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A SPY'S LONDON by Roy Berkeley. Foreword
by Rupert Allason (author Nigel West)
CIA INSIDER'S DICTIONARY of US
and Foreign Intelligence, Counterintelligence & Tradecraft.
Section I - INTELLIGENCE
House Intel Panel Advances NSA Spying
Bill Despite Privacy Objections. A US House panel on
Friday approved legislation that would renew the National Security Agency's
warrantless internet surveillance program, despite objections from the
technology sector and civil liberties groups over inadequate privacy
The House Intelligence Committee passed 13-8 the measure to reauthorize
Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for a further four
years until 2021. The act is due to expire on Dec. 31 in the absence of
The bill's passage signaled that Congress remained far from consensus on how
to renew Section 702, as several rival bills with various new privacy
provisions circulated in the House and Senate, with no clear path forward
for any measure.
Intelligence agencies say Section 702 is vital to national security and
protecting American allies, and the Trump administration wants minimal
changes to it. [Read More: Volz/reuters/1Dec2017]
Malcolm Turnbull Names Spy Chief Nick
Warner to Lead New Security Agency. Australia's spy chief
Nick Warner is set to lead the newly established Office of National
Intelligence, part of the Coalition's powerful new Home Affairs portfolio.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Mr Warner's appointment as
director-general of the Office of National Assessments and director-general
designate of national intelligence on Friday, coming amid moves to bring
together Australia's security, intelligence and immigration functions under
minister Peter Dutton.
The existing Office of National Assessments will subsumed by the new super
department and the Australian Signals Directorate will become a stand alone
Mr Warner attracted controversy in August when he posed with Philippines
president Rodrigo Duterte - with the pair photographed making Mr Duterte's
trademark fist-pump hand gesture. [Read More: Mcllroy/canberratimes/1Dec2017]
Turkey Issues Arrest Warrant for Ex-CIA
Officer Over Alleged Ties to Coup Plot. Turkey issued an
arrest warrant for a former officer with the US Central Intelligence Agency
on Friday over his alleged links to last year's attempted coup in the
Prosecutors in Ankara accuse Graham E. Fuller, the former vice chairman of
the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, of violating Turkey's
constitution, attempting to overthrow the government and obtaining
confidential government documents for espionage purposes, according to state
news agency Anadolu.
The Turkish government has blamed US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen of
orchestrating the attempted uprising in July 2016.
Gulen, 76, who vehemently denies any involvement in the plot, has lived in
self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999 and runs a lucrative network
of charter schools. [Read More: Sariyuce, Said-Morrhouse/cnn/1Dec2017]
German Spy Agency Sets Sights on
Balkans, Focuses on Bosnia. The German Intelligence Agency
(BND) is increasingly concerned about Islamist tendencies in
Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Berliner Zeitung daily newspaper reported on
Tuesday, citing sources from the intelligence community. The agency is
allegedly also turning its attention to the whole of the volatile Balkan
For generations, the Muslim population in multi-ethnic Bosnia has adhered to
a very liberal interpretation of Islam. This perspective was also reinforced
by authorities in secular former Yugoslavia, which included Bosnia along
with six other present day Balkan states. However, religious divisions
flared up during the break up of the socialist state in the 1990's and the
influence of religion has been growing ever since.
During the war, volunteers from various Middle Eastern countries traveled to
the Balkans to join forces with the Muslim Bosniaks. Many of them were
issued Bosnian passports after the war and went on to recruit young people
for their religious struggle.
According to Tuesday's report, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states are
investing a lot of money to push a much stricter, Wahhabist teaching of
Sunni Islam in the Bosnian society. Saudi charities also poured funds into
building places of worship, including the King Fahd Mosque in Sarajevo, the
biggest mosque in the Balkans, which is dominated by Wahhabis. [Read
Poroshenko Appoints First
Deputy Head of Foreign Intelligence Service. Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko has appointed Andriy Alekseyenko as first deputy
head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine.
The relevant decree, No.389/2017, was posted on the president's official
website on November 27.
