AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #14-17 dated 4 April 2017

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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Research Request and Obituaries

Research Request

Obituaries

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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Just released - AFIO's 2017 edition of...

Intelligence as a Career BookletIntelligence as a Career - with updated listings of colleges teaching intelligence courses, and Q&As on needed foreign languages, as well as the courses, grades, extracurricular activities, and behavioral characteristics and life experiences sought by modern US intelligence agencies.

AFIO's popular 56-page booklet reaches high school and college students considering careers in the US Intelligence Community. This is the fourth edition.
The publication is also popular with University Career Guidance Centers, professors and academic departments specializing in national security, and parents assisting children or grandchildren in choosing meaningful, public service careers.
This booklet is provided at no cost as a public service - online and in print - from the generosity of AFIO board, donors, and members. 20,000 printed copies of each edition are distributed. Many more are accessed online.
We thank all members and donors for their support which has made this possible.

2017 edition of Careers Booklet in PDF Format available here.

Also now online as a public service from the generosity of our members and donors is the entire 788-page AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence, Peter Oleson, Editor, with a foreword by Dr. Robert M. Gates.
It can be accessed here.
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AFIO National Spring Luncheon
Friday, 12 May 2017
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Register here.

New York Times Washington Correspondent
David Sanger on
"Terrorism, Secret Wars, Nuclear Proliferation, and the Use of American Power"

and
Author Eva Dillon on
"Living Life Undercover in a CIA Family"

David E. Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, speaks on "Terrorism, Secret Wars, Nuclear Proliferation, and the Use of American Power." His address starts at 1 p.m.
The 11 a.m. speaker is Eva Dillon, author and magazine publisher, on Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War. It is an engaging true-life memoir, of her CIA father, Paul Dillon, and the GRU officer who became a CIA agent whom her father handled - the highest ranking, longest serving asset the US had during the Cold War. It is also a memoir about both families growing up unknowingly as the children of spies.

"A beautifully written, profoundly moving account of one of the most important U.S Intelligence sources ever run inside the Soviet Union. A cliff-hanger from beginning to end, Dillon's account is filled with espionage tradecraft and family drama - essential reading for intelligence professionals, memoir enthusiasts, and anyone fascinated by how spying really works." -- Peter Earnest, Executive Director, International Spy Museum

Event location is the Crowne Plaza (soon to be renamed DoubleTree-Hilton), Tysons Corner, VA,
at 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102.


Registration is here
. Do so quickly to assure seating.


"Codebreaking and the Battle of Midway" with Author/Historian Elliot Carlson
National Cryptologic Museum's Schorreck Lecture
Thursday, 25 May 2017 10 am - 11:30 am

Fort Meade, MD

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 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. To not lose a spot, email history@nsa.gov and/or gjnedve@nsa.gov 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.
Plenty of convenient, free parking.


HOLD THE DATE: AFIO's 2017 National Intelligence Symposium

"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

Tentative Agenda: • Opening Remarks by AFIO President; • NGA Overview and Q&A; • Video Presentation; • NGA Leadership Remarks (D/NGA or DD) - Includes GEOINT Strategy and Functional Management; • Lunch (with museum tours, NGA store, and group photo). Presentations/Panels on: • KH 8 Declassification; • Pathfinder (unclassified research to solve intel problems); • Commercial GEOINT Activity; and • the Small Satellite Revolution.

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.


Book of the Week

See It/Shoot It: The Secret History of the CIA's Lethal Drone Program
by Christopher J. Fuller
(Yale Univ Press, April 2017)

Order here.

A study tracing the evolution of drone technology and counterterrorism policy from the Reagan to the Obama administrations, uncovering the history of the most important instrument of U.S. counterterrorism today: the armed drone. It reveals that, contrary to popular belief, the CIA's covert drone program is not a product of 9/11. Rather, it is the result of U.S. counterterrorism practices extending back to an influential group of policymakers in the Reagan administration. Tracing the evolution of CT policy and drone technology from the fallout of Iran-Contra and the CIA's "Eagle Program" prototype in the mid-1980s to the emergence of al-Qaeda, Fuller shows how George W. Bush and Obama built upon or discarded strategies from the Reagan and Clinton eras as they responded to changes in the partisan environment, the perceived level of threat, and technological advances. Examines a range of CT strategies and reveals why the CIA's drones became the US' preferred tool for pursuing the decades-old goal of preemptively targeting anti-American terrorists around the world.

The book may be ordered here.


Intelligence Engineering: Operating Beyond the Conventional
(Security and Professional Intelligence Education Series)
by Adam D. M. Svendsen
(Rowman & Littlefield, March 2017)

Order here.

