AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #21-15 dated 26 May 2015

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Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies - The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda
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Professor Kristie Macrakis, an AFIO member and Harvard alum who teaches history at Georgia Tech, specializes in the history of espionage -- the hidden history of history -- and speaks at this kick-off event with the new AFIO Atlanta Chapter about Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda, her recent book which 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 the clever methods employed.
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A Technical Writer execute the following duties: • Develops, writes, and edits material for reports, manuals, briefs, proposals, instruction books, catalogs, and related technical and administrative publications concerned with work methods and procedures, and installation, operation, and maintenance of machinery and other equipment. Receives assignments from supervisor • Observes production, developmental, and experimental activities to determine operating procedure and detail • Interviews production and engineering personnel and reads journals, reports, and other material to become familiar with product technologies and production methods • Reviews manufacturer's and trade catalogs, drawings and other data relative to operation, maintenance, and service of equipment • Studies blueprints, sketches, drawings, parts lists, specifications, mockups, and product samples to integrate and delineate technology, operating procedure, and production sequence and detail • Organizes material and completes writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology • Reviews published materials and recommend revisions or changes in scope, format, content, and methods of reproduction and binding • Types or scans articles • Prepares documents to be posted on the Intranet • Distributes publications to appropriate law enforcement offices in the field • Carries print jobs to printing and budget offices A Technical Writer may also: • Maintain records and files of work and revisions • Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material • Assist in laying out material for publication • Arrange for typing, duplication and distribution of material • Write speeches, articles, and public or employee relations releases • Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or plant personnel Specialize in writing material regarding work methods and procedures
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This position requires U.S. Citizenship and a 7 (or 10) year minimum background investigation. Candidates already possessing a Top Secret clearance strongly preferred
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CIA Shuts Down Climate Research Program. The Central Intelligence Agency is shutting down a research program that offered classified data to scientists to examine the link between climate change and global security threats.

A CIA spokesman confirmed that the agency had ended its MEDEA program, a 1990s-era intelligence program restarted in 2010 under President Obama. The collaboration gave scientists access to intelligence assets like satellite data to study climate change and inform on how its impacts could inflame conflicts.

CIA spokesman Ryan Whaylen said "these projects have been completed and CIA will employ these research results and engage external experts as it continues to evaluate the national security implications of climate change."

The announcement comes just days after President Obama said climate change was a "serious threat to global security" in a commencement address to the US Coast Guard Academy. Climate change, Obama said, "will impact how our military defends our country. So we need to act, and we need to act now." [Read more: Plautz/NationalJournal/21May2015]

US Charges 6 Chinese With Economic Espionage. The US Department of Justice has charged six Chinese nationals with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets for allegedly accessing secret US technologies and sharing them with universities and companies controlled by the Chinese government.

Unsealing an indictment filed last month, US officials in Washington announced the charges Tuesday. The defendants, all Chinese nationals, include Hao Zhang, who is in custody, his fellow engineer Wei Pang and four other Chinese engineers and professors of stealing trade secrets from two US technology companies, Skyworks Solutions and Avago Technologies. 

The American companies produce radio-frequency filters known as FBARs (thin film bulk acoustic resonators) - devices used in cellphones and other mobile devices that process incoming and outgoing wireless signals. [Read more: VOANews/19May2015]

The Army Is Shopping for Cyber Weapons. As part of the Pentagon's plan to beef up its capabilities, the service is reaching out to providers to see what kinds of tools are available.

The Army is seeking the assistance of cyberattack tool sellers, joining a growing number of Pentagon entities aiming to amass advanced cyber capabilities. 

A new market survey aimed at identifying suppliers is the third Defense Department document issued over the past month that points out a need to be able to execute "cyber effects."

A cyber effect typically refers to a hack, disruption or other impact to an adversary's network, according to security experts.

The Army's request for information, which was released Thursday afternoon, expresses interest in "existing technical capabilities to deliver cyber effects with robust and mature capabilities" that can target "telecommunications, networking, components, and protocols." [Read more: Sternstein/DefenseOne/19May2015]

Nigerian Military Intelligence Moves Against Terrorist Financing. The Nigerian military intelligence in collaboration with their international counterparts and other related agencies, has intensified efforts towards tracking the financing of activities of Boko Haram terrorists group within and outside the country.

The Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), Rear Admiral Gabriel Okoi, stated this recently at the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) Headquarters, Abuja, while speaking to journalists at the end of the Deputy Defence Advisers/Attaches/Librarians Training Conference 2015 with the theme: "Refocusing the Activities of Nigeria's Defence Missions to meet Contemporary Security Challenges".

Okoi noted that the banking sector has proved a challenge but security agencies and federal government are determined to crack any loophole through which any funding of terrorism might be channelled.

According to him, the DIA "is going after funds that are being used to finance the (Boko Haram/terrorists) activities within and outside the country." [Read more: Iroegbu/ThisDayLive/26May2015]

Brennan: CIA Must Rely on Social Media in the Middle East. CIA Director John Brennan said Congress should provide the CIA with an updated "legal framework" that would allow the agency to tap into today's digital information as a way to keep American safe.

He also said the CIA director position should have a fixed term length ranging from 5 to 10 years.

"I do believe it makes some sense to have the CIA director position be a term position, whether it's 5, 7 or 10 [years] and take it out of that election cycle. We pride ourselves as intelligence professionals on being independent and I think it should be independent of that political cycle. The FBI director is a 10-year term," Brennan said at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance's leadership dinner. "I do think it makes sense to have the DNI and the CIA director serve similar types of tenures."

Brennan, who started as director of the CIA in March 2013, was asked at the event about the challenges of intelligence gathering in the Middle East. [Read more: Ballasy/PJMedia/20May2015]

Allies Shift Away From Reliance on US to Gather Intelligence. Fearful of an expanding extremist threat, countries that for years have relied heavily on US intelligence are quickly building up their own capabilities with new technology, new laws and - in at least one case - a searing debate on how much the American government should be allowed to spy on their own citizens.

Responding to a jihadi movement that is successfully recruiting people from around the world, France and Canada are both passing laws that would dramatically ramp up their surveillance apparatus. In France, lawmakers are on the verge of approving a bill that would let the government install "black boxes" to collect metadata from every major phone and Internet company.

Canada's measures were rushed through after a two separate attacks in October 2014 on Canadian soldiers - including one that ended when the gunman stormed Parliament and was shot to death by guards and police. France's law went into high gear after the January terror attacks on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket that left 20 dead, including the gunmen.

Analysts say it's not so much a question of diminishing cooperation with the US - the revelations of Edward Snowden have ultimately done little to harm relationships between allies - as a push to increase domestic capacities ill-equipped to face the rising threat of Islamic State and other jihadi groups. [Read more: Hinnant&Dilanian/AP/20May2015]

Apple and Google Just Attended a Confidential Spy Summit in a Remote English Mansion. At an 18th-century mansion in England's countryside last week, current and former spy chiefs from seven countries faced off with representatives from tech giants Apple and Google to discuss government surveillance in the aftermath of Edward Snowden's leaks.

The three-day conference, which took place behind closed doors and under strict rules about confidentiality, was aimed at debating the line between privacy and security.

Among an extraordinary list of attendees were a host of current or former heads from spy agencies such as the CIA and British electronic surveillance agency Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. Other current or former top spooks from Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Sweden were also in attendance. Google, Apple, and telecommunications company Vodafone sent some of their senior policy and legal staff to the discussions. And a handful of academics and journalists were also present.

According to an event program obtained by The Intercept, questions on the agenda included: "Are we being misled by the term �mass surveillance'?" "Is spying on allies/friends/potential adversaries inevitable if there is a perceived national security interest?" "Who should authorize intrusive intelligence operations such as interception?" "What should be the nature of the security relationship between intelligence agencies and private sector providers, especially when they may in any case be cooperating against cyber threats in general?" And, "How much should the press disclose about intelligence activity?" [Read more: Gallagher/TheIntercept/22May2015]

FBI Speaks to Bergen County High School Students About ISIS Recruitment Threat. The FBI has targeted Bergen County, New Jersey to stop Islamic State militants from getting a stronghold there - and agents have been going to high school with a message.

Christine Sloan was there when agents visited a Bergen County school on Tuesday. An FBI intelligence analyst who did not wish to be identified spoke at the Bergen Arts and Science Charter School in Hackensack.

He warned students about a new threat - a sophisticated recruitment video trying to lure them into joining the terrorist group ISIS.

"There's a role for everybody. Every person can contribute to the Islamic State," a young Canadian man tells viewers in the recruitment video. "You can even come here and rebuild." [Read more: CBSNewYork/19May2015]

China Jails Man for 10 Years for Spying for Foreign Intelligence Agents. A Chinese citizen has been jailed for 10 years for spying for other countries since 2013, and two others face similar charges, according to the Department of State Security in Jiangsu province.

