AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #25-18 dated 3 July 2018

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Section IV - Obituaries

Section V - Events

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With great respect in our hearts,
let's give thanks to all the great soldiers
— overt and covert —
who made our country free,
and continue to protect it today.
And in respect to all our serving and fallen patriots,
let's not freely give away to all comers,
as mere trifles,
this country and its hard-earned freedoms.

Two Videos

The Geopolitics of Energy - The Saudi ARAMCO IPO, Implications and Considerations
Video of the 26 April 2018 panel at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS)

Speakers featured: Moderator, Introduction, and Overview by Colonel Preston McLaughlin, USMC (Retired), Professor of National Security at Daniel Morgan Graduate School
"An Inside View of ARAMCO and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," Rula Manasra, CEO of Lynx intelligence
"Regional Security Issues," Adam Seitz, Senior Researcher and Instructor on the Middle East, Marine Corp University.
"Net Assessment," Paul Michael Wihbey, Research Fellow on the Geopolitics of Energy at DMGS, Adjunct Professor at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
"The Economic Impact of the Saudi-ARAMCO IPO and Its Implications for the US Investment Community," Brigadier General Tom Cosentino, US Army (Retired), Chief Operating Officer, Business Executives for National Security.

Watch Here
Video runs 1 hr 23 min

More about Daniel Morgan GS's first commencement here: "DMGS marks inaugural commencement ceremony"

The Complexities of Discerning "Fake News"
in real-time on social media.


A behind-the-scenes look at Facebook's fight against false news.

Facebook's role in spreading misinformation has come under scrutiny. What has the company done about the problem, and how is the fight going? (11 minutes). Watch Now.

Books of the Week

RecklessReckless: Henry Kissinger and the Tragedy of Vietnam
by Robert K. Brigham
(PublicAffairs, Sep 2018)

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.
The American war in Vietnam was concluded in 1973 under the terms of a truce that were effectively identical to what was offered to the Nixon administration four years earlier. Those four years cost America billions of dollars and over 35,000 war deaths and casualties, and resulted in the deaths of over 300,000 Vietnamese. Those years were the direct result of the supposed master plan of the most important voice in the Nixon White House on American foreign policy: Henry Kissinger.

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.
"One of the most compelling elements of the book is Brigham's portrayal of Kissinger's manipulation of an emotionally insecure Nixon. The president often responded by expressing doubts about Kissinger's methods, but he did Kissinger's bidding more often than not out of desperation to win over the American electorate during the 1972 election cycle."—Kirkus

Book may be preordered here.

Melting Pot or Civil WarMelting Pot or Civil War?: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders
by Reihan Salam
(Sentinel, Sep 2018)

"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

"Tackling a complex and emotional subject with thoughtfulness and charity, Salam has issued a clarion call to everyone who cares about the American nation and every person who calls it home. Melting Pot or Civil War answers the question of how we can have an immigration policy that is beneficial, humane, and fair to everyone—from ninth-generation Americans to new immigrants." —J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy

"Should we lock people out of the middle class, or should we lock people out of the country? That is what is really being asked when we debate whether American immigration policy should be open or closed. Salam reveals this dichotomy to be a false choice. We can live in a middle class country that welcomes newcomers—if we can live with middle-of-the-road limits rather than absolutist extremes." —Peter Thiel, author of Zero to One

"For far too long, advocates of open immigration have dismissed their critics without even bothering to answer them. Reihan Salam should make that impossible. He offers a smart, informed, humane, and powerful case for an immigration policy that better serves all Americans. This is essential reading for understanding our country and its future."—Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs and author of The Fractured Republic

Book may be ordered here.


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 the country.

ASD is the foreign intelligence collection agency of the Australian Government, which focuses on intelligence, cyber security and offensive operations in support of the government and the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The agency's primary focus will be on foreign signals intelligence, countering cyber-espionage and defending against cyber threats.

The directorate has been changed into a statutory agency in order to strengthen its ability to enhance the country's safety and security.  [Read more:  armytechnology/2July2018]

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.

In June 2013, police stopped the car of former head of Slovak military intelligence service, Roman Mikulec, in Bratislava. His car was searched; at first, police found nothing, but during the second attempt - with media attendance - a police officer found a tiny flash memory card, the Sme daily wrote on June 25. Mikulec, who elaborated, together with now deceased officer of intelligence service Vladim'r Suchodolinsk', a report on embezzlement in the secret service, was detained. Later, he lost his job, according to the daily.

Mikulec claimed the card was planted in his car by state officials in an attempt to intimidate him.

