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The symposium will be livestreamed at this link
D/CIA John O. Brennan will speak
You can watch LIVESTREAMING of this
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.
Event is taking place at the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium in the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, Austin, TX
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.
Current Members are invited to a free,
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Former CIA Leaders Release Book Defending Interrogation Tactics. Former senior CIA officials instrumental in extracting information from al-Qaida prisoners through what most Americans consider to have been torture have published a book defending their conduct.
The book, titled Rebuttal, takes aim at the Senate intelligence committee report released last year that revealed gruesome details of the once-secret CIA program while portraying it as ineffective, incompetently run, and rife with misrepresentations.
Published by the US Naval Institute, the volume features essays from three former CIA directors and other retired senior officials. They argue that the Senate report, written by Democratic staff and opposed by Republicans, significantly distorted reality.The staff of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the intelligence committee, says the book has numerous inaccuracies. The result is a thick stew of charges and counter-charges that have been characteristic of the torture debate.
The dispute has current implications, however. [Read more: AP/9September2015]
Military Technology Exporter Admits to Spying for Moscow. The founder of a Houston-based technology company admitted to spying for Russia while in the US and conspiring to export microelectronics to Russian military and intelligence agencies.
Alexander Fishenko, a dual Russian-US citizen, was scheduled to go to trial this month on charges of scheming to illegally supply Russia with computer chips and other high-tech goods. He pleaded guilty Wednesday in Brooklyn, New York, federal court to all charges, said his lawyer, Richard Levitt.
The computer chips supplied by the company appear similar to those used in missiles and fighter jets, the government said in court papers.
"Fishenko lined his pockets at the expense of our national security," Acting US Attorney Kelly Currie said in a statement. "This prosecution highlights the importance of vigorously enforcing United States export control laws." [Read more: Smythe/Bloomberg/9September2015]
Lockpickers 3-D Print TSA Master Luggage Keys From Leaked Photos. The TSA is learning a basic lesson of physical security in the age of 3-D printing: If you have sensitive keys - say, a set of master keys that can open locks you've asked millions of Americans to use - don't post pictures of them on the Internet.
A group of lock-picking and security enthusiasts drove that lesson home Wednesday by publishing a set of CAD files to Github that anyone can use to 3-D print a precisely measured set of the TSA's master keys for its "approved" locks - the ones the agency can open with its own keys during airport inspections. Within hours, at least one 3-D printer owner had already downloaded the files, printed one of the master keys, and published a video proving that it opened his TSA-approved luggage lock.
Those photos first began making the rounds online last month, after the Washington Post unwittingly published (and then quickly deleted) a photo of the master keys in an article about the "secret life" of baggage in the hands of the TSA. It was too late. Now those photos have been used to derive exact cuts of the master keys so that anyone can reproduce them in minutes with a 3-D printer or a computer-controlled milling machine.
"Honestly I wasn't expecting this to work, even though I tried to be as accurate as possible from the pictures. I did this for fun and don't even have a TSA-approved lock to test," writes Xylitol, the Github user who published the files, in an email to WIRED. Xylitol, who noted that he was based in France, declined to reveal his real name. "But if someone reported it that my 3D models are working, well, that's cool, and it shows...how a simple picture of a set of keys can compromise a whole system." [Read more: Greenberg/Wired/9September2015]
CIA to Release Previously Classified Presidential Briefings at LBJ Presidential Library. At a public event to be held at the LBJ Presidential Library on September 16, the Central Intelligence Agency is scheduled to release previously classified daily briefings it gave to Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy in the 1960s. CIA Director John O. Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper will deliver remarks at the event which is titled, The President's Daily Brief: Delivering Intelligence to the First Customer.
The President's Daily Brief, known in Washington as the "PDB," contains intelligence analysis on crucial national security concerns. Only the President, Vice President, and a small group of officials designated by the President receive the briefing, which one historian has described as the world's smallest circulation, most highly classified newspaper.
Director Brennan is scheduled to release the documents at the event on September 16. The CIA will make the documents available on their website, at http://www.foia.cia.gov, and distribute booklets summarizing the history of the PDB program at the LBJ Library event. The online collection includes early PDBs, called the President's Intelligence Checklists, from June 1961 in the early years of the Kennedy Administration to November 1964, and PDBs published from December 1964 through the end of President Johnson's term in January 1969.
