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I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Section II - CONTEXT &
III - COMMENTARY
Section IV - JOBS and OBITUARIES
Section V - Events
Upcoming AFIO Events
9 September 2017, 11:30am - Patrick AFB, FL - The AFIO
Florida Satellite Chapter Hears from Dr. Scott
Tilley on "Big Data."
13 September 2017 - New York, NY - The NY Metro Chapter
Meeting features Carol Rollie Flynn,
former career CIA Officer, speaking on "Ethics in
September 2017, 11 am - 4 pm - Riverside, CA - AFIO Los
Angeles Chapter Tours Drone Pilot Training Program in special visit to March Air Base.
Now - 28 - 29 September 2017 - Tysons Corner, VA
- AFIO's 2017 National Intelligence Symposium at National
Other Upcoming Events
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
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
- 19 September 2017, 11:30am - 2pm - McLean, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum (DIAA) hosts LTG Bob Noonan, USA(Ret) on "Reminiscences of a Career Intelligence and Corporate Officer."
September 2017 - Bethesda, MD - HOLD THE DATE for the PenFed
Foundation Military Heroes Golf Classic
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
- Friday, 29
September 2017, noon-3pm - Washington, DC - Josh
Dean: The Taking of K-129 - at the
International Spy Museum
October 2017, 9 am - 3 pm - Laurel, MD - NCMF General
Meeting & Symposium: "How Cyber has Changed the World
- 20 October 2017 - Laurel, MD - 16th NSA/CSS Center for
Cryptologic History Symposium: "Milestones, Memories, and
October 2017 - Washington, DC - The OSS Society Holds the
Donovan Awards Dinner honoring Dr. Michael G.
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Award Dinner by the International Spy Museum
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Chris Inglis, Former Deputy Director, NSA
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Burton Gerber, former CIA Chief of Station, Moscow
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• Speakers and Venues
DAY ONE: "Succeeding in the
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Thursday & Friday,
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• NGA Overview and Q&A; • Video Presentation • Robert
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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, on "Making Sense of 2016 and the Limits of Intelligence." 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. • Luncheon keynote
presentation by James Clapper, former
DNI. • Champagne Reception and
Banquet featuring keynote presentation by former CIA
Deputy Director for Operations David Cohen.
Chapter breakfast workshop meeting is Friday morning
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Book of the Week.
The Ghosts of Langley: Into the CIA's Heart of Darkness
by John Prados
(The New Press, Nov 2017)
"John Prados is a one-man truth commission who wants to know three things—what the United States really wanted, really feared and really did in the world since the birth of the CIA in 1947. The Ghosts of Langley, offers a deep look into that history. His purpose is not to attack or to defend but to confront what we know—and what we know, in Prados’s telling, is plenty."
—Thomas Powers, author of The Man Who Kept Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA
"'Know thy enemy' is a mantra in the world of intelligence—which is why every CIA officer should read John Prados. The Ghosts of Langley is a relentless portrait of the Agency, crafted with vivid stories about its zealots, its ignored heroes and celebrated schemers. Prados has been writing about intelligence for three decades and now synthesizes his knowledge into a history not to be ignored." —Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer and executive director at the Center for Biography at CUNY Graduate Center, New York City
Drawing on newly declassified documents, historian Prados reviews CIA operations and discerns a disturbing continuum from the practice of covert actions from Iran in the 1950s, Chile and Vietnam in the 1970s, and Central America in the 1980s to the current secret wars in the Muslim world. Prados suggests that CIA has decoupled itself from government accountability, going rogue in a series of troubling and even criminal ventures that reach their tragic apotheosis with the secret overseas prisons and torture programs of the War on Terror.
One must ask: to what extent was CIA following White House expectations or orders (with Congress and the White House counting on full deniability if any schemes went awry)?
The book may be ordered here.
Section I - INTELLIGENCE
Russia Jailed Senior Intelligence
Officers for Helping CIA Nab Notorious Hackers. Two
senior officers in the Russian intelligence services were charged with
treason after they were found to have helped the United States catch two
notorious Russian hackers, according to reports in the Russian media.
Sergey Mikhailov was a career officer in the Federal Security Service - a
descendant of the domestic section of the Soviet-era KGB - which is often
referred to as Russia's equivalent of the United States Federal Bureau of
Investigation. Mikhailov had risen through the ranks of the FSB to
eventually head the agency's Center for Information Security. Known in
Russia as CIB, the Center is tasked with investigating electronic crime in
the Russian Federation.
