AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #05-20 dated 4 February 2020
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Section IV - Research Requests, Obituaries, Jobs
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Newly Released and Forthcoming Books of the Week
Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East
"[A] sweeping and authoritative history" —The New York Times Book Review. Examines how the modern Middle East unraveled and why it started with the pivotal year of 1979.
Ghattas weaves together history, geopolitics, and culture and delivers the story of the rivalry between between Saudi Arabia and Iran, born from the sparks of the 1979 Iranian revolution and fueled by American policy.
With extensive historical research and on-the-ground reporting, Ghattas dispels accepted truths about a region she calls home. She explores how Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran, once allies and twin pillars of US strategy in the region, became mortal enemies after 1979. How they used and distorted religion in a competition that went far beyond geopolitics. Feeding intolerance, suppressing cultural expression, and encouraging sectarian violence from Egypt to Pakistan, the war for cultural supremacy led to Iran's fatwa against author Salman Rushdie, the assassination of countless intellectuals, the birth of groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon, the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the rise of ISIS.
From the Pakistani TV anchor who defied her country's dictator, to the Egyptian novelist thrown in jail for indecent writings, to the murder of Muslim Brotherhood-promoting/journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Book may be ordered here.
Machiavelli: The Art of Teaching People What to Fear
How Machiavelli's writings can guide political action in times of stress.
Characterizing most humans as "ungrateful, fickle, liars, and deceivers," Machiavelli advised a prince to always expect "the worst from those he governs." Boucheron concurs. "You make laws, or avoid making them, anticipating their most nefarious use," he asserts. Because Machiavelli is a "thinker of alternatives who dissects every situation into an 'either or else' and is acutely sensitive to the mutability of political situations, Boucheron argues provocatively for his relevance to our own times. "He heralds tempests, not to avert them, but to teach us to think in heavy weather."
In a series of vignettes, a compelling case is made for Machiavelli as an unjustly maligned figure with valuable political insights that resonate as strongly today as they did in his time.
Book may be ordered here.
Two CIA publications released as PDFs
A Middle East Primed for New Thinking: Insights and Policy Options from the Ancient World
Andrew Skitt Gilmour, former CIA Senior Analyst
"A Middle East Primed for New Thinking: Insights and Policy Options from the Ancient World" is the work of former CIA Senior Analyst Andrew Gilmour, a specialist in the Near East during his CIA career. In "A Middle East Primed for New Thinking," Gilmour ponders present analysis of the Middle East and how it might be improved by looking at ancient history. He provides numerous classical examples to propose that analysis and policymaking would both benefit from a revival of understanding of the deepest historical and geographic underpinnings of political life in the Middle East. These factors he asserts tend to be undervalued in current analysis. He argues, for example, that constructs of the Cold War that still influence analysis of regional issues no longer illuminate but rather inhibit fresh thinking about the region's challenges.
The History of CIA's Office of Strategic Research, 1967-81
Robert D. Vickers Jr., CIA History Staff
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTSIran Sentences Alleged CIA Spy to Death. Iran said on Tuesday that its top court had confirmed a death sentence for an Iranian man accused of spying for US intelligence. Amir Rahimpour was found guilty of passing along information about Iran's nuclear program to the CIA.
Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said the man would be "executed soon."
"Amir Rahimpour, who was a CIA spy and got big pay out and tried to present part of Iran's nuclear information to the American intelligence service, had been tried and sentenced to death and recently the supreme court upheld his sentence and you will see it carried out soon," Esmaili was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency as saying.
Two other alleged spies were given 15-year prison terms. [Read more: DeutscheWelle/4February2020]
Missile Engineer Arrested After Taking Secret Info to China. The FBI has arrested a US defense contractor employee for allegedly taking classified information with him on a secret China trip.
Tucson-resident Wei Sun, 48, worked for Raytheon for over 10 years as an electrical engineer on the firm's missile systems program. As such, the China-born US resident had access to technical data on highly regulated military technology which requires an export license to take out of the country.
However, he allegedly transported some of this data "knowingly and wilfully" on his work laptop on a December 2018 trip, despite being told by a manager that this would contravene company policy and federal law.
Whilst out of the country, he emailed Raytheon from his laptop and work account to resign, claiming he wanted to study and work overseas. [Read more: Muncaster/InfoSecurity/3February2020]
King Harald Orders Declassification of Secret Spy Documents. King Harald of Norway has ordered the declassification of secret spy documents. This was made public by the Norwegian government last Sunday and reported by Norwegian media. This is very rare and has only happened a few times in recent history.
