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THESE ARE THE EVENTS OF 2015

Events for 2016 are HERE

Documentaries, Videos of Interviews, and Commercial Movies of Interest to AFIO members can be found here.


January 2015

Wednesday, 07 January 2015, noon-1pm - Washington DC. - "Iran-Contra: Reagan’s Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power" claims author Malcolm Byrne at International Spy Museum

Through exhaustive use of declassified documents, previously unavailable investigative materials, and wide-ranging interviews, Malcolm Byrne explores what made the Iran-Contra scandal possible and meticulously relates how it unfolded - including clarifying minor myths about cakes, keys, bibles, diversion memos, and shredding parties. Byrne, the Deputy Director and Research Director at the National Security Archive, demonstrates that the affair could not have occurred without awareness and approval at the top levels of the US government. He reveals an unmistakable pattern of dubious behavior - including potentially illegal conduct by the president, vice president, the secretaries of state and defense, the CIA director and others - that formed the true core of the scandal.

Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

8 January 2015 - Washington, DC - The Returned Services League/Australia hosts Cal Carnes, Ret. CI officer, talking about "The Insider Threat."

The Returned & Services League of Australia, Washington Sub-Branch, hosts Calland Carnes speaking on "The Insider Threat. "
Event location: Amenities Room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW., Washington, DC 20036.
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each. Attire: Business casual
RSVP by noon on January 7, 2015 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.com
NOTE: Valid photo ID required
Disclosure Caveat: This forum will follow a modified Chatham House rule. You may use the information, but with the exception of speaker's name and subject, you may make no attribution. Everything will be off the record.
Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.

Saturday, 10 January 2015, 5 pm - Paradise Valley, AZ - AFIO Arizona Post-Holiday Party

As is tradition, to celebrate the New Year and welcome two new board members: Phil Pounds and Rob Reuss - the Arizona Chapter hosts this special start-of-year party.
Where: Rich and Penny Post, 4211 E Highlands Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Attire: Holiday spirit. Relaxed, warm dress.
RSVP: Simone Lopes at simone@afioaz.org or simone@4smartphone.net
Fee: $25/pp. Checks to AFIO AZ, 8614 E Appaloosa Trail, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. MC and VISA processed onsite.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, noon - Washington DC - Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update

Join David Major, retired FBI agent and former Director of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs, for a briefing on the hottest intelligence and security issues, breaches, and penetrations. Presented in partnership with The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), these updates will cover worldwide events such as breaking espionage cases and arrest reports, cyber espionage incidents, and terrorist activity. Find out Snowden’s current status and what could happen next with this case. Major uses his expertise to analyze trends and highlight emerging issues of interest to both intelligence and national security professionals and the public. Cases are drawn from the CI Centre’s SPYPEDIA®, the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world, containing events and information that may not be reported by mainstream media outlets. Major will also highlight and review the latest books and reports to keep you current on what is hitting think tank desks.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 11:30am - Scottsdale, AZ - The AFIO Arizona Chapter features Dr. Philip E. Jones, Dean of Embry-Riddle University

Dr. Philip E. Jones, Dean and Professor, College, Security and Intelligence, Security & Intelligence Department, Embry-Riddle's Prescott College of Security and Intelligence, will be sharing some of his past experience in the field, speak off the cuff and cover his background, his intel community background and explain Embry Riddle's expanded Security and Intelligence program.
Dr. Jones is a former CIA intelligence analyst and an international security expert with extensive field experience in political and security risk studies and management for corporate clients. He obtained his Ph.D. on Philosophy in International Relations at Tufts University.

Event Location: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258
Fee: $20 for AFIO members; $22 guests
For reservations or questions, email Simone simone@4smartphone.net or simone@afioaz.org or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016

Thursday, 15 January, 2015, 3 - 5 pm - Washington, DC - "The Marshall Plan for the Mind; The CIA Covert Book Program During the Cold War" at the Woodrow Wilson Center

The CIA Historical Programs Coordinator in cooperation with the Cold War International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson Center invites AFIO members to hear a panel of experts to discuss the origins, operation, and impact of the CIA’s Cold War “book program.”
The information monopoly of Communist regimes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe was weakened by a covert CIA program to send books and other printed material behind the Iron Curtain.  The “book program” arranged for publication in the West of the first Russian-language edition of Boris Pasternak’s novel Doctor Zhivago. It distributed a wide range of Western literature, much non-political, to Soviet and East European elites --  both those identified with the regimes and dissidents -- who were cut off from the intellectual and cultural life of the West. The book program aimed to keep a critical mass of intellectuals in Soviet bloc countries informed about the values and culture of the free world.   Books and periodicals were mailed to Eastern Europe under the cover of various sponsoring organizations, including publishing houses and universities. They were smuggled in by travelers.  Between 1958 and 1991, some 10 million books and periodicals were distributed to East European and Soviet citizens.

Event Location: 5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center.

  • PANELISTS: A. Ross Johnson, Senior Scholar Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution; Adviser to the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Project, Hoover Archives; former Director, Radio Free Europe, Wilson Center Senior Scholar and author of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty; the CIA Years and Beyond and co-editor of Cold War Broadcasting; Impact on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. (Moderator)
  • Peter Finn, Public Policy Scholar National Security correspondent for The Washington Post. Co-author of The Zhivago Affair, which used the first set of declassified CIA documents on the book program to trace the publication of the Russian edition of Doctor Zhivago, which had been banned by the Soviet authorities.
  • David Robarge, CIA Chief Historian
  • Pawel Sowinski, Researcher, Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Science is a researcher at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Science working on a study of the "book program" for Poland. He will join the panel via Internet from Warsaw.
    Burton Gerber is adjunct professor at the Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University. He served for 39 years in the CIA Directorate of Operations as a case officer and chief of station.

The meeting takes place at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. Allow time for routine security procedures. A photo ID is required for entry. To confirm time and place, contact Maria-Stella Gatzoulis on the day of the event: tel. (202) 691-4188.

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO - The Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting features Maj. Kevin Bond, PAO for 4th Infantry Div, speaking on "Religion, Ethnicity, Politics, Ideology, Tribalism in the Middle East."

Major Kevin Boyd, Public Affairs Officer, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division will be the speaker at this Rocky Mountain Chapter event. The presentation is about how complicated the problems in the Middle East are and why there is no easy solution. Religion, Ethnicity, Politics, Ideology, Tribalism and a host of issues complicate matters and make for a very difficult environment. To be held at The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 S. Highway 105 Palmer Lake, CO, Exit 161 westbound off I-25, West on Highway 105. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at robsmom@pcisys.net

Friday, 16 January 2015, 4:30 pm - Washington, DC - "How to Prepare for a Foreign Intelligence Post: Preventing Mirror-Imaging" - a talk by James R. Hughes, President of AFIO National, at the Institute of World Politics

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of "How to Prepare for a Foreign Intelligence Post: Preventing Mirror-Imaging" with James R. Hughes, incoming AFIO President, (his term begins January 2015)
James R. HUGHES is beginning his service as AFIO’s 17th President in January 2015. He had a career of US Government service, spanning 37 years in numerous foreign countries with a particular focus in the Middle East. He started in U.S. Military Intelligence in the late 1960s and then joined the CIA’s Clandestine Service. He served overseas as a Chief of Station several times, and at CIA Headquarters in a number of senior management positions, including as Chief of the Near East and South Asia Division, in the Directorate of Operations [today’s National Clandestine Service]. He was also named the Associate Deputy Director of Operations (ADDO) at the National Security Agency, 1998-99.
Following his retirement from the government in 2005, he joined EDS in Herndon, Virginia, as the Client Industry Executive for the U.S. Intelligence Community. After the HP acquisition of EDS, he continued to serve in a similar capacity until his retirement in 2012.
His parents were missionaries in Turkey in the 1950s, where Jim spent his formative years. He attended the prep schools of two of the most famous missionary-founded universities in the Middle East: Robert College in Istanbul and the American University-Beirut, in Beirut, Lebanon. He is fluent in Arabic, and has extensive knowledge of, and appreciation for, the arts, geography, culture, and religions of that region.
He has been an AFIO member since 2005 and joined the board in 2009.
RSVP mandatory • Business attire • VIP reception to follow
This event is sponsored by IWP’s Office of Professional Affiliations and the Student Government Association.
Event location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.
For Parking, consult this map.
RSVP Required: Contact sdwyer@iwp.edu with any questions.

