AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #37-18 dated 2 October 2018

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Obituaries

Obituaries

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others

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New and Forthcoming Books of the Week

Dawn of the Code WarDawn of the Code War: America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat
by John P. Carlin
(PublicAffairs, Oct 2018)

"We cannot allow Vladimir Putin to ruin the internet for the rest of us." So warns the former assistant attorney general for national security in this urgent book.
The inside story of how America's enemies launched a cyber war against us—and how we've learned to fight back.
With each passing year, the internet-linked attacks on America's interests have grown in both frequency and severity. Overmatched by our military, countries like North Korea, China, Iran, and Russia have found us vulnerable in cyberspace. The "Code War" is upon us.
Former Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin examines the global but little-understood fight as the Justice Department and the FBI chases down hackers, online terrorist recruiters, and spies. Today, as our entire economy goes digital, from banking to manufacturing to transportation, the potential targets for our enemies multiply. This firsthand account is both a remarkable untold story and a warning of dangers yet to come.

Book may be ordered here.


Enemies WithinEnemies Within: Communists, the Cambridge Spies and the Making of Modern Britain
by Richard Davenport-Hines
(William Collins, Oct 2018)

What pushed Blunt, Burgess, Cairncross, Maclean and Philby into Soviet hands?
With access to recently released papers and other neglected documents, this sharp analysis of the intelligence world examines how and why these men and others betrayed their country and what this cost Britain and its allies.

This is a history of the influence of Moscow on Britain told through the stories of those who chose to spy for the Soviet Union. It also challenges entrenched assumptions about abused trust, corruption and Establishment cover-ups that began with the Cambridge Five and the disappearance of Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean on the night boat to Saint-Malo in 1951.

Davenport-Hines traces the bonds between individuals, networks, and organizations over generations to offer a study of character, both individual and institutional. At its core lie the operative traits of boarding schools, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the Intelligence Division, Foreign Office, MI5, MI6 and Moscow Centre.

Book may be ordered here.

     

NOTICES

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

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


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.

At this year's NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium, the featured panel discussions and other program-related presentations will be focused on the 50th Anniversary of the Tet Offensive. Learn more about the panel discussions below. The annual meeting will include updates about the Foundation, Museum, and New Museum Project. Please stay tuned to this Event Calendar page and to our e-newsletters for updates regarding the program, including details about the keynote speaker.

NSA Panel: A distinguished panel of NSA historians and former NSA field personnel who were assigned to the NSA Watch Center in Saigon at the time of the 1968 Tet Offensive will give their firsthand accounts of the series of coordinated surprise attacks on U.S. and ARVN forces that is now considered by many to be the turning point of the Vietnam War.

The discussion will focus on NSA's reporting on the surprise attack and the NSA field office implementation of alternate intercept planning following the first strike on Nha Trang, headquarters of the U.S. I Field Force, during the evening hours of 30 January 1968 and the attack on Saigon early the following morning.

CIA Panel: Adding their perspective will be a separate panel of senior CIA historians who will discuss the Vietnam War and a 50-year look-back on the CIA's involvement in the wars in Southeast Asia. A highlight of the discussion will be a contrast/comparison of the Afghanistan and Vietnam Wars. 

Film Clip: Panel discussions will be preceded by a 1968 film clip featuring Walter Cronkite and his proclamation to the American public that the Vietnam War was "unwinnable." This statement and his trip to Vietnam in February 1968 are viewed by many to have begun the erosion of public support for the U.S. war effort in Vietnam.

More information on symposium and updates.

Location: JHU/AP Kossiakoff Center, 11100 John Hopkins Rd, Laurel, MD 20723-6099
Fee: $25 members; $50 Guests. Guest fee includes 1 yr NCMF membership). Fees include breakfast (8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.) and lunch (Noon - 1:00 p.m.).Registration Deadline is 12 October, 2018
Register: Online registration.
If paying by check or credit card mail send to: NCMF, PO Box 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755

Directions: Kossiakoff Center location here. Parking for the Kossiakoff Center is here. More information on JHUAP.


