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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
In March 2012 Russia's Minister of Defense Serdyukov informed newly elected Putin that a plan was being prepared for "the development of weapons based on new physical principles: radiation, geophysical wave, genetic, psychophysical, etc." In response to worldwide concerns, the Russian government deleted the statement from the public transcript of the meeting. The question remains: Is Russia developing an offensive biological warfare program? Zilinskas and Mauger investigate the multiple dimensions of this security issue ranging from the Soviet legacy to current doctrine, from advanced weapons-development networks to civilian biotechnology research, from diplomatic initiatives to disinformation campaigns, documenting the build-up and modernization of Russia's biodefense establishment under the Putin administration.
A political scientist's account of the demise of Western democracy and exploration of what lies ahead. Since the end of WW II, democracy's sweep across the globe seemed inevitable; yet now the opposite seems true. Even in some of the world's former stable democracies, countries are turning away from democracy. How bad could things get? Runciman argues we are trapped in outdated twentieth-century ideas of democratic failure. By fixating on coups and violence, we are focusing on the wrong threats. Societies are too affluent, too elderly, and too networked to fall apart as they did in the past. New ways of thinking are needed to consider the unthinkable—a twenty-first-century vision of the end of democracy, and whether its collapse might allow us to move forward to something better. Runciman contends that observers who worry about the collapse of democratic institutions focus on signs familiar from the last century: "fascism, violence, and world war." Runciman suggests democracy is going through a "midlife crisis," and when the end comes, "we are likely to be surprised by the form it takes." Examines several potential democracy enders: coups, the lurking disasters of climate change or nuclear war, and technology or corporations running amok. It also considers potential replacements for democracy: pragmatic authoritarianism, epistocracy—the distribution of power based on knowledge—and submission to artificial intelligence.
Book may be ordered here.
Former Top U.S. Intelligence Officials Back Trump's CIA Pick. U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, has received the strong, cross-partisan backing of dozens of former top intelligence officials, according to a letter sent to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"Ms. Haspel's qualifications to be CIA Director match or exceed those of most candidates put forward in the Agency's 70-year history," they said in the letter to the committee's leaders that was released on Monday.
Among the 53 signing the letter expressing "strong support" for Haspel were three former Directors of National Intelligence and six former directors of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Trump nominated Haspel, a veteran CIA undercover officer who is currently CIA deputy director, to be director last month. If confirmed, she would be the first woman to lead the agency. [Read More: reuters/9Apr2018]
Britain Shared 'Unprecedented' Intelligence Over Spy Attack. Britain shared "unprecedented levels" of intelligence about a spy poisoning it blamed on Moscow, which has led at least 25 countries to expel Russian diplomats, a senior UK government official said Tuesday.
This week's coordinated expulsions have echoed Britain's action in response to the March 4 attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury.
London has shared "unprecedented levels of intelligence with partners" since the attack, a senior government official said, culminating in the response from capitals around the world.
Nearly 150 suspected Russian spies have so far been expelled, including 23 dispatched by Britain. [Read More: Ritchie/timesofisrael/28Mar2018]
Danish Intelligence Agency Storing Sensitive Data in Secret Database. Politicians are up in arms following the revelation that the intelligence agency PET is storing sensitive personal data in a secret database.
According to Politiken newspaper, PET staff can view the information in the database - upon approval from PET heads - despite the law stipulating that PET must delete sensitive personal data 15 years (at the latest) after it is collected. PET called it a "logical deletion".
"Calling it a logical deletion is pure George Orwell, because it's neither logical nor a deletion. It's the moving of data from one archive to another, which they then lock and give the PET head the keys to. The PET law's deletion deadline has proven to be a postulate - we don't have a system that protects the Danes' judicial security," Claus Juul, the head lawyer at Amnesty Denmark, told Politiken.
According to the archive law from 2013, a large part of PET's material must be transferred to the State Archives, so future historians can look at it. Meanwhile, some of it is kept at PET for security reasons. [Read More: cphpost/3Apr/2018]
Secret, Direct Talks Underway Between US and North Korea. The United States and North Korea have been holding secret, direct talks to prepare for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, a sign that planning for the highly anticipated meeting is progressing, several administration officials familiar with the discussions tell CNN.
Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo and a team at the CIA have been working through intelligence back-channels to make preparations for the summit, the officials said. American and North Korean intelligence officials have spoken several times and have even met in a third country, with a focus on nailing down a location for the talks.
Although the North Korean regime has not publicly declared its invitation by Kim Jong Un to meet with Trump, which was conveyed last month by a South Korean envoy, several officials say North Korea has since acknowledged Trump's acceptance, and Pyongyang has reaffirmed Kim is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
The North Koreans are pushing to have the meeting in their capital, Pyongyang, the sources said, although it is unclear whether the White House would be willing to hold the talks there. The Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar has also been raised as a possible location, the sources said. [Read More: Labott, Liptak, McLaughlin/cnn/7Apr2018]
Turkish Secret Agents Seized 80 People in 18 Countries, Official Says. Turkish secret agents in 18 countries have seized 80 Turks suspected of having links to a group accused of plotting a coup in 2016 and returned them to Turkey, a senior government official said Thursday.
Bekir Bozdag, the deputy prime minister, hinted at audacious actions by Turkish intelligence operatives abroad under the increasingly authoritarian government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The scope of the arrests conjured up analogies to the Central Intelligence Agency's covert seizures and imprisonments of suspects after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Speaking in a Turkish television interview, Mr. Bozdag did not specify how precisely such arrests had been carried out. Nor did he disclose where the suspects had been detained, except for the arrests that had been made public in Bulgaria, Malaysia and Kosovo. There have been unconfirmed reports in the Turkish press of arrests in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan. [Read More: Gladstone/nytimes/5Apr2018]
Ex-Mossad Agent: Egypt Benefits From Israel's Intelligence Capabilities. Egypt is benefiting from the "enormous" capabilities of the Israeli national intelligence agency (Mossad) in the fields of eavesdropping, tracking, monitoring, the former Mossad official, David Meidan, has revealed.
"Few Israeli intelligence capabilities could improve Egypt's ability to deal with security risks," Meidan told the Hebrew newspaper Makor Rishon, as quoted by Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. "The cooperation between the two countries aims at eradicating every threat they face." Israel, the former Mossad officer noted, communicates intelligence know-how to Egypt through "secret means", adding that telephone communication "is not safe for transferring classified information between the two countries".
Meidan, who was born in Egypt, had previously worked as the coordinator for cooperation and intelligence between Israel and Egypt, which was said to have focused on "combating terrorism". The former Mossad officer pointed out that Egypt, in return, provides Israel with intelligence information that "would affect its [Israel's] national security".
"Since Israel is more powerful than Egypt, its ability to obtain intelligence is greater," Meidan explained. "Israel's main goal behind continuing security cooperation with Egypt in the Sinai Peninsula is to ensure the security of Eilat," Meidan said, stressing: "The greater the escalation of terrorist organisations in Sinai, the greater the risks to Eilat." "The existence of any security threat on Egypt's Sinai entails another threat on Israel later," he added. [Read More: middleeastmonitor/9Apr2018]
W.Va. Intelligence Fusion Center Honored for 10th Anniversary. It helps police locate killers and unmask multi-state crime rings.
It thwarts human traffickers and aids keeping crowds safe at Bridge Day, the National Scout jamboree and other events.
And on March 17, the W.Va. Intelligence Fusion Center marked its first decade of service.
Governor Jim Justice has honored the Fusion Center for its 10th anniversary with a proclamation, presented March 16 to Director Jessica Griffith by Deputy Chief of Staff Ann Urling. [Read More: fayettetribune/4Apr2018]
He Says He's an Innocent Victim. Robert Mueller Says He's a Spy. The man sat at a restaurant table, grasping a glass of white wine. His sandy hair was close cropped, he wore a cardigan sweater and in the afternoon bustle he looked like just another office worker at lunch.
