AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #46-15 dated 24 November 2015

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Analysis of Terrorist Plots in the USA - From CiCentre
Total of 283 Plots uncovered since September 12, 2001
167 kinetic plots (59%) lead to the arrest or death of the plotter(s)
- Of the remaining plots 116 (41%) targeted locations outside of the USA or involved individuals providing material support for terrorism (money, travel to fight with terrorists, etc.)
167 Kinetic Terrorist Plots
​84 motivated by Islamic doctrine
- 83 motivated by non- Islamic doctrine (neo-nazi, sovereign citizen, militia)
Comparison of Kinetic Terrorist Plots

 Islamic Terror

Non- Islamic Terror

 84 plots

83 plots

 163 individuals involved

227 individuals involved

 7 successful

24 successful

 76 plots interdicted 

57 plots interdicted

 23 people killed

68 people killed

 327 people injured

51 people injured

Target of Plots
​Islamic Terror: Police (5), US Military (23), Large Population Sites (37)
- Non-Islamic Terror: Police (25), US Military (1), Large Population Sites (8)

To learn more, visit to explore receiving SpyPedia findings and analysis.

From today through December 1, 2015 the CI CENTRE (Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies) is offering AFIO members a 50% discount off their annual SPYPEDIA membership. $182.50!,

SIGINT - Then and Now

You are invited to join the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation
for the annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Program
Monday, 7 December
at L3 Communications located in National Business Park
2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction 20701.

The program -"It Didn't End At Midway" - will be presented by Dr. David Hatch, the NSA Center for Cryptologic History historian.

Dr. Hatch will discuss the role of SIGINT in the more than two years of fighting that happened after 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. 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
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.

You won't want to miss this exciting program. Generous free parking.
Fee: only $20 for NCMF members; $35 for guests. More details or to register NOW, do so here or at
or send a check to NCMF, POB 1682, Fort Meade, MD 20755



Obama Orders Inquiry Into Intelligence on ISIS. President Obama said on Sunday that he had ordered his senior defense officials to find out whether intelligence reports had been altered to reflect a more optimistic assessment of the American military campaign against the Islamic State.

Speaking at a news conference in Malaysia at the end of a 10-day overseas trip, Mr. Obama said he expected the Pentagon's inspector general to investigate allegations that significant changes were made to reports from analysts at the United States Central Command, known as Centcom.

"I don't know what we'll discover with respect to what was going on in Centcom," Mr. Obama said. "What I do know is my expectation - which is the highest fidelity to facts, data, the truth."

Mr. Obama was responding to a report in The New York Times on Sunday that described the internal Pentagon investigation. Some analysts in the Defense Department say their supervisors revised their conclusions about some of the military's failures before finalizing the reports. [Read more: Shear/NYTimes/22November2015]

EU Calls for European Intelligence Agency. The European Commission called Friday for the establishment of an EU-wide intelligence agency in the wake of the Paris attacks, as interior ministers held emergency talks on boosting security.

The proposal comes amid concerns about how the gunmen who killed 129 people a week ago were able to remain under the radar despite some showing signs of radicalism and moving through several European countries.

"This meeting is of great importance: after Charlie Hebdo I had proposed - and finally it was done - the creation of a counter-terrorism centre at Europol," EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told reporters in Brussels.

"I believe it is a moment to make one more step forward and put the basis for the creation of a European intelligence agency," he added. [Read more: AFP/20November2015]

Pakistan Army Chief Meets Central Intelligence Agency Head. Afghan owned reconciliation process, challenges, and way forward were also discussed during the meeting.

Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif held meetings with top United States defence officials at Pentagon, with defence cooperation between the two countries dominating the discussion, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director-General Lt Gen Asim Bajwa tweeted on Wednesday.

Senator McCain lauded the efforts, sacrifices and steadfastness of the Pakistan armed forces, especially the leadership of Gen Raheel, in fighting terrorists on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Often switching to a dark suit instead of a military uniform, Sharif met Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, defense secretary Ash Carter, secretary of state John Kerry, and members of the Senate Armed Services Committee in between engaging his military counterparts. For the first time since the nascent peace process in Afghanistan collapsed in August, Pakistan blamed Kabul government for "leaking information" that led to the fall of talks with the Taliban.

