AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #22-16 dated 31 May 2016

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - OBITUARIES, RESEARCH

Obituaries

Research - Call For Papers

Call for Papers - Deadline is 30 June 2016 - Topic: “Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community“ - for Joint Conference in March-April 2017 in Washington, DC

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 7:30 - 8:45pm - McLean, VA

"How Jihadists Weaponize Islamic History and How to De-Weaponize It"

featuring Nibras Kazimi at the Westminster Institute

Religious extremists in the Middle East, both Sunni and Shia, have succeeded in weaponizing memory. They wield historical precedence to inform and legitimize their actions and strategies. Nibras Kazimi, an Iraqi citizen, will discuss how they do this and how to undermine their legitimacy by de-weaponizing precedence.

Nibras Kazimi's blog, Talisman Gate, was one of the most riveting Iraqi blogs written from Baghdad in the midst of its drama and turmoil and was renowned for its acute political insight. He has resumed writing the blog at Talisman Gate, Again. His research focuses on the growing threat of jihadism in the Middle East, as well as prospects for democracy in the region. His primary interest is the national security of Iraq and how threats there are enabled and coordinated by regional Middle Eastern actors and factors.

Kazimi directed the Research Bureau of the Iraqi National Congress in Washington, DC and Baghdad, and was a pro-bono adviser for the Higher National Commission for De-Ba'athification. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute and wrote a weekly column for The New York Sun and a monthly column for Prospect magazine (UK). He has published several papers on jihadism as well as articles in publications such as Newsweek and the New Republic. He is the author of the monograph Syria Through Jihadist Eyes: A Perfect Enemy. He is a member of The Atlantic Council's 2016 Iraq Task Force.

Where: The Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101.
Register Now!


2016 Western Hemisphere Security Forum

at the Daniel Morgan Academy, Washington, DC

Wednesday, 8 June 2016, 9am - 5pm

Event 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, Fletcher@DanielMorgan.academy or call 202-759-4988
More information online here.


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.


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 http://isi.msmary.edu/

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Russian Deep-Cover Spy Sentenced in New York Court.  A Russian intelligence officer, who posed as a banker in the United States, has been handed a prison sentence by a court in New York. Evgeny Buryakov, 41, posed as an employee of the New York branch of Vnesheconombank, a Russian state-owned bank headquartered in Moscow. However, in January 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Buryakov along with Igor Sporyshev, 40, and Victor Podobnyy, 27, who were employees of the trade office of the Russian permanent mission to the United Nations in New York. According to their indictment, Sporyshev and Podobnyy were in fact employees of the SVR, Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, one of the direct institutional descendants of the Soviet-era KGB. The FBI said the two were employed by the SVR's ‘ER' Directorate, which focuses on economics and finance. Operating under diplomatic guise, they regularly met with Buryakov, who the FBI said was the third member of the alleged spy ring.

However, unlike Sporyshev and Podobnyy, Buryakov was operating under non-official cover, posing as a bank employee. Non-official-cover operatives, or NOCs, as they are typically referred to in the US Intelligence Community, are usually high-level principal agents or officers of an intelligence agency, who operate without official connection to the diplomatic authorities of the country that employs them. They typically pose as business executives, students, academics, journalists, or non-profit agency workers, among other covers. Unlike official-cover officers, who are protected by diplomatic immunity, NOCs have no such protection. If arrested by authorities of their host country, they can be tried and convicted for conducting espionage.

The court documents also reveal that Sporyshev and Podobnyy broke basic rules of intelligence tradecraft by contacting Buryakov using an unencrypted telephone line and addressing him by his real name, rather than his cover name.  [Read more:  Fitsanakis/IntelNews/27May2016]

Portuguese Intelligence Hunts Accomplices of Spy Accused of Passing 'Nato Secrets' to Russia.  Portugal's intelligence service is hunting for possible accomplices of an alleged double agent who was caught passing Nato secrets to a Russian handler.

Frederico Carvalhão, a senior figure in Portugal's SIS intelligence service - the country's version of MI5 - was arrested in Rome last Saturday, allegedly in the act of passing secret documents to a supposed Russian agent.

But there are suspicions that Mr. Carvalhão was not working alone and there could be other moles within SIS. Portugal is a member of both Nato and the European Union, giving its security services access to some of the secrets of the two organisations, both of which are key targets for Russian intelligence.

