AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #10-19 dated 12 March 2019

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Jobs

Jobs

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others

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NCMF 2019 Spring Cryptologic Program Featuring Mr. C. Eric Estberg on Berlin Daze

Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 10 am - 1 pm - Annapolis Junction, MD

PDF of full program and agenda here

The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's 2019 Spring Cryptologic Program features C. Eric "Rick" Estberg, author of the book Berlin Daze. Following his presentation, a book signing and lunch will take place from 1145 to 1300. Books will be available for purchase for $20. Learn more about Mr. Estberg, his presentation, and his book below.

Berlin Daze recounts dozens of Estberg's adventures and unique experiences over a seven-year period in walled West Berlin, as an Army NCO and an NSA civilian. As a "Cold Warrior" he served literally on the front lines, separated by only a few miles from hundreds of thousands of Soviet and East German soldiers. Unlike others who spent much of a career in those days simply training for some possible future crisis, Rick actually lived his real-world mission, day-in and day-out, along with hundreds of others of talented, dedicated military and civilian intelligence specialists.

Registration: The registration fee includes lunch. It is $25 for members and guests. To register now online follow this link.

Or you may mail-in your registration fee by check to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998. Include names of self and your guests. For more details, please call the NCMF office at 301-688-5436. ***Deadline for registration is 25 March 2019.*****

Event Location: CACI Inc., Maryland Conference Center, 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD 20755. Google map link here.

More about this event, about the author or book, is here.

Additional information or questions can be handled at NCMF Office at cryptmf@aol.com or call 301-688-5436


New and Forthcoming Books of the Week

Defying Hitler: The Germans Who Resisted Nazi Rule
by Gordon Thomas and Greg Lewis
(Dutton Caliber, Apr 2019)

An engrossing and accessible history of Germans who risked, and mostly lost, their lives opposing the Nazi regime, effectively countering the idea that "the German people followed Hitler as if one mass." The authors interweave stories of heroic acts of defiance by academics, blue-collar workers, and military service members, beginning their protagonists' stories before WWII, as with Mildred Fish, a Wisconsin teacher who married visiting German student Arvid Harnack; she helped organize an anti-fascist underground in Berlin, while he became a senior official at the German Ministry of Economics who leaked information about the Nazis to the Americans. Readers familiar with movements such as the White Rose and the various conspiracies to assassinate Hitler will appreciate having them placed in a broader context. The authors rely on both primary and secondary sources, although their sourcing, as when they reconstruct the thoughts of White Rose leader Sophie Scholl, is not consistently robust. Despite a paucity of insight into what led a few Germans to oppose the Nazis when the vast majority of their countrymen did not, this volume is an informative counterpoint to accounts of widespread German complicity with the Holocaust. —Publishers Weekly

Book may be ordered here.


Spying: Assessing US Domestic Intelligence Since 9/11
by Darren E. Tromblay
(Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., Apr 2019)

Initiated in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, have the reforms of the US intelligence enterprise served their purpose? What have been the results of the creation of DHS, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and a reorganized FBI? Have they helped to reduce blind spots and redundancies in resources and responsibilities and to prevent misuses of intelligence and law enforcement? How did a disaster like the Snowden scandal happen? Tromblay answers these questions in this thorough and provocative assessment of post–9/11 US domestic intelligence activities in the pursuit of national security.
CONTENTS: The US Intelligence Enterprise. Emergence of a Domestically Oriented Intelligence Enterprise. Crisis and Competition. The Vision of the FBI After 9/11. Reorganizing the Bureau. The FBI's Human Capital Issues. The Intelligence Enterprise at the Department of Homeland Security. DHS Intelligence Analysis. The Roles of Other Agencies. Federally Driven Fusion. Fusion and Confusion at the Subfederal Level. Lessons Observed (if Not Learned). Editorial Reviews Review A home run.

