AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #04-17 dated 24 January 2017

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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Obituaries, Research Request

Obituaries

Research Request

Section V - Events

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Happy Belated Birthday CIG...forerunner of CIA!

Two days ago in history - 22 January 1946: President Harry S Truman established the Central Intelligence Group. The CIG was established under the National Intelligence Authority by Presidential directive on 22 January 1946, to plan and coordinate foreign intelligence activities. The US had collected intelligence since George Washington was appointed Commander of the Revolutionary forces, but no actual agency had been created until WWII when FDR created the Office of Information later renamed the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) following the United States' entrance into WWII. The OSS was abolished at the end of WWII, but Truman quickly saw a need for intelligence information and established the CIG. In 1947, the Central Intelligence Group and National Intelligence Authority were abolished and today's CIA was created by the National Security Council, effective 18 September 1947, pursuant to the National Security Act (61 Stat. 495), 26 July1947.   [EasternDailyNews/22January2016]


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

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

Please join National Cryptologic Museum Foundation friends and colleagues welcoming Stephen Budiansky acclaimed author, journalist, and historian of cryptology, speaking on
"A New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities."
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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.
Mr. Budiansky will speak about his latest book (noted above) that draws on an array of recently declassified documents to explore the NSA's long SIGINT struggle against the Soviets, and traces the historical forces behind the intelligence controversies making headlines today. 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 US 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.
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Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic TerroristsTrying to Destroy America
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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.

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

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

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Book of the Week:

Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and the Resettlement Jihad
by Leo Hohmann
(WND Books; Jan 2017)

Available now.

Stealth InvasionWhile Americans might be surprised by news of growing lawlessness and chaos in Europe, where massive Muslim migration includes horrendous acts of mass terrorism, with rapes and sexual assaults of European women, few realize that America is heading down the same suicidal path. As journalist Hohmann documents in Stealth Invasion, an international network of mostly Muslim Brotherhood-linked activists has been building its ranks within the US for more than three decades, aided by a broken US immigration system obsessed with welcoming as many unassimilable migrants with anti-Western values as possible. Stealth Invasion reveals the Muslim Brotherhood has a well-defined strategy for conquering America, not with violent attacks but through "civilization jihad": infiltrating and conquering Western democracies from within with hyper-breeding and unrestrained immigration. The world is undergoing a historic shift of populations out of the Middle East, Africa, and into Europe, Canada and the US. Hohmann connects the dots between the problems of growing violence and unrest destroying Europe and what is now unfolding across America and reveals the corrupt, fraudulent program that has been secretly dumping Third World refugees, many of them Islamic radicals, on American cities for three decades, often in the dark of night. We meet the people and groups behind this shadowy resettlement network, which starts at the UN and includes the White House, the State Department, corporate and church groups. Congress turned a blind eye to the program after President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Refugee Act of 1980, allowing the UN not American officials to select the refugees sent to our cities. As a result, they come from hotbeds of Sunni radicalism like Syria, Iraq, and Somalia while persecuted Christians are left behind. The government uses a network of private agencies with churchy names tied to Lutherans, Catholics, Episcopalians, Jews, and evangelicals, to do the resettlement work for $$$, while the public is shut out for good reason. No public hearings, no public notices in the local newspaper asking for input on the major costs it drops on cities and towns, as it permanently transforms our nation. And it is about to metastasize and overtake us unless it is stopped now.

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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

GCHQ Spy Agency Chief Robert Hannigan to Step Down.  The head of spy agency GCHQ has announced he is to step down after just over two years in the post - sparking a search for candidates to take over one of the most senior roles in British intelligence.

Robert Hannigan informed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of his intention to leave the role for personal reasons.

He spoke of his pride at how many lives had been saved by the agency's work and its "relentless" efforts to counter terrorism, crime and other threats.

The 51-year-old said he has been " lucky enough to have some extraordinary roles in public service over the last 20 years", adding: " But they have all demanded a great deal of my ever patient and understanding family, and now is the right time for a change in direction."  [Read More:  bournemouthecho/23January2017]

IST Lecturer Lends Civil War Expertise to New Intelligence Guide.  Ed Glantz, senior lecturer of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State, has lent his expertise to author a chapter in the recently published Guide to the Study of Intelligence.

