AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #06-17 dated 07 February 2017

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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Obituaries, Research Requests

Obituaries

Research Requests

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

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

Unusual tradecraft and devices used in the conduct of covert operations
will be part of the presentation by agency experts
who just published
Spy Sites of Washington, DC

and

Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives
of Islamic TerroristsTrying to Destroy America
The controversial topic that needs to be parsed by realistic counterterrorism experts as they faced an enemy ready to die before revealing terrorist schemes to harm innocent lives.

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Afternoon presentation include display and discussion of tradecraft devices used at the various spy sites featured in the Wallace/Melton/Schlesinger book.

Afternoon Speakers...

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

Morning Speaker...

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

"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!"
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Book of the Week:

Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII
by Scott Miller
(Simon & Schuster; March 2017)

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"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."
(– Andrew Nagorski, author of The Nazi Hunters and Hitlerland)

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.

Scott Miller's fascinating Agent 110 explains how leaders of the German Underground wanted assurances from Germany's enemies that they would treat the country humanely after the war. If President Roosevelt backed the resistance, they would overthrow Hitler and shorten the war. But Miller shows how Dulles's negotiations fell short. Eventually he was placed in charge of the CIA in the 1950s, where he helped set the stage for US foreign policy. With his belief that the ends justified the means, Dulles had no qualms about consorting with Nazi leadership or working with resistance groups within other countries to topple governments.

Miller brings to life this pivotal period of world history - of desperate renegades in a dark and dangerous world where spies, idealists, and traitors match wits and blows to ensure their vision of a perfect future.

The book may be preordered here.


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

NCMF_March_ProgramWednesday, 29 March 2017, 10am - 1pm
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Please join National Cryptologic Museum Foundation friends and colleagues welcoming Stephen Budiansky acclaimed author, journalist, and historian of cryptology, speaking on
"A New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities."
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A book signing of Mr. Budiansky's book Code Warriors: NSA's Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union follows his presentation and lunch follows that at noon.
Mr. Budiansky will speak about his latest book (noted above) that draws on an array of recently declassified documents to explore the NSA's long SIGINT struggle against the Soviets, and traces the historical forces behind the intelligence controversies making headlines today. Mr. Budiansky is the author of numerous books of military and intelligence history, science and biography including Battle of Wits: The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II and Blackett's War. He is the former foreign editor and deputy editor of US News & World Report, and former Washington editor of the scientific journal Nature, and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal's book review pages. You will not want to miss this program that draws on an array of recently declassified documents to explore the NSA's long SIGINT struggle against the Soviets and to trace the historical forces behind the intelligence controversies making headlines today.
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Spy 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.

For decades, CIA and US military intelligence spy recruiters have held out the promise of eventual resettlement in America to induce foreigners to turn coat and work secretly for the United States against terrorist groups or repressive governments. In reality, many were caught before they ever made it, but during the Cold War countless Eastern Europeans living under communist rule, and more recently, Muslims across the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, have worked secretly for US spy agencies on the promise that they or their children would eventually be extracted. Another effective recruiting tool for US operatives has been to offer their agents’ families medical care or education in the United States.

Those inducements, a primary recruiting tool in Muslim lands, were effectively suspended with Trump’s  executive order Friday to temporarily ban immigration from seven critical targets of US spy agencies - Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. The departments of State and Homeland Security, the order stipulates, may allow entry from those countries on "a case-by-case basis," but it’s a balky arrangement not likely to appeal to managers of the CIA’s highly secretive  operations directorate, its espionage and covert action arm.

Intelligence veterans with vast counterterrorism experience are expressing dismay about how the order will affect their spy operations.  [Read More:  Stein/newsweek/28January2017]

FBI Employee Gets Two Years for Giving Data to China.  Kun Shan Chun, aka "Joey Chun," was sentenced in a New York City federal court on January 20 to serve 24 months in prison and pay a US$10,000 fine. The FBI employee was convicted for acting in the United States as an agent of the People’s Republic of China without providing prior notice to the Attorney General.

He had worked since 1997 at the New York field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was arrested in March 2016, and pled guilty on August 1.

Among other things, in early 2015, Chun took photographs of documents displayed in a restricted area of the FBI’s New York Field Office, which summarized sensitive details regarding multiple surveillance technologies used by the FBI.

