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Secrets from spies, listening posts, and reconnaissance satellites.
Registration for AFIO's March Luncheon has opened here.
Friday, 18 March 2016
10:30 am - 2 pm
Sheraton Tysons Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182. Phone: (703) 448-1234
Speakers: 11 a.m. - David Priess, author and former CIA analyst,
Author of The President's Book of Secrets which will be released at this event.
1 p.m. - Gen. Michael V. Hayden, former Director, CIA and NSA
A narrative of America's intelligence wars, from the only person to helm both CIA and NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and change. For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting America. "Play to the edge" was Hayden's guiding principle when he ran the National Security Agency, and it remained so when he ran CIA. In his view, many shortsighted and uninformed people are quick to criticize, and this book will give them much to chew on but little easy comfort; it is an unapologetic insider's look told from the perspective of the people who faced awesome responsibilities head on, in the moment.
Sheraton Tysons Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182.
Driving directions at this link.
The number of individuals in the U.S. either arrested or indicted on espionage-related charges - From CiCentre
This chart details the number of individuals in the U.S. either arrested or indicted on espionage-related charges. There has been a decline since 2012 with the frequency of these arrests as shown by the fact that in 2015 only 22 individuals were arrested or indicted for espionage as compared to 71 individuals in 2012. An average of 28.1 individuals are identified each year.
IT'S A NEW YEAR - TIME TO GIVE YOURSELF NEW ACCESS
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
France Moves to Better Coordinate Its Antiterrorism Efforts. France on Thursday said it is moving to increase cooperation between its domestic and overseas intelligence services, pushing to break down bureaucratic barriers that have hindered its efforts to prevent terrorist attacks.
The government has been seeking to bolster its antiterrorism infrastructure since Islamist militants killed 130 people in Paris in November and another 17 a year ago. A weak point, security analysts say, is the lack of coordination across the multitude of French intelligence agencies, including the police, the country's foreign intelligence service, its counterespionage agency and a military intelligence directorate.
The French government decided "to deepen coordination between interior and exterior intelligence services in France as well as overseas...particularly from transit zones and sanctuaries where terrorists gather who want to commit acts on our territory," President Fran'ois Hollande's office said after the government's weekly cabinet meeting.
France, like other Western governments, is scrambling to gather information on Islamic State's attack planning in Syria, where hundreds of French citizens are still fighting in the ranks of the militant group. France ramped up that effort even before Islamic State operatives from France and Belgium slipped into Europe to sow carnage on the streets of Paris on Nov. 13. [Read more: Dalton/WallStreetJournal/14January2016]
Teen Who Hacked CIA Email Is Back to Prank US Spy Chief. One of the "teenage hackers" who broke into the CIA director's AOL email account last year hasn't given up targeting government intelligence officials. His latest victim is the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper -- another senior official still using AOL -- Motherboard has learned.
A group of hackers calling themselves "Crackas With Attitude" or CWA made headlines in October, hacking into CIA Director John Brennan's email account and apparently getting access to several online tools and portals used by US law enforcement agencies.The hackers' exploits prompted the FBI to issue an alert warning government officials of their attacks.
One of the group's hackers, who's known as "Cracka," contacted me on Monday, claiming to have broken into a series of accounts connected to Clapper, including his home telephone and internet, his personal email, and his wife's Yahoo email. While in control of Clapper's Verizon FiOS account, Cracka claimed to have changed the settings so that every call to his house number would get forwarded to the Free Palestine Movement. When they gained notoriety last year, Cracka and CWA claimed their actions were all in support of the Palestine cause.
"I'm pretty sure they don't even know they've been hacked," Cracka told me in an online chat. [Read more: Franceschi-Bicchierai/Motherboard/12January2016]
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Jakarta Bombing: Indonesia's Intelligence Boss Wants Power to Detain Terror Suspects; Bali Security Beefed up. Indonesia's intelligence chief has asked for more power to detain suspected terrorists as security is beefed up across Bali in the wake of this week's deadly attacks in Jakarta.
