AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #11-17 dated 14 March 2017

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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)
at AFIO National's 24 February luncheon
though rarely released to the public, videos of these two exceptional presentations are available here.

Each video runs approximately 40 minutes.
The fascinating Q&As following each presentation were not included for security reasons.
Another reason to make future events in person.

Also available as a newly released video is one of AFIO President emeritus Gene Poteat's
discussion of "The Changing Role of Intelligence in a Changing World."
Dr. Poteat was the speaker at the Institute of World Politics' Fourth Annual Brian Kelley Memorial Lecture
held 2 March 2017 in Washington, DC.

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"A New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities

NCMF_March_ProgramWednesday, 29 March 2017, 10am - 1pm
- Annapolis Junction, MD -

Please join National Cryptologic Museum Foundation friends and colleagues welcoming Stephen Budiansky acclaimed author, journalist, and historian of cryptology, speaking on
"A New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities."
[To register or explore, click image at left]
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.

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

Arrive Wednesday evening, 27 September to overnight at the hotel to be ready early Thursday, 28 September, for coach service to NGA for all day conference including visit to their new museum. Welcome by NGA Director Robert Cardillo. Friday activities TBA. Friday evening is our "Spies in Black Ties" banquet.
Hotel: DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA [formerly the Crowne Plaza], at 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102. Details, event registration and hotel room registration links to be sent to all current members in coming weeks. Early phone-only room registrations can be made at 1-877-865-1877 at $119/nite.

Books of the Week

Degrade and Destroy: The Inside Story of the War Against the Islamic State
by Michael R. Gordon
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, April 2017)

Order here.

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
by Enver Altayli, translated by David Barchard
(Hurst, April 2017)

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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.


CIA 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.

Two officials speaking on condition of anonymity said intelligence agencies have been aware since the end of last year of the breach, which led to WikiLeaks releasing thousands of pages of information on its website on Tuesday.

According to the documents, CIA hackers could get into Apple Inc (AAPL.O) iPhones, devices running Google's Android software and other gadgets in order to capture text and voice messages before they were encrypted with sophisticated software.

The White House said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump was "extremely concerned" about the CIA security breach that led to the WikiLeaks release.  [Read More:  Walcott, Hosenball/reuters/9March2017]

China's ZTE Pleads Guilty, Settles With US Over Iran, NKorea Sales.  Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp has agreed to pay $892 million and plead guilty to criminal charges for violating US laws that restrict the sale of American-made technology to Iran and North Korea.

While a guilty plea deals a blow to ZTE's reputation, the resolution could lift some uncertainty for a company that relies on US suppliers for 25 percent to 30 percent of its components.

A five-year investigation found ZTE conspired to evade US embargoes by buying US components, incorporating them into ZTE equipment and illegally shipping them to Iran.

In addition, it was charged in connection with 283 shipments of telecommunications equipment to North Korea.  [Freifeld/reuters/7March2017]

Former NGA Employee Sentenced for Taking Classified Information.  Mohan L. Nirala, 52, of Laurel, Maryland, was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in prison for willful retention of national defense information.

Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary B. McCord, US Attorney Dana J. Boente for the Eastern District of Virginia and Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the FBI's Baltimore Field Office made the announcement after sentencing by US District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. 

Nirala pleaded guilty on Sept. 16, 2016. According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Nirala was a full-time government employee and imagery scientist at the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from February 2009 to 2015. On Jan 10, 2014, eight days after his clearances were suspended, FBI agents recovered over 20 classified documents at Nirala's home during the execution of a federal search warrant. A review of these documents determined that they ranged in classification from Secret to Top Secret. During the search, Nirala falsely stated that he did not bring home any classified documents.

According to the statement of facts, on March 8, 2016, agents arrived at Nirala's home to execute an arrest warrant. After Nirala failed to answer the door, agents made a forced entry and found Nirala in the basement before taking him into custody. During a sweep of the basement, agents discovered a white duct-taped box underneath the basement stairs. Inside the box were over 500 pages of documents classified at Top Secret and Secret levels.  [Read More:  justice/10March2017]

Italian Intelligence Agency Alerts the Country to Higher Risks of Islamic Terrorism.  The risk of fundamentalists who want to "conduct the jihad directly on Italian territory" is becoming "increasingly acute," according to the 2016 annual report by the Department of Intelligence and Security (DIS) presented a few days ago in Rome.

