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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 Rd, Laurel, MD 20723-6099. See here for a snapshot of the program and stay tuned for more details. Registration is open now. SYMPOSIUM SNAPSHOT: RUSSIAN PENETRATION OF U.S. ASSETS
2019 Symposium on Cryptologic History
The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) and the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation 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." From Discovery to Discourse ― THEME & PROGRAM INFO.
Newly Released and Forthcoming Books of the Week
Part tirade, part confessional from the a Rolling Stone journalist, Taibbi claims that what most people think of as "the news" is, in fact, a twisted wing of the entertainment business which tells us lies.
In the Internet age, the press have mastered the art of monetizing anger, paranoia, and distrust. Taibbi spent much of his career covering elections in which this kind of manipulative activity is most egregious, and provides a rich taxonomic survey of American political journalism's dirty tricks. Heading into a 2020 election season that promises to be a Great Giza Pyramid Complex of invective and digital ugliness, this might serve as a travelers guidebook to the hidden poisons dished up by those we rely on to tell us what is happening in the world.
The untold story of the Christian missionaries who played a crucial role in the allied victory in World War II
What makes a good missionary makes a good spy. Or so thought Wild Bill Donovan when he launched a secret new program under the Office of Strategic Services. His recruits, in turn, believed an American victory would help them protect their foreign ministries and expand the kingdom of God.
Sutton tells the extraordinary story of the entwined roles of spycraft and faith during that war, and shows how missionaries, though acutely aware of the conflict between their faith and their role as secret agents, nonetheless played an outsize part in the war, carrying out bombings and assassinations. After securing victory, those who survived helped establish the CIA, ensuring that religion continued to influence American foreign policy.
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The world's fastest train - traveling 311 mph through the Japanese countryside - floats inches above the track. High powered, superconducting magnets repel the train off the ground, while propelling it forward through alpine tunnels.
A similar project calls for a floating, super-speed train between Washington and Baltimore. The effort is currently advancing through a federal approval process, with backers hoping for a green light as early as next year.
The technology invented in America and perfected in Japan is known as superconducting magnetic levitation (SCMaglev or maglev), with the world's only floating train line currently in operation outside of Tokyo. [Read more: Valerio/WUSA9/16September2019]
Spain Rejects US Request to Extradite Venezuela's Former Intelligence Chief. A top Spanish court has denied a US request to extradite Venezuela's former military intelligence chief on drug trafficking charges, instead ordering his release.
"The Audiencia National has denied the extradition of Gen Hugo Armando Carvajal," said Spain's top criminal court, which handles such requests.
The judges decided to release Carvajal, who served as head of military intelligence under the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez and has been held in provisional detention since his arrest in Madrid in mid-April.
Details of the full judgment will not be published until Tuesday, said the court which examined the case last week. [Read more: AFP/16September2019]
Tanzania's Magufuli Sacks Spy Chief Ahead of Polls. Tanzania's President John Magufuli has sacked the head of the country's intelligence service, the presidency said on Thursday, a move seen as indicating a shake-up of the intelligence network ahead of elections next year.
Modestus Kipilimba was dismissed as director general of the Tanzania Intelligence and Security Service (TISS) after three years in the post. No reason was given.
"President John Magufuli today appointed and swore in Diwani Athuman Msuya as director general of national intelligence," the presidency said in a statement.
Under Tanzanian law, the spy chief serves for a five-year term, which is renewable. [Read more: Reuters/12September2019]
Georgian Ex-Defense Minister Takes Office as Chief of Intelligence Service. Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia appointed former Defense Minister Levan Izoria as the new Chief of Intelligence Service on September 11, replacing Davit Sujashvili, who served at the position since December 2013.
Hosted by Sujashvili, Izoria met with his new staff today, the Intelligence Service reported.
Levan Izoria became Defense Minister in August 2016. Earlier he served as Deputy Head of the State Security Service.
Meanwhile, Davit Sujashvili and Rati Bregadze were appointed as deputies of new Defense Minister Irakli Garibashvili. [Read more: Civilge/12September2019]
Pentagon Helps Azerbaijan Modernize Its Intelligence & Counterterrorism Capabilities. The United States reached a multi-million agreement with the government of Azerbaijan through a Virginia-based company that will help the Caspian Sea region country upgrade its intelligence and counterterrorism capabilities.
