AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #31-17 dated 15 August 2017

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - OBITUARIES

Obituaries

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

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Book of the Week.

Fractured Continent: Europe's Crises and the Fate of the West
Fractured Continentby William Drozdiak
(W. W. Norton & Company, Sept 2017)
Examination of how the political and social volatility in Europe impacts the US and the rest of the world. The dream of a United States of Europe is unraveling in the wake of several crises now afflicting the continent. The single Euro currency threatens to break apart amid bitter arguments between rich northern creditors and poor southern debtors. Russia is back as an aggressive power, annexing Crimea, supporting rebels in eastern Ukraine, and waging media and cyber warfare against the West. Marine Le Pen’s National Front won a record 34 percent of the French presidential vote despite the election of Emmanuel Macron. Europe struggles to cope with nearly two million unassimilable refugees who claim they fled conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. Britain has voted to leave the European Union after forty-three years, the first time a member state has opted to quit the world’s leading commercial bloc. At the same time, President Trump has vowed to pursue America First policies that may curtail US security guarantees and seek fairer trade agreements (and cause possible conflicts) with its allies abroad. These developments and a growing backlash against globalization have contributed to a loss of faith in mainstream ruling parties throughout the West. Voters in the US and Europe are abandoning traditional ways of governing in favor of authoritarian, populist, and nationalist alternatives, raising a profound threat to the future of our democracies.
What Drozdiak sees as the noble European experiment of a united democratic order since the end of the Cold War—underpinned by the expansion of NATO, the creation of the euro, and passport-free travel within Europe—is now imploding. A melting pot that, in the end, does not melt. Unchecked immigration and antiglobalization backlash is at the root of much of it, he suggests. A timely, useful study of how the new reality of a “post-Washington Europe” may revive nationalism.

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Speakers and Venues

DAY ONE: "Succeeding in the Open―The Future of GEOINT" at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and

DAY TWO: "Active Measure―A Global Threat" at the Doubletree-Hilton

Thursday & Friday, 28 to 29 September 2017

Hotel: DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA

Registration for SYMPOSIUM 2017 is underway. Register securely ONLINE now to ensure a place.

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 breakfast workshop meeting is Friday morning at the hotel; 7 am breakfast begins, meeting portion starts at 7:30 am.

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.
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Kuwait Says Arrests 12 Convicted in 2015 Iran Spy Case.  Kuwaiti authorities have arrested 12 people convicted in absentia of spying for Iran and Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

Kuwait had charged 25 of its nationals - all of them Shi'ites - and an Iranian citizen after the discovery of guns and explosives in a raid on the so-called "Abdali cell" in 2015, which escalated sectarian tensions.

Kuwaiti prosecutors alleged that the men intended to carry out "hostile acts" against Kuwait.

One person was sentenced to death, the rest to prison terms. In June, Kuwait's highest court overturned the death sentence and reduced some of the prison terms while increasing others.  [Read More:  El Sharif/reuters/12Aug2017]

Somalia: Al Shabaab Publicly Executes Two Men Accused of Spying.  The Al Qaida-linked Al Shabaab group has publicly executed two men accused of spying for the Intelligence of southern semi-autonomous state of Jubbaland on Saturday, Garowe Online reports.

The group announced it killed Ibrahim Abukar, 27, Sidii Ahmed Mohamed, 26 by firing squad in an open area in Jamame district in Lower Jubba region, some 70Km north of the port city of Kismayo.

An al Shabaab court in Jamame has sentenced Abukar and Mohamed to death penalty after being found guilty of charges of espionage and collaborating with Jubbaland state forces in the region.

According to sources, masked fighters from the militant group killed the two men using bullets, while hundreds of local residents, including women and children gathered to watch the execution.  [Read More:  garoweonline/12Aug2017]

German Prosecutors Investigating Alleged Vietnam Espionage.  Germany's federal prosecutors say they've opened an investigation into whether Vietnam conducted illegal espionage in Berlin, after a Vietnamese national wanted by that country on embezzlement charges was kidnapped here and spirited home.

Federal prosecutors said in a statement Thursday they believe Trinh Xuan Thanh was kidnapped July 23 in the German capital.

