AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #26-22 – 28 June 2022

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Section IV - Books, Research Requests, Jobs, Obituaries

Books — Newly Released, Overlooked, Forthcoming

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Released exclusively to members last week...

Remembering Chief of Station-Athens, Richard Welch, and Other Aspects of a Long CIA Career

Released 21 June 2022

Ron Estes,
Former Senior CIA Operations Officer,
on his long and occasionally harrowing CIA career

Interview of Tuesday, 10 May 2022 between Ron Estes, Former Senior CIA Operations Officer, on Remembering Chief of Station-Athens, Richard Welch, and AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer.
They discuss Ron's long CIA career and sometimes harrowing career, including the assassination of his friend and Chief of Station - Athens, Richard Welch.
The interview runs 36 minutes.
"Terror in Athens — Remembering CIA Station Chief Dick Welch" by Samantha Randazzo Childress and Carol "Rollie" Flynn, was published in the Winter-Spring 2021 edition of AFIO's Intelligencer journal, and is now available here

Access the Estes interview here or click above image

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Russia's Medvedev Says Any NATO Encroachment on Crimea Could Lead to World War Three - Reuters, 27 June 2022

Any encroachment on the Crimea peninsula by a NATO member-state could amount to a declaration of war on Russia which could lead to "World War Three," Russia's former president, Dmitry Medvedev, was quoted as saying on Monday.
"For us, Crimea is a part of Russia. And that means forever. Any attempt to encroach on Crimea is a declaration of war against our country," Medvedev told the news website Argumenty i Fakty.
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Zelenskyy Wants to Replace Ukraine's Top Spy after Security Failures - Politico, 23 June 2022

Ivan Bakanov was tapped to revamp the controversial Security Service of Ukraine. But after a string of failures and the loss of Kherson, he's fallen out of favor with the Ukrainian president. You think you know someone, and then Russia invades your country and your childhood friend turned top intelligence official flubs it and some of his senior spies flee their posts, apparently helping the Kremlin's forces avoid landmines and direct its attack aircraft to blast your cities.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy isn't getting a lot of sleep these days, and the man he appointed to lead Ukraine's domestic intelligence and security agency can't be helping matters. Ivan Bakanov — his friend from way back who once ran his entertainment company and then his presidential campaign — is on thin ice in Kyiv.
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Iran Replaces Powerful Chief of Guard Intelligence Unit - Reuters, 23 June 2022

Iran has dismissed the powerful chief of the Revolutionary Guard Corps' intelligence unit, Hossein Taeb, state TV said, after high-profile incidents blamed on archfoe Israel. State TV did not give a reason but said Taeb would become an adviser to the Guards' commander in chief. Iran, which refuses to recognize Israel, has long accused "the Zionist regime" of sabotaging Iranian nuclear sites and killing scientists and senior commanders inside Iran. Israel has not denied or accepted responsibility.
Article here

Belarus Caught Up in Putin's Plotting on Ukrainian and Lithuanian Fronts - Atlantic Council, 27 June 2022

As Russian rhetoric toward Lithuania continues to escalate, Belarusians once more find themselves caught up in the Kremlin's aggressive foreign policy thanks to Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka's complete dependence on Moscow.
Lithuanian officials have recently sparked fury in the Kremlin by implementing EU sanctions on goods transiting through the Baltic nation to Russia's Kaliningrad exclave. The move has dramatically heightened tensions between the two countries amid Lithuania's strong support for Ukraine and recent debate in Moscow about the need to cancel recognition of Lithuanian independence.
For both geographical and geopolitical reasons, Belarus has a prominent role to play in the unfolding drama between Moscow and Vilnius. Belarus is sandwiched between Russia and Lithuania, making it the obvious location for Kremlin saber-rattling. Meanwhile, Lukashenka's personal reliance on his political patron Vladimir Putin means that he has little option but to serve as sidekick to the Kremlin strongman in this latest geopolitical standoff.
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Stop Being Surprised by Germany - Tablet, 26 June 2022

Blinded by their own Cold War propaganda, Americans can't see Berlin's Ukraine policy for what it is
Germany tries hard to make itself dull, but it still can't help inspiring an unusual amount of exasperation around the world, for reasons that many if not most Germans believe to be deeply unfair. World War II ended over 75 years ago, after all, before the overwhelming majority of Germans today were born. And didn't Germany denazify itself while other Western countries continued to pillage weaker nations in the name of colonialism, postcolonialism, anti-communism, and other isms? ...
In the last month alone, while insisting that "Putin must not win this war," Scholz has blocked a sale of infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine, diverting them to Greece so that Athens could be responsible for sending Kyiv its older stock instead. He has promised to send Ukraine 30 decommissioned anti-aircraft tanks it never asked for—and for which Germany has insufficient ammunition anyway—which are not slated to arrive until later this summer. And he announced his intention to send Ukraine an air-defense system the German Defense Ministry reportedly hadn't ordered yet.
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U.S. to Give Some 'Havana Syndrome' Victims Six-Figure Compensation - WPost, 23 June 2022

The Biden administration plans to pay some diplomats and intelligence officers roughly $100,000 to $200,000 each to compensate for the mysterious health problems known as "Havana syndrome," according to congressional aides and a former official familiar with the matter.
The payment plan is the culmination of a multiyear push by Congress, which passed a law last fall mandating that the State Department and CIA compensate current and former officials suffering from what the government calls Anomalous Health Incidents, or AHIs.
Despite six years of investigations, the United States still lacks certainty about what is causing the symptoms, which include headaches, vision problems, dizziness and brain fog, among other ailments. The health problems were first reported among U.S. diplomats and intelligence officers serving in Cuba's capital but have since been reported on every continent except Antarctica.
The six-figure payments will go to those determined to have suffered the most significant setbacks, such as job loss or career derailment, said people briefed on the plan who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plan has not been approved for release.
Article here

Can One Ever Truly Leave the Russian Intelligence Services? It Depends, Says Expert - IntelOrg, 27 June 2022

Russians are aware of the phrase "there is no such thing as a former chekist". ... In the words of Stalin, "[a] chekist has only two paths: toward promotion or to prison". Is that still the case? It depends on who you ask, says Dr. Kevin Riehle, a 30-year counterintelligence veteran with the US government, who now teaches at the University of Mississippi's Center for Intelligence and Security Studies. ... Riehle, author of Soviet Defectors: Revelations of Renegade Intelligence Officers, 1924-1954 (Edinburgh University Press, 2022), discusses this topic in an article published earlier this month...
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Russian Emails Appear to Show 'Network' Holding $4.5Bn Assets Linked to Putin – The Guardian, 20 June 2022

