AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #19-15 dated 12 May 2015

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Section IV - Books, Obituaries and Upcoming Events



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Former CIA Deputy Director, Michael Morell,
on "The Great War of Our Time

Meet Mike this Saturday in McLean, VA
Saturday, 16 May 2015
1 - 3 p.m. at Books-a-Million
1451 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101

The Great War of Our Time In his 33 years with the CIA, Michael Morell, now a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center, saw a lot. He was with President Bush on 9/11 and with President Obama when Osama bin Laden was finally brought to justice. He saw the agency he loves make heroic efforts to protect America, and he saw intelligence failures. Through it all, he learned a great deal about what works – and what doesn't – in a war we did not choose but which we cannot lose.
In his new book out today, "The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism–From al Qa'ida to ISIS ," you'll learn why Morell:

  • Believes 9/11 was a national failure and not a failure of imagination as argued by the 9/11 Commission.
  • Says it is a myth that the Bush White House forced the CIA into its position on Iraqi W.M.D. but believes that Vice President Cheney's office tried to pressure the Agency to conclude that there were links between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
  • Concludes that the Arab Spring has been a boon to Al Qaeda – because it left countries either unwilling or unable to confront extremists.
  • Dismisses Republican charges that the CIA conspired with the White House to spin the Benghazi story but why he believes the agency should get out of the "talking point" business.
  • Believes that the US government's drone program has prevented another 9/11 and why the charges of significant collateral damage are wrong.
  • Argues that the report of Senate Democrats on the CIA's detention and interrogation program after 9/11 is a deeply flawed document.
  • Believes Edward Snowden isn't telling us the real story behind his NSA leaks.
  • Concludes that this war against Islamic extremism will last generations and what he believes needs to be done if we are to win it.

Michael Morell on 'The Great War of Our Time'
You may also enjoy watching Morell's recent appearance on CBS This Morning, "CIA insider on global terror threat, protecting U.S."

And note these related news articles -

Ex-C.I.A. Official Rebuts Republican Claims on Benghazi Attack in ‘The Great War of Our Time’ (The New York Times, 5/3/15)
Former CIA official cites agency’s failure to see al-Qaeda’s rebound (The Washington Post, 5/3/15)


For our California members, Michael Morell will be lecturing and signing his book on Thursday, 28 May 2015 at 6 - 8 p.m. at the Reagan Library Museum Store, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, California 93065. Main Phones: 800-998-7641 and 805-522-9953.

This event is free to attend, however reservations are recommended and books must be purchased at the Museum Store to receive signature. To reserve seats and/or books, please click here or call 805-522-2977, or email

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, that period, and the film based on it,
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.

Video of Bryan Denson's Talk

If you missed AFIO's Friday, 8 May National Luncheon, you missed a stellar off-the-record presentation by NSA Deputy Director Chris Inglis on "NSA's response to the demands for changes in their electronic surveillance programs, online security, and the needs of the nation,"
and also Bryan Denson's talk on his new book, The Spy's Son, on the traitorous behavior of former CIA officer Jim Nicholson, and his son, Nathan.

Though we rarely provide video of our events, Denson has given permission to release his and you will find it here.

To give members a flavor of our luncheons and why it is worthwhile to try to attend -- for many reasons -- here is one of the 5-minute 'walk-about' videos we make before each of our gatherings.

We hope to see you at future AFIO Luncheons.

Declassification and Release
of William Friedman’s Official Papers

In April, the George C Marshall Foundation hosted an event to celebrate the Friedman document release. Representatives from NSA, as well as the National Archives and Records Administration and Friedman family members were in attendance. Watch the video of the presentations.


'Utter Nonsense': CIA and White House Blast Seymour Hersh's Explosive Osama bin Laden Raid Story. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh alleged in a long-rumored 10,000-word story published Sunday that the United States and Pakistan lied about major details about the 2011 raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but the CIA and White House are both rejecting his account.

Hersh, writing for the London Review of Books, reported that Pakistan and the United States collaborated closely on the mission, and hatched a cover story afterward that held that Washington called for it unilaterally. Starting in 2006, bin Laden, Hersh alleged, was actually a prisoner of the Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) at the compound in Abbottabad, where he was killed, and not hiding from authorities.

A CIA official told The Washington Post that Hersh's story is "utter nonsense." White House spokesman Ned Price said it had "too many inaccuracies and baseless assertions" to fact-check each one, and added that the premise that bin Laden was killed in "anything but a unilateral US mission is patently false."

