AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #37-17 dated 03 October 2017

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THANK YOU members, speakers, panelists, corporate sponsors, staff and volunteers
for an outstanding 2017 AFIO-NGA Symposium.
We also thank our hosts, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency!
If you missed this one, you missed an exceptional program. Promise yourself to attend next year.

NCMF Symposium and GMM

"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.

CCH 2017 Symposium

"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;

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IG Sees Improvements in TSA Intelligence Operations.  An IG review found no basis for a whistleblower's allegations of systemic security and operational challenges in the TSA's office of intelligence and analysis, saying it identified only 16 documented security incidents over the last five years and that the agency had taken corrective actions in all of them.

Those incidents involved matters such as employees scanning classified documents on unclassified scanners, emailing classified material on an unclassified network, and improperly transporting classified material.

A report also said the TSA has meanwhile improved that office's field intelligence division and the field intelligence officer program "by hiring qualified, experienced intelligence professionals and implementing clear policies and procedures to guide officers." Specifically, the office no longer focuses on hiring law enforcement officers even if they have no background in intelligence-related work, but rather hires only those with extensive experience in that area including experience applying analytical intelligence techniques, giving technical intelligence advice to senior leadership, and evaluating and validating intelligence data sources.

"In addition, OIA is addressing identified weaknesses in coordination among its watches and perceived delays in intelligence reporting," it said.  [Read More:  fedweek/28Sep2017]

Hunt on:  'Kill or Capture' Hamza Bin Laden.  When Osama Bin Laden died in 2011, he left three sons. One disowned him, the other died, and the third followed in his footsteps.

His youngest son Hamza, now 28, has become the top propagandist and leader of Al Qaida, the terror franchise founded by his father.

Hamza is now the subject of "kill-or-capture" mission by Joint Coalition Special Operations Unit, according to British media reports.

Hamza is one of the most wanted targets of coalition special forces in Syria, the reports added.  [Read More:  gulfnews/2Oct2017]

CIA Delegation Attends High-Profile Sudan Security Meet.  A high-level delegation from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) attended the 14th session of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) convened this week in Sudan.

Fifty-one African intelligence chiefs attended the event, which is due to wrap up on Saturday.

The participation of a CIA delegation at a high-profile security event in Khartoum has been seen by some observers as a possible sign of thawing US-Sudanese relations.

Earlier this year, the US lifted several longstanding economic sanctions imposed on Khartoum, citing Sudanese cooperation in the regional fight against terrorism.  [Read More:  middleeastmonitor/30Sep2017]

Woman, 65, Arrested by Anti-Terror Police on Suspicion of Spying for a Foreign Intelligence Agency.  Counter-terror police have arrested a 65-year-old Government employee on suspicion of spying for a foreign intelligence agency.

The woman was seized after a major MI5 probe for allegedly breaching Section 1 of the Official Secrets Act 1911.

She was in custody last night following a swoop in North London and a property was being searched. Police said in a statement: "A woman has been arrested on suspicion of an offence under the Official Secrets Act."

"The 65-year-old, who is contracted to carry out work for a Government department, was arrested by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command - SO15 - acting upon intelligence."  [Read More:  Hughes/mirror/27Sep2017]

FBI Won't Have to Reveal Details of Hacking Tool Used to Crack San Bernardino iPhone.  A judge has ruled that the FBI will not have to reveal any details about the hacking tool it bought to crack the iPhone at the center of the San Bernardino shooting case back in early 2016.

Following a Freedom of Information request by Vice News, USA Today and the Associated Press, federal judge Tanya Chutkan ruled in favor of the FBI, meaning that the agency will be able to keep this information secret.
A battle between the FBI and Apple ran for some months as the agency tried to force the iPhone-maker to provide access to the phone at the center of the terrorism case. Ultimately, the FBI managed to obtain a hacking tool from a third party which gave it access to the information it needed without Apple's help.

The ruling means that both the name of the vendor, and the price paid for the tool by the FBI, will not be revealed.  [Read More:  Wycislik-Wilson/betanews/2Oct2017]

Garda Review Studies 'Secret Service'.  The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland is examining whether the government should establish a "secret service" to defend Ireland's national security.

