AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #24-18 dated 26 June 2018

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Section IV - Obituaries

Section V - Events

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Former NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett reflects on 5th anniversary of the Snowden disclosures for the Lawfare blog. In the article, Ledgett points out what the media failed to describe back in 2013, and what Snowden never understood, was what motivated the people who established the NSA in the aftermath of World War II and the hundreds of thousands of employees since who have made it a national treasure. [Lawfareblog articles compliments of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation read more]

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 - 10 am to noon
"Venezuela's Mounting Refugee Crisis: Regional Security Implications Amidst the Calls for a US Response"
A panel presentation at the US Congress Capitol Visitor Center
Washington, DC

This panel being sponsored by the Daniel Morgan Graduate School (DMGS) and the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS).

As Venezuela continues to implode, the country is rapidly becoming the Syria of the Western Hemisphere in terms of refugee outflows. More than 4 million Venezuelans have left the country since the late Hugo Ch'vez rose to power, overwhelming neighboring countries like Colombia and Brazil. Since 2015, the number of Venezuelan migrants in Peru and Chile has increased by over 1,000 percent. According to Pew Research, Venezuela is the top country of origin for U.S. asylum claims since 2017. As the humanitarian crisis worsens and more migrants cross borders, U.S. and regional security are inevitably threatened. Western Hemisphere policymakers must address the situation before it deteriorates further. Some policymakers have called for direct U.S. intervention, while others are more cautious. What position should the United States take? What options exist? And which of the options will create fewer national security risks?
Join SFS and Daniel Morgan Graduate School for a thoughtful and informative policy discussion examining Venezuela's humanitarian and refugee crisis and possible U.S. and regional responses.

AGENDA: Introduction and Welcome by Dr. Steven Meyer - Academic Dean of Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security.

' Dr. R Evan Ellis: Research Professor of Latin American Studies, U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute.
' Col. Preston McLaughlin, USMC Ret.: Associate Professor of National Security, Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security
' Amb. Roger Noriega: Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2003-2005), AEI Visiting Fellow
' Mr. Joseph Humire: Executive Director, Center for a Secure Free Society
Moderated by:
' Mr. Gustau Alegret: U.S. News Director, NTN24

Where: United States Congress Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 212, First Street NE, Washington DC 20515
Admission is free of charge, but seating is limited.
Media inquiries please call (202) 758.9083
RSVP required here. Email
Please note that you must RSVP to attend this event. Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security reserves the right to refuse entry.

Books of the Week

The Secret WorldThe Secret World: A History of Intelligence
by Christopher Andrew
(Yale University Press, Sep 2018)

This impressive comprehensive global history of espionage is destined to be on required reading by hundreds of colleges teaching Intelligence Studies. And should be. It is by distinguished historian Christopher Andrew, and he covers much of the lost intelligence history of the past three millennia—and shows its relevance. The history of espionage is far older than any of today's intelligence agencies, yet much of it has been forgotten. The codebreakers at Bletchley Park, the most successful WWII intelligence agency, were completely unaware that their predecessors in earlier moments of national crisis had broken the codes of Napoleon during the Napoleonic wars and those of Spain before the Spanish Armada. 
Those who do not understand past mistakes are likely to repeat them. Intelligence is a prime example. At the outbreak of WWI, the grasp of intelligence shown by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith was not in the same class as that of George Washington during the Revolutionary War and leading eighteenth-century British statesmen. We can extrapolate to the present.

"In this extraordinarily ambitious and monumental work, Christopher Andrew brings an enormous amount of detail together in one place so patterns can begin to emerge and readers can appreciate connections and dissimilarities. No other book has come close to what Andrew has done here."—Harvey Klehr, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History Emeritus, Emory University

Book may be preordered here.

WallsWalls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick
by David Frye
(Scribner, Aug 2018)

The epic story of history's greatest manmade barriers, from ancient times to the present. A haunting saga and one that reveals a startling link between what we build and how we live.
Frye serves as raconteur-guide as we journey back to a time before barriers of brick and stone even existed—to an era in which nomadic tribes vied for scarce resources, and each man was bred to a life of struggle. Ultimately, those same men would create edifices of mud, brick, and stone, and with them effectively divide humanity: on one side were those the walls protected; on the other, those barbarians the walls kept out.
The stars of this narrative are the walls themselves—rising up in places as ancient and exotic as Mesopotamia, Babylon, Greece, China, Rome, Mongolia, Afghanistan, the lower Mississippi and even Central America. As we journey across time and place, we discover a hidden, thousand-mile-long wall in Asia's steppes; learn of bizarre Spartan rituals; watch Mongol chieftains lead their miles-long hordes; witness the epic siege of Constantinople; chill at the fate of French explorers; marvel at the folly of the Maginot Line; tense at the gathering crisis in Cold War Berlin; the walled city of the Vatican as the Pope peeks out to condemn walls; gape at Hollywood's tightly-gated royalty (and ponder why, behind their high walls, they avidly support the US have no border control or walls); and contemplate the wall mania of our own era, as thousands illegally invade the country each year.

Book may be ordered here.


No Merging of FSB, Federal Protective Service, and Foreign Intelligence Service into Single Agency.  "A number of influential officials did not support" the idea that had been discussed for two years, according to Kommersant's source in the administration of one of the federal agencies.

The idea was to merge the FSB, the Federal Protective Service, and the Foreign Intelligence Service into one agency, according to the source. Aleksandr Bortnikov could be transferred to the Security Council in such a scenario, while Sergey Naryshkin, the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, would become the head of the new agency.

