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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Turkey's Intelligence Service Recovers Abducted Officer. A Turkish army officer, who was abducted on Jan. 1 while on duty along the Turkish-Syrian border, has been brought back to Turkey, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday.
Davutoglu made the announcement via his official Twitter account in Turkish and said the sergeant was brought back thanks to the "successful operation of The National Intelligence Organization."
The top intelligence service of Turkey is also known as the MIT.
The soldier went missing in Kilis province on Jan. 1, along the porous frontier with war-torn Syria, where Turkish authorities are struggling to cope with an influx of refugees and stem the flow of illicit trade and fighters. [Read more: WorldBulletin/5January2015]
Afghanistan Intelligence Agency Arrests Two Suspected Taliban Groups. According to the National Directorate of Security (NDS), one group, consisting of seven members, was involved in human trafficking while the other, consisting of 11 members, was accused of planting landmines and targeting high-ranking government officials, the news agency reported.
According to Khaama Press, Ghazni has seen an increase in the number of roadside mines. The NDS believes the arrest of the two groups will undermine terrorist activities in the eastern province.
Afghanistan has been facing a surge in attacks by the anti-government Taliban terrorist group. In September, the group was reported to have seized control of strategic districts in Ghazni, where the group is the most active. The Taliban also controls a majority of schools in the province. Ghazni is seen as strategic due to its proximity to the capital Kabul, linked by a main highway.
The Taliban, which is fighting to overthrow the country's new US-backed government of national unity, has intensified its operations while President Ashraf Ghani and his former rival Abdullah Abdullah, now Afghanistan's chief executive, have failed to form a cabinet. [Read more: Sputnik/6January2014]
North Korean Sanctions Target Arm sales, Intelligence Agency. President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Friday authorizing additional sanctions toward North Korea in response to the cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The White House calls this the first in a series of actions against the country's government.
The sanctions authorized by the White House target three North Korean organizations, including the government's intelligence agency and the agency that sells weapons to other countries.
The sanctions also target 10 individuals with ties to those institutions, both inside and outside of the country.
Senior administration officials say these individuals are not directly responsible for the Sony cyberattacks but are being sanctioned to put pressure on the North Korean government. [Read more: Live5/3January2015]
Alleged Russian Spy Ring Busted at NATO Air Base in Lithuania. An alleged Russian spy ring has been busted at a major NATO air base in Lithuania.
Members of the alleged ring were detained at a NATO base in the Lithuanian city of Siauliai. A Lithuanian lieutenant colonel, Vidmantas Raklevicius, confirmed with the Russian news agency Itar-Tass that one of the individuals was one of his officers.
"The special services informed me about his capture," the officer said, Newsweek reported Wednesday.
Lithuania's department for national security declined to comment on the ongoing investigation, the magazine reported. [Read more: Ernst/WashingtonTimes/2January2015]
Whereabouts of U.S. Spy Released in Cuba Deal Are Unknown. Two weeks after the release of an imprisoned spy whom President Obama called "one of the most important intelligence agents the United States has ever had in Cuba," the man's family is still asking: Where is he?
Rolando Sarraff Trujillo, 51, is a former Cuban intelligence officer who was serving a 25-year prison sentence for espionage. Few people in or out of Cuba had heard of him until Dec. 17, when Mr. Obama announced that a man "whose sacrifice has been known to only a few" was safe on American shores after 19 years behind bars in Cuba. In exchange for Mr. Sarraff, the United States freed three Cuban agents jailed here since 1998, as the two countries moved toward normalizing diplomatic relations. The Cuban government also freed an American subcontractor held for five years for bringing communications equipment into the country.
But Mr. Sarraff has yet to surface in public or to contact his parents, whom he had been calling daily from prison.
