Events

June 17th Meeting

Charles Cogan 37 years CIA (ret) speaking on “Saudi Arabia: Succession and Strategy”

May 20th Meeting

AFIO/ME Meeting
May 20, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Brick Store Museum Program Center
4 Dane Street, Kennebunk, ME

FORMER SPY CHIEF TO SPEAK

 A former chief of CIA spies will address “Challenges Ahead for CIA – Technology andCountering Terrorism,” as the subject of the May 20 public meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Maine Chapter.

The talk will be presented by retired CIA executive Thomas Twetten, who served for three years as Deputy Director of Operations (DDO), the chief of the agency’s worldwide clandestine services. His topics are expected to include covert action, counter intelligence, the challenges of supplying effective technical support for officers in the field, and the special challenges of collecting intelligence on terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and Islamic State.

Twetten joined the CIA in 1961 after serving in the Army and obtaining a graduate degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.  His career took him to West Africa, Afghanistan and elsewhere before returning to CIA headquarters in 1982, where he headed the technical support office and the Near East Division before being promoted to the operations directorate.

He retired in 1995, moving to Vermont, where he is a book-binder and seller of antique books specializing in travel and scholarly works on Africa, the Middle East and China

The latest in a series of public affairs discussions, the AFIO meeting is open to the public, and will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question period will follow the presentation.

 

April 22, 2017
AFIO (Maine) Meeting
Program Center, 4 Dane Street
Kennebunk, ME
2:00 p.m.

KENNEBUNK – Veteran CIA clandestine operative Gerry Gossens will discuss the chances of peace in the Middle East at the April 22 public meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) Maine Chapter.

Gossens, a former Central Intelligence Agency station chief in six different countries, will review the current geopolitical landscape from Iraq to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Gossens was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force where he served as a pilot and intelligence officer in the Strategic Air Command. Recruited into the CIA Clandestine Service, he served in Beirut, Congo, Guinea, Tunisia, Zambia, South Africa and Paris.

In retirement he moved to Vermont, where he entered politics and served two terms in the House of Representatives and two terms in the state Senate.

The latest in a series of public affairs discussions, the AFIO meeting is open to the public, and will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question period will follow the presentation.

March 18 Meeting

KENNEBUNK – Dr. Andrew S. Erickson, professor of strategy at the U.S. Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, will be the featured speaker at the March 18 meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) Maine Chapter.

Dr. Erickson’s talk, “China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations,” will offer cutting-edge research    on the geopolitical strategy and military tactics employed by China in the South China Sea, where Beijing has deployed the world’s largest blue water coast guard and maritime militia.

The AFIO meeting, open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. in the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question period will follow the presentation.

A world-renowned expert on Chinese military and naval affairs, Dr. Erickson is also a research associate at Harvard University’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He has
lectured extensively at government, academic, and private sector institutions throughout the United States and Asia, and provided expert testimony and support to Congress and various executive branch offices.

Professor Erickson has authored or edited numerous books and academic studies regarding Asia-Pacific defense issues, and been interviewed or published by news media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the BBC, The Economist, New York Times, C-SPAN, Aviation Week & Space Technology, Bloomberg News and others.

INTELLIGENCE VETERAN
TO SPEAK FEBRUARY 18

KENNEBUNK — Mary Margaret Graham, a veteran senior executive at the CIA and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), will discuss the impact of modern terrorism on American intelligence strategy at the February 18 meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) Maine Chapter

Her talk is expected to include a look at the historical and current posture of federal, international and domestic threat detection and counterterrorism efforts; the new role of state, local and tribal partners; and the challenges of collaboration versus competition in the intelligence community.

She has earned several prestigious medals for her service: the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 2008, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal in 2008, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service in 2008, the Intelligence Medal of Merit in 2005, the Donovan Award in 2001, and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement in 1996.Graham served 27 years at the CIA, including as the Associate Deputy Director of Operations for Counterintelligence. From 2005 to 2008, she was appointed the first Deputy DNI for Collection, coordinating the collection efforts of all 15 U.S. intelligence agencies. Earlier in her career, she served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of the National Security Agency. Following her retirement, Graham was named a Visiting Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The latest in a series of public affairs discussions, the AFIO meeting is open to the public, and will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question period will follow the presentation.

January 2017 Meeting

EXPERT ON TURKISH GEOPOLITICS AFIO’S JAN. 21 SPEAKER

KENNEBUNK — Turkey and its current role in global affairs will be the topic of the January 21st meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Maine Chapter.