20 January 2015, 11:30am - 2pm - McLean, VA - Defense Intelligence Forum [DIF] hears Daniel Gallington on "Enhanced Interrogation."

Speaker: Daniel J. Gallington will speak on “Enhanced Interrogation” or Torture.
Gallington writes a popular column on national security, foreign policy and intelligence matters for the US NEWS & World Report, and is the Senior Policy & Program Advisor at The George C. Marshall Institute in Arlington, VA, where he consults on projects relating to cyber security, intelligence policy and privacy.
From 2003 to 2011, Gallington was a Senior Fellow and Member of the Board of Regents at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. While at Potomac he led PROJECT GUARDIAN- “Maintaining Civil Liberties in the Information Age,” a DARPA-funded study that established the basic policy choices for the post-9/11 realignment of threat-related information categories for more effective situational awareness. Also, he has served at the Assistant Secretary of Defense level for several organizations at the Pentagon. In other government assignments, he served as: Chief Counsel to the National Commission for the Review of the National Reconnaissance Office and Bi-partisan General Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
A former career Air Force Officer, Gallington served tours in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and with the Strategic Air Command. He is a resident graduate of both the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College. He received the B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and the LL.M degree (International Law) from the University of Michigan Law School.
This forum will follow a modified Chatham House rule. You may use the information, but with the exception of speaker's name and subject, you may make no attribution.
Time: Registration starts at 11:30 AM, lunch at 12:00 PM
Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA
Fee: Pay at the door with a check for $29.00 payable to DIAA, Inc
RSVP: by 20 January 2015 by email to diforum@diaalumni.org. Include names, tele numbers, email addresses. For each attendee, choose among chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers or fettuccini with portabella for your luncheon selection.

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 8 - 9:45 a.m. - Arlington, VA - DTSA Director Beth M. McCormick addresses FAOA Group

The next FAOA [Foreign Area Officers Association] Distinguished Speaker event will be held from 0800-0945 on Thursday 22 January 2015 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA.

The speaker will be Ms. Beth McCormick, the new director of the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA). Ms. McCormick will address the defense export approval process and reform, and DoD’s role in export control policy to protect the war-fighter.

The Defense Technology Security Administration plays a key role in U.S. Government security assistance programs as the agency responsible for the development and implementation of DoD technology security policies on international transfers of defense-related goods, services and technologies.

Includes breakfast.
Location: Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA 22202; Dress Code: Military - Duty Uniform, Civilian - Business Casual
Fee: $25 for FAOA Members and $30 for Non-Members. Pricing includes breakfast
For more information and/or to register for this event click here.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 10am-7pm - Washington DC - Special Screening of NBC's Allegiance, New Spy Series, at the International Spy Museum

You're invited to a Special Advance Screening of NBC's gripping new spy drama Allegiance! Reception begins at 6:15PM
Featuring a Q&A panel with:
Peter Earnest, former CIA operative & SPY Museum Executive Director
Oleg Kalugin, former KGB clandestine operative
Mark Stout, former CIA intelligence analyst
Tickets: free! Space is limited, advance RSVP is required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 6:30pm-7pm - Washington DC - "88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary" by Robert Grenier, for CIA COS, at the International Spy Museum

When President George W. Bush approved the first American-Afghan War, Robert Grenier, the CIA station chief in Islamabad from 1999-2002, found himself directing it. Grenier launched the “southern campaign,” orchestrating the final defeat of the Taliban and Hamid Karzai’s rise to power in eighty-eight chaotic days. Join Grenier for the launch of his book 88 Days to Kandahar, to hear more about this critical time and the crucial players: General Tommy Franks, who balked at CIA control of “his” war; General Jafar Amin, a gruff Pakistani intelligence officer who saved Grenier from committing career suicide; and Pakistan’s brilliant ambassador to the US, Maleeha Lodhi; among others. Grenier, in addition to being a highly decorated retired officer in the CIA’s clandestine service, is also a renowned Middle East expert, who was deputy national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia, and former Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center.
Tickets: $10. Register at www.spymuseum.org

Friday, 30 January 2015 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO's first 2015 luncheon features the FBI's Cyber Division Section Chief, Todd Ratcliffe, and Former Station Chief Islamabad/CIA CT Center Director Robert L. Grenier

Todd Ratcliffe, the FBI's Cyber Division Section Chief, responsible for conductng the FBI’s mission to protect the US from cyber-based attacks and high technology crimes, will discuss -- OFF THE RECORD -- current issues including NK, Sony, and other looming cyber concerns. Morning speaker: Former Station Chief Islamabad, and CIA Counterterrorism Center Director Robert L. Grenier discusses dealing with warlords, Taliban dissidents, and Pakistani Intelligence in front of him... while facing equally lethal challenges behind his own lines. Hear more about his 88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary being released the week of this event.
Timing: Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; Grenier begins presentation at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at noon; Todd Ratcliffe begins presentation at 1:05 pm. Event closes at 2 p.m.
Morning presentation is on the record; Ratcliffe's remarks are Off The Record.
The latest intelligence books, and many others, on display and for sale throughout event.

EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/boey9vf
Registration has closed.
No registrations allowed on day of event nor at the hotel.

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 2:00pm - Washington DC - "Orwellian America: Government Transparency & Personal Privacy in the Digital Age" at the International Spy Museum or Newseum

In January 2015, the DC Public Library, with funds granted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will present a 10-day series of events titled Orwellian America? Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age. For a full list of programs visit dclibrary.org

Government Transparency vs. National Security

Join the Institute of Museum and Library Services at the Newseum's Knight Studio as representatives from the International Spy Museum and the Newseum Institute discuss issues of government transparency and national security needs, moderated by the Newseum.
Voice your opinion afterwards with our electronic voting system. See a TV studio in action as the conversation is live streamed to the DC Public Library website.

Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

February 2015

Wednesday, 04 February (also 11 Feb., 18 Feb., and 25 Feb.) 2015, 10:15am - Washington DC - Spy Seminar Series. Hot Spies/Cool Cases: 50 Shades of Espionage at the International Spy Museum.

Spy thrillers are filled with seductive agents who get what they want through the power of persuasion - between the sheets. Does this actually happen? Are there “Romeo spies” and “honey traps”? Is sexpionage a reality? In this series, former intelligence officers and historians share the stories of five magnetic and charming spies who used the bedroom as their base of operations.

Wednesday, 4 February 2014 - "The Swingers"
Karl and Hana Koecher came to the West as defectors, but in reality he was a Czech intelligence officer and KGB spy, and his wife Hana was a courier for Czech intelligence. Karl became a translator for the CIA and used his top secret clearance to steal documents. Together they used the swinging lifestyle of the 1970s to gain intimate access to useful people and gather other valuable information - one swingers’ club that they belonged to had at least 10 CIA staff in the membership. Jonna Mendez, former CIA chief of disguise and recipient of the CIA’s Intelligence Commendation Medal, will reveal the Koecher’s extramarital espionage exploits.

Wednesday, 11 February 2014 - "The Profumo Affair"
Party Girl Christine Keeler’s simultaneous affairs with the United Kingdom’s John Profumo, the Conservative Minister of War, and Yevgeny Ivanov, a Soviet naval attaché and GRU officer based in London, rocked the Britain. The question on everyone’s lips: what secrets had been shared by these men during pillow talk with the gorgeous model? The scandal that followed discredited Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government and has been the fodder for books, films, and even a musical. Dr. Mark Stout, the program director of the MA in Global Security Studies and the Certificate in National Security Studies at Johns Hopkins University, explores how indiscreet antics can destroy political careers and public confidence.

Wednesday, 18 February 2014 - "Stalin’s Romeo Spy"
Dmitri Bystrolyotov was one of the greatest Soviet spies of all time. He was recruited by Stalin for his dashing good looks and ease with languages to seduce secrets from willing targets during the 1920s and 30s. This chameleon-like character posed as a sailor, doctor, lawyer, artist, and was a favorite of Stalin before he fell from favor and was sentenced to the Gulag. Emil Draitser, a professor of Russian at Hunter College and author of Stalin's Romeo Spy: The Remarkable Rise and Fall of the KGB's Most Daring Operative, will share the intriguing story of this Soviet Casanova, whom he personally interviewed.

