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Why is America in Asia? Peter Oleson Interview.
Bill Sharp of ThinkTech Hawaii interviewed AFIO's Guide author, Peter Oleson,
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The Boston Marathon Bombing Five Years On
AFIO members and their guests are invited to attend this special conference hosted by the Boston University community
Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 1 - 5:30 pm on the BU campus in Boston, MA. Networking session follows.
15 April 2018 will be the fifth-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. To commemorate this event, the BU Pardee School of Global Studies and other Boston University organizations are sponsoring a conference featuring first responders, a panel of international scholars to discuss terrorism, a panel of legal experts to explain how the US prosecutes terrorists, and an historical exhibit provided by BU's Gotlieb Archival Research Center.
Two journalists who have written acclaimed books about the bombing are also scheduled to speak.
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Books of the Week
Seymour Hersh, a legendary investigative journalist for the New York Times and the New Yorker, recalls his struggles to uncover government secrets—and almost greater struggles getting them printed. His career includes stories of the 1968 massacre of Vietnamese civilians by American troops at My Lai, various Watergate revelations, and abuses at the Abu Ghraib military prison during the Iraq War. He discusses sussing out sources and documents, fencing with officials who knew they were leaking or being coy as they sought to betray or destroy classified programs without losing their clearances, and includes instances of Hersh receiving death threats. Includes his pursuit of My Lai perpetrator William Calley, which saw him barking bogus orders at soldiers and crawling through a Fort Benning barracks. Getting his stories published proved just as difficult as getting to those spilled classified secrets. Hersh endlessly faced nervous editors seeking to avoid running his incendiary (libelous?) articles while he navigated byzantine newsroom politics, especially his testy relationship with Times chief Abe Rosenthal, who emerges in this memoir as a cross between courage and, mainly, corporate-focused (pro-America) timidity. Hersh provides impressions of many well-known figures: Henry Kissinger ("the man lied the way most people breathed") to the "ass-kissing coterie of moronic editors" at the Times who, supposedly, watered down one of his attack-pieces on corporate skulduggery.
"Donald Maclean was arguably the most valuable, and certainly the most troubled, of the Cambridge spies. Roland Philipps knows the world that formed him and has given us the fullest account we've yet had not only of his treason but of the conflicted man who committed it." - Joseph Kanon, author of Defectors
"From his riveting recreation of the Cold War atmosphere to his in-depth exploration of such a brilliant, troubled and duplicitous character, Roland Philipps has created a masterpiece. The rich renderings of secret assignations, smuggled documents, damning intelligence and brilliant code-breaking will delight lovers of fiction and non-fiction alike. Picture Erik Larson meets John le Carré and you have only begun to scratch the surface of this absolutely gripping book." - Brad Thor, author Spymaster
"Gripping from start to finish." - Sara Wheeler, author Too Close to the Sun: The Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton
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Report: Russian Cyber Spy Wanted by FBI Admits Intel Sharing. A senior leader in Russia's spy agency, wanted by the FBI and suspected to be linked to Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, has agreed to plead partially guilty to sharing information with foreign intelligence, according to a Russian media report.
The Russian news site RBC reported Monday that Dmitry Dokuchaev, a major in the FSB intelligence service, has admitted that he indirectly transferred information to foreign intelligence, presumably the United States. RBC, citing two anonymous sources, said that Dokuchaev insisted it amounted to informal information-sharing about activities of cybercriminals who did not work for Russia.
That's at odds with a report from another Russian news outlet last year, which said that one of the individuals about whom Dokuchaev shared information was alleged Russian hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin. On Friday, it became public that the United States had succeeded in its attempt to extradite Nikulin from the Czech Republic - an effort bitterly fought by Moscow. Nikulin faces charges in California for allegedly hacking the databases of LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring in 2012.
Dokuchaev, 34, once a high-ranking official in the FSB's unit that investigates cybercrime, is also the target of an arrest warrant in the U.S. The FBI accused him in February 2017 of directing and facilitating criminal hackers who stole user information on 500 million Yahoo accounts. [Read More: Hall/mcclatchydc/2Apr2018]
Turkish Spy Agency Captures Six FET'-Linked Suspects with Help of Kosovo. Turkey's intelligence agency has brought six people suspected of links to the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FET') from Kosovo to Turkey in an operation carried out with the cooperation of the former's spy agency, the H'rriyet Daily News learned from security sources on March 29.
All six suspects were detained by Kosovo law enforcement early March 29 as a result of cooperation between the relevant government offices of the two countries and were handed at the airport to a special team deployed to Pristina by the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MİT).