Intelligence continues to undergo significant changes at a remarkable pace, notably developments related to 'Big Data', surveillance, and cyber. Intelligence today involves multiagency, multinational, multidisciplinary, multidomain information sharing and sense-making, conducted by commerce, academic, government, civil society, media, law enforcement, military, and nongovernmental/nonprofit organizations. Increasingly complex systems, including interrelated technical dimensions, are central to modern defense systems. Intelligence engineering (IE) involves the use of scientific and technical knowledge to artfully create, operate, maintain, and dismantle complex devices, machines, structures, systems, and processes that support and/or disrupt human endeavour occurring in the intelligence context. Spanning both human and technical intelligence realms, IE includes the collection and analysis of information that is of military and/or political value, and that relates to international relations, defence, and national security. Strategic Futures, risk management across to resilience concerns are similarly engaged. As the chapters show, intelligence continues to extend further into engineering realms, including Federation of Systems and System of Systems Engineering approaches, social engineering, and so forth. System of Systems Engineering is a methodology used by the DOD, law enforcement, military, and emergency management work. It is used for information collection, allowing the sharing of research data and tools (such as software), in joint operations where army, navy, and air force must work together, with their systems interoperating with each other, or with coalition forces. Command and control, communications, and medical care systems are also systems that must interoperate to support operations in hostile or unstable situations. The book presents several System of Systems analysis, along with important intelligence criteria relating to specificity, timeliness, accuracy, relevance, and clarity. Risk analysis and assessment are discussed as well. This core text will offer students and practitioners a toolkit ready for use by outlining the methodology of Intelligence Engineering.

The book may be ordered here.



Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Intelligence Agencies Need to Standardize Counterterrorism Info-Sharing Practices.  Efforts to ensure agencies are sharing counterterrorism intelligence remain uneven and "less effective" than they could be, according to a report from the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General.

DOJ's OIG released a joint review on the domestic sharing of counterterrorism information March 31. OIG found that the partners in the Information Sharing Environment, namely components of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, and DOJ, need to establish consistent rules for sharing information.

"Although there is a national information sharing strategy, its implementation has been viewed to be uneven," OIG states in its report. "Updating or establishing new information-sharing agreements among such entities should enhance coordination and collaboration, and reaffirm and formalize the roles and responsibilities of partners in the current information sharing environment."

DHS's Intelligence Enterprise lacks unity, the report found. This enterprise consists of 10 departments, including Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Limited access to classified systems and facilities, gaps in reporting processes, and staffing issues have rendered the agency's intelligence program "less effective and valuable to the Intelligence Community than it could be."  [Read More:  Lamb/meritalk/31March2017]

DOJ's Top Cyber Enforcer Lays Out Agenda on Foreign Economic Espionage.  Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary B. McCord laid out the Justice Department's agenda on foreign cyber economic espionage, among other topics, at an international cybersecurity conference.

"We seek to mitigate national security threats posed by foreign nation-state actors by reviewing foreign acquisitions - which can give the acquiring company access to critical technologies and increase its reach within the US." McCord said at the Billington International Cybersecurity Summit on Wednesday.  [Read More:  insidecybersecurity/31March2017]
 
Banker Who Worked As Russian Secret Agent to Be Released Early, Deported.  A man sentenced in May 2016 to 30 months in federal prison for conspiring to act as a secret agent for Russia will receive early release on Saturday and will then be deported, a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has spokesman confirmed to CBS News.

Federal Bureau of Prisons documents obtained by CBS News cite good behavior in the agency's decision to grant early release to Evgeny Buryakov, who collected intelligence for Russia while working for a Russian bank in New York City.

A spokesman for ICE confirmed that the agency will take custody of Buryakov on Saturday upon his release.

"He will be transferred to ICE custody upon release from Elkton," said Khaalid Walls, ICE's Northeast Regional Director of Communications. "Travel arrangements will be finalized in the very near term...but for operational security reasons, we do not confirm removal dates prior to a person's departure."  [Read More:  Kates/cbsnews/31March2017]

Carlos the Jackal: 1974 Paris Attack Conviction Leads to Third Life Sentence.  The man known as "Carlos the Jackal" has been given a third life sentence for a 1974 attack on a Paris drugstore that killed two people and wounded 34.

Five judges ruled Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramírez Sánchez was responsible for throwing a grenade on the Champs Élysées. He is already serving two life sentences in France for attacks carried out in the 1970s and 80s.

As the 15-day special hearing in a special Paris court came to an end, the 67-year-old denounced "an absurd trial" for a 42-year-old crime. Sánchez, the only accused in court, had denied any involvement in the attack and argued there was no proof against him.

On the first day of the hearing he declared - as he had in previous court appearances - that he had been "a professional revolutionary" since his teenage years. In long, rambling monologues, Sánchez complained of blatant "manipulations of justice" and alleged the investigation into the attack had been sabotaged. At one point he was instructed by the president of the court to keep his answers brief.  [Read More:  Willsher/theguardian/28March2017]

Ex-CIA Chief Calls for Preparations for N. Korean Electromagnetic Pulse Attack.  Anchor: Washington is becoming increasingly cautious of the possibilities of North Korean attacks on the US Amid predictions that North Korea could conduct its sixth underground nuclear experiment and test launch intercontinental ballistic missiles, a former CIA chief pointed to the possibility of an electromagnetic pulse attack by the North.  Kim Bum-soo has more. 
 
Report: Amid growing concerns about the North Korean nuclear weapons program, a former chief of the US Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) called for preparations to preemptively strike North Korea.
 