Vietnam had requested the extradition of Thanh, 51, on embezzlement charges, which carry the death penalty.

He'd sought asylum in Germany and German authorities kicked Vietnam's intelligence attache out of the country after the alleged kidnapping and summoned the ambassador.  [Read More:  cnbc/10Aug2017]

UAE Court Convicts Iran National of Espionage.  A court in the United Arab Emirates convicted an Iranian national yesterday of spying for his country and aiding its nuclear program, sentencing him to 10 years in prison and subsequent deportation, Gulf News reported.

Reda Mohamed Hussein Muzaffar, the 48-year-old Iranian national, was convicted of espionage and fraud after he allegedly smuggled equipment and devices into the country that are likely to be used in Iran’s nuclear programme.

The UAE’s Federal Court of Appeal also found Muzaffar guilty of damaging relations between the United Arab Emirates and the United States by importing equipment from the United States and smuggling it into Iran in violation of international sanctions that were imposed on Tehran at the time.

Muzaffar’s conviction is the latest in a series of cases in which UAE authorities have prosecuted people for smuggling or spying for Iran.  [Read More:  middleeastmonitor/11Aug2017]

NGA Director Hopes to Foster Next "Unicorn" by Inviting Innovators to Feed at Agency’s Data Trough.  The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency plans to establish a public-private partnership that would allow companies and academic researchers to dip into its vast geospatial-data archive in exchange for access to the new products and services they create, like change-detection algorithms, hyperspectral imagery applications or automated ways to label objects in images.

"Our idea is to invest the data into the US economy, US companies, universities and inventors," NGA Director Robert Cardillo said Aug. 7 at the annual Conference on Small Satellites here. "We give data and get back data and technology in return."

Cardillo’s announcement comes less than a month after NGA awarded a $14 million contract to smallsat success story Planet for a year’s worth of imagery from its fleet of more than 140 active remote-sensing Dove cubesats.

The US government has decades worth of geospatial imagery labeled to identify its contents as well as maps and other types of geographic information system (GIS) data.  [Read More:  Werner/spacenews/8Aug2017]

Chinese Quantum Satellite Sends 'Unbreakable' Code.  China has sent an "unbreakable" code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realized, state media said on Thursday.

China launched the world's first quantum satellite last August, to help establish "hack proof" communications, a development the Pentagon has called a "notable advance".

The official Xinhua news agency said the latest experiment was published in the journal Nature on Thursday, where reviewers called it a "milestone".

The satellite sent quantum keys to ground stations in China between 645 km (400 miles) and 1,200 km (745 miles) away at a transmission rate up to 20 orders of magnitude more efficient than an optical fiber, Xinhua cited Pan Jianwei, lead scientist on the experiment from the state-run Chinese Academy of Sciences, as saying.  [Read More:  Martina/reuters/10Agu2017]



Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Transcript: CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Face the Nation, Aug. 13, 2017.  Trying to discern how much of North Korea's threatening language is backed up by  genuine military capability is, in large part, the mandate of CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who sat down on Sunday with CBS News in Washington to discuss that, and the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A transcript of the interview, which aired Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, on Face the Nation, is below.  [Read More:  cbsnews/13Aug2017]

Experts Say Journalists Could Be Espionage Act's Next Frontier.  In the nearly 100 years since enactment of the 1918 Espionage Act, the government has chosen - out of respect for press freedom - not to prosecute journalists.

That harmony skipped a beat last week, however, when the Justice Department announced it would review media-subpoena policies to address the leaky faucet of classified leaks.

Although Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wasted little time in walking back the agency’s Aug. 4 announcement, saying Sunday that the DOJ won’t prosecute journalists, national-security attorney Mark Zaid warned that this policy choice should not be mistaken for a legal one.

