AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #20-16 dated 17 May 2016

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Crime and Cryptology
Subject: UNABOMBER - Ted Kaczynski, BTK Killer, and others

Hear Daniel Olson, Chief of Cryptanalysis
and Racketeering Records, FBI

speak on

20 June 2016, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

RSVP now to attend the 2016 Schorreck Memorial Lecture Speaker Series.
This year's program features special guest Daniel Olson, Chief of the Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, VA. Highlights will include solved and unsolved ciphers from notorious criminals such as the Zodiac Killer of the 1960s, BTK serial killer Dennis Raeder, as well as the enciphered journal of UNABOMBER Ted Kaczynski.
This series is sponsored by the Center for Cryptologic History and held at the National Cryptologic Museum.

Details and Registration are here.

Last Day to Register
for Friday's Special Event

Biological Weapons and America's Misadventures
in the Middle East

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."
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: No reservations at the hotel.
REGISTER: online Registration is here.

International Security & Intelligence Program
Attend a Cambridge University Experience
at Mt. Saint Mary's University in Maryland

18 July thru 5 August 2016
in beautiful Emmitsburg, Maryland

International Security and Intelligence (ISI) is a program offered at Mount St. Mary's University in association with the Cambridge Security initiative (CSi). This 3-week, highly competitive summer course runs from July 18-Aug 5, 2016.Through the lens of professional practitioners of the craft, and academics closely involved in the world of intelligence, students will explore the role of the intelligence and security agencies in a democratic society, applying the enduring principles of intelligence and security to cutting-edge problems. The 2016 program is being offered in the United States for the first time, exclusively at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md. Attendees range from undergraduate students to seasoned professionals, and everyone experiences the same mix of lectures, seminars and social activities. The aim is to offer an experience of teaching and learning which is very similar to that offered at the University of Cambridge.  Applications are being accepted until June. Learn more at


German Intelligence Agency Warns of Russian Cyber Sabotage.  The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency warned Friday that Russia is engaged in electronic espionage efforts and appears willing to conduct cyber sabotage against critical infrastructure.

The BfV agency said Russian intelligence agencies appear to be behind an "aggressive" campaign of electronic espionage going back at least seven years known as Sofacy/ATP 28, whose targets have included the German Parliament.

It identified another campaign, codenamed "Sandworm," that it said appeared to be aimed at sabotaging universities, telecoms firms and energy companies.

"Cyberspace is a place of hybrid warfare," said BfV chief Hans-Georg Maassen. "The information security of German government, administrative, business, science and research institutions is under permanent threat."  [Read more:  AP/13May2016]

GCHQ Intelligence Agency Joins Twitter.  The UK's intelligence agency GCHQ has set up an official account on Twitter.

It said it had taken the step as part of an ongoing strategy to be more accessible and open about the work it does for the UK.

The first tweet that it sent from the @GCHQ account was just two words: "Hello, world."

It said it would be sending messages about its history as well as languages, maths, the outcomes of missions and technology.  [Read more:  BBC/16May2016]

NGA, NRO, NSA Joining DoD in Silicon Valley.  The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) will be joining the Defense Department in Silicon Valley this summer, director Robert Cardillo says.

The new office will be called "NGA Outpost Valley," a more euphonious name than the Pentagon's unwieldy DiuX. "It's a beachhead that will have the authority to reach out to all innovation centers," Cardillo told a packed hall here. The GEOINT conference has an estimated 4,000 attendees, down from 5,000 last year.

In a Q and A session with reporters after his speech, Cardillo told me he would not be moving to Silicon Valley without his "partners" - he didn't name them, but that would be NSA and NRO. His "bosses" on Capitol Hill and at the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) would not allow him to do that, he said.

Also, Cardillo made clear he's absorbed the lessons that DoD has learned in setting up the DiuX. The people he will send there have experience in both Silicon Valley and NGA. NGA's outreach will be led by Peter Highnam, former IARPA director (the IC's version of DARPA), who is now NGA's research director.  [Read more:  Clark/BreakingDefense/16May2016]

Kerr Receives Charlie Allen Award for Distinguished Intelligence Service.  Dr. Donald M. Kerr Jr., vice chairman, The MITRE Corporation, has been named the recipient of AFCEA International's 2016 Charlie Allen Award for Distinguished Intelligence Service. AFCEA International's highest honor in the intelligence realm, the award recognizes senior-level intelligence professionals with a distinguished record of significant accomplishments and senior leadership supporting the Intelligence Community.

