AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #10-17 dated 7 March 2017

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Jobs, Obituaries

Jobs and Interviews

Obituaries

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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In the news today: Byzantine Hacks - Russian or Domestic?
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."
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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.
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.
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Book of the Week

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich
by Norman Ohler, translated by Shaun Whiteside
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 2017)

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The Third Reich ran on meth! A fast-paced narrative that discovers a surprising perspective on World War II: Nazi Germany relied heavily on novel energy-enhancing pharmaceuticals. Speed, meth, and similar agents. The Nazi regime preached an ideology of physical, mental, and moral purity. But as Norman Ohler reveals in this new history, the Third Reich was saturated with drugs. On the eve of World War II, Germany was a pharmaceutical powerhouse, and companies such as Merck and Bayer cooked up cocaine, opiates, and, most of all, methamphetamines, to be consumed by everyone from factory workers to housewives to millions of German soldiers. In fact, troops regularly took rations of a form of crystal meth - the elevated energy and feelings of invincibility associated with the high even help to explain certain German military victories. Drugs seeped all the way up to the Nazi high command and, especially, to Hitler who was often in a euphoric, delusional state. Irrational drug-induced exhuberance led to his making cascades of missteps and to his downfall.
Over the course of the war, Hitler became increasingly dependent on injections of a cocktail of drugs - including a form of heroin - administered by his personal doctor. Ohler's investigation makes an overwhelming case that, if drugs are not taken into account, our understanding of the Third Reich is incomplete. Carefully researched and rivetingly readable, Blitzed throws surprising light on a history that, until now, has remained in the shadows.

"Ohler's astonishing account of methamphetamine addiction in the Third Reich changes what we know about the Second World War ... Blitzed looks set to reframe the way certain aspects of the Third Reich will be viewed in the future." - Guardian
"Blitzed tells the remarkable story of how Nazi Germany slid towards junkie-state status. It is an energetic ... account of an accelerating, modernizing society, an ambitious pharmaceuticals industry, a military machine that was looking for ways to create an unbeatable soldier, and a dictator who couldn't function without fixes from his quack ... It has an uncanny ability to disturb." - Times (UK)

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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking.  In the Obama administration's last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election - and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians - across the government. Former American officials say they had two aims: to ensure that such meddling isn't duplicated in future American or European elections, and to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators.

American allies, including the British and the Dutch, had provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials - and others close to Russia's president, Vladimir V. Putin - and associates of President-elect Trump, according to three former American officials who requested anonymity in discussing classified intelligence.

Separately, American intelligence agencies had intercepted communications of Russian officials, some of them within the Kremlin, discussing contacts with Trump associates.

The disclosures about the contacts came as new questions were raised about Attorney General Jeff Sessions's ties to the Russians. According to a former senior American official, he met with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, twice in the past year. The details of the meetings were not clear, but the contact appeared to contradict testimony Mr. Sessions provided Congress during his confirmation hearing in January when he said he "did not have communications with the Russians."  [Read More:  Rosenberg,Goldman,Schmidt/nytimes/1March2017]

PR Blitz: Egyptian Intelligence Agency Hires US Lobbyists.  Egyptian intelligence has hired two US public relations firms in Washington to boost its image, the first such engagements by the country's powerful security apparatus to be made public.

Filings dated January 28 and seen by the Associated Press on the Department of Justice website Sunday showed that the General Intelligence Service - one of Egypt's feared, competing intelligence agencies known as the Mukhabarat - has hired public relations firms Weber Shandwick and Cassidy & Associates Inc.

The registrations were released publicly to comply with the US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938.

The contracts show that the companies will assist Egypt in promoting its "strategic partnership with the United States," highlighting its economic development, showcasing its civil society and publicizing Egypt's "leading role in managing regional risks" in agreements worth $1.8 million annually.  [Read More:  alaraby/6March2017]

Senators Question If Dan Coats Is Tough Enough to Be Intelligence Director.  Donald Trump's nominee to oversee the US intelligence agencies has had his toughness and relevance questioned by his former colleagues on the Senate intelligence committee.

