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"Mother, Daughter, Sister, Spy"
This special 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.
NCMF 20th General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium
17 October 2018, 9 am - 3 pm, in Laurel, MD
"CRACK THE SKY, SHAKE THE EARTH" ― This was
the message to North Vietnamese forces that they were "about to
inaugurate the greatest battle in the history of our country."
Will provide accounts of surprise attacks on U.S. and ARVN forces
during Vietnam War.
Location: JHU/AP Kossiakoff Center, 11100 John
Hopkins Rd, Laurel, MD 20723-6099
The CIA is Returning its Central Focus to Nation-State Rivals, Director Says. The Central Intelligence Agency is rededicating itself to the kinds of missions that defined the agency for most of its seven-decade existence, focusing on foreign nations that challenge or threaten the United States, its director said here Monday.
In her first public remarks since being confirmed in May, Gina Haspel laid out her plan to return the agency to the work that was at the heart of its espionage mission before the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, which transformed the CIA into a paramilitary organization that conducted lethal operations against terrorists around the word.
Haspel's remarks amounted to public affirmation of a transformation that has been underway for the past few years as the CIA attempts to shift from a consuming focus on terrorism. [Read more: Harris/WashingtonPost/24September2018]
Russian Passport Leak After Salisbury May Reveal Spy Methods. A leak of Russian government data about the suspects in the Salisbury poisoning may provide a rare insight into how Russia's military intelligence agency provides cover identities for its agents abroad.
Investigative journalists have unearthed what appears to be a series of passports with similar numbers belonging to suspected Russian intelligence officers, including the Salisbury suspects Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov.
The passport holders include a former Russian military attache who was expelled from Poland for espionage in 2014 and is alleged to be tied to an attempted coup in Montenegro. [Read more: Roth/TheGuardian/23September2018]
German Government Reaches Deal to Solve Spy Chief Dispute. Leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition reached a deal Sunday to resolve a standoff over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief, a dispute that has further dented the image of their fractious six-month-old alliance.
The center-left Social Democrats have insisted that Hans-Georg Maassen be removed as head of the BfV spy agency for appearing to downplay recent violence against migrants, but conservative Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has stood by him.
Last week, coalition leaders agreed to replace Maassen as head of the BfV but give him a new job as a deputy interior minister, a promotion with a hefty pay increase. The move prompted a backlash from furious Social Democrats, prompting party leader Andrea Nahles to call for the deal's renegotiation. [Read more: Moulson/AP/24September2018]
The IC Now Envisions ICITE as a Reference Architecture. The intelligence community is vast, encompassing a wide range of agencies and missions, from the CIA to the Office of Naval Intelligence and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Since 2013, the IC has moved away from siloed IT and established the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise. The Office of the Director of National intelligence's ICITE is a platform of nine shared services, from security to networking, email to virtual desktops, all delivered via a private cloud. The common desktop provides standard operations such as email and office systems.
The model has helped standardized the intelligence community's IT to a degree. [Read more: Goldstein/FedTech/24September2018]
Norway Arrests Suspected Russian Spy. A Russian citizen arrested in Norway on suspicion of spying during a seminar in parliament rejects the claim and says it is a "misunderstanding", his lawyer told AFP on Monday.
Norway's intelligence service PST said on Sunday it had arrested a 51-year-old Russian suspected of "illegal intelligence activity".
The man, who has not been named, was on Saturday ordered held in custody for two weeks, the day after his arrest at Oslo airport. [Read more: AFP/24September2018]
Move Over Mr. Bond, We Need Spies with a Greater Degree of Intelligence. Reading history at Cambridge and waiting for a tap on the shoulder has for years served as the route for bright students to enter a career in spying.
The modern challenges of terrorism, a possible new Cold War and growing cyberthreats have, however, led one university to launch the first undergraduate degree in international espionage to educate the next generation of intelligence operatives.
A BA in security, intelligence and cyberthreats will start in January at the University of Buckingham, run by Julian Richards, an expert on Pakistan who spent 20 years working in intelligence and security for the government. [Read more: Bennett/TheTimes/24September2018]
World War II Intelligence Officer Gets Congressional Medal. A 97-year-old World War II intelligence officer, who sent coded messages across hundreds of miles jungles in Southeast Asia, has received the highest congressional honor.
Technician Fourth Grade Roger Campbell was part of the Office of Strategic Services, which was created during World War II and was the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency. He served in what was then known as Burma but is now Myanmar. Trained in the use of carrier pigeons, he collected intelligence and waged guerrilla warfare. He also conducted air drops using biplanes.
Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen presented Campbell Friday with the Congressional Gold Medal at the Wright Museum of World War II. Tuftonboro resident Campbell is only one of about 100 OSS officers still alive. In the presentation, Shaheen called Campbell an "American hero." [Read more: SanFranciscoChronicle/23September2018]
Famous Cold War Spy Ladislav Bittman (Lawrence Martin-Bittman) Dies Aged 87. One of the most important Czechoslovak Cold War defectors, Ladislav Bittman, died in his atelier in Rockport, Massachusetts, on Tuesday night. The foreign intelligence officer turned disinformation professor crippled Czechoslovak disinformation and even wider foreign intelligence operations for many years after his defection.
Born into a working class family and educated in International Relations, Bittman was a devout communist at first and, in 1954, joined the Czechoslovak State Security (StB) service going on to serve in its elite, foreign intelligence section.
Ten years later, in 1964, Bittman was transferred into the newly formed disinformation department, an umbrella section for operations ranging from political and economic to military disinformation. [Read more: McEnchroe/RadioPrahna/24September2018]
Shrewsbury World War II Veteran Ed Daly Receives Congressional Gold Medal. Worcester native Ed Daly of Shrewsbury received a Congressional Gold Medal on Monday, one day shy of his 98th birthday, at Southgate Shrewsbury Retirement Community where he lives.
One of the highest civilian awards bestowed by the U.S. government, the medal recognizes Daly's service during World War II in China with the Office of Strategic Services, a precursor of the modern Central Intelligence Agency.
U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Worcester, presented the medal during a ceremony attended by family and friends. [Read more: Telegram&Gazette/24September2018]
Hollywood Dives Deep into 1980s Israeli Spy 'Resort' in Sudan. The brochure portrayed it as a divers' paradise located along the Red Sea in Sudan. It was in fact one of the Israeli intelligence agency's most audacious operations.
The stunning tale is set to become a Hollywood film, starring Ben Kingsley, Haley Bennett and Chris Evans.
It dates to the early 1980s, when the Arous holiday resort and its around 15 beach houses became a prized spot for divers seeking access to Red Sea coral reefs in an unspoilt location.
"The fish came to nibble on the divers' masks," said Daniel Limor, who led "Operation Brothers" for Israel's spy agency, Mossad. [Read more: AFP/25September2018]
The CIA Joke-Book: US Declassifies Cache of Soviet Jokes Its Officers Compiled During the Cold War to Gauge Public Mood in the USSR. A cache of Soviet jokes that was compiled by CIA officers during the Cold War has been released among a cache of declassified documents.
All the jokes were told between Soviets but picked up by CIA operatives before being relayed back to Washington.
The list was addressed to the Deputy Director of the CIA but it is believed to have been circulated among senior White House officials.
One joke featuring Ronald Reagan made it to the president's desk and he found it so funny he began using it himself. [Read more: Pleasance/DailyMail/21September2018]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Intriguing Secrets Hidden in Plain Sight. From assassination sites to secret meeting spots, hidden intelligence headquarters and streetlights used to hide coded notes, London is littered with places linked to the long-running spy wars between the UK and Russia.
This intelligence battle is back in the spotlight after UK authorities this month accused two alleged Russian spies of poisoning a former Russian double agent and his daughter in the UK.
The fascinating history of these spy wars is revealed at the following London sites, which I visited in the wake of this latest incident. [Read more: O'Connell/NewsPtyLtd/23September2018]
A Double Agent at the Newsroom Door. The only real spy I've ever met didn't look anything like James Bond.
One day in 1997, I was working in the publisher's office at the Ottawa Citizen when my assistant informed me that an elderly man had arrived and insisted on seeing me. The visitor was short, had prominent ears and a wicked grin. He was wearing a T-shirt and shorts topped by a baseball cap. He appeared to be in his 70s.
"You've printed a story that isn't correct," he said. He pulled a clipping out of a plastic shopping bag. It was a story the Citizen had published a few days earlier about spy cases from the Cold War. [Read more: Mills/OttawaCitizen/24September2018]
Why Trump Must Not Declassify the Carter Page Warrant. When a big, black SUV would pull up to my house at about 2 a.m., I knew it would be awhile before I would be getting back to sleep. As the CIA's deputy director, and later acting director, in the early 2000s, I was frequently awakened via secure communications at home. But when a car showed up, it meant that something needed my official signature - usually a warrant request under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. The FBI would be asking me to sign off because the request contained foreign intelligence material, often relating to a terrorism suspect.
These things typically ran 40 to 60 pages. They would contain reporting from human sources (foreign agents), technical intelligence such as intercepted communications, and open-source material. These were woven together into a request aimed at showing "probable cause" to investigate further by carrying out some kind of search.
