AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #28-18 dated 24 July 2018

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Section IV - Research Request and Obituaries

Research Request


Section V - Events

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Early Notice
AFIO's Fall Luncheon

Friday, 2 November 2018

Dangers, Challenges, and Joys of the Diplomatic and Intelligence Field of Operations

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 on

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

"A gripping harrowing saga of the 1998 bombing of Embassy Nairobi. Ambassador Bushnell provides lessons of leadership, crisis management, and policy acumen. Dramatically illustrates the terrorism danger diplomats [and intelligence officers] confront daily." ―Ambassador Robert E. Gribbin III (Ret.)
"Bushnell is a true professional with the toughness, grit, courage, and compassion that marks the kind of superb leader you want in charge during a crisis. I witnessed her remarkable composure, even when personally injured, and her take-command leadership. This book is important for many reasons. It vividly presents a profile in courage; an understanding rarely appreciated for our foreign service men and women working in difficult assignments; a set of valuable lessons learned; and a case study in leadership during crisis. Every American should read this book."―Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

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.

New and Forthcoming Books of the Week

The Russia HoaxThe Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump
by Gregg Jarrett
(Broadside Books, Jul 2018)

Legal analyst Gregg Jarrett examines story behind Hillary Clinton's "leave behinds" — those collaborators and operatives in government still doing her bidding through sabotage, scandal-mongering, and goosing up Clinton-campaign 'dossiers' to pawn off as verified. Examines the actions of these campaign operatives during and after the 2016 election. Include persons within the FBI and Barack Obama's Justice Department worked improperly and illegally to help elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump in that 2016 presidential election.

When the sabotage operations failed, those same individuals appear to have pursued a contrived investigation of President Trump in an attempt to undo the election results and remove him as president. Jarrett says that the evidence suggests partisans within the FBI and the Department of Justice, driven by personal animus and a sense of smug political righteousness, surreptitiously acted to subvert electoral democracy in our country.

Asks how Clinton escaped prosecution despite evidence she violated the law? Did Peter Strzok, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Loretta Lynch, and others obstruct justice in a rush to protect Clinton whom they assumed would be their next leader? Why was there never a legitimate criminal investigation of Clinton in the Uranium One case? Are the text messages exchanged between Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page evidence of a concerted effort to undermine the electoral process? Under testimony, Strzok says no, but Page says yes. Was there ever any real evidence of "collusion" between Trump and the Russians? Did Trump obstruct justice in the firing of Comey or was he legally exercising his constitutional authority? Did the FBI and DOJ improperly use a discredited "dossier" about Trump to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump associates? Should Mueller have disqualified himself under the special counsel law based on glaring conflicts of interest? Was fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn unfairly charged with making a false statement?

Jarrett is a trial attorney, adjunct law school professor, former COURT TV anchor, and legal analyst for Fox News.

Book may be ordered here.

Cold War SpymasterCold War Spymaster: The Legacy of Guy Liddell, Deputy Director of MI5
by Nigel West
(Frontline Books, Oct 2018)

Guy Liddell was the Director of MI5's counter-espionage B Division throughout the Second World War, during which he wrote a confidential personal diary. Within its pages details of virtually every important event that had any intelligence significance during the conflict were recorded. Liddell's diaries were never intended for publication and are filled with indiscretions that shed new light on MI5 investigations that he supervised after his promotion to Deputy Director-General.

Those recently declassified diaries, edited by Nigel West (famous intelligence historian and member of AFIO's honorary board), have been followed by a postwar series which cover the period from the German surrender until Liddell's sudden resignation in May 1953. These eight years of the early Cold War contain many disturbing secrets, such as the cache of incriminating Nazi documents which was supposed to be destroyed by the SS. When these were recovered intact the British government went to considerable lengths to keep their contents from being disclosed, for they provided proof of the Duke of Windsor's contact—through a Portuguese intermediary—with the enemy during the crucial period in 1940 when the ex-king declared himself ready to fly back from the Bahamas and be restored to the throne. One of Liddell's first tasks, at the request of Buckingham Palace, was to retrieve and suppress the damaging material.