The Espionage Act "absolutely allows" for the criminal prosecution of journalists, Zaid said. "There’s no exception at all that would give any type of cover legally under the First Amendment, or statutorily, for journalists," he added.  [Read More:  Eakin,Ryan/courthousenews/11Aug2017]

Cold War Files Show CIA Support for Guerrilla Warfare Inside USSR (Part I).  Recently declassified documents from the archive of the Central Intelligence Agency detail financial and material support given by the United States to groups of armed guerrillas in Soviet Latvia in the 1950s. The documents, initially marked ‘Top Secret’ but now declassified, show that the CIA was aware and supported the activities of an anti-Soviet guerrilla army known as ‘the Forest Brothers’. Known also as ‘the Forest Brethren’, the group was formed in the Baltic States in 1944, as the Soviet Red Army established Soviet control over the previously German-occupied states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Soviet Union had previously occupied and annexed the three Baltic countries, in a failed attempt to pre-empt Germany’s eastward military expansion. Groups like the Forest Brothers consisted of the most militant members of anti-Soviet groups in the Baltic States, many of whom were ideologically opposed to Soviet Communism.

The role of the CIA in funding and helping to organize anti-Soviet groups inside the USSR has been known for decades. But the recently released documents, unearthed by Russian-language service of Latvian state television, shed light into the CIA’s early understanding of the identity, strength and operations of these groups. They also contain new information about the background and structure of underground anti-Soviet groups like the Forest Brothers in Latvia.  [Read More:  Fitsanakis/intelnews/10Aug2017]

How Peter Thiel's Secretive Data Company Pushed Into Policing.  When Sergeant Lee DeBrabander marked a case confidential in the Long Beach drug squad’s Palantir data analysis system in November 2014, he expected key details to remain hidden from unauthorized users’ eyes. In police work, this can be crucial - a matter of life and death, even. It often involves protecting vulnerable witnesses, keeping upcoming operations hush hush, or protecting a fellow police officer who’s working undercover.

Yet not long after, someone working in the gang crimes division ran a car license plate mentioned in his case and was able to read the entire file. "Can you please look at this?" DeBrabander wrote to a Palantir engineer in an email, which was obtained by Backchannel in response to public records requests.

Palantir had been selling its data storage, analysis, and collaboration software to police departments nationwide on the basis of rock-solid security. "Palantir Law Enforcement provides robust, built-in privacy and civil liberties protections, including granular access controls and advanced data retention capabilities," its website reads.

But DeBrabander had a hard time getting Palantir to respond, emails show.  [Read More:  Harris/wired/9Aug2017]

Bletchley Park Brain Teasers Bids for Christmas Hit.  Headline is among publishers hoping to emulate the success of Christmas bestseller the GCHQ Puzzle Book (Michael Joseph) after commissioning Bletchley Park Brain Teasers, a book of puzzles supported by Bletchley Park, home of Britain's codebreakers during World War Two.

The book, due to publish in trade paperback on 19th October in time for the Christmas market, was inspired by Bletchley Park recruiters' search for top-level code breakers, drawing on the tests they would have used - hidden codes, crosswords, secret languages, complex riddles - as well as the "fascinating recruitment stories that surround them".

Publishing Director Sarah Emsley, who commissioned writer, historian and Bletchley Park expert Sinclair McKay to write the book, acquired world rights through Anna Power at Johnson & Alcock.

It follows the success of 2016 hit, the GCHQ Puzzle Book (Michael Joseph), which has sold 260,304 copies for £2.36m to date through Nielsen BookScan and had retailers scrambling for stock last Christmas. It also appears to have prompted another book of the same ilk from Boxtree called Spy School: Train Your Memory Like a KGB Agent. Boxtree's book of puzzles, test tricks and brain hacks are the same that produced "the most skillful spies the world has ever seen", according to Boxtree, and is due out this November, priced £9.99.  [Read More:  Cowdrey/thebookseller/9Aug2017]

John le Carré Goes Back Into the Cold.  John le Carré’s triumph (and consequent burden) is that he created characters and language so evocative of the spy world that they became more real in readers’ minds than real people or events. This happens occasionally with books or movies: Our images of the old South are inseparable from the way it was portrayed in Gone With the Wind. It’s said that even real-life members of the Mafia learn how mobsters are supposed to talk by watching The Godfather.