"To appoint Andriy Alekseyenko as first deputy head of the Foreign
Intelligence Service of Ukraine," reads the document.
As Ukrinform earlier reported, President Poroshenko on October 17 dismissed
Ihor Razinkov as first deputy head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of
Ukraine. [Read More: ukrinform/4Dec2017]
Rutgers Receives $1.95 Million
Grant to Establish a Defense Intelligence Program. In
January 2015, Rutgers became a federally-designated Intelligence Community
Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) through a competitive $1.95 million
grant from the Defense Intelligence Agency.
"(As an IC CAE) the goal (is to develop) sustainable national security and
intelligence programs to educate and inform students at Rutgers University,"
said Ava Majlesi, the acting director of the Rutgers Center for Violence
Prevention and Community Safety.
Rutgers competed against more than 50 universities for the grant and is
currently the only Big Ten School to hold this distinction. As a result of
the grant, Rutgers University - New Brunswick recently established a minor
in Critical Intelligence Studies.
This year, recognizing student interest in the subject matter and seeking to
build on their existing programs in this area, the University also
established a Center for Critical Intelligence Studies (CCIS). [Read
Russian Intelligence Chief Visits
Israel for Meetings With Senior Security Officials. The
director of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergey Naryshkin,
reportedly visited Israel last week to meet with senior security officials
for talks on Syria and Iran, Israel's Channel 10 reported.
The Russian intelligence chief reportedly met with Israeli Defense Minister
Avigdor Lieberman, Mossad Director Yossi Cohen and National Security Adviser
Naryshkin's purported visit to Israel came after Russian President Vladimir
Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan met in the Russian resort city of Sochi last week. The leaders
agreed to establish a conference aimed at resolving the Syrian civil war and
framing the "the future structure" of Syria.
During their meeting with Naryshkin, the Israeli officials reportedly stated
that Israel is not bound by any agreements reached during the Sochi summit.
The Israelis also reiterated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's stance that
the Jewish state is not bound by the recently negotiated ceasefire deal in
southern Syria and will continue to act against Damascus in order to protect
its security interests. [Read More: algemeiner/28Nov2017]
Zimbabwe: Intelligence, Police
Officers Still Detained. Scores of intelligence and police
officers who were captured under the military's Operation Restore Legacy
remain detained at unknown places as the army maintains its siege on the
Zimbabwe Republic Police's Chikurubi Support Unit Camp in Harare, where the
police armoury, snipers and paramilitary personnel are housed.
The operation -- which saw the military storming some ministers' houses and
besieging former president Robert Mugabe at his Blue Roof mansion in
Borrowdale early this month, sparked a chain of events which eventually led
to the veteran dictator's resignation on November 14.
Several people, including former Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo,
Central Intelligence Organisation director of security Albert Ngulube and
Zanu PF secretary for youth Kudzanayi Chipanga were arrested and tortured
during the operation.
Armed soldiers also raided the homes of former Higher Education minister
Jonathan Moyo and ex-Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, where
they fired shots randomly. [Read More: allafrica/1Dec2017]
II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Heroism in Hostile Territory.
Although the FBI effectively shut down Nazi intelligence operations within
the United States during World War II, our southern neighbors remained
targets of Nazi spies, saboteurs, and smugglers throughout the war. Most of
our southern neighbors were politically neutral as the war was not at their
doors, but their policies tended to be anti-Nazi, providing the US with
various degrees of assistance against German threats to the Allied war
One of the exceptions was Argentina, which - as a result of its policies -
distanced itself from the US and drew itself closer, diplomatically, to
Germany. This meant that Argentina was a hotbed of intrigue, and it proved
to be a tougher environment for members of the FBI's Special Intelligence
Service (SIS), the US intelligence component whose mission was to identify
and counter Nazi operatives in South America.
Although it obtained little official cooperation from Buenos Aires, the SIS
was able to work with local officials, funneling them evidence that would
result in the arrest of German operatives. To do this, the Bureau had
assigned its first non-official cover agent to Buenos Aires in September
1940, and by mid-1942, agents had been assigned in an official liaison
capacity to the US Embassy and two consulates. By late 1943, at the height
of SIS operations, the FBI had several agents operating as official liaisons
as well as 37 agents working against the Nazis in undercover positions.
