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Russia is a criminal enterprise masquerading as a country.

Books of the Week

Strategic Cyber Deterrence: The Active Cyber Defense Optiona
by Scott Jasper
(Rowman & Littlefield, July 2017)

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Strategic Cyber Deterrence

According to the FBI, about 4,000 ransomware attacks happen every day. A major one just hit Europe today. In the US alone, victims lost $209 million to ransomware in the first quarter of 2016. Even worse is the threat to critical infrastructure, as seen by the malware infections at electrical distribution companies in Ukraine that caused outages to 225,000 customers in late 2015. Further, recent reports on the Russian hacks into the Democratic National Committee and subsequent release of emails in a coercive campaign to possibly influence the presidential election have brought national attention to the inadequacy of cyber deterrence. The US government seems incapable of creating an adequate strategy to defend against or alter the behavior of a wide variety of malicious actors seeking to inflict harm or damage through cyberspace. Jasper offers a systematic analysis of the various existing strategic cyber deterrence options and introduces the alternative strategy of active cyber defense. It examines the array of malicious actors operating in the domain, their methods of attack, and their motivations. It also provides answers on what is being done, and what could be done, by the government and industry to convince malicious actors that their attacks will not succeed and that risk of repercussions exists. Traditional deterrence strategies of retaliation, denial and entanglement appear to lack the necessary conditions of capability, credibility, and communications due to these malicious actors' advantages in cyberspace. In response, the book suggests an active cyber defense that combines internal systemic resilience to halt cyber attack progress with external disruption capacities to thwart malicious actors' objectives. It shows how active cyber defense is technically capable and legally viable as an alternative strategy for the deterrence of cyber attacks.
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Competitive Intelligence Rescue: Getting It Right
by Carolyn M. Vella and John J. McGonagle
(Praeger, July 2017)

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Competitive Intelligence Rescue
A "how-to-do-it-better" book, this guidebook on competitive intelligence uses case studies to provide insights into how professionals improve competitive intelligence processes. All organizations -- from businesses, law firms, and health care facilities to nonprofits and colleges and universities -- need to stay competitive in their respective fields to ensure success. Competitive intelligence (CI) is an established discipline that focuses on giving businesses and nonprofit organizations the advantage of staying fully informed about what their competitors are doing, are capable of doing, and will likely do. CI is a particularly valuable and powerful tool that supports everything from strategic planning to marketing and new business development to human resources -- if it's executed properly. This book uses case studies to expose common CI challenges and present a simple methodology for spotting problems, understanding how to rectify each problem, educating others in order to bring about improvements, and testing and validating that the changes are working.

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Ex-CIA Officer Charged With Spying for China.  A former Central Intelligence Agency officer is facing charges that he sold top-secret US government documents to China.

Kevin Mallory, 60, was arrested by the FBI at his home in Leesburg, Virginia, on Thursday and brought to federal court in Alexandria to face preliminary charges of espionage and lying to federal officers.

While the sensitivity of the information disclosed remains unclear, if the government can prove the charges, the case would represent one of the most brazen acts of espionage for China carried out by a veteran of the CIA and other government agencies.

Court filings claim that during a trip to China in March and April, Mallory accepted some kind of secure communication device from a Chinese national. Mallory later told the FBI that he was "trained to use it specifically for private communications" with the Chinese citizen, court papers say.  [Read More:  Gerstein/politico/22June2017]

Vladimir Putin Admits for the First Time That He Was Involved in Dangerous 'Illegal Intelligence' KGB Spying Operations.  Vladimir Putin has admitted for the first time to working in 'illegal intelligence' for the KGB, meaning he was involved in dangerous spying operations without diplomatic cover.

He made his revelation in a TV interview marking the 95th anniversary of the Soviet intelligence directorate dealing with unofficial spies.

It is believed Putin did not personally work as an 'illegal agent' but 'led' such operations.

The revelation was seen in Moscow as disclosing a significant secret about his past espionage career.  [Read More:  Stewart/dailymail/24June2017]

CIA Set up Secret Back Channel With Syria to Try to Free US Hostage.  In the early days of the Trump administration, national security officials began exploring ways to free Austin Tice, an American journalist and a former Marine officer believed to be held by the Syrian government. His case has frustrated investigators and diplomats since he disappeared while on assignment nearly five years ago.

White House officials decided, because of the delicacy of the situation, to set up a back channel. Given the deteriorated relations between the United States and Syria, options were limited. So in early February, Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, spoke on the phone with Ali Mamlouk, the head of Syria's National Security Bureau intelligence service, a man accused of human rights abuses during the country's civil war and slapped with sanctions by the United States. The call was the highest-level contact between the governments in years.

Though Mr. Pompeo's discussion with Mr. Mamlouk prompted further communications that renewed hope that Mr. Tice would be freed, the operation fizzled out after the Syrian government's nerve gas attack in rebel-held northern Syria in April and the American missile strike in response, according to several former United States officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the efforts to free Mr. Tice remain secret.

The plight of Americans held hostage by reclusive foreign governments has received renewed attention since the death on Monday of Otto F. Warmbier, a 22-year-old college student from Ohio who was arrested in North Korea in January 2016. Many of the most difficult cases involve nations - like Syria - that have no diplomatic relations with the United States, giving American officials little leverage to negotiate. Outreach to Syria by President Trump's administration shows how far it has been willing to go to secure the release of Americans held abroad.  [Read More:  Goldman/nytimes/23June2017]

Philip Celestini Named Special Agent in Charge of the Intelligence Division of the Washington Field Office.  Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe has named Philip Celestini as the special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division in the Washington Field Office. Mr. Celestini most recently served as a section chief in the Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters.

