LUNCH ($65) — Free great parking.
To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence
and A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA,
and the Cold War Struggle in Poland featuring James Olson and Seth G. Jones
Badge Pickup at 10:30 am; Jones at 11 a.m.; Lunch at noon; Olson at 1 pm
Registration has opened and may be done quickly here.James Olson served for over thirty years in CIA’s Directorate of Operations, mostly overseas running clandestine operations. In addition to several foreign assignments, he was chief of counterintelligence at agency headquarters. Currently, he is a Professor of the Practice at the Bush School of Government and Public Service of Texas A& M University.At this event Professor Olson will be discussing his March 2019 book, To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence which suggests that the US is losing the counterintelligence war. Foreign intelligence services, particularly those of China, Russia, and Cuba, are recruiting spies in our midst and stealing our secrets and cutting-edge technologies. He provides a guide for how our country can do a better job of protecting its national security and trade secrets. He will review the principles and methods of counterintelligence, including the running of double-agent operations and surveillance. He also addresses why people spy against their country, the tradecraft of counterintelligence, and where counterintelligence breaks down or succeeds.
The morning speaker, Dr. Seth G. Jones, is director of the Transnational Threats Project, and senior adviser to the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Earlier, Jones was Adjunct Professor, Security Studies Program at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, where he taught classes on “Counterinsurgency” and “Stability Operations.” He has served as representative for the commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, to the assistant secretary of defense for special operations.He will discuss counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, with a particular focus on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and al Qa’ida.
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22182 Phone: (703) 893-2100. Directions at this link. Metro stations nearby.
Mingle with other colleagues as you peruse scores of the latest intelligence books.
ROBERT STEELE: If I have learned two things in the past 30 years of wandering in the wilderness — apart from the urgency of getting OSINT (which is HUMINT, not SIGINT) right — it is that counterintelligence does not get enough respect or funding, and that covert operations are a huge mistake. We should, as I wrote for the Commandant of the Marine Corps in 1986, be using OSINT to justify peaceful prevention measures, and we should not be doing regime change operations (or drone assassinations or rendition & torture). War — and covert operations — are a profit center for the banks, not a service to the public. We underestimate and disrespect the power of the public at our own peril — America is in sharp decline today precisely because we chose to spend trillions undermining other governments instead of investing at home. President Donald Trump is bringing up back slowly, and I anticipate positive constructive changes in national intelligence in his second term.
I will attend the luncheon and the Olson presentation. I have reinstated my AFIO membership. My days of wandering in the wilderness are over.
Robert Steele: Rigging Elections – and Worse! The Americans Rigged Our Election, Bribed Our Government, Stole Our Gold, Killed Our Men, Raped Our Women, and Poisoned our Air, Water, and Earth – and You Want to Blame Something on the Russians? (Trump Revolution 25)