International Affairs, Adjunct Professor, The Institute of World Politics
General Richard Myers (USAF, Ret.), Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff,
The Honorable William S. Sessions, Former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
and Dr. John Lenczowski, Founder and President, The Institute of World Politics, Former Director of European and Soviet Affairs, NSC
10:30 AM Remarks
11:00 AM Discussion
11:30 AM Light Refreshments .
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
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3-4 November 2014 - Lexington, VA - The Enduring Legacy: Leadership and National Security Affairs During the Ronald Reagan Era
Virginia Military Institute presents this 2-day conference on “The Enduring Legacy: Leadership and National Security Affairs during the Ronald Reagan Era” bringing together scholars and national security professionals to discuss strategy, policy, and leadership during the Reagan administration.
It features a keynote address by former NATO commander Admiral James Stavridis, USN (ret.), and a dinner presentation by former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack F. Matlock, Jr.
In addition, seven panels of historians and former Reagan
administration officials will examine aspects of the Reagan
presidency―and the connections between the Cold War and contemporary
national security affairs. Panel topics will include:
•The Leadership of Ronald Reagan
•The Organization and Function of the National Security Establishment
•The Soviet Union and the United States
•Reagan and World: The Americas
•Reagan and the World: The Middle East and Africa
•Reagan and the World: The Great Powers
•The Reagan Legacy
Panelists to include Mr. Lou Cannon, author of President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime, Dr. Archie Brown of Oxford University, Dr. Beth Fischer of the University of Toronto, Dr. Kyle Longley of Arizona State University, Dr. James Graham Wilson of the Department of State, Dr. Ronald Granieri of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Dr. David Crist of The Joint Staff.
Fees: Attendee Rates Regular Rates (August 16 - October 17) $245; Late Rates (From October 18) $310. Full-Time Students - $65. (Registration rates include all conference sessions and meals, and coffee service throughout.)
Wednesday, 5 November 2014, 4:30pm - Washington, DC - "Iran's Strategic Penetration of Latin America" by editor Joseph Humire, at the Institute of World Politics
In recent years, significant attention has focused upon the Islamic Republic of Iran's nuclear ambitions, and the threat they pose to the United States and the West. Far less well understood, however, has been the phenomenon of Iran's regional advance in America's own hemisphere-an intrusion that has both foreign policy and national security implications for the United States and its allies. In this collection, noted specialists and regional experts examine the various facets of Iran's contemporary presence in Central and South America, and detail what the Islamic Republic's growing geopolitical footprint south of the U.S. border signifies, both for Iran and for the United States.
While serving as the Director of Institute Relations at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Joseph Humire began developing the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS) network by running programs around the world focused on promoting security and defense issues to the global free market community. In 2012, SFS spun-off from Atlas into its new home at the International Freedom Educational Center, where Mr. Humire now serves as the Executive Director.
Mr. Humire is an eight-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps having served combat tours in Iraq and Liberia, as well as taking part in the first multinational training exercise in Latin America and the Caribbean. After leaving the U.S. military, Mr. Humire studied Economics at George Mason University, which is renowned for the quality of its economic scholars. Mr. Humire's blend of military experience coupled with his free market education offers a unique perspective to global security issues, as he focuses on the nexus between security, defense and economic freedom.
As a rising star in the U.S. foreign policy and national security community, Mr. Humire has testified before the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament on issues related to regional security in the Western Hemisphere. Moreover, Mr. Humire has published in Fox News, the Miami Herald and the Washington Times and has a regular column in the Huffington Post. He has featured scholarly articles in the Small Wars Journal and the Journal of International Security Affairs and appears regularly on major Spanish-language broadcasts throughout the hemisphere, to include CNN Español, Sun News Network (Canada), Nuestra Tele Noticias NTN-24 (Colombia), Ahora con Oscar Haza on Mega TV (Miami), and the Foro Inter-Americano of Voice of America (Washington D.C.).
In the private sector, Mr. Humire is the co-founder of the Cordoba Group International LLC, a strategic consulting firm that offers premier research and analytical services to U.S. and international clients, and is the co-editor of the forthcoming book Iran's Strategic Penetration of Latin America published by Lexington Books in 2014
Event location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.
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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.
18 November 2014, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - Col. Wortzel speaks on "Contemporary Chinese Military Strategy" at the Institute of World Politics
"Contemporary Chinese Military Strategy" is the theme of COL Larry M. Wortzel, PhD (USA, Ret.)'s presentation.
Dr. Wortzel is one of the foremost U.S. experts on China and serves on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. During a 32-year military career, Dr. Wortzel spent 12 years in the Asia-Pacific region, including two tours of duty as a military attaché at in China. Following his retirement from the Army as a colonel in 1999, he was an executive with The Heritage Foundation. At Heritage he was Asian Studies Center Director and Vice President for foreign policy and defense studies. Dr. Wortzel has written or edited numerous books and articles on China.
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