AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #18-16 dated 3 May 2016

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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - OBITUARIES, JOBS AND RESEARCH REQUESTS

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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Trapped in a spiral of lies and deceit.
The money or revenge no longer compensates for the anxiety and fear of exposure.

Read the post which just arrived from NOIR, the nonprofit counterespionage think-tank, which routinely explores methods to undermine the dominance of handlers in spy/handler relationships as a way to give the insider spy the chance to break free of a situation from which he sees no escape. Not dissimilar from breaking the grip of pimps on young prostitutes; the allure of drugs on addicts. Would this approach give the US a CI advantage or would adversaries immediately counter it?

Read more and share your opinions with the investigators at NOIR.


Friday, 20 May 2016 - Tysons, VA

Will you be prepared? Attend and find out.


Professor John D. Woodward, Jr.,
former CIA  Clandestine Service and Directorate of Science and Technology, on
"The Hard Problem of Countering the Use of Biological Weapons."
and
Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., (USFS, Ret)
discusses "America's Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East."
Online Registration is here.

  
  

"The Hard Problem of Countering the Use of Biological Weapons" will be the topic of former CIA DO & DS&T officer John D. Woodward, Jr., in his presentation on the biological weapons threat, which he defines as the intentional or deliberate use of a pathogen to cause harm. Woodward will discuss biological weapons risks as terrorists and others leverage advances in the life sciences and information technologies to ramp up the types of attacks they may seek to launch. Woodward will explain in what ways biological weapons pose a human, economic, and societal threat.

A retired CIA officer who served in the Clandestine Service and the Directorate of Science and Technology, Woodward is currently a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Boston University's Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies where he teaches courses in intelligence, homeland security, and national security. His talk will include possible policy approaches which will focus greater attention on intelligence measures the US and global communities can take to prevent or disrupt biological weapons attacks.

John Woodward's talk begins at 11 am.

Ambassador Chas Freeman, a renowned Middle East expert, 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 new book of the same title as his talk will be released at event. 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.

Chas Freeman's presentation begins at 1 pm.

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel Mezzanine, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22102. Hotel: 703 893-2100. Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf No reservations at the hotel.
REGISTER: online Registration is here.



Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Germany Replaces Head of Foreign Intelligence Service.  Germany plans to replace the chief of its foreign intelligence service in July in the wake of a long-running controversy over the agency's cooperation with the US.

The German government said Wednesday that Bruno Kahl, a veteran senior aide to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, would succeed Gerhard Schindler as head of the BND.

The government didn't provide a reason for Mr. Schindler's departure. The BND has been under pressure since it emerged that it shared intelligence about Europeans with the US. Lawmakers investigating the US National Security Agency's surveillance in Germany said last year that the BND had helped the NSA spy on other European countries, a violation of Chancellor Angela Merkel's stated policy of not snooping on allies.

At the time, the German government acknowledged failures in oversight of the BND, which reports to Ms. Merkel's office.  [Read more:  Thomas/WallStreetJournal/27April2016]

Romania's Anti-Graft Chief Slams Intelligence Service.  The fierce attack launched by the chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate on the Foreign Intelligence Service is seen as pointing to a serious inter-institutional conflict in Romania.

The chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, the DNA, Laura Codruta Kovesi, on Tuesday accused Romania's Foreign Intelligence Service, SIE, of not sending the DNA any information about possible crimes abroad since she became head of the DNA.

"I have never received any counter-intelligence reports from the SIE since I took over this office at the DNA. However, we see many suspects setting up businesses abroad. This raises the reasonable question about why we have never received any information about such activities," she said.

"We haven't been informed about foreign bank accounts, luxury villas or luxury yachts," Kovesi said, emphasizing that "it is illegal to have information about possible crimes and not inform the DNA.  [Read more:  Bucureasa/BIRN/28April2016]

Intelligence Community Launches Classified Marketplace for Cloud Technology.  The US intelligence community has just opened a new marketplace for cloud applications, the idea being to let analysts and developers test-drive thousands of commercial data analytic tools for a pittance and without waiting for their agencies to make large commitments of time and money via usual government procurement channels.

