AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #42-14 dated 4 November 2014

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Section V -  Upcoming Events

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Have lunch with...

HPSCI Chairman Mike Rogers
DNI James Clapper
AFIO President Gene Poteat

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
featuring two 'about-to-retire' figures

S. Eugene Poteat     Mike Rogers, HPSCI Chairman
Register HERE

US Representative Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, will discuss 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] for which he wrote a new foreword, and of his more unusual and amusing CIA experiences, as he departs AFIO after 15 years as our president;
and James R. Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, will stop in to say some special words at this 2014 EOY AFIO Luncheon.

Includes cake-cutting and special ceremony for the retirement of AFIO's president of 15 years, S. Eugene Poteat.

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 to Poteat, Rogers, and members; 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
Driving directions here or use this link:
Register while space available. Register HERE

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

10 am to 1 pm
Lunch served noon to 1 pm.

National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's
Fourteenth Annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration Lecture Series

features scholar John Gordon on
Gordon Speaking at NCMF EventFighting for MacArthur: The Navy and Marine Corps' Desperate Defense of the Philippines [2011: U.S. Naval Institute Press]

Drawing on a rich collection of both American and Japanese sources as well as official records and wartime diaries, Gordon chronicles the Americans' desperate defense of the besieged islands - Bataan and on the island fortress of Corregidor - where they performed some of their most unusual missions of the entire Pacific War. Of special interest to intelligence officers will be Gordon's discussion at this event of General MacArthur's disregard of intelligence reports that cost him his air force and critical supplies for the defense of Bataan and Corregidor and also further insights regarding the contributions by the U.S. intercept station located on "The Rock."
Sailors fought as infantrymen alongside their Marine comrades at Bataan and on the island fortress of Corregidor. Sailors also manned Army heavy coast artillery batteries during the epic artillery duel between Corregidor and the Japanese guns that were massed on Bataan following the fall of the Peninsula. In these pages, Gordon recounts the only time in history when the Marine Corps lost a regiment in combat when the 4th Marines surrendered on Corregidor, and includes the most detailed account of the attack on Cavite ever published.

Location: L-3 Conference Center,2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701, Tel 301-575-3200.

RSVP: Contact Mary J. Faletto, Senior Administrator, National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, Office: 301-688-5436
Cell: 443-250-8621 or email:
or visit

Researchers - Writers - Speakers
NSA Call for Papers for 2015 Cryptologic History Symposium

The Center for Cryptologic History invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the Center�s biennial Symposium on Cryptologic History which will take place 22-23 October 2015.
The Symposium will be held at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland. Following the Symposium, on Saturday, October 24, participants will be given an opportunity to tour the National Cryptologic Museum and participate in a workshop on sources for research in cryptologic history.
Details are available in this PDF.

Friday, 30 January 2015 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National's first luncheon of 2015 starts the new year with a new Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) -- Robert T. Cardillo -- on the expanded mission of NGA from Ebola relief activities to providing tools, advanced tech, sophisticated techniques, and specialized expertise to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence analysts, and first responders.

Robert Cardillo, NGA Director

Morning speaker TBA.

Timing: Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; TBA begins presentation at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at noon; NGA Director Cardillo 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
Driving directions here or use this link:



Tech Groups Aid Terror, Says UK Spy Chief. The new chief of Britain's electronic spying agency, GCHQ, has accused US technology companies of becoming "the command and control networks of choice" for terrorists in a broadside against Silicon Valley in his first week in office.

In an article for the Financial Times, Robert Hannigan, the new director of GCHQ, accuses some US tech companies of being "in denial" about the misuse of their services even as he calls for them to work more closely with intelligence agencies.

"However much they may dislike it, they have become the command and control networks of choice for terrorists and criminals, who find their services as transformational as the rest of us."

Most internet users, he adds, "would be comfortable with a better and more sustainable relationship between the [intelligence] agencies and the tech companies". [Read more: Jones&Ahmed/FinancialTimes/3November2014]

SAIC Donates $750,000 to Virginia Tech's Hume Center for National Security and Technology. Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) today announced it will donate $750,000 to Virginia Tech's Hume Center for National Security and Technology over the next five years. SAIC's donation will specifically support the Hume Center's Education Program and Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence. As part of SAIC's National Security Education Program (NSEP), this contribution reflects SAIC's commitment to support educational programs that advance and develop the innovative workforce of the 21st century.

The Hume Center leads Virginia Tech's research, education, and outreach programs focused on the communication and computation challenges of the national security community. Education programs provide mentorship, internships, scholarships, and seek to address key challenges in qualified US citizens entering federal service. Advanced research programs focus on signals intelligence, electronic warfare, cybersecurity and analytics, and aerospace systems.

