AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #11-15 dated 17 March 2015

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Jobs

Section V -  Upcoming Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

For Additional AFIO and other Events two+ months or more... Calendar of Events 

WIN CREDITS FOR THIS ISSUE: The WIN editors thank the following special contributors:  pjk and fwr.  They have contributed one or more stories used in this issue.

 

AFIO-Los Angeles Chapter Meets to discuss
spy "Christopher Marlowe" with Francis Hamit

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 12.30-2pm - Los Angeles, CA

Francis Hamit will be discussing "Christopher Marlowe" an upcoming film about the poet, playwright and spy who helped to defeat the Spanish Armada. The spy thriller is based on the 1988 stage play about Christopher Marlowe's service as a secret agent for the Crowne. The film will be shot in the UK later this year and Francis Hamit will serve as the Executive Producer. More about that movie can be seen here.
Location: LAPD-ARTC, 5651 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Francis Hamit served in the US Army Security Agency during the Vietnam War. Francis Hamit discovered this story when he worked for the Encylopaedia Britannica and wrote a number articles about intelligence organizations and personalities, he has written several historical fiction spy thrillers and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and a member of AFIO since 1987.
RSVP via email AFIO_LA@yahoo.com


"Terrorism in Vacationland: it's closer than you think"
is the subject of Chet Lunner’s talk
at the AFIO Maine Chapter's meeting on
Saturday, 21 March 2015, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME

Tucked into the extreme northeast corner of the U.S. with a friendly neighbor across much of its border to the north, a sparse population, and miles of uninhabited forest Maine, at first glance, seems a safe haven from major criminal activity, terrorists, and threats to national security. Nothing could be further from the truth. World War II found Maine’s long coastline and lonely beaches attractive to Nazi saboteurs arriving quietly in the night by submarine headed to heavily populated area to the south. In the 1960s the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar carried on a flourishing drug business using airfields hidden in the Maine wilderness. One of the World Trade Center towers fell to 9/11 hijackers who set out from Portland, Maine.

Chet Lunner retired in 2010 as Deputy Under Secretary of Homeland Security in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). Until 2012 he served as senior instructor for a series of seminars on the importance of National Information Sharing for law enforcement executives sponsored by the International Association of Police and funded by the Department of Justice. Lunner will discuss Maine’s unique geographic location in relation to terrorism and national security and links to the Boston Marathon bombers. He will also tell about several high profile terrorism cases in Canada and the potential danger from active terrorists in Quebec and Ontario. Our speaker will describe Canada’s tough anti-terrorism laws and why they have recently been tightened. He continues to support DHS policies and emphasizes that Homeland Security encompasses local, state and federal duties and is a national mission for all of us.

Event location: the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk. The meeting is open to the public. For information call 207-967-4298 or email speers@gwi.net.


FBI Special Agent William Lace
addresses AFIO Arizona Chapter on
"Economic Espionage and CI Threats and Issues."
Wednesday, 08 April 2015, 11:30am - 2 pm - Scottsdale, AZ

William Lace has been a special agent with the FBI for 16 years. He has served as the FBI Phoenix Division’s Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership coordinator for the past 5 years. As the coordinator, Lace oversees the FBI’s Business Alliance and Academic Alliance programs within the State of Arizona, working with business and academia on national security issues such as the protection of classified information and intellectual property, the prevention and mitigation of cyber intrusions, and the protection of information for overseas travelers.Lace has been assigned to counterintelligence squads for the entirety of his FBI career and worked at the FBI Washington, DC field office before transferring to Phoenix in 2005. In 2003, he received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Counterintelligence Investigation for his work on the Brian Patrick Regan espionage investigation. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Lace worked for 7 years as a civil engineer in private consulting practices.
LOCATION: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260
RSVP no later than 72-hours before Apr 8, to Simone at simone@afioaz.org or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016. Fee to attend is: $25.


Col. Stephen Nitzschke, Director of USSOCOM Innovation Lab,
speaks on "Innovation and the Intelligence Community."
at the AFIO Suncoast (FL) Chapter
Note: There might be a change in speaker.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 - MacDill AFB, FL

Colonel Stephen Nitzschke, Director of the USSOCOM Innovation Lab, will be speaking on innovation and the intelligence community. Colonel Nitzschke will discuss what the SOCOM Innovation lab is doing and its implications for the SOF intel Community, including some insight into innovation efforts in DIA. Colonel Stephen Nitzschke worked to form public/private partnerships to solve complex problems for the U.S. Special Operations Command. In January he was asked to “operationalize” innovation within the Headquarters and has since developed the Command’s first formal Innovation Strategy. Colonel Nitzschke is currently serving as the Director of the USSOCOM Innovation Lab, with a mission to make innovators across the command successful.
Colonel Nitzschke has two Masters Degrees in National Security Affairs, and has amassed more than 3100 hours of flight time in various aircraft. His personal decorations include the Marine Corps’ Air Medal with Combat “V” the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.
Colonel Nitzschke is married to Mrs. Kimberley Rishton Nitzschke, and together they have 5 children.

