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I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Section II - CONTEXT &
III - COMMENTARY
Section IV - Obituaries
Section V - Events
Upcoming AFIO Events
30 March 2017 - Los Angeles, CA - AFIO LA Chapter hosts Phil
Pressel on "The Hexagon KH-9 Spy Satellite
- Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 7 p.m. - Atlanta, GA - AFIO-Atlanta Chapter and the Harvard Club Host Dinner & Drinks with a Spy: Jack Barsky, Former KGB.
- 5 April
2017 (Wednesday) - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO "Andre
LeGallo" San Francisco Chapter hosts Brigadier
General Roderick Macdonald on "The Falklands
Conflict 35 years On."
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
20 April 2017, 6:30 PM - Michigan - The AFIO Michigan Chapter
hosts SSA David A. Fluitt, FBI, discussing
counterintelligence and counterproliferation issues.
- Monday, 1 May 2017, 6 pm - New York, NY - The NY Metro Chapter Meeting features Dr. Robert Jervis on "Can We Do Intelligence Analysis Better? A View From A Complex Systems and 'Black Swan' Expert."
- Friday, 12 May 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Spring Luncheon - Hold The Date
- 13 May 2017,
11:30 am - Patrick AFB, FL - AFIO Satellite Florida Chapter
meets. Speaker TBA
- HOLD THE
DATE - 28 - 29 September 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO's
2017 National Intelligence Symposium at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Other Upcoming Events
- 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
29 March 2017, 10am - 1pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - Stephen
Budiansky discusses "A New Perspective on NSA's
Covert Activities" at this NCMF spring program
March 29, 6:45pm-8:15pm - Washington, DC - Deep Undercover
with Jack Barsky - at S. Dillon Ripley
March 30, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Beware of the Predator:
In-Store Book Signing with Warren D. Holston and Dave
White - at the International Spy Museum.
30 March 2017, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - Dr.
Llewellyn Toulmin discusses The Mysterious
Disappearance of Jim Thompson, "The Silk King of Thailand" -
at the Textile Museum
March - 1 April 2017 - Washington, DC - Joint Conference on
"Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence
4 May 2017, 7 pm - Washington, DC - 2017 Night of
Heroes Gala - PenFed Foundation
- Thursday, 25 May 2017 10 am - 11:30 am - Fort Meade, MD - National Cryptologic Museum's Schorreck Lecture: "Codebreaking and the Battle of Midway" with Author/Historian Elliot Carlson
- 4 - 7
June 2017 - San Antonio, TX - USGIF GEOINT 2017
Symposium theme is: "Advancing Capabilities to
Meet Emerging Threats"
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"A New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities"
29 March 2017, 10am - 1pm
- Annapolis Junction, MD -
Please join National Cryptologic Museum Foundation friends and
colleagues welcoming Stephen Budiansky acclaimed
author, journalist, and historian of cryptology, speaking on
"A New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities."
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A book signing of Mr. Budiansky's book Code Warriors: NSA's
Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet
Union follows his presentation and lunch follows that at
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
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driving guidance. Plenty of free parking. And a superb auditorium for this event.
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prior to 23 March to ensure space available.
HOLD THE DATE: AFIO's 2017 National
"Succeeding in the Open – The Future of GEOINT "
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"
Tysons Corner, VA [formerly the Crowne Plaza], at 1960 Chain
Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102. Details, event registration and hotel
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coming weeks. Early phone-only room registrations can be made at
1-877-865-1877 at $119/nite.
Book of the Week
We Know All About You: The Story of Surveillance in Britain and America
by Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones
(Oxford Univ Press, April 2017)
This is the story of surveillance in Britain and the US, from the detective agencies of the late nineteenth century to 'WikiLeaks' and traitor Edward Snowden in the twenty-first. Written by historian and intelligence expert Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, it delves into the roles of credit agencies, private detectives, and phone-hacking journalists as well as agencies like the FBI and NSA in the USA and GCHQ and MI5 in the UK (much in the news). Jeffreys-Jones highlights what he sees as malpractices such as the blacklist and illegal electronic interceptions. He shows that several presidents - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon - conducted various forms of political surveillance, and also how British agencies have been under a cloud of suspicion for similar reasons. Includes account of the 1970s' leaks that revealed how the FBI and CIA kept tabs on anti-Vietnam War protestors, he assesses the reform impulse of this era - an impulse that began in America and only gradually spread to Britain. The end of the Cold War further at the end of the 1980s undermined confidence in the need for state surveillance still further, but the importance and utility of surveillance returned with a vengeance post- 9/11.
