05-11 October 2022
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Retired FBI National Security Branch HUMINT Collector Convicted for Conspiracy and Bribery - Department of Justice, 04 Oct 22
A Bay Area man and former FBI special agent was found guilty today by a federal jury of conspiring to accept at least $150,000 in cash bribes and other items of value in exchange for providing sensitive law enforcement information to a corrupt lawyer with ties to Armenian organized crime. Babak Broumand, 56, of Lafayette, California, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy, two counts of bribery of a public official, and one count of monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity. (Full article here.)
Pakistani Female Spy Honey-traps Rajasthan Man for Sensitive Defence Information - Free Press Journal, 09 Oct 22
Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) continued in their attempts to engage in espionage activities in India with a 31-year-old man being arrested for allegedly spying for the Pakistani intelligence agency, an official said on Saturday. However, this case in particular sheds light on a favoured practice of the ISI: Using female agents to pose as women interested in a particular official targeted for espionage. (Full article here.)
Germany ‘Erroneously’ Grants Entry Visa to Known Russian Intelligence Officer - Intenews.org citing Der Spiegel, 10 Oct 22
Last summer, Gergman Embassy staff in Russia issued an entry visa to a Russian national, despite warnings by at least two European security agencies that he was a known intelligence officer, according to a report. The incident has fueled persistent allegations that Berlin’s counterintelligence posture against Russia is ineffective. According to the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, it was in July of this year when the German Embassy in Moscow received an application for an entry visa to Germany by a Russian national. The application included an official invitation issued to the visa applicant by the Russian Consulate General in the eastern German city of Leipzig. However, the application prompted a strong counterintelligence warning by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Germany’s domestic security agency. According to Spiegel, at least one more European intelligence agency warned against allowing the Russian national to travel to Western Europe. The reason for the warnings was that the visa applicant was known to operate internationally under diplomatic cover, on behalf of a Russian intelligence agency. (Full article here.)
How Does the U.S. Government Declassify Top Secret Documents? - How Stuff Works, 04 Oct 22
It's a challenge that the U.S. government — which has generated many millions of classified documents over the years — has for long grappled with. The system of deciding what documents can be declassified — and when it's safe to release them — has evolved over time. But it still generally involves a complex process, in which officials must balance the need for government transparency with caution about protecting the sources of sensitive information and preventing the inadvertent release of anything that might help enemies harm its citizens. (Full article here.)
Welsh spy whose body was found in a bag was killed by the Kremlin, claims ex MP - Wales Online, 05 Oct 22
A secret service employee whose naked body was found inside a bag that was padlocked from the outside was murdered on the orders of the Kremlin, according to an ex-Home Office Minister and a Russian spy who defected to Britain. The death of Anglesey-born Gareth Williams, 31, in 2010 was ruled by a coroner to be an unlawful killing by person or persons unknown. Williams, who was a child prodigy in mathematics, was employed by GCHQ, the UK’s eavesdropping agency based at Cheltenham. His decomposing body was found inside a bag in the bathroom of his London flat. At the time of his death, he was on secondment to MI6 and had been involved in investigating financial corruption involving Russia. (Full article here.)
New DoD Security Clearance Reform Could Help Thousands – If it Moves Forward - Clearance Jobs, 03 Oct 22
In January 2021, then Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ezra A. Cohen issued a ground memo that called for the Department of Defense to reform the security clearance program and to enhance individual due process whilst increasing transparency. The traditional system for maintaining eligibility access to classified information is now undergoing a significant overhaul as it transitions into what is called Trusted Workforce 2.0. In addition, the memo called for bringing all Department of Defense civilian, military, and contractor clearance disputes under the umbrella of the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA). This reform was meant to provide greater transparency to the security clearance system and substantive due process, especially for civilian and military personnel. “In order to simplify, centralize, and unify the established administrative processes for unfavorable security clearance eligibility determinations for DoD civilians, military members, and contractor employees, including contractor employee unfavorable SCI determinations, all hearings, appeals, and final denials and revocations of security clearance eligibility will be performed by DOHA with established administrative due process procedures,” the memo stated. (Full article here.)
US military surveillance in South China Sea scaled back after spike in tensions across Taiwan Strait - South China Morning Post, 05 Oct 22
The number of US surveillance sorties in September decreased by around half compared with August, according to the South China Sea Probing Initiative (SCSPI), a Beijing-based think tank. Monthly records from the SCSPI show that land-based US reconnaissance aircraft made 28 sorties during September, down from 46 in August, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan. The think tank used ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) technology to track the planes based on broadcasts from their electronic equipment. (Full article here.)