Many in Whitehall anticipated that Liddell would become Director-General but, as West reveals, he had employed Anthony Blunt as his trusted personal assistant, found it hard to accept clear evidence of Kim Philby's treachery, and had maintained an unwise friendship with Guy Burgess. Despite Liddell's failings and reluctance to believe in the disloyalty of men he regarded as friends, he was probably the single most influential British intelligence officer of his era.

Book may be ordered here.


UK Intelligence and Police Using Child Spies in Covert Operations.  British police and intelligence agencies are using children as spies in covert operations against terrorists, gangs and drug dealers.

A committee of the House of Lords revealed the practice while raising the alarm over government plans to give law enforcement bodies more freedom over their use of children.

Some of the child spies are aged under 16, the committee says, adding that it was worried about proposals to extend from one month to four the period of time between each occasion that child spies go through a re-registration process.

"We are concerned that enabling a young person to participate in covert activity associated with serious crime for an extended period of time may increase the risks to their mental and physical welfare," said the committee, chaired by Lord Trefgarne, a former Tory government minister.  [Read More:  Gayle, Cobain/theguardian/19Jul2018]

Judge Limits Canada's International Spying Reach.  The Canadian Security Intelligence Service does not have the legal authority to spy outside of Canada unless national security is at stake, a Federal Court judge has ruled.

Under Canadian law, CSIS can track down terrorism suspects and other national-security threats in Canada and around the world. It is also allowed to spy on foreigners who are not considered threats to the country, but these specific probes of foreigners have to be conducted wholly within Canada, according to the court's decision.

Wednesday's ruling comes after CSIS sought judicial permission to buttress aspects of a domestic investigation targeting foreigners in Canada with information about them that came from outside the country.

Few other details about this particular probe are known − the names of specific countries, targets, techniques and even dates are all being withheld from the publicly released version of the decision.  [Read More:  theglobeandmail/19Jul2018]

NGA Is On the Hunt for a New CTO.  The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is looking for a new chief technology officer to be the agency's "authoritative expert for technology."

It's a high-profile gig - the individual will "develop strategy related to defense intelligence information management and technology," and in doing so "directly influence national information systems, military strategy, doctrines, and policies."

In a very thorough job listing, the agency outlines what it wants: a results-driven leader with business acumen who is good at leading people and building coalitions. The executive also needs, unsurprisingly, "experience in information management and technology, including technical architectures, standards, systems, applications, and networks."

Interested applicants who meet the qualifications (a doctorate in science, math or technology is "desirable but not required") have until Aug. 15 to get an application (and also five copies of that application) to the agency.  [Read More:  Chappellet-Lanier/fedscoop/23Jul2018]

Romanian MPs Want Intelligence Service Agents On Board Aircraft.  A draft law initiated by eight Romanian MPs, which is aimed at amending and completing the law on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism, says that officers of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) will be in charge of security on board all aircraft registered in Romania, local Adevarul reported.

The bill's provisions also target commercial flights operated by the airlines licensed by the Bucharest authorities. The SRI agents would work undercover.

"In order to prevent acts of terrorism on board civil aircraft registered in Romania/belonging to air carriers licensed by the Romanian state, the Romanian Intelligence Service ensures the presence and coordination of the armed guards on board the aircraft, in accordance with the national security policy or the obligations assumed by Romania through international acts," reads the bill.

"Globally, terrorism got new dimensions, being a phenomenon close to our space, not a distant one, [...] and the Romanian citizens may be affected by the consequences of terrorist acts," according to the bill's explanatory memorandum.  [Read More:  Marica/romania-insder/19Jul2018]

Ex-intelligence Officer Pleads Not Guilty In Espionage Case.    A former U.S. intelligence officer has pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to sell secrets to China.

Ron Rockwell Hansen entered his plea in a federal court in his home state of Utah on Friday.

Judge Paul Warner has ordered him held without bail pending trial.

The case was moved from Washington, where 58-year-old Hansen was arrested in June after allegedly meeting with an FBI informant and discussing selling U.S. military plans to Chinese intelligence. Authorities say he was on his way to board a flight to China.  [Read More:  AP/upr/18Jul2018]

The Army Wants to Build a Better Signals Intelligence Force.  The Army's top intelligence official signed the service's new signals intelligence strategy July 16, a move that defense leaders believe leaves the Army better situated to better fight despite electronic warfare and cyber attacks.