LOCATION: MacDill AFB Surf’s Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Please RSVP to the Chapter Secretary for yourself and include the names and email addresses of any guests. Email or call Michael Shapiro at sectysuncoastafio@att.net. You will receive a confirmation via email. If you do not, contact the Chapter Secretary to confirm your registration. Check-in at noon; opening ceremonies, lunch and business meeting at 1230 hours, followed by our speaker.
FEE: You must present your $20 check payable to “Suncoast Chapter, AFIO” (or cash) at check-in to cover the luncheon. If you make a reservation, don’t cancel and get a cancellation confirmation by the response deadline and then don’t show up, you will be responsible for the cost of the luncheon.


AFIO's Spring Luncheon

Friday, 8 May 2015

"Hackers, Financial Safety, Bulk Data Collection, ISIS Recruitments, Snowden and more"

John "Chris" Inglis
NSA's former Deputy Director and highest ranking civilian officer

Tysons Corner, VA
Register HERE to assure seating

   
1 p.m. speaker: Chris Inglis, the former Deputy Director, NSA (2014). His remarks will be OFF THE RECORD.
   
  11 a.m. speaker: TBD
 
Timing: Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; TBD begins his presentation at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at noon;Chris Inglis presents at 1 p.m. Event closes at 2 p.m.
Morning presentation is on the record; Inglis 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, across from Tysons II Mall.
Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf
Register HERE
 
 
 

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Army Picks Female Intelligence Soldier for USAREUR's Top Enlisted Slot. US Army Europe's Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges has selected Command Sgt. Major Sheryl Lyon as the next senior enlisted leader for US Army Europe, breaking new ground for a position that until now has always been held by male combat arms soldiers.

Lyon, who has spent most of her career in military intelligence, is currently the senior enlisted leader for Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. She's expected to take over as USAREUR's senior enlisted in May.

"I selected CSM Lyon because she was the best fit for what we needed in 'Strong Europe' as our senior noncommissioned officer and to ensure the best possible leader development of the thousands of enlisted soldiers in Europe," Hodges said in a statement provided by his command.

After graduating from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's degree in Spanish, Lyon joined the Army in 1991 as a signals intelligence analyst, she wrote in a 2008 paper about her Army experience for the US Army Sergeants Major Academy. [Read more: Millham/StarsandStripes/17March2015]

Petraeus Advising White House on ISIS. Disgraced former Army Gen. David Petraeus remains a trusted White House adviser, despite admitting to sharing highly classified information with his erstwhile mistress Paula Broadwell and lying to the FBI about it.

A White House official confirmed to Newsweek, on condition of anonymity, that the former CIA director and Iraq war hero has been advising the National Security Council on Iraq and the Islamic State, known as ISIS, since last summer. He no longer has a CIA security clearance, a government official said.

Petraeus has long led a charmed life with the Obama administration. While several other low-ranking national security officials have been prosecuted on espionage charges for leaking information, Petraeus was charged with only one count of mishandling classified information, under a plea deal approved this month by Attorney General Eric Holder - and fiercely opposed by prosecutors.

According to Justice Department documents filed with his plea agreement, Petraeus admitted not only that he kept highly classified information in his unsecured home after he resigned from the CIA, but he shared with Broadwell several of his personal "black books," 5-by-8-inch personal diaries that contained highly sensitive information. When questioned by the FBI, he admitted that he lied - a felony - but he was only charged with a misdemeanor. [Read more: Stein/Newsweek/14March2015]

Turkey Says It Has Detained Foreign Intelligence Agent Over British Schoolgirls' Disappearance. Turkey said it had detained a foreign intelligence operative suspected of helping three British schoolgirls join Islamic State in Syria, the latest twist in a month-long saga that has exposed frictions between Ankara and London and refocused criticism of Ankara's border policy.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a televised interview on Thursday that the suspect who aided the girls was an intelligence agent for a country fighting with the US-led coalition against Islamic State. He refused to name the country for which the operative was working but confirmed the suspect wasn't from the US or European Union.

"Guess who the person who helped these girls turned out be? Someone working for the intelligence service of one of the countries in the coalition," Mr. Cavusoglu told private broadcaster A Haber. "I said this to the British foreign minister, and he said this was usually the case."

Within an hour of his statement, several Turkish pro-government media outlets published reports quoting senior government sources claiming the operative worked for Canadian intelligence. Turkish officials refused to confirm those reports. The Canadian embassy in Ankara couldn't immediately be reached for comment. [Read more: Albayrak/WallStreetJournal/12March2015]

Iraqi Intelligence Reveals Baghdad Car Bombers' Tricks. Trap doors in floorboards and liquor bottles on backseats - Iraq's intelligence service on Monday detailed how the Islamic State (IS) group's car bomb cell eluded the police for months.

The suspected leader of the group was arrested riding a bicycle in an upmarket neighbourhood, a spokesman told AFP at the intelligence headquarters in Baghdad.

The Iraqi national intelligence service (INIS) announced on Sunday it had arrested 31 people responsible for planning and carrying out 52 attacks in Baghdad in 2014 and 2015.