"With this donation, SAIC will have opportunities to help mentor and assist young adults who are entering America's workforce. SAIC supported initiatives will reach students in many ways, like scholarships, research programs, curriculum development, guest speakers, and internships," said SAIC Sector President Doug Wagoner. "These students are the future of national security and we look forward to giving them the support needed to understand emerging national security technology challenges." [Read more: PRNewsWire/3November2014]

Pentagon's Plans for a Spy Service to Rival the CIA Have Been Pared Back. The Pentagon has scaled back its plan to assemble an overseas spy service that could have rivaled the CIA in size, backing away from a project that faced opposition from lawmakers who questioned its purpose and cost, current and former US officials said.

Under the revised blueprint, the Defense Intelligence Agency will train and deploy up to 500 undercover officers, roughly half the size of the espionage network envisioned two years ago when the formation of the Defense Clandestine Service was announced.

The previous plan called for moving as many as 1,000 undercover case officers overseas to work alongside the CIA and the US military's Joint Special Operations Command on counterterrorism missions and other targets of broad national security concern.

Instead, the training schedule has been cut back, and most of those involved will be given assignments that are more narrowly focused on the DIA's traditional mission of gathering intelligence for the Defense Department. [Read more: Miller/WashingtonPost/1November2014]

A Republican Win on Tuesday Will Be Favorable to CIA. A Republican-led Senate will likely have a better partnership with the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency than a Democratic-led one, which has currently been wrangling with the two over data spying and compliance to congressional oversight.

If the GOP wins the Senate on Nov. 4, sources speculate North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr would be the best choice to chair the Senate Intelligence Committee. Burr, a blunt hawk who isn't afraid of ruffling feathers on the left or the right, is a staunch defender of government surveillance measures and enhanced interrogation methods.

If appointed chair, Burr will forge a new bond with the CIA/NSA radically different from the one it currently has with current chair Diane Feinsten (D-Calif.) who has engaged in highly-publicized clashes with CIA Director John Brennan and NSA Director James Clapper.

According to a GOP aide speaking under condition of anonymity, a Burr-led committee would be poles apart from the one led by Feinstein. [Read more: Leong/ChinaTopix/3November2014]

Secret CIA Mission to Recover Three SS-N-4 Nuclear Armed Ballistic Missiles in 1970 Confirmed. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recently confirmed details of a story regarding the failed attempts to secure three nuclear weapons lost at sea by Russia in the late 1960's under mysterious circumstances.

The story began in 1968 when K-129, a Soviet Golf II-class submarine carrying three SS-N-4 nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, sailed from the naval base at Petropavlovsk on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula to take up its peacetime patrol station in the Pacific Ocean northeast of Hawaii.

Soon after leaving port, the nuclear armed submarine and its entire crew were lost. The exact cause was unclear.

After the Soviets abandoned their extensive search efforts, the US "located the submarine about 1,500 miles northwest of Hawaii on the ocean floor 16,500 feet below."

Recognizing the immense value of the intelligence on Soviet strategic capabilities that would be gained if the submarine were recovered, the CIA agreed to lead the recovery effort with support from the Department of Defense. CIA engineers faced a daunting task: lift the huge 1,750-ton, 132-foot-long wrecked submarine intact from an unknown ocean abyss more than three miles below - under "total secrecy." [Read more: Tilford/GroundReport/3November2014]

Spanish Intelligence Intercepts Plot to Weaponise Ebola. Spanish intelligence has intercepted messages passed between jihadists online discussing the weaponisation of the deadly Ebola virus for use against the West, while a blackmailer in Prague has threatened to unleash the virus unless the Czech Republic pay him one million bitcoin, a volume of online currency worth over �200 million.

The national secretary of state for security in giving evidence to the Spanish Senate revealed online jihad propagandists had issued an edict to followers to kill Westerners by any means possible. Some of the methods suggested included "deadly chemical products from laboratories", "poisonous injections" and "Ebola as a poisonous weapon", reports the Locales.

Rumours of Ebola as a weapon have long circulated among the international intelligence community, as speculation arose over the potential successes of the former Soviet Union's extensive biological weapons programme in the last century. It is thought that at least one terrorist organisation, the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo cult has attempted to cultivate the Ebola for attacks. The cult killed thirteen on the Tokyo subway in 1995 with a release of potent nerve agent Sarin gas.

Although Aum Shinriyko and Islamic Fundementalists have an ideological reason for engaging in biological warfare, the communications received by the Czech government last week appear to have been entirely driven by a profit motive. The bitcoin demand, which is worth �210 million in fiat currency terms was demanded in three tranches, one payment on Monday this week, a second on Wednesday, and a third after the blackmailer handed the Ebola material to the government. [Read more: Lane/Brietbart/30October2014]

New Chinese Intelligence Unit Linked to Massive Cyber Spying Program. A Chinese intelligence unit carried out a massive cyber espionage program that stole vast quantities of data from governments, businesses and other organizations, security analysts who uncovered the operation said Thursday.

The activities of the Chinese unit called the Axiom group began at least six years ago and were uncovered by a coalition of security firms this month.

Cyber sleuths traced Axiom attacks to the 2009 cyber operation against Google in China and other US companies known as Operation Aurora. The group was also linked to a Chinese hacking program that targeted dissidents and opposition groups known as GhostNet. More recent Axiom attacks took place against Japan, the US Veterans of Foreign Wars, and US think tanks.

