AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #14-18 dated 17 April 2018

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Section IV - Obituaries


Section V - Events

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AFIO Spring Luncheon

Friday, 1 June 2018
features three keynote speakers

  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
  R. Scott Decker, FBI, on Recounting the Anthrax Attacks:
Terror, the Amerithrax Task Force,
and the Evolution of Forensics in the FBI
  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 CIA DD/A Hoch at 1 p.m.
  Register here to ensure a seat.
Location: DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA [formerly the Crowne Plaza], at 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102.

AFIO Welcomes New Corporate Members


Call for Papers: The University of Texas at Austin Announces the 2018 "Bobby R. Inman Award" for Student Scholarship on Intelligence

The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the fourth annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The winner of the "Inman Award" will receive a cash prize of $5000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2500. This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2017-18 academic year. The deadline for submitting papers is June 30, 2018.
The Intelligence Studies Project was established at The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 as a joint venture of the Clements Center for National Security and the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law with the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The Project's mission is to improve understanding of intelligence activities and institutions through research, courses, and public events bringing intelligence practitioners together with scholars, students, and the public.
The Bobby R. Inman Award recognizes more than six decades of distinguished public service by Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Admiral Inman served in multiple leadership positions in the U.S. military, intelligence community, private industry, and at The University of Texas. His previous intelligence posts include Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice-Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency, and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He continues to serve as a teacher, advisor, and mentor to students, faculty members, and current government officials while occupying the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His areas of teaching and research are focused on political, economic, and military activities, policy processes and institutions, international affairs and diplomacy, and intelligence and national security.
Additional information about the Inman Award competition and the Intelligence Studies Project is available here.


Book of the Week

ChernobylChernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
by Serhii Plokhy
(Basic Books, May 2018)

On the morning of 26 April 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In Chernobyl, Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of Communist party rule, the regime's control of scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else. Today, the risk of another Chernobyl looms in the mismanagement of nuclear power in the developing world. An urgent call to action.

Book may be ordered here.


Johnston, Ballard Get New Intelligence Roles.  The Army recently named two new assignments in major intelligence roles, including a new commander for the service's top intel organization and a new Army presence at the National Security Agency.

Maj. Gen. Gary Johnston has been assigned as commanding general of Army Intelligence and Security Command, located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Johnston heads to U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command from his previous dual-hat role as deputy chief of staff for intelligence for Resolute Support Mission at NATO and director/J-2 for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan under Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

Prior to his Afghanistan assignment, he served as director of intelligence/J-2 at Special Operations Command. He's also got INSCOM experience already - he previously served as deputy commanding general.

Johnston will replace Maj. Gen. Christopher Ballard, who earlier in April was assigned as deputy director of NSA's signals intelligence directorate at Fort Meade, Maryland. Ballard had served as INSCOM commander since 2016.  [Read More:  Corrin/c4isrnet/16Apr2018]

Head of Kosovo Intelligence Agency Resigns.  Driton Gashi, head of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency, AKI, has submitted his resignation letter, almost two weeks after Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj signed a decision to dismiss him and Interior Minister Flamur Sefaj.

Both officials were dismissed after the sudden deportation of six Turkish nationals in cooperation. Haradinaj claimed that he was not informed about the operation and had lost trust in both Gashi and Sefaj after the incident.

Yet, it was unclear whether Gashi, who is appointed by a joint decision of the PM and the President, would be let go.

On Tuesday, Gashi's dismissal was finally confirmed by Donjeta Gashi, a government spokesperson. According to Gashi, he gave notice a few days ago.  [Read More:  Osmani/prishtinainsight/10Apr2018]

UK And US Accuse Russia Of Hacking Home Routers In Global Cyberattacks.  A little warning from the British and American governments today: Kremlin-funded spies might have found a way into your home office.

The U.K. and U.S. blamed Russian hackers for a campaign aimed at taking control of routers inside government, critical infrastructure and internet service providers, but also within small and home offices. The warning came in a joint announcement from British intelligence, the National Security Council (NSC), the DHS and the FBI on Monday. In a media briefing ahead of the announcement, Rob Joyce, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator at the National Security Council, said there was "high confidence" Russia was behind the attacks. The hacks were being tracked by British intelligence from a year ago, said Ciaran Martin, director of U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre, run out of intelligence agency GCHQ, whilst the U.S. noted the attacks started back in 2015.