British embassy security guard accused of passing secrets to Russia appears in court - Independent, 04 Oct 22
A man accused of spying for Russia at the British embassy in Berlin is to go on trial in February. David Smith, 58, was due to enter a plea at the Old Bailey on Tuesday but a judge adjourned the hearing because of the barristers’ strike. The former security guard’s defense barrister was not present at the hearing because of ongoing action by the Criminal Bar Association, which also caused a previous plea hearing in September to be delayed. A judge told Mr Smith, who appeared in court via videolink from prison, that he could not take a plea without him being fully represented. He is charged with nine offenses contrary to the Official Secrets Act, dating back to May 2020. (Full article here.)
Government Agency Ratings: CIA, FBI Up; Federal Reserve Down - Gallup, 05 Oct 22
Gallup's latest update on federal government agency and department ratings finds a partial recovery in attitudes toward the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after sharp declines between 2019 and 2021. Meanwhile, Americans have soured on the job the Federal Reserve Board is doing as it tries to battle inflation. Ratings of other agencies are generally stable, with NASA and the Postal Service getting the most positive evaluations. Gallup's initial rating of the Department of Justice is among the lowest tested, with about as many saying it is doing a poor job as an excellent or good one. (Full article here.)
Anger in Paris over Iran ‘spy’ charges - Arab News, 07 Oct 22
France on Thursday accused the regime in Iran of taking two of its citizens hostage after Tehran broadcast video footage of the couple making forced confessions to being spies. French schoolteachers’ union official Cecile Kohler and her partner Jacques Paris were arrested in May on charges of fomenting “insecurity” in Iran. France condemned the arrests and demanded their immediate release. In Thursday’s TV footage Kohler “confessed” to being an agent of the French external intelligence service, in Iran to “prepare the ground for the revolution and the overthrow of the regime of Islamic Iran.” Paris said: “Our goal at the French security service is to pressure the government of Iran.” The video sparked anger in France. “The staging of their alleged confessions is outrageous, appalling, unacceptable and contrary to international law,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre said. (Full article here.)
U.S. Intelligence Believes Ukrainians Were Behind an Assassination in Russia - New York Times, 05 Oct 22
United States intelligence agencies believe parts of the Ukrainian government authorized the car bomb attack near Moscow in August that killed Daria Dugina, the daughter of a prominent Russian nationalist, an element of a covert campaign that U.S. officials fear could widen the conflict. The United States took no part in the attack, either by providing intelligence or other assistance, officials said. American officials also said they were not aware of the operation ahead of time and would have opposed the killing had they been consulted. Afterward, American officials admonished Ukrainian officials over the assassination, they said. The closely held assessment of Ukrainian complicity, which has not been previously reported, was shared within the U.S. government last week. Ukraine denied involvement in the killing immediately after the attack, and senior officials repeated those denials when asked about the American intelligence assessment. (Full article here.)
Putin confronted by insider over Ukraine war, U.S. intelligence finds - Washington Post, 07 Oct 22
A member of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle has voiced disagreement directly to the Russian president in recent weeks over his handling of the war in Ukraine, according to information obtained by U.S. intelligence. The criticism marks the clearest indication yet of turmoil within Russia’s leadership over the stewardship of a war that has gone disastrously wrong for Moscow, forcing Putin last month to order the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of troops in a desperate bid to reverse recent battlefield losses. The information was deemed significant enough that it was included in President Biden’s daily intelligence briefing and shared with other U.S. officials, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence. (Full article here.)
University Spies Are a Necessary Risk in STEM Fields - Clearance Jobs, 05 Oct 22
"The article you are about to read is a journey into a very sensitive subject amongst almost anyone who is part of a higher education administration team. Before I foray into the negative, let me say this: American universities could simply not remain above water without the contribution of both foreign professors and students. Faculty, especially those with a PhD in a STEM-related field are extremely hard to come by in this country, due to several factors. First, the cost of a PhD can be exorbitant, so the educational career of many of the best and brightest our nation has to offer stops at the Bachelors or Masters level. Second, researching and producing something novel can take months to create and then perfect. Even with the help of graduate assistants, the rate of pay can seem minuscule when compared to working at a STEM research facility. (Remember the days in which a professor liked the uniqueness of wearing shorts to work, taking long amounts of time off in the summer, and working from home? The tech industry has made that not quite so novel now.) Since this is most always (with a few exceptions) a requirement to achieve professor status at a research university, many undergrad students do not see the return on investment. Finally, and the most important reason, is the sheer amount of money a STEM Bachelors or Masters graduate can make in the private or semi-private facility almost immediately out of the gate. If a person already has their doctorate, then universities are forced into a bidding war with Silicon Valley and the rest of the tech industry, almost certainly losing it early in the process. I know of one Cybersecurity program in which a PhD was offered $200k to be an Assistant Professor. This offer was roughly $200k less that he was currently making at his position (and it was not even on either coast), so he politely declined. (Full article here.)
