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I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Section II - CONTEXT &
III - COMMENTARY
Section IV - Jobs and Obituaries
Section V - Events
Upcoming AFIO Events
November 2017, 11:30am - Melbourne, FL - Former CIA
Interrogator James Mitchell addresses
Florida Satellite Chapter
- 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."
16 November 2017, 11:30am - Colorado Springs, CO - The AFIO
Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts John Tarbert,
discussing "Counterterrorism Awareness for Public
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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.
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CANIC 2017 - The Fifth Annual Canadian Military Intelligence
Association Conference "Hybrid Warfare and the Implications
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
9 November 2017, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - The Ghosts of
Langley: Into the CIA's Heart of Darkness - at the
International Spy Museum
- 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."
14 November 2017, 6-8pm - Washington, DC - The International
Spy Museum's Spies and Spirits of the Revolution - at Anderson
- 15 November 2017 - Washington, DC - The OSS Society hosts 75th Anniversary Event
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
29 November 2017, 6 - 10pm - Washington, DC - The
Honorable William H. Webster Distinguished
Service Award Dinner by the International Spy Museum
- 30 November 2017, 6 pm - Washington, DC - Dr Harlan Ullman discusses Anatomy of Failure: Why America Loses Every War It Starts at City Tavern Club.
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Former CIA and NSA director General
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November during a symposium on "Ethics and Intelligence" which
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Join the Institute for Human Ecology for this interesting
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Books of the Week
Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism's Money Masters
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Samuel M. Katz
(Hachette Books, Nov 2017)
The US and other powers are battling terrorist organizations militarily -- but also fiscally, cutting off funding sources and intercepting the flow of money into enemy hands.
A revelatory account of the cloak-and-dagger Israeli campaign to target the finances fueling terror organizations -- an effort that became the blueprint for US efforts to combat threats like ISIS and drug cartels. ISIS boasted $2.4 billion of revenue in 2015, yet for too long the global war on terror overlooked financial warfare as an offensive strategy. Harpoon, the creation of Mossad legend Meir Dagan, directed spies, soldiers, and attorneys to disrupt and destroy money pipelines and financial institutions that paid for the bloodshed perpetrated by Hamas, Hezbollah, and other groups. Written by an attorney who worked with Harpoon and a bestselling journalist, Harpoon offers a gripping story of the Israeli-led effort, now joined by the Americans, to choke off the terrorists' oxygen supply, money, via unconventional warfare.
...not exactly le Carré, but solid reporting and analysis meet a good sense of narrative, making this book more fluent and less dismal than its subject might suggest.
Book may be ordered
When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War
by Jeffrey A. Engel
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov 2017)
Revisionist study of George H.W. Bush's term in the White House, which saw the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the U.S. as the world's sole superpower.
The story of how George H. W. Bush faced a critical turning point of history -- the end of the Cold War -- the greatest shock to international affairs since WW II. In that perilous moment, Saddam Hussein chose to invade Kuwait, China cracked down on its own pro-democracy protesters, and regimes throughout Eastern Europe teetered between democratic change and new authoritarians.
Not since FDR in 1945 had a US president faced such opportunities and challenges. As presidential historian Jeffrey Engel reveals, Bush rose to the occasion. Distrusted by key allies as Margaret Thatcher, and dismissed as too cautious by the press, Bush had the experience and the wisdom to use personal, one-on-one diplomacy with world leaders. Bush knew when it was essential to rally a coalition to push Iraq out of Kuwait. He managed to help unify Germany while strengthening NATO.
Useful reading for anyone with an interest in the first years of the post–Cold War era.
Book may be ordered here.
Section I - INTELLIGENCE
German Intelligence Agency Gets Spy
Satellite System Funds. The German government has
allocated 400 million euros ($465 million) to fund the construction of up to
three spy satellites for the country's foreign intelligence service, the
BND. This has been reported by a consortium of newspapers and is part of a
general trend within Germany of increasing surveillance and surveillance
It is expected that the system, which has been nicknamed "Georg," could be
launched into space by the early 2020s. A confidential sub-committee within
the budget committee of the German parliament reportedly approved the money
for the project, away from public scrutiny, this June.
