AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #19-20 dated 12 May 2020

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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Research Requests, Obituaries, Jobs

Research Requests

Obituaries

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A Member supplied a perspective on these times:

It's a mess out there now. Hard to discern between what's a real threat and what is just simple panic and hysteria. For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900.
On your 14th birthday, World War I starts, and ends on your 18th birthday. 22 million people perish in that war. Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th birthday. 50 million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million.
On your 29th birthday, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, the World GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy.
When you turn 39, World War II starts. You aren't even over the hill yet. And don't try to catch your breath. On your 41st birthday, the United States is pulled into WWII. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war.
Smallpox was epidemic until you were in your 40's, as it killed 300 million people during your lifetime.
At 50, the Korean War starts. 5 million perish. From your birth, until you are 55 you dealt with the fear of Polio epidemics each summer. You experience friends and family contracting polio and being paralyzed and/or die.
At 55 the Vietnam War begins and doesn't end for 20 years. 4 million people perish in that conflict. During the Cold War, you lived each day with the fear of nuclear annihilation. On your 62nd birthday you have the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, almost ended. When you turn 75, the Vietnam War finally ends.
Think of everyone on the planet born in 1900. How did they endure all of that? When you were a kid in 1985 and didn't think your 85-year-old grandparent understood how hard school was. And how mean that kid in your class was. Yet they survived through everything listed above. Perspective is an amazing art. Refined and enlightening as time goes on. Let's try and keep things in perspective. Your parents and/or grandparents were called to endure all of the above – and for the majority of you, you are called to stay home and sit on your couch.


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Special Items for our members:

Oct 7 — Cell Phones Go Dark, Sudden Road Blocks Appear at Wuhan Lab. Raw Data Suggests; Significance Questioned

Report says cellphone data suggests October shutdown at Wuhan lab, but experts are skeptical
U.S. and U.K. intel agencies are reviewing the private report, but intel analysts examined and couldn't confirm a similar theory previously.
By Ken Dilanian, Ruaridh Arrow, Courtney Kube, Carol E. Lee, Louise Jones and Lorand Bodo, May 8, 2020 in NBC News

WASHINGTON — A private analysis of cellphone location data purports to show that a high-security Wuhan laboratory studying coronaviruses shut down in October, three sources briefed on the matter told NBC News. U.S. spy agencies are reviewing the document, but intelligence analysts examined and couldn't confirm a similar theory previously, two senior officials say.
The report — obtained by the London-based NBC News Verification Unit — says there was no cellphone activity in a high-security portion of the Wuhan Institute of Virology from Oct. 7 through Oct. 24, 2019, and that there may have been a "hazardous event" sometime between Oct. 6 and Oct. 11.
It offers no direct evidence of a shutdown, or any proof for the theory that the virus emerged accidentally from the lab.
Analysis of mobile phone data from the area surrounding the institute also suggested roadblocks were in place between Oct 14 and Oct 19.

Click here to read the original report (information identifying individuals has been redacted)

NBC article continues here.


Data may show Wuhan lab examining coronavirus was shut down in October
By Dana Kennedy, May 9, 2020, New York Post

US and UK intelligence analysts are reviewing cellphone location data indicating that a high-security Wuhan lab examining the coronaviruses may have been shut down in October, NBC News reported.

The report, obtained by the NBC News Verification unit in London, shows no cellphone activity at the Wuhan Institute of Virology between Oct. 7 and Oct. 24, 2019 and says there may have been a "hazardous event" sometime between Oct. 6 and 11. But there is no hard proof either of a shutdown or that the virus mistakenly leaked from the lab.

Were there evidence of a lab shutdown, it would bolster theories alluded to by the Trump Administration and some scientists that the novel coronavirus accidentally came from the lab. Many scientists, as well as the World Health Organization, remain skeptical of the lab theory and still believe it came from the wet market in Wuhan. Article continues here.


US and UK intelligence agencies 'examining report on mobile phone data at Wuhan laboratory'
Experts urged caution over the report
By Nick Allen, 9 May 2020, The Telegraph [UK]
US and British intelligence agencies are reportedly examining mobile phone data suggesting there could have been an emergency shutdown in October at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
According to a report, obtained by NBC News, there was no mobile phone activity in a high-security part of the Chinese laboratory complex from Oct 7 to Oct 24. Previously, there had been consistent use of mobile phones.
The report, carried out by private experts, suggested there may have been a "hazardous event," specifically at the institute's National Biosafety Laboratory, between Oct 6 and Oct 11
Article continues here. [Note: might have paywall for full story]
Also see reference in Twitter here.
Also see references in Reddit here.


