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Assassins Inc.: The Kremlin's Secret Squad of Killers
Podcast series discusses Russian wet affairs operations around the world.

This week starts a new 5-part podcast series by J.J. Green of WTOP: Assassins Inc.

In March 2016, WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green began investigating the suspicious deaths of Russian diplomats and others around the world linked, in some way, to the Kremlin. Some of them died in the US — in New York and DC. The deaths of some were deemed "natural." Others were obviously murdered. The investigation, which also examined failed assassination attempts, revealed a persistent pattern and a recurrent scheme, involving money, power, and revenge. In the WTOP podcast series, "Assassins Inc.," dozens of people, including victims, their family members, diplomats, journalists, US intelligence, US law enforcement officials and sources, members of Congress, and experts were interviewed to gain a better understanding of how this deadly ring of killers operates.

Part One: The Adelphi Affair ― Unsolved: Yesterday's episode was on the mysterious shooting of Paul Joyal, a former federal law enforcement officer, in 2007 in Adelphi, MD. The audio can be streamed or downloaded.

Part Two: The Russian Assassin's Business Model: to be released Wednesday, 24 October 2018 here.

Series Overview

TARGET USA — Episode 139: provides an overview of ASSASSINS INC - THE US-RUSSIA ENIGMA. The link below is a preview program which sets the stage for the 5-part Assassins, Inc. podcast series by WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green.

Assassins Inc. preview audio stream or download



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Dangers, Challenges, and Joys of the Diplomatic and Intelligence Field of Operations

Amb. Prudence Bushnell

Terrorism Betrayal & Resilience

Ambassador Prudence Bushnell
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― 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.

OSS Society mini-documentary on Women in OSS to CIA

The OSS Society released this quick 15-minute historical mini-documentary review of the role of women in OSS
thru CIA's appointment of its new director, Gina Haspel. Provides Haspel's upbringing and comments by those who worked with her in various Agency posts. Underscores her abilities to lead at the Tip of the Spear.
Click image above to view. Superb production values. This was part of the recent OSS Society Dinner held earlier this month.

New and Forthcoming Books of the Week

The Skripal FilesThe Skripal Files: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy
by Mark Urban
(Henry Holt and Co., Oct 2018)

Salisbury, England: March 4, 2018. Slumped on a bench, paralyzed and barely able to breathe, were a former Russian intelligence officer named Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Sergei had been living a quiet life in England since 2010, when he was expelled from Russia as part of a spy swap; he had been serving a lengthy prison sentence for working secretly for the British intelligence agency MI6. On this Sunday afternoon, he and his daughter had just finished lunch at a local restaurant when they started to feel faint. Within minutes they were close to death.

The Skripals had been poisoned, not with a familiar toxin but with Novichok, a deadly nerve agent developed in southern Russia. Was this a message from the Kremlin that traitors would not escape violent death, even on British soil? As Sergei and Yulia fought for their lives, and the British government and their allies sought answers, relations between the West and Russia descended to a new low.

Mark Urban, the diplomatic and defense editor for the BBC, met with Skripal in the months before his poisoning, learning about his career in Russian military intelligence, how he became a British agent, his imprisonment in Russia, and the events that led to his release. Skripal's first-hand accounts and experiences reveal the high stakes of a new spy game that harks back to the chilliest days of the Cold War.

Book may be ordered here.

Code Name LiseCode Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy
by Larry Loftis
(Gallery Books, Jan 2019)

Story of Odette Sansom, the British spy who operated in occupied France and fell in love with her commanding officer during World War II. The year is 1942, and WW II is in full swing. Odette Sansom decides to follow in her war hero father's footsteps by becoming an SOE agent to aid Britain and her beloved homeland, France. Five failed attempts and one plane crash later, she finally lands in occupied France to begin her mission. It is here that she meets her commanding officer Captain Peter Churchill.

As they successfully complete mission after mission, Peter and Odette fall in love. All the while, they are being hunted by the German secret police sergeant, Hugo Bleicher, who finally succeeds in capturing them. They are sent to Paris's Fresnes prison, and from there to concentration camps in Germany where they are starved, beaten, and tortured. But in the face of despair, they never give up hope, or the whereabouts of their colleagues.

Book may be ordered here.

Freedom's LaboratoryFreedom's Laboratory: The Cold War Struggle for the Soul of Science
by Audra J. Wolfe
(Johns Hopkins University Press, Nov 2018)

The political events and issues that influenced American policymakers, among them the 1957 Soviet launch of Sputnik and the debate over atomic weapons proliferation. Wolfe also focuses on how, as the Cold War progressed, the CIA—in service to using the American scientific community as a weapon of propaganda—became increasingly involved in influencing or controlling the exchange of scientific information between scientists in the US and its allies, by 1967 supporting 38 supposedly private scientific organizations to the amount of $15 million annually. Wolfe concludes that the US efforts, specifically those centered around championing the human rights of scientists in the Soviet Union, were successful, "unlike most of the United States' other attempts to destroy Communism through culture."

Book may be ordered here.


