AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #12-15 dated 24 March 2015

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section VI - 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'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

and

Investigative Reporter Bryan Denson on
The Spy’s Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia

Tysons Corner, VA
Register HERE to assure seating

   
Chris Inglis - NSA former Deputy Director 1 p.m. speaker: Chris Inglis, the former Deputy Director, NSA (2014). His remarks will be OFF THE RECORD.
   
Bryan Denson's The Spy's Son on the Nicholsons 11 a.m. speaker: The Oregonian Investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bryan Denson speaks on his research on "The Spy’s Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia" the riveting story of the Nicholsons—father and son co-conspirators who deceived their country by selling national secrets to Russia.
 
Timing: Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; Bryan Denson 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
 
 

AFIO Member Maj. Gen. John "Jack" Singlaub
- a living Special Forces legend -
honored at Airborne & Special Operations Museum
Fayetteville, North Carolina


Retired Maj. Gen. John K. Singlaub honored at Airborne & Special Operations Museum.
A living legend of the special operations community was honored in Fayetteville, NC, on Friday.
Two paver stones outlining the career of retired Maj. Gen. John K. Singlaub were installed outside the Airborne & Special Operations Museum at 100 Bragg Blvd.
Singlaub and his wife, Joan, [shown in photo above, greeting well-wishers] now live in Franklin, Tennessee,
attended the ceremony, along with dozens of current special operations soldiers and veterans
who served alongside the retired and much-admired general.

Retired Col. Andy Anderson, a friend of Singlaub,
called him a "living national treasure" and a "true giant in the pantheon of airborne and special operations forces."

"We're grateful that he's here," Anderson said. [Read more: Brooks/FayettevilleObserver/21March2015]


UPCOMING CHAPTER EVENTS...

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 6 pm
Las Vegas, NV
The Las Vegas Chapter
hosts Col. Kent Chaplin on "Jihadist Threat to the Homeland."

The next AFIO Roger E. McCarthy Las Vegas Chapter Meeting will be held in the Conference Center at Texas Station Casino, 2101 Texas Star Ln, North Las Vegas, NV (corner of Rancho Blvd. and W Lake Mead Blvd) N Las Vegas, NV 89032
Please join us at 5 p.m. in the Texas Star Oyster Bar for liaison and beverages.
Our featured speaker will be: Kent Chaplin on "Jihadist Threat to the Homeland: Foreign & Domestic."
Colonel Chaplin is a retired USAF intelligence officer with over 35 years of experience in the intelligence field. He is currently employed by the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration as the Field Intelligence Officer for Southern Nevada. His military postings include: acting US Air Forces Southern, Director of Intelligence (A2) & 12th Air Force Senior Intelligence Officer; USAF Military Intelligence Program Portfolio Manager for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence; Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Operational Support Squadron, United Arab Emirates during operations IRAQI FREEDOM & ENDURING FREEDOM; Middle East/Africa, Area Specialist/Regional Analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency; Senor US European Command Representative to Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Email me Christy Zalesny at christyzalesny@yahoo.com or call 702-271-5667 if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you!


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.


NSA's Declassification and Release of William Friedman’s
Official Papers

Thursday, 23 April 2015
1 to 4 pm

Please join us for a series of presentations on William F. Friedman, George C. Marshall Foundation’s Friedman Collection and the Declassification and Release of William Friedman’s Official Papers.

With representatives from the National Security Agency and the National Archives and Records Administration

This program is a part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series sequence on Codebreaking.

Marshall Library in the George C. Marshall Foundation
VMI Parade, Lexington, Virginia

Reservations required by calling Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138 or by email to mcfaddinlh@marshallfoundation.org

Read the full invitation for more information.

See story below from NSA about this declassification and samples of some the documents.