The suspects were later brought back to Istanbul on a special jet and were detained by the Turkish police March 29. They are accused of being members of FET', blamed for the July 2016 coup attempt that left more than 250 dead and thousands injured. It is believed that thousands of FET'-linked high-level military and civilian bureaucrats as well as other people have fled Turkey before and after the coup attempt.
Turkey has long been exerting efforts for the extradition of these people, including FET' leader Fethullah G'len who is in self-exile in the United States, from all over the world. A few hundreds of FET'-linked suspects have already been brought back to Turkey as a result of political and intelligence cooperation with countries such as Sudan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. [Read More: Demirtas/hurriyetdailynews/29Mar2018]
Romanian Intelligence Service Declassifies Cooperation Protocol with Prosecutors. The Romanian intelligence Service (SRI) declassified at the end of last week the cooperation protocol signed in 2009 with the General Prosecutor's Office, after requests from the ruling coalition.
The document was declassified after the Public Ministry said all conditions in current legislation are met for this.
In mid-March, justice minister Tudorel Toader and prime minister Viorica Dăncilă asked for the declassification of the collaboration protocols between the SRI and other state institutions.
The recently declassified document was signed in February 2009 by SRI deputy Florian Coldea and deputy general prosecutor Tiberiu Nitu and approved by Laura Codruţa Kovesi, then the country's general prosecutor, and SRI director George Maior. [Read More: romania-insider/2Apr2018]
Incoming NSA Chief has a Reputation for Winning 'All the Important Fights.' Russia Will be His Biggest Test Yet. The next head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command will be taking charge in the face of what intelligence officials call the greatest strategic threat to the United States: Russia's efforts to disrupt U.S. elections.
Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, who is widely expected to be confirmed this month, also will confront Russia's aggressive targeting of the U.S. electrical grid and other critical infrastructure, and if directed would be responsible for providing the president and the defense secretary options to counter such provocations.
With distrust between Washington and Moscow at a new high, Nakasone will face a host of challenges leading two agencies on the front line of this new Cold War. The NSA has been shaken by several major breaches, a steady loss of technical talent and a controversial reorganization. Cyber'Com, now eight years old, has struggled to gel as a mature organization able to offer effective options for countering cyberthreats.
"Russia is the most significant national security threat facing Paul Nakasone at Cyber Command and NSA," said Eric Rosenbach, a former Pentagon chief of staff and senior cyber official. "Given the escalating tensions between the United States and Russia, and the fact that they continue to hack key democratic institutions and conduct information operations, that makes Russia his top strategic concern when he assumes command." [Read More: Nakashima/washingtonpost/1Apr2018]
After a Long Wait, World War II Spy Service Honored for Daring Acts that Helped Secure Allied Victor. For former military pilot John Billings, the commendation he received on Capitol Hill last week was welcome but late. Seventy-three years late, to be exact.
In February 1945, Billings, flying on behalf of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the World War II-era precursor to the CIA, signed up for what seemed like a suicide mission. Fly deep behind Nazi lines, high in the wintry Alps, his superiors asked, to drop a group of covert operatives on a frozen lake. The operation was so perilous the Royal Air Force refused it.
But Billings said yes, and the mission was a success, helping to provide critical information on enemy movements during the war's final period.
Last week, Billings was among about 20 OSS veterans who gathered in Washington as lawmakers including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., awarded the OSS with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor given by Congress. [Read More: Ryan/tulsaworld/29Mar2018]
China Hackers Ordered to Report Software Holes to Spy Agency. China's spy agency has ordered local hackers to abstain from global hacking contests and instead report any vulnerabilities to the security ministry or the affected company, according to cyber security experts, as Beijing seeks to tighten its control over technology and information.
The guidance from the Ministry of State Security, which comes as China is taking an increasingly isolationist approach to technology, was aimed at boosting its stash of intelligence, experts said.
"Clearly this is about local control," said Christopher Ahlberg, co-founder and chief executive of US-based cyber intelligence firm Recorded Future. "Vulnerabilities could be problems in software but are also an opportunity to get backdoors into them."
The move is the latest bid by China to secure control of technology and information. It follows initiatives such as Made in China 2025 - a scheme to restructure China's industrial policy - and last year's cyber security law that requires foreign companies to store data locally and allow data surveillance by China's security apparatus. [Read More: Lucas/ft/28Mar2018]
Russian Spies in Seattle: Black Ops, Soviet Subs and Counter Intel in the Pacific Northwest. Wanted - FBI recruits for a career in surveillance. Must be comfortable tailing subjects by foot, vehicle or on public transportation, use electronic equipment, and work nights and weekends as necessary.