The Guide features 82 articles spanning multiple disciplines, including political science and international relations, and is published by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. It was created to be a resource for instructors in the intelligence field.

Glantz’s contribution centers around the emergence of espionage and intelligence during the American Civil War. The topic is one that fascinates Glantz, who is a Civil War re-enactor in his spare time.  "I volunteered to do this chapter; it was a really interesting project for me," he said.

His writing details the early development of intelligence methods, like espionage and intercepting enemy battle plans. Glantz said, "When the American Civil War began in 1861, there was no precedent for having an organization dedicated to intelligence." Only after World War II would the United States form permanent intelligence organizations like the CIA.  [Read More:  Hendrick/psu/19January2017]

Call for Caricom’s Intelligence Agency to Vet Regional CIP Applications.  The head of a well-known citizenship advisory firm is making a call for Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIPs) to vet applicants through Caricom’s Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC).

Chairman of Henley & Partners, Dr. Christian H. Kalin made the statement in response to a query from OBSERVER media on whether Caribbean CIPs should compete in the area of diligence.

The chairman replied: "There should definitely not be any competing on that level but rather the Caribbean should strive to adopt common standards, such as ensuring each application is vetted and approved from the Joint Regional Communications Centre."

The JRCC is one of Caricom’s intelligence agencies. According to Caricom’s website the JRCC assists "with the identification of and monitoring the movements of persons of interest, including those who may be a high security threat to the safety and security of the region".  [Read More:  Murdoch/antiguaobserver/17January2017]

Air Force Missile Reconnaissance Satellite SBIRS GEO 3 Launched.  A vital missile reconnaissance satellite for the US Force soared to space atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral at dinnertime Friday night, Jan. 20, 2017.

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the $1.2 Billion Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 3 infrared imaging satellite lifted off at 7:42 p.m. ET from Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

"GEO Flight 3 delivery and launch marks a significant milestone in fulfilling our commitment to the missile-warning community, missile defense and the intelligence community. It's an important asset for the warfighter and will be employed for years to come," says Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, SMC commander and Air Force program executive officer for space, in a statement.

The Space Based Infrared System is designed to provide global, persistent, infrared surveillance capabilities to meet 21st century demands in four national security mission areas: missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness.  [Read More:  Kremer/phys/23January2017]

Islamist Terror Suspect Nabbed Prior to Bomb Attack.  Austria's interior minister said Friday that the authorities averted a potential "terror attack" in Vienna with the arrest by armed police of an 18-year-old suspected Islamist extremist.

"Our police forces managed in quick time to arrest a suspect and so prevent a potential terror attack in the federal capital Vienna," Wolfgang Sobotka said shortly after police in the capital announced the arrest.

"The suspect is an Austrian citizen with a migrant background who is 18 years old," Sobotka told a news conference. He said that possible indications that he may be an Islamic extremist were being looked into.

"There are individual indications (of extremism) that we have to investigate. There is one contact that is pretty clear and there are several indications that will be looked at intensively," Sobotka said.  [Read More:  thelocal/20Janury2017]

Libyan’s Rendition Case Against Britain Can Proceed, Court Rules.  A Libyan dissident who claims he was abducted and tortured by American and British intelligence agents can sue the British government and a former foreign secretary over his rendition, Britain’s Supreme Court said on Tuesday.

The court’s decision overturned a High Court ruling that said the dissident, Abdel Hakim Belhaj, could not seek damages from the government, the spy agencies MI5 and MI6, or Jack Straw, the former foreign secretary. That court said Mr. Belhaj did not have standing to sue because the case involved other countries and could damage Britain’s relations with the United States.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court said it "unanimously dismisses the government’s appeals," and that Mr. Belhaj’s case could go to trial.

