AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #15-16 dated 12 April 2016

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Section V - Events

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016, noon to 1:15 p.m.

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Friday, 20 May 2016 - Tysons, VA - Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., (USFS, Ret) discusses "America's Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East"

Freeman Chas America's Continuing Misadventures  

Unraveling the tangle of wars in which the US is now engaged with or against Arabs, Berbers, Hazaras, Israelis, Kanuris, Kurds, Palestinians, Persians, Pashtuns, Somalis, Syrians, Tajiks, Tuaregs, Turkmen, Turks, and Uzbeks – as well as Alawites, Christians, Druze, secular Muslims, Salafis, Shiites, Sunnis, and Yazidis – will not be easy. In large measure through our involvement, their conflicts have become interwoven. Ending one or another of them might alter the dynamics of the region but would not by itself produce peace. [...]
Ambassador Freeman looks at the skein of bluffs, rivalries, competing interests, promises and betrayals in the Middle East, and the diplomatic cards remaining for the U.S. to play.

His presentation begins at 1 p.m.
Morning speaker - 11 a.m. - TBD.
His new book of the same title as his talk, to be released at event.
Amb. Freeman has negotiated on behalf of the United States with over 100 foreign governments in East and South Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and both Western and Eastern Europe. As Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (during the Gulf War), he led an effort that more than doubled non-military exports to the Kingdom while managing the largest diplomatic mission in the world under crisis conditions. His long involvement with China began with his service as the principal American interpreter during President Nixon's historic 1972 visit to Beijing. In addition to Chinese, Ambassador Freeman speaks French and Spanish at the professional level, and can converse in Arabic and several other languages. He concluded his thirty years in public service as Assistant Secretary of Defense, responsible for managing defense relations with all regions of the world except the countries of the former Soviet Union. He is the recipient of numerous high honors and awards for international negotiation and policy and management innovation. Since 1995, Chas Freeman has chaired Projects International, Inc., a Washington-based firm that specializes in helping its American and foreign clients arrange transactions and set up business operations across borders.
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel Mezzanine, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22102. Hotel: 703 893-2100. Driving directions here or use this link: No reservations at the hotel.
REGISTER: Early online Registration is here.



North Korea Military Intelligence Officer Defected to South Korea Last Year.  A ranking North Korean military officer in charge of conducting intelligence operations defected to South Korea last year, Seoul's defense ministry said Monday, as the North's leader is tightening his grip on the regime.

A North Korean senior colonel, whose name has been withheld, defected in 2015 after working at the North's reconnaissance bureau tasked with carrying out espionage missions against the South, the ministry said.

"(The North Korean military official's defection) is a fact, but we cannot make public detailed information (about him)," Moon Sang-gyun, a ministry spokesman, said at a regular press briefing.

A source familiar with North Korean affairs said that the officer is viewed as an elite among North Koreans who have defected to the South.  [Read more:  Yonhap/11April2016]
Navy Officer Accused of Spying for Foreign Power (China) Held Secretly for 8 Months.  A US Navy officer accused of spying for an unidentified foreign power was secretly arrested last summer in an espionage investigation that is ongoing, authorities said Saturday. 

The heavily redacted charge sheets say the unidentified officer gave secret information "relating to the national defense to representatives of a foreign government." But the four-page document does not say exactly what information was provided, or for how long a period it was provided, how the information was transmitted or which nation it was provided to.

The multiple charges of espionage and attempted espionage, made public only on Friday, suggest the accused officer was under surveillance by Navy counterespionage agents for an extended period of time. The officer was arrested "about eight months ago," according to a US official who asked for anonymity in exchange for discussing some details of the case.

The name of the officer, a lieutenant commander who was assigned to a sensitive maritime patrol and reconnaissance group, is being withheld from the public "out of respect for the ongoing investigation" and the privacy rights of the accused, said the official.  [Read more:  Stein/Newsweek/9April2016]

DNI Establishes Intelligence Transparency Council.  The notion of "intelligence transparency," which once would have been considered an oxymoron, is instead becoming institutionalized with the establishment of a new Intelligence Transparency Council. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper signed the Charter of the new Council on April 5.

