AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #04-20 dated 28 January 2020
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Section IV - Research Requests, Obituaries, Jobs
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Special Items for our members:
The President's Men: Tales From the Secret Service
Special documentary on history and current duties of the U.S. Secret Service - on NewsmaxTV
Protecting presidents and their families is the job of the brave men and women of the U.S. Secret Service. They'd take a bullet! Their stories give a glimpse into the lives of the leaders of the free world. Based on Ron Kessler's best-selling bookIn the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and The Presidents They Protect.
Being broadcast in rotation at various evening hours on NewsMaxTV. Newsmax TV is online and also carried on DirecTV Ch. 349, Dish Network Ch. 216, Xfinity Ch. 1115, Spectrum, U-verse Ch. 1220, FiOS Ch. 615, Optimum Ch. 102, Cox cable, Suddenlink Ch. 102.
Also brought to our attention: The Soleimani Killing: An Initial Assessment, by BESA - The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University.
Newly Released and Forthcoming Books of the Week
Intelligence in the National Security Enterprise: An Introduction
This textbook introduces students to the critical role of the US intelligence community within the wider national security decision-making and political process. Intelligence in the National Security Enterprise defines what intelligence is and what intelligence agencies do, but the emphasis is on showing how intelligence serves the policymaker. Roger Z. George draws on his thirty-year CIA career and more than a decade of teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level to reveal the real world of intelligence. Intelligence support is examined from a variety of perspectives to include providing strategic intelligence, warning, daily tactical support to policy actions as well as covert action. The book includes useful features for students and instructors such as excerpts and links to primary-source documents, suggestions for further reading, and a glossary.
Book may be ordered here.
The Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground: A Memoir
In 1937, as the Nazis gained control and anti-Semitism spread in the Free City of Danzig, a majority German city on the Baltic Sea, sixteen-year-old Justus Rosenberg was sent to Paris to finish his education in safety. Three years later, France fell to the Germans. Alone and in danger, penniless, and cut off from contact with his family in Poland, Justus fled south. A chance meeting led him to Varian Fry, an American journalist in Marseille helping thousands of men and women, including many artists and intellectuals—among them Hannah Arendt, Marc Chagall, Andre Breton, and Max Ernst—escape the Nazis.
An unforgettable World War II memoir set in Nazi-occupied France and filled with romance and adventure: a former Eastern European Jew remembers his flight from the Holocaust and his extraordinary four years in the French underground. Justus Rosenberg, now 98, has taught literature at Bard College for the past fifty years.
Book may be ordered here.
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTSLaunch of Japanese Spy Satellite Postponed by Nitrogen Leak. Japanese officials halted a countdown Monday at the Tanegashima Space Center when teams overseeing preparations for launch of an H-2A rocket detected a nitrogen gas leak, prompting the return of the launcher and its Japanese government payload to a nearby assembly building for repairs.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which builds Japan's H-2A rockets and oversees launch operations, tweeted that the countdown was stopped because of "facility trouble."
Numerous other reports pointed to a leak in the nitrogen gas system that supplies conditioned air to the rocket.
Officials halted the countdown before super-cold liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propellants flowed into the rocket, and ground crews were able to transfer the H-2A launcher back into the Vehicle Assembly Building at Tanegashima within a few hours of discovering the problem. [Read more: Clark/SpaceflightNow/27January2020]
Germany Walks Away from $2.5 Billion Purchase of US Navy's Triton Spy Drones. The German government has canceled plans to buy Northrop Grumman-made Triton drones to the tune of $2.5 billion, opting instead for manned planes carrying eavesdropping sensors.
The decision to buy Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft comes after officials became convinced that the Global Hawk derivatives would be unable to meet the safety standards needed for flying through European airspace by 2025, a target date for Berlin's NATO obligations.
A defense ministry spokeswoman told Defense News the Triton option had grown "significantly more expensive" compared with earlier planning assumptions. [Read more: Sprenger/DefenseNews/28January2020]
New U.S. Law Requires Government to Report Risks of Overseas Activities by Ex-Spies. Troubled that former American spies are plying their trade for foreign governments, Congress has passed new legislation requiring U.S. spy agencies to provide an annual assessment detailing the risks such conduct poses for national security.