Exclusive: Questions over palaces, vineyards and yachts run by entities that appear to be part of a cooperative
Russian palaces, villas and yachts linked to Putin by email leak – in pictures, maps and video
Palaces, yachts and vineyards reportedly provided to Vladimir Putin by friends and oligarchs can now be linked to what appears to be an informal network holding assets worth more than $4.5bn (£3.7bn).
A digital paper trail appears to suggest that an array of holiday homes and other assets reportedly used by the Russian president, which according to available records belong to or have been owned by separate individuals, companies and charities, are linked through a common email domain name,
Article here [might urge subscription]
Also see: "'Putin's Dacha' on Lake Ladoga is Growing Under Supervision of Non-Profit Linked to LLCInvest" - OCCRP | The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
Russian Asset Tracker, 23 June 2022

Tracking Where Russia Is Taking Ukraine's Stolen Grain - BBC, 27 June 2022

There's mounting evidence that Russian forces in occupied areas of Ukraine have been systematically stealing grain and other produce from local farmers. The BBC has talked to farmers and analysed satellite images and shipping data to track where the grain is going.
A few dozen miles from the frontline, Ukrainian farmer Dmytro describes how the business he nurtured over 25 years was lost in four months of Russian occupation.
The BBC tried to contact more than 200 farmers whose land is now in Russian-occupied territory. Dmytro - we are not using his real name to protect him from reprisals - was one of the few willing to meet us.
"They stole our grain. They destroyed our premises, destroyed our equipment."
Article here

What Russia's Debt Default Means for the World - The Telegraph, 27 June 2022

French and US lenders have the most to lose as default leaves Vladimir Putin humiliated
Russia has defaulted on its foreign-currency sovereign debt after failing to make payments to creditors for the first time in a century. Here are the implications for Russia and the world.
What is meant by a Russian 'default'?
A sovereign debt default is when a country cannot or will not pay back its national debts, in what can be a major blow for future borrowing prospects.
Russia last month failed to make payments on its foreign-currency sovereign debt – bonds sold to international investors, who had lent Moscow money on the promise of steady repayments over an extended period. It then entered a 30-day grace period which lapsed on Sunday.
Has Russia defaulted before?
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Opportunities and Challenges in Latin America — interviews by Former Acting D/CIA Mike Morell

Intelligence Matters: A CBS News original national security podcast is hosted by former CIA acting director and CBS News national security contributor Michael Morell. The most recent podcasts/interview is:

June 22 | Strategic Opportunities and Challenges in Latin America: Pedro Burelli

In this episode, Michael Morell speaks with Pedro Burelli, a Venezuelan citizen, a former senior Venezuelan oil official, and an astute observer of Latin America and the world. Burelli and Morell exchange observations about Latin America's political and economic trajectory, including key influences and inflection points in Cuba, Chile, Mexico and other countries. They discuss shifts in political leadership, the degradation of democratic norms, and the opportunistic entrances of Russia and China into the region. Burelli also reflects on the achievements of the Biden administration's recent Summit of the Americas.

Other recent "Intelligence Matters" podcasts to stream or download:
June 15 | China's Path and Xi's Political Future: Expert Chris Johnson
June 08 | Big Tech, Regulation & National Security: Klon Kitchen & Jamil Jaffer
June 01 | The Sandy Hook Shooting and How Conspiracy Theories Affect National Security: Journalist Elizabeth Williamson
May 25 | Reporting From Ukraine's Front Line: CBS News Correspondent Holly Williams
May 18 | State of Play in Ukraine: Former Moscow Chief of Station Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

More about Intelligence Matters by Michael Morell here. Podcasts also available here.

Congress's Tech Agenda and Is This Podcast Sentient? - Stewart Baker, Others at Steptoe Cyberblog

Cyberblog by Steptoe & Johnson LLP — By Stewart Baker [Chairman, AFIO]

Episode 414: A Small Door and Too Many Fat Men: Congress's Tech Agenda released 27 June 2022
Topics include: Big, bipartisan tech initiatives are competing for time on floor of Congress, like fat men desperate to get through a small door. Tech lobbyists are doing their best to handicap the bills they hate. ... The big bipartisan compromise on privacy is probably dead, killed by the new politics of abortion. The big subsidy for domestic chip fabrication is still alive. ... Analysis of the First Circuit decision on telephone pole cameras and fourth amendment as aging boomers fall back on what was creepy in their day. ... Creepy content moderation and privacy protections underway at TikTok and WeChat. Two newly emerging rules by Big Tech: obeying their rules is no defense and your business revenue will be cut off anyway. Second, having science on your side also is no defense. Citing a study that undermines CDC orthodoxy will get you suspended. ... A Google study of zero-day hacks sold to governments in 2021. ... Microsoft's analysis of how MSFT saved the world from Russian cyber espionage if only users had bought their cloud services. Their marketing overshadows what is otherwise a useful report on Russian tactics. Other topics: A billboard that can pick your pocket! ... Putin's billions have been located through magic of shared email addresses. ... The next US-EU privacy spat over sharing biometrics at the border. ... Marijuana and security clearances. .... More topics covered. Article and podcast here

Episode 413: Is This Podcast Sentient? released 21 June 2022
Topics include: A bill likely to transform tech regulation: a bipartisan effort to regulate outward investment from US to adversary nations to slow transfer of technical expertise (and capital) from US to China. ... The end of the crypto party. Tours of the overleveraged crypto firms near collapse as bitcoin values drop to $20 thousand and below. ... Is Microsoft downgrading product security? If so, why would it neglect cloud security? ... What has happened to the TikTok-CFIUS case in the years since Trump left the stage? ... India's determination to localize credit card data has been rewarded. Mastercard localized its data, India lifted the ban. ... Japan's new law makes 'online insults' a crime. ... The NSO Group's litigation with Facebook: SCOTUS asks whether NSO could claim sovereign immunity for hacking tools it sells to government? The Biden administration is trashing a rumored acquisition by US-based L3Harris Technologies. .... More topics covered. Article and podcast here

Some Prior Conversations:
Episode 412: Privacy and the Press: Interviewing Amy Gajda
Episode 411: We Go To RSA So You Don't Have To
Episode 410: Game Play Trumps Chinese National Security
Episode 409: Silicon Valley Speech Suppression is Going to the Supreme Court
Episode 408: But Was the Sex Viewpoint-Neutral?
Episode 407: An End to End-to-End Encryption?
Episode 406: Who Needs Cyberlaw When We Can Have Unicorns and Fairy Dust?