The three had provided secret government documents, photos of military bases and other information since 2013, the state-run China News Service reported. The leaked information included six top-secret documents, restricted government files and periodicals, as well as details of military installations.

A spokeswoman for the department, which is the provincial branch of the national ministry in charge of counterespionage, said the three acted alone and were contacted separately by foreign agents through the internet, such as hiring websites. 

The department provided only sparse information about the three, including specifics of their alleged crimes and where and when they occurred. It also did not name the agencies or countries who received the information. [Read more: Huang/SouthChinaMorningPost/22May2015]


Intelligence Agency: Opening up to a Changing World. Much about the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency remains classified, but the US spy agency that maps and analyzes the earth is opening up more than ever, from sharing computer source code on a public website to tapping new sources of intelligence.

The NGA's director, Robert Cardillo, is leading what he calls a "seismic shift" in the agency's culture to help it better exploit social media, commercially available imagery and other data to continue providing high-level intelligence to the US government.

The NGA this week opened its doors to GitHub, the world's largest site for sharing source code, to advance another goal - to encourage its employees to share analytical tools and other computer programs and get feedback from other developers.

The NGA last year become the first US spy agency to set up its own page on GitHub, but other agencies are following suit. The National Security Agency's page premiered this week, and the Defense Intelligence Agency plans to set up its page soon.  [Read more:  Shalal/Reuters/22May2015]

This Is What Bin Laden Was Reading Just Before He Was Killed. The US has declassified and released a collection of the documents that Navy SEALs recovered during the 2011 raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan that ended in the Al Qaeda leader's death. The declassified letters, books, articles, and technical documents certainly a suggest a man keeping up with the world.

The English-language books in particular present a fascinating picture of Bin Laden's interests, including journalist Bob Woodward's account of president Obama's wars - conflicts that Bin Laden was largely responsible for. His library while in seclusion also included anti-globalization tomes by Noam Chomsky and John Perkins, conspiracist fodder in books on the supposed Committee of 300 and MKUltra, the CIA's psychological warfare program, and even materials alleging that the Bush administration had foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks - which Bin Laden presumably resented.

Interest in these documents increased after a recently-published story by the famed investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, alleged that the Obama administration's account of Bin Laden's killing was largely false, and specifically questioned whether the information gathered actually indicated he remained important to Al Qaeda's operations.

Herewith, the books found in Bin Laden's compound: [Read more: Fernholz/Quartz/20May2015]

Post Office Dedicated to Fallen CIA Operations Officer. The town of Monroe, New York, on May 18th honored its fallen son, former Directorate of Operations* (DO) officer Gregg Wenzel, with a unique tribute. By an Act of Congress signed by President Obama, the Monroe Post Office was dedicated to Gregg's memory, with a plaque that reads: "This building is named in honor of Officer Gregg David Wenzel, National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency, by Act of Congress, Public Law 113-209, December 16, 2014." According to the US Postal Service website, since 1967 more than 1,500 postal facilities have been named in honor of individuals: Gregg is the first CIA officer to be afforded this distinction.

Gregg was a member of the CIA's first clandestine service training class to graduate after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In his short time with the Agency, he made a huge impact on those who knew him. He was known as quite a character - smart and hysterical - and always had a smile on his face. He was a warm, caring individual who believed in random gifts of kindness for all. Two years after joining the Agency, Gregg was killed on July 9, 2003 in a car accident in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was 33 years old. His is the 81st star carved into the Memorial Wall in the CIA Headquarters lobby. [Read more:]

A New Tribute for 525th Military Intelligence Brigade. Fallen soldiers who collected critical information about enemies in the swamps of Vietnam and the deserts of Afghanistan will be forever remembered in a new memorial for the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade.

A memorial with the names of 67 fallen soldiers from the brigade - mostly Vietnam veterans - will be erected on Fort Bragg. Details regarding its location are being finalized.

It is believed that it will be the first memorial for military intelligence soldiers.

"I hate to think that there are any fallen that have not been memorialized," said 1st Sgt. Kelly McAndrew, who helped lead efforts to acquire the memorial. [Read more: Dolasinski/TheFayettevilleObserver/23May2015]

Another Spying Scandal in Germany Adds to Political Crisis for Merkel. Eleven years ago, as the Iraq war raged, the National Security Agency quietly turned over to its German counterpart a sprawling electronic spying station in Bavaria. The transfer came with a deal: In consultation with the Americans, German spies would continue operating the station to intercept communications in Europe and the Middle East and share what they picked up.

