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An insider account of his time on the National Security Council during the first presidential term of Bill Clinton, when officials were trying to determine what to do about the genocidal war within the former Yugoslavia.
The author visits hot spots around the world in a global quest to discover how we will cope with our planet's changing ecosystems.
Intelligence Service Boss Wanted
Russian Spies Out of NL as Quickly as Possible. Four
Russian spies wanted to hack into the network of the Organisation
for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPWC) on April 13th.
Instead of being arrested and entering the Dutch system, they were
deported to Moscow that same day. That decision was made by Onno
Eichelsheim, director of military intelligence service MIVD. He
wanted them out of the Netherlands as soon as possible, RTL Nieuws
Discovery shows China continues to sabotage critical technology components bound for America. A major U.S. telecommunications company discovered manipulated hardware from Super Micro Computer Inc. in its network and removed it in August, fresh evidence of tampering in China of critical technology components bound for the U.S., according to a security expert working for the telecom company. The security expert, Yossi Appleboum, provided documents, analysis and other evidence of the discovery following the publication of an investigative report in Bloomberg Businessweek that detailed how China's intelligence services had ordered subcontractors to plant malicious chips in Supermicro server motherboards over a two-year period ending in 2015. Appleboum previously worked in the technology unit of the Israeli Army Intelligence Corps and is now co-chief executive officer of Sepio Systems in Gaithersburg, Maryland. His firm specializes in hardware security and was hired to scan several large data centers belonging to the telecommunications company. Bloomberg is not identifying the company due to Appleboum's nondisclosure agreement with the client. Unusual communications from a Supermicro server and a subsequent physical inspection revealed an implant built into the server's Ethernet connector, a component that's used to attach network cables to the computer, Appleboum said. The executive said he has seen similar manipulations of different vendors' computer hardware made by contractors in China, not just products from Supermicro. "Supermicro is a victim -- so is everyone else," he said. Appleboum said his concern is that there are countless points in the supply chain in China where manipulations can be introduced, and deducing them can in many cases be impossible. "That's the problem with the Chinese supply chain," he said. [Read more: Robertson/Bloomberg/9October2018]
Poisoning Suspect Honored
by Putin in 2014, UK Group Says. One of the two
suspects in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in England is a
medical doctor in Russian military intelligence who was honored as a
Hero of the Russian Federation by President Vladimir Putin in 2014,
a group of British investigators said Tuesday.
Espionage Scandals Show Russian Army's Growing Clout. Russia's military spies are being mocked abroad as bunglers but the army's influence over Kremlin foreign policy is growing and there is little likelihood it will halt its "black operations."
The GRU military intelligence agency is blamed by the West for several botched attacks this year, including attempting to kill former spy Sergei Skripal with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury and trying to hack the global chemical weapons watchdog in the Netherlands.
Russia's denials of wrongdoing have at times caused incredulous laughter in the West and some of the world's media have cast the GRU, which helped annex the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, as blundering amateurs.
But Western intelligence experts and Russian sources familiar with policy-making in the Kremlin say the West must stay on its guard. [Read more: Reuters/9October2018]
A New Cold Front in Russia's Information War. Early in the day on Dec. 5, 2017, Frode Berg, a 62-year-old pensioner and former border guard from Norway, posted a photo of a snow-covered Red Square on his Facebook page with the caption "Christmas time in Moscow!"
Berg had left his home in Kirkenes, a Norwegian town of about 3,500 people near the country's 121-mile Arctic border with Russia, a day earlier for a weekend trip to the Russian capital. He said he was visiting friends and doing some Christmas shopping. But he never returned.
Berg was arrested by agents from Russia's FSB security service, the successor agency to the KGB, who said they found an envelope on him holding 3,000 euros in cash. They accused him of involvement in an elaborate spying operation, dating back to 2015, to obtain information about Russia's nuclear submarine fleet in the far north.
Ten months later, Berg remains detained in Moscow's high-security Lefortovo prison, still not officially charged but facing the possibility of 20 years behind bars. [Read more: Standish/ForeignPolicy/3October2018]
In Jamal Khashoggi Case, Turkey Focuses on Movements of Saudi Officials. Investigators are examining the movements of Saudi officials who flew to Istanbul and went to the Saudi Consulate there on the same day that a Saudi dissident journalist disappeared after going to the building, the Turkish authorities said on Tuesday.
