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I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Section II - CONTEXT &
III - COMMENTARY
Section IV -
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Books of the Week
Russia's Dead End: An Insider's Testimony from Gorbachev to Putin
by Andrei A. Kovalev, Steven I. Levine, translator
(Potomac Books, Aug 2017)
"Russia's Dead End should be required reading for all American students interested in joining an intelligence service or a foreign-policy agency." — Foreword Reviews
"Andrei Kovalev has drawn on his remarkable career at the highest level of Russian politics from Gorbachev to Putin to give a picture of both successes and disappointments. This is a book written from the heart by a diplomat of acute intelligence. Kovalev rode the steed of Russian public affairs till his conscience told him to dismount, and this exceptional book explains his reasons."—Robert Service, emeritus professor of Russian history at St. Antony's College, Oxford University, and senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University
Elite-level Soviet politics, privileged access to state secrets, knowledge about machinations inside the Kremlin—such is the environment in which Andrei A. Kovalev lived and worked. In this memoir of his time as a successful diplomat serving in various key capacities and as a member of Mikhail Gorbachev's staff, Kovalev reveals hard truths about his country as only a perceptive witness can do. He shares his intimate knowledge of political activities behind the scenes at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Kremlin before and after the dissolution of the USSR in December 1991, including the Russia of Vladimir Putin.
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Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the US Foreign Service
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"This third edition of Career Diplomacy is a masterful summary of the roles and responsibilities of our modern-day diplomatic service. It is must reading for current and future practitioners and also commended to our legislators and those involved in the new administration. Career Diplomacy not only thoroughly explains what the US Foreign Service does but also reminds us of the indispensable role it plays in supporting our national security." — John D. Negroponte, former director of national intelligence, and vice chairman, McLarty Associates.
An insider's guide to the Foreign Service as an institution, a profession, and a career. In this revised third edition, Kopp and Naland provide a candid account of the life and work of professional US diplomats, who advance and protect this country's national security interests around the globe. The authors explore the five career tracks • consular, political, economic, management, and public diplomacy • through their own experience and through interviews with more than a hundred current and former members of the Foreign Service. They lay out what to expect in a Foreign Service career, from the entrance exam through midcareer and into the senior service • how to get in, get around, and get ahead. New in the third edition: • A discussion of the relationship of the Foreign Service and the Department of State to other agencies, and to the combatant commands; • An expanded analysis of hiring procedures; • Commentary on challenging management issues in the Department of State, including the proliferation of political appointments in high-level positions and the difficulties of running an agency with employees in two personnel systems (Civil Service and Foreign Service); • A fresh examination of the changing nature and demographics of the Foreign Service
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE
Russia Steps up Spying Efforts
After Election. Russian spies are ramping up their
intelligence-gathering efforts in the US, according to current and former US
intelligence officials who say they have noticed an increase since the
The officials say they believe one of the biggest US adversaries feels
emboldened by the lack of a significant retaliatory response from both the
Trump and Obama administrations.
"Russians have maintained an aggressive collection posture in the US, and
their success in election meddling has not deterred them," said a former
senior intelligence official familiar with Trump administration efforts.
Russians could also be seeking more information on Trump's administration,
which is new and still unpredictable to Moscow, according to Steve Hall,
retired CIA chief of operations. [Read More: Brown, Prokupecz,
Prosecutors: Former CIA Officer
Accused of Spying for China Could Have Gotten People Killed.
A former CIA officer accused of spying for China had notes in his home that
could have gotten clandestine sources killed, according to prosecutors in
Alexandria federal court.
While Kevin Mallory is not accused of handing those documents over to
Chinese intelligence agents, prosecutors noted his access to the material to
underscore the seriousness of potential breaches and to argue that he should
remain jailed pending trial on espionage charges. A federal judge agreed.
Mallory, a 60-year-old from Leesburg, Va., is accused of handing over
classified documents revealing details of CIA intelligence.
