AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #45-15 dated 17 November 2015

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Speaker Request, Research Request, and Deaths of Note

Speaker Request

Research Request

Deaths of Note

Section V - Upcoming Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

For Additional AFIO and other Events two+ months or more... Calendar of Events 

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SPECIAL Announcements

Seasoned Intelligence / Foreign Policy Speakers/Panelists Sought for St Petersburg Florida Annual Conference on World Affairs, 17-19 February 2016.

Proposed speakers should have career experience in intelligence, foreign policy, and national security and knowledgeable to serve on panels on Russia, China, and the Middle East. Since 2013, Ambassador Douglas McElhaney (Retired), a career Foreign Service Officer, has organized an annual conference on World Affairs in St Petersburg, FL. The 2016 conference is scheduled for 17-19 February 2016 and is held at the University of South Florida campus in St. Petersburg in cooperation with the University, the city of St. Petersburg, and other supporters.
The conference consists of a two day program of panels on a wide range of issues relative to U.S. foreign policy and national security concerns and speakers with relevant experience from U.S. diplomatic, academic, business, and other institutions. Attendance at the conference is free of charge. For the conference this year, Ambassador McElhaney is seeking individuals with experience in intelligence and national security organizations who could participate in panels on Russia, China, and the Middle East.
The conference attracts a range of participants, including students, and personnel recruiters from State Department and Intelligence Community organizations have been invited to past conferences to meet with students interested in careers in their organizations at the conference venue to present information.
VOLUNTEERING AS A SPEAKER: For those interested in volunteering as panelists, Ambassador McElhaney may be contacted at dlmce07@gmail.com for further information and referral to other conference organizers.
THE EVENT: The event runs 3 days; it is expectecd to have 41 speakers/panelists; will consist of 30 different events; and enjoys an attendance of approx. 2,800.
COST OF SPEAKERS: Although many of the panelists ordinarily command large speaking or performance fees, CWA participants attend at their own expense, finding reward in a fascinating and diverse group of people from around the globe.
COST TO ATTEND EVENT: The public, including students of USF St. Petersburg, other area universities, alumni, townsfolk, journalists and visitors from around the nation are cordially invited to attend the annual conferences free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.
For further information and past participants see www.stpetersburgintheworld.com


Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

German 'Triple Agent' Admits Spying for CIA. A German suspected triple agent charged with treason admitted Monday to spying for the CIA, telling a court he had done so out of dissatisfaction with his secret service job.

"No one trusted me with anything at the Federal Intelligence Service (BND). At the CIA it was different," Markus Reichel told a Munich court at the opening of his trial.

Reichel's case emerged during a furore over revelations of widespread US spying, revealed by former CIA intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, which has also sunk its partner service the BND into an unprecedented crisis.

Besides accusing him of sending "scores of documents and internal information" to the US Central Intelligence Agency, prosecutors said Reichel also provided three documents to the Russian secret service in the country's Munich consulate. [Read more: AFP/16November2015]

Obama: 'No Specific' Intelligence Warned of Paris Attacks. President Obama said today that there was "nothing specific" in America's intelligence gathering that could have predicted the horrific terrorist attack in Paris, while Iraqi officials claim that their intelligence service tried to sound the alarm just 24 hours before the tragedy unfolded.

"Every day we have threat streams coming through the intelligence transit... and the concerns about potential ISIL [ISIS] attacks in the West have been there for over a year now, and they come through periodically," the president said at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey. "There were no specific mentions of this particular attack that would give us a sense of something that we could provide French authorities, for example, or act on ourselves."

Late Sunday Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al Jaafari told reporters that Iraqi intelligence had learned that "some countries, in particular France, would be targeted by ISIS." Jaafari said Iraq notified both the US and Iran about the threat. The same day The Associated Press reported that a day before the attack in Paris, senior Iraqi intelligence officials warned "members of the US-led coalition" about an imminent assault, and four officials said they warned France specifically. 

An Iraqi intelligence dispatch reported that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had ordered "all members" to launch an "international attack that includes all coalition countries, in addition to Iran and the Russian Federation." [Read more: Ferran/ABCNews/16November2015]

Russia Convicts Former Moscow Policeman of Spying for CIA. A former Moscow policeman was convicted of spying for the CIA and of passing state secrets to a foreign intelligence agency on Thursday and sentenced to 13 years in prison, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement.

