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REGISTRATION OPEN

AFIO 2014 Intelligence Symposium

Registration Closes 23 April
All speakers confirmed.

1 - 3 May 2014

GEOINT, HUMINT, SIGINT: Expanding Capabilities; Growing Challenges and Risks

Day One at the new headquarters of the
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Agenda is here.
The Agenda was updated on 15 April 2014
There will be occasional updates so check again every ten days.

Register here

Registration closes 23 April 2014

For an application form to mail or print, download this 1-page PDF here

You will hear/meet...

Letitia A. Long, NGA Director; turned GEOINT into crucial player in most intelligence and CT operations;
Michael Sulick, former Director, CIA's National Clandestine Service, Intelligence Historian;
John J. Hamre, President CSIS, former Deputy Secretary of Defense;
Michael Warner, Historian, DoD and CIA;
James Hughes, CIA Mideast Expert;
Paul R. Pillar, former senior CIA analyst, on Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform
Kai Bird, Mideast Expert, author of The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames;
Stewart Baker, former NSA & DHS legal expert on privacy and intel issues;
John Bennett, former Director, CIA's National Clandestine Service;
Spike Bowman, former NSA, NCIX/DNI, FBI, privacy and intel legal issues;
David Ignatius, author, journalist Washington Post; the media view of privacy sensitivities; author of The Director;
John Sano, former Deputy Director, National Clandestine Service, CIA;
David Major, former FBI/National Security Council; Eyes-open expert on dangers the U.S. faces.
and banquet speaker: Dr. John M. Poindexter, ADM, USN(Ret), visionary, brave lightning rod, and heralded pioneer in digital, real-time security who showed how to connect-the-dots; a leader in protecting privacy in a data-driven society; the architect of Big Data systems that sent terrorists running for cover and to their lawyers and front groups to circumvent the new capabilities.

Day One of the Event [at NGA] is open to U.S. citizens only. Days Two and Three are open to all members, subscribers, and guests.
All three days will be conducted at UNCLASSIFIED level.

Register here

Registration closes 23 April 2014

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102, Phone: 1-888-233-9527

Use the following link: http://tinyurl.com/ko6ppau to enter a hotel reservation at the discounted $109/nite rate.

If there is any difficulty getting the AFIO $109/night rate, at the hotel ask for Kristina Dorough at 703-738-3114 M - F 7am - 5pm EST
We do NOT recommend calling the national reservation lines but suggest calling the hotel at the above number to get the special event rate.


TURN: The Untold Story of America's First Spy Ring....on AMC TV
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A joint event by Dickinson College, the US Army Heritage and Education Center [part of the US Army War College] and the Central Intelligence Agency.

21 - 22 April 2014 - Carlisle, PA - Cold War Forum: CIA Analysis and Collection.

CIA IconCONFERENCE SCHEDULE: Cold War Forum: CIA Analysis and Collection. The forum is centered on recent publication of two volumes by the CIA's Historical Collections: Penetrating The Iron Curtain: Resolving the Missile Gap and CIA Analysis of the Warsaw Pact Forces: The Importance of Clandestine Reporting. The authors and editors, John and Joan Bird will present and discuss the publications along with selected historians, authors and scholars in a series of panels.

• The first of three panels and reception will take place in Room 106, Althouse Hall, Dickinson College, followed the next day by two more panel discussions at the Army Education and Heritage Center.

• Looking at the analysis, technical collection and clandestine reporting about the Warsaw Pact forces from a distance of 30-50 years allows us to better understand the evolution of the intelligence community in qualitative and quantitative terms. As the work went forward and built upon successes with sources and methods, the analytic quality improved greatly, as did the value to the nation. The other story to be told is of the heroism of the human sources. The Warsaw Pact publication tells the story of three men, Pyotr Popov, Oleg Penkovskiy, and Ryszard Kuklinski. A separate panel offers an opportunity to appreciate their heroism. The forum also offers a venue to discuss some of the more successful operations of the cold war, such as the U-2 and Corona programs and the Berlin Tunnel.
- Speakers include CIA Historian Dr David Robarge, Mr and Mrs John and Joan Bird (authors and editors of the publications), Dr R. Craig Nation (US Army War College and Dickinson College), Professor Frank Leith Jones (US Army War College). Additional speakers include Jerrold Schecter (co-author of The Spy Who Saved The World: How a Soviet Colonel Changed the Course of the Cold War), Mr Eugene Poteat, Mr Lou Mehrer, Mr Fred Kaplan (author of The Wizards of Armageddon), Mr Hayden Peake (CIA), and Dr Richard Immerman (the current DeSerio Chair and author of The Hidden Hand: A Brief History of the CIA.)

