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CAREERS: New CIA recruitment videos released:
February 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA
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.
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
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.
The hotel is located within easy walking
distance from two Silver Line Metro Stops - Greensboro or Tysons
Corner - for attendees who prefer to use public transportation.
Book of the Week:
Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII
"Scott Miller has produced a real-life spy thriller with Allen Dulles in the leading role, neutral Switzerland as the stage, and the fate of Nazi Germany's brave but often hapless resisters hanging in the balance. Agent 110 is a truly mesmerizing tale, illuminating the shadow war during the big war–and signaling the opening act of the Cold War."
This is the secret and suspenseful account of how OSS spymaster Allen Dulles led a network of Germans conspiring to assassinate Hitler and negotiate surrender to bring about the end of World War II before the Soviet's advance.
Agent 110 is Allen Dulles, a newly minted spy from an eminent family. From his townhouse in Bern, and in clandestine meetings in restaurants, back roads, and lovers' bedrooms, Dulles met with and facilitated the plots of Germans who were trying to destroy the country's leadership. Their underground network exposed Dulles to the political maneuverings of the Soviets, who were already competing for domination of Germany, and all of Europe, in the post-war period.
The book may be preordered here.
Complex Russian Ciphers, Snowden, Turf Battles, Lies, Coverups, and Secrecy
Please join National Cryptologic Museum Foundation friends and
colleagues welcoming Stephen Budiansky acclaimed
author, journalist, and historian of cryptology, speaking on
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTSSpy Veterans Say Trump's Muslim-Country Visa Ban Will Hurt Recruitment. President Donald Trump's temporary ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations takes a major recruiting tool out of the hands of US spy handlers, say a growing number of intelligence veterans.
Section III - COMMENTARYAmerica's Shadow War in Laos Revisited. Back in 1961, the rumbles of war could be heard in Laos, a former French colony that shared a border with North and South Vietnam and Cambodia. The stocking-shaped, landlocked kingdom was threatened by a communist insurgency led by the Pathet Lao, which was backed by the North Vietnamese-and the US government was preparing to protect the government in Vientiane. Unlike in South Vietnam, however, the American response would be led not by the US military, but by the CIA. Officially, the monarchy would remain "neutral" in the unfolding, Cold War military contest in Indochina. Washington and Hanoi would fight in the shadows.
Section IV - Obituaries, Research Request
John "Jack" Murray Jr. JOHN JOSEPH MURRAY, JR. "Jack" of Arlington, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the age of 88. Mr. Murray, a graduate of Boston College and The George Washington University Law School, had a distinguished career with the Central Intelligence Agency, serving in the Directorate of Operations. He was honored with the CIA award of Career Achievement after serving over 35 years. [Read More: washingtonpost/1February2017]
John "Jack" Platt III - his obituary was in the Weekly Notes of 17 January, but a longer New York Times account by James Risen of Jack's unusual career in CIA's Directorate of Operations is worth bringing to your attention. "John Platt, C.I.A. Officer Who Befriended K.G.B. Agent, Dies at 80" Mr. Platt, who was known as Jack, was a gruff former Marine officer who for years ran a training program in Washington to teach C.I.A. case officers how to operate under cover. But he was best known in the spy world for his longtime friendship with Gennadiy Vasilenko, a K.G.B. officer whose betrayal by Aldrich Ames, the Soviet mole at the C.I.A., led to Mr. Vasilenko's imprisonment in Moscow. [Read more: Risen/NYTimes/06Feb2017]
[Members wishing to express appreciation for any of the exceptional individuals listed in AFIO death notices may do so at this link: memorial donations.]
Research for Book on Senator Joseph
McCarthy. Dear AFIO Members: I'm a former reporter
at the Boston Globe, off now writing books. My last, for Random House, was a
biography of Bobby Kennedy. My next, for Houghton-Mifflin, is a bio of
Senator Joseph McCarthy.
As part of my research on McCarthy, I would like help with these searches:
1) Trying to find surviving friends and relatives, colleagues, first-hand fans and foes. I'm in touch with some, most in their 90s or beyond, and suspect there are lots of others;
2) Trying to find anyone from the old Soviet world who can help me understand, up-close, what his adversaries thought of the senator from Grand Chute;
3) Anyone else you can recommend I should be talking to as I get ready for my trips to Wisconsin, DC, and elsewhere?
Thanks for considering,
Larry Tye (email@example.com)
Call For Papers for NDU's CISA Strategic Studies Symposium - Joint Special Operations M.A. program, Fort Bragg, NC - Deadline 17 March 2017
National Defense University's (NDU) College of International Security Affairs (CISA), through its Joint Special Operations Masters of Arts program at Fort Bragg, N.C., is pleased to announce a call for papers for its annual Strategic Studies Symposium to be held on Wednesday, 17 May through Friday, 19 May 2017. Deadline for abstracts is 17 March.