"The declassification and release of years of top-secret PDBs from the Kennedy and Johnson era could prove to be a treasure trove for historians," said Mark K. Updegrove, Director of the LBJ Presidential Library. "The PDBs provide fresh context for some of the most tumultuous and significant foreign events in our history, including the Vietnam War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall and other world changing crises." [Read more: LBJLibrary/8September2015]
CIA Slammed for Sloppy Dealings With Hollywood After Zero Dark Thirty. The CIA's cooperation with director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal in the making of their Oscar-nominated Osama bin Laden film Zero Dark Thirty led to at least three internal investigations, resulting in an overhaul of the clandestine agency's relationship with Hollywood.
At the time of the movie's release in December 2012, the Obama administration was widely criticized for the assistance provided to Boal and Bigelow in researching the film. But the full extent of those dealings weren't disclosed until Wednesday, when VICE published a wide-ranging article drawing from internal CIA reports, which were obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request.
According to the reports, the money spent by Bigelow and Boal on gifts and meals for CIA officers triggered an ethics investigation, although the Justice Department ultimately declined to pursue formal charges. A second investigation focused on the circumstances by which Boal was invited to attend a top-secret ceremony honoring those who helped orchestrate bin Laden's death, where then-CIA director Leon Panetta gave a classified speech. A third addressed the CIA's relationship with Hollywood.
The results of the third probe, released internally in December 2012, just as Zero Dark Thirty hit theaters, concluded that the CIA's Office of Public Affairs didn't keep proper records of which movies and TV shows the agency was consulting on. [Read more: Galuppo&McClintock/HollywoodReporter/10September2015]
Algerian President Fires Intelligence Chief in a Shake-Up of Security Forces. In a move that has surprised and enthralled many Algerians, the ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has replaced his powerful intelligence chief in a shake-up of the security forces.
The replaced official, Mohamed Mediene, better known by the nickname Toufik, headed the intelligence service for 25 years. Over that time he became a feared figure as he built the service into an immensely powerful institution, often referred to as a state within a state, which dominated the country's fight against militants, but also political and social life.
Mr. Mediene's removal, announced unexpectedly on Sunday, came just a few weeks after the arrest of a former intelligence chief, Abdelkader Ait-Ouarabi, and the removal of several other intelligence officials. These steps have been viewed in Algeria as the fulfillment of Mr. Bouteflika's long-stated aim to exert more civilian control over the military.
But it is also seen as a move by the president to strengthen the power of his office as his health is failing and a struggle over his succession builds. [Read more: Gall/NYTimes/14September2015]
Nigeria: Boko Haram - France Pledges Military Equipment, Intelligence Support for MJTF. French President François Hollande said yesterday that his government will provide intelligence and equipment to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) to help in prosecuting its ongoing war against terror in Nigeria and the African sub region.
Hollande, who stated this after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, expressed his government's concern about the insecurity in Nigeria and in the entire West Africa.
At a joint press conference at the Elsee Palace in Paris with Buhari, who is on a three-day official visit to that country, the French President said France was ready to render support in tackling extremism
On what he discussed with President Buhari during the meeting, Hollande said they addressed issues bordering on new strategies of partnership that would enable Nigeria and its neighboring countries of Cameroun, Chad, Niger and Benin Republic fight the insurgency and restore peace. [Read more: Agba/AllAfrica/15September2015]
Intelligence Chief Warns There's Little Penalty for
Cyberattacks. Cyberattacks against American interests are likely to continue and grow more damaging, in part because hackers face a low risk of consequences, the director of national intelligence told Congress Thursday.
James Clapper, the nation's top intelligence official, told the House intelligence committee that a muted response to most cyberattacks has created a permissive environment in which hacking can be used as a tool short of war to benefit adversaries and inflict damage on the United States.
"Until such time as we do create both the substance and the mindset of deterrence, this sort of thing is going to continue," Clapper said, speaking specifically about the recently revealed hack of federal personnel information linked to China in which personal data on some 22 million current and former US government employees, contractors, job applicants and relatives was stolen. "We will continue to see this until we create both the substance and the psychology of deterrence."
The administration has yet to act in response to the OPM hack. [Read more: Dilanian/AP/13September2015]
Top Spy Bemoans Loss of Key Information-Gathering Program. One of the disclosures based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, prompted the shutdown of a key intelligence program in Afghanistan, the nation's top spy said Wednesday.
"It was the single most important source of force protection and warning for our people in Afghanistan," Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. said at an intelligence conference.
He was addressing a question about the impact of revelations by Snowden, whose leaks led to a global debate about the proper scope of US surveillance at home and abroad.
