AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #17-15 dated 28 April 2015

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Section IV - Obituaries and Upcoming Events


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Program begins Thursday.

A few seats remain....

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.
Father and Son

Jim Nicholson
Nathan Nicholson

Jim Nicholson was one of the CIA's top veteran case officers. By day, he taught spycraft at the CIA's clandestine training center, The Farm. By night, he was a minivan-driving single father racing home to have dinner with his kids.
But Nicholson led a double life. For more than two years, he had met covertly with agents of Russia's foreign intelligence service and turned over troves of classified documents. In 1997, Nicholson became the highest ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage. But his duplicity didn’t stop there. While behind the bars of a federal prison, the former mole systematically groomed the one person he trusted most to serve as his stand-in: his youngest son, Nathan. When asked to smuggle messages out of prison to Russian contacts, Nathan saw an opportunity to be heroic and to make his father proud.
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.
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Register HERE

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

One of the inspirations for The Imitation Game, on this rare US visit...
will give insights about Alan Turing and that period
and will 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]

$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. But do not wait and find no seats. Register NOW. Registration remains open until 15 May 2015.
More information and Registration here.


President Obama has Praise for Intelligence Community. A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama yesterday praised U.S. spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes.

"We all bleed when we lose an American life," Obama said in a speech at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to mark its 10th anniversary. "We all grieve when any innocent life is taken. We don't take this work lightly. And I know that each and every one of you understand the magnitude of what we do and the stakes involved. And these aren't abstractions and we're not cavalier about what we do."

Obama said he knows that the U.S. intelligence community has faced criticism but argued that the world doesn't always see its successes that prevent attacks and save lives. He said he could not do his job without their insights and analyses, and they can take great pride in their work.

"We're more secure because of your service," Obama said. [Read more: Pickler/AP/25April2015]

Pentagon Announces New Strategy for Cyberwarfare. The Pentagon on Thursday took a major step designed to instill a measure of fear in potential cyberadversaries, releasing a new strategy that for the first time explicitly discusses the circumstances under which cyberweapons could be used against an attacker, and naming the countries it says present the greatest threat: China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.

The policy, announced in a speech at Stanford University by Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, represents the fourth time in four months that the Obama administration has named suspected hackers or announced new strategies designed to raise the cost of cyberattacks.

A previous strategy, released in 2011, was less detailed and only alluded to the new arsenal of cyberweapons that the Pentagon was deploying. That strategy talked vaguely about adversaries, naming none.

But President Obama's decision to publicly name North Korea's leaders for ordering the largest destructive attack on an American target, the announcement of new sanctions against state-sponsored and criminal hackers, and the indictment of five members of the People's Liberation Army for attacking American corporate targets all reflect a sea change in administration policy. [Read more: Sanger/NYTimes/23April2015]

FBI Readies Multimillion Contract for Cyber Expertise. Finding the right workforce talent is never easy, but it's a particularly challenging feat for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which frequently requires subject matter experts with high clearances and diverse skill sets.

To fill its growing list of unique openings - especially in the cybersecurity arena - the FBI plans to contract out professional, management and support services for up to $100 million, according to a request for proposal synopsis posted last week.

The upcoming RFP, expected to be released by May 6, seeks a contractor with "the ability to recruit, retain and replace" operational subject matter experts.

The experts "will perform a wide range of daily support services," including consulting, data collection and analysis, and program development, according to the synopsis. [Read more: Konkel/NextGov/27April2015]

Syria Remains Silent on Intelligence Official's Death. Brig. Gen. Rustom Ghazali, long a powerful figure in Syria's intelligence apparatus, has died in Damascus, the capital, a Lebanese television channel reported Friday. Reports simmered for weeks that he had been severely beaten in an internal government dispute.

The Syrian government did not immediately issue a statement, and the cause of General Ghazali's death remained unclear. But the report that he had died, carried by Al Mayadeen, a news channel with access to Syrian officials, raised questions about whether he was a casualty of new rifts in Syria's power structure after more than four years of conflict.

Confirming parts of recent accounts from Lebanese and Arab news outlets, Syrians with close ties to the security forces said in separate recent interviews that General Ghazali, the chief of political intelligence, had been beaten by guards at the office of a rival general, Rafiq Shehadeh, the director of military intelligence. Both men were said to have been later relieved of their posts.

