AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #46-16 dated 6 December 2016

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Section IV - Jobs, Research Request, and Obituaries


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Section V - Events

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Book of the Week:

Wallace and MeltonSpy Sites of Washington, DC: A Guide to the Capital Region's Secret History
by Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton
(Georgetown University Press; Feb 2017)

The ideal late Christmas Gift to self and colleagues.

"Wallace and Melton are expert chroniclers of the spy business. Spy Sites of Washington, DC is admirably detailed and thoroughly enjoyable. If you loved their book Spycraft on the intricate world of espionage tradecraft, you will find Spy Sites an essential guide to the intelligence landmarks of Washington." -- David E. Hoffman, author of The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (see Hoffman event Dec 11 in this WIN issue)

"This delightfully informative book is a Who's Who of spy vs. spy skullduggery in the world's most powerful city. Spy experts Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton take us on a mesmerizing tour of traitors and tradecraft revealing the wheres and whys of Washington's second-oldest profession. It's a must read for both the curious and serious researchers. Bravo!" -- Pete Earley, New York Bestselling author of Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring and Confessions of A Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames

Washington, DC stands at the epicenter of world espionage. Mapping this history from the halls of government to tranquil suburban neighborhoods reveals scores of dead drops, covert meeting places, and secret facilities - a constellation of clandestine sites unknown to even the most avid history buffs. Until now.

Spy Sites of Washington, DC traces over two centuries of secret history from the Mt. Vernon study of spymaster George Washington to the Cleveland Park apartment of the "Queen of Cuba." With two hundred twenty main entries as well as listings for dozens more spy sites, intelligence historians Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton weave incredible true stories of derring-do and double-crosses that put even the best spy fiction to shame. Maps and more than three hundred photos allow readers to follow in the winding footsteps of moles and sleuths, trace the covert operations that influenced wars hot and cold, and understand the tradecraft used by traitors and spies alike in the do-or-die chess games that changed the course of history.

Informing and entertaining, Spy Sites of Washington, DC is the comprehensive guidebook to the shadow history of our nation's capital.

The book may be pre-ordered here.

RSVP to Attend this Holiday Open House (see details below) or
plan to attend their 8 December speaker series event featuring WTOP radio's JJ Green. Details at left under events.

12 December 2016, 6 to 9 pm
Daniel Morgan Academy's Graduate School of National Security
Hosts an 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

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.
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.

The topics addressed in the Guide are not comprehensive to remain brief; however, some cover complex subjects, such as reconnaissance from space, intelligence in WWII, and the history of espionage cases. The Guide is organized into seven parts. View table of contents and names of authors here.
The price is $95, includes free Fedex shipping to a CONUS (US-based) address. AK, HI, and other US or foreign addresses should contact to inquire about shipping options.

To order use this online form. Orders going to AK, HI, other US territories, or other countries call our office at 703-790-0320 or send email to

The book is also available from Amazon at this link.


US Spy Agencies Fight Congress Over Plan for Probe of Covert Russian Influence Campaign.  The top US intelligence officer has asked Congress to drop a provision in a pending bill that would create a special committee to combat Russian efforts to exert covert influence abroad, saying such a panel would duplicate current work and hinder cooperation with foreign allies.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper laid out the objections of the US intelligence community in a Sept. 9 letter to the chairmen and top Democrats on the House of Representatives and Senate intelligence committees. He charged that parts of the bill amounted to "micromanagement" of the intelligence community.

The intelligence bill, an annual measure that provides broad Congressional authorization for a wide range of US intelligence activities and agencies, has already been approved by both intelligence committees and the House of Representatives. Backers in the Senate are marshalling support for the bill in the hope it will be approved next week, an official familiar with the matter said.