The marketplace, which opened last week, is integrated into the private cloud that Amazon Web Services built for the Central Intelligence Agency as part of the Intelligence Community Information Technology Environment (ICITE). The classified storefront is modeled on the one Amazon uses for its public cloud, which lets developers and users "pay by the drink" while they're evaluating various software tools, development platforms and even entire operating systems. IC staff will get access to those tools instantaneously rather than having to wait for the government acquisition process to procure them one by one.

"The ability to use the marketplace to try out, essentially for pennies, something upwards of 2,000 IT products is going to be a huge benefit," said Tom Hall, the technical director and chief data officer in the office of the Director of National Intelligence. "You can drop in a dime and play with something all you want."

Hall declined to say precisely which tools the IC plans to include in its classified marketplace.  [Read more:  Serbu/FederalNewsRadio/27April2016]

Ukraine Fires Foreign Intelligence Service Head.  President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko dismissed Victor Hvozd from the post of head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine.

A relevant decree of the president dated 29 April 2016 published on the official website of the head of the Ukrainian state.

"To dismiss Hvozd Viktor Ivanovich from the post of the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine," the decree says.  [News.az/29April2016]

As US Pushes Defence Intelligence Sharing Pact, India Says 'Not Ready Yet'.  Amidst talks over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's forthcoming visit to the United States in June, American officials are grappling with Indian government's reluctance to sign the Defence Intelligence Sharing agreement between the two countries.

Indian officials confirmed that US Defence Secretary Ash Carter had raised this issue in delegation-level talks with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at Delhi earlier this month. Senior government officials, however, said that while the US had been insistent on it - and has raised it at political, bureaucratic, and military levels - they have told the US that "we are not ready for it yet".

Two senior American officials from the US Defence Intelligence Agency are scheduled to visit Delhi next month to deliberate over the agreement. However, sources said, their meetings with senior Indian officials were yet to be confirmed.

"Defence intelligence cooperation is mentioned in the Defence Framework Agreement signed between the two countries in 2015. Enhanced exchange of military intelligence has also featured in all the discussions between PM Modi and President Obama but we have seen no progress in operationalising it," a US official told The Indian Express.  [Read more:  Singh/TheIndianExpress/27April2016]

Fox News Pundit Admits Fraud, Sticks by CIA Story.   Former cable news pundit Wayne Simmons admits he's a fraud. And he admits he's a felon. But despite all evidence to the contrary, he remains adamant that he was a CIA man.

Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, Maryland, struck an unusual plea agreement Friday in US District Court in Annapolis. He admitted defrauding the government out of $78,000 by lying about his credentials to obtain jobs as a government contractor. He also admitted cheating a private citizen out of nearly $100,000 by claiming he could invest her money in real estate.

But when it comes to his claims about the CIA, the wording in his plea agreement walks a fine line. He admits that "there are no records or any other evidence that the defendant had ever been employed by or worked with the CIA." And in his plea agreement, he acknowledges that continuing to claim a CIA career could result in an increased sentence because he would not get credit for acceptance of responsibility.

Still, Simmons made clear during and after Friday's hearing that he's sticking to his story about a life in the CIA, where he claimed a 27-year career as an "Outside Paramilitary Special Operations" officer, according to court records.  [Read more:  Barakat/AP/29April2016]

Intelligence Leaders Impatient for Insider Threat Social Media Guidance.  Immensely complex questions of privacy and civil liberties are holding up agencies from using perhaps the most valuable sources of information they could find on current and future employees: social media and other publicly available online information.

"These things take a long time," said Alex Joel, chief civil and privacy protection officer at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, during an April 28 panel discussion at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance's insider threat symposium in Chantilly, Virginia. "If there was an easy answer, we'd have it already. We're working at the pace of government to try to figure this out."

Social media is the "void" the National Security Agency is trying to fill with its own insider threat program, Kemp Ensor, director of security at the NSA, said.  His employees don't go home and talk to their neighbors anymore, he said. They go online.

