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12-18 October 2022
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National Security Strategy (October 2022) - The White House, 12 Oct 22
We are now in the early years of a decisive decade for America and the world. The terms of geopolitical competition between the major powers will be set. The window of opportunity to deal with shared threats, like climate change, will narrow drastically. The actions we take now will shape whether this period is known as an age of conflict and discord or the beginning of a more stable and prosperous future. We face two strategic challenges. The first is that the post-Cold War era is definitively over and a competition is underway between the major powers to shape what comes next. No nation is better positioned to succeed in this competition than the United States, as long as we work in common cause with those who share our vision of a world that is free, open, secure, and prosperous. This means that the foundational principles of self-determination, territorial integrity, and political independence must be respected, international institutions must be strengthened, countries must be free to determine their own foreign policy choices, information must be allowed to flow freely, universal human rights must be upheld, and the global economy must operate on a level playing field and provide opportunity for all. The second is that while this competition is underway, people all over the world are struggling to cope with the effects of shared challenges that cross borders—whether it is climate change, food insecurity, communicable diseases, terrorism, energy shortages, or inflation. (Full document here.)
Trauma in the U.S. Intelligence Community: Risks and Responses - Rand Corporation, October 2022
Exposure to trauma and the multiple ways that such exposure manifests are a concern within the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). Moreover, the IC has only a limited understanding of the symptoms of various types of trauma and the strict parameters that should surround discussions about trauma and mental health within the IC. The need for the IC to support its employees who are exposed to trauma within their workplace — whether deployed or at headquarters — is not simply an ethical obligation to provide for employees' well-being: Failure to meet this need could negatively affect the quality of work and the retention of qualified personnel within the IC. The IC would benefit from a concerted effort to consider these issues by learning more about the community's needs, identifying best practices, and initiating programs to meet the workforce's needs. (Full report here.)
Details of Expelled Russian Spies in The Hague Revealed - EU Observer, 14 Oct 22
Dutch and Belgian journalists, working with the Dossier Center, an NGO in London, have revealed the identities of 18 more Russian diplomats expelled from the EU in April on grounds of espionage. The group of 18 came from Russia's embassy in The Hague as well as its mission at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Dutch capital. (Full article here.)
See also: Russian spies still operating out of Brussels embassy - Brussels Times, 16 Oct 22
Ex-analyst With Kansas City's FBI Pleads Guilty to Keeping National Defense Docs at Her Home - Kansas City ABC News affiliate, 14 Oct 22
A former FBI analyst pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to two counts of unlawfully retaining documents related to the national defense in her Kansas City home, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri. Investigators said Kendra Kingsbury, 50, was an intelligence analyst for the FBI for more than 12 years, assigned to different FBI squads, each of which had a particular focus, such as illegal drug trafficking, violent crime, violent gangs, and counterintelligence. Court documents said Kingsbury held a Top Secret/SCI security clearance and had access to national defense and classified information. By pleading guilty, the U.S. attorney's office said Kingsbury admitted that during her work for the FBI, she repeatedly removed from the FBI and kept an abundance of sensitive government materials, including classified documents related to the national defense, at her home. (Full article here.)
IRGC Claims to Arrest Mossad Spy in Central Iran - Jerusalem Post, 11 Oct 22
The IRGC's intelligence service arrested a person spying for Israel in the city of Kerman in central Iran, the head of the local judiciary announced on Tuesday, according to the IRGC-affiliated Tasnim News Agency. The official, Ebrahim Hamidi, claimed that the suspect was planning to carry out "anti-security measures" in the area. "The accused has made several trips to different countries with the aim of transferring information and training for anti-security and subversive measures through communication with intelligence officers, and his last trip was to a neighboring country," added the judiciary official. (Full article here.)