MI5 to Take Over in Fight Against Rise of UK Rightwing Extremism.  MI5 is to take the lead in combating extreme rightwing terrorism amid mounting fears that white supremacists are increasing their efforts to foment violent racial conflict on Britain's streets, The Guardian has learned.

The switch from the police - which has always previously taken responsibility for monitoring far right extremism - to MI5 means that the ideology will now sit in the same portfolio as Islamist terrorism and Northern Ireland-related terrorism, which are both covered by the domestic security service.

The decision also means that extreme rightwing activity will now be officially designated as posing a major threat to national security.  [Read more:  Dodd/TheGuardian/28October2018]

Mercyhurst University and Top Intelligence Agency Renew Partnership for Five Years.  Students at Mercyhurst University will continue to work hand-in-hand with one of the nation's top intelligence agencies.

Robert Cardillo is the Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.  He's in town visiting the campus of Mercyhurst to tour their intelligence facilities as well as to sign an agreement, renewing the relationship between the two entities.

Maggie Hackney, Mercyhurst Senior, tells us, "We can help advance their mission as well which helps both sides because we support their needs and also have more experience that we can put on our resume."  [Read more:  YourErie/26October2018]

Saudi Crown Prince Presides Over Committee to Restructure Intelligence Agency.  Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presided over the first meeting of a committee to restructure the command of the general intelligence agency, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Thursday.

The committee has "discussed a reform plan and is assessing the current situation," the statement read.

Last week, Saudi King Salman directed for the formation of ministerial committee headed by Prince Mohammed bin Salman to restructure the kingdom's General Intelligence Presidency.  [Al-Arabiya/25Otober2018]

5G Rollout Riddled with Threats, Australian Spy Chief Warns.  The rollout of Australia's 5G telco network, which is expected to supercharge the so-called "internet of things" and make emerging technologies such as driverless cars viable, poses unprecedented security risks as well as tremendous opportunities, Australia's top cyber spy has warned.

In a headland speech delivered in Canberra last night, Australian Signals Directorate director-'general Mike Burgess offered a rare glimpse into the inner workings of his agency, which along with the Australian Secret Intelligence Service is responsible for the bulk of Australia's overseas intelligence collection.

In a veiled reference to the emerging economic might of China, Mr Burgess said strategic and economic power was shifting east. This meant that the industrial base Australia and other countries relied on to build its critical assets, such as telco networks, was also shifting.  [Read more:  Maley/TheAustralian/30October2018]

Chinese Spies Fooled 'Hundreds' of Civil Servants and Executives, France Reveals.  Chinese spies using fake LinkedIn profiles have fooled "hundreds" of France's top civil servants and executives, whose awareness of the threat is "totally insufficient" compared to Britain, the country's intelligence agencies have warned.

The alert over an "unprecedented threat to national interests" follows similar warnings that hostile foreign powers were using the popular online CV website to tap sensitive information from America, Germany and Britain.

According to a note leaked to Le Figaro newspaper by the DGSI and DGSE, the Gallic equivalent of MI5 and MI6, French businesses and state administration have been guilty of "culpable naivety" over the foreign spy threat via the popular online CV website despite clear warnings from UK intelligence as early as 2015.  [Read more:  Samuel/TheTelegraph/23October2018]

Malaysia's Former Spy Chief Faces CBT Charge.  Malaysia's former spy chief was charged in court yesterday with criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving US$12.1 million (S$16.7 million) belonging to the government.

Hasanah Ab Hamid, 61, former director-general of the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO), was accused of committing the offence in the Prime Minister's Department in Putrajaya between April 30 and May 9 this year.

She pleaded not guilty. The offence carries a maximum 20 years in jail, whipping and a fine.  [Read mor:  Hassan/StraitsTimes/26October2018]

UK Refusal to Cooperate with Belgian Hacking Inquiry Condemned.  The UK government has been accused of endangering diplomatic relations with Belgium after its "exceptional" refusal to cooperate with an inquiry into GCHQ's alleged hacking of Belgacom, the country's biggest telecoms company.

For at least two years ending in 2013, the British intelligence service was probably spying within the state-owned company's networks on the instruction of UK ministers, according to leaks from a judicial inquiry presented to Belgium's national security council this week.

When asked by the Belgian federal prosecutor's office to cooperate with the investigation into the alleged hacking, the UK Home office is said to have refused, claiming: "The United Kingdom believes that this could jeopardise our sovereignty, security and public order."  [Read more:  Boffey/TheGuardian/25October2018]


Russian Held as Agent Studied US Groups' Cyberdefenses.  A year before federal prosecutors accused Maria Butina of operating as a secret agent for the Russian government, she was a graduate student at American University working on a sensitive project involving cybersecurity.

Butina's college assignment called for her to gather information on the cyberdefenses of U.S. nonprofit organizations that champion media freedom and human rights, The Associated Press has learned. It was information that could help the groups plug important vulnerabilities, but also would be of interest to the Russian government.

In fact, the Russians previously had in their sights at least two of the groups that she and other students interacted with.  [Read more:  Butlet/AP/29October2018]

When Countries Spy on Diplomats.  The ongoing investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month places a renewed focus on espionage between countries.

