AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #10-16 dated 8 March 2016

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - ADMIN:  Careers, Research Requests and Upcoming Events

Careers

Research Requests

Upcoming Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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EVENTS

AFIO's March 18 Luncheon is nearly full with more than 230 attendees
Register here while space remains

Great opportunity to meet many colleagues.

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

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

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

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.

Tysons Ballroom in the 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.

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

Tomorrow - Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 10 - noon in Annapolis Junction, Maryland

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. Too late to register, but important not to miss. Just show up with payment and enjoy the program..



Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Moran: Guantanamo Prison Valuable for Intelligence Analysis.  US Sen. Jerry Moran says his visit last week to US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was an "eye-opening experience."

The Kansas Republican told Leavenworth community leaders in a telephone conference call Monday that visit reaffirmed his belief the detention facility is necessary.

Without elaborating, Moran says he received a high-level classified briefing while at the prison that showed its value for analyzing intelligence.

President Barack Obama submitted a plan last month for closing the prison to Congress, which quickly rejected the proposal. The plan was Obama's attempt to make good on an unfulfilled campaign promise.  [Read more:  AP/7March2016]

St. Paul Police's First-Ever Intelligence Analysts Key to Fighting Crime.  St. Paul police Senior Cmdr. Matt Toupal is crafting a summer plan for the eastern district in anticipation of the inevitable climb in crime that accompanies warmer weather.

This year, he has an extra tool to help make the most of his 90 officers - the department's first-ever intelligence analysts, former military intelligence officers now tasked with looking at when, where and why crimes occur.

More importantly, they're using statistics and human nature to forecast when and where criminals are likely to strike next.

"This allows us to focus our resources on areas that need the most help," said analyst Joseph Reiter.  [Read more:  Xiong/StarTribune/7March016]

Cyber-Espionage: Norway's Intelligence Chief Accuses China of Stealing Military Secrets.  General Lieutenant Morten Haga Lunde, chief of Norwegian intelligence service E-tjenesten, has publicly accused hackers affiliated with the Chinese government of conducting cyber-espionage against Norway-based firms to steal sensitive data and military state secrets.

The statements were first reported by Norwegian TV station TV2 as Lunde was showcasing his agencies annual intelligence report - a detailed analysis undertaken by the defence department that highlights key cyber-threats and emerging concerns.

"The digital space is an arena where the big powers actively pursuing their objectives. Russia and China [are] emerging as the most active players behind networked intelligence operations directed against Norway," the report revealed. "Both nations have high skills and show a high degree of assertiveness in its approach to Norwegian goals. They are now implementing persistent networked intelligence operations against Norwegian interests."

While not mentioning the firms compromised or what technology was stolen by hackers, Lunde added: "The Norwegian technology industry is where we primarily see China [infiltrate the] Norwegian network to capture information that they can use in their own technological development." He added that military state secrets have been exploited and are now being implemented into Chinese military weaponry.  [Read more:  Murdock/InternationalBusinessTimes/1March2016]

Lebanese Army Appoints New Military Intelligence Chief.  On the heels of recent disputes over the appointment of three officers to the Military Council, the Lebanese Minister of Defence Samir Moqbel approved the appointment of Brigadier General Camille Daher as the new head of Military Intelligence, to succeed General Edmond Fadel, whose term of office was extended for six months in September 2015.

The surprise announcement was a victory for Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji, whose retirement was postponed for one year until September 30, 2016, and who wanted Daher in the intelligence post. According to the generally well-informed Al Nahar daily that reported the news without providing any personal details on the contender, the decision was a purely military one based on merit, which upset the country's political establishment that was prevented from interfering.

Al Nahar
claimed that former president Michel Sulaiman wanted to push the appointment of General Wadih Ghafari, and shared his views with "his" representative in the cabinet, Defence Minister Moqbel, though the latter sidestepped the demand and accepted Qahwaji's non-political recommendation.

Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) leader and former Army Commander Michel Aoun was not happy with the designation either because of intrinsic differences with Qahwaji. In fact, the FPM insisted that the Cabinet fill other vacancies and appoint a new Army chief, before looking into fresh matters that paralysed the state for much of the past two years, including sorely needed security designations that could not wait.  [Read more:  Kechichian/GulfNews/2March2016]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

The Plot to Take Down a Fox News Analyst.  Kent Clizbe, a 55-year-old former CIA officer and intelligence contractor, has cultivated a diverse set of interests in his later years. He loves bird watching and participates in his local Christmas Bird Count, an informal census organized by the Audubon Society. He has a patent on a device, the TimeOff, that prevents unattended-stove fires. But Clizbe's true motivating force - a holdover, perhaps, from his decade with the agency - is an unrelenting compulsion to get to the bottom of things. He vets every person he meets, interrogating every fact presented to him. This perpetual need to turn everything inside out is the defining trait of Clizbe's personality, and he remains faithful to it, even when it incurs him great personal expense.

Clizbe grew up poor in Halifax County, North Carolina, raised by a single mother. In 1980, after failing out of East Carolina University, he joined the Air Force. Aptitude tests revealed a gift for languages, so Clizbe enrolled in intensive Vietnamese courses and then was shipped to the Philippines, where he spent three years monitoring Vietnamese radio communications. When his tour ended, he went back to school at Southern Illinois University. On campus, he fell in love with a Malaysian girl, who told him that if he wanted to marry her, he would have to convert to Islam. He converted, married her and followed her back to Southeast Asia, where he found work at a refugee camp in the Philippines. Clizbe made frequent trips to her hometown outside Kuala Lumpur, where he immersed himself in the local customs.

He and his wife lived in Asia for a year before finding jobs at the business college at King Saud University in Qassim Province in Saudi Arabia. He taught English as a second language and made the pilgrimage to Mecca. It was 1988, and the war in Afghanistan was dragging on. At the mosque on Fridays, Clizbe would hear calls for young men to travel east and wage jihad against the communists.

After returning to the United States in 1990, Clizbe earned a master's degree in linguistics and studied business and instructional design. While he searched for a job, he sometimes paid the bills by working the phones at a venereal-disease hotline. He was eventually hired by the CIA as an operations officer.  [Read more:  French/NYTimes/1March2016]

Georgetown's Connection to the Oscar-Nominated Film Bridge of SpiesThe Cold War-era drama-thriller Bridge of Spies, nominated this year for six Academy Awards, including best picture and best original screenplay, has a connection to a multi-generational Georgetown family and to Lauinger Library's Booth Family Center for Special Collections.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies is inspired by the true story of James Donovan, played by Tom Hanks. In 1957, Donovan defended accused Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. Believing that even an accused KGB spy was entitled to a fair trial, Donovan took on the thankless case "as a public service," he said, after many other lawyers refused. Although Abel was convicted, Donovan mounted a vigorous and ethical defense, much to the surprise of the US government, the press, and the public.

With a prescient belief that Abel might one day be valuable as a bargaining chip, Donovan convinced the court to sentence the convicted spy to life in prison rather than the death penalty. Five years later, Donovan successfully negotiated with the USSR to exchange the still-imprisoned Abel for the captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers.

In 1964, Donovan documented the story in Strangers on a Bridge, the title referring to the Glienicke Bridge in Germany, where the spy swap took place.  [Read more:  Donahoe/Georgetown/March2016]

The CIA's Front Page.  Mention "the Book" to any CIA officer and he will know exactly what book you are talking about. Every analyst sees writing for the Book as the pinnacle of his profession; every operator wants his secret agent's secrets featured in it. The Book is the President's Daily Brief, the highly classified daily intelligence summary for the president and his inner circle. Simply put, the Book is the most tightly controlled newspaper in the world. As Secretary of State George Shultz once put it: "You read the PDB partly for its content and partly because that tells you what's being told to the President."

In The President's Book of Secrets, David Priess offers a history of this fascinating document that traces its origins to the end of World War II. The PDB has been designed and redesigned since Harry Truman was in the White House to meet the interests and reading tastes of one reader, and Mr. Priess, a former intelligence officer, deftly sketches the evolution of this daily intelligence digest, along with the twists and turns of policy, personalities and power plays.