So, too, with le Carré’s books. Intelligence officers nowadays speak of "moles," the word le Carré popularized for what used to be known as "penetration agents" or "sleepers." Every reader knows the basics of surveillance tradecraft, thanks to le Carré’s evocation of the "pavement artists" who work for the "Lamplighters" division of the "Circus."  And George Smiley is surely more vivid than any actual senior officer of MI6 ever was. Pity the real-life "C," who had to compete with Alec Guinness’s portrayal of Smiley in the BBC serializations of le Carré’s books.

The challenge for le Carré is that these celebrated characters now belong as much to readers as to the author. When he writes in his new book that Smiley is "owlish," some readers may roll their eyes - please, we know what Smiley looks like. I suspect that’s one reason le Carré, after writing Smiley’s People, mostly walked away from his original characters and created new ones for the second half of his career. Many of le Carré’s later books weren’t as good, in my judgment, but he had some unencumbered space in which to write.

Le Carré’s challenge is the sort that other writers dream about.  [Read More:  Ignatius/theatlantic/Sep2017]

27 Western Spy Tools Confiscated by the Soviet KGB.  RBTH presents a collection of special spy equipment and weapons that were seized from foreign spies by Soviet and Russian counterintelligence agents, and border officials.  [Read More:  Egorov/rbth/9Aug2017]

BOOK REVIEW: Three Minutes to Doomsday.  Clyde Lee Conrad and Rodney Ramsey may not be as well-known as Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen, John Walker or other infamous spies and traitors, but according to Gen. Glenn K. Otis, the commander in chief of the US Army European Command from 1983 to 1988, their acts of espionage had left the West so vulnerable and stripped of its own defensive capabilities that its defeat would have been assured had the Soviets acted on their intelligence and launched an all-out war.

Conrad, Ramsey and others in this spy ring gave the Soviets American’s defensive war plans, nuclear launch codes and other military secrets. It was a devastating breach of security.

As former FBI Special Agent Joe Navarro recounts in his book, Three Minutes to Doomsday: An Agent, a Traitor, and the Worst Espionage Breach in History, he became involved in this decade-long espionage investigation on Aug. 23, 1988 when he was instructed to locate and interview Roderick James Ramsey.

The message stated that Ramsey was last known to be living in Tampa, Florida, and Agent Navarro was to interview him "regarding his knowledge of or association with Clyde Lee Conrad, while stationed at 8th ID, Bad Kreuznach, West Germany: service years 1983-85. INSCOM (Army Intelligence) will liaise and assist: locate, interview, report."  [Read More:  Davis/washingtontimes/10Aug2017]

Cover Lifted, a CIA Spy Offers His Take on Trump and Russia.  On a steamy August afternoon in McLean, Va., not far from CIA headquarters, Daniel Hoffman sits on a coffee shop terrace and reminisces about summer afternoons spent in a different place.

"There's a tennis court, and a little dacha with a sauna," says Hoffman. "And then a big dacha where families could go and get out of the city in the summer and relax."

"The city" is Moscow, and Hoffman is talking about a US diplomatic compound in its suburbs. One of two facilities that Russia just announced it's seizing. This, as President Vladimir Putin demands the US cut 755 staff from its embassy and consulates.

Hoffman is a three-time CIA station chief who spent a total of five years in Moscow. Recently retired, his cover is now lifted. As he sips a cup of green tea, Hoffman shares some thoughts about the ongoing Russia drama.  [Read more:  Kelly/NPR/8August2017]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Marriage of Convenience? Liberals and the Intelligence Community Come Together Over the Russia Connection.  As Americans gathered to watch James Comey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a meme emerged on certain corners of the left-leaning internet: people had a crush on the former FBI director. It was his patriotism, his scrupulousness, his integrity that did it. "Get you a man who loves you like [C]omey loves the FBI," wrote one commenter. "Is COMEY...attractive?" asked another. Declared one: "Comey should be the next Bachelor."

The trend may have started with Comey, but it hasn’t ended with him. Earlier this month, Vogue reported that special counsel Robert Mueller, too, has been transformed into an unlikely object of adoration.