The FSB said that a Moscow regional court had found Evgeny Chistov guilty of state treason and said he had betrayed his country for cash and had himself initiated contact with the CIA.

"He was recruited by the CIA and fulfilled its tasks, collecting and handing over information classified as state secrets for three years in exchange for material reward," the FSB said.

It said the secrets concerned the work of Russia's interior ministry and that Chistov had fully admitted his guilt during court hearings. [Reuters/12November2015]

Pentagon Bolsters Intel Sharing With France. The Pentagon is stepping up intelligence sharing with the French military, which will better allow France to help choose airstrike targets following terrorist attacks across Paris that killed more than 120.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper provided new instructions to enable US military personnel to more easily share operational planning information and intelligence with their French counterparts, the Pentagon said Monday.

"In the wake of the recent attack on France, we stand strong and firm with our oldest ally, which is why the US and France have decided to bolster our intelligence sharing," Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said.

The intelligence sharing would cover a "range of shared challenges" to the "fullest extent allowed by existing law and policy," he added. [Read more: Wong/TheHill/16November2015]

Dutch Police Investigate Possible Leak in Parl't Intelligence Committee. The Dutch police have launched an investigation to determine the potential data leak in a parliament top security committee after classified information was revealed, local media reported Tuesday.

According to De Telegraaf, the investigation is related to the affair surrounding Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk and the 1.8 million telephone details shared with the US National Security Agency (NSA) in early 2014.

In October, the leak revealed that Plasterk had in fact confidentially informed the country's lower house of parliament about the agreement with the NSA that he publicly denied in 2014. This information was reportedly leaked from the so-called secret committee, discussions in which are strictly classified.

Halbe Zijlstra, leader of the ruling VVD party, made a formal police complaint about the leak, the media said. [Read more: SputnikNews/11November2015]

CIA Hosting Conference at MSU on Career and Student Opportunities. The Central Intelligence Agency will host its inaugural "CIA Day" conference on career and student opportunities at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center Nov. 17. This is the first time the CIA is holding this conference in Michigan.

The full-day conference will feature remarks from CIA recruiters who will exclusively discuss career and student opportunities at the CIA and will facilitate a set of workshops giving students a glimpse at how the Agency works.

The exchange of information at this conference will provide students with information on potential career opportunities at the CIA and give community leaders from local groups insight into how the Agency addresses national security challenges.

The workshops at the conference, which are specifically designed for the students, will discuss the functions of the Agency's directorates and how foreign intelligence is collected, analyzed, evaluated and disseminated to assist the President and senior US government policymakers in making decisions related to national security. [Read more: MSU/13November2015]

Goldman Sachs and Others Hiring Military and Intelligence Professionals to Protect Staff. On Wednesday afternoon last week, there was a major fire next to Goldman Sachs' offices in London. Six fire crews came to tackle the blaze in a flat above a Pret A Manger sandwich shop in Fleet Street. The blaze was extinguished within an hour and the bank decided against evacuating its staff. Even so, the firm's ‘Office of Global Security' was almost certainly in a state of heightened operational preparedness.

Investment banks take security extremely seriously, and after Friday evening in Paris they are likely to take it more seriously still. Goldman Sachs' Office of Global Security employs at least 50 people globally - probably more, many of them with a background in the world's intelligence services.

"The intelligence services are hemorrhaging talent," says the head of a covert UK recruitment firm which specializes in assisting people from MI5, MI6 and UK Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) into jobs in the private sector. "They are incredibly high quality and there is a growing appetite in banking for their services." In line with his candidate base, the recruiter asked not to be mentioned by name. "I never directly approach people in the services and I don't advertise. People seek me out."

In the past, banks hired ex-police for security roles. Now they are trusting the security of their operations to individuals with backgrounds in military operations and state intelligence. [Read more: Butcher/eFinancialCareers/16November2015]

Japan Seeking Temp Intelligence Officers to Study Islamic State. Japan is looking to hire new intelligence officers to analyze information on Islamic State terrorists, but those seeking the thrill of a secret agent need not apply.

The foreign ministry has posted a notice on its website seeking to hire temporary "expert analyst" workers to study information regarding the Islamic State, al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in Africa and Southeast Asia. According to the ministry, the successful applicant will be hired for a maximum of two years and will be required to work three days a week.

