AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #29-18 dated 31 July 2018

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Section IV - Jobs and Obituaries



Section V - Events

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Party & Movie to Celebrate 25 Years for the National Cryptologic Museum

Saturday, 18 August 2018 10 am - 2 pm - Ft Meade, MD

Come celebrate the National Cryptologic Museum's 25th Anniversary with family-friendly free activities like having fun with fingerprinting, making invisible ink, making a code quilt design, coloring, and scavenger hunts. Plus - enjoy cake and punch! No ticket is required for the party, only for the movie screenings that will follow (see below).

For Anniversary Party, explore the activities here. Admission is free.

After the party - there will be a free movie screening of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian starring Ben Stiller. TICKETS ARE REQUIRED for the movie screenings. Click the link below for more info and to reserve your movie tickets via EventBrite. Screenings at 2:30 and 6:30 pm.
Night at the Museum Movie Screening Reservations are here.

The National Cryptologic Museum is located at 9900 Colony Seven Rd, Fort Meade, MD 20755.

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

Click Here to Kill EverybodyClick Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World
by Bruce Schneier
(Norton, Sep 2018)

The internet is powerful, but it is not safe. As "smart" devices proliferate the risks will get worse, unless we act now.

From driverless cars to smart thermostats, from autonomous stock-trading systems to drones equipped with their own behavioral algorithms, the internet now has direct effects on the physical world. While this computerized future, often called the Internet of Things (IoT), carries enormous potential, IBM's CTO/author Bruce Schneier argues that catastrophe awaits in its new vulnerabilities and dangers. Forget data theft: cutting-edge digital attackers can now literally crash your car, pacemaker, and home security system, as well as everyone else's. Schneier explores the risks and security implications of our hyper-connected era and lays out common-sense policies that will allow us to enjoy the benefits of this omnipotent age without falling prey to the consequences of its insecurity. From principles for a more resilient IoT to a recipe for sane government oversight.

Book may be ordered here.

Count Girls InCount Girls In: Empowering Girls to Combine Any Interests with STEM to Open Up a World of Opportunity
by Karen Panetta Ph.D. and Katianne Williams
(Chicago Review Press, Aug 2018)

For all daughters, grands, nieces, educators, counsellors, advisors. To succeed in STEM fields today, girls don't have to change who they are. A girl who combines her natural talents, interests, and dreams with STEM skills has a greater shot than ever before at a career she loves and a salary she deserves. Maybe you have a daughter who loves cooking, soccer, and musicals. Maybe she's a social butterfly, an athlete, a fashionista, and a humanitarian who wants to change the world. Panetta-Williams show that there is a place for all girls and young women—not just science fair winners and robotics club members—in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, if we can keep their (and our) minds and options open and meet them where they are.
Count Girls In encourages parents and other adults to raise authentic young women who have the confidence to put STEM to work in a way that best serves them and their passions. This isn't a book about raising competitive, test-acing girls in lab coats; this is about raising happy, confident girls who realize the world of opportunities before them.
Panette is professor of electrical and computer engineering at Tufts University, and founder of the international nonprofi t Nerd Girls ( Williams has an engineering degree from Tufts and an MFA from George Mason University.

Book may be ordered here.



Denmark Introduces Prison Intelligence Service.  Increasingly tense conditions related to the presence of gang members in Denmark's prisons have resulted in the introduction of a new intelligence agency.

The new security organisation will focus on the most dangerous inmates at prisons in Denmark, Kristeligt Dagblad reports.

Prison authorities are taking the unconventional step in a bid to clamp down on worsening security and assaults against prison officers.

New facilities will be built and some prisoners will be relocated in addition to the new security service, according to the report.  [Read More:  Ritzau/thelocal/27Jul2018]

Leidos Takes $170M DIA Language Translation, Content Services Contract.  Leidos has won a potential five-year, $170.8 million contract to help the Defense Intelligence Agency analyze and translate content originally produced in a foreign language.

DIA received seven other bids for the contract that covers one base year followed by four option years, the Defense Department said in its Friday awards digest. The contract covers services to translate the content of captured, seized or otherwise acquired digital media and documents.

The contract supports DIA's National Media Exploitation Center based in Bethesda, Maryland. NEMC launched in 2001 to help the DIA, CIA, FBI and National Security Agency better analyze digital media and other files found in foreign countries by the U.S. military and intelligence agencies.

