AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #39-16 dated 4 October 2016

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There will be no Weekly Intelligence Notes next week - Tuesday, 11 October. 
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AFIO National Fall Luncheon features
The final luncheon of 2016.

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, 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.

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AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence
Just published. AFIO's 800-page Guide to the Study of Intelligence.
Peter C. Oleson, Editor. View table of contents and names of authors here.
Perfect for professors, students, those considering careers in intelligence, and current/former officers seeking to see what changes are taking place across a wide spectrum of intelligence disciplines.

AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence helps instructors teach about the large variety of subjects that make up the field of intelligence. This includes secondary school teachers of American History, Civics, or current events and undergraduate and graduate professors of History, Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies, and related topics, especially those with no or limited professional experience in the field. Even those who are former practitioners are likely to have only a limited knowledge of the very broad field of intelligence, as most spend their careers in one or two agencies at most and may have focused only on collection or analysis of intelligence or support to those activities.

In order to ensure that the Guide is useful and not overwhelming, each article is brief. This means that the topics addressed in the Guide are not comprehensive. However, some addressing complex subjects, such as reconnaissance from space, intelligence in WWII, and the history of espionage cases, are longer. The Guide is organized into seven parts. Part I includes four introductory articles. Part II is on the history of intelligence from antiquity to the post- Cold War world. Part III examines the intelligence disciplines, applications, and support to various missions. Part IV relates to teaching about espionage, counterintelligence, and covert action. Part V addresses some of the major issues related to intelligence policy and oversight. While most of the Guide is US-centric, Part VI focuses on intelligence organizations in other countries. Part VII includes three articles on how to stay informed and the literature of intelligence.

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Book of the Week:Spies in Palestine - Jim Srodes

Spies in Palestine: Love, Betrayal and the Heroic Life of Sarah Aaronsohn
by James Srodes
(Counterpoint; December 13, 2016)

"What the CIA would give for its own Sarah Aaronsohn gathering secrets in today's Syria - or anywhere else! Spies in Palestine offers not just a relevant, fascinating window into the history of that troubled region, but a riveting spy story told by a master journalist." -- Jeff Stein, intelligence correspondent for Newsweek

Sarah Aaronsohn was a twenty-first century woman in a nineteenth-century world. She and her siblings were born as part of the first wave of Jewish immigrants who fled the pogroms of Russia and Eastern Europe in the 1880s, settling in the province of Syria-Palestine. By the outbreak of World War I in 1914 the settlers had come a dramatic distance in creating the Eretz Israel of their Biblical prophecies. Sarah's home village of Zichron Ya'akov brought prosperity to their lands between the Mediterranean coast and the Mount Carmel range. But when the Ottoman Turkish Empire sided with Kaiser Wilhelm II and the other Central Powers in World War I, the Jewish settlements faced cruel oppressions.

This book describes how the Aaronsohns, one of the most prominent families in the province, came to commit themselves and their comrades to the Allied side and how they formed the NILI espionage organization to spy against the Turkish Army. Late in the war, in 1917, Sarah assumed command of the spy network as the group's penetration of the Turkish army reached a critical juncture. Sarah was idolized by T.E. Lawrence, the fabled Lawrence of Arabia who dedicated his flowery biography, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, to her.
The book may be pre-ordered here.


Turkey Sacks 87 Spy Staff in First Purge of Agency After Failed Coup.  Turkey has sacked 87 members of staff from its national spy agency over suspected links to the failed coup attempt in July, state media reported Tuesday.

The decision represents the first purge of the institution since the failed military overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In an internal investigation, Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT) suspended 141 members of staff over alleged association with the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara holds responsible for masterminding the coup plot through the creation of a parallel state within the country's state institutions.

Of the 141 suspended, 87 have been expelled, according to Turkey's Anadolu news agency, which added that they will never be able to work for another state institution. Authorities have issued criminal complaints against 52 of those sacked, it continued.  [Read more:  Moore/Newsweek/27September2016]

Putin Will Recreate KGB by Merging FSB With Foreign Intelligence Service.  A radical shake-up of Russia's security agencies will see the mostly-domestic FSB merged with the country's foreign intelligence service (the SVR), forming a new centralised organisation called the Ministry of State Security (MGB) that resembles the size and scope of the original KGB, according to a story in the Russian newspaper Kommersant.

Although the Russian government would not confirm the report, it also did not deny it. Kommersant reports that the two agencies will be merged before Russia's next presidential election in March 2018.