The newspapers cited a document from within the office of Chancellor Angela
Merkel arguing that the BND "needs to be able to gather information quickly
and autonomously in order to be able to offer the most independent and
up-to-date situation assessments possible."
The document added that it wasn't "adequate to generate information while
being dependent on third parties, to buy visual material on the commercial
market or to make requests of international partners." [Read
CIA Releases New Tranche of Materials
Seized in 2011 Bin Laden Raid. A computer recovered in the
2011 US special forces operation that killed Osama bin Laden contained a
video collection that included kids' cartoons, several Hollywood movies and
three documentaries about himself.
The list of the videos was included in the release on Wednesday by the US
Central Intelligence Agency of nearly 470,000 files found on the computer
seized in the May 2, 2011, US raid on the al Qaeda founder's hideout in
It is the fourth tranche of materials taken from the walled compound where
bin Laden and his family lived to be made public by the US government
since May 2015.
Materials that still have not been released are being withheld because they
could harm national security, are blank, corrupted or duplicate files, are
pornographic or are protected by copyright, said a CIA statement.
[Read More: reuters/1Nov2017]
Change of Command for Elite
National Guard Cyber Group. Col. Charles Jeffries handed
over command of an elite group of National Guard cyberspace and intelligence
warriors to Col. Kenneth Borchers during a ceremony at the Pierce County
Readiness Center here on November 4. Jeffries led the Washington Air
National Guard's 252nd Cyberspace Operations Group for the past half-decade,
a critical period in the development of the military cyber operations field.
Jeffries will move on to become vice commander of the 194th Wing, the parent
organization of the 252nd Group. Borchers is an intelligence officer who
previously served as the Group's deputy commander and once commanded the
194th Intelligence Squadron.
In remarks at the ceremony, Col. Gent Welsh, commander of the 194th Wing,
called Jeffries the "Godfather of Cyber" for Washington State. "Where this
Group is at now, its missions, its reputation, is directly linked to
[Jeffries's] work, vision and leadership," said Welsh. Welsh presented the
Legion of Merit to Jeffries in recognition of his pioneering leadership.
Because of Jeffries's leadership, said Welsh, the Group has become famous in
the field of military cyberspace operations. "Nowhere in the entire US Air
Force and Air National Guard today will you find the exquisite blend of
cyber and intelligence capabilities like you see in the 252 all under one
roof," said Welsh. "Whether it's directly contributing to killing ISIS on
the battlefield in Syria, providing communications support in Puerto Rico,
hunting down folks in cyberspace, or developing national level policy to
support cyber domestic operations, this Group is always at the forefront
nationally and internationally, and has a tremendous well-earned
The 252nd Cyberspace Operations Group consists of nearly 500 Airmen in five
squadrons specializing in cyber intelligence, defensive cyber operations,
combat communications, and precision targeting. With regional proximity to
the Pacific Northwest's high-tech industrial centers, the 252nd Group
includes among its Airmen part-time Guard members who work full-time for
some of the world's leading technology companies. In his civilian career,
Jeffries works for Microsoft. [Read More: Zeiger/dvidshub/5Nov2017]
Swiss Spy Confesses, Says He Acted Out
of Patriotism and Profit. The saga of the Swiss Federal
Intelligence Service (FIS) infiltrating German tax authorities in North
Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has come to an end with trial of Daniel Moser.
Moser's work was to penetrate and learn of the efforts of the NRW officials
in their effort to identify German citizens who have "private" accounts in
Switzerland. Moser had been working on behalf of the Swiss since 2012.
During the trial, according to the Digital Journal, Moser's attorney read a
statement on behalf of his client. Moser did not view himself as a criminal.
He characterized his actions of infiltrating the NRW tax authorities and
purloining their information as patriotic.
While patriotism was his primary motivator, Moser said was also driven by
the sense of adventure and profit. Moser, a former Swiss police officer and
security officer within UBS in Switzerland, saw the righteousness in
uncovering the "criminal behavior on the part of the German tax
authorities." [Read More: Burgess/csoonline/3Nov2017]
China Successfully Tests High-Altitude
Spy Drones for Use by Its Military Intelligence Services: Report.
China has successfully tested high-altitude, bat-sized spy drones which
could help it dominate "near space" and use it for military intelligence
purposes, a media report said today.
