AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #43-17 dated 14 November 2017

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Books of the Week

The Weaponizing of Biology: Bioterrorism, Biocrime and Biohacking
Weaponizing of Biologyby Marc E. Vargo
(McFarland, Dec 2017)

Focusing on three forms of biological threat --bioterrorism, biocrime and biohacking -- the author examines the history of biowarfare and terrorism. Groups drawn to biological aggression are discussed, along with the array of viruses, bacteria, and toxins they might use in attacks. The phenomenon of biocrime -- biological aggression targeting individuals for personal rather than ideological reasons -- is explored, along with the growing trend of biohacking. Part II presents case studies of bioterrorism and biocrime from the US and Japan.

"Intelligence and security communities have worried about terrorist bioweapon use for four decades. Vargo catches us up on new developments, examines motivations and laboratories of regimes and (so far) rare BW terrorists, and introduces us to biocrime and biohacking. Fascinating, if worrisome, reading." -- Ed Mickolus, president, Vinyard Software, Inc., and retired CIA officer, AFIO member.

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The Quantum SpyThe Quantum Spy
by David Ignatius
(WW Norton, September 2017)

Review released today in Washington Post.
"For the inside dope on how the CIA works, 'The Quantum Spy' can't be beat."

Excerpt of WPost review: To anyone who has ever said that prize-winning Washington Post columnist and popular spy novelist David Ignatius is too much of an apologist for the CIA, his new book is a dramatic rebuttal. The Quantum Spy is a fascinating, beautifully textured thriller in which the CIA comes across as a racist, sexist institution whose biases play right into the hands of hostile foreign powers. The MacGuffin here is the competition between the US and China to develop a quantum computer that will crack codes and perform other spy work millions of times faster than conventional machines. A Seattle firm seems to be close enough to making a key breakthrough that the agency forces it to hide its work from public view even as its owner, super-geek Jason Schmidt, wants all the world to benefit from the technology. A running argument among several characters throughout the novel is over high-tech openness vs. secrecy.
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Trudeau Names Parliamentary Committee to Oversee Security, Intelligence Agencies.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named an 11-member panel of parliamentarians to oversee the secretive activities of Canada's national security and intelligence agencies.

Ontario Liberal MP David McGuinty will chair the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, which includes senators and Liberal, Conservative and NDP MPs.

"The creation of a strong, accountable and multi-party committee of dedicated parliamentarians will help us ensure that our national security agencies continue to keep Canadians safe in a way that also safeguards our values, rights, and freedoms," Trudeau said in a statement released Monday.

"This independent group will help strengthen the accountability of our national security and intelligence work. In our system of responsible government, there is no substitute for scrutiny by parliamentarians."  [Read More:  cbc/7Nov2017]

German Court Sentences Swiss Tax Spy.  A German court has given a Swiss intelligence agent a suspended jail sentence of a year and 10 months for spying on German tax officials.

Daniel Moser, 54, admitted having spied for the Swiss intelligence service FIS.

He targeted four officials in Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia state, who were tracing secret Swiss bank accounts held by suspected German tax dodgers.

The court in Frankfurt also fined him 25,000 euros ('22,200; $29,000). He was arrested in the financial hub in April.  [Read More:  bbc/9Nov2017]

Lawmakers Question Trump Administration's Choice for CIA Chief Watchdog.  Two former CIA employees are accusing the Trump administration's choice for CIA chief watchdog of being less than candid when he told Congress he didn't know about any active whistleblower complaints against him.

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee asked Christopher Sharpley, the current acting inspector general who's in line for the permanent job, about complaints that he and other managers participated in retaliation against CIA workers who alerted congressional committees and other authorities about alleged misconduct.

"I'm unaware of any open investigations on me, the details of any complaints about me," Sharpley testified at his confirmation hearing last month.

