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Books of the Week
Drawing on years of interviews, research, and travel, Gessen and photographer Friedman reflect on complex Russian attitudes to the legacy of the gulag in this vital collection of essays and photographs. Established in 1930, the gulag was a vast, brutal network of prison camps kept secret from the general population, in which millions of Soviet citizens were imprisoned or killed. Touching on the various populations of the camps, from the victims of Stalin's terror to later anti-Soviet dissidents, Gessen's brief essays focus on contemporary physical markers of the gulag -- the symbolic manifestations of how people choose to remember, or not remember, what happened. Many of the people she writes about are those who are invested in maintaining the known sites of camps: for example, Veniamin Iofe and Irina Flige, two members of the human rights organization Memorial, who discovered a mass grave in Sandormokh and worked with government agencies and other activists to eventually erect a series of monuments. Friedman's moody, panoramic black-and-white photos of the memorial sites convey a narrative that's fragmented, blurry, and ultimately incomplete, perfectly underscoring Gessen's text. The combination is a powerful meditation on contemporary Russia as seen through its relationship to the past. (Publishers
How the CIA tried to infiltrate a radical group of US military deserters, which leads from a bizarre political cult to the heart of the Washington establishment.
Stockholm, 1968. A thousand American deserters and draft-resisters are arriving to escape the war in Vietnam. They're young, radical, and want to start a revolution. Some even want to take the fight to America. The Swedes treat them like pop stars -- but the CIA seeks to halt it. To do that it uses deep-cover men of Operation Chaos and their allies -- agents who know how to infiltrate organizations and destroy from within. Within months, the GIs have turned on each other. Then the interrogations begin -- to discover who among them has been brainwashed, Manchurian Candidate-style, to assassinate their leaders.
When Matthew Sweet began investigating this story, he thought the madness was over. He was wrong. Instead, he became the confidant of an eccentric and traumatized group of survivors -- each with his own theory about the traitors in their midst. One of Sweet's interviewees accuses him of being a CIA agent and another suspects he's part of a secret plot by the British royal family to start WW III. Before long, he's deep in the labyrinth of truths and half-truths, wondering where reality ends and delusion begins.
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2018 CIA-themed Wall Calendar and Day Planner
This handsome calendar should hang in offices and homes to remind us of those who operate in the shadows who dedicated their lives for our freedoms.
To order the 2018 calendars or planners use this link.
The read about the calendar/planner project organized by a private citizen, visit CIA-ART.com.
Inspiration to have on your wall or desk top. And ideal gifts to send colleagues, friends, and others.
Financier Is Top Choice to Advise President on Intelligence Matters. The man who once reportedly dreamt of being the most powerful American in Afghanistan has now set his sights on a new intelligence job that would give him direct access to U.S. President Donald Trump and the White House.
After a year in office, Trump has zeroed in on a group of personal advisors on intelligence matters, and Stephen Feinberg, a billionaire financier who has angled for a position in the White House for nearly a year, is top on the list to lead it.
Feinberg will lead the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, six sources with knowledge of the matter told Foreign Policy. The sources requested anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence matters and internal policy.
A spokeswoman for Feinberg declined to comment. [Read More: McLaughlin/foreignpolicy/22Jan218]
Lebanese Intelligence Turned Targets' Android Phones Into Spy Devices, Researchers Say. Lebanon's internal intelligence agency appears to have been caught spying on thousands of people - including journalists and military personnel - in more than 20 countries, according to researchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Lookout, a mobile security company.
The spy operation, revealed on Thursday, is among dozens around the world uncovered by human rights groups and technical organizations in recent years as governments and intelligence agencies have started relying more on mobile and desktop spyware than on traditional forms of cloak-and-dagger espionage.
The researchers found what they said was evidence that Lebanon's intelligence agency - called General Directorate of General Security, or GDGS - spied on their targets' Android mobile devices and desktop computers using various methods for more than six years. Their primary attack method, researchers said, was through a series of decoy Android apps designed to look like widely used private, secure messaging services such as WhatsApp and Signal.
