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Day One is over-subscribed; but the bigger program on Day Two and the Banquet are available while space remains.
CIRA (Central Intelligence Retirees Association) and
Banquet Keynote Presentation
The second day ends with a "Spies in Black Ties" Anniversary Champagne Reception and Awards Banquet with an address by The Honorable Charles E. Allen, who held a number of senior positions in the Intelligence Community including Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Collection, Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security, Chairman of the National Intelligence Collection Board, and the National Intelligence Officer for Warning.
Day One - Tuesday, 25 August: PLEASE NOTE: As of 7 August, all spaces for Day One are taken.
Day Two - Wednesday, 26 August: The conference greatly expands and delves into other topics on Day Two at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel, with many CIA, CIRA, AFIO, and other IC speakers and panelists.
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS (most of these are for Day 2 at Sheraton Tysons Hotel)
Stephen Grey, UK Journalist/Reuters, author
“Throughout, The New Spymasters stays true to its remit, prioritizing and analyzing the human factor involved in intelligence gathering. Ultimately, Grey argues, for all the advances of and reliance upon technology, the man on the rock is as relevant as ever. Human intelligence is not the dying art it has been reckoned by some to be. For as long as the age-old motivations that fuel them endure, there will continue to be both a need and a role for the secret agent.” -- forthcoming review in Journal of International Security Affairs
This second day ends with a "Spies in Black Ties" Anniversary Reception and Awards Banquet described above, featuring Charles Allen.
Tentative Agenda updated 10 August7
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Wednesday, 16 September 2015, 1 - 4:30 pm CT - Austin, TX - “The President’s Daily Brief: Delivering Intelligence to the First Customer” is title of this CIA Release of the first Declassified Collection of President’s Daily Briefs (PDBs) Reports Delivered During Kennedy, Johnson Administrations
AFIO members are invited to attend this no-fee CIA document release event on the PDB being held in Austin, Texas. Almost 2,500 previously classified CIA documents will be released on Wednesday, September 16 at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas at a public symposium entitled The President’s Daily Brief: Delivering Intelligence to the First Customer. CIA director John O. Brennan will present the event’s keynote speech.
The President’s Daily Brief (PDB) contains the highest level intelligence analysis of key national security issues and concerns of the President. Only the President, the Vice President, and a select group of Cabinet-level officials designated by the President receive the briefing, which historian Christopher Andrew has described as the world’s “smallest circulation, most highly classified, and–in some respects―best informed daily newspaper.”
This release, the first in a series of declassified PDB releases, highlights the role of the PDB in foreign and national security policy making.The collection includes the President’s Intelligence Checklists (PICLs)―which preceded the PDB―published from June 1961 to November 1964, and the PDBs published from December 1964 through the end of the Johnson’s term in January 1969. The documents can be viewed online here: URL TK.
Invited Speakers:John O. Brennan, Director, CIA; David Robarge, Chief Historian, CIA; Peter Clement, former PDB briefer; David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States; Michael S. Rogers, Director, NSA
LOCATION: The symposium will be held at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, 2313 Red River Stt, Austin, TX.
RSVPs: To attend this no-fee event, please wait for further instructions which will be announced here when available.
The collection to be released above on the PDB was put together as part of the CIA’s Historical Review Program, which identifies, reviews, and declassifies documents on historically significant events or topics. Previous releases can be seen here.
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Former Top CIA Official Arrested at BWI for Allegedly Trying to Bring Gun Through Security. A former top CIA official was arrested Thursday evening after allegedly trying to bring a loaded gun, in his carry-on luggage, through a security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport.
Authorities said Alvin Bernard Krongard, 78, of Baltimore County, Md. - who served as executive director of the CIA during George W. Bush's presidency - was intercepted when he tried to bring a 9mm handgun loaded with five rounds of ammunition past security.