He said he might not know because there is a process providing confidentiality to anyone who wants to file a complaint against government officials, who often are individually named in cases against management.  [Read More:  AP/cbsnews/11Nov2017]

Trump Nominates Pulaski High Grad to Intelligence Post.  President Trump has nominated a Pulaski High School graduate to a leading position in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Michael K. Atkinson, of the Pulaski Academy and Central School's Class of 1982, has been nominated to be inspector general of the Intelligence Community, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Atkinson did his undergraduate work at Syracuse University and received his law degree in 1991 from Cornell University. His mother was a long-time secretary at Pulaski High School and his grandfather was a dairy farmer in town.

Joseph McGrath, former Pulaski counselor and principal, said Atkinson was always a joy to have in school.  [Read More:  Groom/watertowndailytimes/12Nov2017]

Philippine Troops Credit US Intel, Training for Helping Them Beat ISIS in Marawi.  Filipino troops guarding the ruins of a city freed from Islamic militants last month said American training and intelligence gave them an edge against the 1,000 insurgents who fought to nearly the last man.

The Marawi battle zone - encompassing about half of a town once home to 200,000 mostly Muslim residents - is Southeast Asia's version of Mosul, Raqqa or any other Middle Eastern city reduced to rubble by the Islamic State group's bloody reign of terror.

After five months of fighting, the Philippine government declared victory in Marawi; however, it might be years before life there returns to normal.

On Wednesday, houses and shops in the battle zone were pockmarked with bullet holes and blackened by fire. Streets were full of rubble, the rusting wrecks of damaged vehicles and the bones of the dead. Soldiers said they pulled 23 cadavers from the zone earlier in the week.  [Read More:  Robson/stripes/9Nov2017]

Russian Tech Firm Wins US Intelligence Agency's Facial Recognition Software Competition.  Russian software developers NTechlabs have won two categories of a facial recognition challenge set by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The competition was held in collaboration with the National Institute for Standards and Technology, which will reportedly release a detailed report on the event soon.

NTechlabs won under two categories - "Identification Speed" and "Verification Accuracy" - the software's ability to match one picture with another and verify if they are of the same person - reports Defense One (DO). Chinese tech firm Yitu took home the prize for "Identification Accuracy" - the ability of the program to match a face to an identity.

IARPA's competition reportedly involved using software to match faces in the wild including passively picking up cues from security cam footage.  [Read More:  Jotham/ibtimes/9Nov2017]

National Real-Time Intelligence Sharing System Edges Closer.  The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission is appealing to the federal government to fund the full rollout of its new national criminal intelligence system after completing a two-year pilot of the nascent interjurisdictional platform.

The system will replace the Australian criminal intelligence database (ACID), which has been used by federal, state and territory law enforcement agencies and other regulatory authorities to share and analyse criminal information and intelligence nationally since it was first developed in 1984.

While not a national case management system - something federal and state police unions have wanted for some time - the new national criminal intelligence system (NCIS) will provide a national, unified view of criminal intelligence information to avoid agencies doubling up on investigations.

It was first called for by the Australian Crime Commission in 2014 - prior to its merger with CrimTrac to create ACIC - because of ACID's declining effectiveness. The agency received a $9.8 million pot of funding from the government just over a year later for a pilot.  [Read More:  Hendry/itnews/13Nov2017]


With Intelligence Program, Catholic Becomes Place to Learn.  Joe Colucci wasn't completely in the dark. He had a friend whose father worked for the FBI, after all. That gave Colucci a peek into the world of intelligence and law enforcement. Plus, he's seen spy movies. (Actually, that doesn't really help at all, but more on that later.)

When the 19-year-old Colucci realized Catholic University was starting an intelligence studies certificate program, he thought it would be a great opportunity. Even if there was still mystery surrounding the whole thing.

"It was sort of foreign to me," he said. "I had some idea of what they did, and what their job entailed."

At Catholic, he began to figure it out. "That's when I really, really knew that this was something I wanted to pursue," said Colucci, a sophomore from White Plains, NY.  [Read More:  Larimer/washingtonpost/6Nov2017]

France Frets Over Internal Threat Two Years After Paris Attacks.  Two years after militants killed 130 people in coordinated attacks across Paris, French officials say there remains an unprecedented level of "internal" threat from both within and outside the country.

With Islamic State losing ground in Iraq and Syria, hundreds of French citizens - and in some cases their children - have started to return to France, leaving the government in a quandary over how to deal with them.

