AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #43-20 dated 17 November 2020

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Section IV - Research Requests, Jobs, Obituaries

Research Requests



Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

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How the Art of Deception was Used by IC and Military.
U.S. Naval Institute October Intelligence Program available for immediate viewing:

David Copperfield: Magic, War, and Intelligence was the program the U.S. Naval Institute hosted in October. It featured world-renowned magician David Copperfield and former Acting Director of the CIA John McLaughlin on a historical journey as they discussed how the art of deception was used to help the military and the intelligence communities. In addition to entertaining audiences for centuries, magicians have used their skills in the art of deception to help the military and the intelligence community. Runs 36 minutes. Brief online registration to immediately view streaming video. View video here.

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

Recommended Reads:

The Arkin Group's November 13 "In Other News" letter to private clients by former Operations Officer Jack Devine features...
• The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported that Iran now has more than 12 times the amount of enriched uranium allowed under the multilateral nuclear deal signed with China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, and the US in 2015.
• President Trump has signed an executive order prohibiting U.S. firms or individuals from investing, either via direct share ownership or through funds (including emerging markets and mutual funds), in 31 companies the U.S. has labeled as providing support to modernization of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA).
• Political turmoil hit Peru this week when the Peruvian congress ousted President Martín Vizcarra on corruption allegations and installed speaker Manuel Merino as president.

Inside the SCIF by JJ Green, WTOP - Issue #89, 12 November has Death in helicopter crash in Egypt; Presidential Transition and Risk of Secrets; Putin's Nuke-Proof Command Post; Sitrep Russian Spy Ships in Scotland; more.
And in The Target USA podcast, Episode: 250 — "Trump, Debt and the Many Secrets He Knows" discusses worries of Larry Pfeiffer, former CIA Chief of Staff and White House Situation Room Director. Podcast is here.

More from Jeff Stein's "SpyTalk" Series

for Nov 16: "A Real life Tehran Spy Thriller"
The assassination of a top Al Qaeda agent in Iran has enough plot twists for its own TV series
Article continues here

Readers can subscribe for free at the moment here.

Special Life Insurance Offer for Our Members:

With Open Season upon us, we created a new announcement regarding the VOYA Life Insurance program for Federal Employees. This program is very competitive and in many cases saves Feds thousands of dollars when compared to FEGLI. The coverage can be provided either as a replacement to FEGLI or as supplemental coverage. In either case, it is underwritten by VOYA, one of the country's largest Life Insurance organizations and provided by Starr Wright USA.

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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 November 10th featuring some of their newest items:

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.

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:

Considerable work has been done on AFIO's LinkedIn and YouTube video pages.

Members who use social media will find new announcements and other material on the pages of these two sites: on LinkedIn and YouTube. One can be notified as new material appears on those pages.

Latest Video: Interview with Dep Asst Sec for IC Integration at Treasury

Released 17 November 2020

AFIO Now Series Interview #8: Everette Jordan
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence Community Integration, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, US Department of the Treasury

Interview of Thursday, 30 October 2020 of Everette Jordan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence Community Integration, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, US Department of the Treasury. Interviewer: Deborah Bonanni, former Chief of Staff, NSA, AFIO Board Member. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President, a former CIA Operations Officer.

TOPIC: Everette Jordan's long and impressive career in the Intelligence Community, including his decades at NSA, DOD, his creation of the National Virtual Translation Center working with the FBI, and his current "Follow the Money" position at Treasury's Office of Intelligence and Analysis where his group tracks, with CIA and the National Counterterrorism Center, complex foreign and domestic financial transactions to ensure they are not being used to underwrite terrorism or other unlawful activities. Provides many pointers for young people considering careers in the IC. Great quote: He had concern over some of the challenging, unusual assignments which put him out of his comfort zone. A wise colleague quipped: "Everette... being 'out of your comfort zone' is your comfort zone." Trusting himself and that gift, made him a success in multiple ventures and enabled him to sidestep the swirl of national politics to keep his group focused on doing the mission. He shares that and many other insights for experiencing an exciting, challenging career in numerous agencies. The interview runs 30 minutes which includes numerous Q&As.

