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Section IV - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

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"The new American way of war,
and the special talent and skills CIA is hiring for it."

AFIO National Fall Luncheon features

Associate Director of CIA for Talent
Glenn A. Gaffney
James Kitfield

Friday, 28 October 2016, 11am - 2 pm
Tysons Corner, VA

James Kitfield Glenn Gaffney

Glenn Gaffney, Associate Director of CIA for Talent, will address the current and future needs and skills the agency is seeking. Gaffney has a broad, career-wide exposure to calibrate those needs. Prior to his current assignment, Gaffney served as the CIA's Director for Science and Technology; and in 2008 was Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection. Gaffney began his career with CIA in 1986 as a technical analyst in the Directorate of Intelligence working on cross-directorate clandestine technical collection operations to address critical technical intelligence gaps. In 1996, Mr. Gaffney served as part of a team which laid the foundation for creation of the Information Operations Center (has different name today), the Agency's lead organization for cyber operations.

The morning speaker is James Kitfield, author of the book to be released at this event: Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies, and Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing the American Way of War. Kitfield was a senior correspondent for National Journal and is a three-time winner of the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. he is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

Register now at this link
while space remains.

Florida Chapter Conference - Cyber Ready 2016

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 11:30 am - 2 pm

The AFIO Florida Suncoast Chapter hosts conference and luncheon on
Cyber Ready 2016 - on
The Impact of Cybercrime

MacDill AFB, FL

The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter's October luncheon meeting is the centerpiece of Cyber Ready 2016, a conference observing National Cyber Security Awareness Month: The Impact of Cybercrime. The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter is proud to join the MITRE Corporation, the Tampa Bay Innovation Center, the Florida Chamber and the National Cyber Partnership in sponsoring this important event. In addition to the luncheon, you're invited to register for the entire Cybersecurity Conference (including lunch and dinner) as well as the Golf Outing and Barbecue Dinner on Monday afternoon, October 17. The luncheon keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Maybury, Vice President and Chief Security Officer, The MITRE Corporation. The dinner keynote speaker is R. "Montana" Williams, COO & cyber evangelist for the Cyber World Institute (CWI), adjunct instructor at California State University-San Bernardino, former Senior Manager - Cyber Practices for ISACA and former Chief - Cybersecurity Education & Awareness Branch at the Department of Homeland Security. Seating is limited.
Current program PDF is here.
More information and registration here.

RSVP Deadline: 3 October.

Book of the Week:

A Matter of Honor

A Matter of Honor: Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame, and a Family's Quest for Justice
by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan
(Harper; November 29, 2016)

The Japanese onslaught on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 devastated Americans and precipitated entry into World War II. In the aftermath, Admiral Husband Kimmel, Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet, was relieved of command, accused of negligence and dereliction of duty - publicly disgraced. The authors expose the scapegoating of the admiral who was in command that day 2,000 Americans died, report on the continuing struggle to restore his lost honor - and clear President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the charge that he knew the attack was coming.

But the Admiral defended his actions through eight investigations and for the rest of his life. The evidence against him was less than solid. High military and political officials had failed to provide Kimmel and his Army counterpart with vital intelligence. Later, to hide the biggest U.S. intelligence secret of the day, they covered it up.

Following the Admiral's death, his sons - both Navy veterans - fought to clear his name. Kimmel's grandsons continue the struggle. For them, 2016 is a pivotal year. With unprecedented access to documents, diaries and letters, and the family's cooperation, the authors explore claims of duplicity and betrayal in high places in Washington.

A provocative story of politics and war, of a man willing to sacrifice himself for his country only to be sacrificed himself.
The book may be pre-ordered here.

New Blog of interest:

Deep Red Blog

Matt Brazil, the blogger behind "Deep Red," is a non-resident Fellow at The Jamestown Foundation in Washington, DC. He is a former industrial security professional, university lecturer, soldier, and diplomat. He is currently finishing a book on Chinese intelligence operations and history with co-author Peter Mattis.


