AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #03-19 dated 22 January 2019

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Obituaries

Obituaries

Section V - Events

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Only a few days remain to attend 1 February Luncheon...

Tysons, VA - This luncheon 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."

David 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.

Larry 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.
Watch this brief 83-second video about the book. You will want to attend to hear the author.

Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22182 Phone: (703) 893-2100. Directions at this link.


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New and Forthcoming Books of the Week

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
by Adam Higginbotham
(Simon & Schuster, Feb 2019)

The definitive, dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research. April 25, 1986 in Chernobyl was a turning point in world history. The disaster not only changed the world's perception of nuclear power and the science that spawned it, but also our understanding of the planet's delicate ecology. With the images of the abandoned homes and playgrounds beyond the barbed wire of the 30-kilometer Exclusion Zone, the rusting graveyards of contaminated trucks and helicopters, the farmland lashed with black rain, the event fixed for all time the notion of radiation as an invisible killer.

"A definitive book. Adam Higginbotham has written a wonderful and chilling account of how the Chernobyl disaster happened, featuring protagonists and victims, party bosses and hapless engineers, confusion and cover up. The story of how the reactor exploded and its grisly aftermath are told with thriller-like flair. Higginbotham captures the scientific and the human, in a tale of hubris and doomed ambition."—Luke Harding, author of Collusion and The Snowden Files

"Adam Higginbotham's brilliantly well-written Midnight In Chernobyl draws on new sources and original research to illuminate the true story of one of history's greatest technological failures―and, along with it, the bewildering reality of everyday life during the final years of the Soviet Union."— Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag: A History and Red Famine: Stalin's War On Ukraine

Chernobyl was also a key event in the destruction of the Soviet Union, and, with it, the United States' victory in the Cold War. For Moscow it was a political and financial catastrophe as much as an environmental and scientific one. With a total cost of 18 billion rubles—at the time equivalent to $18 billion—Chernobyl bankrupted an already teetering economy and revealed to its population a state built upon a pillar of lies. The full story of the events that started that night in the control room of Reactor No.4 of the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant has never been told—until now.

Book may be ordered here.


If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed and How it Might Be Saved
by Michael Tomasky
(Liveright, Feb 2019)

Why has American politics fallen into such a state of horrible dysfunction? Can it ever be fixed? These are the questions that motivate Michael Tomasky's deeply original examination into the origins of our hopelessly polarized nation. Confirms what we already knew—America is deeply polarized—and charts how it always has been that way, especially at the beginning. What we are now experiencing, however, is pure tribalism.

Political polarization has been more common throughout US history than bipartisan consensus, and Tomasky suggests various reforms, like ranked-choice voting, to reduce it to manageable levels. Includes a fourteen-point agenda for how to fix it.

Book may be ordered here.


IN FICTION:

A Spy in Exile: A Thriller
by Jonathan de Shalit
(Atria/Emily Bestler Books, Feb 2019)

A cerebral and suspenseful novel of high-stakes intrigue in Israel's top intelligence agency.

After Ya'ara Stein is forced out of her job at the Mossad, she is called upon by the Prime Minister for a classified job. Known for her aptitude, beauty, and deadliness, Stein is asked to set up a secret unit that will act independently, answerable only to the Prime Minister. This streamlined unit, filled with bright young men and women recruited and trained by Stein, quickly faces threats both old and new. Descendants of the lethal militant Red Army Faction have returned to terrorize Europe and fears of a radical Islam splinter group force the unit to distinguish between facts and smoke screens.

As Stein's cadets struggle to crush these threats, they soon discover how easily the hunter can become the hunted.

Offers a peek into the dark behind the curtain where today's deadliest conflicts are fought. Well paced with many surprising twists and turns.

Book may be ordered here.




Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Danish Newspaper, Chief Editor Fined for Ex-Spy Boss Book.  A major Danish newspaper and its chief editor were fined 150,000 kroner ($22,900) on Friday for publishing a book based on interviews with Denmark's former domestic intelligence agency chief that the spy service had claimed could contain secrets.

The Copenhagen City Court says Politiken boss Christian Jensen violated a ban by publishing the book, which is based on Jakob Scharf's seven years as head of the Denmark's Security and Intelligence Service, known as PET.

