AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #35-17 dated 19 September 2017

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Chris Inglis, Former Deputy Director, NSA
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David Cohen, former CIA Deputy Director for Operations
Burton Gerber, former CIA Chief of Station, Moscow
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DAY ONE: "Succeeding in the Open - The Future of GEOINT" at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and

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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 at the hotel starting at 7:30 a.m.followed by the General Membership meeting.

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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The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World
The Water Will Comeby Jeff Goodell
(Little, Brown, Oct 2017)

What if Atlantis wasn't a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians are hearing of rapidly rising sea levels, and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our last remaining traditional coastal villages. From New Orleans, Houston, and many cities in Florida, the water grows higher with each storm. With each crack in the ice sheets of the Arctic and Antarctica, and each tick upwards of Earth's thermometer, we are past the tipping point and closer to the brink of disaster. By century's end, with no time left for planning, hundreds of millions of people will flee the world's shores as coasts become inundated and landscapes transformed into flooded, polluted wastelands. From island nations to the world's major cities, coastal regions will disappear. Engineering projects to hold back the water are bold and may buy some time in only a few places where it is feasible. Despite international efforts and tireless research, there is no permanent solution - no barriers to erect or walls to build - that will protect us in the end from the drowning of the world as we know it.
Goodell easily refutes climate-change deniers who stubbornly refuse to accept scientific facts. He takes readers to such places as Miami Beach, FL, and Venice, Italy, which are regularly threatened by floods. The former thrives on tourism and real estate development, but there is scant public regard for conservation; South Florida is "a world created by dredgers, cooled by air-conditioning, powered by nuclear energy, dominated by cars, sanitized by insecticides" and a state that refuses to use the world "Climate Change." When Goodell travels to Venice, famous for its series of canals, he finds residents already acquiesced to deepening pools of water around the sinking city.
Discussing Barack Obama's 2015 visit to the Arctic, Goodell recalls conversations he had with the then president months before international climate talks in Paris that year. Obama understood how important it was to fight climate change but advocated pragmatism. Perusing Goodell's alarming examination, and in light of Irma, Jose, and more to come, readers may question the wisdom of such an approach.

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Egypt Court Sentences Mursi to 25 Years in Qatar Spy Case.  An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted president Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood to 25 years in prison in a final ruling over a case accusing him of spying for Qatar, judicial sources said.

Mursi, democratically elected after Egypt's 2011 revolution, was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now the president, following mass protests against his rule. He was immediately arrested.

Egypt's Court of Cassation reduced Mursi's sentence in the Qatar case to 25 years in its final ruling, from an original 40 years.

Mursi is already serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted for the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012.  [Read More:  reuters/16Sep2017]

Spy Museum Receives Massive Donation of Artifacts for Its New Home.   A piece of the U-2 spy plane flown by Gary Powers that was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960. The ax that killed Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky. One of only four known British one-man submarines from World War II.

The items that Keith Melton just donated to the International Spy Museum are so outlandish, they're hard to believe. But come fall of 2018, visitors to the museum's new home will be able to banish doubt and see for themselves, as many pieces of Melton's 5,000-item collection go on display.

Melton's donation, announced Wednesday, dwarfs the size of the museum's collection to date, which includes about 1,700 artifacts. Melton, a former Navy officer who made his fortune as a successful McDonald's franchisee, has been tracking down and acquiring espionage and intelligence-related devices and artifacts since the 1970s. He is believed to have the largest private collection in the world.

He'll tell you where he got some of them - the rare four-rotor German cipher, meant to be sent to Japan during WWII, was in the Long Island basement of a soldier that uncovered it on a German submarine, for example - but not others. (Don't bother asking how he got one of five tiny needles for administering poison but disguised as straight pins that were made at Fort Detrick during the Cold War.)  [Read More:  Cooper/bizjournals/13Sep2017]

Collaboration With National Security Expert Leads to Noteworthy Findings, Memorable Summer for Stanford Students.  Stanford undergraduates Katherine Irajpanah and Tien Vo spent the past few months collaborating with one of the nation's leading experts on national security, intelligence and foreign policy, researching spy fiction and congressional intelligence committees.

It was a memorable summer as the students examined US intelligence agencies - including how little the public knows about them - under the mentorship of Amy Zegart, senior fellow at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). The team's research project was part of Stanford's Summer Research College, coordinated by the Department of Political Science and the Program in International Relations.

The students' findings will help Zegart, a former member of the Clinton administration's National Security Council staff and foreign policy adviser to George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, with her upcoming book, tentatively titled, The CIA Declassified.

"Lots of people have opinions on intelligence but not many have data," said Zegart, adding that she hopes her book helps educate more of the public on this subject.  [Read More:  Shashkevich/stanford/14Sep2017]

Poroshenko Appoints Head of Foreign Intelligence Service.  The head of state signed a decree to that effect and introduced the new head to the staff of the Foreign Intelligence Service, the presidential press service reports.

"I have known Yehor Bozhok for a long time - as a patriot, determined, professional person who has a huge experience of foreign work," Poroshenko said.

According to him, Bozhok's work in Ukraine's Mission to NATO made it possible to coordinate the efforts of international partners in support of Ukraine and significantly strengthen the defense capabilities of the state. He also noted that this activity is of particular importance for the protection of Ukraine's national interests.

Poroshenko expressed confidence that the appointment of the new head of the Foreign Intelligence Service would give an impetus to the development of the service. "The core of the success of all undertakings and achievements is a person, his patriotism, level of professionalism, state motivation and readiness for self-sacrifice - self-sacrifice in the name of the Ukrainian people, the Ukrainian state," Poroshenko said.  [Read More:  ukrinform/13Sep2017]

New Details on the Hunt for ISIS Leader Baghdadi.  The hunt for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is very much on.