For the first time as president, Emmanuel Macron will pay tribute on Monday to the victims of the mass shootings and suicide bombing that took place across Paris and in the city's northern suburb of Saint-Denis on Nov. 13, 2015.

The attacks, the deadliest on French soil since World War Two, prompted the country to strike back, joining international military operations targeting IS and other Islamist militant groups in Iraq, Syria, Libya and elsewhere.  [Read More:  Pennetier/reuters/12Nov2017]

Review: The Ghost, by Jefferson Morley.  When Americans think about the CIA today - if they think about it at all - they probably picture a secluded compound in Langley, Va., where Matt Damon matches wits with Joan Allen.

But those who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s conjure a very different image: an agency shrouded in rumors of LSD experiments, foreign assassination plots and booby-trapped cigars - all of which seemed thoroughly outlandish until proven true by the relentless investigators of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Seymour Hersh of the New York Times.

Jefferson Morley is of that generation, and he has brought the investigative tools of a veteran journalist to that murky era - specifically, to the career of James Jesus Angleton, the CIA's legendary chain-smoking, orchid-growing, poetry-quoting chief of counterintelligence.

The result is The Ghost, a page-turning biography of an eccentric spy hunter. But it's also a carefully documented argument that the CIA, an agency created to defend the ideals of democracy from fascism and communism, wound up tarnishing those ideals instead.  [Read More:  Hage/startribune/7Nov2017]

Case Cutlery 9/11 Memorial Knife Unveiled in NYC.  A knife - produced by W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. - featuring World Trade Center steel was unveiled at a special event held Friday at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.  Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland Jr., a senior officer in the US Army and former associate director of the Central Intelligence Agency for Military Affairs, commissioned the Bradford Township-based manufacturer to craft a knife honoring America's heroes. The knife, titled September 11 Memorial V-42, is a limited-production World War II-era military knife.

"We are extremely humbled that Lt. Gen. Mulholland invited Case to be part of this powerful project," said George Duke, owner, W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. "Throughout our nearly 130 year history, Case has been proud to be a quality American-made company with the privilege of working alongside some of the finest people our country has to offer, and we are honored to present these V-42s as a small token of our collective appreciation for the sacrifices made every day by members of our military and first responders."

The three commemorative V-42s - that will never be made available for sale to the public - were crafted to honor and recognize three specific groups of Americans: The citizens who were the victims of the attacks, the first-responders and the men and women of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-North, also known as Task Force Dagger, who served as the nation's military response.

Case presented commemorative V-42s to two units that were among the first to respond in the face of 9/11: The US Army's 5th Special Forces Group, the first American unit deployed into Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Central Intelligence Agency.  A third commemorative knife was presented to the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum.  [Read More:  bradfordera/11Nov2017]

When Jazz Age Superstar Josephine Baker Spied on the Nazis.  In the fall of 1939, Josephine Baker stepped onto a stage unlike any other she'd graced in her sizzling career. Hoping to improve the morale of the troops who manned the Maginot Line, the massive defensive structure that guarded France's eastern border, the French high command had asked her to perform a series of shows. The bunkers and barracks were a far cry from the blazing lights of Paris's Folies-Berg're or the Casino de Paris where Baker dazzled audiences with her graceful dancing, comedic timing, and barely-there costumes. Her shows gave the troops a reprieve from watching the German border and wondering when the Wehrmacht might strike. Instead, the men hooted and hollered as the 33-year old Baker sang and slinked her way through a series of French chansons.

Maurice Chevalier, who had made a career of musical comedy in Paris and Hollywood, joined Baker on the tour. The fifty-something Chevalier, sporting his trademark straw hat, insisted on going second, intending to finish the show in grand style. He didn't count on Baker's receiving calls for encore after encore, cutting into his performance time.