Turkish-American entrepreneur Kutlay Kaya, an international weapons trader and business consultant, will discuss the current political situation in Ankara, and Turkey’s relationships with its Middle Eastern neighbors, Russia and the United States. Kaya is the CEO of Zenith Quest Corp., a Virginia firm that imports Turkish weapons and ammunition for the American market.

Kaya travels to Turkey monthly to develop and transact business, and maintains strong ties with Turkish authorities in the civil government, military, and police forces.

He was a key witness in a recent Turkish national scandal, the 2016 prosecution of a Turkish arms executive convicted of seeking bribes and attempting to sell proprietary weapons designs.

Kaya graduated from 19 Mayis University in Samsun, Turkey, with a bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering. In 1998, he moved to America and took on consulting and directing responsibilities for two non-profit organizations involved in international humanitarian work, later obtaining a master of arts degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

The latest in a series of public affairs discussions, the AFIO meeting is open to the public, and will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question period will follow the presentation.

 

AFIO (Maine) Meeting

November Meeting Cancelled.  Next Meeting 21 January 2017

 October 15, 2016 – 2:00 p.m.

Brick Store Museum  Program Center
4 Dane Street, Kennebunk, ME

KENNEBUNK — Former Ambassador Charles Dunbar of Brunswick, retired from senior posts at the U.S. State Department and the United Nations, will discuss the complexities of Afghanistan as the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) Maine Chapter opens its fall public speaker program.

Ambassador Dunbar will present a talk on “The Afghanistan Briar Patch” at 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. The presentation is open to the public and will feature a question period.

Afghanistan has been at war for 38 years, and the prospects are for more of the same. On the home front, the Afghan government is beset by the perennial Taliban insurgency, massive corruption, and the flight of its people as refugees.

Dunbar observes that this leaves the U.S. stuck in an Afghanistan “briar patch,” where it has periodically found itself since 1981, with no end in sight for ending what it used to call “the good war.” Having spent many years’ service in the Middle East, Dunbar is well placed to explore possible outcomes.

Dunbar spent eight of his 32 years with the State Department working in Afghanistan and on its issues before retiring in 1993. While with the State Department, he was chargé d’affaires in Kabul (1981-83), Ambassador to Qatar (1983-85), and Ambassador to Yemen (1988-91) and had earlier assignments in Iran, Afghanistan, Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania.

Since leaving the State Department, he was UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in Western Sahara (1997-99), President of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs (1993-2001), and taught at Simmons College (2001-04) and Boston University (2004-15). He now teaches at the Midcoast Senior College in Brunswick.

AFIO (Maine) Meeting
June 18, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Col. David Hunt of Fox News is
June AFIO Speaker

KENNEBUNK – Fox News network analyst Col. David Hunt, U.S. Army (ret.) will be the featured speaker at the June 18 meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Maine Chapter.

Hunt will provide a current update on terrorism developments worldwide and discuss the impact of the news media on our perceptions of terrorism. The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk.

David Hunt, a Scarborough resident, served for 29 years in military intelligence, special operations and counter terrorism. His duties spanned assignments from leadership of a detachment of 12 special forces soldiers to command of a brigade of more than 1,000 personnel.

His Army career included service as the chief tactical advisor for national intelligence in Bosnia, as the facilitator of a $350 million national security program for the CIA and National Security Agency, and as counter terrorism coordinator for the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

He received his Master’s degree in English from Norwich University and later graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He has lectured at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and several other high profile agencies, as well as state and local police officials. Bill O’Reilly of the “O’Reilly Factor” called David Hunt the “Best Military Analyst in the Business” and Fox’s “Go to Guy on the War.”

AFIO (Maine) Meeting
May 21, 2016
2:00 p.m.

Submarine Commander Is AFIO Speaker

KENNEBUNK – “Run Silent, Run Deep,” a discussion of the U.S. Navy submarine force, will be the focus of the May 21 meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) Maine Chapter.

Retired Navy Vice Admiral George W. Emery, an Alfred native and former sub commander, will offer insights on topics such as anti-submarine warfare strategy, operational surveillance tactics, and submarine strategic weapon systems development.

Admiral Emery graduated with distinction from the U.S Naval Academy in 1963. He commanded two nuclear submarines during his 33-year naval career and was appointed the 24th Commander of the United States and Allied Submarine Forces, Atlantic by President Clinton in 1993.  Emery grew up in Alfred and Springvale, graduated from Sanford High School, and is married to his high school sweetheart, Patricia.

