AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #19-21 dated 1 June 2021

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Research Requests, Jobs, Obituaries

Research Requests

Jobs

Obituaries

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others

For additional AFIO and other Events two+ months or more... Calendar of Events 

WIN CREDITS FOR THIS ISSUE: The WIN editors thank the following special contributors: rsy, ec, po, pj, mh, km, gh, mk, rd, fm, kc, jm, mr, jg, th, ed, and fwr. They have contributed one or more stories used in this issue.

The WIN editors attempt to include a wide range of articles and commentary in the Weekly Notes to inform and educate our readers. However, the views expressed in the articles are purely those of the authors, and in no way reflect support or endorsement from the WIN editors or the AFIO officers and staff. We welcome comments from the WIN readers on any and all articles and commentary.
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Other items brought to our attention:

New Security Guide for Hosting Virtual Meetings - ZOOM:

  • USE your brower NOT their app
  • require password to sign in
  • Setup 2 factor authentication
  • lock a meeting once it starts
  • invite only meetings
  • list of alternatives

Abbreviated guide is here.


The Arkin Group's May 28 "In Other News" letter to private clients by former Operations Officer Jack Devine features...

  1. China's move to limit cryptocurrencies other than its own digital Yuan is a repressive move advertised as a protective measure.
  2. Anxiety over the Tokyo Olympics is growing, as a major Japanese newspaper and members of the Japanese business community call for the games to be canceled.
  3. Mercenary issue looms large in the backdrop of a recent U.S. visit to Libya, while support by multiple state actors remains necessary for economic security.
  4. An air base under construction on Mayun/Perim Island in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait off the coast of Yemen demonstrates the island's continued appeal, and is likely part of a larger strategic effort to counter threats from Iran-backed Houthi movement.

The Latest... from Jeff Stein's highly popular "SpyTalk" series include a few podcasts...

May 29: "Russian Cyber Swipes Expose U.S. Leadership Gap" by Ronald A. Marks
Biden's new cyber czar slot threatens to add confusion to the top
Article here

May 28: "Update: Pompeo-Backed Oil Company Loses Syria Contract" by Jonathan Broder
Kurdish-led rebel group was counting on billions from oil firm protected by US troops
Article here

May 27: "Pompeo-Backed Oil Company Loses Syria Contract" by Jonathan Broder
Biden administration said to cancel license for firm co-founded by decorated Delta Force officer, Trump donor and oil exec
Article here

May 24: "Is Africa Lost to Islamist Militants?" by Jonathan Broder
Trump withdrawals aided terror group gains. 'The Sahel is lost,' says former top Special Forces commander in Africa. Biden needs to pay attention.
Article here

SpyTalk Podcast:
May 29: "Easy Listening" by Jeff Stein
In Episode Six, "Spies in the Soup," my co-host Jeanne Meserve talks with former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Juliette Kayyem about the mess in DHS' intelligence shop, and I interview Pulitzer winner Barry Meier about his controversial new book, Spooked: The Trump Dossier, Black Cube, and the Rise of Private Spies. Get it here or on Apple or wherever you get your podcasts.

Readers, for a brief time, can subscribe for free for articles and weekend podcasts here.


Inside the SCIF:

Inside the SCIF by JJ Green, WTOP - Issue #115, 27 May has details on Where did COVID-19 originate?, Was there a concerted effort by U.S. government officials to prevent information about certain national security threats from being revealed in 2020? The answer is YES...and here's what and why; How the West Must Handle Lukashenko's Threat to the International Order; John Kirby, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, on latest objectives for Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin including, "What will the U.S. presence in Afghanistan look like after the U.S troop withdrawal?"; Bellingcat on "Understanding Authoritarianism and Kleptocracy in Russia"; US and the Open Skies arms control pact; Russia-linked PR agency disparagement of the Pfizer vaccine; AI software tested on Uyghurs; and more.

The latest Target USA Podcast 278 is on: The Pentagon's new objectives. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs John Kirby lays out the three key objectives; and discusses in detail the threats from adversaries and those that come from within the military itself - like extremism.

And "The Hunt" explores: Terror Concerns in Afghanistan. There are growing concerns that the U.S. troop pullout in Afghanistan will allow terror organizations to launch attacks against the U.S. and its allies.
J.J. Green speaks with John Kirby, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, about this concern, and how the Pentagon is dealing with it.
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Mission Impossible: Tom Cruise's wild stunts and jolting mask-rips have lit the fuse on the Mission: Impossible franchise since 1996. SPYSCAPE peels back some of the top mask moments. View them here and then imagine what masking tradecraft is likely in use and still classified today.

Explore more about disguises with Jonna Mendez, former CIA expert on identity transformationsin this Spyscape podcast: The Art Of Disguise. Hayley Atwell and former CIA Head Of Disguise Jonna Mendez explain how an effective disguise can save your life. Transcript of the podcast is available here.