The new measure was driven by a Reuters investigation revealing how former National Security Agency employees clandestinely assisted a foreign cyber espionage operation in the United Arab Emirates, helping the monarchy target rivals, dissidents and journalists.
Max Rose, a Democratic Congressman from New York, called the contracting practices revealed by Reuters "absolutely chilling" when he initially proposed the legislation on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last year.
In an emailed statement this week, Rose said the U.S. government has "no comprehensive understanding" of the national security implications triggered when former U.S. intelligence experts go to work overseas. [Read more: Reuters/22January2020]
Feds Charge Chinese Army Lieutenant as Spy at BU; Arrest of Harvard Professor Also Announced. Two Chinese nationals were charged - and a Harvard professor arrested - in connection with what the US Attorney's office alleges are Chinese efforts to purloin US data and intelligence.
The two Chinese nationals named by the feds were charged with actively working to grab American know how - one directly under the control of her alleged superiors in the People's Liberation Army, the other with dreams of writing a research paper on how cancer-cells reproduce, using vials allegedly stolen from Beth Israel Hospital, where he'd been doing post-doctoral work.
Also named: Charles Lieber, chairman of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard and an expert in nanotechnology. [Read more: Gaffin/UniversalHub/28January2020]
Belgian Spy Services Launch Internal Clear-Up. Belgian intelligence services, responsible for protecting the EU and Nato, have launched a major clear-up amid fears of Russian and other infiltration.
Belgium's intelligence oversight body, the so-called Comite R, opened an investigation into some 20 cases a few months ago, Belgian newspaper Die Tijd reported on Saturday (25 January).
About 15 were in the military intelligence service, the ADIV, and five more were in its homeland service, the VSSE, Die Tijd said.
The VSSE denied that there were any cases in its ranks, however. Die Tijd's information was false, the Belgian homeland service told EUobserver. [Read more: Rettman/EUObserver/28January2020]
Senate Intelligence Committee Holds Hearing on Security Clearance Reforms. The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held a hearing this week on the federal government's security clearance reform efforts.
The current security clearance model has been mostly unchanged for more than 70 years. The Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2018, 2019, and 2020, signed into law in December by President Donald Trump, seeks to modernize, simplify, and make more transparent the security clearance process. Specifically, it seeks to reduce backlogs, improve information sharing, and reflect the demands of today's mobile workforce.
Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said he is pleased with the improvements in the security clearance process. [Read more: Kovaleski/HomelandPreparednessNews/24January2020]
Russian Foreign Intelligence Chief Discloses Names of 7 Unaffiliated Undercover Agents. Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Head Sergey Naryshkin took the unprecedented step on Tuesday to declassify the names of seven agents who were working without any legal cover, revealing recipients of the highest state honorary titles of Russia and the Soviet Union among them.
This is the first time Russia's intelligence services are disclosing simultaneously several names of its agents who operate abroad without the legal cover of state agencies such as embassies and consulates. The Foreign Intelligence Service is expected to share their biographies shortly. [Read more: Sputnik/28January2020]
Dutch Police Chief to take Reigns at Intelligence Agency AIVD. National police chief Erik Akerboom is expected to be named as the new boss of domestic intelligence agency AIVD, according to the Volkskrant. The current head of the 18-year-old agency, Dick Schoof, is expected to re-join the Ministry of Security and Justice which he left in 2013 to lead national counter-terrorism office NCTV.
Akerboom worked in various capacities in Dutch police offices for 23 years after studying for four years at the Apeldoorn police academy. He spent much of his career in Utrecht, before becoming the top cop in the Brabant-Noord region.
He stepped out of that office to run the NCTV as Schoof's predecessor, and then switched to a leadership role at the Ministry of Defense. In 2016 Akerboom was appointed the head of the national police at the age of 55. [Read more: Newmark/NLTimes/24January2020]
Chief of Intelligence Service of Georgia Quits. Levan Izoria, Secretary of the Security Council of Georgia and Head of the Intelligence Service, has resigned.
He denies media reports that the resignation is somehow linked to the recently released video, recorded in 2014, depicting his brother, Kita Izoria's dispute with a law enforcer. In the video, Kita verbally assaults a police officer and threatens that he will be fired from work for stopping him allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.
