AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #36-17 dated 26 September 2017

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Friday evening, 29 September 2017

Hotel: DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA

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' Champagne Reception and "Spies in Black Ties" banquet. Banquet featuring keynote presentation by former CIA Deputy Director for Operations David Cohen.

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"How Cyber has Changed the World Around Us"

18 October 2017, 9 am - 3 pm
Laurel, MD - NCMF General Meeting & Symposium

Register while space remains 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. She will discuss impacts of one of the most transformational influences in our lifetime—Cyber. What does it mean, why is it so transformative, what are the impacts? In reality, it's a major influence on virtually every aspect of our lives. If you think Cyber doesn't affect everything in your life, attend to better understand the influences, risks, and cultural transformations being driven by our rapid embrace of a technology with surprising ramifications.

The new Deputy Director of NSA, George Barnes, will talk to us, and attendees will get an update on the current and future museum initiative, the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation—(now "shovel ready" and waiting for the Foundation to hit a minimum threshold of funding).

Other speakers and panels will then expand on the foundation set by Dr. Aiken's keynote, 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.

"Milestones, Memories, and Momentum"

19 - 20 October 2017 - Laurel, MD
16th NSA/CSS Center for Cryptologic History Symposium

I'd like to invite all AFIO members to attend our 2017 Cryptologic History Symposium on October 19 and 20th at the JHU APL Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland. We have an expanded program with many new speakers and know this will be an educational on highly topical cyber issues. Registration is open until Friday October 13th; cost is $75/day (students $35/day). Full details can be found here.

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 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.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

Betsy Rohaly Smoot, Executive Director, 2017 Symposium on Cryptologic History Sarah Parsons, Executive Director, 2019 Symposium on Cryptologic History; Historian Center for Cryptologic History, National Security Agency, 9800 Savage Road, Suite 6886, Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755; (301) 688-8925;

Book of the Week

The Trade: My Journey into the Labyrinth of Political Kidnapping
The Water Will Comeby Jere Van Dyk
(PublicAffairs, Sep 2017)

Into the snakepit. In 2014, Jere Van Dyk traveled to Afghanistan to try to discover the motives behind a kidnapping that had occurred six years earlier--his own. He was haunted by questions about why he was taken and why he was released, and troubled by the refusal of his friends, employers, and government employees to offer him a full account of what they knew. In pursuing his kidnappers, and the stories of the intermediaries and money men, Van Dyk uncovered not just the story of his own abduction, but the operation of what he calls the Trade: the business of kidnapping. Operating according to its own shadowy rules, the Trade has become a murky form of negotiation between criminal groups, corporations, families, and governments who have no formal lines of communication. His journey took him from tribal areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Obama White House, and revealed evidence of lucrative transactions and rival bandit groups working under the direction of foreign intelligence services. In its course, he met the families of many Americans who were or are still kidnapped, bargaining chips at the mercy of violent and pitiless extremists who thrive in the world's most lawless spaces. The answers he gets are often enigmatic, He paints a portrait of a burgeoning trade in hostages compounded by gangsterism, ideology, clan vendettas, and the subterfuges of "our allies" the Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency, which covertly supports the Taliban and other terrorists while Washington is forced to feign ignorance to accomplish other goals.

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Netherlands a 'Supermarket' for Countries Building Weapons of Mass Destruction: Intelligence Service Boss.  The Netherlands is an interesting "supermarket" for countries that want to make weapons of mass destruction, director Onno Eichelsheim of military intelligence service MIVD said in an interview with ANP. According to him, the Dutch intelligence services annually block a "significant number of attempts" of "countries of concerns" trying to acquire knowledge or materials for such weapons from the Netherlands.