At a seminar hosted by the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace(IAPP) on Wednesday, former CIA director James Woolsey pointed to the possibility of an electromagnetic pulse(EMP) attack by the North.
 
[Sound bite: James Woolsey - former CIA director ] "If they are over an area where there are electronics, and that's pretty much everywhere, it can knock out the electronics. They do not need to hit the target."  [Read More:  kbs/30March2017]

State Department Employee Arrested and Charged With Concealing Extensive Contacts With Foreign Agents.  A federal complaint was unsealed today charging Candace Marie Claiborne, 60, of Washington, DC, and an employee of the US Department of State, with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI, both felony offenses, for allegedly concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with foreign intelligence agents.

The charges were announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary B. McCord for National Security, US Attorney Channing D. Phillips of the District of Columbia and Assistant Director in Charge Andrew W. Vale of the FBI's Washington Field Office.

"Candace Marie Claiborne is a US State Department employee who possesses a Top Secret security clearance and allegedly failed to report her contacts with Chinese foreign intelligence agents who provided her with thousands of dollars of gifts and benefits," said Acting Assistant Attorney General McCord. "Claiborne used her position and her access to sensitive diplomatic data for personal profit. Pursuing those who imperil our national security for personal gain will remain a key priority of the National Security Division."

"Candace Claiborne is charged with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements in connection with her alleged concealment and failure to report her improper connections to foreign contacts along with the tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits they provided," said US Attorney Phillips. "As a State Department employee with a Top Secret clearance, she received training and briefing about the need for caution and transparency. This case demonstrates that US government employees will be held accountable for failing to honor the trust placed in them when they take on such sensitive assignments."  [Read More:  justice/29March2017]

First on CNN: New Terrorist Laptop Bombs May Evade Airport Security, Intel Sources Say.
  US intelligence and law enforcement agencies believe that ISIS and other terrorist organizations have developed innovative ways to plant explosives in electronic devices that FBI testing shows can evade some commonly used airport security screening methods, CNN has learned.

Heightening the concern is US intelligence suggesting that terrorists have obtained sophisticated airport security equipment to test how to effectively conceal explosives in laptops and other electronic devices.

The intelligence, gathered in the last several months, played a significant role in the Trump administration's decision to prohibit travelers flying out of 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and Africa from carrying laptops and other large electronic devices aboard planes.

The findings may raise questions about whether the ban is broad enough. CNN has learned that, through a series of tests conducted late last year, the FBI determined the laptop bombs would be far more difficult for airport screeners to detect than previous versions terrorist groups have produced. The FBI testing focused on specific models of screening machines that are approved by the Transportation Security Administration and are used in the US and around the world.  [Read More:  Perez, Edna, Starr/cnn/1April2017]

Trump's Approach to Intel Agencies Shows Anxiety, Distrust.  The White House's handling of intelligence reports on the Russia investigation has been labeled unorthodox and, to the Democrats, suspicious. But when it comes to Donald Trump's relationship with his spy agencies, that's par for the course.

Since taking office, Trump has challenged the integrity of intelligence officials, moved to exert more control over US spying agencies and accused his predecessor of using government spycraft to monitor his presidential campaign.

This week, Trump's White House is facing allegations that it funneled secret intelligence reports to a top Republican investigating his campaign's possible ties to Russian officials as well as Moscow's interference in the 2016 election.

The approach appears to be based, at least in part, on the White House's anxiety over the Russia investigations, which threaten to seriously weaken his presidency. It also reflects a deep distrust of the intelligence community among his political advisers, including government newcomers who have never dealt with classified information or covert programs.  [Read More:  Pace, Sullivan, Salama/apnews/1April2017]

Finnish Intelligence Warns Foreign Powers Targeting Young Politicians.  Finland's Security Intelligence Service, better known as Supo, says in its annual report that Finnish politicians and decision-makers are under pressure from foreign intelligence agencies at ever-younger ages.

Supo only mentions Russia once in the report, at the start, where it says that "especially Russia sees Finland as an interesting intelligence target but also other major powers find our country important".

The agency says young people in Finland in particular are the target of foreign intelligence recruiters, especially those that are expected to rise to prominent positions in commerce and politics.

"This is an example of state-run intelligence activity having long-term horizons," according to the Supo report. Supo noted that it had "been forced to interfere" in the activities of certain intelligence agencies.  [Read More:  yle/31March2017]

Jordan Appoints New Intelligence Chief.  Jordan's King Abdullah II yesterday issued a royal decree appointing Major General Adnan Issam Al-Jundi as director-general of the country's General Intelligence Department (GID), Jordan's Petra news agency reported.

According to a statement by the Jordanian Royal Court, Al-Jundi's appointment comes with immediate effect. He replaces General Faisal Shobaki.

Another royal decree was issued accepting the resignation of General Faisal Jibril Hassan Al Shoubaki from his post as the King's adviser for National Security Affairs and director of the GID, as of the same date. According to Petra, a third decree was issued appointing Shobaki as an adviser to the king.