The soldiers responded to Baker the same way Paris had ever since the ambitious African-American girl from St. Louis charmed the city with her comedic sensuality. After a hardscrabble childhood in St. Louis, Baker found her way to headline La revue n'gre at the Th''tre des Champs-'lys'es in 1925. The daring show, which featured Baker dancing in nothing but a feather skirt, set Paris talking - and it hadn't stopped since. Parisian society also welcomed Baker, giving her a level of freedom and acclaim that her country of birth could barely imagine, let alone offer. She embraced it all: the men, the jewelry, the clothes, the grand houses. She sauntered down the Champs-'lys'es with her pet cheetah on a leash. She even gave product endorsements. When Casablancans opened their newspapers and magazines, they saw ads for Bakerfix, a cr'me "to keep your hair supple, brilliant, and in place," available at Casablanca's finer salons.

In December, Baker and Chevalier returned to the stage together at the Casino de Paris, the legendary red-velvet music hall in the ninth arrondissement. Rationing, curfews, travel permits, sandbags around monuments, sweethearts kissing loved ones farewell, and daily stories about war preparation dampened Paris's joie de vivre. Inside the Casino de Paris, the halcyon days still reigned as people filled the theater to the rafters to see Paris-Londres, a revue celebrating Anglo-French friendship. The show - "a new spectacle of rhythm, charm, and beauty" - featured 32 "beautiful women" from Paris and London, along with performances by Chevalier, Baker, and Nita Raya. Chevalier opened the review with "Paris Will Always Be Paris," while Baker closed the show with "Mon coeur est un oiseau des 'les." The sentimental song, in which she likens her heart a tropical bird, could melt even the hardest soldier's heart.  [Read More:  Hindley/thedailybeast/11Nov2017]

Congressional Country Club.  Like any good spy, the Congressional Country Club in Maryland appears at first glance to be a perfectly ordinary golf course, with verdant landscaping and a respectable membership. But slumbering beneath this quiet cover is an explosive history of secret agents, wartime espionage, and the birth of what would go on to become the Central Intelligence Agency.

Congressional is a private club that can trace its lineage back to roaring 1924 and the tail end of the Gilded Age. But within a decade the Great Depression brought near-bankruptcy and the future loomed in uncertainty. World War II proved to be a reversal of fortune for the golf club, as the federal government was in desperate need training facilities, and willing to pay top dollar.

The Office of Strategic Services (the 1940s forbearer of the CIA) had a particularly unusual need for a sort of proto special forces academy. It wanted a place - hopefully near headquarters - where recruits could practice the skills needed to infiltrate Nazi-occupied France and wreak havoc across the countryside. Congressional Country Club was an obvious candidate.

A deal was hammered out in April 1943 between OSS head William Donovan and Congressional's management. In exchange for $4,000 a month in rent and promise to pay for future restorations, the government transformed the bucolic Congressional into a garden of war, with explosive testing in the sandtraps and live fire exercises on the fairways.  [Read More:  Carter/atlasobscura]

Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the NSA to Its Core.  Jake Williams awoke last April in an Orlando, Fla., hotel where he was leading a training session. Checking Twitter, Mr. Williams, a cybersecurity expert, was dismayed to discover that he had been thrust into the middle of one of the worst security debacles ever to befall American intelligence.

Mr. Williams had written on his company blog about the Shadow Brokers, a mysterious group that had somehow obtained many of the hacking tools the United States used to spy on other countries. Now the group had replied in an angry screed on Twitter. It identified him - correctly - as a former member of the National Security Agency's hacking group, Tailored Access Operations, or T.A.O., a job he had not publicly disclosed. Then the Shadow Brokers astonished him by dropping technical details that made clear they knew about highly classified hacking operations that he had conducted.

America's largest and most secretive intelligence agency had been deeply infiltrated.

"They had operational insight that even most of my fellow operators at T.A.O. did not have," said Mr. Williams, now with Rendition Infosec, a cybersecurity firm he founded. "I felt like I'd been kicked in the gut. Whoever wrote this either was a well-placed insider or had stolen a lot of operational data."  [Read More:  Shane, Perlroth, Sanger/nytimes/12Nov2017]

Lincoln's Spy: How Pinkerton Laid the Foundation for the CIA and FBI.  The organized investigation of suspicious behaviors has evolved in two directions. One is in the case of detective work, dealing with activities that endanger individual citizens. The other, integrally linked avenue is in intelligence, investigating threats to the state. Flowing out of the same font, the modern incarnation of these entwined investigative avenues are largely the creation of two people. In Europe, Eugene-Francois Vidocq may be considered the godfather of the former criminal turned secret agent who is largely responsible for the development of the modern, entwined arts of intelligence-gathering and criminal investigation. But stateside, his parallel, no less influential, was Lincoln's spy master during the Civil War, Allan Pinkerton.

