AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #25-15 dated 23 June 2015

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Obituaries and Upcoming Events

Obituaries

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

For Additional AFIO and other Events two+ months or more... Calendar of Events 

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SPECIAL Announcements

RESTRICTION HAS BEEN CHANGED: To attend Day One at CIA you need to have been an employee, at some time, of any member agency of the Intelligence Community (or are now currently with, or retired from, one of those agencies). A spouse accompanying you may attend regardless of no prior IC employment. Restriction does not apply to Day Two.

CIRA (Central Intelligence Retirees Association) and
AFIO (Association of Former Intelligence Officers) are 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, have been invited directly by CIA and should sign up for that day when the CIA invitation arrives in your inbox. Annuitants of odd years who wish to attend may register through the links below.
RESTRICTION: To attend Day One at CIA you need to have been an employee, at some time, of any member agency of the Intelligence Community (or are now currently with, or retired from, one of those agencies). A spouse accompanying you may attend without prior IC employment. Restriction does not apply to Day Two.

Day Two - Wednesday, 26 August: The conference expands and continues on Day Two at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel, with many CIA, CIRA, AFIO, and other IC speakers and panelists. This second day ends with a "Spies in Black Ties"™ Anniversary Reception and Awards Banquet.

Invitation Letter to Members

pdf is attached Tentative Agenda

To apply securely online, use form here.

To print-and-mail a pdf is attached registration form, open it here.

Space at this special event is limited.

If you have questions, contact us at afio@afio.com


Silver Anniversary Gala and Chancellor's Dinner by Institute of World Politics
6 - 9 pm on 14 October 2015
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Arlington, VA

IWP Silver AnniversarySince its founding, IWP has grown into the nation's premier graduate school dedicated to developing leaders with a sound understanding of international realities and the ethical conduct of statecraft, based on knowledge and appreciation of the founding principles of the American political economy and the Western moral tradition.
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, 1250 South Hayes St, Arlington, VA 22202
Sponsorship & Tickets: For information on sponsorship opportunities and ticket purchases, please contact Jennifer Giglio at 202.462.2101 ext. 312 or jgiglio@iwp.edu.
Accommodations: A limited room block held at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City is available at the rate of $269 per night.
To make your reservation, please click here. Input the Arrival Date, Departure Date and Group Code: WPGWPGA.
To make your reservation, by phone, please call 1.800.241.3333. Reference the Group Name: The Institute of World Politics
Schedule of Events: 6:00 pm Cocktail Reception, 7:00 pm Dinner and Program
Keynote Speaker: Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, USA (Ret.), 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
Entertainment: Keni Thomas, Award winning Nashville singer-song writer and a decorated combat veteran with the elite 75th Ranger Regiment special operations unit.
Attire: Black Tie or Military Dress Equivalent
Guests: An estimated 500 guests will gather to celebrate 25 years of The Institute of World Politics' accomplishments and inspire the next generation of leaders. The event will bring together national and international civic and business leaders, members of Congress, and IWP supporters to reflect on the work of the Institute.
Questions to Jennifer E. Giglio at JGiglio@iwp.edu.


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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

House Benghazi Committee Examines the Origins of Emails to Clinton. Hillary Rodham Clinton's longtime adviser Sidney Blumenthal testified before a congressional committee on Tuesday that dozens of memos he sent her when she was secretary of state were written by a longtime high-ranking CIA official.

During a seven-and-a-half-hour deposition behind closed doors before the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, Mr. Blumenthal identified the official as Tyler Drumheller, according to a person with knowledge of his testimony.

Mr. Drumheller was part of a group of former American intelligence and military officials seeking to do business in Libya as the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi fell in 2011 and was replaced by a coalition of rebel forces.

Speaking to reporters after the deposition, the committee chairman, Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina, raised questions about the credibility of the official because of his financial interests. "It means that one of the folks providing her with the largest volume of information was simply and merely a conduit" of someone who "may very well have had business interests in Libya," Mr. Gowdy said. [Read more: Fandos&Schmidt/NYTimes/17June2015]

Ex-CIA Operatives Concerned About Personal Data Breach. Last year, former CIA operative Gary Berntsen spent more than a week filling out a 127-page security clearance application that seeks a wide range of personal information. Aside from the individual's Social Security numbers, it demands names and Social Security numbers of cohabitants, history of arrests, bankruptcies and mental health issues and lists of foreign contacts, business associates, investments and personal information of foreign-born relatives - including whether they work for other governments or intelligence agencies.