Work will take place through July 31, 2023 if the DIA exercises all options. The Virginia Contracting Authority conducted the acquisition on behalf of the DIA.  [Read More:  Wilkers/washingtontechnology/30Jul2018]

In Cyber, Germany Needs to Counter-Attack, Minister Says.  Germany is considering laws that would let it respond actively to foreign cyber-attacks, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer as he presented a domestic intelligence agency report showing Iran was the latest power to ramp up hack attacks on German systems.

The agency also reported that the volume of cyber-attacks from China had seemingly dwindled as the number of acquisitions of German high-tech companies by Chinese firms had risen.

The report, released on Tuesday by the domestic intelligence service (BfV), said numbers of cyber attacks with a likely origin in Iran had been rising since 2014, with a sharp increase last year.

In response to the report, which highlighted cyber-attacks by Iran, Russia and China, Seehofer said the agency needed to acquire the power not just to track and clean up cyber-attacks but also to launch counter-measures.  [Read More:  Shalal, Escritt/reuters/24Jul2018]

Vietnam Jails Fugitive Spy Arrested in Singapore for Espionage.  A fugitive spy was jailed for nine years in Vietnam on Monday (July 30) for "divulging state secrets" after he tried to flee to Europe holding a forged passport in a rare case involving a high-ranking intelligence officer.

The runaway spy Phan Van Anh Vu was arrested in Singapore in January with two passports - one fake, one real - and swiftly deported back to Vietnam where he was charged with espionage.

His lawyer said he was trying to reach Germany to offer information on a former Vietnamese oil executive who was kidnapped from Berlin last year and smuggled back to Vietnam to face corruption charges.

Vietnam has not elaborated on the state secrets Vu apparently disclosed, or to whom, but the Cold War-style case has gripped a nation unused to seeing the powerful toppled in public.  [Read More:  AFP/straitstimes/30Jul2017]

ODNI Warns of Increasing Economic Cyber Espionage.  Companies in the IT, defense, energy, biotechnology, environmental protection and manufacturing sectors have the most to fear from nation-state groups looking to conduct economic cyber espionage, according to a new report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The report singled out Russia, China and Iran as "three of the most capable and active" players in this area. However, ODNI warns that other, unnamed countries with "closer ties" to the United States are also undertaking such efforts.

Such operations draw on more than just technological tools. Because of the unique intelligence resources available to nation-states, these groups "combine cyber exploitation with supply chain operations, human recruitment, and the acquisition of knowledge by foreign students in U.S. universities" to steal or acquire trade secrets from U.S. technology sectors.

Former Air Force Brig. Gen. Greg Touhill, who served as the nation's first federal chief information security officer, said all three of the countries listed in the report were early adopters of modern espionage tactics that have become standard practice in cyberspace today.  [Read More:  Johnson/defensesystems/27Jul2018]

NSA Watchdog Details Privacy Concerns and Moves to Protect Whistleblowers.   The National Security Agency's open source intelligence collection process, which gathers publicly available information from the internet, has "an increased risk of jeopardizing the civil liberties and privacy of [US persons] and compromising classified information," concluded the agency's top watchdog in its first public report for Congress.

The NSA watchdog criticized facets of the digital spy agency's "Emerging Open Source Activities Branch," which analyzes the information collected. Areas of concern highlighted included insufficient "guidance and training" for analysts to adequately protect Americans' personal data. The IG did not go into further detail about specific violations.

But the agency is also prioritizing whistleblower protection in new ways, the report revealed, highlighting progress for the secretive spy unit after several high-profile whistleblowers criticized internal protections for those who report wrongdoing.

The top watchdog for the NSA, the body which vacuums up digital communications around the world for intelligence and analysis, summarized its completed and ongoing investigations, audits, and recommendations for the agency and its leadership in the report published Wednesday.  [Read More:  CNN Wire/wtva/27Jul2018]

Moon Vows to Reform Scandal-Hit Military Intelligence Agency.  President Moon Jae-in hinted at a possible large-scale restructuring of the Defense Security Command (DSC), a military intelligence unit, after he was briefed on the specifics of a document titled "Wartime Martial Law and Joint Action Plan," presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Thursday.

