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Books of the Week - highlighting the importance of Codes and Ciphers and NSA.
The Woman Who Smashed Codes:
The book may be ordered here.
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
When Hidden Figures—the book and movie—were released, Americans were surprised to learn that women played an instrumental role at NASA in the 1960s. They played even more significant roles -- secret ones -- during WWII. Some 11,000 women ( 70% of the Army’s, 80% of the Navy’s codebreaking forces) served the war effort as codebreakers. In addition to breaking enemy codes, they also tested American codes, ran complicated office machines, built libraries of intelligence, and worked as translators. At first, the military recruited only college-educated women strong in science, math, or languages; later, as the field rapidly expanded, many thousands more women were welcomed. The jobs were intensely difficult, stimulating, and vital to the war effort. A well-researched, compellingly written, crucial addition to the literature of American involvement in World War II. —Kirkus Reviews
The book may be ordered here.
Working on the Dark Side of the Moon: Life Inside the National Security Agency
Into this climate comes this well-intentioned small book by a lifelong statistics/engineering professor (MIT, Harvard, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) who spent a few late-career years as an NSA employee and contractor. While the author seeks to "put a human face on the people who work in this secret world: their character, motivations, frustrations, sense of humor," the extensive redactions lead to a hard to follow account. And it is clear the author burned a number of bridges in his unwavering goal of getting published. His adherence to the push-and-pull of NSA's publication review process deserves respect, for he was breaking new ground seeking to cover the climate and atmosphere of employment in the halls of NSA. Without the redactions, which the author has left visible in the 120 pages, the publication would be far thinner. Also, be warned: the book is filled with typographic errors and needed a proofreader.
These problems aside, it might be a useful and quick introduction to mid-career people considering working for NSA, for an inside look at the camaraderie and dedication in a world of intense security and constant reminders of the risks the US faces unrecognized by the general public who blissfully go on with their lives "outside the wire." Willemain spent three years alternating between his life "outside" and "inside" NSA and at an affiliated nearby think tank (Institute for Defense Analyses/Center for Computing Sciences). Once inside, Dr. Willemain was challenged to adjust to life in an intense, complex, highly cerebral and security-aware organization. One joins him in being inspired and grateful for all those brilliant and quirky colleagues he meets, the freedom they are given to solve often insolvable problems, and the clear-headed way they handle the moral challenges of wielding math and statistics as part of the Kill Chain during these years of major security threats against the US and our allies. He sums up his experiences as some of the most rewarding time of his entire career -- something we've heard from most NSA retirees. He shows the positive side of an Agency whose secrecy hides fully dedicated men and women devoted to protecting the country while honoring the Constitution.
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTSSaudi King Overhauls Security Services Following Royal Shakeup. Saudi King Salman on Thursday decreed the consolidation of counter-terrorism and domestic intelligence under a new body, in a major overhaul of the security apparatus weeks after the interior minister was ousted from the royal succession.
Section III - COMMENTARYEspionage Against the US Continues, Even After the Cold War. There are still people who think of espionage as part of the old Cold War and in the past. The reality is that espionage is all around us.
Patricia Bamett-Brubaker, 102, former OSS, and Deputy Director of INR at State Department, died of a stroke on 1 June 2017 in Mitchellville, MD. She joined the State Department after WWII and retired in 1980 as Deputy Director of the Office of Intelligence (INR) for East Asia and the Pacific. Mrs. Barnett-Brubaker was born Patricia Glover in White Plains, NY, and moved to the Washington area in 1943 to work for the Office of Strategic Services, a brief wartime intelligence service. She was active maintaining hiking trails as a member of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. At the ages of 75, 80, 85 and 90, she hiked the full 184 miles of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
Olive Yang. She was born
to royalty in British colonial Burma, but rejected that life to become a
cross-dressing warlord whose CIA-supplied army established opium trade
routes across the Golden Triangle. By the time of her death, last week at
90, she had led hundreds of men, endured prison and torture, generated
gossip for her relationship with a film actress and, finally, helped forge
a truce between ethnic rebels and the government.
Olive Yang grew up as one of 11 children in an ethnic Chinese family of hereditary rulers of what was then the semiautonomous Shan state of Kokang. According to relatives, she wore boys' clothes, refused to bind her feet and frequently fell in love with her brothers' romantic interests.
