AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #45-16 dated 29 November 2016

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Section IV - Events

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The 2016 NCMF 16th Annual Pearl Harbor Program & Lunch

Monday, 5 December 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
[Lunch served from noon to 1 p.m.]

CACI Conference Center
2720 Technology Dr
Annapolis Junction, Maryland 20701

Dr. Linton Wells, II, the founder of the TIDES project (Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support), and former director of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at National Defense University, will be the guest speaker at the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's 2016 Pearl Harbor program.
Dr. Wells has a wealth of Defense Department experience, including 26 years of naval service. He is the author of Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War [1997] and co-editor of Crosscutting Issues in International Transformation [2009]. His current interest is in STAR-TIDES, which focuses on support to stressed populations and public-private interoperability. Analyzes the impacts of global warming, environmental migrations, and civil wars on vulnerable countries. It links ten infrastructures: power, shelter, water, integrated combustion and solar cooking, cooling/heating, lighting, sanitation and information & communications technologies (ICT), life support, and logistics. Humanitarian expertise in action! Please support this worthwhile program.
A book sale table will be available. Registration is $20 for members and $50 for guests (includes one-year basic NCMF membership). Registration closes 30 November 2016.
For more info on Dr. Wells, visit the registration and program page here.

RSVP to Attend this Holiday Open House

12 December 2016, 6 to 9 pm
Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security
Open House

in Washington, DC

Enjoy beer and wine, and festive hors d'oeuvres at the Daniel Morgan Academy, a new graduate school of national security in Washington, DC, at their holiday open house. Take a tour of their new, state-of-the-art graduate school decorated for the holidays. Meet their leadership, professors, staff and students to find out what makes their school unique.
Event location: Daniel Morgan Academy, 1620 L St NW, Seventh Floor, Washington, DC 20036
Convenient to Farragut North and West Metro Stations.
To RSVP, do so here.
Questions? call 202-759-4988 or E-mail or visit their Website

Book of the Week:

EpsteinHow America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft
by Edward Jay Epstein
(Knopf; Jan 2017)

"With exactness and authority, Edward Jay Epstein exposes the hoaxes that continue to ennoble Edward Snowden. Whatever patriotic service he performed, Snowden purposefully and fatefully compromised our nation's security, to the eventual benefit of his friends and protectors in Russia. Epstein understands and explains it all expertly, with a spymaster's respect for mystery as well as fact." - Sean Wilentz, author, The Politicians and the Egalitarians

"Ed Epstein's startling, powerfully argued book on the Edward Snowden affair is a true game changer. One of the great investigative journalists of our time, Epstein has laid down a powerful challenge to the common view, embraced by much of the press and by Hollywood, of Snowden as a civil rights hero. He asks the questions others haven't asked, and he provides disturbing answers that his just-the-facts-ma'am approach makes it impossible to ignore." - Richard Bernstein, coauthor, The Coming Conflict with China

An exposé that challenges the popular image crafted by Snowden and fans, of Edward Snowden as hacker turned avenging angel, while revealing our national security systems and their vulnerability.

After details of American government surveillance were published in 2013, Edward Snowden, formerly a subcontracted IT analyst for the NSA, became the center of an international controversy: Was he a hero, traitor, whistle-blower, spy? Was his theft legitimized by the nature of the information he exposed? When is it necessary for governmental transparency to give way to subterfuge? Epstein delves into both how our secrets were taken and the man who took them. He makes clear that by outsourcing parts of our security apparatus, the government has made classified information far more vulnerable; how Snowden sought employment precisely where he could most easily gain access to the most sensitive classified material; and how, though he claims to have acted to serve his country, his post-leak rewriting of his own history displays bad motives from the outset. In Moscow, his new home, Snowden is treated as a prized intelligence asset, and continues to preen and lecture until Putin tires of him..

The book may be pre-ordered here.

AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence
Christmas gift for self or colleagues.
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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Report: Nuclear Material Said Stolen From Iran Could Yield 'Dirty Bomb'.  Radioactive material produced at Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Plant has reportedly been stolen raising concerns about the use of a so-called dirty bomb in the future, according to London-based, Arabic language newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. The identity of the alleged thieves remains unknown.

The missing material, iridium-192, was reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency by Iran's nuclear regulatory body earlier this month, warning neighboring Gulf states of its possible nefarious use.

A dirty bomb, or radiological dispersion device, is a conventional weapon equipped with nuclear material. The idea behind a dirty bomb is to blast radioactive material, such as powder or pellets, into the area around the explosion.

Citing Saudi intelligence sources, Asharq al-Awsat reported Friday that the iridium-192 was stolen as it was being transported from the Bushehr facility. The vehicle carrying the nuclear material was later found abandoned with its contents seized.  [Read more:  JerusalemPost/27November2016]

It's No Secret: Intelligence Bill Unites California Lawmakers From the Right and Left.  A conservative Republican from the San Joaquin Valley and a liberal Democrat from Southern California have collaborated to write an intelligence authorization bill that includes many secrets but little apparent controversy.

In a noteworthy feat of bipartisanship, Reps. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, and Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, will bring to the House of Representatives floor as early as Wednesday the public, 93-page version of the fiscal 2017 authorization bill for the CIA, National Security Agency and other elements of what's broadly called the intelligence community.

All told, the non-military intelligence spending totals about $53.5 billion a year.

With the expectation of easy sailing, the intelligence bill is coming up under special rules that allow for speedy debate and passage by voice vote. Since two-thirds approval is required if a recorded vote is called for, the special procedure is typically reserved for noncontroversial measures, like the four post office renamings also scheduled for Wednesday.  [Read more:  Doyle/McClatchy/28November2016]

Japanese Intelligence Tells Pentagon China Engaged in Multi-Year Takeover Attempt of Senkaku Islands.  China is escalating a campaign of military maritime coercion against Japan's Senkaku Islands, according to Japanese intelligence data disclosed as part of a joint Pentagon-Japan research program.

Additionally, China is doubling the size of its coast guard forces over the next five years to prevent the disruption of oil supplies that travel from the Middle East through the Indian Ocean and South China Sea, according to Pentagon-sponsored reports about the joint US-Japan collaboration. Two reports produced by a contractor for the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment, a secretive research group, provide a rare glimpse of Japanese intelligence assessments of Chinese military activities in the East China Sea and South China Sea.

In addition to adding large numbers of new coast guard and navy ships to its fleets in Southeast Asia, China is building military facilities on newly created islands in the South China Sea. It will eventually militarize the East China Sea using floating oil rig platforms, according to analyses provided by Japan's Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office, known as CIRO.

According to CIRO, China has greatly increased unilateral oil and gas development near the line separating Chinese and Japanese waters near the Senkakus.  [Read more:  Gertz/WashingtonFreeBeacon/23November2016]

Serbia: Former Intelligence Officer Sentenced for 1990 Assassination Tells OCCRP Partner He's No Mastermind.  A court in Belgium sentenced a former senior Yugoslav intelligence official on Wednesday for collaborating with organized crime figures to assassinate a Kosovar Albanian activist in Brussels in 1990.

Bozidar Spasic, the former head of a special team of the State Security Service targeting "extreme terroristic emigration," was sentenced to life in prison alongside Serbia-based criminals Andrija Draskovic and Veselein Vukotic for the killing of Enver Hadri, the head of an exile-led organization advocating for the rights for Kosovo's Albanian majority. All three men were sentenced in absentia and are in Serbia.

In an interview with Serbian OCCRP partner the Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) shortly before his conviction, Spasic detailed how the murder was carried out.

Spasic's interview lines up with court documents seen by KRIK and his own obscure 2000 book except for one key detail: he denies being the mastermind of the operation.  [Read more:  OCCRP/25November2016]

Mark Bradley Named to Be New ISOO Director.  In what must be one of the very last national security-related posts to be filled in the Obama Administration, national security lawyer and former CIA officer Mark A. Bradley was named as the next director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), which is responsible for oversight of the national security secrecy system government-wide.