These agents had their work cut out for them. Although Buenos Aires was
ostensibly neutral, US Undersecretary of State Summer Welles had
identified it - in 1942 - as being a base for Axis espionage operations. The
Nazis were using Argentina's ambivalence to funnel their own intelligence
agents into the Western Hemisphere, to enhance radio communications across
South and Central America for its agents, and to smuggle strategic minerals
back to Germany. The FBI needed to put a stop to all of these actions.
[Read More: fbi/30Nov2017]
The Architecture of
21st-Century Intelligence. To anyone who doesn't know what
its name stands for, the ICC's new 40-acre campus might look like a
university or new tech office. It features a striking matte copper-clad
building with floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Inside, there are multiple
communal lounges where employees can work, a cafeteria where they can get
lunch, and a fitness center where they can stretch their legs. A 500-person
auditorium accommodates large gatherings and there's a courtyard for getting
a bit of fresh air.
But this isn't a startup's office or school. "ICC" stands for Intelligence
Community Campus. The new face of intelligence architecture is here - and
it's as familiar as it is novel.
When you think of the architecture of intelligence agencies, the operative
word that comes to mind is "defense." Structures like the Pentagon, the J.
Edgar Hoover Building, where the FBI is headquartered, and the George Bush
Center for Intelligence, where the CIA is based, are all hulking,
monolithic, and imposing structures. Their architecture intentionally evokes
mystery and insularity - there's sensitive, covert work going on inside
these buildings that no one else is privy to.
When James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence,
commissioned the Leo A Daly-designed facility in Bethesda, Maryland, in
2012, one of his desires was to move away from the 20th-century notion of
what an intelligence agency looks like architecturally. That shift stems
from a new organizational structure, a new philosophy of intelligence
operations, and the changing nature of security threats facing the United
States in the 21st century - away from physical intelligence threats and
towards cybersecurity. Those changes are articulated through the
architecture of the ICC; at the same time, just because the intelligence
agencies of today are building more thoughtful, open, and transparent
buildings doesn't mean they're transparent in the ways that will matter to
all of us. [Read More: Budds/fastcodesign/27Nov2017]
Ex-Spy and Retired IU Professor on the
'Intellectual Chess Game' of Espionage. In the 43 years
since Gene Coyle completed his master's degree from Indiana University
Bloomington, he has had two titles: adjunct professor and international spy.
Coyle worked for the Central Intelligence Agency's Operations Directorate as
a field operations officer for 30 years.
Traveling to foreign locations like Moscow and Brazil, Coyle was tasked with
meeting and recruiting foreign diplomats in those countries who were willing
to become sources of secret information about their own government or world
events for the United States government.
"It was an intellectual chess game," he said. "I had to make them feel
comfortable enough to tell me what was important in their life. If there was
nothing lacking, there was no reason they were going to agree to spy,
because it was dangerous." [Read More: Briscoe/iu/27Nov2017]
International Workshop Spotlights
Information Security in Vietnam. Speaking at the
conference, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Pham Hong Hai
stressed cybercrime has become more professional, with tools designed by
skillful developers under substantial funding.
Building a safe information society in Vietnam requires smart and concerted
moves from public agencies, enterprises, organisations and individuals, he
The ministry has been carrying out measures to secure online information,
including developing domestic IT services and products, raising public
awareness on the issue, and improving IT human resources quality. Drills and
joint work with other units have also been running more frequently.
At the seminar, participants agreed that online attacks, including those
targeting government agencies and important information sources, are on the
rise in terms of number and scale. [Read More: vietnamnet/3Dec2017]
Naval Officer Who Helped to Break the
Enigma Code. Marking the 75th anniversary of the Enigma
codebooks arriving at Bletchley Park, which took place last Friday, Hugh
Sebag-Montefiore has released an updated paperback version of his book Enigma: The Battle for the Code.