Turkish intelligence officials told The Washington Post earlier this month that recordings from inside the consulate show Saudi operatives detained the dissident Saudi journalist on Oct. 2, killed him and dismembered his body. Those officials are wary of releasing the recordings for fear of revealing too much about their intelligence-gathering operations. CIA Director Gina Haspel reportedly heard the recordings on a trip to Turkey this week.

But the investigation into Khashoggi's death is hardly the first widely reported instance of countries spying on each other, even among allies. Such practice is a reality and in many cases, experts say, a necessity.  [Read more:  Shinkman/USNews/25October2018]

Oregon City Names New Park After Fallen Local Hero.  Oregon City named its newest park after a local hero who was killed while working for the Central Intelligence Agency in Benghazi six years ago.

The City of Oregon City's Park and Recreation Advisory Committee will recommend the new 9.1-acre park be named Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Park. The new park is located in the Caufield Neighborhood.

Woods was a native Oregonian and graduated from Oregon City High School in 1989. He was a Navy Seal and served in several combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He died while serving in 2012.  [Read more:  KATUNews/26October2018]

Watch: A Former CIA Expert Explains What Constitutes a Good Disguise for Spies.  Contrary to what is shown in films, being a spy is not all that glamorous and easy. It also involves taking extreme measures so as not to be discovered by the enemy. This includes disguises.

The former Chief of Disguise of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Jonna Mendez, explained (video above) how exactly the organisation approached the use of disguises to hide an agent's identity. On an episode of Wired's Masterminds, Mendez explained that disguise could be as simple as wearing a wig or glasses for brief meetings, or be advanced enough to work for extended periods of time.

"The goal is that if someone were to write a memo describing you, every item on that memo would be wrong," Mendez said. She also talked about the other aspects that a person would have change - like behavioural traits - that would make the facade more convincing.  [Watch more:  Wired/27October2018]

This Intelligence Officer was the Forgotten Hero of Midway.  Joseph John Rochefort, the man whose decoding of the Japanese codebook led to the American victory at the Battle of Midway, had enemies other than the Empire of Japan. His feats at cryptanalysis were phenomenal, but not universally appreciated, particularly by the codebreakers in Washington, D.C. Naval jealousy and internal machinations would rob Joseph Rochefort of the honor that was due to him for his brilliant work in predicting where the Japanese fleet would strike after Pearl Harbor.

Rochefort, who had not gone to the Naval Academy, was an outsider from the beginning of his naval career. He was still in high school when he enlisted in the Navy in 1918 with the goal of being a naval aviator. He claimed to have been born in 1898 so that he would seem old enough for a military career, and didn't even have a high school diploma when he was commissioned as an ensign after graduating from the Navy's Steam Engineering School at Stevens Institute of Technology.

He wasn't looking for a career in codebreaking. He served as a staff officer for senior admirals and and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. Years later, when Commander Chester C. Jersey was posted to Navy Headquarters in Washington, D.C., he remembered Rochefort's affinity for crossword puzzles. It was 1925 and the Navy was looking for people who could work with codes. The newly created codebreaking outfit of the Navy, OP-20-G, at that time consisted of one man, Lieutenant Laurance F. Stafford, today credited as the father of U.S. Navy cryptology, who had been assigned to develop new codes for the Navy. Rochefort showed up and Safford conducted a six-month cryptanalyis course: Safford provided him with cryptograms to solve and Rochefort solved them. But when Stafford was assigned to sea duty the following year, Rochefort, just twenty-five years old, was the officer in charge of a staff of two.  [Read more:  ArgunnersMagazine/29October2018]


"It's Zero-Sum":  The CIA may have found a Silver Lining in the Khashoggi Debacle.  t seemed an especially macabre, 21st-century touch in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi: the suggestion that he had recorded his own murder on his Apple Watch, thus providing the source of the much-talked-about, still-unheard tape of Khashoggi's death. The fact that the Apple Watch angle - reported by a pro-government Turkish newspaper - is almost certainly false doesn't make the ploy any less interesting, though, especially to veterans of the American intelligence community. "The Turks were floating this trial balloon that Khashoggi recorded his own death to play with an alibi that would distance themselves ever so slightly," says Ned Price, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst and a National Security Council staffer in the Obama administration. "It certainly sounds like they have in their possession sensitive collection from a Saudi diplomatic facility on their territory. To put it bluntly, they were spying on the Saudi consulate, and doing so quite effectively. It puts the Turks in a tough situation."

The watch subterfuge also hints at the complex dynamics set in motion by Khashoggi's killing. The aftermath is rippling through intelligence circles in ways that could take years to fully play out, with particular consequences for American counterterrorism efforts. One impact is internal, and it is compounded by Trump's previous hostility toward the intelligence community's work on Russian election interference and on Iran's compliance with the nuclear-weapons deal.  [Read more:  Smith/VanityFair/24October2018]

Business Model of the Intelligence Community Needs an Upgrade.  The workplace practices of most intelligence agencies are not keeping pace with the changing nature of the intelligence business. Intelligence today is highly dependent on global networks of sensors, including unclassified sensors not owned or operated by the U.S. government. And while most global enterprises embed their employees where the action happens and hire the diverse talent they need the moment they need it, U.S. intelligence agencies continue to require most intelligence officers and analysts to work on-site in headquarters facilities, for which new recruits endure two-year long waits for hiring and security clearances.