The commission is seeking advice from the British and US intelligence services on the issues involved in establishing a secret intelligence service, which would operate independently of the police.

Representatives of the commission, chaired by Kathleen O'Toole, the police chief of Seattle but formerly with the Garda Inspectorate, are to meet representatives of MI5 and other security services in Europe and America.

The gardai have been responsible both for policing and protecting Ireland from outside threats since the force's foundation in 1923.  [Read More:  Mooney/thetimes/1Oct2017]

Dismissed Chief of KGB Military Intelligence Found Lucrative Job.  Retired head of the KGB military counterintelligence department, major-general Aliaksandr Nazaranka was appointed head of the coordination and inspection department of the State Secretariat of the Security Council, blogger d-zholik writes.

Nazaranka was in charge of the military counterintelligence from October 2012 to July 31 of this year. On the day of his 55th birthday, the president dismissed him from the post and transferred him to the reserve. However, immediately after his dismissal from the KGB, the general received a less responsible post in the Security Council and now, in addition to his general pension, he will also receive the salary of a civil servant.

Deputy chief of the military counterintelligence department, head of the department for the KGB frontier services, colonel Kanstantsin Kuchinsky, was appointed to the vacated general post of the department head. Lukashenka's assistant for national security Viktar Lukashenka, who is an officer on the border guard reserve, and KGB chairman Valer Vakulchyk, who previously headed the mentioned department of the military counterintelligence, were at the back of his appointment.  [Read More:  charter97/2Oct2017]

Egyptian Intelligence Chief to Meet With Abbas Before Heading to Gaza.  The chief of Egyptian intelligence Khaled Fawzi will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before heading to Gaza Strip on Tuesday, a senior adviser of Abbas said Monday.

Nabil Shaath, the president's advisor for foreign relations, told Xinhua that Fawzi will discuss with Abbas the measures that are carried out and the Egyptian efforts to end the Palestinian division since 2007.

Shaath explained that Fawzi will head to Gaza after his meeting with Abbas to overlook the government handover process after the Islamic Hamas movement dissolved the "administrative committee" that it formed last year to act instead of the government.

A high ranking Egyptian security delegation arrived in Gaza Sunday, a day before the Palestinian government did, to overlook the process of national reconciliation that Egypt sponsored.  [Read More:  xinhuanet/2Oct2017]


In Russia, an Old Spy Story Comes in From the Cold.  Modern espionage seems dominated by massive troves of data, hacking and intercepts captured by satellites, even troll farms. But in Moscow a tale of espionage from a very different era has resurfaced.

It's been more than 60 years since Kim Philby, an upper-class Englishman with legendary charm, slipped aboard a Russian freighter in Beirut and defected. He'd been a Soviet double agent for years, but the net was closing in.

Russia's foreign intelligence service has released previously unseen secret documents about his spying for the KGB (and its predecessor, the NKVD), and his life in Moscow after 1963. They form part of a new exhibition at the Russian Historical Society in an elegant 19th century mansion in Moscow.

In Britain, Philby was and is regarded as a traitor - one of five double agents known as the Cambridge Five spy ring because of the university they all attended. Throughout the second World War and beyond, he gave Russian agents reams of British intelligence documents, probably revealing in the process the identities of dozens of informants.  [Read More:  Lister/cnn/28Sep2017]

The Equifax Hack Has the Hallmarks of State-Sponsored Pros.  In the corridors and break rooms of Equifax Inc.'s giant Atlanta headquarters, employees used to joke that their enormously successful credit reporting company was just one hack away from bankruptcy. They weren't being disparaging, just darkly honest: Founded in the 19th century as a retail credit company, Equifax had over the years morphed into one of the largest repositories of Americans' most sensitive financial data, which the company sliced and diced and sold to banks and hedge funds. In short, the viability of Equifax and the security of its data were one and the same.

Nike Zheng, a Chinese cybersecurity researcher from a bustling industrial center near Shanghai, probably knew little about Equifax or the value of the data pulsing through its servers when he exposed a flaw in popular backend software for web applications called Apache Struts. Information he provided to Apache, which published it along with a fix on March 6, showed how the flaw could be used to steal data from any company using the software.