Chun sent the photographs to his personal cellphone, and later admitted to the FBI that he caused the photographs to be transported to a Chinese official in China. In a release issued by the US Department of Justice, Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said, "Kun Shan Chun, an FBI employee, was supposed to work to protect and serve the American people. But instead, he acted as a secret agent of China. For that betrayal, Chun has now been sentenced to federal prison."  [Read More:  Brown/atimes/3February2017]

Gina Haspel Named CIA Deputy Director; Mike Pompeo Comments.  President Donald Trump has appointed Gina Haspel, former deputy director of the National Clandestine Service, as the new deputy director of CIA.

CIA said Thursday the selection of Haspel, who has been with the agency since 1985, makes her the first female career CIA officer to be appointed deputy director.

"Gina is an exemplary intelligence officer and a devoted patriot who brings more than 30 years of agency experience to the job," said CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Haspel held various roles within CIA, including as deputy director of NCS for foreign intelligence and covert action and as the NCS director’s chief of staff, and she also served overseas as an undercover agent.  [Read More:  Nicholas/executivegov/3February2017 and Press release from CIA with comments about her appointment: OPA CIA/02February2017]

North Korean Spy Chief Sacked in Latest Purge, Says South Korea.  The head of North Korea’s spy agency has become the most senior victim of another round of apparent purges ordered by the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, South Korean officials have said.

Kim Won-hong, the state security minister and a close aide to the leader, was sacked in mid-January after being accused of corruption, abuse of power and human rights abuses, according to the unification ministry in Seoul, which handles cross-border issues.

It is not clear whether he has been permanently banished or ordered to undergo "re-education" with a view to being brought back into Kim Jong-un’s inner circle. His removal has not been confirmed by North Korea.

Kim Jong-un, 33, has presided over several high-profile purges since he became leader in late 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il.  [Read More:  McCurry/theguardian/3February2017]

NSA'S No. 2, Its Top Civilian, Will Retire Shortly.  Richard Ledgett, deputy director of the National Security Agency, has announced he will retire this spring, the agency confirmed to CyberScoop Friday.

Ledgett, 59, has been deputy director - the agency’s top civilian - since January 2014, when he succeeded Chris Inglis. Prior to that, according to his official biography, "He led the NSA Media Leaks Task Force... responsible for integrating and overseeing the totality of NSA’s efforts surrounding" the Ed Snowden megaleaks.

Ledgett joined the NSA in 1988 and and rose to be, during 2012-13, director of the agency’s Threat Operations Center, the famed NTOC. Before that, he served a a stint 2010-12 in various posts in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, including being the the first national intelligence manager for cyber.

He is a recipient of the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal and was for a time an instructor and and course developer at the National Cryptologic School.  [Read More:  Waterman/cyberscoop/3February2017]

Hacker Breaches Police Forum to Sell Over 700,000 NSA, FBI and DHS Staff Account Data on Dark Web.  A pseudonymous hacker going by the name Berkut is reportedly selling a hacked database of over 700,000 user accounts from a popular police forum on the dark web. The site, PoliceOne.com is reportedly used by verified law enforcement officials and provides a platform for investigators to discuss tactics, weapons, and other specialist topics.

According to a listing on the dark web marketplace Tochka, the database contains around 715,000 user accounts from the police forum and includes emails from the NSA, DHS, FBI as well as other US government agencies. The database appears to be dated to 2015 and the hacker is reportedly demanding $400 (£320) for the data.

According to a report by Motherboard, Berkut claims that the account information may aid cybercriminals to access "private messages and posts". The database contains usernames, passwords, email addresses and alleged member join dates.

The hacker claimed that he infiltrated the site using a vBulletin exploit. A Google cache of the PoliceOne site revealed that the site was recently using vBulletin version 4.2.3. Motherboard's report claimed that the site was briefly down. However, at the time of writing, the PoliceOne site is back up.  [Read More:  Ashok/ibtimes/4February2017]

US Makes Limited Exceptions to Sanctions on Russian Spy Agency.  The US Treasury Department on Thursday adjusted sanctions on Russian intelligence agency FSB, making limited exceptions to the measures put in place by former President Barack Obama over accusations Moscow tried to influence the 2016 US presidential election with cyber attacks on political organizations.

The department said in a statement it would allow US companies to make limited transactions with FSB that are needed to gain approval to import information technology products into Russia.

At the White House, President Donald Trump responded to a reporter's question about whether he was easing sanctions on Russia, saying, "I'm not easing anything."

Sanctions experts and former Obama administration officials stressed the exceptions to the sanctions imposed in December do not signal a broader shift in Russia policy.  [Read More:  Schectman/Volz/reuters/2February2017]

House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs Committee Members Compromised by Rogue IT Staff.  Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.

Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.

