AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #14-15 dated 7 April 2015

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Section IV -Upcoming Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming 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

Hear this luminary on his rare U.S. visit...
to lecture and sign his book for the
National Cryptologic Museum Foundation Members and Guests

Dr. Andrew Hodges
Sr. Research Fellow, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
author of Alan Turing: The Enigma [source for the movie The Imitation Game]

Wednesday, 20 May 2015
10 am - 1 pm
Patuxent Greens Golf Club
14415 Greenview Dr, Laurel, MD 20708

$55 for guests; $25 for members. Includes lunch.
Only 85 spaces available
Registration closes on 15 May 2015
More information and Registration 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


Armed Attack Inside the Jordanian Department of Intelligence Baffles Jordanians. In an unprecedented violent attack inside Jordan's most secretive and feared government security agency, The General Intelligence Directorate (GID), also known as the "Mukhabarat" in Arabic, an intelligence officer attacked and stabbed a high ranking senior officer during an alleged armed robbery attempt last week using a stun baton Taser and a knife. The attacker was identified in a statement by the victim's tribe and reported by the London-based newspaper Al Rai al Youm as Mohamad Abdullah al Odwan. Odwan had allegedly entered the office of intelligence officer, Lt. Colonel Khaled Tawfiq al Utoom and demanded a hundred thousand dinar ( $ 150.000) from a safe the victim had in his office and supposedly contained millions more. Rai al Youm reported that Odwan stabbed and clubbed Utoom with his stun baton after the latter refused to hand over the money to him. Odwan then fled the building after taking large sums of money from the safe, but later were arrested and currently is under investigation.

A senior Jordanian intelligence officer, meanwhile, confirmed to the Arab Daily News on the phone from Amman that the attack took place inside the GID headquarters, but insisted that the way it was reported by the news media and on the social media networks as "exaggerated" and "inaccurate."

The officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media also said that the incident is "an internal matter of the department, and is still under investigation." He added that the news media should not be reporting on this incident because "it is an internal issue and that news media should focus, instead, on bigger subjects such as what's happening in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. "And this is why" he continued, "You see no Jordanian newspaper or website have reported on this story."

The Jordanian intelligence department does not have an official spokesman or Public Affairs department. [Read more: Younes/TheArabDailyNews/6April2015]

DHS Seeks Increase in Domestic HUMINT Collection. The Department of Homeland Security aims to increase its domestic human intelligence collection activity this year, the Department recently told Congress.

In a question for the record from a September 2014 congressional hearing, Rep. Paul C. Broun (R-GA) asked: "Do we currently have enough human intelligence capacity - both here in the homeland and overseas - to counter the threats posed by state and non-state actors alike?"

The Department replied, in a response published in the full hearing volume last month:

"DHS is working on increasing its human intelligence-gathering capabilities at home and anticipates increasing its field collector/reporter personnel by 50 percent, from 19 to approximately 30, during the coming year."

"We are also training Intelligence Officers in State and major urban area fusion centers to do intelligence reporting. This will increase the human intelligence capability by additional 50-60 personnel." [Read more: Aftergood/FAS/6April2015]

US Uses Ukraine Conflict to Get Intelligence on Russian Military Technology. The US Army is hoping to benefit from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine in perhaps one unexpected way: by collecting what they say could be useful intelligence about Russian military technology.

"Certainly, we're taking advantage of the opportunity to study what's being done in Crimea and in Eastern Ukraine, where the Ukrainians have employed the counter-fire radar," Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of the US Army in Europe said Tuesday at an Army conference in Huntsville, Alabama, Dod Buzz reported.

Twenty radar systems that help counter mortar fire were part of a $118 million aid package the US supplied to Kiev.

"The lightweight counter-mortar radar, turns out, that it is a much better piece of equipment than we realized," said Hodges. "None of us have ever - maybe one or two exceptions - have ever been under a massive Russian artillery [attack] the way the Ukrainians have, and so we have learned a lot in the way that they have responded to that." [Read more: SputnikNews/2April2015]

Promoting Regional Security in Africa Through Intelligence Training. Soldiers from the militaries of six African nations trained together for two months to learn intelligence-gathering techniques in classes hosted by US Marines.

