AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #07-16 dated 16 February 2016

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - ADMIN:  Jobs and Education, and Upcoming Events

Jobs and Education

Upcoming Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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SPECIAL ITEMS

NSA Insider Tips on Keeping Your Systems Safe from Nation-State Hackers -- video from USENIX Enigma 2016 conference featuring NSA's Rob Joyce, Chief, Tailored Access Operations [TAO], home of the white hat hackers at the National Security Agency, discussing how to disrupt nation-state hackers.

YouTube Presentation of Rob Joyce, TAO Chief, NSA

Mr. Joyce talks about the security practices and capabilities that most effectively frustrate people seeking to exploit networks. Ignore any of the jargon you might not understand. Provides important info on the granularity and relentlessness of exploits. Well worth the 35 minute runtime.


Are you a current member of AFIO? Think all the power is only in Washington? Change that by becoming a Chapter Leader/Officer. This California chapter is seeking nominees for upcoming election:

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.
RSVP: afio_la@yahoo.com


EVENTS

Secrets from spies, listening posts, and reconnaissance satellites.
and From the Front Lines: Protecting America when every second counts.

Register for AFIO's March Luncheon 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,
manager, and intelligence briefer

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.

and

1 p.m. - ​Gen. Michael V. Hayden, former Director, CIA and NSA
Discussing "Playing to the Edge"

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.

   

Register here.

Sheraton Tysons Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182.
Phone: (703) 448-1234

Driving directions at this link.


NCMF Spring Cryptologic Program features Dr. David Sherman, NSA Assoc Dir for Policy and Records

Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 10 - noon - Annapolis Junction, MD

AFIO members and guests are invited to attend the NCMF [National Cryptologic Museum Foundation] Spring Cryptologic Program featuring Dr David J. Sherman, NSA's Associate Director for Policy and Records. Dr Sherman oversees the agency's information security policy and its responsibilities under FOIA. He will discuss NSA's redaction program and the challenges faced declassifying and protecting sensitive information in the volumes of documents released to the public. Authors, researchers, professors, and the curious wondering about the intricacies of the declassification and release program will not want to miss this program.

 
 

 

 

Location: L3 Conference Center, National Business Park, 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701. Sherman speaks from 10 to 11:15 a.m., followed by a Q&A to 11:45. Lunch follows. Also take time to browse a selection of unusual, used books for sale from the NCMF's collection.

To register: $20 for NCMF members; $50 for guests (includes 1 yr membership). Send payment to: NCMF, PO Box 1682, Fort George G Meade, MD 20755-3682. Or register online here. Registration closes on 4 March.


Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

British Teenager Arrested Over Hacking US Intelligence Emails.  A British teenager has been arrested on suspicion of hacking the email accounts of top level US intelligence officials, according to US officials familiar with case.

CNN has reported comments from officials who have been briefed on the investigation, saying that a member of the notorious "Crackas with Attitude" group has been arrested.

The suspect was arrested by British police and is reportedly under 18 years of age.

In an interview in October with the Daily Dot, a teenager calling himself Cracka purported to be a member of a cyber gang called Crackas with Attitude and said he expected to be arrested at any moment. [Read more:  Reeve/SCMagazine/15February2016]
 
FBI Chief Says Encryption Blocks Investigations.  FBI Director James Comey says one of the phones used by the killers in the San Bernardino, California, attacks remains inaccessible to investigators more than two months after 14 people were fatally shot.

Comey is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

He cites the case as an example of how encryption is affecting counterterrorism efforts. But he says the dilemma of bad guys "going dark" is mostly affecting state and local law enforcement officials who are trying to solve murder, drug and car accident cases.

Companies are increasingly making devices such as cellphones with encryption that allows only the people communicating to read the messages.  [Read more:  AP/9February2016]

'IS Recruiter' Arrested in Northern Nigeria.  Nigeria's intelligence agency on Tuesday said it had arrested a recruiter for the Islamic State group, as well as seven alleged members of the Boko Haram offshoot Ansaru.