An article in says that the new MGB, which recycles a name used for the Soviet intelligence agency from 1946 to 1953, will eventually employ 250,000 people, as many as the old KGB at the height of its power, but no source is given for that information.

This fusion of state agencies would represent something of a reversal for President Putin, himself a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years. In the past, he has sought to eliminate possible rivals by dividing powerful organisations into smaller units. Both the FSB and SVR were originally formed in 1991 following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the KGB.  [Read more:  Moody/ARSTechnica/29September2016]

FBI Investigating Possible Hack of Democratic Party Staffer Cell Phones.  The FBI has asked to examine the cell phones of a small number of Democratic Party staffers as it investigates a possible hack, law enforcement and Democratic sources told CNN Tuesday.

The development comes on the same day Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told lawmakers that 18 states have asked for help in warding off cyberattacks on their electronic voting systems.

Law enforcement officials have reached out to the staffers individually about "imaging" their phones to search for evidence of hacking, such as malware. Investigators are still probing whether this attempted hack is part of the original breach of Democratic National Committee emails - which is widely thought to be the work of the Russian government - or a new hacking attempt.

"Our struggle with the Russian hackers that we announced in June is ongoing - as we knew it would be - and we are choosing not to provide general updates unless personal data or other sensitive information has been accessed or stolen," interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile told CNN.  [Read more:  Sciutto/CNN/27September2016]

Whistleblower in 'Zero Dark Thirty' Case Gets Money and an Award.  A senior intelligence official has settled with the federal government after he alleged that he was punished for disclosing that the Pentagon's watchdog had shielded former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta from allegations that he'd leaked sensitive information.

Daniel Meyer, who previously oversaw the Defense Department's decisions on whistleblower cases, also accused the Pentagon inspector general's office of targeting him for being gay.

As part of the agreement, the Pentagon inspector general's office said it would give Meyer an undisclosed monetary settlement, according to three people with knowledge of the negotiations. They asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The inspector general's office also promised to give Meyer two awards in "recognition for his services," a Sept. 19 settlement document obtained by McClatchy says.  [Read more:  Taylor/McClatchy/30September2016]

DEA's Army of 18,000 Informants Pocketed $237 Million Over Five Years.  It's no secret that the Drug Enforcement Administration relies heavily on an army of confidential sources - men and women compelled, coerced, or enticed to share information with law enforcement, sometimes to alleviate their own legal troubles, sometimes for cash.

Precisely how those relationships play out, however, is often shrouded in secrecy.

A recently published audit by the Department of Justice has now offered a startling glimpse behind the scenes of those operations, revealing a world in which hundreds of millions of dollars have been doled out to thousands of informants over the last five years. Those informants include package delivery personnel, bus company employees, and Transportation Security Administration agents moonlighting as drug war spies - all operating with abysmal oversight and scant evidence of return on investment.

Published Thursday by the DOJ's Inspector General, the audit reports that from 2010 to 2015, the DEA boasted more than "18,000 active confidential sources assigned to its domestic offices, with over 9,000 of those sources receiving approximately $237 million in payments for information or services they provided." By comparison, the FBI is said to maintain a roster of some 15,000 informants.  [Read more:  Devereaux/TheIntercept/30September2016]

Peru's Ex-Spy Chief Sentenced in Forced Disappearances, Burning of Bodies.  A Peruvian court sentenced Vladimiro Montesinos, Peru's former intelligence chief, to 22 years in prison after he was found guilty of the forced disappearance of three people.

The sentence came Tuesday; Montesinos, 71, is currently serving a term for crimes against humanity during the 1990-2000 administration of President Alberto Fujimori. The former president is also in jail over human rights abuses.

The sentencing Tuesday came after a trial in which prosecutors proved a college professor and two students were victims of "forced disappearance," and were killed and burned in an oven in the basement of the Intelligence Service of the Army in 1993. Former Army Chief of Staff Nicolas Hernandez Rios was also found guilty of the same crime; he received a 15-year sentence. The immediate arrest of former Army Intelligence Directorate chief Jorge Nadal Paiva was ordered after the sentencing.

The three victims were among thousands who disappeared between 1980 and 2000 during Peru's internal conflict. During testimony the court heard that students Kenneth Anzualdo and Martin Roca Casas, and professor Justiniano Najarro Rua were tortured, interrogated and then executed in the intelligence service basement.  [Read more:  Adamczyk/UPI/28September2016]

Effort to Recognize World War II Spies Hung up in Congress.  Spies don't work for fame or acclaim. But after 75 years, the men and women who served behind the enemy lines in Nazi Germany and the Pacific theater during World War II wouldn't mind some recognition.

