AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #34-20 dated 8 September 2020

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Section IV - Research Requests, Jobs, Obituaries

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Section V - Events

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Recommended Reads:

  • The Arkin Group's September 4 newsletter to clients by former Operations Officer Jack Devine features...
    • Evidence is piling up linking the Kremlin to extralegal assassinations and foreign election meddling, increasing the risk that Russia will face more cohesive pushback from the international community.
    • Indian and Chinese soldiers engaged in another tense standoff for the first time since a clash at the border in June killed at least 20.
    • Latin America's economy will contract by approximately 9.4% in 2020, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Mexico, Argentina, and Peru are likely to see double-digit declines in growth this year, making it the worst economic downturn in the region since WWII. Also see TAG's Special Report: Latin America for more insight.
  • Inside the SCIF by JJ Green - coverage focuses on "Navalny poisoned with Novichok", many other topics.

From The Chekist Monitor

An Interview with KGB/SVR Illegal Intelligence Officer Mikhail Vasenkov aka Juan Lazaro
On March 29, 2020, the Russian state-owned newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta published an interview with Mikhail Vasenkov (aka Juan Lazaro), a KGB/SVR illegal intelligence officer arrested in the FBI counterintelligence operation codenamed Ghost Stories in June 2010 and later exchanged. The interview was conducted by Nikolay Dolgopolov, a well-known journalist and intelligence history author
The Chekist Monitor's English translation of "Interview with KGB/SVR Illegal Intelligence Officer Mikhail Vasenkov."

Continuing Series of Cryptologic Museum Webinars on Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Virtual Classroom
ONLINE CYBERSECURITY CHATS by the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation

The Cyber Center for Education and Innovation (CCEI) have been conducting a series of Cybersecurity Chats as part of their special CCEI Cybersecurity Series. These online chats for K-12 students [but older ages would benefit, too], are presented by cybersecurity professionals and experts. General information on the series is here.

There are many online chats that follow and they may be found here.

If you wish to share your own cybersecurity/cryptology expertise, review the instructions here

One of the special benefits of membership in AFIO: access to CIA's inhouse gift shop — the EAA Store.

It requires a quick preapproval process described here to all newly joined and current AFIO members. And then allows you to purchase online their unusual logo'd gift items for self or colleagues. Here is the latest photo EAA released on Sep 4 featuring some of their newest items:

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.


Special Items for our members:

Video Tours of the Intelligence Community...continued

THE NRO: America's Eyes and Ears in Space

Though released four years ago, the above National Reconnaissance Office video provides a quick review of the important space surveillance activities NRO conducts to keep America and our allies safe.
NRO captures signals and images critical to America's safety, reveals threats to the homeland, provides battlefield awareness, supports counternarcotics, surveys the damage from natural disasters, and more. The work is done by the unusual satellites of the National Reconnaissance Office. Learn more in this 13 minute video. [Thank you Marty Faga!]

How the Intelligence Community Briefs Presidential Candidates

Briefing Presidential Candidates in an Election Year - A Joint Online Conference
Wednesday, 23 September 2020, Noon EDT - Virtual Webinar

Participate in a joint program hosted by the Council on Intelligence Issues (CII) and the International Spy Museum as they discuss an important election year matter: "Intelligence Challenges in an Election Year: Briefing Presidential Candidates."
Before a candidate is sworn in as President, the intelligence community provides classified intelligence briefings to candidates during the campaign and to a president-elect during the transition. These briefings are the first step for the IC to "get to know the President" and help shape a new President's Daily Brief, or PDB, which will be delivered only after the election.
Join the following speakers for a discussion of this historic election briefing practice. The panel and issues to be discussed are:

MODERATOR: Dr. Mark Lowenthal, former Assistant DCI for Analysis and Production and author of Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy.
Peter Clement
, Chief of CIA's Presidential Transition Team (2008); PDB daily briefer for Vice-President Cheney, NSC Adviser Rice, and Deputy NSC Adviser Hadley (2003-2004);
Dawn Eilenberger, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence and Assistant DNI for Policy & Strategy, Office of the DNI, she managed DNI's intelligence community's Presidential transition effort (2016);
John McLaughlin, former Deputy Director and Acting Director of Central Intelligence (2000-2004), he provided briefings to candidates, presidents-elect, and to sitting and former presidents; and
John Moseman, previously Chief of Staff, Director of Central Intelligence; CIA Director of Congressional Affairs, served as Senior Advisor to the DNI's Transition Teams for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 elections.

The issues to be discussed are:
• How does the intelligence community prepare for these briefings?
• How have these briefings changed or differed over time?
• Do candidates get "the good stuff"?
• And more.
Q&As will be welcomed.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Tickets are free but all are required to preregister at the link below.

Writers, Officers: Please Provide A Brief Article for This Ongoing AFIO History Project

AFIO's educational project "When Intelligence Made a Difference" seeks writers to identify events throughout history involving any nation or organization when the outcome was affected significantly by intelligence.
AFIO has been publishing edited submissions serially in Intelligencer released two to three times a year. 
To see what has been published, it is available here. Also look at the Fall edition of the journal arriving in the mail of all members and subscribers over the next three weeks.
Those readers interested in contributing an article, should email
For instructors, this project makes a great class assignment. Accepted articles give students a publication credit in a recognized journal.