Of Russian Spies and Dirty Wars... by Jeff Stein and Colleagues on "SpyTalk" series on Substack...

June 23: "Of Russian Spies and Dirty Wars" - Podcast with Former Deputy CIA Director John McLaughlin, and Jeanne Meserve
This Week on the SpyTalk Podcast

June 21: "A China Spy Thriller 'Inspired by Actual Events'" - Matthew Brazil
Scott Spacek's 'China Hand' invites speculation about a high level defection

June 20: "When 'Fake News' Was a Force for Good" - Peter Eisner
"Agents of Influence" sets the record straight on the man called Intrepid

June 14: "Suddenly, a Stiff Test in Ukraine" - Ronald A Marks III
A CIA Cold Warrior Worries About the West's Resolve

June 9: "Jan. 6 Hearings: Will the Strong Opening Stick?" - Jeff Stein
The Watergate hearings were full of surprises that jerked the public's attention back to its TVs—and Nixon's crimes. The unexpected could happen again.

June 9: "Israel-Iran Shadow War on Verge of Exploding Into the Open" - Jonathan Broder
Iran removing UN monitoring cameras, poised to move troops into Syria

June 7: "Watergate's Scorpions: The CIA and White House" - Melissa Graves
New revelations emerge in Jefferson Morley's tale of how the CIA's Richard Helms and Richard Nixon circled each other as mortal enemies—and allies.

Renewed Focus on Physical, Economic, and Energy Security - Latest Insights from Jack Devine of Arkin Group

The Arkin Group's June 23 "In Other News" letter to private clients by former CIA Deputy Director, Operations... Officer Jack Devine features...

  1. The Russian Invasion of Ukraine Has Triggered Renewed Focus on Political Alliances with an Eye towards Physical, Economic, and Energy Security.

Follow link here to read analyses and predictions given to their private clients on the topics from last week. There sometimes is a delay of seven days before the above topics will appear at this link.

Nuclear Test by North Korea "imminent" — more from JJ Green/WTOP's "Inside the SCIF"

Inside the SCIF by JJ Green, WTOP - Issue #167, 23 June has details on... Trump Official's Home Searched by Federal Agents; Jan 6 Hearings Continue; War in Ukraine Update; Copenhagen Criteria; Warning to Americans in Ukraine - LEAVE; Weapons to Ukraine; Russian War Plans; Microsoft Report on Defending Ukraine; US Military Pilot Was Paid Agent of China; Baer's Book - The Fourth Man - Makes Accusations - See Chapter 13; Paul Whelan update; more.

Target USA Podcast 337 is on: Nuclear Test by North Korea "imminent"
Ambassador Joe Detrani, former Director of the National Counter-Proliferation Center, says this could be very serious.

In The Hunt podcast: How Will Security in Afghanistan Affect Aid workers?.

J.J. Green speaks with Rahmatullah Nowruz, CEO of the Qamar Foundation, who says terror groups, which have long inhabited Afghanistan, are not an issue.


CISA Releases Election Security Insider Threat Mitigation Guide - 27 June 2022

CISA released the Election Infrastructure Insider Threat Mitigation Guide which offers election stakeholders guidance on understanding and mitigating insider threats. This guide helps stakeholders define insider threats, highlights elections risks, and provides guidance on how to improve insider threat mitigation practices. Additionally, it helps organizations establish insider threat mitigation programs that are both proactive and reactive to potential threats. CISA emphasizes the importance of a positive, supportive organizational culture with four key measures in place:
• Standard operating procedures,
• Access control,
• Zero trust security, and
• Chain of custody.
10-page CISA Guide here

On the Subversion of NIST by the NSA - Schneier on Security, 23 June 2022

Nadiya Kostyuk and Susan Landau wrote an interesting paper: "Dueling Over DUAL_EC_DRBG: The Consequences of Corrupting a Cryptographic Standardization Process": ...The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which develops cryptographic standards for non-national security agencies of the U.S. government, has emerged as the de facto international source for cryptographic standards. But in 2013, Edward Snowden disclosed that the NSA had subverted the integrity of a NIST cryptographic standard­ enabling easy decryption of supposedly secured communications.
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Google Warns of New Spyware Targeting iOS and Android Users - Wired, 23 June 2022

The malware has been used to target people in Italy, Kazakhstan, and Syria, researchers at Google and Lookout have found.
In hearings this week, the notorious spyware vendor NSO group told European legislators that at least five EU countries have used its powerful Pegasus surveillance malware. But as ever more comes to light about the reality of how NSO's products have been abused around the world, researchers are also working to raise awareness that the surveillance-for-hire industry goes far beyond one company. On Thursday, Google's Threat Analysis Group and Project Zero vulnerability analysis team published findings about the iOS version of a spyware product attributed to the Italian developer RCS Labs.
Google researchers say they detected victims of the spyware in Italy and Kazakhstan on both Android and iOS devices.
Article here

What the Army Should Be Learning about Large-Scale Combat Operations from the Ukraine War - Modern War Institute, 24 June 2022

This week, the Russian invasion of Ukraine turns four months old. While the Western world largely expected a rapid Ukrainian military defeat by Russian forces, the Ukrainian armed forces and their people halted the initial thrust of the invasion, and have since regained some of their lost territory and continue to defend their nation. The war is far from over. At this point, no one can describe with certainty the eventual outcome. That said, there is already much we can learn from this war. For the US joint force, and the Army in particular, that should include identifying major lessons regarding the conduct of large-scale combat operations on the modern battlefield. These lessons and their implications should then inform both near-term readiness—in the form of leader development, training, doctrine, force deployments and preparedness—and future force design across the DOTMLPF spectrum (doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities).
Article here

AIVD Disrupts Activities of Russian Intelligence Officer Targeting the International Criminal Court - Netherlands GISS 16 June 2022

