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Domestic Terror Cases Increasingly Cross Borders, FBI Director Says - WPost, 8 July 2022
British intelligence chief says that young neo-Nazi suspects obsessed with weapons present a "cocktail of risk" around the globe. Many domestic terrorism cases now have an international component, as would-be killers are "egging each other on" and drawing inspiration from racist or neo-Nazi attacks overseas, the head of the FBI and his British counterpart said Friday. FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, speaking to reporters alongside Ken McCallum, director general of the British domestic security agency MI5, said their agencies have spent decades developing tip-sharing systems to handle international terrorism cases, but that "muscle memory" is now being applied to domestic terrorism investigations.
How China Uses Search Engines to Spread Propaganda - Brookings Tech Stream, 6 July 2022
Users come to search engines seeking honest answers to their queries. On a wide range of issues—from personal health, to finance, to news—search engines are often the first stop for those looking to get information online. But as authoritarian states like China increasingly use online platforms to disseminate narratives aimed at weakening their democratic competitors, these search engines represent a crucial battleground in their information war with rivals. For Beijing, search engines represent a key—and underappreciated vector—to spread propaganda to audiences around the world.
China, Russia, and Iran: The Great Game Continues (Differently) - Skytop, 4 July 2022
Afghanistan and Geopolitics: Now that the United States and its allies have departed Afghanistan, and Russia subsequently invaded Ukraine, while China is rattling sabers over and around Taiwan, it may be useful to take a look at the impact of the departure from Afghanistan in a global and regional geopolitical context.
Russian Information Operations Focus on Dividing Western Coalition Supporting Ukraine - CyberScoop, 7 July 2022
Russian intelligence has been using state-controlled media and other disinformation channels to disseminate propaganda designed to divide the Western coalition supporting Ukraine, according to a report the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future released Thursday.
The Existential Threat of AI-Enhanced Disinformation Operations - Just Security, 8 July 2022
A recent Washington Post article about artificial intelligence (AI) briefly caught the publics' attention. A former engineer working for Google's Responsible AI organization went public with his belief that the company's chatbot was sentient. It should be stated bluntly: this AI is not a conscious entity. It is a large language model trained indiscriminately from Internet text that uses statistical patterns to predict the most probable sequence of words. While the tone of the Washington Post piece conjured all the usual Hollywood tropes related to humanity's fear of sentient technology (e.g., storylines from Ex Machina, Terminator, or 2001: A Space Odyssey), it also inadvertently highlighted an uncomfortable truth: As AI capabilities continue to improve, they will become increasingly effective tools for manipulating and fooling humans. And while we need not fear an imminent cyborg apocalypse, we do need to prepare and strategize for a new era of AI-enabled disinformation.
UK to Combat Russia's 'Hostile Online Warfare' by Forcing Internet Firms to Remove Disinformation - TechCrunch, 5 July 2022
The U.K. government is pushing to make "foreign interference" such as disinformation a priority offence under its proposed Online Safety Bill, forcing technology firms to remove contravening content shared by foreign state actors.
Defense Firm Said U.S. Spies Backed Its Bid for Pegasus Spyware Maker - NYT, 10 July 2022
The American contractor L3Harris is said to have cited support from intelligence officials for its effort to acquire NSO, the Israeli spyware company blacklisted by the Biden administration. A team of executives from an American military contractor quietly visited Israel numerous times in recent months to try to carry out a bold but risky plan: purchasing NSO Group, the cyber hacking firm that is as notorious as it is technologically accomplished. ... Pegasus is a "zero-click" hacking tool that can remotely extract everything from a target's mobile phone, including messages, contacts, photos and videos without the user having to click on a phishing link to give it remote access. It can also turn the mobile phone into a tracking and recording device.
Semiconductors and Security - CSIS, 28 June 2022
Many people know that China has spent hundreds of billions of dollars to build its own semiconductor industry and has committed billions more. Taiwan is spending $120 billion to build 20 new plants, including four cutting-edge semiconductor fabs, and is already breaking ground for the new plants. Japan and Korea have approved subsidies. Even the European Union, in its own Chips Act, a copy of U.S. legislation, has approved $46 billion in subsidies, and member states like Germany have allocated billions more. Only one country lags behind: the United States. This makes semiconductor funding a national security issue.
Russia Accelerated Cyber Espionage Against Ukraine's Allies During the Invasion, Warned Microsoft - CPO Magazine, 8 July 2022
Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) says that Russia targeted Ukraine's allies in a cyber espionage campaign before the ground invasion on February 24 and thereafter. Researchers said in a report that Russia employed tactics similar to other historical invasions, including Nazi Germany's blitzkrieg in Poland, using the technology of the day.
