AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #30-18 dated 7 August 2018

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Jobs and Obituaries

Jobs

Obituaries

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others

For Additional AFIO and other Events two+ months or more... Calendar of Events 

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One more new book...


The Tango WarThe Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II

by Mary Jo McConahay
(St. Martin's Press, Sep 2018)

Little known story of the fight for the allegiance of Latin America during World War II. Describes the machinations behind the greatest mass flight of criminals of the century, fascists with blood on their hands who escaped to the Americas.

Beginning in the thirties, both sides were well aware of the need to control not just the hearts and minds but also the resources of Latin America. The fight was dirty: residents were captured to exchange for U.S. prisoners of war and rival spy networks shadowed each other across the continent. At all times it was a Tango War, in which each side closely shadowed the other's steps.

Though the Allies triumphed, at the war's inception it looked like the Axis would win. A flow of raw materials in the Southern Hemisphere, at a high cost in lives, was key to ensuring Allied victory, as were military bases supporting the North African campaign, the Battle of the Atlantic and the invasion of Sicily, and fending off attacks on the Panama Canal. Allies secured loyalty through espionage and diplomacy. Mexican pilots flew in the Philippines and twenty-five thousand Brazilians breached the Gothic Line in Italy.

Book may be ordered here.


     

NOTICES

2018 Naval Intelligence Essay Contest Deadline Extended to 17 August

In coordination with the U.S. Naval Institute, the deadline for the 2018 Naval Intelligence Essay Contest has been extended to 17 August 2018.
The Challenge for this year's contest is particularly complex and we want to ensure that all current and former Naval Intelligence Professionals have every opportunity to respond.
The Challenge: The 2018 National Defense Strategy, "Sharpening the American Military's Competitive Edge," documents intent to pursue urgent change at significant scale -- change required to field a Joint Force that can compete, deter and win in an increasingly complex security environment. The complex security environment is defined by rapid technological change, challenges from adversaries in every operating domain, and the impact on current readiness from the longest continuous stretch of armed conflict in our Nation's history.

This contest invites authors to explore priority investment, initiative and innovation for Naval Intelligence to pursue in order to best contribute to achieving National Defense Strategy objectives.

If you have considered entering or have thought about how the community needs to invest in the future, please move forward and commit those ideas to paper. Aside from the considerable prizes (First Prize $5,000, Second Prize $2,500, Third Prize $1,500), we need to keep the professional conversation moving forward.

Details on essay submission can be found on the USNI and NIP websites here.


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

 
 
  and  

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

Intelligence, Biosecurity, and BioterrorismIntelligence, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism
by Patrick F. Walsh
(Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 2018)

Explores how potential bio-threats and risks may evolve post 9/11 given the rapid changes in biotechnology and synthetic biology. It also explores what role intelligence communities can play in understanding these threats and risks, and argues that although bio-threats and risks are largely low probability and high impact in nature, intelligence in 'Five Eyes' countries remain insufficiently prepared to understand them. Walsh identifies key areas where intelligence reforms need to take place including a more strategic and systematic collaboration between national security/law enforcement intelligence and the scientific community. It is aimed at intelligence analysts, those in the scientific community working on health security threats, policy makers and researchers working on biosecurity and bioterrorism threats and risks.
Walsh is a former intelligence analyst and has worked in Australia's national security and law enforcement environments. He is currently Associate Professor, Intelligence and Security Studies, Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia.

Book may be ordered here.


The Spy and the TraitorThe Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
by Ben Macintyre
(Crown, Sep 2018)

If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source. Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets. 

Unfolding the three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the beat-by-beat of Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, tells the story as great as any of the novels of John le Carré. We are deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations.

Book may be ordered here.


 

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Suspected Russian Spy Found Working at US Embassy in Moscow.  US counter-intelligence investigators discovered a suspected Russian spy had been working undetected in the heart of the American embassy in Moscow for more than a decade, the Guardian has learned.

The Russian national had been hired by the US Secret Service and is understood to have had access to the agency's intranet and email systems, which gave her a potential window into highly confidential material including the schedules of the president and vice-president.

The woman had been working for the Secret Service for years before she came under suspicion in 2016 during a routine security sweep conducted by two investigators from the US Department of State's Regional Security Office (RSO).

They established she was having regular and unauthorised meetings with members of the FSB, Russia's principal security agency.  [Read More:  Hopkins/theguardian/2Aug2018]

Trump to Appoint Career Intelligence Analyst as CIA Deputy Director.  President Trump will appoint Vaughn F. Bishop, a career intelligence analyst who spent three decades and held a variety of senior positions at the CIA, to serve as deputy to director Gina Haspel. The position does not require Senate confirmation.

