AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #24-16 dated 14 June 2016

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - BOOKS, CALLS FOR PAPERS, JOBS and CAREER FAIRS

Books and Calls for Papers

Jobs and Career Fairs

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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"What Keeps America from Protecting Itself from Radical Islam?"
asks Andrew C. McCarthy III, former assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York
.

The Boston Marathon bombing, San Bernardino, Fort Hood, and now Orlando - incidents commited by Radical Islamic US Citizens killing scores of innocent fellow citizens, in the name of a growing and twisted version of the Muslim religion, rapidly spreading in America through earlier and current immigration policies.

Our legal architecture for fighting the infiltration of radical Islam is stuck in a pre-1993 Cold War framework. That framework prohibits the exclusion of aliens on the grounds of ideological animus against the U.S. as opposed to terrorist activities. We face an ideology that promotes acts of mass terror and thrives on resistance to assimilation. The State Department's strategy for countering violent extremism issued a week ago is, as usual, absent any mention of Islam. What's more, the U.S. continues to suffer from the lack of any institution within the government from which to actually execute such a strategy, were we to have a sensible one, in terms of the war of ideas.

Hear Andrew McCarthy next Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 7:30 to 8:45pm in McLean, VA at The Westminster Institute presents, as he discusses why "America is Defenseless in the Face of our Enemies."

Andrew C. McCarthy III
is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others. The defendants were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and of planning a series of attacks against New York City landmarks. He also contributed to the prosecutions of terrorists who bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He resigned from the Justice Department in 2003. He is a contributing editor of National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute. McCarthy is the author of "The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America," "How Obama Embraces Islam's Sharia Agenda," "Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad," "Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy," and "How the Obama Administration Has Politicized Justice."

Event location and sponsor: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101. Register here.
There is no fee to attend.


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.



Immediately change your Twitter passwords.
This is another reason to NEVER have similar passwords anywhere. Make each password unique and strong because hackers can try all variations once they see the type of password you use.
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CNN Special Series on Espionage

Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies

A CNN TV Series Premieres Sunday, 19 June at 10 pm ET/PT

The series provides factual accounts of America's covert operations told firsthand by the officers who lived it, and includes access to the often complicated, hidden world of covert operations and espionage.
Series is hosted by former US Congressman/former House Intelligence Committee chair and current CNN national security contributor and AFIO member Mike Rogers.
First program presents CIA Operations Officer and member Marti Peterson's tour in Moscow.
Click image above for preview.


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 government hackers penetrated DNC, stole opposition research on Trump. Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach. The intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC's system that they also were able to read all email and chat traffic, said DNC officials and the security experts.
The intrusion into the DNC was one of several targeting American political organizations. The networks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted by Russian spies, as were the computers of some GOP political action committees, U.S. officials said. But details on those cases were not available. A Russian Embassy spokesman said he had no knowledge of such intrusions. [Read more: Nakashima/WPost/14June2016]

Orlando: Not Foreign Fighters or Homegrown Terrorists—Just A Radical Islamic Terrorist. As the full impact of the attack in Orlando sets in, it is time to review the fundamentals. ... Today television anchors and commentators on the news networks pontificate about the group identity of Omar Saddiqui Mateen, the shooter who caused in excess of 100 casualties. Whether allegiance was pledged to ISIS, al Qaeda, or any other organization is not germane. Mateen was a radical Islamic terrorist, who like, Syed Rizwan Farook in San Bernardino, intentionally perpetrated violent acts against citizens of their country. The similarities in these cases are apparent and of concern. These two men were American citizens by birth. They had been raised and educated in this country and appeared to have assimilated into our society. Both Mateen and Farook had been employed for several years in positions of trust and passed background checks. It appears that it was later in life that they became disenfranchised and sought violent reprisals against innocent civilians. Their weapons of choice were assault-style rifles supported by semiautomatic handguns. [Read more: Alexander/HuffPost/13June2016]

Spanish Intelligence to Recruit 500 Agents to Spy on ISIS Online.  Spanish spooks want to recruit 500 additional agents to fight against the threat of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). They will spy on alleged jihadists online, tracking propaganda and recruitment, the intelligence chief said.

The National Intelligence Agency (CNI) wants to complete the expansion of its ranks by 2020, its head Felix Sanz Roldan said on Thursday. It's part of the new national counter-terrorism strategy adopted last year.

