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AFIO Videos for members
If you missed the outstanding talks by Dr. James E. Mitchell (on the threats of ISIS and the role of EIT), and by Bob Wallace and Keith Melton (on Spy Sites of Washington DC)
Each video runs approximately 40 minutes.
Also available as a newly released video is one of AFIO President emeritus Gene Poteat's
Click here, or image above, to view presentation.
Here is an event that will NOT have a video to view at home.
Please join National Cryptologic Museum Foundation friends and
colleagues welcoming Stephen Budiansky acclaimed
author, journalist, and historian of cryptology, speaking on
HOLD THE DATE: AFIO's 2017 National
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"
Books of the Week
Degrade and Destroy: The Inside Story of the War Against the Islamic State
When the last U.S. combat troops left Iraq in 2011, President Obama took credit for keeping his promise to end one war. As savage violence flared in Syria that very same year, he resisted calls to intervene in another. His plan to reduce America's military presence in the Middle East would be faithfully executed. Five years later, the US was again at war in the region - this time against the Islamic State whose self-declared caliphate covers large tracts of Iraq and Syria. How did this happen? And how will the US seek to prevail in this crucial return engagement? In Degrade and Destroy, Michael R. Gordon, New York Times national security correspondent, reveals the debates, diplomacy, and military strategy that have shaped the struggle against the Islamic State. With access to the White House, the intelligence community, the State Department, and the Pentagon, Gordon shows Hillary Clinton trying to arm the Syrian rebels; John Kerry coaxing reluctant allies; and US war planners at work even as Russians, Turks, and others complicate or frustrate every move. The result is a crucial work of contemporary history that also exposes the vexing choices that confront President Trump. The State Department has recently said it expects the struggle with ISIS to last three to five years.
The book may be ordered here.
A Dark Path to Freedom: Rusi Nazar from the Red Army to the CIA
Born in Margilan, Central Asia on the eve of the Russian Revolution of 1917, Ruzi Nazar had one of the most exciting lives of the twentieth century. Charming, intellectually brilliant, and passionately committed to the liberation of Central Asia from Russian rule, his life was a series of adventures and narrow escapes. He was successively a Soviet student, a Red Army officer, an officer in the German Turkestan Legion during WWII, a fugitive living in postwar Germany's underworld, and finally an immigrant to the US who rose high in the CIA. Here he mixed with the powerful and famous, represented the US as a diplomat in Ankara and Bonn, and became an undercover agent in Iran after the hostage crisis of 1979-81. Nazar's foresight was formidable. He predicted that communism would collapse from within, briefing Reagan on the weakness of the Soviet system before the Reagan-Gorbachev talks. A Muslim who rejected Islamism, his warnings to the US government about the dangers of Islamic radicalism fell on deaf ears. This remarkable biography casts unique light on the lives of people caught up in the turmoil of the Soviet Union, WWII, the Cold War, and the struggle of nationalities deprived of their freedom by communism to regain independence. Enver Altayli is one of Turkey's leading specialists on Central Asia and a former intelligence officer. A close friend of Rusi Nazar for over half a century, his biography is based on many weeks of recorded interviews, as well as his own scholarship on Turkistan and the history of espionage during the Cold War.
The book may be ordered here.
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTSCIA Contractors Likely Source of Latest WikiLeaks Release: US Officials. Contractors likely breached security and handed over documents describing the Central Intelligence Agency's use of hacking tools to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, US intelligence and law enforcement officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
Section III - COMMENTARYDisentangling the NSA and Cyber Command. In 2013, former President Barack Obama was close to ending the "dual-hat" leadership of both the National Security Agency and US Cyber Command, only to be dissuaded by senior officials arguing the close integration with the NSA continued to be necessary for the maturation of the then only 4-year-old Cyber Command. Prior to leaving their posts in the Obama Administration, former Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper again argued for the clean separation of the NSA and Cyber Command.