Shubaki was appointed as the GID General Director in October 2011, succeeding his predecessor Mohammed Al-Rikad. In January 2015, the Jordanian King decided to appoint him as his national security adviser.  [Read More:  middleeastmonitor/31March2017]



Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

5 Takeaways From the Senate Intelligence Hearing.  Senate investigators put on a positively normal show Thursday, pressing a series of academics and intelligence experts on how Russia disrupts elections -- like last year's presidential election.
 
Meanwhile, on the House side, an attempt at détente between House intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and the panel's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, was derailed after a report that Nunes got his highly sensitive information from two White House officials.

The White House, meanwhile, invited lawmakers to view documents they say are relevant to President Donald Trump's focus on the identities of intelligence sources. And the Wall Street Journal reported that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has offered to testify to investigators in return for immunity from prosecution, a claim Flynn's lawyers did not deny.

It was another big day in the world of investigators seeking answers on Russia's interference in the US elections -- here are the top five takeaways.  [Read More:  LoBianco/wbaltv/30March2017]

Real Shabanas: 8 Women Spies Who Make James Bond Look Poor.  Actor Taapsee Pannu's film Naam Shabana which claims to be India's first film on a woman spy throws light on the intriguing lives of secret agents. Some of these femme fatale made a mark in the world of espionage. These are some of the names you should know.  [Read More:  Gurung/indiatimes/31March2017]

Why the CIA Is Increasingly Worried About China's Moles.  Glenn Duffie Shriver looked like an ideal CIA recruit. Gregarious and athletic, the 28-year-old from Michigan had been a good student with strong interests in world affairs and foreign languages since childhood. What made him even more attractive as a prospective CIA employee, however, was that he had studied and worked in China and was fluent in Mandarin.

But when CIA investigators began digging deeper into his experiences in China, they began to suspect that he had been dispatched by Beijing's spymasters. Under questioning during his pre-employment polygraph test in 2010, he grew so nervous that he withdrew his application on the spot and virtually bolted from the room, according to subsequent accounts. Months later, as he was boarding a plane to leave the US, he was arrested by the FBI and charged with trying infiltrate the CIA as a mole for China. He was sentenced by a federal court in Virginia to four years in prison.

Today, the Shriver case is still rattling the CIA, according to sources with deep familiarity with the spy agency's China coverage. While Beijing's premier espionage service, the Ministry of State Security, or MSS, had previously focused on penetrating US security by seducing or blackmailing Chinese-Americans, the Shriver case showed a new and daring attempt to recruit students from Norman Rockwell's America.

The arrest on March 28 of a State Department employee, Candace Marie Claiborne, on  charges of lying to the FBI about her contacts with Chinese intelligence agents will only add to what one former CIA official calls "paranoia" about Beijing's espionage offensive. "A year or two ago, [the CIA] went through a very big mole scare because very high-level [Chinese] sources were getting wrapped up," a former senior US intelligence analyst tells Newsweek, asking not to be quoted by name on such a sensitive subject. "Once that started to happen, they felt that there was something internal, and that's when they started really clamping down on whom they were hiring."  [Read More:  Stein/newsweek/31March2017]

Jeopardy! Presents: A Visit to the CIA.  The CIA Museum is a fascinating place that is only a little less covert than the agency itself. Open only to members of the CIA and invited guests, the museum houses thousands of relics from over 70 years of espionage. But leave it to the Jeopardy! team to figure out a way inside. Today's show featured a CIA category, and as part of their clue shoot, Alex and the team got an exclusive look inside this elusive museum.

Producer Brett Schneider described the high level of security: "Bluetooth-enabled devices such as laptops, tablets, earpieces and phones were not allowed in the building, and we had to run a cable from Alex's mic to the camera, as anything wireless was also prohibited. Throughout the shoot, a CIA staffer followed us with electronic equipment that would presumably detect the use of any Bluetooth or wireless gear."

Jim Rhine, the writer of the category, described the museum as "an amazing place with lots of amazing stuff." He appreciated the insight the visit gave the team. "[It added] to the history we thought we already knew."

Enjoy this exclusive peek at what Alex calls "the best museum you will never be able to visit."  [Read More:  jeopardy/30March2017]

Watch: FBI Director James Comey on 'the FBI's Role in the Intelligence Community'.  FBI Director James Comey delivers remarks at a forum held by INSA, in a discussion on "the strategic importance of the FBI's role within the intelligence community."  [Read More:  cnbc/29March2017]

Co-Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board: Who Is Jami Miscik?  Jami Miscik, whose 22-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) included high-level global intelligence analysis and assessment, became co-chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB) on August 29, 2014. The mission of the board, which was established in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower, is to keep the president apprised of the quality and adequacy of US foreign intelligence efforts, including intelligence collection, estimates and analysis.                                

Judith A. "Jami" Miscik was born in 1958 in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Redondo Beach, California. She earned a B.A. in economics and political science from Pepperdine University in 1980 and an M.A. in international studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1982.

