AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #41-17 dated 31 October 2017

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Section IV - Jobs and Obituaries



Section V - Events

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Ethics and Intelligence
Double Lives and Moral Lives: An Exploration into the Ethics of Intelligence

An open, no-fee event at Catholic University

8 November 2017, 5:15pm to 7pm

Former CIA and NSA director General Michael Hayden will be the featured speaker on this evening 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 5:15pm in Heritage Hall.
OTHER SPEAKERS: There will be a panel of other distinguished experts.
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 here.

AFIO members, guests, professors, students, and media invited. No fee to attend. 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, DC 20064, (202) 319-5272
or email him at

Former CIA Interrogator James Mitchell
addresses Florida Satellite Chapter

11 November 2017, 11:30am - Melbourne, FL

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

Books of the Week

A Clear Case of Genius: Room 40's Code-Breaking Pioneer
A Clear Case of Geniusby Admiral Sir Reginald 'Blinker' Hall; Commentary by Philip Vickers
(The History Press, Dec 2017)

Reginald "Blinker" Hall was the British Director of Naval Intelligence from 1914 to 1919, credited with being responsible for bringing Americans into the war in 1917 due to the decoding the of Zimmermann telegram. Philip Vickers is a member of the Royal Marine Historical Society.
In 1933, the Admiralty banned "Blinker" Hall from publishing his autobiography, but here, for the first time, those chapters that survived are presented in full. See what the renowned spymaster had to say about the British Naval Intelligence -- the pinnacle of the world's secret intelligence services. He explores the function of secret intelligence in wartime, censorship, subterfuge, the significance of Churchill in the Dardanelles campaign, the Zimmermann telegram, the US's entry to World War I, and more. With supporting text and images by Philip Vickers, this is a unique insight into the thinking of one of Britain's pioneering intelligence leaders.

Book may be ordered here.

ChekaCHEKA - The History, Organization and Awards of the Russian Secret Police & Intelligence Services 1917-2017
by Robert S. Pandis, Commander USNR(Ret)
(Imperial House Antiques, 2017)

Includes information on the history, organization, "spy craft" techniques & awards of the Russian intelligence organizations 1917 - 2017. The study covers the Russian GPU, OGPU, NKVD, MVD, MOOP, KGB, PGU, FSB, SVR, GRU, Border Guards, and their foreign intelligence partners. The study features badges, documents, and ID books with a heavy focus on forgeries. With a foreward by former KGB "illegal agent" Jack Barsky.
A must for Russian intelligence historians & collectors. Glorious photography throughout. 428 pgs, $95.

Book may be ordered by email from the author at He will sign copies. Or click on image of book cover to order from Amazon.



Intelligence Agency at Ohio Base Keeps Tabs on Threats to US.  When North Korea launches a ballistic missile over the Pacific, the United States top leaders turn to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Analysis by NASIC keeps the White House, Congress and the Pentagon aware of air, space and cyber threats and determine what dangers a missile from the rogue country has for the US and its allies.

"It is no exaggeration to say that the assessments NASIC generates can make the difference between war and peace," said Loren B. Thompson, a senior defense analyst with the Virginia-based Lexington Institute.

NASIC last week opened a $29.5 million building expansion in a remote part of Wright-Patterson. The Air Force allowed the media to be at the opening, but revealed very little about the work that will be going on at the expansion.  [Read More:  Barber/military/29Oct2017]

Swiss Intelligence Paid for Details of German Tax Officials, Says Spy Suspect.   A Swiss man accused of spying on a German tax authority told a German court on Thursday that he had been paid by Swiss intelligence to find out the names, addresses and telephone numbers of tax officials.

The 54-year-old suspect, identified only as Daniel M., whose trial in Frankfurt started last week, is charged with spying on the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia's (NRW) tax authority and some of its staff for nearly four years up to February 2015.

Prosecutors say he was trying to find out how German states obtained CDs containing details of bank accounts held secretly in Switzerland by Germans hoping to avoid tax, so that Swiss authorities could try to prosecute the tax officials involved for obtaining Swiss bank data.