Will Open-Source Intelligence Liberate Palestine From Digital Occupation? - Foreign Policy, 03 Oct 22
From Syria to Ukraine, open-source intelligence (often referred to as OSINT) has not-so-quietly revolutionized the global flow of information during times of conflict. By piecing together publicly available content, like satellite images, cellphone videos, and social media posts, open-source analysts cut through the fog of war, exposing and publicizing critical intelligence once monopolized by state authorities. As trust in media and government institutions broadly declines, open-source intelligence is especially potent because it is seen and often trusted by audiences as an objective source of information. However, despite the inherently democratized nature of these technologies, the benefits of OSINT are not impacting everyone equally. For Palestinians in particular, open-source intelligence is a double-edged sword. (Full article here.)
Putin's Threat of Nuclear War: Former CIA Moscow Chief of Station Rolf Mowatt-Larssen - interview by Former Acting D/CIA Mike Morell
In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with former CIA Moscow Chief of Station and William J. Perry Distinguished Fellow at the Nuclear Threat Initiative Rolf Mowatt-Larssen about Putin's nuclear threats and how U.S. policymakers should respond. Mowatt-Larssen stresses that Western leaders need to take Putin's threats seriously as we enter the highest point in global nuclear risks since the Cuban Missile Crisis 60 years ago. He details why as Ukrainians are winning on the battlefield, they are not ready to sit at the negotiating table.
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Article: Report highlights U.S. concerns over China’s space infrastructure in South America - Space News, 06 Oct 22
The expansion of Chinese ground stations in South America is generating concern regarding Beijing’s intentions in the region and in space, according to a new report. “China’s space network in South America is part of a broader push by Beijing to establish itself as a leading global space power and partner of choice in space for middle-income economies,” claims the report released Oct. 4 by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The network, while having clear civilian uses, could be used to spy on, monitor and potentially even target U.S. and other nations’ spacecraft, it says. The report details China’s ground station presence in countries including Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela as well as through services provided by the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) in Chile. It also uses satellite imagery to highlight the facilities themselves. (Full report here.)
Online Event: Spies and Lies - How China's Greatest Covert Operations Fooled the World - CSIS, 10-11:00 ET, 12 Oct 22
In his new book Spies and Lies: How China's Greatest Covert Operations Fooled the World, Alex Joske, Senior Analyst at Australian Strategic Policy Institute, examines how China's Ministry of State Security has spent decades shaping foreign attitudes toward China's rise. Their efforts have targeted policymakers, diplomats, retired officials, scholars, media organizations, and religious leaders around the world. This book draws on Australia's experience countering foreign interference to assess why governments failed to recognize the nature of China's rise and its influence operations earlier. (Registration and more information here.)
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is providing geospatial intelligence support to the combined search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian from the headquarters of Florida Task Force 1 in Fort Myers, Florida. FEMA requested NGA’s expertise early in the response. NGA immediately deployed a team with a self-contained Mobile GEOINT Support Trailer to the hardest hit region of Florida and established a cell of analysts for reach-back support from Springfield, Virginia and St. Louis, Missouri. “This is a total team effort. It’s important for NGA to be on the ground with FEMA. This lets us provide geospatial support that helps them plan, sequence and prioritize search and rescue efforts in real-time,” said Amanda Cashwell, NGA’s Expeditionary Operations director. (Full article here.)
Online Event: The Ongoing Challenge of Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) - Johns Hopkins, 12-1:00 PM ET, 19 Oct 22
Join host Michael J. Ard for a conversation with Lawrence Dietz on, "The Ongoing Challenge of Psychological Operations (PSYOPS)." Lawrence Dietz, retired as a Colonel from the United States Army Reserves after a distinguished career in Psychological Operations and Military Intelligence. He currently serves as General Counsel and Managing Director of Information Security for Tal Global Corporation, an elite security consulting and risk consulting firm. He is Adjunct Faculty for Monterey College of Law and American Military University. He is the author of the authoritative Blog on Psychological Operations (PSYOP), http://psyopregiment.blogspot.com and a member of the Bar of the US Supreme Court, California and the District of Columbia. His degrees include JD, Suffolk University; MSS, US Army War College; LLM in European Law, University of Leicester (UK), MBA, Babson College; and BS, Northeastern University. (Registration and more information here.)