"When we first picked up a scent in our hunt for this network, we organised surveillance that lasted six months," spokesman Fahim al-Atraqchi told AFP. [Read more: Karim/AFP/16March2015]

FBI Accepting Applications for Special Agents Through March 31. The Federal Bureau of Investigations is accepting applications from those interested in joining the FBI as Special Agents.

The FBI is an intelligence-driven and threat focused national security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities. The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the US Department of Justice and a full member of the US Intelligence Community.

It has the authority and responsibility to investigate specific crimes assigned to it and to provide other law enforcement agencies with cooperative services, such as fingerprint identification, laboratory examinations, and training.

The FBI also gathers, shares, and analyzes intelligence - both to support its own investigations and those of its partners and to better understand and combat the security threats facing the United States. [Read more: Kulo/GulfLive/17March2015]

Bulgaria Ex Caretaker IntMin 'Nominated Head of Military Intelligence'. Yordan Bakalov, a former interim Interior Minister, is Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's proposal to take over the Defense Information Service, media sources say.

Bakalov, who served under caretaker PM Georgi Bliznashki in August-November 2014, was a lawmaker from the Union of Democratic Forces (SDS, now part of the Reformist Bloc) in a number of legislatures in the 1990s and 2000s. During his mandates Bakalov oversaw the work of the Interior Ministry and secret services.

Reformist Bloc sources as well as officials from the Defense Information service itself, reportedly confirmed the nomination for Darik.

Earlier this week Bulgaria's Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev dismissed Veselin Ivanov as Director of the Defense Information Service, the military intelligence agency. [Read more: Novinite/11March2015]

Iran Produces First Long-Range Missile. Iran has unveiled a domestically produced long-range land attack cruise missile, dubbed Soumar.

Based on the Russian Kh-55, the Soumar is believed to have a range of at least 2,000 km. "This missile represents a significant leap in the Middle East arms race," says Col. Aviram Hasson of Israel's Missile Defense Organization.

"It positions Iran among the world's leaders in missile technology," a Western intelligence source adds.

Iranian defense minister Hussein Dehghan presented the new surface-to-surface missile on March 8 as an "effective step" in boosting the country's defense and deterrence capabilities. Dehghan described the Soumar as capable of hitting long-range targets with "high accuracy, while evading enemy counter-measures." Western intelligence sources noted that the missile's warhead appears smaller than the Russian original and is incapable of carrying a nuclear device. Iranian media reported that the missile completed its testing and is now in serial production. [Read more: BenDavid/AviationWeek/14March2015]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

The Do's and Don'ts of Being a CIA Spy in the Facebook Age. Oversharing on Facebook is posing a unique challenge for the CIA's recruitment of future spies.

Every year, the agency has to drop five or six stellar candidates because of things they said on social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, the CIA's top recruiter said in an exclusive interview with CNNMoney.

That's a tiny fraction of the 20,000 applicants who make it into the final phases of the interview process. But the CIA has rescinded job offers because of their social media posts.

"Obviously, secrecy and social media are at odds with each other," said CIA hiring chief Ron Patrick, who keeps a vague LinkedIn account - and has Facebook and Twitter accounts under a different name.

Want to work at the CIA? Here's Patrick's advice. [Read more: Bryan/CNNMoney/13March2015]

British Security Services Recruit Russian-Language Speakers Again. If Kim Philby or Guy Burgess were able to stroll today around the famous Great Court of their old Cambridge college, Trinity, they might raise an eyebrow at the scruffiness of some students, but otherwise little has changed. It's not just the surroundings that are remarkably consistent; so is one of the job opportunities: spying.

Making a speech earlier this week, Philip Hammond, the foreign secretary, said Russia's "aggressive behaviour" posed a significant threat to the UK, adding: "It is no coincidence that all the agencies are recruiting Russian speakers again."

This wasn't news to Russian-language students at Cambridge. About a week before Hammond's speech they received an email bearing a tasteful picture of Russian nested dolls and the cryptic heading "Ideas and intentions live in the layers of a language". It was from MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, advertising £30,000 graduate posts for speakers of Russian, people who could "enable us to make the right choices to help safeguard national security".

"My parents called me after they saw the news about the security services needing more Russian speakers to ask if I'd heard about it," said one of the recipients, a fourth-year student at Trinity - also alma mater to another member of the Cambridge Five spy ring, Anthony Blunt. She said: "I think they're starting to get a bit worried about what I'll do when I'm finished here." [Read more: Walker/TheGuardian/13March22015]

How Russian Spy Games Are Sabotaging Ukraine's Intelligence Agency. When Moscow-backed separatists were starting their war in east Ukraine last spring, the country's main security agency sent a covert team to capture a rebel leader.

But word of the classified mission leaked out, and three Ukrainian operatives were themselves captured and thrown into a separatist jail. Rebels stripped them to their underwear, bound their wrists and blindfolded them, then paraded them in front of Russian journalists.

Ukrainian counterintelligence officials now believe their capture was an inside job, the result of a betrayal by a high-ranking employee of the Security Service of Ukraine.