The Council includes representatives of each of the 17 Intelligence Community member agencies. Its role is to identify and promote appropriate areas for intelligence-related transparency and specifically to coordinate and oversee the implementation of the 2015 Principles of Intelligence Transparency.

For a start, the Council is supposed to "ensure that the public has information that clearly presents the mission, authorities, and oversight mechanism that direct and guide the IC."

Beyond that, it will also "serve as the principal mechanism to identify possible new priority IC transparency topics to be selected by the DNI and IC leadership for implementation" and it will "establish interagency working groups to address specific transparency topics, as appropriate, in order to advance IC transparency efforts."  [Read more:  Aftergood/SecrecyNews/11April2016]

Chances of Brussels-Style ISIL Attack Less Likely in Canada, Senate Committee Told.  There is less likelihood of a Paris- or Brussels-style ISIL attack here because of geography and security screening of immigrants before they arrive, the head of the federal Integrated Threat Assessment Centre told parliamentarians Monday.

Christian Rousseau, a retired major-general and former chief of defence intelligence, told the Senate national security committee there is no evidence ISIL has support networks here, needed to organize and stage co-ordinated strikes with multiple attackers armed with assault weapons and high explosives, as in Paris in November and Brussels in March.

"This does not mean that there is no chance for such an attack to take place, it means, however, that the added difficulty allows more chance of detection by our intelligence or law enforcement agencies," said Rousseau, the centre's executive-director.

The chief factors reducing the likelihood, he said, are far fewer Canadians travelling to Syria, Iraq and other overseas battle zones to fight with extremists such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. As well, there is a relative ease for extremists to travel undetected to Western Europe from Syria.  [Read more:  MacLeod/NationalPost/11April2016]

Spy Chief Instructs Intel Community to Serve As Government's Declassification Role Model.  The federal government's top spy chief wants the intelligence community to pave the way for reducing the amount of classified information across agencies, according to a recent memorandum from the director of national intelligence.

James Clapper sent the memo in March to leaders of the 17 agencies that comprise the intelligence community to kick of the 2017 Fundamental Classification Guidance Review, as required by a 2009 executive order signed by President Obama. The letter, unearthed by the Federation of American Scientists, said intelligence agencies had a unique role to play in the larger declassification process.

"As stewards of the nation's most sensitive information," Clapper wrote, the IC should "take a leading role in reducing targeted classification activities that could extend to the larger federal government."

Clapper asked agencies to examine four areas that could lead to fewer documents being classified, including eliminating the least protected level, known as "confidential." He asked for input on the potential benefits and drawbacks of the change, noting it could simplify the classification process and force individuals to focus on only classifying items that would cause "demonstrable harm" if they were improperly released. Documents currently marked as confidential would either be lowered to unclassified status or bumped up to "secret." Clapper said very few security clearances are at the confidential level, adding the reform would bring the government in line with its counterpart in the United Kingdom.  [Read more:  Katz/AP/6April2016]

Thai Intelligence Warns of Foreign Terror Attacks.  As Thailand gears up for its crowd-pulling Songkran festival next week, a leaked memo has warned that four Uighur and Chechen militants could be planning terrorist attacks on foreigners in the kingdom.

According to local news website Khaosod English, the warning originally came from Thailand's intelligence information agency and was passed on by the governor of Surat Thani province to local police.

It warns that two Uighur men had entered Thailand via Phuket on March 23 and "may stage attacks on Chinese targets and interests in South-east Asia", said Khaosod. The two Chechens, meanwhile, were allegedly planning to attack Russians in Thailand.

The memo also said that attacks could also take place in the tourist hot spots of Phuket and Samui islands and urged police to step up security in crowded locations.  [Read more:  Yee/StraitsTimes/9April2016]

Ex-CIA Agent's Appeal Against Extradition Is Denied in Kidnapping Case.  Portugal's Supreme Court has denied an appeal by a former US Central Intelligence Agency operative against extradition to Italy in connection with her role in a kidnapping under the US rendition program.

