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CIA Invites AFIO Members and Guests
16 September 2015
A special reception will follow
D/CIA John O. Brennan will speak
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.
This release 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. 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 St, Austin, TX, located in the building that houses the LBJ Museum and Library on the UT Austin Campus.
RSVPs: To attend this no-fee event, register NOW at this link.
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 this link). Register HERE for both and enjoy multiple days of cryptology!
22 and 23rd October follow featuring NSA's Center for Cryptologic History on "A Century of Cryptology."
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Russia 'Is Building Military Base in Syria'. Russia is building a military base in Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's heartland, according to American intelligence officials, in the clearest indication yet of deepening Russian support for the embattled regime of Bashar al-Assad.
The anonymous officials say Russia has set up an air traffic control tower and transported prefabricated housing units for up to 1,000 personnel to an airfield serving the Syrian port city of Latakia.
Russia has also requested the rights to fly over neighbouring countries with military cargo aircraft during September, according to the reports.
The claims, which will raise fears that Russia is planning to expand its role in the country's civil war, will ratchet up tensions between Moscow and Washington over the future of Syria and its brutal ruler. [Read more: Crilly/TheTelegraph/5September2015]
FBI Infiltrates Burning Man Festival, Collects Intelligence, Documents Show. Thousands of revelers are converging this week in Nevada's Black Rock Desert for the Burning Man Festival, where they'll camp, create and observe art and music, and where, perhaps, they'll encounter an undercover FBI agent.
Documents obtained by the journalist Inkoo Kang, and posted to the website MuckRock, reveal that the event has been under FBI surveillance since at least 2010. That is when the agency concluded that Burning Man is "considered a cultural and artisan event, which promote (sic) free expression by the participants."
In one document from 2010 agents conclude that the "greatest known threat in this event is crowd control issues and use of illegal drugs," but in a heavily-redacted report produced less than a month later, the agency's Special Events Management unit seems to note that the event is used to practice intelligence collection and anti-terrorism security. [Kates/CBS/AP/2September2015]
US Builds up Arctic Spy Network as Russia and China Increase Presence. As China and Russia boost their military presence in the resource-rich far north, US intelligence agencies are scrambling to study potential threats in the Arctic for the first time since the Cold War, a sign of the region's growing strategic importance.
Over the last 14 months, most of the 16 US intelligence agencies have assigned analysts to work full time on the Arctic. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently convened a "strategy board" to bring the analysts together to share their findings.
In addition to relying on US spy satellites orbiting overhead and Navy sensors deep in the frigid waters, the analysts process raw intelligence from a recently overhauled Canadian listening post near the North Pole and a Norwegian surveillance ship called the Marjata, which is now being upgraded at a US Navy shipyard in southern Virginia.
The administration's growing concern was dramatized Wednesday when the Pentagon confirmed it was tracking five Chinese warships in the Bering Sea, between Alaska and Russia, for the first time. Officials said the Chinese ships were steaming in international waters toward the Aleutian Islands but posed no threat. [Read more: Bennett&Hennigan/LATimes/7September2015]
German Intelligence Confirms Isis Used Mustard Gas in Iraq, Says News Report. Germany's foreign intelligence agency BND has reportedly collected evidence of mustard gas use by the Islamic State group.
German daily Bild reported on Monday that BND intelligence agents collected blood samples from Kurds who were injured in clashes with Isis.
It quoted the BND chief, Gerhard Schindler, as saying that the agency has "information that IS used mustard gas in northern Iraq".
Schindler told the paper that the mustard gas either came from old Iraqi stockpiles produced under Saddam Hussein's rule or was manufactured by Isis after it seized the University of Mosul. [Read more: AP/7September2015]
Israel to Supply Intelligence Solution to European Country. Defense giant Elbit systems was awarded an approximately $78 million contract, it announced Sunday, for the supply of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)-based intelligence solution to a European country.
The contact will be performed over a two-year period using cutting-edge technology from Elbit Systems' ISTAR Division.
Elbit Systems' solution will utilize AMPS (Advanced Multi-Sensor Payload System) - a multi-sensor electro-optics system capable of long-range visual intelligence for both day and night.