Mr. Belhaj was the leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a terrorist organization, according to the United States, when, he said, he and his pregnant wife, Fatima Bouchar, were abducted in 2004 in Bangkok. He was tortured for several days by two people he claims were CIA agents. He was then returned to Libya, where he was thrown into solitary confinement for six years, three of them without a shower, one without a glimpse of the sun, he said. His child would turn 6 before Mr. Belhaj saw him for the first time.  [Read More:  Freytas-Tamura/nytimes/17January2017]

IC3 Warns of Employment Scams Targeting College Students.  The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert on employment scams targeting college students. Phony job opportunities are advertised via college employment websites or students’ university emails. Unfortunately, students who take the bait suffer financial losses.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the IC3 Alert for information on avoiding these scams. US-CERT Tip ST04-014 is another useful reference on social engineering and phishing attacks.  [Read More:  us-cert/19January2017]



Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

President Trump Remarks at the Central Intelligence Agency.  President Trump spoke to employees in the lobby of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Virginia. It was his first event on his first full day as president.  [Read More:  c-span/21January2017]

Statement on the Release of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Updated Executive Order 12333 Procedures.  In furtherance of the Intelligence Community’s transparency initiatives, today the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is releasing to the public updated procedures governing the collection, retention, and dissemination of information concerning United States persons. These updated procedures, like the superseded procedures, are designed to balance the CIA’s intelligence responsibilities with appropriate protections for the privacy and civil liberties of United States persons.

Timely, accurate, and insightful information about the activities, capabilities, plans, and intentions of foreign powers, organizations, and persons, and their agents, is essential to informed decision-making in the areas of national security, national defense, and foreign relations. Collection of such information is a priority objective that the CIA pursues in a vigorous, innovative, and responsible manner. This mission is accomplished while remaining respectful of the principles upon which the United States was founded, and consistent with the Constitution and applicable statutes and Presidential directives authorizing the CIA’s activities, including the National Security Act of 1947, the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949, and Executive Order 12333, United States Intelligence Activities.

Under Executive Order 12333, the CIA’s collection, retention, and dissemination of information concerning United States persons in furtherance of its statutory mission are governed by procedures approved by the Director of the CIA and the Attorney General, after consultation with the Director of National Intelligence. These procedures are often referred to as the CIA’s "Attorney General Guidelines."

Earlier this month, the Director and the Attorney General approved new Attorney General Guidelines consolidating and updating the CIA’s procedures, some of which had not been significantly updated since 1982. In the intervening decades, the CIA implemented a number of additional changes in internal regulations and policies to address changes in law and technology not contemplated in the 1980s. The new, consolidated Attorney General Guidelines now incorporate many of these intervening changes, thereby providing a more unified and comprehensive set of procedures that permit the CIA to use and share intelligence information to support national security objectives in a manner that protects the privacy rights and civil liberties of all Americans.  [Read More:  cia/18January2017]

Over 12 Million Pages of CIA Documents Are Now Accessible Online.  For most Americans, the Central Intelligence Agency is an enigma. Founded in 1947 as a civilian foreign service that gathers intelligence for the highest echelons of American government, the name can evoke everything from assassination attempts to aliens and mind control. But though more than 12 million pages of declassified documents from the CIA have been publicly available since the 2000s, they’ve been hard to access. Until now: As Jason Leopold reports for BuzzFeed, the agency just put millions of declassified documents online for anyone to search and view.

They can be accessed through the CIA’s CREST (CIA Records Search Tool) archive. Hosted on the CIA website, the documents were declassified under an executive order that requires what the agency calls "nonexempt historically valuable records 25 years or older" to be released to the public. But despite the undeniable historical value of the documents, notes Leopold, those who wanted to access them could previously only do so at the National Archives on four designated computers available for just 7.5 hours a day.

For years, the agency has dragged its feet on making the documents more accessible. Journalist Michael Best even started a crowdfunded project to print out the entire database at the CIA’s expense and make them publicly accessible in a bid to make it cheaper for the CIA to simply put up an online database. After telling the public it would take 26 years to make the documents available, the CIA then revised its estimate to six years and finally put them online. "The hope was that the financial pressure, the negative press and making it not only a legal but a practical inevitability that these files would be put online would force the Agency to speed up their timetable," wrote Best on his blog.  [Read More:  Blakemore/smithsonianmag/18January2017]

The US Intelligence Community Is Made up of 17 agencies not counting ODNI.  Here’s what each one does. The US intelligence community recently reaffirmed its conclusion that senior officials in Russia were behind hacks during the 2016 presidential campaign into the Democratic National Committee and emails belonging to associates of Hillary Clinton.

But what exactly is the "intelligence community"? It’s not just an amorphous term for all US intelligence officials. It’s a veritable alphabet soup of 17 agencies and offices. The group’s total budget in 2015 was $66.8 billion.