Also known as A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard, he served as the third-ranking CIA official from 2001 to 2004, when the agency was employing the use of harsh interrogation practices. He later was an advisory board member for Blackwater, the security contractor that came under investigation in the killings of unarmed civilians in Iraq in 2007.
Transportation Security Administration officials said Krongard was planning to board a flight to Long Island MacArthur Airport in New York state with the weapon inside his carry-on bag. TSA officials detected the weapon when the bag passed through an X-ray machine at a security checkpoint. [Read more: Lazo&Miller/WashingtonPost/7August2015]
CIA Agent Honored Posthumously.
Miami School of Law alumnus Gregg Wenzel, J.D. '94, was working for the CIA when he was killed in a car accident in Ethiopia in 2003. Because of the clandestine nature of his position, it wasn't until 2009 that his name could be unveiled in the agency's Book of Honor. His is the 81st star carved into the Memorial Wall in the CIA Headquarters lobby. Now Wenzel's service is also being recognized by his hometown of Monroe, New York. The town's Post Office has was named in his honor earlier this year.
The dedication ceremony took place on May 18, 2015, according to a Central Intelligence Agency release. Flanked by an American flag, the plaque in lobby reads: "This building is named in honor of Officer Gregg David Wenzel, National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency, by Act of Congress, Public Law 113-209, December 16, 2014."
Wenzel is the first CIA officer to have a post office named in his honor, according to the CIA release. [Read more: UMNews/3August2015]
IARPA Gets a New Director. Jason Matheny is the new head of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, the intelligence community's R&D arm.
Matheny previously served as head of IARPA's Office for Anticipating Surprise, which develops new forecasting capability for national security threats. Prior to that, he worked at the Office of Incisive Analysis, an analytics shop that works with data sets old and new.
Matheny has worked at Oxford University, the World Bank and the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a doctorate in applied economics. He also has co-founded two biotechnology firms, according to his IARPA biography.
"Jason brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position and I'm confident that he will continue to maintain the high bar for technical excellence and relevance to our intelligence community mission," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in an Aug. 3 statement. [Lyngaas/FCW/3August2015]
Kiwi Spy Boss Seeks Life Experience Not James Bond. New Zealand's spy boss Rebecca Kitteridge is on a recruitment drive and rather than looking for 007-types, one of her top sought-after qualities is life experience.
"We have people who used to be school principals, lawyers, retailers, engineers, whatever - very diverse backgrounds," she told New Zealand's Fairfax media.
Kitteridge is director of the country's Security Intelligence Service.
The recruitment drive comes after the government pumped an extra NZ$7m (£2.97m) into the intelligence agency following the introduction of legislation targeting foreign fighters. In other words, Kiwis attracted to the Islamic State cause. [Read more: Recruiter/11August2015]
Bulgaria Ex Intelligence Chief Handed 10-Year Sentence. A Bulgarian court has sentenced former intelligence head Gen Kircho Kirov to ten years of imprisonment after finding him guilty of embezzlement, the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) reported.
Half of Gen Kirov's assets will be confiscated, the Military District Court has also ruled.
Gen Kirov was accused a few years ago of misappropriating public funds worth nearly BGN 5 M over a period of five years, between 2007 and 2011.
He headed the National Intelligence Service (NIS) from 2002 to 2012. [Read more: Novinite/7August2015]
Swede Suspected of Passing Intelligence to Hezbollah. A Swedish national of Palestinian-Lebanese descent suspected of passing intelligence to Hezbollah was indicted on three criminal counts on Sunday, including passing of information and contacting a foreign agent.
Hassan Khalil Hizran, 55, was arrested at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 21 on his way to Israel. Swedish authorities were updated about the arrest.
According to the indictment, Hizran joined Hezbollah in the summer of 2009 as an intelligence source. He was tasked with recruiting Israeli Arab assets with social ties to Jewish Israelis, army officials and government officials, which he refrained from doing despite pressure from his handlers.