 
 

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

CIA Insider: U.S. Intelligence to Suffer from Troop Withdrawal in Yemen. On Monday Yemen's president made a plea for military help from neighboring countries. He asked for assistance in stopping the violence that is spiraling out of control. The last American special forces troops were evacuated over the weekend after suicide bombers killed more than a hundred worshippers at Shiite mosques on Friday.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) - Yemen's branch - was behind the last three attempts to bomb U.S. airliners. Their sophistication and capabilities has led former deputy chief of the CIA Mike Morell to label them as the biggest terror threat to the U.S. Now with Yemen spiraling toward civil war and the U.S. pulling out troops, there's concern about America's ability to monitor the terror group.

"With the evacuation of the embassy and now the evacuation of these special forces, our intelligence on AQAP is going to go down," said Morell. [Read more: CBSNews/23March2015]

Mike Vickers, Longtime Senior Intelligence Official and Former CIA Strategist, to Leave Pentagon. Michael G. Vickers, a former Green Beret and CIA operative who ascended to become the Pentagon's top intelligence official, plans to step down from his post, the Defense Department said Thursday.

Vickers oversees all intelligence and security agencies for the Defense Department as the undersecretary of defense for intelligence. Those organizations include the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. He has held the position since 2011.

A statement released by the Pentagon said Vickers has "decided to retire to take on new challenges, and spend time with his family" but gave no other reason for his departure, which is expected at the end of April. The announcement comes about one month after Ashton B. Carter was sworn in as the new Pentagon chief.

"Mike has served four secretaries of defense with distinction, and I have had the privilege of working closely with him on some of the toughest challenges to our national security," Carter said in the statement. "On behalf of all the men and women of the Defense Department, I thank Mike for his dedication to our mission, and for his many years of service to our country." [Read more: Lamothe/WashingtonPost/19February2015]

Intelligence Unit Set to Welcome New Commander. Fort Bragg's 525th Military Intelligence Brigade soon will welcome its first new leader since being redesignated from a battlefield surveillance brigade last year.

Col. James "Jay" E. Walker will assume command from Col. David J. Woods, according to officials.

The ceremony will be at Lightning Field outside the 525th headquarters on Armistead Street Monday at 10 a.m.

Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general of the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, will oversee the change of command. [Read more: Brooks/FayettevilleObserver/22March2015]

Peru's Prime Minister Ana Jara Fires Senior Intelligence Officials. Peru's Prime Minister Ana Jara has removed the head of the National Intelligence Service and other high-level officials, as allegations widened that the spy agency had for years gathered information on a broad range of well-known people in the country.

Ms. Jara told Congress on Friday that intelligence agents allegedly compiled information about cabinet ministers, wealthy business leaders, opposition politicians, members of President Ollanta Humala's family, journalists and others, including Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa.

The firings come as weekly magazine Correo Semanal on Thursday published details of the alleged domestic spying. This latest spy allegations hark back to pervasive domestic spying during the decadelong rule of ex-president Alberto Fujimori and former intelligence chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, both of whom are in prison for convictions on a number of charges. 

A person answering the phone at the National Intelligence Service on Friday said no one would be available for comment until Monday. [Read more: Kozak/WallStreetJournal/20March2015]

Israel Denies Spying on U.S. Israel denied that it spied on the U.S. in an attempt to undermine a nuclear deal with Iran, trying to defuse tensions that are widening the rift between the countries after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election.

Soon after the U.S. and other world powers entered negotiations last year to curtail Iran's nuclear program, senior White House officials learned Israel was spying on the closed-door talks as part of a broader campaign against the emerging deal, The Wall Street Journal reported. Mr. Netanyahu vehemently opposes the terms of the deal, saying they are too soft on Iran.

"Israel does not spy on the United States, period, exclamation mark," Yuval Steinitz, minister for intelligence and strategic affairs, told Israel Radio on Tuesday. "Whoever published those false allegations possibly wanted to damage the excellent intelligence cooperation between us and the United States."

U.S. officials said they learned Israel was spying on the talks because U.S. agencies were also spying on Israel. Those U.S. agencies intercepted communications in which Israeli officials referred to information which the U.S. believes could only have come from the parties in the negotiations. [Read more: Mitnick/WallStJournal/24March2015]

Syria's Assad Fires Two Spy Chiefs: Security Source. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has fired two top intelligence chiefs after a fight between the two officials, a high-ranking security source in Damascus told AFP on Friday.