The writer tells the story of Lieutenant Allon Bacon, who captured the books
- which were so vital in the breaking of the Enigma code - from a German
Hugh said: "Lieutenant Allon Bacon was probably the last man the residents
of West Wittering, where he lived after the war, would have linked with
spying and acts of derring do. He was a very tall, modest, quiet man who
kept his war record to himself."
"But when I was researching my book about the breaking of Germany's naval
Enigma code, his name kept popping up, and when I traced his widow to their
house in West Wittering, she handed me a brown envelope containing what he
had written before he died." [Read More: Turner/chichester/30Nov2017]
John Profumo 'Had Relationship With
Nazi Spy'. MI5 documents suggest he had a relationship
with German model Gisela Winegard in Oxford in the early 1930s.
Dr Stephen Twigge from the National Archives said this could have exposed
him to blackmail.
In 1963 Profumo resigned as a minister after it was revealed he lied to MPs
about his affair with Christine Keeler.
The declassified papers - published on Tuesday - were compiled by MI6, the
UK's foreign intelligence service, and then given to MI5, the domestic
branch of the secret services, at the height of the so-called Profumo
Affair. [Read More: bbc/28Nov2017]
USAF's Eyes in the Sky.
Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, important in any conflict,
are mission-critical in an air war like Operation Inherent Resolve.
"We don't hop in a jet, start it up, and go look for something to take out
or to bomb," noted Col. Mark S. Robinson, vice commander of the 380th Air
Expeditionary Wing. "There is a whole process" that goes into that - and the
ISR provided by the 380th is a big piece of the process.
The wing's 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provides ISR through
two platforms: the U-2 Dragon Lady and the RQ-4 Global Hawk. Both fly at
high altitude, giving them a different perspective than medium- and
Lt. Col. Neal Hinson considers the platforms fundamental for the wars in
Southwest Asia. The deputy commander of the 380th Expeditionary Operations
Group, Hinson called ISR "the baseline for everything that happens in this
theater," adding that the foundation "for just about everything we do in the
Air Force" comes from intelligence. [Read More: Hlad/airforcemag/Jan2018]
Who Is Putin's Daughter? Identity
of Russian President's Youngest Child Revealed: Report. A
colleague of Katerina Tikhonova from the world of acrobatic rock'n'roll has
confirmed that she is the younger daughter of Russian President Vladimir
The confirmation from a World Rock'n'Roll Confederation (WRRC) official
comes two years after Reuters first disclosed Tikhonova's relationship to
the president and was publicly challenged post publication.
WRRC Vice President for Legal Affairs Manfred Mohab told Reuters he knew
Tikhonova through their work together on the confederation's presidium.
The Kremlin and Tikhonova did not respond to requests for comment.
[Read More: Reuters/newsweek/28Nov2017]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Mind the Millennial Training Gap.
As the need for new analysts continues to grow, the intelligence community
is looking to add millennials, the largest generation in the US work
force. These young people - born between about 1980 and 2000 - bring a new
perspective, but teaching them the necessary skills for analysis must be
done differently than it was in even the recent past. Their attitudes and
thought processes are vastly different from their predecessors, requiring a
new approach to intelligence training and education to make the best use of
their abundant skills.
The way the intelligence education community provides coursework must be
overhauled in the same way that the intelligence community had to be
overhauled after 9/11. Just as the intelligence community cannot approach
21st-century issues with tools from the Cold War, it cannot teach
millennials in classrooms designed in the 1950s.
Research on millennials' learning and experiences and its effect on
intelligence analyst training is relatively new. But how millennials affect
jobs in intelligence analysis is rooted in the long-standing debate on
whether analysis is a craft or a profession. The debate may have fueled
these educational challenges.