The AIVD prevented a Russian intelligence officer from gaining access as an intern to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. The person in question works for the Russian Military Intelligence Service GRU, but he used a Brazilian cover identity to travel from Brazil to the Netherlands.
The AIVD holds him to be a threat to national security, and the service informed the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service about this in an official report ("ambtsbericht").
On these grounds the intelligence officer was refused entry into the Netherlands in April and declared unacceptable. He was sent back to Brazil on the first flight out.
The ICC has also been informed of this case.
Article here
ALSO SEE: Cover Identity of Russian Intelligence Officer - Netherlands GISS
The AIVD prevented a Russian intelligence officer from gaining access as an intern to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. This document describes the extensive and complex cover identity of this particular intelligence officer, providing a glimpse of his modus operandi.
Download in English: "Accompanying note to the Russian intelligence officer's cover identity" explaining the elaborate legend Russian Illegals create.
Download in English: "Enclosed Document with Cover Identity of Russian Intelligence Officer"

Are Portable Digital Identities Swiftly Replacing Conventional Passwords? - CPO Magazine, 27 June 2022

Admit it; remembering different passwords for different accounts is the most annoying yet crucial thing we encounter every day.
This tediously repetitive task undoubtedly creates a lot of friction in the modern digitally-advanced world where every user demands a seamless experience across every platform.
However, many businesses offering online services are ahead of their time since they've already worked on eliminating the need to reenter passwords. Brands like Apple, Google, and Microsoft have already jumped on the bandwagon to dump passwords forever.
Article here

DNI Haines Speaks at the Activation of the National Space Intelligence Center - ODNI, 27 June 2022

The Space Force activated the National Space Intelligence Center which will be led by its newest unit Space Delta 18, during a ceremony on June 24 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Space Delta 18 will be responsible for delivering critical intelligence on threat systems, foreign intentions, and activities in the space domain.
Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines spoke at the event and stressed the importance of Space Force Intelligence for our national security.
Announcement here

More Countries Add the Switchblade Drone Following Ukraine Success - Clearance Jobs, 27 June 2022

No matter how the Russian-Ukraine War eventually ends, the people of Ukraine will likely remain the biggest losers, as their cities have been bombed, loved ones killed and lives destroyed. The second-biggest loser could certainly be the Kremlin – both in terms of pride and in future arms sales. As Russia failed to win a quick and easy victory, and has seen its tanks destroyed, aircraft shot down and ships sunk, the once "Mighty Bear" is quickly resembling a "Paper Tiger."
That's bad news for Rostec, the state-owned defense conglomerate, which likely hoped to use a quick victory to tout its various weapons. Instead, a nearly unknown American startup has gained notoriety with its seemingly small but highly capable unmanned aerial system (UAS), which has been credited with destroying Russian tanks and other vehicles.
That is AeroVironment's Switchblade, a "loitering munition" that can be remotely operated and used to semi-autonomously target enemy positions.
Article here

Oh là là! A French Farce in the Records of British Intelligence - SIGINT Historian (UK), 24 June 2022

An entry in Guy Liddell's diary for 1 January 1941 (KV 4/187) might lead one to the conclusion that old fashioned farces were not quite as far fetched as I used to think when watching Brian Rix.
Admiral Emile Muselier was in London, attached to General de Gaulle's Headquarters as Commander of Free French Naval Forces. Forged letters suggested he was in secret dealing with the Vichy regime and on New Year's Eve 1940, The Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, ordered his arrest. What happened, or at least the way Liddell told the story of what happened, probably confirmed in a generation of intelligence officers some of the prejudices they had inherited about the French.
"We have now obtained 3 more letters from Collin who says...
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Language Empowers Mission: The Intelligence Language Institute - CIA, 22 June 2022

Our officers' superior language skills are indeed the gold standard of tradecraft." William Burns, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
The Central Intelligence Agency's global mission requires a workforce that can communicate with anyone, anywhere. Language training is key to maintaining a workforce capable of communicating across languages and cultures. Staffed by experts in education, linguistics, testing, and policy, the CIA's Intelligence Language Institute (ILI) oversees the Agency's foreign language initiatives and provides foreign language instruction and testing tailored to the mission needs of our global workforce.
Article here

Balancing Your News Diet - Axios, 27 June 2022

People around the world are running from the news.
Why it matters: Coverage of these painful times is ruining our mood, burning us out and just plain confusing us.
News trust in the U.S. is the lowest among the 46 countries polled for the report — at 26% (tied with Slovakia). The world average: 42%. ... Find sources you trust — and stick to them. Quit getting your news on endless social feeds, which can be littered with misinformation.
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VIDEO - The Russia-Ukraine War and Global Energy Security - Institute of World Politics, 24 June 2022

CEO of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute Kelly Ogle and IWP adjunct professor Dr. Sara Vakhshouri discuss "The Russia-Ukraine War and Global Energy Security." Event took place 21 June 2022.
Mr. Kelly Ogle and Dr. Sara Vakhshouri discuss global energy issues with the backdrop of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.
1:09:00 Video here

VIDEO - U2 Spy Plane - The Dragon Lady - Cockpit View At 70,000 Feet - Gary Sinise U2 Record - DroneScapes, 12 February 2022

The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed "Dragon Lady", is an American single-jet engine, high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It provides day and night, high-altitude (70,000 feet, 21,300 meters), all-weather intelligence gathering.
To the Edge of Infinity - 70,000 Ft Up! At that time, Gary Sinise was the highest man on earth. The documentary follows the acclaimed actor and humanitarian as he prepares and travels to the edge of space in U2 spy plane.
44:07 Video here

VIDEO - The Spy Who Came in From the Cold War - Infiltration at the PMML - PMML and International Spy Museum, 23 June 2022

An evening of intelligence and espionage. Spy Museum historian and curator, Dr. Andrew Hammond hosted a conversation with Spy Museum Executive Director Chris Costa, and retired senior FBI agent (and AFIO National Treasurer) John Quattrocki, on Cold War intelligence, espionage, and their experiences in the field.
Costa, a former intelligence officer of 34 years with 25 of those in active duty in hot spots such as Panama, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, is also a past Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council.
Quattrocki retired from the Senior Executive Service (SES - 4) as a Special Agent of the FBI with 19 years of operational experience against the Soviet Union/Russia, the countries of the (former) Warsaw Pact, East Asia, Islamic extremist groups, and domestic terrorism. He also has 14 years of experience in US National Security policy development and implementation at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) and in the Intelligence Directorate on the National Security Council (NSC) staff at the White House as the Director of Counterintelligence Programs. He serves as AFIO National's Treasurer. This program was recorded live at PMML in Chicago.
1:04:00 Video here