The Globetrotting Con Man and Suspected Spy Who Met With President Trump - ProPublica, 11 Oct 22
In July 2018, President Donald Trump met at his New Jersey golf club with a Chinese businessman who should have never gotten anywhere near the most powerful man in the world. Tao Liu had recently rented a luxurious apartment in Trump Tower in New York and boasted of joining the exclusive Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. But Liu was also a fugitive from Chinese justice. Media reports published overseas three years before the meeting had described him as the mastermind of a conspiracy that defrauded thousands of investors. He had ties to Chinese and Latin American organized crime. Perhaps most worrisome, the FBI was monitoring him because of suspicions that he was working with Chinese spies on a covert operation to buy access to U.S. political figures. (Full article here.)
Also see: How a Tycoon Linked to Chinese Intelligence Became a Darling of Trump Republicans - New Yorker, 17 Oct 22
In October 2008, the U.S. Special Operations Command published a request for proposal (RFP) seeking “rapid, on-order global dissemination of web-based influence products and tools in support of strategic and long-term U.S. Government goals and objectives.” The RFP listing, for something nondescript called a “Trans Regional Web Initiative” (TRWI), appeared at a time when the global war on terror—and the growing online presence of terrorists—was a particularly critical mission. The TRWI required a lead that could handle everything from the development of website architecture and content management systems, to the development of content “tailored to foreign audiences” in the battle for hearts and minds. At the time, the announcement was viewed with some skepticism. Wired, for example, warned that U.S. efforts had largely been unsuccessful at “creating cultural and/or news content that appeals to foreign audiences” and speculated whether anyone would read the websites. But in September 2009, the contract, worth $10 million for the first year with four annual renewal options that would later exceed $20 million, was awarded to one of the largest government and military contractors, General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT). (Full article here.)
Russian Military ‘Exhausted,’ Putin’s Judgment ‘Flawed,’ U.K. Spy Chief Says - Washington Post, 11 Oct 22
A British spy chief warned in a rare public speech Tuesday that Russian forces in Ukraine are overstretched and “exhausted” — and that President Vladimir Putin is committing “strategic errors in judgment.” The assessment from Jeremy Fleming, head of the secretive GCHQ, Britain’s intelligence, cyber and security agency, comes after Putin drafted reservists to bolster his war effort and claimed a “massive strike” across Ukraine this week. The missile attacks hit energy facilities and civilian infrastructure across the country, including in the heart of Kyiv, in retaliation for a weekend explosion on Russia’s strategic Crimean Bridge. “Russia’s forces are exhausted. The use of prisoners to reinforce, and now the mobilization of tens of thousands of inexperienced conscripts, speaks of a desperate situation,” Fleming said in an address to the Royal United Services Institute think tank in London. (Full article here.)
Follow the First Rule of Strategy: Eject China From the Thrift Savings Plan - Center for Security Policy, 13 Oct 22
Millions of U.S. government employees, service members, veterans, and retired federal workers through their retirement savings are funding China. U.S. dollars are invested through the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), the world’s largest defined contribution fund with over $730 billion, into Chinese Communist Party-controlled companies. As a result, U.S. government employees are funding the expanding power of their enemy. In June, TSP introduced a new mutual fund window that will permit many participants to invest up to 25 percent of their account in 5,000 different mutual funds. Many of these funds are heavily invested in Chinese Community Party-controlled entities, and also hold shares in entities that are currently or potentially may be subject to U.S. sanctions. (Full article here.)
Nuclear Sleuths: Citizen Spies Use Open-Source Intel to Find Secrets - SpyScape, 13 Oct 22
Intelligence isn’t just for spies. Commercial satellites, AI, and open-source intel are allowing citizen detectives to investigate nuclear secrets. “The world of open-source nuclear sleuthing is wide open to anyone with an Internet connection,” Amy Zegart writes in Spies, Lies, and Algorithms. “It draws people with a grab bag of backgrounds, capabilities, motives and incentives - from hobbyists to physicists, truth seekers to conspiracy peddlers, profiteers, volunteers and everyone in between.” There’s no standardized quality control processes, ethical guidelines, or formal training programs, however, and even when the sleuthing is conducted by professionals problems can still arise.. (Full article here.)