Section IV - Jobs - Interviews, Research Request, Obituaries
Jobs - Interviews
Intelligence Training Instructor Sought for Quantico, VA Location
Dorrean, LLC is currently recruiting for an Intelligence Training Instructor for a contract in Quantico, VA. The Intelligence Training Instructor will train, instruct (including platform instruction), and participate in the development of course materials and course outlines for onboard employees for Intelligence Career Path training courses.
Based on objectives and performance goals, tasks for Intelligence Training Instructors will include, but not be limited to, the following:
Task 1 - Under the supervision of personnel and in accordance with designated curricula, Intelligence Training Instructors will instruct the workforce to employ skills, tools, and techniques required to integrate analysis with operations and produce intelligence pursuant to the organization's highest standards. Specifically, Intelligence Training Instructors will be required to provide instruction in critical thinking, analytic writing, raw intelligence reporting, and intelligence briefing, as well as participate in and evaluate exercises designed to leverage the student's knowledge.
Task 2 - Intelligence Training Instructors will provide mentoring and coaching throughout a comprehensive program of instruction for the intelligence workforce.
Task 3 - Intelligence Training Instructors will also be asked to collaborate on curriculum life-cycle refresh and corresponding lesson plan documentation.
Required Qualifications Minimum of five years demonstrated experience in an Intelligence Field. The five years of demonstrated experience shall include application of analytic tradecraft skills and techniques, USIC collaboration, or case-based analysis and reporting. - Minimum two years of experience providing instruction in any of the following intelligence topics: structured analytic techniques, critical thinking processes, collection/domain management, raw intelligence reporting, analytic writing in accordance with the ODNI Analytic Integrity Standards, and intelligence briefing for peers and/or executives. - Minimum of two years demonstrated work experience in facilitating practical exercises by mentoring and coaching students both one-on-one and as a group to help them achieve a developmental outcome as determined by the lesson plan. - Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and SharePoint. - Demonstrated work experience in course material and curriculum development to include Blackboard LMS facilitation. Dorrean, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
REPLIES: Qualified candidates should send their resumes to the Corporate Recruiter, Scott Ernest, at Scott.Ernest@Dorrean.com.
Congressional Research Service seeks Analyst in Intelligence and National Security
Analyst in Intelligence and National Security being sought by the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.
Position is in Washington, DC. It is a permanent position and this call for applicants closes Wednesday, 29 March 2017. So, if interested, do not delay in applying.
Salary Range is $94,796.00 to $123,234.00 / Per Year. Series & Grade GS-0130-13/13 Promotion Potential: 15. Must be U.S. Citizen to apply.
DUTIES: The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division (FDT) seeks an Analyst in Intelligence and National Security to track and analyze policy issues related to intelligence and national security. Applicants should have experience conducting sophisticated analysis of the U.S. intelligence community and its budget, knowledge of the National Intelligence Program and Military Intelligence Program, the U.S. legislative branch and its operations, and the ability to work as part of a collaborative team. The work can require rapid response to emerging policy issues during active legislative processes. The ideal candidate will have a solid background in the field of U.S. intelligence and intelligence support to national security policy, foreign affairs, and military operations. Strong research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills are essential. The ideal candidate would bring knowledge of the history, trends, and current status of the Nation's Intelligence Community (IC) (including operations, coordination, budgetary and legal issues and operations, and the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information) and their relationships with the overall national security effort. This position is located in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division, Congressional Research Service. Appointee must meet eligibility requirements for a security clearance (Top Secret/SCI). The position description number for this position is 004756. The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area. The incumbent of this position may work a flextime or compflex work schedule. This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position. Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.