The intelligence community has had many issues with both training and
framework, and these began to be voiced in the 1990s by intelligence experts
and were followed by a series of intelligence reforms after 9/11. The
initial solution was the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of
2004, which created the director of national intelligence as well as goals
of information sharing and analytic standards, including intelligence
community directives (ICDs) 203 and 610. These requirements have forced a
critical evaluation of the foundational skills needed for intelligence
analysts, the educational gaps, the ramifications of training in a new and
evolving tradecraft paradigm, and recently, the implications of millennials
as analysts. [Read More: Marangione/afcea/1Dec2017]
The Surveillance Operative Lurking in the
Living Room. The holiday shopping season is here once
again. And this year, surveillance and espionage products have made it to
the top of a surprising number of wish lists in the guise of digital home
assistants. The devices already have brought microphones into as many rooms
of our houses as we're willing to allow. Now, many of them come equipped
with cameras as well. Despite concerns about the threat to privacy that
earlier generations of the devices have posed - one product from Amazon's
Alexa line carried the unfortunate name of Dox - enhanced video capability
appears to be the next big thing in digital home assistants.
In the grand scheme of things, the jump from audio to video is a marginal
advancement in the gadgets' ability to collect information. But for those
thinking about following the products to their next frontier, this is a good
opportunity to explore the relationship between service and surveillance and
to take sober stock of the risks inherent with home assistant devices.
As the next generation of home assistants hits the market, the line between
service and surveillance is becoming fuzzier. The issue isn't unique to
electronic devices, though. Service has long provided an ideal cover for
surveillance. A plausible purpose is essential to conducting surveillance
without raising suspicion. Posing as a tourist, student, businessperson or
jogger provides a reasonable explanation for why someone might be taking
pictures of a sensitive building, requesting sensitive information,
attending a conference or running on the treadmill next to you at the gym.
Far more often than not, the tourist, student, businessperson or jogger is
just what they appear to be. But depending on where you are, the person in
question could also be an operative conducting surveillance, perhaps for a
law enforcement or government-backed intelligence operation, or perhaps as
part of a criminal venture or a terrorist plot.
Arguably the most common example of service as a cover for surveillance is
the guard force that host countries typically deploy to protect embassies.
In June 2016, a member of the Russian Federal Security Services guarding the
US Embassy in Moscow blew his cover when he tackled a US diplomat trying
to enter the building. (The diplomat, likewise, was probably using his post
at the embassy to conceal his role with an intelligence agency.) Another
service often used as cover for surveillance is that of the minder. Acting
as a tour guide, escort or part of a protective detail, a minder helps keep
tabs on foreign visitors. North Korea, for instance, is notorious for
sending English-speaking security agents along with tourist groups to guide
and monitor their activity. [Read More: West/stratfor/30Nov2017]
Russia Is Now Providing North
Korea With Internet: What That Could Mean for Cyber Warfare.
Amid diplomatic fallout between North Korea and China, its only major trade
partner, Russia is positioning itself to be a stronger North Korean ally,
reaching out to provide North Korea with an internet connection. As a
result, Russia may embolden North Korea to launch more destructive
cyberattacks. Stronger cooperation between the two raises the possibility
that they will even collaborate on cyberattacks themselves, which would be
devastating for the international community.
On October 1st, 38North and Dyn Research reported that Russia began
providing an internet connection to North Korea. The Russian-provided
infrastructure gives Pyongyang 60% more bandwidth and a second connection to
the outside world; China's Unicom company had been North Korea's sole
internet provider since 2010. The construction of the new internet
connection follows a September 27th meeting between DPRK and Russian foreign
ministry officials in Moscow. Russia's extension of an internet connection
to North Korea, as well as its reopening of a ferry route between the two,
may indicate that Russia will seek sanction loopholes to strengthen their
North Korea's turn towards Russia follows Pyongyang's aggressive nuclear
testing and vociferous behavior pushing China and its investments out of the
country. After North Korea's sixth nuclear test, the UN Security Council
passed the strictest sanctions yet on the isolated country. As a result of
these sanctions, China is due to close North Korean businesses operating
within China and end joint ventures between the two within 120 days.