Once downloaded, the apps allowed spies to steal nearly everything off their victims' phones, including text messages with one-time passcodes for accessing email and other services, as well as contact lists, call logs, browsing history, audio recordings and photos. The apps also let the spies take photos using the phone's front or back camera, and turned the device into a silent microphone to capture audio. The apps were not designed to target Apple iPhone users. [Read More: Perlroth/nytimes/18Jan2018]
CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Russian Meddling, Expanding Operations with "More Risk". In his first in-depth network interview since taking control of the intelligence agency, CIA Director Mike Pompeo spoke with "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell at CIA headquarters. She asked about the intelligence community's relationship with the White House, and whether the president takes allegations of Russian interference in our elections seriously.
It was Pompeo's predecessor, former CIA Director John Brennan, who told Congress last year that he alerted the FBI to contacts between Russian officials and the Trump campaign, a central focus of the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
O'Donnell asked Pompeo, "Have you seen any evidence of collusion with members of the Trump campaign at the time?"
"I wasn't on the campaign," Pompeo replied. "I haven't seen it...I can only say this: I've watched this administration deal with all of our adversaries in a way that has been robust. And the CIA, as part of that, is doing our part." [Read More cbsnews/22Jan2018]
British 15-year-old Gained Access to Intelligence Operations in Afghanistan and Iran by Pretending to be Head of CIA, Court Hears. A 15-year-old gained access to plans for intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be the head of the CIA to gain access to his computers, a court has heard.
From the bedroom of the Leicestershire home he shared with his mother, Kane Gamble used "social engineering" - where a person builds up a picture of information and uses it manipulate others into handing over more - to access the personal and work accounts of some of America's most powerful spy chiefs .
The teenager persuaded call handlers at an internet giant that he was John Brennan, the then director of the CIA, to gain access to his computers and an FBI helpdesk that he was Mark Giuliano, then the agency's Deputy Director, to re-gain access to an intelligence database.
He also targeted the US Secretary of Homeland Security and Barack Obama's Director of National Intelligence from his semi-detached council house in Coalville. [Read More: Dixon/telegraph/19Jan2018]
Alleged CIA China Turncoat Lee May Have Compromised U.S. Spies in Russia too. The arrest last week of a former CIA officer suspected of spying for China exposed one of the most significant intelligence breaches in American history. But the damage is even worse than first reported, sources familiar with the matter tell NBC News.
A secret FBI-CIA task force investigating the case concluded that the Chinese government penetrated the CIA's method of clandestine communication with its spies, using that knowledge to arrest and execute at least 20 CIA informants, according to multiple current and former government officials.
American officials suspect China then shared that information with Russia, which employed it to expose, arrest and possibly even kill American spies in that country, said the current and former officials, who declined to be named discussing a highly sensitive matter. The possible sharing with Russia has not previously been reported.
Those sobering findings, sometime after the inquiry began in 2012, led the CIA to temporarily shut down human spying in China, and to overhaul the way it communicates with its assets around the world, according to former government officials familiar with the case. [Read More: Winter, Dilanian, Dienst/nbcnews/19Jan2018]
Egypt's Sisi Fires Spy Chief as Shuffle of Top Aides Continues. Three months ago, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt had three close advisers: his army chief, his spy boss and his chief of staff. Just one still has a job.
On Thursday, he fired the spy chief, Khaled Fawzy, and replaced him with his chief of staff. In October, he fired the chief of defense.
In a curt statement, Mr. Sisi's office did not offer a reason for the dismissal of Mr. Fawzy, who had led the General Intelligence Service since December 2014 and was credited with spearheading the agency's revival after its failure to anticipate the Arab Spring in 2011.
But there were signs the decision was made quickly, mostly notably in the choice of Mr. Sisi's longtime aide and chief of staff, Abbas Kemal, to fill the position temporarily until another successor is found. [Read More: Walsh/nytimes/18Jan2018]
Turkey's Intel Agency MIT Backs Army in Afrin Operation. Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT) continues to provide support to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) during the ongoing operation in Syria's northwestern Afrin region, according to a security source Monday.
On Saturday, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terror groups from Afrin.
The PYD/PKK is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terrorist group, which has been designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.
