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Just Released and Forthcoming Books of the Week
"Many an author has entered the historical thicket that surrounds John F. Kennedy and his administration's adventures in Cuba. None, however, match James Johnston's thoroughness of research, lucid writing, and balanced assessment of the president's obsession and its haunting implications." —Loch K. Johnson, author of Spy Watching: Intelligence Accountability in the United States
"James Johnston offers a thorough analysis of the newly released JFK assassination papers. Readers may draw their own conclusions, but one lesson is clear: the American intelligence community must always strive to be transparent and maintain the public's trust." —David L. Boren, former U.S. senator and president emeritus of the University of Oklahoma
Late in his life, former president LBJ told a reporter he didn't believe the Warren Commission's finding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing JFK. Johnson thought Cuban president Fidel Castro was behind it. After all, Johnson said, Kennedy was running "a damned Murder, Inc., in the Caribbean," giving Castro reason to retaliate.
Murder, Inc., tells the story of the CIA's assassination operations under Kennedy up to his own assassination and beyond. Johnston was a lawyer for the Senate Intelligence Committee in 1975, which investigated and first reported on the Castro assassination plots and their relation to Kennedy's murder. Johnston examines how the CIA steered the Warren Commission and later investigations away from connecting its own assassination operations to Kennedy's murder. He also looks at the effect this strategy had on the Warren Commission's conclusions that assassin Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and that there was no foreign conspiracy.
Four secret agents for the North—three men and one woman. From the tense days before Lincoln's inauguration in 1861 to the surrender at Appomattox four years later, we hear of the heroes—and scoundrels—who informed Lincoln's generals on the enemy positions for crucial battles and busted up clandestine Rebel networks.
Book may be ordered here.
Although Australian politicians always spoke publicly of loyalty to Britain and the empire, in secret they immediately set about protecting Australia's interests from the Germans, the Japanese—and Britain itself. John Fahey knows how the security services disguise their activities within government files. He has compiled the first account of Australia's intelligence operations from Federation to the end of World War II. This book shows Australia has been a far savvier operator in international affairs than much of the historical record suggests, and it offers a glimpse into the secret history of the nation..
Book may be ordered here.
Venezuela Intelligence Chief Exposes Organized Crime Links in Maduro Government. For the second time in six months, a former head of Venezuela's military intelligence service has made major revelations about the links between President Nicolás Maduro's administration and organized crime.
General Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera was the most prominent Venezuelan official to desert the regime during a failed opposition uprising on April 30, 2019. Figuera subsequently fled to the United States, where he spoke to the Washington Post about the rampant internal criminality that, he claims, convinced him to defect from Maduro's government.
Having served for six months as head of the notorious Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia Nacional - SEBIN), Cristopher Figuera was a member of Maduro's inner circle and privy to the regime's most guarded secrets of criminal collusion and corruption. [Read more: InSightCrime/8June2019]
Intelligence Community to Shift to Multicloud Model. Five years into the U.S. intelligence community's use of commercial cloud technologies, the IC plans to shift from a single-cloud to a multicloud model.
Details are scarce on what that will mean, but the shift was confirmed last month by John Sherman, CIO of the intelligence community, during the 2019 Cloud Smart Talks summit in Washington, D.C., as FedScoop reports. He said that the shift will allow intelligence agencies to make greater use of emerging technology capabilities, the publication notes.
The IC uses the CIA's Commercial Cloud Services, or C2S, environment, a private on-premises cloud. According to FedScoop, which cited procurement documents, the new contract will again be procured by the CIA and could be worth several billions of dollars.
The shift to a multicloud environment likely means that several cloud vendors, such as Microsoft and Oracle, could provide cloud services to the IC. In April, Microsoft indicated it was taking steps to host classified data in a commercial cloud. [Read more: Goldstein/FedTech/9July2019]
Dutch Intelligence Agency Considering Legal Action Against Journalist Over 'State Secrets.' General intelligence and security service AIVD is threatening to take legal action against Volkskrant journalist Huib Modderkolk if he does not delete some words and sentences from his new book. These passages could reveal state secrets, and if he does not remove them, charges will be pressed against him, the AIVD confirmed to NU.nl after a report in the Volkskrant.