Did the Cell Phones in the Wuhan Institute of Virology Go Dark for 17 Days?
By Jim Geraghty, The National Review, May 11, 2020
Rarely do you see a network put so much effort into downplaying their own potential scoop as NBC News does here:

A private analysis of cellphone location data purports to show that a high-security Wuhan laboratory studying coronaviruses shut down in October, three sources briefed on the matter told NBC News. U.S. spy agencies are reviewing the document, but intelligence analysts examined and couldn't confirm a similar theory previously, two senior officials say.
The report — obtained by the London-based NBC News Verification Unit — says there was no cellphone activity in a high-security portion of the Wuhan Institute of Virology from Oct. 7 through Oct. 24, 2019, and that there may have been a "hazardous event" sometime between Oct. 6 and Oct. 11.
It offers no direct evidence of a shutdown, or any proof for the theory that the virus emerged accidentally from the lab.

The first thing we need to know, and that these sources and this report do not provide, is what the "normal" level of cell phone use in the high-security portion of the Wuhan Institute of Virology is. If it did indeed drop to zero, was that a huge drop compared to the normal activity? Was there usually very little phone activity in this part of the building? Somewhere in between? The bigger the drop, the more significant this is — and less likely it was driven by something like the bosses yelling at their employees for spending too much time on their phones at work or something. It is also fair to wonder how complete this cellphone location data is.
Article continues here.


And how is China responding to these reports?

On the Ground in Wuhan, Signs of China Stalling Probe of Coronavirus Origins
Beijing at first appeared to be homing in fast on the source of the virus
By Jeremy Page and Natasha Khan, May 12, 2020, Wall Street Journal

WUHAN, China — Around 1 a.m. on Dec. 31, Lu Junqing woke to a phone call from his boss at a local disinfection company. Get a team together and head to the Huanan market, he was told: "Bring your best kit."

Mr. Lu knew the market, a sprawling maze of stalls near a railway station, but had no clue it was the suspected source of a mysterious illness spreading across this city, later identified as Covid-19.

When he got there, local officials directed him to a cluster of stalls selling wild animals for meat or traditional medicine. There were carcasses and caged live specimens, including snakes, dogs, rabbits and badgers, he said.

As his team started to spray disinfectant, the officials began taking samples from the stalls, sewers and goods, Mr. Lu says. They got his team to help with the dead animals, picking out feces and fur with tweezers, and sealing them in plastic bags.

More than four months later, Chinese officials have yet to share with the world any data from the animals Mr. Lu and others say were sampled. Beijing now appears to be stalling international efforts to find the source of the virus amid an escalating U.S. push to blame China for the pandemic, according to interviews with dozens of health experts and officials.
Article continues here...


From RAND Corporation's Blog comes:

Don't Be Fooled by China's 'Mask Diplomacy'
China has provided masks, ventilators, and testing kits to hundreds of countries, including the United States. According to RAND's Jeffrey Hornung, Beijing is using "simplistic mask diplomacy" to distract the world from its role in the pandemic. And meanwhile, China has continued its provocations in the Asia-Pacific, challenging its neighbors' sovereignty claims while these same countries are focused on fighting COVID-19. "Don't let masks and ventilators fool," says Hornung. "There is an opportunity to be had, and China appears unlikely to waste it." Read more


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Call for Papers: The University of Texas at Austin Announces the 2020 "Bobby R. Inman Award" for Student Scholarship on Intelligence


Austin, Texas – The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the sixth annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security.  The winner of the "Inman Award" will receive a cash prize of $5,000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2,500.  This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2019-20 academic year.  The deadline for submitting papers is June 30, 2020
 
The Intelligence Studies Project was established at The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 as a joint venture of the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Clements Center for National Security with the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The Project's mission is to improve understanding of intelligence activities and institutions through research, courses, and public events bringing intelligence practitioners together with scholars, students, and the public.
 
The Bobby R. Inman Award recognizes more than six decades of distinguished public service by Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Admiral Inman served in multiple leadership positions in the U.S. military, intelligence community, private industry, and at The University of Texas. His previous intelligence posts include Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice-Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency, and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He continues to serve as a teacher, advisor, and mentor to students, faculty members, and current government officials while occupying the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  His areas of teaching and research are focused on political, economic, and military activities, policy processes and institutions, international affairs and diplomacy, and intelligence and national security. 
 