Legislation to award the spies the Congressional Gold Medal has passed the Senate and has more than 300 sponsors in the House, yet the bill is being held up by House Republicans, who recently enacted rules that require a special waiver to grant the medal to groups of people.

"I would be extremely proud to get a gold medal for what we did for our country," said Frank Gleason, 96, one of the few remaining veterans of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the brief World War II-era forerunner to the CIA. "What we did was a little exciting."

The holdup frustrates a group of veterans whose numbers continue to dwindle as time marches on.  [Read more:  Barakat/AP/1October2016]

Germany's Most Famous Spy on Trial for Tax Evasion, Claims Money Is Not His.  The most famous intelligence operative in Germany went on trial last week after his name was linked to dozens of offshore bank accounts and shell companies. But he claims he used these accounts to rescue hostages as part of his undercover work. Werner Mauss became known in 1997, when he was arrested in Colombia while using a forged passport. He had traveled to the Latin American country to secure the release of a German woman who had been kidnapped by leftist guerrillas. The Colombian authorities eventually released him, following heavy diplomatic pressure from the German government. But the German media began investigating his background, and it soon became known that he was working for the Federal Intelligence Service, specializing in negotiating the release of hostages.

Now, in his mid-70s, Mauss enjoys celebrity status in Germany. He claims on his personal website that he was directly involved in neutralizing over 100 criminal gangs and that his work led to the capture of 2,000 criminals and spies. He also claims to have helped prevent dangerous chemical substances from falling into the hands of terrorist groups.

Last Monday, however, Mauss appeared in court in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Bochum, accused of placing millions of euros in undeclared offshore accounts. The German state prosecutor accuses the spy of having dozens of accounts in his name in offshore tax havens such as the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, and Panama. Government investigators say Mauss hid nearly €15 million (approximately $23 million) in secret accounts between 2002 and 2013. It appears that at least some of the accounts had been opened under aliases that Mauss used during his spy operations.  [Read more:  Allen/IntelNews/3October2016]


The Spy Who Liked Me: Britain's Changing Secret Service.  Behind the closed doors of British intelligence, the era of Smiley's People is giving way to a future of Smiley's Facebook friends.

Digital disruption is sweeping through the world's second-oldest profession - spying - and the UK is repurposing its intelligence services with a '1.5bn annual top-up for security available for the first time this year.

For the Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, which supplies foreign intelligence, this translates into its biggest ever recruitment drive, with as many as 1,000 new staff over the next four years, a 40 per cent rise.

The increase is partly driven by the more threatening geopolitical environment, with a growing challenge from Russia and China and the metastatic resurgence of global jihadism.   [Read more:  Jones/FinancialTimes/29September2016]

Former CIA Employee Sues Agency to Release Documents Electronically.   From the dragonfly-shaped drone to the lithium-ion battery, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) technology had once been storied and cutting-edge, but one former officer keeps suing to pull his old employer's dusty Freedom of Information Act policies out of the paper age.

Jeffrey Scudder spent more than two decades in the intelligence community before his hunt for government records "destroyed [his] entire career," as he told the Washington Post for a profile two years ago.

Back then, Scudder hopped the globe on CIA assignments in Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq. He said that he entered into the agency's career trainee program after he graduated college, "right out of the Reagan build-up."

"When the Cold War was over, the agency was cutting back," Scudder told Courthouse News in a phone interview.  [Read more:  Klasfeld/CourthouseNewsService/2October2016]

Fifteen Years After 9/11: Threats to the Homeland - Statement Before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  Good afternoon Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Carper, and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the current threats to the homeland and our efforts to address new challenges. As the threat to harm Western interests evolves, we must adapt and confront the challenges, relying heavily on the strength of our federal, state, local, and international partnerships. Our successes depend on interagency cooperation; among those partners with me today are the Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center, with whom we work to address current and emerging threats.

Preventing terrorist attacks remains the FBI's top priority. The terrorist threat against the United States remains persistent and acute. The threats posed by foreign fighters, including those recruited from the US, traveling to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and from homegrown violent extremists are extremely dynamic. The tragic events in New York and New Jersey as well as in Orlando last June are a somber reminder of this threat. The FBI is leading a federal terrorism investigation with the assistance of our state, local, and federal partners. The ongoing investigation has developed strong indications of radicalization by this killer, but further investigation is needed to determine if this attack was inspired by a foreign terrorist organization. We are spending a tremendous amount of time trying to understand every moment of the killer's path, to understand his motives, and to understand the details of his life. We will continue to look forward in this investigation, and backward. Our work is very challenging. We are looking for needles in a nationwide haystack, but we are also called upon to figure out which pieces of hay might someday become needles. That is hard work and the particular challenge of identifying homegrown violent extremists.