Mr. Sarraff's sister, Vilma, said her family grew alarmed on Dec. 16 when her brother failed to make his daily phone call from prison to his parents. They then learned he had been released from Cuba's Villa Marista prison, but since then, no American or Cuban official has notified the family of his whereabouts, she said. [Read more: Robles/NYTimes/31December2014]
Denmark's Defence Intelligence Service To Conduct Cyber Operations. Denmark plans to invest 465 million kroner ($75 million) to create an offensive cyberwarfare unit by 2017 to deal with hostile internet attacks.
The task will be assigned to the Defense Intelligence Service (FE), which will have the power to conduct cyber attacks and will develop cyberwarfare strategy toward hostile countries and organizations, Danish daily Jydske Vestkysten reported.
Cyberattacks can be delivered to paralyze a foe's air defense, power and water supply systems, and essential websites, another daily, Politiken says.
The move comes following hacker attacks against the Danish defense industry, Business and Growth Ministry, and Maritime Authority. Several enterprises have been targeted, too, with hackers from China seen as the main suspects. [Read more: DefenseWorld/5January2015]
Hezbollah Appears to Acknowledge a Spy at the Top. The admission from Hezbollah's deputy chief was startling. The group, he said over the weekend, is "battling espionage within its ranks" and has uncovered "some major infiltrations."
To analysts and even some Hezbollah loyalists, the remarks were immediately taken as confirmation of long-swirling reports that a senior operative had been caught spying for Israel, disrupting a series of assassination plots abroad.
The accounts in the Lebanese and Arab news media, relying on unnamed sources, identify the mole as Mohammad Shawraba, the man charged with exacting revenge for Israel's assassination of a top operative, Imad Mughniyeh, in 2008. They say Mr. Shawraba fed information to Israel that foiled five planned retaliation attempts.
The Hezbollah official, Naim Qassem, who is often called upon to handle difficult issues, made no mention of the specific allegations. In his remarks on Al-Nour, a Hezbollah-affiliated radio station, he added that Hezbollah, Lebanon's most powerful militant organization and political party, was able to contain any damage from espionage. [Read more: Barnard/NYTimes/5January2015]
Arbitrator Upholds Firing of Canadian Spy. Canada's spy agency was right to dismiss a junior spy assigned to fight Hezbollah terrorists in Quebec, a federal arbitrator has ruled.
The recent decision by arbitrator Renaud Paquet lifts the veil on a little-known aspect of CSIS operations.
The Public Service Labour Relations Board recently backed CSIS boss Michel Coulombe in his decision to terminate Marc-Andre Bergeron.
CSIS fired the Montreal recruit in October 2007, three months before the end of his probationary period.
His termination letter, signed by Coulombe and obtained by QMI Agency, shows Bergeron was in training at the time. [Read more: McIntosh/QMI/5January2015]
CIA Says its Inspector General is Resigning at End of Month. CIA inspector general David Buckley, who investigated a dispute between the agency and Congress over the handling of records of the CIA's detention and interrogation activities, is resigning effective Jan. 31, the CIA said on Monday.
The agency said in a statement that Buckley, who has served as the agency's internal watchdog for more than four years, was leaving the agency to "pursue an opportunity in the private sector."
Officials at both the CIA and on Capitol Hill said his departure was unrelated to politics or anything he had investigated.
Civil liberties advocates said the timing of Buckley's exit was unfortunate. "The CIA inspector general is one of the few people who has tried to impose some accountability on the CIA at a time when the White House and many in Congress are failing to do their oversight jobs," said Christopher Anders of the American Civil Liberties Union. [Read more: Hosenball/Reuters/5January2015]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Espionage in Europe: Now & Then - A Journey Focused on History & Context. From the Cold War to present day government phone-hacking. Berlin and Vienna are two of Europe's capital cities that have seen more than their fair share of activity. Explore how, why and who was involved, the back stories and realization that it will never go away.