The ministry has been hiring temporary analysts regularly in other fields as well, including experts on security issues in northeast Asia and those with knowledge of Chinese politics and economy. The workers are likely to analyze and exchange information already widely available to the public. The hired experts are to expand the information analysis capabilities of the government, the ministry said.

The help-wanted page was updated before the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, but it has gained widespread attention online in Japan since then. [Read more: Hongo/WallStreetJournal/17November2015]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

How a Former Turncoat Helped the Soviets and Americans Step Back From the Brink. With every beer in the West Berlin pub, Jeffrey Carney grew more morose. The US Air Force intelligence specialist, only 19, was struggling with his parents' divorce, fighting with his bosses and, worst of all for someone with above-top-secret security clearances, coping with a clandestine gay sex life. But Carney had another secret that had nothing to do with his personal life: From his perch as a linguist eavesdropping on Soviet-backed forces in Eastern Europe, he knew that Washington's portrayal of the other side was a lie. The enemy wasn't an unstoppable juggernaut preparing to invade the West. Its combat units were barely functional. And it was the US that was trying to provoke the Soviets into an incident that could lead to war.

Depressed and looking for an escape, Carney bolted for Checkpoint Charlie, the gateway to Communist East Berlin, near midnight on April 22, 1983, and asked for political asylum. It didn't work out as planned; within hours, East German intelligence agents blackmailed him into returning to his unit as their spy. If he refused, they made clear, they'd leak his planned "defection" to his bosses.

Carney's name has largely been forgotten in the annals of Cold War espionage. Compared with the big-time moles flushed out in the 1980s, like the CIA traitor Aldrich Ames, Carney was a worm. News of his capture and conviction in 1991, two years after the Berlin Wall fell, seemed like a footnote to an era best forgotten amid the giddy celebrations of East-West reconciliation. [Read more: Stein/Newsweek/10November2015]

The Spy Who Spoke on Camera: RINO Explores Fascinating Tale of CIA Mole Karel Koecher. One of the hottest tickets at this year's Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival was main competition film RINO, a fascinating portrait of the only Communist mole known to have infiltrated the CIA: Czechoslovakia's Karel Koecher. Director Jakub Wagner interviewed numerous former US agents and other officials for the film. But it is the charismatic and elusive Koecher who steals the show.

When Karel Koecher - who is today an extremely spry and forceful 81-year-old - agreed to be interviewed for RINO (the title referring to one of the mole's many codenames), it surely made Jakub Wagner the envy of many other Czech documentary makers.

But producing the film was a very lengthy process (five years from start to finish), in part because it required considerable effort for Wagner to win over the largely reclusive Koecher, the director says.

One of the challenges faced by Wagner and his team on RINO was that, wholly unsurprisingly, much is still unknown about Karel Koecher's actions and will no doubt remain so. It is a murky, convoluted story. [Read more: Willoughby/RadioPraha/12November2015]

Read the CIA Director's Thoughts on the Paris Attacks. CIA Director John Brennan talked about his thoughts on the Paris attacks, ISIS and the possibility of terrorism on US soil Monday.

In a previously arranged appearance at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, Brennan said it is likely that ISIS has other attacks planned.

Below is a transcript of his remarks, courtesy of CSIS. [Read more: Beckwith/TIME/16November2015]

Belgian Jihadi ID'd as Mastermind of Paris Attacks. Once a happy-go-lucky student at one of Brussels' most prestigious high schools, Saint-Pierre d'Uccle, Abdelhamid Abaaoud morphed into Belgium's most notorious jihadi, a zealot so devoted to the cause of holy war that he recruited his 13-year-old brother to join him in Syria.

The child of Moroccan immigrants who grew up in the Belgian capital's scruffy and multiethnic Molenbeek-Saint-Jean neighborhood, the fugitive, in his late 20s, was identified by French authorities on Monday as the presumed mastermind of the attacks last Friday in Paris that killed 129 people and injured hundreds.

What's more, one French official with direct knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that Abaaoud is believed to have links to earlier terror attacks that were thwarted: one against a Paris-bound high-speed train that was foiled by three young Americans in August, and the other against a church in the French capital's suburbs.

The official wasn't authorized to make public comments on the subject and spoke on condition of anonymity. [Read more: Satter&Dahlburg/AP/16November2015]

Intelligence Experts Say Vests Used in Paris Attacks Were Made by Highly Skilled Professional. The suicide vests used by Friday's attackers in Paris - a first in France - were made by a highly skilled professional who could still be at large in Europe, intelligence and security experts say. All seven of the militants wore identical explosive vests and did not hesitate to blow themselves up - a worrying change of tactic for jihadists targeting France.