In the past two weeks, 43,000 computer networks at nearly 1,000 organizations were cleaned of multiple types of cyber espionage spyware from Axiom cyber spies, including 180 highly sophisticated computer penetrations at key Chinese targets that employed a program called Hikit that specializes in automated data theft. [Read more: Gertz/WashingtonFreeBeacon/31October2014]

US Spying on Syria Yields Bonus: Intelligence on Islamic State. With a limited ability to gather intelligence in Syria, US spies have been tapping an unlikely source for information on Islamic State militants: the communications of President Bashar al-Assad 's regime.

The US initially set up its spy infrastructure to monitor the regime, but it is also yielding unexpected intelligence over the Sunni jihadists that has helped guide American military operations in Syria and Iraq, current and former US officials with knowledge of the operations said.

The pursuit of the intercepted communications shows the lengths to which the US is going to unearth information on a shrewd enemy in a country with which Washington has a hostile relationship.

The moves also underscore the difficulty US officials have in identifying targets and assessing the impact of American-led operations, particularly in Syria. [Read more: Gorman&Barnes/WallStreetJournal/31October2014]

Empty Chairs at Canada's Spy Watchdog as Government Strengthens CSIS Hand. As the government moves to strengthen the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, two of five chairs sit empty on the watchdog agency that oversees the spy service.

Opposition MPs and a prominent national security lawyer say the vacancies leave the Security Intelligence Review Committee weakened at a time of heightened public concern about civil liberties.

Deborah Grey, the committee's interim chairwoman, says she's anxiously awaiting the appointment of two new members to bring the committee up to full strength.

Currently the committee is operating with three members, including Grey - the minimum permitted under federal legislation. [Read more: Bronskill/CanadianPress/28October2014]

US Intelligence Spending Rises for First Time Since 2011. US intelligence agency spending ticked up by $1.5 billion in 2014, a notable increase in light of continued warnings from top intelligence officials about the risks of declining spy capabilities owing to budget pressures.

Spending by US spy agencies was $50.5 billion in 2014 compared with $49 billion last year, according to figures released Thursday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The 2014 total represents the first spy agency spending increase since 2011. The 2012 appropriations marked the beginning of intelligence spending cutbacks, dropping from $54.6 billion to $53.9 billion.

Intelligence officials publicly release little information about spy budgets other than top-line spending figures. Officials provided no breakdowns or other details about the 2014 spending. [Read more: Gorman/WallStreetJournal/30October2014]


Classified: Top Secret - Joining the CIA Might Not Be as Difficult as You Think. We all remember that iconic scene from Mission: Impossible when Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, cruises down the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) air ducts to acquire classified information with that cunning theme song playing in the background. Sorry to break it to you, but the CIA does not function like that on a daily basis. To unveil the shroud of mystery, students got an exclusive inside look into the most enigmatic and elusive occupation in the nation.

On Wednesday, October 30th, Francis, a regional recruiter for the CIA discussed the plethora of jobs available within this covert agency. One of his first debunkments was the highly regarded concept that the agency is run by �super-human� individuals, testifying it was an utterly fabricated stereotype created by films. Francis mentioned the CIA holds a certain standard of skill that attracts highly intelligent and capable individuals from varying majors to "collect, analyze, and disseminate information."

While listening to his presentation, the sensation of either intimidation or eagerness for employment with the agency were bound to occur. However, Francis shared a positive insight to make students feel less discouraged to apply. Whether it was for an internship or job, Francis mentioned his prior work as a dog groomer. Yes, a dog groomer and he was not kidding. Francis applied to the field when he saw a classified ad in the newspaper. This led him to his present occupation as a CIA agent. 

Francis made it amply clear that the CIA exhibits flaccidity on the fields of study it is interested in, from Political Science and STEM majors to the least associated majors like Liberal Arts and Library Sciences. What makes a person stand out when trying to apply is their knowledge of foreign languages, especially highly valued ones like Persian/Farsi, Mandarin, Arabic, Korean, and Russian. Not knowing these languages is not a deal breaker, rather what the CIA seeks is if you are capable of learning various languages. [Read more: Amesquita/CSULAUniversityTimes/3November2014]

Needham Ex-CIA Official Writes About Revolutionary War Spies. Needham resident Ken Daigler can't write much about his two decades with the CIA. Most of his colleagues at the agency, where he finished his career as countintelligence chief for East Asia, can't either.

But thankfully for Daigler, author of the new book Spies, Patriots and Traitors, whatever non-disclosure agreements might have existed for spies in the 18th century have long since expired.

"There are lessons to be learned," said Daigler, whose book is about how the colonists used intelligence operations to help win the Revolutionary War. "You never hear bout the key intelligence issues."

Daigler said the basic tradecraft of intelligence work hadn't changed much since the Revolutionary Era; spies just have more tools and technology now. [Read more: Dame/WickedLocal/3November2014]

Ex-Spy Teaching Espionage at A&M's Bush School. After 31 years of chasing Soviet KGB secrets and jumping out of moving cars for the Central Intelligence Agency, James Olson made the move into academia. That led him to Texas A&M's Bush School of Government and Public Service.