The new agents would be specialists in "mathematics, telecommunications and computers," Sanz Roldan said at a security and defense seminar in Toledo. Their skills are necessary to fight the new brand of tech-savvy terrorism that IS practise, he said as cited by the Spanish media.

The CNI considers jihadist groups a paramount threat to Spain at the moment, surpassing that of domestic extremists such as the Basque separatist group ETA, the director of the agency said. It downsized the department dealing with domestic terrorism and beefed up foreign intelligence accordingly.  [Read more:  RT/11June2016]

Iraqi Gov't Sacks Intelligence Chief, State TV Head.  The Iraqi government on Tuesday sacked the country's intelligence chief and seven other officials, a cabinet source has said.

Zuhair al-Gharbawi, head of Iraq's intelligence agency, and state TV chief Mohamed Abdel-Gabbar were both relieved from their posts, the source told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to media.

Six others officials were also sacked, the same source said.

According to a statement signed by the head of Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi's office, Abdel-Gabbar was forced into retirement.   [Read more: Jawwad/AA/7June2016]

Intelligence Experts Approach Industry for UUV Networks for Covert Surveillance of Shipping.  US intelligence experts are asking industry for ideas on developing networks of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) for covert surveillance of international ship traffic in important harbors, waterways, and choke points.

Officials of the US Intelligence Advanced Projects Agency (IARPA) in Washington issued a sources-sought notice Tuesday (IARPA-BAA-16-09) for the UnderWatch project.

The IARPA UnderWatch project seeks to use UUV networks to monitor ships and maneuver to inspect contacts of interest. IARPA is the research arm of the US Director of National Intelligence.

The project will develop an undersea remote-sensing capability to observe a broad set of vessel types at long range, including container ships, cruise ships, commercial fishing traffic, recreational vessels, go-fast boats, and self-propelled semi-submersibles, IARPA officials say.  [Read more:  Keller/MilitaryAerospaceElectronics/9June2016]

Jordan Bars News Media Coverage of Shooting at Intelligence Office.  Jordan's government on Tuesday barred the country's news media from publishing reports on a shooting at an intelligence office near Amman that killed five people and raised fears that militants had been able to penetrate one of the region's most powerful and ruthlessly effective counterterrorism agencies.

Jordanian officials cast the shooting, which occurred on Monday, as an "isolated and individual act," and said they had arrested the killer. There were no immediate claims of responsibility from militant groups like the Islamic State that might suggest the attack, which killed three intelligence officers and two other employees at the office, had had broader organizational support.

Local news reports said the suspect might have been detained at the intelligence building sometime before the shooting - suggesting revenge as a possible motive.

The secrecy order, which prevented the publication of any news on the assault, including on social media, showed that the attack had struck a nerve in Jordan - momentarily denting official boasts of successes in thwarting militant attacks and, more generally, in protecting the country from the kind of violence seen in nearby Syria and Iraq.  [Read more:  Fahim/NYTimes/7June2016]

102nd Intelligence Wing Welcomes New Commander.  Col. Virginia I. Doonan became the commander of the 102nd Intelligence Wing on Friday, succeeding Brig. Gen. James M. LeFavor, who had served as commander since Nov. 2013.

Doonan is the first woman to hold the position of wing commander in the 102nd's history. She is also the first member of the wing who served within the organization as an enlisted member to ascend to the position of wing commander.

In an interview prior to the Change of Command Ceremony, Doonan was presented with the question: What does being the first woman commander in the 102nd's history mean to you? "I'm honored to be the first woman to be a wing commander of this great wing, but it's not really about being a woman or a man, for me it's really about being the best leader and airman that I can be," said Doonan. "It's been a fantastic career and I am so honored and humbled that I was selected to be the leader of this organization, because it's given so much to me."

As commander, Doonan is responsible for the activities of more than 1,300 military and civilian personnel at the base. Personnel respond to peacetime contingencies while maintaining their ability to accomplish the organization's wartime missions of intelligence, cyber engineering and installation, and expeditionary combat support.  [Read more:  DVIDS/10June2016]

Somalia: Al-Shabab Executes Spies Including 'CIA Informant'.  Somali militant group Al-Shabab claims to have executed at least four of its fighters suspected of being spies, including an alleged CIA informant who facilitated the death of the organization's former leader.