The court ordered the paper to pay 100,000 kroner and Jensen 50,000 kroner.

The agency had demanded a fine of 15 million kroner ($2.23 million) and four months in prison for Jensen.  [Read more:  AP/18January2019]

Suicide Bomber Drives into Afghan Military Base, Killing at Least 45 and Wounding Dozens.  Afghan officials confirmed Tuesday that dozens of victims killed the previous day in a brazen Taliban attack on a military base not far from Kabul were members of the country's intelligence agency - a severe blow to the government which has already lost control of nearly half of Afghanistan to insurgents.

Provincial officials said at least 45 people were killed and as many as 70 were wounded when a suicide bomber drove a Humvee into the base in eastern Maidan Wardak province and detonated his load as he rammed the vehicle into the main building there on Monday.

There were fears, however, that the death toll from the daytime assault on the base, which also serves as a training centre for a pro-government militia and is run by the country's intelligence service known as the National Directorate for Security, or NDS, is even higher. [Read more:  AP/22January2019]

UK Intelligence Agency Launches New Mission - To Train Girls in Cyber Skills.  Britain's national intelligence agency unveiled plans on Thursday (Jan 17) to train about 600 teenage girls in cyber skills this year, in a bid to get more women into the male-dominated field.

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) said it would choose girls aged 12 and 13 to take part in four-day courses in coding, cryptography, logic and protecting networks, following a nationwide competition this month.

A spokesman from GCHQ unit, the National Cyber Security Centre, said the aim was to encourage more young people - particularly girls - to work in cyber security, with figures showing that only 11 per cent of the global cyber workforce is female.  [Read more:  Reuters/18January2019]

Dossier Commission: Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Intelligence Agency, Military Intelligence Refusing to Co-operate.  The Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Military Intelligence and the State Intelligence Agency have been refusing to provide lists of people that the law requires to be checked for affiliation to Bulgaria's communist-era secret services, the Dossier Commission said in a report tabled in Parliament.

The Dossier Commission, charged by law with checking and announcing whether people in various walks of life worked for communist-era State Security or the Bulgarian People's Army military intelligence, said that the three institutions had refused to provide the lists, in spite of many requests in writing from the commission.

The report, posted on the website of the commission and of Parliament, covers the period July 20 2018 to December 20.  [Read more:  SofiaGlobe/20January2019]

NATO Intelligence Chief Visits Skopje for Talks on Defence Reforms.  The head of NATO's intelligence and security division, Ambassador Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, started three days of talks in Skopje on Monday (21 January 2019) focused on reforming the country's defence and security institutions.

While in Skopje, Mr. von Loringhoven will hold meetings with half a dozen senior government officials, including Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and President Gjorge Ivanov.

On his first visit to the country as NATO's intelligence chief, von Loringhoven welcomed the parliament's final vote on the Prespa Agreement and pledged the Alliance's full support for the country's accession to NATO. "The Prespa Agreement is an important contribution to a stable and prosperous region," he said, adding: "you can count on NATO's support through the accession process and we look forward to welcoming you as NATO's 30th member."

He further expressed confidence in Skopje's continued commitment to defence and security reforms, calling them "an essential part of the process of accession, which will allow us to work together effectively". NATO welcomes recent important progress on transparency, judicial reforms, and civilian oversight of the intelligence and security agencies in Skopje.  [Read more:  NATO/21January2019]

CIA Historical Review Panel Put on Hiatus.  The Historical Review Panel that advises the Central Intelligence Agency on declassification of historical intelligence records said this week that its planned December 2018 meeting was canceled by CIA, and that no future meetings were scheduled.

But CIA said yesterday that the Panel would be reconvened following some administrative changes.

"We have recently been informed that the Panel is being restructured and will not meet again until this has been done," said the Panel of independent historians, chaired by Prof. Robert Jervis of Columbia University, in a January 14 statement published on H-DIPLO. "The reasons for this remain unclear to us, and no schedule for resumed meetings has been announced."  [Read more:  Aftergood/SecrecyNews/17January2019]

South Africa:  Spy Watchdog Pushes on with Probes, Despite 'Threats and Intimidation'.  A battle is brewing to reform South Africa's intelligence sector – a pivotal restructure is on the cards and the Inspector General of Intelligence (IGI) has vowed to  proceed with sensitive investigations that may pinpoint high level abuses.

