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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
CIA Head John Brennan to Meet with Australian Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism Officials. The head of the CIA is expected to make a high-level visit to Australia to hold secret meetings with intelligence and counter-terrorism officials, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
It is also believed the top spy boss in the US may seek a private meeting with Tony Abbott to thank the former prime minister personally for his role in bolstering intelligence and defence ties with the US.
A senior government intelligence source confirmed the director of the CIA, John Brennan, and former chief counter-terrorism adviser to US President Barack Obama, would make a rare visit to Australia "very soon".
"It would be very significant at any time," the source said. [Read more: Benson/DailyTelegraph/18October2015]
NSA Chief Looks to Win Allies at Elite Tech Conference. The director of the US National Security Agency on Monday sought allies at an elite technology conference amid lingering distrust about widespread online snooping.
Admiral Michael Rogers, who heads US Cyber Command as well as directing the NSA, stated his case at the opening of a Wall Street Journal WSJDLive conference here.
"We increasingly live in an acrimonious environment where differences in perspective are made almost personal," Rogers said.
"Government is largely distrusted. We have got to work our way through things and find out how we are going to work together." [Read more: AFP/20October2015]
DHS Launches Identity Intelligence Biometrics (I2B) Pilot Project. The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis has launched the Identity Intelligence Biometrics (I2B) pilot project, in which the agency will use an automated face and fingerprint biometric identification system to identify known and suspected terrorists, as well as "Special Interest Aliens" (SIAs) found illegally crossing U.S. borders, according to a report by Homeland Security Today.
The DHS report on the I2B pilot program states that the agency will use "non-US person biometric records held by US government agencies [to]" to help determine whether existing face and fingerprint biometrics "can augment existing biometric screenings for refugee applicants and also identify a threat-nexus for a subset of non-US persons who attempt illegal entry."
The I2B pilot will use personally identifiable information (PII) taken from refugee applicants and a portion of data collected from individuals apprehended at or near the U.S. border.
"Currently, DHS and the Intelligence Community (IC) lack an integrated, interagency biometric system capability to support biometric and identity intelligence analytical tasks using unclassified and classified biometric data sources," said the DHS report. "This presents a systemic challenge to DHS efforts to identify, screen and vet individuals who have been apprehended or who are applying for benefits. The purpose of DHS's participation in this pilot is to develop new biometric matching capabilities for immediate counterterrorism mission needs." [Read more: Lee/BiometricUpdate/19October2015]
Bulgarian MPs Back Presidential Veto on Changes to Military Intelligence Act. Members of the parliamentary committee for oversight of the security services backed on Tuesday the recent veto imposed by Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev on the controversial amendments to the Military Intelligence Act.
The parliament adopted on October 1 amendments to the Military Intelligence Act, making the current director of the Defence Information Service, Yordan Bakalov, no longer eligible to hold the position.
Under the new requirements the holder of the position should have more than ten years of experience in the national security system and has to be be armed forces officer on active duty.
Earlier version of the legislation allowed for civilians, such as Bakalov, to head the Defence Information Service. [Read more: Novinite/20October2015]
Former Cable News Commentator Arrested and Charged with Fraud. Wayne Shelby Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, Maryland, a former occasional on-air commentator who appeared on a cable news network, was arrested today after being indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of major fraud against the United States, wire fraud, and making false statements to the government.
According to the indictment, Simmons falsely claimed he worked as an "Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer" for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 1973 to 2000, and used that false claim in an attempt to obtain government security clearances and work as a defense contractor, including at one point successfully getting deployed overseas as an intelligence advisor to senior military personnel. According to the indictment, Simmons also falsely claimed on national security forms that his prior arrests and criminal convictions were directly related to his supposed intelligence work for the CIA, and that he had previously held a top secret security clearance. The indictment also alleges that Simmons defrauded an individual victim out of approximately $125,000 in connection with a bogus real estate investment.
Simmons will make his initial appearance at 2 p.m. today in front of Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson at the federal courthouse in Alexandria.
If convicted, Simmons faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the wire fraud counts, 10 years in prison on the major fraud against the U.S. counts, and five years in prison on the false statements count. The maximum statutory sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. [Read more: FBI/15October2015]
Stoner High School Kid Claims to have
Hacked CIA Director's Email Account. A teenage stoner claims to have taken control of CIA Director John Brennan's personal AOL email account where some government documents were stored. The same hacker allegedly took over Comcast accounts of the DHS Secretary and the White House Deputy National Security Advisor.