"As we said at the time, knowledge of this operation was confined to a very small circle of senior US officials," Price said in a statement. "The President decided early on not to inform any other government, including the Pakistani Government, which was not notified until after the raid had occurred. We had been and continue to be partners with Pakistan in our joint effort to destroy al-Qa'ida, but this was a US operation through and through." [Read more: Lamothe/WashingtonPost/11May2015]

Bashar al-Assad's Spy Chief Arrested Over Syria Coup Plot. The Assad regime has placed its intelligence chief under house arrest after suspecting he was plotting a coup, in a sign that battlefield losses are setting off increasing paranoia in Damascus.

Ali Mamlouk, the head of the country's National Security Bureau, and one of the few officials still to have access to President Bashar al-Assad, was accused of holding secret talks with countries backing rebel groups and exiled members of the Syrian regime.

Mr. Assad is struggling to keep together the regime's "inner circle", who are increasingly turning on each other, sources inside the presidential palace have told The Telegraph.

Even before Mamlouk's arrest, the web of intelligence agencies with which the regime has enforced its authority for four decades was in turmoil, with two other leaders killed or removed. [Read more: Sherlock&Malouf/TheTelegraph/11May2015]

Military Orders More Security at US Bases Amid Local Terror Worries. The American military has stepped up security measures at installations around the country in response to growing concerns about "homegrown violent extremists," a US defense official said.

The commander of the US Northern Command sent an advisory Thursday night directing all commanders in the United States to tighten up protection, the official said.

The increased vigilance is not specifically tied to a threat from ISIS, but it is based on recent intelligence FBI Director James Comey mentioned earlier this week regarding the collection of intelligence on people in America who sympathize with ISIS and other Islamic terror groups.

A plot by two Phoenix men to attack an anti-Prophet Muhammed event in Garland, Texas was foiled Sunday when a police officer shot them dead at the scene. Comey said this week that the FBI had opened an investigation of one the gunmen, Elton Simpson, after he made statements on social media indicating an interest in jihad. Hours before the attack, the FBI alerted local police that Simpson was "interested in the event," but the agency had no reason to believe he was going to attack it, Comey said. [Read more: Miklaszewski,Kube&Schuppe/NBCNews/8May2015]

New �42,000-a-Year MI5 Spooks Will Be Trained to Combat Jihadi Extremists - and Dissident Republicans. A new batch of MI5 agents, currently being sought for �42,000-a-year jobs, will be trained to infiltrate terror groups including dissident republicans in Northern Ireland.

The security service has launched a campaign to recruit intelligence officers.

The move is aimed at convincing thousands of Jihadi extremists to spy for them.

And the specially-trained operatives are also expected to be used to recruit informers here against the ongoing severe terror treat posed by dissidents. [Read more: Kilpatrick/BelfastLive/11May2015]

New Military Chief Is 'Strategist,' Not Cyber Expert. President Obama's pick to become the nation's next top military officer, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., bucks a recent trend of cyber-focused appointments.

"He's not a cyber expert," said Peter Metzger, a former CIA intelligence officer and Marine who served with Dunford on four occasions. "But he doesn't need to be."

Cyber military specialists believe the Obama administration is seeking an operational expert and relationship builder, not a technological savant, to carry out Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's recently unveiled cyber vision.

"They went with a strategist," said Chris Finan, a former military intelligence officer and adviser to the Obama administration on cybersecurity policy. "An operational artisan." [Read more: Bennett/TheHill/5May2015]

Denmark Attacks: Intelligence Agency Chief Resigns. Danish intelligence agency head Jens Madsen has quit, hours before a report was released into February's fatal shootings in Copenhagen by an Islamist.

"It's no secret that it is a very demanding position," he said, without giving the reason for his resignation.

Justice Minister Mette Frederiksen declined to say whether the move was linked to criticisms of the police response to the attack.

Omar El-Hussein killed two people before being shot dead by police.

The shootings at a free speech debate and a synagogue left a film director and a Jewish man dead and five police officers injured. [Read more: BBC/6May2015]

Foreign Spy Agencies Anxious Over Germany's BND Intelligence Revelations. The concerns came in the wake of German media reports that the country's foreign espionage agency, the BND, had helped the US National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on targets such as Europe's Airbus Group, the French presidency and the European Commission.