The head of Indonesia's National Intelligence Agency, the BIN, said his country has put too much weight on the legal rights of suspects.
Chief Sutiyoso said the BIN's information-gathering had been hamstrung by Indonesia's current laws.
"We don't have the authority to arrest or detain anyone and that's the problem," he said. [Read more: Harvey/ABC/16January2016]
Egypt: Sisi Meets US Intelligence Chief. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met in Cairo on Sunday with US Central Intelligence Director John Brennan in the presence of Egypt's Intelligence chief Khaled Fawzi and US Ambassador to Egypt Stephen Beecroft.
"During the meeting, Brennan hailed strategic relations binding Egypt and the US and underlined the importance of boosting bilateral relations in the various spheres," said Presidential Spokesman Alaa Youssef.
Egypt is considered a main pillar to attain security and peace in the Middle East, the presidential spokesman quoted Brennan as saying during the meeting.
Brennan also congratulated Sisi on the completion of the third step of the political roadmap and electing the new House of Representatives. [Read more: AllAfrica/17January2016]
Portuguese Court Rules Ex-CIA Operative Should Serve Italian Sentence. A Portuguese court has ruled that a former US Central Intelligence Agency operative convicted in Italy for kidnapping under the US rendition program should be turned over to Italian authorities to serve a seven-year prison sentence.
Sabrina de Sousa, a dual citizen of the US and Portugal, was briefly detained at Lisbon's airport in October while preparing to board a flight to visit her 89-year-old mother in India. Her Portuguese lawyer, Manuel Magalh'es e Silva, confirmed the court's ruling Friday and said she would be allowed to remain in Portugal while appealing it.
"Unexpected," Ms. de Sousa wrote via Twitter early Friday after learning of the ruling.
Ms. de Sousa and 25 other Americans, mostly CIA agents, were tried and convicted in absentia by an Italian court in 2009 for participating in the 2003 kidnapping of Egyptian cleric Osama Mustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, on a street in Milan. The CIA and Italian police considered the cleric to be a recruiter for al Qaeda. Italian magistrates said Ms. de Sousa and others gave logistical support to the operation in its preparatory phase. [Read more: Kowsmann&Mesco/WallStreetJournal/15January2016]
National Cyber Intelligence Center to Assist With Real-Time Responses. The opening of a National Cyber Intelligence Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., is expected to accelerate efforts to make the city a national hub for cybersecurity that will help the thriving local industry grow more quickly, officials say.
The center, announced Thursday by Gov. John Hickenlooper, will be housed in a former manufacturing plant near the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' campus.
It would help businesses, nonprofits and government agencies combat and recover from cyberattacks, help public officials and bureaucrats learn more about cybersecurity and conduct research into cybersecurity threats.
A leadership team of about 15 executives from industry, nonprofits, government agencies and higher education assembled by the Colorado Technology Association and governor's office must determine structure of the center, when it will open, who will operate it and other details. [Read more: Heilman/TheGazette/18January2016]
Defence Minister Calls for 'Better Intelligence Capabilities' in Wake of Deadly African Attack. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says better intelligence capabilities, as well as co-operation with Canada's allies, are essential for preventing the types of terror attacks that have struck Burkina Faso and other parts of the world.
Six Canadians were killed over the weekend when militants linked to al-Qaida stormed a hotel in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso in West Africa. Days earlier, a Canadian was killed during an attack by Islamic State-inspired terrorists in Indonesia.
Speaking on the sidelines of a three-day retreat between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet ministers, Sajjan said Canada has "to get better at our intelligence capabilities in other parts of the world so that we have a better chance of preventing attacks like this from happening.
"This only happens if we start working in greater co-operation with our intelligence partners," he added. "Which means not just the military, but also the police forces as well." [Read more: Berthiaume/NationalPost/18January2016]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Intelligence-Related Legislation, and More From CRS. Recent legislative provisions on intelligence policy are surveyed and cataloged in a newly updated Congressional Research Service report.