Join New York Times Journeys on a unique tour to Berlin and Vienna, to learn about both underground goings on and those taking place in plain site, how World War II shaped Cold War intelligence operations and why our espionage bases in Berlin and Vienna became the dangerous front lines of our conflict with the Soviet Union. [Read more: NYTimes/January2015]
The Biggest Security Threats We'll Face in 2015. As the clock strikes midnight on the new year, so begins the countdown to a new round of security threats and breaches that doubtless will unfold in 2015. But this year will be a little different. In the past, when we've talked about threat predictions, we've focused either on the criminal hackers out to steal credit card data and banking passwords or on the activist hackers out for the lulz (and maybe to teach corporate victims a lesson).
But these days, no threat predictions are complete if they don't address the looming threats posed by nation-state attacks, like the ones exposed by Edward Snowden. It's been said repeatedly that when a spy agency like the NSA undermines a system to gain access for its own use, it makes that system more vulnerable to attack by others. So we begin this list with that in mind. [Read Zetter/Wired/1January2014]
Wyeth, CIA Join Forces to Fulfill Boy's Dreams. A lesson in Downingtown on the art of Andrew Wyeth took a circuitous detour that eventually led to the CIA headquarters in Virginia and Mecca in Saudi Arabia - simultaneously spotlighting the courage, commitment, and compassion of a terminally ill 8-year-old boy.
Victoria Browning Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth's granddaughter, put the odyssey in motion when she visited East Ward Elementary School in Downingtown this past spring to speak about her grandfather's work. One of the students, Farouk Al-Azzam, caught her attention.
Wyeth said the spunky second-grader who was fighting stage 4 cancer - a battle he lost in October - impressed her with his resolve and resiliency. Even more striking was his passion for the CIA, telegraphed in part by the homemade CIA badge around his neck.
After learning about the CIA group the boy formed to help maintain order at his school and his aspiration to become an agent, Wyeth - lamenting her lack of CIA connections - sent the agency an email. In it, she expressed hope that officials there might be able to send him a note or do something to boost his spirits. [Read more: Shea/ChaddsFordLive/25December2015]
UFO or CIA? Agency Takes Credit for '50s and '60s Sightings. Maybe it was a bird. Maybe it was a plane.
But it was probably not a UFO.
The Central Intelligence Agency had some fun Monday tweeting out its most popular stories of the year.
No. 1? "Reports of unusual activity in the skies in the '50s? It was us."
That's right - a CIA report from 1998 was the most-read story from 2014. It's titled, innocuously enough, "The CIA and the U-2 Program, 1954-1974" is written by Gregory W. Pedlow and Donald E. Welzenbach.
And it has a whole section about UFOs. [Read more: Deutsch/USAToday/30December2014]
Could You be the Next Q? Intelligence Service is Looking for Young Tech Talent. Modern intelligence work has as much to do with computers and smartphones as martinis and Walther PPKs. As Q boasted to James Bond in Skyfall: "I'll hazard I can do more damage on my laptop sitting in my pyjamas before my first cup of Earl Grey than you can do in a year in the field."
Now British intelligence and security organisation GCHQ are looking for the next generation of young tech wizards. Under a new "spook first" scheme, ambitious young graduates would train with GCHQ, on the understanding that they could later leave the service and use their skills to set up their own tech companies.
It's understood the scheme is designed to attract entrepreneurs who don't want to spend their entire life at Her Majesty's secret service, as well as stimulating Britain's tech sector with highly skilled young blood. After all, who knows more about computer security?
The Independent reports the scheme is loosely based on the ‘Teach First' programme, where graduates take up teaching positions for two years before having the option of leaving for high paying jobs in the private sector. [Read more: RadioTimes/2January2015]
6 Daring Double Agents. Find out about six people who led dangerous double lives by covertly working for the enemy, from the FBI counterspy who brought down a major espionage ring in America to the European operative codenamed Garbo, who concocted a fake network of intelligence agents and fooled the Nazis about the D-Day Allied invasion. [Read more: Nix/History/6January2015]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Lessons from Eisenhower's Secret U-2 Spy Missions. Although quite different from the torture-like secret interrogations of detainees that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, there are parallels in how President Dwight D. Eisenhower handled the secret U-2 program started in 1956 to spy on the Soviet Union and other countries.