The joint technical alert said Russian state-sponsored hackers had attempted to breach network routers, switches, firewalls and network intrusion detection systems across the world. Those routers were compromised to carry out so-called "man-in-the-middle" attacks where data going between computers and internet servers is intercepted, the NCSC said. That was being done "to support espionage, extract intellectual property, maintain persistent access to victim networks and potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations," according to a statement from the NCSC.

Martin said the sustained targeting had continued for months and could have been used for espionage, the theft of intellectual property, or for "use in times of tension." He said millions of machines were being targeted and many had been seized by hackers to get access to ISP customers, to spy on organizations and their connections. That included the U.K. government, he added.  [Read More:  Fox-Brewster/forbes/16Apr2018]

Director of the Romanian Intelligence Service, Eduard Hellvig, is in Official Visit to the United States.  Director of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) Eduard Hellvig had a round of official meetings at member agencies of the US Intelligence Community, SRI announced in a release posted on its website on Friday.  At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) the SRI head discussed with the agency's leadership and with senior officials in the main activity areas.  [Read More:  actmedia/16Apr2018]

GCHQ to Open New Intelligence and Security Facility in Manchester.  UK intelligence agency GCHQ will open a new intelligence and security facility in Manchester in 2019, as part of the UK's wider counter-terror strategy.

The new intelligence and security facility will work alongside the UK's other intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6. The Manchester centre will join GCHQ's main headquarters in Cheltenham, and additional offices in Bude and Scarborough.

GCHQ currently employs a workforce of around 6,000, and the agency's director, Jeremy Fleming, said that the new centre would create hundreds of "high calibre" new jobs, and have "a vital role in keeping this country safe". The facility will incorporate a variety of innovative technologies to gather intelligence and combat terrorism.

The announcement follows a number of recent plans to expand the UK's counter-terror capabilities. This includes the creation of a National Cyber Security Centre, which opened in London last year, and the recent unveiling of a new chemical weapons defence centre to be established at Porton Down.  [Read More:  governmenteuropa/13Apr2018]

Swiss Intelligence Service to be Led by Senior Military.  The government has named Jean-Philippe Gaudin as new head of the Swiss intelligence service.

The 55-year-old Gaudin has had a long career as member of the armed forces, notably as an instructor, and led the military intelligence unit between 2008 and 2016, after which he became military attaché with the Swiss embassy in France.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Defence Minister Guy Parmelin commended Gaudin for his professional experience both in Switzerland and abroad as well as for his network of international contacts.

Gaudin, who will officially take over his new post in July, described Islamic terrorism as the main threat faced by Switzerland and other European countries.  [Read More:  swissinfo/11Apr2018]

Questions Raised Over Intelligence Group.  Questions have been raised about the make-up of a group being consulted on New Zealand's intelligence and security issues.

Journalist and author Nicky Hager and Ahmed Zaoui's lawyer Deborah Manning are among appointments to the new Intelligence and Security Reference Group.

New Zealand Herald investigative journalist David Fisher is also among the appointments.

National's spokesman for GCSB and NZSIS Gerry Brownlee said the appointments raised serious questions for Inspector-General Cheryl Gwyn.  [Read More:  nzherald/17Apr2018]
Somalia: Hiran Intelligence Chief Sacked in a New Security Shake-Up.  The commander of the Intelligence department in Hiran region, central Somalia, Abdulkadir Mohamud has been sacked in a new major security shake-up on Friday.

The chief was fired in a statement released by the head of NISA - National Intelligence and Security Agency in the southern Federal State member of HirShabelle.

Abdi Mohamed Ali has been appointed as the new Intelligence boss of Hiran, replacing Mohamud who lost his post over the new major security changes in the region.

NISA has also named Olad Abdullahi Osman as the head of the spy unit in Beledweyne, the regional capital of Hiran region, according to the same statement obtained by Radio Shabelle.  [Read More:  allafrica/14Apr2018]

Lithuania's Polish MP Again Seeks Publishing Info on Admitted Ex-KGB Agents.  After Lithuania's parliament over six months ago rejected the proposal of publishing the names of former KGB agents who had admitted their past, MP Zbignev Jedinskij has again initiated the amendment.