The system is adaptable for a large variety of airborne applications and is an important building block for the integrated intelligence solution. [Read more: ArutzSheva/6September2015]
Feinstein Slams New Book by Former CIA Officials. Senator Dianne Feinstein, who chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation of the CIA's controversial interrogation program, said Saturday that a new, critical book by some top former CIA officials "doesn't lay a glove" on her panel's conclusions that the agency carried out torture to get information that had already been extracted by "more traditional and acceptable ways."
The California Democrat, who oversaw the years-long investigation and production of a still-classified 6,000-page report whose summary was sharply critical of the CIA's interrogation program, said the new book by ex-spy agency officials "contains nothing new...it recycles the same comments from former CIA officials when the executive summary of the SSCI Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation came out last December."
SSCI is the acronym for the panel's seldom-used full official name, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Feinstein ceded the chairmanship of the committee when the Republicans took control of the chamber following the 2014 elections. [Read more: Stein/Newsweek/5September2015]
French Spy Who Sank Greenpeace Ship Apologises for Lethal Bombing. A French secret service diver who took part in the operation to sink Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior 30 years ago has spoken publicly for the first time to apologise for his actions.
Jean-Luc Kister, who attached a mine to the ship's hull, says the guilt of the bombing, which killed a photographer, still weighs heavily on his mind.
"We are not assassins and we have a conscience," the former agent told investigative website Mediapart. "I have the weight of an innocent man's death on my conscience... It's time, I believe, for me to express my profound regret and my apologies," Kister said.
He said he wanted to apologise to the family of the dead man, Fernando Pereira, "especially his daughter Marelle... for what I call an accidental death but what they consider an assassination", to the Greenpeace crew aboard the ship and the people of New Zealand where the Rainbow Warrior was sunk. [Read more: Willsher/TheGuardian/6September2015]
Asia-Pacific Intelligence Chiefs Meet in Brunei on Security Cooperation. Heads and representatives of military intelligence organizations from 24 countries across the world met here Monday for a conference on pursuing stability through defense intelligence cooperation.
The 8th Asia-Pacific Intelligence Chiefs Conference (APICC) will focus on the main topics of maritime security, anti- transnational crime and law enforcers' training for combating terrorism, according to a press release issued by Brunei's Ministry of Defense.
The conference aims to promote open dialogue for military intelligence chiefs in the Asia-Pacific region to further build their networks and enhance cooperation towards a more consolidated response to common security challenges, it said. The three-day APICC is jointly organized by Brunei's Ministry of Defense and the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) and marks the first time Brunei co-hosts the meeting with the United States.
The participating countries also include Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Laos, Malaysia, the Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. [Read more: Xinhua/7September2015]
MEPs Clash Over Renewed Calls for a European Intelligence Agency. The failed terrorist attack on the Amsterdam-Paris Thalys has prompted the outspoken group leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Guy Verhofstadt, to reiterate his demand for a European Intelligence Agency.
His comments come as it emerges that the attacker, Ayoub el Khazzan, was allowed to travel freely around Europe despite being known to French, Belgian, German and Spanish intelligence services.
Verhofstadt, a committed federalist, believes the attack demonstrates how important it is, "that national intelligence agencies in the EU share information and work more closely together.
"In most major terrorist attacks over the past ten years, the perpetrators were known, but EU countries haven't always worked together effectively to identify imminent security threats. A solution to this could be a fully-fledged EU intelligence agency. [Read more: Louch/ParliamentMagazine/2September2015]
Czech Security Service Says Russia Eyeing Its Energy Sector. The Czech Security Information Service (BIS) said in an annual report on Friday that Russia remains interested in the Czech energy sector, particularly in any possible enlargement of Czech nuclear power plants.
"Intelligence has confirmed that Russia does not consider its ongoing interest in Czech nuclear power engineering as fighting a losing battle," the BIS said.
The state-controlled CEZ energy company scrapped a tender worth an estimated $10 billion in April 2014 to expand one nuclear power station, citing low wholesale power prices and the government's refusal to provide price guarantees for the power produced.