MI6 Set to Recruit 1,000 Extra Staff.  The UK's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, is to grow by nearly 1,000 staff by 2020, BBC Newsnight has learned.

The spy agency argues the planned boost - from 2,500 staff to a little under 3,500 - has been made necessary by the development of the internet and technology.

MI6 will use the extra staff to ensure the security of people and operations.

No public announcement has been made, but the BBC has established the 40% boost via Whitehall sources.  [Read more:  Urban/BBC/21September2016]

Putin Appoints Long-Term Ally As New Intelligence Agency Boss.  Russian President Putin has appointed the country's former parliamentary speaker as the new head of Russia's foreign intelligence agency. The move came days after the United Russia party won at legislative elections.

 Former Duma boss Sergei Naryshkin, who is widely reported to have served alongside Putin in the Soviet-era KGB spy agency, is due to take over as head of the SVR. Naryshkin is considered to be a longtime Putin ally.

According to Naryshkin's biography he served at the Soviet embassy in Brussels during the 1980s before working with Putin in the Saint Petersburg mayor's office.

Naryshkin replaces Mikhail Fradkov, days after the ruling United Russia party won legislative elections which led to a new speaker of the house taking over. Fradkov had previously served as prime minister under Putin for four years before taking leadership of the SVR in 2008, and will now move to the board of directors at the state-run Russian Railways.  [Read more:  DeutscheWelle/22September2016]

Swiss Vote on New Law to Beef up Intelligence Services.  Swiss voters will be deciding on a new law aimed to strengthen the ability of intelligence services to counter rapidly-evolving threats posed by spies, criminal hackers and violent extremists.

Proponents of a new intelligence law, passed by the Federal Assembly a year ago but not enacted, say the measure is needed to help Switzerland to catch up with other countries that have far stronger legal arsenals against cyber-crime, snooping or extremist attacks.

Sunday's referendum, part of Switzerland's system of direct democracy, was called by opponents who fear that the new law will deplete civil liberties, do little to impede terrorism, and chip away at Switzerland's long-vaunted neutrality by requiring authorities to work with and depend more on foreign partners to counter threats.

Under the law, the Federal Intelligence Service and other authorities would be allowed to tap phones, cut through mail, infiltrate email boxes, keep tabs on internet activity, and deploy hidden cameras and microphones to monitor suspects who are deemed a clear threat - but only if authorized by the federal administrative tribunal and federal counselors who have oversight.  [Read more:  AP/25September2016]

Ex-Syrian Intelligence Officer Lied to Get US Citizenship, May Be Hiding in Florida, FBI Says.  A former brigadier general with Syrian Intelligence Directorate lied to apply for US citizenship and may be hiding out in South Florida, the FBI said.

The most recent photo available to law enforcement of 75-year-old Moustafa Abed Ayoub was taken in 2006, investigators said.

Ayoub was a commander with the Syrian Intelligence Directorate from the early 1980s through the late 1990s, an FBI release said.

He is wanted on accusations he provided false testimony during US naturalization proceedings, officials said.  [CoxMedia/26September2016]

Romania: Intelligence Chief Quits for Health Reasons.  Romanian officials say the chief of the country's foreign intelligence agency has resigned for health reasons.

The office of President Klaus Iohannis said Mihai Razvan Ungureanu quit Monday as chief of the Foreign Intelligence Service, a position he had held since 2012.

The announcement did not give any reason for the resignation. Lawmaker Mihaita Calimente, who leads the Romanian parliament's oversight of the agency, said Ungureanu told him he was "bedridden" with serious health problems.

Ungureanu, a historian, served as Romania's foreign minister from 2004-2007 and had an earlier tenure as foreign intelligence chief before becoming prime minister in 2012, a position he held for only 78 days. Parliament dismissed his government in a vote of no-confidence.  [Read more:  AP/26September2016]

UK Intelligence Agency to Work With Private Sector to Develop Cyber Security Technologies.  A groundbreaking partnership in Britain to develop world-leading cyber security technology was given a 65-million-US-dollar boost Friday.