Together with other members of the political group of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania - Union of Christian Families, he suggested "declassifying the information provided by the registered, admitted and listed persons and the data about them on Jan. 1 of 2019."

Currently, the information has been classified for 75 years.

"The persons who collaborated with the KGB are not known to the public, they are classified, they can be blackmailed by politicians from our country and from abroad. The people can cause potential damage to the state, and nobody can guarantee that they are not agents of a foreign country to this day," said Jedinskij.  [Read More:  baltictimes/15Apr2018]


Students: Submit Your Papers for the Inman Award!  Our friends at the University of Texas have a great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students studying national security and intelligence.

Overview: The Inman Award competition is designed to recognize outstanding research and writing by students at the undergraduate or graduate levels on topics related to intelligence and national security. There is no prescribed topic, format, or length for papers submitted. It is presumed that most papers will have been prepared to satisfy a course or degree requirement of the author's academic program. Co-authored and "team project" papers will be accepted.

About: The Bobby R. Inman award recognizes more than six decades of distinguished public service by Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Admiral Inman served in multiple leadership positions in the U.S. military, intelligence community, private industry, and at The University of Texas. His previous intelligence posts include Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice-Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency, and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He continues to serve as a teacher, advisor, and mentor to students, faculty members, and current government officials while occupying the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His areas of teaching and research are focused on political, economic, and military activities, policy processes and institutions, international affairs and diplomacy, and intelligence and national security.

Eligibility: All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at an accredited U.S. higher education institution during the 2017-18 academic year are eligible to participate. A student may submit only one paper that has not been published previously.  [Read More:  warontherocks/16Apr2018]

It's No Enigma: Calgary Professor Chosen to Write History of U.K. Spy Agency.  Calgary professor John Ferris has been hand-picked by British intelligence for a once-in-a-century mission.

Ferris, a world-renowned military expert on the history of code-breaking, was chosen to research and write the official centennial history of the Brits' communications intelligence agency.

He readily acknowledges that for the famous Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to ask a Canadian to undertake the task of assembling and writing the definitive work of that agency, which covers a century of espionage amidst war and crisis, is a unique honour.

But Ferris, a professor in the history department of the University of Calgary, said his past work has integrated him into the British historical scene where he is known for his expertise in the field of British intelligence communications.  [Read More:  Nelson/calgaryherald/16Apr2018]

His World War II Spy Work was Top Secret. Now, He's Been Awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.  Curtis Glenn sits motionless in his wheelchair as he recalls his years of military service the U.S. government had long sought to keep secret.

He stares past the silver CIA retirement medal for his 26 years of commitment, past the Congressional Gold Medal he received a few weeks ago, and past the moments unfolding around him at The Palms - the Mount Pleasant assisted living facility he calls home.

"Curtis," his caregiver Susan Batla whispers. "We want you to tell us your story."

His eyes widen. At 96, Glenn sometimes tells his wartime stories out of order, but he always wants to talk if someone is willing to listen.  [Read More:  Byrd/postandcourier/14Apr2018]

Espionage on Campus: Lawmakers Weigh Foreign Actor Threat at Universities.  American universities are espionage havens as research and innovative technology secrets are being pilfered and taken home to governments hostile to the U.S. at an alarming rate, according to expert testimony at the House Science, Space and Technology subcommittees on Wednesday.

"Essentially, China steals our fundamental research and quickly capitalizes by commercializing the technology," said Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.), chairman of the Oversight subcommittee, which held the hearing in conjunction with the Research and Technology subcommittee. "Whether physical or cyber security threats, it is clear that our academic institutions are not taking all the necessary steps to adequately protect this vital research."

Spying at American universities has made headlines in recent days, from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University no longer hosting or receiving funds from Chinese-funded Confucius Institutes - more than 100 operate in the United States - to the recent Justice Department indictment of nine Iranian nationals who allegedly stole data and intellectual property from 144 U.S. universities as well as 176 universities in 21 foreign countries.

