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Did you miss the Roger Hollis conference
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Egypt's President Meets CIA Director in Cairo for Talks. Egypt's president has held talks with CIA director John Brennan in Cairo that touched on regional conflicts and terrorism.
A government statement Sunday said the meeting between Brennan and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi focused on "ways of enhancing bilateral relations" and regional issues. It said both sides agreed to continue "consultation and coordination on issues of mutual interest."
The visit by Brennan was not previously announced.
Egypt remains a key US regional partner, despite tensions following el-Sissi's overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. El-Sissi has been promoting the idea of a pan-Arab military force to intervene in regional conflicts. [Read more: AP/19April2015]
Sweden Raises Defense Budget Amid Russia Concerns. Sweden will raise defense spending by 10.2 billion kronor (US $1.18 billion) for the period 2016 to 2020, the government said Friday amid concerns over Russia's military resurgence.
"The agreement sends a signal, internationally, that Sweden is reacting to the security situation in the world, that Sweden is a guarantor for peace and stability in northern Europe and that the defense of Sweden's territory is in focus," Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist told the TT news agency.
Sweden's left-wing minority government, made up of the Social Democrats and the Greens, had announced a 6.2 billion kronor increase over five years on March 12.
But the opposition had rejected that bid, saying it was too little money. Friday's agreement was negotiated together with the conservative Moderates, the Centre Party and the Christian Democrats. [Read more: AgenceFrancePresse/17April2015]
Iraqi Officer under Saddam Masterminded Rise of Islamic State: Spiegel. A former intelligence officer for the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was the mastermind behind Islamic State's takeover of northern Syria, according to a report by Der Spiegel that is based on documents uncovered by the German magazine.
Spiegel, in a lengthy story published at the weekend and entitled "Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State", says it gained access to 31 pages of handwritten charts, lists and schedules which amount to a blueprint for the establishment of a caliphate in Syria.
The documents were the work of a man identified by the magazine as Samir Abd Muhammad al-Khlifawi, a former colonel in the intelligence service of Saddam Hussein's air defense force, who went by the pseudonym Haji Bakr.
Spiegel says the files suggest that the takeover of northern Syria was part of a meticulous plan overseen by Haji Bakr using techniques - including surveillance, espionage, murder and kidnapping - honed in the security apparatus of Saddam Hussein. [Read more: Reuters/19April2015]
Work Discusses Russia With Military, Intelligence Leaders. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work participated in what he called a wide-ranging and frank discussion with US European Command leaders in Stuttgart, Germany, today, listening to the challenges they face in the theater and how the command plans to balance them.
"They worry about foreign fighters that flow back and forth, they worry about all the illicit forms of trafficking that come up from the south, and then, of course, there is all the activity in Ukraine," Work said in an interview on the way back to Washington.
The deputy secretary said he particularly wanted to hear their thoughts on Eastern Europe and the Russian activities in Ukraine.
"It was a very interesting and frank conversation," he said, "and it is invaluable to me - someone who sits in the Pentagon most of the time - to hear commanders in the field talk about issues." [Read more: Garamone/DODNews/17April2015]
Senate Intelligence Committee Kicks Off Budget Season. The Senate Intelligence Committee kicked off budget season this week with a slew of appearances from Washington's top spies. CIA Director John Brennan, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Vincent Stewart all made trips up to the Hill this week to talk budget lines.
Lawmakers leaving the briefings said the Senate panel's meetings were fairly broad. The intelligence leaders touched on a variety of issues, they said, but dollar signs were the hearings' main focus.
This week's itinerary signals the beginning stages of the Senate committee's preparation of the infamous "black budget" checkbook - the top-secret budget that funds the nation's intelligence apparatus.
"We're holding hearings now," committee member Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said after a briefing with Rogers on Tuesday. "We're just in the beginning stage." [Read more: Watkins/HuffingtonPost/16April2015]
Army Plans Intelligence System to be Lighter Weight, Easier to Use. Future versions of the Distributed Common Ground System - Army, or DCGS-A, will be less complex and easier to use, Army leaders told lawmakers.
The DCGS-A system is an intelligence collection, processing, and dissemination tool that Army leaders have acknowledged is "complex" but "complete." They say coming iterations of the tool will address the issue of complexity and will make the system easier for Soldiers to use.
"'We have acknowledged that the complexity associated with the buttonology ... bringing that information together ... has been difficult," said Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology. "So we have tried to invest a lot of time, and we have also engaged with over 150 vendors through a series of industry days, to find out how we can improve the existing system."
