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Book of the Week:
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
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.
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 book is also available from Amazon at this link.
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTSUS 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.
Section III - COMMENTARYHow 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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
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.
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January 2017 (Thursday) - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo
Chapter hosts Special Agent in Charge, John F. Bennett, FBI San
Location: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080. 11:30am no host cocktail; meeting and luncheon at noon.
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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
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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 events@DanielMorgan.academy 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 www.spymuseum.org
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