Chapter Officers (and members): Here are highlights of the 11 August Chapter Presidents Forum by Jim Hughes and Rich Cohn.
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Newly Released, Overlooked, or Forthcoming Books

Dead Doubles: The Extraordinary Worldwide Hunt for One of the Cold War's Most Notorious Spy Rings
by Trevor Barnes
(Harper, Sep 2020)

The dramatic arrest in London on January 7, 1961 of five Soviet spies made headlines worldwide and had repercussions around the globe. Alerted by the CIA, Britain's security service, MI5, had discovered two British spies stealing invaluable secrets from the highly sensitive submarine research center at Portland, UK.  Their controller, Gordon Lonsdale, was a Canadian who frequently visited a middle-aged couple, the Krogers, in their sleepy London suburb. But the seemingly unassuming Krogers were revealed to be deep cover American KGB spies—infamous undercover agents the FBI had been hunting for years—and they were just one part of an extensive network of Soviet operatives in the UK.

In the wake of the spies' sensational trial, the FBI uncovered the true identity of the enigmatic Lonsdale—Konon Molody, a Russian who had lived in California before being recruited by the KGB. Molody opened secret talks with MI5 to betray Russia, but before he had the chance, the KGB blackmailed Britain into spy swaps for him and the Krogers.

Based on revelatory, newly-released archival material and inside sources from around the world, Dead Doubles follows the hunt for the highly damaging Portland Spy Ring.  As gripping as a le Carré novel, this incredible narrative, layered with false identities, deceptions, and betrayal, crisscrosses from the UK to the USSR to the US, Canada, Europe and New Zealand, and brings to life one of the most extraordinary spy stories of the Cold War.

See full review of this work in the Fall 2020 issue of Intelligencer [Batvinis review, page 101] which mailed to all members/subscribers last Friday.

Book may be ordered here.

True or False: A CIA Analyst's Guide to Spotting Fake News
by Cindy L. Otis
(Feiwel & Friends, July 2020) - For Younger Readers

A former CIA analyst provides a history of fake news and gives readers tips how to avoid falling victim to it in this highly designed informative Young Adult nonfiction title.

"Fake news" is not a new phenomenon. From the ancient Egyptians to the French Revolution to Jack the Ripper and the founding fathers, fake news has been around as long as human civilization. Otis take readers through the history and impact of misinformation over the centuries, sharing stories from the past and insights that readers today can gain from them. She provides lessons learned in over a decade working for the CIA, including actionable tips on how to spot fake news, how to make sense of the information we receive each day, and, how to understand and see past our personal biases, to think critically about important issues and put events happening around us into context.

See full review of this work in the Fall 2020 issue of Intelligencer [Oleson Reviews on page 113] which mailed to all members/subscribers last Friday.

Book may be ordered here.

Seconds to Live or Die: Life-Saving Lessons from a Former CIA Officer
by Robert Montgomery
(Guard Well Defense, July 2020)

We never know when violence might be visited upon us—at home, in the workplace, at school—anywhere. Crime, sexual assaults, threats to our children, and mobs, "peaceful protesters," arsonists and looters, terrorist attacks are all part of the domestic and global landscape.

There are concrete measures anyone can take to mitigate danger and if necessary, to fight like a sociopath to defeat a sociopath. Montgomery seeks to help you prevail in the face of unexpected violence. Drawing on his experiences as a career CIA operations officer, he offers proven methods in self-protection for you and your family at home, on the street, and abroad.

Learn to to control fear, hone your situational awareness, and when the unimaginable happens, cycle through denial, deliberation, and into action to effectively fight for your life—irrespective of gender, experience, or physical ability. In violence, every second can mean the difference between finding yourself above dirt—or six feet under.

Montgomery served for thirty-four years as a CIA Clandestine Services Officer, posted to some of the most dangerous hotspots. A former Marine, he is the founder of Guard Well Defense LLC where he provides training courses such as Combatives for Women, Improvised Weapons, and Street Smarts for Students and Business Persons.

Book may be ordered here.


Ukrainian Intelligence Counteracts Russian Propaganda and Brings Truth to Foreigners. The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has significantly strengthened secret intelligence capabilities, information and analytical activities, as well as the potential of electronic, air and space intelligence.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said this at the celebrations on the occasion of the Day of Military Intelligence Service of Ukraine, the press service of the head of state reported.

According to Zelensky, military intelligence, through its complex and painstaking daily work, reinforces Ukraine's national security system, its power and independence. And now it is at an important stage of development.

"The efforts of our intelligence agencies contributed to Ukraine's obtaining the status of a NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner," he said. [Read more: Ukrinform/7September2020]

US Intelligence Agencies Warn of North Korean Hackers Running Cyber Attacks Against Banks. Among the nation-state threat actors, North Korean hackers are perhaps the most active in targeting private commercial interests in other countries for profit. A new warning from a collection of US government agencies indicates that they have really stepped up cyber attacks of this nature during the Covid-19 pandemic months, with a group that has been active since 2015 stealing tens of millions this year alone.

The BeagleBoyz group's primary MO has been to focus on fraudulent cash-outs at ATM machines by hacking payment systems, but as of this year it has incorporated social engineering elements into its schemes.

The new warning, which comes in the form of a substantial activity report, was issued by a tandem of US agencies including CISA, the US Treasury, US Cyber Command and the FBI. [Read more: CPOMagazine/3September2020]

New Intelligence: The Venezuelan Navy's Secret Submarine. Venezuela's Navy has a diver transport submarine which is virtually unknown even in defense circles. The minisub is closely related to one recently tested by the U.S. Navy SEALs. Open source intelligence (OSINT) that I have seen strongly points to its presence in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. This is a sophisticated design with both civilian and military applications.