VIDEO - Look Around: Women in Cybersecurity Episode 3 - NSA, 23 June 2022

Cybersecurity is national security. Holly Baroody, Deputy to the Commander, Cyber National Mission Force, U.S. Cyber Command, talks about the need for women to participate in national security in the latest "Look Around" spotlight from NSA's Cybersecurity Collaboration Center.
2:36 Video here

VIDEO - Operación Jaque - The Daring Rescue Mission That Freed 15 Hostages - International Spy Museum, 22 June 2022

Operación Jaque was an effective intelligence operation and a grand deception, executed by Colombian forces. It involved codebreaking, cover identities, and the successful rescue of 15 hostages held by the FARC in the Colombian jungles—without spilling a drop of blood.
It began on 2 July 2008 - a helicopter carrying more than a dozen disguised commandos landed in the jungles of southern Colombia. Masquerading as journalists and humanitarian aid workers, the operatives set out to rescue 15 hostages held for years by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a Marxist-Leninist guerrilla group.
6:05 Video here

Section IV - Books, Research Requests, Jobs, Obituaries

Books — Newly Released, Overlooked, Forthcoming

Oil, the State, and War: The Foreign Policies of Petrostates
by Emma Ashford
(Georgetown University Press, June 2022)

The international implications of oil wealth showing why it creates bad actors In a world where oil-rich states are more likely to start war than their oil-dependent counterparts. These states' wealth props up the global arms trade, provides diplomatic leverage, and allows them to support violent and nonviolent proxies. Ashford explores many links between domestic oil production and dodgy foreign policy behavior and how oil production influences murky global politics. Not all petrostates have the same characteristics or capabilities. To see the differences, Ashford classifies three types of petrostates: oil-dependent states (those weakened by the resource curse), oil-wealthy states (those made rich by oil exports), and super-producer states (those that form the backbone of the global oil market). Through a combination of case studies and analysis, she illustrates how oil shapes petrostates' behavior, filling a major gap in our understanding of the international implications of oil wealth. Experts have too often treated oil-rich states as passive objects, subject to the energy security needs of Western importing states. Instead, this book highlights the agency and power enjoyed by petrostates. As the oil market undergoes a period of rapid change, this work sheds light on the diversity of petrostates and how they shape international affairs.

Book available here

Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications: A Primer on US Systems and Future Challenges
by James J. Wirtz and Jeffrey A. Larsen, Editors
(Georgetown University Press, June 2022)

A unique overview of this country's current nuclear command, control, and communications system and its modernization for the digital age. Concerns about the security of nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) systems are not new, but they are becoming more urgent. While modernization is crucial to the future success of NC3 systems, the transition from analog to digital technologies has the potential to introduce vulnerabilities and unintended consequences. Nuclear infrastructure and command could be penetrated, corrupted, destroyed, or spoofed, leading to a loss of positive control (the ability to fire weapons) or negative control (the ability to prevent unauthorized or accidental use). This work explores the current NC3 system and its vital role in ensuring effective deterrence, contemporary challenges posed by cyber threats, new weapons technologies, and the consensus across the nuclear enterprise of the need to modernize the US' Cold War-era system of systems. Part 1 provides an overview of the history, strategy, and technology associated with NC3 and how it enables deterrence strategy as the basis of national defense. Parts 2 and 3 identify how the US military's NC3 works, the challenges of introducing digital technologies and the potential security threats, and how the system could fail if these considerations are not taken into account. Part 4 explains the progress NC3 has made thus far, and how we might move forward.

Book may be ordered here

The Partisan
by Patrick Worrall
(Bantam Press, June 2022)

Based on historical incidents. It is the summer of 1961 and the Cold War between East and West is becoming more perilous. Two young prodigies from either side of the Iron Curtain, Yulia and Michael, meet at a chess tournament in London. They don't know it, but they are about to compete in the deadliest game played. Shadowing them is Greta, a ruthless resistance fighter who grew up the hard way in the forests of Lithuania, but who is now hunting down some of the most dangerous men in the world. Men who are also on the radar of Vassily, a Soviet spymaster. A man of cunning and influence, Vassily was Yulia's minder during her visit to the West, but he could not foresee the consequences of her meeting Michael. When the world is accelerating towards an inevitable and catastrophic conflict, what can four people do to prevent it? Epic in scope, this historical spy novel is a ride like few others, taking you from Cambridge to the grime of Moscow's underworld, from 1960s London to the Eastern Front in the Second World War.

Book may be ordered here

Research Requests

CFP (UTAustin): 2022 "Bobby R. Inman Award" for Student Scholarship on Intelligence

LAST CHANCE -- The University of Texas at Austin's Intelligence Studies Project announces the 8th 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 2021-22 academic year.
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2022
If requested, the Intelligence Studies Project will assist in publishing the winning paper and ensure it is made available to current intelligence practitioners interested in the paper's topic. At the discretion of the Intelligence Studies Project, the authors of meritorious papers that are not recognized with an award and cash prize may be offered support in further research and editing in anticipation of publication.
Additional information about the Inman Award, including submission requirements and previous winners, is available here.

