AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #17-20 dated 28 April 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:
The Virus and the China Threat, released 17 Apr 2020
Video may be viewed here.
From Intelligencer Senior Editor Peter Oleson:
Chinese Communist Espionage featuring Matt Brazil
The Mind of a Spy, released Sunday, 26 April 2020
More about psychiatrist David Charney MD, and his proposed NOIR approach to halting espionage, is available here.
THE CYBERLAW PODCASTS feature Stewart Baker [AFIO's current Chairman], a partner at Steptoe & Johnson. He is joined by various guests to discuss current, often major, privacy and cyber issues. The latest podcast is always found here. They are also available as Apple podcasts here.
Episode 312: Russia's online disinformation has a 100-year history recorded 20 April 2020
Episode 311: What the Cyber Solarium Report Means for the Private Sector recorded 13 April 2020
Episode 310: Is Twitter using the health emergency to settle political scores? recorded 6 April 2020
Episode 309: How Israel is fighting the coronavirus recorded 2 April 2020
Episode 308: Location, location, location. And the virus recorded 30 March 2020
Episode 307: Is privacy in pandemics like atheism in foxholes? recorded 23 March 2020
Episode 306: The (almost) COVID-19-free episode recorded 16 March 2020
Episode 305: NSA's call detail records program: Travis LeBlanc of the PCLOB recorded 11 March 2020
Episode 304: Unfiltered: An interview with NSA's former general counsel recorded 9 March 2020
Episode 303: Another merger the FTC should block recorded 5 March 2020
Episode 302: Will the First Amendment Kill Free Speech in America? recorded 2 March 2020
The Cyberlaw Podcast is open to feedback. Be sure to engage with @stewartbaker on Twitter. Send your questions, comments, and suggestions for topics or interviewees to CyberlawPodcast@steptoe.com. Remember: If your suggested guest appears on the show, the Cyberlaw Podcast folks will send you a highly coveted Cyberlaw Podcast mug!
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has an exhibit series on SPY PLANES - Posted on 26 April
A High-Flying Spy Plane by Russell Lee, Aeronautics Department
A Look at the SR-71
Francis Gary Powers and the U-2
THE SKY SPIES - An Exhibit on MI's Use of Aerial Photography
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Newly Released and Forthcoming Books of the Week
Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West
The hacking of American elections. The sponsorship of extremist politics in Europe. War in Ukraine. In recent years, Vladimir Putin's Russia has waged a concerted campaign to expand its influence and undermine Western institutions. But how and why did all this come about, and who has orchestrated it?
Belton reveals how Putin and the small group of KGB men surrounding him rose to power and looted their country. She reveals how Putin replaced the freewheeling tycoons of the Yeltsin era with a new generation of loyal oligarchs, who in turn subverted Russia's economy and legal system and increased its impact in the U.S. and Europe. A story that begins in the murk of the Soviet collapse, when networks of operatives were able to siphon billions of dollars out of state enterprises and move their spoils into the West. Putin and his allies subsequently completed the agenda, reasserting Russian power while taking control of the economy for themselves, suppressing independent voices, and launching covert influence operations abroad.
Book may be ordered here.
Becoming Kim Jong Un: A Former CIA Officer's Insights into North Korea's Enigmatic Young Dictator
The wild, improbable rise of Kim Jong Un. Jung H. Pak has held senior positions at the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. When Kim Jong Un became the leader of North Korea following his father's death in 2011, predictions about his imminent fall were rife. North Korea was isolated, poor, unable to feed its people, and clinging to its nuclear program for legitimacy. Surely this twentysomething with the bizarre haircut and no leadership experience would soon be usurped by his elders. Instead the opposite happened. Now in his mid-thirties, Kim Jong Un has solidified his grip on his country and brought the U.S. and the region to the brink of war. Still, we know so little about him—or how he rules.
Enter former CIA analyst Jung Pak, whose brilliant Brookings Institution essay "The Education of Kim Jong Un" cemented her status as the go-to authority on the calculating young leader. From the beginning of Kim's reign, Pak has been at the forefront of shaping U.S. policy on North Korea and providing strategic assessments for leadership at the highest levels in the government, and in this masterly book, she traces and explains Kim's ascent on the world stage, from the brutal purges he carried out to consolidate his power to his abrupt pivot to diplomatic engagement that led to his historic--and still poorly understood—summits with President Trump. She also sheds light on how a top intelligence analyst assesses thorny national security problems, avoiding biases, questioning assumptions, and identifying risks as well as opportunities.
