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I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
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III - COMMENTARY
Section IV - Research Request, Obituaries
Section V - Events
Upcoming AFIO Events
9 March 2017, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Scottsdale, AZ - The AFIO
Arizona Chapter hosts SAC Thomas G. Atteberry, ATF,
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Other Upcoming Events
- Monday, 6 March
2017, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Yudhijit
Bhattacharjee discusses Brian Regan: The Spy Who
Couldn't Spell at the International Spy Museum
- Wednesday, 8
March 2017, noon - Washington, DC - James Srodes
discusses The Spies of Palestine: Love, Betrayal, and the
Heroic Life of Sarah Aaronsohn at the International Spy Museum
March 16, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Meet A Spy: Sandy
Grimes - at the International Spy Museum
- Thursday, 16 March 2017 (6-8pm) - Alexandria, VA - Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP) Lessons in Leadership Intelligence Speaker Series This Month: Jim Kelly on Driving Entrepreneurial Success
- Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 11:30 a.m. - McLean, VA - DIF Forum features SSA Tom O'Connor and SA Jean O'Connor on Terrorism Issues
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Austin, TX - Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland: A
Symposium by the Intelligence Studies Project and the
Business Executives for National Security
29 March 2017, 10am - 1pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - Stephen
Budiansky discusses "A New Perspective on NSA's
Covert Activities" at this NCMF spring program
March 29, 6:45pm-8:15pm - Washington, DC - Deep Undercover
with Jack Barsky - at S. Dillon Ripley
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White - at the International Spy Museum.
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at the Textile Museum
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Book of the Week
Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America
by Jack Barsky
(Tyndale Momentum, March 2017)
Our fascination with spies runs deep, particularly those who are under deep cover, the so-called sleeper agents. Living and operating under aliases, with elaborate background stories (called legends), they intrigue us for the double lives they live, sometimes with families―and even children. (The current popularity of FX Network's award-winning The Americans attests to this.) But what is the truth beneath the often glamorized surface? How are they selected, trained, and dispatched to foreign countries? What are their secret assignments? Deep Undercover lifts the veil on one such case, giving us a glimpse of a secret life, showing us the price one man paid for undertaking such an assignment. Reading his intriguing story, you realize how few of us would willingly undertake such a mission―or succeed! (Peter Earnest, Executive director, International Spy Museum)
As a double agent who worked against Russia, I thought I had heard it all. Then I heard Jack's story. (Naveed Jamali, Former double agent and author of How to Catch a Russian Spy)
Jack Barksy's ultimate act of courage is sharing this intimate story that sheds light on the true personal consequences of a life in espionage. Gripping and emotional, Deep Undercover peers beyond the Iron Curtain for a look into the world of a KGB officer illegally living abroad. Instead of romanticizing the life of a spy, Barsky tells his story with honesty and heart. (Joel Fields, Writer and executive producer, The Americans)
An incredible look at the astounding journey of a KGB officer in the midst of the Cold War. Heartbreaking, exciting, intriguing. An honest account of one of the most difficult careers known to man. Equal parts memoir, spycraft guide, and historical document, Deep Undercover perfectly describes the crippling insularity of the spy's life. (Joe Weisberg, Creator, showrunner, and executive producer, The Americans)
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Complex Russian Ciphers, Snowden, Turf Battles,
Lies, Coverups, and Secrecy
29 March 2017, 10am - 1pm
- Annapolis Junction, MD -
Please join National Cryptologic Museum Foundation friends and
colleagues welcoming Stephen Budiansky acclaimed
author, journalist, and historian of cryptology, speaking on
"A New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities."
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A book signing of Mr. Budiansky's book Code Warriors: NSA's
Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet
Union follows his presentation and lunch follows that at noon.
Mr. Budiansky will speak about his latest book (noted above) that
draws on an array of recently declassified documents to explore
the NSA's long SIGINT struggle against the Soviets, and traces the
historical forces behind the intelligence controversies making
headlines today. Mr. Budiansky is the author of numerous books of
military and intelligence history, science and biography including
Battle of Wits: The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II
and Blackett's War. He is the former foreign editor and deputy
editor of US News & World Report, and former Washington editor
of the scientific journal Nature, and a regular contributor to the
Wall Street Journal's book review pages. You will not want to miss
this program that draws on an array of recently declassified
documents to explore the NSA's long SIGINT struggle against the
Soviets and to trace the historical forces behind the intelligence
controversies making headlines today.
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE
Intelligence Agency to Be Functional From June. In wake of
the unprecedented rise in the digital transactions in the country, the
government is fast-tracking its efforts to build a robust cyber security
ecosystem. The country's apex cyberspace intelligence agency, the National
Cybersecurity Coordination Centre (NCCC), will become functional in June
this year while sector specific computer emergency response teams (CERT) for
industries such as power, communications etc, will also be created, Ravi
Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics.