Mr. Celestini joined the FBI in 1992. He began his career in the Charlotte Division, where he worked on a wide variety of criminal investigations, including violent crimes, white-collar crime, public corruption, counterterrorism, and drug trafficking. In 2006, Mr. Celestini transferred to the Baltimore Division where he served as the Joint Terrorism Task Force coordinator and squad supervisor. He was later promoted to supervisory senior resident agent of the Rockville RA, where he oversaw all manner of criminal and national security investigations in metropolitan Washington, DC and western Maryland. In his most recent capacity, Mr. Celestini was the FBI's senior representative to the National Security Agency and the United States Cyber Command.

Mr. Celestini will assume this new role on July 10, 2017.  [Read More:  fbi/20June/2017]

Dagger, but No Cloak: Brazil's Top Spy Exposes CIA Officer.  Intelligence officers who think they might like to be posted in Brazil take note: A simple meeting with the country's spying hierarchy can get your cover blown.

Brazil's political establishment was captivated on Monday by the apparently casual revelation of the identity of a Central Intelligence Agency official in the capital, Bras'lia, by the office of Gen. S'rgio Westphalen Etchegoyen, the country's top intelligence official.

General Etchegoyen's staff mentioned the official by name and described the official's position as the CIA's "chief" in Bras'lia in a publicly available agenda of the spymaster's meetings on June 9.

The naming of a CIA official in that manner is thought to be highly unusual, given the secrecy with which spies are supposed to operate. But General Etchegoyen's office said in a statement that cabinet-level officials are required to disclose their schedules under Brazil's freedom of information law, enacted in 2011. The names and jobs of those they meet with are registered to observe the "publicity principle" enshrined in the Brazilian Constitution, the statement said.  [Read More:  Romero, Phillips/nytimes/20June2017]

Ottawa to Create New Group to Oversee All Intelligence Agencies' Activities.  The creation of new Canadian security intelligence review committee that will oversee the activities of all federal security and intelligence agencies is one of the pieces of new national security legislation tabled this morning by the government.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told reporters in a brief statement that the legislation, the National Security Act Bill C-59, comes after a  public consultation last fall that showed "Canadians unequivocally want accountability, transparency and effectiveness from their security and intelligence agencies. They also expect compliance with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and respect for privacy."

As a result the proposed legislation "will modernize and enhance our security and intelligence laws to ensure our agencies have the tools necessary to protect Canada, all within a legal and constitutional framework which safeguards our rights."

The government has already proposed a committee of members of Parliament in Bill C-22 be created to scrutinize classified broad security and intelligence issues, which brings it in line with a number of other Western countries that have similar political oversight bodies.  [Read More:  Solomon/itworldcanada/20June2017]


How Moscow's Spies Keep Duping America - Over and Over Again. The Russian intelligence officers picked up the American spies from Moscow's Metropole Hotel and drove them a few short blocks to an ornate, lushly appointed guest house. It used to be the home of a wealthy Jewish dentist before being turned into a meeting place for Russia's intelligence services.

The 17th-century mansion served as the backdrop of a 2007 summit of CIA officers, FBI agents, and their Russian counterparts, as the Bush administration tried to build a cooperative relationship with Moscow on counterterrorism.

Over glasses of cognac and the occasional shot of chilled vodka, the Russian and American officers sat across from each other at a long conference table, in what turned into an interrogation instead of the hoped-for bridge-building exercise. The Russians probed the Americans to find out where their sources were, how big their networks were, and any potential weaknesses to exploit later.

"It was worse than a polygraph," one former senior intelligence officer told The Daily Beast. "They used different people to ask us the same questions over and over, each time phrased in slightly different ways, as if to see whether we were lying," and to trick information out of them.  [Read More:  Dozier/thedailybeast/25June2017]

Director of National Intelligence and Central Intelligence Agency Director to Speak at 2017 Aspen Security Forum.  Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo will speak at the eighth annual Aspen Security Forum, presented by the Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Program. The Forum will take place July 19 to 22 in Aspen, CO. The full agenda is available here.

NBC News and MSNBC are the media partners of The 2017 Aspen Security Forum.

All sessions will be streamed live here and available to view after event at this link. Join the conversation on social media at #AspenSecurity. Follow the Security Forum on Twitter @AspenSecurity.

Sponsors for the 2017 Aspen Security Forum are Ayasdi, Deloitte, Lockheed Martin, Symantec, and Target.  [Read More:  prnewswire/23June2017]

Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis: Who Is Dave Glawe?  David J. Glawe, who has spent his entire career in law enforcement, was nominated March 20, 2017, to be the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) undersecretary for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). I&A is responsible for gathering security-related information from the nation's various intelligence agencies, such as the NSA, the CIA and sharing it with state and local law enforcement, as well as with private sector partners.

Born in 1970, Glawe grew up in Davenport, Iowa, the son of James and Nancy Glawe. He graduated in 1992 from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in criminology.

Glawe started as a police officer in Houston, Texas. He went on to become an agent with the US Postal Inspection Service and then moved over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He started there as a special agent and was a member of an FBI Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. In 2007 he moved up to become a supervisory special agent in the counterterrorism division and served in Iraq and Africa in that capacity.