Although Clapper did not give details, he apparently was alluding to an NSA program that recorded all cellphone calls in Afghanistan. [Read more: Nakishima/WashingtonPost/9September2015]
Cypriot President Appoints Interim Intelligence Service Chief. Chief Superintendent Marios Christofides was appointed interim chief of the intelligence service (KYP), in replacement of Antreas Pentaras, who resigned in July amidst public outcry in connection with the purchase and use of phone surveillance technology, it was announced on Wednesday.
Communications surveillance is illegal in Cyprus. Parliament amended the constitution some five years ago to allow such activity under certain circumstances, but the legal framework to enforce it has not been approved yet.
In a statement on Wednesday, the government said that, pending approval of the ‘secret service' law, Christofides would take over as interim head. [CyprusMail/9September2015]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Actress Anne Reid's Father Was a Spy During the Second World War. Anne Reid has revealed her shock at learning her father, who worked for the Daily Telegraph as a foreign correspondent, lived a secret double life as a spy in the Second World War.
The Last Tango in Halifax actress was told the news by a former MI6 member during the making of an episode of BBC genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are?
The 80-year-old told The Daily Mirror how she was taken to Lincoln College at Oxford University for filming.
She said: "I was put in a room with a man who was ex-MI6 and now works in research. He said, 'Do you know anything about your father's war record?' [Read more: Finingan/TheTelegraph/14September2015]
The Spy in General Dynamics' Corner Office. The CEO of $31 billion defense behemoth General Dynamics is a former CIA operative. But if you think Phebe Novakovic is about to spill her secrets, you're dead wrong.
After Phebe Novakovic married Michael Vickers in 1985, the alumnae magazine at her alma mater, Smith College, announced the nuptials. "Mike and Phebe met in the foreign service," the entry cheerfully reported.
That is what is known in the espionage trade as a cover story. In fact, the two met while working for the Central Intelligence Agency. And Vickers wasn't just any CIA operative. He was a former Green Beret who became the chief strategist for the agency's secret program that armed the mujahadeen as they fought to drive the Soviet Union's army out of Afghanistan.
Novakovic's role in the agency is more of a "known unknown." (She and Vickers have both remarried.) Her company biography confirms she was a CIA operations officer. When interviewed, nearly all of her colleagues and fellow board members instantly volunteer, "You know she was in the CIA?" But like any good operative, Novakovic doesn't so much as whisper a word about her activities. Former colleagues think she spent time overseas, probably under some official government cover, gathering information about military capabilities. [Read more: Robbins/Fortune/11September]
Deputy Director of CIA to Speak at Cornell Sept. 17. Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency David S. Cohen '85 will speak on The Future of the CIA as Cornell's 2015 LaFeber-Silbey Endowment Lecturer in History, sponsored by the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The lecture - set for Thursday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in Goldwin Smith Hall's Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium - is free, and the public is invited.
From 2011 until 2015, Cohen was the undersecretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence. He was the driving force behind the US Treasury Department's increasingly sophisticated use of financial warfare against terrorists and the application of financial and trade sanctions against nations. He also led the department's efforts to combat money laundering and financial crime.
President Obama recently tapped Cohen to become the No. 2 person at the CIA. He is tasked with overseeing historical changes at the agency so it can more effectively deal with its top priorities. [Read more: CornellChromicle/10September2015]
Russian Spy Gang Hijacks Satellite Links to Steal Data. If you're a state-sponsored hacker siphoning data from targeted computers, the last thing you want is for someone to locate your command-and-control server and shut it down, halting your ability to communicate with infected machines and steal data.
So the Russian-speaking spy gang known as Turla have found a solution to this - hijacking the satellite IP addresses of legitimate users to use them to steal data from other infected machines in a way that hides their command server. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have found evidence that the Turla gang has been using the covert technique since at least 2007.
Turla is a sophisticated cyber-espionage group, believed to be sponsored by the Russian government, that has for more than a decade targeted government agencies, embassies, and militaries in more than 40 countries, including Kazakhstan, China, Vietnam, and the US, but with a particular emphasis on countries in the former Eastern Bloc. The Turla gang uses a number of techniques to infect systems and steal data, but for some of its most high-profile targets, the group appears to use a satellite-based communication technique to help hide the location of their command servers, according to Kaspersky researchers.