The book in question is titled Het is oorlog, maar niemand die het ziet, which is set to be published at the end of August. The book is about cyber espionage. According to the Volkskrant, Modderkolk sent a draft of his book to the AIVD for review. The service then requested that "names of employees, sources, operation names and other information that might threaten the secrecy of sources" be removed from the book. The journalist made some of the requested changes, but not al of them.
The lawyers of both parties are still discussing the matter, the AIVD said to NU.nl. "Developments in this" will show whether the service needs to press charges against Modderkolk. [Read more: Pieters/NLTimes/9Jul2019]
Yevdokymov Appointed Deputy Head of Ukraine's Foreign Intelligence Service. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed Valeriy Yevdokymov Deputy Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine (FIS).
Corresponding decree No. 501/2019 of July 9, 2019 was made public on the website of the president of Ukraine on Tuesday.
"To appoint Yevdokymov Valeriy Volodymyrovych as deputy head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine," the document says. [Interfax/9July2019]
Bulgarian Prosecutors Charge Two Military Intelligence Generals Over Breaches of Classified Information Rules. The Military District Prosecutor's Office-Sofia has been conducting pre-trial proceedings in connection with offences by senior officers at the Defence Ministry's Military Intelligence Service that led to unauthorised access to classified information, the Prosecutor's Office said on July 8.
Charges had been laid against the current and former heads of Military Intelligence, the statement said.
The investigation was started after an inspection by the State Agency for National Security and reports sent by the agency to the Prosecutor-General. [Read more: TheSofiaGlobe/8July2019]
FBI Launches Investigation After Leaked WPAFB Documents Found in Fairborn Home. A contractor with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is accused of taking more than a thousand pages of top secrets documents.
Now the FBI has launched an investigation to figure out how it happened and who else may have those files.
On May 25th, Fairborn police executed a search warrant at Izaak Kemp's home.
According to a federal search warrant, Fairborn police believed it also housed a marijuana growing facility. [Read more: Henry/Fox45Now/8July219]
Syrian President Replaces Security Chiefs. Syrian President Bashar Assad has replaced some heads of influential security agencies, including Maj. Gen. Jamil Hassan, who has headed the powerful Air Force Intelligence Directorate since 2009, pro-government Syrian pages on social media reported Sunday.
No reason was given for the shake-up, which came as government forces have made little progress in a two-month-old offensive against rebels in the northwestern Idlib province despite recapturing wide areas of the country in recent years.
There was no immediate confirmation from the government or state media, which rarely report news related to intelligence agencies.
Several pages, including Latakia Eagles and Homs Network Live, reported that Hassan was replaced by his deputy, Maj. Gen. Ghassan Ismail. [Read more: AP/7July2019]
CIA Remains Tied to the Industry. Charged with providing national security information to the nation, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, or CIA, has had a long history of partnering with the industry to solve challenges. That need has not diminished, said Randy Burkett, staff historian from the CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence.
Burkett, speaking at a recent Foundation for Innovation and Discovery (FINND) event, walked attendees through a few of the agency's historically interesting challenges in which the industry came to its aid, beginning at the start of World War II.
Around the time of the evacuation of Dunkirk in May/June 1940, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt questioned if Britain could successfully hold off Nazi Germany. Although the United States had established pathways for information, the channels were separated and did not provide the full strategic picture. [Read more: Underwood/Signal/3July2019]
Deadly Arctic Submarine Blaze Casts Light on Russia's Underwater Intel Service. The blaze on board a nuclear-powered Russian deep-diving submersible that killed 14 elite crewmen last week has cast some light on Russia's top secret underwater intelligence service as well as its growing focus on the resource-rich polar region.
The Russian navy officers who died in the fire July 2 while the super-secret submarine was in the Arctic Ocean were buried Saturday in St. Petersburg. Authorities still have not disclosed what triggered the blaze on the Losharik, an AS-12 nuclear-powered spy submarine, and the pride of Russia's deepwater intelligence gathering program.