Access Jordan video here or click above image.

Prior videos in series:

Interview #7: David Robarge, CIA Chief Historian, PDB Editor

Interview #6: Nicholas Dujmović, Professor, Author, former CIA Historian, PDB Editor

Interview #5: Shelby Pierson, Election Threats Executive, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Interview #4: David Priess PhD, Author, former Senior CIA Analyst and PDB Briefer

Interview #3: Bruce Riedel, former CIA Senior Analyst, Served on National Security Council during Iraq War

Interview #2: Martin C. Faga, former Director, National Reconnaissance Office

Interview #1: Joseph W. Augustyn, former CIA Clandestine Services Officer

Series Introduction: Stewart Baker, Chairman, and James Hughes, President

Other items brought to our attention:

Cooking Your Enemies with Microwaves: Ruthless New Chinese Strategy

China 'used secret microwave pulse weapon to cook Indian soldiers alive' and force them into retreat in Himalayan border battle
Electromagnetic weapons were allegedly used on disputed Himalayan border. They cleared out Indian troops without violating ban on gunfire, a professor said. It came weeks after soldiers fought with rocks and clubs in a deadly brawl
By Tim Stickings for Mailonline, 17 November 2020.
Chinese troops used 'microwave' weapons to force Indian soldiers to retreat by making them violently sick during a Himalayan stand-off, a professor has claimed. The electromagnetic weapons which cook the human tissue of enemy troops 'turned the mountain tops into a microwave oven' and made the Indian soldiers vomit, international studies expert Jin Canrong told his students in Beijing. The microwave weapons heat water molecules in the same way as the kitchen appliance, targeting water under the skin and causing increasing amounts of pain to the target from ranges of up to 0.6 miles away. Article continues here.

Also see: China turns Ladakh battleground with India into a 'microwave oven' by Didi Tang, Beijing Tuesday November 17 2020, 12.00am GMT, The Times
China and India have been engaged in a high-altitude border standoff in the Ladakh region since April. China's military used microwave weapons to force Indian troops to retreat during a months-long border standoff in the Himalayas, according to an account that has emerged in Beijing. Its forces had turned two strategic hilltops that had been occupied by Indian soldiers "into a microwave oven," forcing them to retreat and allowing the positions to be retaken without an exchange of conventional fire, according to Jin Canrong, a professor of international relations at Beijing-based Renmin University. Article continues here (but is behind a paywall)

OSS Society Video Tribute to MG Victor J. Hugo Jr., USA (Ret.)

An inspiring 14-minute video of the life of this intelligence and special operations leader and patriot. Click image above to view Vimeo video. This same tribute video appears in Small Wars Journal cited in this issue here.
AFIO's obituary for MG Hugo appeared here.

Also available from The OSS Society is its previously-recorded "An "OH SO SOCIAL" conversation series celebrating the OSS' 75-year legacy.
Event was moderated by the Hon. Michael G. Vickers. Videos include: A Third Special Operations Forces Revolution; Current & Future State of Special Operations Forces; National Security Challenges for the Next Adminnistration & INR75; The Bureau of Intelligence & Research; The Future of Intelligence; and OSS75 -- Its Legacy & Lessons.
All of these may be accessed here.

Op-Ed From Palantir USG, Inc.

Forget the AI Race. Let's Invest in a Data Grid for AI
By Akash "Aki" Jain, President, Palantir USG, Inc.

Neil Armstrong's small step for man in 1969 was a symbolic resolution to the Cold War's most visible global security power struggle: The Space Race. As victor, the U.S. proved its technological superiority, leading the Soviets to largely concede the space domain to the U.S. More broadly, the U.S. ability to come from behind demonstrated the underlying strength of its economic, technological, and scientific systems.