The legislation would require the creation of an interagency committee to combat Russian propaganda and covert efforts to influence people, economic and political decisions in the United States and elsewhere.  [Read more:  Hosenball&Landay/Reuters/2December2016]

House's Fiscal 2017 Intelligence Bill Includes Space Weather Program Mgmt Change Provision.  A fiscal 2017 intelligence spending bill the House approved Thursday contains a provision that would transfer some of the US Air Force's weather satellite missions to the National Reconnaissance Office, Space News reported Friday.

Phillip Swarts writes the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 would give NRO authority to procure military weather surveillance satellites and shift funds for such programs to NRO between FY 2018 and FY 2022.

"The committee has been concerned with the Air Force's lack of planning, coordination, and execution of activities to meet the top two Joint Requirements Oversight Council certified requirements for space-based environmental monitoring," according to a report accompanying the House's draft version of the bill.

The Federation of American Scientists reported Friday that lawmakers crafted the bill in response to intelligence policies established by the Obama Administration.  [Read more:  Nicholas/ExecutiveGov/5December2016]

Russia: Foreign Hackers Are Trying to Take Down Our Banks.  Russia said it has foiled a plot by foreign spies to hack the country's banks just days before the attack was supposed to happen.

The Russian Federal Security Service, the FSB, said in a statement Friday that the cyberattack by "foreign intelligence services" was scheduled for Dec. 5 and designed to destabilize Russia's financial system.

The FSB didn't say which country it thought was behind the plan. It said the hackers were planning to use servers owned by a Ukrainian company called BlazingFast and located in the Netherlands.

BlazingFast rents out server space. Company director Anton Onoprichuk said he did not have any information about the planned attack.  [Read more:  Kottasova/CNN/2December2016]

Warner Leads Senate in Recognizing 20th Anniversary of Virginia-Based NGA.  US Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), incoming Vice Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, alongside committee member Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), released the following statement after the Senate passed their resolution recognizing the 20th anniversary of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

The NGA was founded on October 1, 1996.

"For over 20 years, the intelligence personnel at NGA have quietly served in defense of our nation. By helping us map and understand the globe, NGA has proven to be an invaluable resource for policymakers to make the best decisions to protect our citizens in an uncertain world," said Sen. Warner. "I am proud that Virginia is home to this vital intelligence agency. The men and women that serve there are essential not only to our intelligence gathering, but to disaster relief and humanitarian efforts that exemplify the true meaning of public service. As the incoming Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I am honored to be a part of this well-deserved recognition for their quiet sacrifice."

"Throughout its 20 year history, the NGA and its dedicated team of intelligence professionals have provided vital, timely information to keep our country safe," Sen. Blunt said. "The agency's work has proved invaluable to US policy makers and military commanders in both war and peacetime, and during significant national security and natural disaster events. I'm proud to have NGA facilities in St. Louis and Arnold, Mo., and will continue working to support the agency's critical mission."  [Read more:  AugustaFreePress/3December2016]

Bill honoring World War II's Intelligence Operatives Finally Passes in Congress.  A bill honoring a World War II-era intelligence service that served as the precursor to the CIA passed in Congress on Wednesday after a months-long holdup and despite the legislation's overwhelming bipartisan support.

The bill, after it is signed into law by President Obama, will bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on the aging veterans of the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS. Although the bill had more than 320 co-sponsors in the House, a new set of congressional rules that prevented groups, as opposed to individuals, from receiving the medal kept it from passing until those rules were waived earlier this month. A companion bill in the Senate passed in March.

The rules, which passed at the start of the 114th Congress, required a waiver that had to be proposed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and approved by the rest of the leadership. Earlier this year, the rule was waived so the medal, the highest civilian honor given by Congress, could be awarded to civil rights activists who led the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" march in Selma, Ala. In years past, groups of World War II veterans such as the Tuskegee Airmen and the Navajo "code talkers" were awarded the medal.

