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JUST RELEASED: The Homegrown Threat by the FBI, the NCTC, and DHS
A list of nearly four dozen observable behavioral signs that someone might be planning to commit an act of extremist violence is contained in a newly updated publication released by the country's foremost counterterrorism organizations.
Homegrown Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators, 2019 Edition, produced by the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the Department of Homeland Security, contains a broad list of 46 behavioral indicators listed in color-coded groupings of how clearly the indicators might demonstrate an individual's likelihood of engaging in terrorist activity. The booklet updates a prior version published in 2017.
The agencies authored the updated publication to help law enforcement—and the public at large—recognize potentially dangerous behaviors as the U.S. faces a heightened threat from homegrown violent extremists.
"The booklet provides our partners with tools to identify concerning behavior so that it can be responsibly reported to law enforcement," said Michael McGarrity, assistant director of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division. "We can't be everywhere. We count on our partners to identify threats in their communities."
The booklet, published on the website of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, describes each of the behavioral indicators, organized by how easily they can be diagnosed. For example, observing someone prepare a martyrdom video could be diagnosed on its own as a mobilization indicator, while seeing an individual conduct suspicious financial transactions would be considered "minimally diagnostic" and would require other observable indicators to meet a diagnostic threshold.
The publication emphasizes that many of the indicators may involve constitutionally protected activities. But observed together, the behaviors may raise suspicions and merit reporting to authorities.
"It's an indispensable tool in our efforts to leverage all available resources to identify terrorists before they conduct deadly attacks," said Matthew Alcoke, deputy assistant director of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division.
Other criteria include categories of behaviors, the people who are most likely to observe them, and the time-sensitivity of potential concerns (i.e., imminent, near-term, or long-term).
The booklet encourages people to take a holistic view of situations and to put the mobilization indicators into context.
"It is important to consider the totality of circumstances when observing potential indicators, as some factors may increase the risk of violence in a given situation," the booklet states. Risk factors that may raise additional concerns include a potential subject's inability to cope with change or perceived failures, a history of violence, social isolation, and possession of weapons or explosives.
Visit the website here to read more and to view booklet. Or click booklet image above to access PDF.
Just Released and Forthcoming Books of the Week
Wrenching, highly personal accounts of 9/11 and its aftermath. —Kirkus
Graff draws on never-before-published transcripts, recently declassified documents, and original interviews and stories from nearly five hundred government officials, first responders, witnesses, survivors, friends, and family members to paint the most comprehensive, minute-by-minute account of the September 11 attacks yet, all told in the words of those who experienced that dramatic and tragic day. From the firefighters who streamed into the smoke-filled stairwells of the Twin Towers to the fighter pilots scrambled from air bases across the Northeast with orders to shoot down any hijacked commercial aircraft; from the teachers who held their fear at bay while evacuating terrified children from schools mere blocks from the World Trade Center to the stricken family members trapped helplessly on the ground, hearing their loved ones' final words from aboard a hijacked plane or within a burning building, Graff weaves together the unforgettable testimonies of the men and women who found themselves caught at the center of an unprecedented human drama. The result is a unique, profound, and searing exploration of humanity on a day that changed the course of history, and all of our lives.
Historical Fiction. A fresh perspective on women employed by the CIA during the 1950s and their role in disseminating into the Soviet Union copies of Dr. Zhivago, Boris Pasternak's banned masterpiece. In 1956, American-born Irina Drozdova gets a job at the CIA ostensibly as a typist but is destined for fieldwork. Former OSS agent Sally Forrester trains Irina in spycraft. Meanwhile, inside the Soviet Union, Boris Pasternak's lover, Olga Vsevolodovna, is interrogated about Pasternak's work in progress, Dr. Zhivago. After three years in a prison camp, she reunites with Pasternak, who, unable to publish in the Soviet Union, entrusts his novel to an Italian publisher's representative. Back in Washington, Irina, now engaged to a male agent but in love with Sally, seeks assignment overseas. Dressed as a nun, she places copies of Dr. Zhivago, printed in the original Russian for the CIA, into the hands of Soviet citizens visiting the Vienna World's Fair. Through lucid images and vibrant storytelling, Prescott creates an edgy postfeminist vision of the Cold War, encompassing Sputnik to glasnost, typing pool to gulag. This is a good novelization of the real operation, and also make a great spy story, publication thriller, and historical romance.