Unlike the attacks in London in 2005 where the bombers' explosives were stored in backpacks, Friday's attackers used the sort of suicide vests normally associated with bombings in the Middle East.

"Suicide vests require a munitions specialist. To make a reliable and effective explosive is not something anyone can do," a former French intelligence chief told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"A munitions specialist is someone who is used to handling explosives, who knows how to make them, to arrange them in a way that the belt or vest is not so unwieldy that the person can't move," he added. [Read more: PTI/15November2015]

'The Attacks Will Be Spectacular': An Exclusive Look at How the Bush Administration Ignored This Warning From the CIA Months Before 9/11, Along With Others That Were Far More Detailed Than Previously Revealed. "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US" The CIA's famous Presidential Daily Brief, presented to George W. Bush on August 6, 2001, has always been Exhibit A in the case that his administration shrugged off warnings of an Al Qaeda attack. But months earlier, starting in the spring of 2001, the CIA repeatedly and urgently began to warn the White House that an attack was coming.

By May of 2001, says Cofer Black, then chief of the CIA's counterterrorism center, "it was very evident that we were going to be struck, we were gonna be struck hard and lots of Americans were going to die." "There were real plots being manifested," Cofer's former boss, George Tenet, told me in his first interview in eight years."The world felt like it was on the edge of eruption. In this time period of June and July, the threat continues to rise. Terrorists were disappearing [as if in hiding, in preparation for an attack]. Camps were closing. Threat reportings on the rise." The crisis came to a head on July 10. The critical meeting that took place that day was first reported by Bob Woodward in 2006. Tenet also wrote about it in general terms in his 2007 memoir At the Center of the Storm.

But neither he nor Black has spoken about it publicly in such detail until now - or been so emphatic about how specific and pressing their warnings really were. Over the past eight months, in more than a hundred hours of interviews, my partners Jules and Gedeon Naudet and I talked with Tenet and the 11 other living former CIA directors for The Spymasters, a documentary set to air this month on Showtime. [Read more: Whipple/Politico/12November2015]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Former CIA Director: ISIS Will Strike America. I was an intelligence officer for 33 years. When intelligence officers write or brief, they start with the bottom line. Here it is: ISIS poses a major threat to the US and to US interests abroad and that threat is growing every day.

The nature and significance of the threat flows from the fact that ISIS is - all at the same time - a terrorist group, a state, and a revolutionary political movement. We have not faced an adversary like it before.

As a terrorist group, ISIS poses a threat to the Homeland. That threat today is largely indirect - ISIS's ability to radicalize young Americans to conduct attacks here. The FBI has over 900 open investigations into homegrown extremists, the vast majority radicalized by ISIS and a large number of which relate to individuals who may be plotting attacks here. Such attacks have already occurred in the US. Others have been arrested before they could act.

While the sophistication of such homegrown attacks is likely to be fairly low, the potential exists for the quantity of these kinds attacks to be large. The number of ISIS followers in the US is in the thousands. It dwarfs the number of followers that al-Qaeda ever had. [Read more: Morell/TIME/16November2015]

There Will Be Blood: Paris and the Future of Islamist Terrorism. For 14 years, Western intelligence officials have lived in fear of this moment. With Friday's attack on Paris, the world has passed a tipping point in what is sure to be a decades-long battle against Islamist terrorism. And, to combat it, America and its allies - from government leaders to citizens - have to move past the fear and partisan politics of the last decade. They have to realize that Friday's Paris strike is not just another in a growing cavalcade of terrorist assaults; instead it signals a tactical change in Islamist terrorist strategies - one that militants have been moving towards for years.

One of the biggest limitations on Islamist terrorist groups executing successful attacks has been competition. Al-Qaeda is not ISIS, ISIS is not the Haqqani network, Haqqani is not Hamas. Each is vying to recruit among the same potential supporters, and Western intelligence agencies say these groups once believed that grandiose, complicated plots such as blowing up major bridges or national landmarks would win them more members. But the more intricate the plots and the more predictable the targets, the more likely it is that Western intel officials can thwart them.

Not anymore. The Paris attacks show that global jihadists have realized what counterterrorism specialists have long feared: strikes on soft targets such as restaurants, concerts and sports venues - using small arms and easy-to-assemble bombs - are harder to stop and can inflict massive damage.