Here are the 17 offices.  [Read More:  Agrawal/virginislandsdailynews/17January2017]

How a Kingston-Born Lawyer Became the Civil War Spymaster.  By the look of him, you wouldn’t peg Civil War brevet brigadier general George Henry Sharpe for a dashing military leader, let alone a 19th-century spymaster. Sharpe’s formal portrait shows a sad-eyed, balding man with a drooping mustache wearing an ill-fitting Union officer’s uniform. He looks about as dynamic as a hound dog. But it was that very doggedness that made George Henry Sharpe the spymaster that he was. He created and successfully oversaw America’s first intelligence agency, the Bureau of Military Information [BMI]; an operation that greatly hastened general Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

Sharpe’s modest family headstone in Kingston’s Wiltwyck Cemetery suggests an impressive life in the military. He was born in Kingston of well-to-do and influential parents. He was a successful lawyer when the war broke out. In 1862, he singlehandedly established the 900-man 120th New York State Infantry, using his own money and influence. And while that may have been his most famous contribution to the war effort, it wasn’t his most important one.

Like most accounts of his life, his headstone makes no mention of Sharpe’s creation of the BMI, the country’s first and arguably most successful secret service. The BMI, after all, helped bring the Civil War to a close; the same can’t be said of its modern-day successor, the CIA - an agency better known for starting wars than ending them.

This is a sliver of a story about a man lost to history, a story known today only by Civil War enthusiasts and local history buffs. But as journalist and author Stephen Budiansky wrote in the October 2004 edition of American Heritage magazine, Sharpe’s story continues to resonate today, more than a century after his death.  [Read More:  Horrigan/hudsonvalleyone/19January2017]

Intelligence: Mossad Seeks Jane Bond.   Israel is, for the first time, openly recruiting women to be field agents for overseas espionage and whatever needs to be done. It has long been known that some 40 percent of Mossad personnel were women, including over 20 percent of senior technical and management jobs. It was also no secret that some women were agents working outside Israel. But the recruiting of women specifically for the highly dangerous agent job was always done quietly. No more.

This new recruiting program is no surprise either because since 2014 Israel’s main intelligence agency, Mossad (Hebrew for Institute) has been a lot more active in recruiting new agents and specialists. This is because the chaos following the 2011 Arab Spring plus the continuing threat from Iran and the radicalization of more Moslems in the West (where the left has declared Israel the “new Nazis” and actively support Islamic terrorist groups) has given Mossad more work. Not surprisingly Mossad has applied the imagination and inventiveness they practice in their work by developing new recruiting methods. Some of the new ideas are updated versions of that worked in the past. For example, during World War II Britain recruited suitable new intelligence operatives by posting word puzzles in newspapers and asked those who could solve them to send their answers to a seemingly non-government address. There was actually a series of puzzles and those who managed to decode them all were asked to join. For decades after World War II it was generally kept quiet that a lot of those British spies were women, many of whom died in occupied Europe. Some of those British spies were Jewish and moved to Israel where many World War II espionage techniques were compiled by the new Iaraeli intelligence services and continue to show up. Mossad recently used the same basic British World War II concept, with the puzzles revealing clues for what was described as a simulated espionage mission where the puzzles had to be correctly decoded and interpreted to advance. Those who completed all the puzzles were asked to apply for a job in Mossad. It was later revealed that many of those who completed the puzzle were not interested in a job in intelligence but just enjoyed solving puzzles. This apparently also happened during World War II.

Mossad began the new recruiting effort with a series of impressively produced videos released in 2014 on their redesigned recruiting web site. The Mossad let it be known that they needed all the highly talented recruits it could get to continue its work. Many Mossad victories are still classified, but they are known to have won many such classified (or little known) victories that have saved the lives of thousands of Israelis. Mossad admitted that this was done with a few carefully selected and intensively trained operatives. Details of these operatives, like how many were women, are still state secrets.