Sabrina De Sousa and 25 other Americans, mostly CIA agents, were tried and convicted in absentia by an Italian court in 2009 for participating in the 2003 kidnapping of Egyptian cleric Osama Mustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, on a street in Milan. Ms. De Sousa was sentenced to seven years in prison.

The CIA and Italian police considered the cleric to be a recruiter for al Qaeda.

He was sent to US military bases in Italy and Germany before being moved to Egypt, where he was released without charges 14 months later. He said he had been tortured.  [Read more:  Kowsmann&Mesco/WallStreetJournal/11April2016]

Leak of Senate Encryption Bill Prompts Swift Backlash.  Security researchers and civil liberties advocates on Friday condemned draft legislation leaked from the US Senate that would let judges order technology companies to assist law enforcement agencies in breaking into encrypted data.

The long-awaited bill is emerging just as the US Justice Department redoubles its efforts to use the courts to force Apple to help unlock encrypted iPhones.

The Senate proposal is an attempt to resolve long-standing disagreements between the technology community, which believes strong encryption is essential to keep hackers and others from disrupting the Internet, and law enforcement officials worried about being unable to pry open encrypted devices and communications of criminal suspects.

But the draft bill, leaked online Thursday evening, was planned as an overly vague measure that added up to a ban on strong encryption.  [Reuters/9April2016]

DIA Names Melissa Drisko As Deputy.  The Defense Intelligence Agency has picked Melissa Drisko, a career intelligence official with experience managing a big technology portfolio, to be the agency's No. 2 official. Drisko has served as DIA's director of science and technology and in several other positions in the intelligence community.

Her appointment as deputy director is effective in August. She will replace Douglas Wise, who is retiring.

In a statement, DIA Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart praised Drisko as "the right choice as a partner in leading this agency. She speaks truth to power, unbiased and unblemished - this is the mark of a true leader."

As science and technology director, Drisko oversaw a portfolio covering advanced technologies, "foreign materiel exploitation," and measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT), according to DIA spokesman James Kudla. MASINT is intelligence gleaned from data that is not signals intelligence or imagery, and it uses sources such as radar signatures or chemical compositions, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  [Read more:  Lyngaas/FCW/6April2016]


Harry Potter: GCHQ 'Intervened Over Half-Blood Prince Leak'.  GCHQ, the UK's surveillance agency, intervened to help prevent the sixth Harry Potter installment leaking online, the book's publisher has said.

Bloomsbury's Nigel Newton said GCHQ contacted him in 2005 after it apparently discovered an early copy of The Half Blood-Prince on the internet.

However, after a page was read to an editor, it was determined to be fake.

A spokesperson for GCHQ told the Sunday Times: "We don't comment on our defence against the dark arts."  [Read more:  BBC/10April2016]

Why the CIA Won't Waterboard, Even If Ordered by the President.  The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) will never employ waterboarding again, even at the request of a future president, director John Brennan told NBC News in an interview Sunday.

But Mr. Brennan is not referring to President Obama, who banned the practice with an executive order shortly after becoming president in 2009. The CIA director is responding to several off-handed remarks made by Republican presidential contenders Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

"I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I've heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure," Brennan told NBC's Richard Engel.

Both presidential candidates have said they will do whatever they believe is necessary to protect the United States from terrorist attacks - even if that requires torture techniques like waterboarding. Front-runner Mr. Trump has promised to lift Obama's waterboarding ban if he becomes president and make America's torturing techniques "much worse."  [Read more:  Hinckley/ChristianScienceMonitor/11April2016]

Beauty Secrets of the Spies:  CIA's Venture Capital Arm Is Funding Skin Care Products That Collect DNA.  Skincential Sciences, a company with an innovative line of cosmetic products marketed as a way to erase blemishes and soften skin, has caught the attention of beauty bloggers on YouTube, Oprah's lifestyle magazine, and celebrity skin care professionals. Documents obtained by The Intercept reveal that the firm has also attracted interest and funding from In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The previously undisclosed relationship with the CIA might come as some surprise to a visitor to the website of Clearista, the main product line of Skincential Sciences, which boasts of a "formula so you can feel confident and beautiful in your skin's most natural state."

