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Day One is closed, but the bigger program on Day Two and the Banquet have a few remaining seats.
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 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)
This second day ends with a "Spies in Black Ties" Anniversary Reception and Awards Banquet described above, featuring Charles Allen.
Agenda for Day Two updated 18 August
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CIA Invites AFIO Members and Guests
16 September 2015
A special reception will follow.
D/CIA John O. Brennan
Wednesday, 16 September 2015, 1 - 6:30 pm - 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
CIA invites AFIO members and guests to attend this no-fee CIA document release event on the President's Daily Brief being held at the LBJ Library 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, when released, can be viewed online.
Speakers: John O. Brennan, Director, CIA; James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence; David Robarge, Chief Historian, CIA; Mark Updegrove, Director, Johnson Library (also will serve as Emcee); Porter Goss, former Director/Central Intelligence Agency; Bobby Inman,Former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence; Peter Clement, Senior Intelligence Officer and former PDB briefer; David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States; John Helgerson, former Deputy Director for Intelligence, CIA; William Inboden, Executive Director, Clements Center, University of Texas. Special invited guest: Madeleine Albright*, former Secretary of State. Closing remarks by Joseph Lambert, Director, Information Management Services, CIA. (*unconfirmed).
LOCATION: The symposium will be held at the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium in the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, 2313 Red River Stt, Austin, TX.The Lady Bird Auditorium is where this conference will be held. It is located in the building that houses the LBJ Museum and Library on the UT Austin Campus.
RSVPs: To attend this no-fee event, please wait for further instructions which will be announced here when available. Or visit the LBJ Library events page to be the first to apply when the event is listed.
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.
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.
17th NCMF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & SYMPOSIUM
Registration is now open for the 17th NCMF General Membership Meeting & Symposium on 21 October 2015 in Laurel, MD. The theme for this year's event is "The Changing Face of Terrorism," and the program will feature guest speakers, including keynote speaker Mr. Robert Grenier, author of 88 Days to Kandahar. The program will also include a tribute to NCMF friend and former Chairman of the BoD Lt Gen Lincoln D. Faurer. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Registration fees are $30 for NCMF members and $50 for non-members (includes a one-year complimentary NCMF membership). Registration deadline is 16 October.Remember, this year the Annual Meeting coincides with the Cryptologic History Symposium (see description at left). Register HERE for both and enjoy multiple days of cryptology!
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Obama Administration Warns Beijing About Covert Agents Operating in US The Obama administration has delivered a warning to Beijing about the presence of Chinese government agents operating secretly in the United States to pressure prominent expatriates - some wanted in China on charges of corruption - to return home immediately, according to American officials.
The American officials said that Chinese law enforcement agents covertly in this country are part of Beijing's global campaign to hunt down and repatriate Chinese fugitives and, in some cases, recover allegedly ill-gotten gains.
The Chinese government has officially named the effort Operation Fox Hunt.
The American warning, which was delivered to Chinese officials in recent weeks and demanded a halt to the activities, reflects escalating anger in Washington about intimidation tactics used by the agents. And it comes at a time of growing tension between Washington and Beijing on a number of issues: from the computer theft of millions of government personnel files that American officials suspect was directed by China, to China's crackdown on civil liberties, to the devaluation of its currency. [Read more: Mazzetti&Levin/NewYorkTimes/16August2015]
Yemeni Army, Intelligence Receiving Training From Western Experts for Sana'a Operation: Sources. Western military experts have been involved in training Yemeni military commanders and intelligence operatives loyal to the country's internationally recognized government, in preparation for an imminent operation to liberate the capital Sana'a from Houthi militias, sources said.
A source close to the Yemeni government, who requested anonymity, told Asharq Al-Awsat several senior Yemeni military cadres were being trained at a state-of-the-art facility and have been using the latest cutting-edge technology to help plan the Sana'a offensive.
"Several top Yemeni military commanders are currently receiving training on war simulators....at a military base in a neighboring country. The simulators being used are considered the most advanced worldwide and have been brought there and prepared specifically for use in planning this operation," the source said.
They added that this technology was similar to the flight simulators used by professional pilots and "combines both air and ground operation" scenarios as well as offering highly accurate, panoramic views of the entire city. [Read more: Madabish/AsharqAl-Awsat/17August2015]
Head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' Israel Intelligence Desk Is Executed as Israeli Spy. Highly credible Iranian exile sources in Europe have revealed to debkafile that the Director of the Israel Desk of the Revolutionary Guards clandestine service was executed by a firing squad in late June or early July after he was accused of spying for Israel.