"That's where we need to be," Ensor said. "That's where we need to mine from if we're going to build the trusted workforce of the future."  [Read more:  Ogrysko/FederalNewsRadio/28April2016]

NATO's Breedlove Calls for Sharper Focus on Russia Ahead of Departure.  The US has too few intelligence assets focused on the threat from Russia and should concentrate its technical capabilities on Moscow's growing military might, NATO's departing supreme allied commander said.

The US has begun to build up the number of intelligence analysts examining Russia, which stood at 13,000 at the height of the Cold War before dipping to a low point of just 1,000 three years ago, said Gen. Philip Breedlove, the top military commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, in an interview.

But Gen. Breedlove said the US needs more technical intelligence assets, the kind of spy satellites the US uses to keep an eye on both troop movements and terrorist training camps, focused on the threat from Russia.

"We see that Russia has not accepted the hand of partnership but has chosen a path of belligerence," Gen. Breedlove said. "We need to readdress where we're heading."  [Read more:  Barnes/WallStreetJournal/1May2016]

Georgian Intelligence Arrests Five for Attempted Nuclear-Grade Material Sale.  Georgia's intelligence service agency has detained five citizens for allegedly trying to sell nuclear weapons-grade uranium.

Security service investigator, Savle Motiashvili, announced to the media shortly after the arrest that intelligence officers had detained five Georgian citizens in the Black Sea town of Kobuleti when the group planned a USD 3 million sale of weapons-grade uranium.

According to Motiashvili, investigators found the uranium while it was still housed in a radioactive-proof container and hidden in the Kobuleti home of one of the accused.

A radiology review revealed that the 1,665 gr. substance contains two radioactive isotopes: Uranium-238 and a small amount (0, 23%) of Uranium-235.  [Read more:  Svanidze/GeorgiaToday/28April2016]

Intel Community Collaborates at USAREUR, 4ID Rehearsal.  The event, held at the Rhineland Community Club here, focused on unifying intelligence efforts for the separate USAREUR-led joint, multinational exercises Anakonda 16, Swift Response, and Saber Strike 16 with its associated Dragoon Ride II, to be held in June and which all total will include more than 35,000 troops participating from 24 Allied and partner nations.

"The 4th ID MCE was very happy to host a great opportunity for military intelligence representatives to collaborate with a level of information that no one could have imagined," said Lt. Col. Matthew J. Sheiffer, MCE chief of staff.

The rehearsal included participants from the Baumholder-based 4th Inf. Div. MCE and division staff visiting from Fort Carson, Colorado; 2nd Calvary Regiment and 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, the current and incoming regionally allocated forces for Operation Atlantic Resolve; plus 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command; 21st Theater Sustainment Command; NATO representatives; program managers from Washington, DC; and other organizations.

As the division-level headquarters for Army Europe, the MCE provides mission command of all US ground forces conducting operations in support of Atlantic Resolve.  [Read more:  Harrell/DVIDS/1May2016]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

European Union Should Set up US-Style Intelligence Agency, Says Jean-Claude Juncker's Think Tank. The European Union should set up a central intelligence agency, inspired by the US Department for Homeland Security, according to a report compiled by Jean-Claude Juncker's in-house think tank.

Intelligence agencies should pool their expertise and allow a central EU service to analyse jihadist threats and draw up counter-terrorism plans, the report suggests.

It argues that the 7/7 attacks on London and atrocities in Madrid, Paris and Brussels show the "painful costs" of "institutional fragmentation."

The suggestion comes despite Germany and Britain firmly rejecting a suggestion by Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU's Home Affairs commissioner, in December that a single intelligence agency should be created.  [Read more:  Holehouse/TheTelegraph/1May2016]

How the Intelligence Community's IT Strategy Helped Link Assad to 2013 Chemical Weapons.  In August 2013, a chemical weapons attack in Syria's capital, Damascus, killed some 1,500 civilians and left two sides - the Syrian government and the rebels opposing President Bashar al-Assad's regime - blaming each other for the destruction.

Within just nine days, that confusion ended when the White House released an intelligence assessment unequivocally linking the Syrian government to the attack, highlighting communications and other intercepts by US spy agencies used to make the assessment.

Two weeks later, the United Nations reached the same conclusion in its own report. How was the intelligence community able to reach such a rapid, accurate analysis of such an attack on foreign soil?