In the past two annual intelligence authorization bills, Congress enacted various directions and requirements concerning intelligence agency financial auditability, insider threats, contractor oversight, and many other topics. These are tabulated and reviewed in Intelligence Authorization Legislation for FY2014 and FY2015: Provisions, Status, Intelligence Community Framework, updated January 12, 2016.
Other new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following: [Read more: Aftergood/FAS/15January2016]
Indian Security and Intelligence Agencies and Their Mandate. India has been the victim of large scale terrorism, like the Mumbai Terror Attacks, sponsored from across the borders. There have been innumerable incidents in the form of terrorist attacks and bomb blasts, etc., in various parts of the country.
After several deliberations, by experts and Committees, including the Administrative Reforms commission the NIA Act was enacted on 31-12-08 and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was born.
The terrorist crimes are inter-state in character and at times have International routes and ramifications too as a result synergy between various central and state investigation agencies and cooperation with even foreign agencies is also vital to investigate such crimes thus the imperative for National Investigation Agency.
NIA is the Central Counter Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency in India. [Read more: TheHansIndia/19January2016]
Former CIA Chief in Benghazi Challenges the Story Line of the New Movie 13 Hours. It is the most fateful moment in a movie that purports to present a searingly accurate account of the 2012 attacks that left four Americans dead in Benghazi, Libya: a scene in which the highest-ranking CIA operative at a secret agency compound orders his security team to "stand down" rather than rush off to rescue US diplomats under siege less than a mile away.
According to the officer in charge of the CIA's Benghazi base that night, the scene in the movie is entirely untrue.
"There never was a stand-down order," said the base chief known as Bob, speaking publicly for the first time. "At no time did I ever second-guess that the team would depart."
Nor, he said, did he say anything that could be "interpreted as equivalent" to an order to stand down. [Read more: Goldman&Miller/WashingtonPost/15January2016]
UK Intelligence Agency GCHQ Will Pay Student Hackers. The UK's digital spy agency, the GCHQ has placed a notice for open applications for the surveillance agency's two summer schools in 2016. Students will be paid '250 a week from the '3.2bn budget award set by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Peter Osborne.
It has been a well-known fact that it uses computer network exploitation, CNE. The GCHQ hacks into computers, smartphones, and networks in the UK, as well as abroad.
Osborne and the GCHQ have taken this step to stay ahead of the curve for future Snowden-type activity. The GCHQ admits the private sector offers higher pay and attracts computer white hat experts away from government service.
The summer program for the cyber curious will provide an opportunity to work alongside world-class experts while contributing to society and keeping the UK citizens safe. The FBI in the US faces the same financial competition from the private sector and has actively recruited. Last August, the FBI set up a booth at the annual Black Hat event in Las Vegas to recruit for the bureau's Cyber Division. [Read more: Ross/CybersecurityNews/18January2016]
Cold War Routine Shifts to Combat Intelligence Role. Twenty-five years ago, Air Force Capt. Robert S. Hopkins III flew his RC-135V surveillance jet over the Saudi Arabian desert. Suddenly an Iraqi MiG-23 screamed toward him at Mach 1.2, locked in to fire a missile.
On the first day of the Gulf War, the crew from Offutt Air Force Base's 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing - accustomed to flying routine and predictable Cold War missions - was playing a new and unfamiliar role: gathering electronic intelligence in the middle of a combat zone.
The air war that lit up the skies of Baghdad on Jan. 17, 1991, was broadcast live by CNN onto American TV screens. After 39 days of bombing and a short ground war, the Iraqi forces of Saddam Hussein were expelled from Kuwait in a triumph of Western military might.
The brief war has faded from Americans' memory. [Read more: Liewer/World-HeraldNewsService/17January2016]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Time to Get Serious About Europe's Sabotage of US Terror Intelligence Programs. The intelligence tools that protect us from terrorism are under attack, and from an unlikely quarter. Europe, which depends on America's intelligence reach to fend off terrorists, has embarked on a path that will sabotage some of our most important intelligence capabilities. This crisis has been a long time brewing, and up to now, the US has responded with a patchwork of stopgap half-solutions.
