AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #36-19 dated 24 September 2019

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Obituaries, Jobs, Research Assistance

Obituaries

Jobs

Research Assistance

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

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2019 CAE Virtual Career Fair is this week. APPLY NOW TO PARTICIPATE.
This year, the Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cybersecurity is hosting the third annual CAE Virtual Career Fair (VCF) 27 September 2019...

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Register NOW for the AFIO November Luncheon
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
1 November 2019, 10:30 am - 2 pm - Tysons, VA  
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?
 
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NCMF 2019 Membership Meeting

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Newly Released and Forthcoming Books of the Week

The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia's Exiles, Émigrés, and Agents Abroad
by Andrei Soldatov, Irina Borogan
(PublicAffairs, Oct 2019)

"Through a series of endlessly compelling stories, Soldatov and Borogan make the case that Putin is carefully grooming and manipulating the vast Russian émigré community to serve the interests of their mother country. You can't follow Russian politics without Soldatov and Borogan's reporting. In The Compatriots, they once again deliver the fascinating inside story that's absent from the American press." —Joseph Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans.

From the time of the tsars to the waning days of Communist regime, Russian leaders tried to control the flow of ideas by controlling its citizens' movements. They believed strict limits on travel combined with censorship was the best way to escape the influence of subversive Western ideologies. Yet Russians continued to emigrate westward, both to seek new opportunities and to flee political crises at home. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Russians' presence in Western countries—particularly the United States—has been for the Kremlin both the biggest threat and the biggest opportunity. It sought for years to use the Russian emigre community to achieve Russia's goals—espionage to be sure, but also to influence policies and public opinion. Russia's exiles are a potent mix of the very rich and the very driven, some deeply hostile to their homeland and others deeply patriotic. Russia, a vast, insular nation, depends on its emigres—but it cannot always count on them.

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Open Borders Inc.: Who's Funding America's Destruction?
by Michelle Malkin
(Regnery Publishing, Sep 2019)

Who's behind our immigration crisis? In the name of compassion—but driven by financial profit—globalist elites, Silicon Valley, and the radical Left are conspiring to undo the rule of law, subvert our homeland security, shut down free speech, and make gobs of money off the backs of illegal aliens, refugees, and low-wage guest workers.

Politicians want cheap votes or cheap labor. Church leaders want pew-fillers and collection plate donors. Social justice militants, working with corporate America, want to silence free speech they deem "hateful," while raking in tens of millions of dollars promoting mass, uncontrolled immigration both legal and illegal.

Malkin names names—from Pope Francis to George Clooney, from George Soros to the Koch brothers, from Jack Dorsey to Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg. Enlightening as it is infuriating, Open Borders Inc. reveals the powerful forces working to erase America through massive invasions of our unsecured borders and sabotaging our broken immigration system. Hoping to win elections by importing entire new populations when a political party cannot get citizens to vote for their ideas.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST -

1. WTOP's JJ Green —The Fog of Espionage, Part 1: Millions of spies target the US, creating unprecedented, existential threat

Sprinkled among the billions of men and women who rise from slumber and engage in their morning rituals each day are millions of members of a secret fraternity, their true identities and motives unknown even to their immediate families. They are envoys of espionage — spies. And their No. 1 target is the United States.

In WTOP's three-part series "The Fog of Espionage," WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green delves into what is driving an unprecedented surge in espionage against the U.S., where it's coming from, what the spies are after, what it's like to be a spy and what lies ahead. J.J. Green

2. Review of a 2017 book on Life Inside NSA. Review is by a former NSA general counsel:

A Peek Inside the "Puzzle Palace"
by George W. Croner, 20 September 2019 for FPRI [Foreign Policy Research Institute] which provides a review of Thomas Reed Willemain's Working on the Dark Side of the Moon: Life Inside the National Security Agency 
(Mill City Press, Inc. 2017)


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The Media and Intelligence Accountability
The Public's "Right to Know" or "Need to Know"?


Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 6 to 7:30 p.m.


Heritage Hall (Father O'Connell Hall), in the Catholic University of America
597-599 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20064

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.
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Bouteflika Brother Stands Trial with Algerian Ex-Spy Chiefs. The brother of Algeria's deposed president Abdelaziz Bouteflika went on trial Monday with two former intelligence chiefs and a political party head accused of plotting against the military.