The German Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported that several foreign intelligence representatives had expressed concern to their German counterparts.

The BND currently cooperates with 451 intelligence services in 167 countries.

CSU politician Hans-Peter Uhl told Welt am Sonntag that the BND's reputation had been damaged. He said foreign intelligence services would be "very sensitive to the fact that information declared secret could end up in the public domain in Germany." [Read more: DeutscheWelle/9May2015]

Spy Gadgets, Transparency and 800 Monkeys. Congress and the courts have taken an increasing interest in how US spy agencies conduct their business over the past decade, but the intelligence community is not beholden to either about the technology it uses to process and analyze information it has legally obtained, says Robert Litt, general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Speaking at a Sunlight Foundation event about oversight of surveillance programs on May 8, Litt explained that the focus of the oversight by courts authorized under the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act was on selecting targets for surveillance within the boundaries of the law, and that the statutes themselves leave it to intelligence agencies to develop their own sources and methods of acquiring and analyzing information.

"The technology is not the problem. The legal authorities are the problem," Litt said. "There are all sorts of technical capabilities that NSA has. ... The question is when are they used and what are the legal authorities under which they are used." [Read more: Mazmanian/FCW/11May2015]

NATO Reportedly Expels Dozens of Alleged Russian Spies From Brussels Headquarters. NATO reportedly has moved to expel dozens of suspected Russian spies from its headquarters in Brussels in the latest sign of a renewal of tensions between the western military alliance and Moscow. 

The Guardian
reported that NATO decided last month to mandate that all non-member state delegations reduce their staff to no more than 30 people. The new rule only affected Russia, though estimates of the exact number of Russian delegates vary. The Kremlin says it has only 37 people accredited to work in Brussels. However, a diplomat from a NATO member state told The Guardian that in fact 61 people were part of the delegation. Other NATO sources told the paper the number was as high as 90. 

Regardless of the number, the paper reported that NATO diplomats estimate that approximately half of the Russian contingent was working on behalf of Moscow's intelligence service. In practice, the paper reported, only Russia's ambassador to NATO, his deputy, his secretary, and his driver, were allowed to traverse the alliance's offices without being escorted.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg denied in an interview that the new rule specifically targeted Russia, saying, "With the Russians we have decided to suspend all practical co-operation but to maintain the channels of political and military dialogue and contact. A delegation of 30 is more than enough to do that." [Read more: FoxNews/12May2015]


Searchable Database of Members of Intelligence Community Posted Online. A surveillance specialist's LinkedIn profile said that at his penultimate job in this line of work, he: "Lobbied for independent review of collection management processes and redefined mission, scope and daily duties."

He only lasted two months. After a final two-month stint at another gig, and after a career that spanned 22 years, he left the intelligence community altogether and went to work selling used cars.

Had he been trying to change the surveillance industry from within? Was he stonewalled? Is that why he left his last two positions after such brief times, and then walked away from the industry?

We don't know.

But the analyst's story, as told through his LinkedIn profile, presents an example of how open source intelligence, Google search, and search terms associated with surveillance activities and tools can be used to put a human face on the surveillance state. [Read more: Vaas/Sophos/8May2015]

CIA Veteran Recalls Long Career. There were a number of coup attempts during the 1990's against Pyongyang's regime instigated from within its elite, one of which involved 11 military officials who graduated from the Frunze Military in Moscow, according to a former US spy agency official. 

In an interview with the Korea JoongAng Daily on April 28 in Seoul, Michael Yi, a former veteran intelligence analyst who worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for 24 years, said 11 officials who studied together at the university had plotted between 1991 and 1992 to overthrow the Kim Il Sung regime. 

But their covert plan was foiled after one of their collaborators, O Kuk-ryol, betrayed them and alerted Kim Jong-il to the situation. 

"The 11 officials colluded to empower O as the new leader [of North Korea] through their coup," the 82-year-old Yi said. "But O turned in all secret information to the security apparatus." [Read more: KoreaJoongAngDaily/8May2015]

Former NSA Illustrator Finds His Work the Focus of a Major International Art Show. Freelance designer David Darchicourt usually produces whimsical illustrations for clients he finds over the Internet.

Now, he's also the unwitting star of an exhibit at the Venice Biennale, a major international art show that opens this weekend.

The Westminster illustrator's backdoor route to the international art scene started when someone approached him over Elance, a site that connects freelancers with potential customers, and asked him to do a job.