Near space, which begins at about 20km above sea level, has until now been
regarded a "death zone" for drones due to thin air and extremely low
At this altitude, thin air makes it hard to generate lift for a drone while
extremely low temperature means electronic components, like batteries are
prone to fail.
However, a new type of indigenously-developed drone that is undergoing
testing appears to have overcome such difficulties, marking a significant
step towards China's ambitions of exploiting near space for purposes of
military intelligence, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported. [Read More: firstpost/31Oct2017]
Heathrow Airport Launches Probe
After USB Stick With Security Files Found. Heathrow
Airport officials have launched an internal investigation into how a USB
memory stick containing the airport's security information was allegedly
found on a London street by a member of the public, a spokesperson for the
airport told CNN on Sunday.
The USB stick, which apparently held details such as the route which the
Queen takes when using the airport and maps pin-pointing CCTV cameras and a
network of tunnels and escape routes, was not given to police but instead
was handed to a national newspaper, the Sunday Mirror.
The Sunday Mirror reported that an unemployed man said he was on the way to
the library to search the internet for jobs when he found the USB stick in
the leaves on Ilbert Street, in Queen's Park, West London.
The man said he plugged the USB stick into a library computer a few days
later and was amazed at what he found, according to the newspaper.
[Read More: McGann, Ellis/cnn/29Oct2017]
Nigeria's Buhari Fires Govt Secretary
and Spy Chief Over Corruption. Nigeria's president
Muhammadu Buhari has fired two top officials of his administration for their
respective roles in two separate cases of corruption.
The two officials are Secretary General of the Federation (SGF) Babachir
Lawal and former Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA),
News of the sack was carried by media aides and via the official government
twitter handle. Buhari also immediately announced a replacement for the
secretary of government post.
Their sack follows an investigation ordered by Buhari and headed by the
vice-president Yemi Osinbajo. It was to probe corruption reports leveled
against the two officials. Osinbajo presented his report to Buhari after the
president returned from his medical leave in the United Kingdom. [Read
Bergdahl Produced a 'Gold Mine'
of Intelligence for the Government, Experts Testify. Army
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has provided a "gold mine" of useful intelligence about
the militants who held him captive for years in Pakistan, and his experience
has injected valuable lessons into the military's program that instructs
troops in how to avoid and escape capture, experts testified during
Bergdahl's sentencing Tuesday.
Those experts said Bergdahl's decision to abandon his post in Afghanistan in
2009 produced an unintended consequence: His detailed recollections of his
captors' tactics, methods of detainment and other information were so
valuable that intelligence agencies and military doctrine were dramatically
improved, potentially adding a new foil to the factors being weighed by a
military judge to determine Bergdahl's punishment, if any.
Terrence Russell of the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, the lead Pentagon
group for recovering prisoners of war and other captives - which also
produces related training and doctrine - testified that Bergdahl's
debriefing contributed to lessons taught to US troops and allied
militaries, adding that Bergdahl still has intelligence that has yet to be
collected that could help troops in Afghanistan right now.
"Can you give him to me now? I need him now. I needed him three years ago,"
Russell said. "The fact I can't get that information is wrong." Russell
added that he has debriefed more than 120 American captives, more than any
other US official. [Read More: Horton/washingtonpost/31Oct2017]
Mike Pence Visits 'Invaluable' CIA to
Say 'Thank You'. Vice President Mike Pence visited CIA
headquarters outside Washington, DC on Wednesday afternoon to thank the
spy agency for its work.
"The president sent me to the CIA to listen and to learn about the critical
work being done in these halls, and by all your colleagues serving abroad,"
Pence said according to prepared remarks provided to the Washington
Examiner. "But I'm also here to pay a debt of gratitude, and to say those
two words that the CIA simply doesn't hear enough: Thank you."
"Thank you for the pivotal role each and every one of you plays in keeping
our nation safe," Pence added. "You, and the thousands of men and women you
direct and work with on a daily basis, are essential to America's security."
