AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #23-15 dated 9 June 2015

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NEW MEXICO: 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. More info here...

MAINE: 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 US Ambassador to Yemen, served 31 years as a State Department Foreign Service officer with assignments to Iran, Afghanistan, Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania. He became charg� d'affaires at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 1981 to 1983, and US Ambassador to Yemen 1988 to 1991. More info here...

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Intel Panel Sends Spy Policy Bill to House Floor. The House Intelligence Committee unanimously passed the fiscal 2016 Intelligence Authorization Act on Thursday, sending the policy bill to the chamber floor.

The markup of the legislation occurred behind closed doors, but the bill passed through a voice vote without opposition, despite some reservations from Democrats.

"This bill will ensure that the intelligence community receives the resources it needs to continue protecting Americans from attack by a wide array of foreign adversaries," committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said in a statement on Thursday morning. "The legislation is a crucial component of the committee's oversight responsibilities, and I look forward to swift consideration of the bill by the full House of Representatives."

Details of the legislation remain classified, but it would dictate spending by the CIA, National Security Agency and other spy branches to target terrorism and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. [Read more: Hattem/TheHill/4June2015]

Authors of Senate Torture Report Seek to Fact Check a New Memoir by Former CIA Official. The former deputy CIA director made a series of factual misstatements while defending the agency's harsh treatment of detainees in his recent book, Senate intelligence committee staffers assert in a 54-page document filed with citations from CIA records.

The detailed critique of the memoir by Michael Morell shows the extent to which critics and backers continue to try to shape public perceptions of the CIA's post-9/11 detention and interrogation program, even months after the release of a Senate report that sought to render a final judgment on it.

How the public interprets the CIA's use of torture is not merely a matter of history: At least one Republican presidential candidate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, recently promised to bring back harsh interrogation techniques if elected.

Morell is affiliated with a consulting firm that includes former aides to Hillary Rodham Clinton, and he is often mentioned for possible national security jobs were she elected president in 2016. [Read more: Dilanian/AP/2June2015]

With a Series of Major Hacks, China Builds a Database on Americans. China is building massive databases of Americans' personal information by hacking government agencies and US health-care companies, using a high-tech tactic to achieve an age-old goal of espionage: recruiting spies or gaining more information on an adversary, US officials and analysts say.

Groups of hackers working for the Chinese government have compromised the networks of the Office of Personnel Management, which holds data on millions of current and former federal employees, as well as the health insurance giant Anthem, among other targets, the officials and researchers said.

"They're definitely going after quite a bit of personnel information," said Rich Barger, chief intelligence officer of ThreatConnect, a Northern Virginia cybersecurity firm. "We suspect they're using it to understand more about who to target [for espionage], whether electronically or via human recruitment."

The targeting of large-scale databases is a relatively new tactic and is used by the Chinese government to further its intelligence gathering, the officials and analysts say. It is government espionage, not commercial espionage, they say. [Nakashima/WashingtonPost/5June2015]

Declassified Document Says Posada Carriles Likely Planned 1976 Bombing of Cuban Plane. A 1976 document declassified Wednesday by the State Department shows concerns about the CIA's links with extremist groups within the Cuban exile community and points to Luis Posada Carriles as the most likely planner of the bombing attack against a Cubana Airlines plane that year.

The memorandum was sent to then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger by two high ranking State Department officials who evaluated the accusations made by Fidel Castro on the alleged US involvement in the downing of a Cubana plane traveling out of Barbados on Oct. 6, 1976, in which 73 people were killed.

"We have now pursued in detail with CIA (1) what we know about responsibility for the sabotage of the Cubana airliner and (2) how any actions by CIA, FBI, or Defense attache�s might relate to the individuals or groups alleged to have responsibility," states the report.

The memorandum concludes that the CIA had previous ties to three of the people "supposedly" involved in the downing of a Cuban airliner, "but any role that these people may have had with the demolition took place without the knowledge of the CIA." [Read more: Torres&Chardy/MiamiHerald/4June2015]

CIA Chief Makes Secret Visit to Israel Ahead of Iran Deal. United States Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan came to Israel last week for a secret visit dealing mainly with the agreement developing between Iran and the world powers on Tehran's nuclear program, and Iran's involvement in terror and subversive activities throughout the Middle East, two senior Israeli officials have told Haaretz.