Ties between Russia and the European Union have been strained by the crisis in Ukraine last year, in which Moscow annexed the Crimea peninsula and backed separatist clashes in the east of the country. [Read more: Reuters/4September2015]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Heading for the Scrap Heap: Spy Ship Built to Raise Soviet
Sub in 'CIA's Greatest Covert Operation' Becomes Victim of Oil Slump. A ship built by the CIA for a secret cold war mission in 1974 to raise a sunken Soviet sub is heading to the scrap yard, a victim of the slide in oil prices.
Christened the Hughes Glomar Explorer, after billionaire Howard Hughes was brought in on the CIA's deception, the 619-foot vessel eventually became part of the fleet of ships used by Swiss company Transocean to drill for oil.
But the oil price rout means the former spy ship now called GSF Explorer is just one of 40 such offshore drilling rigs that have been consigned to scrap since last year.
It's the end of a story that began when a Soviet G-II sub called the K-129 sank in September 1968 "with all hands, 16,500 feet below the surface of the Pacific", according to an official US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) history. [Read more: Reuters/6September2015]
Sixth Member of Cambridge Spy Ring Revealed. A sixth member of the Cambridge Spy Ring has been revealed as an MI6 physicist known to colleagues as "Atomic Man", according to an expert who has devoted 30 years into researching the infamous group.
Wilfred Mann denied the allegations that he was a KGB agent, helping the Russians develop their own atom bomb, in his 1982 book Was There A Fifth Man?
But author Andrew Lownie, who has written a book about another of the Cambridge spies, Guy Burgess, uncovered documents in his research that he claims prove Mann was the sixth member of the ring.
Born in London in 1908, Mann attended St. Paul’s school and studied at Imperial College, before going on to work for MI6. [Read more: Jamieson/TheTelegraph/6September2015]
The Technology Behind the RAF Drone Attack. Two of the British jihadists killed in Syria were blitzed by a drone controlled by RAF pilots sitting 3,000 miles away in Lincolnshire.
The experienced airmen were operating the controversial £10million Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from a hi-tech control hub at RAF Waddington.
As the unsuspecting jihadists travelled in a vehicle in Raqqa, capital of the so-called Islamic State, they were wiped out by a laser-guided Hellfire missile.
Pilots from 13 Squadron ordered the craft - about the size of a small executive jet - to carry out airstrikes from a height of up to 50,000ft using its fearsome arsenal. [Read more: Drury/DailyMail/7September2015]
Harold H. Shaw Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI Boston Division. FBI Director James B. Comey has named Harold H. Shaw as the special agent in charge of the Boston Division. Mr. Shaw most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division of the New York Division, where he was responsible for counterintelligence, counterproliferation, and counterespionage programs.
Mr. Shaw entered on duty with the FBI in 1999 and was assigned to the New York Division. He worked as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and investigated a variety of international and domestic terrorism matters, including the USS Cole bombing. Mr. Shaw served as a case agent following the September 11, 2001 attacks, actively developing the investigation and pursuing leads tied to the attacks for the next two years.
In 2003, Mr. Shaw was promoted to supervisory special agent and was detailed to the CIA's Counterterrorism Center (CTC), where he served as one of the first liaison officers between the FBI and CIA in the post-9/11 era. He later served as the deputy director for law enforcement for the CTC-International Terrorism Department.
In 2005, Mr. Shaw was promoted to field supervisor in the New York Division, where he oversaw a JTTF squad responsible for international terrorism matters relating to the Middle East. [Read more: FBI.gov/1September2015]
Spy Court Fast Facts. Here's a look at what you need to know about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Facts: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was created in 1978.
It exists to oversee and authorize activities carried out under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA).
About the Court: Before the Patriot Act, foreign intelligence had to be a primary purpose of the investigation. Now, foreign intelligence has to be a significant purpose. [Read more: CNN/7September2015]
290 Foreign Agents Exposed in Russia in 2014 - Television. Russian secret services have said that in 2014 security agencies exposed 290 foreign agents and published several reports concerning the work of the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officers in Moscow, involving disguise techniques such as dress-changing when communicating with their informers.
