AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #34-19 dated 10 September 2019
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
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Newly Released and Forthcoming Books of the Week
9/12: The Epic Battle of the Ground Zero Responders
"Many citizens believe the tragedy of 9/11 ended with the attacks themselves. But the two coauthors tell the full story—of the courage and determination of first responders and their numerous allies over the next decade. This is required reading for all Americans interested in the aftermath and legacy of 9/11." —Kenneth R. Feinberg, special master of the federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001
9/12 is the saga of the epic nine-year legal battle waged by William H. Groner against the City of New York and its contractors on behalf of the more than ten thousand first responders who became ill as a result of working on the Ground Zero cleanup. These first responders—like AT&T Disaster Relief head Gary Acker and New York Police Department detectives Candiace Baker, Thomas Ryan, and Mindy Hersh—rushed to Ground Zero and remained to work on the rescue and recovery mission, which lasted for the next nine months. Their selfless bravery and humanity were rewarded with horrible health issues resulting from the toxic stew of chemicals present in the dust and debris that government officials such as Mayor Rudy Giuliani and EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman had assured them was safe. Groner, a lead attorney in the mass tort litigation, fought for their illnesses to be acknowledged and for them to receive validation and closure, as well as for compensation—an eventual aggregate award of more than $800 million.
As detailed in 9/12, the battle for the Ground Zero responders was waged not only in the courtroom but also in the press, in medical and scientific research centers, and among politicians at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as in the halls of Congress to pass the Zadroga Health and Compensation Act. 9/12 weaves together Groner's firsthand account with glimpses into the first responders' lives as they try to understand and overcome their illnesses. The result is an intimate look into their battles—physical, mental, and legal—that will leave you cheering for these heroes who, in spite of everything, would do it all again. Told by Groner and journalist Tom Teicholz, 9/12 is the story of the brave public servants who showed up when their country needed them most, of their fight for redress, and of their victory in the face of the seemingly insurmountable.
Book may be ordered here.
Deceiving the Sky: Inside Communist China's Drive for Global Supremacy
"The Chinese have a sophisticated network of tens of thousands of human spies and computer hackers targeting American military and technological secrets," — Michelle Van Cleave, a former top U.S. counterintelligence official within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence
The US approach to China since the Communist regime in Beijing began the period of reform and opening in the 1980s was based on a promise that trade and engagement with China would result in a peaceful, democratic state. Forty years later the hope of producing a benign People's Republic of China utterly failed. The Communist Party of China deceived the West into believing that the its system and the Party-ruled People's Liberation Army were peaceful and posed no threat. In fact, these misguided policies produced the emergence of a 21st Century Evil Empire even more dangerous than a Cold War version in the Soviet Union.
Successive American presidential administrations were fooled by pro-China policymakers, sinologists, intelligence analysts, and business leaders who facilitated the rise not of a peaceful China but a threatening and expansionist nuclear-armed communist dictatorship not focused on a single overriding strategic objective: Weakening and destroying the U.S.
The process included unrelenting and massive technology theft from American companies through cyber theft, foreign students with intelligence collection assignments, and unfair trade practices. The losses directly supported the largest buildup of the Chinese military in history which directly threatens American and allied interests around the world. The military threat is only half the danger as China aggressively pursues regional and international control using a variety of non-military forces, including economic, cyber and space warfare, and large-scale influence operations.
Book may be ordered here.
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTSUS Extracted Top Spy From Inside Russia in 2017. In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN.
A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.
The decision to carry out the extraction occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel.
The disclosure to the Russians by the President, though not about the Russian spy specifically, prompted intelligence officials to renew earlier discussions about the potential risk of exposure, according to the source directly involved in the matter. [Read more: Sciutto/CNN/10September2019]
Russian Agents ‘Assume False Identities' to Spy in Switzerland. Russian spies have been operating in Switzerland under assumed identities, using documents that change their nationalities, a former KGB agent has told Swiss public television RTS.