He was also tasked with collecting any useful and relevant information about Israel, including places in which there are large concentrations of IDF troops, arms, tanks and military bases. [Read more: Zitun/YnetNews/8August2015]
UK Court Frees Rwandan Spy Chief Wanted in Spain. A British court on Monday freed Rwanda's intelligence chief Karenzi Karake, who is wanted in Spain over alleged war crimes in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, after being advised that an extradition offence could not be established in British law.
British police arrested General Karake, 54, at London's Heathrow Airport on June 22, acting on a European Arrest Warrant issued by Spain.
Karake was a commander in the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the rebel force that swept through Rwanda in 1994 to halt the slaughter of 800,000 minority Tutsis orchestrated by the Hutu government. The RPF now runs the country.
The Spanish arrest warrant is in connection with allegations of reprisal killings in Rwanda and neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo in the years following the genocide. The RPF denies that Karake or others committed war crimes. [Read more: Reuters/10August2015]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
This 85-year-old Special Forces Legend Has One of the Most Unusual Military Resumes We've Ever Seen. While other senior citizens were enjoying a quiet life in retirement, 71-year-old Billy Waugh was hunting for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and blowing Taliban fighters to smithereens.
As a member of a CIA team sent in shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Waugh battled militants at Tora Bora and helped bring about the collapse of the Taliban. It seemed a pretty good ending to a career that featured combat in Korea and Vietnam, surveilling Libya's military, tracking international terrorists, and God-only-knows-what-else for the CIA.
Waugh was born in 1929 in Texas and enlisted in the US Army in 1948. After completing airborne school he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. But he was eager to get into combat, and he reenlisted in 1951 so he could get to the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team in Korea. Then the Korean war ended, and his career veered off into "black ops" territory once he joined the Special Forces in 1954.
His life after that reads like the most unusual resumes we've ever seen: Five tours with Special Forces "A" teams in Vietnam and Laos where he was wounded multiple times, working for the CIA's Special Activities Division in Libya, preventing the Russians from stealing classified missile secrets on the Kwajalein Atoll, and helping to hunt down the infamous terrorist Carlos "The Jackal," which he later detailed in a book. [Read more: Szoldra/WeAreTheMighty/7August2015]
Announcing the Results of the 2015 Bobby R. Inman Award Competition (for Student Research and Writing on Intelligence). I am happy to report the results of the 2015 "Bobby R. Inman Award" competition for student research and writing on intelligence, sponsored by the Intelligence Studies Project at the University of Texas at Austin.
The recipient of this year's award was Donald Kretz, a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Dallas. His paper - Strategies to Reduce Cognitive Bias in Intelligence Analysis: Can Mild Interventions Improve Analytic Judgments? - makes research-based recommendations to help analytic managers systematically filter certain cognitive biases from intelligence analysis.
One of the semifinalists is Cullen Nutt, a PhD candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In his paper, Chronicle of a Correction Foretold: The Push and Pull of Nuclear Intelligence Detection, Nutt assesses US and Israeli intelligence analysis of WMD programs in Libya and Syria, and develops a model to explain when it is most likely that Western intelligence agencies will detect the existence of a hidden nuclear weapons program.
C. Philip Nichols, a recent graduate of Pennsylvania State University, is the undergraduate semifinalist. In CT Strategies: Leadership Decapitation vs Mid-Tier Elimination, Nichols uses statistical methods to analyze the relative past success of competing counterterrorism strategies. [Read more: Chesney/Lawfare/7August2015]
National Security Agency Announces New Education Partnership With Dakota State University. The National Security Agency (NSA) has a new partnership between its National Cryptologic School (NCS) and Dakota State University - an initiative that allows agency employees to apply on-the-job training toward a bachelor's degree in the university's online cyber operations program.
Under the new agreement, military and civilian employees at NSA may transfer up to 56 NCS course credits to the university's bachelor's program. Interested agency employees may begin to register with the university for the fall 2015 semester.