After his deployment, Glawe worked on the White House's National Counterterrorism Strategy on Africa in the office of the Director of National Intelligence National Counterterrorism Center. In 2012, was named deputy national intelligence manager for Threat Finance and Transnational Organized Crime. Glawe then moved over to Customs and Border Protection as assistant commissioner in the Office of Intelligence.  [Read More:  Straehley, Wallechinsky/allgov/23June2017]

The Art and Craft of Making Board Games for the CIA.  The United States has exactly 16 agencies devoted to intelligence gathering and analysis, but only one which reports directly to our nation's Chief Executive: the Central Intelligence Agency. Founded in 1947, the CIA's most glamorous mission is to conduct "covert action as directed by the President."  But without good information and prudent decision making, any possible covert action could lead to an international incident.

That's why the CIA trains its own analysts, and analysts from other agencies, with board games.

By day, Volko Ruhnke is an instructor at the CIA's Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis. It's a kind of university within the CIA that offers basic training and advanced coursework in the skills needed to be a defense analyst. By night, Ruhnke is an acclaimed designer of commercial board games best known for the COIN Series, published by GMT Games.

It took a couple of months to get the appropriate clearances, but a few weeks ago I was able to interview Ruhnke about his work. He told me that the CIA has been interested in tabletop games for a very long time, well before he started working there in the 1980s. Applying his knowhow in the commercial space to building games for CIA officers in a classroom setting was a natural fit. The goal, he explained, is to get them repetitions in the practical application of intelligence gathering skills. It's about separating the actionable information from the noise and then acting on it in time.  [Read More:  Hall/polygon/22June2017]

What Were the Contractors Who Stole Snacks From the CIA Thinking?  In 2013, the CIA caught a handful of contractors committing a dastardly crime that sent shockwaves through the intelligence community: snack theft. According to a declassified report obtained by BuzzFeed, a group of unidentified workers hacked into agency vending machines and stole $3,314.40 worth of food between 2012 and 2013 before getting caught.

One contract employee with a "knowledge of computer networks" concocted the scheme, which involved unplugging cables that connected the machines to a digitized payment network and using unfunded cards to get snacks without paying. The contractor then taught the others, and the whole gang went to town on some free spy snacks for months.

The CIA nabbed these perps by installing security cameras near the victimized vending machines. The contract employees were fired, but the Department of Justice did not file charges.

Clearly, stealing from the CIA wasn't a good idea. This wasn't the Boys & Girls Club of Langley, Virginia. Nevertheless, I don't think these were stupid people. They must have had some reason or reasons to think they could go black hat without getting caught. For the sake of empathy, let's put ourselves in their shoes and try to imagine how they rationalized this.  [Read More:  Greene/slate/21June2017]

This Day in Spy History: Intelligence Identities Protection Act.  Fans know the spy world of The Americans, but what was really happening in 1980s spy history? This day in 1982, President Ronald Reagan signed into law a prominent piece of espionage related legislation: the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

The Intelligence Identitles Protection Act (IIPA) made it a federal crime to intentionally reveal the identity of any United States intelligence officer, unless the country has publicly acknowledged that they're involved in intelligence operations.

That would certainly complicate matters for characters on The Americans, who are constantly looking to find out who's working for whom and often leaning on sources to find out who may be in play or what they know.

But in reality the law came from several incidents in which CIA agents' identities had already been exposed. CIA station chief Richard Welch [misidentified by writer Frederick in this article as "Richard Athens"] was murdered by Greek guerrillas in 1975 after he was outed in a magazine. Another former CIA agent, Philip Agee, published a book and several other materials that made clear the identities of several operatives.  [Read More:  Frederick/americansundercover/23June2017]

The FBI's Role in National Security. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the US government's main law-enforcement and domestic intelligence agency. Its writ has steadily expanded in recent decades, particularly its role as a counterterrorism force after the September 11, 2001, attacks. 

The Justice Department's top strategic goal is to "prevent terrorism," which is reflected in how the FBI allocates resources among its nearly thirty-five thousand employees; in 2015 the agency had more than twelve thousand employees working on counterterrorism and counterintelligence, as well as nearly seven thousand working on intelligence. But the agency still covers a wide range of national security matters, as well as organized crime, white-collar crime, public corruption, and civil-rights violations. Without a legislative charter, the FBI's mandate has grown over the past century as has federal law. Its priorities and policies are shaped by piecemeal legislation, executive branch directives, and the prerogatives of its own leadership, which have led to charges of overstepping its bounds.

When was the FBI founded?  President Theodore Roosevelt established the Bureau of Justice, as the FBI was first known, in 1908 to bring police powers into the Justice Department. He used executive fiat because of both public and congressional resistance, including concerns that a national police force would enable federal overreach.

Fears of domestic terrorism ran high at the time. President William McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist in 1901. Russia's Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 and a series of anarchist bombings in the United States in 1919 heightened the sense of alarm. At that time, a twenty-four-year-old J. Edgar Hoover led a dragnet in which thousands of alleged radicals were detained nationwide; ordered by A. Mitchell Palmer, attorney general under President Woodrow Wilson, these became known as the Palmer Raids. Many immigrants and labor activists were swept up in the raids and hundreds were deported.  [Read More:  Laub/cfr/21June2017]

NSA Shares 32 Open Source Projects on GitHub.  National Security Agency (NSA), a national-level intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense, which is known for its secretive operations and likes to be keep its work private, has now gone public with a handful of their projects through its own official GitHub page.

This is not the first time that NSA has opened its door to the general public. The first time it made its public presence feel was when it opened its own Twitter account in December 2013 following Edward Snowden's revelation about its surveillance programs. Since then, NSA has been openly sharing the news about its projects through social media, thereby increasing its presence with the general public.

