AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #13-15 dated 31 March 2015

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Section IV - Books and Upcoming Events


Upcoming AFIO Events

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AFIO's Spring Luncheon

Friday, 8 May 2015

Traitors, Leakers, and Insider Spies

John "Chris" Inglis
NSA's former Deputy Director and highest ranking civilian officer
speaking on
"Hackers, Financial Safety, Bulk Data Collection, ISIS Recruitments, Snowden and more"


Bryan Denson
Investigative Reporter with The Oregonian 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:
Register HERE

National Security Agency and George C. Marshall Foundation 
Celebrate the Release of Friedman Documents

Thursday, 23 April 2015
1 to 4 pm

In late April, the NSA will release over 52,000 pages of historical material related to the career of cryptologic pioneer William F. Friedman. Some sound recordings and photographs are also included in the collection, which has been preserved in the NSA Archives. Learn more and get a sneak peek of some of the documents via the links below.

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 which includes the exhibition, "Partners in Code: William and Elizebeth Friedman. The exhibition officially opens April 21st. The Codebreaking series includes other events hosted by the Marshall Foundation. Learn more via the links below.

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

Read the full invitation HERE for more information.

NSA Friedman Document Release

GCMF "Partners in Code" Exhibition - Open 21 April


CIA Official Who Directed Hunt for bin Laden is Being Removed from Post. The head of the CIA's Counter�terrorism Center, who presided over the agency's drone campaign and directed the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is being removed from his post, officials said, a watershed moment as the CIA turns its focus to a new generation of extremist threats.

The move, part of a major reorganization under CIA Director John Brennan, ends a nine-year tenure during which the center was transformed into a paramilitary force that employed armed drones to kill thousands of suspected terrorists and militants but also killed an unknown number of civilians.

As the architect of that campaign, the CTC chief came to be regarded as an Ahab-like figure known for dark suits and a darker demeanor. He could be merciless toward subordinates but was also revered for his knowledge of terrorist networks and his ability to run an organization that became almost an agency unto itself. He embodied a killing-centric approach to counter�terrorism that enraged many Muslims, even though he is a convert to Islam.

Because he remains undercover, The Washington Post has agreed to withhold his full name. He has been publicly identified in the past by both his actual first name, Mike, as well as that of his CIA-created identity, Roger. [Read more: Miller/WashingtonPost/25March2015]

Iran-Backed Rebels Loot Yemen Files About U.S. Spy Operations. Secret files held by Yemeni security forces that contain details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of confidential informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism strikes, U.S. officials say.

U.S. intelligence officials believe additional files were handed directly to Iranian advisors by Yemeni officials who have sided with the Houthi militias that seized control of Sana, the capital, in September, which led the U.S.-backed president to flee to Aden.

For American intelligence networks in Yemen, the damage has been severe. Until recently, U.S. forces deployed in Yemen had worked closely with President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi's government to track and kill Al Qaeda operatives, and President Obama had hailed Yemen last fall as a model for counter-terrorism operations elsewhere.

But the identities of local agents were considered compromised after Houthi leaders in Sana took over the offices of Yemen's National Security Bureau, which had worked closely with the CIA and other intelligence agencies, according to two U.S. officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive operations. [Read more: Bennett&Al-Alayaa/LATimes/25March2015]

Former CIA Spy Chief Will Discuss Ethical Implications at Iowa State University April 2. Tom Twetten, an Iowa State University alumnus and veteran of 34 years in clandestine services for the Central Intelligence Agency, will speak at Iowa State at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. His presentation, "Ethical Implications for the Intelligence Community," is free and open to the public. It is part of Iowa State's World Affairs Series, "Redefining Global Security."

Twetten worked under diplomatic cover for the CIA in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He was deputy and then chief of the Near East Division in the 1980s. During that time, the division was in charge of helping the Afghan people fight the Soviet army invasion and occupation.

He then served six years as the chief of the clandestine service as CIA's deputy director for operations. Twetten directed intelligence resources in support of new democracies in Eastern Europe, supported a coalition of allied forces in the Gulf War following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, and placed new emphasis on fighting international terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. In support of the intelligence community, Twetten made the first U.S. Government purchase of the Predator drone. He was twice awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA's highest intelligence award.