The agency, roughly equivalent to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and known by its Ukrainian acronym SBU, has battled corruption, internal intrigue and treason for years. Ukrainian officials said in interviews that by the time the war began last year, the SBU was riddled with Russian spies, sympathizers and turncoats, and many of its files had been stolen and taken to Russia. [Read more: Shishkin/WallStreetJournal/12March2015]

So You Want to Be a Spy? How to Get a Job With the Intelligence Services. When the next James Bond film, Spectre, hits cinema screens in November, millions of people will be daydreaming about becoming a spy.

But you don't have to hang about draughty Cambridge colleges in a trenchcoat to be in with a chance of the job. In fact, the intelligence services are in the middle of a determined recruitment drive aimed at getting a broader range of new talent.

A report released recently by Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee calls for targeting middle-aged women in particular, in an effort to counter the "permafrost" in the security services, which are dominated by an overwhelmingly male outlook.

"If all intelligence professionals are cut from the same cloth - sharing similar backgrounds and similar characteristics - then they are likely to share 'unacknowledged biases' which will circumscribe both the definition of problems and the search for solutions," says committee member Hazel Blears. [Read more: Woolacott/AOL/16March2015]

High-Profile International Spy Scandals of 2013-2015 - Facts and Details. Three Russian diplomats working in the Czech Republic were forced to leave the country after the Czech Security Information Service (SIS) suspected them of spying, Czech national radio network reported Thursday.

The following is background information on high-profile international espionage scandals in 2013-2015. [Read more: SputnikInternational/12March2015]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Military Analysis of What Russia Really Wants Reveals Nuclear Dangers. While it is immensely difficult to place oneself in Russian President Vladimir Putin's position and to see the world as he and Russia undoubtedly see it, there are things that we do know.

The first is that Russia has always seen itself as encircled and threatened, a condition exacerbated by the West since the collapse of the Soviet Union and subsequent expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A simple exercise with a globe can help to demonstrate this. Rotate it until Moscow is in the center and then scan the points of the compass. To the north, over the pole, is the United States; to the east, China; to the south, Islam, and to the west, Europe, the European Union and NATO.

Second, over the past 20 years, Russia has shrunk, physically and conceptually. The Soviet Union was, in all but one way, a force to be reckoned with. It was able to hold the world hostage and force it to focus, above all, on the maintenance of an uneasy but mostly stable peace. The Soviet Union's Achilles' heel was its economy; NATO's Cold War victory was essentially an economic one. The West defeated the Soviet Union by fielding more, and better, military technology with fewer, but infinitely better-trained personnel, funded by economies that worked.

As the Soviet Union collapsed, it shed a number of its republics, which functioned, in part, as buffers between mother Russia and the encircling threat. They also provided vital access to the sea. A sympathetic observer might note that Russia's only guaranteed ports are on its north coast, all of which have, in recent human history, been accessible only in the Arctic summer months. Even now with the ice receding, the Northern Sea Route is a far from reliable route into either the Pacific or Atlantic and therefore strategically unsatisfactory. In the Baltic, St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad serve well, though Russia must be concerned for the long-term stability of Kaliningrad because the city has a long German history as Koenigsberg. This stability should also concern Europe: arguably, as long as Kaliningrad is secure, the threat to the other Baltic ports and countries is reduced. To the east, Vladivostok serves the Pacific but, in extended living memory, has been directly threatened (and occupied) multiple times, by the Japanese and Americans in the early 20th century and throughout the Cold War by the United States. [Read more: Thicknesse/Reuters/10March2015]

Rewiring CIA for Era of Cyberspace Espionage. Agility and digital savvy traditionally haven't been the strong suits of government agencies, so it's encouraging that CIA Director John O. Brennan wants a big investment in cyberespionage and a new Directorate of Digital Innovation as part of what he calls a "bold" reorganization of the CIA. Brennan's overhaul is commendable, but it's urgent to do more to make his agency cyber literate.

Cyber competence isn't just a set of technical skills; it's a state of mind. Digital thinking must be baked into the CIA's whole intelligence mission and its covert operations. No agency employee should be able to say "cyber" isn't in their job description. As Brennan brings more hackers to Langley, Va., he should be careful not to let new walls rise between the new digital spies and those undercover. There's precedent for this: The agency's counter-terrorism center successfully dismantled silos between analysts and operators to track militants around the globe.

Next, the Directorate of Digital Innovation should think critically about what it means to conduct clandestine operations in the digital realm. Unlike drone specs or bomb schematics, code is very difficult to keep classified. Think of the Stuxnet virus. Even though it was written to attack a closed computer network, the code escaped onto the broader Web, where it was publicly dissected by digital security firms such as Symantec. Since then, more cyberespionage tools have been uncovered "in the wild," meaning some are suddenly available to rogue nations and terrorists. As the CIA gets into this game, it should keep in mind the old admonition not to write down anything you wouldn't want to see on the front page. In this case, be wary of writing code you wouldn't want thrown back against your own networks.

The agency also will face tough decisions about if and when to share knowledge about computer and network vulnerabilities. As Kim Zetter detailed in her book Countdown to Zero Day, the government faces a difficult choice when it discovers a security flaw: share it so it can be patched, or keep it secret and useful. In my opinion, the dangerous impulse to over-classify should be resisted. If we want the private sector to share threat information with the government, the government - even its intelligence agencies - should get used to reciprocating. [Read more: Harman/LosAngelesTimes/17March2015]

Ten Years After ODNI, Why Intelligence Needs More People, Money and Trust. Ten years after ODNI, the intelligence community needs more money and people - and a better public explanation of what we do.