Today, we are in another pursuit for technological superiority – what has been dubbed the artificial intelligence (AI) Race. However, unlike the lunar landing, the so-called "AI Race" has no clearly defined finish line. We know we have an immediate competitor (China), but how will we know if – and when – we have won? The ambiguity around this question is why I believe we need to forget the notion of a singular AI Race and instead focus our efforts on building a data infrastructure to tackle any AI challenge.
Op-Ed continues here

Harvard's Belfer Center Offering Online Executive Education Programs in Intelligence and Cybersecurity

Senior Executives in National and International Security November 30 – December 11, 2020
Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology January 11-15, 2021

for Military and Intelligence Community Members Seeking Degrees in Intelligence Analysis

Indiana State University's School of Criminology & Security Studies rolled out a new program for members of the military and intelligence Community who want or need to complete undergraduate (B.S.) or graduate (M.S.) degrees in Intelligence Analysis or Cyber-Criminology. The program features concentrations in Intelligence Operations, Intelligence Collection, Counterintelligence, and Criminal Intelligence.
The program can be completed face-to-face (in the classroom) or completely on-line or any combination of F-2-F and on-line.
Because the program interfaces with Army and Air Force ROTC programs on campus, the ISU degree program can also lead to a military commission in the Active, Reserve, or National Guard Army and USAF components. The program also works closely with Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Active, Reserve, and National Guard units to provide world-class educational opportunities to all members of the military, as well as the Intelligence Community and Law Enforcement Community.
ISU's Intelligence Analysis program encourages students to take advantage of additional classes with the Language Department, where students can acquire career enhancing proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, French, and Japanese languages.
ISU invites you to call or visit the School of Criminology & Security Studies webpage or contact one of our faculty or staff for more information. Inquiries to

Newly Released, Overlooked, or Forthcoming Books

Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live
by Nicholas A. Christakis MD PhD
(Little Brown, Spark, Oct 2020)

A piercing and scientifically grounded look at the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic and how it will change the way we live. (Daniel Gilbert)
A riveting account of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as it swept through American society in 2020, and how the recovery might unfold in coming years. Draws on dimly remembered historical epidemics, contemporary analyses, and cutting-edge research from a range of scientific disciplines. Physician, sociologist, and public health expert Christakis explores what it means to live in a time of plague — an experience that is paradoxically uncommon to the vast majority of humans who are alive, yet fundamental to our species.

Unleashing new divisions in our society as well as opportunities for cooperation, this 21st-century pandemic has upended lives in ways that will test, but not vanquish, our already frayed collective culture. Features provocative arguments and examples from medicine, history, sociology, epidemiology, data science, and genetics, positing what happens when the great force of a deadly germ meets the enduring reality of our evolved and restive social nature.

Book may be ordered here.

Unclassified: My Life Before, During, and After the CIA
by Richard J Kerr
(Rand-Smith LLC, Feb 2020)

Kerr, a former Deputy Director of the CIA, recounts how he joined the Agency fresh out of college as a GS7 analyst/clerk. During his more than 30 years, he rose through the ranks quickly, serving in all four directories—Intelligence, Operations, Administration, and Science/Technology (reaching Director level in both Intelligence and Administration)—before eventually becoming Deputy Director (DDCI).

Kerr was responsible for many highly visible tasks such as providing the US President with a daily briefing of CIA intelligence. He was known for his stabilizing influence during his tenure and his ability to address countless "hot button" issues. He also established a reputation for his integrity and objectivity when presenting CIA findings to high-ranking officials.

Now retired, Kerr has the opportunity to reflect on his many experiences and he even shares his thoughts on how someone working in the intelligence community should consider approaching an administration that does not understand how useful agencies like the CIA can be when managing world issues.

Book may be ordered here.


Germany Charges Press Office Worker with Spying for Egypt. German prosecutors say they have formally charged an employee of the government's press office with spying for an Egyptian intelligence service.

Federal prosecutors said Monday that the man, identified only as Amin K. for privacy reasons, had used his position in the press office's visitor service to obtain information for Egypt's General Intelligence Service, or GIS.

Prosecutors said the suspect, a German citizen with family roots in Egypt, took up his espionage activity from July 2010 on instructions from the Egyptian embassy in Berlin. [Read more: AP/16November2020]

Intelligence Probe into Beirut Explosion Lays Out Liabilities. A detailed report by Lebanon's elite Information Branch intelligence agency has found a host of state officials and security agencies responsible for a massive explosion in Beirut's port in August that killed some 200 people.