Book may be ordered here.
Perhaps the most important global trend of the last few years has been the rise—and transformatio—-of information warfare. In the digital age, real military engagement matters less than how it is broadcast. The result is a constant deluge of lies, shock humor, absurdity, and fear-mongering—a circus atmosphere created to disorient us and undermine our sense of truth.
A new Moe Berg film: "The Spy Behind Home Plate" was released 24 May 2019
US Slaps Sanctions on Venezuelan Counter-Intelligence Agency. The United States imposed sanctions Thursday on Venezuela's military counter-intelligence agency, accusing it of torturing and murdering detainees.
The new sanctions, announced by the US Treasury Department, freeze any US-based assets of the country's General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence.
They come less than a week after the US imposed sanctions on President Nicolas Maduro's son, as part of Washington's bid to force the Venezuelan leader from power. [Read more: [APF/11July2019]
Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Head Visits Brest Speaking About US Threat. On July 9, Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation Sergei Naryshkin has paid a working visit to Brest. He went there at the invitation of Belarusian KGB Chairman Valery Vakulchyk.
The news was published on the Russian FIS website. It is not known why Vakulchyk and Naryshkin met in Brest.
It is reported that one of the priority topics of the meeting was "countering international terrorism, religious and political extremism, the spread of the influence of radical organizations. Heads of special services confirmed their readiness to "further deepening of cooperation". [Read more: BelsatTV/10July2019]
House Intelligence Chief Presses Social Media Companies on Deepfake Policies. U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Monday pressed major social media companies on how they plan to handle the threat of deepfake images and videos on their platforms ahead of the 2020 elections.
The Democratic congressman wrote letters to the chief executives of Facebook Inc (FB.O), Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) and Google, which owns YouTube, asking about the companies' formal policies on deepfakes and their research into technologies to detect the doctored content.
Deepfakes use machine learning to manipulate source material and create hyperrealistic content where a person - such as a political candidate - appears to say or do something they did not.
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone confirmed the company had received the letter and said it would respond to Schiff accordingly. [Read more: Culliford/Reuters/15July2019]
Expansion of Secrecy Law for Intelligence Operatives Alarms Free Press Advocates. The C.I.A. is quietly pushing Congress to significantly expand the scope of a law that makes it a crime to disclose the identities of undercover intelligence agents, raising alarms among advocates of press freedoms.
The agency has proposed extending a 1982 law, the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which makes it a crime to identify covert officers who have served abroad in the past five years. Under the C.I.A.'s plan, the law would instead apply perpetually to people whose relationships with the intelligence community are classified — even if they live and operate exclusively on domestic soil.
Lawmakers have attached the C.I.A.'s proposed language to defense and intelligence bills moving through Congress. The provisions have sparked objections among press freedom and government transparency advocates. Potential amendments to the House intelligence bill must be submitted by Thursday to be considered when it comes to the House floor.
The C.I.A.'s proposal "seriously expands the felony criminal penalties that could be used against journalists, against whistle-blowers and against public-interest organizations," said Emily Manna, a policy analyst for Open the Government, a group promoting accountability. [Read more: Savage/NYTimes/10July2019]
Security Reports Reveal How Assange Turned an Embassy into a Command Post for Election Meddling. New documents obtained exclusively by CNN reveal that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange received in-person deliveries, potentially of hacked materials related to the 2016 US election, during a series of suspicious meetings at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
The documents build on the possibility, raised by special counsel Robert Mueller in his report on Russian meddling, that couriers brought hacked files to Assange at the embassy.
The surveillance reports also describe how Assange turned the embassy into a command center and orchestrated a series of damaging disclosures that rocked the 2016 presidential campaign in the United States.