The 60- to 70-meter long vessel was launched in 2003 with the capacity to dive 6,000 meters. This particular sub was in Russian territorial waters when the fire started. Norwegian fishermen told local media they saw the vessel surface abruptly near Ura Bay, about 100 kilometers east of the Norwegian border - along with men rushing around the deck, but did not spot any smoke. Russia's TASS news agency reported that crew members died because they inhaled toxic fumes. [Read more: Dettmer/VOA/8July2019]
How Poland Became a Front in the Cold War Between the U.S. and China. On a frigid morning in January, Polish internal security officers entered the Warsaw apartment of a foreign businessman, confiscated photographs, seized his electronic devices and detained him. The allegations levelled against him were sensational: An ex-diplomat who speaks Polish, he and a former Polish security official had spied on behalf of a foreign power.
The drama had elements of a classic Cold War thriller, updated for the 21st century. The predatory power was not America - Washington and Warsaw are now allies - nor Russia, Poland’s Soviet-era master. It was China. The businessman was Chinese, a salesman for the world’s largest maker of telecom networking gear, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. And the alleged Polish traitor, detained the same day, wasn’t a soldier but a senior cybersecurity specialist.
The arrests opened another front in America’s new Cold War, with China. [Read more: Reuters/2July2019]
The Bizarre Ways America's First Spy Agency Tried to Overthrow Hitler. At the start of World War II the United States had no civilian agency dedicated to gathering foreign intelligence. Not that Americans never spied: The Army and Navy both had intelligence branches, and even private companies like General Electric sponsored corporate espionage. But the genteel Ivy Leaguers who ruled the federal government tended to view such activity as immoral, even dirty. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt's secretary of war, Henry Stimson, once said, "Gentlemen don't read each other's mail." This squeamishness put the United States at a disadvantage compared with Great Britain, Germany, and Russia, all of which had sophisticated intelligence bureaus and happily spied on adversaries and allies alike.
Pearl Harbor finally forced the U.S. government to admit its shortcomings and establish the Office of Strategic Services. Most people know it today as the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency, but OSS's mandate was broader than that. In addition to espionage, it carried out paramilitary operations overseas and helped pave the way for the U.S. military's Special Forces. In many cases, the espionage and the extralegal activities went hand in hand. [Read more: Kean/TheAtlantic/9July2019]
Chinese Spy Ship: Don't Take it Personally Australia, it's the US They're Watching. As many as 34,000 defence force troops from Australia and the US are preparing for military manoeuvres off the coast of Queensland later this week.
And nobody will be paying closer attention to Operation Talisman Sabre than the Chinese, who have positioned a state-of-the art military surveillance ship in international waters close to the action.
It's a bit like the school bully skulking on the footpath outside because they haven't been invited into the party.
So what's the chance of them gatecrashing? [Read more: Burke/7News/8July2019]
Video: GCHQ 100th Anniversary: Secrets, Spies and Special Dust. Britain's intelligence agency GCHQ is 100 years old - Gordon Corera takes a look at some of their previously unseen gadgets. [Watch: BBC/9July2019]
Seven Ways Writing a Novel Is Like Working for the CIA. I spent nearly a decade as a CIA analyst before my first novel, Need to Know, was published. Now, with a second novel on the way, I'll share a little secret I've learned: authors and spies have a lot in common! It's true; there are quite a few similarities between these very different fields. Here are seven ways that writing a novel is like working for the CIA: [Read more: Cleveland/PowellBooks/30May2019]
The State Of Intelligence in India. Every time the Government of India announces the name of the new directors of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the country's premier internal and external spy agencies, the first image that comes to the mind is that of James Bond, the hero of the spy novels authored by Ian Fleming way back in the 1950s and 1960s. More than the books, what made James Bond, a fictional character, immortal was Sean Connery, the British actor who played the role of the master spy in seven of the feature films based on the novels authored by Fleming. Tall and handsome, Bond was the commander of MI6, the British Secret Service and was known globally as "Agent 007" with a licence to kill. The most memorable of the films are: Dr No, Thunderball, Goldfinger, You Love Only Twice, among others. And, how can we forget his signature dialogue: "My name is Bond... James Bond".
Though many movies were shot in later years with other actors playing the role of Bond, none of them could impress my generation as Sean Connery did. We grew up watching the Bond movies at Sridhar, a modern theatre in Ernakulam, where they screened only Hollywood films. To our mind, James Bond was the ultimate spy. He drove around in custom built Aston Martin cars, had special executive aircraft at his disposal for flying to any continent at the drop of a hat and was an authority on guns, missiles, nuclear war heads and, of course, a charmer with most beautiful women. Bond drank Vodka Martini, Scotch and Soda and Gin and Tonic! Bond, the spy, who loved all good things in life, influenced generations of his era.