CNN has learned that at one point over the summer the US believed they had their best shot at killing the terrorist leader in an airstrike, according to several US officials.

The strike, which has never been publicly disclosed, was based on intelligence that indicated a senior ISIS leader, quite possibly Baghdadi, was at the particular location. The officials familiar with the strike tell CNN it has never been definitively determined if Baghdadi was actually killed. But one official told CNN that over recent months "we tried to take several shots at him."

One reason the US remains uncertain if it killed Baghdadi is that in the days and weeks that followed the strike, US intelligence did not intercept any ISIS communications confirming his death and there was no discussion on ISIS social media accounts, US officials said. Given Baghdadi's stature, the US expects to see significant chatter discussing his death, if he is killed.  [Read More: Starr/cnn/14Sep2017]

European Commission to Propose CIA-Style EU Intelligence Agency.  The European Commission is to propose the creation of a European intelligence agency modelled on the American CIA in order to confront the threat of terrorism and facilitate the sharing of information on suspected terrorists and those involved in conflicts abroad, officials said.

The EC's Interior Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Thursday made the announcement during a press conference at the end of a European Interior Ministers summit in Brussels, one day after EC chief Jean-Claude Juncker outlined the plan in his state of the EU address in Strasbourg.  

He said recent attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain, and in Turku, Finland, demonstrated that the EU needed to review its security strategy in the long-term, Efe news reported.

In this context, he said a European intelligence was needed in order to boost the gathering and sharing of information on potential terrorists returning to Europe from abroad.  [Read More:  business-standard/15Sep2017]

Croatia's Intelligence Agency Publishes Report on National Security.  In 2016, there were at least seven attempts of state-sponsored cyberattacks on protected information and communication systems of Croatia's state institutions.

The Security Intelligence Agency (SOA) has published its public report for 2017.  It presents a detailed overview of the security threats facing Croatia and Europe.  The SOA actively participates in the discovery and suppression of state-sponsored cyberattacks, and during 2016 there were at least seven attempts of attacks of this kind against protected information and communication systems of Croatia's state institutions, reports on September 15, 2017.

The region of instability around Europe continues to generate security challenges.  It is an area that extends from North Africa, the Middle East to central Asia.  Europe is facing security challenges from the region in the form of massive uncontrollable migrations, as well as threats of terrorism, extremism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and regional armed conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Libia, Yemen and Ukraine.  At the same time, the consequences of the crisis are also being reflected in the rise of organized crime and smuggling of people, weapons and good, hybrid warfare and radicalization through social networks.  [Read more:  Pavlic/totalcroatianews/15September2017]


A Funeral of 2 Friends: CIA Deaths Rise in Secret Afghan War.  On a sweltering day earlier this summer, operatives with the Central Intelligence Agency gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to bury two of their own. Brian Ray Hoke and Nathaniel Patrick Delemarre, elite gunslingers who worked for the CIA's paramilitary force, were laid to rest after a firefight with Islamic State militants near Jalalabad in Afghanistan, close to the border with Pakistan.

There had been scant mention of Mr. Hoke's death in local news reports in Leesburg, Va., his home, and nothing at all about Mr. Delemarre in news accounts in the Florida Panhandle, where his family lives. Their deaths this past October were never acknowledged by the CIA, beyond two memorial stars chiseled in a marble wall at the agency's headquarters in Langley, Va.

Today there are at least 18 stars on that wall representing the number of CIA personnel killed in Afghanistan - a tally that has not been previously reported, and one that rivals the number of CIA operatives killed in the wars in Vietnam and Laos nearly a half century ago.

The deaths are a reflection of the heavy price the agency has paid in a secret, nearly 16-year-old war, where thousands of CIA operatives have served since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The deaths of Mr. Hoke, 42, and Mr. Delemarre, 47, show how the CIA continues to move from traditional espionage to the front lines, and underscore the pressure the agency faces now that President Trump has pledged to keep the United States in Afghanistan with no end in sight.  [Read More:  Goldman, Rosenberg/nytimes/6Sep2017]

The First Quantum-Cryptographic Satellite Network Will Be Chinese.  In the never-ending arms race between encryptors and eavesdroppers, many of those on the side that is trying to keep messages secret are betting on quantum mechanics, a description of how subatomic particles behave, to come to their aid. In particular, they think a phenomenon called quantum entanglement may provide an unsubvertable way of determining whether or not a message has been intercepted by a third party. Such interception, quantum theory suggests, will necessarily alter the intercepted message in a recognisable way, meaning that the receiver will know it is insecure. This phenomenon depends on the fact, surprising but true, that particles with identical properties which are created simultaneously are entangled in a way that means one cannot have its properties altered without also altering the other, no matter how far apart they are.

Researchers in several countries have experimented with the idea of quantum encryption, with some success. They have sent quantum-entangled messages through optical fibres, and also through the air, as packets of light. This approach, though, suffers from the fact that the signal is absorbed by the medium through which it is passing. The farthest that a quantum signal can be sent through an optical fibre, for example, is about 100km. Sending one farther than that would require the invention of quantum repeaters, devices that could receive, store and re-transmit quantum information securely. Such repeaters are theoretically possible, but so technologically complex that they remain impossible in practice.

An alternative is to beam entangled photons through the vacuum of space, where there is nothing to absorb them. This would mean transmitting them via satellite. Whether that can be done while preserving entanglement was, for a long time, unclear. But it is clear now. Experiments conducted recently, by Pan Jianwei, a physicist at the University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei, have shown that it can.  [Read More:  economist/31Aug2017]

Here's Where Cold War 'Numbers Stations' Broadcast Spies' Secret Codes.  If you tuned into just the right shortwave radio frequency in the 1970s, you might hear a creepy computerized voice reading out a string of numbers. It was the Cold War, and the coded messages were rumored to be secret intelligence broadcasts from "number stations" located around the globe.

