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1 February 2019 - Tysons, VA - This first luncheon of 2019 features Larry Loftis, author of Code Name: Lise, and David Major, Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent, discussing "The Truth About Edward Snowden: The Man Who Conned the World."
MAJOR's presentation starts at 1 p.m.: Edward Snowden is a polarizing figure in the world today. Known by millions and the press as a champion of freedom and a self-appointed 'whistleblower' exposing IC activities which some saw as a violation of the civil rights of Americans. These are some of the myths surround Snowden's claims, and promoted by anti-IC minions in the press and nonprofit world. Almost all information in the public domain about Snowden is false; the vast majority of the "Snowden narrative" crafted, skewed, and provided by Snowden himself and swallowed whole by his media fans, never verified. Snowden has repeatedly lied about himself, his supposed expertise, the NSA, and his motivations. David Major will expose the truth about the man, his background, and the duplicity of his claims. These are essential corrections of the Snowden Myth which professionals need to know to counter continuing false claims made by Snowden and his supporters.
LOFTIS's presentation starts at 11 a.m.: Code Name: Lise—The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy, by Larry Loftis recounts the story of Odette Sansom (1912-1995), a Frenchwoman living in England, wife of an Englishman and mother of 3 daughters, who was recruited into Britain's Special Operations Executive to conduct espionage in France during World War II with her commander, and yet-to-be second husband, Peter Churchill. Leaving her daughters in a convent school and with relatives, she joined the rigorous training program, becoming proficient with a wide range of weapons, learning the fine points of spycraft, and perfecting her new identity with the code name Lise. In France she proved herself fearless. Hunted by the Germans, in 1943, Odette and Peter were captured, imprisoned, and tortured. Loftis describes Odette's ordeal in grisly detail. Two lies saved her: She pretended that she and Peter were married (they would be after the war) and that Peter was related to Winston Churchill. In defeat, the Gestapo hoped to use her as a bargaining chip.
Register here.Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22182 Phone: (703) 893-2100. Directions at this link.
More tributes on the passing of President and DCI George H.W. Bush, plus a C-SPAN Interview on CIA and JFK...
A retrospective on George H. W. Bush's tenure as Director of Central Intelligence produced by CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence. This declassified video was shown during a 29 January 2016 visit by President and Mrs. Bush to CIA Headquarters to mark the 40th anniversary of Mr. Bush's swearing in as Director. It was released on YouTube 11 June 2018. It runs 13:05 minutes. Click image for video.
Interviews of Dr. Matthew Dallek, Associate Professor, George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, and Dr. Nicholas Dujmovic, Visiting Assistant Professor of Intelligence Studies, The Catholic University of America, by Phil Briggs of the Connecting Vets Organization, regarding George HW Bush as CIA Director. Runs 31:01 minutes. Click image for podcast.
Also of interest and just released:
Catholic University professor and former CIA historian Nicholas Dujmovic teaches a class about national intelligence during President Kennedy's administration. He talks about the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and other covert operations during the Cold War. (Dujmovic concludes with a refutation of the idea that CIA had a role in the assassination of JFK.)
New and Forthcoming Books of the Week
This lavishly photographed and authoritative book presents the secret history of Soviet subminiature spy cameras during the Cold War. It is a history that could only have been written by the veteran KGB technical intelligence officers who created and used the cameras in secret operations. With 350 photographs, the book reveals the history, development, and operational use of more than ninety secret cameras used by two of the world's most formidable intelligence services—the KGB (Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti [Committee for State Security]) and GRU (Glavnoye Razvedyvatel'noye Upravleniye [Foreign Military Intelligence Agency of the Soviet Army])—for secretly copying documents, and for surveillance and compromise. Every major camera system used by the KGB, and several used by the GRU are included. A bonus at the end of the book is an exhaustive glossary on KGB and GRU photographic systems and optical devices. This book is a must-have for camera collectors, military enthusiasts, historians, and counterintelligence officers.
"A chronological illustrated history of some of the deepest and darkest secrets of these two organizations." — Gerald B. Richards, retired FBI Special Agent
H. Keith Melton is an intelligence historian and the best-selling author of multiple books on clandestine technology. Melton is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Vladimir Alekseenko served KGB stations in Europe and the United States, and provided operational and technical support for Soviet intelligence activities and protection against eavesdropping on Soviet missions.
Book may be ordered here.