Last week, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, or INSA, sponsored a symposium to discuss the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act that created the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, or ODNI, what was and wasn't accomplished in that decade, and the challenges ahead. 

The take away from the symposium was that today's complex international environment requires an even more agile and effective intelligence community, or IC, staffed by the nation's best and brightest. And although terrorism will continue to require the IC's keen focus, more attention and resources must be devoted to cyber-related issues and the regional and country-specific challenges affecting our nation's security.

Some of the speakers, which included the bill's original sponsor, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, talked about the ODNI's initial establishment of two important bodies: the National Counterterrorism Center, or NCTC, to serve as the primary organization in the US government for analyzing and integrating all intelligence possessed or acquired by the government pertaining to terrorism and counterterrorism; and the National Counterproliferation Center, or NCPC, to prevent and halt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials and technologies; as well as the mission managers for North Korea and Iran. [Read more: DeTrani/DefenseOne/12March2015]


Section IV - Jobs

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 10am - 3pm - Linthicum Heights, MD - Hiring Event for those with Security Clearances

CI & Full Scope Polygraph-Tested Professionals can apply for new jobs. Location: BWI Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD

To attend, you must create and file an online resume. Do so here.

Companies will be recruiting from: Abacus Technology Corp • AECOM Government Services; Altamira Technologies Corporation • AT&T Government Solutions; Bridges Consulting Inc • Camber Corporation • Chameleon Integrated Services; CyberCore Technologies • Cyberspace Solutions LLC • Deloitte Exceptional Software Strategies Inc • EXELIS • Hewlett Packard Intelligent Decisions • L-3 National Security Solutions • LGS Innovations Lockheed Martin • Microsoft, National Security Agency • Northrop Grumman • Parsons • SAGE Management • SAIC • TASC • The Boeing Company • The Josef Group • Varen Technologies Inc • Wavefront Technologies • Yakabod • and more!

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 10am - 3pm - Herndon, VA - Hiring Event for those with Security Clearances

CI & Full Scope Polygraph-Tested Professionals can apply for new jobs. Location: Hyatt Dulles, 2300 Dulles Corner Blvd, Herndon, VA.

To attend, you must create and file an online resume. Do so here.

Companies will be recruiting from: Abacus Technology Corp • AECOM Government Services; Altamira Technologies Corporation • AT&T Government Solutions; Bridges Consulting Inc • Camber Corporation • Chameleon Integrated Services; CyberCore Technologies • Cyberspace Solutions LLC • Deloitte Exceptional Software Strategies Inc • EXELIS • Hewlett Packard Intelligent Decisions • L-3 National Security Solutions • LGS Innovations Lockheed Martin • Microsoft, National Security Agency • Northrop Grumman • Parsons • SAGE Management • SAIC • TASC • The Boeing Company • The Josef Group • Varen Technologies Inc • Wavefront Technologies • Yakabod • and more!


Section V - Upcoming Events



AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO – The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Col. T. Small, Special Operations Command North.

The presentation is about Turkey, the Region and Current Conflicts. To be held at The Monument Hill Country Club, 18945 Pebble Beach Way, Monument, CO 80132. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at robsmom@pcisys.net Directions are here.

19 March 2015, 12:30-2pm - Los Angeles, CA - AFIO-LA Chapter Meets to discuss spy Christopher Marlowe with Francis Hamit

Francis Hamit will be discussing Christopher Marlowe an upcoming film about the poet, playwright and spy who helped to defeat the Spanish Armada. The spy thriller is based on the 1988 stage play about Christopher Marlowe's service as a secret agent for the Crowne. The film will be shot in the UK later this year and Francis Hamit will serve as the Executive Producer. More about that movie can be seen here.
Location: LAPD-ARTC, Room 344 (third floor towards front of building), 5651 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Francis Hamit served in the US Army Security Agency during the Vietnam War. Francis Hamit discovered this story when he worked for the Encylopaedia Britannica and wrote a number articles about intelligence organizations and personalities, he has written several historical fiction spy thrillers and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and a member of AFIO since 1987.
RSVP via email AFIO_LA@yahoo.com

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - "Terrorism in Vacationland: it's closer than you think" will be the subject of Chet Lunner’s talk at AFIO Maine Chapter's meeting.

Tucked into the extreme northeast corner of the US with a friendly neighbor across much of its border to the north, a sparse population, and miles of uninhabited forest Maine, at first glance, seems a safe haven from major criminal activity, terrorists, and threats to national security. Nothing could be further from the truth. World War II found Maine’s long coastline and lonely beaches attractive to Nazi saboteurs arriving quietly in the night by submarine headed to heavily populated area to the south. In the 1960s the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar carried on a flourishing drug business using airfields hidden in the Maine wilderness. One of the World Trade Center towers fell to 9/11 hijackers who set out from Portland, Maine.