CFP on "Domestic Intelligence Organizations in Non-Democratic Regimes" for the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence

The resurgence of authoritarianism in the 21st century coincides with transformations in intelligence that offer states greater surveillance capabilities than any other era of human history. This special issue will explore intelligence in non-democratic regimes to elicit insights on how these non-democratic intelligence cultures and practices might harness intelligence in the future compared to how they have in the past. The editors are particularly interested in case studies that focus less on theory and more on history and new evidence, although papers that offer original theoretical concepts are welcome.
Contributions may include, but are not limited to, the following questions and issues:
· The role of new technology in domestic intelligence or surveillance by non-democratic states (including the newly-developed digital authoritarianism practices)
· How ideology shaped domestic intelligence organizations, functions, or operations in non-democratic states
· Single or comparative case studies
· The influence of society, culture, and history on intelligence in non-democratic regimes and vice versa
· The role of individuals as driving forces in non-democratic intelligence structure, organization, and behavior
· The effect of intelligence on minority or underrepresented groups and voices
· The pressure or influence of outside states, including allies, adversaries, or patrons, on intelligence by non-democratic regimes
· Innovations in non-democratic intelligence practices
· Areas of continuity or discontinuity in the transition from a non-democratic to a democratic state
Abstracts are due by 15 August 2022; Manuscripts are due 15 December 2022.
Manuscripts should be between 4,000-8,000 words (including the abstract, an author bio, references, figures, and tables.) All manuscripts should be formatted following the style of the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence.
Submissions or questions: Florina Cristiana Matei,, or Jeff Rogg,


National Academies Seeking Director for Intelligence Community Studies Board - Keck Center, Washington, DC
We're Hiring! Seeking the Next Director for the Intelligence Community Studies Board - National Academies, 1 June 2022
Are you an exceptional leader and manager with a strong background working in the Intelligence Community (IC), particularly at the intersections of sciences, engineering, and medicine with policy? Do you have the ability to develop portfolios of projects and negotiate external funding from sponsors in the IC and Federal Agencies?
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is seeking a director for the Intelligence Community Studies Board (ICSB). The ICSB serves as the convening authority for the discussion of science and technology issues of importance to the U.S. IC. Although the principal sponsor of the ICSB is the Director of S&T at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), ICSB resources and publications are used to benefit all parts of the IC. In coordination with ODNI and other IC members, the ICSB produces studies and holds workshops, symposia, and expert meetings to explore science and technology topics of interest. The ICSB is also home to the Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group, a large, diverse, collection of experts across a broad range of science, technology, and medicine that is available to provide quick-response advice to ODNI and the IC.
You should have experience in managing staff and fostering their growth, providing oversight on quality and timeliness for a diverse program of activities, and managing relationships with federal, state, and private sponsors.
The successful candidate for this position will have an advanced degree in a related field (physical sciences, engineering, social sciences, or a related field), as well as 10 years of experience related to advancing science or policy, particularly related to fund raising and managing projects and budgets. Previous experience in government service in an executive agency, Capitol Hill, or the White House would be preferred. The preferred candidate should also have a TS/SCI Clearance.
For a complete job description, desired qualifications, and description of benefits, please visit our website to learn more and apply.
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College in Lynchburg, VA Seeks Assistant Professor to teach Intelligence and National Security - Fall, Full-time

Liberty University is seeking a full time, residential, Assistant Professor to teach Intelligence and National Security courses in the School of Government. Courses support a curriculum which features a major or minor field of study in Strategic Intelligence Studies and include Introduction to Intelligence, Intelligence Analysis, Ethics in Intelligence, History of Intelligence, Intelligence and Military Operations, Strategic Intelligence, Counter Intelligence, Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and Psychological Operations. A minimum of a Master's Degree and extensive experience in the Intelligence profession is required.
Liberty University is located in Lynchburg, VA, 3 hours south of Washington, D.C. It is a private, Christian, liberal arts, accredited institution with 15 colleges and schools. The modern campus at Liberty Mountain supports 15,000 residential students, Division I sports and over 115,000 online students. Liberty has a large and thriving Army and Air Force ROTC presence. Details on the job are at here. Interested parties should contact

Seeking Director of Global and National Security Programs - Univ of New Mexico

The University of New Mexico (UNM) invites applications for the part-time (.50 FTE) position of Director of Global and National Security Programs. This position will be for four years with the possibility of renewal and will report to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.
UNM's Global and National Security Policy Institute (GNSPI) grew out of a perceived need for greater coordination among international security-related STEM, social science, law, and humanities fields. GNSPI developed a Professional Masters of Science Degree in Global and National Security (PMSGNS) based on intensive 8-week modules designed for working professionals seeking interdisciplinary education on security policy questions, broadly defined. The program is of particular interest to technical professionals whose duties or career goals extend to addressing broad policy issues that are inherently interdisciplinary. GNSPI holds an annual symposium and other events that promote dialogue among academics and practitioners on global security issues and emerging challenges.
UNM also developed an undergraduate-focused Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC-CAE), that offers a certificate in National Security and Strategic Analysis, as well as a Global and National Security concentration under UNM's interdisciplinary Bachelors of Integrative Studies and Innovation degree program. The Director of Global and National Security Programs will oversee both the graduate and undergraduate programs, in coordination with the Deans of participating colleges and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Please see the position posting here.

Full-Time Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice (Intelligence Studies) - University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

Job Summary: Type: Full-Time; Posted: 02/02/2022; Category: Criminal Justice; Job ID: 238891
The Department of Criminal Justice at The University of North Georgia invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the Dahlonega campus. This position will focus primarily on Intelligence Studies. Special attention will be given to applicants who have four or more years of practitioner experience and the ability to manage applied analytic projects. The workload may require travel across campuses, teaching at off-campus teaching sites, and online teaching.
Responsibilities: Teach four undergraduate courses per semester to include Introduction to Criminal Justice; Maintain an active research agenda in an effort to produce scholarly publications; Assist in the advising of students enrolled in Bachelor of Science Degree Criminal Justice with an Intelligence Studies Concentration; Serve on University, College, and Departmental Committees; Teaching schedule may include assignments on other campuses, evening or on-line classes.
Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Criminal Justice is required. Intelligence Studies, Homeland Security or a closely related field is preferred; Experience teaching Intelligence Studies at the university or college level; Successful candidates should be able to teach one or more of the following courses: Introduction to Intelligence, Fundamentals of Intelligence Analysis, or Methods of Intelligence; Ability to work collaboratively with all campus constituencies.
To explore this job or to apply, do so here

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Intelligence, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL

Job Description: The Department of Security Studies and International Affairs (SSIA) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL., invites candidates to apply for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Intelligence (GEOINT). The successful candidate should have experience in one or more of the domains related to intelligence and security with skillsets in technologies such as Geospatial Intelligence, Remote Sensing using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), satellite imagery, as well as spatial analyses using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
The successful candidate will contribute to SSIA's interdisciplinary Homeland Security and Intelligence program. In addition, the candidate will support the department and college to help integrate technology into the existing Homeland Security & Intelligence and Global Conflict Studies undergraduate degree programs as well as other programs external to the department. Primary tasks include undergraduate teaching and research, student advising, and relationship building with external organizations and agencies. The position requires teaching flexibility to cover a variety of courses in geospatial intelligence, geographic information systems, and their applications across a broad range of intelligence and security issues. Additional duties include scholarship, professional development, committee participation, and other activities to support the Department. This is a nine-month position with the possibility of summer teaching assignments. Position available August 2022.
Qualifications: An earned doctorate in intelligence-related discipline such as Geospatial Intelligence, Security Studies, Political Science, Remote Sensing, or related field is preferred. Special attention will be given to candidates with Intelligence Community experience and demonstrated success in securing and managing applied analytic projects. Knowledge of technical as well as policy and procedural aspects of geospatial intelligence and its applications is a plus. An exceptional candidate who is ABD (with an expected completion date within six months of the hire date) will be considered.
More info or to apply


Mike Hohlfelder, CIA Counterterrorism Officer
Michael Alan Hohlfelder, 71, a former CIA Counterterrorism Officer, died 18 June 2022.
Mike's legacy and the impact his leadership left on countless lives worldwide proved he will undoubtedly be remembered by those whose life he touched.
After graduating from Wake Forest University in North Carolina with a B.A. in history in 1973, Mike joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1974 where he served his country until his retirement in 2004. Awarded the CIA's Intelligence Commendation Medal in July 1998, Mike was recognized for exceptional Achievement as Chief, Counterterrorism Training Branch, DCI Counterterrorist Center. During his tenure with the CIA, Mike was also awarded the Career Intelligence Medal in March 2004 and recognized for his distinguished service in a variety of security disciplines. He will be remembered for his strong reputation of leading change in a diverse and difficult environment, mission focus, and a legacy of sustained, superior stewardship. Mike was a patriot whose love for his country was evident in all he did. After his retirement from official service, Mike continued to share his gift of leadership with others and persisted in the protection of and service to others.
Green Bay Packers football, Wake Forest University athletics, and a fierce passion for the USA were woven throughout Mike's character. Mike overflowed with loyalty, integrity, empathy, kindness, protectiveness, humanity, decency, and civility.
Mike is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ingrid Carlson Hohlfelder; two children, and other family.
A memorial service is Thursday, 30 June 2022, 1PM, at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032.

Will Rogers, CIA Intelligence Analyst and Contractor
William Francis Rogers, 84, CIA Intelligence Analyst, died 2 June 2022 in Virginia Beach, VA.
Will was born in Leominster, MA. He earned a B.A. in political geography at Clark University in Worcester, MA, and a M.A. in political geography at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
He spent 51 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency. The first 35 years of which as an intelligence analyst working on issues related to the former Soviet Union. He was an independent Agency contractor for the last 16 years. Will visited 84 foreign countries and all 50 of the U.S. states.
Will wrote a chapter in the "Stories from Langley: A Glimpse Inside the CIA" by Edward F. Mickolus in 2014 and co-authored a book with David T. Lindgren entitled "The Penitent Spy" in 2018.
Will survived pancreatic cancer in 2004. After having the Whipple procedure at John Hopkins Hospital, he moved down to Virginia Beach, VA, to be with his daughters. Will loved sports (especially the Red Sox), travelling out West, playing golf, reading books, and spending time with his family.
He will be missed by his loving extended family and friends
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bertha Ellen; his two daughters, and other family.

Maggie Zinkowich's obituary appears in the 10 May 2022 edition of the Weekly Notes.
Maggie's services at Arlington are scheduled for 2 PM on the 4 August 2022 with a reception following at Patton Hall (Fort Myer's Officer Club, 214 Jackson Ave, Fort Myer, VA 22211). Please check out the below websites for more information. Need to be at the Arlington Admin Parking lot by 1:15PM. for details, maps, etc. to get prescreened to get aboard the base without having to wait in line if you do not have Military ID.

Section V - Events


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Thursday, 7 July 2022, 7pm CT - Zoom - San Antonio TX Virtual AFIO Chapter Meeting discusses Javelin anti-tank missile system and the M270 Multiple Rocket Launcher System - both supplied to Ukraine

The AFIO San Antonio, Texas Chapter (SATX) will be a real "shoot em up" session. Two segments to get you up to speed on the Javelin anti-tank missile system and the M270 Multiple Rocket Launcher System. Both weapons have been provided to Ukraine. Total program time is less than 30 minutes.
To receive Zoom Meeting ID, Passcode, and links, contact John Franklin, President, AFIO San Antonio Chapter, at, or call him at 210 863-0430.

Thursday, 21 July 2022, 7:00 PM PDT - Virtual via Zoom - The Columbia River Chapter of the AFIO hosts Amb Browning discussing "Inside a U.S. Embassy."

Please join us for a virtual presentation by Ambassador Steven A. Browning entitled "Inside A U.S. Embassy" geared toward an audience with a background in federal service. There will be a short question and answer session following the presentation. Ambassador Browning retired from the Senior Foreign Service holding the rank of Career Minister in December of 2014 and his bio is attached FYI. We look forward to the opportunity to hear from Ambassador Browning and are very fortunate to secure his time in this presentation.
For security, the Zoom link will be sent to those who have contacted
Carl Wege, President of the AFIO Columbia River Chapter, at
Please pass this information on to the members of your Chapter. It would be greatly appreciated.

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Sunday, 10 July 2022, 2 - 3:30pm EDT - Virtual - Subchaser: Finding and Tracking Soviet Submarines in the P-3C by The Cold War Museum