Photographer Lewis Bush is obsessed with these stations to "an almost irrational degree" and hunts them down in Shadows of the State, featuring 30 composite satellite images of alleged number stations from Germany to Australia. The series took two years and endless research. "It's a difficult project to quantify in terms of man hours wasted on it," he says.

Numbers stations go back as far as World War I. During the Cold War, there were hundreds of secret broadcasts. Intelligence agencies sometimes started a transmission with a bit of music (one UK station was dubbed the "Lincolnshire Poacher" because it began with a few notes from an English folk song), then recited the code five numbers at a time. Operatives with the key listened and transcribed top secret messages. By the '70s, regular folks were picking up the frequencies on ham radios and geeking out on their possible meanings. Numbers stations even found their way into pop culture, with references in TV shows like The Americans, movies like Vanilla Sky and songs by Moby. Evidence suggests number stations are still used in countries like Cuba and North Korea.

"If you've listened to some of the transmissions, it's slightly like listening to a voice from the past, and yet these things are still broadcasting," Bush says. "So while on the face of it the Cold War has been over for decades, these stations are a reminder that it continues to rumble on below the surface in all kinds of ways."  [Read More:  Mallonee/wired/11Sep2017]

Real-Life Spy Story: Washingtonians Describe Life Beside Now-Vacant Russia Annex.  To the neighbourhood gossips, the grand grey Russian building atop the hill was a goldmine.  Now it's empty.

Amid escalating tensions, the US government this month kicked Russians out of three diplomatic buildings, one of them an international-trade annex perched majestically atop a slope in Washington.

Neighbours watched the exodus from the surrounding balconies. The Russians hauled out trash bags, and had one last barbecue behind the beaux-arts mansion. Only this time it wasn't steak they were charring, but documents.

The neighbours had often swapped stories that caused some to suspect they were living at the epicentre of a real-life spy-versus-spy showdown - a true, bricks-and-mortar version of the fictional rezidentura from TV's Soviet espionage drama, The Americans.  [Read More:  Panetta/rdnewsnow/16Sep2017]

The Man Who Protects America's Secrets.  It's called the "Wall of Shame."

Tucked away in the hall of an office building outside the nation's capital in Bethesda, Md., the wall features the portraits of double agents, traitors, leakers and saboteurs.

It's not a display most Americans will ever see. In fact, it requires a top-secret security clearance to ride the elevator up to the floor it's on.

The wall include photos and dossiers of Robert Hannsen, Aldrich Ames, Jonathan Pollard - among others - who all pleaded guilty to revealing America's secrets.  [Read More:  Austin/opb/15Sep2017]

Here Are the Top Priorities of the Intelligence Community's New CIO.  The intelligence community is getting a new, permanent CIO. On Aug. 18, the White House announced that President Donald Trump would nominate John Sherman to be CIO in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

As The Wall Street Journal notes, Sherman replaces Raymond Cook, who left the post in January after holding the position for two years under former President Barack Obama. Then, Jennifer Kron took over the CIO role on an interim basis. However, she just formally left ODNI to go on detail with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in Australia, where she will work with the Australian government to set up a new office of national intelligence and improve information sharing, Federal News Radio reports.

If Sherman gets confirmed by the Senate, as expected, he will have a lot on his plate, including managing the IC Information Technology Enterprise. ICITE is a platform of nine shared services, from security to networking, email and virtual desktops, all delivered via a private cloud.

Sherman knows his way around the intelligence community - he's a 20-year veteran of the IC. He currently serves as the deputy director of the CIA's Open Source Enterprise, where he has been involved in incorporating open-source intelligence and capabilities into ICITE. Sherman previously served in senior executive positions at NGA.  [Read More:  Goldstein/fedtechmagazine/15 Sep2017]

The Enigma of Dieppe - Was the Raid Part of a Bigger Game of Espionage?  A few blocks from the beach where hundreds of Canadian soldiers were slaughtered in the horrific raid on Dieppe in August 1942, there is a quaint eatery at the corner of a narrow street.

It's called Les Arcades Restaurant and Hotel, as it was known then and continues to be known today. Somehow a stray German bullet struck the head of the owner - a man named Verel - who was standing in the foyer. He fell back into an open service elevator and died, one of several townspeople to get caught in fatal crossfire that day.

Current co-owner of the hotel, Mathieu Leducq, says he was very much aware of the story when he and his wife Karine bought the business, as he points to bullet damage from the volley of shots from 75 years ago in the limestone wall at the back of the elevator.

But even more interesting is how the hotel figures into an intriguing aspect of the raid that has come to light in recent years. According to Canadian historian David O'Keefe, British commandos had their sights set on the building that day 75 years ago because they believed it was a naval intelligence office.  [Read More:  McNeil/thespec/5Sep2017]

With Chelsea Manning Invitation, Harvard Got a Discussion It Didn't Want.  For Jim Pershing, who aspires to a career in international relations, studying at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government was a chance to immerse himself in a heady ecosystem where power players from the top echelons of the state, the nonprofit sector, the military and the media all converge.

"In terms of government and policy practitioners, Harvard draws the biggest names," said Mr. Pershing, 25, a student here.

It was the collision this week of some of those prominent names that thrust the Kennedy School into an uncomfortable controversy over whether it should confer its prestige and honor on people who have broken the law.

On Wednesday, the school's Institute of Politics announced that it had accepted Chelsea Manning, a former United States soldier jailed for seven years for leaking classified information, as one of its visiting fellows.  [Read More:  Seelye/nytimes/15Sep2017]

Uncovering Battles Within Nazi Intelligence Organizations.  Though images of swastikas and the thrust-out salutes are easily recognizable as symbols of the Nazis in World War II, little is known of the Nazi political foreign intelligence service - otherwise known as Office VI - until now.