Pak argues that his personality, perceptions, and preferences are underestimated by Washington policy wonks who assume he sees the world as they do. As the North Korea nuclear threat grows, Becoming Kim Jong Un gives readers the first authoritative, behind-the-scenes look at Kim's personality and motivations, creating an insightful biography of the enigmatic man who will likely rule the Hermit Kingdom for decades—and has already left an indelible imprint on world history.
Book may be ordered here.
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTSUS Steps Up Intelligence-Gathering on Kim Jong Un's Sister. Amid mixed reports about the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, speculation is brewing over the question of who might assume power in Pyongyang should he be incapacitated, with his 32-year-old sister emerging as a leading candidate.
While there has been no clear evidence that Kim is indeed ill, the U.S. intelligence community will no doubt be accelerating its information-gathering on the sibling, Kim Yo Jong, said Bruce Klingner, who spent 20 years working at the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency and is now senior research fellow for Northeast Asia at the Washington-based Heritage Foundation think tank.
Klingner said that the CIA carries out "leadership analysis," separate from a more general "political analysis" of a country, where it tries to gain a deeper understanding of top leaders. [Read more: NikkeiAsianReview/28April2020]
NGA, NRO Managing Cyber Risk Through More Data-Driven, Collaborative Approaches. Even for the intelligence community, risk management is not an easy task.
The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency is trying to get its arms around supply chain risk.
The National Reconnaissance Office is focused on implementing the risk management framework.
Both agencies are in the middle of expanding and maturing their approaches to cybersecurity. [Read more: Miller/FederalNewsNetwork/24April2020]
ISIS Claims Suicide Attack Targeting Kirkuk's Intelligence Headquarters.An Islamic State suicide attacker with explosive belts detonated himself on Tuesday while attempting to penetrate Kirkuk's intelligence headquarters, resulting in four injuries to intelligence members.
The suicide attack comes as the province of Kirkuk eased its COVID-19 lockdown measures last week when the infections rate declined significantly.
"Overall, four members of the intelligence community got injured in the attack," a source at the site of the incident told Kurdistan 24.
The intelligence headquarters is located in the Qadisya neighborhood, southeastern Kirkuk province. [Read more: Sherwani/Kurdistan24/28April2020]
Iran Puts First Spy Satellite in Orbit. After days of deliberations and evaluations, Israeli and western experts concluded that Iran's most recent satellite launch, which took place last week, was successful. Iran managed to put four satellites into orbit in the past, but they were short-lived. It took 13 attempts, four of which only entered orbit for a short time, and nine of which failed completely, but this time it seems that the new satellite will last much longer - likely years - before disintegrating. Iran's military spy satellite is now orbiting the earth at an approximate altitude of 450 kilometers.
"It is indeed an important accomplishment for the Iranian space program in general and its military in particular," an Israeli security source, who asked not to be named, told Haaretz. "The most significant result is its symbolism, the fact that the launch didn't fail."
But there is a caveat. Most experts emphasize that still Iran has a long way to go before it could upgrade its long-range missiles to deliver nuclear warheads. Israeli military officials refused to comment on the launch, and only Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned it, describing it as a threat to Israeli and international security. [Read more: Melman/Haaretz/27April2020]
U.S. May Share Less Intelligence With Countries That Criminalize Homosexuality. The Trump administration is considering cutting back on sharing intelligence with partner countries that criminalize homosexuality as part of a push by the acting director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell, to prod those nations to change their laws.
The intelligence community should be pushing American values with the countries it works with, Mr. Grenell said in an interview this week.
"We can't just simply make the moral argument and expect others to respond in kind because telling others that it's the right thing to do doesn't always work," he said. But, he added, "to fight for decriminalization is to fight for basic human rights."
Mr. Grenell is thought to be the first openly gay cabinet member and has put anti-discrimination issues near the top of his agenda.[Read more: Barnes/NYTimes/22April2020]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCECIA Says People Who Use Marijuana And Other Drugs Aren't Necessarily ‘Bad' Or ‘Unworthy'. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) said on Thursday that it doesn't necessarily believe using illegal drugs makes you a bad person.