It is unclear why it took so long for the waiver, known as a "suspension of the rules," to be approved. The current iteration of the House bill was proposed in November 2015 by Rep. Robert E. Latta (R-Ohio). Latta had proposed a similar bill in 2013.  [Read more:  Gibbons-Neff/WashingtonPost/1December2016]

Islamist Mole 'Found Working in German Intelligence Agency'.  A suspected Islamic extremist has been uncovered working in Germany's intelligence agency.

The mole, 51, is said to have admitted that he aimed to infiltate the agency so he could pass information to his 'brothers in faith', warning them about operations against them.

He also wanted to 'help the brothers' plan an attack against his employer.

The suspect, a 51-year-old German who had converted to Islam, was caught by another agent who was posing as a radical Islamist in an online chatroom.  [Read more:  Mills/Metro/1December2016]

Lithuania Seeks Help to Spot Foreign Spies With Hotline.  Lithuania has opened a 24-hour hotline for citizens to report potential foreign spies in an effort to increase public awareness of potential threats.

A spokeswoman for Lithuania's state security agency, Aurelija Katkuviene, says the hotline was "a response to increasing cyberattacks and other threats to the national security."

Katkuviene says "every citizen can now contribute actively" by calling the hotline - which is being promoted on national television.

She said Friday that citizens in the past have helped detect people "who acted against Lithuania."  [Read more:  AP/2December2016]


The Intelligence Community Challenges Industry.  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is daring industry to develop a new generation of intelligence technologies that would change the way analysts parse and process information. Its Intelligence Ventures in Exploratory Science and Technology effort, also known as In-VEST, aims to draw out the latest commercial technologies that could aid the community.

In-VEST is modeled after the Grand Challenge programs pioneered by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that use prize competitions to promote innovation. The office also is working outside the traditional acquisition process in the hope of attracting new industry partners and cutting-edge technologies.

The idea at the heart of this venture is to determine whether machines can generate finished intelligence, says David A. Honey, the office's (ODNI's) director of science and technology. Success in this realm would be extremely disruptive to the way intelligence organizations work today, he continues. If machines could do this work, analysts could devote more of their limited time to helping leaders understand the meaning of intelligence products, the work they prefer.

David M. Isaacson, program manager at the ODNI, explains that this effort evolved from the Intelligence Science and Technology Partnership, or In-STeP, which began about two years ago (SIGNAL Magazine, April 2015, "Intelligence Community Strives ..."). Through In-STeP, the community worked with industry to develop technical road maps in six areas. That led to the Intelligence Community Science and Technology Strategic Plan, which comes in both classified and unclassified versions. It helped form the basis for In-VEST.   [Read more:  Ackerman/AFCEA/1December2016]

Bangladesh's National Committee for Intelligence Coordination (NCIC) Has Ambiguities, Says Book.  ASM Ali Ashraf's newly published 23-article volume Intelligence, National Security and Foreign Policy: A South Asian Narrative has pointed to ambiguities in the way Bangladesh's NCIC functions.

Ashraf, in his own article 'Discourse of Security and Intelligence in Bangladesh,' has raised these 'ambiguities' over the functioning of the country's National Committee for Intelligence Coordination (NCIC).

The NCIC was set up after the 2009 BDR mutiny to synthesize efforts of various intelligence agencies in Bangladesh.

It is a powerful committee, chaired by the Prime Minister and coordinated by her security adviser. It comprises of the Cabinet Secretary, the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, chiefs of Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) and National Security Intelligence (NSI) and Inspector General of Police.  [Read more:  Bhaumik/BDNews24/3December2016]

The Last Diplomat.  Just before 8 on the morning of Oct. 21, 2014, Robin Raphel climbed into her Ford Focus, put her purple briefcase on the passenger's seat and began the 20-minute drive from her house in Washington to her office at the State Department.

It was a routine Tuesday. The main event on her schedule was a staff meeting.

Raphel swiped her badge at the revolving security door and headed to her office where she placed her briefcase on the floor and sat down to check her email. Later, as she joined her colleagues in a conference room to discuss office schedules, her mobile phone, which she had left at her desk, began to ring. It was Slomin's Home Security.

