AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #26-18 dated 10 July 2018

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First notice
AFIO's Fall Luncheon

Friday, 2 November 2018


Amb. Prudence Bushnell

Terrorism Betrayal & Resilience

Ambassador Prudence Bushnell
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs,
U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala
Dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute


— Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience —
My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings


Best of Enemies

Gus Russo

Eric Dezenhall

Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall
on Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War

"... crucial for anyone who wants to understand espionage or the Cold War."― James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor

"If John le Carré wrote nonfiction and was a great reporter, BEST OF ENEMIES would be the result."—Laurence Leamer, author

"... how an American CIA agent and a Russian KGB agent wound up on the same side. You have to read it to believe it."—Tom Brokaw

Former KGB Officer Gennady Vasilenko, and Michelle "Mox" Platt, daughter of the late CIA Operations Officer Jack Platt, will be in attendance.

  Badge pick-up starts at 10 a.m.
First speaker, Ambassador Bushnell, at 11 a.m.
and Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall at 1 p.m.
Register here to ensure a seat.
Location: DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA [formerly the Crowne Plaza], at 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102.

Books of the Week

The Coddling of the American MindThe Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
(Penguin Press, Sep 2018)

The authors of the viral 2015 Atlantic piece of the same name, which inveighed against trigger warnings, safe spaces, and other trappings of campus identity politics, have expanded their argument to book length. Something is going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and afraid to speak honestly. How did this happen?
First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: what doesn't kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths are incompatible with basic psychological principles, as well as ancient wisdom from many cultures. They interfere with healthy development. Anyone who embraces these untruths—and the resulting culture of safetyism—is less likely to become an autonomous adult able to navigate the bumpy road of life.
Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to produce these untruths. They situate the conflicts on campus in the context of America's rapidly rising political polarization, including a rise in hate crimes and off-campus provocation. They explore changes in childhood including the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade.

Book may be preordered here.

Enemies of the StateEnemies of the State: The Radical Right in America from FDR to Trump
by Darren J. Mulloy
(Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Jul 2018)

How did we get here? Have politics in America ever been as bitter and divisive as they are now? History professor Mulloy traces the path of radical right-wing movements in the U.S. since the New Deal, from fringe to mainstream. The groups discussed often center on the "paranoid style" of conspiratorial thinking and fear of subversion. Mulloy defines radical as pulling institutions "up by the roots and drastically altering" government. It is a complex story, and this invaluable book ties together the various strands of extremism, including anti-statism, anti-communism, Fundamentalist Christianity, resistance to desegregation, and the at-times nihilistic obstruction of progress that radicals on the right have perpetuated in various forms since the 1930s. This history emphasizes the similarities among radicals through time, place, and issues. Oddly, Mulloy glosses over much of the second Bush administration and offers only tepid conclusions at the end. Yet, written for a general audience, this account will be of great interest to readers with questions about American politics. — Booklist

Book may be ordered here.


Fitness App Polar Exposed Locations of Spies and Military Personnel.  A popular fitness app that tracks the activity data on millions of users has inadvertently revealed the locations of personnel working at military bases and intelligence services.

The app, Polar Flow, built by its eponymous company Polar, a Finnish-based fitness tracking giant with offices in New York, allowed anyone to access a user's fitness activities over several years -- simply by modifying the browser's web address.

For most users who set their activity tracking records to public, posting their workouts on Polar's so-called Explore map is a feature and not a privacy issue. But even with profiles set to private, a user's fitness activity can reveal where a person lives.

An exposed location of anyone working at a government or military installation can quickly become a national security risk.  [Read More:  Whittaker/zdnet/8July2018]

Romania's Parliament Validates Foreign Intelligence Service Head.  The Parliament voted on Wednesday, July 4, the president's proposal to appoint Social Democrat MP Gabriel Vlase as head of the Foreign Intelligence Service - SIE, Mediafax reported.

Vlase, who has been a member of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) for many years and an MP since 2004, is not in the circle of close collaborators of PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, which may be one of the reasons why president Klaus Iohannis chose him for this position.

