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NSA Hiring Record Number of People with Disabilities - Clearance Jobs, 24 Mar 23
The National Security Agency (NSA) had a banner year in 2022, with their efforts to build a sustain a diverse workforce. Meeting the Agency’s missions in foreign signals intelligence and cybersecurity, all while building a workforce that better represents the U.S. population is a major undertaking. But the NSA reports that 15.6% of their new hires this past year self-identified as a person with a disability. “We are proud of our strong hiring program, but that is only the first step in an employee’s journey,” said Teisha Anthony, Chief of Talent Management. “We need to be equally committed to inclusion and accessibility to fully support the people we bring on board.” (Full article here.)
Intelligence sharing with Venezuela leaves Colombia vulnerable to spying, ex president says - Union Bulletin, 24 Mar 23
Former Colombian President Ivan Duque warned on Friday that his successor’s decision to share intelligence information with Venezuela leaves his country vulnerable to espionage from Nicolas Maduro’s socialist regime, and could damage the longstanding cooperation between U.S. and Colombian agencies. Speaking at a forum on Venezuela held in Washington by the Wilson Center, Duque said Venezuela continues to pose the greatest single security threat to the region and warned against diplomatic efforts to “whitewash” the Caracas regime despite its long record of human-rights violations and its support of terrorist and criminal groups. Without naming his successor, current Colombian President Gustavo Petro, Duque said the decision to share intelligence information with the neighboring country will boost the espionage capacity inside his country of hated Venezuelan agencies, such as the Bolivian National Intelligence Service, SEBIN, and the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence. (Full article here.)
U.S. RC-135 Surveillance Jet Has Flown Unprecedented Mission Over Finland - The Drive, 23 Mar 23
A U.S. Air Force RC-135V/W Rivet Joint has conducted a sortie inside Finnish airspace for the first time, at least in recent memory, flying opposite the border with Russia. These flights look set to become routine as Finland continues to move through the process of joining NATO, something the country's leadership decided to pursue following the Russian military's all-out invasion of Ukraine last year. Today's sortie highlights how the Finnish ascension to the alliance will allow for expanding already robust efforts to surveil Russia from the air. Online flight tracking websites caught the RC-135W Rivet Joint aircraft, which has the serial number 62-4131 and was using the callsign Jake 11 at the time, departing RAF Mildenhall in the United Kingdom earlier today. The aircraft then flew east over the English Channel, the Netherlands, Germany, and Poland, before turning north. (Full article here.)
Dozens of graduates from China's 'defence universities' – which are suspected of harvesting foreign research for its military – work for leading British companies. The US bans visas for most graduates of the institutions nicknamed the 'Seven Sons of National Defence' amid allegations that they play a key role in training staff for China's forces and espionage. But the Mail has discovered that more than 30 graduates from these universities are currently or have recently worked for, or in collaboration with, a range of key UK companies, including within the defence and security industry and national infrastructure. One conducted research for the Typhoon jet while others worked on projects for BAE Systems Military Air and Information, an audit of LinkedIn profiles found. Another collaborated with BAE Systems on investigating electromagnetic interference in military aircraft and vehicles. (Full article here.)
The arrest this week of a spy network in Poland is just the latest in the country’s secret war against Russian intelligence since Putin’s troops attacked Ukraine. ABW Sitting on the border of war-torn Ukraine, in the shadowy world of espionage Poland is fighting a secret war against Russian aggression. Openly supplying President Zelensky’s soldiers with weapons and firepower, in the cloak and dagger world, Warsaw is covertly battling Moscow’s increasingly aggressive subterfuge. The arrest last week of a spy network in Poland is just the latest in the country’s secret war against Russian intelligence since Putin’s troops invaded Ukraine. The nine people were seized after agents from Poland’s Internal Security Agency, the ABW, found hidden cameras recording important railway routes for transferring weapons and ammunition to Ukraine. Captured while secretly monitoring the shipments, according to Polish authorities, the spies were preparing to ‘paralyse the deliveries’, destabilise Polish-Ukrainian relations, incite hostility towards Nato countries in Poland, and attack the policies of the Polish government towards Ukraine. (Full article here.)