The report shows a threat to national security that's become harder to pinpoint, more complex, ambiguous and insidious. It highlights the "proven ability" of jihad affiliates to "circulate freely in the Schengen Area for months without being identified." Italy has so far escaped from being targeted by the sort of terrorist attacks experienced in other European countries.

If ISIS "appears to be experiencing difficulties in a few scenarios" like "the Syrian-Iraqi theater," fundamentalist terrorism is spreading "to a worrying degree in other areas," such as "Southeast Asia, Afghanistan and Sub-Saharan Africa" as well as "the Balkans."

It seems likely that "European-born mujahideen will return to the respective countries of origin with their families, children included:" the report highlights "the role of children in propaganda, as a guarantee of continuity for the caliphate project and for jihad to conquer 'Damascus, Baghdad, Jerusalem, Mecca, Dabiq, Rome and Andalusia'."  [Read More:  Ludovico/italy24/10March2017]

Defense Intelligence Agency Director Presents Talk at UNM.  As part of its Career Opportunities in Global and National Security, the National Security Studies Program (NSSP) at the University of New Mexico hosts Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, USMC director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Tuesday, March 21 at 10 a.m. in the Student Union Building Ballroom A.

Stewart will present a talk and meet with students about careers with the DIA. As part of the event, recruitment tables will be set up in the SUB Ballroom for interested students. The event is free to attend and doesn't require registration in advance, however, participants will be required to sign in before entering the ballroom.

"The Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence Program at UNM (NSSP) is designed to help our students become competitive for careers in the sixteen intelligence agencies," said Frank Gilfeather, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Statistics and director for the Office of Strategic Programs. "To date we have had many of our students seek and obtain positions with these and related global and national security organizations."

Lt. Gen. Stewart became the 20th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in 2015. He is the first Marine Corps director to lead the agency. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Commander, Marine Forces Cyber. DIA provides strategic analysis to the Secretary of Defense and the national security leadership.  [Read More:  unm/10March2017]

Belarusian Financial Intelligence Agency Receives Prestigious International Award.  For the fourth time the Financial Monitoring Department of the State Control Committee of Belarus has become a laureate of the best case contest arranged by the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units. The Egmont Group is an informal association of financial intelligence agencies from all over the world, BelTA learned from Andrei Borichevsky, Head of the Coordination and International Cooperation Office at the Financial Monitoring Department, on 13 March.

At present the Egmont Group includes financial intelligence agencies of 151 nations. The association is focused on supporting national efforts to combat money laundering by expanding the exchange of financial information, improving personnel qualifications, and fostering the development of communication channels using new technologies. The Egmont Group is also intent on working out methods for automating the detection of previously detected crimes.

Cases with a court ruling can be submitted for the best case contest of the Egmont Group. The applications have to demonstrate the difficulties the national intelligence unit (FIU) ran into during the investigation, the sources of information the FIU used, and interaction with other law enforcement agencies.

This year the Financial Monitoring Department of the State Control Committee of Belarus has submitted for the contest a case involving the theft and consequent legalization of material assets at road construction enterprises. The crime was detected through joint efforts of the Financial Monitoring Department and the Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee of Belarus.  [Read More:  belta/13March2017]

Intelligence Agent Spent a Year Working at New Whistleblowers' Hotline.  The Dutch intelligence service AIVD delegated one of its staff to help set up a new service for whistleblowers, NRC reports.

The Huis voor Klokkenluiders was launched last year to allow people to report incidences of fraud, theft and malpractice at work under cover of anonymity.

Chairman Paul Loven admitted that the AIVD had assigned a member of its legal team to the organisation during the set-up phase. 'The interior ministry offered us a helping hand with setting up administrative procedures,' he said, adding that the individual had left after a year.