The ChP program on NTV television on Sept.4 showed video footage of disguise techniques used by the wife of CIA agent Robert Hynes.
The video shows two "well-groomed ladies," the CIA agent's wife Laura Carlson and the wife of yet another CIA agent, Janice Chisholm, leaving the US Embassy in Moscow and heading to a coffee shop.
Having entered the coffee shop, Chisholm went to the toilet while Carlson waited for her near the door. A while later, a man in a hat went out of the toilet and hastily left the coffee shop. [Read more: Interfax/4September2015]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Conversation With a Spy. Only one person has ever been director of both the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency. That person is retired Four-Star General Michael Hayden. Recently I had the chance to talk to Mike Hayden on Capitol Hill. We were both there as part of a conclave to discuss the status of Iran-US negotiations on uranium enrichment. We had a chance to talk one-on-one about my specialty, which is financial warfare, and the potential impact on investors.
General Hayden's career as a military and intelligence officer spans four decades beginning with his commission as an Air Force officer in 1969. From 1980 to 1982 he was intelligence chief at Osan Air Force Base in Korea. From 1996 to 1997, he commanded the Air Intelligence Agency, today part of the Twenty-Fifth Air Force, which is one of the 17 separate agencies that make up the US Intelligence Community.
From 1999 to 2005, he was Director of the National Security Agency, NSA, based at Fort Meade, Maryland. The NSA is America's lead agency for electronic and technical spying. For many years, the mere existence of the NSA was classified information; intelligence community members said the acronym NSA stood for "No Such Agency."
In response to the 9/11 attacks, the US Congress in 2004 created the Office of the Director of National Intelligence with John Negroponte as its first Director. From 2005 to 2006, General Hayden was Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence under DNI John Negroponte. Finally, in 2006, Hayden became the 20th Director of the CIA where he served until 2009. Given Mike Hayden's long career in military and civilian intelligence agencies, and his expertise in both electronic intelligence (ELINT) and human intelligence (HUMINT), it is no exaggeration to call him "America's Top Spy." [Read more: Rickards/DarienTimes/7September2015]
LinkedIn-Based Intelligence Gathering Campaign Targets the Security Industry. For the past several weeks an intelligence-gathering campaign has been using fake LinkedIn recruiter profiles to map out the professional networks of IT security experts, researchers from F-Secure have discovered.
LinkedIn can be a great tool to establish new professional relationships and discover job opportunities. However, accepting connection requests from unknown people is a double-edged sword that can put both employees and the companies they work for at risk.
There are multiple cases where attackers have used fake LinkedIn profiles to gather sensitive information about organizations and their employees. Knowing who is the manager of a particular department in a company or who is a member of the organization's IT staff can be very useful in planning targeted attacks.
In 2012, a team of security experts created a LinkedIn profile for a fake new female hire at a US government agency as part of a sanctioned test. By befriending multiple employees and establishing relationships, the team raised the credibility of their fake identity and eventually gained enough information to launch a successful attack against the organization's IT security manager, who did not even have a LinkedIn or other social media account. [Read more: Constantin/IDG/4September2015]
Section IV - Upcoming Events
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
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, currently serves as
Chief for the Traumatic Brain Injury & Alzheimer’s Disease &
Cognitive Disorders Clinics with the Phoenix Veterans Administration
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
11 September 2015, noon-1 p.m. - San Diego, CA - The AFIO SD Chapter hears Matt Miller on "Snapshot of Global Security as of 9/11/2015."
Please mark your calendars for a San Diego AFIO meeting on 9/11/15 from 1200-1300. The distinguished speaker will be Mr. Matt Miller, the Private Sector Coordinator at the Law Enforcement Coordination Center. Mr. Miller is an incredibly engaging and knowledgeable speaker with a vast knowledge and career in intel, military operations, and global affairs.
Mr. Miller will present a "Snapshot of Global Security as of 9/11/15," which will cover the threats from global terrorist organizations and state sponsored adversaries.