"The form is a personal and financial colonoscopy," says Berntsen, who led the first teams of CIA operatives into Afghanistan in 2001.

And now that information may be in the hands of Chinese hackers, who could use it to damage US national security by compromising American spies and developing a better understanding of what American intelligence and military personnel are doing, several former spies and a Florida congressman on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence told The Tampa Tribune.

The local head of a national organization of former intelligence officers says the hack is further proof that the United States and China are already involved in a cyberwar. [Read more: Altman/TampaTribune/16June2015]

CIA Didn't Know Strike Would Hit al-Qaeda Leader. The CIA did not know in advance that al-Qaeda's leader in Yemen was among the suspected militants targeted in a lethal drone strike last week, according to US officials who said that the operation went forward under counter­terrorism guidelines that were eased by the Obama administration after the collapse of the US-backed government in Yemen this year.

The officials said that Nasir­al-Wuhayshi, who also served as al-Qaeda's overall second-in-command, was killed in a "signature strike," in which the CIA is permitted to fire based on patterns of suspected militant activity even if the agency does not know the identities of those who could be killed.

The disclosure indicates that the CIA continues to employ a controversial targeting method that the administration had signaled in 2013 that it intended to phase out, particularly in Yemen, which US officials have said is subject to more stringent rules on the use of lethal force than in Pakistan.

The reliance on signature strikes would help explain an increase in the pace of drone operations in Yemen over the past six months. US officials said this week that the campaign has ­inflicted major damage on al-Qaeda's franchise in that country even after joint US-Yemen counter­terrorism operations on the ground were effectively suspended several months ago. [Read more: Miller/TheWashingtonPost/17June2015]

Officials Raise Spying Concerns After Chinese Company Plans Renovation at Waldorf Astoria. The Waldorf Astoria has been hosting presidents and dignitaries for decades.

But now, the State Department and the White House are checking out of the iconic hotel.

As CBS2's Sonia Rincon reported, a Chinese insurance company called Anbang bought the Waldorf Astoria from the Hilton Corporation last fall.

But this fall, some diplomats and possibly even the President Barack Obama will be staying at the Palace Hotel while in town for the United Nations General Assembly session. [Read more: CBSNewYork/18June2015]

Spy Museum Plots $162 Million Move to L'Enfant Plaza, Seeks District Support. Owners of the International Spy Museum are trying to move their hidden camera neck ties, lipstick pistols and James Bond paraphernalia to a new home, one built with a $65 million donation of their own money and possibly $15 million in support from the DC government.

Founded by midwestern media mogul Milton Maltz, the museum currently operates in Northwest DC on F Street in Penn Quarter on a lease that expires in the summer of 2017.

For nearly two years, Maltz, 85, and the museum's management have been trying to find a new location. They spent a year trying to complete a deal to expand the Carnegie Library building in Mt. Vernon Square into a suitably large space, only to shelve the plans after failing to win approval from the District's historic preservation panel.

Now the museum's owners are giving it another shot. Though they haven't signed a lease, its owners are trying to finalize a deal with developer JBG Cos. to build a new museum at L'Enfant Plaza and turn the organization into a non-profit controlled by the District. [Read more: O'Connell/WashingtonPost/16June2015]

Rwandan Spy Chief Karenzi Karake Arrested in London. Rwanda's intelligence chief Karenzi Karake, who is wanted in Spain for war crimes, has been arrested in London, BBC Newsnight has learned.

It is understood the Met Police's extradition unit arrested Gen Karake at Heathrow Airport on Saturday.

Scotland Yard confirmed the Rwandan had appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court after being detained under a European Arrest Warrant.

The 54-year-old was remanded in custody until Thursday.