Miscik joined the CIA in 1983 as an economic analyst with a focus on political instability in relation to Third World debt. She was then put in charge of the agency's Directorate of Intelligence analytic programs that dealt with civil technologies and economic competitiveness. In 1995 she was made director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council, in charge of overseeing covert operations. Between 1996 and 1997, she served as executive assistant to George Tenet who, during that time, transitioned from deputy director to director of the CIA.

In January 1998, Miscik was named deputy director of the CIA's Nonproliferation Center, which had been established in 1992 in support of US policy on foreign weapons threats. In January 1999, she became director of Transnational Issues at the agency. In August 2000, she was appointed associate deputy director for intelligence. She subsequently oversaw the team of CIA analysts that produced the August 6, 2001, report, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the US," which was infamously ignored by the George W. Bush administration prior to the 9/11 attacks five weeks later.  [Read More:  Biederman/allgov/3April2017]

Intelligence Agency Hackathon Casts Net for Food Security.  Sometimes an intelligence agency has to care about fish transport in Morocco to make progress on delivering technology-driven intelligence.

A team of students from the University of Southern California won the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's most recent hackathon in Los Angeles for creating a different approach to facilitating food security in Morocco through a proposed solution that optimizes the transportation of fish. The hackathon is one of many ways the agency is trying to find new approaches to its complex problems - and recruit talent when competing with the fast-paced, high-paying tech industry.

The agency set a goal for the two-day event of using geospatial information "to better understand, model, visualize and monitor the nexus between food security and regional stability in Morocco."

Food insecurity can be an indicator for potential crisis in a region, said US Air Force Capt. Adam Satterfield, NGA's lead for crowd sourced-driven innovation.  [Read More:  Ehlinger/fedscoop/30March2017]

Everything You Need to Know About House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes.  Over the last week, California Rep. Devin Nunes has been in the national spotlight for his actions as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

It was revealed Monday that Nunes was on White House grounds March 21 reviewing information pertaining to what he said was the legal, "incidental" collection of surveillance on President Donald Trump's associates, and possibly Trump himself, one day before he held an impromptu news conference announcing his findings and then briefed the president.

Now, Democrats -- including the ranking member on the intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California -- are calling for Nunes' recusal from the committee's investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Nunes said Tuesday he won't step aside.

Here a look at the man leading the House Intelligence Committee.  [Read More:  Stracqualursi/abc30/28Marh2017]

The FBI in Israel.  The arrest last week of an individual in Israel suspected of sending threatening messages to Jewish organizations in the US and several other countries provides a glimpse into one of the FBI’s key roles overseas.

The FBI and Israel National Police worked jointly to locate and arrest the individual, according to an FBI statement issued March 23. The threatening calls over the last several months fostered fears about a rise in anti-Semitism in the United States. Investigating hate crimes is a top priority for the Bureau, which praised its law enforcement and intelligence partners: "The FBI commends the great work of the Israeli National Police in this investigation," the statement said.

In this and other overseas cases, FBI investigations are greatly helped by having strong relationships already in place with host countries. In Israel, where terrorism is a perpetual threat and American citizens are frequently among those injured or killed in violence between Israelis and Palestinians, the FBI has a long history of working with the country’s national police and intelligence agencies.

"It’s immensely important that the FBI and other members of the US intelligence community develop strong, long-lasting relationships with international partners in the intelligence arena and also in law enforcement," said Cary Gleicher, the FBI’s legal attaché in Israel. The FBI has more than 63 overseas offices, or legal attachés, and each relies heavily on its local counterpart to support FBI cases.  [Read More:  fbi/27March2017]



Section III - COMMENTARY

IC Integration: Stronger Together.  The diversity and scope of national security challenges facing the US continues to grow, asking ever more of an Intelligence Community (IC) that must stretch its resources to meet these demands. The move toward greater integration since the advent of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) has been critical to the IC's ability to address the increase in mission. As President Donald Trump and DNI Daniel Coats consider the organization and structure of the IC, I believe integration must not only continue but deepen if we are to get ahead of the evolving threat landscape.

During the last decade of my career, I was detailed to or worked closely with the ODNI. In that time, I came to appreciate the value the DNI brought to integrating intelligence community resources and capabilities without altering the culture, mission, or identity of individual agencies. There are three areas where I believe integration has made the IC stronger: defining priorities and focusing resources; identifying cross-cutting needs and finding solutions; and giving broader voice to IC analysis that informs decision-making.

Early integration efforts were championed by DNI Mission Managers - now called National Intelligence Managers (NIMs) - which were created on the recommendation of the Robb-Silberman Commission (Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the US Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction). In its March 2005 report to the President, the Commission noted that the IC was "not a community in any meaningful sense," rather, it was a "loose confederation of 15 separate intelligence entities." The Commission recommended that the DNI create Mission Managers "to bring a mission focus to the management of Community resources for high-priority intelligence issues." They also saw an advantage in having one person responsible who could also be held accountable. As the first Iran Mission Manager, I felt not only responsible for the mission but also responsible to the IC to unify and focus its efforts against the multiple challenges Iran presented.