For the third time in less than two years, Washington and Berlin are at loggerheads over that arrangement. After a month of intelligence leaks, awkward telephone calls between top aides to President Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and demands that the government here release data about what spying Germany did at America's bidding, Ms. Merkel is once again seeing the practical and political difficulties of disentangling intelligence relationships between the two countries.

Adding to the political pressure, emails between American and German officials have been leaked, all but confirming that a much-publicized effort in 2013 and 2014 to create rules that would halt any American snooping on German soil was largely a sham. The Germans who pushed for the agreement optimistically called them "no-spy" rules; the Americans considered them impossible from the start.

In the middle is Ms. Merkel, who has maintained that the partnership with the United States is essential to Germans' safety. [Read more: Smale&Sanger/NYTimes/21May2015]

A Former CIA Chief Told Us What Makes a Great Spy and Why They Missed on 9/11. Barry Royden was the Director of Counterintelligence for the CIA from 1999 through 2001, and he's been around the block. 

Business Insider interviewed Royden before his scheduled talk at the Commonwealth Club last month, and covered a number of topics, including the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and what makes a great spy.

While CIA operatives must be sociable, professional, and discreet, spies - foreign nationals recruited by the CIA - tend to exhibit different qualities, Royden told us.

The best spies always have access to guarded secrets and a reason to cooperate with their handlers. Royden described possible reasons spies might cooperate with the US. [Read more: Fisher/BusinessInsider/19May2015]

How Military Tech Changed IT: A Memorial Day Retrospective. Happy Memorial Day from a grateful InformationWeek staff. IT has always been a major part of the military. In fact, you could make the case that the military invented Information Technology. The military certainly pioneered some of the most important breakthroughs in IT.

Originally, I envisioned this as a tribute to individual service men and women who helped pioneer IT. But I came across two problems with that. First, the use of civilian contractors in some cases made it difficult to tell which person within or outside the military deserved credit. Second, individual credit isn't high on the list of military priorities. They like to tell the story of teams. To honor that, it seemed better to think of the achievements of the military as a whole, rather than specific people (though there is one I chose to single out). As in all areas of the military, there are simply more heroes than possible to name.

Whether you are talking about code-breaking and intelligence efforts, or the realization that large-scale operations required the gathering, storage, and retrieval of massive amount of intelligence data, the military has been looking for ways to harness information since before the computer.

When veterans returned from World War II and took jobs in the private sector, they brought what they had learned about management, the need for intelligence data, and basic information organization to their new jobs. Meanwhile, the military kept funding computers that would eventually find their first private-sector customers among these veterans who knew the value of data.

In honor of Memorial Day and the service of our veterans, let's see how the military pioneered IT for us all. Once you've checked out our list, share your comments. And if you are, or have been, in the military, we humbly thank you for your service. [Read more: Wagner/InformationWeek/25May2015]

What Secrets Lie Hidden in the CIA Library? It might sound odd, but the CIA (Central Intelligen,ce Agency) has a blog and in April 2015 posted about The Library. If you ever wondered what CIA agents do when they don't know something, the blog reveals that the CIA Library (founded in 1947) isn't like any other library in the US. It's described as a "cutting edge research and information hub".

There are periodicals/journals, newspapers and of course stacks of books (around 100,000) on "international affairs and political science, business and economics, science and technology, and topics of general and scholarly interest" included in The Library's print collection.

In addition to the collections that are "unclassified", The Library also houses "the literature of secrets" that are "classified" with restrictions on who can access them.

Besides the printed collection, the CIA Library's all-source reference and research services include "more than 200 domestic and foreign online databases that together include over 90,000 full-text electronic periodicals, dissertations, photographs, biographical resources, and public records."

Among the printed and digital collections, The Library also boasts "special collections on topics such as denial and deception." Another valuable resource is the participation in "interlibrary loans of circulating items with other government and public libraries." [Read more: Painter/TopSecretWriters/24May2015]


Hersh Furor Bares Pakistan's Perfidy More Than Obama's. Everybody seems to have a story about Seymour Hersh. Mine goes way back to sometime in 1971, about two years after I got back from Vietnam. Late one night in Boston, my phone rang. It was Hersh, asking what I knew about the CIA's Phoenix assassination program. He'd heard that I'd given testimony about it from my time as a military intelligence spy-handler in Vietnam. He didn't waste time on niceties.