Ordinarily, hackers will lease a server or hack one to use as a command station, sometimes routing their activity through multiple proxy machines to hide the location of the command server. But these command-and-control servers can still often be traced to their hosting provider and taken down and seized for forensic evidence. [Read more: Zetter/Wired/9September2015]
The Complex Intelligence World 14 Years After 9/11. Fourteen years since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the threats facing the US are vastly different and much more complex, some of the biggest players in the intelligence community said Thursday.
With the proliferation of intelligence data and the technology used for its collection and sharing post-9/11, intelligence officials have more information than ever before at their fingertips. However, sifting through that haystack of data for credible and worthwhile threats has become increasingly challenging.
“A lot has happened in those 14 years as far the digital environment and what is being done there by various groups that are still seeking to do us harm either here in the United States or overseas," CIA Director John Brennan said at the Intelligence & National Security Summit. Brennan shared the stage with six counterparts from various intelligence agencies, like the FBI's James Comey and the National Security Agency's Adm. Michael Rogers.
Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, the director of DIA, said the intelligence community has always been complex, but in the nearly decade-and-a-half since the 9/11, technology is amplifying that even more. [Read more: Mitchell/FedScoop/10September2015]
Different Intelligence Organizations Confront Varying Threats. The US intelligence community must bring its complementary skills to bear against adversaries that are changing the playing field and the rules of confrontation. These foes range from criminals to terrorists and nation-states, and their goals run the gamut from profit to destruction of the Free World.
These were the dominating points discussed during Day 2 of the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit being held in Washington, DC, September 9-10. As eventful as Day 1 was, Day 2 was that and more. A star-studded lineup featuring the leadership of the intelligence community's top agencies provided authoritative positions on many of the key issues facing national security today.
The day began with the chairman and ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence discussing key issues facing the committee. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) described how a stated desire for true bipartisanship still can run afoul of party politics.
For example, the Republicans and Democrats on the committee are divided sharply on party lines over the Iran nuclear arms deal. Even though both parties have access to the same data, they view it through their own prisms and interpret it differently, according to Schiff. [Read more: Ackerman/AFCEA/10September2015]
How the KGB Penetrated Australia's Premier Spy Agency During the Cold War. It was the biggest spy scandal to rock Australia, but more than two decades later Australian leaders prefer to sidestep the issue. The penetration of the Australian Secret Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) by the KGB from the late 1970s until the early 1990s - and perhaps later - so traumatised the country's intelligence establishment that even now the Australian government won't talk about it.
In hindsight, Australia's penetration was almost inevitable. Possessing a globe-girdling network of agents, the KGB was the most successful intelligence agency of the Cold War and ran rings around western spy outfits. Russia's master moles in Britain - Kim Philby, Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt, also known as the Cambridge Four - had devastated western intelligence. The KGB now wanted to complete the pincer by replicating its successes in Australia - a far-flung but key outpost of the Anglo-American empire.
The Aussies were no match for the sheer brilliance of the Russians. Oleg Kalugin, a former KGB general, writes in his memoirs Spymaster that the KGB had developed excellent sources in Australia. "We had productive moles in Australian intelligence who passed us documents from the CIA and British intelligence, as well as providing us with information on subjects as varied as the peace movement and the Australian military."
Unlike the US and Britain - which were intelligence-rich sources - Australia was sparsely populated, hot and dusty. It was targeted for its value as part of the Echelon intelligence gathering network shared by all countries of British descent. [Read more: Simha/RBTH/11September2015]
New French Act on Intelligence Services: Impacts on Technical Operators. The newly enacted French legislation on intelligence services ("Loi relative au renseignement") has been almost entirely approved by the French Constitutional Court and shall fully enter into force by December 2015, at the time of the publication of the forthcoming implementation decrees.
The main purposes of the Act are to reinforce surveillance techniques and to provide a comprehensive legal framework applicable to the French intelligence services notably - but not only - in the context of terrorism prevention.
The Act encompasses a wide range of issues from wiretapping to the creation of a new control authority (Commission nationale de contrôle des techniques de renseignement). It particularly reinforces obligations bearing on providers of electronic communications services (e.g. telecom operators), internet service providers, and web-hosting service providers (altogether the "Operators") to cooperate with the French intelligence community. [Read more: Liard/White&Case/11September2015]
Section III - COMMENTARY
How the Intelligence Community Can Move Toward a More Predictable Acquisitions System. The government and industry are in the early stages of understanding how to work together on performance-based service contracts that hold the promise of more cost-effective acquisitions and reduced project delays.
As they work to improve the solicitations they offer, intelligence agencies want industry to give suggestions on how to improve the process, officials said at an intelligence and national security forum on Wednesday.
