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The Complexities of Discerning "Fake News"
A behind-the-scenes look at Facebook's fight against false news.
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Books of the Week
Disturbing account of Kissinger's Vietnam years showing him as a blundering, self-serving man who led America to tragedy and Vietnam to waste in an unnecessarily dragged-out, ill-conceived war.
Using newly available material, Brigham shows how Kissinger's approach to Vietnam was driven by personal political rivalries and strategic confusion, while domestic politics played an outsized influence on Kissinger's so-called strategy. There was no great master plan or Bismarckian theory that supported how the US continued the war or conducted peace negotiations.
As a result, a distant tragedy was perpetuated, forever changing both countries. Brigham shows us the full scale of that tragedy and the machinations that fed it.
"The choice between 'melting pot or civil war' may seem a stark one. But in this clear-sighted and courageous book, Salam persuasively argues that without a radical reform of the U.S. immigration system, our already polarized society might very well come apart at the seams."—Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution
Does DoD Know How to Supply Intel for Cyber Ops? Cyber has been an official domain of warfare for nearly a decade, yet the Department of Defense is still learning how to integrate it with operations. And some members of Congress are concerned the traditional military intelligence organs to this day don't understand intel support to cyber ops.
The House Armed Services Committee is directing that a briefing on the subject must take place by December 1, 2018. The briefing - delivered by the under secretary of defense for intelligence, in coordination with the Defense Intelligence Agency and the military services - is expected, according to a provision in the committee's annual defense policy bill, to address multiple issues, including:
- Efforts to standardize a common military doctrine for intelligence preparation of the battlefield for cyber operations;
- Efforts to develop all-source intelligence analysts with the capability to support cyber operations; and
- Efforts to resource intelligence analysis support elements at U.S. Cyber Command and the service cyber components.
"The committee is concerned about the Defense Intelligence Enterprise's ability to provide the cyber community with all-source intelligence support, consistent with the support provided to operations in other domains," the provision, called an "item of special interest," says. [Read more: Pomerleau/fifthdomain/2July2018]
ASD Begins Operations as Statutory
Agency. The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has
commenced operations as a statutory agency within the defence portfolio of
Court: Ex-Boss of Military
Intelligence is Innocent. The intelligence officer who
reported embezzlement and was then charged with collecting classified
information and threatening national security was cleared.
Reality Winner, Woman Accused of
Leaking Classified NSA Report, Pleads Guilty. A woman
accused of leaking U.S. secrets to a news outlet pleaded guilty Tuesday in
federal court in Georgia.
Abbas Kamel is Officially Egypt's
New Chief of Intelligence. Director of President Abdel
Fattah al-Sisi's office General Abbas Kamel will be sworn before Sisi as
the new director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service (GIS) on
Thursday, Al-Ahram newspaper reported.
Namibia: Venaani Wants Spy
Agency Probed. Leader of the official opposition in
parliament McHenry Venaani yesterday said he will request the
parliamentary standing committee on defence and security to investigate
the affairs of the central intelligence service.
Warner Measures to Revamp Security
Clearance Process Added to Intel Authorization Act passed by Senate
Intel Committee. The Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence unanimously approved the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA)
for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019, which includes measures introduced by the
Committee's Vice Chairman, Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), to modernize our
antiquated security clearance process, reduce the background investigation
inventory of more than 700,000 cases, and bring greater accountability to
Himmler's Daughter Worked for Post-War German Spy Agency. The daughter of top Nazi Heinrich Himmler was hired by West Germany's foreign intelligence agency (BND) in the 1960s, officials have confirmed.
The revelation about Gudrun Burwitz was first reported in the German newspaper Bild following her death aged 88.
Her father was in Hitler's inner circle and is viewed as the chief architect of the Holocaust. He killed himself in custody in 1945.
Burwitz never disavowed Nazism and defended her father's reputation. [Read more: bbc/29June2018]
Defense Intelligence Agency Bringing Forewarning into 21st Century. The adage "forewarned is forearmed" has entered the digital era at the Defense Intelligence Agency, as leaders, collectors and analysts there seek to adapt to the changing security and technological world, the agency's director said at the Defense One Tech Summit here today.
DIA has the mission of compiling information and intelligence on foreign militaries and the operational environment the American military will confront, Army Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley Jr. told Defense One editor Patrick Tucker.
The agency is in the business of giving leaders strategic warning. "What are the emerging technologies that are coming out that we need to be thinking about?" Ashley said. "The other part of that is to inform the decision-makers and what they have to build to counter them."