The CIA Director had an AOL account where he allegedly stored highly sensitive information of his own, of other top American intelligence officials and of the CIA's. The personal account came to light after a hacker took it over and started leaking screenshots. The same hacker doxed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and leaked call logs of White House Deputy National Security Advisor Avril Haines.
The unnamed hacker was identified as a "teen stoner" by the New York Post. This hacker, going by an alias of "cracka," claimed "CWA" pwned CIA Director John Brennan, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and White House Deputy National Security Advisor Avril Haines. The NYPost reported, "CWA stood for 'Crackas With Attitude,' which he said referred to him and a classmate with whom he smokes pot." It seems like getting high doesn't make the teenager too paranoid to target and hack specific feds.
Apparently having learned zipola from Hillary Clinton's email scandal, CIA Director John Brennan allegedly stored sensitive files in his non-government email account; files such as his top-secret security clearance application, "Social Security numbers and personal information of more than a dozen top American intelligence officials, as well as a government letter about the use of ‘harsh interrogation techniques' on terrorism suspects." [Read more: Storm/ComputerWorld/19October2015]
FTCC Trustees OK Athletic Program, Intelligence Studies Degree. The board of trustees for Fayetteville Technical Community College unanimously approved an initial athletic budget of $130,000 during its monthly meeting Monday.
The board also voted 10-0 to move forward on offering an associate degree program in intelligence studies.
The N.C. Community College Board must now approve the degree before it can be offered at FTCC.
Trustees David Williford and David McCune were not in attendance at the meeting in the Tony Rand Student Center.
The intelligence studies degree would be the first of its kind in the state's community college system. [Read more: Futch/FayettevilleObserver/19October2015]
Al-Qaida Attacks Intelligence Compound in Western Yemen, 10 Killed. Suspected al-Qaida gunmen attacked a military intelligence compound in Yemen's western port city of Hodyada on Friday, killing 10 soldiers, a police officer told Xinhua.
"The terrorist al-Qaida attackers raided the military intelligence headquarters a few minutes after a booby-trapped car exploded inside the compound in Hodyada, leaving 10 soldiers killed at the scene," the local police officer said on condition of anonymity.
"Most of the soldiers were killed in the car bombing that severely demolished the intelligence building and set two vehicles on flames," the police source said.
Furthermore, a security official, who declined to be named, told Xinhua that several al-Qaida attackers were killed during clashes with a security unit that arrived to the blast area later. [Read more: Xinhua/16October2015]
Navy Civilian Engineer Sentenced to 11 Years for Attempted Espionage. Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 36, of Yorktown, Virginia, was sentenced today to 132 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson of the Eastern District of Virginia for attempted espionage relating to his attempt to provide schematics of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford to Egypt while serving as a Navy engineer.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente of the Eastern District of Virginia, Assistant Director Randall C. Coleman of the FBI's Counterintelligence Division and Special Agent in Charge Tim Quick of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Norfolk, Virginia, Field Office made the announcement.
"Awwad took advantage of his position of trust within the Navy to share the schematics of the USS Gerald R. Ford nuclear aircraft carrier with individuals whom he believed were representing a foreign government," said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. "The National Security Division will continue to seek justice for those who abuse their access to sensitive defense information."
"Awwad attempted to steal the valuable plans for the USS Ford and to provide them to a foreign government," said U.S. Attorney Boente. "This office is committed to safeguarding our nation's sensitive defense information, and we will bring to justice those who seek to steal it. I want to commend our partners at the FBI Norfolk and NCIS Norfolk for their excellent work on this case." [Read more: FBI/15October2015]
Signs Point to China in US Research Facility Hack. Tech companies, healthcare giants, defense contractors, top universities, the US government - you name it, Chinese cyber-spies have probably hacked it. And now, it seems likely, we can add one of the world's preeminent marine research groups to the list.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution sustained a "sophisticated, targeted attack" that looks to have originated from China, according to Christopher Land, the organization's general counsel and leader of its internal investigation.