In addition to Mr. Miller, I am looking to schedule a brief updated on what the SDSU's VizLab has accomplished recently (in the homeland security arena), as well as bring in a speaker on social media exploitation to identify violent extremists (timely given recent identification of such extremists in California).
Lunch will be coordinated so that you can order ahead, and have the meal waiting for you.
I look forward to seeing you all on 9/11/15! RSVP to Alex Carrillo, AFIO San Diego
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.
Thursday, 17 September 2015, 1130 hours - Denver, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter presents "A Tour of the Disaster Management Institute and Center for Simulation."
The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents A Tour of the Disaster Management
Institute and Center for Simulation located at the Community College of
Aurora. The Center for Simulation is recognized as the first in the US
to create simulation environments, which include but are not limited to,
a home, bar and street for training first responders. The facility also
houses the Disaster Management Institute, a fully-functional Emergency
Operations Center that allows students and working professionals to
experience and train in management of simulated disasters of all types
Numerous Homeland Security compliant exercises have been held here. Hundreds of agencies at the local, state and federal levels as well as national guard assets find value in training at CCA’s Center for Simulation and/or Disaster Management Institute. Preparedness exercises have spanned: terrorists, rogue bombers, WMDs, Hazmat and hostage crises, among others. The exercises scope is determined by objectives which dictates if the exercise will be microscopic and/or macroscopic, in scale and size. As the center’s capabilities are easily diversified scenarios are planned ranging from Tabletops, drills or full scale exercises which sometimes take years to plan.
Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at email@example.com
The cost of the meal is $12. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Tom.
Directions to the DMI facility from I-225: Take 225 to 6th Avenue and go West to Dayton. At Dayton go right or North one long city block to the first left. Turn left here into the park. Follow to the stop sign. Pull through the stop sign and park. Building is on the right. 9235 E 10th Dr, Denver, CO 80230.
Saturday, 26 September 2015, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME. - The AFIO Maine Chapter welcomes Ambassador Laurence F. Pope, II, as guest speaker on DIPLOMACY AND INTELLIGENCE
Amb. Laurence Pope is author of “The Demilitarization of American Diplomacy: Two Cheers for Striped Pants.” Pope, who is both an insider and historian, will speak about the dysfunction of the State Department and its Foreign Service and contends that in the information age diplomacy is more important than ever. Without a change in thinking from an era of failed nation building, the U.S. may find itself having to fight more wars than it needs to. Pope served as ambassador to Chad from September 1993 to June 1996 and was temporary Chief of Mission in Tripoli October 2012 to January 2013 immediately following Ambassador Christopher Stevens who was killed in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Pope has held a number of senior posts in the State Department including Director for Northern Gulf Affairs (1987-1990), Associate Director for Counter Terrorism (1991-1993), and Political Adviser to Gen. Zinni, USMG Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Central Command (1997-2000). Ambassador Pope retired from the Foreign Service in 2000 with 31 years of service, however he continues to consult for various institutions. A respected Arabist, he speaks Arabic and French. Ambassador Pope is a graduate of Bowdoin College, did advanced studies at Princeton University, and is a graduate of U.S. Department of State Senior Service Seminar as well as a Senior Fellow at the Armed Forces Staff College. He resides in Portland, Maine.
The meeting is open to the public at the Brick Store Museum program center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk. For more information call 207-967-4298.
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.
5 October 2015 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts Dr. Thomas Fingar, former First Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis and Chairman of the National Intelligence Council and current Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University.
Topic will be Intelligence and the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Intelligence played a critical role in identifying the scope of Iranian programs and the potential for reaching a negotiated solution. Intelligence will also play a critical role in monitoring implementation of the agreement and in assessing the significance of apparent violations. Dr. Thomas Fingar, the public face of the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear intentions and capabilities, will discuss the role and responsibilities of intelligence with respect to the Iran nuclear agreement, why the IC determined in 2007 that Iran had halted the weapon-specific portions of its nuclear program in 2003, the implications of that judgment for diplomacy and military action and key lessons learned. He will also discuss the role of intelligence in the just concluded agreement with Iran and future considerations on actions against Iran. 11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon. Note different location: Poplar Creek Grill (Popular Creek Golf Course Club House) 1700 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401. Please RSVP here. Reservation and pre-payment is required before September 25, 2015 (fee goes up after 9/18/15). The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins. Questions: Please contact Mariko Kawaguchi at email@example.com.
