AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #40-15 dated 13 October 2015

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Section V - Books and Upcoming Events


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SPECIAL Announcements

AFIO Fall Luncheon
Friday, 30 October 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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."

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;

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. Mr. Waller last addressed our group in 2011. Disciples-Waller Doug Waller

Singer on Cyber  Singer Novel

Peter W. Singer, PhD is one of the leading experts on 21st century security issues, 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 many books include Conflict in the 21st Century and a recent one on Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, which was named to both the US Army and US Navy professional reading list. And a new novel is Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War. This is Dr. Singer's first AFIO presentation.

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, 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:

The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation is sponsoring a Silent Auction which will take place at the fast-approaching General Meeting & Symposium at the JHU/APL Kossiakoff Center on 21 October (details here). They are looking for last-minute donations of "auction-worthy" items related to cryptology, intelligence, military or cyber memorabilia. Items such as antique radios, spy cameras, stamps, pictures, posters, coffee mugs, and commemorative coins would be welcome. Proceeds are for the benefit of the museum. Please contact NCMF Acquisition Committee Chairman Dave D'Auria at, 410-381-8978, or the NCMF office at, 301-688-5436 and they will make arrangements for pick-up or drop-off. Any donated items deemed "museum worthy" will be deeded to the National Cryptologic Museum on your behalf. They apologize for the late appeal but would greatly appreciate any support you can provide.

We hope you enjoyed the Bridge of Spies Advance Screening last week, made possible by True World Ops [TWO], Konvergent, and Dreamworks.  If you were unable to make it TrueWorld Ops has other upcoming events.

If you are passionate about the history of espionage and counterintelligence install TWO's new app and consider some of their upcoming events. That and more is available here.

And if you wish to stay current on late-breaking CI news, consider the counterintelligence and security database known as SPYPEDIA. It is a subscription service which provides a resource of cases, latest news, podcasts, videos, CI calendar events, quotes, reports, and more. SPYPEDIA, in research and preparation for 15 years, is continually updated, and is a rich, open-source database providing professionals in the counterintelligence, security, and counterterrorism disciplines; educators; authors; researchers; academia; students; with quick access to facts, data, documents, news, dates, quotes, photos, and more. Explore it here.


Intel Community Opens Campus in Suburban Maryland. Some 3,000 employees of the 17-agency intelligence community have begun switching their commute to report to a "state-of-the-art" campus that opened on Wednesday in Bethesda, Md.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was among the officials at the ribbon cutting hosted by the Defense Intelligence Agency. "I believe this world-class facility is a beautiful addition to the community," Clapper said. "This facility is - in so many ways - the physical manifestation of 'intelligence integration.'" It will house ODNI's National Counterintelligence and Security Center, the National Intelligence University and DIA.

In fulfillment of the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Act, intelligence community planners in 2011 began reconfiguring the summer campus of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The result, situated in what Clapper's office calls "the heart of the intelligence community," is a "sleek glass fa�ade that wraps around the three pre-existing buildings to create a unified modern structure that centralizes and efficiently distributes mission services." Also added was a six-story parking garage.

By preserving existing structures, the intelligence community produced a state-of-the-art facility for roughly 60 percent of the cost, according to Jim Manzelmann, ODNI's new assistant deputy director for facilities who oversaw the project as DIA's director for mission services. "Finding a way to take a campus where some of the buildings were 70 years old and converting it into a brand-new facility makes this extremely special," he said. [Read more: Clark/GovernmentExecutive/8October2015]

Former CIA Operative Sabrina De Sousa Arrested in Portugal. Sabrina De Sousa, a former CIA operations officer who was convicted in absentia along with other agency personnel for her role in a 2003 plot to kidnap a suspected Al-Qaeda terrorist in Italy, has been detained in Portugal.

De Sousa told Newsweek by email that was she was detained Monday afternoon at Lisbon Airport and held overnight because it was "too late for court since [the] paperwork took awhile." She was released Tuesday, but her passport was seized pending a court decision on whether to turn her over to Italy to serve her sentence, according to the Associated Press.

