AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #38-17 dated 10 October 2017

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Section V - Events

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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 event 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 and NOT Recommended!

The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton
The Ghost - James Jesus Angletonby Jefferson Morley
(St Martin's Press, Oct 2017)

Morley makes outlandish, unsupportable claims as he did in his bio on CIA officer Win Scott in Our Man in Mexico. In this latest work, he suggests James Angleton was having a homosexual liaison with the heterosexual Kim Philby, and the rest of the substance of this book goes downhill from there. This book is listed as a warning...

PROMO FROM THE FLYLEAF: CIA spymaster James Jesus Angleton was one of the most powerful unelected officials in the US government in the mid-20th century, a ghost of American power. From WW II to the Cold War, Angleton operated beyond the view of the public, Congress, and even the president. He unwittingly shared intelligence secrets with Soviet spy Kim Philby, a member of the Cambridge spy ring. He launched mass surveillance by opening the mail of hundreds of thousands of Americans. He abetted a scheme to aid Israel's own nuclear efforts, disregarding US security. He committed perjury and obstructed the JFK assassination investigation. He oversaw a massive spying operation on the antiwar and black nationalist movements and he initiated an obsessive search for communist moles that destroyed careers and nearly destroyed the Agency. In The Ghost, investigative reporter Jefferson Morley tells Angleton's dramatic story, from his friendship with the poet Ezra Pound through the underground gay milieu of mid-century Washington to the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate scandal. From the Agency's MKULTRA mind-control experiments to the wars of the Mideast, Angleton wielded far more power than anyone knew. Yet during his seemingly lawless reign, he also proved himself to be a formidable adversary to our nation's enemies, acquiring a mythic stature within the CIA that continues to this day.

The book should not be bothered with, but if you decide to do so, it may be ordered here.

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House Panel Looks to Curtail Spy Powers.  On Oct. 5, the House Judiciary Committee unveiled legislation to reform the way intelligence agencies can use surveillance tools, with an eye to keeping more Americans out of the dragnet.

The USA Liberty Act would revise Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act to increase transparency and oversight and make it more difficult for law enforcement organizations to use information gathered on Americans.

The big issue for privacy advocates inside and outside of Congress is the capture and subsequent use of information on US citizens and residents by spy agencies who are targeting foreign actors.

"While Congress designed this authority to target non-US persons located outside the United States, it is clear the section 702 surveillance program can, and does, incidentally collect information about US persons when they communicate with the foreign targets of Section 702 surveillance," said Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.  [Read More:  Johnson/fcw/5Oct2017]

German Spy Chiefs Say 'No' to EU Intelligence Service.  The EU does not need a joint intelligence service despite the heightened terrorist threat in Europe, German spy chiefs have said.

"Although I am a true friend of European integration, in my opinion, we do not need a European intelligence service, and we would not get one," Bruno Kahl, the head of Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND, said on Thursday (5 October).

"Intelligence is better organised at the national level," he said.

Hans-Georg Massen, the head of Germany's domestic security service, the BfV, said: "I'm also against creating such an institution. If we did, we would create bureaucratic double-structures, both at the European and domestic level. This would lower our efficiency profoundly".  [Read More:  Rettman/euobserver/6Oct2017]

Trump's CIA Director Outlines Plans to Make Agency More Aggressive, Cut Red Tape.  The man appointed by President Donald Trump to lead the United States Central Intelligence Agency has outlined his plans to promote more aggressive intelligence operations and combat what he described as "red tape" in the agency's culture. Mike Pompeo, a former aerospace and oil executive, who is a member of the conservative Tea Party movement, assumed the directorship of the CIA in January of this year. He succeeded John Brennan, a career CIA officer, who has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration's attitude to intelligence since he left office in January.

On Wednesday, Pompeo was the keynote speaker at a one-day conference on intelligence, hosted at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Entitled Ethos and Profession of Intelligence, the conference was co-sponsored by George Washington University and the CIA. In his speech, Pompeo outlined his plans to make CIA operations more aggressive and cut back what he repeatedly described as "red tape" at the agency. He based his observations on his opinion that the CIA is slow, not agile enough, and excessively centralized in its decision making. He added that, to better protect American national security, the Agency should engage in more offensive methods of intelligence collection. He went on to state that the most effective way to make the CIA more agile as an organization was to decentralize its decision-making processes. To do so, he said, decisions had to be pushed "to the lowest level possible", thus allowing CIA station chiefs around the world to "call the shots" on operations. That was especially applicable to "tactical issues", where the person with the most direct knowledge of the situation "is rarely me or anyone in my senior leadership team", said Pompeo.