Wednesday 25 February 2014 - "Codename Cynthia"
As the wife of an English diplomat, Betty Thorpe Pack got a taste for intrigue in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War. She followed up by going to work for British intelligence in Warsaw, dazzling Poles in high places with the tactic of unlimited lovemaking. When World War II broke out, she headed for New York to work for William Stephenson and the British Security Coordination. Codenamed Cynthia, she used her charm and beauty to work her way through diplomatic circles in Washington. One of her most famous exploits was a deft theft of the Vichy naval ciphers from the French Embassy in DC - conducted in the nude. Natalie Zanin, the writer, director, and producer behind the educational tour company Historic Strolls, uncovers Cynthia’s “total commitment” to victory.

Tickets: $120. To register: (via phone) 202.633.3030 (online) www.SmithsonianAssociates.org. Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-761.

Thursday, 5 February 2015, 6 pm - Las Vegs, NV - AFIO Las Vegas Meeting with Speaker TBA

Please join us at 5 pm in the "Texas Star Oyster Bar" for liaison and beverages. Our featured speaker for the evening will be: TO BE ANNOUNCED Place: Texas Station Hotel and Casino in The Conference Center 2101 Texas Star Lane, North Las Vegas Nevada 89032 (702) 631-1000 You may email Mary Bentley marysinvegas@centurylink.net, anytime or call her at 702-295-0417, if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Friday, 6 February 2015 - Chantilly, VA - ODNI S&T Future Directions Workshop.

This TS/SI/TK/USOnly) workshop
Event location: TASC Westfields I Facility, Room WF-1415, at 4801 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly, VA 20151
Supporting the ODNI IC S&T Strategic Plan
Future Directions Workshop (SI/TK)
Program: 0700-0800 Registration, Security Check-in; Contintental Breakfast; 0800-0830 Introductions, Security Briefing and Welcoming Remarks; 0830-0900 Opening Remarks: Dr. David A. Honey, Director for Science and Technology, ODNI/ATF; 0900-1000 "New Science" Initial 'Cluster' Areas - Overview Dr. David Isaacson, Lead for Intelligence Science and Technology Partnerships
For more information and/or to register, go to: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1670610
Only current "Blue" government badges can be accepted so, if you don't have one, and have not already done so, please submit your Visit Request immediately. We will be vetting our list and notifying those who haven't either submitted their information or who might have any discrepancies and, if you do not hear from us, consider yourself in good shape.
Questions to: James B. Longley, Jr., Executive Director, Adv. Technical Intelligence Assn., JBLongley@aol.com

Saturday, 7 February 2015, 11:30 am - Melbourne, FL - The Florida Satellite Chapter AFIO hears Gene Poteat, AFIO President-Emeritus, on “The Unusual and Amusing Experiences I’ve Encountered in My CIA Career.”

Immediate AFIO National Past President (and now President emeritus) S. Eugene Poteat will discuss “The Unusual and Amusing Experiences I’ve Encountered in My CIA Career.” All who know him know that Gene has a keen sense of both the unusual and the amusing, and his presentation promises to be both entertaining and informative. In addition, this meeting will mark both the retirement of Chapter president Bobbie (aka Barbara) Keith and the inauguration of new president John Noble. For information and reservations, contact Barbara Keith at bobbie6769@juno.com or call 321.777.5561. Event location: Indian River Colony Club At Ease Club.

Saturday, 7 February 2015, 11 am - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts meeting featuring Ted Bischof

Our guest speaker will be Mr. Ted Bischof. You may remember him as our speaker in November 2009, and this time he'll be expanding on some exciting subjects only briefly touched upon back then. More details on Mr. Bischof and his presentation to follow in the newsletter, which I hope will hit the internet sometime next week. General Webb will be conducting his (in)famous "Lightning Round," so please send him any topics or subject matter you might want discussed at wwebb@comcast.net right away. Location: Country Club of Orange Park. Questions and reservations: Quiel Begonia at qbegonia@comcast.net call (904) 545-9549. Cost will be $24 each, pay the Country Club at the luncheon.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 - MacDill AFB, FL - AFIO Suncoast Chapter hosts Patrick Guarnieri speaking on "intelligence applications of brain enhancement."

Our Meeting features our own Chapter member Patrick Guarnieri, speaking on the latest developments and innovative approaches to modify and enhance brain function which have drawn the attention and interest of the intelligence community and the military. Patrick Guarnieri served in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. He later earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, Masters of Business Administration, and Law Degree. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Strategic Security. He practiced law for twenty years until 2001 when he became the Chairman of the National Conference on Homeland Security; an organization that worked with the White House and Congress to assist in the formation and organization of the Department of Homeland Security, Northern Command and numerous other security related projects. He now teaches at the University of South Florida in the National and Competitive Intelligence Programand trains the military in advanced operations augmentation. He is also the President of the National Association of HPA Professionals, which directs its attention to Human Process Augmentation that will be discussed in today’s presentation.
Patrick will be discussing the latest developments and innovative approaches to modify and enhance brain function which have drawn the attention and interest of the intelligence community and the military. He will also introduce us to the first major revision (Generation II) of Meyers-Briggs/DISC since the typologies were originally developed and will describe how the government foresees its utility.

LOCATION: MacDill AFB Surf’s Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Please RSVP to the Chapter Secretary for yourself and include the names and email addresses of any guests. Email Michael Shapiro at sectysuncoastafio@att.net. You will receive a confirmation via email. If you do not, contact the Chapter Secretary to confirm your registration. Check-in at noon; opening ceremonies, lunch and business meeting at 1230 hours, followed by our speaker.
FEE: You must present your $20 check payable to “Suncoast Chapter, AFIO” (or cash) at check-in to cover the luncheon. If you make a reservation, don’t cancel and get a cancellation confirmation by the response deadline and then don’t show up, you will be responsible for the cost of the luncheon.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 11:30AM - Scottsdale, AZ - The AFIO Arizona Chapter hosts Gilbert Orrantia, Director of Arizona Department of Homeland Security

Director Gilbert M. Orrantia became the Director of the Arizona Department of Homeland Security in June, 2009. Prior to heading Arizona’s Homeland Security efforts at the State, he served in the FBI for 26 years. Mr. Orrantia brings a national and global perspective on counterterrorism that is gained from vast counterterrorism experience including the supervision of an FBI counterterrorism squad in Phoenix and serving eight years as a Supervisory Special Agent. For four years he helped lead the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Phoenix, Arizona located at Arizona’s fusion center, known as the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC). Recognized as an expert in investigations of terrorism, drugs and violent crimes, Mr. Orrantia’s successful FBI law enforcement career is reflected in the numerous awards and commendations he received. Among them are two of the FBI’s highest commendations: the Medal of Valor and the FBI Star. These awards were made to Mr. Orrantia for his role in the deadliest firefight in FBI history;- a gun battle known as the “Miami Shootout” in which two fellow FBI agents were killed. Mr. Orrantia has lectured to members of the FBI Academy at Quantico, VA on officer safety and survival and continues to share his expertise in surviving a deadly encounter with numerous law enforcement agencies. Director Orrantia currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association Homeland Security Advisors Council and also serves as a Tri-Chair of the National Homeland Security Consortium. In April of 2013, he was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer to serve as Co-Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking. Mr. Orrantia, a native Arizonan who is fluent in Spanish, was raised in Mesa, Arizona. He is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.
LOCATION: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260)
RSVP to Simone at simone@4smartphone.net or simone@afioaz.org or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016
WE WILL NEED YOUR RSVP no later than 72 hours ahead of time; in the past, not reserving or canceling without prior notice (72 hours prior to the meeting) created much grief for those of us organizing the meeting and dealing with the personnel. WE ARE charged for the no-shows and please remember, we are a small organization with a humble coffer.
Fee $20 for AFIO members; $22 for guests.

Wednesday, 11 February 2014, 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M - Washington, DC - Symposium on "Trials and Terrorism: The Implications of Trying National Security Cases in Article III Courts" at Georgetown Law.

