AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #09-16 dated 1 March 2016

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - ADMIN:  Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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

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EVENTS

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

Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 10 - noon in Annapolis Junction, Maryland - Only 3 days left to register

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.


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

“...the surprise we experienced on 9/11 may be a prelude to a catastrophe of far greater dimensions.”
-- WSJ's Gabriel Schoenfeld takeaway from Gen. Michael V. Hayden's book

Register for AFIO's March Luncheon here while space remains.

Friday, 18 March 2016, 10:30 am - 2 pm

Sheraton Tysons Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182. Phone: (703) 448-1234
Do you wish to stay in hotel overnight?
A special room rate of $189 for Thursday evening, only, is available at this link.
Wake up, enjoy breakfast, and come down elevator to the meeting.

Speakers: 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. A review of Playing to the Edge appeared in the Wall Street Journal at this link, in the Washington Post here, and in New York Times here..

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.

   

Register here.

Sheraton Tysons Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182.
Phone: (703) 448-1234
Do you wish to stay in hotel overnight?
A special room rate of $189 for Thursday evening, only, is available at this link.
Wake up, enjoy breakfast, and come down elevator to the meeting.

Driving directions at this link.

 


Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Shake up Ahead for New Zealand Intelligence Agencies After Review of GSCB and SIS Spying Laws Handed Over. The country's spy agencies are in line for a shakeup after a top level review.

Prime Minister John Key confirmed the review had been handed to Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee which will consider its recommendations in secret next week before making the unclassified report public. 

The review, carried out by former Deputy Prime Minister Sir Michael Cullen and lawyer Dame Patsy Reddy, was tasked with assessing whether the current spying laws for the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) and Security Intelligence Service (SIS) strike the right balance between ensuring national security and protecting the public's rights.

Some of the legislation dates back to 1969. [Read more: Stuff/29February2016]

FBI Chief Presses Congress to Act on Data Privacy. The head of the FBI, battling Apple over unlocking an iPhone used by one of the killers in a December rampage in San Bernardino, Calif., called on Congress on Thursday to settle the question of when law enforcement officials should get access to citizens' private data.

"The larger question isn't going to be answered in the courts, and shouldn't be," the FBI chief, James B. Comey Jr., told lawmakers at a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee. "It's really about who do we want to be as a country and how do we want to govern ourselves."

Apple has argued that granting the government's request to build software to unlock the phone at issue would compromise the security of all the devices used by its hundreds of millions of customers. But Mr. Comey said the case was "unlikely to be a trailblazer," because encryption technology is changing so quickly.

"The San Bernardino litigation is not about us trying to send a message or establish some precedent," Mr. Comey said. "It really isn't. It's about trying to be competent in investigating something that is an active investigation." [Lichtblau&Wingfield/NYTimes/25February2016]

Obama Administration Set to Expand Sharing of Data That NSA Intercepts. The Obama administration is on the verge of permitting the National Security Agency to share more of the private communications it intercepts with other American intelligence agencies without first applying any privacy protections to them, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.

The change would relax longstanding restrictions on access to the contents of the phone calls and email the security agency vacuums up around the world, including bulk collection of satellite transmissions, communications between foreigners as they cross network switches in the United States, and messages acquired overseas or provided by allies.

The idea is to let more experts across American intelligence gain direct access to unprocessed information, increasing the chances that they will recognize any possible nuggets of value. That also means more officials will be looking at private messages - not only foreigners' phone calls and emails that have not yet had irrelevant personal information screened out, but also communications to, from, or about Americans that the NSA's foreign intelligence programs swept in incidentally.

Civil liberties advocates criticized the change, arguing that it will weaken privacy protections. They said the government should disclose how much American content the NSA collects incidentally - which agency officials have said is hard to measure - and let the public debate what the rules should be for handling that information. [Read more: Savage/NYTimes/25February2016]

UK Defence Intelligence to Establish New Cyber Warfare Unit. The UK is establishing a military unit dedicated to cyber and electromagnetic warfare, the chief of defence intelligence told an audience at the Ministry of Defence yesterday.

Making a rare public appearance, Air Marshal Phil Osborn - the head of the Ministry's Defence Intelligence arm - explained how his unit is investing some of the additional funds allocated to intelligence in last year's Comprehensive Spending Review.

