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Section V - Events
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Friday, 24 February 2017 - Tysons
AFIO's Luncheon on...
Spy Sites of Washington, DC
including examples of the unusual tradecraft and devices
used in the conduct of covert operations
Enhanced Interrogation: Inside
the Minds and Motives of the Islamic TerroristsTrying to Destroy
Afternoon presentation include display and discussion of tradecraft devices used at the various spy sites featured in the Wallace/Melton/Schlesinger book.
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.
A controversial topic as America -- and the intelligence community -- rushed to respond to Islamic Jihadist attacks that killed thousands of Americans.
A threat that continues to this day.
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,
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"Emotions are high and accusations are being
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Book of the Week:
Shattered Illusions: KGB Cold War Espionage in Canada
by Don Mahar
(Rowman & Littlefield; Jan 2017)
The Foreward by Mr. Ward Elcock, former Director of CSIS between 1994-2004.
Yevgeni Vladimirovich Brik and James Douglas Finley Morrison were central figures in what was considered one of the most important Cold War operations in the West at the time. Their story, which involves espionage, intelligence tradecraft, intelligence service penetrations, double agent scenarios, and betrayal, is a piece of Cold War intelligence history that has never been fully told. Yevgeni Brik was a KGB deep cover illegal who had been dispatched to Canada in 1951. He settled in Verdun, Quebec. He eventually became the KGB Illegal Resident where he had responsibility for running a number of agents, one of whom was working on the CF-105, Avro Arrow. In 1953, he fell in love with a married Canadian woman to whom he revealed his true identity. She persuaded him to turn himself in, which resulted in his becoming a double agent, working for Canada. He was later betrayed by a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer, James Morrison, who sought money from the KGB to pay his debts. Brik was consequently lured back to Moscow in 1955, where he was arrested, and interrogated. Convicted of treason, a traitor's fate awaited him, predictable, grim and final. Incredibly, he reappeared at a British Embassy as an old man in 1992, seeking Canada's help. He was exfiltrated by a joint Canadian / British intelligence team which was headed by Donald Mahar. He was debriefed by Mahar for several months when they returned to Canada.
Author (and AFIO member) Donald G. Mahar served 41 years in the RCMP Security Service, Canadian Security Intelligence Service and Communications Security Establishment both in Canada and abroad. His career was primarily spent in Counter Intelligence against the Soviet KGB / Russian SVR target.
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE
Mystery Death of Ex-KGB Chief Linked to MI6
Spy's Dossier on Donald Trump. An ex-KGB chief suspected
of helping the former MI6 officer Christopher Steele compile his dossier on
Donald Trump may have been murdered by the Kremlin and his death covered up,
it has been claimed.
Oleg Erovinkin, a former general in the KGB and its successor the FSB, was
found dead in the back of his car in Moscow on Boxing Day in mysterious
Erovinkin was a key aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and
now head of Rosneft, the state-owned oil company, who is repeatedly named in
Erovinkin has been described as a key liaison between Sechin and Russian
president Vladimir Putin. Mr Steele writes in an intelligence report dated
July 19, 2016, he has a source close to Sechin, who had disclosed alleged
links between Mr Trump's supporters and Moscow. [Read More:
Popular Selfie App Sending User Data to
China, Researchers Say. Meitu, a Chinese selfie editing
app, has amassed billions in downloads since launching in 2008; it's been
trendy in Asia for several years, and just recently began gaining popularity
in the United States. The anime-style photo-editing tool, which is available
through the Apple and Android app stores, features airbrushed, fairylike
depictions of people.
But there's a serious privacy and security issue with the app, according to
mobile security researchers who performed tests running the application,
primarily on Android phones. The code instructs users' phones to send a
large amount of data back to China, and possibly around the world.
That information that could potentially be used to spy on users and their
Some of the application's permissions, presented before users download the
app, include access to the calendar, camera, geolocation data, contacts,
screen resolution, photos, the contents of the phone's USB storage,
and other data. [Read More: McLaughlin/theintercept/21January2017]
Handwriting 'Proves' Poland's Walesa
Was Spy: Report. Polish prosecutors will on
Tuesday present what they believe is proof that Solidarity freedom hero Lech
Walesa collaborated with the communist-era secret police, the national news
agency PAP reported.