Twelve years later, regional and functional NIMs still play a lead role in honing the IC's focus on national security challenges.  [Read More:  Ireland/thecipherbrief/31March2017]

The Intelligence Costs of Underestimating Russia: A Warning From History.  Questions over the extent and nature of the relationship between President Donald Trump's administration and Vladimir Putin's Russia continue to dominate the headlines. In explosive testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday, Thomas Rid and Clint Watts provided detailed information revealing the extent to which Russian intelligence services deliberately targeted the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the American political system writ large.

Committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate as well as the FBI are conducting investigations into alleged ties between Moscow and Team Trump. These allegations have claimed the career of one national security advisor and forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the investigation. A dark cloud hangs over erstwhile campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Roger Stone, and others involved with the campaign. The saga continues to twist and turn, gathering momentum with each new revelation about pre-inauguration contact between senior campaign advisors and Russian officials or proxies.

What does all this mean for how the United States will approach Russia? The picture is mixed.

Trump personally appears to be open to a cooperative relationship with Putin, especially in the fight against terrorism. However, many observers have suggested that the president himself is compromised, either because of his Russian business dealings or incriminating but thus far unsubstantiated material. Many have noted that Trump suffers from a degree of naiveté about Russian intelligence methods and interests, such as those that were intended to assist his candidacy.  [Read More:  Gioe, Goodman/warontherocks/31March2017]

Insulting Allies Makes America Vulnerable, Not Great.  On March 22, at the doorstep of Parliament in London, an ISIS-inspired attacker killed a British police officer and several innocent bystanders, at a time when the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, was inside addressing members of Parliament. The attack occurred on the anniversary of the ISIS attacks in Brussels a year earlier and made one thing quite clear: Europe is still vulnerable to terrorist plots.

For every successful terrorist attack that spectacularly makes the news, scores, if not hundreds, are thwarted by the efforts of intelligence and law enforcement organizations, often working with international partners. These go largely unreported, of course, because they are not really news; the dog simply did not bark.

What also goes unreported is the intense, constant cooperation between allied security services as they undertake the unenviable and herculean task of stopping the next terrorist operation. For the most part, intelligence and law enforcement work behind the scenes, drawing on counterterrorism liaison relationships they have built over the past 20 years, or sometimes longer. These relationships are probably the single greatest defense the West has against terrorist attacks.

So it is literally breathtaking when the President of the United States, which has the largest and best-funded intelligence community in the free world, undermines these key intelligence relationships that keep not only the United States but its allies as safe as possible.  [Read More:  Hall/cnn/29March2017]



Section IV - Research Requests and Obituaries

Research Request

Help Update Online Job Descriptions for "Intelligence Analysts" with the O*NET/RTI/Dept of Labor Survey.

Help Update Online Job Descriptions for "Intelligence Analysts" which are currently described as "those who gather, analyze, or evaluate information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Use intelligence data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism."

The O*NET firm, in conjunction with RTI International (the Research Triangle Institute), are under an arrangement with the US Department of Labor to seek specific career experts to update ONET's online occupational listings of job categories. One of those is the occupation of Intelligence Analysts. Occupation Experts (OE) only, are asked to respond.

AFIO members who meet the following criteria as OEs should consider responding to aid the profession. You must have: 1. At least one year of experience serving as a Federal, State, or Local agency or corporate intelligence analyst. 2. At least 5 years of combined experience in Intelligence Analysis including practicing, supervising, teaching, or training during your career. 3. You have been active as an Intelligence Analyst (practicing, supervising, teaching and/or training) during the past six months, and are based in the U.S.

To participate to ensure that the complexities of your Intelligence Analyst jobs are described accurately, email Elizabeth Salisbury, O*NET Business Liaison, at esalisbury@onet.rti.org, and be ready to provide the following: Your full name, address with city and state, daytime phone number, email address, and if you have at least one year of practice as an Intelligence Analyst, and if you are still active, and the total years of experience you've had as an analyst.

CAVEAT: O*NET states that no contact information will be published or shared, and that all responses are aggregated and no data solicited will identify a participant and/or his/her affiliations. O*NET provides a clearly worthwhile, well-established occupational service. As we do with all job and research requests, AFIO advises members considering responding to exercise appropriate professional caution and not discuss or mention any activity or program that was, or still could be, classified. We suspect all of the O*NET questions will be general, career skills and traits, and not delving into specificity. Even so, members should be cautious in what personal information you supply. In this era of hacks and data leaks, provide only the information that would not trouble you if you later discover it leaked online or on WikiLeaks a few months or years from now. General occupational data is safe and welcomed, so AFIO hopes you will take the time to participate.

ONET also offers a participation incentive: A random sample of respondents will be invited to complete a set of standardized questionnaires (paper or online versions available), with responses provided using a Likert Scale. A framed certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Department of Labor and $40 in cash will be included with the questionnaires as tokens of appreciation.
AFIO encourages members who serve or served as Intelligence Analysts to consider helping O*NET/RTI to update information about your profession for the benefit of our colleagues, future analysts, and the nation. For further information about ONET or RTI International or their Occupation Expert (OE) Data Collection Program, contact Elizabeth Salisbury, O*NET Business Liaison, RTI International, 1-877-233-7348 Ext. 142, or email her at esalisbury@onet.rti.org. To explore more about O*NET's Occupational Guidance listings online, view their website here.