The nomination came unexpectedly in a moment when the president was pressured by PSD to dismiss the chief anticorruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi. Even the PSD leaders were taken aback by this nomination as the president didn't consult the party on it. The SIE director position has been vacant since September 2016, when Mihai Razvan Ungureanu stepped down.

Gabriel Vlase, 47, has been a close collaborator of former PSD grey eminence Viorel Hrebenciuc. He has graduated from several national security and intelligence courses over the years and served as president of the Parliament's committee that controls SIE's activity in the past.  [Read More:  romania-insider/5Jul2018]

Germany Alleged to Have Spied on Swiss Firms in Austria.  A dozen branches of Swiss firms in Austria were targeted by German spies between 1999 and 2006, according to the SonntagsBlick newspaper which has seen documents belonging to Germany's federal intelligence service BND. Part of the data was allegedly handed to the United States.

The Sunday newspaper said the Swiss firms targeted by German spies in Austria included the pharmaceutical company Sandoz, which belongs to the Novartis Group, the logistics firm Panalpina, and the Zug firm Bossard, which specializes in producing screws, nuts and bolts.

According to SonntagsBlick, surveillance began in 1999 and lasted until 2006. It is unclear what information German spies gathered, but part of the data was sent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States, the paper claimed.

The Swiss firms affected refuse to comment on the affair, citing ongoing investigations. The Swiss Federal Intelligence Service confirmed it was aware of the case and said it was combatting such espionage "with its own means".  [Read More:  swissinfo/8Jul2018]

Belgian Intelligence Services Implement New Tools to Track Social Media.  Belgium's intelligence services have acquired new software to make it easier to gather information online, according to a report from De Standaard. First ordered two years ago after the terrorist attacks in Brussels, the software is expected to help the intelligence services identify potential threats via social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The tools include software and hardware, reportedly from a Dutch supplier, according to the paper's sources. The project cost EUR 20 million, including a four-year maintenance contract.

A spokesperson for the state security service confirmed the new tools and said they will make work already done by hand more efficient, with automatic filtering of social media to extract information on a mass scale. This will include alerts about peaks in traffic on sensitive subjects, helping to detect potential threats and respond more quickly in the event of another attack. In addition to the 'normal' internet, the tools will also be used to analyse the 'dark web'.

In addition to the state security service and the military intelligence unit Adiv, the federal police will have access to the tools.  [Read More:  telecompaper/9Jul2018]

Sudan's Former Spy-Chief Appointed Ambassador to Washington.  Former director of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Mohamed Atta would leave for the United States during the next few days to take up his duties as Sudan's ambassador to Washington.

Last February, the Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir appointed Atta as Ambassador at the Foreign Ministry days after he was removed from his position as director of the NISS.

In press statements following his meeting with al-Bashir on Sunday, Atta said the president renewed Sudan's keenness to promote its relations with the U.S.

He pointed out that the next period would witness resumption of the joint Sudanese-U.S. dialogue, calling for tight coordination among government bodies to remove obstacles hindering the development of ties with the U.S.  [Read More:  sudantribune/9Jul2018]

Security Clearance Changes Advance in Senate.  The Senate Intelligence Committee has approved a package of changes to the security clearance process designed to address longstanding issues with the process of issuing and renewing those clearances, which are required for many federal jobs,

Sponsors said the changes would "modernize our antiquated security clearance process, reduce the background investigation inventory of more than 700,000 cases, and bring greater accountability to the system," which GAO earlier this year added to its list of federal programs vulnerable to waste, abuse and mismanagement.

Provisions added on a bipartisan basis to a pending reauthorizing bill for the intelligence community would:  [Read More:  fedweek/5Jul2018]


What was on a USB Fan Given at the Trump-Kim Summit? Security Experts Say Nothing - But Don't Plug It In.  When journalists arrived in Singapore for the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month, security experts were alarmed by what awaited those who were covering the event. Inside a welcome bag that included bottled water featuring the faces of Trump and Kim and a guide to the area was something far more suspicious: a miniature fan that connects to a computer's USB port.

The discovery prompted a security researcher to disassemble the fan to inspect the USB. Security experts say that people should never use USB devices without knowing where they come from. Hackers and spies can use them as Trojan horses - devices that seem innocuous but are loaded with malware designed to take control of a target's computer and steal information. The summit had attracted journalists from all over the world. Since reporters are often in contact with business and government officials and gather nonpublic information, their personal devices and newsroom networks could be enticing targets.