"Since the release of the document, there has been much controversy over its background. The essence of the issue is to reveal the truth about the document. We must make a thorough investigation to find out it was created and how far the DSC was willing to go to implement the plan," Kim quoted Moon as saying.

"People linked to the issue should take responsibility. The top priority is to let the joint civilian-military team investigate the issue," Moon said. He cited the need for a taskforce aimed at restructuring DSC to submit proposals toward that path "as quickly as possible."

"My understanding is that the taskforce has already reviewed the document. Appropriate measures will follow the taskforce's final report on the issue. The key criteria to be considered when applying measures will be the seriousness of the responsibility," Moon said.  [Read More:  Yoo-chul/koreantimes/26Jul2018]


Never Built: CIA Headquarters in Alexandria.  We had no idea, but the alternate, and strongly pushed location for the Central Intelligence Agency's new headquarters was the Winkler Tract in Alexandria, just off of Shirley Highway. Here's an article that we dug up in the Washington Post from October 22nd, 1955.  [Read More:  ghostsofdc/3Oct2013]

Busting The Green Door: Army SIGINT Refocuses On Russia & China.  Over 17 years of fighting terrorists and insurgents, "our SIGINT forces mastered the art and science of identifying and tracking individual threats with pinpoint precision," Lt. Gen. Berrier said. "We now face a significant challenge on a much larger scale."

The Army has a new, two-pronged strategy for Signals Intelligence, its top intelligence official said at a recent forum here. First, SIGINT forces must continue their post-9/11 evolution from a secretive, insular priesthood to a hands-on helper for frontline troops. At the same time, SIGINT must scale up the "precision" techniques developed to track insurgents' and terrorists' transmissions so it can tackle much bigger and more sophisticated adversaries like Russia and China.

Instead of pinpointing terrorist leaders for drone strikes or commando raids, SIGINT may be finding electronic weak points in enemy networks that US cyber and electronic warfare teams can then hack or jam.

There is a foundation of success to build on, Army leaders told the Capitol Hill forum, which was organized by the Association of Old Crows, the leading professional association for electronic warfare. Intelligence in general and SIGINT in particular, they said, have gotten better integrated with other Army branches since 9/11 - and especially since 2016.  [Read More:  Freedberg, Jr./breakingdefense/30Jul2018]

A Look at the Russian Spy Agency Behind the Election Meddling.  When there has been a story in recent weeks about Russian intervention abroad, three letters have kept reappearing: GRU.

 They stand for Glavnoe Razvedyvatel'noe Upravlenie, or Main Intelligence Directorate, the name of Russia's chief military intelligence agency. It is one of the country's three main spy services, alongside the SVR foreign intelligence agency and the FSB domestic security service.

The FSB, which was once headed by President Vladimir Putin, is far better known outside Russia. But it is the GRU that has been in the headlines, tangled up in many of the key incidents that have seen Russia and the United States and Europe confront one another in recent years.

The 12 Russian intelligence agents that special counsel Robert Mueller indicted this month over the hacking operations targeting the 2016 U.S. presidential election all belonged to GRU units. The indictment alleged two GRU signals units stole documents from the Democratic National Committee and candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign and then disseminated them through fake online personas.  [Read More:  Reevell/abcnews/25Jul2018]

USAF Plans To Test A System Called 'Symphony' Inside An 'Irascible Pod' On A U-2 Spy Plane.  The Air Force Research Laboratory is planning to install a new system, or systems, that it calls "Symphony" on a U-2S Dragon Lady spy plane, which will require a new underwing mission pod called the "Irascible pod." The Air Force can't say yet what the equipment does, but the project may be related to the "Triple Intelligence" concept that aircraft's manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, has been pitching to the service since at least March 2018 or another effort to grow the plane's capabilities.

On July 20, 2018, the 25th Air Force, previously known as the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Agency, announced plans to hire Lockheed Martin to help in the development of the Irascible Pod in support of the Symphony program on FedBizOpps, the central U.S. government contracting website. The Maryland-headquartered defense contractor continues to be the sole provider of heavy depot maintenance and other major support services for the Air Force's U-2 fleet at Site 2 within its facilities at Plant 42 in Palmdale, California.

"Overall, this effort is to gain air worthiness approval to fly the pod," Brian Cook, Chief of the Air Force Cryptologic Office for ISR-Cyber and Multi-Domain Innovation, part of the 25th Air Force, told The War Zone in a statement regarding the contracting notice. "We aren't demonstrating the pod's payload capabilities, but envision the capability to generate/perform cross-functional effects at some future point."