13 October 2015 - MacDill AFB, FL - AFIO Suncoast Chapter hosts Edward "Eddie" Ko speaking on "the lack of intelligence during the Korean War."
Eddie Ko escaped to South Korea where he happened to meet up with Lt. Eugene Clark as the US Navy was preparing for one of the most pivotal points of the war, the landing at Inchon. Just 14 years old, Ko told the Lieutenant he'd find out how many enemies were there, and when high tide for an invasion landing. The US enlisted him in the Marines as a counterintelligence spy, and he went on to warn the Americans of many surprise attacks.
LOCATION: MacDill AFB Surf’s Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Please RSVP to the Chapter Secretary for yourself and include the names and email addresses of any guests. Email Michael Shapiro at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Other Upcoming Events
10 September 2015, Noon to 2 pm - Washington, DC - the Returned & Services League of Australia, Washington Sub-Branch hosts Thomas W. Schultz, discussing American-Australian Relations.
Guest speaker/Topic: Mr. Thomas W. Schultz, a retired 20 year Navy Officer, will discuss the history of American-Australian Relations.
Tom earned a Masters Degree in Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 2011. He is a 12 year resident of the National Capital Region and has published several articles on military history. Tom resides with his wife Eileen and two children in Old Town Alexandria. Tom is always ready to share his extensive background in military history and keen insight on points of interest in and around Washington, DC. For additional information see About at WWW.DCMILITARYTOUR.COM .
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.
NOTE: Valid photo ID required. Attire: Business casual.
Where: Amenities Room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
RSVP by noon on Wednesday September 9, 2015, to David, Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to email@example.com
Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.
16-20 September 2015 - Washington, DC - Spies, Lies and Intelligence: The Shadowy World of International Espionage with Road Scholar
Program #16126RJ $1,099. 5 Days, 4 Nights.
Every person sitting on a bench could be waiting for the next drop-off. Behind every monument, a mole may harbor national secrets. On this fascinating adventure at the front line of the world’s spy coterie in Washington, D.C., delve into the treachery of Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen ― rogues who triggered devastating consequences to America. Learn the art of espionage, discuss the role of intelligence in an open society, and hear how the US catches spies in the heart of the world capital of intrigue.
• Retired intelligence experts take you into their seamy world, uncovering Washington, D.C.’s lesser-known spy history and discussing famous spy cases ― from the cracked to the unsolved.
• Explore the International Spy Museum, and learn from the NSA’s Cryptologic Museum how codes are broken ― and try out a WW II German Enigma machine.
• Hear from a polygraph specialist, examine the role of defection in counterintelligence, and examine 21st century intelligence threats.
Activity Notes - Minimal walking, standing in museums for up to two hours. 4 nights of accommodations, 10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners 7 Expert-led lectures, 3 Field trips
Coordinated by Road Scholar. To register call 800-454-5768 or visit http://www.roadscholar.org/n/program/summary.aspx?id=1%2D44F1HN
23-24 September 2015 - Arlington, VA - Intelligence Budget Process
course provides students with a detailed understanding of the
intelligence budget process, examining how the budget is
created in the Executive branch, primarily in
negotiations between Defense and Intelligence, how the budget moves
through Congress, and the actual expenditure of
funds.This course is extremely helpful to those who are new to the
budget process and to those who have programmatic
responsibilities that are influenced by federal budget
INDIVIDUAL ENROLLMENT COURSE at The Intelligence & Security Academy®, a leading provider of innovative education and training in a broad range of national security issues and the more general area of analytic training, is pleased to announce the schedule for its 2015 OpenAcademy® individual enrollment course offerings. All courses will be held in Arlington, Virginia. AFIO members will receive a 10% discount on all OpenAcademy® courses! Register on-online and select “AFIO Registration” as an option for the discounted registration fee.
