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Books of the Week
In the Enemy's House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies
"A finely detailed study of crime and punishment in the days of the Manhattan project...reinforces several points: how thoroughly Soviet agents were able to penetrate the government and scientific circles and the undeniable guilt of those who were eventually brought to justice—and, to boot, the ordinariness of some of the key players. Taut and well-crafted—of great interest to students of spydom and the early Cold War." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The spy hunt set off by the Venona decrypts is one of the great stories of the Cold War and Howard Blum tells it here with the drama and page-turning pace of a classic thriller." (Joseph Kanon, author)
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Humans are tribal. We need to belong to groups. In many parts of the world, the group identities that matter most – the ones that people will kill and die for – are ethnic, religious, sectarian, or clan-based. But because America tends to see the world in terms of nation-states engaged in great ideological battles – Capitalism vs. Communism, Democracy vs. Authoritarianism, the "Free World" vs. the "Axis of Evil" – we are often spectacularly blind to the power of tribal politics. Time and again this blindness has undermined American foreign policy. Chua argues that America must rediscover a national identity that transcends our political tribes. Enough false slogans of unity, which are just another form of divisiveness. It is time for a more difficult unity that acknowledges the reality of group differences and fights the deep inequities that divide us.
Captured by Hezbollah...interrogated by Iran...how long can undercover CIA case officer Yasmin Ghorbani survive?
That's the question facing CIA Deputy Director of Operations Edwin Rothmann, whose last agent captured by Hezbollah was tortured, killed, stuffed into a garbage bag, and dumped on the street. This time, even more is at stake than an individual life—there's also an explosive threat of nuclear war. And in his whiteknuckle
race against time, Rothmann is compelled to enlist maverick former agents who can do the dirty work official agents can't touch.
Jordanian Intelligence Stops Terrorist Plot Targeting Public Security. Jordan's intelligence service foiled, on Monday, a major terrorist and sabotage scheme with a premeditated effort planned by a terrorist cell supporting ISIS organization during the month of November 2017.
According to the agency "Petra", elements of the cell has planned to carry out a number of terrorist operations, simultaneously with the aim of destabilizing the national security in Jordan.
Early intelligence operations resulted in the arrest of 17 members involved in these operations and the seizure of weapons and materials that were to be used to carry out the terrorist attacks.
Investigations with the cell members revealed that this cell prepared complete strategies to carry out their plans, as well as initial inspections of these targets, setting up the mechanism to carry out the operations. [Read More: alarabiya/9Jan2018]
Israel to Train High Schoolers for Big Data Intelligence Jobs. Unit 8200, the Israeli military's NSA equivalent, is collaborating with the Israeli ministry of education on a new big data training program for the country's high schoolers, according to two high ranking unit officers who were interviewed by Calcalist last week on conditions of anonymity. The new program is intended to provide Israel's security and intelligence arms, including Unit 8200, the Mossad and Israel's internal security service, with pre-trained recruits.
As part of the program, big data courses will be offered to Israeli high schoolers. To increase the numbers of potential recruits, the Israeli military and Unit 8200 need to seed early training programs, one of these officers said.
Israel relies heavily on pervasive signal intelligence capabilities in Gaza and the West Bank to combat terrorism. In the past years, Israeli government officials, and Israeli military officers have repeatedly referred to the increased use of big data capabilities to counter terror attacks, including through social media monitoring. Use of such tools has been especially crucial for Israel's efforts to curtail a wave of attacks carried out by Palestinians with no known affiliation to terror organizations.
"We use big data technologies to attain the intelligence capabilities required to handle security challenges, starting with terror coming from the West Bank," said one of the high ranking officers interviewed by Calcalist. [Read More: Stoler/calcalistech/3Jan2018]
Singapore Arrests Vietnamese Spy Linked to Berlin Kidnapping. Lawyers representing fugitive Vietnamese intelligence officer Phan Van Anh Vu confirmed on Tuesday that Singaporean authorities took their client into custody.
Vu confirmed that "apart from being a property developer, he was also a senior officer in the Vietnamese intelligence services," Singaporean lawyer Remy Choo told AFP news agency.