The online job post at fbijobs.gov gives a glimpse into the shadowy world of espionage that continues to unfold between the United States and Russia. The Trump administration cited the risk of such clandestine activities in its decision Monday to close the Russian Consulate in Seattle.
The Cold War spy craft that was the stuff of John le Carré thrillers may have taken a back seat in the popular imagination in the age of post-9/11 terrorism, but for FBI agents trying to identify Russian consular staff who are using their positions as cover for intelligence gathering, the work never stopped, and it may have intensified amid growing tensions between Moscow and the West.
"It's no secret that consulates serve as a potential platform for covert activities," said Charles Mandigo, a former special agent in charge of the FBI Seattle office, "just as consulate personnel and embassy staff provide the country with the opportunity to insert a spy onto U.S. soil." [Read More: Bernton, Carter, Miletich/seattletimes/28Mar2018]
I Spy at New York's Museum of Deception. "Hello Bill Hamilton." The silver kiosk displayed its welcome when I swiped the black wristband that was my admission ticket.
The days of slipping through the back of a tailor's shop are long gone.
I was standing before the first of 12 information-gathering sentinels at Spyscape, a $50 million, 60,000-square-foot spying and espionage museum, which opened recently in mid-Manhattan.
With leading questions and embarrassing exercises, the kiosks were assessing me - personality traits, risk tolerance and I.Q. - to construct a profile of the kind of spy I might best be. [Read More: Hamilton/nytimes/29Mar2018]
From Moscow with Murder: Russia Hunting Defectors in America? They get lonely. They miss their friends and family left behind in Russia. And so, despite the danger of exposing themselves to Kremlin retribution, Russian defectors hiding abroad make phone calls or send emails back to relatives in the motherland.
And when they do, the Kremlin is listening.
"It's easy to find us, if they are really determined," one defector in the U.S. tells Newsweek. Phone calls and emails make it easy for Russian eavesdroppers to locate them. A visit from a relative back home makes it even easier. Agents can just trail them to a defector's doorstep.
Some U.S. security sources say there has been an uptick in Russian activity here over the past two years. Suspected Russian agents have been spotted cruising the neighborhoods of some defectors protected by CIA security teams, they say. The FBI and CIA have been "bringing people out of retirement, people who worked against the Russians in the 1990s," to cope with the the challenge, the defector said, speaking anonymously out of fears for his personal safety. [Read More Stein/newsweek/31Mar2018]
Blazing Trails in Women's Army Corps, Intelligence Agency. Bruce Berger, of Jefferson City, has a number of reasons to take pride in the memory of his mother. Not only did she demonstrate her patriotism while supporting her country in the Women's Army Corps in World War II, but years later, after her husband passed away, she was able to raise three sons while at the same time completing a career in an American intelligence agency.
Born Nov. 19, 1915, in Brooklyn, New York, Doris Van Wickel was the daughter of Jesse Van Wickel, who was at the time serving as a Foreign Service Officer for the United States. Due to his chosen career field, his daughter was exposed to many cultures while growing up in several different countries.
"My mother lived in several places in her youth to include Shanghai, China; Jakarta, Indonesia; The Hague; Netherlands, East Indies; and England," Berger said. "Until 1939, most of her time was spent outside of the United States," he added.
Records maintained by Van Wickel indicate in the early 1930s, she attended the Malvern Girls' College in Great Malvern England and later completed coursework at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Columbia University in New York. [Read More: Amick/newstribune/2Apr2018]
Inside GCHQ: Sky News Gains Exclusive Access to the UK's Cyber Intelligence Agency. The room is windowless, and surrounded by a bank of computer and television screens. A file of maps and intelligence is on a table in the middle.
I'm encouraged to scribble notes on the table as I go along.
I'm inside GCHQ, the UK's cyber intelligence agency - more relevant than ever today, with the advance of technology and growing threats.
I'm being put through a surveillance operation by a GCHQ analyst, Louise. This has never been shown in public before. [Read More: Bunkall/sky/2Apr2018]
Israeli Intelligence at 70: Does the Future Lie with Humans or Machines? Should Israeli intelligence move more toward cutting-edge data mining or maintain the traditional pillars of human-centered work? As Israel celebrates its 70th birthday, the question will only become more pressing. What can we learn from delving into the country's intelligence history and what do top officials foresee in this realm? It comes as no surprise that the debate about whether Israeli intelligence should invest more in the direction of data mining - using pure technological and cyber power to gather and analyze threats, versus continuing to invest in human analysts and spies - is a recent development, coinciding with the steady advance of today's technological know-how.