That's not likely to work this time. We need a new strategy. And most of all, we need to get serious about defending US interests.
It's no surprise that the US fight against terrorism depends crucially on the so-called 702 program, which allows the government to serve orders on social media, webmail, and electronic service providers who store their global customers' data in the United States.
The intelligence we gather in this way protects Europe as much as the United States. Within days of the Paris attacks, the US agreed to give France direct access to much raw intelligence. Even more recently, the German government credited US (and French) intelligence with helping it thwart planned suicide bombings in Munich over the New Year holiday. The British communications intelligence agency, GCHQ, has a deeply integrated intelligence sharing arrangement with NSA. None of these countries, let alone the smaller members of the European Union, can hope to match the American intelligence resources that are now marshaled in their defense.
So it might seem odd that the European Union poses a threat to these capabilities. Odd but true. [Read more: Baker/Lexology/13January2016]
Sharing Fingerprints and DNA in the Antiterror Fight. In response to December's San Bernardino terrorist attack, President Obama called attention to how "we've surged intelligence-sharing with our European allies." This is a sensible start. All governments need to share vital information and work together to defeat Islamic State.
Specifically, the US can help allies screen and vet the many refugees and asylum seekers pouring into Europe and potentially reaching this country. It can do so by searching biometric data collected from these refugees against relevant US databases.
Fingerprint searches might be especially helpful. US military and law-enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, have collected fingerprints, facial photographs, iris patterns and DNA from foreign fighters, local hires working on US bases, and others in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. They also recovered fingerprints from terrorist safe houses and even bomb fragments from IEDs (improvised explosive devices). Through fingerprint matching, the military has been able to link individuals in custody for relatively minor offenses to terrorist safe houses or bombings.
The Defense Department also has made the data available in its Automated Biometric Identification System, a searchable computerized biometric database, to the FBI, Homeland Security and other government organizations. As a result, the US has successfully identified many people who pose a security threat, such as wanted criminals who have fled the US, foreigners with prior US criminal convictions, and terrorists. [Read more: Woodward/WallStreetJournal/12January2016]
Intelligence Lessons From Pathankot. At the dawn of the New Year, India suffered yet another surprise attack. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad terrorists had snuck across the border, travelled to the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot, and launched a Fedayeen-style attack until they were finally dislodged by Indian forces. Immediately - and inevitably - came claims the attack was an intelligence failure.
Critics raised pointed questions. How did the intruders cross the border undetected? Why were initial signals not integrated and actioned? Why did the terrorists elude authorities for so long? The clear inference was that more and better data, and superior processing and dissemination of that data, may have saved lives. This is not a uniquely Indian issue; following terrorist attacks worldwide, commentators scramble to offer lessons to be learned.
What, then, are the intelligence lessons from Pathankot? How can Indian authorities, and their brethren in the West, use intelligence to prevent or minimise future attack plots?
One obvious response is better surveillance and collection. [Read more: Tarapore/TheInterpreter/13January2016]
Section IV - ADMIN: Television Opportunites and Upcoming Events
Now Casting Former US Intelligence Officers (CIA, FBI,
NSA, Military) for a New Series on a Major Cable Network. Seeking a team made up of radio experts, former intelligence officers, code breakers and adventurers to embark on a mission to uncover the true meaning behind anonymous radio transmissions - "number stations." This will be for series - this is not a one time appearance!
We are looking for former US Intelligence Officers to be our 'Intelligence Expert' on our team to explain and investigate 'number stations' and other mysterious phenomena. You should have a working knowledge of 'number stations,' good at solving mysteries, be adventurous, enjoy problem solving and be charismatic! Looking for former CIA, FBI, NSA and military. This will be a fun and exciting new series that will feature travel, history, adventure and surprise!
To be considered, email the following information to: email@example.com
-Brief bio of you and your relevant experience to this (radio, explorer etc.)
-2 recent photos
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AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
Thursday, 21 January 2016, 11:30am - Monument, CO - Foreign Service Officer Joanne Cummings addresses the AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter on "The Background and Players in Yemen and the Gulf."
