AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #08-20 dated 25 February 2020
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Section IV - Research Requests, Obituaries, Jobs
Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others
Special Items for our members:
CAREERS FOR WOMEN IN INTELLIGENCE
3 March 2020, 6:30 - 8 p.m. - Washington, DC - Women in Intelligence Panel Discussion and Networking Event
On March 3, the Catholic University
Intelligence Club is co-sponsoring a Women in Intelligence panel
discussion and networking event that seeks to honor the
experiences of women in the field of intelligence and to encourage
young women to pursue careers in the field. There will be a
pre-panel discussion networking reception with light refreshments,
then a formal discussion followed by an open Q&A.
Newly Released and Forthcoming Books of the Week
The Psychology of Silicon Valley: Ethical Threats and Emotional Unintelligence in the Tech Industry
Facebook's "move fast and break things" motto takes on a new interpretation: "Moving fast and breaking things in the name of growth has been accomplished to startling effect; unfortunately, what has been broken are communities, trust, and informed discussion, along with the evolution of a new brand of tribalism, which spreads more easily and is more difficult to immobilize."
Misinformation. Job displacement. Information overload. Economic inequality. Digital addiction. The breakdown of democracy, civility, and truth itself.
Cook explores the conscious and unconscious norms, values, and characteristics that drive behaviors within Silicon Valley. In an era where the reach and influence of a single industry has the potential to define the future of our world, it has become apparent just how little we know about the organizations driving these changes. Cook looks at the identity, culture, myths, and motivations of Big Tech and is convinced it is harming society.
Book may be ordered here.
Dorwart's History of the Office of Naval Intelligence 1865-1945
This refreshingly impartial history of the Office of Naval Intelligence is important both because ONI was the first official American intelligence agency and because very little has been written on the history of U.S. intelligence in the days before the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Dorwart outlines the role of ONI in the development of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century naval, political, and diplomatic policies. He reveals that one of the primary motivations for establishing the agency was the burning conviction of a group of young and enthusiastic men that if the U.S. Navy was to meet the challenge of potential enemies, it had to be thoroughly informed about foreign navies. Not only does Dr. Dorwart show the impact of these vigorous personalities on their era—men such as Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Wainwright, John G. Walker, and William S. Sims—but he makes them come alive with remarkable clarity.
More than forty years before Watergate, an equally illegal entry of private property for political purposes was carried out by a government agent under instructions from the White House. Several years later, a fellow agent formed a top-secret spy ring for the personal use of the president of the US. Meanwhile, others working for the same organization broke into safes, eavesdropped, vandalized private property, and consorted with unsavory characters in the pursuit of domestic pacifists and radicals. Still others interfered in the internal affairs of Latin American nations, dabbled in Asian politics, and accompanied Fascist Black Shirts into Africa. These were U.S. naval and marine officers who became attached to ONI between 1919 and 1945.
Book may be ordered here.
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTSUS Counter-Terror Analyst Pleads Guilty to Leaking Secret Info. A counter-terrorism analyst at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency pleaded guilty on Thursday to leaking secret information to journalists, including details about foreign countries' weapons systems.
Henry Kyle Frese, 31, who was arrested in October, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in June by a federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia.
In a statement on the case, the Justice Department detailed how Frese had leaked information to two unnamed journalists, one of whom he lived with, in 2018 and 2019.
One news outlet, which was also not named, published eight articles containing classified information. [Read more: AFP/21February2020]
Russia's GRU Behind Cyber Attacks Targeting Georgia, Says UK. The UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab issued a scathing criticism of Russian military intelligence service GRU, stating that the agency was behind multiple cyber attacks targeting Georgia in October last year.
In a statement issued Thursday, the Foreign Secretary stated that on 28 October last year, GRU carried out multiple cyber attacks targeting web hosting providers in Georgia. These attacks resulted in the defacement of websites belonging to "the Georgian Government, courts, non-government organisations (NGOs), media and businesses, and also interrupted the service of several national broadcasters."