Though the public-facing side of the company touts a range of skin care products, Skincential Sciences developed a patented technology that removes a thin outer layer of the skin, revealing unique biomarkers that can be used for a variety of diagnostic tests, including DNA collection.

Skincential Science's noninvasive procedure, described on the Clearista website as "painless," is said to require only water, a special detergent, and a few brushes against the skin, making it a convenient option for restoring the glow of a youthful complexion - and a novel technique for gathering information about a person's biochemistry.  [Read more:  Fang/TheIntercept/8April2016]

Woodward, former CIA, after-action report on talk on Biological Weapons at Intelligence Event. John D. Woodward, Jr., a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, was the featured speaker at the quarterly meeting of the New England chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) held at MIT's Endicott House in Dedham on April 9, 2016.

A retired CIA officer with extensive overseas service, Prof. Woodward presented on the topic, "Countering the Use of Biological Weapons." He discussed the biological weapons threat, the unique challenges it poses and policy approaches.

Prof. Woodward noted that, "The hard problem of countering BW will only get harder largely because of advances in the life sciences and information technologies. In essence, these advances mean more people can wreak greater BW-derived harm."

Prof. Woodward was hosted by Arthur Hulnick, Professor Emeritus of the Pardee School.  Thirty people participated in the event.  AFIO is a national non-profit educational association whose membership includes current and former intelligence professionals and those interested in the US intelligence community.  [Read more:  BostonUniversity/11April2016]

US Spy Master to Hire CIO.  The US intelligence apparatus is looking for a spy to come in from the cold to serve as its first chief information officer.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the entity created in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks to oversee the nation's far-flung intelligence operations, recently released a job description for the CIO position. Applications are restricted to internal candidates, largely because the position requires a "top secret" clearance.

The CIO job post was first reported by the web site MeriTalk.

The new CIO would oversee the US intelligence agencies' transition from legacy IT systems to cloud services provided under the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (ICITE) platform. Along with modernizing spy agency IT infrastructure, the effort is intended to promote information sharing among 17 different US intelligence agencies.  [Read more:  Leopold/EnterpriseTech/11April2016]


Can the EU and Turkey Finally Close Intelligence Gaps After Brussels?  The recent terrorist attacks in Belgium exposed critical deficiencies in Europe's intelligence agencies. Soon after the attacks in late March, the Turkish government announced that, in July 2015, it had arrested Ibrahim El Bakraoui, a Belgian responsible for the Brussels airport bombing, and deported him to the Netherlands after determining that he intended to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State. European authorities never followed up.

It was just the latest sign of the European Union and Turkey's failure to cooperate on counterterrorism since the outset of the Syrian conflict. For close to three years, the European Union withheld from Turkey the names of suspected jihadis, while the Turkish government put few secondary measures in place to defend its border from infiltration. Thousands of extremists took advantage. A United Nations Security Council resolution in September 2014 helped close some of these gaps, especially by streamlining data-sharing. But the Brussels attacks were proof that more progress needs to be made on sharing intelligence about jihadi recruitment in Europe and foreign fighters returning home.

The attacks also point to the value of the coalition against the Islamic State. The formation of the coalition allowed participating countries to share more intelligence, helping to address the foreign fighter threat. These processes are not perfect. In Turkey, the recent purges of police have hurt efforts to track radical networks, and the legal code remains deficient when it comes to tracking and detaining militants. In Europe, concerns persist about the police and financial resources committed to monitoring and breaking up Islamic State cells.

The gap in EU-Turkey counterterrorism cooperation largely stems from a much broader disagreement over Syria policy and strategy.   [Stein/WPR/11April2016]

Europe's Urgent Security Challenge. 
It took two weeks after the devastating attacks in Brussels for officials to discover that the plotters originally intended to hit Paris again or that the two attacks were carried out by a single network. Even now, authorities don't know the full scale of the Islamic State's operations in Europe, which involve criminal elements as well as terrorists.

Islamic State operatives have moved freely across borders and, investigators now assume, there may be terrorist cells in countries where violence has yet to occur, with Britain, Germany and Italy believed to be probable targets. All of which reinforces the urgent need to fix the problems in Europe's flawed security and law enforcement systems.