Additional information about the Inman Award, including submission requirements and previous winners, is available at www.intelligencestudies.utexas.edu/inman-award

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Newly Released and Forthcoming Books of the Week

The End of October: A novel about a pandemic
by Lawrence Wright
(Knopf, May 2020)

Yes, a work of fiction being reviewed or mentioned...everywhere. Dr. Henry Parsons, a WHO epidemiologist/microbiologist, races to find the origins and cure of a mysterious new killer virus as it brings the world to its knees. Wright meticulously paints the direst personal, social, and political scenarios that a virus can create, focusing particularly on the U.S. and Middle East descending into anarchy.

At an internment camp in Indonesia, forty-seven people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. When Parsons is sent by WHO to investigate, what he finds will soon have staggering repercussions across the globe: an infected man is on his way to join the millions of worshippers in the annual Hajj to Mecca. Henry joins forces with a Saudi prince and doctor in an attempt to quarantine the entire host of pilgrims in the holy city. A Russian émigré, a woman who has risen to deputy director of U.S. Homeland Security, scrambles to mount a response to what may be an act of biowarfare. Already-fraying global relations begin to snap, in the face of a pandemic. Henry's wife, Jill, and their children face poor odds of survival in Atlanta. The disease races across the United States, dismantling institutions—scientific, religious, governmental—and decimating the population. Provides fascinating history of viral diseases along with Wright's skill at giving us a full-tilt, electrifying, one-of-a-kind thriller.

Book may be ordered here.


Russian Cyber Operations: Coding the Boundaries of Conflict
by Scott Jasper
(Georgetown Univ Press, May 2020)

Russia has deployed cyber operations to interfere in foreign elections, launch disinformation campaigns, and cripple neighboring states—all while maintaining a thin veneer of deniability and avoiding strikes that cross the line into acts of war. How should a targeted nation respond? Jasper explores the legal and technical maneuvers of Russian cyber strategies, proposing that nations develop solutions for resilience to withstand future attacks.

Examples include recent French and US presidential elections and the 2017 NotPetya mock ransomware attack. The international effort to counter these operations through sanctions and indictments has done little to alter Moscow's behavior. Jasper proposes that nations use data correlation technologies in an integrated security platform to establish a more resilient defense.

Book may be ordered here.


Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Turkish Intelligence Agency Rescues Abducted Italian Aid Worker in Somalia. Turkey's intelligence service rescued a kidnapped Italian aid volunteer in Somalia held captive for 18 months, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.

Silvia Constanzo Romano, a 25-year-old Italian citizen working for aid organisation Milelel Onlus, had been abducted in Chakama, Kenya, in November 2018, the agency said.

It was Turkey's National Intelligence Service (MİT) that determined Romano was alive, Anadolu said, before coordinating with Italian and Somalian intelligence services to save Romano from her captors between Friday and Saturday.

MİT delivered Romano to the Italian authorities in the Somalian capital Mogadishu. [Read more: Ahval/10May2020]

Head of Libya's Intelligence Service Dies of Heart Attack. Libya's internationally recognized government in Tripoli today confirmed the death of the head of its Intelligence Service Abdelgader Tuhamy as a result of a heart attack. He died Saturday evening. [Zaptia/LibyaHerald/10May2020]

Key IS Leaders Arrested in Kabul: Afghan Intelligence. Afghan forces in a joint operation have arrested three "key" Islamic State (IS) leaders in Kabul, the country''s the primary intelligence agency, National Directorate of Security (NDS) said.

Zia-Ul-Haq, known as Abu Omar Khorasani, the IS leader for south and east Asia, was arrested on Monday along with Saheeb, head of public relations, and Abu Ali, the group''s intelligence head, reports TOLO News.

Police and NDS special forces apprehended the men in the Kart-e-Naw area in PD8 of Kabul city, according to a statement by the agency.

The operation to arrest the three IS leaders was launched after the four other senior members of the terror group confessed while in the custody of the NDS, the statement said. [Read more: IANS/12May2020]

Office of the Director of National Intelligence Implements Organizational Reforms. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) recently announced the implementation of a series of organizational changes to save government resources and enhance other initiatives.

The actions would bolster ODNI's Department of Defense partner and customer support, strengthen the Intelligence Community's (IC) cyber posture, and improve mission management and outreach.

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell recently detailed the reforms, including the sunset of ODNI's Directorate of National Security Partnerships, the establishment of a DNI Advisor for Military Affairs, and a combination of existing organizations into a single IC Cyber Executive.