In its cooperation with the army, MIT analyzes satellite images and images recorded by the organization personnel in Afrin, which is followed by a notification to Turkish troops in the area that helps them in hitting their targets. [Read More: yenisafak/22Jan2018]
U.S. Navy Spots Russian Spy Ship 100 Miles off North Carolina Coast: Report. A Russian spy ship that appeared to be on course for United States coastal waters last week is now being tracked by the U.S. Navy, which has spotted it 100 miles off the coast of North Carolina, CNN reported.
Citing two U.S. military officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the broadcaster reported that Russia's Viktor Leonov vessel has been sighted in international waters, southeast from Wilmington, North Carolina. The U.S. Navy destroyer U.S.S. Cole is reportedly tracking the Russian ship.
The Viktor Leonov first sailed near the U.S. almost a year ago, within the first few weeks of the newly inaugurated administration of President Donald Trump.
It was spotted 30 miles off the coast of Connecticut in February then approached the U.S. Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, passing 30 miles south of it, in March. [Read More: Sharkov/newsweek/23Jan2018]
Bulgaria Ex-Spy Chief Sentenced to 15 Years for Misappropriation of Funds. Bulgaria's former intelligence chief Kircho Kirov was sentenced to 15 years in jail on Tuesday for what prosecutors described as the misappropriation of 5.1 million levs ($3.19 million) of public funds between 2007 and 2011.
It was the second verdict against Kirov, who is already appealing a 10-year prison sentence handed down in 2015 in an earlier misappropriation case.
In the latest case, prosecutors said Kirov had ordered a subordinate to draw up false documents to siphon funds from the intelligence service budget.
He has denied wrongdoing and said he would appeal the new conviction, which he described as part of a politically motivated campaign to persuade foreigners that Bulgaria is cracking down on corruption. [Read More: reuters/23Jan2018]
Sisi Holds Talks with French Intelligence Chief on Middle East. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted the Chief of the French Directorate-General for External Security, Bernard Amy, in Cairo on Monday, and underlined the strength of bilateral relations between the two countries, as the parties discussed regional issues and conflicts in the Middle East.
The talks, held in the presence of the acting Director of General Intelligence Service, Abass Kamel, saw Sisi emphasize that Egypt will continue intensive cooperation with France across several fields.
The official spokesperson for the presidency, Bassam Radi, said that Amy conveyed French President Emmanuel Macron's greetings to Sisi, and reiterated France's pride to maintain strong relations with Egypt.
Amy also emphasized France's determination to continue cooperating and consulting with Egypt regarding ongoing crises and issues across the Middle East. [Read More: Al-Youm/egyptindependent/23Jan2018]
Trisis has the Security World Spooked, Stumped and Searching for Answers. More than four months have passed since a novel, highly sophisticated piece of malware forced an important oil and gas facility in the Middle East to suddenly shut down, but cybersecurity analysts still don't know who wrote the code.
Since last August, multiple teams of researchers in the public and private sectors have been examining what the perpetrators planted inside a nondescript Saudi computer network. It's a rare case involving a computer virus specially engineered to sabotage industrial control systems (ICS) - the gear that keeps factories and refineries running. Manipulating these systems can have a destructive impact far beyond the network.
Today, the incident's magnitude and implications are becoming increasingly clear to the victim, to several foreign governments and to the private sector teams that led incident response. What they all found has been described to CyberScoop as the "next generation of cyberweaponry" - a tool so dangerous that its mere existence significantly intensifies the global digital arms race.
Clues unearthed from September to December suggest that an intricate but slightly misconfigured cyberattack caused the mysterious shutdown. The affected company and the teams investigating the incident still have not publicly revealed where it occurred. [Read More: Bing/cyberscoop/16Jan2018]
50 Years Ago North Korea Seized a US Spy Ship and Humiliated Washington. There's only one active-duty vessel of the US Navy being held captive by a foreign government. It's a North Korean tourist attraction.
On Jan. 23, 1968, North Korea attacked and seized the USS Pueblo, a barely armed spy ship that had been operating in international waters off its coast. Sent to gather intelligence on the secretive nation's military, the vessel was unimpressive but did feature sensitive encryption equipment and intelligence documents. One American crewmember was killed in the seizure, and the 82 others were imprisoned and mistreated for nearly a year.
