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Newly Released and Forthcoming Books of the Week
"Climate activists have yet to devise a successful political strategy for dramatically reducing the pace of warming. ... Lieven argues that 'civic nationalism,' combining loyalty to the nation and public sacrifice, is the only strategy with a chance at success. While not everyone may agree with his conclusions, it is impossible to escape the hard logic of his reasoning." — Michael Klare, author of All Hell Breaking Loose
"This book is a clarion call for a renewed civic nationalism focused on the preservation of the environment and the arresting of climate change as vital aspects of a shared national and international good—one that true patriots of any country ought to place at the front and center of their political agenda. Lieven makes a compelling case for contesting the intolerant and anti-scientific far right's would-be monopoly on the language, imagery, and emotions of nationalism" — Aviel Roshwald, Professor of History, Georgetown University
The climate emergency is intensifying, while international responses continue to falter. Lieven outlines a revolutionary approach grounded in realist thinking which involves redefining climate change as an existential threat to nation states - which it is - and mobilizing both national security elites and mass nationalism. He condemns Western militaries for neglecting climate change and instead prioritizing traditional but less serious threats.
Lieven reminds us that nationalism is the most important force in motivating people to care about the wellbeing of future generations. The support of nationalism is therefore vital to legitimizing the sacrifices necessary to limit climate change and surviving and the effects of it (some of which are now inevitable).
Book may be ordered here.
Skillfully unearths some of the deeply hidden roots of the horrendous 'Black September' massacre that overshadowed the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. On the basis of extensive archival research, Haddad stages a historical drama of the formation of the Palestine Olympic Committee, in 1934, on the eve of Berlin's Nazi Olympics, to which the POC was destined to send no team. Haddad delves into the world of a handful of dedicated idealistic organizers who struggled to bring together all the mutually antagonistic Palestinian sports organizations during the years of British Mandate rule. Among the most important of the many dramatis personae are the Zionist sports enthusiast Yosef Yekutieli and Jerusalem's YMCA director Waldo Heinrichs. Their stories are told with detail—against the dark backdrop of Palestinian Nazis determined to prevent any kind of cooperation between Jews and Arabs, on or off the fields of play. — Allen Guttmann, author of The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games.
Book may be ordered here.
2,000 COVID-19 Scams Killed By British Spy Unit In Just One Month. Across the world, law enforcement and intelligence agencies are waging a different kind of war on COVID-19, one taking on scammers who're exploiting fear around the coronavirus.
In the U.K., an arm of the GCHQ intelligence agency, has spent the last month wiping COVID-19 crooks from the web, with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) announcing Monday that it had taken down more than 2,000 scams in a single month.
The swindles included: 471 stores selling fraudulent coronavirus related items, 555 websites trying to launch malware on visitors, 200 phishing sites seeking personal information such as passwords or credit card details, and 832 "advance-fee frauds" where victims are duped into handing over a "set-up" payment in the belief they'll get a large sum in return. [Read more: Brewster/Forbes/20April2020]
Sherman Leaving ODNI, Joining DoD as Next Deputy CIO. John Sherman, the chief information officer for the intelligence community, is leaving after two-and-a-half years, but he isn't going far.
Sherman is joining the Defense Department to be its principal deputy CIO, replacing Essye Miller, who is retiring in June.
"It's been an honor to work at ODNI and lead the efforts to modernize the IC information technology environment. All of our progress is a testament to the unified effort and team work of the CIOs across the community. Together with the IC CIO team we have set a strong foundation for the future," Sherman said in a statement. "I look forward to assisting DoD CIO, Dana Deasy, and the Department of Defense with its ongoing digital modernization." [Read more: Miller/FederalNewsNetwork/20April2020]
Somalia Rejects Kenyan Media Reports its Intelligence Agency ‘Facilitated' Al-Shabaab Attacks. Somalia has vehemently denied reports published on the Kenyan media, which alleged that the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) was working with the Al-Shabaab militant group to coordinate attacks against the neighbouring country as well as the African Union peacekeeping forces in the country.
The Star and Standard newspapers in Kenya, citing a "confidential" report from the Kenyan security forces, claimed there was evidence NISA had been supporting the militant group with intelligence and finances in its attacks against Kenyan targets both in Somalia and in Kenya.