In retirement he has served as Chairman of the Senior Advisory Group to the Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and chaired the Submarine Technology Symposium at the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory from 2004-2014.  From 1997 to 2006 Admiral Emery was a member of the Secretary of the Navy’s Advisory Subcommittee on Naval History.  He is a life trustee of the USS Constitution Museum and was the 2011 recipient of the Museum’s “Old Ironsides” Exemplary Service Award.

The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. Admiral Emery’s presentation will include a question-answer session.

April 16th 2016
John Woodward, CIA (Ret), who will be speaking on “WMD Age of Bio Warfare”.
AFIO (Maine) Meeting
March 19, 2016
2:00 p.m.

KENNEBUNK – Dr. Andrew S. Erickson, professor of strategy at the U.S. Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, will be the featured speaker at the March 19 meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) Maine Chapter.

Dr. Erickson’s talk, titled “China’s Cabbage Strategy: New-Type Great Power Relations, the South China Sea, and Irregular Forces Therein,” will include an overview of recent strategic military moves by China, and the potential impact on Japan, South Korea and U.S. interests. Beijing has deployed the world’s largest blue water coast guard and maritime militia and has been employing them in a “cabbage,” or layered envelopment, configuration.

The AFIO meeting, open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. in the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question period will follow the presentation.

A world-renowned expert on Chinese military and naval affairs, Dr. Erickson is also a research associate at Harvard University’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He has lectured extensively at government, academic, and private sector institutions throughout the United States and Asia, and provided expert testimony and support to Congress and various executive branch offices.

Professor Erickson has authored or edited numerous books and academic studies regarding Asia-Pacific defense issues, and been interviewed or published by news media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the BBC, The Economist, The New York Times, C-SPAN, Aviation Week & Space Technology, Bloomberg News and others.

February 2016

The FBI’s senior agent in Maine will discuss economic espionage – the bureau’s top priority after terrorism – at the Feb. 20 meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Maine Chapter.

The presentation by Special Agent Aaron Steps, who oversees the FBI’s three Maine offices, will begin at 2 p.m. in the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. The meeting, rescheduled from last month due to January’s heavy snowstorm, is open to the public.

Cyber-based economic espionage, or computer hacking, targets intellectual property and private-sector confidential information, eroding the strength and innovation of the nation’s economy. Experts estimate that for every American company that detects an attack, 100 others may unknowingly be victimized.

The Feb. 20 presentation will describe the nature and extent of the threat, the FBI’s strategy to counter economic espionage and the resources available to American businesses to protect their information. A brief question period will follow his presentation.

Special Agent Steps, who previously worked in the finance industry in New York City, joined the bureau in 2002 and has worked in the counterintelligence and counterterrorism sectors at posts including San Francisco, as well as Nairobi, Kenya and Islamabad, Pakistan.

According to the FBI, economic espionage is a problem that costs the American economy hundreds of billions of dollars per year and puts national security at risk. While it is not a new threat, it is a growing one, and the theft attempts by foreign competitors and adversaries are becoming more brazen and more varied in their approach. The FBI estimates that hundreds of billions of U.S. dollars are lost to foreign competitors every year. These foreign competitors deliberately target economic intelligence in advanced technologies and flourishing U.S. industries.

Historically, economic espionage has been leveled mainly at defense-related and high-tech industries. But recent FBI cases have shown that no industry, large or small, is immune to the threat. Any company with a proprietary product, process, or idea can be a target; any unprotected trade secret is ripe for the taking by those who wish to illegally obtain innovations to increase their market share at a victim company’s expense.

January 2016
Cancelled Due to Weather.  Please Join us in February
November Meeting
November 21st, 2015 –AFIO/ME Meeting
2:00 p.m.
Program Center, Brick Store Museum

Islam in Today’s Global World
Educator, novelist and acclaimed Islamic affairs expert Anouar Majid, Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications at the University of New England, will be the featured speaker at the Nov. 21 meeting of the Maine Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) in Kennebunk.

The presentation, open to the public, is titled ““Islam in Today’s Global World” and will begin at 2 p.m. in the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk.

Born in Tangier, Morocco, Dr. Majid is the author of five critically acclaimed books on Islam and the West, including Unveiling Traditions (2000), Freedom and Orthodoxy (2004), A Call for Heresy (2007), We Are All Moors (2009) and Islam and America: Building a Future Without Prejudice (2012). He has written for the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and other publications on topics such as “The Politics of Feminism in Islam.”