Also among those whose computer systems may have been compromised is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat who was previously the target of a disastrous email hack when she served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign.  [Read More:  Rosiak/dailycaller/4February2017]

Gambia's Barrow Revamps Intelligence Agency.  Gambia’s intelligence agency boss Yankuba Badjie has been dismissed and the institution renamed.

The National Intelligence Agency will now be known as the State Intelligence Services.

President Adama Barrow changed the name through an executive order.

Badjie was replaced by former director-general Mousa Dibba in acting capacity.  [Read More:  nation/5February2017]

Salary Boost for Some Intelligence Employees Sought.  In a sign that the intelligence agencies are experiencing the same issues in recruiting and retaining employees in the STEM fields as other agencies are experiencing, a bill (S-133) ready for a Senate vote would allow for higher rates of pay for such positions.

Under the intelligence authorization act as passed by the Senate intelligence committee, employees with expertise in science, technology, engineering, or math could be paid up to 30 percent more than currently, up to level IV of the Executive Schedule (currently $161,900).

The CBO estimated that about 1,700 employees at the outset would receive raises averaging $4,100 and that over several years the number would increase to 2,100 receiving an average boost of $19,100 above the otherwise applicable rate.

The CBO analysis addressed only the publicly available portions of the bill; the size of the intelligence workforce is not disclosed.  [Read More:  fedweek/6February2017]

Romanian Parliamentary Committee to Debate Undercover Agents in Media.  The Parliamentary committee that controls the activity of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) will organize a public debate on "undercover intelligence agents" in the media, where journalists and media institutions will take part, said on Friday the committee president Adrian Tutuianu.

"We’ve received notifications from associations, foundations, what is normally called the civil society," said Tutuianu, reports local Mediafax.

He explained that the committee received notifications from Active Watch and other associations on two topics, namely whether SRI received EU funds and whether there are undercover agents in the media. Tutuianu said that the committee would decide in the next two months when the public debate will take place.

He recently said that there could be "undercover agents in the media." SRI can’t plant undercover agents in justice institutions, but there is no such ban in the media.  [Read More:  romainia-insider/6February2017]

800 Guns, Including Skorpion Sub-Machinegun, Seized by Counter Terror Police.  More than 800 illegal firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition have been seized by counter-terrorism police and the National Crime Agency in just four weeks in a major crackdown to prevent extremists obtaining guns.

The weapons seized include a fully-loaded AK47 assault rifle, a Skorpion sub-machinegun and 200 handguns.

Other assault rifles and machineguns were also recovered. A total of 282 people, included registered arms dealers suspected of selling illegal weapons, have been arrested.

The large number of firearms seized was hailed by law enforcers as a "significant" success in the battle to prevent terrorists - as well as other criminals - from obtaining weapons and carrying out a marauding Paris-style attack in London or another British city.  [Read More:  Bentham/standard/6February2017]



Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

An Illustrious Career.  A Humboldt County native and current McKinleyville resident has been inducted into the National Security Agency’s Cryptologic Hall of Honor.

Gerry Hale - who worked for the NSA from 1962 until his retirement in 1997 - was one of three cryptologic pioneers named to the Hall of Honor for 2016. Adm. Michael S. Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, presided over the induction ceremony, which took place at the NSA’s Maryland headquarters.

"Humbled is probably the right word," Hale said of the recognition. "To be on the wall with the others who are there is really hard to believe."

The National Security Agency is an intelligence organization of the United States government responsible for creating systems that protect US communications and for analyzing systems and communications used by foreign powers. According to the NSA website (www.nsa.gov), the Cryptologic Hall of Honor was created in 1999 to pay tribute to those who have made "significant and enduring contributions" to American cryptology - the art and science of making and breaking codes and ciphers.  [Read More:  Shelton/times-standard/4February2017]

Former Counterintelligence Chief on the State of Security - emphasizes importance of US uniting to support national security community to counter ISIS.  A longtime Central Intelligence Agency operative sat down with NBC 5 to talk about his career and the new administration in Washington.

James Olson spent more than 30 years in the CIA and served under six presidents.

He now teaches at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, and was a featured guest Friday at the Northeast Leadership Forum's annual meeting.

"My career would really, I think, boil down to chasing Russians wherever there were Russians," Olson said. "They were our number-one Cold War adversary, and my job was to monitor their activities, but above all, to recruit them as spies for us and then to handle them as spies for us, which I did on the streets of Moscow among other places."  [Read More:  Fine/nbcdfw/3February2017]

Finding Feelings:  Intelligence Agency Lines up New Tool for Rooting Out Insider Threats.  The government’s eye in the sky is working on a way to understand more about what’s happening inside its own workers’ heads.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has been building a suite of software to assess the likelihood its employees could leak classified information, harm someone in the workplace or harm themselves. And now it’s planning to try a tool that "looks for emotion" by analyzing text in emails, work chats, social media and more.