While seated, the most notable element of his appearance was hardly noticeable; only when he stood to introduce himself did it become clear that he is short, almost childlike, in stature, a characteristic that earned him the nickname "the midget" from Russian political operatives.
He spoke flawless English, with only a touch of an accent, was gregarious, and casually brushed aside the main question in this rare interview in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, a year or so ago, saying that of course he was not a Russian spy.
Yet in Washington these days, the man, Konstantin V. Kilimnik, has turned up in multiple court filings by the special prosecutor, Robert S. Mueller III, who identifies him as Person A. Just this week, for example, a Dutch lawyer was sentenced to a month in prison for lying to the F.B.I. about, among other things, his communications with Person A. [Read More: Kramer/nytimes/6Apr2018]
CIA Directors Fast Facts. Here's some background information about directors of the Central Intelligence Agency. As part of America's intelligence community, the CIA collects information about foreign governments, organized crime and terrorist groups. [Read More: CNN Library/weny/2018]
Trump Administration Considering Major Changes to Security Clearance Program. The Trump administration may move the vast majority of the governmentwide security program from the Office of Personnel Management and National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) back to the Pentagon.
Multiple sources said top administration officials, including Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, OMB's Deputy Director for Management Margaret Weichert, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon met last week to discuss the transfer.
Though sources said the transfer is still predecisional, the White House at one point was considering an announcement as early as Monday.
"The administration is committed to transforming the way in which background investigations are conducted in order to improve timeliness, to best protect our most sensitive information and ensure a trusted workforce," OMB and OPM said in a joint statement to Federal News Radio. "The administration is actively analyzing the government-wide impacts of current plans for DoD to assume responsibility for its own investigations and will soon make a decision on the future of the government-wide program that is consistent with our efforts to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of government." [Read More: Ogrysko/federalnewsradio/9Apr2018]
Woman Who Nazis Called 'Most Dangerous of All Allied Spies' Memorialized in Baltimore County. Virginia Hall crisscrossed Europe during her storied career. She clerked at the U.S. embassy in Warsaw, drove an ambulance in France and hiked over the Pyrenees Mountains.
But it was on a quiet farm in northern Baltimore County that the American spy - celebrated at home and abroad for her contributions to Allied Forces in World War II - spent much of her childhood.
Now that spot, near Parkton, will be commemorated with a roadside marker. On Saturday, a plaque was unveiled in the 19300 block of York Road, near the former farm that was her childhood home. A ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m.
"She always seemed larger than life," said her niece Lorna Catling of Baltimore, who plans to attend the celebration. "She was very intelligent, very sure of herself, and obviously very well-traveled." [Read More: Knezevich/baltimoresun/7Apr2018]
Thompson Receives Congressional Gold Medal. On Nov. 30, 2016, Congress passed The Office of Strategic Services Congressional Gold Medal Act, allowing 18 original members of the OSS to be recognized in Washington D.C., on Wednesday, March 21, where they received the Congressional Gold Medal.
Jim Thompson, 91, of Marshall, was one of those 18 recipients. The OSS once boasted nearly 13,000 members. Today, more than 70 years after the war was won, fewer than 100 are still alive, including Thompson. The identities of OSS members remained classified information until 2008, when the National Archives released OSS personnel records.
The OSS was the World War II predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Special Operations Command and the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research.
According to www.history.com, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt acted swiftly to improve U.S. intelligence capabilities even further. [Read More: Barnes/marshallnews/9Apr2018]
The Daring Deep Sea Divers Who Helped Crack WWI German Codes. From the surface, the water was dark green - the Royal Navy diver peering down from the little boat could see no more than a few feet. Slipping into the sea, he adjusted the air valves on his heavy diving helmet and allowed the weights affixed to his body to drag him down to the soft bottom of the English Channel. Here the visibility, although somewhat obscured, was much better. Looking beside him, he could see they had found his quarry: a freshly sunken submarine, a German U-boat.
Looking up, he could see the reason for its sinking. Swaying balloon-like on their tethers were horned mines scattered about the water. The anchor of the diver's boat might have hit a mine on its way down, or the diver could have exploded one with his lead-soled boots. But despite all the danger, he was determined to get into that U-boat. He needed to recover its secret documents to help win the Great War.