The average American had no reason to notice Apache's post but it caught the attention of the global hacking community. Within 24 hours, the information was posted to, a Chinese security website, and showed up the same day in Metasploit, a popular free hacking tool. On March 10, hackers scanning the internet for computer systems vulnerable to the attack got a hit on an Equifax server in Atlanta, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Before long, hackers had penetrated Equifax. They may not have immediately grasped the value of their discovery, but, as the attack escalated over the following months, that first group - known as an entry crew - handed off to a more sophisticated team of hackers. They homed in on a bounty of staggering scale: the financial data - Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and more - of at least 143 million Americans. By the time they were done, the attackers had accessed dozens of sensitive databases and created more than 30 separate entry points into Equifax's computer systems. The hackers were finally discovered on July 29, but were so deeply embedded that the company was forced to take a consumer complaint portal offline for 11 days while the security team found and closed the backdoors the intruders had set up.  [Read More:  Riley, Robertson, Sharpe/bloomberg/29Sep2017]

From Dinner Parties to Spy Rings, 'The Woman Who Smashed Codes' Bursts With Detail.  "No code is ever completely solved, you know."

It's quite a time to be reading The Woman Who Smashed Codes. Subtitled The True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies, Jason Fagone's book delivers on that promise, bringing one woman's deliberately erased accomplishments back into the limelight. But it also resounds with warning bells that should sound farther away than they prove today.

There's really no way to write about Elizebeth Friedman without making it a thriller; like many great people caught up in great events, there's a sense of serendipity in retrospect. A last-minute trip she makes to a Chicago library becomes a job with George Fabyan (the kind of Gilded Age oligarch who kept bears on his property). She aids Elizebeth Wells Gallup in Gallup's quest to prove Francis Bacon hid coded messages in the Shakespeare plays she contends he wrote. By the time Elizebeth and future husband William Friedman are decoding messages for the government at the start of World War I, her life seems almost incredible. And that's before Fagone gets to the ciphers themselves.

Government outsiders called them magic, and though Fagone dutifully details cryptology concepts and ciphers, you'd be forgiven for suspecting something supernatural in the Friedmans' abilities. Starting out side-by-side on a tycoon's landscaped estate, they became the founders of modern codebreaking. (After Fagone establishes their methods, the codebreaking moves so briskly it really begins to seem uncanny: A coded message crosses Elizebeth's desk - "Certain letters repeated vertically" - a page later, she's solved the first Enigma.) Fagone's assiduous style reflects Elizebeth's inexhaustible pragmatism. She spent most of her career in the Coast Guard, catching smugglers and, later, Nazis, but her quoted remembrances are workaday: "You did what you could with what you had to do it with."  [Read More:  Valentine/wpsu/30Sep2017]

John le Carre's George Smiley Beats James Bond, British Spy Master Says.  When it comes to fiction, Britain's foreign intelligence chief prefers John le Carre's spy-catcher hero George Smiley over the brash antics of Ian Fleming's James Bond.

By exploring treachery at the heart of British intelligence in spy novels, le Carre challenged Western assumptions about the Cold War by defining for millions the moral ambiguities of the battle between the Soviet Union and the West.

Alex Younger, the chief of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, said in a letter to The Economist magazine that he bridled at the moral equivalence of le Carre's novels but felt that spy services offered a reflection of their countries.

"The Stasi told you all you needed to know about the East German regime. SIS, and our sister services, GCHQ and MI5, tell you a lot about modern Britain," Younger wrote.  [Read More:  Faulconbridge/reuters/28Sep2017]

Current Threats to the Homeland.  Good morning Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the current threats to the homeland. Our nation continues to face a multitude of serious and evolving threats ranging from homegrown violent extremists to cyber criminals to hostile foreign intelligence services and operatives. Keeping pace with these threats is a significant challenge for the FBI. As an organization, we must also be able to stay current with constantly changing and new technologies that make our jobs both easier and harder. Our adversaries - terrorists, foreign intelligence services, and criminals - take advantage of such modern technology to hide their communications, recruit followers, plan and encourage espionage, cyber attacks or terrorism, to disperse information on different methods to attack the US homeland, and to facilitate other illegal activities. As these threats evolve, we must adapt and confront these challenges, relying heavily on the strength of our federal, state, local, and international partnerships.