Come to think of it, for most of us, who grew up in a world sans satellite TV channels, internet, mobile phones and even land lines, spy meant James Bond. To the youth of my times, a spy was the most powerful and glamorous job in the world. He inspired so many of us to customise our vehicles, take up shooting or join NCC so they could be as cool as the man himself! [Read more: Chellappan/ThePioneer/7July2019]
George Allan Grieve. George
Allan Grieve, 75, a retired Central Intelligence Agency analyst who specialized in Soviet Military affairs, died Saturday, 6 July 2019 in Timonium, MD.
Rob Roy Ratliff, PhD, 93, a CIA and NSC Staffer, died 1 July 2019 in Gaithersburg, MD.
The Global Security department provides protection, investigation, resiliency and crisis management services in support of JP Morgan Chase & Co., its employees, customers, assets, and facilities throughout the world. This responsibility includes the development of security and safety policies and procedures, regulatory and legislative compliance, guard management, alarm response, branch and corporate building security, customer safety, physical crime investigations, workplace violence, fire and life safety, executive protection, due diligence, pre-employment screening, security operations globally, and fraud investigations. This mission is executed through the implementation of technology, best in class talent, and client collaboration. And it depends on critical support and analysis from the Global Intelligence team.
This position on the Global Intelligence team is responsible for leading the North America (NAMR) intelligence analysis portfolio by proactively integrating and analyzing information to evaluate threats that may impact the firm's people, assets, events, and reputation; their likelihood; and their potential tactical and operational impact and strategic implications.
The ideal candidate must have a high degree of analytic ability and drive, critical thinking skills, project management experience, and exposure to tactical and operational security. The candidate must have the ability to address complex and multidimensional challenges with innovative, rigorous, and inter-disciplinary analytical methods to produce proactive and reliable assessments. S/he must be technically savvy, able to deal with and work through ambiguity, exhibit flexibility needed to shift workload in accordance with changing priorities, be comfortable leading in a sometimes stressful and fast-paced, priority-driven environment, and be prepared to brief senior firm leadership. S/he must be a highly motivated self-starter who can operate within a global team. Lastly, the candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills to develop and maintain relationships.
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The Global Security department provides protection, investigation, resiliency, and crisis management services in support of JP Morgan Chase & Co., its employees, customers, assets, and facilities throughout the world. This responsibility includes the development of security and safety policies and procedures, regulatory and legislative compliance, guard management, alarm response, branch and corporate building security, customer safety, physical crime investigations, workplace violence, fire and life safety, executive protection, due diligence, pre-employment screening, security operations globally, and fraud investigations. This mission is executed through the implementation of technology, best in class talent, and client collaboration. And it depends on critical support and analysis from the Global Intelligence team.
This position within the Global Intelligence team's Social Media Analysis Cell is responsible for conducting Social Media intelligence analysis by searching for and analyzing information via Social Media and third party platforms to evaluate threats that may impact the firm's people, assets, events, and reputation; their likelihood; and their potential tactical and operational impact and strategic implications. Analyst will report on all Global Security stakeholder cases – Global Intelligence, Investigations, Physical Security, Global Security Operations Centers, Workplace Violence, and others by request.
The ideal candidate must have a high degree of analytic ability, resourcefulness and drive, critical thinking skills, and exposure to tactical and operational security. S/he must have the ability to address complex and multidimensional research challenges with innovative, rigorous, and inter-disciplinary analytical methods to produce proactive and reliable assessments. S/he must be technically savvy, able to deal with and work through ambiguity, exhibit flexibility needed to shift workload in accordance with changing priorities, be comfortable leading in a sometimes stressful and fast-paced, priority-driven environment, and be prepared to brief senior departmental leadership. S/he must be a highly motivated self-starter who can operate within a global team.
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The National Security Program Director oversees the national
security JD and LL.M. and student experience at Georgetown Law.
