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"Codebreaking and the Battle of Midway" with
Author/Historian Elliot Carlson
More info and late-hour registration details here.
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.
RSVP: Advanced registration required since this popular NCM
Schorreck Lecture Series always has a full house. To not lose a
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Books of the Week
Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State
Soufan, a Lebanon-born former FBI special agent who specialized in anti-terrorismt, races the hydra-headed reach of al-Qaida and how its leadership morphed into the Islamic Caliphate of Iraq and elsewhere.
He takes a deep look at the inner workings, ideology, internal politics, and strategies of modern Islamic terrorism. Based on unclassified sources as well as on detailed knowledge from Soufan's time in the FBI, the book follows the evolution of Islamic terrorism in the post–bin Laden era. One of the major points of focus here is the divisions among different terrorist leaders regarding strategy. A primary example concerns those who see the goal of terror as the defeat of the U.S. as compared with those who see their primary purpose as defeating local leaders. Soufan describes how Osama bin Laden's death combined with the rise of the Islamic State to deal a double blow to al-Qaeda. He concludes, however, that the eclipse of al-Qaeda by the Islamic State is only temporary. This is the war on terror as seen from the other side; Soufan covers the backgrounds, families, and personal connections of the top terrorist leaders, and how those relationships influence decisions on strategy and organization. Soufan reveals himself to be a true expert on the subject and this is an important read for understanding these groups' goals and operations. -- Publishers Weekly
The book may be ordered here.
The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight
From September 11, 2001 to May 2, 2011, Osama Bin Laden evaded intelligence services and special forces units, drones and hunter killer squads. The Exile tells the extraordinary inside story of that decade through the eyes of those who witnessed it: bin Laden's four wives and many children, his deputies and military strategists, his spiritual advisor, the CIA, Pakistan's ISI, and many others who have never before told their stories. Investigative journalists Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy gained unique access to Osama bin Laden's inner circle, and they recount the flight of Al Qaeda's forces and bin Laden's innocent family members, the gradual formation of ISIS by bin Laden's lieutenants, and bin Laden's rising paranoia and eroding control over his organization. They also reveal that the Bush White House knew the whereabouts of bin Laden's family and Al Qaeda's military and religious leaders, but rejected opportunities to capture them, pursuing war in the Persian Gulf instead, and offer insights into how Al Qaeda will attempt to regenerate itself in the coming years. While we think we know what happened in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011, we know little about the wilderness years that led to that shocking event. As authoritative in its scope and detail as it is propuslively readable, The Exile is a landmark work of investigation and reporting. -- Publisher's Weekly
...offer a treasure trove of research about the al-Qaida network, from before 9/11 to the ramifications following Osama bin Laden's takedown. -- Kirkus
The book may be preordered here.
HOLD THE DATE: 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.
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTSKilling CIA Informants, China Crippled US Spying Operations. The Chinese government systematically dismantled CIA spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.
Section III - COMMENTARYIran Espionage Capabilities Have a Powerful Bite. Does Iran's espionage threat have teeth or are they a toothless entity?
Section IV - Research Requests, Obituaries
Former WSJ Reporter Researching Earl S. Browning Jr., an Army Counter-Intelligence officer in Germany after WWII, the CIC, the Gestapo, and Klaus Barbie. I am a retired Wall Street Journal reporter doing research about my father, Earl S. Browning Jr., an Army Counter-Intelligence officer in Germany after World War II who attempted, unsuccessfully, to stop the Counter-Intelligence Corps from working with former Lyon Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie. I would be eager to speak with anyone with knowledge of the Barbie case and/or of my father. I also am seeking memoirs, private histories, documents or other information on this subject. Most people involved in the Barbie case have died, but I am hoping that some may have left written material or spoken about their experiences, and that this information could be passed on, recounted or described to me. I can be reached at: Name: E.S. (Jim) Browning email: email@example.com cellphone: 201-887-1919 address: 26891 Wedgewood Drive, apt 201, Bonita Springs, FL 34134. If I don't answer the cell phone please leave a message!
Louis J. Bonanni, 86, former Deputy Director for Administration and Chief of Staff, NSA, died 21 May 2017 of a myocardial infarction while also being treated for cancer. Born in Pennsylvania, his early years were marked by the Depression, poverty and the accidents and illnesses that accompanied his father's and his own work in the coal mines. Determined to get an education and make a better life for himself, he graduated from Wilkes College with a degree in Political Science. Over later earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from American University, attended the Federal Executive Institute, and was graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He joined NSA in 1952 at Arlington Hall and served in a variety of operational and programming positions before moving into higher levels of management and leadership. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, he lead the Installations and Logistics organization, followed by eight years as the Deputy Director for Administration responsible for the direction and control of Agency human resource, security, medical, and travel activities of all civilian and military personnel, as well as developing the policies, plans, programs and budgets. He retired as the Chief of Staff in 1989, the second-highest civilian position at that time. He provided advice and counsel to the Director and Deputy Director on a myriad of issues, and resolved conflicts that crossed traditional organizational boundaries. He was the recipient of two Presidential Rank Awards, one Meritorious and one Distinguished. Lou was fond of saying that "if you want to help the Agency's mission, you need to do it through its people." After retiring from NSA, he puttered in his garden, drove his wife, Theresa, to antique stores, and encouraged and guided his children Louis and Deborah. [Deborah Bonanni is a new member of AFIO's Board of Directors.] Lou's dream was to become a lawyer and run for public office. He wanted to improve the life of the coal miners he had worked side by side with as a young man. While finances precluded his own attendance at law school, he made sure Louis and Deborah faced no such obstacles in becoming lawyers. He leaves his wife of 65 years, Theresa, and his son and daughter. On Thursday, 25 May 2017 there will be a visitation from 10:30-11:30 followed immediately by a funeral mass at 11:30 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville, MD 20853. Burial will be private.