China's compliance with new sanctions is not the only sign of tension with
the DPRK. This year, Pyongyang timed its missile and nuclear tests to
correspond with international meetings hosted in China. North Korea's
actions seemingly were meant to embarrass China, who it believes is siding
with Washington. Tensions between North Korea and China have been
accelerating since Kim Jong-un took power in 2011. The following year, North
Korean authorities lashed out against one of Beijing's largest mining and
steel-producing companies, Xiyang Group, with whom it had signed a $40
billion deal to build an iron ore mine. North Korean officials "used violent
methods" against Xiyang staff, such as depriving them of food and water, and
smashing windows. North Korea eventually annulled the contract with Xiyang,
after deporting employees in the dead of night. [Read More:
Spying Without Spies: Why It's so
Tricky to Figure Out What North Korea Is up to. North
Korea has come a long way in a short time - from a country that couldn't
feed its own people, to having high-tech weapons capable of putting the
world on edge.
In response to its latest missile test on Tuesday, US Defence Secretary
James Mattis said North Korea is continuing to build weapons that can
"threaten everywhere in the world." He added that North Korea is endangering
world peace, regional peace and "certainly the United States."
A statement from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the
international community must send a unified message to North Korea about
ending its program to develop weapons of mass destruction.
But given the isolation and secrecy of Kim Jong-un's regime, how do we know
the real state of North Korea's weapons program? [Read More:
Section IV - Obituaries
Stuart "Stu" E. Methven, 90, a former CIA Operations Officer and Chief of Station, died 21 November 2017.
He served in the US Army from 1945 to 1947 and then earned his Bachelor's degree at Amherst College. Later obtaining his master's degree from MIT.
In 1952 he began his career with CIA. Of his agency years, some of it is featured in his 2008 book Laughter in the Shadows, a CIA Memoir which captures the spirit of those formative years at CIA, and describes his training in the clandestine arts and assignments in Jakarta, Tokyo, Laos, Vietnam, West Germany, and Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), where his station became center stage for a large covert operation that involved the Soviets and Cubans. Several of his dangerous missions which involved coups d'etat and civil wars ended with his being evacuated. Though many of these operations ended as typical US quagmires, his career is the stuff of movies.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Nicole Lermusieau Methven, two daughters and two sons, and other family.
Memorial services were held in Brussels, Belgium. Burial services will be held in the spring of 2018 in Hopkinton, NH. [Read More: The Concord Monitor/legacy/29Nov2017]
Jerome Daniel Moskowitz, 93, former NSA Chief of Station and Engineer, died 20 November 2017 in Salisbury, MD.
Jerry had a 35 year career in senior positions with the National Security Agency. He worked in R/D and was a highly regarded engineer responsible for a variety of important projects. He was also effective in obtaining funding and in completing projects.
In his early NSA career he was involved in creating special miniaturized vacuum tubes and later served as the first NSA chief of station at the ADF facility in Denver when it opened in the early 70s. Jerry had been responsible for staffing the ADF before being deployed there.
When his tour at the ADF ended he returned as the chief of all NSA satellite programs. He retired in 1980 as an Electronic Engineer.
Many comments regarding his death recount how exceptional he was as a boss, colleague, and friend.
In retirement, the Moskowitzes were involved in several non profit organizations including Habitat for Humanity.
He is survived by his wife Martha Mendelsohn Moskowitz, nine children, and other family.
Francis J. Duggan, 79, Advocate for Victims'
Families of 1988 Airplane Disaster Over Lockerbie, a lawyer and federal official who spent years as a pro
bono advocate on behalf of families of the victims of the 1988 bombing of
Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, died of lung cancer on 1 November 2017 in
On 21 Dec.1988, a bomb exploded killing all 259 people aboard Flight 103,
plus 11 people on the ground, when the disabled aircraft crashed into the
town of Lockerbie. The victims came from more than 20 countries.
In 1989, Mr. Duggan was named to the President's Commission on Aviation
Security and Terrorism, which examined the causes of the bombing. He was the
commission's liaison to the victims' families and continued to act as their
pro bono advocate until his death. He eventually was named president of
Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, an organization composed mostly of victims'
families. [Read more: Schudel/washingtonpost/3December2017]
Allan Jackson English Jr, Col USA(Ret), 92, a former NSA Officer, died 24 November 2017 in Annapolis, MD.