Citing unnamed sources close to the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN),
which prosecutes crimes from the communist-era and from the Nazi occupation,
the PAP said Sunday a team of forensic experts had come to that conclusion
notably through handwriting analysis.
The 73-year-old former president and Nobel Peace laureate has been battling
the allegations since last year, when the IPN seized previously unknown
secret police files from the widow of a communist-era interior minister.
The IPN has said the files include a collaboration agreement signed with
"Lech Walesa" and his alleged codename "Bolek." [Read More: afp/30January2017]
Intelligence Agency Opens
$325,000 Advanced, Automated Fingerprint Gathering Competition.
Researchers at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
are looking to the public to build a next-generation, automated fingerprint
The idea behind the competition, called the "Nail to Nail (N2N) Fingerprint
Challenge" - which offers $325,000 worth of prizes - is to develop a system
that allows for more distinguishing data to be collected from fingerprint
biometrics but also eliminates the time and cost associated with using human
operators, IARPA said. N2N fingerprints capture the entire fingerprint from
the edge of one finger nail bed to the other.
From IARPA: "This challenge seeks to identify technology that can perform
live capture fingerprints without requiring a human operator for the
purposes of matching against other latent or live capture of fingerprints.
The developed system should collect fingerprint data that performs as good
as, or better than, existing operator controlled N2N fingerprint collection
approaches. Performance of the developed N2N collection systems will be
evaluated using data collected from a live test using human subjects and
encompasses both live and latent fingerprints. The participant collected
data will be compared against 'gold standard' N2N and latent data using
conventional fingerprint recognition algorithms. Participants will be judged
based on traditional biometric performance measures in addition to speed of
the collection process. Participants are not required to develop
algorithmic/software techniques to match N2N or latent data." [Read
Trump Picks Former Army Officer for
Navy Secretary. A former Army officer-turned-international
businessman is President Donald Trump's choice for Navy secretary, the White
House has announced.
Trump tapped Philip Bilden to serve as the Navy's top civilian, who will be
charged with overseeing the president's stated goals of expanding and
modernizing the Navy's fleet. If confirmed by the Senate, Bilden will become
the 76th secretary of the Navy, which oversees the Navy and the Marine
Corps, replacing Ray Mabus, who served in that role throughout President
Barack Obama's administration.
"As Secretary of the Navy, Philip Bilden will apply his terrific judgment
and top-notch management skills to the task of rebuilding our unparalleled
Navy," Trump said Wednesday in a prepared statement. "Our number of ships is
at the lowest point that it has been in decades. Philip Bilden is the right
choice to help us expand and modernize our fleet, including surface ships,
submarines and aircraft, and ensure America's naval supremacy for decades to
Bilden served 10 years in the Army Reserve as a military intelligence
officer, attaining the rank of captain before he resigned his commission in
1996 to lead the Hong Kong branch of HarbourVest Partners, an international
private equity firm that he co-founded in 1991. Bilden recently retired from
the firm. [Read More: Dickstein/stripes/26January2017]
New Gambia President Vows to Reform
Intelligence Agency. The new president of Gambia, Adama
Barrow, who toppled the country's longstanding leader, Yahya Jammeh, has
promised to reform and change the name of National Intelligence Agency, an
institution accused of disappearances and deaths of political opponents.
Jammeh ruled Gambia for 22 years during which right groups accused him of
killing and torturing political opponents, right activists and journalists
to prolong his leadership.
"NIA is a state institution that works in the area of intelligence
gathering... That work will continue but we will change their name and
reform the institution to bring their work in line with law," Barrow said at
his first press meeting since he returned to the country on Thursday, just a
week after he was sworn in at the Gambian embassy in Senegal.
Barrow's defeated rival Jammeh had refused to cede power following the
country's Dec. 1, 2016, election claiming the electoral process was tainted
with irregularities. [Read More: Darboe/aa/28January2017]
Russia Charges Four Top Intelligence
Officials With Treason. The Russian government arrested
four men for treason after an investigation that US intelligence officials
speculated was in response to their own inquiry about Russia's hacking of
the US presidential election.
The men arrested include three high profile leaders of its intelligence
agency and a contractor working for the cybersecurity office of the Russian
national intelligence agency FSB, the successor to the KGB.
US officials said they could not be certain whether the arrests are in
response to US officials citing with "high confidence" that Russia
intentionally interfered with the election to help Donald Trump win.