The CIA director went on to say that his plan is to "cut red tape" through various ways. One such way is reducing the numbers of CIA personnel that are required to review and approve intelligence operations, he said. Another way is increasing the number of CIA operations officers stationed abroad, thus placing CIA personnel closer to the agency's intelligence targets. The goal is to "deploy our people, tools and resources into the heart of the fight", said Pompeo. The CIA director concluded his remarks by saying he wants to instill a new culture at the Agency, based on the motto: "If you are in a process and you're not adding value, get out of the way".  [Read More:  Fitsanakis/intelnews/5Oct2017]

Ex-Intelligence Officer Awarded Substantial Damages for Hacking.  A former Northern Ireland-based Army intelligence officer whose computer was hacked has accepted substantial damages.

Ian Hurst brought proceedings at London's High Court against News Group Newspapers, publisher of the defunct News of the World, and News UK & Ireland Ltd (formerly News International Supply Company Ltd) for breach of confidence and misuse of private information.

Mr Hurst served in the Intelligence Corps and the Force Research Unit in Northern Ireland between 1980 and 1991. His main role was to recruit and run agents within republican terrorist groups to obtain intelligence.

Mr Hurst's counsel, Jeremy Reed, told Mr Justice Mann yesterday that NGN now accepted that Mr Hurst's privacy had been invaded.  [Read More:  Colley/belfasttelegraph/7Oct2017]

Cyber Security As Big a Challenge As Counter-Terrorism, Says Spy Chief.  Defending against cyber-attacks is as big a challenge for the UK as protecting against terrorism, according to the director of GCHQ.

"If GCHQ is to continue to help keep the country safe, then protecting the digital homeland - keeping our citizens safe and free online - must become and remain as much part of our mission as our global intelligence reach and our round-the-clock efforts against terrorism," Jeremy Fleming, the director of GCHQ wrote in an article for the Telegraph.

While the UK government surveillance service is best known for gathering intelligence on criminals, terrorists and foreign states, it also has a cyber security arm - the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Recently the NCSC said 1,131 cyber incidents had been reported to it in the past year.

Fleming said that the agency is investing in security "to make GCHQ a cyber organisation, as well as an intelligence and counter-terrorism one." But he said balancing the security role with GCHQ's more traditional spy role was difficult: "All of this can feel deeply challenging for a GCHQ that by necessity has worked in the shadows," he admitted.  [Read More:  Ranger/zdnet/9Oct2017]

United Kingdom Teenager Admits Attempt to Hack Into Central Intelligence Agency Chief's Computer.  Kane Gamble, 18, from Coalville, north-west Leicestershire, has been warned he could face jail after pleading guilty at Leicester Crown Court on Friday afternoon to 10 charges of hacking.

The charges admitted to included committing an unauthorised act in relation to a computer; causing risk of serious damage to human welfare/national security; performing a function with intent to secure unauthorised access; and unauthorised modification of computer material.

His targets included John Brennan, then director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the former deputy director of the FBI, Mark Giuliano.

A teenager admitted in a British court today to trying to hack into the computers of top United States officials, including former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan, from his home in the East Midlands region of England.  [Read More:  Ritter/gearsofbiz/9Oct2017]

Outgoing DIA Director to Workforce: 'Keep Telling Truth to Power'.  "Keep telling truth to power" was the only advice the outgoing director of the Defense Intelligence Agency had for his successor and for the DIA workforce during a change of directorship ceremony here yesterday.

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart turned over the reins to Army Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley during the ceremony at the agency's Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling headquarters.

Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan represented Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the ceremony and presided over it. He praised Stewart for his concentration on providing intelligence to the nation's warfighters and said Stewart worked to ensure the American military's ability to fight and win.

"If Secretary Mattis were here, I know he would recognize your alignment with his goals, he would thank you for your leadership, and, as the first Marine at DIA's helm, your role in operationalizing the voice of the warfighter," Shanahan told the outgoing director.  [Read More:  Garamone/defense/4Oct2017]

Mossad Intelligence Agency Chief: Iranian Threat Is Israel's Top Priority.   Israel's top priority is dealing with the threat posed by Iran, the head of the Israeli Mossad, Yossi Cohen, said Monday at a ceremony in which the intelligence organization received the prime minister's citation for operational achievements.