Of course I knew who he was. He was already world famous from his recent expos� of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam. What more could I tell him? he demanded. Could I corroborate what somebody else had said about the torture of a captive? Did I know about so-and-so, such-and-such? The questions came ratatatat, more of an interrogation than an interview. And then he was gone. The 1972 publication of his book Coverup, which showed how high-level US Army officers buried the facts of yet another Vietnamese massacre, got far less attention than his original Pulitzer Prize-winning My Lai story, which focused on the soldiers.

Exposing high-level skullduggery is Hersh's line of work, as has been fully noted again this week, in stories recounting his astounding expos�s in the Watergate affair, the CIA's meddling in Chile, CIA domestic spying and so on, right down to the atrocities at Abu Ghraib, which pried open the window on CIA torture - stories that turned out, with notable exceptions, to be right on the money. But even way back then, Hersh was as much a story as his revelations. His taser-like style was legendary four decades ago. As somebody cracked this week, he's the Alec Baldwin of journalism, quick to take umbrage at questions about his work. So it went last week with the publication of his 10,000-word blockbuster about the Obama administration's multiple versions of the Osama Bin Laden assassination, which he proclaimed were full of "lies, misstatements and betrayals," something that "might have been written by Lewis Carroll." When critics leveled similar charges about his own story, Hersh's response was pretty much, "Get off my lawn." [Read more: Stein/Newsweek/17May2015]

Why Can't the White House Shut up About Secret Raids? Anyone paying attention to the escalating war against ISIS took notice last week when the White House announced that a first-of-its-kind special operations mission inside Syria had killed one of the group's commanders. ISIS members certainly took note. So did US military and intelligence veterans who questioned the wisdom of announcing the clandestine mission less than 24 hours after military helicopters lifted out of Syria.

The raid, which official accounts depict as a daring mission and tactical success, was announced one day after ISIS forces began an offensive on the Iraqi city of Ramadi. Taking control of Ramadi marks the jihadi army's capstone victory since capturing Mosul last summer. In that light, the decision to go public with the mission, while Ramadi was falling, was taken by some observers as a response to mounting criticisms that US policy was failing to contain ISIS's advances.

"We always have to admit the possibility that decision makers are working with information and calculations we're not privy to," said one Army Special Forces soldier about the decision to publicize the Syria mission. But, he added, "There is an equal possibility that they are either being... self-serving."

"Raids will only be as successful as the White House is patient in releasing details," said Michael Pregent, a former Army intelligence officer who later worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency. [Read more: Siegal/TheDailyBeast/24May2015]

Section V - Upcoming Events


Does This Man Look Like a Spy? Former South African Intelligence Boss Niel Barnard Launches Secret Revolution with John Maytham. The launch of Secret Revolution: Memoirs of a Spy Boss by former head of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) Ni�l Barnard, as told to Tobie Wiese, was an electric event. There was not one empty chair at The Book Lounge, where readers from all across the political spectrum came to hear remarkable tales from a man uniquely positioned to speak about a particularly troubling part of South Africa's history.

As Nicky Stubbs welcomed the author and his interviewer, John Maytham, she recalled Hilda Bernstein's memoir, The World that was Ours. In her foreword Bernstein wrote: "What I have written is the truth as I saw it but the whole truth will not be written for many years to come." 

10 years later her husband, Rusty Bernstein, wrote in Memory Against Forgetting: "For all those who resisted apartheid and finally laid it low, but whose courage and sacrifices are now in danger of being forgotten, �the struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting' (Milan Kundera)."

Barnard and Maytham engaged in a conversation that kept everyone on the edge of their seats from the first startling words to the last. The book has also been published in Afrikaans as Geheime revolusie: Memoires van 'n spioenbaas. [Read more: NBUitgewers/26May2015]


Lt. Col. Vince Clarke of Novato, Flyer With 210 Combat Missions, dies at 92. Lt. Col. Vincent Joseph "Gus" Clarke of Novato, a combat pilot who flew 210 missions during World War II and the Korean War, then worked for the CIA flying Air America cargo planes in Vietnam, will receive full military honors at a funeral in Marin County this weekend.

Mr. Clarke, who died May 14 of a heart attack at 92, will be saluted in ceremonies including a flyover at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Novato.