Ike's reasoning on U-2 flights is described in a study, "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance," first published by the CIA in 1998. A less-redacted version went to the National Security Archives in 2005 and again in 2013.
I set out to read it against current concerns about the interrogation programs and realized it has application to President Obama's decisions to start and stop the supposedly classified CIA use of drones in Pakistan and elsewhere. [Read more: Pincus/WashingtonPost/5January2015]
The Senate's Betrayal. In November of 2002, my two brothers and I traveled to FBI offices in Alexandria, Virginia and met with one of the lead federal prosecutors who was working on the criminal investigation of the 9/11 attacks. We were there to watch a video animation of American Airlines Flight 77, the plane that was hijacked by five Al Qaeda terrorists and flown into the Pentagon.
We were desperate to find out anything we could about the flight because our brother, Charles F. "Chic" Burlingame, III, was its captain, the pilot in command that fateful morning.
The video we were about to see - put together from the plane's flight data recorder, or "black box," and FAA radar tracking - would show us the plane's every movement, from the time it pushed back from the gate at Dulles Airport to the moment just before it crashed into the Pentagon at 530 mph, one hour and 27 minutes later.
We sat in silence for the entire duration of the video. The animation noted when radio contact ceased and when the plane's unique radar signature, its transponder, was turned off. We watched, barely breathing, as the Boeing 757 changed course. Almost immediately after it completed its 180 degree turn, the plane began to pitch and roll violently.
We knew this was when Chic was fighting for his life. It lasted more than six agonizing minutes. And then it stopped. [Read more: Burlingame/NYDailyNews/4January2015]
Section IV - Jobs and Upcoming Events
York College: Program Coordinator/Instructor, Intelligence Analysis
The Department of History and Political Science at York College of Pennsylvania invites applications for a full-time non-tenure-track position as Program Coordinator and Instructor in the fields of Intelligence Analysis and National Security. The multidisciplinary field of intelligence analysis and national security will enable students to build knowledge and experience to analyze and produce foreign and domestic intelligence information to support national security leaders, policymakers, military commanders and executive levels of the U.S. Government. Qualified applicants will have either a Ph.D. in an intelligence-related discipline by August 2015 or be subject-matter experts possessing 10 or more years of specialized, professional experience in the United States Intelligence Community. The start date will be fall 2015.
Successful applicants should demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching as well as a competence in coordinating and developing an Intelligence Analysis program that focuses heavily on strategic intelligence for national security. Such applicants will be expected to draw upon theories and methodologies involved in government, national security, and strategic intelligence with a view toward applying them in real world situations. The successful candidate will teach both standard and custom intelligence courses, including one or two survey courses in the function of intelligence analysis and upper-level courses in Writing for Intelligence and other courses to be developed by the candidate. Course load consists of three undergraduate level courses per semester.
Additional duties include coordinating and developing the Intelligence Analysis program, advising students, engaging in intelligence community activities (e.g., symposia, conferences, tours, demonstrations, job fairs), positioning students for internships, and interacting with governmental agencies, contractors, private businesses and academic institutions.
York College of Pennsylvania, is a private-sector, independent institution of higher education, offering over 50 baccalaureate majors in the arts and sciences and in professional fields as well as master's programs in business, education and nursing and a doctoral program in nursing. The College has an enrollment of over 4300 full-time, over 500 part-time undergraduate students and over 200 graduate students from 30 states and 12 foreign countries. The campus is located in South-Central Pennsylvania (50 miles north of Baltimore, MD, 30 miles south of Harrisburg, and 90 miles north of Washington, D.C.) and offers competitive salaries and fringe benefits.
York College is committed to building a diverse college community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Interested candidates should electronically submit the following: a letter of application, a statement of teaching and service philosophy, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to email@example.com. Review of applications is ongoing. While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, for full consideration, applications should be received by February 28, 2015.