Darchicourt wasn't always a freelancer, until 2012 he was an artist for the National Security Agency, and unknown to him the pieces he produced would end up featured in a show examining the way the Fort Meade spy agency uses images in its mission. [Read more: BaltimoreSun/5May2015]

IDF Declassifies Docs in Still-Rotten Lavon Affair. The conversation between Defense Minister Pinhas Lavon and Military Intelligence chief Binyamin Gibli on December 28, 1954, was extremely tense. "I wanted to give you another chance to tell me the whole truth," Lavon told the senior Israel Defense Forces officer sharply. "Don't hide anything, neither person nor issue. Unfortunately, either you didn't understand or you decided not to understand."

"I can't believe you, Mr. Minister. I'm very sorry," Gibli answered.

The issue about which they were talking - "the rotten business" (esek habish), also known as the Lavon Affair - was a scandal that occupied the country for several years, caused considerable political turmoil, and can still make headlines more than 60 years on.

Code-named Operation Susannah by Military Intelligence, it involved a Jewish terror cell in Egypt that was meant to undermine Cairo's relations with the United States and Britain. The cell, whose members were arrested in the summer of 1954, had planned to plant bombs in movie houses, a post office, and US institutions in Cairo and Alexandria, making it look as if the bombs were the work of Egyptians. Then-Prime Minister Moshe Sharett apparently had no advance knowledge of the operation. [Read more: Aderet/Haaretz/11May2015]

New Mathematical Logic Could Have Averted the Attack on Saddam. A completely new type of mathematical logic from the University of Oslo has the potential to improve intelligence services worldwide. The US Army has already expressed keen interest.

Imagine that you are the head of US military intelligence services immediately prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. You have a wealth of intelligence to help you find out whether Saddam Hussein really has weapons of mass destruction or not. You have access to satellite photos and huge amounts of information from spies and defectors. Each of these sources is fraught with uncertainty to a greater or lesser extent. Some pieces of evidence are more reliable than others.

The amount of information is so huge that nobody is capable of establishing a total overview. You therefore need computational tools to interpret all the information..

One of your hypotheses is that Saddam has weapons of mass destruction. The other hypothesis says the opposite. It is your job to determine which hypothesis appears to be the most correct one. [Read more: UniversityofOslo/5May2015]

Minnesota History: Secret Military Language School at Fort Snelling Getting Recognition. In an overlooked and underrated chapter of World War II, thousands of second-generation Japanese-Americans, or Nisei, came to Minnesota for military language training as the war intensified.

After accelerated linguistic cram courses in Savage and then at Fort Snelling, graduates of the Military Intelligence Service Language School were shipped overseas in small teams to every stage of the Pacific theater - from Burma to Okinawa.

They translated captured documents, interpreted enemy orders, interrogated prisoners, monitored radio messages and wrote propaganda aimed at convincing Japanese soldiers and civilians to surrender.

"The Nisei shortened the Pacific War by two years," said Gen. Charles Willoughby, chief of military intelligence for Gen. Douglas MacArthur, "and saved possibly a million American lives and saved probably billions of dollars." [Read more: Brown/StarTribune/10May2015]

Transgender at the CIA The day she nervously told her boss that they needed to talk in the summer of 2012, the young intelligence analyst was mindful of the ordeal of the transgender woman at the Central Intelligence Agency who came before her. The story had become CIA lore. In the late 1980s, a standout senior analyst who became the butt of jokes when she came out resigned after enduring months of cruel glances and crude remarks.

Jenny, the young officer, who is a Middle East expert, hadn't heard yet about Diane Schroer, the former Army officer who set an important legal precedent for transgender federal employees by suing the Library of Congress in 2005. She didn't know what, if any, legal protections and benefits transgender employees at the CIA were entitled to.

All she knew with certainty was that going through life as a man had become unbearable.

"I was terrified," she said in an interview, which the CIA arranged on condition that she be identified as Jenny, an alias for the undercover officer. "I wasn't sure if I transitioned, whether I would have a career. Maybe I would be here, but marginalized, and no one would take me seriously again." [Read more: NewYorkTimes/11May2015]


20 Ex-CIA Officials Fault The NY Times. To the Editor: In a recent interview in the Lawfare blog discussing his decision to publish the names of three undercover Central Intelligence Agency officers, Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times, defended the decision on the grounds that the benefits of public accountability outweigh the risk to these officers.