These threats remain the highest priority and create the most serious challenges for the FBI, the US Intelligence Community, and our foreign, state, and local partners. ISIL is relentless and ruthless in its pursuits to terrorize individuals in Syria and Iraq, including Westerners. We continue to identify individuals who seek to join the ranks of foreign fighters traveling in support of ISIL, and also homegrown violent extremists who may aspire to attack the United States from within. In addition, we are confronting an explosion of terrorist propaganda and training available via the Internet and social networking media. Due to online recruitment and indoctrination, foreign terrorist organizations are no longer dependent on finding ways to get terrorist operatives into the US to recruit and carry out acts. Terrorists in ungoverned spaces - both physical and cyber - readily disseminate poisoned propaganda and training materials to attract easily influenced individuals around the world to their cause. They encourage these individuals to travel, but if they cannot travel, they motivate them to act at home. This is a significant change and transformation from the terrorist threat our nation faced a decade ago. ISIL's widespread reach through the Internet and social media is most concerning, as the group has proven dangerously competent at employing such tools for its nefarious strategy. ISIL uses high-quality, traditional media platforms, as well as widespread social media campaigns to propagate its extremist ideology. Recently released propaganda has included various English language publications circulated via social media.

Social media also helps groups such as ISIL to spot and assess potential recruits.   [Read more:  Comey/FBI/27September2016]

National Security Professionals and Cyber Experts Call for Pentagon Intervention on Surrender of the Internet.  Dozens of experienced national security professionals and experts on cyber threats and warfare joined forces today to urge the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to oppose the transfer of the last vestige of US control of the Internet to a non-profit organization in less than a week.

As things stand now, on 1 October, President Obama intends to transfer all responsibilities for naming and numbering domain addresses on the Internet to a non-profit organization known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Should that happen, the United States will no longer have any control over the addresses that serve to make all websites accessible and allow users to connect to the Internet. Currently, the US Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) reviews all new addresses and authorizes them to be posted to the authoritative root server (the "A Server") by Verisign.

In the attached letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, current and former leaders in industry, national security, homeland and cyber security express strong concerns about the likely implications of such a step and seek a one-year delay to allow full consideration of these issues:
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority function is critical to our nation's ability to effectively defend our national assets and civilian population and ensure integrity in our cyberwarfare capabilities...DoD is reliant upon private sector critical infrastructure for its operations, and the integrity and security of the IP addresses associated with these assets are equally important to the protection of the American people.  [Read more:  Westby/CenterforSecurityPolicy/26September2016]


Snowden Might as Well Have Been a Spy.  The game's afoot to achieve leniency, or even a presidential pardon, for former National Security Agency contractor and mega-leaker Edward Snowden. The argument seems to be that the nation owes the 33-year-old Snowden a debt of honor for bringing to light NSA's secret and legally troublesome program for collecting telephone dialing information on American citizens.

"Whistleblower" Snowden, in this view, has at least earned a return ticket from his exile in the land of borscht, bluster and Polonium tea.

Pardon me, but not so fast.

I come at this from a somewhat unusual perspective. I spent 30 years as a newspaper and radio reporter, often relying on tips, steering and - occasionally - direct "leaks" of documents from government and private sources eager to break news. Their motives ranged from the noble to the petty and were sometimes misguided, but I couldn't have functioned without them. God bless 'em all.  [Read more:  Willing/USAToday/30September2016]

Management Lessons From the Espionage of Ana Montes.   The recurring media coverage of cyber attacks on the US public and private sectors have undoubtedly advanced the rapid growth of IT security industry solutions for predicting, preventing, and responding to cyber threats. Reliable IT systems and infrastructure are crucial to the successful management, stability, and growth of most American companies.

A major data compromise can be damaging to profits, prestige, and strategy, not to mention disastrous to a company's competitive edge and downright embarrassing. Add the risk of a potential Snowden insider to the threat of a cyber attack, and American businesses can hardly be blamed for perceiving computer vulnerabilities to be the biggest risk to company security and in turn focusing their risk management efforts and spending on IT security.