He was selected by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero (ISOO is housed at the National Archives) and his appointment was approved last week by President Obama (the ISOO director reports to the President).

Mr. Bradley is an intriguing choice for ISOO director, since he is one of a very small group of individuals who have engaged with government secrecy policy both as an outsider-critic and as an insider-defender.

"We have a broken system that is manufacturing way too many secrets," he told the Wall Street Journal late in the Clinton Administration (Case of Lost-and-Found Disk Drives Demonstrates Weakness of US Systems for Protecting Secrets by Neil King, July 5, 2000).  [Read more:  Aftergood/FAS/28November2016]

Obama Administration Expands Elite Military Unit's Powers to Hunt Foreign Fighters Globally.  The Obama administration is giving the elite Joint Special Operations Command - the organization that helped kill Osama bin Laden in a 2011 raid by Navy SEALs - expanded power to track, plan and potentially launch attacks on terrorist cells around the globe, a move driven by concerns of a dispersed terrorist threat as Islamic State militants are driven from strongholds in Iraq and Syria, US officials said.

The missions could occur well beyond the battlefields of places like Iraq, Syria and Libya where Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) has carried out clandestine operations in the past. When finalized, it will elevate JSOC from being a highly-valued strike tool used by regional military commands to leading a new multiagency intelligence and action force. Known as the "Counter-External Operations Task Force," the group will be designed to take JSOC's targeting model - honed over the last 15 years of conflict - and export it globally to go after terrorist networks plotting attacks against the West.

The creation of a new JSOC entity this late in the Obama's tenure is the "codification" of best practices in targeting terrorists outside of conventional conflict zones, according to the officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss administration deliberations. It is unclear, however, if the administration of President-elect Donald Trump will keep this and other structures set up by Obama. They include guidelines for counterterrorism operations such as approval by several agencies before a drone strike and "near certainty" that no civilians will be killed. This series of presidential orders is known as the "playbook." 

The new JSOC task force could also offer intelligence, strike recommendations and advice to the militaries and security forces of traditional Western allies, or conduct joint operations, officials said. In other parts of the world, with weak or no governments, JSOC could act unilaterally.  [Read more:  Gibbons-Neff&Lamothe/WashingtonPost/25November2016]

Officials Celebrate Start of Army Cyber Command Construction Tuesday.  The Pentagon's announcement to move Army Cyber Command to Fort Gordon - Dec. 19, 2013 - was a ground-shaking event.

Now, nearly three years later, it's time for the groundbreaking event.

On Tuesday, local, state and federal officials will join senior Army leaders in ceremonially starting construction on the first phase of a 324,000-square-foot facility for those charged with defending America's most critical military asset: its data network.

And, when necessary, those cyberwarriors can attack, "delivering effects against our adversaries in and through cyberspace," Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, Army Cyber Command and Second Army commander said during a ceremony in October when he took over from Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon.  [Read more:  Cline/AugustaChronicle/27November2016]

Belgian Intelligence Claims Successor to Extremist Abdesalm Will Be a Woman.  A woman will be appointed as the successor of Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect of forming an extremist group in Belgium. According to recent information of the anti-terrorist and intelligence bodies, a woman is forming a new group of extremists in Belgium.

The Belgian media reported during the weekend that "there are pieces of evidence that show a terrorist group is being formed currently and will compose of a great number of women. These women will be oriented from abroad. The biggest concern is that one of them has a lot in common with Salah Abdeslam, the sole survivor from Paris attacks; she was put in charge of the toughest missions."

Abdeslam facilitated the entrance of ten individuals from Daesh to the Belgian territory, who participated in the Paris attacks in November 2015 and Brussels attacks in March. According to a televised program that discussed the role of Salah in these attacks, Abdeslam succeeded in helping ten people who participated in the attacks to enter Belgium and drove his vehicle to bring each one of them from countries including Germany, Hungary and Greece.