The symposium will feature the following three panels:
Panel 1, “Terror Suspects: Pretrial Considerations in Civilian Terrorism Investigations,” will provide an overview of international terrorism cases from investigation to indictment.
Panel 2, “Courtroom Challenges: The Evidentiary and Trial Management Issues that Arise During Terrorism Trials” will focus on the evidentiary and procedural challenges that arise during the trial of defendants charged with terrorism offenses and the implications these potential precedents could set.
Panel 3, “Convicted Terrorists: Sentencing Considerations and Their Implications on Foreign and Domestic Policy,” will focus on the factors that impact the sentencing phase of terrorism trials.
RSVP early here.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015, noon - Washington DC - Global Terrorism, Esponiage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update

Join David Major, retired FBI agent and former Director of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs, for a briefing on the hottest intelligence and security issues, breaches, and penetrations. Presented in partnership with The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), these updates will cover worldwide events such as breaking espionage cases and arrest reports, cyber espionage incidents, and terrorist activity. Find out Snowden’s current status and what could happen next with this case. Major uses his expertise to analyze trends and highlight emerging issues of interest to both intelligence and national security professionals and the public. Cases are drawn from the CI Centre’s SPYPEDIA®, the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world, containing events and information that may not be reported by mainstream media outlets. Major will also highlight and review the latest books and reports to keep you current on what is hitting think tank desks.

Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 6:30pm - 7pm - Washington DC - Sex(pionage): Spies, Lies, and Naked Thighs (The Valentine Edition) at the International Spy Museum

As Valentine’s Day approaches, some lovers plan passionate dinners while others prepare to search their paramours’ computer hard drives. Romantic surprises aren’t always a good thing, and if you have something to hide you might just find yourself the victim of one of the oldest tricks of the trade: sexpionage. From ancient intrigues to Anna Chapman, spies, counterspies, and terrorists often conduct their covert activities under the covers. International Spy Museum Board Member and intelligence historian H. Keith Melton will reveal how seduction is used as a tool to attract and manipulate assets, to coerce and compromise targets, and to control spies in both reality and fiction. Featuring updated cases, authentic sexual entrapment videos, and technical details of the infamous Russian “honey traps,” Melton will tell all about the spies who stop at nothing to get their man - or woman!
Guests will enjoy a complimentary cocktail as they gather essential knowledge for handling any questionable or suspicious relationship.
Adult material - 18 and older strictly enforced.
Tickets: $25 Visit www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 11 February 2014, 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M - Washington, DC - The Journal of National Security Law & Policy Annual Symposium

The theme: Trials and Terrorism: The Implications of Trying National Security Cases in Article III Courts.
The symposium will feature the following three panels:
Panel 1, “Terror Suspects: Pretrial Considerations in Civilian Terrorism Investigations,” will provide an overview of international terrorism cases from investigation to indictment.
Panel 2, “Courtroom Challenges: The Evidentiary and Trial Management Issues that Arise During Terrorism Trials” will focus on the evidentiary and procedural challenges that arise during the trial of defendants charged with terrorism offenses and the implications these potential precedents could set.
Panel 3, “Convicted Terrorists: Sentencing Considerations and Their Implications on Foreign and Domestic Policy,” will focus on the factors that impact the sentencing phase of terrorism trials.
Location: Georgetown University Law School, Washington, DC
REGISTRATION: Will be available at http://jnslp.com/symposium/ in early 2015.

13 February 2015, 1:30 - 3 pm - Los Angeles, CA - AFIO Los Angeles Chapter Meets to conduct Election of New Officers

AFIO-LA will conduct its 2015 Annual Chapter Meeting on February 13, 2015 (Friday) from 1.30 PM-3 PM at Alejo's Restaurant in Playa del Rey, the address is listed below. We will be conducting our re-election of chapter officers along with an open discussion of our agenda for the new year of 2015. This meeting is open only to current updated dues chapter members, lunch will be served, if you are interested in running for any of the chapter officer positions or attending this meeting please RSVP via email (AFIO_LA@yahoo.com) by February 6, 2015.
Location: Alejo's Italian Restaurant, 8343 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Agenda: Election of Officers: President & Treasurer; Treasurer's Financial Report; Upcoming Events & Focus for 2015; Open Discussion.

17 February 2015, 11:30 am - 2 pm - McLean, VA - DIAA's DIF meets to hear Russell Rochte on "Media Wars."

Mr. Russell C. Rochte, Jr. will speak on “Media Wars.” at the Defense Intelligence Forum, a gathering of the Defense Intelligence Alumni Association.
He will discuss recent academic studies which point out Al Q’aida and Associated Movements attempts to wage media wars. U.S.A. strengths and weaknesses against these wars will be discussed. He will suggest both a strategy and a body of tactics for both short-term and long-term success in the “war of ideas” via television media.
Mr. Rochte is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and has been a member of the faculty of the National Intelligence University since 2005. He teaches courses in information operations, information power, foreign info ops, globalization, and propaganda/propaganda analysis to graduate and undergraduate students from across the U.S. Intelligence Community. He also lectures by request several times yearly to audiences at the National Defense University; the NATO School at Oberammergau, Germany; Johns Hopkins University; the USMC Command & Staff College; and by invitation at a variety of events, both in CONUS and abroad.
Mr. Rochte graduated in 1980 from the University of Michigan as the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Distinguished Military Graduate, and received a regular Army commission as a second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2005 as a Lieutenant Colonel, after more than 25 years of active commissioned service. From June 2003 until his retirement, he taught information operations and information assurance courses on campus and on-line as a Professor of Systems Management at the Information Resources Management College of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BA) and Troy State (MS), and has completed additional post-graduate work in information assurance, systematic theology, and American history.
Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA. Generous, free parking.
Fee: Pay at the door with a check for $29.00 payable to DIAA, Inc. Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged.
This forum will follow a modified Chatham House rule. You may use the information, but with the exception of speaker's name and subject, you may make no attribution. Everything will be off the record.
RSVP: Make reservations by 17 February 2015 by email to diforum@diaalumni.org. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, or fettuccini with portabella for your luncheon selection. Please include your luncheon selection to reduce the wait time for your food!!!

Thursday, 19 February 2015, 2 PM - Washington, DC - Struggle for Minds & Wills: (Im)mobilizing the People through Information Warfare with Matthew C. Armstrong

AFIO members are cordially invited to a presentation by Matthew Armstrong on Information War.
Public opinion is once again a major element of international relations as today’s communication environment has eroded the dominance of traditional state and commercial media in autocracies to democracies. Concurrently, the traditional boundaries of time, distance, language, and history have virtually disappeared to allow new information flows and opportunities to opt into identities and associations. In this fluid environment, how has information fundamentally altered diplomacy?
Matthew C. Armstrong is an author, speaker, and strategist on issues related to public diplomacy. Since August 2013, he has served as a Member on the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Armstrong chairs the Special Committee on the Voice of America in the 21st Century and is a member of the Advisory Committee and the Special Committee on the Creation of a Chief Executive Officer. He also served as the chair of the Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting, which on August 1, 2014, issued its report, To Be Where the Audience Is. In 2011, he served as executive director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Previously, Armstrong was an adjunct lecturer of public diplomacy at the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California. In 2010, he founded and served as president of the MountainRunner Institute. Since 2004, his blog www.MountainRunner.us has shaped discussions on public diplomacy and strategic communication. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Diplomacy Council and a member of the National Press Club. Armstrong earned a B.A. in International Relations and a Master of Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California. He currently lives in London. Please note that Mr. Armstrong will be discussing his views as a subject matter expert, and not those of the U.S. Government.
Event location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Parking map.
RSVP to sdwyer@iwp.edu.

Friday, 20 February 2015, 1:00pm - 4:00pm - Washington DC - Meet A Spy: Sandy Grimes at the International Spy Museum

Join us at the International Spy Museum Store and “Meet A Spy” - uncover the world of espionage and intelligence from people who practiced professionally. Sandy Grimes is a longtime veteran of the CIA’s clandestine service who - along with her co-worker Jeanne Vertefeuille - helped capture Aldrich Ames, the infamous CIA officer turned traitor. Meet Sandy Friday, February 20.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Saturday, 21 February 2015, 1 - 4pm - Washington DC - Meet A Spy: Melissa Mahle, at the International Spy Museum

Join us at the International Spy Museum Store and “Meet A Spy” - uncover the world of espionage and intelligence from people who practiced professionally. Melissa Mahle is a former US intelligence officer and 16-year covert operative for the CIA in the Middle East. Meet Melissa Saturday, February 21.

Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 6:30pm-8:45pm - Washington DC - "The Role of African Americans in Intelligence Operations" at the International Spy Museum

In the history of intelligence, African American contributions have too often been unknown, overlooked, and understated. To provide a more complete and accurate account, Connie Huff, a retired US Army counterintelligence special agent and instructor, will focus not only on key events, but also on the implications of race and gender in espionage. She’ll also discuss spies on the personal level: their motivations, risk taking, sacrifices, contributions, accomplishments - and betrayals. This survey begins with the Revolutionary War Era; and includes the organizers of the Underground Railroad, who used intelligence tradecraft and collection techniques without benefit of training or mentoring; the Civil War era slaves and free blacks who took initiative at great personal risk to provide information they observed or heard in the course of their work tasks; the daring 20th century spies, double agents, and in some cases traitors to America; and individuals who are part of the intelligence community today.
Tickets: $12. Register at www.spymuseum.org

March 2015

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 10 am - 1 pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - National Cryptologic Museum Foundation [NCMF] 2015 Spring Cryptologic Program featured Col. Phil Thompson, USAF(R) on "Little Things Matter: What Our Eyes Won't See and Our Ears Won't Hear."

The NCMF is pleased to welcome Phil Thompson, Col, USAF (Ret), for the Foundation's 2015 Spring Cryptologic Program. You will not want to miss this exciting program which promises new information and humorous anecdotes. Col. Thompson will speak about his intelligence experiences as an attaché in Poland and the challenges of overcoming conventional wisdom, preconceived notions, and an aversion to studying maps of Soviet installations. The title of his presentation is "Little Things Matter: What Our Eyes Won't See and Our Ears Won't Hear."
Col. Thompson is a retired Air Force Signals Intelligence Officer who served as the Air and Defense Attaché in Poland during the era of Solidarity and the imposition of martial law in the early 1980s. His career included assignments in Pakistan, Vietnam, Germany, Greece, and Poland, as well as tours with the National Security Agency and the Pentagon. He also served on the faculty of the U.S. Army War College where he taught courses in national security strategy, the theory of war and strategic leadership with a special focus on Generals Ulysses S. Grant and George C. Marshall.
For further insight into the program: recommended reading is The Priest Who Had to Die by John Moody and Roger Boyes and A Secret Life by Ben Weiser. Both books are interesting reads on the cold-war era in Poland during the early 1980s and copies will be available for sale at the program.
Registration Details: Registration for the event includes lunch which will be served from noon-1 pm. Registration has closed. ***Registration closed 26 February.***
Event Location: L-3 Communications at 2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701

5 March 2015 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts Lt. Col. Enrique Oti, National Security Affairs Fellow, Hoover Institution.

Topic: "Chinese Threats to the Internet - It is Not Just Hacking." The briefing will cover Chinese hacker methodologies and will dive deeply into Chinese vision for the future of cyberspace and the threats to the United States that this entails. Four unique Chinese cyber strategies (domestic development, international environment, domestic security and war) will be discussed.

11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon. United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, SF (between Sloat/Wawona). E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi at afiosf@aol.com and you will be sent an Eventbrite link to reigster. Alternately, mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-members $35. $35 at the door. RSVP is required for this meeting.

Monday, 09 March 2015, 6:45pm-7:00pm - Washington DC - "Full Disclosure: Creative Responses to the Digital Privacy Crisis" at the International Spy Museum

As surveillance expands increasingly into public and private life, people - from artists to business owners - are finding very personal and creative ways to respond. Hear the intriguing ways some individuals are tackling issues of digital privacy and conducting their own surveillance of surveillance! Kojo Nnamdi, the acclaimed radio journalist and host, will moderate a wide-ranging discussion of this issue featuring: Julia Angwin, senior reporter, ProPublica and author of Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance; Allison Druin, chief futurist, University of Maryland (UMD) Division of Research, WAMU/88.5 Computer Gal; Peter Earnest, executive director, International Spy Museum; Hasan Elahi, associate professor, UMD Department of Art and noted interdisciplinary media artist; and Michael German, fellow, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School, former FBI special agent and author of Thinking Like a Terrorist: Insights of a Former FBI Undercover Agent.
Presented in partnership with UMD Future of Information Alliance, Design | Cultures and Creativity Student Council, and ACES (Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students) Student Board.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 4:30 - 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Surviving the End: A Practical Guide for Everyday Americans in the Age of Terror" - presenation by James Jay Carafano

Bioterrorism. Dirty bombs. Electromagnetic pulse attacks. Threats with the power to annihilate our way of life constantly hang over Americans' heads. But you don't have to dig yourself a bunker to make it through the worst.
Terrorism expert and former Army Lt. Colonel James Jay Carafano has created the guide for everyday Americans to weather the harshest storms. Surviving the End is a disaster preparation book for average Americans, outlining practical, achievable, common-sense skills and precautions that anyone can take to prepare for the next big disaster. You don't have to have a cellar full of canned goods or battlefield combat training to follow Carafano's recommendations. Surviving the End covers situations from natural disasters to global warfare with a down-to-earth style that average families can relate to and learn from. With advice that could be applied to personal emergencies as well as national emergencies, the tips and tricks Carafano shares aren't just for doomsday, they're for every day.
James Jay Carafano, Heritage Foundation's leading expert on national security and foreign policy challenges, is an accomplished historian, author and teacher. Carafano is adjunct professor at Georgetown University and The Institute of World Politics and has served as a visiting professor at National Defense University, assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., director of military studies at the Army's Center of Military History, and fleet professor at the U.S. Naval War College.
Event location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 Parking map
Questions: contact sdwyer@iwp.edu
Register here.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 11 am - Albuquerque, NM - The AFIO NM Chapter features LCDR Damon Runyan, USN (Ret.) on The Christening and Commissioning of the USS New Mexico (SSN-779)

Damon Runyan is a retired Lieutenant Commander with 20 years of service in the United States Navy. He also recently retired from work with the Missile Defense Agency at Kirtland AFB working on the Airborne Laser Program. Damon is a former Kiwanis member from the early 2000’s. Since 2001, Damon has been a member of the Navy League committee that petitioned the Navy to name one of its new class of submarines after our great State. He has been instrumental with 12 other people in the Christening and Commissioning of the USS New Mexico (SSN-779).

He has been married to his wife Michelle for 40 years, and has two children and two grandchildren, all here in Albuquerque. He is a graduate of New Mexico State University and holds a Master’s degree from the Naval Post-graduate School in Monterey, California.

Damon and Michelle were given the rare opportunity to ride the USS New Mexico for 14 hours while off the coast of Florida in 2010.
Event location: The Egg & I, 6909 Menaul Blvd (just East of Louisiana)
Sign In and Order Lunch: 11:00 / Pledge of Allegiance, Call to Order 11:30
Inquiries or registrations to foreigndevil@yahoo.com

Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 11:30am - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO Arizona Chapter hears Rick Dale, Emergency Management Expert on "Ensuring our Homeland Security."

What keeps you awake at night? Would you sleep better knowing that Arizona State University’s Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security is creating solutions to threats to our safety and well-being?
Learn of emerging solutions to issues such as the early detection of Ebola, human and sex trafficking, and the ability to immediately detect impairment due to marijuana and drug usage. Discover how the center brings together the knowledge and capacity of the entire ASU enterprise to create innovative solutions for the preparation, response, recovery, and management of natural or man-made incidents.
Rick E. Dale is Executive Director of the ASU Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security and Professor of Practice in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. He will be discussing "Ensuring our Homeland Security." Prior to joining ASU in 2013 to launch the center, Dale served as executive chairman and chief executive officer of IXP Corporation. Dale founded IXP in 2000, building it into an industry leader serving the emergency-solution needs of government, university, healthcare, and energy clients. Dale has more than three decades of experience in executive and technical management, professional services, and system integration in the broad emergency solution sector.