From the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation:

Did you miss some of these exciting programs. You can view them now at your leisure...

  • 13 May 2021 - NCF Spring Cryptologic Program with Dr. Robert Spalding, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret), DETAILS.
  • 14 April 2021 - NCF 25th Anniversary Kick-Off with Former NSA Directors. DETAILS.
  • 31 March 2021 - #CyberChat with Dr. Sally Botsai. DETAILS.
  • 23 March 2021 - #CyberChat with Ms. Debbie Plunkett (via Nepris). DETAILS.

THE NCMF's #CyberChats, held virtually via their Nepris online classroom, have resumed.

Other NCF Events can be found here on NCF website here, and CCH website here.


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Released today to AFIO members-only...

The Stasi Remains Deeply Embedded and in Power in Post-Unified Germany


Released 1 June 2021

Ralph Hope, Former FBI Special Agent

on his book: The Grey Men: Pursuing the Stasi into the Present

Interview of Friday, 16 April 2021 of Ralph Hope, former FBI Special Agent, on the release of his new book: The Grey Men: Pursuing the Stasi into the Present.
Host-Interviewer: James Hughes, AFIO President; a former CIA Operations Officer.

TOPIC: Ralph Hope and Jim Hughes discuss the odd and often chilling post-Germany unification that left many members of the Stasi still in power or influential, able to access, hide, or destroy evidence, and relatively unpunished. Hope analyzes the German code of secrecy that protects and shrouds many of those with Stasi backgrounds in the newly reunited Germany up to the present. He also draws parallels with the danger that comes from any political or social group that insists on a single point of view, refuses to allow free speech, demands control of words and expressions, and seeks to alter history. A warning for the U.S., China, and many other countries.
The presentation runs 29 minutes.

Access the Hope intervew here or click above image.


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DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP

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State to gather diplomats' health details in response to Havana syndrome [Politico, 2021 June 01].
The department has faced criticism for not taking the injuries seriously enough

The State Department is rolling out a voluntary new program to gather diplomats' baseline health information before they head to overseas posts, according to a State Department cable reviewed by POLITICO. It's part of the department's response to a wave of mysterious injuries that have harmed scores of U.S. officials in recent years — known as "Havana syndrome." A group of American diplomats wrote last week to Brian McKeon, the State Department's chief operating officer, saying the department has not taken their ailments seriously, NBC News reported. Article here.


Newly Released, Overlooked, or Forthcoming Books

Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War
by Jeff Shesol
(W. W. Norton & Company, June 2021)

"A welcome retelling of a significant piece of the Cold War saga and the opening of the space frontier [and] a good choice for readers interested in the Cold War, the space race, and the 1960s American political landscape."
— Kirkus.

If the United States couldn't catch up to the Soviets in space, how could it compete with them on Earth? That was the question facing John F. Kennedy at the height of the Cold War—a perilous time when the Soviet Union built the wall in Berlin, tested nuclear bombs more destructive than any in history, and beat the United States to every major milestone in space. The race to the heavens seemed a race for survival—and America was losing.

On February 20, 1962, when John Glenn blasted into orbit aboard Friendship 7, his mission was not only to circle the planet; it was to calm the fears of the free world and renew America's sense of self-belief. Mercury Rising re-creates the tension and excitement of a flight that shifted the momentum of the space race and put the United States on the path to the moon. Drawing on new archival sources, personal interviews, and previously unpublished notes by Glenn himself, Mercury Rising reveals how the astronaut's heroics lifted the nation's hopes in what Kennedy called the "hour of maximum danger."

Book may be ordered here.


The Safety Trap: A Security Expert's Secrets for Staying Safe in a Dangerous World
by Spencer Coursen
(St. Martin's Press, May 2021)

"Spencer Coursen, decorated combat veteran and widely respected safety consultant, draws on his extraordinary range of experiences. The Safety Trap teaches readers how to evaluate and how to respond to danger. Coursen provides real world lessons on how to avoid danger, how to manage it, if necessary, and how to triumph over it, when all else fails. The Safety Trap is the best book on personal safety that I've read in the last decade." —Vincent O'Neill, Chief, Headquarters Security for the International Monetary Fund, retired Secret Service agent and founding member of the elite Counter Assault Team

"The Safety Trap is a must-read book for anyone concerned with not only their personal safety and security but of those around them as well. Spencer Coursen has taken his vast expertise and experience and distilled it into a guide that seeks to inform readers how to better protect themselves. Spencer Coursen is one of those select few in the safety and security profession who fully understands how to manage actual risk." —Jonathan Wackrow, CNN Law Enforcement Analyst, retired Secret Service agent, Managing Director & Head of Global Security, Teneo

Book may be ordered here.