Dr. Majid’s work and life were the subject of a Bill Moyers Journal interview and an Al Jazeera television program, both aired in 2007. His first novel, Si Yussef  was first published in 1992 and he is the editor of Tingismagazine.com, a free online magazine dedicated to a new reading of Islam and its traditions.

Professor Majid is currently acting as founding director of the Center for Global Humanities and Vice President for Global Affairs at the University of New England in Maine. He was instrumental in setting up UNE’s branch campus in Morocco. One of his plans is to turn the campus into a forum for discussion around important global issues and he is working on a project that reexamines the emergence of Islam and the impact of this religion on world history.

October Meeting
 

REBEL RECRUITMENT in MIDDLE EAST
October 17, 2015 –AFIO/ME Meeting
2:00 p.m.
Program Center, Brick Store Museum
The Maine Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers welcomes Hector Oviedo Paz, Bolivia S.A., as guest speaker at its October 17, 2015 meeting. Hector Paz’s field work in conflicts in Yemen, Iraq, Ukraine, D.R. Congo, Kosovo, Croatia and Bosnia will be covered in his presentation titled “Rebel Recruitment in Middle East.”  His investigative work also includes analysis of the labor market for rebel recruiting in the Syrian civil war.

His papers have been published in American Economics Journal: Applied Economics Journal of Experimental Political Science and The Journal of Conflict Resolution. His writings and commentaries have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, New Republic and The National Interest. His titles include: “The Jihadi Who Came in from The Cold” and “Ramadan in Syria: How Assad, ISIS, and Others are Using the Holy Month.”

Because of Hector Paz’s current sensitive work in war zones throughout the Middle East and southern Europe, he has asked to be an anonymous speaker while here in Maine. We have complied with his wishes by not submitting any newspaper or other media outlets with write-ups about Hector or his subject areas. Also, you have noticed we have gone a little further by not including his photograph here in this exclusive Speaker Notification List, as well.

The meeting will be at 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 17, 2015, at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk.  For more information call 207/967-4298.

September Meeting

DIPLOMACY AND INTELLIGENCE
September 26, 2015 Meeting
The Maine Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers welcomes Ambassador Laurence F. Pope, II, as guest speaker at its September 26, 2015 meeting.  Pope is author of “The Demilitarization of American Diplomacy: Two Cheers for Striped Pants.”  Pope, who is both an insider and historian, will speak about the dysfunction of the State Department and its Foreign Service and contends that in the information age diplomacy is more important than ever.  Without a change in thinking from an era of failed nation building, the U.S. may find itself having to fight more wars than it needs to.

Pope served as ambassador to Chad from September 1993 to June 1996 and was temporary Chief of Mission in Tripoli October 2012 to January 2013 immediately following Ambassador Christopher Stevens who was killed in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Pope has held a number of senior posts in the State Department including Director for Northern Gulf Affairs (1987-1990), Associate Director for Counter Terrorism (1991-1993), and Political Adviser to Gen. Zinni, USMG Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Central Command (1997-2000).

Ambassador Pope retired from the Foreign Service in 2000 with 31 years of service, however he continues to consult for various institutions.   A respected Arabist, he speaks Arabic and French.

Ambassador Pope is a graduate of Bowdoin College, did advanced studies at Princeton University, and is a graduate of U.S. Department of State Senior Service Seminar as well as a Senior Fellow at the Armed Forces Staff College.  He resides in Portland, Maine.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the Brick Store Museum program center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk.  For more information call 207-967-4298.

July – August Meeting
No Meeting
June Meeting
20 June

YEMEN 2015:  How and Why a Political Awakening Became a NightmareThe Maine Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers will host Charles  F. Dunbar, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen at its June 20, 2015 meeting.  Ambassador Dunbar served 31 years as a State Department Foreign Service officer with assignments to Iran, Afghanistan, Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania.  He became charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 1981 to 1983, and U. S. Ambassador to Yemen 1988 to 1991.  In 1991 he became UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative leading a UN Peace Operation in Western Sahara.Since leaving the Foreign Service Ambassador Dunbar has taught at Simmons College and currently teaches at Boston University.