General Ghazali had been Syria's intelligence chief in Lebanon during Syria's long occupation of the country, and was feared and despised by critics of the Syrian government here. Many speculated that he helped plan the car-bomb assassination of a Lebanese former prime minister, Rafik Hariri, in Beirut in 2005, which prompted protests that led to the withdrawal of Syrian troops. Syria and the militant group Hezbollah, its Lebanese ally, have denied any involvement. [Read more: Barnard/NYTimes/24April2015]

Former Saddam Hussein Intelligence Officer was Mastermind of Islamic intelligence State. German magazine Der Spiegel has reported that a former intelligence officer of deposed and executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is a likely mastermind behind the Islamic State's forays that began in northern Syria.

The mastermind, Samir Abd Muhammad al-Khlifawi, was a former colonel in the intelligence service of Hussein's air defense force. His pseudonym was Haji Bakr.

In his story, "The Terror Strategists: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State," reporter Christoph Reuter said the magazine has in is possession 31 pages of Bakr's handwritten charts, lists and schedules, which, in effect, were a blueprint that would lead to the establishment of a caliphate in Syria. A caliphate is a form of Islamic government led by a caliph - a person considered a political and religious successor to the prophet Muhammad.

"What Bakr put on paper, page by page, with carefully outlined boxes for individual responsibilities, was nothing less than a blueprint for a takeover," Reuter wrote. "It was not a manifesto of faith, but a technically precise plan for an 'Islamic Intelligence State' - a caliphate run by an organization that resembled East Germany's notorious Stasi domestic intelligence agency." [Read more: TimesUnion/23April2015]

South Africa's Tax Agency Disbands Secret Intelligence Unit. South Africa's tax agency disbanded a secret intelligence unit that was created unlawfully in 2007 and has damaged the public's confidence in the institution, a government-appointed investigation found.

The South African Revenue Service "does not have and did not have the statutory authority to covertly gather intelligence," Judge Frank Kroon, who heads a committee probing allegations of impropriety at the agency, told reporters in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

No budget was allocated for the unit and money and human resources spent on it was wasteful and fruitless, the committee found. SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane has disbanded the unit, Kroon said.

The tax agency has been rocked by resignations of several senior executives since Moyane took office in September. Local newspapers have reported a range of allegations of wrongdoing, including that the Revenue Service operated a "rogue" unit, which spied on senior political leaders, including President Jacob Zuma. [Read more: Vollgraaff/Bloomberg/28April2015]

Number of Security Clearance Holders Drops 12 Percent. The number of individuals holding government-issued security clearances at the end of fiscal 2014 was 12 percent lower than the previous year, according to a new report, marking a successful effort by federal agencies to cut the number of employees and contractors with access to classified information.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence report showed a dramatic turn in the trend of a growing security cleared population. The number of people with clearances has ticked up each year since ODNI began measuring it in 2011. The number of newly approved security clearances continued the downward trajectory it has been following for several years.

About 4.5 million people held security clearances at the end of fiscal 2014, compared to 5.1 million at the close of fiscal 2013. The cleared population was the smallest since 2010, the first year the statistics were available. The number of newly approved background checks - including both first-time issuances as well as reinvestigations - dropped 14 percent to 665,000. [Read more: Katz/GovernmentExecutive/27April2015]

CIA Manager Who Had Been Removed From His Job Is Back. A top CIA manager who had been removed from his job last year for abusive management has been named to a senior role in the agency department that conducts drone strikes.

Jonathan Bank, 47, has been installed as deputy chief for counterintelligence at the Counter Terrorism Center, or CTC, which conducts the agency's operations against al-Qaida, the Islamic State and other groups. He supervises a team charged with protecting CTC operations by ferreting out spies, double agents, bad tradecraft and other security risks

Bank was ousted as the head of the agency's Iran operations division at headquarters a year ago after an internal investigation found he had created an abusive and hostile work environment that put the crucial office in disarray.

Several key employees had requested transfers, according to current and former U.S. officials who refused to be identified speaking about a sensitive personnel matter. In a move officials said was without precedent, Bank was sent home from CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and transferred to a liaison job at the Pentagon. He was barred from CIA management for a year. [Read more: Dilanian/AP/28April2015]


Deep Support in Washington for C.I.A.'s Drone Missions. About once a month, staff members of the congressional intelligence committees drive across the Potomac River to C.I.A. headquarters in Langley, Va., and watch videos of people being blown up.