Mr. Carvalhão was detained by Italian police at a café in Rome's Trastevere district after a sting operation coordinated with Portuguese agents. Also seized was a Russian citizen, believed to be an officer from the SVR foreign intelligence service.  [Read more:  Badcock/TheTelegraph/26May2016]

Islamic State Militants 'Have Euro 2016 in Their Sights' German Intelligence Claims.  Islamic State militants have Euro 2016 in their sights, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency has said.

The comments from Hans-Georg Maassen, head of Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, come after France's spy chief said ISIS is gearing up for a campaign of bomb attacks on large crowds in his country

France, where militants last year killed 130 people in coordinated assaults on cafes, bars, a football stadium and a music hall across Paris, will host Euro 2016, which starts on June 10 and runs for a month at 10 stadiums across the country.

"We know that IS has the European Championship in its sights," Maassen told the Rheinische Post newspaper.  [Read more:  Carrel/TheMirror/27May2016]

Former CSIS Director Backs Greater Oversight.   The former director of CSIS says he supports greater oversight of the nation's security and intelligence agencies to ensure they are playing within the rules.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government has signalled its intention to set up an all-party, parliamentary oversight committee to watch over Canada's national security agencies.

"Broadly speaking I think there's something to be said for somebody, somewhere, having an overview," said Richard Fadden, who retired about a month ago from his role as national security advisor to the prime minister, a job assigned to him by former prime minister Stephen Harper. Prior to that Fadden was the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

But in order for such a committee to function correctly, Fadden told CTV's Question Period it would need to be given staff and provided with access to classified information, and integrated with various security agencies to ensure the committee members receive pertinent information when making decisions.  [Read more:  CTVNews/29May2016]

New Zealand Intelligence, Defence Force Get $600M Boost.  Spies and soldiers are getting a $600 million funding boost from the 2016 budget.

Funding for the New Zealand Intelligence Community (NZIC) comes after a review found significant investment was needed for it to stay effective.

The NZIC will get $178.7 million over four years.

On top of this, $120.2 million will be spent on a major update of the Government's cryptographic infrastructure (CPMI), which keeps it secure online.  [Read more:  Hutching/NewsHub/26May2016]

Russia to Complete Construction of New Space Intelligence Center in 2017.  A new space surveillance and tracking center will be completed by late 2017 in the Russian Far Eastern town of Zeya, the Russian Federal Agency for Special Construction (Spetsstroy) said Monday.

Construction works were commissioned by the Russian Defense Ministry and will start this year, according to the statement.

"The builders are to construct a checkpoint, a fire depot, electrical substations, local waste treatment facilities, engineering networks and video surveillance systems, develop on-site roads and equip a helicopter landing pad. Construction and installation works on the site should be completed by November, 2017," Spetsstroy said in a press statement.

Russia has been increasing its space intelligence infrastructure. Earlier in May, a surveillance center was completed in the Siberian town of Yeniseysk. The center, under construction since 2013, is designed to act as a rocket attack warning system.  [Read more:  SputnikNews/30May2016]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Wanted - Middle Aged Mothers to Spy for MI5 (Flexible Hours Available): Intelligence Agencies Target Women After Being Told to Become More Diverse.  It is a long way from the James Bond stereotype of the rugged, muscular, philanderer-cum-spy.

But Britain's security and intelligence agencies are targeting middle-aged women, mothers and 'mid-career women' to work on the frontline against foreign espionage and terrorism.

Ministers have demanded more ‘diversity' in MI5, MI6 and GCHQ because, they say, women can bring new skills to the fight against threats at home and abroad.

And now the agencies have responded, offering 'flexible working' and appointing 'gender diversity champions' to encourage more females to sign up.

The steps were revealed yesterday in the Government's response to recommendations by MPs about women in the intelligence community, which included advertising job vacancies on the Mumsnet website.  [Read more:  Doyle/DailyMail/26May2016]

Sunlamps, Comfort Dogs to Help Intelligence Analysts Cope.  Sitting in a cool, dark room all day sipping sodas and energy drinks, watching people in faraway places die on screen can be psychologically brutalizing.