"A top NISA official is named as the main contact person who has been in constant communication with the militant group. He is suspected of facilitating the Al-Shabaab through financial and material support, including armaments and critical information on Amisom [African Union Mission in Somalia] troop movement, particularly the Kenyan contingent," claimed a report published by the Standard.
The same intelligence official had reportedly facilitated a $1.5 million cheque to Al-Shabaab and identified "soft targets" along the border between the two countries for the militants. [Read more: SomaliAffairs/18April2020]
Algeria Suspends Senior Official in Intelligence Agency ‘Purge'. Mohamed Bouzit was appointed on Thursday as chief of the external security directorate, succeeding Kamel-Eddine Remili.
New army chief, Major-General Said Chengriha, oversaw the appointment ceremony.
Bouzit's appointment came at the order of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in his role as defense minister and commander of the armed forces, said Chengriha.
Remili had stepped down from his post three days after the dismissal and imprisonment of internal security and head of intelligence chief Wasini Bouazza. [Read more: AsharqAlAwsat/17April2020]
U.S. Floats Pulling Afghan-Based CIA. The United States is considering pulling back front-line CIA personnel from bases in Afghanistan, according to U.S. officials, as part of the U.S. government's effort to further reduce violence in the country in the wake of its landmark peace agreement with the Taliban.
The deliberations over the CIA presence in the country are part of larger discussions about pulling back international forces to push forward the peace plan, which shows signs of floundering amid continuing violence.
Top Taliban leaders have demanded reductions in the CIA presence in the country alongside U.S. troops, something that until now U.S. negotiators have resisted. There are thought to be several hundred CIA officers and contractors in Afghanistan, a number that fluctuates often.
CIA personnel operate in various places around the country, advising militia groups. [Read more: NYTimes/18April2020]
University of Lynchburg Launches Intelligence Studies Major. Starting this fall, students at the University of Lynchburg will be able to major in intelligence studies. Housed in the International Relations and Security Studies Program, the brand-new major offers courses taught by professors with practical experience in the field, including at the National Security Agency and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
"Intelligence studies provides students with a rigorous liberal arts approach to the study of international security policy and issues," said Dr. David Richards, chair of the International Relations and Security Studies Program. "It prepares students to be job-competitive in both government and the private sector."
The major examines the relationships between state and non-state actors, including NGOs, multinational corporations, and non-state paramilitary organizations. Fundamental questions addressed in the security field include: What is needed to provide a safe and secure world? What leads to comprehensive human security? How do security threats like terrorists form and persist, and what can be done to negate their actions?
Intelligence studies encompasses 39 credit hours and will feature hands-on classes taught by experts, as well as experiential learning opportunities such as internships. "These hands-on, real-world, workplace internships will introduce students to jobs in the field, as well as give them résumé-building skills," Richards said. [Read more: Broom/WLNI/15April2020]
Coronavirus Scientists are Big Targets for Foreign Cyber-Espionage, FBI Says. Nation-state hackers have been running cyber-espionage operations against medical research organizations in the U.S. that are studying the novel coronavirus, according to the FBI.
"We have certainly seen reconnaissance activity and some intrusions into some of those institutions, especially those that have publicly identified themselves as working on COVID-19 related research," the deputy assistant director of the FBI's cyber division, Tonya Ugoretz, said Thursday while speaking on a virtual panel hosted by the Aspen Institute.
Ugoretz did not specify the nature of the intrusions, the timing of the targeting and intrusions, or which entities had been targeted. [Read more: Vavra/Cyberscoop/16April2020]
Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Censorship of Writings by Ex-Officials. A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a novel lawsuit challenging a censorship system the government uses to ensure that millions of former military and intelligence officials disclose no classified secrets if they write articles and books after leaving public service.
It has become a routine part of gaining a security clearance to consent to prepublication reviews of writings that relate to government work. Over the past 40 years, that system has expanded to cover many more officials and agencies than it did in 1980, when the Supreme Court upheld it in a cursory and unsigned decision.
But in a 57-page opinion, Judge George J. Hazel of the Federal District Court of the District of Maryland ruled that the 1980 precedent still controlled the legal dispute - at least at his level. He wrote that only the Supreme Court can decide if one of its precedents is obsolete in light of changed circumstances. [Read more: Savage/NYTimes/16April2020]
Meet Dusko Popov: A Nazi-American Double Agent. On March 18, 1941, an accident took place in the crowded streets of New York's Times Square. Normally an accident like this would not make news. After all, such things happened frequently. This incident, however, was different.