"We are honored to support NSA employees, particularly the enlisted men and women who are already fully engaged in our cybersecurity workforce," said Dr. Josh Pauli, Associate Professor of Cybersecurity at Dakota State.
The partnership marks the first time NCS has entered into such an agreement with a public academic institution. However, it's just the latest example of a federal effort to encourage more people to pursue higher education in cyber operations, including cybersecurity. Cyber threats are only growing in this digital era. [Read more: NSA.gov/5August2015]
How Uber Could Help Change Spycraft. The US intelligence community wants feedback from the innovative car-sharing company and other commercial startups on its 5-year data-analysis roadmap.
The intelligence community this month quietly released an unprecedented, unclassified five-year-roadmap charting the future of data analysis it wants commercial startups like ride-sharing firm Uber to read.
The chart, part of a larger science and technology strategy, is aimed at encouraging unconventional makers like the car service app-developer and traditional tech contractors to help fund answers to oncoming national security problems.
The roadmap is an outgrowth of spring workshops with 40 companies that do classified work and a government analysis of the intelligence community's science and technology needs. [Read more: Sternstein/DefenseOne/10August2015]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Evolution of Intel: How Valuable Is OSINT?
I once heard the post-9/11 era referred to as the "golden age of SIGINT." SIGINT, shorthand for signals intelligence, is a form of intelligence gathering that involves the collection of signals. The reference to its golden age is based on the communications explosion that occurred after the turn of the millennium coupled with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which enabled SIGINT to provide enhanced quality and value to the Intelligence Community (IC).
SIGINT is not a new capability and has played a large part in all military conflicts and actions since World War II. Despite its widespread use, SIGINT was often perceived by the IC as being less valuable than human intelligence (HUMINT).
However, the years following 9/11 brought a major change to the extent that SIGINT was used by the IC. SIGINT is now perceived as being the premier intelligence capability, overtaking HUMINT as the intelligence of choice for military leaders national decision makers.
Read complete report here. [Read more: Miller/HomelandSecurity/7August2015]
Agents Address Foreign intelligence, Cyber Crimes. A grenade was thrown during a speech event with President George W. Bush in Georgia in 2005, when he became the first sitting US president to visit the country that borders Russia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
But I don't remember hearing much about the assassination attempt. Do you?
For the most part, it fell short of the media spotlight, but the inner workings of the FBI and many other security agencies that investigated the attack were nothing short of impressive.
We learned all about the steps taken to investigate and arrest the culprit during last week's FBI Citizens Academy hosted by the Greenville Resident Agency of the Columbia Field Office.
The session focused heavily on the bureau's International Operations Division. [Read more: Gross/GoUpstate.com/8August2015]
Netanyahu Must Stop Silencing Intel Chiefs Who Find Iran Deal Acceptable. In the war between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama that is being waged at the whim of a single compulsive Israeli leader who is endangering the country's population of eight million - the voices of those in charge of intelligence assessment have fallen silent.
The head of the Israel Defense Forces Intelligence Corps, Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevy, and the chief of his research division, Brig. Gen. Eli Ben-Meir, are lying low like carp who don't relish a future on a plate as gefilte fish. They are hushing up the voices of those in the Intelligence Corps, whose opinions the populace whom they have sworn to serve - and not the prime minister - must hear.
Halevy and Ben-Meir's predecessors, Aviv Kochavi and Itai Brun, dared make their assessments public, but Halevy and Ben-Meir don't want to get tripped up, don't want to be proven wrong, making fools of themselves publicly or riling Benjamin Netanyahu.
The eternal catch phrase - about how Israel will never be caught unprepared as it was in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and how IDF personnel will no longer blindly follow their higher-ups - has suddenly fallen by the wayside. [Read more: Oren/Haaretz/10August2015]
Vladimir Putin, Failed Spy. The ex-KGB officer seated in front of me raised his hand to interrupt my brief monologue on Vladimir Putin's "hybrid" war in Ukraine. It was clearly the work of someone formed by the Soviet intelligence service, I was opining, of someone expert in covert operations and comfortable with deception as a strategy.