In 1918, Rear Admiral William Reginald "Blinker" Hall, the Head of Britain's Naval Intelligence Division (NID) was in need of a new source of intelligence material. NID was in the business of cracking codes - classified communications in which the message's meaning was replaced by words, phrases, letters, numbers, or other symbols. These missives - military, diplomatic, and naval - told of Imperial Germany's movements and were invaluable in providing the intelligence necessary to wage a successful war. Almost always, these codes were ciphered, meaning the already-secret messages were encrypted with other letters or symbols transposed over the original to make it even more difficult to crack.
While Blinker Hall's code breakers could crack these codes given time, the whole business was expedited through the admiral's covert network of agents who gathered codebooks, cipher keys, and other intelligence material through radio intercepts, captured German vessels, downed zeppelins, spy work, blackmail, and general skullduggery. Armed with these tools, Hall's code breakers were so capable that they could, in almost real time, relay the movement of German U-boats, troops, and consular communications to the British government. It was Hall's code breakers who, in 1917, had deciphered the Zimmerman telegram, in which Germany offered an alliance to Mexico if war broke out between the United States and Germany - one of the contributing reasons for the United States entering the war in 1918. [Read More: Williams/history/5Apr2018]
Heroes Among Us: WWII Veteran Recruited Spies For US Intelligence. Every week in partnership with the Florida Panthers we put the spotlight on a hero among us.
This week we highlight WWII Veteran Alfred Ferris who served in the US Army for more than 27 years.
He was overseas for three tours and spent quite some time in Berlin, at the same time the Berlin Wall was being put up.
He was referred to as an agent handler, recruiting people to be spies for US intelligence. [Read More: Peters/cbslocal/6Apr2018]
Beaumont Man was a Spy Before There was a CIA. In the middle of World War II, Beaumont native Jack Wheat found himself in a Maryland warehouse marked as storage for cherry soda. Only it wasn't.
Within its walls, Wheat was preparing for a covert mission for the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.
"All they told us was, 'If you want to volunteer for an extremely hazardous mission overseas, that's all we can tell you. And you just have to make up your mind whether you want to do that,'" Wheat recalled.
"So of course...I was just a young kid, so I volunteered," said Wheat, laughing. "I was barely 19 years old." [Read More: Suy/beaumontenterprise/6Apr2018]
A Rare Insight Into Cyber Espionage: Dutch Intelligence and Two Russian Bears. In the European summer of 2014, cyber operators from the Dutch Joint Cyber SIGINT Unit - operated by Dutch intelligence and security services - gained access to APT29, better known as Cozy Bear. This well-known Russian hacker group targets Western governments and industry.
With front row access, the Dutch watched the Russians trying to gain access to the US State Department. Dutch authorities warned the Americans and helped the State Department defend its IT infrastructure. Later, the Russians gained access to the White House's network and confidential information about President Barack Obama's travels.
In April 2016, Fancy Bear - another Russian hacker group - gained access to the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) computer servers. The Dutch again warned the Americans.
A year later, the Fancy Bear hack became one justification for the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the US elections. US internet security company Crowdstrike, which had been contracted by the DNC, eventually attributed responsibility for the interference to the two Russian bears. [Read More: Hogeveen/aspistrategist/6Apr2018]
CIA Nominee Haspel's History of "Taking the Tough Jobs". To the distinguished ladies and gentlemen on Capitol Hill:
You are poised to make one of the most critical decisions this term by voting on the president's nominee to become the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. At no other time in history has our nation been under assault at such a massive scale in every domain, not the least of which are withering attacks, using weaponized information, targeted at the heart of our democratic processes.