Armando Spataro, the Italian prosecutor in Milan who won kidnapping verdicts against De Sousa, 21 other CIA operatives and a US Air Force colonel in 2009, declined to comment on the developments for Newsweek. Following the convictions of De Sousa, 59, and the others in absentia, Spataro asked the Italian Ministry of Justice to petition the United States for her extradition, but it refused. Around the same time, a European Union warrant was issued for their arrests. De Sousa faces a seven-year sentence if she is returned to Italy.

This past August, De Sousa, a naturalized American from India, told Newsweek in an email that she had "been in Portugal" and would "contact you soon," but she offered no further explanation. [Read more: Stein/Newsweek/8October2015]

Italian Intelligence Lied About Hostage Rescue to Hide Ransom Payment. Italy's intelligence service helped concoct a false story about a rescue of hostages by security forces to hide a ransom payment, according to a leaked spy agency document.

The payment was made for the release of Bruno Pelizzari, an Italian, and South African Debbie Calitz, who were taken by Somali pirates in 2010 and released in 2012.

The document marked "secret" says the Italian intelligence agency AISE paid a ransom of $525,000 (�346,000). "To conceal the payment of the ransom, AISE, SNSA (Somalia's national security agency) and the hostages agreed to inform the media and public that the release of the hostages was the result of a successful rescue operation by the Somali security forces."

The document highlights the contradictions in the international response to kidnapping. Both the US and UK governments refuse to pay ransoms, but other European countries have a more ambiguous approach, routinely making payments while publicly denying it. [Read more: MacAskill,Milne&Swisher/TheGuardian/8October2015]

Russian Intelligence Accused of Silencing Norwegian Newspaper Editor. A Norwegian Arctic newspaper editor who has extensively covered oil drilling in the region was sacked at the behest of the Russian intelligence service, according to Norway's public service broadcaster.

Thomas Nilsen told the Guardian he had no reason to disbelieve the report from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), and that it would be awful if it were true that the FSB, Russia's security agency, was involved.

In what could develop into a scandal in the European Arctic, Nilsen was last week controversially fired as editor of the Barents Observer for having "acted disloyally" to the newspaper's owners.

The title is owned by Norwegian Barents Secretariat (NBS), a local government body that promotes good relations with Russia in a region where the two nations cooperate and compete over fishing, oil and military strategy. [Read more: Mathiesen/TheGuardian/6October2015]

CIA Believed Pinochet Ordered 1976 Assassination in US, Memo Reveals. The Central Intelligence Agency had "convincing evidence" that the Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet ordered the 1976 assassination of a former Chilean ambassador, Orlando Letelier, and an American colleague, Ronni Moffitt, in Washington and that General Pinochet considered eliminating his chief of intelligence to cover it up, according to newly declassified State Department records.

In a secret 1987 memorandum to President Ronald Reagan, George P. Shultz, then the secretary of state, refers to a CIA report that contained "what we regard as convincing evidence that President Pinochet personally ordered his intelligence chief to carry out the murders."

The CIA review also confirmed that "Pinochet decided to stonewall on the US investigation to hide his involvement" and kept doing so, even considering the "elimination" of his former intelligence chief, Gen. Manuel Contreras.

General Contreras, director of the intelligence agency DINA that was responsible for the fatal car bombing, was eventually sentenced by a Chilean court in the mid-1990s for human rights violations and was imprisoned until his death in August. [Read more: Bonnefoy/NewYorkTimes/9October2015]

Malaysia and US to Step up Intelligence Exchange and Cooperation. Malaysia and the United States will step up the exchange of information and intelligence to combat violent extremism, threats on cyber security and transborder crime.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said cooperation in this area was the focus of his discussions with the main intelligence agencies in the United States.

Dr. Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, met CIA director John O. Brennan and FBI deputy director Mark F. Guilano on Wednesday afternoon, the first day of his official visit to Washington DC.