Hypersonics, anti-satellite capabilities, and sophisticated ground, sea, air capabilities must be countered, and the agency looks to gather information and intelligence on them Ashley said. The general talks often about analytic modernization. This concept deals with data. "How do we deal with big data? How do we deal with the wealth of information that is out there and available?" he said. [Read more: Garamone/dod/26June2018]
Spy Tech: How an Apollo
Capsule Landed in Michigan After a Layover in the USSR. There's
an Apollo module on display in Michigan and its cold-war backstory is even
more interesting than its space program origins.
Fayetteville Man Headed to
Military Intelligence Hall of Fame. Most of America has
never heard of Michael Warnock. And that's probably the way he would have
'He Contributed Greatly to the Success
of Intelligence Activities ': Snapshots of Heroes. This
is the fourth in a series of veterans reflection, part of the 100 Years of
Heroes package that will run through Veterans Day. The source for this
story is Susan Schubert of Camp Hill.
The Spying Game: When has Espionage Changed the Course of History? Espionage, Christopher Andrew reminds us, is the second oldest profession. The two converged when Moses's successor Joshua sent a couple of agents to spy out ancient Jericho. There they were sheltered by the madam of the local brothel. All three are heroes in Israel today.
Generals and politicians have always needed secret information to track and outmanoeuvre their foreign and domestic enemies. So they place spies, suborn traitors, eavesdrop, decipher other people's messages, subvert their governments, assassinate their servants and sabotage their property. The technology has changed massively over the centuries; the aims and the basic methods have not.
During the 20th century, thanks partly to the works of talented British novelists, 'secret intelligence' acquired a mystique among the public. Intelligence agencies found that flattering, even useful. But they still had to keep their operations secret. The British government went further. Until the late 1980s it maintained the absurd fiction that it had no secret service at all.
Christopher Andrew is one of our most distinguished and prolific intelligence historians. He believes that the historical role of intelligence is still insufficiently understood: the professionals make mistakes because they forget the achievements of their predecessors; historians fail to pay sufficient attention to the influence of intelligence on events. The Secret World is an ambitious under-taking, intended to restore what Andrew calls 'the lost history of global intelligence' and to demonstrate 'the continued relevance of long-term experience to intelligence operations in the 21st century'. [Read more: Braithwaite/spectator/30June2018]
Nazi Sympathizers Pushing to Take Over
Europe's Spy Agencies. A slow-simmering scandal in
Austria has brought into public view potentially disastrous divisions
among Western intelligence agencies. As far-right politicians have joined
coalition governments in Austria and Italy and taken ministerial positions
in charge of security and law enforcement, concerns have grown among
intelligence professionals that they will ignore or even encourage the
threat of violent ultra-right extremists.
This foresight can be acquired through knowledge of the kill chain, which refers to models that map the stages of attacks from initial system probing and network penetration to the final exfiltration of valuable data. Some people in our industry describe this process as "cyber threat intelligence."
Such a strategy goes beyond signatures or details tied to a specific threat. It could also include context and information about attack methodologies, tools utilized to obscure an infiltration, methods that hide an attack within network traffic, and tactics that evade detection.
It is also important to understand the different kinds of data under threat, the malware in circulation, and, more importantly, how an attack communicates with its controller. These elements of foresight enable the disruption of an attack at any of the points mentioned above. [Read more: Vidyadharan/darkreading/29June2018]
North Korean Deception, or
Too-Rigid Doctrine? Too Early to Know. In September
1962, U.S. intelligence officers analyzing U-2 surveillance photo
reconnaissance over Cuba noticed that Cuban surface-to-air missile sites
were arranged just as they were in the Soviet Union to protect ICBM
military bases. Soviet military advisers did not use camouflage in Cuba
because no such camouflage was used in the Soviet domestic space. This
decision did not reflect Soviet strategy, but rather the Soviet Ministry
of Defense nuclear protocol.
Wayne Norby, former CIA Officer and Math Instructor.
Wayne Aaron Norby, 91, died 26 June 2018 in Fort Belvoir, VA.
Charlie Rakowsky, former CIA. Charles J. Rakowsky, 78, died 29 June 2018 in Falls Church, VA.
Candy Sharp, former CIA - worked on Project Azorian. Charlotte Gillette Sharp, 73, died of a stroke 10 May 2018 in Harwood, MD.
Carol Bessette - Memorial Service Announced.
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.
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
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