"Wait!" my interlocutor barked. "The truth is he is not one of us." I blinked. Another veteran of Soviet intelligence at the table nodded briskly in support of this comment.
That moment led me to other conversations, over a matter of months, with US and European intelligence operatives who had studied the Russian president's 17-year KGB career. They too traced a portrait of Putin as a failed spy who was being squeezed out of the KGB when the Soviet system collapsed and political connections suddenly offered him a route to power.
"He was seen in the system as a risk-taker who had little understanding of the consequences of failure," one said. "The KGB of that era was not keen on risk." [Read more: Hoagland/WashingtonPost/7August2015]
Section IV - Obituaries, Books, Jobs, and Upcoming Events
Tyler Drumheller, CIA Officer Who Exposed US Reliance on Discredited Iraq Source 'Curveball,' Dies at 63. Tyler S. Drumheller, a high-level CIA officer who publicly battled agency leaders over one of the most outlandish claims in the US case for war with Iraq, died Aug. 2 at a hospital in Fairfax County. He was 63.
The cause was complications from pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Linda Drumheller.
Mr. Drumheller held posts in Africa and Europe over a 26-year career during which the CIA's focus shifted from the Cold War to terrorist threats. He rose to prominent positions at CIA headquarters, serving as chief of the European division at a time when the agency was abducting al-Qaeda suspects on the continent and US allies there faced a wave of terrorist plots.
But he was best known publicly for his role in exposing the extent to which a key part of the administration's case for war with Iraq had been built on the claims of an Iraqi defector and serial fabricator with the fitting code name "Curveball." [Read more: Miller/WashingtonPost/6August2015]
Allen W. Locke. Allen William Locke, former Chairman of the Corinth Board of Selectmen, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, July 31, 2015, of cancer.
He was born on Aug. 24, 1938, the youngest son of Dr. Allen W. Locke and Florence (Henry) Locke of Wellesley, Mass., and was a descendant of Reuben Locke, who settled in Corinth in 1791. He graduated from Wellesley High School, and earned a B.S. in biology and M.A. in Modern European history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
In 1964, he moved to Washington, DC to begin his career with the federal government as an analyst with the National Security Agency. He and his future wife, Elizabeth Heun, met there on their first day of work. They married in 1966 and had three children: Emily and twins Caroline and William.
In 1966, Allen joined the U. S. Department of State as an historian, and over the course of his career, he became a respected authority in the intelligence community and advisor to the highest levels of government on issues relating to nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. After serving as Deputy Staff Secretary in the Reagan White House, he rejoined the State Department in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He retired in 2001 as Director of the Office of Analysis for Strategic, Proliferation, and Military Issues, where he was commended for being "a paragon of integrity, intellectual honesty, and uncommon common sense". [Read more: ValleyNews/6August2015]
Manuel Contreras, Chilean Spy Chief Under Pinochet, Dies at 86. Gen. Manuel Contreras, Chile's intelligence chief during the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, died on Friday in the military hospital in Santiago while serving 526 years of multiple prison terms for human rights violations. He was 86.
General Contreras, who had colon cancer and advanced diabetes, spent the past 20 years in two special military detention centers, one of which more resembled a resort, as judges piled on almost 60 prison sentences for crimes committed by the National Intelligence Directorate, or DINA, the secret intelligence agency he directed from 1973 to 1977. Appeals were pending in dozens of other cases.
After the announcement of his death, dozens of people gathered outside the hospital to celebrate, chanting and opening bottles of Champagne. Dozens of others did the same in Plaza Italia, near downtown Santiago. Some waved Chilean flags and held up pictures of people who had disappeared after General Pinochet's coup in 1973 that overthrew President Salvador Allende. One woman held a sign saying, "Happy trip to hell, assassin."