Said Bouteflika, widely seen as the real power behind the presidency after his brother suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013, faces allegations of "undermining the authority of the army" and "conspiring" against the state.

Former defence minister Khaled Nezzar has alleged that as protests mounted against the veteran leader in April, Said Bouteflika had considered declaring a state of emergency and firing army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah.

His detention in May along with General Mohamed Mediene, who headed the all-powerful secret service for 25 years, and fellow ex-spy chief General Athmane Tartag was part of a wave of arrests targeting the ousted president's inner circle. [Read more: AFP/24September2019]

Student Vs. Student: Turkmen Government Recruits 'Snitches' To Spy On Classmates. Turkmenistan's security service is expanding its network of so-called informants among university students to spy on those who criticize the government or use proxies to access banned websites.

The reports on the recruitment of student spies comes from university students and professors who spoke on condition of anonymity to RFE/RL correspondents in the closed Central Asian country of some 5.5 million people, where any hint of opposition to the state is vigorously punished.

The sources claim there are curators from the National Security Ministry (MNB) among the staff at each university in Turkmenistan.

The sources told RFE/RL that these minders, working in different capacities, recruit informants in all classes of the university to spy on their fellow students. [Read more: Najibullah/RFERL/18September2019]

Zelensky Promotes Yevdokymov to Head of Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky fired Valeriy Yevdokymov from the position of Deputy Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service and appointed him the head of this agency. Such decrees were published on the website of the president.

It is noted that Zelensky has appointed Yevdokymov the Deputy Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service in July this year.

In 2013, Yevdokymov held the office of the Department Head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. [Read more: 112UA/20September2019]

CIA Taps Southern for Pilot Recruitment and Workforce Development Program. The Central Intelligence Agency has chosen the Southern University System to pilot the agency's recruitment and workforce development initiative.

Part of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the CIA will facilitate classroom workshops, curriculum development, and recruitment activities at Southern's five campuses.

"Southern University is honored to have been chosen as the first institution to partner with the CIA for this initiative," says Southern University System President-Chancellor Ray Belton in a prepared statement. "The reputable stature of the CIA alone is an asset to the university, students and faculty, and we believe that the outcomes will be mutually beneficial for all involved."

The agreement was approved by the system's board of supervisors on Thursday. [Duchmann/BusinessReport/20September2019]

Slovakian Former Military Intelligence Boss Acquitted of Charges. The Bratislava Regional Court found Roman Mikulec, former head of the now-defunct Military Intelligence Service (VSS), not guilty of the unauthorised disclosure of classified information.

The court dismissed the original ruling issued by the Bratislava III District Court from June 2018, which also acquitted Mikulec of charges. The first-instance court said in the ruling that no deed had happened. The regional court ruled that the deed happened, but there was no proof that Mikulec had committed it, the SITA newswire reported.

The ruling is valid. [Read more: SlovakSpectator/23September2019]

Ethiopia, Somaliland Terrorist Intelligence Foil Terrorist Attacks on Ethiopia. Ethiopia National Intelligence and Security Service said it has foiled terrorists' attack by capturing several members of the terrorist groups Al Shabaab and IS. The terrorists were preparing to attack civilians in the capital, Addis Ababa and other parts of Ethiopia, according to the state broadcaster - ETV.

The Intelligence of Ethiopia has collaborated with governments of Somalia, Puntland, Djibouti, Somaliland, US, Italy Spain and France to foil the planned attack, according to the report.

It is indicated that the terrorists were planning to use explosives and fire arms to attack civilians at public holidays in Addis Ababa ad other parts of Ethiopia. Some were captured in Addis Ababa, while the others were caught other parts of Ethiopia.

The Al Shabaab terrorist team led by Mohammed Abdulahi Dulet, who was using a false name, Yahya Ali Hassen, came to Ethiopia via Djibouti. The team was taking different pictures and selecting potential hotels where it will take its terrorist attack including religious holidays and public gathering areas. [Read more: MENAFN/23September2019]

Air Force Creates New Information Warfare Organization, Revamps Cyber Command Teams. The Air Force announced Sept. 18 it will officially create a new information warfare command.

While the project has been in the works for several months, Gen. James Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, told reporters at the annual Air, Space, Cyber Conference that the decision has been finalized and Maj. Gen. Timothy Haugh has been tapped to lead the new organization, pending Senate confirmation.