Experts say USBs are a common way for hackers to gather information or infect devices. In 2008, Russian agents planted virus-carrying USB sticks in retail kiosks around NATO headquarters in Kabul to gain access to a classified Pentagon network, according to the New Yorker. In 2013, Italian newspapers alleged that Russian operatives used USB devices to try to spy on world leaders at a Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg.

Research suggests that average citizens can also become targets. In 2011, the Department of Homeland Security planted USBs and CDs in government parking lots to test the security practices (and susceptibility) of employees and contractors. Sixty percent of people who picked up the items plugged them into work computers, and if the disks or USBs had an official logo printed on them, the rate shot up to 90 percent. In another experiment conducted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2016, researchers dropped nearly 300 USB sticks on campus and found that nearly half the time someone would pick them up and plug them into their computer.  [Read More:  Shaban/washingtonpost/3Jul2018]

Intelligence Community Spending in 2018 - Not Exactly Top Secret Information.  The Intelligence Community plays a crucial role in helping keep the nation safe, but its nearly $80 billion budget represents just a small of portion of what the United States spends on national defense and homeland security. At around $1 trillion annually, the U.S. spends more on national security programs and agencies than any other nation in the world.

The intelligence budget is spread out among the entire United States intelligence community, which is comprised of 17 federal agencies assigned to an array of missions relating to national defense, foreign relations, homeland security and law enforcement.

These agencies form just the foundation of what is a sprawling enterprise that incorporates intelligence and non-intelligence components of many other federal agencies, state and local police, as well as fire and emergency response, international government partners, and even private companies and organizations.

Total intelligence spending is also the combination of the National Intelligence Program (NIP), which supports strategic planning and policymaking, and the Military Intelligence Program (MIP), which supports military operational and tactical levels of planning and operations.  [Read More:  Suciu/clearancejobs/6Jul2018]

Spygame: When Daniel Craig 007 Came Face-To-Face with CIA Spies.  Daniel Craig, who plays the famed fictional British spy James Bond, had a face-to-face meeting with real life spymasters during his visit to the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

The visit was part of CIA's 'Reel vs. Real' event, which was recently launched by the agency to "demystify the CIA's mission by comparing what's seen on TV to what happens in reality".

According to CIA's official blog, the 50-year-old actor met with their leadership and workforce and was apprised that "real life espionage is a lot more 'cloak' and a lot less 'dagger' than presented in the entertainment world of spy vs spy".

"During conversations with CIA subject matter experts, Mr Craig learned about the many facets of intelligence collection and how our five directorates work together to advance CIA's mission," stated the blog. [Read More:  economictimes/5Jul2018]

Israel Recovers Hanged Spy Eli Cohen's Watch from Syria.  A watch belonging to one of Israel's most famed spies who was caught and hanged in Syria has been recovered by Israel's Mossad intelligence agency.

It was worn by Eli Cohen, an Egyptian-born Jew recruited by Mossad in the early 1960s, who infiltrated the highest echelons of the Syrian regime.

He provided Israel with Syrian state secrets, before he was found out and publicly hanged in Damascus in 1965.

Syria has refused to reveal the whereabouts of his remains.  [Read More:  bbc/6Jul2018]

The DOD's App Store Does This One Crucial Thing to Stay Secure.  Every day, companies like Google and Apple wage a constant battle to keep malicious apps out of their marketplaces and off people's phones. And while they do catch a lot of malware before it does any damage, there are always a few nasty infiltrators that manage to sneak by and end up getting downloaded by thousands of consumers. No one wants these mistakes to happen, but when you're a crucial app store for the Department of Defense, these mistakes can't happen.

That was the problem facing the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as it set about creating a flexible yet ultrasecure app store in 2012. NGA is a combat support organization that primarily assesses and distributes geospatial intelligence. The agency wanted to provide sensitive and mission-critical apps to groups across the DOD through a platform that had the security and resilience of a government defense product, while also offering a streamlined, up-to-date user experience similar to ubiquitous commercial app stores.