Bilateral cooperation is set to move up several notches after Dr. Ahmad Zahid and US Secretary of State John Kerry signed the Homeland Security Presidential Directive No. 6 (HSPD-6) at 4.30pm Thursday. [Read more: Goh/TheStar/9October2015]

Intelligence Leaders to Speak at Augusta Cyber Education Summit. Some of the government's top minds in cybersecurity will be in Augusta this week for the Cyber Education Summit at Augusta University.

Speakers for the event that starts Wednesday include the principal deputy director of national intelligence, Stephanie O'Sullivan; the CIA's deputy director for the new Directorate for Digital Innovation, Sean Roche; and the executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch at the FBI, Robert Anderson Jr.

The two-day summit will include several themed sessions, such as the need for cybersecurity experts in the health care industry, cybereducation partnerships in the US, educating the cybersecurity workforce and building a cyber curriculum.

"If you are connected to the Internet, cybersecurity matters to you," said Joanne Sexton, the university's Cyber Institute director. "That's why we are bringing experts from different fields to this year's Cyber Education Summit. Cyber�education is interdisciplinary, and we want the summit to reflect that." [Read more: AugustaChronicle/12August2015]

Czech Police, Intelligence Lack Language Experts. The Czech police and intelligence services have problems finding qualified interpreters and translators from exotic languages, such as Arabic, Farsi and Kurdish, since their teaching is expensive and only few universities offer it, daily Lidov� noviny (LN) writes today.

"We most often need interpreters who can speak Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic and Farsi," foreigner police chief Milan Majer told LN in early September in connection with the migrant crisis.

It is hard for policemen to find such an experts somewhere near the border, for instance, in south Moravia, in the night to be able to communicate with refugees from Syria, Iran and Afghanistan who can only speak their mother tongue, LN adds.

However, university experts complain that these study fields have long been underfunded and now their knowledge is required, and on top of that state offices are not willing to pay for it. [Read more: CzechNewsAgency/12October2015]


The Spy Who Stopped Labour Winning the 1924 General Election: MI6 Agent Known as Outcast Was a Russian Defector Who Passed on Intelligence About the USSR During WWII. One of M16's most successful double agents during World War II has been revealed as a Russian defector, who was involved in a historic smear campaign that lost Labour the 1924 election.

New documents have revealed compelling evidence that the renowned agent known only as Outcast, was Alexis Bellegarde.

Bellegarde was one of the four Russian conspirators thought to be behind the famous 'Zinoviev letter', a forged letter sent to the British Communist Party which was leaked to the Daily Mail.

The letter claimed that a secret trade deal would be sealed between the Labour government and the Soviet Union as a plan to radicalise the British working class. Published by the Mail, the letter led to a surge in votes for the Conservatives, ending Labour's hopes of election victory. [Read more: Wyke/DailyMail/11October2015]

The Communist Spy (Maybe) Behind This Year's Nobel Prize in Physics. "Atom Man Flies Away," declared a banner headline in London's Daily Express. "British intelligence service MI5 has been brought into the hunt for the missing atomic scientist," reported the BBC. On the other side of the globe, a front-page story in the Sydney Morning Herald quoted a fellow physicist: "No doubt, a man like him would be highly useful to the Russians." Thus, practically overnight, in the fall of 1950, a low-key Italian-born scientist by the name of Bruno Pontecorvo caused a worldwide sensation.

For sure, Cold War tensions and paranoia fueled the media frenzy and the rampant speculation that ensued. Following a successful atomic-bomb test by the Soviet Union the year before, the United States had decided to develop even mightier "hydrogen bombs" that exploit nuclear fusion as well as fission. War had broken out on the Korean peninsula over the summer. Meanwhile in Washington, Senator Joseph McCarthy had begun his notorious campaign to purge suspected communists from public life. Even physicists, previously held in high esteem by the political establishment for their triumphant work on the Manhattan Project during the Second World War, were not beyond reproach. It didn't help that one of their tribe, Klaus Fuchs, confessed to spying for the Soviets and was convicted in a high-profile trial in Britain.