The minisub appears to be a VAS 525 model designed by GSE Trieste in Italy. Evidence of the vessel was unearthed by an OSINT researcher ‘sahureka' who has a track record of unearthing fresh information on Latin American navies. [Read more: Sutton/Forbes/2September2020]

France's Intelligence Chief Joins Effort to Deliver Reforms in Lebanon. France's intelligence chief has joined efforts to push Lebanon to deliver a new government and reforms, Reuters reported Lebanese sources as saying on Thursday, buttressing President Emmanuel Macron's bid to pull the country out of a devastating economic crisis.

Macron is centre stage in international efforts to press fractious Lebanese politicians to address a crisis seen as the biggest threat to Lebanon's stability since the 1975-1990 civil war.

The crisis, caused by decades of corruption and mismanagement, was compounded by a huge August 4 Beirut port blast that killed more than 190 people and ruined a swathe of the capital.

During his visit to Lebanon on Tuesday, Macron gave Lebanese politicians until the end of October to start delivering reform, warning they could face sanctions if corruption gets in the way. [Read more: MiddleEastMonitor/4September2020]


Journalists Can Help Spy Agencies: Intelligence Veteran. Journalists can provide information to Australia's intelligence services without compromising their professional integrity, according to a former army intelligence officer and the executive director of the Australia Defence Association, Neil James.

Responding to a report that long-time ABC foreign correspondent Peter Barnett may have helped Australia's foreign intelligence service in the 1960s and '70s, Mr James said Australians who provided information or analysis to their own government could not be regarded as agents or spies.

"It's up to each Australian what they want to do to help, but the idea that journalists are someone immune from helping I find intellectually and morally wrong," he said. [Read more: Patrick/AFR/7September2020]

Race for Coronavirus Vaccine Starts a New Grand Game of Spy Versus Spy. Chinese intelligence hackers were intent on stealing coronavirus vaccine data, so they looked for what they believed would be an easy target. Instead of simply going after pharmaceutical companies, they conducted digital reconnaissance on the University of North Carolina and other schools doing cutting-edge research.

They were not the only spies at work. Russia's premier intelligence service, the SVR, targeted vaccine research networks in the United States, Canada and Britain, espionage efforts that were first detected by a British spy agency monitoring international fiber optic cables. Iran, too, has drastically stepped up its attempts to steal information about vaccine research, and the United States has increased its own efforts to track the espionage of its adversaries and shore up its defenses.

In short, every major spy service around the globe is trying to find out what everyone else is up to. [Read more: NYTimes/7September2020]

How a Soviet Triple Agent Recruited New Spies in the West. Austrian financier Jan Marsalek disappeared on June 18, the same day the 40-year old was fired from his position as chief operating officer of Wirecard, a German financial services provider. A €1.9 billion hole had been discovered in Wirecard's accounts by an independent auditor and Marsalek had been fingered as the one responsible for it.

Investigative journalists affiliated with Bellingcat, a digital forensic website, suggested that Marsalek fled from Germany to Belarus via Estonia, and then had been taken to Russia by the GRU, Russia's military intelligence service. Further reporting by the Financial Times revealed that Marsalek appeared to have close links to the GRU, which has been very busy of late.

Among the classified materials Marsalek possessed before his escape from Austria were a set of papers related to an investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. Those documents included the formula for Novichok, the deadly nerve agent used by two GRU assassins in their attempted murder of Skripal, a former GRU officer turned MI6 agent, in Salisbury two years ago. The OPCW was able to trace the origin of the papers Marsalek was carrying—it turned out that they had been leaked to him from the Austrian ministries.

If Marsalek's Russian connections are true, he was simply the latest in a long line of Austrian citizens who, whether by accident or design, became hirelings of Moscow. [Read more: DailyBeast/7September2020]

Spying in WW2: How Wartime Espionage Was Just as Dramatic as Fiction. Look 110 miles to the west of Oslo and you'll find the Norwegian county of Telemark. At the heart of it is Rjukan, a town built into the natural cleft between two gigantic mountains. The landscape is inhospitable: the sides of the valley are so steep that for six months of the year the sun cannot be seen. In the depths of winter the temperature can drop to as low as -4°F. On the night of 27 February 1943, the wind was blowing, everything was covered in snow and all was silent. The Nazis had occupied Norway for almost three years and had wasted no time in taking control of the Norsk Hydro plant. Situated on one side of the valley on the outskirts of Rjukan, great pipes, fed by natural waterfalls, used the vast energy of descending water to power great turbine engines. The Nazis had been putting these to use to help produce heavy water, a vital component in their atomic bomb programme.

Some time earlier, Norwegian saboteurs, assisted by British intelligence, had been dropped into the countryside and had skied through treacherous snowy paths. [Read more: HistoryExtra/3September2020]

If You Can Solve This Puzzle Then You Should Apply For the CIA. As a child did you ever dream of working for the Central Intelligence Agency? You know, the CIA? I think I wanted to go in that line of work as a kid, but then I didn't even know what CIA stood for, I just wanted a cool badge. Then I saw "The X-Files" came out and I wanted to work for the FBI, well, I wanted to work with Scully and Mulder; not realizing that it was a step down from CIA agent. Then I realized how hard it must be to even get into the FBI and that dream faded.