The statement came in response to the National Cyber Security Centre being almost certain (95%+) that the cyber attacks that took place in Georgia last year were carried out by GRU. The cyber security watchdog found that GRU's Main Centre of Special Technologies ran the cyber programme known variously as the Sandworm team, BlackEnergy Group, Telebots, and VoodooBear. [Read more: Teiss/24February2020]
Australia Intelligence Chief Warns of Neo-Nazi Threat. ASIO Director General Mike Burgess said "small cells" of right-wing extremists were meeting regularly to salute Nazi flags and share their ideology.
He said the threat from foreign espionage was also now higher than during the Cold War.
And he revealed that a foreign "sleeper agent" had been planted in Australia and conducted espionage for some years.
After a long period of dormancy, the agent had started feeding information to handlers and causing problems for dissidents from their country of origin, before being caught, Mr Burgess said. [Read more: BBC/24February2020]
Climate Change Could be a 'Catastrophic' National Security Threat, Report Warns. Climate change could turn into a "catastrophic" threat to national and global security in the coming decades, warns a report released Monday.
"Even at scenarios of low warming, each region of the world will face severe risks to national and global security in the next three decades," the report says. "Higher levels of warming will pose catastrophic, and likely irreversible, global security risks over the course of the 21st century."
The report, titled "A Security Threat Assessment of Global Climate Change: How Likely Warming Scenarios Indicate a Catastrophic Security Future," was released by the Center for Climate and Security, a nonpartisan security policy institute. [Read more: Rice/USAToday/24February2020]
Head of Egyptian Intelligence Seeks Regional Coordination Against Turkey's Plans. The chief of the Egyptian General Intelligence Agency (GIS), Abbas Kamel, secretly visited several countries in the Middle East and North Africa in recent days. The subject on the agenda was Turkey.
Kamel's meetings were aimed at establishing an intelligence alliance between Egypt and other nations and to pave the way for closer military cooperation that would counter Turkey's increasingly aggressive designs in the region, unidentified sources in Paris told The Arab Weekly.
Kamel is said to have described Turkey's plans as "the most dangerous for the Arab region since the accession to power of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan".
Kamel presented highly sensitive information on Turkish activities, including operations in Libya and Syria and developments regarding Turkey's military presence in Qatar and the Horn of Africa, the sources said. [Read more: Ahval/19February2020]
UK's Secret Intelligence Service Cuts Spy Minimum Employment Age to 18. Britain's top spy has revealed that the Secret Intelligence Service has cut its minimum employment age from 21 to 18 in an effort to attract talented, tech-savvy teenagers from all over the UK.
Eighteen-year-old school leavers are now able to apply for SIS jobs in areas such as tech, business support, trades, finance and human resources.
They will then have the opportunity to transfer to spy tech posts as their career progresses.
In order to apply, individuals have to be a born or naturalised British citizen and must have lived in the UK for eight of the past 10 years. [Read more: Rodger/BirminghamMail/22February2020]
US Intelligence Agencies Return Louis Goudreaux's Painting to Ukraine. US law enforcement agencies handed Ukraine a painting 'An Amorous Couple', by artist Pierre Louis Goudreaux, which the Nazis stole from the Khanenko Museum during World War II. This was reported by the press service of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN.
"On February 19, Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Vadym Prystaiko participated in the official ceremony of handing over the painting "An Amorous Couple", by artist Pierre Louis Goudreaux, to the Ukrainian side by American law enforcement agencies, which took place in New York," the message reads.
Its return was made possible due to the cooperation of Ukrainian diplomats in the US, Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Ukraine with the FBI and the US Department of Justice. [Read more: 112UA/20February2020]
Mexican National Arrested In South Florida For Being Agent Of Russia. A Mexican national has been arrested in South Florida for being an agent of a foreign power.
The U.S. Department of Justice said Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, who is a resident of Singapore, was working on behalf of Russia.
According to court documents, a Russian government official recruited Fuentes in 2019, directing him to rent a specific property in Miami-Dade.
After several trips to Moscow, the DOJ said Fuentes met with his Russian handler in February of 2020, where he was ordered to scout a U.S. government source's vehicle. [Read more: CBSMiami/18February2020]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCELargest Fighter Ever Built, Tu-128 Was Known for Taking Down US Spy Balloons. Imagine a fighter jet longer than a regional jet and three times heavier than a Saab Gripen. It seems unlikely, but that plane, the Tupolev Tu-128, did exist. It is still the largest interceptor that has ever entered service, with a length of 30 meters and a maximum take-off weight of 43 tons. The massive aircraft created by Tupolev first flew in the early 1960s and operated exclusively in the Air Force of the Soviet Union until just before the end of the communist government.