According to Al-Shabab's radio station Al Andalus, the four men were killed on Friday after being suspected of working with intelligence services in the US, Kenya and Somalia, Reuters reported. Three of the men were shot and one beheaded at a public execution in the Bay region of southern Somalia.

The beheaded man was reportedly Mohamed Aden Nur, 26, who was accused of passing information to the CIA that led to the death of Ahmed Godane, a former leader and founder of the militant group. Godane, who cemented Al-Shabab's ties with Al-Qaeda, was killed in a US airstrike in May 2014, with the Pentagon calling his death a "major symbolic and operational loss for the group. Following Godane's death, Abu Ubaidah - also known as Direye or Ahmed Umar - took over leadership of the group and has a $6 million information bounty on his head from the US State Department.

Also executed was Muhaydin Hiraab Ahmed, 27, who was accused of spying for the CIA and neighboring Kenya.  [Read more:  Gaffey/Newsweek/13June2016]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Why the Intelligence Community Declassified Its Demographics Stats for the First Time.  The intelligence community workforce is more diverse now than it was five years ago. But compared with the rest of the federal and civilian workforces, the IC has fallen behind.

According to the intelligence community's annual demographics report, minorities made up 24.6 percent of the IC workforce in fiscal 2015, a 1.4 percent increase since 2011. Employees with disabilities represented 7.9 percent of the IC workforce, compared with 5.3 percent five years ago. And the number of women at IC agencies has remained practically unchanged - 38.5 percent of the workforce compared with 38.6 percent in 2011.

"We're making steady progress, gradual increases in representation with regard to minorities, women and persons of disability in the intelligence community," Rita Sampson, chief of equal employment opportunity and diversity at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said in an interview with Federal News Radio. "We continue to make that progress. However, we are challenged when you compare the intelligence community with the rest of the federal workforce and civilian labor force. You'll find we have a ways to go."

Minorities represent 35.4 percent of the federal workforce, for example. Women make up 43.2 percent. And employees with disabilities make up nearly 9 percent of the federal workforce.  [Read more:  Ogrysko/FederalNewsRadio/13June2016]

US intelligence Wants Real-Time Behavior Monitoring Software.  A new initiative from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence aims to create an intelligent surveillance system that can analyze live video and spot suspicious behavior in real time. According to Defense One, the research project is called Deep Intermodal Video Analytics (a.k.a. DIVA) and it will be a joint effort between academics, the private sector and ODNI's Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency.

In an announcement, IARPA officials laid out the project's goals: "The DIVA program will produce a common framework and software prototype for activity detection, person/object detection and recognition across a multicamera network," IARPA officials wrote. "The impact will be the development of tools for forensic analysis, as well as real-time alerting for user-defined threat scenarios." In other words: the system should be able to identify suspicious behavior in real-time.

One of the problems with existing systems is that they can identify individual people or objects, but not many of them at the same time, or the complex interactions between them. The DIVA system as it is proposed would be able to identify certain types of movements like a person carrying a firearm, two people exchanging an object, or someone walking up and abandoning a potentially dangerous object on the street.

The first phase of the project will implement those goals on normal, indoor and outdoor security camera footage. In phases two and three, however, the system would also have real-time access to video streams from handheld or body cameras and the ability to detect and track objects "across multiple overlapping and non-overlapping camera viewpoints." Because a facial recognition system meant to scan packed crowds will require some heavy processing power, the proposed system would also create a cloud-based, scalable framework to add bandwidth on the fly.  [Read more:  Dalton/Engadget/10June2016]

To Hack ISIS, Pentagon Learns From 2007 Surge in Iraq.  The US military's ongoing cyber campaign against the Islamic State has its roots in the 2007 surge of US troops in Iraq and concurrent fighting in Afghanistan, but the tradecraft has evolved considerably since then, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

"We learned some things from there and we can use some of the techniques that we used in Afghanistan and Iraq in those days, but this really is different," Carter said, referring to computer operations against ISIS that he ordered US Cyber Command to intensify in January. He spoke June 10 at the Defense One Tech Summit in Washington.

The digital assault on ISIS networks "is like never before, which isn't to say we've never done it before," Carter said.  He added, "We've really made it a priority."