But in December 2016, Mikhailov and one of his trusted deputies in the
CIB, Dmitry Dokuchaev, were suddenly removed from their posts and
arrested. The arrests marked some of the highest-profile detentions of
intelligence officers in Russia since the demise of the Soviet Union.
Russian authorities refused to reveal the reasons for the arrests, but
confirmed that the two men had been charged with treason. Reports soon
surfaced in the Russian media, claiming that Mikhailov and Dokuchaev were
arrested for their involvement in a Russian criminal hacker gang. Some
Western media, including The New York Times, speculated that the two men
may have been arrested for helping US intelligence investigate Russian
interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
But now a new report alleges that Mikhailov and Dokuchaev were charged
with treason after helping the US Central Intelligence Agency catch two
prolific Russian hackers. The report was aired on Russian television
station TV Dozhd, also known as TV Rain, a privately owned channel based
in Moscow, which broadcasts in Russia and several other former Soviet
Republics. One of the hackers, Roman Seleznev, known in hacker circles as
Track2, reached worldwide notoriety for defrauding major credit card
companies of tens of millions of dollars. He was arrested in 2014 in the
South Asian island country of Maldives and eventually extradited to the US
to stand trial. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison, which he is
currently serving. The other hacker, Yevgeniy Nikulin, was arrested in the
Czech Republic in 2016, pursuant to a US-issued international arrest
warrant. He is now awaiting extradition to the US, where he is expected to
be tried for hacking several high-profile companies, including DropBox and
TV Dozhd said that Russian authorities are also suspecting the men of
being members of hacker gangs, but that their main charges relate to their
close cooperation with American intelligence agencies, reportedly in
exchange for cash. [Read More: Fitsanakis/intelnews/25Aug2017]
The North Korean Spies Ukraine
Caught Stealing Missile Plans. The images are a little
grainy, but in the half-light of a dusty Ukrainian garage, you can sense
the unbridled enthusiasm of the two North Korean spies who are
photographing what they think are top-secret missile designs.
In a rare window into the opaque, deadly and secretive world of missile
technology espionage, Ukrainian security services have given CNN
surveillance footage and details of an elaborate sting operation they
carried out to snare two North Korean spies in 2011.
The revelations are aimed at dispelling claims that a recent leap forward
in Pyongyang's intercontinental missile technology may have been achieved
by using designs stolen or originating from Ukraine.
The claims are made in a report released by analysts at the International
Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) on August 14 which says technology,
possibly from Ukraine's Yuzhnoye Design Office in Dnipro, was used in
recent North Korean missile tests. [Read More: Walsh/cnn/25Aug2017]
NGA, NRO to Explore Commercial GEOINT
Offerings With New Tool. The National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and National Reconnaissance Office will
compare their near term geospatial intelligence needs with commercial
offerings through a new leaderboard, Space News reported Tuesday.
NGA and NRO established Commercial GEOINT Activity last year to jointly
explore GEOINT capabilities in the private sector.
CGA directors implemented the Leaderboard tool in June to collect
information from industry providers of GEOINT products.
Space News quoted Kevin Ayers, director of NGA's commercial GEOINT
activity engagement division, as saying the Leaderboard will help CGA
"rack and stack those companies so we can have a better sense of what is
going to make the biggest difference for us." [Read More:
Decision Aug. 31 on US Extradition
of Panama Ex-President. A federal judge said Wednesday
he will decide Aug. 31 whether a former president of Panama should be
extradited from the U.S. to his home country to face political espionage
charges that he calls a vendetta by opponents.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres made the announcement at a hearing
Wednesday for Ricardo Martinelli, Panama's president from 2009-2014.
Martinelli, 65, was arrested in June at his Miami-area home on Panama's
extradition request and is being held without bail. He's accused in an
October 2015 indictment in Panama of illegally monitoring telephone and
other communications of at least 150 people using an extensive
surveillance system. He's also charged with embezzlement of $13 million in
public funds linked to the surveillance system, which operated from 2012
The former president has denied wrongdoing, and calls the charges an
attempt at political payback. [Read More: Anderson/usnews/23Aug2017]
Alleged Yahoo Hacker Karim
Baratov Pleads Not Guilty in U.S. Court, Lawyer Says. A
lawyer of a Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails says
his client has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him in a San
Francisco courtroom on Wednesday.
