AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #03-17 dated 17 January 2017

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Obituaries, Audio/Video/Websites of Interest, Call for Papers

Obituaries

Call for Papers

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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Important Intelligencer article released online

Guide editor and former AFIO Board Member Peter Oleson's timely article

Stalin's Disciple: Vladimir Putin and Russia's Newest "Wet Affairs"

is now online at the top of this webpage.
The PDF is at this link.

The article was cited today in a tweet by Newsweek journalist Jeff Stein.


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Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists
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Morning Speaker...

Dr. James E. Mitchell was a civilian contractor who spent years training US 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.

Afternoon Speakers...

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.

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Complex Russian Ciphers, Snowden, Turf Battles, Lies, Coverups, and Secrecy

Sounds like a TV spy thriller, but all true

Stephen Budiansky discusses

A New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities

at this NCMF spring program

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 10am - 1pm
- Annapolis Junction, MD -

Budiansky Code WarriorsPlease join National Cryptologic Museum Foundation friends and colleagues welcoming Stephen Budiansky acclaimed author, journalist, and historian of cryptology, as speaker at this NCMF Spring Cryptologic Program, on
"A New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities."
A book signing of Mr. Budiansky's book Code Warriors: NSA's Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union follows his presentation and lunch follows that at noon.
This history of the NSA, filled with the intricacies of cryptology, reads like a thriller. Budiansky presents a story of suspense as he focuses on the men and women, under immense pressure, who struggled to break enemy codes. From NSA's wartime efforts to crack Nazi and Japanese codes, through the Cold War. Post-war the struggles grow murky expanding to spies abroad and to U.S. citizens betraying their country (includes thoughts on Edward Snowden). Budiansky makes cryptology remarkably accessible for general readers. Appendixes include "Russian Teleprinter Ciphers" and "The Index of Coincidence."
Mr. Budiansky is the author of numerous books of military and intelligence history, science and biography including Battle of Wits: The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II and Blackett's War. He is the former foreign editor and deputy editor of U.S. News & World Report, and former Washington editor of the scientific journal Nature, and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal's book review pages. You will not want to miss this program that draws on an array of recently declassified documents to explore the NSA's long SIGINT struggle against the Soviets and to trace the historical forces behind the intelligence controversies making headlines today.
Where: CACI, Inc. located at 2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701, Tel 301-575-3200. Directions and Map are here.
RSVP: mail your registration fee of $20 (members) or $50 (guests, includes one-year membership) to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998 or register online here prior to 23 March [please note: the online registration link only becomes available starting January 27].


Books of the Week:

Climate Change and the Health of Nations:
Famines, Fevers, and the Fate of Populations
by Anthony McMichael, with Alistair Woodward and Cameron Muir
(Oxford Univ P; Feb 2017)

Available now.

Climate Change_McMichaelMcMichael bemoans the "Faustian bargain" societies struck ages ago – gaining improvements in personal wealth and comfort at the expense of Earth's natural resources – before providing "a basic understanding of the climate system and the forces influencing it.

Australian epidemiologist McMichael (1942–2014) focuses on the historical connections between environmental change and human health over the course of millennia. This volume, published posthumously and finished with the help of Woodward and Muir, is academic and urgent in tone. He defines the greenhouse effect and explains such phenomena as El Niño, monsoons, hurricanes, and drought. As McMichael looks back at past changes in climate and their effects on humans, he notes, the decline of ancient Mayan cities. Debilitating droughts in the eighth century "resulted in a water-supply crisis, falls in food production, and great stress on the social and political fabric." Disastrous weather conditions in Europe during the mid-19th century wreaked similar havoc. He winds down his discussion by examining ways that risks associated with human-driven climate change can be mitigated, pondering what measures should be taken to avert "looming environmental and social crises" in the future. Offering hindsight as well as foresight, McMichael makes a strong argument for sustainability.... (Publisher's Weekly)

The book may be ordered here.


The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
by Thomas M. Nichols
(Oxford Univ P; March 2017)

Preorder here.

Nichols_The Death of ExpertiseSome fresh twists on a familiar theme: the dumbing down of America amid the defiant distrust of expertise.

As a veteran governmental adviser and think-tank participant, Nichols has experienced firsthand the decline of respect accorded specialists in many disciplines, as the internet has leveled the playing field to the point where all opinions are more or less considered equal, and a Google search substitutes for decades of research. "These are dangerous times," he writes. "Never have so many people had access to so much knowledge, and yet been so resistant to learning anything," ... Credentials are suspect in an age when university degrees are everywhere, grade inflation runs rampant, and colleges woo prospective students as customers and clients. Little wonder, then, that "if in a previous era too much deference was paid to experts, today there is little deference paid to anyone at all." Not that Nichols lets the experts off the hook – some hide behind the impenetrability of academic jargon; others have even faked the data or cooked the books. (Kirkus)

The book may be preordered here.


Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications.  WASHINGTON - In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government's 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.

The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.