The announcement comes nearly a year after the leader of Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria, Abubakar Shekau, pledged allegiance to IS leader in Syria and Iraq, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

Speculation has been rife since then on whether closer links would be forged between the two groups, with lawless Libya and the remote Sahel region pinpointed as a possible source of contact.

The Department of State Services (DSS) said in an emailed statement that Abdussalam Enesi Yunusa was detained in the northern city of Kano on January 17.  [Read more:  Awoniyi/AFP/9February2016]

Intelligence Budgets on a Downward Slope.  Intelligence community budgets appear set to continue on the modest downward slope of the last several years.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said yesterday that it was requesting $53.5 billion for the National Intelligence Program (NIP) in FY 2017, a slight reduction from the $53.9 billion that was requested for the NIP in FY 2016. (The amount actually appropriated has not yet been disclosed.)

"Recognizing the challenges of this fiscal environment, the IC continues to review its operational, investment, and infrastructure programs to identify areas for savings. The Budget reflects the results of a deliberative process to ensure that the IC focuses on those programs that have the most impact and highest priority," ODNI said in a fact sheet on the FY 2017 request.

Meanwhile, the Department of Defense said that it was requesting $16.8 billion for the Military Intelligence Program (MIP) in FY 2017, down from the $17.9 billion requested for the current fiscal year.  [Read more:  Aftergood/SecrecyNews/10February2016]

Al-Shabaab Says Airplane Bomb Targeted Intelligence Officials.  Al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Daallo Airlines airplane, saying in a statement the attack was part of an operation aimed at dozens of Western intelligence officials and Turkish NATO forces flying to Djibouti.

An English-language release posted on Radio Andulus's website noted that while the operation didn't cause the plane to crash on Feb. 2, it caused havoc and turmoil.

The bomb blew a hole in the fuselage of the Airbus A321 jet carrying 74 passengers, killing one person, thought to have been carrying the device. The plane had been in the air for about 15 minutes when the incident occurred.

The militants also promised they would continue to pursue the enemies, with a particular focus on all Western intelligence teams operating in Somalia, according to the statement.  [Read more:  Nor/Bloomberg/13February2016]

Tribunal Rules Computer Hacking by GCHQ Is Not Illegal.  GCHQ is operating within the law when it hacks into computers and smart phones, a security tribunal has ruled.

Campaigners Privacy International have lost a legal challenge claiming the spying post's hacking operations are too intrusive and break European law.

The case was launched after revelations by US whistleblower Edward Snowden about the extent of US and UK spying.

GCHQ admitted its agents hack devices, in the UK and abroad, for the first time during the hearings.

Its previous policy had been to "neither confirm nor deny" the existence of such operations.  [Read more:  Wheeler/BBC/12February2016]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

CIA Director John Brennan on 60 Minutes.  In a rare interview, the head of the CIA outlines the threat to America posed by ISIS and discusses other security concerns such as cyber and biological terror.

The ISIS assault on Paris and the ISIS-inspired massacre in San Bernardino, California, share a disturbing fact, no one saw them coming. Today, the biggest terrorist threat to the United States is not like al Qaeda. ISIS is wealthy, agile, sophisticated online, and operates freely in a vast territory of its own. It prefers to be called the Islamic State. The US government calls it ISIL. Reporters tend to call it ISIS for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But whatever the name, it has the manpower, means and ruthlessness to attack the US. The man who is supposed to stop that attack is John Brennan, the director of the CIA. And tonight, in a rare interview, we talk to Brennan about a world of trouble and we start with the most pressing danger.  [Read more:  Pelley/CBS/14February2016]

2016 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community.  On Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper provided the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community to Congress. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee with DIA Director Vincent Stewart, and then later in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence with CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey, NSA Director Michael Rogers, and DIA Director Stewart, Clapper outlined the top global threats the United States faces today. As Foreign Policy described the event: "US spy chiefs think the world is pretty much going to hell."

At least we were warned.

In his testimony, DNI Clapper referenced "unpredictable instability" as the new normal throughout the world, and noted that it will likely be the norm for the foreseeable future.