The new strategy ensures "our readiness to provide timely and relevant SIGINT-support [and meet] the commander's information needs in a large scale combat operation against a sophisticated adversary," Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, said July 18 during an event on Capitol Hill hosted by the Association of Old Crows.

Officials say the integration of SIGINT, electronic warfare and cyber is critical from a material, organization and doctrinal perspective.

"Not only will our four lines of effort improve our SIGINT corps' capabilities and relevance in the face of rapid changes in the global security environment, it will also enable our electronic warfare and cyberspace effort to meet new challenges," Berrier said.  [Read More:  Pomerleau/c4isrnet/19Jul2018]

Acting CIA Watchdog Up for Top Job Resigns.  The acting watchdog at the CIA, who has been accused of retaliating against whistleblowers, is resigning, the agency confirmed Friday.

Christopher Sharpley, whose nomination for the inspector general post had stalled in the Senate, said in a memo to employees that he is stepping down within 30 days.

CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said in a statement the agency was grateful to Sharpley for his service, "including his work to professionalize" the office. Sharpley has 36 years of investigative and law enforcement experience and created two inspectors general offices within the government.

"After three decades of public service, he has decided to continue his career outside the agency, and we wish him the best in this new chapter," Trapani said. "CIA's commitment to rigorous, independent oversight is unwavering, and the Office of Inspector General will carry on that important mission through the transition."  [Read More:  Riechmann/theeagle/20Jul2018]

Former Trump Cyber Adviser Tapped for Top Intelligence Role in UK.  Rob Joyce, President Donald Trump's former cybersecurity coordinator, has been tapped to serve as the National Security Agency's top representative in the United Kingdom, according to a former senior intelligence official and a second source familiar with the matter.

As senior US liaison officer in London for the US's top digital spy agency, which vacuums up communications from around the globe, Joyce "will be responsible for the full breadth of NSA mission in and to the UK government," the former senior intelligence official told CNN.

It is "the most important overseas post the NSA has," they added, due to the NSA's close relationship with the British digital intelligence agency, the Government Communications Headquarters or GCHQ.

Joyce's appointment, following a stream of high-level White House departures after John Bolton took the reins at the National Security Council, comes at a time when Trump's negative comments about trade, defense spending, intelligence and other topics in Brussels and Helsinki sent a shockwave through Europe and around the world.  [Read More:  McLaughlin/cnn/23Jul2018]


Here's Your Guide to GRU and Other Russian Agencies that Spy on America.  The indictments of 12 Russian agents accused off hacking into Democratic computers put a spotlight on the GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency.

Here's a guide to deciphering GRU and the alphabet-soup of other major Russian spy and defense agencies:

GRU - In English, the name of this agency is the Main Intelligence Directorate. It is Russia's largest military intelligence agency and is tasked with spying on other nations on behalf of the government.

Twelve officials from the agency were indicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. The agents were accused of participating in a far-reaching cyber attack that targeted the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.  [Read More:  Kelly/usatoday/19Jul2018]

First She was Accused of Being a 'sex spy' for Russia. Now She Faces a New Battle to Stay in Canada.  Elena Crenna and her Canadian husband were thrilled when a federal tribunal ruled she was not a "sex spy" for Russia and should be cleared for permanent residency in Canada.

"We were relieved that sanity finally prevailed. We were jubilant," Crenna said of the immigration tribunal's decision in May. "We even went on a trip to visit my son in the States. We thought we were done and could move on with our lives."

Their joy was short-lived, however, when they learned the Canada Border Services Agency is appealing the decision, saying the 56-year-old Russian-born American citizen shouldn't be allowed to live in Canada because she allegedly engaged in espionage activities while working for a Canadian Crown corporation near Moscow in the 1990s.

Crenna insists the allegations are untrue and that continuing to pursue the case is a "waste of our resources and Canada's resources."  [Read More:  Keung/thestar/21Jul2018]

CSIS Is Hiring, Here's What You Need To Be A Canadian Spy.  CSIS is Canada's top intelligence agency and they're looking to hire people like you.