The point of these outbursts of affection - whatever level of queasiness or amusement they might inspire - is not actually that anyone finds the former FBI director or the special counsel attractive. In the odd parlance of the internet, this kind of language is a way to express intense emotional involvement with an issue. Half-jokingly and with some degree of self-awareness, the many people who profess their admiration are projecting their swirling anxiety and anticipation over the Russia investigation and the fate of the Trump presidency onto Mueller and Comey. Facetious admissions of crushes are only one manifestation of this emotional entanglement. Benjamin Wittes, who has been open about his friendship with Comey, has told me that his Twitter feed and email inbox have been "flooded" with expressions of support and appreciation for the former FBI director.

But even among the president’s most aggressive opponents on the left, the admiration is far from universal.  [Read More:  Jurecic/lawfareblog/13Aug2017]

There Can Be No Backing Down to North Korea - Here's Why | Opinion.  I'll never forget the tension I felt flying back to South Korea during Thanksgiving week in 2010, after completing military training in Arizona.

I had been stationed in the country for thirteen months, and North Korea had just launched an attack on South Korea, firing artillery shells at South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island - an act that killed two civilians and two marines, and injured more than a dozen others.

I knew there would be tensions across the peninsula and delays in the airport, and wondered if I would even make it home to my wife and young son, who were waiting for me at our house in Waegwan, near Camp Carroll. The feeling of apprehension that gripped me was felt across the region, with both the US and South Korean militaries conducting military exercises in the Yellow Sea, ready to respond to impending threats at any moment.

Sadly, this was not the first attack by North Korea that year. Earlier in 2010, a South Korean military vessel called the Choenan had mysteriously sank, with South Korean officials stating publicly that the disaster was caused by a North Korean submarine torpedo. 46 sailors died, yet nothing was done to punish North Korea. Now, as I prepared to head back to Korea from my training, North Korea had yet again launched an unprovoked attack on the South, and yet again, they faced no repercussions.  [Read More:  Lewis/pennlive/10Aug2017]

Devine, Yamamoto: It's Time for Negotiation With North Korea, Not Military Action.  Neither President Donald Trump's "Fire and Fury" nor Kim Jong-Un's most recent threat about Guam provide a path to sensibly resolve the growing North Korea nuclear crisis. On the other hand, South Korea's new President, Moon Jae-in, has made overtures to its neighbor to hold direct military talks. While these efforts may appear to run counter to the Trump administration's hard line, they create a much-needed opportunity to change the course of our dealings with Kim Jong-Un.

His successful launch of two Hwasong-14 missiles in July set a new bar for engagement with the world and resulted in new, tougher United Nations' sanctions. Now armed with a verified delivery system for nuclear attack, North Korea rightfully commands our imminent attention.
 
The hermetically enclosed country and its brutal tactics make intelligence collection about Kim Jong-Un's plans and interactions problematic. His ruthless and seemingly erratic psychological profile make reliance on deterrence deeply unsettling. While efforts like "Left of launch," missile shield development and other alternative paths should be undertaken, they cannot be our only line of action. It is at this moment that we need to resurrect the six-party talks buoyed by robust sanctions passed by the United Nations' Security Council.

The first iteration of six-party talks among North Korea, China, Russia, South Korea, Japan and the United States took place from 2003 to 2007 and eventually led to a nuclear shutdown and path toward diplomatic normalization. Although Pyongyang's nuclear progress slowed, it all fell apart in 2009 when North Korea conducted another nuclear test.  [Read More:  Devine, Yamamoto/houstonchronicle/10Aug2017]

How Leaks Degrade Intelligence Collection.  Before departing for an overseas assignment as Chief of Station years ago, I attended a training seminar where an experienced CIA operations officer told my colleagues and me that "the secret of our success was the secret of our success."  We should practice the highest standards of operational tradecraft, he emphasized, to protect our sources and methods.

Last Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department is pursuing three times as many leak investigations as his predecessor did when President Obama's term ended.

Leaks negatively impact CIA human intelligence (HUMINT) operations in two ways.