Prior to joining MITRE, Kerr served as the principal deputy director of national intelligence. He also has supported the Intelligence Community as the director of the National Reconnaissance Office and assistant to the secretary of the Air Force for Intelligence Space Technology. From 2001 to 2005, Kerr worked as the CIA's deputy director for science and technology. Prior to his time with the CIA, he was the FBI's assistant director in charge of the Laboratory Division.

Kerr also has held several executive positions in the private sector. He served as executive vice president and director at Information Systems Laboratories Incorporated, corporate executive vice president and director at SAIC, and president and director of EG&G Incorporated.

A fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Kerr's published material includes topics such as nuclear weapons efforts, national security and arms control, energy technology and ionospheric research. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, a master's degree in microwave electronics and a doctorate in plasma physics and microwave electronics.  [Read more:  AFCEA/11May2016]

Fusion of Satellite Imagery and Defence Insights Changes the Game for Global Intelligence Community.  Today, attendees of the GEOINT 2016 Symposium got a sneak peek at the new product from IHS Jane's, the leading global source of critical information and insight, and Airbus Defence and Space, recognized as a world leader in geospatial data provision and defence intelligence.

Conflict Atlas combines Airbus Defence and Space's satellite imagery with IHS Jane's data and insight into a powerful new tool for the global intelligence community.

For the first time, users will be able to navigate to a region of conflict or instability and view high resolution satellite imagery with key content such as military installations, terrorist activity, country profiles and the latest security insight mapped across each area.

"One of the biggest problems facing the intelligence community is how to manage big data across agencies and divisions while delivering clear actionable results," said Blake Bartlett, senior vice president of IHS Jane's. "Conflict Atlas is a unique, powerful tool that will help the intelligence community share and verify intelligence, manage big data and quickly identify critical focus areas."   [Read more:  BusinessWire/16May2016]

Europe Under Pressure to Overcome Intelligence-Sharing Obstacles.  Obama's counter-terror top guns are in Europe on a mission that sounds easy enough: to cajole European partners into sharing intelligence.

On Wednesday, the administration's team were meeting with European officials: Lisa Monaco, the assistant to President Obama for homeland security and counter-terrorism; Francis Taylor, the undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and John Mulligan, deputy director of the US National Counter-terrorism Center are sitting down with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and his intelligence chiefs to establish a protocol to exchange information.

But, there are obstacles: not only bureaucracy, but also privacy and sovereignty. Only about half of the European Union's 28 states currently even compare fingerprints.

Three weeks ago, Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Union Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, unveiled a plan to share intelligence, but it has hit some roadblocks.  [Read more:  Falk/CBSNews/11May2016]

Counterdeception Unit to Close.  Countering foreign strategic deception operations has been one of the official missions of all US intelligence agencies since the Reagan administration.

But now one of the last units devoted to counteracting foreign lies, deception and denial of information by states like China, Russia and Iran is being closed down, US officials tell Inside the Ring.

The counterdeception unit, known as the Foreign Denial and Deception Committee, is part of the National Intelligence Council (NIC), a high-level analysis group of both officials and private sector experts located at CIA headquarters but officially part of the office of the Director of National Intelligence.

For more than 30 years, all intelligence agencies have been required to operate internal units devoted to identifying and countering disinformation and deception operations. The reasons were simple: to prevent strategic surprise and to stop false or misleading information from causing US leaders to make wrong decisions based on false premises.  [Read more:  Gertz/WashingtonTimes/11May2016]

Intelligence Bill to Require Report on Cybersecurity at US Ports.  The bill that authorizes funding for the country's intelligence-related activities includes language that would require Homeland Security officials to give updates on the cybersecurity threats connected to the country's maritime industry.

H.R. 5077 passed unanimously in the House Intelligence Committee late last month. It awaits a vote in the full House.

The Undersecretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis would be required to consult with the Director of National Intelligence and give House and Senate Intelligence Committee members a report on the cyber threats and vulnerabilities within six months after the bill becomes law.