Aged 46, Seyyed Ahmed Dabiri was his codename. His real name is not known. The sources report that he was tried by a Guards martial court and found guilty of tipping Israel off on classified information, including the movements of Iranian military commanders in Syria, Iranian arms shipments to Syria and arms convoys bound for Hizballah in Lebanon.
Suspicion first fell on Dabiri after the Israeli air force struck the convoy of Iranian and Hizballah commanders that was on a top-secret visit to the village of Mazraat Amal near the Golan town of Quneitra on Jan. 18. They were there to survey the terrain preparatory to planting a Hizballah rocket position just across from IDF's Golan outposts, a mission which ended in disaster.
Killed in the attack were the Iranian general in charge of the Syrian front, Gen. Mohammad Ali Allah-Dadi, the high-ranking Hizballah intelligence officer Ali al-Tabtababni, who was in charge of liaison with the Iranian Guards, and Jihad Mughniyeh, son of the iconic Hizballah commander in chief, the late Imad Mughniye. He had been assigned command of the Hizballah Golan base whence to launch a new offensive against Israel. [Read more: DEBKAfile/16August2015]
Afghanistan Intelligence Accuses Pakistan Military of Having Hand in Kabul Attacks. Afghanistan's intelligence agency claimed on Wednesday that Pakistan was involved in last week's attacks on Kabul that killed almost 50 people and wounded hundreds.
Hassib Sediqi, the spokesman for the National Directorate of Security, said that Afghan authorities have confirmed "Pakistani military interference" in the attacks last Friday.
"Special circles of the Pakistani military were behind all those attacks," Sediqi said. He said that the Pakistanis were working through the Haqqani network, one of the most vicious militant groups in Afghanistan.
There was no immediate reaction from Islamabad, which has in the past denied such accusations from Kabul. Pakistan wields considerable influence over the Taliban, which have waged a 14-year war against Kabul. [Read more: Faiez/AP/12August2015]
IBM Watson Applied to Intelligence Problems. IBM's cognitive computer system, Watson, which once beat Jeopardy's top human players, can assist in situations specific to defense and intelligence communities, product officials said.
Watson can aid intelligence experts by creating a faster, more efficient way to sort through open-source data from a variety of areas ranging from research reports to Twitter feeds, said Rick Behrens, associate partner for Watson National Security Systems, at the GEOINT symposium in Washington, DC.
"Very frequently we hear from analysts who say, 'I do a keyword search - and I usually have to skip to page five or page six in the results before I find something that's useful to me,'" he said.
"Watson assists the [intelligence] expert by enabling them to get through all that content much more quickly than they would be able to do otherwise," Behrens noted. The system narrows a search down to "specific" answers so analysts don't have to search through multiple pages. [Read more: Feuss/NDIA/September2015]
Bouteflika Seeks to Weaken Algeria's Department of Intelligence and Security. French daily newspaper Le Figaro on Tuesday wrote about the measures taken by Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to weaken the DRS, the French acronym of the country's spy network called the Department of Intelligence and Security.
According to the French newspaper, Bouteflika sacked a number of major generals responsible for internal security, presidential security, as well as the head of the Republican Guard as part of a massive purge of the military.
The men in question include Major General Abdelhamid Bendaoud who directed the internal security or counter-espionage service, known as the DSI, Major General Ahmed Meliani who headed the Republic Guard and General Djamel Medjdoub, the head of presidential security.
The new head of the DSI was announced as Colonel Abdelaziz. The previous head of Algeria's fifth military region, General Ben Ali Ben Ali will be in charge of the Republican Guard and General Nasser Habchi will be responsible for Bouteflika's personal security. [Read more: Barakah/MoroccoWorldNews/11August2015]
Ex-KGB Agent Gives up Church Asylum in Canada After Six Years. A former KGB agent is returning to Russia after hiding in a church in Canada for six years. He surrendered after fighting deportation over fears of repercussions in Russia - having revealed the names of other agents.
Russian Mikhail Lennikov, 55, left the First Lutheran Church in Vancouver where he had sought refuge in 2009, after Canada refused to grant him residence rights because of his KGB past.
Lennikov, who used to work for the Soviet security apparatus and had been threatened with deportation by Canada, was escorted by border officers to Toronto and boarded a flight to Moscow after surrendering to the authorities, his lawyer Hadayt Nazami said.
The ex-KGB agent was one of a handful of asylum seekers hiding out in Canadian churches to avoid deportation, but the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has refrained from entering places of worship to make arrests, and Nazami confirmed that officers had not entered the church to seize Lennikov.