This position will design and develop major program components
including strategy, policy, and process. S/he maintains curricula,
conducts research, leads professional conferences, and provides
student support. While producing ideas for faculty review and
implementing programs that reflect faculty interest, the incumbent
will evaluate effectiveness to meet programmatic goals. Reporting
to the Faculty Director of the Center on National Security and the
Law (CNSL), the Program Director has additional duties that
include but are not limited to:
Any questions may be directed to Nadia Asancheyev, at email@example.com, or 202-662-4072.
Applications are due Friday July 19, 2019.
Employment Duration: Full Time
Opportunity in Computer Science and Cyber Security
CAVEAT: AFIO does not "vet" or endorse research inquiries, career announcements, or job offers. Reasonable-sounding inquiries and career offerings are published as a service to our members, and for researchers, educators, and subscribers. You are urged to exercise your usual caution and good judgment when responding, and should verify the source independently before deciding if you wish to supply a resume, career data, or personal information. Your participation in research aids the Intelligence Community and future officers.
AFIO is beginning a new educational project entitled "When
Intelligence Made a Difference." We invite you to identify events
involving any nation or organization when the outcome was affected
significantly by intelligence.
If you are interested in contributing an article, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Briefly state what event you have in mind, and include your bio.
[AFIO will identify authors by name and current or former title
only ― no multi-line biographies.] If your suggestion is a good
fit for this project, we will respond asking for your comments on
that event, not to exceed 1,500 words (excluding footnotes).
As with most nonprofit academic publications, contributors will
not be paid, however AFIO will publish under broad,
pro-educational Creative Commons copyright. Therefore, authors
retain the right to use their articles anywhere else they wish,
after its publication in Intelligencer.
This project would make a good class assignment. Accepted articles would give students a publication credit in a recognized journal.
Again, if you wish to participate or explore more aspects of this project, email Peter Oleson at email@example.com.
The speaker, Bill Gallegos, and 51 others were taken hostage in Tehran on November 4, 1979 by a group of Iranian college students belonging to the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line, who supported the Iranian Revolution as they took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. He spent 444 days until January 1981 as a "guest" of the Ayatollah Khomeini, who had replaced the Iranian monarchy with an Islamic Republic in March 1979. It was the longest hostage crisis in recorded history. Bill will speak to his experiences as a hostage.
Biography: William (Billy) Gallegos was born in Pueblo, Colorado. His Marine Corps career started in 1977. He attended Marine Corps Depot in San Diego, CA. He was then assigned to Marine Security Guard Battalion in Quantico, VA. Upon graduation from Marine Security Guard school he was assigned to the American Embassy Tehran, Iran. Upon his release from captivity, Sgt. William Gallegos completed his military enlistment and was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps. During his military service he earned numerous military awards including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Department of State Award for Valor. Upon his discharge, he returned to Colorado where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado.
Bill Gallegos then began a career in law enforcement as a Denver Sheriff and joined the Denver Police Department in 1994. His assignments with the Denver Police Department include street patrol officer, Vice and Narcotics and Denver police Intelligence unit where he was on loan to the Federal Bureau of Investigation/Joint Terrorism Task Force from 2004 to 2018. His police awards include numerous commendations as well as three Denver Police Distinguished Service Crosses and a Purple Heart. He retired from law enforcement in November 2018.Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Saturday, 20 July 2019, 10am - 3pm - Dedham, MA - AFIO New England Chapter hears from Peggy Adler and Damien Cregeau, and conducts chapter business
Our schedule is as follows: Registration & gathering, 1000 – 1015; Membership meeting 1015 – 1030; Morning Speaker 1030 to 1200; Luncheon at 1200-1300. Our afternoon speaker will be from 1300 – 1430 with adjournment by 1500. Our morning presenter is Peggy Adler. Peggy has served as AFIO/NE chapter president for 3 years and as program coordinator for 8 years She is also a recipient of AFIO National's coveted General Stilwell Award presented in 2001. Peggy's topic covers the Richard Brenneke October Surprise where in 1991, she was retained by self-proclaimed ex-CIA agent, arms dealer and money launderer, Richard Brenneke, to co-author his autobiography. Discovering evidence in his files contradicting claims regarding his presence at October Surprise conspiracy meetings, she contacted former CIA analyst-turned-journalist, Frank Snepp. This evidence was the basis of Snepp's February 1992 article for the Village Voice which outed Brenneke as a con artist. Adler worked with Snepp on additional articles for the "Voice" which went on to prove that the so-called "October Surprise" was a hoax. Adler's work was also the subject of a chapter in Robert Parry's book, Trick or Treason: The October Surprise Mystery and she was interviewed by PBS' Frontline in this regard for an episode which aired in April 1992. In mid-1992, learning that the House October Surprise Task Force was investigating whether or not there actually had been an October Surprise, she contacted investigative journalist and author Steven Emerson, who put her in touch with the Task Force so that she could turn over to them the seventy cartons of documents she had hauled east from Brenneke's home in Portland, Oregon, in order to write his memoirs. Subsequently, she worked as a consultant to the Task Force, and assisted in drafting and editing the Brenneke section of their final report.