However, the people who "believed that intelligence and counterintelligence services should operate separately" won, according to the source. Sergey Ivanov, the President's special advisor for ecology and environmental protection and a former head of the Presidential Administration, was one of the people who opposed the idea. He voiced his opinion on the matter during an October 2016 interview to Moskovsky Komsomolets, noting that "there are no upsides to such an idea."

Let us remind you that the news about the idea to create an agency similar to the KGB was reported in September 2016. Preparation for implementation of the idea began soon after the Russian President disbanded the Federal Migration Service and the Federal Drug Control Service whose functions were delegated to the MIA, while the National Guard was established using the infrastructure of the domestic forces and some agencies of the Department of Internal Affairs, according to Kommersant.  [Read More:  crimerussia/26Jun2018]

Law Enforcement Officials Form Utah Crime Gun Intelligence Center.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Utah Department of Public Safety (UDPS), and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah, announced the formation of the Utah Crime Gun Intelligence Center at a meeting here today.

The formation of the center will bring together cutting-edge technologies and the resources of federal, state and multiple local police departments. The results will give law enforcement officials real-time data and investigative leads needed to prevent gun crime from occurring or to stop it at its onset.

"The Crime Gun Intelligence Center is a game changer in the fight against crime in Utah," ATF Denver Field Division Special Agent in Charge Debbie Livingston, said.

The objective of the CGIC is to produce timely and actionable information focusing the efforts of our partners, including police, prosecutors, and forensics experts, on the "trigger pullers" in Utah. CGIC investigators utilize several tools, to include the ATF National Tracing Center and the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN). NIBIN is an ATF-managed law enforcement program used to identify, target and prosecute shooters and their sources of "crime guns." It is the only system of its type, and it enables the capture and comparison of cartridges to aid in solving firearm-related violent crime. The goal of the CGIC is to "connect the dots" and provide actionable investigative leads in a real time manner that will result in the arrest of suspects before they can commit additional shootings.  [Read More: ATF/kutv/25Jun2018]

Former NGA Official Tapped for State Dept. Intel Position.  Ellen McCarthy, former chief operating officer of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, has been nominated to serve as assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research by the White House.

At NGA, McCarthy oversaw daily business activities and advised the director on issues including strategic planning and corporate governance.

INR is a bureau of the Department of State that provides analysis on all-source intelligence and ensures intelligence activities support foreign policy and national security for the department.

Currently, McCarthy is a member of the board of directors on the National Security Institute at the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.  [Read More:  Longwell/c4isr/23June2018]

Israel Charges Ex-Minister Gonen Segev with Spying for Iran.  Israel has charged a former cabinet minister with spying for Iran, the Shin Bet internal security service says.

Gonen Segev, a medical doctor who served as energy minister in the 1990s, was allegedly recruited by Iranian intelligence while living in Nigeria.

He was detained during a visit to Equatorial Guinea in May and extradited following a request by Israeli police.

The 62-year-old was jailed for five years in 2005 for smuggling drugs and forging a diplomatic passport.  [Read More:  bbc/18Jun2018]

Brexit Row: GCHQ Chief Stresses UK's Role in Foiling European Terror Plots.  Britain supplied key information to help break up terrorist operations in four European countries in the last year, one of its intelligence chiefs revealed on Tuesday, as the UK upped the ante in the growing row over post-Brexit security.

The director of the surveillance agency GCHQ, Jeremy Fleming, speaking on a visit to Nato headquarters, also stressed other European countries had benefited from classified intelligence shared by the UK on cyber-threats.

His comments can be seen as a direct riposte to EU chiefs threatening to exclude Britain from access to EU security databases and from Galileo, an alternative surveillance system to GPS, which was built for the US military.

It is unprecedented for a UK intelligence chief, especially one from GCHQ who until recently were seldom seen or heard in public, to intervene in a diplomatic negotiation in such a way.  [Read More:  MacAskill, Boffey/theguardian/19Jun2018]

Romanian Foreign Ministry Confirms that the "Spy" Detained in Moscow Holds Romanian Citizenship.  Romanian Foreign Ministry has formally requested the Russian Embassy in Bucharest to provide further details and clarifications about the detention of Carina Turcan, the woman accused of espionage in favor of the Romanian Intelligence Service, in Moscow.

An official communiqué of the institution confirms that Turcan holds Romanian citizenship.

The ministry indicates that the information circulating in the Russian media is speculative and urges to treat the issue with caution.

Yesterday, Minister Teodor Melescanu said that if the detention is confirmed, Romania is ready to provide consular assistance to the woman.  [Read More:  crimemoldova/25Jun2018]

Yuriy Ivanov-Class Intelligence Collection Vessel "Ivan Khurs" Officially Commissioned into Russian Navy.  With a ceremonial St. Andrew's flag hoisting ceremony on June 25, 2018 on board of the Ivan Khurs, the Yuriy Ivanov-class reconnaissance ship of Project 18280 built at St. Petersburg based Severnaya Verf Shipyard has officially entered service with the Russian Black Sea Navy. This is the second ship of Project 18280 series.

The ship design was developed by CDB Iceberg.

The reconnaissance ship was named after Vice-Admiral Ivan Khurs (09.29.1922- 12.28.2002), who contributed to organizing and developing of the permanent naval intelligence service of the Soviet Navy. The Project 18280 communications ship is designed to provide communications and operations control to naval forces, to conduct electronic warfare, gathering radio and electronic intelligence and carrying out the surveillance.