In the Soviet-American battle for influence that marked the post-World War II period, Truman asked the first director of Central Intelligence, Rear Adm. Sidney Souers, to compile key intelligence reports. His "Daily Summary" - the first regular intelligence product created to answer the president's personal needs- took shape. Echoing a refrain through the book, the intelligence officers who produced it "knew little about how Truman actually used" the document. Nonetheless, Truman later praised his intelligence bulletin: It "hit the jackpot," he wrote to CIA Director Walter Bedell Smith in 1951.  [Read more:  Mudd/WallStreetJournal/6March2016]

The Ghosts of Soviets Past: Two Army Intelligence Officers Explore an Abandoned Cold War Military City in Latvia.  A few hundred miles southwest of the Latvian capital of Riga, near the Lithuanian border, lies the town of Skrunda, a bucolic municipality not unlike hundreds of other small towns and villages in the Latvian countryside. But several miles outside of the town center stands the inconspicuously named Skrunda-1, a ghost town that was once a closed city home to 5,000 Soviet soldiers, technicians, and their families.

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union established numerous secret settlements to support sensitive military bases and research sites. Collectively, these sites were known as "closed administrative territorial entities" (or ZATO, their Russian acronym). These classified population centers, numbering well over one hundred, were filled with an imported Russian workforce. They were fenced off from the rest of the general population, heavily guarded, and often removed from official maps and documents. These secretive locations were given a simple postal code designation, typically using the name of the nearest "open" municipality and a number. Early on, the number was used to denote the distance of the closed city from an unclassified location (Arzamas-60, the birthplace of the Soviet atomic bomb, was 60km from the city of Arzamas). However, it was later deemed that the geographical distance was too sensitive to divulge, so many of the numbers were simply arbitrary. These closed cities were designed to be self-sufficient, with their own utilities, entertainment, schools, and hospitals. Skrunda-1, despite being a relatively small example, was no exception.

The advent of medium-range ballistic missiles by the United States and the Soviet Union prompted the latter to develop an umbrella of early warning and detecting capabilities. A Dnepr phased array radar (NATO designation: Hen House) was set up near Skrunda in 1963, but it was not until the 1980s that the closed city of Skrunda-1 was built to support construction and staffing of a modernized Daryal radar system (NATO designation: Pechora). The Soviet Union collapsed before the system was operational, but Russian forces remained at Skrunda-1 until 1998, and a radar system in Belarus was completed to replace the Dnepr system.

Finding Skrunda-1 is no easy task. The abandoned town is slowly being consumed by nature and remains shrouded by dense pine forest common throughout Latvia. However, with geospatial intelligence courtesy of Google Maps, a GPS system, and the discovery of an urban exploration site maintained by some enterprising Latvian teenagers, we were able to pre-plan our avenue of approach and find it with relative ease.  [Read more:  Maisel&Duval/WarOnTheRocks/4March2016]

The CIA Is Hiring... a $100,000 Librarian.  The US Central Intelligence Agency is hiring more than just spies.

The CIA currently has a job opening for a librarian.

Pay is excellent. The listed range is $50,864 to $118,069 a year - above the typical income for a US family. The salary isn't far off what some "reconnaissance" positions get.

And that's saying nothing of the benefits.  [Read more:  CNN/5March2016]

Would YOU Make the Cut? British Spy Chiefs Seeking Undercover Anti-Terror Troops.  British spy chiefs are recruiting troops for an undercover anti-terror operation on the UK's streets.

The Ministry of Defence has released an advert recruiting calling for volunteers to help fight savage terror groups such as the Islamic State.

The advert, which appears in the latest edition of the British Army's official magazine, shows a woman at a bus stop reading a newspaper.

Its caption reads: "This woman has vital information... Do you have the skills to find out what it is?"  [Read more:  Burman/Express/4March2016]

Undercover Teams, Increased Surveillance and Hardened Borders: Turkey Cracks Down on Foreign Fighters.  The plea for help came from Sweden: Two young Muslim males had left Stockholm for Syria and would soon be terrorists-in-training unless authorities in Turkey could intercept them.

Turkish security caught the men arriving at an airport in Istanbul with one-way tickets and camouflage gear, officials said. The two were sent back to Sweden and the trouble averted - until eight days later, when the same duo turned up at a Turkish seaport, this time arriving by ferry from the Greek island of Kos.

The back-to-back deportations of those would-be militants last year were in some ways a sign of substantial progress in the cooperation between Western governments and Turkey in sharing intelligence and stemming the flow of foreign fighters to Syria.