The televised program also reported that Salah was willing to blow himself up in the Paris attacks, which led to 130 victims, but he changed his mind and returned to Belgium before getting arrested on the 18th of March.  [Read more:  Mustafa/AlBawaba/28November2016]


School for Teenage Codebreakers to Open in Bletchley Park.  Sixth-form College of National Security will teach cyber skills to some of Britain's most gifted youngsters to fight growing threat

Its first operatives famously cracked coded messages encrypted by the Nazis, hastening the end of the second world war.

Now Bletchley Park is planning a new school for the next generation of codebreakers in order to plug a huge skills gap in what is fast emerging as the biggest security threat to 21st-century Britain.

The College of National Security, a first for the UK, is scheduled to open in 2018 in a specially adapted premises on the Bletchley Park site.  [Read more:  Ross/TheGuardian/23November2016]
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: Who Is Mike Pompeo?   Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, was announced on November 18, 2016, to be President-elect Donald Trump's choice to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Although Pompeo represents Kansas' Fourth Congressional District, which includes Wichita, his roots are in Southern California. He was born in Orange on December 30, 1963, to Dorothy and Wayne Pompeo and grew up in Santa Ana. He attended Los Amigos High School, where he played basketball, and graduated third in his class of 285 in 1982.

Pompeo won an appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point. He graduated from there in 1986 at the top of his class with a BS in mechanical engineering. He also was married right after graduation, to Leslie Libert of Islip, New York. After further training, Pompeo was sent to Europe, where he was a tank officer, a cavalry troop executive officer and a squadron maintenance officer in Germany. He left active duty in 1991 with the rank of captain.

Pompeo's next stop was Harvard Law School. He graduated in 1994 after having been editor of the Harvard Law Review. He then went to work for two years for the Washington law firm of Williams & Connolly, specializing in tax litigation.  [Read more:  Straehley/AllGov/22November2016]

The Spy Who Added Me on LinkedIn.  Evgeny Buryakov woke up to a snowstorm. On the morning of Jan. 26, 2015, his modest brick home in the Bronx was getting the first inches of what would be almost a foot of powder, and Buryakov, the No.2 executive at the New York branch of a Russian bank, decided to skip work and head around the corner to a grocery store to buy supplies for his family of four. As the 39-year-old Russian bundled into his winter gear and closed the front door of his house behind him, he didn't realize he would never set foot in it again.

Since the Buryakovs' arrival in New York in August 2010, they had seemed like any other immigrant family in the melting-pot Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale. Of average height and build, Evgeny's only curious feature might have been his near-obsessive taste for McDonald's. The kids in nice weather played in the sandbox out back, next to the clothesline where their mother, Marina, liked to hang their laundry. While Evgeny commuted to the 29th floor of a Manhattan high rise, she shuttled the children to a nearby parochial school and to afternoon activities like karate. The two nuns who lived next door watched the family parrot while the Buryakovs went on ski vacations.

But Evgeny was leading a double life. His real employer wasn't a bank, but Russia's SVR intelligence agency. For a decade, Buryakov had been working under "nonofficial cover" - a NOC, in spy talk - and, now on Wall Street, his task was to extract corporate and financial secrets and report them back to Moscow. His two handlers, also undercover, were attempting to recruit unwitting sources at consulting firms and other businesses into long-term relationships.

Berlin was once the espionage capital of the world - the place where East met West, and where undercover operatives from the KGB, CIA, MI6, and untold other agencies practiced spycraft in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. Since the end of the Cold War, however, New York has probably hosted more intelligence activity than any other city. The various permanent missions and visiting delegations at the United Nations, where even countries that are otherwise banned from the US are allowed staff, have provided cover for dozens of agencies to operate. Wall Street has offered further pretexts for mining information, with its swirl of cocktail parties, networking events, and investor conferences.  [Read more:  Graff/Bloomberg/15November2016]

A Declassified CIA Paper Shows How Close the US and the Soviets Really Came to War in 1983.   The CIA declassified scores of articles from Studies in Intelligence, the Agency's internal journal on "historical, operational, doctrinal, and theoretical aspects of intelligence."