Haugh was nominated for his third star Sept. 18 and was tapped to lead the new organization, which combines 24th Air Force or Air Forces Cyber and 25th Air Force. The latter is responsible for global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Haugh, who took command of 25th Air Force less than three weeks ago, most recently led the Cyber National Mission Force at U.S. Cyber Command, which defends the nation against malicious cyberattacks abroad. He also co-led Cyber Command's Russia Small Group, which helped thwart potential election interference in the 2018 mid-term elections. [Read more: Pomerleau/FifthDoman/19September2019]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Confession of British Spy for the Soviets Made Public for First Time.  Extracts from Kim Philby's official confession to the UK's security services in which he likens joining the Soviet secret police to signing up to the army, have been made public for the first time.

Philby, one of the Soviet Union's most notorious British cold war spies, fled to Moscow shortly after his 1963 admission of guilt.

His confession, dated 11 January 1963, headed "secret", has been published partially in the latest tranche of MI5 files to be released to the National Archives.

It includes Philby, who, while a double agent at one time headed up counter-espionage operations for MI6, explaining that joining the Soviet secret police (OGPU) did not mean he agreed unquestioningly with everything they did. [Read more: Siddique/TheGuardian/23September2019]

This Wiggly Robotic Fish Could Be Used As An Underwater Spy. Oh, this guy? Don't mind him, he's just a normal fish, blending in with his normal fish friends. He's definitely not a robotic yellowfin tuna designed to mimic unique swimming movements.

The creation of Tunabot was led by a team from the University of Virginia, and the wiggly little guy could help us learn more about the mechanics of fish movement. If all goes well, Tunabots could also be used for things like underwater surveillance.

Lead researcher Hilary Bart-Smith and her team chose to model their robotic fish after tuna and mackerels because both fish types, under the same family of Scombridae, are fast and efficient swimmers. They beat their tailfin rapidly from side to side to gain forward motion. The speed of their movements is something of a new frontier for fish-like robotics, which typically mimic slower fish movements. [Read more: Billingham/CNN/19September2019]

The Welrod: World War II Suppressed Spy Pistol. Spies have always had access to some of the coolest gadgets and firearms, and the integrally suppressed pistol known as the Welrod is just one example. It was designed during World War II by Major Reeves at Station IX, which was a Special Operations Executive (SOE) research and development facility. The SOE was a British organization similar to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in the United States, which was the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The SOE facility where Reeves designed the gun was located near the town of Welwyn, and the first three letters of the town's name gave the prefix to the name of many Station IX inventions. The Welrod followed the same naming scheme and combined Welwyn with the word "rod" - possibly because it didn't really look like a gun; it looked more like, well, a rod.

Made by the Birmingham Small Arms Company, the Welrod was quite unique. It was - obviously - designed to blend in and not look like a gun upon first glance. Part of this was accomplished by making the magazine pull double-duty and also act as the pistol grip. With the magazine removed, it just looks like a metal tube that was often noted for its resemblance to a bicycle pump.

The Welrod was chambered for the .32 ACP cartridge and operated like a bolt-action, with the bolt being manually turned 90 degrees to unlock and pulled back to eject a spent cartridge. [Read more: Metesh/AmmoLand/17September2019]

A Peek Inside the 'Puzzle Palace.' Created by a secret directive of President Harry Truman in 1952, the National Security Agency (NSA) is America's largest, most expensive, and most secretive intelligence organization. For years, it was an accepted shibboleth within its Fort Meade, MD, headquarters that the acronym "NSA" stood for "No Such Agency" - which happened to be the government's response to questions of NSA's existence before the congressional hearings into intelligence abuses in the 1970s.

Today, NSA remains America's largest and most expensive intelligence organization, but, much to the Agency's chagrin, a variety of events over the years have erased its anonymity and raised its public profile considerably. To the American public, that profile is likely to be largely shaped by critical media characterizations of NSA's role in, for example, the post-9/11 Terrorist Surveillance Program and the public disclosure, and subsequent reporting, of some of the Agency's most sensitive collection programs by Edward Snowden in 2013. Viewed solely through the prism of these events, it is not likely that a broad swath of the public holds NSA in particularly high regard. This is the dilemma of doing work essential to the nation's security that, by its nature, must be conducted in virtually complete secrecy. After all, a congressional statute (the National Security Agency Act of 1959 codified at 50 U.S.C. § 3601) continues to protect against the disclosure of "any information concerning the organization or any function of the National Security Agency, or any information with respect to the activities thereof, or of the names, titles, salaries, or number of the persons employed by such agency." No other intelligence agency has been granted so complete a cloak of statutory invisibility, and, consequently, it is rare to find any meaningfully informative insight about the people who actually perform the incredibly important tasks that safeguard America. Who are these folks? [Read more: Croner/FPRI/20September2019] Thomas Reed Willemain's Working on the Dark Side of the Moon: Life Inside the National Security Agency  (Mill City Press, Inc. 2017)