Illinois State University's Associate Professor of History Katrin Paehler's new book, The Third Reich's Intelligence Service: The Career of Walter Schellenberg, is the first analytical look at this entity. She tells the story by recounting the rise of its head, Walter Schellenberg, and of the organization.

"In the 1930s, the Nazi SS [Schutzstaffel or "Protective Echelon"] was trying to build its own policing and intelligence conglomerate," said Paehler, who teaches courses on the Holocaust and Nazi Germany, and co-edited A Nazi Past: Recasting German Identity in Postwar Europe. "Those who rose to power in this intelligence service could embrace the Nazi ideology when it suited them, and discard it when it did not."

Until Paehler's book, few works looked at the operations of Office VI, also known as SD-Ausland or the foreign intelligence section of the SS. While many have explored the military side of intelligence from the Nazis, Office VI has been shrouded in mystery.  [Read More:  Hatch/illinoisstate/15Sep2017]

Institution M: The German Spy on Trial for Evading Millions in Tax.  In secret service circles, he was either known as "Institution M" or "The Man with Nine Fingers", because of a missing digit on his left hand. Locals in his village thought he was called "Richard Nelson" but his bank clerk knew him as "Claus M'llner". Politicians at the top of government simply referred to their top secret agent as "007".

For at least three decades Werner Mauss was Germany's real-life answer to James Bond: a rogue operator who moved in the shadowy realm between criminal underworld and intelligence agencies, entrapping drug dealers, retrieving stolen goods, negotiating with terrorists, often changing identity on his private plane mid-air.

But now, at the end of a career of dodging bullets and speeding cars, the 77-year-old has been caught in the web of a more mundane nemesis: the taxman.

On Monday, Mauss will appear in a county court in Bochum for the closing argument of a trial in which he stands accused of evading €14m ('12.3m) in tax to help fund a lifestyle of fast cars and thoroughbred horses. If the state prosecution has its way, he could be sentenced to six years and three months in prison by the end of the week.  [Read More:  Oltermann/theguardian/17Sep2017]

CIA Honors Officer Who Saved Karzai's Life.  He had many names and nicknames during his long and storied undercover CIA career: "Spider," "the Wolf," "Craig" and even "Casper." And he's had many more operational code names that will forever remain classified.

But his real name is Vogel, Greg Vogel. The CIA officially confirmed that Monday when bestowing special honors on the 30-year-veteran who in 2015 became chief of its National Clandestine Services, its foreign spying wing.

The CIA named Vogel a "Trailblazer." It's "a distinction reserved for those who have profoundly shaped CIA and its mission," the agency said in a press release.

Exactly what earned Vogel the high distinction? Of course, the agency didn't say. Employing typical bureaucratese, the CIA said only that he "held senior executive positions in charge of global clandestine operations and helped lead joint programs and missions with partners in the Department of Defense and across the Intelligence Community."  [Read more:  Stein/Newsweek/18September2017]


Afghanistan: The Kentucky Derby of Spying.  An old boss of mine at the CIA used to talk to young officers who were deploying to Afghanistan or Pakistan, and in his preamble to discussing the myriad of challenges and interests in the region, he would remark that if the officer were a thoroughbred, an assignment to the area was going to be like running in the Kentucky Derby every damn day - and so it was.

The story comes to mind in that today we see a sort of Kentucky Derby in Afghanistan, where there are a lot of horses running, everyone is out for themselves, no one is working together for the common good, and certainly no one is rooting for one of the other horses to win.  Between FSB, ISI, CIA, RAW, and the IRGC, the field is thick with competition and a lot of "horses" jockeying for position among the various intelligence services.

When asked last month by a reporter about the possibility that Russia was supplying arms to the Taliban and other rebel groups, General John Nicholson, the Commander of US forces in Afghanistan, confirmed that yes, this was happening, and then in a classic case of diplomatic understatement, he deadpanned that "arming belligerents... is not the best way forward to a peaceful reconciliation..."  But does General Nicholson or anyone else actually think the Russians would like to see the US achieve any modicum of success in Afghanistan?

Russia today, or at least the Russia under the leadership of former KBG careerist turned politician, Vladimir Putin, sees the world as a stark zero-sum game where anything good for the US must be bad for Russia, and anything bad for the US must be good for Russia.  In that simple construct, when you ask if Russia is meddling in Afghanistan and working counter to US objective's in the region, the answer is, of course they are.  Remember also that when the Russians invaded Afghanistan in December 1979, the US joined forces with Ahmed Shah Massoud and other mujahideen and conducted a brutal covert action campaign against the Russians that killed thousands of Russian soldiers, leading to a stinging defeat of the once great Soviet Army that was forced to leave Afghanistan ten years later, in 1989.  So, no, the Russians do not wish us well in Afghanistan.  [Read More:  Hulbert/thecipherbrief/10Sep2017]

Intelligence, Politicization, and the Russia Probe.  In August, the Washington Post reported that intelligence officials are concerned about their new boss, given CIA Director Mike Pompeo's political background and staunch support of Trump during the campaign. As a Republican representative from Kansas, Pompeo stood out in Congress for his relentless pressure to find a scandal in the Benghazi tragedy and to connect it with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Not satisfied with the House Benghazi Committee's final report, he attached an addendum declaring that Clinton "misled the public" about the affair and "failed to lead." Meanwhile he threw his support behind Trump, "a commander in chief who fearlessly puts America out in front."