NRC reported that his departure was linked to internal criticism of his role, but Love denied this and stressed:  "He was not involved in any way in whistleblowing cases."  [Read More:  dutchnews/13March2017]

Military Intelligence Soldiers Head to Afghanistan.  The headquarters of America's only rapidly deployable military intelligence brigade will tap into its war-time experience spanning more than a decade as it takes on missions in Afghanistan.

The 525th Military Intelligence Brigade will build on insights gleaned from past campaigns, while remaining agile to adapt to meet the needs of the Army, said Col. James E. Walker, brigade commander.

"Consistently chosen among the first for multiple missions, the 525th has an extended and outstanding history of providing the Army with critical intelligence through multiple campaigns dating back to World War II," he said. "It is an honor to be part of the lineage of this brigade."

On Thursday, Walker and Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Baptiste cased the brigade's colors and battle streamers to mark the ceremonial beginning of deployment. About 100 soldiers from the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade will deploy to Afghanistan for seven months.  [Read More:  Dolasinski/fayobserver/9March2017]


Russian Espionage Piggybacks on a Cybercriminal's Hacking.  To the FBI, Evgeniy M. Bogachev is the most wanted cybercriminal in the world. The bureau has announced a $3 million bounty for his capture, the most ever for computer crimes, and has been trying to track his movements in hopes of grabbing him if he strays outside his home turf in Russia.

He has been indicted in the United States, accused of creating a sprawling network of virus-infected computers to siphon hundreds of millions of dollars from bank accounts around the world, targeting anyone with enough money worth stealing - from a pest control company in North Carolina to a police department in Massachusetts to a Native American tribe in Washington.

In December, the Obama administration announced sanctions against Mr. Bogachev and five others in response to intelligence agencies' conclusions that Russia had meddled in the presidential election. Publicly, law enforcement officials said it was his criminal exploits that landed Mr. Bogachev on the sanctions list, not any specific role in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

But it is clear that for Russia, he is more than just a criminal. At one point, Mr. Bogachev had control over as many as a million computers in multiple countries, with possible access to everything from family vacation photographs and term papers to business proposals and highly confidential personal information. It is almost certain that computers belonging to government officials and contractors in a number of countries were among the infected devices. For Russia's surveillance-obsessed intelligence community, Mr. Bogachev's exploits may have created an irresistible opportunity for espionage.  [Read More:  Schwirtz, Goldstein/nytimes/12March2017]

THE SPY WHO SANG TO ME: Teen Idol Adam Faith Claimed to Be 'MI6 Spy Sent to Cuba' in New Book by Close Friend.  The multi-talented singer and actor, who died at the age of 62 in 2003, was said to have been tapped up by the British secret service because of his business connections on the Caribbean island.

The claims have been made in a new book published by close friend David Courtney, a music producer, who said he met Faith while the star was having a meeting with a spook at the Savoy hotel in London.

He told The Sunday Times: "[Faith] called me to one side and asked me to sit at a table across the way while he continued his meeting."

I could see he had become more animated with his hands and nodding his head. After about 15 minutes he waved over to me to join them. The guy in question was a very pleasant unassuming chap. We talked for a while and he left.  [Read More:  Sandeman/thesun/12March2017]

The Spy Base Where Real-Life British 'Qs' Collaborated With CIA to Hack TVs and Phones.  A secretive branch of Britain's intelligence services which is home to real life 'Qs' fictionalised in James Bond was behind the hacking of mobile phones and televisions revealed in a series of leaked CIA documents.

Her Majesty's Government Communications Centre (HMGCC) is identified in the Wikileaks files as the British intelligence agency that collaborated with the CIA in breaking into the operating systems of iPhones.