Clapper deemed cyber threats as the top global threat facing the United States, stating that the "innovation and increased reliance on information technology in the next few years on both our society's way of life in general and how we in the Intelligence Community specifically perform our mission will probably be far greater in scope and impact than ever." Although these developments may very well pose challenges to US cyber defenses, they will also create new opportunities for the United States' own intelligence collectors. Clapper also mentioned the risks and benefits of the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Foreign Data Science, and Augmented and Virtual Realities. Director Clapper also flagged the leading cyber-threat actors the US must monitor, namely Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, but also non-state actors as threat-capacities democratize.  [McQuade/Lawfare/12February2016]

CIA Would Refuse Trump Torture Orders, Top Former Officials Say.  Donald Trump would face huge resistance at the CIA if he were elected president and ordered the spy agency to resume waterboarding - or "worse," as the Republican candidate has repeatedly pledged.

John Rizzo, who was a top CIA lawyer during the time the agency used "enhanced interrogation techniques," or EITs, on prisoners, predicts CIA officials would rather resign than obey orders to revert to "hard measures" like waterboarding and beatings.

"I think certainly many of those who were connected to the EIT program over its six years' span - and hundreds are still there - would‎ resign or retire rather than have to go down that perilous road again," Rizzo tells Newsweek. "Who could blame them?"

Trump, the leading Republican candidate after his presidential primary victory in New Hampshire, has repeatedly pledged to reinstate waterboarding and "a hell of a lot worse" if he wins the presidency.  [Read more:  Stein/Newsweek/12February2016]

Banks Hire Spies to Hunt Down Rogue Traders.  Bryon Linnehan spent more than two years chasing bad guys around Iraq as a US military-intelligence officer. Since May, he's been using skills he honed on the battlefield to monitor electronic communications inside Barclays Plc.

Desperate to avoid more costly run-ins with regulators, investment banks are hiring former intelligence professionals like Linnehan to scrutinize virtually all aspects of their employees' working lives, from how long they take for cigarette breaks to which websites they frequent. The goal: to deter the next market manipulator or rogue trader.

"There's not much use in closing the barn door after the horse has left," said Linnehan, 37, who works in Barclays's New York office and was interviewed during a break from National Guard maneuvers in the Rocky Mountains. "We want to be able to identify any potential issues before they turn into anything troubling."

Agents more used to tracking terrorists and busting organized-crime rings have found a lucrative second career keeping tabs on Wall Street traders, according to more than a dozen recruiters, bank executives and compliance officers interviewed for this article. Methods used to analyze voice, text and e-mail communications for national-defense purposes aren't far removed from those now employed to unearth trader misconduct. That makes former spies a natural choice for banks, where they can expect to at least double their pay.  [Read more:  Finch,Detrixhe&Choudhury/Bloomberg/15February2016]

Secrets of a Secret Agent.  On a busy Monday morning in March, geopolitical intrigue is running high. In Geneva, the US and Iran are preparing to sit down for nuclear talks, the future of Middle East peace possibly in the balance. In Moscow, a Russian TV station has just aired a controversial documentary in which President Vladimir Putin declared he was prepared to use nuclear weapons over the crisis in Ukraine. The actual Putin, meanwhile, is nowhere to be seen, having gone missing for the past 10 days, following the murder of a popular dissident, Boris Nemtsov, on a bridge near the Kremlin. North Korea is firing missiles; ISIS is digging in to Tikrit. And 7,000 miles away, in his oasis-like backyard in the desert of Southern California, surrounded by a softly trickling fountain and grapefruit and palm trees, sits a mild-mannered novelist with top-secret insight into all of it.

"Whatever it was, it was a pretty slick hit," says Jason Matthews of the Nemtsov killing. "If you watch the video, there's a snowplow that comes at exactly the right time to block the cameras and shield traffic on the street. It also probably distracted [Nemtsov] and covered the footsteps of the guy who came up behind him." As for rumors of Putin's involvement, he says, "I don't know if Putin would have said, 'Whack this guy.' But he may have, in a private meeting, said, 'This guy is really a stone in my shoe,' and waited to see who came up with a plan."

