AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #40-17 dated 24 October 2017

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You are invited to a symposium on Ethics and Intelligence

Gen. Michael Hayden
speaks at "Ethics & Intelligence" Symposium
at Catholic University, Washington, DC
8 November 2017, 5:15 to 7pm
Theme: Double Lives and Moral Lives: An Exploration into the Ethics of Intelligence

Former CIA and NSA director General Michael Hayden will be featured on the evening of 8 November during a symposium on "Ethics and Intelligence" which asks "Can ethics and intelligence coexist?"
Join the Institute for Human Ecology for this interesting symposium
featuring CIA veterans at a time global challenges demand the attention of the intelligence community.

LOCATION: Heritage Hall inside O'Connell Hall, Catholic University,
620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC. Starts at 5:15 in Heritage Hall.
OTHER SPEAKERS: Besides Gen. Hayden, there will be a panel of other distinguished experts.
Those are: David E. Hoffman, the Washington Post; V. Sue Bromley, former ExDir, CIA; Jamil N. Jaffer, Law School Professor, George Mason University, founder National Security Institute; and Nicholas Dujmovic, former CIA Staff Historian, current director of the Intelligence Studies Program at The Catholic University.
Event description is here.

AFIO members, guests, and media are invited. No fee to attend. If you are a student, or a professor with students, we encourage you to attend. Interested colleagues are invited as well. If you are media, well, there's a story here.

Further information from Nicholas Dujmovic, Ph.D., Visiting Professor of Intelligence Studies,
Politics Department, Catholic University of America,
620 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. 20064, (202) 319-5272
or email him at

Did you miss fourth CIA-GWU conference on "Ethos and Profession of Intelligence 2017" at George Washington University - co-sponsored with CIA?

Event was held 4 October 2017, Washington, DC

Books of the Week

American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent
American Radicalby Tamer Elnoury with Kevin Maurer
(Dutton, Oct 2017)

Story of an Egyptian-born Muslim FBI agent's undercover pursuit of Islamist extremists.
Elnoury notes that "Islam was something I practiced privately." He was outraged on 9/11. "I was angry, embarrassed, and hurt," he writes. "Some asshole in a cave turned me and my family into the enemy." The author volunteered his services as a culturally attuned Arabic speaker, realizing that "the FBI was waking up to a new war.... They had to adapt to meet a new enemy."
Describes the intensive FBI undercover training he endured to protect him during high-risk infiltrations. He developed a "legend" as a wealthy real estate speculator who'd drifted toward extremism, first ensnaring an Afghan al-Qaida supporter, whose "confession had led to [a] drone strike." Elnoury then began an elaborate penetration of a small cell determined to commit mass-casualty attacks in the U.S. and Canada. The author reflects compellingly on the challenges of being a Muslim patriot, and closes with a plea to resist wholesale bigotry: "Banning Muslims from the U.S. throws gas on the myth that the United States is at war with Islam." His tale of infiltration is exciting and clearly written, although since he blurs (appropriately) the specifics of actual undercover tradecraft. -- Kirkus
Book featured in cover story in today's Wall Street Journal

Book may be ordered here.

The Last Girl - Fight Against ISISThe Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State
by Nadia Murad
(Tim Duggan Books, Nov 2017)

Memoir of survival by a former captive of the Islamic State. On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, her life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia's brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade. Nadia was held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten, finally escaping to shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety. She writes as a witness to ISIS brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi - demanding that the world pay attention to the ongoing genocide in Iraq. A call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war.

Book may be ordered here.



US to Close CIA Division's UK Intelligence Monitoring Unit.  The US is to close its monitoring unit in the UK, marking the end of nearly 75 years of side-by-side collaboration with the BBC's open-source intelligence division at Caversham Park.

The Open Source Enterprise, a division of the US's Central Intelligence Agency, has been run out of the Berkshire stately home since 1943. US officials have worked closely with their British counterparts to monitor foreign TV and radio broadcasts, as well as online information.