It is understood that HMGCC was also involved in helping MI5 to develop software to enable secret services to spy on targets through Samsung internet-connected television.
HMGCC is a little known outpost of the Foreign Office based in and around Hanslope Park, a 17th century manor house hidden down a leafy lane just off the M1 and close to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire.  [Read More:  Mendick, Farmer, Verkaik/telegraph/10March2017]

Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War.  On April 12, 1982, Yuri Andropov, the chairman of the KGB, ordered foreign-intelligence operatives to carry out "active measures" - aktivniye meropriyatiya - against the reelection campaign of President Ronald Reagan. Unlike classic espionage, which involves the collection of foreign secrets, active measures aim at influencing events - at undermining a rival power with forgeries, front groups, and countless other techniques honed during the Cold War. The Soviet leadership considered Reagan an implacable militarist. According to extensive notes made by Vasili Mitrokhin, a high-ranking KGB officer and archivist who later defected to Great Britain, Soviet intelligence tried to infiltrate the headquarters of the Republican and Democratic National Committees, popularize the slogan "Reagan Means War!," and discredit the President as a corrupt servant of the military-industrial complex. The effort had no evident effect. Reagan won forty-nine of fifty states.

Active measures were used by both sides throughout the Cold War. In the nineteen-sixties, Soviet intelligence officers spread a rumor that the US government was involved in the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. In the eighties, they spread the rumor that American intelligence had "created" the AIDS virus, at Fort Detrick, Maryland. They regularly lent support to leftist parties and insurgencies. The CIA, for its part, worked to overthrow regimes in Iran, Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, Chile, and Panama. It used cash payments, propaganda, and sometimes violent measures to sway elections away from leftist parties in Italy, Guatemala, Indonesia, South Vietnam, and Nicaragua. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, in the early nineties, the CIA asked Russia to abandon active measures to spread disinformation that could harm the US Russia promised to do so. But when Sergey Tretyakov, the station chief for Russian intelligence in New York, defected, in 2000, he revealed that Moscow's active measures had never subsided. "Nothing has changed," he wrote, in 2008. "Russia is doing everything it can today to embarrass the US."

Vladimir Putin, who is quick to accuse the West of hypocrisy, frequently points to this history. He sees a straight line from the West's support of the anti-Moscow "color revolutions," in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine, which deposed corrupt, Soviet-era leaders, to its endorsement of the uprisings of the Arab Spring. Five years ago, he blamed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the anti-Kremlin protests in Moscow's Bolotnaya Square. "She set the tone for some of our actors in the country and gave the signal," Putin said. "They heard this and, with the support of the US State Department, began active work." (No evidence was provided for the accusation.) He considers nongovernmental agencies and civil-society groups like the National Endowment for Democracy, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the election-monitoring group Golos to be barely disguised instruments of regime change.

The US officials who administer the system that Putin sees as such an existential danger to his own reject his rhetoric as "whataboutism," a strategy of false moral equivalences. Benjamin Rhodes, a deputy national-security adviser under President Obama, is among those who reject Putin's logic, but he said, "Putin is not entirely wrong," adding that, in the past, "we engaged in regime change around the world. There is just enough rope for him to hang us."  [Read More:  Osnos, Remnick, Yaffa/newyorker/6March2017]

How Watergate Changed America's Intelligence Laws.  On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee offices in Washington, DC's Watergate Hotel. Over the next two years, a series of investigations and bombshell media reports uncovered a web of political espionage evidence of extensive, illegal wiretapping and surveillance of thousands of US citizens (including those on Richard Nixon's infamous "enemies list"), undertaken by America's intelligence and law enforcement agencies. In the wake of the Watergate scandal and Richard Nixon's resignation, a Congressional committee tasked with investigation domestic spying abuses would lead to an overhaul of US intelligence gathering practices that is still with us today.

In December 1974, just four months after Nixon's resignation, New York Times reporter Seymour Hersh revealed the existence of a long-running CIA intelligence program targeting US citizens, a direct violation of its charter. Hersh had, in part, sourced his information on the CIA's own internal review, begun after it was revealed that two of the Watergate burglars had formerly worked for the CIA, and had been given assistance by the agency following the break-in. The review, informally known as the "family jewels" detailed a litany of illegal and inappropriate activities undertaken by the agency from the 1950s onwards.

