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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Fort Bragg's 525th Military Intelligence Brigade Still Evolving. A year after the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade took on a new name and broader mission, the Fort Bragg unit continues to evolve.
Last week, the brigade's two military intelligence battalions followed suit with their own transformations during a ceremony at Lightning Field.
The 519th and 319th Military Intelligence Battalions officially became expeditionary military intelligence battalions, officials said.
As part of the transformation, the C Company for each battalion was deactivated. [Read more: Brooks/FayettevilleObserver/26October2015]
Russian Ships Near Data Cables Are Too Close for US Comfort. Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among some American military and intelligence officials that the Russians might be planning to attack those lines in times of tension or conflict.
The issue goes beyond old worries during the Cold War that the Russians would tap into the cables - a task American intelligence agencies also mastered decades ago. The alarm today is deeper: The ultimate Russian hack on the United States could involve severing the fiber-optic cables at some of their hardest-to-access locations to halt the instant communications on which the West's governments, economies and citizens have grown dependent.
While there is no evidence yet of any cable cutting, the concern is part of a growing wariness among senior American and allied military and intelligence officials over the accelerated activity by Russian armed forces around the globe. At the same time, the internal debate in Washington illustrates how the United States is increasingly viewing every Russian move through a lens of deep distrust, reminiscent of relations during the Cold War.
Inside the Pentagon and the nation's spy agencies, the assessments of Russia's growing naval activities are highly classified and not publicly discussed in detail. American officials are secretive about what they are doing both to monitor the activity and to find ways to recover quickly if cables are cut. But more than a dozen officials confirmed in broad terms that it had become the source of significant attention in the Pentagon. [Read more: Sanger&Schmitt/NYTimes/25October2015]
Cambodia's Hun Sen Names Son Head of Military's Intelligence Department. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen has named his second son head of the country's military intelligence department, prompting criticism from opposition officials and political watchdogs who call the appointment part of a bid to strengthen the longtime leader's grip on power.
In a subdecree dated Sept. 16 and made public Wednesday, Hun Sen ordered that his son, General Hun Manith, 34, be promoted from deputy chief of the intelligence department of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) to head of the department.
Hun Manith - a two-star general - replaces his former boss Chea Dara, who is now serving as deputy commander-in-chief of the RCAF, the subdecree said.
In addition to his new post, Hun Manith also serves as deputy chief of the Cabinet and deputy secretary general of the national authority for land issues. [Read more: RadioFreeAsia/22October2015]
Algerian Presidency Strips Intelligence Apparatus of Power. Algeria is witnessing a swift shift in power from the intelligence apparatus towards the president and the Chiefs of Staff.
The scene could not be more obvious than with the firing of the head of Algeria's fearsome intelligence service, the Directorate of Intelligence and Security and the longest serving intelligence chief in the world who dominated Algerian politics for 25 years, Mohamed "Toufik" Mediene who was known as the "Lord of Algeria".
Leaked information from the president's office indicates that orders have been received to reduce the number of intelligence generals from 25 to six during the last three months after 13 brigades and generals were given retirement.
Commander of the Anti-Terrorism Unit General Abdulqader Ait and retired Brigadier General Hussein Bin Hadeed were sentenced to prison terms. [Read more: MiddleEastMonitor/21October2015]
Three Convicted of Illegally Exporting US Radar and Missile Technology to Russian Military. A New York district court on Monday convicted three members of a secret, Texas-based operation that was selling sophisticated radar and missile technology to the Russian military.
The court found Alexander Posobilov, Shavkat Abdullaev and Anastasia Diatlova guilty on the counts of conspiracy to export and of illegally exporting over $30 million in microelectronics to the Russian military and intelligence services. The three, along with eight associates, were first indicted in 2012. Posobilov was also convicted on charges of money laundering.
Some of the microelectronics the group shipped overseas included analog-to-digital converters, memory chips, microcontrollers and microprocessors - many of which are not manufactured in Russia. These items are frequently used in radar and surveillance systems, missile guidance systems and detonation triggers, according to the US Department of Justice.
"By putting a halt to this conspiracy, and stopping the flow of these dual-use components to the Russian military and intelligence services, this verdict represents a clear victory for our national security," says Randall C. Coleman, assistant director of the FBI's Counterintelligence Division. [Read more: Lee/Newsweek/26October2015]
Former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey to
Join IWP as Chancellor. Ambassador R. James Woolsey Jr. will join The Institute of World Politics as Chancellor starting in November 2015. Amb. Woolsey previously served in the US Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently (1993-95) as Director of Central Intelligence.