Article: Mystery Hackers Are ‘Hyperjacking’ Targets for Insidious Spying - Wired, 29 Sep 22
For decades, visualization software has offered a way to vastly multiply computers’ efficiency, hosting entire collections of computers as “virtual machines” on just one physical machine. And for almost as long, security researchers have warned about the potential dark side of that technology: theoretical “hyperjacking” and “Blue Pill” attacks, where hackers hijack visualization to spy on and manipulate virtual machines, with potentially no way for a targeted computer to detect the intrusion. That insidious spying has finally jumped from research papers to reality with warnings that one mysterious team of hackers has carried out a spree of “hyperjacking” attacks in the wild. (Full article here.)
he National Reconnaissance Office is retooling its architecture and strengthening its partnerships to face a more complex near-peer adversary environment. In particular, the NRO, as it is called, is redefining how it works with the U.S. Space Force and the U.S. Space Command. The commercial sector, in turn, is providing key services and spacecraft buses more and more to expand the NRO’s space-based intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, according to NRO Director Chris Scolese. "The NRO has been around for more than 60 years, and for about half of that, we were a secret. Nobody knew who we were, and [while] that was a good thing, oftentimes, people don’t really know what the NRO does," Scolese said during a Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies event with Gen. David Deptula, USAF (Ret.). "We are entirely focused on delivering intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) from space. Our challenges have changed as the world changes. If you think about the 1960s, we could drop film from the satellites in parachutes and pick them up with an aircraft….That won’t work anymore." (Full article here.)
Anyone can fly a low-altitude commercial drone, albeit with some limitations. Nevertheless, currently, there are few restrictions on these flights as a lack of regulations makes them almost impossible to enforce. "Given the rapid technology advancement and proliferation of unmanned aircraft systems, the public safety and homeland security communities addresses that drones can be used nefariously or maliciously to hurt people, disrupt activities and damage infrastructure," said Shawn McDonald, Science and Technology program manager at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems office. Events in the recent past have shown how significant the threats may be to the air travel industry. (Full article here.)
CONFERENCE: Open Source Intelligence Skills-building Conference (OSMOSISCON) - Tampa, Fl (16-18 Oct 22)
During workshops and classes lead by industry leaders and innovators, gather the latest intel on OSINT and SOCMINT tools, techniques, and threats, earning up to 16 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) from a variety of professional associations, including ACFE, DHS, LPF, SHRM, and ASIS, bringing home valuable information to your team and investigations. Exhibiting companies will be bringing their product expert professionals to level up your research and investigations, or find the next solution for your business or company, with access to new and industry standard tools from a wide variety of companies, for both in-person and online attendees. Participate in rich, interactive networking between attendees, presenters, and vendors. Consult with some of the most recognized social media and OSINT experts across the globe in-person during breaks, special networking events, and on our virtual conference platform via message boards, live forums, and 1-on-1 chat. More information and registration here.)
Please join CSIS for a conversation with Chris Inglis, National Cyber Director, and Anne Neuberger, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology. The discussion will focus on the Biden-Harris Administration’s work to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity. (Registration and more information here.)
CONFERENCE: ISS World North America - Washington, DC (15-17 Nov 22)
ISS World North America is the world's largest gathering of North American Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Defense, Public Safety and other members of the Government Intelligence Community as well as Telecom Operators responsible for cyber threat intelligence gathering, DarkNet monitoring, lawful interception, and cybercrime investigations. ISS World Programs present the methodologies and tools for Law Enforcement, Public Safety and Government Intelligence Communities in the fight against drug trafficking, cyber money laundering, human trafficking, terrorism, and other criminal activities conducted over today's Telecommunications networks, the Internet, and Social Networks. (More information and registration here.)
Live Event: INSA Leadership Dinner with NRO Director Christopher Scolese - Reston, VA (19 Nov 22)
Government, industry, and academic leaders will gather to hear The Hon. Christopher Scolese, Director, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) at INSA’s first Leadership Dinner of the 2023 fiscal year. Dr. Scolese will discuss NRO’s acquisition needs, current challenges and opportunities, and strategic outlook for the year ahead. Following his prepared remarks, Dr. Scolese will join INSA Chair Tish Long for a moderated Question and Answer (Registration and more details here.)