This is the kind of document President Trump is now proposing to make public. He has directed declassification of the FBI's FISA request for further investigation of Trump associate Carter Page, among other documents. He and his Republican allies have long maintained that this October 2016 warrant was constructed unfairly with the intention of deceiving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges into granting the request inappropriately. [Read more: McLaughlin/WashingtonPost/20September2018]
Intelligence Advisor Sought for BP (British Multinational Oil and Gas Company) to work in Washington, DC
To apply or explore more details: contact BP here / 19September2018
The Citadel has two tenure track faculty positions open at the Asst/Assoc/Full Professor levels beginning AY 2019. Our major in Intelligence & Security Studies is among the fastest growing and most popular on campus; we project that, by the year 2020, we will have over 500 students in our programs, which include a major & minor for the Corps of Cadets, an online MA and BA, and two graduate certificates in Intelligence Analysis and Homeland Security. The Citadel administration recognizes that Intelligence & Security Studies will be a premier program well into the future and has committed to building an Intelligence "suite" in our new Capers Hall building that will include a cyber lab, cyber range, national security classroom, and SCIF (we are currently seeking sponsorship). Charleston is a great place to live and raise a family and the Citadel is a wonderful place to work: US News and World Report ranked us the #1 public college in the South for the eighth straight
Work type: Full Time Permanent - Faculty
Earl Stephen Godfrey, 92, a CIA Officer for seven years in the 1950s, died 14 September 2018 in Washington, DC. Born in 1926 on a farm near Whitewater, WI, Earl joined the Army in 1943 as a private. After discharge as a 2nd Lt., he remained in the USAR until retirement as a Lt. Col. He was an early participant in the WWII Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP). He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and later earned a MPA from George Washington University. Earl came to Washington in 1951 and served with the CIA until 1958. He traveled overseas for a year and returned to Washington. He worked in Capitol Hill real estate and had his own real estate agency from 1961 to 1968. His further government service was with the U.S. Postal Department and the Army Corps of Engineers, and he retired in 1995 from the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense.
The AFIONE meeting schedule is as follows: Registration & Gathering, 1000 – 1030; Membership meeting 1030 – 1045; Morning Discussion Session 1045 to 1200; Luncheon at 1200 - 1300. The Morning session will be open discussion. Our afternoon speaker will be from 1300 – 1430 with adjournment by 1500. The Morning session will cover various business-related items, general discussion regarding recent events of interest to the membership and a presentation by one of our members.
The afternoon speaker is Stephen F. Knott a professor of national security affairs at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Prior to accepting his position at the War College, Knott co-chaired the Presidential Oral History Program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. His books include Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency; and Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America. He has written numerous essays on the use of covert operations and intelligence gathering by early American presidents, and on the topic of congressional oversight of the intelligence community. Stephen will present "As American as Apple Pie: Clandestine Operations and the American Experience"
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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
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.
This North Florida Chapter luncheon features guest speaker: Ronald
Joseph, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and renowned Olympic
athlete, will discuss "Navy Seals; in particular, his Stepson
Charles Keating IV."
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.
Location: Society of
Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New
York, NY 10065.
Wednesday 26 September 2018 5:15 - 6:15 pm - Washington, DC - "Debating the Military-Industrial Complex: A Cost-Benefit Analysis" by Drs. James Carafano and Christopher Preble at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School
The Daniel Morgan Graduate School Chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society is hosting a panel on "Debating the Military-Industrial Complex: A Cost-Benefit Analysis."
Much time is spent in the defense and national security community
debating the efficacy of certain policies, what amount of military
spending is adequate, and which global conflicts directly impinge
on US national security. But how often do those in government, the
military, and defense contractors ask: is it all worth it? Does
the United States military-industrial complex and our huge
expenditure on the armed forces make us a safer, freer, more
prosperous society on balance? Please join us for this discussion,
hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society, featuring two of the
nation's preeminent scholars on national security. Refreshments
will be provided.
The museum event -- "Mother, Daughter, Sister, Spy" -- features Dayna
Baer, Carol Rollie Flynn, Carmen
Middleton, Jonna Mendez, and Jill
Tickets range from $69 per seat to $15,000.
"CRACK THE SKY, SHAKE THE EARTH" ― This was the
message to North Vietnamese forces that they were "about to
inaugurate the greatest battle in the history of our country."
Will provide accounts of surprise attacks on U.S. and ARVN forces
during Vietnam War.
Location: JHU/AP Kossiakoff Center, 11100 John
Hopkins Rd, Laurel, MD 20723-6099
Registration is now open for the 2018 NIP [Naval Intelligence
Professionals] Fall Luncheon being held at the stately Army Navy
Country Club in Arlington, VA.
Agenda: 1000 - NIP Annual General Membership and Board of Directors Meeting; 1100-1200 - No-Host Social; 1200 -1300- Luncheon; 1230-1300 - VADM Matt Kohler - Guest Speaker.
Location: Army Navy Country Club (ANCC),
Arlington, VA which is near Suitland and minutes from the
Pentagon. The club has spectacular views of the Capitol and
abundant free valet parking.
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.
Join the National Cryptologic Foundation on 5
December for their 18th Annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Program.
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