Despite being confined to the embassy while seeking safe passage to Ecuador, Assange met with Russians and world-class hackers at critical moments, frequently for hours at a time. He also acquired powerful new computing and network hardware to facilitate data transfers just weeks before WikiLeaks received hacked materials from Russian operatives. [Read more: CNN/15July2019]
Defense Intelligence Agencies Joint Innovation Battle Lab Does Not Disappoint. Each year, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) participates in the Joint Innovation Battle Lab (JIBL), a two-week gathering focused on the integration of operations, intelligence and technology. Earlier this year, this Navy exercise, held at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story for the last fifteen years, featured best practices, the identification, testing and evaluation of innovative technologies, and the improvement of operations and intelligence across Special Operations Forces (SOF), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Intelligence Community, federal law enforcement, private sector, and academia.
DIA's Office of Advanced Technologies Intelligence within the Directorate for Science and Technology leads the technology portion of JIBL, where it collaborates with field operators using agency-developed technology and other equipment.
"Our technology is cutting-edge and we're excited to showcase it," said Matt Avery, JIBL technology line of effort director in an article published by the DIA. "One of the exercise goals is to integrate with our interagency partners to increase speed, accuracy and lethality. Testing out our tech with end-users gives us immediate feedback so we can not only meet this goal, but also show how agile and expeditionary DIA operates." [Read more: Fadia/Techzone360/16July2019]
The Spy Who Kept the Cold War From Boiling Over. In 1984, U.S. spies monitoring the Soviet press found an alarming piece in a Russian magazine. It wasn't an expose on officials in the Soviet Union or a worrying account about Cold War attitudes toward the United States. Rather, it was a recipe for coot, a small water bird that's common in Eastern Europe.
For CIA officials, that meant trouble. They had long had an agreement with a Russian double agent they called TOP HAT - if he wanted to get in touch with them, he'd indicate it by publishing the recipe. Was TOP HAT in danger?
As it turns out, yes. Soon after, America's most valuable spy, Dmitri Polyakov, fell off the map entirely. For nearly 25 years, the Soviet military intelligence officer had served as the United States' most trusted resource on the Soviet military, providing reams of intelligence and becoming a legend in the process. [Read more: Blakemore/History/15July2019]
Academic Upgrade for Germany's Spies. Luisa W. is studying for her master's degree, and has just come from class. But today's politics lecture was far from ordinary - the lesson was top secret, and held in a high-security building. Luisa is among the first generation of Germans to be enrolled in the Intelligence and Security Studies (MISS) master's degree program, jointly offered by the Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences and the Bundeswehr University Munich. And, for obvious security reasons, she must keep her surname secret.
Before enrolling, Luisa contributed to various branches of Germany's foreign intelligence agency, working with the counterterrorism analysis team, in operations and with the agency's administration. Now, after 10 years of service, she's decided to take part in the MISS program.
"I enjoy getting a break from my ordinary work and having time to think about different issues," she told DW. "I'm interested in the relationship between our intelligence agencies and German society." Her degree will include a range of courses, including one dedicated to intelligence analysis and another on cyber intelligence.
The MISS degree program is not open to just any applicant. [Read more: Hänel/DW/13July2019]
The Doctor Who Helped Israeli Spies Catch Eichmann But Refused Recognition For It. The fake license plates, forged passports and concealed surveillance camera were locked away in the musty archives of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency for 50 years. Now they are touring the U.S. in a traveling exhibition about the Mossad's legendary capture of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann.
But one object crucial to the mission's success is not on display: the needle used to inject a sedative into Eichmann's arm before he was smuggled onto a plane back to Israel to stand trial.
The story of the needle is also the story of Dr. Yonah Elian, a renowned Israeli anesthesiologist recruited for the Eichmann mission to administer the sedative, who hid the needle in a drawer most of his life and refused to come out of the shadows - even as the other Israelis on the mission were crowned national heroes. [Read more: Estrin/KUCB/116July2019]
GCHQ's Centenary: the Art of Espionage in a Digital Age. In 1837 Giuseppe Mazzini, an activist fighting for Italian unification, fled to London on release from prison in Paris. Mazzini thought he'd be safe away from Europe's mainland, but shortly after the young Italian arrived in London, the Foreign Office began spying on his correspondence, opening Mazzini's private letters and passing their contents to the Austrian and Neapolitan governments. When news of the FCO's espionage became public, Mazzini received an outpouring of support from British liberals, who were outraged that the government could make such overt intrusions into somebody's private life.