CONFERENCE: 2022 Department of Defense Intelligence Information System (DoDIIS) Worldwide Conference - San Antonio, TX (12-15 Dec 22)
The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is excited to welcome participants to the 2022 Department of Defense Intelligence Information System (DoDIIS) Worldwide Conference in San Antonio, Texas! From 12 – 15 Dec 22, senior decision makers, technical experts, and innovators from across the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, industry, academia, and FVEY partners will come together to collaborate and share unique insights. The theme of this year’s conference – Transcending Strategic Competitors through Innovation, Adaptation, and Collaboration – underscores the urgent race to collectively develop and unleash emerging technologies to maintain strategic and tactical advantage. Mission success in an era of strategic competition demands a willingness to embrace disruption and elevating partnerships to serve as overwhelming force multipliers. (Information and registration here.)
Today, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released the Intelligence Community’s (IC) Annual Demographic Report for Fiscal Year 2021. The report highlights key metrics and trends regarding the hiring and retention of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities in the IC. It also identifies the IC’s continued efforts to drive workforce diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, while also addressing areas of improvement. See full report here.)
National Intelligence Estimate - Chinese Space Activities Will Increasingly Challenge US Interests Through 2030 - NIC (Declassified 17 Sept 22)
Included are the key judgments of a National Intelligence Council National Intelligence Estimate produced on 21 April 2021 and declassified by the Office of National Director for Intelligence on 17 Sep 22. "China is steadily progressing toward its goal of becoming a world-class space leader, with the intent to match or exceed the United States by 2045. Even by 2030, China probably will achieve world-class status in all but a few space technology areas. China's space activities support its multi-polar vision of the world and strengthen Beijing's ability to erode US influence across military, economic, and diplomatic spheres." (Access report here.)
Infographic: Ranked - The World’s Most Surveiled Cities (6 Oct 22) - Visual Capitalist
This may come as a surprise, but it wasn’t until 2007 that the global urban population overtook the rural population. At that time, the two groups were split nearly 50/50, with around 3.3 billion people apiece. Today, the percentage of people living in urban areas has grown to over 55%, and is expected to reach 68% by 2050. Due to this trend, many of the world’s largest cities have become home to tens of millions of people. In response to such incredible density, governments, businesses, and households have installed countless security cameras for various purposes including crime protection. To grasp the scale of this surveillance, we’ve taken data from a recent report by Comparitech to visualize the most surveilled cities in the world. To see the infographic and full report, click here.
Walking Tours - Washington, DC - Sundays (Dates/Times Vary)
Former intelligence officers guide visitors on two morning and afternoon espionage-themed walking tours: "Spies of Embassy Row" and "Spies of Georgetown." For more information and booking, click here or contact email@example.com
In this true-life Cold War espionage story, unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) becomes entangled in one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Recruited by MI6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brosnahan), Wynne forms a covert partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze), and both men risk everything in a danger-fraught race against time to provide the intelligence needed to prevent nuclear confrontation and end the Cuban Missile Crisis. More information about this true-to-life espionage film here.
The Future of National Intelligence: How Emerging Technologies Reshape Intelligence Communities
National intelligence agencies have long adjusted to the opportunities and threats from new technologies, and have created structures, concepts, and practices to best apply new capabilities. But such recent technological developments as artificial intelligence are different in kind. Increasingly affordable to nongovernmental actors, they are powerful enough to overwhelm and marginalize much of what agencies do. In The Future of National Intelligence: How Emerging Technologies Reshape Intelligence Communities, Shay Hershkovitz argues that only with a new paradigm can these agencies take up this fundamentally new technological challenge.