The former Head of the Intelligence Service noted that he will continue to serve as Ambassador to Germany, adding that the above decision was taken in December. [Read more: Dumbadze/GeorgiaToday/28January2019]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCEPodcasts: Espionage and the Best Spy Podcasts to Listen to. The practice of espionage has existed since ancient times and has fascinated the public for just as long. Tales of the secret art of intelligence-gathering and sabotage captivate us with crazy-but-true acts of bravery and daring feats by daring individuals. Here are a few espionage podcasts to listen to. [Read more: Girard/StarNewsOnline/24January2020]
Nambi Narayanan: The Fake Spy Scandal that Blew up a Rocket Scientist's Career. One winter afternoon a quarter of a century ago three policemen arrived at a house in a narrow lane in the southern Indian city of Trivandrum, the capital of the state of Kerala.
The officers were polite and respectful, Nambi Narayanan remembers.
They told the space scientist that their boss, a deputy inspector general of police, wanted to talk to him.
"Am I under arrest?" Mr Narayanan asked. [Read more: Biswas/BBC/27January2020]
Spy Sites of New York: A Guide to the Region's Secret History. Bob Wallace and Keith Melton are a power pair of writers and researchers who have produced high quality, fact-based, enjoyable books for decades. The latest in their long string of fantastic books provides a guide to the secret history of spies and counter spies in and around New York.
Their book, Spy Sites of New York: A Guide to the Region's Secret History, is a fantastic reference to anyone who loves to learn the history of espionage. But is is also a great book for those who enjoy the excitement of spy vs spy action and drama. And for those who are lucky enough to be in or able to travel to the New York area it can provide great tips top plan visits to locations where many critical events of our nation's history took place.
The nation's espionage history really began in the New York region. [Read more: Gourley/CTOVision/26January2020]
Spy Novels Need to Come in from the Cold War. The golden age of the spy thriller ended with the Cold War. But of late, news reports have provided enough material for a silver age to start - if authors take heed.
The last time a spy thriller topped the list of a year's bestselling novels in the US, compiled by Publisher's Weekly, was in 1988 or 1989 - depending on whether one counts the latter year's Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy as an espionage novel or a political one. (In 1988, another Clancy book, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, unmistakably a spy novel, was number one.) John Le Carre, who had his first book on top of the list in 1964 (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold) and was in the Top 10 a total of nine times, had his last big hit in 1989, too, with The Russia House, although he has continued to publish regularly. That year, glasnost reigned in Mikhail Gorbachev's moribund Soviet Union and the Berlin wall came down. In November, 1989, the New York Times book critic Walter Goodman wrote - prophetically, as it turned out - about the future of spy fiction:
With ideological walls tumbling and affinities popping up, lesser practitioners find themselves in straits whose direness matches those of their heroes. An Ian Fleming might bring into play some space-age Mafia out to extort billions from both Washington and Moscow, but his books were always kid stuff. Will [Len] Deighton resort to having his creations take on Colonel Muammar Qaddafi of Libya or General Manuel Antonio Noriega of Panama, at the risk of provoking a PEN resolution against picking on little guys? And will [Le Carre's] next plot find hardliners in the Pentagon and the Kremlin united against the Greens? Until new threats present themselves, addicts of the spy stuff may find themselves out in the cold.
All these tacks, and countless variations, have been tried, and some novels have sold well. [Read more: Bershidsky/Bloomberg/27January2020]
Holocaust Memorial Day: Witold Pilecki went into Auschwitz as a Spy - this Hero Needs to be Remembered. It is one of the bravest tales you could ever hear, and yet for years it was largely unknown, especially outside the hero's homeland. I only came across it by chance myself, when I met up with a friend in 2011, a fellow reporter I had worked with while covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for a British newspaper.
We were chatting while trying to make sense of what we had witnessed in the Middle East, and he told me how he had since travelled to southern Poland to visit Auschwitz, where he had learnt of an underground cell that had operated in the concentration camp.
I remember being shocked by the idea. How was resistance possible in that most hellish of places?