However, with the BBC committed to selling what was once known as Britain's listening post and moving its operations to central London next year, the future of the American service has been cast into uncertainty.

Despite discussing a possible move to RAF Wyton, an air base near Cambridge, the US government has now said that the OSE is to close the bureau altogether, confirming a story first reported by Private Eye magazine.  [Read More:  Bond/ft/20Oct2017]

Senate Intelligence Committee to Debate in Secret a Bill That Would Renew a Powerful Spy Tool.  The Senate Intelligence Committee is planning on Tuesday to debate in secret a bill that would reauthorize a powerful surveillance authority without imposing any new restraints on the FBI's ability to search and use the communications of Americans gathered under that law in national security and criminal prosecutions.

The bill, drafted by Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC), would enshrine the FBI's right to use emails and other data collected from US tech companies without individualized warrants in cases' related to terrorism, espionage and serious crimes such as murder and kidnapping.

The legislation is aimed at revising a law often referred to as Section 702, a portion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act amended in 2008. It authorizes the government to gather the communications of foreign targets located overseas, a process that may incidentally sweep up the emails, phone calls and texts of Americans.

The law is due to expire at the end of the year.  [Read More:  Nakashima/washingtonpost/19Oct2017]

A Newly Assertive CIA Expands Its Taliban Hunt in Afghanistan.  The CIA is expanding its covert operations in Afghanistan, sending small teams of highly experienced officers and contractors alongside Afghan forces to hunt and kill Taliban militants across the country, according to two senior American officials, the latest sign of the agency's increasingly integral role in President Trump's counterterrorism strategy.

The assignment marks a shift for the CIA in the country, where it had primarily been focused on defeating Al Qaeda and helping the Afghan intelligence service. The CIA has traditionally been resistant to an open-ended campaign against the Taliban, the primary militant group in Afghanistan, believing it was a waste of the agency's time and money and would put officers at greater risk as they embark more frequently on missions.

Former agency officials assert that the military, with its vast resources and manpower, is better suited to conducting large-scale counterinsurgencies. The CIA's paramilitary division, which is taking on the assignment, numbers only in the hundreds and is deployed all over the world. In Afghanistan, the fight against the Islamic State has also diverted CIA assets.

The expansion reflects the CIA's assertive role under its new director, Mike Pompeo, to combat insurgents around the world. The agency is already poised to broaden its program of covert drone strikes into Afghanistan; it had largely been centered on the tribal regions of Pakistan, with occasional strikes in Syria and Yemen.  [Read More:  Gibbons-Neff, Schmitt, Goldman/nytimes/22Oct2017]

FBI Couldn't Access Nearly 7K Devices Because of Encryption.   The FBI hasn't been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Sunday, turning up the heat on a debate between technology companies and law enforcement officials trying to recover encrypted communications.

In the first 11 months of the fiscal year, federal agents were unable to access the content of more than 6,900 mobile devices, Wray said in a speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia.

"To put it mildly, this is a huge, huge problem," Wray said. "It impacts investigations across the board - narcotics, human trafficking, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, gangs, organized crime, child exploitation."

The FBI and other law enforcement officials have long complained about being unable to unlock and recover evidence from cellphones and other devices seized from suspects even if they have a warrant, while technology companies have insisted they must protect customers' digital privacy.  [Read More:  Balsamo/lasvegassun/22Oct2017]

The Daily 202: Ex-CIA Officers Running for Congress As Democrats.  THE BIG IDEA: The spooks have come in from the cold, and they're running for Congress.

Alarmed by President Trump and galvanized by Russian interference in the 2016 election, Democratic alumni of the Central Intelligence Agency are challenging Republican incumbents from Virginia to Michigan and New York.  [Read More:  Hohmann/washingtonpost/18Oct2017]

US Intelligence Keeping Wary Eye on China's President Xi.  US intelligence officials are closely watching developments during China's 19th Party Congress, calling it a key test for Chinese President Xi Jinping and a telling barometer of what type of relationship Beijing likely will pursue with Washington.