The U.S. Department of Defense announced in a press release issued on Tuesday that VSE Corporation, an engineering and technical service provider, was awarded a contract for over $10 million to provide the support and equipment, via the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command based in Washington.
"VSE Corp., Alexandria, Virginia, is awarded a $10,082,812 firm-fixed-price contract for the delivery of counterterrorism and intelligence equipment, and in-country training in support of the Azerbaijan Maritime Security Program for the Caspian Sea under the Foreign Military Sales Building Partner Capacity program," the press release read.
Eighty-eight percent of the work will be performed in Alexandria, Virginia, while the remaining 12 percent will take place in Azerbaijan. [Read more: Mehdiyev/CaspianNews/14September2019]
Trudeau Reassures Allies Over Spy Security Breach. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday sought to reassure Canada's allies over security after a senior police intelligence officer was accused of stealing highly classified materials that, if released, could be "potentially devastating."
Cameron Ortis served as the director general of national intelligence coordination for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) before his arrest last Thursday.
The next day he was formally charged with accessing secrets and unauthorized communication of special operational information.
Trudeau, campaigning for re-election, told reporters at a small train station in St. John's, Newfoundland that Canadian officials had reached out to allies about the security breach. [Read more: Comte/IBTimes/17September2019]
Japanese Spies, Once Renowned, Have Fallen on Hard Times. It is rare for James Bond to pass up a martini. But on a visit to Japan in 1967, in "You Only Live Twice", he opts for sake - served at 98.4°F (36.9°C). "For a European, you are exceptionally cultivated," enthuses Tiger Tanaka, a Japanese spymaster. Mr Tanaka is a suave, Suntory-sipping spook who runs a ninja school in a remote castle, and helps Mr Bond storm the bad guy's volcano lair.
In reality, Mr Tanaka would scarcely have a licence to snoop, let alone kill. When Banyan asked a former American intelligence official for his judgment on Japan's spies, the answer was simple: "pretty woeful". In a new book - "Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community" - Richard Samuels, a professor at mit, explains why that is so. [Read more: TheEconomist/13September2019]
Intersections in Real Time: the Decision to Build the KH-11 KENNEN Reconnaissance Satellite. In March 1969, President Richard Nixon canceled the HEXAGON satellite program in favor of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) and its DORIAN camera system. By May 1969, influential intelligence advisor Edwin "Din" Land wrote Nixon recommending that he cancel MOL and continue development of a very high resolution camera that exploited DORIAN advances. Land also urged that most reconnaissance R&D be concentrated on near-real-time reconnaissance. He urged the President to start "highest priority" development of a "simple, long-life imaging satellite, using an array of photosensitive elements to convert the image to electrical signals for immediate transmission." CIA director Richard Helms also appealed to Nixon on behalf of HEXAGON, and Nixon reinstated the program. A few months later Nixon canceled MOL/DORIAN. The next three years proved to be a turbulent time of debate over the development of a near-real-time reconnaissance satellite, with the technology slowly advancing while senior intelligence officials disagreed about the best way to get reconnaissance photos back faster.
Land headed a reconnaissance advisory panel staffed with various experts. After MOL was canceled, Land asked physicist Richard L. Garwin to oversee a review of the current status of solid-state sensor development. Garwin was widely considered to be a brilliant scientist. Garwin confirmed that "the solid-state technology is a viable approach and...there is a high probability that a system commitment and choice of detailed approach could be made by December 1969 or by March 1970 at the latest." [Read more: Day/TheSpaceReview/16September2019]
Documents Reveal How the Space Force Would Launch in 90 Days. What will the U.S. Space Force uniform look like? Will it have an official song? And what military personnel and organizations will transition into the new service? Those questions will be answered by a small staff of about 200 people - and yes, the Army and Navy will have a seat at the table.