The 50th anniversary of ship's capture serves as a reminder that relations between Washington and Pyongyang were tense long before Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un traded insults like "little rocket man" and "dotard." It also offers lessons for today.
While the two countries have been at odds for over half a century, some periods have been worse than others. The year 1968, even by today's standards, was particularly bad. Then as now, the two sides exchanged strongly worded demands. Right after the ship's capture, the US Navy insisted the crew be returned and that North Korea apologize, adding the US could demand compensation under international law. [Read More: Mollman/qz/22Jan2018]
What's Next For Intelligence Gathering In China After Leak Of CIA Confidential Information. After an ex-CIA agent was arrested for allegedly giving confidential information to Chinese authorities, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Dennis Wilder, former CIA deputy assistant director for the region, about what it means for intelligence gathering in China.
MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: In Honolulu, Hawaii, in August of 2012, a team of FBI agents searched a hotel room. Inside a piece of luggage, they found a small, clear plastic travel pack and, inside that pack, a datebook and an address book. The books belonged to former CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee. They contained handwritten notes and classified information, meeting places and the true names and phone numbers of CIA sources in China.
Lee was arrested this week at JFK Airport in New York. As The New York Times first reported, this comes as the CIA is trying to bounce back from one of the worst intelligence breaches in decades, a breach that has seen more than a dozen CIA sources in China killed or imprisoned.
Dennis Wilder retired from the CIA in 2016. He was deputy assistant director for East Asia and the Pacific. And I asked him how Lee's case fits into a pattern of China targeting former CIA officers. [Read More: npr/17Jan2018]
World's Top 10 Spy and Cold War Museums. INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM, WASHINGTON DC, US: Engaging and illuminating, the museum features archival videos, photographs and a satisfying collection of hardware - buttonhole cameras, a KGB lipstick pistol, a poison-tipped umbrella of the type Bulgarian agents used to assassinate dissident Georgi Markov in London and a replica of the Aston Martin DB5 featured in the James Bond Goldfinger flick. One of the stars is an Enigma machine, the cipher device used by the German military during World War II. "Cracked" by the Allies, the decoded messages contributed substantially to their victory. See spymuseum.org
GERMAN SPY MUSEUM, BERLIN, GERMANY: This is pure entertainment, a collection of the gadgets and techniques used by the world's second oldest profession over the ages. There's a whole room devoted to James Bond, a password cracker, interactive touch-screens and images that document the work of espionage in the city once at the frontline of the Cold War. Highlight is the laser maze where visitors test their acrobatic skills, as in Oceans Twelve. See deutsches-spionagemuseum.de
THE CORNER HOUSE, RIGA, LATVIA: Latvia was once a Soviet puppet state that operated under the watchful eye of the KGB, Moscow's secret police, and their HQ in the capital of Riga was this former apartment building, still a potent symbol of occupation. Here, opponents of the regime were interrogated, tortured and executed and the offices and cells have been preserved in all their shabby and chilling detail to tell the story of life under Soviet rule. See kgbbuilding.lv
THE COLD WAR MUSEUM, WARRENTON, US: Housed in a former US Army Security Agency Field Station used by the CIA, this museum offers an I-spy view of some of the events that dominated word headlines during the Cold War, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis. Exhibits include a Soviet SA-2 surface-to-air missile deployed to Cuba during the missile crisis and US Nike missiles. The museum was founded by Francis Gary Powers jnr, son of the pilot shot down in a U-2 spy plane during a reconnaissance mission over the Soviet Union. See coldwar.org [Read More: Gebicki/stuff/23Jan2017]
'The Catcher Was a Spy' Retells Mysterious Tale of WWII Figure. In his Sundance Film Festival feature "The Catcher Was a Spy," director Ben Lewin overcomes the challenging task of retelling the true story of enigmatic figure Moe Berg during World War II.
"I think a lot of work went into rediscovering this mysterious man who morphed himself from a baseball player into a spy," Lewin said in an interview from Santa Monica, California.
