AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #47-16 dated 13 December 2016

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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Jobs, Research Request, and Obituaries

Jobs

Research Request

Obituaries

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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24 February 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA

AFIO National Kick-off Luncheon for 2017

Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying To Destroy America, and Spy Sites of Washington, DC.

AFIO National's first luncheon of 2017 features Dr. James E. Mitchell discussing Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying To Destroy America. Mitchell was a civilian contractor who spent years training U.S. military members to resist interrogation should they be captured. Aware of the urgent need to prevent impending catastrophic terrorist attacks, he worked with the CIA to implement "enhanced interrogation techniques"--which included waterboarding. Despite the media hysteria that followed, he tells us why EIT remains valuable. Mitchell's co-author, Bill Harlow, will be present but not a presenter.

"Emotions are high and accusations are being thrown about, but facts matter. Before anyone rushes to judgment, they should read this book and take in what happened through the eyes of a key player in the CIA's interrogation program." -- General Michael Hayden, USAF, Ret., Former CIA Director

"The authentic account of head-to-head hardball with fanatical Islamic killers by a professional who not only won big for America, but did it while fending off powerful critics. The lessons learned needed to be told -- and well-told they are. The war on us by radical Islamists is far from over -- read and learn!"
-- Hon. Porter J. Goss, Former Chairman of House Intelligence Committee and CIA Director

In the afternoon, we hear from Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton, authors of what will be the just-released Spy Sites of Washington, DC: A Guide to the Capital Region's Secret History. A mesmerizing tour of traitors and tradecraft revealing the wheres and whys of Washington's second-oldest profession. Robert Wallace is the former director of CIA's Office of Technical Service. He and Melton have co-authored four books. Keith Melton is an intelligence historian and owns one of the largest collections of spy paraphernalia in the world.

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel Mezzanine, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22102. Hotel: 703 893-2100. Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf  For security reason, reservations on day of event are not allowed.

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Academic Event of the Year
being held in this region

22-25 February 2017

Headquarters Hotel: Hilton Baltimore
- Baltimore, MD -

The International Studies Association (ISA)
58th Annual Convention: "Understanding Change in World Politics."

This major annual academic event has a section of special interest to professors and students studying intelligence: the Intelligence Studies Section (ISS) which hosts many panels and presentations at the conference.
A tentative list of the ISS panels at this ISA may be viewed here.

ISA has a new online program (requires login) that lets ISA members or event registrants to search by person, title, sponsor, and keywords. You can use this to build a personalized schedule that you can download as a PDF to have handy when you're at the convention.

For much more information visit this link.


Book of the Week:

Mitchell and HarlowEnhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying To Destroy America
by James E. Mitchell Ph.D. with Bill Harlow
(Crown Forum; Nov 2016)

Available NOW. Christmas Gift to those who see creeping Islamic Radicalism here and abroad and wonder when we're going to return to the methods that worked to counter it.

"No one has heard from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed since the 9/11 attacks, but James Mitchell has spent countless hours with the terror mastermind at the CIA's black sites. In this gripping book, Mitchell reveals for the first time, in chilling detail, what KSM and other senior terrorist commanders told him. If you want to understand what drives the Islamic radicals seeking to destroy America -- and what they say we must do if we want to stop them -- you simply must read this book." -- Marc Thiessen, Washington Post Columnist and Author

"Finally, we learn the true story about what 'enhanced interrogation' is, how it works, and how it protected America after the devastating attack of 9/11. The country owes a profound debt of gratitude to James Mitchell, who spent thousands of hours at CIA 'black sites' learning the secrets of men like Abu Zubaydah, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, as he and his dedicated colleagues scrambled to stop more deadly attacks on our nation." -- Debra Burlingame, Cofounder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America and Keep America Safe

"Emotions are high and accusations are being thrown about, but facts matter. Before anyone rushes to judgment, they should read this book and take in what happened through the eyes of a key player in the CIA's interrogation program." -- General Michael Hayden, USAF, Ret., Former CIA Director

"The authentic account of head-to-head hardball with fanatical Islamic killers by a professional who not only won big for America, but did it while fending off powerful critics. The lessons learned needed to be told -- and well-told they are. The war on us by radical Islamists is far from over -- read and learn!"
-- Hon. Porter J. Goss, Former Chairman of House Intelligence Committee and CIA Director

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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Russia Biggest Source of Cyberattacks on Sweden: Intelligence Head.   Russia is the biggest source of cyberattacks and influence operations against Sweden, according to the head of the Swedish Military Intelligence and Security Service (Must).