If the perpetrator is indeed from the People's Republic, it marks the latest in a series of high-profile hacks that US officials say has resulted in theft of US commercial secrets, potentially sensitive government information, and military data. With the US threatening sanctions, Chinese president Xi Jinping recently vowed not to commit commercial cyber-espionage - a pledge US officials are watching closely for signs of follow-through.
WHOI isn't a company or a government agency, but given its close ties with the US military and the National Science Foundation, it's not exactly a regular research institution, either. Its vast cache of research holds data on everything from bowhead whale habitats and plankton to hydrographic surveys and oceanic oxygen levels - as well as classified work WHOI does with the Navy and the US defense department. [Read more: Guilford/Quartz/16October2015]
Malaysia Arrests Hacker for Supplying U.S. Targets to Islamic State. At the request of the United States, Malaysia has arrested a man on charges of hacking personal data of more than a thousand U.S. officials and handing it to Islamic State militants in Syria so they could target the individuals.
The man, 20-year-old Ardit Ferizi from Kosovo, who entered Malaysia in August 2014 to study computer science and forensics, will be extradited to the United States, police said on Thursday night.
The suspect communicated with an Islamic State member in Syria about hacking servers containing information and details of U.S security personnel, Malaysian police said.
"The details were then transferred to the operation unit of the IS group for further action," the police said in a statement. [Read more: Reuters/16October2015]
Lord Advocate and US Attorney General begin Pursuit of new Lockerbie Suspects. Two new Libyan suspects have been identified by prosecutors in Scotland and the US over the 1998 Lockerbie bombing.
The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC has issued a formal international letter request to the Libyan Attorney General asking to interview the suspects.
Officials in Scotland as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US have been pursuing suspects involved in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 which resulted in the deaths of 270 passengers as well as crew and people on the ground in Lockerbie.
While the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) would not name the new suspects, they are thought to be Nasser Ali Ashour, an intelligence officer who gave the IRA weapons and explosives in the 1980s and Muammar Gaddafi's brother-in-law Abdullah al-Senussi, who is currently on death row in Libya. [Read more: ScottishLegalNews/16October2015]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
When Selfies Are a Tool of Intelligence.
As Russia has deployed troops and planes to Syria to reinforce the crumbling rule of President Bashar al-Assad, the run-up to its intervention has been documented in a near real-time basis - an almost unprecedented demonstration of the power of open source intelligence.
Moscow began its aerial campaign against Sunni rebels in Syria on Sept. 30. But more than a month earlier, evidence began surfacing online that pointed to Russia's military buildup along Syria's western coast.
On Aug. 22, a Turkish blog posted photographs of a Russian cargo ship that had transited the Bosphorus two days earlier. On its deck, covered by tarps, sat the unmistakable forms of Russian BTR-class armored troop carriers. A day later, a video surfaced containing what appeared to be audio fragments of Russian military commands. The video also included footage of an advanced Russian fighting vehicle, the BTR-82.
As Russia's military buildup continued, the open source evidence of its involvement in Syria flooded the Internet. In late August and early September, Russian troops being deployed to Syria posted selfies on social media sites saying they were headed to Russia's naval port in Tartus on the Mediterranean Sea. On Sept. 2, photos of alleged Russian jets and drones in the skies over Syria appeared on Twitter. During the first half of September, aviation enthusiasts started tracking Russian An-124 cargo flights - similar to the American C-5 Galaxy - to Syria. Moscow said the planes were delivering humanitarian aid, but at least one was photographed at a Russian military base being loaded with an attack helicopter. [Read more: Groll/ForeignPolicy/19October2015]
Intelligence Officer during Vietnam works to help Vets. The first thing David Alegria mentions when he talks about his time in the Army is the training.
He waits to mention that he was an interrogation officer and intelligence adviser during the Vietnam War or that he received a Purple Heart or that he rose in the ranks to captain in less than five years.
First, he wants to talk about the training he received after he enlisted at 19 in 1968.
He was certified as a medic, a combat engineer in demolitions, attended jungle warfare school in Panama, became a paratrooper and went on to attend military intelligence school twice. The first time was to become a combat intelligence officer, and the second was to learn counterintelligence. [Read more: Schmidt/ArizonaDailyStar/13October]
Gough Whitlam Ordered ASIO to Stop Talking to CIA in Lead-Up his Dismissal. Gough Whitlam ordered ASIO to stop talking to its US counterparts, the CIA, in the turbulent period leading up to the dismissal of his Labor government in 1975.