South Korea to inspect all Port Cranes bought from China due to Espionage - Energy Focus Report, 22 Mar 23
The South Korean government is planning to inspect every port crane supplied by China. This is because the U.S. government recently pointed out that cranes built by Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) may be used for espionage purposes. At present, a total of 478 Chinese port cranes are in operation in South Korea along with 389 domestically produced ones. According to the U.S. government, Chinese cranes at U.S. ports are capable of accessing military secrets such as military supply transport information with their software and sensors. The U.S. government said it is closely monitoring state-run ZPMC in particular, the global market share of which is 70 percent. Approximately 80 percent of U.S. port cranes are ZPMC cranes. The company said in 2017 that it could monitor each of its cranes from its Shanghai headquarters. (Full article here.)
Chinese espionage is Norway's main concern - Scandasia, 22 Mar 23
China’s “state-sponsored” hackers, who were conducting contract work in service of government espionage, have become the main concern for Norway. This is according to an article on Portal Plus. The hackers employ social engineering techniques, including the use of dating sites, employment sites and massaging platforms to gain victims’ trust. The Norwegian Intelligence Service (PST) and the National Security Agency (NSM) have highlighted that China has been targeting individuals through social media, in this year’s threat assessments. Security intelligence has expressed concerns saying that Beijing can influence the global technical landscape in the coming years. At the same time, the Norwegian government has banned ministers and officials from using Tik Tok on work phones and tablets. According to the governments statement Tuesday, March 21, the decision is based on the fear of espionage. This aligns with the recommendations in several other Western countries. Earlier this year, Norway’s wealth fund excluded Chinese tech company Hikvision from investments due to human rights violations. (Full article here.)
U.S. Intel Helped India Route China in 2022 Border Clash: Sources - U.S. News and World Report, 20 Mar 23
India was able to repel a Chinese military incursion in contested border territory in the high Himalayas late last year due to unprecedented intelligence-sharing with the U.S. military, U.S. News has learned, an act that caught China’s People’s Liberation Army forces off-guard, enraged Beijing and appears to have forced the Chinese Communist Party to reconsider its approach to land grabs along its borders. The U.S. government for the first time provided real-time details to its Indian counterparts of the Chinese positions and force strength in advance of a PLA incursion, says a source familiar with a previously unreported U.S. intelligence review of the encounter into the Arunachal Pradesh region. The information included actionable satellite imagery and was more detailed and delivered more quickly than anything the U.S. had previously shared with the Indian military. (Full article here.)
Stealthy hacks show advancements in China’s cyberespionage operations, researchers say - Cyberscoop, 15 Mar 23
A string of recently discovered digital intrusions appears to indicate that hackers linked to China are increasingly savvy when it comes to evading detection once they infiltrate a victim’s network. That conclusion comes from researchers at Sentinel Labs and the German IT services company QGroup GmbH who studied several cyber intrusions into unnamed Middle Eastern telecoms. Those attacks indicated that a years-long Chinese-aligned cyberespionage operation has been actively updating its abilities using a series of modifications to a widely used credential theft software package, researchers said in a joint analysis published Thursday. The “finding highlights the increased operational tempo of Chinese cyberespionage actors and their consistent investment in advancing their malware arsenal to evade detection,” the researchers said. (Full article here.)