Chet Lunner retired in 2010 as Deputy Under Secretary of Homeland Security in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). Until 2012 he served as senior instructor for a series of seminars on the importance of National Information Sharing for law enforcement executives sponsored by the International Association of Police and funded by the Department of Justice. Lunner will discuss Maine’s unique geographic location in relation to terrorism and national security and links to the Boston Marathon bombers. He will also tell about several high profile terrorism cases in Canada and the potential danger from active terrorists in Quebec and Ontario. Our speaker will describe Canada’s tough anti-terrorism laws and why they have recently been tightened. He continues to support DHS policies and emphasizes that Homeland Security encompasses local, state and federal duties and is a national mission for all of us.

Event location: the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk. The meeting is open to the public. For information call 207-967-4298 or email speers@gwi.net.

Wednesday, 08 April 2015, 11:30am - 2 pm - Scottsdale, AZ - FBI Special Agent William Lace addresses AFIO Arizona on "Economic Espionage and CI Threats and Issues."

William Lace has been a special agent with the FBI for 16 years. He has served as the FBI Phoenix Division’s Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership coordinator for the past 5 years. As the coordinator, Lace oversees the FBI’s Business Alliance and Academic Alliance programs within the State of Arizona, working with business and academia on national security issues such as the protection of classified information and intellectual property, the prevention and mitigation of cyber intrusions, and the protection of information for overseas travelers.Lace has been assigned to counterintelligence squads for the entirety of his FBI career and worked at the FBI Washington, DC field office before transferring to Phoenix in 2005. In 2003, he received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Counterintelligence Investigation for his work on the Brian Patrick Regan espionage investigation. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Lace worked for 7 years as a civil engineer in private consulting practices.
LOCATION: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260
RSVP no later than 72-hours before Apr 8, to Simone at simone@afioaz.org or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016. Fee to attend is: $25.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 - MacDill AFB, Florida - Col. Stephen Nitzschke, Director of USSOCOM Innovation Lab, speaks on "Innovation and the Intelligence Community." Note: There might be a change in speaker.

Colonel Stephen Nitzschke, Director of the USSOCOM Innovation Lab, will be speaking on innovation and the intelligence community. Colonel Nitzschke will discuss what the SOCOM Innovation lab is doing and its implications for the SOF intel Community, including some insight into innovation efforts in DIA. Colonel Stephen Nitzschke was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in June 1985 after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Following the Basic School he reported to Pensacola Florida for training as a Naval Aviator. He was designated a Naval Aviator in the Fall of 1988.
From 1988 until 1994, he flew the EA-6B Prowler during deployments to the Western Pacific and the Middle East. He was among the first wave of aircraft to attack Iraq during OPERATION DESERT STORM on Jan 17th 1991. Following the Gulf War he reported to NAS Whidbey Island where he served as an instructor pilot for three years before a tour with the 2nd Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company in Camp Lejeune, NC. He earned his parachute wings in August 1994 and served as the Company’s 2nd Brigade Platoon Commander between 1994 and 1996.
Colonel Nitzschke served as the Commanding Officer of Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3, where he again deployed to combat in the Middle East in 2001. He later served as Commanding Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 12, flying the F/A-18 Hornet in Iwakuni, Japan. Between these two aviation command assignments, Colonel Nitzschke attended the Naval War College and served as Head of the Marine Corps’ Officer Assignments Branch in Quantico Virginia.
He reported to the United States Special Operations Command in Tampa Florida in 2011 serving first within the Strategy, Plans and Policy Directorate as head of the Strategic Engagements Division. For two years he worked to form public/private partnerships to solve complex problems for the U.S. Special Operations Command. In January he was asked to “operationalize” innovation within the Headquarters and has since developed the Command’s first formal Innovation Strategy. Colonel Nitzschke is currently serving as the Director of the USSOCOM Innovation Lab, with a mission to make innovators across the command successful.
Colonel Nitzschke has two Masters Degrees in National Security Affairs, and has amassed more than 3100 hours of flight time in various aircraft. His personal decorations include the Marine Corps’ Air Medal with Combat “V” the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.
Colonel Nitzschke is married to Mrs. Kimberley Rishton Nitzschke, and together they have 5 children.

LOCATION: MacDill AFB Surf’s Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Please RSVP to the Chapter Secretary for yourself and include the names and email addresses of any guests. Email or call Michael Shapiro at sectysuncoastafio@att.net. You will receive a confirmation via email. If you do not, contact the Chapter Secretary to confirm your registration. Check-in at noon; opening ceremonies, lunch and business meeting at 1230 hours, followed by our speaker.
FEE: You must present your $20 check payable to “Suncoast Chapter, AFIO” (or cash) at check-in to cover the luncheon. If you make a reservation, don’t cancel and get a cancellation confirmation by the response deadline and then don’t show up, you will be responsible for the cost of the luncheon.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015, 5:30-9pm - New York, NY - AFIO New York Metro Meeting Features Joseph Wippl, former CIA Clandestine Services Officer, on Aldrich "Rick" Ames, worst CIA traitor ever: his personality, his motivation for espionage and the impact on all Soviet agents of the CIA.

