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Books of the Week
A critique of the forces General Hayden sees as threatening to the Intelligence Community, beginning with Trump's discrediting of IC honesty and value, in a time when the IC's work has never been harder. Hayden warns that the world order is teetering on the brink. North Korea is on the verge of having a nuclear weapon that could reach all of the US, Russians have mastered a new form of information warfare that undercuts a democracy already shattered by deep cultural and social divisions and differing values, and the role of China in the global community remains unclear. Hayden emphasizes that experience and expertise, a devotion to facts, humility in the face of complexity, and a respect for ideas, is needed. American Intelligence—the ultimate truth teller, he says—has a responsibility in what seems to be a post-truth world beyond merely warning of external dangers.
Former Secretary of State Rice and Professor Zegart, both Stanford political scientists, describe how political risk can affect businesses—and what to do about it.
SeaWorld is devastated by online social activism over its mistreatment of killer whales. Sony Entertainment loses trade secrets to hackers. Kazakhstan becomes independent, and Chevron faces a nightmare over an oil-and-gas concession in the dissolving Soviet Republic. These are the new dangers—from geopolitics to cyberthreats and terrorism—facing corporations in the turbulent global landscape of "unprecedented" economic opportunities and political risks of the past 30 years. During this period, potentially harmful actions are now available to individuals with cellphones, local officials using city ordinances, terrorists using truck bombs, and the UN imposing sanctions. "Anyone armed with a cell phone or a Twitter or Facebook account can create political risks."
Book examines the "notoriously difficult" job of managing the countless political risks that businesses face. Some firms excel, notably FedEx, Marriott, Disney, and the Lego Group as well as many cruise lines, chemical companies, law firms, tech companies, and others. Some have even created "mini-CIAs." Provides examples of companies that have succeeded or failed in meeting the new challenges and outlines key ways to approach risks: Get good information. Build trusting relationships. Analyze continually. Integrate political risk analysis into business decision-making. As the authors write in closing, "the most effective organizations have three big things in common: They take political risk seriously, they approach it systematically, and they lead from the top." -- Kirkus Reviews.
Impressionist essays on people, events, laws, chance, and history from the perspective of this soldier, historian, and liaison officer. Davis, a retired US Army CI officer and linguist, was commissioned as an artillery officer in the 101st Air Assault Division. Thereafter, he went into counterintelligence where he served 37 years, 13 overseas in Europe during the Cold War. Later, in civil service, he served in a CI role for Space and Missile Defense Command. A linguist, Davis learned foreign languages in each country he served. This, and an earlier book, explore not only true events in his own life, but also the moral and ethical aspects of the secret world. Around the Corner expands his reflections on conflicted human nature to our present day traumas of war, terrorism, fear, and causes for hope.
Tech Firms, Including Microsoft, Facebook, Vow Not to Aid Government Cyber Attacks. Microsoft, Facebook and more than 30 other global technology companies on Tuesday announced a joint pledge not to assist any government in offensive cyber attacks.
The Cybersecurity Tech Accord, which vows to protect all customers from attacks regardless of geopolitical or criminal motive, follows a year that witnessed an unprecedented level of destructive cyber attacks, including the global WannaCry worm and the devastating NotPetya attack.
"We recognize that we live in a new world," Microsoft President Brad Smith said during a speech on Tuesday at the RSA cyber security conference in San Francisco. "We're living amidst a generation of new weapons, and where cyberspace has become the new battlefield."
Smith, who led efforts to organize the alliance, said the devastating cyber attacks in 2017 demonstrated the need for the technology sector to "take a principled path toward more effective steps to work together and defend customers around the world." [Read More: Reuters/nytimes/17Apr2018]
Is This the Salisbury Poisonings Hitman? Former KGB Captain Codenamed 'Gordon' is Russian Assassin Suspect. Counter terror police have identified a Russian assassin believed to be connected to the Salisbury poisonings.
In a sensational new development the Sunday People can disclose that officers suspect he is a 54-year-old former FSB spy - codename Gordon.
The man is thought to use the cover name Mihails Savickis as well as two other aliases.
But police fear he has already flown back to Russia and they may never get the chance to question him. [Read More: Nelson/mirror/22Apr2018]
NSA Develops Cyber Threat Intelligence Collaboration Platform, Tools. The National Security Agency has developed a suite of tools meant to provide wider access to insights on systems security research and facilitate the adoption of network-protection approaches in various industries.