Pence also received a classified briefing and paid tribute to Director of
National Intelligence Dan Coats, a fellow Indiana Republican who formerly
represented the state in the US Senate, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, with
whom the vice president served in Congress. [Read More: Antle/washingtonexaminer/1Nov2017]
II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Defense Intelligence Agency Leader
Brings Team to UAH Campus to Talk About Careers. US Army
National Guard Maj. Gen. Harry Miller brought a team from the Defense
Intelligence Agency (DIA) to speak with students at The University of
Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) on Friday, Nov. 3 about careers at the DIA.
"It is a team and it is a family," said Miller, who is the mobilization
assistant to the DIA's director and who has a 37-year military career, as he
spoke at the event coordinated by the UAH Office of Career Services. "If you
want to become part of something that's bigger than yourself, then we're
what you're looking for."
DIA employs 16,500 people and 74 percent of the agency's employees are
civilians. In addition to posts in Washington, DC, half the agency's
employees work in a wide variety of locales including over 140 countries.
The agency is tasked with providing foreign intelligence from multiple
domains to the US military.
"We're heavily engaged on a global level," said Miller, who is the principal
advisor to the DIA director regarding the effective integration and
employment of Reserve forces supporting the DIA from across the services. He
also serves as the director of the Reserve Integration Office and as a
special assistant to the DIA director. [Read More: Steele/uah/3Nov2017]
State Department Identifies Parties
Operating in Defense and Intelligence Sectors of Russian Federation.
On October 27, 2017, the US Department of State issued public guidance on
the implementation of Section 231 of the Countering America's Adversaries
Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA). CAATSA requires the imposition of
certain sanctions on persons who have knowingly engaged in a significant
transaction, on or after August 2, 2017, with a person that is part of or
operating for or on behalf of the defense or intelligence sectors of the
Government of the Russian Federation. The guidance specifies 39 entities
that the State Department determined are part of, or are operating for or on
behalf of, the defense or intelligence sectors of the Government of the
Beginning on or after January 29, 2018, the President will be required to
impose certain secondary sanctions (selected from a menu of potential
measures provided in Section 235 of CAATSA) on persons who have knowingly
engaged in a significant transaction on or after August 2, 2017 with any of
the entities identified in the guidance. Secondary sanctions can be imposed
upon non-US persons for engaging in certain activities outside of the United
States that have been deemed "sanctionable" by the US government. Secondary
sanctions can be imposed even where activities have no connection to the
United States. [Read More: lexology/3Nov2017]
Where Should Agencies Look
for Innovation? Startups and government may sound like an
unlikely pairing. But according to intelligence workers, they're the perfect
match when it comes to innovation.
"Innovation is really happening down at the lower levels at the startup
companies," said John Kammerer, the National Security Agency's technical
director of high performance computing solutions, during a Nov. 2 panel
discussion at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in Washington, DC.
Tech moves fast, Kammerer said, and while the incumbent companies still have
a lot to offer in the way of government contracts, they too are leaning on
startups to develop components. The proof, he added, is when the traditional
big government contractors scoop up emerging companies.
"You can see the big hitter go after a startup when they see that technology
maturing enough that they need to put it in one of their systems," he said.
"So they tend to go buy that startup." [Read More: Williams/fcw/3Nov2017]
CIA Vets' Days Hunting Treasure Featured
in Show. Coldwater native and former Central Intelligence
Agency case officer Douglas Laux's latest adventure is the subject of
Discovery Channel's new six-episode series entitled Finding Escobar's
Debuting at 10 p.m. Friday, the show follows Laux and a fellow former CIA
officer using the alias Ben Smith as they attempt to uncover Pablo Escobar's
legendary buried fortune.
"If people have Netflix, they might have seen or heard about a show called Narcos, which has to deal with the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar as the
world's largest drug dealer in the 1980s," Laux told the newspaper. "Escobar
was so rich that he didn't know what to do with all of the cash he was
accumulating, so it's rumored that he began to bury a lot of it for
Laux and Smith, according to a Discovery news release, "work with the
original DEA agents that handled the case to infiltrate Escobar's inner
circle in search of the cash. This elite team uses unprecedented access to
technology and numerous inside sources to scour Colombia for the
money." [Read More: Kincaid/dailystandard/2Nov2017]
New Intelligence Analysis Program
Addresses Growing Industry Need. Indiana State
University's department of criminology and criminal justice will officially
launch its new program in intelligence analysis as early as 2019.