On a phone that Mallory admitted was given to him by someone he thought
worked for Chinese intelligence, eight documents were found, authorities
said. Six were classified CIA documents and one was a classified Defense
Intelligence Agency document, FBI agent Stephen Green testified Friday. The
last is a mix of typed and handwritten pages that are still being
reviewed. [Read More: Weiner/washingtonpost/8Jul2017]
Russian Agent Jailed for Spy Plot on
Lithuania's President. Lithuania has sentenced a Russian
man to 10 years in prison for spying on the Baltic country for Moscow’s
A district court in Vilnius found Nikolay Filipchenko guilty of espionage
for Russia’s federal security forces (FSB) - the first time one of the
agency’s officials has been unmasked and imprisoned, Lithuania’s state
department announced, according to the BBC.
Filipchenko was uncovered while trying to recruit Lithuanian officials,
working for the Department of State Security. He sought to find double
agents, willing to install bugging devices in the Lithuanian President Dalia
Grybauskaite’s office and residence. He was arrested in 2015.
During his mission Filipchenko also used fake documents repeatedly and
illegally crossed the border of the country. [Read More:
New Leader Commands Army’s
Largest Military Intelligence Battalion. The Army’s
largest military intelligence battalion (MI Bn.), the 741st MI Bn. "Silent
Warriors", turned to a new page in its imperative history as Lt. Col Galen
R. Kane relinquished command to Lt. Col. Eric S. Fowler, during a change of
command ceremony hosted by Col. Rhett R. Cox, 704th MI brigade commander on
The 741st MI Bn. enables global cryptologic operations in order to provide
the nation’s leaders and joint force commanders with a "decisional"
advantage which enhances the Army cryptologic force by serving as the Army
headquarters for the National Security Agency’s (NSA) signals intelligence
"Today is another historic day for this battalion as we bid farewell and
thank lieutenant colonel Galen Kane and his family and we welcome lieutenant
colonel Eric Fowler and his family to the Electron Recon team," said Cox.
Along with highlighting the battalion’s achievements of having over 100
Soldiers recognized as NSA performers of the quarter, to winning the Fort
Meade Volunteer Unit of the Year award two years in a row, to enabling the
brigade to earn the Department of Defense language program of the year, the
brigade commander made sure to point out that the Soldiers of the 741st MI
Bn. are the best linguists the battalion has ever produced in history whose
list of accolades could go on. [Read More: Jefferson/dvidshub/30Jun2017]
Sharing Intelligence With
Non-Intel Agencies. Executive branch agencies that are not
part of the US Intelligence Community (IC) can still get access to
classified intelligence and to IC information technology systems under
But they must follow procedures that were spelled out last month in new
policy guidance from Director of National Intelligence Daniel R. Coats.
In a nutshell, the non-IC agency must have an identifiable need for access
to intelligence information and must be able to meet required physical
security standards for safeguarding the information.
"The originating [IC] element must receive confirmation from the [non-IC]
Federal Partner that all applicable safeguarding requirements in law and
policy are met prior to gaining access to the data." [Read More:
Hacker Who Aided Russian Intelligence
Is Sentenced to 2 Years. After a two-day trial conducted
behind closed doors, the Moscow City Court on Thursday sentenced Vladimir
Anikeyev, the head of a hacking group that the authorities cracked down on
last winter, to two years in a penal colony.
The state prosecutor had asked for a sentence of two and a half years.
Mr. Anikeyev, a former journalist who led a collective known as Shaltai
Boltai - Humpty Dumpty - until his arrest last November, admitted his guilt
in illegally gaining access to the private data of a number of targets,
including high-ranking officials, businessmen and journalists, according to
Russian news reports.
His cooperation with law enforcement made a swift trial possible, but the
involvement of classified information meant it was closed to the
public. [Read More: Pigman/nytimes/6Jul2017]
Australian Signals Directorate
Upgrade to Bolster Terror Fight. Australia's primary
military and cyber intelligence division is expected to be expanded into an
autonomous government agency under plans to significantly bolster its
resources and the nation's counter-terrorism capabilities.
The Australian understands the government is considering elevating the
Australian Signals Directorate - now a division of the Defence Department -
into a stand-alone agency.
The move would be part of the government's five-year review of the
intelligence agencies and its broader plans for a British-style "home office
ministry" encompassing domestic national security agencies such as ASIO.