According to Air Force planning documents obtained by Defense News, an "initial Space Force staff" will be ready to stand up within 90 days of the new branch's formal establishment by law. The group will take over all planning work currently done by the Air Force, and it will hash out the finer details of the branch's structure.
While the vast majority of the staff - about 151 people - will come from the Air Force, the other services will also transfer personnel: 24 from the Army, 14 from the Navy and Marine Corps, and nine from the Joint Staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the intelligence community, the documents said. [Read more: Insinna/DefenseNews/16September209]
‘Chinese Spies' Review: The People's Secret Service. In the spring of 1922, French authorities in Paris were closing in on a band of Chinese students believed to be planning the communist uprising back home. Among them was a man identified as Stephen Knight, who claimed to be a businessman from Hong Kong. Despite his Englishman's attire and British passport, Knight matched the description of Wu Hao, a local machinist and principle organizer of the Chinese Communist Party in Europe. As it turned out, "Wu Hao" was also an alias, but it would be two years before the police learned that the two were, in fact, one and the same person: Zhou Enlai, the man who would become the first premier of the People's Republic of China.
In "Chinese Spies," Roger Faligot traces the history of the modern Chinese secret service. It is a history of espionage, "first against the French and British in the Shanghai Concessions, then against Chiang Kai-shek 's Kuomintang and spies from Japan." It culminates with China's efforts in waging modern cyber warfare and maintaining what the author argues is the largest - and probably the most assertive - intelligence service in the world. It all began, we are told, with the creation of the Central Committee Special Branch, in November 1927, under the control of Zhou Enlai.
Mr. Faligot has been chronicling the activities of various intelligence agencies - a notoriously difficult subject to research - for almost 40 years. He estimates that at the height of the Cold War between 40% and 60% of Chinese diplomats were involved in intelligence, compared to 20% of their Russian counterparts. This in addition to the many Chinese students and business executives operating under what is known as "nonofficial cover."
China has since become one of the world's major intelligence players, especially in the area of signals intelligence, by eagerly forging alliances with whichever country serves its purpose. [Read more: Lownie/WSJ/15September2019]
Russian Spies in the U.S. Collected Encrypted FBI Radio Traffic in Huge Operation, but Did They Crack It? Russian spies in the U.S. conducted a massive operation to track and collect encrypted FBI radio traffic, but there is no evidence they ever cracked the codes and obtained the contents of the communications, two former senior FBI officials tell NBC News.
Nonetheless, the Russian intelligence success, first reported by Yahoo News, provided Vladimir Putin's government unprecedented insights into the activities of secret FBI surveillance teams tracking Russian operatives in the U.S., the former officials said. The breach occurred sometime around 2010, and was well understood by 2012, the former officials said.
Much of the message traffic the Russians collected was processed in two Russian diplomatic facilities that the Obama administration closed in 2016, citing Russia's interference in the presidential election.
"We knew that they were on to us in terms of radio traffic," one former senior official told NBC News. "They had a huge effort they threw at it. But we never saw content." [Read more: Dilanin&Winter/NBCNews/16September2019]
Why a Great Spy for America is No Longer Spying. It's scarcely over yet, this effort to grab President Donald Trump around the head for things that weren't his fault, drag him through the mud and say, there, we've got him now. That seems pretty much what happened when a CNN reporter incorrectly told us Trump was responsible for our greatest spy in Russia being out of Russia. Government insiders played a role in this, too, themselves just maybe breaking the law, and you wonder if this is the new America.
This story begins with another story, one written by CNN's national security correspondent, Jim Sciutto, who had previously worked in the Obama administration. His subject was a spy in Russia who had served America for a decade or more and had such close contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin that he could convey what was on the top of his desk. This Kremlin official is the person who told our own intelligence agencies that Putin had himself ordered efforts to help elect Trump president, Sciutto said. Five sources in intelligence agencies, Congress and elsewhere in government told him so by way of classified information.
The scary thing in the tale, Sciutto said, was that the CIA figured it had to sneak him out of Russia despite his incredible importance, his role over the years of letting us know what was really, truly going on behind the scenes in a county forever trying to undermine us in anyway it could. [Read more: Ambrose/TribuneNewsService/17September2019]
Leonard Vernon McCoy, 92, a Senior CIA Operations Officer, died 13 September 2019 in Palm Harbor, FL.