Defense ministry sets out to normalize military intelligence-sharing deal with Japan - Yonhap News Agency, 17 Mar 23
The defense ministry initiated the process to normalize a military intelligence-sharing deal with Japan on Friday, following a summit agreement between the leaders of both countries the previous day. The defense ministry said it sent a letter to the foreign ministry requesting measures to normalize the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA). The foreign ministry is soon expected to send an official letter to its Japanese counterpart in response, officials said. On Thursday, President Yoon Suk Yeol said he agreed to "completely normalize" the military pact during his summit with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo as part of efforts to better respond to North Korea's nuclear and missile threats. Signed in 2016, GSOMIA was seen as a rare symbol of security cooperation between Seoul and Tokyo. (Full article here.)
The Latest National Security Topic Interview by Former Acting D/CIA Mike Morell
In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with former senior U.S. ambassador and Middle East envoy Dennis Ross about growing instability in the Middle East, including tensions between Israel and Palestine, controversial judicial reforms in Israel, and consistent advancements in Iran's nuclear program. Ross, now counselor and a distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, offers suggestions for a clearer and more muscular U.S. policy vis a vis Iran and weighs the implications of a possible unilateral military strike on its nuclear facilities by Israel.
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23 Mar | Little of real substance emerged from the meeting from Xi and Putin other than platitudes about their enduring special relationship. Riding high from the Chinese brokered peace deal between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Xi was able to have yet another photo op brandishing his proposed peace deal between Russian and Ukraine. While the Saudi-Iranian deal is full of promise but short on details, this deal is a non-starter and Xi shows little interest in pushing Putin to get to a real place for meaningful negotiations with Kyiv. (Full version available to AFIO members in the coming days here.)
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Article: The ‘ordinary’ family at No 35: suspected Russian spies await trial in Slovenia - The Guardian, 24 Mar 23
Maria Mayer and Ludwig Gisch settled in Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, in 2017, with their two young children. People who met the couple tended to like them; the new arrivals from Latin America were friendly but never overbearing, inquisitive but never pushy. Mayer opened an online art gallery, while Gisch ran an IT startup. They told friends that a nagging fear of street crime at home in Argentina had prompted their move to Europe. Peaceful, mountainous Slovenia offered a refreshing change of pace. In interviews with about a dozen people who knew one or both of the couple, two words kept cropping up: “ordinary” and “nice”. Neighbours insisted the people living at No 35 were a run-of-the-mill family, and said the children could often be heard playing in the garden, shrieking in Spanish. (Read full report here.)
Free eBook: From the Ground Up - American Cryptology During World War I by E.R. Smoot - NSA, 22 Mar 23
The First World War ranks among the most significant events in history, with effects that we continue to feel more than a century later. It shattered several empires, caused the decline of others, and provided the necessary chaos in which two of the most blood- thirsty regimes, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, could arise and grow. It set in motion the events lead- ing to another world war that would be an even great- er disaster. All of these effects, moreover, either were caused or exacerbated by improvements in firepower, transportation, production, and, most of all, commu- nication. It is true that World War I saw the indus- trialization of war on a global scale, but that develop- ment could only come about because combatants and their leaders could now communicate in real time and at virtually any distance. Such increased capacity for command and control became a defining feature of all warring states and their contending forces, mean- ing that the methods for securing, and penetrating, national and military communications took on stra- tegic significance. (Read book here.)
Backgrounder: Inside the CIA’s bureau for hiding defectors - The Economist, 24 Mar 23
On a September morning in 2019, a horde of journalists stampeded into a tranquil suburb in Virginia and parked their TV trucks on the edge of a vast green lawn. Only days earlier, the six-bedroom home had been occupied by Oleg Smolenkov, a former Russian diplomat, and his family. Now it was empty. The CIA had smuggled the family out of Russia two years earlier, a reward for the years Smolenkov spent spying for the agency as an aide to Vladimir Putin’s foreign-policy adviser. Much of the evidence about Putin’s secret campaign to sway the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump’s favour is thought to have come from Smolenkov, although the American government has not acknowledged this. Five months after Trump took office, the baby-faced Smolenkov flew with his wife and three children to Porto Montenegro, a resort on the Adriatic Sea favoured by wealthy Russians. The Russian government had banned employees from traveling to Montenegro owing to friction between the two countries, but the Smolenkovs weren’t planning to stay long. The CIA quickly spirited them away to America. (Full report here.)