The State Security Agency (SSA), which currently has an acting head, will probably be overhauled with key positions becoming available.

Last year the IGI, Setlhomamaru Dintwe, was embroiled in a legal standoff with then-SSA head Arthur Fraser, who revoked Ditwe's security clearance – a move, Ditwe alleged, intended to scupper the IGI's investigation of a parallel, potentially illegal intelligence structure set up under Fraser.

Following the intervention of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Fraser was shifted out and now Dintwe is intent on seeing through a broader plan – loosening the structural grip the SSA director general has over his office so as to strengthen his office's oversight mechanisms.  [Read more:  Dolley/News24/18January2019]

4 Americans Killed in Syria had Skills Needed for Highly-Sensitive Intelligence Gathering, Officials Say.  The four Americans killed in a suicide blast Wednesday in northern Syria possessed unique expertise for conducting highly classified intelligence-gathering missions in combat zones, according to several defense officials who have spoken to CNN.

The US military has not yet publicly acknowledged why the team had traveled to a busy commercial area in the city of Manbij, which also housed a restaurant that many US government personnel frequented in the past.

In fact, within hours of the attack, the first statement from the US military said the team had been "conducting a routine patrol." But that was followed with another statement that four Americans had been killed "conducting a local engagement," and three additional US troops had been injured.

Several officials told CNN the Pentagon is still assembling details of the mission, and what exactly took the team to that location at that time. But if the military's broad description of the event as a "local engagement" is accurate, it indicates the team was potentially meeting with a sensitive source to gather intelligence or may have even been using electronic equipment to conduct eavesdropping and electronic intercept missions.  [Read more:  Starr/CNN/19January2019]

House Intel Leader Seeks Retreat to Repair Bitterly Divided Panel.  The House Intelligence Committee will hold its first bipartisan summit in years with leaders of the U.S. intelligence community, a move to repair deep partisan acrimony created by the panel's Russia investigation and rebuild trust between Capitol Hill and the clandestine community.

The move represents a departure from the recent past of the influential committee, which is expected to renew its investigation into Russian election interference and promises to play a more critical role in overseeing the Trump administration's sprawling national security apparatus.

While the now Democrat-controlled panel has yet to hold an organizational meeting, committee staff has told member offices to reserve March 4 and March 5 for an overnight "off-site" session at an intelligence community agency or another site capable of handling classified discussions, sources who requested anonymity to talk about the upcoming event told POLITICO.

The meeting would mark the first time since 2015, when Rep. Devin Nunes became chairman, the panel has made such a sojourn.  [Read more:  Matishak/Politico/18January2019]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Defense Intelligence Agency Releases Report on China Military Power.  The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) today released China Military Power, a product that examines the core capabilities of China's military.

This volume in DIA's series of Military Power reports provides details on China's defense and military goals, strategy, plans, and intentions. It examines the organization, structure and capability of the military supporting those goals, as well as the enabling infrastructure and industrial base.

"This report offers insights into the modernization of Chinese military power as it reforms from a defensive, inflexible ground-based force charged with domestic and peripheral security responsibilities to a joint, highly agile, expeditionary, and power-projecting arm of Chinese foreign policy that engages in military diplomacy and operations across the globe," said Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr., DIA director.  [Read more:  DIA/15January2019]

10 Best Spy Movies To Stream On Netflix.  With the 25th James Bond film expected to release in early 2020, there have been plenty of rumors concerning the future of the franchise that have been doing the rounds on the web. With this being Daniel Craig's final outing as Bond, there have been plenty of actors who have been favored by media outlets to replace him in Bond 26, including Henry Cavill.

While such reports are increasing fans' excitement, they will have to wait a while to see if their wishes are to be fulfilled due to the film's distant release date. To satisfy your cravings in the meantime, here are some of the best spy films available to stream on Netflix.  [Read more:  Cohen/ScreenRant/22January2019]

What Really Goes On at this GCHQ Intelligence and Security Base?  These giant satellite dishes overlooking the beach and Atlantic ocean are a common site for many in the south west - but not many people actually know what goes on at the mysterious site.

The picturesque site is the location of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) Bude.

