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25 July 2008 - AFIO National SUMMER Luncheon -10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.Tysons Corner, Virginia
11 a.m. Speaker - Robert Wallace, Former Director of CIA's Office of Technical Service.author ofSPYCRAFT: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to al-Qaeda
Befitting the topic, his talk will feature an image-rich multi-media presentation
1 p.m. Speaker - Frances Fragos Townsend, Esq., former White House Assistant, Homeland Security/Counterterrorism,current member of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board [PIAB],speaking on Current and Emerging ThreatsMs. Townsend's remarks areOFF THE RECORDto encourage frank & spirited Q&A.
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22 - 25 October 2008 - McLean, VA - AFIO National Intelligence Symposium - October 22 evening registration, 23 and 24 at U.S. Department of State Intelligence Division and MITRE Corporation; evening of October 24th is Awards Banquet, and morning of 25th [Saturday] will be Chapter workshops and General membership meeting. The program ends noon on Saturday 25th October leaving time for exploring local area Museums [International Spy Museum, the newly reopened Newseum, National Museum of Crime and Punishment, National Cryptologic Museum, Air & Space] and to make plans to return home. Event will be at the Sheraton-Premiere, Tysons Corner, VA. Special convention rate applies. Mention AFIO when making reservations.
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This donation from the Morris Family Charitable Corporation provides two $4,000 scholarships to graduate students who are focusing on national security or intelligence studies and who are, or have the intent of, serving in the U.S. Government. Candidates for this scholarship should be AFIO members, their children or grandchildren, or of personnel serving in government agencies comprising the U.S. Intelligence Community.
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Tuesday, 8 July 2008, 6:30 pm – Washington, DC – “An Evening with the Former M15 Director General – Stella Rimington, at the Spy Museum
When Stella Rimington became director general of MI5, the UK’s domestic security service, her appointment drew a lot of attention. Not only was she the first woman to lead MI5, but she was an advocate for more openness in the intelligence field. To the public, Dame Stella seemed to burst onto the scene, but she had been a hardworking intelligence officer with MI5 since 1969 with experience in both counterintelligence and counterterrorism. As leader of MI5, Rimington encouraged public transparency and upon her retirement in 1996 she continued this policy with the publication of her autobiography Open Secret. She has moved on to publish a series of espionage thrillers featuring intelligence officer Liz Carlyle. The latest installment in the saga of the ambitious MI5 officer is Illegal Action. Join Dame Stella for an exciting evening of frank discussion as she highlights her new book, her experience as the director general of MI5, and her thoughts on the state of the intelligence field today. Tickets: $20. Phone registration available 202.654.0930
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Saturday, 12 July 2008 - Albuquerque, NM - AFIO New Mexico hosts social event at member home.
Event location is home of member, Ruby Ellen Smith, 12711 Hugh Graham Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111. “Happy hour” starts at 5 pm, Dinner at 6 pmThe brisket will be prepared by the hostess. For those attending: those whose last names begin A through M, please bring a salad; potato, green, or other. Those whose last names begin N through Z, please bring a dessert. Please RSVP to Ruby Ellen by Mon. July 9th at 505 293-3676
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Monday, July 14, at 6:00 pm - AFIO Las Vegas hosts LTC Troy L. Sullivan III, USAF Commander, Air Force Office of Special Investigations [AFOSI], Detachment 206.
Place: The Officers' Club at Nellis Air Force Base. All guests must use the MAIN GATE located at the intersection on Craig Road and Las Vegas Blvd. Address: 5871 Fitzgerald Blvd., Nellis AFB, NV 89191 Phone: 702-644-2582. For further information contact Christine J. Eppley, Chapter Corresponding Secretary at 702-295-0073 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
19 July 2008 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine hosts former CIA operations officer, Bill Murray.
Murray will be talking about the present tension between Pakistan and India. While not currently making headlines, the tensions between these two nuclear powers remains a prime concern. The threat posed by Taliban terrorists in Pakistan adds to an already unstable situation. The meeting, open to the public, will be held at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street, Kennebunk at 2:00 p.m. For information call 207-364-8964.
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Friday, 25 July 2008 - McLean, VA - AFIO National Summer Luncheon - Frances Fragos Townsend, former White House Assistant, Homeland Security/Counterterrorism, current member of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board [PIAB], speaking on Current and Emerging Threats. Morning speaker is Robert W. Wallace, former Director of CIA's Office of Technical Service. Wallace, author of SPYCRAFT: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to al-Qaeda.
Ms. Townsend served as Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council from May 2004 until January 2008. She previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism from May 2003 to May 2004. Ms. Townsend is currently providing consulting services and advice to corporate entities on Global Strategic Engagement and Risk as well as Crisis and Contingency planning. Ms. Townsend is a Contributor for CNN and has regularly appeared on network and cable television as a counterterrorism, national and homeland security expert. She has received numerous awards for her public service accomplishments. Ms. Townsend is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. Mr. Wallace, a 32-year CIA veteran, served as Deputy Director and Director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service and directed the office's global response to the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States. TO REGISTER SAFELY ONLINE
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Monday, 21 July 2008, 6:30 pm – Washington, DC – “Hot Topics, The FBI at 100: Beyond the Turf Wars” at the Spy Museum.