The highly secretive Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is to work with top tech start-ups in Britain to develop new technologies aimed at protecting the country from cyber attacks.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has awarded the money as a first step in the development of two world-class cyber innovation centers.

The first of the two centers will be opened at the new Cheltenham Innovation Center around the turn of this year, and the second in London in 2017. GCHQ is based in Cheltenham.  [Read more:  Xinhua/23September2016]

Spy Agencies Launch 'Real-Time' Terror Tracker.  European intelligence agencies launched a shared "interactive real-time" database over the summer to track suspected jihadists, EUobserver has learned.

The move is part of a broader EU-wide trend triggered by last year's migration crisis, a spate of terror attacks and the threat of Islamist fighters returning to Europe from Syria.

Dozens of intelligence agencies at the Dutch-led Counter-Terrorism Group (CTG) in The Hague set up an "interactive operative real-time information system" of people suspected of being "jihadist troublemakers", said Germany's federal ministry of interior in a document seen by this website.

The CTG was founded in 2002 and includes some 30 intelligence agencies from around Europe.  [Read more:  Nielsen/EUObserver/26September2016]

Intelligence Sharing Credited With Quick Capture of Terror Suspect.  The swift take-down of Ahmad Khan Rahami is being credited to vigilant civilians, brave law enforcement and the keen intelligence sharing that's come about in the post 9/11 era.

"It's hard to imagine the case being made any more quickly than it was. The events from the weekend led to an arrest on Monday. It's extraordinary. And when you think about the flow of information and the level of cooperation that is necessary to get that done it really is inspiring," said New Jersey State Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

The Seaside Park bomb plot along a military 5K run, followed by the explosion in Chelsea set off a chain of events between law enforcement agencies. Today the state's top officer, Porrino, said part of that involves the ROIC - or State Police Regional Operations Intelligence Center.

"I can't get into the specifics but I'll say that the sharing and cooperation is completely seamless. There are no state lines when it comes to tracking down terrorism," Porrino said.  [Read more:  Vannozzi/NJTV/20September2016]

US Spies Finally Embracing iPhones, Wireless Connections.   US spies are catching up to the masses in their gradual embrace of 21st-century technology, from installing wireless connections in secure facilities to wielding iPhones and tablets, according to an official with the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

"We'd be cutting off our noses to spite our faces by denying us those kinds of tools," Matt Conner, deputy chief information security officer of the agency, said in an interview.

The NGA provides intelligence to other parts of the government from battlefield maps to satellite imagery of national disasters. It's among agencies that are working with the Director of National Intelligence to study how to maximize the use of secure wireless networks and devices, while still maintaining the cover that spies need.

Already, NGA has secure wireless for its senior leaders in its mammoth headquarters in Springfield, Virginia, outside of Washington, Conner said. Protective equipment needed to make a wireless system secure can be costly and "there are people who are skeptical that there's value there," he said.  [Read more:  Syeed/Bloomberg/25September2016]


A New Intelligence Award for "Reporting Wrongdoing".  Organizations give out awards not only in order to recognize individual excellence, but also to advance and reinforce values prized by their sponsors.

So it is both telling and somewhat unexpected that the US intelligence community is creating a new award for certain kinds of dissidents and whistleblowers.

"The intelligence community has [...] committed to establishing a National Intelligence Professional Awards program to recognize superior service by an intelligence professional in effectuating change by speaking truth to power, by exemplifying professional integrity, or by reporting wrongdoing through appropriate channels," according to a new Self-Assessment Report on the Third Open Government National Action Plan that was released by the White House last week.