What’s in Biden’s Executive Order on Signals Intelligence? - LawFare, 14 Oct 22
On Oct. 7, President Biden signed the Executive Order on Enhancing Safeguards for United States Signals Intelligence Activities. This order is a concrete step taken by the president to fulfill a commitment made in March during an announcement that the U.S. and the European Commission had agreed to the Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework. The framework was negotiated after the Court of Justice of the European Union struck down the 2015 Privacy Shield agreement for failing to adequately protect individual privacy rights, and it aims to establish a higher privacy protection standard and provide a more durable basis for future trans-Atlantic data flows. (Full article here.)
For the full Executive Order, click here.
South African Court Bans Publication of Leaked Intelligence Report on U.S. Collection Efforts - Committee to Protect Journalists, 13 Oct 22
A South African court judgment banning the publication of an intelligence report about alleged U.S. efforts to gather intelligence about South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party must be made public and should be overturned on appeal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On October 5, Gauteng High Court judge Daisy Sekao Molefe issued a final order banning the Daily News newspaper and Independent Online (IOL) news website from publishing a leaked November 5, 2020 intelligence report marked “secret” by South Africa’s State Security Agency and ordered that all copies of the document in Daily News reporter Thabo Makwakwa’s possession be returned to the agency, according to a statement by IOL and a tweet by Anton Harber, the executive director of local rights organization the Campaign for Free Expression. (Full article here.)
Three former senior U.S. intelligence officers tell Newsy that before Putin's full-scale invasion in Ukraine, Moscow sent surveillance teams to hunt down Russian defectors on U.S. soil. One of those former officers says defectors are nervous. The Russian government even mailed a letter to a defector, notifying the person that they had been sentenced to death in absentia. (Full article here.)
'Malign Influence': China's Cultural Institutes Under Growing Scrutiny - Barron's citing AFP, 13 Oct 22
Accused of peddling propaganda and even spying, Chinese cultural institutes are facing increasing resistance around the world, forcing some to close down and Beijing to make changes to their management. China has set up hundreds of Confucius Institutes -- named after the ancient Chinese philosopher -- in more than 150 countries in less than two decades, according to the body that oversees them. President Xi Jinping has called them "a symbol of China's unremitting efforts for world peace and international cooperation", and his administration has marked their "optimization" and further promotion as an important plank of its education policy. Presented as China's answer to organizations such as Germany's Goethe-Institut or the British Council, they offer language lessons and cultural exchange programs. Unlike most of their Western counterparts, they often sit within universities. But as relations with China have deteriorated and Xi has taken a more aggressive foreign policy approach, an increasing number of critics in the West say the institutes have become a threat. (Full article here.)
Mexican Scientist Was Spy for Russia in Miami - McClatchy DC, 12 Oct 22
Cabrera-Fuentes’ cellphone showed that there had been interaction between him and a Russian handler. The handler promised to help Cabrera-Fuentes get his wife and their daughters out of Russia, according to the affidavit. Cabrera-Fuentes appears to have agreed to the deal, and went to Miami to gather information on the Russian target. Traveling with him was his Mexican wife, Evelyn Dehesa Martínez, who in the indictment is Female 1. The charging documents said the Russian handler knew Cabrera-Fuentes had earlier sought Miami property and had him, through an associate, rent a condo in the complex where the target lived. The scientist came into the United States on a business visa and received $20,000 for rent and a down payment. The couple carried out surveillance on the target who had passed information to the U.S. government. Photos of the informant’s license plates were found on Dehesa’s phone, according to the indictment against Cabrera-Fuentes. (Full article here.)
China could make submarines more stealthy and powerful with classified system that reduces noise 90% - Interesting Engineering citing SCMP, 14 Oct 22
A Chinese research team claims to have created a new pump-jet propulsion system that can increase submarine thrust while minimizing obtrusive vibrations by more than 90-percent. The team created a sealant that prevents water from entering a duct without hindering the rotation of the rotor. However, the precise nature of the system remains classified, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Friday. The new design could increase the thrust of a pump-jet at slower speeds while significantly reducing the noisy vibration "at most characteristic frequencies," said Hua Hongxing, the research lead, and professor of the State Key Laboratory of Mechanical System and Vibration at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, who conducted simulation experiments at a ground testing facility. (Full article here.)
