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Liza Mundy discusses
CODE GIRLS - American Women Who Cracked the German and Japanese Codes to Help Win WWII

at the Spring Cryptologic Program by the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF).

14 March 2018 - 10 am - 1 pm (lunch follows) - Annapolis Junction, MD

Liza Mundy at NCMF March 14 EventThe NCMF kickoff event for 2018 features award-winning Liza Mundy discussing "Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II."
Liza Mundy, a former staff writer for the Washington Post.

LOCATION: CACI Inc., Maryland Conference Center, 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD 20755 [Google map link here]

REGISTER NOW: Fee, includes lunch, is $25 for members and guests. Mail check to "NCMF, PO Box 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755" or register online here. Further details are here or feel free to call the NCMF office at 301-688-5436. A PDF-format flyer describing event is here.


Recent Intelligence Fiction

The Kremlin's CandidateThe Kremlin's Candidate
by Jason Matthews
(Scribner, Feb 2018)

Jason Matthews is a thirty-three-year CIA veteran and winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel.
Russian counterintelligence chief Dominika Egorova and her lover, CIA agent Nate Nash, must find a Russian agent about to be appointed to a very high office in the US government. A plot ripped from tomorrow's headlines continues the dangerous entanglements of Dominika and Nate and reveals with authenticity how Russian espionage can place agents in the most sensitive positions of power.

The novel opens with Russian president Vladimir Putin planning the covert assassination of a high-ranking US official with the intention of replacing him with a mole whom Russian intelligence has cultivated for more than fifteen years. Catching wind of the plot, Dominika, Nate, and their CIA colleagues must unmask the traitor before he or she is able to reveal that Dominika has been spying for years on behalf of the CIA. Any leak, any misstep, will expose her as a CIA asset and result in a one-way trip to a Moscow execution cellar. Along the way are vivid scenes in Moscow; Washington, DC; Hong Kong; New York; the Sudan; and Turkey, and two cold-blooded killers: Iosip Blokhin, a Spetsnaz military officer, and Grace Gao, an alluring Chinese spy, master of Kundalini yoga, and Beijing-trained seductress. The danger converges at the presidential palace on the Black Sea during a power weekend with Putin's inner circle. Some have called this "a primer in twenty-first-century spying...terrifically good" (The New York Times Book Review). The Kremlin's Candidate will be published just before the 2018 release of Matthews' earlier Red Sparrow, a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence, produced by 20th Century Fox.
Book may be ordered here.


Agent in Place
Agent in Placeby Mark Greaney
(Berkley, Feb 2018)

Greaney delivers nonstop action in this latest novel featuring the former CIA operative, now freelance assassin, known as the Gray Man. His latest assignment seems straightforward at first: kidnap the mistress of the Syrian president. Matters are complicated, though, when it turns out the mistress has given birth to a son, the only heir to the dictator's throne, and the ruthless Syrian first lady and her trusted assassin plan to kill the heir's mother. Greaney, author of some of the novels carrying on the late Tom Clancy's brand, should be required reading for fans of black-ops thrillers by Brad Taylor and Vince Flynn. —Jeff Ayers, Booklist

Book may be ordered here.


The Hapsburg Variation (Cold War Mystery)
The Hapsburg Variationby Bill Rapp
(Coffeetown Press, Dec 2017)

Rapp, a 35-year veteran of the CIA, fills his tale of Cold War intrigue with authentic historical detail. Set in 1955, Karl Baier finds the CIA officer stationed in Vienna as the deputy chief of station. An early morning summons from the Austrian Interior Ministry takes Baier to the banks of the Danube, where a shooting victim, an elderly man wearing an old Wehrmacht coat, has been found. Representatives of the three other occupying powers—French, British, and Russian—are already there. After examining the crime scene and concluding that the victim may be an Austrian POW recently repatriated from the Soviet Union, Baier returns home, where a mysterious Austrian visitor awaits him. The man, who won't give his name, tells Baier that the murder could have international repercussions if it turns out to be connected to the upcoming signing of a peace settlement and state treaty that will restore Austria's independence. The stranger also warns Baier that his wife, who's visiting her family near Leipzig, may be in danger. "...Rapp's novel offers many interesting historical tidbits and nicely imagined scenes." --Kirkus Reviews

Book may be ordered here.



AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 11:30 AM – Colorado Springs - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts General Gene Renuart, discussing "Intelligence: Art Form or Science…How little We Know."

The events of 9/11 and the subsequent operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom will be used to demonstrate that we are failing our national decision makers if we do not find the balance between human and operational intelligence as we assist the National Command Authority.

General Renuart's Air Force career culminated as Commander, NORAD and US Northern Command after nearly 39 years of distinguished service. In this last role, he was responsible for providing for the Homeland Defense and Defense Support to Civilian Authorities for the United States and for partnering with Canada and Mexico in broader security issues for North America. General Renuart served as the Director of Strategy, Policy and Planning (J-5) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as Senior Military Assistant to both SECDEFs Rumsfeld and Gates. He was the Director of Operations for General Tom Franks at US Central Command, planning and executing all combat and humanitarian operations in Afghanistan and Iraq immediately following 9/11. He also served for over 12 years in NATO related assignments in the UK, Germany, and Italy. He has flown over 60 combat missions in four different US and Coalition combat operations.

Since retiring and making Colorado his home, General Renuart has served as a senior consultant for a number of global, defense-related corporations and agencies. In 2012, he founded The Renuart Group (TRG), LLC, a defense, homeland security, energy, project management, and leadership consulting firm, based in Colorado Springs. He also serves on many Boards around the nation and locally. Finally, the General serves on the Colorado Springs Mayor's Air Service Task Force.

To sign up or for more information, please contact Tom VanWormer at robsmom@pcisys.net


Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others

Wednesday 21 February 2018, 7:30 - 8:45 PM - McLean, VA - "Will the Islamic Republic Last Long Enough to Get a Nuclear Bomb?" - Patrick Clawson at the Westminster Institute

"Will the Islamic Republic Last Long Enough to Get a Nuclear Bomb?" is the topic of Patrick Clawson's presentation at the Westminster Institute. Dr. Patrick Clawson is Morningstar senior fellow and director of research at the Washington Institute, where he directs the Iran Security Initiative, a flagship program focused on assessing the many points of challenge Iran poses to U.S. and Western interest across the Middle East. Widely consulted as an analyst and media commentator, he has authored more than 150 articles about the Middle East and international economics. He is the author or editor of eighteen books or studies on Iran, including Iran's Strategic Intentions and Capabilities, Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos and Getting Ready for a Nuclear-Ready Iran. He serves on the board of editors of The Middle East Quarterly.
TIMING: Reception at 7 PM; Presentation from 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM EST
WHERE: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101
COST: There is no fee to attend. Registration, however, is required.
REGISTER here.

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Breaking Cover: An Evening with Michele Rigby Assad - at the International Spy Museum

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.
Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Saturday 24 February 2018, 11am - noon - Washington, DC - The Magic of Spying: Tradecraft Trickery - at the International Spy Museum

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.
Ages: 7 and up* (one adult required for every five KidSpy agents).

Space is limited - advance registration required. Tickets for the general public: $10 per person; Members: $9. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Wednesday 28 February 2018 - Washington, DC - "The New Cold War?: The State of US-Russia Relations & Unconventional Threats to US Security" - a symposium at Georgetown University Law School.

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.
Panel 1: Foreign Ties in the National Security Context:
The Politics & Policies of Disclosure; Panelists will provide an overview of disclosure laws through the lenses of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and the security clearance process. Panelists will explore questions including: (1) What precisely are FARA and the SF-86's reporting requirements? and (2) What are the legal ramifications for failing to register as a foreign agent or disclose foreign contacts on the SF-86?
Panel 2: The Russian Cyber Threat; Panelists will discuss the growing threat posed by Russian hackers and whether the current international legal regime governing cyberattacks adequately safeguards against the Russian cyber threat, and if it does not, what reforms are needed to mitigate this threat.
Panel 3: Russian State Organized Crime; Panelists will explore the dangers posed by Russian state organized crime being invested in the U.S. economy and businesses, how state-sponsored organized crime is different from regular organized crime, and how the techniques used to combat them are the same, and how they are different. A reception will follow, and additional details will be announced soon. RSVP for the symposium here.

