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I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Section II - CONTEXT &
III - COMMENTARY
Section IV - Deaths, Readings, and
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The untold story of how America's secret war in Laos in the 1960s and 1970s transformed the CIA from a loose collection of spies into a military operation and a key player in American foreign policy.
In 1960, President Eisenhower was focused on Laos, a tiny Southeast Asian nation few Americans had ever heard of. Washington feared the country would fall to communism, triggering a domino effect in the rest of Southeast Asia. So in January 1961, Eisenhower approved the CIA's Operation Momentum, a plan to create a proxy army of ethnic Hmong to fight communist forces in Laos. While remaining largely hidden from the American public and most of Congress, Momentum became the largest CIA paramilitary operation in the history of the United States. The brutal war, which continued under Presidents Kennedy and Nixon, lasted nearly two decades, killed one-tenth of Laos's total population, left thousands of unexploded bombs in the ground, and changed the nature of the CIA forever.
Joshua Kurlantzick gives us the definitive account of the Laos war and its central characters, including the four key people who led the operation—the CIA operative who came up with the idea, the Hmong general who led the proxy army in the field, the paramilitary specialist who trained the Hmong, and the State Department careerist who took control over the war as it grew.
The Laos war created a CIA that fights with real soldiers and weapons as much as it gathers secrets. Laos became a template for CIA proxy wars all over the world, from Central America in the 1980s to today's war on terrorism, where the CIA has taken control with little oversight. Based on extensive interviews and CIA records only recently declassified, A Great Place to Have a War is a riveting, thought-provoking look at how Operation Momentum changed American foreign policy forever. -- Publishers
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE
Reforms Its Main Intelligence Service. Germany's lower
house of parliament, the Bundestag, has passed a comprehensive reform of the
country's main intelligence service, the BND. The new legislation
strengthens government monitoring of intelligence activities while
explicitly allowing the BND to carry out certain types of surveillance
The reform comes in the wake of the 2013 revelations by American
whistleblower Edward Snowden that a number of national intelligence
services, including the BND, had spied on behalf of the US National Security
Agency (NSA) and that the NSA had spied on its allies. That prompted the
formation of a German parliamentary committee to draft intelligence agency
The new legislation subjects the BND to monitoring by an "independent panel"
of two judges and a federal prosecutor and a "permanent commissioner" from
the Interior Ministry. It stipulates that surveillance of international
communications networks must be authorized by the Chancellor's Office rather
than by the BND itself and explicitly prohibits economic and industrial
The new laws also provide for better protection for whistleblowers within
intelligence services and subjects the BND to annual public hearings instead
of private ones, as has been the case. [Read more: Chase/DeutscheWelle/21October2016]
Intelligence Officers Killed in Malta Aircraft Crash. A light
aircraft carrying three French intelligence officers crashed shortly after
taking off from Malta International Airport on Monday, killing all three and
two other French nationals on board, according to French and Maltese
The crash happened around 0530 GMT, the Maltese government said.
The flight was part of a French surveillance operation, launched five months
ago, aimed at tracking the illicit trafficking of humans and drugs, the
government said. It added the flight was registered with the authorities as
a local flight and was due to return to Malta within hours, without landing
in third countries.
The crash casts light on a major surveillance and covert military operation
France has been running in the region to counter the threat posed by unrest
in Libya, a few hundred miles south of Malta. Islamic State has taken
control of territory on Libya’s coast, raising fears in Paris that the group
could use these bases to mount an attack in Europe. Meanwhile, migrant
smuggling rings are still active throughout the country, despite efforts by
European governments to crack down on them. [Read more:
Expects Mosul Push to Unlock Trove of ISIS Intelligence. The
Pentagon is sending dozens of additional intelligence analysts to Iraq to
pore over a trove of information that is expected to be recovered in the
offensive to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State, data that could offer
new clues about possible terrorist attacks in Europe.