On Friday, Belgium's struggling law enforcement authorities arrested Mohamed Abrini, who confessed to being the third man in the Brussels Airport bombing. The arrest, while critically important, was also a reminder of the cross-border nature of the operations. Mr. Abrini is said to have played a logistical role in the Paris attacks in November, where he had gone unnoticed.

Since the Brussels attacks, there have been signs that Europe is taking the terrorist threat more seriously. Yet many governments still seem unwilling or unable to commit themselves to the reforms that are needed to protect their populations.  [Read more:  NewYorkTimes/11April2016]



Duane 'Dewey' Clarridge, CIA Official Enmeshed in Iran-Contra Affair, Dies at 83.  Duane R. "Dewey" Clarridge, a CIA operative and official of dash, daring and swagger who helped establish and headed the agency's counterterrorism center and also was known for his connection to the Iran-contra affair of the 1980s, died April 9 at his home in Leesburg, Va. He was 83.

The cause was cancer, his family said in a statement.

Over the years, Mr. Clarridge's career, replete with secret missions, covert meetings and dealings at the edge of legality embodied much of the activities associated in the popular imagination with the shadow world of intelligence, and its art, craft and mystique.

An Ivy League graduate and hard-line Cold Warrior fond of undercover names such as "Dax Lebaron," Mr. Clarridge conjured bold and imaginative schemes - often over gin and cigars - and cut a singular swath in the spy agency. His comfort with big risks, called "cowboy" instincts by some, brought him admiration by many colleagues. Others hedged their trust.  [Read more:  Weil/WashingtonPost/11April2016]

Section V - Events


Saturday, 7 May 2016, 11 am - 3 pm - Orange Park, FL - The North Florida Chapter hosts George Gibbs, USMC(Ret), on Tactical Intelligence Gathering/Processing in the Vietnam War.

An early reminder that the next North Florida Chapter meeting falls on Saturday, May 7th - the Mother's Day weekend. We are hoping, despite that, you are able to attend and we can get a nice turnout.

Our guest speaker will be one of our newest members, George Gibbs, USMC (Ret.), who was involved in tactical intelligence gathering and processing in Vietnam. He will likely be supported in the presentation by a nonmember, Dennis D'Arienzo, a fellow Marine in 'nam about the same time in the same role. Plus, General Webb will undoubtedly offer an exciting agenda for the "Lightning Round," and a good time should be had by all.
Event Location: Orange Park Country Club.
RSVP as soon as possible to Ken Meyer at or call him at (904) 777-2050. Spouses and guests are cordially invited to attend. The cost remains $24 per person for the luncheon. Hope to see you there.

Saturday, 14 May 2016, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm - Melbourne, FL - Dr. Joseph Finley, Jr. on "Technical Surveillance and Countermeasures" is theme at this Florida Satellite Chapter Meeting.

Dr. Joseph Finley, Jr., a member of the Florida Satellite Chapter, will speak on Technical Surveillance and Countermeasures. Dr. Finley spent 28 years as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and in 1987, was assigned to the Special Operations Group of the FBI (17 years) and while assigned to the New York Division, actively conducted Technical Surveillance Countermeasure Sweeps (TSCM) and surreptitious entries. His talk presents an opportunity for all of us and our guests to meet and hear an expert in this esoteric field.
Location: At East Club, Indian River Colony Club, 1936 Freedom Dr, Melbourne, FL 32940.
Timing: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM: Social Hour, greet old, new members and guests (cash bar); 12:15 PM: Sit-Down lunch
Menu Choices are: Chef Salad (mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, egg, ham, turkey, American and Swiss cheeses with Ranch and Italian dressings on table (S), or Sliced Pork loin with roasted potatoes and vegetable (P)
Above come with coffee, tea, rolls and butter and Chef's choice of dessert
Cost: $25.00; Student and active duty military: $18.00
TO ATTEND: Prepaid reservations are required and must be received by Thursday, 28 April 2016. To reserve, send check and meal choice to contact FSC Chapter President at