What emerges is a story in which governments habitually abuse their surveillance powers once granted, demonstrating the need for proper controls in this area, yet also the importance of not forbidding surveillance to maintain a safe society. This is not a story of the Orwellian state. While private sector firms have sometimes acted as a brake on surveillance by the state (particularly in the electronic era), they have also often engaged in even greater dubious surveillance practices of their own and they are accountable to only their stockholders. Something to keep in mind before railing against NSA or CIA. Oversight and regulation, he argues, therefore needs to be universal and not simply concentrate on the threat to the individual posed by the agencies of government who often have the best of intentions and many layers of safeguards.
The book may be preordered here.
Section I - INTELLIGENCE
Trump's Defense Secretary Cites
Climate Change As National Security Challenge. Our story
on March 13 concerning Secretary of Defense James Mattis' views on the
relationship between climate change and national security was based on
excerpts from unpublished written exchanges between Mattis and several
Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee following his Jan. 12
confirmation hearing. ProPublica has now obtained more comprehensive sets of
these "Questions for the Record" and his answers.
While the exchanges mainly focus on climate change, fossil fuel and
renewable energy and related security issues, which was the initial
reporting focus, they include discussions of Mattis' views on issues ranging
from Iran's nuclear weapons program to ISIS, Guantanamo and LGBT issues in
the military. The merged documents are posted on DocumentCloud. Explore and
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Secretary of Defense James Mattis has asserted that climate change is real,
and a threat to American interests abroad and the Pentagon's assets
everywhere, a position that appears at odds with the views of the president
who appointed him and many in the administration in which he serves.
In unpublished written testimony provided to the Senate Armed Services
Committee after his confirmation hearing in January, Mattis said it was
incumbent on the US military to consider how changes like open-water
routes in the thawing Arctic and drought in global trouble spots can pose
challenges for troops and defense planners. He also stressed this is a
real-time issue, not some distant what-if. [Read More: Revkin/propublica/14March2017]
Virginia Tech, D-Wave Quantum
Center Targets Defense, Intell. To give defense and
intelligence community researchers access to quantum computers, D-Wave and
Virginia Tech have announced a partnership to create a permanent quantum
computing center at VT's Hume Center for National Security and Technology.
Under the agreement, D-Wave will work with Virginia Tech to train its staff,
faculty and affiliates to build new applications and software tools for
D-Wave's quantum machines. Participants will be selected by Virginia Tech
and include experts in artificial intelligence, machine learning,
optimization and sampling.
As researchers get more familiar with the D-Wave system, the company expects
that to lead to other application oriented projects for VT, Hume and their
colleagues in the government and elsewhere, D-Wave International
President Bo Ewald said in an email.
VT's Hume Center focuses on cybersecurity and autonomy in national and
homeland security and is currently researching cyber-physical system
security, orchestrated missions and the convergence of cyber warfare and
electronic warfare. Both the Blacksburg and Arlington Hume Center
campuses will have access to the D-Wave machine, initially via the D-Wave
cloud access software until a D-Wave machine at the Hume Center is
implemented, Ewald said. [Read More: Miller/gcn/13March2017]
Trump Picks ‘Mr. Fix-It' to Run
Daily Ops at Pentagon. Patrick Shanahan has been known to
clean up troubled programs at Boeing. His portfolio is about to get much
That's because President Trump on Thursday said he would nominate Shanahan -
currently the senior vice president of supply chain and operations at the
Chicago-based aerospace and defense giant - to become deputy defense
"He was a make-it-happen kind of guy at Boeing," said Arnold Punaro, a
retired Marine major general and former Senate Armed Services Committee
Shanahan would replace Bob Work, a retired Marine Corps colonel who has been
in the job for almost three years. [Read More: Weisgerber/defenseone/16March2017]
Excerpts From the House
Intelligence Committee Hearing on Russia. COMEY: Mr.
Chairman, Ranking Member Schiff, members of the committee, thank you for
including me in today's hearing. I'm honored to be here representing the
people of the FBI.
I hope we have shown you through our actions and our words how much we at
the FBI value your oversight of our work and how much we respect your
responsibility to investigate those things are important to the American
people. Thank you for showing that both are being taken very seriously.
As you know, our practice is not to confirm the existence of ongoing
investigations, especially those investigations that involve classified
matters, but in unusual circumstances where it is in the public interest, it
may be appropriate to do so as Justice Department policies recognize. This
is one of those circumstances.
I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI,
as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian
government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that
includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals
associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether
there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts. As
with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an
assessment of whether any crimes were committed. [Read More: nytimes/20March2017]
Senior MI5 Veteran to Become the New Head
of the British Intelligence Agency GCHQ. Jeremy Fleming,
the deputy director-general of MI5, has worked for the security service for
at least 20 years and had a role managing security at London 2012.
His appointment comes after the agency took the highly unusual step of
publicly denying claims made by Donald Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer,
that GCHQ had helped Barack Obama spy on the then presidential candidate.