The analysts will have several immediate priorities: Share with the Iraqi
military any information crucial to the unfolding fight in Mosul; pass along
insights useful to American officials planning an attack on Raqqa, the
Islamic State's de facto capital in eastern Syria; hunt for clues about the
location of the group's shadowy leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi; and search for
any information about terrorist cells in Europe and any attacks they may be
Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commander of American ground forces in Iraq,
has called Mosul the Islamic State's Iraqi "crown jewel." Noting that the
militants had been entrenched there for more than two years, he added on
Wednesday, "Clearly, there's going to be intelligence that will be able to
European intelligence and counterterrorism officials said they were eagerly
awaiting data gleaned from computer hard drives, cellphones, recruiting
files and other sources after Iraqi forces advance into the city in coming
weeks. These officials fear an influx of foreign fighters fleeing the
campaigns against Mosul and Raqqa. [Read more: Schmitt/NYTimes/22October2016]
Contractor's Alleged Theft 'Breathtaking' in Scope. The alleged
theft of classified documents by a former NSA contractor was "breathtaking"
in its scope, federal prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday.
They said Harold T. Martin III, 51, took documents dating from the year he
first obtained a security clearance in 1996 and continued until his arrest
this year, amassing an archive many times larger than the haul Edward
Snowden is suspected of taking from the intelligence agency headquartered at
Documents that Martin is alleged to have taken detail some of the country's
most sensitive intelligence operations. Authorities have not said why he
allegedly stole the documents, or whether they believe he planned to do
anything with them.
Martin, a Navy veteran who lives in Glen Burnie, was charged in August with
stealing government documents. Prosecutors said they anticipate filing more
serious charges against him under the Espionage Act. [Read more:
Chinese Computer Gear Poses Cyber Spy Threat. The Pentagon's
Joint Staff recently warned against using equipment made by China's Lenovo
computer manufacturer amid concerns about cyber spying against Pentagon
networks, according to defense officials.
A recent internal report produced by the J-2 intelligence directorate stated
that cyber security officials are concerned that Lenovo computers and
handheld devices could introduce compromised hardware into the Defense
Department supply chain, posing cyber espionage risks, said officials
familiar with the report. The "supply chain" is how the Pentagon refers to
its global network of suppliers that provide key components for weapons and
other military systems.
The J-2 report was sent Sept. 28, and also contained a warning that Lenovo
was seeking to purchase American information technology companies in a bid
to gain access to classified Pentagon and military information networks.
The report warned that use of Lenovo products could facilitate cyber
intelligence-gathering against both classified and unclassified - but still
sensitive - US military networks. [Read more: Gertz/WashingtonFreeBeacon/24October2016]
for Greater Transparency From Intelligence Services. Yahoo is
demanding US intelligence services reveal how they monitor online services,
after a report said the internet company secretly scanned customer emails.
In a letter to James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence,
Yahoo said citizens in a democracy require more information to understand
and debate how the US uses legal authorities to obtain private data.
Yahoo said it found itself unable to respond in detail to the accusations in
a Reuters article earlier this month, which claimed that the company had
secretly built custom software to scan users' incoming emails for specific
information requested by US intelligence officials.
Ron Bell, Yahoo's general counsel, urged the director to confirm whether an
order "as described in these media reports" was issued and, if so,
declassify the order in whole or in part. He wrote that he wanted the office
to make a "sufficiently detailed public and contextual comment to clarify
the alleged facts and circumstances". [Read more: Kuchler/FinancialTimes/19October2016]
Hacker, Wanted by FBI, Is Arrested in Prague, Czechs Say. A
man identified as a Russian hacker suspected of pursuing targets in the
United States has been arrested in the Czech Republic, the police announced
The suspect was captured in a raid at a hotel in central Prague on Oct. 5,
about 12 hours after the authorities heard that he was in the country, where
he drove around in a luxury car with his girlfriend, according to the
police. The man did not resist arrest, but he had medical problems and was
briefly hospitalized, the police said in a statement.
David Schön, a police spokesman, said on Wednesday that the arrest of the
man, whose name has not been released, was not announced immediately "for
The police statement said that "the man was a Russian citizen suspected of
hacking attacks on targets in the United States," and that the raid was
conducted in collaboration with the FBI after Interpol issued an arrest
warrant for him. [Read more: Lyman&deGoeig/NYTimes/19October2016]
Section II - CONTEXT &
Trade-Regulation Debate: Should the US Share Intelligence With
Cuba? President Barack Obama's new 12-page directive on
trade and travel to Cuba, widely heralded for its elimination of limits on
Americans' purchases of cigars and rum, contains a largely unnoticed
provision that has alarmed Cuban-Americans in South Florida.
It instructs the US director of national intelligence to cooperate with
Cuban intelligence services.
