AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #20-20 dated 19 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

Jobs

Section V - Events

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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  This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2019-20 academic year.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

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

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Also worth visiting are these insightful blogs, podcasts, newsletters, and articles by WTOP's JJ Green

Target USA - The National Security Podcast with JJ Green. Whether its terrorists, anarchists, cyber criminals or nation states, America has a target on its back. WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green investigates the threats facing the U.S., the people behind them, the agencies fighting them and their impact on Americans.

Of special interest from INSIDE THE SCIF this week was this:

THE HUNT — In a court filing, the FBI inadvertently revealed the name of a Saudi diplomat suspected of helping the 911 hijackers.
But in this week's edition of "The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green," Scott Stewart, tactical intelligence expert and V.P. at Torchstone Global, says the revelation won't likely lead to an arrest. Check in to see why he says that.

Also just released is Episode 224 — Is it possible the COVID-19 virus was already circulating in the U.S. in November?

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Recent and Upcoming Cryptologic Museum Webinars

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Jack Devine, Former CIA DDO, has released this 15 May 2020 list of special intelligence/national security topics from the Arkin Group in their "Other News" email to their private clients:

Here is a roundup of some significant global developments you may have missed this week:

  • Trump has amped up anti-Chinese rhetoric over the past week, floating several potential measures to punish China for the coronavirus pandemic, including demands for reparations, scuttling the trade deal, and forcibly delisting Chinese companies from U.S. stock indices.
  • Political stability in Latin America could be threatened as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the region and its economies suffer from the impacts of the pandemic.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced plans for a relief package totaling more than $260bn to help the country climb out of a deep economic slump as it emerges from a nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus.
  • This year is shaping up to be the worst in oil industry history.
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Newly Released and Forthcoming Books of the Week

Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State
by Barton Gellman
(Penguin Press May 2020)

Edward Snowden chose three journalists to tell the stories in his Top Secret trove of filched NSA documents: Barton Gellman of The Washington Post, Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian, and filmmaker Laura Poitras. 

Unlike the two other journalists, Gellman's relationship with his source was more turbulent and honorable with Gellman refusing to let the slippery Snowden use him. While Snowden (code name Verax) tried to use all three of the journalists for his own schemes (e.g., time to locate and flee to a country with no extradition back to the U.S.), Gellman was the only one who sidestepped the gambit to present Snowden's actions from less of the view of a fanboy. For Gellman, Snowden and his documents were just the beginning of the story. In this account, he provides an inside view of Snowden's audacious theft of a massive trove [many terabytes of data] of highly classified documents. But aside from the revelations in those documents is a more interesting account of a cautious, technically astute journalist under immense pressure of legal threats, government investigations, and foreign intelligence agencies intent on stealing back the files in Gellman's possession. Carefully locked and hidden by him to avoid nation-state attacks. The NSA director secretly calls for a federal raid to seize the leaked documents. The author even finds his name in one of those documents—as the target of a previous leak investigation. Google warns him that "state sponsored attackers" are trying to compromise his account. His tablet is hacked before his eyes as he leaves the set of a Sunday news broadcast. Customized malware is sent to his computer. Sophisticated impostors approach him with counterfeit documents, attempting to divert or discredit his work. Throughout Dark Mirror, Gellman wages an escalating battle against unknown adversaries who force him to mimic their tradecraft in self-defense. 

Gellman paints a warts-and-all vision of Snowden missing from most accounts by others, sheds insight into the history of surveillance and the NSA, and provides details on how he (Gellman) sought to secure sensitive information in a cat-and-mouse game against overwhelming odds of being hacked or the theft of his computers, mobile devices, and online accounts.

Book may be ordered here.


The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle between the White House and the Media--from the Founding Fathers to Fake News
by Harold Holzer
(Dutton, May 2020)

If one is seeking a Trump-hating account, look elsewhere.

Starting with George Washington and his fellow founding fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, then skipping ahead to Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt, before concluding with a rundown of every modern president from Kennedy through Trump, Holzer alerts readers to historical traditions, original principles, and ominous trends. He describes Washington's battles with the journalist grandson of Benjamin Franklin; cites examples of FDR's "manipulative charm" during press briefings, including the time he told a reporter inquiring about a potential third term to "put on your dunce cap and stand with your back to the crowd"; and notes Obama's controversial use of the 1917 Espionage Act to jail reporters' sources and stem the tide of intelligence community leaks.