The goals of the cyberattacks on ISIS strongholds in Iraq and Syria have been to make the militants lose confidence in their networks, and for them to not know the sources of the disruptions, Carter and his top general have said.  [Read more:  Lyngaas/FCW/13June2016]

Out of the Blue and Into the Black?  An article in the New York Times several weeks ago reported on the US "cyber war" against ISIS.  One of the quoted sources in the article even used the term "cyber bombs" to describe activities against ISIS.  While the article barely raised any public reaction, it was nonetheless notable in that the US government rarely discusses publicly its national security efforts in the cyber realm.  And for good reason.  We don't want our adversaries to be aware that they are being "attacked."  Nor is it clear that the US has adequately come to terms with the ramifications of our offensive cyber prowess, not to mention that we have yet to deal with the massive vulnerabilities of our infrastructure to hacking, cyber espionage, cyber terrorism and cyber war.

What do these "cyber" terms actually mean?  Are efforts to hack and damage foreign computer networks acts of war?  Does the Congress need to declare war before we can utilize these tools?  Have we thought through our own vulnerabilities if adversaries respond in kind... or are we paralyzed by the prospect of retaliation and unscripted escalation?  Are we comfortable with the NSA and military dominating this realm?  What role should the government play in helping to protect the networks of private US companies?

Fred Kaplan's new book, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, is the best available history of the US government's secret use of both cyber spying, and efforts to use its computer prowess for more aggressive attacks.  While the book does not tackle the systemic issues head-on, it provides a readable background and overview to help frame a public, policy and national security debate that can't be elided forever - or even for very much longer.

Kaplan is a long-time, highly regarded journalist and author on national security issues who, among many other distinctions, won the Pulitzer prize for his series War and Peace in the Nuclear Age.   [Read more:  Sipher/Lawfare/13June2016]


Section III - COMMENTARY

The 9/11 Conspiracy.  Conspiracy theories are comforting in some strange way. In a "shades of gray" world they hold out the prospect that there is some simple, black and white explanation for why things have gone wrong.

For example, Kennedy did not die because a madman was allowed by the incompetence and bureaucratic complacency of the Secret Service to get a concealed and elevated firing position commanding the route of the Presidential motorcade in Dallas. No, he died because a secret Star Chamber of the CIA, the Mafia and Russian intelligence decided he was a threat to their control of the planet and had him executed.

And we did not invade Iraq in search of non-existent WMD because of botched analysis and political interference in the intelligence process. No, the invasion was part of a secret plan by US oil companies to seize Middle Eastern oil.

And President Obama does not pursue his tortured Middle East policy because he is naïve, lacks foreign policy experience, and does not grasp the magnitude of dangers posed by Iran and Sunni terrorist groups. No, he has done so because he was really born in Kenya, he’s a secret Muslim and he wants to transform "Christian" America into an Islamic State.

It is the same with 9/11.  [Read more:  Faddis/ANDMagazine/June2016]

Taking Intelligence Sharing to the Next Level.  A few changes in the way we address and respond to possible terror threats in this country may have changed what happened in Orlando, or could prevent some possible catastrophic terror attack in the future.

We can stop someone from getting a credit card with the push of a button, but there is no flagging mechanism that alerts the FBI and or local police that someone that the FBI has spoken to on two or three occasions, is trying to buy a firearm. Why not?

The San Bernardino killers had been on the FBI’s radar, as was the Orlando shooter, as was the Boston bombers, and others, but I will bet you that their local police departments did not know. This is a major intelligence sharing failure that must be corrected.

The FBI does not have the staff to continually monitor or follow up on these kinds of concerns, but local law-enforcement if they knew, could.  [Read more:  Kerik/Newsmax/13June2016]

Intelligence: Ban the NSA. A growing number of American politicians (and their constituents) are calling for the elimination of the National Security Agency (NSA). Yet the recent anniversaries of the World War II Battle of Midway (in 1942) and D-Day landings (in 1944) both stand as testaments as to why the NSA matters for grunts on the front line.

The NSA is best known for eavesdropping on communications - what is known as communications intelligence (COMINT) - often to get an idea of what a potential adversary's intentions are. COMINT also can help by gaining insights into a foreign leader's thinking as well - even allies. In time of war, COMINT has proven valuable in the past - notably by giving America advance warning of enemy intentions. When heeded, those warnings have greatly affected history.