Karim Baratov was arrested in Hamilton in March under the Extradition Act
after U.S. authorities indicted him and three others for computer hacking,
economic espionage and other crimes.
Baratov's U.S.-based lawyer, Andrew Mancilla, says his next court
appearance will be Tuesday.
Last week, the 22-year-old decided to forgo his extradition hearing and
face the charges in the United States in what his Canadian lawyer has
called an effort to speed up the legal process. [Read More: thestar/23Aug2017]
Erdogan Expands Powers over
Intelligence Agency. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
tightened his grip on Turkey's National Intelligence Organization on
Friday after issuing a decree that said the MIT, which was previously
under the prime minister, would now report to the president.
The decree gave the Turkish intelligence agency the power to investigate
the defense ministry and Turkish armed forces personnel.
The president would also need to approve any request made for the MIT
head, currently Hakan Fidan, to act as a witness in court.
In an other emergency decree, Turkey has dismissed over 900 public sector
officials in the latest wave of the purge that followed last year's failed
coup. [Read More: Abdelrazek/aawsat/26Aug2017]
TSA Reviewing Cargo Screening,
Concerned About Terror Vulnerabilities. The
Transportation Security Administration is reviewing its screening
procedures for cargo flown into and within the United States because of
concerns that potential security vulnerabilities could be exploited by
terrorists, a US official told CNN.
The review, which is examining screening for cargo carried by freight
airlines and passenger planes, stems in part from a terror plot that was
foiled in Australia last month, according to the official.
Investigations revealed that a senior ISIS commander shipped partially
assembled components of a bomb on a commercial cargo plane from Turkey to
Australia, according to Australian law enforcement.
Two men in Australia assembled the parts into a functional explosive
device, police said. The plan was to place it on an Etihad Airways
passenger plane on July 15 at an Australian airport and detonate it,
according to police. [Read More: Marsh,Cohen/cnn/25Aug2017]
II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
At CIA, A Watchful Eye on Mike
Pompeo, the President's Ardent Ally. As CIA director,
Mike Pompeo has taken a special interest in an agency unit that is closely
tied to the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the
Trump campaign, requiring the Counterintelligence Mission Center to report
directly to him.
Officials at the center have, in turn, kept a watchful eye on Pompeo, who
has repeatedly played down Russia's interference in the 2016 election and
demonstrated a willingness to engage in political skirmishes for President
Current and former officials said that the arrangement has been a source
of apprehension among the CIA's upper ranks and that they could not recall
a time in the agency's history when a director faced a comparable
"Pompeo is in a delicate situation unlike any other director has faced,
certainly in my memory," said Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a CIA official for 23
years who served in Russia and held high-level positions at headquarters,
"because of his duty to protect and provide the truth to an independent
investigation while maintaining his role with the president." [Read
How Russian Spies Bugged the US
State Department. Most US spy hunters work their entire
careers tracking down undercover agents without ever personally playing a
direct role in the physical arrest of a spy.
Robert David Booth, however, is the rare exception.
The retired State Department deputy director of the Division of
Counterintelligence was able to investigate a spy and then actually help
to plan and execute an arrest -- a rare thrill that Booth considers
himself lucky to be a part of.
In early 1999, Booth and his colleagues learned that Russian spies were
listening to classified conversations deep in the heart of Washington's
State Department building -- inside a conference room in the same corridor
as the Secretary of State's personal office. [Read More:
Book Review: Writer, Sailor, Soldier,
Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935 - 1961.
Against today's backdrop of collusion, tampered elections and cyber
warfare, it may seem strange to be glorifying a Nobel- and
Pulitzer-winning American for his efforts to spy for the Russians - but in
many ways that's exactly what a new book on Ernest Hemingway claims to do.
Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy draws on background material from FBI and
NKVD (Russia's embryonic KGB around the time of World War II) to reveal
Hemingway as not just the familiar gun-toting, larger-than-life author of
For Whom the Bell Tolls and liberator of the Ritz bar, but also as a man
whose anti-fascism and disillusionment with US politics took him towards
espionage on behalf of Communist Russia.
Author Nicholas Reynolds is as thorough as he can be with his sparse
sources but his former lives as an officer in the Marine Corps and CIA, as
well as military historian for the CIA Museum, allow him credible
conjecture in painting a slightly refreshed portrait of one of the 20th
century's most well-rounded figures.