"General Rustom Ghazaleh, head of political intelligence, and General Rafiq Shehadeh, head of military intelligence, were fired at the beginning of the week by President Assad after a violent dispute between the two men," the source said.

Ghazaleh has been replaced by his former deputy, Nazih Hassoun, with Mohamed Mahalla taking over as military intelligence chief, the source added.

The two men were replaced after a violent argument over Ghazaleh's involvement in the southern front of the conflict in Syria, according to the source. [Read more: AFP/20March2015]

A Third of Russian Diplomats in Sweden are Spies, Swedish Intelligence Says. One third of Russian diplomats stationed at the embassy in Stockholm are spies, Sweden's intelligence agency Saepo said on Wednesday.

"Of the Russian embassy's diplomatic staff, about one-third of them are not actually diplomats, they are in fact intelligence officers," Wilhelm Unge, Saepo's chief counter-espionage analyst, told reporters as the agency presented its annual security report.

"This is a very constant number, this is the way things look year after year," he said.

Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service SVR, military intelligence GRU and the Federal Security Service FSB were all present in Sweden, Mr Unge said.

He said the modern-day spies were "highly educated, often a little younger than they used to be in the Soviet era, driven, determined, and socially competent. And they network." [Read more: AFP/18March2015]

Term Extended for Lebanon Army Intelligence Head. As anticipated, the Lebanese Minister of Defense, Samir Moqbel, signed on a decree to extend the term of Brigadier General Edmond Fadel, the head of the Lebanese Armed Forces' Intelligence branch, which was slated to expire on March 20. Interestingly, the decree is valid for a mere six months, which seems to be a clever mechanism to avoid controversy both within the Cabinet, as well as a way to limit expected opposition from Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) leader, General Michel Aoun.

A few days ago, Aoun lambasted Moqbel, asserting that the minister had no jurisdiction to make such reappointments. While Aoun withdrew his party's confidence from Moqbel after the latter successfully extended the term of office for the head of the Higher Defense Council, Major General Mohammad Khair, the latest decision illustrated how Prime Minister Tammam Salam's team planned to fill essential security voids without ossifying the business of the state.

All senior civil service and military positions in Lebanon, which normally are appointed by the head-of-state, are in limbo because of the nearly year-long presidential vacuum. Parliament's failure to elect a successor for Michel Suleiman further threatened the positions of Internal Security Forces chief Major General Ebrahim Basbous, now set to retire in June, and Army Chief General Jean Qahwaji, whose term expires on September 23, 2015. Although Basbous was likely to be renominated, Michel Aoun wants Qahwaji to be replaced, ostensibly because his term was already extended for two years in September 2013 and, equally important, because Aoun wants his son-law, Major-general Chamel Roukoz, to take over. [Read more: Kechichian/GulfNews/19March2015]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

William F. Friedman Collection Pre-Release. In late April, 2015, the National Security Agency (NSA) will release over 52,000 pages of historical material relating to the career of William. F. Friedman. On this page you will find a small sampling of those documents.

Considered the dean of American Cryptology, William F. Friedman (1891-1969) was a pioneer in the field as one of the first to apply scientific principles to the making and breaking of codes. His most well-known accomplishment was leading a small team which broke Japan's "Purple" diplomatic cipher prior to the Pearl Harbor attack, but through his lectures, textbooks, and mentorship Friedman also trained several generations of American cryptologists, thus laying the foundation for the 20th century U.S. signals intelligence community.

NSA's William F. Friedman Collection consists of materials created or collected by Mr. Friedman over the course of his government career and comprising his official working files. The Collection was augmented by documents related to Friedman's work and contributions to cryptology subsequently compiled by NSA historians and archivists. Covering almost 60 years, the records shed light on both the career of this legendary cryptologist and the history of American signals intelligence.