Pompeo is not the first politician to lead the CIA, but his relentless brand of politics and close ties to Trump have led to fears that he cannot remain impartial about the Russia probe. In particular, critics worry that he will inhibit the work of the Agency's Mission Center for Counterintelligence, which may possess damaging information about Russia's role in last year's election. The Center is the Agency's hub for tracking foreign intelligence efforts in the United States, and according to the Post, a conduit to the FBI. Pompeo reportedly ordered the Center to report to him directly, which makes sense given his commitment to track down leakers and the sensitivity of the issue. But some within the Agency worry that he could use his position to discourage it from pursuing the investigation at all.

Concerns about Pompeo are not new. In February, the Post reported that he was asked to call reporters in an effort to dispute stories about connections between Trump associates and Russian intelligence operatives. While Pompeo never acknowledged doing so, his public comments about broader Russian influence operations are mild compared to releases from US agencies. Before the election, a joint statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security concluded that Russia had hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee in an effort to sway the outcome, and that "only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities." This January, a second assessment explained why the election was a serious escalation in Russia's long-term effort to influence US politics.

Pompeo agreed with these findings in his confirmation hearings, but more recently he has argued that Russia's so-called "active measures" are nothing new. He turned heads at the Aspen Security Forum when asked whether Russia had interfered in the election. "Yeah, of course," he said. "And the one before that, and the one before that, they have been at this a hell of a long time." Some fear that this formulation is too dismissive. While Soviet active measures in the Cold War were mostly dismal failures, this episode appears to have been much more successful, and Russia's technical sophistication in cyber-espionage means that old analogies are not really relevant to understanding the present threat.  [Read More:  Rovner/lawfareblog/17Sep2017]

An Open Letter to the Incoming DIA Director.  Dear LTG Ashley, All of us who have an association with defense intelligence congratulate you on your nomination and confirmation as the 21st Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.  You already know it will be an extraordinary assignment and the perfect opportunity to apply your thirty-plus years of experience at the national intelligence level.  You are a seasoned commander and DIA's workforce needs strong, consistent, and compassionate leadership.

You are taking the helm at a critical juncture in DIA's history.  Your senior civilians are still adjusting to their roles as leaders; their roles were downgraded five years ago by the then director and only in the last two years were they restored. The Agency recently recovered from past internal polarization and you'll find a renewed sense of unity.  You will inherit an Agency that, over the past three years, has been spared constant changes in structure.  This is a time to play the team you have and exploit a structure that provides geographic and functional focus yet enhances cooperation and collaboration.

Though the Agency has adjusted to its current structure, it remains culturally stressed by the relatively recent transition from the deleterious Rank-in-Position to the professionalizing Rank-in-Person (RiP) business model.  By investing in RiP (referred to inside DIA as Talent Management), you will do more to increase effectiveness than you would achieve by further tinkering with the org chart.  RiP triggered transformation from a "me" culture, to an "us" culture.  But, the job is not complete.  Your leadership will be critical in maintaining this forward and positive progress. As stated in a similar article sent to your CIA counterpart at the start of his directorship, leadership is a precious, but fragile, gift given ultimately by those you lead. You are an exceptionally worthy recipient of this gift.

PUTTING THE "D" IN DIA:  With the new administration, new ODNI [Office of the Director of National Intelligence] leadership, and new Pentagon leaders, you have the rare opportunity to redefine the role of DIA and to focus on keeping the "D" in DIA.  You will discover this is much more challenging than it appears.  It is critical that you minimize the compulsion to compete with CIA and produce "national" intelligence.  Keep DIA's attention on military topics for the SECDEF  [Secretary of Defense], CJCS [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff], and the warfighter.  In the IC [Intelligence Community] mosh pit, it becomes easy to forget that the "D"efense consumer is the reason DIA exists.  [Read More:  Wise, Gunning/thecipherbrief/15Sep2017]

Section IV - Jobs, Obituaries


Senior Cyber Threat Analyst (TS/SCI FSP) - Chantilly, VA. FireEye is the intelligence-led security company is seeking an expert Cyber Threat Analyst to support a long-term engagement with a government client. The successful candidate should be a strong critical thinker skilled in using data to solve analytic problems, and adept in satisfying intelligence requirements in a high operational tempo environment. The analysts work will inform a range of tactical and strategic decisions and should equip audiences with actionable assessments. Responsibilities: Operate as the primary conduit for delivery of relevant FireEye data and intelligence holdings Assess and outline implications to the client Correlate collected intelligence, to build upon a larger knowledge base of tracked threat activity Support process improvement of the current cyber threat program and alignment with the strategic program Provide ad-hoc cyber intelligence briefings and threat summaries as needed Identify and hunt for related tools, techniques and Procedures (TTPs) across multiple sources of intelligence Research and assess cyber threat intelligence artifacts to enable identification of associated TTPs across FireEye and client-side repositories Convert intelligence into actionable mitigation and technical control recommendations Apply intelligence towards discovery of suspicious activity and to prevent/detect future incidents Maintain current knowledge of tools and best-practices in advanced persistent threats; TTPs of attackers and incident response Integrate (shared) intelligence into operations Coordinate with third-party intelligence providers Represent client at various government threat exchanges Brief senior leadership on threats and incident related issues For additional requirements or to apply...