They also say he placed a source within the tax authority, though Daniel M. said on Thursday this had never been a success.  [Read More:  reuters/26Oct2017]

Somalia Sacks Police, Intelligence Heads After Terror Attacks.  Somalia's heads of police and intelligence have been dismissed following a second terrorist attack in Mogadishu that claimed 23 lives two weeks after a truck bomb killed over 300 people.

Information Minister Abdirahman Osman Yarisow confirmed the sacking of National Intelligence Service Agency head Abdullahi Mohamed Ali "Sanbalolshe" and head of police Abdihakim Dahir Said.

"The cabinet resolved to fire the head of intelligence and police commander today," the minister said.

The sacking came barely hours after security forces battled throughout Saturday night to end a siege in Nasa Hablod II hotel in Mogadishu after the terror group Al-Shabaab detonated a bomb and made way into the hotel.  [Read More:  xinhuanet/30Oct2017]

As Militant Threats Shift, US Senate Revives War Authorization Debate.  US lawmakers will grill top Trump administration officials on Monday about a new authorization for the use of military force in the campaign against Islamic State and other militant groups, Congress' most significant step in years toward taking back control of its constitutional right to authorize war.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing on the administration's view of a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force, known by the acronym AUMF.

Republican and Democratic members of Congress have been arguing for years that Congress ceded too much authority over the deployment of US forces to the White House after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. They are also divided over how much control they should exert over the Pentagon. Repeated efforts to write and pass a new AUMF have failed.

"As we face a wide array of threats abroad, it is perhaps more important than ever that we have a sober national conversation about Congress' constitutional role in authorizing the use of military force," Republican Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement.  [Read More:  Zengerle/reuters/30Oct2017]

Gambia Spies Plead Not Guilty to Murder of Solo Sadeng.  Nine Gambian former state security agents accused of the 2016 murder of an opponent of ousted president Yahya Jammeh pleaded not guilty on Thursday as their trial resumed after an interruption of more than six months.

The nine former leaders of the notorious National Intelligence Agency (NIA) are accused of the murder of activist Solo Sandeng.

Sandeng was arrested on April 14 last year while leading a peaceful march for political reform and died in custody at the NIA headquarters.

After lengthy procedural debates, the nine defendants, including former spy chief Yankuba Badjie, denied the charges against them, an AFP correspondent reported.  [Read More:  AFP/nation/27Oct2017]

Former Israeli and Saudi Intelligence Chiefs Meet at New York City Synagogue.  A former director of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, Efraim Halevy, and an ex-head of Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Directorate, Prince Turki al-Faisal, had a meeting and publicly debated US foreign policy in an unprecedented event on Sunday at a New York City synagogue.

The meeting took place in the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center shortly after the government of Saudi Arabia denied on Sunday that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently visited Israel for secret meetings with Israeli government officials. The Saudi denial followed reports in Israeli media regarding the alleged visit.

At the New York event, al-Faisal attributed the rumors to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "mistaken impression."

"I don't think there are any 'under the table' talks," said the former Saudi intelligence chief. "I think Mr. Netanyahu painted a picture for himself in which there are some clandestine understandings between the two countries because of Iran, and is thus trying to present supposed support from the Arab world in order to encircle Iran while avoiding the Palestinian issue altogether."  [Read More:]

Iran: Daughter of Judiciary Head Accused of Espionage.  The daughter of the head of the Iranian judiciary has been arrested accused of transmitting highly sensitive information about Iran's acquisition of highly-enriched nuclear materials that are used to make nuclear warheads to British officials.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) detained Zahra Larijani in mid-October to conduct an investigation about her contacts with the British Embassy in Tehran and the British Foreign Intelligence Service.

"Zahra Larijani has bank accounts at Turkish bank Halkbank and ADB bank in Abu Dhabi and has transferred large amounts to these two banks," said AMADE News, a site which is close to Iranian reformists.