DINA, which was established weeks after the coup, operated clandestine detention and torture centers across the country and had been found responsible for most human rights abuses during General Pinochet's 17-year dictatorship. Official human rights reports estimated that more than 3,200 people were executed or never found after being seized, and almost 38,000 were imprisoned and tortured during that period. [Read more: Bonnefoy/NewYorkTimes/8August2015]
Book Review: Soviet Leaders and Intelligence by Raymond L
Garthoff. The Soviet Union was very poor at many things - planning an economy, caring for the well-being of its citizens, butting out of the business of other sovereign states - but one aspect of statecraft it mastered was the art of spying.
The American bomb soon became the Soviet bomb, in large part due to the work of nuclear physicist, and spy, Klaus Fuchs. Western efforts to loosen the iron grip of Communism in Albania were doomed from the outset because of British double agent Kim Philby's tipoffs. NATO was riddled with spies.
The Soviet Union had lapped its ideological competitors so thoroughly that it began to doubt the reports of its secret agents. When Philby told his handlers that Britain had no spies operating within the Soviet Union and only limited abilities to develop them, Joseph Stalin became convinced that Philby must be a triple agent, secretly pledging allegiance to Britain.
In this small tale lies evidence, and some explanation, for the Soviet Union's ultimate failings. The Soviet intelligence agencies, and their political masters, could only believe what they were capable of believing - what fit their ideological framework. It was simply impossible for the British to not have agents in their country; after all, only think of how many agents the Soviets had in Britain and the United States. [Read more: Austerlitz/TheNational/6August2015]
New Textbook on CounterIntelligence Released by Ed Mickolus.
"The Counterintelligence Chronology: Spying by and Against the United States from the 1700s Through 2014" has been published by author Edward Mickolus. It was released 30 July 2015 by McFarland Press. 240 pages, $75 paperback. Available from Amazon at this link.
DHS - US Coast Guard Position Open: Senior Leader - Strategic Advisor to the Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations
Vacancy Announcement: CG-SL-0132-15-01-M and CG-SL-0132-15-01-D
Open Period: 30 July 2015 through 31 August 2015
Salary Range: $121,956 - $183,300
Position Location: Washington, DC
The USCG is announcing a challenging Senior Leader career opportunity to serve as the Strategic Advisor to the Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations. The Strategic Advisor is a member of the executive leadership team of the USCG Intelligence enterprise. In this capacity, the incumbent is the principal advisor to the Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations (CG-2) and the Deputy Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations (CG-2d) on all intelligence, law enforcement intelligence, criminal investigations and related activities and issues. The incumbent provides executive level guidance for the enterprise, namely providing strategic business planning and counsel in support of planning, collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of national intelligence, law enforcement intelligence information and criminal investigations. This position helps to define and implement the USCG intelligence role in contributing to national security, military, maritime homeland security and other national maritime objectives and issues.
The selectee must attain a Top Secret/SCI clearance, and undergo pre/post-appointment random drug testing. U.S. Citizenship required.
To review basic job requirements and to apply to this vacancy please visit this link and enter CG-SL-0132-15-01 in the keyword search.
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
Thursday, 13 August 2015, 1 pm - Los Angeles, CA - AFIO-LA Chapter hears from Lt. Freeman, USCG, on activities of the USCG Operations Center
Event is open to members who are US citizen, only. Meeting takes
place at the US Coast Guard Los Angeles Air Station following a tour of
the Operations Center, Lt. Freeman will run through an operations brief
as well as a static display of the MH-65D Dolphin's capabilities. The
space for this meeting is limited to 20. Please RSVP to attend this
event. When confirmed you will be given instructions on accessing the
Interest, questions, and registration to AFIO_LA@Yahoo.com
25 - 26 August 2015 - McLean, VA - CIRA and AFIO's 40th Anniversary Conference and Celebration
See announcement at top right of this email.