Crane Hassold, director of threat intelligence at IT security provider PhishLabs, identified nearly 800 distinct phishing attacks linked to the Iranian Mabna Institute group, threat actors he dubbed "Silent Librarian" whose operations date back to 2013.  [Read More:  Cullum/hstoday/12Apr2018]

NGA Hosts GEOINT Research Grant Competition.  The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has announced it is hosting a research competition under the NGA Academic Research Program.

The agency said Friday it will provide academic grants each valued at $200,000 yearly for eligible geospatial intelligence researchers in nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions, university research centers and hospitals.

The NARP effort seeks to support progressive research projects on technologies that may contribute to NGA's GEOINT mission.

"NARP is one leg of NGA's connection to academia," said Ken Feichtl, NARP program manager.  [Read More:  Martin/executivegov/16Apr2018]

Sacha Baron Cohen Will Play Israeli Spy Eli Cohen In Netflix Series.  Sacha Baron Cohen will star in a limited Netflix series about the Israeli Mossad agent Eli Cohen, who served in Syria as a spy for Israel in the 1960s. The six-episode series, "The Spy," will chronicle Cohen's heroic intelligence-gathering work in Syria from 1961-1964, when he was discovered and executed by the Syrian government.

Cohen's life story seems scripted by a Hollywood screenwriter - according to Jewish Virtual Library, the Egyptian born Jew raised by Syrian parents spent years doing covert Zionist projects in Egypt before moving to Israel and applying to the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, from which he was rejected. Twice. Then Cohen married Nadia Majald (and yes, they were poor, and yes, they were both extremely beautiful). In 1960, he was at last recruited and trained by Mossad and sent to Syria, where he cultivated relationships by throwing wild parties and allowing politicians and businessmen to use his apartments to conduct affairs, all while under an assumed identity. He was apparently known as a dazzling bachelor and a sex symbol.

During his years undercover, he was credited with gathering intelligence that helped Israel in the Six Day War, particularly in its conquest of the Golan Heights. Cohen, under his spy name Kamal Amin Ta'abet, was taken to the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights, where he pretended to inspect the fortifications while actually gathering intelligence for Israel about the layout of the area. He suggested to the Syrian commanders that eucalyptus trees be planted to provide shade for the weary soldiers. Thus, the Israeli army knew that every eucalyptus tree in the Golan represented a Syrian target. In 1964, Cohen visited his three children and wife in Israel and asked for his assignment to be concluded, as he had reason to fear being discovered. But Cohen was asked to return, one last time. In his final visit to Syria, Cohen was discovered by Syria with the aid of Russian spy technology. He was tortured for information which he did not give up, taken through a sham trial, and executed despite protests around the world, from Golda Meir to the Pope.

"The Spy" is written and directed by Gideon Raff, the Israeli creator of the show "Prisoners of War," upon which the American TV hit "Homeland" is based. Sacha Baron Cohen, the man who gave the world "Borat" (no war-winning intelligence, but it's still pretty good), has recently been involved in Syrian aid work. He and his wife, actress Isla Fisher, reportedly donated one million dollars in 2015 to causes that aimed to serve Syrian children and refugees.  [Read More:  Singer/forward/12Apr2018]


Has a Russian Intelligence Agent Hacked Your Wifi?  Another day, another hacking attack - or, in Monday's case, another few million hacking attacks. Russia has been blamed by the US and the UK for a global hacking campaign that involves breaking into millions of computers and other devices, including wifi routers.

Tens or hundreds of thousands of the devices they have targeted are reportedly in the UK - so why is Vladimir Putin apparently so keen to break into your internet connection?

First, it is highly unlikely that Putin or his intelligence agents are trying to break into your Amazon account or nick your broadband connection - although criminal hackers might want both, either to steal money from you or to use your devices to mine for Bitcoin.

Intelligence agency hacks are different. Thankfully, experts say they are less worrying for most of us - in the short term, at least. Agencies with the ability to hack on a large scale will often allow an attack to spread to any vulnerable device, in the hope of hitting the home computer of a useful intelligence target (or their family).  [Read More:  Ball/theguardian/17Apr2018]

Marin Voice: Better Funding Needed to Combat Growing Cyber Threat.  "Seventeen intelligence agencies...have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyberattacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin. ..." Candidate Hillary Clinton repeated this line many times as a rebuke to candidate Donald Trump's skepticism of Russian meddling.