After completing his bachelor's degree at Iowa State, Twetten earned a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University. He retired in 1995 to Vermont, where he is a bookbinder and dealer in antiquarian books. He is the proud recipient of the 2008 Carrie Chapman Catt Award from ISU for public service. [Read more: IowaStateUniversity/24March2015]

Panel Urges FBI to Expand Intelligence Work, Global Footprint. The Federal Bureau of Investigation should expand its intelligence work at home and abroad to meet the threats from international criminals, terror groups and so-called lone-wolf attackers, according to a report examining how the agency has changed since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

"The FBI has made strides in the past decade but needs to accelerate its implementation of reforms to complete its transformation into a threat-based, intelligence-driven organization," the report Wednesday by the FBI 9/11 Review Commission said. "The increasingly complex and dangerous threat environment it faces will require no less."

Though the FBI has always engaged in intelligence gathering, the study will add to a debate inside the agency over the proper balance between its traditional crime-fighting function and the demands of preventing terrorism, both by groups overseas and individuals in the U.S. inspired by them.

"These threats are not just knocking at the door, they are in the room," said former U.S. Rep. Tim Roemer, one of the report's authors. [Read more: Barrett/WallStreetJournal/25March2015]

Army Wrestles with Competing Intel Analysis Software Tools. The military acquisition system is supposed to provide the weapons, equipment, and tools service members need to defend the country. But when it wasn't agile enough to meet a critical and fast-changing intelligence analysis need during the height of the Iraq war, some Army Special Operations units turned to a popular and effective commercial data analysis tool, setting up a showdown in Congress over meeting the troops' needs and wants.

In the last several months, six Army special operations units about to be deployed into Afghanistan, Iraq, and other hostile environments have requested software made by Palantir, a Silicon Valley company founded in 2004 that has synthesized data for the CIA, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Navy SEALs, and the country's largest banks, among other government and private entities.

Only two of those requests have been approved, and only after members of Congress intervened. Although legitimate requests for needed commercial software are typically approved in the military system, email messages and other military records obtained by the Associated Press show Army and Special Operations Command officials have been pressuring troops to use an analytical toolkit fielded through the military's formal R&D process. 

Development work on the Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) began in 2000. It was to be the Army's primary and all-encompassing system for intelligence processing, analysis, and dissemination. Fifteen years and $2.3 billion in development funding later, DCGS-A has not delivered the promised capability many military analysts expected. The Washington Times reports internal Army surveys "reveal a rash of soldier complaints that the network often fails to provide its stated goal: to be a one-stop source for satellite images, terrain maps, surveillance video, and intelligence reports on the enemy." [Read more: Cochrane/WorldMag/30March2015]

Top NATO Military Commander in Europe Says Alliance Needs to Improve Intelligence-Sharing. NATO's top commander in Europe says that alliance nations must be willing to share their intelligence faster if its new rapid-reaction force is to be effective in countering threats.

U.S. Gen. Philip Breedlove says that "we need to change our culture of intelligence-sharing." He adds that NATO nations have a tendency to only share intelligence well "when we are scared."

NATO defense ministers agreed last month to create a quick-reaction force of 5,000 troops to meet challenges from Russia and Islamic extremists.

But Breedlove told a conference in the Netherlands on Wednesday that the troops can only be quickly and effectively deployed "if we have an indications and warning apparatus that tells us when we need its high readiness." [AP/25March2105]

Judge: CIA can keep Panetta Review Secret. A federal judge has ruled that the Central Intelligence Agency need not release documents pertaining to a review the agency's then-director ordered in 2009 of materials the Senate requested about CIA's interrogation program many senators contend involved the torture of terror suspects.

The memos, often referred to as the Panetta Review after former director Leon Panetta, became fuel for a CIA-Senate tussle last year after some Senate Democrats said conclusions in those records were at odds with claims current CIA Director John Brennan made in the agency's official response to an in-depth Senate Intelligence Committee investigation of the interrogation effort.

U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled Tuesday that even though the so-called Panetta Review was never completed, the memos that were prepared are exempt from disclosure under a Freedom of Information Act exemption that protects the internal deliberative process of government.

"The Reviews themselves were deliberative. They were written as part of the agency's consultative process and entailed policy-oriented judgments. Just because the project was cast aside does not mean that the documents lose their protection," Boasberg wrote in a 19-page opinion posted here. "This Circuit has repeatedly emphasized that agency personnel must know from the get-go that their work will not turn into front-page news regardless of whether a project is ultimately scrapped; were it otherwise, they might temper everything they write for fear that it will not be protected." [Read more: Gerstein/Politico/31March2015]

Peru's Prime Minister Ana Jara Deposed over Spy Row. Peruvian Prime Minister Ana Jara was forced to step down after losing a vote of confidence in Congress on Monday.