First, leaks risk exposure of sensitive intelligence as well as both the sources from whom we obtain intelligence and our collection methods. Foreign counterintelligence services hunt for illegal disclosures of intelligence reporting, which also might reveal sources and methods, by diligently tracking media reporting.  [Read More:  Hoffman/foxnews/9Aug2017]

A Guide to Russia's High Tech Tool Box for Subverting US Democracy.  A dead dog in Moscow. A dead dissident in London. Twitter trolls run by the Kremlin's Internet Research Agency. Denial of service attacks and ransomware deployed across Ukraine. News reports from the DC offices of Sputnik and RT. Spies hidden in the heart of Wall Street. The hacking of John Podesta's creamy risotto recipe. And a century-old fabricated staple of anti-Semitic hate literature.

At first glance these disparate phenomena might seem only vaguely connected. Sure, they can all be traced back to Russia. But is there any method to their badness? The definitive answer, according to Russia experts inside and outside the US government, is most certainly yes. In fact, they are part of an increasingly digital intelligence playbook known as "active measures," a wide-ranging set of techniques and strategies that Russian military and intelligence services deploy to influence the affairs of nations across the globe.

Russia's active-measures playbook, according to public and private-sector investigators, dates back to Czarist Russia and the beginning of the Soviet Union. It has been honed and deployed over decades to advance Russian interests both at home and abroad - and has long been driven by a consistent geopolitical worldview, executed in distinct ways, and guided by a unique tradecraft philosophy at odds with the approach of Western intelligence services.

But enough throat clearing. Let's break it down, shall we?  [Read more:  Graff/Wired/13/August2017]


Section IV - Obituaries

Obituaries

Donald Kenneth Snyder, 93, a former NSA Officer and Archivist; National Cryptologic Museum Docent, died 8 August 2017 in Arlington, VA. He was a 1942 graduate of William Penn High School. During WWII he served with the Army Air Forces' 430th Fighter Squadron based at Warmwell Air Station, England, and later served in Germany and France. Post-war he attended George Washington University, earning a B.A. in foreign affairs.
In 1950 he joined the Armed Forces Security Agency at Arlington Hall, the forerunner of the National Security Agency. Of many assignments here and abroad, most memorable to him were the three years he was assigned to a field site in Japan in the late 1960s. He retired from NSA in 1979.
In retirement he continued working at the NSA archives, contributing to numerous agency historical publications, and later served as a docent at the National Cryptologic Museum. He was a proud member of the Phoenix Society. He served as president of the Glenwood Lions Club, as well as serving on several Episcopal Church vestries and community boards.
He is survived by three sons, a sister, and other family.

David Jeffrey Zehe, 74, a Mathematician and SES-level NSA Cryptologist, died 11 August 2017 in Severna Park, MD. Jeff graduated from Michigan State University with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics and completed post-graduate work at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was a cryptologist at NSA for 45 years and retired with distinction as a member of the Senior Executive Service. His contributions to the agency's body of mathematical knowledge are still important to this day. He was a caring leader and a model for younger mathematicians. He was also a distinguished member of the Crypto Math Institute.
Of his passing, some noted: "The Chief was an outstanding leader in the NSA Math Community, shepherding the hordes of us who arrived in the '80s and afterwards, combining his intrinsic kindness and compassion with an insistence on upholding rigorous standards in our analytic endeavors. He was constantly available to those who followed him into supervisory and management positions to share his wisdom and experience in guiding technical organizations. Jeff served his country with great distinction."
Jeff loved his family and friends, enjoyed summers on Lake Michigan, international travel, the Chesapeake Bay and National Parks system, reading, mathematics, and was an avid bridge player.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth (Beth) Wittenbach Zehe, two sons, and other family.
Friends and family are invited to the memorial service, to be held Thursday, 17 August at 1:30 pm at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146.


Section V - Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

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 afio.secretary@afiomichigan.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 sectysuncoastafio@att.net, 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 afiofsc@afio.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."

Carol Rollie FlynnNote 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 afiometro@gmail.com 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

UPDATE and DEADLINES TO ATTEND THIS SPECIAL EVENT - Our visit to the March Air Base comes up next month. Prior to the visit, we need to go through the proper security clearance. Please read these instructions carefully: If you sent chapter president Vince Autiero an email confirming your attendance for this event, he will soon send you email confirmation and will need back from you ASAP your full legal name and of any guests attending with you. The deadline is this Friday 8/18/17 11 AM (PST). Once he has all names, he will send list to the POC at March Air Base. Once the base has reviewed and approved the list of attendees, Vince will send a follow up email with further instructions required to attend. Expect to see that follow up email on Monday 8/23/17 if you confirmed.