But the sequence and hundreds of similar cases have also fueled rising levels of frustration in Turkey, which has been accused of enabling the migration of fighters into Syria even while being called upon to block militants on behalf of other governments unwilling or unable to do the job themselves.  [Read more:  Miller&Mekhennet/WashingtonPost/6March2016]

The Secrets of Pine Gap: Huge High-Tech Spy Facility in the Remote Australian Outback Tracks Terrorists and Is the Most Important Intelligence Gathering Unit Outside the US.  It's Australia's top secret spy base that you may have heard of, but know nothing about.

Now in a series of reports, a group of determined researchers have studied the workings of Pine Gap, offering a closer look into what takes place at the most important western intelligence gathering unit outside the United States.

Pine Gap is a satellite tracking station 20 kilometers south-west of Alice Springs, Northern Territory, in the centre of Australia and is operated by both the Australian and the United States military.

The facility has has been in operation since the 1970s.  [Read more:  Devlin/DailyMail/6March2016]

The Stupidly Simple Spy Messages No Computer Could Decode.  When I was 10 years old, I found a shortwave radio in a crumbling old leather trunk where we kept family photos and other memorabilia. As I spun the dial, tinny, modulating noises, like the song of an electronic slide whistle, emanated from the radio's small speaker. Staticky cracks and pops competed for airtime. The sounds swished and swirled, unintelligible and unremarkable. But then, emerging through the clamor, was a voice.

I might have run right over it with the dial, but the voice's rhythmic, steady pacing caught me up short. It wasn't a deejay. Nor a commercial. And he wasn't singing. He was just speaking. The same line, over and over again.

"7...6...7...4...3."  Pause. "7...6...7...4...3."

I don't remember if those were the exact numbers. But they were numbers. A repeated sequence which had no obvious meaning, and was entirely devoid of context. To find him here, amidst the screeches and howls of the shortwave frequencies, was like coming upon a man standing in the middle of a forest, talking out loud to no one.  [Read more:  Harris/DailyBeast/6March2016]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Consolidate Domestic Intelligence Entities Under the FBI.  After the September 11 terrorist attack, the federal government responded by reforming existing programs and adding new entities and activities. This new "homeland security" apparatus was born under the duress of a crisis, with the best of intentions. Knowing our policymakers rarely get it exactly right, we should occasionally review their decisions and make reforms when necessary. In our domestic counterterrorism activities, getting it right is critical.

As the cliché notes, the law enforcement entities charged with protecting us from terrorists must succeed all of the time because the terrorists need only succeed once. Those difficult odds should not be made longer by trapping law enforcement in a fragmented, inefficient, and costly multiheaded system. Yet today, federal, state, and local law enforcement entities outside of Washington are doing the work to gather, share, and analyze information and intelligence within several, often siloed structures.

The two primary structures are the Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and fusion centers of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bulk of the activity occurs in the JTTFs, while the fusion centers have struggled to show meaningful utility in the information and intelligence arena. Because these two entities compete for finite resources and run the risk of inadvertently failing to share information or intelligence that could help prevent a terrorist attack, DHS and DOJ should merge the fusion centers into the older, more established and active JTTFs.

By consolidating all federal, state, and local information and intelligence activities into one entity, we would give our law enforcement community the best opportunities to detect and to prevent terrorist attacks.  [Read more:  Mayer/AmericanEnterpriseInstitute/7March2016]

Israel's Intelligence Wars.  On January 12, the spokesman of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) announced the resignation of Brig. Gen. Eli Ben-Meir as head of the Research Division due to differences of opinion with the chief of the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate, Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi. According to several prominent Israeli media channels, the dispute revolved around disagreement on the way the Research Division should be managed - along with personal differences between the two senior officers. Such a situation is extremely rare, especially since Ben-Meir was assigned to his position only a year ago - the term usually lasts three or four years.

Rare as it is, this event is a good opportunity to examine one of the most intriguing anomalies among intelligence agencies in the Western world. Unlike in the United States, where the body responsible for the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) is the Office of the Director of National Intelligence - a civilian organ - the responsible official in Israel is a military officer. With recent dramatic changes in Israel's intelligence community leadership, it will be interesting to see if there will be changes to Israel's national assessment structure and practice.

