AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #17-17 dated 25 April 2017

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Courses, Obituaries

Courses

Obituaries

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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

You are cordially invited to join the PenFed Foundation, our partners and friends, on 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, D.C. VIP Sponsor Reception - 5:30 pm; General Reception - 6:00 pm; Dinner - 7:00 pm Black Tie
Please respond ASAP. Earlier deadline was 21 April 2017 but some late reservations accepted. For more information and to RSVP online, do so here.


Home & Away: Threats to America and the DHS Response


View video of the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security's (CCHS - George Washington University) hears from the Honorable John F. Kelly, Secretary of DHS followed by a discussion led by GWU's Frank Cilluffo, Director of CCHS. Kelly touches on his strategic goals for DHS, including his perspectives on identifying priority threats, improving organizational efficiency, and reinforcing core mission areas. Program was streamed live on 18 Apr 2017 and runs ~1 hour. Click on image or link here.


AFIO National Spring Luncheon
Friday, 12 May 2017
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Register here while space remains.

Author Eva Dillon on
"Living Life Undercover in a CIA Family"
and join AFIO as we welcome and thank Marina, the granddaughter of Gen Polyakov present with us at this special event.
- and -

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

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.

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.

"A beautifully written, profoundly moving account of one of the most important US 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: Advanced 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.


Books of the Week

The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
by Robert O'Neill
(Scribner, April 2017)

Order here.

A war memoir from a highly decorated Navy SEAL giving his version of the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011 during the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Does not mention No Easy Day by fellow SEAL Matt Bissonnette, who wrote using the pen name Mark Owen, covering the same operation. This account was reviewed by DOD and contains a number of redactions.

O'Neill covers much more material including 400 missions which included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden. O'Neill describes his childhood in Butte, MT; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the tough gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs' most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O'Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills -- and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he'd trained with and fought beside never made it home.

The book may be ordered here.


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.


Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

US Intelligence Agencies Fear Rogue Insiders As Much As Spies These Days.  Forget about spies. It's rogue insiders that cause heartburn at US intelligence agencies these days.

Few spy cases have broken in the past decade and a half. In contrast, a proliferation of US intelligence and military insiders have gone rogue and spilled secrets to journalists or WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group.

The leaks are as damaging as any major spy case, perhaps more so. And they have underscored the ease of stealing secrets in the modern age, sometimes with a single stroke of a keyboard.

Since early March, WikiLeaks has published part of a trove of documents purportedly created by cyber units of the Central Intelligence Agency. WikiLeaks continues to upload the documents and hacking tools, dubbed Vault 7, to the internet for all to see.  [Read More:  Johnson/mcclatchydc/19April2017]

Russia Second Largest Threat to Netherlands: Military Intelligence Agency.  Russia's efforts to destabilize the Netherlands, Europe and NATO are so serious that military intelligence agency MIVD considers it the second largest security risk to the Netherlands and the Western world in general. Terrorism stands in first place, MIVD General Major Onno Eichelsheim said at the presentation of the agency's annual report on Monday, NU.nl reports.

The service warns that Russia is increasingly using hybrid warfare and improved its military capabilities and greatly increased. The MIVD also called Russia a "large cyber threat that is getting more advanced". Last year Russia committed hundreds of cyber attacks on the Netherlands. The Dutch Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs were important targets, but there were also cyber attacks on companies that produce weapons. According to Eichelsheim, the Russians got no information about weapon systems in these attacks. "But that does not say that it didn't happen at all. Because you don't know what you don't know."
 
According to Eichelsheim, Russia wants to restore the influence it had in the former Soviet state with a Russian speaking population. "In order to achieve this goal, Moscow will make every effort, including using military means," he said.

Russia is increasingly using hybrid warfare, such as spreading false information, the MIVD warns. As an example Eichelsheim pointed to fake news spread by the Russians in the aftermath of the MH17 disaster. More recently false reports were spread in Lithuania about a German NATO soldier raping a woman. Eichelsheim also pointed to Russia's efforts to sabotage Western elections. As an example he used the Russian hack of the American Democrats. According to Eichelsheim, there is a "ready chance" that there was also an attempt to influence the Dutch election.  [Read More:  Pieters/nltimes/24April2017]

Finnish Intelligence to Get Broader Online Surveillance Powers.  The Finnish Government has unveiled its long-anticipated draft bills for expanding the rights of security authorities to conduct intelligence operations both inside and outside the borders of Finland.

The draft bills were presented to the public on Wednesday by the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice.

The Ministry of the Interior proposes in its preliminary report that the legislation on policing and network traffic intelligence be supplemented with a chapter on civilian intelligence.

The Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo), it believes, should be granted greater rights to conduct intelligence operations, such as the right to glean information from cross-border network traffic. Supo would be allowed gather intelligence technically based on an automated screening of cross-border network traffic and process such information.  [Read More:  Teivainen/helsinkitimes/20April2017]

ISIS Claims Deadly Attack on Russian Intelligence Office.  ISIS has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack Friday on an office of Russia's main domestic intelligence agency, the FSB, in the country's Far East, a US-based monitoring group said.

Amaq News Agency, an ISIS propaganda arm, made the claim in a brief report in Arabic distributed on the social media application Telegram that cited a "security source".

According to the text translated into English by the SITE monitoring group, the source said an ISIS "fighter" attacked an FSB office in Khabarovsk, killing three people and wounding others.

Russian officials say two people were killed in the incident -- an FSB employee and a civilian. One other person was reported wounded.  [Read More:  AFP/alarabiya/22April2017]

Intelligence Community Pushes to Keep Surveillance Powers.  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence Wednesday published a document advocating for the protection of what newly minted spy chief Dan Coats has described as the "crown jewels" of the intelligence community.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act, in particular Section 702, authorizes the bulk of the intelligence community's overseas digital collection powers. A new informational questionnaire published by the ODNI, says maintaining those surveillance powers is "the intelligence community's top legislative priority for 2017".

If Congress didn't reauthorize those authorities, it would "greatly impair the ability of the United States to respond to national security threats," the document notes.

Congress gave the National Security Agency the power to surveil foreigners communicating outside the US without obtaining individual court orders - to track terrorists, agents of foreign powers, international criminals, and others. The communications are collected through arrangements with companies and straight from the backbone of the Internet. Prior to that, each application to spy on an overseas target required the sign-off of the attorney general and the shadowy Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a requirement top national security officials in March jointly described as "extraordinarily burdensome".  [Read More:  McLaughlin/foreignpolicy/19April2017]

CIA Liaison Is First Casualty of Conflict Between Intelligence Agency and Trump.  When the history of Donald Trump's war with the US intelligence community is written, the name of the conflict's first casualty is unlikely to be recorded, as the former marine officer is still a serving CIA official.

That marine officer was the CIA's liaison to the White House, whose duties included bringing relevant White House officials with appropriate security clearance into the loop about covert operations.
 
According to current and former White House and intelligence officials, he lost a bureaucratic struggle with his nominal boss, the National Security Council's controversial intelligence director.

Multiple former colleagues described the former CIA liaison as a consummate professional with no history of infractions. But late one afternoon in mid-March, the retired marine was abruptly informed that his services were no longer needed and he ought not to come to work the next day. Co-workers were shocked at a display that seemed designed to humiliate him.  [Read More:  Ackerman/theguardian/20April2017]

CIA, FBI Directors Heading to Secret Spy Alliance Meeting in New Zealand: Report.  Top US intelligence officials, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo and FBI Director James Comey are reportedly heading to New Zealand this weekend for a secret gathering of the Five Eyes spying alliance, according to a report.

The New Zealand Herald reported that it has learned that 15 intelligence-related agencies, including the heads of the CIA and FBI, will be in attendance.

A spokesman for New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English confirmed that senior officials are convening in Queenland for a conference, but did not confirm whether it was a meeting of the intelligence alliance that comprises the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

"Due to specific security requirements we cannot comment further at this time. However, as police have pointed out they are not aware of a visit to Queenstown by a current or former head of state," the spokesman said.  [Read More:  Chaitin/washingtonexaminer/20April2017]

Key Official in Trump-Russia Investigation Will Step Down.  Mary B. McCord, who has been helping oversee the Justice Department's probe into Russian interference in the presidential election, is stepping down from her post as the acting head of the department's national security division and leaving the federal government in the coming weeks, a source familiar with McCord's role told The Intercept. The source, who asked not to be identified as McCord's departure has not been formally announced, said that McCord plans to work in academia after leaving government.

It was not immediately clear who will take over for McCord. "I can confirm that Mary is leaving DOJ next month," said Marc Raimondi, a spokesperson for the Justice Department, by email. "I cannot provide any additional material at this time."

McCord did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

McCord will be leaving at a time when Justice is already in disarray. In March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanded the resignations of all US attorneys who had served under President Obama and had not already left. As the Washington Post reported this week, nearly all the US attorney positions remain unfilled.  [Read More:  Schwartz/theintercept/19April2017]

Colombia's FARC Concealing Weapons Despite Deal, Intelligence Analysts Say.  Guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces Colombia (FARC) are concealing vital components of their arsenal, according to intelligence analysts, including sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles they agreed to surrender in a peace deal signed with the Colombian government last year.