While the CIA would not fully declassify most of the "family jewels" report until 2007, Congress swung into action. On January 27, 1975, a special 11-member investigative body was established to look into abuses of power by the nation's intelligence agencies. Chaired by Democratic Senator Frank Church of Idaho, the Church committee called more than 800 witnesses over the course of nine months, including several former officials from both the FBI and CIA.

Most of the hearings were held behind closed doors to protect intelligence sources, but a few, carefully selected cases of misconduct were investigated in televised sessions. Among those were a CIA biological agents program, the FBI's COINTELPRO (a wide-ranging counter-intelligence program targeting domestic groups as disparate as the KKK, the Communist Party and the Black Panthers) and a series of secret programs led by the National Security Agency known as Operation Shamrock and Project Minaret.  [Read More:  Maranzani/history/7March2017]

Why the CIA Uses Board Games to Train Its Agents.  Dungeons and Dragons, Pok'mon card games and role-playing games are more than entertainment - they're inspiration for the CIA.

David Clopper, senior collection analyst with 16 years' experience at the CIA, also serves as a game maker for the agency. From card games to board games, Clopper creates games to train CIA staffers including intelligence agents and political analysts for real-world situations.

"Gaming is part of the human condition. Why not take advantage of that and incorporate into the way we learn?" Clopper said Sunday at a games-themed panel discussion at the South by Southwest Interactive technology festival. Clopper and other CIA officers discussed how the agency uses games to teach strategy, intelligence gathering and collaboration.

Clopper, who began making training programs based on popular tabletop games in 2008, described some of his creations for the CIA.  [Read More:  CNN Wire/wtkr/13March2017]

VIDEO: 7 Things the CIA Looks for When Recruiting Members.  America's foreign intelligence service, the Central Intelligence Agency, is central to influencing national security decisions.

But how exactly are CIA members recruited?

In his book Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, former CIA and National Security Agency director Michael Hayden explains just what the ideal candidate is like.

According to Hayden, mastering a foreign language and being comfortable in a foreign country are both very important.  [Read More:  ajc/13March2017]

Trump's Mar-A-Lago Is Heaven - for Spies.  President Donald Trump relishes the comforts of his Mar-a-Lago estate for repeated weekends away from Washington, but former Secret Service and intelligence officials say the resort is a security nightmare vulnerable to both casual and professional spies.

While Trump's private club in South Florida has been transformed into a fortress of armed guards, military-grade radar, bomb sniffing dogs and metal-detection checkpoints, there are still notable vulnerabilities, namely the stream of guests who can enter the property without a background check.

And security experts warn that the commander in chief's frequent visits - four since he took office in January - afford an unprecedented opportunity for eavesdropping and building dossiers on the president's routines and habits, as well as those of the inner circle around him. They add that with each repeat visit, the security risk escalates.

"The president is the biggest, richest intelligence target in the world, and there is almost no limit to the energy and money an adversary will spend to get at him," said David Kris, a former Obama-era assistant attorney general for national security.  [Read More:  Samuelsohn/politico/10March2017]


Disentangling 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.

In turn, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, vehemently criticized the push to end the dual-hat leadership role on the eve of the incoming Trump Administration, saying "if a decision is prematurely made to separate NSA and Cyber Command I will object to the confirmation of any individual nominated by the president to replace the director of the National Security Agency if that person is not also nominated to be the commander of Cyber Command." At the same time, Admiral Mike Rogers, the current head of both the NSA and Cyber Command, has pushed against separating the roles entirely at this point, but acknowledges that the split will take place eventually with the two continuing to work closely with one another.

It seems the disagreement is not necessarily over whether or not to ever split the country's premier signals intelligence agency and its cyber warfare counterpart, but rather when the right time and under what circumstances would be the most practical in doing so. Why were the two coupled in the first place, why must they eventually be separated, and where are the points of tension that must be overcome to do so? These are the questions that must be addressed before the timing of separation can be determined.