"We recognized that we did not know everything when it came to apps, and we wanted to be using the innovation that was happening in the commercial sector," says Joedy Saffel, division chief and source director of NGA who has worked on the GEOINT App Store from the beginning. "But how do we do that in a safe, secure manner? How do we do that from a contractual perspective? And how do we do that in a way that nontraditional vendors will trust doing business with the government? It was a great challenge."

The key, Saffel says, is getting developers to agree to hand over the source code of their apps for in-depth analysis and review. Whether an app is a simple time/speed/distance calculator for a pilot or a hyper-specialized classified tool, sharing source code is a big risk for developers, because it means trusting third parties with the core intellectual property they have built their businesses on. But NGA soon realized that full access was the only way its project could work.  [Read More:  Hay Newman/wired/3Jul2018]

Seductresses and Secret Soviet Sympathizers? Save It for 007.  Spy stories are full of seductive femmes fatale and secret Communist moles. An Indianapolis-born CIA veteran says the stories of real-life traitors are usually a lot less exciting.

Gene Coyle spent 30 years in the CIA, including stints in Moscow and the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War, and recruited a few foreign sources a year to help U.S. intelligence. He says some were driven by ideology, viewing their aid to the CIA as a step toward reform in their countries. Conversely, in the first decade after World War Two, some of the most prominent espionage cases in America, from Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to Alger Hiss, involved accusations of Communist sympathies. But Coyle told Mensa's national conference in Indianapolis that over the last 60 years, Americans found to have been spying for Russia have typically had a simpler motivation: money.

Coyle says that's the case with three CIA officers he knew during his time at the agency who were eventually exposed as Russian agents. He says no one had to recruit Aldrich Ames, Jim Nicholson or Edward Howard  -- they all went to Russian intelligence themselves and volunteered to sell secrets. With Howard, Coyle says, there was an element of revenge as well because Howard had been fired from the agency. But Coyle says Ames and Nicholson had both gone through expensive divorces and were looking to raise money.

James Bond-style temptresses aren't entirely extinct. Marine Corporal Clayton Lonetree, a Marine guard at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow when Coyle was stationed there, was convicted of being lured into espionage by a Russian woman on the embassy staff. But Coyle suggests even that case was less a seduction into supporting the Russian cause than a socially awkward and naive Marine unaccustomed to a woman paying attention to him.  [Read More:  Berman/wibc/5Jul2018]


Why China Wants A Super Rocket Like NASA's Space Launch System.  On the eve of America's Independence Day celebration this year, the Chinese official news agency Xinhua carried a story detailing how Beijing intends to catch up with and surpass the most ambitious rocket program the U.S. has ever attempted. That program is NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), and it is frequently billed as the first step in a manned mission to Mars.

SLS initially will use a Boeing core stage powered by four Aerojet Rocketdyne liquid-fuel engines plus strap-on solid-fuel boosters made by Northrop Grumman to lift the Orion crew vessel far beyond where humans have previously ventured. Over time, the rocket will evolve to a larger size capable of lifting 130 metric tons into Low Earth Orbit, over twice the lifting capacity of SpaceX's recently launched Falcon Heavy rocket.

The principle mission of SLS, though, is not to get to Low Earth Orbit. It is designed to support deep space exploration, with an eye to one day visiting Mars -- the only other Earth-like planet in the solar system. However, China has announced no plans for going to Mars. So why does it want a rocket that can lift even more than SLS -- 140 metric tons to Low Earth Orbit, according to the senior official at the Chinese Academy of Engineering quoted in Xinhua's July 2 story?

I have a theory, or at least a suspicion. Unlike in the U.S., where military and civil space programs are managed by separate agencies, the Chinese space program is run mainly by the military. That arrangement is driven partly by economic considerations, but it also reflects the fact that rocket technology can be applied to ballistic missiles and satellites often have military uses. For instance, the People's Liberation Army would prefer not to rely on America's GPS constellation for navigation -- it wants its own positioning constellation.  [Read More:  Thompson/forbes/9Jul2018]

The Senate Intelligence Committee Reaffirms that Russia Meddled. Will Trump Listen?  President Trump and some of his Republican allies have expressed an extraordinary amount of denial about Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The president seethes at the suggestion of collusion or cooperation between his campaign and Russia, calls the special counsel's inquiry a "witch hunt" and "hoax," and continues to suggest that he accepts the assurance of Vladi'mir Putin that Russia did not intervene. That's why a new bipartisan report by the Senate Intelligence Committee is important: It counters the bluster of the Trump camp with a dose of reality.