This collection of authentic quotations of Ronald Reagan will appeal to all those interested in the former US President and who seek to understand more about his beliefs and the inner man. For many Americans — conservatives and liberals alike, students and historians, concerned citizens and politicians — Reagan remains a major figure whose legacy still influences political and cultural debates over many core issues, especially those concerning the role, reach, and power of government. Based on Reagan's own sayings, writings, letters, and essays—not those of aides and speechwriters—this work provides the only comprehensive collection of the man's own thinking on a full spectrum of relevant topics over his long life. It brings together over 1,500 quotations arranged alphabetically into 64 thematic categories. Most are serious: the Cold War, Communism, Federalism, Foreign Policy, the State; yet, some illustrate Reagan the man: Curses, Humor in Adversity, Toasts, and even a small section on Wine.
Book may be ordered here.
Seventy-five years have passed since D-Day, the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The outcome of the Second World War hung in the balance on that chill June morning. If Allied forces succeeded in gaining a foothold in northern France, the road to victory would be open. But if the Allies could be driven back into the sea, the invasion would be stalled for years, perhaps forever.
An epic battle that involved 156,000 men, 7,000 ships, and 20,000 armoured vehicles, the desperate struggle that unfolded on 6 June 1944 was, above all, a story of individual heroics – of men who were driven to keep fighting until the German defences were smashed and the precarious beachheads secured.
Milton's account narrates the day's events through the tales of survivors from all sides: the teenage Allied conscript, the crack German defender, the French resistance fighter. From the military architects at Supreme Headquarters to the young schoolboy in the Wehrmacht's bunkers, describes the absolute terror of those trapped in the front line of Operation Overlord. It also gives voice to those who have hitherto remained unheard – the French butcher's daughter, the Panzer Commander's wife, the chauffeur to the General Staff.
This vast canvas of human bravado reveals 'the longest day' as never before – less as a masterpiece of strategic planning than a day on which thousands of scared young men found themselves staring death in the face. It is drawn from the raw, unvarnished experiences of those who were there.
NGA Gets New Leader. The U.S. Senate has confirmed Navy Rear Adm. Robert Sharp as the next director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. In February, he will succeed Robert Cardillo, who has led NGA since 2014.
Sharp takes over the spy agency as it prepares to build a $1.75 billion western headquarters in north St. Louis, which could open in 2024. The city of St. Louis transferred the site to the federal government last month.
Sharp previously served as director for intelligence at U.S. Special Operations Command and commander of the joint intelligence center at U.S. Central Command. [Read more: Kirn/STLouisBusinessJournal/2January2019]
Intelligence Experts Skeptical American Arrested in Russia is a Spy. Sometime between Christmas and New Year's Eve, Russian domestic security officials arrested Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine who works in corporate security, accusing the American of embarking on a "spy mission." It's a charge that several former intelligence officers who spoke with Yahoo News found highly unlikely.
"I think it's quite clear this is not an American intelligence operation" but rather further evidence of a Russian influence campaign directed against the West, said Steven Hall, a former senior CIA official who managed intelligence operations in Eurasia and is an expert in Russia.
Whelan's family, including his twin brother, have vehemently denied the Russian accusations in the media, explaining that Whelan was in town for a friend's wedding. A State Department spokesperson said U.S. Ambassador John Huntsman visited Whelan on Wednesday in detention and "expressed his support for Mr. Whelan and offered the Embassy's assistance."
"Due to privacy considerations for Mr. Whelan and his family, we have nothing further at this time," the spokesperson added. [Read more: McLaughlin/YahooNews/2January2019]
Canada's Domestic Spy Agency Looking to Hire Hackers and Data Scientists. Canada's domestic spy agency is in the market for hackers.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) wants to hire a "network exploitation analyst" to assist the agency in "cyber investigative activities."
The successful candidate will be expected to build new tools for the spy agency to carry out electronic snooping, develop and maintain a database of "malware" exploits, and provide analysis of "technical artifacts," according to the job posting. [Read more: Boutilier/TheStar/3January2019]
Gambia's Intelligence Service Views Social Media as a Challenge. The director general of the State Intelligent Service (SIS), Ousman Sowe, has said that the country's intelligence service is committed to addressing the security needs, underlining that the country's security situation remains calm.
He added that the security indicators of the country are good. However, he affirmed that social media continues to remain a challenge per their 2018 assessment.