A year went by until I discovered the name of the cell leader: Witold Pilecki. One of his reports had finally been translated into English and his story was even more amazing than anyone could have imagined. [Read more: Fairweather/iNews/23January2020]
Washington's Spies. Utter the name Nathan Hale and the majority think, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country."
Utter the name Nathan Hale and the majority think, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country."
But, there's a slight problem.
He never said it.
Mind blown, right? [Read more: Robinson/CantonDailyLedger/25January2020]
Section IV - Research Requests, Obituaries, Jobs
Seeking CIA/DIA, State Department Officers Who Worked in Beirut, Lebanon, or Langley, VA, in 1978-1990
I am a researcher from Chicago and am looking to interview any CIA, DIA or State Dept officials who may have worked at the Lebanon Desk at Langley or in Beirut during the period of 1978-1990. I am interested in the relationship that existed between some in CIA and members of Fatah's inner circle, namely Ali Hassan Salameh. Additionally, I am interested in discussing in some detail the work of Mustafa Zein as hostage negotiator for CIA and the NSC.
Assist Psychology Professor and Radio Host with Your Professional Cybercrime Experiences and Insights
My name is Dr. Carlos. I'm a forensic psychology professor and
iHeart radio host. I am seeking any intelligence officers who
might be interested in speaking to my class about cybercrime? My
class is an undergraduate class.
Help Choose the IAFIE 2020 Intelligence Education Instructor of the Year
If you know outstanding teachers in the field of intelligence, please nominate them as explained below, before the 1 April 2020 deadline.
The IAFIE (International Association for Intelligence Education)
recognizes individuals who have excelled in intelligence
instruction, which includes both academic and professional
training instruction. The IAFIE Instructor of the Year Award is
presented at the IAFIE Annual Conference being held in 2020 in
London. The award recipient is invited to attend the event as a
guest, and is provided with partial compensation for travel
expenses, plus conference fees and a commemorative award.
Frank Anderson, CIA Chief of Station
Tom Darcy, CIA Paramilitary Officer
Art O'Connor, USMC and CIA Officer
Alfred Schumann, CIA
Doug Vartorella, NSA Administrator
Two Positions at James Madison University for Assistant or Associate Professor - Intelligence Analysis
James Madison University (JMU) located in Harrisonburg, VA, seeks
applicants for two faculty positions in its Bachelor's Degree
Program in Intelligence Analysis (IA). The appointments will be at
the Assistant or Associate Professor level and will reside within
the larger School of Integrated Sciences. The IA program offers a
multidisciplinary undergraduate degree with an emphasis on
methodology and technology to prepare students to become analysts,
with a specialization in intelligence analysis. Its graduates have
been successful in securing positions as analysts in both the
public and private sectors, to include the Intelligence Community,
military and law enforcement organizations, defense contractors,
and major consulting firms. The program emphasizes methodology and
synthesizes critical and creative thinking methods with
technological tools for data collection, visualization, and
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More information or applications may be found here.
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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Department of Intelligence & Security Studies, Charleston, SC - Two Openings Available
Work type: Full Time Permanent - Faculty; Location: Charleston,
SC; Categories: Humanities; Payscale: Unclassified.
Job Responsibilities: The Citadel's School of Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for two(2) tenure-track position in all areas of intelligence studies at the level of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor beginning in August 2020. The Department is particularly interested in individuals with experience in intelligence and big data analytics, homeland/national security, Eastern European/former Soviet area studies, applied intelligence community (IC) research, and military intelligence matters. The incumbent will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level using both traditional and online delivery methods. This is a full-time teaching, research and service position. Faculty within the School typically teach a 4+4 course load with appropriate research and service expectations.
Minimum Requirements: Applicants must have an earned doctorate from an accredited university in an area associated with intelligence studies. The ability to use or the motivation to learn technologies relevant to online teaching is required. All candidates should also be able to show effective past teaching experience, demonstrated research potential, and appropriate service activities. Advanced ABD candidates will be considered. There is also a potential for teaching additional summer courses. Salary will be competitive, and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Preferred Qualifications: Relevant experience in the US intelligence community, the military, or other organizational contexts is preferred, but not required. Online teaching experience is preferred, but not required.