It clarified that Larijani gave members of the British Foreign Intelligence Service detailed information about the companies established by Iran in Germany and Turkey, to acquire sensitive military and nuclear technologies. According to the website, General Wahid Haqqanian, who is the executive affairs assistant in the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the head of the intelligence service of the Revolutionary Guard, Hussein Taib, investigated Zahra Larijani. She admitted that her father was aware that she was connected with the British Foreign Ministry and carrying out an espionage task.  [Read More:  middleeastmonitor/24Oct2017]

Washington County Narcotics Task Force Gets Funding, Intelligence Help Since Joining Federal Effort.  A local task force which investigates drug cases in Washington County has received tens of thousands of dollars for training and overtime and access to a new database to help with criminal probes since it was added to a federal program to battle drug trafficking, local officials said.

A year ago this month, Washington County was added to the Washington/Baltimore regional High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, which allows the Washington County Narcotics Task Force to receive federal assistance to improve coordination and development of drug-control efforts.

The addition of Washington County brought the number of Tri-State counties recognized under the program to three, including Berkeley and Jefferson counties in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Other jurisdictions in the network include Baltimore, Washington, DC, Loudoun County, Va., and Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland, among other jurisdictions.

The Washington/Baltimore HIDTA is one of eight nationwide, officials said. US Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., requested that Washington County be added to the local HIDTA.  [Read More:  McMillion/heraldmailmedia/27Oct2017]

Exclusive: US Widens Surveillance to Include 'Homegrown Violent Extremists' - Documents.  The US government has broadened an interpretation of which citizens can be subject to physical or digital surveillance to include "homegrown violent extremists," according to official documents seen by Reuters.

The change last year to a Department of Defense manual on procedures governing its intelligence activities was made possible by a decades-old presidential executive order, bypassing congressional and court review.

The new manual, released in August 2016, now permits the collection of information about Americans for counterintelligence purposes "when no specific connection to foreign terrorist(s) has been established," according to training slides created last year by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). 

The slides were obtained by Human Rights Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request about the use of federal surveillance laws for counter-drug or immigration purposes and shared exclusively with Reuters.  [Read More:  Volz/reuters/25Oct2017]


State College Couple Raised Replacement for CIA Dog That Dropped Out.  When Mark Greenberg read the story that spread across the nation last week about Lulu the dog who dropped out of the Central Intelligence Agency's bomb sniffing training class, he wondered who the replacement would be.

But when he checked the CIA's website he saw a familiar face - his old pal Heron the black Labrador retriever, who is now known as Harry, the newest member of the CIA's 2017 fall "puppy class."

"When I saw that picture that the CIA used, I thought, 'There's my boy,' " Greenberg said.

For more than two years, Greenberg and his life-partner Cathy Taylor have been volunteer raisers for Susquehanna Service Dogs of Grantville, a division of Keystone Human Services. During that time, they've raised three service dogs in their State College home.  [Read More:  Valsechi/centredaily/26Oct2017]

New Book Reveals Secrets About Boise-Born Spy James Angleton.  Born in Boise in December 1917, James Angleton befriended poet and fellow Idahoan Ezra Pound in Italy before beginning what would be a legendary but checkered career in espionage. In his new book about Angleton, The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton (St. Martin's Press, Oct. 25), author Jefferson Morley reveals how during his nearly 30 years with the CIA, Angleton saw a beloved mentor unmasked as a traitor and was forced to hide his own puzzling role in what journalist Jefferson Morley calls an "epic counterintelligence failure." Angleton retired in 1974 after it was revealed he had been involved in a massive and illegal domestic surveillance program, much of it focused on Vietnam War protestors. In the wake of the revelation, Idaho (and Boise) native Senator Frank Church clashed publicly with Angleton over his questionable conduct.

During World War Two, Angleton served brilliantly in American intelligence thanks in large part to his friendship with British intelligence agent Kim Philby, who, he would later write, taught him "a great deal." He was also willing to protect Axis war criminals when he thought they might be useful in what he correctly foresaw as an impending struggle with Communism.