Cohen detailed the dangers emanating from Iran, saying the country is seeking nuclear capabilities for military purposes, aggressively directing military and operational forces close to Israel's borders with Syria and Lebanon, and increasingly supporting the Palestinian terror group Hamas.

The Mossad director also touted the intelligence agency's achievements, saying the organization conducts countless operations - some exceedingly complex and bold - in the heart of enemy countries.

"In the field as well as at our headquarters, we do an immense amount of work to ensure that we will win wars and future battles with our enemies," Cohen said. "The Mossad is getting stronger, internally, acquiring new capabilities in order to welcome the future with advanced technology, intelligence systems, greater strength and improved human resources."  [Read More:  Hayom/jns/3Oct2017]

UK Intelligence Leads to '200m Cocaine Seizure.  Four tonnes cocaine with a street value estimated to be worth '200 million has been seized in the Atlantic.

Officials, acting on information from the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA), found 165 individual packages weighing 23kg each when they raided a tugboat between Portugal's Madeira and Azores islands.

They had been hidden beneath a cooking area on the vessel. The final destination was not known.

"Seizing this quantity of cocaine represents a major disruption to international crime groups, depriving them of revenue potentially running into hundreds of millions of pounds," said NCA spokesman Mark Blackwell.  [Read More:  Rankin/thetimes/8Oct2017]


Declassified Documents Say US Knew Sputnik Was Soon to Orbit.  News bulletin in 1957: Sputnik stuns the world. CIA in 2017: Not really.

The CIA released newly declassified documents on Wednesday revealing that while the American public was surprised when the Soviet Union launched the world's first artificial satellite 60 years ago, intelligence agencies weren't caught off-guard.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower had advance knowledge about the Soviets' work on Sputnik, which was launched by a rocket on Oct. 4, 1957. He had been worrying for several years about the Kremlin's long-range missile capability and how rockets armed with nuclear warheads could threaten America.

The documents indicate that US intelligence and military officials and members of the Eisenhower administration not only knew that the Soviet Union was planning to launch Sputnik, but knew it could be put into orbit by the end of 1957.  [Read More:  Riechmann/washingtonpost/4Oct2017]

On This day in SOF history - October 4th: CIA's William Buckley, Wikileaks, and the 'Red Napoleon'.  William Buckley had been serving as the CIA Beirut station chief since 1983 when he was kidnapped by operatives with the terrorist group Islamic Jihad. He had volunteered for the assignment following the 1983 Beirut Embassy Bombing, which had killed eight CIA employees and was the deadliest attack in the agency's history. After enduring 14 months of captivity by the terrorist group, Buckley is presumed to have died from a heart attack in June 1985, many months before terrorists had declared him executed.

Buckley had distinguished himself as a company commander in combat in the Korean War, and went on to become one of the first Special Forces soldiers, commanding a Special Forces team before the Vietnam War. He served with MAC-V in Vietnam as a Lieutenant Colonel, and began working with the CIA during the war. The CIA has said that Buckley helped develop the precursors to the Counterterrorism Center at the Agency, and served in a variety of assignments around the world before assuming the role of station chief in Beirut at a time of heightened security risks.

After his death, he was honored with a star on the Memorial Wall and with the Distinguished Intelligence Cross. Buckley's capture and death had a profound effect on the Agency. His capture "set off one of the most grueling periods in CIA history," the CIA said in a press release, but "His legacy of bravery and resolve has inspired Agency officers who have followed in his footsteps."

He was symbolically interred at Arlington in 1988 until his remains were returned to the US in 1991.  [Read More:  Allen/sofrep/4Oct2017]

This Is How North Korea Smuggled in 87 US Scout Helicopters.  On July 27, 2013, as a column of armored personnel carriers and tanks rumbled before the stand of Kim Jong-un to commemorate the end of a bloody war with the United States sixty years earlier, four small American-made MD 500E helicopters buzzed low overhead. You can see it occur at 3:13 in the video below. If you look closely, you can see they have been wired with antitank missiles on racks slung on the sides.

In fact, this was the first confirmation that Pyongyang has maintained the fleet of 87 US-built helicopters it smuggled into the country more than a quarter century ago.