Tattoo: A Memoir of Becoming
by W. Patrick Lang
(iUniverse, Jan 2021)

A memoir of the author's life as a soldier, officer, and intelligence official. It tells the story of Lang's service and family and offers a close-up history of the U.S. military in the second half of the 20th century. Born into a family of soldiers, Lang talked his way intothe Maine National Guard at just 16 and then enrolled in the Virginia Military Institute. Before joining the Army's 5th Infantry division, Lang had distinguished himself as a speaker, marksman, tactician, and expert in languages and military history, talents that served him well in a career that took him to the position of the DIA's Defense Intelligence Officer for the Middle East and South Asia.
This memoir includes stories of military life. War games, conflicts with officers, the early days of Army Special Forces, the horrors of Vietnam: Lang covers this in clear-eyed, scene-driven prose unencumbered by romance or overstatement. He refers to himself in the third person, but his command of the language ensures feeling (even humor) suffuses every page: "After watching Lang shoot, [the CIA operative] asked how Lang felt about shooting individuals. The reply was that this would depend on who they were."
It resonates deeply, then, when Lang does indulge emotion, express doubt about a mission, or set the record straight. One impassioned clarification: The U.S. did not furnish Iraq with military materials during its 1980s war with Iran. Tattoo illuminates every international conflicts and offers a fascinating portrait of what soldiering means.
An incisive and revealing survey of the career of an American soldier, from Vietnam to the Middle East.

Book may be ordered 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 May 28 featuring some of their newest items, this time for children of officers:


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 Winter-Spring 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 peter.oleson@afio.com.
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.


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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Russia's Prague Embassy Stronghold Cleared Out in Spy Dispute. A Russian charter plane took home dozens of Russian embassy staff on Monday, abruptly ending what Czech officials say was a decades-old practice by Moscow of using a disproportionately huge mission in Prague as a base for its spy activities.

The Czechs sent home 123 Russian staff and family members from the embassy on flights on Saturday and Monday, on top of 18 staff already branded spies and expelled in April, when Prague accused Moscow of blowing up an arms depot in 2014.

Under a new agreement, Russia and the Czech Republic will each limit the size of the other's embassy to just seven diplomats and 25 support staff.

Russia has denied a role in the Czech arms depot explosions, in which two people were found dead. [Read more: Muller/Reuters/31May2021]

Question for Denmark: Why Could the US Allegedly Eavesdrop? Several European nations want Denmark to explain why its foreign secret service allegedly helped the United States spy on European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, more than seven years ago.

"We want the cards on the table," said Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hulqvist, adding it was "unacceptable to eavesdrop on allies."

Danish lawmaker Karsten Hoenge of the left-leaning Socialist People's Party, which is supporting Denmark's Social Democratic government, said Monday that he would quiz the Scandinavian country's defense and justice ministers in parliament about the case. [Read more: Olsen/AP/1June2021]

Missile Defense Test Fails Off Kauai After Appearance by Russian Spy Ship. A U.S. missile defense test that an official said was delayed off Kauai earlier this week due to the presence of a Russian surveillance ship was carried out today with a salvo of SM-6 ship-fired missiles failing to intercept a medium-range ballistic missile target.

The Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, said it conducted what it called Flight Test Aegis Weapon System 31.

"The objective of the test was to demonstrate the capability of ballistic missile defense (BMD)-configured Aegis ship to detect, track, engage and intercept a medium-range ballistic missile target with a salvo of two Standard Missile-6 Dual II (BMD-initialized) missiles. However, an intercept was not achieved," the agency said in a news release.

Program officials have initiated an "extensive review" to determine the cause of any problems which may have prevented a successful intercept, the agency added. [Read more: Cole/StarAdviser/29May2021]

Ex-Ukrainian Spy Chief Dies in Red Sea Diving Accident. The former head of Ukraine's intelligence service died while diving in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Dahab on Friday.

Despite a diving instructor's attempts to save Victor Hvozd, 62, he died after attempting to swim quickly up to the surface from a depth of 40m. Egypt's public prosecution on Saturday said the cause of death was overexertion.

A close friend of Hvozd’s, who witnessed Friday's accident, said he did not suspect foul play, an opinion corroborated by the Egyptian diving instructor.

Hvozd was formerly chairman of Ukraine's Foreign Intelligence Service and had also held senior defence intelligence positions. [Read more: Tabikha/TheNational/31May2021]

Shelby Highlights Importance of Maintaining a Robust Intelligence Apparatus. U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and its subcommittee on defense, today delivered opening remarks during a defense subcommittee hearing on the intelligence community. During the closed hearing, the following officials testified, providing an update on the intelligence community and the challenges our country faces: Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence, William J. Burns, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and General Paul M. Nakasone, Director of the National Security Agency.

Vice Chairman Shelby’s remarks, as prepared, are as follows: [Read more: USSC/26May2021]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Doctor/Spy: How MDs Get Involved in Espionage. Help wanted ad: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is looking for primary care specialists and psychiatrists "to keep our Nation safe," a CIA online job ad says.