"In meeting the national security challenges over this period, we have concluded that one way that works for this country is engagement. We need to engage each other. We need to have constructive discussion and we need to have constructive engagement and that has been our strategy," he said.
He added that thanks to the support, understanding, readiness and cooperation of the Gambian people and other stakeholders, they were able to contribute immensely in maintaining national peace and security. [Read more: Jawo/ThePoint/31December2018]
All Three CIA Directorates Will now be Headed by Women. CIA Director Gina Haspel has appointed another woman to the top level of the agency, naming Cynthia "Didi" Rapp as deputy director for analysis, essentially the top analyst in the CIA. The appointment means that the top three directorates of the agency, for operations, analysis and science and technology are now all headed by women.
Haspel, the first woman director of the agency, had previously named Elizabeth Kimber, like her a 34-year veteran of the agency, as the first female deputy director for operations, responsible for the agency's worldwide spy network. Kimber and Rapp join Dawn Meyerriecks, the deputy director for science and technology, as the top executives in the agency's traditional power centers.
It's the first time all three directorates have been headed by women. The CIA work force is now almost 50 percent women, said a U.S. intelligence official. [Read more: Windrem/NBCNews/5January2019]
Ethiopia Arrest Warrant for Ex-Spy Chief, Getachew Assefa. Ethiopian authorities have made a move in respect of a former intelligence chief widely reported to have superintended over systemic rights abuse during his tenure.
Getachew Assefa was fired by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in 2018 as part of a housecleaning of regime officials mentioned in cases of rights abuse.
The BBC Amharic service quoted the Attorney General as telling parliament on Tuesday that the Tigray regional state was shielding Assefa from arrest.
The accused is currently a high ranking member of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front - a bloc in the four party ruling coalition, the Ethiopia People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, EPRDF. [Read more: AfricaNews/3January2019]
How DIA Can Recreate the Stress of Learning in a Foreign Country. How can the Defense Intelligence Agency ensure its staff members can effectively communicate in the everyday environments of far-flung places without sending them into potentially risky situations? Agency leaders are hoping the answer to improve foreign language training is just a computer away.
In a sources sought notice issued in late December, the agency said virtual, augmented and mixed reality provides a safer means for trainees to be fully immersed in areas where they might one day be sent on assignment but that are too dangerous to visit for training purposes.
"The risk of traveling overseas is always a main concern when considering the safety of intelligence officers, especially those who have language skills or specialize in regions of high risk," the notice reads. [Read more: Pomerleau/C4ISRNet/27December2018]
CIA Chief Pushes For More Spies Abroad; Surveillance Makes That Harder. CIA Director Gina Haspel spent much of her career overseas and undercover - and she wants more CIA officers doing the same.
In her one public speech since becoming head of the spy agency, Haspel said her goal is to "steadily increase the number of officers stationed overseas. That's where our mission as a foreign intelligence agency lies, and having a larger foreign footprint allows for a more robust posture."
But doing this isn't easy. It's always been a challenge to protect the identity of American spies and the foreign sources they work with, said Jonna Mendez, who used to be the chief of disguise at the CIA. [Read more: Myre/NPR/3January2018]
North Korean Envoy to Italy Vanishes - Did He Defect? North Korea's top diplomat in Italy has gone into hiding along with his wife, according to a South Korean lawmaker, raising the possibility of a defection of a senior North Korean official.
The news came from South Korea's spy agency, which briefed lawmakers in Seoul on Thursday on the status of North Korea's acting ambassador to Italy, Jo Song Gil. It said he went into hiding with his wife in November before his posting to Italy ended late that month.
A high-profile defection by one of North Korea's elite would be a huge embarrassment for leader Kim Jong Un as he pursues diplomacy with Seoul and Washington and seeks to portray himself as a geopolitical player.
South Korean lawmaker Kim Min-ki said an official from Seoul's National Intelligence Service shared the information during a closed-door briefing. Kim did not say whether the spy agency revealed anything about Jo's current whereabouts or whether he had plans to defect to South Korea. [Read more: AP/4January2018]
How China's Spies Became Key Players in the Trade War. China's main intelligence agency, the shadowy Ministry of State Security, has found itself thrust into the global spotlight as political and trade tensions between the U.S. and China flare. Two of its alleged assets have been publicly named in a sweeping U.S. indictment involving hacking on a global scale. After a top executive of Huawei Technologies Co. was arrested in Canada on a U.S. extradition request, it was MSS agents who abruptly detained two Canadians in China, sparking a diplomatic feud. (Huawei itself has long been suspected of building telecommunications equipment that could give Chinese intelligence a back door to spy on U.S. networks, a charge it denies.) The ministry's reach continues to grow as President Xi Jinping strengthens security laws, while limits on its power remain vague. [Read more: Leigh/Bloomberg/3January2019]
Russian, Chinese Espionage Pose Difficult Challenge for FBI. Penetrating U.S. intelligence, American businesses and the nation's political system are the number one priorities for both Russia and China. Caught in a seemingly unending stream of ongoing spy scandals with the Kremlin - and a swell of Chinese espionage cases - the FBI appears to be facing its stiffest counterintelligence challenges in decades.