Born to an impoverished family in Glasgow in 1819, Pinkerton's policeman father died early, and the young son was forced to work. While earning his living as a cooper, he grew interested in a pro-democratic movement called Chartism, which was keenly watched by British authorities. In danger of arrest for this political activity, he escaped Scotland and moved to the United States, where he continued to work as a cooper near Chicago. Part of his early legend was burnished by the story that, while one day felling trees for wood to make his barrels on a small island, he came upon a group of counterfeiters, associated with a renowned gang called the Banditti of the Prairie, who were meeting there, thinking that they were alone. He was able to single-handedly apprehend them and bring them to the the mainland in custody. He developed a reputation among the locals as an upright citizen and was made deputy sheriff. He was promoted in 1846 and worked as a sheriff based in Chicago. But sensing an opportunity in the private sector, Pinkerton stepped down from the official police force to found a private detective agency, along with a lawyer partner, Edward Rucker. This was not the first private detective agency (recall Vidocq had founded one in 1833), but it would become the best-known and most influential.

Specializing initially in thefts from trains and train stations, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency had a series of very high-profile successes in the 1850s, which impressed the heads of the railroad and the railroad company's lawyer, a promising young man with political aspirations by the name of Abraham Lincoln. He was an avid abolitionist and secretly aided various plots, including John Brown's ill-fated raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.

Two years later came Pinkerton's grand success that would make his career - saving newly-elected President Abraham Lincoln from an assassination attempt in Baltimore. Pinkerton's agency was hired by the rail company to investigate suspicions of a threat to the president during his planned route by train from Illinois, via 70 towns and cities, to Washington, DC. The main concern was Baltimore, Maryland (a pro-slavery state at the cusp of the Civil War), one train stop before Washington. Pinkerton had learned from one of his agents, Kate Warne (like Vidocq, Pinkerton was for equal rights at the workplace, employing female as well as male detectives), that a plot was afoot to attack Lincoln in his railroad carriage between the two stations in Baltimore, on February 23.  [Read More:  Charney/salon/12Nov2017]

Marti Peterson: "The Widow Spy" Worked Undercover for the CIA in Moscow (1on1 With Jon Evans podcast).  Martha Peterson was like any other mom. She did the laundry, bought the groceries, and cooked meals for her husband Steve and their two children in the family's home outside of Washington, DC. In 1997, with her two children well into their teenage years, Martha, known as Marti to her friends, thought it was time to reveal part of her secret to Tyler and Lora. They learned mom was a spy for the Central Intelligence Agency.

"There is a point with covert people in the CIA, we have this discussion among us about how to do this and when to do it," Marti says about deciding to tell her children. "If you wait too long, then they think you're lying about everything. If you tell them too early, they don't treasure the secret and they tell too many people."

The world knows about at least one of Marti Peterson's missions as the first female CIA operative in Moscow. Marti described the details in her book The Widow Spy, published in 2012. It is also chronicled in the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC and the KGB Museum in Moscow (the KGB was the intelligence agency that operated inside the Soviet Union). KGB agents captured Marti on July 15, 1977 on a bridge in Moscow, after she had delivered a package for an agent. Marti did not know at the time that the agent, code named TRIGON, had committed suicide in front of KGB interrogators weeks earlier.  [Read More:  Evans/wect/12Nov2017]


Military Intelligence Is not an Oxymoron.  The United States Army Security Agency (ASA) was the US intelligence branch between 1945 and 1977. However, it existed as the Army Signals Intelligence Operations as far back as World War I. Besides intelligence gathering, ASA had responsibility for the cryptographic security of all Army communications. In 1977, the ASA was reorganized to create the US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM).