Sergei Jirnov, who lifted the lid on KGB activities in his book "Chased by the KGB - Birth of a Spy", also says that Russian spying has increased under the regime of Vladimir Putin. His claims appear to validate complaints by the Swiss authorities about Russian espionage in recent years.
Jirnov told RTS that agents would assume the identities of "friendly" nations, such as the United States, Britain or France, to avoid detection by the authorities. He himself spied on the French during a covert mission to Paris, but now lives in France. [Read more: SWI/10September2019]
Bulgarian Official Charged With Espionage for Russia. Bulgarian prosecutors charged the head of a non-governmental organization (NGO) on Tuesday with spying for Russia as part of a scheme they said aimed to draw Bulgaria away from its Western allies and toward Moscow.
Bulgaria, Moscow's most loyal satellite in Soviet times, is now a member of NATO and the European Union but has close cultural and historic ties to Russia, which remains its biggest energy supplier.
The prosecutors said Nikolai Malinov, 50, head of the National Russophile Movement, had worked for Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, run mainly by former foreign intelligence officials, and also for a Russian NGO, the Double-Headed Eagle, since 2010. [Read more: Reuters/10September2019]
Oxbridge Graduate Who Worked for GCHQ will Run National Cyber Force of 3,000 Hackers. Britain's top female spy is to take charge of a new cyber warfare agency to 'combat opponents' to UK interests in the digital world.
The operative, unidentified for security reasons, is an Oxbridge graduate in her mid-forties who holds a strong career working for GCHQ, the UK's intelligence agency.
She will run the National Cyber Force, a new joint venture between GCHQ and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to act as the SAS' online equivalent. [Read more: Cole/DailyMail/8September2019]
Air Force Space Commander Warns the Military Needs Better Intelligence. The U.S. military is busy reorganizing space forces. It recently re-activated U.S. Space Command, and it is preparing for Congress to enact a Space Force as a new branch of the armed services.
While all the attention is given to the bureaucratic shuffle, not much is being said about the skills and capabilities that space forces will need to defend satellites from enemy lasers and missiles.
Maj. Gen. John Shaw, deputy commander of Air Force Space Command, says one key concern for the military is having reliable intelligence about what is happening in space.
"Intelligence support for Space Command is a big thing," Shaw said on Thursday at the Intelligence and National Security Summit. [Read more: Erwin/SpaceNews/5September2019]
New Book Reveals Vast Chinese Hacking Operations. China steals as much as $600 billion in intellectual property from the U.S. every year through a vast network of hackers and analysts -including a 2009 breach of Boeing Co.'s computers that stole detailed information on the company's new C-17 aircraft, according to a new book.
Boeing, based in Seattle, had been developing the C-17 from the 1980s to the 1990s - at a $40 billion cost to American taxpayers - in Long Beach, California, author Bill Gertz says in the book, "Deceiving the Sky: Inside Communist China's Drive for Global Supremacy."
Gertz is the national security reporter for The Washington Times, where the book was excerpted Tuesday.
Ultimately, Boeing built 280 C-17 aircraft, at an average cost of $202 million each, and the Chinese unveiled its version - built with data from as many as 85,000 stolen files - in November 2018, within a decade after the heist. [Read more: Beamon/Newsmax/4September2019]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE‘Singer Tailor Soldier Spy': A CIA Officer's Life as the Frontman of One of Uganda's Top Bands. The band's reception in the rural town of Soroti was lukewarm - a departure from their raucous weekly performances back in the capital.
"We were playing our regular stuff and people were kind of into it," said Jim Logan, the band's guitarist. "But it just wasn't hitting."
This was in 2003. Logan, a Berklee College of Music-trained guitarist, and his band, the Kampala Jazz All-Stars, had trekked nearly six hours through the East African countryside to play the gig. With more than 1,000 people in the audience, the group's vocalist, Darrell M. Blocker, had an idea.
"Dude, we have got to start singing some stuff," he shouted between songs. "We've got to start doing stuff that they hear and they recognize."