On June 25, District Court Bratislava III judge Roman Fitt ruled Mikulec was innocent and slammed police for their sloppy, amateurish work. "I am convinced that it was not proven by any means that the deed happened in the way stated by the prosecution," he said, as quoted by Sme.  [Read more:  spectator/26June2018]

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.

Reality Winner, 26, entered her guilty plea after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors that calls for her to serve five years and three months behind bars, news outlets reported. A judge will sentence her later.

"All of these actions I did willfully, meaning I did them of my own free will," she told the court, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Winner has been held without bail since she was arrested in June 2017 and charged under the Espionage Act. Her trial had been set to start Oct. 15.  [Read more:  ap/26June2018]

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.

Earlier this year in January, Sisi issued a presidential decree appointing his office director General Abbas Kamel as the acting director of Egypt's General Intelligence Directorate.

Al-Ahram reported at that time that the decree would be enforced until Sisi appoints a new permanent director to replace the former head, General Khaled Fawzy.

The establishment of Egypt's General Intelligence Directorate was undertaken by former-President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1954. At the time, the directorate was commanded by Zakaria Mohieddin, an army officer who participated in Egypt's 1952 revolution.  [Read more:  Sakr/egyptindependent/28June2018]

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.

Venaani also wants President Hage Geingob to stop the Namibia Central Intelligence Agency (NCIS) from appealing the case they lost against The Patriot newspaper, and save taxpayers' money.

The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader made the statements yesterday during a media event held in Windhoek.

The NCIS's case against The Patriot in which the spy agency attempted to stop the weekly newspaper from publishing an article about the alleged misuse of government properties by former members of the service, was dismissed in the Windhoek High Court last week. However, The Namibian reported this week that the government and the spy agency's director, Fillemon Malima, had given notice that they will be appealing to the Supreme Court against the High Court judgement.  [Read more:  Iikela/namibian/27June2018]

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 the system.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced earlier this year that it added the government-wide Personnel Security Clearance Process to their High-Risk List of federal areas in need of either broad-based transformation or specific reform to prevent waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.

"It has long been clear that the 70-year-old process that grants security clearances to government personnel and contractors is in desperate need of reform," said Sen. Warner.  "I am pleased this bill provides a fix for this broken process and begins to ease the growing security clearance backlog that undermines the government's ability to deploy the right people to address some of our greatest national security challenges."

Every year, Congress authorizes intelligence funding through the Intelligence Authorization Act to counter terrorist threats, prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, enhance counterintelligence, conduct covert actions and collect and analyze intelligence around the world. The bill reflects the intelligence committee's oversight over the past year and its consideration of the president's budgetary and legislative requests.  [Read more:  AFP/26June2018]


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.

Everyone who visits the Van Andel Museum Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan is sure to see the Apollo Command Module flanking the front entrance. Right now it's being used as a different kind of capsule: as time capsule they'll open in 2076 (the American tricentennial). If you look close though, this isn't an actual Command Module but what they call a "boilerplate."

Technically, these were mass simulators made cheaply for certain tests and training purposes. A full spacecraft costs a lot of money but these - historically made out of boilerplate steel - could be made with just the pieces necessary and using less expensive materials. What you might not know is that the boilerplate at the Van Ardel - BP 1227 - has a cold war spy history unlike any other boilerplate in the fleet.

The early life of BP 1227 is a little sketchy. It appears the Navy was using it for recovery training somewhere between the Azores and the Bay of Biscay in early 1969.  [Read more:  Williams/hackaday/2July2018]

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 wanted it.

Warnock worked in the shadows for the U.S. military's most elite and secretive units as part of Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg.

As a counterintelligence and human intelligence expert with a 44-year career in the military, most of which was spent in special operations, Warnock's fingerprints were all over some of the most important missions of the past several decades.

Warnock, who lived in Fayetteville for most of his military career, was part of a task force hunting scud missiles in the Gulf War, was the senior counterintelligence official in Mogadishu in 1993, helped search for Osama bin Laden in the years following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and played an integral role in the capture or killing of numerous Taliban and al-Qaida leaders in Afghanistan.  [Read more:  Brooks/fayobserver/28June2018]

'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.

My father, who grew up in Lancaster, PA, with a love of sports, music, and language and served in the army in WWII.

Paul Pletcher Martin was born in 1914, majored in languages at Franklin and Marshall College, and because of his knowledge of German, he became an Intelligence Research Analyst on the Special Research Desk for the Office of Director of Intelligence, which was part of SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force) during WWII. He worked out of London; and his job was to translate and analyze captured documents, telegrams, and radio reports. He determined which documents were important and passed them on to the necessary leaders. He had to learn about and inform others of the intricacies of German military and government operations. There were times when he was sent with the army into cities and towns as they were being taken. He had to quickly decide which papers were important to capture. During this time, he went with Eisenhower to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp right after it was liberated. This experience stayed with him for the rest of his life.  [Read more:  Vigna/pennlive/27June2018]


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.