Corporate Security Officer, WR Systems, Fairfax, VA. W R Systems, Ltd. in Fairfax, Virginia, has a part-time need for Corporate Security Officer to protect and secure classified and sensitive information, equipment, and technology. Position responsibilities to include but are not limited to the following: • Corresponds and interacts with company personnel regarding clearance processing, re-investigations, onboarding new hires, security debriefings, VARs, visitors and customers. • Opens, closes, locks, and unlocks sensitive rooms and areas. • Creates, implements, and maintain security education and training programs. • Conducts self-inspections • DD254 Contract Administration and compliance. • Attends and supports program team meetings and provide program guidance, decision, policies and procedures as required. • Primary POC for DSS • Serves as the liaison with Intelligence Community agencies as required. • Provides oversight of the processing of visit requests and certifications, new employee security clearances to include actions within government systems (JPAS). • Coordinates and conducts Industrial Security briefings and debriefings. • Develops and applies personnel security policies, standards, and procedures in compliance with Federal Agency Regulations. • Develops, reviews, and maintains program protection plans, security classifications guides, and procedures as required. • Performs other security related duties, as assigned. Candidates must possess the following skills and experience: • Demonstrate high level of personal integrity and the ability to discreetly handle sensitive, personal, and classified case information. • Knowledge of Security Information Management Systems (SIMS) or similar security database applications. • Knowledge of JPAS and DSS processes and procedures; e-FCL (electronic facility clearance system), OBMS, DSS ISFO (industrial security field operations) • NIST SP 800-171 / FISMA knowledge and compliance • COMSEC equipment and procedures; NISPOM • Minimum 5 years of experience in similar position with DOD Contractor. • High School Diploma or equivalent; College degree preferred. • MS Office Suite to include Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point. Ability to obtain and maintain Top Secret Security Clearance required. The selected candidate will support the organization's mission, vision, and values by exhibiting the following behaviors: high standard of quality in conduct and performance; determination to achieve excellence; ownership; accountability; competence; collaboration; innovation; focus; drive; enthusiasm; mutual trust and respect; dedication; loyalty; and good citizenship.
W R Systems, Ltd., is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any additional factors that are protected by law.
To apply email or visit - In the top gray line go to Careers tab - Select View Current Opportunities under the phone number - Select the state of VA - Job Number: J2017-08-001 - Corporate Security Officer. Candidates may apply by adding a new resume/CV.


Patrick (Pat) Dunlap, 72, a former NSA linguist/analyst/staff officer, died 28 August 2017 in Clarksville, MD. From singing - in Latin - in the choir in church in his youth, his love for languages blossomed, and led to a career serving the nation. After graduating from high school, he entered the USAF in 1963 attending Russian language training at Indiana University at Bloomington, IN. He served in Alaska and saw the devastation caused by the massive earthquake of 1964. He also served in Pakistan. After four years service, he continued his education at Penn State University in State College, PA, where he pursued a double major in Journalism and Russian, finishing his studies in three years. In 1970 he started working at the National Security Agency at Ft. Meade, MD working in A Group as a linguist, analyst, manager and staff officer until retiring early in 1994. After retiring he and his wife Nancy chose to adopt a child from Russia. Pat became a stay-at-home dad and worked around the house and yard. In 2006 he was diagnosed with late stage lyme disease that resulted in painful peripheral neuropathy. Although his physical activities were limited, he always kept a positive attitude, sense of humor, and spent many hours on the computer helping people around the world with computer/research issues. He missed being outdoors so he got a "hummer" scooter to enjoy the world of nature. He is survived by his wife Nancy, an adopted daughter, a son, and other family. He was a member of Phoenix Society.

James P. Hanrahan, 93, who worked as a CIA political and military analyst for about five decades, died of sequelae of a broken hip on 28 July 2017 in Park City, UT. At the time of his retirement in 1980, he was Director of the Center for the Study of Intelligence. He was a graduate of LaSalle Institute, Troy, NY and Niagara University. During WWII he served as a gunnery officer aboard a landing craft support large (LSCL) in the Southwest Pacific. After receiving a master's degree in political theory at Georgetown University in 1948, Hanrahan, a former resident of Potomac, Md, joined the CIA in 1948 as an analyst of internal Soviet political and security affairs. He spent most of his career in the Directorate of Intelligence. He was one of three writers of the President's Intelligence Checklist, later known as the President's Daily Brief and the Chief of the Soviet and East European Division as well as the western European Division. He was also the first Director of the Strategic Warning Staff in the Pentagon in 1975. Mr. Hanrahan was a recipient of the Agency's Intelligence Medal of Merit. After his retirement, he continued to serve as a full-time contractor with the agency until April, 2004. In earlier times, he was active in the Potomac Boys Club, serving as a basketball coach and baseball commissioner. He was also a PTA President. He was a member of the Senior Seminar Alumni of the Department of State, the Central Intelligence Retiree's Association, and AFIO. His wife, Mary, predeceased him. He is survived by five sons, and other family.

Dr. Lloyd Frank Jordan, 90, CIA Soviet Analyst, died 2 September 2017 in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Jordan served in the US Army with the Occupation Forces in Japan. Post-WWII he earned a B.S., M.S. and PhD in Slavic Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He joined the Central Intelligence Agency where he worked 30 years as a Soviet analyst during the Cold War. Upon retirement, he was awarded the Medallion of Honorable Service and the Career Intelligence Medal for Exceptional Achievement. During retirement he authored two historical novels and conducted genealogical research. He was a Mason. Dr. Jordan's immediate family predeceased him. He is survived by nieces, and other family.