The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch signed the new rules, permitting the N.S.A. to disseminate "raw signals intelligence information," on Jan. 3, after the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., signed them on Dec. 15, according to a 23-page, largely declassified copy of the procedures.  [Read More:  Savage/NYTimes/12January2017]

UK Intelligence Agency Picks Start-Ups for Cyber Security Accelerator.  Seven cyber security start-ups have been chosen to join the new GCHQ Cyber Accelerator, it has been announced.

The accelerator is a partnership between GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters, one of the UK's three intelligence agencies), the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and tech fund Wayra UK.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Wayra UK said that the accelerator would help to keep the UK secure online and allow businesses to produce "the next generation of cyber security systems." This would boost the U.K.'s #22 billion ($27 billion) cyber security sector, it added.

The start-ups selected are counterintelligence company CounterCraft; Cyberowl, which has developed an early-warning system for cyber-attacks; collective intelligence platform FutureScaper; smart compliance platform Cybersmart; Spherical Defense, the developers of a banking API (Application Programming Interface) intrusion detection system; AI-powered intelligence platform StatusToday; and digital wallet and exchange platform Verimuchme.  [Read More:  Frangoul/CNBC/12January/2017]

The Romanian Intelligence Service's Deputy Director, Suspended After Controversial Recordings.  The first deputy director of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), Florian Coldea, was suspended on Thursday, January 12, several days after runaway investor Sebastian Ghita accused him of blackmailing former Prime Minister Victor Ponta without presenting any evidence.

Coldea, who has been SRI's deputy director for 12 years, is one of the most powerful people in Romania. He is the top operative officer of the intelligence service and the only higher position is that of the SRI director, who is named by the Parliament at the President's proposal. Eduard Hellvig is the SRI director.

"Following the information that appeared related to Lieutenant-General Florian Coldea, which has been subject to preliminary checks, the SRI director, Eduard Hellvig, has decided, according to the procedures, the formation of a special committee to verify possible violations of the law or professional ethics," reads a SRI press release. "By the time this verification is finalized, Lieutenant-General Florian Coldea will be at the disposal of the SRI director, who will take over his duties. The committee will check the circumstances presented publicly and the documents provided by Florian Coldea," SRI added.

The decision to suspend Coldea comes after his name appeared a lot in the local media lately due to runaway investor Sebastian Ghita's video confessions. Ghita, who disappeared just before Christmas, and is now wanted by the Romanian authorities, has had seven video recordings made and aired by his television, Romanian TV. In these videos, Ghita, talks about his alleged friendship with Florian Coldea and chief anticorruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi.  [Read More:  Romania-Insider/12January2017]

Israel Says Hamas Hacked Facebook Accounts, Cellphones of Army Recruits.  The Israeli military said Wednesday that its archenemy Hamas, the militant Palestinian Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip, used a series of fake Facebook accounts to connect with young recruits in an attempt to gain access to sensitive army information.

A senior intelligence officer, who could not be identified under Israeli army rules, told journalists that over the past few months, dozens of soldiers, mostly from combat units, were enticed into chatting with people they believed were young, attractive women in Israel and abroad.

Using Facebook as the main medium to engage the soldiers in intimate conversations, those running the fake accounts encouraged the soldiers to download a "chat" application to their cellphones.

The app, for both Android and iPhone, was used by Hamas to access vital data on the phones - contacts, personal text messages and photographs. The app also allowed Hamas operatives to listen to conversations and take covert photos, the officer said.  [Read More:  Eglash/WashingtonPost/11January2017]

Bulgaria's Ex-Spy Chief Faces New Embezzlement Charges.  A second indictment will be filed on Monday against former Bulgarian intelligence head Kircho Kirov, the prosecution says.

Kirov, found guilty of large scale-embezzlement last year (becoming the first high-profile Bulgarian official sentenced to jail time), had his sentence overturned by a last-instance court.

But the Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor's spokesperson announced on Monday he would be brought before court over another count of embezzlement.

Kirov headed the State Intelligence Agency (until 2015 named National Intelligence Service) between 2002 and 2012.  [Read More:  Novinite/16January2017]

US Refusing to Intervene as Ex-CIA Agent Faces Extradition, Prison in Italy.  Time continues to tick away for former CIA agent Sabrina de Sousa, who faces extradition from Portugal to Italy on Tuesday to face a four-year jail sentence for her involvement in the highly classified Bush-era rendition of a radical Muslim cleric known as Abu Omar.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has been aggressively advocating on her behalf.

An Italian court convicted de Sousa in absentia in 2009 for allegedly planning the operation. None of the defendants were informed of the charges against them by their Italian court-appointed lawyers.

"The trial was a prosecutor's dream. You have a court where you have no American defendants," de Sousa said.  [Read More:  Rossomando/Algemeiner/16January2017]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency: Who Is Vincent Stewart?  Marine Corps Lt. Gen Vincent Stewart was named on January 23, 2015, to lead the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Stewart is the first Marine, and the first African-American, to hold that position.

Stewart was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and lived there until 1971, when he was 13. He attended Kingston College for secondary school, then went on to Western Illinois University, where he earned a B.A. in history in 1981. After taking ROTC, he was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation. Stewart has also earned master's degrees, in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in 1994, and in national resource strategies from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2002.