The senior Israeli officials, who asked to remain anonymous due to the secrecy of the visit, said that Brennan was the guest of Mossad head Tamir Pardo, and also met with other members of the Israeli intelligence community, including the head of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi. Brennan also met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen.

A spokesman for the CIA declined to comment for this report.

Brennan's visit to Israel last Thursday had been planned long ahead of time. However, it came at a sensitive diplomatic juncture, about a month before the date set for a comprehensive agreement between Iran and the six world powers on Iran's nuclear program. It is unclear whether Brennan conveyed a message about the agreement to Netanyahu from President Barack Obama. [Read more: Ravid/Haaretz/9June2015]

A Raid on ISIS Yields a Trove of Intelligence. American intelligence agencies have extracted valuable information about the Islamic State's leadership structure, financial operations and security measures by analyzing materials seized during a Delta Force commando raid last month that killed a leader of the terrorist group in eastern Syria, according to United States officials.

The information harvested from the laptops, cellphones and other materials recovered from the raid on May 16 has already helped the United States identify, locate and carry out an airstrike against another Islamic State leader in eastern Syria, on May 31. American officials expressed confidence that an influential lieutenant, Abu Hamid, was killed in the attack, but the Islamic State, which remains resilient, has not yet confirmed his death.

New insights yielded by the seized trove - four to seven terabytes of data, according to one official - include how the organization's shadowy leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, operates and tries to avoid being tracked by coalition forces.

Mr. Baghdadi meets periodically with regional emirs, or leaders, at his headquarters in Raqqa in eastern Syria. To ensure his safety, specially entrusted drivers pick up each of the emirs and demand that they hand over their cellphones and any other electronic devices to avoid inadvertently disclosing their location through tracking by American intelligence, the officials said. [Read more: Schmitt/NYTimes/8June2015]

Army's Public Website Hacked by Unknown Intruders. Defense officials confirm the official public Army website has been hacked by unknown intruders demanding the US stop training rebel fighters inside Syria.

Unlike the massive hack into Office of Personnel Management records, the officials stress the website contains no official classified information or private personal data of any Amy personnel, military or civilian.


It's not clear yet whether the Army or the hackers shut down the website. [Read more: NBCNews/8June2015]


Remembering CIA's Heroes: William F. Buckley. William F. Buckley, a legendary Agency officer, died on June 3, 1985 after enduring 14 months in terrorist custody. Bill was abducted in Beirut, Lebanon, which set off one of the most grueling periods in the CIA's history. His legacy of bravery and resolve has inspired Agency officers who have followed in his footsteps.

Bill joined the CIA after distinguishing himself during the Korean War as Company Commander with the US Army's 1st Cavalry Division. His heroism was on full display when he captured a North Korean machine gun nest, an act of valor that earned him a Silver Star. His military valor also earned him two Purple Hearts, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and a Combat Infantry Badge, among other awards.

Elements of Bill's career at the CIA remain classified, but he was one of the first Agency officers to grasp the growing threat from international terrorism. In the late 1970s, for example, Bill helped develop the Incident Response Team and the Counterterrorism Group, the forerunner to today's Counterterrorism Center. His assignments took him around the globe, as there was no mission that Bill would turn down.

It came as no surprise to Bill's colleagues that he volunteered to serve as the CIA Station Chief in Lebanon following the 1983 Beirut Embassy bombing, the deadliest attack in CIA history. Underscoring his bravery, Bill took the assignment acutely aware of Beirut's high threat environment, which had included credible threats against other US officials posted there. Bill immediately brought energy and focus to the primary mission: countering the terrorists that had taken the lives of several CIA colleagues, as well as State Department and Military counterparts. [Read more:]

See Inside �3m Mansion Used by the Queen and MI6. A fairytale castle used as a playground by the Queen and with connections to MI6 has been put on the market for more than �3 million.

Carberry Tower, a 16th-century mansion set in more than 30 acres of Musselburgh parkland, is being sold by AmaZing Venues, which has owned the property since 2011.

The distinctive B-listed building boasts 30 luxury bedrooms, nine function rooms, a library and a converted former chapel - but estate agents said it was the site's unique history which could prove particularly irresistible to buyers.