US officials were forced to make a formal apology for repeating the claim -
initially made by an analyst on Fox News - that GCHQ was used by Mr Obama to
spy on Trump Tower in the lead-up to last November's election.
The comments prompted a furious response from GCHQ, which in a break from
normal practice issued a public statement: "Recent allegations made by media
commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct
'wiretapping' against the then president-elect are nonsense. They are
utterly ridiculous and should be ignored." [Read More: Hughes/telegraph/19March2017]
Swedish Intelligence Agency Says
There Is ‘Real and Serious Security Threat' - Hinting at Russian
Aggression. The head of Sweden's intelligence agency has
said there is "a real and serious threat against the security" in the
country amid growing concerns about Russian aggression.
Sapo head Anders Thornberg said the agency has "never had a bigger and more
complex task" and added Norway "has an increased military strategic
While he did not explicitly talk about Russia, non-Nato member Sweden
stationed permanent troops on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland in September.
The move was described as sending a signal after Russia's 2014 annexation of
Crimea and its "increasing pressure" in the region. [Read More:
US State Department, Intelligence
Community Worried by Budget Cuts. With his
department reeling over President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts and
the international community worried, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
insisted Thursday he was happy to try to do more with less. Though the
budget is unlikely to pass Congress in its current form, it underscores
Trump's isolationist rhetoric and "America First" promises, urging a cut of
at least 28 percent for US diplomacy.
Such a massive whack would be a shock for the State Department, which was
founded in 1789 and has about 70,000 staff split between Washington and
about 250 embassies and consulates worldwide.
The proposed cuts would see funding for the State Department and USAID, its
foreign aid agency, shrivel from $50.9 billion this fiscal year to $37.6
billion next year.
The blueprint would also slash the budget for UN operations, and Washington
"would not contribute more than 25 percent of UN peacekeeping costs," as
compared with the 28 percent it offers now. [Read More: ndtv/17March2017]
Russian Agents Were Behind Yahoo Hack,
US Says. The Justice Department charged two Russian
intelligence officers on Wednesday with directing a sweeping criminal
conspiracy that stole data on 500 million Yahoo accounts in 2014, deepening
the rift between American and Russian authorities on cybersecurity.
The Russian government used the information obtained by the intelligence
officers and two other men to spy on a range of targets, from White House
and military officials to executives at banks, two American cloud computing
companies, an airline and even a gambling regulator in Nevada, according to
an indictment. The stolen data was also used to spy on Russian government
officials and business executives, federal prosecutors said.
Russians have been accused of other cyberattacks on the United States - most
notably the theft of emails last year from the Democratic National
Committee. But the Yahoo case is the first time that federal prosecutors
have brought cybercrime charges against Russian intelligence officials,
according to the Justice Department.
Particularly galling to American investigators was that the two Russian
intelligence agents they say directed the scheme, Dmitry Aleksandrovich
Dokuchaev and Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin, worked for an arm of Russia's
Federal Security Service, or FSB, that is supposed to help foreign
intelligence agencies catch cybercriminals. Instead, the officials helped
the hackers avoid detection. [Read More: Goel, Lichtblau/nytimes/15March2017]
Romanian MPs to Inspect
Intelligence Agency Offices. Members of the Intelligence
Commission in Romania's Parliament will soon be popping up unannounced in
the coming weeks in the offices of Romania's Intelligence Service, SRI.
The move follows a controversy over the SRI's alleged cooperation with
Romania's anti-graft watchdog, the DNA.
The inspections are scheduled to begin next week and the inspectors will
verify documents, information and other data, Social Democrat MP Adrian
The parliamentary committee that follows the activities of the SRI on
Tuesday expanded its remit to include carrying out on-site inspections at
various locations of the agency. [Read More: Touma/balkaninsight/16March2017]
- CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
How the CIA and a Tech Startup Are
Arming Police, Intelligence Agencies. It is run out of a
quiet, unassuming office on a tree-lined avenue in Bethesda, Maryland.
The rows of hip restaurants are offering young urban professionals all the
grande-iced-sugar-free-vanilla-soy-lattes they could ever need. However,
this serene suburban idyll belies the fact that serious work for the police
state is taking place out of view.
Nestled in a suite just upstairs from the Asian fusion and seafood
restaurants is a company that is transforming the way law enforcement,
intelligence agencies and even giant corporations communicate within their
organizations and with each other.