If you still dream of joining the nation's premier agency, then maybe take a look at their Twitter page. On Tuesdays, they host #TuesdayTrivia and give you a puzzle to solve (which technically isn't trivia, but what do I know?). Apparently, if you can solve the puzzles, you should really consider contacting them on their careers page. [Read more: Barba/KLAQ/1September2020]


Snowden Pardon:

Edward Snowden Deserves Federal Imprisonment.
Presidents were given the pardon power for two principal reasons:

1. In times of crisis, a timely pardon might be in the country's national interest.
2. When the letter of the law creates an inequity in its application.

Neither situation applies to Edward Snowden. His decision to steal 1.5 million highly classified documents from U.S. intelligence and make them available to journalists and, when published, America's adversaries, is deserving of an extended stay in federal prison.

Snowden filed a request in April to extend his residency permit in Russia for three more years, his lawyer has said. [Read more: Schmitt/InsideResources/6September2020]


Obama Should Have Pardoned Edward Snowden. President Barack Obama should have pardoned Edward Snowden. Now it is up to President Donald Trump to do what's just.

It is ultimately the responsibility of the president to ensure that national security whistle-blowers have an effective and safe avenue to raise concerns that they reasonably believe evidence violations of law, abuse of authority, specific health and safety dangers, environmental threats, gross waste of funds or gross management.

Snowden, who has been living in exile in Russia since 2013, clearly had such reasonable beliefs, and therefore should be pardoned not only for his own work but also to set a precedent for the future safety and efficacy of national security whistle-blowers.

A year before Snowden's revelations, Congress was on the verge of ensuring rights and protections that would have covered all intelligence community contractors, such as Snowden, through the passage of a stimulus bill. [Read more: Clark/InsideSources/6September2020]

The Way in Which the Russian Intelligence Services Operate. Obviously the security system of the Russian Federation was made up of the remains of the KGB, which had been deliberately and perhaps unreasonably disbanded in 1991.

A large part of the "Committee" was destroyed without any plan and then some KGB elements were redistributed in other agencies or even in other non-intelligence offices, by always trying to put the offices and the security apparatus in competition with each other.

A reasonable idea, but to be used in a non-exclusive way.

It should be noted, however, that after the Cold War the Russian Security Services were rebuilt and changed on the basis of the American model. [Read more: Valori/IsraelDefense/3September2020]

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Just Set Another Intelligence Trap For The Russians. On Aug. 28, a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber flew through international air space over the Black Sea. Russian air force Su-27 fighters rose to the meet the B-52, zooming so close to the lumbering bomber that the fighters' twin afterburners rattled the American crew.

American officials objected to the "unnecessary" harassment of their bomber. But the joke was on the Russians. For the B-52 was merely bait in an elaborate, and ongoing, intelligence trap.

Look closely at the transponders in the air at the time of the Aug. 28 intercept. While the Su-27s were needling the Stratofortress, two four-engine RC-135V/W Rivet Joint electronic-intelligence planes - which the U.S. and U.K. air forces use to surveil enemy air-defenses - were loitering nearby, presumably scooping up all kinds of useful data on Russian sensors and communications.

Exactly a week later, the Americans and their friends did it again. [Read more: Axe/Forbes/4September2020]

Section IV - Research Requests, Jobs, Obituaries

Research Requests

Journalist Seeks Former Intelligence Officer Who Served In Covert Capacity or as NOC for Podcast

"My name is Jake Halpern. I teach writing at Yale and a Pulitzer Prize winner. I write for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and many other national publications. I am looking to profile a former intelligence officer who -- sometime in the last several decades -- went undercover. I realize often this work is confidential. I am wondering if, however, there are any former agents who have stories to tell and might talk about their experiences. This would be for a podcast. I am happy to talk about this more or send more information."
Replies to Jake Halpern at or explore more at

Researcher Seeks Documents and Insights on Soviet/Chinese Agitprop Used in US in 60s and 70s

Can you help me find documents/books/articles/people that will provide insight into the efforts of the soviets and Chinese, directly or through their surrogates, to foment conflict and division in the US in the 60s and 70s? I've got the Church hearings, but those hearings were just an attack on the FBI and intelligence ops. I'm primarily interested in Soviet/Chinese support of the anti-war movement, the exploitation of civil rights activists, and their involvement in the drug trade.
Replies to: Thomas Hampson at

Terrorism Author Seeks Your Assistance on Manila Incident in 1996

For volume III of my four-volume study on Anti-American terrorism, I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has information concerning an incident outside the airport that took place on or about November 23, 1996 in Manila, Philippines involving the visit of President Bill Clinton.
Replies to Dennis Pluchinsky at [A 2019 WIN featured two volumes of Pluchinsky's "Anti-American Terrorism: From Eisenhower to Trump - A Chronicle of the Threat and Response" in the 3 December 2019 WIN #46-19 here.]


Seeking Counterintelligence Cyber Instructors for JCITA at Quantico, VA

Operational Intelligence, LLC, an E3/Sentinel company is looking for Counterintelligence Cyber Instructors for JCITA at Quantico, VA.
Duties include creating courses and content to facilitate instruction of cyber methodologies for counterintelligence professionals.
Current DoD TS/SCI Clearance and accreditation from a CI Special Agent course required.
Please contact OI Lead Recruiter Stacey McKinney, C: 571-214-1992 or or E3/Sentinel Principle Rosanna Minchew,

Seeking Counterintelligence Surveillance Instructors for JCITA at Quantico, VA

Operational Intelligence, LLC, an E3/Sentinel company is looking for Counterintelligence Surveillance Instructors for JCITA at Quantico, VA to provide CI subject matter expertise for course development, instruction, and mentorship.
Current DoD TS/SCI Clearance and experience conducting discreet CI Surveillance and CI countersurveillance operations using DoD methodology required.
This position requires work after hours, weekend and travel within the NCR.
Please contact OI Lead Recruiter Stacey McKinney, C: 571-214-1992 or or E3/Sentinel Principle Rosanna Minchew,

Seeking Russian and Arabic linguist positions supporting DIA at Quantico, VA

Russian and Arabic linguist positions supporting DIA at Quantico, VA, available with Operational Intelligence, LLC, an E3/Sentinel company. Active TS/SCI required.
Please contact OI Lead Recruiter Stacey McKinney, C: 571-214-1992 or or E3/Sentinel Principle Rosanna Minchew,

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 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 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 (

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.