The victim, while lying on the ground, was then run over by a second vehicle, which sped away. The man died the next day in a New York hospital. In his possession was a Spanish passport in the name of Don Julio Lopez Lido. New York police officers traced the man to the Taft Hotel in New York City. Upon searching his room, they were shocked to find secret documents, including a report on the defenses of the U.S. Army base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and nearby Hickam Field. This information was then turned over to the FBI. After a thorough investigation, Don Julio Lopez Lido was identified as Ulrich von der Osten, a top member of Germany's military intelligence service, the Abwehr, who had been sent to the United States to set up a spy ring.
Unknown to the FBI was that the death of Ulrich von der Osten would lead to another spy case involving Great Britain, the United States, and Germany. [Read more: WarfareHistoryNetwork/18April2020]
Fort Detrick Installation Utilizes Whole of Government Approach to Tackle COVID-19. Fort Detrick, located in Frederick, Maryland, may be small in size, but its scientific expertise is mighty - and when faced with a global pandemic, the installation is at the forefront of the COVID-19 response.
"We are using both our immediate research capabilities and our larger interagency partnerships to help tackle COVID-19," said Brig. Gen. Michael Talley, commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) and Fort Detrick. "The trust and hope placed in our team by the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army and the American public have already enabled us to make great strides in this fight, and we are eager to pursue this effort to the end."
The installation is home to the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research (NICBR), of which USAMRDC is a member. This consortium of eight agencies shares a common vision of federal research partners working in synergy to achieve a healthier and more secure nation. It serves as a framework for facilitating and encouraging interaction among member organizations on topics of mutual interest, like COVID-19. NICBR includes elements of the DOD, Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Homeland Security, and its members collaborate and share technical expertise and scientific support.
There is no better place to witness the whole-of-government approach in action than at Fort Detrick, which is playing a significant role in COVID-19 response efforts by relying on unique communities of research and acquisition personnel during this challenging and unprecedented time. [Read more: dvids/21/April2020]
Book Review: Tracing the Cold War Roots of Russia's Digital-Age Intelligence Strategy. Spying may be the world's second-oldest profession, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has certainly given it a fresh makeover.
To fully grasp what Russia did in the 2016 United States (US) presidential election - and hopes to replicate this fall - you need to look back to the end of the Cold War. Putin was a young Soviet KGB officer in Dresden, East Germany, and as the Berlin Wall teetered, he sought guidance from Moscow. The response: "Moscow is silent."
Putin was stunned as the Soviet empire collapsed in what he has called the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th Century." To restore what was lost, Putin has focused on reimagining Russian intelligence - something the US often underestimated until the last presidential vote.
"Spies - the threat of foreign ones and the successes of Russia's own - would be a defining theme for Vladimir Putin," Gordon Corera wrote in his excellent new book, Russians Among Us: Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories, and the Hunt for Putin's Spies. [Read more: Myre/WashingtonPost/21April2020]
A Secret List Of 10 Of Best Spy Shows You Should Watch During Lockdown. Life of spies and detectives has intrigued people everywhere, no matter how old they are. Hell, most of us wanted to be one when growing up! Life though turned out to be quite different. But so what if we can't be spies, we could escape to the world of one through some great shows, right?
And if like me, you are also looking for shows that have truly defined how we look at and understand spies, then here is the perfect list for you. [Read more: Srivastava/ScoopWhoop/18April2020]
Interview: Gathering Intelligence During a Pandemic. The Intelligence Community by many accounts was on to the possibility of a pandemic like this one for a long time. Well, now that it's here, what effect might the pandemic be having on the intelligence community itself? For an assessment, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to Martijn Rasser, the senior fellow for technology and national security at the Center for a New American Security. [Listen: Temin/FederalNewsNetwork/17April2020]
What It Was Like to Be Followed by a KGB Agent in the 1990s. I wanted to go to Russia when I finished my training at The Farm. I had originally entered the service as an analyst, but after learning more about the clandestine arm of the agency and the work that they did, I knew that's where I wanted to be.