The fugitive intelligence officer is wanted in Germany for his potential knowledge about the alleged forced disappearance of Vietnamese oil tycoon Trinh Xuan Thanh, according to German lawyer Victor Pfaff.
"Vu is a lieutenant colonel of the Vietnamese secret police in division five of the Ministry of Public Security, which is responsible for the abduction of...Trinh," a letter from the German lawyer said. [Read More: dw/3Jan2018]
Ex-U.S. NSA Contractor to Plead Guilty to Massive Theft of Secret Data. A former U.S. National Security Agency contractor has agreed to plead guilty to stealing classified information, according to court filings on Wednesday, in what may have been the largest heist of U.S. government secrets in history.
Harold Martin is scheduled to plead guilty to one count of willful retention of national defense information at a federal court in Baltimore on Jan. 22, according to the filings.
Prosecutors said Martin, who was indicted last February, spent up to 20 years stealing highly sensitive government material from the U.S. intelligence community related to national defense, collecting a trove of secrets he hoarded at his home in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
Authorities said they seized 50 terabytes of data from Martin's home, which officials said could be the biggest theft of classified information in U.S. history. [Read More: reuters/3Jan2018]
NSA's Top Talent is Leaving Because of Low Pay, Slumping Morale and Unpopular Reorganization. The National Security Agency is losing its top talent at a worrisome rate as highly skilled personnel, some disillusioned with the spy service's leadership and an unpopular reorganization, take higher-paying, more flexible jobs in the private sector.
Since 2015, the NSA has lost several hundred hackers, engineers and data scientists, according to current and former U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter. The potential impact on national security is significant, they said.
Headquartered at Fort Meade in Maryland, the NSA employs a civilian workforce of about 21,000 there and is the largest producer of intelligence among the nation's 17 spy agencies. The people who have left were responsible for collecting and analyzing the intelligence that goes into the president's daily briefing. Their work also included monitoring a broad array of subjects including the Islamic State, Russian and North Korean hackers, and analyzing the intentions of foreign governments, and they were responsible for protecting the classified networks that carry such sensitive information.
"Some synonym of the word 'epidemic' is the best way to describe it," said Ellison Anne Williams, a former senior researcher at the NSA who left in 2016 to start her own data-security firm, Enveil. More than 10 of her employees also came from the NSA, she said. "The agency is losing an amazing amount of its strongest technical talent, and to lose your best and brightest staff is a huge hit." [Read More: Nakashima, Gregg/washingtonpost/2Jan2018]
Trump to Give Award to Top NSA Veteran. After a year pillorying U.S. intelligence agencies and railing against the "deep state" for plotting to undermine him, President Donald Trump is set to tack in a sharply different direction Thursday and bestow a prestigious award on an official who occupied a series of top positions at the National Security Agency, including as the spy agency's deputy director.
Rick Ledgett, who retired in April after nearly three decades at the NSA, is scheduled to receive the National Security Medal from Trump in an afternoon presentation in the Oval Office.
Ledgett's former colleagues sung his praises Wednesday, although some said there was an inherent awkwardness in Trump paying tribute to a career intelligence official while routinely taking shots at the spy agency workforce, dismissing their conclusions on issues like Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, and accusing them of political bias.
"At the end of the day, honoring a career like Rick's is itself a rebuke of the many falsehoods Trump has alleged against the intelligence community," said Susan Hennessey, a former NSA attorney who now serves as executive editor of the blog, Lawfare. "He has served his country with integrity and distinction and one can only hope - probably foolishly - that the ceremony will give Trump and White House officials who enable him a moment to pause and reflect on the legacies and sacrifices of the very real men and women whose honor and integrity they so casually besmirch." [Read More: Gerstein/politico/4Jan2018]
U.S. Spy Satellite Believed Lost After SpaceX Mission Fails. An expensive, highly classified U.S. spy satellite is presumed to be a total loss after it failed to reach orbit atop a Space Exploration Technologies Corp. rocket on Sunday, according to industry and government officials.
Lawmakers and congressional staffers from the Senate and the House have been briefed about the botched mission, some of the officials said. The secret payload - code-named Zuma and launched from Florida on board a Falcon 9 rocket - is believed to have plummeted back into the atmosphere, they said, because it didn't separate as planned from the upper part of the rocket.