Tromblay brings a keen eye, as well as a felicitous writing style, to this important study of how the FBI and the DHS seek―sometimes with success, sometimes with failure—to make the United States a safer place in a hostile world. (Loch Johnson, University of Georgia)

Book may also be ordered here.


Exceptional New Spy Fiction

The Last Caliph
by T L Williams
(First Coast Publishers, LLC, Mar 2019)

Delves into the threat foreign extremists pose to U.S. national security. Harnessing technology to recruit domestic jihadists bent on ripping the fiber of the country apart, ISIS is on a mission to destroy the US while America's intelligence agencies, military, and law enforcement are exercising intense effort to preserve it. The White House has declared ISIS vanquished and the president has ordered U.S troops home from the Middle East. But CIA Operations Officer, Logan Alexander, knows the threat is real and remains unabated. Working with Special Forces personnel, the CIA, and law enforcement, Logan attempts to penetrate the terrorist group.

Author T. L. Williams is a CIA veteran Operations Officer with experience conducting and managing covert operations in Asia, Europe, and Eastern Europe. He is the recipient of the American Political Science Association's Congressional Fellowship as well as a Tufts University Latin American Teaching Fellowship. Williams trained with Special Forces early in his career and subsequently supported the military around the globe. Prior to his tenure at CIA, Williams taught at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City, worked for Bell Helicopter training the Imperial Iranian Army-Air Force in Esfahan, Iran and taught at Bunka University in Tokyo, Japan. His awards include the Nato Service Medal, CIA's Career Intelligence Medal, The Bosnian Service Medal and the National Intelligence Medal from the Government of Taiwan. Book may be ordered here.




Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Russian Su-27 Intercepts U.S. RC-135 Intel Plane Over Baltic Sea.  The Russian military announced a Su-27 fighter jet intercepted and escorted a U.S. RC-135 spy plane over the Baltic Sea in international waters.

The date of the incident wasn't revealed but the Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday published a short video of the encounter from the Su-27 cockpit.

The Russian warplane safely approaches from behind and chases the U.S. reconnaissance plane during the video.  [Read more:  Cone/UPI/8March2019]

Navy Spy Jeffrey Delisle Granted Full Parole: Federal Board.  Convicted spy Jeffrey Delisle, who sold Western military secrets to Russia, has been granted full parole.

A decision from the Parole Board of Canada said it was satisfied that the risk posed by the former Canadian naval intelligence officer could be properly managed through full parole, which was granted March 5.

"Despite your very serious offences, your sources of support still see you as a good person who has the capacity to change, and to live in society as a law-abiding, productive and contributing member of society," the decision said.

"Throughout the vast majority of your life, you demonstrated the ability to live in society in a law-abiding manner, and the board believes you have the ability to do so again, as long as the proper support systems and supervision structures are in place." [Read more:  CanadianPress/8March2019]

North Macedonia Jails Former Spy Chief.  A court in North Macedonia has sentenced Sasho Mijalkov, the former director of the country's intelligence agency to three years in prison for meddling in the country's 2013 municipal elections.

According to the court verdict, the former intelligence chief and Menduh Thaci, the former leader of the Democractic Party of Albanians (DPA) "illegally influenced" the 2013 mayoral election in Strumica by making an agreement with three members of the city's electoral commission to annul the results and provide the candidate of the then ruling VRMO-DPRMNE party with a second opportunity to win.

In return, Mr Mijalkov promised Mr Thaci to influence the electoral commission in the Skopje municipality of Cair, where the DPA's candidate had lost.  [Read more:  EmergingEurope/12March2019]

Intel Chiefs Push Back on Reports About Trump's Intelligence Briefings.  Two of America's top intelligence officials issued a rare rebuke of some media reports about President Donald Trump's intelligence briefings, saying they contained assertions that "are false, unproductive and harmful to our nation's security."