Mossad has always been keen on new technology and has been recruiting via a web site since the late 1990s but some of the early efforts had problems. In late 2002 Mossad posted a dazzling recruiting ad on the web. The use of web based eye candy was impressive, especially the way graphics dissolved to an application form. Fortunately for Mossad, the first hackers to take a shot at the Mossad ad were friendlies, who quickly reported that the security on the recruiting site was virtually non-existent, making it possible for a hacker to grab data applicants left for consideration. The site was taken down quickly so that the code could be changed to encrypt application data. These attacks continue, especially from Arab countries. One reason Mossad has survived and thrived for so long is because it has always been willing to try new things and if they don’t work, quickly admit it and fix it.  [Read More:  strategypage/19January2017]

MSU Students Land Unique Internship With Homeland Security Investigations.  Two Michigan State University undergraduates will support active criminal investigations this semester as interns in the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations field office in Detroit.

Gina Kramer, a criminal justice senior, and Madeline MacLean, a junior studying criminal justice and Arabic, will work with special agents, task-force officers and intelligence research specialists at the HSI Special Agent in Charge Detroit Intelligence Group.

The office, with more than 170 staff members, is one of 26 HSI offices in the United States that aim to identify, disrupt and dismantle terrorist and transnational organized crime groups.

"Through this unique partnership between HSI and the MSU School of Criminal Justice, we are building our next cadre of skilled leaders who will be armed with the mindset and the aptitude to confront 21st century threats against the homeland and beyond," said Steve Francis, HSI Detroit’s acting special agent in charge.  [Read More:  MSUToday/fox47news/23January2017]

The Swedish Kings of Cyberwar.  On April 24, 2013, just weeks before Edward Snowden went public with his leaks about mass surveillance by the National Security Agency, General Keith B. Alexander, then the head of the NSA, welcomed a group of Swedish intelligence officials to a secret three-day meeting at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. In the delegation were Ingvar Åkesson, the longtime director of Sweden's National Defense Radio Establishment (known as the FRA, for Försvarets radioanstalt), a shadowy Swedish government intelligence agency, and five members of Åkesson's senior staff. One of the aims of the meeting was to discuss Sweden's growing importance to the NSA.

In a 2008 law, the FRA had been given expansive powers by the Swedish government to vacuum up all communications traveling over fiber optic networks into and out of Sweden - including e-mails, text messages, and telephone calls. This was of great interest to the NSA, not least because a large percentage of Russian communications traveled through Sweden. In 2011, the Swedes began sharing their surveillance data with the NSA, which included - as NSA officials described it at the time of the meeting - a "unique collection [of communications data] on high-priority Russian targets such as leadership, internal politics, and energy."

Noting the Swedish spy agency's unusual technical abilities and reputation for secrecy, NSA officials also viewed it as an ideal collaborator on its hacking and cyberwarfare project, called Quantum. One of the Quantum programs was an ambitious operation called WINTERLIGHT, which aimed at secretly hacking into high-value foreign computers and computer networks to obtain not only communications data but also any information stored on the hard drives or servers in question. Possible targets might be the administrators of foreign computer networks, government ministries, oil, defense, and other major corporations, as well as suspected terrorist groups or other designated individuals. Similar Quantum operations have targeted OPEC headquarters in Vienna, as well as Belgacom, a Belgian telecom company whose clients include the European Commission and the European Parliament.  [Read more:  Eakin/NYREV/19January2016]


Section III - COMMENTARY

I’m Ex-CIA (and a Democrat) But Here Are Five Spy Rules That Could Benefit Trump.  President Trump will travel to CIA headquarters Saturday to meet with the nation’s leading spies and analysts.

The visit comes at a strained time between Trump and my former intelligence colleagues, largely because their commander in chief initially rejected - and later acknowledged - their assessment of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 campaign. He did so in very personal, unforgiving terms.

But Trump has his own reasons to be frustrated: former intelligence leaders smeared him with unproven allegations of a treasonous relationship with Russia. Even President Obama took a dim view of how they handled the unvetted rumor.

So how does Trump reset his relationship with our nation’s spies? One simple idea: show that he can think and act like one.  [Read More:  Wright/foxnews/20January2017]

David Ignatius: Keep the CIA on the Path to 'Modernization'.  CIA Director John Brennan’s biggest concern the past few years hasn’t been Russian hacking, or even the wars in the Middle East, but what he calls "modernization" of the agency. In an effort to improve performance of this notoriously siloed organization, Brennan moved to fuse operations (the agency’s vaunted spies) and analysis (its less glamorous but no less essential sifters of information).