Modern-day intelligence needs modern-day work models, and solutions exist that could mitigate the 700,000-person backlog for clearances while widening access to highly skilled and diverse pools of talent.

Intelligence agencies could create workplaces where unclassified jobs or job functions could occur offsite in unclassified locations. By doing this, agencies could reduce the number of employees who need access to classified information and classified computing systems, thereby decreasing risks of insider threats.  [Read more:  Weinbaum/TheHill/24October2018]

Here's What Russia and China can Learn from Trump's Cellphone Chats.  More than any other kind of intelligence, it is hard to beat good signals intelligence from intercepted conversations. It comes straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak. Even more important, it is communication between people who think no one else can hear them. Guards are down.

That's why it is important not to overlook last week's New York Times report that Russian and Chinese intelligence services are listening in to President Donald Trump's calls on unsecure cellphones. Trump refuses to give them up despite repeated warnings from aides. He apparently uses his cellphones when he does not want his calls to go through the white House switchboard, which is then logged for his aides to see. The Chinese are already reportedly using the information gleaned to influence and manage the trade war with America.

This might not come as a surprise to those who have always seen Trump's obsession with Hillary Clinton's private email server during her time as secretary of State as a campaign tactic, and not some deep and abiding concern he has for national security.  [Read more:  Otis/USAToday/29October2018]

Jack Devine's Fall 2018 Intelligence Report.
This report by the former Acting and Associate Director of CIA Operations, features the following:

  • Saudi Arabia: The Strategic Impact of the Khashoggi Affair. The most significant development abroad has been the fallout from the disappearance and killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has taken a hard line in both his "corruption crackdown" that consolidated power domestically, and his stance abroad...
  • China and NAFTA: Economic Games. China continues to maintain a resolute face in the trade war with the Trump Administration. However, cracks are emerging ...
  • Russia: Midterm Meddling and the INF Treaty: Clearly unchastened by 2016 election meddling blowback, Russia appears to be at it again in the midterms, albeit on a seemingly scaled back level. Criminal charges have been filed against Elena A. Khusyaynova...
  • Mexico and Venezuela: President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO will take office December 1, five months after being elected with 53% of the vote. With NAFTA...

Read the full report here. Visit The Arkin Group website here.

Section IV - Speaker Requests, Jobs

Request for Speakers

AFIO Speakers Bureau seeks intel and LE experts to respond to requests we receive throughout the U.S. ― some engagements include your expenses and honorariums

The AFIO Speakers Bureau responds to requests across the nation for speakers from civic/community associations, schools, and special event planners. Members who have an interest in public speaking, possess recognized Federal, State or Local intelligence or law enforcement experience, and have polished speaking skills in teaching or presenting talks on intelligence, national security, counterterrorism, clandestine operations, targeting, cryptanalysis, threat analysis, counterintelligence, STEM careers, moneylaundering, cyberdefense, and related topics are invited to contact AFIO at  to let us know of your background and availability. As a professional organization AFIO strives to maintain the highest standards and as a non-profit avoids conflicts of interest or implied endorsements. For the AFIO Speakers Bureau we seek individuals with both expert knowledge of their subject and the discretion not to use these attractive speaking opportunities to promote private businesses, other agendas, political views, or other organizations. Doing so will be brought to our attention in follow-ups with the inviting organizations, and cause removal from the speaking program ... and possibly from membership. 
Speakers able to provide links or video/audio samples of their prior presentations, should send those along with their replies, to aid in consideration of your addition to the Speakers Bureau.
More information about the Speakers Bureau is available on the AFIO website here

Some of these speaking invitations include reimbursement for expenses, travel, and a few include honorariums. In those situations where the event is in your immediate region, your volunteer participation as speaker may be deducted as a donation of services to the organization where you are speaking (if a nonprofit), or being conducted on behalf of AFIO. Consult your tax advisor for full details.


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William Benteen Bailey, CDR, USN, 84, a lawyer and former naval intelligence officer, died of a stroke on 25 September 2018 in Annandale, VA. Bill was a life member of AFIO, and in the 1980s and '90s was volunteer legal counsel.
Bill also was one of the founding fathers of Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP) association, where he served on the board, as VP Admin, and as General Counsel, from their formation in 1985.
He was past president of The Rotary Club of Annandale Virginia (BXRC for Bailey's Crossroads) which is hosting a remembrance luncheon for him on Wednesday, 14 November, at Clyde's at Mark Center, 1700 N Beauregard St, Alexandria, VA. His widow, Alice, and possibly his children Alicia and Bruce, will be in attendance. See announcement below in this issue of the WINs, and on our website events page here.
He is survived by his wife Alice, and a daughter, a son, and other family.