The answer, according to Beth Flanagan of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, is integrated intelligence, or the increased ability for the 17 intelligence agencies to develop and share data and work on problems using the same platforms and environments.  [Read more:  Konkel/NextGov/28April2016]

Wedgie, Noogie, Pushup: Life Inside TSA's Intelligence Office.  An accusation of a wedgie. Forced motivational pushups. Speculation about what a cohort looked like naked. Exile for reporting misconduct. Even a noogie for a job well done.

This is not 1950s fraternity-house hazing or high school locker-room tomfoolery. These are accounts of life inside the intelligence office of the Transportation Security Administration.

Since the March 22 airport and subway bombings in Brussels that killed 32, the top US transportation security official has scrambled to quell fears about the risk of similar attacks on domestic soil by highlighting the agency's intelligence-driven approach to security.

Already facing multiple congressional inquiries into senior-level misconduct, internal complaints of retaliation and the ire of the aviation industry over hourslong security checkpoint delays, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger earlier this month told reporters that the "vast national intelligence network" helped bolster transportation security. His comments came days after he testified to a Senate commerce committee that under his leadership, the TSA has enhanced how it shares threat information.  [Read more:  Becker/RevealNews/26April2016]

Dutch Intelligence: Competition Could Fuel Jihadi Plots.  The Netherlands' Intelligence Service (AIVD) is predicting a "large scale, spectacular attack in Europe or the US." And, they say, it could happen very soon.

AIVD's report on 2015, released last week, analyzes the threat of terrorism, cyber-terrorism, and other national security issues based on the past year's events and global intelligence-gathering. The agency found that ongoing competition between jihadist groups is proving even more dangerous than the threat of continued "lone wolf" attacks and localized bombings by jihadists who have either returned from the Islamic State or were inspired by them.  That competition, particularly between Al Qaeda and ISIS, is likely to lead to major attacks on the West in order to "demonstrate to one another that each is the real leader of jihadism," the AIVD report says. This is particularly crucial for Al Qaeda, which may stage an attack soon in order to re-assert its prestige and power at a time when ISIS seems to be getting the most attention.

These predictions align with similar warnings from former CIA operative Brian Fairchild, who last fall also warned of "another 9/11," driven by rivalry among the terrorist groups.

That rivalry is intensifying as various factions continue to battle for power in the Levant.  [Read more:  TheAlgemeiner/28April2016]

Rash of Chinese Spy Cases Shows a Silent National Emergency.  There have been four cases of Chinese espionage against the United States in just the last three weeks. These haven't been the run-of-the-mill cyberspies either; these are Cold War-style cases of individuals allegedly caught spying on behalf of a communist regime.

Three of the cases involved people trying to steal nuclear technology. Another involved the theft of cutting-edge technology for unmanned submarines.

The first case garnered the most attention. On April 8, the US military held the first hearing on the case of Lt. Cmdr. Edward Chieh-Liang Lin. The US military officer and Taiwanese immigrant served as a "nuclear-trained enlisted sailor" and as a signals intelligence expert, and was allegedly spying on behalf of Taiwan and Mainland China.

Just five days later, a Chinese citizen, Fuyi "Frank" Sun, 52, was arrested in New York for trying to obtain sensitive carbon fiber used in nuclear centrifuges. Sun allegedly told undercover agents he worked for the Chinese regime's missile program and had close ties to the Chinese military.  [Read more:  Philipp/EpochTimes/28April2016]



Section III - COMMENTARY

The Rise of Threat Intelligence Gateways.  According to ESG research, enterprise organizations continue to invest in all types of threat intelligence (note: I am an ESG employee).  For example, 60% of organizations have had a threat intelligence program in place for more than 2 years, 69% consume 6 or more open source or commercial threat intelligence feeds as part of cybersecurity analytics efforts, and 72% of enterprises plan on increasing spending on their threat intelligence programs over the next 12 to 18 months.

Why is threat intelligence gaining momentum?  Security professionals know that since they can't block every conceivable cyber-attack, they need to collect, process, and analyze all types of internal and external security data to improve their incident detection and response capabilities.  Many also want to use threat intelligence more proactively for threat prevention.  In fact, 36% of enterprise cybersecurity professionals say that their organizations intend to use threat intelligence feeds to automate remediation actions over the next 24 months.