Obituaries

Roderick Ivory Sweet, 89, a former CIA Operations Officer, died on 21 March 2017 in Lenox, MA. Sweet served in the US Army in the Far East. Upon completing his military commitment, he attended Brown University earning a BA degree in 1951. He then joined CIA's Clandestine Service where he had a 35-year career as an Operations Officer encompassing a variety of assignments at headquarters and tours of duty abroad in Southeast Asia, including Saipan, Thailand, and the Philippines. Interspersed among these tours were numerous temporary duty assignments to the Far East and Western Europe.  [Read More:  washingtonpost/legacy/28March2017]

George M. Robb, 96, Senior NSA Executive, NSAPAC Deputy Chief, and Analyst, died of complications of diabetes on 16 February 2017 in Silver Spring, MD. Robb attended Ohio State University. He joined the U.S. Navy Communications Intelligence Service in 1942 and subsequently pursued a 32-year career at NSA. He was a 1960 graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. As deputy chief of NSAPAC in 1963-1966 and again in 1971-1973, he held the top civilian position overseeing NSA's Pacific operations. He received the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1966 and the Exceptional Civilian Service Award in 1974. After his 1974 retirement, he was active in community organizations in Columbia, MD, and Naples, FL. He was a proud member of The Phoenix Society. He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Betty Maxwell Robb, four children, and other family.

Courtland J. Jones, 98, former FBI SCS/WFO Official who worked high-profile espionage cases, died 29 March 2017. Jones grew up in Lynchburg, VA and graduated from Lynchburg College. After college he enrolled in George Washington University Law School while working at the FBI. At the start of WW II he was appointed a Special Agent by J. Edgar Hoover. He served the Bureau in South Dakota where he met his wife, Janice Brookman also working for the FBI. He retired after 34 years (1940 to 1974) as the Security Coordinating Supervisor of the Washington Field Office. He was respected throughout the FBI and worked during the time of high profile espionage, anti-war demonstrations, and civil rights cases. He served in South Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Washington, DC. He is survived by his three children and other family. He loved the Outer Banks and exercising from age 86 to 98 with his personal trainer. A lesson and inspiration for us all!


Section V - Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

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 macrakis@gatech.edu 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 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 is here. Reservation and pre-payment is required before 26 March 2017. The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins. Contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at afiosf@aol.com or Mariko Kawaguchi, c/o AFIO, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011 with your questions.

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

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

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 6:30 PM - Michigan - The AFIO Michigan Chapter hosts SSA David A. Fluitt, FBI, discussing counterintelligence and counterproliferation issues.

The AFIO "Johnny Micheal Spann" Memorial Chapter hosts David A. Fluitt Counterintelligence Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) with the Detroit FBI and also serves as the counterintelligence and counterproliferation Program Coordinator within the state of Michigan. Speaker: David Fluitt, Counterintelligence Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) with the Detroit FBI Location: Contact us for information on meeting location Send inquiries to afio.secretary@afiomichigan.org or visit their website at www.afiomichigan.org.

22 April 2017, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - The AFIO Maine Chapter hosts CIA Operations Officer/COS - Gerry Gossens - on "Peace in the Middle East?"

The next meeting of AFIO's Maine Chapter features Gerry Gossens, a veteran CIA clandestine operative, who will review chances of peace in the Middle East. He is a former CIA station chief in six different countries, and will discuss current geopolitical landscapes from Iraq to the Congo. Gerry Gossens graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned by the U.S. Air Force. He went on to become a pilot and intelligence officer in the Strategic Air Command. Next he was recruited by the CIA for clandestine service and served in Beirut, the Congo, Tunisia, Guinea, South Africa, Zambia, and Paris. Later in civilian life he was involved in politics and served two terms each in the Senate and House of Representatives in Vermont.
No registration required. The chapter meeting is open to the public and begins at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St. in Kennebunk. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

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.
COST: $50/person. Payment at the door only. Cash or check. Full dinner, cash bar.
REGISTRATION strongly suggested, not required. Phone Jerry Goodwin 646-717-3776 or Email afiometro@gmail.com.

Friday, 12 May 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Spring Luncheon features NYTimes Washington Correspondent David Sanger on "Terrorism, Secret Wars, Nuclear Proliferation, and the Use of American Power," and Author Eva Dillon on "Living Life Undercover in a CIA Family"

David E. Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, speaks on "Terrorism, Secret Wars, Nuclear Proliferation, and the Use of American Power." His address starts at 1 p.m.
The 11 a.m. speaker is Eva Dillon, author and magazine publisher, on Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War. It is an engaging true-life memoir, of her CIA father and the Soviet double agent he handled - the highest ranking, longest serving asset the US had during the Cold War. It is also a memoir about both families growing up unknowingly as the children of spies.
"A beautifully written, profoundly moving account of one of the most important U.S Intelligence sources ever run inside the Soviet Union. A cliff-hanger from beginning to end, Dillon's account is filled with espionage tradecraft and family drama - essential reading for intelligence professionals, memoir enthusiasts, and anyone fascinated by how spying really works." -- Peter Earnest, Executive Director, International Spy Museum
Event location the Crowne Plaza (soon to be renamed DoubleTree-Hilton), Tysons Corner, VA, at 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102.
Registration is here. Do so now to assure seating.