The program, which was developed with input from employers in the field and
alumni including a former Navy intelligence officer and police chief, former
FBI executive, retired NCIS official and former CIA officer, will be broader
than terrorism and will incorporate courses in other departments and
colleges. Students will learn essential skills that can be adapted widely in
fields where employees are needed to collect, evaluate and process
information to arrive at a proper decision using research methods.
"Our approach will use structure analytic techniques, because we tend to
make decisions based on what makes sense to us and neglect what we're not
expecting to see," said DeVere Woods, chair of the department of criminology
and criminal justice. "An analytic model forces you to look at alternative
explanations and evaluate the information in a different way."
The intelligence analysis major has been brewing within the department of
criminology and criminal for about three years when faculty were approached
by Indiana State alumnus Bob Casey, '80, head of global security for Eli
Lilly and Company and former deputy assistant director of intelligence with
the FBI. [Read More: McCoy/isustudentmedia/3Nov2017]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Remembering Civil Liberties When
Reforming Foreign Surveillance. The NSA surveillance
programs under the authorities laid out in the Foreign Intelligence and
Surveillance Act (FISA) Section 702 have been making headlines since former
NSA contractor Edward Snowden first leaked them in 2013. The backlash of the
leaks has caused many to criticize the surveillance law for its lack of
privacy protections which, in critics' minds, could lead to infringement on
American civil liberties. The law is now due to expire unless Congress
passes a reauthorization bill - a number of which are now under
consideration - but there are significant reforms being proposed that could
change how the law is implemented.
The Cipher Brief's Levi Maxey spoke with Chris Inglis, the former deputy
director of the NSA, about what FISA Section 702 is, why it receives
criticism and whether some of the reforms proposed could strengthen the law
from a civil liberties perspective.
Essentially 702 focuses on the ability to collect foreign intelligence
information from foreign persons who themselves are in foreign places, using
US infrastructure. That last part is what makes 702 so special: it
attempts to regulate the collection and processing of foreign intelligence
when it is on US infrastructure, so that we can fully attempt to protect
US persons' privacy. That is all the authority does, no more no less.
But while the explanation of what the law is intended to do may appear
simple, with no implications for American civil liberties, in practice
separating the communications of legitimate foreign intelligence targets
from US persons is difficult and incidental collection occurs - leading
some to cry foul. [Read More: Inglis/thecipherbrief/5Nov2017]
US Navy Must Keep Geospatial
Intelligence Afloat. The sea service needs to develop a
sustainable solution rather than relying on the NGA.
The US Navy has outsourced geospatial intelligence at sea, delaying its
investment in a solution to this core intelligence competency for the afloat
commander. The service needs to train its analysts to produce geospatial
intelligence and acquire software and hardware for them. A cost-effective
systems solution exists, but the lack of commitment to geospatial
intelligence holds the Navy back.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA's) "ship rider" program
has proved that afloat geospatial intelligence is both feasible and
necessary. The program, which has been active for two years, places civilian
geospatial analysts on large-deck warships to enhance geospatial
intelligence, or GEOINT, and demonstrate its full-spectrum power. But even
with this effort, the Navy may be no closer to achieving a permanent and
sustainable afloat GEOINT solution.
The ship rider program's original intent was to influence the Navy's
training programs to emphasize GEOINT for fleet operations. Today, the
service is expanding the program, focusing on providing visualization,
analysis and dissemination of fused views of the operational environment.
GEOINT is a force multiplier for the Navy, bringing imagery intelligence and
geospatial analysis, mapping, charting and geodesy into one discipline.
Geospatial products provide a distinct and tailored view of the battlespace,
which creates a shared understanding of the operating environment across the
levels of war. [Read More: Leese, Wright/afcea/1Nov2017]
The Mess in the US Intelligence
Community. In the wake of controversy over the deaths of
four US Army Special Forces operators in the African country of Niger,
it's become evident that these men were ambushed because of a failure of our
intelligence assets to identify the presence of dozens of Islamic State or
al Qaeda-affiliated fighters and sympathizers in the area. This is not the
first, nor will it be the last such debacle, resulting in part from the
fractionated American intelligence community, which is split among 16
agencies, all answering - in theory - to the Office of the Director of
National Intelligence (ODNI), an independent bureau with cabinet-level
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), our primary foreign intelligence
service, is independent of the Cabinet, while most other intelligence
agencies belong to the Defense Department. Additionally the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) operates an Office of Intelligence and Analysis, the
Department of Justice (DOJ) contains the semi-autonomous Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI), our primary domestic intelligence agency, and the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA), while the Departments of Energy, State,
and Treasury run their own intelligence offices. And other federal agencies
also maintain independent intelligence units such as Coast Guard
Intelligence, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Secret Service,
all of which are within the DHS.