The Ivan Khurs will replace the outdated previous class vessels. The communications vessel features improved performance and energy efficiency, automation control and excellent seaworthiness. The first ship of the series, the Yuri Ivanov was delivered to the Navy in 2014.  [Read More:  portnews/25Jun2018]


World War II Intelligence Officer Gets Congressional Medal.  A 98-year-old World War II intelligence officer received the highest congressional honor Monday for what a historian described as "defending our country in the shadowy place between diplomacy and war."

Retired Army Capt. Martin Gelb was part of the Office of Strategic Services, which was created during World War II and was the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency. He served in England, France and Germany on missions that included supporting U.S. and British operations during the D-Day invasion and assisting with the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who presented Gelb with a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal, said only about 100 of Gelb's fellow officers are still living and called him a true American hero.

"Capt. Gelb and his fellow operatives fought a secret war. They collected intelligence, they worked behind enemy lines, they developed and advanced weapons and communications equipment, they rescued downed pilots, they helped liberate concentration camps, and yet the courage and bravery was kept classified," Shaheen said.  [Read More:  Ramer/pilotonline/25Jun2018]

Review: The Secret World: A History of Intelligence by Christopher Andrew - Spying from Caesar to Snowden.  Napoleon ignored his spies, Elizabeth I was exasperated by them. Edward Lucas enjoys a superb history of espionage.

To write a world history of intelligence, from the dawn of recorded history to the present day, is a daunting task. To make such a work accurate, comprehensive, digestible and startling, and all in a single volume, is a stellar achievement. But that is what Christopher Andrew has done in The Secret World.

Andrew, an emeritus professor of modern history at the University of Cambridge, is Britain's foremost intelligence historian. His previous works include a book on the KGB, co-written with Oleg Gordievsky, once Britain's leading agent inside that fearsome organisation, and an authorised history of MI5, Britain's domestic security service. Such works often sound more interesting than they read. Intelligence agencies are, ultimately, bureaucracies. Their work, structure and procedures are mostly dull; the interesting...  [Read More:  Lucas/thetimes/23Jun2018]

Spying Doesn't Pay - Unless You're Really Good At It.  Earlier this month, the Justice Department announced the arrest of Ron Hansen, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer. Hansen is accused of receiving at least $800,000 from Chinese sources in exchange for information he learned from "military and intelligence conferences in the U.S." and for sensitive technology that the U.S. government had banned from being shared with China.

Hansen is the fourth former intelligence officer - along with Jerry Chun Shing Lee, Joshua Schulte1and Kevin Mallory - arrested for espionage or attempted espionage in just the last year. But one part of his story sets him apart: Hansen's payoff - at least $800,000 - is more than the vast majority of people arrested for spying over the past few decades were paid.

Of course, we're talking about spying here, so there's only so much we know about these cases - even the spies who get caught are pretty good at keeping secrets, and the people who catch them are even better. But we can get at least a rough overview of how much spies get paid using two sources: the Defense Personnel Security Research Center's research into espionage from 1975 to 2008, and its report from last year updating the data to 2015. For cases since 2015, we can use Justice Department press releases.

The data is incomplete, of course - it can't tell us anything about any spies who weren't caught or whose payout information was never made public - but all told, I identified more than 100 people who were arrested for spying or similar offenses since 1975 and for whom we can estimate how much they were paid.2  [Read More:  Asher/fivethirtyeight/21Jun2018]

The Not-So-Secret Tech the CIA Wants.  Back in the day the CIA's Cold War foes would do anything - including kill - to learn what high-tech gadgets the spy agency was trying to get into the field.

Nowadays, anyone interested can look up at least a chunk of that kind of information on the public website for a curious organization called In-Q-Tel, the CIA's very public investment firm.

The nonprofit company, which began as In-Q-IT, was first revealed publicly in 1999. It was the result of a then-revolutionary idea: If the private sector can make a lot of the high-tech things the CIA wants, why not publicly put some skin in the game to help ensure the company's success?

According to its website, In-Q-Tel "identifies startups with the potential for high impact on national security and works closely with them to deliver new capabilities that our customers need to boost their technological edge."  The name was a semi-self-referential joke, a play on the irascible Q of the James Bond universe.  [Read More:  Ferran/realclearlife/20Jun2018]

Was a Renowned Literary Theorist Also a Spy?  "Oh, I tried the Left Bank. At university I used to go with people who walked around with issues of Tel Quel under their arms. I know all that rubbish. You can't even read it." - Philip Roth, The Counterlife.

llisibilité: During the 1960s, Tel Quel authors wore this epithet, which means "unreadability," as a badge of honor. It was the Age of Structuralism, an era of high intellectual fashion. Left Bank intellectuals who were less enamored of the journal's supercilious brand of semiotic hermeticism accused the high-powered literati who regularly appeared in Tel Quel's pages - a list that reads like a Who's Who of French Theory - of practicing "theoretical terrorism."

A witticism that made the rounds of the Latin Quarter during the 1970s gleefully took aim at structuralism's lexical pomposity:

Q. What's the difference between a Mafioso and a structuralist? A. The latter makes you an offer that you can't understand.  [Read More:  Wolin/chronicle/20Jun2018]


Israel Cyber Week: Intelligence Sharing - Do We Trust You? In a high level panel meeting during Israel Cyber Week, Yigal Unna, the new chief executive director of the new Cyber Technologies Unit in the Israel National Cyber Directorate, and former head of the Sigint Cyber Division In Shin-Bet, found himself moderating between representatives of the US, UK and Singapore government intelligence agencies and the private sector, with each needing to share information while being wary of the other.