Prepares a variety of analytical, descriptive and background reports, memoranda, and written materials on subjects or public policy issues within the employee's designated areas of responsibility to support congressional decision making. Prepares authoritative, objective, and non-partisan analytical studies and descriptive and background reports on intelligence and national security issues; provide personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and staff on such policies throughout the legislative process; and participate in or lead team research projects and seminars. This work requires knowledge of the history, trends, and current status of the Nation's intelligence agencies (including coordination, budgetary and legal issues, and the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information) and their relationships with the overall national security effort. The analyst is also expected to develop over time the skills necessary to provide legislative analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels. Participates in planning, organizing, and coordinating group research efforts. Through personal consultation, assists committees, Members, and staff with consideration of legislative issues by providing information and analysis, and applying professional subject-area knowledge. Participates in CRS seminars, workshops, and/or outreach programs for committees, Members, and staff. Locates and provides information requested by Members and committees of Congress or their staff. Job Requirements Job Requirements Key Requirements Qualifications Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision. Knowledge of intelligence and national security.** Ability to analyze public policy issues.** Ability to write in a public policy context.** Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations. Ability to lead collaborative research tasks. Ability to exercise objectivity in all phases of analysis and consultation. Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing. No additional requirements to those listed above. Security Clearance Top Secret/SCI
More information and applications can be done here. If you have questions, contact Jon J. Rosenwasser, Ph.D., Senate Select Committee on Intelligence at (202) 224-7825 / (202) 306-5637 m.
André J. Le Gallo, 78, a former CIA Operations Officer, Lecturer, Business Executive, Novelist, Former AFIO Chapter President, died 5 March 2017, after a valiant battle with advancing ALS - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gerhig's disease). Born in France, he served as an infantry and intelligence officer for the US Army before being recruited as an Operations Officer at CIA. At CIA he rose to serve as CIA Chief of Station in Mali, Romania, Israel and Belgium managing collection, counterintelligence, and special operations. He also served in Laos, Thailand, the Congo, Algeria, Morocco and Iran. At CIA Headquarters he held senior positions in the Near East, Latin America, West Europe Divisions, the National Intelligence Council, and in the Inspector General Staff. As the NIO for Counterterrorism, he briefed senior intelligence officials and policy makers, and testified to Congress. He authorized National Intelligence Estimates, was in charge of the national terror warning system, and consulted with foreign counterparts. He chaired Terror Warning meetings and initiated significant projects: e.g. a common computerized terrorist database for the Intelligence Community and innovative operational solutions to counterterrorist problems.
Post-CIA he served as Vice President for Corporate and International Security for Enron, where he initiated global programs to protect corporate assets, introduced competitive intelligence methods, and established crisis management structures. After his CIA and business careers, he consulted for the CIA's Recruitment Center and was a board member for a think-tank under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
He lectured widely. Skilled in French, Romanian, Spanish, and Arabic, Le Gallo held a B.A. in International Relations from Lehigh University and also attended Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Study (specializing in Middle Eastern and Arabic studies), the National War College, the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in Paris, and Thunderbird University in Phoenix. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution (Stanford University).
For many years he served as president of AFIO's San Francisco Chapter which had his name added to honor his years of service. He published several novelized versions of his otherwise undeclassifiable CIA experiences: The Caliphate, was his first, with a Foreword by CIA Director Porter Goss [Mountain Lake Press, 2012]; The Red Cell [Amazon, 2014], and Satan's Spy, the sequel to his first novel, released again by Mountain Lake Press in 2015. He was active in AFIO's Speakers Bureau.
He leaves his wife, Cathy, and two daughters. He resided in California. A June ceremony in Washington, DC is expected and will be announced by his family (and in these WINs). [NOTE: Biographic material was assembled from AFIO records. A formal obituary will appear in the next issue of Intelligencer.]
Mary Gormley, 90, former CIA Officer and president of CIRA, died 13 March 2017. Word has just reached us of her death. Ms. Gormley was posted throughout Africa in her CIA career, and she served for Chief of Station Clair George in Bamako, Mali, and loyally defended him when he later came under unfair attack back in the U.S. Among her many post-retirement activities, Mary served as president of the Central Intelligence Retirees Association, and later volunteered with the Montgomery Hospice Society where she worked in the clinic for several years organizing patient charts. [A full obituary with more about her distinguished Agency career will appear in a later issue of Weekly Notes.]