Bishop's appointment comes more than two months after Haspel own protracted confirmation battle. She took the agency's helm in May as its first-ever female director, and as the first operations officer to hold the role in almost 50 years. 

The CIA said Bishop's analytic expertise would serve as a complement to Haspel's background in operations, most of which was spent in the clandestine service.

In a statement, Bishop called the appointment "the opportunity of a lifetime."  [Read More:  Gazis/cbsnews/1Aug2018]

Colombia 'Dismantles Clandestine Spy Network'.  Colombia's prosecution said Saturday that it has arrested four former top military and government officials for illegally spying on both national and foreign persons of interest.

Among the arrested suspects are two former army colonels, one former army major and one former employee of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.

The officials allegedly wiretapped and spied on military and political targets, the Prosecutor General's Office said in a press release.

Investigators in the capital Bogota raided A&G Seguridad, the company of the capital's former chief of police, General Humberto Guatibonza, according to the prosecution.  [Read More:  Alsema/columbiareports/6Aug2018]

Poroshenko Appoints First Deputy Chief of Foreign Intelligence Service.  President Petro Poroshenko appointed Serhiy Semochko as First Deputy Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, who previously served as Chief of the Main Directorate of the Security Service of Ukraine in Kyiv and Kyiv region. 

The relevant decree was posted on the president's website.

"To appoint Serhiy Semochko as First Deputy Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine," reads the document.

President also signed another decree to dismiss Semochko from the post of Chief of the Main Directorate of the Security Service of Ukraine in Kyiv and Kyiv region.  [Read More:  ukrinform/7Aug2018]

Cyber Command Chief Will Weigh in on Split from NSA.  One of the most hotly contested debates surrounding the maturation of U.S. Cyber Command is its eventual split from the National Security Agency. Top officials have long maintained the so-called dual-hat relationship, where one leader oversees both organization, was temporary.

But Cyber Command's new leader, Gen. Paul Nakasone, has said he will re-examine the issue in an assessment to the Secretary of Defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff within his first 90 days in charge.

That 90 day mark falls on Aug. 2. A Cyber Command spokesman confirmed Nakasone is working on the report.

Nakasone, who now also leads NSA, said during his confirmation hearings he did not have a strong feeling about the split.  [Read More: Pomerleau/fifthdomain/2Aug2018]



Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

How the GRU Spy Agency Targets the West, from Cyberspace to Salisbury.  In Russia's shadow war with the west, one intelligence agency keeps making headlines.

The GRU, or main intelligence directorate, of the Russian army, has been accused of spearheading several of Russia's most notorious operations in recent years. They include the 2014 seizure of Crimea using undercover soldiers called "little green men", the hacking theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton, and even the planning of a failed coup in Montenegro.

A British security source told the Guardian on Monday that the nerve agent attack on the former double agent Sergei Skripal was also ordered by the intelligence agency. The British government is poised to submit an extradition request to Moscow for two Russians suspected of carrying out the Salisbury attack that left one person dead and three injured, including Skripal and his daughter.

One of the three main Russian intelligence agencies, less has been written about the GRU (now officially called the GU, or Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces) than its sister agencies, particularly the Soviet-era KGB or its modern successor the FSB, the spy agency once headed by Vladimir Putin.  [Read More:  Roth/theguardian/7Aug2018]

UK Intelligence Agency GCHQ to Publish New Puzzle Book.  Britain's intelligence and security organization GCHQ is publishing a new book of puzzles in the autumn aimed at those who fancy themselves as potential code-breakers.

The book is timed to coincide with the agency's centenary next year.

"It has plenty of easy puzzles to get you into the problem-solving mindset," GCHQ said on its Twitter feed.

Example: "The dog's in the canal, the cat's on the fell and the sheep is over there. Is the pig in the cellar, larder, or porch?"  [Read More:  gmanetwork/5Aug2018]

Spies in the Suburbs: Inside the CIA's Secret Defector Unit.  Years after defecting from Russia and resettling in the US, former KGB officer Alexander Zaporozhsky was lured back to the country he had once betrayed. The CIA warned him not to go.

Several senior intelligence officials tried unsuccessfully to dissuade Zaporozhsky, who had given the US valuable information that ultimately led to the capture of FBI agent and Russian spy Robert Hanssen, former officials familiar with the case told CNN.

But the Russian intelligence officer turned US asset insisted on returning to Moscow in 2001. He was arrested and imprisoned in Siberia for his connections to the West.