In the summer of 1997, Olson was about to begin teaching at Marquette's Les Aspin School of Government. A call from former CIA director George Tenet changed that.

Tenet had a request from former President George H.W. Bush, who served as CIA director from 1976 to 1977. Olson says Bush was always a "strong advocate" of intelligence, and wanted it to be taught at A&M's new school of government and public service that bore his name. Olson's move to Marquette was two weeks away, but the idea of "helping build a program of intelligence and national security" was too appealing, he said.

"It was a big leap of faith to consider coming down to a program that wasn't even formed yet," Olson told The Eagle of Bryan-College Station. "But we liked the university. We had done some research and found that it had this great tradition of service and patriotism, honor, integrity - values that we thought would be consistent with where we had come from. [Read more: AP/1November2014]

How the Cold War Made Georgetown Hot.  Washington, DC, is a two-industry town. In theory, the people in government work their side of the street, passing laws and implementing policies that reflect the will of the electorate, and the people in the press work their side, reporting and opinionating on the laws and policies and the folks who make them. Down on the ground, the two groups are naturally enmeshed. The people in government want the stories in the press to be told their way, and the people in the press want stories to tell.

When conditions are cozy enough, the line between punditry and policymaking begins to blur, and the press and the politicians imagine that, together, they are calling the tunes to which the world waltzes. Something like this happened in the early years of the Cold War. It was a symptom of a striking feature of that period: the relative homogeneity of the people who ran America's foreign policy, headed its foundations and cultural institutions, and published its leading newspapers, and the relative unity of their beliefs.

This coziness is the subject of Gregg Herken's The Georgetown Set (Knopf), a look at the official and semi-official culture of Cold War liberalism. His sample is a circle of journalists, policymakers, and spymasters who lived and socialized in Georgetown after 1945. The grand Washington funeral, last week, of Ben Bradlee marked the passing of one of the last survivors of that era.

There were a few fixtures in the Georgetown scene: Joseph Alsop, the columnist; Phil and Katharine Graham, the publishers of the Washington Post and Newsweek; Frank Wisner, of the CIA, and his wife, Polly; Robert Joyce, also with the agency, and his wife, Jane. They tended to be the hosts on the occasions when members of the set ate and drank together. [Read more: Menand/NewYorker/10November2014]

Former US Envoy to Moscow Says Russians Are Still Spying on Him. During two years as ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul was constantly followed, harassed and demonized on state television. But though Mr. McFaul has left government service and returned home, the spying on him doesn't seem to have stopped.

Mr. McFaul, who finished his tour as President Obama's envoy in Moscow in February just as the clash over Ukraine was escalating, told an audience here on Friday that he believed that Russian agents were tapping his telephone as well as that of his wife, Donna Norton. He said his suspicions were confirmed recently when Ms. Norton's boss at her nonprofit advocacy group, MomsRising, tried to reach her. "She called my wife's cellphone and a Russian answered it," said Mr. McFaul, who has returned to Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., where he is a professor.

What remained unclear, he added, was whether that was a glitch that accidentally exposed the spying or an intentional act to send him a warning. "Were they sloppy?" he asked during a talk at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics. "Or was that a shot across the bow to say, 'We know you're in Palo Alto and we're still around'?"

Mr. McFaul was a high-profile figure during his time in Moscow. As a White House aide, he had helped formulate Mr. Obama's "reset" policy of improving relations with Russia. But when he was sent to Moscow as ambassador in early 2012, it coincided with Vladimir V. Putin's return to the presidency and a growing anti-American policy.

He was shadowed wherever he went by Russian agents. [Read more: Baker/NYTimes/31October2014]

Spy Allegations in a Presidential Race Conjure Romania's Authoritarian Past. The front-runner in a presidential election here on Sunday disappointed his 10-year-old son recently by informing him that, contrary to feverish talk on the campaign trail, he was not a Romanian James Bond.

"I told him: 'I am sorry. I am not a spy.' He said, 'What a pity as that would have been nice,' " Romania's center-left prime minister and presidential hopeful, Victor Ponta, recalled in an interview.

When Romania's departing conservative president, Traian Basescu, first declared last month that Mr. Ponta, long a political enemy, had worked as an undercover agent, he tapped into a rich vein of Romanian political culture clogged with accusations and counteraccusations of undercover skulduggery.

"We are obsessed with spies," said Robert Turcescu, a prominent television journalist who shocked his colleagues, his viewers and also his own family by suddenly announcing on air last month that he was until last month an undercover agent for Romanian military intelligence, though he had never informed on his colleagues. [Read more: Higgins/NYTimes/31October2014]


Better Intel: Making Sense of the US Intelligence Community's Creativity Dilemma. Most writing on how to improve the intelligence process makes a fundamental flaw in its reasoning: intelligence cannot be more successful than policy. No matter how insightful, no matter how accurate, no matter how creative, the US Intelligence Community's performance is bounded and defined by the success of the policy-making apparatus. The more energy the Intelligence Community puts into policy support, the more policy making defines the limits of intelligence. Any effort to improve analytic performance requires looking beyond intelligence analysts themselves and the logic they employ.