Xi opened the high profile, high stakes political meeting earlier this week promising to build what he described as a "modern socialist country" for a "new era."

But more than Xi's rhetoric, what has caught the attention of US intelligence agencies is how he has worked, at times behind the scenes, to consolidate power in a way that had not been seen since Deng Xiaoping ruled China from 1978 to 1989.

And the US government has devoted resources accordingly.  [Read More:  Seldin/voanews/21Oct2017]

The Army's Latest Spy Planes Are Flying Hundreds of Hours Overseas.  Three of the four versions of the US Army's latest spy plane, the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System, or EMARSS, are now flying hundreds of hours a month over Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Central Asia. The service says the full fleet should be ready for aerial intelligence units by the middle of 2018.

As of Oct. 19, 2017, the geo-intelligence, signals intelligence, and Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar (VADER) versions operating in the regions of the globe were US Africa Command, US Central Command, and US Southern Command oversee US military activities, according to the Army's Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors, which manages the program. In March 2017, just the signal snooping type was conducting missions in Africa and Latin America.

Brandon Pollachek, a spokesperson for the Army office, told The War Zone in an email that the deployed aircraft collectively were in the air for approximately 800 hours a month outside of the contiguous United States. Citing operational security, he declined to say how many EMARSS planes were overseas, what units were flying them, or in support of what missions.

As of 2015, the Army had a total of 24 EMARSS aircraft or aircraft it was converting to one of the four configurations. There are eight geo-intelligence EMRASS-Gs, four signals intelligence EMARSS-S, and four VADER-equipped EMARSS-Vs. Though the equipment varies from type to type, each variant uses a version of the twin engine Beechcraft 350-series King Air, known as the MC-12S, as the base platform.  [Read More:  Trevithick/thedrive/19Oct2017]


CIA Trainee Washes Out of Bomb Detection, Reassigned to Living Room.  Some jobs are just not a good fit. That seems to have been the case for a certain canine trainee named Lulu at the Central Intelligence Agency.

The black Labrador was in an intensive course of study to learn how to sniff out bombs. But Lulu just wasn't that interested.

"[It's] imperative that the dogs enjoy the job they're doing," the CIA writes in a news release on Wednesday announcing Lulu's reassignment to her handler's living room.

If you're a dog, sniffing out explosives is apparently one of those jobs that you either love or hate. And Lulu just couldn't muster the mojo for poking her muzzle into metal cans and around concrete blocks hoping to catch the distinctive aroma of C-4 or some other bomb component.  [Read More:  Neuman/npr/20Oct2017]

Former Intelligence Official on Iran Nuclear Deal.  NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks about the Iran nuclear deal - which President Trump has called a "bad" deal - with Norman Roule, who retired last week as Iran mission manager for the director of national intelligence.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:  For three decades now, Norman Roule has enjoyed a front-row seat to what US spy agencies know about Iran and its nuclear ambitions. Roule spent his career at the CIA, ending up with the director of national intelligence as the mission manager, the point man on Iran. Roule retired a week ago. In his first news interview we talked about the Iran nuclear deal, which President Trump calls a bad deal, to which Mr. Roule says this.  [Read More:  npr/20Oct2017]

Discovering Soviet Missiles in Cuba: How Intelligence Collection Relates to Analysis and Policy.  Fifty-five years ago this week, a lone U-2 spy plane soared over western Cuba, taking 928 photographs of the island 72,500 feet below. Analyzing these images the next day, photo interpreters at the National Photographic Interpretation Center (NPIC) identified SS-4 medium-range ballistic missiles deployed outside the town of San Cristobal. National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy informed President John F. Kennedy of the deployments the following morning.

