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Books of the Week.
"A brave and important book. Amy Knight has an expert understanding of Russia, its spy agencies, and the dark state created by Vladimir Putin and his KGB cronies. Putin's critics have an uncanny habit of falling dead and Knight tells this story with rare skill. Compelling." —Luke Harding, author of A Very Expensive Poison: The Murder of Alexander Litvinenko.
Russia is no stranger to political murder, from the tsars to the Soviets to the Putin regime, during which many journalists, activists and political opponents have been killed. Kremlin defenders like to say, “There is no proof,” however convenient these deaths have been for Putin, and, unsurprisingly, because he controls all investigations, Putin is never seen holding a smoking gun,. But Amy Knight offers mountains of circumstantial evidence that point to Kremlin involvement. Knight traces Putin’s journey from the Federal Security Service (FSB) in the late 1990s to his subsequent rise to absolute power as the Kremlin’s leader today, detailing the many bodies that got in the way.She shows that terrorist attacks in Russia, as well as the Boston Marathon bombing in the U.S., are part of the same campaign.
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Perhaps this will help avoid a second round with NK.
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTSDOJ Announces Crackdown on Leaks As Intelligence Agencies' Calls for Probes Triple. The Justice Department has experienced an "explosion" in the number of referrals, or requests for probes, this year from intelligence agencies over the leak of classified information, prompting the attorney general to consider whether to loosen regulations on when it can subpoena media organizations.
Section III - COMMENTARY
How to neutralize the North Korea threat: High-power microwaves could destroy vital missile electronics. ANALYSIS/OPINION: Whenever we hear about viable options for stopping North Korea's nuclear ambitions, the answer is always the same: There are none. Any military strike against that country would result in retaliation against South Korea, we are told. But what has gone largely unnoticed in the media is that there are viable alternatives to waiting passively until North Korea has the capability of wiping out millions of Americans with nuclear weapons. The first is the U.S. Air Force's development of missiles that zap electronics with high-power microwaves (HPM). That capability, which is entirely different from cyberwarfare designed to confuse computers, has been advancing secretly ever since the Air Force successfully tested use of a missile equipped with HPM in 2012. Called the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), the missile was built by Boeing's Phantom Works for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at a cost of $38 million. The Boeing missile emits high power microwaves that fry computer chips so that no electronic devices targeted by the missile can operate... [Read More: Kessler/WTimes/10July2017]
Jack Devine on Trump politics, relations with Russia, global dynamics, security, and North Korea. Jack Devine's [The Arkin Group] Summer Intelligence Report - July 2017, includes his take on Trump politics, relations with Russia, global dynamics, security, and North Korea. Excerpt on Relations with Russia -- In the meantime, a reset with Russia will be much harder given the strong indications from the Intelligence Community that the Russians hacked the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Despite the media's obsession with the Russia story, including the recent news of Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians during the campaign, I am sticking with my earlier Forecast that evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government will remain elusive. That's not to say that the Special Counsel won't find indications of murky contacts and business dealings and won't feel compelled, especially after such a major investigation and cost, to bring a few lesser charges such as falsifying official documents and making false statements to law enforcement officials. But, ultimately... [Read More: Devine/TAG]Oh, Wait. Maybe It Was Collusion. Did the Trump campaign collude with Russian agents trying to manipulate the course of the 2016 election? Some analysts have argued that the media has made too much of the collusion narrative; that Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr.ís meeting with Kremlin-linked Russians last year was probably innocent (if ill-advised); or that Russian operatives probably meant for the meeting to be discovered because they were not trying to recruit Mr. Kushner and Mr. Trump as agents, but mainly trying to undermine the American political system.
Edward L. Benz, 76, an exceptional NSA Engineer and R&D Official, died 14 January 2017 at his home in Long Neck, DE. Ed attended New Jersey Institute of Technology and Stanford University. He joined NSA in 1968 and his career spanned a variety of progressively more responsible assignments in the Research & Development organization. Along with Jack Devine, Ed was responsible for the architecture, systems engineering and integration work for the largest unified collection, processing and forwarding system the Agency had ever developed and fielded. Ed was known and respected for his candor and wise career counsel. He mentored an entire generation of Agency engineers and technical program managers. Ed was easily recognized in his white shoes, white belts and in his canary-yellow pants. Ed and his family enjoyed a three year assignment Australia after which he became deputy of the combined research, development and technology activity for the Agency.