Angleton joined the newly created CIA in 1947 and in 1954, he became the chief of counterintelligence - the painstaking craft of thwarting enemy spying - and began building his own little empire. It was during this time (1953) that the CIA, under the directorship of Allen Dulles, helped overthrow the nationalist government of Iran, a shameful act known as Operation Ajax that continues to reverberate in headlines today.

Angleton had become an ardent champion of Israel after visiting the new nation in 1951 but, as the CIA "desk officer" for Israel, he was obligated to do everything possible to derail its alarming push for nuclear weapons. However, his normally keen eye turned blind as Israeli scientists, using enriched uranium purloined from a handily accessible facility in Pennsylvania, began developing a nuclear arsenal. As Morley points out, the effects of Angleton's negligence, if that's what it was, "will be felt for decades, if not centuries."  [Read More:  Koger/boiseweekly/25Oct2017]

FBI's Use of Foreign Intelligence Driving Privacy Debate.  It's 3 am when a security guard notices a man taking photographs of the Key Bridge a few miles from the White House. There's been no crime, but the guard is suspicious and passes the man's license plate number to the FBI.

In a case like this, the FBI might query databases containing foreign intelligence collected overseas. An agent might learn nothing or might find out the plate belongs to an American communicating online with a suspected Islamic State militant.

It's these scraps of data, sometimes meaningless on their own, that can help foil plots and save lives, the government contends. But as Congress considers how to reauthorize the law governing the government's use of such information, lawmakers from both parties and many people in the United States want stricter controls to better protect privacy.

FBI Director Christopher Wray crafted the bridge story to show why his agents shouldn't have to get a warrant before querying foreign intelligence information legally gathered overseas. The FBI's use of foreign intelligence is at the heart of the debate over the future of the 2008 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act, including the controversial Section 702. The law is set to expire Dec. 31.  [Read More:  Riechmann/middletownpress/30Oct2017]

Female Code Warriors.  Two new, well-researched popular histories - The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone and Code Girls by Liza Mundy - reveal the roles female American cryptanalysts played in cracking secret messages from 1917 through the end of World War II. Fagone's book is a biography of Elizebeth Smith Friedman's professional and personal life, while Mundy's book reveals the work of thousands of female codebreakers and their influence on modern intelligence gathering. During Friedman's heyday, cracking ciphers meant, for the most part, breaking pencil-and-paper encrypted messages. But by World War II, military and diplomatic encryption systems were using more sophisticated devices: encryption machines like the German Enigma, the Japanese Purple, and the American SIGABA. Codebreakers were compelled to reverse-engineer machines that would help crack those encrypted messages.

Fagone portrays Friedman as a premier American codebreaker, on a par with her husband, the better known (at least in the world of secret messages) William Friedman. Elizebeth, like William, broke encrypted messages during World War I and World War II. Between the wars, Elizebeth also cracked the messages of rum runners and bootleggers. Fagone depicts her not only as a cryptological genius but also as a loving wife, the intellectual equal of William, but emotionally sturdier.  [Read More:  Peschel/lareviewofbooks/28Oct2017]

Wippl Receives OSS Society Hugh Montgomery Award.  Joseph Wippl, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, recently received the Hugh Montgomery Award from the Office of Strategic Services Society in Washington, DC.

The Hugh Montgomery Award, named after legendary CIA officer Hugh Montgomery, symbolizes the historic and unbreakable bond between the Office of Strategic Services and the Central Intelligence Agency.

"Receiving this award in the same year as the death of our colleague and my friend, Hugh Montgomery, I think it is important and appropriate for me to remember his life and my experiences with him," Wippl said when receiving the award. "I entered CIA some 20 years after he did.  But it is no surprise that I heard his name well before becoming acquainted with him."

Senator Daniel Coats, the United States Director of National Intelligence, presented the award to Wippl. Sen. Coats recently visited the Pardee School  to meet with students and faculty and discuss his role as the Director of National Intelligence, his time serving in Congress and the current security challenges facing the United States.  [Read More:  bu/23Oct2017]

Why Intelligence Matters.  Michael Morell was with George W. Bush the day terrorists rammed hijacked commercial airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

Almost ten years later, Morell was in the White House Situation Room with Barack Obama when US Special Operations forces killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in his hideout in Pakistan.

