AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #40-16 dated 18 October 2016

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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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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:

The Prometheus Bomb: The Manhattan Project and Government in the Dark
by Neil J. Sullivan
(Potomac Books; December 1, 2016)

There are many histories of the atom bomb, but this excellent addition to the literature from Sullivan, professor in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, tells the story from an unusual angle, pointing out that many of the American leaders who launched the Manhattan Project as a matter of national survival had no understanding of the science involved. The scientists made decisions with potentially catastrophic consequences while assuming, correctly, that their superiors would go along. Politicians made political choices with similar insouciance. Told that the war effort required some patriotic silence about rather large military expenditures, Congress submitted to the demands of the fledgling national security apparatus, beginning a baleful tradition. In deciding not to share details with allies, America offended Britain but not the U.S.S.R., whose spies kept it informed. It's arguable whether any historian can deliver a satisfying explanation for Truman's decision to use the bomb, but Sullivan examines everyone's motives without resorting to hindsight. Readers of Richard Rhodes's classic, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, will not regret reading this parallel history, which passes over Oppenheimer and his brilliant crew in order to emphasize their non-scientist superiors, including Vannevar Bush, Gen. Leslie Groves, and FDR. Sullivan shows that the decisions of these powerful men triumphed in the short run but produced dismal long-term consequences that remain with us. -- Publishers Weekly
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Australia Government Cyber Attack Came From Foreign Intelligence Service.  A malware attack against Australia's Bureau of Meteorology which might have spread into other government networks originated from a foreign intelligence service, an official report by the country's cyber defense agency said on Wednesday.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre's (ACSC) first public report did not say which foreign power authorized the December 2015 attack but it will add credibility to warnings from independent cyber security experts who have blamed countries like China and Russia for malicious online attacks.

When the national government revealed the attack took place last year, it did not specify the suspected source. Local media said at the time that internal security sources blamed China, charges the Chinese foreign ministry dismissed.

In the report, the ACSC said it "attributed the primary compromise to a foreign intelligence service", and noted that "security controls in place were insufficient to protect the network from more common threats associated with cybercrime".  [Read more:  Kaye/Reuters/11October]

Syria Intelligence Chief in Egypt for 'Coordination'.  Syrian intelligence chief Ali Mamlouk held talks in Egypt on Monday with a view to coordinating political stances between Damascus and Cairo, Syria's official SANA news agency reported.

SANA said the one-day visit came upon an invitation from Egypt for talks with Egyptian intelligence chief Khaled Fawzi and top security officials.

According to the agency, the two sides agreed on coordinating political stances and fighting terrorism.

Egyptian authorities have yet to comment on the visit.   [Read more:  Mahmoud/AnadoluAgency/17October]

DigitalGlobe Acquisitions Speak to Changing Defense Market.  DigitalGlobe three years ago survived a bruising corporate battle to secure its position as the Pentagon's sole commercial provider of high-resolution satellite Earth imagery. The company has since been challenged to deal with dramatic changes in the defense market, and has moved to buy up other companies in an effort to supplement the imagery business with increasingly lucrative intelligence and analysis services.

Overhead satellites today can photograph objects on the ground that are smaller than a home plate on a baseball field, but that alone is not enough to satisfy defense and intelligence agencies' demands for more complex data. The government has a growing appetite for services such as advanced software apps and intricate analysis of collected images. Satellite imagery providers like DigitalGlobe not only are under pressure to deliver "valued added" services but are also coping with the emergence of lower-cost competitors and the democratization of the remote-sensing market.

Longmont, Colorado-based DigitalGlobe made its most aggressive move into the government services sector last week when it announced its intent to acquire The Radiant Group, a Chantilly, Virginia-based company with deep ties to the intelligence community and the secretive National Reconnaissance Office that builds the military's classified satellites. Access to NRO contracts is vital to DigitalGlobe as its primary customer, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, recently signed a "strategic purchasing" agreement with that office.

"We have to go beyond data to deliver more information-based products and insight to the government," Tony Frazier, DigitalGlobe senior vice president of US government solutions, told National Defense.  [Read more:  Erwin/NDIA/17October2016]

Venezuela's Intelligence Chief Accuses Opposition of Terrorist Acts, Assassination.  The head of Venezuela's Bolivarian Intelligence Service, or SEBIN, has accused some opposition members of terrorist acts and assassination in efforts to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power.