Mr. Clarke, an expert in dive-bombing and strafing in single-engine planes, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1953 for "extraordinary achievement" in ceremonies at Hamilton Air Force Base after leading an aerial attack on ground forces in Korea. At one point he weaved his plane through a convoluted mountain range to take out a North Korean dispatch courier on a motorcycle. His 20 decorations include the Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters.

His flying career with the 3rd Air Commando Group and the 8th Fighter Group 35th Squadron took him to a host of Pacific islands as well as New Guinea, the Philippines, Okinawa, Japan and Korea. Later, as a CIA contractor, his destinations included Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. [Read more: Johnson/MarinIndependantJournal/22May2015]


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.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015, 6 p.m. - N Las Vegas, NV - AFIO Roger E. McCarthy, Las Vegas Chapter Meets to hear August Schellhase on "Operations Security (OPSEC) For You and Your Family."

Our featured speaker for the evening will be: August P. Schellhase, speaking on “Operations Security (OPSEC) For You and Your Family: Minimizing Threats by Eliminating Indicators”
August Schellhase is an Operations Security (OPSEC) professional with the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, Nevada Field Office (NNSA/NFO). Mr. Schellhase is a Professional Project Services, Inc. (Pro2Serve®) employee and has dedicated nearly 31 years of his life to the NNSA/NFO starting as a Security Police Officer advancing to Field Lieutenant and then Training Lieutenant/Instructor with Wackenhut Services Inc. (WSI) and then OPSEC Specialist.
As a Security Police Officer, Mr. Schellhase directly assisted the OPSEC department on many occasions and finally became a full time OPSEC Specialist in 2006. As an educator, he has trained tens of thousands in security to include the FBI, Local and National Police agencies as well as the entire NNSA/NFO organization during Security Awareness and OPSEC Annual training. A recognized expert, Mr. Schellhase has been called upon by many organizations to provide security and OPSEC training and assistance.
Among Mr. Schellhase many contributions to the OPSEC world has been his past volunteer work as the Content Manager for the Operations Security Professional’s Association (OSPA) web site and willingness to share his OPSEC knowledge and expertise to the many organizations that have requested it.
Location: the Conference Center at Texas Station Casino, 2101 Texas Star Ln (corner of Rancho Blvd. and West Lake Mead Blvd.), North Las Vegas, NV 89032.
Questions: Email chapter secretary Christie Zalesny (, anytime or call her at 702- 271-5667

Wednesday, 10 June 2015, 11am - Albuquerque, NM - Col Roger Mickelson, USA speaks on “World War IV: The Current Global Ideological War” at this AFIO New Mexico Chapter Event

The June meeting will feature a special presentation by COL Roger Mickelson, President of the Military Conflict Institute. He has written an up-to-date, detailed treatise on the conflict against Islamic extremism – a good example of asymmetric warfare. As we cannot do justice to the breadth and depth of his presentation in a paragraph, the chapter supplied a PDF copy to all chapter member/invitees. A hardcopy will be available at the meeting.
This is a thoughtful, in-depth, well researched paper on a current, crucial topic. COL Mickelson has agreed to entertain questions after the presentation, and we encourage maximum attendance at the upcoming meeting.
Location: "The Egg & I," 6909 Menaul Blvd (just East of Louisiana).
Sign In and Order Lunch: 11:00 / Pledge of Allegiance, Call to Order 11:30
Replies to: Pete Bostwick (505) 898-2649 or to Mike Ford (505) 294-6133

Saturday, 20 June 2015, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - The AFIO Maine Chapter hears former US Amb Dunbar (Yemen) on "YEMEN 2015: How and Why a Political Awakening Became a Nightmare"

Charles F. Dunbar, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, served 31 years as a State Department Foreign Service officer with assignments to Iran, Afghanistan, Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania. He became chargé d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 1981 to 1983, and U.S. Ambassador to Yemen 1988 to 1991. In 1991 he became UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative leading a UN Peace Operation in Western Sahara.
Since leaving the Foreign Service Ambassador Dunbar has taught at Simmons College and currently teaches at Boston University.
Yemen is one of the oldest centers of civilization in the Near East and believed to be the seat of biblical Sheba. Ambassador Dunbar describes the present Republic of Yemen as a failed Middle Eastern state along with Syria, Iraq and Libya. After the three years of UN-assisted negotiations failed, former President Saleh presided over and abetted the country’s slide into civil war after popular protests forced his resignation. Each country neighboring Yemen has its own special conflicting interests. Ambassador Dunbar sees the U.S. policy of droning al-Qa’ida operatives as short sighted, failing to fully appreciate what state failure in Yemen would mean.
Location: The meeting, open to the public, will be at the Brick Store Museum program center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk. For information call 207-967-4298.