Believe it or not, this set of buildings at Cleave Common is home to some of the most high-tech digital security and intelligence operations in the world and regularly performs tasks which prevent terrorism, combat organised crime and keep our country safe.  [Read more:  Cooper/DevonLive/20January2019]

New England History: Australia Ventures Into Intelligence.  Reading John Faye's 2018 book, Australia's First Spies, I was struck by the relative sophistication of Australia's early intelligence efforts.

I was also struck by the way that bureaucratic and political infighting tarnished that early promise. 

Three intelligence networks were important in the first two decades after Federation. The first and least important was military intelligence. [Read more:  Belshaw/ArmidaleExpress/17January2019]

A Museum for K.G.B. Aficionados? Da!  The new K.G.B. Spy Museum houses artifacts that tell the story of the rise of the Soviet Union's intelligence agency.

"This is a Bulgarian umbrella; have you heard about this one?" Agne Urbaityte asked, pointing to a blue umbrella behind a glass case. There was a needle peeking out from the top.

"It's a weapon umbrella," she said. "You press the button here, you see the needle, the needle goes out and shoots a small shot of ricin poison. It's still the most harsh poison in the world."

Thank goodness this was not the real thing. It was the kind of tool famously used to kill the Bulgarian dissident author Georgi Markov on Waterloo Bridge in 1978, roughly a decade after he defected to the West. Many have speculated since that the K.G.B. was involved.  [Read more:  Deb/NYTimes/21January2019]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Intelligence Oversight or Out of Sight? Recommendations for Legislative Review in Australia.  Australia's national intelligence community (NIC) has grown and evolved significantly in recent years. But its key oversight and accountability mechanisms have remained comparatively unchanged and legislatively constrained.

By their very nature, intelligence agencies need to be secretive, and the standards of accountability and oversight they're subject to necessarily differ from those applicable to other parts of government.

At the same time, the Australian people needs to have confidence that their intelligence agencies are acting with legality, efficacy and efficiency.  [Read more:  Bergin&Grayson/ASPI/18January2019]

Kenya:  Let's Get Our Act Together on Intelligence.  Last week was not just a dramatic week in Kenya's history replete with achievement, bravery, sadness and horror; it was one of the most defining moments in our modern history.

We were hit, yet again, by terrorism, but we showed our mettle. The relevant forces on whom Kenyans depend for their security did a credible - indeed, commendable - job.

It was an interdisciplinary exercise with notable synergy, coordinated way right down to the Red Cross, and the collateral damage and fatalities, though horrible, were contained. It shows that after the bungling of Westgate, the relevant parties went back to the drawing board and got their act together.

But there was one very notable let-down: Our counter-intelligence is wanting.  [Read more:  Shaw/DailyNation/22January2019]

What I Learned Leading America's 1st Nuclear Inspection In North Korea.  With a second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expected in late February, one crucial question looms large: Will Kim give up his nuclear weapons program?

If the past is any guide, a new North Korean pledge to denuclearize will be eyed warily in the West.

Verification will require more than just photos snapped by orbiting spy satellites. The United States will need to send inspectors on the ground to ensure Kim's regime is living up to its word. I know from personal experience that will not be an easy task.

I was the State Department official in charge of implementing the 1994 North Korean denuclearization deal. In the spring of 1999, I led the first American nuclear inspection in North Korea. It was an exercise fraught with difficulties that landed my team and me in hours-long detention at a remote North Korean army base near the border with China.  [Read more:  Wit/NPR/22January2019]


Section IV - Obituaries

Obituaries

Tony Mendez, Former CIA Officer Portrayed by Ben Affleck in Oscar-winning Argo, Dies.  Tony Mendez, a CIA operative who was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the 2012 Oscar-winning movie "Argo," died Saturday morning, his literary manager Christy Fletcher said.

He was 78.

Mendez had Parkinson's disease, she said, which he had been diagnosed with more that 10 years ago.

"He was a brilliant man, a gifted artist, and a true American hero. I will miss him enormously," Fletcher said.  [Read more:  Marco/CNN/19January2019]

His work on behalf of the country, years later, brought him worldwide attention. His death was announced in numerous papers and these obituaries are worth reading directly rather than our summary. Here are some of those websites to visit:

New York Times; Washington Post; New York Post; Time Magazine; Legacy; Deadline Hollywood.