However, for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to make the
proclamation the US government is as close to certain as it can be of
Russia's role in hacking Democratic groups and Hillary Clinton's campaign,
it likely would require human intelligence in addition to Russia's
If the United States did obtain confirmation about Russian hacking from a
mole inside the FSB, it would have had to been a source high up in the power
structure because knowledge of such an operation would likely not have
spread beyond the senior-most officials there. [Read More:
US Intelligence Seeks a
Universal Translator for Text Search in Any Language. The
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), the US Intelligence
Community's own science and technology research arm, has announced it is
seeking contenders for a program to develop what amounts to the ultimate
Google Translator. IARPA's Machine Translation for English Retrieval of
Information in Any Language (MATERIAL) program intends to provide
researchers and analysts with a tool to search for documents in their field
of concern in any of the more than 7,000 languages spoken worldwide.
The specific goal, according to IARPA's announcement, is an "'English-in,
English-out' information retrieval system that, given a domain-sensitive
English query, will retrieve relevant data from a large multilingual
repository and display the retrieved information in English as query-biased
summaries." Users would be able to search vast numbers of documents with a
two-part query: the first giving the "domain" of the search in terms of what
sort of information they are seeking (for example, "Government," "Science,"
or "Health") and the second an English word or phrase describing the
information sought (the examples given in the announcement were "zika virus"
and "Asperger's syndrome').
So-called "low resource" languages have been an area of concern for the
intelligence and defense communities for years. In 2014, the Defense
Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) launched its Low Resource Languages
for Emergent Incidents (LORELEI) project, an attempt to build a system that
lets the military quickly collect critical data - such as "topics, names,
events, sentiment, and relationships" - from sources in any language on
short notice. The system would be used in situations like natural disasters
or military interventions in remote locations where the military has little
or no local language expertise.
The problem with most current translation tools is that they require
significant training against the target language - a process that can take a
long time to refine and is highly dependent on the level of expertise of the
trainers. There's also often a huge variation between formal and informal
usage in languages and variation of meaning in different fields of writing.
To get reliable translation of text based on all of these variables could
take years of language-specific training and development. [Read More:
Uganda: Museveni's Eye on
Intelligence. President Yoweri Museveni's replacement of
Brig. Ronnie Balya as the Director General Internal Security Organisation
(ISO) is being seen as an extension of the intelligence leadership shakeup
that started in June 2015.
Insiders are divided on what is informing the changes with some saying "the
President does it all the time" but a general view is that President
Museveni, who has been complaining about the failures of intelligence and
security bodies, is looking to fix them.
Museveni has replaced Brig. Balya with Rt. Col. Frank Kaka, who fought in
the war that brought this government to power and who was a respected
intelligence operative even at that time.
The move comes at the heels of a major military reshuffle just two weeks ago
in which Museveni moved both Brig. Charles Bakahumura, the Chief of Military
Intelligence and his deputy Brig. Richard Karemire from the leadership of
CMI, another core intelligence agency. The pair were appointed Chief of
Logistics and Engineering and army spokesperson, respectively. [Read
The US Postal Inspection Service Is
Seeking Bitcoin 'Intelligence Gathering Specialists'. The
US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) has recently listed a job opening where
it seeks an "Intelligence Gathering Specialist". In it, the
organization states candidates must be knowledgeable about bitcoin, dark net
markets, and openly available data sources, among other things.
The Washington, DC-based job listing indicates the agency is looking for
people that'll help them fight cybercrime, as it states USPIS is critical
when it comes to the protection of the US Mail organization and its digital
Ideal candidates should not only be able to evaluate internet information
from common sources such as forums, news feeds, and social media, but he
should also be able to access the Tor network.
Moreover, candidates should, essentially, be able to dox people and provide
intelligence and investigative reports representing the steps they took to
do so. [Read More: Memoria/cryptocoinsnews/27January2017]
US Intelligence Wants 'Next
Generation' Fingerprint Readers. The Office of the
Director of National Intelligence wants cybersecurity experts to offer
assistance in development of a completely automated fingerprint
The DNI's Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within
the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, has launched a new
"Nail to Nail (N2N) Fingerprint Challenge," with the aim of improving live
and forensic biometric fingerprint recognition until human operators are no
IARPA explained in a statement that N2N fingerprints capture the entire
fingerprint from the edge of one finger nail bed to the other.