During a long-awaited confirmation hearing to make Dan Coats, until recently an amiable GOP senator from Indiana, the next director of national intelligence (DNI), several senators wondered whether Coats possesses the grit and the influence to represent the intelligence agencies amid an ongoing row with the White House over Russia and concern over the DNI's place in the national-security firmament.

"My only concern about your nomination is you're one of the most likable, affable, easygoing people I've ever met, and I liked traveling with you and working with you on this committee. I'm not sure likability and affability are the qualities I want in this position," said Maine independent senator Angus King.

King said he preferred "somebody who's crusty and mean and tough", particularly when dealing with fractious intelligence agencies and Trump, "who may or may not want to hear what you have to say".  [Read More:  Ackerman/theguardian/28February2017]

Trump Taps Putin Critic for Senior White House Position.  The Trump administration has offered a well-respected scholar and sober critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin the position of White House senior director for Europe and Russia, a White House official told Foreign Policy.

The decision to hire Fiona Hill, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, for one of the government's top jobs dealing with US-Russia relations is likely to earn bipartisan praise in Congress where Republicans and Democrats have expressed mounting unease with the Trump administration's apparent contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign. The House Intelligence Committee laid out parameters Wednesday for an investigation into the Trump campaign's possible contacts with Russian officials.

Hill, a dual US-UK citizen and former US intelligence officer from 2006 to 2009, has written critically of Putin's autocratic tendencies and desire of a "weakened US presidency."

"Blackmail and intimidation are part of his stock in trade," she wrote in a column last summer explaining Putin's interest in interfering in America's presidential elections.  [Read More:  Hudson/foreignpolicy/2March2017]

DNI Nominee Plans to Evaluate, Streamline Intelligence Community Operations.  Retired Sen. Dan Coats sailed through his nomination hearing to be the next Director of National Intelligence, promising to make cybersecurity his top priority and to lead a review the intelligence community's missions and programs.

Coats, who spent 16 years as a Republican senator from Indiana, said he made it a priority during his time in the upper chamber to ask a few simple questions.

"We must ask ourselves in a time of tightened budgets what programs are truly essential. Which may no longer be necessary or only partly necessary or of lower priority? How does each program support our overall goal or strategy, and is it duplicative of another effort? I will be looking to ask the IC these and many other questions if I'm confirmed," Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee during a Feb. 28 hearing. "In the vain of efficiency, there has been much discussion about the role of the DNI and the office of the DNI. Over the past 12 years, since its inception, the ODNI has been tasked with a variety of responsibilities in statute, in executive orders and presidential memorandum, along with recommendations coming from the 9/11 Commission and the Silverman/Robb commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction. I have been impressed by the office's responsiveness to these many tasks within the reasonable resources that they have. Recent commentary on the size of the ODNI doesn't mesh with what I've seen firsthand, and I believe it does a disservice to this committee and your efforts to keep the size of the ODNI in check."

He said the ODNI workforce is less than 2,000 people and 750 of those employees are with the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Additionally, he said about 40 percent of the ODNI staff is on rotation from another intelligence community agency to help with the sharing and coordination of information.  [Read More:  Miller/federalnewsradio/1March2017]

Iraqi Intelligence Agency Culls 'Iran Investigations' Department.  The Iraqi intelligence agency's ‘Iran Division', reportedly formed under American supervision in 2004, has been steadily abolished over the past two months - in a clear sign of Baghdad's increasing ties with Iran.

Around 300 Iraqi intelligence agents responsible for investigating Iranian elements in Iraq have been either fired or shunted to a new department, a government official close to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told The New Arab.

"The Iran Division existed to issue periodic reports on Iranian activity and to monitor Iranian consular staff in Baghdad and Najaf," an informed source inside the intelligence service told The New Arab.