Too often, the story of US intelligence and the Cuban Missile Crisis is told from this point forward. The movie Thirteen Days, for example, opens with a montage of a U-2 flight and photo interpreters poring over black-and-white film reels and finding the missiles. In such accounts, American intelligence collection was comprehensive, persistent, and effective, implying discovery of the missiles was inevitable. Quite to the contrary, however, the United States failed to detect the secret operation to install Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba for nearly six months. The medium-range ballistic missiles were actually in Cuba five weeks before US intelligence discovered them. While the intelligence community counts the missile crisis among its historic successes, it might be considered more of a near-failure, as multiple scholars have noted. Many have mined the missile crisis for lessons regarding political decision-making, estimative intelligence, and critical thinking. Yet intelligence collection remains a relatively unexplored angle of the case. What did we know, when, and by what means? This essay considers just how the missiles were discovered and the enduring implications this holds for intelligence collection and its relationship with analysis and policy.  [Read More:  Caddell/warontherocks/19Oct2017]

This American Spymaster From the Korean War Was Nearly Forgotten.  Suddenly, the Cold War had turned into a full-blown shooting war.

A day later, from his base in Tokyo, General Douglas MacArthur sent a bleak assessment of the situation in Korea back to Washington.

"Complete collapse is imminent," MacArthur told the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

MacArthur would later tell Congress that there had been no possible way to predict the North Korean surprise attack ahead of time.  [Read More:  Bell/pri/17Oct2017]

The Beirut Spy: Shula Cohen.  When Shula Cohen was arrested for espionage in 1961, Beirut society was shocked.

How could such an elegant, classy, high society woman turn out to be an Israeli spy?

Shulami, "Shula", Cohen was born of Jewish parents in Argentina and grew up in Israel. At 16, she was married off to a wealthy Lebanese Jewish businessman, Josef Kishik, and moved to Beirut.

It's not entirely clear how Cohen, code-named The Pearl, became a spy for the Jewish Agency and then for the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, when it was formed in December 1949.  [Read More:  aljazeera/17Oct2017]

Midtown NYC Spy Museum Claims a December 2017 Opening, and that it will 'Empower People to See the World More Clearly'.  A brand-new spy museum presenting itself in a major media rollout as "all things spy" says it is headed for 55th Street and Eighth Avenue in Midtown to open this December.

Details about the the museum/experience, called SPYSCAPE, are a little thin, but the press release promises "seven galleries devoted to different types of espionage including hacking, deception, and intelligence operations, just to name a few." Is this true or a clever disinfo campaign? The organizers claimed several years ago to be opening it in London, released much fanfare and press releases, and then it fizzled and faded away.

Developed by the British-based private investment group Archimedia and designed by Adjaye Associates (along with what it heralds as "advisors from various intelligence agencies"), the intended 60,000-square-foot interactive experience will allow visitors to learn various sleuthing skills, (including how to detect when someone is lying), as well as learning about the profession of spying.

The mission, a PR rep told Curbed, is to "empower people, through education and entertainment, to see themselves and the world more clearly."  [Read More:  Sugar/curbed/18Oct2017]


How Russians Meddled in the 1938 Election.  Did Russia meddle in the 2016 presidential election?

President Donald Trump emphatically says "no."  But the hierarchy of the US intelligence community is equally firm in saying "yes."  With three probes in progress - two by Congress, another by an independent counsel - an answer perhaps will eventually be found.

But such Moscow meddling would not be without precedent. Documents from the archives of the Russian spy agency NKVD - later the KGB - detail a communist attempt in 1938 to unseat US Rep. Howard W. Smith, who represented the 8th Congressional District in Northern Virginia.

Mr. Smith was one of many conservative congressmen who opposed President Roosevelt's New Deal measures. As a result, the White House targeted them for replacement by reliable liberals.  [Read More:  Goulden/washingtontimes/17Oct2017]

After Vietnam War, Here's What Happened When a US Army Intel Officer Returned to Track Down an Enemy Spy.  The black Mercedes weaves through the swarms of motorbikes in Danang City, Vietnam. At the wheel is a former Viet Cong guerrilla fighter with a combat ribbon on the lapel of his suit jacket. He takes me along the harbor, once a major port for US Navy ships, then past the site of the former US military command, now occupied by the towering regional headquarters of the Vietnamese Communist Party. Beside him is my minder from the Foreign Ministry in Hanoi, a worldly young man named Duc. I'm in the back seat, next to another former VC fighter, who is regaling me with a tale of ambushing US Marines just north of the city in 1969. Smiling, he raises a trouser leg to show me a bullet wound. I ask him the name of his unit. When he tells me, I nod in recognition.