Evidence of Trump's love-hate relationship with the press includes extensive TV coverage of his 2016 campaign rallies and the president's "tweetstorms" attacking mainstream media as allegations of the Ukraine pressure campaign circulated. Presents Trump as only the latest commander in chief who has vied with the press for control of the national narrative. Even George Washington had a "very uneasy relationship with the press," and several presidents have acted to limit the media's access or freedoms.

An evenhanded account certain to disappoint those with TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome).

Book may be ordered here.


Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Belgium Confirms Inquiry into Malta-China Spy Threat. Malta's ties to China have come under the spotlight after Belgium's intelligence services confirmed they have been investigating suspicions that Beijing has been spying from the country's embassy opposite the European commission's headquarters in Brussels.

A spokesman for Belgium's homeland security service, the Veiligheid van de Staat, made the unusual disclosure about the existence of the inquiry after the French newspaper Le Monde reported on the suspected espionage by the Chinese state.

It was claimed that an investigation had been launched by the Belgian intelligence services after a tip-off from British agents that the Chinese were using Malta's embassy as a "spy tower" to eavesdrop on EU institutions. [Read more: Boffey/TheGuardian/19May2020]

Taliban Car Bomb Kills Nine at Intelligence Base in Ghazni. At least nine people died and 40 were wounded in a Taliban attack on a government base Monday, which the insurgents said they launched in response to President Ashraf Ghani's order for troops to go back on the offensive against them.

Taliban fighters blew up a stolen Humvee at around 5 a.m. inside the main compound of a base in Ghazni used by the country's intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, said Wahidullah Jumazada, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

The explosion shattered windows more than a mile away in the city of Ghazni, about 100 miles southwest of Kabul, Jumazada said.

Nine people were killed, said Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Afghan interior minister, updating an earlier figure of seven killed. [Read more: Lawrence/Stars&Stripes/18May2020]

N. Korea Presumed to Have Replaced Chief of Military Intelligence Bureau. North Korea is believed to have replaced the chief of its primary intelligence agency accused of a string of secret operations against South Korea, including the 2010 sinking of a warship, according to Seoul's latest who's who in Pyongyang's ruling elite.

Rim Kwang-il, an army general, replaced Jang Kil-song last December as head of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, the North's military intelligence agency, according to the who's who book, titled "Information on key figures in North Korea."

The agency is known for masterminding the 2010 torpedo attack on the South Korean naval corvette Cheonan that killed 46 sailors on board. Leading the agency at the time was Kim Yong-chol, a hawkish general who later served as the counterpart of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in nuclear negotiations.

Kim was replaced by Jang as he was named in the same year to lead the United Front Department (UFD), a key party organ dealing with inter-Korean affairs. [Read more: Koh/Yonhap/13May2020]

U.S. Army Successfully Launches Spy Drone From Black Hawk. The U.S. Army has successfully deployed a fixed-wing drone from a helicopter that then was able to receive video from the unmanned vehicle, proving that so-called "air-launched effects" can survive launch and the helicopter's downwash before flying independent missions.

In February and March, the Army conducted a series of tests in which an Area-I air-launched, tube-integrated unmanned system, or ALTIUS 600 was released from a Black Hawk. It demonstrated the ALTIUS drone could survive being catapulted forward from a side-mounted tube and escape the rotor downwash undamaged, according to Brig. Gen. Walter Rugen, who heads the Army's Future Vertical Lift (FVL) development efforts.

"The impulse pushed the air vehicle out of the tube forward, into forward flight, and the rotor downwash didn't knock the small drone down," Rugen said in a recent interview. "We were able to launch them at about 100 feet above the ground, which is, we feel, a relevant tactical altitude to maintain the survivability of our manned aircraft."

The FVL cross-functional team that Rugen leads in April posted a video on Twitter of an ALTIUS launching from a tube mounted on a Black Hawk. The video has since been taken down. [Read more: Parsons/Vertical/18May2020]

FBI Finds al Qaeda Link After Breaking Encryption on Pensacola Attacker's iPhone. The Saudi military trainee who killed three US sailors and wounded several others in a terror attack last year on a military base in Pensacola, Florida, was a longtime associate of al Qaeda who had communicated with operatives from the group as recently as the night before the shooting, the Justice Department and the FBI announced Monday.