Who has not secretly wanted to become a spy at some point in their life? Movies like the James Bond franchise and Angelina Jolie in basically any of her movies make it seem like the best job ever!

But how does one become a spy? And where do you even apply for it?

Well, Canada's top intelligence agency is currently looking to hire spies, here's how to apply and what you'll need.  [Read More:  Gaughan/narcity/19Jul2018]

SPYSCAPE: What Not to Miss When Visiting New York's Ultimate Spy Experience.  If you dream of becoming a secret agent then New York City's SPYSCAPE is a must-visit experience. SPYSCAPE is the world's premier spot to learn spy history and see if you have what it takes to be an undercover operative.

After you walk through the SPYSCAPE doors and receive your special wristband, you are considered a spy. Wondering what this special wristband is? It's a tracker that notes how you do at each station, what your personality traits are (based off of questions answered), and your overall intelligence result. Added together, you get your spy profile. There are many categories that you could be placed in: Agent Handler, Cryptologist, Hacker, Intelligence Analyst, Intelligence Operative, Special Ops Officer, Spycatcher, Spymaster, Surveillance Officer, or Technical Ops Officer. Make sure to give the staff an email address because after you complete your visit, they will send over a more in-depth look at your spy profile and the meaning of the traits of your assigned 'job.' It is essential to make sure the bracelet is on you at all times because it is your ticket to all the fun.

SPYSCAPE has worked with real-life spies and psychologists to create their profile attributes, trials, and tribulations. Know that going into this experience will give you both a mental and physical look at what it means to be a spy in the modern era and in the past as well.

Each activity done tests your skills in one of four areas all great spies need to have: surveillance, agility, deception, and encryption. While getting to complete each activity is exciting, don't skip over the other attractions.  [Read More:  Aronson/cityguideny/23Jul2018]


Will Dan Coats Resign? Intelligence Chief is Much-Needed 'Sane' Voice Around Trump, Obama's CIA Director Says.
  Former CIA Director Leon Panetta said Monday that Dan Coats was a necessary "sane" voice surrounding President Donald Trump after the United States's top intelligence official rebuffed calls to resign Monday. A senior former intelligence official suggested Monday that Coats should consider his future in light of Trump appearing to side with Vladimir Putin's denial that the Kremlin had a vast and continuing program to interfere in U.S. elections.

Trump, asked during his Helsinki press conference with the Russian president "who do you believe?" - Putin or his own U.S. intelligence agencies - said the Russian leader provided a compelling argument during their meeting earlier in the day. 

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today," Trump said in a remark that stunned many former top defense and intelligence officials. He then went on to repeat his attacks on the Democrats and the FBI. Last week, the Justice Department indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges of interfering in the 2016 elections.

To many critics, Trump's unscripted statement echoed his remarks after neo-Nazis and white supremacists attacked demonstrators in Charlottesville last summer, when he claimed there were "some very fine people on both sides."  [Read More:  Stein/newsweek/16Jul2018]

The National Intelligence Director Issued a Warning About a Cyber 9/11-Like Cyberattack.  In 2013, when I was in graduate school studying cybersecurity policy, the Atlantic Council, a think tank in Washington, launched its annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge. Born out of fears of a coming "Cyber 9/11" or "Digital Pearl Harbor," the competition asks students to come up with hypothetical response recommendations (hence the day-after title) tackling a fictional cyber catastrophe.

I've participated in that event many times over the years―both as a student and later as a faculty coach - so I've read through a number of different scenarios explicitly designed to be cyber Sept. 11 equivalents, ranging from widespread malware attacks directed at U.S. oil refineries to massive bots of Internet of Things devices deployed to shut down power plants, trains, and shipping companies.

Yet, for all the years spent thinking about these scenarios, I'm still largely mystified by the comments director of national intelligence Dan Coats gave last week warning of a growing threat of a foreign actor executing a "crippling cyberattack on our critical infrastructure." He suggested that daily the cyberstrikes on government, corporate, and academic institutions we see today are on par with the "alarming activities" that the U.S. intelligence community saw from al-Qaida in the weeks leading up to Sept. 11, 2001.