The Obama administration says the one-sentence objective, which calls on the
Office of the Director of National Intelligence "to find opportunities for
engagement on areas of common interest" with Cuban counterparts, is intended
to combat "mutual threats."
But in South Florida the directive has angered a community that remembers
the roles Cuban spies and agents played in the downing of two planes of the
Brothers to the Rescue exile group and the theft of US military secrets by
an agent planted in the Defense Intelligence Agency. [Read more:
Intelligence Leader Details Roles Played in National Security. Balancing
civil liberties, while protecting Americans and American assets, is a
continuing struggle for the US intelligence community, according to a
former leader and advisor to two presidents.
The Honorable Joan Dempsey spoke about how the domestic and foreign
intelligence community has evolved since the Cold War as part of the fifth
annual Lessons of History Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by the
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities Inc. (MAC) and Martel
Associates Oct. 9.
Dempsey was the first woman confirmed by the Senate for one of the top three
US intelligence positions when she served as deputy director of Central
Intelligence for Community Management under former President Bill Clinton
and was executive director of the President's Foreign Intelligence Board
under former President George W. Bush.
She also is the former assistant secretary of defense for intelligence and
security; former deputy director of defense intelligence for analysis and
production; former naval reserve officer and former naval cryptologist. She
currently is an executive vice president in consulting firm Booz Allen
Hamilton's defense and intelligence business where she leads the National
Agencies Account. [Read more: Knight/CapeMayCountyHerald/21October2016]
Favorite Messaging Apps Gain Popularity in DC. Some of the same
unhackable applications that have become the "favorite technologies" of the
Islamic State and other terrorist groups have gained popularity in
Washington, DC, in part because the federal government is still struggling
to find ways to protect government communications.
Wickr, Telegram, and similar apps that promise the ability to send
encrypted, self-destructing messages have a certain appeal throughout the
political class, but especially within the intelligence community. Rep. Mike
Pompeo, a former Army intelligence officer who now sits on the House
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, uses one such app because
hackers might gain valuable information from something as innocent as a
conversation with a family member.
"I use [an encrypted messaging app] for my personal stuff, not for my
official work," the Kansas Republican, who emphasized that he doesn't
discuss classified information on the program, explained to the Washington
Examiner. "Foreign governments want to know what elected officials around
the world are doing. I want them to know less and not more about who I am
and how I interact with others."
That precaution is not unique to Pompeo. "It is a prudent move," Senate
Intelligence Committee member James Lankford, R-Okla., who declined to
discuss his personal cyber-security practices with the Examiner, said of the
apps. "There is no question that individuals that work within the federal
government, whether it be agency heads or members of Congress - those are
prime targets for foreign actors to be able to track what we do, what we
think, how we function, as they build a file on each leader within the
federal government." [Read more: Gehrke/WashingtonExaminer/24October2016]
of Working for the CIA - General Counsel of the CIA Spills the
Beans. Although shows like Homeland and House of Cards make
government work seem cutthroat and even hostile, Caroline Krass, General
Counsel (GC) for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), has had some
contrasting experiences. In a time of often-intense political
partisanship, for example, Krass was confirmed by a 95 to 4 Senate vote on
March 13, 2014. With a deep commitment to public service, Krass has
worked for more than twenty years in demanding and complicated legal roles
for several government agencies, including at the White House as Special
Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs, at the United States
Department of Justice as Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of
Legal Counsel, as well as the Departments of State and the Treasury, the
National Security Council, and the US Attorney's Office for the District
of Columbia. While most of Krass' work as the GC of the CIA is highly
classified, Krass was able to share three top benefits with us. [Read
Regrets' Says Man Who Aided Double Agent George Blake to Escape. Exactly 50 years ago, on 22 October 1966, one of Britain's most notorious
double agents escaped from prison. With ministers, the police special branch
and MI5 all assuming it was the work of the KGB, a huge manhunt failed to
find him. While the country's ports were watched and his photograph was
displayed on television and the front pages, he was lying low in a nearby
The extraordinary circumstances surrounding the breakout did not emerge for
25 years. Security and intelligence chiefs were as anxious to keep it under
wraps as those responsible for the escape – two anti-nuclear campaigners and
a petty criminal. Official documents on the affair remain secret on the
grounds that their release would cause distress to individuals still living.