These include countries like North Korea, Iran, Pakistan and Syria. Eichelsheim did not want to say exactly how many of these attempts are blocked, because he did not want to reveal the capacity of the service that deals exclusively with doing so. He did say that dozens of people are working on the Contra-proliferation unit and that many dozens of official reports are sent to the Ministry annually, for example on rejecting export licenses.
According to the MIVD chief, Dutch companies and knowledge institutes are insufficiently aware that countries like Syria and North Korea want to gain knowledge here. The Netherlands is technologically a high-quality country, that such countries want to use. Smaller companies that sell products such as ball bearings or heat resistant materials also need to be alert in this area, Eichelsheim said.   [Read More:  Pieters/nltimes/18Sep2017]

'Mole' in German Intelligence Agency Sentenced by Dusseldorf Court.  A Dusseldorf court sentenced a former employee of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, BfV, to one year of probation on Tuesday for attempting to share secret information with Salafists.

The court said the defendant, Roque M., had expressed at different times militaristic, extreme-right and Salafist remarks over social media out of boredom and had welcomed the terrorist attacks carried out by the "Islamic State" (IS) in Paris in November 2016.

"There is no one who regrets all of this more than me," the man said.

The 52-year-old had started working for the BfV office in Cologne in April 2016 where he was part of a task force surveilling Salafist groups.  [Read More:  dw/19sep2017]

US Families Got Fake Orders to Leave South Korea. Now Counterintelligence Is Involved.  Army counterintelligence officials in South Korea are investigating fake mobile alerts and social media messages warning American military families and Defense Department personnel of orders to evacuate the volatile peninsula on Thursday.

US Forces Korea "did NOT send this message," officials said in a subsequent Facebook post. They warned that Americans living in South Korea with US troops and Defense Department employees should confirm that any evacuation-related communications are legitimate before acting.

"Anyone receiving this false message should not click any links or open any attachments included in the correspondence," the Facebook message said.

The US military did not indicate who it thought had sent the phony messages, and it is unclear whether any military networks were compromised. An advisory issued by the Army and reported by Stars and Stripes urged people who have received the message to report it to an Army counterintelligence unit, which assess attempts by adversaries and their foreign intelligence services to exploit or access US networks.  [Read More:  Lamothe/washingtonpost/22sep2017]

Former CIA Director John Brennan Appointed As Distinguished Non-Resident Scholar.  John Brennan, former director of the CIA, will be joining UT as a distinguished non-resident scholar, as announced by the Clements Center for National Security on Tuesday.

In his new role, Brennan will make regular visits to campus to give public statements, serve as a guest speaker in different courses, contribute to research projects and mentor on national security and intelligence, the Clements Center said in a press release. 

Prior to serving as the director of the CIA, Brennan served as the deputy national security advisor for the Department of Homeland Security under former president Barack Obama.

"He's an incredibly accomplished public servant," said Stephen Slick, director of the Intelligence Studies Project. "Holding some of the most influential and impactful positions in the executive branch of government."   [Read More:  Davantes/dailytexanonline/22Sep2017]

Atlas V Launches NROL-42 Spy Satellite.  Saturday's launch - the fifth Atlas V launch of the year and the seventy-third overall for United Launch Alliance's workhorse rocket - came a little over a month after Atlas orbited NASA's TDRS-M satellite and achieved its seventy-first launch success from seventy-two attempts.

First flown in August 2002, Atlas V was developed by Lockheed Martin under the US Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, in competition with Boeing's Delta IV.

The Air Force opted to fund two rockets in order to provide assured access to space should one fail. Since December 2006 both rockets, along with the older Delta II vehicle, have been constructed and operated by United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

As well as being used for military launches, Atlas V and to a lesser extent Delta IV are also used to launch missions for NASA and commercial satellites. Both rockets can fly in several different configurations, with increasing numbers of solid rocket motors to allow heavier payloads to be carried.  [Read More:  Graham/nasaspaceflight/23Sep2017]

Looking to a Digital Future, The Citadel Launches Department of Intelligence and Security Studies.  For students who want to pursue The Citadel's new Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies, there is at least one prerequisite.