Our afternoon presenter is Damien Cregeau. Mr. Cregeau's one-hour PowerPoint presentation, "Spies, Lies, and Alibis: Spying and Tradecraft During the American Revolution," will focus on the espionage efforts in and around New York City, including the Major Benjamin Tallmadge's Culper Ring and the Dayton Ring run by Colonel Elias Dayton. It will also include an analysis of the failed Captain Nathan Hale operation as well as the successful counterintelligence efforts regarding the failed Tory plot to capture or kill Generals George Washington and Israel Putnam. The talk will also look briefly at the special invisible ink developed by Sir James Jay, brother of John Jay, as well as two common misunderstandings regarding the treachery of Major General Benedict Arnold. Finally, there will be a brief look at the unheralded efforts of Sgt. Daniel Bissell, a Continental Army soldier who posed as a deserter to operate behind British lines. Damien earned his bachelor's in history from Hillsdale College and his master's in history from Colorado State. After teaching history at preparatory schools for several years he became an independent historian. He is a scholar of the American Revolution specializing in espionage of the era. He has spoken on spies in the Revolution since 2007 at the FBI's New York Office, the Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York City, as well as to historical societies and organizations throughout the northeast, including Boston, Vermont and New Hampshire. He serves as president of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He has been published in seven historical journals, including Leatherneck Magazine, Financial History, the Journal of the American Revolution and the DAR's American Spirit. He and his wife own two homes from 1765 in Connecticut: a private's house in Wethersfield and the General Jedediah Huntington House in Norwich. In September, as part of the town of Litchfield's 300th anniversary, Damien will host a Revolutionary War spy symposium on Sunday, September 8th.
Event being held at the MIT Endicott House, 80 Haven Street, Dedham, MA 02026. Should you elect to stay at the Endicott House, Mike Assad has arranged a room rate of $140/night. Please mention AFIO/NE and Mike Assad when you make your reservation. For additional information contact us at email@example.com.
Speaker and Dinner are part of this chapter meeting where we will hear Maurice Dawson, Ph.D., D.C.Sc., SMIEEE, Director of the Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education, Fulbright Scholar, & Senior Fellow at ALPF, discuss Cybersecurity issues. Professor Dawson is a nationally recognized expert on CyberSecurity and a published author.
Event is being held at the Stoney Creek Golf Club, 5850 W 103rd
St., Oak Lawn, IL 60453. Chapter VP John Fanning has arranged
dinner for us in a private room for the cost of only $40pp.
Abraham D, Sofaer, George P. Shultz Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Emeritus, speaks on "Taking on Iran: Strength, Diplomacy and the Iranian Threat." Abraham D. Sofaer, who served as legal adviser to the US Department of State from 1985 to 1990, was appointed the first George P. Shultz Distinguished Scholar and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution in 1994. During his service as legal adviser, he was responsible for US/Iran negotiations at the Iran/US Tribunal in The Hague.
Meeting location: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue,
South San Francisco, CA.
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.
1 November 2019, 10:30 am - 2 pm - Tysons, VA - SAVE THE DATE for this final AFIO luncheon of 2019. Features Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise, co-author of The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War, and Vince Houghton PhD, Spy Museum Historian, discussing his just released The Nuclear Spies: America's Atomic Intelligence Operation against Hitler and Stalin.