He was elected by the Institute's Board of Trustees on Tuesday, October 13.
Since its founding in 1990, the Institute has grown into one of the nation's premier graduate schools dedicated to developing leaders with a sound understanding of international realities and all the arts of statecraft.
"Jim's record of service to this country has few parallels," said Dr. John Lenczowski, founder and president of the Institute. "There is no more staunch defender of the security of the United States in this country. We are honored and delighted that he is ready to serve the mission of IWP." [Read more: PRNewsWire/22October2015]
Army Cyber Warriors Take to the Battlefield. As cyber operations become more of a presence on the battlefield, so, too, will cyber warriors.
At an exercise last week at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., the Army offered one version of what they would look like. Basically, they'd look like other soldiers on a mission - full camouflage, weapons and equipment in tow, crawling through the brush to stay out of sight. After setting up their computers and equipment, the cyber and intelligence team provided real-time intelligence to a brigade combat team whose mission was to find and capture a high-value target hiding in a crowded, multi-building compound.
"The cyber element was able to provide intelligence to myself on the ground that enhanced [intelligence] information that made the picture of the battlefield much more clear," 1st Lt. Kenneth Medina, who led the mission, said in an Army release. "When you incorporate cyber into that you gain a much higher degree of accuracy on the target and you can paint a much clearer picture of the objective area."
Medina noted that such missions ordinarily rely on information that was gathered in advance and could be out of date by the time a mission force arrives. In this case, though, "The cyber element was able to monitor some of the digital traffic that was moving through the village and the compound. They were able to relay that information to me via radio, and I was able to take action on that intelligence that they gave me in the village in real time," he said. [Read more: McCaney/DefenseSystems/26October2015]
India-Africa Summit: Intelligence Agencies Warn of 'Very High' Level Threat From Isis, Boko
Haram. The third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) being held in New Delhi may be under a high-level threat from Boko Haram and Islamic State (Isis) militants, Indian intelligence agencies have warned. Around 40 heads of state of 54 African nations participating in the event are at risk from what intelligence inputs claim could come-off lone wolf attacks targeting diplomats and politicians.
In view of the "very high" threat issued, more than 25,000 police and paramilitary personnel are working with African security agencies to ensure safety of the dignitaries. Additionally, police and the foreign registration office are keeping a tab on the African nationals who have arrived in New Delhi over the past week, reported the Times of India.
Until now, Isis has not carried out any terror act in the country. However, the radical organisation's propaganda has made inroads into the country, with some cases being reported of youth wanting to join the terror outfit. Hence, intelligence agencies have prepared a list of those they suspect of being radicalised by Isis and are monitoring them.
Further, Isis flags were flashed in the Kashmir valley in northern India, indicating that some rebel elements supported the extremist group's ideology in the troubled state. Additionally India's eastern neighbour, Bangladesh, recently witnessed the death of two foreign nationals and a mosque attack on Shia Muslims, which was claimed by Isis militants. [Read more: Ghosh/IBTimes/27October2015]
Former Turkish Intelligence Chiefs Face up to 25 Years in Jail for Hrant Dink Murder. Turkey's top police intelligence chief and two former police intelligence unit heads may face up to 25 years in prison each in the investigation launched into the murder of prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.
Turkish National Police (EGM) Intelligence Department head Engin Dinc and former police chiefs Resat Altay and Ahmet Ilhan Guler have been accused of "helping commit deliberate murder," Agos weekly reported on October 25, as a new indictment was presented to the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.
Dinc and Guler were intelligence unit heads of the police departments in Trabzon and Istanbul, respectively, at the time of Dink's murder, while Altay was the Trabzon Police Department head. Dinc, Guler and Altay may receive up to 25 years in jail if the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office accepts the investigation for trial.
The indictment was presented by prosecutor Gokalp Kokcu in an investigation launched against a total of 25 suspects, including Dinc, Guler and Altay, over charges of negligence on public duty after Dink was killed outside his office building on January 19, 2007. [Read more: HurriyetDailyNews/26October2015]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
In 1983 War Scare, Soviet Leadership Feared Nuclear Surprise Attack by US. A nuclear weapons command exercise by NATO in November 1983 prompted fear in the leadership of the Soviet Union that the maneuvers were a cover for a nuclear surprise attack by the United States, triggering a series of unparalleled Soviet military responses, according to a top-secret US intelligence review that has just been declassified.