Bertram Foglesong Dunn, 88, a senior CIA Case Officer, died 24 October 2018 of complications from Parkinson's disease in Bethesda, MD.
He was raised in small towns and on farms along the Kanawha and Ohio rivers in WV. As with most people of his generation, the Great Depression was the central event of his early life and shaped his character and aspirations. His family lost homes and farms during the 1930s, a brother died of meningitis, and his father died in 1943.
He graduated from West Virginia University (WVU) in 1952, served two years in the US Army as a lieutenant and pioneering member of the 10th Special Forces Group. He returned to school to get a law degree at WVU, and then settled in Parkersburg, WV to practice law. Referred for employment by a colleague in the Special Forces, he was "called by a man in Washington" and wound up working for the Central Intelligence Agency as a case officer.
The family soon packed up and moved to Pakistan. Over the next 36 years, he served in Pakistan, Nepal, Vietnam, Afghanistan, twice in India, Ethiopia, and the United Kingdom. His first job was training Pakistani military officers to prepare for a guerrilla war against the Soviets along the Durand line; he rose from there to be a senior officer in overseas assignments and at home, including as the deputy chief of the clandestine service. Afghanistan was his favorite post — he spoke Pashto fluently — and slightly more than a decade after leaving Kabul he helped lead the CIA's effort to eject the Soviets from Afghanistan from his post as chief of the Near East division. He was not jingoistic or naive about the work he did; as a young officer in Saigon in the mid-1960s, he led a branch that conveyed unpopular messages to senior officials about the failing US efforts to prop up the South Vietnamese Government, but felt strongly about the role of intelligence in protecting the nation. Even 24 years after his retirement in 1994, he is still remembered by officers who served with him as decent, smart, a good leader, passionate about the mission of the organization, and one of the giants of his generation of Agency leaders.
While serving abroad, and at home, he was a passionate sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and exploring the mountains of WV.
As his career took him and his family around the world, he hunted and fished and hiked from the Hindu Kush and Himalaya to the Ethiopian and Scottish highlands. The smells of damp tent canvas, down sleeping bags, and Coleman stoves became part of his and his children's memories.
When he was first diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2011, he organized an all-expense paid hunting trip to Montana with his sons, Christopher and Edward, so that he could walk the prairie while he still could. In retirement, he bought a cabin in eastern WV on a native brook trout stream to indulge his passion for the outdoors all he liked. And pass on to his beloved grandchildren some of the same experiences we had as kids.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Audra, six children, and other family.

Mary Garvin Eddy Furman, 96, former OSS Officer, died 14 October 2018 in Adamstown, MD.
Mary's family were Presbyterian missionaries: her mother in Chile and her father in what is now Lebanon. In 1923 the family moved to Egypt where her father taught at the American University of Cairo. When Mary was six, the family relocated to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, and area Mary grew to love. Her father became President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and she spent her teen years in Geneva, NY. At age 16 she entered Vassar College and upon graduating in 1942 moved to Washington, DC. Here she worked for the Near Eastern Division of the State Department, sharing a house near the Capitol with a group of young secretaries during the early days of WW II. Eager to work overseas, she joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), first working at the headquarters in Algiers, Algeria, where a joint British-American operation planned for the invasion of Southern France. Mary married fellow OSSer, Robert Costello in 1944.
With success in France, her unit was transferred to San Leucio, Italy where they conducted operations in Northern Italy.
After the war, the Costellos lived in New Haven, CT. Divorced in 1947, Mary and her children moved to Washington, DC, where she married Robert Furman. Now with four children, the family lived in Bethesda, MD.
Mary was active in various charities. As the children grew older, she returned to academia and obtained her Master's Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary. She was a passionate reader and became a Life Master in bridge.
Mary is survived by a sister, three daughters, a son, and other family.

Takis Agapitos Kladakis, 80, linguist who worked for USIA, DIA, VOA, and other agencies, died 23 October 2018 in Vienna, VA
Takis was born in Alexandria, Egypt of Greek parents. He graduated from The Law School of the University of Athens, Greece in 1963. In Athens, because of his proficiency in five languages, he was recruited by the US Government to come to Washington, DC to work at the Voice of America. In Washington, he completed his post-graduate studies in Middle Eastern Affairs at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland. During a long career with the Federal Government he worked for the United States Information Agency, Department of Energy, and the Treasury Departments. In 1980 he was appointed major in the US Army Reserve assigned to work in special projects for the Defense Intelligence Agency.
He loved to fish, draw and play backgammon, and most of all spend time with his family.
He is survived by his wife Sylvia, a son, a daughter, and other family.

Victor Leo Marchetti Jr, 88, a senior CIA intelligence analyst, disgruntled whistleblower, who fought with CIA over a book manuscript, died of dementia 19 October 2018 in Ashburn, VA.
Marchetti, born in Pennsylvania, moved to New York and later Paris, then joined the Army, working in an intelligence unit in Germany. By the time he graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1955, he had been recruited by CIA. He joined CIA in 1955, and rose in the ranks to become an intelligence analyst who specialized in Soviet military affairs. By 1968 he was executive assistant to the CIA's deputy director, Rufus Taylor.
A year later Marchetti resigned for "personal reasons." He told the Washington Post: "The agency is the most romantic segment of the intelligence community, but I began to lose faith in it and its purpose, in intelligence in general."