The new comments came in response to question submitted as part of its ongoing "Ask Molly" series.
"I would love to join CIA, but I've done illegal drugs in the past," the person, writing under the name "Eager to Serve," said. They asked whether there's "any path forward for me at CIA."
The agency's reply emphasized that those applying to work there could still get a job if they admit to such activity, as long as they haven't consumed any illicit substances within the past year. [Read more: Jaeger/MarijuanaMoment/24April2020]
Interview: What the Epidemic Intelligence Service Means for the Virus. The New Yorker's Charles Duhigg joins Morning Joe to discuss the Epidemic Intelligence Service, which is a part of the CDC. [Listen: MSNBC/28April2020]
What Happened to the KGB When the Soviet Union Folded? If you're passing the time by binge-watching episodes of the critically-acclaimed TV series "The Americans," you may have grown fascinated with the story of a married couple living in the Washington, D.C. suburbs during the 1980s, who struggle to protect a dark secret. They're actually operatives for the KGB, the Soviet spy agency that during the Cold War battled clandestinely with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and other Western nations' intelligence organizations. The KGB - a Russian acronym that stands for Committee for State Security - became infamous in those years, thanks to its prowess at stealing secrets and assassinating perceived enemies abroad, as well as crushing domestic dissent. In the process it provided subject material for numerous movies and literary thrillers by novelists such as John le Carré and Martin Cruz Smith.
Since the Soviet Union itself ceased to exist back in 1991, you might assume that the KGB vanished with it. Indeed, after the hammer-and-sickle flag on the Kremlin was replaced by the tricolor of the Russian Federation that nation's first president, Boris Yeltsin, dismantled the agency and dispersed its functions among various other parts of the new government. In reality, though, intelligence experts say the KGB never really went away. Instead, like spies often do, it simply has resurfaced with a different name, FSB, whose letters stand in Russian for Federal Security Service. And today, with a former KGB agent and FSB head named Vladimir Putin as the head of state, the organization once known as the KGB seems to have regained much of its old reach and power. [Read more: Kiger/HowStuffWorks/22April2020]
Russian Commandos Jump From 33,000 Feet Over The Arctic In Unprecedented Exercise. A task force of Russian special operators and paratroopers recently conducted an unprecedented high-altitude airborne training exercise in the Arctic, with some personnel jumping from Il-76 Candid transport aircraft flying at close to 33,000 feet. This is is yet another high-profile demonstration of Russia's steadily growing capabilities in this ever-more strategic region and showed off its ability to quickly send special operations forces there or anywhere else.
The three-day exercise took place last week on Alexandra Land, an island in Russia's Franz Josef Land archipelago, which sits on the Arctic Ocean well above the Arctic Circle. Russian special operations forces, often referred to collectively as spetsnaz, from both the military Special Operations Forces Command and the Federal Security Service's Special Purpose Center, took part in the event, together with Russian Army paratroopers. The drill itself included troops setting up a base camp once on the ground, conducting reconnaissance patrols using snowmobiles and drones, and launching a raid on a mock camp filled with "saboteurs," a term Russia often applies to terrorist cells or other small groups of hostile actors, including enemy special operations teams. [Read more: Trevithick/TheDrive/27April2020]
Hitler's Nightmare: Meet America's Spies In Nazi Germany. By the autumn of 1944, most of Nazi-occupied Europe had been liberated by Allied forces. The conquering armies now faced the invasion of the German homeland. But, in this phase of the war, they lacked intelligence networks behind enemy lines. The well-developed resistance organizations in occupied France, Holland, Belgium, Yugoslavia. and even Fascist Italy had been ready to receive OSS (Office of Strategic Services, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency) and SOE (British Special Operations Executive) agents and support espionage and sabotage operations.
Inside Hitler's Germany there was no significant underground framework that would compare to the dedicated guerrillas in countries held captive by the Nazis. The obstacles to the intelligence flow from inside Germany were brutally demonstrated by the powerful surprise offensive in the Ardennes during December 1944. The bloody Battle of the Bulge was a direct consequence of diminished tactical and strategic intelligence coming out of the Reich to American commanders. [Read more: Mancini/TheNationalInterest/25April2020]
Iraq's Prime Ministerial Merry-Go-Round Lands on Spy Chief. Iraq's prime ministerial merry-go-round continues to spin apace. Spy chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi, director of the country's National Intelligence Service, is the third prime minister designate this year, following the withdrawal of Adnan al-Zurfi, the previous prospective candidate, after he failed to secure enough support to form a government.