Joanne Cummings is a career Foreign Service Officer
(FSO) of the Department of State (DOS). She currently serves on detail
at the US Air Force Academy. She will discuss "The Background and
Players in Yemen and the Gulf."
She has served extensively in the Middle East, North Africa, and East Africa. Daughter of an FSO, she was raised in Lebanon, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. In the private sector and for DOS, she has worked in Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jerusalem, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Syria, and Ethiopia, as well as nine years working regionally from Morocco through Pakistan. Ms. Cummings has served as POLAD, Refugee Coordinator, Consular Officer, Political Officer, and Economic and Pol/Econ Section Chief in various posts. She has lived through, and served in, a variety of stress and conflict environments. She was evacuated several times between 1958 and 2014, from Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen. She speaks Arabic fluently (Lebanese, Egyptian, Saudi, and Iraqi dialects) and French, and is familiar with Spanish, Hebrew, Farsi, and Kurdish.
The cost of the meal is $15. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Event location: In the Country Club at Woodmoor, 18945 Pebble Beach Way, Monument, CO 80132.
All presentations to the RMC, AFIO are non-attribution so the speakers can feel free to provide data with the assurance it will not be published.
Directions to the Country Club at Woodmoor (Monument Hill) from exit 161 on I-25. Follow the signs to Woodmoor Dr. Proceed on Woodmoor Dr. up two hills and down one. At the top of the second hill is the entrance to the Country Club, if you go past the 30 MPH sign at the top of the second hill, you need to turn around. Most GPS systems are not accurate in giving the route to the Country Club. If lost call me at 719 418 3096. (The meeting is at our usual location, except the new owners changed the name).
NEW DATE and TIME - Friday, 22 January 2016, 11 am - 2 pm - Los Angeles, CA - The 2016 LA AFIO Chapter hears from Lt. Col. Alonso Segura (U.S. Air Force) will discuss "Space Control Investment" - Countering the Adversary's Kill Chain. Includes Annual Meeting.
The Los Angeles AFIO Chapter will hold its annual membership meeting
11 AM -12 PM Lt. Col. Alonso Segura (U.S. Air Force) will discuss "Space Control Investment"-Countering the Adversary's Kill Chain. 12:15-1:30
PM 2016 Annual Chapter Business.
Location: L.A.P.D.-ARTC, 5651 W Manchester Ave RM.1F, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
The meeting is open to all current members in good standing. Please RSVP: email@example.com
26 January 2016, 1-3pm - Atlanta, GA - The AFIO Atlanta Chapter heard from Dan Morrison, FBI, on "Responding to Critical Incidents."
Special Agent Dan Morrison, FBI Atlanta – Agent in Charge: Critical Incident Response Group, is our featured speaker at this meeting.
Host Location: Conference Rm: CBRE Conference Room 2 & 3 (South Tower), 1st Floor of Scientific Research Corporation, 2300 Windy Ridge Parkway SE, Atlanta, GA 30339; Free Parking: Levels 7 & 8 and Sub-Levels 4 thru 1
Turn right upon entering the building; Pass between the Elevators and Proceed down Hallway on right; Continue to the end of Hall passing through the double glass doors. Conference Room 2&3 are on the right hand side.
POC for assistance: Frankie Hicks – 770-989-9513 or Robert Vernon – 770-989-9508
Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - Las Vegas, NV - The "Roger McCarthy" AFIO Las Vegas Chapter hosts Dennis Fulkerson of NNSA/DOE on "Insider Threats."
Dennis Fulkerson, Senior Counterintelligence Officer, National Security Technologies, LLC (Management and Operating Contractor to the National Nuclear Security Administration, US Department of Energy) will be the featured speaker at this first 2016 event of the Las Vegas chapter. His topic deals with the insider threat.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Corresponding Secretary or call her at 702- 271-5667, if you have any questions.