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

Tentative Agenda: • Opening Remarks by AFIO President; • NGA Overview and Q&A; • Video Presentation; • NGA Leadership Remarks (D/NGA or DD) - Includes GEOINT Strategy and Functional Management; • Lunch (with museum tours, NGA store, and group photo). Presentations/Panels on: • KH 8 Declassification; • Pathfinder (unclassified research to solve intel problems); • Commercial GEOINT Activity; and • the Small Satellite Revolution.
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, 13 April 2017, noon - 2 pm - AVM Peter Alan Clement CSC, Head Australian Defence Staff on Australian Contribution to the Fight Against Terrorism

The Washington Sub-Branch of the Returned & Services League of Australia luncheon at the Australian Embassy features AVM Peter Alan Clements CSC, Head Australian Defence Staff – Washington, discussing the Gloster Meteor and the Australian contribution to the fight against terrorism.
Air Commodore Clements operational deployments include Chief of Staff of the National Command Headquarters for Operation SLIPPER in 2002 and air operations Battle Director of the Middle East area in the USAF CAOC (Al Udeid) in the first half of 2010. On promotion to Air Commodore in October of 2011 he was posted to Director General Force Structure Review. He was appointed as the Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy in December 2013 finishing in December 2016. For his achievements in this role he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List. He was promoted to Air Vice Marshal on 06 January 2017 and took up his current role as Head Australian Defence Staff on 13 January 2017.
Where: Amenities Room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Charge - $15, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2 each. Attire: Business casual.
RSVP by noon on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.com NOTE: Valid photo ID required. Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid, off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th St). On street two hour metered parking also available.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - "Three Minutes to Doomsday" - at the International Spy Museum

Imagine tangling with a spy who eventually succeeded in making the US defenseless against a nuclear attack. When former FBI agent Joe Navarro, an expert in analyzing body language, embarked on a routine assignment in August 1988 to interview "person of interest" Roderick James Ramsay regarding his association with a known traitor, he couldn't know that it would be the beginning of an all-consuming battle of wits at the highest level. In connection with his new book, Three Minutes to Doomsday, Navarro will share his personal memories of being pitted against Ramsay, an ex-soldier who possessed the second highest IQ ever recorded by the US Army. And Navarro had to contend with Ramsay's photographic memory, which allowed him to vacuum up vast amounts of top-secret information to be sold to the Soviet Union. The book will be available for sale and signing at the event. Tickets: $10. Register at www.spymuseum.org.

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Allan Topol: "The Italian Divide" - at the International Spy Museum

The Spy Museum's Spy Store is hosting a signing of the novel, The Italian Divide, by Allan Topol. The book follows former CIA Director Craig Page in his investigation into a murder of friend and sponsor, prominent Italian banker Frederico Castiglione. He suspects foul play. With the help of Elizabeth Crowder, CIA director Betty Richards, and director of EU Counter Terrorism Giuseppe, Craig discovers a complicated web of mysterious political and financial takeovers across Italy, all linked back to Craig's sworn enemy, Zhou Yun, and Roberto Parelli. Allan is the author of ten novels of international intrigue. Two of them, Spy Dance and Enemy of My Enemy, were bestsellers, and many of his works appear in Japanese, Portuguese, and Hebrew editions. Event is free. More info at www.spymuseum.org.

Thursday, 4 May 2017, noon - 2 pm - CWO(4) James Stejskal USA Rtd., discusses Special Forces Berlin: Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army's Elite, 1956–1990 at the Australian Embassy

The Washington Sub-Branch of the Returned & Services League of Australia luncheon at the Australian Embassy features CWO (4) James Stejskal USA Rtd., discussing his new book: Special Forces Berlin: Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army's Elite, 1956–1990.
James Stejskal hails from the Great Plains of Nebraska. After a short stint at the University of Nebraska he enlisted in the US Army. First training as an airborne infantryman and serving with the 82nd Airborne, he then qualified for Special Forces and successfully completed the arduous "Q" Course to win his "Green Beret." He served with US Army Special Forces in many "interesting places" worldwide, including Germany, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Africa before retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CWO4) after 23 years. But the adventure was only just starting... He then worked as a security consultant for a US NGO in central Africa during the Rwandan insurgency and second Congo War. In the last century, he was recruited by CIS and served as a senior case officer in Africa, Europe, and the Far East before retiring again. He is now a military historian
Where –Amenities Room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Charge - $15, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2 each. Attire: Business casual.
RSVP by noon on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.com NOTE: Valid photo ID required. Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid, off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and, at 15th and Mass (1240 15th St). On street two hour metered parking also available.

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.

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 history@nsa.gov and/or gjnedve@nsa.gov 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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