As part of the macabre ritual the staff members look at the footage of drone strikes in Pakistan and other countries and a sampling of the intelligence buttressing each strike, but not the internal C.I.A. cables discussing the attacks and their aftermath. The screenings have provided a veneer of congressional oversight and have led lawmakers to claim that the targeted killing program is subject to rigorous review, to defend it vigorously in public and to authorize its sizable budget each year.

That unwavering support from Capitol Hill is but one reason the C.I.A.'s killing missions are embedded in American warfare and unlikely to change significantly despite President Obama's announcement on Thursday that a drone strike accidentally killed two innocent hostages, an American and an Italian. The program is under fire like never before, but the White House continues to champion it, and C.I.A. officers who built the program more than a decade ago - some of whom also led the C.I.A. detention program that used torture in secret prisons - have ascended to the agency's powerful senior ranks.

Although lawmakers insist that there is great accountability to the program, interviews with administration and congressional officials show that Congress holds the program to less careful scrutiny than many members assert. Top C.I.A. officials, who learned the importance of cultivating Congress after the resistance they ran into on the detention program, have dug in to protect the agency's drone operations, frustrating a pledge by Mr. Obama two years ago to overhaul the program and pull it from the shadows. [Read more: Mazzetti&Apuzzo/NYTimes/25April2015]

Fancy Being a Spy? The CIA National Clandestine Services are offering $40,000 Undergraduate Internships. Okay, okay. We'll tell you everything you want to know.

If you fancy yourself as the next Jason Bourne (although maybe a little less covert) then you could be in luck, as the CIA are currently seeking a summer intern for their National Clandestine Service (NCS) department.

National. Clandestine. Service. It doesn't get any cooler than that.

According to the job description, 'NCS is the covert arm of the CIA'. [Read more: Joe/26April2015]

Please note that April 30 is the last day to apply for a CIA National Clandestine Services Undergraduate Internship. More information is here

Manuscript by Nazi Code Breaker Alan Turing Sells for $1 Million. Alan Turing's notebook containing the foundations of mathematics and computer science sells at auction for $1,025,000 (USD). [Video/Reuters/13April2015]

On the 40th Anniversary of the Vietnam War's End, Smithsonian Channel(TM) Special Reveals Existence of Clandestine Spy Network Inside Infamous POW Camp. A new Smithsonian Channel special will reveal one of the greatest secrets of the Vietnam War. THE SPY IN THE HANOI HILTON, premiering Monday, April 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, uncovers the true story of POWs inside Hoa Lo Prison, known as the Hanoi Hilton, who created a high-level espionage operation that reached all the way to the CIA and the White House. This included sending radio transmissions to the Pentagon and President Nixon's White House during the brutal Christmas Bombings of 1972, signaling that POWs inside the Hanoi Hilton were still alive and that the raid should continue.

The spy network was led by James Bond Stockdale, an air-wing commander who was shot down on a bombing mission into North Vietnam on Sept. 9, 1965. He was one of the two most senior-ranking U.S. Navy officers imprisoned in the Hanoi Hilton. Stockdale later rose to the rank of Vice Admiral, became one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the Navy, and ran for Vice President. He was also awarded the Medal of Honor for his secret communication network and for bravery in the face of torture. Former CIA official Robert Wallace calls Stockdale's spy network "one of the most significant activities in Agency history."

When the POWs were released from Vietnam in 1973, each was told that the espionage network must remain a secret forever. Now, THE SPY IN THE HANOI HILTON reveals the true story, classified for 40 years, about the network that linked tortured Americans inside North Vietnam directly to the Pentagon. Using coded letters, secret writing, a technique called "microdots" and clandestine radio transmissions, the POWs inside the Hanoi Hilton were able to report on conditions, suggest military activities and bombing raids, and signal two of the largest rescue operations of the entire Vietnam War.