Matthews, 63, is something of a Putin expert, having authored two spy novels in which the former KGB operative plays a central, if semifictional, role. The first, 2013's Red Sparrow, was a bestseller whose movie rights were scooped up before it was even published; the sequel, the recently released Palace of Treason, also debuted on the bestseller list. Both are set against the real-life backdrop of a resurgent Cold War that Matthews believes is the result of Russia's rapacious empire lust. At his readings, he likes to thank his wife, his daughters, "and Vladimir Putin for the endless content."

But Matthews also draws from another source, one that lends his books a unique verisimilitude. Before he became a novelist, Matthews spent 33 years in the Operations Directorate, the clandestine wing of the CIA.  [Read more:  Eels/Men'sJournal/September2015]

Canada's Spy Agency Wants to Hire Shrinks to Study Terrorists.  Faced with a foreign fighter problem that has seen dozens of Canadians leave to fight alongside the Islamic State, Canada's main intelligence service is putting together a team of shrinks to help them get to the root causes of radicalization and extremism.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is looking to staff up their new "applied psychology section," to help them understand why anyone would join groups like the Islamic State.

The job postings are for research and development psychologists, meaning they'll be asked to "conduct applied research on trends, behaviors and other relevant aspects of ideological extremism.

"Among other things, the members of this small unit are tasked to assist the Service in better understanding radicalization and terrorism," the posting says.  [Read more:  Ling/ViceNews/15February2016]

Section III - COMMENTARY

Does Europe Need a European Intelligence Agency?  With the attacks in Paris last year some leaders in the European Parliament have called for a pan-European intelligence agency. The leader of ALDE, Verhofstadt, is a proponent of such an organization. He has called for more cooperation between intelligence agencies or the start of an independent European Intelligence Agency. With this call he has recognized the failure of national agencies, which only defend national interests and not the European interest. Furthermore, national agencies will fail again in the near future, Verhofstadt has said, if they do not cooperate.

A European Agency already exists but it has to be strengthened: the EU INTCEN was created in 1999 as part of the Common Defense and Security Policy. Since then more centralization efforts have been put to the center in order to combat terrorism. The attacks of 9/11 were an eye-opener for the agency and from that time European nations used INTCEN to exchange views or information about terrorism. In 2004, High Representative Javier Solana had placed the center under the external action service and developed a combat terrorism cell. Its main tasks were to contribute early warnings, conduct monitoring and assessments, provide facilities for crisis task force as well as reporting to the High Representative.

That agency is now under scrutiny and attack because of the failure of the Belgian as well as French anti-terrorism agencies to heed warnings, letting the aggressors get away. Turkey had warned France twice about Ismael Omar Mostefai, the 29-year old French national who opened fire on concert-goers at the Bataclan on November 13 in Paris. And French law-enforcement authorities only learned Hasna Ait Boulahcen was the cousin of the so-called ring-leader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, days after the Paris attacks despite having bugged her phone on a separate drug related investigation.  [Read more:  VanVaerenbergh/EuropeanPublicAffairs/10February2016]

REORG: How Not to Fix American Intelligence.  With an unusual degree of public fanfare, the super-secret National Security Agency has just announced its first significant reorganization since the 1990s. While NSA's core missions, which include providing Washington, DC with the lion's share of the intelligence in our Federal government, are not changing, how the agency is structured is about to undergo profound change.

Termed NSA21, this two-year recasting will dramatically shift how the agency does business. In particular, the core missions of signals intelligence and information assurance will be blended in a new organization termed the Directorate of Operations. Since NSA's birth in 1952, SIGINT has been the main business out at Fort Meade, the agency headquarters nested in the Maryland suburbs between Baltimore and the nation's capital.

Cracking foreign codes has always taken up the majority of NSA's budget and resources while the information assurance mission, which tries to prevent foreign intelligence from cracking our codes, including our nuclear command and control, has been something of an also-ran, bureaucratically speaking, despite its enormous importance to our national security.