Wednesday 7 March 2018 from 7:30 to 8:45 pm - McLean, VA - "Old Lesson for New Wars: Counterintelligence at the Roots of Provocation and Terror" - Dr John J. Dziak's presentation at the Westminster Institute

"Old Lesson for New Wars: Counterintelligence at the Roots of Provocation and Terror" is the topic of Dr. John J. Dziak's presentation at the Westminster Institute Dr. John J. Dziak served as a senior intelligence officer and senior executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and in the Defense Intelligence Agency, with long experience in counterintelligence, hostile deception, counter deception, strategic intelligence, weapons proliferation intelligence, and intelligence education. He is co-founder and president of Dziak Group, Inc., a consulting firm in the fields of intelligence, counterintelligence, counter-deception, national security affairs, and technology transfer. His clients are found in industry, the Intelligence Community, and the Department of Defense. He is the author of Chekisty. He is a Distinguished Fellow in Intelligence Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council and also is a Senior Fellow at the International Assessment Strategy Center.
TIMING: Reception at 7 PM; Presentation from 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM EST
WHERE: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101
COST: There is no fee to attend. Registration, however, is required. REGISTER here.

14 March 2018 - 10 am - 1 pm (lunch follows) - Annapolis Junction, MD - Liza Mundy discusses CODE GIRLS - American Women Who Cracked the German and Japanese Codes to Help Win WWII at the Spring Cryptologic Program by the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF).

The NCMF kickoff event for 2018 features award-winning Liza Mundy discussing "Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II."
As the US headed to war in 1941, two things became clear: victory depended on successful code-breaking and they didn't have enough people working on it. The solution: recruit women for cryptanalysis. Tens of thousands of women  mostly college students and teachers with an affinity for math, science, and foreign languages  answered the call for top-secret work as codebreakers. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to real careers; however, strict secrecy nearly erased them from history...until now. Mundy provides a riveting account of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.
Liza Mundy, a former staff writer for the Washington Post, is author of four books and has won many awards. She holds an AB from Princeton and an MA in English literature from UVA. She lives a mile from Arlington Hall, where the Army code-breaking women worked.

LOCATION: CACI Inc., Maryland Conference Center, 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD 20755 [Google map link here]

REGISTER NOW: Fee, includes lunch, is $25 for members and guests. Mail check to "NCMF, PO Box 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755" or register online here. Further details are here or feel free to call the NCMF office at 301-688-5436. A PDF-format flyer describing event is here.

4-7 April 2018 - San Francisco, CA - ISA2018: The International Studies Association (ISA) 59th Annual Convention includes an Intelligence Studies Section with a exceptional program.

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.
If you have questions about the ISS program, contact the Section Chair: Stephen Marrin at marrinsp@jmu.edu or spm8p@yahoo.com
The updated program of Intelligence Studies Section panels at ISA2018 is here. Scan down that page to be dazzled by the number of presenters and breadth of intelligence and national security topics. This is a must attend conference.

22 - 25 April 2018 - Tampa, FL - USGIF GEOINT 2018 Symposium on "Driving Data to Decisions and Actions."

Always a phenomenal event in number of panels, quality (fame) of speakers, and hundreds of latest tech exhibits. This is the GEOINT version of the dazzling Consumer Electronics Show...

Hear from senior defense and intelligence leaders such as NGA Director Robert Cardillo and USDI Joseph Kernan in keynotes, panels, and presentations.
Learn from 52 hours of professional development, training, and education sessions with PDUs and CEUs.
See the latest in technology, services, and solutions from 200+ exhibitors in more than 100,000 sq ft of exhibit space.
Networking with more than 4,000 GEOINT Community professionals from 40 countries spanning defense, intelligence, homeland security, industry, and academia.