The extreme right is now in charge of the interior ministries in both Vienna and Rome, putting conspicuous pressure on the intelligence services. In Austria, there have even been police raids on the homes and offices of top intelligence service staffers.

Already, at least some intelligence sharing between Germany and Austria appears to have been curtailed, and the relationship between Italy's extreme-right-wing interior minister Matteo Salvini and other major European countries is severely, publicly strained. French President Emmanuel Macron last week likened the rise of such populists to "leprosy all across Europe."

At the same time, these far-right politicians' open friendliness toward Russia's President Vladimir Putin, the KGB veteran who may have helped some of them get elected, raises grave security issues for the NATO alliance. And the fact that right-wing U.S. President Donald Trump appears to be playing a similar game - trying to discredit U.S. intelligence professionals while flirting with Putin - greatly heightens the sense of alarm.  [Read more:  thedailybeast/26June2018]

Why Sharing Intelligence Makes Everyone Safer.  Cybersecurity is sometimes viewed as being inherently reactive. But given the security issues we face today, security professionals must push beyond merely blocking an attack before a network breach. Cybersecurity teams must also have the ability to disrupt an attack from achieving its goal. This might sound similar to blocking an attack, but there's more to it.

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. 

The U-2 spy flights, coupled with a treasure trove of secrets that the CIA obtained from Soviet military intelligence officer and spy Oleg Penkovsky on the Soviet nuclear arsenal, comprised the intelligence on which the Kennedy administration relied safely to navigate the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Intelligence analysts assess state and non-state actors using different paradigms. For example, the "rational actor" model assumes leadership will set and rank goals, consider options and consequences, and make the most rational tactical or strategic decision. "Leadership" analysts also focus on the significant roles of key individuals, who set a country's national security course. How these leaders engage with one another, and which arguments carry the day, are key to understanding the decision-making.  [Read more:  Hoffman/thehill/28June2018]

Section IV - Obituaries

Wayne Norby, former CIA Officer and Math Instructor. Wayne Aaron Norby, 91, died 26 June 2018 in Fort Belvoir, VA.
After graduating from North High in Minneapolis, MN he enlisted in the US Army but soon received an appointment to the US Military Academy. He graudated West Point in the Class of 1949, accepted a commission in the US Air Force, joined the Air Weather Service, and served in the Korean War as a weather officer. He had assignments at Ramstein AFB in Germany and Scott AFB in Illinois. After earning a graduate degree in mathematics at the University of Illinois, he served on the faculty of the math department at the US Air Force Academy and was instrumental in starting the Academy ice hockey program.
Assignments at the Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, AL, and the Pentagon and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, DC rounded out his Air Force career.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1977, he joined CIA and, when not serving his country with the agency, spent retirement years teaching math at Northern Virginia Community College.
Wayne enjoyed reading, music, hockey, and humor. He was thrilled to see the Capitals finally bring home the Stanley Cup.
Wayne is survived by a son, a daughter, and other family.

Charlie Rakowsky, former CIA. Charles J. Rakowsky, 78, died 29 June 2018 in Falls Church, VA.
Charlie attended Kutztown University and served as a medic in the US Army. He then proudly served his country through a long and distinguished career in CIA. His favorite pastime was fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rita, two daughters, and other family.

Candy Sharp, former CIA - worked on Project Azorian. Charlotte Gillette Sharp, 73, died of a stroke 10 May 2018 in Harwood, MD.
Candy grew up in California where she was very active in sports. In her early teens she won the California Juniors Championship for Pairs Roller Skating. She also participated actively in Horse Gymkhana competitions, winning frequently with her prized Quarter Horse.
In 1975 Candy met her future husband, David, while they were both working in Los Angeles on the AZORIAN program, a classified CIA effort to covertly raise and exploit for intelligence purposes a sunken Soviet nuclear-armed submarine that was lost in the Central North Pacific Ocean at a depth of over three miles.
At the conclusion of that program, both Candy and David moved to the East Coast, settling in Edgewater, MD.
Candy worked as a sales representative in furniture leasing and then retired to spend time with special hobbies and interests. She was an active participant in competitive golf, sailboat racing, and car racing. A favorite activity was pottery.
She is survived by her husband, David Sharp (a former CIA officer, historian/author), and stepchildren.

Carol Bessette - Memorial Service Announced.
Carol Schoeller Bessette's death was announced in the WINs #22 released 12 June 2018. Services for Carol will be held at 2pm on 21 July 2018 at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Ct, Burke, VA 22015. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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.

Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others'

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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