We don't trust you - Perhaps the most regretful about the State's inability to handle cyber on its own was David Koh, CEO of Singapore's Cyber Security Agency, who, referring to the difficulties of working with the private sector, commented: "We don't trust you."  He explained that while government had the monopoly on legal physical violence and had learned how to deal with this on a government to government basis, that monopoly does not exist  in cyber. In fact the private sector, "has as much and more intelligence than us and it's a challenge for governments," requiring a cultural change.

Hence the need for information sharing is clearly one brought about by necessity rather than any ideological shift.  He described this need to build trust as particularly difficult for a small country, dealing with very large international commercial players, but because it is necessary, it's not insurmountable.

However, government must play a role and can't just leave it to the market because some things would not get fixed as there is no incentive, including aspects of the health sector, where government needs to step in and provide a "basic level of hygiene,"  said Koh. Although viewed as a natural realm of government, Koh also expressed surprise that 20 Singaporean parliamentarians had something to say about cyber security when his government recently brought in new legislation, indicating the widespread understanding that cyber-security did pose a national threat.  [Read More:  Morbin/scmagazineuk/22Jun2018]

Alleged Iran Spy Gonen Segev: How Bad is the Intelligence Fallout?  No one knows for sure this early on how much harm former energy minister Gonen Segev has caused by allegedly spying on Israel for Iran.

But at this early stage, a decent estimate is that the damage is neither overly substantial nor so insignificant that it can be easily dismissed.

Be the first to know -

Speaking to several former Israeli intelligence officials who insisted on anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, The Jerusalem Post has learned that Gonen could have caused damage in the energy sector and by connecting the Iranians with others in the Israeli defense establishment.  [Read More:  andovercaller/22Jun2018]

Trump as a Russian Target - Through the Eyes of a Former CIA Russian Expert.  Donald Trump would have been an active target of Russian intelligence since the moment they laid eyes on him for two reasons that come straight from the classical espionage textbook: He has influence; and he is potentially vulnerable to various forms of compromise. Playing by the book, the Russians would have attempted to initiate multi-layered operations to develop varied means of access to him in an effort to establish and ultimately exploit mechanisms of control over Trump and his associates. This is not calling out our president, but rather is a reflection of the reality of how Russian intelligence operates. Indeed, it could even benefit the president to know how this stratagem works. To be fair, I have no information that suggests that our president has been compromised by the Russians. Rather, my intent is to offer to the reader an explanation of the classical vulnerabilities that intelligence officers seek to identify and exploit including sexual indiscretions, greed, corruption, revenge, and most of all, ego. In essence, the pursuit of selfish interests over the common good.

Based on well-practiced history, intelligence services typically hold off making a direct approach to high priority targets for years. Traditionally, the modus operandi ("method of operation," the preferred term in intelligence jargon) is to wait for the right opportunity to present itself in order to maximize leverage over the target and enhance prospects of success. The key questions in this tradecraft are to determine if and how the target can be turned to serve another nation's interests, rather than the interests of their own country. Espionage is a loyalty test, in the final analysis. Better put, a litmus test for loyalty and betrayal.

In the case of considering businessman Donald Trump as a potential target, as with any high priority target, the Russians would test the waters to avoid taking any undue risks. They typically begin by initiating mutually beneficial activity to test receptiveness to a deepening relationship. In the established business circles Trump and his associates run in, it would have been logical to test interest in lining one another's pockets for mutual gain. Even if the Russians were ultimately unsuccessful in compromising Trump directly, they would have been content to compromise and exploit lesser targets along the way - minnows with access to the big fish. What's the harm in that? Taking the bait would incentivize an even greater investment by Russian intelligence to deepen the relationship and, depending on the circumstances, do it more clandestinely. Why clandestine? The Russians want to determine their target's threshold for cooperation. Will the target report a crime? How will he respond to a test of his loyalty to American interests, if not American law? What are his limits? In any relationship, whether it be with a citizen and his country, or a wife and a husband, a secret relationship with a third party is not a sign of a healthy relationship.  [Read More:  Mowatt-Larssen/justsecurity/25Jun2018]

Human Intelligence Operations in Free and Authoritarian Societies.  A glance at recent headlines on the arrests of U.S. and foreign officials spying for foreign powers remind us that regardless of where technology takes us, a part of intelligence collection that remains critical is "Human Intelligence" or HUMINT. HUMINT remains the most problematic part of the intelligence game - simply because in many ways, it remains an art, not a science.

HUMINT, unlike ELINT or SIGINT, is not limited to intelligence services with large national budgets. Traditionally, it is the most inexpensive of the various "INTs" in the Intelligence process. Virtually anyone can do it - how many readers have elicited from a coworker who will be on the boss' next promotion list? That is HUMINT of a sort. Rather than resources like money/manpower, HUMINT takes time...time to spot, assess and develop appropriate sources who are both 1) willing to engage in espionage and 2) have the access to make it worthwhile. Such classic espionage is in fact the world's "second oldest" profession - and exactly what we saw in the case of both former DIA Officer Ron Rockwell Hansen, arrested for allegedly spying for China.

And Gonen Segev, a former Israeli official charged with spying for Iran.