"Insatiable curiosity. If you don't have that, you will not be a successful intelligence officer," said Lt. Col. Mike Brady, a professor in the department.

Now celebrating its 175th anniversary, The Citadel has been adding new departments and degrees that reflect its changing role as a public military college in the post-9/11 era. The school introduced an undergraduate minor in cybersecurity in 2013 and a graduate certificate in cybersecurity in 2014.

Undergraduate students in the new Department of Intelligence and Security Studies will be required to learn the basics of cybersecurity, along with coursework that deals with psychology, data analysis and effective writing. They can choose from one of five concentration areas: Military Intelligence, Chinese Area Studies, Counterterrorism, Business Intelligence and General Intelligence.  [Read More:  Bowers/postandcourier/19Sep2017]

Duterte Reorganizes National Intelligence Committee.  President Rodrigo Duterte reorganized the National Intelligence Committee (NIC), citing the need to provide a clearer delineation of tasks among intelligence-gathering agencies.

Duterte signed Administrative Order No. 7 last September 22.

The order cited the need for the reorganization to "preclude unnecessary duplication of intelligence activities, ensure complete coverage of intelligence concerns as well as promote the judicious use of government resources."

The NIC is an advisory body to the Director General of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), responsible for the coordination and integration of intelligence activities and addressing national intelligence concerns.  [Read More:  rappler/25Sep2017]


Documents That Kim Philby Passed to USSR on Display for First Time.  Secret wartime documents passed by a British double agent to his Soviet handlers have been made public for the first time at a Moscow exhibition dedicated to the spy's career.

Kim Philby was the most notorious of the "Cambridge five", British communists who spied for Moscow and evaded suspicion for years due to their upper-class credentials.

He worked for the Soviet Union from the 1930s onwards and was unmasked in 1963. During his years working for British intelligence as a double agent, he passed hundreds of sensitive documents to the Russians.

The documents on display in Moscow are mainly from 1944 and concern diplomatic cables intercepted by British intelligence, which Philby then passed on to his Russian handlers. The documents are marked at the top in red: "Top Secret. To be kept under lock and key: never to be removed from the office."  [Read More:  Walker/theguardian/22Sep2017]

The 702 Problem.  Unmasking. Leaks. Wiretaps. The mounting surveillance scandals of 2017 are suddenly threatening one of the most effective intelligence-gathering programs in US history.

For months, administration officials have been publicly pressing lawmakers to reauthorize Title VII of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which expires in December. Their efforts are focused on Section 702, which permits the surveillance of foreigners abroad who are likely to communicate intelligence information. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats described 702 as the "crown jewels" of the intelligence community during his February confirmation hearings.

"If we were to lose 702's authorities, we would be significantly degraded in our ability to provide timely warning and insight as to what terrorist actors, nation-states, criminal elements are doing," National Security Agency director Mike Rogers told senators in May. "I would highlight much - not all - much of what was in the intelligence community's assessment, for example, on the Russian efforts against the US election process in 2016 was informed by knowledge we gained through 702 authority."

"A clean reauthorization of FISA Section 702 does not have the votes to pass in the House," says House Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte. "The House Judiciary Committee is working hard to achieve consensus to reform and reauthorize Section 702, consulting all interested parties including the White House, national security agencies, and privacy advocates."  [Read More:  Lifhits/weeklystandard/2Oct2017]

The Invisible Threat.  Twenty-two years ago, during the Monday morning rush hour in the Tokyo subway, thousands of unsuspecting commuters inhaled toxic nerve gas left leaking from little plastic bags. Twelve people died, and thousands more were injured in the deadliest attack in Japan since World War II.

The attack was the work of Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo, whose founder and self-proclaimed "Lamb of God," Shoko Asahara, promised spiritual power to those who did his bidding, which included cooking up deadly chemicals and biological weapons like anthrax and sarin gas.