Newsnight understands the Rwandan government is puzzled by the timing of Gen Karake's arrest as he had travelled to the UK several times since the indictment was issued. [Read more: BBC/22June2015]

Mogadishu Attack: Al-Shabab Jihadists Storm Military Intelligence Base in Somali Capital. Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group al-Shabab has carried out a major raid on a military intelligence base in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

The raid on the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) base in Mogadishu started on Sunday morning with a suicide car bombing, as jihadists used a car bomb to get inside the compound. The armed militants engaged in heavy gunfire with security forces as they tried to enter the base, according to CNN.

"There is an attack against a base belonging to the security forces. The violent elements used a car bomb to get inside the compound. There was a heavy exchange of gunfire," Somali security official Adan Mohamed said, according to Agence France Presse.

The Somali government, however, said that the security forces thwarted the attack. Three militants and a Somali soldier were killed in the attack. [Read more: Patidar/HNGN/21June2015]

Cecil Burgess Nominated as South African Inspector-General of Intelligence. The post of inspector-general of intelligence, which has been vacant for almost three months, could soon be filled.

Former inspector-general Faith Radebe's non-renewable term of office came to an end on March 31, and since then the post has been vacant without anyone even appointed in an acting capacity to oversee the State Security Agency, crime intelligence and military intelligence.

Parliament's joint standing committee on intelligence has been scrambling to complete the selection process to appoint a new inspector-general.

The committee made a recommendation on Friday, but the nomination of former African National Congress (ANC) MP Cecil Burgess as the next inspector-general has raised concerns about his ability to be independent in his oversight of the nation's intelligence services. [Read more: Hartley/BDLive/19June2015]

MI Hall of Fame Ceremony June 26. The community is invited to join the US Army Intelligence Center of Excellence in celebrating the annual Military Intelligence Hall of Fame on June 26.

The day kicks off with the 305th Military Intelligence Battalion change of command ceremony at 7 a.m. on Chaffee Parade Field. Lt. Col. Adam Boyd relinquishes command to Lt. Col. Jorge Arredondo.

The day continues with the induction of eight MI professionals into the MI Corps Hall of Fame during a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in Fitch Auditorium in Alvarado Hall.

This year's inductees are: [Read more: Linton/SVHerald/18June2015]

FBI Struggles to Pinpoint the Fingers Behind a Hacking. As FBI agents try to build a case against personnel in the St. Louis Cardinals' front office who are accused of breaking into the network that housed the Houston Astros' closely guarded baseball intelligence, they are struggling with one particular aspect of the investigation: determining who, specifically, had his hands on the keyboard.

The investigation is focused on a small group of Cardinals employees who specialize in statistical analysis and computer programming and had access to a computer in a residence near the team's complex in Jupiter, Fla., during spring training in 2014.

Despite efforts by the intruder or intruders to mask their location, the agents were able to trace at least one of the breaches directly back to that computer. At least four members of the team's baseball operations staff have hired criminal defense lawyers, according to people briefed on the investigation.

As part of the government's efforts to determine who might have been operating the computer, federal prosecutors have subpoenaed a wide range of computer information from the Astros, the Cardinals and Major League Baseball. In a sign that the government was still building its case, the Astros received a subpoena in recent months for more information from their network. [Read more: Schmidt/NYTimes/22June2015]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Osama bin Laden Doll Created by CIA up for Sale at Auction. A demon-faced Osama bin Laden doll that was created as part of a CIA programme to dissuade children from idolising the al-Qaeda chief has been put on sale.

Only three copies of the 12-inch figurine are known to exist as the CIA ditched the secret programme called 'Devil Eyes' which aimed to turn children away from the terror leader.

Donald Levin, the famous creator of G I Joe action figure, designed the doll.

CIA officials had approached Levine about the possibility of producing the bin Laden figures and having them sent to Pakistan or Afghanistan. Levine was initially ambivalent about the project but later reportedly threw himself into the work. [Read more: BusinessStandard/19June2015]

The Officer Who Saw Behind the Top-Secret Curtain. In the mid-1960s, Lieutenant Yossi Alpher served as a junior officer in one of the Israel Defense Forces' most classified units - the Military Intelligence unit responsible for liaising with Israel's other intelligence bodies, the Shin Bet security service and the Mossad. 