Panels Schedule:
Monday 21 April – Evening, at Dickinson College's Althouse hall, Room 106, 45 North College St., Carlisle, PA 17013 [Althouse is #13 on this map]
Panel I, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. - "Resolving the Missile Gap"
Moderator – Major General William F. Burns, U. S. Army (Retired)
Panelists: John Bird, CIA (Retired); Gene Poteat, CIA (Retired), Association of Former Intelligence Officers; Fred Kaplan, Author; Dr Richard Immerman, PhD, DeSerio Chair, U.S. Army War College

Tuesday, 22 April at the Army War College Heritage Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA.
Panel II – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. - " CIA Analysis of the Warsaw Pact; The Importance of Clandestine Reporting"
Moderator – Dr David Robarge, PhD, CIA Historian
Panelists: John and Joan Bird, CIA (Retired); Dr Craig Nation, PhD, Dickinson College / U.S. Army War College; Frank Jones, U.S. Army War College
Panel III – 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. - " The Men (Popov, Penkovskiy, Kuklinski)" Moderator – John Bird
Panelists; Hayden Peake, CIA; Lou Mehrer, CIA (Retired); Jerrold Schecter, Author; David Forden, CIA (Retired) (invited)
Wrap-up – Dr David Robarge, CIA Historian

• Attendance Fee: None. Lodging: Nearby hotels are listed here. Directions from the Dickinson Campus are here

• RSVP: If you wish to attend, please respond directly to event organizer, Dr. Kaufman, at denis.kaufman@gmail.com or visit AHEC: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/index.cfm for additional information.


MEMBERS - 1 - 3 May 2014 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO 2014 Intelligence Symposium.

AFIO BulletThursday, 1 May we will depart early for the new headquarters complex of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency located in Springfield, VA. US Citizens, only, are permitted at this first day of our 3-day symposium. Will include facility tours and presentations by NGA principals on GEOINT, emergency support, mapping, and satellite reconnaissance.

REGISTRATION OPEN

AFIO 2014 Intelligence Symposium
Agenda and Registration Now Available Online

All speakers are confirmed.

1 - 3 May 2014

GEOINT, HUMINT, SIGINT: Expanding Capabilities; Growing Challenges and Risks

Day One at the new headquarters of the
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Agenda is here.
The Agenda was updated on 26 March 2014
There will be occasional updates so check again every ten days.

Be an early registrant....to get best hotel rooms and seating...
To apply quickly and securely online
, do so here.

For an application form to mail or print, download this 1-page PDF here

You will hear/meet...

Letitia Long, NGA Director; turned GEOINT into crucial player in most intelligence and CT operations;
Michael Sulick, former Director, CIA's National Clandestine Service, Intelligence Historian;
John J. Hamre, President CSIS, former Deputy Secretary of Defense;
Michael Warner, Historian, DoD and CIA;
James Hughes, CIA Mideast Expert;
Paul R. Pillar, former senior CIA analyst, on Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform
Kai Bird, Mideast Expert, author of The CIA in Beirut;
Stewart Baker, former NSA & DHS legal expert on privacy and intel issues;
John Bennett, former Director, CIA's National Clandestine Service;
Spike Bowman, former NSA, NCIX/DNI, FBI, privacy and intel legal issues;
David Ignatius, author, journalist Washington Post; the media view of privacy sensitivities;
John Sano, former Deputy Director, National Clandestine Service, CIA;
David Major, former FBI/National Security Council; Eyes-open expert on dangers the U.S. faces.
and banquet speaker: Dr. John M. Poindexter, ADM, USN(Ret), visionary, brave lightning rod, and heralded pioneer in digital, real-time security who showed how to connect-the-dots; a leader in protecting privacy in a data-driven society; the architect of Big Data systems that sent terrorists running for cover and to their lawyers and front groups to circumvent the new capabilities.

Day One of the Event [at NGA] is open to U.S. citizens only.
Days Two and Three are open to all members, subscribers, and guests.
All three days will be conducted at UNCLASSIFIED level.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102,
Phone: 1-888-233-9527

Use the following link: http://tinyurl.com/ko6ppau to enter a hotel reservation at the deeply discounted $109/nite rate.

If there is any difficulty getting the AFIO $109/night rate, at the hotel ask for Kristina Dorough at 703-738-3114 M - F 7am - 5pm EST
We do NOT recommend calling the national reservation lines but suggest calling the hotel at the above number to get the special event rate.

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Friday, 18 April 2014, noon - San Diego, CA - AFIO San Diego Chapter to hold meeting on Domestic Cyber Threats.

AFIO BulletWe will have a very engaging, DOD offensive cyber expert as a speaker on domestic cyber threats. Please let me know if you have any questions, and if you plan (at least tentatively) on attending.
Replies to Alex Carrillo, AFIO San Diego Chapter President, alexander.carrillo@hotmail.com or call (858) 531-7433.
Exact location TBD.