Professional integrity may be welcome everywhere, but "speaking truth to power" is rarely welcomed by "power." Often it is not even acknowledged as "truth." (Apparently, the IC envisions itself here as the domain of truth, and not of power. Or will those who challenge the IC leadership itself be eligible for the new award?) Meanwhile, "reporting wrongdoing" often seems to end badly for the reporter, as the frequency of whistleblower reprisal claims indicates.  [Read more:  Aftergood/SecrecyNews/26September2016]

Obama Demands That Security Agencies Consider Climate Change.  President Obama moved toward solidifying his climate change legacy this week by requiring federal defense and intelligence agencies to consider the effects of a warming planet on national security in the policies, plans and doctrines they develop.

The executive order, issued yesterday, comes in the form of a presidential memorandum requiring 20 federal agencies to collaborate to make sure decisionmakers have the best available information on climate change impacts and their potential threats to national security (E&ENews PM, Sept. 21). The agencies are as varied as NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which gather scientific observations on climate, and the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense, which analyze intelligence and develop national security policy.

It's no longer enough to work on reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, said John Holdren, assistant to the president for science and technology as well as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The facts dictate it, Holdren said. The warmest year on Earth in the modern record, 2015, occurred during Obama's presidency, and the past 10 years have been the warmest on record.  [Read more:  Bolstad/ClimateWire/22September2016]

Women of the CIA: The Hidden History of American Spycraft.  "My first son was my 1993 World Trade Center bombing baby," says Gina Bennett, a veteran CIA analyst who has spent her career tracking down the perpetrators behind some of the worst international crises in recent memory. Bennett, a divorced mother of five, can match the birthdate of each child by the bad guys she was pursuing at the time. She calls her second son her "Khobar Towers baby" (born shortly after the 1996 bombing of a military housing complex in Saudi Arabia); her third child, a daughter, her "African embassy bombing baby" (she arrived a few weeks before the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania); and her fourth, another son, her "9/11 baby."

Bennett was in the early stages of her pregnancy during that attack, and despite all of her morning sickness, "most people didn't know I was pregnant," she says. Her fifth child, a girl, was her "Fallujah baby."

We're sitting in the CIA's Office of Public Affairs, surrounded by framed posters of blockbuster thrillers like Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games and Spy Games. Ever since British secret agent James Bond appeared on film in the 1960s, Americans have been entranced by covert spies leaping onto moving trains moments after bedding exotic babes, or military-grade muscle men slicing through society's criminal underbelly with the latest guns and gadgets.

We don't picture Bennett: a woman, a mom.  [Read more:  Jones/Newsweek/21September2016]

CIA Challenge Coins: Secret Symbolism, Dark Humor Can Be Had for a Price on eBay.  The coveted coins are cloaked in secrecy, just like the spy agency that produces them. So what are 'CIA-commissioned mementos- brass "challenge coins," most commonly associated with the military, doing up for sale on the Internet and by private dealers?

The unclassified coins represent something rare in agency culture: tangible and often darkly humorous acknowledgments of specific CIA stations abroad and operations divisions. Some coins contain symbols whose meanings are known only to insiders.

For such coins to disseminate widely - via eBay, no less - appears to fly in the face of the CIA's tight-lipped and proudly cryptic culture. The agency, after all, doesn't let ordinary people tour its museum or visit its Memorial Wall honoring slain officers. In some cases, employees can't invite their own relatives to their own awards 'ceremonies.

Yet nearly 200 miles north of the CIA's headquarters, a small business called Coin Squadron buys and sells pieces of Langley lore from the cramped basement of a converted church in Washington Crossing, Pa., right by the banks of the Delaware River.  [Read more:  Shapira/WashingtonPost/21September2016]

CIA Directors Fast Facts.  Here's some background information about directors of the Central Intelligence Agency. As part of America's intelligence community, the CIA collects information about foreign governments, organized crime and terrorist groups.

September 18, 1947 - The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is established.

It was created by President Harry S. Truman under the National Security Act of 1947.

December 2004 - President George W. Bush signs terrorism prevention legislation, changing the director of central intelligence position to the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Porter Goss is the first "D/CIA" after the reorganization.  [Read more:  CNN/21September2016]


Australian Intelligence Agencies Must Expand to Tackle Threats.  Australia's intelligence agencies are best considered a national resource akin to the Australian Defence Force. They are not an optional extra. They lie at the heart of our national life.