That report would include a description of recent attacks and attempts as well as any identified attacks being planned. The undersecretary also would need to address how the country's ports and shipping concerns are mitigating their risks.  [Read more:  Bittenbender/GSN/11May2016]


HLS Event Explores the Story Behind the Story of the Alum Portrayed in the Steven Spielberg Film.  In last year's Academy Award-nominated film Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks plays a lawyer who defends an accused Soviet spy in the US. The Hanks character appears to be dumbfounded that he has been asked to take on such an assignment. "I'm an insurance lawyer," he says.

The real lawyer whom Hanks portrays, James B. Donovan '40, was that - and more. His career included stints as general counsel of the Office of Strategic Services and assistant prosecutor at the principal Nuremberg trial - and negotiating a prisoner release with Fidel Castro, then the new leader of Cuba. The character depicted as an everyman in the film was celebrated as an extraordinary man earlier this year when the HLS Program on Negotiation hosted a film screening and a discussion, moderated by Dean Martha Minow, featuring Donovan's granddaughter Beth Amorosi and negotiation expert and HBS Professor Michael Wheeler LL.M. '74. The discussion explored how Donovan negotiated a swap of his convicted client, Rudolf Abel, and two Americans captured by the Soviet Union.

"He was a superb lawyer," said Minow. "He was highly skilled, and he had a sense of public mission that is manifested by how he spent his life."  [Read more:  Rice/Harvard/10May2016]

Truman, Trump, and Why Presidential Candidates Get Top Secret Intelligence Briefings:  A Brief History.  For weeks, across social media and, presumably, in actual conversation, liberal types have fretted over a thought: Soon, Donald Trump will begin getting intelligence briefings on issues of national security.

A man known to call reporters pretending to be his own press agent will be privy to America's military secrets. The Donald, only with nuclear launch codes.

If that's been a concern, you can exhale. The truth is more a mundane, but still fascinating glimpse into how a current government deals with the uncertainty of the electoral process. Like every other part of a presidential election, who gets to know what is a highly contested, intensely personal and ever-changing tradition.

The current protocol for intelligence briefings is this: In July, after each party's convention, the presumed presidential nominees - Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton - will get an intelligence presentation. It's a very long one, featuring several hours of top secret information, though maybe not as much as one might think. The real briefings don't begin until after the general election in November, when there is a president-elect.  [Read more:  Shilling/AtlasObscura/16May2016]

"A Contingency for Every Action" - CIA Intelligence Art Gallery's Newest Addition.  CIA's Intelligence Art Gallery recently added another unique work of art to its renowned collection. "A Contingency for Every Action" by James Dietz is the first still-life painting in the Agency's collection of 21 pieces of art. It is also the first to depict the critical partnership between the Directorate of Support (DS) and the Directorate of Operations (DO) - one that is essential to mission success, cultivated through years of dependable service by officers from both Directorates.

 The painting was conceptualized in 2012 when the then-Director of the Office of Global Services wanted to pay homage to the many contributions of the men and women who tirelessly support CIA's operations. The 48 x 32-inch canvas is a panoply of artifacts, images, and other items used to support paramilitary operations. The objects and historical references represent complex operational missions that span seven decades. At first glance, it may seem like a hodge-podge of objects, but Dietz purposefully elected to stimulate and intrigue viewers. "It is meant to be interesting and involving," says Dietz, who created the painting through the lens of an intelligence officer.

Known for his pictorial storytelling and attention to historical detail, Dietz masterfully infused modern and historical accoutrements to ensure operational partners in the DS and the DO - past and present - could relate to the painting. Those who have the deepest insight on the images are the members of the support cadre and the operational specialists they provision. "The painting is meant to be attractive, but does not have much meaning unless viewers bring their own unique history to it," Dietz explains.

There is no doubt that "A Contingency for Every Action" is a multi-faceted addition to CIA's intelligence art collection, but for those select operational partners, this painting serves as a testament to their contributions and dedication to the Agency's mission.  [SmallWarsJournal/12May2016]

Putin's Hydra: Inside Russia's Intelligence Services.  Far from being an all-powerful "spookocracy" that controls the Kremlin, Russia's intelligence services are internally divided, distracted by bureaucratic turf wars, and often produce poor quality intelligence - ultimately threatening the interests of Vladimir Putin himself.