LOCATION: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Pkwy, Scottsdale ~ Phone 480.948.0260.
RSVP to Simone at simone@afioaz.org or call her at 602.570.6016 no later than 72 hrs ahead of time. Meeting fees are now $25.00

Wednesday, 11 March 2015, noon - Washington DC - Global Terrorism, Esponiage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update

Join David Major, retired FBI agent and former Director of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs, for a briefing on the hottest intelligence and security issues, breaches, and penetrations. Presented in partnership with The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), these updates will cover worldwide events such as breaking espionage cases and arrest reports, cyber espionage incidents, and terrorist activity. Find out Snowden’s current status and what could happen next with this case. Major uses his expertise to analyze trends and highlight emerging issues of interest to both intelligence and national security professionals and the public. Cases are drawn from the CI Centre’s SPYPEDIA®, the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world, containing events and information that may not be reported by mainstream media outlets. Major will also highlight and review the latest books and reports to keep you current on what is hitting think tank desks.

Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 6:30pm-7:00pm - Washington DC - "Spies & Wine: Frauds, Fakes, and Fun" at the International Spy Museum

Are drinking and counterfeiting an unlikely combination? Not for the experts in this lighthearted exploration of spies and wine. For intelligence officers like Tony Mendez, whose most famous mission during his time in the CIA was portrayed in the film ARGO, the ability to create documents that would pass as valid behind enemy lines could mean the difference between life and death. For Jason Tesauro, author, chief sommelier and national brand director for Barboursville Vineyards, the ability to understand the subtle differences between European wines and their “counterfeit” counterparts is vital to keeping his palate polished and his clientele happy. Former CIA chief of disguise Jonna Mendez will brief us on some of her favorite (declassified) CIA drinking tips and tales. Following this lively discussion, guests will have the opportunity to taste and compare three different European wines with their Virginia twins, including Champagne, Vermentino and Bourdeaux blends.
Guests must be 21 to participate. Ticket price includes three wine comparison tastings, six wines total.
Tickets: $75. Register at www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 5 - 7:30 pm - Arlington, VA - BG (R) Peter Zwack discusses Experiences in Russia as US Senior Defense Official to the Turbulent Present

FAOA [Foreign Area Officer Association] Distinguished Speaker & Reception Event features BG (Ret) Peter Zwack, former Defense Attaché (DATT) to Russia. BG Zwack, a US Army FAO, will address his experiences in Russia as the US Senior Defense Official (SDO)/DATT, going from a period of peaceful security cooperation and the successful Sochi Winter Olympics to the rapid deterioration of relations between the United States and Russia to their lowest point since the Cold War as a result of the Crimean and eastern Ukraine crises. Reception: 5:00 to 6:30; Remarks and Q&A: 6:30 to 7:30
Location: Army-Navy Country Club, 1700 Army-Navy Dr, Arlington VA 22202 Price: $25.
Event includes appetizers and cash bar. Dress: Coat and Tie/Uniform of the Day
Register here.

12 March 2015, noon - 2 pm - Washington, DC - When did the Civil War end and what part did Australia have in it? - asks author William Connery at this presentation at the Embassy of Australia

In 2015 we commemorate the end of the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States. For the general public, General Lee’s surrender to General Grant at Appomattox Court House in April 1865 ended the War. Others say that the War never ended! In reality, the last shot of the Civil War was fired, not on an obscure battlefield, but in the iceberg-bound Bering Sea nearly three month after Robert E. Lee’s surrender. And the Last Confederate Flag was not lowered until November 1865 in Liverpool, England.
Author William S. Connery grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, considered ‘neutral territory’ in the Civil War. As a young boy, his family visited the battlefields of Gettysburg, Antietam, Harpers Ferry and other local historical sites. He has a degree in history from the University of Maryland–College Park. Since 1989, Mr. Connery has lived in Fairfax County. He has been contributing to the Civil War Courier, the Washington Times Civil War page and other publications. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal, from the Fairfax Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, for his History Press book Civil War Northern Virginia 1861. His other book, Mosby’s Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia, deals with the Gray Ghost of the Confederacy, and his amazing life before, during, and after the War! Mr. Connery is a member of the Company of Military Historians and the Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table. He is a frequently requested speaker on the Civil War and other American history topics in the Washington, DC, metro region. Since April 2013 he has been the docent at the Mosby in Warrenton.
The Returned & Services League of Australia, Washington Sub-Branch, are the hosts for this event.
Where: Amenities Room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages -$2.00 each.
NOTE: Valid photo ID required. Attire: Business casual
RSVP by noon on Wednesday 11 March 2015 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.com.
Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.

13-15 March 2015 - Groton, CT - The New England Chapter of the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association (NCVA-NE) holds Spring Mini-Reunion.

THE NCVA-NE holds its spring mini-reunion at the Groton Inn and Suites, Groton, CT. The hotel registration cut-off date for the guaranteed rate is 13 February 2015. For additional information call Mr. Ed Carey at (603) 424-4192 or Mr. Vic Knorowski, publicity chairman, at (518) 664-8032.
NCVA-NE consists of those vets who served with the U.S. Naval Security Group or one of its successor commands (NETWARCOM, CYBERCOM), and were honorably discharged from U.S. Armed Forces, and now reside in New England or the surrounding states. Members that need a registration form or hotel information can get either by visiting the NCVA-NE Yahoo group website.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 12:00pm - Washington DC - Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update

Join David Major, retired FBI agent and former Director of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs, for a briefing on the hottest intelligence and security issues, breaches, and penetrations. Presented in partnership with The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), these updates will cover worldwide events such as breaking espionage cases and arrest reports, cyber espionage incidents, and terrorist activity. Find out Snowden’s current status and what could happen next with this case. Major uses his expertise to analyze trends and highlight emerging issues of interest to both intelligence and national security professionals and the public. Cases are drawn from the CI Centre’s SPYPEDIA®, the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world, containing events and information that may not be reported by mainstream media outlets. Major will also highlight and review the latest books and reports to keep you current on what is hitting think tank desks.
Tickets: Free! No reservations required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

18-19 March 2015 - Fairfax, VA - The National Military Intelligence Association holds its National Intelligence Symposium with the theme "A Deep Look within the Intelligence Community (IC)"

Symposium will be conducted at the SECRET/NOFORN security level with the theme: "A Deep Look within the Intelligence Community (IC)". During the National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA) 2015 National Intelligence Symposium (NIS 15') they will explore the current state of the Intelligence Community in terms of current realities. They will place particular emphasis on how the "Big 5" and Service "2's" will address meeting dynamic demands on intelligence in face of our country's fiscal challenges. They will examine what is being planned within each agency; budget, organization, new programs and programs that are ending, future IC contractor workforce, current government workforce issues and initiative, improvements to acquisition and near term major projects.
Location: Northrop Grumman Corporation Auditorium 12900 Federal Systems Park Drive Fairfax, VA 22033
To register visit http://www.nmia.org/?page=NIS2015

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO - The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Col. T. Small, Special Operations Command North.

The presentation is about Turkey, the Region and Current Conflicts. To be held at The Monument Hill Country Club, 18945 Pebble Beach Way, Monument, CO 80132. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at robsmom@pcisys.net Directions are here.