Ms. Jara was censured over allegations that Peru's intelligence agency had for years gathered information on leading figures in business and politics.

President Ollanta Humala must now select a new prime minister and cabinet.

It is considered the biggest crisis of his presidency since he took office in July 2011. [Read more: BBC/31March2015]


Denver Woman's CIA Service Revealed After 50 Years. Warren Robbins can say something his late parents wanted to reveal but never could: his sister, Barbara, who died in the service of her country, was working for the CIA.

Barbara Robbins, then 21, died in the Viet Cong bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam 50 years ago Monday.

That was March 30, 1965. Newspapers in Colorado and across the country mourned the death of the State Department secretary. The Central Intelligence Agency didn't publicly acknowledge she was one of their own until 2011.

Robbins' parents, a butcher and a homemaker, didn't live to see the day. Her only sibling, Warren Robbins, now lives in Aurora.

"You can make anybody that passed a martyr," Warren Robbins said. "I don't want Barbara to be a martyr. I just want people to think about her once in a while." [Read more: Clark/KUSA/29March2015]

Bush Gets Intelligence Group Award. Every winter for the past several years, the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation has held a glittering dinner around Washington attended by hundreds of top intelligence and corporate officials. The stated purpose of the event, where the cost of sponsor tables ranges from $12,000 to $100,000, is to help raise money for the spouses and children of agency operatives killed in the line of battle since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. But it also serves as an annual reunion of sorts for top intelligence officials and the corporate chieftains of America's biggest military contractors.

This year's off-the-record event, officially the Ambassador Richard M. Helms Award Ceremony, named for a Cold War-era CIA director, honored former President George W. Bush, an odd choice, it would seem, given all the trouble his administration caused the CIA (and NSA) during its eight years in office.

Whatever its accomplishments in Afghanistan and Iraq - or theaters unknown - the CIA seemed constantly in hot water under the Bush administration, from its failure to disrupt the 9/11 plot, to its false reports on Saddam Hussein's nonexistent weapons of mass destruction to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq, to its use of torture on detainees under White House guidance. And more.

But all that was forgiven, apparently, when the former president was honored at the foundation's hitherto unreported March 4 dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Tyson's Corner, Virginia, a few miles down the road from the spy agency's headquarters in Langley. [Read more: Stein/Newsweek/28March2015]

Plaque Unveiled for First MI6 Chief Mansfield Cumming. The head of MI6 has unveiled a blue English Heritage plaque in Whitehall.

It marks the location at 2 Whitehall Court where his predecessor - �the first "C" or chief of the Secret Service, Sir Mansfield Cumming - lived and worked.

In the world of James Bond the head of MI6 may be known as M, but in real life he is C - named after Cumming. Some of Cumming's traditions remain, such as the chief using green ink to sign letters.

Alex Younger used his first public speech since becoming the 16th C to compare the Secret Service which Cumming ran between 1909 and 1923 with that of today. [Read more: Corera/BBC/31March2015]

C.I.A. Officers and F.B.I. Agents, Meet Your New Partner: The Analyst. Call it the revenge of the nerds, Washington-style. The gun-toting F.B.I. agent and the swashbuckling C.I.A. undercover officer are being increasingly called upon to share their clout, their budgets and even their Hollywood glamour with the humble, deskbound intelligence analyst.

As the two agencies confront an evolving terrorist threat, cyberattacks and other challenges, both are reorganizing in ways intended to empower analysts. That involves the delicate job of meshing the very different cultures of the streetwise agent and the brainy analyst, who reads secret dispatches, pores over intercepted communications, absorbs news media accounts and digests it all.

The biggest challenge remains at the F.B.I., a traditional law enforcement organization that has struggled since the 2001 terrorist attacks to remake itself as an intelligence agency that can prevent attacks and not just investigate crimes. A report on the F.B.I.'s progress, released on Wednesday, concluded that despite great strides, the bureau needs to step up the role of analysts and the respect and resources they get.