To outsiders, this move may sound like a minor bureaucratic shuffle. But inside the CIA, with its fiercely guarded fiefdoms, it exploded like a grenade. The Brennan modernization triggered a mini-rebellion from some colleagues who thought he was destroying the CIA’s clandestine culture. A few of the agency’s senior-most spies quit in disgust.

Will Brennan’s revamped structure remain in place even though he left his post Friday? Even as President Donald Trump has likened the intelligence community to "Nazi Germany" and blasted Brennan himself as "Not good!" and a possible purveyor of "Fake News," the fate of Brennan’s modernization has been a topic of intense interest in the corridors of Langley.

Brennan told me bluntly in an interview after Trump’s election: "I think it would be folly - and it would be disastrous for the agency and our national security - if somebody came in here and said this modernization doesn’t make sense, and took it apart."  [Read More:  Ignatius/journalnow/20January2017]

Garner: Intelligence Community Deserves Trust.  Americans today are suffering from a severe dearth of trust in some of our most revered institutions. The issue has been exacerbated, as we are all acutely aware, by the election cycle we have just endured.

We have experienced this in the past but the problem with this particular era of distrust, coming at this particular time, is the institutions we are having trouble believing in are the very institutions we all need desperately to believe in today. We here in America tend to lose sight of this, but there are people in multiple nations around the world who are extremely cognizant of the fact they have a disturbingly high chance of being killed on any given day by acts of terrorism.That same threat, albeit not as evident, is here in America.

Ironically, the reason we can go about fairly oblivious to it is due to the work being done by the very institutions we have lost faith in. Our local, state and federal law enforcement officers, working in conjunction with our nation’s intelligence community, create an environment in which we can move about in relative safety and security.

When these organizations are vilified by individuals with a podium and a set of questionable values, the end result is the aforementioned loss of trust. Politically nefarious use of these agencies is not a recent phenomenon, and it is not limited to any one political party, but today it has gotten out of hand.  [Read More:  Garner/clarionledger/20January]

Why a DNI? Why an ODNI?  Recent news accounts have alluded to concerns about the role of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Office of the DNI (ODNI).  Many in the public could not identify the separate roles and missions of the DNI and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and wonder why the separate positions exist.  Some, more knowledgeable, find evidence of bureaucratic redundancy and duplication of effort and suggest the abolition of both the DNI position and the ODNI. In reality, however, the separate positions exist for thoroughly justifiable reasons and should be maintained, subject to a bottom-up review of current functioning that should occur at the beginning of any new Administration.

The current organizational arrangement was set in place by 2004 legislation as a direct response to shortcomings revealed in the 9/11 attacks.  Although proposals for the creation of DNI date back to the 1950’s, the failure to gather more information about al-Qaeda in the US in 2000-2001 derived from inadequate resources devoted to international terrorism and from an inability to "connect the dots" that were available. In large measure, this failure resulted not from incompetence on the part of analysts, but from an organizational structure designed to separate the collection of intelligence on foreign developments from evidence that could be used in court.  The "wall" between the CIA and other agencies (NSA, DIA, etc.) on one hand and law enforcement agencies (principally the FBI) on the other was primarily created and monitored to ensure the protection of civil liberties by careful adherence to procedures established by Congress and the courts; to prevent the emergence of an American Gestapo employing covert surveillance against US citizens.

Unfortunately, however, the emergence of international terrorism and the information revolution played havoc with neat bureaucratic divisions.  Al Qaeda operatives in this country (legally in some cases), communicated regularly with associates abroad and were not identified and tracked out of fear of engaging in unlawful domestic surveillance.  The 9/11 Commission concluded that a wholesale reorganization of the Intelligence Community was needed.  No one wanted to obliterate the distinctions between foreign intelligence and law enforcement, but it was judged necessary to ensure coordinated collection and the sharing of collected information under adequate rules and guidelines. One person had to be made responsible to make sure that this occurred. That person would be the DNI.  The CIA Director would be separate and would continue to have heavy responsibilities for human intelligence, conducting, at the direction of the President, covert actions, as well as a full range of analysis on a global scale.  No longer would the CIA Director be involved in validating the budgets of agencies in other Cabinet departments and setting priority lists that other agencies had to meet.