Prasad was speaking at the launch of the Botnet Cleaning and Malware
Analysis Centre called the Cyber Swachhta Kendra, which will help
individuals and organisations in analysing malware and botnets that affect
networks and systems.
Prasad said that India is on the path of becoming one trillion dollar
digital economy over the coming years and will need to have strong
cybersecurity to facilitate it. Prasad said that while the ministry has
already launched a division for digital payment under CERT and a financial
CERT is also being set up, states will be encouraged to set up their own
CERTs. Among the other measures announced were 10 more Standardisation
Testing and Quality Certification facilities to be set up and testing fee
for any startup that comes up with a digital technology in the area of cyber
security to be reduced by 50 per cent.
Prasad also said that designated forensic labs will be empowered to work as
the certified authority to establish cybercrime. [Read More: ET
Terror Chief Max Hill Warns Risk of Attacks
in Britain is Highest Since Dark Days of IRA. British
citizens are facing a level of threat from terrorists not seen since the IRA
bombings of the Seventies, the country's new terrorism watchdog has warned.
In his first major interview since taking the role, Max Hill said Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) was planning "indiscriminate attacks on
innocent civilians" on a scale similar to those perpetrated by the IRA 40
He told The Telegraph that Islamists were targeting UK cities and said there
was an "enormous ongoing risk which none of us can ignore". [Read
Intelligence Chief Says More
Islamic Extremists in Germany. The head of Germany's
domestic intelligence agency cautioned Wednesday that the number of Islamic
extremists in the country is on the rise and that the threat of an attack
"We are currently counting 1,600 people as potentially belonging to that
group," Hans-Georg Maassen said at the European police congress in Berlin.
At the end of last year, the agency had counted around 1,200 people.
The number of extremists under surveillance who are considered potentially
dangerous enough to carry out an attack is currently at 570, according to
the agency, German news agency dpa reported.
"Every day we get two, sometimes even four concrete leads regarding possible
acts," Maassen said. "We have to acknowledge that we live in these
conditions and no longer in a normal situation." [Read More:
Intelligence Office Starts Crowdsourcing
Test. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence
has announced a multi-year research effort to develop and test "large-scale,
structured collaboration methods to improve reasoning" with the goal of
"improving analysts' and decision makers' understanding of the evidence and
assumptions that support - or conflict with - their conclusions."
The Crowdsourcing Evidence, Argumentation, Thinking and Evaluation, or
CREATE, program "is a unique opportunity to extend crowdsourcing beyond its
traditional applications," the office said. "CREATE will combine
crowdsourcing with structured techniques to improve reasoning on complex
analytic issues. The resulting technology will be valuable not just to
intelligence analysis but also to science, law, and policy - in fact, to any
domain where people must think their way through complex questions."
"The increasingly complex questions faced by today's analysts require not
only better answers, but clearer understanding and communication of
conflicting evidence, knowledge gaps, and degrees of uncertainty. CREATE
systems will help analysts explain to decision makers why judgments were
made, why seemingly plausible alternatives were rejected, and the major gaps
in what is known," it said.
The agency has awarded research contracts to several universities, as well
as separate contracts to independently test the new systems. [Read
Cooperative Development Speeds Nato
Cyber-Intelligence-Sharing. NATO and partner countries are
sharing R&D in the development of cyber-security tools to achieve
economies of scale, including the CIICS (Cyber Information and Incident
Coordination System) which has just been deployed in the Alliance's 24/7
cyber operations centre.
CIICS was developed by NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI
Agency), NATO's IT and cyber arm, as part of the Multi National Defence
Capability Development (MN CD2) project to share intelligence, detect and
thwart cyber-threats at a faster pace and across multiple countries, with
Finland set to join the coalition within weeks.
CIICS is currently used by Canada, the Netherlands and Romania and will be
deployed later this year to Norway, as well as partner nations Finland and
Ireland, which have all already started trialling the tool.
Manisha Parmar, senior cyber security scientist at the NCI Agency,
explained: "CIICS not only alerts you about potential cyber-attacks but also
allows you to respond to the attack with the help of other users. So for
example, if I'm Romania and I have detected a cyber-attack which might be
replicated against Norway or the Netherlands, I can share that information
with these countries and they will get immediately alerted if a similar
threat shows up." [Read More: scmagazineuk/27February2017]
Audit on NSA Vulnerabilities Should Be
Public, Times Says. Spurred to action by a House
intelligence report, The New York Times has sued to obtain a study on
security vulnerabilities that may have allowed Edward Snowden to breach the
National Security Agency's system.
Joined in the Feb. 17 federal complaint by investigative reporter Charlie
Savage, the Times notes that the Office of the Inspector General for the
Department of Defense began its assessment last year at the behest of
members of Congress.