An American intelligence officer first discussed this with me in 2007, laying out a scenario for an attack that was frighteningly similar to what occurred in Paris. This individual described the intelligence agency's concerns while making a broader point about the use of resources on the condition that I wouldn't write about these concerns and inadvertently pass on the idea to Islamists. With the Paris attack, that individual, now retired, released me from that promise, saying that the world needs to understand how Paris has changed everything, and what that means for how politicians, strategists and citizens of Western countries should respond. [Read more: Eichenwald/Newsweek/14November2015]

Why Threat Intelligence Feels Like a Game of Connect Four. You know Connect Four - that plastic game with the vertical grid where you drop checker pieces until you get four in a row? With two good players it's deceptively simple. You have to keep your eye on all possible permutations while plotting several moves ahead.

That game reminds me of the challenges that today's threat intelligence professionals face. Except it's a three-dimensional version of that game, connecting many disparate pieces while keeping an eye on adversaries making several moves ahead. And in real life, the stakes are much higher.

As a lifelong security practitioner, I have worked everywhere from highly classified environments to critical infrastructure entities. Even in the most sophisticated, well-defended environments such as financial services, there are still many information silos. It's hard to find the threat needles in the data haystack. It's not just disparate security technologies. I am also talking about organizational, process, and data silos.

In the financial sector, three key domains come to mind: 1) information security 2) physical security and personnel and 3) anti-fraud and money laundering. Typically these are managed and executed separately.

If we could truly connect the dots between even two of these domains, we would make significant strides in better understanding the threat landscape, reducing the risk of blended threats, improving incident response, and reducing theft and losses. [Read more: Horton/InformationWeek/10November2015]


Section IV - Speaker Request, Research Request, and Deaths of Note

Speaker Request

Speaker/Panelists Sought for St Petersburg Florida Annual Conference on World Affairs, 17-19 February 2016.

Proposed speakers should have career experience in intelligence, foreign policy, and national security and knowledgeable to serve on panels on Russia, China, and the Middle East. Since 2013, Ambassador Douglas McElhaney (Retired), a career Foreign Service Officer, has organized an annual conference on World Affairs in St Petersburg, FL. The 2016 conference is scheduled for 17-19 February 2016 and is held at the University of South Florida campus in St. Petersburg in cooperation with the University, the city of St. Petersburg, and other supporters.
The conference consists of a two day program of panels on a wide range of issues relative to U.S. foreign policy and national security concerns and speakers with relevant experience from U.S. diplomatic, academic, business, and other institutions. Attendance at the conference is free of charge. For the conference this year, Ambassador McElhaney is seeking individuals with experience in intelligence and national security organizations who could participate in panels on Russia, China, and the Middle East.
The conference attracts a range of participants, including students, and personnel recruiters from State Department and Intelligence Community organizations have been invited to past conferences to meet with students interested in careers in their organizations at the conference venue to present information.
VOLUNTEERING AS A SPEAKER: For those interested in volunteering as panelists, Ambassador McElhaney may be contacted at dlmce07@gmail.com for further information and referral to other conference organizers.
THE EVENT: The event runs 3 days; it is expectecd to have 41 speakers/panelists; will consist of 30 different events; and enjoys an attendance of approx. 2,800.
COST OF SPEAKERS: Although many of the panelists ordinarily command large speaking or performance fees, CWA participants attend at their own expense, finding reward in a fascinating and diverse group of people from around the globe.
COST TO ATTEND EVENT: The public, including students of USF St. Petersburg, other area universities, alumni, townsfolk, journalists and visitors from around the nation are cordially invited to attend the annual conferences free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.
For further information and past participants see www.stpetersburgintheworld.com

Research Request

IT Procurement in the Intelligence Community : Interview Request of AFIO Members-- I am a Masters Candidate in Security Policy at Columbia University and former intelligence officer. I would greatly appreciate speaking with IC professionals with current or former involvement in IT acquisition for my Masters thesis. I would like to discuss IT procurement timelines, examples of success and failure, how decisions were made, and benchmarking progress pertaining to acquisitions within the last 25 years. I will guarantee identities are protected if requested. Please contact me at jrb2243@columbia.edu or 404-374-0198, and we can set up a call or in-person interview. Thank you in advance. V/R Jacqueline Burns