One undated article settles one of the most controversial incidents of the Cold War's often-panicked final decade: the 1983 "war scare" in which rhetoric of nearly unprecedented belligerence from Moscow may have been backed with a secret KGB protocol to remain on a state of alert nearly tantamount to a war-footing.

In an article with over a page of redactions in its declassified form, Ben B. Fischer, then of the CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence, concluded that a long-rumored Soviet project codenamed RYAN, in which Soviet intelligence agencies were "placed on a permanent intelligence watch to monitor indications and warnings of US war-planning and preparations," was "for real."

Although RYAN was neither "panicky nor unprecedented" the Soviets still undertook "a crash effort [to] build a strategic warning system" at a time when the Kremlin was feeling increasing anxiety over the direction of the Cold War.  [Read more:  BusinessInsider/27November2016]

CIA Honors Alabamian Mike Spann 15 Years After War Death.  The CIA today remembered Johnny Micheal "Mike" Spann, the Alabama native and CIA officer who became the first American killed in Afghanistan after 9/11, as a hero.

Spann, 32, died 15 years ago today. He was conducting initial interviews of Taliban extremists held in Qali-Jangi fortress at Mazar-e Sharif when hundreds of prisoners revolted and he was attacked and killed, according to a story about Spann on the CIA's website. The CIA also remembered Spann in tweets and on the agency's Facebook page.

"His last act, just before he was killed by those who had supposedly surrendered, was to warn an agency colleague of the imminent danger," according to the CIA story.

Spann is among 117 CIA employees honored with stars carved into the marble of the CIA Memorial Wall, according to the CIA post.  [Read more:  Faulk/AL/25November2016]

Memoirs of a Former CIA Spy.  Former Central Intelligence Agency spy, Leonard LeSchack, known among certain circles as the American James Bond, is a retired US Navy captain who recently penned his memoirs in a two-volume set entitled "He Heard a Different Drummer."

LeSchack, now a resident of Boundary County, is known for many accomplishments, but most notably for successfully pulling off a stunt in 1962 similar to the one seen in the 1965 James Bond film, Thunderball, during a CIA mission known as Project COLDFEET.

During the Cold War, airborne surveillance showed a Russian ice station that had been quickly abandoned, as the ice pack threatened to crush it. The abandoned station piqued the interest of the he Office of Naval Research and the CIA because they were convinced there was information on board that could answer their question: How can the United States both hide and find boomers (nuclear ballistic missile submarines) under the ice without knowing what the Soviets knew about finding them? The Soviets were active in the Arctic, and still are, but, at the time, US military intelligence wasn't certain what their capabilities were.

LeSchack, who recognized the importance of being able to track nuclear submarines beneath the ice as a result of assisting the Navy in setting up an acoustic array in the Arctic Ocean in 1960, had an idea that would earn him the Presidential Legion of Merit in November 1962. LeSchack suggested the idea to his boss, Dr. Max Britton, head of the Office of Naval Research's Arctic Program, over a martini lunch in Washington DC.  [Read more:  Silva/BonnersFerryHerald/23November2016]


Mike Pompeo a Solid Choice for CIA.  President-elect Donald Trump provided a pleasant surprise with his selection of US Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

Pompeo, who just won re-election to the US House, certainly has the qualifications. First in his class out of West Point and a graduate of Harvard Law School, he's served a dominant role on the House Intelligence Committee. So he has the credentials necessary to win what likely will be an easy confirmation by a Republican-controlled Senate. Politically he's conservative -- as any Trump nominee is likely to be - but among conservatives lawmakers he is intelligent and reasonable.