John Dickson, a former Air Force intelligence officer and now a Principal at the Denim Group, says "the roles [of the NSA and Cyber Command] are fairly distinct. One is to collect, analyze, and disseminate intelligence to national command authorities and decision-makers. That is the NSA's intelligence side. The other side is to protect and defend US computing assets and networks - in certain instances critical infrastructure - and to conduct the offensive missions when called upon. That is Cyber Command's role."  [Read More:  Maxey/thecipherbreif/12March2017]

Quantum Cryptography: A Boon for Security.  The most recent WikiLeaks document dump regarding the CIA has made it clear that it's getting harder and harder to keep secrets in the digital age.

If the CIA - or foreign intelligence services like Britain's - aren't eavesdropping on our conversations by surreptitiously turning on our Samsung TVs or hacking into our supposedly encrypted smart phones (and disguising themselves as Russian hackers while they're doing it); if actual Russian and Chinese and North Korean hackers aren't burrowing through one firewall after another in our corporate or government networks; then we have rogue insiders like Edward Snowden, former sergeant Manning, and very possibly whoever sent these 9,000 CIA documents to WikiLeaks, feeling free to expose mounds of classified documents to public scrutiny whenever they feel like it, on the rationale that it's more ethical for you as a citizen of the world to endanger your nation's security than to protect it as you are legally required to do.

No one can be very shocked that the CIA, or any other spy agency, has the capabilities the WikiLeaks documents allege that it does. What's shocking is that we didn't find out sooner. In an intelligence community that has become populated by rogue whistleblowers (or, as the Michael Flynn case suggests, rogue employees on a vendetta) and in which our most trusted and guarded information networks have become extremely porous, the mission motto of the 1992 Robert Redford movie Sneakers - "No More Secrets" - may be coming to pass before our eyes.

Fortunately, however, there is a silver lining to all these dark shadows.  [Read More:  Herman/nationalreview/10March2017]

The Wikipedia for Spies - and Where It Goes From Here.  Major General Dale Meyerrose jokes that he doesn't think much of millennials. But he does largely credit that generation with fundamentally changing the way the US intelligence community collaborates.

In 2005, when Meyerrose worked as the Associate Director of National Intelligence, he was tasked with figuring out how to get 16 different spy agencies - all accustomed to decades of siloed secrecy - to talk to each other. In the end, one of his most lasting accomplishments was championing a small grassroots effort led by young analysts that resulted in what would become Intellipedia.

Think of Intellipedia as a Wikipedia for spies. It works the same, except that there's no anonymity for contributors, and nothing can ever be unsourced. Its contents range from Unclassified to Top Secret, though it's the lowest rung of Top Secret. Anyone in the executive branch - which includes the intelligence community - has enough clearance to access it. According to one intelligence official who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak publicly on behalf of the community, the Intellipedia that exists today is part wiki, part bulletin board, part internal newspaper. "It's a great place to come in and see what's happening in the community as a whole," the official says.

That's helpful, but it's not the game-changing collaboration tool National Geospatial Intelligence-Agency analyst Chris Rasmussen, who was one of Intellipedia's earliest and most ardent users, had hoped for. Back in 2006, he and his fellow Intellipedians, as they called themselves, imagined full crowd-sourced intelligence reports, those official documents that land on the desks of high-level government officials and shape foreign and domestic policy. It's fallen well short. Intellipedia helped the intelligence community catch up to Web 2.0, but still has far to go before it lives up to its original promise.  [Read More:  Dreyfuss/wired/10March2017]

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

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.

Larry Roger Showalter, 77, a former CIA officer, died 3 March 2017, in Southern Shores, NC. Larry graduated from Triplett High School in Mt. Jackson, VA. He served in the U.S. Army. Larry had a long CIA career. He is survived by his wife, Babara Showalter, a daughter, and other family. He loved to travel the world, golf, hunt, fish, and root for the Green Bay Packers. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. 25 March 2017 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 319 Orkney Grade Basye, VA 22810.  [Morris/outerbanksvoice/7March2017]

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


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

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

5 April 2017 (Wednesday), 11:30 am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco Chapter hosts Brigadier General Roderick Macdonald on "The Falklands Conflict 35 Years On."