The organizing committee is seeking a wide-range of proposals on any strategic security studies topic with relevance to the Special Operations community (including Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations). Sample areas of interest can be found in the Joint Special Operations University's 2017 Research topics List through this link.
Individual and panel proposals are welcome from faculty and graduate students in any academic discipline. The committee will also consider applications for roundtables, for example on the so-called 'Gray Zone,' women and military service, or international perspectives on unconventional warfare. Each panel will include both an academic discussant and a practitioner from Fort Bragg, offering presenters a unique opportunity for feedback from both perspectives.
Applicants are asked to submit an abstract (no more than 250 words) and a current CV to Professor David Walton no later than March 17th. If selected, participants will be notified by April 3rd, 2017 and be expected to submit their final papers no later than May 2nd, 2017.
Please note that funding for travel is not available at this time.
For questions regarding the conference, please email Professor Walton or call (910) 907-0654. More information on the CISA Joint Special Operations MA program at Ft. Bragg can be found here.
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 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.
Friday 10 February 2017, 12:30 - 2pm - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO Los Angeles Chapter hears from John Hallstead and conducts elections and other business
Presentation: John Hallstead will give a brief
intelligence topic overview, following the election & business portion
of the meeting.
Lunch will be served
Location: L.A.P.D - ARTC 5651 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Saturday, 11 February 2017, 11am - 3pm - Orange Park, FL - The North Florida Chapter hears from William F. Crowe, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation IT Security Risk Manager, speaking on "Cyber Wars, Theft, Methodology and History."
Mr. William F. Crowe, who will
speak on "Cyber Wars, Theft, Methodology and History." He is the
Citizens Property Insurance Corporation IT Security Risk Manager with
over 20 years' experience in Information Technology security, risk,
audit and governance which includes my military experience and careers
at Citi and Chase.
Please RSVP right away to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 904-545-9549 for this meeting. Cost: $24 per person, pay the Club at the luncheon.
Location: Country Club of Orange Park. Please RSVP on/before the 1st of February so we can lock down attendance to keep the club happy. Remember, as always, kin or friends, especially potential members, are always welcome.
Saturday, 11 February 2017 - 11:30 - Patrick AFB, FL - The Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Dr. Clifford Bragdon on "Transportation Security for Global Survival."
Dr. Clifford Bragdon, AICP, FASA, founder and president
of the Global Center for Preparedness and Resilience, has over 40 years of
academic experience, research and consulting in the fields of urban
planning, sustainability and transportation, homeland security and
simulation. He will address us on the topic of Transportation Security for
TIMING: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM: Social Hour, greet old, new members and guests (limited cash bar honor system); 12:15 PM: Sit-Down lunch
FEE: Member and spouse: $25; Non-Members/Guest:$28; Student and active duty military: $22
TO ATTEND: Prepaid reservations are required which must be received by Friday, 3 February. Register at www.afiofsc.com or send check and meal choice [salmon, chicken, or beef] by contacting FSC Chapter President at email@example.com.
LOCATION: Please note new meeting venue. The Tides, 1001 N. Hwy A1A, Bldg #967, Patrick AFB, FL 32925.
Tuesday, 14 February 2017, noon - MacDill AFB, FL - The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter hears from RADM Gerald Talbot, USN(R) on "The Importance of Intelligence in the Interagency Decision Making Process."
We have a very informative and insightful program in store as we welcome RADM Gerald Talbot, USN (ret), speaking on the importance of intelligence in the interagency decision making process. Mr. Talbot was detailed in June 2011 as the Executive Director National Security Professional Development Integration Office responsible for implementation of a national strategy for the development of National Security Professionals. Prior to that, Talbot served as the Associate Administrator for Management and Administration at the National Nuclear Security Administration, responsible for the management and operations of the Administration's planning, programming, budgeting and evaluation function; human capital management; acquisition management; and, administrative operations.
Location: MacDill AFB Surf's Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore
Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Lunch is $20, payable at the door by cash or
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.
Saturday, 18 February 2016, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - Mary Margaret Graham, a veteran senior executive at the CIA and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), discusses at this AFIO Maine Chapter meeting: "The Impact of Modern Terrorism on American Intelligence Strategy."