Tuesday, 9 February 2016 - MacDill AFB, FL - AFIO Suncoast Chapter's first 2016 meeting speaker is Col Paul Keddy, CENTCOM, on "Coalition Perspective of the War on Terror."
Colonel Paul Keddy, Senior National Representative - Canada, CENTCOM, Vice Chairman of the International Coalition, will be speaking on 'Conflicts and Commitments ' a Coalition perspective of the War on Terror.'
LOCATION: MacDill AFB Surf's Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill
AFB, FL 33621. Please RSVP to the Chapter Secretary for yourself and
include the names and email addresses of any guests. Email Michael
Shapiro at email@example.com.
You will receive a confirmation via email. If you do not, contact the
Chapter Secretary to confirm your registration. Check-in at noon;
opening ceremonies, lunch and business meeting at 1230 hours, followed
by our speaker.
FEE: You must present your $20 check payable to 'Suncoast Chapter, AFIO' (or cash) at check-in to cover the luncheon. If you make a reservation, don't cancel and get a cancellation confirmation by the response deadline and then don't show up, you will be responsible for the cost of the luncheon.
Saturday, 13 February 2016, 11:30am - 2:30pm - Melbourne, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter Luncheon features Gene Poteat, discussing 'Women in Espionage"
The Florida Satellite Chapter is pleased again to welcome former CIA official, AFIO President-emeritus and our good friend, Gene Poteat.
Gene's topic for the occasion, 'Women in Espionage' will examine the
roles women have played in the second oldest profession from Joshua's
Rahab of Jericho, to Putin's Anna Chapman of New York and Moscow, and a
great many in between. Meeting will be at the At Ease Club of the
Indian River Colony Club, 1936 Freedom Drive, Melbourne, FL 32940.
For information and reservations, please contact FSC Chapter President at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 9 Feb.
Saturday, 13 February 2016, 11 am to 3 pm - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts Arden Brey, a Navy Photoanalyst
The guest speaker is tentatively Mr. Arden Brey, a former Navy photoanalyst, who had experience during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, and further adventures after that. A current bio of Brey will be supplied in a few weeks.
Location: Country Club of Orange Park. Questions and reservations: Quiel Begonia at email@example.com call (904) 545-9549. Cost will be $24 each, pay the Country Club at the luncheon. Remember that family and guests and potential members are cordially invited.
25 February 2016, 12:30-2 PM - Los Angeles, CA - The Los Angeles AFIO Chapter holds special election meeting.
The Los Angeles AFIO Chapter will hold a special meeting on February 25, 2016 for the election of chapter officers.
Location: L.A.P.D.-ARTC, 5651 W Manchester Ave RM.1F, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
February 2016 (date TBD), 5:30 PM - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta GA AFIO Chapter features Mark Riebling on "Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler."
Many in the intelligence community consider Mark Riebling the leading historian on matters of espionage and secret policy. Riebling's 1994 book Wedge: The Secret War Between the FBI and CIA all but predicted 9/11. Indeed, Riebling's analysis of security failures influenced post-9/11 intelligence reforms to a significant degree. Deputy US Attorney Andrew C. McCarthy―who prosecuted the 1993 World Trade Center bombing―wrote in The Wall Street Journal in 2006 that "Riebling's analysis has now become conventional wisdom, accepted on all sides. Such, indeed, is the reasoning behind virtually all of the proposals now under consideration by no fewer than seven assorted congressional committees, internal evaluators, and blue-ribbon panels charged with remedying the intelligence situation." His books have been translated into German, French, Italian, Dutch, Czech, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish, and Japanese.
Event timing: 5:30 PM (cocktail reception). Introduction,
presentation, and moderated Q&A is at 6:30 PM, followed again by a
For updated information visit the chapter website.
Location: email our Speakers Committee Chair for an invitation with location details.