The sunsetting effort reunites all of ODNI's mission management functions in a single organization. [Read more: Clark/HomelandPreparednessNews/12May2020]

China Suspected of Bio-Espionage in 'Heart of EU'. Chinese spies have targeted Belgian biological warfare and vaccine experts, Belgium's security service suspects.

They are also targeting British pharmaceutical giant and vaccine-maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Belgium and Belgian high-tech firms, Belgian intelligence fears.

The suspicions were detailed in confidential Belgian reports dated from 2010 to 2016, seen by EUobserver.

They were meant to alert Belgian authorities to the threat of Chinese military, scientific, and medical espionage. [Read more: Rettman/EUObserver/6May2020]

Colombia's Military Attache to Washington Removed Over Spying Scandal. One of Colombia's military attaches to Washington DC is among the 12 army officials who have been sacked over a major spying scandal, newspaper El Tiempo reported Saturday.

According to the newspaper, Colonel Juan Esteban Zapata was notified his job in the American capital had ended on Sunday, two days after Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo announced 11 officials had been purged.

Trujillo said the officials' early retirement was due to the National Army's use of American resources to spy on local and foreign journalists, politicians, NGOs and even top government officials as reported by weekly Semana last week.

The country's top military intelligence official, General Gonzalo Garcia, has also been fired, according to newspaper El Espectador. [Read more: Alsema/ColombiaReports/10May2020]

UK Turns to Counterterror Chief to Run Covid-19 Risk Hub. The UK's new joint biosecurity centre, an independent body monitoring the coronavirus threat level, is to be set up by a senior counterterror official in the running to become the next chief of MI6, the UK's Secret Intelligence Service.

Tom Hurd, director-general at the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, has been urgently switched from his post in the Home Office to head up the centre, said four government officials with knowledge of the move.

The biosecurity hub - first announced during prime minister Boris Johnson's public broadcast on Sunday evening - will assess the changing threat posed by the virus to help the government plan its release from lockdown.

It will run along the same lines as Britain's joint terrorism analysis centre (JTAC), which determines the terror risk across Britain as either low, moderate, substantial, severe or critical, and helps decide the response accordingly. [Read more: FinancialTimes/11May2020]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Amid COVID Crisis, INSA Embraces Creativity to Connect with Community through Virtual Events. The Intelligence and National Security Alliance is continuing to offer the thought leadership and networking opportunities for which it has long been known - but in a different way.

As social distancing pushed the prospect of in-person events farther out on the calendar, INSA responded with a lineup of virtual events. They include Wednesday Wisdom, a new series for policy discussions and informal conversation-based programs, as well as Coffee & Conversation, a 45-minute morning program around timely issues impacting the intelligence community.

The organization spent a little more than a week pivoting to a virtual calendar that a strong sponsor system currently allows it to offer gratis. INSA has been drawing participants to the tune of more than 1,600 in some cases. [Read more: Kirkland/WashingtonExec/11May2020]

Episodic Espionage. Dead drops, code names, double agents, daring escapes: the stuff of great spy novels. Somehow, the eight-chapter docuseries Spy Wars (Amazon Prime, TV-PG) manages to pull off all the intrigue and complexities of a riveting espionage tale in each 45-minute episode.

With British actor Damian Lewis narrating, each true story reconstructs the biggest spy schemes of the last 50 years.

Through believable reenactments, Lewis explains complicated, suspenseful plots that often spanned decades. The accounts are fast-paced, shot on location in London, Moscow, and Israel.

Former spies and officials from the CIA, KGB, MI6, and Mossad share insider memories of how spies were recruited, used, and exposed - sometimes rescued, other times executed. [Read more: Dierberger/WorldMagazine/7May2020]

Iraq's New PM Mustafa Kadhemi: Former Spy Chief With Friends On All Sides. Iraq's new prime minister Mustafa Kadhemi is a pragmatic operator and former spy chief whose ties to Washington and Tehran could help steer Baghdad through a laundry list of crises.

He formally took the reins early Thursday after Iraq's parliament granted his cabinet a vote of confidence, capping weeks of horse-trading over ministerial positions.

Kadhemi, who headed Iraq's National Intelligence Service (INIS), was nominated on April 9 by President Barham Saleh in a ceremony attended by a who's-who of the political elite, indicating broad support for the enigmatic figure.