The department's closure was reportedly ordered by the new head of Iraq's intelligence services, Mustafa Abdel Latif, often referred to in the media as Mustafa al-Kazmi.  [Read More:  alaraby/2March2017]

Norway Moves Military Intelligence Away From Russian Border.  Kirkenes has for decades been a stronghold for Norwegian military intelligence. The border town has housed several key installations and facilities. Close by is Russia, the resurgent power with which Norway has an increasingly complex and difficult relationship.

Now, the service cuts activities in the area. Instead, personnel is moved to Vadsø, the town located a two-hours drive to the northwest.

Representatives of the service are in Kirkenes today to inform local employees about the decision.

In a comment to the Barents Observer, Head of military intelligence Morten Haga Lunde says that the re-structuring will not imply any staff cuts, "it is not a reduction of capacity, but rather geographical changes in the region".  [Read More:  Staalesen, Nilsen/thebarentsobserver/1March2017]

DOD, DIA Leaders Testify on Tradecraft.  There is no evidence that leadership in the US Central Command manipulated intelligence products to create a false narrative of success in the battle against Daesh, according to a recent Defense Department inspector general report. But the nearly two-year long investigation did reveal problems with poor leadership, improper communication and insufficient training in intelligence tradecraft standards.

Tradecraft standards serve as a common foundation for assessment criteria, ethic for analytic rigor, and personal integrity in analytic practice across the intelligence community. These standards also promote protection of privacy and civil rights by ensuring objectivity, timeliness, relevance and accuracy of sensitive information used in analytic products. Failure to uphold these standards can lead to a breakdown of trust, as it did in CENTCOM. 

The House Armed Services Committee's Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held a hearing on Feb. 28 to discuss the report's findings and recommendations with DOD leadership. Witnesses included Glenn Fine, acting inspector general for DOD; Air Force Maj. Gen. James Marrs, director of intelligence for the Joint Staff; Jaques Grimes, director of defense analysis in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence; and Army Maj. Gen. Mark Quantock, director of intelligence for CENTCOM. In their joint statement for the record, they said DOD has, "already taken a number of policy, governance and oversight steps over the past several years to create a stronger foundation for objective, high-quality defense intelligence analysis." Many of these efforts, they said, predate the DOD OIG investigation.

These policies and standards make up the intelligence tradecraft. The Defense Intelligence Agency is responsible for establishing and maintaining tradecraft through training, education and certification programs for DOD analysts. DIA's Director for Analysis Neil Wiley discussed some of their ongoing efforts at Tuesday's hearing.  [Read More:  Robison/washingtonexec/1March2017]

Intelligence Community Seeks Answers in Aftermath of Harold Martin Case.  The arrest and then recent indictment of Harold T. Martin III, a 20-year veteran of the intelligence community who is accused of carrying out the biggest theft of classified information in US history, is causing leaders on Capitol Hill and in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to re-examine exactly how the government defends against insider threats.

But with other battles on the immediate horizon - including perhaps most notably an investigation into Russian hacking operations aimed at the 2016 presidential election - it remains unclear whether either the House or Senate intelligence committees will take any oversight action even though the Martin case is unprecedented.

The 52-year-old Martin stole "irreplaceable classified material on a breathtaking scale," roughly amounting to 50 terabytes worth of digital information, a federal prosecutor said during a detention hearing in October.

The investigation into Martin's career conduct is ongoing, an FBI spokesperson confirmed Monday to CyberScoop. A separate request for comment sent to the NSA went unanswered.  [Read More:  Bing/cyberscoop/28February2017]



Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Spying on a Master Spy.  Robert Hanssen's life apparently had more airtight compartments than a Tupperware party. An FBI agent and computer systems expert for decades, he was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He was a devout Catholic and a member of the international church group, Opus Dei. He'd attend Mass every day at 6:30.

And yet in 1979, only three years after joining the FBI, he approached the Soviet GRU (Main Intelligence Agency) to offer his spying services on the US. He then later was a spy for the KGB and its successor, the SVR.