Vladimir Putin Warns Russia Has 'Barely Started' Its Campaign in Ukraine - The Telegraph, 8 July 2022
Vladimir Putin has issued a defiant warning to the west claiming that Moscow has barely started its military campaign in Ukraine. Speaking at a meeting with leaders of the Kremlin-controlled parliament on Thursday, the Russian President said: "Everyone should know that, by and large, we haven't started anything yet in earnest". "At the same time, we don't reject peace talks. But those who reject them should know that the further it goes, the harder it will be for them to negotiate with us." Mr Putin also warned on Thursday that Kyiv should accept Moscow's terms or brace for the worst.
Biden Marks CIA's 75 Years as 'Bedrock' of National Security - AP News, 8 July 2022
President Joe Biden lauded the CIA as the "bedrock of our national security" during a Friday visit to the agency, which also is part of the wide-ranging intelligence effort to support Ukraine's resistance against Russia.
Heads of FBI, MI5 Issue Joint Warning on Chinese Spying - WSJ, 6 July 2022
Officials say Beijing employs large-scale hacking and global network of agents to steal Western technology; U.S. also warns about efforts to influence policy-making. The heads of the FBI and Britain's domestic security service issued sharply worded warnings to business leaders about the threats posed by Chinese espionage, especially spying aimed at stealing Western technology companies' intellectual property.
"The greatest long-term threat to our nation's information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality, is the counterintelligence and economic espionage threat from China." - Christopher Wray, FBI Director
FBI Director's London Visit Reinforces Commitment to U.K. Partnership - FBI, 6 July 2022
In London, FBI Director Wray and MI5 Director General McCallum Discussed Threat from China. FBI Director Christopher Wray and United Kingdom MI5 Director General Ken McCallum urged business leaders to be aware of the threat from the Chinese government and help the government agencies protect corporate secrets from theft by China.
German Marshall Fund President Heather Conley on Russia's "Strategic Conservatism" — interviews by Former Acting D/CIA Mike Morell
In this episode, Michael Morell speaks with Heather Conley, president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, about Russia's use of "strategic conservatism" to exploit divisions with and within the West. Conley explains how Russian President Vladimir Putin has leveraged the support of the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church to portray himself as a global defender of conservative values. Conley and Morell also discuss how the Russian Orthodox Church has undermined its own objective of ecumenism by alienating those who oppose Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Cyberblog by Steptoe & Johnson LLP — By Stewart Baker [Chairman, AFIO]
Episode 416: "The First Thing We Do, Let's Hack All the Lawyers" released 11 July 2022
Some Prior Conversations:
July 8: "Best of SpyTalk Podcasts" - Jeff Stein
July 7: "SpyTalk: Behind the Lines" - Jeff Stein and Jefferson Morley
June 29: "'Italygate' Conspiracy Pusher Was Fired by CIA" - Jeff Stein and Jefferson Morley
June 23: "Of Russian Spies and Dirty Wars" - Podcast with Former Deputy CIA Director John McLaughlin, and Jeanne Meserve
June 21: "A China Spy Thriller 'Inspired by Actual Events'" - Matthew Brazil
June 20: "When 'Fake News' Was a Force for Good" - Peter Eisner
The Arkin Group's July 7 "In Other News" letter to private clients by former CIA Deputy Director, Operations... Officer Jack Devine features...
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.
What happened on Jan. 6 was not a coup, but it was still terrible and should serve as a warning about the need to be vigilant against political violence. In their series of televised hearings, Congress' January 6 select committee insists the riot by Trump supporters, together with the scheme by some Trump advisers to keep him in office, constitutes an "attempted coup" against the American Constitution.
Inside Traitor King and the Case That Edward VIII Was a Nazi Sympathizer - Vanity Fair, 7 July 2022
In his new book, historian Andrew Lownie marshals evidence from German documents to argue that Wallis Simpson and her husband who abdicated the throne were a big threat to Britain during World War II. n April 1945, less than a month before the end of World War II in Europe, an American army captain found an abandoned vehicle with a trove of German government documents, one of which was signed by Joachim von Ribbentrop, the Nazi foreign minister who would later be executed at Nuremberg. Eventually, the Americans searched castles in the nearby area, as well as a country house in another part of the country, and found a huge cache of files that would eventually provide insight into the inner workings of the Nazi state—along with one set of microfilm that detailed the Third Reich's attempt to build a relationship with King Edward VIII, whose 1936 abdication made him a virtual exile, after his brief reign on the throne.