"In particular, the House asked DOD-OIG to determine whether the NSA had
addressed certain vulnerabilities exposed by the actions of former NSA
contractor Edward Snowden," the 4-page complaint states.
Though the Defense Department's ensuing report is not public, the House
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence made reference to the findings in
its September 2016 review of Snowden's breach. [Read More:
Israeli Defense Establishment Braces
for Release of Damning 2014 Gaza War Report. Israel's
defense establishment is bracing for the release on Tuesday of an apparently
damning report on the 2014 war with Gaza, with former defense minister Moshe
Ya'alon and ex-army chief Benny Gantz already defending their leadership
during the conflict known as Operation Protective Edge.
"In the next week, you're going to hear a lot about Protective Edge,"
Ya'alon wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday night. "They'll say that we
didn't know, that we didn't tell them, that we didn't report to them. And
the biggest lie of all? That we weren't prepared and we lost. That's
The hotly anticipated State Comptroller's report is said to be sharply
critical of the government's actions during the month-long conflict.
A draft released to ministers and military officials in November reportedly
condemns Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then-Defense Minister Moshe
Ya'alon for failing to prepare for the threat posed by Hamas tunnels from
Gaza, despite alerts from the intelligence services. [Read More:
NSA Gives Grant to Augusta University
Cyber Institute. Augusta University's Cyber Institute is
getting a big boost. A week after Governor Deal signed the Cyber Center's
budget, now the school is seeing a grant from the NSA.
If it wasn't clear already Augusta University is becoming the place to be
"So what' I'm telling you is the institute is working, what we're doing is
working," Augusta University Cyber Institute Director Joanne Sexton said.
They've already expanded their reach into downtown Augusta and now they're
reaching further, globally. [Read More: Tuman/wrdw/22February2017]
CIA-Backed Aid for Syrian Rebels Frozen
After Islamist Attack. CIA-coordinated military aid for
rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major
Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign
support key to their war against President Bashar al-Assad.
Rebel officials said that no official explanation had been given for the
move this month following the jihadist assault, though several said they
believed the main objective was to prevent arms and cash falling into
Islamist militant hands. But they said they expected the aid freeze to be
The halt in assistance, which has included salaries, training, ammunition
and in some cases guided anti-tank missiles, is a response to jihadist
attacks and has nothing to do with U.S. President Donald Trump replacing
Barack Obama in January, two U.S. officials familiar with the CIA-led
The freeze reflects the troubles facing Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels in the
almost six-year-old revolt against Assad, who now appears militarily
unassailable in his core western region largely thanks to direct
intervention on his side by Russia and Iran. [Read more: Reuters/21February2017]
- CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Under Stress, US-Mexico Intelligence Ties
Could Fray. The U.S. Congressional Research Service says
intelligence cooperation between Mexico and the United States has become
closer in the last decade on issues important to both countries, such as
illegal immigration, border security, drugs and human trafficking.
But that critical intelligence relationship may be under examination in
Mexico. The country is trying to fashion a response to a suite of economic
threats issued by the new U.S. administration. And security is one serious
chip to play.
After alleged Mexican drug trafficker Joaqu'n "El Chapo" Guzm'n Loera was
arrested near Los Mochis, Sinaloa, last year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration released a statement.
"The arrest is a significant achievement," it said, "in our shared fight
against organized crime." There are published reports that U.S. intelligence
on Guzm'n's whereabouts led to the takedown. Guzm'n was extradited to the
United States last month. [Read More: Matalon/azpm/21February2017]
Kim Jong-nam: Who in North Korea Could
Organise a VX Murder? Kim Jong-nam had not been in the
running for the North Korean leadership for years, so it was a surprise to
some when he was killed in such mysterious circumstances.
But now his death has been conclusively linked to the VX nerve agent.
Most experts agree that the presence of VX means there is likely to be some
kind of state connection to this killing. And North Korea does have
institutions with the wherewithal to carry out such an attack.
North Korea has fiercely denied this, holding Malaysia responsible in an
angry outburst on state media. [Read More: Madden/bbc/24February2017]
Even Mandatory Retirement
Couldn't Stop Spymaster James Angleton's Influence.
Considered to be both one of the greatest - and most paranoid - spymasters
in living memory, CIA Counterintelligence Chief James Jesus Angleton was
undeniably one of the best in the field. By the '70s, however, he was also
considered too toxic for government service after revelations, scandals, and
Agency politics forced him and other senior staff out. While it's been known
that he remained somewhat active as an advisor and in think tanks, it seems
that little is known beyond his involvement with the American Security
Council think tank and a few similar organizations. A formerly SECRET memo
from CIA, however, establishes that they, and others, consulted with him on
an official basis.
The memo wasted no time in describing the September 27 meeting. The meeting
had been arranged as part of the CIA Director's Advisory Commission on
Multidisciplinary Counterintelligence Analysis and took place at the home of
a CIA employee, where they discussed the past and future of
counterintelligence for four hours. When the two met, Angleton's health did
not look well. He reportedly had given up drinking alcohol, but continued to
chain smoke. Three and a half years later, he would die of lung cancer.