Friday, 20 May 2016 - Tysons, VA - Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., (USFS, Ret) discusses "America's Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East" - AFIO National Luncheon

Unraveling the tangle of wars in which the US is now engaged with or against Arabs, Berbers, Hazaras, Israelis, Kanuris, Kurds, Palestinians, Persians, Pashtuns, Somalis, Syrians, Tajiks, Tuaregs, Turkmen, Turks, and Uzbeks ' as well as Alawites, Christians, Druze, secular Muslims, Salafis, Shiites, Sunnis, and Yazidis ' will not be easy. In large measure through our involvement, their conflicts have become interwoven. Ending one or another of them might alter the dynamics of the region but would not by itself produce peace. [...]
Ambassador Freeman looks at the skein of bluffs, rivalries, competing interests, promises and betrayals in the Middle East, and the diplomatic cards remaining for the US to play. His presentation begins at 1 p.m.
Morning speaker - 11 a.m. - TBD.
His new book by the same title of his talk will be released for the first time at this event.
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel Mezzanine, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22102. Hotel: 703 893-2100. Driving directions here or use this link: No reservations at the hotel.
REGISTER: Early online Registration is here.

Thursday, 2 June 2016 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts Dr. Matthew Brazil, Research Fellow, Jamestown Foundation

Mr. Matt Brazil will discuss China's Harder Line Against Foreign Influence - Implications for US Business.
Venue: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco. 11:30am no host cocktail; meeting and luncheon at noon.
Register here.

Reservation and pre-payment is required before May 26, 2016. The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins.
Please contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at or Mariko Kawaguchi, c/o AFIO, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011 for questions.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 6 pm - New York, NY - Len Predtechenskis, former FBI, discusses "Operating Techniques for Recruiting Foreign Nationals" - at this Metro NY Chapter Meeting.

The next AFIO NY meeting will feature Len Predtechenskis, retired FBI Special Agent after 27 years of distinguished service.
He recruited and directed many Soviet/Russian agents, debriefed and resettled dozens of Russian defectors, operated undercover and has been an instructor at the FBI Academy.

Location: The Society of Illustrators building, 128 East 63rd St, NYC.

To attend or for more information contact chapter president Jerry Goodwin or call 646-717-3776.

Other Upcoming Events

Friday, 15 April 2016, 11:30 am - Washington, DC - Dr. Vaidotas Urbelis, Defence Policy Director, Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania, discusses Baltic Regional Security Issues, at the Daniel Morgan Academy.

AFIO members are invited to the invitation-only Daniel Morgan Academy national security lecture: "Baltic Regional Security Issues" by Dr. Vaidotas Urbelis, Defence Policy Director, Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania. Dr. Urbelis will discuss the security issues confronting the Baltic region of Europe. His biography appears here.
Reception at 11:30 am, address by Dr. Urbelis at Noon.

Event location: Daniel Morgan Academy, 1620 L St NW, 7th Flr, Washington, DC 20036. Near Farragut North and West Metro Stations
RSVP here. Or contact Frank Fletcher, Director of Lectures and Seminars, at or call 202-759-4988
If you are not able to attend, you can watch the live stream of this event at the following link:

19 April 2016 , noon - 2 pm - McLean, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum hosts David Shedd on "Intelligence and Maintaining Relevancy-Adjusting to an Ever-Changing World in the 21st Century."

Mr. David R. Shedd will speak on 'Intelligence and Maintaining Relevancy-Adjusting to an Ever-Changing World in the 21st Century.' Mr. Shedd served in the US government for nearly 33 years. Since leaving government in February 2015, he has been serving as a Heritage Foundation Distinguished Fellow, an Adjunct Professor at Patrick Henry College on intelligence and national security, an independent consultant, on several Corporate Boards, and supporter of several NGO initiatives.
In August 2014, he was named Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency following four years' service as its Deputy Director. From May 2007 to August 2010, he served as the Deputy Director for Policy, Plans, and Requirements for the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). From May 2005 to April 2007, Mr. Shedd served as Chief of Staff and later as Acting Director of the Intelligence Staff to the Director of National Intelligence. He held intelligence policy positions at the National Security Council (NSC) from February 2001 to May 2005. These positions involved serving as the NSC's Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Program and Reform and implementing intelligence reforms based on 9/11 Commission findings, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, and the weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Commission's report to the President in March 2005. Earlier, he served in US Embassies in Costa Rica and Mexico and a variety of senior management assignments at the Central Intelligence Agency.
Mr. Shedd holds a B.A. degree from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and a M.A. degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Latin American Studies. He was born in Bolivia and grew up in Latin America.