Al-Zurfi had tried to step into the shoes of Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, who suffered a similar fate, leaving Iraq under the tremulous caretaker control of Adil Abdul-Mahdi, the crooked former prime minister and puppet of the Iranian mullahs, who was forced to resign last November amidst widespread protests.
Under the Iraqi constitution, a prime minister designate has 30 days to secure the backing of parliament for his new government. This has been the stumbling block for each of Abdul-Mahdi's chosen successors so far, as they have attempted to gain the approval of the wide range of deeply divided and sectarian factions that make up Iraq's Majilis. [Read more: [Stevenson/UPI/28April2020]
What Role Does the Intelligence Community Play in a Pandemic? Many questions remain about the precise source of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), and yet there is one thing of which we can all be certain: there will soon be a collective rush to identify those responsible for our country's systematic failure to get in front of the pandemic, and to assign blame for the lost lives and ruined economy. As in previous national crises, including September 11 and Pearl Harbor, some fingers will be pointing at the Intelligence Community (IC) for its perceived failure to provide adequate warning. Unlike 9/11, the IC is unlikely to receive a surge of funding to build its capacity to gather pandemic-related intelligence around the world, as our country focuses primarily on the homeland and seeks ways to cover the cost of the CARES Act and other coronavirus-related spending. This is, however, an international crisis that has yet to play out fully in much of the world, including in the developing world, where its impact may be most acutely felt due to poverty and lack of adequate medical resources. Accordingly, the capabilities of the IC are more important than ever to track the pandemic's geopolitical impacts—large and small—that could ultimately affect the U.S. economy and national security.
The IC plays the same role in a public health crisis as it does in any crisis: It collects and analyzes information and intelligence, that special category of information that is secret and timely, so that policymakers can understand complicated situations, avoid surprise, and make sound decisions in planning and responding to potential threats. It is important to note that the IC only provides intelligence analysis; policymakers must determine whether and how to act on that intelligence. Unfortunately, history abounds in examples of intelligence that was ignored: a recent example being the infamous August 6, 2001 President's Daily Brief that warned of impending al-Qaeda terrorist activity in the U.S. [Read more: Flynn/FPRI/28April2020]
Human Intelligence: The Missing Piece to Comprehensive Maritime Domain Awareness. To effectively govern the maritime space, states need an accurate picture of what is happening and where in order to establish normal "patterns of life" at sea. With this picture, states can identify suspicious activity and task assets to respond. This ability to collect, analyze, share, and respond to information in the maritime realm is often called maritime domain awareness (MDA).
This is a challenging task for any state, much less those with relatively limited resources and assets in the maritime realm. Combined territorial waters and exclusive economic zones are huge spaces to monitor and, for many states , this "maritime domain" is much larger than their total land area. What's more, this maritime domain is an incredibly active space. Tens of thousands of shipping vessels, millions of fishing boats, and other vessels, registered and otherwise, traverse the seas on a daily basis for an incredibly diverse set of licit and illicit purposes. It can be an overwhelming scope of activity for many states around the world to monitor.
States have largely sought to establish MDA through the use of high-tech, high-cost solutions like technical information collection platforms (e.g., coastal radar systems, and tracking shipping through AIS) and deploying costly air and sea patrols These are important elements of robust MDA, but few states possess the resources to implement all of these tools.
Given this strain on resources it may be useful for maritime security policy makers to make more effective use of another, less utilized, form of information collection in the maritime space - human intelligence. [Read more: Benson/CIMSEC/28April2020]
The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Force a Paradigm Shift in the U.S. Intelligence Community. The U.S. intelligence community is a living organism. Our country's best and brightest make up the collective hive-mind. It relies on information from a vast network of sources, experts, and data collected and processed by the most advanced technology the world has ever seen. When failures occur, they are almost exclusively a failure of analysis and not a failure of collection.