"A couple of years ago, the Air Force recognized that they are in a very high-stress career field," said Maj. Alvi Azad, a psychiatrist assigned to the 497th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group. "They have a 32% higher suicide rate than the rest of the Air Force. It's the type of work they do. They're deployed in place. Some of the things they see, it's difficult. They can't go home and talk about it. A lot of people want to talk."

That is why Brooklyn native Azad, Air Force psychologist Technical Sgt. Robby Williams of Orlando, Fla., and nondenominational chaplain Capt. Michael Gorton of Eufaula, Okla., are here. They hold Top Secret security clearance and can listen if anyone in the 497th needs to talk.

Azad, Williams and Gorton constitute the 497th's Airmen Resiliency Team, housed in a small suite of offices just down the hall from the highly classified Operations Floor. The Ops Floor is where dozens of mostly young imagery and intelligence analysts watch the war against ISIS and other operations amid the glow of dozens of computer screens day and night. Sunlight is a stranger.  [Read more:  Whittle/NYPost/28May2016]

Morley Safer's Brush With the CIA.  It was 1972. The war in Vietnam still raged, and the Watergate was known only as architect Luigi Moretti's inspired update of Washington, DC's notoriously boring granite-block office buildings.

With the slightly bemused, avuncular style that would become as emblematic of him as his dapper wardrobe and peerless prose, correspondent Morley Safer introduced the 60 Minutes audience to "The Nosiest Man in Washington." The segment was a revealing profile of syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, perhaps the most renowned newspaper journalist of the time, and it aired on 60 Minutes, March 26, 1972.

The producer of the 18-minute profile was Phil Scheffler, and it featured Morley good-naturedly prodding Anderson into revealing how he had ferreted out the secrets of Washington's landmark government institutions: the Nixon White House, the scandal-mired Congress and the profligate Pentagon in the midst of an unpopular war.

The segment and the characters riveted me and a few others who gathered in a dormitory "common room" in far-off Nebraska to watch on the sole color television in the building.   [Read more:  Rosenberg/CBSNews/24May2016]

CIA Adds Names to Memorial Wall.  The CIA on Monday added four names to the secretive memorial it keeps at its Langley headquarters for spies killed on agency missions.

Director John Brennan oversaw a ceremony at the Memorial Wall to add the names of the four men, all of whom died in operations in the 1950s and 1960s.

"For anyone who wants to understand the essence of the CIA, one need look no further than this hallowed wall," Brennan said, according to a CIA release Tuesday afternoon. "These stars, and the memories they hold, will forever inspire and sustain us as we carry on the work to which those whose stars find lasting peace in this finely chiseled constellation devoted their lives."

The memorial, a plain wall of white marble at the agency's entrance, is engraved with black stars honoring each of the 117 people who have died while working for the CIA. Some correspond to names in a book at the base of the wall, such as Johnny Michael Spann, a former Marine officer who became the first American casualty of the war in Afghanistan, or William F. Buckley, who died in captivity in Lebanon in 1985 after enduring more than a year of torture by the militant group Hezbollah. Many are anonymous due to the classified nature of the circumstances of their deaths.  [Read more:  Shinkman/USNews/24May2016]

Funded by Spies: 5 Start-Ups Running on CIA Cash.  In the wake of the Edward Snowden data dump, the CIA and Silicon Valley have had a rather chilly public relationship. But the two are closer than you might think, with the US intelligence agency investing in some Valley ventures.

One that's received a lot of attention lately is Palantir. The shadowy, Peter Thiel-founded data-mining operation has hit a few roadblocks lately, according to a recent BuzzFeed profile. The company is reportedly buying up its own stock from employees rather than pursuing an IPO, perhaps because one of its investors is best known for its secrecy: In-Q-Tel.

In-Q-Tel is the arm of the CIA specifically set up to fund "projects of mutual interest to both the CIA and the commercial marketplace." It's been around since the late 90s, when the CIA became concerned that it was falling behind in the new digital age. The traditional government procurement process is less flexible than the "move fast and break things" motto of many start-ups, so In-Q-Tel looks to merge venture capital sensibilities with CIA cash.