The 350-page report, which has been handed to the public prosecutor's office but not made public, drew on investigations by the Information Branch itself, in addition to probes by the military police and judiciary in the days after the August 4 explosion that destroyed large parts of the capital, injured more than 6,500 people and initially left hundreds of thousands homeless.

The Information Branch is the intelligence wing of Lebanon's Internal Security Forces, a prominent security agency that has led investigations into bombings and attacks since the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. [Read more: Azhari/AlJazeera/16November2020]

Russia to Ban Several EU Officials in a Reciprocal Move to Navalny Case Sanctions. Europe's entry ban on several Russian officials over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny has hit back, as the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs has announced that the government will reciprocate the move and ban several EU officials.

During an online conference last week, Minister Lavrov announced that Kremlin would impose sanctions on Germany and France, including entry bans on senior staff in the offices of the heads of Germany and France.

"Since these sanctions directly concern senior staff of the presidential administration of the Russian Federation, our response sanctions will mirror them," Minister Lavrov said.

He, however, did not specify the number of officials that would be affected by the entry ban or any of their names. [Read more: schengenvisainfo/17November2020]

Intel Community Readies Postmortem on Foreign Interference in 2020 Election. The U.S. intelligence community has begun compiling an authoritative account of foreign interference and influence efforts made during this year's election - a report that could answer whether the nation's defenses held up as well as they initially appeared.

The product, including a potential public release by or sometime in January, could also guide the incoming Biden administration and Congress as they look to protect future national elections. And it could bolster or undermine last week's declaration by a group of local, state and federal officials that "[t]he November 3rd election was the most secure in American history."

"Before we reach [a] conclusion, let's wait for the after-action report, so we can really get an analysis of what did happen and what didn't happen," said Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. [Read more: Matishak/Politico/17November2020]

Half-Nephew of Kim Jong Un in CIA Custody, Report Says. The half-nephew of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was taken into CIA custody, but his whereabouts are unknown, according to a recent report.

Kim Han Sol was taken to an undisclosed location after a meeting with CIA agents, The New Yorker reported. Kim was expected to arrive at Schiphol Airport outside Amsterdam in 2017, but went missing en route while accompanied by a CIA agent. Kim is the son of Kim Jong Nam, the man who was assassinated on Feb. 13, 2017, at an airport in Malaysia.

The rescue of Kim Han Sol and his family was made possible with the help of Free Joseon's Adrian Hong Chang and Christopher Ahn, a former U.S. marine. The two men were also involved in a raid on the North Korean Embassy in Spain in 2019.

Free Joseon, sometimes known as Cheollima Civil Defense, has often been identified as a North Korea government-in-exile. [Read more: Shim/UPI/17November2020]


The Australian Secret Intelligence Service: 007 Blessing and Curse. When intelligence folk smell roses, they look for the funeral. That bit of spy lore is about finding the opportunity in the threats (or vice versa).

The lore hints at the mystique of the trade: the allure of secrets.

As a former head of Oz spies (the Australian Secret Intelligence Service) and spy-catchers (the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation), David Irvine takes a droll view of the forbidden-fruit fascination of both secrets and sex. Irvine cites this wonderful bit of fruitiness from a top British diplomat, Rodric Braithwaite:

‘The subject of intelligence attracts attention out of proportion to its real importance. My theory is that this is because secrets are like sex. Most of us think that others get more than we do. Some of us cannot have enough of either. Both encourage fantasy. Both send the press into a feeding frenzy. All this distorts sensible discussion.' [Read more: Dobell/TheStrategist/15November2020]

New Russian for STEM Course Prepares Students for Global Careers. Did you know, federal agencies have identified Russian as a priority language of national need?

A new course at the University of Kentucky aims to meet that need by preparing students for careers as global language professionals.