The recent death of famed CIA profiler Jerrold M. Post, MD, psychiatrist, triggered renewed discussion of physician involvement in medical intelligence work, including controversy over its ethics and medical and psychiatric validity.

For the CIA job noted above, applicants must be willing to serve multi-year assignments in foreign countries. They will use their clinical expertise to "advance the CIA mission where it intersects with medical issues." A "variety of medical and nonmedical training" will be provided.

Sound vague? Of course. It's the CIA. How many physicians apply and are hired? We don't know. It's the CIA. [Read more: Meyer/Medscape/26May2021]

Thwarting Syria's Nuclear Program - "Intelligence Matters: Declassified".
In this episode of Intelligence Matters DECLASSIFIED: Spy Stories from the Officers Who Were There, former career CIA analyst and non-proliferation expert Maja Lehnus tells the story of one of the intelligence community's most important discoveries of the last decade - a covert nuclear reactor in the Syrian desert, likely built with support from North Korea. Lehnus tells Morell how U.S. intelligence agencies first acquired intelligence indicating cooperation between North Korean nuclear entities and high-level Syrian officials, and ultimately presented intelligence to the president that the reactor was part of a Syrian nuclear weapons program. Lehnus explains the confidence levels attached to each of the IC's judgments, as well as why the CIA took the rare step of sharing its findings with the public. Intelligence Matters DECLASSIFIED is a series dedicated to featuring first-hand accounts from former intelligence officers. [Read/listen here: CBSNews/26May2021]

Biden Administration Sets Sights on Cybersecurity with Executive Order. The Biden Administration is zeroing in on cybersecurity. In the wake of a high-profile wave of cyberattacks, including the SolarWinds supply chain attack and the more recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, President Biden has issued an Executive Order ("EO") designed to strengthen the federal government's cybersecurity defenses. And for good reason. The SolarWinds supply chain attack in particular raises significant national security concerns, as hackers were able to access several federal agencies, including the United States Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State, Treasury, and Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Issued on May 12, 2021, the EO seeks to prevent similar cyber-attacks by directing federal agencies to make a series of changes in how they approach cybersecurity. While the EO is necessarily limited in what it can do - it cannot, for example, make more sweeping reforms such as amending the woefully outdated Computer Fraud and Abuse Act used to prosecute hackers - it is a significant step. Here are the main highlights. [Read more: Buchanan/Lexology/28May2021]

How to Train for CIA Jobs and Become a CIA Officer. Americans with a strong sense of a patriotism, a desire for adventure and an interest in foreign policy often seek public-facing jobs within the U.S. military or the U.S. State Department, where it is possible to win fame and glory.

However, there are some civic-minded U.S. citizens who choose to do essential government work that they can never discuss with family or friends.

Employees of the Central Intelligence Agency, commonly known as the CIA, regularly conduct top-secret missions whose details they typically must not share with anyone outside the agency. A career with the CIA is typically characterized by a combination of discretion and humility.

Further, although many CIA employees may state their affiliation with the agency as long as they refrain from revealing classified information, individuals who covertly work for the CIA are forbidden from revealing their true identity to strangers while employed by the CIA. Undercover CIA operatives are sometimes required to deceive, albeit for noble purposes such as thwarting terrorist attacks or rescuing hostages. [Read more: Kowarski/USNews/27May2021]

Greek Spy Helias Doundoulakis Honored at National Hellenic Museum. The story of Helias Doundoulakis is like a great war movie: The story of the Greek spy who helped Greece and the United States win the war against the Nazis.

The National Hellenic Museum honors the great Greek-American in a new exhibition called "Becoming a Spy: Helias Doundoulakis, the OSS, and the Second World War."

A true hero, the Greek American worked as a spy during World War II and ensured the liberation of Crete and the eventual victory of the United States against the Germany's NAzi regime.

Furthermore, the story of Helias Doundoulakis is also the fascinating story of America's first national intelligence agency, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). [Read more: Chrysopoulos/GreekReporter/28May2021]


Section III - COMMENTARY

5 Predictions by the US's Top Spies About What the World Could Look Like in 20 Years. What will the world look like in 2040?

Peaceful coexistence between the US and China based on mutual economic benefit? A chaotic and divided world trying to recover from major natural disasters caused by climate change? Or a catastrophic World War III?

These are some of the questions the US Intelligence Community asks itself when it prepares one of the most important and interesting national security reports.

As the foreword of this year's report, the seventh iteration, states, the goal of the Intelligence Community isn't to say specifically what the world will look like in 2040 but rather to highlight issues and trends that might swell in importance and that current and future administrations might find useful when creating national-security strategies. [Read more: Atlamazoglou/BusinessInsider/27May2021]

From the Secret Services with Love. There's no second chance for a first impression. That's true for dating but also for the social media presence of the world's intelligence agencies, many of which have only recently discovered the world of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

"Liebesgrüße aus Mitte" or "Love from Mitte" was the first Instagram message that the German foreign intelligence service (BND) ever posted, referring to the Berlin neighborhood where their headquarters is based. That was last week. GCHQ, Britain's intelligence and security organization, posted its first tweet in 2016: "Hello, world," it read, a phrase that would have been familiar to all computer programmers as it refers to the coding used to teach an electronic language.