Richard Danzig, a former US Navy secretary, interviewed imprisoned members of Aum Shinrikyo in Japan between 2008 and 2010. "I figured I could get the perpetrators of an actual terrorist group to tell me what they did," he said.

In fact, they did, describing their success with chemical weapons and, perhaps even more concerning, their attempts to build bioweapons, he said in a recent interview with Foreign Policy. "They built a fairly large facility to generate anthrax in the 1990s," Danzig said.  [Read More:  McLaughlin/chicagotribune/21Sep2017]

Pigeon Cameras and Other CIA Cold War Spy Gear.  When James Bond needed nifty espionage gadgets, like a Rolex-turned-circular-saw or a peel-off fake fingerprint, he could count on the Q branch of the British Secret Service. When American operatives need to snap photos on the down-low or transmit a secret code, they have the Central Intelligence Agency's Office of Research and Development working the tech angles. The agency's Langley museum, which isn't open to the public (but which can be explored via a Flickr account), displays mostly quainter examples of Cold War-era spycraft - presumably because the supercool Bond-like gear is still in use. Below, some classic tools of the trade and a few also-rans.  [Read More:  Sullivan/history/18Sep2017]

Vietnam, the CIA, and the World's Fastest Aircraft.  During the selection process for pilots to fly a top-secret mission, Ken Collins was told to report to an apartment in Philadelphia, then locked in a room for six hours in complete darkness. A loudspeaker would periodically order him not to doze off. He didn't. "I can only assume that I must have passed," Collins says.

Collins, 88, a retired Air Force colonel, was among six hand-picked Air Force fighter jocks who overflew North Vietnam at Mach 3 on high-altitude photo-reconnaissance missions for the Central Intelligence Agency. He flew a spyplane so hush-hush its operations remained classified for decades. The top-secret project for which Collins had volunteered was code-named Operation Black Shield, and it was based in the Nevada desert. Deceptively nicknamed "Oxcart," the supersonic Lockheed A-12 aircraft he piloted was the single-seat predecessor of its ultimately more famous, two-man virtual twin, the SR-71 Blackbird.

The A-12 made its first flight in 1962. Lockheed's Kelly Johnson hadn't designed the A-12 for Vietnam, but Vietnam was the war it was born into. Johnson had created the airplane in response to the CIA's need for something that could fly faster and higher than its subsonic U-2, another Johnson-designed reconnaissance airplane, which the agency had relied on since the mid-1950s to provide high-altitude photography. The A-12 was unlike anything anyone had ever seen.

"You didn't wear it like you did a fighter," says another pilot who flew Black Shield missions, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Francis J. "Frank" Murray, 86, of Gardnerville, Nevada. "You were stuck way up in the nose, with a monster behind you."  [Read More:  Freed/airspacemag/Oct2017]

Former CIA Director John Brennan Says Leaders Who Truly Have Wisdom Are Keenly Aware of One Thing.  For years, John Brennan was a walking vault for top-secret government information.

Brennan was the director of the CIA until early 2017, but he says keeping those secrets was hardly the most important part of his job.

Brennan spoke with Business Insider US editor-in-chief Alyson Shontell at an Intersport leadership summit in April. During the conversation (which you can listen to on Business Insider's podcast, Success! How I Did It)  Shontell asked Brennan how he dealt with the stress of knowing so much and not being able to share it with anyone.

Brennan responded that the true sign of wisdom is realizing how much you don't know, not how much you do.  [Read More:  Lebowitz, Shontell/businessinsider/25Sep2017]

How to Survive the Apocalypse.  President Trump threatens to "totally destroy North Korea".  Another hurricane lashes out. A second monster earthquake jolts Mexico. Terrorists strike in London. And that's just this past week or so.

Yes, the world is clearly coming to an end. But is there anything you can do to prepare?

That is not a philosophical question, or a theological one. And if it is a question that seems to beg any explication, you may stop reading now.