Counterterrorism.  Preventing terrorist attacks remains the FBI's top priority. The terrorist threat against the United States remains persistent and acute. From a threat perspective, we are concerned with three areas in particular: (1) those who are inspired by terrorist propaganda and act out in support; (2) those who are enabled to act after gaining inspiration from extremist propaganda and communicating with members of foreign terrorist organizations who provide guidance on operational planning or targets; and (3) those who are directed by members of foreign terrorist organizations to commit specific, directed acts in support of the group's ideology or cause. Prospective terrorists can fall into any one of these three categories or span across them, but in the end the result is the same - innocent men, women, and children killed and families, friends, and whole communities left to struggle in the aftermath.

Currently, the FBI has designated the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) and homegrown violent extremists as the main terrorism threats to the homeland. ISIS is relentless and ruthless in its campaign of violence and has aggressively promoted its hateful message, attracting like-minded extremists. The threats posed by foreign fighters, including those recruited from the United States, are extremely dynamic. These threats remain the highest priority and create the most serious challenges for the FBI, the US Intelligence Community, and our foreign, state, and local partners. We continue to identify individuals who seek to join the ranks of foreign fighters traveling in support of ISIS, as well as homegrown violent extremists who may aspire to attack the United States from within. In addition, we are confronting a surge in terrorist propaganda and training available via the Internet and social networking media. Due to online recruitment and indoctrination, foreign terrorist organizations are no longer dependent on finding ways to get terrorist operatives into the United States to recruit and carry out acts. Terrorists in ungoverned spaces - both physical and cyber - readily disseminate propaganda and training materials to attract easily influenced individuals around the world to their cause. They encourage these individuals to travel, or they motivate them to act at home. This is a significant transformation from the terrorist threat our nation faced a decade ago.

Unlike other groups, ISIS has constructed a narrative that touches on all facets of life, from career opportunities to family life to a sense of community. The message isn't tailored solely to those who are overtly expressing signs of radicalization. It is seen by many who click through the Internet every day, receive social media push notifications, and participate in social networks. Ultimately, many of the individuals drawn to ISIS seek a sense of belonging. Echoing other terrorist groups, ISIS has advocated for lone offender attacks in Western countries. Recent ISIS videos and propaganda specifically advocate for attacks against soldiers, law enforcement, and intelligence community personnel.  [Read More:  Wray/fbi/27Sep2017]

When Spies target Boston's Universities.  Schuyler Korban, UMass-Boston's vice provost for global programs, traveled to Beijing in October 2013 and exchanged gifts with Jian Tao, president of the University of International Relations - a pen holder with "UMass-Boston" engraved on it for Jian, a cardboard box with packets of green tea for Korban. In an ensuing memorandum of understanding, the universities agreed to promote student and faculty exchanges, "transnational research," symposia, and other joint activities.

In this heyday of academic globalization, such partnerships are increasingly common. This one, though, had an unusual aspect, of which Korban says he had "no inkling" at the time. Though it operates day-to-day like an ordinary college, UIR is affiliated with and partly funded by the Ministry of State Security, China's spy agency. American diplomats have described UIR as the ministry's "elite institute for preparing its new recruits."

"If I had that knowledge ahead of time, I would have looked at it a little differently," Korban told me.

The globalization of higher education - the influx of students and professors from China and other countries; the outflow of American undergraduates to overseas universities; the proliferation of international partnerships - has raised the academic stakes for foreign and domestic intelligence services alike. Often in hidden ways, they are penetrating college campuses more deeply than ever, with troubling implications for national security and democratic values.  [Read More:  Golden/bostonglobe/30Sep2017]

Mysterious US Army Spy Plane Turns up at the Boneyard in Arizona.  The US military's famous boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base houses more than 3,600 airframes in various types of storage, either as spares, sources of parts, or otherwise awaiting a new life or the junk heap. Now, it's also home to two particularly secretive de Havilland Canada DHC-7 spy planes.

On Sept. 22, 2017, the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, the US Air Force unit that manages the facility, posted pictures of a number of recent arrivals, including a P-3C Orion patrol plane, a C-130H airlifter, a C-20B business jet, and an MH-60R helicopter. Another photo showed a DHC-7. To the casual observer, there might not appear to be anything special about this white-and-gray four engine plane, especially with much of its special equipment apparently removed, but it has had a long and still largely unknown career.