While most people found this statistic to be a sign that Mr. Trump was out of touch with reality, a few wondered, "Why do we have 17 agencies doing the same thing?"

As it turns out, while we do have 17 federal intelligence groups - one each for the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard; the National Security Agency, CIA, FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration; one each for the departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, Treasury and Energy; the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency; the National Reconnaissance Office; and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence - only four assessed the Russian meddling.

Absent a sadistic desire to relitigate the 2016 presidential election, why is this important now?  [Read More:  Hooper/marinij/16Apr2018]

Kicking Out Russian Spies May Give US Intel Black Eye.  The U.S., EU and other Western allies announced Monday that they would expel a total of more than 100 Russian diplomats they claim are spies, in retaliation for the nerve agent attack on former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain. The U.S., UK and many other European governments have called it "highly likely" that the attack was a Russian assassination attempt. The U.S. will also close a Russian consulate in Seattle.

Russia has vowed to reciprocate what it views as a "provocative gesture" by the Western nations.

We asked a number of our experts with deep experience in Russian intelligence activities to comment on how the Kremlin might respond. Their thoughts are adapted for print below.  [Read More:  thecypherbrief/26Mar2018]

Section IV - Obituaries


John Frederick Bender, 73, Chief, Central and Eurasian Desk, in CIA's Directorate of Operations, died of lung cancer 9 April 2018 in Aldie, VA.
He was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton University, and the Tuft's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. John served with the First Marine Division in Vietnam (Kilo 3/7) as a rifle platoon and company commander from 1968-69. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation, and Purple Heart medals. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 2005 with the rank of colonel.
John had a long and distinguished CIA career in the Directorate of Operations with assignments in the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and Asia. Bender was Chief (1996-99) of the Central and Eurasian Desk -- the Central Eurasia Division, formerly the Soviet-East Europe Division, is part of CIA's clandestine arm responsible for Russia and Eastern Europe. He retired in 2007.
He is survived by Margaret, his wife of 49 years, two daughters, a sister, a brother, and other family.
John's life was spent in the nation's service. His example lives on in the men and women he led and mentored over the course of his career.
Funeral services will be held at The Falls Church Episcopal on Saturday, 28 April 2018 at 10 a.m. Committal will be at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined. [Read More:  The Washington Post/legacy/15Apr2018]

Anthony Joseph Houck Jr, 93, a career CIA operations officer who served for 33 years, died 4 April 2018 in Springfield, VA.
He was a veteran of WWII and Korea, serving in both the US Army Air Force (1943-46) after graduating from LaSalle high school in Cumberland, and the US Air Force (1950-51) after graduation from St. Francis College, Loretto, PA. At completion of military duty, Tony became a Logistical Officer with CIA and spent thirty three years in various domestic and overseas posts, retiring in 1984. He returned to the Agency as an independent contractor for an additional eight years and retired again in 1993.
Mr. Houck is survived by his wife of 65 years, Kathleen Dougherty Houck, by two daughters, two sons, and other family.

Theodore Chester Poling, 95, a CIA officer who served from the beginning of the Cold War through the end of the Vietnam Conflict, died 4 April 2018 in McLean, VA. After attending the University of Illinois, in 1942 he enlisted in the US Army receiving intensive language and counter-intelligence training. After his discharge from the Army in 1947, he graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Mr. Poling had a natural affinity for language and was fluent in German, Russian, and Greek. His language facility and his analytical skills placed him at several important historic junctures of the Twentieth Century. Among the significant assignments during his career were functioning as a Russian language expert at the Potsdam Conference in 1945 and participating in the American presence in Berlin during the construction of the Wall. He later served in Athens, Greece during the military coup and was stationed in Vietnam at the end of the war.
His government service concluded in 1975 but he continued working as a consultant at the National Archives, declassifying OSS and CIA files. Among his honors is a 1991 Donovan Award for Distinguished Service with the CIA.
He was interviewed in a 2004 National Archives lecture series, "CIA Spymaster," and also served as the keynote speaker at the dedication of the CIA's Museum of Covert Operations.
He is survived by two daughters and two sons, and other family.