The Senate panel, chaired by Republican Richard Burr (N.C.), examined the methods behind the intelligence community assessment, published on Jan. 6, 2017, by the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This was the second official warning of Russian mischief - a brief report had been made public the previous October - and was ordered by President Barack Obama in December 2016.

The intelligence community's assessment declared: "We assess with high confidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election, the consistent goals of which were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary [Hillary] Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump." The new Senate report calls this a "sound intelligence product."

The Senate assessment reveals that, on the second intelligence finding, there was a Russian preference for Mr. Trump, the existence of which the CIA and FBI had "high confidence" in and the NSA "moderate confidence." The Senate panel says it found the interpretive disagreement to be "reasonable, transparent, and openly debated." That is a reassuring conclusion about the process and a welcome contrast to the fuzzy thinking expressed by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee in a March 22 report that criticized intelligence community methods and attempted to exonerate Mr. Trump's campaign.  [Read More:  washingtonpost/8Jul2018]

Section IV - Obituaries

Mark William Baker III, 82, a career National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Officer, died 10 June 2018 in McLean, VA. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, Mark was employed in Philadelphia by the National Park Service as an architect. He then moved to the Washington, DC area where he served as a commissioned officer in the US Army, and achieved the rank of Captain. Following his military service, he continued to serve his country with a 57 year career in Geospatial Intelligence. He is survived by his wife Mary (nee Quayle) Baker, a daughter, son, and other family.

Rita Meade Kirkpatrick, 95, a former OSS and CIA employee, died 18 May 2018 in Middleburg, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyman B. Kirkpatrick Jr, the former CIA Inspector General/Executive Director. Rita was a graduate of the University of Iowa. Beginning in 1944, she served in the Office of Strategic Services, later the CIA, retiring in 1965 as an executive assistant. Following her husband's retirement from the CIA, she followed him to Rhode Island, where he was a Distinguished University Professor of political science at Brown. They settled in Middleburg after his retirement from Brown. A memorial service has just been announced: 18 August 2018 at 11 a.m. at St Luke's Catholic Church, Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA. [Verify time as date approaches].

Charles R. Langalis, 88, a career CIA Latin America Reports Officer, has died in McLean, VA. More information is forthcoming. Charles studied at the Latin American Institute in New York and heard that a recruiter was coming from Washington, DC with overseas opportunities. In November, 1951 joined the CIA where he served for 35 years. Because of his schooling as a specialist on Latin America, he became part of the team "that helped the Bolivians bag Che Guevara." His specialty was propaganda and political stuff to help with US policy interests. In 1958, became a reports officer in Panama, and later in Bolivia, and then in Venezuela. He occasionally covered the duties of case officers. In 1988 he received the agency's Career Intelligence Medal for his service. "It was a great career," he reflects. "There was lots of problem-solving, a need for interpersonal skills, language learning, and we learned a lot from the agents also. It was work that gives you a good psychic payback and you were rewarded for it, even though there were times when you put in 70-75 hours a week." In retirement he enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and landscaping. His wife died in 2011.

Eric Paul Schellin, 90, a Lawyer, Patent Expert, and CIA Chemical Engineer, died 26 June 2018 in Arlington, VA. He graduated from New York's Peter Stuyvesant High School and then went on to Columbia University where he received his BS degree in Chemistry. Subsequently, he received his Law Degree from George Washington University, and later became a member of the Washington, DC. and Virginia Bar Associations. After serving in the Army during WWII, Eric went on to work for the CIA. After CIA, Eric worked for Swift & Co. as a chemical engineer before starting his own Patent Law practice in the early 1960's. The firm became highly successful and represented several Fortune 100 companies. While maintaining his law practice, Eric stayed very active as a member of the Small Business Association, and served as one of its senior officers. Eric is survived by seven children and other family.