"In 1983, we may have inadvertently placed our relations with the Soviet Union on a hair trigger," the review concluded.
That autumn has long been regarded as one of the most tense moments of the Cold War, coming after the Soviet Union shot down a South Korean civilian airliner in September and as the West was preparing to deploy Pershing II intermediate-range and ground-launched cruise missiles in Europe in November. But there has been a long-running debate about whether the period known as the "war scare" was a moment of genuine danger or a period of bluster for propaganda purposes.
The review concluded that for Soviet leaders, the war scare was real, and that US intelligence postmortems did not take it seriously enough. [Read more: Hoffman/WashingtonPost/24October2015]
Emotions Are Key in Military Intelligence Gathering. The US Army Field Manual is the law of the land for intelligence-gathering interrogations and it points to direct questioning as the most effective form. However, a laboratory study led by FIU psychologist Jacqueline R. Evans shows that an emotional approach to questioning is more effective in collecting information from both guilty and innocent participants.
This is the first study to take questioning approaches described in the US Army Field Manual and examine their effectiveness in a controlled laboratory setting. The findings were published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology.
"Our results indicate that while techniques that play on positive emotions lead to similar gains in information as techniques that play on negative emotions, the experience of the person being questioned was significantly more positive when the interrogator sought to build them up and ease their fears," Evans said. "This may be important in intelligence gathering contexts where a positive interrogator-source relationship is more likely to enable the interrogator to successfully interact with the same source many times."
Prior to this study, little scientific research existed to address which of the questioning methods included in the Army Field Manual are effective at obtaining information during human intelligence interrogations. [Read more: Fattal/MedicalExpress/26October2015]
Spy vs. Spy: Inside the Fraying US-Israel Ties. The US closely monitored Israel's military bases and eavesdropped on secret communications in 2012, fearing its longtime ally might try to carry out a strike on Fordow, Iran's most heavily fortified nuclear facility.
Nerves frayed at the White House after senior officials learned Israeli aircraft had flown in and out of Iran in what some believed was a dry run for a commando raid on the site. Worried that Israel might ignite a regional war, the White House sent a second aircraft carrier to the region and readied attack aircraft, a senior US official said, "in case all hell broke loose."
The two countries, nursing a mutual distrust, each had something to hide. US officials hoped to restrain Israel long enough to advance negotiations on a nuclear deal with Iran that the US had launched in secret. US officials saw Israel's strike preparations as an attempt to usurp American foreign policy.
Instead of talking to each other, the allies kept their intentions secret. To figure out what they weren't being told, they turned to their spy agencies to fill gaps. They employed deception, not only against Iran, but against each other. After working in concert for nearly a decade to keep Iran from an atomic bomb, the US and Israel split over the best means: diplomacy, covert action or military strikes. [Read more: Entous/WallStreetJournal/22October2015]
Real-life James Bonds: Actual Spooks Reveal What a Job in MI6 Is Really Like. It's slick, it's fast-paced and it's sexy. But that's the cinema. SPECTRE, the latest James Bond thriller starring Daniel Craig opens in cinemas on Monday to critical acclaim. Pure fantasy? Or are there any similarities with the work of a real-life operative in Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), better known as MI6? I've gone to meet two serving SIS officers to find out.
I don't notice them at first, there are so many people in the room. Are they part of the camera crew? A couple of people sent up from hotel reception perhaps, to check we have everything we need? But then we are introduced. "Kamal" - and I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that is probably not his real name - is 30-something, unshaven, quietly confident. "Kirsty" is only slightly older. Neatly dressed, she looks like she could be running a medium-sized IT company. In fact, she is in recruiting, having already done the hard yards in the field overseas.
Kamal speaks first. "I'm what people would classify as an agent-runner," he tells me. "Our job is to find individuals with access to secret intelligence of value to the UK government. My job [within MI6] is to build a relationship with these individuals and work with them to obtain the secrets they have access to, securely."