How Intelligence Diplomacy Strengthened Israel-Egypt Ties - The National Interest, 14 Oct 22
When a government sends the head of an intelligence agency to handle what appears to be a diplomatic-political issue, it is sending a figure that is often free of political baggage. At the end of August, reports emerged in Hebrew media that Ronen Bar, the director of Israel’s Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency had traveled to Egypt for a meeting with his counterpart, Abbas Kamel, the head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate. The purpose of the meeting was reportedly to overcome a crisis in bilateral relations following the end of the three-day Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Operation Breaking Dawn against Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in Gaza. (Full article here.)
Norway police say 6 Russians suspected of surveillance arrested last week - Reuters, 17 Oct 22
Norwegian police revealed on Monday that they had arrested four Russians on suspicion of illegally photographing classified facilities last week, days before they caught two other Russians allegedly in possession of drones. Norway has ramped up security in recent weeks following a number of drone sightings close to its oil and gas infrastructure and in response to the Sept. 26 leaks on the Nord Stream gas pipelines off the costs of Sweden and Denmark. (Full article here.)
Also see: Norway Detains Second Drone-Carrying Russian - Moscow Times, 16 Oct 22
Also see: Four suspected Russian spies detained in Norway - Washington Examiner, 17 Oct 22
Also see: Norwegian police investigate drone sighting - Reuters, 14 Oct 22
China spying on Germany, say intelligence chiefs - Deutsche Welle, 18 Oct 22
The head the BND foreign intelligence service warned parliamentarians in Berlin about "naivety" toward China in an annual public hearing of Germany's three main spy agencies Monday. Bruno Kahl questioned the wisdom of ever-deepening ties with Beijing, saying there was "certainly room for improvement" when dealing with China. Federal Intelligence Service President Kahl made the statement in testimony delivered alongside Military Counterintelligence (MAD) President Martina Rosenberg and Thomas Haldenwang, president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) domestic intelligence agency, in an annual public hearing before the Bundestag. All three spy chiefs warned specifically about the threat posed by China in a hearing that included discussion about the current situation with Russia.. (Full article here.)
The Ethics and Impact of Drone Strikes: Georgetown Law Professor Mitt Regan - interview by Former Acting D/CIA Mike Morell
In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Georgetown Law Professor Mitt Regan about his new book Drone Strike: Analyzing the Impacts of Targeted Killing. They discuss the effect of drone strikes on al-Qaeda's continuation and growth, the lack of a systematic civilian casualty mitigation efforts, and the ethics of drone strikes outside of a war zone.
The Langley Files This official CIA podcast aims to educate and connect with the general public, sharing insight into the Agency’s core mission, capabilities, and agility as an intelligence leader...and to share some interesting stories along the way. Each episode is approximately 15-30 minutes in length and hosts lead conversations with a range of special guests.
13 Oct | The Recruiter: What Does it Take to Join CIA On this episode, Dee and Walter sit down with an Agency recruitment leader to learn what characteristics CIA is looking for when selecting candidates, how CIA differs from the private sector, and the number of occupations that the Agency has to offer—which may surprise you.
Spycast is the official podcast of the International Spy Museum and hosts interviews with intelligence experts on matters of HUMINT, SIGINT, IMINT, OSINT, and GEOINT. Spycast is hosted by historian Andrew Hammond, PhD.
11 Oct | "Sure, I Can Hack Your Organization, Part II" Eric Escobar, holder of the coveted DEFCON Black Badge, continues discussing compromising networks and information security.
In Other News The proprietary analytic newsletter crafted for Arkin's private clients by former CIA Acting Deputy Director for Operations Jack Devine.
14 Oct | On the cusp of the Chinese National Congress, analysis from a global contributor offers readers insight on how Xi might be weighing his next steps
13 Oct | Crimean bridge attack comes at a time of escalated pressures on Putin, global players actively navigate their response.