Stewart's first specialty was in tanks. His first post-training assignment was as a tank platoon leader. However, he moved into signals intelligence, which is the gathering of information from radio transmissions. Stewart's early duty assignments included company commander with Company I, Marine Support Battalion, Adak, Alaska, from 1986 to 1988; then company commander with Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Radio Battalion; assistant operations officer, 2nd Radio Battalion; company commander with Company E, Marine Support Battalion, Misawa, Japan from 1992 to 1994.

More recently, Stewart was Deputy Director, Intelligence Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2002; senior intelligence planner, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence from 2002 to 2005; Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence at the Marine Corps Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia, from 2005 to 2006; Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and in Iraq from 2008-2009; the Marine Corps' Director of Intelligence from 2009-2013, the position that earned him his first star; and Commander of the Marine Corps' Cyber Command until 2015.  [Read More:  AllGov/10January2017]

Shadow Brokers Offers Database Of Windows Exploits For Sale.  Anyone with the equivalent of around $680,000 and a hankering for breaking into other people's computers can now purchase an entire database of exploits and toolkits for attacking Windows systems.

Shadow Brokers, the hacker crew that last year made headlines by trying to auction off a whole set of top-secret cyber weapons allegedly used by the National Security Agency (NSA), is back again, this time with a set of exploits for breaking into Windows systems.

The tools, which include a collection of fuzzers for Windows components, are available for sale on a website on ZeroNet, a decentralized network of peer-to-peer systems. The attack tools range in price from 10 Bitcoins, or around $9,000 a piece, to 250 Bitcoins, or about $228,000.

The Shadow Brokers advertised the sale on Twitter late last week and have claimed the cache of exploit tools belongs to The Equation Group, an outfit believed affiliated with the NSA.  [Read More:  Vijayan/DarkReading/10January2017]

A Look at Intelligence Units, Made Just for Airports.  Intelligence operations have been in the news of late. But there are all kinds of analysis and information gathering going on at airports and other areas of this country's infrastructure.

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke to Geoff Manaugh of The Atlantic who wrote about the new intelligence work happening at the Los Angeles International Airport in his piece "Inside LAX's New Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Unit." Below is a transcript of the interview that was edited for clarity and brevity.  [Read More:  RyssdalandCastle/WVTF/12January2017]

Security Firms Full of Spies Who Came in From The Cold.  Former MI6 officers are flooding the jobs market with their expertise, special knowledge and contacts, even revealing their true identities.

Gone are the days when Secret Intelligence Service staff who were made redundant or retired early slipped gracefully into the outside world, keeping their past secret from employers or turning to careers as diverse as novel-writing or market gardening.

London is full of security companies and business intelligence firms who, during periods of job-cutting in Whitehall, have grabbed former employees of MI6, MI5 and GCHQ.

Strict rules govern intelligence officers when they move into the private sector. They are not supposed to brag about their spying careers and must at all times remember that their signature on the Official Secrets Act brings a lifetime obligation.  [Read More:  Evans,Brown/TheTimes/13January2017]

All the Cracks That Berlin Suspect Amri Slipped Through.  Anis Amri was known to authorities before he allegedly rammed a truck into the Berlin Christmas market in December. What agents didn't know, however, was whether they had enough on him to get a warrant for his arrest.

Justice Minister Heiko Maas seemed contemplative when asked by the political talk show host Maybrit Illner whether it might be possible that current legal guidelines regarding terror threats are not only lacking but may even be counterproductive when it comes to preventing attacks such as December's ramming assault on a Christmas market in Berlin, which killed 12 people. "The question that we first have to deal with is whether our legal basis in any way kept authorities from being able to act," Maas said.

The justice minister went on to suggest that not only is the legal structure lagging behind the times, but that security guidelines might be as well. "We are of the opinion that, when someone disappears from the radar despite there being a lot of indicators that they may be a threat, then we need to think about how we can improve surveillance, how we can start watching someone early on," he said, referring to Anis Amri, the Tunisian man accused of killing 12 people and injuring many more after driving a truck into a Berlin Christmas market last month.

On Monday, a parliamentary committee will hold a special meeting to discuss the possible failures by intelligence services. Could the attack have been prevented? Was there enough evidence on Amri to issue an arrest warrant?  [Read More:  Knipp/DW/16January2017]

One Atlas: The Worlds Most Advanced Satellite Imagery Library.  Nearly twelve years on from the launch of Google Maps, it is hard to remember a time when everyone did not have ready online access to global satellite imagery. But, while for keyboard tourists it may not matter if the picture they are seeing is three years old, for security and defence tacticians it's a different matter altogether.

This is where Airbus Defence and Space's new geo-spatial offering, One Atlas comes in. The newly launched service is claimed to be the world's most refreshed 1.5m resolution satellite image library for defence, intelligence and security applications.