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MCLLC) in the College of Arts and Sciences strives to teach students how to read, speak and write in various languages on matters ranging from poetry to politics. Now, with support from an Alternative Textbook Grant from UK Libraries, RUS 410G: Russian for STEM prepares students for diverse career paths by focusing on subjects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"At the core of this project is a recognition that students graduating from our program should be poised to engage with Russia as a fully modern, technological and scientific global power," Molly Blasing, an assistant professor of Russian studies who developed the course, said. [Read more: Piercy/UK/17November2020]

Watch: Video in Honor of the Late Major General Victor J. Hugo, Jr., USA (Ret.) MG Victor Hugo died from COVID-19 in April and was interred at Arlington yesterday. This 13 minute video is a fitting tribute to him. MG Hugo was at the tip of the spear for so many important missions in the Army and after his retirement and many are recounted in this short video. It is very much worth watching His life was full of more adventure than you could read in a novel. And he made lasting contributions to our national security much as a result of his Special Forces training, experience, and expertise. We should all aspire to live up to his example. [Watch here: SmallWarsJournal/14November2020]

'Neither Confirm Nor Deny': Film Review. In 1976 Clive Cussler published Raise the Titanic!, a novel in which a team of undersea adventurers attempted to bring the famous shipwreck to the surface and recover its treasures. But Cussler's hero Dirk Pitt was late to this game: For the previous six or seven years, the CIA had been secretly attempting something similar in the real world, with a much more dangerous treasure in mind.

Adapting a nonfiction book written by that project's director, Philip Carter's Neither Confirm Nor Deny chronicles the massive amount of work (and money) the CIA put into an effort to retrieve a Soviet submarine that sank in the Pacific Ocean in 1968. Full of period footage and storytelling from three of the men most responsible for the project, the film gets much of its appeal from context: As we're reminded in the background here, the '60s and '70s were not exactly glorious years for covert operations by operatives of the U.S. government. This plot, though, was about as morally defensible as they come.

The sub in question was equipped with multiple nuclear missiles, and when it sank after some kind of accident, the Russian government didn't know exactly where to look. [Read more: DeFore/HollywoodReporter/13November2020]


Spooks and Satellites: the Role of Intelligence in Cold War American Space Policy. In 1978, Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) Admiral Stansfield Turner declared that the "Russians can kill us in space." Shortly thereafter, President Carter approved the Pentagon's request to test an anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon to place greater pressure on the USSR over ASAT arms control. Reagan Administration officials regularly invoked intelligence on Soviet space activities to justify both the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and the Miniature Homing Vehicle (MHV) ASAT program. The declassified intelligence record reveals that the US Intelligence Community was less alarmist in its assessments of Soviet military space capabilities than some public statements suggested. Intelligence did, nevertheless, play a direct role in the decisions to develop US ASATs, and later to justify space-based missile defense. Perhaps most interestingly, the Reagan administration systematically released sanitized intelligence on Soviet military capabilities in the publication Soviet Military Power to garner greater support for SDI. Now, with the declassification of relevant national security documents on Soviet space activity, it is possible to better understand the role of intelligence in shaping American space policy during the Cold War. [Read more: Bateman/TheSpaceReview/16November2020]

Nigeria: The Intelligence Community and the New Challenges. Crisis is an opportunity to make good on big changes. So never waste a good crisis. The late British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill (30 November 1874-24 January 1965) once wrote,"never let a good crisis go to waste". After the brutal assassination of General Murtala Ramat Mohammed (8 November 1938 – 13 February 1976), GCFR, on February 13, 1976, the central government realized that the coup d'etat caught the government unawares. To rectify the situation and to prevent future occurrence, the government decided to reform the security apparatus in the country. Earlier the internal security of Nigeria was under the supervision of the Nigeria Police Force headed by Alhaji Muhammadu Dikko Yusuf (1931-2015) from Katsina. Prior to the coup, internal security and intelligence was handled by the police Special Branch, a Secret Police, while external intelligence was conducted by the Research Department (RD), a unit of the External Affairs ministry.

The Central Government then enacted decree 27 of 1976. The decree signed into law by General Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, was for creation of the National Security Organisation of Nigeria (NSO). [Read more: Teniola/TheCable/12November2020]

History: Lost Capitol Hill: The Carroll Arms Hotel. I was asked about this hotel a few months ago, but then became sidetracked with other questions. I wanted to return to it, for reasons that I trust will be obvious over the next few weeks.

Operating a hotel near the Capitol has always been a no-brainer. The people coming to D.C. for the express purpose of visiting the Capitol or interacting with members of Congress have always been a steady clientele for such ventures. But it it were just these honest visitors, it would hardly make for any interesting stories.