Once the engine powering the rocket's expendable second stage stops firing, whatever it is carrying is supposed to separate and proceed on its own trajectory. If a satellite isn't set free at the right time or is damaged upon release, it can be dragged back toward earth.
Scheduled for mid-November, Zuma's launch was delayed when SpaceX announced engineers "wanted to take a closer look at data from recent" tests of a fairing, or protective covering for a satellite, used for another customer. At the time, the company didn't publicly outline what prompted the additional testing. Fairings are used to shield satellites that are carried near the nose of the rocket. They remain in place during the early phases of the ascent, but are jettisoned before final insertion into orbit. [Read More: Pasztor/wsj/9Jan2018]
NSA's Rogers to Retire This Spring. NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers has decided he will retire this spring, two former U.S. intelligence officials told POLITICO, ending a near four-year tenure bookended by major leaks that rattled the agency.
It's expected that President Donald Trump will nominate Rogers' successor this month, putting a final Senate confirmation vote two to three months away. The pending departure ends well over a year of rumors that the NSA chief was on his way out - willingly or not.
The Navy admiral was brought in to head the NSA in 2014 after former government contractor Edward Snowden made the agency's spying tools front-page news. He was immediately tasked with implementing some internal surveillance restraints amid outcries over the country's collection of Americans' personal information.
But Rogers - known around Washington for a gruff style - has struggled at times both to regain the public's trust and to keep more secret details about the government's spying tools under wraps. And morale at the agency has reportedly suffered, with many senior hackers and analysts leaving to collect big paychecks in the private sector. [Read More: Matishak, Bennett/politico/5Jan2018]
Inside the Cutting-Edge Israeli
Army Intelligence Unit that's 'Like a Start-Up Company'.
The army is increasing the effectiveness of its troops on the battlefield
with a unit in Military Intelligence that has revolutionized how soldiers
receive and understand intelligence.
PDDNI on Intelligence, Leadership, and Fallen Officers. The U.S. intelligence community's second-in-command, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon talks to Michael Morell about being a career CIA officer, starting as a young analyst and working her way to up to leading all four of the CIA's Directorates. Her vast experience and innovative approach to bridging gaps is what prepared her for the PDDNI role, where she focuses on integrating each of the nation's intelligence agencies and innovating so that the United States retains its advantage in an ever-growing interconnected world. PDDNI Gordon also talks about leading in a time of political polarization, and reflects on the personal impact of losing officers serving their nation in the field. [Read More: thecipherbrief/9Jan2018]
How Indiana Got a Spy to Come in
From the Cold: BTN LiveBIG. The greatest skill of an
international spy is the ability to become anyone: The quiet neighbor down
the street, the friendly co-worker, your college professor.
Iran's Cyber Threat: Espionage, Sabotage, and Revenge. Incidents involving Iran have been among the most sophisticated, costly, and consequential attacks in the history of the internet. The four-decade-long U.S.-Iran cold war has increasingly moved into cyberspace, and Tehran has been among the leading targets of uniquely invasive and destructive cyber operations by the United States and its allies. At the same time, Tehran has become increasingly adept at conducting cyber espionage and disruptive attacks against opponents at home and abroad, ranging from Iranian civil society organizations to governmental and commercial institutions in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. [Read More: Anderson, Sadjadpour/carnegieendowment/4Jan2018]
Retired Marine, FBI Agent
Compiles Whimsical Vignettes. From its beginning 78
years ago in Jerusalem, Dimitry Droujinsky's life has been marked by
adventure, creativity, daring and serendipity.
What Makes Russia's New Spy Ship
Yantar Special? The Russian navy is very proud of its
new spy ship, the Yantar, which is now doing Argentina a favour by helping
to search for a missing submarine.
Was the 2016 Election an Intelligence Failure? Russia tried to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. Its method was simple: steal emails from prominent Democrats and leak them to the public. According to multiple government and private sector reports, Russian intelligence organizations deceived email users into undermining their own communications security. It then used cutouts like Wikileaks and DCLeaks to reveal their communications. Russia also engaged in a massive disinformation campaign to sow confusion and doubt among the public. Spreading "fake news" supported Trump's claims that the electoral system was rigged, that mainstream media outlets were untrustworthy, and that existing institutions were designed to favor elites at the expense of the people. All of this created an environment of distrust and disillusionment.