Lenwood Odell Gay, Master Chief, USN(Ret), 90, former USN Cryptologic Service, senior Enlisted Advisor to NSA Director, died 24 February 2017 in Wilmington, NC of Alzheimer's disease. Len enlisted in the US Navy in 1944, received his basic training at Bainbridge MD. He spent thirty years in the US Navy Cryptologic Service, retiring in 1974, with tours of duty in San Juan Puerto Rico; Bremerhaven, Zweibrucken and Frankfurt, Germany; Istanbul, Turkey; Sidi Yahia Morocco; and several tours with NSA at Fort Meade, MD, including one tour as the first Senior Enlisted Advisor to its Director, Admiral Noel Gaylor. Len's picture now hangs on the walls of NSA. Len received the National Security Agency Cryptologic Service Award, Naval Security Group Merit Service Award, Dept. of Defense Joint Service Commendation Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, National Security Agency Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Occupation Service Award, World War II Victory Medal, and two National Defense Service Awards.
Upon his retirement he was presented with the prestigious National Security Agency Meritorious Service Award.
Len worked with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and any other activities in which his children participated. He and his wife, Rosa Lee, spent many years traveling with their children, greatly enjoying golfing and bowling and have many trophies as testament to their mastery of those two sports. They returned to Wilmington, NC in 1977. Len loved to entertain and held oyster roasts and other great parties at his home. He loved to gig for flounder and was successful every time he went out. Many friends and relatives will recall the wonderful flounder stuffed with crabmeat and seafood dinners he and Rosa Lee prepared for them. The couple has a spectacularly maintained yard with two ponds joined by a bridge Len built, and the house and grounds were often opened to various house and garden tours, and became the choice spot for many gatherings. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Rosa Lee, many children, and other relatives.
Colonel Joseph Frank "Joe"
Sartiano, 103, a much decorated former OSS/CIA officer, died 9 February 2017. Colonel Joe Sartiano was born to Italian immigrant parents. After many voyages between Sicily and the US, the
family settled in Johnstown, PA. At the onset of
WWII, Joe enlisted in the Army and was selected to attend Officer
Candidate School in Fort Benning, GA. Upon OCS completion Sartiano was recruited to join the new,
secretive Office of Strategic Services (OSS) where he
was trained to operate behind enemy lines orchestrating and
carrying out partisan activities, rescuing downed Allied pilots and
leading both American and British units on intelligence gathering patrols
in Italy. Joe was credited with action in Salerno, Anzio, Monte Cassino,
Ravenna and the Upper Po Valley. For his actions, he was awarded the
Silver Star, and from the United Kingdom The British
Military Cross, both for gallantry in action. He also was awarded
the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge.
At the end of hostilities in Europe, he served in Japan and while enroute, WWII ended. Based upon his OSS experience in Italy, Joe was recruited to join the team of American military officers investigating Japanese war crimes and he spent the next five years in Japan conducting interviews and investigations that led to the prosecution of war crime offenders. In early 1950, after returning to the US, he was recruited by the recently established CIA which sought former OSS officers to join its ranks. While stationed in Washington DC, he met Alba T. Pagnini, also at CIA serving as Case Officer, who later became his wife. Tokyo was their first tour of duty followed by Honolulu, Taipei, Washington DC, Rome, Saigon and West Berlin. As a result of his work in Saigon for the CIA, Joe was awarded the South Vietnamese National Police Medal of Honor and recently, the Congressional Gold Medal for his OSS years. In 1973 he retired from CIA and supported his wife, Alba's, CIA career in Washington DC and San Francisco until her retirement in 1991. His service to this nation spanned over 30 years and his innate character, charismatic leadership, intellect, mentorship and professionalism inspired those around him to execute missions often under the most difficult of circumstances and extremely challenging conditions. [Read More: Washington Post/legacy/12March2017]
Update on Memorial Service for Larry Sulc, for CIA Officer. "Dear AFIO friends of Larry Sulc: If there is time and space the following is FYI regarding a memorial service and inurnment, Arlington National Cemetery Old Post Chapel Wednesday, 7 June 2017 1500 hours, coming one day after Nathan Hale's birthday." -- Jean Sulc.
Section V - Events
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
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 email@example.com.
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.