But now, in advance of today's 50th anniversary, one of those involved in
the escape has told the Guardian that he has no regrets.
The episode had elements of sheer farce from the very beginning. On the
night of 22 October 1966, the deputy governor of Wormwood Scrubs telephoned
Shepherd's Bush police station in west London. “I have just been informed by
my chief that we have lost one of our chaps over the wall," he said. "We
think it's Blake."
"Blake?" asked the duty constable. "Yes," came the reply, "the one doing 42
years. He went over the east wall. He's probably in prison grey. Look, I'm a
bit tucked up at the moment, I'm in the middle of releasing a man. I'll ring
you back when I get more information." [Read more:
Section III - COMMENTARY
Pulled Off the Biggest Election Hack in US History. On an
April afternoon earlier this year, Russian president Vladimir Putin
headlined a gathering of some four hundred journalists, bloggers, and media
executives in St. Petersburg. Dressed in a sleek navy suit, Putin looked
relaxed, even comfortable, as he took questions. About an hour into the
forum, a young blogger in a navy zip sweater took the microphone and asked
Putin what he thought of the "so-called Panama Papers."
The blogger was referring to a cache of more than eleven million computer
files that had been stolen from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm. The
leak was the largest in history, involving 2.6 terabytes of data, enough to
fill more than five hundred DVDs. On April 3, four days before the St.
Petersburg forum, a group of international news outlets published the first
in a series of stories based on the leak, which had taken them more than a
year to investigate. The series revealed corruption on a massive scale:
Mossack Fonseca's legal maneuverings had been used to hide billions of
dollars. A central theme of the group's reporting was the matryoshka doll of
secret shell companies and proxies, worth a reported $2 billion, that
belonged to Putin's inner circle and were presumed to shelter some of the
Russian president's vast personal wealth.
When Putin heard the blogger's question, his face lit up with a familiar
smirk. He nodded slowly and confidently before reciting a litany of
humiliations that the United States had inflicted on Russia. Putin reminded
his audience about the sidelining of Russia during the 1998 war in Kosovo
and what he saw as American meddling in Ukraine more recently. Returning to
the Panama Papers, Putin cited WikiLeaks to insist that "officials and state
agencies in the United States are behind all this." The Americans' aim, he
said, was to weaken Russia from within: "to spread distrust for the ruling
authorities and the bodies of power within society." [Read more:
When Does Hacking Become Russian Disinformation? During the
Cold War, the Soviet KGB coined the term "desinformatsiya," or
disinformation, which the CIA defined as "false, incomplete or misleading
information" fed to various targets. Both the Soviet Union and the United
States engaged in the same game, though the Russians played it far more
In the digital age, the players might not have to go to the trouble of
altering information, or mixing true information with false. Simply hacking
into sensitive emails or other data, even when the information is true, can
have the same impact as disinformation.
Witness WikiLeaks' release of a steady flow of emails the group asserts are
from John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and
former counselor to President Barack Obama. Though the Clinton campaign has
not verified that the hacked material is authentic, much of it rings true as
inside baseball, the kind of back and forth that political campaign staffers
engage in as they plan strategy.
So far at least, none of the Podesta leaks have produced a smoking gun or
looks to have had much impact on the campaign. None of it would be too
exciting in a normal presidential election cycle. [Read more:
India and China Need to Improve Relations? More Spies. Strange
as it may sound, China and India need a basis in espionage to improve their
relationship. The two countries are ignorant of each other's strategies,
with suspicion taking the place of intelligence just when understanding is
critical. Both nuclear powers, they have the world's largest border dispute
on their hands, at over 100,000 square kilometres. They tussle over sea
routes in the Indian Ocean, spheres of influence in neighbouring countries
and relations with Pakistan. They need to know each other better.
Neither country engages satisfactorily in normal people-to-people
interaction. Only 175,000 Chinese tourists visited India last year, compared
with 2.4 million to China's arch-rival Japan. China's investments in India
total just US$4 billion, less than its investments in Poland. India's
investments in China are smaller still. There is also a dearth of diplomatic
exchange. India's embassy in China has just 30 diplomats. Only 9,200 Indian
students study in China, with even fewer Chinese students in India.
This is an unsatisfactory state of affairs for two of the greatest
civilisations to have existed and it is unlikely that stronger ties will
develop quickly. It is vital that the two countries improve the one area of
understanding that is available - that of state-sponsored intelligence.