Additional Comments: Ranked as the #1 Public School in the South for nine years in a row by U.S. News and World Report, The Citadel offers a unique academic environment. The incumbent will teach members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets (SCCC) in the classroom as well as non-cadet graduate and undergraduate students in an online venue. Regardless of the teaching milieu, Citadel faculty commit themselves to preparing the next generation of principled leaders for the military, private, and government sectors. Approximately 30% of every graduating SCCC class is commissioned into the U.S. military; the remainder seek job opportunities in the public and private arenas. Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The position is expected to begin in August of 2020.
The Citadel is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual, or group of individuals, on the basis of age, color, race, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, pregnancy, national origin, genetic information or veteran's status in its employment practices.The Citadel has a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment. We encourage applications from minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Interested applicants should apply now for Job No: 495785. To apply utilize the official online application and upload supporting documents to include: 1 Letter of interest addressing the qualifications listed above; 2 A curriculum vita; 3 Evidence of teaching effectiveness; In addition, please provide three professional references that can be contacted.
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AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
Saturday, 8 February 2020, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Indialantic, FL - The Florida Satellite Chapter hosts FBI Agent Mike Popolano on "Profiles and Motives of Active Shooters."
FBI Agent and FSC Member Mike Popolano's talk
will cover some infamous active shooter cases and how law
enforcement strives to profile potential active shooters and
determine their motives. He will examine police response to active
shooter incidents and the options available for self-protection
and defense. In all cases, Mike will make use of his extensive
background as an FBI Special Agent and investigator to present
historical cases both to underscore and further elucidate his
Monday, 10 February 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.
Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 1130 - Albuquerque, NM - AFIO New Mexico Chapter hosts Robert Hull on "The Internet Research Agency, Trolling, and the Rise of Russian Interference"
The speaker at this AFIO New Mexico Chapter event will be Robert
Hull discussing "The Internet Research Agency,
Trolling, and the Rapid Rise of Russian Interference – What's Real
and What Isn't."
Our meetings are normally open to present and former members of Federal, Military (uniformed and civilian), State and Local Agencies and selective others who support the Intelligence Community.
If you desire further information, please contact one of the
Friday, 28 February 2020, 10:30 am - 2 pm - Tysons, VA - First AFIO luncheon of 2020 features James Olson, author of To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence; and political scientist Seth G. Jones, author of A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland.
James Olson's presentation starts at 1 p.m.: Olson served for over thirty years in the Directorate of Operations of the CIA, mostly overseas in clandestine operations. In addition to several foreign assignments, he was chief of counterintelligence at CIA headquarters in Langley, VA. Currently, he is a Professor of the Practice at the Bush School of Government and Public Service of Texas A& M University.
At this event Professor Olson will be discussing his March 2019 book, To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence which suggests that the US is losing the counterintelligence war. Foreign intelligence services, particularly those of China, Russia, and Cuba, are recruiting spies in our midst and stealing our secrets and cutting-edge technologies. He provides a guide for how our country can do a better job of protecting its national security and trade secrets. He will review the principles and methods of counterintelligence, including the running of double-agent operations and surveillance. He also addresses why people spy against their country, the tradecraft of counterintelligence, and where counterintelligence breaks down or succeeds.
The morning speaker, Dr. Seth G. Jones, will begin 11 a.m. Dr. Jones director of the Transnational Threats Project, and is a senior adviser to the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He teaches at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Prior to joining CSIS, Dr. Jones was the director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation and was Adjunct Professor, Security Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, where he taught classes on "Counterinsurgency" and "Stability Operations." He also served as representative for the commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, to the assistant secretary of defense for special operations.
He will discuss counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, with a particular focus on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and al Qa'ida.
Registration has opened and may be done quickly here.
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22182 Phone: (703) 893-2100. Directions at this link.
Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 11:30 a.m. - San Francisco, CA - The "Andre Le Gallo" San Francisco Chapter hosts FBI Special Agent Michael Gimbel
2019 ended with a shooting at a kosher grocery store in New
Jersey, a stabbing at a rabbi's home during a Hanukkah celebration
in New York, and another shooting at a church in Texas. What can
we do to prevent, mitigate, and respond to violent incidents?