Friday, 18 March 2016, 10:30am - 2pm - Tysons, VA - AFIO National Spring Luncheon features Gen. Michael V. Hayden, former director, CIA and NSA, discussing "Playing to the Edge" and David Priess, author and former CIA analyst and briefer, on The President's Book of Secrets
Michael Hayden at this luncheon will provide a high-level master narrative of America's intelligence wars. He is the only person to helm both CIA and NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and major change. For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting America. "Play to the edge" was Hayden's guiding principle when he ran the National Security Agency, and it remained so when he ran CIA. In his view, many shortsighted and uninformed people are quick to criticize, and this book will give them much to chew on but little easy comfort; it is an unapologetic insider's look told from the perspective of the people who faced awesome responsibilities head on, in the moment.
David Priess, author and former CIA analyst, manager, and intelligence briefer, is the author of The President's Book of Secrets which will be released at this event.
Every day, the President receives a report revealing the most sensitive intelligence reporting and analysis of world events: the President's Daily Brief, or PDB. CIA spies, the NSA's listening posts, and the nation's reconnaissance satellites steal secrets for it, while America's enemies send undercover agents to try to unearth its classified content. No major foreign policy decisions are made without it. Yet the PDB's stories have gone untold―until now. The Priess book contains original input from more than 100 interviews with former intelligence leaders and policymakers--including all of the living former Presidents and Vice Presidents and the vast majority of living former CIA Directors, DDIs, National Security Advisors, and Secretaries of State and Defense. This new work also incorporates previously unpublished material from various Presidential libraries.
Register here while space remains.
Sheraton Tysons Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182. Phone: (703) 448-1234. Driving directions at this link.
Monday, 21 March 2016, 5:30 - 8 pm - New York, NY - The AFIO NY Metro Chapter Meeting features a presentation by Paddy Hayes, Irish author of newly released "Queen of Spies: Daphne Park, Britain's Cold War Spy Master."
Irish Author Paddy Hayes discusses Queen of Spies, his new book about Daphne Park (1921 - 2010) top British spy during the Cold War. Baroness Park of Monmouth (OBE) (CMG) spent her youth on the African plains and eventually became Chief of Western Hemisphere operations for the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS). A fascinating successful career and book, very well reviewed!
LOCATION: Society of Illustrators building 128 East 63rd Street Between Park and Lexington Avenues in Manhattan
TIME: Registration Starts 5:30 PM. Meeting Starts 6 PM.
COST: $50/person Cash or check only.
REGISTER: Strongly suggested, not required. Phone Jerry Goodwin 646-717-3776 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Upcoming Events
Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 7:30 to 8:45PM - McLean, VA - Dr. Walid Phares speaks on Jihadi Threats at the Westminster Institute
Dr. Walid Phares will be offering his remarks about
the multiple Jihadi threats coming from the Middle East, including the
expansion of ISIS and the widening of Iranian operations in the region.
Dr Phares is an advisor to members of the US Congress and the European
Parliament. He is the author of many books, including Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against the West and The Lost Spring: US Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid.
He has taught at National Defense University, Florida Atlantic
University and BAUI University in Washington, DC, where he currently
serves as Provost and Director for international studies.
Where: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101
Event is free but requires registration by January 19, 2016. Register here.
Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 5:30 to 7:30 PM - Arlington, VA - Douglas Waller discusses his superb book, The Disciples
DIAA, FAOA, NMIA-NCR, and OSSS groups co-host a book signing by Douglas Waller, veteran magazine correspondent, lecturer, and best-selling author, on his superb book: Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan. This book tracks the "real world fiction" wartime espionage activities of Allen Dulles, William Casey, Richard Helms, and William Colby and how their wartime service shaped CIA and SOCOM.
5:30 to 6:30: Networking Reception/Happy Hour (with book sale and signing); 6:30 to 7:10: Remarks and Q&A; 7:10 to 7:30: Book sale and signing.
Where: Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA.
More info here.
Wednesdays, 3 February -24 February 2016, 10:15am - Washington, DC - Spy Seminar Series: Deep Cover Spies: The Dangers of a Double Life at the International Spy Museum
What’s it like to be the man on the inside? The trusted colleague who is actually working against his comrades? Spy novels and films often hinge on the information supplied by mysterious agents who risk their lives to spy from within, but does this really happen? What does it take to live a double life? In this series, former undercover agents and an intelligence expert will reveal the danger, complexity, and hardship of living a life that’s not really yours. They’ll share how courage and conviction can enable ordinary people to hide their true thoughts and feelings in pursuit of a greater good.