The network began with a single letter from Stockdale to his wife, Sybil. "After months and months in solitary confinement and realizing his prison mates were being treated very brutally, he was looking for some way to overcome the inevitable depressions that come with solitary confinement," Stockdale's son, Jim, reveals in the film. Sybil realized that her husband had sent her a coded message and made contact with Naval Intelligence and the CIA. She then faced the difficult decision of whether to support the idea of her husband transitioning from POW to spy. Prisoners may be tortured, but as former CIA official Wallace puts it, "spies get executed." [Read more: SmithsonianChannel/21April2015]

Peru Struggles to Navigate the Needs of Intelligence Collection and Privacy Rights. On March 30, 2015, Peru's Congress opposition representatives get to approve a motion of censure filed against Ana Jara, the president of the Council of Ministers and a member of the country's ruling party, for "failure to investigate duly, denounce, and sanction those accused of committing illegal acts within the country's intelligence agency, known as Direcci�n Nacional de Inteligencia, (DINI)".

What is the DINI and what is the nature of the criminal accusations?

The DINI is a government agency under the National Intelligence System. It is attached to the President of the Council of Ministers and is functionally dependent on the President of Peru. Its primary role is Intelligence-gathering for the President and the Council of Ministers.

In 2011, already under President Ollanta Humala's government, a former adviser from the Council of Ministers denounced the DINI for spying on and monitoring him illegally. The complaint and subsequent investigation came to nothing because of a lack of evidence. [Read more: Globalizado/28April2015]

Head CIA Negotiator Dave Roseman Looks Back On Career. In his 30-year career, Dave Roseman developed a way of solving the nations' most difficult disputes swiftly. He didn't go into it like it was a fight. Sometimes he started by telling the other party "you're absolutely right."

That's how he ended the "turf war" in 2005 between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency - two feuding agencies blamed for failing to avert the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

After a pre-meeting with an FBI official and after firing one hotheaded senior CIA officer from his team, the war ended in six weeks with one concise agreement, he said. Three pages detail CIA and FBI activities in the United States and three pages detail their involvement overseas, he said.

Roseman likes to do things quickly.

"You don't hem and haw - you agree immediately," he said. [Read more: Savage/VermontStandard/28April2015]


Intelligence Reform 2.0. Ten years ago this month, the American intelligence agencies were reorganized to prevent another 9/11. Now the Intelligence Community needs even more radical transformation as national-security challenges grow, budgets decrease, and questions arise about intelligence's place within an open society. The key to addressing these challenges will be building a more integrated intelligence enterprise that demonstrates its value to the American people. We recommend six major initiatives. [Read more: Shedd&Ferraro/DefenseOne/21April2015]

How Technology has Changed Intelligence Collection. With the world becoming a more volatile place and certain high-threat environments becoming too dangerous to send personnel, the lack of human intelligence has placed a greater stress on signals intelligence to provide military commanders with greater knowledge of dangerous actors and potential threats.

Technology has allowed the military to rely less on human intelligence, or HUMINT, which puts the lives of spies and operators on the ground at risk, and procure aerial systems that provide myriad levels of intelligence. Unmanned aerial vehicles have been invaluable in gathering several types of intelligence from the air, such as SIGINT and image intelligence. 

The United States is continuing to invest in these proven platforms for intelligence collection. The Defense Department said in February, when each branch released their budgets for the next year, that the Air Force would be purchasing 29 additional remotely piloted Reaper drones and the Army would be purchasing additional Gray Eagle drones, the service's version of the Predator. Recent operations in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and continued operations in Afghanistan have forced Washington to continue to procure these vital systems for ISR purposes.

But the heavy reliance on machine-based intelligence gathering may have come at a cost in the quality of military intelligence overall. In an article for Global Securities Studies (PDF) in 2013, Gabriel Margolis pointed out that "[t]he technical affluence of the United States has permeated the intelligence community and continues to contribute to the intelligence failures of the CIA because of American reliance on technology over human sources." [Read more: Pomerleau/DefenseSystems/22April2015]

My Father, the Spy in the Hanoi Hilton. For seven and a half years, my father James B. Stockdale led a POW espionage network that linked tortured Americans inside North Vietnam directly to the Pentagon.

The late Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale was flying a mission over North Vietnam on September 9, 1965, when his plane was struck by enemy fire. He ejected from the aircraft and parachuted into a tiny North Vietnamese village, where he was taken prisoner by the NVA in the Hoa Lo Prison (otherwise known as the Hanoi Hilton). He was imprisoned there for seven and a half years, and was tortured and beaten regularly. Once, when told he'd be paraded about in public and used as NVA propaganda, mutilated himself by slitting his face with a straight razor.

Despite the pain and torment inflicted upon him, he led a resistance movement among the prisoners, crafting a covert string of communications that reached the CIA. This true story remained classified by the U.S. government for 40 years - until now.