In this sense, the NSA is an heir to the legacy of Joe Rochefort, the unsung hero of the Battle of Midway. Had Joe Rochefort not been able to crack the JN-25 code, the Japanese Navy's plan at Midway might very well have succeeded and Hawaii occupied by Japanese troops. The United States might have lost aircraft carriers Enterprise and Hornet in addition to Yorktown, instead of sinking Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, and Hiryu, turning the tide of the war in the Pacific. That one battle halted Japanese advances in the Pacific.

But D-Day also would have been affected had there not been forerunners to the type of work the NSA does today. Had Allied codebreakers, including Allan Turing, not broken the Enigma code, German U-boats would have inflicted much heavier losses for a longer period of time. D-Day would have certainly been delayed, if it was even possible. Germany might even have starved the United Kingdom into submission. In both cases, the American ability to read the mail of the Axis helped put Nazi Germany and Japan's warlords on the ash heap of history, and save countless Allied lives. ...

When it comes to preventing the next 9/11, taking down a terrorist leader (whether it's with ISIL, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al Shabaab, or some other group), combating drug cartels, or figuring out what foreign leaders are thinking, COMINT is crucial for America's interests. America once made the mistake of giving up on its COMINT features in 1929, when then-Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson pulled State Department funding for the Black Chamber. More Americans should learn from history, and re-consider calls to terminate the NSA   [Read more:  Hutchison/StrategyPage/9June2016]

We Need a Better Way to Stop Terrorism and Keep America Safe.  The Orlando mass shooting highlights the need for greater coordination between federal, state and local law enforcement.

Government's responsibility to provide for the common defense is written explicitly in the preamble of our constitution. It identifies protecting our homeland as the most important responsibility of the federal government. When I was 22 years old, I had the honor of directly participating in this role as an undercover officer in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

While collecting intelligence in the back alleys in places like India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, I experienced first-hand the true nature of the threats that our country faces. I saw the commitment and determination of the men and women in the military, diplomatic corps, intelligence agencies and law enforcement who put themselves in harm's way every single day to keep us safe. I also witnessed the direct impact of ill-conceived policies that made us less safe.

In the 17 months that I have been in Congress, I've witnessed the Obama administration's "lead from behind" foreign policy contribute to more global insecurity and instability than it has mitigated. The unfortunate reality is that many of the challenges we face today are the direct result of years of failed policies that have decreased American leadership around the world. Fortunately, those policies are reversible. There is a better way.  [Read more:  Hurd/CNBC/13June2016]


Section IV - BOOKS and CALL FOR PAPERS, JOBS AND CAREER FAIRS

Books and Call for Papers

The Grand Strategy that Won the Cold War: Architecture of Triumph, by Douglas E. Streusand, Norman A. Bailey, Francis H. Marlo [Lexington Books, January 2016]. The book holds insights applicable to all the things we're failing to do in our approach to spreading Radical Islamic ideology. Bailey and his co-authors, in this book, reveal the exquisite understanding of the Soviet threat and its weaknesses by President Reagan personally and his team based on their faith in America's first, founding principles of human behavior. Their method was to Seek the Truth, and Speak the Truth against the Soviets and their worshipers in the Western intellectual elite who had capitulated to Soviet domination, and tried to emulate Communist solutions to economic and social problems at home in some cases. Reagan saw the existential evil of and with clarity the weaknesses of the Soviet Empire, and with a hand picked team of faithful believers, set out to design policy solutions to exploit those weaknesses with an iron will and consistency. Several hundred million people were freed from communist slavery and the first Cold War was decisively won. It is a blueprint for a successful American national security policy. (Hon. Tidal W. McCoy, Acting Secretary of the Airforce and Sr. Assistant Secretary of the Airforce, 1981-88)

Ronald Reagan and his NSC staff devised and implemented a coherent, comprehensive, and consistent grand strategy to hasten the end of the Cold War. That is the simple truth amply demonstrated by this book's authoritative and non-tendentious authors. (Walter A. McDougall, University of Pennsylvania)
About the Authors: Douglas E. Streusand is professor of international relations at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics. Norman A. Bailey is professor of economics and national security at the Center for National Security Studies at the University of Haifa and professor of economic statecraft at the Institute of World Politics. He served as President Reagan's special assistant for national security and international economic affairs from 1981 to 1984 and in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2006–2007. Francis H. Marlo is associate professor of international relations at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.