Video: Joseph Simon, U.S. Army counterintelligence — Our Veterans, Their Stories (57 min) - Cattaraugus County Museum, 21 Mar 23
Joseph Simon from Olean, N.Y., entered the military in 1988 to become a medic. In 1992, he transferred and began his service career as a counterintelligence agent for the U.S. Army. In this video interview, he addresses military counterintelligence, working at Fort Meade, watching adversaries, Islam, 9-11, and changes after 9-11. (Watch here.)
Analysis: Avoiding the Secrecy Trap in Open Source Intelligence - Cipher Brief, 21 Mar 23
Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) operating concepts in the Intelligence Community (IC) are outdated. While the IC has long cited open source in classified products, treating unclassified information as just another “INT” feeding classified systems is an inadequate model with the future datasphere approaching hundreds of zettabytes and where the most valuable data and analytic technology is coming from outside classified facilities. The IC’s meager and decades-long OSINT reforms and under-performance are symptoms of a culture designed to protect secrets. While secrets and protecting them will always be a part of a healthy intelligence apparatus, the policy, resourcing, and information technology (IT) priorities of classified operations are incompatible with a world flooded with open and commercial data and cannot scale OSINT toward a cohesive national-level mission. (Full report here.)
We’ve shared the story of Carsten L, who was with the BND (Germany’s external security service) and how he was arrested and charged with espionage/treason for being a recruit of a Russian intelligence organization. The BND officer stands accused of providing information concerning Ukraine and the German, NATO, optic vis-à-vis Ukraine and Russia. What we did not know, until now, courtesy of investigative reporting of Der Spiegel and others, was the modus operandi used by Russia. The first item of import is that we learned that the FSB (Russian security service) was the sponsor of the operation which ultimately recruited and handled Carsten L. This makes sense given that the FSB was also the entity charged with preparing Ukraine for transition to Russian occupation and had been given millions of rubles to prepare the political landscape to welcome Russia with open arms. We know how that went. What we didn’t know is that in 2021, the start of the recruitment of this source within the BND was playing out in Germany and in Russia. His ultimate recruitment and delivery of classified materials is believed to have occurred in September 2022. (Full report here.)
Backgrounder: Mossad Espionage in Damascus - In The Lion’s Den - Grey Dynamics, 22 Mar 2023
Eliahu ben Shaoul Cohen, better known as Eli Cohen, was an Israeli spy that conducted espionage for Mossad in Damascus, Syria between 1961 and 1965. His infiltration among the Syrian politico-military elite is undoubtedly among the most successful Mossad espionage operations known publicly. Indeed, in less than five years, Kamel Amin Tabeeth, Cohen’s undercover identity, passed from Buenos Aires to Damascus, quickly climbing the social hierarchy, obtaining trust and befriending prominent figures of the Syrian establishment. These links permitted him to access valuable intelligence from one of Israel’s most dangerous enemies. Nevertheless, the same overconfidence that allowed several outstanding results, combined with Mossad growing pressures and Syrian suspicions, led to this capture in January 1965. Despite the mediation attempts by his family and the Israeli authorities, they publicly hung Eli Cohen in Damascus on 18 May 1965. While Cohen undoubtedly furnished valuable intelligence to Israel, the relevance of his contributions has been partially romanticised. Around this legendary character of Israeli security forces, the debate remains heated. Whereas some sustain the primary role of Cohen’s intelligence in 1967 Israel’s landslide victory in the six-day war, others consider him a “very poor spy”. (Full report here.)