Turkish officials have said that investigators believe the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, was killed and dismembered at the consulate after going there Oct. 2 to pick up a document. The Saudi government has denied those claims.
The Turkish authorities were also looking into the possibility that Mr. Khashoggi had been abducted with the help of another country's intelligence officers and that he could still be alive, the newspaper Sabah, which is close to the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reported on Tuesday. [Read more: Gall/NYTimes/9October2018]
How Missile Detection Technology Helps Fight Breast Cancer. The US government is credited with developing some of the most advanced technology throughout history: the CORONA satellite, the Hubble Space Telescope, and GPS. The use of technology has always been critical to the intelligence process and the scientists, engineers, and technical experts at CIA more often than not produce technology so advanced it's classified.
There have been times, however, when CIA has been able to share technology for the greater good of the medical community. This story highlights a technology of particular relevance during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Missile Algorithms to Detect...Cancer? [Read more: CIA/1October2018]
An Interview with the CIA's former Magic Man. John McLaughlin is one of the most admired and respected alumni of the intelligence community. A 32-year veteran of the CIA, McLaughlin was Deputy Director and Acting Director of Central Intelligence and is now a senior fellow and Distinguished practitioner in residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington. He is also an on-air contributor for NBC News and MSNBC.
Slightly less-well-known than his chops as an intelligence professional, is skill as a magician. Over the years, McLaughlin dazzled his colleagues with sleight of hand - to the point that his security detail's code name for him was "Merlin."
McLaughlin recently co-authored a book called Creating Business Magic: How the Power of Magic Can Inspire, Innovate and Revolutionize Your Business.
The book takes what the authors have learned about magic and packs it into a unique framework and relates it to key lessons applicable to business enterprises. The authors' adapt nine strategies of the world's greatest magicians and aim to inspire boundless imagination, bolster innovation, energize leadership, and spark success in any business. [Read more: TheCipherBrief/9October2018]
Spy vs. Spy: He's ex-CIA. She was an Air Force Intelligence Officer. Both Want Your Vote for Congress. U.S. Rep. Will Hurd keeps a radar plot on his office wall from Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, charting the moments when operators misidentified the Japanese planes before they attacked, killing 2,300 American troops and destroying more than a dozen ships.
For Hurd, R-San Antonio, a former CIA officer, the print is a reminder of the consequences of intelligence failings and a historical marker close at hand as he pursues national security issues in Congress.
"It's my background, it's my passion," he said. "Being able to work on the most important national security challenges of the day is what I love doing and why I ran for Congress."
Gina Ortiz Jones, Hurd's Democratic opponent, also knows something about national security. After a career as an Air Force intelligence officer that landed her in the Iraq War, Jones worked in the Obama administration alongside the National Security Agency and the CIA to spot security risks in foreign investments and ferret out theft of American trade secrets. [Read more: Lambrecht/SanAntonioExpressNews/3October2018]
Section III - COMMENTARY
The Extreme Pettiness of the Russian Intelligence Services. Seven Russian intelligence officers are being charged with hacking, conspiracy and disinformation, the Department of Justice announced last week. They were part of an international operation spanning from 2014 to 2018, which targeted anti-doping organizations in the US, Canada and Europe, in retaliation for Russian athletes being caught doping in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Though the ins and outs of the affair can be confusing, there's one relatable part of the story: the sheer pettiness of assigning a team of spies to target the staff of an organization you don't like, because they caught you cheating and you couldn't handle it.
You might think Russia, a global military and economic power, would have bigger fish to fry. You might think the right response to its athletes being caught doping would be to put more money into training programs, and tell the spandexed Olympians to ease up on the drugs. But no, I'm sorry - you're not thinking enough like a Russian agent. Because in revenge for being banned from this year's winter Olympics, the Russian military intelligence service, or GRU by its English acronym, responded with some Mean-Girls-meets-Mr-Robot shit.