Concerned about their unconventional daughter, her parents arranged for her to marry a younger cousin. Shortly after she became pregnant, archives show, she left her husband to pursue a life among opium-trafficking bandits. Her son, Duan Jipu - named for the American jeeps Ms. Yang had seen in the Chinese city of Kunming during World War II - was raised by other family members.
Ms. Yang's pursuit of a career as a militia leader and opium smuggler grew in part out of her desperation to escape traditional gender roles, her relatives said. "It was a temptation she couldn't resist," wrote her niece Jackie Yang in "House of Yang," a family history published in 1997. [Read More: Paluch/nytimes/21Jul2017]
Charles Edward "Charlie"
Jackson, former CIA. Charles Edward "Charlie" Jackson, 82, died Sunday, 9 July 2017.
Charlie attended Memphis State University for one semester before enlisting in the US Air Force in January 1953. Following tours in the United States and England, Charlie returned to Memphis in 1956 where he completed his degree work at Memphis State in 1959. In January 1960, he embarked on a distinguished 32-year career with CIA.
Charlie was a true patriot. He was as proud of his service in the US Air Force as an enlisted man as he was of his service as a senior officer in the CIA. He loved his country and served it well in Africa, Asia and Washington, DC. [Read More: thomasfuneral/9July2017]
Thomas O. Dixon, 94, former NSA SIGINT EXPERT, died of prostate cancer 21 July 2017 in Edgewater, MD. Tom earned his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1947 and an MPA from American University. During WWII, he served in the US Army 203rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons Battalion) using his engineering and math skills to direct fire on enemy aircraft, V2 rockets and later in the war, enemy positions. Tom trained in the US and Scotland and participated in combat in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. From 1947 to 1955, Tom worked at the Naval Research Laboratory, specializing in precision measurements of underwater sound instrumentation, where he made the first deep-water underwater sound propagation measurements between submarines and surface ships. In 1955, he moved to NSA where he remained until 1989, specializing in the design of HF radio equipment, HF antennas, and field testing of experimental equipment, mostly overseas. After retiring from the government, he designed large computer-controlled antenna switching systems that were used worldwide. While consulting for Aiken Advanced Systems, he was responsible for the development of two patents for signal distribution systems technologies. Tom was also one of the principal founders of Utica Systems, which became Digital Receiver Technology (DRT), where he served on the board of directors until its acquisition by Boeing Corporation. He was four times the president of the Potomac Chapter of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers, and in 2009 was elected an organization Fellow. He was also a member of several other associations, and was a proud member of The Phoenix Society. He enjoyed computers, woodworking, gardening, model railroading, boating, and RV camping. He is survived by his companion of five years, Kathryn Tauber; a son and two daughters, and other family. [Read More: KalasFuneralHome]
Section V - Events
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
Saturday, 12 August 2017, 11am - 3pm - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hears from Lt Gen Rick Tryon (USMC - Ret) on ISIS and the Taylor Leadership Institute at the University of North Florida.
Chapter President Dane Baird has lined up an
excellent speaker: Lt. Gen. Rick Tryon, USMC (Ret.), who will be talking about ISIS, with which he is quite familiar, as well
as a bit about the Taylor Leadership Institute at the University of
North Florida that he heads. The "Lightning Round" is alive and well!
Please advise Bill Webb of any topic(s) you might like to pursue --
contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (850) 668-5752 as soon as possible.
Event location: the Country Club of Orange Park.
FEE: $24 pp for event and meal.
RSVP: With only four weeks to go before the meeting, respond to Quiel Begonia at email@example.com or call at (904) 545-9549 also as soon as possible, as the club needs 20+ attendees. Let's try to top the outstanding turnout we had in May! Remember that family, guests and potential members are always welcome to our meetings.
Thursday, 17 August 2017, 6:30pm - West Bloomfield, Michigan - AFIO Johnny Micheal Spann Memorial Chapter, Michigan hears from FBI SAC David Gelios.
The speaker at the AFIO Michigan Chapter meeting will be David P. Gelios, FBI SAC Detroit. Gelios most recently served as the chief inspector of the FBI's Inspection Division, as well as the Inspection Division's acting deputy assistant director from June 2014 until March 2015. As the chief inspector, Mr. Gelios oversaw all FBI field office inspections, national program reviews, and agent-involved shooting investigations.
To attend or additional information, contact Charles Kirkpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org. More about the chapter is at www.afiomichigan.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.