SEBIN Director Gustavo Gonz'lez L'pez, formerly the minister of interior and justice, said on Tuesday Carlos Ocariz, a mayor of the Sucre municipality in the Miranda state, is one of those being investigated over alleged terrorist acts.

Gonz'lez L'pez spoke about two incidents: a video released by the Justice First opposition party which Gonz'lez L'pez said incites military rebellion, and the launch of a grenade at a Venezuelan National Guard post in the Sucre municipality.

"These facts constitute a terrorist escalation," Gonz'lez L'pez said, adding that those involved have already been arrested by the intelligence agency. Ocariz and his administration, including local police, are being investigated to see if they were involved in the grenade attack, Gonz'lez L'pez said.  [Read more:  Pestano/UPI/12October2016]

Senior NK Spy Agency Official Defected.  A senior official at North Korea's spy agency defected to the South last year, a news report said Wednesday, marking the latest in a recent series of elites seeking to escape from political oppression and the crumbling economy amid a tightening sanctions network.

The director-general level official of North Korea's Ministry of State Security has told Seoul officials that the popular sentiment around Pyongyang was "boiling" with discontent about leader Kim Jong-un's ironfist rule, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing an unidentified source familiar with North Korean affairs.

The ministry, better known as "Bowibu," is a chief security and intelligence agency that runs a secret police organization tasked with hunting down those suspected of anti-state and dissident activities and other political and economic crimes.

Upon learning that the official had fled, Kim Jong-un expressed unease, the report added.   [Read more:  Shee/KoreaHerald/12October2016]

Danish Security Agency Files Charges Against Former Boss.  The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) reported its former director Jakob Scharf to the police on Tuesday for violating a confidentially agreement.

Scharf is the subject of journalist Morten Skjoldager's new book Seven Years for PET, the release of which the intelligence service blocked through an injunction last week.
On Monday, it was revealed that Scharf had signed an agreement with PET stating that he would seek the agency's prior approval before participating in a book project or any other activity that could entail the dissemination of sensitive information.
Copenhagen City Court blocked the book without PET even having read it. The injunction was filed solely based upon publicity material distributed by publisher People's Press.  [Read more:  TheLocal/11October2016]

Top CIA Officers to Face Questions About Brutal Interrogations in Civil Suit.  Two former high-ranking CIA officials will be compelled to answer questions under oath about the agency's brutal interrogations of terrorism suspects, a federal judge ruled Tuesday as part of a lawsuit brought against former CIA contractors by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ruling would require Jose Rodriguez, who was the head of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, and John Rizzo, the agency's former acting general counsel, to submit to depositions about a program that used methods widely condemned as torture.

"This ruling is a critical step towards accountability, and it charts a way forward for torture victims to get their day in court," ACLU attorney Dror Ladin said in a statement released by the organization after the ruling in federal court in Spokane, Wash.

The ACLU is representing three former CIA detainees in a suit against agency contract psychologists, James E. Mitchell and John B. "Bruce" Jessen, who were among the main architects of a program that subjected al-Qaeda suspects to waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other coercive measures.  [Read more:  Miller/WashingtonPost/5October2016]


Morocco Tipped Off Israeli Intelligence, 'Helped Israel Win Six Day War'.  Israel largely has Morocco to thank for its victory over its Arab enemies in the 1967 Six Day War, according to revelations by a former Israeli military intelligence chief.

In 1965, King Hassan ll passed recordings to Israel of a key meeting between Arab leaders held to discuss whether they were prepared for war against Israel.

That meeting not only revealed that Arab ranks were split - heated arguments broke out, for example, between Egypt's president Gamal Abdel-Nasser and Jordan's king Hussein - but that the Arab nations were ill prepared for war, Maj. Gen. Shlomo Gazit told the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper over the weekend.

On the basis of these recordings, as well as other intelligence information gathered in the years leading up to the war, Israel launched a preemptive strike on the morning of June 5, 1967, bombing Egyptian airfields and destroying nearly every Egyptian fighter plane.  [Read more:  Surkes/TimesofIsrael/16October]

Spy Agencies Team up With National Academies.  In an unprecedented move, U.S. intelligence agencies are teaming up with the nation's most prestigious scientific body in a bid to make better use of findings from the country's leading social and behavioral scientists.

The partnership between the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in Tysons Corner, Virginia, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine aims to build bridges between communities that historically have either ignored one another or butted heads. The effort includes the creation of a permanent Intelligence Community Studies Board at the academies, which will meet for the first time next week, as well as a first-ever study of how social and behavioral science research might strengthen national security.