A half-century ago, I was a US Army intelligence operative here, controlling a network of Vietnamese spies, tracking the movement of enemy forces. I have come back to speak with my former nemesis - the man who ran agents against me, then retired decades later as deputy commander of North Vietnamese military intelligence - Major General Tran Tien Cung.

Just as he had during the war, Cung was proving to be elusive. In their customary fashion, the Vietnamese had frustrated my efforts: Negotiations fell apart again and again. Now, almost 50 years after trying to catch him, I was suddenly getting a chance to meet him face-to-face - to compare notes from our secret side of the war.

As the streets narrow, we pass by the old American air base, once a major staging ground for US Phantom jets taking off for secret bombing raids in Laos. Finally, the driver inches the car into a secluded lane and stops. Serious-looking men appear and open my door, and I step out into the brutal Vietnamese heat. "Wait here," one says. He confers with my man from Hanoi. It's possible, Duc whispers to me, that the general, struggling with the aftereffects of a stroke, will not be able see me after all.  [Read More:  Stein/newsweek/18Oct2017]

Mike Hayden on the Most Disruptive Element in the World Today.  Earlier this month, George Washington University's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security hosted its annual conference on the Ethos and Profession of Intelligence, an event that is co-sponsored by the CIA. This year's event included a panel discussion, moderated by current Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI) Sue Gordon, with four previous directors of the CIA: William Webster, Porter Goss, Mike Hayden and John Brennan. The entire discussion is worth watching or listening to, and is available here.

But, I write to draw attention specifically to the remarks of Mike Hayden. PDDNI Gordon asked each of the former directors to comment on what they saw as the most pressing threat or issue facing the US today. She probably expected some variation of answers that might have included the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, a rising Russia or China, or international terrorism. Even climate change would have been within the realm. Instead, this is what she got from Hayden (beginning around minute 5:35 of the video):

...I am going to be very candid, Sue, with regard to what it is I would worry about now? Us. Okay?  Not CIA, us. The United States, us. I have been saying, for the last several months, the most disruptive element in the world today, is the United States. It's not because we are being aggressive or we've got legions ready to cross borders, or anything like that. But we are in a massive transition globally. We have assumed a particular and peculiar role for the last 75 years. The foundation on which that role was based - Bretton Woods and all that - is eroding, and the rest of the world is simply looking at us and saying, so where are you guys on 2.0? Because, 1.0 you created, and you sustained, and now they are asking what is it you view your role to be, and until that question is answered, I do think that the globe is in a whole lot of white water, until we answer that question. [Note: unofficial transcript; emphasis added.]

Hayden gave an address last spring at Penn Law at a conference on Foreign Interference with Democratic Institutions in which I also participated, so I was not entirely surprised by these latest remarks. But for those who have not been following his, and other former intelligence chiefs', warnings about the state of US national security and foreign policy as closely, this statement is remarkable for not only what it says, but who is saying it. Hayden served as the first principal deputy director of national intelligence, the National Security Agency director and the CIA director. He speaks after an entire career analyzing, assessing, facing down and disrupting foreign threats. I don't doubt for a minute that these remarks, and his willingness to speak them publicly, are not done lightly.  [Read More:  Cordero/lawfareblog/22Oct2017]

The Century-Old Myth About Women in Espionage.  World War I gave us the modern flamethrower, poison gas and the cultural stereotype of women spies: sexy femme fatales who lure men into dangerous or compromising situations, obtain their secrets and betray them.