These challenges, however, have already been underway for some time and didn't just now appear out of the blue, according to the head of the Washington Field Office of the FBI.
"In my opinion, I believe the FBI feels strongly that it's not that Russia and China have been raising the bar. They raised the bar several years ago. We are already behind the curve, so to speak,"said Nancy McNamara in an exclusive interview with WTOP.
"Both," McNamara said, "have very strong presence in the United States. Both have different types of operations and agendas." [Read more: Green/WTOP/4January2019]
Espionage, Counter-Espionage Vital in Today's World. Preserving national security in a hostile world is a primary function of American government. Protecting America involves both anticipating and meeting threats to America as well as exploiting the weaknesses of rival states and groups. Protecting the national interest requires the gathering and analysis of information as well as covert operations to weaken an enemy. Many agencies within the federal government such as the CIA and FBI are charged with pursuing America's intelligence-gathering and counter-intelligence activities.
The topic of espionage and counter-espionage is certainly very relevant today. As a citizen and political scientist, I am concerned deeply over the threats to our democracy that are posed by foreign intervention in our country's political and economic affairs and the cavalier attitude too many of our leaders and citizens have regarding these intrusions.
The news constantly reports attempts by foreign governments such as Russia or China to compromise our military, political and economic security. International terrorists require constant vigilance. Our cyber security is routinely threatened. Real spy stories make compelling reading and we all enjoy a good spy thriller. But the real world of espionage is tedious, constant, dangerous and demanding. [Read more: Ray/MontanaStandard/31December2018]
How Russia's Military Intelligence Agency Became the Covert Muscle in Putin's Duels with the West. Nina Loguntsova arrives at school early to stand at soldier-style attention, and she leaves late after extra classes that have included cryptography. Three different military uniforms hang in her closet.
The 17-year-old student is part of an expanding military-education program at Moscow's public schools that aims to inculcate respect for security services and boost the math and computer knowledge of potential recruits.
One of the program's partners is the Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU - whose fingerprints, the West claims, are increasingly found on suspected Kremlin-ordered operations around the world.
The list includes hacking into Democratic National Committee emails in 2016, spearheading Russia's intervention in Ukraine and the nerve-agent attack in Britain earlier this year. [Read more: WashingtonPost/28December2018]
Managing Cyberwar With Vodka. In cyberspace, conflict is the norm when it comes to nation-states. Russia's malware shows up on U.S. power grids, and its online trolls try to influence elections. China, meanwhile, steals the personal data and intellectual property of leading American corporations. The U.S., for its part, has its hackers on a war footing.
So it may seem the prospects for dialogue - in this case, trialogue - are slim. Yet this is exactly what happened last month in Moscow among a group of former and current officials from China, Russia and the U.S. The ostensible purpose of the two-day meeting, hosted by the Russian foreign ministry, was to explore guidelines for conflicts within and among computer networks.
In the Trump era, this kind of parley has a political edge. The independent investigation into his campaign's possible collusion with Russian hackers during the 2016 election has hung over the White House since President Donald Trump's inauguration. Trump's own efforts to launch a cybersecurity dialogue with Russia were met with ridicule and shock when he first proposed it in 2017 after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. [Read more: Lake/Bloomberg/4January2019]
Reducing Job Stress: Tips for Federal Law Enforcement — by Starr Wright USA
Law enforcement careers consistently rank among the most stressful jobs in the U.S. Studies indicate that up to 30 percent of police officers experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder on a regular basis. Add in the extra pressure associated with working for the federal government, and it's easy to see why federal law enforcement careers are considered among the most stressful in the country. This 3-page Starr Wright article discusses: Identify Stressors; Emphasize Physical Fitness; Build a Support System; Change Your Focus; Assume Ownership; Ensure You're Covered. Full article is here as a pdf.