The incident is revealed in the second officially sanctioned volume of the history of ASIO, which covers the years 1963-1975.
Author John Blaxland, a former military intelligence officer turned historian and academic, said Whitlam was suspicious of the CIA and the secretive communications facility at Pine Gap.
"There was real concern," Dr Blaxland told 7.30. [Read more: Brissenden/ABC/16October2015]
Section III - COMMENTARY
The Spying Game. There is nothing new about espionage. Gideon practised it in the Bible. More than 400 years ago the spymaster of Elizabeth I kept his monarch alive against plot after plot and one assassination conspiracy after another.
Sir Francis Walsingham intercepted letters, eased them open with a hot razor, read, copied, resealed them and had them delivered to the unsuspecting enemy agent.
His tricks - trailing suspect arrivals, drawing up lists of those they visited, employing serving knaves to listen at door panels -could have come straight from John le Carré.
If the practice became something of a British speciality, so did writing about it and the tradition has never died. [Read more: Forsyth/Express/18October2015]
The FBI's Headquarters is Falling Apart. Why is it so hard for America to Build a New One? Beneath the headquarters of America's premier crime-fighting organization, one of the parking ramps has been condemned because corroded pieces of the ceiling were falling on cars.
Netting hangs on the Ninth Street facade to prevent broken concrete from hitting passersby 160 feet down on the sidewalk below. During a July fire drill, half of the building's alarms didn't go off.
For more than a decade, leaders at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have warned that the bureau needed to replace the J. Edgar Hoover Building, a concrete fortress designed as a symbol of strength that has instead come to serve as a lesson in government inaction.
"Where else in the city is there something like that? The answer is nowhere," said Dan Tangherlini, a former administrator for the General Services Administration, which oversees federal real estate. "In the private sector you would never do this. You would just fix it up." [Read more: O'Connell/WashingtonPost/16October2015]
Section V - Obituaries, Books and Upcoming Events
Feared Brazil Ex-Army Intelligence Chief Brilhante Ustra Dies. The former head of the army's intelligence service in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has died, aged 83.
The retired army Colonel, Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra, has been accused by human rights groups of ordering the illegal arrest and torture of some 500 left-wing activists.
He lead the feared Doi-Codi intelligence service from 1970 to 1974, when Brazil was under military rule.
"I fought terrorism," he said at a Truth Commission hearing in May 2013. [Read more: BBC/15October2015]
E. Barbara Storer. E. Barbara Storer, former CIA, one of the 1975 founding members of AFIO, former VP AFIO Maine Chapter, life-long resident of Kennebunk, died 12 October 2015. She lived an exceptional and vibrant life.
Barbara was the epitome of an independent woman. Her spirit, resilience, humor and feisty nature, combined with an amazing intellect, fashioned an individual who earned respect and admiration. Barbara was a devoted patriot, a dedicated community member, and a thoughtful and loyal neighbor and friend.
This diminutive lady had a powerful career. Barbara joined the Central Intelligence Agency right out of Boston University, and spent 20 years as an intelligence assistant, working on the Iberian Peninsula, in various locations in Latin America, and in Miami throughout the Cold War. Following her career with the CIA, she used her master's degree in library science as a military librarian. Always a devoted patriot, Barbara joined with David Atlee Phillips in the 1975 founding of AFIO National, and served as Vice President of The Maine Chapter to "build a public constituency for a sound, healthy and capable U.S. intelligence system."
Barbara loved the Kennebunks and was committed to her community. Throughout her retirement, she' volunteered time as Recording Secretary for the Kennebunk Sewer District and the Kennebunk Planning Board along with many other organizations. She was active in the town's political and community affairs and quick to embrace email and the technology of her laptop to ensure she could communicate her opinions and stay connected. Barbara's love and respect for nature, along with her desire to share the beauty of the area, lead her to bestow 'The Interval' property to the Kennebunk Land Trust. The 14-acre property on Spiller Drive in Kennebunk is now permanently protected. The land features more than a mile of frontage on the Mousam River. [Read more: HopeMemorial/12October2015]
Tish Reed, former CIA Executive Assistant to Angleton, Wisner, Roosevelt, and Wheelon, has died.