OpEd: The Intelligence Community is Broken - Understanding Intelligence and World Events, 22 Mar 2023
If you missed it Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, last week vigorously questioned the representatives from the Intelligence Community (IC) about their assessment that the Russians would take Kiev in three days and that the people of Ukraine would not put up much of a fight. His questions were spot on, and he had every right to be concerned about the quality of the current intelligence he and other members of Congress are receiving. CIA and DIA got it completely wrong. Only INR at the Department of State, the smallest all source intelligence agency, raised a note of caution citing recent polling data that indicated that the people of Ukraine were prepared to put up stiff resistance to a Russian invasion. May I suggest he or a member of is staff follow up with a request for the IC to share with him the latest “research” study on the strengths and weaknesses of the Russian Military. My guess is there is not one. We stopped doing detailed studies years ago. It was a principal reason that CIA and DIA were so wrong on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2002, and their more recent embarrassing assessments on Russia and the Ukraine. (Full report here.)
Infographic and Report: Mapped - The World’s Legal Government Systems - Visual Capitalist, 21 Mar 22
With over 200 countries existing across the world with unique cultures and traditions, one might assume that there are hundreds of types of government systems. But both historically and in modern times, that’s not the case. Even while political regimes across these countries have changed over time, they’ve largely followed a few different types of governance. Today, every country can ultimately be classified into just nine broad forms of government systems. This map by Truman Du uses information from Wikipedia to map the government systems that rule the world today. (Access visual tool and full report here.)
The Australian indie developer Kung Fu Takeaway Studios has announced Secret Agent: Cold War Espionage, a retro Cold War games adapted to the spy genre by hilariously clever ol’as hed. Come to the Xbox One on April 19, 2023. In Secret Agent: Cold War Espionage, you’re able to join a bumbling secret agent whose role is to make up your sinister plots. But don’t worry that this isn’t your standard serious spy game, it’s boring and funny, but it’s full of humor and ironic moments that will make you laugh. You will sneak and fight through cities in a sepia world with a pistol and a binocular, but be careful not to damage the collateral. To complete your mission, you must escape prisons, to bomb time and win the pity of the sacramental mastermind Zawaro, by stealing a short video from the train de fer. (Read full article and see trailer here.)
A Different Loyalty is a 2004 drama film inspired by the story of British traitor Kim Philby's love affair and marriage to Eleanor Brewer in Beirut and his eventual defection to the Soviet Union. The story takes place in the 1960s and stars Sharon Stone and Rupert Everett. In the film, the characters have fictitious names. The film was entered into the 26th Moscow International Film Festival. Though not credited, the story is based on Eleanor Brewer Philby's 1967 book Kim Philby: The Spy I Loved, published in 1967. The screenplay was written by Jim Piddock. It was a Canada/UK/United States co-production. A Different Loyalty was not released theatrically in the United States.
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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
Foolproof: Why Misinformation Infects Our Minds and How to Build Immunity
Informed by decades of research and on-the-ground experience advising governments and tech companies, Foolproof is the definitive guide to navigating the misinformation age. From fake news to conspiracy theories, from inflammatory memes to misleading headlines, misinformation has swiftly become the defining problem of our era. The crisis threatens the integrity of our democracies, our ability to cultivate trusting relationships, even our physical and psychological well-being―yet most attempts to combat it have proven insufficient. In Foolproof, one of the world’s leading experts on misinformation lays out a crucial new paradigm for understanding and defending ourselves against the worldwide infodemic. With remarkable clarity, Sander van der Linden explains why our brains are so vulnerable to misinformation, how it spreads across social networks, and what we can do to protect ourselves and others. Like a virus, misinformation infects our minds, exploiting shortcuts in how we see and process information to alter our beliefs, modify our memories, and replicate at astonishing rates. Once the virus takes hold, it’s very hard to cure. Strategies like fact-checking and debunking can leave a falsehood still festering or, at worst, even strengthen its hold. But we aren’t helpless. As van der Linden shows based on award-winning original research, we can cultivate immunity through the innovative science of “prebunking”: inoculating people against false information by preemptively exposing them to a weakened dose, thus empowering them to identify and fend off its manipulative tactics. Deconstructing the characteristic techniques of conspiracies and misinformation, van der Linden gives readers practical tools to defend themselves and others against nefarious persuasion―whether at scale or around their own dinner table.