This collection, composed of over 52,000 pages in more than 7,600 documents (along with some sound recordings and photographs), has been preserved in the NSA Archives for its historic significance and value. The bulk of the material dates from 1930-1955 and represents Mr. Friedman's work at the Signals Intelligence Service, the Signal Security Agency , the Armed Forces Security Agency, and NSA. [Read more: NSA.gov/20March2015]

The CIA and Signals Intelligence. For decades the Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a major signals intelligence (SIGINT) effort that often placed it in competition with other members of the Intelligence Community, according to a significant collection of declassified documentation posted today by the National Security Archive (www.nsarchive.org). As described in a previously Top-Secret multi-volume history of the CIA's role from 1947-1970 - obtained by the Archive through the Freedom of Information Act - the CIA regularly struggled with not only Soviet counterintelligence and international upheavals like the Iranian revolution but overlapping missions and domestic budgetary battles with the National Security Agency (NSA) and other entities during the height of the Cold War.

Among the CIA's successes described in the documents that make up today's posting was the creation of the RHYOLITE geosynchronous satellite program which allowed continuous coverage of missile telemetry and targets in Eurasia. Agency operatives were also able to tap into radio-telephone communications of Communist leaders as they rode in limousines around Moscow, to track Soviet missile launches from two secret stations inside the Shah's Iran, and to intercept Warsaw Pact communications from a tunnel dug under East Berlin.

These achievements were not without bureaucratic costs. The RHYOLITE program raised hackles at both the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which oversaw much of U.S. satellite intelligence activity, and the NSA, whose personnel initially found themselves cut out of the program. Overseas, the Soviet limo bugging ended after a news report disclosed it and may also have led to the execution of the Soviet agent who installed the listening devices. After the Shah fled Iran during the 1979 revolution, the founders of the Islamic Republic quickly seized the two sensitive US monitoring sites, handing a major loss to American intelligence.

These and other aspects of the CIA's long involvement with SIGINT are described in over forty documents obtained by Archive Senior Fellow Jeffrey Richelson through Freedom of Information Act requests, archival research, and other websites. [Read more: Richelson/NSAArchive/20March2015]

Retired Maj. Gen. John K. Singlaub honored at Airborne & Special Operations Museum. A living legend of the special operations community was honored in Fayetteville on Friday.

Two paver stones outlining the career of retired Maj. Gen. John K. Singlaub were installed outside the Airborne & Special Operations Museum at 100 Bragg Blvd.

Singlaub and his wife, Joan, who now live in Franklin, Tennessee, attended the ceremony, along with dozens of current special operations soldiers and veterans who served alongside the retired general.

Retired Col. Andy Anderson, a friend of Singlaub, called him a "living national treasure" and a "true giant in the pantheon of airborne and special operations forces."

"We're grateful that he's here," Anderson said. [Read more: Brooks/FayettevilleObserver/21March2015]

CIA Releases More Info on Project Corona. In 1958, at the height of the Cold War and long before satellite photo reconnaissance was thought possible, President Dwight Eisenhower endorsed a project called Corona.

It was a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) mission that allowed the U.S. to photograph areas in Europe and Asia where the U.S. was denied access (1).

The project was classified.

However, President Bill Clinton declassified the Corona files and released them into the public domain in 1995.

Project Corona began as joint effort between the CIA, the U.S. Air Force, and private industry members from Lockheed Space Systems, Itek Corporation, and General Electric, among others. The project made its virgin mission in February 1959, but it was considered a failure. [Read more: Taylor/TopSecretWriters/22March2015]

Remembering CIA's Heroes: Chiyoki Ikeda. During his six years working for the Central Intelligence Agency, Chiyoki "Chick" Ikeda was known for his talent with languages. He was also known as a true patriot.

On March 17, 1960, Ikeda died in a plane crash near Tell City, Indiana, while on a temporary duty assignment.

Ikeda was born in 1920 in Honolulu after his parents emigrated from Japan. At McKinley High School, Ikeda served as an active member of the student body in the National Honor Society. He graduated in 1938.

In 1941, Ikeda went to the University of Hawaii to study engineering, where he excelled in both his studies and in athletics. He played intramural football, basketball and baseball; he also enjoyed volleyball, tennis and golf, and was a two-year letterman in college track.