"GEOINT [geo-spatial intelligence] products need to efficiently and effectively create an environment whereby all intelligence sources can be fused and combined" says Benont Maitrinal, Airbus Defence and Space product manager for One Atlas. "A geo-referenced foundation layer is hence a key component for all GEOINT activities, since it supports the up-to-date visualisation and geographic environment of a country or a region."  [Read More:  Evans/Army-Technology/16January2017]

Nisei's Secret Missions Highlighted in Exhibit.  In 1940s America, a connection to Japan was a double-edged sword.

Kahului-born nisei Tom Yamada, 102, knew this all too well. While the American military valued his fluency in Japanese for interrogating prisoners of war, a wary American government took his Japan-born father from his job at Kahului Store and interned him in Haiku.

"Here I am in the Army and my dad is in military confinement," Yamada said. "I guess you can't help that, you know?"

During World War II, while their families were regarded with suspicion, young Japanese-Americans became invaluable as part of the Military Intelligence Service, using their knowledge of language and culture to thwart attacks and save lives throughout the war.  [Read More:  Uechi/MauiNews/16January/2017]

Inside LAX's New Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Unit.  No one paid the car any attention as it crept forward through morning traffic at LAX. Travelers wandering the arrivals area with their smartphones out, hands held up to block the sun, never even gave it a second thought.

Then the driver swerved, accelerating onto the sidewalk in front of Terminal 7. It ran over bags, flattened signage, and collided with pedestrians too slow to jump out of the way. Within seconds, before anyone had a chance to respond - to help the victims, to call 911- the driver detonated a homemade bomb hidden inside his car trunk.

The resulting explosion obliterated the front of the terminal, leading to a partial building collapse, and a catastrophic fire began to spread toward the gate area. The window-shattering blast was heard throughout the airport as black smoke, visible for miles, lifted in a pillar into the sky. Dozens were killed instantly.

Suicide car bombing had come to LAX.  [Read More:  Manaugh/TheAtlantic/9January/2017]

Who is Christopher Steele? MI6 Spy behind Donald Trump dossier and Orbis Business Intelligence Director.  The 52-year-old is said to have fled his #1.4million Surrey home soon after his identity was made public.

BuzzFeed published some of Steele's reports about Trump on its website on Tuesday but the President-elect brushed it off as "fake news".

The allegations includes claims of sex parties in Russia and coordination between the President-elect's team and the Russian government.

Unidentified intelligence officials cited by CNN said that the source of the documents was a credible former MI6 agent and that he had worked in Russia in the 1990s.  [Read More:  Godden/TheSun/13January2017]



Section III - COMMENTARY

The report is out. Now what?  This month saw a report and testimony from the CIA, FBI, National Security Administration and U.S. Cyber Command. While the intelligence community's report provided some very interesting information, more interesting are the conversations that have resulted. Never before has cybersecurity received such broad attention and been so widely discussed. All of that is a good thing. However, it is clear there are many questions remaining.

One of the most talked about questions is: Now what? We heard about a number of cybersecurity incidents that pose real risk to national security and the U.S. economy. All of those need to be addressed. Many of the cybersecurity issues being discussed have been known for a fair amount of time. Will the report and hearings around the recent events prompt actions that should have been taken some time ago?

With a mere 22 months before the 2018 elections, time is short. Even if you look at the next presidential election in 2020, there isn't an abundance of time. Given the importance associated with this issue, actions must start now. I have not heard many solutions offered!

Perhaps the first action should be mandating a cybersecurity standard that defines the minimum amount of security that all systems have. That would have to include the use of complex passwords, firewalls, antivirus protection and updating/patching known system vulnerabilities. This is minimal security. However, it would go a long way when it comes to improving the general level of cybersecurity and reducing risks.  [Read More:  Coleman/c4isrnet/16January2017]


Section IV - Obituaries, Call for Papers

Obituaries

Kenneth Francis Wesolik.  Husband, Father, Grandfather and great American patriot, Ken died Monday, 2 January 2017 in Manhattan Beach, CA. Born in Belleville, IL, he was the son of immigrants from Prussia (eastern Germany). In time for high school years, the family moved to Berkeley where he attended the University of California and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences as a Golden Bear. After school, he spent five years in the US Army as a Tank Commander, Armor Officer and finally military intelligence. While in the Army, he met his wife, Faye Hicks. They had four children. Learning Czech and German in the Army led him ultimately to work in the CIA. Ken had a successful, 35-year career in CIA with significant accomplishments relative to Cold War issues. He advanced to the ranks of senior management. In October 1989, he received the Distinguished Intelligence Medal from then Director William Webster for major contributions to the mission of the agency and the country. Always a consummate professional and true American, he was driven to serve his country with great pride. Ken also served, over many years, as President, Vice President and Chairman of CIRA. [Read More:  TheWashingtonPost/13January2017]