Apple on Wednesday said it will release a new feature this fall for iPhone, Mac and iPad operating software that is designed to protect high-risk users such as journalists and human rights workers from sophisticated spyware that has been linked to human rights abuses.
VPNs - US Funds Software for Russians to Slip past Censors - Techxplore, 3 July 2022
A US-backed campaign is giving Russians access to anti-censor software to dodge Moscow's crackdown on dissent against its invasion of Ukraine, involved groups told AFP. Russia has intensified its restrictions on independent media since attacking its neighbor in February, with journalists under threat of prosecution for criticizing the invasion or for even referring to it as a war. The US government-backed Open Technology Fund is paying out money to a handful of American firms providing virtual private networks (VPNs) free of charge to millions of Russians, who can then use them to visit websites blocked by censors.
Modern Social Media Has Made Misinformation So, So Much Worse - Engadget, 10 July 2022
It wasn't until the modern era, one fueled by algorithmic recommendation engines built to infinitely increase engagement, that nation-states have managed to weaponize disinformation to such a high degree. In his new book "Tyrants on Twitter: Protecting Democracies from Information Warfare," David Sloss, Professor of Law at Santa Clara University, explores how social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok have become platforms for political operations that have very real, and very dire, consequences for democracy while arguing for governments to unite in creating a global framework to regulate and protect these networks from information warfare.
Congressman Proposes Whistleblower Protection for UFO Spotters - Engadget, 8 July 2022
Congressman Mike Gallagher wants protection for people who go public about UFOs.
Filmmaker Claims UFOs are 'Real' and have 'Transmedium' Capabilities - PetaPixel, 5 July 2022
Investigative filmmaker Jeremy Corbell says that UFOS are real and have capabilities beyond anything the world has seen, including what appears to be the ability to vanish into the water. Footage taken by Navy photographers not only shows UFOs following military vessels on maneuvers, but at one point, actually, disappearing under the water.
How the CIA Recruited Me - Warmka, 22 June 2022
A frequent question I receive during public appearances is how the CIA recruits or how I ended up working for them. Most people are surprised when I tell them that I never envisioned working for the Federal Government, let alone, working for the Central Intelligence Agency. Upon receiving my graduate degree in International Business Management, I landed a job working for an international bank located in Miami. I saw it as a stepping stone toward a coveted private sector job in Latin America.
Another Failed Attempt of Desperate Recruiting Efforts by Moscow - Clearance Jobs, 12 July 2022
From private to general officer, Russia's war on Ukraine is causing serious problems for the Russian army. Losses have been so great, that Russia has stopped publishing statistics on soldier mortality in Ukraine. Speculative estimates by the west indicated that Russia needs thousands to regenerate their force. Russia is doing what it can to replace their losses, but leaking news indicates recruitment is not going well.
A Deep Dive Into Moles And The Game Of Espionage - Faddis at AND Magazine, 11 July 2022
Most people with even a passing familiarity with the history of espionage are aware of the story of the Berlin Tunnel. At the height of the Cold War, the Americans and their allies dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall, tapped into a top-secret Russian communications cable, and for 11 months thereafter read critical Russian military message traffic. What many do not realize, though, is that the Russians knew about the operation even before it really began and deliberately allowed it to proceed.
VIDEOS, REPORTS, EXHIBITS, DOCUMENT RELEASES
REPORT: DHS Could Do More to Address the Threats of Domestic Terrorism - DHS OIG, 5 July 2022
Prior to 2019, DHS made some progress prioritizing its domestic terrorism mission. For example, the Department 1) issued a National Strategy for Homeland Security in 2004; 2) initiated a training program in 2011 focused on Federal, state, and local stakeholders organizing training on countering domestic violent extremism; 3) initiated a grant program in 2016 to support the efforts of state and local governments and nonprofit organizations to address
REPORT: National Cybersecurity Strategies: Lessons Learned and Reflections from the Americas and Other Regions - OAS and Global Partners Digital
Report as PDF here
ARTICLE: OSINT: Perils in Plain Sight - Smith, King's College London Department of War Studies, July 2022
"Perils in Plain Sight," provides a critical chronological examination of the fates of various post-9/11 OSINT-focused intelligence reforms, with a view to legislation introduced in the US House last year that proposes the establishment of an entity within the State Department named the Open Translation and Analysis Center (OTAC). OTAC is envisaged as being an entity that would perform work similar to the US Government's premier OSINT enterprise, CIA's Foreign Broadcast Information Service (today named the Open Source Enterprise; previously named the Director of National Intelligence Open Source Center when FBIS was rebranded in 2005).