Josh Kerbel has written often and eloquently about raising the standard of intelligence analysis across the community, and his recent piece on analytic creativity in these pages is no different. Kerbel admonishes the Intelligence Community for not embracing a fundamentally different model of understanding how the world works.

The world has changed in substantial ways; however, a great many issues that directly concern the Intelligence Community have changed less than commerce, society and technology, as well as the speed of information. The veiled shroud of secrecy and disinformation surrounding Chinese-leadership politics is one. The status of Iran's nuclear program is another. Traditional analysis of foreign policy and foreign military affairs remain important subjects of US intelligence work. However much the world has changed, these traditional targets and others like them are not the subjects of some fundamentally different world, governed by any greater complexity than the world of yesteryear.

As much as observers might want to say that nongovernmental actors have eclipsed the nation-state in importance, the reality is that most US government work revolves around interactions with other states. Terrorist groups, epidemics and climate change are only a small part of day-to-day policy work. [Read more: Mattis/NationalInterest/3November2014]

Can the New "C" Keep Us Safe? This morning, the new head of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service moves into his well-appointed office on the executive floor of its Vauxhall Cross headquarters. But even before he has planted himself behind his desk, the scale of the challenge facing Alex Younger has been made abundantly clear.

As the new head of MI6 (as Britain's overseas intelligence service is more familiarly known) prepared to take up his position in succession to Sir John Sawers, who formally retires today, the Foreign Office reflected the deepening security threat by taking the unprecedented step of issuing a warning that British holidaymakers anywhere in the world must be vigilant against the possibility of being attacked by Islamist terrorists.

With the threat level in Britain itself having already been raised to "severe" (meaning that an attack is considered "highly likely"), concerns will only have been heightened by the recent shooting spree in the Canadian parliament by an Islamist gunman, and by the disruption by the security services of an Isil plot to attack British military bases. The recent Foreign Office warning reflects the fact that Western tourists are seen as a soft target, as terrorists do not have to contend with the heightened security measures that are now in force at all major political, military and security establishments.

But it is not just the murderous threat posed by Isil that is causing a major concern for our intelligence establishment. The interception of one of Russia's long-range Bear bombers by RAF Typhoons at the end of last week was yet another example of the growing threat that many security experts believe President Putin poses to European security. [Read more: TheTelegraph/3November2014]

Expanding the Defense Clandestine Service, A Process. According to yesterday's Washington Post article, "Pentagon's plans for a spy service to rival the CIA have been pared back," it would appear the Department of Defense is having trouble amplifying their human intelligence aspirations beyond military intelligence collection. The goal of expanding the Defense Intelligence Agency's Defense Clandestine Service has been limited.

In December 2012, the Post printed an article quoting anonymous US government officials as saying that the DoD wanted to "rival the CIA" with a global network of human intelligence operatives. The bold plan envisioned up to 1,600 operatives to penetrate highly restrictive and unfriendly states like Iran and North Korea and throughout the Middle East and Africa.

Why the duplication in foreign intelligence collection and capabilities between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)?

DIA was created in 1961 under President John F. Kennedy and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in order to integrate the service intelligence agencies but that was a gradual process. Politically, DIA was really used as an alternative intelligence agency to CIA products and estimates during war time and throughout the Cold War. Unlike the CIA, which was given powers, went through a period of highly visible, large-scale, abuses and saw greater regulation, oversight and restrictions, the DIA has been more of an evolving process, seeing added and altered features as it matured. [Read more: Shehadey/InHomlandSecurity/2November2014]

Was David Drugeon a French Intelligence Agent? David Drugeon, a high-ranking French member of the al-Qaeda-linked Khorasan group in Syria, has been little known by English speakers. That is beginning to change: On October 29, CNN reported that the US intelligence community believes that both Muhsin al-Fadhli and Drugeon had survived the September strikes against the Khorasan group, and described Drugeon as a "key member" of Khorasan. Two days later, CNN's Paul Cruickshank contributed a biographical piece focusing on Drugeon's rather interesting background. Most of the details in Cruickshank's article were previously reported in French-language publications, but unknown to most English speakers.

In addition to Drugeon's importance to al-Qaeda, there may be another wrinkle to his story: He may have been a French intelligence agent who defected to al-Qaeda. On October 5, McClatchy's Mitchell Prothero published an explosive article reporting that one of the targets of the US's strikes against the Khorasan group was "a former French intelligence officer who defected to al-Qaeda." Prothero didn't name the alleged defector - the two European sources who provided him with the name asked him not to publish it - but two separate articles in the French media make clear that Prothero's sources were referring to Drugeon.