The officers and non-commissioned officers who participated came from Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, Comoros, Seychelles and Djibouti.

They each completed the eight-week Military Intelligence Basic Officers Course - Africa or the seven-week Military Intelligence Noncommissioned Officers Course - Africa.
An experienced cadre of instructors from the Regional Joint Intelligence Training Facility in Molesworth, United Kingdom led the instruction, and Marine Forces Europe and Africa sponsored the training.

"I look forward to using what I learned to better make my country safe," one student said. [Read more: DVIDS/6April2015]

CIA Hosts Recruitment Event at Harvard. Central Intelligence Agency analysts conducted a case simulation for 30 students at the Center for Government and International Studies as part of a recruitment event Wednesday.

As part of International Relations week, organized by the International Relations Council student organization and sponsored by Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the case simulation brought five analysts from the CIA, including Fran P. Moore, former Director of Intelligence at the CIA. 30 students selected by random lottery participated in the three-hour recruitment event.

Eliza J. DeCubellis '17, executive director of International Relations Week who organized the simulation, said a personal relationship enabled the event.

"This kind of just fell into my lap," DeCubellis said. "I met with [Moore] because she was a friend of a family friend. I was only thinking of her individually, but then she mentioned this CIA simulation, which they use for recruitment." [Read more: Tang/TheHarvardCrimson/2April2015]

Iran Spy Chief Faces Sack. A massive probe is underway throughout Iran's intelligence network over its failure to predict 'Operation Decisive Storm', reliable sources revealed last night. Intensive interrogation of leading security figures could lead to the sacking of Iran's minister responsible for intelligence services, Mahmood Alawi, confirmed international sources.

Attacks by Saudi Arabia and its coalition allies took Iran completely by surprise, said the reliable intelligence sources.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave direct orders to set up the probe committee to diagnose security and intelligence lapses.

The sources said all intelligence and security agencies could be targeted, particularly the External Intelligence Division which is embedded with the Revolutionary Guard. [Read more: GulfDailyNews/2April2015]

Two New Judges Added to Spy Court. Two new judges were added to the secretive court overseeing the US's intelligence operations last week.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts announced that Judge James Jones of the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia and Judge Thomas Russell of the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky will take seats on the 11-member panel Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court) next month.

Both were nominated to their seats by former President Bill Clinton.

Jones and Russell will replace Judges Mary McLaughlin and James Zagel, whose terms expire on May 18. McLaughlin was also nominated to the district court by Clinton, but Zagel was nominated by former President Ronald Reagan. [Read more: Hattern/TheHill/6April2015]


How Baseball Betrayed Cuba's Covert Ops. April 5 is opening night3 for Major League Baseball. This season, there's speculation that the recent thaw in US-Cuba relations could lead to even more players from Cuba, home to some of the world's best ballplayers and most enthusiastic fans, joining the big leagues here in the United States.

Maybe so, but it wasn't too long ago that America and Cuba's favorite pastime was also a battleground in Cold War espionage. On a few occasions, Cuba's unique fondness for baseball betrayed its covert activities - at home and abroad - to American reconnaissance, thanks to the visible presence or absence of distinctive baseball diamonds.

The stories certainly have the whiff of the apocryphal about them - and they've since become minor pieces of intel lore. But there are kernels of truth in the tales. [Read more: Rawnsley/WarIsBoring/5April2015]

The Shrinks Who Only See CIA Officers. Given the choice, most of us would probably turn away in revulsion from the beheading videos and other images of depravity that are the propaganda hallmarks of ISIS and its terrorist brethren.

But for some, watching this graphic material is all in a day's work. Imagery analysts and terrorism experts at US intelligence agencies, including the CIA, the NSA, and the National Counterterrorism Center, sit in banal warrens of cubicles or in closed rooms in top-secret facilities scrutinizing the details of a nightmarish gallery of prisoner beheadings, attacks on US military forces, and sexual abuse of children. It's their job to find clues in the material that might indicate how an attack was carried out, when another might be coming, and where terrorists are holding their hostages.