Inside the SCIF - 13 Oct - Russia's "kamikaze drones," Why latest Russian moves feel different, Budworm Hackers, National Security Strategy, and more.
Target USA Podcast - 12 Oct - Ukraine's "Wake Up Call" and Daria Dugina Assassination. - Yuriy Sak, Advisor to Ukraine's Minister of Defense, says he was awakened by a missile that flew over his apartment during Monday's massive missile barrage unleashed by Russia, and Robert Baer says new revelations about the assassination of a prominent Russian woman have "terrified" Vladimir Putin.
The Hunt Broadcast - 05 Oct - Iran’s cross-border attacks inside northern Iraq - Dr. Hans Jakob Schindler, senior director of the Counter Extremism Project, explains what’s at stake.
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Online Event: Special Forces Berlin - Clandestine Cold War Operations - The Cold War Museum, 30 Oct 22
During the Cold War, a unique US Army Special Forces Detachment was stationed in West Berlin. Initially known as Detachment “A”- Berlin, it existed for one reason: to cause havoc behind the enemy’s lines should there be Soviet/Warsaw Pact attack on NATO in Europe. Like all Special Forces units, Det-A traced its origins to the Office of Strategic Services, but its methods of operation were unlike any other. Former Special Forces Berlin member and CIA field officer James Stejskal will draw from his book Special Forces Berlin as he tells us about the unit’s origins and the reasons for its existence through recently declassified files and first-person histories of those who served there. Ukraine’s swift counter-offensive owes much to U.S. weapons, planning, and intelligence help. But the U.S. Army is benefiting as well: by learning how to move intelligence much faster from satellites to ground units. Part of the answer is planning: making sure satellites are available to gather data when and where commanders need it. That means “trying to locate where the targets are now in the targeting board, you know, making sure that the effect that the commander wants on the battlefield is there and it's right there in the stack,” said Lt. Gen. Daniel Karbler, the commanding general of U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. (More information and registration here.)
Video: Newly-renovated CIA Museum gives inside look at top-secret gadgets, artwork and more - CNN, 16 Oct 22 (4 min, 47 sec)
Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin takes viewers inside Virginia's newly-renovated CIA Museum with a guided tour from deputy director Janelle Neises. (Watch video here.)
Op Ed: Ten Commandments of DC by former CIA Officer Ronald Marks - The Hill, 16 Oct 22
After four decades in D.C., I often find myself in the position of advising young people. Sometimes they wish to come here. Sometimes they want to be a spy. Sometimes they want to work on the Hill. As a D.C. tribal elder, I view this inquiry as a privilege and a joy. It actually makes me think — sometimes — that I know what I’m talking about. And, to be fair, I have covered a lot of ground in my time here: I went from being a CIA spy, to being a Hill staffer, to an executive Beltway bandit, and now a semi-retired college professor. (Read entire editorial here.)
Article: The Ukraine War Is Teaching the US How to Move Intelligence Faster - Defense One, 12 Oct 22
Ukraine’s swift counter-offensive owes much to U.S. weapons, planning, and intelligence help. But the U.S. Army is benefiting as well: by learning how to move intelligence much faster from satellites to ground units. Part of the answer is planning: making sure satellites are available to gather data when and where commanders need it. That means “trying to locate where the targets are now in the targeting board, you know, making sure that the effect that the commander wants on the battlefield is there and it's right there in the stack,” said Lt. Gen. Daniel Karbler, the commanding general of U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. (Full report here.)
Article: Cold War Bugging of Soviet Facilities - Schneier on Security, 12 Oct 22
Found documents in Poland detail US spying operations against the former Soviet Union. The file details a number of bugs found at Soviet diplomatic facilities in Washington, D.C., New York, and San Francisco, as well as in a Russian government-owned vacation compound, apartments used by Russia personnel, and even Russian diplomats’ cars. And the bugs were everywhere: encased in plaster in an apartment closet; behind electrical and television outlets; bored into concrete bricks and threaded into window frames; inside wooden beams and baseboards and stashed within a building’s foundation itself; surreptitiously attached to security cameras; wired into ceiling panels and walls; and secretly implanted into the backseat of cars and in their window panels, instrument panels, and dashboards. It’s an impressive—and impressively thorough—effort by U.S. counterspies. (Full report here.)
