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8 December 2015 - MacDill AFB, FL - AFIO Suncoast Chapter's final 2015 meeting features Donald J. Good, Deputy AD of FBI Cyber Intel Branch

AFIO BulletThis Florida Suncoast Chapter meeting is co-sponsored by the National Cyber Partnership and features Donald J. Good, Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Intelligence, Outreach, and Support Branch, reviewing the mission of the FBI's Cyber Division and offering an overview of the FBI’s cyber program. Mr. Good will be joined by a panel of representatives from agencies, academia and industry to discuss pressing challenges in cybersecurity.
The chapter will also award scholarships to selected students at this meeting. Students are welcome at a special Student luncheon fee of $5.00 to full time students working towards a career in intelligence or related studies.
LOCATION: MacDill AFB Surf’s Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Please RSVP no later than noon on Tuesday, December 1, to the Chapter Secretary for yourself and any guests. Base access is available to those without DoD ID. Email Michael Shapiro at You will receive a confirmation via email. If you do not, contact the Chapter Secretary to confirm your registration. Check-in at 1145 hours; opening ceremonies, lunch and scholarship awards at 1200 hours, followed by our speaker and the panel discussion.
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.

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The Guide consists of more than 66 articles on all aspects of intelligence. It is intended to help instructors become familiar with intelligence-related subjects. Guide articles, written by both academic experts and seasoned practitioners, are introductions to the subject with recommended readings for further study.
Guide articles appear in AFIO’s journal Intelligencer and as PDFs on our website here.
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8 December 2015 (Tuesday) - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts FBI Special Agent Stonie Carlson.

AFIO BulletFBI Special Agent Stonie Carlson will discuss the efforts of the FBI and the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest violent fugitives in the San Francisco Bay Area. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is the only fugitive task force in the area and includes approximately 22 full-time personnel and incorporates several local, state and federal law enforcement organizations. Each law enforcement organization draws a unique skill set, bringing tactical, technical and intelligence resources under one umbrella and one mission. Please RSVP here.
Reservation and pre-payment is required before November 30, 2015 (fee goes up on December 1, 2015). The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins. Please contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at for questions.

12 - 14 January 2016, 8 am - 4:30 pm - Atlanta, GA - Insider Threat Program Development Training Course (NCMS Atlanta, GA) Available at special rate for AFIO Chapter Members

AFIO BulletThe Atlanta AFIO Chapter ‘would like to share an exciting Counter-Intelligence training opportunity with our members. Insider Threat pose a huge risk in several of our sectors of business, government, and intelligence community. To avoid the cumulative burden of registration costs, travel, lodging and rental expenses, I have negotiated the Insider Threat Development Planning Course (3 days) presented here in Atlanta at a steeply discounted rate. This course certifies individuals as Insider Threat Security Specialists. Jim Henderson- Insider Threat Program Training Course Instructor.
Normally $1400 per – being offered for $800 per; without the travel expense and other incidentals.
We have attached a flyer and provide the link below. We believe this valued added training may be of huge interest and benefit to many of our members.
If you would and can, please socialize the event to our fellow members, it would be appreciated.
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Full color seals of all 18 members of the U.S. Intelligence Community on this 8" round, slick surface, nonskid, rubber-backed mouse pad. Price: $20.00 for 2 pads [includes shipping to U.S. based address, only. For foreign shipments, we will contact you with a quote.] Great gift for colleagues and self. Click image above for larger image.



Monday, 7 December 2015, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Annapolis Junction, MD - The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's 15th Annual Pearl Harbor Program featuring David Hatch of NSA's Center for Cryptologic History

The program takes place on the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, Monday December 7th. Program title is "It Didn't End at Midway," and features special guest speaker David Hatch from NSA's Center for Cryptologic History who will discuss an overlooked period of SIGINT history between the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway.

The Battle of Midway in June 1942 was one of the turning points in modern world history, and is an exceedingly dramatic story.

Today, the vital role of COMINT in achieving success in combat at Midway is well known to scholars and the public alike. Perhaps, too well known. With a few exceptions, most books about SIGINT in the Pacific Theater of World War II discuss SIGINT in the context of Pearl Harbor and Midway, but don't mention much, if anything, about the role of SIGINT in the more than two years of fighting that happened after Midway. 