And in 1971, he published a novel, "The Rope-Dancer," which portrayed an inept "National Intelligence Agency" whose director was a spy for the Soviet Union. He was seething and still looking for a public outlet.
Marchetti then co-wrote with John D. Marks (a State Dept officer) a 1970s book -- The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence -- about the agency's inner workings, resulting in a legal battle over whether the CIA could censor the writings of past employees. It was released at the moment the newspapers and broadcast networks were awash with revelations about clandestine wars, secret airlines, and CIA-tinged foreign rebellions and coups. The authors became enmeshed in legal disputes over the limitations on former CIA officers to freely publish about their experiences and views.

As all CIA officers know, one signs an employment agreement (and in some cases also an additional Secrecy Agreement) during employment, which requires that any books or articles about espionage, whether fact or fiction, must be precleared by the Agency beforehand. When Marchetti and Marks submitted the book to CIA for review, the reviewers requested that 339 passages be redacted. The authors found the request unacceptable and fought every crossed-out sentence.
The authors, Alfred A. Knopf pubishers, and the ACLU, filed suit, claiming CIA was improperly imposing "prior restraint" before publication and violating the First Amendment right of freedom of the press. The claim ignored the necessary requirement that work in the Intelligence Community requires secrecy -- during and after employment.

Marchetti claimed, as many have, that much of the information was already in the public record or benign. To show fairness, CIA's lawyers relented on half of the original redactions. When the book was published in 1974, it contained 168 blank sections marked with the word "Deleted." (A federal judge in Virginia further reduced the deletions to 27 but only after book was on the presses.)
With extensive public exposure of the legal wrangling, the book became a best seller. It also was helped by timing: it appeared at the time of the Church Committee hearings which were excoriating CIA for violating aspects of its charter. Its revelations aided some of the critics.
However, Marchetti and Marks were losing in the courts. In May 1975, the US Supreme Court wisely declined to review a lower-court order upholding the CIA's policy of requiring officers to submit manuscripts for review. Marchetti (and all officers who accept IC positions requiring Secrecy Agreements) had "effectively relinquished his First Amendment rights," the moment he signed his employment agreement with CIA.
It was a sound principle later applied to books written by CIA officers Philip Agee and Frank Snepp. Agee was stripped of his US passport, and Snepp was sued by the government and forced to surrender his book royalties to the Agency.

In later years, Marchetti occasionally testified in court cases for other whistleblowers, but had to obtain CIA approval to do so. A restriction he abided by.
"I'm beginning to get a bit uncomfortable about this," he said in 1977. "Maybe they want to hurt my credibility by having me rush to the defense of every rotten red pinko and defector they can find."
Marchetti often looked back on his days in the CIA. "I lost everything I had," he told The Washington Post in 1980. "If I had it to do all over again, I'd have kept my mouth shut. I'd have played the game."

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Bernice Baran Marchettii, three sons, and other family.

William Hamilton Shirey, 91, a NASA and Defense Mapping Agency specialist, died 25 October 2018.
Will grew up in the depression and war years, learning to make do with what he had and never complain. During his high school/war years, though he loved baseball, he did not have time for sports while he worked at the YMCA. He graduated at 17 from East McKeesport [PA] High School in 1944 and joined the US Army Air Corps to serve in WW II, following his two older brothers. He was sent to Penn State for ROTC/boot camp in the fall of 1944 and then on to Europe.
After the war Will enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and studied civil engineering. Upon graduation he became a map maker. He joined the Inter-American Geodetic Survey division of the US Defense Mapping Agency. He re-located to Panama and spent the next 10 years surveying South American countries on the ground, assisting those countries in making maps of their countries. In 1965 because of his strong experience in mapping and field survey operations, he was lent to NASA in Washington DC, to support their mapping of the moon and planning landing sights. Following his time at NASA he moved to the Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) in Bethesda. The DMA supports the military worldwide with up to date maps.
After Will retired in 1985 he returned to Southwest Pennsylvania near where he was born. He farmed, volunteered, and was active with the clubs and his church.
He is survived by a brother, and other family.

Frank Douglas Whitehouse, 78, former CIA employee, died 21 October 2018 in Bluemont, VA
Doug served in the USAF and in the Intelligence Community working with the CIA and CENTRA Technology.
He is survived by his wife Judy, a son, a daughter, and other family.

Section V - Events


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.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 11:30 AM - Albuquerque, NM - AFIO New Mexico Chapter hosts Robert Hull on "The Anthrax Letters."

SPEAKER: Mr. Robert Hull, Los Alamos Technical Associates Inc., will present an updated talk given several years ago, on the Anthrax Letters, including his interview with Bruce Ivins before he was ultimately determined to be the culprit and committed suicide. A question period will follow the presentation.