The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) today announced the award of six study contracts for commercial radio frequency (RF) remote sensing. Companies receiving awards under NRO’s Strategic Commercial Enhancement’s (SCE) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Framework include Aurora Insight, HawkEye 360, Kleos Space, PredaSAR, Spire Global, and Umbra Lab. (Full announcement here.)
Article: Ex-NSA worker accused of trying to sell secrets to Russia ordered held - Federal Times, 12 Oct 22
A former National Security Agency employee from Colorado accused of trying to sell classified information to Russia will remain behind bars while he is prosecuted, a magistrate judge ruled. Jareh Sebastian Dalke faces a possible life sentence for allegedly giving the information to an undercover FBI agent whom prosecutors say he believed was a person working for the Russian Federation. He pleaded not guilty through his lawyer during a hearing in Denver federal court before a hearing to determine if he should be released from jail. (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.)
Video: What Was the U.S. Secret War in Laos - Dr. Paul T. Carter, Mar 2022 (78 minutes)
This video, with vintage and very rare photos and old film, is divided into three sessions. Session one Backdrop and Introduction: The U.S. Enters Laos is a compelling story of how U.S. policy-makers in the 1950s focused on Laos and Southeast Asia as a spearhead against communist spread, started deploying American personnel and assets to Laos to combat the emerging threat, and the conflict’s relationship to the neighboring Vietnam War. In action-driven session two, Laos Secret War Operations, Dr. Carter describes how the U.S. became entangled in escalating combat operations, and details the five methods (Air War, Paramilitary Training of Locals, U.S. Aid Provision, Technical and Pilot Training, and Special Operations Raids) the U.S. used to fight the war. In the final video session, The War Aftermath and Attempt for Answers, Dr. Carter poignantly seeks to make some sense of the tragic war, its effects, and the repatriation of Hmong to America. (Watch video here.)
Advanced Book Purchase Notice: Privacy Pirates by NSA Veteran and AFIO Member - Academia Press, Q1 2023
Thirty-year National Security Agency veteran Dr. Leslie Gruis's second book on privacy releases in the first quarter of 2023. The Privacy Pirates is a revealing indictment of the privacy practices of commercial operators in social media and elsewhere, and of the cavalier attitude they take toward the personal information of millions of Americans. This is a popularly-aimed sequel to her existing and more academic book, Privacy - Past, Present and Future, which won a national book award in May 2020 (sample here). Dr Gruis's distinguished career at NSA and CIA began as a Ph.D mathematician out of NorthWestern. She specialized in policy issues surrounding privacy, and on finding the balance between these and the obligation to protect the American public through classified intelligence activities. Her first book explores the origins of the right to privacy in American culture; this sequel is a shorter, popular treatment aimed at mobilizing the American public to stand up for their privacy rights. “Somebody has to speak out”, says Gruis, who rose to represent NSA on the National Intelligence Council (NIC) at the end of her career. “People wouldn’t worry so much about what the government was doing with their data if they knew the outrageous liberties being taken by commercial operators like Google and Facebook.” The Privacy Pirates will be available on Amazon, and AFIO members can purchase in advance. Privacy - Past, Present and Future is available on Amazon now. Visit www.lesliegruis.com for more information and purchase details.
VIDEO: Military Service Intelligence Priorities - INSA, 12 Oct 22 (74 mins)
The Military Services’ intelligence leaders discuss the rapid rise of China and what a shift to great power competition means to them. They also describe the services’ ability to engage in joint operations and their close relationships as a stark advantage over most militaries worldwide. Another topic is the increasing importance of data and the potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning for intelligence and warfighting. Lastly, the services’ intelligence chiefs discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine and what lessons the US could glean from it. (Watch video here.)