In 2001, the FBI had their eye on Hanssen but needed a smoking gun to nail him on spying charges. Enter Eric O'Neill, an FBI undercover field operative, or "ghost." The FBI had, in effect, created a sting by establishing a new department at FBI headquarters, appointing Hanssen as its head and giving him O'Neill as his assistant. However, O'Neill's actual job wasn't clerical; he was to be a spy to the spy. But there was nothing undercover to it. O'Neill would be surveilling Hanssen as he worked with him. He'd have to convincingly lie to a master deceiver every business day.

"He barely spoke to me at first!" O'Neill says during a Fraud Magazine interview. "And he insisted I call him ‘boss' or ‘sir.' I tried to find common ground by talking about the Redskins, and he told me that, ‘Football is a gladiator sport. Anyone who plays it is as stupid as the people who watch it.' It took time to gain his trust and slowly create a mentor/mentee relationship."  [Read More:  Carozza/fraud-magazine/March, April 2017]

The Oil Deal, the Disgraced Former Minister, and $800m Paid Via a UK Bank.  Britain's commitment to tackling high-end money laundering through the City of London is under serious scrutiny after it emerged that regulators appear to have waved through an $800m bank transfer to a convicted criminal as the proceeds from one of the most corrupt deals in the history of the oil industry.

A joint investigation by the Observer and journalists from Finance Uncovered, a non-profit organisation based in London, has discovered that prosecutors in Milan believe two payments of $400m each were wired through JP Morgan in London as the spoils of a huge deal to develop a Nigerian oilfield involving Shell, its joint venture partner the Italian oil giant Eni, and the government in Abuja.

More than half the money was converted into bags of bribe cash via bureaux de change in Nigeria, while tens of millions was wired to buy a private jet and armoured cars in the US, according to documents compiled by the prosecutors. But ordinary citizens of Nigeria have not seen a penny from the deal - which, it is alleged, was partly negotiated by two ex-MI6 officers hired by Shell as "business and investment advisers".

The astonishing allegations have been made by an Italian prosecutor, Fabio de Pasquale, whose previous scalps include former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi.  [Read More:  Faull, Jeory, Mathiason, Doward/theguardian/5March2017]

Woman's Incredible Journey From Holocaust Survivor to Fidel Castro's Teenage Lover, CIA Spy and Would-Be Assassin.  To adventurous Marita Lorenz, Fidel Castro was the dashing leader who became her lover.

To the rest of the world he was the terrifying dictator who brought civilisation to the brink of nuclear annihilation.

Sadly, the revolutionary chief who swept young Marita off her feet showed her a disregard suffered by many women - even stealing their child from her womb.

And in an astonishing cloak and dagger episode from the Cold War era, her cruel treatment led to her being recruited as an American spy and would-be assassin, the Sunday People can reveal.  [Read More:  McPhee/mirror/4March2017]

What You Really Need to Join MI6: Emotional Intelligence and a High IQ.  One January, the future of MI6 was set out in a defining document. The service urgently needed to take on "men of character, integrity, and intellect, combined with imagination and subtlety."

It also required recruits who were "more hard-boiled, in whom integrity and intellect, whilst important, are less essential".

The year, however, was 1948, the threat was the Soviet Union, and the objective, as set out by the diplomat Sir Nevile Maltby Bland, was to re-energise MI6 after the second world war, so it could "obtain by covert means intelligence which it is impossible or undesirable for his majesty's government to seek by overt means".
 
In the near 70 years since then, MI6's mission has not changed. Russia still looms large. But Britain's foreign intelligence agency is attempting to transform itself from the inside out - and is still finding it difficult to reach the right people, in the right numbers.  [Read More:  Hopkins/theguardian/2March2017]

How Hard Is It to Get an Intelligence Wiretap? Pretty Hard.  Wiretaps on Americans in foreign intelligence investigations are not easy to get. And if you're a candidate for president, it's even harder.

That's the experience of current and former senior US officials who on Saturday expressed disbelief at President Trump's accusation - leveled without any evidence - that President Barack Obama had the candidate wiretapped at Trump Tower before the November election.

Senior officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because such matters are classified, said that there had been no wiretap on Trump.