The most significant revelation of the memo follows immediately: not only
was Angleton being "officially" consulted on counterintelligence, he was
also consulting with Senator Goldwater, albeit "indirectly", with Angelo
Codevilla of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and with the
President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB), whose job it was
provide 'advice to the President concerning the quality and adequacy of
intelligence collection, of analysis and estimates, of counterintelligence,
and of other intelligence activities.'
Currently, nothing is known about his indirect collaboration with Senator
Goldwater. It's possible, however, that his time with the PFIAB related to
his relationship with Clare Boothe Luce, who in 1982 was set to chair the
PFIAB subgroup on covert action, which included Counterintelligence.
[Read More: Best/muckrock/21February2017]
The Australian Government has Created a
Cybersecurity Hub to Share Intelligence with the Private Sector.
In the wake of Chinese attacks into Bureau of Meteorology's systems in 2015,
the Turnbull government made computer security a priority, saying hacking
cost the national economy $1 billion annually.
The response included a $230 million national cybersecurity strategy,
released last April with collaboration between public and private sectors
one of the main principles. And Dan Tehan became the minister assisting the
prime minister on cybersecurity.
Ten months later, Tehan launched the first "joint cybersecurity centre" in
Brisbane today, bringing law enforcement, public service and private sector
resources under one roof.
He said the opening is the first step in a $47 million program that trials
intelligence sharing between the three sectors. [Read More: Yoo/businessinsider/24February2017]
Omega Ware: The "Jackie Robinson of
Intelligence". The early 1970s was a time of social
activism in the United States, when the civil rights and anti-war movements
polarized the nation. The Agency had come under increased criticism from
Congress, and public and private institutions were putting substantial
pressure on the Agency to change its culture and operations.
It was against this backdrop that CIA Director William Colby called Omego
J.C. Ware, Jr. into his office. He had a special assignment for the Agency's
"Jackie Robinson of Intelligence": To become the first director of the
Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO) at CIA.
This was just one of many milestones for Omego, who demonstrated strong
leadership, professionalism, and a dedication to service over the course of
an extensive career in both military and civilian intelligence.
Omego had great and enduring impact on the Agency. He was an outstanding
intelligence officer and champion for diversity as an essential component of
a truly effective national intelligence agency. [Read More:
Inside the Fight Against IS Sleeper
Cells in Liberated Mosul. Two crudely armored pickup
trucks cruised along an eastern Mosul highway. A masked Iraqi officer riding
shotgun yelled "Go! Go! Go!" and switched the radio from Iraqi folk music to
fast, patriotic battle hymns as the vehicles sped up and weaved through the
busy afternoon traffic.
Inside were members of Iraq's National Security Service, or NSS, a secretive
intelligence and security unit that reports directly to the prime minister.
Using tips from Mosul residents, they are taking the lead in hunting down
suspected Islamic State sleeper cells that have managed remain behind as
Iraqi forces fight to retake the country's second largest city.
As Iraqi forces secure territorial victories in Mosul's western half, taking
the city's airport and a sprawling military complex, the east - an area
declared "fully liberated" from the extremists in January - has been rocked
by insurgent attacks, including one earlier this month targeting a popular
restaurant in which four people were killed and seven wounded.
Iraqi intelligence officials estimate dozens of IS fighters and sympathizers
remain in hiding in eastern Mosul's more than 60 square kilometers (23
square miles) of dense urban neighborhoods. [Read More: AP/artesianews/25February2017]
Trade Shows Are Easy Targets for
Foreign Intelligence Breaches. Trade shows are like
playing poker with your competition standing over your shoulder or like a
library with no library cards. Everything is easily available and there is
lots of free information. The question is: who benefits from all this
A trade show offers a startup company an opportunity to make its new product
a household name. It also facilitates networking opportunities for a
marketing department looking for new business. In addition, a trade show is
the perfect opportunity for business executives to learn if there are
markets for a niche item they produce.
However, trade shows are also open venues for industrial spying by
unfriendly nations seeking U.S. technology.
Intelligence Services View of Trade Shows: The Bureau of Industry and
Security of the U.S. Department of Commerce has control over what is
authorized for sale to overseas companies. The Export.gov website has a
Consolidated Screening List. The CSL includes parties for which the United
States maintains restrictions on certain exports, re-exports or transfers of
items. [Read More: Lint/inhomelandsecurity/24February2017]
100 Percent Chance There Is a Spy Site in
Your DC-Area Neighborhood: Author. The chances you live
within walking distance to a spy site are 100 percent for those living in
the D.C. area, according to a former CIA official.