When she didn't pick up, the operator called her daughter Alexandra, who raced to the house to check the doors and windows. When Raphel returned to her desk, the phone rang again. It was Alexandra, in a panic.  [Read more:  Entous&Barrett/WallStreetJournal/2December2016]

The Evolution of Ottoman-Era Secret Services.  The root of the modern-day intelligence service in Turkey dates back to the Ottoman era, most notably to the 19th century. During the reign of different emperors, the structure of the intelligence service was changed. Countless spies disguised as illusionists, beggars or dervishes were among the intelligence network of Sultan Abdulhamid II.

In 1876, two sultans succeeded to the Ottoman throne. The first, Sultan Abdulaziz was toppled from the throne in a coup and murdered. His nephew Sultan Murad V who succeeded him went mad following a series of events and was also dethroned, and went to live in the Gırağan Palace. Sultan Abdulhamid II, who promised to institute a constitution, ascended to the throne, replacing his brother Murad V. Two years later, he managed to tackle two failed coups, orchestrated by freemasons and supported by Britain, which wanted to put the former sultan on the throne.

Sultan Abdulhamid himself was also the target of some failed assassination attempts. All these incidents pushed the intelligent and cautious sultan to take strict measures. They also forced the sultan to become an introvert emperor. When he was a Shahzade, he was very outgoing and social. He always used to say: "Being alert is the key for security. First you have to be alert, then you can concern yourself with security." He did not believe or put his trust in anything or anyone before taking the necessary precautions. The Yıldız Intelligence Service, which was known for its sleuthing, was born under these circumstances. Sultan Abdulhamid was the first Ottoman ruler to start a modern intelligence service, establishing the institution in 1880.  [Read more:  Ekinci/DailySabah/1December2016]

Into the Dark World of Espionage.  The shiny green Jaguar XKR greeted me in the lobby of the International Spy Museum, which is housed in a restored 19th-century building in downtown Washington.

The prized car, driven by the villain of the 2002 James Bond movie Die Another Day, looked as striking as it did in the film, but it had a new role now: building curiosity about the dark world of espionage. As the greeting on the lobby wall announced: "For your eyes only."

"Entry beyond this point is on a need-to-know basis. Who needs to know? All who would understand the world, all who would glimpse the unseen hands that touch our lives...."

Within the museum is a large collection of international espionage artifacts, and there are special exhibits, too, like "Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains," which was on display during my visit.  [Read more:  Medovoy/JerusalemPost/4December2016]

How a Russian Spy Outfoxed the British in 19th Century Afghanistan.  In the first few decades of the 19th century, the Russian and British Empires were increasingly on a collision course. While the former was expanding southwards into Central Asia, the latter already had a strong presence in India, and it was just Afghanistan that would be a buffer state between the two empires.

Fearful of each other, Russia and Britain were each eager to at least have a friendly regime in Afghanistan. This political and diplomatic confrontation between the two empires is referred to as 'the Tournament of Shadows' in Russia and 'the Great Game' in the West.

The first major move in the diplomatic chess match was made in 1831 by Alexander Burnes, a 26-year old Scottish explorer who travelled on his own from India to Afghanistan and onwards to Bukhara.

His 1835 book Travels into Bukhara is a fascinating account of what was then one of the most dangerous and least-explored places on earth. Burnes, who later became a British political agent in Afghanistan, also managed to initiate a dialogue with Afghan Emir Dost Mohammed Khan.  [Read more:  Kamalakaran/RBTH/3December2016]

Former CIA Officer Opens LA's First Spy Mission Escape Room, Helps Espionage Fantasies Come to Life.  Intelligence, LA's first Spy Mission Escape Room, is pleased to announce its grand opening on December 1. Founded and operated by a former CIA officer, the venue provides players with realistic spy missions and scenarios. Players must work together with their team of players, solve fun brain-teaser challenges, and complete the mission in order to win.