And bang, up in smoke goes one of the biggest misnomers about espionage and spies. James Bond, and all the true-life men and women who work inside those sandstone and emerald-coloured headquarters at Vauxhall Cross on the banks of the Thames are not "secret agents". They are intelligence officers. The people overseas who they persuade to spy for them are the actual agents. [Read more: Gardner/TheTelegraph/25October2015]
The CIA's Bold Kidnapping of a Soviet Spacecraft. One day in late 1959 or 1960 - dates aren't totally clear in declassified documents - a crack team of four CIA agents worked through the night in stocking feet taking apart a kidnapped Soviet Lunik spacecraft without removing it from its crate. They photographed every part and documented every construction element, then perfectly reassembled the whole thing without leaving a trace. It was a daring bit of espionage at the early years of the space race. Intended to level the playing field between two international superpowers, it was a heist that risked turning the cold war hot.
On January 2, 1959, the Soviet Union kicked off its Luna program, sometimes called Lunik by the Western media, with the launch of Luna 1. This first spacecraft missed the Moon, but the next hit the target and became the first spacecraft to impact the lunar surface in September of that year. A month later on October 7, Luna 3 returned history's first ever pictures of the Moon's farside. It was a stunning year for the Soviets on the Moon, one in which the United States only racked up a handful of failed lunar missions. The effect, aside from a blow to national morale, was a devastating effect on the American psyche. However exciting these missions were to space fans, they brought with them the terrifying reality that the enemy had bigger boosters and more advanced technology.
The disparity between American technology and the perceived Soviet power led to an intelligence program run by the CIA. By studying Soviet spacecraft and space missions, the agency hoped to not only anticipate launches and their impact on the public but also to adjust American launch schedules to better keep pace with the enemy. Even educated guesses about Soviets plans would help the United States know where to concentrate its efforts to hopefully overtake the Soviet Union in space. It would be useful for the US armed forces to have a handle on Soviet hardware to know what might give way to an offensive military spinoff. And this intelligence would also help American leaders be better prepared to respond to a new Soviet threat should one arise.
This intelligence effort focused on what was available from afar. [Read more: Teitel/PopularScience/20October2015]
Section III - COMMENTARY
America Needs More Credible, Insightful Intelligence. Gloria Steinem's new book, My Life on the Road, recounts her life's journeys and travels. Early reviews and profiles reveal incredible detail of Steinem's barrier-breaking feminist role, liberal politics, romances, proclivities and style.
What is often missed, or mischaracterized, however, is the work she did as a CIA agent: Steinem was a spook.
CIA agents are tight-lipped, but Steinem spoke openly about her relationship to the Agency in the 1950s and '60s after a magazine revealed her employment by a CIA front organization, the Independent Research Service.
While popularly pilloried because of her paymaster, Steinem defended the CIA relationship, saying: "In my experience the Agency was completely different from its image; it was liberal, nonviolent and honorable." [Read more: Kounalakis/TheSacramentoBee/25October2015]
Is US Intelligence Analysis as Good as It Gets? One of the more charming and frustrating aspects of American life is the endless pursuit of perfection. We tend to believe, as a people, that things can always be improved. For many aspects of life science, medicine, transportation safety, etc. - this is a worthwhile approach. But for other aspects of life this pursuit is really a chimera; an illusory, unattainable goal. Indeed, pursuing such improvements may be even more costly than not pursuing them at all.
One of those areas where we should perhaps step back from the endless quest for perfection is intelligence analysis. Note that we said "perhaps." We believe the issue is open to debate and is a debate worth having.
Since 2001, the intelligence community has been pilloried repeatedly for its "failed analysis." Critics point to the 9/11 attacks, the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and the unpredicted Arab Spring. We do not deny that these were analytic failures, but we also believe that it is important to look at the larger record of intelligence analysis and ask some fundamental questions: Is this as good as intelligence analysis gets? And, if so, is it good enough?
Congress and the intelligence community have tried to make "analytical improvements." They spent money on new training programs for analysts. Intelligence agencies restructured analytical cells and put greater scrutiny on their work. The intelligence community and Congress set up advanced research facilities and reached out to the private sector for the "best practices" in analytical models and tools to sort out the "big data" facing anyone who tries to understand the world better. Finally, both the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency created analytical standards as a guide to improve analysis.