More about The Grand Strategy is here.

Call For Papers for Special Themed Issue on "James Bond: Spectre and the Daniel Craig Era" in The Journal of Popular Film and Television. CFP: Special Themed Issue on "James Bond: Spectre and the Daniel Craig Era" in The Journal of Popular Film and Television.
The release of Spectre (2015), the 24th James Bond film, has been accompanied by much speculation in the critical and popular media about the film. From discussions about casting and characterization to the circulation of photographs of shooting locations to conversations about the style and tone of the new Bond song, Spectre has been a topic of conversation long before the film was released. As the film debuts in various international markets, anticipation and conjecture are steadily being replaced by questions about the current direction of the series and speculation as to whether the franchise even has a future. As Daniel Craig reportedly noted, he would rather "slash his wrists" than play James Bond for a fifth time, just before British critics, as it turns out, celebrated his performance in Spectre.
The Journal of Popular Film and Television will address these questions in a special James Bond themed issue focusing on Spectre (2015) and the other Daniel Craig James Bond films: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), and Skyfall (2012). This special issue will be edited by Dr. Lisa Funnell (University of Oklahoma) and Dr. Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway, University of London). We are interested in papers that analyze Spectre and the other Craig-era films from a socio-cultural perspective and address topics such as: • heroism • villainy from individual villains to organizations like Quantum and Spectre • narrative structure, style, and tone • inclusion, adaptation, and/or absence of traditional Bond elements • geopolitics and geographies of Bond • feminism • social locations such as gender, race, class, sexual orientation, ability, nationality, etc. • action aesthetics/choreography and the body • nationality, (post)colonialism, and/or imperialism • post-9/11 and/or post-7/7 context • terrorism (domestic, cyber, nuclear, corporate) • technology and gadgetry (or lack thereof) Submissions should be 5000 to 7000 words in length (including bibliography and notes), be double spaced in Times New Roman font, and adhere to MLA style. Please include a 100 word abstract and 5-7 key words to facilitate online searches. Send an electronic copy of your submission in .doc or .docx format to Dr. Lisa Funnell lfunnell@ou.edu and Dr. Klaus Dodds K.Dodds@rhul.ac.uk by 21 August 2016.

Jobs and Career Fairs

TECHEXPO Top Secret Baltimore Hiring Event in Maryland; Cyber Security Hiring Event in Virginia

MARYLAND: TECHEXPO Top Secret Baltimore Hiring Event: Security-Clearance REQUIRED. Event takes place Wednesday, 15 June at the BWI Marriott, Linthicum Heights, MD. Register for the event here. IMPORTANT: one or several specific types of clearances are required for the event. If your profile does not meet the requirement, you will not be able to register. We invite you to make sure your Profile is updated before you register. Date & Time: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 9-10am; Career Seminar, 10am - 3pm: "2017 Defense Job Market Starts in July 2016 – Trends" by Bill Golden CEO of IntelligenceCareers. Event Location: BWI Marriott 1743 West Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090. Venue Telephone: 410-859-8300.

VIRGINIA: TECHEXPO Cyber Security Hiring Event, 10 am – 3 pm: Cyber Security Experience Required to Attend. Security-Clearance NOT REQUIRED but preferred. Thursday, 30 June at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd. McLean, VA 22102. Register for the event here.


Section V - Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

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

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.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 7:30 to 8:45pm - McLean, VA - The Westminster Institute presents "Defenseless in the Face of our Enemies: What Keeps America from Protecting Itself from Radical Islam?" - asks Andrew C. McCarthy III, former assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York

Our legal architecture for fighting the infiltration of radical Islam is stuck in a pre-1993 Cold War framework. That framework prohibits the exclusion of aliens on the grounds of ideological animus against the US as opposed to terrorist activities. We face an ideology that promotes acts of mass terror and thrives on resistance to assimilation. The State Department's strategy for countering violent extremism issued a week ago is, as usual, absent any mention of Islam. What's more, the US continues to suffer from the lack of any institution within the government from which to actually execute such a strategy, were we to have a sensible one, in terms of the war of ideas.
Andrew C. McCarthy III
is a former assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York. He led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others. The defendants were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and of planning a series of attacks against New York City landmarks. He also contributed to the prosecutions of terrorists who bombed US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He resigned from the Justice Department in 2003. He is a contributing editor of National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute. McCarthy is the author of "The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America," "How Obama Embraces Islam's Sharia Agenda," "Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad," "Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy," and "How the Obama Administration Has Politicized Justice."