"We want everyone who plays our missions to experience those exciting spy adventures that I think all of us have dreamed about either as a kid or while watching our favorite spy movies," says Intelligence's owner, Luke Wagoner.

During Intelligence's first mission, players have one hour to infiltrate a rouge soviet general's secret study and stop a nuclear event in order to win. Mission challenges are focused on problem solving, teamwork, and require players to think like a spy to complete the mission and "save the world."

"We've worked incredibly hard to provide an attention to detail to let the story come to life so that you, the player, can totally immerse yourself into the game. There is really nothing quite like what we are doing in Los Angeles," continues Luke.  [Read more:  Donimirska/SATPRNews/1December2016]


How Trump and His Advisors Could Tackle Issues Facing the Intelligence Community.  In 1943, in the darkest depths of the Second World War the British sent a small, select group of intelligence officers from the Special Operations Executive (SOE) into Nazi-occupied Albania. Living under extreme conditions, one step ahead of capture at all times and short on supplies and support, the SOE personnel began to produce immediate results. They weren't on their way to winning the war singlehandedly. They were doing a superb job of tying down German forces desperately needed elsewhere by the Third Reich.

London took notice. The bureaucrats woke up. They did what bureaucrats do, even ones in uniform. They sent in a general. They sent in a staff. They sent in a radio transmitter so large that it required a train of donkeys to move it ponderously through the trackless Albanian countryside.

A lean, flexible outfit became a top-heavy nightmare. SOE went from being the hunters to being the hunted. The fixed headquarters the general had established was overrun by Nazi forces. The general himself was captured.

In the aftermath some lessons were learned. All attempts at creating fixed headquarters and establishing staffs were abandoned. SOE officers went back to working in small groups and living with the Albanian forces they advised and supported. London learned and adapted.

It is seventy-five years later. Washington is still trying to learn.  [Read more:  Faddis/SOFREP/4December2016]

Key Provisions in the Intelligence Authorization Act (FY'17).  On November 30th, the House passed H.R. 6393, the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY'17.  While it remains to be seen what if anything ultimately emerges at the end of the process, I'd like to highlight some items in the current bill that I found particularly interesting:

- two involve attempts to give SSCI and HPSCI greater awareness of presidential policy directives and MOUs involving the IC;

- one undoes the 2014 move that gave the Pentagon's Chief Information Officer oversight of NSA's Information Assurance Directorate (presumably in light of the NSA21 reorganization); and

- two focus on countering Russian intelligence activities in ways that sound like plot elements from the show The Americans (which is not to say they are bad ideas, though they might not sit well with the incoming Trump administration).   [Read more:  Chesney/Lawfare/2December2016]

Section IV - Jobs, Research Requests, and Obituaries


Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies Sought by UPittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs is seeking to hire a Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies.

The university invites applications and nominations for this non-tenure-stream faculty position as a Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies to begin the fall term of 2017 (authorization pending). This is a three-year contract position with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will have at least a master's degree in international affairs (or a related field) and expertise in the intelligence field based on at least ten years of professional experience working for one or more US intelligence agencies. The individual hired will be expected to offer four courses in intelligence studies per academic year within the context of the Security and Intelligence Studies major for our Master of Public and International Affairs program, advise master's students interested in a career in the intelligence community and, where appropriate, work with the Director of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies to organize conferences or workshops related to security and intelligence.

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application describing their professional background and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae or resume, three letters of recommendation and, if available, teaching evaluations to: Prof. Michael Kenney, Search Committee Chair c/o Mary Ann Gebet, Executive Assistant to the Dean Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, 3407 Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

Applications must be submitted by 06 January 2017 to receive full consideration.
The University of Pittsburgh is committed to a diverse and inclusive community and to maintaining a work and educational environment that is free of all forms of discrimination. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.