What's clear is that Hemingway-the-spy wasn't much called upon.
[Read More: Belfield/stuff/27Aug2017]
12 Amateur Spies Paved the Way to War
Against the Nazis. Shortly past midnight, November 8,
1942, the largest amphibious assault the world had ever seen struck the
North African coast.
A enormous armada had steamed undetected as far as 4,000 miles to a few
miles off three main landing zones scattered along 1,200 miles of North
Africa's Atlantic and Mediterranean seaboard. The nearly 900 warships and
transports carried 107,000 soldiers - 82,600 of them U.S. Army troops, the
rest British and Commonwealth soldiers.
They came there to stage U.S. entry into World War II, create a "second"
front to draw off German pressure on the Eastern Front where the Soviet
Red Army was caught up in a brutal life-or-death fight with the Nazis, and
drive armored German and Italian armies out of North Africa. The ports and
airbases of North Africa would serve as America's gateway and springboard
to the conquest of Rome and Berlin. But the first step in defeating Hitler
and Mussolini was liberating France. Except this time, nobody was proudly
proclaiming, Lafayette, we are here!
Occupied France's Nazi overlords permitted the collaborationist government
in Vichy to maintain a 125,000-man defense force in North Africa. They
manned coastal batteries, more than 20 advanced warships and submarines,
and some 500 aircraft in colonial Morocco and Algeria. Vichy put them
there to stop the Allies, but nobody was sure which way the French troops
would shoot, at the Nazis and their Vichy bootlickers or at their would-be
liberators. [Read More: Wortman/thedailybeast/26Aug2017]
A Death Little Noticed After Remarkable
Life. Ms. Jeannie Rousseau died this week at age 97 in
Paris, France. She had been a remarkable girl, full of life and
personality. She was also a gifted linguist speaking fluent German as well
as her native French. She also had a powerful and productive memory, and
was able to recall conversations in great detail.
When the Nazis invaded France in 1940, Jeannie language talents made her
very much in demand. She went to work in the National Industrial Council
as a translator for the Germans. She was tiny, petite and obviously
harmless, and so the Nazis both liked her, trusted her and spoke openly
She picked up a lot of information vital to the Allied war effort and
finally found a way to start passing the information to London.
The Allies soon learned that Jeannie's information was spot on, and
correct in every particular. [Read More: columbiadailyherald/26Aug2017]
Spies Like Us: A
Conversation With John le Carré and Ben Macintyre. Their
subject is spying. Their obsessions are secrecy and betrayal. They are
Englishmen of a certain background, old friends and admirers of each
other's work. One writes novels; the other, nonfiction. They speak in
practically perfect sentences.
Conversations between John le Carré and Ben Macintyre are inevitably warm,
interesting, witty, discursive, conspiratorial and gossipy, although their
gossip is often espionage-related and more rarefied than yours or mine.
They met for lunch recently, on a desultorily sunny weekday in a private
dining room at a boutique hotel in Bristol. Le Carré, 85, had been driven
from his home in Cornwall (he also lives in London) by his family's
"outdoor man," responsible for yardwork and other outside-the-house tasks;
Macintyre, 53, had come by train from Winchester, where he had been
speaking at a literary festival.
As usual, they were in the midst of a flurry of projects, finishing things
up and starting new ones. Le Carré, who over a 56-year career has
virtually single-handedly elevated spy novels from genre fiction into
works of high literature, has a new book, "A Legacy of Spies," coming out
in September. Thrillingly for his admirers, it is a coda of sorts to "The
Spy Who Came In From the Cold" (1963), the third of his two dozen novels
and the one that for many readers serves as the gateway drug to full-blown
le Carré addiction.
Macintyre, meanwhile, is a longtime columnist for The Times of London and
the author of 11 elegant, authoritative and dryly humorous nonfiction
works, focusing most recently on 20th-century British espionage. He has a
deep appreciation for the amusing and the absurd. His most recent book is
"Rogue Heroes," about the origins of the British special forces unit; he
is working on a new one, about a Cold War spy case. [Read
How Do You Feel About...Spies?
Canada's electronic spies want to know what you think.
Not in any creepy intercept-your-text-message or
stalk-your-social-media-accounts way - at least not in this instance.
The Communications Security Establishment, Canada's cyber-defence and
espionage agency, commissioned the first public polling in the agency's
70-year history this year.