"Here we are nearly two decades later, and I'm here to say the warning lights are blinking red again," Coats said in the talk at the Hudson Institute, apparently referring to increasingly sophisticated or high-volume intrusion attempts from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea in recent years (activity that comes as no surprise to anyone who followed the Justice Department's indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers last week).  [Read More:  Wolff/slate/19Jul2018]

Section IV - Research Request and Obituaries

Research Request

Research for Biography of Sidney Gottlieb.  Does anyone have information or recollections about the late Sidney Gottlieb, who headed MKULTRA and later became chief of Technical Services? A former New York Times correspondent who now teaches at Brown University, Stephen Kinzer, is writing Gottlieb's biography and is eager for information. He can be reached at


Vincent Edward Marier, 75, Deputy CIO NSA, died 15 July 2018 in St Paul, MN. Vince received a degree in Mathematics from Boston College, and a Master of Science and Technology degree from American University, Washington, DC, and a PhD in Computer Science from University of Maryland Baltimore.
He joined the National Security Agency in 1965 and began his career as a computer scientist. He retired 34 years later as Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) in 1999.
After retirement he was employed as a contractor supporting the Agency working for Telenix and Intelligent Decisions.
He enjoyed computing, stamp collecting, gardening, bird watching and photography. He was a proud member of the Phoenix Society.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, a brother and sister, and other family.

Harry Edward Mason, 79, Senior CIA Officer, corporate president, and graduate faculty member at the University of Kentucky, died 19 July 2018 in Clermont, FL. A native of Paducah, KY, he lived in Washington DC area, Rome, Italy, and Winchester, KY. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and University of Maryland. His professional career included work in the private sector and academia in addition to a 35-year career in intelligence and foreign affairs. At CIA he served in overseas and domestic assignments and was the senior CIA budget officer from 1976 to 1980. He was promoted to Deputy Director for Programs and Budget to oversee resources for the US Intelligence Community and served through 1984 during a period that brought unprecedented growth in intelligence capabilities. Mr. Mason held senior positions at CIA's Office of the Inspector General, Deputy Director for Financial Systems, Chief of Strategic Planning, and as the Office of Logistics manager, responsible for worldwide agency facilities. He was the first Senior Intelligence Community Liaison Office at the US Department of State from 1993 until retirement.
He was awarded the CIA Certificate of Merit and the Intelligence Medal of Merit. He was Chairman of the Manassas, VA Planning Commission, a member of the Highway Safety Commission and Clermont Planning and Zoning Commission. He was selected to the Paducah, KY Tilghman High School Hall of Fame and was a Kentucky Colonel.
Survivors include a son and a sister. [Read More:  beckerfamilyfuneral/19Jul2018]

Alfred Silliman Perry III, 73, NSA, DIA, NGA Officer, died 19 July 2018 in Washington, DC of pancreatic cancer. He was a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and received his MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He served the government for 36 years, first at the National Security Agency, then at the Defense Intelligence Agency. After retiring from the government, he served under contract another 10 years primarily at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency through ASE/Booz Allen, retiring from there in 2012.
He loved dancing, soccer and other sports, walking with the family's 90-pound German Shepherd, Maya (aka Baby Girl), and exploring Europe, South America, Alaska and other far away destinations.
He was devoted to his country, committed to the values on which it was founded.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, M. Faith Burton, a son and three daughters, and other family.

Margaret "Peg" Mary Riordan, 80, CIA Imagery Analyst, Liaison Officer, TECHINT Collection Manager, died 21 July 2018 in Chester, VA.
moved to Arlington, VA in 1957 where she served 33 years with the Central Intelligence Agency as an imagery analyst, foreign liaison officer, and technical intelligence collection task manager.
Peggy loved gardening and enjoyed knitting with her many knitting club friends, was an active church member.
She is survived by a sister and other family.

Section V - Events


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.

Saturday 15 September 2018, Noon - Melbourne, FL - The AFIO Florida Space Coast Chapter hosts Greg Donovan and Renee Purden on "TSA, FAA, Intelligence and Other Security and Preparedness Matters."