But if you are among the swelling class of weekend paranoiacs of affluent means who are starting to mull fantasies of urban escape following the endless headlines about disasters, both natural and manufactured, you may be starting to see a different image in your mind when think "survivalist." You may no longer see the wild-eyed cave dweller in camouflage fatigues, hoarding canned goods. You may even see one in the mirror.  [Read More:  Williams/nytimes/23Sep2017]


War With Russia: Trump Is Losing the Intelligence Battle.  For the past six months, I've been quietly asking current and former counterintelligence professionals, "Who is making sure Russia doesn't undermine our democracy?" The answer has always been the same: "I don't know, but I hope somebody is." But since President Donald Trump refuses to acknowledge Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, I'm not sure anybody is.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia probe is heating up. And the potential criminal charges against the president and his team has become the biggest story in the country. That's partly because Trump is so polarizing. But the criminal probe and the growing public anger won't do anything to stop the wider threat posed by Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.

The threat from Moscow is not an idle one. It appears to have resulted in a successful operation against the United States, one that likely began long before Trump became president. The Russians not only penetrated the president's inner circle but also used social media to spread fake news and may have even targeted voting systems.

In the aftermath of this campaign, the US has done too little to harden its defenses against this kind of operation. There have been no demands to increase the budget of the intelligence community to counter Russia and other intelligence threats to the US. Many seem to think that we can defeat Moscow simply by throwing Trump out of office. That's a dangerous idea.  [Read More:  Jamali/newsweek/22Sep2017]

The CIA's Drones Fly Into a Storm.  The Central Intelligence Agency's authority to use lethal force is usually discussed only in the quietest corners of the intelligence community. These authorities are usually implemented pursuant to carefully-prescribed top-secret "presidential determinations" that authorize specific actions.

Over its history, the CIA's successes in using lethal force are unknown to the public. We only know the times when the CIA tried to use it - such as the much-mocked attempts in the 1960s to kill Fidel Castro - and was embarrassed by public failures. In 1984, President Reagan, in Executive Order 12333, prohibited our intelligence agencies from planning or participating in political assassinations.

Reports that CIA Director Mike Pompeo is pushing for wider authority to use drone strikes in active war zones including - but, importantly, not limited to - Afghanistan has ignited a public debate. President Trump reportedly favors granting Mr. Pompeo's request and the Pentagon apparently is divided in its position. Advisors to former President Obama are, predictably, against it.

One New York Times report quotes Luke Hartig, a National Security Council official in the Obama administration, who said that transparency in discussing military operations such as drone strikes with allies was of utmost importance. That report quoted Mr. Hartig as saying any decrease in transparency would be "a big strategic and moral mistake."  [Read More:  Babbin/washingtontimes/24Sep2017]

70-Years After CIA's Founding, Thanking Our Intelligence Community.  This past week the 70th anniversary of the CIA passed without much fanfare, strikingly in-line with the clandestine nature of the agency.

However at a time when our intelligence community is facing increasing public scrutiny, distrust, and even hostility, it is worth reflecting on the essential role the CIA has played and still is doing in safeguarding not just American democracy but human liberty across the entire world.

Sadly, lately the intelligence community has been increasingly scapegoated by some within our own country. While the CIA has undoubtedly always faced occasional public controversy throughout its history, it never reached a level where you have both some conservatives regularly raging against the "deep state" and liberals condemning the CIA's domestic influence, such as with the counter-outrage over Chelsea Manning being removed from her pending fellowship at Harvard.

It seems like nowadays there are fewer and fewer friends of the intelligence community and CIA, which is a great disappointment, as there are few heroes that should be more highly recognized and respected.  [Read More:  Reimer/spectator/19Sep2017]

Is Trump Mulling Peter Thiel for a Top Intelligence Advisory Post?  It was one of the worst days in the short life of Donald Trump's administration - an administration that has not known many good days. But, as it turned out, the afternoon of July 12 was the time I'd scheduled an appointment with Steve Bannon, the man who, a month later, would leave his post as the president's chief strategist. And as I walked through the West Wing, the simmering distress was unmistakable.