With the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entry into World War II, Ikeda's world changed completely. In March 1943, he joined the U.S. Army as an officer at the rank of second lieutenant. During the next several months, Ikeda completed military training. [Read more: CIA.gov/19March2009]

Cold War Legacy Lingers in Colorado Valley. High in the Colorado Rockies, a potentially explosive military legacy is slowly surfacing with every winter's freeze and summer thaw.

This broad valley at 9,000 feet above sea level was once home to a major Army installation named Camp Hale, where some of the nation's best skiers learned to become soldiers in a rushed effort to help retake the Italian Alps from the Nazis during World War II. The training ground was later the site of a secret CIA program to train and arm Tibetan freedom fighters against Chinese Communists.

The soldiers are gone now, but an unknown number of bullets, mortar shells and rockets, practice mines and grenades with which they practiced still litter the hillsides. Large signs warn anyone entering the area - even though it's open to public use - of the danger beneath their feet. A cleanup is underway, but the pace and the lingering safety concerns frustrates the longtime owner of a nearby snowmobile tour company who jokes that he's never seen any three-legged elk living in the area, and wishes the government would do more to assure users the area is safe.

"I don't glow at night and I don't have any health problems," laughs Steve Pittel, sitting inside the sunny solar-and-wind powered off-the-grid lodge that serves as the headquarters for his Nova Guides service. Nova Guides runs snowmobile tours across the Camp Hale site, and the lodge's walls are plastered with photos of former soldiers who returned to the area after the war to visit. [Read more: Hughes/USAToday/21March2015]

Dick Hamada to Be Inducted into Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame. The late Dick S. Hamada of Honolulu has been accepted for induction into the Army's Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame at Fort Huachuca in Arizona.

Hamada, who died in May 2014 at the age of 92, will be inducted in ceremonies in June, according to a letter from Maj. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence.

Hamada was one of about 6,000 Nisei who served in the Military Intelligence Service in World War II against their ancestral homeland. He was among a handful of MIS Nisei assigned to Detachment 101 of the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.

They spent months deep behind enemy lines in northern Burma conducting clandestine operations, leading native and Allied troops in guerilla raids, gathering intelligence and rescuing downed Allied aviators. Deep in Burma's jungles, their only supply line consisted of air drops. Hamada was hospitalized twice with malaria and dysentery, encountered tigers, and learned how to deal with leeches. [Read more: LosAngelesJapaneseDailyNews/19March2015]

Russian Spying in Czech Republic 'Worse Than Cold War'. Prague has become a major target for Russian and Chinese spies attempting to gain access to NATO intelligence and leverage the Czech Republic's status as an EU member state, according to a former head of the Czech military intelligence.

After reports emerged in the Czech press that three suspected Russian spies were asked to quietly leave Prague, the Czech government has struggled to play down the incident as rumours of its longstanding problem with Russian intelligence have begun resurfacing once again.

To complicate matters further, all three alleged spies had diplomatic ties with Russian foreign missions, one of them being a full time employee Prague embassy, according to Czech magazine Respekt, forcing Prague to refuse to either confirm or deny the truth of the reports.

General Andor Sándor, the former head of Czech military intelligence who retired from the service in 2002, says that regardless of the details surrounding this latest bust up between Czech and Russian intelligence, Prague's Russian spy scandal is far from an isolated incident. [Read more: Sharkov/Newsweek/20March2015]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Former CIA Officer Would Bring Interesting Perspective to Congress. If elected as the U.S. Representative from Maryland's 5th Congressional District, Charles "Sam" Faddis will bring a very interesting and unique perspective to the legislature.

A retired CIA operations officer whose last position was in charge of the unit chasing terrorist weapons of mass destruction, and who was the first CIA officer into Iraq ahead of the invasion of that country, Faddis still holds the highest level of security clearance.

Faddis wouldn't be the first former spook in Congress. Porter Goss, who served the great state of Florida, was a former CIA clandestine service officer who had a decade with the agency. As did Will Hurd, currently a Republican representing Texas. And there have been others.