The German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution also resorted to a particular form of trademark official humor for its first appearance on Twitter in 2018: It posted a comic strip in which one spy says to another "Du auch hier? - Ja, aber erzähl's keinem!" which translates as "You're here too?! - Yes, but don't tell anyone."

But it was arguably the US Central Intelligence Agency that was first to use such humor when it tweeted in 2014: "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet." [Read more: Nehring/DW/27May2021]


Section IV - Research Requests, Jobs, Obituaries

Research Requests

ISO former CIA officers w/ Czech experience

I'm the daughter of Dagmar Stapleton who worked on the Czech desk from around '74 to '94. Am hoping to talk with former Prague case officers, station chiefs, deputy station chiefs from that time period for a research project.
Please contact me at viveca.novak@gmail.com. [Viveca Novak is an American journalist who has worked as the editorial and communications director at the Center for Responsive Politics since 2011. She was previously a Washington correspondent for Time and The Wall Street Journal. She is a frequent guest on CNN, NBC, PBS, and Fox.]

Researcher Seeking Your Experiences Working in Western North Carolina on DoD/NSA Rosman Research Station in 1980s.
I'm Craig Gralley, a 34-year veteran of CIA and currently a freelance writer in the Brevard, NC area. I'm also a volunteer at PARI—the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in nearby Rosman. PARI is now dedicated to STEM education and research, but has had a storied history that is largely unknown to the people of this mostly underserved area of rural North Carolina. I have volunteered to write PARI's history. NASA first constructed the site in 1962 as a ground station for a variety of unmanned scientific satellites. AFIO members might remember when DoD/NSA took over the site in 1981 and called it the Rosman Research Station (NSA's participation at the site was declassified nearly a decade ago). NSA gave up the site in 1995.

I am receiving NSA's support through a FOIA request to declassify more information about the facility. My goal is to make this history less about satellites and their capabilities and more about what it was like working in a remote location in western North Carolina. Personal stories, things that could have gone wrong but didn't (or did), success stories—humorous/serious anecdotes—all of it is welcome. My goal is to take the edge off of a dry history and give the Rosman ground station a human face.
I'd be glad to attribute anything that comes to me in the way desired by the contributor.
Thanks for your help.
REPLIES to Craig R. Gralley, 703.581.3440 (mobile), craig.gralley@gmail.com. More about Craig at www.craiggralley.com

Call for Papers: 2021 "Bobby R. Inman Award" for Student Scholarship on Intelligence at University of Texas, Austin

The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the seventh annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The winner of the "Inman Award" will receive a cash prize of $5,000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2,500. This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2020-21 academic year. The deadline for submitting papers is June 30, 2021.

The Bobby R. Inman Award recognizes more than six decades of distinguished public service by Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Admiral Inman served in multiple leadership positions in the U.S. military, intelligence community, private industry, and at The University of Texas. His previous intelligence posts include Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice-Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency, and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He continues to serve as a teacher, advisor, and mentor to students, faculty members, and current government officials while occupying the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His areas of teaching and research are focused on political, economic, and military activities, policy processes and institutions, international affairs and diplomacy, and intelligence and national security.

Additional information about the Inman Award, including submission requirements and previous winners, is available here.

Call for Papers - The Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) and the National Cryptologic Foundation (NCF) invite proposals for papers for 18th Cryptologic History Symposium, 11-13 May 2022.

The Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) and the National Cryptologic Foundation (NCF) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the 18th Cryptologic History Symposium, 11-13 May 2022. The Symposium will be held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland. The theme for the symposium is "Icons and Innovation." Proposals are due 7 September 2021.
For more information visit the NCF or contact cchevents@nsa.gov.

Seeking Officials Who Served USSR/Russia 1965-2015 and Other Posts - with knowledge of, or exposure to, Microwave/Directed Energy Weapons

Prominent D.C. Attorney seeking former intel officers or others who served in USSR/Russia during 1965-2015, as well as anyone who has information concerning possible microwave/energy directed weapon exposure of U.S. officials by foreign adversary.
Replies to Mark S. Zaid Esq, mark@markzaid.com. Or call him at (202) 454-2809.
More information about Mr. Zaid at MarkZaid.com.