Jonna Mendez's presentation starts at 11 a.m. Mendez (Spy Dust: Two Masters of Disguise Reveal the Tools and Operations That Helped Win the Cold War), share (with late husband Tony Mendez) their experiences as spies in Moscow during the height of the Cold War in the mid-1980s. The authors begin with the initial list of "the Moscow Rules" and continue to discuss briefly the current state of affairs in Russia under Vladimir Putin, and how they interfered with the 2016 U.S. election.
Vince Houghton PhD, historian and curator of the International Spy Museum, makes his presentation at 1 p.m. on The Nuclear Spies: America's Atomic Intelligence Operation against Hitler and Stalin. He asks why did the US intelligence services fail so spectacularly to know about the Soviet Union's nuclear capabilities following WWII? The Manhattan Project's intelligence team had penetrated the Third Reich and knew every detail of the Nazi 's plan for an atomic bomb. What changed and what went wrong?
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22182 Phone: (703) 893-2100. Directions at this link.
Hold the date. Links to online registration will be provided next month.
Partisan political activism by current and former intelligence
officers since mid-2016 is the largest and most significant
politicization of intelligence by intelligence officers in U.S.
history. This presentation will explore the causes and the wholly
negative consequences of this new form of politicization for the
IC and the country.
Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St (between Park
and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
HOLD THE DATE. The 2019 annual CIRA dinner will be held in Tysons Corner. The cost will be $110 per person.
As was the case last year, the selected Tysons Corner hotel has
reserved a block of rooms at reduced rates for attendees traveling
from out of town. Information on menu choices will be forwarded in
the near future.
The evening's program will include the presentation of the first CIRA Lloyd Salvetti award. There will be periodic updates on menu, reduced room rates, and updates on the evening program including the presentation of the Lloyd Salvetti Award. Meanwhile, put this date in your calendar and stay tuned for follow-ups. When available, specifics on location, registration, and other questions, will be announced on CIRA's webpage.
Details to follow in several weeks about this 2019 National Cryptologic Museum Foundation General Membership Meeting. Not co-event occurring following two days, below.
Additional information or questions can be handled at NCMF Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-688-5436.
Thursday-Friday, 17 - 18 October 2019 - Laurel, MD - 2019 Symposium on Cryptologic History - The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) and the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation
The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) and the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation invite proposals for the 2019 Symposium on Cryptologic History. The Symposium will be held on October 17-18, 2019 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, MD. The theme of the 2019 Symposium is "From Discovery to Discourse." Proposals are due February 4, 2019. To submit your proposals or for additional details please visit this link
The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) and the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the 17th biennial Symposium on Cryptologic History which will take place October 17 - 18, 2019. The Symposium will be held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland. Following the Symposium on Saturday October 19th, attendees will be given an opportunity to tour the National Cryptologic Museum and participate in a workshop on researching cryptologic history sources.
The theme for the 2019 Symposium on Cryptologic History is "From Discovery to Discourse." Since 1990, the Symposium on Cryptologic History has served as an opportunity to present historical discoveries found in unclassified and declassified Intelligence Community records and engage in scholarly discussion about their significance to cryptologic history. All topics relevant to the history of cryptology, signals intelligence, technology, and national security are welcome. An interdisciplinary approach is encouraged. Topics anchored by anniversary events are traditionally well-received by attendees. Just two examples of significant anniversaries in 2019 include the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the British Government Code and Cypher School (now known as the Government Communications Headquarters or GCHQ) and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of NSA/CSS' predecessor, the Armed Forces Security Agency. Submissions from those who are new to the field, particularly graduate students, are particularly welcome. This will ensure the variety and diversity of exchange that has been the hallmark of this event.Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 6 - 10:30 pm - Washington, DC - Michael Morell and Jill Singer, Co-Chairs, invite you to The Honorable William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner at the International Spy Museum
The William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner will
take place at the new home of the International Spy Museum in
L'Enfant Plaza. On this special evening, more than 500 attendees
will gather to recognize the men and women who have served in the
field of National Security with integrity and distinction.
This event is closed to media.
Event location: The New International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024. Directions here.
The CAE in Cyber Security Symposium is right around the corner!
CAE is Centers of Academic Excellence. If your institution belongs
to the CAE-CD, CAE-2Y, CAE-R, or CAE-CO Program, you are eligible
to participate. Details to follow several months from now.
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