"Speculation, including that from former and unnamed intelligence officers, about what occurs in our Oval Office briefings is wrong," according to a joint statement from Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel, which was provided to ABC News. "Simply put, these anonymous sources are not there as we deliver timely, unbiased intelligence and work alongside an engaged and knowledgeable President on the most complex national security issues."

Spokespeople for both the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA declined to comment about the reports to which Coats and Haspel were referring, what was incorrect in those reports or what prompted the statement.  [Read more:  Ferran/ABCNews/5March2019]

Venezuela: Prominent Journalist Taken by Intelligence Service.  A prominent Venezuelan journalist who had been reporting on the country's escalating political crisis and electricity blackout out has been seized by secret police, sparking international condemnation.

Luis Carlos D�az went missing at about 5.30pm on Monday after leaving the radio station where he worked in the capital, Caracas.

A social media hunt ensued with Twitter users demanding #D�ndeEst�LuisCarlos or #WhereIsLuisCarlos.

Early on Tuesday, fellow journalists confirmed D�az had been taken by members of Venezuela's feared intelligence service, Sebin. [Read more:  Phillips&Torres/TheGuardian/12March2019]

Finland Approves New Intelligence Act.  The Finnish parliament approved a new Intelligence Act this week, which the government says will better equip law enforcement agencies to face potential security threats.

Previously, a change to the constitution was fast-tracked through parliament, laying the groundwork for the new Act to come into force.

"Foreign intelligence services have become as active in Finland as they were during the Cold War. In addition to this, almost all terrorist acts are planned online in one way or the other" says Interior Minister Kai Mykk�nen (NCP).  [Read more:  NewsNow/12March2019]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Has the Definition of a Reportable Foreign Contact Changed?  For decades, security clearance holders and applicants have been asked to self-report foreign contacts that are "close and/or continuing" on the SF-86 form. Specifically, the SF-86 asks:

"Do you have, or have you had, close and/or continuing contact with a foreign national within the last seven (7) years with whom you, or your spouse, or legally recognized civil union/domestic partner, or cohabitant are bound by affection, influence, common interests, and/or obligation?"

What constitutes a bond of affection or influence is, of course, somewhat subjective. Nonetheless, the guideposts set forth in the question at least oer security clearance applicants a good frame of reference on the type of relationships that are considered reportable.

The evolution of social media resulted in certain Intelligence Community agencies supplementing the SF-86 with their own foreign contact reporting forms 10-15 years ago.  [Read more:  Bigley/ClearanceJobs/10March2019]

A Long Island House Holds the Story of Washington's Spy Ring.  Raynham Hall, a historic house museum a few blocks from the bay that gives this hamlet on Long Island's North Shore its name, has long been known as a nexus of activity during the American Revolution.

In the 19th century, the home's owners welcomed visitors in, to see some of the relics and hear the tales of that period. For part of the 20th century, it was owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution, who told the story of how the British commander John Graves Simcoe made the house his headquarters while he and his Queen's Rangers, an elite Loyalist unit, were garrisoned in Oyster Bay, in 1778 and 1779, and again in 1780.

Simcoe's friend, the dashing British intelligence chief John Andr�, is known to have visited him here. There are also the requisite ghosts said to be wandering around the 22-room house, not to mention a yarn (erroneously perpetuated in a state historic plaque still in front of the building) about Sally Townsend, the daughter of the home's owner, Samuel Townsend. [Read more: Hanc/NYTimes/12March2019]

Women Pioneers of Geospatial Intelligence.  �Women hold up half the sky' and in the saga of human accomplishments and path-breaking discoveries, women have been pioneers, innovators, flagbearers, tech evangelists, polymaths, and mavericks. While many of them got the accolades they deserved in the span of their lifetime, others remain unsung or forgotten.

In the field of science and technology, despite being grossly underrepresented and facing prejudice, the contributions made by legendary women scientists like Marie Curie, Hedy Lamar, Grace Hopper and countless others lead to new breakthroughs and inspired further advancements.