L'Express magazine reported that, even though McClatchy's report didn't name its subject, it had been referring to Drugeon. However, L'Express denied that there was a French intelligence defector, as its sources described the claims made to McClatchy as a "misunderstanding." Further, the French defense columnist Jean-Dominique Merchet, whose work appears on L'Opinion, noted that his sources denied that a Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) agent had defected, describing the claim as "fanciful," but identified Drugeon as the subject of McClatchy's report.

Nor has skepticism about Prothero's claims of a French defector been expressed solely by French sources. Pushback from DGSE is to be expected, of course, whether or not Prothero's report were true: a defector from within its ranks would be highly embarrassing. Other observers, such as John Schindler, have expressed skepticism of the idea that "some sort of French James Bond" had defected to al-Qaeda. [Read more: Gartenstein-Ross/WarOnTheRocks/4November2014]

Moscow's Spy Game. Eight weeks after Ukraine's new government and pro-Russian separatists in the country's east agreed to a cease-fire, the war continues to simmer. It is fought with guns and rockets on the ground and with warnings and sanctions at the negotiating table. But, nearly invisibly, the war is also being waged along a third dimension: intelligence. On that front, both Ukraine and the West are scrambling to counter Russia's vast advantage.

For Kiev's new leaders, still struggling to set their country right after popular protests toppled the pro-Russian government of President Viktor Yanukovych last year, accurate and reliable information about the rebels in the east is critical. But obtaining intelligence about the aims, intentions, and capabilities of the rebels - let alone those of the Russian government that supports them - is nearly impossible. As Kiev attempts to react to Russian and rebel initiatives, both military and political, it often has only a faint idea of whether they represent serious moves or feints and what endgame they pursue. Even the numbers of rebel troops and the weapons they've acquired from Russia are frequently little more than guesswork. Meanwhile, Moscow enjoys a significant upper hand over Kiev when it comes to intelligence - the Ukrainian communications and command structures are thoroughly permeated by Russian agents - and is using this advantage to further tilt the playing field in its favor. 

Time is working against Ukraine. To reverse the trend, Kiev must not only ramp up its intelligence and counterintelligence efforts but do so while radically reforming the Ukrainian security apparatus. Relying on Western assistance is of little help: the West, too, is short on reliable sources in eastern Ukraine and outmatched by Russia's prior preparation. Ukraine's ongoing political transition and last weekend's parliamentary elections give its government a window of opportunity in which to reclaim control over this key instrument of security policy. Otherwise, Ukrainian credibility and sovereignty will both continue to be under question. [Read more: Galeotti/ForeignAffairs/30October2014]

Section IV - Deaths, Research Requests


Former AFIO Board Member, Gen. Walter Jajko, has died.

Brigadier General Walter Jajko, USAF Ret, served for four years in the 2000s on the AFIO Board of Directors. He was a Department of Defense Senior Executive-6 with many years of service in the Intelligence Community. He was assigned as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Fellow and Professor of Defense Studies at the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school of statecraft and international relations in Washington, DC, where he taught military strategy. General Jajko served for many years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, working at various times for the Under Secretaries (Policy), Intelligence), and (Acquisiton). He was the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Intelligence Oversight) responsible to the Secretary and the President's Intelligence Oversight Board for the oversight of all DoD intelligence, counterintelligence, and intelligence-related activities; Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Policy Support); and Director, Special Advisory Staff with responsibility for policy, operations, and support in reconnaissance, covert action, clandestine collection, special operations, cover, psychological operations, and perceptions management. General Jajko served for many years as the Secretary's representative for sensitive activities to the National Security Council. On active military duty, he was assigned to the Air Staff in intelligence and as the Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Programs and Resources; the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force in long range planning; and strategic bombardment, fighter, reconnaissance, airlift, and special operations units, including service in South East Asia. General Jajko attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Armed Forces Staff College, has an undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and an advanced degree from Columbia University and the Institutes on East Europe and Russia. He completed post-doctoral work at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. General Jajko had a special expertise and interest in Eastern Europe. He was the author of many articles. He received two Presidential Meritorious Executive Awards, two Department of Defense Medals for Distinguished Civilian Service, several military medals, and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. On AFIO's Board he served as "foreign minister" with responsibility for establishing relationships with similar organizations in countries allied to the U.S. He leaves behind his wife, Marilyn, and stepsons. He will be buried at Arlington Cemetery in early 2015.

Longtime AFIO New Mexico Chapter member and former Public Relations Officer, Jerry Monahan has died
Jerry B. Monahan, 83, of Albuquerque, NM, passed away October 20, 2014. He served proudly in the US Air Force as a cryptographer, stationed in Japan during the Korean War. He strongly believed in education and was an elementary and middle school teacher for Albuquerque Public Schools for more than 30 years, having taught at Duranes, Mission and Kennedy schools. Jerry was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Jerry cherished life in so many ways and will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jeanette Monahan; a son and daughter and two grandchildren.