The idea was to establish a baseline about how Canadians feel about the
formerly shadowy and secretive agency, which was thrust into the spotlight
after the revelations of U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.
[Read More: Boutilier/thestar/25Aug2017]
Agency's 2018 Summer Internship Program. Applications
are now available for the Defense Intelligence Agency 2018 Summer
Internship Program. This program provides current college students and
recent graduates with the opportunity to gain practical work experience
through research, report writing, briefing development and delivery,
policy writing and intelligence analysis. Interns will gain valuable
on-the-job experience while providing support to DIA's mission. They are
also exposed to the broader intelligence community through field trips,
information sessions, and panel discussions. Interns will be appointed for
a 10- to 12-week period from June through August 2018.
DIA provides military intelligence to warfighters, defense policymakers,
and force planners in the Department of Defense and IC in support of U.S.
military planning, operations, and acquisition. We plan, manage, and
execute intelligence operations during peacetime, crisis, and war.
The Summer Internship Program is open to current students enrolled in
full-time undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking programs at accredited
institutions. [Read More: DIA Public Affairs/dia/23Aug2017]
An Eclipse, Soviet Scientists and
a Deeply Suspicious CIA. The request appeared reasonable
enough. The Soviet Union wanted to send a relatively small team of
scientists to an island in the Pacific administered by New Zealand ahead
of an upcoming eclipse to conduct some harmless experiments.
But it was 1956 and in those early days of the Cold War, anything the
Soviets wanted to do -- especially involving space -- was met with deep
suspicion by American intelligence.
"The CIA was particularly paranoid certainly about anything that might
have a positive benefits for the Soviets. This is a time period where
we're in a zero-sum world where anything that's good for them is bad for
us and vice versa," intelligence historian Vince Houghton told Code and
Dagger. "Even if we had no idea what was going on, if they said, 'Hey we'd
really like to do this,' we're like, 'Well, why? Why would you want to do
that?' So I think certainly in the 1950s people were focused on that."
True to form, the CIA tasked an analyst with trying to figure out what the
Soviets might really be up to. The result was a nine-page report, now
declassified, that concluded the usual scientific data would be valuable
to the Soviets on its own, but the trip to Atafu Island could also be a
cover for a "feeler" mission to later spy on U.S. nuclear testing or help
prepare the Soviets for a nuclear war. If the team was allowed to go, the
analyst said, they should be under near-constant watch for any national
security shenanigans. [Read More: Ferran/codeanddagger/21Aug2017]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Senators Want Spies to Disclose
More About Secret Zero-Day Policy. The Senate
Intelligence Committee hopes to learn more about how American spies handle
the disclosure of software vulnerabilities continuously discovered by
federal agencies and occasionally used as weak points to hack into
computer networks, according to the recently released 2018 Intelligence
Authorization Act. While the law calls for greater transparency, former
senior U.S. officials say it begs the wrong questions.
The specific provision, which is just one part of the Senate committee's
annual legislative agenda, comes in the aftermath of multiple leaks of
classified information; providing in some cases the computer code behind a
toolbox of outdated NSA and CIA hacking capabilities. These exposures have
already led to the adoption of several different, U.S. government-linked
hacking tools by cyber criminals and foreign spy powers. The proliferation
of this code was responsible for a recent, global outbreak of ransomware
that subsequently caused millions of dollars in business losses.
The central framework that guides each agency's decision of whether or not
to inform a technology vendor of a discovered software vulnerability is
guided by a process known as the Vulnerabilities Equities Process, or VEP.
Although there's risk involved, there are cases when a spy agency may
choose to keep a vulnerability hidden - thereby allowing for a software
flaw to continue - because it allows them to collect intelligence on a
specific target. These incidents are voluntarily submitted into the VEP as
part of a formal process that includes a review board consisting of senior
government officials from multiple federal agencies, like the Commerce
Department and FBI.
While the VEP is an increasingly important rubric used to review the
impact of certain digital espionage operations, the framework remains
largely shrouded in secrecy. For example, the exact guidelines established
by the VEP are unclear to the public as are the conversations between
affected parties and the government. [Read More: Bing/cyberscoop/24Aug2017]
Even Wikileaks Haters Shouldn't
Want It Labeled a "Hostile Intelligence Agency". It used
to be easy to cheer on WikiLeaks. But since 2010, many (myself included)
have watched with dismay as WikiLeaks slid from the outlet courageous
enough to host Chelsea Manning's data dump to a murky melange of bad-faith
propagandizing and newsworthy disclosures. At a time when WikiLeaks and
its founder are willing to help push "Pizzagate," and unable to tweet
about sunglasses sans conspiracy-think, it's not unfair to view Julian
Assange as being motivated as much by his various axes to grind as he is
by a zeal for transparency. But even the harshest WikiLeaks critics should
resist the Senate's attempt to brand the website a "non-state hostile
intelligence service" in the 2018 intelligence authorization bill.