Brig Gen Roderick "Rod" Macdonald discusses the "The Falklands Conflict 35 years On." at this April meeting of the AFIO "Andre LeGallo" San Francisco Chapter. The Falklands War from 2April to 14 June 1982 was the largest air sea battle since World War II. British forces launched the longest amphibious operation in history, sailing 8,000 miles to retake the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, invaded and occupied illegally by over 10,000 Argentine soldiers and Marines. Retired British Army Brigadier General Roderick Macdonald will give a personal overview of the campaign.
WHERE: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080. 11:30AM no host cocktail; meeting and luncheon at noon.
RSVP: Eventbrite registration link will be posted shortly. Reservation and pre-payment is required before 26 March 2017. The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins. Contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at or Mariko Kawaguchi, c/o AFIO, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011 with your questions.

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 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 or visit their website at

13 May 2017, 11:30 am - Patrick AFB, FL - AFIO Satellite Florida Chapter meets. Speaker TBA

The Florida Satellite Chapter of AFIO meets for a social hour at 11:30 to 12:15 - and then enjoys lunch at 12:15 pm onwards. A speaker TBA. Greet old, new members and guests (limited cash bar - honor system). Where: The Tides, 1001 N. Hwy A1A, BLDG #967, Patrick AFB, FL 32925 For more information visit their website here. RSVP here.

HOLD THE DATE - 28 - 29 September 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO's 2017 National Intelligence Symposium

Arrive Wednesday evening, 27 September to overnight at the hotel to be ready early Thursday, 28 September, for coach service to NGA for all day conference including visit to their new museum. Welcome by NGA Director Robert Cardillo. Friday activities TBA. Friday evening is our "Spies in Black Ties" banquet.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Tysons Corner, VA. Details, event registration and hotel room registration links to be sent to all current members in coming weeks..

Other Upcoming Events

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Meet A Spy: Sandy Grimes - at the International Spy Museum

The Spy Museum Store hosts "Meet A Spy" - uncover the world of espionage and intelligence from people who practiced professionally. Sandy Grimes is a highly-regarded, longtime veteran of the CIA's clandestine service who - along with her colleague Jeanne Vertefeuille - helped capture Aldrich Ames, the infamous CIA officer turned traitor. Event is free. Visit

Thursday, 16 March 2017 (6-8pm) - Alexandria, VA - Naval Intelligence Professionals Lessons in Leadership Intelligence Speaker Series This Month: Driving Entrepreneurial Success

Jim Kelly, PRESIDENT & CEO of Invictus International Consulting, CDR, USN (Ret) (Intelligence Officer). Jim is a retired 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 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

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Beware of the Predator: In-Store Book Signing with Warren D. Holston - at the International Spy Museum.

Meet at the Spy Museum bookstore and meet author/career CIA Technical Operations officer, Warren D. Holston, and Intel analyst/contributing author, Dave White. Holston worked throughout the IC, DOD, and defense industry for more than 30 years and was awarded the CIA's Intelligence Commendation Medal and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. White worked for the USG in a broad range of roles and missions within the Intelligence and Defense Communities for almost 30 years, including serving as a Deputy Senior Operations Officer and Identity Intelligence Analyst at the NCTC and as a biometrics technology consultant in the IC. Their latest book, Beware The Predator, is an easy-to-read guide for anyone who wants to raise their security awareness and defensive posture. This book will help you understand how to protect yourself, your family and business from criminal predators, corporate intrusion, and State sponsored spying. Whether you are a corporate or government executive, a high-net-worth individual, or someone simply concerned about identity theft and personal safety, you should be aware of the vulnerabilities to your personal data and predatory attacks against your assets and relationships. Event is free. Visit

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

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

Tickets: $10. Contact Shana Oltmans at for tickets.

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

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

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

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 7 pm - Washington, DC - 2017 Night of Heroes Gala - PenFed Foundation

You are cordially invited to join the PenFed Foundation, our partners and friends, Thursday, 4 May 2017, as we honor those who lead the way in supporting our military and veterans. All proceeds benefit the PenFed Foundation, helping members of the military secure the financial future they deserve.
Location: Trump' International Hotel, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, 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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