The lands on which it stands were first mentioned in the 11th century when King David I of Scotland granted Carberry to the monks of Dunfermline Abbey. [Read more: Grant/EdinburghNews/4June2015]

Suspected Russian IRS Hack Raises Larger Questions About Spy Recruitment, Blackmail. Had the CIA simply pulled Aldrich Hazen Ames credit report, the agency would have immediately realized his lifestyle didn't comport with his salary.

Ames was arrested by the FBI in Arlington, Virginia on espionage charges on February 24, 1994. At the time of his arrest, Ames was a 31-year veteran of the CIA who had been spying for the Russians since 1985. Arrested with him was his wife, Rosario Ames, who aided and abetted his espionage activities.

Following guilty pleas by both Ames and his wife on April 28, 1994, Ames was sentenced to incarceration for life without the possibility of parole. Rosario Ames was sentenced on October 20, 1994 to 63 months in prison.

Ames was a CIA case officer who spoke Russian and specialized in the Russian intelligence services, including the KGB, the USSR's foreign intelligence service. His initial overseas assignment was in Ankara, Turkey, where he targeted Russian intelligence officers for recruitment. Later, he worked in New York City and Mexico City, Mexico. On April 16, 1985, while assigned to the CIA's Soviet/ East European Division at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, he secretly volunteered to provide classified materials to KGB officers at the USSR Embassy in Washington, DC. Shortly thereafter, the KGB paid him $50,000. During the summer of 1985, Ames met several times with a Russian diplomat to whom he passed classified information about CIA and FBI human sources, as well as technical operations targeting the Soviet Union. In December 1985, Ames met with a Moscow-based KGB officer in Bogota, Colombia. In July 1986, Ames was transferred to Rome, Italy. [Read more: Kimery/HomelandSecurityToday/3June2015]

Savannah Hero Remembered for Secret Work With U-2 Spy Plane. Just before sunrise on Nov. 17, 1955, Billy Brown of Savannah, along with 13 other men, was in Burbank, Calif., preparing to board a C-54 Lockheed airplane bound for whereabouts known to only a privileged few. A short while later, the plane took off and headed for a top secret location where the U-2 spy plane was constructed and tested.

As far as the public was concerned, the remote desert site - nicknamed Area 51, Watertown, Groom Lake and The Ranch - did not exist.

It was the '50s and at the height of the Cold War, a time when questions and explanations about the government's covert activities weren't asked or offered. During this war, no boots were on the ground. Instead, the nerve-wracking battle existed behind closed doors when both the United States-led Western powers and the Soviet-bloc countries strived to win the nuclear arms race. For the US, the conflict involved many top-secret aspects, including the testing of nuclear bombs and the construction of reconnaissance planes.

For all Grace and Jimmy Brown knew, their first-born child was gainfully employed by the government and that was fine with them. They were extremely proud of the son they called Billy, a slender, bespectacled young man who was just 23 when he was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency. He grew up in Savannah, where his dad was the longtime owner of the Savannah Maytag Co. on West Congress Street. The younger Brown was his father's best buddy and his grandfather's hunting and fishing pal. [Read more: Stramm/SavannahNow/1June2015]

For Next Edition of Influential Global Trends Report, National Intelligence Council Looks to Expand Its Audience. Between sessions on the value of creating a physical expression of digital brands (Evernote socks) and Bitcoin, this year's South by South West (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, featured newcomers from a different background: the US National Intelligence Council.

Every four years, the National Intelligence Council produces what in the admittedly niche world of US government publications might be considered a best-seller. The Global Trends Report, which ends up on the president's desk to be shared with the national security team, highlights national and global security threats for the next 20 years and always elicits buzz in the beltway.

The unclassified report includes not just tomorrow's intelligence and security issues - cybersecurity and the latest warfighting technology - but social and environmental concerns. Development trends, natural resource challenges, demographic shifts, science and technology breakthroughs, worldwide changes in ideas and identities all input into the report and fill out a series of plausible global scenarios to illustrate alternative futures over the next 20 years. The next version of the Global Trends Report is now in the works for delivery to the Oval Office in 2016.