The woman you are considering to lead the CIA has been tested by some of the toughest battles this nation has seen, and she is up to the task.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I'm not objective on the subject of Gina Haspel. Throughout my nearly three decades of service in the CIA's Directorate of Operations, she and I worked on some of the most difficult tasks given to the agency. By the end of my career with CIA, she was an experienced and highly accomplished CIA deputy director while I was her counterpart in the Defense Intelligence Agency. [Read More: Wise/thecipherbrief/8Apr2018]
Michael Leiter: Pool Intelligence to Combat Mass Shootings. The 9/11 attacks spurred one of the most dramatic reforms in U.S. history. Policymakers created the Department of Homeland Security, coordinated watch lists and a nationwide threat reporting system, and reformed the FBI and the Justice Department. The changes were far from perfect, but the bottom line is clear: They made us far safer.
Why hasn't similar effort been applied to prevent mass shootings? In 2017 alone, 117 lives were lost in public mass shootings. Although we don't have a silver bullet, federal and state officials should learn from our counterterrorism intelligence successes to improve our defenses against mass shooters.
The most notable post-9/11 reform was the elimination of legal and policy walls separating foreign intelligence organizations (principally the CIA and the National Security Agency) from domestic law enforcement (largely the FBI). The result - the National Counterterrorism Center - pulls together all types of intelligence regardless of the source or sensitivity and includes representatives from across the government. The center is thus the single locale where all the dots can be connected.
The FBI could create a similar fusion organization to combat mass shootings, bringing together all the relevant information, regardless of its source and sensitivity, for experts to analyze. [Read More: Leiter, Sheehan/omaha/6Apr2018]
I am looking for information about Frank A. Bova, who served in an elite U.S. military unit between 1943 and 1946 that specialized in acquiring Nazi war plans and other secret documents from behind enemy lines. Later in life, Bova ran a used car lot in Yonkers, NY. I would benefit from talking to former service members who may have known Bova or have knowledge of units such as the one in which he served. According to Bova's obituary, he was in the U.S. Army Air Force.
Elizabeth Mahan Doyle, 95, Physicist, Engineer, Intelligence Analyst for CIA/NSA/DIA, died 5 April 2018 in Washington, DC. Betty, an Electronics Engineer/Intelligence Analyst, was a proponent for women to enter into the engineering field. She served as a Physicist in the Bureau of Ships, Navy Department from 1944 to 1948, where she became Electronics Engineer. Her assignments included tours of duty in the Direction Finder Design Section, the Infrared and Ultraviolet Passive Detection Systems Design Branch and the Radar Design Branch. In 1956 she transferred to the Central Intelligence Agency, working as an Electronics Analyst in the Headquarters Electronics Intelligence Processing Center where she interpreted signals intercepted by the famous U-2 missions. While there Betty Doyle earned a special award from the NSA for her classified reports on the Soviet Surface-to-Air Missile Radar. This work led to the successful design of electronic countermeasure systems. In 1963, Betty Doyle moved to the DIA where she conducted special studies to identify radar signal collection requirements and to determine how successful the airborne collections missions were in satisfying these requirements for both the Air Force and Navy. In 1971 she was appointed to be the Federal Women's Coordinator for DIA in addition to her responsibilities as an Electronic Engineer/Intelligence Analyst. Betty Doyle was a member of the IEEE, the Electronic Warfare Association, AFIO, and other groups. She was a member of Kenwood Country Club. She is survived by two sons, and other family. [Read More: dignitymemorial]
Irving D. "Ike" "Irv" Isaacson, 102, OSS officer, lawyer, died 28 March 2018 in Auburn, ME. He graduated from Bates College with a degree in economics in 1936, and from Harvard Law School in 1939. After practicing law for about a year, Irv decided to enlist in the National Guard. It wasn't long before he got dragged into World War II and was assigned to England as a replacement officer for D-Day casualties. Maj. Isaacson was a US Army soldier assigned to the Office of Strategic Services, a WWII intelligence organization disbanded at close of the war. Isaacson trained to parachute behind enemy lines and also helped the Dutch resistance effort. "He loved serving in the OSS," his son said in a telephone interview. "The adventure, the lack of rules, and the freedom to do as you please were all appealing." It was the era before 24/7 news coverage and embedded reporters reporting the realities of operations. After World War II ended, he moved on his own initiative to Eastern Germany