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The Secret History of the Five Eyes: The untold story of the shadowy international spy network, through its targets, traitors and spies
Richard Kerbaj, an award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker, bypasses the usual censorship channels to tell the definitive account of authoritative but unauthorized stories of the Western world's most powerful but least known intelligence alliance made up of the US, Britain, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. As Kerbaj shows, spy stories are never better than when they are true - and these span from 1930s Nazi spy rings to the most recent developments in Ukraine and China. Through personal interviews with world leaders - including British Prime Ministers Theresa May and David Cameron - and more than 100 intelligence officials, this book explores the complex personalities who helped shape the Five Eyes. They include a Scotland Yard detective who became a spymaster and inspired the first exchanges between MI5 and the FBI. An American home economics teacher who helped create one of the most effective programs to counter Soviet espionage. The CIA's lone officer in Budapest during the Hungarian Revolution. GCHQ's chief during the Edward Snowden intelligence leak. And the Australian politician turned diplomat whose tip-off to the FBI instigated the inquiry into Russia's meddling in the US presidential contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016. Richard Kerbaj is able to draw from deep inside the secret corridors of power and his unparalleled access spans all 5 countries. Some of the people he has interviewed include former GCHQ director Sir Iain Lobban, CIA director General David Petraeus, MI5 director-general Eliza Manningham-Buller, NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers, British National Security Advisor Kim Darroch, ASIO chief Mike Burgess, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service's chief Richard Fadden, and Ciaran Martin, the official who oversaw Britain's assessments on whether the Chinese telecoms firm, Huawei, should have had a role in the creation of the UK's 5G network. This page-turning book will lift the lid on spy stories from across the English-speaking world, question the future of the alliance, and our place within it.
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Book Review on this title by Steve Bloomfield of The Guardian, dated 02 Oct 22, here.
Book Review on this title by Simon Caterson of The Brisbane Times, dated 30 Sep 22, here.
Canadian Military Intelligence: Operations and Evolution from the October Crisis to the War in Afghanistan (Georgetown Studies in Intelligence History)
The most comprehensive history of Canadian military intelligence and its influence on key military operations, and the first comprehensive history examining the impact of tactical, operational, and strategic intelligence on the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Drawing upon a wide range of original documents and interviews with participants in specific operations, author David A. Charters provides an inside perspective on the development of military intelligence since the Second World War. He shows how intelligence influenced key military operations, from domestic internal security to peacekeeping efforts to high-intensity air campaigns ― including the October Crisis of 1970, the Oka Crisis, the Gulf War, peacekeeping and enforcement operations in the Balkans, and the war in Afghanistan. He describes how decades of experience, innovation, and increasingly close cooperation with its Five Eyes and NATO allies allowed Canada's military intelligence to punch above its weight. Its tactical effectiveness and ability to overcome challenges reshaped the outlook of military commanders, and intelligence emerged from the margins to become a central feature of military and defense operations. Canadian Military Intelligence offers lessons from the past and critical implications for future intelligence support with the creation of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command. This book will be essential to both intelligence history and military history readers and collections.
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The special issue will look at a range of urban security issues including urban warfare, urban insurgency, urban crime and insecurity, operating in dense urban terrain (DUT), mega cities, and subterranean spaces (SubT), and in the Urban-Littoral interface, as well as the protection of the populace. Papers addressing the full range of violent actions from high intensity crime to civil strife and other situations of violence, non-international armed conflict (NIAC), and large scale combat operations (LSCO) during international armed conflict (IAC) are encouraged. All papers submitted to the special issues issue will be subject to double-blind peer review. Below is a list of urban security issues the special issue editors would like to see submissions on:
Retired Federal Government Employees Wanted - National Security Agency - Fort Meade, Maryland
The National Security Agency (NSA) may occasionally need skilled civilian retirees to augment the existing work force on high priority projects or programs. In order to fill these temporary positions quickly, we need to know who may be interested and available to return to work with us on a short notice basis as well as their skills. Retirees provide expertise and corporate knowledge to temporarily support mission requirements, manpower shortfalls, and/or mentor the next generation of Agency employees. Salary Range: $86,335 - $170,800.
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Assistant/Associate Professor of Intelligence Studies (Global Security and Intelligence Studies) - Embry-Riddel Aeronautical University - Prescott, Arizona
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott, Arizona campus is accepting applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate-level professor of intelligence studies to teach intelligence courses to students in the Global Security and Intelligence program. The successful candidate will teach students about the intelligence community, strategic intelligence, the intelligence cycle and intelligence analysis, writing, and briefing. Prior experience working in the intelligence community is strongly preferred. We are interested in candidates with teaching acumen in intelligence analysis and writing using structured analytical techniques.
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Teaching Associate - Intelligence and National Security Studies - Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina
The Department of Intelligence and Security Studies ( ISS ) at Coastal Carolina University is accepting applications for a pool of Teaching Associates (part-time adjunct faculty) to teach introductory and undergraduate elective course offerings for the program beginning in August 2022. While the ad is open to any specialization within the field of study, courses in the areas of homeland security, law enforcement intelligence, counter-narcotics, and cybersecurity are of particular interest. Course offerings can be in a face-to-face or synchronous online modality. To be considered, candidates must have a masters or doctoral degree in a relevant subject area. Prior professional experience in the profession, as well as prior teaching experience are preferred.