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.

2 August 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Wilsonville, OR - The AFIO Columbia River Chapter features Derrick Olsen on "Staying Engaged on International Issues in the Age of Disruption."

Derrick Olsen, former State Department official, and current President of World Oregon, will discuss "From the State Department to WorldOregon: Staying Engaged on International Issues in the Age of Disruption."
Olsen is a former Foreign Service Officer and currently the President of WorldOregon. Previously, he had over 13 years managing political and economic issues as a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State in Latin America, Asia, and Washington, DC, with four overseas tours including as Chief of the US Embassy's Political Section in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Fluent in Spanish, Derrick grew up in Oregon. He holds a BA in Government and History from Dartmouth College and a MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Event location: McMenamins Wilsonville Old Church & Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070 (503) 427-2500. Note: Attendees are responsible to pay for their own food and beverages. McMenamins will provide individual checks for everyone's convenience. The views expressed are those of the speaker and do not represent the views or opinions of the US Government or any component of AFIO.
TO ATTEND: Contact Carl Wege or 912-222-8640 or for more information.

Saturday, 11 August 2018, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts Col John Frketic on "The President's Daily Brief."

Our guest speaker is Colonel John D. Frketic, US Army(Ret), talking about "the President's Daily Brief" aka "the PDB." He has recently given a similar speech to the University of North Florida. Frketic spent 34 years on active duty with multiple combat tours including Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom and was an intelligence operator, analyst, and unit commander with years working intelligence, order-of-battle, and counterterrorism issues throughout the Balkans and the Middle East. The PDB, sometimes referred to as the President's Daily Briefing or the President's Daily Bulletin, is a top-secret document provided each morning to the US President and also distributed to a small number of top-level US officials approved by the President. It includes highly-classified intelligence analysis, information about CIA covert operations, and reports from the most sensitive US sources or those shared by allied intelligence agencies. The PDB is produced by the Director of National Intelligence, and involves fusing intelligence from CIA, DIA, NSA, the FBI and other members of the US Intelligence Community.
Location: Country Club of Orange Park, 2525 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL 32073.
RSVP: Ken Meyer at or for further information call 904-777-2050. Cost will be $24 per person, pay the Club at the luncheon. Remember that family and guests, especially potential members, are all cordially invited.

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 - AFIO National Winter Luncheon features Ambassador Prudence Bushnell and authors Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall

First notice AFIO's Fall Luncheon Friday, 2 November 2018. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala, and Dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute, will discuss Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience — My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings

Authors Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall will discuss Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War Of this book, being released at the event, early reviewers have said: "... crucial for anyone who wants to understand espionage or the Cold War."— James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor
"If John le Carré wrote nonfiction and was a great reporter, BEST OF ENEMIES would be the result."—Laurence Leamer, author
"... how an American CIA agent and a Russian KGB agent wound up on the same side. You have to read it to believe it."—Tom Brokaw
Former KGB Officer Gennady Vasilenko, and Michelle "Mox" Platt, daughter of the late CIA Operations Officer Jack Platt, will be in attendance.

Badge pick-up starts at 10 a.m. First speaker is Ambassador Bushnell, at 11 a.m. Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall speak at 1 p.m.

Register here to ensure a seat. Event Location: DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA [formerly the Crowne Plaza], at 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102. Directions are here.

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

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

Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
Timing: Registration starts at 5:30 pm, Speaker presentation starts at 6 pm.
Fee: $50/person. Payment at the door only. Cash or check. Full dinner, cash bar.
RSVP: Strongly recommended that you RSVP to ensure space at event. Call or Email Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at or 646-717-3776.

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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

Gift Suggestions:

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

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

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

For a printed, bound copy, it is $95 which includes Fedex shipping to a CONUS (US-based) address.
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These 2017 mousepads have full color seals of all 18 members of the US Intelligence Community on this 8" round, slick surface, nonskid, rubber-backed mouse pad with a darker navy background, brighter, updated seals. Also used, by some, as swanky coasters. Price still only $20.00 for 2 pads [includes shipping to US address. Foreign shipments - we will contact you with quote.] Order NEW MOUSEPADS here.

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