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.



Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Skripal 'Hitman' Unmasked as GRU Colonel Awarded Russia's Highest Military Honour by Vladimir Putin.  One of the trained assassins wanted for poisoning Sergei Skripal is a decorated colonel in Russian military intelligence given the country's highest award by Vladimir Putin.

The real identity of one of the wanted men in the nerve agent attack - named by counter-terrorism police as Ruslan Boshirov - can be disclosed as Colonel Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga.

The 39-year-old, who has served in wars in Chechnya and Ukraine, was made a Hero of the Russian Federation by decree of the President in 2014 in a ceremony shrouded in secrecy.  [Read more:  Dixon/TheTelegraph/27September2018]

'Five Eyes' and Tech Giants Closely Watch Australia's Spyware Bill.  In the UK last month accused murderer Stephen Nicolson was jailed for refusing to hand over his Facebook password to the police.

He had been convicted under electronic surveillance laws introduced in 2016 which Australia is now emulating with legislation introduced to parliament by the Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, just weeks after Nicolson was handed his 14-month sentence.

UK authorities had good reason to gain access to Nicolson's account under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, dubbed the Snooper's Charter, which expands the electronic surveillance powers of police and intelligence services.  [Read more:  Kruger/SydneyMorningHerald/2October2018]

Former Spy Chief Retains TPLF Executive Committee Membership.  Getachew Assefa, the former director of the National Intelligence and Security Services, whose future seemed precarious for some time, has managed to retain his position as member of the political bureau of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the EPRDF's executive committee. Getachew who reportedly fled the capital to Mekele to escape arrest after he was removed from his position as spy chief happened to be among the 9-Tigray TPLF executive members elected on Monday as the TPLF concluded congress meeting.

Getachew, who keeps a low public profile, first joined the TPLF's Central Committee on September 2015 at the 12th TPLF congress. His access to the politburo committee meetings gave him a wider remit to be involved in more strategic issues than his previous portfolio, which focused on intelligence, making him one the most influential men in the government. In some quarters, he was even viewed as more powerful than the then Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

However, after the coming of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on April, Getachew's political fortunes suffered downs.  [Read more:  EthiopiaObserver/1October2018]

France Freezes Iranian Intelligence Assets In Sign Of Worsening Relations.  France says it has frozen the assets of Iran's Ministry of Security and Intelligence, as well as of two Iranian men thought to be members of the country's intelligence service, in a sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries.

The French government made the announcement in its official gazette on October 2, identifying one of the men as Assadollah Assadi, the same name as an Iranian diplomat who has been arrested over an alleged plot to bomb an Iranian opposition group in France in June.

"An attempted attack in Villepinte was foiled on June 30. An incident of such gravity on our national territory could not go unpunished," said a joint statement by the Foreign, Interior and Economy ministries.  [Read more:  RFE/2October2018]

House Intelligence Committee to Release Transcripts From Completed Russia Probe.  The House intelligence committee voted Friday to release transcripts of more than 50 interviews it conducted as part of its now-closed investigation into Russian election interference during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Among those to be released are interviews with President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, his longtime spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, and his former bodyguard Keith Schiller. The panel will also release the interviews of dozens of others, including former Obama administration officials and other Trump associates including Roger Stone, who is currently the subject of a grand jury investigation.

The move by Republican Chairman Devin Nunes of California will provide the public with 53 transcripts spanning potentially thousands of pages of raw testimony as special counsel Robert Mueller continues his Russia investigation. But the release doesn't cover all of the interviews conducted by the panel.  [Read more:  Day/Time/28September2018]

Likely New Head of Slovenian Intelligence Agency Named.  Security expert Rajko Kozmej is likely to become the next director of SOVA, the National intelligence and security agency, several media reported on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Marjan Sarec picked Kozmelj as an expert on security, POP TV and TV Slovenija reported about the likely successor to Zoran Klemencic.