Argo movie clips, Oscar awards ceremony, Tony Mendez interviews, and full movie.

Don Gish, NSA Cryptologic Historian

Donald Miller Gish, 89, an NSA Cryptologic Historian, died 10 January 2019 in Silver Spring, MD.
He spent his early years in Chevy Chase, MD before moving to Lincoln, NE for his high school years. In 1946 he returned east to attend Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history and literature in 1950. After graduating, he served in the US Air Force from 1950-1954. His time in the Air Force included Russian language training in Syracuse, NY, and an overseas assignment in Japan.

Following military service, he began his civil service career at the National Security Agency. Over the course of his career, he served as an analyst, manager, and cryptologic historian. He spent a total of six years working in Ankara, Turkey. In 1979, he received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He retired in 1993 with 42 years of federal service.

Don enjoyed hiking, traveling, gardening, and spending time with his family. A lover of animals, Don had many canine and feline companions, and single-handedly kept the bird and squirrel populations of Springbrook Forest well-nourished for many years. In his youth, he befriended the capybara at the National Zoo. He was an avid follower of news, especially politics and current events, injecting puns and word play into the conversation whenever possible. Don was active in his church and community, and particularly enjoyed singing in the choir, where he made many good friends.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy; a son and a daughter, and other family.

Thad Holt, lawyer, Deputy Under Secretary of the Army, historian and author of The Deceivers

Thaddeus Goode Holt, 89, C&B Lawyer, Deputy Under Secretary of the Army, author of a sweeping history of WWII deception operations, died 29 December 2018 in Point Clear, AL. A graduate of Sewanee, Yale, Oxford, and Harvard Law School, he was the author of a highly-praised sweeping history The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War (Scribner 2004). He also was known for his work at the Pentagon, legal work with Covington & Burling, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and as a contributor to the New York Times Book Review, Journal of Military History, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

As a lawyer, he represented the plaintiffs in Cobell v. Salazar, the largest class action lawsuit against the U.S. government. It was a class-action lawsuit brought by Elouise Cobell (Blackfeet) and other Native American representatives in 1996 against two departments of the United States government: the Department of Interior and the Department of the Treasury for mismanagement of Indian trust funds. It was settled in 2009.

Holt's specialized background in intelligence, counterintelligence, and communications security gave him expert insight into the subject of his book The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War. In it, Holt details the many operations the Allies conducted to mislead their Axis enemies, disseminating false information on numerous military operations, including D-Day itself. Gaining access to Pentagon documents that had long been classified, Holt begins his book by describing British operations in Africa and the Middle East, and proceeds to the final operations of the war, such as the D-Day deception that convinced Hitler that the major Allied landing would come at Calais, not Normandy. This "elegantly written and comprehensive book is the first to tell the full story behind these operations," according to a Military Ink reviewer. "Exactly how the Allies engaged in strategic deception has remained secret for decades. Now, with the help of newly declassified material, Holt reveals this secret to the world in a riveting work of historical scholarship." A Publishers Weekly reviewer stated that The Deceivers is a "colossal and valuable study," and found that the book "reads with the fluency of a thriller for any reader with a minimal knowledge of and interest in the war."

He is survived by a daughter, Sarah Holt, and son, Harrison Holt, and a brother.


AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

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
Topic: CORONA Satellite Project, Genesis of Government-Private Sector Cooperation and its Impact on Silicon Valley
Times: 11:30AM no host cocktails; noon meeting
Location: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080. Google map location.
RSVP: Register via Eventbrite here.

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 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.
Watch this brief 83-second video about the book. You will want to attend to hear the author.

Register now for AFIO National's first luncheon of 2019. Register here.

Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22182 Phone: (703) 893-2100. Directions at this link.

Friday, 1 February 2019, 1 p.m. - Westchester, CA - The AFIO Los Angeles Chapter Annual Business Meeting

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

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 - MacDill AFB, FL - The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter hears FSO Nancy Charles-Parker on "War Stories" from Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Central Asia, South and Central America, Europe, the Arabian Gulf and East Asia.

Ms. Nancy Charles-Parker, former Operations Officer/Economic Reporter and Foreign Service Officer, had a distinguished 33-year career in government service. Her most interesting "war stories" stem from Saudi Arabia, where businessmen and government officials generally treated her like an "honorary man". The experiences she will share originate in her U.S. embassy assignments in South Africa, Central Asia, South and Central America, Europe, the Arabian Gulf and East Asia.