As it happened, at the time Pontecorvo was employed at the same government-run atomic-research laboratory in Harwell, near Oxford, as Fuchs. No wonder his sudden disappearance, along with his wife and three sons on their way back to Britain from an Italian vacation, raised a ruckus. Almost immediately, the media - and the security services - suspected that Pontecorvo had defected to the Soviet Union. Sure enough, he turned up at a Moscow press conference five years later, although the central mystery of whether he was a spy remains unsolved to this day.

Pontecorvo's standing as a physicist, however, is not in doubt. His insights, particularly when it comes to the ghostly neutrinos, have shaped the field. He investigated neutrinos both before and after his defection. In more ways than one, the breakthrough honored by this year's physics Nobel Prize stems from - and validates - his theoretical work decades ago. [Read more: Jayawardhana/TheAtlantic/7October2015]

A Former CIA Interrogator on Death, Torture and the Dark Side. When David Martine arrived at the redbrick federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, in the summer of 2011, he was three years past his retirement and had not participated in an interrogation since 2007, when he was one of the CIA's top inquisitors. On this day, however, he was not going to be asking questions. He was going to be answering them.

The Obama administration was investigating the deaths of prisoners in CIA custody. An earlier probe into a CIA official's order to destroy interrogation videos taped at "black sites" around the globe had failed to result in indictments. But expectations were high among critics of the agency's "enhanced interrogation techniques" when John Durham, a celebrated special prosecutor, began issuing subpoenas to CIA officers linked to the deaths. Martine was near the top of his list. As chief of the CIA's Detention Elicitation Cell in Iraq, he was suspected of destroying evidence connected to the grisly 2003 death of "the Iceman," an Iraqi detainee whose ice-packed corpse was spirited out of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison with an IV jammed into it as if he were still alive.

It was hardly the first time Martine had been questioned about the incident. The CIA's inspector general had repeatedly probed him and others at the spy agency about the fate of the Iceman and other captives in Afghanistan and Pakistan. And as Martine entered the courthouse, he, like other interrogators before him, was outraged that the cases had dragged on without resolution. "It was very discouraging," Martine tells Newsweek in an exclusive interview, the first time a CIA interrogator has discussed the Iceman case or his grand jury testimony publicly. "I had been investigated for seven years."

For the next year, Durham continued to pursue a criminal investigation into the deaths. Then, in June 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department was closing the cases because of inadequate evidence. The upshot: After the demise of at least three detainees in CIA custody and more than 100 other prisoners held by US forces, few were ever charged and even fewer convicted. "Wars are messy by their very nature," Michael Pheneger, a retired Army intelligence colonel who reviewed many of the cases for the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Associated Press in 2007. "But it's perfectly obvious that there is no rule of engagement that would authorize someone to kill someone in custody." [Read more: Stein&Zagorin/Newsweek/7October2015]

What Does the President Need to Know? The CIA has released 2,500 top secret briefings from the 1960s given to Presidents John F Kennedy and Lyndon B Johnson. The President's Daily Brief - or "PDB" - is the US intelligence agencies' best assessment of global threats, delivered in person every morning.

The briefings highlight an almost impossible dilemma, one still faced today by every director of National Intelligence: what should, and should not, be included?

Former US director of National Intelligence John Negroponte delivered the PDB to President George W Bush. He spoke to the BBC World Service Inquiry programme about what the president needs to know: [Read more: BBC/8October2015]

The American Government's Sears-for-Spying Payment Plan. In 1966, when Jon Wiant arrived in Hue, a palace-filled city in central Vietnam, American involvement in the war between the south and the north had recently begun to escalate: the year before, the US had deployed 200,000 Marines to the country and started bombing North Vietnam. Wiant was an intelligence officer, recently deployed to the border between Vietnam and Cambodia, and when he arrived in Hue, he took over a small operation that had Vietnamese agents bringing information about the Viet Cong. And he faced a very basic problem: how to pay his agents and recruit more.