The company is called BlueLine Grid. It markets itself as "the nation's
premier, trusted collaboration network for law enforcement, first responder
and security teams." Indeed, BlueLine Grid boasts an impressive array
of investors and customers, including the LAPD and General Electric, among
But perhaps their most interesting client - and the one that deserves the
most scrutiny - is In-Q-Tel, the venture capital and investment arm of the
CIA. It is no secret that In-Q-Tel invests in emerging technologies that the
US intelligence community, especially the CIA, views as potential tools in
their covert trade. [Read More: Draitser/mintpressnews/13March2017]
9 FBI Fast Facts. 1 -
Thanks to J. Edgar Hoover, FBI directors are now term-limited. Hoover
landed his first job with the Department of Justice in 1917 at just 22 and
by 1924 had become the head of the FBI's forerunner, the Bureau of
Investigation. When Hoover died at 77, he had spent 48 years - 62 percent of
his life - at the helm of the powerful service. FBI directors are now
limited to 10-year terms.
2 - People are only removed from the Most Wanted list if they are captured,
die, or if charges against them are dropped. The FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Fugitives publicity campaign came about in 1950 when a reporter asked the
agency for the names and descriptions of the 'toughest guys" on its
inventory of targets. The resulting article garnered so much attention that
Hoover decided to begin issuing an official list. Since the program's
inception, 465 of the 494 criminals who made the top 10 have been
apprehended or located.
3 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation hasn't always been known by that
name. When Attorney General Charles Bonaparte first recruited former
detectives and Secret Service members for a new corps of federal
investigators in 1908, he referred to it as a "special agent force."
Bonaparte's successor, George Wickersham, dubbed it the Bureau of
Investigation (BOI) the following year. In the spring of 1933, the BOI was
incorporated into the newly formed Division of Investigation (DOI), which
also included the unit that enforced Prohibition; after alcohol became legal
again that December, the BOI became the DOI by default. The bureau was given
its current name in 1935.
4 - For Hoover, there were no women allowed. In the 1920s, three women
- Alaska Davidson, Jessie Duckstein and Lenore Houston - served as FBI
agents. None were hired during the tenure of J. Edgar Hoover, who reportedly
required all female employees to wear skirts or dresses and prohibited them
from smoking at their desks (a "perk" enjoyed by men at the time). Shortly
after Hoover's death in 1972, the FBI Academy admitted two female
agents-in-training: Susan Lynn Roley, a Marine Corps lieutenant, and Joanne
Pierce, a former nun. [Read More: history/20March2017]
The US Army's Newest Spy Plane Is in
Action in Africa and Latin America. The first version of
the US Army's newest spy plane is in action in Africa and Latin America.
At the same time, the service is finishing tests of three additional
sub-variants in Arizona.
On March 12, 2017, Scout Warrior first reported these overseas deployments.
The War Zone subsequently learned only some of the four signals
intelligence-focused versions of the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance
and Surveillance System (EMARSS-S) were snooping abroad.
In an email, US Army Lt. Col. Sean Smith confirmed this particular model
was supporting US Africa Command (AFRICOM) and US Southern Command
(SOUTHCOM) operations. "There are no other EMARSS variants fielded or
deployed at this time," he added.
Despite its name, the EMARSS-S has a suite of signal-snooping gear to track
and listen in on enemy communications, as well as the ability to record
full-motion video during the day or at night. Each aircraft also has work
stations connected to the controversial Distributed Common Ground System -
Army (DCGS-A) intelligence data network, which is supposed to help collect,
compile, and distribute information rapidly across units. [Read
Who Is James Comey? FBI
Director James Comey will enter the House hearing Monday on Russian
activities during the presidential election as an imposing figure in many
ways -- standing 6-foot-8 and having been at the center of numerous,
high-profile criminal probes.
His law-enforcement career began in the late 1980s. His relatively short
time as head of the FBI includes his decision in July 2016 to investigate
Hillary Clinton's use of private email servers as secretary of state. The
agency concluded the probe roughly three months later without recommending
criminal charges, but it was considered a severe blow to Clinton's
ultimately failed White House bid.
Comey, a former registered Republican, was appointed in 2013 by
then-President Obama to run the FBI.
As a US attorney for the Southern District of New York in the early 2000s,
he prosecuted businesswoman Martha Stewart, who was convicted in 2004 in
connection with stock deals and sentenced to five months in prison.
[Read More: foxnews/19March2017]
Operation Finale: The Capture &
Trial of Adolf Eichmann. He said he regretted nothing.
Explore the secret history behind one of the world's most notorious Nazi war
criminals, Adolf Eichmann. View recently declassified artifacts from the
Mossad (Israel's Secret Intelligence Service) including the original
bulletproof booth from which Eichmann testified. After learning about the
daring, covert mission to capture Eichmann, this immersive exhibition takes
visitors into the middle of the historic 1961 trial courtroom. [Read
Elizabeth Sudmeier '33: The Spy Who
Shattered the Glass Ceiling. When a female secret agent
breaks the glass ceiling, does anyone hear it shattering? Long before female
agents became commonplace in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Elizabeth
Sudmeier '33 quietly forged the path. Only no one knew of her, because the
clandestine agent's work was classified.