Billy Hix, 87, a former CIA Office of Security and counterterrorism official and international security consultant, of Williamsburg, VA, died 1 September 2019 of Parkinson's disease. His obituary appeared in Weekly Intelligence Notes #34-19, 10 September 2019.
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To AFIO Members: I am a nonfiction writer with several books out on major publishers.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday, 21 October 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
When the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb in 1949, the US was taken by complete surprise. Literally. American intelligence services had overlooked the signs that the Soviets were about to go nuclear. How did they miss this bombshell? Especially after their spectacular success gathering information about the Nazis' plan for a nuclear weapon during WWII. Spy Museum historian/curator Vince Houghton reveals the triumphs and the spectacular failures of the US's mid-20th century scientific intelligence pursuits in his new book The Nuclear Spies. Houghton will sit down with Spy Museum curator/historian Alexis Albion for a discussion of the fraught period when weapons and military capabilities surged exponentially and intelligence agencies desperately sought to keep up. Guests will have a chance to see nuclear intelligence artifacts from Houghton's personal collection. The Nuclear Spies will be available for sale and signing at the event. Tickets for the general public: $10 per person; tickets for Members: $8. Register here.
Match wits with your craft-beer drinking comrades in an effort to attain the coveted title of "Port City Trivia Champion." The Tasting Room opens at 4 p.m. Trivia starts at 7 p.m. The Museum will provide prizes for the most informed team of informants. Admission is free. More information here.
During one of the first major crises of the Cold War, the Soviet Union blocked road, rail, and waterway access to West Berlin. The only option to supply the West Berliners with food, coal for heating, and other essentials was via air. One of the original American members of the airlift crew, C-54 Flight Engineer Ralph G. Dionne, will discuss this dramatic event and will be joined by Bernd von Kostka, curator at the Allied Museum in Berlin, and Hope M. Harrison, historian and expert on Berlin and the Cold War. Attend to learn about the risky and challenging efforts made by many Americans, Brits, and Germans to help prevent Soviet leader Joseph Stalin's attempted take-over of West Berlin in 1948-49. Reception to follow program. Co-sponsored by Deutschlandjahr, the Allied Museum in Berlin, and the International Spy Museum. Event is free but space is limited and an RSVP is required here.
The International Spy Museum is hosting an in-store book signing of A Guest of the Reich by Peter Finn. Peter Finn is the National Security Editor at The Washington Post. He is also the co-author of The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA and the Battle over a Forbidden Book, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for non-fiction and a finalist for the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize. The Zhivago Affair has been translated into eight languages. He lives in northern Virginia.
The International Spy Museum is holding an in-store book signing of The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott. Lara Prescott received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin. She was previously an animal protection advocate and a political campaign operative. Her stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Day One, and Tin House Flash Fridays. She won the 2016 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for the first chapter of The Secrets We Kept. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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
Event location: Heritage Hall (Father O'Connell
Hall), in the Catholic University of America, 597-599 Michigan Ave
NE, Washington, DC 20064.
The Spy Museum is hosting a signature event, the annual Mother Daughter, Sister, Spy panel. The moderator will be Washington Post national security reporter Ellen Nakashima and panelists will include: The Honorable Mary Beth Long, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Former Chair of NATO's High-Level Group (HLG); Melissa Mahle, Former U.S. intelligence officer and expert on the Middle East and counterterrorism, SPY Advisory Board Member; Jonna Hiestand Mendez, Former Chief of Disguise in the CIA's Office of Technical Service, SPY Founding Board Member; Farhana Qazi, Author of Secrets of the Kashmir Valley and Invisible Martyrs: Inside the Secret World of Islamic Female Radicals, Adjunct Faculty in The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University; Lena Sisco, Former Department of Defense (DoD) certified military interrogator and Naval Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Officer. Tickets for the general public: $115 per person. Register here.