Pompeo has a strong record in support of measures designed to thwart and prevent planned terrorist attacks around the globe. He has defended Bush-era policies, including the use of "advanced interrogation techniques," including waterboarding. And while such methods deserve criticism, the intelligence community largely has supported such measures, claiming they produced good information that prevented additional attacks on American soil.

Besides that concern, also worthy of caution is his support for enhanced surveillance of American citizens, abroad and at home. He opposed the USA Freedom Act, which prevented the US government from collecting massive amounts of metadata from citizens and instead required a court order to gather information on Americans.  [Read more:  Probst/HutchinsonNews/23November2016]

Iran and China Defence and Intelligence Cooperation: The Space Dimension.  The recent visit to Tehran by China's defence minister, Chang Wanquan, is the latest indicator of increasing defence and intelligence cooperation between Iran and China, as each country's strategic, economic, and geopolitical goals align in Eurasia as well as the Middle East.

Iran is thought to be interested in acquiring China's Chengdu J10B 3rd generation fighter jets, as well as Chinese unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), anti-ship cruise missiles, submarines, and perhaps also a license for Iran to manufacture the Chinese MBT 2000 or even the MBT 3000 tank.

Often not mentioned in discussions about Sino-Iranian military and intelligence cooperation, however, are the actual and potential areas of collaboration in national security space.

For example, it is already known that Iranian defence electronics company Salran signed an agreement in October 2015 with Chinese defence and aerospace companies to start using BeiDou satellite positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) equipment on Iranian missiles, UAV's, and other military capabilities that in turn will improve their accuracy, effectiveness, and lethality. Analysts in the Middle East and the West are aware of significant modernisation efforts underway in Iran on a range of its weapon systems, and there are growing signs that Tehran is looking at shifting away from its purely defensive military doctrine to one that will increasingly use offensive systems for the purpose of coercion.  [Read more:  SpaceWatch/November2016]

Section IV - Events


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 will 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:

13 December 2016 (Tuesday), noon - MacDill AFB, FL - The Suncoast AFIO Chapter hosts Calvin Pratt, speaking on "Trends within the Travel and Operational Risk Management Space."

The chapter has an informative program as they welcome Calvin Pratt, Managing Director of The Anvil Group LLC, speaking on current and emerging trends within the travel and operational risk management space.

Event location: MacDill AFB Surf's Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Boulevard, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. The program is scheduled to start at noon.
If you will be attending, please respond to Michael Shapiro no later than noon on Tuesday, December 6, with your name and the names of any guests.
The Surf's Edge Club has tightened its reservation policy, so do not respond late.
If you (or any of your guests) have not previously attended one of the chapter's meetings and need base access, when emailing Mike Shapiro, ask for instructions to have your name added to the Base Access List. If you have previously been on the Base Access List and your information has not changed, they only need your RSVP. If you make a reservation, and do not cancel and receive from the chapter a cancellation confirmation by the response deadline, and then fail to appear on day of event, you are responsible for the cost of the luncheon.
After you respond, you will receive an email confirmation. Should you not receive a reply wihin a day or two, contact Michael F. Shapiro at to make certain he received your registration.

12 January 2017 (Thursday) - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts Special Agent in Charge, John F. Bennett, FBI San Francisco Office.
Location: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080. 11:30am no host cocktail; meeting and luncheon at noon.
Eventbrite registration link is here.

Reservation and pre-payment is required before January 4, 2017. The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins.
Please contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at or Mariko Kawaguchi, c/o AFIO, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011 for questions.

Other Upcoming Events

Wednesday 30 November 2016, 7:30-8:45pm EST - McLean, VA - How To Defund ISIS and Other Terrorist Groups

The Westminster Institute hosts Celina Realuyo, Professor of Practice at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University, in his presentation on "How to Defund ISIS and Other Terrorist Groups." At NDU she focuses on US national security, illicit networks, transnational organized crime, counterterrorism and threat finance issues.
Professor Realuyo has taught at Georgetown, George Washington, and Joint Special Operations Universities. She has traveled to over 70 countries and speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently, and is conversant in Italian, German, Filipino, and Arabic. She speaks regularly on "Managing US National Security in 21st Century," "The 3 R's: Responding to Risk with Resourcefulness," "Following the Money Trail to Combat Terrorism, Crime, and Corruption," and "Combating the Convergence of Illicit Networks in an Age of Globalization."
Where: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101
There is no fee to attend. Register Now

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.