Henry Richard Appelbaum, 78, a retired CIA analyst and presidential briefer, died 16 December 2018 of Parkinson's Disease in Arlington, VA. He graduated from Harvard with honors and received an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Hank started his career in government as a Foreign Service Officer in 1966 and was posted to Uruguay. He left the State Department in 1970, moving into intelligence, which provided more freedom from political pressure than did diplomacy. He enjoyed a long career at the CIA, with a short detail to the National Security Council staff. From 1987 to 1994, Hank was Deputy Chief of the CIA team that produced the President's Daily Brief on global intelligence; he gave oral briefings in the Oval Office to Presidents and cabinet officials of both parties. In 2010, when former President George H.W. Bush learned that Hank had Parkinson's Disease, he sent a warm personal note wishing him well, saying he missed their daily briefings and thanking Hank for his "expertise and professionalism." Throughout life Hank loved meeting people from all over the world and often surprised them with his detailed knowledge of political geography and history. He was an avid tennis player and amateur jazz pianist. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Amy, by a son and daughter, by three siblings, and other family.
Lewis Larry Boothe, 79, a career CIA Operations Officer and College Professor, died of Alzheimer's disease on 17 December 2018 in Clinton, UT. Larry attended Brigham Young University on a baseball scholarship, graduating with a BA in political science, and then receiving an MA in public administration as a member of the first Romney Institute graduating class in 1965. He also graduated from the National War College in Washington, DC. After completing his MPA, Larry taught history and political science at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, WY. In January 1966, he began his career with CIA, entering the elite Career Training Program. Larry's career spanned 31 years with tours of service in Munich and Frankfurt, Germany; Caracas, Venezuela; Brussels, Belgium; and the Middle East. He was promoted into the Senior Intelligence Service, serving in executive positions across directorates. He was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for meritorious service. In 1994, he was assigned to Utah State University as a CIA Officer-in-Residence and taught intelligence courses in the political science department. Following retirement from the Agency in 1997, Larry continued to teach at the university for 19 years as an adjunct professor. Larry enjoyed mentoring and teaching students and made lasting friendships with the senior citizens he taught each summer. He also served as the Planning and Zoning administrator in Teton County, ID for several years. Larry's life was dedicated to public service, and it was his greatest honor to serve our nation with his CIA colleagues. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Larry served in multiple positions, including branch president, high counselor, athletic director, Scout leader and teacher. He served a two-and-a-half-year mission in the Central German Mission, developing a great love for Germany and its people. He participated in Scouting, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. An avid reader, he had an extensive library. He also enjoyed playing golf and had the opportunity to play St. Andrews and surrounding courses in Scotland. He also played Pinehurst in NC. Larry is survived by his wife, Sharon Delaney, a son and daughter, and other family. [Read more: TetonValleyNews/18December2018]
Edward Dunn, 96, a 57-year CIA officer, died 23 November 2018 in Falls Church, VA. He received his undergraduate degree in history from Bates College, where he also was an active participant on the debate team and attended Harvard University before being called to service by the CIA. He served his country for 59 years. First as a weather spotter for the US Army Air Corps during WWII, and for CIA for another 57 years - 30 as a staff officer and 27 as an independent consultant following retirement. Sometimes referred to as "the last Cold Warrior," Eddie wielded the pen to counter Communist movements worldwide, serving in multiple overseas assignments over his career, including in Europe and Asia. He advised on public diplomacy for arms control initiatives in the Reagan administration and continued to advise, teach, and hone the tradecraft of two generations of CIA officers in his field. Eddie's other passion was sports and following the exploits of his seven grandchildren, whether academic, professional, or on many playing fields. An avid Red Sox and Celtics fan, he would regale anyone who would listen (or not) with detailed descriptions of key plays, some going back 50 years or more, be it a win or a loss. He is survived by two sons and a daughter, and other family.