The obvious question to ask after all of these efforts is: Has intelligence analysis improved? This is, admittedly, a very difficult question to answer. What are the standards by which one would make such an assessment? [Read more: Lowenthal&Marks/InternationalJournalofIntelligence&Counterintelligence/23October2015]
Intelligence: What Really Makes Armed UAVs Special. In Syria the US Air Force came face-to-face with differences between targeting (selecting what to hit) from the air (using aerial and satellite surveillance) and using that supplemented with information gathered on the ground. The air force depended on aerial surveillance to find and approve targets to hit in Syria. The CIA, meanwhile, had its own "air force" of armed UAVs that concentrated on key Islamic terrorist personnel. Air force analysts with high enough security clearances could not help but note that the CIA effort was more successful. The key CIA advantage was the network of spies, informants and other specialists they had on the ground. Many of these "assets" were not even Americans and the CIA was able to make deals with foreign nations for valuable target information.
Much of these CIA advantages were relatively new. The post September 11, 2001 world dramatically altered the way that US national intelligence services did business. After the 1970s, US intelligence operatives became rare and competent ones even more so. Until 2001 this did not bother the CIA or the US government all that much. But it is a problem when there is an emergency. So, since September 11, 2001, the US has been forced to rely more on contractors for the more personal and tradition forms of espionage.
The decline of American spy craft is an aftereffect of the Church Committee. This was an investigative operation sponsored by Congress in the late 1970s that sought to reform and punish the CIA. The reforms were mainly about eliminating CIA spying inside the United States, or doing stuff for the president that Congress did not approve of. There was also a desire to avoid any CIA connection with foreign unpleasantness (like using unsavory people as spies or informants, paying foreign politicians for information, or using contractors to run informant networks). This led to a growing list of restrictions on what the CIA could do overseas and at home. Congress was out to make sure no future president (the CIA works for the president) could use the CIA, as had been done during the Vietnam War and before.
The CIA interpreted all this as "no more James Bond stuff." [Read more: StrategyPage/22October2015]
Britain's Top Fictional Spy Also Its Greatest Intelligence Asset. In the 62 years since James Bond first appeared in print, there's no doubt he has helped boost the reputations of his real-life counterparts in British intelligence.
Now, Daniel Craig - the truest to author Ian Fleming's original vision since Sean Connery, if not ever - is back on screen in Spectre. The franchise is as strong as ever.
In reality, however, the decades since Fleming first penned Casino Royale have been distinctly mixed for the United Kingdom and its spies.
For sure, the Secret Intelligence Service - traditionally known to its members as SIS and to the rest of the world as MI6 - and its sister service MI5 retain a world-class reputation. They are in good company. The reach and skill set of those two agencies - responsible for foreign and domestic intelligence, respectively - are more than equaled by signals intelligence specialists Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). Britain's special forces - the Army's Special Air Service (SAS) and Royal Marines' Special Boat Service (SBS) are also legendary.
They have, however, been far from infallible. Even as Fleming wrote of their prowess in the early 1950s, some stellar embarrassments loomed. [Read more: Apps/Reuters/27October2015]
Section V - Obituaries and Upcoming Events
Carl Finstrom, 79, Awarded the Order of the Polar Star Citation from the King of Sweden, 1991. Carl Finstrom, a resident of Williamsburg since 1991, died Oct. 18, 2015, following a long struggle bravely waged with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He was 79.
His unfailing good humor and positive attitude was noted by all the medical personnel who cared for him during his illness.
Carl, the only son of Christiana and Carl Gustav Finstrom Sr., was born in Illinois in 1936 and grew up in the Chicago area. He attended elementary and high schools in Chicago and graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, minoring in geology.
He earned several postgraduate degrees, including a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate college in California and the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Carl joined Army ROTC in high school, continued in college and went on to serve as a regular Army officer beginning in 1961. Among other commendations awarded during his more than 30 years active federal service were the Army Commendation Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and was awarded the Order of the Polar Star Citation from King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden in 1991. [Read more: WYDaily/22October2015]
George Axel Fromm, 96, "Captain" - former NSA A2 Executive Officer
On 13 October, as the new day began and the sun lit up his favorite fishing spots, "Captain" George Axel Fromm, at the age of 96, peacefully departed. A loving husband, father, grand-father, great-grand-father, and a great friend to all that knew him, he was born first-generation Danish-American on 9 March 1919 in Haddonfield, NJ.
George Fromm had an adventurous life of military service, including WWII, where he received many military honors and a direct commission, serving in the 2nd Signal Service Batallion and the Army Security Agency. Tours included Alaska, Panama, and Kyoto Japan (as first US Occupation Forces, with family). He enlisted as a private and retired with the rank of Major. Then a second career followed, as a civilian intelligence officer with the Department of Defense, where he traveled the world, including another tour in Tokyo, Japan with family. While employed by the DoD he achieved numerous honors and awards, and retired with executive rank. George was a manager in A2 when he retired in 1987 and joined the Phoenix Society.