When word came that Hanoi would release American prisoners, Dad had been jailed for well over seven years. Although in solitary confinement - and combinations of leg irons, pinch cuffs, and blindfolds for more than half that time - he and his fellow prisoners were able to forge a community of resistance and covert communication. Within the walls they corresponded via tap code, knotted string, and daredevil shouts. Beyond their confinement, they used invisible carbon techniques, cryptography, and (at the very end) microdots to reach from their prison cells to the offices of Naval Intelligence and beyond.

Any hint of the more significant communication methods has, with good reason, been suppressed by the U.S. government for decades. But the security effort prevented the public from hearing enough of this story to credit the sacrifices of those who gave so much to the effort. For over 40-plus years my parents (and others) endured wrathful admonitions of intelligence specialists for even hinting that "outside communication" took place. Finally, it is possible to reveal secrets that vividly speak to the courage and determination of Americans held inside the prisons of North Vietnam. [Read more: Stockdale/TheDailyBeast/27April2015]

Gulf Of Secrets: The Evolution Of Gulf State Intelligence Services - Analysis. Both Libya and Yemen are being torn apart by conflicts that, despite having domestic roots, have essentially become proxy wars. While proxy wars are hardly a new phenomenon in the Middle East, the identity of the protagonists in these two wars underscores a major change in the region. The Gulf States (principally Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia) have moved from supporting players, principally providing financial backing for proxy wars led by others, to protagonists taking the lead in covert and sometimes overt action.

In Yemen, it is Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and other allies that have taken the lead in supporting the beleaguered government. On the other side is Iran, which is supporting the Shiite minority Houthis who are in turn allied with elements of the former president of Yemen. In Libya, Qatar has been the primary supporter of Islamists, with the UAE the leading supporter of the anti-Islamist faction. In both wars the United States is at best a supporting player if not a bystander. Even in regional wars where the United States is playing a larger role, such as Syria and Iraq, the Gulf States have a significant, and sometimes independent, role.

This movement of the Gulf States from writing checks, as they did in the 1980s to support the mujahedin, to orchestrating campaigns has been both a cause and an effect of significant evolution in their intelligence services. These services have become more professional in response to a changing security environment, particularly changes since 2001. The increasing capability of these services has then enabled more aggressive covert action, which in some cases has then led to overt military intervention. [Read more: Long/EurasiaReview/24April2015]

Did the New Spooks on the Block Really Fix U.S Intelligence? For decades intelligence reformers sought to centralize the U.S. intelligence community in a single office with real power over budgets, personnel, and operations. Ten years ago they finally got their wish. Following an intense congressional fight, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) set up shop in April 2005 with high expectations. The office was supposed to ensure the kind of inter-agency coordination that was supposedly missing before the 9/11 attacks. It was to be the fulcrum of sharing and collaboration among agencies with long histories of mutual suspicion and occasional disdain. Ultimately it sought to unify a sprawling constellation of civilian and military agencies into "fully integrated intelligence community" that would "inform decisions made from the White House to the foxhole."

Has it achieved these goals? Has it improved national security against terrorist attacks? Has it led to intelligence on other issues and improved the quality of intelligence-policy relations? The 10-year anniversary of ODNI offers a good opportunity to evaluate its performance. Understanding its strengths and weaknesses is particularly important today, because the current push for further reforms is based on the notion that ODNI model has succeeded. Whether these recommendations make sense depends in large part on how we understand ODNI's history. [Read more: Rovner&Long/ForeignPolicy/27April2015]

Section IV - Obituaries and Upcoming Events


Bob Maloubier: French SOE Agent who led Sabotage Missions on Nazi Installations and helped the Resistance liberate Limoges. Robert Maloubier, always known as Bob, was one of the last surviving wartime French agents for British intelligence, carrying out sabotage missions against the Nazi occupiers. Recruited in London by Section F (French) of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), he parachuted twice into France, led attacks on Nazi installations and helped the Resistance liberate Limoges on 21 August 1944, four days before the allies freed Paris. The taking of Limoges without firing a shot - the Germans surrendered to Maloubier and the communist Resistance leader Georges Guingouin - had a major impact on the war.