Timing: No-host cocktails at 11:30, luncheon meeting and
presentation begins at noon.
RSVP now at Eventbrite.
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Friday, 31 January 2020, 6-9pm - Washington, DC - Spy Fest: Tradecraft Try-Its - at the International Spy Museum
Could you be a spy? Now's your chance to find out! Do you have the savvy to beat a lie-detector? The smarts to break a top secret coded message? The wits to create secret writing? The moves of a Ninja? Families are invited to find out how they measure up at the Museum's annual Spy Fest. Mini-missions, tradecraft demonstrations by the experts, and the chance to try spy skill challenges will give KidSpy agents and their handlers an insider's peek into the shadow world of spying—and who knows, there just may be a spy or two in your midst. Ages: 5 and up (one adult required for every five KidSpy agents). Ages 3+ must have a ticket to attend. *Ticket includes exclusive after-hours admission, scavenger hunt, and more. Tickets for the general public: $16 per person; tickets for Members: $14. Visit www.spymuseum.org. [Program description provided by Spy Museum]
11-12 February 2020 - Charleston, SC - Conference on "Legally Immoral Activity? Testing the Limits of Intelligence Collection" at The Citadel
Are there limits to intelligence collection in support of
national security? Where, if at all, does a free and open society
provide the limits of surveillance? Civil liberties are a founding
tenet of democracy, but at what cost? How does a country balance
collective security with individual rights? Recently, a Federal
Court ordered Apple to help the FBI unlock the cellphone of a
terrorist, but company officials would oppose that order, citing
concerns over the privacy rights of all Americans.
Thursday, 13 February 2020, 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. - McLean, VA - "Is the Muslim Brotherhood Still a Threat Today?" - Cynthia Farahat speaking at The Westminster Institute
Is the Muslim Brotherhood Still a Threat Today? Cynthia Farahat is an Egyptian author, columnist, political analyst, and writer. She co-founded the Misr El-Umm (2003-06) and Liberal Egyptian (2006-08) parties, which stood for peace with Israel, capitalism, and the abolition of theocracy. She co-authored several books in Arabic, writing on blasphemy laws, the Muslim Brotherhood, and terrorism.
Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 10 am - 1 pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - NCMF 2020 Winter Cryptologic Program Featuring Ms. Jonna Mendez, CIA Disguise Expert
SAVE THE DATE! The NCMF's 2020 Winter Cryptologic Program will
feature CIA Officer (Ret) Author/Chief of Disguise, Ms.
25-28 March 2020 - Honolulu, HI - International Studies Association (ISA) conference Intelligence Studies Section (ISA/ISS) Panels at ISA2020
Various links below provide a view of the extensive program of the Intelligence Studies Section being held as part of ISA2020...the International Studies Association (ISA) conference in Honolulu, Hawaii on 25-28 March. The Intelligence Studies Section is one of thirty thematic sections that make up the ISA, has approximately 400 members, and has been sponsoring research about intelligence as a function of government since the mid-1980s. This Intelligence Studies Section content (4 straight days, 30 panels and roundtables) is one (highly impressive) small part of ISA's much larger conference.
26-29 April 2020 - Tampa, FL - USGIF GEOINT 2020 Symposium
US Geospatial-Intelligence Foundation's GEOINT 2020 Symposium has the theme, "New Decade, New Challenges, New Strategies."
25 - 27 June 2020 - London, England - IAFIE 2020 Annual Conference
The 2020 Annual Conference of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) will be held in London from June 25 to 27. The conference is being held jointly by IAFIE and the IAFIE Europe Chapter (IAFIE EC). This will be the 5th Annual Conference of IAFIE EC. The submission date for abstract proposals is January 27, 2020. Proposals for papers, panels, posters and interactive workshops are being accepted. The topics/themes for the conference are Intelligence Analysis, Intelligence Domains, Management of Intelligence Community, and Intelligence Education and Research. Notification of acceptance will be in mid-February, and papers, posters, presentations and workshop materials will be due on April 20, 2020. Authors of recent books, monographs and reports in line with these topics/themes are also invited to submit proposals to participate in Author Roundtables. More information here.
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