The MD 500 is a civilian version of the distinctive Army OH-6 Cayuse light observation helicopter, which entered US military service back in the 1960s. The no-frills design has been nicknamed the "Flying Egg" due to its compact, ovoid fuselage. It was widely employed to evacuate casualties, escort friendly transport helicopters, scout for enemy forces up close, and provide light fire support to troops on the ground with miniguns and rocket pods. Exceptionally cheap - selling for $20,000 each in 1962! - they were agile and small enough to land in places other helicopters couldn't.

However, they were also highly exposed to enemy fire: 842 of the initial 1,400 OH-6As were lost in action in Vietnam [4]. Evolved MH-6 and AH-6 "Little Bird" special operations and mini gunship variants continue to see action with the US military today in Africa and the Middle East.  [Read More:  Roblin/scout/9Oct2017]

Unsung Hero: McDonald Takes Raising the Bar Back to Civilian Life.  Jacob McDonald says he learned the true meaning of "long working hours" while in the Army.

A Martinsburg native, McDonald, 23, served in the US Army from October 2014 to June 2017 as an intelligence analyst. While there, he learned what it's like to work for long stretches at a time, and discovered he could push himself beyond what he thought was his own personal capacity.

"When you conquer the things that the military makes you finish, there's really not many things that seem impossible to do," McDonald said.

Back in civilian life, McDonald said he's become accustomed to approaching a higher bar.  [Read More:  McConville/journal-news/9Oct2017]

The Former Director of the CIA Got Into Intelligence After His Wife Urged Him to 'Get a Real Job and Help Pay the Bills'.  On his way to Fordham University one day in the 1970s, a college student named John Brennan spotted an advertisement in the New York Times for a position in the CIA.

More than three decades later, Brennan became the director of that organization, working under President Barack Obama. But he might not ever have started a career there had his wife not pushed him to apply when he was in his 20s.

On an episode of Business Insider's podcast, Success! How I Did It, recorded at an Intersport leadership summit in April, Brennan told Business Insider US editor-in-chief Alyson Shontell why he considered working for the CIA.  [Read More:  Lebowitz, Shontell/businessinsider/3Oct2017]

Former Head of AT&T Had a Top Secret Security Clearance, Like Many Others in the Tech Community.  The former head of AT&T, Robert Eugene Allen, passed away in September 2016 at the age of 81. And while Allen's 223-page FBI file is relatively unexceptional, it serves as a good reminder that telecommunications companies have been working on sensitive government work for their entire existence.

When you think of Top Secret security clearances, you probably think of CIA spies and Army service members working behind enemy lines. But even the most boring white collar executive might have a security clearance. And Allen had just that, holding a Top Secret clearance as early as 1975, back when he was Vice President and General Manager of the Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania.

Security clearances for people in private companies are doled out by the National Industrial Security Program. The program, called various names since its inception in 1947, has been vital to the public-private partnerships that have driven American innovation both inside the military and in spin-off products that make their way to the average consumer. Whether it was GPS, Siri, or the internet itself, the US military needed to involve private companies to get those technologies from the battlefield to your iPhone.

Companies with government contracts that are developing weapons of war, like Boeing or Lockheed Martin, need to allow their workers to have access to sensitive government information in order to do their jobs. And having a security clearance can sometimes be make or break for whether you get a job.  [Read More:  Novak/gizmodo/5Oct2017]

Las Vegas Shooting: Why Isn't It Domestic Terror?  An empire of carnage unleashed from an arsenal of weapons high above the Las Vegas Strip left what looked like a battlefield on American soil.

But in the immediate hours after the worst mass shooting in modern American history, authorities said the brutal bloodshed was not considered an act of terrorism. Instead, Clark County Nev. Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the individual "resides here locally...We don't know what his belief system was at this time."

Along with the echoes of mass shootings in American life, the echoes of whether law enforcement should call mass murder "terrorism" continued, as concert-goers carried the dead from a dark field in Nevada.

The killings across from the Mandalay Bay Hotel may meet the state of Nevada's definition of terror, but may not meet the more important federal standard.  [Read More:  Valerio/thv11/3Oct2017]


Spies and the Australian Public Service.  With Australia positioned uniquely in Asia but with its roots in the west, the government's civil service - the Australian Public Service (APS) - seems extremely vulnerable to foreign infiltration and the government does remarkably little about it.