Faddis, however, would be one of the few who both retired from the agency and had considerable operational experience.

(But he wouldn't be the first Charles Faddis to serve in Congress. His grandfather did, serving as a Democrat from Pennsylvania, taking time out to serve in WWII.)

But I am getting ahead of things. [Read more: Altman/TampaTribune/22March2015]

The Life of a British Spy is About to Change Dramatically. The report on privacy and security just published by the UK parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee has drawn mixed reviews. Shami Chakrabarti, leader of human rights group Liberty, was the notable critic, labelling the committee "clueless and ineffective".

Whatever the views on the details, its findings indicate an unprecedented shift in British thinking on intelligence services.

It has been widely noted that the report insists intelligence services do not seek to circumvent British law in their surveillance work. It suggests GCHQ applies rigorous filtering criteria to the data it seeks out and collects, despite claims that it carries out mass and indiscriminate surveillance on ordinary citizens.

But what has been overlooked is the section of the report that looks to the future. The committee argues the current legal framework for intelligence services is "unnecessarily complicated" and lacks transparency as a result.

They say existing legislation should therefore be replaced with a single act of parliament that would consolidate all regulation of the intrusive capabilities of British intelligence, and ensure tight oversight protocols in line with public disclosure. This amounts to a dramatic shift in thinking. [Read more: Steed/TheConversation/18March2015]

Section VI - Jobs

Goldbelt seeks Social Media Analyst and Socio-Cultural Analyst

Social Media Analyst – Perform data mining, exploitation, collection, analysis, production and dissemination activities focused on social media and sociocultural information sets using a variety of computer hardware and software applications. Location Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Must have • Bachelor or higher degree • 4-6 years of intelligence analysis experience. • TS/SCI, CI poly cleared. Favorable Qualifications: • Complete familiarity with the rules and regulations governing US persons • Expert knowledge on social media collection capabilities and analysis (beyond just Facebook and Twitter) and how it impacts both large and small populations • The ability to generate predictive analysis based upon socio-political studies and content/sentiment within the Social Media Space • Familiarity with intelligence-oriented geospatial software is desired • Regional research focus is a plus, but not required • Bachelor's degree, either in a marketing or a relevant social science discipline with a focus on social media analysis.

and

Socio-cultural Analyst - Provide cultural and social overview for specified geographic areas of interest and continue to research the cultural information for a specific area to prepare detailed analysis of populations and subpopulations. Synthesize detailed atmospheric information (e.g. cultural/social leaders, cultural norms, assessment of attitudes, group dynamics, values, etc.) as well as major components of human society (e.g. economic, demographic, legal, political, social, religious, etc.) to provide intelligence assessments in support of planning and analytic efforts. Favorable Qualifications: • Experience with social constructivist research/concepts and/or identity analysis • Experience working as a deployed analyst or with population-centric engagement activities, such as Civil Affairs or COIN initiatives • Experience conducting All Source Analysis, particularly leveraging open source resources • Must enjoy research and demonstrate strong writing skills • Familiarity with intelligence-oriented geospatial software is desired • Regional research focus is a plus, but not required.

Goldbelt Inc. and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Replies to either job to: Wayne Mercer, Corporate Recruiter, Goldbelt inc., 13900 Lincoln Park Drive Ste 310, Herndon, VA 20171; Phone (703) 871-2091 ex 3194; Fax (703) 871-0026; wayne.mercer@goldbelt.com or visit http://www.linkedin.com/pub/wayne-mercer/2/277/611/

For more information on Goldbelt, Inc., explore www.goldbelt.com


Section V - Upcoming Events



AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 6 pm - Las Vegas, NV - The Las Vegas Chapter hosts Col. Kent Chaplin on "Jihadist Threat to the Homeland."