In the agreement, FARC committed to turn over its stocks of weapons and explosives within the first six months of 2017 in exchange for immunity from prosecution, political representation in Congress and other concessions from the government.

So many in the country believe the deal was overgenerous with the FARC that a slim majority voted against its approval in a national referendum last November.

But four months into the agreement's implementation, the rebel army - believed to number around 7,000 fighters by the latest official estimates - has handed in less than 1,700 rifles to U.N. peacekeepers, according to Colombian officials.  [Read More:  Arostegui/foxnews/20April2017]



Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Anti-Espionage: A New Mass Line Campaign in China?  In 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping, also the chairman of the Communist Party of China (CPC) National Security Committee, put forth the "overall national security outlook," which covers 11 fields including politics, cyberspace, culture, information, etc. Under the outlook, China issued the Counter-Espionage Law in November 2014, the National Security Law in July 2015, and the Counterterrorism Law in December 2015, and designated April 15 as "National Security Education Day."

For this year's National Security Education Day, anti-espionage was the top priority. However, education alone seems not enough; a new mass line campaign on anti-espionage appears to be the ultimate goal. The anti-espionage campaign so far could be divided into three main tactics - mass propaganda, comprehensive education, and, the most powerful one, mass mobilization.

Propaganda has always been one of the CPC's most traditional and skillful tactics in launching any campaign.

As the National Security Education Day approached, a large amount of reports related to anti-espionage were published: Various regions, such as Wuhan, Hainan, and Hunan, exposed cases of anti-espionage with details; numerous articles alarmed people about "spies nearby" and "moles hidden in the darkness."  [Read More:  Wu/thediplomat/17April2017]

How a Spy Betrayed the KGB and Was Double-Crossed By an RCMP Cop.  It's a story that would make James Bond blush.

A Russian-born spy raised in Brooklyn comes to Canada in the early days of the Cold War, but falls in love and decides to become a double agent for Ottawa. However, he's doubled-crossed by a cash-strapped RCMP officer who sells him out to the Soviets.

That's the story of Yevgeni Brik, told in the new book, Shattered Illusions: KGB Cold War Espionage in Canada. It's written by Donald Mahar, a retired Canadian intelligence officer who knew Brik personally.

Brik was born in Novorossiysk, Russia on the Black Sea. His parents were both Communist Party members. When Brik was a young boy, the family moved to New York City when his father got transferred to work for AmTorg, the Soviet Union's first trading company in the US.  [Read More:  Tremonti/cbc/17April2017]

This Luxury Hotel in London Was Once a Secret Spy Base. In 1938 and throughout the Second World War, guests at a luxurious hotel in London unknowingly slept beneath a floor full of explosives. St. Ermin's Hotel was, at this time, the home base for secret British spies and the wartime intelligence community - yet guests staying there had no idea.

St. Ermin's was constructed as private mansions on the site of a 15th-century chapel in 1889. A decade later, the mansions were connected and the building transformed into the hotel it is today - a hotel that happened to have a very strategic position: centered among all the wartime intelligence offices and close to the Houses of Parliament. In the ramp up to World War II, the British government knew it needed a place to call home for wartime operations. The hotel soon became the place to meet and discuss intelligence information. Spies and officers would come here to exchange information, train new agents, and even conduct job interviews in the various rooms upstairs.

In 1938, the British Secret Intelligence Service Section D moved in, taking up the top floors of the hotel. This department was comprised of demolition agents who would eat and drink in the bar, then head upstairs to plot against Germany. And they kept their namesakes close at hand: a stockpile of explosives stashed right in the hotel, above the very rooms in which sleepy guests retired for the night.

"Even those who work in the closed world of secrets must have a base of operations, and what better place to hide in plain sight than the iconic and elegant St. Ermin's Hotel," espionage writer and editor Mark Birdsall wrote in the foreword to House of Spies, a book by Peter Matthews about the espionage connection to the hotel. "I hesitate to guess the number of people connected to intelligence and covert activities that have passed through the foyer of the hotel through the years, or walked its secret corridors on to the streets of London."  [Read More:  Billock/smithsonianmag/18April2017]

Hunting the KGB Killers - Gripping Documentary More Outrageous Than a Spy Movie.  Given current events, any insight into the way in which Russia operates on the world stage is worth paying attention to, so the timing of Hunting the KGB Killers (Channel 4) feels apt. This is a rigorous and gripping documentary that tells the story of what happened to former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, poisoned with one million times the lethal dose of polonium in London in 2006. It is all but certain that the highest levels of Russian government were involved, according to the British courts, which makes this film as alarming as it is fascinating.