Blocker cued the band to play "Stir It Up," Bob Marley's reggae hit. [Read more: Bruggeman/ABCNews/8September2019]
Ex-CIA Spy Readies to Publish Book About Undercover Exploits Without Agency Approval. A former CIA officer who says she spent years under deep cover has written what appears to be one of the most revealing memoirs ever put to paper by an American intelligence operative - a book so intriguing that Apple bought the television rights even before its October publication date.
But the book, "Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA," by Amaryllis Fox, has become embroiled in dual controversies.
Some former CIA officers who have learned about its contents are questioning its veracity, saying key details don't ring true. Some are casting doubt on the book's climactic scene, Fox's recounting of a dramatic solo meeting she says she had in Karachi, Pakistan, with al Qaeda-linked extremists.
And, in an extraordinary move, Fox submitted her memoir to publisher Knopf Doubleday without getting approval from the CIA's Publication Review Board, in violation of the nondisclosure agreement every agency officer signs, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the matter. Dilanian/NBCNews/6September2019]
ASIO Spy Agency Unleashes New Hard Currency Cryptocurrency Coin. The Australian domestic spy agency has a great sense of humor. It also has a serious marketing pizzazz to cash in on its major brand power. When ASIO is not striving to track down terrorists and unwarranted foreign influence over corporate and government affairs, the agents do not mind having a devious dig at the ever-changing crypto scene.
With over 70 years of surveilling revolutionaries, communists, and sporadic property developers, ASIO acknowledged that it is now aiming to release a special 50 cent coin.
This new ASIO coin campaign is called ‘coincryption' which might be a thinly disguised financial intelligence attempt at spivvy cryptos and their activities of reinventing the anonymity provided by cash. Also, the promotional materials may have redacted images of a code on the coin with a legible red ‘Top Secret' stamp. That represents a case of massive over-classification if ever any existed. [Read more: Wanguba/CryptoVibes/9September2019]
Haunted Buildings At The Jersey Shore - The Spy House. It's getting to be the time of year where interest turns to all things Halloween, including real haunted houses, and rumor has it, we have our share at the Jersey Shore.
This is the first in a series focusing on some of the homes and buildings that have been rumored to be among the most haunted in our area. And you can't bring up the topic to anyone at the Shore familiar with these things without hearing 'Spy House'.
The history.. The actual name of the building is the Seabrook-Wilson House, and it's located on Port Monmouth Street in Middletown. The history of the building is an amazing one, and here are some details according to the website Try To Scare Me. [Read more: Russo/943thpoint/10September2019]
The Spy Who Came To Live In Bermuda. He waged a counter-propaganda campaign against the Nazis in the US before America entered World War Two, often using evidence seized in Bermuda to bolster Britain's argument that Adolf Hitler posed as much of a threat to the New World as he did to the Old.
And in the 1960s he retired to Bermuda, living for several years at the Princess Hotel before buying a home in Paget.
There was more than a hint of nostalgia about his initial choice of accommodation: the Princess had been headquarters to the Bermuda censorship operation he had supervised.
Requisitioned for wartime use, it was at the historic harbourside hotel that British agents routinely intercepted coded messages between Nazi agents in America and their German spymasters in the transatlantic mail which passed through the island. [Read more: Bernews/8September2019]
Military Intelligence Operations for the Army of the Potomac. In recent years, there has been much attention paid to the formal (and informal) intelligence-gathering capabilities of the Union army during the Civil War, including during the Gettysburg Campaign. Edward Fishel pioneered the cadre of recent authors who have explored this subject. Thomas Ryan further refined Fishel's work with an excellent book on spies, scouts, and secrets during the Gettysburg Campaign. Now, along comes Lt. Col. (ret.) Peter G. Tsouras, a long-time military analyst for various U. S. government agencies. Written with the skilled hand of a career soldier and analyst, Tsouras focuses his attention on Major General George H. Sharpe and the Creation of American Military Intelligence in the Civil War in a lengthy but fascinating new book from Casemate.