Confirming the news for Radio Slovenija, Kozmelj said he was aware how "hot seat" he was planning to fill.  Running the agency was all but easy, also because of the ongoing strike.  [Read more:  STA/26October2018]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

CIA Interns Help Guard Nation's Secrets.  Behind closed doors at the Central Intelligence Agency, an elite team of intelligence officers guards the nation's secrets.

A few of them aren't old enough to drink.

"This is one of the few internships where every day, you could be making decisions that affect the national security of our nation," said Michael. "You're the next intelligence officer for the United States. You're not treated like a typical intern here."

Interns as young as 18 and in high school can join the CIA with undergraduate and graduate students. Students can work in fields ranging from cybersecurity to cartography to graphic design.  [Read more:  VOA/26September2018]

This Book Uncovers The Secret History Of World Intelligence Services.  It's hard to believe that there has been no serious book-length history of the world of secret intelligence to date. While there exist Big Book of Spies type things, along with detailed histories of intelligence organizations such as the CIA, the KGB, and Mossad, a scholarly study covering the overall history of intelligence, its practice, and its influence, has been conspicuous by its absence.

With the release of The Secret World: A History of Intelligence by Yale University Press, Christopher Andrew has made a conscious effort to recover what he refers to as the "lost history" of intelligence.

Andrew, an emeritus professor of history at Cambridge, was unquestionably the man for the job. In 1999, he published The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB, a book resulting from the most serious intelligence breach the KGB ever suffered. More recently, he published Defend the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5. No other contemporary writer matches Andrew's record of bringing the shadowy world of intelligence into the light.  [Read more:  Dunn/TheFederalist/28September2018]

Lothes Traveled the World as an Air Force Intelligence Specialist.  An Elkins woman traveled the globe during her 25 years in the military.

Wilga C. Lothes served as a member of the United States Air Force from May 30, 1990, through her retirement as a major on Dec. 1, 2015. Much of her time in the service was spent in the intelligence field.

From February 1991 through August 1992, Lothes was stationed at Iraklion Air Station in Crete, Greece, where she issued more than 300 tactical intelligence reports, that she said were sent to the White House.

Following her time in Greece, she began working at The Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, in San Antonio, Texas, before being deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1994.  [Read more:  MacVean/TheInterMountain/1October2018]

CIA Helicopter that Landed in Afghanistan after 9/11 joins 'Best Museum You'll Never See'.  Seventeen years ago, on Sept. 26, America began to hit back.

Just 15 days after the U.S. mainland was attacked by al-Qaida terrorists on 9/11, a team of seven CIA paramilitary operatives and a three-man flight crew landed in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley to prepare for the assault that would topple the Taliban regime by December.

The CIA liaison team - codenamed JAWBREAKER - flew into Afghanistan on a Russian-made twin-turbine Mil Mi-17 helicopter and began to coordinate with the Northern Alliance rebels who controlled roughly a quarter of the country's territory.

Now, that aircraft, which flew 310 missions in Afghanistan, is being enshrined in the agency's headquarters in Langley, Virginia, at the CIA Museum - a place agency employees jokingly refer to as "the best museum you'll never see."  [Read more:  Cummings/USAToday/26September2016]

U.S. Spies See New Threats From Global Rivals, and Say it May be Cold War 2.0.  As the intelligence community shifts its primary focus from counterterrorism to threats from Russia and China, some leaders voice a sense of deja vu and even eagerness at the challenge.

"It has been a sort of reawakening of times of old, I will say," said Deputy Director Justin Poole of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, one of the 17 agencies and offices that make up the U.S. intelligence community. "It's a little more cold warrior-y."