On July 10, CWM is turning to one of our star presenters, Don Stanton, to tell us about one of the most important preventive measures we took during the Cold War to forestall a nuclear attack. What if your nuclear-armed opponent could approach your coast without being detected? That would be unfortunate, since it would cut your warning time drastically if there were a massive attack nuclear missile attack. And what about the other main kind of submarine, the hunter-killers who were prowling to attack your own submarines? What the Soviets didn't know for a long time about both of those kinds of submarines is that we knew where all of theirs were at all times, thanks to a multi-layered system that initially detected Soviet subs far from our coasts using undersea sensors (SOSUS), then had them tracked by our own hunter-killer submarines, which were much quieter than theirs. But we had another tracking element that was much faster and more mobile for acquiring Soviet subs via sound, then tracking them. That was our squadrons of P-3 Orion aircraft, designed and equipped for this task. (One of the U.S.'s longstanding advantages in establishing and maintaining air superiority in multiple situations has been the range of specialized aircraft we can array in a coordinated manner to do specific tasks in sequence.) What vital role did the P-3s play then (and now) in defending against nuclear attack from below the sea's surface? What was it like to fly in one during the Cold War? Don Stanton knows because he was there, doing this work. Ride along with him as he takes on P-3 actions he experienced, explaining how it looked and felt on these vital missions.
Location: ONLINE ONLY. Eventbrite ticket buyers will receive a link to the virtual room on the Zoom platform where this event will take place. We are recording the whole event, including the Q&A, for the Museum's archives.
Agenda: • 1:30-2:00. Participants arrive in the Zoom room online; • 2:00-2:05. Jason Hall, Executive Director of the Cold War Museum, introduces the Museum and Don Stanton;
• 2:05-3:00. Don presents on chasing Soviet submarines from above in the Orion P-3; • 3:00-3:30. Q&A opportunity for the audience.
Questions? Call or email Jason Hall, 703-283-4124 (cell),
Cost: $20, 100% of which is a contribution to the Cold War Museum.
Register here

Monday, 18 - 19 Jul 2022, 8:25 AM - 4:30 PM EDT - Online - North American Society for Intelligence History 2022 Conference

The North American Society for Intelligence History will hold its second conference online.
Before the conference we will send speakers and attendees the link to Hopin, our virtual conference platform, to the email listed on the ticket. The email will come from so be sure to check spam/junk folders. Participants should use their preferred email to register.
** All times are Eastern (Washington, DC) time **
Abbreviated listing of Panels follows. Online listing includes panels and panelists.
Panels are: Panel 1: Covert Operations in the Early Cold War: A Roundtable Reassessment; Panel 2A: New Findings on the CPUSA on its Centennial: Julia Stewart Poyntz, George Mink, and Earl Browder; Panel 2B: Anglo-American Intelligence in the European Theater of World War II; Panel 3A: Intelligence Analysis in the Twentieth Century; Panel 3B: The Central Intelligence Agency at 75; Panel 4A: Ethics and Experimentation in Intelligence History; Panel 4B: New Perspectives on Soviet Intelligence; Panel 5A: Intelligence, Terrorism, and Insurrection; Panel 6A: New Beginnings in Signals Intelligence; Panel 6B: Machinery of Government and Intelligence; Panel 7: World War I and its Aftermath; Panel 8A: Intelligence Liaison in History; Panel 8B: Italian and German Intelligence in the Inter-War Period; Panel 9A: New Methods and Best Practices for Teaching Intelligence History and Using Intelligence to Teach History; Panel 9B: US Imagery Intelligence: Meeting the Challenges of the Cold War
Full agenda and Registration here

Wednesday, 29 June 2022, 3-4pm EDT - Virtual - "The Israeli Perspective on Strategic Intelligence" - featuring Col Itai Shapira, hosted by Johns Hopkins University

Michael J. Ard, JHU host, leads discussion with intelligence analyst Colonel Itai Shapira on "the Israeli Perspective on Strategic Intelligence."
Colonel (res.) Itai Shapira has more than 25 years of experience in the Israeli Defense Intelligence (IDI), where he has served in various intelligence analysis and management roles on the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. His last assignments included the deputy for analysis in the IDI's Research and Analysis Division (RAD), the head of the Syrian department in the RAD, and the head of the IDI's "Devil's Advocate" department.
Itai holds a B.A and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University and is a graduate of the Israeli National Defense College. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester – studying Israeli national intelligence culture.
No charge to attend. Explore more or Register here.

Wednesday, 27 July 2022 - See Website - CIRA National Summer Lunch Features John Brennan

Please join your CIRA colleagues for our Summer National Lunch!
The keynote speaker will be John Brennan. This will be a conversation with the former director. A cash bar reception will begin at 11:30am, followed by lunch and presentation. Lunch cost is $45 per person and includes salad, entree choice, sides, dessert, and coffee/tea. When you register for the lunch you will need to make a choice of chicken, salmon, or vegetarian entree. If you have a required dietary restriction please let us know for the venue may be able to provide alternatives.
Payment Details: If you pay by credit card on the website, you will be able to indicate your meal choice at the same time. If you are paying by credit card and bringing a guest(s), please send the name(s) and meal choices in an email to
Reservations with Credit Card Payment: Log in to the CIRA Website and click on "Online Payments"
Scroll down the page and click on the blue box named "Make Lunch Payment(s)"
Check Payment/Reservation: Credit card payments are strongly encouraged, but if you prefer to pay by check, it must arrive in our post office box by 19 July. You will need to send your meal choice in the envelope with your check. You will also need to include the name(s) of your guest(s) and their meal choice(s).
Mail your Check to arrive by Tuesday July 19th to: CIRA, PO Box 7154, McLean, VA 22106-7154
Additional Notes: Refunds? We are obligated to pay for the number of attendees guaranteed in advance, so refunds cannot be provided should you be unable to attend. Thank you for your understanding.
We will follow the VA Gov's COVID guidance, but will be taking additional precautions to keep our colleagues safe. Anyone not fully vaccinated must wear a mask.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022, 6 - 7:30pm EDT - Virtual - The OSS Society's "Oh So Social" Conversation Series features General David Petraeus + Dr. Michael Vickers

General David Petraeus, USA (Ret.) and Dr. Michael Vickers
talk one-on-one about the state of the world in this latest "Oh So Social" Virtual Conversation Series by The OSS Society.
Fee ranges from free to $1,000.
Register here

Thursday, 27 October 2022, 4:30 - 6:30 pm - Hanover, MD - Cocktails and Codebreakers Event

Please join the National Cryptologic Foundation (NCF) and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) for Cocktails and Codebreakers, a celebration of women in codebreaking.
Pay tribute to the rich history of trailblazing women in cryptology, to include recognizing the United States Postal Service's launch of a Women Cryptologists of WWII stamp.
Fireside Chat: Ms. Jen Easterly, Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) with Mr. Greg Myre, NPR National Security Correspondent, as moderator.
Special Guest Speaker: Mr. Bill Nye will speak about his mother who was a WWII cryptologist with the WAVES.
Where: The Hotel at Arundel Preserve: 7795 Arundel Mills Blvd, Hanover, MD 21076. Google map link for driving directions and location.
More info here
Register here
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