John Bacon, CIA Analyst, Office Director
John Edward Bacon, 78, former CIA Analyst, Office Director, died 13 August 2020 in Fenwick Island, DE.
Though John left the Washington DC and Chevy Chase, MD to attend St. Vincent Prep High School in Latrobe, PA, he returned to DC to attend George Washington University. John received his BA from George Washington University and MA from Indiana University.
He was recruited into the CIA in 1966 and served there for 37 years. He served first as an analyst, but subsequently working in several other intelligence disciplines over his career spanning 35 years. John rose to the senior ranks, retiring as an office director in 1997. He paused in that career several times; once to attend the University of Indiana in Bloomington, where he earned graduate degrees in public administration and organizational psychology, and later, when he was assigned to the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA, teaching and developing a new and aspiring cadre of federal senior managers. John loved teaching, and taught undergraduate courses in public administration and behavioral science for the University of Virginia as a part-time adjunct professor for almost 10 years.
After his 1997 retirement, he moved to the waters off the Potomac River in Virginia, where he spent four years building a house on his own, restoring old outbuildings, and writing about the Indians who once lived there for the local historical association. He developed a mentoring program for at-risk kids with the local county, acquiring grants from the state from tobacco settlement funds. He finally settled on the Delaware beaches in 2002 because of his love of the Inland Bays. A sailor and naturalist, he could be found in the summer months on the Rehoboth Bay competing in local small boat races, or cleaning up the bays. He was a volunteer for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Sussex County and active in his local community where he was a board member and served on several committees. John was an avid camper, and many weekends were spent in the state parks around a campfire.
He met his spouse, Carolyn Bacon, in 2005, they married in 2007. She survives him as do three children and other family.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on 17 October 2020 at Mariners Bethel Methodist Church, Ocean View, DE, with Visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m. A celebration of Life will follow from 3 - 5 p.m. at the VFW in Ocean View, DE. Please visit John's Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at

Charles Colman, USAF and USA
Charles Kingsbury Colman, 91, former USAF/USA, died 5 August 2020 in Salem, OR.
He was born in Nashua, NH.
Charles was a veteran, serving with U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army until his military retirement as Chief Warrant Officer (CW2) in 1967. Though military service was a family tradition, education was his passion. After moving his family to Brevard County, FL, he returned to college to complete a Doctorate from Florida Atlantic University. Dr Colman was employed for many years at Satellite High School, serving as Dean of Students, guidance counselor, teacher, and golf coach. In 1982 he worked for Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida State College) where he held senior administrative positions until retiring in 1994 as BCC President Emeritus.
He was married 52 yrs to Marjorie Bahe of Omaha, NE, who died in 2003. Charles then joined his daughter's family in Oregon.
He is survived by two children and other family.

Betty Girvan, Senior NSA Operations Officer
Elizabeth Pike Girvan, 90, former senior NSA Operations officer, died 2 August 2020 in Laurel, MD.
Betty graduated from the Pennsylvania College for Women in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and worked for 40 years at the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, MD. She spent most of her career in the Directorate of Operations, overseeing the production of intelligence on targets of great importance in the Intelligence Community. Her many achievements led to her appointment as a member of the Senior Cryptologic Executive Service, one of only a few women to rise to that level at the time. Betty was also a long-time member of the Phoenix Society.
Betty is remembered for her quick mind, her strong opinions, and her deep commitment of her Lutheran roots. She was a faithful member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church worshiping until she could no longer physically attend.
She is predeceased by her husband, Bill, and will be laid to rest beside him at Arlington National Cemetery
She is survived by a number of relatives and many friends.

Kitty Janson, NSA's CIA Liaison Officer
Kathryn Galt Janson, 99, NSA's CIA Liaison Officer, died 9 August 2020.
She was born in 1920, in Tift County, GA. The Galt family moved to Florida's Space Coast. Her birth record was lost in a fire in Tift County when she was a child. She had an early passion for music and playing the piano and retained a love for classical music throughout life.
Kathryn graduated from Florida State College for Women (FSWC), now Florida State University, in 1942, with an education major and minors in Spanish and French.
Her adeptness with language and music attracted the attention of recruiters for the budding U.S. intelligence community. She worked briefly at Banana River Naval Air Station, which is now Patrick Air Force Base, before accepting a job as the first female intelligence analyst with the Army Signal Corps in Washington, DC in 1942. The Signal Corps eventually evolved into the National Security Agency (NSA) with the Department of Defense. She rose to the position of CIA Liaison Officer with the NSA - a position she held from 1961 until her retirement in 1972. She served with distinction within the intelligence community for 30 years and 8 months, beginning in WWII through the Korean War and into the Vietnam War.
It was when she began with the Army Signal Corps that she met her future husband, Lars Edward Janson. They were married for 56 years and shared mutual interests in music, travel, photography, contemporary art, horticulture, culinary arts, and all things Swedish. After Lars' death in 1999, Kathryn spent much of her time cataloguing and distributing Lars' photographic collection among educational outlets and museum exhibits. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC for 29 years, and was an advocate for social justice and a donor to education, environmental protection and preservation, women's rights, antiracism, democratic values, the arts, and museums, particularly the Smithsonian Institution.
She is survived by several relatives.