US investigators uncovered the al Qaeda connection after the FBI broke through the encryption protecting the Saudi attacker's iPhones and have been able to use the information on the devices to carry out a recent counterterrorism operation in Yemen, Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray said at a news conference.

"The evidence we've been able to develop from the killer's devices shows that the Pensacola attack was actually the brutal culmination of years of planning and preparation by a longtime AQAP associate," Wray said, referring to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, one of the deadliest branches of the terror group.

Mohammed Alshamrani, a member of the Royal Saudi Air Force who had been training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, was killed by law enforcement during the attack. [Read more: Shortell&Perez/CNN/18May2020]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Book Review: Secrets and Power in Myanmar: Intelligence and the Fall of General Khin Nyunt. In Rangoon's Drug Elimination Museum, a sprawling hall of half-truths and hilarious fantasy, there are subtle clues to past power plays within the Defence Services, or Tatmadaw. In a section of the museum extolling the questionable commitments to drug eradication of the previous military regimes, displays of drug burnings and press conferences have full pages of the now-defunct Working People's Daily. But one key figure in this record has been airbrushed from history, almost Soviet style. Except in clumsier form. A thin sheet of brown paper and tape covers several entire photographs. But the revisionists failed to conceal the photo captions underneath, including the name of the senior official depicted: General Khin Nyunt, the Chief of Military Intelligence (MI) and principal protector of some of Burma's biggest drug dealers.

The scholar Andrew Selth's latest book is an examination of one of Burma's most powerful and feared figures of the past forty years. Since his purge in late 2004, Khin Nyunt has been eclipsed by history, ostracized from the military, largely unknown to the outside world since the ‘transition' to democracy in 2011, and remembered only by his many victims. Selth's study, Secrets and Power in Myanmar, is less a political biography of Khin Nyunt, and more a technical examination of the intelligence services, producing skilful navigation through the maze of the opaque world of intelligence gathering by one of the most esteemed chroniclers of modern Burma.

The book's introduction outlines the fearsome place MI and other intelligence agencies, notably the Special Branch (SB) under the Ministry of Home Affairs, have played in generations of military rule starting from the Tatmadaw's coup d'etat of March 1962, through nearly three decades of Socialist military rule, and the corresponding culture of a surveillance apparatus. [Read more: Mathieson/TeaCircleOxford/18May2020]

Trial Begins Of Russian Couple Charged With High Treason Over Wedding Photos. A Russian couple charged with high treason have gone on trial for photographs taken at their wedding five years ago and published online that allegedly revealed the identity of a security operative.

Konstantin Antonets and Antonina Zimina were detained in July 2018 in Russia's Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad.

Zimina's father, Konstantin Zimin, told RFE/RL on May 14 that the Kaliningrad Regional Court had held preliminary hearings into the case several days ago behind closed doors.

He added that his daughter and son-in-law rejected the charge. [Read more: RadioFreeEurope/14May2020]

The Great Plaque Mystery: Cold War Wellington Spy Case Gets Murkier. The case of the Cold War Wellington spy has taken another cloak-and-dagger turn with the appearance of a guerrilla plaque memorialising that night of intrigue in September, 1974.

Meanwhile, at a nearby spot, a quite different plaque has completely vanished. Only bolt holes in a former toilet wall suggests it was ever there.

Bill Sutch was a leading public servant who met KGB officer Dimitri Razgovorov on a rainy September night at the top of Aro St. That much is undisputed.

Lying in wait in the public toilets that night were members of New Zealand's SIS who had been tipped off about the clandestine meeting. [Read more: Hunt/Stuff/18May2020]

Seen on Regent Street: a 1940 Spy Story, Part One of Two. Wilhelm Moerz was aged 35 but looked younger. Well dressed, about five foot 10, hair 'sparse and fair', pale, slight build, prominent teeth, projecting jaw. He had at least three aliases and possibly a forged passport. This ‘dangerous Gestapo agent, ‘possibly armed', may have entered as a refugee, so the police alert went out to British ports on May 26, 1940.

Moerz - or whatever he was calling himself - spoke English well, 'but cannot be mistaken for an Englishman'. It turned out later in the year that he had an English passport in the name of Collins.