George Henry Sharpe did not start out as a military man or as a spymaster. Born in Ulster County, New York, in 1828, Sharpe graduated from Rutgers and was a practicing attorney before the Civil War. He spent more than a year in Austria working for the U. S. State Department in the early 1850s, giving him exposure to international politics. When the war erupted, Sharpe received a commission as a captain in the 20th New York State Militia (the "Ulster Guards").
By the time of the Gettysburg Campaign, with the rank of major, Sharpe was in charge of the newly-created Bureau of Military Intelligence (BMI). Early in the war, famed private detective Alan Pinkerton and several of his Chicago-based operatives had come east to assist Major General George B. McClellan in assessing enemy strength, locations, movements, and intentions. Pinkerton had largely overestimated Confederate General Robert E. Lee's manpower. That played into McClellan's already cautious approach to engaging Lee and played a role in the battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862. [Read more: Mingus/YorkDailyRecord/9September2019]
Scholarships, Awards Help Replenish Intelligence Community's Talent Pipeline. National Military Intelligence Foundation board member Natalie Anderson is a perfect example of the work NMIF does. A 2018 scholarship recipient who studied intelligence studies and applied sciences at Mercyhurst University, Anderson is a mission analyst with a focus on cyber and information operations for The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
"Natalie is already helping pay it forward and was just appointed as the youngest NMIF board member in our organization's history," said Stephen Iwicki, a member of the board, fundraising committee chair and founder and director of Blue Water Advisory Services, LLC.
NMIF is an education-oriented nonprofit with a 44-year history of supporting the intelligence community's workforce pipeline through scholarships, awards and recognition for current professionals as well as its twice-yearly publication of American Intelligence Journal. Each issue of the journal features articles focusing on intelligence professionals, cyber threat, counterintelligence analysis and insider threat. [Read more: Kirkland/WashingtonExec/9September2019]
Why Germany Is Ignoring Its Own Russian Spy Scandal. Last March, after the attempt to poison the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, U.K., it took the British government only a week to accuse Russia of being responsible; by the 10th day after the crime, it was already expelling Russian diplomats. Now, the same length of time after a very similar event in Berlin, the German government is reacting very differently.
The victim of the Aug. 23 attack, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili (or Changoschwili, as it's spelled in German), was an ethnic Chechen from Georgia's Pankisi Gorge region who had arrived in Germany via Ukraine in 2015. After several attempts on his life in the former Soviet Union, he was looking for a safer place to call home. He applied for asylum in Berlin, home to a large Chechen diaspora, and was going through an appeal process after being rejected.
Khangoshvili had been a field commander against the Russian army during the second Chechen war in the 2000s, and he'd attempted to assemble a force to fight the Russians again when they invaded Georgia in 2008. It's unclear whether any formal criminal proceedings existed against him in Russia. At any rate, he wasn't in Interpol's Red Notice database as someone whom Russia actively sought. [Read more: Bershidsky/Bloomberg/2September2019]
For Washington, Russian And China Tech Spies Suddenly Everywhere. It can't be any clearer. This year set it in stone. From the day Trump was elected, despite his own call for cooperation with Russia, and calling Xi Jinping a friend, Russia and China became our new supervillains.
They are everywhere. Especially embedded in our technology sector, and therefore cannot be sold to, bought or partnered with.
What are the risks of ostracizing Russia and China investors?
"Are there risks in this? No, not really," says Dr. Steve Blank, a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C. "They're threatening the West and, in the case of Russia, see themselves as an opposition to the West. They've increased their espionage in the U.S. The rhetoric may be overblown, but the policy response is not." [Read more: Rapoza/Forbes/10September2019]
Section IV - Obituaries, Jobs, Research Assistance
Jim Algrant, CIA Operations Officer, Foreign Relations Expert
George Chritton, former CIA Operations Officer
Walter Grant, DIA Chief of Technology Transfer
Paul Hauck, DIA Senior Intelligence Analyst for Western Europe
Billy Hix, CIA Office of Security Official, worked on U-2
FireEye Has Many Intelligence Positions Available For You - Worldwide - Contract, Full-time, Part-time, Interns
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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.