The myth originated a century ago this month and still persists in film and television. A recent Newsweek cover story on "Women of the CIA" accurately observed that Hollywood portrays CIA women as a "sorority of badass [b----es] who stab by day and seduce by night." Former and present women in the CIA have complained about that image. As a former CIA intelligence officer said, "I wish they wouldn't use centerfold models in tight clothes. We don't look that way. And we don't act that way."

It didn't have to turn like this. World War I forced Great Britain and other combatants to create huge intelligence bureaucracies and spy networks whose personnel needs could not have been met without recruiting women. Many became outstanding spies.

In German-occupied Belgium, a young Belgian woman, Marthe Cnockaert, spied for Britain while working as a nurse in German military hospitals. Her cover identity was so effective that the Germans awarded her the Iron Cross for her devotion to their wounded. After the war, the British, French and Belgian governments honored Marthe because her espionage had enabled devastating British airstrikes on German positions (she nursed many of the Germans wounded in her own airstrikes). Winston Churchill wrote the foreword to her memoir.  [Read More:  Wallance/thehill/17Oct2017]

Section IV - Jobs


Start your Cybersecurity Career NOW - Help your country

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. The month's themes educate students and professionals about cybersecurity attack methods, best practices, and preventive measures and are geared toward informing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. According to a study by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, by 2022, there will be a shortage of 1.8 million information security workers. It is critical that today's students graduate ready to enter the workforce and are open to learning more about the growing field of cybersecurity.
US-CERT encourages interested candidates to review the following resources for information on employment opportunities:

Stop.Think.Connect. Cyber Tips for Young Professionals

DHS Cybersecurity Careers

Federal Cybersecurity Careers, and

Civil Service Job Opportunities.

FireEye, Inc. seeks Security Analyst - FaaS, in Reston, Virginia.

On a daily basis, you'll find the most malicious attacker activity the Internet has to offer. We will have you scour systems and analyze tons of network traffic looking for attacker presence. You will be Challenged to evolve how we detect and respond to attackers by authoring new and innovative Indicators of Compromise... For rest of information on this job or to apply...

Section V - Events


4 November 2017, 11 am - 3 pm - Orange Park, FL - The North Florida AFIO Chapter hosts Col Kent Steen, USMC(Ret) on "The Battle of Khe Sanh of 1968."

The chapter's speaker will be Colonel Kent Steen, USMC(Ret.) speaking on the Battle of Khe Sanh of 1968. He is also an intelligence specialist, which is right up our alley.
There is coincidentally a very special article entitled Khe Sanh and the Mongol Prince which you should read before attending. A short lead-in to this longer article about the battle appears on page 3 of the chapter newsletter sent to members. But for the full story, click on the link above to read the 28-page account by Chaplain Ray William Stubbs. You absolutely HAVE TO read this, it's amazing.
THE LIGHTNING ROUND: Please email ASAP to Batman at any subjects, topics, or controversies you feel should be discussed at the upcoming meeting.
Location: Country Club of Orange Park, 2525 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL 32073.
Cost will be $24 per person, pay the Club at the luncheon. Remember that family and guests, especially potential members, are all cordially invited.
RESERVATIONS: RSVP to Ken Meyer (our Quiel look-alike) via email at or call him at (904) 777-2050.

11 November 2017, 11:30am - Melbourne, FL - Former CIA Interrogator James Mitchell addresses Florida Satellite Chapter

Former CIA interrogator, James Mitchell, will address the AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter at the Suntree Country Club in Melbourne, FL. Dr. Mitchell interrogated the most senior terrorists in US custody, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks. He has consulted with US counterterrorist units and intelligence agencies. Members and guests assemble at 11:30 AM, with a call to order at 12:15 PM.
Attendance is by registration only and registrations cannot be accepted after 3 November.
To register, contact FSC Chapter President at

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 11:30am - Colorado Springs, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts John Tarbert, discussing "Counterterrorism Awareness for Public Transportation."