After his second retirement, 42 years ago, George and Berniece moved to Neavitt, where he pursued his true love — and extraordinary talent — fishing. “Captain” George became an Eastern Shore waterman, running a successful fishing charter for many years aboard the Kappa. Often, fishing charter captains would call Captain George to find out what was happening on the Choptank. Between charters, he ran a hook-and-line commercial fishing operation, hand-tonged oysters and crabbed. But rain or shine, in any season, he would be on the water reeling in any finned creature that had the misfortune to venture by. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Berniece Lorene (Wilhite); children, Judith Fromm Duvall, Eric Kay Fromm, and Joanne Fromm Engel; grandchildren, Lisa Fromm Patrick, Niels William Fromm and Louis Axel Engel; and great-grandchildren Olivia Laurine Fromm, Lilly Grace Patrick, Brooks Connor Patrick, Christa Soul Fromm and Emma Kay Engel. He was pre-deceased by a grandson, Grover Cleveland Duvall. A private service was held at the Veterans Cemetery in Preston. A Celebration of Life is planned for a future date. [The Star Democrat/23October2015]
Neil Bedell Ainslie. Neil Ainslie (77) passed away on 19 October 2015 from complications from Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his loving wife, Jean Ainslie, whom he married 56 years ago after being high school sweethearts. Their happy union produced four sons, Donald Ainslie of Kansas City, KS; Michael Ainslie of Haymarket, VA; Robert Ainslie of Haymarket, VA; and Daniel Ainslie of Arvada, CO, who also survive Neil, along with his four daughters-in-law; fifteen grandchildren; brother, James Ainslie; and sister, Susan Deluca.
Neil was born in Hollywood, CA and grew up in North Babylon, NY. He served 4 years in the US Army and earned a bachelor's degree from Long Island University. He and his wife moved to VA, where he had a successful 29-year career as a senior CIA officer before retiring in 1993. In retirement, Neil and his wife enjoyed their time together traveling globally, taking walks, and spending time with friends and family.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 271 Winchester St., Warrenton, VA on 22 October 2015 at 1pm. He will be laid to rest at the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia's columbarium at 9535 Linton Hall Rd., Gainesville, VA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales Retirement Fund 2200 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806 or at www.oblates.org. [MorseFuneralHome/22October2015]
Elizabeth "Betty" Ayash Buckley. Elizabeth, 81, peacefully entered God's Kingdom on Sunday, October 10, 2015.
"Betty" was born in Fall River, MA to parents Joseph Said Ayash and Sadie Latouf. In 1951, she graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School and attended Colby College in Maine.
In 1955, Betty moved to Washington, DC; got married in 1957; moved to Vienna, VA; and, had two children. In 1980, she received the CIA Medal for 25 years of Honorable Service plus overseas tours in Pakistan and Thailand.
From 1980-2006, Elizabeth held very senior positions at AT&T, Bell Labs, US Chamber of Commerce, INTELSAT, UNISYS, Dickstein Shapiro LLP and Finnegan Henderson LLP. [Money&King/21October2015]
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.
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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 US 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
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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 US 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 US agencies at the Counterintelligence Center, and CT/CI Training Partners in Washington, D.C. Was also a featured speaker at intelligence conferences in the US, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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
LOCATION: MacDill AFB Surf’s Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Please RSVP to the Chapter Secretary for yourself and include the names and email addresses of any guests. Email Michael Shapiro at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a confirmation via email. If you do not, contact the Chapter Secretary to confirm your registration. Check-in at noon; opening ceremonies, lunch and business meeting at 1230 hours, followed by our speaker.
FEE: You must present your $20 check payable to “Suncoast Chapter, AFIO” (or cash) at check-in to cover the luncheon. If you make a reservation, don’t cancel and get a cancellation confirmation by the response deadline and then don’t show up, you will be responsible for the cost of the luncheon.
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 US Marshal's Fugitive Task
Force to locate and arrest violent fugitives in the San Francisco Bay
Area. The US 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 email@example.com for questions.