The intelligence agency is known for employing genius level coders and mathematicians for the purpose of breaking codes, collecting digital information of everyone and also to defend the country against cyber warfare. NSA's GitHub account has listed 32 different open-source projects written by its developers whose code repositories have been shared under the NSA Technology Transfer Program (TTP) across two accounts. In other words, the main NSA page has 11 different repositories, and its Information Assurance group has a separate GitHub page with 21 more repositories. Other projects are listed on the agency's TTP as coming soon.

Not all projects listed are new. For instance, the security module for the SELinux (Security-Enhanced Linux) has been part of the Linux kernel for years. Further, the agency has also stated that it will soon finish uploading each and every projects listed under the free software license Apache 2.0, reports The Next Web, who was the first to spot NSA's page on GitHub.  [Read More:  Iyer/techworm/21June2017]

6 Nazi Spies Were Executed in DC; White Supremacists Gave Them a Memorial - on Federal Land.  A team of power company workers were trudging through a seldom-visited thicket in Southwest Washington when they spotted something odd in a ditch.

Protruding from the grass was a rectangular slab of granite.

They looked closer, and an inscription on the surface came into focus. What they saw astonished them.

It was a memorial. In honor of Nazi spies. On US government property.  [Read More:  Cox/chicagotribune/24June2017]

The Mystery of Jane Wallis Burrell: The First CIA Officer to Die in the Agency's Service.  On January 6, 1948, an Air France DC-3 from Brussels crashed on approach to the Le Bourget airport near Paris, killing all five crew members and 10 of the 11 passengers. Among the dead was a young woman who, press reports said, was either a clerk or a courier. She was neither. Jane Burrell was a CIA officer, and her death - only 110 days after CIA was officially established the previous September - makes her the first CIA officer to die while employed by the Agency.

At a time when most women in US intelligence were "clerk-typists," Jane Burrell was a CIA counterintelligence (CI) officer and had served as one in all of CIA's predecessor agencies: the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the Strategic Services Unit (SSU), and the Central Intelligence Group (CIG).  [Read More:  cia/13July2016]


This Is What Foreign Spies See When They Read President Trump's Tweets.  Every time President Trump tweets, journalists and Twitter followers attempt to analyze what he means. Intelligence agencies around the world do, too: They're trying to determine what vulnerabilities the president of the United States may have. And he's giving them a lot to work with.

Trump's Twitter feed is a gold mine for every foreign intelligence agency. Usually, intelligence officers' efforts to collect information on world leaders are methodical, painstaking and often covert. CIA operatives have risked their lives to learn about foreign leaders so the United States could devise strategies to counter our adversaries. With Trump, though, secret operations are not necessary to understand what's on his mind: The president's unfiltered thoughts are available night and day, broadcast to his 32.7 million Twitter followers immediately and without much obvious mediation by diplomats, strategists or handlers.

Intelligence agencies try to answer these main questions when looking at a rival head of state: Who is he as a person? What type of leader is he? How does that compare to what he strives to be or presents himself as? What can we expect from him? And how can we use this insight to our advantage?

At the CIA, I tracked and analyzed terrorists and other US enemies, including North Korea. But we never had such a rich source of raw intelligence about a world leader, and we certainly never had the opportunity that our adversaries (and our allies) have now - to get a real-time glimpse of a major world leader's preoccupations, personality quirks and habits of mind. If we had, it would have given us significant advantages in our dealings with them.  [Read More:  Bakos/washingtonpost/23June2017]

How Intelligence Data Leaks Caused Collateral Damage for Infosec.  WikiLeaks' CIA data dump shook a lot of regular folks because it showed that the US government can allegedly monitor not only social media, but inside cars, offices and homes through a variety of electronics. PCs; Macs; and iOS, Android and Windows phones are all potential targets. It revealed that internet of things devices, smart TVs, cameras, routers, switches and maybe even refrigerators are all vulnerable.

But this is not news, and it should be a matter of general knowledge by now. The specific techniques are coming to light, but no one should be surprised that the US intelligence community had these hacking capabilities. Many think it's great that this information has come out. I am not one of them.

The recent WannaCry ransomware attack is an example of the predictable damage to come from intelligence leaks. WannaCry leveraged a Microsoft Windows vulnerability and spread itself through the Server Message Block file-sharing protocol. Microsoft patched several of the zero-day vulnerabilities before the data was released by the Shadow Brokers. WannaCry provided a front-row view of what happens when organizations maintain and use zero-day vulnerabilities.

Why is WannaCry relevant to the NSA and CIA hacks? Because the vulnerability it leverages was attributed to the EternalBlue exploit released in a Shadow Brokers dump of alleged NSA exploits in May 2017.  [Read More:  McDonald/techtarget/19June2017]

Spy or Diplomat? Meet Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the Most Radioactive Man in Washington.  The meeting was apparently jovial - though we have to take the Russians' word for it. On May 10, Donald Trump received Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak, Moscow's ambassador to the United States, in the Oval Office. But the American president barred the White House press corps from the meeting. Footage released by the official Russian news agency, Tass, showed the three men joking and laughing, and according to leaked accounts of the meeting, Trump bragged that he had "just fired the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was crazy, a real nut job." The reason? "I faced great pressure because of Russia," Trump  reportedly told his visitors from Moscow. "That's taken off."