Many of those involved talk on screen here for the first time. We hear from Litvinenko's widow, Marina, who speaks with a quiet sense of loss and a furiously dignified sense of justice, as well as his son, Anatoly. The then foreign secretary Margaret Beckett offers her perspective on what it has done for Anglo-Russian relations. The detectives who worked on the case assess its impossibilities with professionalism and an occasional flash of grim humour.

Hunting the KGB Killers operates within the vogue-ish documentary parameters of bombastic strings and blurry reenactments, which belong to school educational films and low-budget Channel 5 programmes about decadent pop stars. Nevertheless, the extraordinary, troubling story whizzes by - leaving one with the feeling that, by condensing such a vast story down to a robust 90 minutes, there's plenty that must have been left out.

It starts from the moment Scotland Yard detectives are sent to a hospital to speak to a gravely ill man named "Edwin Carter". At first, they admit they have trouble believing that he is a former KGB agent likely to have been poisoned, but at this point Litvinenko is still able to talk, and he does, extensively. We see flashback footage of the press conference he called in Moscow in 1998, to expose state corruption. Most shockingly, there is footage of him accusing Putin of ordering the assassination of journalist Anna Politkovskaya; at the time of making the charge, according to the voiceover, the polonium was already in his system. It's chilling.  [Read More:  Nicholson/theguardian/18April2017]



Section III - COMMENTARY

The Spy Who Can Change Disguises in a Public Bathroom.  If you want to be a spy, then you're not the right person to be a spy. Those are the kinds of people who want to play James Bond. And they're dangerous.

The way to describe my job is "case officer." It's not the analyst, it's not the bureaucrat, it's the guy who's actually out there using tradecraft, working clandestinely, recruiting and then running spies.

I came from an academic background. I left the United States when I was 16 years old and I lived in the French-speaking world. I did my PhD in Geneva, and I expected to continue with an academic career. I was a bit disappointed. Academic politics are the absolute worst.

When I was waiting to defend my thesis, I worked at the United Nations. They offered me a fantastic job. I said, "If I take this job, I'm gonna be a bureaucrat. I'm going to pass my life here in Geneva, make a lot of money, live a very comfortable life, and I'm gonna look back at my life and say, ‘What did I do? I didn't do anything."  [Read More:  Bowe/nymag/18April2017]

North Korea's Spy Agencies Should Not Be Underestimated.  North Korea maintains an extensive intelligence collection and security apparatus - as might be expected of a totalitarian regime such as the so-called Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Pyongyang maintains two main agencies - one focused on external intelligence collection and clandestine operations and another focused on counterintelligence. There are also two smaller organizations dedicated solely to infiltrating South Korea. "North Korean intelligence and security services collect political, military, economic, and technical information through open-source, human intelligence, cyber, and signals intelligence capabilities," reads a Pentagon report to Congress about Pyongyang's expected capabilities in 2015. "North Korea's primary intelligence collection targets remain South Korea, the United States, and Japan."

North Korea's primary external intelligence agency is the Reconnaissance General Bureau - which seems to be modeled on the Soviet/Russian GRU military intelligence agency. "The Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB) is North Korea's primary foreign intelligence service, responsible for collection and clandestine operations," the Pentagon report reads. "The RGB is comprised of six bureaus with compartmented functions including operations, reconnaissance, technology and cyber, overseas intelligence, interKorean talks, and service support."

North Korea's internal security agency - though it might have some foreign intelligence functions too - is the Ministry of State Security. Not coincidentally, it shares the same name as the Soviet Union's Stalinist-era Ministry of State Security - Ministerstvo Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti in Russian - the MGB. Indeed, the North Korean agency was modeled on the Soviet-era organization.  [Read More:  Majumdar/nationalinterest/23April2017]

Is There a Russian Mole Inside the NSA? The CIA? Both?  A message from Vladimir Putin can take many forms.

It can be as heavy-handed as a pair of Russian bombers buzzing the Alaska coast, or as lethal as the public assassination of a defector on the streets of Kiev. Now Putin may be sending a message to the American government through a more subtle channel: an escalating series of US intelligence leaks that last week exposed a National Security Agency operation in the Middle East and the identity of an agency official who participated.