Under the law governing foreign intelligence surveillance inside the United States, an FBI agent would need to show a federal judge that there is probable cause that the target is an "agent of a foreign power" - and that requires more than just talking to, say, the Russian ambassador.  [Read More:  Nakashima/washingtonpost/4March2017]

US Intelligence Ops in Greece.  In December 2015, US agents from the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) service and officers from the Greek Police's organized crime unit arrested a 51-year-old arms trafficker and owner of a company based in the Jordanian city of Amman, in Aspropyrgos, an industrial town east of Athens. In the months before, the suspect had been negotiating with an undercover HSI agent for the purchase of 200 M4 assault rifles and a corresponding number of scopes and thermal cameras.

The American service first made contact with the suspect in 2014 and in the period leading up to his arrest, the 51-year-old is said to have told the HSI agent that his clients were based in Beirut and the guns would end up in Iraq. The Americans, however, had evidence or indications to suggest that the American-Jordanian national was a supplier for Hezbollah in Lebanon.

His arrest in Greece took place in a warehouse where he was waiting for delivery of the weapons. A few weeks later, he was extradited to the United States.

Another similar operation spearheaded by HSI took place in downtown Athens on February 7-9. The target in this case was a Chinese national who was in negotiations with American undercover agents for the purchase of controlled military materiel. He was arrested by Greek Police officers in the lobby of his hotel, near the Plaka district. He had previously met with agents posing as dealers in high-tech weapons systems, in an operation that first started in 2013.  [Read More:  Souliotis/ekathimerini/6March2017]

Sabrina De Sousa: Behind the Deal That Freed the Former CIA Officer.  Normally the White House likes to take credit for freeing an American citizen from foreign captivity. Then again, there's been nothing normal about the case of Sabrina De Sousa, a former CIA officer who was convicted by an Italian court over six years ago for her part in the agency's kidnapping of a terrorist suspect in Milan in 2003.

De Sousa, who was freed Tuesday from a Portuguese prison where she was awaiting extradition to Italy, has always maintained her innocence in the case, which was the subject of a sensational 2009 trial. She and 25 other Americans, all but one CIA employees, were convicted in absentia for their roles in snatching an Egyptian cleric off a Milan street and transporting him to Cairo. Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, known more widely as Abu Omar, says he was repeatedly tortured while under interrogation there. He was released in 2007 and convicted of terrorism charges in absentia by an Italian court in December 2013.

De Sousa, the subject of an international arrest warrant since her conviction, was detained as she tried to transit the Lisbon airport from the US en route to visit her mother in India in October 2015. (De Sousa was born in the former Portuguese enclave of Goa.) She was freed shortly afterward but ordered to stay in Portugal pending a decision on her extradition.

That transfer appeared imminent on February 20, when De Sousa, 61, was picked up by Portuguese police and taken to a prison three hours north of Lisbon. Nine days later, she was transferred back to Lisbon for the handover to Interpol agents and transport to Italy.  [Read More:  Stein/newsweek/2March2017]



Section III - COMMENTARY

Intelligence Officers Won't Exit En Masse During the Trump Administration.  Former intelligence analyst Edward Price dramatically resigned from CIA last week in an op-ed in the Washington Post - complete with a video critique that has gone viral on social media. Is Mr. Price's departure the first crack in a dam of intelligence professionals flooding toward the exits? Or can he be viewed as a theatrical, but statistically insignificant, blip on the radar of service at CIA? Over the last few months, I've heard pundits speculating whether federal government employees will resign over President Donald Trump's policies, his policy process, or his controversial senior staff. The New York Times has run several articles suggesting that federal employees are "quietly gathering information about whistle-blower protections as they polish their resumes," and presumably Mr. Price is the harbinger of this prophecy coming true.