Increasingly over the years, the Global Trends series has reached out to widen its circle of involvement beyond the intelligence community and think tank world, thus finding itself at SXSW this March. The once geek-free festival, focused initially on creative multimedia types linked to music and film, is now replete with all sorts of techies and is a hot bed for "what's next." It drew upwards of 70,000 attendees this year, filling every hotel and campground for miles, not to mention hundreds of thousands of followers online. Not a bad place to get the word out about the Global Trends process. [Read more: Gale/NewSecurityBeat/1June2015]

The Spy Who Billed Me. In 1961, when a KGB counterintelligence officer showed up at a CIA station in Helsinki, Jeanne Vertefeuille held the keys to the office safe. "Responsibility for office funds was part of my normal administrative duties," the former CIA officer writes in Circle of Treason, the book she co-authored in 2013, "and therefore I could get into the strongbox where we kept our money."

The intelligence officer and his family needed to get out of the country, fast, and they needed money for the plane tickets and travel expenses. "I immediately drove to the office, opened the strongbox, pulled out wads of currency without counting, and then proceeded as fast as I could to the airport," Vertefeuille writes. She sped to the airport, where she met the defecting officer and the CIA station chief, handed them the money, and sent them on their way to the United States.

Her takeaway, as a bureaucrat? "Needless to say," she writes, "my accountings did not balance that month."

Like every other business, clandestine operations have a budget and like every federal agency, that budget is examined by scores of government workers. But how do expenses work if you're a spy, doing secret work? [Read more: Laskow/Slate/3June2015]

CIA Ties to Forest Service Smokejumpers Documented, Names Released. There's a painting hanging in the Central Intelligence Agency's Langley, Virginia, headquarters called "Khampa Airlift to Tibet."

"You look at the canopy of the parachute and you can tell they are smokejumpers, and the suits are smokejumper suits," said retired jump trainer Chuck Sheley. "You could figure out where they got their training."

Artist Dru Blair's nighttime image depicts a man in a parachute and several loads of cargo dropping into a moonlit mountain valley.

It recounts more than a decade of CIA efforts to support Tibetan resistance movements against the People's Republic of China during the 1950s and 1960s.

And this summer, that chapter of covert history will get another quiet acknowledgement when the National Smokejumper Association brings its 75th anniversary celebration to Missoula on July 17. [Read more: Chaney/Missoulian/7June2015]

11 American Spies Who Did the Worst Damage to the US Military. History has shown that all spies are not created equal in terms of the damage their efforts have done to military readiness. Here are 11 of the worst: [Read more: Nye/WeAreTheMighty/4June2015]

A New Spy Novelist for Vladimir Putin's World. The spy was going to be late. In Jason Matthews's line of work, that was cause for worry. But on this rainy afternoon in Washington, DC, the former CIA officer was merely dodging traffic, not a Russian trap. And he was rushing to meet a reporter, not a secret agent.

But shedding the cloak and dagger, it turns out, isn't as easy as trading wingtips for Top-Siders. Both Matthews and his wife, Suzanne, also a former CIA secret agent handler, still look over their shoulders for hostile intelligence agents. It comes from three decades of dodging Russian, Chinese and other adversaries' counterspies.

"Yeah, the old habits die hard, proving that there is no such thing as a former ops officer," jokes Matthews, in town to promote his second, much anticipated spy novel, Palace of Treason. "Suzanne and I notice cars behind us, we come home from parties with the same assessments of people, we still pick up a phone and think, 'It's tapped.'"

Likewise, while ordinary people don't give a Georgetown alley a second look, Matthews walks by and thinks, "Good site for a dead drop." [Read more: Stein/Newsweek/7June2015]

A Lawyer's Spy Legacy. John Rizzo knows how he'll be remembered.

The nattily dressed 67-year-old Boston native spent half his life as a lawyer with the CIA, and he may be its most influential legal mind ever.

But it is the last decade of his career there, when Rizzo oversaw the building of a legal framework for "enhanced interrogation" techniques, that has come to define his legacy. 

"I know what the first paragraph of my obituary is going to read," he said recently, speaking in the conference room of the Steptoe and Johnson law firm, where he has spent time since 2010: " 'John Rizzo, lead counsel, legally approved the torture programs' - because the euphemism now is torture."

"So I've accepted that, as to the extent I'm known at all, it'll be for that," he said. [Read more: Hattem/TheHill/9June2015]


Spooks Admit It in Private: Leaker Snowden Has Made Them Rethink, ReformulateTheir Methods. The first revelation from the Snowden documents, less than two years ago, exposed systematic storage and analysis of all Americans' telephone records by the National Security Agency and the FBI. As of midnight last night, that programme - launched in secrecy soon after 9/11 by the then vice-president, Dick Cheney - is over. Congress refused to sanction the continuation of domestic mass surveillance in the guise of collecting "business records". The clear mood was that substantial restrictions on NSA surveillance had become inevitable.