Drawing on extensive interviews with former and current intelligence officials, "Putin's Hydra: Inside Russia's Intelligence Services" explains how the spy agencies really work, and argues that Europe's view of them is patchy and based on outdated caricatures.

The paper punctures the myth that the agencies are the power behind the throne in Russia. They are firmly subordinated to the Kremlin, and Putin plays them off against one another. They are not a united bloc but a disparate group, whose solidarity disappears as soon as there is an opportunity to make money or avoid blame.

The agencies often replicate each others' work, engaging in bloody competition rather than sharing intelligence. The need to please the Kremlin and deliver quick results leads to shoddy information gathering and analysis. Intelligence chiefs must shape and sugarcoat the facts to suit the president - or risk their jobs.  [Read more:  Galeotti/ECFR/11May2016]

Quiet Intelligence.  John Carlin '99 entered hostile, if not quite enemy, territory when he appeared at a March conference in San Francisco filled with representatives of the tech industry to defend the FBI's efforts to force Apple to unlock a terror suspect's iPhone.

Carlin, the soft-spoken assistant attorney general who heads the Justice Department's National Security Division, sought common ground as he found himself repeatedly cut off by a fellow panelist, a former counterterrorism official turned television talking head, who criticized the FBI's subpoena.

"With the ingenuity in the room, if we share the same values of [wanting to] ensure public safety and civil liberties in their broadest sense from both government over-intrusion and theft from nation states or terrorist attacks, we can come up with a better system than we are in right now," Carlin said.

For more than seven years, Carlin has quietly been at the center of the most sensitive counterterrorism cases, which have often involved tricky technological questions - first as an adviser to FBI Director Robert Mueller and then at the National Security Division.  [Read more:  Stern/Harvard/10May2016]


Maintaining America's Ability to Collect Foreign Intelligence: The Section 702 Program.  Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) will, in its current form, come up for reauthorization in 2017. Broadly speaking, the Section 702 program targets non-US persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States, in order to acquire foreign intelligence. Over the past several years, this surveillance of the online activities of foreigners has been a critical and invaluable tool for American intelligence professionals and officials. Knowledgeable officials note that more than 25 percent of all current US intelligence is based on information collected under Section 702.

Still, there are those who have concerns about the program. These critics believe that the program, as currently implemented, infringes on Americans' rights. Their concern hinges on the inevitable reality that in the course of collecting information about foreign actors, the Section 702 program will also collect information about American citizens. As a result, some opponents liken the Section 702 program to the government telephony metadata program disclosed by Edward Snowden, and characterize Section 702 as an instance of government overreach.  Such comparisons are misguided and unfair. The program is so vital to America's national security that Congress should reauthorize Section 702 in its current form.

Section 702 has its origins in President George W. Bush's terrorist surveillance program and the Patriot Act. That program was initiated in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, on the President's own authority. That reliance on exclusive presidential authority contributed to the controversy that initially attended the program - some vocal critics saw it as an example of executive overreach.

That aspect of the criticism was significantly ameliorated, if not eliminated, several years later, when Congress fully discussed and authorized the activities in question.  [Read more:  Shedd,Rosenzweig&Stimson/TheHeritageFoundation/13May2016]

Analysis: Intelligence Agencies Succeeding in Penetrating Hezbollah.  The circumstances of Hezbollah "Defense Minister" Mustafa Badreddine's death are shrouded in mystery, as was most of his life in the underground. Hezbollah released an official statement on Saturday, saying that he was assassinated a few days ago by the rebels near the Damascus airport.

Unlike in previous assassinations of its top commanders in which Israel was blamed, this announcement would apparently clear Israel of responsibility for the act. However, Arab media also quoted a Hezbollah MP in Lebanon, as well as several former Iranian generals, as saying that "the rebels" are working under the orders of "the Zionists." Still, the announcement is a clear signal that the Shi'ite Lebanese organization doesn't wish to escalate its relations with Israel.

It is still not clear how Badreddine was killed - there are reports that he died in an artillery blast, and others which claim he was hit by a missile, and even some reports that the missile was fired from an airplane. In any event, it is clear that those who planned and carried out the assassination had precise intelligence information. Especially since Badreddine knew he had enemies that would be happy to see him join his cousin and brother-in-law Imad Mughniyeh, who was assassinated eight years ago, also in Syria's capital in an operation attributed to the Mossad with the help of the CIA.