On Facebook, the 309th referred to the aircraft by the serial number 00-000076. In an email, a public affairs officer for the unit provided information that showed it had arrived in the desert on Aug. 8, 2017. A second DHC-7, with the serial number 00-000056 had touched down nearly a year earlier, on Aug. 29, 2016, according to an official table of all of the aircraft in the boneyard.

These two aircraft are much more commonly known by the civil registration codes N176RA and N566CC. While the Federal Aviation Administration issued those registrations to the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, the N176RA apparently went to Arizona by way of the Maryland Army National Guard in Hagerstown on the other side of the state, the 309th's public affairs official said.  [Read More:  Trevithick/thedrive/26Sep2017]


Intelligence Reform in Ukraine Falls Short.  In late July 2017, the Ukrainian non-governmental advisory organization Reanimation Package of Reforms (RPR) called on President Petro Poroshenko and the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to immediately reform the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU). The authors of the RPR letter asserted that the SSU was unable to provide effective counterintelligence against several recent violent assassinations: namely, of former Russian Duma member Denis Voronenkov and defense intelligence operations commanding officer Maksym Shapoval in Kyiv, as well as the SSU counterintelligence chief in Donetsk oblast, Oleksandr Kharaberiush. RPR experts alleged the SSU suffers from ineffective management and fails to use its resources efficiently. They called on the authorities to implement the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly's (PACE) Recommendation 1402 (adopted in 1999), which states that intelligence services should not have law enforcement functions. Finally, the RPR urged President Poroshenko and the NSDC to approve the SSU Reform Concept (, July 27).

While the RPR is not particularly known for having strong intelligence reform expertise, its call nevertheless highlights the extremely slow pace of intelligence reform in Ukraine as well as mounting impatience with President Poroshenko regarding his promises to restructure this important sector. Earlier this summer, the head of the European Union Delegation in Ukraine, Hugues Mingarelli, called on the Security Service of Ukraine to stop being used to fight corruption and focus on anti-terrorist activities (Frontnews, July 4). Moreover, the director of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) representative office to Ukraine, Alexander Vinnikov, emphasized that, in NATO's view, the reform of the SSU should be one of the country's highest priorities (DCAF-Razumkov Center Security Sector Reform Conference, attended by the author, June 21). Vinnikov encouraged the Ukrainian authorities to approve the SSU Reform Concept, which was developed by the International Advisory Group (a body that included NATO and EU advisors along with Ukrainian senior experts, together with the SSU Internal Reform Support Office directorate). The SSU Reform Concept was drafted in July 2016. But despite numerous subsequent announcements of its imminent approval, that process has been hampered by continuous foot dragging from both the NSDC and the presidential administration.

The goal of the reform is for the SSU to hand over its current array of economic, anticorruption, and some redundant surveillance-type functions to other agencies, such as the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU), the National Police or the State Bureau of Investigations. The SSU's core areas of responsibility would be limited to counterintelligence, counterterrorism and security analysis, while retaining some national security-related law enforcement duties.

So why has Poroshenko seemed so reluctant to sign the new Concept, to date? Though the presidential office has remained mum on the subject, several possible explanations have been proposed: First, some argue the current unreformed and quasi-military SSU is seen as more likely to remain loyal to Poroshenko's political power hierarchy. Others suspect the SSU may be a source of corrupt rents for some highly placed officials. Indeed, the Service has recently come under criticism for abusing its economic powers to conduct numerous, questionable search raids of private companies. Ukraine's business ombudsman, Algirdas Shemeta, noted that the number of corporate-sector complaints regarding the SSU's conduct surged 60 percent in the second quarter of 2017 (Evropeiska Pravda​​, ​July 28). And although the SSU fired 2,000 of its 28,600-32,500 personnel in 2014-2017 for corruption or charges of disloyalty to the state (TSN, March 25), the NABU has never brought any cases against SBU officers for corrupt activities.  [Read More:  Bugriy/jamestown/6Sep2017]

What Tech Companies Can Do - Within Reason - to Combat Terrorism.  A former US Homeland Security Advisor and former CIA Director discussed what private companies can do to help the fight against terrorism at the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit (streamed on Yahoo Finance).