Meyer "Mike" J. Levin, 96, a WWII veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, a long-time intelligence analyst and classification expert [Chief, Information Policy Division] with the National Security Agency, and a community leader in eastern Montgomery County, MD, for over 55 years, died 10 September 2017 in Hillandale, MD. Mike served four years in the US Army during WWII and was a Field Artillery officer with the Seventh Armored Division in Europe. After the war, he began an intelligence career with the NSA spanning the forty-six years between 1947 and 1993. At NSA he became a classification expert and staunch defender of the need to protect sources and methods, overseeing and implementing the NSA programs and procedures for the protection of classified information as required by Executive Orders 12356 and 12333. In 1993 he was awarded the nation's highest intelligence honor, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal by the Director of Central Intelligence.
After retiring from government, Levin continued to work as a consultant in intelligence matters. He has also served on the boards of many civic community groups, and was Vice Chair of LABQUEST, a government/community partnership coordinating the consolidation of the US Food and Drug Administration at the Federal Research Center at White Oak, MD. Mike stepped in to keep the old Naval Ordnance Lab at White Oak from becoming an eyesore after it was closed in 1994 by a BRAC decision. His strong representations to GSA, Congress, and other government agencies resulted in the decision to combine and relocate multiple FDA offices into one campus there, with a frontage which preserved the natural beauty and prevented the arrival of fast food joints, etc. He was a key player in that rescue. Levin was an organizer and first Vice President of the new National Museum of Language and a longtime member of AFIO and the Phoenix Society.
Mike starred in the 2008 documentary SECRECY, by Peter Galison and Robb Moss, which discussed the costs, benefits, and history of the vast, invisible world of government secrecy.
His wife predeceased him. He is survived by two sons and a daughter, and other family.
"Mike was the conscience and the memory of the Agency. Always professional, never a seeker of attention or glory. A fearless champion of protecting sources and methods, and sought to halt leaks and the growing practice by a few current/former officers to cozy up with the media to air petty grievances."  [Read More:  washingtonpost/legacy/11Sep2017]

Julian Clark Nall, 96, a CIA Senior Advisor, died 7 September 2017 in Nashville, TN. Dr. Nall was a Captain in the US Naval Reserve. Dr. Nall received his BS with distinction from Southwestern (now Rhodes College), his SM from MIT, and his PhD From Vanderbilt University. He spent 31 years with the CIA as a senior advisor where he was awarded many distinguished medals. From there he joined the Institute for Defense Analyses where he served as the Assistant Director of the System Evaluation Division and the Director of the Defense Science Study Group. He was a longtime AFIO member. There are no immediate survivors.

John Albert Spencer, 70, former NSA Staff Chief, Information System Security Directorate, died of metastatic prostate cancer 8 September 2017 in Severna Park, MD.
He received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science/Public Administration from Ohio State University, and earned a MS in Administration degree from George Washington University. Upon graduation from Ohio State in 1968 he worked for the National Security Agency until his retirement in 2000.
He loved his years at the Agency and believed in the mission, the people, and opportunities available. He retired as a Staff Chief in the Information Systems Security Directorate. During his years at the Agency he was awarded the Director's Fellowship, the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence.
After his retirement from the Agency he worked for Computer Sciences Corporation, for Shipley Associates, and at the University of Maryland's National Foreign Language Center. He was active with the Lutheran church and served in a number of leadership posts.
He enjoyed reading, spy novels, outdoor grilling, and caring for his classic cars - a Triumph 4 and a 6, as well as a 1964 Porsche. His last Porsche was a 1980 model 911. Of John, the Rev. John R. Sabatelli recalled, "John was a fastidious person. He was not a legalist, but he was the kind of person who catalogued his home library. He was always impeccably dressed. He dotted every 'i,' but he also had a big vision. He was honorable and a straight shooter."
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Donna Haines Spencer; two daughters, and other family.

Francis "Frank" C. Tarantino, 61, of King George, VA, a CIA officer who specialized in geospatial analysis, and served as head of NGA's Center for the Study of Geospatial Intelligence, died 8 September 2017 in Arlington, VA.
Frank was a career Central Intelligence Agency officer detailed to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, serving as the Director, Center for the Study of Geospatial Intelligence. He was promoted into the CIA Senior Intelligence Service in December 2005, managing complex intelligence operations and successfully leading intelligence officers responsible for world-wide intelligence issues. He demonstrated leadership and expertise in geospatial-intelligence analysis and collection mission planning. After 30 years of service, Frank retired from the CIA in July of 2015. He was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant from the Naval Reserves in 1995.
Frank received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Social Science from Thomas A. Edison State College. He was a member of Soverign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, and the Order of Free Mason, and AFIO. Frank's life passion was the study of medieval history. Frank is survived by his wife of 31 years, JoAnne (Zignauskas) Tarantino, and other family.

John Godfrey Westcott, 74, a GEOINT and NIMA Senior Intelligence Officer, died 5 September 2017 in Catharpin, VA.
John graduated from the University of Vermont in 1965 and began a career with the Central Intelligence Agency that lasted 37 years. John ended his tenure with the Agency as a Senior Intelligence Officer at NIMA.
After a brief 3-day retirement, John began working with the Boeing Corporation as the Director of Business Development for GEOINT Programs.
After 10 years at Boeing, John retired for a second time. |
Unable to stay away from the Intelligence Community he loved, within a week JohnWestcottAssociates, LLC began accepting consulting opportunities.
John is survived by his wife, Pamela Andrews Westcott; by two daughters and a son, and other family.

Section V - Events


Thursday, 21 September 2017, 11:30 AM - Denver, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts an experienced DHS Field Intelligence Officer and Briefer.

The DHS Field Briefer will provide an unclassified briefing on current threats and trends both nationally and internationally.
For details, please contact Tom VanWormer at

Thursday, 21 September 2017, 11:30am - 1:30pm - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO AZ Chapter hears from military medical officer and public health expert Dr. Donald Noah, USAF(Ret) on "Strange Bedfellows: The Intelligence and Public Health Communities."