President Donald Trump singled out China this past week for what he said was intent to interfere in upcoming midterm elections. In separate speeches, the national intelligence director and the CIA director also emphasized the shift in strategy toward China and Russia.

For veteran intelligence officials, the refocusing evokes the more than four decades of the Cold War when intelligence analysts and spies peeled back the capabilities of the Soviet bloc and sought to decipher how it intended to use its weaponry.  [Read more:  Johnson/McClatchy/28September2018]


Section III - COMMENTARY

MAVNI, Espionage, and Helpful Advice for Would-Be Spies.  I like to give helpful hints, so here's a tip: when you're working as an agent of a foreign government, and enlist in the Army Reserve under a program for immigrants, and the program later comes under added scrutiny because people don't think it's adequately vetting enlistees, perhaps you ought to just  lay low for a while. Also, when you're running an intelligence operation on foreign soil, don't use a smartphone to communicate with your counterparts, since doing so leaves a massive digital trail behind you.

According to the government's criminal complaint, Ji Chaoqun is a 27-year-old Army Reservist who moved from China to the U.S. in August 2013 on a student visa. He began his studies for a master's degree in electrical engineering at Chicago's Illinois Institute of Technology in December of 2015. He is now charged with acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government.

This is, of course, the same charge leveled against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for his role in representing the Turkish government, and against Paul Manafort (and a bipartisan group of Washington heavyweights) for doing the same for the former government of Ukraine. Representing the interests of a foreign government in the U.S. is not a crime. Not registering with the Department of Justice in accordance with the foreign Agent Registration Act is a crime.

And it's often a crime used to prosecute would-be spies when there is either insufficient evidence for actual espionage, or when they are apprehended before they can actually carry-out their plans. This appears to be the case with Ji.  [Read more:  McCuin/ClearanceJobs/28September2018]

Intelligence Officer Careers and How to Get One.  Students often ask me how to get a job in the Intelligence Community.  I wrote this article to share some best practices for securing a career as an Intelligence Officer.  This article reflects my 34 years of experience in that career field with three different agencies.  In addition to my own experience I solicited and received comments from several senior executives in the intelligence and law enforcement communities.  A career in intelligence can be an exciting, fulfilling and maddeningly frustrating. You will be part of an elite group of professionals.  It is a career where can serve your country and humanity and make a real difference in the world; although very few people will ever know it. The US Intelligence Community (IC) hires thousands of people with many dozens of skill sets. Many people believe the myth that one needs to have a foreign language and extensive overseas experience to be employable. Not true.  Many different skill sets are required whether one considers being a Case Officer (aka Operations Officer) or an Intelligence Analyst, or any of the other dozens of career paths.  [Read more:  Eftimiades/SmallWarsJournal/30September2018]

How Partisanship and Distrust Leave Congress Vulnerable to Hacking.  The Associated Press recently broke the news that foreign hackers have been targeting members of the Senate - and that Senate security, amazingly, is unwilling or unable to defend them.

While it might seem stunning that the most powerful nation in the world can't protect its own legislators from other governments, this is actually nothing new. The technology involved has changed, but the threat of foreign meddling in legislative matters actually dates to the beginning of the Cold War. And Congress has consistently struggled to effectively defend itself against such intrusions, in part because the legislators and committees most exposed have fraught relations with the very intelligence agencies best equipped to protect them.

Without this trust, Congress is exposed, especially in a digital era with outside governments more eager than ever to meddle in our politics.  [Read more:  Johnson/WashingtonPost/2October2018]


Section IV - Obituaries

Obituaries

Russ Dowling, NSA Officer
Russell John Dowling, age 92, died 17 September 2018 in West Palm Beach, FL.
Russ graduated from Arlington's Washington-Lee High School in 1943 and earned his undergrad degree from William and Mary College in 1949.
Russell joined the Army right out of high school in 1944 and served two years in the Philippines. Shortly after his discharge he began his 28-year career at NSA. His many international NSA work assignments included a two-year tour in Cheltenham, England beginning in 1965.
His wife predeceased him. He is survived by a daughter and three sons, and other family.