The head of the Research Division is one of several brigadier generals in the Military Intelligence Directorate. His direct commanding officer is the head of the Intelligence Directorate, who in turn reports to the joint chief of staff (JCS). The latter reports to the minister of defense, who is part of the government under the prime minister.

However, the same head of the Research Division is also called "the national estimator" - i.e., the most senior official responsible for the national strategic assessment. He reports directly to the prime minister, minister of defense and cabinet without the need to get preliminary approval for his assessment from his superiors in the military. In this capacity, the head of the Research Division is expected to deliver an independent intelligence assessment regarding practically every geopolitical, social and economic challenge that Israel faces - now and in the future - regardless of the opinions of his direct commanders, the head of the Intelligence Directorate and the JCS.  [Read more:  Herschkovitz/WarOnTheRocks/2March2016]

Why Are the Intelligence Agencies Revealing Their Spying Techniques?  Legalised hacking in the UK now allows a third party to take control remotely of a phone's camera or microphone and record video and conversations taking place, the Guardian's Alan Travis reported this week. What's the point of Apple trying to encrypt its iPhones if the spooks can switch them on remotely and monitor what we are doing?

Until recently, the security services have gone to great lengths not to disclose their operational capabilities. If the bad guys know how their communications can be monitored, they'll look for other ways of exchanging information.

So it's something of a surprise to see how open the agencies have now become. Ciaran Martin, director of cybersecurity at GCHQ, gave evidence recently to the investigatory powers tribunal about what's now called "equipment interference". If the new investigatory powers bill becomes law, warrants permitting interference with equipment will be issued by a secretary of state and approved by a judicial commissioner. Under clause 88, this would include "observing or listening to a person's communications or other activities".

In evidence to the tribunal, Martin explained that equipment interference might involve installing an implant into a laptop or mobile, perhaps by persuading a user to click on a link.  [Read more:  Rozenberg/TheGuardian/3March2016]




Section IV - ADMIN:  Careers, Research Requests and Upcoming Events

Careers

Assistant / Associate Professor - Intelligence Analysis Program, James Madison University.  James Madison University (JMU) seeks applicants for a faculty position focused on cyber intelligence and cyber analysis that will help prepare students as analysts in both private and public sectors, as well as government agencies, through its Bachelor's Degree Program in Intelligence Analysis (IA). This will be a one-year visiting faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending upon the candidate's qualifications.

The IA Program, a rapidly growing program in its ninth year, prepares a new generation of versatile, multidisciplinary analysts to work on future challenges in business, national security and society. The program emphasizes methodology and synthesizes critical and creative thinking methods; technological tools for data collection, visualization and analysis; contextual understanding of an issue's political, economic, social and technological context; and strong communicative and professional skills to support decision-making. Graduates are well positioned for careers in the public or the private sector and have secured positions as analysts at major consulting firms, US intelligence agencies, defense contractors, within the military and in law enforcement.   [Read more:  JMU/2March2016]


Research Requests

Stansfield Turner/Technical Intelligence.  Researcher looking for anecdotes about Stansfield Turner and his emphasis on technical intelligence for a book chapter. Please contact Kristie Macrakis: macrakis@gatech.edu.


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 US 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

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. Too late to register, but important not to miss. Just show up with payment and enjoy the program.

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

23 - 24 March 2016 - McLean, VA - NMIA Classified Access Symposium 2016 - A Deep Look within the Intelligence Community (IC)

Send in your security clearances to NMIA (National Military Intelligence Association) so that you are ready to attend NMIA's SECRET/NOFORN Intelligence Symposium being held, as always, at the SECRET level. Event will feature senior military and defense intelligence agencies. Hear leaders discuss "A Deep Look within the Intelligence Community (IC)." Explores how these organizations plan to optimize intelligence effectiveness in one of the most challenging periods in US history. Particular emphasis on the "Big 5" and Service "2s" with focus on meeting dynamic and changing demands on intelligence in face of our country's fiscal challenges. This is an opportunity to hear more about budget, organizational changes, new programs and programs that are ending, future IC contractor workforce projections, current government workforce issues and initiatives, and anticipated improvements to acquisition activities as well as acquisition priorities.
Event location: MITRE Auditorium, 7525 Colshire Dr, McLean, Virginia. Symposium conducted at the SECRET/NOFORN security level.
Register here.

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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