Although our system thoroughly covers all aspects of intelligence collection
and analysis, it is by a pantheon of oft-competing entities, each trying to
show their independent relevance. A counterproductive system that's wasteful
of public funds and rife with inter-agency turf wars. Among the major world
powers, we are unique in devoting so many separate entities to intelligence
work. The British have 4 major intelligence agencies, one for external
operations, MI-6 - the Secret Intelligence Service of James Bond fame, MI-5,
for domestic counter-intelligence, Defence Intelligence for the military and
GCHQ, the UK equivalent of our National Security Agency (NSA).
Opposing the Western services, Russia has three intelligence agencies. The
SVR, a rough equivalent of our CIA, the FSB, successor to the KGB, and the
military's GRU, their largest external intelligence service. The Chinese
have two; the Ministry of State Security which handles both domestic and
foreign intelligence matters and the Joint Staff Department of the People's
Liberation Army, a military intel agency with departments that perform
functions equivalent to our CIA, NSA, and runs their spy satellites.
[Read More: Schwartz/thehill/2Nov2017]
The Public Needs a Lesson in Russian
Strategic Deception: It's What You Want to Hear. The 2016
election will be remembered for, among other things, Russian attacks
including cyber theft, propaganda, trolls, bots, disinformation, efforts to
use social media to stoke negative passions and possible espionage (in
common parlance, collusion). Several commentators have correctly
reminded us that such activity is wholly consistent with Russian
intelligence activity over the decades. As such, we should also be on
the lookout for another classic Russian trick: strategic deception. Lack of
public awareness about this part of the Kremlin playbook threatens to
unravel whatever traction we gain in finding the truth about 2016 and in
defending ourselves against current threats and ones over the horizon.
Strategic deception is a secret, offensive effort to create an alternative
narrative that serves Moscow's interests. Unlike Russia's fake news and
disinformation efforts designed to confuse or meet tactical ends, strategic
deception is designed to build a believable and consistent narrative forcing
the recipient to take a specific action. It was used in the past to
safeguard the identity of Russian spies in the US and uncover perceived
threats to the regime. Efforts to deceive are most effective when they
play to preconceived notions, and tell an adversary something it is
desperate to know. In this sense, Facebook and Russian deception have
something in common - they succeed by selling us exactly what we want to
hear. Facebook tracks your likes and interests, providing you with
what you are inclined to believe. Clever deception, especially when
dipped in some of the same insights of behavioral psychology, does much the
While I can't pretend to know when and how the Russians will undertake a
deception operation, my sense is that it will be around the issue of
collusion. If there was collusion with the Trump team, the Russians will
surely be looking to steer US authorities toward alternate explanations
for the activities of 2015 and 2016. If there was no collusion
whatsoever, the Russians may follow an alternative strategy of actively
promoting the story as a means of weakening the Trump Administration and our
trust in the democratic system. In either case, their goal is the
same: turn the US against itself and protect Russian interests.
Moscow's effort to safeguard the identity of its spies in 1980s Washington
is a classic example of this deception strategy in action. [Read
'Beyond Shameful': Don't Fall for This
Deceitful Vietnam Flick. Needless to say, Ken Burns and
Lynn Novick's "documentary," The Vietnam War, has caught the attention of
Vietnam veterans. Except for the John Kerryites, the feedback is decidedly
The filmmakers' obsequious devotion to the Vietnam-era media narrative is
breathtaking. Many call Burns and Novick's Vietnam a hatchet job. That
attitude certainly has merit, but I barely got past Tet when it was clear to
me that what they were doing was more subtle than a hatchet job. A better
description is: The filmmakers damned us - not only the veterans, but
America as well - with faint praise.