CFP: Editor Seeks Paper Proposals (via Abstracts) on African Intelligence and Security Services
An editor is seeking abstracts for an academic anthology about
African intelligence and security services.
Potential authors should send 150 to 300 word abstracts and a brief CV to Ryan Shaffer at: email@example.com before Monday, 21 October 2019.
STANDING RESEARCH PROJECT BY AFIO: Professor/Researcher Seeks Identification of Events Significantly Affected by Intelligence for "When Intelligence Made a Difference" - a new AFIO Project
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.
AFIO's history project "when intelligence made a difference" has published in Intelligencer the first four articles. Two by AFIO's president emeritus Gene Poteat, "George Washington, Spymaster Extraordinaire" and "Layfayette and the French Intrigue to Lead the American Revolution." Ken Daigler added "George Washington's Attacks on Trenton and Princeton, 1776-77." Swedish researcher Michael Fredholm contributed "How Sweden Chose Sides" in the post-WW II era between the West and the Soviet Union.
Two months after publication these articles will be posted on the AFIO website for other interested readers who do not receive the Intelligencer.
Many have contributed ideas for articles, some of which AFIO is looking for authors to address. Let me know if you are interested in contributing a 2,000 word article on the following topics:
If you are interested in contributing an article, 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.
AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 11:30 a.m. – Albuquerque, NM – AFIO New Mexico Chapter hears from Hamid Rad.
The speaker at this New Mexico Chapter event will be Mr. Hamid Rad presenting on his dissertation research.
Location of event: "The Egg & I" restaurant on Menaul just
east of Louisiana, next door to Chili's, 6909 Menaul Blvd NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87110, (505) 888-3447
Our meetings are normally open to present and former members of Federal, Military (uniformed and civilian), State and Local Agencies and selective others who support the Intelligence Community.
If you desire further information, please contact one of the
On Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 11:30 a.m. no-host cocktails; 12 noon - San Francisco, CA - The "André Le Gallo" San Francisco Chapter hosts Abraham D. Sofaer on "US- Iran Relations since 1979."
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 Thérèse LeGallo, our immediate Past President. Her obituary appeared in the Weekly Notes #21-19 dated 28 May 2019.
Thursday 12 September 2019, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Scottsdale, AZ - Prof Khester Kendrick discusses "Funding Terrorism through Cyber Crime" at Arizona Chapter Meeting
Professor Khester Kendrick, Cyber Security Faculty Member, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ, has worked in the telecommunications, information technology and business management industries for over 20 years and holds two master's degrees in IT; in 2020 he will be adding a PhD in Information Technology. He is currently developing an undergrad course material for Networking and Cyber-Security for GCU. Professor Kendrick will be leading this presentation with all of our members' active participation.
Location: Best Western Thunderbird Suites, 7515 E Butherus Dr,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260.
Saturday, 14 September 2019, 11:30 am - 2 pm - Indialantic, FL - The Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Spencer Ward discussing RAdm Robert Ward's WWII Activities in the Pacific Theater of Operations
Mr. Spencer Ward, the son of Rear
Admiral Robert Ward, will discuss his father's
distinguished WWII record as a submarine commander in the Pacific
Theater of Operations. Admiral Ward was a 1935 graduate of the
U.S, Naval Academy, and retired from active service in 1965 at the
rank of Rear Admiral. Admiral Ward's wartime medals include two
Navy Crosses and two Silver Stars.
Wednesday 18 September 2019, 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.
Thursday, 19 Sept 2019, 11:30 AM - Colorado Springs - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Dave Humpert, discussing "The View from Moscow"
Our speaker, Dave Humpert, will take a look at the military and political issues that drove the Soviet perspectives in the formulation of doctrine and military policy during the height of the Cold War—the 1980s. In examining the threat as perceived by Soviet military planners, "The View from Moscow" will specifically take a look at the period 1980-1984, the first term of the Reagan White House years and the emergence of the "Revolution in Military Affairs," i.e., the emergence of precision guidance/targeting systems and satellite-enabled net centric warfare. In the Soviet view, new technologies—e.g., the Pershing II IRBM and Ground-and Air-Launched Cruise Missiles and SDI—would enable the US to establish superiority and dominance on the battlefield. Dave will speak to his experience as a Soviet Military and Political Affairs Officer in the Air Force Intelligence Service, Directorate of Soviet Affairs during this period.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to attend or for more information.
