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Friday, 16 January 2015, 4:30 pm - Washington, DC - "How to Prepare for a Foreign Intelligence Post: Preventing Mirror-Imaging" by James R. Hughes, President of AFIO National
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.
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RSVP: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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 Past President 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 email@example.com or call 321.777.5561. Event location: Indian River Colony Club At Ease Club.
|Friday, 30 January 2015
AFIO National's first luncheon of 2015
features Robert T. Cardillo, the new Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Robert L. Grenier, former CIA Station Chief Islamabad and head of CIA's Counterterrorism Center
Tysons Corner, VA
||1 p.m. speaker: NGA Director Robert T. Cardillo speaks on the expanded NGA mission from Ebola relief activities to providing tools, advanced tech, sophisticated techniques, and specialized expertise to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence analysts, and first responders.
||11 a.m. 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.; Robert Grenier begins his presentation at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at noon; NGA Director Cardillo begins his presentation at 1 p.m. Event closes at 2 p.m.
Morning and Afternoon programs are On 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
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OTHER IMPORTANT UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL EVENTS....
Wednesday, 07 January 2015, 12:00pm-7:00pm - 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
Marshall Plan for the Mind; The CIA Covert Book Program during the Cold War
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, Directions to the 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.
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Meetings listed at the Wilson Center are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. This meeting takes place at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. See map and directions. 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. Check this page for the latest updates and notices.
Other Events of interest:
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, 11 February 2014, 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M - Washington, DC - The Journal of National Security Law & Policy Annual Symposium
Hold the date! Conference 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.
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
Security Clearances - FAQs - ClearanceJobs.com / DICE
Intelligence as a Career -with listings of colleges teaching intelligence courses.
AFIO's booklet for high school and college students considering careers
in the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Careers Booklet in PDF Format updated January 2013 available here.
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Intelligence Community - Five Years in a Row - Named 2013
Best Place to Work in the Federal Government
For the fifth 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 recently 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.
The IC ranked third overall among large agencies, which includes over 30 organizations, each of which employs more than two thousand people. Rankings are based on data from the 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which the U.S. Office of Personnel Management administers. The first Federal Government 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 survey 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 in the IC's annual Employee Climate Survey. That way, the Community's information can be compared with that from other organizations.
Other top-five large organization Best Places to Work are: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State and Justice.
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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