Unfortunately, although HUMINT is difficult, the "take" from such an operation can be invaluable beyond measure. A good human spy, you see, can provide not just information on a new technology, but also perhaps the intention of leadership of a multinational corporation, a military organization - or a national leadership. This is why the Israeli government is deeply concerned over the Segev arrest.  [Read More:  Uehlinger/newsmax/20Jun2018]

Section IV - Obituaries

Fernand Denis "Doc" Bedard, 90, a brilliant, award-winning NSA engineer and physicist, died 21 June 2018 in Bethesda, MD.
Doc was a leading technical expert at NSA and was the 2002 award winner by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity for his contributions to the field of superconducting electronics. And for his longterm support of low temperature superconducting digital technology for high performance computing, beginning with the Cryotron in the early 1960s and the IBM Josephson
Computer Technology project in the 1970s, and the Hybrid Technology Multi Threaded (HTMT) petaflops computing program. And for his promotion of the use of superconducting circuits for high performance switches and routers for communications and computing applications, specifically for conceiving the architecture, designing the circuitry and managing the program which has yielded a 128 by 128 self-routing cross-bar switch which can process 2.5 Gbit per second data streams per channel, which is the most complex functional LTS digital system built to date, and for his continuing advocacy of systems level demonstrations of Josephson digital solutions.
Doc received a BS degree in physics from Fordham College, in 1951, and a PhD from Johns Hopkins in 1956. His thesis was "Studies of Electronic Transfer in Superconductors."
He is survived by his five sons and two daughters, and other family.
He will be remembered for his passion for physics and scientific dedication to the U.S. and multiple generations of scientists. His contributions to our nation's security will probably never be known in full.

Ruth Carol Corning, 81, a Defense Intelligence Agency Officer and artist, died of cancer on 8 June 2018 in Lexington, KY.
She graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI, where she developed her skills as an artist...skills which became key as one of the first intelligence officers hired at the newly formed Defense Intelligence Agency in 1961. During her 36 year DIA career, Corning played an instrumental role in the creation and publication of Soviet Military Power, a major public diplomacy document distributed during the Cold War. Her work included compiling and editing photos and maps, as well as assisting in the creation of detailed paintings of Soviet military hardware and installations. For her work on Soviet Military Power, she was recognized with several awards and commendations by Secretaries of Defense Robert McNamara and Caspar Weinberger. She retired in 1991 from a 36-year career with the Defense Intelligence Agency where her husband, Lloyd N. "Jack" Corning, was also employed.
After her retirement, she became an active member of the arts community of Washington, DC and Northern Virginia, and toured across the country as part of the "Artists Company Exhibition of Recent Work by: Nine from Washington, DC,' funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her last exhibition was hosted in 2013 by The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, where she was a member of Printmakers, Inc. and Discover Graphics Atelier.
She is survived by a daughter, a sister, and other family.

Reid Lamar Folsom Jr., 83, DIA Intelligence Officer, Forester, Educator, Horseman, Nurseryman, died of Parkinson's disease and a fall on 15 May 2018 in Manassas - close to his home "Beech Tree Farm" in Amissville, VA.
Reid was born with limited use of his right arm and grew up to love nature and forests. He earned a B.S.F, Agricultural & Life Sciences, in 1959. and obtained a Masters from Auburn. He worked for St. Regis Paper Company on projects in LA and AL, and taught agricultural and biological sciences at Wayne Technical Institute, NC. He was superintendent of The Duke Forest, NC.
At Duke he was given the opportunity to serve the nation as an Intelligence Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency where he worked for 22 years.
Upon retirement he tried a variety of activities, eventually returning to his land management interests. He combined his horse and land management knowledge at Dominion Saddlery and later at Southern States. He performed insurance inspections on horse farms and kennels from Virginia to Delaware, and, through the U.S. Trail Ride, was a lecturer on barn fires and horse identification, and on horse farm management and horse ownership. He wrote articles for horse magazines and newspapers.
He and his friend, Anita Ramos, found Rappahannock County farm, renamed Beech Tree Farm, where they began growing Virginia native trees and shrubs, selling at local plant shows. To relax, they were members of the Ashland Bassets, a foot hunting club in Warrenton, VA, where they were awarded colors in the 2001-2002 season and recently received the Galloway Plate for their support of the club. Reid had many other horse, farm, and nursery memberships.
He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Anita Ramos (with whom he lived 28 years).

Robert P. Gallagher, 79, the Intelligence Director of the Department of Commerce, died 21 June 2018 in Arlington, VA. Bob grew up in the Boston projects and joined the US Air Force to seek a better future. As a Russian linguist, he was stationed in Berlin to eavesdrop on Russian pilots. He graduated from Brown University and immediately joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. After postings in Yugoslavia, South Korea, and West Germany, he transferred to the Department of Commerce. There he served as Intelligence Director for five Secretaries, and along with his team, was awarded NSA's Signals Intelligence Directorate for his service. He also earned two black belts and served his community as a Boy Scout leader, citizenship teacher and food bank volunteer. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, June, and by three sons and other family.

Kim Jong-pil.  Former South Korean premier, spy agency founder dies at 92.  [Read More:  Kim/presshearld/24Jun2018]

Section V - Events


Saturday, 14 July 2018, 10am - 3pm - Dedham, MA - AFIO New England Chapter Business and Speaker Meeting, Includes Topic: "Listening In: Vietnam Vet Describes Voice Intercept Operations."