Outside the US, some proponents of surveillance have travelled in the opposite direction. France passed an intrusive new internet surveillance law less than a month ago. Australia has done the same. Emboldened by the election victory and no longer restrained by principled Lib Dem concerns, Theresa May now pledges to force her souped-up investigatory powers bill on the UK.

But despite the machismo of political discourse, and what intelligence chiefs have publicly professed about "capability gaps", it appears that in private many lessons from Snowden have been understood.

Two weeks ago at Ditchley Park, a thinktank and conference centre near Oxford, a remarkable follow-up to the revelations took place when Sir John Scarlett, the former chief of SIS - the Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6 - presided as 40-plus participants from around the world spent three days intensively reviewing changed approaches to intelligence, security and privacy. [Read more: Campbell/TheGuardian/2June2015]

Cybersecurity Views From a National Intelligence Officer. I participated in the Cyber Exchange Forum earlier today, an event sponsored by the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC). The featured speaker was Sean Kanuck, National Intelligence Officer for Cyber Issues, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In this role, Sean directs the production of national intelligence estimates (for cyber-threats), leads the intelligence community (IC) in cyber analysis, and writes personal assessments about strategic developments in cyberspace.

Sean said that organizations can expect to encounter cyber-attacks that cause IT attrition and degradation. Much like disaster recovery, organizations should then create a plan that allows them to operate in a degraded state when this occurs - not optimal but not out of business either. 

In my humble opinion, Mr. Kanuck did a great job of bridging the gap between the feds and the private sector cybersecurity community this morning. We need more of these candid presentations/discussions and less rhetoric and government-speak out of Washington. [Read more: Oltsik/NetworkWorld/2June2015]

Modernizing Analytical Training for the 21st Century - Analysis. The aim of intelligence analysis is straightforward enough: to foresee emerging threats to the extent that one can prepare sufficiently in advance to either prevent or at least mitigate them. Research lies at the core of this enterprise in forecasting risk, whether via classified or unclassified data. But at a time when open source information is exponentially increasing in direct proportion to levels of uncertainty, how such foresight is conducted and by whom has become a key concern.

In 2011, the US government took a bold step in attempting to address those concerns. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (or IARPA, a division of the Office of the Director of National intelligence) invested in a four-year exploration of the underpinnings of better foresight analysis. Known as the Aggregative Contingent Estimation (ACE) program, the initiative used a tournament originally consisting of five teams of forecasters to determine which individuals were most adept at forecasting future geopolitical outcomes and which traits shaped the best. Investigators and observers alike were surprised by the tournament's results.

While the harnessing and development of expertise has become the default sine qua non of what is considered to be good analysis, there was a time when this was not necessarily supported by the entire US intelligence community. During the 1980s and 1990s, key analysts argued against the use of experts as the sole guide to good analytical ability. In his lauded collection of essays and articles in Psychology of Intelligence Analysis , CIA analyst Richards J. Heuer, Jr. suggested that expertise alone is simply not enough. Influenced by Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's and Amos Tversky's investigations into human psychology and decision-making (summarized in Kahneman's modern classic, Thinking Fast and Slow), Heuer, Jr. proclaimed process in critical thinking as a better catalyst in analytical performance.

Heuer's focus on cognitive style - a departure from academic and government thinking at the time - established a few clear boundaries. [Read more: Joseph/ISNSecurityWatch/8June2015]

Analysis - Phone Metadata: Constitution Vests Authority to Collect Foreign Intelligence Information Directly in the President. On May 7, in ACLU v. Clapper, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the controversial National Security Agency (NSA) telephone metadata collection program - involving the court-ordered collection of vast amounts of telephone bill information for subsequent computer searches to identify phone numbers that communicate with phones associated with foreign terrorists - was not authorized by Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the legal authority upon which it was said to be based.

Many who learned of the court's decision quite reasonably assumed that meant the metadata collection program was illegal. But it is important to understand that there are important constitutional issues that were not raised in this case and are largely being ignored in the current public debate.