The Arizona Chapter hears from Donald L. Noah, (USAF-Retired) DVM, MPH, DACVPM, on "Strange Bedfellows: The Intelligence and Public Health Communities." During his lengthy career as a military medical officer, he had the fortune of several assignments within the Intelligence Community (DIA and CIA). He writes: At first, I experienced great misunderstanding (to the point of distrust) between the respective missions and attitudes of the US public health and intelligence organizations. This presentation will highlight some of these experiences and chronicle (from a personal perspective) how this relationship evolved over time.
Dr. Donald L. Noah is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology at Midwestern University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale, AZ. He is responsible for building and delivering new educational courses to students across several medical disciplines at the University. An early champion of the One Health concept, Dr. Noah performs comprehensive academic duties relating to teaching, mentoring, public speaking and other forms of institutional and/or extramural professional service. Dr. Noah received his bachelor's and veterinary medical degrees from The Ohio State University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, and is a graduate of Harvard University's National Preparedness Leadership Institute. He is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and is a USDA-certified Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician.
Meeting Location: Best Western Thunderbird Suites, 7515 E Butherus Dr, Scottsdale, Az 85260.
RSVP: or or call 602.570.6016. If you are bringing a guest provide their full name, as well. Your RSVP needs to arrive no later than 72 hours ahead of event. No-shows will be charged. BADGES: many chapter members were given permanent badges. If you need one for this event, email Simone with the information you would like on your badge (Full Name and Past Career Title/Affiliated Organization ~ should you wish). The cost for a badge with a magnetic strip is $5
Cost: $18 pp. - only checks or cash accepted.

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

Tour includes: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Division (1hr); MQ-9 Reaper (1 hr); Lunch at The Backstreet Caf' 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, California, 92518-5000
Questions? Contact Vincent Autiero, President, AFIO-Los Angeles Chapter, 5651 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Email him at If you haven't yet joined this active chapter, visit AFIO and then visit their webpage:
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

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. ' 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: 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 - rate expired Sept 10.]

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.

12 October 2017 (Thursday), 11:30 am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco Chapter hosts Brad Roberts on "The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century."

Brad Roberts, Director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory discusses the "Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century" at this October meeting of the AFIO "Andre LeGallo" San Francisco Chapter. Drawing on his recent publication with Stanford University Press, The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century, Dr. Roberts will discuss the lessons-learned from the efforts of the Obama administration and its predecessors, to create conditions that would allow us to move further away from nuclear deterrence. Arguments counter to the conventional wisdom that the United States can and should do more to reduce both the role of nuclear weapons in its security strategies and the number of weapons in its arsenal, will be presented, as well as the reactions from the political, military, and academic communities.
WHERE: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116.
TIMES: 11:30AM no host cocktail; meeting and luncheon at noon.
RSVP: Eventbrite Registration link forthcoming.
Reservation and pre-payment is required before 2 October 2017. The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins.
Contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at with your questions

Thursday 19 October 2017, 6:30pm - West Bloomfield, MI - AFIO Johnny Micheal Spann Memorial Chapter, Michigan hosts Thys DeBruyn, former CIA Chief, China Operations.

Thys DeBruyn, a former CIA China expert, is President of ADVANCE Resources and Consulting and a principal consultant with the firm. He spent 24 years as a China specialist at CIA. His last position before he left CIA in 2008 to join the private sector was Chief of China Operations. Thys also served as Chief of Station, Jakarta, Indonesia 2003-2006, where he led successful efforts to bring to justice terrorists targeting U.S. and other western travelers, including those responsible for the Bali, JW Marriott Hotel, and Australian Embassy bombings. Since joining the consulting world in 2008, Thys has applied his intelligence background and China expertise helping companies protect their information, their people and their facilities in China and other high-risk foreign markets. TO ATTEND: contact Michigan Chapter at for additional information.

Monday, 4 December 2017 - New York, NY - The AFIO New York Metro Chapter hosts Eva Dillon, author of "Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War."

Eva Dillon, author and magazine publisher, on Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War. It is an engaging true-life memoir, of her CIA father, Paul Dillon, and the GRU officer, Dmitri Fyodorovich Polyakov, who became a CIA agent whom her father handled - the highest ranking, longest serving asset the US had during the Cold War. It is also a memoir about both families growing up unknowingly as the children of spies.
"A beautifully written, profoundly moving account of one of the most important US Intelligence sources ever run inside the Soviet Union. A cliff-hanger from beginning to end, Dillon's account is filled with espionage tradecraft and family drama - essential reading for intelligence professionals, memoir enthusiasts, and anyone fascinated by how spying really works." - Peter Earnest, Executive Director, International Spy Museum.
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 6pm.
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 or 646-717-3776.

Other Upcoming Events

25 September 2017 - Bethesda, MD - 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

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

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 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

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
Event location: The Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 8am - 4pm - Washington, DC - Ethos and Profession of Intelligence 2017 at George Washington University - Co-sponsored with CIA

AFIO Members and guests are invited by CIA and the George Washington University who are co-hosting CIA's fourth public conference on national security, "The Ethos and the Profession of Intelligence," on the GW campus. The full-day conference, themed "Achieving Strategic Advantage," features a panel of former CIA Directors and other panels bringing together a diverse array of leaders from the Intelligence Community, other government agencies, private industry, non-governmental organizations, and the media to give each participant - on stage or in the audience - new perspectives on global security and how the U.S. Intelligence Community can best serve the open society it defends.

Panel topics at the conference will be: • Leading CIA: A Conversation among Former CIA Directors; • Countdown to Crisis: Asia Pacific Insecurity and America; • The Looming BioThreat: Perils and Promises of Biotech Innovation; • Tectonic Shifts: Forecasting Conflict and Political Instability; • Masking Unmasked: Conducting Espionage in a Transparent, Connected World.

Registration: 8-9am; Conference: 9am-3:45pm
Location: Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
To view invitation. To register. The registration link takes you to registration page on GW ticketing system for Lisner Auditorium. No promotional code is required to proceed with registration. For other information about conference, contact or by phone at 202-994-2437.
There is no charge to attend.

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.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 6 - 10pm - Washington, DC - The Honorable William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner by the International Spy Museum

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
ATTIRE: Cocktail
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 PM
Sponsorship benefits and opportunities or to attend this event, email: Rebecca Diamond (Vice President of Development & Membership) at:, or call: 202.654.0954, or use this online link.  

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