The leaks by self-described hackers calling themselves "the Shadow Brokers" began in the final months of the Obama administration and increased in frequency and impact after the US bombing of a Syrian airfield this month - a move that angered Russia. The group has not been tied to the Kremlin with anything close to the forensic certitude of last year's election-related hacks, but security experts say the Shadow Brokers' attacks fit the pattern established by Russia's GRU during its election hacking. In that operation, according to US intelligence findings, Russia created fictitious Internet personas to launder some of their stolen emails, including the fake whistleblowing site called DCLeaks and a notional Romanian hacker named "Guccifer 2.0."

"I think there's something going on between the US and Russia that we're just seeing pieces of," said security technologist Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer at IBM Resilient. "What happens when the deep states go to war with each other and don't tell the rest of us?"  [Read More:  Poulsen/thedailybeast/20April2017]

Intelligence and the Presidency.  US presidents and other senior policymakers often come into office knowing little about the 17 federal agencies and offices that make up the US intelligence community, but in short order, they come to rely heavily on its unique technologies, tradecraft, and expert analysis. The intelligence community's mission is to provide national leaders with the best and most timely information available on global affairs and national security issues - information that, in turn, can help those leaders achieve their foreign policy objectives.

The president is the country's top intelligence consumer and the only person who can authorize a covert action, and the services he receives from the intelligence community can be invaluable - providing early warning of brewing trouble, identifying and disrupting threats before they materialize, gaining insight into foreign leaders, and discreetly affecting developments abroad. For the relationship between intelligence producers and consumers to work effectively, however, each needs to understand and trust the other.

The most common misperception about the intelligence community is that it makes policy. It doesn't. As Allen Dulles, the director of central intelligence from 1953 to 1961, once said, "Intelligence is the servant, not the master, of foreign policy." A new administration considers and articulates what it stands for and what it hopes to achieve; it develops policies and informational priorities, and then it deploys the resources of the intelligence community based on those priorities.

The intelligence community, in other words, cannot operate in a vacuum.  [Read More:  Miscik/foreignaffairs/May/June Issue]



Section IV - Courses, Obituaries

Courses

Two Intelligence Courses Available for Individual Enrollment at The Intelligence Academy

We have two individual enrollment courses schedule this Fall and offer a 10% AFIO member discount for enrollment in any course and the discount is included as an option in the registration process, so be certain to use it.

The courses are:
12-13 September 2017, Intelligence Budget Process
24-25 October 2017, Analyst Training: Writing, Analysis & Preparing Briefings

This is the link for both for further information, registration, etc.

Obituaries

Edward William Proctor, PhD, 95, former DDI/CIA and DD/IC Staff, died 5 September 2016, in Yardley, PA. During his 27-year career in CIA, he was Deputy Director for Intelligence under Directors Richard Helms, James Schlesinger, William Colby and George H. W. Bush, and, Deputy Director of the Intelligence Community Staff under Director Stansfield Turner. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1942 with highest honors in economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In the U.S. Army, he served in the Ordnance Overseas Maintenance and Modification Detachment and was awarded the Army Commendation Ribbon. In 1945, he returned to Brown University as an instructor in the Economics Department. He was appointed a teaching fellow at Harvard University in 1947, and served as an assistant professor of economics at the Pennsylvania State University from 1950 to 1953. He holds a PhD from Harvard, in addition to AB and AM degrees from Brown. In 1953, Dr. Proctor joined the CIA as an analyst specializing in Soviet economic and military developments, including aircraft and guided missile programs, Soviet military expenditures and arms control. In 1971 he was appointed Deputy Director for Intelligence responsible for the analysis of the entire range of foreign developments and for the overt collection and processing of foreign intelligence, including the National Photographic Interpretation Center and the Foreign Broadcast Information Service. In 1976, he took a three-year tour of duty as Chief of Station in the American Embassy in London, England. Over the course of his career, Dr. Proctor was awarded the CIA Intelligence Medal of Merit (1962), the CIA Distinguished Service Intelligence Medal (1976), and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal (1980).
In November 1991, he was recalled to the CIA to head a special task force to determine the actions to be taken and mechanisms to be established to minimize concerns about the politicization of intelligence. The Director of Central Intelligence endorsed the task force report, approving all eleven of its recommendations. In late 1992, he was again recalled to assist with the evaluation of training activities throughout the U.S. intelligence community. [Read more: Legacy/WPost/28Oct2016]

Phillip Max Coffey, 90, Career NSA Recruiter and ONI Special Agent, died 11 April 2017 in Shepherdstown, WV. Phil grew up in Washington DC, enlisted in the Navy and served in the South Pacific Theater until the end of WWII. He attended Butler University and graduated from American University on the GI Bill. He was recalled to the Navy during the Korean Conflict and became a Special Agent for the Office of Naval Intelligence, retiring after his long career with NSA where he was Personnel Staff Officer/Recruiter. Phil was a member of the Phoenix Society. [Read more: Spirit of Jefferson WV/Obituaries/19April2017]