David Honey, ODNI director of science and technology under Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, says he hopes that the new partnership will help the intelligence community improve how it collects and analyzes information. He and others are eager for help picking out useful and relevant research, as well as grasping where there is a lack of good science. Understanding "the limitations of our knowledge," says Robert Fein, a national security psychologist in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a member of the new intelligence board, "will help to protect us against armies of snake oil salesmen."

One area in dire need of better research is figuring out when people are lying, Fein says. After the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, he notes, intelligence agencies poured money into research on both mechanical - think polygraphs - and behavioral - think interrogations - methods of detecting deception. But the results were disappointing, recalls Fein, who led a 2006 report on interrogation techniques for the director of national intelligence. "Researchers overpromised," he says, "and there were few useful results after millions of dollars were spent."  [Read more:  Mervis/ScienceMag/12October2016]

Chief Brief: How Intelligence Officials Prepare for a New President.  Behind the scenes of the 2016 presidential election, there is a group of intelligence chiefs tasked with preparing the next administration for its job ahead.

At the September Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington, DC, the leaders of US intelligence agencies explained how they are preparing for the inevitable presidential transition.

CIA Director John Brennan described his agency's efforts to set up a "Presidential Transition Office" to ensure that the next President is fully aware of national security threats.

"And we are preparing, as we have done in previous administrations, we have set up a presidential transition office, so that we have the materials and the briefings ready for the incoming team," Brennan said.  [Read more:  King/BUQuad/11October2016]

GCHQ's New Puzzle Book: Can You Crack It?  Normally when we think about a puzzle book what springs to mind is simple crosswords or brain teasers. That's changed now as GCHQ, the UK government intelligence agency, has just released a book of codes that everyone's invited to break.  [Read more:  SputnikNews/17October2016]

CIA and the Wars in Southeast Asia, 1947-75.  This digitally interactive and hyperlinked DoD-logo.jpg anthology was prepared as a contribution to Department of Defense-led interagency efforts to commemorate the passing of 50 years since the large-scale engagement of the military forces of the United States and other countries in defending the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) against communist guerrilla, mainforce, and North Vietnamese Army units. For CIA, and many members of the US military, engagement in South Vietnam began well before what is marked as the beginning of the 50th anniversary commemoration, 1965. As the 41 articles selected by CIA historian Clayton Laurie for this anthology will show, Southeast Asia was the focus of CIA activity as long ago as the early 1950s, when it was directed to provide support to French efforts to maintain control of its colony of Indonesia.

This volume is dedicated to the men and women of the United States, Allied nations, and peoples of the region with whom US intelligence worked to thwart the advance the advance of communism in Southeast Asia. Among the more than fifty-three thousand Americans who gave their lives were eighteen members of the Central Intelligence Agency, their sacrifices marked by stars carved into CIA's Memorial Wall.  [Read more:  CIA/September2016]

Customer Service Matters in the Intelligence Community, Too.  Customer experience matters hugely to civilian agencies that deal with millions of American citizens every day, but there's also a big push within the intelligence community to improve customer service where national security is concerned.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which produces and collects vast amounts of geospatial and map-related data used within the IC, launched the "Xperience" directorate three years ago to figure out how better to deliver its products and services to a wide array of customers under what can sometimes be critical time pressures.

"We are providing the look from the customer's point of view," said Christy Monaco, director of Xperience for NGA. Monaco spoke Tuesday at an event hosted by Defense One.

The Xperience wing, she said, is melding business intelligence data with surveys, customer journey maps and analog selections of customer information, and then using it to better segment its customers to "do a better job at getting them what they need."  [Read more:  Konkel/NextGov/11October2016]


The Russian Hacking Whodunnit.  If Hillary Clinton were Rachel in The Girl on the Train, Vladimir Putin would end up with a corkscrew in his neck. Alas, cyber wars don't lend themselves to the neat endings of fictional whodunnits, much less most real crimes. Four months after the security firm Crowdstrike revealed that two groups of hackers believed to be based in Russia had penetrated the Democratic National Committee, convincing evidence has yet to surface that the Kremlin is responsible - and it may never. Likewise, security experts said last summer that whoever hacked Hillary Clinton's private email servers was "far too skilled to leave evidence of their work."