Trump was clearly mistaken. Far from taking the pressure off, firing FBI Director James Comey the day before his meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak intensified the bureau's scrutiny into contacts between Russia and the Trump team - and triggered howls from congressional Democrats over Moscow's meddling in the 2016 elections. In June, not long after Comey testified to a Senate committee, saying he leaked documents so that Russiagate special counsel Robert Mueller would investigate whether Trump was trying to stymie the investigation, Washington buzzed with reports that Mueller was doing just that.

Allegedly improper contacts with Kislyak form at least three strands of the Russiagate scandal - the ambassador's meetings with Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner; with national security adviser Michael Flynn; and with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump's alleged attempts to cover up his Russia ties make "Watergate pale, really in my view, compared to what we're confronting now," former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told an audience at Australia's National Press Club in early June. "I am very concerned about the assault on our institutions coming from both an external source - read Russia - and an internal source, the president himself."

Today, Kislyak has become so radioactive that senior officials are falling all over each other to deny they ever had contact with him. In late April, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed she'd never met the man - before having to row back her comments after photos appeared of her sitting across a table from him in 2010. And Flynn, Kushner and Sessions all failed to report their meetings with him, as required by US regulations that dictate protocol on contact with foreign officials. As former Obama campaign chief David Axelrod  joked on Twitter, "'Kislyak' turns out to be a Russian word for 'I forgot.'"  [Read More:  Matthews,Cooper/newsweek/22June2017]

Section IV - Careers, Research Requests, Obituaries


Strategic Intelligence Analyst sought at FireEye, Inc. in Chantilly, VA. If you have a strong background in analysis and are looking to be at the forefront of strategic cyber intelligence, then we want to hear from you! As a Strategic Intelligence Analyst you will be part of a rapidly growing and successful intelligence team focused on today's emerging cyber security threats. The successful candidate should be an independent, critical thinker skilled in using data to solve analytic problems and adept in satisfying intelligence requirements under tight deadlines. Responsibilities: Author, edit, organize and refine raw intelligence reports/articles/papers (1-60+ pages) produced by the Intel team Distill key findings/judgments quickly for consumption across a diverse set of audiences (execs/mgmt/analysts/media/customers) Design proper messaging of these outputs through collaboration with Marketing and media partners Convey both verbally and in writing the importance and relevance of findings Represent the Intel team's findings as a public spokesperson to both media and customers, once outputs are publicly available. More info here.

Intelligence Requirements Manager sought at FireEye, Inc. in Reston, VA. Key leader in Intelligence Performance Team. Collects, documents, and recommends prioritization of Intelligence requirements. Interacts with new customers, gathering intelligence problems and creating a narrative based around specific customer needs. Converts gathered information into finished intelligence requirements to be consumed by cyber threat analysts to create finished intelligence that satisfies customer needs. Responsibilities: Includes but not limited to: Develop, maintain, and update customer requirements within proprietary collections management system. Work with product management and development team to continuously improve application to better meet the team's needs. Works closely with Collections Management leads to craft collections requirements; confers with analyst team during the creating of intelligence production requirements. Identify unsatisfied and new intelligence requirements and determine whether a particular intelligence gap stems from lack of tasking or lack of resources for identified collection disciplines. Develop and implement all-source collection strategies by collaborating with analysts, other collection managers, and collectors. Contribute to collection planning by identifying gaps, minimizing the existence of critical data shortfalls, and formulating collection strategies to meet information needs. Evaluate and incorporate into collection planning the capabilities and limitations of a specific collection system, multiple collection systems, or functional collection capabilities. Maintain and use databases and systems that facilitate collections requirements management and tasking. Establish/maintain working-level contacts for coordination of collection requirements management matters for requirements satisfaction. Establish/maintain working-level open source research capabilities for collection requirements management and satisfaction, to include the use and exploitation of associated innovative technologies, tools, and platforms. Prepare background papers and memoranda to support management decision making under this mission area. Support to foreign material and technology acquisition. Support to foreign intelligence/information disclosure processing. More info on FireEye and the position is here.

Research Request

Author seeking information on former U.S. Army Reserve officer turned convicted conman John Donald Cody. Cody was first commissioned in the Army's Military Intelligence Branch in 1969 and was a captain when he was honorably discharged in 1985. Those with information on Mr. Cody are asked to contact Daniel Freed at


Robert Miller Whitbread, 87, a former CIA Clandestine Services officer, died 13 June 2017. He enrolled at Southern Connecticut University and transferred to Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where he graduated with a B.A. in History in '52. After college, Bob enlisted in the Army and spent three years in Berlin, Germany as part of the Counter Intelligence Corps, collecting critical intelligence information in the emerging Cold War with the USSR. In 1955, he was selected for the CIA and embarked on a lifelong career in the service of his country. During his long career in the clandestine service of the Agency, Bob served in many critical positions, both overseas and at headquarters. In 1982, he was selected to serve as the Narcotics Intelligence Coordinator within the Office of the Vice President under George H. W. Bush as part of President Reagan's war on drugs. In this position, Bob was recognized for meritorious service. Completing his work with the Counter Narcotics Task Force, he returned to work for the Agency until his retirement in 2005. During his Agency career, Bob received multiple awards recognizing his service to America including the Award for Exceptional Achievement. Bob is predeceased by his wife. He is survived by his two sons and one daughter, and other family. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church in Alexandria, VA on Friday, June 30, at 3 p.m. A reception will follow.