While the funding flows from the agency to tech companies, the board of trustees is a blend of both, with academics and admirals serving. The mix of apparatchiks and app developers has led to some uneasiness, but In-Q-Tel shows no signs of slowing down. Over the years, it has invested in dozens of start-ups, with several added to its portfolio in the last year alone Check out the slideshow for a rundown of some of these more recent investments, which provides a glimpse into what the CIA views as critical technology in 2016 and beyond.  [Read more:  Steele/PCMag/26May2016]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Intelligence Briefings for Presidential Candidates, and the Short Runway When Elected.  There has been a lot of talk lately about the intelligence briefings that the presidential candidates will soon receive.

With the sitting president's approval, both candidates will be offered a general lay down of the global situation as they come out of their conventions. These sessions will feel more like a college seminar on steroids than a detailed operations or covert action briefing. That's as it should be. They're designed to be an overview and the candidates don't need the operational details, at least not yet.

These sessions won't happen often. Some candidates are uncomfortable with getting too much intelligence at this point as they are not yet well practiced separating what they learn in a classified briefing from those things they want to emphasize on the stump. Better not to make that too hard.

And then there is always the question of time. Preparing for and attending these meetings subtracts from precious campaign energy. Take a session or two. Look serious. Move on.

On election night, though, there will be highly skilled teams ready to brief the soon to be president-elect on the actual PDB (the President's Daily Brief). Frankly, this step is a robust tribute to the peaceful transfer of power in this nation. Get the votes, get the book. That's all there is to it.  [Read more:  Hayden/TheWashingtonTimes/24May2016]

The Grand Cyber Spy Game: Russia, America, and China Stealing the World One Byte at a Time.  Every month another story of cybertheft linked to China or Russia emerges. Recent data breaches at Target, United Airlines, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and OPM have been linked back to Russia, while theft of key technology across major Department of Defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin and US government laboratories have been linked to China.

Neither China nor Russia's government formally admit to leveraging the internet to steal secrets from other countries but hacks have been linked directly to their intelligence services' respective buildings or individuals known to be under governmental influence. International cyber incidents in Ukraine, Georgia, and Estonia have all been apparently linked back to Russia while the Canadian government recently set up domestic cyber-protection programs after several major corporations were hacked by Chinese intelligence. The US government struggles on how to approach these cyber intrusions. Should they be ignored so that other foreign policy initiatives can move forward? Are these initiatives acts of war or a new method of state gamesmanship? Do these collections of vast amounts of information count as high treason/espionage or simple economic theft? Environmental negotiations just about broke down several years ago when President Obama called out China for hacking several governmental systems during the negotiations. What does all of this signify as Russia and China become more important strategic world partners, while still at least semi-maintaining long-held intelligence and military adversarial attitudes toward the US? Welcome to the REAL cyber era, where multiple players try to steal the world one byte at a time while pretending to do nothing of the sort.

The Chinese, American, and Russian intelligence services have no issue launching clandestine internet attacks to pursue what they all consider to be legitimate national security and foreign policy objectives. Sometimes the information collected is economic, directed against or about important corporations; other times the information is military and political. In all cases the information is highly strategic. While it is true that the information the Russian and Chinese intelligence services are providing to their respective policymakers is much broader in scope than the CIA or US Department of Defense, and is arguably much more domestically invasive than the FBI or DEA, both Russia and China have successfully started campaigns questioning the ‘purity of purpose' within American intelligence given the details of the Snowden scandal. All of which begs questions: should American intelligence maneuvers match Chinese and Russian cyber precedence? Is the American public aversion to cyber collection programs really just a front for a private philosophy that already rivals China and Russia? Is there something fundamentally important for states to consider in this style vs. substance cyber spy debate?

Crucial differences in intelligence organizational culture and mission make figuring these questions out quite difficult.  [Read more:  Crosston&Anonymous/ModernDiplomacy/27May2016]


Section IV - OBITUARIES, JOBS AND RESEARCH REQUESTS

Obituaries

Dagmar  H. "Dasha" Stapleton.  Dagmar H. Stapleton passed away peacefully on May 23, 2016 at home in Middleburg, VA. She was 85. Dagmar "Dasha" to her Czech friends, was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, on March 30, 1931, the only child of a prominent Czech family. The Novak family held various business interests.