Must is the branch of the Swedish Armed Forces that is the main foreign intelligence agency in the country. Its head, Major General Gunnar Karlson, spoke openly about Russian attempts to influence Sweden during an interview with SVT's Agenda show on Sunday evening.

"It is pretty easy for me to say - many of the activities we are subject to have a clear sender, they can be traced more or less directly. It can be about spreading false information, bending the truth, and emphasizing some arguments more than others to make it difficult to get a clearer picture of what is happening," Karlson said.

Cyberattacks which among other things attempt to gain access to intelligence are ongoing and have long taken place, he claimed. [Read more:  TheLocal/12December2016]

Somali Intelligence Agency Officials Set up Harmonized Screening Criteria for Former al-Shabaab Combatants.  A two-day workshop on the harmonisation of screening processes for low- and high-risk ex-al Shabaab combatants opened in the Somali capital today.

The workshop aims to harmonise screening criteria among agents of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) in the states of Puntland, Galmudug, HirShabelle, Jubbaland and South West as well as Banaadir region

"We as NISA are always improving the safety of the country. We might have hiccups like every other agency has, but at the end of the day, the main thing is the defector programme and how we can best utilise it," said Amin Haji, the Deputy Director General of NISA, during the official opening of the workshop.

Participants will also share best practices to employ in the national disengagement programme for defectors and share experiences and opportunities in the screening of ex-combatants.  [Read more:  UNAM/6December2016]

Pakistan Names New Military Intelligence Chief.  Pakistan has named a new head of its powerful military Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), two weeks after replacing the chief of army staff in a significant shift for the military that wields huge influence.

Lt. Gen Naveed Mukhtar was appointed as director-general of the ISI, replacing Lt. Gen Rizwan Akhtar, who is being moved to the post of president of the National Defence University, according to a statement by the military's press wing late on Sunday.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday picked Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa to replace outgoing army chief Raheel Sharif, the popular military leader credited with improving security and driving back Islamist militant groups.

The army is arguably the most influential institution in Pakistan, with the military having ruled the country for about half of its 69-year history since independence from Britain and enjoying extensive powers even under civilian administrations.  [Read more:  Johnson/ChannelNewsAsia/12December2016]

Clinton Campaign Wants Intel Briefings for Electoral College Members. 
  Hillary Clinton's campaign has thrown its support behind an effort to provide members of the Electoral College with intelligence briefings on Russian breaches of US political organizations before the College formally votes to elect Donald Trump president next week.

"The bipartisan electors' letter raises very grave issues involving our national security. Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed," Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said Monday, responding to a request for briefings by a group of electors.

Podesta's strongly worded statement signals a clear shift in strategy from Clinton and her team, who have until now shown no interest in questioning the legitimacy of last month's election. And it could crack the door to further challenges or give succor to some Democrats' long-shot hope that Trump's election could be upended when the Electoral College convenes December 19.

A large trove of Podesta's emails were released by WikiLeaks late in the campaign, and intelligence officials believe the emails were provided to the organization by Russian hackers.  [Read more:  Seitz-Wald/NBC/12December2016]

Organised Crime, Terrorism Seek to Infiltrate Australian Airports.  Federal police will sharpen airport security as crime gangs try to corrupt airline workers and Islamic State terrorists single out an Australian airport as a potential target.

The Australian Federal Police's nine airport commanders, who met in Brisbane on Thursday and Friday, will now ramp up its intelligence gathering at domestic and international airports.

Federal police officers in Brisbane will trial body cameras, which could also soon be linked to facial recognition software.