Robert Wallace, who spent 40 years in the CIA, wrote the book "Spy Sites of
Washington, D.C., A Guide to the Capital Region's Secret History," which
details hundreds of locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia with
connections to espionage.
Walking the streets of D.C., Wallace said locations where spies lived,
worked, held secret meetings and conducted dead drops are all around.
"I think it's about 100 percent certain that there is a spy site in your
neighborhood, somewhere in your neighborhood," he said. "I assure you, you
can walk to it." [Read More: Segraves/nbcwashington/23February2017]
Section III - COMMENTARY
CIA Service and Sacrifice Will
Continue, No Matter Who is Sitting in the White House.
"She should be back by now," I thought as I paced the cold tile floors of
the walled compound in a dangerous foreign capital. "It's getting late."
My wife was a CIA officer whose facility with the Arabic language landed us
in that assignment. As the clock dragged from nine, 10, 11 PM, I tried to
suppress the increasing feelings of dread and keep my imagination from
running wild with all of the things that can go wrong while operating in
foreign countries. Once she was three hours overdue, I was getting frantic.
"Should I go out and look for her? Should I notify our chain of command?"
I had full confidence in her operational tradecraft, her judgment, and her
ability with the weapons we carried. But still, CIA officers have an adage
that "Murphy is never far from you" - as in Murphy's Law: If something
can go wrong, it will. CIA officers fight Murphy on a daily basis. We plan
for him; we expect him. Trains run late, flights get cancelled, your source
shows up at the wrong time, and your technology never works when it's
supposed to. But nothing is as bad as wondering if your wife is okay,
fearing the worst, and feeling powerless to do anything about it. The clock
Everything wasn't okay. She'd been on her way back, driving a low-profile
armored car, when she suddenly noticed several cars following her, in a
distinctively threatening way. She sped up, took a few sharp turns and
continued to see them. She knew the city well. It was our job to know the
operating environment well, and cat and mouse was all part of the game.
Continuing down ever-smaller side streets into some alleys, she was finally
cornered in a dead end. The surveillance cars were right behind her. She
didn't stick around long enough to find out who they were. Executing a tight
K-turn, she broke free, got to the main streets and hurried back to our
compound. [Read More: Gioe/foreignpolicy/23February/2017]
Section IV - Research Request, Obituaries
Researcher Request: For upcoming bibliography, seeking former CIA staffers, current or alumni, who have written books.
Dr. Ed Mickolus is putting together a bibliography of books written by CIA staffers, current or alumni, to be included in Stories From Langley, volume II. I'd welcome any citations our readers would like to offer to books our CIA members have published. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance.
Col. Thornton "Andy" Anderson Jr.
Anderson Jr., Col Thornton Andy, USMC Ret., 91, of Longwood, FL passed away
on February 8, 2017. He was born to the late Thornton and Gladys Anderson in
Cleveland, OH on December 2, 1925. He was a graduate of Princeton
University, Cum Laude, with a BSE in Mechanical & Electrical
Engineering. Known as "Andy" to most, he also supported the Princeton Alumni
Association by interviewing Princeton applicants every year. Andy proudly
served his country in the United States Marine Corp and retired with the
rank of Colonel. He served with the Marines for 2 ' years during WWII and 1
' years during the Korean War before joining the Marine Reserves. He was
also a member of the USMCR Officer's Association. Andy spent a majority of
his career serving with the CIA retiring as a Division Chief after 28 years.
He spent 8 of those years overseas. His awards from his time with the CIA
include the Distinguished Intelligence Cross (our nation's highest honor for
valor in intelligence, he was the 8th person in history to receive it and
only the 4th person alive upon receipt), the Career Intelligence Medal, and
Certificate of Exceptional Service for Hazardous Duty. Andy served a 6 month
tour in up-country Laos and made 2 up-country trips to Vietnam. He was
incarcerated for 3 years in a Cuban communist prison camp in the line of
duty for the CIA. [Read More: orlando sentinel/legacy/18February2017]
Arthur Scott "Scotty" Cranston, Jr., 89, died 21 February 2017 in Silver Spring, MD He attended Gonzaga College High School and went on to Catholic University of America. He enlisted in the Navy and served at the Navy base in Solomon's Island, MD. In 1956, he started C & L School Bus Lines which served Catholic schools and CYO summer camps in DC and Maryland. Also in the mid-1950's he obtained his broker's license and formed Arthur S. Cranston Associates Inc., becoming an insurance broker for the National Security Agency (NSA), where he worked for 32 years. Scotty also formed Mass Benefits Consultants (MBC) in 1971 and had been CEO of the organization ever since. MBC specializes in various types of group insurance for federal government agencies. He was a lover of the outdoors and was always ready to go fishing, hunting or head on down to Southern Maryland where he and his brother, James R. "Ray" Cranston, maintain a 350-acre working farm that once belonged to their parents. He was also a proud member of the Phoenix Society. Scotty had an infectious zest for living life to the fullest and was always ready to tell a memorable story or sing a sentimental song. He always found common ground with everyone he met in the course of his long, wonderful and eventful life. He was infamous for his massive mailing of green bagels for St. Patrick's Day, making sure that the return address was always Malley's Bakery. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Berenice McDonnell Cranston, six children, and other family. Relatives and friends may call at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville, MD 20853 on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 10 to 11 a.m., with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Internment is at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Section V - Events
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING
March 2017, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Scottsdale, AZ - The AFIO Arizona
Chapter hosts SAC Thomas G. Atteberry, ATF, on "Reestablishing
stability in the Phoenix Field Division, following the 'Fast and
Thomas G. Atteberry, Special Agent in
Charge, Phoenix Field Division, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will discuss "Reestablishing stability in
the Phoenix Field Division, following "Fast and Furious Investigation."