Other media outlets have suggested that various federal agencies will either slow-roll Trump Administration policies, or simply fail to comply with their directives. That's not the kind of attitude one usually associates with water-cooler chat at CIA's leafy compound across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. CIA's splendid - and intentional - isolation from Pennsylvania Avenue and Capitol Hill symbolizes the Agency's apolitical charter and mandate. In fact, the verdant CIA campus was originally intended to have the feel of a college campus where expert analysts and scholars could write intelligence estimates away from the policy process and political noise.  However, could the Times be correct that even CIA officers are now considering resigning their positions during the Trump Administration, with Mr. Price as the prime exhibit?

Former Acting Director of CIA, Michael Morell, explained in an early January New York Times op-ed how disparagement of CIA hurts CIA itself as well as national security by extension. To quickly review, Mr. Morell argues that publicly questioning CIA's competence and accusing it of political bias is a "gut punch." Further, dismissing CIA's analysis will weaken its positions with its liaison partners and with its sensitive sources, who may wonder, "Why am I risking arrest or even death to provide secrets if they aren't valued?"  He offered one further prediction: That from CIA will come a "wave of resignations" and "attrition will skyrocket". Although Mr. Morell's analysis is correct about the negative impact on CIA's morale, its sensitive sources, and its international liaison partners, America's intelligence officers won't leave in droves.

This isn't the first taste of political turmoil for CIA. In the mid-1970s, the Church Committee in the Senate and its House corollary, the Pike Committee, branded the CIA "Rogue Elephants" amidst the Agency's internal reporting about some activities that went over the line.  CIA officers took it in stride, and the CIA softball team had new uniforms made with their new mascot across the chest: The Rogue Elephants.  [Read More:  Gloe/lawfareblog/3March2017]

What Putin Is up to and Why He May Have Overplayed His Hand.  Each year on December 20, the Russian intelligence community pays homage to its enduring guardianship of the Motherland. It was on this date in 1917, six weeks after the Bolshevik Revolution, that Vladimir Lenin established the Cheka, an acronym for "Emergency Commission."  Over the ensuing decades, the commission’s nomenclature and organization chart mutated: It became the OGPU from 1923 to 1934, the NKVD until the early 1950s, and then the KGB for nearly 40 years. After the collapse of the USSR, the sprawling institution was split into separate foreign and domestic agencies. Operatives of both are still called chekists, and they share Lenin’s original purpose: countering Russia’s enemies at home and abroad.

President Vladimir Putin was a KGB officer for 15 years leading up to the fall of the Soviet Union, and the director of domestic intelligence in the late 1990s during his meteoric rise to power. He regularly throws a gala at the Kremlin on December 20 to extol the "sacred mission" of the state security services, recall their past heroes, and highlight their latest exploits. For the last 22 years, Chekist’s Day has been an official holiday in Russia.

Last December, Putin must have been in particularly ebullient spirits. Over the course of 2016, he oversaw the boldest, most consequential covert operation against Russia’s principal ideological and geopolitical foe for much of the last century, breaching the firewall of American democracy and influencing a high-stakes presidential election. Putin seemed to have made a big bet and come away with a trifecta: He could congratulate himself for settling old scores with a traditional foe, relish the prospect of a Russia-friendly counterpart in the White House, and let the ripple effect of the US election further confound and further unsettle the democracies in a wobbly Europe. 

Meanwhile, the reverberations of the Russian attack have the US government in an uproar. The disruption has triggered bitter public tensions between the White House and the agencies it supervises, fueled a partisan debate in Congress, and opened a schism within the Republican party, most recently over potential perjury by the nation’s top justice official.  [Read More:  Talbott, Brandt/theatlantic/2March2017]

DoD Must Act Like a Startup.  To say things are changing is a giant understatement when you look at all that is going on these days in the national security space.

Look at the current threat environment and the numerous threat actors that are out there and which we must defend against. Look at the widespread availability of advanced weaponry that can easily be acquired over the internet and especially via the dark web. Look at all the advanced cyber weapons that are currently available and put that in context to the target-rich cyber environment we have today, which is rapidly expanding due to emerging technologies. Clearly, this is the most dynamic time that I have experienced in my lifetime, and chances are that you feel the same.