Wiant came up with an ingenious solution, as he recalled decades later in Studies in Intelligence, a journal for intelligence professionals (from which the details of this story are drawn). He would pay his agents in gear from the Sears catalog.

Among the expenses that clandestine operatives rack up in the field, payments to their agents - the well-placed men and women they recruit to pass on information or otherwise assist them - are among the most unusual. Most expenses for CIA and other intelligence officers look like any business traveler's: they buy meals, stay in hotels, and rent cars. But while some agents are more than happy to accept monetary compensation for their efforts, others have more unusual requests. Sometimes they want to avoid attracting attention with an extra stash of cash; sometimes they want items (everything from particular ballpoint pens and fishing equipment to guns and prescription medication) that they can't easily acquire themselves.

Often, agents know what they want. What makes this case somewhat unusual is that the intelligence officer came up with a very unique payment scheme and sold his agents on it. [Read more: Laskow/AtlasObscura/6October2015]

Top 10 Best Intelligence Agencies in the World. We're fascinated when it comes to topics like this and especially when conspiracy theories are linked to some of the top 10 best intelligence agencies in the world, similar to the CIA case presented in the 6 most likely conspiracy theories, bringing to our attention organizations which by default keep a low profile. Some people believe that intelligence agencies are actors that in many cases violate our civil rights and liberties in order to fulfill a different purpose than the one they were destined to, while others believe that these organizations protect the constitution of the state they serve by dealing with delicate matters of National Security. It is worth mentioning that surveys conducted post 9/11 and the attacks in the United Kingdom and Spain have recorded the psychological and political impact these acts had as now citizens are more willing to sacrifice their liberties and rights in order to have increased security (the kind of security that is provided by the intelligence agencies).

National Security matters were always on the center of attention not just for the public and the press but for the governments which fund the agencies that handle such issues. Cold War was not the only period when security agencies were thriving. Indeed in our times National Security issues and the protection of commercial interests on foreign territory have become more sensitive due to the nature of information and technology. Our, from all perspectives, globalized world requires of governments to develop institutes that can provide the authorities with sufficient intel which will enable governments to implement efficient policies regarding National Security. On this list of the top 10 best intelligence agencies in the world, the method which we follow does not take into account the reputation an agency has as a result of the Press or media. The listing follows a rather practical logic according to which we take into consideration partially the technology an agency has according to the public records and how active each agency is. By how active we mean for how long and how effectively an agency has been engaged to warfare that threatens a state's constitution, domestic security and interests abroad. [Read more: Vasileiadis/InsiderMonkey/13October2015]


Spy Planes, Signal Jammers, and Putin's High-Tech War in Syria. Russia has been sending fighter jets, drones, and bombers to Syria to bolster the regime of Bashar al-Assad, generating concern and outrage among the United States and its allies. Far less attention has been paid to Moscow's simultaneous deployment of advanced surveillance, signals intelligence, and electronic warfare equipment that could deal a new blow to the beleaguered, American-backed rebels working to oust him.

In recent weeks, Russia has deployed the IL-20 surveillance aircraft, better known by its NATO name "Coot" and roughly equivalent to the US Navy's P-3 Orion, a mainstay of the Pentagon's spy tools. The Russian plane is bristling with high-tech equipment like surveillance radar, electronic eavesdropping gear, and optical and infrared sensors. One of the Kremlin's premier spy planes, it provides Russian forces with a powerful tool for locating rebel units and assigning targets to its fighter planes. In late September, Syrian rebels posted a video purporting to show the plane flying over a battlefield. 

The Russian buildup of intelligence assets and tools of electronic warfare also includes the deployment of the Krasukha-4, an advanced electronic warfare system used to jam radar and aircraft. Its presence in Syria was reported by Sputnik News, the Russian state outlet, which claimed to have spotted the distinctive jamming system in a video report on Russian jets at a Syrian airfield in Latakia. 