TO ATTEND: If you have not yet confirmed to attend this special tour, only 4 spaces remain, and the deadline to reserve is TOMORROW Wednesday 8/16/17 5PM(PST).  RSVP with Full Name of All Attendees: AFIO_LA@yahoo.com. Must be a US Citizen.

* Please remember that March Air Base is an active military base with its first priority to the nation's security, if an event occurs that requires only essential personnel with authorized security clearance, the base will be off limits to the public with no advanced notice.
Tour includes: 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
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.

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 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

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 Perspective."
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 diforum@diaalumni.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 kevin.p.riehle.civ@mail.mil

Monday, 11 September 2017, noon - Washington, DC - Foxtrot in Kandahar: A Memoir of a CIA Officer in Afghanistan at the Inception of America's Longest War - at the International Spy Museum Kandahar.

An ancient desert crossroads, and as of fall of 2001, ground zero for the Taliban and al-Qa'ida in southern Afghanistan. Progress has been made in the North, but with no "Southern Alliance" for the US to support, a new strategy is called for. Veteran CIA officer Duane Evans is dispatched to Pakistan to "get something going in the South." Join Evans as he shares some of the highlights of his unexpected journey from the pristine halls of Langley to the badlands of southern Afghanistan. As told in his new memoir Foxtrot in Kandahar, Evans was on the front lines in Pakistan, first as part of the advanced element of CIA's Echo team supporting Hamid Karzai, and finally as leader of the under-resourced and often overlooked Foxtrot team. He'll also comment on the opportunities lost in the years since his time in Afghanistan. The book will be available for sale and signing at the event. Event is free. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Monday, 18 September 2017, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, PhD on Ancient Espionage: The Greeks and the Great Game - at the International Spy Museum

Espionage is called the second oldest profession. Intrigue, trickery, and guile have always been powerful weapons. Spies have shaped the destiny of nations since the beginning of time-some inspired by patriotism, some driven by fear, others fired by greed, or a combination of motives. The Greeks excelled at deception: the story of the Trojan Horse is still with us today, but they also shone at intelligence gathering, ambush, and surprise attacks. This evening, Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, author of Ambush: Surprise Attack in Ancient Greek Warfare and Espionage in the Ancient World will transport you to the earliest days of espionage history. Discover how the first spy masters and military deceivers operated, their tradecraft, and their successes and failures in Greek warfare. Co-sponsored by the National Hellenic Society. Tickets for the general public: $20 per person; Members: $16. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

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.

Wednesday, 27 September - 18 October 2017, 10:15am - Washington, DC - Great Escapes or How Spies, Hostages, and Assets Survive and Get Out Alive: Four Sessions - at the International Spy Museum

Escape rooms are popular, but what if your life depended on the result? This series shares tales and tactics of escapes, rescues, and evasions from the 1970s until today. Explore ingenuous rescue and escape plans with people who developed them and used them as well as experts familiar with these life or death operations. You'll discover how intelligence services bring back assets from abroad in a hot or Cold War and learn about the 21st century approach to training people in self escape and how to survive a rescue. Tickets for the general public: $130, tickets for Spy Museum Inner Circle Members: $80. Tickets must be purchased through the Smithsonian. To register: 202.633.3030 or www.SmithsonianAssociates.org.

Friday, 29 September 2017, noon-3pm - Washington, DC - Josh Dean: The Taking of K-129 - at the International Spy Museum

Come to the Spy Museum Store for an in-store book signing of The Taking of K-129 by author Josh Dean. The Taking of K-129 is a true-life tale of espionage and engineering set at the height of the Cold War-a mix between The Hunt for Red October and Argo-about how the CIA, the U.S. Navy, and America's most eccentric mogul spent six years and nearly a billion dollars to steal the nuclear-armed Soviet submarine K-129 after it had sunk to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean; all while the Russians were watching. Event is free. Visit www.spymuseum.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 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."

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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