The existing N2N standard utilizes a trained human operator who holds and
physically 'rolls' the subject's fingerprints over a surface in order to
capture the complete print. However, they only capture the parts of the
finger touching the sensor, providing significantly less surface area and
decreased matching performance for live and latent fingerprint
recognition. [Read More: planetbiometrics/27January2017]
- CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Kurlantzick Chronicles the
US Secret War in Laos and Creation of a Paramilitary CIA in New Book.
"Over the course of the war, US bombing of Laos would become so intense
that it averaged one attack every eight minutes for nearly a decade,"
observes Joshua Kurlantzick in his new book, A Great Place to Have a War:
America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA. Kurlantzick, a Council on
Foreign Relations Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia, mines extensive
interviews and recently declassified Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
records to give a definitive account of the secret war in the tiny Southeast
Asian nation of Laos, which lasted from 1961 to 1973, and was the largest
covert operation in US history. The conflict forever changed the CIA from
a relatively small spying agency into an organization with vast paramilitary
The book explores how the responsibility for US military conflicts shifted
from the uniformed armed services to US intelligence agencies operating
with less scrutiny. Kurlantzick asserts that it began in 1961, when
President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved Operation Momentum, a plan to create
a proxy army of ethnic Hmong to fight communist forces in Laos, in order to
minimize US military involvement and keep the war hidden from the public
at home, as well as most of Congress.
Kurlantzick's account follows the war's central characters, including the
four instrumental people who led the operation: the CIA operative who came
up with the idea; the charismatic general who led the Hmong army in the
field; the State Department careerist who took control over the war as it
grew; and the wild card paramilitary specialist who trained the Hmong army
and is believed to be an inspiration for Marlon Brando's character in Apocalypse Now. [Read More: cfr/24January2017] AFIO's Weekly Notes featured this book in issue #41-2016 here.
Birthplace of the CIA and
US Spycraft Just Made the National Register of Historic Places.
For a few former spies, it was one last mission: protecting the birthplace
of the country's modern intelligence apparatus from being bulldozed in
Washington's pell-mell development. This month, they pulled it off when a
small cluster of Foggy Bottom buildings, where early agents invented the
pencil pistol and other tricks to bedevil Hitler, was listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
The Observatory Hill site not far from the Kennedy Center was the wartime
headquarters of the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the
Central Intelligence Agency, and had been slated for redevelopment as part
of a State Department expansion.
Planners had promised a measure of protection for the place where William
"Wild Bill" Donovan led a swashbuckling band of spies, but former agents
were shocked to learn that it enjoyed no formal preservation status.
"I just assumed a place of that stature would automatically be protected,"
said former OSS and CIA agent Hugh Montgomery, 93. Sent behind German lines
by his handlers at the beginning of his 63-year intelligence career, the
nonagenarian former spy came out of retirement to push for the historic
listing, writing letters to lawmakers on Capitol Hill and sitting through
meetings. [Read More: Hendrix/washingtonpost/26January2017]
'The Real Q Is a Woman': Boss of MI6
Makes Pitch for Female Recruits. The agent known as Q,
inventive head of gadgets at the UK spy agency MI6, has always been
portrayed in the James Bond movies as a man. But the real head of Britain's
secret service, Sir Alex Younger, revealed on Wednesday night that Q is in
fact a woman.
Younger, traditionally known as C, delivered the keynote speech at the Women
in IT Awards in London in which he appealed for more women to join MI6,
especially those with a scientific or technological background. "If any of
you would like to join us - the real-life Q is looking forward to meeting
you and I'm pleased to report that the real-life Q is a woman," he said.
In the Bond movies Q is one of the best known characters, a boffin coming up
with ever more imaginative gadgets.
All the UK intelligence agencies since the leak of top secrets by US
whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013 have become a little less secret and
adopted a more public profile. In 2016, Younger, in a first, delivered a
speech to the media from inside the headquarters of MI6. [Read
Ex-CIA Analyst on Trump's Speech at
CIA Headquarters: 'You Can't Sweet Talk a Good Spy'. A
former CIA analyst is pleading with President Trump to repair the fractured
relationship with the intelligence agency, telling him that despite his
speech there over the weekend, he "can't sweet talk a good spy."