Since the establishment of the ODNI in 2005 there have been inevitable instances of bureaucratic infighting, duplication of effort, and layers of coordination.  There may have also been an over-utilization of costly contractors. It has to be remembered, however, that the ODNI includes the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) in which analysts from all agencies are brought together to focus collection and analysis efforts on this key concern. Even if the ODNI is dissolved, the NCTC and other ODNI offices will have to be relocated until the terrorist threat abates. For most Americans, the dangers of future terrorist or cyber attacks on the US amply justify in-depth, even redundant, coverage.  Civil liberties need to be respected, but another 9/11 is essential. Subject only to the President (and Congress), the DNI is the person responsible. Without a DNI, responsibilities would again be diffuse.  [Read More:  Best/smallwarsjournal/19January2017]

Trump Is Feuding With the CIA, But He Could End up Making It Stronger.  During the transition period from November through January, Donald Trump developed perhaps the most publicly antagonistic relationship with US intelligence agencies of any incoming president in decades. He compared the agencies to Nazis, disdained their reports as fake and dismissed their assessments of foreign interference in the 2016 election. In an interview published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, outgoing CIA director John Brennan called Trump’s allegations "repugnant." Other intelligence officials have expressed a sense of dread about what’s to come.

Yet of all the government agencies likely to benefit, in terms of money and power, under the new administration, the winner may well be the CIA. Not the CIA’s leaders in Washington, to be sure. The incoming president seems eager to cut some of the agency’s senior spies and analysts. Instead, power would flow to operatives in the field - those who help arm allied foreign military forces, manage drone strikes, command small battles and reportedly kill enemy fighters in places from Somalia to Syria to West Africa to Afghanistan.

Incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn has suggested as much. It’s also the most politically expedient way to conduct the war on terrorism at a time when there is little public appetite for conventional military intervention. And so the Trump administration is poised to accelerate a transformation that has been happening, in fits and starts, since the 1960s, with the CIA becoming less of an outfit focused on spying and more of a paramilitary organization with a central role in violent conflicts.

Further increasing the use of CIA paramilitaries and the Pentagon’s Special Forces in places such as Syria and Afghanistan would have potentially grave consequences for US foreign policy - and for the United States’ leadership in the world. These paramilitaries are almost totally unaccountable, and unaccountability encourages rash, even criminal, behavior, including disdain for civilian lives, torture and other abuses. And, as demonstrated by a secret war in the 1960s and early ’70s - the most important precedent for today’s war on terror - it’s hard to win by using the CIA and Special Forces rather than conventional troops.  [Read More:  Kurlantzick/washingtonpost/20January2017]

When I Think of Moral at the CIA, I Think About Two Things: Mission and Family.  Imagine having the job of your dreams. You look forward to work each morning and are filled with a tremendous sense of purpose.

Then imagine that you get a new CEO who starts publicly trashing your organization to the entire world. He tells the world that he sees no value in your work, belittles your intelligence, and questions your integrity. Every day you wake to new insults hurled on Twitter or television.

This is the situation that some CIA analysts, of whom I was one for 10 years, now face. While their jobs might not sound as sexy as those on the operational side, CIA analysts are no less dedicated to the mission and no less self-sacrificing. When duty calls  - and it does so often - they miss family dinners, birthdays, a child’s play, or ballet recital, and most frequently, sleep. Some even lose marriages, friendships, and their own health. They serve in war zones and sometimes see friends and colleagues injured or killed.

To be fair, CIA analysts have always faced intense public criticism. Intelligence successes are classified; often you cannot talk about them to friends or family because they do not have security clearances. I still cannot tell my loved ones about my greatest professional achievements. Intelligence failures, of course, are splashed across every newspaper. Analysts must sit by and watch as the public accuses them of lies, conspiracies, or far worse. They cannot even defend themselves, because doing so might reveal classified information and violate the most sacred tenets of the organization.  [Read More:  Ricks/foreignpolicy/18January2017]


Section IV - Obituaries, Research Request

Obituaries

[Members wishing to express appreciation for any of the exceptional individuals listed in AFIO death notices may do so at this link: memorial donations.]