“Counterintelligence is only as good as relations between the CIA and FBI.”—James Angleton, 1975. In 1970, J. Edgar Hoover cabled FBI field offices “to discontinue all contact with the local CIA office.” But twenty years later a new era of collegiality began with the Ames case. Former DCI George Tenet considered this to be “the jumping-off point in taking cooperation between the FBI and CIA seriously.” Join two intelligence insiders as they discuss the murky truth and myth of Agency-Bureau relations—past, present, and future. In 1974, Ray Batvinis was assigned to the new untested role of Washington Field Office liaison with the local CIA base. As liaison, and throughout his 25 year FBI career, Batvinis worked closely with the CIA in joint counterintelligence training at FBI headquarters and in the field, and on a wide variety of specialized case management issues. He is joined by Burton Gerber, a 39-year veteran of the CIA, where he served as chief of station in three Communist nations and led the Agency's Soviet and European operations for eight years. He is currently a Professor in the Practice of Intelligence at the Georgetown University Center for Peace and Security Studies. The perspective of these experts will reveal the truth behind the turf wars. To register, call 202.393.7798; order online at spymuseum.org or in person at the International Spy Museum.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 – Vienna, VA - THE SIXTH ANNUAL AFIO SOCIAL EVENT - The Boston Pops at the Wolf Trap Park in Vienna, Virginia! This year we have moved the annual social from Boston's Symphony Hall to the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, August 19 at 8:00 PM. The concert choice will once again be the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Contact Mr. Wass and use AFIO Social in the subject line at email@example.com if you would like to attend the pre-concert AFIO social at Wolf Trap. Reservations are now being taken however since we have limited amount of seats available for the social, we recommend contacting us before purchasing your concert tickets.For those who plan on attending the concert and social at Wolf Trap [located at 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182], you must purchase concert tickets directly through Wolf Trap for seating choices. We are not doing group reserved seating this year except the sets of tickets that are offered on the AFIO Auction website www.afio.cmarket.com RSVP requested before July 19. Wolf Trap Box Office - (703) 255-1868 to purchase tickets. http://www.wolftrap.org No portion of your purchase constitutes a donation to AFIO; therefore this is strictly a social event.
SpyCruise®† in the Black Sea - July 2009 - Certain to Sell Out during 2008 so do not wait. Join Intelligence Professionals from CIA, the RCMP Security Service, and the KGB July '09 on a Trip of a Lifetime to Istanbul, Balaklava, Sochi, Yalta, and back...learning why these places have intelligence significance through talks by experts on espionage, tradecraft, clandestine equipment, and related on-the-job matters.
Join us on the Seabourn Odyssey in July 2009 to visit some fascinating sites of great historical value, and be accompanied by a group of intelligence professionals drawn from the international intelligence community (including the CIA, RCMP Security Service and the KGB) who will give daily lectures on Cold War espionage, intelligence tradecraft, clandestine equipment and other related topics.1. ISTANBUL. We shall visit the home and office of Kim Philby, the British Secret Intelligence Service officer who was the local station commander between 1946 and 1949. He was also a Soviet spy and he betrayed details of several covert operations mounted from Istanbul across the Turkish border. Also on the itinerary is the Soviet legation where a GRU officer, Konstantin Volkov, worked until he offered to defect to the British in September 1945. He too was betrayed by Philby who flew from London to handle his case, only to find that Volkov had been arrested by the NKVD. Our escort will be one of the world's leading intelligence authorities who coauthored Philby's biography.2. SOCHI. Stalin's camouflaged dacha in the woods above Sochi gave him a secure refuge and an isolated, guarded compound in which he relaxed and planned his strategy. His study, billiards-room and living quarters remain unchanged, and we will enjoy lunch in his dining-room where there will be a lecture on Stalin and Lavrenti Beria, his notorious intelligence chief.3. YALTA. The venue for the great February 1945 Crimea Conference attended by Winston Churchill, Stalin and an ailing President Roosevelt, we will tour the Czar's summer palace where the meetings took place and see the room on the ground floor where FDR stayed, tended by his daughter. We will also visit the Vorontsov villa where Churchill and the British delegation stayed and hear a talk from Nigel West on Alger Hiss, the State Department adviser who was a Soviet spy and a member of the American delegation.4. BALAKLAVA. This former Soviet Black Sea Fleet base includes an underground submarine depot carved out of a mountain and concealed behind huge camouflaged bomb-proof steel doors. Built in conditions of great secrecy in 1956, the cavernous facility includes a canal to the open sea, a dry dock, weapons bays and workshops, and now accommodates a Cold War museum filled with naval exhibits. We will be accompanied by a former Soviet nuclear submarine commander who worked on the site, and his wife. Dates: Embark 8 July 2009, Istanbul. Disembark 18 July 2009, Istanbul. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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