The program starts at noon. Fee: $20 by check or cash at door. RSVP: Luncheon reservations and arrangements for base access for those without military ID must be made by Tuesday, 5 February, by contacting the Chapter Secretary, michaels@suncoastafio.org.

Event location: MacDill AFB Surf's Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Boulevard, MacDill AFB, FL 33621.

Saturday, 16 February 2019, 11:30am - 2 pm - Melbourne, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Dr. Rande Matteson, former DEA, speaking on "Compare and Contrast, Pakistan v. Mexico: The observations of a DEA Special Agent immersed in the shadowy cultures of Mexico and Pakistan."

At this Florida Satellite Chapter event, Dr. Rande Matteson will address us on: "Compare and Contrast, Pakistan v. Mexico: The observations of a DEA Special Agent immersed in the shadowy cultures of Mexico and Pakistan." Dr. Matteson's knowledge and experience are first-hand and unique. Matteson is retired from Federal Law Enforcement with 25 years' service, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Agency in Pakistan, Mexico, Afghanistan, and the US. He worked closely with the CIA as a DEA pilot and also as a DEA Regional Agent in Charge. Event timing: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM: Social Hour, greet old, new members and guests (cash bar); 12:15 PM: Lunch

LOCATION: Suntree Country Club, One Country Club Drive, Melbourne, FL 32940

COST: Member and spouse: $27; Non-Members/Guest: $29; Student or active duty military: $25.

TO ATTEND: Advance, paid reservations are required and must be received by 7 February 2019.

Make your meal choice from the following two options for self and any guests you are bringing: 1. Strawberry Salmon, pan seared salmon with a strawberry & balsamic glaze (F), or 2. Vegetarian Lasagna, layers of pasta, three cheeses, spinach and carrots, baked in a zesty marinara sauce (V) Both with Chef's Choice of Potato or Rice, Seasonal Vegetables, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Iced Tea, Soft Drinks, Salad and Rolls. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free on advance request. Dessert is Chocolate Mousse.

Send check covering fees per person plus meal choice for self and guests to:Chapter Treasurer Rhonda Rhoads, PO Box 410158, Melbourne, FL 32941. Or email her at afiofsctreas@gmail.com. Questions? Email Rhonda or call her at 321-626-4465.


Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others

Friday, 25 January 2019, 11 a.m. - noon - Washington, DC - DMGS hears Amédée Prouvost on "How The World Bank Manages Risk."

How The World Bank Manages Risk will be the presentation by Amédée Prouvost, Director, Operational Risk (CROOR) World Bank Group Risk Officer Vice President Mr. Provoust will discuss how the World Bank manages risk to include non-financial risk. Cost: Free

Where: Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, 1620 L St NW Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036 Dress Code is Business or Business Casual.

RSVP is required and guests must check in prior to entering the event. Register here.

DMGS Reserves the Right to Refuse entry and May Ask for Government Issued Identification.

Qs?: Direct Qs to Frank Fletcher, Director of Lectures & Seminars, at events@dmgs.org.

Friday, 8 February 2019, 5:30 - 7:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Insider Spies: New Ideas to Counter the Threat" - presentation by David Charney, MD at the Institute of World Politics

You are invited to attend a lecture by Dr. David Charney about his new NOIR White Paper, "Prevention: The Missing Link for Managing Insider Threat in the Intelligence Community." The event is being held at the Institute of World Politics graduate school in Washington, DC. There is no charge to attend.

This event is part of IWP's Sixth Annual Brian Kelley Memorial Lecture. Dr. Charney's presentation will cover the following points:

    • Counterintelligence is the Stepchild of the Intelligence Community
    • Prevention is the Stepchild of Counterintelligence
    • Detection Gets All the Love

The event is co-sponsored by the IWP Alumni Board.

Though there is no fee to attend, preregistration is required. Register or explore more about the program here. To read the White Paper, it is available here.

Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036. View Map

Friday, 15 February 2019, 10 - 11 am - Washington, DC - How Japan Thinks of its Trade Policy and Relationship with the US - Presentation by Takeshi Komoto, Minister of Trade, Industry, Business and Energy, Embassy of Japan in Washington DC

Takeshi Komoto, Minister of Trade, Industry, Business and Energy, Embassy of Japan in Washington DC, will talk about the evolution of Japan's trade relationships with the US and the way forward on trade policy in the digital age.

RSVP Required HERE. Daniel Morgan Graduate School Reserves the Right to Refuse Entry and May Ask for Government Issued ID. Dress Code is Business or Business Casual.

Location: Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, 1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
View Map.

Monday, 25 February 2019, 9 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. - Washington, DC - Journal of National Security Law & Policy Annual Symposium — The Continuing Threat of Nuclear Weapons

This year's Journal of National Security Law & Policy symposium is "The Continuing Threat of Nuclear Weapons," and is brought to you by the JNSLP, the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, and the Georgetown Center for Asian Law. The symposium will be held on the 12th floor of the Gewirz Student Center. Directions and map here.

In addition to the following three panels, the symposium will also feature a lunchtime keynote speech by Joseph Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS by Stephen Dycus, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School.
PANEL 1: Banning Nuclear Weapons?
Panelists: Adam Mount, Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Posture Project, Federation of American Scientists; John Burroughs, Executive Director, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy; Alexandra Bell, Senior Policy Director, Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation; Moderator: David A. Koplow, Professor of Law at Georgetown Law.

PANEL 2: U.S./Russia Nuclear Relations.
Panelists: Michael Krepon, Co-founder/Senior Associate, Stimson Center; Bonnie Jenkins, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute; Adam Scheinman, Former Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, Dept. of State; Moderator: Dakota Rudesill, Assistant Professor of Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

LUNCHEON AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Joseph Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund.
PANEL 3: Nuclear Weapons Issues on the Korean Peninsula.
Panelists: Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; Joel S. Wit, Senior Fellow and Director of 38 North, Stimson Center; Sue Mi Terry, Senior Fellow, Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Moderator: James V. Feinerman, Co-Director, Georgetown Center for Asian Law.

CLOSING REMARKS: Stephen Dycus, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
RECEPTION will follow the event.

To RSVP, please click here.

Qs?: Email Journal of National Security Law and Policy here.

16 May 2019, 6 pm - Washington, DC - "Night of Heroes Gala 2019" by the PENFED Foundation

The PENFED Foundation hosts their impressive annual "Night of Heroes Gala 2019" at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental, 330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024. This year marks the 15th annual gala honoring our unsung heroes — military children. Each year, the PenFed Foundation raises more than $1.5 million for military heroes through this hallmark event. Last year's event sold out and raised $2.5 million! Do not miss your opportunity to support Military Heroes.

6 pm General Reception and Silent Auction; 7 pm Dinner Program; After Dinner - Dessert Reception. To learn more...or to register.


Gift Suggestions:

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

Perfect for professors, students, those considering careers in intelligence, and current/former officers seeking to see what changes are taking place across a wide spectrum of intelligence disciplines. AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence helps instructors teach about the large variety of subjects that make up the field of intelligence. This includes secondary school teachers of American History, Civics, or current events and undergraduate and graduate professors of History, Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies, and related topics, especially those with no or limited professional experience in the field. Even those who are former practitioners are likely to have only a limited knowledge of the very broad field of intelligence, as most spend their careers in one or two agencies at most and may have focused only on collection or analysis of intelligence or support to those activities.
For a printed, bound copy, it is $95 which includes Fedex shipping to a CONUS (US-based) address.
To order for shipment to a US-based CONUS address, use this online form,

To order multiple copies or for purchases going to AK, HI, other US territories, or other countries call our office at 703-790-0320 or send email to afio@afio.com to hear of shipment fees.

Order the Guide from the AFIO's store at this link.

The Guide is also available directly from Amazon at this link.

MousepadAFIO's Intelligence Community Mousepads are a great looking addition to your desk...or as a gift for others.
Made in USA. Click image for larger view.

These 2017 mousepads have full color seals of all 18 members of the US Intelligence Community on this 8" round, slick surface, nonskid, rubber-backed mouse pad with a darker navy background, brighter, updated seals. Also used, by some, as swanky coasters. Price still only $20.00 for 2 pads [includes shipping to US address. Foreign shipments - we will contact you with quote.] Order MOUSEPADS here.

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