The Turnbull government will shortly announce that Allan Gyngell, the former head of the Office of National Assessments, will conduct a review of the agencies and their structures.

We have effective intelligence agencies but they are still very small, despite their increased budgets since 9/11. The range of threats they face is growing, in some areas exponentially. None of the threats will diminish in coming years. So we should get out of the habit of surging resources when there's a crisis and then cutting back when we think the crisis has passed.

For here's the thing: the crisis is not passing. There are myriad interconnected challenges. Here are four: cyber security, terrorism, es'pio'nage and military intelligence.  [Read more:  Sheridan/TheAustralian/22September2016]

Investigatory Powers Bill - The Case for Mass Surveillance.  If some campaigners against the UK's Investigatory Powers (IP) Bill are to be believed, the use of bulk powers (or mass surveillance) by UK intelligence agencies is not only bad for your privacy, but the powers are also ineffective.

Like all plausible arguments, this has elements of truth. Intelligence agencies are struggling to cope with data volumes. And missed intelligence leads have resulted in successful terrorist attacks. However, the argument's conclusion - that these issues and failures are a direct consequence of a bulk data collection approach - is flawed.

This is primarily due to the conflation of a range of issues. Conflation between the National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK agencies; between collection and analysis; between metadata and content; and, most importantly, between the past and the present.

GCHQ today is very different from the NSA left behind by noted critic of the IP Bill, William Binney, in 2001. Similarly, six-year-old leaked documents don't "prove" the flaws of a bulk data approach in 2016. And the importance of bulk data to UK agencies is not invalidated by the questionable value of one domestically focused US collection programme.  [Read more:  Wells/ComputerWeekly/22September2016]

A Worthy and Enduring Legacy for John Brennan.  At the end of any term of office, leaders often look to secure some type of legacy project that will stand the test of time. It might be a policy, an action, a building, or even a particular program. As CIA Director John Brennan looks towards leaving office with the rest of the Obama national security team in January 2017, he's made his legacy an investment in dialogue and education.

Taking the shape of a day-long program sponsored by the CIA and co-sponsored and hosted by GWU's Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, Ethos & Profession of Intelligence 2016 proved to be one of the most thoughtful programs on the state and future of national security issues that DC has hosted in quite some time. With no fluff or fanfare, intelligence professionals from Brennan to his peers from the United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Australia, and assorted organizations and institutions delivered candid and unclassified assessments and insights about where the intelligence profession is going, how it is changing, and what we need to consider keeping watch of in the years ahead.

It was a thoughtful, civil, adult conversation. Sadly, that probably means it will not make the news it should because no one pandered to a particular audience, was called nasty names, or yelled and carried on before TV cameras and microphones. In so many ways, it was a conversation that should probably be given endangered species status in Washington and throughout the country because it is such a rarity to witness or take part in anymore.

This was the third year that the CIA and GWU put this program together, and with any luck, Brennan's successor will have enough wisdom to keep similar programs on the CIA's schedule for years to come. Those who think we can have worthwhile or significant discussion about intelligence operations and professions via a 140-character tweet or other social media post are kidding themselves. An open forum where the professions talk and question one another, as well take questions from the assembled audience and media, is not just a legacy piece for Brennan but also a reinforcement of the vision and character of the nation's first spymaster, George Washington. Every one of those intelligence professions works for, and is accountable to, the public. Period.  [Read more:  Cooper/SecurityDebrief/22September2016]

Section IV - Events


Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 11:30 am - 2 pm - MacDill AFB, FL - The AFIO Florida Suncoast Chapter hosts meeting on Cyber Ready 2016 - a special conference on The Impact of Cybercrime.