China's spy service network is widespread with hundreds of thousands of
staff in several different agencies and more outside the intelligence
services. The data provided is often useless, and if useful, often ignored.
India's spy services are smaller but it has some outstanding agents who
carry out the bulk of the useful work. These exceptional agents have, by
themselves, justified the budgets of the entire intelligence network by
serving India's national interests at critical moments. But India does not
have an effective team focused on China. Meanwhile, China has not devoted
resources to India - its government accepts that it lacks detailed
intelligence on India but believes there is no need to assign more
resources. [Read more: Groffman/SouthChinaMorningPost/24October2016]
Intelligence Analysts Their Voices Back: The Case for Analyst
Perspectives. "Speak truth to power" - the sacred and deep
cultural oath of the CIA and broader intelligence community - reminds
intelligence analysts of their responsibility to provide unvarnished,
non-politicized assessments to policymakers. And yet, these days speak truth
to power may ring hollow for many analysts, not because organizations and
leaders in the US system politicize intelligence, but rather
because the onerous coordination and review process has too often resulted
in watered-down and less impactful analysis. Unlike in the academic
community where a diversity of views based on the same evidence is
encouraged, the intelligence community actively admonishes against it in
favor of a review process meant to build a consensus, even if one does not
exist. The end product of this bureaucratic process, known as "the corporate
product," purposefully masks analytic disagreement in favor of presenting a
united "analytic line" to the policymaker.
Indeed, the corporate product has been around for ages. However, it was
reinvigorated in the 1980s by then-Deputy Director of the CIA Robert M.
Gates, who in 1992 as Director of Central Intelligence told a CIA audience
that "they must discard the academic mindset that says their work is their
own, and they must take into account the views of others during the
coordination process." Scholar Richard Betts would later accurately observe
that "intelligence products are supposed to represent the best judgments of
whole organizations, not single authors." Now considered standard practice
throughout the intelligence community, the corporate product is designed to
avoid "confusing" policymakers with too many disparate views. Moreover,
rigorous peer and management review is believed to strengthen analysis. So
why change anything?
Whether we realize it or not, many policymakers are formidable analysts
themselves. In many cases, they have their own deep expertise. Moreover,
they have access to much of the same raw reporting and finished analysis
offered by intelligence agencies as well as policy materials that are not
always shared with intelligence analysts. Therefore, policymakers are
typically perceptive enough to understand that different viewpoints indeed
exist, and that some are more strongly supported by the available
information than others.
The coordination and review process for corporate products can be considered
a peer-review process, but in reality, it is a compromise
process. [Read more: Grossman/WarOnTheRocks/20October2016]
Section IV - Deaths, Readings, and Events
Peter J. Faletto Jr. - former NSA Linguist and Operations Manager
Pete Faletto died suddenly on 21 October 2016 following a home accident. Following college, he enlisted in the Army Security Agency and entered on duty at NSA as an analyst in 1964 where he rose to Division-level management before retiring in 1998 with 35 years of service. Pete was also a pround member of the Phoenix Society.
During his cryptologic career, Pete completed three field tours with the agency as an operations officer and manager. Prior to his second field assignment, he was certified as a linguist. Following retirement he worked for Lockheed Martin for five years before opening a tax business with his wife in Laurel, Maryland. For 12 years he owned and operated Value Tax 4, Inc. in Laurel Mall and on Main Street where he was known and loved by all of his clients as "Mr. Pete." He sold the tax business in 2015 to travel with his family and enjoy his home away from home in Ocean City.
He also enjoy pastimes of playing on the NSA softball league, and enjoyed other sports teams, gardening, birding, and cooking.
Pete is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary (Smith) Faletto - the current Senior Administrator Extraordinaire of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation. He is also survived by a son, daughter, and other family.
We will all deeply miss his warmth, generosity, counsel and wonderful sense of humor. As C.S. Lewis wrote..."his absence will be like the sky, spread over everything."
Viewing will be held at Donaldson Funeral Home, 1411 Annapolis Rd, Odenton (Ft. Meade) Friday, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm and graveside services with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, 29 October, in the Smith Family Cemetery located at 7659 Sandy Farm Rd, Severn, Md off of Md Rt 70 and Wieker Rd. Follow the county road until it ends at a private gravel drive then proceed to the fork in the road and turn left to the cemetery on the hill.