We profoundly disagree - not because we have analyzed this particular case (we have not), but because in our view he misstates the purpose of cover generally.

Congress overwhelmingly enacted the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 precisely to protect the dedicated men and women whose lives would be at risk if their names became widely publicized.

What Congress could not have anticipated at the time, of course, is that any name published in the Times would reside forever on the Internet, searchable by any terrorist with a laptop. It is true that certain foreign governments may know their names, but that is altogether different from making the name accessible to ISIS, Al Qaeda and every other murderer on the planet. [Read more: NYTimes/11May2015]

A Few Thoughts on the Second Circuit's 215 Decision and Its Importance. From day one of the Snowden revelations, we all knew that the legal validity of the 215 program hinged ultimately on the capaciousness of a single word: "relevant." Even those of us who generally support robust signals intelligence programs also knew immediately that the legal theory underlying this program lay right at the margins, perhaps beyond the margins, of the legally tenable. So it comes as no particular surprise that a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the word "relevant" will not support the weight the government places on it - and for much the same reason that Orin Kerr, I, and many others argued from the beginning that the program stands on shaky statutory grounds.

The litigation risk of relying on 215 is the principal reason I have been arguing for almost two years now that Congress needs to clarify the law, both to authorize access to metadata contact chaining under appropriate circumstances and to build in protections that exist under the current program only through court order.

There has been a lot of excellent commentary on the opinion, on this site, on Just Security, and elsewhere. I won't rehash those analyses here, but I have a few additional thoughts. [Read more: Wittes/Lawfare/9May2015]

Does Congress Really Listen to What the Intelligence Community Says Threatens America? The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) celebrated its 10th anniversary in April, and its leadership recently passed its ninth annual trial by public fire - namely, providing Congress the unclassified Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community.

This document is a snapshot of the collective view of the intelligence community about the greatest challenges to the nation's security, as well as an analysis of crises worldwide.

But there seems to be less interest than ever on the Hill in what the intelligence community has to say about worldwide threats to the United States. This year, Director James Clapper was asked to provide the briefing only to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Neither the House nor the Senate intelligence committees requested a threat briefing, unlike last year or the year before. This is a pity, as the intelligence community and the Hill aren't seeing eye to eye on what each entity considers important - an issue that needs to be resolved.

What does the intelligence community actually think threatens the United States the most? Although Clapper takes pains to note that the threat brief is not a hierarchical list, any creature of bureaucracy strives, to use a shopworn phrase, to put the "bottom line up front." Thus, the DNI frontloads the most important parts at the beginning of its assessment. [Read more: Peritz/WashingtonPost/11May2015]

Frozen Assets: The Newest Front in Global Espionage Is One of the Least Habitable Locales on Earth - the Arctic. In August 2014, two Norwegian scientists set off with 21 tons of supplies - food, equipment to measure ocean depth, an instrument to clock water currents, computers, and a specially designed hovercraft named Sabvabaa (Inuit for 'flows swiftly over it") - loaded onto a jagged-edged slab of ice about 200 miles from the North Pole. Unlike their cargo, the researchers' plan was simple: For the upcoming months, the frozen island would float aimlessly, ferrying a then 72-year-old Yngve Kristoffersen and his younger colleague, Audun Tholfsen, around the Arctic, taking them where even icebreakers could not go.

They were there to drill hydroholes through the ice, film the ocean floor, and collect sediment cores that are millions of years old. After weeks adrift, their ice floe eventually led them into an Arctic no man's land where temperatures can drop to minus 45 degrees Celsius and trigger powerful gales. The two men were alone but for the occasional white fox. That's why, in October 2014, the hardy researchers were stunned to spot something unmistakable about two miles from their base: visitors.

As the scientists approached lights they had spotted in the distance, they made out the hulking black bow and sail of a submarine poking up through the ice. But before they reached the site, it quickly disappeared. Based on photographs taken by the scientists, the Norwegian team later determined that the vessel was likely the Orenburg, a Russian sub - which carries with it a nuclear-powered mini-sub - used for deep-dive intelligence missions.