"What more should the private sector be doing, whether it's social media companies or others, to assist the government, without, of course, crossing their own red lines, not to mention the civil liberties red lines?" Bryan Bender of Politico asked.

Frances Townsend, a Homeland Security advisor during George W. Bush's first term, said that these days private companies "understand they have a responsibility" but struggle with the specifics of regulating information on their platforms.

"What you don't want is the private sector to become censors," Townsend explained. "But not all speech is protected by the First Amendment. And there are some...pretty clear, bright lines."  [Read More:  Kelley/yahoo/19Sep2017]

Section IV - Obituaries


William (Bill) Franklin Donnelly, 89, an operations officer who rose through the ranks to become a senior CIA executive, died 22 September 2017. In 1997, on the occasion of the Agency's 50th Anniversary, he was named a CIA Trailblazer. During his 36-year career, he was the recipient of a variety of awards and commendations, the first being the Certificate of Merit with Distinction in 1964. In subsequent years he was awarded two Distinguished Intelligence Medals. He was named Deputy Director of Administration (DDA) in 1986, and became Inspector General under DCI William Webster. He retired in October 1990.

Bill, known in CIA as "Mr. D," began his career in the Clandestine Service, serving abroad 1959-1965 in Warsaw, Poland. Following the untimely death of his first wife, Bill continued to travel and be involved in Soviet/East European operations, but was not posted overseas again. After a tour as Deputy Chief of the division responsible for CIA SIGINT operations and liaison with NSA, he was named Chief of the DO/Information Management Staff [IMS] where he oversaw teams which automated the Agency's stations abroad and upgraded the Directorate of Operations' records system, as well as the computer center which supported it.

In 1983, Donnelly left the Clandestine Service and was named Director of Communications. He supervised a worldwide upgrade of equipment which became invaluable when dealing with terrorism. In 1985 he was named Director, Office of Information Technology, responsible for CIA computer centers and software. He later became the last non-Senate approved CIA Inspector General and joked "that it took an act of Congress to get him to retire."

In retirement he was treasurer of the CIA Legal Defense Fund and until 2007, a member of the board of directors of the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation. When posted abroad, Bill was involved in an operation which led to the identification of KGB agents in England and Germany. While DDA, he assisted Cliff Stoll – a systems administrator at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – with an investigation to identify an international computer hacker and KGB recruit as described in Mr. Stoll's book The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage. Mr. Donnelly's family connections in the Agency extend over four generations – a total of about 150 years of employment. Donnelly grew up in Ohio. He earned a degree in animal husbandry in 1950 from Ohio State University. He served in combat in Korea as a Lieutenant, artillery forward observer, with the 49th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. At times, he was also a forward observer with Turkish, Colombian, and Ethiopian infantry units. He was awarded the Bronze Star. In 1954, he earned a master's degree in political science from the University of Michigan. In retirement, he was a gardener and active genealogical researcher. He is survived by his second wife Peggy Hall Donnelly, a son and daughter, and other family. [Read More:  The Washington Post/legacy/27Sep2017]

Joseph Anthony Dragone, Jr. LCDR, USN Ret. 76, US Navy vet, and former CIA Senior Intelligence Officer, died 22 September 2017 in Glen Allen, VA.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years Frances (nee Vella) Dragone, a daughter, two sons, and other family. [Read More:  buffalonews/1Oct2017]

William Albert Duryee, 74, a former CIA administrator, died of cancer 19 September 2017 in Oro Valley, AZ. Bill grew up in Arlington, VA, and spent much of his life on the Chesapeake Bay. He graduated from LaSalle University in Philadelphia where he was a star athlete. Bill dedicated over 30 years to the CIA, served in several overseas posts and retired as a Senior Financial Manager. He received several awards, including the Career Intelligence Medal. Bill was an avid fisherman, loved cruising, scuba diving, dancing and being outdoors near water. He will be remembered as full of energy, able to build or fix anything. He had a great sense of humor, befriended all he met, and made the best milkshakes. Bill leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Patricia Gayle Farley; two daughters, and other family.  [Read More:  Arizona Daily Star/legacy/27Sep2017]