Given the dynamics of the cyberthreat environment, we must change and adapt to this environment immediately - or risk failing and falling behind. Perhaps part of the answer to this issue is for the defense and intelligence organization and industry players to think of themselves and more importantly act like a startup! To do so, out-of-box thinkers must be embraced and used on a continuing basis by all of the defense and intelligence organizations.

While participating at a recent event, the insightful, intelligence, frequently heated banter and out-of-the-box thinkers were far from being embraced by many of the participants from the military and intelligence organizations. They looked down upon this, and their facial expressions were quite telling. The interactions did not fit into the nice, orderly fashion that is associated with traditional thinking around military defense and intelligence collections by the established entities.  [Read More:  Coleman/c4isrnet/1March2017]



Section IV - Jobs - Interviews, Obituaries

Jobs - Interviews

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Register to attend McLean VA event here.
and
Thursday, March 9, at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044 Admission: Two Years of Cyber Security Experience & a Security Clearance Is Required to Attend
At this Columbia, MD event: 9am -10am: Career Seminar by Paul de Souza, Founder of CSFI, discussing "Social Media Empowerment" 10am - 3pm: Hiring Event
Register to attend Columbia MD event here.

Obituaries

Mahlon E. Doyle, 92, a renowned NSA cryptomathematician, named to the Cryptologic Hall of Honor, died 4 March 2017 of a stroke.

Mahlon E. Doyle's accomplishments spanned a 31-year career at NSA and predecessor agencies. As an inventor, innovator, and author, Doyle profoundly affected the design of modern cryptographic devices. His Communications Security (COMSEC) career began in 1949 as a cryptanalyst studying the new field of electronic key generators. Doyle was one of the pioneers in using mathematical notation to describe the motion of key generators and applying mathematical techniques to analyze them. He quickly established himself as the leading COMSEC cryptanalyst against electronic key generators when he discovered two general attack techniques that helped to lay the groundwork for significant SIGINT exploitations. In 1956, Doyle joined the COMSEC Research and Development (R&D) organization as a cryptomathematician. By 1961, he had risen to Chief of the Cryptomathematics Division, a position he held until 1977, when he was named Senior Cryptographer in the COMSEC R&D Office. The division was responsible for designing the cryptographic algorithms used by the U.S. and its Allies to protect classified information and the U.S. Nuclear Command and Control System. Doyle designed the cryptologics for major COMSEC systems that were used by the government for four decades. From the 1960s on, most U.S. government COMSEC equipment used cryptologics that were either designed by Doyle or designed by others based on his research. Significant contributions to the design of COMSEC system architectures are also attributed to him. He designed key management schemes that greatly enhanced the physical security of COMSEC devices and effected a dramatic decrease in the amount and cost of physically distributing key material.
Doyle was a prolific writer, publishing over 60 papers during his extended career. Most of the papers documented valuable advances to the cryptologic state of the art. In recognition of his achievements, he received the NSA Exceptional Civilian Service Award in 1980. For more about Doyle's NSA career, visit here.

Hal Hyde, 83, former CIA Career Officer, Electrical Engineer, and AFIO life member, died 6 February 2017 in Ohio.

Joseph Harold Hyde, 83, former CIA Electrical Engineer, and AFIO life member, died 6 February 2017 in Ohio. Hyde was born in Ansonia, CT. A graduate of The Taft School and Yale University, he was an electrical engineer with CIA, Western Electric, and Lucent Technologies. He spent the majority of his career working on all aspects of certain sonar systems on U.S. Navy nuclear missile submarines for the former Bell System. Prior to that effort, he spent three years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, taught algebra at the Taft School, and was a Career Officer in the CIA. In retirement, Mr. Hyde served as a volunteer with the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program. and routinely lectured on error, fraud and abuse for the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. He was a proud member of the US Marine Corps and an active, lifelong participant in AFIO programs. He is survived by his wife Mary Jo Cotter Hyde, his daughter Mary Elizabeth and Trent Black, two grandchildren, and a sister. Online condolences to www.rutherfordfuneralhome.com. Semper Fi.