Zaporozhsky was ultimately released in 2010 and sent back to the US as part of a spy swap with Russia that also included Sergei Skripal, a former KGB colonel convicted of spying for Britain after admitting to the crime. The US released 10 individuals accused of operating a Russian spy ring in the US as part of the exchange.  [Read More:  Cohen, McLaughlin/cnn/4Aug2018]

Espionage is Much More Than Cloak and Dagger Ops.  Virtually all books written in India by former intelligence agents have been of the kiss-and-tell variety, replete with sensational disclosures and juicy details of successful intelligence operations. Former R&AW chief Vikram Sood's book is of a different order altogether, dealing with concepts, approaches and the larger lessons of espionage.

The Unending Game, the author writes, "is not a personal memoir, nor is it about the organization for which I worked. Instead, it seeks to familiarise those who are interested in the intricacies of espionage and intelligence collection and, hopefully, to help prepare our systems for the turbulence that lies ahead."

This thought provoking book draws the reader deep into the nuances of intelligence operations while clarifying that espionage is much more than cloak and dagger operations and secretive spies.

The prologue, which is about the discovery of Pakistan's clandestine nuclear weapons programme, highlights how the political leadership can on occasion compromise the country's vital interests. Even while the whole world was hugely concerned about Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme, the then Prime Minister of India, Morarji Desai, did nothing to support his external intelligence agencies quest to know and try prevent Pakistan from developing the bomb.  [Read More:  Banerjie/asianage/3Aug2018]

A North Korean Defector's Tale of Lies, Blackmail and Betrayal.  At about 1:20 a.m. on April 6, 2016, an AirAsia flight bound for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was preparing for takeoff in Shanghai. One of the passengers, a North Korean man named Heo Kang-il, dialed a familiar number on his phone and conveyed a message.

"I could hear hurrahs and applause erupting on the other end," Mr. Heo said. "They called me a hero."

At the other end of the line, he says, were South Korean intelligence officers. And on the plane with Mr. Heo, who managed a restaurant in China, were a dozen North Korean waitresses he was about to deliver into their hands - a rare mass defection that became a public relations coup for South Korea.

South Korean officials said the women had begun yearning to defect while living in China, where they watched movies and television dramas made in South Korea. But in recent months, that version of events has started to unravel.  [Read More:  Sang-Hun/nytimes/4Aug2018]

Mission First: The Story of an NSA Hacker.  Millions of times every single day, antagonists search for entry into the U.S. Defense Department's networks. They come from all over: Russia, China, North Korea, Iran. Some are sponsored by nation-states; others are terrorist groups.

"Adversaries approach the perimeter, and that's where we sit. They test our defenses, and we're the ones on the front line, mitigating the threat," says Spc. Alexander Woody, USA, a counter pursuit operator within the National Security Agency's (NSA's) Cybersecurity Threat Operations Center (NCTOC). "We provide 24/7 year-round support for network monitoring, coordination and crisis response."

Spc. Woody works on what he calls the center's "watch floor," where monitors and large display screens are omnipresent. It is an open space with no cubicle walls and constant chatter.

"It's a little bit like you'd see in the movies, quite honestly," Spc. Woody says.  [Read More:  Seffers/afcea/1Aug2018]

 

Section III - COMMENTARY

FBI Agents Got Another DOJ Lawyer in Christopher Wray.
  Christopher Wray was sworn in as the eighth Director of the FBI one year ago. He took the position as America's top G-man after the national meltdown over the firing of former director James Comey. President Trump fired Comey on May 9, and 29 days later, while still learning to navigate the turbulent waters of the swamp, he formally announced his intention to nominate Wray.

Twenty-nine days is hardly enough time to find a good nanny, but the fledgling Administration not yet five-months-old found their man and placed their bets on Wray's stellar reputation as a senior government lawyer from the Department of Justice. Wray was a winner on paper, and because grandstanding is what they do, senators on both sides of the aisle fawned over him, receiving assurances he would maintain his independence from Trump. For being in the right place at the right time, Wray was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 92-5, and on Aug. 2, 2017, he was sworn in as FBI Director.

In the rush to make the FBI right again, everyone, it seemed, got what they wanted. The politicians were happy. The Administration put out another fire, and the DOJ got another DOJ attorney to take control of the FBI. But a year later, now that the mass hysteria over Comey's firing has subsided, what exactly did the FBI agents get out of all that drama?