Pete often spoke about wishing to give something back to the agency for all the opportunities it afforded him and his family to travel the world. In his memory, please join with his family and friends by donating to the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation In Memoriam Registry, Post Office Box 1682, Ft. Meade, Md 20755.
of Intelligence. This is a review of AFIO's Guide to the
Study of Intelligence, Peter C. Oleson, Editor. Association of Former
Intelligence Officers, Falls Church, VA, afio.com, 2016, 788 pages,
First, a disclaimer. I am one of the 82 - yes 82 - authors contributing to
this massive work.
AFIO's Guide has been in the works for 6 years, and that kind of work
shows. The book is a comprehensive and extremely readable look at the
entire subject of intelligence and at teaching about it. It is not
restricted to governmental intelligence - it is much broader than that,
although many of its contributors are former government intelligence
I said readable, and I really mean that. This book is aimed not only at
those teaching about governmental intelligence, but also those teaching
where intelligence is one topic of interest. To me that includes history,
politics, foreign relations, civil rights, and civics among other
subjects. As a history buff, I am enthralled by it. [Read
more: McGonagle/ProactiveIntelligence/20October2016] Book is available for purchase from AFIO here and from Amazon here.
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN
COMING TWO MONTHS....
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,
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,
Register now at this link. This will be AFIO's final 2016
luncheon and the final day to register is Thursday up to noon when registration closes for security reasons.
10 November 2016, 11:30am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo
Chapter hosts author and journalist, Peter Robinson on The
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.
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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
The meeting takes place at the At Ease Club, Indian River Colony Club,
1936 Freedom Dr., Melbourne, FL.
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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.
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5 December 2016, 5:30 pm - New York, NY - AFIO New York Chapter hosts
David Hunt, former CIA Operations Officer, discussing "Intelligence in
David P. Hunt, former CIA Operations Officer wil discuss
"Intelligence in Flux: From the Cold War to Today Under New Presidential
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
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
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Other Upcoming Events
2016 - Bolling AFB, DC - NMIA 2016 Fall Classified Symposium "Winning
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,
US 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
Online Registration here.
28 October 2016, 10 am - 2 pm - Arlington, VA - NIP Fall Luncheon and Annual Meeting
Registration for the NIP Fall Luncheon and Annual Meeting Due COB 26 Oct 2016!
Registration remains open for our great sister association, Naval Intelligence Professionals' 2016 NIP Annual General Membership Meeting and Fall Luncheon which will be held on Friday, 28 October 2016, at the Army Navy Country Club (ANCC) in Arlington, VA. This beautiful venue located minutes from the Pentagon and ONI. Has plenty of parking. Guest Luncheon speaker will be Rear Admiral Bob Sharp, Commander, Office of Naval Intelligence.
The NIP Annual General Membership Meeting scheduled to commence at 1000 is open to current NIP members only.
The no-host social hour followed by the luncheon is scheduled to start at 1100. Please pass along to those that might be interested that you do not need to be a member of NIP to attend the no-host social hour and luncheon. See attached luncheon flyer for more details. Spread the word! See you there!
Once again we have an online registration system to pay by credit card and, as indicated, you don't have to be a member to sign up and attend. To register do so here.
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NO WALK UPS PLEASE, REGISTRATIONS DUE BY COB 26 October 2016
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 www.spymuseum.org
November 2016, 6:30-9pm - Washington, DC - Spy School Workshop: Using
Iraqi WMD to Understand the Analytic Process - at the International
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 www.spymuseum.org
1 December 2016 - Bolling AFB, DC - NMIA 2016 Fall Classified Symposium "Winning Tomorrow's Battles: New Techniques, Tools, and Technologies" has been shifted to this new date. Same superb program. (New Date. This was rescheduled from earlier date)
Our great colleagues at the National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA) are hosting their 2016 Classified Fall Symposium, "Winning Tomorrow's Battles: New Techniques, Tools, and Technologies: New Techniques, Tools, and Technologies" at Leadership Hall,
DIA Headquarters, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. A perfect way to close the year updated on the latest issues and proposed solutions to thorny intelligence issues to solve tomorrow's battles.
The event will be held at the SECRET/5 EYES Security Level.
Event location: Leadership Hall, DIA Headquarters, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
Online Registration here.
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