John Cheney Platt, III (Jack), 80, a longtime AFIO member and former CIA Operations Officer, died unexpectedly on 4 January 2017 of advanced esophageal cancer. Jack, also known as "Cowboy," served proudly as an officer in the US Marine Corps followed by 25 years of service in CIA. He led a life full of intrigue, mystery, and adventure serving his country abroad in Austria, Laos and France. He was a natural leader, a mentor to many, and did not suffer fools lightly. After retiring from CIA, he formed the Hamilton Trading Group partnership that allowed him to continue training others on security awareness measures to protect themselves in a dangerous new world. He spent his last few years traveling widely with his wife, Paige Gordon Platt, and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held February 3, 2017 beginning at 2 p.m. at 20522 Falcons Landing Circle, Potomac Falls, VA 20165. [Read More:  TheWashingtonPost/15January2017]

Albert R. Sushko, LTC, USA, 99, former CWO and NSA officer, and oldest USCG Auxiliary member, died 2 January in Odenton MD. He was a proud member of the Phoenix Society. LTC Sushko enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936 and then enlisted in the Army in 1937. Sushko went overseas with First Army as a Chief Warrant Officer and participated in the invasion of Normandy. He received a battle field commission as a First Lieutenant in France and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. While serving with the 12th Army Group, he was sent behind enemy lines to help restore Radio Luxemburg, which had been destroyed by the retreating German troops. LTC Sushko received the Bronze Star for this action and also received the equivalent of Bronze Star from the government of Luxemburg. He had numerous overseas assignments to include England, Germany, Japan, and Greenland. LTC Sushko retired in February 1968 with 30 years of active military service, and joined NSA for 12 years in the Policy and Planning directorate. Following that, he went on to serve 25 more years in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary where he stood radio watch at Coast Guard Station Annapolis for 15 years. He was a favorite at the station for bringing in dozens of chocolate chip cookies every week that he and his wife had baked to share with the Station. Albert was quite possibly the oldest active member of the USCG Auxiliary when he finally retired at the age of 90. He enjoyed spending time sailing the Chesapeake Bay and the Caribbean. Albert is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marion (Frick) Sushko; three daughters, grandchildren and other family.

George W. Biolsi, 70, of Stamford passed away Friday, 6 January 2017 at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut. He was born in The Bronx, NY. George retired from the CIA after 33 years of service. He was a true family man and a man of great faith. He is survived by his wife, Jung-Ae Kang Biolsi, children, grandchildren, siblings and their families. He was interred in St. Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx, NY.   [Read More:  NYTimes/8January2017]

Robert Ernest Leidenheimer.  Bob, 89, a former SES CIA officer, died in early 2017. He was born in New Orleans, LA, a child of the Great Depression. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the 11th Airborne Division from 1945 to 1947. He went to college on the GI Bill and graduated from Tulane University. He worked as a reporter and copy editor for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. In 1955 he began working for CIA where he had a successful career, becoming a member of the senior executive service, and receiving the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and the CIA Intelligence Medal of Merit.

Bob was proud of the work that the Agency did and of the contributions that he and his colleagues made to the organization. He retired from CIA in 1988 and went to work the next day for a private firm. He remained dedicated to his work in the intelligence community, notably drafting security policy post 9/11 for the nascent Department of Homeland Security. A tireless advocate for protecting the security of his country, he remained active until his final retirement at age 80. [Read More:  TheWashingtonPost/16January2017]

Call for Papers

Call for Professors and Graduate Students in Intelligence & Foreign Policy 20 January 2017 is the deadline for Professors or Graduate Students to apply for Cambridge University's 2017 SHAFR (Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations) Summer Institute Conference to be held 3 - 7 July at Clare College (UK).

"Security and the State: Cultures of National Security and Insecurity in American Foreign Relations" - the theme of Cambridge University's SHAFR Summer Institute Conference being held 3-7 July at Clare College.

The term "national security" is everywhere. It permeates virtually every aspect of U.S. foreign relations and defines much of the federal government's structure for foreign and military policies. It is no exaggeration to say that America's relationship with the rest of the world is to a large extent based upon the requirements of national security, and how they are defined, represented, and narrated to the public. At its heart, and in an instinctual way, "national security" connotes safety: its goal is the defense of the nation against foreign threats. Though the pursuit of national security often leads to difficult and controversial wars, it is essentially based on a defensive and fearful mindset. It is also so expansive as to be virtually limitless. For the last several decades, threats to America's national security have been found everywhere, from the beaches of Cuba and the jungles of Indochina to the deserts of Arabia and the mountains of Central Asiaeven in the towns and cities of the United States itself. Under the aegis of national security, America has a defensive perimeter that is now both global and holistic. Few of its interests are peripheral.
But where does such a worldview come from? How do Americans conceive of threat and danger in the world? What constitutes the boundaries, legally, politically, geographically, and morally, of self-defense? Have Americans always thought of national security in these terms? We will also delve into questions about the influence national security has had on shaping the government's capacity to project power. If war made the state and the state made war in Europe, was it also the case for the modern United States? How have perspectives on national security led to the augmentation of executive war powers? Have security concerns led to the establishment of a national security state or a military-industrial complex which, in turn, shaped America's engagement with the wider world?
The cultures of American national security and insecurity will be at the heart of the 10th annual Summer Institute of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, which will take place July 3-7, 2017 at Clare College, Cambridge University. Designed for advanced graduate students and early-career faculty members in history and related fields, the program will feature seminar-style discussions and meetings with leading scholars. The Summer Institute will also provide a forum for participants to present their research and participate in workshops on professional development, teaching, and publishing. Each participant will be reimbursed for return travel to Britain, will be provided with free accommodation and most meals in Cambridge, and will receive a modest honorarium.
The deadline for applications is January 20, 2017. Applicants should submit a c.v.; a brief letter detailing how participation in this year's Summer Institute would benefit their scholarship and careers; a short (300 word) abstract about the research project they will present at the Institute; and a letter of recommendation, ideally from their dissertation adviser. Please send this material electronically (in Word or PDF) to both of the Institute's organizers, Andrew Preston, Cambridge University and Mario Del Pero, Sciences Po-Paris; references should be sent directly by the referee. Please direct all questions to the Institute organizers. More information here.