The schedule is: Registration & Gathering, 1000 – 1045; Membership meeting 1030 – 1045; Morning Discussion Session 1100 to 1200; Luncheon at 1200 - 1300. The Morning session will be open discussion. Our afternoon speaker will be from 1300 – 1430 with adjournment by 1500. The Morning session will cover various business-related items, general discussion regarding recent events of interest to the membership and the second presentation on EMP.
Our afternoon speaker is Ron Stering, Captain, USAF Retired. Mr. Stering enlisted in the Air Force in February 1969. After Basic Training at Lackland AFB, TX, he was sent to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA to study North Vietnamese. Following language school, Ron was stationed with the 6990th Security Squadron at Kadena AFB, Okinawa. From August 1970 to May 1972 working as a Voice Intercept Operator, he participated in over 60 combat missions and accumulated over 1000 combat flying hours. After 3 years, Ron reenlisted in the Air Force and again was sent to DLI in Monterey to study Russian. He was then assigned to the 6970th Security Squadron at Ft. Meade, MD, working from 1973 to 1976 at NSA. He was discharged from the Air Force in 1976 as a SSGT. Ron then went to work for Ross Perot at Electronic Data Systems for 7 years. While working for Perot, in 1976, Ron joined the PA Air National Guard as an Intelligence Analyst and after 2 years was commissioned and served as an Intelligence Officer. Ron's Topic is "Listening In: Vietnam Vet Describes Voice Intercept Operations."
LOCATION: MIT Endicott House, 80 Haven St, Dedham, MA 02026. Should you elect to stay at the Endicott House, Mike Assad has arranged a room rate of $140/pp/night. Mention AFIO/NE and Mike Assad when you make your reservation.
REGISTRATION: Luncheon reservations must be made by 9 July 2018. For additional information contact us at Mail your check and the reservation form to: AFIO/NE, Attn: Sarah Moore, PO Box 1203, Orange, CT 06477.
FEE: Paid in advance the cost of the luncheon is $25 per person. We can no longer accept walk-ins. Emails regarding your plans to attend will be accepted if you are late meeting the deadline. These must be sent to Mr. Arthur Harvey at no later than 7 days prior to the event This registration form only—not the announcement—should accompany your check made payable to AFIO/NE. Reservation deadline is 9 July 2018.

Thursday, 19 July 2018, 11:30 AM - Colorado Springs - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Robert Fricke, discussing "East Germany and the Stasi ' Separating myth from reality"

A review of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR's) national security police [Staatssicherheitsdienst (Stasi)] will focus on a brief history and description of the notorious organization headed by Erich Mielke as gleaned by speaker's research and experience as an Assistant Legal Attaché in Frankfurt, Germany from 1999-2004. Fricke will review the lasting legacy of the Stasi and discuss controversial deaths of East German dissidents Juergen Fuchs and Lutz Eigendorf, blamed on Stasi assassins. Fricke's research and experience will be bolstered by his unique status as the grandson of a German immigrant who has re-established strong ties with his former East German family from the town of Calbe an der Saale in the German province of Saxony-Anhalt. Two of his second cousins served in the GDR Nationale Volksarmee (Army). Robert Fricke is retired Special Agent of the FBI. He is currently an educator and instructor with background in Federal law enforcement, government intelligence, and compliance in high-risk, complex environments. During his career, Fricke also served as project manager for the Department of Homeland Security, supervising a team tasked with vetting domestic intelligence information with the terrorist watch list. He also served as an intelligence analyst for the Department of Justice and Department of Defense, providing daily support to the US Northern Command Counter Intelligence Office. Fricke is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and is a 1978 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute.

Contact Tom VanWormer at to attend or for more information.

Monday, 24 September 2018, 5:30 - 8 pm - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts Elizabeth Peek on "The Inextricable Links between Economics, Intelligence, and National Security."

Elizabeth Peek is a writer and columnist for The Fiscal Times, an online bipartisan policy journal, covering politics, finance, and economics. In prior years she was the lead business columnist for the New York Sun, and contributing editor to the New York Post, the Huffington Post, The Motley Fool, the Wall Street Journal, and Women on the Web, as well as to numerous magazines. She is a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV shows, CBS, Fox, and CNBC.
One of the first women partners of a major bracket Wall Street firm, she moved on to Wertheim & Company where she was one of the top three oilfield analysts ranked by Institutional Investor Magazine. She became Associate Director of Research, Head of International Research, and director of the firm's equity business in Tokyo, and then a General Partner and then a Managing Director of Wertheim Schroder after the two companies merged.
She graduated with honors in economics from Wellesley College and is a certified CFA.

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.

Friday, 2 November 2018, 10 am - 2 pm - Tysons, VA - HOLD THE DATE for AFIO National Winter Luncheon.

Speakers TBA. Registration will open in a few weeks.

Monday, 3 December 2018, 5:30 - 8 pm - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts Jen Easterly on "Cyber Attacks, Terrorism, and other Threats to National Security."

Jen Easterly is currently a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, having joined the firm after 26 years of U.S. government service in national security, military intelligence, and cyber operations. Previously, Jen served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism where she led the development of U.S. counterterrorism policy and strategy.
Prior to that, she was the Deputy for Counterterrorism at the NSA, a position she assumed following retirement from the US Army, where her service included command and staff assignments in the intelligence and cyber fields, as well as tours of duty in Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
A graduate of West Point, she holds a Master's degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Oxford where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a French-American Foundation Young Leader, Jen is the recipient of the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, the George S. Franklin Fellowship, and the Director, National Security Agency Fellowship. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Morgan Stanley Foundation.

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.