NSA said Friday its Unfetter technologies are designed to provide a common lexicon of cyber attack definitions to allow network defenders and threat analysts to develop, share and utilize intelligence on malicious digital activities to enhance network security.
Unfetter's Analytic Exchange app serves as a collaboration platform for threat analysts while the Capability Assessment app lets network defenders evaluate security capacities, critical controls and content from the analysis sharing tool.
NSA's Unfetter system also features the Threat Dashboard app where cybersecurity intelligence analysts can create and track reports on attacker behavior, techniques and tools for customers. [Read More: Crews/executivegov/23Apr2018]
To Keep Foothold in Government Market, Satellite Imaging Companies Have to Gain Trust. The golden age of open source has arrived. A thriving commercial imagery industry has been welcome by U.S. intelligence agencies but it also has brought a new set of challenges.
Commercially available satellite data has never been more sophisticated or affordable, but vendors looking to sell to the government have to break down trust barriers.
There is no denying that intelligence analysts were raised to view unclassified data as less valuable than classified information, said Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. NGA supplies geospatial data to the nation's spy agencies and to the Defense Department.
The culture is not easy to change even in this era of rapid technological innovation, Cardillo said during a roundtable with reporters Monday at the GEOINT symposium. [Read More: Erwin/spacenews/23Apr2018]
KP Director Shpend Maxhuni Appointed as Head Kosovo Intelligence Agency. The Prime Minister's Office has issued a press release confirming Maxhuni's appointed as head of Kosovo's intelligence. Shpend Maxhuni was appointed as General Director of the Kosovo Police after Hashim Thaci and his party - the PDK came to power in 2007. Now with Thaci's blessing, he has been appointed chief of KIA. "Today, the President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci, jointly with Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, have appointed new director of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency (KIA)," it is stated in the press release.
Maxhuni will replace Driton Gashi who was dismissed by PM Haradinaj for his role over the arrest and deportation of the six Turkish nationals suspected of their links with Gulen's movement. PM Haradinaj dismissed KIA chief and Interior Minister stating that he was not informed of the operation which was carried out in cooperation with Turkish national intelligence agency. According to the Law dismissal and appointing of the KIA chief is done by the President and Prime Minister. [Read More: gazetaexpress/20Apr2018]
Colombia to Dismantle Military Intelligence Agency 'Used to Embezzle Defense Funds'. Colombia's defense minister announced he would dismantle a military intelligence unit that is accused of being used by top military officials to embezzle defense funds.
The so-called Joint Regional Strategic Military Intelligence unit reportedly funneled defense funds meant for informants to front companies controlled by at least seven top military officials.
Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said that the military has been investigating the alleged corruption since December when weekly Semana published the first of a series of articles on corruption in the military.
After the magazine published a second article on Sunday in which it claimed that the disgraced unit was used to embezzle more than $7 million, the minister took action. [Read More: Alsema/colombiareports/18Apr2018]
Angola President Fires Army Chief and Spy Boss - State Radio. Angola president Joao Lourenco on Monday fired over twenty officials including two security chiefs in a presidential decree announced on national radio, Portugal RTP.
The two affected officers are Army Chief General Geraldo Sachipengo Nunda and foreign intelligence chief André de Oliveira Sango. Reports indicate that about twenty other officials were affected by the latest purge.
The head of the armed forces before his sacking, was named by prosecutors last month as a suspect in an investigation of a scheme to negotiate a fraudulent international credit line of $50 billion.
He was named along with son of the former president Jose Filomeno dos Santos and a former governor of the central bank, Valter Filipe da Silva. [Read More: Shaban/africanews/23Apr2018]
Afghan MPs Move To Impeach Head Of Intelligence Agency. A number of lawmakers in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Wednesday moved to impeach the chairman of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) Masoom Stanekzai.
However, this sentiment was not shared by all MPs.
Those who oppose the move said it had been at the request of lawmakers who have personal ambitions in terms of ousting the NDS chief.