In an alcove, National-Security Adviser H. R. McMaster huddled with Reince Priebus, the soon-to-be-ex chief of staff. Jay Sekulow, the public face of President Trump's legal team, furiously checked his cell phone. While aides conferred on an outdoor patio, brows furrowed, a top White House adviser took me aside and gravely confided, "The situation is even worse than you can imagine." But I was not there to discuss the latest bombshell: the revelation that Donald Trump Jr. had hosted a previously undisclosed meeting with some shadowy Russians. No, every other reporter in the nation's capital was already pursuing that story.

Instead, I had come to discuss another subject entirely. And Bannon, seeing me lingering in a hallway, popped out of a conference room and shepherded me into his office - at the time a virtual command center for the Trump Revolution, just steps from the Oval. To some, Bannon - intense, brooding, and sardonic - was the intellectual architect of a stunning election upset; to others, he was a persistent dog whistle who riled up Trump's base and America's basest instincts. But in the White House that week, few cast a longer shadow.

"Can you believe this?!" he said, pointing to a wall of TVs with breaking-news alerts about the Russian rendezvous. Another wall served as a sort of mood board, papered with startling policy goals: "Begin removing more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants," 'Cancel [Obama's] unconstitutional executive action[s]," "Impose term limits on all members of Congress." Bannon, despite the prevailing angst of the day, was engaged, gregarious, and happy to speak on the record. The reason? I was interested in a man who, in some ways, was his ideological soulmate: Peter Thiel, the elusive tech billionaire, who, far from public view, has wielded outsize clout within the new administration.  [Read More:  Ciralsky/vanityfair/20Sep2017]

Section IV - Obituaries


Walter Morgan, Captain, USN(Ret), 96, Deputy Director DIA Attach' System, died of vascular dementia 26 July 2017 in Washington, DC. Morgan became a naval intelligence liaison to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and deputy director of the attaché system in the Defense Intelligence Agency before retiring in 1976. Capt. Morgan was born in Okemah, OK and moved to the Washington area in 1956. During his 34-year Navy career, he trained in Russian and Japanese and served as assistant naval attaché at the US embassy in Tokyo from 1959 to 1962. He was a photographer and volunteer for the National Capital Daylily Club and Rock Spring Garden Club in Arlington.

Stanislav Petrov.  Early on the morning of Sept. 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov helped prevent the outbreak of nuclear war.

A 44-year-old lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Air Defense Forces, he was a few hours into his shift as the duty officer at Serpukhov-15, the secret command center outside Moscow where the Soviet military monitored its early-warning satellites over the United States, when alarms went off.

Computers warned that five Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles had been launched from an American base.

"For 15 seconds, we were in a state of shock," he later recalled. "We needed to understand, 'What's next?"  [Read More:  Chan/nytimes/18Sep2017]

Section V - Events


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

Banquet Space Remains. Join many other members and special guests, including students, already registered for... AFIO-NGA's 2017 National Intelligence Symposium.
Day one and two are filled - registration closed. Banquet registration (Friday evening) is still open with few remaining seats.
Champagne Reception and "Spies in Black Ties" banquet. Banquet featuring keynote presentation by former CIA Deputy Director for Operations David Cohen.
Friday evening, 29 September 2017, Hotel: DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA.