Wednesday, 14 May 2014, 6 - 9 pm - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO AZ Chapter's 2nd Annual James Bond 007 Black Tie Event

AFIO BulletAFIO's Arizona Chapter's scholarship fundraiser helps support the students of the defense and security studies at ASU.
Attire: Black Tie Optional
EVENT: Shaken not Stirred Martini Bar, Sit down dinner with hosts at each table representing the CIA Clandestine Service, FBI, Military Intelligence, and Law Enforcement Intelligence who will share war stories and answer questions; Bond Girls; live entertainment and dancing; Aston Martin (minus Machine Guns); Charitable fundraising auction of intelligence & spy paraphernalia; related art objects.
Tickets: $62.50 per person; $125 per couple until April 30
$75 per person; $150 per couple May 1 to May 11.\
RSVP: 0072014@afioaz.org. Send check to: AFIO AZ 8614 E Appaloosa Trail, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. Select Chicken Provencal or Poached Salmon, and indicate full name of each guest.


15 May 2014, 11:30am - 2 pm - Englewood, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hears from Thomas Ravenelle, FBI SAC Denver

AFIO BulletAFIO will hold a joint meeting with FBI's InfraGard featuring Thomas Ravenelle, FBI Denver Division Supervising Agent in Charge. SAC Ravenelle will talk about a case briefing and overview of a closed EOD case. The meeting will be held at the Perfect Landing Restaurant, which is upstairs at the Denver Jet Center FBO, 7625 S. Peoria Street, Englewood CO 80112. Phone: 303-649-4478. There are seating limitations of 45 seats so we will accept reservations on a first come first serve basis. You will receive directions when you RSVP to Tom Van Wormer at robsmom@pcisys.net. The lunch will cost $15.00. You can pay at the door.


15 May 2014, noon - 2 pm - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO James Quesada Chapter hosts Farhad Mansourian, former officer in the Imperial Iranian Army. He will discuss the current Iranian government and intelligence related to terror structure and nuclear activities.

AFIO Bullet11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon. United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, SF (between Sloat/Wawona). RSVP required by 5/1/14 to Mariko Kawaguchi: e-mail afiosf@aol.com and mail check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-member guests $35 (must be accompanied by member).


Friday, 13 June 2014, 10:30am - 2pm - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO Summer Luncheon featuring Good Hunting by Jack Devine, former CIA director of operations and chief of the CIA Afghan Task Force, 1986-87. The morning speaker is Peter Finn, National Security Editor for The Washington Post. His book, The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book, discusses a risky, highly successful 1960s CIA propaganda operation.

AFIO BulletJohn "Jack" J. Devine addresses his colleagues and other AFIO members at this luncheon upon the release of his book, Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story. Devine served in the CIA for more than three decades, participating in covert operations that took him from Allende's Chile through Iran-Contra and Charlie Wilson's Afghanistan to George Tenet's Iraq, eventually rising to the position of Director of the DO [today's National Clandestine Service]. This book is a master class in spying.

Peter Finn's book, co-authored with Petra Couvee [Couvee lives in Russia], discusses the world of Soviet intelligentsia and Cold War politics to study how Boris Pasternak came to write and publish Doctor Zhivago (which first appeared in Italy in 1957). The authors use previously classified CIA files to depict the oppressive political conditions that gave rise to Pasternak's masterpiece, and the international firestorm that occurred when the novel was banned in the Soviet Union. The torturous ideological policing by the Soviets mirrored the tale of Doctor Zhivago itself which harbored a long psychic scar from the Russian Revolution. The authors also present the role played by the Kremlin in persecuting Pasternak and his loved ones, as well as the role of the CIA in using his book in a game of ideological warfare—overall, a triumphant reminder that successful covert and propaganda operations, though they can fade into history devoid of public recognition or credit, played significant roles and led to some highly beneficial, pro-freedom outcomes.

Early registration is here.


Saturday, 3 May 2014 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts meeting

AFIO BulletLocation: Country Club of Orange Park. Questions and reservations: Quiel Begonia at qbegonia@comcast.net or call 352-332-6150. Cost will be $16 each, pay the Country Club at the luncheon.


Saturday, 10 May 2014, noon - 2 - Indian Harbor Beach, FL - The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Dick Kerr discussing Robert Gates' book: Duty.

AFIO BulletCIA veteran Dick Kerr will discuss Robert Gates' book Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. The meeting will convene at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbor Beach, FL. For information and reservations, please contact Barbara Keith, bobbie6769@juno.com, or 321 777 5561.


27 June 2014 - Los Angeles, CA - AFIO Los Angeles hears from Dr. Erik Nemeth on "Cultural Intelligence in International Affairs and Foreign Policy."