Born in Baghdad in 1967, Kadhemi studied law in Iraq but then left for Europe to escape repressive ex-dictator Saddam Hussein, working as an opposition journalist. [Read more: KashmirObserver/11May2020]

History in the Making: The Mossad Mission to Capture Adolf Eichmann. On May 11, 1960, Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was nabbed by a team of Israeli spies after years on the run in Argentina, ending a long manhunt.

Ten days later, drugged and dressed as a crew member of Israeli flag carrier El Al, he was smuggled to Israel by Mossad agents and put on trial.

The architect of the Nazis' "Final Solution," under which six million European Jews were exterminated during World War II, Eichmann was tried and hanged in 1962, aged 56.

Here is an account, based on AFP coverage from the time and since, of the top-secret operation, details of which filtered out over the years. [Read more: Delorme/AFP/8May2020]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Government Cybersecurity Commission Calls for International Cooperation, Resilience and Retaliation. The global commons are under assault in cyberspace. Ransomware attacks, including North Korea's WannaCry and Russia's NotPetya, have disrupted vital medical services and global transportation systems, costing billions of dollars. Iran and China have engaged in similar actions.

These cyberattacks are carried out by states and nonstate actors that seek to undermine global connectivity for their own interests. But like a pandemic, these attacks affect all of society. The world needs a new approach to combating how nations use cyberspace to advance their interests at the expense of people around the world.

The U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission was formed by Congress in 2018 to develop a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace. It provided a road map for establishing cooperation and accountability in cyberspace. The commission consisted of four federal legislators, the deputies of the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, office of the Director of National Intelligence and Department of Justice, and six private-sector experts. One of us, Benjamin Jensen, served as the commission's senior research director.

The commissioners and staff conducted more than 400 interviews with cybersecurity professionals, researchers and officials in the private sector, academia and foreign governments. The commission's final report, released in March, lays out a comprehensive plan of action based on a new strategy: layered cyber deterrence. [Read more: TheConversation/11May2020]

What Colombia Did With American Spy Tools. Old habits die hard, so there's something sadly unsurprising in the news that a Colombian army unit used American surveillance equipment, provided to fight Marxist guerrillas and drug traffickers, to spy on journalists, political opponents and public figures. It's entirely possible that one important goal was to conceal that the fight was dirty and not going particularly well.

The targeted journalists included Nicholas Casey of The New York Times, who created a stir a year ago when he reported that the head of the Colombian army had ordered troops to double the number of criminals and militants they kill or capture, an order reminiscent of the excesses in the army's decades of conflict against rebel and paramilitary groups.

Though the government reached a landmark peace deal in 2016, illegal armed groups and criminal gangs, most of them linked to illicit coca cultivation and drug trafficking, have remained a major scourge. The Trump administration has put heavy pressure on Colombia to crack down, but despite $10 billion in American aid the struggle has shown little progress. Land under coca cultivation has been steadily increasing, and according to the United Nations, the gangs killed 86 community leaders and 77 former members of the guerrilla group that signed the peace pact with the state. [Read more: NYTimes/8May2020]

The Dumbest Aspects of the Apparent Coup Attempt in Venezuela. First there was "stupid Watergate," such an evocative phrase that it was applied both to the Trump camp's entanglements with Russia and the president's attempts to leverage aid in Ukraine that eventually led to impeachment. Now, the Trump era has brought us stupid Bay of Pigs: On Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced that two Americans were among a group of 13 people arrested for what he described as an attempted coup to overthrow his regime.

In a state TV appearance, Maduro said that the two Americans arrested outside Caracas were "professional mercenaries" named Luke Denman and Airan Berry, who carried ID cards for a Florida-based security contractor called Silvercorp. Maduro equated their alleged efforts to overthrow his government to "playing Rambo" and "playing hero." He did not mention, however, that the two were not very good at cosplaying the American tradition of violently overthrowing Latin American governments. Below are some of the less thought-through elements of the apparent coup attempt. [Read more: Stieb/NYMagazine/5May2020]


Section IV - Research Requests, Obituaries, Jobs

Research Requests

Call for Papers by the University of Texas at Austin for the 2020 "Bobby R. Inman Award" for Student Scholarship on Intelligence

Austin, Texas – The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the sixth annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security.  The winner of the "Inman Award" will receive a cash prize of $5,000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2,500.  This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2019-20 academic year.  The deadline for submitting papers is June 30, 2020. 
 