Cook couldn't offer any additional details about possible payloads or Irascible itself, but did note that the Air Force Research Laboratory's engineer lead on the project had come up with the moniker for the pod and that it wasn't a forced acronym. Unfortunately, we don't have any more information on why that unnamed individual chose this particular word, which means quick to anger.  [Read More:  Trevithick/thedrive/27Jul2018]

The Spy Australia Left Out in the Cold.  On 30 December 1963, Mrs Harriett E. Freame sent a letter to the prime minister of Australia, Sir Robert Menzies. Mrs Freame was looking to Menzies to assist her in some way in erecting a gravestone for her husband, Wykeham Henry (Harry) Freame, one of the original heroes of Gallipoli and, Mrs Freame claimed, an Australian spy who died from injuries he sustained while spying for Australia in Tokyo.

Mrs Freame also sought compensation for Freame's death, and supported her claim that he had died in the service of his country by detailing what he had reported on his deathbed in front of her and other witnesses. The truth of her assertions could easily be rejected, and they were. The government had a death certificate discounting the claims, and they had paid her some small compensation. Yet the Australian government's rejection of Harriet Freame's requests seems too rushed to be complacent.

Wykeham Henry (Harry) Freame was born in Osaka, Japan, in about 1880, to William Henry Freame, an English sailor, and Kitagawa Sei, the daughter of Kitagawa Yasuaki, a local samurai from Shiga Prefecture. This marriage was a historical event in its own right, because Kitagawa Yasuaki was the first Japanese head of a family to officially initiate a marriage to a foreigner in Japan on 29 April 1873.

It is difficult to work out when Harry Freame was born because he consistently lied about his date of birth. This started in August 1914, when he enlisted in the Australian Army claiming to be 29 when it was more likely he was 32. In late October 1914, Freame and the other men of the 1st Infantry Battalion departed Australia for the Middle East and eventually Gallipoli.  [Read More:  afr/25Jul2018]

Jack Ryan Star John Krasinski Reveals What Surprised Him Most on his CIA Visits.  When John Krasinski was approached about playing Jack Ryan in the upcoming Amazon series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, he thought back to a recent film he'd done. "I had done 13 Hours which was so new to me and I loved every single second of it," Krasinski says. "It really was about getting to the truth of the story, to the truth of the people, and to make sure that you captured the essence of who you were playing and the world that they were in. That really taught me how to approach this role too, that as much as this is a Hollywood entertainment character, it really is representative of so many incredible men and women who have dedicated their lives to the rest of us and this incredible feeling of pride in our country." [Read More:  Highfill/ew/30Jul2018]

Five Myths About Security Clearances.  This past week, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump was considering revoking the security clearances of former high-ranking officials who had criticized him, such as onetime director of national intelligence James Clapper, CIA director John Brennan and national security adviser Susan Rice. It wasn't the first time the shadowy, little-understood process behind access to the government's innermost secrets was the center of questions this year. Here are some of the most common misunderstandings.  [Read more:  Graff/washingtonpost/27July2018]


Cloud Computing And Classified Data.
  The National Security Agency (NSA) is moving all of the data it collects, analyzes and stores to a cloud computing "environment" it calls Intelligence Community GovCloud. All of the information that NSA possesses will be accessible remotely in this "big data fusion environment".

This is quite possibly the worst idea I have ever heard.

Except for this one.

The Defense Department has now begun accepting proposals for its highly-anticipated Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract. The JEDI contract will be awarded to a single company. That company will then be in charge of holding, safeguarding and providing access to all of the mission critical and classified information possessed by the Pentagon.  [Read More:  Faddis/andmagazine/29Jul2018]

How Silicon Valley Became a Den of Spies.  In the fall of 1989, during the Cold War's wan and washed-out final months, the Berlin Wall was crumbling - and so was San Francisco. The powerful Loma Prieta earthquake, the most destructive to hit the region in more than 80 years, felled entire apartment buildings. Freeway overpasses shuddered and collapsed, swallowing cars like a sandpit. Sixty-three people were killed and thousands injured. And local Soviet spies, just like many other denizens of the Bay Area, applied for their share of the nearly $3.5 billion in relief funds allocated by President George H.W. Bush.