Allan grew up in Pulaski, TN, where his father founded and operated a canning factory during the Great Depression. He attended Sewanee Military Academy, and later entered the Army Air Corps and Aviation Cadet Program before entering the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated in 1949. He later received his MS from George Washington University in International Affairs.
Allan served in the Korean War from 1950-51, in the 17th Infantry of the 7th Division, as a platoon leader and Company Commander. His Regiment was on the Yalu River in November 1950 when the Chinese entered the war, cutting off the Regiment. Allan was wounded in the ensuing skirmishes that eventually led to the Regiment's safe evacuation. In the fall of 1951, Allan served in the Central Highlands of Korea where he was wounded a second time.
After the war, he served as an Aide to the Commandant at West Point, in Germany as a Company Commander, and had stateside tours as a Battalion, Brigade and Group Commander. He also had tours in Vietnam, at the Pentagon and the National War College, and ended his active duty at the NSA, retiring as a Colonel in 1979 with 30 years of service.
He was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and two awards of the Purple Heart.
In retirement he worked as a real estate investor and entrepreneur. He founded the West Point Society of Annapolis, was an active member of the US Naval Academy Foundation, and sponsor of many USNA Midshipmen, who became and remain an important part of his extended family.
He is survived by a daughter and other family.
Peter J. Kessler, 75, aka "PJK" "udorn" who served with Special Operations Forces (then Special Air Warfare Center) detached personnel in Udorn AB Thailand, during the "secret war" in Laos, died 6 November 2017 in Pensacola, FL of complications of COPD and peneumonia.
He was born in Bronx, NY, and served in the US Air Force assisting CIA and special forces air operations in Laos from 1955-1974 during that secret war.
In retirement, Kessler was a longtime AFIO member and actively supported the Weekly Notes by sending useful intel-related news items for consideration. He was also an active member of the Air Commando Association and other military and veteran associations.
His wife predeceased him. His brother, Eric, took care of him as ill health lessened his ability to serve the nation. No obituary is expected.
Grant Hayao Ichikawa, 98, a former senior CIA and Military Intelligence Officer, who with his family was interned in a US camp for enemy aliens during WWII, died 2 December 2017 in Vienna, VA.
He was born in Suisun, CA, near San Francisco, and grew up in a primitive, four-room farmhouse, which had a Japanese-style bath attached, wood stove, and only cold water.
In May 1941 he was graduated from the University of California-Berkeley in accounting. On 19 February 1942, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which saw Japanese-American citizens as potential enemy aliens and had them evacuated from their homes to relocation camps, an experience Ichikawa continued to find painful for all his days. Ichikawa and his family were sent to the Gila River Relocation Center. At that camp he volunteered for the Military Intelligence Service and was sent to Fort Snelling (MN) and Fort Savage (MN) where he was trained to be an Infantry soldier and a linguist. His group was placed on a luxurious troop ship which took them to Australia in 1944 to a base just outside Brisbane which housed the Allied Translator and Interpreter Service ATIS. Because his Japanese was not good, he was assigned to the Interrogation Section.
In 1945 the ATIS moved to Manila on a Liberty ship. He became a commissioned officer in 1945, and served in the 38th Division rounding up Japanese prisoners, stragglers, before the war ended shortly after the dropping of the A-bombs. After Japan surrendered, ATIS was transferred to Tokyo and he was assigned to the US Strategic Bomb Survey Unit which included scientists, mathematicians, and physicists. They conducted post-bomb surveys, traveling to Hiroshima first and then Nagasaki. He was reassigned to ATIS's Language Training Section, Assignment Section, handling all linguists, testing, and assigning them to units all over Japan, Korea, and Okinawa.
He left military service in 1947, but was recalled in 1950 to serve in Korea but was asked to serve in Hokkaido, Japan, and reported to the Sapporo Counter Intelligence Corps. He was convinced that the CIA spotted him and played a role in his being sent to CIC for vetting purposes. His new job was to interrogate Japanese repatriates from Sakhalin, because many of them were given espionage missions. He uncovered a number of them.