The scientists, it turned out, were being watched. [Read more: Bamford/ForeignPolicy/11May2015]

Special Operations: SOCOM Copes With Growth. Since 2001 US SOCOM (Special Operations Command) has expanded enormously. Personnel more than doubled from 32,000 to 70,000 while the annual budget went from $2.2 billion to $10 billion. SOCOM controls the US Army Special Forces, as well as US Navy SEALs and US Air Force special operations aircraft. SOCOM expanded mainly because its personnel and equipment were the most effective at dealing with Islamic terrorists. This was not, as popular myth would have it, because of the SOCOM commandos, but more because SOCOM, specifically US Army Special Forces, had thousands of personnel who spoke the languages and understood the cultures that the Islamic terrorists came from. This provided greater understanding of the enemy, which tended to make the news mainly when that resulted in a spectacular commando raid (like the one that cornered and killed Osama bin Laden). But it was intelligence collection and analysis skills that made all those raids possible. As a result SOCOM found itself working more closely and more frequently with the CIA and foreign counterparts.

In 2009 this reached the point where the US Army Special Forces and the CIA sought permission from Congress to allow the two organizations to officially merge some of their operations, and share personnel. That effort was only partially successful. This is a process that started both during World War II and quietly continued ever since. [Read more: StrategyPage/12May2015]

Section IV - Books, Obituaries and Upcoming Events


Mukhabarat, Baby!: Mortars, WMD, Mayhem, and Other Memoirs of a Wartime Spy. Most of his life, Eric Burkhart has spent preparing for the next move. This retired Intelligence Officer was part of a military family, and spent much of his youth in Europe. The fact the Burkhart's mother is a French national explains his comfort with both the language and the French culture. Before becoming a spy, Burkhart worked as an Immigration Inspector in Laredo, Texas, and his chronologically presented memoir, Mukhabarat, Baby!, provides an often humorous, and sometimes emotional glimpse into his life on the Rio Grande.

Mukhabarat, Baby! begins with a bit of a jolt. That's all that should be said at this point. But Burkhart does make a successful effort to keep the story flowing for the most part in order. The introduction to his family provides the reader with a glimpse into the constant thread of humor that runs through the book. Eric Burkhart obviously likes to laugh, almost as much as he likes to make people laugh.

From the introduction of Eric's humble, "bi-continental" family, Mukhabarat, Baby! transitions to Eric as a recent college grad heading to Africa to work in the townships. This segment of the book is told with the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid as a backdrop. After returning stateside, Burkhart accepts a position with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which required that Eric become very familiar with the care and use of firearms. This training proved very useful, as Burkhart joined the CIA in 2000, and in 2003 he was on his way to Baghdad, where he would be issued a Glock pistol for protection.

During Burkhart's first tour in Kosovo, he was purposely exposed to a toxin by someone he was meeting for intelligence collection. The circumstances involved, which are discussed in great detail in the memoir, almost took Burkhart's life. It's obvious that the writing of the Mukhabarat, Baby! provided a certain amount of therapy, as Burkhart spends time not only detailing the effects of the poison, but the difficulties all persons with chronic, mind-numbing pain have to face every day. [Read more: PressRelease/10May2015]


MIS Veteran Harry Fukuhara Dies at 95; Served in Pacific War, Occupation of Japan. Harry K. Fukuhara, a noted veteran of the Military Intelligence Service and long-time resident of San Jose, passed away on April 8 at Hi'olani Care Center at Kahala Nui, Honolulu. He was 95.

Born in Seattle on Jan. 1, 1920, he and his siblings were taken to Hiroshima by his mother after the death of his father in 1933. He graduated from Sanyo Commercial School in 1938 and returned to the US, graduating from Glendale Junior College in 1941. With the outbreak of war with Japan, he and his family were interned at the Gila River camp in Arizona.

Enlisting in the Army from camp in November 1942, Fukuhara joined the MIS and was trained with other Nisei linguists at Camp Savage in Minnesota. He was immediately assigned to the Allied Translator and Interpreter Service in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Between May 1943 and the end of World War II in August 1945, he served as an interpreter, translator and interrogator while working in support of Allied intelligence teams made up of Australians, Dutch and American military personnel.

Fukuhara served as a language team chief throughout much of this period and his team was recognized for significant contributions to the Allied intelligence effort in the Southwest Pacific region, including New Guinea and the Philippines. Much of his team's success in the interrogation of POWs can be attributed to Fukuhara's determined effort to convince American commanders of the value of capturing Japanese soldiers for intelligence purposes. Although Japanese soldiers were fierce warriors, willing to fight to the end, they were not as well prepared to resist skillful interrogation. [Read more: TheRafuShimpo/8May2015]

John J. Seidel, Jr. , 89, a Senior CIA Official and longtime AFIO member, died on Sunday, 3 May 2015, while traveling with family in Wilmington, NC. He was a resident of the Westminster-Canterbury retirement community in Winchester, VA. Mr. Seidel was a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and a 1946 honors graduate of Princeton University.