Full details are in the indictment published this week by the DOJ, which is worth reading just to understand the lengths that the agents took to get even with the people who caught their national squad cheating. But if you don't have the time to go over 40 pages, here's how it went down. [Read more: Faife/BreakerMag/9October2018]
The National Cyber Strategy and Legal Reform. The White House recently released its National Cyber Strategy, and lawyers and privacy advocates alike should pay careful attention to its "priority actions" related to surveillance and criminal law reform. Within its section on combating cybercrime, the document provides that the administration will work with Congress to modernize both electronic surveillance laws and computer crime statutes in order to "enhance law enforcement's capabilities to lawfully gather necessary evidence of criminal activity, disrupt criminal infrastructure through civil injunctions, and impose appropriate consequences upon malicious cyber actors." However, reform in each area of law presents its own unique issues and challenges. [Read more: Stransky/Lawfare/9October2018]
Walter Louis Laqueur, 97, a "dean of terrorism studies," historian, professor, and journalist, died 30 September 2018 in Washington, DC.
Laqueur grew up in Breslau, Germany. At 17, after a tearful goodbye to his parents at a train station (they were quickly rounded up and liquidated at a concentration camp), he fled Germany days before the Nazi-led Kristallnacht pogroms and made his way to what was then the British mandate of Palestine, where he was granted entry as a student.
He worked briefly on a kibbutz and then moved to Jerusalem, where he spent a year enrolled in the Hebrew University and covered the Middle East as a journalist.
He was a polyglot who authored scores of books, novels, and memoirs as well as his well-known writings on geopolitics.
The collapse of Europe also worried him. Laqueur became known as "a leading prophet of European decline." He saw Europe's growing demographic crisis, a stalled spirit of competitiveness, and a flood of unassimilating Muslim immigrants, as the death knell of Western Europe. Among his books on those topics were The Last Days of Europe: Epitaph for an Old Continent (2007) and After the Fall: The End of the European Dream and the Decline of a Continent (2011).
He is survived by his second wife, Susi Genzen Wichmann Laqueur, he is survived by two daughters from his first marriage, and other family. [See his expanded obituary here: The Guardian / The New York Times / The Washington Post]
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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
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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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Will provide accounts of surprise attacks on U.S. and ARVN forces
during Vietnam War.
Location: JHU/AP Kossiakoff Center, 11100 John
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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),
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Pentagon. The club has spectacular views of the Capitol and
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This one-day event will cover a range of topics related to protecting critical infrastructure and key resources, utilizing the world-famous CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology as a foundation for discussion. The latest innovations in assessment technology, recent case studies, and best practices for identifying and minimizing security threats will all be addressed. Featured speakers include retired CIA officer and the "Godfather of CARVER," Leo Labaj, Dr. Jenni Hesterman, Major General Edward Leacock, Chuck Brooks, plus many more. This is literally a first of its kind. An amazing opportunity to learn from and network with security professionals – from both the public and private sectors – who specialize in the CARVER methodology and are responsible for protecting their organization's valuable assets from would-be aggressors.
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CARVER allows complex data to be synthesized into usable information by integrating the analysis and examination of assets, threats, vulnerabilities, and countermeasures surrounding a specific facility. Its applications are numerous, from physical security and counter-intelligence, to cyber security. It plays an essential role in the protection of critical infrastructure and safety by determining the likelihood of an adversary successfully exploiting a system or an asset's vulnerabilities. It is a time-tested vulnerability assessment methodology that balances efficiency with reliability. What separates the CARVER method from other methodologies is the fact that it offers both a qualitative and quantitative analysis of its findings. This is particularly useful to the security practitioner to help clarify thinking, assist with decision-making, and to provide reasoning for budgets and resource allocations.
Speakers: Luke Bencie, Leo Labaj, Jerry Savnik, Chuck Brooks, Dr. Jenni Hesterman, Maj Gen Edward Leacock USA, and James Maxwell.
Location: The event will be at the Washington Marriott Metro Center with a continental breakfast, lunch, and light fare in the afternoon.
Event includes: Book Launch & Signing of Leo Labaj's and Luke Bencie's new book: The CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology: A Practical Guide for Evaluating Security Vulnerabilities.
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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This annual tribute dinner is given by the International Spy
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for whom love of country has been his guiding principle: Admiral William H. McRaven, former US Special
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