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 - 10 am to noon - Washington, DC - Venezuela's Mounting Refugee Crisis, a panel presentation on "Venezuela's Mounting Refugee Crisis: Regional Security Implications Amidst the Calls for a US Response" is theme of this panel being sponsored by the Daniel Morgan Graduate School (DMGS) and the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS).

As Venezuela continues to implode, the country is rapidly becoming the Syria of the Western Hemisphere in terms of refugee outflows. More than 4 million Venezuelans have left the country since the late Hugo Ch'vez rose to power, overwhelming neighboring countries like Colombia and Brazil. Since 2015, the number of Venezuelan migrants in Peru and Chile has increased by over 1,000 percent. According to Pew Research, Venezuela is the top country of origin for U.S. asylum claims since 2017. As the humanitarian crisis worsens and more migrants cross borders, U.S. and regional security are inevitably threatened. Western Hemisphere policymakers must address the situation before it deteriorates further. Some policymakers have called for direct U.S. intervention, while others are more cautious. What position should the United States take? What options exist? And which of the options will create fewer national security risks?
Join SFS and Daniel Morgan Graduate School for a thoughtful and informative policy discussion examining Venezuela's humanitarian and refugee crisis and possible U.S. and regional responses.

AGENDA: Introduction and Welcome by Dr. Steven Meyer - Academic Dean of Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security.

' Dr. R Evan Ellis: Research Professor of Latin American Studies, U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute.
' Col. Preston McLaughlin, USMC Ret.: Associate Professor of National Security, Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security
' Amb. Roger Noriega: Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2003-2005), AEI Visiting Fellow
' Mr. Joseph Humire: Executive Director, Center for a Secure Free Society
Moderated by:
' Mr. Gustau Alegret: U.S. News Director, NTN24
Where: United States Congress Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 212, First Street NE, Washington DC 20515
Admission is free of charge, but seating is limited.
Media inquiries please call (202) 758.9083
RSVP required here. Email
Please note that you must RSVP to attend this event. Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security reserves the right to refuse entry

Friday, 6 July 2018, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Meet An F-4 Pilot: Mark Hewitt at the International Spy Museum

The Spy Museum hosts "Meet An F-4 Pilot" with Mark A. Hewitt, who has always had a fascination with spyplanes and the intelligence community's development and use of aircraft. He flew F-4s in the Marine Corps and served as Director of Maintenance with the Border Patrol and the Air Force, as was an Associate Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is the author of "Special Access," "Shoot Down," "No Need to Know," and his latest, "Blown Cover."  There is no charge for this event. Visit

Monday, 9 July 2018, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Safe Houses with Dan Fesperman at the International Spy Museum

Helen Abell is in charge of maintaining CIA safe houses in Berlin in the 1970s ― a city still in the grips of the Cold War. When she overhears a secret meeting, the impact of the clandestine conversation changes her life and becomes the key to a 21st century mystery. Dan Fesperman, award-winning author of Safe Houses, interviewed women who worked at the CIA to bring into focus an era when women were trying to break free of the clerical roles they had been relegated to and enter into field work. This evening, he will lead a discussion of the book and the world it recreates with some of the trailblazers who helped him give his novel authenticity and accuracy. Safe Houses will be available for sale and signing at the event. Ticket for the general public: $10; Spy Museum Member Ticket: $8. Visit

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 6:45 pm - Washington, DC - "The Cambridge Five: Soviet Intelligence Spies" discussed by author Calder Walton at the Smithsonian

Kim Philby's name is almost synonymous with Soviet espionage. But Philby was not alone: Along with Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, and John Cairncross, he was one of five "Cambridge spies" who penetrated the heart of British intelligence at the height of the Cold War. Using recently declassified British, American, and Soviet intelligence records, Calder Walton, Ernest May Fellow in history and policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, explores the lives and treachery of these British elites from Cambridge University recruited into Soviet intelligence in the 1930s. He examines why they betrayed their homeland for Russia, how close British intelligence came to catching them, reveals another hitherto-undisclosed Soviet spy recruited from Cambridge, and evidence for a similar Soviet espionage ring at Oxford. Walton assesses the damage the Cambridge spies did to the British secret state, and to Britain's closest intelligence ally, the United States. He also sees the story as more than ancient history, and discusses how the legacy of the Cambridge spies is still reflected in contemporary Russian intelligence operations.

Walton is the author Empire of Secrets: British intelligence, the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire [Overlook Pr, 2013].

To Register: use code: 1H0354. $30 Smithsonian Members; $45 nonmembers.
Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit) More information or to register.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, noon - Washington, DC - Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update - at the International Spy Museum

Be the first to learn the latest intelligence news. Join David Major, retired supervisory special agent of the FBI and former director of Counterintelligence and Security Programs at the NSC staff at the White House, for a briefing on intelligence and security issues, breaches, and penetrations. Presented in partnership with The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), these updates will cover worldwide events such as breaking espionage cases and arrest reports, cyber espionage incidents, and terrorist activity. Major uses his expertise to analyze trends and highlight emerging issues of interest to both intelligence and national security professionals and the public. Cases are drawn from the CI Centre's SPYPEDIA', the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world, containing events and information that may not be reported by mainstream media outlets. There is no charge for this event. Visit

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Spymaster with Brad Thor at the International Spy Museum

Across Europe, a secret organization has begun attacking diplomats. Back in the United States, a foreign ally demands the identity of a highly placed covert asset. In the balance hang the ingredients for all-out war. Join bestselling author Brad Thor as he introduces the latest in his Scot Harvath series. Thor's counterterrorism operative Harvath is a popular favorite-this is the 18th in the series- and the author will share how he develops thrilling scenarios and draws on current events to keep his readers coming back for more. Spymaster will be available for sale and signing at the event. Tickets for the general public: $10; tickets for Spy Museum Members: $8. Visit