Morell, a former deputy and acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), now brings his unique experience to serve as host of a weekly podcast - Intelligence Matters - presented by the Cipher Brief in partnership with CBS News. After just six weeks, Intelligence Matters ranks Number 15 on iTunes' podcast list.

In an interview with the New Atlanticist, Morell, an Atlantic Council board member, discussed the podcast and why, in many ways, it reminds him of the times when he prepared to brief the president of the United States on important national security matters.  [Read More: Sen/atlanticcouncil/25Oct2017]


The Jewish Spy Who Paved the Way for the Balfour Declaration.  The Jewish world is about to mark the centenary of epoch-changing events that set the stage for Israel's establishment. There will be major events to mark 100 years since developments like the Balfour Declaration - but the echoes of some of the real drama are found in an unlikely spot.

Last week, I found myself at the cemetery in the winery town of Zichron Yaakov, better known today for its merlot than its military importance, watching a small ceremony to honor a woman who killed herself exactly a century earlier to defend a spy ring that helped change the Middle East.

Sara Aaronson was a leader of the NILI spy ring, which had been passing intelligence to the British, believing that London would take over Palestine from Ottoman rule and pave the way for a Jewish state - and they were proved right. Within a month of her death, the British had turned the fortunes of their Palestine campaign at Beersheba, and issued the Balfour Declaration, which accepted the idea of a 'national home' for the Jews.

She was a modern Maccabee, the scholar who led the ceremony suggested. "Yehuda Maccabee was against the Greeks and in the same way Sara Aaronson was against the Ottomans," Avshalom Kor said.  [Read More:  Jeffay/timesofisrael/24Oct2017]

Somalia Doesn't Need Tears. Help Us Fight Terrorism.  On Oct. 14, a truck carrying about two tons of homemade explosives blew up near Zoobe Junction, one of the busiest streets in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. The blast sent shock waves for miles. More than 400 people were killed - nearly 150 of them burned beyond recognition - and hundreds wounded. Families wandered for hours searching for their loved ones in the rubble.

Hundreds of citizens lined up at hospitals for hours to donate blood. Doctors, nurses and ambulance drivers did all they could to rescue the wounded. Grieving and angry Somalis gathered on Zoobe Junction blamed Islamist Shabab militants for the atrocity. Leaders from Turkey, the United States, Britain, Canada, France and the United Nations condemned the attack.

But condemnation isn't going to help Somalia battle the Shabab and its bomb makers. To defeat Shabab terrorism, Somalia requires expertise and equipment that it lacks, and it needs a new paradigm of cooperation between Somali security services and our international partners.

There is no doubt about the Shabab, which has links with Al Qaeda, being the perpetrator. Bombings with homemade explosives are a common tactic for these militants in their battle with the Somali government. The toll in the Oct. 14 bombing was so high, however, that the Shabab didn't dare to claim responsibility and admit its murderous conduct even to its own members and sympathizers.  [Read More:  Sanbalooshe/nytimes/26Oct2017]

Commentary: We're in Niger - and Dozens of Other Countries - for a Very Good Reason.  Of all the questions that linger over the loss of four special operations soldiers in Niger, perhaps the most persistent is: Why are we there?

We're used to having US troops in Asia and the Middle East, but Niger? Is our national security enhanced by what they were trying to do there?
The short answer is yes. To understand why, take a closer look at what our troops were doing - and why.

The mission in Niger, which began in 2013, was a classic special operations operation more specifically known as a "foreign internal defense."  [Read More:  Bucci/bendbulletin/27Oct2017]

Trump Dossier's Hillary Clinton Connection Won't Deter Mueller's Russia Probe.  Last July two Republican staff members from the House Intelligence Committee flew to London on a mission to confront Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the now infamous "pee-tape" dossier. In it, Steele alleged that associates of Donald Trump colluded with Moscow during the 2016 presidential election - and that the Kremlin possessed a kinky video compromising the Republican nominee.