Doris Michel Gibbons, 90, a 40-year CIA staff officer, died of lung cancer on 23 May 2018 in Ashburn, VA. She entered on duty at CIA in 1955, assigned to the clerical pool. Her career spanned three months short of 40 years, including a two year tour in Germany. She was a member of the staff of President Ford's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and served as Special Assistant to five Directors of Central Intelligence. Upon her retirement in 1995, she was awarded CIA's Medal for Honorable Service and the Career Intelligence Medal, "in recognition of her exceptional achievements with the Central Intelligence Agency for almost forty years." Doris and husband Les enjoyed many happy times on their boat exploring the Patuxent River and the creeks entering it at various locations along the river's journey to the Chesapeake Bay. They took five motor trips across the US, visiting new places and old friends along the way. A favorite happening was finding their ranch, and becoming friends with two "real American cowboy" families, after viewing the Bill Moyers' television special, "Cowboys," in 1976. In retirement Doris was active in Arlington's Lee Senior Center and NAFRE Chapter Seven. She enjoyed traveling, including trips to Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Eastern Europe. Survivors include three stepchildren and other family.
Frank Edward Herrelko, Sr. (Col., USAF, Retired), 105, NSA Deputy Director for Communications Security, a member of the NSA Hall of Fame, died 21 October 2018 in Lower Gwynedd, PA. He was the oldest Lifetime Member of NSA's The Phoenix Society.
After working as a coal miner for two years, Frank enlisted in the Army in 1932, serving in the Coast Artillery, Medical Corps, and Signal Corps in Hawaii, the Panama Canal Zone, New York, and New Jersey, with duties as artilleryman, bugler, medical technician, telephone pole climber, and message center chief before being commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1940. He attended the Command and General Staff College as a Lieutenant and later attended the Signal Corps School, Fighter Command School, Air University, and the Armed Forces Staff College. During WWII, he served in a variety of Aircraft Warning organizations on both coasts. He designed and installed the First Air Defense & Control Center in New York City and trained over 300 volunteers. In Florida, he designed and built the first air-transportable Air Defense & Control Center, which was deployed to the Pacific Theater. For this work he was awarded the Legion of Merit. He was promoted to Captain in 1942, Major in 1943, and Lt. Colonel in 1944, at which time he commanded the 556th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion in Iceland, with three companies and eight radar stations. After the war, he commanded a succession of Aircraft Control and Warning Groups on the west coast, transferred from the Army to the then-new Air Force in 1947, and served in Alaska as the Cold War began, installing six radar stations in the Aleutian Island Chain reaching toward the Soviet Union. After a subsequent tour as Chief of Staff, Eastern Air Defense Force and promotion to Colonel at age 37, he began the first of three tours of duty at the National Security Agency, where he was the first Deputy Director for Communications Security. Between these assignments, he served in Italy from 1955 to 1958 as NATO's Assistant Chief of Staff for Air Defense for Italy, Greece, and Turkey and as Chief of U.S. and NATO AIRSOUTH Communications Security, and in Japan from 1962-1964 as Commander of the 5,000-man Far East Communications Region.
After his retirement from active duty in 1967, Frank continued work in the Federal Civil Service, as a national security consultant, and as a volunteer on numerous public and charitable boards. A lifelong athlete, he competed for over thirty years in golf, bowling, marksmanship, and track and field. He won the Air Force Security Service Pistol Championship and over 300 medals in the Senior Olympics at state and national levels and in the Huntsman World Senior Games. He was inducted into the Maryland Senior Olympics Hall of Fame in 2004, into the Hall of Fame of the Huntsman World Senior Games in 2006, and into the National Security Agency's Hall of Honor in 2017.
He is survived by three sons, a daughter, and other family.
Harold Leon McDermott, 88, a former CIA Analyst, died 27 December 2018 in Winchester, VA.
Hal was a graduate of Franklin High School in Ohio; Ohio University, Athens, OH where he received a BS in Education, and of Auburn University, where he received a Master's Degree. Hal was a veteran having served in the US Air Force Reserve retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He served as an analyst with CIA retiring in 1989, having been stationed in Turkey, Taiwan, and Germany. He was a member of the Rappahannock County Lions Club where he received the Lion of the Year Award and volunteered with Social Services in Rappahannock County. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret "Sam" Catherine Fanning, and other family.
Michael Dennis Olson, 77, a CIA Operations Officer, died 5 November 2018 in Casper, WY. Mike grew up on a dairy farm before joining the Marine Corps. He later became a game warden in Wisconsin. Mike went on to a career with CIA where his postings allowed him to travel the world with his family, which became one of his greatest passions. His engaging, spirited personality and great sense of humor made him easy to connect with and his interest in and love of people and their stories marked him as a true and loyal friend. Mike is survived by his wife, Suzanne, two sons and a daughter, and other family.