Dr David Allan Crown, for CIA Chief of Questioned Document Laboratory. Dr. David A. Crown, 88, former CIA forensic Lab Director, died in Fort Myers, FL on 5 December 2016. He was a celebrated questioned document forgery expert who served as the President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in the 1970s and as President of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners in the 1980s. Some of his more famous cases involved Dr. Mengele, Kurt Waldheim, and Vince Foster. He taught at George Washington University's Forensic Science Graduate School for many years, inspiring students to follow him into the field. His interaction with President Bokassa of the Central African Republic was recounted in a 2008 book about the Agency.

Jack H. Mower, 94, a CIA officer who specialized in African affairs, died of congestive heart failure 1 December 2016. Mr. Mower was born in Washington and began his CIA career in 1951, serving overseas in intelligence posts in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Nigeria. He was a training chief and executive officer on the staff of the inspector general of the CIA before retiring in 1980. From 1980 to 2010, he was a consultant to the CIA and other organizations on African issues. He was on the staff of the inspector general of U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corp. from 1980 to 1985. He was a competitive tennis player until age 85.

Research Request

Seeking Subject Matter Experts on Memetic Engineering or Memetic Warfare

InfraGard Magazine is conducting research for an upcoming feature story on Memetic Engineering and Warfare.
If you are a subject matter expert (whitepapers and/or interviews) related to Memetic Engineering or Memetic Warfare including:
• Psychological perspective and studies related to memetic effectiveness.
• Perspective on recent memetic activity deployed during US presidential election
• Incite into the effectiveness of the Internet meme, "Pepe," aka "Kek."
• Incite into defensive strategies and initiatives to monitor, identify, and combat nation-state memetic warfare and
• Historical perspective in the evolution of memetics warfare including its suggested contribution to the collapse of the USSR.
contact the publisher of InfraGard Magazine, John Fanning, at JohnF@FanningInc.com



Section V - Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

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.

Thursday, 9 February, 2017, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Scottsdale, AZ - The AFIO Arizona Chapter hosts David Gonzalez, US Marshal, District of Arizona, on "The State of Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement in Arizona."

SPEAKER: David P. Gonzalez ~ United States Marshal District of Arizona on "The state of Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement in Arizona." Marshal David Gonzalez will be discuss the issues effecting law enforcement in Arizona and how the State of Arizona got to this point. He will also talk about the challenges facing the future of Arizona. Prior to being sworn in as the U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona on May 3, 2002, David P. Gonzales worked for the Arizona Department of Public Safety for 25 years. Marshal Gonzales began his law enforcement career at the age of 19 as a Deputy Sheriff for the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. He was nominated for U.S. Marshal by Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl and appointed by President George Bush. President Barack Obama reappointed Marshal Gonzales as U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona. Marshal Gonzales' career with the Arizona Department of Public Safety began as a Highway Patrolman in Tucson. He moved up the ranks to assume command responsibility for the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CID). At the time, CID was comprised of 350 detectives who were assigned statewide to the Narcotics Unit, Organized Crime Unit, Gang Enforcement Unit, Auto Theft Unit, Intelligence Unit, Special Operations Unit, including SWAT, Canine and bomb disposal, and the Governor Protection Unit. Marshal Gonzales is recognized nationally as an expert in the operation of multi-agency task forces, community and law enforcement activities to identify and reduce street gangs and identifying and investigating money laundering activities arising from criminal enterprises. As U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona, he manages one of the busiest and largest districts in the U.S. Marshals Service. Marshal Gonzales received a B.S. degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He is also a member of the Harvard University/Kennedy School of Government's Executives in State and Local Government, and is an Executive Development Graduate from the University of Southern California.
Location: Best Western Thunderbird Suites, 7515 E Butherus Dr, Scottsdale, AZ.
RSVP to simone@afioaz.org or simone@4smartphone.net or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016. Cost: $18 pp. RSVP no later than 72 hours ahead of time. No Shows will be charged. REMEMBER, if you are bringing a guest please send the full name of that person.

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.

REGISTER NOW.


Other Upcoming Events

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 US 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, speaking 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.
Mr. Budiansky will speak about his latest book (noted above) that draws on an array of recently declassified documents to explore the NSA's long SIGINT struggle against the Soviets, and traces the historical forces behind the intelligence controversies making headlines today. 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 US 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 here. Click "directions" to get driving guidance.
RSVP NOW: register online here or mail registration fee of $20 (members) or $50 (guests, includes one-year membership) to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998. Please register prior to 23 March to ensure space available.

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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