But, parliament speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said a motion to impeach government officials was within their authority. [Read More: Ansar/tolonews/18Apr2018]
Iraq Offers Close Cooperation with Czech Intelligence Services. Iraq has offered the Czech Republic close cooperation between the country's secret services in the fight against terrorism. The Middle Eastern country is still dealing with the impact of the so-called Islamic State and is interested in Czech logistics help and technical expertise as well as the training of fighter pilots.
The Czech Republic could also help in the treatment of injured soldiers and civilians, Defence Minister Karla Slechtov' confirmed after meeting with her Iraqi counterpart Erfan al-Hiyali.
Around 50 Czech military personnel are currently serving in Iraq, providing training for personnel on the service of Czech-made L-159 fighter jets, defense against weapons of mass destruction, and training police officers. [Read More: Velinger/radio/23Apr2018]
Can You Pass the U.S. Army's World War I-Era Intelligence Test? During World War I, the U.S. Army needed a system that would quickly sort recruits into their ideal roles. Psychologist and noted eugenicist Robert Yerkes developed several tests that, among other things, would identify those capable of holding leadership positions, such as officers or intelligence specialists.
Literate recruits took the written Alpha test (sampled above), while illiterate applicants faced the visual Beta test (which you can find in our latest issue, on newsstands now). Military psychiatrists evaluated individuals who struggled with the tests, often marking those who failed as having naturally inferior intellect. In hindsight, it's clear that cultural background (how many people in the 1910s got to play tennis?) and the ethnic biases baked into the questions could sway the final outcome. [Read More: Cummins, Iozzio/popsci/23Apr2018]
How a Black Spy Infiltrated the Confederate White House. Confederate President Jefferson Davis occupied an anxious home in Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War. A steady leak of information dripped from the highest ranks of the Confederacy to the Union. Davis was wary of a mole in his house, but had no idea how to stop the flow of information. Little did he know, a Union spy found her way into deepest parts of the Confederate White House as part of an abolitionist woman's spy ring.
These women, Elizabeth "Crazy Bet" Van Lew and Mary Bowser, a freed slave who posed as a Davis's servant, worked together to bring down the political fixtures of the South from the inside out.
Spies were common on both sides of the Civil War. Van Lew organized a spy ring in the heart of the Confederacy and Bowser, with her photographic memory and incredible acting skills, was able to relay critical intelligence to Van Lew, which would then make its way to the Union.
Spying on the most elite members of the Confederacy required the deception of more than just the enemy. In order to keep from exposing themselves, the women needed to fool society around them. They opted to be labeled as senseless and stupid instead of revealing themselves as the canny operators that they were. [Read More: Morgan/history/23Apr2018]
Notable US Spies Fast Facts. Here is a look at some US citizens who have been convicted of spying against the United States. [Read More: abc-7/18Apr2018]
A Cold War Poison Resurfaces in a Quiet English Town. During the Cold War, Soviet scientists at a secret, high-security lab worked frantically to counter the latest U.S. chemical weapons. More than four decades later, the nerve agent they developed apparently turned up in a quiet English town, where it nearly killed a former Russian spy and his daughter.
Vladimir Uglev said he was the scientist who in 1975 first synthesized A-234 - an odorless liquid deadlier than any other chemical weapons that existed at the time.
"Hundreds of thousands could have been killed with what I produced," the 71-year-old former researcher told The Associated Press.
Uglev detailed his deadly and secretive work, recalling how Kremlin leaders and the military were ambivalent about the chemical weapons program and eventually came to see it as burdensome and costly. And he described how the economic chaos that followed the Soviet Union's collapse could have led to the lethal poisons falling into unscrupulous hands. [Read More: Isachenkov/postregister/23Apr2018]
The CIA Is Getting a Private-Sector Makeover. Brian Bulatao remembers the call as if it came yesterday. After the 2016 election, he was on the phone with his old buddy Mike Pompeo, congratulating him for being Donald Trump's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. Bulatao, who went to West Point with Pompeo in the early 1980s and later started a business with him in Kansas, was telling his friend what a great job he'd do - when Pompeo interjected. "He goes: 'Well, not so quick. I'm going to drag your butt with me!' "
In January 2017, Pompeo did just that, first bringing Bulatao on as a senior adviser at the CIA, and then tapping him as the agency's No. 3 executive. The job used to be called executive director, or exdir, and entails overseeing the day-to-day running of the CIA―budgets, logistics, personnel. But after Bulatao was appointed to the job in June 2017, he and Pompeo agreed to change his title to chief operating officer, underscoring their aim to bring a veneer of the private sector to the world of espionage.