In France last night, Mr Turnbull officially opened the Future Submarine
Project at Cherbourg where the design work is underway for the next
generation of submarines. "This is a massive national enterprise, a
multi-generational project that is going to knit the relationship between
France and Australia together even more closely,'' the Prime Minister
said. [Read more: Benson/theaustralian/10July2017]
II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Thirty-two Years After the Rainbow
Warrior Bombing, Unrepentant French Spy Christine Cabon Is Found.
She was the missing piece of the grim Rainbow Warrior jigsaw - the young
undercover agent who eluded police and disappeared. Ahead of Monday's
anniversary of the Rainbow Warrior bombing Cecile Meier and Kelly Dennett
tracked secret agent Christine Cabon to a small French village, where she
broke her 32-year silence.
Retired detective Allan Galbraith remembers it as an Auckland newspaper that
spooked Christine Cabon.
After weeks of painstaking investigations revealed a French undercover agent
had infiltrated Greenpeace to help plan the Rainbow Warrior bombing, police
discovered the spy was in Israel. A newspaper published details of
detectives hastening to Israel to capture her.
They arrived to an empty house. [Read More: Meier, Dennett/stuff/9Jul2017]
Help Needed: France’s Spy Agency Is
Looking for Tech Pros and Linguists. France's foreign
intelligence service is bolstering recruitment to counter Islamist militants
and cyber criminals, but it is looking for computer wizards and linguists
not would-be James Bonds.
Top of the vacancy list at France's DGSE, the equivalent of America's CIA or
Britain's MI6, are posts for young information technology gurus and
linguists who master the finer points of Russian, Chinese, or Farsi, widely
used in Iran and Afghanistan.
While publicity is not usually a priority of the foreign spy service (the
Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure, or DGSE), its head of
administration said recruitment pressures are changing things.
"All kinds of telecoms and IT profiles interest us, from
crypto-mathematicians to super geeks," Charles Moreau, head of DGSE
administration, told Reuters during an interview at the agency's
northeastern Paris headquarters - nicknamed "La Piscine" (The Pool).
[Read More: Reuters/fortune/7Jul2017]
CIA Veteran at IAFIE Conference
Discusses the Importance of Careers in Intelligence. Fran
Moore is a 32-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency. Before her
retirement in 2015, she served as the CIA’s Chief Learning Officer,
integrating numerous training elements to improve the performance of agency
Previously, Moore was the Director for Intelligence and led the Agency’s
large-scale substantive analytic program. She also served as the lead
analyst in the CIA Counterterrorism Center, overseeing al-Qaeda’s growing
threat to US security.
It’s no wonder that her keynote address on the increasing complexity of
global security challenges was so well attended at last month’s
International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) conference,
sponsored by AMU. The focus of Moore’s talk was "the extremely complex
global security challenges" facing the US intelligence community today.
"This is an amazing time to be watching national security decision making,
all the more so in view of our new national security policymakers," Moore
said. [Read More: Hubler/inhomelandsecurity/5Jul2017]
The Letter That Won the American
Revolution. In 1777, the American colonies were badly
losing their fight for independence from Great Britain. The British Army had
captured New York City’s crucial port. Expecting further advances, the
Continental Congress was evacuated from Philadelphia. It seemed that the war
Then George Washington, then Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army,
wrote a letter that changed the course of the war.
Washington was desperate to discover what was happening inside New York, but
military scouts couldn’t get close enough. The general needed someone to
penetrate enemy lines, but when he asked for volunteers, few of his troops
raised their hands.
"Spying wasn’t seen as gentlemanly," says Vince Houghton, resident historian
at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. [Read More:
A Look at Complex CIA-ISI Ties Through
Raymond Davis Saga. Ex-CIA contractor Raymond Davis'
recently-published book, The Contractor: How I Landed in a Pakistani Prison
and Ignited a Diplomatic Crisis, has caused an uproar in Pakistan and
angered the country's security and intelligence officials.
Davis, who was arrested on the charges of murdering two
Pakistani citizens during a shoot-out in the eastern city of Lahore,
narrates the story of his detention and subsequent release from prison,
alleging that Pakistan's then spy chief Shuja Pasha facilitated his
acquittal from a court case.