This forum will follow a modified Chatham House rule. You may use the information, but with the exception of speaker's name and subject, you may make no attribution. Everything will be off the record.
Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA. Registration starts at 11:30 AM, lunch at 12:00 PM.
Fees: Make reservations by April 19, 2016 by email to Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, or fettuccini with portabella for your luncheon selection. Please send your luncheon selection with your reservation to reduce the wait time for your food.
Pay at the door with a check for $ 29.00 per person, payable to DIAA, Inc. Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged.

Thursday, 21 April 2016, 5-6 PM - Washington, DC - "The Law and Active Cyber Defense" Conference by the Daniel Morgan Academy and the Office of Senator Mark Kirk

AFIO members are invited to attend a special, invitation-only Capitol Hill event on: The Law and Active Cyber Defense. The event is co-sponsored by the Daniel Morgan Academy and the Office of Senator Mark Kirk.

This event advances thinking on active cyber defense (aka cyber offense). Does US law allow a private sector actor to retaliate for an intrusion by hacking back -- committing the same offense? It has long been accepted that the US Government can engage in a robust, active cyber defense, yet the private sector cannot. Accordingly, the question is whether US law can be interpreted to permit retaliation or is a new law needed?

Presenters: Anthony Glosson, Associate, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Jeremy Rabkin, Professor of Law, George Mason University.
Commentators: Michael Mukasey, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton, Former Attorney General of the United States; Paul Rosenzweig, Founder of Red Branch Consulting PLLC, and a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security; Abram Shulsky, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, former adviser to the undersecretary of Defense for Policy.
Moderator: Kenneth D.M. Jensen, Senior Research Fellow, Daniel Morgan Academy

More information or to RSVP, do so here
or contact or or call 202-759-4988.

NOTE: This conference is at being held at Capitol Hill, 2 Constitution Ave NE, Russell Senate Office Building Room 188, Washington, DC 20002.

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.
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.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016 - Arlington, VA - CIRA Luncheon features Dawn Eilenberger, Assistant DNI for Policy & Strategy.

CIRA hosts Dawn Eilenberger, Assistant DNI for Policy & Strategy, at their May luncheon. In this role, she oversees the formulation and implementation of IC-wide policy and strategy on the full range of intelligence issues, including collection, analysis, requirements, management and information sharing, and provides leadership for ODNI and IC initiatives on information sharing and the closure and disposition of detainees at the Guantanamo Naval Base.
For registration details and location, consult the back of your copy of the CIRA Quarterly, or view on CIRA's webpage.

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.

Monday, 27 June 2016, 6:30-9 pm - Washington, DC - Lockpicking 101 - International Spy Museum Spy School Workshop

Spying today may seem dominated by the digital realm of hackers, cryptography, and eavesdropping, but the field operative will never go away. In the physical world, where secrets are under lock and key, sometimes the only way in is to pick the lock.
In this workshop, led by Preston Thomas, president of the DC Chapter of The Open Organization Of Lockpickers, you'll learn the art and science of how locks work-and how to open them. From classical picking to field expedient methods, we will survey the tools and techniques necessary to attack many common locks. Try your hand at getting out of handcuffs and zip ties. Discover if you really can escape with just your wits and a bobby pin. Participants will work in small groups getting hands-on practice with lockpicking experts, and once you've got "the touch," you can put your skills to the test against other students.
Location: City Tap House, 901 9th St NW, Washington, DC - Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
High-quality lock picking kits will be available to take home after the class for $25 (cash or check). Please email if you would like one.
Food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the event.
TICKETS: $35. Space limited to 30 - advance registration required. No tickets available at event. To register contact

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