Section III - COMMENTARY

Cold War May Be Over, But Russian Spies Are Still Here. This morning a raft of MI5 files were released into the National Archives at Kew, crammed with revelations about the Portland Spy Ring. It was one of the most renowned espionage cases of the Cold War. But the story of the ring is not just riveting history. It holds important lessons for us now.

Two of the spies were British. Harry Houghton and his mistress Ethel Gee worked at the highly sensitive naval research base at Portland in Dorset. They fed crucial secrets about the Royal Navy and the UK's research on sonar and torpedoes to three KGB deep cover (or "illegal") spies based in London.

One lived near Regent's Park under the name Gordon Lonsdale. He was really a Russian, Konon Molody. The other two, Peter and Helen Kroger, lived in a bungalow in suburban Ruislip and were Lonsdale's communications experts. In reality they were Morris and Lona Cohen, who had been KGB spies since the Second World War. [Read more: Barnes/EveningStandard/24September2019]

Intelligence Suggests Imminent Launch Of China's New Amphibious Assault Carrier. While recent events have focused military thinking on the Persian Gulf, a small corner of the defense community have been looking in an entirely different direction: towards China. The country's first amphibious assault carrier, a 35,000-ton behemoth, is about to be launched from an innocuous-looking shipyard in Shanghai. When the new warship enters the water it will, in a near-instant, transform the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

Termed a Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), this type off ship allows marines to capture beaches and land supplies on enemy territory. Possessing this type of warship represents yet another step change in China's rapidly expanding maritime capability, joining aircraft carriers, air defense destroyers and underwater drones in an impressive new lineup.

Amphibious ships are particularly relevant because of China's vast territorial claims in the South China Sea, border disputes further north with Japan, and the long-standing threat to the last holdout from the communists: Taiwan. For many years a potential Chinese assault on Taiwan was mocked as the "million-man swim" because the navy did not have anything approaching the amphibious capability needed to land enough troops on the island. Today these derogatory jokes are fading into memory as defense watchers count the new warship in China's naval modernization. [Read more: Sutton/Forbes/24September2019]


Section IV - Obituaries, Jobs, Research Assistance

Obituaries

Bill Grayson, CIC, FSO in INR with State, CIA, and NDU
Benson Lee Grayson, 86, CIC, FSO in INR with State, CIA, and NDU, died 22 September 2019 in Alexandria, VA.
Bill was born in New York City enjoying a childhood with outings to baseball games, Broadway shows and Max's Deli.
Bill had a career in intelligence and diplomacy that included service as an Army Officer in the Counter-Intelligence Corps, service as a Foreign Service Officer with assignments in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research and postings to Hong Kong and Thailand, service with the Central Intelligence Agency, both in McLean, VA and in the Panama Canal Zone, and as Senior Research Fellow at the National Defense University. Bill held advanced degrees in history and international affairs from New York University, Columbia University and Harvard University. He was a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, DC.
He was the author of seven books on history and international affairs, and several works of fiction.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Helen Donovan Grayson, a daughter, and other family.

Angie Nanni, the last "Code Girls" at NSA
Angeline Rose Nanni, 101, the last of NSA "Code Girls," died 27 August 2019 in Indiana.
Born in Creekside, PA, she graduated from Indiana High School in 1937. She went on to get a beautician's license and worked with her sisters in their beauty shop in Blairsville, PA. Anxious to check out working for the government, she sat for a test for a top secret job in 1944. Angie had an unusual gift: she was able to intuit the meticulous work of analyzing sets of numbers. She got the analyst job and worked on the Venona project at the National Security Agency until her retirement in 1980. She was the last of the Code Girls. She was a member of the Phoenix Society.
She is survived by the children and other family of her sisters and brothers.