Section V - Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 11:30am - Monument, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Radicalization, Ideology, and Terrorism in the Middle East.
The presentation will focus on radical ideology in the Middle East and its nexus to terrorism, to include an understanding of radical Islam, sectarian divisions, Shari'a law, the ideology of Jihad in Islam and global influence, regional control of the Islamic State in Iraq and Al Shaam (ISIS), and recent terror attacks in Europe. It will also include how propaganda, social media and non- traditional forms of messaging are influencing the next generation of terrorists, specifically women. The cost of the meal is $15. All presentations to the RMC, AFIO are on the basis of non-attribution so the speakers can feel free to provide information with the assurance it will not be published.
For details, please contact Tom VanWormer at robsmom@pcisys.net

Sunday, 29 January 2017, 11:30am - 1:30pm - Lyndhurst, OH - AFIO Great Lakes Chapter hosts Derek Siegle, HIDTA, on "The Responsibilities of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program."

Derek M. Siegle is the Executive Director of HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Program which is a Federal Agency that coordinates and assists in law enforcement drug investigations. It is staffed by law enforcement officers detached from the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. His talk will cover the responsibilities of HIDTA.
Derek was the ASAC (Assistant Special Agent in Charge) of the FBI's Cleveland Division prior to assuming his present position.
Location: Private Room, Bar Louie, in Legacy Village, 24337 Cedar Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124. Food may be ordered off menu so arrive hungry as the room is provided with understanding it is a restaurant.
RSVP to John Heinsons at hp34063@yahoo.com.

Friday 10 February 2017, 12:30 - 2pm - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO Los Angeles Chapter hears from John Hallstead and conducts elections and other business

Presentation: John Hallstead will give a brief intelligence topic overview, following the election & business portion of the meeting.
Lunch will be served
Location: L.A.P.D - ARTC 5651 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
RSVP: AFIO_LA@yahoo.com

Saturday, 11 February 2017, 11am - 3pm - Orange Park, FL - The North Florida Chapter hears from William F. Crowe, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation IT Security Risk Manager, speaking on "Cyber Wars, Theft, Methodology and History."

Mr. William F. Crowe, who will speak on "Cyber Wars, Theft, Methodology and History." He is the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation IT Security Risk Manager with over 20 years' experience in Information Technology security, risk, audit and governance which includes my military experience and careers at Citi and Chase.
Please RSVP right away to qbegonia@comcast.net or call 904-545-9549 for this meeting. Cost: $24 per person, pay the Club at the luncheon.
Location: Country Club of Orange Park. Please RSVP on/before the 1st of February so we can lock down attendance to keep the club happy. Remember, as always, kin or friends, especially potential members, are always welcome.

Saturday, 11 February 2017 - 11:30 - Patrick AFB, FL - The Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Dr. Clifford Bragdon on "Transportation Security for Global Survival."

Dr. Clifford Bragdon, AICP, FASA, founder and president of the Global Center for Preparedness and Resilience, has over 40 years of academic experience, research and consulting in the fields of urban planning, sustainability and transportation, homeland security and simulation. He will address us on the topic of Transportation Security for Global Survival.
TIMING: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM: Social Hour, greet old, new members and guests (limited cash bar  honor system); 12:15 PM: Sit-Down lunch
FEE: Member and spouse: $25; Non-Members/Guest:$28; Student and active duty military: $22
TO ATTEND: Prepaid reservations are required which must be received by Friday, 3 February. Register at www.afiofsc.com or send check and meal choice [salmon, chicken, or beef] by first contacting FSC Chapter President at afiofsc@afio.com.
LOCATION: Please note new meeting venue. The Tides, 1001 N. Hwy A1A, Bldg #967, Patrick AFB, FL 32925.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, noon - MacDill AFB, FL - The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter hears from RADM Gerald Talbot, USN(R) on "The Importance of Intelligence in the Interagency Decision Making Process."