Joseph Wippl is a former CIA officer who spent 30 years as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service (NCS). Wippl served overseas in Bonn, West Germany; Guatemala City; Luxembourg; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany. On assignments in CIA headquarters, he served as the Deputy Chief of Human Resources, as the Senior NCS representative to the Aldrich Ames Damage Assessment Team, as Chief of Europe Division and as the CIA’s Director of Congressional Affairs. Wippl has coordinated extensively with other members of the US IC. He currently teaches at Boston University. Prior to that he occupied the Richard Helms Chair for Intelligence Collection in the NCS training program. Wippl has taught at BU since 2006 where he serves as Director of Graduate Studies, Professor of the Practice of International Relations; BU Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University.

Location: Society of Illustrators building, 128 East 63rd St, between Park Ave and Lexington Ave.
COST: $50/person Cash or check, payable at the door only. Dinner to follow talk & Q&A. Cash bar. RESERVATIONS: Strongly suggested, not required, Email Jerry Goodwin afiometro@gmail.com or phone 646-717-3776.

Friday, 08 May 2015 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO's Spring 2015 luncheon features the NSA's former Deputy Director, Chris Inglis

Chris Inglis, former National Security Agency Deputy Director will discuss "Hackers, Financial Safety, Bulk Data Collection, ISIS Recruitments, Snowden and more."
Timing: Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; TBD begins presentation at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at noon; Inglis begins presentation at 1:05 pm. Event closes at 2 p.m.
Morning presentation is on the record; Chris Inglis' 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
Registrations accepted HERE while space remains.

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 5:30 - 8:30pm - Atlanta, GA - The AFIO Atlanta Chapter-in-Formation and Harvard Club of Georgia host reception for Prof Kristie Macrakis on Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies. There is no charge.

Professor Kristie Macrakis, an AFIO member and Harvard alum who teaches history at Georgia Tech, specializes in the history of espionage. She’ll discuss her 2014 book Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda. In it, she presents a fascinating cat-and-mouse game between spies who conceal their reports in plain sight and counterintelligence agents trying to intercept and detect them―and all the clever methods employed. As a friend of AFIO, this event is free for you and your guests.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Cocktail Reception
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Presentation by Prof. Kristie Macrakis, followed by Q&A
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Cocktail Reception
Location: Womble Carlyle, Skyline Room (25th Floor), Atlantic Station, BB&T Building, 271 17th St NW Ste 2500, Atlanta, GA 30363-1017
RSVP or questions to Brian Hooper, bhooper@wcsr.com or 404.879.2440. If you can’t attend but are interested in participating in the new chapter, please let him know.


Other Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 12:00pm - Washington DC - Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update featuring David Major at the International Spy Museum

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 reservations required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Tues-Wed, 24-25 March 2015 - Washington, DC - International Conference on Exercises, Gaming, and Simulations for Intelligence and National Security, Communication, Culture & Technology Program (CCTP)

Dates and times: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM - Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM (EDT)
This international conference, between the Center for Intelligence Services and Democratic Systems at Rey Juan Carlos University and the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University will enhance the role of experiential learning methods and techniques showcasing original simulations, exercises, and games applied to national security intelligence, competitive intelligence, and foreign affairs. The conference will bring together ideas, concepts and demonstrations that can further train and educate military, law enforcement, and national security professionals.
A sample of conference topics include:  Scenario-based approach for developing the links between analysis and reporting;  Computational Simulation In Intelligence Analysis;  The Induction Game and Intelligence Education;  Gaming and Modeling Before a Crisis;  Use of Gaming and Exercise as Part of an Engagement Strategy;  Gaming the Nexus between Intelligence and Policy;  Concrete Tabletop Exercises for Cognitive Skill Development in Analysts;  Serious gaming & how to create visionary practitioners and policy makers;  Balancing Realism and Playability in the Intelligence Classroom;  Structured Analytic Techniques for Cyber Security through Role Playing; Cyber-Attack and Ethics Simulations;  Virtual Training Systems and Survival Humanistic Factors;
Discounted hotel accommodations, questions or comments should be directed to Dr. Jan Goldman jg28@georgetown.edu or Dr. Ruben Arcos Martin, ruben.arcos@urjc.es (outside North America)
Registration and Information is available here.

Thursday, 09 April 2015, 7 - 10pm - Washington DC - An Evening with a Futurist: Dinner with Marc Goodman at the International Spy Museum

Futurist Marc Goodman was voted by the TED Talks community as the speaker “most likely to freak you out.” A global thinker, writer, and consultant focused on the profound change technology is having on terrorism, crime, and security, he was the FBI’s Futurist in Residence and has worked for INTERPOL, the United Nations, NATO, and the LAPD―and tonight he’ll be your companion at dinner. As the founder of the Future Crimes Institute, Marc Goodman shares his thoughts on how disruptive technologies―such as artificial intelligence, the social data revolution, synthetic biology, virtual worlds, robotics, ubiquitous computing, and location-based services―form the basis for his new book Future Crimes. At this gathering, International Spy Museum historian Dr. Vince Houghton will lead a conversation with Goodman about the future of cyber intrigue. They will cover everything from cyberterrorism to the Dark Web to how individuals, businesses, and governments can protect themselves from cyber crimes too terrifying to imagine. You will be one of only seven guests at Poste Moderne Brasserie for this three-course dinner. You will receive a copy of Future Crimes when you reserve your space.
To Register: contact Laura Hicken lhicken@spymuseum.org or 202.654.0932. Tickets: $300. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Friday, 10 April 2015, 4:30-6:30 PM - Washington, DC - "British Patriot or Soviet Spy? Clarifying a Major Cold War Mystery" - A Conference at the Institute of World Politics