The spending review saw the security and intelligence agencies' budgets rise by 18% in real terms over its three-year term, and promised that "the Single Intelligence Account (SIA) will also invest in a bigger and more capable global network and enhance its capability to fuse intelligence with the armed forces". The £1.9bn allocated to "cyber capabilities" represents an increase of 76% on spending during the 2010-15 Parliament - and some of this, Osborn explained, will fund "the stand-up of a military joint cyber and electromagnetic group", run by Defence Intelligence and the Single Intelligence Account.

The group, he said, will "deliver deployable cyber support teams dealing with both offense and defence, helping both operators and planners, commanders and executors." [Read more: Ross/GlobalGovernmentForum/24February2016]

US Spy Chiefs Expect Continuing Problems in Libya, Ukraine. US spy agencies expect continuing upheaval in Libya and Ukraine, top intelligence officials told Congress on Thursday.

James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence, told a House of Representatives Intelligence Committee hearing that the United States had "great hope" that a new government of national accord will soon be formed in Libya.

But at the same hearing, CIA chief John Brennan acknowledged that the United States in practice was pursuing a two-track policy in Libya, in which it was engaged both in a diplomatic effort to knit together two competing, regionally based self-proclaimed Libyan governments while also conducting "counter terrorism" operations against a growing contingent of Islamic State militants.

US officials now estimate that up to 4,000 foreign fighters have traveled to Libya to base themselves in Islamic State training camps that have sprouted up around the country, where they have joined up with hundreds if not thousands of local Libyans who have joined the movement. [Read more: Hosenball/Reuters/25February2016]

Trump Being Advised by Former Top US Intelligence Official. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is receiving foreign policy advice from a former US military intelligence chief who wants the United States to work more closely with Russia to resolve global security issues, according to a report this week from Reuters.

Former foreign policy officials told the news agency that retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, who was chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama from 2012 to 2014, has been informally advising Trump on world affairs. Flynn was spotted last year at a "gala celebration" for Russian media outlet RT, sitting at the same table as Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Both Trump and Flynn both refused to confirm Friday's report.

Trump, a billionaire who has campaigned on prohibiting Muslim immigration, is leading the race to become the Republican Party's presidential candidate, said earlier this month that he would soon release a list of his foreign policy advisers, but has yet to do so. [Read more: Reuters/27February2016]

Putin: Over 400 Foreign Intelligence Services Career Employees Exposed in Russia in 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday more than 400 career staff employees of foreign intelligence services were exposed in Russia in 2015.

"Foreign intelligence services are expanding their activities in Russia and the last year's results convincingly proved our conclusions," Putin said at a board meeting of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). "Over this period [the year 2015], more than 400 career staff employees and agents of foreign intelligence services were exposed. Twenty-three of them were brought to criminal liability."

"Counter-intelligence agencies have special tasks," Putin said. "It is necessary to reliably block access to information about classified activities and employees of power authorities, military facilities, defense-related and energy-sector facilities, Russia's leading research centers, to block access to confidential information via communications channels." [Tass/26February2016]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

CIA Releases Declassified Documents to National Archives. Today, CIA released about 750,000 pages of declassified intelligence papers, records, research files and other content which are now accessible through CIA’s Records Search Tool (CREST) at the National Archives in College Park, MD. This release will include nearly 100,000 pages of analytic intelligence publication files, and about 20,000 pages of research and development files from CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology, among others.

The newly available documents are being released in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and are available by accessing CREST at the National Archives. This release continues CIA’s efforts to systematically review and release documents under Executive Order 13526. With this release, the CIA collection of records on the CREST system increases to nearly 13 million declassified pages. [CIA/22February2016]

Book Review: Playing to the Edge, by Michael V. Hayden. If Michael V. Hayden were a businessman, he might be called a turnaround artist. When he was named by President George W. Bush to take over the Central Intelligence Agency in mid-2006, it was in wide disrepute. It had failed to break up the 9/11 plot. It couldn't find Osama bin Laden. It had rubber-stamped phony intelligence about Saddam Hussein's nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, enabling the catastrophic war in Iraq. Revelations of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" carried out at CIA "black sites" had provoked revulsion.