Other Upcoming Events

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, 5 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.

16 June 2015, 1130 am - McLean, VA - The DIF (Defense Intelligence Forum) meets to hear Ralph Winnie on "My Visit to Cuba."

The Defense Intelligence Forum (DIAA - Defense Intelligence Alumni Association) meets to hear Mr. Ralph E. Winnie, Jr. will speak on “His Visit to Cuba.” As the Director of the Eurasian Business Coalition’s China Program, Ralph E. Winnie, Jr. was appointed by the Guangxi Investment Promotion Agency as Business Development Representative for North America. He has been responsible for the promotion of business development, tax and trade between Guangxi province in the People Republic of China and the United States. Ralph is responsible for advising domestic and foreign clients regarding international tax minimization strategies and joint ventures in China. Ralph has extensive experience and expertise dealing with members of Congress, U.S. agencies and foreign governments. His foreign governmental contacts are at the highest level, having reviewed an agreement between an Asian Government and the Government of the United States for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income and capital. Ralph received an LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002 and graduated magna cum laude from Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 1999. He is a member of the District of Columbia and New York Bars and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court. He studied international law at Oxford University (Magdalen College) in Oxford, the United Kingdom and Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia.

Deadline to reserve: 15 June 2015 by email to Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses for each attendee, and choose either chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, or fettuccini with portabella. Send in your luncheon selections with your reservations for accurate service. Pay at the door with a check for $29 per person, payable to DIAA, Inc. Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged.

Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA. Pay at the door with check for $ 29 payable to DIAA, Inc
Registration starts at 1130 AM, lunch at noon. Modified Chatham House Rule. Everything will be off the record

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

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 6:30pm - Washington DC - "Tracking the Elusive Pueblo" at the International Spy Museum

In January 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War, North Korea captured the USS Pueblo. The seizure of the ship, equipped with electronic and signals intelligence systems and 83 crewmen, provoked outrage in the US, with some calling for a nuclear response. What really happened during this hot Cold War incident? CDR Douglas Hackett, USN (Ret.) will explore the Pueblo�s surveillance mission, and provide the definitive naval intelligence assessment of whether the Pueblo was in North Korean waters, based on North Korean-provided information. He�ll also share the US government�s response to the crisis, North Korea�s motivation, what happened to the crew who were held prisoner for nearly a year, and what has become of the Pueblo today."

Tickets: $8. Visit

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 6:30pm - Washington DC - "code name: CYNTHIA" - A Spy Musical - at the International Spy Museum

Get yourself to this staged reading and singing of the action-packed new spy musical celebrating the exploits of Betty Thorpe whose real spy career ranged from Madrid to Warsaw to Washington.

Presented by the Pallas Theatre Collective, "code name: CYNTHIA" opens as Paris falls to the Nazis and master spy Betty Thorpe (code name: Cynthia) barely escapes with her life. When a mysterious mastermind blackmails the stunning beauty back into intelligence for the Allies, Betty resolves to seduce the enemy, steal France's naval codes from the Vichy Embassy in Washington, DC, and save her own delicate world from falling to pieces. This lyrical homage features music by Karen Multer and book and lyrics by Steve Multer, a 2014 finalist for the Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre.

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, noon - Washington, DC - The Billion Dollar Spy: Author Debriefing at the International Spy Museum

While getting into his car on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA's Moscow station was handed an envelope by an unknown Russian. Its contents stunned the Americans: details of top secret Soviet research and development in military technology that was totally unknown to the United States.

From David Hoffman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Dead Hand, comes the riveting story of the CIA's most valuable spy in the Soviet Union and an evocative portrait of the agency's Moscow station, an outpost of daring espionage in the last years of the Cold War. Drawing on previously secret documents obtained from the CIA, as well as interviews with participants, Hoffman will reveal how the depredations of the Soviet state motivated one man to master the craft of spying against his own nation until he was betrayed to the KGB by a disgruntled former CIA trainee. No one has ever told this story before in such detail, and Hoffman's deep knowledge of spycraft, the Cold War, and military technology makes him uniquely qualified to bring to the International Spy Museum this real life espionage thriller.

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit

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