Maloubier was never linked with Guingouin's notorious �puration ("cleansing" - in fact execution) of collaborators but he would use similar tactics after the war as an intelligence agent in Indochina and Algeria. While admitting that he trained assassination squads, he insisted, "I never actually executed anyone myself." He did, however, confess to shooting a cow in the head for a celebratory feast after one mission.

On one parachute drop into France he was accompanied by the Anglo-French SOE agent Violette Szabo, daughter of a Berkshire publican and one of the extraordinarily brave women who answered Churchill's call to "set Europe ablaze" through clandestine operations. After she was arrested by the Gestapo in June 1944, Maloubier tried in vain to rescue her. She was executed in the Ravensbr�ck concentration camp on 5 February 1945 at the age of 23.

After the war, growing his Clark Gable-style pencil moustache into the RAF-type handlebar 'tache which became his trademark, Maloubier helped create France's Special Forces, notably its equivalent of Britain's Special Boat Service (SBS) and the US Navy Seals. [Read more: Davison/TheIndependant/27April2015]


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 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

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, noon - Washington, DC - David Major provides Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update Briefing at Spy Museum

Be the first to learn the latest intelligence news! Join David Major, retired FBI agent and former Director of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs, for a briefing on the hottest intelligence and security issues, breaches, and penetrations. Presented in partnership with The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), these updates will cover worldwide events such as breaking espionage cases and arrest reports, cyber espionage incidents, and terrorist activity.

Find out Snowden’s current status and what could happen next with this case. Major uses his expertise to analyze trends and highlight emerging issues of interest to both intelligence and national security professionals and the public. Cases are drawn from the CI Centre’s SPYPEDIA®, the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world, containing events and information that may not be reported by mainstream media outlets. Major will also highlight and review the latest books and reports to keep you current on what is hitting think tank desks.

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit

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 Imitation Game."
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

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

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Genevieve Lester - When Should State Secret Stay Secret? at the International Spy Museum

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.

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

Thursday, 4 June 2015, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Meet A Spy: Sandy Grimes at the International Spy Museum

Join at the Spy Museum Store and “Meet A Spy” – uncover the world of espionage and intelligence from people who practiced professionally.

Sandy Grimes is a longtime veteran of the CIA’s clandestine service who—along with her colleague Jeanne Vertefeuille—helped capture Aldrich Ames, the infamous CIA officer turned traitor. Meet Sandy on Thursdays, June 4.

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit

Friday, 05 June 2015, 6:30-9:30pm - Washington DC - Surveillance 101 with Eric O'Neill: Spy School Workshop

Briefing What if you were assigned to watch the most damaging spy in US history? As a young operative in the FBI, Eric O’Neill was put into position as Robert Hanssen’s assistant with the secret task of spying on his boss, who was under suspicion of working for Russia. O’Neill’s background with the FBI was in surveillance, so he was up to the challenge. But how would you measure up? Now’s your chance to find out. O’Neill is prepared to share his hard-earned expertise with you. This intense small group introduction to surveillance will include learning the basics and conducting surveillance in the streets of DC. Will you be able to track the “Rabbit” without being “made?” You’ll learn how to snap clandestine shots and keep your target in view so you won’t miss operational acts or secret meetings. O’Neill will lead the exercise and help you learn how to blend into the shadows for the best spy results! To Register: Contact Laura Hicken or 202.654.0932 Tickets: $94. Visit

Wednesday, 10 June 2015, 7-9pm - Washington DC - Introduction to Intelligence Analysis 101: Spy School Workshop at the International Spy Museum

How good are you in a crisis? To survive in the world of an intelligence analyst, you must be able to quickly gather the facts, determine what’s relevant, find patterns and make critical connections, and you must not forget to check your ego and biases at the door. That’s what you’ll need to do in this dynamic workshop led by a senior instructor with the Forum Foundation for Analytic Excellence. As you grapple with a real intelligence case about a human rights lawyer who’s had a mysterious attempt made on her life, you’ll go through the same process as an intelligence analyst, evaluating incoming reports and questioning your own preconceptions and assumptions under a looming deadline. Learn how analysts employ Structured Analytic Techniques to avoid cognitive pitfalls and spur creative thinking. And ultimately find out whether your analysis would have helped to defuse a crisis or fuel a foreign policy disaster.
Tickets: $40. Visit

10-14 June 2015 - Washington, DC - Spies, Lies and Intelligence: The Shadowy World of International Espionage - A Road Scholar Program

Program #16126RJ $1,099. 5 Days, 4 Nights.
Every person sitting on a bench could be waiting for the next drop-off. Behind every monument, a mole may harbor national secrets. On this fascinating adventure at the front line of the world’s spy coterie in Washington, D.C., delve into the treachery of Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen — rogues who triggered devastating consequences to America. Learn the art of espionage, discuss the role of intelligence in an open society, and hear how the U.S. catches spies in the heart of the world capital of intrigue.