This was not the first time that Moscow employed so-called active measures to interfere with U.S. politics, but Cold War efforts were laughable flops. This case was different. The rise of social media created new opportunities to spread misinformation rapidly, and the razor thin electoral margin in key states meant that even minor shifts in public opinion could change the outcome.
Some observers claim Russian success was also an American intelligence failure. Writing in The New Yorker, Dana Priest charges the intelligence community with failing to predict the Russian disinformation campaign, and then failing to warn the public and Congress when it occurred. "Only after the fact," she concludes, "when a Russian disinformation campaign had already tainted the 2016 Presidential election, did the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, another vast post-9/11 creation, disclose the Kremlin's interference."
Others have made similar arguments, including longtime intelligence officials. Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morrell suggested that the election was a multi-layered failure. Part of the problem, said Morrell, was a "lack of imagination." While analysts had been worried about Russian cyber operations for years, they had failed to imagine how Moscow could use social media platforms as political tools. [Read More: Rovner/warontherocks/4Jan2018]
War Games: Cyber Espionage and the New 'Cold War'. Steeped in a climate of Cold War anxiety, the 1983 box office hit WarGames was a satirical product of the doomsdayish-thriller psychology of the American public in an era of nuclear proliferation. The movie humorously preyed upon the sentiments of a public mired in the fear of living in a nuclear world, with its seemingly fantastical and far-flung story of a teenage computer-whiz who nearly single-handedly instigated a third World War by hacking into government computers. In a rare convergence of cinematography and public policy, the film captured the attention of President Ronald Reagan, days after its release. In the collegial setting of Camp David, the President digressed from talk of nuclear arms strategies to synopsize the plot, much to the baffled amusement of the gathered national security advisors. He ventured the simple, yet provoking question: "Could something like this really happen?" At a time when "the first laptop computers had barely hit the market [and] public Internet providers wouldn't exist for another few years," Reagan's inquiry reflected a shared public incredulity and embodied a certain paradox: if the WarGames plot was merely a comically absurd concoction of sci-fi fantasy, how did it square with the realities of nuclear technology in the modern state? And then the zinger hit: research by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John W. Vessey Jr., revealed that WarGames could not be consigned to fantasyland. "Mr. President," he said, "the problem is much worse than you think." WarGames only scratched the surface as to the risk and vulnerability of our systems. Thus, even in the then relatively nascent field of computer technology, there was a dawning awareness of the vast potentialities of the cyber domain.
With the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Cold War was brought to an unequivocal end; yet, the haunting reverberations of WarGames still has profound implications for modern diplomacy. As nation-states rapidly augment their metaphorical 'arsenals' of cyber capacities, the world once again enters into a state of tenuous diplomacy - largely unbeknownst to the public - with increasing instances of cyber espionage and attacks. A brief overview of cyber-aggressions in the past ten years uncovers a definitive pattern of escalation; Stuxnet, Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections, the Sony attack, and the Mandiant reports (all to be discussed in further detail) are proof of a mushrooming conflict between world powers. Modern diplomacy is daily redefined by tensions and developments in cyber technology as nations assess new threats and scramble to keep apace in the burgeoning realm of cyber activity.
With nation-states continuing to expand and deploy their new capabilities, history looks as if it is doomed to repeat itself. The prospect of cyber war draws a haunting parallel to the strained diplomacy of the Cold War era, and perhaps more significantly, will intensify the already uneasy relations between the United States, Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. But while media stories certainly reflect this escalating 'cold war' diplomacy, they fail to ask the obvious, yet unspoken question: Are we at war?
In the late twentieth century, nuclear threats ushered in an unprecedented form of international diplomacy. As the United States and Soviet Union frantically added to their nuclear stockpiles, a diplomatic conflict ensued as the US and USSR engaged in a blustery war of words and threats. As they wrangled to assert dominance, both nations continually pushed the envelope, bringing the world closer and closer to what appeared to be an impending nuclear holocaust. In a paradoxical sense, these tactics of mutually assured destruction (MAD) and brinksmanship are what, in effect, kept the peace while simultaneously perpetuating the 'war' and intensifying its stakes. [Read More: Skahill/brownpoliticalreview/6Jan2018]
How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Underestimated North Korea. At the start of Donald Trump's presidency, American intelligence agencies told the new administration that while North Korea had built the bomb, there was still ample time - upward of four years - to slow or stop its development of a missile capable of hitting an American city with a nuclear warhead.