He was entrusted with a secret task: "I had to go under the cover of darkness to the Israel Air Forces' Tel-Nof base," he recalls during an interview, "and meticulously check through huge piles of military equipment, and weapons and ammunition in particular, to ensure they bore no distinguishing Israeli marks - no IDF symbol, no Hebrew letters, nothing that would be able to link the equipment to us even if someone were to go through it with a fine-tooth comb."

On completing his inspection, Alpher signed off on a document to confirm that everything was in order, and the equipment and weapons were then loaded onto an IAF cargo aircraft and flown to a destination that only very few in Israel knew of. Even the name of the operation, Rotev (Hebrew for gravy) was top secret.

In those days, as is the case now too, Yemen was embroiled in a fierce civil war - between the Royalists (the Shia Zaidis, the Houthis of today) and the so-called Republican rebels, who were being supported by Egypt and the Soviets. Back then in the mid-1960s, however, the Royalists had the backing in fact of Saudi Arabia. [Read more: Bergman/IsraelNews/21June2015]

What the CIA and Silicon Valley Have in Common. The CIA's top techie explained why the intelligence agency is interested in the same big data tech that businesses love.

Doug Wolfe, the CIA's chief information officer, made an unusual sales pitch to Silicon Valley on Tuesday by arguing that the spy agency and the tech industry have a lot in common.

"Remember, a lot of the solutions we need are similar to the private sector," he told the crowd at a tech conference in San Francisco, using some tech industry jargon in the process.

Wolfe, a 30-year veteran of the CIA, was trying to explain the intelligence agency's interest in a hot technology for data-processing called Spark that's the current rage for big data nerds. It lets businesses sift and analyze data much quicker than they could just a decade ago. It should be noted that the new CIA cloud is built on Amazon Web Services, which also just announced that it's supporting Spark. [Read more: Vanian/Fortune/16June2015]

Robots Won't Be Taking These Military Jobs Anytime Soon. A chief Air Force scientist says that there's no way to automate drone-based intelligence collection without a major technological breakthrough.

A typical drone combat air patrol, or CAP, is a lot more manpower-intensive than the term "unmanned aerial vehicle" would suggest. In fact, as many as 150 people - from repairmen to image analysts - play some sort of role in every drone flight that takes place over Iraq and Syria. It's a problem created by technology. Unfortunately, it's not a problem that technology is going to solve anytime soon, according to Steven K. Rogers, the senior scientist for automatic target recognition and sensor fusion at the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Rogers is leading efforts to reduce the amount of manpower needed to fly those combat air patrols by moving the state of technology forward. "To give you an idea of the state of the art in this space," he told a group at the GEOINT Symposium on Monday in downtown Washington, DC. "I have young airmen, analysts. They are ordered, 'You stare at that screen. You call out anything you see. If you need to turn your eyes for any reason - you need to sneeze? - you need to ask permission, because someone else has to come put their eyes on that screen.' The point I'm driving home to you is that the state of the art in our business is people...The diversity of these tasks means that quite often, we throw together ad hoc combinations of sensors and people and resources to find information we need."

The Pentagon is putting a huge emphasis on autonomy for tasks like intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. [Read more: Tucker/DefenseOne/22June2015]

Meet Ravinder Kaushik, The Indian RAW Agent Who Served as a Major in the Pakistan Army. Ravinder Kaushik was born in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan in 1952 to a Punjabi family. He was just a teenager who loved performing theater when he was spotted by India's external intelligence agency, RAW. Nothing much is clear as to what happened in between his first contact with the RAW personnel during the national drama presentation and his graduation in 1975. Ravinder Kaushik joined the intelligence agency after graduating and little did he know that it would turn out to be a life-altering decision.

Fast forward to November 2001 in Pakistan where a certain Nabi Ahmed suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis and heart disease takes his final breath on his deathbed while ensuring a secret passage for the last of the letters he would write to his mother. This was not a hassle for him; passing on secret texts and document across the border, it is what he had been trained for thirty years ago when he first started training as an undercover agent for India.