Nevertheless, the White House, relying on the conclusion of US intelligence that the latest theft of Clinton's emails originated in Russia, vowed Wednesday to hit back with a "proportional" response that would not be "announced in advance," in the words of spokesman Josh Earnest. Options could include economic sanctions or diplomatic rebuffs - both problematic because they would entangle allied nations - or tit-for-tat hacks aimed at discomfiting Putin with embarrassing disclosures of the kind Wikileaks has visited on the Democrats. More likely, some experts tell Newsweek on condition of anonymity, the NSA's stealthy cyber-warriors could zap a few Russian sites with the cyber version of a hit-and-run.

"I think the competing forces here are a desire to call the Russians out and the desire not to tell the Russians that they know" who is responsible, said a leading cyber security expert who asked not to be identified because he is not privy to the details of the Russian hacks. "I think the NSA and the intelligence community are trying to strike a balance," he added. When the White House called out Chinese hackers last year, naming a specific People's Liberation Army hacking unit and location, it had "decided that the diplomatic benefits from naming and shaming outweighed any loss from the Chinese figuring out that they were in particular systems and hadn't been caught." The same went for North Korea's hack of Sony Pictures over The Interview, a comedy about an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un.

The Obama administration hasn't reached that point with the Russians - yet.  [Read more:  Stein/Newsweek/13October2016]

Time to Honor Our WWII OSS Vets.  All but forgotten today, the Office of Strategic Services was America's brief, first civilian intelligence agency. Hastily organized after the start of World War II by "Wild Bill" Donovan, a World War I combat hero and corporate lawyer from New York, the OSS contributed to America's victory over the Nazis, fascists, and Japanese militarists.

OSS agents organized into Jedburgh teams parachuted into occupied France ahead of the Allied landings in Normandy and Southern France. Another group of OSS officers, known as Detachment 101, raised an army of Kachin tribesmen in Burma to fight the Japanese and rescue downed Allied airmen. Yet more OSS officers infiltrated Yugoslavia to help Tito and his partisans evict the German army. OSS officer Allen Dulles, while based in Bern, Switzerland, negotiated the surrender of Germany forces in Italy and acquired vital intelligence on the Holocaust, the Nazi rocket program, assassination plots against Hitler, and much else. The OSS's Research and Analysis branch pioneered the analytic work that has been carried on since 1947 by the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence. More broadly, OSS laid the foundation not only for the CIA but also for the Navy SEALs and the Army Special Forces.

A force of 13,000 people at its peak (roughly equivalent to a single army division), the OSS included many outstanding individuals who helped to shape postwar America. They included, as the OSS Society reminds us, "the 'French Chef' Julia Child; the actor Sterling Hayden; Ralph Bunche, the first person of color to receive the Nobel Peace Prize; Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg; Pulitzer Prize recipient Arthur Schlesinger Jr.; Colonel Peter Ortiz, a two-time Navy Cross recipient; Jack Kilby, a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics; Virginia Hall, the only American civilian women to receive the Distinguished Service Cross in World War II; James Donovan who was portrayed by Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies and served as the OSS general counsel; and four directors of the CIA (William Casey, William Colby, Allen Dulles and Richard Helms)."
To be sure the OSS had plenty of misfires. [Read more:  Boot/CommentaryMagazine/11October2016]

The OPM Breach Report: A Long Time Coming.  If you want to have even a chance of defeating cyber attacks, you have to be quick.

So, in hindsight, there is no mystery why the federal government's Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was a loser to attackers who exfiltrated personal data - including in many cases detailed security clearance information and fingerprint data - of more than 22 million current and former federal employees.

Hackers, said to be from China, were inside the OPM system starting in 2012, but were not detected until March 20, 2014. A second hacker, or group, gained access to OPM through a third-party contractor in May 2014, but was not discovered until nearly a year later.

These and dozens of other depressing details are in a timeline that is part of a 241-page report released last month by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, bluntly titled, "The OPM Data Breach: How the Government Jeopardized Our National Security for More than a Generation."  [Read more:  Armerding/CSO/13October2016]

Section IV - Jobs, Obituaries and Events


Speakers Needed 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. Interested speakers should contact: Douglas Mcelhaney Conference runs Feb 15, 16 and 17th 2017. Details available at


Stephen de Mowbray, Last of the Great Cold War Molehunters.  Stephen de Mowbray, the last of the great "molehunters", who has died aged 91, ran the MI6 side of a spying operation against senior MI5 officers suspected of being Soviet agents at the height of the Cold War.

De Mowbray, who became unfairly known within MI6 (the Secret Intelligence Service) as its "leading conspiracy theorist", worked with Peter Wright (an expert on bugging who later wrote Spycatcher) and the veteran MI5 officer Arthur Martin in the hunt for a mole at the very top of MI5.