Ed Fox, CIA Officer

James Edward Fox, 79, died 22 September 2018 of complications of Parkinson's disease.
A native of Washington, DC, he attended Eastern High School and Southeastern University. Ed's entire professional life was dedicated to serving his country, from serving in the National Guard to over 50 years with CIA.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Joanna, a daughter, and other family.

Steve Garfinkel, former director of the Information Security Oversight Office

Steven Garfinkel, 73, the former director of the ISOO (Information Security Oversight Office), died 24 September 2018 in Silver Spring, MD
Steven Aftergood, of the Federation of American Scientists wrote of Garfinkel's death:
Appointed by President Carter in 1980, Garfinkel served as the second ISOO director for two decades until his retirement in January 2002. In that position, he played an influential role in the evolution of the national security classification system during its rapid expansion in the Reagan years and through the ambitious declassification initiatives of the Clinton era.
He made "many contributions to the well-being of our nation," said J. William Leonard, his successor. "While I had the honor to follow in Steve's footsteps as ISOO Director, from the very beginning I recognized that I would never be able to fill his shoes," wrote Mr. Leonard, whose own shoes are quite large.
"He was a monumental man, a man of great honor and integrity," wrote Roger Denk, the former director of the Defense Personnel and Security Research Center. "His sense of humor, combined with his brilliance, made him a joy to be around."
During his years at ISOO, Mr. Garfinkel welcomed with some surprise the growing attention of public interest groups to classification policy. ("Notwithstanding you, very few people give a tinker's damn about the security classification system," he had told me in a 1993 interview.) The mounting volume of public complaints seemed to give him greater leverage in his own internal policy debates.
Yet he typically resisted the specific prescriptions offered by critics. After Tom Blanton and I wrote an op-ed in the New York Times 25 years ago criticizing a Clinton draft executive order on classification and comparing it unfavorably to President Nixon's policy, Garfinkel lamented that we had been "too effective": the final Clinton order did shorten the duration of classification for most documents, as we had urged, but it also included "a lot more exceptions than I would have wanted," he said. "Aftergood and Blanton hoisted themselves on their own petard." Years later, Garfinkel continued to believe that we had made a fateful error.
Garfinkel brought a deep humanity to what was essentially a bureaucratic role. He was warm, kind, funny and not afraid of an argument or an opposing view.
When he "retired" from ISOO in 2002, he took on what might have been an even more challenging task -- teaching high school students in suburban Maryland.
"I have no desire whatsoever to return to the government in any capacity, save public high school teacher, which is doing everything necessary to leave me ragged," he told me. As for secrecy policy, "I hope we never get to the point where we quit trying [to do better], although I have personally quit worrying about it and I think you will inevitably reach that point also."
Many of the qualities that made him a great public servant also made him a beloved teacher of a generation of students, some of whom remembered him on Twitter last week.
"He had a tremendous sense of humor; he was innovative and creative in a sometimes mundane and arcane area of policy."
He is survived by his wife, Tillie Garfinkel, a son and daughter, and other family.


Section V - Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

Saturday, 20 October 2018, 10am - 3pm - Dedham, MA - AFIO New England hosts Membership Business Meeting, Speaker, and Discussions

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"

LOCATION: The AFIONE chapter meeting will be held at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham Mass. The web site is: https://mitendicotthouse.org/. Address is: 80 Haven Street, Dedham, MA 02026. Should you elect to stay at the Endicott House, Mike Assad has arranged a room rate of $140.00. Please mention AFIO/NE and Mike Assad when you make your reservation.