Event location and sponsor: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101. Register here. There is no fee to attend.

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

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 5 - 7pm - Washington, DC - "The Color of Courage" featuring Dr. Julian Kulski at the Daniel Morgan Academy

The Daniel Morgan Academy hosts an exclusive, invitation-only national security lecture featuring The Color of Courage: The World War II Diary of Julian Kulski with a presentation by Dr. Julian Kulski.
"If there is going to be a war, I do not want to miss it." So writes Julian Kulski a few days before WWII begins, in his remarkable diary of a boy at war from ages 10 to 16.
At age 12 Kulski is recruited as a soldier in the clandestine Underground Army by his Boy Scout leader, and at age 13 enters the Warsaw Ghetto on a secret mission. Arrested by the Gestapo at age 14 and sentenced to Auschwitz, he is rescued and joins the commandos. At age 15, Kulski fights in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. He ends the war as a German POW, finally risking a dash for freedom onto an American truck instead of waiting for Soviet "liberation."
Dr. Julian Kulski will speak about his experiences fighting in the Polish Underground during World War II.
TIMES: Reception with food and wine starts at 5 pm. Presentation by Dr. Kulski is from 6 to 7 pm.
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 do so here or contact Frank Fletcher, Director of Lectures and Seminars, DMA at Fletcher@DanielMorgan.academy; call 202-759-4988.
Please note: DMA events are by invitation-only and not open to the public. Contact the Academy for more information.

Thursday, 7 July 2016, 11:30am - 1pm - Washington, DC - "Expectations of Privacy in the Digital Age" by Terry Roberts, Former DD/ONI, at the Daniel Morgan Academy

The Daniel Morgan Academy hosts an exclusive, invitation-only national security lecture featuring Terry Roberts, former Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, speaking on the expectation of privacy in the digital age.

TIMING: Reception at 11:30 am, remarks by Terry Roberts 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 do so here or contact Frank Fletcher, Director of Lectures and Seminars, DMA at Fletcher@DanielMorgan.academy; call 202-759-4988.
Please note: DMA events are by invitation-only and not open to the public. Contact the Academy for more information.

Saturday, 9 July 2016, 11am-noon - Washington, DC - The Magic of Spying: Tradecraft Trickery - at the International Spy Museum

In the real-life world of espionage, spies often call upon the art of magic and illusion to distract the enemy, make evidence disappear, and escape unnoticed. Join professional magician, Peter Wood, as he demonstrates the art of misdirection, sleight of hand, and other illusions used by skilled spies. This one of a kind performance, custom-designed for the Spy Museum, is guaranteed to fascinate children and adults alike. Ages: 7 and up. Space is limited– advance registration required. Tickets: $10. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 6:30-8:30pm - Washington, DC - High Hand: The Authors Behind the Thrills - at the International Spy Museum

Espionage, political machinations, oil, secretly funded high-tech weapons of intelligence, ghosts of the Cold War, murder, and poker. Join the three co-authors of High Hand, a new spy thriller, to explore how they used their professional and personal experiences to create this novel written using the pseudonym Curtis J. James on the CIA and SVR. The authors: Pentagon journalist James Rosen, and cancer scientist Curtis Harris, and James Ellenberger, a former senior official of a national labor federation, will be joined by Spy Museum board member and retired KGB Major General Oleg D. Kalugin. Tickets: $12. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 7- 8:15pm - Washington, DC - Spy School Workshop with Eric O'Neill and SpyChasers presents: Welcome to Khandar - at the International Spy Museum

You are invited to an evening at the Khandar Embassy with Eric O'Neill - but all is not as it seems. The Embassy has just become the center of an espionage investigation with global repercussions. It's up to you to identify the spy from among four Embassy luminaries before time runs out. Space is limited to 25 participants -- advance registration is required. Tickets: $45. Visit www.spymuseum.org


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