Consistent with other provisions of the Constitution (such as the Bill of Rights), the Constitution vests authority to collect foreign intelligence information (including counterterrorism intelligence) directly in the President. Neither Section 215 nor any other statutory provision could usurp the President's independent constitutional power.

The historical record is clear. Writing in 1788 in Federalist 64, John Jay explained to the American people that the proposed Constitution had left the President "able to manage the business of intelligence in such manner as prudence may suggest." This was part of the general grant of the nation's "executive power" to the President in Article II, Section 1.

For nearly two centuries, Congress not only made no effort to constrain presidential collection of foreign intelligence, it repeatedly affirmed the President's special authority over foreign policy, diplomacy and intelligence collection. [Read more: Turner/HomelandSecurityToday/2June2015]

Section V - Deaths, Books, and Upcoming Events


Elizabeth McIntosh, former OSS and CIA, author, has died in Virginia at age 100.

Betty McIntosh conjured lies in the line of duty ['morale operations'] for the Office of Strategic Services and as an author wrote about the women who used their brains — and sometimes their bodies — to help that spy agency in World War II, died June 8. She was 100. The cause was a heart attack, said Alice A. Booher, her legal representative. The daughter of a sportswriter, Mrs. McIntosh grew up in Hawaii and followed her father into journalism. She reported on women’s issues for the Scripps Howard news service but grew restless after having witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. A family acquaintance with connections to the 3-year OSS, which later evolved into the CIA, asked her, “Wouldn’t you like to get into something interesting like. . .’ You know, he didn’t say ‘spying,’ but he just said, ‘more interesting maybe than the work you’re doing.’ ” She joined the OSS in 1943 and completed field-agent training in interrogation techniques, clandestine meetings and use of firearms. But cloak-and-dagger espionage or Mata Hari-style boudoir intrigue would not be her legacy. [Read more: Bernstein/WashPost/8June2015]
A memorial service for Betty is being held Sunday, June 28th at 12:30 PM at Westminster at Lake Ridge, 12191 Clipper Drive, Lake Ridge, VA. We thank The OSS Society's Charles Pinck for this information.


What's the Point of Spies? In an increasingly technological age, government agencies can read text messages, intercept emails and listen to phone calls at the click of a mouse. Satellite imagery and CCTV are pervasive. Carry a mobile phone and you are effectively carrying a beacon that the boffins at GCHQ can track. With a little know-how, a laptop can be bugged, hacked, even turned into an explosive device. Against such a background, what can an old-fashioned intelligence officer possibly bring to the party?

In the good old days, a spy spent months - often years - recruiting and then running an agent. Phones were tapped, apartments bugged and correspondence opened, but spying was fundamentally about human interaction. Cold War Warriors knew that they needed somebody on the inside - a disgruntled diplomat, an impoverished cleaning lady - who could tell them what the enemy was thinking. This was the world of Kim Philby and Oleg Penkovsky, of chalk marks on walls and dead drops on Hampstead Heath. For almost 50 years, British and American intelligence officers went toe-to-toe with their counterparts at the Lubyanka, suppressing the threat from communist Russia by recruiting agents inside the Soviet system. 

Those days are long gone. As Stephen Grey explains in his exceptional new book about spying, the unique political circumstances of the post-9/11 world, combined with rapid developments in weapons and telecommunications technology, have permanently shifted the espionage paradigm.

Once, a CIA officer living in, say, Berlin could have popped over the Wall to tap up a member of the Stasi then be back home in time for supper. An MI5 officer stationed in Northern Ireland could walk into a pub in Derry and have a quiet pint with a source in the IRA. At the risk of sounding glib, it's tricky to do that with the Taliban unless you speak fluent Pashto and can blend in with the locals. [Read more: Cumming/TheTelegraph/7June2015]


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 US Ambassador to Yemen, served 31 years as a State Department Foreign Service officer with assignments to Iran, Afghanistan, Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania. He became charg� d'affaires at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 1981 to 1983, and US 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 US 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.

15 July 2015, 11:30am - 2pm - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts John Lightfoot, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Counterterrorism branch in the FBI San Francisco Division.