"It was a voluntary departure through negotiations," said Nazami Sunday. "He wasn't deported." [Read more: DeuscheWelle/17August2015]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
US Intelligence Community Keys in on the Russian 'Troll Army' Manipulating Social Media. When Facebook posts and tweets blamed Ukrainian rebels for downing a Malaysian jet there last year, US spies studied social media trend lines to gauge public opinion of the Kiev-Moscow conflict.
The number of Facebook "likes"; statistics on retweets and "favorited" tweets; and other social media analytics told one story.
But intelligence officials know that, increasingly, autocracies are deploying "trolls" - robotic feeds or paid commentators - to sway social media trends. So officials say they were cautious when compiling situation assessments.
Such messaging can become dangerous when it casts doubt on ground truth. [Read more: Sternstein/NextGov/17August2015]
Russian 'Mole' Infiltrated Western Intelligence in Australia, Says ex-MI5 Spy. A Russian "mole" infiltrated Australia's spy agency during the height of the Cold War, according to a British-born Australian intelligence agent who has revealed her concerns for the first time.
Molly Sasson, 92, worked for the Royal Air Force intelligence and MI5 before moving to Australia to work for Asio, the domestic spy agency.
She has now gone public with her claims that Asio was infiltrated by a spy in the 1970s but the agency ignored warnings from its own operatives and from the CIA station chief in Canberra.
It is believed Russia considered Australia an easier path to accessing Western intelligence than via agencies in the US or Britain. [Read more: Pearlman/TheTelegraph/18August2015]
The Secret Project to Turn the Internet Into an Anti-Soviet Spy Network. In 1973, Norway became the first nation outside the US to get online through DARPA's packet-switched network, the ARPANET. Americans had decided to connect the proto-internet to such a distant country for one reason. They were trying to keep tabs on Soviet nuclear tests.
People often forget that the US defense and intelligence communities helped build the internet. The NSA, the CIA, the Department of Defense - they were all there from the beginning. But the military conducted their work through universities, which is why the first host-to-host connection on the ARPANET, on October 29, 1969, was between researchers at Stanford Research Institute and UCLA. From there, the ARPANET grew to have many nodes across the US, as you can see in this GIF showing its rise and fall.
In June of 1973 the ARPANET went international with its Norway connection. It was promoted as part of a project to encourage civilian research on earthquakes. But that wasn't the whole story. [Read more: Novak/Gizmodo/17August2015]
Obama's Secret Elite Interrogation Squad May Not Be so Elite - and Might Be Doomed. When President Barack Obama took office, he promised to overhaul the nation's process for interrogating terror suspects. His solution: the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, or HIG, a small interagency outfit that would use non-coercive methods and the latest psychological research to interrogate America's most-wanted terrorists - all behind a veil of secrecy.
Today, the HIG often gets the first jab at America's most-wanted terror suspects. Since its creation in August 2009, HIG teams have questioned a bevy of top detainees, including Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Umm Sayyaf, the wife of a high-profile Islamic State leader killed in a drone strike.
But six years on, the Obama administration's elite interrogation force is on shaky ground. US officials and outside critics question the effectiveness of its interrogators, whether they're following their own training, and whether they can continue to rely on psychological research to help break suspects. Congress and the White House, which once saw the group as a key to reinventing the nation's counterterrorism strategy, aren't paying attention. And those struggles illuminate a broader reality: Obama's limited reforms to how American detains, interrogates and prosecutes suspected terrorists are ad-hoc and fragile. His successor could scrap most of them - the HIG included - with the stroke of a pen. [Read more: Watkins/HuffingtonPost/18August2015]
Section III - COMMENTARY
An Intelligence Approach to Critical Infrastructure Protection. Protecting the nation's critical infrastructure is a national security imperative which should incorporate sophisticated threat analysis and assessment methodologies to facilitate well-informed risk management decisions. In assessing the threat to any given critical infrastructure asset, it's first necessary to identify the range of associated vulnerabilities. This enables a logical evaluation of how a range of potential adversaries with varying objectives and capabilities might plan and execute an attack against the asset. This level of evaluation is performed by identifying the asset's dependencies on supporting infrastructures and a Red Team analysis approach to examine threats through the eyes of the enemy.
The US government has effective methodologies to identify the individual critical infrastructure assets that are the most vital to sustaining our national security - militarily, economically and otherwise. Appropriately, as these assets are identified, they are given priority for security resourcing. However, there is a strong tendency to protect these assets through a "bunker hardening" mentality which often leads to the development of security programs that do not fully acknowledge that the enemy gets a vote. This potential shortfall is effectively addressed by security and protection programs which incorporate a process of viewing our critical infrastructure assets through the prism of a sophisticated and determined adversary.