Frances Proctor Wilkinson, 103, who worked on Propaganda/Morale Operations with OSS, died 31 March 2018 in Swampscott, MA. Born in 1914 on the eve of WWl, she grew up in Boston, MA, and wintered on the North Shore of Long Island (NY) in summers. Franny attended the Winsor School and then spent two years at Smith College, leaving early to accompany her mother on a trip through Japan, China, and Korea in 1936. Upon returning to the states, she married and moved to Lincoln, MA for several years. When the US entered WWII, her husband, Burke, enlisted in the Navy and they moved to Washington, DC, as Burke transitioned from the Navy to White House speech writer, and eventually to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.
During the war, Franny served with the Office of Strategic Services, a wartime intelligence group, where, along with her college friend Julia Child, she formed part of the US's first official intelligence gathering agency. From 1958 until 1962 the family lived in Paris while Burke served as liaison officer to the Supreme Commander (General L. Norstadt) at SHAPE, NATO's joint military forces command. Upon return to Washington, Franny actively contributed to a variety of cultural and social improvements in Washington, DC.
Franny is survived by a son, and other family.

Section V - Events


Thursday 19 April 2018, 6:30 pm - West Bloomfield, Michigan - AFIO Johnny Micheal Spann Memorial Chapter, Michigan hosts "Ritchie Boy" Dr. Guy Stern.

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.
To attend or for more info, contact the Michigan chapter at

19 April 2018, Time: 12.30-2pm - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO Los Angeles Chapter hosts LAPD Commissioner Soboroff.

The next scheduled meeting will feature speaker Steve Soboroff, President of the L.A.P.D. Police Commission.
Commisioner Soboroff will discuss challenges the department faces and the search for a new Chief of Police.
Location: 5651 W. Manchester Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045 RM 1G.
RSVP Vincent Autiero, President, AFIO-Los Angeles Chapter at

21 April 2018, 2pm - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter hosts Professor Andrew Wilson on "Chinese National Security Strategy on Korea and the South China Sea."

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.

Wilson's presentation will explore topics such as what China can do to help resolve America's problems with North Korea. Beijing and Pyongyang have been allies for the past 70 years and more than 80 percent of North Korea's foreign trade is with China. The discussion will also provide an update on the international disputes involving the Spratly Islands - an area of the South China Sea claimed by China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Taiwan - where Chinese engineers have dredged up millions of tons of sand and rock to create an island approximately one square mile in size which boasts a nearly two-mile long runway.
Wilson is Professor of Strategy and Policy at the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI, the world's oldest and most prestigious center for senior military education. An old "China hand," he received his bachelor of arts in East Asian studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned a Ph.D. in history and East Asian languages from Harvard. He has published numerous articles and books on Chinese maritime history, the Chinese diaspora, Chinese military history, Chinese politics and Chinese military modernization.
TO ATTEND: The AFIO meeting is open to the public, and will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk, ME. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

Monday, 23 April 2018, 5:30 - 8 pm - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts CIA's Dr. Ursula Wilder on "The Psychology of Espionage and Leaking."

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.
Dr. Wilder was a 2011-2012 Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she studied the psychological rewards and challenges of professionals who work in counterterrorism. She also served as a member of the Editorial Board of CIA's inhouse journal, Studies in Intelligence.

Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
Timing: Registration starts at 5:30 pm, Speaker presentation starts at 6 pm. Fee: $50/person. Payment at the door only. Cash or check. Full dinner, cash bar.
RSVP: Strongly recommended that you RSVP to ensure space at event. Call or Email Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at or 646-717-3776.

Saturday, 28 April 2018, 6 - 8pm - Beaverton OR - The AFIO Columbia River Chapter hosts Terry Valois on "Insider Threat: Authorized Users, Privileged Access, Abused Trust."

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 private sector.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from National Intelligence University. Terry (CPP, PCI) is also the founder and owner of GreyFox Security Services, LLC, a small Portland, Oregon-based, veteran-owned private security and intelligence consulting firm specializing in security program management, insider threat program development, training and education, and open source/web intelligence and investigation research.
LOCATION: This unclassified program will be held in the Fab-15 Auditorium, Intel Aloha Campus, 3585 SW 198th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97078.
REGISTRATION: AFIO members and others are invited to attend. Current AFIO membership is not required. The event is free of charge with ample parking.
The content of this presentation is provided by the author and nothing therein should be construed to represent the positions of the United States Government or AFIO
For additional information contact Carl Wege at or 912-222-8640.