Location of event: "The Egg & I" restaurant on Menaul just east of Louisiana, next door to Chili's, 6909 Menaul Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87110, (505) 888-3447
Fee to attend: Free. 11 am (Arrive, Order Lunch - available at separate cost), 11:30 am (Call To Order), 1 pm (Adjourn)

Our meetings are normally open to present and former members of Federal, Military (uniformed and civilian), State and Local Agencies and selective others who support the Intelligence Community.

If you desire further information, please contact one of the following: Sam Shaw - Phone: 505-379-3963 e-mail:; Tom Dyble - Phone: 505-299-3242 e-mail:

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 11:30 AM - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Nancy Charles-Parker, discussing "What's a Nice Person like You Doing in a Place like This?"

The experiences our speaker will share in November emanate from her work in U.S. embassies in 13 countries in South Africa, Central Asia, South and Central America, Europe, the Arabian Gulf and East Asia. Our speaker has asked that we invite students who may want to enter an international career. Please invite those in your circles who may be interested to attend.

Nancy Charles-Parker has an MA from Columbia University, where she was an administrator prior to moving to Spain to teach. Born into a long line of pacifist conscientious objectors, Nancy ironically found her first government job with the U.S. Air Force.  After course work at Yale, she joined an agency known by its initials and was an operations officer and economic reporter in U.S. embassies in Asia, Latin America, and Europe for 13 years. Although she entered with working knowledge of Spanish and French, she found herself using Mandarin Chinese after training in Taiwan. Her responsibilities were to recruit and debrief people willing to share sensitive information in a discrete way with the U.S. government.  In addition to being posted on every continent except Australia and Antarctica, she traveled to an additional 20 countries as part of her energy and infrastructure portfolios and while heading a worldwide collection program out of Washington DC. 

Nancy finished her 33 year government career with the Foreign Commercial Service by promoting U.S. exports in the Arabian Gulf.  She was the first woman to serve as Commercial Counselor in the UAE and in Saudi Arabia, the latter during a time of Al Queda terrorism against the U.S.  Largest success of her Gulf commercial team was a $3 billion sale of U.S. airplane engines to Emirates Airlines. This large sale and the Saudi successes helped her gain promotion into the Sr. Foreign Service, an SES equivalent.  Her most interesting "war stories" stem from Saudi Arabia, where businessmen and government officials generally treated her like an "honorary man."

Since leaving government service, Nancy travels 3 months a year, visiting faith-based development and micro-finance projects that she supports in Vietnam, Guatemala, Nepal, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East.  She especially enjoys speaking with people under 35 about careers abroad and in the Foreign Service.

Please contact Tom VanWormer at for more information.

Saturday, 17 November 2018, 2 p.m. - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter hears from David Shedd, former Acting Dir, DIA, on "Intelligence Challenges in a Volatile World"

David Shedd, former acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and former CIA Officer, discusses "Intelligence Challenges in a Volatile World." Details to follow.

The AFIO meeting is open to the public, and begins at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question period will follow the presentation.

Saturday, 24 November 2018 11:30 a.m. - Melbourne, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts JJ Justice of "Rolling Thunder," discussing role of that influential Veteran-supporting organization

The AFIO Florida Satellite chapter presents a double-barreled meeting. Guest Speaker James (JJ) Justice, president of Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter One, will discuss the role of his organization in educating the public about the hidden reality that many American Prisoners of War were left behind after all previous wars, to correct the past, and to protect future Veterans from being left behind should they become POWs or Missing In Action. Rolling Thunder is also committed to helping American Veterans and their families from all wars.

A second highlight of this meeting will be the Grand Airline Ticket Raffle of two round trip tickets on American Airlines from Orlando Melbourne International Airport to any domestic destination in the contiguous United States. Raffle tickets will be available only at the 24 November meeting. the rest of us, you missed out winning last week's Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries. Well, opportunity is knocking. Here's your chance to win one! Attend this meeting and participate in a raffle with far better odds.

Location: Suntree Country Club, One Country Club Dr, Melbourne, FL 32940
Registration: deadline to register is 15 November. Paid, advance registration is required for attendance. For further information, or to register, contact Treasurer Rhonda Rhoads, at, or by phone at 321-626-4465. Mail her at Rhonda Rhoads, PO Box 410158, Melbourne, FL 32941.

Monday, 3 December 2018, 5:30 - 8 pm - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts David Hunt, CIA Operations Officer on "From Russia with Love: Assassinations from the 16th to 21st Century."

David Hunt, a CIA 32 Years of Distinguished Service with field assignments in Italy, Vietnam, Somalia, Norway, France and New York City, Station Chief in Somalia and New York.  Expertise on old Soviet Union.  Currently Chairman of Charles Pratt and Company in New York.

TOPIC:  From Russia with Love.  Assassinations are a continuum from the 16th century.  David will provide depth and continuity to the 4 March 2018 assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal in England.
LOCATION:  Society of Illustrators building:  128 East 63rd Street Between Lexington Ave and Park Ave in Manhattan.
TIME:  Meeting starts 6:00 PM.  Registration starts 5:30 PM
COST:  $50/person.  Cash or check payable at the door only.
REGISTRATION:  Strongly recommended, not required.  Phone Jerry Goodwin 1-646-717-3776 or Email

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Tuesday, 6 November 2018 3 - 4 pm - Washington, DC - "The Post-Caliphate Islamic State: Reflections on Counterterrorism During the First Year of the Trump Administration" by Christopher Costa, Exec Dir International Spy Museum speaking at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security

Christopher P. Costa, Colonel, US Army (Retired), Executive Director, The International Spy Museum, addresses the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security on "The Post-Caliphate Islamic State: Reflections on Counterterrorism During the First Year of the Trump Administration."