Shot Schottroff, NSA Branch Chief of Procurement
Vernon Ennis Schottroff, 93, NSA Branch Chief of Procurement, died 13 August 2019 in Crownsville, MD after a brief illness.
Growing up in DC, Shot graduated from Chamberlain Vocational High School in 1943 before entering the US Coast Guard during WWII. Upon completion of boot camp, Shot attended Radio School in Atlantic City for training as a radio operator. In 1944, he was a crewmember of the USS Escatawpa (AOG-27), a Mattawee-class fuel tanker, in the US Pacific Fleet. Transporting AVGAS to warships in the fleet was a dangerous task, especially during the Battle of Okinawa. As one of the "Coasties" designated to assist with off-loading gasoline to the waiting Marines for an assault on Sugar Loaf Hill, Shot was awarded a Combat Action Ribbon, one of three he received during his service. He returned home as a wounded combat veteran shortly after VJ Day.
In 1948, Shot began work in Arlington, VA as a Crypto-Equipment Repairman for the Army Security Agency (currently NSA). He continued to work with telecommunication equipment throughout his career at NSA, retiring as a Branch Chief of Procurement with commendations for his "vital and outstanding contributions to Project Snowman" in 1982 with 37 years of service.
Shot joined the Boy Scouts of America and his love of scouting continued throughout his adulthood as he volunteered in various leadership roles for twenty years. All three of his sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. In 1984, Shot received the prestigious Silver Beaver Award, the highest award a local counsel can bestow upon a volunteer for "rendering outstanding service to Scout Youth." While working at Camp Letts in Edgewater during his youth, Shot developed a love of boating and sailing. Earning a commercial captain's license in the mid-80s, he became a charter boat captain delivering boats up and down the East Coast and in the Caribbean Islands during which time clients became treasured friends. Shot volunteered in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 23-01 from 1982 to the present. He served in several leadership positions. Shot received numerous merit citations throughout his 36 years of service. As a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, he received recognition as a "Founding Member of the Department of Homeland Security."
One of his favorite activities was RV camping and traveling with family and friends for over fifty years. Shot kept his RV friends in the National Capitol Holiday Ramblers Club amused and entertained on caravans across the country. He met his lifetime goal of sleeping in all 50 states.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Mary Hiett-Schottroff, three sons, and other family.

Chris Wiley, ADDO, CIA
Christine Wigen Wiley, 73, ADDO, CIA, died 8 September 2019 of a heart attack while visiting family in Vienna, VA.
Chris was born in Oakland, CA and was raised in Seattle, WA. Upon graduation from Bishop Blanchet High School, Chris continued her education at the University of Washington. A brilliant mind, she graduated in 1967 with a BA in Far Eastern & Slavic Studies. Chris moved to Washington, DC where she began a distinguished 30-year career with CIA, retiring October 1997 as an Associate Deputy Director of Operations and a member of the Senior Executive Service.
Chris was a mentor and role model to many, both in her professional and personal life. Most importantly to her, Chris was the champion and confidant of her daughters and grandchildren. Upon retiring with her husband, Steve, to Wilmington, NC, Chris continued to serve her community. She was a dedicated sacristan and parishioner at St. Therese Catholic Church and a weekly volunteer at Vintage Values.
Chris touched many lives; her wisdom, strength, and charity made a lasting impression on all who knew her.
Chris is survived by her husband of 49 years, Steve Wiley; two daughters, and other family.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, 27 September 2019 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 209 Lumina Ave S, Wrightsville Beach, NC. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery to follow at a later date.


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Do You Know About Theft/Rebuilding of Soviet Lunik Spacecraft ~1959-60? Please assist this researcher.

To AFIO Members: I am a nonfiction writer with several books out on major publishers.
Am seeking to speak with/hear from members willing to talk about the theft and rebuilding of the Soviet Lunik spacecraft in or around 1959 or 1960. This story is told in "The Kidnapping of the Lunik, " in CIA's Studies in Intelligence, Volume 11, Issue 1. (Winter 1967.) This article was declassified and available here.
Please respond to Scott Andrew Selby at scottselby@gmail.com To read about my current book, visit http://flawlessbook.com/


AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 11 a.m. - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - The "Bill Webb" North Florida Chapter hosts LTG Hagenbeck on "A Career in Afghanistan."

Our guest speaker will be LTG Buster Hagenbeck, US Army Retired. Buster will be discussing his career, Afghanistan, and other relevant topics. Buster is the chairman of the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville and has a distinguished career in the US Army.