Ravinder Kaushik or Nabi Ahmed was India's best spy to ever penetrate the rank and profile of the Pakistan army. He went undercover at an age of 23 after being recruited by RAW. During his training in Delhi he learned Urdu, got acquainted with the muslim religious texts, the topography in Pakistan and underwent circumcision. When he was sent to Pakistan in 1975, all his records in India were destroyed and he was given a new identity of Nabi Ahmed Shakir. Nabi Ahmed now started his LLB in Karachi University to create a perfect back story and join the Pakistan army. [Read more: Ghandi/MensXP/23June2015]

Camp Williams Turns Into Mock Afghan Village for Intelligence Training. US National Guard troops from across the nation are stationed in Bluffdale, getting training on what they could experience one day in Afghanistan.

"It's one of the largest exercises like this in the entire military, where you have all facets of military intelligence coming together and working together to give that picture of the battle field to the commander," said Russell Warr, Battalion Commander with the Utah National Guard.

The two-week course is designed to be realistic and challenging. Simulations include a mock Afghanistan village, real-life intelligence-gathering base and other simulated missions.

Troops act out scenarios for their fellow soldiers and are taught how to interview potential enemies, build relationships of trust with Afghan citizens and gather intelligence. [Read more: Keiter/Fox13/17June2015]

Airman Improves Intelligence Career Field Through Innovations. During one's life, there's often a moment when something is said or done that will stick with them for the remainder of their life.

These actions are the things that mold us as individuals and grow our beliefs and morals. It can be unimaginable how just some simple words have the ability to change or shape one's life. For Tech. Sgt. Kevin, a 15th Reconnaissance Squadron intelligence operations supervisor and the intelligence flight NCO in charge, his journey started as an impressionable young man trying to make it through basic military training.

"I remember my instructor saying 'if you're not 15 minutes early, you're late,'" Kevin said, chuckling as he reminisced.

Little did he know that advice would strongly mold his work ethic and stick with him 12 years later as he continues to improve the intelligence career field and mission within his squadron here. [Read more: Clausen/AF.mil/18June2015]

Espionage Case: Spy's Schemes Could Have Made Navy's Newest Aircraft Carrier More Vulnerable. The aircraft carrier design schematics stolen last year by a US Navy engineer from York County were not "Top Secret."

They were not "Secret."

And, in fact, according to court documents, they didn't rise to the level of "Classified" at all.

But court documents filed in the case of Mostafa Ahmed Awwad - who pleaded guilty in federal court last week to attempted espionage - paint an ominous picture of the protected and sensitive documents getting into the wrong hands. [Read more: Dujardin/DailyPress/21June2015]


Section III - COMMENTARY

The Dark Web: An Untapped Source for Threat Intelligence. Blind spots are everywhere in cybersecurity. To make it worse, the threats are increasing in both form and frequency and it's a daily struggle to defend against threats you can't see coming. From traditional malware infections and active network attacks to new kinds of social engineering spear-phishing and novel hardware exploits, attack vectors evolve right along with your company's risk surfaces. You evolve, they evolve - it's a continuous cycle.

Finding information on these threats is a dynamic, moving target and there isn't any one-stop source or service that gives you all you need to know. Worse, the details are full of irrelevant, noisy information, nearly impossible to decipher.

For most companies, shedding light on these areas of cyber defense is increasingly being accomplished by standing up expensive cyber intelligence initiatives such as threat intelligence (at varying low-to-high levels), risk intelligence and traditional human (HUMINT) activities. Companies are buying data, acquiring tools, and hiring pricey investigators and cyber analysts to build up their own miniature intelligence agencies. This is an expensive operation. Plus, both the field and approach is so immature in the private sector, it's hard to know which activities will provide any real return on what is becoming a very significant investment even for individual parts of an "intelligence program." [Read more: Polancich/DarkReading/23June2015]

Has China Learned How to Build the Perfect US Spy? Washington's intelligence community had a bad week. Deep Panda, a hacker collective supposedly backed by Beijing, breached the security of the US Office of Personnel Management and made off with the personal records of 4 million government employees.

