AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #38-18 dated 9 October 2018

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Section IV - Obituaries


Section V - Events

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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


Best of Enemies

Gus Russo

Eric Dezenhall

Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall
on Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War

"... crucial for anyone who wants to understand espionage or the Cold War." - James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor

"If John le Carré wrote nonfiction and was a great reporter, BEST OF ENEMIES would be the result." - Laurence Leamer, author

"... how an American CIA agent and a Russian KGB agent wound up on the same side. You have to read it to believe it." - Tom Brokaw


Former KGB Officer Gennady Vasilenko, and Michelle "Mox" Platt, daughter of the late CIA Operations Officer Jack Platt, will be in attendance.

Badge pick-up starts at 10 a.m.
First speaker, Ambassador Bushnell, at 11 a.m.
and Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall at 1 p.m.
Register here to ensure a seat.
Location: DoubleTree-Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA [formerly the Crowne Plaza], at 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102.

New and Forthcoming Books of the Week

The SIT RoomThe SIT Room: In the Theater of War and Peace
by David Scheffer
(Oxford Univ Pr, Dec 2018)

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 story of how US policy evolved—often futilely—to try to stop an intractable war and its atrocities. Main actors include: the Ambassador to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright; the State Department's negotiator, Richard Holbrooke; the National Security Adviser Tony Lake; the Chairman of the JCS, John Shalikashvili; the Deputy National Security Adviser, Sandy Berger; and White House moralist, David Gergen. For almost three years, the Sit Room was littered with shattered proposals to end the war—until armed force backed up diplomacy to compel a fragile peace deal. Scheffer reveals policy-making at the highest levels, with a journey into the arena of war and peace where spirited debate guided America's foreign policy.

Book may be ordered here.

The End of IceThe End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption
by Dahr Jamail
(The New Press, Jan 2019)

The author visits hot spots around the world in a global quest to discover how we will cope with our planet's changing ecosystems.
After a decade overseas as a war reporter, Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineering, only to find that the slopes have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption. In response, he embarks on a journey—from Alaska to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforest—to discover the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice.
Accompanied by climate scientists and people whose families have fished, farmed, and lived in the areas he visits for centuries, Jamail accepts the reality that Earth is in "a hospice situation"—quickly dying. This is the catastrophic reality few are willing to acknowledge, and that this situation leaves the U.S. as vulnerable as the fragile planet we occupy.

Book may be ordered here.


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 reports.

Eichelsheim confirmed to RTL that he was the one who decided to deport the Russian agents immediately, saying that he could make that decision because the MIVD's job was "purely executed as a counter-intelligence operation." The service complied with the Intelligence and Security Services Act of 2002 in this operation.

"It was not a police investigation", Eichelsheim said. "There was no investigation in progress, so for me the important thing was: there is now a threat to the OPWC, I have to see it disrupted as soon as possible." After the four were caught, the MIVD method was used: "Put on a plane to where they came from, leaving behind the equipment."  [Read more:  Pieters/NLTimes/5October2018]

Spy Agencies are Worst at Learning From Past, Say Experts.  Intelligence agencies more than any other professional body have "official amnesia" and repeatedly fail to learn the lessons of the past, a panel of espionage experts has said.

Christopher Andrew, the writer of an authorised history of MI5, said intelligence chiefs ignored or did not know about historical mistakes, and the reason was obvious: the operations were always secret.

Referring to friends and Cambridge colleagues who had worked at Bletchley Park, he said: "None of them knew that what they had been doing in the second world war, breaking Hitler's codes, was much what their colleagues had been doing at the beginning of the 19th century, breaking codes with equal success. No profession is as ignorant of its history as the profession of intelligence."  [Read more:  Brown/TheGuardian/8October2018]
New Evidence China Hacked Supermicro Hardware in U.S. Telecom.

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.

British police say two GRU agents traveling under the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Borishov used a Soviet-made nerve agent to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury in March.

Investigative organization Bellingcat said it had used documents and other research to identify Petrov as Dr. Alexander Mishkin, a member of Russia's GRU intelligence agency. Last month, it said that Borishov's real identity is GRU Col. Anatoly Chepiga.

British authorities don't dispute the identifications. Moscow, which denies involvement in the poisoning, declined to comment.  [Read more:  Lawless/AP/9October2018]

Czech Counterintelligence Helps Uncover Hezbollah Hacking Scheme.  The Czech Security Intelligence Service (BIS) issued a press release on Monday in which it says it cooperated with foreign partners in identifying, analysing and disabling servers in the Czech Republic and the wider world, which Hezbollah was using for cybernetic espionage.