During a hearing on Army modernization, before the Senate Armed Services Committee, subcommittee on Airland, April 14, Williamson told lawmakers that challenges with DCGS-A are "being addressed in subsequent increments of the DCGS program." [Read more: Lopez/Army.mil/15April2015]
Top Spy Agencies Help Break Wildlife Trafficking Rings. Call them the spies who love elephants (or rhinos or tigers).
The top spy agencies in the US are sharing intelligence and personnel to bust international wildlife trafficking rings, which rake in more than $20 billion a year in the trade of everything from elephant ivory and rhino horn to the gall bladders of a Mexican fish.
Without intelligence of the sort used to fight drug and sex traffickers, according to experts, some of the planet's most iconic creatures face extinction.
"We didn't have the same resources to fight this trade that other agencies had," Edward Grace, the deputy chief of law enforcement for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, said. "That is a gap we are filling in now."
The filler comes with a top-down executive order from the Obama administration that frames wildlife trafficking as a threat to national security and calls for a coordinated, whole-government approach to thwart it. The move is intended to keep pace with the changing face of wildlife crime from duck hunters in Louisiana who shoot too many birds to organized, trans-boundary criminal gangs, Grace explained. [Read more: Roach/NBCNews/21April2015]
French, Syrian Intelligence in Contact, not Cooperation, says Assad. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a French TV station Monday his country's intelligence services were in contact with their French counterparts, but there was "no cooperation or exchange of information".
Asked about a rumoured resumption of talks with French intelligence services, Assad said that contact had been made between French and Syrian officials. "We held meetings with some officials from the French intelligence services but there was no cooperation or exchange of information," he told France 2 in an unprecedented interview with a French national channel. "If you're seeking cooperation, both sides need to be willing," he added, inferring that while Paris had instigated the talks, they had not sought collaboration.
He said that French representatives had visited Syria but no Syrian officials had travelled to France.
Asked about further contact with Paris, Assad said he was open to dialogue if the West "convinces us they are not supporting the terrorists".
"How can we establish dialogue with a country that supports terrorism in our country?" he asked. [Read more: France24/21April2015]
Australia and Iran Agree to Sharing of Intelligence in Battle against Isis in Iraq. Australia and Iran have agreed to share intelligence relating to Australians fighting with extremist groups in Iraq, Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has announced.
Bishop has been in Tehran for the first high-level talks between the countries in more than a decade.
She revealed the details of the cooperation after a meeting with Iran's president Hassan Rouhani, describing it as an extraordinary deal that will have beneficial outcomes in the fight against global terrorism.
"During my discussions with the national leadership here it was agreed that we could share intelligence, particularly on the foreign terrorist fighters from Australia who are taking part in this conflict in Iraq," Bishop said. [Read more: Medhora/TheGuardian/19April2015]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
CIA Simulation, Recruitment Event Provide Insight into Analyst Job. Some UCLA students got a surprise when their group was randomly called to perform an "elevator briefing" during a Central Intelligence Agency simulation event Wednesday.
Presented with a hypothetical national security crisis, the students had less than an hour to prepare a mock five-minute briefing for the CIA director in an actual elevator. The students who participated in this briefing said while it was unexpected, it tested important skills.
During a CIA recruitment event Wednesday on campus, more than 20 students participated in the simulation to gain a better understanding of the work of CIA analysts. The main task for CIA analysts is to study and evaluate security information in context and report their assessments to US policymakers.
The CIA's regional recruiters hold about six of these simulation events per semester to educate college students about the CIA analyst job. Simulations also took place at USC and California State University, Monterey Bay among other universities this month. [Read more: Wilcox/DailyBruin/17April2015]
The NSA's Fight to Keep Its Best Hackers. The National Security Agency is probably among the best-equipped parts of the federal government at recruiting, training and staffing an elite team of cybersecurity professionals.
Thanks to Congress, the agency has been granted significant leeway in bypassing the sluggish federal hiring process to onboard staff quicker and greater latitude to pay new recruits retention bonuses and provide other perks.
But even that's not enough to stop some top-level technical talent from jumping ship.