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Intelligence Sharing Between Asymmetrical Allies: The US, Uganda, Sudan, and South Sudan Against the LRA
Intelligence Sharing Amongst the Unequals is only one of a few books focusing on security and defence studies. It is unique because it is the first ever book which documents and examines intelligence sharing among the US, Uganda, Sudan, and South Sudan against the LRA, and it is written by an insider who served in a senior position in the SPLA at the time. This book will be useful in the fields of intelligence, defence, security, and strategic studies and is fit for use in universities and in military and security academies. It underlines the importance and contribution of intelligence sharing against LRA, a merciless Ugandan rebel movement which has caused havoc in Uganda, South Sudan, DR Congo, and CAR since it started its war against the government of President Museveni in 1986. Intelligence Sharing Amongst the Unequals argues that since the US, Uganda, Sudan, and South Sudan began sharing intelligence, the LRA capacity has been drastically reduced, making it a much more of a theoretical organisation. When the US announced that its special forces would cease operations against the LRA on 26 April 2017, the UPDF also announced that it would withdraw. Subsequently, South Sudan announced that it would not continue with LRA operations without the support of US and Ugandan forces. This clearly indicates that once the stronger partner leaves, a significant gap is created. Finally, the book argues that unless an intelligence sharing agreement is resumed against the LRA, the chance of the LRA resurfacing can never be ruled out.
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Intelligence for Homeland Security: An Introduction
“A refreshing, easy to read primer on the landscape of the US federal agencies charged with leading the defense of the homeland.” ― Diane M. Janosek, National Intelligence University Since the September 11 terrorist attacks―considered one of the worst intelligence failures in US history―the many agencies that constitute the homeland security enterprise have aggressively developed their intelligence capabilities and activities. Jeffrey Dailey and James Phelps provide a comprehensive introduction to the nature of intelligence, its structures, roles, and missions, in the context of homeland security.
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Academic Opportunity: National Intelligence Summer Academy (NISA) for High School Students - 17-21 July 2023 - University of North Georgia, Cumming Campus
Are you considering a career in the U.S. Intelligence Community? Did you know that the U.S. Intelligence Community is made up of 18 separate agencies? Sign up for an intense and exciting five days of learning from highly qualified Master's and Ph.D. University of North Georgia instructors and practitioners. Application deadline 15 Apr 23. (More information and registration here.)
Spanish journalist Francisco Jiménez is preparing a documentary about the intelligence services in Spain in the 70s. He is looking for intelligence officers who worked in Spain in those years. If you are willing to assist Franciso, he can be reached at email@example.com.
The Washington Post is developing a multipart audio documentary series (i.e. podcast) chronicling the Grenadian revolution and the US intervention in 1983. They've interviewed nearly 100 people so far, ranging from the heads of state, former Grenadian officials, current and former US officials, veterans, and intelligence officers. They're looking for people who served at the time and may be knowledgeable about intelligence activities in Grenada and the southern Caribbean between 1979 and Operation Urgent Fury. They would also be interested in speaking with anyone who knew Leonard Barrett during the same period. If anyone is interested in participating, please reach out to Washington Post reporter Ted Muldoon via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Signal at 651-497-5449.
Academic Opportunity: Critical Thinking for Intelligence Analysis Course - 21 Apr 23, 0800-1700 (ET) - Virtual
This course will help Intelligence Analysts improve their critical thinking skills. It begins by reviewing the basic characteristics of quality intelligence analysis (and the challenges to producing it) and the methodology for building an analytic argument. The course continues with a discussion of the mental traits and habits that inhibit critical thinking and objectivity. Finally, the course discusses several types of structured techniques designed to inject critical thinking and analytic rigor into intelligence production. $600 fee. (More information and registration here.)