Monday, 5 December 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Annapolis Junction, MD - The 2016 NCMF 16th Annual Pearl Harbor Program & Lunch

Dr. Linton Wells, II, the founder of the TIDES project and former director of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy will be the guest speaker at the final quarterly program of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation.
Dr. Wells has a wealth of Defense Department experience, including 26 years of naval service.
A book sale table will be available. Registration is $20 for members and $50 for guests (includes one-year basic NCMF membership). Registration closes 30 November 2016.
For more info on Dr. Wells, visit the registration and program page here.

Monday, 5 December 2016, 1-4pm - Ft Meade, MD - The IAFIE Washington Chapter hosts Joseph Caddell, Geospatial Intelligence Chair, National Intelligence University

Joseph Caddell, Geospatial Intelligence Chair, National Intelligence University, will discuss Historical Case Studies in Intelligence Education: Best Practices, Avoidable Pitfalls, and will review the uses/abuses of historical case studies for intelligence education
Where: National Cryptologic Museum Magic Room, 9900 Colony Seven Rd Ft. George G. Meade, MD.
Fee: No cost to attend.
RSVP is required NLT Friday, December 2 to Lisa Krizan at A flyer and map for this event is available on request.

8 December 2016, 9 - 11 a.m. - Washington, DC - Public Meeting of the National Archives' Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) regarding "Classified National Security Information."

Join the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) as they solicit ideas for revising Executive Order 13526, "Classified National Security Information" in support of reducing over-classification, improving declassification, and ensuring a credible and transparent security classification system.  More details about the presenters will be available in the coming weeks.

Where: The Archivist's Reception Room, Room 105, National Archives and Records Administration
Address: 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (Enter through the Pennsylvania Ave. Lobby)
This meeting is open to the public. However, due to space limitations and access procedures, we require individuals planning to attend the meeting to register here.
Attendees must enter through the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance. Please note we require one form of Government-issued photo identification (e.g. driver's license) to gain admittance. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact the PIDB staff at 202-357-5342 or One week advance notice will allow us to provide the best access accommodations.
Press may contact NARA's Public Affairs Office at 202-357-5300.

11 December 2016 (Sunday) - San Francisco, CA - Mosab Hassan Yousef - a Mossad Informant - Movie Screening

Speaker: Mosab Hassan Yousef, AKA "The Green Prince"
Topic: An Evening with a Mossad Informant - Movie Screening and Q&A. Mosab Hassan Yousef, aka "The Green Prince", son of a top Hamas leader, secretly worked undercover for the Israeli Mossad for years, saving hundreds of lives before fleeing Gaza for a new life. Join us for the riveting movie of his amazing life, then meet him for a Q&A on his story and the terrorist threats facing Israel today. This event is hosted by Congregation Emanu-El.
Location: Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco
Time: 5PM movie screening of The Green Prince; 7PM Q&A with Mosab Hassan Yousef
Registration: The event is free but registration is mandatory. (Must RSVP HERE by December 8, 2016. Security screening at the entrance)

12 December 2016, 6 to 9 pm - Washington, DC - Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security Hosts Open House

The Daniel Morgan Academy, a new graduate school of national security in Washington, DC, is having a holiday open house. Take a tour of their new, state-of-the-art graduate school decorated for the holidays. Meet their leadership, professors, staff and students to find out what makes their school unique.
Event location: Daniel Morgan Academy, 1620 L St NW, Seventh Floor, Washington, DC 20036
Convenient to Farragut North and West Metro Stations
To RSVP, do so here.
For more information, please call 202-759-4988 or E-mail or visit their Website

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