Since then, Bulatao has tried to impose MBA-style management lessons on the CIA, to mixed reviews. Now, as his friend and boss prepares to take over as secretary of state, officials in Washington are wondering whether Bulatao will join him. The State Department, already hollowed out and demoralized by one management overhaul, may be about to get another one.
A former McKinsey & Co. consultant and Harvard MBA graduate, Bulatao exudes the air of a management consultant, ticking off such buzzwords as "streamline" and "strategic sourcing strategy" to describe the shakeup he says is under way at the agency. Like his boss, Bulatao had zero government administrative or intelligence experience before going to work at the CIA; six years ago, he was running an industrial packaging company in Dallas. [Read More: Syeed/bloomberg/19Apr2018]
These Former Intel Professionals are Running for Office to Check Trump. Former intelligence professionals angered by what they view as attacks on the intelligence community by President Donald Trump are channeling their grievances by running for office in 2018.
Running as Democrats, these former intelligence officers are touting their experience as part of their pitch to voters in their respective districts across the country.
In particular, they are taking aim at what they view as Trump's attacks on the intelligence and national security community.
The President has repeatedly criticized the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election and whether the Trump campaign was involved in any way in that interference. He has also openly questioned the assessment from intelligence agencies that Russia was involved in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee. [Read More: Grayer/cnn/19Apr2018]
South Africa's Damaged Intelligence System is at a Crossroads. South Africa's new Crime Intelligence head Peter Jacobs has a mountain to climb in order to fix the mess Richard Mdluli left behind. Minister Bheki Cele's announcement on 29 March of Jacobs's appointment is just one part of President Cyril Ramaphosa's arduous task of reversing the damage his predecessor Jacob Zuma did to state institutions.
Zuma typically selected dishonest, corrupt or incompetent people to head various government and state-owned agencies. It started with the country's security agencies, resulting in their consistent deterioration over time. Arguably, the intent was to prevent accountability for the large-scale looting of public funds and corruption that characterised his presidency. Ramaphosa's first step must be to remove those appointed for nefarious motives and replace them with highly skilled people whose integrity is beyond reproach.
Much of the damage done was to the South African Police Service's (SAPS) Crime Intelligence Division. Two months after Zuma became president in 2009, the little-known Mdluli was irregularly appointed as Crime Intelligence head following a meeting with cabinet ministers close to Zuma.
Mdluli maintained a low profile until he made headlines after being charged with murder, kidnapping and various related charges and suspended in May 2011. In November of that year he again made the news when he was further charged with fraud, corruption, theft and money laundering. His closeness to Zuma became apparent when he wrote a letter to Zuma claiming that the charges against him were as the result of a conspiracy against him and that if the charges were dropped, he would help Zuma. [Read More: Burger, Newham/issafrica/17Apr2018]
Inside the Competitive, Corrupt World of Russian Intelligence. Bottom Line: The Kremlin employs various often overlapping and competitive security and intelligence services to create multiple sources of intelligence, encourage risk-taking and keep a wary eye on each other. This has enabled Russian President Vladimir Putin to consolidate power by playing agencies off of each other to avoid uninvited power grabs. But these redundancies can also create inefficiencies that Russia can't afford as its economy continues to falter.
Background: The Soviet Union primarily relied on two intelligence services. The Committee for State Security (KGB) was tasked with foreign political and economic espionage, covert action - known as active measures - and domestic security, while the Main Intelligence Director (GRU) under the General Staff was responsible for military intelligence. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia broke the KGB largely into three services - the Federal Security Service (FSB), Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), and the Federal Protection Service (FSO) - while cutting the GRU's workforce significantly. [Read More: Maxey/thecipherbrief/20Apr2018]
"A Different Kind of Propaganda": Has America Lost the Information War? Secluded on the second floor of the State Department's Harry S. Truman Building, just down the hall from the Counterterrorism Bureau, is the spy-proof chamber where the future of American warfare is being fought, one tweet at a time. The Global Engagement Center, or G.E.C., would be a mostly nondescript L-shaped office, if not for the hanging television monitors, tuned to the news, and high-walled cubicles where dozens of staffers labor over computers that have been retrofitted with special screens to prevent wandering eyes. No cell phones or electronic devices are allowed in or out.