Davis had spent seven weeks in a Pakistani jail and his case triggered a
serious diplomatic crisis between Islamabad and Washington. Religious groups
in Pakistan had demanded a death penalty for Davis and the public opinion
back then was also in favor of a proper trial against the former CIA
But then all of a sudden Davis was freed under the Islamic law of qisas and
diyat (blood money for the victims' families). [Read More:
The US Coast Guard May Be Flying a
Unique Stealthy Spy Plane. When you think of US military
and stealth aircraft what probably springs to mind is the US Air Force and
planes such as the F-117 Nighthawk, F-22 Raptor, and B-2 Spirit. But
low-observable technology isn't limited just to cutting an aircraft's radar
signature and can involve other factors, such as reducing aircraft's infrared
or visual profiles or cutting how much noise it makes in flight. As it turns
out, the US Coast Guard - which is technically a uniformed military
service, despite not being part of the Department of Defense - has actually
been a pretty serious operator of acoustically stealthy designs based on
powered gliders, culminating in its most recent project, the Manned Covert
Surveillance Aircraft (MCSA).
On July 30, 2013, Sikorsky Aviation completed the first MSCA prototype after
years of delays and technical difficulties. The Department of Homeland
Security’s (DHS) budget for the 2005 fiscal year had first spelled out this
requirement for a "covert surveillance aircraft."
We know very little about this aircraft, how many there are or were, what
sort of sensors or other equipment it might have, or the status of the
program in general at the time of writing. DHS’ original $8 million budget
line item, which called for a joint project between Coast Guard and Customs
and Border Protection, described the MCSA as a "medium to short range, fixed
wing surveillance aircraft" with "the capability to operate quietly and
surreptitiously enough to enable the surveillance, detection, classification
and identification of a maritime target without the target's inhabitants
becoming aware of the aircraft's presence." Subsequent plans called for at
least three aircraft, with the first flying at least 1,000 hours annually
from the Coast Guard station in Miami, Florida.
We do know that Sikorsky put everything on hold between October 2012 and
March 2013 as it tried to determine why there were "significant
discrepancies" in both wings on the first prototype - a clue that it has a
traditional layout - and moved the project as a whole from a plant in
Elmira, New York to one in Fort Worth, Texas. [Read More:
Section III - COMMENTARY
The US Government Is Being Sued for Info
on the Secretive Five Eyes Intelligence Group. The Five
Eyes surveillance cabal, established at the end of World War II, includes the
US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The agreement covers how
intelligence is shared. And that's about all we know about it.
But that could be about to change.
The US government is being sued for information about the deal, officially
known as the United Kingdom-United States Communications Intelligence
Agreement. UK-based charity Privacy International has filed a lawsuit
against the National Security Agency, Office of the Director of National
Intelligence, the State Department and the National Archives and Records
Administration, which all hold information about the intelligence sharing
The lawsuit follows requests for details about the partnership under the US
Freedom of Information Act. All the government agencies rejected the
requests. [Read More: Burgess/wired/6Jul2017]
There May Soon be a New US Military
Service - for Space. American troops are currently serving
in 177 countries around the world. But if some members of Congress get their
way, US forces may soon be fighting in a brave new frontier: space.
A House Armed Services Committee proposal that’s making its way to the
Senate calls for taking the Air Force’s current space missions and giving
them to a brand-new branch of the US armed forces whose sole mission would
be to focus on space.
Welcome to the Space Corps. [Read More: Ward/vox/5Jul2017]
Five Eyes Wide Shut: GCHQ Withdraws From
the World? At a remote mountain resort in New Zealand
earlier this year, leaders of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance met for
their annual summit. At seventy-one years old, the Five Eyes alliance,
between Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and the United States,
remains the world’s most powerful intelligence partnership, and over decades
has endured crises from Suez, to the Falklands, to Iraq. Yet on the same day
in March 2017, two separate but linked events in both Washington and London
suggest the Five Eyes’ closest partners - Britain’s GCHQ and America’s NSA,
are beginning to diverge in their focus and mission.
