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Important Intelligencer article released online
Guide editor and former AFIO Board Member Peter Oleson's timely article
The article was cited today in a tweet by Newsweek journalist Jeff Stein.
Friday, 24 February 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA
Register for AFIO's Kick-off Luncheon for 2017
Enhanced Interrogation: Inside
the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists
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.
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.
"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
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.
Complex Russian Ciphers, Snowden, Turf Battles, Lies, Coverups, and Secrecy
Sounds like a TV spy thriller, but all true
Stephen Budiansky discusses
Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 10am - 1pm
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, on
Books of the Week:
Climate Change and the Health of Nations:
McMichael 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
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 HIGHLIGHTSN.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.
Section III - COMMENTARYThe 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.
Section IV - Obituaries, Call for Papers
ObituariesKenneth 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]
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....
19 January 2017, 11:30am - Monument, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain
Chapter presents Radicalization, Ideology, and Terrorism in the Middle
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Other Upcoming Events
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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 email@example.com 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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