From the founding of the state until the late '60s, the Mossad did not have substantial operational or technological arms.
Until then, it established various foreign spy rings and provided information to its big brother, Israeli military intelligence, which did the operations, technological and analysis work.
One leap forward happened in the mid-'70s. After the Agranat Commission concluded that the state was surprised by the 1973 Yom Kippur War - partially by relying too much on intelligence analysis from one organ, IDF intelligence - the Mossad established its own intelligence analysis division. The idea was to provide a separate assessment of threats for the political echelon to consider. [Read More: Bob/jpost/1Apr2018]
Secret WWII Commandos Rewarded for Valor. The secret agents would arrive at the American base in England with little time to spare before their planes took off for occupied Europe under cover of night. They traveled in cars with tinted windows and were bundled so securely in scarves and hats, even their genders were a mystery.
And for more than 40 years after World War II ended, Army sergeant Keith Cole was forbidden from uttering a single word about what he saw and did.
But on March 21, Cole and roughly 20 of his former colleagues in the Office of Strategic Services were ushered into the bright lights of the U.S. Capitol's Emancipation Hall to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian award.
"It was something I never thought would happen," says Cole, 93. [Read More: Cox/heraldtribune/2Apr2018]
China's Counterintelligence "Trinity" and Foreign Business. As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) pursues a domestic anti-spy campaign and new espionage laws, PRC national security concerns and greater suspicion of foreigners may trump foreign business complaints about unfavorable treatment, rising trade barriers, and feeling unwelcomed. Foreign firms in China should not ignore these warning signs, but instead plan for a period of higher business risk and harsher conditions, especially since strong historical parallels indicate that this period may not pass quickly.
Since CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping convened the first meeting of the Central State Security Commission in 2014, a spate of new security measures has emerged including the National Security Law, the Counterterrorism Law, the Intelligence Law, the Cyber Security Law, the Counterespionage Law, as well as additional regulations meant to guide implementation (en.people.cn, May 18, 2017; China Brief, May 11, 2016; cpcnews.cn, April 15, 2014).
The party pursued these measures for clear reasons, including real espionage problems uncovered by Chinese counterintelligence. Notable among them was a multi-year roundup, ending in 2012, of over 20 PRC citizens spying for the United States, and more than 40 cases reported two years later against Chinese citizens accused of spying for Taiwan (Sina.com, October 27, 2014; New York Times, May 20, 2017).
Guided by these new laws and regulations, a media campaign emerged over two years ago that continues into the present. The first annual National Security Day inaugurated on April 15, 2016, promoted popular awareness of foreign espionage after PRC authorities unveiled their report-a-spy hotline, 12339, in late 2015. Numerous media pieces followed, including television news segments on foreign spying, and propaganda videos tailored to audiences from primary school students to young adults (Chinanews.com, April 20, 2016; bjnews.com.cn, April 10, 2017; South China Morning Post, November 6, 2017). Echoing the reality of an escalating espionage competition between Washington and Beijing, the Chinese campaign more than matched efforts by American authorities to warn of Chinese espionage in the U.S. (FBI videos Game of Pawns April 2014 and Company Man July 2015). [Read More: Brazil/jamestown/26Mar2018]
What Really Went on at Russia's Seattle Consulate? Among the 27 countries that have retaliated for what is believed to be a Kremlin-ordered chemical-weapon attack on an ex-Russian intelligence officer and his daughter in Britain earlier this month, the United States took by far the most dramatic steps: ousting 60 diplomats in total, including 15 suspected intelligence operatives based at Russia's United Nations Mission alone - the most significant action of its type since the Reagan administration. (The move prompted Russia, on Thursday, to announce the expulsion of 60 U.S. diplomats and the closure of the U.S. consulate in Saint Petersburg.) But it was the Trump administration's announcement of the shuttering of Russia's consulate in Seattle that turned heads. Why Seattle? What was going on there? Would the closure matter?