Phil Pressel retired after 30 years working for the Perkin Elmer Corporation in Danbury, Connecticut (now United Technologies Corporation). He is still doing consulting work. He was the project engineer in charge of the design of the formerly top secret Hexagon KH-9 cameras. He and his wife Pat live in San Diego and keep busy traveling, writing, consulting and doing volunteer work. He is a Holocaust survivor and describes his and his parents wartime escape from the Nazis living in hiding in several cities in France in his first book "They Are Still Alive." During 1944 he was hidden and sheltered by a kind and courageous Catholic family in a small village that was a headquarters for the French underground.
Location: LAPD-ARTC 5651 W Manchester Ave, L.A. CA 90045 ROOM 1G
To RSVP, email Vince at AFIO_LA@yahoo.com.
5 April 2017 (Wednesday), 11:30 am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco Chapter hosts Brigadier General Roderick Macdonald on "The Falklands Conflict 35 Years On."
Brig Gen Roderick "Rod" Macdonald discusses the "The
Falklands Conflict 35 years On." at this April meeting of the AFIO "Andre
LeGallo" San Francisco Chapter. The Falklands War from 2April to 14 June
1982 was the largest air sea battle since World War II. British forces
launched the longest amphibious operation in history, sailing 8,000 miles
to retake the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, invaded and occupied
illegally by over 10,000 Argentine soldiers and Marines. Retired British
Army Brigadier General Roderick Macdonald will give a personal overview of
WHERE: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080. 11:30AM no host cocktail; meeting and luncheon at noon.
RSVP: Eventbrite registration link will be posted shortly. Reservation and pre-payment is required before 26 March 2017. The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins. Contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.afiomichigan.org.
13 May 2017, 11:30 am - Patrick AFB, FL - AFIO Satellite Florida Chapter meets. Speaker TBA
The Florida Satellite Chapter of AFIO meets for a social hour at 11:30 to 12:15 - and then enjoys lunch at 12:15 pm onwards. A speaker TBA. Greet old, new members and guests (limited cash bar - honor system). Where: The Tides, 1001 N. Hwy A1A, BLDG #967, Patrick AFB, FL 32925 For more information visit their website here. RSVP here.
HOLD THE DATE - 28 - 29 September 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO's 2017 National Intelligence Symposium
Arrive Wednesday evening, 27 September to overnight at
the hotel to be ready early Thursday, 28 September, for coach service to
NGA for all day conference including visit to their new museum. Welcome by NGA Director Robert Cardillo. Friday activities TBA.
Friday evening is our "Spies in Black Ties" banquet.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Tysons Corner, VA. Details, event registration and hotel room registration links to be sent to all current members in coming weeks..
Other Upcoming Events
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
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 email@example.com. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among Chicken Parmesan, Trout Limone, Grilled Sausages with Sweet Peppers, Lasagna, Manicotti with Spinach and Ricotta, Cannelloni Alla Bolognese, or Fettuccini with Portabella for your luncheon selection. Please provide your luncheon selection with your reservation to reduce the wait time for your food.
Thursday, 23 March 2017 - Austin,
TX - Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland: A Symposium by the
Intelligence Studies Project and the Business Executives for National
The Intelligence Studies Project (ISP) and Business Executives for National Security are pleased to announce a symposium, "Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland," at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on the campus of UT Austin.
"Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland" is designed to promote an exchange of well-informed views on the challenges our intelligence and law enforcement agencies face in detecting and disrupting attacks inside the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
30 March - 1 April 2017 - Washington, DC - Joint Conference on "Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community"
The Woodrow Wilson Center, the German Historical Institute, and the Intenational Intelligence History Association are delighted to invite you to the jointly organized conference on "Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community".
Please register for the conference by email to the IIHA Executive
Director at email@example.com before 23 March 2017.
The conference fee is 150 EUR / 165 US-Dollar, 110 EUR / 120 US-Dollar for IIHA members and 75 EUR / 80 US-Dollar for students.
This includes dinners on Thursday and Friday as well as coffee breaks during the conference and a snack lunch on Saturday.
Full list of Speakers and Tentative Schedule here.
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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