"We're throwing the kitchen sink at them from our standpoint," said NSA's human resources technical director, John Yelnosky. "And they're writing in to us, as they leave NSA, in their exit interviews, �I'm leaving to double my salary.'" [Read more: Moore/NextGov/16April2015]
The Miami Herald, the CIA, and the Bay of Pigs Scoop That Didn't Run. There were a lot of bad days during the Cold War, but 54 years ago this weekend was one of the worst, at least for the United States. President John F. Kennedy sent an army of anti-Castro exiles backed by the CIA onto the beach at Cuba's Bay of Pigs to suffer bloody, catastrophic defeat. It was "the beating of our lives," the despondent Kennedy would say a few days later as he wondered aloud why nobody had talked him out of it.
One of the piquant questions of Cold War history is, could the Miami Herald have done that - talked him out of it? In a little-known collision of journalism and national security, the Herald, seven months before the Bay of Pigs, had prepared a news story saying that the United States was planning to launch a military operation against Cuba. But the paper's top management killed the story after CIA Director Allen Dulles said publishing it would hurt national security.
"It's hard to know these things," says Peter Kornbluh, a senior analyst at the National Security Archive, which has published several books on the Bay of Pigs. "But could a bold, dramatic story that the United States was planning an invasion have stopped the Bay of Pigs? I think the answer might be yes."
The tale of the Herald's Bay of Pigs scoop and its subsequent capitulation to the CIA has mostly been shrouded in mystery for the past five decades. It was explored briefly in Anything but the Truth, a book by Washington reporters William McGaffin and Erwin Knoll that was published in 1968 and quickly disappeared. [Read more: Garvin/MiamiHerald/18April2015]
Where Spies Go When They Don't Know. The earthy scent of musty books, men and women talking in hushed voices around large oak tables, librarians scurrying from aisle to aisle carrying tomes both old and new... as mysterious as this sounds, it is not the CIA Library of today.
The library at CIA Headquarters is a cutting edge research and information hub. Upon first glance, it looks like many other modern public libraries. Except here, among the periodicals and stacks of books on history, politics, and science, you will find volumes most Americans will never see. That's because the Agency's library is also home to the literature of secrets.
Founded in 1947, the CIA Library is a valuable resource to Agency employees. Although most of the books are unclassified and can be found at many community libraries and bookstores, the library includes many materials that are classified. That, and the library's location at CIA Headquarters, restrict its use to cleared personnel.
The Library provides all-source reference and research services to the Agency by leveraging access to more than 200 domestic and foreign online databases that together include over 90,000 full-text electronic periodicals, dissertations, photographs, biographical resources, and public records. [Read more: CIA.gov/15April2015]
The CIA's Latest Mission: Improving Diversity. A weapons analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, Lisa was sorting resumes with a colleague when something shocking happened.
Lisa, who is black, was helping her white coworker find the best applicants for overseas posts, which are considered prestigious within the agency and can lead to more important jobs down the line. Lisa was midway through her own overseas posting and had already seen how it helped her career.
But looking at the resumes, her coworker casually said that she would not hire a black man.
"She told me that if there is a white man - doesn't matter how capable the black man is - I'm picking the white man," recalled Lisa. (At the request of the CIA, TIME agreed to withhold last names of agency employees, many of whom work undercover.) "As a minority, you know that, but to have someone tell you that? It's telling.". [Read more: Rhodan/TIME/20April2015]
A Look at the FBI 14 Years After 9/11. Although the FBI has become a stronger organization since 9/11, it needs to improve its intelligence capabilities, leverage its personnel and improve its information sharing processes, the commissioners of a congressionally mandated review of the FBI said Tuesday at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.
Congress put the commission together last year to assess how the FBI has implemented a series of recommendations proposed by a 9/11 Commission in 2004. Three congressionally appointed commissioners led an external review of the organization over 14 months, sifting through documents and briefings, interviewing personnel and visiting eight field offices to evaluate progress and areas for improvement within the bureau. They released their findings in the report, "The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century," in late March.
At Tuesday's panel discussion held at GW, 9/11 Review Commission Executive Director John Gannon and Commissioner Edwin Meese III analyzed the contents of the report alongside FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano. Christian Beckner, deputy director of GW's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, moderated the discussion.
Mr. Meese said the four goals of the commission were to examine the way the FBI implemented recommendations from the 2004 9/11 Commission, assess the FBI's response to domestic terrorism since 9/11, analyze previously unknown evidence that may have contributed to 9/11 and recommend ways to share intelligence and counterterrorism policy. [Read more: GWToday/15April2015]
US Treasury's Puzzle Solver Helps Shape Sanctions Against Iran. As a child, Leslie Ireland liked to sit at her family's card table and solve jigsaw puzzles. The trick was to finish the job without looking at the picture on the lid of the box.