The "Fiddler", as it was named by NATO, is a case where the lack of technology has been made up for by force. With the largest linear border in the world, the country struggled to keep watch over its most remote corners in the 1950s, when the Cold War was going through its most turbulent days. United States nuclear bombers like the famous B-52 were a real threat and the PVO (Soviet Air Force) did not have a fighter capable of covering a very large area.
Although it had formidable aerial combat fighters like the MiG-15 and MiG-17, the Russians lacked a high-altitude and long-range interceptor, despite some Sukhoi models such as the Su-15 being part of that service. [Read more: Meier/Airway/24February2020]
The Most Dangerous Economist. In 1954, CIA director Allen Dulles recruited an economist, Richard Bissell, as his special assistant. It was the start of one of the strangest roles an economist has played in American history.
Bissell did not set out to be a spy. He did undergrad at Yale, studied at the London School of Economics, and then returned to Yale to get his PhD in economics. After graduating in 1939, he became a professor there and then at MIT.
Like so many of his generation, Bissell left his day job for government service during World War II. With an impressive resume, big brains, and an upper-class New England pedigree, Bissell went to Washington, DC, and met the right people. They were called "the Georgetown Set" for their swanky parties in the affluent Georgetown neighborhood.
In 1948, Bissell became a chief administrator of the Marshall Plan, and he designed many of the wonky details of distributing its funds. [Read more: Rosalsky/NPR/20February2020]
Catholic U's Intelligence Club Hosts CIA Analyst Dan Klemens. Catholic University's Intelligence Club hosted an event on Thursday evening entitled "A Conversation with Dan Klemens." Klemens, a Senior CIA Analyst on militaries and insurgencies, spoke about his career with the Central Intelligence Agency in the Pryzbyla Center from 6 to 7 p.m. The event was part of a larger series of talks from the Intelligence Club. Previously, it has featured conversations with former CIA case officers Ken B and Ken Daigler.
The dialogue on Thursday began with a speech from Klemens in which he overviewed the ins and outs of a career as a CIA analyst and also offered some helpful tips for students who may be interested in a future involved with Intelligence.
Klemens first introduced to the students in attendance the three fundamental skills for success in the field of CIA analysis. These are: intellect, critical thinking, and strong writing. He noted that, of the three, strong writing is the skill that prospective analysts can most control, as intellect and critical thinking are more naturally embodied within an individual than writing proficiency. He added that the process of CIA recruitment is designed in order that those who do not meet the intellectual standards required are pruned from the system. [Read more: Vitale/CUTower/21February2020]
The Lawfare Podcast: Clapper, Hayden, and McCabe on the Worldwide Threat Briefing. Every year for a quarter of a century, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, or both, have hosted the worldwide threat briefing featuring open unclassified testimony from leaders of the intelligence community about the biggest threats facing the United States. That is, at least until this year, when it is still unclear when the worldwide threat testimony will take place, if at all. To shed some light on the history, the norms, and the value of this open intelligence testimony, we gathered an extraordinary group of intelligence leaders who have done it, in some cases many times. David Priess spoke with Jim Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and former director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency; Michael Hayden, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, former principal deputy DNI, and former director of the National Security Agency; and Andrew McCabe, the former Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. [Listen: Howell/Lawfare/25February2020]
Spy Plane Photos Open Windows Into Ancient Worlds. In a darkened room of the U.S. National Archives, we stood over a light table, a special backlit surface for viewing film. Our gloved hands slowly turned heavy metal rolls of 9.5-inch-wide film, unspooling our way back in time to the Middle East of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Black-and-white negatives offered a bird's-eye view of sinuous rivers lined with date palm tree gardens; villages ringed by agricultural fields; the occasional city, crowded with houses, markets, and mosques; and vast tracks of barren steppe-desert punctuated by dirt paths, isolated sheepfolds, or remote air strips. Among these rural and urban scenes, a careful viewer can also find traces of ancient and historical settlements and land use.