Location: The Plantation, 101 Plantation Dr, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Reservations are required. Please contact Ken Meyer to RSVP.

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.

REGISTER HERE.

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.

Dr. John A. Gentry was for 12 years an intelligence analyst at the CIA, where he worked mainly economic issues associated with the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries; for two of those years he was senior analyst on the staff of the National Intelligence Officer for Warning. He is a retired U.S. Army Reserve officer, with most assignments in special operations and intelligence arenas. On active duty, he was executive officer of a special forces operational detachment. As a reservist, he was mobilized and spent much of 1996 as a civil affairs officer in Bosnia. Dr. Gentry also is an adjunct associate professor with the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. He formerly taught at the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University, at the National Intelligence University, and at George Mason University. His research interests primarily are in intelligence and security studies. He publishes frequently in Intelligence and National Security and International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence. Georgetown University Press published his co-authored book, Strategic Warning Intelligence: History, Challenges and Prospects, in early 2019. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence. He is adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

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

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.
Timing: Registration starts at 5:30 pm, Speaker presentation starts at 6 pm. Fee: $50/person. Payment at the door only. Cash or check. Full dinner, cash bar.
RSVP: Strongly recommended that you RSVP to ensure space at event. Call or Email Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at afiometro@gmail.com or 646-717-3776.



Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others

Friday, 27 September 2019, 1-3pm – Washington, DC – Lara Prescott: The Secrets We Kept – at the International Spy Museum

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.
Book Description: At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak's magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world--using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete novice, and under Sally's tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops, and invisibly ferry classified documents. A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice―inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago. Event is free.
Event location: The International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington DC 20024 202.393.7798

Tuesday, 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.
There is no fee to attend. RSVP here. More information here. For questions or accommodations, please contact ihe@cua.edu.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 6 - 8:30 pm - Washington, DC - Mother, Daughter, Sister, SPY - a panel at The International Spy Museum

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.
Event location: The International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington DC 20024 202.393.7798

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 7:30 to 8:45 pm - McLean, VA - Bill Gertz on "Deceiving the Sky: Inside Communist China's Drive for Global Supremacy" at The Westminster Institute

The United States' 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 has evaporated. The Communist Party of China deceived the West into believing that 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 21stcentury challenge that may be as dangerous to the United States and its allies as the Soviet Union was. How can it meet this challenge?
Bill Gertz, national security columnist, The Washington Times, is author of seven books, including Breakdown: How America's Intelligence Failures Led to September 11 and The China Threat: How the People's Republic Targets America.

Where: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101. Reception at 7 pm
No charge to attend.
To register, do so here.

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 5-8pm – Washington, DC – Educator Night Out – at the International Spy Museum

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.
Event location: The International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington DC 20024 202.393.7798

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.
The guest speaker will be VADM Matthew Kohler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and 67th Director of Naval Intelligence.

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.

Tuesday, 15 October - Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 4:30 - 6 pm - Washington, DC - IWP's Asian Initiative lecture series – a two-day event – "Lessons Learned: The Inter-Korean Dialogue and The Hanoi Summit"

AFIO Members are invited to the inaugural presentation of IWP's Asian Initiative lecture series – a two-day event – "Lessons Learned: The Inter-Korean Dialogue and The Hanoi Summit."
15 October, 4:30 - 6 pm: Lessons Learned: The Inter-Korean Dialogue and Path Forward with Gen. Kim Dong-shin, South Korea Minister of National Defense (ret.)
16 October, 4:30 - 6 pm: US-NK Relations: The Post-Hanoi Summit with a senior policy panel, to include:

  • Gen. Kim Dong-shin, former ROK Minister of National Defense
  • Gen. John Tilelli, Jr, former Commander in Chief, United Nations Command, ROK
  • Dr. Victor Cha, Senior Adviser and holder of the Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Mr. Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia, The Heritage Foundation
  • Prof. John Sano, IWP Professor, and former Deputy Director, CIA's National Clandestine Service

* Both events will be off the record.

About the Lecture and Panel Presentation: North Korea remains a highly critical foreign policy and intelligence issue for not just the U.S., but for the international community as well. A new, relatively untested leader with a burgeoning weapons inventory – both nuclear and conventional, and a penchant for unpredictability, Kim Jong-un represents both an enigma and an unprecedented dilemma. From what appeared to be a relatively promising first ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. President in Singapore to a disappointing sequence of events in Hanoi, the current situation on the Korean peninsula remains potentially extremely volatile.