He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific and was present at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and retired from the Naval Reserve in 1967 with the rank of Commander. After serving on the faculty of the Naval Intelligence School, Mr. Seidel joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1955.

He retired from thirty years of service with the CIA in 1986, after holding senior command positions in Egypt, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, and France. He was awarded the CIA's Distinguished Intelligence Medal.

After retirement, he and his wife settled in Hillsboro, VA. Mr. Seidel then served as a member of the Board of Directors of Oatlands Plantation, a National Trust historic property near Leesburg, Virginia. He was Chairman of the Board there from 1998 to 2002. During that period he also was CEO of Oldtown Farm, Inc., the largest dairy farm in West Virginia. His wife predeceased him. He is survived by three children: Dr. John L. Seidel, Charles B. Seidel of Syracuse, NY, and Anne Seidel Overington of Fredericksburg, VA; and by eight grandchildren.


16 May 2015, 2pm - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine hosts Dr. James Holmes speaking on "China's Caribbean."

Dr. James R. Holmes will explain how China will establish its area of influence in the South China Sea comparable to the American Monroe Doctrine. Dr. Holmes is professor of strategy and policy at the US Naval War College and senior fellow at the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. A former US surface warfare officer and combat veteran of the first Gulf War, he served as a gunnery and engineering officer in the battleship Wisconsin and damage control instructor in the Surface Warfare Officers School Command, and military professor of strategy at the Naval War College.

Dr. Holmes asserts that China will use law enforcement assets and not military to make itself sovereign over the South China Sea. Using police forces to enforce Beijing�s will makes it unpalatable for rivals to deploy military force. China will keep military forces in reserve in case Southeastern States, possibly with allies like the United States, push back effectively to use law-enforcement assets to police regional waters and skies.

The new islands China is manufacturing in the South China Sea will enable coast guard and military vessels and aircraft to extend their reach from the mainland. If Beijing can complete the project prior to an agreement between Asian states and the US on how to respond, it will present the world with a fait acompli. He will also speak about Taiwan and the presence of submarines there.

Professor Holmes is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University and completed graduate work at Salve Regina University, Providence College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Dr. Holmes most recent books, coauthored with Toshi Yoshihara, are Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age and Red Star over the Pacific. The latter was named Best Book of 2010 by the Atlantic Monthly. Translations have appeared through the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing and through houses in Japan, South Korea, and Germany.

The meeting, open to the public, is held in the Brick Store Museum program Center, 4 Dane St, Kennebunk. For information call 207-967-4298

Thursday 21 May 2015, 11:30am - Monument, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts David Jones, DDS, on "The Missionary Position in Guatemala: Service, Security, Intelligence, and Logistics."

The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents David Jones, DDS: �The Missionary Position in Guatemala: Service, security, intelligence, and logistics�

Faith in Practice provides more medical and dental services than any other group in Guatemala, including the government. Currently FIP has one five operating room hospital in Antigua, and is just finishing a five operating room hospital on the coastal plain city of Retaluheu. Four dental clinics also function under the FIP organization, as well ten mobile clinic teams, providing public health services around the country.

FIP consists of almost 2,000 US volunteers each year in 35 teams of 50 people, working in one week shifts to provide continuous care. The FIP mission goal is to provide quality medical and dental care to the impoverished people in Guatemala, at the same time providing a rewarding and safe experience for it�s volunteers. FIP started as a small but committed group in 1992 consisting of about 30 people doing the best they could for their patients, in a dirty run down hospital in Antigua.

The evolution to the sophisticated operation of today has been nothing short of a miracle. Guatemala is the poorest country in the region, but only third in per capita murders. 95% of all homicides are unsolved. Historically Guatemala has been politically unstable for the past sixty years , and some might argue longer than that. FIP has spanned the end of the Rios Montt regime to that of the present regime of Oscar Perez Molina. Our retired CEO , Joe Wiatt of Houston Texas, once stated that 99.9% of the Guatemalans are the nicest people you will ever meet, but this still leaves 10,000 bad guys creating havoc. Today Guatemala is a corrupt and violent country, as it was during the civil war years that ended in 1996. There has been an evolution from the war years to the present where the drug business heavily impacts all aspects of Guatemalan life.