In the summer of 1940, when Britain feared invasion by sea and air, the air was rife with spy scares, mostly unfounded and only arising from over-excited or overly suspicious citizens. Yet here in the files of the National Archives at Kew in west London - file KV 2/2106, free to download from the 'Discovery' part of the Archives' website during the coronavirus lockdown - is a real spy in the heart of London.
 [Read more: ProfessionalSecurity/19May2020]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Intelligence Community Adapts to New Realities of Security Clearance Evaluation Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. Security clearances will almost certainly become an even more valuable credential as our economy transforms amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The ever-increasing desirability of a security clearance has raised the stakes for those looking to gain or maintain a clearance in these economically uncertain times. Clearance holders have access to an exclusive and lucrative job market and on average earn close to $40,000 more than their counterparts without a clearance according to a recent survey conducted by the website ClearanceJobs. As national security attorney Mark Zaid lamented, "I call security clearances the Willy Wonka golden ticket ... It opens incredible doors that otherwise would never be opened, and they typically have a bigger pot of gold at the end of the rainbow than non-cleared positions."

While well over 30 million Americans have filed initial unemployment claims since mid-March, those employed in jobs that require a security clearance remain largely insulated from the economic volatility caused by the pandemic. Clearance holders and applicants with an eye toward the value and stability of a job with a clearance already understood the obstacles facing them as they moved through the vetting and reevaluation processes. As of the fourth quarter of 2019 the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) took an average of almost 10 months to completely evaluate an application for a TS clearance. The already laborious process now faces new challenges as social distancing measures continue change the way clearances are investigated and adjudicated. [Read more: Smith/NewYorkLawJournal/14May2020]

The Emerging Nexus of Strategic Intelligence, Geopolitics, and Finance. The need to develop an accurate understanding about the behavior of complex phenomena  - based on timely, reliable, and actionable information - in order to assess potential risks and opportunities has been present since the dawn of civilization itself. Moreover, being able to grasp what is to come is an imperative in order to ensure preparedness and to guarantee an effective decision-making process. Anthropologically speaking, that is why it is often half-jokingly said that espionage is one of the oldest professions.

This necessity to foresee what lies ahead is so deeply embedded into the human psyche that it is even reflected in many facets of our culture. For instance, the Bible tells us about the story of Joseph, who was appointed prime minister of Egypt by Pharaoh himself because of his ability to anticipate contingencies. Likewise, the Delphic oracle - operated by elite priestesses well-versed in both worldly and mystical knowledge - provided suggestions for statesmen, military officers and merchants who needed to choose a course of action. Tellingly, the Moorish medieval historian Ibn Khaldun explains that being able to fathom the essential universal and timeless principles that rule the natural order of human affairs almost amounts to having the gift of prophecy. Classical political theorists (like Machivelli) and ancient strategic thinkers (like Sun Tzu) claim that foresight is one of the core virtues of a wise leader. [Read more: Alonso-Trabanco/GeopoliticalMonitor/19May2020]

China Seems to Have Infiltrated Canada's Highest Intelligence Agency - and it's Not the First Time. As is all too common these days, a major event took place back in September of 2019 that has disappeared from any public notice and the deep significance left underreported. A potential Chinese spy infiltrated the highest levels of the Canadian intelligence service which is part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The implications extend far beyond the borders of Canada because of their membership in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network that includes the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Britain. Five Eyes is a special network of countries that share top-secret and classified material together against common foes such as terrorists.

The RCMP is similar to the FBI in the sense that they have both law enforcement responsibilities and counter-intelligence responsibilities and for this reason the Canadian National Intelligence Coordination Centre is part of the RCMP and responsible for intelligence issues.

In September of this past year, a very senior level Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) official named Cameron Ortis was arrested for a number of charges including one under the security information law, which is used to prosecute espionage cases. At the time of his arrest, Mr. Ortis was the director-general of the RCMP's National Intelligence Coordination Centre. As such he had almost unlimited access to both Canadian intelligence and the large volumes of classified information shared by the Five Eyes allies. [Read more: Johnson/AmericanMilitaryNews/13May2020]