Learn more about the GEOINT Symposium here
Or register now and start planning on your trip to GEOINT 2018 in Tampa.


Jobs, Research Request, and Obituaries

Jobs

Two Reston, VA-based Intelligence Community jobs from FireEye

Job Title: ICS Security Analyst - FaaS for FireEye, Inc.

Experience: open; Location: Reston, VA

What We Will Do For You On a daily basis, you'll find the most malicious attacker activity the Internet has to offer Let you scour systems and analyze tons of network traffic looking for attacker presence Be Challenged to evolve how we detect and respond to attackers by authoring new and innovative Indicators of Compromise...more info here.

Job Title: Senior DevOps Engineer for FireEye, Inc.

Experience: 3 to 20 years; Location: Reston, VA

Provides a high level of technical and subject matter expertise in one or more technologies and serves as a point of escalation for technical issues related to specialty. Produces, delivers, and maintains appropriate documentation for systems in accordance document control standards and procedures. Uses innovative methods......more info here.

Research Request

Seeking Former CT Analysts in NSA, CIA, State, FBI, or DIA: My name is Dennis Pluchinsky and I was a terrorism analyst at State from 1977-2005. I am seeking anyone who worked in a counter-terrorism analytical unit in NSA, CIA, State, FBI, and DIA during the Reagan and Bush I administrations. I am currently writing a two volume history of the U.S. government's response to the terrorist threat from Nixon through Obama. One of the response threads is to map the units or offices that emerged during these administrations that were solely dedicated to counter / anti-terrorism. I am interested in office names, when they were first formed, how many analysts, how they evolved during the two administrations, and any personal comments on the working environment, analytical problems encountered, and what databases or communication systems you used (Flashboard, Desist, Centipede, MCDS, Deft, Fdlink, Iterate, et. al.).
My email is dpluchinsky@rocketmail.com. My goal is to map the USG's organizational response to the terrorist threat from Nixon through Obama. Given the classified nature of this issue, I have, as you would assume, encountered research problems. I am hoping however that with the Reagan and Bush administrations, those obstacles would be fewer.

Obituaries

Paul A. Irey PhD, 71, Senior Clinical Psychologist in CIA's Office of Medical Services, died 10 February 2018, in Herndon, VA.
Dr. Irey was a Senior Clinical Psychologist for over 27 years with CIA's Office of Medical Services. He served domestically and abroad in over 100 countries, in Europe, Eurasia, South Asia, Middle East, East Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Prior to that he spent eight years in private practice in Detroit, MI - including consulting with the Detroit Police Department and numerous crisis intervention and substance abuse treatment centers. Survivors include his wife, Mona Marie Lindauer Irey, a son, a brother, and other family.

John "Jack" Padden, 81, a 30-year CIA Officer, died 9 February 2018 of cancer in Longboat Key, FL. Padden was raised in northeastern Pennsylvania. He spent several years in Europe and Central America serving both the U.S. Army and the Central Intelligence Agency where he spent 30 years. He retired to Longboat Key, FL in 1999. Mr. Padden was a devout Catholic, avid baseball fan, and lifelong Baltimore Orioles fan. Survivors are his wife, Geraldine Padden, two daughters, a son, and other family.


Gift Suggestions:

AFIO's Guide to the Study of IntelligenceAFIO'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.

Perfect for professors, students, those considering careers in intelligence, and current/former officers seeking to see what changes are taking place across a wide spectrum of intelligence disciplines.

AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence helps instructors teach about the large variety of subjects that make up the field of intelligence. This includes secondary school teachers of American History, Civics, or current events and undergraduate and graduate professors of History, Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies, and related topics, especially those with no or limited professional experience in the field. Even those who are former practitioners are likely to have only a limited knowledge of the very broad field of intelligence, as most spend their careers in one or two agencies at most and may have focused only on collection or analysis of intelligence or support to those activities.

For a printed, bound copy, it is $95 which includes Fedex shipping to a CONUS (US-based) address.
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