Other Upcoming Events
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
Sunday, 15 November 2015, 1 pm-4 pm - Washington, DC - Lena Sisco - You're Lying! Meet An Interrogator at the International Spy Museum
The International Spy Museum Store hosts a signing with Lena Sisco and her book You’re Lying! Lena Sisco is a former military intelligence officer and interrogator who has trained Department of Defense (DoD) personnel in detecting deception, interrogation, tactical questioning, elicitation, counter elicitation, and cross cultural communications for more than 11 years. She is the president and cofounder of The Congruency Group, LLC, and a senior instructor at the Body Language Institute in Washington D.C. She has appeared on numerous television shows, including Dr. Drew, HLN, and Access Hollywood. She has a BA degree from the University of Rhode Island and an MA degree from Brown University, and resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Lena wrote You’re Lying! because no matter what your profession or life circumstances, you need the skills to take control of a situation, detect deception, and reveal the truth. While you probably won’t ever have to interrogate a detainee who doesn’t want to tell you about an upcoming terrorist attack—as Lena has—You’re Lying! will help you deal with that salesperson trying to rip you off, the kid bullying your child who claims innocence, a cheating spouse, or dissembling boss. As the adage says,
knowledge is power. Lena interrogated numerous members of Al Qaeda and the Taliban while stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, then taught those skills to Defense Department personnel for years afterward. Her ability to build rapport, accurately read body language, and employ effective questioning techniques led to numerous successes that saved American lives.
You will also learn her easy-to-follow five-step program on how to accurately detect verbal (both spoken and written) and non-verbal deceptive tells, how to conduct an effective line of questioning, and what to do after you identify the lies we all face every day. Take the knowledge in You’re Lying! and empower yourself.
Don’t get fooled again.
Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit www.spymuseum.org
Monday, 16 November 2015, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Black Ops: Deception, Influence and Propoganda at the International Spy Museum
So called “Covert Action” operations capture the public’s attention, but in reality they are often a government’s last resort. Propaganda, disinformation, misdirection and various kinds of influence operations usually precede headline-making flashy operations. These forms of persuasion are as old as recorded history and still in use today: from the propaganda claims of an Egyptian Pharaoh, to the “Big Lie” of the Nazis, and continuing with the daily broadcasting of controlled or cooperative media in China, Iran, North Korea, and other places.
Both Russian operations in Eastern Ukraine and horrific acts of terror by ISIS are all manifestations of the global war of ideas. So what can the public really expect to know about what the Intelligence Community calls, “covert action ops? William D. Murray, a retired senior executive and field operations officer in the CIA, will break down some famous cases and a few lesser-known operations. Murray served as field commander for the Agency in some of the most challenging and dangerous areas of the world and was detailed to the US Senate to represent the CIA in the drafting of the Intelligence Act of 2004, giving him a unique perspective on the dark arts of intelligence.
Co-sponsored by the Council on Intelligence Issues.
Tickets: $10. Register at www.spymuseum.org
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.
Friday, 20 November 2015, 1-4 pm - Washington, DC - Meet An F-4 Pilot: Mark Hewitt - In-store Book Signing at the International Spy Museum
Uncover the world of espionage and intelligence from people who practiced professionally! Visit the International Spy Museum Store and meet an F-4 pilot. Mark A. Hewitt has always had a fascination with spyplanes and the intelligence community’s development and use of aircraft. He flew F-4s in the Marine Corps and served as Director of Maintenance with the Border Patrol and the Air Force, as was an Associate Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University before leading aviation activities and aircraft operations for international corporations in the Washington D.C. area. He is the author of "Special Access" and "Shoot Down". His novels have been approved by the CIA Publication Review Board.
Shortly after takeoff, a jumbo jet explodes over the waters of Long Island. Witnesses claim the aircraft was shot down by a surface-to-air missile; the government insists a mechanical malfunction brought down the airplane. An old CIA file is uncovered which details the President was warned-to preclude commercial airliners from being shot out of the sky either pay a ransom or suffer the consequences.
Just as the Agency identifies the shadowy man responsible for the shoot down of the airliner, the Libyan dictator Gaddafi is overthrown, sparking a race between the CIA and terrorist networks to win the ultimate terrorist prize-hundreds of man-portable, shoulder-launched, anti-aircraft missiles. Duncan Hunter and his top secret airplane once again team up with an expert crew to find the anti-aircraft missiles ahead of the al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood, and kill the man who shoots down airliners for profit.
Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit www.spymuseum.org
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