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

Dick Mason, Russian Linguist, CIA
Richard Stewart Mason, 98, Russian Linguist for CIA, died 7 May 2020 in San Diego, CA of cardiac arreat.
Dick was born in State College, PA on New Year's Eve 1921. He grew up in Sanford, Fl; received a BA degree at the University of Texas, and a master's degree at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and met his wife, Sheila Farquharson, in Jamaica where he was stationed during the war.
After the war, he worked as a Russian analyst with the CIA until retirement in 1972. In the 1960s he was an interpreter for several Russian and American trade delegations that visited the two countries.
He was a lifelong devotee of foreign languages, with fluency in Russian and German, and teaching himself Spanish, Japanese, Farsi, and Indonesian, among others.
He enjoyed competitive ballroom dancing, and founded Telemark Dance Records, which sold ballroom dance music. He also published the newsletter "Danceweek" for 22 years and was a two-term President of the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancing Association.
When he moved to San Diego in 2000, he threw himself into volunteer work, especially with the Rancho Bernardo High School Library and organized annual poetry contests for students, in Spanish, German, and French. Throughout his life he was devoted to education and politics to create a better world. He campaigned for numerous candidates for elected office, from the local to the national level, and did door-to-door canvassing up into his nineties.
In 2014, he was inducted into the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame.
His wife predeceased him. He is survived by a companion, Joan Ballard; a son and a daughter, and other family.

Ralph McGehee, Disillusioned CIA Operations Officer, Author
Ralph Walter McGehee Jr, 92, a gung-ho CIA Operations Officer and Cold Warrior, who became disillusioned during the Vietnam War and emerged as a prominent critic of the Agency, died 2 May 2020 in Falmouth, ME of possible complications of Covid-19.
Falmouth, Maine was the last stop in his lifetime journey around the globe, from Chicago to Notre Dame to Washington, D.C., Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Virginia and Florida. In his boyhood in south-side Chicago, he was a standout wrestler in high school and played on the offensive line at Notre Dame during a four-season stretch in which the team never lost a game. After receiving a bachelor's degree in 1950, he tried out for the Green Bay Packers and coached football at the University of Dayton in Ohio.
In 1952 he joined CIA to fight communism and "save the world for democracy." He served from 1952 to 1978 as a CIA operations officer with many postings abroad. While in Thailand, he implemented an innovative educational and humanitarian program with the Thai government to retain the allegiance of upcountry residents. He worked to implement the same outreach program in South Vietnam while endeavoring to call attention in his intelligence reporting to the unexpectedly strong allegiance he encountered among the South Vietnamese to the Vietcong. Upon retirement from the CIA in 1977 he was awarded the Agency's Career Intelligence Medal.
In retirement, his continuing concerns about the importance of accurate and unbiased intelligence to national security compelled him to write a book challenging the Agency's reporting. The CIA attempted to ban the book, but with the help of the ACLU he defended his right to publicize his concerns. His book, Deadly Deceits: My 25 Years in the CIA, was published in 1983 with few redactions.
For two decades following his retirement he authored opinion articles in national publications and was a worldwide speaker and scholar on his call for the reform of CIA overseas operations. He developed CIABASE, a computer database on CIA topics compiled from open source public information, which became a resource for researchers of US foreign policy and the CIA operations.
McGehee maintained integrity in service to his country in the face of strong institutional opposition. His example inspired several other officers as well as his family to seek to live by the same principles of service and integrity.
Ralph's wife of 60 years, Norma, predeceased him. He is survived by four children and other family. There will be a private service.
[See longer obituaries in the WPost and in the NYTimes]


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.

FireEye Has Many Intelligence Positions Available For You - Worldwide - Contract, Full-time, Part-time, Interns

Explore the many career and contractor intelligence jobs available here. Jobs openings in Cyber Security include - Advisory, Architecture, Digital Forensics & Incident Response, Penetration Testing, Threat Research. They positions are needed here: New York, Chicago, Manila, Reston, Dallas, Atlanta, Suitland, Singapore, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Doha, Stockholm, London, Milpitas, multiple cities in Australia, Washington, Indianapolis, Tampa, Santiago, Alexandria, Seattle, Carlsbad, Houston, San Francisco, Arlington, Dubai, Amsterdam, Ft Belvoir, Minneapolis, Mexico City, San Diego, Boston, El Segundo, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Chiyoda, Ft Huachuca, Ft Gordon, Ft Meade, Ft Shafter, Kuwait City, Seoul, Sttutgart, Salt Lake City, Austin, Dublin, Bangalore, Cork, Colorado Springs... Explore the many career and contractor intelligence jobs available here.


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.


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

Thursday, 21 May 2020, noon - 12:30pm EDT - Virtual - Pandemics: A Georgetown Historical Perspective is topic of this discussion hosted by Georgetown University Press et al.