Social media will be monitored in realtime.  [Read more:  Viellaris/CourierMail/11December2016]

Nigeria: Towards Better Protection for Security Agents, Informants.  Hon. Busayo Oluwole Oke (Osun PDP) recently sponsored a bill aimed at stipulating stiff penalties for deliberate disclosure of the identities of security agents and their informants. The bill has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

Security is on the front burner of the national discourse. It has become imperative that steps be taken to enhance security of lives and property, as constitutionally required of government. A crucial step towards achieving this is to ensure better welfare and protection for those in charge of security, the security agents, and those who assist them with much needed information in the execution of their duties.

It is therefore timely that the House of Representatives recently passed through second reading a bill seeking to guarantee the protection of national security agents, sources and informants from unlawful disclosure, as part of efforts to enhance security in contemporary Nigeria.

Sponsored by Hon. Oluwole Oke (Osun PDP), it is named "a bill for an Act to Provide for the Protection of the Identities of National Security Agencies Officers, Agents, Sources, Informants and Operational Methods from Unlawful Disclosure and to Protect their Establishments, Facilities and Equipment against unauthorised Access, as well as Provide for the Promotion and Engagement of Nigeria's External Security and for other related matters."  [Read more:  Oyedele/AllAfrica/11December2016]

Division Cuts Ribbon on New Intelligence Facility.  After four years of planning and construction, the 36th Infantry Division has officially cut the ribbon on the new Mabry Intelligence Readiness Center at Camp Mabry, Dec. 4, 2016. The facility allows the division's "Arrowhead" soldiers to provide critical intelligence support to missions all over the world.

The division currently has the headquarters element for the Train, Advise and Assist Command-South deployed to southern Afghanistan supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel where they partner with the Afghanistan National Security Forces. However, due to limitations on the number of forward deployed soldiers allowed in theater, the division had to become creative on how to provide meaningful intelligence capabilities to the mobilized soldiers.

"This facility allows soldiers to conduct intelligence operations in a safer, more efficient and cost effective environment to our own Arrowhead soldiers, 8,000 miles away in Afghanistan," said Maj. Gen. Lester Simpson, 36th Infantry Division Commanding General.

Simpson explained that the facility is the first ever intelligence support to wartime efforts in Afghanistan from a National Guard home station.  [Read more:  Leslie/DVIDS/10December2016]

CIA Director Visits Albania for Counterterrorism Talks.  The United States embassy in Tirana says Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan visited Albania to discuss terrorism along with a variety of other bilateral and international issues.

An embassy statement said Brennan met with Prime Minister Edi Rama, President Bujar Nishani, Defense Minister Mimi Kodheli and intelligence officials on Wednesday to discuss "regional security, counterterrorism cooperation, intelligence sharing, and other bilateral affairs."

The US and Albania have intensified their ties recently in the fight against violent extremism and to stop foreign fighters from joining Islamic rebel groups in Syria and Iraq.

Albania claims none of its citizens have extremist groups during the last year, although scores are thought to be active in the Middle East.  [Read more:  AP/7December2016]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Video:  Trump's Relationship With the Intelligence Community.  The Washington Post's Greg Miller explains what President-elect Donald Trump's clash with the CIA over Russia's suspected election interference means and how it started.  [WashingtonPost/12December2016]

Task Force Works to Stem Flow of Illicit Drug Trafficking and Dismantle Criminal Networks.  The tip came to an FBI agent in New Orleans from a source there involved with a violent Honduran street gang: A large shipment of cocaine ultimately bound for the US was about to leave Costa Rica destined for Honduras.

That information was relayed to FBI personnel at the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) in Key West, Florida, a multi-agency, international alliance whose mission is to cover 42 million square miles of territory primarily in Central and South America to stem the flow of illegal drugs and to disrupt and dismantle sophisticated narco-trafficking networks. Much of that work is carried out on the high seas.

The Honduran traffickers had set out from Limón, Costa Rica. Their "go-fast" boat - a small, low-profile vessel favored by smugglers - was packed with 300 kilos of cocaine and a cache of military-grade weapons, including M16 rifles and grenade launchers.