Howard P. Hart, a daring CIA
operative who ran the agency's clandestine program arming Afghan fighters
against Soviet forces in the early 1980s, died April 30 at his home in Dyke,
Va., a community north of Charlottesville. He was 76.
The cause was liver cancer, said his wife, Jean Hart.
Mr. Hart's career placed him at the center of some of the most dramatic and dangerous events of his era in espionage. He was injured in Iran during the Islamic overthrow of the government and took part in the doomed US commando mission to rescue American hostages. Later, he led the CIA's foray into the Reagan-era war on drugs with a pioneering agency branch that teamed analysts with overseas operatives.
He was best known for his role in overseeing secret arms shipments to Afghan militants through a covert CIA program aimed at ousting Soviet forces that occupied the country to prop up its Marxist government. The shipments, routed through Pakistan, escalated through the 1980s, ultimately forcing the wounded superpower to abandon Afghanistan. [Read More: Miller/washingtonpost/18May2017]
Section V - Events
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
21 June 2017 (Wednesday), 11:30am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco Chapter hosts CMDR Waldron.
TOPIC: Cmdr. Matthew J. Waldron, a dual career path afloat operations and intelligence officer, will discuss how the Coast Guard Intelligence program coordinates with the national law enforcement and intelligence communities to support and drive Coast Guard operations in the counter drug and homeland security missions.
WHERE: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080. 11:30AM no host cocktail; meeting and luncheon at noon.
RSVP: At this link. Reservation and pre-payment is required before 13 June 2017. The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins. Contact: Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mariko Kawaguchi, c/o AFIO, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011.
Monday, 11 September 2017 - New York, NY - The NY Metro Chapter Meeting features Carol Rollie Flynn, former CIA Officer, with tentative topic "Intelligence and National Security."
A 30-year veteran
of CIA, Carol Rollie Flynn held senior executive
positions including Director of the CIA's Leadership Academy, Associate
Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Director
of the Office of Foreign Intelligence Relationships, Executive Director of
the CIA Counterterrorism Center (CTC), and Chief of Station in major posts
in Southeast Asia and Latin America. She has extensive experience in
overseas intelligence operations, security, and counterintelligence as
well as expertise in designing and delivering advanced education and
training to adult learners. Ms. Flynn is also an adjunct Professor at
Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy and Edmund A.
Walsh School of Foreign Service/Security Studies Program and a visiting
faculty member at Wellesley College's Madeleine Albright Institute and the
Fordham University Graduate School of Business. She serves as Adjunct
Staff at Rand Corporation and is a senior affiliate at the Center for
Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). A member of the Council on
Foreign Relations and the International Coach Federation, Ms. Flynn has a
Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College, a Masters of Science in
Cyber Security from University of Maryland, University College, and has
completed executive leadership programs at Duke University and the Kellogg
School of Management at Northwestern University. She is an Associate
Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.
Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10065. RSVP Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at email@example.com or call 646-717-3776.
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com and provide the number of seats you will need. They will confirm your
reservations and answer any questions.
Event location: National Cryptologic Museum: 9900 Colony Seven Rd, Fort Meade, MD. Directions here.
4 - 7 June 2017 - San Antonio, TX - USGIF GEOINT 2017 Symposium theme is: "Advancing Capabilities to Meet Emerging Threats"
The always impressive US Geospatial-Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is
offering more than 25 training and professional development sessions at
their GEOINT 2017 Symposium on "Advancing Capabilities
to Meet Emerging Threats" being held in beautiful San Antonio, TX. Monday,
June 5 through Wednesday, June 7 are a variety of training sessions
running two hours each. Attendees receive 0.2 Continuing Education Units
per qualified session. Expand your knowledge on a familiar topic or learn
a new one in one of the hottest, most promising and useful fields in the
Intelligence Community. Sessions include: Hacking for Defense: Solving
National Security Problems; 3D Terrain Modeling; Analytics for Small Sat
Systems; Recent Advances in Deep Learning Cognitive Social Media Analytics
Framework; Open Geospatial Machine Learning; Cyber Attack and Defense
Wargame with IT, Industrial, and GEOINT Context; And much more.
Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX.