The destruction or disruption of an enemy's national infrastructures is a fundamental principle of war. Another key tenant of war is that an attacking force will endeavor to avoid engaging an opponent's defensive strengths; rather, it studies the enemy to identify vulnerabilities and other exploitable defensive weaknesses that will enable asymmetric advantage. Our critical assets are likely known to potential adversaries with interests in understanding our key capabilities. [Read more: Magee/HomelandSecurity/17August2015]
Dissolution of Elite Intelligence Service Unit in Algeria Likely Indicates Further Consolidation of Power by Presidential Faction. The strike force of Algeria's state intelligence service
(D�partement du Renseignement et de la S�curit�: DRS) was dissolved on 8 August, the latest in a round of military restructuring by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
The Groupe d'intervention sp�ciale (GIS), an elite unit specialising in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations, has been dispersed across Algeria's conventional armed forces and the gendarmerie. The move follows the sudden replacement in late July of the three senior generals in charge of presidential security, counter-espionage, and the Republican Guard.
A recent series of security failings, notably in July a security breach at a presidential residence in Zeralda, and the intensification of the insurgency in the A�n Defla region, south of Algiers, are likely to have been used as a pretext for the dismissals. [Read more: IHSJane's360/12August2015]
Extending the Reach of Cybersecurity. We all read the headlines - large airlines, major banks, well-known retailers and even critical government agencies being compromised by cyberattacks. Not only is that just the tip of the cybersecurity iceberg, but in many ways our attention within this sphere is diverted to just the symptoms of a much broader problem.
Consider this: Smart attackers will not start their malicious enterprise going after the big brands, let alone a guarded government entity. They will start small and attempt to take down easier targets to mitigate the risk of detection. They will learn techniques, understand linkages and perfect their trade. Small and midsize organizations that do not have the resources or the awareness of cyberthreats become the ideal training wheels for cybercriminals and organized crime rings.
Compounding this issue are all the nefarious tools pervading the Dark Web. They lower the skills barrier necessary for perpetrating cyberattacks, shorten the time for acquiring experience and increase automation to create broad attacks. To better balance the scales, we as an industry need to place greater focus on extending the reach of cybersecurity, especially security intelligence, to strengthen the collective security posture of our business ecosystems.
Cybersecurity is a sophisticated practice, and the economics are stacked up against small and midsize organizations. Smaller organizations have to perform cybersecurity assessments to evaluate their security requirements; acquire the necessary technology; establish appropriate processes and budget for staffing to operate; and manage those acquired tools effectively. As a result, cybersecurity vendors from startups to massive organizations have traditionally catered to large-scale enterprises that are able to make big investments and have some established cybersecurity practices. Cybersecurity vendors then turn to service providers to access the volume market. [Read more: Dheap/SecurityIntelligence/12August2015]
Section IV - Jobs, Obituaries, Television and Upcoming Events
Jobs [See caveats at this link before respond to any job announcements]
Intelligence Training Instructor – Quantico, VA
Dorrean, LLC is currently recruiting for an Intelligence Training Instructor for a contract in Quantico, VA. The Intelligence Training Instructor will train, instruct (including platform instruction), and participate in the development of course materials and course outlines for onboard employees for Intelligence Career Path training courses. Based on objectives and performance goals, tasks for Intelligence Training Instructors will include, but not be limited to, the following:
Task 1 - Under the supervision of personnel and in accordance with designated curricula, Intelligence Training Instructors will instruct the workforce to employ skills, tools, and techniques required to integrate analysis with operations and produce intelligence pursuant to the organization’s highest standards. Specifically, Intelligence Training Instructors will be required to provide instruction in critical thinking, analytic writing, raw intelligence reporting, and intelligence briefing, as well as participate in and evaluate exercises designed to leverage the student’s knowledge.
Task 2 – Intelligence Training Instructors will provide mentoring and coaching throughout a comprehensive program of instruction for the intelligence workforce.
Task 3 – Intelligence Training Instructors will also be asked to collaborate on curriculum life-cycle refresh and corresponding lesson plan documentation.
Minimum of five years demonstrated experience in an Intelligence Field. The five years of demonstrated experience shall include application of analytic tradecraft skills and techniques, USIC collaboration, or case-based analysis and reporting.
- Minimum two years of experience providing instruction in any of the following intelligence topics: structured analytic techniques, critical thinking processes, collection/domain management, raw intelligence reporting, analytic writing in accordance with the ODNI Analytic Integrity Standards, and intelligence briefing for peers and/or executives.