Nada Bakos, a former targeting officer who served with the CIA from 2000 to
2010, most notably on the team hunting for the godfather of ISIS, Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi, uploaded the short video to Twitter on Tuesday, where it has
"When I watched President Trump speak at the CIA last weekend, I was very
hopeful. I was hoping that he would reach out to the workforce as an olive
branch after the hostile relationship that he had promoted between him and
the intelligence community," Bakos said.
"I was very hopeful that he would understand the building that he was in.
That he would understand the apolitical nature of the work that they do. The
objectivity that they strive for in their analysis," she said, concluding,
"I didn't see a president trying to repair the relationship. I didn't see a
president that made an effort to understand the solemnness and the humility
it should take to speak in front of that wall." [Read More:
National Intelligence University Begins
Historic Move; Main Campus Leaving Washington, DC After 55 Years.
National Intelligence University (NIU) is relocating to a new facility on
the Intelligence Community Campus in Bethesda, Maryland (ICC-B). The phased
move of the NIU main campus out of the District of Columbia to Bethesda
began in December and will be completed in late February.
The move has been termed an inflection point in the institution's 55-year
history; it is the culmination of the evolution of NIU from a Defense
Department schoolhouse to an accredited university serving the entire US
Intelligence Community. The new state-of-the-art facility in Bethesda,
designed by a firm specializing in academic architecture, is the result of a
significant capital investment by intelligence community leadership in the
career development of future leaders of the intelligence and national
Originally established in 1962 as the Defense Intelligence School, the NIU
has been located on military bases throughout its history - on Anacostia
Naval Station from 1963-1983, and inside the Defense Intelligence Agency
Headquarters from 1983 to present. The move to Bethesda follows the school's
2011 renaming as the National Intelligence University.
NIU is an accredited federal degree-granting institution that offers two
master's degrees, a bachelor's degree and a growing number of graduate
certificate programs. It is a member of the Consortium of Universities of
the Washington Metropolitan Area. [Read More: DIA Public
Crisis Management in the Intelligence
Community. Last month, outgoing Director of National
Intelligence James R. Clapper issued new guidance on how the US
intelligence community should pivot in response to a crisis.
A "crisis" is defined here as "An event or situation, as determined by the
DNI, that threatens US national security interests and requires an
expedited shift in national intelligence posture, priorities, and/or
The new guidance explains how that shift in intelligence posture is to be
executed. [Read More: Aftergood/fas/30January2017]
Harriet Tubman? Josephine Baker? Yep,
They Were Spies. I'm on the board of advisors of the
International Spy Museum. There are a lot of African Americans who work in
the intelligence community. Every year, there's an honor given by the
DC Lottery and the spy museum. A few years back, they were picking great
African Americans in espionage. They had this thing and I was like, "That's
going to be a great program, man. Maybe I'll talk at it." And I find
out that they had nominated me as one of the great African Americans in
espionage. And I was like, "What? No!" I wouldn't say my career was stellar,
but it had its fun points. But it was noteworthy enough that they brought me
on the board. You know, three ex-directors of the CIA are on the board. I
was honored as one of the great African Americans in espionage.
And here's who they had on their wall of honor. They started out with I
think it was James Lafayette, the great spy who was literally the shoeshine
boy and aide-de-camp of General Charles Cornwallis (during the American
Revolution). He was fluent in like five languages and he was the Marquis de
Lafayette's personal freakin' spy in the British camp for Washington. And
I'm like, "Not up there." And then the next: Oh, of course, Harriet Tubman!
Because Harriet Tubman was like one of the first deep-penetration US
scouts and intelligence officers. Her job was to guide white Union officers
back down the Underground Railroad and infiltrate them into enemy territory.
She could read and write and nobody knew it, so she was taking drawings of
fortifications and then ran a rebellion in South Carolina, which is super
insurgent. So she's on there. I'm like, "OK, she checks. I don't." And then
next is Josephine Baker. Josephine Baker, the famous actress and singer, was
an agent spying on the rise of Nazi Germany. Holy s-, I really don't rank in
I think when I stood up to give my speech, I made a pretty good argument
that I wasn't deserving of this, but I was going to accept the honor for all
the thousands, thousands of African Americans today who are in the US
intelligence community. You go through war and loss and racism and all these
other things, which, of course, do occur. And you come through all of that
and there comes a time that you realize that, hey, I made my contribution.
And that's all I did. I contributed during my time.