Edward H. Moody, Sr., 91, FBI, Ran Dimitri Polykov, Valuable Cold War Spy, died in Morristown, TN on 23 May 2017. Ed served as a special agent for the FBI for over 25 years in the 1950s and '60s, spent nine of those years assigned to tail then Col. (eventually Major General) Dmitri Polyakov, a Russian GRU (military intelligence) officer whose cover was as a member of the UN Security Council Military Staff Committee. Polyakov's real job was as a spy for the Soviets, a fact that the FBI knew but could not act upon due to Polyakov's diplomatic immunity ... unless he was caught in the act of spying. And this was Moody's job. Moody followed Polyakov everywhere he went in New York City, photographing and documenting his every move. When Polyakov told one of Moody's access agents (a U.S. colleague on the Military Staff Committee) that he wanted to have a private conversation with Gen. Edward O'Neill, head of the U.S. Military Mission to the United Nations, Moody arranged for Polyakov and his wife to receive an invitation to a cocktail party a few days later at the general's quarters on Governor's Island. Moody was in the basement of the general's house secretly recording Polyakov's and O'Neill's astounding and fateful conversation. Polyakov had two missions for that meeting. The first was to be secretly put in touch with a CIA officer to share information (in effect, offering to become a double agent). Polyakov then changed the subject to what evidently was his sanctioned official reason to attend the cocktail party: What would happen, he asked O'Neill, if the Soviet Union were to invade West Berlin and take it over by force? General O'Neill responded instantly. 'War," he said. "It would mean all-out war." Moody rushed the tape of that conversation to Washington D.C., first to FBI headquarters, then to the White House. Four days later, on the night of Aug. 13, 1961, the Berlin Wall went up. In the years to follow, Moody often wondered if the interchange he heard between Polyakov and O'Neill might have played a role in persuading Nikita Khrushchev to build a barrier rather than attempt to take West Berlin by force. [Read More: Dillon/KnoxNewsSentinel/12June2017]

William Edward Basher, 92, former CIA officer, died 10 June 2017. He served his country during WWII in naval aviation. After the war, he spent years with the CIA. A Catholic Mass will be held at a later date and inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years, Kathryn (Katie) Willis Basher, a daughter, son, and other family.

Gen. Yuri Drozdov, 91, the Soviet spymaster who oversaw a sprawling network of KGB agents abroad ("illegals"), has died.

The Foreign Intelligence Service, a KGB successor agency known under its Russian acronym SVR, didn't give the cause of Drozdov's death or any other specifics in a terse statement.

Drozdov, a World War II veteran, joined the KGB in 1956 and was dispatched as a liaison officer with the East German secret police, the Stasi. In 1962, he took part in the exchange of Soviet undercover agent Rudolf Abel, convicted in the US, for downed American spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers.

The story was made into Steven Spielberg's blockbuster Bridge of Spies in 2015 as well as the Soviet movie The Shield and the Sword, a 1968 classic that Russian President Vladimir Putin once said inspired him to join the KGB.  [Read More:  AP/seattletimes/21June2017]

Section V - Events


Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:30 AM - Colorado Springs, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Dr. Schuyler Foerster, discussing "The U.S. and Europe: What kind of Europe? What kind of relationship?"

The post-Cold War vision of "Europe whole and free" is looking more and more tenuous, with an assertive Russia, growing political movements to break away from the EU, and the prospect of a new Administration changing the ground rules of NATO's transatlantic security relationship. How these trends play out remain to be seen, but it is clear that long-standing assumptions need to be revisited. Dr. Schuyler Foerster will have just returned from a semester teaching at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic as the Fulbright Commission's Distinguished Chair in Social Studies and from a Wilton Park (UK) Conference on recent developments in relations between Russia and the West. He will report on how these trends are playing out and the prospects for sustaining a healthy transatlantic relationship.
From 2010-2016, Dr. Foerster served as the Brent Scowcroft Professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy. During his 26-year Air Force career, he served as a senior advisor in security and arms control policy, on the USAF Academy faculty, and as an intelligence officer. A graduate of the USAF Academy, he holds a doctorate from Oxford University in politics as well as master's degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the American University, and served as a national security fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the founding principal of CGST Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in national security policy and civic education, teaches at Colorado College, and is past president of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council.  
To register of for more details, contact Tom VanWormer at

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - New York, NY - The NY Metro Chapter Meeting features Carol Rollie Flynn, former CIA Officer, with tentative topic "Intelligence and National Security."

Note new date. 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 or call 646-717-3776.

21 September 2017, 11 am - 4 pm - Riverside, CA - AFIO Los Angeles Chapter Tours Drone Pilot Training Program in special visit to March Air Base

NOT TO MISS. Recently the drone pilot training program previously, based out at the Southern California Logistics Center in Victorville, moved to March Air Base in Riverside, CA. With this change of location putting it in the chapter's backyard, Chapter President Vinc Autiero has arranged for our chapter to take a tour of the base which will cover a lot of great points of interest.
Tour will include: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Division (1hr); MQ-9 Reaper (1 hr); Lunch at The Backstreet Café 1.30 P.M. (approx); Security Forces Weapons Demonstration (1 hr); C-17 Globemaster III (1 hr); Departure Time 4 PM (approx)
LOCATION: March Air Base 655 M St. Riverside, California, 92518-5000
TO ATTEND: This is expected to be an all day event when you factor in drive time and the time you are on the base. Please confirm your attendance at your earliest convenience so that I can put together a head count. A minimum of 20 attendees are needed for this event. Must be a U.S. Citizen.
RSVP with Full Name of All Attendees:
Questions? Contact Vincent Autiero, President, AFIO-Los Angeles Chapter, 5651 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Email him at If you haven't yet joined this active chapter, visit AFIO and then visit their webpage:
P.S. The event is scheduled September 21, 2017, for those of you planning to attend the annual AFIO national symposium at NGA headquarters, you will find that there is no conflict with the dates that the symposium is occurring and our visit to March Air Base.