Register for Symposium Banquet securely ONLINE now
to ensure a place.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, noon - MacDill AFB - The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter hosts Col Wayne Whitten, USMC(R) on "Without A Warning" on the Shootdown of a U2 spyplane during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

We have an exciting program as we welcome Colonel Wayne Whitten, USMC (ret), author of a new book, Without a Warning, that tells the story of the avoidable shootdown of a U2 spyplane during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After 55 years of silence on the subject, the book reveals the details of how Air Force Major Rudolph Anderson, Jr., became the only casualty of the Crisis. Colonel Whitten is a combat-experienced flight officer and electronic warfare officer with subsequent experience in operations, requirements, systems acquisition, tactical intelligence and mission planning systems.
LOCATION: MacDill AFB Surf's Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621.
TO ATTEND: Email chapter secretary no later than noon on Tuesday, October 3. Attendees require base access with military ID or by special arrangement using driver's license identification for a background check. Colonel Whitten will be personally inscribing copies of his book, available for $20 at the meeting. Please also let the Chapter secretary know if you wish to reserve a copy of the book.

12 October 2017 (Thursday), 11:30 am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco Chapter hosts Brad Roberts on "The Case for US 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 US 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 US 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: Use this Eventbrite Registration link.
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 US 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

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

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 US 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.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, noon - Washington, DC - Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update - at the International Spy Museum

Be the first to learn the latest intelligence news! Join David Major, retired supervisory special agent of the FBI and former director of Counterintelligence and Security Programs at the NSC staff at the White House, for a briefing on the hottest intelligence and security issues, breaches, and penetrations. Presented in partnership with The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), these updates will cover worldwide events such as breaking espionage cases and arrest reports, cyber espionage incidents, and terrorist activity. Major uses his expertise to analyze trends and highlight emerging issues of interest to both intelligence and national security professionals and the public. Cases are drawn from the CI Centre's SPYPEDIA, the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world, containing events and information that may not be reported by mainstream media outlets. Event is free. Visit

Friday, 13 October 2017, 6-9pm - Washington, DC - Spooky SPY Family Night (featuring New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz) - at the International Spy Museum

Has your brother been spying on you? Is grandma really a secret agent? Does dad really have lethal ninja skills? Now's your chance to find out as your family of spies gains exclusive after-hours access to the Museum! Test your family's spy skills as you run top secret missions, go deep undercover and transform your appearance with the help of professional make-up artists, challenge yourself in Code Cracker competitions, explore all forms of spy tradecraft, and enjoy SPY snacks. New York Times bestselling author, Anthony Horowitz, will be speaking and signing his newest book in the Alex Rider Series: Never Say Die. The world's greatest teen spy is back in action in a thrilling new mission: destroy once and for all the terrorist organization SCORPIA. Americans may have purchased more than 6 million copies of Alex's adventures, but now, more than ever, we all need his heroics. Ages five and up. One adult required for every five KidSpy agents. Tickets for the general public: $14 per person; Members: $12. 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.

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.

Sunday, 22 October 2017, 6-8pm - Washington, DC - Access to SPY: Opening Our Doors to the Deaf and ASL Community - at the International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum is proud to introduce the second in its series of Access to SPY programs. With an emphasis on expanding the Museum's reach into communities who have challenges in experiencing the wide range of exhibits and resources, this program specifically addresses the needs of the Deaf and ASL communities. This exclusive after-hours event provides complimentary general admission to members of the Deaf and signing communities and their family and friends. Advanced registration is required. Visit

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Hitler's Monsters: Nazi Germany and the Occult - at the International Spy Museum

The Nazi fascination with the occult is legendary, and in reality the supernatural was an essential part of the Nazi project. The regime enlisted astrology and the paranormal, paganism, Indo-Aryan mythology, witchcraft, miracle weapons, and the lost kingdom of Atlantis in reimagining German politics and society and recasting German science and religion. Occult approaches were also applied to military and intelligence efforts as well. Join Eric Kurlander, professor of history at Stetson University and author of Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich, for an eye-opening look at the occult ideas, esoteric sciences, and pagan religions touted by Nazi Germany in the service of power. The book will be available for sale and signing at the event. Tickets for the general public: $12 per person; Members: $10. Visit

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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