Even the agency's seventh-floor executive suite reeked of malfeasance and chaos. Yellow crime-scene tape was draped across the doorway of its third-ranking official, who had been arrested on bribery charges. Other top officers had quit or were heading for the door under the fumbling, near-comical administration of Hayden's predecessor, Porter Goss, a former Republican congressman. Adding insult to injuries, Congress had stripped the CIA of its 60-year primacy among the 16 United States intelligence agencies, creating a new über-bureaucracy that would supposedly ride herd on them all.

Hayden was undaunted. In 1999, he'd become head of a hidebound, creaking National Security Agency, shaved off management fat and pumped new muscle into its collection capabilities. But the nation's premier espionage service was in many ways a harder case.

"The CIA, deeply engaged in multiple wars, was suffering from a kind of battered child syndrome," he writes. It needed time on the couch. And a housecleaning. "When I'd taken over NSA in 1999, it needed to be shaken up. Now that I would be leading CIA, I knew it needed to be settled down," he writes in a surprisingly vivid, albeit acronym-heavy, memoir that probably only a Beltway insider could truly love. [Read more: Stein/New York Times/25February2016]

Looking for an Intelligence Career? Learn the Peril of This Acronym. Like the military and many other highly technical professions, the world of intelligence loves acronyms. We use acronyms to the point that they become words themselves. We even take acronyms and embed them into other acronyms. We love them because they help simplify our day to day communications between those who understand their meaning. To those outside of the intelligence community, it can appear as if we're speaking a different language altogether.

One acronym that is almost uniformly misunderstood and yet hated in the intelligence community is LPTA. Indeed the mention of it evokes emotions of frustration and disgust from both government managers and contractors who understand what it means, albeit for different reasons. Those seeking an intelligence career need to understand what LPTA means and why to be very, very wary of it.

LPTA stands for Lowest Price Technically Acceptable. It is a criterion the government uses for selecting contracts for both equipment and services. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 15-101.2 states that LPTA competitions are "appropriate when best value is expected to result from selection of the technically acceptable proposal with the lowest evaluated price." When a contract to provide intelligence analysts to work for a particular agency is solicited by the government as an LPTA opportunity, companies that want to win this work must show in their proposal that they can meet the minimum standards for quality and expertise. They must then show that they can do this work at the lowest price among competitors who can also meet the same standards.

On paper, LPTA solicitations sound great. The government is getting the best value by awarding contracts to the lowest-price bidder who meets the technical requirements of the work. LPTA works well when the government clearly lays out the technical and personnel requirements of a program and there is little risk in quality with the lowest price offeror. [Read more: Kleinsmith/IntelligenceStudies/26February2016]

New Jersey Air Guard Revolutionizing Intelligence. Closed off from all non-essential personnel in a secured, vault-like work environment known as a Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility, the 204th Intelligence Squadron is a mystery to those outside the squadron.

Who are they? What is their mission? What have they accomplished? How have they proven to be a vital part of not only the 108th Wing, but the whole United States Air Force?

The 204th is the first Air National Guard squadron solely dedicated to providing intelligence instruction and training products directly to Air Mobility Command.

Commanded by Lt. Col. Robert M. Kelly, the 108th Wing unit consists of 79 Airmen, 65 intelligence personnel - 13 full-time and 14 support personnel - six full-time, who work within the 8,000 square foot SCIF allowing the Airmen to be in a self-contained intelligence unit. [Read more: MilitarySpot/23February2016]

FBI: Comey Statement Before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. Good afternoon Chairman Culberson, Ranking Member Honda, and members of the subcommittee.

Through the support of this committee, the FBI has resources in place that allow us to do more operationally, to hire and train new agents and intelligence analysts to ensure we are fully staffed, and to ensure our personnel possess the best possible training, technology, and infrastructure needed to carry out their jobs every day. Our pledge to you is to be the best possible stewards of the resources you have provided in ways that maximize their use to carry out our mission.

As you know, the FBI is expected to deal with some of the most complex and serious national security threats and crime problems challenging the nation's intelligence and law enforcement communities. Today, I appear before you on behalf of the men and women of the FBI who step up to these threats and challenges every day. I am extremely proud of their service and commitment to the FBI's mission and to ensuring the safety and security of communities throughout our nation. On their behalf, I would like to express my appreciation for the support you have given them in the past and to ask your continued support in the future.