As a former FBI agent, I am sorry to report that what they got was more of the same, in the form of yet another company lawyer from the DOJ, at a time when what the agents really needed was leadership in the form of someone who was actually an FBI agent. And because Wray's ten-year term won't expire until the year 2027, it is also my duty to report that, sadly, an entire generation of FBI agents will never know what it's like to be led by one of their own.  [Read More:  Noh/thefederalist/3Aug2018]

Spies Are More Common, and Boring, Than You Think.  If you keep looking for James Bond, you'll miss the thousands of bureaucrats collecting bits of intel.

How many spies are there anyway? Many Americans were surprised this month by allegations that a Russian woman, Mariia Butina, had infiltrated the National Rifle Association and was having sex with well-placed men, in the hopes of receiving information for Russia. A recent Politico article noted that Russia and China were significantly stepping up their spying operations in Silicon Valley, to extract useful tech knowledge.

I think Americans underestimate the extent of spying in their midst. Because we do not know the number of operating spies, that's a hard hypothesis to test, but there are a number of reasons to find it plausible.

Our underestimation is partly the fault of movies and television, which give us overly glamorized images of espionage.  [Read More:  Cowen/bloomberg/31Jul2018]

Hidden Spies: Countering the Chinese Intelligence Threat.  Earlier this year, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Director Christopher Wray asserted in testimony before the Senate intelligence committee that Chinese international students, especially those in advanced STEM fields, pose counterintelligence risks to U.S. national security. "They're exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have...they're taking advantage of it," Wray said during the hearing.

Recent escalation in the U.S.-China dispute have prompted the administration to pass a new policy restricting visas for Chinese nationals applying to study and conduct research in the United States. The administration claims that limiting visa approvals for visiting Chinese scholars will help protect American supremacy in advanced technologies. But in reality, the new policy restricts access to a major source of intellectual capital that routinely contributes to advances in key technologies.

The Trump administration should change course or risk falling behind in the race to develop new technologies. By providing more, not less incentive for foreign visiting scholars to stay in the United States, Washington will send a strong message that it understands that foreign government funds flowing into academic institutions are the real threat.  [Read More:  Ha/thediplomat/3Aug2018]



Section IV - Jobs and Obituaries

Jobs

National Law Enforcement Museum (Washington DC) Seeks Volunteers - Educators, Events, Law Enforcement, Visitor Experience

Would you like to donate your time for a great cause and share your expertise with others? The National Law Enforcement Museum offers several volunteer opportunities to fit your experience and your schedule.
Four Types of Volunteers Needed:
Visitor Experience Volunteers
welcome visitors, provide general information about the Museum and help guests plan their journey through the exhibits. Event Volunteers help with special events, such as National Police Week and the Run for the Badge 5K. Volunteer Educators help lead high-quality, visitor-centered tours of the Museum's collections and exhibits.
Are you a current or former law enforcement officer? We have important volunteer opportunities for you, too. Law Enforcement Volunteers share their expertise with visitors and help them see what walking in the shoes of an officer is really like.

To learn more about the volunteer program, please visit the Museum's volunteer opportunities page. Thanks for your support!
Questions to Bonnie Hayes, Tour and Volunteer Manager, BHayes@NLEOMF.org; Museum Offices, 901 E St NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20004-2025; 202.737.3400

Obituaries

Nicholas John Babiak, 70, Colonel, USAF (Ret), Deputy Director, Systems Center, Defense Mapping Agency (now National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency), died of cancer on 2 August 2018 in Arlington, VA
Nicholas was a 1972 graduate of the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Arts in Business Management from Central Michigan University, and a Doctor of Business Administration from Chelsea University in London. He served 20 years in the Air Force, retiring in 1992 as a Colonel and he served in several critical Science & Technology leadership roles during his distinguished career.
While in the Air Force, Colonel Babiak served in key positions of increasing responsibility, culminating is his final military assignment as the Deputy Director, Systems Center, Defense Mapping Agency, where he was responsible for the multi-billion dollar research, development, test, and evaluation, systems acquisition and logistics support of the Agency directly supporting combat efforts in Desert Shield/Desert Storm operations.
Nick held a variety of other key Science & Technology positions in Computer Engineering, Embedded Computing, Very High Speed Integrated Circuits (VHSIC), and other key Emerging Technologies for developmental and fielded systems to ensure superiority of Air Force Weapon System Acquisition programs.
Following his retirement from the Air Force he worked as the Vice President for Business Development at Cambridge Research Associates, before founding his own company, SKYLET, in 1998. He was active in the Catholic Church. Nicholas John Babiak is also a Knight Commander with Star in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusaleum, and has been a member of the order since 2007 which entitles him to the honorific, Sir Nicholas John Babiak. He also received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice honor from Pope Francis in October 2017. This is the highest award a layman can receive from the Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Joyce K. S. Babiak.