For additional information contact us at afionechapter@gmail.com

Reservations are $25.00 per person. Emails regarding your plans to attend will be accepted if you are late meeting the deadline. These must be sent to Sarah Moore no later than 7 days prior to the event. ********Luncheon reservations must be made by 17 October 2017. ************** Paid in advance the cost of the luncheon is $25 per person. Emails regarding your plans to attend will be accepted if you are late meeting the deadline. These must be sent to Mr. Arthur Harvey at aharvey@rdi.qozzy.com no later than 7 days prior to the event. Reservation deadline is 17 October 2018.
Mail name of attendee and any guests to: AFIO/NE, Sarah Moore, PO Box 1203, Orange, CT 06477.

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.

Saturday 3 November 2018, 11 am - 3 pm - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts Ronald Joseph MD on "Navy Seal: Charles Keating IV"

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."
When a team of less than a dozen U.S. military advisers came under attack in Iraq from more than 100 ISIS fighters, Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV was part of the force sent in to rescue them. All the advisers made it back. Keating, a decorated combat veteran and star athlete who decided to enlist after the 9/11 attacks, did not. Keating "was struck by direct fire, and although he was medevaced within the all-important golden hour, his wounds were too great. No other coalition or American forces were injured, though both medevac helicopters were damaged by small arms fire."
Dr. Joseph's wife, Krista Keating-Joseph, is the mother of Charles Keating IV, the Navy Seal who died in combat. She will have her books about her son available to purchase and be individually inscribed to you or for others.
This event is just 8 days from the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War (WWI) and the beginning of Veterans' Day events. Please feel free to invite Navy Seals you know. This is going to be quite patriotic.
Place: Orange Park Country Club, 2525 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL 32073. Directions here.
RSVP to Ken Meyer here
Cost: $30 per person
After your RSVP has been received and acknowledged, pay by check to be received no later than Friday, 19 October. Make check payable to Ken Meyer who will then pay club directly. Payment must be received no later than 7 days prior to event by OPCC. Late RSVPs cannot be accepted. You will receive Mr. Meyer's mailing address for sending your check after your have emailed him your RSVP ( here ) and he has verified your registration.


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

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.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 12:15 - 1:45 pm - Austin, TX - "Evolution of Biodefense Policy" - the topic of Dr. Robert Kadlec, Asst Sec for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at HHS at this Intelligence Studies Project at the UT-Austin

The Intelligence Studies Project at the University of Texas-Austin, with the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and the Clements Center for National Security are hosting a program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, SRH 3.122, featuring Dr. Robert Kadlec, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to give a talk on the "Evolution of Biodefense Policy." The talk is part of the Strauss Center's Brumley Speaker Series.

Dr. Kadlec spent more than 20 years as a career officer and physician in the United States Air Force before retiring as a Colonel. Over the course of his career, he has held senior positions in the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the Department of Defense. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Staff Director to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Dr. Kadlec previously served as staff director for Senator Richard Burr's subcommittee on bioterrorism and public health in the 109th Congress. In that capacity, he was instrumental in drafting the Pandemic and All-Hazard Preparedness Bill which was signed into law to improve the nation's public health and medical preparedness and response capabilities for emergencies, whether deliberate, accidental, or natural.

For more information or to attend, visit this site.
The event is being held at Sid Richardson Hall, 3.122, the LBJ Center at 2315 Red River St, Austin, TX 78712; (512) 471-6267; info@strausscenter.org.

17 October 2018 - Laurel, MD - NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium - "Crack the Sky, Shake the Earth."

"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.

At this year's NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium, the featured panel discussions and other program-related presentations will be focused on the 50th Anniversary of the Tet Offensive. Learn more about the panel discussions below. The annual meeting will include updates about the Foundation, Museum, and New Museum Project. Please stay tuned to this Event Calendar page and to our e-newsletters for updates regarding the program, including details about the keynote speaker.

NSA Panel: A distinguished panel of NSA historians and former NSA field personnel who were assigned to the NSA Watch Center in Saigon at the time of the 1968 Tet Offensive will give their firsthand accounts of the series of coordinated surprise attacks on U.S. and ARVN forces that is now considered by many to be the turning point of the Vietnam War.