It was during the weekly Council of State at the Royal Palace in Oslo on January 10 2020 that graded documents from the Norwegian secret services was ordered by the king to be declassified. Due to King Harald's illness, it was Crown Prince Haakon who approved this on behalf of his father. This was done to ensure that the documents could be used in an upcoming trial in Oslo District Court.
The Norwegian secret services is accused of trying to recruit spies in the Russian and Norwegian north. [Read more: Aanmoen/RoyalCentral/4February2020]
FBI is Looking for Chinese Army Lieutenant Who is Accused of Spying. The FBI has released a wanted poster for Yanqing Ye, a lieutenant in China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), who has been accused of lying on her visa application and researching U.S. military and college websites for her country.
Ye studied at Boston University from October 2017 through April 2019 and is one of three people charged with hiding their ties with the Chinese government. Despite the wanted poster by the FBI, it is highly doubtful that she'll ever face charges since she is now back in China.
Ye did not disclose that she was a lieutenant in the PLA and a member of the Chinese Communist Party on her visa application, according to government investigators. She also is accused of visa fraud, acting as an agent of a foreign government, making false statements, and conspiracy.
According to the government, the 29-year-old Ye was accused of falsely identifying herself as a student on her J-1 visa application and lying about her ongoing military service at the National University of Defense Technology, a military academy directed by the Chinese Communist Party. [Read more: Balestrieri/SOFREP/1February2020]
AGH Partners with Polish Government Intelligence Agency. AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow has entered into a contract with the Polish national intelligence agency to provide relevant education and resources to the school's students.
The Military Counterntelligence Service (Służba Kontrwywiadu Wojskowego/SKW) is an arm of the Ministry of National Defense responsible for protecting the Polish state against internal threats as well as improving the readiness of the armed forces. It was founded in 2006 immediately after its predecessor, the Military Information Services, was dissolved following accusations that it was too closely tied to the communist People's Republic of Poland.
SKW will sponsor a program called Modern Technologies in Forensics, which will bring its experts to the school and include joint classes and workshops. University professors say that IT students may be able to find good career opportunities in this field, while a spokesperson for the government agency expressed hope that it would be able to benefit from better-trained new employees as well. [KrakowPost/3February2020]
CIA Director Meets with Chief of PA's Intelligence Agency. Director of the CIA Gina Haspel secretly met with the chief of the Palestinian Authority (PA) intelligence agency, Majid Faraj, in Ramallah, Safa news agency reported yesterday.
According to the Israeli Public Broadcaster (Kan), Safa said that Haspel met with Faraj and other PA officials on Thursday - two days after the US announced its "peace plan" for the Middle East.
Discussions revolved around the detail of the plan, dubbed the "deal of the century", the broadcaster said, noting that Haspel obtained guarantees from the PA intelligence that ties with the CIA would not be affected by the announcement. [Read more: MiddleEastMonitor/3February2020]
Senate Pushes for Renewed Oversight Over Intelligence Funds. A resolution seeking to reactivate the oversight panel on the use and disbursement of intelligence and confidential funds has been filed in the Senate.
Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III and Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, under Senate Resolution No. 310, proposed to convene the Select Oversight Committee on Intelligence and Confidential Funds, Programs and Activities.
Mr. Sotto and Mr. Lacson, who chairs the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, Peace, Unification and Reconciliation, intended to improve intelligence operations of government agencies tasked to protect national security. [Read more: BusinessWorld/4February2020]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCEA Russian Satellite Seems to be Tailing a US Spy Satellite in Earth Orbit. A Russian satellite has positioned itself uncomfortably close to an American spy satellite in orbit around Earth, leading space trackers to speculate that the foreign vehicle is doing some spying of its own.
The Russian spacecraft is meant to inspect other satellites, and experts in the space community believe it may now be keeping a watchful eye on the secretive US vehicle. But the motivation behind this in-space stalking is still unknown.
All January, amateur satellite trackers have been keeping tabs on the weird behavior of this Russian probe, known as Kosmos 2542. Launched in November of last year, Kosmos 2542 has been orbiting in the same plane as a satellite operated by the National Reconnaissance Office called USA 245, which has been in space since 2013. [Read more: Grush/TheVerge/31January2020]
The National Security Agency's General Counsel is Leaving his Position. Glenn Gerstell, the National Security Agency's general counsel, is leaving the agency, CyberScoop has learned.