While Israel has not officially responded to Badreddine's death, the official White House spokesman stressed that the US was not involved in the affair. Yet it is strange that so far no one has claimed responsibility for the operation, not even one of the Syrian rebel groups.The list of those who wanted him dead was long. In addition to the US and Israel, all of the rebel groups in Syria, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and others are glad that one of the most cruel and wanted terrorists in the world is dead. The possibility has also been raised that he was killed by one of his rivals within Hezbollah, but that is most likely disinformation being spread by some intelligence agency's psychological warfare department.  [Read more:  Melman/JerusalemPost/15May2016]



Joseph Yardumian, Interpol Liaison, Nuclear Physicist with GD/TRW and USNRC, longtime member, Albuquerque Chapter

Joseph Yardumian died 9 May 2016, of Alzheimer's disease and cancer. Joe was an engineer and nuclear physicist who worked for General Dynamics, TRW Systems, and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He served as a liaison to Interpol, and worked tirelessly to protect his beloved country from terrorist threats. Joe was known for his kindness, his sense of humor, and his love for the country. It was his honor to serve in the Air Force during the Korean War, and to help mankind achieve space flight with his work on the Atlas program. He had a brilliant mind, and was well respected by everyone from the international intelligence community to his neighborhood communities in Southern California, Fairfax, VA, and Albuquerque. Joe is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean - the Treasurer of the Albuquerque Chapter. And also by his daughter, Michele, his son, Rob and wife, Sara of Portland, OR; and a grandson. He will be greatly missed by his rescued cat and best buddy, Bella. Joe and Jean retired to Albuquerque in 1997, where they have been active in AFIO. Joe has also served terms on the City Planning Commission, the Arts Board, and ten other voluntary community service organizations. Joe was a good friend and neighbor, and will be missed by all who knew him. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016, 11 a.m. at FRENCH - 7121 Wyoming Blvd., Albuquerque, NM.

Research or Speaker Requests

Call for Papers: The University of Texas at Austin Announces the "Bobby R. Inman Award" for Student Scholarship on Intelligence

The Intelligence Studies Project of the University of Texas at Austin announces the second round of an annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The winner of the "Inman Award" will receive a cash prize of $5000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2500. This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2015-16 academic year. The deadline for submitting papers is June 30, 2016.

The Intelligence Studies Project was established at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 as a joint venture of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for National Security in collaboration with the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The Project's mission is to improve understanding of intelligence activities and institutions through research, courses and public events bringing intelligence practitioners together with scholars, students and the public.

The award recognizes more than six decades of distinguished public service by Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Admiral Inman has served in multiple leadership positions in the U.S. military, intelligence community, private industry and the University of Texas. His previous intelligence posts include Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice-Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He continues to serve as a teacher and mentor to students, faculty members and current government officials while occupying the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School.

Additional information on the Inman Award competition and the Intelligence Studies Project is available here.

Did you know, or know of, Jane Wallis Burrell with OSS, SSU, CIG, and CIA in Paris or James R. "Jimmy" Murphy, head of X-2?

I am conducting research for a book about Jane Wallis Burrell who worked with the OSS, SSU, CIG, and CIA, primarily in Paris. She died in a January 6, 1948 crash of an Air France flight on approach to Le Bourget outside Paris.

Mrs. Burrell was recruited from her Washington R&A Pictorial Records Section into X-2 London in December 1943 by James R. "Jimmy" Murphy, head of X-2. Her intial posting was SHAEF Counter-Intelligence with an office in Norfolk House. By the spring of 1944, she was a part of Ryder Street X-2 and then transferred to Paris in November where she worked with SCU Unit 105 with Charles Michaelis and Lord Victor Rothschild. In May 1945 she and Michaelis were transferred to Munich SCI, 12th AG.
Additional details welcomed!

I am hoping to find Mr Murphy's personal papers in the hope that he wrote about Mrs. Burrell. As well his papers, I will appreciate biographical information about Mr. Murphy.