About the Speaker and Panel Members: On 15 October, former ROK Minister of National Defense, Gen. Kim Dong-shin will present a lecture based on his significant experiences as part of the national leadership during the myriad inter-Korean dialogue as well as his assessment as to the path forward in addressing what is undoubtedly one of the most pressing national security and foreign policy issues of our time.

On 16 October, panel members in addition to Gen. Kim, include Gen. John Tilelli, Jr., former Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command, and concurrently Commander of U.S. Combined Forces, and U.S. Forces Korea; Dr. Victor Cha, former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council and currently a senior advisor and holder of the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Mr. Bruce Klingner, former CIA Deputy Director for Korea analysis and currently the senior research fellow for Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation's Asian Studies Center.
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. Parking.
More information is here.
RSVP here.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 1-4pm – Washington, DC – Eric Lichtblau: Return to the Reich – at the International Spy Museum

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.
Event is free. More about event is here.
Event location: The International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington DC 20024 202.393.7798

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.
To register, do so here.

***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 cryptmf@aol.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 crypt@cryptologicfoundation.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

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 6:30pm – Washington, DC – Life Undercover: An Evening with Amaryllis Fox – at the International Spy Museum

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.
Event location: The International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington DC 20024 202.393.7798

Sunday/Monday, 20-21 October 2019 – Washington, DC – North American Society for Intelligence History Inaugural Conference – at the International Spy Museum

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.
Event location: The International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington DC 20024 202.393.7798

Friday, 25 October 2019, 6:30pm – Virginia Hall: A Woman of No Importance? – at the International Spy Museum

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.
Event location: The International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington DC 20024 202.393.7798

Tuesday, 31 October 2019, 1-4pm – Washington, DC – Meet an F-4 Pilot: Mark Hewitt – at the International Spy Museum

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.
Book Description: When a stolen CIA file is released to the public, America learns that their President is not the man he claims to be. Three years after being chased from office, the former president discovers the identity of the man who released his secret file. The ex-President begins to exact revenge while plotting his return to power. A fatwa makes CIA pilot Duncan Hunter the most wanted man in America. Then an airliner disappears over the Pacific Ocean. The new President gives the CIA two time-sensitive missions: find and eliminate his traitorous predecessor, and stop a self-radicalized computer scientist before another airliner goes missing. Duncan Hunter is in the race of his life to stop a jumbo jet from crashing. The CIA believes they have finally located the former president. All roads lead to Dubai where a showdown between good and evil begins on the top floor of the world's tallest building. Event is free. No registration required.
Event location: The International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington DC 20024 202.393.7798

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.
Each year, The Honorable William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual who has embodied the values of our esteemed friend, mentor, and leader ― Judge William H. Webster. This year's honoree is someone known for his invaluable service and contributions to the Intelligence Community, someone that has worked from the ground up and has been both a provider and consumer of intelligence with more than 20 years of experience. It is with great pride that we announce the 2019 honoree is General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
AWARD DINNER CO-CHAIRS: Mr. Michael Morell, Senior Counselor, Beacon Global Strategies and Former Deputy Director and former Acting Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Ms. Jill Singer, Vice President, National Security, AT&T Public Sector & Wholesale; Former Chief Information Officer, National Reconnaissance Office.
Tickets range from $495 to $15,000. Explore your registration options here.

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.
Direct your questions to info@caecommunity.org. What are CAEs? More information here.

Upcoming CAE events and the Cyber Security Symposium.


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AFIO's Guide to the Study of IntelligenceAFIO's 788-page Guide to the Study of Intelligence. Peter C. Oleson, Editor, also makes a good gift. View authors and table of contents here.

Perfect for professors, students, those considering careers in intelligence, and current/former officers seeking to see what changes are taking place across a wide spectrum of intelligence disciplines. AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence helps instructors teach about the large variety of subjects that make up the field of intelligence. This includes secondary school teachers of American History, Civics, or current events and undergraduate and graduate professors of History, Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies, and related topics, especially those with no or limited professional experience in the field. Even those who are former practitioners are likely to have only a limited knowledge of the very broad field of intelligence, as most spend their careers in one or two agencies at most and may have focused only on collection or analysis of intelligence or support to those activities.
For a printed, bound copy, it is $95 which includes Fedex shipping to a CONUS (US-based) address.
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