Saturday, 12 May 2018, noon - Melbourne FL - The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter presents chapter member Dr. Henry A. Fischer on "The History and Future of the American Security Council Foundation."

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

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 11:30 AM - Denver, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Dr. Gail H. Nelson on US Strategic Early Warning – Poland (1980-1981).

When the Polish workers organized into an independent anti-communist movement (Solidarity) against the regime during the Summer 1980, the US/NATO Indications & Warning System (IW) came alive under the assumption that the Warsaw Pact led by the Soviets would invade Poland if the movement was not crushed. It was the crisis scenario that the Warsaw Pact Political Affairs Analyst, Dr. Gail H. Nelson, had been prepared for in the wake of Moscow's invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. He provided strategic early warning of Martial Law in Poland over one year prior to its imposition on 13 December 1981. The accurate warning estimate reassured NATO leaders that the IW system could provide reliable warning of war in Europe were this worst-case scenario to present itself.

Dr. Nelson is a veteran US Intelligence Officer with over 45 years of experience in Eurasian political-military affairs. He was born into an Air Force culture in 1944 and experienced the transient life of military families assigned to the United Kingdom, Belgium, and France. He returned to California in 1962 to commence undergraduate studies and was commissioned in the US Air Force in 1967. He was assigned to the USAF Martin-Marietta Facility at Waterton, Colorado and destined for an ICBM career. Instead, he entered the University of Colorado Graduate School of Political Science specializing in German and Soviet Studies completing the MA in 1972 and the Ph.D. in 1979. He entered the Air Force Intelligence Service in 1974 and US Army Europe Intelligence in 1975 – appointed the Warsaw Pact Political Affairs Analyst in 1977. He transferred to European Command in 1990 responsible for analysis of Russian and East European affairs. He retired from the US Civil Service and Air Force Reserve in 2001 as Chief of Theater Intelligence Estimates. He was appointed Senior Intelligence Advisor to the Afghanistan Chief of Military Intelligence in 2003 under contract. He performed similar positions in Manila and Baghdad before returning to Kabul in 2010 for one last expedition.

Please contact Tom VanWormer at for more information.

Wednesday 23 May 2018 - San Francisco, CA - Historian Ralph Simpson discusses "History of the Enigma Machine" at this AFIO San Francisco Chapter meeting.

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 Mr. Simpson lives in San Jose in a restored Victorian house, which is also home to his Cipher History Museum.
Time: 11:30 AM no-host cocktail; noon - meeting and luncheon begins.
Location: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080
To Register: Do so here (forthcoming). The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins.
Questions?: Contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at

Friday, 1 June 2018 - Tysons, VA - AFIO Spring Luncheon featuring Deputy Director of CIA for Analysis and two other keynote speakers

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 and in next Weekly Notes
Location: DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA [formerly the Crowne Plaza], at 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102.

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Thursday, 19 April 2018, 6:30-9:30pm - Washington, DC - Surveillance 101 with Eric O'Neill: Spy School Workshop - at the International Spy Museum

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.
O'Neill is prepared to share his hard-earned expertise with you. This intense small group introduction to surveillance will include learning the basics and conducting surveillance in the streets of DC. Will you be able to track the "Rabbit" without being "made?" You'll learn how to snap clandestine shots and keep your target in view so you won't miss operational acts or clandestine meetings. O'Neill will lead the exercise and help you learn how to blend into the shadows for the best spy results! Space is limited to only 16 participants - advance registration required.
To register, email Shana Oltmans at
Tickets for the general public: $94 per person; Spy Museum members: $75. Visit

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.

Monday 23 April 2018, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Washington, DC - Gen. Michael Hayden on "2017: Year of Disruption; 2018: Year of Consequences" at this DMGS Event.