Women legends played a pivotal role in the development of geospatial intelligence and their research or insights continue to motivate the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.  [Read more:  Chaturvedi/GeospatialWorld/8March2019]

Brie Larson to Star in Apple CIA Drama Series.  Oscar winner Brie Larson has signed on to star in and produce an untitled CIA drama for Apple, which has picked up the project straight to series following a multiple-outlet bidding war.

The drama is based on the real-life experiences of CIA undercover operative Amaryllis Fox and her upcoming memoir Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA. The series is described as a provocative and contemporary look at a young woman's journey in the CIA, told through the prism of her closest relationships. The book, from publishers Knopf, is due out Oct. 15.

The project hails from Michael Ellenberg's studio Media Res, which is also behind Apple's Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Aniston morning news show. Lynette Howell Taylor (A Star Is Born) will executive produce via her 51 Entertainment banner. Ellenberg will also exec produce alongside Larson. The trio teamed to acquire the book and Fox's life rights through Media Res. Megan Martin (Animal Kingdom) is in final negotiations to pen the script and exec produce alongside 51 Entertainment's Samantha Housman. Dani Gorin will co-exec produce for Media Res. Fox will produce and provide additional background information for the series. [Read more:  Goldberg/HollywoodReporter/6March2019]

Insider Threat Expert David Charney On Why People Spy.  Spies often decide to betray their country out of an "intolerable sense of personal failure" that coincides with a "perfect storm" of other, usually unfortunately timed, life developments, according to Virginia-based psychiatrist Dr. David Charney.

The Brooklyn-born clinician has spent decades treating members of the intelligence community, some of whom have been convicted of committing damaging espionage against the United States.   

"The decision to spy by anybody starts off in the mind of a person every single time," Charney said, adding "roughly 95 percent" of spies happen to be men. [Read more:  Gazis/CBSNews/6March2019]

DIA Director Working Overtime to Prevent Enemy 'Game-Changer'.  Before sunrise on any given day, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, keenly aware that dangerous conflicts abroad could instantly affect the United States, slips out of his residence on the Joint Base Bolling-Anacostia facility and straightaway heads into his office.

Less than a mile from his home, inside the gleaming, modern and technologically sophisticated nerve center of U.S. defense intelligence, he starts a round of intelligence briefings and situation reports.

These sensitive meetings, in an era where deadly skirmishes break out routinely, provide reassurance the U.S. is ahead of the situation, but they also generate concern that follows him home at the end of each day.

"What keeps me up at night - it's (concern) that we missed something that's a game-changer."  [Read more:  Green/WTOP/7March2019]


Section III - COMMENTARY

To End Poverty, Think Like a Spy.  For anyone working to end poverty, fragile states call for the ultimate juggling act. Countries in conflict seldom control their territories, and even when most areas are at peace, others may still be engulfed by violence for decades to come. The intensity of civil wars can ebb and flow, while forcibly displaced people cross borders in search of shelter. Politicians and warlords can shift alliances abruptly and neighboring states often interfere militarily to prop up local proteges. When geopolitics is not at play, internal disputes over land, water, or other scarce resources can ignite fighting between local populations. To make sense of all these moving parts, even the most knowledgeable experts must look for new ways to comprehend the world.

What can be done? To better manage the unknown, development professionals might want to take a leaf from the intelligence community book and draw inspiration from how spies try to predict the future.  [Read more:  Bisca/Brookings/11March2019]

Spy Games: the NSA and GCHQ Offer Their Software to the Open Source Community.  Spies worth their salt are generally expected to be good at keeping secrets. With dead drops, encryption, cyanide pills and the like, openly sharing useful information isn't supposed to be a part of the job description.

So it caught more than a few of us off guard when a couple years ago, some of the top spy agencies began contributing code to GitHub, making it available to the masses by open-sourcing some of their software.