• Retired intelligence experts take you into their seamy world, uncovering Washington, D.C.’s lesser-known spy history and discussing famous spy cases — from the cracked to the unsolved.
• Explore the International Spy Museum, and learn from the NSA’s Cryptologic Museum how codes are broken — and try out a WW II German Enigma machine.
• Hear from a polygraph specialist, examine the role of defection in counterintelligence, and examine 21st century intelligence threats.

Activity Notes
Minimal walking, standing in museums for up to two hours. 4 nights of accommodations, 10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures, 3 Field trips

Coordinated by Road Scholar. To register call 800-454-5768 or visit

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Meet An F-4 Pilot: Mark Hewitt at the International Spy Museum

Uncover the world of espionage and intelligence from people who practiced professionally! The International Spy Museum Store presents this opportunity for you to meet an F-4 pilot.
Mark A. Hewitt has always had a fascination with spyplanes and the intelligence community’s development and use of aircraft. He flew F-4s in the Marine Corps and served as Director of Maintenance with the Border Patrol and the Air Force, as was an Associate Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University before leading aviation activities and aircraft operations for international corporations in the Washington D.C. area. He is the author of "Special Access" and "Shoot Down". His novels have been approved by the CIA Publication Review Board.

Shortly after takeoff, a jumbo jet explodes over the waters of Long Island. Witnesses claim the aircraft was shot down by a surface-to-air missile; the government insists a mechanical malfunction brought down the airplane. An old CIA file is uncovered which details the President was warned-to preclude commercial airliners from being shot out of the sky either pay a ransom or suffer the consequences.

Just as the Agency identifies the shadowy man responsible for the shoot down of the airliner, the Libyan dictator Gaddafi is overthrown, sparking a race between the CIA and terrorist networks to win the ultimate terrorist prize-hundreds of man-portable, shoulder-launched, anti-aircraft missiles. Duncan Hunter and his top secret airplane once again team up with an expert crew to find the anti-aircraft missiles ahead of the al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood, and kill the man who shoots down airliners for profit.

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit

16 June 2015 - Arlington, VA - Introduction to US Intelligence

Dr. Mark Lowenthal, internationally recognized expert on intelligence and author of Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy, provides students with a broad introduction to the major current issues in U.S. intelligence. Learn about the current structure of the Community, the role of the DNI and the IC agencies, collection, analysis, national security
issues, the intelligence budget, and the role of Congress.
INDIVIDUAL ENROLLMENT COURSE at The Intelligence & Security Academy®, a leading provider of innovative education and training in a broad range of national security issues and the more general area of analytic training, is pleased to announce the schedule for its 2015 OpenAcademy® individual enrollment course offerings. All courses will be held in Arlington, Virginia. AFIO members will receive a 10% discount on all OpenAcademy® courses! Register on-online and select “AFIO Registration” as an option for the discounted registration fee.
Courses are typically held in our classroom in Arlington, Virginia (just 2 blocks from the Ballston metro stop) unless otherwise noted. Individual enrollment courses are unclassified.
Visit us at for more information.

17-18 June 2015 - Arlington, VA - Analyst Training: Writing, Analysis, and Preparing Briefings

Dr. Mark Lowenthal teaches this course which provides analytic skills for any intelligence-related or analytical function. This course examines the role of intelligence in the policy process (within government or business), then offers an introduction to analytic skills, beginning with critical thinking and reading, writing analysis, and preparing and presenting successful briefings. The course is designed to get analysts off to a good start in as little time as possible, recognizing that there are important time constraints in such training and that much will also be learned on the job.
INDIVIDUAL ENROLLMENT COURSE at The Intelligence & Security Academy®, a leading provider of innovative education and training in a broad range of national security issues and the more general area of analytic training, is pleased to announce the schedule for its 2015 OpenAcademy® individual enrollment course offerings. All courses will be held in Arlington, Virginia. AFIO members will receive a 10% discount on all OpenAcademy® courses! Register on-online and select “AFIO Registration” as an option for the discounted registration fee.
Courses are typically held in our classroom in Arlington, Virginia (just 2 blocks from the Ballston metro stop) unless otherwise noted. Individual enrollment courses are unclassified.
Visit us at for more information.