The G.E.C. is, in a sense, Washington's answer to the Internet Research Agency, the St. Petersburg-based troll factory where Russian social-media specialists worked day and night to sway the course of the presidential election. Of course, it was probably already too late by the time the G.E.C. was established by President Barack Obama, in March 2016, an alternate to the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications. It wasn't until December, weeks after Donald Trump had been elected, that the center's mandate was expanded beyond combating terrorist propaganda to include state-sponsored disinformation under the National Defense Authorization Act. Even then, the G.E.C. struggled to catch up. Lacking support or direction from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's office, staffers' work was handicapped for much of Trump's first year in office. With less than 100 bodies working the disinformation beat, there were doubts both inside and outside the G.E.C. that the start-up-like group could overcome the bureaucratic obstacles of a White House with little interest in re-litigating the 2016 campaign, or even acknowledging the Russian threat.
"The problem is that the secretary wasn't going to wrap his head around this issue anytime soon, in the sense of I don't even think he knew what the G.E.C. was until summer, and even then I would be surprised if he really knew," one current State Department staffer told me. When Tillerson did acknowledge the G.E.C., the secretary and his top aides were perceived to be openly hostile toward its mission. In August, Politico reported that R.C. Hammond, who served as the State Department's head of communications until December of last year, had urged Tillerson not to spend nearly $80 million that had been earmarked for the G.E.C. by Congress, including about $60 million from the Defense Department, because the effort would upset Moscow. (Hammond dismissed this narrative.) And while insiders have praised acting coordinator Daniel Kimmage, telling me that there is no better person to lead the effort than the foreign-service officer - who is fluent in both Russian and Arabic, among other languages - one source said he never gained the trust of the Trump partisans he reported to. He "specifically was seen as an Obama person," the current State Department staffer said, noting that Kimmage was appointed to the post by a former John Kerry loyalist. "So people were suspicious. That also didn't help."
Although the G.E.C. doesn't represent the totality of U.S. efforts on the digital battlefield, its struggles are emblematic of larger intelligence failures spanning two administrations. Insiders familiar with the State Department's counter-disinformation effort say the problem was exacerbated when Congress and the Obama administration pushed the G.E.C. to combat Russia and other state actors. "In my view, they took something that was working pretty well and they kind of broke it, because they tried to do too much with too little in the way of resources and with too little in the way of vision," said a former State official in the Obama administration familiar with the situation. [Read More: Tracy/vanityfair/23Apr2018]
Scholar Seeking Primary Sources, First-hand Experience on Soviet-Afghan War. CPT Tom Doherty, Special Operations Instructor, is working on his Military History Masters capstone - Soviet-Afghan War - and has requested some research assistance. There were several contributing factors the Soviet loss in Afghanistan, most important was the greater will to win of the anti-Soviet Mujahidin forces and their willingness to absorb greater hardships and higher casualties over a longer period than the Soviets were. I am throwing a wide net out there looking for some primary sources for the Soviet-Afghan War. If any of you know someone that was directly involved, I would appreciate it. I could get the contact information from you or if you could pass on my contact information. It could have been policy side in any country that took part in the conflict officially or unofficially, Afghan (either side), someone involved in the fighting (any side) a journalist that was there, an NGO member that did some time over there etc. Additionally, any document diaries would be great. Send your findings, suggestions, sources to firstname.lastname@example.org.
George T. Heacock, 97, CIA Officer, died 19 March 2018 in Hagerstown, MD.
Art Hulnick, CIA Career Officer, BU Professor, AFIO Chapter Officer
James Lynsky MD, CIA Medical Officer
Skip Marsh, Business Intelligence HW/SW Expert
Randy Miller, NSA Senior Executive
Karl Muenzenmayer, CIA Officer
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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
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
The Geopolitics of Energy: The Saudi Aramco IPO, Implications and Considerations is the theme of the panel discussion at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) by following moderator and participants: Moderator, Colonel Preston McLaughlin, USMC (Retired), Professor of National Security at Daniel Morgan Graduate School;
"The Economic Impact of the Saudi-ARAMCO IPO and Its Implications for the US Investment Community," Brigadier General Tom Cosentino, US Army (Retired), COO, Business Executives for National Security.