In fact, SIGINT remained an important factor in U.S. planning and operations for the rest of the war in the Pacific. The codeword ULTRA applied not only to high-grade COMINT in Europe, but also to Japanese decrypts. Senior leaders used ULTRA in their strategic decisions, and subordinate commanders had access to strategic COMINT from lower-level communications. Whatever the source, SIGINT remained an indispensable but secret factor in the success of U.S. combat operations.

Event location: L3 STRATIS Conference Center, National Business Park, 2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701


Wednesday, 06 January 2016, 12:00pm - Washington, DC - JFK's Forgotten Crisis: Tibet, the CIA, and the Sino-Indian War at the International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum eventsDuring the most dangerous days of the Cold War, President Kennedy was dealing with a war that has largely escaped history’s attention: the Sino-Indian conflict. Join Bruce Riedel, director of The Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institute and a CIA and National Security Council veteran, as he shares how he used newly declassified letters between Kennedy and Indian leader Jawaharlal Nehru along with the diaries and memoirs of key players and other sources to provide the first full narrative of Kennedy’s covert actions before, during and after the war between India and China. From strategic diplomacy to an ongoing clandestine operation in which the United States trained and parachuted Tibetan guerillas into Tibet to fight Chinese military forces, Riedel will reveal Kennedy’s work with the CIA to be one of his greatest, and yet most overlooked, successes.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2016, 6:30pm - Washington, DC. 100 Deadly Skills: An Evening with Navy SEAL Clint Emerson at the International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum eventsThe world can be a very dangerous place and former Navy SEAL and JSOC Operator Clinton Emerson wants you to be prepared. He can give you the tools to thwart the people who want to exploit you-threats to your personal safety are everywhere. From acts of terror to mass shootings to the unseen (and sometimes virtual) matrix of everyday crime, danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions.

In his new book, 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation, Emerson draws on over 20 years' experience with actual special forces operations to teach you how to protect yourself. This evening, he'll share practical hands-on advice for civilians who want to learn self-defense skills, evasion tactics immobilizing maneuvers, and get started on the path to surviving any dangerous situation.

Tickets: $10. Visit

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Friday, 11 December 2015, 1-4 pm - Washington, DC - Meet An F-4 Pilot: Mark Hewitt - In-store Book Signing at the International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum eventsUncover the world of espionage and intelligence from people who practiced professionally! Visit the International Spy Museum Store and meet an F-4 pilot. Mark A. Hewitt has always had a fascination with spyplanes and the intelligence community’s development and use of aircraft. He flew F-4s in the Marine Corps and served as Director of Maintenance with the Border Patrol and the Air Force, as was an Associate Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University before leading aviation activities and aircraft operations for international corporations in the Washington D.C. area. He is the author of "Special Access" and "Shoot Down". His novels have been approved by the CIA Publication Review Board.

Shortly after takeoff, a jumbo jet explodes over the waters of Long Island. Witnesses claim the aircraft was shot down by a surface-to-air missile; the government insists a mechanical malfunction brought down the airplane. An old CIA file is uncovered which details the President was warned-to preclude commercial airliners from being shot out of the sky either pay a ransom or suffer the consequences.

Just as the Agency identifies the shadowy man responsible for the shoot down of the airliner, the Libyan dictator Gaddafi is overthrown, sparking a race between the CIA and terrorist networks to win the ultimate terrorist prize-hundreds of man-portable, shoulder-launched, anti-aircraft missiles. Duncan Hunter and his top secret airplane once again team up with an expert crew to find the anti-aircraft missiles ahead of the al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood, and kill the man who shoots down airliners for profit.

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit
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Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 6:30pm - Washington, DC. Anonymous Heroes: African American Spies of the Revolutionary War and the Civil War at the International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum events As historians look more closely at espionage history, the significance of African American intelligence contributions to the American cause in the Revolution and the Union victory in the Civil War is finally coming into focus.

Retired CIA Intelligence Officer Ken Daigler, author of Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: America in the Revolutionary War, numerous articles on Civil War espionage, and the CIA publication on African American spying for the Union "Black Dispatches," will discuss the intelligence roles played by African Americans in both conflicts. He will identify the individuals involved in various intelligence operations, describe how they operated, explain what they accomplished, and place their brave efforts within the larger context of significant victories for the American patriots and the Union Army.

Tickets: $12. Visit


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 - / DICE

Intelligence as a Career BookletIntelligence 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 - Six Years in a Row - Named 2014
One of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

For the sixth consecutive year, the Intelligence Community (IC) was honored as #4 in 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 fourth 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 2014 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 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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