Saturday, 20 June 2015, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Unlikely Warriors: The Army Security Agency's Secret War in Vietnam 1961-1973 at the International Spy Museum

Join at the International Spy Museum Store for an in-store book signing of "Unlikely Warriors" by authors Lonnie M. Long and Gary B. Blackburn. The military history book takes readers into the Vietnam War and follows members of the Army Security Agency (ASA) as they conduct top secret missions.

Long and Blackburn chart the years that ASA operated in Vietnam – occurring from 1961 to 1973. With each story, many of which have never been told, readers will find themselves in awe as they learn about specific operations, incidents and battles that involved ASA personnel.

“We want the reader to come away with an appreciation for the job those thousands of young men did and the many thousands of lives they saved through their efforts,” say Long and Blackburn.

“Powerful. Compelling. Insightful. Exciting. A much needed historical account of the many first-hand heroic and harrowing events in America's most misunderstood war.”—Colonel David E. Servinsky, U.S. Army (retired), Ph.D., Executive Communications and Support, National Security Agency/Central Security Service Colorado; former professor - National War College; former Deputy Director - National Security Operations Center (NSOC), NSA.

“A great read about an important part of our military history. The authors have opened the door to a critical warfighting capability that has for too long been held a close secret to only a few. It is time that the door was flung wide open and the true nature of their work revealed.”

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, noon - Washington DC - How to Catch a Russian Spy at the International Spy Museum

For three nerve-wracking years, Naveed Jamali spied on the US for the Russians—or so the Russians believed. Hear Naveed bring his unbelievable, yet true, story to life. By trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of cash, he pretended to sell out his own country across noisy restaurant tables and in quiet parking lots. Although he had no formal espionage training, with the help of an initially reluctant FBI duo he ended up at the center of a highly successful CI operation that targeted Russian espionage in New York City. With news about Russia’s disintegrating relationship with the US a frequent headline and political hot topic, How to Catch a Russian Spy is the one-of-a-kind story of how one young man’s post-college adventure became a real-life US counterintelligence coup.
Tickets: Free! No reservation required. Visit

22 - 25 June 2015 - Arlington, VA - 11th Annual IAFIE Conference "Preparing the Next Generation of Intelligence Analysts for a Changing World."

Marymount University is host to the 11th Annual Conference of the International Association for Intelligence Education. (IAFIE).

There continues to be enormous challenges that threaten U.S. national security and the global world order. A growing sense of urgency to try to understand these events and anticipate new challenges has forced us to rethink how we will confront the future. In a changing world this means focusing attention on how we prepare future scholars and practitioners that will be called on to explore these challenges.

This IAFIE conference will revolve around the theme of “Preparing the Next Generation of Intelligence Analysts in a Changing World.” The conference panel discussions will be divided along two tracks. One track will explore the pedagogical developments and innovations that are emerging to provide prospective and current analysts will the skill sets needed to tackle analytic problems. The second track will explore some of the challenges that analysts may have to confront during the remainder of the 21st Century.

The conference will host an opening reception on the evening of Monday, 22 June followed by two and one half days of speakers, panels and presentations. The cost of the event is $400 for non-members and $100 for students. Other rates apply. Payment Instructions: Credit card online. To pay by check contact Michelle Henderson at for instructions.
The conference agenda, when made available, will be posted here.

Event Location: Marymount University, 2807 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207; 814-824-2131. Registration is open. Register here.
Additional Event Information: Michelle Henderson, Phone: 814-824-2131, Email:

Friday, 26 June 2015, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Meet a Counterintelligence Officer - Christoper Lynch at the International Spy Museum

Join at the Spy Museum store and meet Christopher Lynch! Lynch was a Counterintelligence Officer, first in the FBI, and then in the CIA, for thirty years. As an Operations Analyst, he specialized in the KGB in assessing tradecraft and in detecting hostile control.

Watch Christopher in Inside the Secrets: Counter Intelligence, where he talks about his experience in a counter intelligence office and compares it to the popular FX show The Americans.

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit

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