ASA was responsible for intercepting, monitoring, and interpreting the radio signals of the Soviet Union, China, and North Vietnam. The ASA had operational centers wherever the United States had a military presence - publicly acknowledged or in secret. Due to the extremely sensitive nature of their work, all ASA personnel were required to hold a Top Secret/Cryptographic security clearance.

Upon leaving the ASA, all personnel signed an affidavit keep all ASA-related/classified information secret for 30 years. Today, many ex-ASA veterans can now identify themselves by wearing a ball cap, which is proudly emblazoned with the ASA patch of an eagle claw grasping a pair of lightning bolts. In fact, one of these former ASA "electronic spies" lives right here in Pell City and is the author of this article. My ASA duties extended from 1962 to 1968.

After my training at the Radio Direction Finding (RDF) school at Fort Devens, MA, I was assigned to Bangkok, Thailand. I was only a 19-year-old kid, who had never heard of either Bangkok or Thailand. I had to look at an encyclopedia map before I knew how close Thailand was to Vietnam. Although ASA did not see active combat, that doesn't mean we weren't in danger. Security was very high, and it was a priority of the enemy to find and destroy our ability to monitor them. A fellow ASA'er, Jim Davis, was the first documented military fatality in what would ultimately become the Vietnam War.  [Read More:  Moritz/newsaegis/9Nov2017]

How Robert Mueller Works a Case.  I worked for Bob Mueller for 12 years while he was the FBI director, running counterintelligence, espionage and cybercrime investigations. What I saw recently was a classic law-enforcement response to a suspected Russian intelligence or political-influence operation. And it was classic Bob Mueller. Already, he appears to have uncovered details of a far-reaching Russian political-influence campaign.

Russian spy services use two main methods to run agents. Either they recruit people as traditional assets, where the targets know they're working for a foreign government. Or they use unwitting agents - people targeted to exploit not just what they know, but who they know. That's what seems to have happened here. Russian intelligence services have run political-influence operations since the beginning of time, and if you put a seasoned intelligence officer in front of a traditional, unsuspecting businessman, there's just no match.

The Russian goal appears to have been to use members of the Trump campaign to get at the ultimate target: Donald Trump himself. If I want to spy on Trump, I don't need or necessarily want to get directly in front of him; I will use sources, or I will use an intermediary known as a cutout. The Russian intelligence services will then dangle something the cutout wants, whether it's sex, money, drugs or information. In this case, it was Hillary Clinton's emails.

To uncover just how far the Russian operation got, Mueller will focus his team. He'll go after the lower-level or lower-ranking guys like George Papadopoulos. He'll also use the strategy of following the money. In the next weeks and months, you'll see more indictments. You're going to see wire fraud. You're going to see mail fraud. You're going to see violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. You're also going to see other charges. Moving money around countries to avoid taxes and criminal prosecution are the kinds of violations we saw continuously while I was working counterintelligence and espionage investigations.  [Read More:  Anderson/time/9Nov2017]

Don't Waste Tax Dollars on 'Secrets' Hiding in Plain Sight.  The National Security Act of 1947 established the Central Intelligence Agency and the position of Director of Central Intelligence. In addition to setting the Director's salary ($14,000 per annum) and giving him/her the power to fire CIA employees, the Act specified the various duties of the new CIA relating to national security and intelligence. It authorized the CIA "to correlate and evaluate intelligence relating to the national security" and to protect sources and methods.

But there is one word that never appears in the authorizing language - and that word is SECRETS. Yet over the decades, the CIA and other intelligence community organizations have defined their responsibilities primarily in terms of secrets.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary lists "information" and "news" as synonyms for intelligence and defines it as "information concerning an enemy or a possible enemy or an area." Much of the useful information about our potential adversaries has always resided in the public domain; just take a look at any of the declassified National Intelligence Surveys available from the CIA's electronic reading room - section after section is written at the unclassified level. And yet, we still debate today how important open source information should be for the Intelligence Community.