Courses are typically held in our classroom in Arlington, Virginia (just 2 blocks from the Ballston metro stop) unless otherwise noted. Individual enrollment courses are unclassified.
Visit this link to register or for more information on this and other courses.
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
Wednesday, 30 September (and Fri 16, Oct; Fri, 20 Nov; Fri, 11 Dec) 2015, 1-4 pm - Washington, DC - Meet An F-4 Pilot: Mark Hewitt - In-store Book Signing at the International Spy Museum
The International Spy Museum Store features event with F-4 pilot Mark A. Hewitt. He has always had a fascination with spyplanes and the intelligence community’s development and use of aircraft. He flew F-4s in the Marine Corps and served as Director of Maintenance with the Border Patrol and the Air Force, as was an Associate Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University before leading aviation activities and aircraft operations for international corporations in the Washington D.C. area.
Shortly after takeoff, a jumbo jet explodes over the waters of Long Island. Witnesses claim the aircraft was shot down by a surface-to-air missile; the government insists a mechanical malfunction brought down the airplane. An old CIA file is uncovered which details the President was warned-to preclude commercial airliners from being shot out of the sky either pay a ransom or suffer the consequences.
Just as the Agency identifies the shadowy man responsible for the shoot down of the airliner, the Libyan dictator Gaddafi is overthrown, sparking a race between the CIA and terrorist networks to win the ultimate terrorist prize-hundreds of man-portable, shoulder-launched, anti-aircraft missiles. Duncan Hunter and his top secret airplane once again team up with an expert crew to find the anti-aircraft missiles ahead of the al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood, and kill the man who shoots down airliners for profit. Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit www.spymuseum.org
Wednesdays, 30 September, 7, 14, and 21 October, 2015, 10:15am - Washington, DC - Whistleblowers, Leakers or Traitors? You Decide... Spy Seminar Series the International Spy Museum at Smithsonian Associates
Ever since Edward Snowden leaked highly classified information to the media in June of 2013, Americans have been divided on whether he is a hero, a traitor, a conman, or a whistleblower. But this is not the first time in our history that an individual has ignited such controversy by revealing government secrets. In this series, intelligence experts and historians will explore the cases of five men who decided to take their data and run, and how the public and government reactions mirror or differ from today’s response to Snowden.
September 30 -- Herbert O. Yardley: The Bestseller
In 1917, Herbert O. Yardley was put in charge of the nation’s first codebreaking section of military intelligence, MI8. He was excellent at his job, and when his office was closed down in 1929, he set off a firestorm with his bestselling tell-all book about the secrets of cryptography, America’s Black Chamber. Dr. William J. Lahneman, a former US Navy Surface Warfare Officer, professor of homeland security at Embry-Riddle University, and author of Keeping US Intelligence Effective: The Need for a Revolution in Intelligence Affairs, will explore Yardley’s fantastic life from allegations that he sold WWII code secrets to Japan to his prowess at poker.
October 7 -- Martin & Mitchell: The Defectors
The National Security Agency faced a terrible crisis in the summer of 1960 when two cryptologists disappeared on vacation, possibly behind the Iron Curtain. In a worst case scenario for the US government, the pair appeared in Moscow on September 6, 1960 to announce their defection and denounce the United States. For the first time the mission and activities of the NSA―including unauthorized incursions into foreign airspace―were made public. Dr. David M. Barrett, professor of political science at Villanova University and author of, The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy, will uncover what led to their defection and the aftermath for both the NSA and the defectors.
October 14 -- Daniel Ellsberg: The Activist
When Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara assembled a team of analysts to investigate every aspect of the Vietnam War in 1967, he set in motion a momentous chain of events. One team member, Daniel Ellsberg, already concerned at the differences he could see between the Government’s classified picture of events and what the it was telling the American people, felt aghast at the secrets the documents revealed about what US officials actually knew when key decisions were made. Ellsberg tried to take his startling observations to Congress and, when that failed, he leaked the study to the press. The leak provoked the Nixon administration to an aggressive response, which ultimately led to a powerful Supreme Court ruling. John Prados, a Senior Fellow of the National Security Archive and editor of Inside the Pentagon Papers, will illuminate the course and consequences of this famous leak and litigation, and their continuing relevance to the public’s right to know.