On March 20 in Washington DC, sitting in front of perhaps the most
high-profile congressional intelligence committee since 9/11, the NSA
Director, Admiral Rogers, was asked if the NSA knew about Russian
interference in electronic voting systems in Michigan during the 2016
Presidential election. Firmly, Rogers responded: "No. I would highlight we
are a foreign intelligence service, not a domestic intelligence
organization". This was a mission shared by the NSA’s closest partner, GCHQ.
The agency’s foreign focus is enshrined in British law: the agency, along
with MI6, is answerable to the Foreign Secretary - in contrast, MI5 reports
to the Home Secretary.
Yet on the same day that Rogers reminded Congress of the NSA’s status as a
foreign intelligence agency, the British Government appointed Jeremy
Fleming, a domestic security official from MI5 as the new Director of GCHQ.
Whilst GCHQ has had many external appointees as Directors, this appointment
has significant consequences for transatlantic security relations, and none
of them can be considered positive.
The appointment of a career MI5 officer to lead GCHQ is bad news for the
Five Eyes alliance. The UK’s largest intelligence agency will inevitably
spend more resources assisting MI5’s domestic security priorities instead of
the long term and often difficult challenges of collecting electronic
intelligence on other nation states. In his acceptance speech, Fleming
himself described the organization’s role as "keeping Britain safe," a
phrase that now also appears on GCHQ’s own website and Twitter page. GCHQ’s
new domestic focus is increasingly at odds with NSA’s expeditionary foreign
intelligence mentality. [Read More: Colquhoun/raddingtonreport/5Jul2017]
Fighting Terror - There Could Be an App for
That. In the wake of a string of terror attacks, European
policymakers are grasping for ways to neutralize terrorist networks and
prevent future attacks. As they do so, they are overlooking an important
untapped resource: the Continent’s tech startup scene.
If Europe is serious about tackling terrorism, it should follow Washington’s
example and mine the industry where today’s innovative minds congregate. The
CIA is, for example, part-owner of Recorded Future, a Swedish tech firm that
scans internet content to predict events, including terror attacks.
That’s just one company the spy agency has invested in via In-Q-Tel, a
venture capital firm investing on behalf of US intelligence agencies.
When it comes to investments, In-Q-Tel acts exactly like conventional
venture capitalists (Google Ventures is among the Swedish firm’s other
investors). But the firm’s focus is not on the bottom line. Its goal is to
improve US national security, which it does through a series of small
investments targeting specific capabilities, according to the needs of the
US government’s agencies. [Read More: Braw/politico/2July2017]
China Spy. On Sept.20,
2014, agents of the Shanghai State Security Bureau of the Ministry of State
Security first contacted me in a bid to recruit me as a spy, requesting I
pass US state secrets to them in exchange for cash payments, write reports
mining my "Washington DC social network" preferably "in the State Department
and the National Security Council" on contentious issues of US "government
That began a flirtation that lasted more than two years as I attempted to
lure the Chinese into committing themselves to my active recruitment as a
This is not something to play with, especially as Edward Snowden’s massive
release of National Security Agency data demonstrated. The US closely
watches transmissions from suspicious foreign nationals and in some cases
can watch attempts to recruit spies even before they’re recruited.
Between 2008 and 2011, the US Justice Department arrested and prosecuted at
least 57 people for espionage working in the service of the Chinese passing
classified information, sensitive technology or trade secrets to
intelligence agencies, state-sponsored academic or ‘think tanks’, private
individuals, or fake businesses in China, according to the Associated Press.
Most are now in federal prisons. [Read More: Thayer/asiasentinel/4Jul2017]
Section IV - Obituaries
David Grinwis, 87, former senior CIA Operations Officer and Foreign Service Officer, died 5 July 2017 in Peterborough, NH of Alzheimer's disease. After graduating from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY in 1952, he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Signal Corps in Ethiopia, which inspired him to seek work with the U.S. government abroad. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1959 and served with distinction in Washington, the former Belgian Congo, Nigeria, Algeria and Israel. Various official and unofficial publications have revealed that he served as CIA's Chief of Base, Stanleyville, Congo, and in other CIA posts throughout his career. His experiences and those of four others at the American Consulate in Stanleyville in 1964 are the subject of Captive in the Congo: A Consul's Return to the Heart of Darkness by Michael P. E. Hoyt (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000) and described here in a Library of Congress interview describing Grinwis's senior CIA post in Stanleyville. In Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by New York Times reporter Tim Weiner, he indicates in his notes: "In a classic battle of the cold war: The capture of the CIA base chief, David Grinwis, is described in an unpublished interview with Grinwis at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. Grinwis, the American consul Mike Hoyt, and two CIA communicators were held for 114 days before Belgian paratroops freed them. ..." In Jeffrey H. Michaels (2012): "Breaking the Rules: The CIA and Counterinsurgency in the Congo 1964—1965," International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, 25:1, 130-159 which can be read here, more of Grinwis' brave service to the Agency and to the country is described in detail.