Mrs. Elizabeth (“Tish”) Freeman Reed, 87, a former, longtime CIA staff member died Wednesday, 14 October 2015, at Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC. Cause of death was renal failure.
Mrs. Reed served the CIA from 1951 to 1967 as Executive Assistant to the following senior officers: James Angleton, former Chief of Counterintelligence; Frank Wisner, former Deputy Director of Plans (now called the Clandestine Service); Archibald B. Roosevelt, Jr., who served in high-level posts in London and elsewhere; and Dr. Albert D. Wheelon, the CIA’s first Deputy Director for Science and Technology.
Reed was a native of Waterville, Maine. After a few early jobs in Waterville she applied for a position at CIA, and EOD March 1951, where she was assigned to the stenographic pool and later Staff A, the counterintelligence office. She soon became James Angleton’s Executive Assistant. After a few years she joined the Committee for Free Asia (now the Asia Foundation) in San Francisco, then supported by CIA funding. She later re-joined CIA with two tours of duty at the U.S. Embassy in London. In 1967, she left the Agency and moved to New York City to work as social secretary for the late Mrs. C. Douglas Dillon.
Following the death of her first husband, Allan Kitchel, Jr., of Old Greenwich, Connecticut, Mrs. Reed returned to Washington and established a business advising private clients.
She married John M. Reed in 1987 and served in Mr. Reed's public relations firm which permitted the couple to travel the world for business and pleasure.
Prior to her death, Mrs. Reed had completed an autobiography (to be published posthumously), in which she concluded: “The journey has been fantastic, despite some turbulence along the way. It’s been fun for me to relive it all in memory and to share those memories to tell you what I have done with my ‘one wild and precious life’.”
A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Georgetown [date TBA], with burial in Waterville, Maine.
Russian Spies in Canada: New Lessons from the Gouzenko Defection. It is an intriguing slip-up in the annals of international intelligence - did Igor Gouzenko's crying baby help make it easier for the Soviet cipher clerk to defect with a bunch of secrets stuffed under his shirt in Ottawa 70 years ago?
U.K. author and historian Jonathan Haslam suggests that it did in his recently released book, Near and Distant Neighbours - A New History of Soviet Intelligence, showing how Gouzenko's domestic circumstances flummoxed his Moscow watchers
Gouzenko's story, says Haslam, demonstrates the role of accident and personality in intelligence, along with how some plain good luck can pay off for the other side.
He also argues that this history has relevance today as some of these Russian intelligence methods, and especially the mindset behind them, still seem to be in play. [Read more: Davison/CBCNews/18October2015]
Review: Recent Trends in National Security Law, 2015 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Balancing US National Security Concerns and the Rights of Citizens (Inside the Minds). It is with great pleasure that now having reviewed it, I tell you about a new legal treatise on the subject matter of National Security Law co-authored by our dear friend and Ted Shackley South Florida Chapter President-Emeritus, Tom Spencer, Esq. I have no doubt that it will quickly become the definitive scholarly work and required reading at law schools around the world. It is titled "Recent Trends in National Security Law, 2015 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Balancing US National Security Concerns and the Rights of Citizens (Inside the Minds)".
Kudos to Tom and his colleagues for getting ahead of the curve in helping to shape the next generation of IC and IC friendly lawyers.
I recommend that even non-legal professionals or law students take the time to read it! It is a detailed, and fascinating tome; yet easy to read and thought provoking. [Kaplan/ThompsonReuters/October]
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
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
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 contact FSC Chapter President at email@example.com.
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 FSC Chapter President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, 14 November 2015 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hears from Dan Mulvenna, former RCMP Counterespionage Expert, on “Russian Illegals: KGB, SVR & GRU–1922 to the Present.”
Our speaker will be Daniel J. Mulvenna. The title of his presentation will be “Russian Illegals: KGB, SVR & GRU–1922 to the Present.” Included will be the relatively recent and terrific operation, an overview and insight into a brilliant decade-long FBI operation (with big assist by the CIA) codenamed “Ghost Stories.” This is the story of the June 2010 arrest of two SVR illegals operating in the U.S. that was all over the news at the time, and for their swap for four Western assets imprisoned in Russia. There are many dimensions of this story which have not been covered in the media, which should be of considerable interest to us.