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security is hosting this event, part of ME "Spike" Bowman Distinguished Lectures in Intelligence and National Security Law, sponsored by the University of Virginia's Center for National Security Law, on a "by invitation only" basis. Event features General Michael Hayden discussing the national security implications and consequences for the United States of certain key events that occurred in 2017, a year he terms one of disruption; and 2018, a year of possible serious consequences.
Attire: Business or Business Casual.
Where: 1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
RSVP Required. RSVP here Questions to

Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Beware of the Predator - at the International Spy Museum

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 Community.
Their latest book, Beware The Predator, is an easy-to-read guide for anyone who wants to raise their security awareness and defensive posture. This book will help you understand how to protect yourself, your family and business from criminal predators, corporate intrusion, and State sponsored spying. Whether you are a corporate or government executive, a high-net-worth individual, or someone simply concerned about identity theft and personal safety, you should be aware of the vulnerabilities to your personal data and predatory attacks against your assets and relationships.
Event is free. Visit

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Spy Chiefs: An Overview - at the International Spy Museum

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.
Tickets for the general public: $10 per person; Spy Museum Members: $8. Visit

15-16 May 2018 - Tel Aviv, IS - "Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing and Complex Environment" theme of the Third International Conference on Intelligence

The Israel Intelligence Community Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC) and Israel Defense presents the Third International Conference on Intelligence. The annual International Intelligence Conference on "Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing and Complex Environment" will be held at the initiative of the Israel Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center (the official association of former IDF Intelligence, Shin Bet, Mossad, and other organizations) and Israel Defense. The conference is attended by senior officials from Israel and around the world, as well as members of the intelligence community, experts, academics, industry leaders and innovative companies in the field.
Topics: Overview of the regional and global intelligence with which Israel contends; 70 Years of intelligence - where are we now, and how will we advance?; Challenges and opportunities of intelligence in the modern battlefield; Coping with the threats of terrorism in the global era; Intelligence Innovation: development of technologies in the Big Data Era and changes in the battlefield. A large exhibition will be held alongside the conference, with the participation of the established defense companies and startups, during which advanced weapons systems and technological means will be presented.
The huge exhibition will be held under the theme of 70 Years of Technological and Security Achievements
Event location: The Israel Trade Fairs Center, Tel Aviv. View brochure here.
Additional information at W: / T: 074-703-1211 / F: 09-7671857 / E:

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.
"Remember," Rear Admiral Frank Johnson told the officers of the USS Pueblo just before they departed for their first mission, "you are not going out there to start a war." And yet, war appeared to be not far off when the spy ship was captured by North Korean forces on 23 January 1968, leaving one dead crewman and 82 other Americans held captive for a year in North Korean prison camps. This presentation will examine this controversial incident from start to finish, and will open a window into not only American decision making but also into the perspectives of North Korea, South Korea, and the Soviet Union.

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.
DIRECTIONS: The NCM is located at 8290 Colony Seven Rd, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701. Here is are directions to the Museum.
Qs or prefer to register by email?: contact Greg Nedved at to reserve the desired number of seats by email.

3 - 15 June 2018 - Charlottesville, VA - 26th National Security Law Institute Call for Applications

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 ( or Mer McLernon ( 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.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 6 - 10:30 pm - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum's Annual "William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner" honoring Adm McRaven

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.
Schedule: 6 pm - VIP Reception; 6:30 pm - Cocktail Reception; 7:30 - 9 pm - Dinner & Awards; 9 - 10:30 pm - Dessert Reception.
Location: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037. **Please note: this event is closed to Media**
Tickets Available Now: Prices range from $100,000 to a single seat for $495. Funds raised at this tribute dinner will support artifact preservation, educational programming, research, exhibits, and accessibility programs for underserved communities at the International Spy Museum. To purchase tickets now, do so here. To learn more about this annual dinner, it is available here.

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.
To order for shipment to a US-based CONUS address, use this online form,

To order multiple copies or for purchases going to AK, HI, other US territories, or other countries call our office at 703-790-0320 or send email to to hear of shipment fees.

Order the Guide from the AFIO's store at this link.


The Guide is also available directly from Amazon at this link.

MousepadAFIO's 2017 Intelligence Community Mousepads are a great looking addition to your desk...or as a gift for others..
Made in USA. Click image for larger view.

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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