FBI counterintelligence saw an opening, recalled Rick Smith, who worked on the Bureau's San Francisco-based Soviet squad from 1972 to 1992. When they discovered that a known Soviet spy, operating under diplomatic cover, had filed a claim, Smith and several other bureau officials posed as federal employees disbursing relief funds to meet with the spy. The goal was to compromise him with repeated payments, then to turn him. "We can offer your full claim," Smith told the man. "Come meet us again." He agreed.

But the second time, the suspected intel officer wasn't alone. FBI surveillance teams reported that he was being accompanied by a Russian diplomat known to the FBI as the head of Soviet counterintelligence in San Francisco. The operation, Smith knew, was over - the presence of the Soviet spy boss meant that the FBI's target had reported the meeting to his superiors - but they had to go through with the meeting anyway. The two Soviet intelligence operatives walked into the office room. The undercover FBI agents, who knew the whole affair had turned farcical, greeted the Soviet counterintelligence chief. [Read More:  Dorfman/politico/27Jul2018]

The 'Time of Troubles' Is Back for America's Spies.  If you want to understand the tensions between policymakers and spooks under Donald Trump, look to the 1970s.

Last week was an extraordinary one for U.S. policy-intelligence relations, with almost every day widening an already dangerous rift between President Donald Trump and the intelligence community. That's not to suggest, however, that the rift is unprecedented. There is an apt analogue from U.S. history - and it offers valuable insight into how the present tensions will likely develop and eventually resolve.

It's certainly not an exaggeration to call the present moment a crisis. Trump, who had sought a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin without any stated goal, excluded advisors from that session in Helsinki on July 16 for almost two hours. To do so was, to say the least, "totally unusual," Thomas Pickering, one of America's most experienced former diplomats, told Foreign Policy. When the president finally emerged, the words that came out of his mouth about U.S. intelligence shocked an unusual consensus of politicians and pundits alike. In response to a question about the intelligence judgment that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Trump said: "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."  [Read More:  Priess/foreignpolicy/26Jul2018]

Section IV - Jobs and Obituaries


Intelligence Training Instructor – Quantico, VA. Dorrean, LLC is currently recruiting for an Intelligence Training Instructor for a contract in Quantico, VA. The Intelligence Training Instructor will train, instruct (including platform instruction), and participate in the development of course materials and course outlines for onboard employees for Intelligence Career Path training courses. Based on objectives and performance goals, tasks for Intelligence Training Instructors will include, but not be limited to, the following:
Task 1 - Under the supervision of personnel and in accordance with designated curricula, Intelligence Training Instructors will instruct the workforce to employ skills, tools, and techniques required to integrate analysis with operations and produce intelligence pursuant to the organization's highest standards. Specifically, Intelligence Training Instructors will be required to provide instruction in critical thinking, analytic writing, raw intelligence reporting, and intelligence briefing, as well as participate in and evaluate exercises designed to leverage the student's knowledge.
Task 2 – Intelligence Training Instructors will provide mentoring and coaching throughout a comprehensive program of instruction for the intelligence workforce.
Task 3 – Intelligence Training Instructors will also be asked to collaborate on curriculum life-cycle refresh and corresponding lesson plan documentation.
Required Qualifications
Minimum of five years demonstrated experience in an Intelligence Field. The five years of demonstrated experience shall include application of analytic tradecraft skills and techniques, USIC collaboration, or case-based analysis and reporting.
- Minimum two years of experience providing instruction in any of the following intelligence topics: structured analytic techniques, critical thinking processes, collection/domain management, raw intelligence reporting, analytic writing in accordance with the ODNI Analytic Integrity Standards, and intelligence briefing for peers and/or executives.
- Minimum of two years demonstrated work experience in facilitating practical exercises by mentoring and coaching students both one-on-one and as a group to help them achieve a developmental outcome as determined by the lesson plan.
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
- Demonstrated work experience in course material and curriculum development to include Blackboard LMS facilitation.

Dorrean, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Qualified candidates can send their resumes to the Corporate Recruiter, Scott Ernest, at

Three Reston, VA-based Jobs with FireEye: Threat Assessment Manager; Principal Threat Analyst; Sr Software Developer

Threat Assessment Manager for FireEye; Experience: 3 to 20 years; Reston, VA
Trusted advisor for the customer in all matters concerning service delivery and ongoing projects Lead client and engagement teams in successful delivery of our Managed Defense solutions, exchange threat intelligence with clients and internal teams, and briefing existing clients, potential clients, and external groups on sec...Full information here.