The Intelligence Studies Project was established at The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 as a joint venture of the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Clements Center for National Security with the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The Project's mission is to improve understanding of intelligence activities and institutions through research, courses, and public events bringing intelligence practitioners together with scholars, students, and the public.
 
The Bobby R. Inman Award recognizes more than six decades of distinguished public service by Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.).  Admiral Inman served in multiple leadership positions in the U.S. military, intelligence community, private industry, and at The University of Texas.  His previous intelligence posts include Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice-Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency, and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence.  He continues to serve as a teacher, advisor, and mentor to students, faculty members, and current government officials while occupying the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  His areas of teaching and research are focused on political, economic, and military activities, policy processes and institutions, international affairs and diplomacy, and intelligence and national security. 
 
Additional information about the Inman Award, including submission requirements and previous winners, is available at www.intelligencestudies.utexas.edu/inman-award

Obituaries

Bill Cervenak, CIA Special Activities Divison Officer
William Michael Cervenak, 80, a CIA Special Activities Division officer, died 9 May 2020 in Oakton, VA.
Born in Jersey City, NJ to parents from what was then Czechoslovakia, he was a high school basketball star who played defensive end on scholarship for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team.
Cervenak saw combat as a Marine in Vietnam before spending 33 years at the spy agency, according to his biography. As a Marine in the earliest days of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, he flew many dangerous missions and received the Air Medal with two Gold Stars.
"Bill was a mentor to generations of officers at CIA, as he was to me," Phil Reilly, a former CIA colleague, said in a text message. "He was highly respected for his operational record of service that saw him rise to the senior intelligence ranks, but also for his larger-than-life personality. He was, without question, the funniest person I have ever met. He used that humor to defuse situations, put colleagues at ease, but also to teach."
Before he retired from CIA in 1999, Cervenak was an officer in CIA's Special Activities Division — sometimes shorthanded as "ground branch" — a group of agency officers with military experience who carry weapons and participate in dangerous covert actions. He was a revered veteran of the CIA's elite paramilitary arm, where he spent three decades conducting operations around the globe -- exploits in Honduras and Laos, among other far-flung places -- that remain state secrets. Many of the agency officers who went into Afghanistan after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, had learned their craft under his tutelage. In addition to serving in Southeast Asia and Latin America, he served in Africa. In a headquarters job, he spent time in the earlier days of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, where he helped set up elite units.
Emil Cervenak, his brother, said he never talked about his work for the CIA. When Emil was going through his brother's things after he died, he came across a shelf full of CIA awards.
"I'm reading these citations about the unselfish things that he did, putting his own life at risk."
Bill also was a legend on youth baseball fields in nearby Vienna, VA, where he served as a popular coach. He coached two generation of players on the youth baseball fields of Northern Virginia, where he made such an impact on the Little League program that a baseball diamond now bears his name.
Cervenak never married. He leaves behind a brother, nephew, and other relatives.

Pat Kennon, Intelligence Analyst, CIA
Patrick Evetts Kennon, 86, a CIA Analyst, died of heart disease 1 May 2020 in Falls Church, VA.
Born in Hobbs, NM, the family lived in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma before moving to Chicago, where he picked up a lifelong love of sailing.
He graduated, Phi Beta Kappa from Southern Methodist University (SMU) with a BA in Social Studies and then enlisted in the Air Force at the time of the Hungarian Revolution. As part of his training in Air Force Intelligence, he was sent to Indiana University in Bloomington to learn Hungarian. While there, he met his future wife, Josephine (Jo), and they married in 1955 after a whirlwind romance.
After leaving the Air Force, the family moved to Argentina where he operated a warehouse on behalf of several oil exploration firms. After six years, his love of sailing led him to purchase a sailboat in St. Thomas, USVI, from where he intended to sail around the world with his family. The reality of managing a crew of ages 3 to 8 led him to modify his ambitions to sailing around the Virgin Islands.
After one year Pat sold the boat and returned to SMU where he graduated with an MA in Economics. He then moved to Northern Virginia and began a twenty-five year career with the Central Intelligence Agency. During his career, Pat took on increasing responsibilities and high level positions at the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence. He applied the insights he gained in his academic and professional life when he authored The Twilight of Democracy, published in 1995.
After retirement, Pat's wanderlust reignited and he and Jo visited countries in all seven continents on conveyances ranging from clipper ships, to river barges and tramp steamers. He also enjoyed learning languages and became conversant in Spanish, French, and German, in addition to English and Hungarian. His facility with languages had a dark side, as he was also a dreadful punster.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Josephine, two sons, two daughters, and other family.