Ron Wyden isn't a friend of WikiLeaks. In May, the Oregon senator's office
tweeted that it was an "established fact" that 'Trump actively encouraged
Russians & WikiLeaks to attack our democracy," and pointed out, with
suspicion, President Donald Trump's praise for WikiLeaks during the
campaign. Like his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Intelligence
Committee, Wyden embraced the tough language on Russian meddling that had
been folded into the nation's spy budget, but unlike them he voted against
the reauthorization bill because of this sentence: "It is the sense of
Congress that WikiLeaks and the senior leadership of WikiLeaks resemble a
non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors and
should be treated as such a service by the United States."
So, what's a "non-state hostile intelligence service"? That's a great
question, given that an "intelligence service" is a spy agency, and spy
agencies are the tools of governments, and therefore not stateless. That's
exactly why Wyden, despite his opposition to WikiLeaks and determination
to investigate Russian electoral interference, came to its defense:
Official resolutions are risky when no one's really sure what's being
resolved. Perhaps the hostile agency language would be purely symbolic,
but if the clause somehow proved to have some teeth, plenty of publishers
not so easily written off as tools of foreign meddling could be at risk.
The Hill reports that Wyden objected to the "use of the novel phrase" to
label WikiLeaks because the ambiguous term "may have legal,
constitutional, and policy implications, particularly should it be applied
to journalists inquiring about secrets," adding that the notion the "U.S.
government has some unstated course of action against ‘non-state hostile
intelligence services' is equally troubling." When CIA Director Mike
Pompeo used the "non-state hostile intelligence service" phrase to
describe WikiLeaks in a think tank address in April, the words were
equally unclear, and nothing has changed four months later - except the
possibility that the language would become government policy. That's
significant and should worry you whether you hate WikiLeaks or not.
[Read More: Biddle/theintercept/25Aug2017]
Donald Trump, Russia and Why the
President Would Make a Terrible Spy. It was the summer
of 2008, and I was in Wayne, New Jersey, standing in a Hooters parking lot
with Captain Oleg Kulikov, a New York - based Russian spymaster. For three
years, I'd been working for Moscow, trying to prove my worth. I wanted to
become a key asset for the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency. In
return, I wanted a hefty paycheck and thought I'd done enough to earn it.
But Kulikov was dithering - and he could see I was upset.
What he didn't know: I was actually a double agent, working for the FBI.
My mission was to make the Russians believe I was a spy. Which meant I had
to show Kulikov that I was tired of his games and willing to walk away.
I've thought of this moment several times since Donald Trump won the 2016
presidential election. Many have speculated that Trump is actually a
Russian asset - perhaps a longtime one. His ties to ex-Soviet oligarchs
are certainly troubling; some allege he's allowed the Russian mob to
launder big money through his properties (the Kremlin reportedly has
extensive links to organized crime). His remarks about Moscow are equally
troubling. He has defended the Kremlin's killing of dissidents ("Do you
think our country is so innocent?") and dismissed claims by his own
intelligence services that Russian-backed hackers carried out a plot to
undermine his opponent - and American democracy - in November.
Today, as a special counsel and others investigate ties between the
president's campaign and Moscow, Trump has dismissed these probes as "fake
news" and a "witch hunt." Nothing could be further from the
truth. [Read More: Jamali/newsweek/23Aug2017]
Section IV - Jobs and Obituaries
Security Analyst - FaaS Location: Reston, VA
The Company: FireEye is the intelligence-led security company. Working as a seamless, scalable extension of customer security operations, FireEye offers a single platform that blends innovative security technologies, nation-state grade threat intelligence, and world-renowned Mandiant consulting. With this approach, FireEye eliminates the complexity and burden of cyber security for organizations struggling to prepare for, prevent, and respond to cyber attacks. FireEye has over 5,600 customers across 67 countries, including more than 40 percent of the Forbes Global 2000. The Role: You are fanatical about security. No really...you will do whatever it takes to keep the bad guys out. You have a strong understanding of network and host based attacker methodologies. Analyzing forensic data, picking apart malware, and responding to security incidents excites you! You thrive and enjoy working in a fast paced environment, surrounded by brilliant and like-minded people. You walk into the office everyday with a passion to learn more. You derive great satisfaction from delighting customers, have strong attention to detail, exude excellence and have more drive than an exotic Italian sports car. As a FaaS Security Analyst you will be focused on host and network analysis, diving deep into host systems and packets hunting for attackers or remnants of their activity. Alongside your wicked smart team members, you'll be entrusted to deliver high impact and value services to some of the most recognized brands in the world, protecting them from threats that actually matter to their business...24x7. Responsibilities: Full details here.