Wednesday, 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 a number of senior executive positions at the Agency including: Associate Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center; Executive Director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center; Chief of Station in major posts in Southeast Asia and Latin America; and Director of CIA's Leadership Academy. Ms. Flynn is currently Managing Principal at Singa Consulting, a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy and School of Foreign Service/Security Studies Program.
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.
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 US Citizen.
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.
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: 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 US businesses, citizens, and
cohesiveness. • Chris Inglis, Professor in Cyber
Security Studies, US 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 US 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 $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
Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 7 to 8:45 PM - McLean, VA - Westminster Institute hosts David Des Roches on "Push and Pull of Religious Extremism: Who Are the Terrorists, How Are they Recruited, What Can We Do?"
David Des Roches, Associate
Professor, Near East South Asia Center, discusses "Push and Pull of
Religious Extremism: Who Are the Terrorists, How Are they Recruited,
What Can We Do?" at this Westminster Institute evening event. Des Roches
is Associate Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Security
Studies at National Defense University. Prior to this, he was the
Defense Department director responsible for policy concerning Saudi
Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and
Yemen. Where: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101
Register here. Questions: Robert R. Reilly, Director, The Westminster Institute, at 703-288-2885 or email@example.com.
15 August 2017, 11:30am - McLean, VA - DIF Luncheon with Greg Bristol on "Human Trafficking from a DOD/DIA Perspective."
The Defense Intelligence Forum hosts Greg H.
Bristol speaking on "Human Trafficking from a DOD/DIA
Bristol is a former FBI Special Agent who worked on foreign counterintelligence, public corruption, corporate fraud, and civil rights cases. He later became a Special Agent with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, working complex contract fraud cases. He currently is an instructor with the University of Louisville's Southern Police Institute, where he teaches Advanced Human Trafficking investigations. He is also a US DoJ Office for Victims of Crimes human trafficking consultant.
Event location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA Fee: Pay $30 pp at door with a check payable to DIAA, Inc. Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged.
RSVP: Make reservations by 15 August 2017 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among chicken parmesan, trout lemone, lasagna, grill sausages with sweet peppers, fettuccini with portobella, manicotti with spinach and ricotta, or cannelloni alla bolognese for your luncheon selection. Please send your luncheon selection with your reservation to reduce the wait time for your food!!!
Saturday, 19 August 2017, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Allan Topol: Washington Power Play - at the International Spy Museum
Join the International Spy Museum for an in-store book signing of Washington Power Play by Allan Topol. Washington Power Play spins a tale of international intrigue, deception, and corruption at the highest levels of power. Kelly Cameron, a young FBI agent, has just thwarted a terrorist attack on the Walter Reed hospital in Washington, and is now placed in charge of a task force to find a mole in the US Government. She soon finds evidence of a plot initiated by the Chinese government supporting General Cartwright to be elected as the US President. Event is free. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Spies on Screen: Bon Voyage - at the International Spy Museum
Paris 1940, the German occupation is imminent. Among the citizens swirling through the chaotic City of Light are escapees from prison, a movie-star lover of an important government official, and a physicist and his assistant who have something to hide. This 2003 ensemble film featuring Isabelle Adjani and Gerard Depardieu includes German spies, the French Resistance, romance, and a corpse. Not to mention a shipment of heavy water-which the French desperately want to keep the Germans from using to produce nuclear weapons. Along with the evening's screening of Bon Voyage, enjoy popcorn and sparkling French soda almost as delicious as the characters' chemistry in the film! In French with English subtitles; screening at the Spy Museum. Cosponsored by the Alliance Française de Washington. Tickets for the general public: $10 per person; Members: $8. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
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 email@example.com
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 PenFedFoundation.org.
18 October 2017, 9 am - 3 pm - Laurel, MD - NCMF General Meeting & Symposium: "How Cyber has Changed the World Around Us."
SAVE THE DATE. Information coming in July. Details
will be at www.cryptologicfoundation.org.
Event location: The Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory.
19 - 20 October 2017 - Laurel, MD - 16th NSA/CSS Center for Cryptologic History Symposium: "Milestones, Memories, and Momentum."
SAVE THE DATE. Information forthcoming. This
symposium will be followed on 21 October 2017 with tours and workshops
at the National Cryptologic Museum.
Location: Kossiakoff Conference Center, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland.
For more about the program, visit www.nsa.gov
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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