The next AFIO Roger E. McCarthy Las Vegas Chapter Meeting will be held in the Conference Center at Texas Station Casino, 2101 Texas Star Ln, North Las Vegas, NV (corner of Rancho Blvd. and W Lake Mead Blvd) N Las Vegas, NV 89032
Please join us at 5 p.m. in the Texas Star Oyster Bar for liaison and beverages.
Our featured speaker will be: Kent Chaplin on "Jihadist Threat to the Homeland: Foreign & Domestic."
Colonel Chaplin is a retired USAF intelligence officer with over 35 years of experience in the intelligence field. He is currently employed by the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration as the Field Intelligence Officer for Southern Nevada. His military postings include: acting US Air Forces Southern, Director of Intelligence (A2) & 12th Air Force Senior Intelligence Officer; USAF Military Intelligence Program Portfolio Manager for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence; Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Operational Support Squadron, United Arab Emirates during operations IRAQI FREEDOM & ENDURING FREEDOM; Middle East/Africa, Area Specialist/Regional Analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency; Senor US European Command Representative to Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Email me Christy Zalesny at christyzalesny@yahoo.com or call 702-271-5667 if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you!

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.

15 April 2015, 1 pm - Washington, DC - John Sano, former DD/NCS, CIA speaks on "A New Era of HUMINT: How the Intelligence Workforce Continues to Evolve" at the Institute of World Politics

John R. Sano, Former Deputy Director, National Clandestine Service, CIA, and currently the Vice President of AFIO, is also a Professor of Intelligence at the Institute of World Politics. His keynote address at the Fifth Annual Reagan Intelligence Lecture will be "A New Era of HUMINT: How the Intelligence Workforce Continues to Evolve."
Sano will discuss how changing demographics have affected the intelligence community, and in particular the human intelligence workforce. He will review generational and technological changes, as well as changes in motivations within this workforce.
John Sano spent 28 years in CIA and was appointed the National Clandestine Service's (formerly the Directorate of Operations) Deputy Director in November 2005 by then DCI Porter Goss. Mr. Sano came to this position after having previously served as Chief of the East Asia Division in the Directorate of Operations from January through November 2005.
As Deputy Director, Mr. Sano chaired the NCS' Senior Leadership Team and oversaw the day-to-day management of the country's Clandestine Service. In addition, Mr. Sano was an active member of the CIA's Executive Management Team and regularly briefed senior Administration as well as Congressional Committee members on matters of national security and worldwide covert operations. Through his extensive interaction with other senior Intelligence Community members to include the National Security Council and Congress, Mr. Sano played an integral role in the establishment and direction of the newly formed NCS.
Previous positions within the CIA included serving as a Chief of Station in two foreign and one domestic location, as well as nearly 15 years of overseas experience in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Among other senior assignments, Mr. Sano was the CIA's chief of North Korean operations in the early 90's and directed the CIA's efforts during the Balkan conflict in the mid-90's.
At IWP, he teaches a course on Covert Action and National Security.

Please contact sdwyer@iwp.edu with any questions about this event.
Please note that this event is strictly off the record.
Event location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.
Register here.

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, and Journalist Bryan Denson on Father and Son Traitors who stole secrets for Russia

Chris Inglis, former National Security Agency Deputy Director will discuss "Hackers, Financial Safety, Bulk Data Collection, ISIS Recruitments, Snowden and more." Investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bryan Denson speaks on his research on "The Spy’s Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia" the riveting story of the Nicholsons—father and son co-conspirators who deceived their country by selling national secrets to Russia.
Timing: Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; Bryan Denson begins presentation at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at noon; Chris Inglis begins presentation at 1:05 pm. Event closes at 2 p.m.
Morning presentation by Bryan Denson 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

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

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 1-4pm - Lexington, VA - NSA's Declassification and Release of William Friedman’s Official Papers

Please join us for a series of presentations on William F. Friedman, George C. Marshall Foundation’s Friedman Collection and the Declassification and Release of William Friedman’s Official Papers. With representatives from the National Security Agency and the National Archives and Records Administration
This program is a part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series sequence on Codebreaking. Marshall Library in the George C. Marshall Foundation VMI Parade, Lexington, Virginia Reservations required by calling Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138 or by email to mcfaddinlh@marshallfoundation.org
Read the full invitation for more information.

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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