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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]
27 June 2018 - 10 am to noon
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 Chávez 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?
AGENDA: Introduction and Welcome by Dr. Steven
Meyer - Academic Dean of Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National
Where: United States Congress
Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 212, First Street NE, Washington
Books of the Week
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.
"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
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.
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]
Fernand Denis "Doc" Bedard, 90, a brilliant, award-winning NSA engineer and physicist, died 21 June 2018 in Bethesda, MD.
Ruth Carol Corning, 81, a Defense Intelligence Agency Officer and artist, died of cancer on 8 June 2018 in Lexington, KY.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com to attend or for more information.
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.
Location: Society of Illustrators, 128
E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
Speakers TBA. Registration will open in a few weeks.
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.
Location: Society of Illustrators, 128
E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
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 Chávez 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
AGENDA: Introduction and Welcome by Dr. Steven Meyer -
Academic Dean of Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security.
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 www.spymuseum.org.
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 www.spymuseum.org.
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].
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 www.spymuseum.org
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 www.spymuseum.org.
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 www.spymuseum.org.
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 www.spymuseum.org.
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.
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).
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.
Join the National Cryptologic Foundation on 5 December
for their 18th Annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Program. Speaker and topic
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.
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