Bob Lamon, director of NGA’s Insider Threat Program, told FedScoop that the software, which will be deployed as a pilot project, isn’t entirely devoted to catching violators. In particular, it will help analysts easily identify and dismiss false positives, which can be a costly problem for an agency with about 14,500 workers who provide crucial intelligence about what’s happening on the ground all over the world.

"We get a lot of hits that we have to investigate that we find out are absolutely nothing," Lamon said. "We’re hoping that something that is looking at the sentiment of what people are writing can help us eliminate those false positives."  [Read More:  Ehlinger/fedscoop/6February2017]

Individual Reserve Offers Unique Opportunities to Serve.  When Tech. Sgt. Mark Parker first enlisted in the Air Force as a security forces Airman in 2001, he already knew his long-term goal was to become a civilian law enforcement officer. After serving four years on active duty, which included a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was ready to pursue his civilian goals but didn’t want to entirely let go of the military.

"The individual mobilization augmentee program gave me the opportunity to have both," said Parker, who is assigned to the 673rd Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

The IMA program provides Air Force Reservists some unique opportunities. It is actually part of a larger category called the Individual Reserve, which consists of IMAs and members of the Participating Individual Ready Reserve. The program dates back to the beginning of the Air Force Reserve. In 1947, Lt. Gen. George E. Stratemeyer, the first commander of Continental Air Command, a predecessor of today’s Air Force Reserve Command, called for establishing a category of Reservists to support the active duty during times of crisis. Stratemeyer established the mobilization assignee program, and the Individual Reserve was born.

Today, the IR program is managed by the Headquarters Individual Reservist Readiness and Integration Organization, or HQ RIO, located at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. It consists of approximately 7,200 Reservists, representing nearly every Air Force specialty code and rank, who augment more than 50 major commands, combatant commands and government agencies.  [Read More:  Huffman/dobbins/6February2017]

Why Businesses Ignore the US Government's Information Sharing Programs.  Widespread over-classification of cyber threat intelligence collected by the US government is causing most of the existing information sharing programs between the private and public sector to be less effective, former US officials say.

"Over-classification is an issue across the board in the intelligence community in all kinds of different contexts," Susan Hennessey, a former National Security Agency attorney said during a panel discussion at DC think tank New America. "The incentives run here towards keeping information secret. That said, there has been a real effort over the last several years to try to share more information. And this where, I think, we run into an issue of bureaucracy and [culture]."

In late December, the Department of Homeland Security in coordination with the FBI released a technical report, dubbed "Grizzly Steppe," which contained indicators of compromise associated with the hackers thought to be responsible for the intrusions at the Democratic National Committee. Shortly thereafter, the Office of the Director of Intelligence published another, separate report detailing connections between this hacking group, known as APT28 or Fancy Bear, to high ranking Russian officials.

Cybersecurity experts largely criticized the joint FBI-DHS technical report, describing it as flawed, incomplete and technically inaccurate. The report designated multiple IP addresses as malicious but turned out to link back to harmless domains.  [Read More:  Bing/cyberscoop/31/January2017]

This Indian-Origin Entrepreneur Made It to Forbes 30 Under 30 List of Achievers for an Amazing Reason.  A few years ago, an engineer named Sivakumar Palaniswamy was visiting a hospital in Delhi when he came across a horrifying sight - a group of infants suffering from jaundice were lying together in a small room and were being treated in a hazardous manner.

They were naked, sweating, and feverish, and were exposed to a blue lamp hung from a rope. The lamp was supposed to be part of a conventional phototherapy treatment in which newborns are placed in incubators or enclosed cribs and are exposed to a type of fluorescent light to reduce bilirubin levels that cause jaundice. Except, no such incubator or treatment device was in sight here.

Shocked and saddened, he returned to the US where he was studying at the time. The image of the newborns stuck in his mind, and he spoke about it to his childhood friend Vivek Kopparthi. The focus of his conversation was on how, as engineers, they should develop a solution for issues like these. While it was a depressing problem, Vivek also saw it as an opportunity - and together the duo took on the mission to solve a global challenge.