Bob Newell, Chief Central Reference Division, DIA
Robert Yates Newell III, 94, Chief Central Reference Division, DIA, died 28 April 2020 in Fairfax, VA...the day of his birthday.
He was born in Memphis, TN. He graduated, as senior class president from Falls Church High School in 1944 and attended Louisiana State University for two years. From that time, he became a lifelong LSU Tiger fan.
After moving back to Virginia in 1946, Bob earned an undergraduate degree at George Washington University. He had a long, distinguished career in the Defense Department, retiring in 1981 as Chief of the Central Reference Division of the Defense Intelligence Agency. During his career he was a photographic interpretation analyst who helped identify missiles that precipitated the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.
He is survived by many children and other family.

Joanne Sipe, Intelligence Analyst, CIA
Mary Joanne Nasuti Sipe, 92, CIA Intelligence Analyst, died 2 May 2020 in Falls Church, VA.
Joanne had a long, full, and adventurous life. She was born as a twin with brother John Antonio Nasuti in Washington, DC. She graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School and then spent two years at Wooster College in Ohio until family finances necessitated the need for her to return home. She attended the Washington School for Secretaries. In 1949, she secured a job with an unnamed agency housed on the Mall in Washington, DC. Joanne would not discuss with whom she was employed, even to friends and family, but it was soon apparent that she was working for the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1952, she accepted an overseas assignment to Vienna, Austria where she learned to read, write and speak German fluently. She spent eight years in Vienna with the Agency during which time it was considered the spy capital of the world given its neutrality and being situated close to the Iron Curtain.
While in Austria she also enjoyed playing tennis, skiing, ice skating on the frozen Danube River and going to Fasching balls. She also traveled extensively throughout Germany, Austria, and Italy. She regularly drove her convertible VW bug through snowstorms. She returned to the DC area in 1959 and continued her CIA career.
She resigned from the Agency in 1966 to raise a family and rejoined in 1983 as an intelligence analyst, retiring in December 1998 having served over 32 years. In June 1999, she was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal.
In retirement she was active with her church, community volunteering, and practiced water aerobics into her late eighties. She traveled with her husband, Harry, and after his death in 2011, with her younger daughter. In August 2007, at age 80, she accompanied her son and daughter-in-law on a horseback riding trip in the Rocky Mountains.
She is survived by two daughters, a son, and other family.


Jobs

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 rminchew@e3sentinel.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 rminchew@e3sentinel.com for more details.

Adjunct instructors at the University of Texas at El Paso (US)
The National Security Studies Institute at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) (see their website here) is seeking adjunct instructors to teach online graduate-level courses:
Legal Issues in Intelligence and National Security
Propaganda and Influence Operations
Intelligence and Counterterrorism
Political Economy of Terrorism
Risk Analysis
Emergency Management
Public Health and Homeland Security
A PhD in public policy, security studies, political science, or a related field is required.
Interested and eligible applicants should contact Stephen Coulthart (sjcoulthart@utep.edu).

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.
Ideal candidates will be comfortable in an interdisciplinary, diverse setting and possess the potential for becoming an excellent teacher to future analysts in one or more intelligence domains including national security, military, homeland security, law enforcement, private sector security, cyber security, and geospatial. They optimally have a background in either mixed-methods, qualitative, or quantitative research and analysis methods. We especially encourage applications from candidates that can leverage the use of systems thinking, employ data science in analysis, support the development of writing skills, or teach ethics specifically for future analysts. The typical teaching load in the school is 3 courses per semester.
We welcome applicants from all academic disciplines—to include the humanities, social sciences, and sciences—that provide a knowledge foundation for doing analysis. Prospective candidates should review our curriculum online to identify areas that match their expertise and to locate potential areas that they could help the program to develop. The program values teaching excellence as well as one-on-one professional mentoring and seeks candidates who can demonstrate potential for both. In addition, the position requires the potential for an active program of scholarly activity. The position requires either a Ph.D. in a relevant academic field by the date of hire (for a tenure-track appointment) OR Master's Degree with substantial experience in the field (for appointment on a Renewable Term Contract).

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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Section V - Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

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 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.
"David Ignatius once again takes readers behind the scenes of America's most secretive bureaucracy, revealing in fiction what could never be declassified in fact. The Paladin is yet another stirring read from one of America's most revered reporters and gifted storytellers." — Joe Scarborough, MSNBC
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 late September.