After his retirement in 1998, Ed settled in Delaware. Ed was the ultimate entertainer and always had a bottle of your favorite wine or beer when you came for a visit. Edward became an avid golfer where he organized senior golfing leagues at Baywood Greens and spent many evenings with friends at the clubhouse. When not on the golf course, he enjoyed spending time at the beach and with his family. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Johanna, two sons and a daughter, and other family.
Vincent Neil DiRenzo, 88, a CIA Photo Interpreter who played role in discovering Soviet missiles in Cuba, died 17 July 2017 in Ashburn, VA.
Vince DiRenzo grew up in Shenandoah, PA, enlisted in the Marines immediately after high school graduation, and after four years serving in the Philippines and Guam, DiRenzo returned to get a bachelor's degree in geography and chemistry from East Stroudsberg State Teachers College. While a graduate student at Clark University, DiRenzo was approached by a CIA recruiter who encouraged him to utilize his military training and geography expertise to support US intelligence efforts. He entered the CIA in 1956 and his first job was with NPIC (National Photographic Interpretation Center) as a photo interpreter examining images taken by U-2 spyplanes, a new program. In October 1962 DiRenzo, leader of an NPIC team, discovered that the Soviets had installed multiple missile systems on the island. The team's alarming discovery withstood the scrutiny of each level within the agency hierarchy and finally made it to President Kennedy. The decision by Kennedy to confront the Soviet Union led to the 13 days in October of 1962 which brought the world to the brink of nuclear destruction and resulted in Khrushchev's announcement on 28 October that the Soviets would dismantle and remove the missiles. As an acknowledgment of the significance of this intelligence coup, DiRenzo received many awards, including a Presidential Commendation from President Kennedy and the Intelligence Medal of Merit. In 2002 at the 40th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, DiRenzo and his team were inducted into the Hall of Fame for the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (the forerunner of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency). DiRenzo retired from the CIA in 1984. He is survived by Estelle, his wife of 62 years, four children, and other family..
Robert Francis Kelley, 86, a CIA Operations Officer, died 2 August 2017 in Potomac, MD. Robert received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University in 1952 and 1953. He served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956 and then joined CIA where he spent 35 years as an Operations Officer with postings in Berlin, Munich, Tokyo, and Ottawa. He is survived by his wife, Mary, four sons, and other family. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Raphael Catholic Church, Falls and Dunster Roads, Rockville, MD on Thursday, 17 August at 10:30 a.m.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Saturday, 9 September 2017, 11:30am - Patrick AFB, FL - The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter Hears from Dr. Scott Tilley on "Big Data."
The Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Dr. Scott Tilley on "Big Data, the Era of Yottabytes and Developments in Machine Learning." This talk describes the current big data landscape, provides an overview of some of the tools available to manage massive datasets, and discusses some of the possible impacts of big data and predictive analytics on businesses and society at large in the coming years.
Location: The Tides Collocated Club, Patrick Air Force Base, 1001 North Highway, A1A S Atlantic Ave, Patrick AFB, FL 32925.
To Attend: Prepaid reservations are required which must be received by 5 September 2017. To reserve, contact FSC Chapter President at email@example.com. Menu Choices are: Sole stuffed with crab meat (F) or sliced flank steak (B).
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 Cafť 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
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 breakfast workshop meeting is Friday morning at the hotel starting at 7:30 a.m.
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. Chapter breakfast workshop meeting is Friday morning at the hotel starting at 7:30 a.m. 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 FranÁaise 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."
Registration is now open for the 2017 NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium - "How Cyber Has Changed the World Around Us" - on 18 October from 0900 to 1500 hours in Laurel, MD. Guest speakers include Dr. Mary Aiken, renowned Irish forensic cyberpsychologist and author of The Cyber Effect, as well as Mr. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, award-winning writer and recent author of The Spy Who Couldn't Spell. The program will also feature a panel discussion on the impact of cyber on future social, political, and economic climates, featuring experts from the field, such as Mr. Robert B. Dix, Dr. Mike Warner, and Professor Bill Nolte. Registration is $25 for NCMF members and $50 for guests (includes complimentary one-year NCMF membership). Deadline to register is 13 October. And remember - this year our program precedes the 2017 CCH Symposium on Cryptologic History. Please note registration for the CCH Symposium is separate (see below listing). Click HERE to go directly to NCMF program ticket purchase. Additional details
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."
Registration is now open for the 2017 CCH Symposium on Cryptologic History, 19-20 October 2017 (with additional events at the NCM on 21 October). The theme for this year's Symposium is "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.
View the preliminary program details via the PDF link on the Event Calendar Page. Registration deadline is 13 October. Learn more via the event calendar. To purchase your tickets now do so here.
Location: Kossiakoff Conference Center, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland.
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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