19 March 2015, 12.30-2pm - Los Angeles, CA - AFIO-LA Chapter Meets to discuss spy "Christopher Marlowe" with Francis Hamit

Francis Hamit will be discussing "Christopher Marlowe" an upcoming film about the poet, playwright and spy who helped to defeat the Spanish Armada. The spy thriller is based on the 1988 stage play about Christopher Marlowe's service as a secret agent for the Crowne. The film will be shot in the UK later this year and Francis Hamit will serve as the Executive Producer. More about that movie can be seen here.
Location: LAPD-ARTC, 5651 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Francis Hamit served in the US Army Security Agency during the Vietnam War. Francis Hamit discovered this story when he worked for the Encylopaedia Britannica and wrote a number articles about intelligence organizations and personalities, he has written several historical fiction spy thrillers and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and a member of AFIO since 1987.
RSVP via email AFIO_LA@yahoo.com

Thursday, 19 March 2015), 1:00pm - 4:00pm - Washington DC - Meet A Spy: Sandy Grimes at the International Spy Museum

Join us at the International Spy Museum Store and “Meet A Spy” - uncover the world of espionage and intelligence from people who practiced professionally. Sandy Grimes is a longtime veteran of the CIA’s clandestine service who - along with her co-worker Jeanne Vertefeuille - helped capture Aldrich Ames, the infamous CIA officer turned traitor. Meet Sandy Friday, February 20.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Friday, 20 March 2015, 1 - 4pm - Washington DC - Meet A Spy: Melissa Mahle, at the International Spy Museum

Join us at the International Spy Museum Store and “Meet A Spy” - uncover the world of intelligence from officers who practiced professionally. Melissa Mahle is a former US intelligence officer and 16-year covert operative for the CIA in the Middle East. Meet Melissa Saturday, Friday, March 20.

Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - "Terrorism in Vacationland: it's closer than you think" will be the subject of Chet Lunner’s talk at AFIO Maine Chapter's meeting.

Tucked into the extreme northeast corner of the U.S. with a friendly neighbor across much of its border to the north, a sparse population, and miles of uninhabited forest Maine, at first glance, seems a safe haven from major criminal activity, terrorists, and threats to national security. Nothing could be further from the truth. World War II found Maine’s long coastline and lonely beaches attractive to Nazi saboteurs arriving quietly in the night by submarine headed to heavily populated area to the south. In the 1960s the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar carried on a flourishing drug business using airfields hidden in the Maine wilderness. One of the World Trade Center towers fell to 9/11 hijackers who set out from Portland, Maine.

Chet Lunner retired in 2010 as Deputy Under Secretary of Homeland Security in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). Until 2012 he served as senior instructor for a series of seminars on the importance of National Information Sharing for law enforcement executives sponsored by the International Association of Police and funded by the Department of Justice. Lunner will discuss Maine’s unique geographic location in relation to terrorism and national security and links to the Boston Marathon bombers. He will also tell about several high profile terrorism cases in Canada and the potential danger from active terrorists in Quebec and Ontario. Our speaker will describe Canada’s tough anti-terrorism laws and why they have recently been tightened. He continues to support DHS policies and emphasizes that Homeland Security encompasses local, state and federal duties and is a national mission for all of us.

Event location: the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk. The meeting is open to the public. For information call 207-967-4298 or email speers@gwi.net.

23 - 27 March 2015 - Arlington, VA - Cyberforce Superiority™ Executive/Managers

Cyberforce Superiority™, training cyber operators to be more broadly based, integrating offense, defense and forensics into a holistic program. Unlike most cyber training courses that emphasize either computer security or hacking skills, this course gives students a preliminary integrated understanding of the methodologies and interrelated offensive and defensive factors that come into play when training a cyber warrior. This is a practical course with instruction that is focused on in-class computer exercises and lab work. This course is ideal for executives, managers and supervisory personnel who play a role in planning, operations, risk assessment, policy and ethics. This course also allows the more technical student to benchmark his or her skills against the entirety of curriculum learning objectives.
INDIVIDUAL ENROLLMENT COURSE at The Intelligence & Security Academy®, a leading provider of innovative education and training in a broad range of national security issues and the more general area of analytic training, is pleased to announce the schedule for its 2015 OpenAcademy® individual enrollment course offerings. All courses will be held in Arlington, Virginia. AFIO members will receive a 10% discount on all OpenAcademy® courses! Register on-online and select “AFIO Registration” as an option for the discounted registration fee.
Courses are typically held in our classroom in Arlington, Virginia (just 2 blocks from the Ballston metro stop) unless otherwise noted. Individual enrollment courses are unclassified.
Visit us at www.theintelligenceacademy.net/openacademy for more information.

Tues-Wed, 24-25 March 2015 - Washington, DC - International Conference on Exercises, Gaming, and Simulations for Intelligence and National Security, Communication, Culture & Technology Program (CCTP)

Dates and times: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM - Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM (EDT)
This international conference, between the Center for Intelligence Services and Democratic Systems at Rey Juan Carlos University and the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University will enhance the role of experiential learning methods and techniques showcasing original simulations, exercises, and games applied to national security intelligence, competitive intelligence, and foreign affairs. The conference will bring together ideas, concepts and demonstrations that can further train and educate military, law enforcement, and national security professionals.
A sample of conference topics include:  Scenario-based approach for developing the links between analysis and reporting;  Computational Simulation In Intelligence Analysis;  The Induction Game and Intelligence Education;  Gaming and Modeling Before a Crisis;  Use of Gaming and Exercise as Part of an Engagement Strategy;  Gaming the Nexus between Intelligence and Policy;  Concrete Tabletop Exercises for Cognitive Skill Development in Analysts;  Serious gaming & how to create visionary practitioners and policy makers;  Balancing Realism and Playability in the Intelligence Classroom;  Structured Analytic Techniques for Cyber Security through Role Playing; Cyber-Attack and Ethics Simulations;  Virtual Training Systems and Survival Humanistic Factors;
Discounted hotel accommodations, questions or comments should be directed to Dr. Jan Goldmanjg28@georgetown.edu or Dr. Ruben Arcos Martin, ruben.arcos@urjc.es (outside North America)
Registration and Information is available here.

April 2015

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 6 pm - Las Vegas, NV - The Las Vegas Chapter hosts Col. Kent Chaplin on "Jihadist Threat to the Homeland."

The next AFIO Roger E. McCarthy Las Vegas Chapter Meeting will be held in the Conference Center at Texas Station Casino, 2101 Texas Star Ln, North Las Vegas, NV (corner of Rancho Blvd. and W Lake Mead Blvd) N Las Vegas, NV 89032
Please join at 5 p.m. in the Texas Star Oyster Bar for liaison and beverages.
Our featured speaker will be: Kent Chaplin on "Jihadist Threat to the Homeland: Foreign & Domestic."
Colonel Chaplin is a retired USAF intelligence officer with over 35 years of experience in the intelligence field. He is currently employed by the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration as the Field Intelligence Officer for Southern Nevada. His military postings include: acting US Air Forces Southern, Director of Intelligence (A2) & 12th Air Force Senior Intelligence Officer; USAF Military Intelligence Program Portfolio Manager for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence; Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Operational Support Squadron, United Arab Emirates during operations IRAQI FREEDOM & ENDURING FREEDOM; Middle East/Africa, Area Specialist/Regional Analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency; Senor US European Command Representative to Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Email me Christy Zalesny at christyzalesny@yahoo.com or call 702-271-5667 if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 7:30pm-10pm - Washington, DC - Meet the Cast & Creators of AMC's TURN! Special Advance Screening & VIP Reception at the International Spy Museum

Following the 90 minute screening will be exclusive panel and Q&A with Barry Josephson, Executive Producer, Alexander Rose, author of Washington's Spies and cast members including Jamie Bell, Heather Lind and Burn Gorman.
7:30 PM --- VIP Reception; 8:30 PM --- Screening of episode 201; 9:15 PM --- Panel with cast and creators.
TURN: Washington's Spies returns on April 13 for a two-hour premiere at 9/8c.
Tickets: FREE! Advanced RSVP Required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 8 April 2015, 11am-noon - Washington, DC - Washington's Spies - Alexander Rose at the International Spy Museum

An in-store book signing with Alexander Rose, author of Washington’s Spies, the book upon which AMC's TURN: Washington’s Spies is based. After serving as a consultant for the first season, Rose joined as a co-producer and writer for Season 2. His latest book, Men of War: The American Soldier in Combat at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima, will be published in June 2015.
Basing his tale on original research, Rose reveals the story of the spy ring that helped America win the Revolutionary War, going beyond the battlefront and examining the role of double agents, triple crosses, covert operations, code-breaking, and the courageous, flawed individuals who inhabited this wilderness of mirrors - including the spymaster at the heart of it all, George Washington.
Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 08 April 2015, 11:30am - 2 pm - Scottsdale, AZ - FBI Special Agent William Lace addresses AFIO Arizona on "Economic Espionage and CI Threats and Issues."