The deployment of the IL-20, or Coot, is perhaps the clearest indication that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to ensure his troops in Syria are not reliant on Assad's forces for targeting information - and that they may be preparing for a ground combat role. On Monday, Moscow said "volunteer" troops would be heading to Syria to join in the fight there, a barely disguised sign that Russian forces could soon be directly battling US-backed rebels inside Syria. [Read more: Groll/ForeignPolicy/6October2015]

Section V - Books and Upcoming Events


Douglas Waller's Disciples a Potent Look at Art, Peril of Patriotic Audacity. Sure-footed determination is both an asset and a hazard in a world that demands disregard for moral ambiguity. Any smart spy will learn that.

Four talented but, in some ways, ordinary Americans - Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, William Colby and William Casey - learned it the hard way while fighting the Nazis during World War II, as a country that barely had an army five years earlier, and hardly a foreign intelligence operation, suddenly found itself in a fight for its life.

Their adventures and misadventures, full of valor and deceit, heroism and failure - and foreboding - come to life in Raleigh resident Douglas Waller's entertaining and enlightening new book, Disciples.

These four men - a former reporter and three lawyers, one of whom had recently earned a paycheck pumping gas - learned the murkier trades of espionage and sabotage in director "Wild Bill" Donovan's Office of Strategic Services, the wartime US intelligence operation. [Read more: Frederick/CharlotteObserver/8October2015]

Upcoming Events


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:

14 November 2015, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm - Melbourne, FL - The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hears from Robert Witte on the "Financial Aspects of Anti-Terrorism."

Robert Witte specializes in the financial aspect of anti-terrorism. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in Criminology with a concentration of Anti-Terrorism. Robert is a former U.S. Marine who currently works for a company which monitors global activity of terrorism that would affect Citibank branches. He was deployed in 2009 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Robert's company bridges the gap between Law Enforcement and the private financial sector.
Location: Indian River Colony Club At Ease Club, 1936 Freedom Dr, Melbourne, FL 32940
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM: Social Hour; greet old, new members and guests (cash bar) 12:15 PM: Sit-Down lunch
TO ATTEND: Prepaid reservations are required which must be received by November 6, 2015. Complete the form below and mail with your check payable to the order of AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter to FSC Chapter President at
Please note: Late reservations cannot be accommodated. We regret we cannot accept walk-ins.
$27/pp. Menu choices: Turkey with stuffing, gravy and vegetable (T) or, Salmon Caesar Salad (S). All of the above come with rolls and butter, coffee, tea and Chef’s choice of ice cream. Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-free meals are available upon early request. Prices include tax & gratuity. Questions: Contact AFIO contact FSC Chapter President at

Saturday, 14 November 2015 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts meeting

Location: Country Club of Orange Park. Questions and reservations: Quiel Begonia at call 352-332-6150. Cost will be $16 each, pay the Country Club at the luncheon.

16 November 2015, 12:30 pm - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO - LA Chapter luncheon meeting with LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell on Communications between Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell will be the guest speaker for our November 2015 AFIO-L.A. Meeting. Sheriff McDonnell will be discussing the topic of improved communication between local law enforcement agencies and federal intelligence agencies, since September 11th and the role the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) played in improving mutual cooperation and shared gathered intelligence.
Bio of Sheriff Jim McDonnell
On December 1, 2014, Jim McDonnell took the oath of office and was sworn in as the 32nd Sheriff of Los Angeles County, the nation's largest sheriff's office and the seventh largest law enforcement agency in the United States, with 16,400 members and 400 reserve deputies.
Sheriff McDonnell served for 29 years at the Los Angeles Police Department, where he held every rank from Police Officer to second-in-command under Chief Bill Bratton. During his time at the LAPD, he earned that Department�s highest honor for bravery, the Medal of Valor, and led LAPD through the implementation of significant reforms. He helped create the blueprint for LAPD�s community-based policing efforts that have now become a model for law enforcement agencies throughout the nation.
For five years, Sheriff McDonnell served as the Chief of the Long Beach Police Department. In that role, he implemented numerous improvements that resulted in safer communities, increased morale, and enhanced community relations.
Sheriff McDonnell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire and a Master�s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation�s National Executive Institute and has completed executive education programs at Harvard�s Kennedy School of Government.
TO REGISTER: Lunch will be served for this event, please note the event is taking place on a Monday, more details to follow. Inquiries to