In 2014, they founded NeoLight, an empathy-driven technology company focused on developing medical devices for newborn care. The founders put in their own savings into the company for the first 18 months, the time in which they developed a viable product to help treat jaundice. Started in the US, NeoLight is now a team of 10 engineers that aims to deliver extra care that will give mothers and infants more satisfaction and peace than the current technologies.  [Read More:  Singh/thebetterindia/3February2017]

INSA Announces Recipients of 2017 Achievement Awards.  The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) announced Jan. 25 the recipients of the 2017 INSA Achievement Awards. The awards recognize outstanding mid-level professionals from government, military, private sector and academia supporting the US national security mission.

Selected by a committee of INSA’s leadership and Intelligence Champions Council, the recipients are...  [Read More:  Budik/washintonexec/1February2017]



Section III - COMMENTARY

America’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.

It is at this point that Joshua Kurlantzick, a Southeast Asia fellow at at the Council on Foreign Relations, begins his new book, A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA. Rather than provide an overview of American activities in Laos, Kurlantzick concentrates on the war and the CIA's program with the Hmong tribal people of northern Laos.

He describes this program, which he calls Operation Momentum, as a "plan to arm and train the Hmong under Vang Pao to fight in the growing civil war in Laos." Vang Pao, the ethnic Hmong political leader and army general, would lead this program from its bright beginning in 1961 to its bitter end in 1975. Kurlantzick later characterizes the CIA's involvement as a "massive undertaking" that would transform the agency from a mere collector of intelligence and meddler in other governments' affairs into a "central part of war fighting" in the US government. In other words, here was the birth of a military CIA more than 55 years ago. Who knew? Not me. Not then, not now.

Kurlantzick starts his narrative by gravely mischaracterizing Operation Momentum, labelling it a paramilitary operation when it was something quite different. Did he really not know what it was or did he skip that part because it did not fit into his conclusions for the book?  [Read More:  Thompson/newsweek/5February2017]

The Future of Foreign Intelligence.  Last year, Laura Donohue of Georgetown published a new book that will be of interest to readers:  The Future of Foreign Intelligence: Privacy and Surveillance in a Digital Age.

You can access a presentation on the book by Prof. Donahue on YouTube if you want and find a short summary in this SlideShare.  I had meant to note its publication at the time, but simply neglected it.

I am reminded of it today, however, because Joel Brenner (formerly of the NSA) has now published this critical essay, "FISA and Foreign Intelligence: Getting the History Straight."

Both the book, and the essay, are well worth your attention.  [Read More:  Rosenzwelg/lawfareblog/31January2017]



Section IV - Obituaries, Research Request

Obituaries

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 Requests

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 (larrytye@gmail.com)
www.larrytye.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 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 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.

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.

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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 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

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
REGISTER here.

22-25 February 2017 - Baltimore, MD - The International Studies Association (ISA) 58th Annual Convention: "Understanding Change in World Politics."

The International Studies Association (ISA) 58th Annual Convention: "Understanding Change in World Politics"is a major annual academic conference which has a section of special interest to professors and students studying intelligence: the Intelligence Studies Section (ISS) which hosts many panels and presentations at the conference. Headquarters Hotel: Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, MD.
A tentative list of the ISS panels at this ISA may be viewed here.

ISA has a new online program (requires login) that lets ISA members or event registrants to search by person, title, sponsor, and keywords. You can use this to build a personalized schedule that you can download as a PDF to have handy when you're at the convention.

For much more information visit this link.

24 February 2017, 5:30 to 7 p.m. - Washington, DC - The Changing Role of Intelligence in a Changing World - Gene Poteat presentation at The Institute of World Politics

American intelligence services, constrained by law and with oversight from the executive and both branches of Congress, are thus liable for their actions, but are not immune from politics. Rather than going along with our changing culture and politics, the problems facing our intelligence are avoided by strict vigilance and adherence to the highest professional judgements and ethics - without political considerations. This event is the fourth Brian Kelley Memorial Lecture and is sponsored by the IWP Alumni Association. About the speaker S. Eugene (Gene) Poteat is a retired senior CIA Scientific Intelligence Officer, and has served as President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO). He was educated as an electrical engineer and physicist. He holds a Masters in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from IWP. His career in intelligence included work with U-2 and SR-71 class of aircraft and various space and naval reconnaissance systems. He also managed the CIA's worldwide network of monitoring sites. He holds patents on covert communications techniques. His CIA assignments included the Directorate of Science and Technology, the National Reconnaissance Office, Technical Director of the Navy's Special Programs Office and Executive Director of the Intelligence Research and Development Council. He served abroad in London, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Asia. He received the CIA's Medal of Merit and the National Reconnaissance Office's Meritorious Civilian Award for his technological innovations.
Location: The Institute of World Politics 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
REGISTER HERE.

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 soltmans@spymuseum.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 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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