The discussion will focus on NSA's reporting on the surprise attack and the NSA field office implementation of alternate intercept planning following the first strike on Nha Trang, headquarters of the U.S. I Field Force, during the evening hours of 30 January 1968 and the attack on Saigon early the following morning.

CIA Panel: Adding their perspective will be a separate panel of senior CIA historians who will discuss the Vietnam War and a 50-year look-back on the CIA's involvement in the wars in Southeast Asia. A highlight of the discussion will be a contrast/comparison of the Afghanistan and Vietnam Wars. 

Film Clip: Panel discussions will be preceded by a 1968 film clip featuring Walter Cronkite and his proclamation to the American public that the Vietnam War was "unwinnable." This statement and his trip to Vietnam in February 1968 are viewed by many to have begun the erosion of public support for the U.S. war effort in Vietnam.

More information on symposium and updates.

Location: JHU/AP Kossiakoff Center, 11100 John Hopkins Rd, Laurel, MD 20723-6099
Fee: $25 members; $50 Guests. Guest fee includes 1 yr NCMF membership). Fees include breakfast (8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.) and lunch (Noon - 1:00 p.m.).Registration Deadline is 12 October, 2018
Register: Online registration.
If paying by check or credit card mail send to: NCMF, PO Box 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755

Directions: Kossiakoff Center location here. Parking for the Kossiakoff Center is here. More information on JHUAP.

26 October 2018 - Arlington, VA - NIP 2018 Annual General Membership/Board Meeting and Fall Luncheon

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.
The honored guest speaker will be VADM Matt Kohler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and the 67th Director of Naval Intelligence.

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.

Registration: Registration is via an online system for payments by credit card. To register do so here.
To register by check or via mail, send check to: NIP, PO Box 11579, Burke, VA 22009 to arrive no later than 19 Oct. Remember to include your menu entree selection - Salmon or Chicken or Vegetarian.
No Walk-ups allowed. All reservations are due by COB 19 October 2018. Nonmembers of NIP are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 6 - 10:30 pm - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum's Annual "William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner" honoring Adm McRaven

For your calendar. A special evening to illuminate the critical role of individuals and organizations serving the Intelligence Community, and to raise funds in support of the International Spy Museum.

The William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner will take place at The Ritz Carlton Hotel. More than 600 attendees are anticipated and will recognize the men and women who have served in the field of National Security with integrity and distinction. This annual tribute dinner is given by the International Spy Museum to an individual who has embodied the values of Judge William H. Webster. This year's honoree is a patriot for whom love of country has been his guiding principle: Admiral William H. McRaven, former US Special Operations Commander, former Joint Special Operations Commander, and Chancellor of The University of Texas System.
Schedule: 6 pm - VIP Reception; 6:30 pm - Cocktail Reception; 7:30 - 9 pm - Dinner & Awards; 9 - 10:30 pm - Dessert Reception.
Location: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037. **Please note: this event is closed to Media**
Tickets Available Now: Prices range from $100,000 to a single seat for $495. Funds raised at this tribute dinner will support artifact preservation, educational programming, research, exhibits, and accessibility programs for underserved communities at the International Spy Museum. To purchase tickets now, do so here. To learn more about this annual dinner, it is available here.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018 - Annapolis Junction, MD - 18th Annual NCMF Pearl Harbor Program

Join the National Cryptologic Foundation on 5 December for their 18th Annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Program. Speaker and topic TBA.
When: 10-11:30 am, followed by lunch.
Cost: $25 for NCMF members, $50 for guests (complimentary one-year NCMF membership included with guest purchase).
Where: CACI Inc., Maryland Conference Center, 2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20755
RSVP or More Info: Registration links will be provided later in year. A check may be mailed to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755. For further details, call NCMF office at 301-688-5436


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