When intelligence sources confirmed that the boat was in the water, officers on the watch floor at JIATF-S requested that the US Navy launch a P3 surveillance aircraft to locate the smugglers, who were making their way up the east coast of Nicaragua toward Honduras. Because there were no US Coast Guard cutters in the vicinity to make an interdiction, the watch floor commander called the Honduran liaison officer assigned to JIATF-S and asked for assistance.  [Read more:  FBI/7December2016]

Fact Sheet: Argentina Declassification Project.   President Obama announced during his March 2016 visit to Argentina that the United States would embark on a comprehensive effort to identify additional records related to human rights abuses committed under Argentina's dictatorship.  In a ceremony to commemorate the victims of the dictatorship at the Parque de la Memoria in Buenos Aires, President Obama said, "to continue helping the families of the victims find some of the truth and justice they deserve, I can announce that the US Government will declassify even more documents from that period including, for the first time, military and intelligence records, because I believe we have a responsibility to confront the past with honesty and transparency."

The declassification project represents an historic effort by US Government agencies and departments to search, identify, review for public access, and provide records that shed light on human rights abuses in Argentina between 1975 and 1984.  In 2002, the United States declassified over 4,000 State Department cables and other documents from the period of the Argentine military dictatorship.  These records have helped Argentina hold human rights abusers accountable, for example, by supporting Argentine criminal investigations into human rights violations under the dictatorship.

This additional effort - requested by Argentine President Mauricio Macri and human rights groups - involves over 14 US Government agencies and departments, including for the first time the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Archives and Records Administration and the archives of four Presidential Libraries, as well as several components of the Department of Defense, including the military departments, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry delivered an initial set of 1,000 declassified records to President Macri on August 4, 2016.  [Read more:  WhiteHouse/12December2016]

Maryland Screenwriter Says He Has CIA's Green Light to Tell Spy's Story.  Ellis A. Cohen was shopping at a strip mall in Maryland about 2˝ months ago.

"I can't say where," Cohen said.

A lot of conversations with the true crime author, novelist and Hollywood producer go like this.

A mysterious man started walking toward him.  [Read more:  Shapira/WashingtonPost/6December2016]

This Freaky Pearl Harbor Mystery Remains After 75 Years.  Seventy-five years have passed since Japan bombed Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, yet one mystery still perplexes some historians.

Several strange advertisements appeared in The New Yorker Nov. 22, 1941, two weeks prior to the attack, TIME reports. The main ad‘s title was "Achtung, Warning, Alerte!" and showed a group of people gathered in an air raid shelter.

Some suspect that the ads were meant to warn Japanese loyalists living in the US and prepare them for war. Lasislas Farago, a former US intelligence expert and military historian, reported in the 1960s that it might have been a message alerting Japanese agents abroad.

"It's a mystery to this day," Nelson said. "I don't quite believe if it's a warning, but if it's not - what is it?"  [Read more:  Pickrell/DailyCaller/8December2016]

Cold War Secrets Revealed: Files Show How US Satellites Prevented Nuclear Armageddon.  Newly declassified documents show how US spy satellites were able to call the bluff of the Soviet Union and expose the true scale of its nuclear arsenal, soothing anxieties in Washington that Moscow was racing ahead in the arms race.

Former NASA engineer Dr. David Baker said: "Thanks to such systems, the truth emerged that Russia was in fact behind the United States in its capability to wage nuclear war."

The findings meant successive US administrations limited the nation's nuclear deterrent and thus reduced provocation.

Dr. Baker added: "The resulting cost savings more than paid for the entire US spy satellite programme."  [Read more:  Batchelor/DailyExpress/8December2016]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Trump Declares War on the Intelligence Community.  Six weeks before the inauguration, President-elect Donald J. Trump's budding administration has been thrown into crisis by revelations of clandestine Russian interference in our election. None of the issues are new - if you read my column you knew about them months ago - but Trump's reaction to them has opened the door to unprecedented conflict in Washington before he even moves into the White House.