A few days later, Washington revealed it had discovered a second hack that was far worse. Deep Panda had nabbed the personnel records of 14 million federal workers, including a detailed form filled out by all military, civilian and intelligence employees.

Analysts fear China will use the information to expose American spies or blackmail government employees. The Sunday Times reinforced those fears when it reported Moscow and Beijing had cracked encrypted files in the possession of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

It seemed that negligent security practices and tenacious hackers had exposed the West and all its spies. But Tom Harper, the reporter who wrote the Sunday Times piece, said on CNN that he was repeating what Downing Street had told him and had done no independent reporting to substantiate the claim. It looks like fears in the West of exposed spies were overwrought.

That doesn't mean we shouldn't be very afraid, however. Deep Panda's breach of the government employee files has frightening implications. [Read more: Gault/Reuters/17June2015]


Section IV - Obituaries and Upcoming Events


Obituaries

John Ryan Landry. In 1966, John Ryan Landry deployed to Vietnam with the 11th Armored Cavalry Blackhorse Regiment. He was awarded the Bronze and Silver Stars. The Silver Star is the third-highest US combat-only award. The Bronze Star is awarded for meritorious service and combat actions.

Landry, 76, a major general, died June 13 at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia of cancer.

Born and raised in Miami, Landry attended Miami Senior High and the University of Miami. Landry played cornerback for the Miami High football team. Roland Gomez, a friend of Landry's since seventh grade and Miami High teammate, said Landry was a "tenacious" player.

"He was 135 pounds and playing highly competitive high school football," Gomez said. "He was a tough little guy."

In 1958, Landry was appointed to the US Military Academy at West Point. He graduated in 1962. A year before graduating, he met his wife, Margaret Hans, at a fraternity party at Columbia University in New York. [Read more: Holtzman/MiamiHerald/19June2015]


AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

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 afiosf@aol.com 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.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 - MacDill AFB, Florida - The AFIO Suncoast Chapter hosts Karl D. Klicker, EdD, speaking on the Islamic State.

Dr. Karl Klicker is a retired Marine Corps Intelligence Officer, currently employed by Jacobs Technology as Principal Strategist supporting US Special Operations Command. He has served on psychological operations, civil affairs, interagency task force and strategic planning teams.
Klicker is the author of Indoc: Ideology, Propaganda and Conflict in the Corps and al-Qaida, a study of internal cultural tensions within the Marine Corps, the roots of division in the Sunni and Shi’a camps; the social psychology of recruiting for war; and the ongoing conflict between radical Islamists and America’s armed forces.

LOCATION: MacDill AFB Surf’s Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Please RSVP by 15 August to the Chapter Secretary for yourself and include the names and email addresses of any guests. Email or call Michael Shapiro at sectysuncoastafio@att.net. You will receive a confirmation via email. If you do not, contact the Chapter Secretary to confirm your registration. Check-in at noon; opening ceremonies, lunch and business meeting at 1230 hours, followed by our speaker.
FEE: You must present your $20 check payable to “Suncoast Chapter, AFIO” (or cash) at check-in to cover the luncheon. If you make a reservation, don’t cancel and get a cancellation confirmation by the response deadline and then don’t show up, you will be responsible for the cost of the luncheon.

25 - 26 August 2015 - McLean, VA - CIRA and AFIO's 40th Anniversary Conference and Celebration
CIRA (Central Intelligence Retirees Association) and AFIO (Association of Former Intelligence Officers) are 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, have been invited directly by CIA and should sign up for that day when the CIA invitation arrives in your inbox. Annuitants of odd years who wish to attend may register through the links below.
RESTRICTION: To attend Day One at CIA you need to have been an employee, at some time, of any member agency of the Intelligence Community (or are now currently with, or retired from, one of those agencies). A spouse accompanying you may attend regardless of no prior IC employment. Restriction does not apply to Day Two.
Day Two - Wednesday, 26 August: The conference expands and continues on Day Two at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel, with many CIA, CIRA, AFIO, and other IC speakers and panelists. This second day ends with a "Spies in Black Ties"™ Anniversary Reception and Awards Banquet.