These images come from a special collection of footage. In the late 1950s, U-2 spy planes flew at around 70,000 feet over Cold War hotspots in Europe and Asia, capturing images that could show details as small as a person.
They aimed to cover places of interest for military intelligence such as foreign bases, airfields, and potential nuclear weapons facilities. But buried within the film rolls were high-resolution photos of historical, ethnographic, and archaeological sites and landscapes. [Read more: Hammer/Sapiens/21February2020]
Intelligence: China Does Harvard. In January an American and two Chinese were indicted for secretly providing China with U.S. technology. The American was Charles Lieber. Head of the Harvard Chemistry and Chemical Biology department. He was accused of secretly establishing a working relationship with a Chinese university at Wuhan. Lieber established research efforts at Harvard, recruiting top scientists to work on projects of interest to China and secretly passing research results to China. He also received millions of dollars from China to further this research. During the FBI investigation, Lieber repeatedly lied about these activities, which did not prevent the FBI from eventually gathering all they needed to arrest Lieber and indict him. It is rare for China to convince a senior American academic, like Harvard department head Charles Lieber to get involved in illegal research projects. Why Lieber got involved in such blatantly illegal activities was not disclosed and details probably won't emerge until his trial.
Also indicted for Harvard related espionage was a Chinese citizen, Zheng Zaosong, who was studying at Harvard on a student visa and was accused of trying to smuggle 21 vials of biological material and research data back to China. The third defendant was Yanqing Yeh, a Chinese student at nearby Boston University. She was also an active-duty lieutenant in the Chinese Army who was supervised by a colonel at a Chinese military academy that was working on new technology for the Chinese military. [Read more: StrategyPage/23February2020]
Will Alexandar Vučić's Presidency Explode? Botched Agent Running, Corruption Allegations Imperil Putin's Balkan Ally. It is no small irony that a Belgrade brewpub named the "Black Sheep" should be the site of an artless Russian intelligence operation, the exposure of which, at one and the same time, reinforced Alexandar Vučić's image as a Putin stalwart in the Balkans, and evinced that not-so-covert Russian intelligence operations are afoot across Europe. The former is hardly a revelation - BALK's Silvester Varga quipped about Vučić's undoubted determination that "not even a herd of black sheep" will disrupt Serbian-Russian relation. But if Sinisa Ljepojevic is correct that the "battle for the Balkans"-to eliminate Russian influence in Serbia - is "intensifying," it is puzzling why Russia would jeopardized Vučić's tenuous political standing with a low-grade agent running operation of dubious value.
European NATO members certainly are not strangers to Russian intelligence operations on their territory: witness a December 2019 Le Monde report about a fifteen-person special unit of Russian military intelligence (GRU) found to have been operating a logistics base in eastern France's Haute-Savoie region since at least late 2018 or early 2019. The GRU "has become an instrument of [Russian] foreign policy" implicated in destabilization operations in Crimea and Moldova, a failed coup in Montenegro, and interference in the Catalonia independence referendum, among other active measures (aktivnye meropriyatiya) in the Balkans and the Black Sea littoral.
That said, Andrzej Łomanowski argues, "The GRU's successes in Crimea became the cause of later failures." Poor tradecraft has exposed GRU operations outside the perimeter of traditional military intelligence, such as the nerve agent poisonings of Sergei Skripal and Emilian Gebrev. GRU personnel have been unveiled by sloppy security practices: using routine automobile registration records, Bellingcat identified 300 GRU officers by name, all of whom (for tax avoidance) registered personal vehicles at their workplace, Komsomolsky Prospekt 20, which is the Moscow address of the GRU's cyber warfare Unit 26165. Bungles like these no doubt animate "Putin's increasing coldness toward military spies." [Read more: Haines/FPRI/24February2020]
Section IV - Research Requests, Obituaries, Jobs
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.
Additional information has arrived for Frank Anderson, a death AFIO announced in brief in the 28 January 2020 Weekly Notes.
Frank Anderson, CIA Chief of Station and Operations Officer
Frank Ray Anderson, 77, a former CIA Chief of the Near East and South Asia Division, died of a stroke 27 January 2020 in Sarasota, FL.