- Minimum of two years demonstrated work experience in facilitating practical exercises by mentoring and coaching students both one-on-one and as a group to help them achieve a developmental outcome as determined by the lesson plan.
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
- Demonstrated work experience in course material and curriculum development to include Blackboard LMS facilitation.
Dorrean, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.Qualified candidates can send their resumes to the Corporate Recruiter, Scott Ernest, atScott.Ernest@Dorrean.com.
Hamid Gul, a Pakistan Spy Master Tied to Militants, Dies. Hamid Gul, who led Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency as it funneled US and Saudi cash and weapons to Afghan jihadis fighting against the Soviets and later publicly supported Islamic militants, died late Saturday of a brain hemorrhage. He was 78.
Gul's tenure at the ISI and his outspoken backing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and other extremists highlighted the murky loyalties at play years later when the Sept. 11 attacks and their aftermath tested the US-Pakistani alliance.
Gul came to be seen as an increasingly out-of-touch braggart later in life, as he appeared on countless Pakistani television programs warning of conspiracies and demanding his country militarily confront its nuclear-armed neighbor India.
"The unruly mujahedeen commanders obeyed and respected him like no one else," Gul's online autobiography reads. "Later on with the advent of the Taliban's rise he was equally admired and respected."
Gul died late Saturday night at the hill resort of Murree near the capital, Islamabad, his daughter, Uzma Gul, told The Associated Press. She said Gul suffered a brain hemorrhage. [Read more: Khan/AP/16August2015]
CIA Documentary The Spymasters to Premiere on Showtime in November. Showtime announced today at the TCA Summer Press Tour that it will premiere The Spymasters, a documentary that goes inside the workings of the CIA, the world's most powerful and clandestine spy agency, on November 28 at 9 PM.
The docu features more than 100 hours of intimate and candid conversations with all 12 living directors of the Central Intelligence Agency and the agency's top operatives, with unprecedented access to America's spy network. Chris Whipple (The President's Gatekeepers) is penning the docu, and G�d�on Naudet and Jules Naudet (9/11) are directing. The Naudets, Chris Whipple, David Hume Kennerly and Susan Zirinsky (9/11) will executive produce in a co-production with CBS News. Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) will narrate.
The film focuses on the organization during one of the most controversial periods in CIA history - marked by the use of torture, secret prisons, undeclared war, lethal drone warfare and even an alleged assassination. [Read more: Petski/Deadline/11August2015]
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
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.
Confirmed speakers:(most of these are for Day 2 at Sheraton Tysons Hotel)
CIA Director John Brennan; Dean Boyd, Director of CIA Office of Public Affairs; The Honorable Charles E. Allen, Former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Collection, CIA (1998 –2005);Bill Harlow and Joseph DeTrani, former Directors of OPA; Sue Bromley, former Associate DD/CIA; Winston Wiley, former DDI; Scott White, former EXDIR; Michael Sulick, former Director, National Clandestine Service; John Sano, former DD/National Clandestine Service; Sean Roche, Associate Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation; Fred Turco, former D/Information Operations Center; Robert Wallace, former Director, Office of Technical Services; Sarah Botsai, former NSA, Senior Cryptologic Executive Service; Deputy Director, White House Situation Room, IC Staff, ADD/Plans and Policy; George Jameson, CIA Senior Counsel, Director of CIA policy & coordination office, Deputy Director of Congressional Affairs; David Robarge, Senior Historian, Center for Study of Intelligence; Frederick Hitz, CIA Legislative Counsel, operations officer and manager, and the first statutory CIA Inspector General, currently Sr Fellow (Batten School) and Adj Professor (Law School) at U of Virginia; Dawn Eilenberger, CIA Deputy General Counsel, CIA Director of Finance, NGA Inspector General, current Assistant DNI for Policy & Strategy; Robert L. Deitz, former Councilor to CIA director Hayden, NSA General Counsel, Acting NGA GC, Acting DOD deputy GC, Intelligence, current Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University; Toni Hiley, Director and Curator, CIA Museum; and CIRA President Charles Campbell (CIA Deputy Inspector General, Senior DO operations officer and manager); and AFIO President James Hughes, former National Clandestine Service.
Luncheon keynote address by Stephen Grey, UK Journalist/Reuters, author of newly released, and highly praised... The New Spymasters: Inside the Modern World of Espionage from the Cold War to the Global War on Terror. Ends with Q&A
This second day ends with a "Spies in Black Ties" Anniversary Reception and Awards Banquet described above, featuring Charles Allen.
Agenda for Day Two updated 18 August
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or to Mike Ford (505) 294-6133 Secpro39@yahoo.com
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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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