RSVP ASAP: Agenda and other information here.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017, noon - Washington, DC - Allies vs. Axis: Roosevelt, Churchill, Hitler, and Atomic Espionage with Ray Batvinis - at the International Spy Museum
Join former FBI special agent Raymond J. Batvinis, author of Hoover's Secret War Against Axis Spies, as he tells a remarkable story of counterintelligence, German atomic espionage efforts, FBI-British wartime relations, and radio deception conducted during the most critical part of the Second World War. Hoover's Secret War Against Axis Spies will be available for sale and signing at the event. Event is free. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
Friday, 16 June 2017, 5:30 to 7:30pm - Washington, DC - Spy Fiction Writer's Workshop with Melissa Mahle - at the International Spy Museum
The shadow world of spying has captured the imagination of authors for centuries. Join this unique writing workshop for young spies led by Melissa Mahle, former CIA intelligence officer and author of Anatolia Steppe: Lost in Petra and Camp Secret. Learn from her hands-on work in disguise, surveillance, and spy gadgetry and be the one to develop a plot and storyline that grips readers' attention and quickens their pulses. Ages: 9-14. Tickets for the general public: $30, tickets for Spy Museum Inner Circle Members: $25. Dinner included. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
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 Dr.
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. Click image at left for larger version of announcement.
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, US 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.
20 June 2017, 1130 am - 2 pm - McLean, VA - the Defense Intelligence Forum (DIF/DIAA) hosts John L. Moore on "The Middle East."
Mr. John L. Moore will speak on "The Middle East." From 1968 thru 2000, John Moore was an analyst, senior analyst, manager and senior executive on the Middle East for DIA. From 1984 thru 1992, he was the chief of the Middle East and Africa Division and from 1992 thru December 2000 when he retired, John served as the Defense Intelligence Officer for the Middle East, South Asia and Terrorism. Mr. Moore worked as a Middle East consultant from 2000 thru 2002 where he appeared as the first non-lawyer to brief the international Court of Justice (World Court). From 2003 thru 2012, John was a consultant on the Middle East for DIA; the last five years he served as the Senior Mentor in the Middle East office. John was twice awarded the National Distinguished Service Medal (1991 and 2000) and was twice awarded the DIA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal (1984 and 1997). John was a 1965 graduate of LaSalle University and a 1978 graduate of the US Army Was College. 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.
To attend: Make reservations by 20 June 2017 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among chicken parmesan, trout lemone, lasagna, grilled sausage with sweet peppers, fettuccini with portabella, manicotti with spinach and ricotta, or cannelloni alla Bolognese for your luncheon selection. Please provide your luncheon selection with your reservation to reduce the wait time for your food. Pay at the door with a check for $ 30 per person, payable to DIAA, Inc. Check is preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged.
Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Espionage Act of 1917 at 100 - at the International Spy Museum
Come hear a panel of distinguished experts including Johns Hopkins University senior lecturer, Dr. Mark Stout, and national security lawyer, Mark S. Zaid, discuss the past, present and future use of the Espionage Act, including such topics as whether journalists should have reason to fear being prosecuted for disclosing classified information, and what protections whistleblowers might or should have in the 21st century. Tickets for the general public: $12, tickets for Spy Museum Inner Circle Members: $10. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
Monday, 26 June 2017, noon-1:30pm - Washington, DC - A Conversation on North Korea with Michael Morell and Ambassador DeTrani - at the International Spy Museum
Attend a luncheon and receive an insider's perspective on North Korea with former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell and Ambassador Joseph DeTrani. Few places on earth remain as mysterious and forbidding as North Korea. With the escalation of events in the North Korean relations, hear from two experts who have played integral roles in our nation's security and can provide current insight on the secretive nation. RSVP by June 19. Tickets: $129+. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
27-28 June 2017 - Los Angeles, CA - USC Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Event (CREATE-TSA) Symposium on "Innovations in Transportation Security."
The USC Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events
(CREATE) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will come
together for a two-day symposium to examine Innovations in Transportation
Security. The agenda for the CREATE-TSA Symposium at the University of
Southern California (USC) is available here. The invite-only event will
discuss numerous relevant topics including Public Response to Crisis,
Deterrence: Demotivating Terrorism, Cyber Security Threats to
Transportation and Recent Airport Attacks: Lessons Learned. There will
also be several keynote speakers and a panel discussion with former TSA
Administrators Admiral James Loy, John W. Magaw, Peter Neffenger and John S. Pistole.
Space is limited, if you have not yet registered we encourage you to do so
before before the May 30, 2017 deadline.
REGISTRATION: The registration fee for the event is $300 ($150 for government employees), and includes breakfast and lunch on both days and a reception on the evening of June 27th. To register please follow this link. Code: usccreate (lowercase). The deadline to register is May 30, 2017.
HOTEL: We currently have a limited number of hotel rooms available at a discounted rate of $169 at the nearby Radisson Hotel. Reservations can be made either online here or by calling 800.333.3333. Use reservation code 17TSA7. Please note the code is only valid for June 26-28, 2017. The last date to make a reservation at the discounted rate is 25 May 2017. If you would like to stay at the hotel earlier or after these dates, please make reservations through the hotel directly at 213.748.4141.
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 email@example.com 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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