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Assistant Professor of Intelligence and National Security Studies - University of Texas, El Paso
The Department of Criminal Justice is seeking to fill one full-time tenure-track position beginning Fall 2023 at the Assistant Professor level. Responsibilities include conducting and publishing scholarly research, seeking extramural funding, teaching face-to-face and online courses, and service to the department, university, and profession. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a closely related field in Intelligence and/or Security Studies from an accredited university (e.g., criminal justice, political science, public policy, security studies). ABD applicants will be considered if doctorate will be in hand by Fall 2023. Active research agenda and published scholarly journal articles are required to apply. Applicants with only a J.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D. will not be considered. All research/teaching areas of intelligence/national security studies will be considered, but preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated teaching and/or research areas in at least one of these areas: Homeland Security, Intelligence Analysis, or Terrorism/Counter-Terrorism.
Adjunct Professor - The Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C.
The Institute of World Politics (IWP) in Washington, D.C. seeks an adjunct professor to teach its graduate course on the Russian intelligence and security services. The course is an elective in the Strategic Intelligence Studies (SIS) Master's degree and Counterintelligence Certificate programs. The four-credit course consists of 14 weekly, three-hour instructional meetings, plus a final examination, and a research paper. A course syllabus and lecture materials are available for use. Candidates should possess professional experience (at least 15 years) as a professional intelligence officer involved in operations, or analysis with knowledge of the Soviet and Russian intelligence and security services, and preferably teaching experience at the university level, either undergraduate or graduate.
Director of Intelligence Studies - Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. seeks a new Director of Intelligence Studies to begin in August 2023. The current director, former CIA officer and staff historian (and current AFIO board member) Nicholas Dujmovic, founded the program after his retirement in 2016. The undergraduate Certificate in Intelligence Studies has grown to be the largest certificate or minor program on campus. The program continues to expand the number and variety of intelligence courses offered.
Dr. Dujmovic is reaching out to the AFIO community to encourage potential candidates with the following attributes:
Assistant Program Director/Lecturer in Security and Intelligence - Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC
The Johns Hopkins University invites applications for the position of Assistant Program Director in the area of Security and Intelligence. This position will support the MA in Global Security Studies (primary), MS in Intelligence Analysis, and MS in Geospatial Intelligence programs in the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies, within the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences' Advanced Academic Programs Division. Reporting to the Director of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies and Associate Dean for Graduate & Professional Programs, the Assistant Program Director will contribute to the excellence of the programs and will demonstrate and support ongoing innovation in the curriculums.
Regina Benson — CIA Careerist
Tony Cocchini — OSS Linguist
Eddie Moller — CIA Computer Specialist
Florence Joseph — CIA Nonproliferation Specialist
Gary E. Bethel — NSA Decoder
Thursday 20 October 2022, 12:45 EDT - Hybrid In-Person and Zoom - Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter Luncheon/Meeting features LTG Thomas Spoehr (USA Ret) on "the current military recruiting crisis and the impact of wokeness."
The speaker is LTG Thomas Spoehr (USA Ret), addressing the current military recruiting crisis plus the effects of military wokeness. General Spoehr serves as director of Heritage's Center for National Defense where he is responsible for supervising research on matters involving U.S. national defense. He will participate remotely.Time: The meeting starts at 1300 hours, check-in starts at 1245.
The program will be on the Chinese military, which is an arm of the Chinese Communist Party. The Chinese military executes the policies and interests of the Communist Chinese Party. China has successfully begun an expansion of their military and has great potential to become militarily more powerful than the United States.
04 Nov 22 (Friday), 10:30am - 2pm EDT - Tysons Corner, VA - "Spy Hunt: A Conversation with Paul Redmond and Colleagues" and "Reynolds on 'Need to Know'" - at this AFIO National In-Person Fall Luncheon
A Special AFIO National In-Person Fall Event on Friday, 04 Nov 22 - Tysons-McLean, VA - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spy Hunt: A Conversation with Paul Redmond and Colleagues
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, McLean-Tysons, VA Address 1960 Chain Bridge Rd McLean, VA 22102. Though we do not provide special overnight room rates, if you wish to make room reservations at the hotel, do so here.