LUNCHEON: A Conversation With Former NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers - Belmont University, Tennessee (8 Nov 22)
What has the United States learned about cyber security threats and how is it prepared to respond? How do we ensure the nation’s competitive ability in the 21st century? These are among the topics the former Director of the National Security Agency and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, will address at a November 8, 2022 luncheon at Belmont University. Admiral Michael Rogers, a retired Navy four-star, served over three decades as a Cryptologic Warfare Officer, leading to appointment as America’s top cryptology and cyber DoD official. Rogers led that effort for four years directing the Defense Department’s cyber security mission. The Tennessee World Affairs Council and Belmont University’s Center for Global Citizenship invite you to join Admiral Rogers at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. CT on November 8th. This is your opportunity for first-hand insights and perspectives on the cyber threats facing the U.S. government, businesses and individuals from the expanding universe of virtual threats. The luncheon will be followed by a panel discussion with Admiral Rogers moderated by Congressman Jim Cooper featuring government, industry and academia experts. (More information and registration 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.)
Dynamic Infographic and Report: China - Decoding the 20th Party Congress - Asia Society (11 Oct 22)
The 20th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will determine China’s leadership for the next five years, and be a defining moment for politics, policy, and the world. This website decodes the black box of Chinese politics, the Party Congress, and the domestic and foreign policy impacts through a groundbreaking visualization mapping Chinese institutions, key individuals, hidden personal connections, and informal networks of power that drive personnel and policy decisions under the surface. Access visual tool and full report 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The most spectacular Polish spy of the Cold War era, Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski, informs Americans about the Communist Bloc's top secrets in the face of the upcoming martial law. This gripping spy thriller tells the true story of a man who dares to challenge the Soviet empire. While planning the maneuvers of the Warsaw Pact forces, Polish army colonel Ryszard Kuklinski has access to top secrets. He gets to know that the American nuclear counterattack against Soviet forces is planned to be executed on Polish territory. Thanks to his determination, he starts a long, lonely and psychologically exhausting cooperation with CIA. From that very moment the life of his family and his own is in constant danger as one careless move may lead to tragedy.
The Greatest Spy: The True Story of the Secret Agent that Inspired James Bond 007
Audacious, brilliant, chameleon. All these words could be used to describe the man that became Britain’s greatest spy, a man known by several names and who came from many places, depending on who was asking and when. Was he from Poland? Or was he the son of an Irish clergyman? Many believe he was born in Odessa, Ukraine, a place hot in today’s headlines. He certainly had the ability to be convincing to anyone he met, including the head of Britain’s intelligence services. Sidney Reilly, one of many names he was known by, was the most successful spy in history. His adventures first came to light during the Russian Revolution in 1917 when he was tasked by Britain’s Secret Service with overthrowing the Bolsheviks after they had formed a new government. He had already succeeded in stealing the plans of the Kaiser’s new and modern fleet of battleships from Krupp, to help Britain and her allies win World War I, and was awarded the Military Cross in 1919.
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Sisters in Resistance: How a German Spy, a Banker's Wife, and Mussolini's Daughter Outwitted the Nazis
In 1944, news of secret diaries kept by Italy's Foreign Minister, Galeazzo Ciano, had permeated public consciousness. What wasn't reported, however, was how three women—a Fascist's daughter, a German spy, and an American banker’s wife—risked their lives to ensure the diaries would reach the Allies, who would later use them as evidence against the Nazis at Nuremberg. In 1944, Benito Mussolini's daughter, Edda, gave Hitler and her father an ultimatum: release her husband, Galeazzo Ciano, from prison, or risk her leaking her husband's journals to the press. To avoid the peril of exposing Nazi lies, Hitler and Mussolini hunted for the diaries for months, determined to destroy them. Hilde Beetz, a German spy, was deployed to seduce Ciano to learn the diaries' location and take them from Edda. As the seducer became the seduced, Hilde converted as a double agent, joining forces with Edda to save Ciano from execution.