As companies shop for expensive IT security software packages, hire information assurance specialists, or enter into contracts with IT security firms to provide up-to-date cyber threat intelligence, they should not overlook the threats posed to company data from traditional espionage tradecraft. Not even the most robust computer security measures or the latest behavioral analytic/machine learning algorithms can defeat the insider who does not rely on a computer or the exploitation of to steal company information. In this respect, the espionage case of Ana Montes provides important lessons for every business.  [Read more:  Bishop/CSO/30September2016]

Insider's View: How Snowden Gets It Dangerously Wrong.   Oliver Stone's movie Snowden is apparently part of a campaign by Edward Snowden and his supporters to obtain a legal pardon from President Obama for Snowden's violation of US criminal law.

Snowden, who was a technician working for a company contracted to support the National Security Agency (NSA), illegally downloaded thousands of documents classified Top Secret, fled the country with them and gave the documents to people who published them online. He remains in exile in Moscow.

I recently watched the movie from the perspective of a private citizen, but one who had once worked in the government in world of intelligence, counter-terrorism and security. I am also one of the five people who President Obama asked to serve on the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, a panel he created to review the issues raised by the Snowden revelations. Our conclusions and recommendations are all publicly available on the White House website.

As part of that Review Group, I had unrestricted access to what NSA was doing and came to some personal judgments about their value and about the effects of Snowden's revelations.   [Read more:  Clarke/ABCNews/26September2016]

Section IV - Jobs and Events


Search Opens for National Intelligence University President.  National Intelligence University announced today that the search for a new president has begun. The current president, Dr. David Ellison, who has led the university since 2009, plans to retire in August 2017. The presidential search comes as the university prepares for the move of its main campus from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in southeast Washington, DC, to a newly refurbished facility in Bethesda, MD in the coming months.  National Intelligence University seeks an individual who can embrace the university's vision of serving as the center of academic life for the intelligence community and accelerate its trajectory. Finalists for this position will be interviewed by one or more heads of major intelligence agencies before the selection is made. 

National Intelligence University seeks its next President to replace Dr. David Ellison who plans to retire in August 2017 (to serve at its new facility on the Intelligence Community Campus in Bethesda, Maryland:


 Embracing the university's vision of serving as the center of academic life of the intelligance community and accelerate its trajectory.
 Demonstrate vision, a record of innovation, a commitment to exceptional scholarly inquiry.
 Appreciation of the value and importantance of interdisciplinary research and education.
 Leading the programs transitions to competency-based programs, to include creating, developing course content, and administering new courses.
 Proven commitment to diversity and inclusion.
 Boundless energy and enthusiasm to elevate an already outstanding institution.
 Lead the discussion about the future of higher education in the U.S. intelligence community and national security community.

Finalists for this position will be interviewed by one or more heads of major intelligence agencies before the selection is made.

More information is available at the NIU website: Formal applications should be submitted to the vacancy announcement published here. It is also published on USAJOBS (NIU-108264-SEMO). 

NIU is an accredited federal degree-granting institution whose main campus is located in Washington, DC. Its alumni are past, present, and future leaders in the intelligence and national security communities and in the private sector. Notable alumni include a former director of national intelligence; former directors of CIA, NSA, DIA, and NGA; current and former heads of military intelligence; and a growing number of senior government executives and corporate leaders. For more information, visit

Inquiries will be held in strict confidence, and should be addressed to: Dr. Alan MacDougall, Director, Senior Executive Management Office or Ms Maureen Baginski, Chair, NIU Board of Visitors Defense Intelligence Agency Senior Executive Management Office, Attn: 7400 Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301 -7400

Intelligence Subject Matter Experts/Speakers Sought for 2017 St. Petersburg Conference. Florida AFIO members with intelligence backgrounds sought as speakers for annual St. Petersburg world affairs conference. The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs is a cooperative venture of a group of civic-minded St. Petersburg residents and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
Multiple panels of distinguished intelligence officials, academic experts, diplomats, military, and media discuss critical international issues of the day. The public, including students of USF St. Petersburg and other area universities, attend the annual conference. Several thousand local residents and students attend each of the discussions (some are concurrent) every year. Their objective is to make available to the people of the Tampa Bay area information, and insights, on crucial intelligence and national security issues critical to our lives and well-being. If you are an intelligence/national security SME (subject matter expert), please consider applying to be a speaker in 2017 or later years. Conference runs Feb 15, 16 and 17th 2017. Details will soon be available at Interested speakers should contact: Douglas Mcelhaney



Thursday, 13 October 2016, 11:30am - 1:30pm - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO AZ Chapter Luncheon features Jerry Iannacci, former Homeland Security adviser, on "Financial Crimes and ID Theft"