The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter luncheon is the centerpiece of Cyber Ready 2016, a conference observing National Cyber Security Awareness Month: The Impact of Cybercrime.
The chapter joins the MITRE Corporation, the Tampa Bay Innovation Center, the Florida Chamber and the National Cyber Partnership in co-sponsoring the event. In addition to the luncheon, members are invited to register for the entire Cybersecurity Conference (including lunch and dinner) as well as the Golf Outing and Barbecue Dinner being held the day before, Monday afternoon, October 17.
RSVP Deadline: 3 October, because of large attendance expected. Time also needed to allow Base Security to clear all applicants.
Luncheon registration procedures have changed: the chapter has implemented an online registration system. Register here. A registration confirmation must be received by you by email. Print the registration confirmation and bring it with you to the meeting to avoid delays. You may register a group of individuals. If paying online (PayPal or credit card), pay for all members of your group. If paying at the door, we suggest you arrive as a group to avoid delays. The members of the group you register may pay individually at the door, but you remain responsible for payment since you are guaranteeing attendance. ' We strongly suggest you register and pay in advance. You may face long lines and significant delays at check-in - and we are unable to hold luncheon start. ' You will need to present photo ID (and valid student ID if claiming the student discount) at check-in to pick up your event badge. You can facilitate your check-in by also presenting the registration confirmation you received by email. Only those with an event badge will be admitted. ' If you cannot register online, send an email to Michael Shapiro or call him at (813) 832-1164. As the event deadline approaches, space might no longer be avaiable, so do not delay. This is a major undertaking and a significant accomplishment for our Chapter. Thank you in advance for your patience and your helping make this go smoothly! We're looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Timing: 12:15 PM, with check-in/socializing starting at 11:30 AM.
Location: MacDill AFB Surf's Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Boulevard, MacDill AFB, FL 33621
Current program PDF is here.
More information and registration is available here.

Friday, 28 October 2016, 11am - 2 pm - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Fall Luncheon features Associate Director of CIA for Talent, Glenn A. Gaffney, and author/journalist James Kitfield. "The new American way of war, and the special talent and skills CIA is hiring for it."

Glenn Gaffney, Associate Director of CIA for Talent will address the current and future needs and skills the agency is seeking. Gaffney has a broad, career-long exposure to those needs. Prior to his current assignment, Gaffney served as the CIA's Director for Science and Technology; and in 2008 was Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection. Mr. Gaffney began his career with CIA in 1986 as a technical analyst in the Directorate of Intelligence working on cross-directorate clandestine technical collection operations to address critical technical intelligence gaps. In 1996, Mr. Gaffney served as part of a team which laid the foundation for creation of the Information Operations Center (has different name today), the Agency's lead organization for cyber operations.

The morning speaker is James Kitfield, author of the forthcoming book: Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies, and Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing the American Way of War. Kitfield was a senior correspondent for National Journal and is a three-time winner of the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. he is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

"A compelling chronological examination of the new intelligence-driven, multiagency
counterterrorism model the US military now uses to meet the 'Age of Superterrorism' Kitfield gets inside the US military 'brotherhood' to produce an engaging and chilling report." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Twilight Warriors provides a uniquely intimate and timely window into the special
operations, intelligence and law enforcement counterterrorism efforts of the past two decades. Compelling and insightful, it is the most up-to-date account available of the ongoing war on terrorism. James Kitfield's gripping portraits of the key figures leading this struggle makes this book required reading for anyone wishing to understand the threat that terrorism continues to pose - and what we are doing to defeat it." -- Bruce Hoffman, Professor & Director, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University.

Register now at this link. This will be AFIO's final 2016 luncheon.