Academic Opportunity: The International Security and Intelligence Programme - 9 July to 5 August 2023 - Magdalene College, Cambridge
Chaired by Sir Richard Dearlove the former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service, the Cambridge Security Initiative (CSi) launched the ISI Programme in 2016. The purpose of this unique programme is to provide an opportunity for participants to meet and work with leading academics and practitioners from the intelligence and security communities in the historic setting of one of the world's foremost universities. The Programme is run in partnership with the Department of War Studies at Kings College, London. (More information and registration here.)
Call for papers: Intelligence and Post-War Reconstruction - International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence
History shows that without planning for post-war reconstruction, apparent victory in war can lead to long-term defeat. On the other hand, wise post-war planning can lead to friendly, peaceful, and profitable relations between victor and vanquished. For political, socio-economic and security-related planning, intelligence plays a crucial role in estimating capabilities, securing infrastructure, locating persons of interest, and rebuilding. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the European Recovery Program (Marshall Plan) after the Second World War, the editors are particularly interested in papers dealing with intelligence concerning post-war reconstruction initiatives and planning connected to historical and recent conflicts. Both case studies and theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. The studies may include, but do not have to be focused on, the following questions and issues:
01 Nov 23 deadline. More information and submission instructions here.
Call For Papers: The Struggle in the Israeli Security Zone in South Lebanon, 1985-2000, Israel Affairs
In June 1985, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) de jure completed its withdrawal from Lebanon to the Israeli borders. De facto, Israel left in its hands a strip of land, about 15 kilometers from its border, in which its ally, the South Lebanon Army (SLA), operated. This strip of land came to be known as the Israeli Security Zone. The idea was that the SLA would be almost independent, while the IDF would intervene only when necessary in the battle against Palestinian and Shiite groups and supervise the SLA. Soon, however, the IDF became more involved, building military posts within the Security Zone, reinforcing itself, and encountering new challenges. In May 2000, Israel pulled its forces back to its borders and the SLA collapsed, along with the Security Zone. The 15 years of fighting in the Security Zone were rarely mentioned within Israeli society, let alone in the academic sphere. Only in recent years has the Israeli public become aware of this period after many soldiers who served in the Security Zone began sharing their memories through books and social media. The campaign to raise awareness of the period successfully ended when in March 2021, Israel officially recognized this period as one of warfare. This special issue aims to interdisciplinarily bridge the gap in the academic discourse regarding the war in the Security Zone. The editors are interested in articles dealing with various topics concerning the 1985-2000 war in the Security Zone. 30 March 2023 deadline. For more information, including submission instructions and suggested topics, click here.
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.
Faculty Opening - Adjunct Faculty, Intelligence Analysis - Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Advanced Academic Programs, Johns Hopkins University, Online
The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) division seeks non-tenure track adjunct faculty to teach several courses within the MS in Intelligence Analysis program. The course(s) will be taught fully online beginning in Summer 2023 and beyond. Candidates with online course development and teaching experience and those with experience teaching and engaging students from diverse backgrounds are of particular interest. Full details and online application instructions can be found here.
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-Riddle 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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Barry Craun — Career CIA Support Officer
James Kandlbinder — Career NSA Officer
Raymund Nolan — Career NSA Officer
Mikki Carpenter — NSA Officer
13 Apr 23 (Thursday), 1130 (PST) - In Person - San Francisco - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts Richard E. Hanson on CIA Operations in Viet Nam. No-host cocktail. Location: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco, CA. Please contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions. Students: please e-mail your school ID to get sponsored. Register here.