Request for Assistance Researching Clandestine Maritime Operation in Da Nang 1950s-1970s

"My old Master Chief, James "Jim" Gray and I wrote the first history of Naval Special Warfare Combatant Craft (WARBOATS, 55 Years of Naval Special Warfare Combatant Craft History) for our veterans organization the Combatant Craft Crewman Association (CCCA), now in its second printing. One of the areas that we wanted to explore in greater depth were the clandestine maritime operations based in Da Nang from the South Vietnamese and CIA period through Switchback and Military Assistance Command Vietnam-Studies and Observation Group (MACV-SOG) control and the final the American withdrawal.
We are looking for assistance with this research in particular on the CIA side, as much of the MACV-SOG documentation has been declassified and we have spoken with the SEALs and Boat Support Unit One men of Mobile Support Team 1 and the Mobile Repair Team. Our Norwegian colleague, Jan Tore Nilsen is a Senior Reserve Commander in the Norwegian Navy is researching Norwegian involvement in Vietnam and has interviewed the surviving Norwegian contractors and obtained documents and photos from them as well as obtained documents regarding acquisition and construction of the Norwegian PTF (Patrol Torpedo Fast) boats for operations in Vietnam. An old friend of mine who was an historian for the CIA suggested we contact AFIO and ask for assistance. We would greatly appreciate any assistance from AFIO members."
Replies to Phil Garn at pggarn@yahoo.com

Seeking Spy-Themed Tourism Experts and New Recruits (with IC backgrounds) for Metro D.C. area opportunity

ISO former Intelligence Officers who might be interested in getting involved in spy-themed tourism in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.
Also interested in speaking with those who may already be involved in the tourism and travel industry elsewhere.
Please contact Rosanna Minchew at r_minchew@me.com or 571-236-9052.

Jobs

Assistant Professor, Intelligence and Information Operations, Tenure Eligible - Arizona (Sierra Vista)

The University of Arizona College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST), an Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) designated Intelligence Community – Center for Academic Excellence (IC-CAE) located on the University of Arizona Sierra Vista campus, is seeking an Assistant Professor to teach undergraduate courses within the Intelligence and Information Operations (IIO) program and to lead research in the fields of Intelligence, Information warfare, and Law Enforcement Intelligence. Consistent with the Dean's vision for Programs to contribute to interdisciplinary research and educational program innovation, the Tenure-Track Assistant Professor will support the Intelligence and Information Operations Program to contribute to the College's strategy of cross-campus, national, and international multidisciplinary research, and educational initiatives. CAST is seeking candidates who can demonstrate outstanding teaching as well as the ability to develop new research programs consistent with the college's purpose, vision, and values. The Assistant Professor, Intelligence and Information Operations will contribute to building a strong team of culturally diverse faculty and staff who are committed to preparing traditional, post-traditional, and transfer students for success in a 21st-century workforce.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

For more information and to apply visit this webpage.

Intelligence Analysis Visiting Faculty Position at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University (JMU) seeks applicants for a visiting faculty position in its Bachelor's Degree Program in Intelligence Analysis (IA). The appointment is for one academic year (with the possibility of renewal for a second year depending upon the Program's needs) at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. This position 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.
Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2021; the search will remain open until the position is filled. Application materials should include 1) a detailed cover letter that explains how the candidate's experiences fit the position's requirements and values, and should specifically explain the applicant's views on the importance of diversity and inclusion in higher education, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) concise but specific description (no more than 2 pages) of how the candidate would approach teaching the courses from the above list (if offered the position), and 4) contact information for at least three references. Application materials must be submitted online through JMU's application system: https://joblink.jmu.edu/. To apply refer to job #F1590. Salary shall be commensurate with experience. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check. Questions can be directed to the Chair of the search committee, Dr. Noel Hendrickson, at hendrinx@jmu.edu.
For a full description of Duties and Responsibilities and Qualifications sought, follow this link: https://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/8812

Program Director, National Security and Technology – Georgetown University Law Center

A new 360 Innovation Incubator at GULC will be tackling problems in four focus areas, the first of which is the NatSec Tech Program, which looks at the intersections between national security and new and emerging technologies. The National Security & Technology Program Director will lead this new program, serving as a thought leader for this increasingly important sub-field. Utilizing the Center's innovation methodology, the Program Director will help develop strategic new project ideas for the Incubator, oversee and manage those projects including all aspects of foundation grants and budgets, write grant proposals, and build new relationships and networks for the Center. In the immediate term, the Program Director will be the day to day lead manager for the Center on National Security's new Public Interest Technology grant-funded project: 360 Tech: Innovation, Security, and Governance. The project aims to identify the most critical risks posed by social media to individuals, communities, and society, and then develop and test holistic governance models to address those risks. The Program Director will be a lead member of the core team (overseen by the Executive Director) and will be responsible for managing all day to day aspects of the project, including research and writing, coordination and outreach, project management, event and workshop planning, and operations oversight.
For full description of duties, responsibilites, and qualifications, or to apply for the position, view job posting here.