1 November 2019, 10:30 am - 2 pm - Tysons, VA - Do not miss 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.
Wednesday 4 December 2019, 5:30 p.m. - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts CIA Officer (Ret) Dr. John A. Gentry discussing "IC Political Activism since 2016 -- Origins and Implications."
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.
Monday, 20 January 2020, 5:30 p.m. - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts CIA Officer (Ret) and Author/Disguise Expert Jonna Mendez
Jonna 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. Additional details to follow in coming months.
Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St (between Park
and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and OthersTuesday, 1 October 2019, 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Washington, DC – The Media and Intelligence Accountability— The Public's "Right to Know" or "Need to Know"? at the Catholic University of America
The U.S. Intelligence Community's responsibility to protect our country requires it to wield powerful capabilities that many fear could violate the rights of U.S. citizens. To ensure that U.S. intelligence agencies are accountable to the American people, they are subject to formal mechanisms of oversight, especially the designated congressional intelligence committees.
The Intelligence Studies Program of the Catholic University of America is pleased to host this panel discussion to explore the additional role that the media plays in keeping U.S. intelligence accountable. Joining us are four journalists with extensive experience reporting on national security: Julian Barnes of the New York Times, Ellen Nakashima and Peter Finn of the Washington Post, and Steve Coll, the dean of Columbia University's School of Journalism and a former correspondent for the Washington Post. Issues to be discussed include: Is the "public's right to know" a blanket justification to reveal any secret a journalist might discover, or are there limits? On what basis do members of the media judge that information ought to be shared with—or withheld from—the public? Former CIA officer and staff historian Nicholas Dujmovic, the founding director of the university's intelligence program, will moderate the discussion.
A reception will follow the event.
Event location: Heritage Hall (Father O'Connell
Hall), in the Catholic University of America, 597-599 Michigan Ave
NE, Washington, DC 20064.
Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 6 - 8:30 pm - Washington, DC - Mother, Daughter, Sister, SPY - a panel at The International Spy Museum
The Mother, Daughter, Sister, SPY panel, features:
$99 per person. Please RSVP by September 30th. Event includes Light Cocktail & Hors d'Oeuvres. Business attire required.
Friday, 11 October 2019 - Arlington, VA - Annual General Membership and Board of Directors Meeting for NIP
The 2019 NIP Fall Luncheon and Annual General Membership and
Board Meeting will be held at the stately Army Navy Country Club
in Arlington, VA. The ANCC is near Suitland, MD with spectacular
views of the Capitol and abundant free valet parking.
Online registration is available for those ready to pay by credit card. To register use this link.
NO WALK UPS PLEASE, REGISTRATION DUE BY 5:00 PM EST, 4 October 2019.
Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Laurel, MD - NCMF 2019 Membership Meeting
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 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. NSA/CSS and NCMF Program and Registration Fill-n-Print Forms
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's 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 is available online here. OR mail your registration form and payment following these instructions.
*** Registration will close on Friday October 11, 2019. No refunds for cancellations will be issued after Monday October 14, 2019. NSA/CSS and NCMF Program and Registration Fill-n-Print Forms
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 International Spy Museum is proud to announce the keynote speaker for the Museum's annual dinner will be The Honorable George J. Tenet, former Director of Central Intelligence.
As one of longest serving and most influential CIA directors in history, DCI Tenet shares the unique perspective of intelligence in action at the highest level. He will share his experiences and long-standing relationship with this year's Webster Service Awardee, General Michael V. Hayden (Ret.), former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
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.
21-22 November 2019 - Phoenix, AZ - CAE in Cyber Security Annual Symposium
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.
Upcoming CAE events and the Cyber Security Symposium.
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