I was intensely proud at that moment. I mean, just overwhelmingly proud. The
people that really matter to me, that give me that pride and that joy in
being an African American were not the audience at large or people who might
see me on TV or C-SPAN. It's the people in the intelligence community who
were in that room and being applauded by, you know, three directors of the
CIA, two directors of NSA. You get the respect of people who have achieved
things in their lives. [Read More: Bond/philly/30January2017]
Can an App Help Spies Spot Phony Info?
Syracuse Researchers, Others Get $11M to Study. A team
that includes researchers from Syracuse University and SRC Inc. is
developing digital tools that will use crowdsourcing and other techniques to
help the nation's intelligence analysts do their jobs better.
Among the things the software would do is help intelligence analysts
determine the credibility of the information they are receiving, researchers
said. Another goal is to make the applications more like computer games,
The team from SU, SRC, the University of Arizona and Colorado State
University began work this month on the 4.5-year project under an $11.5
million contract from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity,
an arm of the Office for the Director of National Intelligence.
The team's task is to develop a software application that will aid analysts
at the nation's intelligence agencies, including the CIA, FBI, the National
Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement
Administration. [Read More: Moriarty/syracuse/26January2017]
504th Leads a Storied History on
Military Intelligence Triumphs. Over 70 years ago, the
US Army engaged in World War II, a war which prompted US involvement in
1941, following the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. Two months later to the
day, in February 1942, the dawn of the 504th Military Intelligence Brigade
started. Today, with emerging global threats from both state and non-state
actors, the importance of military intelligence has never been more
important. For former 504th MI Brigade commanders, the unit has a storied
military legacy, and a necessary future.
Owing its lineage to a small US Air Force Base on Long Island, New York,
known as Mitchel Field, the 504th began as the 137th Signal Radio
Intelligence Company. Mitchel Field was the location of the Air Force's Air
Defense Command, a command charged to develop air defense for cities, vital
industrial areas and military facilities in the United States. It served as
the main air defense point for New York City, and housed two P-40 Warhawk
fighter plane squadrons.
According to the National Army Security Agency Association, Capt. Robert
House was the unit's first commander and activated the signals intelligence
company. They intercepted enemy sea and land radio transmissions and located
the source. Direction-finding units were deployed along the east coast from
Long Island to Sea Isle City, New Jersey. In 1944, the company boarded a
ship from New York City bound for the war's European Theater. Arriving in
France, 137th's Soldiers conducted their core mission; to intercept and
locate enemy radio transmissions and analyze messages.
Less than a year later, the company was credited with participating in three
campaigns of World War II - Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe,
according to the Army's Center of Military History. The unit earned a
Meritorious Unit Commendation for its role in the theater. After their
redeployment to the United States in 1945, the 137th was inactivated, and
its Soldiers transferred to other units. [Read More: Sandell/forthoodsentinel/26January2017]
What It's Like to Recruit for the
CIA. Recruiting for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
has got to be markedly different than talent acquisition anywhere else,
Well, yes and no. SHRM Online spoke with Ronald Patrick, a 30-year veteran
of the agency, about those similarities and differences. During his career
at the CIA, Patrick served as chief of talent acquisition, chief of human
resources for science and technology, and a deputy director overseeing
diversity and inclusion programs. He is currently the chief of talent
acquisition for MITRE Corp, a not-for-profit organization that manages
federally funded research centers. [Read More: Maurer/shrm/19January2017]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Trump's Dangerous Move to Politicize the
National Security Council. For nearly two years, as
senior adviser to the national security adviser, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, I
had a front row seat at every meeting of the National Security Council and
Principals Committee. These meetings, chaired by President Obama or
Ambassador Rice respectively, were convened regularly to discuss our
nation's most critical and sensitive national security issues - from our
military efforts against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to the Iran
nuclear deal to North Korean cyber activities.
The purpose and outcome of each meeting varied, but one component of these
meetings that was consistent throughout my tenure was the make-up of
participants around the famous conference table in the White House Situation
In a presidential memorandum signed over the weekend, President Trump made
several significant changes to the NSC and its processes. He is entitled to
do this as the new commander in chief. However, there were several notable
and dramatic departures from the past, specifically the inclusion of his
chief political strategist, Steve Bannon, and the removal of the CIA
director, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), the nation's highest ranking military
official, as regular attendees.