William Lace has been a special agent with the FBI for 16 years. He has served as the FBI Phoenix Division’s Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership coordinator for the past 5 years. As the coordinator, Lace oversees the FBI’s Business Alliance and Academic Alliance programs within the State of Arizona, working with business and academia on national security issues such as the protection of classified information and intellectual property, the prevention and mitigation of cyber intrusions, and the protection of information for overseas travelers.Lace has been assigned to counterintelligence squads for the entirety of his FBI career and worked at the FBI Washington, DC field office before transferring to Phoenix in 2005. In 2003, he received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Counterintelligence Investigation for his work on the Brian Patrick Regan espionage investigation. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Lace worked for 7 years as a civil engineer in private consulting practices.
LOCATION: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260
RSVP no later than 72-hours before Apr 8, to Simone at simone@afioaz.org or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016. Fee to attend is: $25.

Thursday, 09 April 2015, 7 - 10pm - Washington DC - An Evening with a Futurist: Dinner with Marc Goodman at the International Spy Museum

Futurist Marc Goodman was voted by the TED Talks community as the speaker “most likely to freak you out.” A global thinker, writer, and consultant focused on the profound change technology is having on terrorism, crime, and security, he was the FBI’s Futurist in Residence and has worked for INTERPOL, the United Nations, NATO, and the LAPD - and tonight he’ll be your companion at dinner. As the founder of the Future Crimes Institute, Marc Goodman shares his thoughts on how disruptive technologies - such as artificial intelligence, the social data revolution, synthetic biology, virtual worlds, robotics, ubiquitous computing, and location-based services - form the basis for his new book Future Crimes. At this gathering, International Spy Museum historian Dr. Vince Houghton will lead a conversation with Goodman about the future of cyber intrigue. They will cover everything from cyberterrorism to the Dark Web to how individuals, businesses, and governments can protect themselves from cyber crimes too terrifying to imagine. You will be one of only seven guests at Poste Moderne Brasserie for this three-course dinner. You will receive a copy of Future Crimes when you reserve your space.
To Register: contact Laura Hicken lhicken@spymuseum.org or 202.654.0932. Tickets: $300. Visit www.spymuseum.org

Friday, 10 April 2015, 4:30-6:30 PM - Washington, DC - British Patriot or Soviet Spy? Clarifying a Major Cold War Mystery

AFIO members are cordially invited to a presentation analyzing whether former MI5 Director General, Roger Hollis, was or was not a Soviet agent.
Will include argument maps by Paul Monk, Ph.D. Former Senior Intelligence Officer, Australian Defence Intelligence Organization; Argument mapping/Bayesian expert; Co-founder of Austhink, a critical-thinking skills consulting firm.
Reception to follow
Panelists are:
Raymond J. Batvinis, Ph.D., Retired FBI Supervisory Agent; IWP Professor of counterintelligence history; author of The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence.
David L. Charney, M.D., Consulting psychiatrist to the U. S. intelligence community; expert on the psychology of the “insider spy”; Medical Director, Roundhouse Square Counseling Center.
Harvey Klehr, Ph.D., Intelligence historian, Emory University; Co-author of Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America.
Charles R. Twardy, Ph.D., George Mason University; Expert in Argument Mapping and other critical thinking methodologies.
Moderator is...
John L. Wilhelm, Former U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer; TIME magazine correspondent; Independent PBS Writer/Producer/Director; author of a forthcoming history of Russian Military Intelligence (the GRU).
More information about this conference can be found here.

Country of originPoland
Entered service1990s
Crew3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight45.3 t
Length (gun forward)9.53 m
Hull length 6.86 m
Width 3.59 m
Height2.19 m
Armament
Main gun125 mm smoothbore
Machine guns1 x 7.62 mm, 1 x 12.7 mm
Elevation range- 6 to + 13 degrees
Traverse range360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun42 rounds
Machine guns2 000 x 7.62, 300 x 12.7
Mobility
EngineS-12U diesel engine
Engine power850 hp
Maximum road speed60 km/h
Range480 km
Maneuverability
Gradient60%
Side slope50%
Vertical step0.85 m
Trench2.8 m
Fording1.4 m
Fording (with preparation)5 m

 

   The PT-91 Twardy (hard) is an improved variant of the Soviet T-72 main battle tank. The PT-91 was developed in Poland in the early 1990s. Production of the PT-91 Twardy tanks for the Polish Army were completed in 2002. A total of 233 tanks were delivered. Currently Polish Army also operates 120 older T-72M1 tanks (plus 470 in storage) and a number of ex-German Leopard 2A4 and Leopard 2A5 tanks. The older Leopard 2A4 tanks are planed to be upgraded to Leopard 2PL standard.

   In 2002 Germany donated to Poland a number of Leopard 2A4 tanks from the German Army stocks. Some former units equipped with Twardy, are now equipped with the Leopard 2A4 and 2A5 tanks. In turn units formerly equipped with the T-72M1 tanks are now equipped with the Twardy. It is planned that PT-91 Twardy tanks will be operational until 2030.

   Twardy's protection is enhanced by utilizing indigenously developed ERAWA explosive reactive armor blocks. There is a total of 394 ERAWA blocks covering front of the hull and the turret. These blocks are placed virtually without gaps to each other. It is worth mentioning that explosive reactive armor blocks on the Soviet of the Cold War era usually have 15 mm gaps or even more, thus reducing overall protection. Tests shown that ERAWA blocks improve tank's protection by 30-70% depending on the ammunition type used. However armor of the PT-91 can not withstand modern Western 120 mm tank gun ammunition fired from 2 000 m range.

   The PT-91 Twardy is armed with a 125 mm main gun, which is similar to that, used on the T-72. The gun is fitted with an autoloader. The PT-91 Twardy has new gun stabilization system and new fire control system. Other systems and sights have also been improved.

   Secondary armament consists of coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun and roof mounted 12.7 mm machine gun.

   Vehicle has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver.

   The PT-91 has more powerful engine, comparing with the T-72. It is fitted with the S-12U diesel engine, developing 850 horsepower. There was also developed a S-1000 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 000 horsepower.

   A comparison test was made in Poland in order to compare reliability of the Polish PT-91 and Leopard 2A4 tanks. It appeared that tanks with similar mileage (19 000 km) showed different results. Distance between failures of the PT-91 was only 25 km and it took on average 3.2 days to repair the tank. On the other hand distance between failures of the Leopard 2A4 tank was 174 km and it took on average 1.3 days to repair the tank. Most failures of the PT-91 Twardy were related to its engine, electrical installation, armament, fire control system, and communication systems. So the ageing PT-91 tanks can be seen as rather unreliable combat vehicles, that are troublesome to keep in operational order.

 

Variants

 

   PT-91A main battle tank, fitted with the S-1000 engine, developing 1 000 hp.

   PT-91A1 command tank.

   PT-91M Pendekar export version supplied to Malaysia. This MBT is fitted with improved 125 mm gun, S-1000 engine, new hydropneumatic transmission, French fire control system, new communication system and some other changes.

   PT-94 Goryl, further development of the PT-91 Twardy. This program was cancelled due to funding problems.

   Krab 155-mm self-propelled howitzer. A small number of these artillery systems are in service with the Polish Army.

   Loara self-propelled anti-aircraft gun.

   WZT-3M armored recovery vehicle.

   WZT-4 armored recovery vehicle for Malaysian Army, based on the PT-91M tank.

   MID armored engineering vehicle.

   PMC-90 armored bridgelayer.

   UPG-NG special tracked chassis. It uses many components of the PT-91. It was designed for Krab self-propelled howitzer. A prototype was completed in 2001. Low-rate production commenced in 2008, but was later stopped.

   PT-16 main battle tank. It is an upgraded version of the PT-91/T-72 main battle tanks. It was first publicly revealed in 2016. This tank is armed with a 120 mm smoothbore gun, which is compatible with all standard NATO ammunition. Add-on composite armor kit was fitted to the hull and turret. This tank is fitted with modern fire control system. It is proposed with a choice of three engines, developing from 1 000 to 1 200 hp. The PT-16 is proposed as a low-cost upgrade, which would significantly improve capabilities of the ageing Polish tanks.

 

Video of the PT-91 Twardy main battle tank

 

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