The move by agencies to buy IT as a service instead of purchasing and then managing their own desktops and IT systems is a shift that has broad implications on the acquisition process, said Kevin Meiners, assistant director of National Intelligence for Acquisition Technology and Facilities with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
"We have a year or two under our belt with service contracts. We would love to hear feedback [from industry] about what works," he said during a session on public-private sector dialogue at the Intelligence & National Security Summit on Wednesday. The summit was co-hosted by AFCEA and INSA Sept. 9 and 10 in Washington, DC. [Read more: Yasin/FedScoop/14September2015]
The 4 Challenges Facing Israeli Intelligence Agencies. Intelligence officials will always remember 9/11, 14 years ago Friday, for two main reasons. First, it provided a chilling example of agencies being caught completely unaware when, in hindsight, the terrorist attacks could have been thwarted. The US congressional committee investigating the four terrorist attacks detailed a long list of signs that, if they had been understood and analyzed in time, should have led the intelligence agencies to conclude that a large-scale attack was being planned on American soil. September 11, 2001 was not only a terrible human tragedy, but also a severe intelligence failure, one that should be remembered in the same breath as other shocking "surprise" attacks - from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to the surprise attack by Egypt and Syria on Israel in October 1973 (triggering the Yom Kippur War).
The second reason is that Al-Qaida's attack was a kind of historical opening volley which created shock waves whose effects are still being felt in the Middle East to this day. If hijacked planes hadn't struck the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, it's hard to imagine the United States embroiling itself, within 18 months, in two costly wars - in central Asia (Afghanistan) and the Middle East (Iraq). And the toppling of Saddam Hussein's Baghdad regime in 2003 made a significant contribution, even if indirectly, to the shake up in the Arab world some seven years later.
Indeed, the roots of the current chaos in the Arab world can be identified in events that took place after the US invasion of Iraq: increased tensions between Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims in that country; the rise of the Iraqi branch of Al-Qaida, out of which rose Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL); and the desire of the United States under the Obama administration to limit its involvement in the region. There were, of course, many other factors, including the frustration of the younger generation in Arab countries and the impact of social media and the Internet.
Some of this sounds like ancient history at a time when new shocks (the civil war in Yemen; the rise of ISIS; the wave of Syrian refugees now streaming into Europe) are happening nearly every day. The regional intelligence picture has become infinitely more complex and, consequently, harder to understand and analyze - not to mention the ability to predict future developments. The ironic claim of Danish physicist Niels Bohr that "it's difficult to make predictions, especially about the future," sounds truer than ever.
[Read more: Harel/Haaretz/11September2015]
Who Killed the 20th Century's Greatest Spy? This much is certain: Ashraf Marwan, a man some describe as the 20th century's greatest spy, was alive when he tumbled from the fifth-floor balcony of his £4.4m London flat. The Egyptian businessman landed, shortly after 1:30pm on 27 June 2007, in the private rose garden at number 24 Carlton House Terrace, a street whose former occupants include three prime ministers (Palmerston, Earl Grey and Gladstone) and which lies a few hundred metres from Piccadilly Circus. Overhead, the lunchtime sky was obnoxious with helicopters, swarming above Tony Blair's Teflon-plated convoy as it carried the prime minister to Buckingham Palace, where he would hand in his resignation. A woman screamed. Someone called the police. The paramedics arrived too late. Marwan died from a ruptured aorta.
The details of the final minutes of Marwan's life are much more opaque. Not that there weren't witnesses: on the morning of his death, four men were meeting on the third floor of an adjacent building, 116 Pall Mall, in a room with a clear view of Marwan's balcony. In a curious twist, these men - József Répási, Essam Shawki, Michael Parkhurst and John Roberts - worked for one of Marwan's companies, Ubichem PLC; they were waiting for their boss to join them. He was late. When they called around midday to find out why, he assured the group that he would be with them shortly.
Répási, who was sitting with the window to his left, recalled that he was startled by one of his colleagues crying out, "Look what Dr. Marwan is doing!" Two of the other witnesses claimed at the time that they saw Marwan leap from the balcony. By the time Répási had moved to see out of the window he saw "Dr. Marwan falling". Shawki, who was then the director of Ubichem, ran downstairs to help. The other three men remained in the room, shocked and bewildered. After a moment, Répási looked out of the window again, straining to see the spot where Marwan had landed. "I saw two Middle Eastern-looking persons looking down from the balcony of one of the apartments," he told me via email - although neither he nor his colleagues knew whether or not the men were standing on the balcony of apartment number 10, Marwan's address.