He further stated that Pakistan was a significant ally and US will continue its support for the country in the fight against terrorism. "America will help Pakistan in every way to curb terrorism inside Pakistan", ISPR told the press. [Read more: Green/OracleHerald/21November2015]

CIA Turns to HBCUs to Help Diversify the Agency. After commissioning a report highly critical of the Central Intelligence Agency�s efforts to diversify its staff and senior leadership, CIA Director John O. Brennan is reaching out to Black colleges to develop a more representative workforce.

Brennan and Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, held a news conference Friday to announce a partnership to increase the presence of African Americans throughout the ranks of the CIA.

Brennan, who was sworn in as director of the CIA on March 8, 2013, appointed a special commission headed by former National Urban League President Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. to study the agency�s shortcomings in diversity and to make a series of recommendations.

"He came out with a very frank and candid assessment of the problems that we have in terms of the way we recruit, develop, train as well as groom individuals in order to assume those positions of leadership in the agency," Brennan said, referring to Jordan. [Read more: Curry/TheLouisianaWeekly/23November2015]

Brazil to Accept Global Iintelligence Help for 2016 Games. Brazil signaled Monday that it would accept help from international intelligence agencies in order to safeguard the Olympic and Paralympics Games set for next year in Rio de Janeiro.

"Recent events... show that we can never be too careful in the steps and preparations that we take," Government Secretary Ricardo Berzoini told reporters at the opening of an anti-terrorism seminar in Bras�lia.

"There is no limit to... the number of precautionary steps available to the Brazilian authorities' disposal that we will take," Berzoini was quoted by the G1 news site, adding that the Olympics would be "of greater complexity" than the World Cup, which Brazil hosted in 2014, given the far greater number of visiting nations and wider swath of political backgrounds.

Berzoini referred to a string of recent terror attacks. Ankara, Paris, Beirut and Mali's capital of Bamako have all experienced deadly attacks in recent days. The downing of a Russian passenger plane in the Sinai Peninsula is also believed to have been terror-related. [Read more: Saunders/FultonNews/23November2015]

Kenya President Declares Corruption National Security Threat. Kenya's president on Monday declared corruption a national security threat and he presented a raft of measures to fight the graft that is endemic in East Africa's largest economy.

"I believe that corruption is a standing threat to our national security," President Uhuru Kenyatta said in televised remarks. "The bribe accepted by an official can lead to successful terrorist attacks that kill Kenyans. It can let a criminal off the hook for them to return to crime and harming Kenyans."

The president's announcement was received with skepticism by analysts.

"This president has made the best speeches about fighting corruption but his credibility is very low," said John Githongo, a former Kenyan government adviser who exposed millions of dollars in government corruption in the previous regime. [Read more: Odula/AP/23November2015]

Support for Intelligence Activities in Finland Rises After Attacks in Paris. The terror attacks in Paris have reinstated a sense of urgency to the ongoing efforts to revise the intelligence laws of Finland.

Doubts, however, have been voiced over the efficiency of online intelligence activities especially due to a rapid growth in the quantity of data transmitted over the Internet and the use of increasingly sophisticated encryption methods.

Colonel Martti J. Kari, the deputy director of the Finnish Defence Intelligence Agency, reminds in an e-mail to Helsingin Sanomat that it remains difficult to gauge the possible scope of intelligence activities to be conducted by Finland.

"It'll depend on the nature of authorities granted under the legislation. We're nonetheless capable of carrying out online intelligence activities wide enough to make the project worthwhile," he affirms. [Read more: HelsinkiTimes/18November2015]

Uganda: Top ESO Chiefs Fired in New Power Row. Four senior intelligence officers in the External Security Organisation (ESO) have been fired in a row threatening to wreck the intelligence agency.

Sources say the two are at the level of director and the other two are senior operatives who have been sacked on the orders of the new Director General Joseph Ocwet who assumed office in June this year.

The directors are: Mr. Gilbert Rwantare, the director of finance and administration who has been the acting deputy director general since Emmy Allio left four years ago. Mr. Dick Owokunda was also sacked two days after Mr. Rwantare was shown the exit early this month.

Mr. Rwantare had been the acting deputy director general after Mr. Allio, a former journalist with New Vision, left ESO following a row with his former boss, Mr. Robert Masolo, who was in June transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. [Read more: Musisi/TheMonitor/22November2015]

US Intelligence: No Specific Threat to Thanksgiving Travel After Paris Attacks. US authorities are watching warily but have made no new plans to protect travelers during the busy Thanksgiving week despite threats from Islamic State to strike targets in New York and Washington, two law enforcement officials said Friday.