Her father was an engineer and her grandfather had served as Minister of Commerce in the early days of the Czechoslovak republic. When the Communist Party took over the government in the late 1940s, it began a roundup of intellectual, political and business leaders who were perceived as potential threats to the regime. Dagmar's family was one of those targeted. Her father was arrested and jailed. Her uncle, who had helped Nazi victims escape the country during World War II, now had to flee himself from the Communists.

At the time, Dagmar had a job at the Joint Allied Passport Office in Prague. Her British boss was charged with spying and deported. Dagmar was arrested and jailed. After her release from prison but still subject to police surveillance, Dagmar and a girlfriend escaped across the Czech border into Germany. Dagmar was 19 at the time.

Reaching West Germany, she sought help from the American occupation authorities. They answered with a position in Frankfurt on the staff of John J. McCloy, US High Commissioner for Germany. After serving in this position for more than a year and upon McCloy's recommendation, she was granted entry to the United States and later became a US citizen. Later and with great pride, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency.

She served there for many years as an intelligence officer and ultimately as Chief of the Czech desk in the Eastern European Group of the SE Division of the Directorate of Operations. During her tenure she received awards for exceptional service from the CIA and a special award from the National Security Agency. She retired in 1994 and since then was active in supporting animal causes. [Read more:  WashingtonPost/25May2016]

Jane Fawcett, Bletchley Decoder.  Jane Fawcett. who has died aged 95, played a key role at Bletchley Park in the sinking in May 1941 of Bismarck, and went on after the war to save St. Pancras and its Gothic Midland Hotel from the modernisers of British Rail.

As one of the very first debs recruited to work at Bletchley Park, Jane Hughes, as she then was, was put to work in Hut 6, where the German Army and Luftwaffe Enigma ciphers were broken and where her knowledge of German would help in decoding the enemy's messages.

On May 25 1941, with the Royal Navy hunting down Bismarck in the North Atlantic, she was one of several staff briefed on the latest situation as they came on shift: "We all knew that we'd got the fleet out in the Atlantic trying to locate her because she was the Germans' most important, latest battleship and had better guns and so on than anybody else, and she'd already sunk the Hood. So it was vitally important to find where she was and try to get rid of her."
 
Just over an hour into her shift, she was typing out a Luftwaffe Enigma message on the specially adapted British machines which were designed to replicate the German Enigma device. As she typed out the message she realised that it was from Luftwaffe headquarters in Berlin telling somebody important that Bismarck was heading for the French port of Brest.  [Read more:  TheTelegraph/25May2016]

John Kenneth Knaus, CIA Officer Who Aided in Tibetan Struggle, dies at 92.  John Kenneth Knaus, a CIA case officer who in the late 1950s and in the 1960s helped train and direct Tibetan guerrillas against Chinese occupiers, only to see US support for the policy later evaporate, died April 18 at a hospital in Washington. He was 92.

The cause was an intracranial hemorrhage, said his son, John Kenneth Knaus Jr.

During a 43-year CIA career, Mr. Knaus was based at times in India, Japan and Canada, and a substantial focus of his work involved aiding Tibetan guerrillas in their resistance against communist China.

After retiring in 1995, Mr. Knaus wrote two books based on his Tibetan experience, Orphans of the Cold War: America and the Tibetan Struggle for Survival, (1999), and Beyond Shangri-La: America and Tibet's Move into the Twenty-First Century (2012). In his Los Angeles Times review, journalist and longtime China scholar Orville Schell called Orphans of the Cold War"superbly well-researched and written."  [Barnes/WashingtonPost/26May2016]

Research Requests

Call For Paper: “Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community“ - Joint Conference in March-April 2017 in Washington, DC.

“Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community“ will take place in Washington, D.C., next year on March 30 - April 1, 2017
Joint Conveners: International Intelligence History Association, German Historical Institute, and the History & Public Policy Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center
Transatlantic intelligence cooperation played a key role in collecting and analyzing inform-ation during the Cold War, and the resulting intelligence product informed the decision-mak-ing process at the highest levels of government in Europe as well as in the United States. The need for intelligence cooperation has become even more urgent after 9/11, as nations on both sides of the Atlantic are facing terrorist threats, and are confronting a host of other challenges posed by non-state actors, such as arms and drug trafficking as well as organized crime.
The conference will review the origins of the transatlantic intelligence partnership during the immediate postwar years and its evolution during the Cold War. It will explore the mecha-nisms for intelligence exchange between individual agencies as well as the ad hoc and infor-mal interactions between members of intelligence organizations. In addition, papers will ex-amine the causes and consequences of frictions in this intelligence partnership that have oc-curred over the past decades. While some conflicts were due to continued compartmentaliza-tion of national intelligence organizations, others resulted from often conflicting bilateral or multilateral agreements and from an unequal relationship between individual agencies.
The conference, jointly convened by the International Intelligence History Association, the History & Public Policy Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the German Historical Institute, will be held at the Woodrow Wilson Center and at the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C., (March 30-April 1, 2017). The conference theme is broadly conceived and will provide for a wide range of discussions and a variety of papers relating to intelligence and international relations. It seeks to encompass past, current, and future developments, as well as analyses and trends in intelligence research.
Due to the complexity of its subject, the study of intelligence draws on a number of disci-plines, including history, security and intelligence studies, political science, sociology, phys-ics, engineering, and mathematics. We invite proposals from all fields of academic inquiry, exploring any organizational or operational aspect of intelligence services. While the transat-lantic intelligence relationship after 1945 constitutes the main focus of the conference, pro-posals addressing intelligence issues outside these temporal and geographical boundaries will be considered as well.
We encourage paper proposals from young researchers and doctoral students as well as from established scholars and former practitioners.
TO REPLY OR SUBMIT PAPER ABSTRACT: Please submit your paper proposal abstract of 150-300 words and a short CV by email to the IIHA Executive Director Anna Abelmann at: exec_director@intelligence-history.org.
The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2016. Acceptance notifications will be sent out in late July.


Section V - Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

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


Other Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 7:30 - 8:45pm - McLean, VA - "How Jihadists Weaponize Islamic History and How to De-Weaponize It" by Nibras Kazimi at the Westminster Institute

Religious extremists in the Middle East, both Sunni and Shia, have succeeded in weaponizing memory. They wield historical precedence to inform and legitimize their actions and strategies. Nibras Kazimi, an Iraqi citizen, will discuss how they do this and how to undermine their legitimacy by de-weaponizing precedence.

Nibras Kazimi's blog, Talisman Gate, was one of the most riveting Iraqi blogs written from Baghdad in the midst of its drama and turmoil and was renowned for its acute political insight. He has resumed writing the blog at Talisman Gate, Again. His research focuses on the growing threat of jihadism in the Middle East, as well as prospects for democracy in the region. His primary interest is the national security of Iraq and how threats there are enabled and coordinated by regional Middle Eastern actors and factors.

Kazimi directed the Research Bureau of the Iraqi National Congress in Washington, DC and Baghdad, and was a pro-bono adviser for the Higher National Commission for De-Ba'athification. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute and wrote a weekly column for The New York Sun and a monthly column for Prospect magazine (UK). He has published several papers on jihadism as well as articles in publications such as Newsweek and the New Republic. He is the author of the monograph Syria Through Jihadist Eyes: A Perfect Enemy. He is a member of The Atlantic Council's 2016 Iraq Task Force.

Where: The Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101.
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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, US 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 US 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, Fletcher@DanielMorgan.academy 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 Fletcher@DanielMorgan.academy; 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 www.spymuseum.org

21 June 2016, 11:30am - McLean, VA - Defense Intelligence Forum hears from Allen Keiswetter, FSO, on "Middle East Update"

Mr. Allen Keiswetter will speak on “Middle East Update: Discussions on Syria, Iraq and the Islamic State as well as Obama’s legacy in the Middle East” at the Defense Intelligence Forum luncheon.

Keiswetter, a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer, is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs. His responsibilities included Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia. He served in six Arab countries including Iraq and Saudi Arabia. As a scholar at the Middle East Institute, he made more than 200 media appearances on CNN, BBC, Fox News, and other news outlets. He taught courses on the Persian Gulf, Islam and the Middle East at the National Defense Intelligence College, the National War College, and the University of Maryland.

Event location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA
Pay at the door with a check for $29 payable to DIAA, Inc. Registration starts at 1130 AM, lunch at 1200 PM
The forum follows 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.

Reservations due by 19 June 2016 by email to diforum@diaalumni.org. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, fettuccini with portabella for your luncheon selection. Please send in your luncheon selection with your reservation to reduce the wait time for your food,
Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged.

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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