The AFIO Florida Space Coast Chapter hosts Greg Donovan, AAE, Executive Director of Orlando Melbourne International Airport, and Renee Purden, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Orlando Melbourne International Airport Police Force.
Director Donovan and Chief Purden will address such topics as: the local management and police/security relationships and coordination with the federal Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration; the usefulness on our local scene of national and international intelligence reports and the Domestic Outreach Plan for the federal information sharing program; security in the General Aviation sector, and the airport's emergency preparedness plans for catastrophic events.
Event location: Suntree Country Club, One Country Club Drive, Melbourne, FL 32940
To register, or for more information, please contact FSC Chapter President at

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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Thursday 26 July 2018 11 am - 12:15 pm - Washington, DC - "Norms and Authorities for Cyber Warfare" by Jody Westby - at Daniel Morgan Graduate School

Jody Westby, CEO, Global Cyber Risk LLC, discusses "Norms and Authorities for Cyber Warfare." Jody Westby, co-author and editor of the UN publication, Quest for Cyber Peace, examines how the current laws of armed conflict can be amended to accommodate cyber actions by nation-states. In this session, she presents an analysis of these approaches and proposes a path forward to protect our national and economic security interests and civilian population.
Cyber incidents are investigated within the legal frameworks governing cybercrime, which vary globally and are not suited to fast-paced investigations. Trying to obtain evidence about attack traffic can take months when minutes matter. When an investigation progresses, however, to the point that evidence suggests or supports nation-state activity, the international rule of law is murky or not adaptable to cyber scenarios. Investigations usually meet a dead-end and uncertainty guides responses.
Some foreign policy and national security experts have sought to develop norms to bridge the legal gaps and define a path for behavior. Others have called for the negotiation of an overarching cyber treaty.
Where: Daniel Morgan Graduate School, 1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
RSVP Required. Do so here.
Attire: Business or Business Casual
Daniel Morgan graduate School Reserves the Right to Refuse Entry. Direct questions to Frank Fletcher, Director of Lectures & Seminars at Please note that you must RSVP to attend this event.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Meet A Spy: Sandy Grimes at the International Spy Museum

Sandy Grimes is a longtime veteran of the CIA's clandestine service who helped capture Aldrich Ames, the CIA officer turned traitor. Ms. Grimes highlights the back story and capture of Ames in Circle of Treason, the first account written by CIA agents who were key members of the CIA team that conducted the intense Ames Mole Hunt. Sandra Grimes and fellow author and former CIA colleague Jeanne Vertefeuille were two of the five principals of the CIA team tasked with hunting one of their own and were directly responsible for identifying Ames as the mole, leading to his arrest and conviction.
There is no charge for this event.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 7:30 to 8:45 pm - McLean, VA - Sebastian Gorka on "America's Enemies Old and New and the Trump Doctrine" at the Westminster Institute

Dr. Sebastian Gorka discusses "America's Enemies Old and New and the Trump Doctrine." Gorka is former Deputy Assistant and Strategist to the President (2017) and author. Former Kokkalis Fellow at Harvard,  he has taught at Georgetown, was Associate Dean at National Defense University and held the distinguished chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University.
Gorka was born in the UK to parents who escaped Communism during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He is an internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, irregular warfare, terrorism and democratization, having worked in government and the private and NGO sectors in Europe and the US.
Where: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101
Register here.
Questions: Contact Robert R. Reilly, Director; The Westminster Institute, 703-288-2885,

Thursday, 23 August 2018, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Spies on Screen: Mata Hari, Agent H21 - Film at the International Spy Museum

World War I Paris offered the legendary Mata Hari some unique opportunities. This 1964 film featuring Jeanne Moreau and Jean-Louis Trintignant imagines how the famous dancer used her charm and seductive powers to spy for Germany and bankroll a glamorous life. But when she falls in love, her life as a spy loses its luster. This spy romance includes invisible ink, quick escapes, and a doomed love - perfect film fare for a summer evening. Along with the evening's screening of Mata Hari, H21, enjoy popcorn and sparkling French soda almost as tasty as Jeanne Moreau's Mata Hari. In French with English subtitles; screening at the Spy Museum. Co-sponsored by the Alliance Fran'aise de Washington.
Tickets for the general public: $10 per person; tickets for Spy Museum members: $8 per person. Visit

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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