The deadly rampage in Paris and the bombing of a Russian passenger jet in the last three weeks have put US law enforcement and aviation security on heightened alert for another possible terrorist attack.

But US intelligence officials have seen no indications of credible plots in the works beyond the bellicose videos and other rhetoric posted online by Islamic State militants. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal assessments.

"The threat level continues to be the same as it was last month," said Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent who worked on terrorism cases and now runs a security consulting firm in New York. [Read more: Bennett/LATimes/20November2015]

Algeria Military Court to Try Intelligence Official. Algeria's former head of counterterrorism will appear in a military court in the country's first trial of a high-ranking officer in the secret services, according to his lawyer.

Abdelkader Ait-Ouarabi - better known as General Hassan - is accused of "destroying documents and disobeying military instructions", Mokrane Ait-Larbi, the lawyer, told AFP news agency on Monday.

The military court in the city of Oran could not be reached for comment or confirmation.

General Hassan had for two decades embodied the army's fight against armed groups in the country. [Read more: AlJazeera/24November2015]

Convicted Spy Ronald Pelton to Be Freed From Custody. A former National Security Agency employee convicted of selling defense and communication secrets he gained during his career is to be released from federal custody 30 years after his arrest.

Prison records show the sentence for cold-war-era spy Ronald Pelton, 74, ends on Tuesday. He was placed on home confinement several months ago to serve out the final stretch of his sentence, Ed Ross, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman, said.

Pelton, a former NSA intelligence communications specialist, was arrested in November 1985 on charges of selling information to the Soviets about signals intelligence between 1980 and 1985 for $35,000 plus expenses. Prosecutors have said a Soviet KGB agent who defected tipped investigators to Pelton. The agent later returned to Moscow.

Among the secrets Pelton gave up was information about Operation Ivy Bells, an effort by the NSA and the Navy to tap Soviet communications cables that were laid under the ocean. [Read more: AP/24November2015]


Why Is the UK's Intelligence Agency Advertising Jobs With Graffiti? On the streets of UK cities, there's an unexpected form of graffiti appearing. It's not tags of spray paint, but instead job ads, scrawled onto sidewalks, prompting people to apply for a job at the nation's intelligence headquarters, GCHQ.

It's part, we guess, of the UK's pledged commitment to built a British �elite cyber offensive force' to join the digital war on ISIS. But, as this Guardian article points out, the ads have been appearing in hip UK locations, such as London's Shoreditch - where many digital start-ups now choose to set up shop. The newspaper suggests that advertising in cities could help the government to attract talent that may not otherwise have realised the opportunities open to them, not least because the GCHQ offices are in rather more sleepy, less urban locations.

The ads themselves aren't sprayed in paint, but instead created using stencils and high-pressure washers, to lift dirt off the sidewalk and create a temporary. The ads have so far appeared in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Wolverhampton and London. [Read more: Condliffe/Gizmodo/23November2015]

The Koch Intelligence Agency. The political network helmed by Charles and David Koch has quietly built a secretive operation that conducts surveillance and intelligence gathering on its liberal opponents, viewing it as a key strategic tool in its efforts to reshape American public life.

The operation, which is little-known even within the Koch network, gathers what Koch insiders refer to as "competitive intelligence" that is used to try to thwart liberal groups and activists, and to identify potential threats to the expansive network.

The competitive intelligence team has a staff of 25, including one former CIA analyst, and operates from one of the non-descript Koch network offices clustered near the Courthouse metro stop in suburban Arlington, VA. It has provided network officials with documents detailing confidential voter-mobilization plans by major Democrat-aligned groups. It also sends regular "intelligence briefing" emails tracking the canvassing, phone-banking and voter-registration efforts of labor unions, environmental groups and their allies, according to documents reviewed by POLITICO and interviews with a half-dozen sources with knowledge of the group.

The competitive intelligence team has gathered on-the-ground intelligence from liberal groups' canvassing events in an effort to assess the technology and techniques of field efforts to boost Democrats, according to the sources. And they say the team utilizes high-tech tactics to track the movements of liberal organizers, including culling geo-data embedded in their social media posts. [Read more: Vogel/Politico/18November2015]

Who Was Abdelhamid Abaaoud, Suspected Ringleader of Paris Attack? Even in death, Abdelhamid Abaaoud was hard to pin down.