This presentation by Dr. John Tarbert - "Counterterrorism Awareness for Public Transportation" is based on actual events happening in the world of public transportation; a favorite target of terrorist attacks. John Tarbert is an instructor for the Transportation Security Institute on Terrorism. He was until recently the Chief of Police Regional, Transportation District, Denver. Before that he was employed in various police departments in Colorado and Illinois. He is a Certified Safety and Security Director by the World Safety Organization and a certified Terrorism Awareness Instructor. He has a Ph.D. in Business Management from California Coast University, a Master's degree in Criminal Justice & Public Administration from Webster University and a BA in Biology & Chemistry from Carthage College.

To attend or for more details, contact Tom VanWormer at

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 from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others

Saturday, 4 November 2017, 10am-4pm - Washington, DC - 11th Annual Parade of Trabants - at the International Spy Museum

The ONLY Trabant Rally in the US! It's been more than 25 years since the Berlin Wall fell, but one Cold War icon is still chugging away - the Trabant. Despite their questionable performance and smoky two-stroke engines, these little cars are now affectionately regarded as a symbol of East Germany and the fall of Communism. Trabants are a rarity here, but on 4 November some of the finest examples in the US will chug their way to the International Spy Museum to celebrate our Eleventh Annual Parade of Trabants. Drop in to view the vintage cars, which will be parked in front of the Spy Museum on F Street NW, and enter a raffle to win a ride in a Trabant. While the cars are on display, experts will be on hand to answer questions about Trabants, the Cold War, and Communism, while the Alte Kameraden German Band provides festive music. You can take a photo with a friendly Stasi officer. Try your hand at graffiti Berlin-style and see if you can fit into the tiny spaces like those escaping from East Berlin did.
Event is free. Visit

4-5 November 2017, 7pm-10am - Washington, DC - KidSpy Overnight: Operation Secret Slumber - at the International Spy Museum

YOUTH EVENT. The Spy Museum doors have been locked for the night, but in the shadows a group of exclusive recruits stand ready to begin a night of top-secret KidSpy training. This could be you! Perfect your alias and cover-story, check in at "Border Patrol," and prepare for a night of intrigue and adventure. As a spy school recruit, your mission begins with taking on a secret identity and gathering intelligence about real spy skills. During the night, you will transform yourself through disguise, make and break secret codes, uncover important secrets, interrogate real spies, and hunt for a mole within your ranks! At the same time, the adults lurking nearby will be kept on their toes with their own super-clandestine mission. As day breaks, enemy agents will be exposed in a dramatic finale, KidSpy agents and adults will reclaim their "real" (how do we know you are who you say you are?) identities and this adventure-filled mission will be accomplished. Ages 9-13. One adult required for every two KidSpy agents.
Tickets for the general public: $115 per person. 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.

8 November 2017, 5:15 to 7pm - Washington, DC - Gen. Michael Hayden speaks at "Ethics & Intelligence" Symposium at Catholic University - Theme: Double Lives and Moral Lives: An Exploration into the Ethics of Intelligence

Former CIA and NSA director General Michael Hayden will be featured on the evening of 8 November during a symposium on "Ethics and Intelligence" which asks "Can ethics and intelligence coexist?" Join the Institute for Human Ecology for an interesting symposium featuring CIA veterans at a time of global challenges demanding the attention of the intelligence community.

LOCATION: Heritage Hall inside O'Connell Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC. Starts at 5:15 in Heritage Hall.
DIRECTIONS are here.
OTHER SPEAKERS: Besides Gen. Hayden, this important Symposium includes a panel of other distinguished experts. Some of those are: David E. Hoffman, the Washington Post; V. Sue Bromley, former ExDir, CIA; Jamil N. Jaffer, Law School Professor, George Mason U, founder National Security Institute; Nicholas Dujmovic, former CIA Staff Historian, current director of the Intelligence Studies Program at The Catholic University. Event description is here.

AFIO members and guests are invited. There is no fee to attend. If you are a student, or a professor with students, we encourage you to attend. If you have interested colleagues, they are invited as well. If you are media, well, there's a story here.