Thursday, 10 November 2016, 11:30am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts author and journalist, Peter Robinson on The Cambridge Spies

Journalist/author Peter Robinson discusses the Cambridge Spies at this AFIO San Francisco Chapter event. Robinson explores the impact of Kim Philby, Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt and others on American-British relations.
Where: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave between Sloat and Wawona, San Francisco, CA 94116.
Fee: Members $25; Non-Member guests $35. Non-host cocktails at 11:30AM; meeting starts promptly at noon.
Reservation and pre-payment is required before October 31, 2016. RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary, AFIO SF Chapter at

Other Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 5 October 2016, 7-10pm - Washington, DC - Dinner with a Spy: An Evening with Naveed Jamali - at the International Spy Museum

For three nerve-wracking years, Naveed Jamali spied on the United States for the Russians - or so the Russians believed. By trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of cash, he pretended to sell out his own country across noisy restaurant tables and in quiet parking lots. Although he had no formal espionage training, with the help of an initially reluctant FBI duo he ended up at the center of a highly successful counterintelligence operation that targeted Russian espionage in New York City. With Putin's latest moves a frequent headline and political hot topic, Jamili, author of How to Catch a Russian Spy, will share how his unbelievable but true post-college adventure became a real-life US counterintelligence coup and the subject of an upcoming film. Over a quiet restaurant table, International Spy Museum historian Vince Houghton will debrief Jamali about his unlikely espionage exploits and how it feels to have your true story named one of the Washington Post's funniest books of 2015. You will be one of only twenty guests at Rosa Mexicano for this festive four-course dinner including "the best guacamole in the world." Tickets for the general public: $225 (includes four-course modern Mexican dinner with margaritas, sangria, wine, and beer). Visit

Tuesday, 11 October 2016, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - The Lives of Guy Burgess: An Evening with Andrew Lownie - at the International Spy Museum

Perhaps the most complex of the Cambridge Spies, Guy Burgess was an engaging and charming companion to many and an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others. Recruited by the Soviets as a young man in the 1930s, he rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, to gain access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to the USSR. Join Andrew Lownie, the author of Stalin's Englishman, formerly the London representative of the Washington-based National Intelligence Study Centre, as he discusses how even Burgess's chaotic personal life of drunken philandering did not stop him from espionage. Lownie interviewed more than a hundred people who knew Burgess personally, many for the first time, and used hitherto secret files to reveal how even under suspicion, Burgess's fabled charm - which had enabled many close personal relationships with influential figures including Churchill - prevented his exposure for many years. Stalin's Englishman, which in Great Britain was a 2015 Book or Biography of the Year in the Times, Guardian, Daily Mail, Spectator and BBC History Magazine, will be available for sale and signing at the event. Tickets for the general public: $10. Visit

Friday, 14 October 2016, noon - 2 pm - Ashburn, VA - The Loudoun Crime Commission hosts Steve Burmeister, former FBI/ODNI, on "Current Use of Explosives by Terrorists."

Mr. Steve Burmeister, former FBI and ODNI, and currently Vice President and General Manager of Austin Powder Special Products, LLC, will discuss the "Current Use Of Explosives by Terrorists," and will explore some of the tactics and uses of explosives by terrorists over the past several years.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, "Improved explosive devices (IEDs) remain the terrorist weapon of choice due to their relative ease of construction, availability, and destructive capacity." As terrorist incidents increase worldwide, this type of information is critical to understanding this threat not only for our law enforcement and security partners, but for the general public as well.

RSVP by 11 October at Cost: $25 nonmembers; $20 members for Cash or check. Add $1 to fees if paying by credit card.
Location: Belmont Country Club, Ashburn, VA.
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016, noon - Washington, DC - Hot Topics Series - Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update - at the International Spy Museum

Be the first to learn the latest intelligence news! Join David Major, retired supervisory special agent of the FBI and former director of Counterintelligence and Security Programs at the NSC staff at the White House, for a briefing on the hottest intelligence and security issues, breaches, and penetrations. Presented in partnership with The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), these updates will cover worldwide events such as breaking espionage cases and arrest reports, cyber espionage incidents, and terrorist activity. Major uses his expertise to analyze trends and highlight emerging issues of interest to both intelligence and national security professionals and the public. Cases are drawn from the CI Centre's SPYPEDIA', the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world, containing events and information that may not be reported by mainstream media outlets. Tickets: FREE. Visit