These days, Ireland unravels a different kind of puzzle, with a big potential payoff: the web of financial transactions that bankroll Iran and other elusive US adversaries. If the two-decade effort to pressure the Islamic Republic into curtailing its nuclear program finally results in an agreement, Ireland and her team of low-profile Treasury Department analysts can claim part of the credit.
Ireland, 55, heads Treasury's Office of Intelligence and Analysis, created in 2004. Her team has played a key behind-the-scenes role developing, enforcing and tracking the effectiveness of economic sanctions against Iran. And each time the US penalizes an oligarch connected to Vladimir Putin, Ireland's office has likely put in weeks, sometimes years, following the money and building the case.
She and her staff also help track the financing networks of everyone from Islamic State terrorists to North Korean arms dealers and Mexican drug lords. In a world awakening to US reliance on financial warfare, her team helps protect against one possible form of retaliation: cyberattacks against US financial institutions. [Read more: Mayeda/Bloomberg/16April2015]
American Agents Discovered a Nazi Spy Ring in China. When Capt. Frank Farrell and Staff Sgt. M.M. Gray parachuted into the Japanese-occupied city of Canton, China in August 1945, they weren't quite sure what to expect.
Farrell and Gray were from the US Office of Strategic Services - the precursor to the CIA. Their job was to make arrangements for the Japanese surrender.
Atomic bombs had just devastated Japan and Emperor Hirohito had ordered all Japanese troops to cease fighting. Farrell and Gray had both fought fanatical Japanese troops, and were unsure if soldiers in Canton would obey their emperor - or keep fighting.
The agents had to be ready for anything. [Read more: Knodell/WarIsBoring/19April2015]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Mideast Is Every Intelligence Analyst's Worst Nightmare. It's hard to envy the situation of foreign intelligence analysts - be they American, Western European or Russian - who have to regularly report to their bosses about the chaos in the streets of the Middle East.
In the past, one could define the region by a list of important topics that had little to do with each other: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the Iranian nuclear program; relations between various Arab states.
The last four years, though, have been portrayed as a nearly unending war - from Iraq in the east to Libya in the west - that has splintered into dozens of bloody conflicts. It's a regional mix that changes at a dizzying pace. One conflict spills over to, and influences, the neighboring confrontation. Intelligence analysts and leaders have only a minimal ability to foresee events or navigate through them.
The Israel Defense Forces' intelligence branch describes four principle forces fighting for regional hegemony: the primarily Shi'ite axis, which Iran is leading along with Syria and Hezbollah; the central, West-leaning Sunni regimes, which Israel conveniently defines as "moderat" (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and most of the Gulf states); independent Sunni players tied to the Muslim Brotherhood (Turkey, Qatar and Hamas in Gaza); and Sunni jihadist organizations (Al-Qaida, Islamic State - also known as ISIS or ISIL - and the dozens of local factions that switch their allegiance between the two groups). [Read more: Harel/Haaretz/18April2015]
The Intolerable Ease of Leaking Classified Israeli Intelligence Information. The full report of the indictment against the soldier Ya'akov Sela on Monday shows that the affair now seems even more serious than it appeared at first. Not only are the charges very grave against Sela, a non-commissioned intelligence officer - two counts of aggravated espionage, no less - but there is the matter of the enormous amount of information, some of it highly classified, which he saw without authorization. The depth of the failure of the monitoring system in the military has also come to light.
The indictment claims that over a period of three months, Sela, a corporal, opened more than 15,000 documents in the computers of the intelligence office of the Etzion Brigade headquarters (in Bethlehem) and went through the material they contained.
The man apparently had a lot of spare time on his hands. But while many bored employees take the time they have to surf websites of a more or less dubious nature, Sela simply systematically penetrated the secrets of the Shin Bet security service unit that deals with Jewish suspects. He also looked at many very sensitive documents in other fields to which he was not supposed to have any access.