The Carroll Arms Hotel was a Capitol Hill institution for over 40 years, located as it was at the corner of 1st and C Streets NE, right across the street from the Senate Office Building. Built in 1936 by Thomas Pickford, it was operated by Jefferson L. Ford, who leased the building for 10 years. The hotel opened on January 4, 1937. It was described as being "an apartment hotel," with 100 rooms over five floors. It had "mostly one-room apartments with the new ‘pullman' type kitchens." It had a brick exterior whose ornamentation could be described as Colonial.

The new venture was a hit with one group right away: Members of Congress. [Read more: Pohl/TheHillIsHome/16November2020]

The President's Daily Brief and Presidents-Elect: A Primer. Incoming U.S. presidents inherit institutions to help them gain insight into the capabilities and intentions of global competitors. These tools include the President's Daily Brief, or PDB, which contains the nation's most sensitive intelligence reporting and analysis.

The president-elect's toolkit overlaps with that of the president. For more than 50 years, components of the intelligence community have delivered the top-secret PDB to the commander in chief every working day. Along with other support, the PDB helps the president remain the world's best-informed person on a wide range of national security challenges.

A president-elect is normally brought into this briefing process early in the transition to support a smooth transfer of power and to avoid national security vulnerabilities on or after inauguration. [Read more: Priess/Lawfare/17November2020]

Section IV - Research Requests, Jobs, Obituaries

Research Requests

Did you work in CIA's Alec Station or bin Laden Issue Station?
Author of four-volume history of anti-American terrorism at home and abroad from Eisenhower through Trump administrations would like to connect with anyone who worked in the CIA's Alec Station or Bin Laden Issue Station for assistance in writing an accurate profile of the unit for volume III (Clinton and Bush administrations). Please contact Dennis Pluchinsky at

The Vienna Tunnel - "Operation Silver" - Researcher Seeks More Info

After retiring from the CIA I ended up living in Vienna, Austria and got interested in the "Vienna Tunnel."  It was a SIS/MI6 operation from 1949-52 or so which tapped Soviet phone lines between Soviet HQs and Moscow. It was the inspiration for the Berlin Tunnel in that same era. Very little information has been made public about the Vienna Tunnel and much of the information doesn't seem to make sense. If you have any ideas for how to find this tunnel or knowledge about this operation I would love to hear from you at Than you in advance,  -Hans

Did you know: Eloise Page, Elizabeth Sudmeier, Adelaide Hawkins, or Mary Hutchison at CIA? Or have insights on Women in Intelligence? Please assist this author.

Nathalia Holt, Ph.D., author of Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars, is writing a book about the history of women at the CIA during the Cold War. She is eager to interview retired and active intelligence professionals, both men and women, to gather insight into the role of women at the CIA. She is particularly interested in those who knew Eloise Page, Adelaide Hawkins, Mary Hutchison, and Elizabeth Sudmeier. The CIA public affairs office is cooperating. The book will be published by Penguin Random House. The aim is to highlight the untold successes of the CIA during the early Cold War period and the role of women officers. If you would be willing to chat and share your insights, please contact Nathalia at or 805-616-1690 (phone, text or Signal app). Holt's book Rise of the Rocket Girls was a New York Times best-seller and received glowing reviews. USA Today called her book, "Illuminating… these women are vividly depicted at work, at play, in and out of love, raising children — and making history. What a team — and what a story!" Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, and Time. She is a former fellow at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard University.

Replies to Nathalia Holt PhD at More info on this author at or @nathaliaholt


Full Time Assistant Professor for Intelligence Studies Program at Catholic University, Washington, DC

AFIO Members with Academic Credentials! Potential Full Time Teaching Opportunity in 2022 in Catholic University's Intelligence Program
University located at 620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC

Former CIA officer and staff historian Nicholas Dujmovic retired in 2016 to become the founding director of the Intelligence Studies Program at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. The program is successful and growing. The undergraduate Certificate in Intelligence Studies currently has 76 students enrolled--the largest such program on campus. The program continues to expand the number of intelligence courses offered, as well as their variety.