Did Marwan jump or was he pushed? [Read more: Parkin/TheGuardian/15September2015]
Section IV - Upcoming Events
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
US 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 US 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 US 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 US 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 email@example.com or phone 646-717-3776.
Monday, 5 October 2015, 6 pm - North Las Vegas, NV - The AFIO Las Vegas Chapter hears from Steven Curtis on "Radiological Dispersion Devices: How Effective are they for Terrorism?"
Steven Curtis will be presenting an overview of Radiological Dispersal Devices and how they affect national response, planning efforts, public health, and the science of emergency response. Mr. Curtis has been associated with radiological emergency response for more than 20 years. He was a response team leader for scientific analysis of radiological dispersion events and for providing information for health protection for local and national decision-makers. His professional career has taken him on paths of leadership as a company commander in an armor unit of the Nevada National Guard, as a program manager for U.S. Department of Energy programs in such areas as National Security, Training and Exercises, and national and international response programs. He has more recently been leveraged as a consultant for technical transfer within the Nevada System of Higher Education and as an Unmanned Aerial Systems subject matter expert. He holds a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a Master’s degree in Health Physics, both from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Event location: Texas Station Hotel, 2101 Texas Star Ln, North Las Vegas, NV. Corner of Rancho Blvd. and West Lake Mead Blvd.
To register: email Christy Zalesny ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) Corresponding Secretary or call her at 702- 271-5667, if you have any questions.
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.
Friday, 30 October 2015 - Tysons, VA - Dr. Peter Singer, Cyberwar Expert and Strategist, and a leading expert on changes in 21st century warfare, discusses the recent cyberattacks, military feints by China, and the likelihood of a Global War; Morning speaker is Douglas Waller, on "Legendary spymasters Allen Dulles, Bill Casey, Bill Colby, and Richard Helms - from WWII operatives and saboteurs to CIA Directors."
Peter W. Singer, PhD, the author of multiple award-winning books, is considered one of the world's leading experts on 21st century security issues. He has been named by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, and by Foreign Policy magazine as one of their Top 100 Global Thinkers. His books include Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, Children at War, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. His most recent book is Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, which was named to both the US Army and US Navy professional reading list. His latest, a novel, is Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War.
Douglas Waller is former correspondent for Newsweek and TIME, covering the CIA, Pentagon, State Department, the White House and Congress. He will be discussing four men, among the CIA's most controversial directors, who served under Wild Bill Donovan in WWII. He will describe their recruitment, training, and rise -- including backstories of these future DCIs and their use of espionage and sabotage, all covered in Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan.
Register securely here.
Timing: Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; Douglas Waller begins presentation at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at noon; Peter Singer begins presentation at 1:05 pm. Event closes at 2 p.m. The latest intelligence books by these authors, and many others, on display and for sale throughout event.
EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf
Other Upcoming Events
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.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 3:30 pm - Reston, VA - IAFIE Washington Area Chapter hosts Instructor of the Year, CDR, USN(Ret) Wayne Hugar of the National Intelligence University, and will discuss "Ongoing Conflict in the South China Sea and its Impact on US National Security Interests."
The Washington Area Chapter of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) hosts its fall gathering with guest speaker "IAFIE Instructor of the Year for 2015," Mr. (CDR, USN, Ret) Wayne Hugar, from the faculty of National Intelligence University. Wayne is a subject matter expert on China in particular, and global energy issues, in general. He will talk about the ongoing conflict in the South China Sea and its impact on U.S. national security interests in the region. He will also discuss the East Asia concentration he has developed for NIU students and the challenges of teaching intelligence to a diverse civilian-military audience from throughout the IC.
Attendees do not have to be IAFIE members. Attendees are asked to arrive by 1530 for networking and refreshments; the presentation will begin no later than 1600 and will last probably about 90 minutes, or until the audience has exhausted all its questions.
RSVP to Dr. Bill Spracher, outgoing IAFIE local chapter president, at (202) 231-8462 or William.Spracher@dodiis.mil before COB 21 Sep.
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.
21 October 2015 - Laurel, MD - The 17th NCMF General Membership Meeting and Symposium features a presentation on "The Changing Face of Terrorism" by Robert Grenier, former CIA, author of 88 Days to Kandahar.
Registration is now open for the 17th NCMF General Membership Meeting & Symposium. 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." More information on that special Symposium follows in next entry.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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