Mary Margaret Graham, former ADDO/CIA and Deputy DNI, will discuss the "The Impact of Modern Terrorism on American Intelligence Strategy." Graham served 27 years at the CIA, including as the Associate Deputy Director of Operations for Counterintelligence. From 2005 to 2008, she was appointed the first Deputy DNI for Collection, coordinating the collection efforts of all 15 U.S. intelligence agencies. Earlier in her career, she served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of the National Security Agency. Following her retirement, Graham was named a Visiting Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her talk is expected to include a look at the historical and current posture of federal, international and domestic threat detection and counterterrorism efforts; the new role of state, local and tribal partners; and the challenges of collaboration versus competition in the intelligence community. She has earned several prestigious medals for her service: the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 2008, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal in 2008, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service in 2008, the Intelligence Medal of Merit in 2005, the Donovan Award in 2001, and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement in 1996. The latest in a series of public affairs discussions, the AFIO meeting is open to the public, and will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question period will follow the presentation. No registration is required. There is no cost to attend.
24 February 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Kick-off Luncheon for 2017 - Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying To Destroy America, and Spy Sites of Washington
AFIO National's first luncheon of 2017 features Dr. James E. Mitchell discussing Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying To Destroy America. Mitchell was a civilian contractor who spent years training US military members to resist interrogation should they be captured. Aware of the urgent need to prevent impending catastrophic terrorist attacks, he worked with the CIA to implement "enhanced interrogation techniques"'which included waterboarding. Despite the media hysteria that followed, he tells us why EIT remains valuable. Mitchell's co-author, Bill Harlow, will be present but not a presenter.
"Emotions are high and accusations are being thrown
about, but facts matter. Before anyone rushes to judgment, they should
read this book and take in what happened through the eyes of a key player
in the CIA's interrogation program." - General Michael Hayden,
USAF, Ret., Former CIA Director
"The authentic account of head-to-head hardball with fanatical Islamic killers by a professional who not only won big for America, but did it while fending off powerful critics. The lessons learned needed to be told - and well-told they are. The war on us by radical Islamists is far from over - read and learn!"
- Hon. Porter J. Goss, Former Chairman of House Intelligence Committee and CIA Director
In the afternoon, we hear from Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton, authors of what will be the just-released Spy Sites of Washington, DC: A Guide to the Capital Region's Secret History. A mesmerizing tour of traitors and tradecraft revealing the wheres and whys of Washington's second-oldest profession. Robert Wallace is the former director of CIA's Office of Technical Service. He and Melton have co-authored four books. Keith Melton is an intelligence historian and owns one of the largest collections of spy paraphernalia in the world.
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel Mezzanine, 1960 Chain
Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22102. Hotel: 703 893-2100. Driving
directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf For security
reason, reservations on day of event are not allowed.
Other Upcoming Events
Sunday, 19 February 2017, 1 - 4 pm - Washington, DC - Claudia Friddell: George Washington's Spies - at the International Spy Museum
Think you know everything about Washington? Think again. During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington (AKA Agent 711) was the leader of a ring of spies. The group called the Culper Ring used secret names, codes, invisible ink, and more to spy on the British and pass along information. Nobody knew about it at the time (and few do so today), but those sneaky heroes risked their lives to help win the American Revolution. Join us at the International Spy Museum for an in-store book signing of "Totally True Adventures! George Washington Spies" by Claudia Friddell, an educator and researcher with a passion for nonfiction. In researching this book, she visited many of the sites where the Culper Ring lived and conducted their spy activities. Illustrated throughout in black and white, with an appendix that includes photographs, bonus content, and links to primary source materials, this Totally True Adventures series book is ideal for supporting the Common Core State Standards and today's renewed interest in nonfiction. It's a thrilling read made even better because it really happened. Event is free. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
21 February 2017, 1130am - 2pm - McLean, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum hosts Joseph Mazzafro on "What to Expect from an IC Reset."
Defense Intelligence Alumni Association luncheon
features Joseph Mazzafro who has over four decades of IC
experience. Since 2011, he has used his in-depth knowledge of the
Intelligence Community to enable CSRA (formed through the combination of
the North American Public Sector business of CSC and SRA International) to
grow. He has worked at Oracle's National Security Group and also led
business development/IC alliances for EMC. At Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory where he was Scientific and Technical Officer,
he guided the labs' relationship with the IC in its key role in the
development of: IED defenses, the Area Air Defense Commander system, the
Global Net Centric Surveillance and Targeting System, various ballistic
missile defense programs, and concept of operations for numerous
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. Before entering the
private sector he served in the US Navy for 27 years and retired with rank
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
Wednesday 22 February 2017, 7:30 - 8:45 PM - McLean, VA - "How the Internet Developed the Global Jihadi Movement" - Yigal Carmon at the Westminster Institute
"How the Internet Developed the Global Jihadi Movement" is the topic of Yigal Carmon's presentation at this Westminster Institute's free evening presentation.