My contention is that information in the public domain is capable of meeting most of the knowledge needs we have about most issues that concern the United States. There are notable exceptions, of course. Our troops need to know exactly what opposing militaries are trying to hide. Many governments will try to conceal their weapons programs and their intentions. But I think we could make much better use of the taxpayer's dollar if we only relied upon secret sources and methods for issues that warranted them, and based our sense-making efforts on most issues on unclassified information.  [Read More:  Medina/thecipherbrief/9Nov2017]

Section IV - Jobs and Obituaries


The Latest Cybersecurity Jobs at FireEye

All four of these jobs are located in Reston, VA.

Strategic Account Manager - Federal - Navy; Experience: 8 to 10 years
This role requires a deep understanding of the market and technologies that FireEye sells, including our business/industry, our competitors and the ability to use this knowledge to plan for the future. The successful SAM drives a superior customer experience by delivering technology solutions tailored to customer needs and...[more information].
Strategic Account Manager - DoD Agencies; Experience: 8 to 10 years
This role requires a deep understanding of the Federal Cyber Security market and technologies that FireEye sells; this knowledge will include industry trends, customer budgets and competitive strengths and weaknesses. The successful SAM drives a superior customer experience by delivering solutions tailored to customer needs...[more information].
Strategic Account Manager, Intel Community; Experience: 3 to 10 years
This role requires a deep understanding of the market and technologies that FireEye sells, including our business/industry, our competitors and the ability to use this knowledge to plan for the future. The successful SAM drives a superior customer experience by delivering technology solutions tailored to customer needs and...[more information].
Strategic Account Manager- Federal System Integrators; Experience: 8 to 10 years
Job Location: Reston, VA
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Jeffrey Talbot Richelson PhD, 67, a researcher and prolific author on intelligence, science, and technology, died Saturday, 11 November 2017 in Los Angeles, CA of cancer. He was a Senior Fellow with the National Security Archive, a non-governmental, non-profit research and USG records release/archival institution at George Washington University, Washington, DC, which seeks through FOIA filings and lawsuits to force the declassification of US government documents. (The Archive filed more than 50,000 FOIA and declassification requests in its nearly 30-year history - reports Wikipedia.) For the Archive, Richelson directed its documentation projects on the organization and operations of the US intelligence community, US-China relations, US military space activities, and Presidential national security directives.

He was born in the Bronx, earned his BA at City University of New York, and a PhD at the University of Rochester. He taught at the University of Texas at Austin, the American University, and Catholic University in Washington DC before joining the Archive full-time. He appeared on TV and radio programs, as well as on C-SPAN, and was often quoted in print media. He was author of The U.S. Intelligence Community (Boulder: Westview Press, 7th ed), Defusing Armageddon: Inside NEST, America's Secret Nuclear Bomb Squad (New York: W.W. Norton, 2009), Spying on the Bomb: American Nuclear Intelligence from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea (New York: W.W. Norton, 2006); The Wizards of Langley: Inside the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology (Boulder: Westview, 2001), America's Space Sentinels: The History of the DSP and SBIRS Satellite Systems (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2012), A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995), and America's Secret Eyes in Space: The US KEYHOLE Spy Satellite Program (New York: Harper & Row, 1990). His articles have appeared in Scientific American, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, International Security, Intelligence and National Security, the Journal of Economic Theory, and AFIO's Intelligencer.

One of Richelson's FOIA requests forced declassification of the CIA's internal history of Area 51, which described how senior officials chose the desert in Nevada which became known as Area 51, and used it to test stolen Soviet MiGs as well as stealth aircraft. He also forced release of documents on the Acoustic Kitty project, in which the CIA surgically wired cats as surveillance tools, aimed at Soviet diplomats in Lafayette Square in Washington DC, only to have a taxi kill the first test cat.