We have a very informative and insightful program in store as we welcome RADM Gerald Talbot, USN (ret), speaking on the importance of intelligence in the interagency decision making process. Mr. Talbot was detailed in June 2011 as the Executive Director National Security Professional Development Integration Office responsible for implementation of a national strategy for the development of National Security Professionals. Prior to that, Talbot served as the Associate Administrator for Management and Administration at the National Nuclear Security Administration, responsible for the management and operations of the Administration's planning, programming, budgeting and evaluation function; human capital management; acquisition management; and, administrative operations.

Location: MacDill AFB Surf's Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Lunch is $20, payable at the door by cash or check.
RSVP: the Chapter Secretary at michaels@suncoastafio.org for more information or to make a reservation. Responses are due by noon on Tuesday, 7 February.

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 US 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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Other Upcoming Events

17 January 2017, 11:30am - 2 pm - The Defense Intelligence Forum hears from Daniel Gallington on "Thinking Out Loud about Information Operations."
Mr. Daniel Gallington will speak on "Thinking Out Loud about Information Operations."
Daniel Gallington is an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he teaches National Security Law. He writes extensively on a wide range of national security issues, including proactive cyber security for critical infrastructures.
He served in a series of senior national security policy and legal positions: As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Territorial Security, as bipartisan General Counsel to the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and as Deputy Counsel for Intelligence Policy at the Department of Justice.
Mr. Gallington served for four years in Geneva as a Member of the United States Delegation to the Nuclear and Space Talks with the former Soviet Union. He also served active duty tours in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Strategic Air Command as an Air Force officer and Judge Advocate.
Mr. Gallington received the B.S. degree from the University of Illinois, the J.D. degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and the LL.M degree in International Law from the University of Michigan Law School.
Event location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA
Pay at the door with a check for $ 29 payable to DIAA, Inc. Registration starts at 11:30AM, lunch at 12:00PM
Make reservations by 17 January 2017 by email to diforum@diaalumni.org. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among Chicken Parmesan, Trout Limone, Grilled Sausage with Sweet Peppers, Lasagna, Manicotti with Spinach and Ricotta, Cannelloni Allan Bolognese, or Fettuccini with Portabella. Please send your luncheon selection with your reservation to reduce the wait time for your food. Indicate if you have dietary issues.
Pay at the door with a check for $29 per person, payable to DIAA, Inc.
Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, noon - Washington, DC - Debriefing the President at the International Spy Museum

In December 2003, after one of the most aggressive manhunts in history, US military forces captured Iraqi present Saddam Hussein. Beset by body-double rumors and false alarms, the Bush administration needed positive identification of the prisoner before announcing the capture. John Nixon made the call. As a senior CIA leadership analyst who had spent years studying Hussein and the first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of the dictator, Nixon offers expert insight into America's most enigmatic enemy in Debrief the President.

Free. No reservation required.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 7 - 9 pm - Washington, DC - Introduction To Intelligence Analysis 101 - Spy School Workshop at the International Spy Museum

Can you help defuse a crisis? Randy Pherson, the CIA's former National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Latin America and founder of the Forum Foundation for Analytic Excellence will lead this workshop focusing on a real intelligence case about a US nuclear scientist who may have transferred secrets to the Chinese to assist in the development of their nuclear program. Go through the same process as an intelligence analyst, evaluating incoming information and questioning your own preconceptions and assumptions under a looming deadline. Learn how analysts employ Structured Analytic Techniques to avoid cognitive pitfalls and spur creative thinking.

Tickets: $40 Space limited to 30 participants. Register at www.spymuseum.org

21 February 2017, 1130am - 2pm - McLean, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum hosts Joseph Mazzafro on "What to Expect from an IC Reset."

Defense Intelligence Alumni Association luncheon features Joseph Mazzafro who has over four decades of IC experience. Since 2011, he has used his in-depth knowledge of the Intelligence Community to enable CSRA (formed through the combination of the North American Public Sector business of CSC and SRA International) to grow. He has worked at Oracle's National Security Group and also led business development/IC alliances for EMC. At Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he was Scientific and Technical Officer, he guided the labs' relationship with the IC in its key role in the development of: IED defenses, the Area Air Defense Commander system, the Global Net Centric Surveillance and Targeting System, various ballistic missile defense programs, and concept of operations for numerous intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. Before entering the private sector he served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years and retired with rank of Captain.
Event location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA
Fee: Pay at the door with a check for $29 payable to DIAA, Inc. Registration starts at 1130 AM, lunch at noon.
RSVP by 21 February 2017 by email to diforum@diaalumni.org. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses for each attendee and choose among Chicken Parmesan, Trout Lemone, Grilled Sausage with Sweet Peppers, Lasagna, Manicotti with Spinach and Ricotta, Cannelloni alla Bolognese, or Fettuccini with Portobello. Please provide your luncheon selection with your reservation to reduce the wait time for your food. If you wish to pay at the door, do so with a check for $29 per person, payable to DIAA, Inc

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.