Of general interest is information about the Paris station, 1946-48.
Everything from the general intelligence priorities of the Paris station to the individuals who worked there: Philip Horton, Bernard Steele, Charles Grey, and Arne Ekstrom, among others.

No information is insignificant. Please reply to Dennis Whitehead at

Did You Know Peter Heimann of CIA, Asks Writer/filmmaker Son?

I was referred to AFIO by several members of the intelligence community who thought you might be able to assist me.
I am a NYC-based writer and a filmmaker seeking information on my grandfather, Peter Klaus Heimann (b. 1918 in Germany-d. 2003 in Maine), who was a charter member of the CIA and retired in 1975.
I obtained his Agency records through a FOIA request, but I am interested in hearing from anyone who knew him personally and professionally, and who might be able to help shed some light on his life and intelligence career.
Many thanks for your assistance. Replies to Alex Branger

Section V - Events


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

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: 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 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:
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:

Other Upcoming Events

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 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

Wednesday, 8 June 2016, 9am - 5pm - Washington, DC - 2016 Western Hemisphere Security Forum by the Daniel Morgan Academy

Event open by invitation only.
Organized criminal networks in the Western Hemisphere and their ability to integrate domestic gangs and international terrorist syndicates pose a grave and multi-dimensional threat to regional stability. Many regional governments in the Western Hemisphere have become closely aligned with this crime-terror nexus, as well as with extra-regional state actors, namely China, Russia and Iran—offsetting US influence in the region.
This one-day seminar on security in the Western Hemisphere, sponsored by the Center for a Secure Free Society and co-hosted by the Daniel Morgan Academy, brings together panels of experts who will share insight and perspectives on the threats of these extra-regional actors, the pressing security challenges in the area, and suggest solutions to rethink and improve US standing in the region.
Please note: This DMA seminar is an invitation-only event and not open to the general public. Contact DMA for more information.
Speakers/Panelists include...Amb Joseph R. DeTrani, DMA President; Amb Curt Winsor, former FSO, Costa Rica; Joseph M. Humire, Executive Director, Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS); Douglas Farah, Senior Visiting Fellow, Center for Complex Operations, NDU; Ilan Berman, Vice President, American Foreign Policy Council; Dr. R. Evan Ellis, Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College; Dr. Michael Sharnoff, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies and Director of the Regional Studies Program at DMA; Roger Pardo-Maurer, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs; and Fernando Menéndez, Senior Fellow, Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS).
Event location: Daniel Morgan Academy, 1620 L St NW, #700, Washington, DC 20036, Near Farragut North and West Metro Stations
Inquiries about attending: Frank Fletcher, Director of Lectures and Seminars, or call 202-759-4988
More information online here.

Monday, 13 June 2016, 11:30 am - Washington, DC - "Uphill Battle: Reflections on Vietnam Counterinsurgency" topic of Frank Scotton's presentation at Daniel Morgan Academy

Event by invitation-only.
Frank Scotton will discuss lessons he learned regarding counterinsurgency, based upon his many years of service with the United States Information Service in the Republic of South Vietnam.
Scotton retired in 1998 as the assistant director for East Asia at the US Information Agency of the State Department. He began his overseas career more than 50 years ago in Vietnam. Between 1962 and 1975, he spent part of each year in Vietnam with the US Information Service and then took assignments with the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV)/Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS) and with the Joint United States Public Affairs Office (JUSPAO), merged USIA, State Department, and Defense Department public affairs elements in Vietnam

Reception at 11:30 am; Lecture starts at noon followed by Q & A

LOCATION: Daniel Morgan Academy, 1620 L St NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20036; Near Farragut North and West Metro Stations
For more information or to RSVP or contact Frank Fletcher, Director of Lectures and Seminars, DMA at; call 202-759-4988.

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 5:30pm- 8:00pm – Washington, DC – KidSpy: Spy Fiction Writer's Workshop at the International Spy Museum

The shadow world of spying has captured the imagination of authors for centuries. Join Melissa Mahle, former CIA intelligence officer and author of Anatolia Steppe: Lost in Petra and Camp Secret, and discover how her skills as a real former spy helped her develop characters and stories for her book. Children and teenagers ages 9-14 will develop the plot and storyline that grips readers' attention and quickens their pulses. Tickets include dinner. Advance registration required. Tickets: $30. Visit

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 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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