The North Florida Chapter AFIO will be hosting our next meeting on Saturday November 5th. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Bill Dayhoff, retired FBI, discussing the past and present roles of the FBI. We will be meeting at the Bonefish Grill Mandarin, 10950 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223, beginning at Noon.
Mr. Neil Couch, U.S. Department of State (current) will speak about contemporary diplomatic and military issues surrounding Russia and China's nuclear nonproliferation efforts.
12 Nov 22 (Saturday), 11:30 am EDT - Indialantic FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter Luncheon features Capt Jason Schneider discussing "The Role of NOTU in Supporting Navy Fleet Ballistic Missile Development."
At this in-person luncheon event, the AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Captain Jason J. Schneider, commanding officer of the Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU) at Cape Canaveral, Florida, who will discuss the role of NOTU in supporting Navy Fleet Ballistic Missile Development.
Thursday, 17 November 2022, 11:30 AM MT – Colorado Springs - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Sky Foerster, discussing "The War in Ukraine."
Topic: "The War in Ukraine: Update, Prospects, and Issues Ahead"
The program will be a very current educational video on China's Oil and Gas "problem." The program covers China's motives for the Silk Road initiative, expansion into the South China Sea and development of overseas installations.
See the AFIO Calendar of Events for scheduling further in the future.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the International Spy Museum is pleased to offer an exclusive 90-minute professional development webinar for middle and high school teachers. Join SPY educators for this interactive webinar on how to combine declassified primary documents, role playing, and intelligence analysis to engage students in the study of this critical historical event. In addition, teachers will hear from presidential historian and co-author of the prize-winning book One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy, 1958-1964, Timothy Naftali, and Spy Museum Historian Dr. Andrew Hammond as they discuss the significance of this case study and how intelligence successes can shape the course of history. Prior to the start of this webinar, teachers will receive via email a specially curated packet of primary documents and resources provided by the International Spy Museum and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Support for this program has been provided by a generous grant from the Pritzker Military Foundation, on behalf of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. Event information at www.spymuseum.org.
For his new book, Prisoners of the Castle: An Epic Story of Survival and Escape from Colditz, the Nazis' Fortress Prison, Ben Macintyre shines a light on an unforgettable group of men who occupied the infamous Nazi prisoner of war camp—and their incredible attempts to escape their captors. Macintyre will be joined in conversation by Spy Museum Advisory Board Member Phil Froom, author of Evasion and Escape Devices Produced by MI9, MIS-X, and SOE in World War II, and Spy Museum Curator of Special Projects Dr. Alexis Albion. They'll discuss the never-before-seen material Macintyre uncovered, his insights into the psychology of individuals at war, as well as the indomitability of the human spirit in the face of even the greatest odds. Following their discussion, you'll be able to ask questions via our online platform. Event information at www.spymuseum.org.
The International Spy Museum is pleased to offer its first sensory friendly program designed exclusively for adults (18 years and up) and their friends and family. On this special night, the Museum will host a private social hour for adults with sensory differences and their friends and/or family followed by exclusive access to the exhibits. Guests are welcome to come for all or some of the event. During social hour (5-6pm), guests will enjoy light food and refreshments and the opportunity to meet a former spy. At 6pm, the event will move to the exhibits, where guests can explore the Museum with less noise, fewer people, and a designated quiet room. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt to win various prizes! While this Access to SPY program is geared towards autistic adults, we welcome all adults with sensory processing differences and their friends/family to attend this event (ages 18+). Program is free of charge but requires advanced registration. Event information at www.spymuseum.org.
Join us in person or virtually for this timely and important discussion of great power competition and the influences and factors that are shaping the Russian and Chinese worldview.
Join us for 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 be joined by Carol Rollie Flynn, president of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. A 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Flynn held senior executive positions there including Director of CIA's Leadership Academy, Director of the Office of Foreign Intelligence Relationships, Associate Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Executive Director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center, and Chief of Station in major posts in Southeast Asia and Latin America. She has extensive experience in overseas intelligence operations, security, and counterintelligence. Flynn is also an adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service/Security Studies Program where she has co-directed the National Security Critical Issue Task Force (NSCITF). She has also taught at the Fordham University Graduate School of Business and previously served as adjunct staff at Rand Corporation. She serves on the Advisory Board of the International Spy Museum and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Event information at 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.
Join author and historian Gary Powers Jr. on this unforgettable 10-day tour of Cold War and Espionage related sites throughout Germany and the Czech Republic
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