Hmm, this seems like a good idea.  When threat intelligence points to bad IP address, URL, or DNS lookups, why not simply block them from the get go?  Unfortunately, this hasn't always been easy in the past as it involved normalizing disparate threat intelligence feeds, building custom dashboards and rule sets, integrating various network security devices, etc.

These issues are actually a microcosm for the state of threat intelligence today - lots of great data and good ideas, but it seems like it always much more difficult to operationalize threat intelligence than it should be.  [Read more:  Oltsik/NetworkWorld/2May2016]

Hated Encryption Bill Should Prompt US Intelligence Reform.  You don't need anything decrypted to see that nobody likes the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016, the draft encryption bill released two weeks ago. Coauthored by Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the bill would allow courts to order companies to break encryption on communications and devices for law enforcement purposes.

There are plenty of reasons to dislike it. Here are mine, along with some thoughts about what the bill reveals about our government's approach to intelligence.  [Read more:  Peterson/VentureBeat/30April2016]


Section IV - OBITUARIES, JOBS AND RESEARCH REQUESTS



Section V - Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

Saturday, 7 May 2016, 11am - 3pm - Orange Park, FL - The North Florida Chapter hosts Don Kabrich, on Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lessons Learned, and Al-Jazeera Desert Intelligence Operations and Collection.

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 retired Army Warrant Officer Don Kabrich, who served from 1991 to 2013 in an Army Special Forces Detachment - Alpha (SFODA) Team Member - from the 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He and the group specialized in Middle East Operations, with detachment infiltration and exfiltration as a specialty, plus Amphibious Operations (Special Forces Combat Dive Team).
Topics covered will be: 1) Lessons Learned - Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). 2) Special Forces Detachment Combat Tour in Bayji, Iraq. 3) Al-Jazeera Desert Intelligence Collection, Operations, and Psychological Warfare Impact
Event Location: Orange Park Country Club.
RSVP as soon as possible to Ken Meyer at kemeyer123@att.net 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, 11:30am - 2:30pm - 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 Chefs 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 afiofsc@afio.com.

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 1130 hours - Colorado Springs, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Raymond Bernier, DD, CIAC, on the "Identification and Cataloging of Terrorists."

The speaker at this chapter events is Raymond Bernier, currently assigned as the Deputy Director of the Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC). He is also the project manager for the Criminal Intelligence Enterprise (CIE) for the south central region of Colorado. The CIE is a national initiative designed to identify, prioritize, and catalog the criminal and terrorist threat groups that present the greatest threat to each major city and county.
The cost of the meal is $15.
For more details, please contact Tom VanWormer at robsmom@pcisys.net

Friday, 20 May 2016 - Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., (USFS, Ret) discusses "America's Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East." Professor John D. Woodward, Jr., former CIA  Clandestine Service and Directorate of Science and Technology, on"The Hard Problem of Countering the Use of Biological Weapons."- AFIO National Luncheon

"The Hard Problem of Countering the Use of Biological Weapons" will be the topic of former CIA DO & DS&T officer John D. Woodward, Jr., in his presentation on the biological weapons threat, which he defines as the intentional or deliberate use of a pathogen to cause harm. Woodward will discuss biological weapons risks as terrorists and others leverage advances in the life sciences and information technologies to ramp up the types of attacks they may seek to launch. Woodward will explain in what ways biological weapons pose a human, economic, and societal threat.

A retired CIA officer who served in the Clandestine Service and the Directorate of Science and Technology, Woodward is currently a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Boston University's Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies where he teaches courses in intelligence, homeland security, and national security. His talk will include possible policy approaches which will focus greater attention on intelligence measures the US and global communities can take to prevent or disrupt biological weapons attacks.

Ambassador Chas 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 new book of the same title as his talk, will be released at event. 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. His presentation begins at 1 pm.

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel Mezzanine, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22102. Hotel: 703 893-2100. Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf 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 Chinas 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 afiosf@aol.com or Mariko Kawaguchi, c/o AFIO, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011 for questions.