Yigal Carmon is President and founder of MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute. He combines four different areas of expertise - intelligence, counter-terrorism, diplomacy, and research. Carmon is a colonel (ret) in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) intelligence corps. He was counter-terrorism advisor to two Israeli prime ministers heading governments from both Likud and Labor, overseeing the national deployment against terrorism. He participated in the 1991-1992 peace talks in Madrid and Washington as deputy head of the Israeli delegation negotiating with Syria. Founded in 1998, MEMRI bridges the language gap between the West and the Middle East and South Asia, providing timely translations of Arabic, Farsi, Urdu-Pashtu, Dari, and Turkish media, as well as original analysis of political, ideological, intellectual, social, cultural, and religious trends. "As an institute of research," said Carmon, "we want MEMRI to present translations to people who wish to be informed on the ideas circulating in the Middle East. We aim to reflect reality." MEMRI research is particularly sought out by intelligence agencies in Europe and North America. Carmon is frequently relied upon by leading media sources and government officials as an authority on current developments in the Arab and Muslim world. He has briefed governments worldwide on issues ranging from jihad and terrorism to reform in the Arab world. In the United States, Carmon has given testimony on Capitol Hill and conducted briefings before Congress as well as at the State Department, Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department, Library of Congress, FBI, National Security Council, and NYPD counterterrorism division, and is frequently interviewed on a variety of Western channels, as well as on Arab TV.
WHERE: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101
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
Monday, 6 March 2017, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Brian Regan: The Spy Who Couldn't Spell at the International Spy Museum
Before Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, the largest theft of government secrets was committed by an awkward, unassuming American Intelligence agent: Brian Patrick Regan. Join award-winning writer Yudhijit Bhattacharjee as he takes a probing look at how a learning disability, a lifetime of ridicule, and a serious cash shortage shaped Brian Regan's decision to betray his country. Bhattacharjee's research for his new book The Spy Who Couldn't Spell: A Dyslexic Traitor, an Unbreakable Code, and the FBI's Hunt for America's Stolen Secrets reveals how Regan engineered a meticulous strategy to download, copy, and bury thousands of pages of classified documents from the National Reconnaissance Office that he planned to sell; how he deployed a brilliant multi-layered encryption system to mask his communication with foreign governments; and the old-fashioned detective work that finally led to Regan's capture.
Tickets: $10. Register at www.spymuseum.org
Wednesday, 8 March 2017, noon - Washington, DC - The Spies of Palestine: Love, Betrayal, and the Heroic Life of Sarah Aaronsohn
Sarah Aaronsohn was born as part of the first wave of Jewish immigrants who fled the pogroms of Russia and Eastern Europe in the 1880s, settling in the province of Syria-Palestine. By the outbreak of WWI, her family was one of the area's most prominent. Join author James Srodes as he discusses his newest book which describes how the Aaronsohns came to side with the Allied forces and form the NILI espionage organization to spy against the Turkish Army. Late in the war, Sarah assumed command of the spy network as their penetration of the Turkish Army reached a critical juncture. The intelligence gathered by NILI was crucial for the British in liberating Palestine, the first dramatic Allied victory; and Sarah's tragic end would prove important in holding the Allied victors to their promises of a new Jewish state.
Free. No registration required.
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.
Thursday, 30 March 2017, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - The Mysterious Disappearance of Jim Thompson, "The Silk King of Thailand" - at the Textile Museum
When Jim Thompson vanished 50 years ago, he was the best-known American in Thailand. Rumors still swirl around his disappearance. Thompson had set up the Bangkok OSS office and later served as a CIA asset in Thailand, but it was his beautiful Thai silk that made him famous. He revitalized the industry, amassed a huge art collection, and built a magnificent house from traditional Thai homes to showcase his precious objects. So what could have happened in March of 1967, when he went for a short walk in the high jungles of Malaysia? Why were the CIA, DOS, US Army, and FBI involved in the massive search? Join Dr. Llewellyn Toulmin, the co-founder of Missing Aircraft Search Team, as he analyzes the case from a scientific search and rescue point of view, discusses Thompson's CIA connections, and suggests a solution to this 50-year-old famous mystery.
Tickets: $10. Contact Shana Oltmans at firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
30 March - 1 April 2017 - Washington, DC - Joint Conference on "Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community"
The Woodrow Wilson Center, the German Historical Institute, and the Intenational Intelligence History Association are delighted to invite you to the jointly organized conference on "Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community".
Please register for the conference by email to the IIHA Executive
Director at email@example.com before 23 March 2017.
The conference fee is 150 EUR / 165 US-Dollar, 110 EUR / 120 US-Dollar for IIHA members and 75 EUR / 80 US-Dollar for students.
This includes dinners on Thursday and Friday as well as coffee breaks during the conference and a snack lunch on Saturday.
Full list of Speakers and Tentative Schedule here.
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