Thomas Andrew Ryan, 87, died 31 December 2018 of
Tom grew up in the Bronx and graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1952. He served as an infantry officer in the Army for three years. He then went on to serve his country for another 35 years as a CIA operations officer, including overseas tours in Japan, Thailand, Brazil, Poland, and Australia. After retiring in 1991, he worked for 10 more years as a CIA contractor. Tom was also a dedicated weekly volunteer at Fairfax Hospital for more than 10 years.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Mary Altieri, their five children, and other family.
Robert William Stephan, PhD, 66, a CIA Counterintelligence Officer, Author, Professor, died 4 November 2018 in Sarasota, FL from a traumatic brain injury stemming from a fall. He joined the U.S. Air Force Security Service directly from high school as a Russian voice intercept specialist. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland during his military service, which included an assignment to the Berlin Field Station, or "Devil's Mountain," the legendary Cold War signals intelligence facility, in then West Berlin. After the Air Force, Bob served in the National Security Agency, Federal Research Division, and the Defense Intelligence Agency Counterintelligence Directorate. Bob transferred to the Central Intelligence Agency, Directorate of Operations, where he became a highly regarded counterintelligence specialist, and one of the U.S. Intelligence Community's leading subject matter experts on the Soviet and Russian intelligence and security services. While at CIA, Bob completed a doctorate in modern Russian history at George Washington University. His doctoral thesis, revised and published as Stalin's Secret War : Soviet Counterintelligence against the Nazis, 1941-1945 (U Press Kansas, 2003), stands as the definitive English-language account of Soviet wartime counterintelligence and human deception operations on the Eastern Front. Bob served as adjunct professor at The Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC for several years before moving to Florida. He is survived by his wife, Astrid Stephan, a former senior officer with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and DIA.
SPEAKER: Mr. Bob Hull, Los Alamos Technical Associates Inc., will talk about the attempted killing of Russians in London using the Russian chemical agent, Novichok.
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. Google map location. Fee to attend: Meeting is Free. Timing: 11 a.m. (Arrive, Order Lunch - available at separate cost), 11:30 a.m. (Call To Order), 1 p.m. (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.
A CIA team tracked Osama bin Laden for years until the raid on his compound in Pakistan. This is the story of what the team did, how OBL's trail was discovered and followed, what problems had to be overcome and what finally led to the raid. A very entertaining and informative presentation by a member of the team.
Katherine (Kate) Hall has a 35-year career with the CIA in which Kate made her way from an 07 rank to lead thousands of analysts deployed around the globe. Along the way she visited jungles, deserts, and back alleys; but she also had the honor of meeting and briefing multiple US Presidents and foreign dignitaries. She was one of the first official Americans to go to People's Republic of China; the first female National Intelligence Officer with the National Intelligence Council; she headed two CIA Offices in the Directorate of Intelligence and had the honor of leading hundreds of analysts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thirty days from her retirement, 9/11 happened and, as most of her peers, Kate re-upped. The result was thirteen more years with CIA which included heading operations for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Her last five years in Washington D.C. were as Vice President and General Manager of BAE Systems where she headed global operations supporting several US Intelligence Agencies and the US military.
The featured speaker at this AFIO Maine event will be John Doughty, veteran scholar, researcher, and analyst of global affairs. He will examine deteriorating China-U.S. relations. Doughty will discuss the tensions building on the trade front, China's military expansion into the South China Sea, and key events in Chinese history that may provide clues to future developments. He was formerly a senior financial analyst at Bath Iron Works, is a trustee of the Maine Historical Society, and currently serves on the boards of directors at World Affairs Council of Maine, and the Camden Conference.
This presentation is open to the public and a question period will follow.
No registration is required and there is no fee to attend. Event is held at the Brick Store Museum's Program Center, 4 Dane St, Kennebunk, ME.
30 January 2019 (Wednesday), 11:30 a.m. - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO San Francisco Chapter hosts Bill Monroe on CORONA Satellite Project, Genesis of Government-Private Sector Cooperation and its Impact on Silicon Valley
Speaker: Bill Monroe
1 February 2019 - Tysons, VA - First AFIO luncheon of 2019 features Larry Loftis, author of Code Name: Lise, and David Major, Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent, discussing "The Truth About Edward Snowden: The Man Who Conned the World."