This may sound like a Beltway issue, but it has real-world consequences to
our nation's security, interests and, of course, the millions of service
members and intelligence officers who report to them. [Read more:
Dartmouth Was the Summer Spot
for Wild Bill Donovan and His Family. I was a Cold War
kid. My father served in England during World War II. A family friend was an
American agent in Berlin. It was no surprise I spent a childhood fascinated
by espionage, Spy versus Spy in Mad Magazine and the CIA.
What I didn't know was that the father of the CIA had a summer home in
Col. Wild Bill Donovan was what we don't have many of currently - an
authentic American hero.
The CIA website has 220 articles detailing his career. [Read
Six Myths About National Security
Intelligence. President Trump has gotten off to a rough
start with the intelligence community.
The day after being sworn in, Trump spoke at CIA headquarters in an apparent
attempt to mend his relationship with the agency. The relationship was
frayed in large part due to Trump's skepticism about an intelligence
assessment that suggested Russia had hacked into the emails of the
Democratic National Committee and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary
Where did this skepticism come from? Trump - along with some security
experts - has expressed doubt about the complexity of cyberattack
attribution and the reliability of the intelligence sources. This skepticism
seems to be fueled by the desire for irrefutable evidence of Russia
interference in the election.
At Georgetown University, I study and teach how the intelligence community
collects, analyzes and circulates sensitive information to policymakers and
elected officials. I'd like to point out some of the misunderstandings about
intelligence activities exhibited not only by the new president, but in the
media coverage of the Russian interference in the presidential election of
2016. [Read More: Lemieux/theconversation/25January2017]
Recrimination or Reform? The FBI's
Current Crisis Is Not the Bureau's Biggest Problem. The
Federal Bureau of Investigation is once again the target of intense
criticism for its questionable judgment. At the center of the latest storm
is its handling of issues pertaining to the 2016 presidential election.
Outrage has now reached a new decibel level, with the announcement by
Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General (IG) that it will be
initiating a review into allegations with a nexus to both the Bureau's
Director and Deputy Director. This, however, is only the latest in a series
of post-9/11 missteps that have ranged from technology (e.g. Virtual Case
File) to human capital (a counterterrorism head who did not know the
difference between the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam) mission. Rather than
engage in punitive finger pointing and recrimination, US national security
would be much better served by an examination of the FBI's underlying
structural deficiencies that have undermined its efforts to reform and
Two major faults have compromised the FBI's development. The first is its
lack of a defined mission. First, the FBI has no formal charter (although
Congress - between 1978 and 1980 - gave consideration to the matter although
the proposal would not have covered the entire organization). Second, the
Bureau's conceptualization of national security has not kept pace with the
United States' needs. While US policymakers require information that will
provide them with an informational advantage, the FBI - despite its
post-9/11 measures - remains a fundamentally reactive agency. In this void,
it has attempted to define itself by function, rather than objective. Under
then-Director Robert Mueller III, it presented itself as a bifurcated
intelligence and law enforcement organization. More recently its identity
has become an ungainly "intelligence-driven and a threat- focused national
security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement
The lack of a charter creates problems for the FBI - and its customers - in
several ways. First, it has resulted in evolution by aggregation - rather
than assuming functions that fit within a defined framework, the Bureau has
accumulated such a diverse set of missions that it cannot establish a
coherent corporate culture. The nuanced discipline of counterintelligence,
the methodical approach of intelligence collection in furtherance of a
criminal investigation, and the physical preparedness of the Hostage Rescue
Team are alike only in the lowest-common-denominator of stopping threats.
(An interesting thought experiment is that the Department of Homeland
Security has been ridiculed for combining 22 different agencies but the FBI
is in a similar position of herding functions, if not agencies.) It is
difficult to identify and excise the elements that are only
marginally-related to a central mission if that mission does not
Although the FBI's lack of a formal charter is the most extreme example,
vagueness of mission is a shortcoming of multiple US agencies with
intelligence responsibilities. For example, the Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) can point to the National Security Act of 1947 as its founding
document, the legislation was little more than an acknowledgement that the
United States needed a foreign intelligence service, rather than a
detailed delineation of the agency's roles and organization (a problem
exacerbated by the clause allowing for "other functions and duties related
to intelligence"). More recently, the formation of the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) was the recognition of a perceived need - rather
than a well-though-through effort - to address national security needs. Both
agencies were responses to crises triggered by intelligence failures (Pearl
Harbor for the CIA and the attacks of September 11 for DHS) and,
consequently, the vividness of the need to respond took priority over how to
respond. However, unlike the FBI, both of these agencies are enshrined
as a concept in legislation. This provides at least a modicum of focus for
their actions, unlike the Bureau, which began as a detective bureau for the
Department of Justice and has incrementally expanded to become a member of
the US intelligence community. [Read More: Tromblay/lawfareblog/25January2017]
Section IV - 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.]