Confirmed speakers: CIA Director John Brennan; Dean Boyd, Director of CIA Office of Public Affairs; Bill Harlow and Joseph DeTrani, former Directors of OPA; Winston Wiley, former DDI; Scott White, former EXDIR; Michael Sulick, former Director, National Clandestine Service; John Sano, former DD/National Clandestine Service; Fred Turco, former D/Information Operations Center; Robert Wallace, former Director, Office of Technical Services; George Jameson, former senior counsel in Office of General Counsel; David Robarge, Senior Historian, Center for Study of Intelligence; Toni Hiley, Director and Curator, CIA Museum; and CIRA President Charles Campbell and AFIO President James Hughes, both, former National Clandestine Service.
Tentative Agenda updated 10 August To apply securely online, use form here. To print-and-mail a registration form, open it here.
Space at this special event is limited. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 9 September 2015, 11 a.m. - Albuquerque, NM - The AFIO New Mexico Chapter meets to hear Eric Burkhart
Mr. Eric Burkhart is a retired CIA Officer living in
Texas, where there is―remarkably―no AFIO Chapter. Texas’ void is our
gain, as Mr. Burkhart has volunteered to travel here to speak to our
group in September. Fortunately, Mr. Burkhart recently retired following
a successful career as a CIA Case Officer. He spent most of his career
in war zones, including Iraq, Kosovo, and various locations in Africa.
He will discuss his book about his experiences and career. The book,
just published, is Mukhabarat, Baby! Mortars, WMD, Mayhem and Other - Memoirs of a Wartime Spy - A CIA Spy Memoir available at here.
Location: “The Egg & I”, 6909 Menaul Blvd (just East of Louisiana)
Registrations to Pete Bostwick (505) 898-2649 email@example.com or to Mike Ford (505) 294-6133 Secpro39@yahoo.com
Wednesday, 9 September 2015, 11:30 a.m. - Scottsdale AZ - The AFIO AZ Chapter hosts Patricio Reyes, M.D., on "Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, and Major Depression: The Medical Signatures of War on Terror."
Patricio F. Reyes, M.D., FAAN, is currently serves as Chief for the Traumatic Brain Injury & Alzheimer’s Disease & Cognitive Disorders Clinics with the Phoenix Veterans Administration Healthcare System.
He also serves as the Director for the Neurology Student and Resident Training Monthly TBI Case Conference at the Phoenix VA Medical Center
and is the Co-Founder-Chief Medical Officer, and Chairman for the Scientific Advisory Board Yuma Therapeutics Inc.
Your RSVP is needed no later than 72 hours ahead of time. The chapter is charged for no-shows and please remember, we are a small organization with a humble coffer!
BADGES: please remember, many of you have been given your badge, if you do not have one please email me with the information you would like on your badge. The cost for a badge with a magnetic strip is $5.00 Full Name; Title (past career, organization, etc).
For reservations or questions, please email Simone@4SmartPhone.net or Simone@AFIOAZ.org or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016
September 2015 - Melbourne, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hears a
speaker from the American Security Council Foundation
Brigadier General Donald B. Smith, Chairman of the Board of the American Security Council Foundation will be on hand to address us on the history of the American Security Council and the ASCF with emphasis on the Step Up America Program, "The Call to Good Citizenship". The American Security Council Foundation (ASCF) was formed in 1958, and was originally known as the Institute for American Strategy. For almost 50 years the Foundation has focused on a wide range of educational programs which address critical challenges to U.S foreign policy, national security and the global economy.
Location: Indian River Colony Club, 1936 Freedom Drive, Melbourne, FL 32962, 12 noon.
Reservations Required: contact FSC Chapter President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday 28 September 2015, 6:30 - 8 p.m. - New York, NY - AFIO Metro NY Chapter hears former FBI Special Agent Edward M. Stroz on "Impact of Edward Snowden on US Security and Cyber Warfare."
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. He will speak on Edward Snowden - His impact on
American security and cyber warfare. Mr. Stroz will speak about why
information security is such a vexing goal and how insider threats are
being addressed today.