Registration has opened. 28 - 29 September 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO's 2017 National Intelligence Symposium

"Succeeding in the Open ' The Future of GEOINT" at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and "Active Measures - A Global Threat" at the Doubletree-Hilton are the themes for the AFIO-NGA 2017 National Intelligence Symposium being held at NGA and 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 Headquarters for all day conference including visit to their new museum. Welcome by NGA Director Robert Cardillo. Friday activities at hotel TBA. Tentative agenda here and will be updated frequently. 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.

Reserve overnight rooms at hotel now while the special group price is valid: Room registrations can be made at 1-800-HILTONS at $119/nite. [To make room reservations carefully follow the prompts dialing "1" twice... this is to get to reservations, and then to make a new reservation. You then are asked to enter your phone number followed by the pound sign. After that, you are placed into a queue in order to speak with a customer service rep. When they get on the line, they ask for the city [Tysons Corner, VA], the name of the hotel [DoubleTree-Hilton], and the group name for the special rate [AFIO $119/nite.]

Registration for SYMPOSIUM 2017 has just opened. Register securely ONLINE now
to ensure a place.
Or use this printable Registration Packet. Contains the formal invitation, tentative agenda, and off-line registration forms sent earlier to all current member. Complete and return by fax or US Mail.

Other Upcoming Events

Sunday, 2 July 2017, 1 - 4 pm - Washington, DC - Curtis Harris: High Hand - at the International Spy Museum

Espionage, political machinations, oil, secretly funded high-tech weapons of intelligence, ghosts of the Cold War, murder, and poker. Who could want more in a summer read? Join the author Curtis Harris for an in-store Spy Museum Store signing and join in the discussion on how spies, journalists, union leaders, and politicians intertwine to the extraordinary ways that advanced technology could be used in the pursuit of surveillance and interrogation. This is a high octane spy thriller! Event is free. Visit

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Zero Day [a novel] with T.L. Williams: WMD Program - at the International Spy Museum

Cyber hacking is fast becoming a preferred method of 21st century conflict. Recent attacks by Russia and China show the susceptibility of our economy, political institutions, and our democracy to this high-tech method of modern warfare. In Zero Day: China's Cyber Wars [a novel], T.L. Williams, a former CIA operative who ran human intelligence operations in Asia and Europe for over 30 years, has crafted an intriguing story about what this threat means to our interests here and abroad, the techniques used by cyber spies, and what it really means to be a spy in this new day of rapidly changing technology. Join Williams as he shares how he drew on his intelligence background to compose a thriller that moves elegantly between Chongqing, China, and Langley, Virginia, to reveal a plot by the Chinese government to seize the edge on global power by undermining the US economy. Zero Day will be available for sale and signing at the event. Tickets for the general public: $10 per person; Members: $8. Visit

CHILDREN and parents: Friday, 7 July to Saturday, 8 July 2017, 7 pm - 10 am - Washington, DC - KidSpy Overnight: Operation Secret Slumber - at the International Spy Museum

When the lights go down, the adventure begins! The Museum doors have been locked for the night, but in the shadows a group of exclusive recruits stand ready to begin a night of top-secret KidSpy training. Perfect your alias and cover-story, check in at "Border Patrol," and prepare for a night of intrigue and adventure. As a spy school recruit, your mission begins with taking on a secret identity and gathering intelligence about real spy skills. During the night, you will transform yourself through disguise, make and break secret codes, uncover important secrets, interrogate real spies, and hunt for a mole within your ranks! At the same time, the adults lurking nearby will be kept on their toes with their own super-clandestine mission. As day breaks, enemy agents will be exposed in a dramatic finale, KidSpy agents and adults will reclaim their "real" (how do we know you are who you say you are?) identities and this adventure-filled mission will be accomplished. *Includes an evening spy snack, light breakfast, take-home goody bag, and admission to the Museum on Saturday. Bring a sleeping bag, air mattress/pad, pillow, and sense of adventure. Tickets for the general public: $115 per person; Members: $105. Visit

CHILDREN and parents: Saturday, 8 July 2017, 11 am - noon - Washington, DC - The Magic of Spying: Tradecraft Trickery - at the International Spy Museum

In the real-life world of espionage, spies often call upon the art of magic and illusion to distract the enemy, make evidence disappear, and escape unnoticed. Join professional magician, Peter Wood, as he demonstrates the art of misdirection, sleight of hand, and other illusions used by skilled spies. This one of a kind performance, custom-designed for the Spy Museum, is guaranteed to fascinate children and adults alike. Ages: 7 and up (one adult required for every five KidSpy agents). Tickets for the general public: $10; Members: $9. Visit

Wednesday, 12 July 2017, noon - Washington, DC - Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update - at the International Spy Museum

Be the first to learn the latest intelligence news! Join David Major, retired FBI agent and former director of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs, for a briefing on the hottest intelligence and security issues, breaches, and penetrations. Presented in partnership with The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), these updates will cover worldwide events such as breaking espionage cases and arrest reports, cyber espionage incidents, and terrorist activity. Major uses his expertise to analyze trends and highlight emerging issues of interest to both intelligence and national security professionals and the public. Event is free. Visit

17 July 2017, noon - 2 pm - Washington, DC - DIAA and DACOR hosts John Pustay discussing "Second Wave of Conflict in the Middle East: Challenges for the New Administration."