Assistant Professor (tenure-stream) of International Affairs/Intelligence sought by University of Pittsburgh

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking to hire an Assistant Professor of International Affairs with a focus in intelligence matters (broadly understood). We are looking for someone who can teach on intelligence subjects in our Security and Intelligence major and contribute to our International Affairs program more generally. We welcome those trained in political science, history, and other disciplines, and are particularly interested in those with cyber or regional expertise. The deadline is March 31.

The full announcement can be read -- and application submitted -- through Pitt's Talent Center here.

THREE Faculty Openings for 2021 at Hilbert College, Hamburg, NY

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice; Assistant Professor, Forensic Science/Crime Scene Investigation; and Assistant Professor, Intelligence & Data Analysis.

Interested candidates can view our job postings here.


Obituaries

Ginger Henderson, CIA Reports Officer
Virginia McKee Henderson, 98, a CIA Reports Officer, died 14 May 2021 in Bristol, CT. She formerly lived in Indian Harbour Beach, FL and relocated in 2019 to spend final days with family.
She was born in Pittsburgh, PA. She attended Linden Hall Junior College and transferred to the University of Arizona, where she met her future husband in 1940. The couple [Frederic M. Henderson] were married in Ft. Benning, GA, where Fred completed his training in Officer Candidate School. Ginger began her role as a military wife, and later, mother, supporting her family and Fred's career in OSS, Military Intelligence, and the CIA. Throughout her husband's career, Ginger adjusted to numerous tours of duty in the U.S. and Europe, including Germany, Italy, and Spain. In the late 1940s, Ginger worked for the Dept. of Army and then also joined the CIA. In 1973, she retired from the CIA as a Reports Officer after serving over 30 years to the high ideals and traditions of Federal Service. Even at the time of her death, Ginger remained an active member of AFIO and its Satellite Coast Chapter, and of the Central Intelligence Retiree Association (CIRA). After retiring, Ginger and Fred lived in Spain, finally settling in Florida; they were married for 69 years until his death in 2012.
In addition to her career, Ginger was a gifted artist. She enjoyed oil painting and watercolors, though her favorite medium was creating murals and artwork using mosaics. She exhibited her designs in art guilds and designed customized mosaic work in homes and churches in the Satellite Beach area. She remained true to her roots and was an avid fan of the Steelers and Pirates, always cheering for the black and gold. She was a voracious reader enjoying mystery novels, WWII historical accounts of clandestine operations, and action thrillers.
She served as a role model for her children, displaying confidence, an invincible spirit, and optimism, coupled with a wonderful sense of humor.
She is survived by five daughters and one son, and other family.



Section V - Events

AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

Thursday, 3 June 2021, noon EDT - Tampa, FL - The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter hosts Jeffrey Sanow on "Insider Threat & Cyber Security"

The Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter is meeting IN PERSON at noon on Thursday, 3 June, at the offices of Bleakley, Bavol, Denman & Grace, 15316 N Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33613.
Jeffrey Sanow, intelligence and security expert and retired member of the Intelligence Community, will be speaking on Insider Threat & Cyber Security—very topical given the recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware incident.
The charge for the meeting is $10 cash or check, which includes a box lunch.
RSVPs including COVID health acknowledgement and food choice selection must be received by noon on Thursday, 27 May.
Questions, Registrations...contact the Chapter secretary, michaels@suncoastafio.org.

Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 12 noon - Zoom Webinar - The "Andre Le Gallo" San Francisco Chapter hosts Lt. Gen. Patrick M. Hughes, former DIA Director

Lt Gen Patrick Hughes, former Director of Defense Intelligence Agency, will address chapter on "Internal U.S. Security Concerns and Existential Threats to America."
Registration is required here to receive a zoom link.
Please contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Chapter Secretary at afiosf@aol.com for any questions.


Other Upcoming Events from Advertisers, Corporate Sponsors, and Others

Sunday, 6 June 2021, 2-3 pm EDT - Zoom Virtual - The Cold War Museum hosts Chris Pocock on "Still Essential: The Enduring Legacy of the U-2"

The Cold War Museum invites you to attend a presentation by the world expert on the history of the U-2. When the U-2 first took off in 1955, no one involved in the top-secret project dreamed that this unique reconnaissance aircraft would still be flying today. The long story of the Dragon Lady is amazing but complex. It includes the early days overflying the Soviet Union under CIA sponsorship; the U-2's roles in the Cuba Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War; and the epic missions over Communist China, flown by nationalist pilots from Taiwan. Chris will focus on the U-2 during the Cold War period and beyond.
Cost: $20, 100% of which is a contribution to the Cold War Museum.