and began spying on the Soviets. He described his exploits in Memoirs of an Amateur Spy: The Story of the First OSS Spy in the Cold War with the Russians published by Stones Point Press, 2001. He later returned to the states where he joined his father's law firm in Lewiston, ME, and retired from the firm when he reached the age of 95 -- practicing commercial and corporate law for 65 years. During his law career, he served as legal counsel to the emerging Maine chicken and egg industry and to Freeport-based retailer L.L. Bean. That firm, Brann and Isaacson, still operates today. Isaacson was also a talented metalworker and blacksmith for nearly all his adult life. He stopped blacksmithing at age 95 when hammering hot metal became too hazardous. He is survived by two sons and daughter and other family. [Read More: portlandpress]
Kenneth W. Shute, 92, NSA Cryptologist, died 6 April 2018 from pneumonia in Hanover, PA. He took V-5 Naval Aviation Cadet training in 1943 and later served as an aviation radioman/gunner with the Naval Air Patrol Bombing Squadron VPB-119, based at Clark Air Force Base, Luzon, Philippine Islands. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with two stars. In 1946, received his B.A. in psychology from George Washington University. In 1949, he joined a predecessor organization of NSA, continued to work for NSA after it was organized in 1952, and retired from the Agency in 1980 after 35 years of credited federal service, 32 of which were with NSA. During his NSA career, he worked in the offices of Advanced Analysis (ADVA) and A group. He participated in a supervisory role and in the cryptanalytic attacks on systems, and in the collection, analysis and reporting of new and unidentified signals. He tutored interns and, in 1975, was team leader for a special task-analysis study on cryptanalysis. As a board-certified Cryptanalyst, Signals Analyst, and Collections Officer, he received NSA's Meritorious Civilian Service Award in May 1980. His last assignment with NSA was as a GS-15 Division Chief in A Group, with a work force of 125 civilian and military personnel, in a round-the-clock machine-processing operation using computer-based, electronic equipment. He retired from NSA in September 1980. Post-retirement he was a program analyst for the University of Maryland, Department of Physical Plant. He also From 1988 to 1991, satisfying his worked as a Library Associate for the Prince Georges County, MD Library System and was active in various civic groups which included Meals-on-Wheels, the New Carrolton Swim Club, and the Office of Consumer Affairs. Hobbies included family research, puzzles, playing softball. He had many club and association memberships. He leaves his wife of 69 years, Beverly Berry Shute, a son and two daughters, and other family.
Edward Toole, 93, a career CIA officer, died 28 March 2018 in Whately, MA. Ed served with the US Marines from April 1943 to January 1946 in the Solomon Islands campaign and on Okinawa. He used the GI bill to get an AB degree from Brown University in 1951 and an MA in International Economics from the University of Connecticut in 1952. In February 1953 he began a 30-year career with CIA where he specialized in Russian and European countries. He served under seven CIA directors, with positions in Washington and Germany. He also served a tour as Executive Secretary of the US Economic Intelligence Agencies Board. Ed is survived by his second wife, Barbara, and by seven of eight children he had with a prior wife.
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
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
The Intelligence Studies Program of the Catholic University of America and the Institute for Human Ecology are cosponsoring a symposium entitled "The Ethics of Technical Intelligence Collection." During this event, a variety of questions will be addressed: Where is the line between security and privacy? When it comes to national security, is it possible to collect too much information, or is it better to collect everything possible as a hedge against a potential attack? Is U.S. technical collection on an individual an unacceptable violation of that person's dignity? What rules for intelligence collection are necessary and appropriate to allow our democracy to flourish without either the undue fear of attack or the concern that the government knows too much about us?
Join moderator Nicholas Dujmovic (Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics and the Director of The Catholic University of America's New Program in Intelligence Studies) and panelists Michael Hayden (retired USAF four-star general and former Director, CIA and NSA), Scott Shane (journalist, the New York Times), Michael O'Hanlon (Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution), and Allison Stevens (Deputy General Counsel for NGA) for answers to these question and many more.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mer McLernon (email@example.com) 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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