Dr. Dujmovic is optimistic that a full time position at the assistant professor level will open in the summer of 2022.
He is reaching out early to the AFIO community to identify potential candidates with the following attributes:

  • Significant service (at least 15 years) as a professional intelligence officer involved in analysis, operations, technical collection, or possibly support. A recent retiree closing a successful career would be ideal.
  • A Ph.D. from an accredited university in political science, history, area studies, a comparable field or a relevant STEM field.
  • Teaching experience at the university level, either undergraduate or graduate.
  • Evidence of past scholarship and a willingness to engage in further research and publication, consistent with CUA's commitment to excellence as a "research university."
  • An enthusiasm for teaching and advising mostly undergraduate students.

AFIO members wishing to learn more are encouraged to contact Dr. Dujmovic at

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice - UTEP - University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso's College of Liberal Arts, Department of Criminal Justice, is seeking a full-time tenure-track "Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice."
Position Description: The position begins Fall 2021 at the Assistant Professor level. Responsibilities include conducting and publishing scholarly research, seeking extramural funding, teaching face-to-face and online courses, and service to the department, university, and profession.
About UTEP: The University of Texas at El Paso is a Carnegie R1 and Community Engaged research university in the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region, in a bicultural metroplex of over 800,000 people. UTEP faculty are nationally recognized for their commitment to student success, teaching, and research. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students, of whom nearly 80 percent are Latino/Latina. UTEP provides equal access and social mobility for over 50% of its student body of first generation students. UTEP comprises 10 academic colleges/schools. The Department of CJ offers an online B.A. in Security Studies, a Master of Science in Intelligence and National Security and a Master of Defense and Strategic Studies. The department also offers a B.A. in Criminal Justice, an equivalent 100% online B.A., and an M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Criminology or closely related field in Intelligence and/or Security Studies from an accredited university. ABD applicants will be considered if doctorate will be completed by Fall 2021. Active research agenda and published scholarly journal articles are required to apply. Applicants with only a J.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D. will not be considered.
Preferred Areas: All research/teaching areas of criminal justice and criminology will be considered, but preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated teaching and/or research areas in at least one of these areas: security studies, open source intelligence, or quantitative methods/statistics.
Application Instructions and Contact Information: To apply, visit Applicants must electronically submit: (1) letter of interest that includes teaching areas and research expertise, (2) curriculum vita, (3) one scholarly publication or dissertation manuscript, and (4) names and full contact information of three references that we may contact. If you have questions about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Egbert Zavala, at
Application Review Date: Review of applications will begin October 5th, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.
Hiring decisions are based on budget approval. To explore UTEP, do so here. To apply for the position, contact Dr. Zavala at

JTSUSA Has numerous career and part-time assignments available for cleared former military personnel. See listing here. Or contact or visit 

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 (


Dick Buzzelli, ONI Cyber Warfare Pioneer

Richard Albert Buzzelli, 84, a Naval Intelligence Cyber Warfare Pioneer, died 3 November 2020 in Leesburg, VA.
Born in Blairsville, PA, he was a proud byproduct of a small Western PA town, routed in a strong work ethic and surrounded by a large extended family. Dick graduated from Blairsville High School in 1954 and attended VMI, ultimately graduating from IUP and later receiving his master's degree from Villanova University. He started his career as a teacher and football coach in Western PA.
In 1969 he moved to northern Virginia where he started a 27-year career at the Office of Naval Intelligence.
"Dick" Buzzelli worked at NAVSTIC (Navy Scientific and Technical Intelligence Center) starting in the late 1960s. He was a Soviet Navy Communications capacities analyst. In the 1980s he was a key member of the damage assessment team stood up under then DNI Admiral Bill Studeman to assess impact of the Walker-Whitworth spy rings. At the end of his career, Dick worked closely with Denny Harmon at the Office of Naval Intelligence. Dick was an exceptional analyst and a key leader within ONI on efforts of vital, national importance. His work can only be described as foundational for what today is called Cyber Warfare.
In retirement he enjoyed family and many beach trips to Kiawah Island, SC. Dick had a great passion for hunting and good food and often said, "Sitting at the table isn't about the food, it's about the people." All who knew him and experienced his cooking would agree his hospitality was overflowing and his dinner table always welcomed you. We smile knowing, he is now experiencing a heavenly feast that is hard to imagine. We look forward to sharing in that meal with you someday.
Survived by his wife of 60 years Marge (DeLuca) Buzzelli, three sons, and other family.