The National Security Agency, the American signals intelligence organization that is tasked with the majority of the cyber-snooping, has released two separate pages on GitHub. The first is the NSA's primary account on GitHub that has 17 listed repos, followed up by its more substantive "NSA Cybersecurity" page with its 31 repositories.  [Read more:  Habusha/LinuxJournal/7March2019]

Why Trump Should Release the Full Mueller Report.  The public overwhelmingly supports the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's forthcoming report. But the Trump administration could still opt to release barebones findings while concealing critical aspects of Mueller's investigation in a simple way: by hiding behind a cloak of classification.

Over the course of the investigation, we have become accustomed to the release of heavily redacted documents filled with blacked out names, sentences, paragraphs and even whole pages - sometimes for law enforcement equities but also to protect classified information. Public sleuths and Mueller-watchers make guesses about what's behind these redactions, causing Twitter to spin with near baseless speculation and conspiracy theories.

Mueller's investigators are certainly right from a prosecutorial point of view to keep their cards close to the chest. But the Russia investigation is not simply a legal case. It started as a counterintelligence investigation into a foreign-led attack on America.

From a national security perspective some, if not many, of the classified redactions are likely no longer necessary and may even be harmful to the broader national interest.  [Read more:  Bergmann&Price/Politico/12March2019]


Section IV - Jobs

Jobs

Assistant Professor of Intelligence and National Security Studies - Tenure Track - at Coastal Carolina University

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Intelligence and National Security Studies beginning August 2019. Preference will be given to applicants with specializations related to intelligence communication and research, with particular interests in intelligence writing and briefing skills, open source intelligence collection and intelligence-policymaker relations. The ability to offer courses in other areas such as research methods, international negotiations, security studies, homeland security, emergency management, or counter-narcotics would also be of interest. Prior professional work experience in the field of intelligence is welcome, but not required.

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in Political Science or other relevant field by the time of appointment. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the field, as well as support the continued growth and development of the Intelligence and National Security Studies program. Prior experience with distance learning would be beneficial.

Direct Link: http://jobs.coastal.edu/hr/postings/6675

POC: Jonathan Smith, Search Committee Chair (jonsmith@coastal.edu)

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AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

Thursday, 14 March 2019, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO AZ Chapter hosts Dr Gary Marchant discussing "Artificial Intelligence - Current Applications and Concern."

Artificial intelligence (AI) has recently had a resurgence in attention and applications due to recent innovations in machine learning and deep learning. This presentation will describe the recent advances in AI and why they are important, and will describe some current applications of AI across various industry and social sectors. It will also describe some of the concerns about Ai in terms of potential bias, safety, technological unemployment, national security and international competiveness.
Professor Marchant's research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. He teaches courses in Environmental Law, Law, Science & Technology, Genetics and the Law, Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy, and Nanotechnology Law & Policy. Professor Marchant has served on two National Research Council committees, has been the principal investigator on several major grants, and has organized numerous academic conferences on law and science issues.

TO ATTEND: RSVP no later than 72 hours ahead of time. And if you have to cancel or find you cannot attend, the chapter is charged for no-shows. A charge can be avoid if we receive word of your cancellation more than 72 hours before day of event.
BADGES: many have a permanent, regular badge. If you do not, email Simone at simone@afioaz.org with the information you would like on your badge (Full Name and Past Career Title/Affiliated Organization ~ should you wish). The cost with a magnetic strip is $8.
For reservations or questions, email Simone at either of these: simone@4smartphone.net, or simone@afioaz.org; or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016.
REMEMBER: If you are bringing a guest, send the full name.
Location: Best Western Thunderbird Suites, 7515 E Butherus Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Luncheon fee: $18 pp
RSVP - to simone@afioaz.org.

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 11:30 AM - Colorado Springs - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Steve Maffeo, discussing "Intelligence in the Nelson Era."