Wynne James III, CIA Analyst, Senior DOE Official
He divorced twice, and is survived by all three wives, four daughters, a son, siblings, and other family.
IT Acquisitions Subject Matter Expert for Intelligence Community Client; Other Openings in Reston and Bolling AFB
E3/Sentinel has a funded opening for an IT Acquisitions Subject Matter Expert with specific experience in IT architecture requirements to support an IC customer. Candidate will assist in developing innovative business strategies and procurement policy/processes. Only candidates with TS/SCI clearances will be considered. Contact Rosanna Minchew email@example.com for more details.
E3/Sentinel has multiple openings for Contracts Specialists, Acquisition Analysts, Cost/Pricing Analysts and Contracts Closeout Specialists. Positions in Reston and at Bolling AFB. TS/SCI required to be considered for interview. Polygraph preferred. Contact Rosanna Minchew firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
instructors at the University of Texas at El Paso (US)
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
analysis with situational knowledge of a problem's political,
economic, social, and technological context with strong
communicative and professional skills to support decision-making.
More information or applications may be found here.
Available with Thomson Reuters
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....
Friday, 28 February 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 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 closed. No day-of-event registration is allowed for security reasons.
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.
Friday, 6 March 2020, 1 pm - Westchester, CA - AFIO Los Angeles holds 2020 Annual Business Meeting
The AFIO Los Angeles Chapter holds its annual business meeting.
Agenda Items are • Election of Chapter Officers; • Membership
Growth; • 2020 Speakers. Members are asked to add any topics to
the agenda when they RSVP.
Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 1130 - Albuquerque, NM - AFIO New Mexico Chapter hears Tom Dyble on "The FBI and Martin Luther King Jr: From SOLO to Memphis."
SPEAKER: Tom Dyble will do a presentation on the book The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.: From "SOLO" to Memphis by David J. Garrow. Tom is trying to understand the bad wrap associated by J. Edgar Hoover.
Location of event: "Sunnyside Up Cafe" on Menaul just east of Louisiana, next door to Chili's, 6909 Menaul Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87110, (505) 888-3447. Google map location here.
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. A link to a map for this location is on our chapter website: www.afionm.org.
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.
Thursday, 19 March 2020, 11:30 a.m. - Colorado Springs - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Amb. Mary Ann Casey discussing "Lessons in Cooperation: A Diplomat's View"
Synopsis: Amb. Mary Ann Casey will share some
of the challenges she encountered during her tenure in
oil-and-gas-rich Algeria, where she served as ambassador at a time
of major conflict between the Algerian security services and that
country's home-grown Islamic fundamentalist movement. Close
collaboration with the US national security community was central
to the success of the Embassy's efforts to ensure the safety of
American personnel, while pursuing the US foreign policy agenda in
Algeria. Ambassador Casey's talk will provide an insider's account
of how events unfolded.
Saturday, 21 March 2020, 5:30 p.m. - Oak Lawn, IL - Terry Donat, MD discusses "Pandemics and National Security" at Indiana/Illinois AFIO Chapter
AFIO's Indiana/Illinois Chapter hosts Terry Donat, M.D. speaking on "Pandemics and National Security."
Event includes cocktails and dinner.
8 May 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Tysons, VA - AFIO National Spring Luncheon features Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, and Author, former Post reporter Stephen Vogel
HOLD THE DATE: The morning speaker will be David Ignatius, author of the upcoming intelligence novel, The Paladin: A Spy Novel [WW Norton, May 2020]. Ignatius is a Washington Post columnist and has been covering the Middle East and CIA for nearly three decades.
Of Ignatius' forthcoming novel, reviewers wrote: "For me nothing
is more intriguing than life inside our intelligence agencies.
David Ignatius uses his decades' worth of reporting experience to
take us there in this fast-moving, jaw-dropping drama that reads
like it was ripped from the headlines. I recommend you grab a copy
and hold on tight for the entire thrilling ride." — Brian
Kilmeade, Fox News.