I would like to ... follow with a short discussion of key threats and challenges that we face, both as a nation and an organization. [Read more: FBI/25February2016]

Why the CIA Likes, and Dislikes, Social Media. Social networks have changed the world, but they make things very complicated for the CIA.

Facebook, Twitter and other services give the spy agency enormous amounts of new information about people of interest around the world, but they also open up huge new vulnerabilities.

For example, how should the CIA conceal details about a spy who has been sharing information about herself online before joining the agency - perhaps since she was in middle school? And can it create a convincing enough story about people who have to lie about who they really are?

"From the standpoint of a clandestine officer seeking to create and maintain her cover - perhaps the most fundamental element of espionage - this can pose a real challenge," said CIA Deputy Director David Cohen. [Read more: Ewing/NPR/24February2016]

The Institute of World Politics interviews two former CIA directors and two alumni on American security, peace, and freedom.

As part of IWP's Silver Anniversary, this video interview of two former CIA directors -- Amb. James Woolsey and Gen. Michael V. Hayden -- and two alumni discuss how intelligence education advances America’s security, peace, and freedom. Video here.


Section III - COMMENTARY

What George H. W. Bush Taught Us About War, Intelligence and Presidential Judgment. Twenty-five years ago today, the United States and a 31-country coalition began ground operations to reverse Saddam Hussein's brazen invasion and annexation of Kuwait. Many people remember that Iraq surrendered a mere 100 hours later. Fewer know that a high-level spat over how much damage the coalition air attacks had inflicted on Iraqi forces nearly derailed the ground war before it started - and that decisive presidential leadership, based on familiarity with warfare and secret intelligence, made all the difference.

President George H. W. Bush and his top aides had hoped the air war would substantially degrade Saddam's forces. As then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney recalls, "We'd set for ourselves a benchmark - we wanted to take out half of the Iraqi armor before we launched. We got to the point where our guys were convinced that we had done that. We'd set the date for launching the ground war."

CIA analysts fed battle-damage assessments, including information from high-resolution satellite imagery, into the President's Daily Brief, or PDB - the elite, top-secret intelligence document that has made its way to every commander in chief since Lyndon Johnson. But the CIA analysts' numbers for destroyed Iraqi equipment differed from in-theater appraisals by analysts at US Central Command who initially emphasized reports from the attacking pilots themselves. This opened up a divergence between CENTCOM's cumulative assessments of damage to Iraqi ground forces and the assessments appearing in Bush's PDB.

The gap in these estimates only expanded as the expected ground war approached. [Read more: Priess/HoustonChronicle/23February2016]

A Former CIA Analyst Explains How Tech Companies Can Help Fight Terrorism. US government officials and political candidates are increasingly criticizing Silicon Valley for not doing enough to prevent terrorists from capitalizing on technology. The critiques have put Silicon Valley executives on the defensive, pushing back on insinuations that the providers of encrypted iPhones and Twitter accounts are responsible for terrorists getting away with murder. The gulf between Silicon Valley and Washington appears to be widening.

Still, something is missing in this discussion about tech and terrorism, and it is a concept Silicon Valley already understands well: market opportunity.

As a former CIA counterterrorism analyst, I have seen private-sector technology assist intelligence analysis and law enforcement–as well as tech firms' bottom lines. One salient example is Palantir, founded in 2004 to provide big data analysis for the intelligence community and which now earns $1.5 billion in revenue. The firm's software helps clients connect the dots within large data sets, using technology inspired by PayPal, where some of Palantir's leadership used to work. Forbes ranked Palantir fourth on its list of unicorns for 2016.

Data analysis innovation is an area currently in high demand for companies seeking inroads into the national security sector. Three market opportunities stand out which could bring Silicon Valley and the US government to more common ground: [Read more: Fanusie/Quartz/29February2016]

My Lunch With 'The Spider' Who Nearly Wrecked the CIA. "Mr. Dickey? This is Jim Angleton."

I looked at the phone. I wasn't sure what to say. This was 1978. I was a 26-year-old reporter on the Metro desk of The Washington Post, and James Jesus Angleton was the most famous, or infamous, spy in America.