While Seattle is an important city for Russian intelligence collection efforts domestically, its consulate's profile has generally been quieter than San Francisco's or New York's, according to two former U.S. intelligence officials who asked to remain anonymous but have knowledge of Russian activities in these areas. But the closure of the consulate is noteworthy nonetheless: Along with the administration's shuttering of the San Francisco consulate in 2017, Russia will now lack a diplomatic facility west of Houston, or any diplomatic presence on the West Coast for the first time since 1971. Russian intelligence officers - at least those under diplomatic cover - will no longer operate in easy proximity to America's two great tech capitals. Indeed, at least in Seattle, suspected Russia spies have already been caught attempting to infiltrate local tech companies.
"Certainly, there were enough issues that were important to the Russians in Seattle - the naval bases, Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon," says John Sipher, a former CIA officer who worked closely with the FBI on counterespionage issues. "There was always nervousness within the national security agencies that the sheer number of ethnic Russians in these industries was something the Russians could take advantage of. I don't know if closing Seattle was a strategic choice; nonetheless, the concentration of high-tech and military resources makes it a sensible target."
After the closure of the Russian consulate in San Francisco, former senior U.S. intel officials told me that facility had, for decades, functioned as the primary hub for Russian intelligence-gathering in the Western United States. It featured key classified communications systems, and was a crucial collection center in Russia's long-running effort to map out America's fiber-optic cable network. [Read More: Dorfman/politico/29Mar2018]
Three Reforms to Fix the House Intelligence Committee. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, long a bastion of relative bipartisanship and responsible behavior in an increasingly polarized Congress, appears to be badly broken.
The reckless behavior of the Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), has been widely reported. Using selective leaks, see-no-evil investigative techniques, and highly partisan reports, he seems to see his primary job as protecting President Trump rather than our national security. Sadly, the Republican members of the committee have gone along with his dangerous behavior.
The question now becomes how to restore the committee to its former level of responsible oversight. Doing so is vitally important to our national security.
Not only would a conscientious Intelligence committee ensure future investigations are carried out fully and fairly, but it would restore the confidence of the country and the intelligence community in the work of the panel. The nation must know that the Committee is holding our vast, powerful, multi-billion dollar intelligence system accountable. And our intelligence operatives must have confidence that the secrets they risk their lives to obtain will not be used or leaked for partisan purposes. [Read More: Gaby/thehill/29Mar2018]
What Went Wrong With 'What Went Wrong at the FBI'. You may be forgiven for having missed Thomas Baker op-ed, "What Went Wrong at the FBI," published in the Wall Street Journal on March 19. Eminently forgettable in its own right, the piece is worth noting because, in at least two ways, it highlights how much has changed since Donald Trump took office.
Baker, a retired FBI special agent and legal attaché, observes with concern that "Americans have grown increasingly skeptical since 2016" of the FBI. He is "troubled by this loss of faith" in what was "once regarded as the world's greatest law-enforcement agency" - a loss of faith caused by "lapses" apparently including the conduct of FBI agent Peter Strzok and the bureau's "egregious" application for a FISA warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Baker seeks to explain the root cause of those lapses. The original sin, he writes, was "a cultural change that occurred in the wake of the 9/11 attacks": the FBI "set out to become an 'intelligence driven' organization."
Baker contends that the FBI should have remained purely a law enforcement agency, safe behind the "'wall' between criminal and intelligence investigations." This "cultural change" from law enforcement to counterintelligence is what explains all of the bureau's current troubles - which for Baker include former deputy director Andrew McCabe's "lack of candor"; the blurring of the once-bright line that "separates the legal from the extralegal" by vesting increased power in "'politically sensitive' individuals at headquarters" rather than stalwarts in the field; and the "abuse" of conducting electronic surveillance on Carter Page by "shad[ing] the truth in a FISA application - as occurred with the 'Steele dossier.'"
The FBI's post-9/11 embrace of counterintelligence was a mistake, Baker claims, because a "law enforcement agency deals in facts," while an "intelligence agency deals in estimates" and must "often bend a rule, or shade the truth, to please [its] political masters." In other words, spies lie, while cops speak truth to power. Of course, law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies alike can be guilty of shading the truth - as illustrated from as far back as the Church Report in 1976 to as recently as a March 18 article in the New York Times on "testilying." Baker's former colleagues at CIA, NSA and other U.S. intelligence agencies would likely take issue with his casual dismissal of their integrity and professionalism. [Read More: Kris/lawfareblog/2Apr2018]
Joseph Paul Ashley, 81, CIA Career Officer, died 23 March 2018 in Springfield, VA.
Robert Kaye Barrett, 92, an NSA intelligence analyst and cryptologist, died 20 January 2018 of congestive heart failure in St. Michaels, MD.