Tickets: $125 www.SmithsonianAssociates.org. Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-830.
Friday, 5 February 2016, 5:30 pm - Washington, DC - Amb. R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence, discusses Energy Security in the 21st Century
Event is by Invitation Only. This is the Institute of World Politics' Third Annual Brian Kelley Memorial Lecture. The topic this year is on "Energy Security in the 21st Century" with the keynote address by IWP's Chancellor, Amb. R. James Woolsey, Former Director of Central Intelligence
The Institute of World Politics 1521 16th Street NW Washington, DC. If you are not IWP Alumni, and wish to attend, contact email@example.com
Saturday, 6 February 2016, 2-3pm - Washington, DC - The Magic of Spying: Tradecraft Trickery at the International Spy Museum
In the real-life world of espionage, spies often call upon the art of magic and illusion to distract the enemy, make evidence disappear, and escape unnoticed. Join professional magician, Peter Wood, as he demonstrates the art of misdirection, sleight of hand, and other illusions used by skilled spies. This one of a kind performance, custom-designed for the Spy Museum, is guaranteed to fascinate children and adults alike.
Tickets: $10. Ages 5+ visit www.spymuseum.org
Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Anonymous Heroes: African American Spies of the Revolutionary War and the Civil War at the International Spy Museum
As historians look more closely at espionage history, the significance of African American intelligence contributions to the American cause in the Revolution and the Union victory in the Civil War is finally coming into focus.
Retired CIA Intelligence Officer Ken Daigler, author of Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: America in the Revolutionary War, numerous articles on Civil War espionage, and the CIA publication on African American spying for the Union "Black Dispatches," will discuss the intelligence roles played by African Americans in both conflicts. He will identify the individuals involved in various intelligence operations, describe how they operated, explain what they accomplished, and place their brave efforts within the larger context of significant victories for the American patriots and the Union Army.
Tickets: $12. Visit www.spymuseum.org
Thursday, 25 February 2016, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - "United States of Jihad" with Peter Bergen at the International Spy Museum
The tragic, ISIS-inspired attack in San Bernardino was a harsh
reminder that 'homegrown' terrorism is a real and present danger. CNN
national security analyst and New York Times bestselling author Peter
Bergen has been chronicling Islamist terrorism through groundbreaking
reporting on the Middle East, al-Qaeda, and homeland security for more
than twenty years. His new book United States of Jihad: Investigating
America's Homegrown Terrorists, gives an unprecedented look at the
factors that lead to the radicalization of American citizens and offers
expert insights into the shape of the threat confronting us. Join Bergen
as he shares the forces that have led Americans like Anwar al-Awlaki,
Samir Kahn, the Tsarnaev brothers, and so many others down the path to
terrorism and investigates the effectiveness of counterterrorism
strategies from the FBI's efforts to those of Imam Magid, who is
spearheading an effort to reach fundamentalist youths before it is too
United States of Jihad will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Tickets: $10. Visit www.spymuseum.org Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 - Washington, DC - Night of Heroes Gala - The PenFed Foundation 2016 Gala
PUT THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR and then Join the PenFed Foundation, our partners and friends, Wednesday, 11 May 2016, as we honor those who lead the way in supporting our military and veterans. All proceeds benefit the PenFed Foundation, helping members of the military secure the financial future they deserve.
DINNER ★ HERO AWARDS PRESENTATION ★ LIVE AUCTION
Consider having your corporation or foundation be a sponsor for this worthwhile event. SPONSORSHIP LEVELS are as follows:
$100,000 Circle of Honor; $50,000 Legendary Hero; $25,000 Distinguished Hero; $10,000 Inspirational Hero; $5,000 Patriotic Hero; $1,000 Individual Sponsor
More details coming soon. More info here.
Location: Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, Washington, DC.
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