York College of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For a copy of York College's Annual Security Report, you may contact the Office of Campus Safety or visit this weblink.
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
Saturday, 10 January 2015, 5 pm - Paradise Valley, AZ - AFIO Arizona Post-Holiday Party
As is tradition, to celebrate the New Year and welcome two new board members: Phil Pounds and Rob Reuss - the Arizona Chapter hosts this special start-of-year party.
Where: Rich and Penny Post, 4211 E Highlands Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Attire: Holiday spirit. Relaxed, warm dress.
RSVP: Simone Lopes at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Fee: $25/pp. Checks to AFIO AZ, 8614 E Appaloosa Trail, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. MC and VISA processed onsite.
Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 11:30am - Scottsdale, AZ - The AFIO Arizona Chapter features Dr. Philip E. Jones, Dean of Embry-Riddle University
Dr. Philip E. Jones, Dean and Professor, College, Security and Intelligence, Security & Intelligence Department, Embry-Riddle's Prescott College of Security and Intelligence, will be sharing some of his past experience in the field, speak off the cuff and cover his background, his intel community background and explain Embry Riddle's expanded Security and Intelligence program.
Dr. Jones is a former CIA intelligence analyst and an international security expert with extensive field experience in political and security risk studies and management for corporate clients. He obtained his Ph.D. on Philosophy in International Relations at Tufts University.
Event Location: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258
Fee: $20 for AFIO members; $22 guests
For reservations or questions, email Simone firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016
Thursday, 15 January 2015, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO – The Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting features Maj. Kevin Bond, PAO for 4th Infantry Div, speaking on "Religion, Ethnicity, Politics, Ideology, Tribalism in the Middle East."
Major Kevin Boyd, Public Affairs Officer, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division will be the speaker at this Rocky Mountain Chapter event. The presentation is about how complicated the problems in the Middle East are and why there is no easy solution. Religion, Ethnicity, Politics, Ideology, Tribalism and a host of issues complicate matters and make for a very difficult environment. To be held at The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 S. Highway 105 Palmer Lake, CO, Exit 161 westbound off I-25, West on Highway 105. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 15 January, 2015, 3 - 5 pm - Washington, DC - "The Marshall Plan for the Mind; The CIA Covert Book Program During the Cold War" at the Woodrow Wilson Center
The CIA Historical Programs Coordinator in cooperation with the Cold War International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson Center invites AFIO members to hear a panel of experts to discuss the origins, operation, and impact of the CIA’s Cold War “book program.” RSVP here
The information monopoly of Communist regimes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe was weakened by a covert CIA program to send books and other printed material behind the Iron Curtain. The “book program” arranged for publication in the West of the first Russian-language edition of Boris Pasternak’s novel Doctor Zhivago. It distributed a wide range of Western literature, much non-political, to Soviet and East European elites -- both those identified with the regimes and dissidents -- who were cut off from the intellectual and cultural life of the West. The book program aimed to keep a critical mass of intellectuals in Soviet bloc countries informed about the values and culture of the free world. Books and periodicals were mailed to Eastern Europe under the cover of various sponsoring organizations, including publishing houses and universities. They were smuggled in by travelers. Between 1958 and 1991, some 10 million books and periodicals were distributed to East European and Soviet citizens.
Event Location: 5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center, Directions to the Wilson Center
Download this event to your calendar: iCal, Google, Outlook, or Email Event.
This event is free. RSVP HERE. The meeting takes place at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. See map and directions. Allow time for routine security procedures. A photo ID is required for entry. To confirm time and place, contact Maria-Stella Gatzoulis on the day of the event: tel. (202) 691-4188. Check this page for the latest updates and notices.