Angleton had been forced to resign from the Central Intelligence Agency more than three years earlier after two decades of running its counterintelligence operations. In news reports and in outright fiction, Angleton was portrayed as amazingly eccentric and wildly paranoid, the mastermind who kept American intelligence operations safe from Soviet "moles," and the madman whose "sick-think" destroyed careers and paralyzed the agency with his obsessive hunt for traitors. Indeed, there were some who said he'd done so much damage that Angleton must be the mole.

His name became part of every enigmatic event of the 1960s, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the subsequent murder of one of his mistresses (the ex-wife of another CIA man).

What seemed to be certain was that over the years Angleton had come to believe there was a "monster plot" by Moscow to deceive the United States at many different levels, wheels turning in wheels, a "wilderness of mirrors," as he would say, taking a line from T.S. Eliot's poem "Gerontion."

But what could he possibly want from me? [Read more: Dickey/TheDailyBeast/27February2016]


Section IV - ADMIN:  Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

Thursday, 17 March 2016, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO - "I have lived within 60 miles of a dangerous, cunning terrorist for the past 25 years." - Presentation at the Rocky Mountain Chapter

Warren Gerig, the RMC Vice President, will discuss "I have lived within 60 miles of a dangerous, cunning terrorist for the past 25 years."
Mr. Gerig will discuss his dealing with a terrorist who is currently confined in the Florence SuperMax prison. This story and information at the time was not available to US Government Intelligence Services because it all happened in the confines of privately owned airlines in the Far East some 25 years ago.
Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at robsmom@pcisys.net for location details.
The cost of the meal is $15.
We will also discuss the passing of the Rocky Mountain Chapter refounder, Board Secretary Richard Durham. The Chapter Board is looking for a replacement secretary for Mr. Durham.
All presentations to the RMC, AFIO are non-attribution so the speakers can feel free to provide information with the assurance it will not be published.

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. A review of Playing to the Edge just appeared in the Wall Street Journal at this link.

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.
Do you wish to stay in hotel overnight?
A special room rate of $189 for Thursday evening, only, is available at this link.
Wake up, enjoy breakfast, and come down elevator to the meeting.

19 March 2016, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - The AFIO Maine Chapter hosts Dr. Andrew S. Erickson on "China's Cabbage Strategy"

Dr. Andrew S. Erickson, professor of strategy at the US Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, will be the featured speaker at the March 19 meeting of the AFIO Maine Chapter.
Dr. Erickson’s talk, titled “China’s Cabbage Strategy: New-Type Great Power Relations, the South China Sea, and Irregular Forces Therein,” will include an overview of recent strategic military moves by China, and the potential impact on Japan, South Korea and U.S. interests. Beijing has deployed the world’s largest blue water coast guard and maritime militia and has been employing them in a “cabbage,” or layered envelopment, configuration.
A world-renowned expert on Chinese military and naval affairs, Dr. Erickson is also a research associate at Harvard University’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He has lectured extensively at government, academic, and private sector institutions throughout the United States and Asia, and provided expert testimony and support to Congress and various executive branch offices.
The meeting, open to the public, begins at 2 p.m. in the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question period will follow the presentation.
No pre-registration is required.

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

Thursday, 3 March 2016, 11:30 am - Washington, DC - "Playing Chess with the Ayatollah" - Presentation by Ian McCredie, for SIS Station Chief at the Daniel Morgan Academy

"Playing Chess with the Ayatollah: Stories from the Bazaar" will be the presentation by retired British SIS officer Ian McCredie, CMG, OBE.
In his presentation, McCredie will share his experiences as the SIS Station Chief in Iran and as chief of the SIS Iran Task Force, including pivotal events at the time of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the Iran-Iraq War, the involvement of Iran in Lebanon, the aftermath of 9/11 and more. Providing insights into understanding the Iranian mindset, he will illustrate why their actions may seem very odd to us yet perfectly logical to them.
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 at Fletcher@DanielMorgan.academy or calling 202-759-4988

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.

15 - 18 May 2016 - Orlando, FL - 2016 USGIF GEOINT Symposium - "The GEOINT Revolution"

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation's (USGIF) GEOINT 2016 Symposium takes place May 15-18 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The GEOINT 2016 theme is "The GEOINT Revolution" ― in recognition of the advent and confluence of multiple technologies advancing geospatial intelligence and promoting its ubiquity.

Options include GEOINT Foreword, the pre-symposium science and technology-focused day, and some 60 hours of training and education sessions! To explore the main program and the options, visit here.


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