Walter Minor "Scott" Berwick, 76, a retired CIA SIS Operations Officer, died 15 April 2017 in Miami, FL from complications of liver disease. In 1967 Scott was assigned as a Foreign Service Officer at CIA and became legendary in the annals of the CIA's classified history. He was personally involved in challenging and thwarting the spread of Soviet and Cuban influence in the Caribbean, South and Central America as well as the Far East during the Cold War. Scott attained the rank of SIS-2 (the military equivalent of an Army Major General Officer) before he retired in 1990. He received the CIA Career Intelligence Medal among many other achievement awards.
In 1990, Scott started his own business, BPA Berwick, and specialized in hostage negotiations worldwide. One of Scott's cases on which he worked later became the basis for the movie Proof of Life with Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe. After 9/11, Scott was again sought for service by his country, becoming personally involved in tracking and eliminating Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Africa, the UAE, Latin America and the Philippine Islands. He also worked at Guantanamo Bay for several months following 9/11. In addition, he was part of a group of career CIA professionals training young officers in Washington, DC/Virginia.  [Read More:  Miami Herald/legacy/22April2017]

Michael Charles Davis, 78, a retired CIA Photo Interpreter Who Played Role in Cuban Missile Crisis, died in Virginia 11 April 2017. Mike enlisted in the US Air Force and became an imagery analyst stationed at SAC Offut Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. Unknown publicly for three decades, Mike was one of the imagery analysts who discovered the Cuban Missiles that launched the Cuban Missile Crisis under President John F. Kennedy. Because of his work, Mike was recruited by CIA and worked at the National Photographic Interpretation Center for 35 years.  [Read More:  Washington Post/legacy/16April2017]

William V. Kelly, 93, a former OSS and CIA Officer died 3 April 2017 in Austin, TX. William was a veteran of WW II, serving his country in North Africa with the OSS. He attended Ohio State University and had a 35-year career with CIA. He and Sally raised their family in Peru, Germany, Philippines, Greece, Taiwan, Virginia, and Washington, DC. [Read More:  Austin American-Statesman/legacy/9April2017]

Russell Flynn Miller, 94, former FEMA Inspector General and CIA DO Officer, died 24 August 2016 in Gainesville, FL. Mr. Miller was a senior officer in the Operations Directorate of CIA for nearly 30 years until he retired in 1979. During his career, he was assigned abroad on tours of duty in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Europe where he was Chief of Station, Copenhagen. He received the Intelligence Medal of Merit on two occasions and various other commendations for performance of duty during his CIA career.  [Read More:  Washington Post/legacy/10April2017]


Section V - Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

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.

4 May 2017, 6 pm - Atlanta, GA - The AFIO Atlanta Chapter holds "First Thursday Social: Cocktails and Cigars at the Club at Chops."

Please join us as we convene for cocktails and cigars at the Club at Chops (70 West Paces Ferry Road, NW, in Buckhead next to the St. Regis Hotel).
Cost: Free for members and special guests, but we respectfully request that attendees purchase food, a drink, or a cigar from the hosting establishment, and tip generously (15% - 20%).

If you can attend, RSVP to AFIO Atlanta Membership Chair Dr. Patrick Barton at av8rp@comcast.net. (You can read about the Club at Chops here).

Saturday, 6 May 2017, 11 am - 3 pm - Orange Park, FL - The North Florida AFIO Chapter hosts former CIA Officer Dr. Edward Mickolus on "Coercive Intelligence, including EIT."

On May 6 our presenter will be one of our own. Compatriot Edward F. Mickolus, PhD who will be speaking on "Coercive Intelligence, including EIT (Enhanced Interrogation Techniques)."
Mickolus received his A.B. at Georgetown University, and Ph.D. at Yale. He served 33 years at the CIA in analysis, operations, management, recruiting and public affairs. His 31 books include a series of multi-volume chronologies and biographies on international terrorism; including many articles and reviews in journals and newspapers. He served as editor of CIA's internal publication, "What's New at CIA" from 1994-2005. For the last seven years, he has been a senior instructor for SAIC and its spinoff Leidos. Inc. He currently serves teaches at the University of North Florida.
AGENDA: 11-noon Social Hour; noon-12:05 Call to Order, Pledge, Invocation; 12:05-12:15 Intro of guests & new members; 12:15-1 Lunch; 1:00-1:15 break; 1:15-2 presentation by Dr. Edward F. Mickolus, CIA (Ret.); 2-3 Chapter business.
RSVP to Ken Meyer kemeyer123@att.net or call at 904-777-2050. Cost: $24 per person; pay Club at the luncheon. Family and guests, especially potential members, are all cordially invited.