The Catcher Was a Spy follows Berg's tale as he transitions from major league ballplayer into a spy for the Office of Security Services, a predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency. The film stars Paul Rudd, as Berg, as well as Jeff Daniels, Guy Pierce, Paul Giamatti and Sienna Miller.
Berg, described as someone extremely intelligent who speaks nine languages, is recruited to stop German scientist Werner Heisenberg before he can build an atomic bomb for the Nazi regime, according to Sundance's film program. [McNaughton/parkrecord/17Jan2018]
"President Donald Trump says the United States should admit more immigrants
from countries like Norway. We should look to Norway, but not for
immigrants. We should look to Norway for lessons in how to resist Russian
efforts to subvert our democracy.
My current project is James P. Atwood.
"I have hundreds of pages of typed transcripts of interviews with his closest business associates. These contain detail information regarding Atwoods' purchase of ocean going freighters, illegal dealings with 100 British sports cars, water chestnut farm, acquisition on tons of rusty nails, infidelity and counterfeiting of Third Reich high value daggers and more.
Kenneth Alford is the author of eleven books, primarily on Third Reich treasures, painting, gold, silver and diamonds. Criminal Investigation Division, Counter Intelligence Corps and OSS records were heavily relied upon for this research. If you have info or comments about this project, contact Kenneth D. Alford: email@example.com
The tour, and its guide Brian Gray, have been featured on BBC Radio 2, prime time US television, and key media publications around the world. Having founded the 'Trail in 2009 however, Gray feels the time is right to complete the mission. He commented:
"Harold Macmillan, the late former British Prime Minister, famously opined that anyone who had worked in the security services for more than ten years was probably mad. I'm not sure whether that also applies to those merely educating people about the intelligence world, but with nine years on the frontlines of informing, educating, and perhaps entertaining people at the frontline of British intelligence education, it's time to slip back into the shadows."
Clients have included AFIO members as well as other members of the intelligence, diplomatic, military and security communities from around the world. And although only a limited number of private tour slots are available each month, Gray highlights that other dates can be arranged if need be to accommodate those whose travel plans or work itineraries are less flexible.
For further details on the different tours available, pricing and contact details, please visit https://intelligencetrail.com
FireEye, Inc. is seeking an Associate Threat Assessment Manager, Reston, VA, with 3 to 20 years experience. Details are here.
Adm. Stansfield Turner. 94, former DCI who led major CIA overhaul, died 18 January 2018 in Seattle, WA. Turner was the Director of CIA in the late 1970s and, at behest of President Jimmy Carter, reorganized the clandestine service seeking to usher in focus on newer technology, but faced considerable resist, push-back, and bad press on both efforts. An Oxford-educated Rhodes scholar, Turner was one of the Navy's sharpest analytical minds and confident leaders. He was a four-star admiral and commander of NATO forces in Southern Europe when he was tapped in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter, a Naval Academy classmate, to lead the U.S. intelligence community. As DCI during the entire Carter administration, Adm Turner had an office in the Old Executive Office Building - next to the White House - and he met the president frequently for one-on-one briefings, becoming one of the most powerful DCIs in history when Carter signed an executive order giving Turner authority over the budget of most of the U.S. spy agencies. With his new mandate, DCI Turner emphasized satellite imagery, electronic intercepts, and eavesdropping devices - technology still in wide Agency use today. [Read More: Shapiro/washingtonpost/18Jan2018]
Warren Ernest Frank, 92, a former CIA Deputy Station Chief, died 15 January 2018 in Leonardtown, MD. Mr. Frank enlisted in the Army at the age of 18 during World War II and served in Austria, Germany, and France. He then graduated from University of Colorado Boulder and in 1947 he began his career with the CIA. He became an expert in espionage, counterintelligence, and covert action, and was a significant participant in the peaceful resolution of the Cuban Missile crisis. He later served as Deputy Station Chief in Germany, and as Station Chief in Indonesia. He received the Intelligence Medal of Merit. He retired in 1985. In retirement traveled extensively and spent several months a year living in the Philippines. In 2003 he moved to Southern Maryland to live on the water, where he enjoyed watching beautiful sunsets. He was an avid reader, especially enjoying history and foreign policy. He was a loving family man and a devoted grandfather. He always stressed the importance of a good education. In addition to his wife, Anna K. Riihela, he is survived by two daughters, a son, and other family. [Read More: The Washington Post/legacy/21Jan2018]
In either Boston or Washington, join family, friends, and colleagues of Chuck Cogan in a Celebration of Life.