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 Others

Upcoming virtual (and a few live, post-quarantine) events at the International Spy Museum. Click event to explore and register for event. All virtual events require pre-registration.

13 May 2020, Mind Games: Intelligence Analysis, 1 pm
13 May 2020, Virtual Spy Trivia, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
14 May 2020, The U-2 Spy Plane Shootdown with Francis Gary Powers, Jr., noon
14 May 2020, Spies & Spymasters Virtual Happy Hour, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
15 May 2020, Spy's Eye View with Jonna Mendez, noon
15 May 2020, The Covert Couch Challenge, 5 - 6 pm
20 May 2020, Mind Games: Intelligence Analysis, 1 pm
20 May 2020, Virtual Spy Trivia, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
21 May 2020, Virtual Spy Chat with Chris Costa, noon
21 May 2020, Spies & Spymasters Virtual Happy Hour, 5:30 pm
22 May 2020, Spy Skills: Tradecraft Try-Its, noon
22 May 2020, The Covert Couch Challenge, 5 - 6 pm
27 May 2020, Mind Games: Intelligence Analysis, 1 pm
27 May 2020, Virtual Spy Trivia, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
29 May 2020, The Covert Couch Challenge, 5 - 6 pm
27 July 2020, Spy Camp 2020: Session 1, 9 am - 3 pm
3 August 2020, Spy Camp 2020: Session 2, 9 am - 3 pm
7 November 2020, 14th Annual Parade of Trabants, 10 am - 4 pm
14 November 2020, Operation Secret Sleepover, 7 pm - 9:30 am

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 Action."
(Date is subject to change depending upon COVID-19 related restrictions.)

This National Cryptologic Museum Foundation 2020 Summer program features Political Scientist & Author Seth Jones. Jones is a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. His most recent book, A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland, details the dramatic untold story of one of the CIA's most successful intelligence operations during the Cold War, which has important implications for today's threat from Russia. Learn more about Jones's books.
Registration is not yet open, but the fee will be $25 and will include lunch. For your convenience, we will offer easy online registration. You may also mail-in your registration fee using the Flyer/Registration form (coming soon). Or mail checks to NCMF, P.O. Box 1682, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland 20755-9998, and include the names of all registrants. For more details, please call the NCMF office at 301-688-5436.

Visit the NCMF Event Page for updates. (Date is subject to change depending upon COVID-19 related restrictions.)

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 iafie2020@ecoleuniversitaireinternationale.net. 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.
VIP Reception at 5:30 PM
General Reception and Silent Auction at 6:00 PM
Location: The Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, D.C.
Attire: Black Tie or Military Dress
RSVP: October 2, 2020
Click here to learn more or sponsor a table.


MORE GIFT IDEAS:

In addition to the new Royal Blue long sleeve shirts, and the gray long sleeve hooded sweatshirts, the AFIO Store also has the following items ready for quick shipment:

NEW: LONG and Short-Sleeved Shirts with embroidered AFIO Logo and New Mugs with color-glazed permanent logo

Show your support for AFIO with our new Polo Shirts. Be the first to buy these new, high quality, subtle heathered grey short sleeve shirts, and dark blue long sleeved shirts, of shrink and wrinkle resistant fine cotton with a soft yet substantial feel. They feature a detailed embroidered AFIO seal. Get a shirt for yourself and consider as gifts for colleagues, family, and friends. Only $45 each including shipping.
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Both items are high quality and shrink resistant and feature a detailed embroidered AFIO seal. The color of the long-sleeved Polo Shirts is royal blue; the price is $55 and includes shipping.

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NEW: Mug with color glazed logo. Made in America. (We left out all that lead-based glaze and hidden toxins in those mugs made in China being sold by other organizations). Also sturdy enough to sit on desk to hold pens, cards, paperclips, and candy.

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These 2017 mousepads have full color seals of all 18 members of the US Intelligence Community on this 8" round, slick surface, nonskid, rubber-backed mouse pad with a darker navy background, brighter, updated seals. Also used, by some, as swanky coasters. Price still only $20.00 for 2 pads [includes shipping to US address. Foreign shipments - we will contact you with quote.] Order MOUSEPADS here.


Guide to the Study of Intelligence and When Intelligence Made a Difference

"AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence" has sold out in hard-copy.
However, it is available in digital form in its entirety on the AFIO website here.

Also available on the website here are the individual articles of AFIO's history project "When Intelligence Made a Difference" that have been published to date in The Intelligencer journal. More articles will be forthcoming in future editions.


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