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.
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
Friday, 18 May 2018, 1 - 2:30 pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - 2018 Henry F. Schorreck Lecture Speaker Series by NSA's Center for Cryptologic History on "The Pueblo Incident: A Fifty-Year Retrospective."
The National Cryptologic Museum hosts NSA's Center for Cryptologic History's 2018 Henry F. Schorreck Lecture Speaker Series which will explore "The Pueblo Incident: A Fifty-Year Retrospective."
The special guest speaker is Mitchell Lerner, Associate
Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Korean Studies at
Ohio State University. He is the author of The Pueblo Incident: A Spy
Ship and the Failure of American Foreign Policy, which won the 2002
John Lyman Book Award.
REGISTRATION: Event is free. However, a full house is
anticipated and thus, advanced registration is required at this link. The NSA-CCH will confirm registrations
and answer any questions.
The 26th National Security Law Institute will take place June 3 through June 15, 2018. The National Security Law Institute provides advanced training for government officials and professors of law and political science who teach or are preparing to teach graduate-level courses in national security law or related subjects requiring a detailed understanding of National Security Law. Applications are also invited from government attorneys in the national security community who are actively engaged in the practice of national security law or otherwise have a professional need for such training. This annual intensive two-week course is held at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia. Prominent scholars and current and former government experts will take part in lectures, panels, and debates to address both theoretical background and important contemporary issues of national security law.
Topics addressed include: Contemporary Theory Concerning the Origins of War and the "Democratic Peace"; Aggression & Self-Defense; The ISIL Threat; Cyber Threats; War and Treaty Powers under the Constitution; Intelligence and the Law; Domestic and Transnational Terrorism; Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Warfare Threats; Law of Armed Conflict; War Crimes and Their Prosecution; and Maritime Concerns/South China Sea.
Accommodations: Hyatt Place Charlottesville, 2100 Bond St (GPS use 1954 Swanson Dr), Charlottesville, VA. Approximately 25-30 participants are selected to attend each Institute. Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Charlottesville and paying a tuition fee of $1,950.00, which includes lodging, lunches, course materials, and any group dinners during the Institute. The deadline for applications for the 2018 Institute is May 11, 2018. For additional information please contact Bill Lacy regarding applications (email@example.com) or Mer McLernon (firstname.lastname@example.org) for logistics (lodging, meals, etc.). The Center has a small fund from which to provide scholarship assistance to a few applicants who might otherwise not be able to attend the program. More information here.
For your calendar. A special evening to illuminate the critical role of individuals and organizations serving the Intelligence Community, and to raise funds in support of the International Spy Museum.
The William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner will take place
at The Ritz Carlton Hotel. More than 600 attendees are anticipated and
will recognize the men and women who have served in the field of National
Security with integrity and distinction. This annual tribute dinner is
given by the International Spy Museum to an individual who has embodied
the values of Judge William H. Webster. This year's
honoree is a patriot for whom love of country has been his guiding
principle: Admiral William H. McRaven, former US Special
Operations Commander, former Joint Special Operations Commander, and
Chancellor of The University of Texas System.
AFIO's 788-page Guide to the Study of
Intelligence. Peter C. Oleson,
Editor, also makes a good gift. View authors and table of contents here.
AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence helps instructors teach about the large variety of subjects that make up the field of intelligence. This includes secondary school teachers of American History, Civics, or current events and undergraduate and graduate professors of History, Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies, and related topics, especially those with no or limited professional experience in the field. Even those who are former practitioners are likely to have only a limited knowledge of the very broad field of intelligence, as most spend their careers in one or two agencies at most and may have focused only on collection or analysis of intelligence or support to those activities.
For a printed, bound copy, it is $95 which
includes Fedex shipping to a CONUS (US-based) address.
Order the Guide from the AFIO's store at this link.
The Guide is also available directly from Amazon at this link.
These 2017 mousepads have full color seals of all 18 members of the US Intelligence Community on this 8" round, slick surface, nonskid, rubber-backed mouse pad with a darker navy background, brighter, updated seals. Also used, by some, as swanky coasters. Price still only $20.00 for 2 pads [includes shipping to US address. Foreign shipments - we will contact you with quote.] Order NEW MOUSEPADS here.
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