The North's young leader, Kim Jong-un, faced a range of troubles, they assured the new administration, giving Mr. Trump time to explore negotiations or pursue countermeasures. One official who participated in the early policy reviews said estimates suggested Mr. Kim would be unable to strike the continental United States until 2020, perhaps even 2022.
Mr. Kim tested eight intermediate-range missiles in 2016, but seven blew up on the pad or shattered in flight - which some officials attributed partly to an American sabotage program accelerated by President Barack Obama. And while the North had carried out five underground atomic tests, the intelligence community estimated that it remained years away from developing a more powerful type of weapon known as a hydrogen bomb.
Within months, those comforting assessments looked wildly out of date. [Read More: Sanger, Broad/nytimes/6Jan2018]
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Ulrich Wegener, German Commando Who
Ended 1977 Hijacking, Is Dead. Ulrich Wegener, the police
commando who led the 1977 West German raid that rescued 90 people from a
Lufthansa jetliner that four militants had hijacked and flown to Somalia,
died on Dec. 28 in Cologne. He was 88.
Erasmus "Ras" Helm Kloman Jr, 97, a former OSS and CIA officer, died 5 January 2018 in Chestertown, MD. He attended three Ivy League universities, served in the OSS in WWII, worked as a corporate executive and government consultant, and in retirement wrote travel books and dabbled in the fine arts. He attended Princeton University and, while there, joined Army ROTC. He graduated six months early to join the Allied forces in WWII. During the war he joined the OSS which sent him to Harvard University to learn Russian. He served the remainder of the war on assignment in Algiers. At war's end, he returned home and earned a PhD in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
William John Beane, 79, a former CIA operations officer, died 31 December 2017 in Gaithersburg, MD.
The presentation includes a comparison of the Navy's all-source Intelligence operations and emphases during the Cold War, versus very different Naval Intelligence missions in 2017 -- especially asymmetric threats like terrorism, piracy, arms/drugs/human trafficking, WMD counter-proliferation, and the emergence of new strategic threats from Russia, China, and North Korea. New areas of strategic maritime competition encompass Russian Arctic development, Chinese exploitation of undersea methane hydrates, and Russian "new physical-principles weapons" threats.
Captain (Ret.) Julio Gutierrez had a 26-year Naval, Joint, Inter-Agency, National and Coalition Intelligence career around the globe, including F-14 Tomcat squadron, carriers, cruisers, expeditionary amphibious warfare, NATO SHAPE, Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Central Command, and the Chief of Naval Operations' Strategic Studies Group. After active duty retirement in 2003, he was a GS future-concepts and unmanned systems technologist for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and NavSeaSysCom Technical Representative to NORAD & USNORTHCOM 2006-2011 for Maritime Homeland Defense. He is now a contract Maritime Security executive course instructor in the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Civil-Military Relations, for foreign senior officers at Monterey and abroad. Education: Stanford B.A. (International Relations) and Naval War College Masters (National Security Strategy & Policy). Wife Cecily is a retired Naval Intelligence LCDR.
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31 January 2018 (Wednesday), 11:30 am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco Chapter hosts Alan Brown on "The History of the Lockheed Skunk Works and the Development of the F-117A Stealth Fighter"
Alan Brown, former Director of
Engineering at Lockheed discusses "History of the Lockheed Skunk Works and
the Development of the F-117A Stealth Fighter" at this January meeting of
the AFIO "Andre LeGallo" San Francisco Chapter.
9 February 2018 - Tysons, VA - First AFIO luncheon of 2018 features Toni Hiley, CIA Museum Director, and Steve Coll, author/journalist, on The CIA and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Our first luncheon of 2018 ...for your calendar. Toni Hiley,
CIA Museum Director, Center for the Study of Intelligence speaks in the
morning. Followed by lunch, and then a presentation by Steve Coll,
author/journalist, on his reviewer-praised forthcoming book debuting at
event, DIRECTORATE S: The CIA and America's Secret Wars in
Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016.