Deaths of Note

Ted K - Senior NSA Official / Linguist - Theodore Stephen Krivoruchka, of Springfield, Virginia, died on Saturday, November 7, 2015, after a long struggle with Parkinson's. He was 87. Ted was born on August 25, 1928 in Belfield, North Dakota. He attended St. Basil Preparatory High School, graduated in 1947, and also attended St. Basil Preparatory College Seminary. In 1949, he returned to his Midwest roots completing his college degree at the University of Minnesota in Political Science & Russian History in 1951. Ted joined National Security Agency in September, 1951 as a Russian Linguist Analyst and enjoyed a career spanning 37 years serving in many operating and leadership positions. He was awarded NSA's Exceptional Civilian Service Award and Master Degree equivalents from US Army Russian Institute, in Regensburg/Garmisch Germany (1958) and National War College, Ft. McNair, Washington DC (1976). In June 1953, Ted married (Patty) Bernice Capar and raised 5 children. They have ten grandchildren. Ted and Bernice enjoyed a full life for over 62 years with many fond memories of traveling, enjoying their Ukrainian Catholic heritage, and spending time with family. Ted was a natural leader both at work and in his community.Ted was an avid Redskin fan will be greatly missed by everyone, especially around the holidays as "Pop-Pop" wearing his famous "red vest."

Section V - Upcoming Events


Upcoming Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

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 robsmom@pcisys.net.

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.

2 December 2015 - North Las Vegas, NV - The AFIO Las Vegas Chapter to meet. Speaker TBA.

Speaker TBA for this Las Vegas Chapter Meeting.

Event location: Texas Station Hotel, 2101 Texas Star Ln, North Las Vegas, NV. Corner of Rancho Blvd. and West Lake Mead Blvd.
To register: email Christy Zalesny (christyzalesny@yahoo.com) Corresponding Secretary or call her at 702- 271-5667, if you have any questions.

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 sectysuncoastafio@att.net. 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 afiosf@aol.com for questions.


Other Upcoming Events

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 7 pm - Washington, DC - Presentation by former CIA officer Sandy Grimes on "Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men he Betrayed"

Hear the story of Sandra Grimes and her late co-author Jeanne Vertefeuille, and their personal involvement in CIA's effort to identify the reason for the wholesale loss of its Soviet assets in 1985 and 1986. In 1991, that road led them to hunt for a KGB spy in the CIA and to their identification of the "mole" as case officer Aldrich Ames, a long-time acquaintance and co-worker in the Soviet East European Division in the Directorate of Operations. In February 1994 the FBI arrested Ames and two months later he pled guilty to espionage and was sentenced to life in prison. Sandra Grimes is a twenty-six year veteran of CIA Directorate of Operations who spent the majority of her career working against the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
•$15/individuals/online - $20/individuals/at the door
•$25/couples/online - $35/couples/at the door
•$10 college student special!
•Questions? events@yumastudycenter.org.
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Location: Yuma Study Center, 4101 Yuma St NW, Washington DC 20016.

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

Monday, 7 December 2015, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Annapolis Junction, MD - The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's 15th Annual Pearl Harbor Program featuring David Hatch of NSA's Center for Cryptologic History

The program takes place on the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, Monday December 7th. Program title is "It Didn't End at Midway," and features special guest speaker David Hatch from NSA's Center for Cryptologic History who will discuss an overlooked period of SIGINT history between the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway.

The Battle of Midway in June 1942 was one of the turning points in modern world history, and is an exceedingly dramatic story.

Today, the vital role of COMINT in achieving success in combat at Midway is well known to scholars and the public alike. Perhaps, too well known. With a few exceptions, most books about SIGINT in the Pacific Theater of World War II discuss SIGINT in the context of Pearl Harbor and Midway, but don't mention much, if anything, about the role of SIGINT in the more than two years of fighting that happened after Midway. 

In fact, SIGINT remained an important factor in U.S. planning and operations for the rest of the war in the Pacific. The codeword ULTRA applied not only to high-grade COMINT in Europe, but also to Japanese decrypts. Senior leaders used ULTRA in their strategic decisions, and subordinate commanders had access to strategic COMINT from lower-level communications. Whatever the source, SIGINT remained an indispensable but secret factor in the success of U.S. combat operations.

Event location: L3 STRATIS Conference Center, National Business Park, 2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701

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Friday, 11 December 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 DC 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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