Jeff was an avid tennis and baseball player, and fan of the New York Yankees. [Read more: The National Security Archive/Tribute to Richelson/14Nov2017]]

Beverly Ann Schlie, 70, of Reston, VA died 24 October 2017 of cancer. Bev was born at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA. She attended the Washington School for Secretaries in DC and it led to a secretarial position with the USG, where she worked as a Special Assistant for over 35 years. Her career took her overseas to the Asia/Pacific region for a number of years, with the majority of her work in Northern Virginia. She had the opportunity to be a part of several newly established departments in the government during the '70s and '80s. While growing up in Northern Virginia, she developed a love of horses and was a lover of animals, especially rescue dogs and cairn terriers. She is survived by a father, sister, and other family.  [Read More:  Money&King/obituary/Nov2017]

Robert Joseph Lavey, 86, a former CIA officer, died Thursday, 9 November 2017 in Vienna, VA after suffering a stroke.
Bob was born in Omaha, NE and began college at Creighton University, but his studies were interrupted to join the Air Force in 1951 to engage in the Korean War. He attended the Air Force's language school at Syracuse University where he studied Russian. After a year he shipped to Japan then to Ch'o-Do Island off the western coast of North Korea, a hundred miles north of the 38th Parallel. In 1953 he returned to the US and obtained his bachelor's degree in Russian studies at the University of Nebraska and began a master's program in Russian history at University in Kansas. The CIA recruited him before he completed his graduate studies, and he moved to Washington DC.
He served in numerous locations within the US, and had one final posting in Canberra, Australia. He retired in 1987 and did contract work for the Agency for a few years.
In retirement he became a photographer, entering local contests. He took pride in his Irish heritage, and also was proud of being the father of seven children.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia, two daughters and four sons, and by other family. [Read More:  The Money&King/obituarynotice/Nov2017]

Section V - Events


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.

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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

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
LOCATION: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC.

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

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 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.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 - Columbia, MD - Dr Robert W. Love, Historian at US Naval Academy, discusses the rationale and wisdom of the Attack on Pearl Harbor at the NCMF 2017 Pearl Harbor Program

Join the National Cryptologic Foundation on 5 December for their 17th Annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Program which focuses on the rationale for the attack on Pearl Harbor, which even its architect, Admiral Yamamoto, characterized as a "death warrant." The event features special guest speaker Dr. Robert W. Love, a professor and historian at the US Naval Academy. He will explain the motives and goals of the planners and whether it was "a bold stroke or senseless strategy."
When: 10-11:30 am, followed by lunch.
Cost: $25 for NCMF members, $50 for guests (complimentary one-year NCMF membership included with guest purchase).
Where: CACI Inc., Maryland Conference Center, 2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20755
RSVP or More Info: Register online here or mail a check to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755. For further details, call NCMF office at 301-688-5436.

5-7 December 2017 - Chantilly, VA - Science, Intelligence and Operations - The Innovation Imperative at this ATIA TS//SI/TK US Only Conference

The ATIA (Advanced Technical Intelligence Association) believes that the US is at a national, "Sputnik Moment." There is a compelling need to expand the breadth of outreach within government and, externally, with the private sector. The overall goal needs to be accelerating the pace of government science.
The agenda at this classified event provides a structure by which (a) key government management speakers can describe their vision and initiatives; (b) will use case studies to provide an opportunity for deep dives into the problems and technologies needed; and, (c) will include collaboration panels to explore inter-agency opportunities to leverage new and existing technologies across mission needs.
More info on conference is here.
Cost: $1075 discounted to $925 to Nov 19.
Where: Engility Heritage Conference Center, Chantilly, VA 20151
Register here.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 7 pm - McLean, VA - Professor Hassan Abbas discusses "The Taliban Revival: Violence and Extremism on the Afghan-Pakistan Frontier" at the Westminster Institute

Hassan Abbas, Professor of International Security Studies and Chair of the Department of Regional and Analytical Studies at National Defense University's College of International Security Affairs (CISA), discusses The Taliban Revival: Violence and Extremism on the Afghan-Pakistan Frontier. Aside from his expertise on Pakistan and Afghanistan, he also travels frequently to Iraq for research work on Hashd al-Shaabi (also known as Popular Mobilization Forces/Shia Militias). Along with addressing the main topic of the Taliban revival, he will compare and contrast Taliban and Hashd.
When: Reception at 7pm; presentation 7:30 to 8:45pm.
Where: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101
Register here.

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