The afternoon program features Stephen Vogel, author of Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation [Custom House, Sept 2019]. Vogel is a former Washington Post reporter who covered the federal government. He was based overseas from 1989 through 1994 where he covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first Gulf War, and subsequently reported on military operations in Somalia, Rwanda, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Of Betrayal in Berlin, Former CIA Officer Sandy Grimes wrote: "The best spy book I have ever read...Steve Vogel is a talented and gifted writer who brings the personalities and idiosyncrasies of every participant in this operation to life. His research is vast, varied, and full of detail. It is truly one of those rare books you can't put down."
Registration will open in April.
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22182 Phone: (703) 893-2100. Directions at this link.
Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and OthersFriday, 28 February 2020, 1:30 - 2:30pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - National Cryptologic Museum Lecture Series: Invisible Cryptologists
Learn about African-American cryptologists at
NSA from WWII to the first decade of the Cold War...their
challenges and accomplishments.
CAREERS FOR WOMEN IN INTELLIGENCE
On March 3, the Catholic University Intelligence Club is
co-sponsoring a Women in Intelligence panel discussion and
networking event that seeks to honor the experiences of women in
the field of intelligence and to encourage young women to pursue
careers in the field. There will be a pre-panel discussion
networking reception with light refreshments, then a formal
discussion followed by an open Q&A.
Thursday, 5 March 2020, 6 - 8 p.m. - New York, NY - Spy Sites of New York City Book Launch at the KGB Espionage Museum
There are more spies working in New York City today than ever
before, according to H. Keith Melton, the
espionage advisor on The Americans, and Robert
Wallace, the former chief of the CIA's Office of
Technical Service. But, as the authors show in their fascinating
new book Spy Sites of
New York City: A Guide to the Region's Secret History (Georgetown
University Press; February 2020), the city has always been a
hotbed of international intrigue. Review of book by
Jacqueline Cutler at NY Daily News is here.
Thursday, 19 March 2020, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Annapolis Junction, MD - National Cryptologic Museum Lecture Series: Queens of Code
Queens of Code: Panel of women working on top secret information
technology projects at NSA in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s tell their
Come hear their stories. Come ask them questions. Free event,
however, registration is required and seats are limited. Click the
link below to register via EventBrite.
Saturday, 21 March 2020, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Reston, VA - CHINA: Confronting an Emerging National Security Threat with Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired), Jonathan W. Greenert Former Chief of Naval Operations Former Member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
This event is co-sponsored by the Movement for the Renaissance of Vietnam, the National Bureau of Asian Research, and The Institute of World Politics
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."
14 May 2020, 5:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - Save the Date! PenFed Foundation's 2020 Night of Heroes Gala
CALENDAR AND HOLD THE DATE: The Pentagon Federal (PenFed Credit
Union) Foundation will be hosting their spectacular Night of
Heroes Gala on Thursday, 14 May 2020 at the Mandarin Oriental in
Washington, D.C. Last year's annual gala raised over $1.5 million
and honored children of military families.
Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 1:30 - 2:30pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - National Cryptologic Museum Lecture Series: Women in Cryptology
In the world of codes and ciphers, women have always played a role. Throughout American history, women have provided vital information to military leaders, done the daily grind searching for the enemy's secrets, and pioneered new scientific fields. Learn about the contributions and talents these women have brought to cryptology.
This lecture is free, but registration is required. Register via
EventBrite - see link below.
25 - 27 June 2020 - Pordenone, Italy - IAFIE 2020 Annual Conference - Intelligence Education, Research and Practice in the 2020s
The 2020 Annual Conference of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) will be held in Pordenone, Italy from June 25 to 27. This year IAFIE and IAFIE EC are joining hands in organising a joint annual conference examining the intelligence requirements for the next decade 2020- 2030, with its changing threat environment and fast developing technological advancements. The conference papers will reach out to other cognate disciplines for a multidisciplinary approach and brings scholars and practitioners together for a blend of research and applied discussions on intelligence. This will be the 5th Annual Conference of IAFIE EC. The topics/themes for the conference are Intelligence Analysis, Intelligence Domains, Management of Intelligence Community, and Intelligence Education and Research. Authors of recent books, monographs and reports in line with these topics/themes are also invited to submit proposals to participate in Author Roundtables. Please email your general enquiries to email@example.com. More information here.
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