Research Request

Request for information: Coverage and Indoctrination Branch ("the Pond"): Because the War Department did not trust the OSS, Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G-2), General George Strong, established the Coverage and Indoctrination Branch (aka the Special Service Section or the Special Service Branch) in early 1942.  Known eventually as "the Pond," this organization was run by COL John V. Grombach, a West Point graduate who went by the nickname “Frenchy."  Between 1942 and 1945, Grombach recruited operatives in 32 countries, focusing on Europe, and some of his largest operations were in Hungary and Romania.  This highly secretive intelligence organization experienced many transformations before it was officially terminated in the mid-1950s.  Between 1945 and 1947, Grombach's organization operated as an independent, civilian-managed adjunct to Army intelligence. With the passage of the National Security Act in 1947, the CIA attempted to incorporate and then terminate the Pond.  Grombach and his allies repulsed these efforts until 1951, when the Pond’s activities within the State Department became known.  To escape dissolution, Grombach’s organization contracted its services to the CIA until 1954.  Mark Stout has written the best overview of Pond activities, but I am specifically focused in the Pond's operations in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria between 1944 and 1951. I am interested in any primary or secondary source references, private archival document collections, and existing oral histories.  I would also appreciate meeting with/interviewing/speaking to any veterans of the Pond or other intelligence officers with knowledge of the Pond.  If you have sharable information, please contact Dr. David Frey at the United States Military Academy at West Point,; o: (845) 938-7643; c: (617) 875-4969.

Section V - Upcoming Events


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,

Saturday, 8 November 2014, 11 am - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts Capt Robert Masterson, USNR, on Special Operations.

Our guest speaker is CAPT Robert Masterson, USNR (Ret) who has graciously agreed to speak at this meeting on Special Operations.  

Please RSVP for the luncheon [$16 pp] to Quiel at or (904) 545-9549 ASAP, as we are indeed hoping for a very nice turnout of members, potential members, spouses and interested guests.

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
(7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260)

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - Albuquerque, NM - Speaker TBA at this AFIO NM Chapter Meeting
11:00 AM: Arrive, Sign in, Order Lunch - 11:45 AM: Call To Order - Adjourn at 1:00 PM
Meeting held at: "The Egg & I" restaurant on Menaul just east of Louisiana, next door to Chili's. 6909 Menaul Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87110, (505) 888-3447
RSVP to Pete Bostwick (505) 898-2649 or Mike Ford (505) 294-6133

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 frankly discuss 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.

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
Driving directions here or use this link:
Register while space available. Register HERE

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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

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:

Other Upcoming Events

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 Espa�ol, 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.
For Parking, consult this map.
RSVP: Register here or contact with any questions.

Friday, 07 November 2014, 1pm - 4pm - Washington, DC - Meet A Spy: Melissa Mahle at the International Spy Museum

Be at the International Spy Museum Store and “Meet A Spy” – uncover the world of espionage and intelligence from people who practiced professionally.

Meet Melissa Boyle Mahle, a former US intelligence officer and 16-year covert operative for the CIA in the Middle East. Mahle ran operations against al-Qaeda terrorists and illicit networks selling weapons of mass destruction. She was the Agency's top-ranked female Arabist before she left in 2002.

Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit

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.

For reservations and payment, contact Robert Friedrichs, Director NVAHOF Director: 702-791-3536; e-mail:  or Patrick Newcomb, NVAHOF Secretary, 702.592.3766,

Monday, 10 November 2014, 5-6 PM - Washington, DC - "The U-2 Incident: Preserving Cold War History, and Honoring Cold War Veterans" at the Institute of World Politics

Francis Gary Powers, Jr., Founder of The Cold War Museum, is the son of downed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. The son seeks to dispel myths about "the U-2 incident" and discuss the importance of preserving Cold War history. This lecture will be in honor of the veterans, such as his father, of the Cold War.
Copies of a new reprint of the 1970 book, Operation Overflight by pilot Francis Gary Powers, will be available for purchase at the event. 
In this edition, Powers presents his account of what happened during that flight which triggered international tensions between the US and USSR after Powers was captured by the Soviets.

Event location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.
For Parking, consult this map.
RSVP: Register here or contact with any questions.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 7:30pm - Washington DC - Public Panel: The Voynich Manuscript at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Join scholars Bill Sherman and René Zandbergen at the Folger Shakespeare Library for a discussion of the still un-deciphered Voynich manuscript whose secrets have remained hidden for over 400 years.
When the Voynich Manuscript came to light in 1912, it was described as "the most mysterious manuscript in the world" – and a full century later we still know surprisingly little about it. Dating from the early 15th century, it was carefully written by an unknown author (in an unknown place and for unknown reasons) in an elaborate script that has never been deciphered. And it is filled with hundreds of drawings of plants, people, and stars that have yet to give up their secrets. On loan for the first time from the Beinecke Library at Yale University, this manuscript is a centerpiece of Folger’s fall exhibition on Decoding the Renaissance.
This conversation will review what is known (and not known) and focus on new approaches to this old problem, including science and art history, Medieval and Renaissance history, codicology and conservation, and the history of collecting.
Wine reception and exhibition viewing to follow.
Address: 201 East Capitol St, SE Washington, DC 20003
Tickets: $15. Visit