The public service has never been identified as threatened and lies primarily unprotected. The Australian Security Intelligence Organization, the country's counterspy apparatus, has spent massive time and resources on trying vainly to catch agents cultivating targets.

The APS employs more than 243,300 civil servants, with another 1.5 million in the respective state public services. Tens of thousands of outside contractors and consultants serve the government as well, representing more than 16.4 percent of all Australian jobs. Today, more than 22 percent of employees were born in another country and more than 14.5 percent of employees come from non-English speaking backgrounds, notably South Central Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe.  The services are much more reflective of Australian society today, but also much more open to potential infiltration.

In addition, much of the work done within the APS is handled by outside contractors, such as the London-based VFS Global, which through directorships is related to Booz, Allan & Hamilton, closely involved in the area of predictive intelligence for a number of foreign governments. There have been a number of cases of confidential client data negligence, security compromises and data leakage associated with this contractor.  [Read More:  Hunter/asiassentinel/9Oct2017]

Cuba and the Mystery of the Sonic Weapon.  Not since the Cold War has there been a diplomatic mystery as intriguing as the "sonic weapon" purportedly used against American and Canadian officials in Havana. The Trump administration has yet to identify a culprit or a device that would explain the rash of symptoms among officials first noted months ago and acknowledged in August, but these are real and deeply worrisome: hearing loss, dizziness, headaches and cognitive issues.

Every country keeps tabs on potentially hostile diplomats and spies, and the Cold War spy vs. spy games were rich in gimmickry and trickery. But deploying a tool that causes serious health problems would be a serious violation of accepted international behavior.

Cuba's repressive government must be the prime suspect. It would certainly want to keep watch over a large batch of newly arrived American diplomats and intelligence operatives. If Cuba is found to have used some new surveillance machine, the United States would have the obligation to respond angrily.

But until there is concrete evidence about the source of the attacks, the Trump administration is wrong to expel Cuban diplomats from Washington, as it did on Tuesday. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's explanation that Cuba should be punished for failing to protect American diplomats presumes that Cuba was at least aware of the attacks, which the United States has neither demonstrated nor claimed.  [Read More:  nytimes/5Oct2017]

Section IV - Jobs, Obituaries


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Position Available: Dean, College of Security and Intelligence
Description The Dean, College of Security and Intelligence (CSI) helps create and implement the strategic academic vision of the College--setting the standard of excellence in carefully chosen academic niches within intelligence, security, and global law enforcement domains. This vision is based on a philosophy of total student development comprising intellect, spirit, character, grit, formidability, and the desire to make a substantive difference in the world. This vision is also based on the creation of knowledge by faculty and students through applied research, scholarship, and transmitting knowledge to government, industry, the mass media, and the general public. The CSI Dean is expected to facilitate externally funded applied research grants and contracts, in addition to other faculty research and scholarship consonant with the College vision. As well, the CSI Dean will be expected to be successful in working with Alumni and Development organizations towards greater financial support of College resources and activities. Sophisticated budgetary development and management is highly desirable. All this should occur within the primary context of maintaining superior teaching and learning for our students. The CSI Dean is expected to facilitate integration of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities; the development of innovative academic proposals, pedagogies and learning platforms; recruitment, selection and nurturing of CSI faculty; maintenance of all CSI laboratories and related infrastructure; and the seamless integration of CSI academics with traditional student affairs activities and enrollment management activities. Other CSI Dean activities include compliance with accreditation criteria and comprehensive academic assessment. The College currently contains a BS in Global Security and Intelligence Studies, a BS in Cyber Intelligence and Security, and an MS in Security and Intelligence Studies. Projected are an MS in Cyber Intelligence Studies and a PhD in Intelligence Studies Embry Riddle Aeronautical University is the gold standard in higher education for aviation, engineering, global security and related fields. We draw students from around the world who are serious about their future careers. Our talented faculty, state of the art classrooms and lab facilities and instructional bestpractices mean that our graduates are sought after by the biggest names in their related industries. The Prescott Campus of Embry Riddle is a small, residential university in the mountains of northern Arizona where faculty/student interaction is highly valued and is a central theme of the campus. Prescott is rated as one of the most livable areas in the Southwest. It is located 5000 feet above sea level, has a mild climate, clean air, and is close to recreational and pristine wilderness areas and national forests. Dean, College of Security and Intelligence Qualifications The successful candidate will possess a (1) a doctoral degree in a relevant academic discipline, (2) professional experience leading and managing some combination of global intelligence, global security, and/or global law enforcement activities, (3) prior academic administrative experience, and (3) creative conceit to successfully engage an unknown future. Nevertheless, a candidate could be successful with a completely different profile by convincing the selection committee of possessing the right stuff to help produce the next generation of intelligence, security, and global law enforcement professionals. More information from Richard W. Bloom, Ph.D., ABPP Chief Academic Officer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona Campus,