The investigation was prompted by a succession of revelations from Soviet defectors, notably Igor Gouzenko, who defected to Canada in 1945, and Anatoli Golitsyn, a KGB officer who went over to the Americans in 1961, to the effect that there was a Soviet mole in the Security Service, MI5.

The 1950s and early 1960s saw the British establishment rocked by a succession of spy scandals, from the defections of Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, the naming of Kim Philby as the so-called Third Man in the Cambridge Spy Ring, to the Profumo scandal.  [Read more:  TheTelegraph/7October2016]

William Morrow McGhee.  William M. McGhee, a decorated Central Intelligence Agency officer died on October 8th. At 94, he was one of the last living witnesses of the Office of Strategic Services' World War II activities in Asia and was a founding member of the CIA. His 41-year career spanned the formation of the modern US intelligence establishment to his retirement from the CIA in 1979. To the regret of those who were closest to him, he always remained circumspect about his actions in the Cold War.

He died of age-related causes this week at the Collington Retirement Community, located in Bowie, Maryland.

The definition of the cold war warrior, Mr. McGhee joined the CIA in 1948 shortly after it was founded and served in a variety of overseas postings in Asia, Africa, and Europe. While almost all of his career was shielded from the public behind a wall of secrecy, he worked for a few years in the 1960s for James Angleton, the CIA's famed spy catcher; was awarded the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit for actions in Ethiopia; and was posted under state department cover in various embassies located in the Philippines, Ethiopia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. In his final post in London from 1974 to 1979, he became embroiled in the notorious activities of Philip Agee.   [Read more:  DignityMemorial/8October2016]


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 and it is filling up, fast.

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

12 November 2016 - Melbourne, FL - The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey on keynote speaker

The keynote speaker at this luncheon will be Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

The meeting takes place at the At Ease Club, Indian River Colony Club, 1936 Freedom Dr., Melbourne, FL.
Attendance is by registration only. To register, go to or contact FSC Chapter President 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, 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."

Our friends and colleagues at the National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA) host their 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. Program now features Maj. Gen. VeraLinn "Dash" Jamieson, Deputy Commander, JFCC-ISR, U.S. Strategic Command Rear Admiral Brett Heimbigner, Prospective Deputy Commander, JFCC ISR Air Vice Marshall Sean Corbett, Deputy Director for Commonwealth Integration and many more. This is an event worth attending.
Event location: Tighe Auditorium, DIA Headquarters, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
Online Registration here.

Saturday, 5 November 2016, 10am-4pm - Washington, DC - Tenth Annual Parade of Trabants - at the International Spy Museum

It's been more than 25 years since the Berlin Wall fell, but one Cold War icon is still chugging away—the Trabant.  Despite their questionable performance and smoky two-stroke engines, these little cars are now regarded as a symbol of East Germany and the fall of Communism. Trabants are a rarity here, but on November 5 some of the finest examples of Trabants in the US will chug their way to the International Spy Museum to celebrate the Tenth Annual Parade of Trabants. Drop in to view the vintage cars, which will be parked in front of the Museum on F Street, NW, and enter a raffle to win a ride in a Trabant. You can even be part of the annual Trabant stuffing contest.  While the cars are on display, experts will be on hand to answer questions about Trabants, the Cold War, and Communism, while the Alte Kameraden German Band provides festive music. Try your hand at graffiti Berlin-style and see if you can fit into the tiny spaces like those escaping from East Berlin did. The event is free. Visit

Monday, 14 November 2016, 6:30-9pm - Washington, DC - Spy School Workshop: Using Iraqi WMD to Understand the Analytic Process - at the International Spy Museum

What was it like to be an intelligence analyst in the lead up to the Iraq War?  This simulation gives you the chance to find out.  How would you fare with limited information and colleagues you may not know from agencies that may have different agendas than your own?  This multi-stage simulation mimics the analytic process of the US Intelligence Community to produce the National Intelligence Estimates (NIE).  Your team of analysts will be assigned the role of an agency such as the CIA or DIA, and then must work with other groups to prepare an NIE that assesses the status of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program.  Hindsight is not allowed. You'll be using actual intelligence available to analysts in 2002.  Dr. William J. Lahneman, a former US Navy Surface Warfare Officer, professor of homeland security at Embry-Riddle University, and co-editor of The Art of Intelligence: Simulations, Exercises, and Games, will lead the simulation.  Tickets for the general public: $40. Visit

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