Jerry Iannacci, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Former Homeland Security Special Advisor, Operation American Patriot, speaks to the Arizona Chapter on "Financial Crimes continue to mount from Identify Theft to 419 Scams. Is it all domestic crime or something else?"
Former Homeland Security Special Advisor Jerry Iannacci, will bring us up to date on financial crimes, identity theft and the impact on national security and terrorism funding. A unique prospective!
LOCATION: Best Western Thunderbird Suites, 7515 E Butherus Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.
Fee: $18
RSVP: or RSVP deadline is 72 hours before meeting. Chapter (and therefore YOU) will be charged for no-show. Confirm your presence (or not). Questions? Email Simone at; or call and leave message at 602.570.6016.
BADGES: Many members have been given a badge. If you do not have one, email Simone at with the information you want on badge (Full Name and Past Career Title/Affiliated Organization ~ should you wish). The cost for badge with magnetic strip: $5.
REMEMBER as well, that if you are bringing a guest please send the full name of that person.

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

Saturday, 12 November 2016, 11 am -3 pm - Orange Park, FL - AFIO Northern Florida Chapter Meeting - hold the date

Chapter president Dane Baird is currently arranging for a guest speaker, perhaps a current or former military flag officer, and information on the speaker will be announced in the chapter newsletter coming out later this month. As always, family and interested guests (especially potential members) are welcome to attend. Hope to see you there.
Event location: Country Club of Orange Park.
RSVP: Quiel Begonia at or call him at (904) 545-9549.

Monday, 5 December 2016, 5:30 pm - New York, NY - AFIO New York Chapter hosts David Hunt, former CIA Operations Officer, discussing "Intelligence in Flux."

David P. Hunt, former CIA Operations Officer wil discuss "Intelligence in Flux: From the Cold War to Today Under New Presidential Leadership."

Hunt holds CIA's Donovan Award for Excellence, and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, CIA's highest award. He is also a member of the NY Chapter's Board.
Location: Society of Illustrators building, 128 E 63rd St, (Between Park Ave and Lexington Ave).
Time: Registration starts 5:30 pm; Meeting at 6 pm.
Cost: $50/person. Payment at the door only by cash or check. Includes full dinner, cash bar.
To Register: Registration is strongly suggested, not required. Please call chapter president, Jerry Goodwin, at 646-717-3776 or Email:

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 US 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.
Questions? Contact

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.

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 6 - 8pm - Alexandria, VA - NIP No-Host Social by Naval Intelligence Professionals - "Lessons in Executive Leadership."

Attend the monthly "3rd Thursday" Social - as part of the Naval Intelligence Professionals' Lessons in Leadership Intelligence Series.
Guest speaker this time is VADM Jake Jacoby, USN(Ret) on "Lessons in Executive Leadership."
Location: Sonoma Cellar 207 King Street, Alexandria VA 22314
RSVP - None required. Dress: Smart casual. Come and enjoy.

21 October 2016, 6pm - Arlington, VA - 50th Naval Intelligence Officers' Dining-In deadline approaches. Event honors VADM Jan Tighe.

A reminder that ticket deadline for the 50th Naval Intelligence Officers' Dining-In, is 12 October, so do not delay on a purchase if you intend on going. The event takes place 21 October 2016 at the Fort Myer Officer's Club in Fort Myer, VA, and begins at 6 pm.
The Guest of Honor is VADM Jan Tighe. Members of the mess include officers with the following designators: 163X, 183X, 645X, 745X, and any IWC officer filling an 1830-coded billet.
Dinner Attire: Dinner Dress Blue (no cover) or Civilian Black Tie (for retirees)
As it is the 50th iteration of this event, this year's theme will reflect on our shared history and heritage as Naval Intelligence Officers.
Entertainment: As is tradition, we are seeking skits (digital video format or live presentation) for the entertainment portion of the evening. If your command would like to submit a video or has a live presentation idea, please contact LT Park at The deadline for video submissions is October 7, 2016.
Please spread the word to all of your personnel!
Purchase tickets here.

25 October 2016 - Bolling AFB, DC - NMIA 2016 Fall Classified Symposium "Winning Tomorrow's Battles."

The National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA) hosts its 2016 Classified Fall Symposium, "Winning Tomorrow's Battles: New Techniques, Tools, and Technologies."
The event will be held at the SECRET/5 EYES Security Level.
Event location: Tighe Auditorium, DIA Headquarters, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
Online Registration here.

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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