Invitation Letter to Members

pdf is attached Tentative Agenda

To apply securely online, use form here.

To print-and-mail a pdf is attached registration form, open it here.

Space at this special event is limited.

If you have questions, contact afio@afio.com

Monday 28 September 2015 - New York, NY - AFIO Metro NY Chapter hears former FBI Special Agent Edward M. Stroz

Speaker Edward Stroz, former FBI, now with the NYC-based firm of Stroz Friedberg, a global leader in investigations, intelligence, and risk management. Topic and registration details to follow in coming weeks. 
Stronz was a Special Agent for the FBI before founding Stroz Friedberg in 2000. He is an expert on electronic evidence and investigations, internet extortions, denial of service attacks, computer hacking, insider abuse, theft of trade secrets, electronic discovery matters, and regularly provides expert testimony on these matters. Mr. Stroz pioneered the use of behavioral science in investigations to gain insights about intent and state-of-mind of computer users. He has supervised hundreds of forensic assignments in assisting corporate clients, trial counsel, individuals, and has conducted security assessments for major public and private entities. While at the Bureau, Stroz was responsible for the formation of the FBI’s Computer Crime Squad in New York City, where he supervised investigations involving computer intrusions, denial of service attacks, illegal Internet wiretapping, fraud, and violations of intellectual property rights, including trade secrets. 
Location: Society of Illustrators building, 128 East 63rd St, between Park Ave and Lexington Ave.
COST: $50/person Cash or check, payable at the door only. Dinner to follow talk & Q&A. Cash bar. RESERVATIONS: Strongly suggested, not required, Email Jerry Goodwin afiometro@gmail.com or phone 646-717-3776.


Other Upcoming Events

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 www.spymuseum.org

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 mhenderson@mercyhurst.edu 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: mhenderson@mercyhurst.edu

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 www.spymuseum.org

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 www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 8 July 2015, noon - Washington, DC - Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update

Be the first to learn the latest intelligence news! Join David Major, a retired Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI and Director of Counterintelligence and Security Programs at the National Security Council staff at the White House, for a briefing on the hottest intelligence and security issues, breaches, and penetrations.

Presented in partnership with The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), these updates will cover worldwide events such as breaking espionage cases and arrest reports, cyber espionage incidents, and terrorist activity.

Find out Snowden’s current status and what could happen next with this case. Major uses his expertise to analyze trends and highlight emerging issues of interest to both intelligence and national security professionals and the public.

Cases are drawn from the CI Centre’s SPYPEDIA®, the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world, containing events and information that may not be reported by mainstream media outlets.

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

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 www.spymuseum.org

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 www.spymuseum.org

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

Since its founding, IWP has grown into the nation's premier graduate school dedicated to developing leaders with a sound understanding of international realities and the ethical conduct of statecraft, based on knowledge and appreciation of the founding principles of the American political economy and the Western moral tradition.
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, 1250 South Hayes St, Arlington, VA 22202
Sponsorship & Tickets: For information on sponsorship opportunities and ticket purchases, please contact Jennifer Giglio at 202.462.2101 ext. 312 or jgiglio@iwp.edu.
Accommodations: A limited room block held at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City is available at the rate of $269 per night.
To make your reservation, please click here. Input the Arrival Date, Departure Date and Group Code: WPGWPGA.
To make your reservation, by phone, please call 1.800.241.3333. Reference the Group Name: The Institute of World Politics
Schedule of Events: 6:00 pm Cocktail Reception, 7:00 pm Dinner and Program
Keynote Speaker: Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, USA (Ret.), 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
Entertainment: Keni Thomas, Award winning Nashville singer-song writer and a decorated combat veteran with the elite 75th Ranger Regiment special operations unit.
Attire: Black Tie or Military Dress Equivalent
Guests: An estimated 500 guests will gather to celebrate 25 years of The Institute of World Politics' accomplishments and inspire the next generation of leaders. The event will bring together national and international civic and business leaders, members of Congress, and IWP supporters to reflect on the work of the Institute.
Questions to Jennifer E. Giglio at JGiglio@iwp.edu.


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