The work can take an extraordinary toll on the analyst's' emotional state, Five current and former intelligence officers told The Daily Beast. And so the CIA, NSA, and other intelligence agencies employ a cadre of psychiatrists and therapists to help analysts cope with the onslaught of often horrific, sometimes pornographic images they're seeing.

"They're being exposed to material that, day in and day out, we're not exposed to broadly in America," a senior physician with the CIA's Office of Medical Services said in an interview. "That has its own sort of impact and own sort of, for lack of a better term, shock value." [Read more: Harris/TheDailyBeast/4April2015]

FBI Details Explosive Intelligence Work. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released an overview of the duties and functions of the National Explosives Task Force (NETF) on Friday.

The major duty of the task force is collecting and evaluating intelligence on explosives and using that information to eliminate threats and mitigate damage, by supplying partners nationwide with crucial information. This includes over 3,000 bomb technicians within the realm of public safety and over 400 bomb squads nationwide.

An awareness bulletin will be sent out in the case of a bomb threat being made, whether it is a hoax or not, as the task force aims to be on guard for any potential threat, the report states.

"It became apparent years ago that we really needed an interagency task force looking at the intelligence from these IED incidents and trying to quickly pull together joint intelligence products that we can disseminate to the bomb tech community to make sure that everybody is situationally aware" James Yacone, assistant director of the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group, under which NETF operates, said. [Read more: BioPrepWatch/6April2015]

To Catch a Spy. In the age of iris scans and facial recognition software, biometrics experts like to point out: The eyes don't lie. And that has made tradecraft all the more difficult for US spies.

After billions of dollars of investment - largely by the US government - the routine collection and analysis of fingerprints, iris scans, and facial images are helping to ferret out terrorists and immigration fraudsters all over the world. But it has also made it harder for undercover agents to remain anonymous.

Gone are the days of entering a country with a false passport and wearing a wig and a mustache to hide your true identity. Once an iris scan is on record, it becomes nearly impossible to evade detection.

"In the 21st century, you can't do any of that because of biometrics," said retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. [Read more: Brannen/ForeignPolicy/6April2015]

CIA Women Hit Back at Homeland Portrayal. During her career as a CIA agent, Carrie Mathison, the heroine of Homeland, has defeated a terrorist overlord, fallen in love with a brainwashed US soldier and overseen drone strikes in the tribal badlands of Pakistan.

However, one feat appears to have eluded her: winning over the women who work in the real CIA.

One of the creators of Homeland recently revealed that in the next series of the award-winning drama Mathison, who is played by Claire Danes, will "no longer be an intelligence officer".

The news that she is leaving the CIA is said to have delighted America's real female spies.

The CIA sisterhood has let it be known that it "is fed up with the flock of fictional CIA women in movies and on TV who guzzle alcohol as they bed hop... acting crazed and emotional, sleeping with terrorists and seducing assets." [Read more: Blakely/TheTimes/7April2015]

The IDF's New Boot Camp for Startup Entrepreneurs. IDF Military Intelligence Unit 8200 is one of the Israeli army's strongest global brands. An elite signal intelligence unit, it offers its veterans a fast track into Israeli's high-tech sector.

But 8200 isn't alone in attracting top tech talent: Special Intelligence Unit 9900, its shyer sibling, supplies the country's political and military decision makers with valuable visual intelligence, that is, everything having to do with mapping and interpreting aerial and satellite images. The two MI units compete with each other for the recruits with the most potential.

While countless information security and communications networks startups have been founded by graduates of 8200, Unit 9900 has yet to become a startup hothouse. But, as part of an effort to improve its image, attract top talent and improve its services to field units, the unit is adopting technologies that will take it into the world of wearable devices and augmented reality through developing military products based on technology such as Google Glass.