It took investigators a day to confirm the suspected ringleader of last week's terror attacks in Paris was dead.

He was killed in a police raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis on Wednesday. His identity was confirmed via prints from fingers, palms and soles, the Paris prosecutor's office said Thursday.

Abaaoud's body was riddled with impact marks in the building where French police tactical units led Wednesday's assault. French officials did not say whether Abaaoud blew himself up or was shot by police. [Read more: Castillo&Cruickshank/CNN/19November2015]

The Long Saga of Spy Jonathan Pollard Continues Even After His Release. Jonathan Pollard is out of prison, if not totally free, after 30 years. He's on parole for another five years, during which he'll have to wear a GPS ankle bracelet, won't be able to give interviews, or leave for Israel, where he is considered a hero, and says he wants to live.

He also won't be able to use the internet without US government scrutiny. Someone will point out: can any of us?

To see the images last night of a pale, pudgy man with long white hair and a beard walking in and out of a New York courthouse might remind us that real spycraft rarely involves Aston-Martins and martinis.

In 1986, Jonathan Pollard and Anne Henderson Pollard, who was then his wife, thought they had a deal. Jonathan Pollard, who had been a Naval intelligence analyst, cooperated with the FBI and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to give national security information to a foreign government: Israel, an ally. [Read more: Simon/NPR/21November2015]


Bridge of Spies: An Opportunity to Bust Myths About the U-2 and the Capture of Gary Powers. I recently attended a screening of Bridge of Spies, a new movie directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks. Purportedly, Bridge of Spies was inspired by events surrounding the 1962 exchange of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers and graduate student Frederick Pryor for Soviet spy Rudolph Abel. The movie event was sponsored by Virginia's Cold War Museum which was co-founded by Francis Gary Powers, Jr., who was also in attendance and served on a Q&A panel after the film.

I didn't expect a documentary, but as someone who is a stickler for historical accuracy and someone especially familiar with this story, the movie was a disappointment. A quick survey of the missteps taken in the production of this film - its "dramatic license" or "artistic liberties" taken, if you will - point to a larger difficulty in promoting accurate historical narratives in public consciousness. While this movie is billed as a docudrama and the words "inspired by true events" roll with the opening credits, many movie-goers will leave the theater believing that the narrative they just watched was an accurate historical representation. This is in large part due to the use of the real names of historical figures, and quasi-accurate imaginings of actual circumstances.

I am not here to bash the film, nor do I need to point out every inaccuracy therein. Instead, I'd like to take this opportunity to correct a few misconceptions about the U-2 and the Gary Powers incident that I encounter with stunning frequency, and which were further propagated in Bridge of Spies. [Read more: Karafantis/NationalAir&SpaceMuseum/27October2015]

A Visit to the NSA's Data Center in Utah. When I told friends that I'd be driving across America to find The Cloud, many of them brought up the NSA's Utah data center, assuming it was on my itinerary. Which was understandable - since 2013, it's become a monument to the anxieties of big data and mass surveillance, a black box just out of reach and far beyond comprehension.

I tended to respond to these friends with a little bit of fatigue. It's not that I don't care about the NSA Data Center. It's just that every good story about driving to see the NSA Data Center has been written. It's the infrastructure/national-security writer equivalent of the "Why I'm Leaving This Interesting, But Expensive City" essay. Most of them were written right after the first Snowden stories started dropping, taking advantage of the (slightly) more lax security before the data center became fully operational. Kashmir Hill probably did it best.

But these stories rarely explored why the NSA Data Center was in Utah, a decision that doesn't seem to make much sense, at first glance. Most intelligence agencies' headquarters are in northern Virginia and Maryland. The only other well-known western outpost of intelligence operations, the Texas Cryptologic Center in San Antonio, is about 1200 miles away from Bluffdale.

As stories about the building's frequent problems with power and water usage came out, the choice seemed even weirder and more arbitrary. Why put the infinite archive of state surveillance in a place so vulnerable to drought? What was the appeal? I kept these questions in mind as I went on my own reluctant pilgrimage to the Salt Lake region's other prominent temple to a controversial faith with a questionable origin story. [Read more: Burrington/TheAtlantic/19November2015]

Tell Pollard to Get Out and Stay Out. One would hope we had heard the last of Jonathan Pollard, the traitor they just let out of prison after 30 years. But that doesn't seem to be the case.