James Ivey Brooks, 77, career NSA Electronic Research Analyst, died 13 March 2018 in Chambersburg, PA.
Donald Henry Diloreto, 85, former CIA Officer, died 28 February 2018 in Falls Church, VA.
Franklin Owen Felt, 91, CIA Intelligence Analyst who -- upon receiving a terminal medical diagnosis -- left to run a circus, died of complications decades later from dementia 6 March 2018 in Gettysburg, PA.
William Walter Hamilton, 90, a career FBI agent and career CIA officer, died 18 March 2018 of kidney failure in Ironton, OH. After two years in the US Marine Corps during WWII, Bill joined the FBI where he served 28 years. He was the supervisor of the FBI's New York office. He then joined CIA where he served 25 years. As he was heard to say, "I earned my gray hair."
Howard Joseph Judd, 77, a CIA Operations Officer, died 29 March 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Albert Ellwood Severn, Col, USAFR(Ret), 73, former Chief of Systems Management, NSA, died 28 March 2018 in Ellicott City, MD. He graduated from Catonsville (Maryland) High School, 1964, and entered the inaugural class at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He later earned a BS in Information Systems Management in 1970 at the University of Maryland, College Park campus.
Andrew James Britten, 57, a physician's assistant, died 6 March 2018 in Lake Mary, FL.
Lt Col Jen Snow USAF, speaks on innovation and emerging disruptive technologies relative to Special Operations concerns. JJ Snow is an Air Force Lt Colonel assigned as the U.S. Special Operations Command Innovation Officer and J5 Donovan Group Future Plans and Strategy Team Air Force Representative. In her current role, JJ serves as the government representative for technology outreach and engagement on behalf of the command and 545 interagency action officers spanning 40 different government agencies. She is responsible for maintaining a network of nontraditional experts to provide government with critical access, expertise and capacity across a broad spectrum of technologies to rapidly identify best of breed while also proactively responding to potential threat aspects of concern to Special Operations and national security. She supports senior government leadership in process innovation, innovation planning in big government, and the development of smart technology policy and advises on emerging disruptive technologies.
Timing: Check-in starting at 1130
hours; Cash wine and soda bar open at 1130 hours for those who wish to
come early to socialize; Opening ceremonies, lunch and business meeting at
noon, followed by our speaker.
In January 2017 Dr. Stern received the French Knight of
the Legion of Honor medal. Presented by the French Consul General, the
award was created by Napoleon in 1802 and is the highest honor the country
can bestow upon those who achieved remarkable deeds for France. Dr. Stern
was honored for his role in liberating the country during World War II.
Dr. Stern was a member of the Ritchie Boys who were the US special
military intelligence officers and enlisted men of Work War II trained at
Camp Ritchie, Maryland. Training included methods of intelligence,
counterintelligence, interrogation, investigation and psychological
warfare. Dr. Stern landed in Normandy 2 days after D-Day and begin special
interrogation of German prisoners in France and Germany.
The next scheduled meeting will feature speaker Steve Soboroff, President of the L.A.P.D. Police Commission.
AFIO Maine will host US Naval War College professor Andrew R. Wilson discussing "Chinese national security strategy on the Korean Peninsula and across the South China Sea." This is the latest in a series of discussions relating to the importance of intelligence in public affairs.
Ursula M. Wilder PhD, a clinical
psychologist with the CIA's Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis,
discusses the psychology of espionage and leaking. In her presentation
this evening, she will provide crisp sketches of the three kinds of
distorted personalities -- psychopathology, narcissism, and immaturity --
found in those who have abused their access to top-secret information and
betrayed their country.
Location: Society of Illustrators, 128
E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
The AFIO Columbia River Chapter hosts Terry
Valois on "Insider Threat: Authorized Users, Privileged Access,
Abused Trust." Valois is a Navy Cryptologic veteran and retired senior CIA
officer with over 37 years of experience in the intelligence community and
Dr. Henry A. Fischer will discuss "The History and Future of the American Security Council Foundation." The ASCF is the first public policy organization in America that has been helping to keep the nation and world safe since 1985 by promoting the principles of "Peace Through Strength." Dr. Fischer's presentation includes a short video on the "Step Up America Program. Dr. Fischer is a dentist and developer in Sebastian, Florida since 1962. He is the President of Henry Fischer and Sons, Inc., a heavy equipment company developing quiet lakefront communities and beach restoration. He has dedicated 4.5 miles off the Sebastian River to the State of Florida.