AFIO members are cordially invited to a presentation analyzing whether former MI5 Director General, Roger Hollis, was or was not a Soviet agent.
Will include argument maps by Paul Monk, Ph.D. Former Senior Intelligence Officer, Australian Defence Intelligence Organization; Argument mapping/Bayesian expert; Co-founder of Austhink, a critical-thinking skills consulting firm.
Reception to follow
Panelists are:
Raymond J. Batvinis, Ph.D., Retired FBI Supervisory Agent; IWP Professor of counterintelligence history; author of The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence.
David L. Charney, M.D., Consulting psychiatrist to the U. S. intelligence community; expert on the psychology of the “insider spy”; Medical Director, Roundhouse Square Counseling Center.
Harvey Klehr, Ph.D., Intelligence historian, Emory University; Co-author of Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America.
Charles R. Twardy, Ph.D., George Mason University; Expert in Argument Mapping and other critical thinking methodologies.
Moderator is...
John L. Wilhelm, Former U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer; TIME magazine correspondent; Independent PBS Writer/Producer/Director; author of a forthcoming history of Russian Military Intelligence (the GRU).
More information about this conference can be found here.
To register online, do so here.
Event location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Parking map.
Please contact sdwyer@iwp.edu with any questions

Monday, 13 April 2015, 6:30pm - Washington DC - Sensors Everywhere: Satellites and Mobile Technology for Documenting Human Rights Abuses - at the International Spy Museum

Human rights investigators increasingly use advanced technologies such as imagery satellites in their work documenting abuses around the globe. Traditionally these tools have been reserved for national intelligence services, but now they are standard tools for research by private organizations as well.
These readily available “eyes in the sky” give safe access to dangerous conflict zones such as Syria, or closed-off areas such as political prison camps in North Korea. Next generation micro-satellites even have the potential to provide full-motion video documentation. While satellite imagery has been likened to looking through a soda straw, the spread of cell phones and digital social networks provides visual documentation in real-time on a massive scale. However, this comes with its own challenges, as videos or pictures shared via YouTube or Facebook can be faked or shared within the wrong context.
Join us for a thought-provoking evening with Christoph Koettl of Amnesty International on the opportunities and pitfalls of advanced technologies in the hands of private researchers and investigators.
Dr. Mark Stout, the program director of the MA in Global Security Studies and the Certificate in National Security Studies at Johns Hopkins University, will host.
Tickets: $10. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 6:30pm - Washington DC - The Rosenbergs: The 'Definitive' Debate at the International Spy Museum

More than sixty years after their execution in June 1953 for conspiring to steal atomic secrets for the Soviet Union, in a few hardbitten, blind-to-facts circles, the debate still rages about the Rosenbergs' guilt or innocence. Especially among their family members and friends. Mike Meeropol, the son of Julius and Ethel, has spent his life whitewashing, fine-tuning, and nit-picking the perfidy of his parents’ secret lives, their trials, their well-deserved convictions for espionage, and ultimately their executions. Sam Roberts, journalist for The New York Times, is the author of The Brother, a book written with exclusive access to David Greenglass, Ethel’s brother, whose testimony almost single-handedly convicted the couple in the era before classified VENONA decrypts were released to show they were guilty as charged. In this debate, these Rosenberg scholars―with different perspectives on a case long-settled by intelligence scholars―will take on the divisive issues and key questions that remain to the few holdouts despite the declassification of intelligence files from the United States and the Soviet Union that prove they were guilty and deserving of the punishment they received.
As a voice of reason, Dr. Vince Houghton, historian and curator of the International Spy Museum and an expert on nuclear intelligence, will moderate this debate on the Rosenbergs treason and punishment.
Tickets: $15, Members of the Inner Circle: $12. Visit www.spymuseum.org

26 April to 3 May 2015 - Berlin and Vienna - ESPIONAGE IN EUROPE: Now and Then - a New York Times Journey with AFIO Member/former CIA Officer, Jon Wiant.

Reserve now to travel on this exciting eight day intelligence excursion. "Espionage in Europe: Now and Then" is 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 us 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. The Times-selected expert accompanying this trip is Prof. Jon A Wiant, retired Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, former White House director of intelligence policy and former member of the CIA. To hear more about this tour, listen to Jon Wiant speak, during a recent webinar.
Cost: $7,450 pp, +$1,000 single supplement. Deposit $500. Itinerary: 8 days, 7 nights. Activity Level: More active trips involving hiking over moderately strenuous and varied terrain, usually ― but not always ― with vehicle support and at elevations most often below 10,000 feet, or trips with significant hiking days, wilderness camping, or other mandatory activity. On some trips, you can elect to skip a day’s hike, depending on logistics. Questions? Call 855-698-7979.


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