VIDEO: Watch: Ukraine Drops Home-Made Bomb Directly into Russian Tank Hatch - Telegraph, 12 July 2022
Footage shows the 'fish bait bomb' falling through the hatch of the tank daubed with the letter 'Z', setting off an explosion.
Spies on the Sidelines: The High-Stakes World of NFL Espionage
Spies disguised as priests. Secret surveillance of targets' movements. Radio frequency jamming. Tapped telephones. These might sound like acts of espionage out of the Cold War or a spy movie—but in fact came straight from the National Football League. Bryant provides his investigation of spying in professional football, as well as the countermeasures utilized to defend against these threats. Spanning across all teams and eras, Bryant examines the shady world of NFL reconnaissance—from clandestine photography and hidden draft prospects to listening devices and stolen documents—along with the permissible, if sometimes questionable, spy techniques teams utilize day in and day out to gain an advantage over their opponents. Written by a former DOD Special Agent with decades of experience collecting and safeguarding information, the author reveals that behind the game-day action, professional football is as cloak-and-dagger as practiced by the US Intelligence Community. Includes the extraordinary measures teams are willing to take in order to win. After the NFL's Spygate controversy, involving the New England Patriots illicitly recording the defensive signals of the New York Jets in 2007, NFL fans and pundits alike struggled to answer a lingering question: Were the Patriots the only team spying on their opponents or was espionage a commonplace activity in the NFL? Everyone had an opinion, but few could offer more than a gut feeling to back up their claims and for good reason. Spying is, after all, a secretive business, and teams are reluctant to share means and methods, particularly those that violate league rules or that are essential to helping them win. Compound this with the NFL's attempts to cover up scandals and the absence of research and investigations on the subject it is no wonder all everyone could do was guess. Not any longer. Bryant shines a bright light on NFL espionage and exposes the full range of collection techniques teams use to spy on their opponents, as well as the defensive countermeasures that are used to defend against these threats. More info on author's website here.
Book available here
Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy
After fleeing the poverty and racism of St. Louis, Mo., to seek fame and fortune in Europe, Josephine Baker (1906–1975) gave "the greatest performance of her life" as a WWII spy, according to this scintillating biography. Historian Lewis (Churchill's Band of Brothers) draws on newly discovered letters and diaries to paint a vivid portrait of Baker as "a chameleon, a rebel, a warrior, and a rule-breaker at heart." Recruited by French intelligence officials in 1939, Baker's first assignment was to befriend an attaché at the Italian embassy in Paris and find out if Mussolini planned to form an alliance with Hitler. She also helped determine Japan's wartime intentions, identified Abwehr agents in Paris, and ferried classified intelligence—written in invisible ink on musical scores—across enemy lines. In addition to her espionage work, Baker flew aid missions to refugees and entertained U.S. troops and dignitaries at the Liberty Club in Casablanca. Lewis stuffs the narrative with intriguing digressions about wartime intelligence activities, including a U.S. plan to help the Mafia smuggle cigarettes into Morocco in exchange for intelligence, and vividly evokes the "intense and tumultuous affair" between Baker and her chief handler, Jacques Abtey. The result is a thrilling espionage story perfect for fans of Lynne Olson's Madame Fourcade's Secret War. —Publishers Weekly
Intrigued by the book? Be certain to catch the Spy Museum's event with author Damien Lewis and CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez on Wednesday, 27 July 2022 at 6:30 pm. Details available here.
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Winter Work [fiction]
A spy thriller set in East Germany after the fall of Berlin Wall. A Stasi officer, investigating the murder of a colleague, is helped by Claire Saylor, a CIA officer. Emil Grimm, a Stasi colonel, has decamped to his dacha in the woods outside of Berlin after the fall of the Wall. On a walk one morning, he discovers the body of a fellow intelligence officer with whom he was involved in a clandestine mission. Now Emil is forced to pick up the pieces of their plan and follow through alone while under newfound scrutiny of his colleagues. Soon Emil is connected with CIA officer Saylor who is on the ground in Berlin to collect what she can of the valuable intelligence that has been freed up because of the chaotic government transition to unify Germany. As they delve deeper into the world of the murdered officer, it becomes clear that there are secrets deeper than either imagined. While the rules of the game have begun to change, the stakes of the Cold War remain high.