Section V - Events


3 Dec 2020, 11:30 a.m. CST - Virtual - "Lessons Learned from 25 Years in Counter-Terrorism" - CIA Operations Officer Bob Dougherty at this San Antonio, TX Chapter virtual event

In the short presentation "Lessons Learned from 25 Years in Counter-Terrorism," veteran CIA operations officer Bob Dougherty utilizes real-world examples from his long operational career with the Agency to illustrate some major lessons he learned throughout his time in the field focused on Counter-Terrorism. Some of these lessons were learned the hard way, and some were taught and demonstrated to him by fellow CIA officers.

Meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. Central Standard Time. If already a SA Chapter Member, mark your calendar. You will be sent a link for the online presentation prior to the meeting. If not a member, contact President John Franklin
There is no charge to attend these meetings.

Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 12 noon PST - Virtual via Zoom - The "Andre Le Gallo" San Francisco Chapter hosts Farhad Mansourian on The Islamic Republic of Iran and the new United States Administration

This meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Registration link is here.

Farhad Mansourian is a former anti-terrorist officer in the Iranian Imperial Army at the time when Islamic Fundamentalists were attempting to overthrow the 2500 year old Monarchy in Iran. Upon the fall of the Shah of Iran, Mr. Mansourian escaped to the United States where he has remained active and in close contact with current Iranian & Middle East events.

Mr. Mansourian has provided high level analysis on Iranian, Middle Eastern and Islamic issues for local, state and numerous federal agencies including the Pentagon, the White House, Pacific Region Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), DEA and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, California. He is the author of many articles published in a variety of national and international publications and numerous radio and television appearances.

Mr. Mansourian brings a unique hands-on and insightful perspectives on the latest events in the Middle East. Some of the topics presented will include: the decision making process in the Islamic Republic of Iran; the role of security and intelligence agencies in that process; upcoming June 2021 Presidential election in Iran, The Biden Administration, The Trump Administration arms deal; what the Iranian leaders say, what they hope for and what the Iranian people want.

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Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 1-2:30 pm EST - Virtual - Project Fallen Angel: An Advanced OSINT Case Study by Ntrepid Academy

Join Ntrepid Academy analysts as they identify and collect information on threat actors operating online in real time. Nicknamed Project Fallen Angel, this webinar features a live demonstration of how to use Nfusion—our managed attribution platform—to operate on encrypted messaging applications, infiltrate closed networks, and conduct advanced OSINT activities across the web. After you've registered, check out the differences between passive and active OSINT in our most recent blog. Explore this and other programs by Ntrepid here.

Thursday, 19 November 2020, 2300/11PM BST; 1800/6PM EST; 1500/3PM PST; 1100/11AM HST - Virtual - NIP September 2020 Virtual Speaker Series

Video Conference (Go to Meeting)
GUEST SPEAKER: Mr. Matt Zullo, Retired U.S. Navy Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Master Chief, CTICM (SS), and author of the book series "The U.S. Navy's On the Roof Gang", tracing the origins of the Navy's radio intelligence organization in the interwar and early years of WWII
TOPIC: "The On The Roof Gang" – The History of the Navy's Cryptologic Pioneers.
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone at this link. You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (872) 240-3311 Access Code: 507-949-765 As always, please mute your device/phone.
AGENDA: • RDML (Ret.) Cothron, NIP Chairman, welcoming remarks. • Introduction to the new NIP READBOOK publication by CDR (Ret.) Sue Himes, NIP Editor. • Introduction of CTICM (Ret.) Matt Zullo and discussion (slide presentation) • Q & A encouraged throughout the presentation moderated by CAPT (Ret.) Bob Allen. - Please ask your questions in the GoToMeeting chat window or email your questions in advance/during the video conference to: Questions will be presented to by the moderator in stride


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