Terry McGurn, CIA Senior Analyst
Terence James McGurn, 84, a CIA Senior Analyst/Expert on GPS and Satellite Navigation, died 20 August 2020 in Reston, VA.
Terry was born in Springfield, MA, grew up in Jersey City, NJ, and graduated from St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City.
Terry moved up his draft and served as a radio operator in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, discharged as an SP-3 in 1956. Terry earned a bachelor's and masters' in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and was Asst. Professor of Physics at NJIT from 1960-69. Terry earned his doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in 1969.
Terry spent his career at the Central Intelligence Agency. A very senior analyst and leader, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service where he advised generations of policy leaders and operational leaders of the capabilities of the navigation and positioning of the US and of adversaries and other nations, aligned with the US and unaligned. At the Agency, he developed and implemented methodologies that improved the intelligence community's ability to assess the performance of foreign weapon systems. He also initiated outreach programs to provide the agency's unique resources to the DOD, State, and Transportation in support of U.S. military, political, and economic objectives.
As an expert on the strategic and tactical weapons systems and navigation, guidance and control technologies deployed by potential adversaries, he was able to provide guidance to policy makers regarding the defense of the homeland and of military installations around the world. He briefed at the SECDEF and NSC level for decades. He retired in 2000, the recipient of the CIA Career Intelligence Medal, and numerous Exceptional Accomplishment and Exceptional Performance Awards.
In retirement, he served as a consultant, while continuing to do contract work with the CIA and other agencies, including the DOD, State, the newly established DHS and DOT, providing technology and analysis for their diverse missions including security issues related to satellite and terrestrial navigation worldwide. He served as a member of the GPS Independent Assessment Team and its successor The National Space-Based Position, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board that provides independent advice to the National Executive Committee on GPS-related policy, planning, program management, and funding profiles in relation to the current state of national and international satellite navigation services. He served as a member of The Independent Review Team sponsored by NASA, which bridged civil and military communities' GPS issues.
He also served on various ad hoc teams that address the criticality of satellite navigation to the nation's military and civil infrastructure. He was a member of the GPS World Magazine Editorial Advisory Board and was an active member of the Institute of Navigation. He served CIA and the US Government until days before he passed away.
Terry loved his family, friends, laughter, travel; animals of all kinds, especially his dog Amy and cats Spice and Zoe; music, especially the Great American Songbook and Noel Coward; Broadway musicals; reading, especially history and murder mysteries; boating, dancing, Formula 1 racing, and fishing. He had his private pilot's license and diver certification.
Surviving are his wife of seven years, the former June Tralle, and other family.
He will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery after a service at Memorial Chapel on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in 2021.

Bill Phillips, CIA Operations Officer
William Duncan Phillips, 92, CIA Operations Officer, died of acute congestive heart and kidney failure on 26 August 2020 in Vienna, VA.
Bill was born in Springfield, IL. He graduated from Springfield High School, and the University of Illinois with Honors in Economics in 1949.
Bill served as an officer in the Army's Counter Intelligence Corps in Tokyo during the Korean War. He transferred to the Army Reserves, retiring as a Major.
Bill first worked as a Monroe Calculating Company salesman. He did not like it and soon went to work for the Central Intelligence Agency. He served in the Operations Directorate until retiring at 60, as Chief of one of the CIA's largest and most sensitive Field Station. He and his family lived in Munich, Berlin, Bonn, and Ankara. He received the Agency's Intelligence Medal of Merit.
Bill continued to contribute to the mission of the CIA as a contractor until his retirement at 86.
He was married to Martha June Smith for 30 years and spent many years overseas while raising their four children. Bill later married Ruth Girnis Malecki in 1985 and they enjoyed 35 years together. Ruth survives him, as do their six children and other family.
Bill will be buried in Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, VA.