Trump has repeatedly pooh-poohed allegations that the Kremlin meddled in the election, dismissing them as foolishness. Such memorably cavalier brush-offs - for instance suggesting in September that the culprit behind the theft of Democratic National Committee's emails wasn't Moscow, rather a "400-pound guy" on a bed somewhere - drew guffaws from his supporters but have now landed Trump in serious trouble.

The game-changer came late last week, with a report that the Central Intelligence Agency has assessed that efforts by the Russian intelligence services to influence our election were motivated by a desire in Moscow to throw the election Trump's way. The Intelligence Community has long considered Wikileaks to be a Kremlin front and by the summer, when that vaunted "privacy organization" was getting down to work depriving Hillary Clinton and the DNC of any privacy they possessed after EmailGate, it was patently obvious to anybody acquainted with Russian spycraft that Julian Assange was doing Vladimir Putin's bidding. Russian spy agencies can be subtle, but there was nothing subtle about this operation.

There is simply no debate anymore inside the IC whether Moscow employed Wikileaks as a front to disseminate emails which had been purloined by Russian intelligence. American intelligence and our spy-allies possess considerable classified evidence, from multiple sources, that Putin employed disinformation to confuse American voters in 2016.  [Read more:  Schlindler/TheObserver/12December2016]

Architect of CIA Enhanced Interrogation:  "We Interrogate Terrorists Like That to Stop Attacks'.  Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, psychologist and US Air Force veteran Dr. James Mitchell was called back to national service. Along with a partner, Bruce Jessen, he was tasked with developing the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques, or EITs. Designed to elicit time-sensitive intelligence from hardened al Qaeda leaders, the EITs later became immersed in controversy. In 2014, Senate Democrats released a report accusing Mitchell of torturing suspects with EITs and producing no results.

In his new book, Enhanced Interrogation, Mitchell offers his own testimony on the EITs. He argues that the techniques were critical in saving the lives of Americans and others. The Washington Free Beacon interviewed Mitchell on Thursday to discuss his new book.  [Read more:  Rogan/WashingtonFreeBeacon/9December2016]


Section IV - Jobs, Research Requests, and Obituaries

Jobs

GEOINT Job Fair - 9 January 2017, Herndon, VA

Monday, 9 Jan. 2017 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Dulles, 2300 Dulles Corner Blvd, Herndon, VA. The GEOINT Community continues to grow and qualified employees are in high demand. Whether you're currently unemployed or looking for a change in careers, this is a must attend job fair. This event is free for job seekers to find the employers that match their skills and dedication to the Defense, Intelligence, and Homeland Security communities. Send your resume to JobFair@usgif.org for participating employers to review. More information online here.

Research Requests

AFIO's Western North Carolina Chapter-in-Formation Requests Your Help.

Members in the Western North Carolina area are urged to contact acting NC President Ross Bulla, to help and be one of the founding members of the chapter. The chapter covers Raleigh-Durham and greater Charlotte, NC areas and is the first chapter in that state. They expect to rotate meetings between several locations within the state, for convenience, once the initial chapter is created with a large enough membership base to spawn several regional chapters. Contact Mr. Bulla at AFIONC@TreadstoneGroup.com or call him at his office: (704) 489-8663.

Call for Papers for 2017 Symposium on Cryptologic History to be held 19 - 20 October 2017

The Symposium will be held at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland. Following the Symposium, on Saturday, October 21, participants will be given an opportunity to tour the National Cryptologic Museum and participate in a workshop on sources for research in cryptologic history. The theme for the 2017 Symposium will be "Milestones, Memories, and Momentum." There are many milestones to mark in 2017: the 160th anniversary of the first attempt to span the Atlantic with a telegraph cable, 100 years since both the entry of the United States into World War I and the Russian October Revolution, and 75 years after the World War II battles of Coral Sea and Midway. The Symposium will take place just a few months before the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, and during the 25th year after the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Papers looking at these milestone events in cryptology and considering how we remember their significance are particularly encouraged, as are those examining how cryptologic advances from these times provided momentum to create the systems of today and the future. Your proposal package should include an abstract of no more than ONE page, a complete CV, a short biographical sketch (not to exceed 150 words) to be used in the program, the amount of time you require for your paper, and full contact details. Panel proposals should include the above for each presenter and a short explanation of the panel's theme. Please submit your proposal by noon on Monday, February 6, 2017, to Program Chair Betsy Rohaly Smoot at history@nsa.gov or to her care at The Center for Cryptologic History, Suite 6886, 9800 Savage Road, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755. Please note that correspondence that does not include the suite number may not be delivered in a timely manner. Proposals received after noon on February 6 will be considered on a space-available basis. The program committee will notify you about the final status of your proposal by June 9, 2017, but may engage you in discussions before that date. See details here.