In September 2013, Sudmeier posthumously received the Trailblazer Award from
the CIA. Her nieces, nephew and two grand-nieces accepted the medallion -
reserved for "CIA officers whose leadership, achievements, and dedication to
mission had a significant impact on the agency's history and legacy." At the
time, her files were still classified. Their declassifying began in February
2014, nearly 25 years after her death.
After graduating from St. Kate's with an English degree in 1933, Sudmeier
taught for five years before pursuing a military career. Her impressive
resume includes work as a Women's Army Corps stenographer during World War
II, a stenographer for the Central Intelligence Group (CIG, the predecessor
to the CIA), and eventually as a clandestine CIA agent in the Middle East
for nine years, starting in 1956. As part of covert duty, not even her
family knew her actual employment.
In addition to being one of few women in the agency during that era,
Sudmeier was the first female CIA agent to handle assets in a foreign field,
conduct a full-cycle recruitment, and win recognition for key operational
success - earning her the Intelligence Medal of Merit in 1962. [Read
Section III - COMMENTARY
I Ran Intel at the Pentagon. Here's
My Advice on Insider Threats. After last week's posting by
WikiLeaks of thousands of pages of information purported to describe cyber
intelligence-gathering tools, I have been thinking about how the director of
national intelligence and the secretary of defense should respond.
I recently stepped down after eight years at the Pentagon, where I last
served as the top civilian intelligence advisor to Secretary of Defense Ash
Carter and the top defense advisor to Director of National Intelligence
James Clapper. Our time was often dominated by managing responses to a
series of devastating security breaches at the hands of trusted insiders,
including releases of sensitive data, espionage incidents, and tragedies on
government installations, including at Fort Hood and the Washington Navy
If I were still in government, this is what I would be telling my two
First, as chief executive officers, you should insist on finding new ways to
thwart insider threats. You have only enough bandwidth for a small number of
priorities, but this should be one of them. We must transform our security
approaches to protect against cyber-hacking, espionage, and insider threats
if we're going to preserve our national security advantages. We expend great
cost and effort to build precious military and intelligence advantages for
America over our adversaries. Time after time, these advantages have
evaporated when the blueprints or secret know-how have been stolen by our
adversaries or revealed publicly by the likes of WikiLeaks. Every time you
consider investing in a new capability or technological advantage, ask your
team to also show you how it will be protected against adversaries who want
to steal, copy, or reveal it. And hold one member of your senior team
accountable for ensuring there is a comprehensive, enterprise-wide strategy
in place. [Read More: Lettre/defenseone/13March2017]
Pelican's Perch #14: Pigs Flew at
Air America! Let's take a little time off from the
hardcore technical stuff, and have a little fun. One of my favorite stories
involves a pig, but first, allow me to set the stage, jump up and down on my
soapbox, rave a little, then tell the story.
From 1963 through 1968, I had the incredible honor of flying for Air
America, (the real Air America), in Southeast Asia. Most of that time was
spent in what was then Saigon, South Vietnam, rightfully known as "the Paris
of the Orient." I also spent some time in Laos, which was definitely not
"Paris." They were probably the happiest five years of my life. About the
time I left "the Company," life in Saigon got a lot less pleasant (can you
spell "Tet Offensive?"), but I never had to contend with more than the
occasional pipe or bicycle bomb, and worse, the incredible traffic on my
little Vespa motor scooter. I was also a part-owner of the night club
"Kontiki" in Gia Dinh, and spent most nights there, after flying all those
neat old airplanes in very challenging ways, to the limits of my ability and
the airplane's limitations. I ended up flying almost all the twins and the
Douglas DC-4, but the airplane that I flew the most was my beloved
Curtiss-Wright C-46 "Commando," my all-time favorite.
This magnificent aircraft was used throughout Southeast Asia for many
things, all of which it did well. We flew it fully loaded in and out of
3,500-foot strips, often unimproved, at elevations up to 3,600 feet above
sea level, in awesomely hot, humid, and dusty conditions. Even today, Everts
Air Fuel of Fairbanks, Alaska, is still operating a handful of these
aircraft, hauling fuel and cargo into and out of 2,500-foot gravel-bar
strips in Alaska, fully loaded...a job no other airplane can do as well.
Also today, after more than 30 years of not seeing a C-46, I am again
serving on one, "China Doll," belonging to the Confederate Air Force. I am
In Southeast Asia, the strips were often not very secure - the enemy owned
them at night, and sometimes laid claim to them during the day as well.