Mr. Mulvenna retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Security Service (now the Canadian Security Intelligence Service) after 22 years in Criminal, Counterintelligence, and Counter Espionage operations.
He worked successively as a senior field investigator in Russian operations; Head of the GRU, Illegals, and KGB Desks; and subsequently on national counterintelligence programs and joint projects with allied intelligence and security services from RCMP HQs.
For 12 years he was an instructor/lecturer on counterintelligence and counter terrorism to U.S. agencies at the Counterintelligence Center, and CT/CI Training Partners in Washington, D.C. Was also a featured speaker at intelligence conferences in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Netherlands. He is the founder/leader of the “Spy Moscow” conferences and guided tours of intelligence facilities/sites (1997, 1999, and 2003). Lecturer and group leader of 2008 Cold War Conference, Cambridge, University, England and in Moscow.
Finally, he is a Retired Senior Executive responsible for Global Security & Risk Management for two multinational corporations with extensive operations in over 50 countries. He retired after 18 years, but presently serves as an international security and crisis management consultant to corporations and institutions.
The cost of the luncheon is $24.00 per person. Pay the Club after the meal. Spouses, family, interested guests and potential members are always cordially invited.
Location: Country Club of Orange Park. Questions and reservations: Quiel Begonia at email@example.com call 352-332-6150.
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 AFIO_LA@yahoo.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Tingismagazine.com
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Other Upcoming Events
Wednesday, 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 21 -- Edward Snowden: The Contractor
Edward Snowden’s activities beginning in June of 2013 are very well known-from the first leak of classified information to his stay in Russia. But his motivations, the system vulnerabilities that enabled him to access highly classified information, and his stated goals are continuing points of heated discussion. Hailed as a hero or decried as a traitor, his actions have reopened the issue of privacy for people and for nations. Dr. Mary Manjikian, Associate Dean of the Robertson School of Government, Regent University, and author of Threat Talk: The Comparative Politics of Internet Addiction will reveal how her research into organizations offers a new way of looking at Snowden and all those leakers/whistleblowers/heroes/ traitors who came before.
To register: (via phone) 202.633.3030; (online) www.SmithsonianAssociates.org.
Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-802.
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 email@example.com.
Register on-line here or mail your registration form (download a PDF of the form) with payment to: National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) POB 1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755. Make checks payable to: NCMF.
For registration assistance call (301) 688-5436. For symposium information call (301) 688-2336.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-250-6765; or call Doris Key, email@example.com; 410-562-1036. Online registration is required. Event location: Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Blvd, Arlington, VA 22202.
4 November 2015, 7:30 - 8:45 pm - McLean, VA - The Westminster
Institute hears Pete Hoekstra on "Confronting Violent Jihad: Lessons
"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
17 November 2015, 11:30am - 2 pm - McLean, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum [DIAA] meets to hear Russell Breighner on "Putin's Days are Numbered."
Mr. Russell G. J. Breighner will speak on “Putin’s Days are numbered!” Mr. Breighner extensive Russian expertise was gained from a wide variety of assignments involving Russia and his graduate program in Russian Studies from Georgetown University. Some of these assignment were: (1) working on Soviet Strategy and Doctrine, (2) investigating Soviet Inland Waterways and Ports, (3) drafting a chapter for the largest NIE (over 400 pages) ever: “ Soviet Military Research and Development,” and (4) following Russian activities on a daily basis. He received a personal note of congratulations from the NIC Chairman, Robert Gates. For years, he chaired the Threat Advanced Steering Group for the Joint Cruise Missile Program Office. A further example of his understanding of complex weapon system was demonstrated when he advised Senator Warner that the use of Electromagnetic weapons would degrade the Serbian electrical and electronic systems. This use reduce the Serbian power by 70% in some cases. For this he received the Senatorial Republican Medal of Freedom.
His undergraduate degree in Russian Language and Literature is from the University of Maryland. He has a PhD (ABD) in Russian Studies from Georgetown University and is the author of several books.
Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA. Pay at the door with a check for $ 29.00 payable to DIAA, Inc
This forum will follow a modified Chatham House rule.
Make reservations by 16 November at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, or fettuccini with portabella for your luncheon selection. Please send in your luncheon selection to reduce your wait time.
Pay at the door with a check for $29.00 per person, payable to DIAA, Inc. Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payment are discouraged.
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