FireEye Senior Cyber Threat Analyst (Secret). Location: Washington, DC.
The Role: The Mandiant team is seeking an experienced Cyber Intelligence Analyst to support a long-term government client. The successful candidate will have extensive experience in working with technical data to create cyber intelligence analysis and is a polished report writer who delivers high-impact briefings. The analyst will utilize FireEye's sources, methods and data to provide the client with context about the evolving threat landscape. The successful candidate excels at interpreting and analyzing large, sometimes ambiguous, data sets and has experience in writing publication-worthy analysis with minimal direction and oversight. The analyst's work will inform a range of tactical and strategic decisions and should equip audiences with actionable assessments. Responsibilities: Function as a forward deployed intelligence analyst Analyze threats to specific networks, customers, industries and personnel Create and present tactical and strategic intelligence about threat groups, the methodologies they use and the motivations behind their activity Write finished intelligence at the technical and strategic levels Convey the importance of findings both verbally and in writing Prepare and deliver briefings and reports to the client's executives, security team or fellow analysts Track progress and actions.
The Company: FireEye is the intelligence-led security company. Working as a seamless, scalable extension of customer security operations, FireEye offers a single platform that blends innovative security technologies, nation-state grade threat intelligence, and world-renowned Mandiant consulting. With this approach, FireEye eliminates the complexity and burden of cyber security for organizations struggling to prepare for, prevent, and respond to cyber attacks. FireEye has over 5,800 customers across 67 countries, including more than 40 percent of the Forbes Global 2000.
More information on this position here.


Donn Richard Andre, 81, former Career NSA Officer, died 24 September 2017 in Peabody, MA. Donn served honorably for 3 years in the U.S. Army followed by 36 years with the National Security Agency. He retired from his USG service in 1994. Music was his passion and he was a member of many bands: The Catatonic Five during college, Southern Comfort which toured to many festivals, played on the Mississippi riverboats and was stationed weekly at Shakey's Pizza Parlor for over a decade in the '70s and '80s, The Louisiana Jazz Band in Copenhagen Denmark, The Swingshift playing formal events in the DC area and The Federal Jazz Commission, a well-regarded Dixieland Jazz band in the Maryland, DC and Virginia areas in the 90s and early 2000s, also played festivals across the US. The FDC could be found weekly at Colonel Brook's Tavern in DC for many years. He is survived by two sons, and other family.

Frederic "Fritz" E. Janney, 90, a 40-year Senior CIA Officer, died 30 June 2017 of Parkinson's Disease and cancer in Vienna, VA. Fritz embodied America's Greatest Generation, a life devoted to the betterment and safety of the country, community, and his family. Following service in the Naval Air Corps in WWII, and graduation from Stanford University in 1951, Fritz spent over 40 years with CIA, serving in a variety of capacities, including Chief of Soviet Counterintelligence for SE Division, for which he received the Intelligence Medal. During his CIA tenure, he served in London, Lima, and Tehran (prior to the fall of the Shah). While posted stateside, Fritz was a local community leader. In Garrett Park, MD he was elected President of the Citizen's Association; and in Vienna, VA he served his homeowner's association and encouraged the the planting of dozens of trees to protect community parklands from erosion. Fritz is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pamela Noe, two daughters and four sons, and other family.