Further information from Nicholas Dujmovic, Ph.D., Visiting Professor of Intelligence Studies, Politics Department, Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. 20064, (202) 319-5272 or email him at

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - The Ghosts of Langley: Into the CIA's Heart of Darkness - at the International Spy Museum

As the CIA turns seventy, celebrated intelligence historian John Prados takes a provocative and panoramic look at the Agency through the eyes of key figures in CIA history and in light of a narrow slice of a few of its covert actions around the world. Drawing on newly declassified documents, join Prados as he throws light on classic agency operations such as the Bay of Pigs, and discerns a disturbing continuum from the practice of covert actions from Iran in the 1950s, Chile and Vietnam in the 1970s, and Central America in the 1980s to the current secret wars in the Muslim world. He'll explore the premise of his new book Ghosts of Langley that spy chief legends, including Allen Dulles and Frank Wisner, were masters of obfuscation who shielded the agency from government probing to the extent that their legacy culminates in the secret overseas prisons and torture programs of the War on Terror. The book will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Tickets for the general public: $10 per person. Visit

Monday, 13 November 2017, 11:30am - Washington, DC - Reflections on the Career of Intelligence by Admiral Bobby R. Inman Tickets Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security presents "Reflections on the Career of Intelligence by Admiral Bobby R. Inman."

At the request of Spike Bowman, a trustee of the Daniel Morgan Graduate School, the school asked that AFIO bring to the attention of our members that they are hosting Admiral Bobby R Inman, USN (Ret) for the inaugural lecture in a new DMGS series endowed by the University of Virginia School of Law's Center for National Security Law in honor of Mr. Bowman. The series has been titled "The M.E. 'Spike' Bowman Distinguished Lectures in Intelligence and National Security Law."
Use these links for more information about this event, or to register, or more information about the school.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 6-8pm - Washington, DC - The International Spy Museum's Spies and Spirits of the Revolution - at Anderson House

Whiskey, spies, and rebellion: a winning combination for the Patriots in the 1770s and for you in 2017. Spend an evening enjoying tales and tactics of the cunning spies George Washington depended on in the magnificent mansion dedicated to the War's memory and toast them with whiskey distilled just as it was at that time. This evening you'll enjoy an Old Fashioned cocktail and other whiskey and cider samples from Wigle Whiskey and Threadbare, Pittsburgh's award-winning craft distillery and new ciderhouse, while the Spy Museum's Vince Houghton and Jacqueline Van Eyl give you an exciting rundown of the wildest true tales of the brave and wily men and women who spied for Independence. After their talk try more Wigle samples, tour Anderson House, the home of the Society of the Cincinnati - founded by Revolutionary War officers, and try your hand at using George Washington's own invisible ink. Society of the Cincinnati Members, please contact Shana Oltmans at
Tickets for the general public: $25 per person. Visit

Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - The Foundation of the CIA: Harry Truman, the Missouri Gang, and the origins of the Cold War - at the International Spy Museum

The US was late to the practice of intelligence, but during WWII the country created a new model of combining intelligence collection and analytic functions into a single organization-the Office of Strategic Services. How did this outfit transform into today's CIA? Thanks to President Harry Truman and a small group of advisors. Join Dr. Richard E. Schroeder, retired CIA officer and author of The Foundation of the CIA, as he reveals how President Truman and his "Missouri Gang," which included Sidney Souers and Roscoe Hillenkoetter, developed this new, centralized agency directly subordinate to and responsible to the President, despite entrenched institutional resistance. Schroeder will reveal how this group provided the leadership the US needed to take on the responsibilities of a global superpower during the very first years of the Cold War. The book will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Tickets for the general public: $10 per person. Visit

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

On November 29, 2017, the first annual "The Honorable William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner" takes place at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC. This International Spy Museum event honors an individual who has served the nation in the field of National Security with integrity and distinction. The Museum's award is named for Judge William H. Webster, former director of the CIA and FBI (the only individual to hold 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.
LOCATION: The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street, NW Washington, DC 20037
ATTIRE: Cocktail
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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