Location: Best Western Thunderbird Suites, 7515 E Butherus Avenue,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Fee: $18 pp.
RSVP to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016. If you are bringing a guest
please also send the full name of that person.
Reminder: The chapter needs your RSVP no later than 72 hours ahead of
time. WE ARE charged for the no-show. BADGES: if you do not have a badge
supplied by the chapter from prior events, email email@example.com
with the information you would like on your badge (Full Name and Past
Career Title/Affiliated Organization ~ should you wish). The cost for a
badge with a magnetic strip is $5.
16 March 2017, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO's Rocky Mountain
Chapter hosts Capt Steve Maffeo USNR(Ret) on "U.S. Navy Codebreakers,
Linguists, and Intelligence Officers against Japan."
Captain Steve Maffeo USNR(Ret) speaks on "U.S. Navy
Codebreakers, Linguists, and Intelligence Officers against Japan:
1910-1941" which is based on 59 short biographies of people who were key
to the sea services' preparation for fighting the Japanese Empire when
World War II broke out, and whose advance work proved crucial. These
intelligence pioneers invented techniques, procedures, and equipment from
scratch, not only allowing the U.S. to hold its own in the Pacific despite
the loss of much of its fleet at Pearl Harbor, but also laying the
foundation for today's intelligence methods and agencies.
Our speaker, Captain Steve Maffeo USNR Ret., recently retired as the
associate director from the USAFA Library. He served in the Colorado Army
National Guard (Signal Corps), and in U.S. naval intelligence, from 1978
until 2008. He commanded three naval reserve/joint service intelligence
units. His last navy assignment was teaching the history of intelligence
at the NDIC. He has published four books dealing with naval history and
the history of intelligence. RSVP or for more information, contact Tom
VanWormer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
30 March 2017, 12:30 - 2 pm - Los Angeles, CA - AFIO LA Chapter hosts Phil Pressel
on "The Hexagon KH-9 Spy Satellite Program."
AFIO LA hosts guest speaker Phil Pressel will be speaking on the subject of the Hexagon KH-9 spy satellite program. Phil worked for 30 years for the Perkin-Elmer Corporation in Connecticut and was responsible for the design of the Hexagon's stereo cameras. It was the last film based spy satellite. The Hexagon satellite was acknowledged to have been an invaluable asset providing intelligence information for security agencies and the military. It was responsible for President Nixon signing the SALT treaty and allowed President Reagan to say, "trust but verify" what the Russians were doing. The program was declassified by the NRO in 2011.
Location: LAPD-ARTC 5651 W Manchester Ave, L.A. CA 90045 ROOM 1G
To RSVP, email Vince at AFIO_LA@yahoo.com.
5 April 2017
(Wednesday), 11:30 am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco
Chapter hosts Brigadier General Roderick Macdonald on "The Falklands
Conflict 35 Years On."
Brig Gen Roderick "Rod" Macdonald discusses the "The
Falklands Conflict 35 years On." at this April meeting of the AFIO "Andre
LeGallo" San Francisco Chapter. The Falklands War from 2April to 14 June
1982 was the largest air sea battle since World War II. British forces
launched the longest amphibious operation in history, sailing 8,000 miles
to retake the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, invaded and occupied
illegally by over 10,000 Argentine soldiers and Marines. Retired British
Army Brigadier General Roderick Macdonald will give a personal overview of
WHERE: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA
94080. 11:30AM no host cocktail; meeting and luncheon at noon.
RSVP: Eventbrite registration link will be posted shortly. Reservation and
pre-payment is required before 26 March 2017. The venue cannot accommodate
walk-ins. Contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at email@example.com
or Mariko Kawaguchi, c/o AFIO, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011 with
Thursday, 20 April 2017, 6:30 PM - Michigan - The AFIO Michigan Chapter hosts SSA David A. Fluitt, FBI, discussing counterintelligence and counterproliferation issues.