LOCATION: Amici's restaurant, 7720 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL. AFIO members, their guests and interested parties are welcome to attend. Attendance is by registration only. To register, contact FSC Chapter President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ralph Simpson, Historian, discusses
"The History of the Enigma Machine." Ralph Simpson worked in the computer
industry for 32 years at IBM and Cisco Systems. He is now retired and
volunteers at a local history museum. Mr. Simpson is the author of a
cipher history book called Crypto Wars: 2000 Years of Cipher
Evolution and is an avid collector of cipher machines, which can be
seen on CipherHistory.com.
Mr. Simpson lives in San Jose in a restored Victorian house, which is also
home to his Cipher History Museum.
This special luncheon features three keynote speakers. They are: Richard W. Hoch, Deputy Director of CIA for Analysis, on "The Directorate of Analysis and the Future of Analysis" [Remarks are off the record. No recording, quoting, or media permitted] Bruce Riedel, CIA and Brookings, on "The Future of US-Saudi Relations," based on his book, Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States Since FDR. and R. Scott Decker, FBI, on Recounting the Anthrax Attacks: Terror, the Amerithrax Task Force, and the Evolution of Forensics in the FBI.
NOTE NEW TIMES: Badge pick-up at 9:15 to 10 a.m. First speaker, Scott Decker, at 10 a.m.; Bruce Riedel at 11 a.m. and DD/A Hoch at 1 p.m.
Registration opens Friday, 6 April. Link will appear at www.afio.com and in next Weekly Notes
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
There will be two showings (2:30 pm and 6:00 pm) of National Treasure - Book of Secrets - starring Nicolas Cage, rated PG. Free admission and complimentary popcorn too! Click here to reserve your seat(s).
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
"The Boston Marathon Bombing: Five Years On" - AFIO members and their guests are invited to attend this special conference hosted by the Boston University community. BU Prof. John Woodward, a long-time AFIO member and former CIA officer, is serving as the conference coordinator.
15 April 2018 will be the fifth-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. To commemorate this event, the BU Pardee School of Global Studies and other Boston University organizations are sponsoring a conference featuring first responders, a panel of international scholars to discuss terrorism, a panel of legal experts to explain how the US prosecutes terrorists, and an historical exhibit provided by BU's Gotlieb Archival Research Center. Two journalists who have written acclaimed books about the bombing are also scheduled to speak.
When: Wednesday, 11 April 2018, from 1-5:30 p.m., followed
by a networking session.
COL Christopher P. Costa (US Army, ret.) is the new
Executive Director of the Spy Museum. He has done some things he can't
even tell you about, but this evening he'll share what he can from an
intense career in the intelligence community. Costa has most recently been
the Special Assistant for the President & Senior Director for
Counterterrorism at the White House National Security Council where he
applied what he learned as a practitioner to policy making. Previously his
career included 25 years of active duty deployed in hot spots such as
Panama, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He's the recipient of two Bronze
Stars for intelligence work in Afghanistan and has been inducted into the
Commando Hall of Honor for the US Special Operations Command. His career
has included human intelligence, special operations, counterintelligence,
unconventional warfare, and now...museums! Join Spy Museum historian Dr.
Vince Houghton when he sits down with Costa for an informal
Registration is currently underway for 2018 NIP Spring
Luncheon (aka...Red Tie) being held at the stately Army Navy Country Club
in Arlington, VA. A special guest goes along with what will be a special
day: Vice Admiral Joe Kernan, USN (Ret), Under Seretary
of Defense for Intelligence. He will share his thoughts and impressions of
the current "National Security Challenges" facing the nation.
The Defense Intelligence Forum (DIA Alumni Association) meets to hear Brigadier General Francis X. Taylor (USAF, Retired) discuss "Threats to the Homeland and DHS Responses."
What if you were assigned to watch the most damaging
spy in US history? As a young operative in the FBI, Eric O'Neill was put into position as Robert Hanssen's assistant with the secret task
of spying on his boss, who was under suspicion of working for Russia.
O'Neill's background with the FBI was in surveillance, so he was up to the
challenge. But how would you measure up? It's your chance to find out.
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.