Saturday, 14 July 2018, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Allan Topol: Russian Resurgence at the International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum will host an in-store book signing of Russian Resurgence with author Allan Topol. Allan is the author of thirteen novels of international intrigue. Two of them, Spy Dance and Enemy of My Enemy, were national best sellers. His novels have been translated into Japanese, Portuguese and Hebrew. One was optioned and three are in development for movies. Book Description: Twelve year old Nick, escaping from the burning of his grandfather's house in Potomac, Maryland by Russian thugs, is caught up in a plot by Russian President Kuznov to recreate the Soviet empire in eastern and central Europe. The linchpin of Kuznov's plan is an agreement with a corrupt Hungarian Prime Minister to permit Russia to move troops into Hungary. In Allan Topol's fast moving fourteenth novel, Craig Page and Elizabeth Crowder, working with Peter Toth, who bears the scars of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, and Peter's grandson, Nick, try to thwart Kuznov's plot. The action moves from Paris to Grozny, to Washington, and finally to intriguing Budapest. Craig, Elizabeth and Nick face repeated attacks on their lives.  There is no charge for this event. Visit

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Meet A Spy: Alex Finley at the International Spy Museum

The Spy Museum hosts "Meet A Spy" with Alex Finley, a former officer of the CIA's Directorate of Operations, where she served in West Africa and Europe. Her writing has appeared in Slate, Reductress, Funny or Die, and other publications. She is the author of Victor in the Rubble, a satire about the CIA and the War on Terror. She will be available to sign her book. There is no charge for this event. Visit

Wednesday, 18 July 2018, noon - 1:30pm - Washington, DC - Joint Dacor-Bacon/DIAA Forum features RAdm Paul Becker USN on "How Temperament, Tone, and Tenacity are Critical to Military Success."

Rear Admiral Paul Becker, (USN, Ret) will discuss how the fundamentals of Temperament, Tone, and Tenacity are critical to success in the military and beyond.
Paul Becker served 30 years as a Naval Intelligence Officer. His service includes Director of Intelligence (J2) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pacific Command in Hawaii, the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan, command of Central Command's Joint Intelligence Center and Assistant Naval Attaché to France. He led the Presidential Transition's Intelligence Community Landing team in 2016 which provided policy input, strategic guidance, and operational advice to new Administration cabinet secretaries. Since retiring from active duty Paul has founded the Becker T3 Group, LLC. Becker T3 is a consultancy, keynote speaker, and executive coaching service focused on global risk management, business intelligence, cyber operations and organizational leadership. Paul holds an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Center for Naval Analyses and is a Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia's Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
Remarks are Off the Record and not for attribution.
Location: Dacor Bacon House, 1801 F St NW, Washington, DC 20006.
Registration: via email at or call (202) 682-0500 ext. 20 or 11. When registering for the joint forum identify yourself as being associated with DIAA.
Cost: $25 at door. You may pay with cash, check, or credit card. No online payment option. Cancellation must be received by 9 am NLT Tuesday 17 July or full cost of the event will be charged. You are responsible for paying for self and your guests who are no-shows or who cancel late. Please respect our rules on this matter.
TIMING: Doors open at 11:30; Reception Noon - 12:30; Lunch 12:30 - 1:05; Remarks and Q&A 1:10. PARKING: DACOR Bacon House has no parking. Limited street parking available on surrounding streets or at meters. Meters are routinely checked Monday through Saturday 7am until 10 pm so payment and timing crucial to avoid ticketing. Pay for street parking by credit card with Parkmobile. Each meter has a Parkmobile sticker with a zone number. Either use the Parkmobile App on your smartphone (app must be downloaded) or call number on sticker to pay via credit card. You can also add time to your meter through Parkmobile. GARAGES: Two parking garages are conveniently located next door to Dacor-Bacon House. They are located on either side of 18th St between F St and G St - look for Colonial Parking sign. Additional parking garages are at: Courtyard Marriott at 515 20th St NW; Colonial Parking at 1775 I St NW; and George Washington University at 2028 G St NW.
METRO: Dacor is four blocks from the 18th Street exit of Farragut West Station on the Blue and Orange lines. The K Street exit of the Farragut North Station on the Red line is two blocks further.
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17 October 2018 - Laurel, MD - NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium - Hold the date.

The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation hosts their General Membership Meeting and Annual Symposium. More details to follow later in the year.

Registration is $25 for NCMF members and $50 for guests (includes complimentary one-year NCMF membership).
Deadline to register has not been announced. Additional details at
Event location likely to be: The Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory.

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.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018 - Annapolis Junction, MD - 18th Annual NCMF Pearl Harbor Program

Join the National Cryptologic Foundation on 5 December for their 18th Annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Program. Speaker and topic TBA.
When: 10-11:30 am, followed by lunch.
Cost: $25 for NCMF members, $50 for guests (complimentary one-year NCMF membership included with guest purchase).
Where: CACI Inc., Maryland Conference Center, 2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20755
RSVP or More Info: Registration links will be provided later in year. A check may be mailed to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755. For further details, call NCMF office at 301-688-5436

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AFIO's Guide to the Study of IntelligenceAFIO's 788-page Guide to the Study of Intelligence. Peter C. Oleson, Editor, also makes a good gift. View authors and table of contents here.

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

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

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