The AFIO "Johnny Micheal Spann" Memorial Chapter hosts David A. Fluitt Counterintelligence Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) with the Detroit FBI and also serves as the counterintelligence and counterproliferation Program Coordinator within the state of Michigan. Speaker: David Fluitt, Counterintelligence Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) with the Detroit FBI Location: Contact us for information on meeting location Send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.afiomichigan.org.
13 May 2017, 11:30 am - Patrick AFB, FL - AFIO Satellite Florida Chapter meets. Speaker TBA
The Florida Satellite Chapter of AFIO meets for a social hour at 11:30 to 12:15 - and then enjoys lunch at 12:15 pm onwards. A speaker TBA. Greet old, new members and guests (limited cash bar – honor system). Where: The Tides, 1001 N. Hwy A1A, BLDG #967, Patrick AFB, FL 32925 For more information visit their website here. RSVP here.
HOLD THE DATE - 28 - 29 September 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO's 2017 National Intelligence Symposium
Arrive Wednesday evening, 27 September to overnight at the hotel to be ready early Thursday, 28 September, for coach service to NGA for all day conference including visit to their new museum. Welcome by NGA Director Robert Cardillo. Friday activities TBA. Friday evening is our "Spies in Black Ties"™ banquet.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Tysons Corner, VA. Details, event registration and hotel room registration links to be sent to all current members in coming weeks..
Other Upcoming Events
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
Tickets: $10. Register at www.spymuseum.org
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.
16 March 2017, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Meet A Spy: Sandy Grimes - at the
International Spy Museum
The Spy Museum Store hosts "Meet A Spy" - uncover the
world of espionage and intelligence from people who practiced
professionally. Sandy Grimes is a highly-regarded,
longtime veteran of the CIA's clandestine service who - along with her
colleague Jeanne Vertefeuille - helped capture Aldrich Ames, the infamous
CIA officer turned traitor. Event is free. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
Thursday, 16 March 2017 (6-8pm) - Alexandria, VA - Naval Intelligence Professionals Lessons in Leadership Intelligence Speaker Series This Month: Driving Entrepreneurial Success
Jim Kelly, PRESIDENT & CEO of Invictus International Consulting, CDR, USN (Ret) (Intelligence Officer). Jim is a retired U.S. Navy Officer with over 35 years of experience in the National Security Arena. Since retiring from a successful Navy career in 1997, Jim has successfully built, managed and sold two small businesses. Invictus , Jim's 3rd company, specializes in providing cyber security assessments and services to both U.S. Government and Commercial clients. Invictus has been in business only 2.5 years and has grown rapidly. Invictus now employs more than 70 people in 4 different countries and in 9 different states in the U.S.
Location: Sonoma Cellar, 207 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
6 PM (Private Room Upstairs) - Remarks by our Speaker. 6:30-8 PM Social hour continues. Cash bar with an exceptional Wine, Beer, and Food menu. Open to All members and non-members. No RSVP Required. Dress: Smart Casual
Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 11:30 a.m. - McLean, VA - DIF Forum features SSA Tom O'Connor and SA Jean O'Connor on Terrorism Issues
The Defense Intelligence Forum (DIF/DIAA) luncheon features SSA Tom O'Connor and SA Jean O'Connor will speak on Terrorism Issues. SSA Tom O'Connor is a distinguished FBI Agent with a long career in local and Federal Law Enforcement. As an FBI Agent for about the past 20 years he has served internationally and domestically on a number of different cases and is a Terrorism expert. He is an expert on Lone Wolf Terrorism and International Terrorism. He has served in many areas to include on the ground at 9/11, and on the ground in Afghanistan. Tom is the President of the FBI Agent Association. SA Jean O'Connor is the Senior Team Leader for the FBI Evidence Response Team at the Washington Field Office. The attribution for this presentation will be provided at the beginning of the presentation
Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA
Fee: Pay at the door with a check for $29 payable to DIAA, Inc. Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; credit card payments are discouraged.
Registration starts at 1130 AM, lunch at 1200 PM
RSVP: Make reservations by 21 March 2017 to email@example.com. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among Chicken Parmesan, Trout Limone, Grilled Sausages with Sweet Peppers, Lasagna, Manicotti with Spinach and Ricotta, Cannelloni Alla Bolognese, or Fettuccini with Portabella for your luncheon selection. Please provide your luncheon selection with your reservation to reduce the wait time for your food.
Thursday, 23 March 2017 - Austin,
TX - Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland: A Symposium by the
Intelligence Studies Project and the Business Executives for National
The Intelligence Studies Project (ISP) and Business Executives for
National Security are pleased to announce a symposium, "Intelligence in
Defense of the Homeland," at the Etter-Harbin
Alumni Center on the campus of UT Austin.
"Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland" is designed to promote an
exchange of well-informed views on the challenges our intelligence and law
enforcement agencies face in detecting and disrupting attacks inside the
U.S. by violent extremists. Keynote speakers are James Comey, the Director
of the FBI and Thomas Bossert, the Assistant to the President for Homeland
Security and Counterterrorism. Other speakers are: Stephen Slick, Intelligence Studies Project Director; Bruce Hoffman, Peter Bergen, Ben Wittes, Robert Chesney, Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, president of BENS.
The Symposium is free and open to the public, however, advance
registration is required for each session. Please click
here to complete your registration and reserve your ticket(s).
NOTE: Advance registration does not guarantee admission. Please plan to
arrive early to secure your seat!
This event is co-sponsored by the Robert Strauss Center for International
Security and Law, the Clements Center for National Security, and the LBJ
School of Public Affairs. Please visit the Intelligence
Studies Project website for more information about ISP and its
March 2017, 10am - 1pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - Stephen Budiansky
discusses A New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities at this NCMF
Please join National Cryptologic Museum Foundation friends
and colleagues welcoming Stephen Budiansky acclaimed
author, journalist, and historian of cryptology, speaking on "A
New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities."
A book signing of Mr. Budiansky's book Code Warriors: NSA's Codebreakers
and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union follows his
presentation and lunch follows that at noon.
Mr. Budiansky will speak about his latest book (noted above) that draws on
an array of recently declassified documents to explore the NSA's long
SIGINT struggle against the Soviets, and traces the historical forces
behind the intelligence controversies making headlines today. Mr.
Budiansky is the author of numerous books of military and intelligence
history, science and biography including Battle of Wits: The Complete
Story of Codebreaking in World War II and Blackett's War. He is the former
foreign editor and deputy editor of US News & World Report, and former
Washington editor of the scientific journal Nature, and a regular
contributor to the Wall Street Journal's book review pages. You will not
want to miss this program that draws on an array of recently declassified
documents to explore the NSA's long SIGINT struggle against the Soviets
and to trace the historical forces behind the intelligence controversies
making headlines today.
Where: CACI, Inc. located at 2720 Technology Drive,
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701, Tel 301-575-3200. Directions and Map here. Click "directions" to get driving
RSVP NOW: register online here or mail registration fee of $20
(members) or $50 (guests, includes one-year membership) to NCMF, PO Box
1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998. Please register prior to 23
March to ensure space available.
29 March 2017, 6:45pm-8:15pm - Washington, DC - Deep Undercover with Jack
Barsky - at S. Dillon Ripley Center.
What happens when a Soviet spy decides his American
life is the best fit? Join former KGB spy, Jack Barsky, and International
Spy Museum Curator and Historian Dr. Vince Houghton, for
a discussion of Barsky's double life as an American businessman who was
really an East German spy for the Soviets in the 1980s. Barksy's new book
Deep Undercover: My Secret Life & Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in
America will be available for sale and signing after the talk. This event
is co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates and will be held at the
Smithsonian Institution (S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive
SW). Tickets for the general public: $30, tickets for Spy Museum Inner
Circle Members: $20. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
Thursday, 30 March 2017, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Beware of the Predator: In-Store Book
Signing with Warren D. Holston - at the International Spy Museum.
Meet at the Spy Museum bookstore and meet author/career
CIA Technical Operations officer, Warren D. Holston, and
Intel analyst/contributing author, Dave White. Holston
worked throughout the IC, DOD, and defense industry for more than 30 years
and was awarded the CIA's Intelligence Commendation Medal and the
Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. White worked for the USG in a
broad range of roles and missions within the Intelligence and Defense
Communities for almost 30 years, including serving as a Deputy Senior
Operations Officer and Identity Intelligence Analyst at the NCTC and as a
biometrics technology consultant in the IC. Their latest book, Beware The
Predator, is an easy-to-read guide for anyone who wants to raise their
security awareness and defensive posture. This book will help you
understand how to protect yourself, your family and business from criminal
predators, corporate intrusion, and State sponsored spying. Whether you
are a corporate or government executive, a high-net-worth individual, or
someone simply concerned about identity theft and personal safety, you
should be aware of the vulnerabilities to your personal data and predatory
attacks against your assets and relationships. Event is free. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
30 March 2017, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - The Mysterious
Disappearance of Jim Thompson, "The Silk King of Thailand" - at the
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
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.
list of Speakers and Tentative Schedule here.
Thursday, 4 May 2017, 7 pm - Washington, DC - 2017 Night of Heroes Gala - PenFed Foundation
You are cordially invited to join the PenFed Foundation, our partners and friends, Thursday, 4 May 2017, as we honor those who lead the way in supporting our military and veterans. All proceeds benefit the PenFed Foundation, helping members of the military secure the financial future they deserve.
Location: Trump® International Hotel, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, D.C.
VIP Sponsor Reception - 5:30 pm; General Reception - 6:00 pm; Dinner - 7:00 pm Black Tie
Please respond by 21 April 2017.
For more information and to RSVP online, do so here.
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