11 May 2017, 6:30 pm - Atlanta, GA - The AFIO Atlanta Chapter hosts Dr. Harvey Klehr - on "From Russia with Love - Soviet Agent Turned Bond Consultant: The Career of Joseph Katz."

Join us as AFIO Atlanta member Dr. Harvey Klehr -- one of the country's foremost historians on Soviet espionage against the United States in the 20th century -- presents on his recent article in Commentary magazine (available here). Moderated by Dr. Eddie Mienie, Executive Director for Strategic Studies and Partnerships at the University of North Georgia, The Military College of Georgia.
Program begins at 6:30 pm at Emory University School of Law, Gambrell Hall, First Floor, Classroom 1B (1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia).

Cost: Free for members and special guests. RSVP: AFIO Atlanta President Brian Hooper at bhooper@wcsr.com or 404.879.2440.

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 and join AFIO as we welcome and thank Marina, the granddaughter of Gen Polyakov present with us at this special event. Dillon's book 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 - The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Alexander Penalta, J.D. on "Civilian Drone Operations: The Threat Over the Horizon."

The guest speaker at this Florida Satellite Chapter meeting will be Alexander Penalta, Esquire (Juris Doctor), on "Civilian Drone Operations: The Threat Over the Horizon in the Age of Counterterrorism."
Attorney Penalta is an American Business Litigation and Aviation Lawyer, fluent in English and Spanish, licensed to practice in Florida and Washington, DC, with offices throughout North and South Florida. He currently serves as Chief Counsel at the The Penalta Law Firm (www.penaltalaw.com) and is a partner member of FBI Infragard.
Penalta's presentation will be followed by Q&A by Dr. Joseph Finley Ph.D., a former FBI Special Agent, on "ISIS Terror Tactics."
Location: The Tides, 1001 N. Hwy A1A, Bldg #967, Patrick AFB, FL 32925
Times: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Social Hour, greet old, new members and guests (limited cash bar – honor system); 12:15 PM: Sit-Down lunch To Attend: Prepaid reservations are required which must be received by 5 May 2017. To reserve, send check ($25 member; $28 guests) and meal choice (Marinated Beef Flank Steak (B); Twin Seared Chicken Breast w/Artichoke and Caper Sauce (C) Vegetarian/vegan available) by first contacting FSC Chapter President at afiofsc@afio.com.

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:30 AM - Colorado Springs, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Dr. William E. Berry, discussing "North Korea's Nuclear Weapons and Missile Program."

Dr. William E. Berry, Jr. is currently an independent consultant specializing in East Asian security issues after retiring from the Air Force as a colonel in 1997. During his military career, he served in Vietnam, the Philippines, Korea, and Malaysia where he was the air attaché from 1990-1993. He also taught at the Air Force Academy, the National War College, and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and was the senior military professor and chair of the Academy's Department of Political Science toward the end of his career. Dr. Berry completed his most recent book entitled Global Security Watch-Korea, published by Praeger/Greenwood Press in March 2008.
The presentation will begin with a review of how the Kim dynasty in North Korea has endured from 1948 to the present, passing from father (Kim Il Sung 1948-1994) to son (Kim Jong Il (1994-2011) to grandson (Kim Jong Un 2011-present) despite widespread famine, malnutrition, and other inhumane sufferings of the North Korean people. It will then proceed to detail the North Korean nuclear weapons programs and the development of missile delivery systems.
The nuclear program started in the 1980s with a graphite reactor provided by the Soviets with a demand that NK join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). In the early 2000s the US accused NK of developing a covert highly enriched uranium program. NK withdrew from the NPT and probably produced about 50 warheads. Some 5 underground tests were conducted with increasing yields. Three tests occurred under the regime of the current Kim Jong Un.
A missile delivery system has also been developed, resulting in more than 20 intermediate range missile tests in 2016. There are plans for Intercontinental ballistic missiles. There are still technological issues with miniaturization and hardening, fitting warhead to missile and surviving reentry into the atmosphere, guidance systems etc. But the regime is extremely serious in further development.
The presentation will conclude with an examination of possible rationales for the decision of the Kims to expend scarce economic resources to develop nuclear weapons and delivery systems.
For details, please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at robsmom@pcisys.net.

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, 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.

16 May 2017, 11:30 am - 2 pm - McLean, VA - Defense Intelligence Forum hears from former FBI Special Agent Gary Harter on "The Insider Threat and Cyber Security."