A network of Hezbollah hackers used old tricks on social media to hack into mobile devices across the world. Posing as attractive girls on Facebook, they would contact users and start chatting. After steering the conversation to increasingly sensual topics, the profiles would then ask the user to install a 'more private and secure application'.

According to the counterintelligence service's press release, some impassioned users, mostly men, would comply and install the app. Unaware that it gave hackers access to their sensitive information, including contacts, photographs, calls, text messages, GPS data and the option to secretly record the owner via the mobile device.

The hacking attacks through servers placed in the Czech Republic, the wider EU and the US, originated from the middle east. [Read more:  McEnchroe/RadioPraha/9October2018]

The New Head of the OVS will be Dejan Matijevic.  Defense Minister Karl Erjavec officially confirmed that the new head of the military intelligence service will be Dejan Matijevic.

The leadership of the military intelligence service will be assumed by the former officer of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Dejan Matijevic , who has been employed for several years in Sovi. Defense Minister Karl Erjavec will nominate his nomination on Thursday.

Defense Minister Karl Erjavec announced the replacement of the head of the Intelligence and Security Service (OVS) before time, but he was still mysterious about the name. The ministry officially explained that the current general manager Franc Trbov'ek fulfilled the conditions for retirement in mid-November, and currently the OVS is headed by the deputy director of Ines Conradi. They also confirmed that he is a serious candidate for Trbovlje's successor, Dejan Matijevic.  [Read more:  Delo/8October2018]

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Two National Security Personnel At Buckley.  Two intelligence officials and a business owner - who is also the wife of one of the officials - have been indicted by a federal grand jury on bid rigging charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver announced the indictment following the arrest of the three - Kevin Kuciapinski, 43, Randolph Stimac, 61, and Mykhael Kuciapinski, 51 - on Friday morning.

The three are accused of conspiring to obtain services for Mykhael Kuciapinski's business, called "Company G" in the office's press release, between August 2013 and November 2015.

During that time, Kevin Kuciapinski worked for the National Reconnaissance Office at the Aerospace Data Facility-Colorado on Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.

Stimac was an employee of the National Security Agency at the same facility.  [Read more:  CBS4/6November2018]

Panel Seeks Stemming of Illicit Financial Flows in Africa.  In July 2017, the suspension of Nigeria by the Egmont Group resulted from the non-establishment of an autonomous financial intelligence body.

Though now fully re-enlisted, Nigeria was during the period of the de-listing, no longer a recipient of the types of information needed to track and checkmate the scourge of Illicit Financial Flows (IFF), which has continued to prove a major setback to national development.

The suspension was an embarrassment for the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, which in December, 2016 signed the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Under the partnership, the country entered 14 commitment areas such as open contracting, extractive transparency, revenue transparency as well as ease of doing business.

The Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units is a global network of inter-governmental bodies with 154-member countries including the USA, United Kingdom and Germany. It is a body for sharing criminal intelligence and financial information bordering on money laundering, terrorism financing, proliferation of arms, corruption, financial crimes, and access to international financial transactions.  [Read more:  Azu/DailyTrust/9October2018]

House Intelligence Chairman Nunes Exploring Options to Reduce U.S. Reliance on Turkey's Incirlik Airbase.  The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is working with a senior Republican legislator on strategies that would reduce United States' reliance on a Turkey airbase. Executive Director of the ANCA Aram Hamparian recently met with Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The two discussed several important issues including the need for full recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the potential to transfer functions from Turkey's Incirlik military base.

"As Armenians know all too well, Turkey has long leveraged this base to hold America hostage," said Hamparian. "Diversifying our forward positioning will lessen the leverage of Turkey's increasingly hostile Erdogan government, broadening America's range of action across a broad array of regional, security, and humanitarian priorities - among them, of course, full and formal U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide."

In January this year, thousands of pro-Armenian activists responded to an ANCA action alert and sent over 15-thousand messages to federal officials on Capitol Hill in support of Armenian-American policy priorities. The nationwide campaign included requests to the President and Congress to keep U.S. arms and technology out of the hands of foreign regimes that will use them for offensive purposes. In the interest of regional security, nuclear safety, and nonproliferation, the ANCA said the U.S should seriously re-evaluate the stationing of its nuclear arms at Turkey's Incirlik airbase.  [Read more:  ANCANews/2October2018]


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]


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]

Section IV - Obituaries


Walter Louis Laqueur, 97, a "dean of terrorism studies," historian, professor, and journalist, died 30 September 2018 in Washington, DC.