Research Requests

Mentor Needed for Advanced Interviewing

Seeking retired interviewers from the intelligence community to work on contract/consulting basis for F2 Group. Purpose is to help coach, train, and mentor F2 employees to become better interviewers, specifically at accelerating trust, gaining confidence, detecting deception, and getting full truths. F2 specializes in business interviews where there are high-stakes business transactions. We are looking for highly-seasoned individuals who can help polish, refine, and advance our methodologies in conducting professional interviews.
Please contact Tom Austin at


Winn Taplin, 91 - former CIA Operations Officer

Winn Lowell Taplin, PhD, 91, a retired senior CIA Operations Officer died 3 December 2016 in Sarasota, FL. He a longtime AFIO member, active (and probably an officer) of the New England Chapter, and also an active member of AFIO's Speaker's Bureau. He was born in St. Albans, Vermont, graduating from Bennington High School in 1943. He volunteered for the Marine Corps and was selected for a wartime engineering program, attending Duke University and the University of Michigan. At the end of WWII, he continued his studies in Ann Arbor, receiving degrees in political science and history. He returned to active duty in the Korean War, serving as a First Lieutenant. He received a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts in 1951 at the Battle for Kanmubong Ridge. Post-war, he returned to Ann Arbor and earned a Ph.D. in History. His dissertation was entitled "Vermont and the Continental Congress" and focused on Vermont's brief period of independence.
He joined CIA in 1956 as an operations officer focusing on Soviet and East European affairs. His intelligence career spanned 25 years and included overseas assignments in South Vietnam, Romania, Switzerland and Thailand.
Upon Agency retirement in 1981, he returned to Vermont, where he served as a board member and then President of the Vermont Historical Society. He also taught university courses on the role of intelligence in international affairs, and authored a number of articles on intelligence and on Revolutionary War-era espionage. Taplin was one of the major authors/contributors to the chapter's 1992 book: Secret New England - Spies of the American Revolution, edited by then Chapter President Edmund R. Thompson. In recent years, he served as President of the Genealogical Society of Sarasota and of the University of Michigan Club of Sarasota/Manatee.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ellajean Allard Taplin; a daughter, son, sister, and other family.
The family would like to invite you to a memorial reception Friday, December 9 at 4 p.m. at the Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home.

Jack Mower, former CIA Intelligence Officer, Specialized in Africa

Jack Howard Mower, 94, died in Washington, DC 1 December 2016. A native of Sacramento, CA, he moved to DC in 1952 to work for CIA. An expert in African affairs, he served as an intelligence officer in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Nigeria. At CIA he headed a major training directorate, and was on the Inspector General's staff. After retiring from the Agency, he worked for the U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corp., and as a private consultant on African issues. He was a lecturer at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, he received his Ph.D from Harvard University in political science. He was Fulbright scholar at the London School of Economics. During WWII, he served as a 2nd lieutenant with the U.S. Army Air Corps where he was a twin engine pilot. An avid tennis player, Jack belonged to St. Albans Tennis Club and played in USTA matches until he was over 85.
He is survived by a daughter, granddaughter, and a longtime companion. His wife, Barbara Mower, died in 1990.
Burial is private but a memorial service planned for January 2017.

Roy Gary Peshoff. Roy Gary Peshoff, 71, died 24 November 2016 in Ashburn, VA.  
Roy was born in Louisiana in 1945. He traveled throughout his 30-year career with the CIA and held posts in Africa, Europe, Australia, and Latin America. Roy received several Agency awards for his work inclucing a Career Intelligence Medal and was a member of the Senior Intelligence Service at the time of his retirement in 1999.
Prior to joining the CIA in 1968, Roy served in the US Navy on both the USS Entemedor and USS Nautilus. After retirement, he continued to work ten years as a contractor.
Roy was an avid fly-fisherman and Red Sox fan. He is survived by his devoted wife Donna, two sons, and other family. [WashingtonPost/4December2016]

Ronald G. Sabo.  Ronald G. Sabo, 60, of Concord Twp., formerly of Burke, VA., Athens, Greece, and Frankfurt, Germany, died 13 November 2016 in Cleveland, OH. He was born in Painesville, OH.