Combining these missions is sure to be controversial, however, and not just for internal agency reasons (SIGINT and information assurance are not even located at the same NSA facility, but actually live about ten miles apart).   [Read more:  Schlinder/Observer/9February2016]

Whistleblowers and Spies: Who Benefits From a NOIR?  Dr. David Charney's proposed National Office for Intelligence Reconciliation (NOIR) was designed to better manage the problem of insider threat and insider spying. One criticism of NOIR has been that it would not work for all insider spies. However, it must be pointed out that it was never claimed to be one hundred percent effective. NOIR cannot be an option for all insider spies, nor was it intended to be.  In and of itself, a NOIR cannot eradicate all instances of insider espionage (but what approach possibly could?).  Rather, it is one of several tools - along with technical approaches and the threat of legal punishment - that can work in combination to significantly reduce the likelihood of the behavior and to minimize damage when it does occur.

People tend to look for one-size-fits-all, universally applicable solutions, especially to their most worrisome problems.  Of course, we're smart enough to know we live in a complex world and one-size rarely ever fits all.  Still, we instinctually wish for that all-purpose fix, whether it's the Philosopher's Stone, the Holy Grail, or Dr. Seuss' Thneed.

That also seems to be the case in counterintelligence (CI).  Most recently we've searched for technical solutions that will perform their data extraction magic and point us to that employee or hacker who is stealing our data.  We seek one-size-fits-all software that will work in any office (government or private industry), under any circumstances, for any employee.

When we do look at solutions based on human behavior, we tend to take a black and white approach, not just to motivation, but to our intrinsic nature.  A particular individual is either "good" or "bad", trustworthy or untrustworthy, honest or hiding something.  From a legal standpoint, this makes perfect sense, since the ultimate goal is to determine guilt or innocence, something we also consider in absolute terms.  [Read more:  NOIR/8February2016]


Section IV - ADMIN:  Jobs and Upcoming Events

Jobs and Education

Intelligence Training Instructor - Quantico, VA.  Dorrean, LLC is currently recruiting for an Intelligence Training Instructor for a contract in Quantico, VA. The Intelligence Training Instructor will train, instruct (including platform instruction), and participate in the development of course materials and course outlines for onboard employees for Intelligence Career Path training courses. Based on objectives and performance goals, tasks for Intelligence Training Instructors will include, but not be limited to, the following:

Task 1 - Under the supervision of personnel and in accordance with designated curricula, Intelligence Training Instructors will instruct the workforce to employ skills, tools, and techniques required to integrate analysis with operations and produce intelligence pursuant to the organization's highest standards. Specifically, Intelligence Training Instructors will be required to provide instruction in critical thinking, analytic writing, raw intelligence reporting, and intelligence briefing, as well as participate in and evaluate exercises designed to leverage the student's knowledge.
Task 2 - Intelligence Training Instructors will provide mentoring and coaching throughout a comprehensive program of instruction for the intelligence workforce.
Task 3 - Intelligence Training Instructors will also be asked to collaborate on curriculum life-cycle refresh and corresponding lesson plan documentation.

Required Qualifications
Minimum of five years demonstrated experience in an Intelligence Field. The five years of demonstrated experience shall include application of analytic tradecraft skills and techniques, USIC collaboration, or case-based analysis and reporting.
-  Minimum two years of experience providing instruction in any of the following intelligence topics: structured analytic techniques, critical thinking processes, collection/domain management, raw intelligence reporting, analytic writing in accordance with the ODNI Analytic Integrity Standards, and intelligence briefing for peers and/or executives.
-  Minimum of two years demonstrated work experience in facilitating practical exercises by mentoring and coaching students both one-on-one and as a group to help them achieve a developmental outcome as determined by the lesson plan.
-  Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
-  Demonstrated work experience in course material and curriculum development to include Blackboard LMS facilitation.

Dorrean, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Qualified candidates can send their resumes to the Corporate Recruiter, Scott Ernest, at Scott.Ernest@Dorrean.com.