Either way, they'd take potshots at passing aircraft with any weapon at
hand, sometimes up to .50 caliber and 20 mm weapons. It was also not unknown
for "friendly" troops to take shots at us now and then, just to relieve the
boredom, and several aircraft and crews were lost to so-called "friendly
fire." All part of the game, as it was played in those days. [Read
What Russian Hackers Teach About
America's Spies. On Wednesday, the Department of Justice
unsealed an indictment against the Russian hacker Alexsey Belan and three
others as the culprits behind a massive cyber attack of Yahoo disclosed in
September. The indictment alleges that Belan did the kinds of things
criminal hackers do all the time; namely that, after hacking into Yahoo's
servers, he stole information from millions of accounts to target them with
spam marketing. Belan also allegedly stole credit and gift card information
from within selected accounts, and rejiggered Yahoo's search returns for
erectile dysfunction drugs to send more traffic to a website that gave him
commissions in return. This appears to be the kind of thing Belan excels at.
Indeed, accusations of past hacks of US companies had already gotten him
indicted twice before, and named to FBI's Most Wanted list.
It's charges concerning Belan's other activities that make this indictment
remarkable. There are 47 charges altogether, 38 of which name him. Those
charges allege that Belan helped two spies from Russia's Federal Security
Service (FSB), and one other hacker, to spy - in much the same way America's
own National Security Agency does - in Russia, in its neighboring countries,
and in the United States (the FSB officers were themselves also indicted).
Other countries have hacked US tech companies before. China, for instance,
hacked Google in 2010. But no one, Chinese spy or not, was indicted in that
attack, as they were here.
By indicting the FSB officers along with Belan, the US Justice Department
has revealed many of the advantages American spies have over their Russian
counterparts, thanks to the fact that so many of the world's tech companies
are located in the United States.
The alleged Russian effort to spy on targets by hacking Yahoo worked much
the same way the NSA's spying does. By the indictment's account, in 2014,
Belan started by stealing a massive amount of metadata, ultimately
downloading a database including account users' names, secondary email
addresses, phone numbers, and password challenge questions and answers from
500 million Yahoo customers. As the NSA did with the bulk internet and phone
metadata databases it collected until 2011 and 2015, respectively - and
still collects overseas - the Russians are alleged to have used that
metadata to pick which Yahoo accounts they wanted content from, as well as
to identify accounts from other email providers that might be of interest.
From there, the Russian hackers would collect the email content of targeted
accounts on an ongoing basis, according to the indictment. [Read
How China Is Preparing for
Cyberwar. The US and China have significant differences on
the legitimate uses and preferred shape of cyberspace. The 2011 White House
International Strategy for Cyberspace, for example, states that the US will
work toward an "open, interoperable, secure, and reliable information and
In contrast, Beijing has argued for a norm of cybersovereignty, the idea
that states have the right to control their own cyberspace much like they do
any other domain or territory.
While China has become increasingly more vocal and assertive about how
cyberspace should be governed, it has yet to offer any justifications on how
and why a state may conduct computer network attacks or espionage. Still,
even in the absence of any official Chinese policies, it is possible to
identify the motivations of state-backed hackers. Chinese leaders view
cyberspace as essential to fostering economic growth, protecting and
preserving the rule of the Chinese Communist Party, and maintaining domestic
stability and national security.
Given these overarching interests, computer network operations are conducted
to achieve three goals: To strengthen the competitiveness of the Chinese
economy by acquiring foreign technology by cyber espionage; weaken opponents
of the regime and resist international pressures and foreign ideologies; and
offset US dominance in conventional military capabilities. [Read
Section IV - Obituaries
Dorothy Zaring, former Military and CIA Intelligence Officer
Dorothy Jane Church Zaring, 106, a CIA and Military Intelligence analyst and, in retirement, political activist, died 3 March 2017 in Washington, DC. Mrs. Zaring descended from a long line of Connecticut landowners who later prospered from a chain of men's stores, the origin of which was the Freeman-Church Company in Hartford, CT. She was born in Hartford and attended the Oxford School, a grade and preparatory school for girls. After graduation from Vassar in 1932, she was recruited by the Military Intelligence Service at the Pentagon in 1942. She transferred to the overt side of the Central Intelligence Agency when it was formed in 1947, and remained there for 27 years as a current intelligence analyst focusing on Italy. [Read more: WashPost/Obits]
Ray Calafell Jr, Vietnam Vet, Trial and Litigation Attorney
Ramon "Ray" Clark Calafell Jr's 2016 death was just brought to our attention. Ray was 66 when he died Friday 1 April 2016 after a brief illness. He was born in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated in the 1950s, settling in Tampa, FL. He received his B.A. from the University of South Florida in 1974 and his J.D. from the University of Miami in 1977. He was a Board Certified Trial Lawyer and practiced law in Tampa for 39 years. Ray was a wounded combat veteran of the Vietnam War, having served as an infantryman with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade (B Company, 4th Battalion - 31st Infantry Regiment). He received many military awards and decorations, and was a member of numerous military and intelligence associations. He was an active member of AFIO's Suncoast (Tampa) Chapter. [Read more: TampaBayTimes/Obits]
Section V - Events
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING
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
To RSVP, email Vince at AFIO_LA@yahoo.com.
Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 7 p.m. - Atlanta, GA - AFIO-Atlanta Chapter and the Harvard Club Host Dinner & Drinks with a Spy: Jack Barsky, Former KGB.
The AFIO-Atlanta Chapter is co-sponsoring with the Harvard Club of Atlanta a "Dinner & Drinks with a Spy": the spy in question is Jack Barsky, former KGB.
Jack Barsky—who could have stepped right out of the FX Network series The Americans (on Russian illegals, which he was)—has published a book being released today: Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America. Barsky will provide a presentation, entertain questions, and have dinner with us.
A fine review of Barsky's book should whet your appetite to attend. It is by AFIO member/GA Tech Professor Kristie Macrakis and at this link.
Location: Manuel's Tavern, 602 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307; (404) 525-3447 (tavern).
Fee: Entrance free, buy your own dinner/drinks.
RSVP email@example.com to assure space.
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 is here. 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
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
20 April 2017, 6:30 PM - Michigan - The AFIO Michigan Chapter hosts
SSA David A. Fluitt, FBI, discussing counterintelligence and
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.
Monday, 1 May 2017, 6 pm - New York, NY - The NY Metro Chapter Meeting features Dr. Robert Jervis on "Can We Do Intelligence Analysis Better? A View From A Complex Systems and 'Black Swan' Expert."
Robert Jervis, PhD is Stevenson Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University, and was the recipient of the 1990 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for "Ideas Improving World Order." He is an expert on the complexities of systems, politics, intelligence, and human nature and competing values. The ideal speaker for the chapter (and the country) at this time. So you will not want to miss this presentation.
Jervis held appointments at the University of California at Los Angeles and Harvard University. In 2000-2001, he served as President of the American Political Science Association. Professor Jervis is co-editor of the "Cornell Studies in Security Affairs," a series published by Cornell University Press, and a member of numerous editorial review boards for scholarly journals. His publications include Perception and Misperception in International Politics, The Meaning of the Nuclear Revolution, System Effects: Complexity in Political and Social Life, American Foreign Policy in a New Era, and Why Intelligence Fails: Lessons from the Fall of the Shah and Iraqi WMD, and several edited volumes and numerous articles in scholarly journals.
Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10065.
RSVP Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at email@example.com
Friday, 12 May 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Spring Luncheon
AFIO National hosts Spring Luncheon. Hold The Date. Speakers TBA shortly. Registration will open at that time. Event location DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA [formerly the Crowne Plaza], at 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102.
13 May 2017,
11:30 am - Patrick AFB, FL - AFIO Satellite Florida Chapter meets.
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
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.
Other Upcoming Events
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
March 2017, 10am - 1pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - Stephen Budiansky
discusses A New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities at this NCMF
Please join National Cryptologic Museum Foundation friends
and colleagues welcoming Stephen Budiansky acclaimed
author, journalist, and historian of cryptology, speaking on "A
New Perspective on NSA's Covert Activities."
A book signing of Mr. Budiansky's book Code Warriors: NSA's Codebreakers
and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union follows his
presentation and lunch follows that at noon.
Mr. Budiansky will speak about his latest book (noted above) that draws on
an array of recently declassified documents to explore the NSA's long
SIGINT struggle against the Soviets, and traces the historical forces
behind the intelligence controversies making headlines today. Mr.
Budiansky is the author of numerous books of military and intelligence
history, science and biography including Battle of Wits: The Complete
Story of Codebreaking in World War II and Blackett's War. He is the former
foreign editor and deputy editor of US News & World Report, and former
Washington editor of the scientific journal Nature, and a regular
contributor to the Wall Street Journal's book review pages. You will not
want to miss this program that draws on an array of recently declassified
documents to explore the NSA's long SIGINT struggle against the Soviets
and to trace the historical forces behind the intelligence controversies
making headlines today.
Where: CACI, Inc. located at 2720 Technology Drive,
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701, Tel 301-575-3200. Directions and Map here. Click "directions" to get driving
RSVP NOW: register online here or mail registration fee of $20
(members) or $50 (guests, includes one-year membership) to NCMF, PO Box
1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998. Please register prior to 23
March to ensure space available.
29 March 2017, 6:45pm-8:15pm - Washington, DC - Deep Undercover with
Jack Barsky - at S. Dillon Ripley Center.