The Defense Intel Alumni Association and the Diplomat and Counselor Officers Retired-Joint Forum hosts John S. Pustay, PhD, Lieutenant General USAF, Retired; will address "Second Wave of Conflict in the Middle East: Challenges for the New Administration." This lecture will cover a range of current flashpoints in the region and discuss the dynamic undercurrents which will surface even after the destruction of the Islamic State "Caliphate." To begin, ISIS in Syria and Iraq will morph into an underground terrorist organization in the region with tentacles in Africa and Western Europe and possibly Russia and Central Asia. Even after a cessation of current military activities in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, a regional tribal, sectarian and nationalistic conflicts will arise complicating boundary settlements of existing or newly emerging political entities.
Schedule: noon - Reception in honor of General Pustay (cash bar); 12:30 Lunch; 1:15 General Pustay's remarks; 1:45 Q&A
Location: DACOR Bacon House, 1801 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20006
Registration: via email at or call (202) 682-0500 ext. 11. When registering identify yourself as being associated with DIAA. It is $25 pp collected at the door. If you find you are unable to attend let DIAA/DACOR know as soon as possible. The deadline to cancel your reservation without charge is 9 am the day prior to the event.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - The History and Mystery of the World's Greatest Ciphers from Ancient Egypt to Online Secret Societies - at the International Spy Museum

In 1953, a man was found dead from poisoning near the Philadelphia airport with a picture of a Nazi aircraft in his wallet. Taped to his abdomen was an enciphered message. In 1912, a book dealer named Wilfrid Voynich came into possession of an illuminated cipher manuscript once belonging to Emperor Rudolf II. Wartime codebreakers tried-and failed-to unlock the book's secrets, and it remains an enigma to this day. Craig Bauer, author of Unsolved Ciphers and editor of Cryptologia, will examine these and other vexing ciphers yet to be cracked. Some may reveal the identity of a spy or serial killer, provide the location of buried treasure, or expose a secret society-while others may be elaborate hoaxes. Guests are invited to stay after his talk for some collaborative cipher-breaking fun. Unsolved Ciphers will be available for sale and signing at the event. Tickets for the general public: $10; Members: $8. Visit

CHILDREN and Parents: Monday, 24 July to Friday, 28 July 2017, 9 am - 3 pm - Washington, DC - Spy Camp: Session 1 - at the International Spy Museum

Somewhere deep inside the Museum an elite group of recruits is lurking in the shadows preparing to take on top secret missions. No one really knows who they are, or for that matter, what they're really up to. Now it's your turn to join their ranks. Each day at Spy Camp is filled with top secret briefings and activities that will put spy skills and street smarts to the test. Aspiring KidSpy recruits will hone their tradecraft, learn from real spies, and hit the streets to run training missions. Develop a disguise for cover, make and break codes, discover escape and evasion techniques, create and use spy gadgets, uncover the science behind spying-all of this and more awaits young recruits! Tickets for the general public: $445; Members: $415. Visit

24 August 2017, 8 am - 2 pm - Alexandria, VA - Analytic Objectivity Symposium by OSD/DI

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence is hosting an Analytic Objectivity Symposium with panelists representing business, judiciary, intelligence, medicine, finance & academic research. Featured speakers include: Judge James A Wynn Jr., US Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit, Ret Capt, USN; Dr. Mark Lowenthal, Former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis & Production; Bob Woodward, Senior Editor, Washington Post, Author; and Jeffrey Ballou, President, National Press Club. Location: The Mark Center, 4800 Mark Center Dr., Alexandria, VA 22311. Information and Registration: contact Kevin Riehle, Defense Analysis & Partnership Engagement Directorate, OUSD(I), at 703-571-2404 or at

25 September 2017 - Bethesda, MD - HOLD THE DATE for the PenFed Foundation Military Heroes Golf Classic.

Join the PenFed Foundation for the 14th Annual Military Heroes Golf Classic on 25 September 2017, at the world-renowned Congressional Country Club, host to five major championships, three US Opens and a PGA Championship, in Bethesda, MD. As you enjoy a round of golf, know that your support will help the Foundation meet the unmet needs of our Military, Veterans, and their families. Their grants help ensure that those who have bravely served our country will not struggle to pay necessary bills, purchase a home, or get the treatment and support they need. Their 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities are now available. Download the sponsorship packet here. If you are interested in securing a sponsorship or participating in the tournament,* please call 703-838-1302 or visit

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
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

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.

Costs: Registration costs for 2017 have not yet been set, but for planning purposes the costs for 2015 were as follows: $70/day ($140 for 2 days, no cost for the museum visit); $35/day ($70 for 2 days) for full-time students with ID. The fee includes lunch and snacks. In the past we have been able to waive the fees for non-government speakers on the day they present their paper. We hope to have final registration costs available at the time you are notified about the status of your proposal. See details here. Questions to Program Chair Betsy Rohaly Smoot at or to her care at The Center for Cryptologic History, Suite 6886, 9800 Savage Road, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755.

21 October 2017 - Washington, DC - The OSS Society Holds the Donovan Awards Dinner honoring Dr. Michael G. Vickers

Invitations will be mailed shortly to The OSS Society's 2017 William J. Donovan Awards Dinner honoring Dr. Michael G. Vickers. The event, by invitation only, takes place at The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Washington, DC.

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