He was a distinguished scholar of the Holocaust, the collapse of the Soviet Union, European decline, the Middle East conflict and global terrorism.

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.
In 1955 he moved to London where he founded The Journal of Contemporary History and also Survey, a foreign affairs journal.
From 1965 to 1994 he was director of the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, in London. And later, after he immigrated to America, served as chairman of the International Research Council of the Center for Strategic and International Studies at Georgetown University, and editor of The Washington Quarterly, a journal on international affairs under the auspices of George Washington University.

He was a polyglot who authored scores of books, novels, and memoirs as well as his well-known writings on geopolitics.
Among his most noted works was A History of Terrorism (1977), which Professor Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University described as the first major effort to move beyond journalistic, anecdotal, or polemical discussions of terrorism to understand its deepest roots. Peter Bergen, a journalist and authority on Osama bin Laden, called Laqueur the "dean of terrorism studies."

In his writings on Russia, Laqueur predicted the brand of authoritarianism that Putin would bring the country.
Laqueur also often spoke of the "shattered heritage" bequeathed to his generation by WWII. Everyone he knew before age 16 he surmised, some years later, likely died violent deaths in Germany or Russia.

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).
"Europe will not be buried by ashes, like Pompeii or Herculaneum, but Europe is in decline," he told Der Spiegel in 2013. "It's certainly horrifying to consider its helplessness in the face of the approaching storms. After being the center of world politics for so long, the old continent now runs the risk of becoming a pawn."
In his last book, The Future of Terrorism: ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Alt-Right, written with Christopher Wall and published this year, Laqueur cautioned that the Islamic State's short-lived successes in creating a caliphate demonstrated that "true believers now have a model that they can hope to achieve and acquire, because it has been done." Terrorists cannot destroy Western society without weapons of mass destruction, the authors write, but Western nations make themselves more vulnerable if they overreact and bolster domestic security by curtailing civil rights and civil liberties — responses that "perversely accomplish the goals" of the terrorists.

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]

Section V - Events


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: 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

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 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 or 646-717-3776.

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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;

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. Dr. Thomas R. Johnson, former NSA and CIA historian and author of the book American Cryptology During the Cold War 1945-1989: The Complete Declassified Official Four-Volume History of the NSA will lead off the morning session with a remarkable inside look at his six-year challenge as an NSA historian to write this authoritative work on the success and failures of the NSA cryptology effort during the Cold War era. His work is written with candor and sometimes wry humor that is a refreshing departure from traditional U.S. government histories. Three volumes were declassified and released to the public by NSA beginning in 2014 in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act. Following the release of the fourth volume, the unauthorized publication of the redacted history was offered for sale in March 2017 as an illustrated, well-organized paperback with redactions moved to the margins for a fast-paced, fascinating read. Dr. Johnson is a seasoned speaker and you won't want to miss his entertaining presentation. A limited supply of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

NSA Panel: Center for Cryptologic History Seminar on the Tet Offensive: During the afternoon session, 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. Panelists: Dr. David Hatch, Mr. Greg Nedved, Mr. Thomas Fogarty, Mr. Jack Barrett, and Mr. Cassian (Cash) O'Rourke.

CIA Panel: A Fifty-Year Perspective: During the morning session, a distinguished panel of CIA historians will provide their perspective on the CIA and the wars in Southeast Asia. Also, CIA Chief Historian Dr. David Robarge will provide a comparison between the Vietnam War and today's war in Afghanistan. Panelists: Dr. David Robarge, Mr. Gary Keeley, Mr. Randy Burkett, and Dr. Clayton Laurie

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.

16 November 2018, 8am - 5pm - Washington, DC - "CARVERCON2018: Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment" hosted by Security Management International

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.

CARVER is a nationally recognized target analysis and vulnerability assessment methodology used extensively by the military, intelligence and law enforcement community. While numerous other vulnerability assessments have emerged and gone by the wayside, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security officially recognized CARVER as the preferred methodology for securing critical infrastructure. The CARVER methodology is both a defensive and offensive tool: it can assess and analyze risk based on a wide variety of threats and adversaries, as well analyze potential enemy targets to ensure maximum impact.

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.

Full details and registration here.

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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AFIO's Guide to the Study of IntelligenceAFIO's 788-page Guide to the Study of Intelligence. Peter C. Oleson, Editor, also makes a good gift. View authors and table of contents here.

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