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 11:30am - Monument, CO – “Current Status of Law Enforcement” a presentation by El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder at the AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Bill Elder’s law enforcement career started as a volunteer with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 1978. He was hired full time in January 1979, and graduated from the Colorado Springs Police Academy later that year. Bill spent the next 20 years serving under four different Sheriff’s, holding assignments from Dispatcher, Deputy, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Along with many years as a Patrol deputy, he was assigned to the Investigations Division, managed the Communications Center, Civil and Fugitive Units. After his promotion to Lieutenant, he served as a Patrol Shift Commander. His last assignment was in the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence (Metro VNI) Division. As a Lieutenant and an acting Captain, he supervised one of the largest multi-jurisdictional drug task forces in the state of Colorado. Bill Elder was elected as the 28th Sheriff of El Paso County in November 2014.

Event location: Monument Hill Country Club, 18945 Pebble Beach Way, Monument, CO 80132. For more information and to register please respond to

Saturday, 21 November 2015, 2 p.m. - Kennebunk, ME - The Maine Chapter meeting features the topic "Islam in Today's Global World - The Politics of Feminism in Islam," presented by Anouar Majid, PhD, General Manager of University of New England Morocco and Director of the Center for Global Humanities at the UNE.

The Maine Chapter of AFIO welcomes Dr. Anouar Majid, Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications, the founding director of the Center for Global Humanities, and the founding chair of the Department of English, at the University of New England. Majid is also the General Manager of UNE in Tangier, Morocco.

Majid, who is both an insider and historian, will speak about "Islam in Today's Global World - The Politics of Feminism in Islam."

Majid has published widely on relations between Islam and the West. He is the author of Islam and America: Building a Future Without Prejudice (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012; new preface, 2015); We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades Against Muslims and Other Minorities (University of Minnesota Press, 2009); A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent is Vital to Islam and America (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), Freedom and Orthodoxy: Islam and Difference in the Post-Andalusian Age (Stanford University Press, 2004), Unveiling Traditions: Postcolonial Islam in a Polycentric World (Duke University Press, 2000), and the novel Si Yussef (Quartet, 1992; Interlink, 2005). Majid's articles and op-eds have appeared in Cultural Critique, Signs, Chronicle Review, Washington Post, and other publications. He was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the print magazine Tingis, a Moroccan-American magazine of ideas and culture, and now edits it online at

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be at the Brick Store Museum program center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk. For more information call 207-967-4298.

8 December 2015 - MacDill AFB, FL - AFIO Suncoast Chapter's final 2015 meeting is the presentation of Chapter Scholarships to Students

We will award our scholarships to the selected students at this meeting. Students are welcome. A special Student fee of $5.00 is offered to full time students working toward a career in intelligence or related studies.
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 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.

8 December 2015 (Tuesday) - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts FBI Special Agent Stonie Carlson.

FBI Special Agent Stonie Carlson will discuss the efforts of the FBI and the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest violent fugitives in the San Francisco Bay Area. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is the only fugitive task force in the area and includes approximately 22 full-time personnel and incorporates several local, state and federal law enforcement organizations. Each law enforcement organization draws a unique skill set, bringing tactical, technical and intelligence resources under one umbrella and one mission. Please RSVP here.
Reservation and pre-payment is required before November 30, 2015 (fee goes up on December 1, 2015). The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins. Please contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at for questions.

Other Upcoming Events

Wednesdays, 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.