Sherman Edwin Ulmer, 79, a former CIA Operations Officer, died 22 August 2017 in McLean, VA. Ed retired from CIA after a long career. He loved jigsaw and crossword puzzles, international travel, golf and a dry martini. He is survived by his
loving wife of 54 years, Mary; a daughter, son, and other family. [Read More: The Washington
Section V - Events
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN
COMING TWO MONTHS....
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
To Attend: Prepaid reservations are required which must
be received by 5 September 2017. To reserve, contact FSC Chapter President at firstname.lastname@example.org. Menu Choices are: Sole stuffed with crab meat (F)
or sliced flank steak (B).
13 September 2017 - New York, NY - The NY Metro Chapter Meeting
features Carol Rollie Flynn, former CIA Officer, speaking on "Ethics
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 email@example.com or 646-717-3776.
September 2017, 11 am - 4 pm - Riverside, CA - AFIO Los Angeles
Chapter Tours Drone Pilot Training Program in special visit to March
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)
No spaces remain. Event has sold out.
LOCATION: March Air Base 655 M St. Riverside,
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
"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. • Luncheon
keynote presentation by James Clapper, former DNI. •
Champagne Reception and Banquet featuring keynote presentation by former CIA Deputy Director for Operations David Cohen.
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
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
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.
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.
19 September 2017, 11:30am - 2pm - McLean, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum (DIAA) hosts LTG Bob Noonan, USA(Ret) on "Reminiscences of a Career Intelligence and Corporate Officer."
Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Bob Noonan will discuss the " Reminiscences of a Career Intelligence Officer and Corporate Officer" at this Defense Intelligence Forum. General Noonan is the chief security officer of Booz Allen's Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) military intelligence account. His work supports DIA, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the armed services, and combatant commands.
Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA. Parking: Pulcinella has a large parking lot. You can park also in the Staybridge Hotel lot, diagonally across the street in the southwest corner of Old Dominion Drive and Beverly Road.
Fee: Pay $30 at door with check payable to DIAA, Inc. Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged. Registration starts at 11:30AM, lunch at noon.
RSVP: Make reservations by 19 September 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!!!
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.
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.
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 US 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.
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
- 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
purchase your tickets now do so here.
Location: Kossiakoff Conference Center, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics
Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland.
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.
29 November 2017, 6 - 10pm - Washington, DC - The Honorable William
H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner by the International
On November 29, 2017, the first annual "The Honorable William H.
Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner" takes place at The
Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC. This International Spy Museum event
honors an individual who has served the nation in the field of National
Security with integrity and distinction. The Museum’s award is named for Judge William H. Webster, former director of the
Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (the
only individual to have held both offices), a man whose reputation for
probity and forthrightness is the standard by which all others are
measured. Before serving the intelligence community, Judge Webster was a
distinguished jurist of the US District Court for the Eastern District
of Missouri and of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Since retirement from public office, Webster has practiced law at the
Washington DC office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy where he
specializes in arbitration, mediation, and internal investigation. He is
currently the Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and a
founding member of the International Spy Museum Advisory Board of
Directors. Judge Webster has a long record of distinguished service to
our country; the International Spy Museum is pleased to name this award
in his honor.
EVENT DETAILS DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, November 29,
2017 from 6 to 10 PM
LOCATION: The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
ATTENDEES: Approximately 500 guests will attend this
inspirational evening of cocktails, dinner, and an award ceremony.
EVENT SCHEDULE: VIP Reception 6 - 7 PM; Cocktail
Reception 6:30 - 7:30 PM; Dinner/Awards 7:30 - 9 PM; After-Glow 9 - 10
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