Even in the context of the circus atmosphere that has enveloped the intelligence committee under Republican chairman Devin Nunes, it was a bizarre turn of events. What did Kash Patel and Doug Presley, the staffers dispatched to London by Nunes, expect to happen? That Steele, a highly respected former senior MI6 operative who has remained close-lipped about how he gathered his information, would invite these hostile envoys in for a drink and turn over the names of his sources?

Not likely. There's a reason intelligence agencies swap out real names for cryptonyms for their agents and informants. And the advisability of doing so was presumably underscored for Steele on the day after Christmas, when an ex-KGB general suspected of being one of his informants was found dead in his car under "mysterious circumstances," as one news report put it.

But Patel and Presley's London trip wasn't likely designed to get to the bottom of Steele's 35-page dossier of allegations about Russian interference in the election. As has been Nunes's apparent mission all along, it was an attempt to connect Hillary Clinton to Fusion GPS, the private Washington, DC firm that hired Steele to probe ties between the Russians and Trump, and to deflect attention from the multiple investigations into Team Trump's alleged complicity with the Kremlin and obstruction of justice. On Wednesday, Nunes threw more tacks on the panel's rocky path into Russian interference in the election (which mostly Democrats have pushed) by announcing a separate probe of a uranium deal with Russia during the Obama administration.  [Read More:  Stein/newsweek/26Oct2017]

Section IV - Jobs and Obituaries


Security Analyst - FaaS - Reston, VA for FireEye

You are fanatical about security. No will do whatever it takes to keep the bad guys out. You have a strong understanding of network and host based attacker methodologies. Analyzing forensic data, picking apart malware, and responding to security incidents excites you! You thrive and enjoy working in a fast paced environment, surrounded by brilliant and like-minded people. You walk into the office everyday with a passion to learn more. You derive great satisfaction from delighting customers, have strong attention to detail, exude excellence and have more drive than an exotic Italian sports car. As a FaaS Security Analyst you will be focused on host and network analysis, diving deep into host systems and packets hunting for attackers or remnants of their activity. Alongside your wicked smart team members, you'll be entrusted to deliver high impact and value services to some of the most recognized brands in the world, protecting them from threats that actually matter to their business...24x7.
Requirements: The ability to analyze event and systems logs, perform forensic analysis, analyze malware, and other incident response related data, as needed. Deep understanding of incident response best practices and processes Familiarity with intrusion detection systems (e.g., snort) and tools (e.g., tcpdump, Wireshark). Knowledge of attack vectors, threat tactics and attacker techniques. Familiarity with network architecture and security infrastructure placement. Understanding of Windows operating systems and command line tools. A solid foundation in networking fundamentals, with a deep understanding of TCP/IP and other core protocols. Knowledge of network based services and client/server applications. Your bachelors degree - or a very convincing argument. Must be eligible to work in the US without sponsorship Additional Qualifications: Experience working on a mission critical security operations team, preferably 24x7. Exemplary communication and interpersonal skill. Ability to document and explain technical details clearly and concisely. A willingness to be challenged and a strong desire to learn. An open mind and an appetite for excellence.
More information here.


C. Oliver (Ollie) Iselin lll. C. Oliver (Ollie) Iselin lll,  a native of Middleburg who was an All-American rower when he captained the Harvard crew team and later served for more than 20 years in the CIA in posts in north and west Africa, died at his home on Oct. 10 from congestive heart failure. He was 90. [Read More:  fauquier/23Oct2017]

Larry Richard Strawderman, 79, of Harrisonburg, died October 27, 2017 at the Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.  He was born June 16, 1938 in Quicksburg, VA and was the son of the late William E. and Carmen I. Jenkins Strawderman.  He worked for the CIA Office of Finance and also did outside sales for Travel Leaders in Harrisonburg.  [Read More:  Northern Virginia Daily/legacy/30Oct2017]

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

12 November 2017, 11:30 - 1:30 - Lyndhurst, OH - The Great Lakes Chapter hosts Dr. Steven Oluic on "The Geopolitics of Eastern Europe and the Baltics."