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)
Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-802.

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.

Register for the 17th NCMF General Membership Meeting & Symposium. The theme is "The Changing Face of Terrorism," and the program features: NCMF President Richard C. Schaeffer, Jr. will give opening (& closing) remarks; Special tribute to Lt Gen Lincoln D. Faurer, former Chairman of the NCMF BoD; NCMF Curator Pat Weadon will give an update about the NCM & new exhibits; Presentation by Nancy Dillman, former CIA case officer, Afghanistan; Keynote presentation by Robert Grenier, former director, CIA Counterterrorism Center & author of 88 Days to Kandahar; Presentation by David Rohde, author of A Rope and a Prayer, A Kidnapping from Two Sides; Update on milestones, site & architectual planning from Larry Castro, COO, Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - National Cryptologic Museum.
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

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.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - Washington, DC - "The 21st Century Intelligence Mission" is theme of Second Annual CIA and GWU Ethos and Profession of Intelligence National Security Conference

Registration is now open for the 2nd annual �Ethos and Profession of Intelligence� National Security Conference, a public event held jointly between CIA and the George Washington University (GWU).

The conference features an opening address by D/CIA Brennan, a keynote by Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper, and sets of IC panelists, national security experts, current and former foreign intelligence partners, private sector leaders, and members of the media. Panelists will examine the ways technologies and social change are altering the role of intelligence agencies in the 21st century. They also will discuss how agencies interact with policy makers, recruit and develop staff, protect civil liberties, and build international partnerships. The panels are as follows: 21st Century Challenges: Denied Areas, Digital Domains, and Determined Adversaries; 21st Century Warning: What Should Policymakers Reasonably Expect?; Bridging 20th Century Law and 21st Century Intelligence; 21st Century Intelligence Officers: What Capabilities Do They Need to Fulfill the Mission?; and The Shared 21st Century International Mission � Partners in Security.

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis here. There is no fee to attend. Event location is at GWU�s Foggy Bottom campus in Washington, DC.

Registrants should arrive at GWU�s Lisner Auditorium, located at 730 21st Street NW Washington, D.C. 20052, to check-in for the event from 8 � 9 a.m on 27 October. The event will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 5:30 p.m. The conference is free-of-charge, and lunch will be provided. Parking is available for a fee at GWU garages.

30 October 2015, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Arlington, VA - Naval Intelligence Professionals Meeting and Fall Luncheon

"The Road Ahead for the Naval Information Dominance Force" the topic by guest speaker RADM Matthew Kohler, Commander, Naval Information Dominance Forces.
Registration: $59/pp; Table for $470 for 8. Registration closes 23 October. To register and make menu selection use this link, or send payment to NIP, PO Box 11579, Burke, VA 22009. Questions? Contact Lisa Cosgriff at or call 703-250-6765; or call Doris Key,; 410-562-1036. Online registration is required. Event location: Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Blvd, Arlington, VA 22202.

Wednesday 4 November 2015, 7:30 - 8:45 pm - McLean, VA - The Westminster Institute hears Pete Hoekstra on "Confronting Violent Jihad: Lessons Learned."

"Confronting Violent Jihad: Lessons Learned" is the topics by former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra, who serves as the Investigative Project on Terrorism's Shillman senior fellow. He represented Michigan for 18 years in Congress. He is the author of "Architects of Disaster: The Destruction of Libya."
Event takes place at The Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101
No cost to register. Click here to do so.

Saturday, 14 November 2015, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. - Washington, DC - Take a SPY TOUR of WASHINGTON DC.

Explore the Spy Capital of the World You and up to 50 other intrepid tourists will go undercover on a mission to explore the darkest corners of D.C.�s top secret background on a True World Ops Bus Tour. You�ll discover the secrets behind notorious spy sites in and around the nation�s capital. The content of the tour is suitable for younger audiences and your ticket includes a box lunch and a bottle of water. Use the promo code ILOVESPIES to receive 30% off. REGISTER HERE

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