What happens when a Soviet spy decides his American
life is the best fit? Join former KGB spy, Jack Barsky, and International
Spy Museum Curator and Historian Dr. Vince Houghton, for
a discussion of Barsky's double life as an American businessman who was
really an East German spy for the Soviets in the 1980s. Barksy's new book
Deep Undercover: My Secret Life & Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in
America will be available for sale and signing after the talk. This event
is co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates and will be held at the
Smithsonian Institution (S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive
SW). Tickets for the general public: $30, tickets for Spy Museum Inner
Circle Members: $20. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
March 2017, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Beware of the Predator: In-Store
Book Signing with Warren D. Holston - at the International Spy Museum.
Meet at the Spy Museum bookstore and meet author/career
CIA Technical Operations officer, Warren D. Holston, and
Intel analyst/contributing author, Dave White. Holston
worked throughout the IC, DOD, and defense industry for more than 30 years
and was awarded the CIA's Intelligence Commendation Medal and the
Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. White worked for the USG in a
broad range of roles and missions within the Intelligence and Defense
Communities for almost 30 years, including serving as a Deputy Senior
Operations Officer and Identity Intelligence Analyst at the NCTC and as a
biometrics technology consultant in the IC. Their latest book, Beware The
Predator, is an easy-to-read guide for anyone who wants to raise their
security awareness and defensive posture. This book will help you
understand how to protect yourself, your family and business from criminal
predators, corporate intrusion, and State sponsored spying. Whether you
are a corporate or government executive, a high-net-worth individual, or
someone simply concerned about identity theft and personal safety, you
should be aware of the vulnerabilities to your personal data and predatory
attacks against your assets and relationships. Event is free. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
30 March 2017, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - The Mysterious
Disappearance of Jim Thompson, "The Silk King of Thailand" - at the
When Jim Thompson vanished 50 years ago, he was the best-known American
in Thailand. Rumors still swirl around his disappearance. Thompson had set
up the Bangkok OSS office and later served as a CIA asset in Thailand, but
it was his beautiful Thai silk that made him famous. He revitalized the
industry, amassed a huge art collection, and built a magnificent house
from traditional Thai homes to showcase his precious objects. So what
could have happened in March of 1967, when he went for a short walk in the
high jungles of Malaysia? Why were the CIA, DOS, US Army, and FBI involved
in the massive search? Join Dr. Llewellyn Toulmin, the
co-founder of Missing Aircraft Search Team, as he analyzes the case from a
scientific search and rescue point of view, discusses Thompson's CIA
connections, and suggests a solution to this 50-year-old famous mystery.
Tickets: $10. Contact Shana Oltmans at firstname.lastname@example.org
March - 1 April 2017 - Washington, DC - Joint Conference on "Creating
and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community"
The Woodrow Wilson Center, the German Historical Institute, and the
International Intelligence History Association are delighted to invite you
to the jointly organized conference on "Creating and Challenging the
Transatlantic Intelligence Community".
Please register for the conference by email to the IIHA Executive
Director at email@example.com
before 23 March 2017.
The conference fee is 150 EUR / 165 US-Dollar, 110 EUR / 120 US-Dollar for
IIHA members and 75 EUR / 80 US-Dollar for students.
This includes dinners on Thursday and Friday as well as coffee breaks
during the conference and a snack lunch on Saturday.
list of Speakers and Tentative Schedule here.
May 2017, 7 pm - Washington, DC - 2017 Night of Heroes Gala - PenFed
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,
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.
Thursday, 25 May 2017 10 am - 11:30 am - Fort Meade, MD - National Cryptologic Museum's Schorreck Lecture: "Codebreaking and the Battle of Midway" with Author/Historian Elliot Carlson
2017 Henry F. Schorreck Lecture Speaker Series features Elliot Carlson, author of the celebrated biography of CMDR Joseph Rochefort (cryptologic hero of the Battle of Midway) - Joe Rochefort's War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway. Carlson's talk will be "Codebreaking and the Battle of Midway: When Cryptanalysis Came of Age." More about Carlson's book is here.
On 3-7 June 1942, the US defeated Japan in the Battle of Midway, one of the most decisive battles in world history. The battle regained the initiative in the Pacific for the US after its setback at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 while placing Japan on the strategic defensive from which it never fully recovered. On the 75th Anniversary of this US naval victory, Carlson discusses the pivotal role that intelligence played in it. In particular, the breaking of JN-25, the Japanese Imperial Fleet's operational code, by codebreakers at Station Hypo in Hawaii led by CMDR Joseph Rochefort USN.
Carlson holds degrees from Stanford University (MA) and the University of Oregon (BS); he lives with his wife in Silver Spring, MD.
RSVP: Advaned registration required since this popular NCM Schorreck Lecture Series always has a full house. So, to not lose a spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com and provide the number of seats you will need. They will confirm your reservations and answer any questions.
Event location: National Cryptologic Museum: 9900 Colony Seven Rd, Fort Meade, MD. Directions 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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