October 21 -- Edward Snowden: The Contractor
Edward Snowden’s activities beginning in June of 2013 are very well known-from the first leak of classified information to his stay in Russia. But his motivations, the system vulnerabilities that enabled him to access highly classified information, and his stated goals are continuing points of heated discussion. Hailed as a hero or decried as a traitor, his actions have reopened the issue of privacy for people and for nations. Dr. Mary Manjikian, Associate Dean of the Robertson School of Government, Regent University, and author of Threat Talk: The Comparative Politics of Internet Addiction will reveal how her research into organizations offers a new way of looking at Snowden and all those leakers/whistleblowers/heroes/ traitors who came before.
To register: (via phone) 202.633.3030; (online) www.SmithsonianAssociates.org. Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-802.
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.
22-23 October 2015 - Laurel, MD - "A Century of Cryptology" - NSA's Center for Cryptologic History hosts Biennial Symposium on Cryptologic History - Registration now open
The Center for Cryptologic History invites you to attend the Center’s biennial Symposium on Cryptologic History which will take place October 22-23, 2015. The Symposium will be held at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland. Following the Symposium, on Saturday, October 24, participants will be given an opportunity to tour the National Cryptologic Museum and participate in a workshop on sources for research in cryptologic history. The Symposium is an occasion for historians to gather for reflection and debate on relevant and important topics from the cryptologic past. Regular participants include historians from the Center for Cryptologic History, the Intelligence Community, the defense establishment, the military services, distinguished scholars from American and foreign academic institutions, veterans of the cryptologic profession, graduate and undergraduate students, and the interested public. Past symposia have featured scholarship that set out new ways to consider our cryptologic heritage, and this one will be no exception. The conference will provide many opportunities to interact with leading historians and other distinguished experts. The mix of practitioners, scholars, and interested observers always guarantees a lively debate promoting an enhanced appreciation for past events.
Event Location: Johns Hopkins APL Kossiakoff Auditorium - 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723-6099 PDF of the Symposium Agenda is here. One of the speakers will be AFIO's president emeritus, Gene Poteat.
In addition to the two-day symposium, on Saturday, October 24, participants will have an opportunity to tour the National Cryptologic Museum and participate in a workshop in the NCM Library from 1000-1130 on sources for research in cryptologic history. Bring your research and questions. Sign up to attend this workshop at Registration on the 22nd or 23rd. Also on Saturday at the NCM from 1000-1130 - visit the NCM's Magic Room for "Museum History and Treasures" (no sign-up required).
As we mark the centenary years of World War I (1914–1918), when so many significant advancements occurred in the field of cryptology, we will also examine the impact cryptologists made throughout the twentieth century, especially during such periods as World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War, the War in Vietnam, and the post-Cold War era. The Symposium will also include panels that look at the foundations of cryptology before the “Great War.” We welcome submissions from those who are new to the field and those who have presented at previous symposiums.
The Symposium is a prestigious program of the NSA's Center for Cryptologic History that showcases speakers who are recognized as cryptologic authorities from around the world. The theme and agenda topics for the Symposium always attract the interest of scholars, professionals, and the public. Since 2003, the Foundation (NCMF) has teamed with the CCH to help stage this exciting bi-annual event that attracts international attention from academia and the Intelligence Community.
Registration per person: $70/day. Full-time student rate: $35/day (please bring student ID to Symposium)
REGISTRATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY 19 OCTOBER. Unfortunately, we will not be able to make any refunds after 19 October.
Fee includes daily lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments. Shuttle bus service will be available from the lower level parking lot. For special accommodations or dietary needs, please contact email@example.com.
Register on-line here or mail your registration form (download a PDF of the form) with payment to: National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) POB 1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755. Make checks payable to: NCMF.
For registration assistance call (301) 688-5436. For symposium information call (301) 688-2336.
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