AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #05-17 dated 31 January 2017

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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Obituaries, Research Request

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Section V - Events

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Friday, 24 February 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA
AFIO's Luncheon on...

Spy Sites of Washington, DC
including examples of the unusual tradecraft and devices
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and

Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic TerroristsTrying to Destroy America

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

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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.

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.

"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

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Book of the Week:

Shattered Illusions: KGB Cold War Espionage in Canada
by Don Mahar
(Rowman & Littlefield; Jan 2017)

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Shattered IllusionsThe 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 HIGHLIGHTS

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 circumstances.

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 the dossier.
 
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:  Mendick/telegraph/27January2017]

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 communications.

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 recognition system.

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 More:  Cooney/networkworld/27January2017]

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 come."

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 electronic fingerprints.

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:  Duvall/upi/28January2017]

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:  Gallagher/arstechnica/25January2017]

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 More:  Matsiko/allafrica/30January2017]

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 product portfolio.

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 authentication service.

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 longer needed.

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]


Section II - 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 powers.

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 More:  MacAskill/theguardian/25January2017]

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 gone viral.

"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:  Szoldra/businessinsider/25Jauary2017]

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 security communities.

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 Affairs/dia/27January2017]

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 emphasis."

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 here.

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, researchers said.

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, right? 

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 Room.  

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:  Ortiz/thehill/30January2017]

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 Nonquitt.

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 More:  Medeiros/southcoasttoday/29January2017]

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 Clinton’s campaign.

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 evolve.

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 responsibilities."

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 exist. 

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, Research Request

Obituaries

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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 TWO MONTHS....

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 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, 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.

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Other Upcoming Events

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
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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.


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