16 June 2016, 12:30 - 2pm - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO L.A. Chapter hosts Kenneth Daigler on Spies, Patriots, and Traitors

Former CIA officer Kenneth Daigler will discuss key aspects of his book Spies, Patriots, and Traitors. The cost of the meeting will be $15 and will include a copy of the book and refreshments served. Please RSVP: afio_la@yahoo.com
Meeting Location: LAPD-ARTC 5651 W. Manchester Ave Los Angeles, CA 90045

BIO: Ken Daigler is a retired career CIA operations officer, previously holding several key operations positions in the agency, and is a recipient of the William Donovan Award & Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. In addition, he has consulted for the Department of Defense in the area of counterintelligence. He has a BA in history from Centre College of Kentucky and an MA in history from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and has served in the US Marine Corps.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 5:30pm - New York, NY - Len Predtechenskis, former FBI, discusses "Operating Techniques for Recruiting Foreign Nationals" - at this Metro NY Chapter Meeting.

SPEAKER: Len Predtechenskis, Retired FBI Special Agent. He operated undercover, recruited many Soviet/Russian agents for the US Government, debriefed and resettled dozens of defectors, directed/lead agent in many "false flag", "red herring" and "double agent" operations.
TOPIC: "Operating Techniques for Recruiting Foreign Nationals"
LOCATION: Society of Illustrators building, 128 East 63rd Street. Between Park & Lexington Ave.
TIME: Registration starts 5:30 PM Meeting starts 6:00 PM
COST: $50/person. Payment at the door, cash & check only. Full dinner, cash bar.
REGISTER: Strongly suggested, not required. Phone Jerry Goodwin 646-717-3776 or Email: afiometro@gmail.com

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Other Upcoming Events

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.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 6:30 - 9pm - Washington, DC - Star Wars or Spy Wars: Who Needs the Force When You Have Good Intel? at the International Spy Museum

From the moment Leia receives the stolen plans and conceals them within R2-D2 to the surprise intel that Finn provides from his stint in sanitation, the importance of inside and secret information in Star Wars is essential. Is Star Wars the ultimate spy movie series? Spy Museum historian, Dr. Vince Houghton certainly thinks so. Join him for a deep dive into the espionage themes that have run through the series and are the rumored plots of the upcoming films Rogue One and Episode VIII.  Houghton will be joined by Mary S. Henderson, author of Star Wars: The Magic of Myth, who will share how the universal themes of myth play into the spy arc of the series.
Tickets: $15. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Monday, 9 May 2016, 9am- 3pm - Washington, DC - Homeschool Day at SPY at the International Spy Museum

Join the Spy Museum's educators for the first annual Homeschool Day where groups and families are invited to explore the Museum's exciting exhibitions, discover multi and inter disciplinary lesson plans and resources, and participate in hands-on educational workshops with other homeschool families. This event is designed for students in grades 4+. Tickets: $14 and include admission to the Museum. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 11am - Washington, DC - Amb. Djerdj Matkovic, Republic of Serbia, discusses "The Balkans: Regional Political and Security Issues" at the Daniel Morgan Academy

The Daniel Morgan Academy invites AFIO members and guests to an invitation-only national security lecture on "The Balkans: Regional Political and Security Issues" by His Excellency Djerdj Matkovic, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the United States

A Q & A and reception will follow the Ambassador's comments.
LOCATION: Daniel Morgan Academy, 1620 L St NW, Seventh Floor, Washington, DC 20036; Near Farragut North and West Metro Stations

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 events@DanielMorgan.academy or call 202-759-4988

Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - The Winter Fortress, The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb: An Evening with Neal Bascomb at the International Spy Museum

In 1942, the Nazis were racing to build an atomic bomb. They had the physicists. They had the will. What they didn't have was enough "heavy water," an essential ingredient for their nuclear designs. That changed when they occupied Norway and took control of Vemork hydroelectric plant, the world's sole supplier of heavy water. Join best-selling author Neal Bascomb as he shares highlights from his extensively researched new book, The Winter Fortress, about the daring and successful commando raid on Vemork. During the program, Bascomb will show never-before-seen photos, and the Museum will feature an unusual artifact related to the mission for this one night only. Tickets: $10 per person. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 - Washington, DC - Night of Heroes Gala - The PenFed Foundation 2016 Gala