Bina Cady Kiyonaga, 92, widow of Cold War spy and CIA station chief whose deathbed request was that she go public with details of his career and their clandestine life together, died of complications of a fall on 5 October 2017 in Chevy Chase, MD.
Mrs. Kiyonaga was married for 30 years to Joseph Y. Kiyonaga, who served as a CIA station chief in Brazil and Panama. From a base in Japan, he ran psychological operations against North Korea during the Korean War. He plotted espionage operations with military strongmen and businessmen in Panama, El Salvador and Brazil.
When he died in 1977, of stomach cancer, the CIA was coming under public criticism for exceeding its authority in covert operations overseas. In the face of such criticism, Joseph Kiyonaga told his wife, he wanted to "stand up and be counted."
Bina graduated from Mount St. Agnes High School and attended the University of Michigan where she met her husband, Joseph Yoshio Kiyonaga, a Japanese-American from Molokai, HI. Following her marriage to Joe in 1947, Bina graduated from the University of Hawaii and spent the next 30 years raising five children at Joe's CIA postings in Japan and Latin America. Joe died in 1977 and Bina spent the next 40 years as a widow, devoting herself to her children, volunteering at Mother Theresa's Missionaries of Charity, and working in public relations, travel consulting, and flower arranging. In 2000, Harper Collins published Bina's memoir, My Spy: Memoir of a CIA Wife, the first memoir of its kind, in which she recounted the challenges and joys of raising five children while being married to a covert operative.
Bina is survived by her five children,  [Read More:  Barnes/washingtonpost/7Oct2017]

Ronald Henri Ouellet Ph.D. Colonel, US Army(Ret.), 75, a Career US Army Military Intelligence Officer, died 6 May 2017. He graduated from St. Anselm College and earned a Master's in French from Rivier College, Nashua, NH, and went on to a Masters and PhD in Higher Education from George Washington University, Washington, DC. Ron served his country over 50 years as a bi-lingual US Army Intelligence Officer (Mekong Delta, Vietnam) and later with a successful career as a senior official in the Federal Government. Ron remained in the US Army Reserves for over 30 years earning the rank of Colonel. He was awarded several honors, medals and commendations including the Meritorious Medal of Honor. As an Army Reserve Officer, he commanded and participated in numerous theater activities in Europe and the Middle East. He was still serving the US Department of Homeland Security (FEMA) upon his death. Previously, he served with the TSA, DHS, the US Department of the Interior, Geological Survey and the Department of Education. Ron was active in Phi Delta Kappa, the Reserve Officer's Association and the Virginia Emergency Management Office. He shared his love of teaching History and French as a substitute teacher in the Fairfax County School system. He served on numerous community boards, and volunteered for a variety of nonprofit associations. He is survived by his wife, Michelle, a daughter, brother, and other family.

Section V - Events


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."

SPEAKER: Eva Dillon - Author "Spies in the Family" About her father, an American Spymaster and his "Russian Crown Jewel" that helped win the Cold War.
TOPIC: A beautifully written, profoundly moving account of one of the most important US Intelligence sources ever run inside the Soviet Union. The book is filled with espionage tradecraft and family drama. It is essential reading for anyone fascinated by how spying really works. Books available for sale at the meeting.
LOCATION: Society of Illustrators building 128 East 63rd Street Between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue
TIME: Registration starts 5:15 PM Meeting starts 6:00 PM COST: $50/person. Payment at the door only. Cash or check. Full dinner, cash bar.
REGISTRATION: Strongly recommended, not required. Email: Phone: 646-717-3776.

Other Upcoming Events

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- Arlington, VA - Naval Intelligence Professionals 2017 Annual Membership/Board Meeting and Fall Luncheon

Registration Closes 11 October 2017 LOCATION: Army Navy Country Club (ANCC), Arlington, VA. Plenty of parking.
You don't have to be a NIP member to sign up and attend the no-host social hour and luncheon.
Guest luncheon speaker will be VADM Matt Kohler, Commander, Naval Information Forces. Winners of the US Naval Institute-NIP co-sponsored 2017 Naval Intelligence Essay contest will also be honored at the luncheon.
Remarks by RADM Bob Sharp, Commander, Office of Naval Intelligence, will be featured during the NIP Annual Membership/Board Meeting which is scheduled to commence at 1000 and is open to current NIP members only.
Please pass along to those that might be interested that you do not need to be a member of NIP to attend the no-host social hour and luncheon scheduled to start at 1100.
Once again we have an online registration system to pay by credit card. To register online system, do so here and click on the event, or go to and click on the event on the home page or the community calendar.
To register and pay by check, send check to NIP, PO Box 11579, Burke, VA 22009. Please remember to include your menu selection when registering either online or by check. NO WALK UPS PLEASE, RESERVATION DUE BY COB 11 October 2017.

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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