The affair once again illustrates the intolerable ease with which military documents can be rummaged through. From the moment soldiers are drafted and make it through the initial vetting process that allows them to be posted to an intelligence position, almost everything is open to them - and no one later checks whether they overstepped their authority. [Read more: Harel&Levinson/Haaretz/15April2015]
Threat Intelligence Is a Two-Way Street. In the wake of public breaches of large enterprises, organizations are quickly realizing the need to develop cybersecurity strategies that include developing or acquiring technical and analytical solutions to support network defenders and decision makers alike. As a result, there has been a noticeable boon in the global cybersecurity industry, which is expected to grow to $155.7 billion by 2019, according to a report from Cybersecurity Ventures, a world market research organization.
One capability being offered by many of these cybersecurity companies is cyberthreat intelligence, which usually encompasses a fusion of technical and threat analysis. Vendors promote their analytic capabilities to deliver accurate, timely threat information in order to provide advanced warning or decision-making advantage to their customers.
However, one challenge that all private security companies have in this space is getting the proper guidance and information from customers, which could be used to improve and focus analysis. An intelligence production cycle will typically have these components, though some organizations may have an added or subtracted step: [Read more: Iasiello/InformationWeek/14April2015]
Section IV - Call for Speakers/Papers, Jobs, Books, Obituaries and Upcoming Events
Call for Speakers and Papers
Call for Papers, Panels, and Presentations for September Intelligence and Homeland Security Conference, The Citadel, Charleston, SC
The Citadel Intelligence and Homeland Security Enterprise Conference will be held 16, 17 and 18 September, 2015 at the Charleston Marriott 170 Lockwood Blvd., Charleston, SC
Individual Paper Presentations: Submissions for a regular session presentation must include a title and abstract of no more than 200 words, along with author information.
Complete Thematic (Academic or Government) Panel: Roundtable and panel proposal are welcome. For a thematic panel, you must submit titles, abstracts (no more than 200 words) and author information for all papers together. The panel must deal directly with the topics and issues related to the conference.
Roundtable Sessions (Academic or Government): These sessions consist of three to four presenters discussing related topics. Submissions for a roundtable must include a title and abstract of no more than 200 words, along with participant information. Roundtable sessions are generally less formal than panels.
Student Poster Session: Poster Presentations: Submissions for poster presentations require only a title and abstract of no more than 200 words, along with author information. Posters should display theoretical work or methods, data, policy analyses, or findings in a visually appealing poster format that will encourage questions and discussion about the material.
Thematic panels, individual paper, and roundtable abstracts are due on or before: July 15, 2015. Abstracts should be submitted to Michael Brady at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Option: Complete papers will be considered for publication as part of conference proceedings if submitted on or before September 1, 2015.
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Book Review: The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television by Tricia Jenkins. Though everyone would surely prefer otherwise, public relations crises are part of the CIA's ordinary business. The fact that so much of its work is classified puts the Agency in one of those tricky, plumber-like governmental roles: when it does its job right, no one should notice. But when it screws up, there's a mess, and things smell awful.
The nature of any covert enterprise is rigged against popularity: the Agency can't ordinarily brag about its hard-won successes or even update Americans with news of general competence. The FBI, by contrast, gets to issue press releases detailing high-profile arrests and convictions. But with rare exceptions, the CIA hits the front page only when something has gone badly sideways.
This asymmetry naturally gives rise to an image problem, so the CIA needs a way of loopholing if it wants to shape public perception. Fiction about the Agency - particularly television and movies, the most potent and culture-shaping mediums - has turned out to be that loophole. But it has its risks.
Depending on whom you ask, Hollywood has been either a great friend or a persistent foe in the CIA's quest for a better public image. Some might point to media characterizations of the CIA as a rogue, hapless, or amoral institution. Just a few weeks ago, at the Agency's request, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd talked to members of Langley's "sisterhood," who were "fed up with the flock of fictional CIA women in movies and on TV who guzzle alcohol as they bed hop and drone drop, acting crazed and emotional, sleeping with terrorists and seducing assets." The point of these interviews seemed to be to insist that CIA careers are actually much more boring and difficult than they look on television.
But more probing critics might highlight that the romanticized representation of spies in film has, in fact, been a boon to the Intelligence Community. [Read more: Taranto/Lawfare/17April2015]
French Secret Agent Bob Maloubier Dies Aged 92. He was one of Winston Churchill's last living French secret agents, and one of the most colourful heroes of the second world war.
Captain Robert "Bob" Maloubier, who died on Monday night aged 92, was an agent in Churchill's Special Operations Executive (SOE), a secret army created to "set ablaze" occupied Europe.