21 Apr 23 (Friday), 1030 (ET) - In-Person Tysons, VA - Registration has opened for AFIO National Spring Luncheon. Presentations by LTG Michael Groen (USMC, Ret), former Commander of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, discussing AI. His presentation begins at 11:00 a.m. And journalist Jim Popkin discussing Cuban Spy Ana Montes featured in his book, "Code Name Blue Wren: The True Story of America's Most Dangerous Female Spy―and the Sister She Betrayed." His talk starts at 1:00 p.m. Lunch served noon-1:00 p.m. Event ends 2:00 p.m.
Registration closes 5:00 p.m. Friday, 14 April.
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SPY with Me is an interactive virtual program for individuals living with dementia and their care partners. Join SPY as we use music and artifacts to explore some of our favorite spy stories. Programs last one hour and are held virtually through Zoom. Every month the same program is offered on two different dates. To register, please email Shana Oltmans at email@example.com. Free but space is limited. Register below. Explore or Register here: www.spymuseum.org.
Wednesday, 29 Mar 23, 0900-1700 (ET) – Boston, MA – How Wars End: A Conference Presented by the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future – Boston University - In Person
The event will feature five expert panels:How wars end from a historical perspective (Moderator: Prof. Erik Goldstein), How intelligence supports diplomats in ending wars (Moderator: Prof. Joseph Wippl), How the Afghanistan War ended (Moderator: Prof. John Woodward), How the Iraq War ended (Moderator: Prof. Shamiran Mako), How current crises will end (Moderator: Ambassador Mark Storella). The full list of panelists will be announced in the coming weeks. This conference is convened by Prof. John Woodward, Prof. Cathal J. Nolan, and Prof. Erik Goldstein in their capacity as Pardee Center Faculty Research Fellows. This event is free and open to the public. Register here.
SPY with Me is an interactive virtual program for individuals living with dementia and their care partners. Join SPY as we use music and artifacts to explore some of our favorite spy stories. Programs last one hour and are held virtually through Zoom. Every month the same program is offered on two different dates. To register, please email Shana Oltmans at firstname.lastname@example.org. Free but space is limited. Register below. Explore or Register here: www.spymuseum.org
Join host Michael Ard for a discussion with intelligence analysis and AI specialist David Kamien on "ChatGPT and Intelligence Analysis." David Kamien is the CEO and Founder of Mind-Alliance Systems, which builds custom intelligence and knowledge management solutions for global law firms, corporations, and governments. Before founding Mind-Alliance Systems, David organized a conference on homeland security for the Israel Economic Mission to New York, consulted with Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and Motorola, and worked at Marsh and McLennan. David also served as editor of The McGraw-Hill Homeland Security Handbook: Strategic Guidance for a Coordinated Approach to Effective Security and Emergency Management. At Mind-Alliance Systems, invented a collaborative intelligence analysis system and a patented method and system for modeling, analyzing, planning, and improving anticipated information flows across agencies, departments, companies, etc., and across different disciplines. David has led engagements for The Center for Strategic and International Studies, The World Bank, The European Central Bank, The Rockefeller Foundation, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), New York State Office of Emergency Management, DHS S and T (via SPAWAR), Raytheon, Everbridge, Fragomen, Ogletree Deakins, and Eversheds Sutherland. David has published articles about security and knowledge management and has presented at conferences organized by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE - European Chapter), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). David received a B.A. in East Asian and General Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a law degree from the Academic College of Law in Ramat Gan. More information and registration here
"The Nation's Premier Intel and National Security Event" - Save the date for the 10th Annual AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit! The powerful, two-day program, at the Gaylord National Resort, will feature five blockbuster plenaries, six engaging breakout sessions, and a jam-packed exhibit hall full of the latest IC technology innovations. Top leaders will discuss State of the Community, Military Intelligence Priorities, Strategic Intelligence, and Cybersecurity Challenges. Breakout sessions with senior leaders, technology experts, and thought leaders will examine some of the most pressing issues facing the community. Plus, powerful networking opportunities designed to foster partnerships and relationship building. Stay tuned! Registration to open in early March. Check for updates here.
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