Section V - Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

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 simone@afioaz.org or simone@4smartphone.net 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 simone@afioaz.org 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 "US Navy Codebreakers, Linguists, and Intelligence Officers against Japan."

Captain Steve Maffeo USNR(Ret) speaks on "US 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 US 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 US 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 robsmom@pcisys.net.

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 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 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 afiosf@aol.com or Mariko Kawaguchi, c/o AFIO, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011 with your questions.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, noon - MacDill AFB - The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter hosts Dr. Mudhafar Amin on "Iraqi and Regional Affairs from view of a former member of Iraq's Foreign Service."

Dr. Mudhafar A. Amin will be offering insights on Iraqi and regional affairs from his perspective as a history and political science scholar and former senior member of Iraq's Foreign Service. We will also be honoring several WWII veterans living in Tampa Bay as well as holding elections for Chapter officers.
Location: MacDill AFB Surf's Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Boulevard, MacDill AFB, FL 33621.
Fee: $20, payable at the door by cash or check, for lunch.
RSVP or more info: Chapter Secretary michaels@suncoastafio.org for more information or to make a reservation. Deadline: Tuesday, 4 April 2017.

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 afio.secretary@afiomichigan.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

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 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 US 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 US 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 US.
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 diforum@diaalumni.org. 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 US 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 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.

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - The Mysterious Disappearance of Jim Thompson, "The Silk King of Thailand" - at the Textile Museum

When Jim Thompson vanished 50 years ago, he was the best-known American in Thailand. Rumors still swirl around his disappearance. Thompson had set up the Bangkok OSS office and later served as a CIA asset in Thailand, but it was his beautiful Thai silk that made him famous. He revitalized the industry, amassed a huge art collection, and built a magnificent house from traditional Thai homes to showcase his precious objects. So what could have happened in March of 1967, when he went for a short walk in the high jungles of Malaysia? Why were the CIA, DOS, US Army, and FBI involved in the massive search? Join Dr. Llewellyn Toulmin, the co-founder of Missing Aircraft Search Team, as he analyzes the case from a scientific search and rescue point of view, discusses Thompson's CIA connections, and suggests a solution to this 50-year-old famous mystery.

Tickets: $10. Contact Shana Oltmans at soltmans@spymuseum.org for tickets.

30 March - 1 April 2017 - Washington, DC - Joint Conference on "Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community"

The Woodrow Wilson Center, the German Historical Institute, and the Intenational Intelligence History Association are delighted to invite you to the jointly organized conference on "Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community".

Please register for the conference by email to the IIHA Executive Director at exec_director@intelligence-history.org before 23 March 2017.
The conference fee is 150 EUR / 165 US-Dollar, 110 EUR / 120 US-Dollar for IIHA members and 75 EUR / 80 US-Dollar for students.
This includes dinners on Thursday and Friday as well as coffee breaks during the conference and a snack lunch on Saturday.
Full list of Speakers and Tentative Schedule here.

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, DC
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.

4 - 7 June 2017 - San Antonio, TX - USGIF GEOINT 2017 Symposium theme is: "Advancing Capabilities to Meet Emerging Threats"

The always impressive US Geospatial-Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is offering more than 25 training and professional development sessions at their GEOINT 2017 Symposium on "Advancing Capabilities to Meet Emerging Threats" being held in beautiful San Antonio, TX. Monday, June 5 through Wednesday, June 7 are a variety of training sessions running two hours each. Attendees receive 0.2 Continuing Education Units per qualified session. Expand your knowledge on a familiar topic or learn a new one in one of the hottest, most promising and useful fields in the Intelligence Community. Sessions include: Hacking for Defense: Solving National Security Problems; 3D Terrain Modeling; Analytics for Small Sat Systems; Recent Advances in Deep Learning Cognitive Social Media Analytics Framework; Open Geospatial Machine Learning; Cyber Attack and Defense Wargame with IT, Industrial, and GEOINT Context; And much more.
Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX.
RSVP ASAP: Agenda and other information here.


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