Join the Spy Museum Store as it meets author/career CIA
Technical Operations officer, Warren D. Holston, and
Intel analyst/contributing author, Dave White. Holston
has worked throughout the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense,
and defense industry for more than 30 years and was awarded the CIA's
Intelligence Commendation Medal and the Distinguished Career Intelligence
Medal. White has worked for the US government in a broad range of roles
and missions within the Intelligence and Defense Communities for almost 30
years, including serving as a Deputy Senior Operations Officer and
Identity Intelligence Analyst at the National Counterterrorism Center
(NCTC) and as a biometrics technology consultant in the Intelligence
In pop culture, the spy chief is an all-knowing,
all-powerful figure who masterfully moves spies like pieces on a
chessboard. How close to reality is that depiction, and what does it
really take to be an effective leader in the world of intelligence? As
editors of Spy Chiefs: Volume 1, Dr. Mark Stout,
a program director at Johns Hopkins University, and Dr.
Christopher Moran, an associate professor at the University of
Warwick, will reveal what they have gleaned about the role of intelligence
leaders in foreign affairs and national security in the US and the UK from
the early 1940s to the present. They will discuss some of the most
intriguing of these shadowy figures such as William Donovan and John
Grombach, who ran an intelligence organization so secret that not even
President Truman knew of it. They'll also explore questions about spy
chief accountability and just how powerful they were...or weren't. Spy
Chiefs will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Friday, 18 May 2018, 1 - 2:30 pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - 2018 Henry F. Schorreck Lecture Speaker Series by NSA's Center for Cryptologic History on "The Pueblo Incident: A Fifty-Year Retrospective."
The National Cryptologic Museum hosts NSA's Center for Cryptologic History's 2018 Henry F. Schorreck Lecture Speaker Series which will explore "The Pueblo Incident: A Fifty-Year Retrospective."
The special guest speaker is Mitchell Lerner, Associate
Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Korean Studies at
Ohio State University. He is the author of The Pueblo Incident: A Spy
Ship and the Failure of American Foreign Policy, which won the 2002
John Lyman Book Award.
REGISTRATION: Event is free. However, a full house is
anticipated and thus, advanced registration is required at this link. The NSA-CCH will confirm registrations
and answer any questions.
The 26th National Security Law Institute will take place June 3 through June 15, 2018. The National Security Law Institute provides advanced training for government officials and professors of law and political science who teach or are preparing to teach graduate-level courses in national security law or related subjects requiring a detailed understanding of National Security Law. Applications are also invited from government attorneys in the national security community who are actively engaged in the practice of national security law or otherwise have a professional need for such training. This annual intensive two-week course is held at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia. Prominent scholars and current and former government experts will take part in lectures, panels, and debates to address both theoretical background and important contemporary issues of national security law.
Topics addressed include: Contemporary Theory Concerning the Origins of War and the "Democratic Peace"; Aggression & Self-Defense; The ISIL Threat; Cyber Threats; War and Treaty Powers under the Constitution; Intelligence and the Law; Domestic and Transnational Terrorism; Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Warfare Threats; Law of Armed Conflict; War Crimes and Their Prosecution; and Maritime Concerns/South China Sea.
Accommodations: Hyatt Place Charlottesville, 2100 Bond St (GPS use 1954 Swanson Dr), Charlottesville, VA. Approximately 25-30 participants are selected to attend each Institute. Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Charlottesville and paying a tuition fee of $1,950.00, which includes lodging, lunches, course materials, and any group dinners during the Institute. The deadline for applications for the 2018 Institute is May 11, 2018. For additional information please contact Bill Lacy regarding applications (email@example.com) or Mer McLernon (firstname.lastname@example.org) for logistics (lodging, meals, etc.). The Center has a small fund from which to provide scholarship assistance to a few applicants who might otherwise not be able to attend the program. More information here.
For your calendar. A special evening to illuminate the critical role of individuals and organizations serving the Intelligence Community, and to raise funds in support of the International Spy Museum.
The William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner will take place
at The Ritz Carlton Hotel. More than 600 attendees are anticipated and
will recognize the men and women who have served in the field of National
Security with integrity and distinction. This annual tribute dinner is
given by the International Spy Museum to an individual who has embodied
the values of Judge William H. Webster. This year's
honoree is a patriot for whom love of country has been his guiding
principle: Admiral William H. McRaven, former US Special
Operations Commander, former Joint Special Operations Commander, and
Chancellor of The University of Texas System.
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.
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.
Order the Guide from the AFIO's store at this link.
The Guide is also available directly from Amazon at this link.
These 2017 mousepads have full color seals of all 18 members of the US Intelligence Community on this 8" round, slick surface, nonskid, rubber-backed mouse pad with a darker navy background, brighter, updated seals. Also used, by some, as swanky coasters. Price still only $20.00 for 2 pads [includes shipping to US address. Foreign shipments - we will contact you with quote.] Order NEW MOUSEPADS here.
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