Obituaries

Phillip Knightley, Journalist Who Wrote of British Spy Ring, Dies at 87.  Phillip Knightley, who was the only western journalist to interview British spy Kim Philby, a longtime double agent for the Soviet Union, and who wrote compelling books about journalism and the history of spycraft, died Wednesday in London. He was 87.

His death was first reported by the London Times. The cause was cancer.

Mr. Knightley had a colorful past that included sojourns in Fiji and India before he settled in London in the 1960s as an investigative reporter with the Sunday Times. In 1968, he was instrumental in describing the extent of Philby's duplicity, which was at the center of Britain's most infamous spy scandal of the 20th century.

In his book The Master Spy, Mr. Knightley called Philby "the most remarkable spy in the history of espionage."  [Read more:  Schudel/WashingtonPost/10December2016]


Section V - Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

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 afiosf@aol.com or Mariko Kawaguchi, c/o AFIO, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011 for questions.

24 February 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Kick-off Luncheon for 2017 - Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying To Destroy America, and Spy Sites of Washington

AFIO National's first luncheon of 2017 features Dr. James E. Mitchell discussing Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying To Destroy America. Mitchell was a civilian contractor who spent years training U.S. military members to resist interrogation should they be captured. Aware of the urgent need to prevent impending catastrophic terrorist attacks, he worked with the CIA to implement "enhanced interrogation techniques"--which included waterboarding. Despite the media hysteria that followed, he tells us why EIT remains valuable. Mitchell's co-author, Bill Harlow, will be present but not a presenter.

"Emotions are high and accusations are being thrown about, but facts matter. Before anyone rushes to judgment, they should read this book and take in what happened through the eyes of a key player in the CIA's interrogation program." -- General Michael Hayden, USAF, Ret., Former CIA Director

"The authentic account of head-to-head hardball with fanatical Islamic killers by a professional who not only won big for America, but did it while fending off powerful critics. The lessons learned needed to be told -- and well-told they are. The war on us by radical Islamists is far from over -- read and learn!"
-- Hon. Porter J. Goss, Former Chairman of House Intelligence Committee and CIA Director

In the afternoon, we hear from Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton, authors of what will be the just-released Spy Sites of Washington, DC: A Guide to the Capital Region's Secret History. A mesmerizing tour of traitors and tradecraft revealing the wheres and whys of Washington's second-oldest profession. Robert Wallace is the former director of CIA's Office of Technical Service. He and Melton have co-authored four books. Keith Melton is an intelligence historian and owns one of the largest collections of spy paraphernalia in the world.

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel Mezzanine, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22102. Hotel: 703 893-2100. Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf  For security reason, reservations on day of event are not allowed.

REGISTER NOW.


Other Upcoming Events

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

22-25 February 2017 - Baltimore, MD - The International Studies Association (ISA) 58th Annual Convention: "Understanding Change in World Politics."

The International Studies Association (ISA) 58th Annual Convention: "Understanding Change in World Politics"is a major annual academic conference which has a section of special interest to professors and students studying intelligence: the Intelligence Studies Section (ISS) which hosts many panels and presentations at the conference. Headquarters Hotel: Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, MD.
A tentative list of the ISS panels at this ISA may be viewed here.

ISA has a new online program (requires login) that lets ISA members or event registrants to search by person, title, sponsor, and keywords. You can use this to build a personalized schedule that you can download as a PDF to have handy when you're at the convention.

For much more information visit this link.


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