Register now, at a discount, for July and October Courses available from The Intelligence & Security Academy, Arlington, Virginia

This exceptional academy run by Mark Lowenthal has scheduled some individual enrollment courses for July and October, at a discount for AFIO members, as follows:

Introduction to U.S. Intelligence (July 12, 2016) - explore here
Analyst Training: Writing, Analysis & Preparing Briefings (July 13-14, 2016) - explore here
How to Operate More Effectively in the New Threat Environment: Educating the Next Generation of Intelligence Professionals (October 18-20, 2016) - explore here

Upcoming Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

Thursday, 25 February 2016, 5:30 PM - Atlanta, GA - AFIO Atlanta Chapter event features Mark Riebling on Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler.

The AFIO Atlanta Chapter, the Harvard Club of Georgia, the UC Berkeley Alumni Club of Georgia, and the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Atlanta invite you and a guest to an evening with AFIO member Mark Riebling. Mr. Riebling is a path-breaking writer on secret intelligence. His 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.” Mr. Riebling will discuss his recent bestseller Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler. The event will be moderated by Prof. Nathan A. Sales, a leading light among legal scholars focused on emerging national security issues. He teaches at Syracuse University College of Law.

Please see event details below, and use link to register. AFIO members and guests pay no fee to attend this special event. Questions? Contact Brian J. Hooper, President, AFIO Atlanta Chapter at brian@afioatlanta.com or call him at 404.879.2440

5:30 - 6:30 pm:  Cocktail Reception; 6:30 - 7:30 pm:  Presentation by Mark Riebling, followed by Q&A; 7:30 - 8:30 pm: Cocktail Reception.

WHERE: Womble Carlyle; Skyline Room (25th Floor); Atlantic Station, BB&T Building; 271 17th Street, NW, Suite 2500; Atlanta, GA 30363-1017.

RSVP by Feb. 18 by clicking on the registration button above.
*Event is limited to first 100 registrants. NOTE:  Attendees receive two (2) hours complimentary parking in the Atlantic Station parking deck. Nominal cost for additional hours. For updated information visit the chapter website.

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.
RSVP: afio_la@yahoo.com

Monday, 29 February 2016 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts Barry Eisler, a former CIA DO Case Officer, and Gen. Michael Hayden, former Director of NSA and CIA, and PDDNI.

Barry Eisler, attorney, former CIA Case Officer in the Directorate of Operations and author and Gen. Michael Hayden, Former Director of NSA/CIA and Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence. Mr. Eisler will discuss his novel, The God's Eye View and privacy and surveillance in the 21st century. Gen. Michael Hayden will discuss "American Intelligence in the Age of Terror."

Join us for this unique behind-the-scenes look at America's anti-terror efforts. Venue: Peninsula location - address will be sent to registrants in two weeks: 11:30am buffet lunch; meeting at noon.

Member Registration until 2/1/16: open registration starting 2/1/16: Register here. Questions?: contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at afiosf@aol.com or Mariko Kawaguchi, c/o AFIO, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011.

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: afiometro@gmail.com.


Other Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 4:30 - 5:30 pm - Washington, DC - Intelligence as a Career Path: Black History Month After School Program featuring Malcolm Nance at the Spy Museum

Meet counterterrorism expert & author Malcolm Nance. He’s been undercover in terrorist hotspots, passed hostile border crossings in disguise, submitted to waterboarding, and now he’s prepared to share his life experiences with students. Malcolm W. Nance is a counterterrorism and terrorism intelligence expert with wide-ranging field and combat experience.
A frequent guest commentator on breaking news, he’s the author of The Terrorist Recognition Handbook among other books. Drawing on his experience as a 20-year veteran of the US intelligence community’s Combating Terrorist program, he’s been a consultant for the US government on special operations, homeland security, and intelligence. As a master Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) instructor, he can handle any tricky situation including testifying before the US Congress and speaking to teenagers.
Middle and High School Students only. In partnership with the Greater Washington Urban League.
Tickets: Free! Advance registration required. Register at 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 late.
United States of Jihad will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Tickets: $10. Visit www.spymuseum.org Please RSVP to lzaris@spymuseum.org.