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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.
Cybersecurity faculty, professionals, and master's or Ph.D. Graduates can explore employment opportunities with National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity designated institutions through the listings here.
National Academies Seeking Director for Intelligence Community Studies Board - Keck Center, Washington, DC
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.
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.
Job Summary: Type: Full-Time; Posted: 02/02/2022; Category: Criminal Justice; Job ID: 238891
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).
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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.
At this in-person luncheon event, the AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Colonel Stephen Bond, US Army (Retired), who will discuss "Intelligence in the Panama Operation 1989."
This not-so-clandestine affair is part of our epic anniversary celebration of SPY's 20th Anniversary on July 19th. Join us after hours in the Museum for the spy mixer of your dreams—on the dossier: exclusive access to the exhibits, artifacts from the spy vault, delicious drinks, and a chance to meet some of the most interesting people who ever stepped out of the shadows! Mingle with some of the coolest people we've had on camera and off over the last few years including Jonna Mendez, Jan Neumann, Eric O'Neill, Mubin Shaikh, Debra Evans Smith, Bob Wallace, Robert Ashley Jr., Farhana Qazi, Mary A. Legere, Dexter Ingram, Naveed Jamali, Mark Zaid, and Chris Costa to name a few. We'll have your favorite historian Dr. Andrew Hammond; your beloved hosts Amanda Ohlke, Shana Oltmans, and Hannah Saloio; and a few surprise guests as well. Enjoy exclusive after-hours access to the Museum and "one-night-only" activities. Plus, two drinks are included—you can choose from signature cocktails, wine, beer, or non-alcoholic options. Cash bar to follow. Don't worry if you are a hungry agent, we'll have a few snacks for peckish operatives as well. Tickets: $100, Members: $75. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
The North American Society for Intelligence History will hold its second conference online.
The year was 2002: Kelly Clarkson had just won the initial season of American Idol and the New England Patriots were trying on their Super Bowl rings for the first time in history. Plus, another first was on the scene: the International Spy Museum (SPY), the first-ever espionage museum had just opened its doors blocks from the National Mall in Washington, DC. Join us on Tuesday, July 19 from 10 am-4pm as we celebrate our 20th birthday with festivities outside of the Museum for the local community featuring music from the year of its birth (2002), Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, giveaways, activities, a new 20th birthday scavenger hunt, and a partnership with the DC Public Library for its Summer Reading Day. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
Johns Hopkins University asks you to join host Michael Ard for a virtual curated discussion with veteran Naval intelligence officer Erik Dahl on the intelligence analysis comparisons between the strategic warnings for 9/11 and January 6th.
Naval Intelligence Professionals hosts Jeff Ringhausen, Senior Naval Intelligence Manager Russia and Eurasia, Office of Naval Intelligence, discussing "Russia-Ukraine Lessons Learned."
Visit the Spy Museum Store for a book signing of First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11 with author Toby Harnden and special guest David Tyson from CIA Team Alpha. Toby Harden is a winner of the Orwell Prize for Books. A former foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times of London and the Daily Telegraph who reported from thirty-three countries, he specializes in terrorism and war. Born in England, Harnden was imprisoned in Zimbabwe, prosecuted in Britain for protecting confidential sources, and vindicated by a $23 million public inquiry in Ireland. A dual British and US citizen, he spent a decade as a Royal Navy officer before becoming a journalist. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
SPY with Me is an interactive virtual program for individuals living with dementia and their care partners. Join SPY as we use music and artifacts to explore some of our favorite spy stories. Programs last one hour and are held virtually through Zoom once a month. To register, please email Shana Oltmans at firstname.lastname@example.org. Free but space is limited. Register below. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
Please join your CIRA colleagues for our Summer National Lunch!
Prior to World War II, Josephine Baker was a music-hall diva renowned for her singing and dancing, her beauty and sexuality; she was the highest-paid female performer in Europe. When the Nazis seized her adopted city, Paris, she was banned from the stage. Yet instead of returning to America, she vowed to stay and to fight the Nazi evil. Overnight, she went from performer to Resistance spy. Join us for a compelling conversation about Baker with author Damien Lewis and former CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez. Lewis has uncovered little-known history about the famous singer's life in his new book Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy. Discover how Baker became a hero of the three countries in whose name she served—the US, France, and Britain--and fully deserving of her unique place in the French Panthéon. Visit www.spymuseum.org.
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.
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