PUT THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR and then Join the PenFed Foundation, our partners and friends, Wednesday, 11 May 2016, as we honor those who lead the way in supporting our military and veterans. All proceeds benefit the PenFed Foundation, helping members of the military secure the financial future they deserve.
DINNER ★ HERO AWARDS PRESENTATION ★ LIVE AUCTION
Consider having your corporation or foundation be a sponsor for this worthwhile event. SPONSORSHIP LEVELS are as follows:
$100,000 Circle of Honor; $50,000 Legendary Hero; $25,000 Distinguished Hero; $10,000 Inspirational Hero; $5,000 Patriotic Hero; $1,000 Individual Sponsor
More details coming soon. More info here.
Location: Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, Washington, DC.

12 May 2016, 11:30am - 1pm - Washington, DC - Countering WMDs: The Libyan Experience, Amb. Robert Joseph, at the Daniel Morgan Academy

In his presentation "Countering WMDs: The Libyan Experience," part of Daniel Morgan Academy's National Security Lecture Series, Ambassador Robert Joseph will discuss his experience negotiating with the Libyans to convince them to give up their WMD programs.

The reception begins at 11:30, followed by the Ambassador's talk at noon, and closes with a Q & A.
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 events@DanielMorgan.academy or call 202-759-4988

Thursday, 12 May 2016, noon - 2 pm - Washington, DC - USAF Flight Test Engineer on "What's it like to fly the SR-71?" at this Returned & Services League of Australia meeting

Guest speaker: Retired USAF flight test engineer and SR-71 Reconnaissance Systems Operator Phil Soucy will be the guest speaker, talking about flying the SR-71. He is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of MTSl, an aerospace engineering firm he co-founded in Alexandria, VA. MTSI employs a technical staff of over 600 engineers and scientists with operating locations throughout the US. Prior to MTSI, Phil served 20 years with USAF in wide range of operational and high tech systems evaluation positions. During his last assignment he served in the Pentagon where he headed the Air Force's "Low Observable Red Team," and was responsible for independently assessing and testing the survivability and effectiveness of all low observable (stealth) vehicles.

Where –Amenities Room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036. NOTE: Valid photo ID required
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each. Attire: Business casual
RSVP by noon on Wednesday May 11, 2016, to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.com More info at www.rsl-dc.com.

Parking: No parking at Embassy but paid off-street parking available behind and under Airline Pilots Association, 17th & Mass, and at 15th & Mass (1240 15th St). On street two hour metered parking also available.

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.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 11:30am - 2pm - McLean, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum meets to hear Bob Gourley on "Cyber Threats and Cyber Intelligence Sharing."

The DIF hosts Bob Gourley, a former naval intelligence officer, which included operational tours in Europe and Asia. Bob was the first Director of Intelligence (J2) at DOD's cyber defense organization JTF-CND. Following retirement from the Navy, Bob was an executive with TRW and Northrop Grumman, and then returned to government service as the CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Bob's most recent book, The Cyber Threat, provides business executives with actionable insights into the threat landscape, and is the theme of today's luncheon.
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.

Pay at the door with a check for $ 29.00 payable to DIAA, Inc. Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA
Make reservations by 17 May 2016 by email to diforum@diaalumni.org. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
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, 19 May 2016, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals at the International Spy Museum

In 1945, when the Allies convened the Nuremberg trials, a psychiatrist, Douglas Kelley, and a psychologist, Gustave Gilbert, tried to understand the psychology of the Nazi leaders, using extensive psychiatric interviews, IQ tests, and Rorschach tests.  Their findings were so disconcerting that portions of the data were hidden and the research was bitterly disputed. Drawing on decades of experience, Joel E. Dimsdale, distinguished professor emeritus and research professor in psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, takes a fresh look at the findings and will discuss his complex and troubling quest to make sense of the most extreme evil in his new book Anatomy of Malice. Tickets: $10 per person. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Monday, 27 June 2016, 6:30-9pm - 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 soltmans@spymusem.org 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 aabrell@spymuseum.org


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