They put you through psychological training to make sure that you will be able to handle the job in the field. They want to make sure you are able to mentally deal with people tapping your phone, filming you inside your home and following you everywhere you go. There are people, even in the agency, who can't deal with the reality of that life. Or have families that make that element difficult.
The experience in Russia is just a whole other level of what we call operational tradecraft, because the opposition is spending a lot of money and resources against you. Every single person that you meet with outside of the office is going to be stopped and questioned. And if they have information that the US government wants, they are going to be dealt with. On top of that, they are going to be turned against you, if they can be.
I was there when Aldrich Ames was arrested by the CIA for espionage against the US. [Read more: Thorpe/InsideHook/20April2020]
CALLING ALL WOMEN INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS: Book author seeks interviews with female intelligence officers
Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of the
American Women Code Breakers of World War II, is working on
a book about the history of women at the CIA. She is eager to
interview women intelligence professionals, retired and active, to
gather their insight into topics including their own careers; the
intelligence community's changing climate for women; signal
achievements by women and female teams, including, for example,
the women of Alec station; and encounters with early pioneers such
as Eloise Page and others. The CIA public affairs office is
cooperating. The book will be published by Crown, a major
commercial publisher. The aim is to highlight women's
contributions to intelligence and national security—a female
equivalent to Evan Thomas's The Very Best Men. If you
would be willing to chat and share your insights, please contact
Liza at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-517-1542 (phone, text or Signal app).
Arthur Brooks, 81, an associate member of AFIO, died 11 February 2020 in Simi Valley, CA.
Roy Burks, CIA SIGINT "Trailblazer", Director of CIA Office of SIGINT Operations
Larry Laser, CIA Operations Officer in Latin America Division
Mo Sovern, CIA Operations Officer
Charlie Stegall, NSA Manager and Linguist
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)
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.
Many other jobs available with Thomson-Reuter. Email Brian Lemley for a list with descriptions and links.
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CANCELLED for Public Safety from Coronavirus - Saturday, 9 May 2020 -- Indialantic, FL - Florida Satellite Chapter hears Col Prince on the Qu'ran
The speaker will be AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter member Col. Bill Prince, USA (ret.) After graduating from West Point, Bill served in Vietnam with both Ranger and Special Forces units. He resigned his regular army commission to accept a position as a CIA case officer, with subsequent experiences in numerous hostile environments. He has a graduate degree from Harvard, where his studies focused on the Middle East. The topic of his address will be the Qur'an, a subject he has studied extensively.
Please note that attendance at Florida Satellite Chapter meetings is always well within current CDC guidelines against gatherings of fifty or more.
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RESCHEDULED from Spring: Friday, 23 October 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Tysons, VA - AFIO National Fall 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
Attend virtually (using GoToWebinar software - link to be provided) this presentation by the International Spy Museum. It is an online discussion of one of the most damaging spies in US history. SPY historian/curator Vince Houghton will talk with former FBI operative Eric O'Neill about the worst boss he ever had: Robert Hanssen. O'Neill will discuss the case and how it fits into the Museum's Turncoats & Traitors gallery. They'll take a look at some of the key artifacts on view...and some that aren't!
Attend virtually (using GoToWebinar software - link to be provided) this presentation by the International Spy Museum. Spy stories and cocktails are back! This evening, Shana Oltmans, Exhibitions & Programs Manager, will share the story of Soviet Romeo spy Dmitri Bystrolyotov, who used his charm and good looks to steal secrets and then used those same skills to survive imprisonment in the Gulag. Shana will be joined by special guest Costa Ronin who is an expert at playing the role of a Russian spy with his characters in hit TV series The Americans and Homeland and as our own Bystrolyotov in the Museum. You're welcome to ask questions after the talk.
CANCELLED for Public Safety from Coronavirus - 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."
CANCELLED for Public Safety from
Coronavirus - 17 June
2020, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Annapolis Junction, MD - The NCMF
Summer Cryptologic Program features Seth Jones on "Covert
CANCELLED for Public Safety from Coronavirus - 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. CANCELLED for Public Safety from Coronavirus
PUT ON CALENDAR AND HOLD THE DATE: The Pentagon Federal (PenFed
Credit Union) Foundation will be hosting their spectacular Night
of Heroes Gala on Saturday, 24 October 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.
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