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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
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]
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]
Russ Dowling, NSA Officer
James Edward Fox, 79, died 22 September 2018 of complications of Parkinson's disease.
Steven Garfinkel, 73, the former director of the ISOO (Information Security Oversight Office), died 24 September 2018 in Silver Spring, MD
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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
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The museum event -- "Mother, Daughter, Sister, Spy" -- features Dayna
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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.
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"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
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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
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