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 12pm - 7pm - Washington, DC - David Major on Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update at the International Spy Museum

Be the first to learn the latest intelligence news! Join David Major, retired FBI agent and former director of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs, for a briefing on the hottest intelligence and security issues, breaches, and penetrations. Presented in partnership with The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), these updates will cover worldwide events such as breaking espionage cases and arrest reports, cyber espionage incidents, and terrorist activity. Find out Snowden’s current status and what could happen next with this case. Major uses his expertise to analyze trends and highlight emerging issues of interest to both intelligence and national security professionals and the public. Cases are drawn from the CI Centre’s SPYPEDIA®, the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world, containing events and information that may not be reported by mainstream media outlets. Major will also highlight and review the latest books and reports to keep you current on what is hitting think tank desks.
Tickets: Free! No registration required.

13 November 2014, noon - 2 p.m. - Washington, DC - COL (Rtd) James W. Dunn on "The Vietnam War – The North Vietnamese perspective" with our friends at the Embassy of Australia

The Returned & Services League of Australia, Washington Sub-Branch, hosts Col. James Dunn speaking on "The Vietnam War – The North Vietnamese perspective. " A brief bio: BS, USMA, 1957; MA & PhD, History; Vietnam, advisor ARVN 25th Infantry Div. 1965; USMA History Dept. 1967-70; Vietnam, 1971, intelligence advisor; USA Center of Military History, 1978-84. Colonel (ret), 1984. Federal historian USA Corps of Engineers, 1985-2002.
Event location: Amenities Room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW., Washington, DC 20036.
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each. Attire: Business casual
RSVP by noon on Wednesday November 12, 2014, to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to
NOTE: Valid photo ID required
Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 6:30pm - 7pm - Washington, DC - State Department of Counterintelligence: Leaks, Spies and Lies with Robert Booth at the International Spy Museum

"What's the worst sin at the bottom of Dante's inferno? who betrays a trust." — a State Department colleague of Cuban spy Kendall Myers

Cuban spies who pass secrets via shopping cart in a grocery store, a Taiwanese honey trap in DC, a Russian bugging device inside the State Department, classified information popping up in the media—scenes from a spy movie? No, these are just highlights from the most intriguing investigations conducted by retired State Department Special Agent Robert Booth and recounted in his new book State Department Counterintelligence: Leaks, Spies and Lies. Booth reveals the inside story of Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers who spied for Cuba for nearly 30 years and Donald Keyser who lied about his personal relationship with a female Taiwanese intelligence officer with whom he shared State Department information while serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. He’ll tell how Washington Post and Wall Street Journal articles concerning leaked State Department telegrams impacted diplomatic negotiations and how the Russian Intelligence Service, the SVR, installed a bug inside a conference room in the State Department. Booth personally managed or assisted in all these investigations, and he will offer guests insight into the courtroom proceedings for the Myers and Keyser prosecutions including background on court room machinations, prosecution tactics, and how the "plea bargains" were reached.

Tickets: $10. Visit

Saturday, 15 November 2014, 1pm - 4pm - Washington, DC - Meet A Spy: Sandy Grimes 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.

Meet the woman who helped capture Aldrich Ames - the infamous CIA officer turned traitor! Sandy Grimes is a longtime veteran of the CIA’s clandestine service, and along with her co-worker Jeanne Vertefeuille was at the forefront of a small group assigned the mission of exposing Aldrich Ames.

Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit

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 attach� 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.

Event location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.
For Parking, consult this map.
RSVP: Register here or contact with any questions.

Friday, 5 December 2014, 8 am - 3:30 pm - Jersey City, NJ - 4th NE Regional Security Education Symposium on "Investing in America’s Security: Policy/Resource Issues" at New Jersey City University

The Professional Security Studies Department at New Jersey City University will hold its 4th Northeast Regional Security Education Symposium on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 8 am – 3:30 pm. The topic of this year’s Symposium is "Investing in America’s Security: Policy/Resource Issues."
The Symposium’s keynote address will be delivered by Ambassador (Retired) Clay Constantinou. Featured speakers include Joseph Picciano, P.E., Deputy Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness; Hon. Michael Balboni, President and Managing Director of RedLand Strategies, Inc. and Former New York State Senator and Deputy Secretary of Public Safety; and Dr. Michael J. Chumer, Research Professor, NJIT and Academic Advisor, NJCU D.Sc.
Students pursuing their D.Sc. degree will present posters overviewing their research and the program’s faculty will hold a panel discussion.
RSVP: Reserve your spot and purchase a ticket by calling Ms. Denise Melendez at 201-200-2275, or by sending a check payable to: New Jersey City University to NJCU Professional Security Studies Department, 2039 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305-1597. Only a limited number of tickets are available at the door on the day of the Symposium.
Symposium attendance is only $30 per person which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Over 150 students and security professionals are expected to be in attendance (bachelors, masters, and doctorate).
Questions to: JOHN W. COLLINS, JR., CPP, Ed.D., Chairperson, Professor, and DSc Program Coordinator at

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