Since Mazzini's time, surveillance - both digital and political - has become ubiquitous. Public indignation around the state's incursion into private life has been a crucial part of the history of GCHQ, the government department founded in 1919 as a permanent signals intelligence agency to protect national security. A new exhibition at the Science Museum in London marks the agency's centenary, displaying notes and never seen before code-breaking machines.
"As long as the Internet and telecommunications have existed, GCHQ has existed as well," says Tim Stevens, a professor at King's College London in the war studies department. [Read more: Varghese/NewStatesman/15July2019]
Rising Iran Politician has Intelligence Ties. Iran's first government minister born after its 1979 Islamic Revolution is a carefully manicured, charming internet engineer who posts Instagram pictures of his weekends with his family and spends 30 minutes a day reading letters from his constituents.
He also used to work for the Intelligence Ministry.
Meet Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, whose quick rise through the Islamic Republic's carefully managed political system already is generating speculation he could be a candidate for Iran's 2021 presidential campaign.
From his current post as information and communications technology minister, Jahromi oversees Iran's tightly controlled internet and a satellite program that the U.S. alleges serves as a cover for experiments on intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. [Read more: Gambrell/AP/10July2019]
The Spies of Suburbia: How the KGB Infiltrated a Bungalow in Ruislip. Even if you have never set foot on Cranley Drive in Ruislip, you will have walked down countless other streets like it. A quiet cul-de-sac of pebbledash semis, it is the epitome of sleepy suburbia and the backdrop for one of the most audacious spy plots of the Cold War.
Inside a bungalow at 45 Cranley Drive was the hub of the Portland Spy Ring: a Soviet plot to steal Britain's top security naval secrets, including details of the country's first nuclear submarine, HMS Dreadnought.
When discovered by Britain's security services in 1961, it revealed a story of unparalleled intrigue which gripped the nation and is the subject of a new exhibition, opened at the Science Museum this week, celebrating a century of British spycraft.
Curators have recreated a version of 45 Cranley Drive - complete with Fifties wallpaper and carpet, as well as the radio transmitter famously discovered hidden under the kitchen floor and is being displayed for the first time. [Read more: Shute/TheTelegraph/13July2019]
Ousted UK Ambassador Leaked US intelligence. Leaked U.K. diplomatic cables critical of President Trump have led Britain's ambassador, Sir Kim Darroch, to announce his departure from Washington earlier than expected. But the story is not yet concluded.
According to one current and one former U.S. government official speaking on the condition of anonymity, Darroch repeatedly leaked classified U.S. intelligence information, including highly classified information, to a journalist for a U.S.-based media outlet. The sources are confirmed by the reaction my related inquiries have received from other government officials.
These leaks are unrelated to the diplomatic cables which sparked Trump's anger and Darroch's departure.
Still, one source says that the U.S. government was so alarmed by Darroch's leaks that it launched an official investigation to find the source of the information. [Read more: Rogan/WashingtonExaminer/15July2019]
John Wilson Brunner PhD, 94, former OSS, Professor of Foreign languages, died 14 May 2019 in Allentown, PA.
Marion Bergesen Riedel [nee Reid Schoenfeld], 96, briefly in OSS, State Department Intel Analyst, died 5 July 2019 in Rockledge, FL. Born in Vienna, Austria to a father posted with the U.S. Legation, he lived in many foreign capitals as his appointments changed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or 202-662-4072.
Applications are due Friday July 19, 2019.
Employment Duration: Full Time
Opportunity in Computer Science and Cyber Security
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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 email@example.com.