While bureau officials have long extolled the importance of intelligence analysts, the report, by the F.B.I. 9/11 Review Commission, found that the bureau "still does not sufficiently recognize them as a professionalized work force with distinct requirements for investment in training and education." The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, acknowledged the problem and said that empowering analysts was one of his main goals. [Read more: Shane/NYTimes/26March2015]

Was Dad a Spy? Thirty-five years ago, the revolutionary government of Iran imprisoned my father and accused him of being a CIA agent.

It was 1979. The revolution was in its infancy, and Islamic fundamentalism was about to foist itself on an unready world. By then the vast majority of our American friends had fled the country. We stayed. And my American father took a job with Westinghouse, closing out the electronic giant's defense business. He was, in essence, a "Clean-Up Man," sort of like George Clooney in Michael Clayton. Only my father did his job on an international scale in unstable territory. And he was engaged in an activity that was bound to raise some eyebrows, if the Iranians ever found out what he was doing - repatriating high-tech defense equipment to the US.

I was a boy at the time, with little understanding of the forces in play. I did not know that we were living at the fault lines between Iran and America -- or that the dispiriting, undeclared war between Iran and America would continue for three and a half decades.

A couple years ago, I set out on a quest to find out if the charges against my long-dead father were true. All kids have unanswered questions about their parents. But most don't have to ask, "Was Dad a spy?" [Read more: Copeland/HuffingtonPost/24March2015]

Profile: John Giacalone, Executive Assistant Director of FBI's National Security Branch. John Giacalone has served as executive assistant director for the national security branch at FBI since September 2014.

In this capacity, the 24-year bureau veteran is responsible for executing programs against terrorist activity, espionage and weapons of mass destruction.

He started his FBI career as a special agent in the New York field office in 1991 and was later assigned to the Philadelphia field office, where he helped establish and direct the organization's field intelligence group.

In 2005, Giacalone became the bureau's deputy on-scene commander in Iraq and coordinated with U.S. intelligence and military personnel in that role. [Read more: Hoffman/ExecutiveGov/31March2015]


Spy vs. Spy: Espionage and the U.S.-Israel Rift. If more evidence was needed to show that the relationship between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama has morphed from tragedy to farce, it came late Monday with the revelation that Israel had spied on the nuclear talks between the United States and Iran. 

"The White House discovered the operation," according to the blockbuster account by Adam Entous in The Wall Street Journal, "when U.S. intelligence agencies spying on Israel intercepted communications among Israeli officials that carried details the U.S. believed could have come only from access to the confidential talks, officials briefed on the matter said."

Talk about spy vs. spy, the old Mad magazine trope featuring two pointy-nosed, masked cartoon creatures. The National Security Agency, eavesdropping on Israeli officials (as usual, according to the revelations of Edward Snowden), overheard them discussing intelligence their own spies had gathered by spying on U.S. officials talking about the Iran negotiations.

This was a whole new level of gamesmanship between the two bickering allies. [Read more: Stein/Newsweek/25March2015]

Section IV - Books and Upcoming Events


CIA Interrogation Techniques Exported to the Workplace. Well, here's a business communications book with a difference: Get The Truth - Former CIA Officers Teach You How To Persuade Anyone To Tell All, by Philip Houston, Michael Floyd and Susan Carnicero, published last week.

My instant reaction was to laugh my head off, if in a slightly nervous way. Apply the lessons of CIA interrogators in a business environment? Does that mean bundling the colleague suspected of filling out his own taxi receipts, hooded, on to a rendition flight? Should job interviews be conducted with the candidates in orange jumpsuits? Does this open up new possibilities for the office water cooler?

The same problem has occurred to the authors: "Of course it's difficult to mention interrogation and the CIA in the same sentence without readily conjuring up preconceived notions, and disturbing mental images..." They do their best to shelve the issue, saying the debate about "enhanced interrogation techniques" is one "that will continue outside these pages. Simply put, that's not our call."

Nevertheless, they return to the subject in a chapter called "The Elephant In The Room" (seriously, one thinks, with a shudder of sympathy for the detainee: in addition to icy water and electrodes they are using elephants?). While proclaiming again that they take no view before, effectively, doing just that - a use of the rhetorical trick occultatio - they state that "when the aim is to elicit the truth", the job of the interrogator is "not about instilling fear - it's about minimising or eliminating it". [Read more: Leith/FinancialTimes/30March2015]

Former Undercover British Intelligence Agent Set to Release Two Books in Loughton. A former undercover British intelligence agent is set to release two books about his secret life at the weekend.

