AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #09-17 dated 28 February 2017

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Section IV - Research Request, Obituaries

Research Request


Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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We thank our three keynote speakers and hundreds of attendees
at last Friday's AFIO Luncheon featuring (in order below)
James Mitchell, Bob Wallace, Keith Melton.
And moderators AFIO President Jim Hughes and Vice President John Sano.

We warmly thank the International Spy Museum
for their generous co-sponsoring of the many university students who attended the over-subscribed event.

We apologize to late registrants who were turned away
and hope to see you at our next luncheon in late spring.

[Pictures by John Garcia - from the NCMF]

HOLD THE DATE: AFIO's 2017 National Intelligence Symposium
will be at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
and elsewhere (TBA),
Thursday & Friday, 28 to 29 September 2017.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Tysons Corner, VA

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.

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)

Preorder here.

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)

The book may be preordered here.

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

NCMF_March_ProgramWednesday, 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."
[To immediately register, click on image above]
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.

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India's Cyberspace 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 Bureau/indiatimes/22February2017]

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 years ago.

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 more:  Riley-Smith/TheTelegraph/25February2017]

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 remains high.

"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:  Grieshaber/beloitdailynews/22February2017]

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 More:  fedweek/23February2017]

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:  Russell/courthousenews/22February2017]

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 nonsense."

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:  i24news/26February2017]

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 for cyber.

"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 temporary.

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 programme said.

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]


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:  Marcin/satprnews/22February2017]

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 information?

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 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]


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 ticked languidly.

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

Research Request

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 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


Thursday, 9 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 Furious' Investigation."

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 or 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 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.

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

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 the campaign.
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 or Mariko Kawaguchi, c/o AFIO, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011 with your questions.

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 or visit their website at

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

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

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.

Thursday, 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

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
Times: 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 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 Security. 
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 activities.

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.

Wednesday, 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

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

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 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 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.

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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