Enjoy an evening at the new International Spy Museum where the red carpet will be rolled out just for teachers! Gain exclusive access to the brand new exhibits, bring your A-game to compete in a Museum-wide scavenger hunt, collect useful curriculum materials and resources to spice up…or shake up your teaching, relax with a signature martini – the Teachertini, and some quick bites to eat and who knows…you might just meet a real spy! Please Note: This event is open to K-12 classroom and resource teachers only. This is a 21+ event and a valid Teacher ID is required. Event is free but RSVP is required here.
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.
Meet at the International Spy Museum for an in-store book signing of Return to the Reich by Eric Lichtblau. Eric Lichtblau, a two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, is the best-selling author of The Nazis Next Door and Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice. He was a Washington reporter for the New York Times for fifteen years, while also writing for the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, TIME, and other publications. He has been a frequent guest on NPR, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and other networks, as well as a speaker at many universities and institutions. He lives outside Washington, D.C.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 301-688-5436.
*** 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
Amaryllis Fox spent ten years in the clandestine operations unit of the CIA, hunting the world's most dangerous terrorists. Fox was in her last year as an undergraduate at Oxford when her writing mentor Daniel Pearl was captured and beheaded. Galvanized by this brutality, Fox applied to Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, where she created an algorithm that predicted, with uncanny certainty, the likelihood of a terrorist cell arising in any village around the world. At 21, she was recruited by the CIA. At 22, she was fast-tracked into advanced operations training, sent from Langley to "the Farm," learning how to use a Glock, how to get out of flexicuffs while locked in the trunk of a car, how to withstand torture, and the best ways to commit suicide in case of captivity. At the end of this training she was deployed as a spy under non-official cover as an art dealer specializing in tribal and indigenous art and sent to infiltrate terrorist networks in remote areas of the Middle East and Asia. Join Fox this evening as she discusses her ten years in the CIA clandestine service and launches her riveting new memoir Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA. Life Undercover will be available for sale and signing at the event. Tickets for the general public: $15 (or $35 including book); tickets for Spy Museum members: $10 (or $30 including book). To register to attend, do so here.
Want to rub shoulders with intelligence historians and intelligence scholar/practitioners from around the world? Want to hear about their cutting-edge research much of which underpins the new International Spy Museum exhibitions? Want to meet the authors of some of your favorite books about espionage and intelligence? Then come to the inaugural conference of the North American Society for Intelligence History (NASIH). This extravaganza includes eleven panels on the international history of espionage and counterespionage, disinformation, intelligence in popular culture, signals and cyber intelligence, covert action, counterterrorism, intelligence analysis, intelligence in wartime, and much more. Conference attendees will have access to the Museum's exhibits with their conference badge and will be eligible to sign up for guided tours by the Museum's curatorial staff. Tickets: $100 in advance; $150 at the door; $50 for students. To register, do so here.
Virginia Hall was a trailblazing spy. She didn't let a hunting accident which robbed her of a leg slow her down. A Baltimorean with an interest in foreign languages and the gumption to overcome obstacles both physical and cultural, Hall operated courageously behind enemy lines in occupied France during World War II. She coordinated French Resistance efforts and put her life on the line first as an agent for the English Special Operations Executive and then with the US Office of Strategic Services. Award-winning author Sonia Purnell's new book A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II takes a fresh look at Hall's espionage activities and how they changed the course of the conflict. And who better to interview Purnell about Virginia Hall than another trailblazing spy: Jonna Mendez, former CIA chief of disguise and co-author of Moscow Rules. Guests will have a chance to see some Virginia Hall artifacts from the Museum's collection. New York Times bestseller A Woman of No Importance and Moscow Rules by Jonna Mendez will be available for sale and signing at the event. Tickets for the general public: $15 (or $35 including book); tickets for Spy Museum members: $10 (or $30 including book). To register, do so here.
Meet at the Spy Museum Store to be introduced to an F-4 pilot. Mark A. Hewitt has always had a fascination with spyplanes and the intelligence community's development and use of aircraft. He flew F-4s in the Marine Corps and served as Director of Maintenance with the Border Patrol and the Air Force, as was an Associate Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is the author of Special Access, Shoot Down, No Need to Know, and his latest, Blown Cover. His novels have been approved by the CIA Publication Review Board.
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.
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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