Location: ONLINE ONLY. Register here. Eventbrite ticket buyers will receive a link to the virtual room on the Zoom platform where this event will take place. We are videoing the whole event, including the Q&A, for the Museum's archives.
Agenda:
• 1:30-2:00 EST. Participants arrive in the Zoom room online.
• 2:00-2:05. Jason Hall, Executive Director of the Cold War Museum, introduces the Museum and Chris Pocock
• 2:05-3:00. Chris presents on the story of the U-2, from the Cold War era to its current uses.
• 3:00-3:30 Q&A opportunity for the audience.
Questions? Call or email Jason Hall, 703-283-4124 (cell), jason@coldwar.org

Thursday, 15 June 2021, 6:30pm - Zoom Webinar - Virtual Members - Only Tour of NSA Treasures - Virtual International Spy Museum Program

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to attend this exclusive look at some of the most important and unique objects in the history of covert communications. Grab your favorite beverage for this one-of-a-kind event just for Spy Museum members and watch SPY Lead Curator Dr. Alexis Albion and SPY Director of Adult Education Amanda Ohlke present highlights from our temporary exhibit "Codes, Ciphers & Mysteries: NSA Treasures Tell Their Secrets" live from the International Spy Museum. These objects range from a 200-year-old cypher cylinder to one of the first secure cell phones. Each has a fascinating story to tell.
You can join SPY as a member online or by calling 202.654.2840. If you are a current member and have not received the link to sign up for this event, please email membership@spymuseum.org to register. Event is free of charge for members. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 11:00am - Zoom Webinar - Virtual Spy Chat with Chris Costa with Special Guest Robert C. O'Brien - Virtual International Spy Museum Program

Join an online discussion of the latest intelligence, national security, and terrorism issues in the news. Spy Museum Executive Director Chris Costa, a former intelligence officer of 34 years, will lead the briefing. He will be joined by Robert C. O'Brien, who recently served as the 28th United States National Security Advisor from September 18, 2019 to January 20, 2021. Following their discussion of key issues, you'll be able to ask questions via our online platform. Sponsored by the Honorable Mary Beth Long, International Spy Museum, Board of Directors. Event is free – registration required. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Monday, 28 June to 2 July 2021, 9:30am-noon - Zoom Webinar - Virtual Spy Camp - Virtual International Spy Museum Program

From the moment recruits receive their super-secret spy kit, they will hit the ground running on an "Eyes Only" mission so classified that we can't put it in print. Each day will be filled with top secret briefing and activities that put spy skills to the test. Real former spies will "beam" in from all over the world to help recruits hone their tradecraft. From mastering escape and evasion techniques, to crafting the perfect disguise, building a gadget on the fly or decoding secret intel, Virtual Spy Camp has activities that will appeal to all types of recruits. Each day of camp will take recruits beyond their screens and out into the shadow world of espionage, where "all is not what it seems." Tickets: $350. Visit www.spymuseum.org.

Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 6 - 10 pm - Washington, DC - 30th (+1) Anniversary Gala and Chancellor's Dinner - Institute of World Politics

Save the date. Current timing of this in-person celebration is:
6:00 PM Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM Dinner
9:00 PM Dessert and Dancing
Location: The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
Additional details to follow
*Because this is an unusual year, if you are considering attending the 30th (+1!) Anniversary Gala, please fill out this form: iwp.edu/gala-survey

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, TBD Time - Washington, DC - 2021 Webster Distinguished Service Award Event - International Spy Museum

The Spy Museum offers an evening of intrigue for the 2021 Webster Distinguished Service Award event. The award is an opportunity to recognize the extraordinary contributions of individuals in the Intelligence Community. This year's awardee is The Honorable Susan M. Gordon, former principal deputy director of national intelligence. Previous recipients of the Webster Distinguished Service Award include President George H. W. Bush (2017), Admiral William H. McRaven, USN (Ret.) (2018), and Gen. Michael V. Hayden (Ret.) (2019). Webster attendee and sponsor support fuels the nonprofit mission of educating the public about the history and craft of espionage and intelligence through youth and adult programs, community service, and the care of the Museum's unique collection of artifacts for generations to come. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or information about ways to support the International Spy Museum, please contact the development office at 202.654.2853. Additional details and online ticket link to follow. Visit www.spymuseum.org.


Store Items:

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

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

Show your support for AFIO with our new Polo Shirts. Be the first to buy these new, high quality, subtle heathered grey short sleeve shirts, and dark blue long sleeved shirts, of shrink and wrinkle resistant fine cotton with a soft yet substantial feel. They feature a detailed embroidered AFIO seal. Get a shirt for yourself and consider as gifts for colleagues, family, and friends. Only $45 each including shipping.
Sizes of (M) men or (W) women shirts; Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL, and XXXL. At this time all orders will arrive as Short Sleeve shirts.
You may pay by check or credit card. Complete your order online here or mail an order along with payment to: AFIO, 7700 Leesburg Pike, Ste 324, Falls Church, VA 22043-2618. Phone orders at 703-790-0320. If interested in other shirt colors or sleeve lengths, contact Annette at: annettej@afio.com.


AFIO Mug with color glazed logo. Made in America. Sturdy enough to sit on desk to hold pens, cards, paperclips, and candy.

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


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

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

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


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