Principal Threat Analyst for FireEye, Experience: 6 to 20 years; Reston, VA
Develop into the company expert on tracking the most advanced groups we encounter Provide threat context and integration support to multiple FireEye service lines Maintain expert knowledge of advanced persistent threats tools, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) as well as forensics and incident response practices Analyze tec...Full information here.

Senior Software Developer (TS or Secret Clearance) for FireEye; Experience: 4 to 20 years, Reston, VA
Write, test, and maintain C and Python codebases on Windows or other Operating Systems Debug existing code to resolve defects Perform reverse engineering (RE), vulnerability research (VR), and application development Collaborate with other researchers and engineers during Scrum or other Agile framework sessions Document del...Full information here.


Gordon Charles Rabe, 82, NSA Officer, died 16 July 2018 in Silver Spring, MD.
Gordon was graduated from Jamestown College with a degree in Mathematics. He served in the US Army and then went on to a long career with the National Security Agency.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Baetsen Rabe, a son, brother, stepsons, and other family.

Edward Daniel Roemer, 88, senior NSA cryptologist, died 15 June 2018 in Palm Harbor, FL. He served in the army at the end of WWII as part of the occupation forces in Japan, and later, during the Korean conflict, as a member of the Army Security Agency. He went on to an impressive thirty-four years with the National Security Agency as a senior cryptologist.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Louise Deschenes Roemer, three sons, and other family. He was active in his church, with the local library, and was a proud member of The Phoenix Society.

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.

29 August 2018 (Wednesday), 11:30 am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco Chapter hosts FBI ASAC Lisa Gentilcore on "The Chinese Use of Social Media" 

FBI ASAC Lisa Gentilcore addresses the AFIO San Francisco Chapter on "The Chinese Use of Social Media" at this luncheon meeting.  

Location: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080

RSVP: Eventbrite Registration may be completed here. 
Reservation and pre-payment is required before 25 August 2018. The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins. Questions? Contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at with any questions.

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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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,

Saturday, 18 August 2018 10 am - 2 pm - Ft Meade, MD - Party & Movie to Celebrate 25 Years for the National Cryptologic Museum

Come celebrate the National Cryptologic Museum's 25th Anniversary with family-friendly free activities like having fun with fingerprinting, making invisible ink, making a code quilt design, coloring, and scavenger hunts. Plus - enjoy cake and punch! No ticket is required for the party, only for the movie screenings that will follow (see below).

For Anniversary Party, explore the activities here. Admission is free.

After the party - there will be a free movie screening of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian starring Ben Stiller. TICKETS ARE REQUIRED for the movie screenings. Click the link below for more info and to reserve your movie tickets via EventBrite. Screenings at 2:30 and 6:30 pm.
Night at the Museum Movie Screening Reservations are here.

The National Cryptologic Museum is located at 9900 Colony Seven Rd, Fort Meade, MD 20755.

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

10 October 2018, 6 - 9 p.m. - Washington, DC - "Mother, Daughter, Sister, Spy" Program at the International Spy Museum

The museum event -- "Mother, Daughter, Sister, Spy" -- features Dayna Baer, Carol Rollie Flynn, Carmen Middleton, Jonna Mendez, and Jill Singer.
Dayna Baer is a former Protective Officer in CIA's Directorate of Operations. Carol Rollie Flynn is a former Chief of Station and Senior CIA Executive, and Managing Principal at Singa Consulting, as well as Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. She is Advisory Board Member for the museum. Jonna Hiestand Mendez is the former Chief of Disguise in the CIA's Office of Technical Service and a founding member of the museum. Carmen Middleton is the current Deputy Executive Director of the CIA, and Founder & President of Common Table Consulting. Jill Singer, who will be moderator for this event, is the Vice President, National Security for AT&T Global Public Sector and SPY's Board Member.

Tickets range from $69 per seat to $15,000.
RSVP by 28 September 2018. Space is limited. RSVP or explore your seating options here.

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.
To order for shipment to a US-based CONUS address, use this online form,

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Order the Guide from the AFIO's store at this link.


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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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