Ralph Adams, Former NSA Executive Director, and former AFIO Board Member.
Ralph W. Adams, 79, a decorated senior intelligence executive at NSA, and a former member of AFIO's Board, died of Alzheimer's Disease, 23 January 2017 in Columbia MD. a resident of Columbia, MD passed away on 23 January.
In 2015 he was inducted into NSA's Cryptologic Hall of Honor, a tribute accorded pioneers and heroes who rendered distinguished service to American cryptology.
A native of Omaha, NE, he went on to earn a Bachelor's degree from Creighton University and joined the U.S. Army. He attended the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center in Monterey, CA, learning Vietnamese which make this Vietnam veteran an expert Vietnamese linguist. With the Vietnam War in full stride, Ralph was recruited by NSA in 1965 and returned to Vietnam serving multiple tours, and was appointed Senior Language Advisor to both the U.S. Army and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). Ralph was one of the last NSA experts to be evacuated from South Vietnam before the fall of Saigon in 1975.
Ralph's distinguished 31 year NSA career included difficult and challenging posts. He was chief of an overseas liaison office working with intelligence partners and served for three years as NSA's Chief Legislative Officer, responsible for coordinating and defending NSA's mission and budget with Congressional Intelligence and Appropriations Committees. Ralph broke through the "glass ceiling" at a time when there were few minorities in upper-level management positions in the federal government, and was a strong champion for diversity in the workplace and one of the original program managers for the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program designed to facilitate recruitment of minorities, particularly minority high school students.
Ralph received the Exceptional Civilian Service Award. In 1989 he was chosen to head a major production group in NSA's Operations Directorate. He managed and led a workforce of highly skilled linguists, collection specialists, analysts, reporters, mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists and code breakers producing intelligence on some of the nation's most important intelligence targets.
He served as the Agency's Inspector General; next, as Chief of NSA's Pacific missions; and finally, as NSA's Executive Director. He retired in 1996 as the second highest ranking NSA civilian.
One other award received was the Presidential Rank. Upon his NSA retirement the Director of CIA presented Ralph with the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.
He loved aquatic sports and served as a volunteer diver at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Md. for over 10 years. He was a proud member of Phoenix Society.
He is survived by his wife and other family. A memorial service is being planned for mid-March.
In his many roles as patriot, war hero, federal civil servant, manager, leader, husband, father and grandfather Ralph carried himself with grace and class, and acquitted himself with distinction in his performance and in his life each and every day. Rest in peace Ralph, and know that at the rising of the sun and at it's going down, you will be remembered. . .
Landgrave Smith, Jr., USAF(Ret), SAC Nuclear Codes Designer, IBM Fed Systems, active in many AFIO events in 1980s and '90s. Landgrave T. Smith, 94, left on his last flight on the evening of 25 August 2016. Col. Smith flew 42 combat missions in the Martin B-26 Marauder during WWII, and continued on full flight status as an AOB jet-qualified command pilot for 30 years. He was assigned to SAC in 1951 and was involved in the design and implementation of the SAC underground command and control center at Offut AFB, and responsible for development of the system of operational codes and sealed authenticators for positive control of nuclear weapons. That was followed by duty with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1967, where he was responsible for the operation of the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon. [Read more: Money&King]
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Section V - Events
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING
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
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 US 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 US Marshal by Senators
John McCain and Jon Kyl and appointed by President George Bush. President
Barack Obama reappointed Marshal Gonzales as US 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 US Marshal for the District of Arizona, he manages one
of the busiest and largest districts in the US 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,
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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.
February 2017, 12:30 - 2pm - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO Los Angeles
Chapter hears from John Hallstead and conducts elections and other
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
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
March 2017, 10am - 1pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - Stephen Budiansky
discusses A New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities at this NCMF
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
list of Speakers and Tentative Schedule here.
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