Topic will be "Current Issues in Terrorism: Here and Over There". ASAC Lightfoot will discuss Al-Q'aida today, the rise and threat of the Islamic State, domestic groups and updates on recent Bay Area cases. 11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon. Note different location: Basque Cultural Center: 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080.
E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi at with your meal choice (Salmon with Champagne Sauce OR Breast of Chicken Chasseur) and you will be sent an Eventbrite link to register. Alternately, mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-members $35. $35 at the door. RSVP is required by July 3, 2015 - no walk-ins.

CIRA and AFIO's 40th Anniversary Celebration
25 - 26 August 2015
- McLean, VA - CIRA and AFIO will be holding a joint conference and celebration of our 40th anniversaries on 25-26 August 2015.
Day One - Tuesday, 25 August: This celebration coincides with the next CIA Annuitant Reunion on 25 August where many CIRA and AFIO members, who are CIA retirees, will be in attendance.
AFIO and CIRA members who are CIA annuitants and who retired on an even year, will be invited directly by email by CIA and should sign up for that day when the CIA invitation arrives in your inbox. Day One at CIA is limited to current/retired CIA employees or, through AFIO/CIRA, retirees of other Federal IC Agencies.
Day Two - Wednesday, 26 August: The conference expands and continues on Day Two at a local Tysons, Virginia hotel, with many more CIA, CIRA, AFIO, and other IC speakers and panelists. This second day ends with a large "Spies in Black Ties"™ Anniversary Reception and Awards Banquet.

Additional information on this joint 40th conference will be forthcoming soon from AFIO and CIRA, including hotel registration information for those coming from out of state. Please watch your inbox, and Hold these Dates.

Other Upcoming Events

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

Thursday, 11 June 2015, noon - 2 pm - Washington, DC - The Returned & Services League of Australia, Washington Sub-Branch hosts Aurelio Azpiazu, on The Southern Maryland Applied Research and Technology Consortium, Inc.

Mr. Aurelio Azpiazu, Chairman of The Southern Maryland Applied Research and Technology Consortium, Inc., explains what is consortium does -- and has done -- for the U.S. and Australia. Aurelio Azpiazu, has more than 40 years of international technology assessment and marketing expertise. He spent more than 16 years with the US Department of Defense, leaving that appointment as the first Director for Industrial Cooperation with Australia. As the incumbent, he was asked to return to the Embassy of Australia post after nearly 20 years and develop new directions for defence technology and industrial cooperation with Australian firms. His original pioneering work resulted in more than $3 Billion dollars of reciprocal business opportunities. That record continues in the nearly 12 years during which he occupied the position including expansion of the identification and guidance provided to Australian products and firms in achieving success with US Comparative Technology Office (CTO) Tests, collaboration with US Veteran Owned Businesses and other programs. The CTO recognized his achievements in this most recent period by reporting that as a result of his efforts, $46.925 million had been invested in securing and testing Australian products and as a result of successful trials more than $415.5 million in acquired products had been the result. Many of these products are under continuing acquisition programs resulting in an ever increasing total. Mr. Azpiazu has consulted to Fortune 50 Firms and World Class Corporations in more than 40 countries. He has managed and has direct experience in large, technical engineering projects, training and international program management. He has worked in the medical field as a senior officer directing Operations of a publicly traded firm, and operated as CEO of Start-ups and other small business firms. Mr. Azpiazu is also on several corporate boards, Chairs and serves on community-based, not-for-profit organizations and is a Patent Holder for several devices including computer security products and techniques. His work continues on behalf of international and domestic clients seeking collaborative arrangements, contracts and R&D in a number of countries. Mr. Azpiazu has been asked to present to audiences in the USA and abroad on strategies for entering markets and better understanding the unique aspects of defense procurements. Mr. Azpiazu credits many of his successes to the long term relationships he established and enjoys with friends, colleagues and other professionals in the USA and many countries.

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each. NOTE: Valid photo ID required. Attire: Business casual. RSVP by noon on Wednesday June 10, 2015, to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to
Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.

Event location: Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-352-8550;,

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, US 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

14 October 2015, 6 - 9 pm - Arlington, VA - Silver Anniversary Gala and Chancellor's Dinner by Institute of World Politics

Hold the date. Dr. Lenczowski and the Trustees of The Institute of World Politics invite member to attend the Silver Anniversary Gala and Chancellor's Dinner with Keynote Speaker Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, US Army(Ret), 18th Director of DIA.
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Arlington, VA. Further details to follow. Questions to Jennifer E. Giglio at

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