Nicholas Hagger, who is head teacher at Coopersale Hall School in Epping, Normanhurst School in North Chingford and Oaklands School in Loughton, will release My Double Life 1 and 2 at the book signing in Loughton on Saturday (March 28). 

Mr. Hagger, who released his first book 'A View of Epping Forest' in 2012, shares the story behind his life as an undercover agent in Libya as well as an insight into powers, ordeals and responsibilities he has faced later in life.

My Double Life 1 presents a look into Mr. Hagger's life including the moment he witnessed Gaddafi's Egyptian coup and was faced with execution.

He said: "I am looking forward to releasing the book which is an exclusive look into my life as a British intelligence agent. [Read more: Diebelius/TheGuardian/25March2015]


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 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 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 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.

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 6 - 9pm - West Bloomfield, MI - The AFIO Michigan Chapter Hosts Col. Scott Reid, Ohio National Guard.

The AFIO Michigan Chapter evening event features a presentation by Col. Scott Reid of the 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio National Guard. There will also by an update on chapter business.
Location: Pine Lake Country Club, 3300 Pine Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI.
RSVP to Space is limited.

18 April 2015, Kennebunkport, ME - The AFIO Maine Chapter hosts tech expert John Robb on "Saudi Arabia in the Crosshairs."

Author, technology expert, entrepreneur and political analyst, John Robb has a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the USAF Academy and an M.A. in Public and Private Management from Yale University. He served as a pilot with Delta and Seal Team 6 as part of a global counter-terrorism unit.
John is cofounder of a company now a global leader in financial performance testing and ran a company which was the pioneer of weblogs.
John is known for his book Brave New War, (2007) describing a new form of warfare he calls open space warfare that enables small groups of violent individuals to go to war against nation states and win. He is frequently asked to speak before employees of DOD, FBI, CIA and other government agencies.
From this perspective Robb examines the type of warfare engaged in by ISIS and the vulnerabilities of Saudi Arabia. He notes that Saudi Arabia is surrounded by Shia guerrillas and al Qaeda. Their only defense is a wall now under construction. There is infiltration from other groups and a lack of support within Saudi Arabia. Will Saudi forces fight? Other factors include the location of the major Islamic holy cities in Saudi Arabia and the aims of ISIS, and the effect of the fall of Saudi Arabia on the world oil market and economy.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN MEETING LOCATION. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Community House, 8 Temple Street, Kennebunkport, Me. For information call 207-967-4298.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 - MacDill AFB, Florida - The AFIO Suncoast Chapter hosts Robert Minehart, Senior Policy Advisor to the Ranking Member — House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Robert Minehart, Senior Policy Advisor to the Ranking Member — House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence joined the Intelligence committee in 2005 and has been a go-to NSA expert. Lawmakers have different opinions on the NSA issue, but Minehart, 56, uses his technical know-how to explain how the programs work. He personally believes national security and privacy are not mutually exclusive. "[At the NSA] we never ever collect against an American unless there are proper court orders.... We would be fired instantaneously," he said. Minehart's badge now gives him access to the 17 different agencies and organizations the committee oversees, and he likes to bring lawmakers along. "When you walk up [to a satellite] and it's the size of a Greyhound bus, that puts things in perspective," he said. Secrecy is omnipresent. The committee's workspace is a secure area, but walking in the hallway, "your mind has to completely shift," Minehart says. "I don't usually talk to media."

LOCATION: MacDill AFB Surf’s Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Please RSVP by 15 April to the Chapter Secretary for yourself and include the names and email addresses of any guests. Email or call Michael Shapiro at 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.

Friday, 24 April 2015, 6-10pm - Scottsdale, AZ - The AFIO Chapter of Arizona hosts 3rd Annual James Bond 007 Scholarship Fundraiser Event

MISSION: To provide scholarship support to students pursuing university programs in the Security, Defense & Intelligence fields. Ticket Price $85.00 per person BLACK TIE OPTIONAL. Location: The Orange Tree Golf Resort, 10601 N 56th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
RSVP: Online Ticket Purchase: (Visa, Discover, MC, PayPal) By Mail: 8707 E. San Martin Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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 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:
Registrations accepted HERE while space remains.

Saturday, 09 May 2015, 11:30am-2:00pm - Melbourne, FL - Pearl Harbor Scholar Thomas Kimmel addresses AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter on "The Story Within the Pearl Harbor Story."