Marc Powe, Army Intelligence Officer
Marc Bracken Powe Col., US Army (Ret.), 80, Army Intelligence officer, died 2 August 2020.
Powe was born in Dallas, TX, attended Texas A&M University earning his bachelor's degree in history in 1961 and his Master's at Kansas State University in 1974. Powe's military education included extensive anti-terrorism training, progressive military education, concluding with the US Army War College, Joint Attaché training, specializing in Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence training, and hostage negotiating management and crisis management through New Scotland Yard. He was also proficient in Russian, German, Vietnamese, Arabic, and French. Powe served in the U.S. Army for nearly 30 years as a Military Intelligence officer with two tours in Vietnam. While flying in a Mohawk recon aircraft, as a combat aerial observer, both he and his pilot were hit and injured by antiaircraft fire from the Viet Cong that shattered the canopy. Powe earned an Air Medal w/ V device and a Purple Heart.
He served multiple tours as a military attaché stationed in our embassies in Moscow, Baghdad, and Tunisia. For the Moscow tour, he served as the first-ever operations officer for the largest U.S. Defense Attaché Office (DAO) in the world and was awarded the Soldier's Medal while protecting sensitive intel during a fire at the U.S. Embassy. Powe was also the first Defense Attaché (DATT) to serve in the newly re-opened Baghdad Embassy. By November of 1979, following drastic strategic surprises, i.e., the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran, rioters burning US Embassy Islamabad, seizure of the Grand Mosque in Mecca by Islamic radicals, Powe was selected by the Army to prepare an analysis and a course of action plan for our intelligence community and the DOD, including the Army's Delta Force and Joint Special Operations Command.
In 1988, Powe led the U.S.'s clandestine extraction of a much sought-after intact, airworthy Russian Hind-25 attack helicopter after intense negotiations with the Chadians. Powe would simply remark, "I arranged for a series of C-5 flights to provide lift of the Soviet material as I released funds to the Chadians." It was also during that time that Powe "acquired" a Chinese anti-ship missile at the behest of the US Navy. As an accredited Attaché with diplomatic immunity, he was arrested for aggressive observation of secret illegal Russian deliveries of arms equipment to Iraq through Kuwait in 1988. Powe dismissed the incident as routine, but it was reported as "The Powe Affair" in US News and Reports. In 1990, during the Gulf War, he received a "private" award but also received his second DCI Exceptional Intelligence Collector award. In 1992, Powe retired from the Army and became the first-ever Field Security Manager for UNICEF, traveling throughout the African continent, but would return to the Office of Secretary of Defense for African Affairs at the Pentagon where he was working when flight #77 hit the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
Powe was a primary planner in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for the post combat operations for the Iraqi war protracted armed conflict that began in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by a US-led coalition that overthrew Saddam Hussein and was one of the first civilian cadre in country post combat and worked to repair the Iraqi police and Army as a province advisor. Powe had a long history and association with the Defense Intelligence Agency but, perhaps his greatest legacy is his influence on the field of Army Intelligence. Following the publication of a book he co-authored with Col. E.E. Wilson, Evolution of American Military Intelligence, which remains the foundation of military intelligence history, countless Army Intelligence officers have stated it was the catalyst to their careers and patriotism. Today, Powe's works and research reside with the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Center of Excellence historical archive and are known as "the Powe Collection." For his military service, Colonel Powe was awarded many medals. He was a DOD Attaché Hall of Fame inductee and received the DOD Exceptional Civilian Service Award. An outstanding soldier, superb intelligence collector and reporter, best summed up by a former colleague from the Pentagon that Marc B. Powe was "the best of us ... a Shadow Warrior who served this nation."
Colonel Powe will be interred at the Arlington Cemetery in Virginia with full honors in 2021.

Skip Vandover, Naval Intelligence Officer
Harold Johnathan Vandover, 74, Naval Intelligence Officer, of Martinsburg, WV died 20 August 2020 in Hagerstown, MD.
He was born in Pampa, TX, graduated from Oxon Hill High School (MD), and enlisted in the Navy in 1963 when he was 17 years of age. After graduation he entered the Navy full time.
He had several tours of duty, one of them included the family moving to Sigonella, Sicily for four years where he was an Anti-Submarine Warfare technician. In 1977 he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer. In 1980 he was stationed aboard the USS John F Kennedy and he retired in 1985. Upon his retirement Skip took a position with the General Physics Corp. in Columbia MD in their Virginia Beach office working the Deployable Acoustic Readiness Training Systems (DARTS). A year later he was hired by the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) as an acoustics SME in their Forward Area Support Team (FAST) at the Naval Operations Base Norfolk Va. In 1988 Skip was selected to be the Director of the FAST Unit in San Diego CA.
In 1994 he left San Diego to move to Washington DC where he worked for multiple government offices.
Skip was the recipient of several Civilian Naval Commendation and Naval Unit Citations in his 18 ½ years with ONI as well as receiving the Richard J Bryce Memorial Award in 2002. The Bryce Award is presented by the Commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence to the person who has made the most significant contribution to Naval Intelligence Collection. He is also the recipient of the DNI Joint Duty Assignment Award.
In 2003 Skip transferred to the Army Operation Activity at Fort Meade, MD where he helped the Army stand up its indigenous HUMINT Program right at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2004 Skip was employed by the Department of Homeland Security as a fulltime instructor at the DHS Intelligence Training Academy. He retired from Homeland Security in September 2017.
Skip spent over half of his 54 years of government service as an instructor and/or manager of instructional systems. He was a loyal servant to his country.
He was of Baptist faith and attended West End Baptist Chapel, where he was actively involved in the restoration of their new church in the former Winter Street Elementary School in Hagerstown MD.
He is survived by his first wife, Barbara Vandover, his second wife, and many children and other relatives.
A full military service will be held at a later date at West End Baptist Chapel.

Tom Van Wormer, AFIO Chapter Officer
Thomas Eugene Van Wormer, 77, AFIO Chapter Officer, died 9 August 2020 in Monument, CO. He was a long-serving treasurer for the AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter.
He attended the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and was an ROTC cadet. He graduated in 1965 and was commissioned into the US Army. He served 21 years and retired as a Major with several commendations including the Bronze Star.
He held many Army Airborne Infantry assignments, including a short period at an intelligence unit and was known as one who got the job done or fixed the issue. He was tenacious at achieving his goals, a real but down to earth and caring overachiever.
After his military career, Tom was an engineer with Boeing McDonnell Douglas in Huntington Beach, CA, and then moved to TRW in Colorado.