MAJOR.s presentation starts at 1 p.m.: Edward Snowden is a polarizing figure in the world today. Known by millions and the press as a champion of freedom and a self-appointed 'whistleblower' exposing IC activities which some saw as a violation of the civil rights of Americans. These are some of the myths surround Snowden's claims, and promoted by anti-IC minions in the press and nonprofit world. Almost all information in the public domain about Snowden is false; the vast majority of the "Snowden narrative" crafted, skewed, and provided by Snowden himself and swallowed whole by his media fans, never verified. Snowden has repeatedly lied about himself, his supposed expertise, the NSA, and his motivations. David Major will expose the truth about the man, his background, and the duplicity of his claims. These are essential corrections of the Snowden Myth which professionals need to know to counter continuing false claims made by Snowden and his supporters.
LOFTIS's presentation starts at 11 a.m.: Code Name: Lise—The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy, by Larry Loftis recounts the story of Odette Sansom (1912-1995), a Frenchwoman living in England, wife of an Englishman and mother of 3 daughters, who was recruited into Britain's Special Operations Executive to conduct espionage in France during World War II with her commander, lover, and second husband, Peter Churchill. Leaving her daughters in a convent school and with relatives, she joined the rigorous training program, becoming proficient with a wide range of weapons, learning the fine points of spycraft, and perfecting her new identity with the code name Lise. In France she proved herself fearless. Hunted by the Germans, in 1943, Odette and Peter were captured, imprisoned, and tortured. Loftis describes Odette's ordeal in grisly detail. Two lies saved her: She pretended that she and Peter were married (they would be after the war) and that Peter was related to Winston Churchill. In defeat, the Gestapo hoped to use her as a bargaining chip.
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Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22182 Phone: (703) 893-2100. Directions at this link.
Happy New Year! With the new year we have scheduled our annual chapter business meeting on 1 February 2019 (Friday).
Lunch will be served at no cost. Complimentary lunch for members will be served as we focus on three agenda items listed below. If you would like to add topics to the agenda, please forward them to the chapter officers here so that we may include them at the meeting. Agenda Items are: • Election of Chapter Officers; • Membership Growth; • 2019 Speakers.
Location: Alejos Restaurant, 8343 Lincoln Blvd, Westchester, CA 90045. Map location is here.
RSVP: Click to send email of your attendance. We strongly encourage participation from all members. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a New Year!
Vincent Autiero, President; John Hallstead, Treasurer; AFIO-Los Angeles Chapter, http://www.afio.org
Former CIA Operations Officer, author Fred Rustmann gives presentation on his latest novel, False Flag. This book was announced in Weekly Notes #02-18 (09 January 2018), and also praised by reviewer Joseph Goulden in Intelligencer, Spring 2018 [page 101].
A young, female CIA officer under non-official cover has been
snatched off of the streets of Beirut by Hezbollah. This is the
kind of situation that CIA's legendary Deputy Director of
Operations Edwin Rothmann needs solved fast—but he can't involve
the agency. Instead, he enlists the renegade Ft. Lauderdale outfit
he refers to as "CIA, Inc." headed by former CIA case officer Mac
MacMurphy. As the kidnapped officer faces a battle of wits with
her mysterious interrogator, MacMurphy and his team track down a
former CIA asset who may hold the key to infiltrating the hostage
situation before it gets out of hand.
Thursday, 17 January 2019, 6 - 7:30PM - Alexandria, VA - NIP Third Thursday Social features RDML Brookes speaking on ""Perspectives on the Role of the Information Warfare Commander Afloat and Naval Intelligence at Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet."
Naval Intelligence Professionals kick-off their Third Thursday Social with guest speaker Rear Admiral Michael Brookes, Deputy Commander, U.S. 10th Fleet, discussing "Perspectives on the Role of the Information Warfare Commander Afloat and Naval Intelligence at Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet." RDML Brookes' operational tours include Imagery Intelligence Officer for VF-211 embarked aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68); Assistant Intelligence Officer (N21) for Cruiser-Destroyer Group One, embarked aboard USS Constellation (CV-64); Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (N2) for Carrier Strike Group 7, embarked aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76); Deputy Director of Intelligence (DJ2) for Joint Special Operations Command, where he deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan as Director of Intelligence (J2) for a joint special operations task force.
Please join us for camaraderie and professional insight. Questions are highly encouraged.
Location: Sonoma Cellar 207 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
The PENFED Foundation hosts their annual "Night of Heroes Gala" at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington, DC. Hold the date. Details to follow.
Gift Suggestions:AFIO'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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