"It was truly an honor to be able to serve this agency and play a part in keeping our nation safe. This has easily been the best job I have had," Gerstell said in an email. "My earlier private sector legal career was fulfilling, but nothing compares to the satisfaction of public service, especially confronting some of the most critical challenges facing our country - terrorism, aggression by overseas authoritarian regimes and cyber maliciousness."
After nearly five years spent advising two NSA directors, former NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers and current NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, Gerstell will be a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) starting next month. There, he will write on "the role of technology, coping with a rising China and privacy in the digital era," he said in the email.
The NSA confirmed his departure to CyberScoop. CSIS did not immediately return request for comment. [Read more: Vavra/Cyberscoop/31January2020]
Nobody Has Solved This Cryptographic Puzzle for 30 Years. Think You Can? Imagine walking past a 12-foot-tall scroll covered in seemingly nonsensical letters every day for 30 years and wondering just what the hell it actually means. That's probably how it feels to be the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employees who regularly pass by the infamous Kryptos sculpture in the courtyard of the bureau's headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
Kryptos, devised by artist Jim Sanborn, has been around for nearly three decades, and yet no one has figured out what the full message says, let alone cracked the underlying riddle. Even the National Security Agency (NSA) could only decrypt part of the code.
Now, just months before a dedication ceremony in November to celebrate the copper scroll's 30 years of stumping experts, Sanborn has released a third and final clue to help hobbyists - who easily number in the thousands, based on activity in code-cracking forums - figure out what the remaining, unsolved 97-character passage says.
But Sanborn says unscrambling that phrase won't exactly lead you to a quick victory. It's really just the end of step one. [Read more: Linder/PopularMechanics/3February2020]
The KGB's 3 Most Sensational Operations. During the Cold War the KGB easily manipulated world public opinion, targeted top-ranking NATO officials and kept the whole of the Middle East in a state of fear. [Read more: Egorov/RussiaBeyond/4February2020]
The Spy Who Loved Tahini: Risking Everything for the Perfect Sesame Paste. An Israeli intelligence scandal has erupted after an agent was sent to buy tahini from a Palestinian village in the West Bank. What makes this version so delicious?
A prize so valuable that a lieutenant colonel sent an agent on not just one mission to secure it, but two. The item? A box of tahini. An agent from Israel's military intelligence service was tasked with buying jars from a Palestinian village in the West Bank for, reports the Jerusalem Post, "non-operational needs". It led to a military police investigation, with the senior official who gave the order discharged and others reprimanded, including a prison sentence for one. [Read more: Saner/TheGuardian/3February2020]
Recent Strikes Reveal Central Role of Honest Intelligence. The recent successful U.S. strikes against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and top Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani have highlighted the crucial, multifaceted role of the intelligence community in U.S. national security.
Having collected the intelligence that fixed the locations of these two high-value targets, U.S. agencies are now on the hook to track potential retaliatory attacks as well as assess the impact of these decapitation strikes on the organizations al-Baghdadi and Soleimani once led.
At the center of this mission is CIA Director Gina Haspel and her team, which runs the spies behind enemy lines and produces the analysis on which President Trump and his team rely. [Read more: Hoffman/WashingtonTimes/30January2020]
We Don't Need a Separate Cybersecurity Agency. Bad news from the cyber world keeps piling up: election security, disinformation, data breaches, ransomware and even the threat of cyber-warfare from the likes of Iran, Russia or China. A growing number of officials, inside and outside the government, are arguing that as a country we need to get better organized to address this complex threat, and that the best way is to create a stand-alone cyber security agency. It's an option already under consideration by the commission Congress created to address cyber threats, as well at the National Security Council, which has a small directorate working on a national cyber strategy.
I wish this problem could be solved that easily. There's no question that the federal government needs enhanced resources, oversight, accountability, coordination and leadership on cybersecurity. But I spent 15 years at the FBI working on strategy and interagency governance, often in the context of cyber, and have devoted my academic career to studying how bureaucracies work, and I think creating a new stand-alone cybersecurity agency is the wrong way to go. [Read more: O'Connell/Politico/29January2020]
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.
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Two Positions at James Madison University for Assistant or Associate Professor - Intelligence Analysis
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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 completed quickly here.
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22182 Phone: (703) 893-2100. Directions at this link. Easy access from two nearby SilverLine Metro stations. Generous free parking at hotel.
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.
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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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