"9900 integrates the geographic and visual worlds in Military Intelligence and in the Israel Defense Forces as a whole. That, as well as technological aspects, is the focus of specialization of a number of groups within 9900," says the commander of Unit 9900, here identified only as Col. J. [Read more: Orpaz/Haaretz/3April2015]

How the KCIA Was Born - in Deep Shadows. This is the 15th in a series of articles on the life and times of Kim Jong-pil, a two-time prime minister, based on extensive interviews with the 89-year-old. This installment deals with a pivotal role Kim played in establishing and running Korea's first spy agency called the Korean Central Intelligence Agency. Kim said he modeled it on the American Central Intelligence Agency and made its motto "We work in the shadows to protect the sunlit land." [Read more: KoreaJoongangDaily/7April2015]

The Top 6 Intelligence Agencies of India. If administration is what runs a country, it is the intelligence which fuels it. India since independence has developed several intelligence agencies to support the mainstream administration. The country that has a very sensitive border needs strong intelligence base.

While Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) are the top intelligence agencies, there are sub agencies which form a support system to the duo. Here are the few such intelligence agencies in India: [Read more: SiliconIndia/7April2015]


Power Outages, WMDs, and Other Risks of a Bad Deal with Iran - Jack Lee, VP Fl Satellite Chapter. Within nanoseconds after the detonation of a nuclear device, as Don Gilleland describes it (FLORIDA TODAY, March 26), 400 kilometers over the central US, all computer chips within line of sight of the explosion, i.e., the entire continental US, will be immediately and irreparably fried. All aircraft aloft will lose power and plunge to the ground. All ground vehicles dependent upon computers will lose power and drift to a halt. There will be no electric power anywhere. Cell phones will not operate. All life-support equipment will cease to function. Delivery of all goods and services will quickly cease. Public safety, sanitation, police and fire and rescue services will immediately be overwhelmed and quickly disappear. Existing supplies of food and water will not be replaced. Prisons will be opened and felons will arm themselves. Money and credit cards worthless. Looting endemic. The sick and the elderly will be the first to die. Starvation and disease will attack the survivors. There is no reason to hope that government agencies, at whatever level, are remotely equipped to deal with the situation. Retaliation is possible, and the military ability exists to reduce the perpetrator to a smoldering slag heap, but by that time nine of 10 Americans will likely be dead or dying. [Readmore: Lee/FlToday/7Apr2015]

Analysis: Iran Nuke Deal Tough - but Could Be Circumvented. In selling the Iran nuclear deal to Congress and other skeptics, President Barack Obama said it is built on "unprecedented verification," telling his radio audience over the weekend: "If Iran cheats, the world will know it."

Only time will tell if Obama is right. While Iran could try to push back or cover up, it certainly has little incentive for deceit.

Its negotiators returned home to jubilant crowds hailing the prospect of an end to the crippling economic sanctions that forced Iran to the negotiating table in the first place. On Tuesday, even the chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard joined in praising their efforts.

Tehran thus is unlikely to risk the prospect of having the sanctions re-imposed - the penalty for cheating. More likely, it will push for every loophole any agreement provides but honor it, and wait out the 10 years of strict restrictions any deal will impose. [Read more: Jahn/AP/7April2015]

Section IV - Upcoming Events


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 US 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.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 10 am - 1 pm - Laurel, MD - Dr. Andrew Hodges, Oxford, presentation and signing at NCMF luncheon

Dr. Andrew Hodges, Sr. Research Fellow, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, author of Alan Turing: The Enigma [source for the movie The Imitation Game] Hear this luminary on his rare U.S. visit... to lecture and sign his book for the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation Members and Guests.

Dr. Hodges was elected a fellow at Wadham College in 2007 and appointed Dean in 2011. In 2012, he became a Senior Research Fellow in the Mathematics Institute at Oxford. Dr. Hodges has worked extensively on Twistor geometry and its application to fundamental physics. In the cryptologic community, he is perhaps better known for his work as the biographer of Alan Turing. His book, "Alan Turing: The Enigma," has been called one of the 50 essential books of all time in the British press and is the inspiration for the highly acclaimed film, "The Imitation Game."
Location: Patuxent Greens Golf Club, 14415 Greenview Dr, Laurel, MD 20708. $55 for guests; $25 for members. Includes lunch. Only 85 spaces available. Registration closes on 15 May 2015.
More information and Registration here.

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