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Espionage and Counterintelligence in Occupied Persia (Iran): The Success of the Allied Secret Services, 1941-45
The sequel to Nazi Secret Warfare, which portrayed the catastrophic failure of Germany's clandestine services in Persia (Iran) during the Second World War. By contrast but based on equally solid archival evidence, this companion volume tells the other side of the same fascinating story, introducing us to spies, spycatchers, and spymasters.
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Call For Articles: AFIO Journal, The Intelligencer
For the past four years, AFIO has included in The Intelligencer a series of articles on “when intelligence made a difference.” Written by scholars, intelligence practitioners, students, and others, they cover events from ancient times to the modern world and in many countries. AFIO is soliciting articles for future issues. Most articles run between 2,000 and 3,000 words, although some are longer or shorter. If you have an idea for an article that fits the theme, email senior editor Peter Oleson at email@example.com.
Call For Assistance: Researcher Seeks Copy of 1941 FBI Booklet
An AFIO member who is conducting research on the beginnings of industrial security programs before WWII is in search of a copy of a 55-page FBI booklet, dated December 1941, titled "Suggestions for Protection of Industrial Facilities." Digital copies or photocopies are acceptable. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any information.
Call For Papers: Urban Security 2023 in Journal of Strategic Security Special Issue
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.
Rear Admiral Don Harvey — Former Naval Intelligence Director, AFIO Board Chairman
James Chism — NSA Researcher
Kent Holmes — CIA Senior Intelligence Service Officer
Frank Bostock — Federal Government Careerist
Dr. Florian Mikulski — CIA Digital Satellite System Founder
20 October 2022 (Thursday), 12:45 ET - Online and In-Person - Florida Suncoast AFIO Chapter Luncheon features LTG Thomas Spoehr (USA Ret) on "the current military recruiting crisis and the impact of wokeness."
LTG Thomas Spoehr (USA Ret) will address the current military recruiting crisis, plus the effects of military wokeness. General Spoehr is director of Heritage's Center for National Defense, where he supervises research on matters involving U.S. national defense. He will participate remotely.
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.
Schuyler Foerster will summarize where we are in the war as of mid-November, examine the prospects for either side's victory, defeat, stalemate, escalation, or negotiation, and highlight the issues ahead for all of us in the West. Mr. Foerster is emeritus professor of political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he served as the Brent Scowcroft Professor for National Security Studies from 2010-2016. He also teaches as a visiting professor at Colorado College and at Masaryk University, Czech Republic. During his 26-year military career, he served in several assignments as a senior advisor in security and arms control policy. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, he holds a doctorate from Oxford University in politics and strategic studies and was a national security fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. For more information, please contact email@example.com
Russia's invasion of Ukraine unmasked the Kremlin's ambitions towards all the states that were once part of the Soviet Union or Russian Empire. The countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia, many of which are rich in oil, gas, uranium, and other resources, are working to maintain the independence they won just over 30 years ago. But Russia's ambitions are not the only threat; there are also Chinese and Iranian ambitions, Turkey's evolving role, and the threats of terrorism, religious extremism, and drug trafficking. While almost half a world away, the U.S. has its own geostrategic interests in the region as well and many of these countries look for a more active U.S. engagement. Ambassador (ret.) Robert Cekuta will look at this evolving situation in a strategic part of the world and what the United States is, and should be doing to advance our interests there.
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.
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.
The Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) is aligning with like-minded partners*, particularly throughout the 5eyes community, to bring together the first International Intelligence Conference of its type. The International Conference on Intelligence 2022 will be held for intelligence leaders, managers, professionals and academe, and it will include keynote presentations and combine plenary, breakout, and interactive panel sessions for all delegates. There will also be an active social program for delegates attending in person. There is a plan to run conference elements – sessions, networking, and exhibition – as hybrid events, integrating interactive technologies to link in-person meetings with online live streaming components. Delegates, speakers and exhibitors can either attend, meet and present in person in Melbourne, or from their own home or office location to comply with isolation orders or border closures and to fit around altered business operations. More details and registration here.)
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.
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.)
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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