Its hand-picked members were tasked with sabotage and spying on the Nazi forces, and Maloubier, then a teenager and trained in weapons and demolitions, carried out several daring missions, including blowing up a power station and a steel plant requisitioned by the Germans.
Maloubier, whose nom-de-guerre was Clothaire, long regretted that the SOE role was largely eclipsed by the resistance in the postwar period. [Read more: Willsher/TheGuardian/21April2015]
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Online Ticket Purchase: http://www.afioaz.org (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 email@example.com or phone 646-717-3776.
Friday, 08 May 2015 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO's Spring 2015 luncheon features the NSA's former Deputy Director, Chris Inglis, and Journalist Bryan Denson on Father and Son Traitors who stole secrets for Russia
former National Security Agency Deputy Director will discuss "Hackers, Financial Safety, Bulk Data Collection, ISIS Recruitments, Snowden and more." Investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bryan Denson speaks on his research on "The
Spy�s Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever
Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia"
the riveting story of the Nicholsons―father and son co-conspirators who
deceived their country by selling national secrets to Russia.
Timing: Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; Bryan Denson begins presentation at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at noon; Chris Inglis begins presentation at 1:05 pm. Event closes at 2 p.m.
Morning presentation by Bryan Denson is on the record; Chris Inglis' remarks are Off The Record.
The latest intelligence books, and many others, on display and for sale throughout event.
EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf
Registrations accepted HERE while space remains.
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 FSC Chapter President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, 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 email@example.com
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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 US 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
Location: Patuxent Greens Golf Club, 14415 Greenview Dr, Laurel, MD 20708. $55 for guests; $25 for members. Includes lunch. The ballroom at the club is being used and provides plenty of space to meet the swelling interest in this program. Do not miss this by failing to register NOW. Registration remains open until 15 May 2015.
More information and Registration here.
Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:30pm - Washington DC - Undercover Jihadi: Mubin Shaikh - al Qaeda Inspired, Homegrown Terrorism in the West at the International Spy Museum
Hear directly from one of the few people in the world to have actually been undercover in a homegrown terror cell. After coming out of extremism himself, Mubin Shaikh decided to use his connections as a former militant jihadist to fight international and domestic terrorism by working undercover for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Canadian Integrated National Security Enforcement Team to infiltrate radical groups and conduct surveillance. He ultimately infiltrated the “Toronto 18,” where he gathered inside information that was essential in thwarting the group’s 2006 plans for catastrophic terror attacks including placing three truck bombs in Toronto that were the size of Oklahoma City’s bomb, storming the Parliament, and beheading the Canadian Prime Minister. Dr. Anne Speckhard, author of Talking to Terrorists and co-author of Mubin’s memoir, Undercover Jihadi: Inside the Toronto 18, is a research psychologist who has interviewed more than 400 terrorists. This evening, she will put Mubin’s story in perspective as it relates to radicalization and terrorism, while Mubin will share his personal journey from extremism to undercover operative.
Tickets: $15. Visit www.spymuseum.org
Saturday, 23 May 2015, 1:00pm-4:00pm - Washington DC - Meet a Spy: Tony & Jonna Mendez at the International Spy Museum
Tony and Jonna Mendez were the CIA’s leading disguise specialists, husband and wife. They spent decades creating false identities for America’s undercover agents. And on November 4, 1979, when the CIA needed a cover story to extract the six hostages from the Canadian ambassador's residence, they turned to top exfiltration expert Tony Mendez who devised a scheme that revolved around a Hollywood crew scouting locations for a fictitious movie: Argo. His rescue of American diplomats from Tehran during the Iranian Hostage Crisis was depicted in the now famous film, ARGO.
Tickets: Free! No reservation required. Visit www.spymuseum.org
Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Genevieve Lester - When Should State Secret Stay Secret? at the International Spy Museum
In-Store Book Signing
Genevieve Lester is a non-resident adjunct fellow in the Strategic Technologies Program at CSIS. Recently, she was visiting assistant professor in the Security Studies Program, coordinator of Intelligence Studies, and senior fellow at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University and is now at the University of California Center in Washington, D.C.
Her work concerns security and accountability, with a particular focus on intelligence oversight. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in international economics and international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in history from Carleton College. She has been a fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and a Fulbright scholar in Berlin.
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Should State Secrets Stay Secret? examines modern trends in intelligence oversight development by focusing on how American oversight mechanisms combine to bolster an internal security system and thus increase the secrecy of the intelligence enterprise.
Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit www.spymuseum.org
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