In today's world of satellites and electronic eavesdropping, it's hard to appreciate the difficulties in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating secret intelligence two centuries ago. This presentation, based upon the speaker's first book Most Secret and Confidential: Intelligence in the Age of Nelson, gives a close look at the methods used to obtain and analyze secret material and deliver it to operational forces during the Great Age of Fighting Sail. The British experience from 1793 to 1815 is the main focus, but it also includes French and American activity. In addition, it examines how commanders used the information to develop strategy and tactics and win�or sometimes lose�battles. And, it informs on how Vice Admiral Lord Nelson and his associates dealt with intelligence obstacles and how the outcomes affected their own futures and, in some cases, the history of the modern world.

Steve Maffeo retired in 2008 as a Navy captain � after 30 years (both enlisted and commissioned) in the Colorado Army National Guard, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Naval Reserve. His last three assignments were as the commanding officer of reserve shore-based units supporting the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, and the National Defense Intelligence College. Steve then retired in 2015 as the Associate Library Director at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He holds a B.A. (English) from the University of Colorado; an M.A. (Library Science) from the University of Denver; and an M.S. (Strategic Intelligence) from the U.S. National Defense Intelligence College. His civilian career was for the most part as a library administrator. He's worked at Martin-Marietta Aerospace, the University of Northern Colorado; the U.S. Naval War College; and the Aurora (Colo.) Public Library.
Steve has published several journal and encyclopedia articles as well as four books: Most Secret and Confidential: Intelligence in the Age of Nelson; Seize, Burn, or Sink: The Thoughts and Words of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson; The Perfect Wreck: "Old Ironsides" and HMS Java�A Story of 1812; and U.S. Navy Codebreakers, Linguists, and Intelligence Officers against Japan: 1910-1941.

For more information and to reserve a seat, please contact Steve at steve13507@gmail.com.

Saturday, 20 April 2019, 10am - 3pm - Dedham, MA - AFIO New England hosts Membership Business Meeting, Speaker, and Discussions

The AFIONE meeting schedule is as follows: Registration & Gathering, 1000 ― 1030; Membership meeting 1030 ― 1045; Morning Discussion Session 1045 to 1200; Luncheon at 1200 - 1300. The Morning session will be open discussion. Our afternoon speaker will be from 1300 ― 1430 with adjournment by 1500. The Morning session will cover various business-related items, general discussion regarding recent events of interest to the membership and a presentation by one of our members. Full details when available. LOCATION: The AFIONE chapter meeting will be held at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham Mass. Their website is here. Address is: 80 Haven Street, Dedham, MA 02026. Should you elect to stay at the Endicott House, Mike Assad has arranged a room rate of $140.00. Please mention AFIO/NE and Mike Assad when you make your reservation. For additional information contact us at afionechapter@gmail.com
Reservations are $25.00 per person. Emails regarding your plans to attend will be accepted if you are late meeting the deadline. These must be sent to Sarah Moore no later than 7 days prior to the event. Paid in advance the cost of the luncheon is $25 per person. Mail name of attendee and any guests to: AFIO/NE, Sarah Moore, PO Box 1203, Orange, CT 06477.

9-10 May 2019 - Washington DC and McLean VA - HOLD THE DATE for AFIO 2019 Symposium

Details to follow. Symposium/Convention hotel will be DoubleTree Hilton. Call (703) 893-2100 to register and ask for AFIO SYMPOSIUM rate. Buses will depart early on the morning of the 9th for downtown D.C. location, so best if out-of-area attendees stay overnight on May 8.

Monday, 13 May 2019, 5:30 p.m. - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro hosts Jeff McCausland, University Professor and CBS National Security Consultant

Dr. Jeff McCausland, a visiting professor of International Security Studies at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) serves as a national security consultant for CBS radio and television. He routinely does analysis for CBS on issues such as Iraq, European security, arms control, or related questions of national security policy. He is currently involved in a project for the National Nuclear Security Administration focused on nuclear weapons in South Asia and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Dr. McCausland is also the founder and CEO of Diamond6 Leadership and Strategy, LLC.

Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
Timing: Registration starts at 5:30 pm, Speaker presentation starts at 6 pm. Fee: $50/person. Payment at the door only. Cash or check. Full dinner, cash bar.
RSVP: Strongly recommended that you RSVP to ensure space at event. Call or Email Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at afiometro@gmail.com or 646-717-3776.

Wednesday 18 September 2018, 5:30 p.m. - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts Larry Loftis, on SOE Hero, Odette Sansom, in his book Code Name: Lise

Larry Loftis is the author of Code Name: Lise�The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy, 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 (SOE) to conduct espionage in France during WW 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.

Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
Timing: Registration starts at 5:30 pm, Speaker presentation starts at 6 pm. Fee: $50/person. Payment at the door only. Cash or check. Full dinner, cash bar.
RSVP: Strongly recommended that you RSVP to ensure space at event. Call or Email Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at afiometro@gmail.com or 646-717-3776.



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18 March 2019, noon - 2 pm - Washington, DC - "Talking to a Former Terrorist: American Al-Qaeda Bryant Neal Viñas" at the International Spy Museum

Bryant Neal Viñas, 'American Al-Qaeda' tells his story at the new, expanded International Spy Museum at their new location in L'Enfant Plaza.

In 2009, Bryant Neal Vi�as, an American born in New York to a family of Catholic Hispanic immigrants, pleaded guilty on charges of conspiracy to murder U.S. citizens, and for providing material support to Al-Qaeda. The media referred to him as 'American Al-Qaeda' and reported his intriguing journey from the New York suburbs to Pakistan to attack U.S. military forces in Afghanistan. Vi�as proceeded to cooperate with law enforcement and intelligence officials, in what has been described as a "treasure trove" of valuable information about the inner-workings of the Al-Qaeda network. What was the nature of Vi�as's radicalization? How does a Western-born jihadist get through terrorist training in Pakistan?

Participants: Bryant Neal Vi�as, Former American Al-Qaeda member; Mitchell Silber, Former Director of Intelligence Analysis, NYPD; Christopher Costa, COL, USA (Ret.), Executive Director, International Spy Museum, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counter-terrorism � National Moderator: Peter Bergen, Vice President, Global Studies & Fellows, New America

Event Location: The "Expanded" International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024. Directions or Map Location here.

Register Here.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 10 am - 1 pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - NCMF 2019 Spring Cryptologic Program Featuring Mr. C. Eric Estberg on Berlin Daze

The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's 2019 Spring Cryptologic Program features C. Eric "Rick" Estberg, author of the book Berlin Daze. Following his presentation, a book signing and lunch will take place from 1145 to 1300. Books will be available for purchase for $20. Learn more about Mr. Estberg, his presentation, and his book below.

Berlin Daze recounts dozens of Estberg's adventures and unique experiences over a seven-year period in walled West Berlin, as an Army NCO and an NSA civilian. As a "Cold Warrior" he served literally on the front lines, separated by only a few miles from hundreds of thousands of Soviet and East German soldiers. Unlike others who spent much of a career in those days simply training for some possible future crisis, Rick actually lived his real-world mission, day-in and day-out, along with hundreds of others of talented, dedicated military and civilian intelligence specialists.

Registration: The registration fee includes lunch. It is $25 for members and guests. To register now online follow this link.

View the full printed invitation and agenda here as a PDF.

Or you may mail-in your registration fee by check to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998. Include names of self and your guests. For more details, please call the NCMF office at 301-688-5436. ***Deadline for registration is 25 March 2019.*****

Event Location: CACI Inc., Maryland Conference Center, 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD 20755. Google map link here.

More about this event, about the author or book, is here.

Additional information or questions can be handled at NCMF Office at cryptmf@aol.com or call 301-688-5436.

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.

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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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