Friday, 26 February 2016, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - True World Ops hosts book signing with investigative reporter Bryan Denson, author of The Spy's Son.

True World Ops hosts a book-signing with journalist Bryan Denson, author of The Spy’s Son, the true story of the highest ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage and the son he trained to spy for Russia.

Event location: Martin's Tavern, Washington, DC. No fee. RSVP here.

1 March 2016, 6:30-8:00 pm - Arlington, VA - Augustyn, Kappes, Rolince, Cohen Presentations and Panel on "What is the current threat level in the United States?" at Marymount University

Presentations and Q&A Panel
Joseph W. Augustyn, Moderator; Executive Vice President, Security and Intelligence at Jefferson Waterman International; Former Deputy Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Homeland Security

Panelists: Stephen R. Kappes, Partner and the Chief Operating Officer at Torch Hill Investments; Former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Michael Rolince, Independent consultant supporting the FBI’s countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Office; Former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office Counterterrorism.
David Cohen, Senior Advisor to the Command Consulting Group; Former CIA Deputy Director of Operations of the National Clandestine Service; Appointed Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence for New York in the wake of 9/11.

Location: Marymount University's Reinsch Auditorium, 2807 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207
No charge to attend, and no preregistration required. Attendees should show up at the Reinsch Auditorium, located in the Reinsch Library Building on the main campus of Marymount at the intersection of N Glebe Rd and Old Dominion Dr in Arlington. There is a parking lot that can be accessed from 26th St.

Event is Sponsored by The Department of Forensic & Legal Psychology, Marymount University.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 10 - noon - Annapolis Junction, MD - NCMF Spring Cryptologic Program features Dr. David Sherman, NSA Assoc Dir for Policy and Records

Members are invited to attend the NCMF [National Cryptologic Museum Foundation] Spring Cryptologic Program featuring Dr David J. Sherman, NSA's Associate Director for Policy and Records. Dr Sherman oversees the agency's information security policy and its responsibilities under FOIA. He will discuss NSA's redaction program and the challenges faced declassifying and protecting sensitive information in the volumes of documents released to the public. Authors, researchers, professors, and the curious wondering about the intricacies of the declassification and release program will not want to miss this program.

Location: L3 Conference Center, National Business Park, 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701. Sherman speaks from 10 to 11:15 a.m., followed by a Q&A to 11:45. Lunch follows. Also take time to browse a selection of unusual, used books for sale from the NCMF's collection.

To register: $20 for NCMF members; $50 for guests (includes 1 yr membership). Send payment to: NCMF, PO Box 1682, Fort George G Meade, MD 20755-3682. Or register online here. Registration closes on 4 March.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016, 11:30 am - Washington, DC - Amb Joseph DeTrani and William Brown discuss "Dealing with a Nuclear North Korea" - at the Daniel Morgan Academy

The Daniel Morgan Academy national security lecture features Ambassador Joseph R. DeTrani with Discussant William B. Brown
Ambassador DeTrani will discuss the strategic implications for US and international security of recent actions by North Korea related to their nuclear and missile programs. William Brown will discuss North Korean economic issues.

LOCATION: Daniel Morgan Academy, 1620 L St NW 7th Flr, Washington, DC 20036. Near Farragut North and West Metro Stations.

RSVP to Attend Event by contacting Frank Fletcher, Director of Lectures and Seminars, DMA, 202-759-4988 or events@danielmorgan.academy

Friday, 29 April 2016 - Austin, TX - Gala Dinner Honoring Admiral Bobby R. Inman

A Gala Dinner Honoring Admiral Bobby R. Inman has been announced by University of Texas/Austin President Gregory L. Fenves to take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas.
Presented by the Clements Center for National Security and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, a gala dinner for Admiral Bobby R. Inman will feature former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates as the keynote speaker. Mr. Red McCombs will serve as the Honorary Gala Chair. Admiral Inman is on AFIO's Honorary Board.

To attend or for more information, contact the Clements Center at 512-471-2601 or explore this link.

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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