Thomas Kimmel is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, former Special Agent of the FBI and grandson of Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, Commander of the Pacific Fleet on 7 December 1941. Admiral Kimmel was, says Kimmel, shamelessly scapegoated, reduced in rank, and disgraced after the Japanese attack. Kimmel comes from a family of distinguished scholars and government servants dedicated to protecting America, so Tom found it particularly troubling that his grandfather was accused from the well of the House of Resentatives for having failed to prevent both WWII and the Cold War. Tom has devoted years of his life to the study of the topic, and uses these speaking opportunities to respond to the allegations. Tom Kimmel served on three warships during the Vietnam War and attended John Marshall Law School before beginning his FBI career in 1973. He served the FBI and the nation with distinction for 25 years, investigating organized crime in Cleveland, serving on the House Appropriations Committee Surveys and Investigations Staff at CIA Headquarters, and ending his FBI career as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Division, heading the Foreign Counterintelligence and Terrorism Programs during the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.
Since retiring, Tom has served, as well as in other capacities, as a consultant to the Bureau on major spy scandals at both the FBI and the CIA. Location: Indian River Colony Club, At Ease Club, 1936 Freedom Dr, Melbourne, FL 32940.
For reservations and information, contact contact FSC Chapter President at

28 May 2015, 11:30am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts Capt. Lee Rosenberg, USN, ret. and Managing Director of Navigating Preparedness Associates.

Topic will be "Insider Threat: It's Not Just Cybersecurity." Timing of program: 11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon.
Location: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave, SF (between Sloat/Wawona).
E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi at and you will be sent an Eventbrite link to register. Alternately, mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-members $35. $35 at the door. RSVP is required.

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, 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 or 202.654.0932. Tickets: $300. Visit

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 with any questions.

Friday, 10 April 2015, noon - 2pm - Loudoun, VA - Loudoun Crime Commission Luncheon features Dr. David Goodfriend on Bioterrorism and the County Health Department

Don’t miss the Crime Commission's next luncheon featuring Dr. David Goodfriend, Director of the Loudoun Health District of the Virginia Department of Health. Dr Goodfriend will speak on the topic of Bioterrorism and the Loudoun County Health Department's role in responding to this serious issue.
Location: Belmont Country Club
RSVP by April 7th at

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

Friday, 17 April 2015, 1-4pm - Washington DC - Meet a Spy: Robert Wallace at the International Spy Museum

Briefing at the International Spy Museum Store and “Meet a Spy” – uncover the world of espionage and intelligence with people who practiced professionally. Meet the former director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service (OTS) and spy gadget master, Robert Wallace. Tickets: Free! No reservations required. Visit

19 - 22 April 2015 - Napa, CA - IAPSC Annual Conference on "Old Growth vs New Growth - The Future of Consulting."

The International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC) host their annual conference at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, California.
From the age of our client to the use of social media for marketing, so many aspects of the security industry are changing and they're changing the way in which consultants run their business. In order to keep up with the changing demand, demographics, and business dynamics, it's important for security professionals to take a good look at the future of consulting. The 2015 conference program content is focused on helping the security professional understand how they used to or are currently doing business compared to how, as consultants, they may want to think about doing business in the future, how the "new" generation of decision maker will make decisions vs. how past consumers have conducted business, and what new trends, market niches, and areas of concern may come out of recent and future security risks.

From cultural and campus security to security risks stemming from threats of infectious disease outbreaks and terrorism to building your business from your current customer base, the 2015 conference will provide a broad range of sessions to lift your business to the next level. Here are some more themes at this event: Protecting Our National Treasures...Requiring Top Notch Protection, and Then Some!; Technical Security Panel - CCTV and Video Management; Terrorism and National Security - How It Affects US Business; Security Risks Involved with Ebola and Other Infectious Disease; Technical Security Panel - Access Control; Panel Discussion: Gaining Support from Management and Corporate Security; Technical Security Panel - Smart Buildings; One-On-One Website Consultations with Dave Stevens; Security Consulting Challenges for Two-Year Institutions: Providing a Framework for Effective Security Assessment Engagements; Effective Place Management; Gone Phishing: How to Protect Yourself and Your Clients from Cyber Security Attacks; Using Social Media to Increase Brand Awareness & Customer Retention; Technical Security Panel - Outdoor Analytics & Detection; and Security Opportunities in Drone Security.
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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

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
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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