Mr. Sabo had served his country for 28 years as a technical operations officer for CIA. After retiring from the Agency, he worked as vice president of business intelligence for Base Technologies in McLean, VA. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and was a pairs roller skating world champion for 3 years in Spain, Australia, and Italy. Mr. Sabo was a devoted family man, who enjoyed watching and attending his children's events.  [News-Herald/16November2016]

Section V - Events


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

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.

Thursday, 8 December 2016, Noon - Washington, DC - "The Cold War Never Really Ended" - a presentation by JJ Green, WTOP Radio National Security Correspondent, at the Daniel Morgan (Academy) Graduate School

The Daniel Morgan (Academy) Graduate School is hosting a lecture - The Cold War Never Really Ended - by the National Security Correspondent for WTOP radio, JJ Green, as the final act of the school's Distinguished Speakers Series.

JJ Green is the National Security Correspondent at WTOP. He reports daily on international security, intelligence, foreign policy, terrorism and cyber developments. He also provides regular on-air analysis and guidance on global security matters. He joined the WTOP family on March 11, 2004, the same day of the Madrid bombing by al-Qaida. In the years since then he has traveled extensively investigating, reporting and analyzing the U.S. war against terrorism and has interviewed the leadership of all the key national security components of the U.S. government and many security and foreign government officials around the world. He hosts the weekly program "The Hunt," which goes in-depth with experts on al-Qaida, the Taliban and emerging terror threats. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe and Africa covering national security matters.

RSVP: Attendee and guests are invited a no cost to this event which is not open to the public. Registration is required. For more information about the event and to attend, email or visit this link. LOCATION: The Daniel Morgan Academy, 1620 L St NW, Seventh Floor, Washington, DC 20036; 202-759-4988.

11 December 2016 (Sunday), 2 pm - Savage, MD - David Hoffman discusses his book The Billion Dollar Spy

David E. Hoffman, author of The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (Doubleday, 2015) will be speaking about the book and the agent Adolf Tolkachev on Sunday, Dec. 11 at Books With A Past, Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry Street, Savage, MD 20763, from 2 p.m. Not to be missed.
Hoffman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and presents in "The Billion Dollar Spy" the riveting story of a spy who cracked open the Soviet military research establishment. Hoffman provides a  penetrating portrait of the CIA's Moscow station, an outpost of daring espionage in the last years of the Cold War.

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 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

Friday, 16 December 2016, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Meet an F-4 Pilot: Mark Hewitt - at the International Spy Museum

Head to the Spy Museum Store and meet F-4 pilot, Mark A. Hewitt, who has always had a fascination with spyplanes and the intelligence community's development and use of aircraft. He flew F-4s in the Marine Corps, served as Director of Maintenance with the Border Patrol and the Air Force, and was an Associate Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is the author of Special Access, Shoot Down and his latest, No Need to Know. His novels have been approved by the CIA Publication Review Board. Mark's new book focuses on a major security breach that finds the CIA's closest secrets divulged and dozens of their highly-placed spies exposed and killed. As the Agency investigates the source of the disclosures, an old Office of Strategic Services file and the former Director of Central Intelligence become the focal point of their research. A race is on to find the file's secrets. If al-Qaeda wins, they can acquire "suitcase" thermonuclear devices to attack America. If the CIA gets there first, they can make a deal with a Russian billionaire and trade the missing treasure for the weapons al-Qaeda craves. The political awakening of Duncan Hunter continues as he battles radical fundamentalists across the globe, thwarts the terrorists' best plans, and eliminates their leaders. He survived their latest attempts to kill him when he's finally cornered, captured, and dragged to an al-Qaeda lair. Inside lurks certain doom at the hand of his bitterest foe. Tickets for the general public: free. Visit

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