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 8 am - 3 pm - Laurel, MD - Paul Goldenberg, John Farmer and Distinguished Panelists address "Combating Domestic Terrorism" at this National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's 18th Annual Symposium and Membership Meeting

This year's NCMF's Annual Symposium looks at "Combating Domestic Terrorism" featuring Paul Goldenberg, CEO, Cardinal Point Strategies, Co-Chair of the DHS Foreign Fighter Task Force and Co-Chair of the DHS Faith-Based Security Council. He will be joined by his associate, John Farmer, Professor of Law and Special Counsel to the President of Rutgers University and former Attorney General of New Jersey in providing their unique insights on their work in Belgium and other parts of Europe following the recent terrorism events there.
We also have an exciting lineup of speakers for the afternoon session which will feature a notable panel of local law enforcement officials who will offer their perspective on protecting Maryland's citizens, property and information in the wake of terrorism and domestic unrest.
Panel Members are: Kemp Ensor, NSA Associate Director of Security and Counterintelligence; Kevin Perkins, FBI Special Agent in Charge, Baltimore Field Office; Col. William Pallozzi, Superintendent, Maryland State Police, and panel moderator Richard C. Schaeffer, President, National Cryptologic Museum Foundation.
Also joining the afternoon discussions will be Ronald Lee, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP and former NSA General Counsel and Associate Deputy Attorney General of the Department of Justice, speaking on protecting the privacy rights of US citizens in the fight against terrorism.
REGISTRATION and NCMF exhibits open at 0800. A continental breakfast will be available from 0800-0900 and lunch will be served from 1200-1300. Speaker presentations run 0900-1500.
LOCATION: Event will be held at Johns Hopkins University/APL Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd., Laurel, MD 20723. Once you reach the APL at Johns Hopkins Rd, Turn right on Pond Road, just past the service station. Follow the signs to the Kossiakoff Center parking on the lower lot. The lower level parking lot near the Kossiakoff Center is recommended and a shuttle service will operate from 0745-1530 for your convenience. More granular driving directions are available here.
The fee for NCMF members is $30 and guests $60 (includes a one-year guest membership). Register online at Registration closes on Friday, 14 October. Or you may mail-in your registration fee to NCMF, P.O. Box 1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998.

28 - 29 October 2016 - The Hague, Netherlands - "Witness to Change: Intelligence Analysis in a Changing Environment" is topic of the NISA 25th Anniversary Conference

The Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA) celebrates its 25th anniversary with a two-days conference. Main theme is the strongly changed environment of the intelligence analyst during these past 25 years.
In other words: the 25th anniversary as a symbol for the revolutionary changes in the intelligence world with which analysts have to deal; both external developments (the onset of a multipolar world, asymmetric conflicts, the information revolution), and internal changes (in collecting, processing, dissemination, legitimization and supervision).
These developments forced intelligence analysts and organisations to adapt work processes and methods and techniques. Intelligence analysts still mostly operate in secret, but the demands of intelligence consumers and the public have changed over the last 25 years. Social and technological developments have changed the playing field and the rules of the game for the intelligence analyst, leading to an enormous growth in (publicly) available information and means of communication, and demands for more transparency and accountability. Aim of the conference is to touch on the consequences of this changed environment, and to look ahead.

Participants are invited to listen to distinguished experts in the field, and to enter into discussions on various topics relating to intelligence analysis.

The Conference will be held at the Nationaal Archief (the National Archive), Prins Willem Alexanderhof 20, The Hague, the Netherlands.
The conference program may be viewed here as a PDF.

Conference Fee: Standard Fee: Eur175; Student Fee: Eur80 (proof of status required). Fee covers registration, lunch and drinks.
To join the Conference Diner on Friday 28 October 2016, an extra fee of Eur30 is applicable.

To Register: For registration: fill this form. After registration you will receive further information as regards payment of the conference fee and the programme. There is a limited number of seats. Registration for the conference will close on 15 October 2016.
For further information please send an e-mail to

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