Intelligence gathering for FIP has evolved, and is of paramount importance in continuing the mission in Guatemala. Operating a country wide organization involves extensive planning. Dr. Jones will provide a narrative about the evolution of this complex and successful group of dedicated individuals, starting with their first do-gooder attempts, and growing into the dynamic, efficient organization it has become today.

Event takes place at Monument Hill Country Club, 18945 Pebble Beach Way, Monument, CO 80132. To attend contact

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

Friday, 15 May 2015, 1:30pm - Fort Meade, MD - NSA's Center for Cryptologic History Lecture features Joel Brenner on "Forty Years after Church-Pike: What's Different Now?"

Church-Pike (40 Years Ago) and the Snowden Leaks: What�s Different Now?
The Center for Cryptologic History is pleased to announce the upcoming 2015 Henry F. Schorreck Memorial Lecture at the National Cryptologic Museum. This year�s speaker is former NSA Inspector General and Senior Counsel Joel F. Brenner. His presentation is titled: �Forty Years after Church-Pike: What�s Different Now?�
The Church-Pike Hearings, in 1975, were a watershed event in the history of US intelligence. NSA, although not the main target of the hearings, was nonetheless changed forever as a result of the congressional investigations, which demonstrated how the cryptologic community was violating the Fourth Amendment rights of American citizens. As a result of the hearings a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) and a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) were created. The hearings also led to the passage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in 1978.
Is history now repeating itself? Are the Fourth Amendment violations the Church-Pike Hearings investigated similar to what the recent media leaks revealed? Or are there differences between what happened then and today?
Mr. Brenner, from his unique perspective as NSA�s former IG (2002-2006) and DNI�s head of counterintelligence (2006-2009), will discuss the impact of Church-Pike and what has changed during the past four decades.
Mr. Brenner has many years of experience inside and outside government involving national and homeland security. He has written about intelligence oversight and presidential authorities and is often quoted in the national media on data security, privacy, and intelligence issues. He authored an influential book titled America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare [Penguin, 2011], which the Christian Science Monitor called �a compelling, readable narrative . . . [America the Vulnerable] should be required reading on Capitol Hill and in the West Wing.�
To register for the presentation at the National Cryptologic Museum, please send an E-MAIL to

19 May 2015, 11:30am - 2 pm - McLean, VA - Greg Bristol speaks on "Human Trafficking" at the Defense Intelligence Forum

Greg Bristol is the President of Bristol Public Safety Consultants and now specializing in Human Trafficking investigations and training Law Enforcement Personnel in anti-human trafficking investigations. In 1978, he became a Trooper with the Michigan State Police, was a Distinguished Expert Marksman, and was the recipient of the State Police Meritorious Service Medal for diligence and perseverance under uncommon circumstances in a murder investigation. In 1987, he became an FBI Special Agent working in Foreign Counterintelligence, Public Corruption, Securities Fraud (Enron Task Force), and Civil Rights (Hate Crimes and Human Trafficking). In 2010, He became a Special Agent with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) and he investigated fraud, waste and abuse in US contracts in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He returned to the US after serving 26 months in Afghanistan.
Mr. Bristol has a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University.
This forum will follow a modified Chatham House rule. You may use the information, but with the exception of speaker's name and subject, you may make no attribution. Everything will be off the record.
Event location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA.
Fee: Pay $29 at the door with a check payable to DIAA, Inc Registration starts at 11:30AM, lunch at 12:00PM
Deadline: make reservations by 18 May 2015 by email to Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, Lasagna, sausage with peppers, or fettuccini with portabella for your luncheon selection. Please send your luncheon selection with your reservation to reduce the wait time for your food!!!
Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged.
Parking: Pulcinella has a large parking lot. You can park also in the Staybridge Hotel lot, diagonally across the street in the southwest corner of Old Dominion Dr and Beverly Rd is parking is full.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 10 am - 1 pm - Laurel, MD - Dr. Andrew Hodges, Oxford, discusses Alan Turing: The Enigma, and has insider comments on The Imitation Game at this superb 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

Come to 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 US 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 US 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 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 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

Come to 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, US 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 US 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 - Christopher Lynch at the International Spy Museum

Come to 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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