Briefly state what event you have in mind, and include your bio.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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
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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, is the author of Taking on Iran: Strength, Diplomacy and the Iranian Threat. Dr. 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 US-Iran Tribunal in The Hague.
We will also be taking a moment to honor the passing of Therese LeGallo, our immediate Past President. Her obituary appeared in the Weekly Notes #21-19 dated 28 May 2019.
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.
Central Asia is undergoing a period of profound transformations. Islam Karimov, who ruled Uzbekistan from 1989, died in office in 2016. His successor former Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev has embarked on a series of reforms to create a more efficient bureaucracy, attract investment, soften repression and rebuild ties with neighboring states.
Kazakhstan's first President Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned in March 2019. Zhomart Toqaev, his anointed successor, called a snap election on June 8th, winning with over 70% of the vote. But citizens have reacted angrily to perceived political stagnation with over 1000 arrested in protests around the country.
Tajikistan, the region's poorest state is also looking toward transition. President Emomali Rahmon, in power since 1992, appears to be grooming his son Rustam for power; presidential elections are scheduled for 2020. This comes at a time of instability in the country, with over thirty killed in a prison riot in May.
These ongoing developments are interlinked and pose questions around the sustainability of post-Soviet models of authoritarian governance in the region. To discuss these developments, Daniel Morgan Graduate School and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) will assemble a roundtable of experts who follow the region closely.
Speakers:Torokul Doorov, Director of RFE/RL's Kazakh Service; Salimjon Aioubov, Acting Director of RFE/RL's Tajik Service; Alisher Syddiq, Director of RFE/RL's Uzbek Service; Erica Marat, Associate Professor, College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University. Moderator: Edward Lemon, DMGS - Kennan Institute Fellow, Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security
Where: The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, 1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036
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.
The 2019 NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium will be held from 9am to 3pm on 16 October 2019 at the JHU/APL Kossiakoff Center, 11100 John Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723-6099. See below for a snapshot of the program and stay tuned for more details. Registration is open now. We hope you will please share information about our upcoming program with friends, colleagues, and related communities.
SYMPOSIUM SNAPSHOT: RUSSIAN PENETRATION OF U.S. ASSETS
The NCMF symposium this year will feature an exposé of Soviet and Russian active measures to engage in political warfare and to conduct espionage against the U.S. and others using close access and other means. Among the speakers are Dr. John Lenczowski, Dr. Terry Thompson, Dr Eric Haseltine, Charles Gandy, Jerry Roddy, and James Gosler, all of whom were directly involved in working to thwart these security threats. In addition, the program includes information about NCMF and museum activities as well as an update on the new museum project.
REGISTRATION and COST: Fee includes breakfast (8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.) and lunch (Noon - 1:00 p.m.). $25 Members, $50 Guests (includes 1 year NCMF membership). Deadline to register is 11 October.
***CCH Symposium 2019 (see next event below) - Remember, this year the Symposium on Cryptologic History will take place on 17-18 October and registration for this event is separate from the NCMF program. Please consider registering for both events and enjoying 3 full days of cryptology and cybersecurity. See the NCMF event calendar and Educate section for information about the CCH Symposium.
Additional information or questions can be handled at NCMF Office at email@example.com 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."
THEME & PROGRAM INFO
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. The 2019 Symposium program offers over 20 educational sessions led by over 65 speakers. Topics include cryptologic history related to World War I and II, the Cold War, communications security, cyberspace and technology, international and diplomatic relations, counterintelligence and espionage, declassification and public engagement, and more. The program is here.
REGISTRATION INFO: The registration rate is $70/day ($140 for the full program). The student rate is $35/day ($70 for the full program). Registration includes a light continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks. Sessions on Saturday, October 19th are free for those who register for one, or both, days at the Kossiakoff Center. For registration questions, contact the NCMF at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-688-5436.
*** Registration will close on Friday October 11, 2019. No refunds for cancellations will be issued after Monday October 14, 2019.
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.
Gift Suggestions:AFIO's 788-page Guide to the Study of Intelligence. Peter C. Oleson, Editor, also makes a good gift. View authors and table of contents here.
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