Just like individual humans, the intelligence community, as a whole, is susceptible to the same psychological barriers to rational, dispassionate, and objective analysis that all people experience in their day-to-day life. When undergoing formal analysis training, there is much time spent on how to recognize cognitive bias, the impact human perception has on analysis, and what countermeasures are useful to mitigate these vulnerabilities. CIA legend Richards Heuer made studying the psychology of intelligence analysis his life's work and noted the wiring of the brain conditions it to see what it expects to see. The world must be as it seems. Nevertheless, every so often, a catastrophic event catches the intelligence community by surprise and forces a paradigm shift. We are now at one of those crossroads, and sadly the second such for this generation. As Heuer put it so well: "When faced with a major paradigm shift, analysts who know the most about a subject have the most to unlearn."
It is hard to rapidly change the course of the massive seventeen-member frigate that is the intelligence community, replete with its thousands of captains. One thing that forces almost immediate change is an intelligence failure, of which I consider there to be two types. [Read more: Barbaccia/TheNationalInterest/23April2020]
Section IV - Research Requests, Obituaries, Jobs
Seeking Info on Father, Frank Lowell, who served in WWII as Counterintelligence Officer
My Dad was a Counterintelligence Officer, (9302) in Austria in 1945, working for the 15th Army Group under General Mark Clark. I have very little information from him other than through his two small diaries that he kept as he fought with the 88th Infantry Division, 349th Infantry Regiment through Italy in 1944 and was wounded in action in October of that year. He left the hospital in December and joined the 15th Army Group, first in Siena, then to Vienna but then there is very little information regarding where he served until he returned to New York City on February 2, 1946. His name was 1st Lt. Frank J. Lowell. Can you help?
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).
Fred Parker, NSA Official and Pearl Harbor COMINT Author
Ralph Sigler, Deputy Director White House SITROOM, Military Intelligence
Hal Vorhies, Deputy Chief, NSA Europe, Military Intelligence Officer, Commander Arlington Hall Station
IT Acquisitions Subject Matter Expert for Intelligence Community Client; Other Openings in Reston and Bolling AFB
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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.
Do not let Social Distancing slow your career. New Positions Available with Thomson Reuters
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
Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others
Wednesday, 29 April 2020, 5:30 - 6:30 PM EDT - Virtual Webinar - Break Out of Quarantine Mode Without Leaving Your Living Room starring Clint Emerson - "The Right Kind of Crazy" hosted by the International Spy Museum
Former Navy SEAL and JSOC Operator Clinton Emerson draws on over 20 years' experience with actual special forces operations to teach you how to protect yourself. This evening, he'll share practical hands-on advice for surviving any dangerous situation.
Thursday, 30 April 2020, Noon - 1 EDT - Virtual Webinar - Curator's Corner: What Do Spy Historians Keep in their Closets? - hosted by the International Spy Museum
Now for something completely different. Ever wonder what spy historians do for fun? Does prowling back alleys looking for flecks of intelligence history sound right? Well it is! Join us for an online show and tell extravaganza with the current and a former Spy Museum historian. Historian and Curator Vince Houghton and immediate past Historian Mark Stout are ready to share their stuff.
Houghton has been haunting the auctions gathering documents and some objects that particularly resonate with him. Don't worry he doesn't compete with Spy for things we are collecting. Stout has loaned the museum many of his gems and they are locked away in our vault, but accompanied by their cat companions, they are ready to open their homes and show you their goods.
Together they will share their unique objects, documents, and answer your questions about what makes a person a proud and flag-flying nerd! They're even letting the moderator Amanda Ohlke share a few of her favorite things.
Thursday, 30 April 2020, 5:30 pm EDT - Virtual Happy Hour via GoToWebinar - Spies and Spymasters Virtual Happy Hour with Morten Storm - hosted by the International Spy Museum
You can't visit the Spy Museum right now, but we can tell you some of our favorite stories about the spies who live on in our Spies & Spymasters gallery and why not do it over a cocktail? Join us online for a virtual happy hour.
This evening Vince Houghton, Historian/Curator, will share the story of Morten Storm. This Viking of a man used his contacts in al Qaeda and matchmaking skill to help the CIA track down terrorist Anwar al Alawki.
His life as a double agent will have you on the edge of your seat. Psst, we're hoping a special guest will join us from an undisclosed location for a Dark & (Morten) Stormy.
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
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
NEW DATE - Saturday, 24 October 2020, 5:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - Save the Date! PenFed Foundation's 2020 Night of Heroes Gala
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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