Friday, 16 January 2015, 4:30 pm - Washington, DC - "How to Prepare for a Foreign Intelligence Post: Preventing Mirror-Imaging" - a talk by James R. Hughes, President of AFIO National, at the Institute of World Politics
You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of
"How to Prepare for a Foreign Intelligence Post: Preventing
Mirror-Imaging" with James R. Hughes, incoming AFIO President, (his term
begins January 2015)
James R. HUGHES is beginning his service as AFIO’s 17th President in January 2015. He had a career of US Government service, spanning 37 years in numerous foreign countries with a particular focus in the Middle East. He started in U.S. Military Intelligence in the late 1960s and then joined the CIA’s Clandestine Service. He served overseas as a Chief of Station several times, and at CIA Headquarters in a number of senior management positions, including as Chief of the Near East and South Asia Division, in the Directorate of Operations [today’s National Clandestine Service]. He was also named the Associate Deputy Director of Operations (ADDO) at the National Security Agency, 1998-99.
Following his retirement from the government in 2005, he joined EDS in Herndon, Virginia, as the Client Industry Executive for the U.S. Intelligence Community. After the HP acquisition of EDS, he continued to serve in a similar capacity until his retirement in 2012.
His parents were missionaries in Turkey in the 1950s, where Jim spent his formative years. He attended the prep schools of two of the most famous missionary-founded universities in the Middle East: Robert College in Istanbul and the American University-Beirut, in Beirut, Lebanon. He is fluent in Arabic, and has extensive knowledge of, and appreciation for, the arts, geography, culture, and religions of that region.
He has been an AFIO member since 2005 and joined the board in 2009.
RSVP mandatory • Business attire • VIP reception to follow
This event is sponsored by IWP’s Office of Professional Affiliations and the Student Government Association.
Event location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.
For Parking, consult this map.
RSVP: Contact email@example.com with any questions.
Friday, 30 January 2015 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO's first 2015 luncheon features the FBI's Cyber Division Director, Joseph Demarest, and Former Station Chief Islamabad/CIA CT Center Director Robert L. Grenier
Joseph M. Demarest, Jr., the Assistant Director in charge of the FBI's Cyber Division, responsible for leading the FBI’s mission to protect the US from cyber-based attacks and high technology crimes, will discuss -- OFF THE RECORD -- current issues including NK, Sony, and other looming cyber concerns. Morning
speaker: Former Station Chief Islamabad, and CIA Counterterrorism Center
Director Robert L. Grenier discusses dealing with
warlords, Taliban dissidents, and Pakistani Intelligence in front of
him... while facing equally lethal challenges behind his own lines. Hear
more about his 88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary being released the week of this event.
Timing: Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; Grenier begins presentation at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at noon; FBI ADirector Demarest begins presentation at 1:05 pm. Event closes at 2 p.m.
Morning presentation is on the record; AD Demarest remarks are Off The Record.
The latest intelligence books, and many others, on display and for sale throughout event.
EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf
Saturday, 7 February 2015, 11:30 am - Melbourne, FL - The Florida Satellite Chapter AFIO hears Gene Poteat, AFIO President-Emeritus, on “The Unusual and Amusing Experiences I’ve Encountered in My CIA Career.”
Immediate AFIO National Past President (and now President emeritus) S. Eugene Poteat will discuss “The Unusual and Amusing Experiences I’ve Encountered in My CIA Career.” All who know him know that Gene has a keen sense of both the unusual and the amusing, and his presentation promises to be both entertaining and informative. In addition, this meeting will mark both the retirement of Chapter president Bobbie (aka Barbara) Keith and the inauguration of new FSC Chapter president. For information and reservations, contact Barbara Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 321.777.5561. Event location: Indian River Colony Club At Ease Club.