24 February 2017, 5:30 to 7 p.m. - Washington, DC - The Changing Role of Intelligence in a Changing World - Gene Poteat presentation at The Institute of World Politics

American intelligence services, constrained by law and with oversight from the executive and both branches of Congress, are thus liable for their actions, but are not immune from politics. Rather than going along with our changing culture and politics, the problems facing our intelligence are avoided by strict vigilance and adherence to the highest professional judgements and ethics - without political considerations. This event is the fourth Brian Kelley Memorial Lecture and is sponsored by the IWP Alumni Association. About the speaker S. Eugene (Gene) Poteat is a retired senior CIA Scientific Intelligence Officer, and has served as President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO). He was educated as an electrical engineer and physicist. He holds a Masters in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from IWP. His career in intelligence included work with U-2 and SR-71 class of aircraft and various space and naval reconnaissance systems. He also managed the CIA's worldwide network of monitoring sites. He holds patents on covert communications techniques. His CIA assignments included the Directorate of Science and Technology, the National Reconnaissance Office, Technical Director of the Navy's Special Programs Office and Executive Director of the Intelligence Research and Development Council. He served abroad in London, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Asia. He received the CIA's Medal of Merit and the National Reconnaissance Office's Meritorious Civilian Award for his technological innovations.
Location: The Institute of World Politics 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
REGISTER HERE.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 10am - 1pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - Stephen Budiansky discusses A New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities at this NCMF spring program

Please join National Cryptologic Museum Foundation friends and colleagues welcoming Stephen Budiansky, acclaimed author, journalist, and historian of cryptology, as speaker at this NCMF Spring Cryptologic Program, discussing "A New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities." A book signing of Mr. Budiansky's history-as-thriller titled Code Warriors: NSA's Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union follows his presentation and lunch follows that at noon.
This history of the NSA, filled with the intricacies of cryptology, reads like a novel. Budiansky presents a story of suspense as he focuses on the men and women who struggled to break enemy codes, from NSA's wartime efforts to crack Nazi and Japanese codes through the Cold War. Speaking of that Cold War, the struggles grow murky expanding to suspected spies abroad and U.S. citizens (Budiansky includes thoughts on Edward Snowden). Budiansky makes cryptology remarkably accessible for general readers. Appendixes include "Russian Teleprinter Ciphers" and "The Index of Coincidence."
Mr. Budiansky is the author of numerous books of military and intelligence history, science and biography including Battle of Wits: The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II and Blackett's War. He is the former foreign editor and deputy editor of U.S. News & World Report, and former Washington editor of the scientific journal Nature, and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal's book review pages. You will not want to miss this program that draws on an array of recently declassified documents to explore the NSA's long SIGINT struggle against the Soviets and to trace the historical forces behind the intelligence controversies making headlines today.
Where: CACI, Inc. located at 2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701, Tel 301-575-3200. Directions and Map are here.
RSVP: mail your registration fee of $20 (members) or $50 (guests, includes one-year membership) to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998 or register online here prior to 23 March. [please note: the online registration link only becomes available starting January 27].

30 March - 1 April 2017 - Washington, DC - Joint Conference on "Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community"

The Woodrow Wilson Center, the German Historical Institute, and the Intenational Intelligence History Association are delighted to invite you to the jointly organized conference on "Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community".

Please register for the conference by email to the IIHA Executive Director at exec_director@intelligence-history.org before 23 March 2017.
The conference fee is 150 EUR / 165 US-Dollar, 110 EUR / 120 US-Dollar for IIHA members and 75 EUR / 80 US-Dollar for students.
This includes dinners on Thursday and Friday as well as coffee breaks during the conference and a snack lunch on Saturday.
Full list of Speakers and Tentative Schedule here.

17 July - 11 August 2017 - Cambridge, UK - The International Security and Intelligence Programme and Conference at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
This four-week summer programme, to be held at Trinity Hall, Cambridge between 17 July and 11 August, offers a unique opportunity to work with leading practitioners and academics from the security and intelligence communities in the delightful riverside setting of one of Cambridge's oldest Colleges. Chaired by Sir Richard Dearlove (formerly head of MI6, Britain's Secret Intelligence Service) and convened by Professor Michael Goodman and Dr. David Gioe, the International Security and Intelligence Programme (ISI) will consider the claims of state secrecy, the threat of nuclear proliferation, of cyber attack, of terrorism, the problems generated by the demand for regional security and the security challenges of revolutions and governing diversity. Intelligence collection, analysis of the product, and its dissemination to customers remain at the core of the intelligence cycle. Counterintelligence and covert action play more opaque but still vital roles at the heart of the nation state. Understanding these perspectives, what intelligence can achieve, but also its limitations, are major Programme and Conference themes. The panoply of threats facing Western democracies is diverse and the issues which preoccupy the highest levels of government will be discussed and analysed. With its emphasis on contemporary and future challenges and practice, ISI will appeal to those with an academic or professional interest in intelligence and contemporary threats. Uniquely, the ISI Programme will host a conference which will examine in more detail many of the key issues explored during the course. Entitled 'Security and Intelligence challenges arising from 'Brexit' and the US presidential election', the two-day conference will bring together delegates from academia, politics and government agencies and be attended by all ISI participants.
More information is available at: https://thecsi.org.uk/isi/​ Or contact them at: isi@thecsi.org.uk


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