The Defense Intelligence Forum (DIA Alumni Association) hears from former FBI Special Agent Gary Harter on "The Insider Threat and Cyber Security." Mr. Harter served 30 years with FBI. Most of this time was spenton various cases of insider threats. Attribution for this presentation will be provided at the beginning of the presentation to ensure a complete understanding of how the presented information should be handled

Event location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA.
Registration starts at 1130 AM, lunch at noon.
Make reservations by 16 May 2017 by email to diforum@diaalumni.org. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses for self and guests. Choose Chicken Parmesan, Trout Lemone , Grilled Sausage with Sweet Peppers, Lasagna, Manicotti with Spinach and Ricotta, Cannelloni alla Bolognese, or Fettuccini with Portobello. Provide your luncheon selection with your reservation to reduce the wait time for your food. Pay online with a credit card or at the door with a check for $30 per person, payable to DIAA, Inc. Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged.

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: Advanced 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.

20 June 2017, 10 am to 1 pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - NCMF 2017 Summer Cryptologic Program features David Priess on The President's Daily Brief. Special NSA/NCMF WWI Panel Discussions on "Decoding The Great War" and Presentations of the new WWI Exhibit takes place.

Program features Mr. David Priess, former CIA Intelligence Officer and author of the bestseller The President's Book of Secrets. This National Cryptologic Museum Foundation event can be signed up for here
Where: CACI, Inc. located at 2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701, Tel 301-575-3200. Directions and Map here. Click "directions" to get driving guidance.
RSVP NOW: register online here or mail registration fee of $20 (members) or $50 (guests, includes one-year membership) to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998. Please register prior to 23 March to ensure space available.

Also on 20 June, following the Priess presentation above, NSA's Center for Cryptologic History joins the Museum to host a WWI Panel Discussion: Decoding The Great War and Presentation of the new World War One Exhibit at the National Cryptologic Museum.

Presentations and speakers are:
Presentation 1: 1305 - World War I as an Intelligence Revolution, Michael Warner, Command Historian, U.S. Cyber Command.
Presentation 2: 1325 - An Ear to the Air and an Ear to the Ground: Radio Intelligence in the American Expeditionary Forces, 1917-1918, Betsy Rohaly Smoot, Historian, Center for Cryptologic History, NSA.
Presentation 3: 1345 - Native American Code Talkers: the Secret Weapon of World War I, Dr. Steve Huffman, Retired Research Analyst, NSA. Q&A: 1345 - 1400 1405 - 1430: Presentation of World War 1 Display - Betsy Rohaly Smoot. For details on each of the presentations and speakers, or to register for one or both of these NSA/NCMF Events, use this link.

18 October 2017, 9 am - 3 pm - Laurel, MD - NCMF General Meeting & Symposium: "How Cyber has Changed the World Around Us."

SAVE THE DATE. Information coming in July. Details will be at www.cryptologicfoundation.org.
Event location: The Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory.

19 - 20 October 2017 - Laurel, MD - 16th NSA/CSS Center for Cryptologic History Symposium: "Milestones, Memories, and Momentum."

SAVE THE DATE. Information forthcoming. This symposium will be followed on 21 October 2017 with tours and workshops at the National Cryptologic Museum.
Location: Kossiakoff Conference Center, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland.
For more about the program, visit www.nsa.gov

PAPERS for this event: The theme for the 2017 Symposium will be "Milestones, Memories, and Momentum." There are many milestones to mark in 2017: the 160th anniversary of the first attempt to span the Atlantic with a telegraph cable, 100 years since both the entry of the United States into World War I and the Russian October Revolution, and 75 years after the World War II battles of Coral Sea and Midway. The Symposium will take place just a few months before the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, and during the 25th year after the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Papers looking at these milestone events in cryptology and considering how we remember their significance are particularly encouraged, as are those examining how cryptologic advances from these times provided momentum to create the systems of today and the future. Your proposal package should include an abstract of no more than ONE page, a complete CV, a short biographical sketch (not to exceed 150 words) to be used in the program, the amount of time you require for your paper, and full contact details. Panel proposals should include the above for each presenter and a short explanation of the panel's theme. Please submit your proposal by noon on Monday, February 6, 2017, to Program Chair Betsy Rohaly Smoot at history@nsa.gov or to her care at The Center for Cryptologic History, Suite 6886, 9800 Savage Road, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755. Please note that correspondence that does not include the suite number may not be delivered in a timely manner. Proposals received after noon on February 6 will be considered on a space-available basis. The program committee will notify you about the final status of your proposal by June 9, 2017, but may engage you in discussions before that date. See details here.


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