They use a deceitful journalistic tool of gathering token credibility bites
from those on the other side of their preordained narrative in an effort to
appear objective. Burns and Novick's Vietnam is plagued with media
malfeasance including obfuscation, omission and some really messed up moral
North Vietnam would have fallen in weeks if the American media had been
there and treated it as they did our efforts in the South. The GIs knew this
and would often declare that we should not fear the enemy - they will only
take your life. Instead, they'd say, fear the media because they will steal
your honor. [Read more: Brady/WND/1November2017]
Section IV - Jobs and Obituaries
Four Cyber Security Jobs in VA/MD/DC-area with FireEye.
Job Title: Principal Penetration Tester- Red Team
Company: FireEye, Inc. Experience: 1 to 5 years Salary: Not Provided. Job Location: Alexandria, VA
Perform network penetration, web and mobile application testing, source code reviews, threat analysis, wireless network assessments, and social engineering assessments. Develop comprehensive and accurate reports and presentations for both technical and executive audiences. Effectively communicate findings and strategy to clie... [more info or to apply]
Job Title: Python Engineer
Company: FireEye, Inc. Experience: 7 to 20 years. Salary: Not Provided. Job Location: Reston, VA
Be a part of a cutting edge development team and help shape the architecture, requirements and overall design of the product Leverage the knowledge of a security operations center (SOC) to build complex programs that create automation to optimize various processes Define code architecture decisions to support a high perfo... [more info or to apply]
Job Title: Senior Cyber Threat Analyst (TS/SCI)
Company: FireEye, Inc. Experience: 10 to 20 years. Salary: Not Provided. Job Location: Washington, DC
Cyber Threat Analysis Track threat actors and associated TTPs Analyze network traffic (packet capture) and logs Analyze Intrusion Detection Signature (IDS) events Develop detection signatures (IDS, Yara) Perform memory analysis Perform malware analysis Proactive Analytics Analyze malicious campaigns and evaluate effectivene... [more info or to apply]
Job Title: Security Analyst SME - Watch Lead (TS/SCI)
Company: FireEye, Inc. Experience: 10 to 20 years. Salary: Not Provided. Job Location: Washington, DC
Provide strong leadership and guidance in a Security Operations Center Provide recommendations to SOC leadership Review, document and establish workflows Support process improvement and updates to Standard Operating Procedures to optimize resources Brief SOC leadership on cyber security events and other incident related iss... [more info or to apply]
James Arthur Williams,. Lt Gen US Army(Ret), 85, former Director, DIA; AFIO Life Member and former member of AFIO's Board of Directors in the late 1990s, early 2000s, died 31 October 2017 of injuries sustained in a fall. Jim was the long-serving, dedicated chairman of our sister association, the National Military Intelligence Association. Known affectionately to family as "The Giant Grummer," he was a lanky, gifted athlete from an early age and played basketball at West Point, where he also played on the water polo team.
Early in life he knew he wanted to be in the US Army. He began Federal service as a volunteer in the Observer Corps of the 2nd Antiaircraft Region, graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1954 and began a long career in Intelligence where he was detailed to the Counter Intelligence Corps. Gen. Williams was the first West Pointer to move from Lieutenant to Lieutenant General in the field of intelligence. His assignments in counterintelligence and HUMINT included serving as Assistant Military Attache` to Venezuela (1966-1969),commanding the 1st Battalion, 525th MI Group in I Corps in South Vietnam (1969-1970), commanding the 650th Military Intelligence Group at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) , Belgium (1974-1976), serving as Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, at the U.S. Army-Europe Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany (1980-1981) and culminating his 31 year career as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Washington, DC from 1981-1985.
Though his rank sounds lofty, his height intimidating, he was a wise, kind, loving man who knew the importance of recognizing the "little man." He tried to instill in people to treat those around them with respect. He made a point to know peoples' names so he could greet them personally, including Pentagon maintenance staff and the produce guy at the grocery store. In his words, "Treat people with value. Always give them opportunities to excel and move up. Give even the worst 2 1/2 strikes before throwing the book at them." He was awarded many honors and decorations. He is Distinguished Member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame and the Defense Attache` Hall of Fame. The General was also awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and the German Knight's Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit.