The speaker will be Lt Col Steven Oluic USA(Ret) PhD, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Lakeland Community College, Cleveland/Akron. The topic of his presentation will be " The Geopolitics of Eastern Europe and the Baltics." He is a noted author and has presented at many professional conferences and at such venues as the Defense Intelligence Agency, the FBI and State Department. During his 27-year military career, he served overseas tours in Iraq, Korea, Germany, and Bosnia.
Location: The private meeting room in Bar Louie ( 24337 Cedar Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124.
RSVP by 8 Nov 2017 to chapter president John Heinsons at with the number of persons attending.

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

Monday, 6 November 2017 - Washington, DC - Three speakers discuss "Allies Under the Shadow: Thailand, the Philippines and the State of US Alliances in Southeast Asia" at CSIS.

CSIS Presentation - "Allies Under the Shadow: Thailand, the Philippines and the State of US Alliances in Southeast Asia."
Speakers: John Blaxland, Richard Heydarian, and Mark Montgomery. John Blaxland is director of the Southeast Asia Institute and head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University (ANU). He served previously as director of Joint Intelligence Operations (J2) at Headquarters Joint Operations Command, and before that as Australia's defense attaché to Thailand and Myanmar. Blaxland will discuss his forthcoming paper "Tipping the Balance in Southeast Asia?: Thailand, the United States, and China," the result of a three-year research project funded by the Minerva Research Initiative. The paper was co-authored by Greg Raymond.
Richard Heydarian is a resident political analyst with the GMA Network and a non-resident fellow with Stratbase ADR Institute in Manila. Formerly he was an assistant professor in International Affairs and Political Science at De La Salle University. Mark Montgomery is policy director of the US Senate Armed Services Committee. A career naval officer, he served previously as Director for Operations at US Pacific Command from 2014 to 2017. Before that, he commanded Battle Force Seventh Fleet/Task Force 70/Carrier Strike Group 5 aboard the USS George Washington from 2013 to 2014, and was Deputy Director for Plans, Policy, and Strategy at U.S. European Command from 2010 to 2012.
LOCATION: CSIS headquarters - 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Registration and other information here.
Questions to David Ward, Washington Sub-branch of Returned & Services League of Australia,

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

Ethics and Intelligence - Double Lives and Moral Lives: An Exploration into the Ethics of Intelligence. An open, no-fee event at Catholic University.
8 November 2017, 5:15pm to 7pm
Former CIA and NSA director General Michael Hayden will be the featured speaker on this evening 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 5:15pm in Heritage Hall.
OTHER SPEAKERS: There will be a panel of other distinguished experts.
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 here.
AFIO members, guests, professors, students, and media invited. No fee to attend. 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, DC 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

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 7 to 8:45pm - McLean, VA - Ibn Warraq "The Islam in Islamic Terrorism: The Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology" at the Westminster Institute

Ibn Warraq, Senior Research Fellow, Westminster Institute, discusses his new book The Islam in Islamic Terrorism: The Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology. In it, he takes the dogmas of jihadists seriously and critically examines the Islamic sources upon which they draw.
Ibn Warraq is known for his book, Why I Am Not a Muslim (1995), an early warning to the West about the dangers of political Islam and multiculturalism. He has edited and contributed to several books of Koranic criticism and on the origins of Islam. Bernard Lewis has written that, "Ibn Warraq exemplifies the rarely combined qualities of courage, integrity, and intelligence." Ibn Warraq's Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism, 2007, was described by distinguished professor Paul Berman as "a glorious work of scholarship, and it is going to contribute mightily to modernizing the way we think about Western civilization and the rest of the world."
He is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Westminster Institute, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and a contributing editor to The New English Review. He studied Arabic and Persian at the University of Edinburgh.
Where: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101.
Register or for more information: here.

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