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 E 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 email@example.com or phone 646-717-3776.
Other Upcoming Events
Friday, 25 September 2015, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Annie Jacobsen - The Pentagon's Brain. An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency at the International Spy Museum
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the radical
force behind the nation's most revolutionary, high-tech military
initiatives over the past half century. To write the first definitive
history of the world's most powerful and productive military science
agency, bestselling author Annie Jacobsen tracked down
DARPA scientists, past and present, including current neuroscientists
building an artificial brain, cell biologists working on limb
regeneration, and even the Nobel Laureate who invented the laser. From
conflict-tested science experiments, like Agent Orange and electronic
barriers on the battlefield during Vietnam, to War on Terror insect
drones, smart rockets, camera-filled war zones and advanced computer
programs, she tracks DARPA from its Cold War inception to present day
research controversies. Jacobsen will share her journey to the heart of
the military-industrial complex-a place where science fiction and
military science meet-and will reveal a future that is fascinating and
Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit www.spymuseum.org
Tuesday, 29 September 2015, noon - Washington, DC - Jason Hanson - Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life at the International Spy Museum
Jason Hanson is a former CIA officer, security specialist, and recent successful contestant of ABC's reality show Shark Tank. Jason teaches everyday citizens to defend themselves at his Spy Escape and Evasion school. He has been interviewed by major media outlets for his security expertise, including The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and The Huffington Post. He currently lives in Cedar City, Utah, with his family.
When Jason Hanson joined the CIA in 2003, he never imagined that the same tactics he used as a CIA officer for counter intelligence, surveillance, and protecting agency personnel would prove to be essential in everyday civilian life.
In addition to escaping handcuffs, picking locks, and spotting when someone is telling a lie, he can improvise a self-defense weapon, pack a perfect emergency kit, and even disappear off the grid if necessary. He has also honed his "positive awareness"--a heightened sense of his surroundings that allows him to spot suspicious and potentially dangerous behavior--on the street, in a taxi, at the airport, when dining out, or in any other situation.
In this engaging book, Hanson shares this know-how with readers, revealing how to: prevent home invasions, carjackings, muggings, and other violent crimes; run counter-surveillance and avoid becoming a soft target; recognize common scams at home and abroad; become a human lie detector in any setting; gain peace of mind by being prepared for anything instead of uninformed or afraid.
With the skill of a trained operative and the relatability of a
suburban dad, Hanson brings his top-level training to everyday Americans
in this must-have guide to staying safe in an increasingly dangerous
Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit www.spymuseum.org
Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 7-10 pm - Washington, DC - Dinner with a Spy - An Evening with Jon Monett at the International Spy Museum
A passion for developing and using cutting edge technology has taken Jon Monett from Cold War warrior to successful entrepreneur to 21st century philanthropist. Monett served more than 26 years at the CIA in the Office of Technical Services (OTS), initially as a technical operations specialist and ultimately becoming responsible for managing the CIA’s technical activity worldwide. OTS is where technological innovations are launched and operationally deployed―not just where gadgets are made, but where the stuff of science fiction becomes reality.
When he retired, Monett started the global security consulting and
intelligence advisory services company Telemus Solutions. After selling
Telemus he wanted to use his technological background to support
wounded warriors; in 2008 he established Quality of Life Plus at Cal
Poly in San Luis Obispo, California to foster and generate innovations
to aid and improve the quality of life of those injured in the line of
duty. At this gathering, International Spy Museum Executive Director Peter Earnest will lead a conversation with Monett about the technological advances
in intelligence operations that he’s been involved with, and cover
everything from Monett’s days participating in technical operations to
his thoughts on cyber-terrorism and his current philanthropic
application of fostering innovation. You will be one of only twelve
guests at nopa Kitchen+Bar for this three-course dinner.
Tickets: $300* includes hors d’oeuvres and three-course dinner with wines. Reservations can be made atwww.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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