CIA liked his work and he began working as an employee for CIA in 1953, remaining in Japan for two years before becoming Acting Base Chief just prior to returning to Langley for training. After a year of training his new post put him in Tokyo collecting intelligence on the Japanese progress in various fields. After another foreign tour he returned stateside in 1961.
During the 1960s, he spent time in Indonesia in two significant tours as CIA kept an eye on the pro-Communist president Sukarno and the various coups, communist plots, and then muslim counter-demonstrations which swept the countries -- Java, Borneo, Sumatra, West Irian, Bali, many islands -- making up modern Indonesia. While on assignment in Djakarta, he met with William Colby, who later to became CIA Director, and took him to meet principal and high level agents assisting America. He was impressed by Colby's nonchalance and expectation of no special treatment.
In 1968 he returned to headquarters as head of the Korean Desk, supporting the station in Seoul. He then served in Saigon, Vietnam, working with the police and intelligence service. He departed that country a few years later, in defeat, on one of the final helicopters. Quoted in a Library of Congress 2003 audio interview, Ichikawa said: "I began to wonder thinking of the fifty thousand odd US Army soldiers who died in Vietnam. Here we are just giving up. Leaving like a dog with his tail behind his legs. It depressed me to think that we were leaving Vietnam like this, like a coward. I just wondered 'Why were we in Vietnam in the first place?' If we were going to fight a war, let's fight to win." Depressed and dispirited, he retired from CIA at age 56. He received medals for his heroism and service in Indonesia and Vietnam.
In retirement he helped many Japanese-Americans and their associations, particularly the Japanese American Veterans Association JAVA. He expended must of his time helping indigenous assets settle in the US after retirement.
Section V - Events
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING
Tuesday, 12 December 2017, noon - MacDill AFB, FL - The Florida Suncoast Chapter event features Juan Rivera, Operations Officer CIA.
Juan R. Rivera is the featured end-of-year speaker at this Suncoast Chapter event. Rivera was a Senior Operations Officer in CIA up to his retirement on 31 December 2006. During his career he served mostly in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. He had permanent tours of duty in Venezuela, Guatemala, and Dominican Republic, and travelled frequently between CIA Headquarters and these overseas assignments. He also has nearly two decades of experience working against major drug trafficking organizations operating in these areas. From the summer of 2002 until his retirement he served as CIA's liaison and Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) representative to the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL. Mr. Rivera served in the US Army from 1966 to 1969 and, as an infantryman, fought in the Vietnam War where he was wounded twice during separate combat actions.
Location: Surf's Edge Club, MacDill AFB
Fee: $20. Seating is limited.
TO ATTEND: If interested in attending, contact Chapter secretary Michael Shapiro at email@example.com ASAP.
Other Upcoming Events from
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8 December 2017, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - James Rosen: High Hand - at the International Spy Museum
Espionage, political machinations, oil, secretly funded
high-tech weapons of intelligence, ghosts of the Cold War, murder, and
poker. James Rosen, Curtis Harris & James Ellenberger are the co-authors of High Hand and wrote under the single
pseudonym Curtis J. James. Join the author James
Rosen for an in-store Spy Museum Store signing of this spy
thriller and join in the discussion on how spies, journalists, union
leaders, and politicians intertwine as well as the extraordinary ways that
advanced technology could be used in the pursuit of surveillance and
interrogation. Event is free.
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
17 December 2017, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Curtis Harris: High Hand -
at the International Spy Museum
Espionage, political machinations,
oil, secretly funded high-tech weapons of intelligence, ghosts of the
Cold War, murder, and poker. Who could want more in a summer read? James
Rosen, Curtis Harris & James Ellenberger are the
co-authors of High Hand and wrote under the single pseudonym Curtis
J. James. Join the co-authors Curtis Harris for an in–store Spy Museum Store signing and join in the discussion on
how spies, journalists, union leaders, and politicians and politicians
intertwine to the extraordinary ways that advanced technology could be
used in the pursuit of surveillance and interrogation. This is a high
octane spy thriller! Event is free.
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