FUNERAL NOTICE for DICK JOHNSON - Obituary was announced in AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #33-20 dated 25 August 2020
His burial will be held at Quantico at 10:30 am on Wednesday, 23 September 2020. Important Note: He will be listed as Richard Joseph Johnson, not Joseph Richard Johnson. Long story that has to do with his enlistment in the USMC back in the 1940s... short version: there was already one Joseph Richard Johnson in the unit so they just casually switched his middle and first names! Incredible, but true.

Section V - Events


Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others

The International Spy Museum has reopened to visitors.

Click here to explore events, exhibits, and ticketing.

Saturday, 19 September 2020 - Zoom Virtual - The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History 75th Anniversary Event

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History presents a virtual symposium focusing on the 75th Anniversary of the ending of WWII. This virtual event will provide an understanding of the Manhattan Project and its implications on the Pacific conflict and following Cold War issues. The panels of distinguished guests will consider current and future concerns and create a public dialogue regarding a path forward for our world and defense concerns.
"They Changed Our World; The 75th Anniversary of World War II and the Use of Atomic Weapons Virtual Symposium" will take place via Zoom Webinar
Two panel sessions will take place, one from 8:30-10:30 am and the second from 10:45 am-1:00 pm. Guests are welcome to register for one or both panel sessions, and advanced registration is required.
One panel session is $25 or both panel sessions are $40 when purchased together.
More Info Here. Museum members and students receive a discount where one panel session is $15 or both panel sessions are $25 when purchased together. Students must provide their valid student email address to receive discount.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020, Noon EDT - Virtual - Briefing Presidential Candidates in an Election Year - A Joint Conference

Participate in a joint program hosted by the Council on Intelligence Issues (CII) and the International Spy Museum as they discuss an important election year matter: "Intelligence Challenges in an Election Year: Briefing Presidential Candidates."
Before a candidate is sworn in as President, the intelligence community provides classified intelligence briefings to candidates during the campaign and to a president-elect during the transition. These briefings are the first step for the IC to "get to know the President" and help shape a new President's Daily Brief, or PDB, which will be delivered only after the election.
Join the following speakers for a discussion of this historic election briefing practice. The panel and issues to be discussed are:

MODERATOR: Dr. Mark Lowenthal, former Assistant DCI for Analysis and Production and author of Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy.
Peter Clement
, Chief of CIA's Presidential Transition Team (2008); PDB daily briefer for Vice-President Cheney, NSC Adviser Rice, and Deputy NSC Adviser Hadley (2003-2004);
Dawn Eilenberger, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence and Assistant DNI for Policy & Strategy, Office of the DNI, she managed DNI's intelligence community's Presidential transition effort (2016);
John McLaughlin, former Deputy Director and Acting Director of Central Intelligence (2000-2004), he provided briefings to candidates, presidents-elect, and to sitting and former presidents; and
John Moseman, previously Chief of Staff, Director of Central Intelligence; CIA Director of Congressional Affairs, served as Senior Advisor to the DNI's Transition Teams for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 elections.

The issues to be discussed are:
• How does the intelligence community prepare for these briefings?
• How have these briefings changed or differed over time?
• Do candidates get "the good stuff"?
• And more.
Q&As will be welcomed.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Tickets are free but all are required to preregister at the link below.

Thursday, 24 September 2020, 1800/6PM EDT; 1500/3PM PDT; 1200/12PM HST - Virtual - NIP September 2020 Virtual Speaker Series

Hold the date. Format: (New!) Planned – Video Conference (Go to Meeting)
Video conference details to be provided in follow up email no later than week of 14 September
GUEST SPEAKER: Ms. B. Lynn Wright, Former Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence (N2N6I) and Director, Naval Intelligence Activity and Independent Consultant, TS Pilgrim, LLC
TOPIC: "Reflections on the evolution of Naval Intelligence from the Global War on Terror to the Era of Great Power Competition: Constants and Disconnects"
AGENDA: • RDML (Ret.) Cothron welcoming remarks and introduction of Ms. Wright; • Ms. Wright's remarks; • Q & A moderated by CAPT (Ret.) Bob Allen: Please wait until called upon to present your questions. If you wish, please email questions before or during video conference to: and they will be presented.

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.
Access all upcoming Spy Museum events directly from their website:

7 November 2020, 14th Annual Parade of Trabants, 10 am - 4 pm
14 November 2020, Operation Secret Sleepover, 7 pm - 9:30 am

22 October 2020, 1 pm EST - Virtual - NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium

Join our colleagues at the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation for their first virtual General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium. The theme of the program is "A Virtual Afternoon at the Museum." For those who do not live in the DC-MD-VA area, this is the perfect opportunity for you to attend the October Meeting/Program AND explore the Museum!
This year's program features a virtual Museum tour, Foundation and Museum updates, and a keynote presentation by Dr. Michael Warner, U.S. Cyber Command Historian and Lt. Col. John Childress, USA. Warner and Childress will speak on themes from their recent book The Use of Force for State Power: History and Future. The book was published in 2020 by Palgrave Macmillan and is also available via Kindle.

*** The program will be free, but registration is required. Stay tuned for the opening of registration and for details on how to view the virtual program. A recording of the program will be made available on our website at a later date.

Full agenda, registration and other details here.

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.

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 - Washington, DC - HOLD THE DATE - 30th Anniversary Gala and Chancellor's Dinner - Institute of World Politics

Refreshingly non-virtual...but an actual event. Shifted one year because of Covid-19 inconveniences.
Join IWP in October 2021 to celebrate IWP's 30th anniversary -- 1990 - 2020.
Schedule: 6:00 PM Cocktail Reception; 7:00 PM Dinner
Location: The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC.
Additional details to follow.


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