Other Upcoming Events
Wednesday, 07 January 2015, 12:00pm-7:00pm - Washington DC. - "Iran-Contra: Reagan’s Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power" claims author Malcolm Byrne at International Spy Museum
Through exhaustive use of declassified documents, previously unavailable investigative materials, and wide-ranging interviews, Malcolm Byrne explores what made the Iran-Contra scandal possible and meticulously
relates how it unfolded―including clarifying minor myths about cakes,
keys, bibles, diversion memos, and shredding parties. Byrne, the Deputy
Director and Research Director at the National Security Archive,
demonstrates that the affair could not have occurred without awareness
and approval at the top levels of the US government. He reveals an
unmistakable pattern of dubious behavior―including potentially illegal
conduct by the president, vice president, the secretaries of state and
defense, the CIA director and others―that formed the true core of the
Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visitwww.spymuseum.org
8 January 2015 - Washington, DC - The Returned Services League/Australia hosts Cal Carnes, Ret. CI officer, talking about "The Insider Threat."
The Returned & Services League of Australia, Washington Sub-Branch, hosts Calland Carnes speaking on "The Insider Threat. "
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 January 7, 2015 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to email@example.com
NOTE: Valid photo ID required
Disclosure Caveat: This forum will follow a modified Chatham House rule. You may use the information, but with the exception of speaker's name and subject, you may make no attribution. Everything will be off the record.
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.
Wednesday, 14 January 2015, noon - Washington DC - Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update
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. Visit www.spymuseum.org
20 January 2015, 11:30am - 2pm - McLean, VA - Defense Intelligence Forum [DIF] hears Daniel Gallington on "Enhanced Interrogation."
Speaker: Daniel J. Gallington will speak on “Enhanced Interrogation” or Torture.
Gallington writes a popular column on national security, foreign policy and intelligence matters for the US NEWS & World Report, and is the Senior Policy & Program Advisor at The George C. Marshall Institute in Arlington, VA, where he consults on projects relating to cyber security, intelligence policy and privacy.
From 2003 to 2011, Gallington was a Senior Fellow and Member of the Board of Regents at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. While at Potomac he led PROJECT GUARDIAN- “Maintaining Civil Liberties in the Information Age,” a DARPA-funded study that established the basic policy choices for the post-9/11 realignment of threat-related information categories for more effective situational awareness. Also, he has served at the Assistant Secretary of Defense level for several organizations at the Pentagon. In other government assignments, he served as: Chief Counsel to the National Commission for the Review of the National Reconnaissance Office and Bi-partisan General Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
A former career Air Force Officer, Gallington served tours in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and with the Strategic Air Command. He is a resident graduate of both the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College. He received the B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and the LL.M degree (International Law) from the University of Michigan Law School.
This forum will follow a modified Chatham House rule. You may use the information, but with the exception of speaker's name and subject, you may make no attribution.
Time: Registration starts at 11:30 AM, lunch at 12:00 PM
Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA
Fee: Pay at the door with a check for $29.00 payable to DIAA, Inc
RSVP: by 20 January 2015 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include names, tele numbers, email addresses. For each attendee, choose among chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers or fettuccini with portabella for your luncheon selection.
Wednesday, 11 February 2014, 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M - Washington, DC - The Journal of National Security Law & Policy Annual Symposium
Hold the date! Conference theme: Trials and Terrorism: The Implications of Trying National Security Cases in Article III Courts.
The symposium will feature the following three panels:
Panel 1, “Terror Suspects: Pretrial Considerations in Civilian Terrorism Investigations,” will provide an overview of international terrorism cases from investigation to indictment.
Panel 2, “Courtroom Challenges: The Evidentiary and Trial Management Issues that Arise During Terrorism Trials” will focus on the evidentiary and procedural challenges that arise during the trial of defendants charged with terrorism offenses and the implications these potential precedents could set.
Panel 3, “Convicted Terrorists: Sentencing Considerations and Their Implications on Foreign and Domestic Policy,” will focus on the factors that impact the sentencing phase of terrorism trials.
Location: Georgetown University Law School, Washington, DC
REGISTRATION: Will be available at http://jnslp.com/symposium/ in early 2015.
To attend click here and then submit the form on the page that opens, or email email@example.com, fax (202) 371-0841, or call (202) 789-5229 by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014.
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