Florida Institute of Technology professor and regular Florida Today columnist Scott Tilley will address the current big data landscape, provide an overview of some of the tools available to manage massive datasets, and discuss some of the possible impacts of big data and predictive analytics on businesses and society at large in the coming years.
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Be the first to learn the latest intelligence news! Join David Major, retired supervisory special agent of the FBI and former director of Counterintelligence and Security Programs at the NSC staff at the White House, for a briefing on the hottest intelligence and security issues, breaches, and penetrations. Presented in partnership with The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), these updates will cover worldwide events such as breaking espionage cases and arrest reports, cyber espionage incidents, and terrorist activity. Major uses his expertise to analyze trends and highlight emerging issues of interest to both intelligence and national security professionals and the public. Cases are drawn from the CI Centre’s SPYPEDIA®, the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world, containing events and information that may not be reported by mainstream media outlets. Event is free. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
Christopher C. Harmon discusses "The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy and Propaganda" at this Westminster Institute event.
When the world hands you a bad situation, Clint Emerson can give you the skills to be prepared. He should know. During his time as a Navy SEAL and Joint Special Operations Command Operator, he was a violent nomad―someone who traveled the world employing his unique set of skills to support operations in hostile environments against high value targets. Join Emerson for a crash course in restraint defeat. He will help you discover how to pick locks, break out of handcuffs, and generally get away. You’ll receive a 10-piece lock-picking kit and practice padlock, so you can keep your newfound skills sharp when you return to your-hopefully-everyday ordinary life. Emerson is the author of 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation--don’t miss this chance to learn from an actual Special Forces operator how to actively and creatively protect yourself. Tickets for the general public: $20 per person; Members: $10. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
The Washington Society for Churchill hosts author Liza Mundy discussing her new book Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II. Enjoy brunch and bottomless champagne during her presentation.
On January 25, 1917, HMS Laurentic, a British ship
laden with forty-four tons of Allied gold was sunk by German mines off the
coast of Ireland. Desperate to recover the treasure, the Admiralty
sent its best divers to salvage the gold. Their experiences in the
tight confines of the sunken wreck drew the attention of Rear Admiral
Reginald "Blinker" Hall, the Head of British Naval Intelligence, who
organized the group into the legendary "Tin-openers." These divers,
operating in live minefields, plumbed into freshly sunk U-boats searching
for codes, ciphers, and other intelligence to assist the codebreaking
operations of the mysterious Room 40 and help win the war. Joseph
A. Williams, author of The Sunken Gold: A Story of World
War I, Espionage, and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History will
recount, through newly discovered sources, the epic deeds of these covert
divers, bringing to light the grit and determination their project
The International Spy Museum invites you to join them for a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception and an evening of conversation with James Clapper as he offers his perspective on a "Year in Review." Topics covered include North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, and other technologies of concern. Bring your questions for the Q&A.
Clapper is the former Director of National Intelligence, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Lt. Gen Clapper worked under four Presidents, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton and Barack Obama after serving 32 years in the Air Force.
TIMING: Reception 6-7:15 pm, includes cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres; Conversation with James Clapper 7:15-8:30 pm; After-Glow Dessert Reception 8:30 - 9:30 pm
Sitting in your comfy chair watching James Bond makes
spy tradecraft look easy―now’s your chance to find out if you could be the
next 007. Do you have the savvy to beat a lie-detector? The smarts to
break a top secret coded message? The wits to create secret writing? The
moves of a Ninja? Families are invited to find out how they measure up at
the Museum’s Annual Spy Fest. Mini-missions, tradecraft demonstrations by
the experts, and the chance to try spy skill challenges will give KidSpy
agents and their handlers an insider’s peek into the shadow world of
spying―and who knows, there just may be a spy or two in your midst.
The Intelligence Studies Section content (4 straight days, 30 panels and roundtables) is one small part of ISA's much larger conference. The full conference program is almost 300 pages; find details at the full conference website here. The Intelligence Studies Section (ISS) is one of thirty thematic sections that make up the ISA, has approximately 350 members, and has been sponsoring research about intelligence as a function of government since the mid-1980s. Additional information on the ISS can be found here.
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