Jerry Lee Brumbelow, 82, a career NSA Officer, died 28 July 2018 in Maryland.
Jerry was born during the 'Centennial of the Texas Republic,' in Kilgore, TX. He served with the Army Security Agency for six years throughout the world including exotic locations of: Kyoto, Japan; Luzon, the Philippines; with the 18th Airborne at Fort Bragg; and Homestead, FL. While at Homestead, he had the pleasure of working for Mr. James Donovan, helping in the processing of the Cuban Bay of Pigs returnees.
In 1964, he moved to Maryland to work for the National Security Agency at Fort Meade and over the next 27 years served in the following groups: A, C, G, I, K, P, S, T, and W. He retired from the Agency in 1994. He spent time with the Department of State in Honduras, Germany, and China; and with the Army as an instructor in South Korea.
He was a member of the Phoenix Society.
While at the agency he met Maryann Travers who he later married and recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.

Mary S. Esfandiary, 89, retired Deputy Director of the Defense Mapping Agency (what is now the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency), died of congestive heart failure 1 July 2018 in Washington, DC.
Mrs. Esfandiary was born Mary Nieradka in Passaic, NJ. As a young woman, she was a chemist at Picatinny Arsenal, a military research and manufacturing facility in New Jersey. Later she lived in Tehran, New York, and Bangkok when her husband, Mohsen Esfandiary, was serving in Iranian foreign ministry and diplomatic positions.
They settled in Washington after the 1979 Iranian Revolution and she worked in several Defense Department jobs before retiring in 1996 from what was then the Defense Mapping Agency.
She is survived by four children.

Robert William Rice, 74, a former Counterintelligence Officer for the US Department of Commerce, died 8 July 2018 in McLean, VA.
Bob grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and graduated from Ohio State University. Bob served a three-year stint in the Army's 101st Airborne Division where he volunteered to serve in Viet Nam and was awarded the Bronze Star.
Bob began his professional career with the US Department of Commerce working to interdict US Controlled technologies destined for Soviet Bloc countries. Working closely with other federal agencies and the Department of Justice, Bob's investigations led to noteworthy prosecutions and convictions. The success of these cases changed the US approach to export compliance.
Bob became the Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office and then Director of Intelligence of the Office of Export Enforcement. Bob received numerous awards and commendations from Commerce, Justice, US Department of Defense, US Treasury Department, Defense Intelligence Agency and the CIA. Bob concluded his career at the DOD Counterintelligence Field Activity and the DIA where they noted his "contributions to our national security, though known by few, have had an impact on many."
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Wyatt, a sister, and other family.
Along with his professional work Bob loved gardening, fly-fishing, and handcrafting furniture. Bob will be remembered for his professional integrity, his patriotism, loyal friendship, and his wry sense of humor delivered with a mischievous smile and twinkle in his eye.



Section V - Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 7 pm - Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas AFIO Chapter Business and Speaker Meeting

The Roger E. McCarthy Chapter Las Vegas, Nevada AFIO meets tomorrow. Speaker TBA.
Timing: 5:30 pm - Enjoy the Los Prados Club restaurant and bar; 7 pm - Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance & Moment of Tribute, and Chapter Update – all by G. Schiffbauer. New Business -- Adjournment of Business Meeting; Raffle Drawing
We have a facinating guest speaker and look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting. If you have anyone you would like to invite to the meeting as potential future members, please forward this email to them.
Event location: Los Prados Country Club. Remember that when you get to the Los Prados guard station, have a photo ID available and tell the guard you are going to the clubhouse.
Qs? You may email me, Linda Cohn (Chapter Secretary), at lasvegasafio@gmail.com anytime or call me at 702-239-1370, if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

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 kemeyer123@att.net 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 Ave, 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 afiosf@aol.com 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 afiofsc@afio.com.

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 afiometro@gmail.com 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 afiometro@gmail.com or 646-717-3776.


Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others

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.
Visit www.spymuseum.org.

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, br@westminster-institute.org

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 Franšaise de Washington.
Tickets for the general public: $10 per person; tickets for Spy Museum members: $8 per person. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

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 www.cryptologicfoundation.org.
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,

To order multiple copies or for purchases going to AK, HI, other US territories, or other countries call our office at 703-790-0320 or send email to afio@afio.com to hear of shipment fees.

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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