The first thing he did on his release was go to court to try to get restrictive conditions of his parole lifted. They amount to wearing a GPS ankle bracelet so we know where he is at all times, not being able to leave the country for five years and limits on his Internet usage.

I also find those conditions unfair. Not to him but to his fellow Americans who were not only betrayed but had to feed and shelter him for all those years while listening to the constant whining of Israeli officials to let him go. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement wishing him joy and peace throughout the rest of his life.

Enough of this guy. Lift the bloody restrictions and send him packing, never to darken our shores again, especially since most of what he knows is too old to be useful now. [Read more: Thomasson/TribuneNewsService/23November2015]

Section IV - Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events


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 ( 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 features Donald J. Good, Deputy AD of FBI Cyber Intel Branch

This Florida Suncoast Chapter meeting is co-sponsored by the National Cyber Partnership and features Donald J. Good, Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Intelligence, Outreach, and Support Branch, reviewing the mission of the FBI's Cyber Division and offering an overview of the FBI’s cyber program. Mr. Good will be joined by a panel of representatives from agencies, academia and industry to discuss pressing challenges in cybersecurity.
The chapter will also award scholarships to selected students at this meeting. Students are welcome at a special Student luncheon fee of $5.00 to full time students working towards a career in intelligence or related studies.
LOCATION: MacDill AFB Surf’s Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Please RSVP no later than noon on Tuesday, December 1, to the Chapter Secretary for yourself and any guests. Base access is available to those without DoD ID. Email Michael Shapiro at You will receive a confirmation via email. If you do not, contact the Chapter Secretary to confirm your registration. Check-in at 1145 hours; opening ceremonies, lunch and scholarship awards at 1200 hours, followed by our speaker and the panel discussion.
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 for questions.

12 - 14 January 2016, 8 am - 4:30 pm - Atlanta, GA - Insider Threat Program Development Training Course (NCMS Atlanta, GA) Available at special rate for AFIO Chapter Members

The Atlanta AFIO Chapter ‘would like to share an exciting Counter-Intelligence training opportunity with our members. Insider Threat pose a huge risk in several of our sectors of business, government, and intelligence community. To avoid the cumulative burden of registration costs, travel, lodging and rental expenses, I have negotiated the Insider Threat Development Planning Course (3 days) presented here in Atlanta at a steeply discounted rate. This course certifies individuals as Insider Threat Security Specialists. Jim Henderson- Insider Threat Program Training Course Instructor.
Normally $1400 per – being offered for $800 per; without the travel expense and other incidentals.
We have attached a flyer and provide the link below. We believe this valued added training may be of huge interest and benefit to many of our members.
If you would and can, please socialize the event to our fellow members, it would be appreciated.
Registration and Agenda Information.

Other Upcoming Events

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 US 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 US combat operations.

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


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

Wednesday, 06 January 2016, 12:00pm - Washington, DC - JFK's Forgotten Crisis: Tibet, the CIA, and the Sino-Indian War at the International Spy Museum

During the most dangerous days of the Cold War, President Kennedy was dealing with a war that has largely escaped history’s attention: the Sino-Indian conflict. Join Bruce Riedel, director of The Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institute and a CIA and National Security Council veteran, as he shares how he used newly declassified letters between Kennedy and Indian leader Jawaharlal Nehru along with the diaries and memoirs of key players and other sources to provide the first full narrative of Kennedy’s covert actions before, during and after the war between India and China. From strategic diplomacy to an ongoing clandestine operation in which the United States trained and parachuted Tibetan guerillas into Tibet to fight Chinese military forces, Riedel will reveal Kennedy’s work with the CIA to be one of his greatest, and yet most overlooked, successes.

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit

Wednesday, 13 January 2016, 6:30pm - Washington, DC. 100 Deadly Skills: An Evening with Navy SEAL Clint Emerson at the International Spy Museum

The world can be a very dangerous place and former Navy SEAL and JSOC Operator Clinton Emerson wants you to be prepared. He can give you the tools to thwart the people who want to exploit you-threats to your personal safety are everywhere. From acts of terror to mass shootings to the unseen (and sometimes virtual) matrix of everyday crime, danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions.

In his new book, 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation, Emerson draws on over 20 years' experience with actual special forces operations to teach you how to protect yourself. This evening, he'll share practical hands-on advice for civilians who want to learn self-defense skills, evasion tactics immobilizing maneuvers, and get started on the path to surviving any dangerous situation.

Tickets: $10. Visit

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