Georgetown University Press, Georgetown College, and the Georgetown University Library invite you to a live streamed interview/discussion with Tudor Place Curator Grant Quertermous about historical pandemics as experienced by the inhabitants of Tudor Place, a Georgetown residence built in 1815. Grant Quertermous is the editor of A Georgetown Life, forthcoming in October 2020.
We encourage you to submit your thoughts and questions ahead of time via social media using #BooksforaBetterWorld and tagging us on Facebook and Twitter.
Register for the event here or to view other upcoming Georgetown University Press virtual events.

Thursday, 28 May 2020, noon – 12:30pm EDT - Virtual - "Archiving the Present: Thinking Historically about COVID-19" is topic of this discussion hosted by Georgetown University Press et al.

Georgetown University Press, Georgetown College, and the Georgetown University Library invite you to a live streamed interview/discussion withGeorgetown College Associate Professor Ananya Chakravarti on Archiving the Present: Thinking Historically about COVID-19.
We encourage you to submit your thoughts and questions ahead of time via social media using #BooksforaBetterWorld and tagging us on Facebook and Twitter.
Register for the event here or to view other upcoming Georgetown University Press virtual events.

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 6pm EDT - Teleconference - "The Naval Intelligence Perspective from Tampa – CENTCOM and SOCOM" Topic of NIP May 2020 Virtual Speaker Series

Guest Speakers at this teleconference will be:
CAPT Joshua Himes, Commanding Officer, Joint Intelligence Center, U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND
CDR James L. Castleberry, J2 Navy Service Adviser, U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
TOPIC: The Naval Intelligence Perspective from Tampa – CENTCOM and SOCOM
AGENDA
•RDML (Ret.) Tony Cothron welcoming remarks and NIP update
•Introduction of CAPT Himes and CDR Castleberry by CAPT (Ret.) Bob Allen
•CAPT Himes and CDR Castleberry remarks
•Q & A moderated by Bob Allen: Please email questions before or during teleconference to: bob_allen36@hotmail.com

Format: Teleconference; Dial in: (425) 436-6200; Access Code: 571920
(Please sign in beginning at 5:45 EDT, do not choose "host," and be certain to mute your phone.)

Thursday, 4 June 2020, noon – 12:30pm EDT - Virtual - "Words Matter: How We Talk About the Pandemic" is topic of this discussion hosted by Georgetown University Press et al.

Georgetown University Professor in the department of linguistics Deborah Tannen on Words Matter: How We Talk About the Pandemic.
We encourage you to submit your thoughts and questions ahead of time via social media using #BooksforaBetterWorld and tagging us on Facebook and Twitter.
Register for the event here or to view other upcoming Georgetown University Press virtual events.

Thursday, 25 June 2020, noon – 12:30pm EDT - Virtual - "Russian Cyber Operations in a Year of Crisis" is topic of this discussion hosted by Georgetown University Press et al.

US Naval Postgraduate School Lecturer Scott Jasper on Russian Cyber Operations in a Year of Crisis.
We encourage you to submit your thoughts and questions ahead of time via social media using #BooksforaBetterWorld and tagging us on Facebook and Twitter.
Register for the event here or to view other upcoming Georgetown University Press virtual events.

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.
Sizes of (M) men or (W) women shirts; Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL, and XXXL. At this time all orders will arrive as Short Sleeve shirts.
You may pay by check or credit card. Complete your order online here or mail an order along with payment to: AFIO, 7700 Leesburg Pike, Ste 324, Falls Church, VA 22043-2618. Phone orders at 703-790-0320. If interested in other shirt colors or sleeve lengths, contact Annette at: annettej@afio.com.

Long-Sleeved Shirts and Hooded Sweatshirts with embroidered AFIO Logo

Show your support for AFIO with our new long-sleeved Polo Shirts and Hooded Sweatshirts.

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.

The Hooded Sweatshirts are dark grey; the price is $70 and includes shipping. 

Purchase a shirt and sweatshirt for yourself and consider as gifts for colleagues, family, and friends.

Both items are available in men's sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL, and XXXL. The long-sleeved Polo Shirts and Hooded Sweatshirts are not available in ladies' sizes.



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.

This handsome large, heavy USA-made ceramic mug is dishwasher-safe with a glazed seal. $35 per mug includes shipping. Order this and other store items online here.

MousepadAFIO's Intelligence Community Mousepads are a great looking addition to your desk...or as a gift for others.
Made in USA. Click image for larger view.

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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