Colonel Costa will set the scene for how the terrorist threat has manifested over the past year or more, the demise of the physical caliphate - the complexities of the fight in the milieu that is Syria - and what the threat might look like in the future. He will consider the terrorist threat from the Maghreb to the Philippines and will discuss what a successful counterterrorism strategy would look like, what are the greatest concerns going forward, such as foreign terrorist fighters, the threat and vulnerabilities to civil aviation and mass transit.

Where: Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, 1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
Direct questions to Frank Fletcher, Director of Lectures & Seminars by email to, Please note that you must RSVP to attend this event.
Daniel Morgan Graduate School Reserves The Right To Refuse Entry
Appropriate Attire Is Business or Business Casual
RSVP here.

6 November 2018, 5 - 8 pm - Reston, VA - NMIF hosts James Clapper discussing his book "Facts and Fears."

The National Military Intelligence Foundation hosts the Hon. James R. Clapper discussing his book "Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence." He will also be signing copies of the book.
Cost: $30/pp; $15/student. Fee includes light hors d'oeuvres.
Location: 11091 Sunset Hills Rd, Ste 200, Reston, VA 20190. Directions are here.
Register here.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, noon - Alexandria, VA - Remembrance Luncheon for Bill Bailey, past president of Rotary Club of Annandale.

The Rotary Club of Annandale Virginia (BXRC for Bailey's Crossroads) is hosting a remembrance luncheon for their former president, William Benteen Bailey, a former lawyer and naval officer. Bailey also served in the 1990s as a legal advisor for AFIO.
His widow, Alice, and possibly his children Alicia and Bruce, will be in attendance. Bill died of a stroke on 25 Sep 2018 at his home in Annandale, VA.

Location: Clyde's at Mark Center 1700 N Beauregard St, Alexandria, VA 22311. Clyde's will present a single check that be divided among attendees. RSVP needed to Tina at or

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, Luke Bencie, and others. An opportunity to learn from and network with security professionals from 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.

Saturday, 17 November 2018, 5 - 10 pm - McLean, VA - 13th Annual GEOGala by USGIF

The USGIF [US Geospatial-Intelligence Foundation) is proud to bring together more than 500 leaders from across the Defense, Intelligence, and Homeland Security Communities with USGIF Organizational Members, Individual Members, Foundation partners and their guests.

The USGIF black-tie GEOGala celebrates the dedication and support of the GEOINT Community to the tradecraft and our national security mission.

Location: Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, VA 22102.
Attire: Black Tie/Formal Dress

If you plan to register more than 4 people, you will need to download and submit the paper application.

Registration: Individual Seats are $250* - USGIF Individual Member; $295 - Non-member
Young Professional Seats are $225* - USGIF Individual Member; $270 - Non-member

Registration ends at noon on 17 Nov 2018.
Register here.

19 November 2018, 4:45 - 9 pm - Washington, DC - DMGS hosts panel on "USA-Georgia-Azerbaijan: Global and Regional Perspectives of Trilateral Cooperation.

Strategic Link for Energy and Trade between Europe and Asia, panel featuring David Bakradze, Dr. Yuval Weber, Edward Lemon, Elin Suleymanov, Georgia, Global and Regional Perspectives of Trilateral Cooperation, Mamuka Tsereteli, Orkhan Zeynalov, Yuval Weber.

The USA – Georgia – Azerbaijan: Global and Regional Perspectives of Trilateral Cooperation

4 - 4:30 pm – Registration of guests; 4:45 - 5 pm – Welcome speech of DMGS President Mr. Christopher Croft; 5 - 6:10 pm. Panel 1: South Caucasus at the Crossroads: Challenges to Regional Stability- Speaker: H.E Mr. Elin Suleymanov, the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the US; H.E Mr. David Bakradze, the Ambassador of the Republic of Georgia to the US; Moderator: Dr. Yuval Weber (Daniel Morgan Graduate School). 6:10 - 6: 25 pm – Q&A Session; 6:30 - 7:45 pm. Panel 2: Azerbaijan – Georgia: A Strategic Link for Energy and Trade between Europe and Asia
Speaker: Mr. Orkhan Zeynalov, Counselor of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the US; Mr. Mamuka Tsereteli, Senior Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, based in Washington DC. Moderator: Dr. Edward Lemon (Daniel Morgan Graduate School)
7:45 - 8 pm – Q&A Session; 8 pm - Reception

RSVP is required and guests must check in prior to entering the event. Guests may be asked to present government issued identification.
Venue: Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, 1620 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security reserves the right to refuse entry.

Proper attire is required: Business

Please note that registration commences at 4 pm
Cost: Free
More information and to register do so 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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