After his retirement from the US Army in 1985, Gen. Williams continued in the intelligence world as senior consultant for the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, for DIA, and for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as an advisor for Sandia National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Among other positions he held, Gen. Williams was a member of the Board of Visitors of the Joint Military Intelligence College, a Senior Fellow at the Joint Forces Staff College, and as Chairman of the National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA) and served as a consultant for numerous firms engaged in supporting the intelligence community. Gen. Williams was also co-founder, Board Director and President until his death of InfoAssure, Inc., founded in 1998. Post 9/11, the company focuses on research and development of software technology for protecting data and information sharing in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Widnall Williams, a son and a daughter, and other family. Funeral services will be held on 11 November 2017 at 2 p.m. at St. Matthews United Methodist Church, 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA; reception to follow at the church. Internment at Arlington National Cemetery in the spring of 2018. [Read More: The Washington Post/legacy/6Nov2017]
William Daniel Mooney, 75, a former senior CIA officer, died of Alzheimer's disease Friday, 27 October 2017 in Ellicott City, MD. Bill was devoted to his family and country, proudly serving as a Marine Corp officer in Vietnam and as a senior intelligence officer in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where he traveled the world and served at several foreign locations. His passion and dedication earned him multiple honors, including the prestigious Intelligence Star awarded for extraordinary heroism by the Director of the CIA. He is survived by his wife, Stefanie Mooney (nee Koeltringer), a son and daughter, and other family.
Irene V. Staron, 90, a career CIA employee, died 9 October 2017 at Forwood Manor Nursing Home in Wilmington,
DE of Parkinson's disease. Irene never married but dedicated her life to
service of the US. As a career Central
Intelligence Agency employee, she travelled the world and is remembered for
her US Embassy service in multiple locations and especially in Pakistan,
Egypt, Lebanon and Vietnam. After retiring from CIA in 1982, she
lived in Reston, VA, before moving to Wilmington in 1993.
Section V - Events
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (www.barlouie.com) 24337 Cedar Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124.
RSVP by 8 Nov 2017 to chapter president John Heinsons at email@example.com with the number of persons attending.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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."
Dillon - Author "Spies in the Family" About her father, an
American Spymaster and his "Russian Crown Jewel" that helped win the Cold
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,
REGISTRATION: Strongly recommended, not required. Email: email@example.com Phone:
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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.
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
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.
RSVP: 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, DC 20064,
(202) 319-5272 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9 November 2017, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - The Ghosts of Langley:
Into the CIA's Heart of Darkness - at the International Spy
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 www.spymuseum.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Tickets for the general public: $25 per person. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
15 November 2017, 5 - 8pm - Washington, DC - The OSS Society hosts "by invitation only" 75th Anniversary Event
The OSS Society is hosting a "by invitation only" event at the Omni Shoreham Hotel to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Dr. Christian Lambertsen's test of his underwater rebreathing unit in the hotel's pool for the OSS Maritime Unit, precursor to the Navy SEALs. The speaker will be Patrick O'Donnell, author of First SEALs: The Untold Story of the Forging of America's Most Elite Unit. Space is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
RSVP by 10 November 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOCATION: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC.
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 www.spymuseum.org.
29 November 2017, 6 - 10pm - Washington, DC - The Honorable William
H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner by the International
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 Museumís 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
LOCATION: The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
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: email@example.com,
or call: 202.654.0954, or use this online link.
30 November 2017, 6 pm - Washington, DC - Dr Harlan Ullman discusses "Anatomy of Failure: Why America Loses Every War It Starts" at City Tavern Club.
The City Tavern Club invites AFIO members and guests to attend a program they are hosting upon the release of Dr. Harlan Ullman's latest book, Anatomy of Failure: Why America Loses Every War It Starts. Anatomy of Failure has been called a "must read" by former Secretaries of State General Colin Powell and Senator John Kerry and termed a combination of a Tom Clancy thriller with the gravitas of Karl Von Clausewitz by House of Cards creator Lord Michael Dobbs (see publisher blurb). To attend, contact Zana Metelski at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Club Manager, Heather Herfel, 202 337-8770.
Event location: The City Tavern Club, 3206 M ST NW, Washington, DC 20007; 202 337-8770.
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