DC area will be Saturday, 10 February 2018, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm at Kenwood Golf and Country Club, 5601 River Road, Bethesda, MD.
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
Register now for AFIO National's first luncheon of 2018. 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.
Key Points To Cover will be: • Chapter Officers Election; • Treasurer's Annual Business Report; • Bylaws Review; • Upcoming Guest Speakers; • Chapter Outreach Efforts, and • Open Discussion.
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.
For further information and to register to attend meeting, contact FSC Chapter President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LCDR Don Barber discusses "Cyber deterrence, risk, and intelligence in the military" at this Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter meeting. The program is starts at noon.
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
Will also include two other national security-related
workshops. A webcast of the intelligence analysis workshop will also be
made available. More information on the workshops and access to the
webcast can be found here.
Location: Keck Center, 500 Fifth St NW, Washington, DC
Sitting in your comfy chair watching James Bond makes
spy tradecraft look easynows 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 Museums 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 insiders peek into the shadow world of
spyingand who knows, there just may be a spy or two in your midst.
You may be in love with the shape of your partner but do you know what their body is saying to you? This Valentine's Day deceptive analysis expert Lena Sisco wants to help you become fluent in body language. She will reveal how to spot hidden emotions in facial expressions, how to tell if someone's body language is open or closed, and why it's important to read. She'll tell you about the body's three power zones…for romance you might want to pay particular attention to one of these. Also she can show you the best way to convey that you're interested, not interested, or really, really interested. Sisco is a former military intelligence officer and interrogator and author of You're Lying! She'll help you take control of a suggestive situation, even if it means interrogating the one you love or want to love!
Before the talk begins at 7, enjoy a complimentary cocktail, sweet treats, have your lip print analyzed, and pick up a few basic lock picking skills that can come in handy for handcuffs! Adult material - 18 and older strictly enforced.
Tickets for the general public: $35 per person; Members: $25.
Working undercover, Michele Rigby Assad has operated in some of the most treacherous areas throughout the Middle East. Trained as a CIA counterterrorism specialist, Assad served her country for ten years, leading some of the most highly skilled operatives on the planet. The threats were real. The missions were perilous and the hazards of leading a double life in Iraq and other secret Middle Eastern locations were enormous. Now with her new book, Breaking Cover, she is able to share her covert life and the opportunities it presented to her, from protecting US national security to assisting people persecuted for their religious beliefs. Join Assad for a discussion of her former double life and the dramatic experiences that life in the CIA's directorate of operations offered her.
Pre-registered guests will be entered into a drawing to experience the Spy Museum's immersive adventure Operation Spy with Assad before the program on the 22nd. Winners will be able to bring one guest each. Breaking Cover will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Tickets for the general public: $15 per person; Members: $10.
In the real-life world of espionage, spies often call upon the art of magic and illusion to distract the enemy, make evidence disappear, and escape unnoticed. Join professional magician, Peter Wood, as he demonstrates the art of misdirection, sleight of hand, and other illusions used by skilled spies. This one of a kind performance, custom-designed for the Spy Museum, is guaranteed to fascinate children and adults alike.
Space is limited - advance registration required. Tickets for the general public: $10 per person; Members: $9. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
The Journal of National Security Law & Policy annual symposium theme is "The New Cold War?: The State of U.S.-Russia Relations & Unconventional Threats to U.S. Security."
In addition to the following three panels, the
symposium will also feature a lunchtime keynote speech by Laura
Kennedy, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and
Eurasian Affairs under the George W. Bush Administration.
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
AFIO's 788-page Guide to the Study of
Intelligence. Peter C. Oleson,
Editor, also makes a good gift. View authors and table of contents here.
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