AFIO BulletDr. Erik Nemeth from the RAND Corporation will be the guest speaker for the June 27, 2014 meeting. Dr. Nemeth will present "Cultural Intelligence in International Affairs & Foreign Policy" - The politics of historical & cultural property and the intelligence gathering to assess the political significance of looting and repatriation of cultural property. Please RSVP for attendance: AFIO_LA@Yahoo.com

OTHER IMPORTANT UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL EVENTS....

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 6:30 - 9:30pm - Washington, DC - Spy School Workshop: Surveillance 101 with Eric O'Neill, at the International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum eventsSpring into surveillance!
As a young operative in the FBI, Eric O'Neill was used to conducting surveillance; he was even put into the position of spying on his boss. The boss was Robert Hanssen, who was under suspicion of working for Russia, and O'Neill was up to the challenge. Now he'll share his expertise with you. O'Neill has conducted many outdoor surveillance exercises for the Museum, and he's ready to take those with the right skills up a notch. You'll be trailing the "Rabbit" through a complicated urban setting with red herrings and false leads. O'Neill will rate your clandestine prowess while you spy on secret meetings and operational acts and see if you can uncover the spy skullduggery that's afoot while you are on foot. There is no guarantee that your "Rabbit" won't escape!
Tickets: $94. Space is limited to only 10 participants -- advance registration required! Call Laura Hicken at 202.654.0932 to register.

Other Events of interest:

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 , 6:30pm - Washington, DC - Why Intelligence Fails, at the International Spy Museum

"What you're surprised with depends on who you are - " --Philippe Silberzahn
Who lives in caves, only holy men or primitive cavemen? Dr. Milo Jones, visiting professor at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, thinks that the answer to that question helps explain the intelligence failure of 9/11. He comes to the International Spy Museum to argue that the CIA's repeated intelligence failures are a result of the fact that the CIA thinks that intelligence analysis is science while it is really a social process in which identity and culture play a major role. Also joining us for the evening will be Dr. Mark Lowenthal, CEO of the Intelligence and Security Academy and former assistant director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production. He will engage with Dr. Jones on the provocative conclusions of the book Constructing Cassandra: Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947-2001, that Jones co-authored with Philippe Silberzahn of EMLYON Business School in France.
Tickets: $10. Visit www.spymuseum.org

NOW AVAILABLE

Getting a Security Clearance: Questions and Answers about what they are, how they are conducted,
how you can qualify, how long they take, and what can put them in jeopardy.

Two valuable booklets are now available

The Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - by the Congressional Research Service, Sept 2013
[PDF]

Security Clearances - FAQs - ClearanceJobs.com / DICE
[PDF]


Intelligence as a Career Booklet

Intelligence as a Career - Updated with latest listings of colleges teaching intelligence courses.

AFIO's new booklet for high school and college students considering careers in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Careers Booklet in PDF Format updated 10 January 2013 available here.

Careers webpage


Intelligence Community Named 2010
Best Place to Work in the Federal Government

For the second consecutive year, the Intelligence Community (IC) was honored as one of the top-ten Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, according to an independent analysis of federal workers’ job satisfaction and commitment.

The rankings were compiled by the Partnership for Public Service (PPS) and American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation (ISPPI) and announced today at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. PPS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that aims to attract people to federal careers and improve how the government runs. The institute conducts research and helps federal leaders solve difficult public-policy issues.

Army Lt. Gen. John F. Kimmons, the director of the intelligence staff for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, accepted the award on behalf of the entire IC. “The fact that the IC placed in the top ten for two consecutive years reflects a work force understanding of the critical role they fill and the importance of our national security mission,” he said.

The IC ranked tenth overall among large agencies, which includes 32 organizations, each of which employs more than two thousand people. Rankings are based on data from the 2010 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which the U.S. Office of Personnel Management administers. The first survey was in 2003, but the IC has only participated since 2009. Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, noted that the IC does not have to participate but does so voluntarily, “which is a credit to them.”

To maintain the security of information about its work force, the IC relies on its own instrument to assess each year how its workers feel about issues such as job satisfaction, professional development, and the effectiveness of senior leaders. The IC includes several questions from the federal survey provided by the PPS, in the IC’s annual Employee Climate Survey. That way, the Community’s information would be comparable with that from other organizations under consideration for Best Places.

Other returning top-ten Best Places to Work are: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Government Accountability Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Departments of State and Justice, and the Social Security Administration.

According to the Best Places to Work analysis, employee satisfaction is at an all-time high of 65 out of 100, a 7.4 percent jump from 2003 when the rankings were first released, with 68 percent of agencies improving their index score since the last rankings in 2009.

Visit bestplacestowork.org to see which agencies top the rankings and to access trend analysis, demographic data and all 10 workplace categories, as well as generate custom reports and conduct side-by-side comparisons for up to three agencies.

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