Jack Nichols Mogus, 82, an Electronic Countermeasures expert, died 30 September 2017 in Vienna, VA. Jack, a veteran of the US Air Force, attended the University of Pittsburgh before being accepted into government service. He also flew as a Captain for Eastern Airlines prior to forming Avalon Corporation which operated under the name of Nova Security Services in 1971. Mr. Mogus was certified as an instructor by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and taught TSCM [technical countermeasures] at a major private security academy. He was a frequent guest at universities. From 1971, he served as Director of Operations at Nova Technical Services which specialized in Physical Security Systems - commercial, industrial and residential. Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) Services - also known as eavesdropping detection and counter espionage. In 1974, the business was expanded to include the Investigative Services division. In 1976, it expanded once more to include TSCM.
Jack was active in numerous industry and intelligence-related groups, including AFIO, and served as "Worshipful Master" of the Concord Masonic Lodge No. 307 in Vienna, VA.

Henry Michael Olejarz Jr., 79, a career CIA officer, died of congestive heart failure in Haymarket, VA on 28 September 2017. During his 36-year career with CIA, Mike served as Operations Officer and Instructor. His assignments included tours in South America and numerous temporary posting throughout the world. Mike was awarded the Intelligence Commendation Medal for outstanding service. Prior to CIA, Mike served four years in the Marine Corps. He was chosen to serve at the Marine Barracks 8th and L, Washington, DC, where he provided security for President Eisenhower. He was then assigned to the Marine Security Detachment in Montevideo, Uruguay. Survivors include Mike's wife of 55 years, Paula Olejarz, a daughter and son, and other family.

James Lewis Srodes, 77, author and journalist, died of a stroke on 27 September 2017 in Washington, DC. Jim, a skilled raconteur, was known in the writing community as a talented professional, generous with advice and encouragement to colleagues. Srodes was graduated from the University of Florida and attended Duke Law School. He worked for newspapers in Florida, North Carolina, and Atlanta before joining UPI in 1967 as Treasury and White House economics correspondent. As a newspaperman he covered a number of beats including state and local politics and the early days of the civil rights movement. He later worked for Business Week, Forbes, and Financial World, bureau chief for the latter two. He wrote an economics column for the Sunday Telegraph of London and contributed to publications elsewhere in Europe and also in Asia and Africa. He provided regular commentaries for the "Business Daily" program on the BBC World Service. Jim's books included On Dupont Circle; Franklin: The Essential Founding Father; Spies in Palestine: Love, Betrayal, and the Life of Sarah Aaronson; Allen Dulles: Master of Spies, chosen as Best Intelligence Book of the year by AFIO; and Dream Maker: The Rise and Fall of John Z. DeLorean. A devoted reader, he also reviewed books on the many and diverse subjects which interested him.
He was a founding member and president of Washington Independent Writers and served on many committees of the National Press Club. He was a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington, of AFIO, and the East India Club in London. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Cecile Srodes, and other family.

Section V - Events


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.

Saturday, 21 October 2017, 7 - 9pm - Hillsboro, OR - The Provisional AFIO Columbia River (Oregon) Chapter Presents FBI Analyst Brent Bowman on "Big Data and Intelligence Analysis: Is Big Data the answer or another obstacle to effective intelligence analysis?"

This unclassified program will be feature FBI Intelligence Analyst Brent Bowman from the Portland Field Office, discussing "Big Data and Intelligence Analysis: Is Big Data the answer or another obstacle to effective intelligence analysis?"
To attend: membership in AFIO is not required. The event is free of charge with ample parking. Contact Carl Wege
Event location: HF3 Auditorium at Intel's Hawthorne Farms campus, 5100 NE Elam Young Parkway, Hillsboro, OR 97124.

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, 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

Tuesday, 7 November 2017 - Ottawa, ON - CANIC 2017 - The Fifth Annual Canadian Military Intelligence Association Conference "Hybrid Warfare and the Implications for Intelligence."

The Canadian Military Intelligence Association's (CMIA) Canadian Intelligence Conference will be held in the John G. Diefenbaker Building, 111 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 5A1, Canada. This year's theme will be: "Hybrid Warfare and the Implications for Intelligence." Among those speaking at this year's conference are Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jon Vance and Latvia's National Security Advisor. More information here.

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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