Grinwis is a member of the class of 1975 at the former National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington D.C., former member of Christ Church Georgetown and the Diplomatic and Consular Officers', Retired (DACOR) in Washington. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jane MacAskill Grinwis, a son and daughter, and other family.
Section V - Events
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING
July 2017, 11:30 AM - Colorado Springs, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain
Chapter hosts Dr. Schuyler Foerster, discussing "The US 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 US 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
To register of for more details, contact Tom VanWormer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, 24 August 2017, noon - MacDill AFB, FL - The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter hosts LTC Juan Carlos Garcia, CENTCOM, on Operations in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt
We have an informative program as we welcome LTC Juan Carlos Garcia, the Branch Chief for the Syria-Iraq-Levant in the CENTCOM J-3 Information Operations (CCJ3-IO) Division. His team is responsible for the planning, coordination and synchronization of Information Operations (IO) throughout the region encompassing Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. A strict policy of non-attribution will apply to LTC Garcia's remarks.
RSVP: Individuals wishing to attend must respond to the Chapter secretary at email@example.com, no later than Thursday, August 17. If individuals do not have base access, please contact the Chapter secretary for further information. The luncheon fee is $20.
LOCATION: MacDill AFB Surf's Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Boulevard, MacDill AFB, FL 33621.
13 September 2017 - New York, NY - The NY Metro Chapter Meeting
features Carol Rollie Flynn, former CIA Officer, speaking on
"Ethics in Intelligence."
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
Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
Timing: Registration starts at 5:30 pm, Speaker presentation starts at 6 pm.
Fee: $50/person. Payment at the door only. Cash or check. Full dinner, cash bar.
RSVP: Strongly recommended that you RSVP to insure space at event. Call or Email Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-717-3776.
September 2017, 11 am - 4 pm - Riverside, CA - AFIO Los Angeles
Chapter Tours Drone Pilot Training Program in special visit to March
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,
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
RSVP with Full Name of All Attendees: AFIO_LA@yahoo.com.
Questions? Contact Vincent Autiero, President, AFIO-Los Angeles Chapter,
5651 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Email him at AFIO_LA@yahoo.com.
If you haven't yet joined this active chapter, visit AFIO and then visit
their webpage: www.afio.org
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.
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: THURSDAY: • Opening Remarks by Jim Hughes, AFIO President; • NGA Overview and Q&A; • Video Presentation • Robert Cardillo, D/NGA, (invited) 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. FRIDAY: • "Active Measures - A Global Threat" - Includes agitprop, kompromat, fake news, political spin, hacks and ransomware, and other methods to harm U.S. businesses, citizens, and cohesiveness. • Chris Inglis, Professor in Cyber Security Studies, U.S. Naval Academy's Center for Cyber Security Studies. He is the former Deputy Director of NSA. • William "Bill" Evanina, Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), the 5th National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX). As the NCIX, he serves as the head of Counterintelligence (CI) for the U.S. Government and as the principal CI and security advisor to the Director of National Intelligence. • Thomas Rid, PhD, Professor of Security Studies at King's College London. Rid is an expert on "Attributing Cyber Attacks" explaining and improving the identification of network breaches and the perpetrators. • James Clapper, former DCI. • Senior officials from CIA, other agencies, and embassies TBA. Chapter workshop early Friday morning.
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.
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
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
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 www.spymuseum.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 www.spymuseum.org.
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 www.spymuseum.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 PenFedFoundation.org.
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
- 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
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 email@example.com or to her care at The Center for Cryptologic History, Suite 6886, 9800
Savage Road, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755.
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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