Yemen is one of the oldest centers of civilization in the Near East and believed to be the seat of biblical Sheba. Ambassador Dunbar describes the present Republic of Yemen as a failed Middle Eastern state along with Syria, Iraq and Libya.  After the three years of UN-assisted negotiations failed, former President Saleh presided over and abetted the country’s slide into civil war after popular protests forced his resignation.  Each country neighboring Yemen has its own special conflicting interests.  Ambassador Dunbar sees the U.S. policy of droning al-Qa’ida operatives as short sighted, failing to fully appreciate what state failure in Yemen would mean.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Brick Store Museum program center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk.  For information call 207-967-4298.

May
16 May
CHINA’S CARIBBEAN

Dr. James R. Holmes, speaker at the May 16, 2015 meeting of the Maine Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers will explain how China will establish its area of influence in the South China Sea comparable to the American Monroe Doctrine.  Dr. Holmes is professor of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College and senior fellow at the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. A former U.S. surface warfare officer and combat veteran of the first Gulf War, he served as a gunnery and engineering officer in the battleshipWisconsin and damage control instructor in the Surface Warfare Officers School Command, and military professor of strategy at the Naval War College.
Dr. Holmes asserts that China will use law enforcement assets and not military to make itself sovereign over the South China Sea.  Using police forces to enforce Beijing’s will makes it unpalatable for rivals to deploy military force.   China will keep military forces in reserve in case Southeastern States, possibly with allies like the United States, push back effectively to use law-enforcement assets to police regional waters and skies.

April Meeting18 AprilSAUDI ARABIA IN THE CROSS HAIRS  John Robb,  is described as an author, technology expert, entrepreneur and political analyst.  His credentials include a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the USAF Academy and an M.A. in Public and Private Management from Yale University.  He served as a pilot with Delta and Seal Team 6 as part of a global counter-terrorism unit.PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN MEETING LOCATION.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Community House, 8 Temple Street, Kennebunkport, Me.  For information call 207-967-4298.  MAP
March Meeting21 March 2015Recently retired Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence at Headquarters, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Chet Lunner will be speaking on “Terrorism in Vacationland, It’s closer than you think.”February MeetingCancelledJanuary 17, 2015Afio_OConnellADVANCING AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE IN A TIME OF INCREASING TRANSPARENCY will be the focus of the January 17, 2015 meeting of the Maine Chapter of the Association of Intelligence Officers with speaker Kevin O’Connell.  Moving from open to closed information sources and the challenges of secrecy in an open society, O’Connell will touch on issues such as the Snowden affair, NSA, and provide a glimpse of how the White House situation room operates.O’Connell joined the Department of Defense in 1982 occupying positions as senior staff officer and intelligence analyst.  In 1986 he joined the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.  In 1990 he became Senior Analyst in the White House Situation Room receiving a Sustained Superior Performance Award for his work.  He later served as Special Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs.  During 1993-1995 he was responsible for assessing the openness initiative of the Director of Central Intelligence.O’Connell worked for RAND for almost ten years where he founded and directed the Intelligence Policy Center.  He is currently President and CEO of Innovative Analytics and Training, L.L.C., to improve analysis and decision making for government and business clients.The meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 17, 2015, in the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk, and is open to the public.November 15, 2014  —  AFIO/NE/ME Meeting

2:00 p.m.

Brick Store Museum Program Center
4 Dane Street, Kennebunk, ME

REPRESENTING AMERICA was the career choice of Ambassador Thomas N. Hull, III and will be the subject of his talk at the November 15, 2014 meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, 2:00 p.m. in the Brick Store Museum Center, 4 Dane Street in Kennebunk.

Ambassador Hull is an expert on African affairs with a long career as a diplomat.  He will explain what Embassies and Consulates do and the different functions of each.

Our speaker has served as Ambassador to Sierra Leone (2004-2007), Charge d’Affaires to Ethiopia (2001-2004), and Minister Counselor for Public Affairs in Nigeria (1993-1995).  He also held important diplomatic positions in the Czech Republic, Somalia, Burkina Faso, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  He was Director of African Affairs (1995-1997) at the U.S. Information Agency prior to its merger with the Department of State.  He is recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Service Award from President Obama for his contribution to peace building and bringing Liberian ex-President Charles Taylor to justice.  After his retirement, from 2007-2010 Ambassador. Hull was Professor of International Relations at Simmons College in Boston.

Ambassador Hull will address U.S. intelligence efforts after 9/11 regarding Ethiopia and Somalia and will speak about other West African countries’ concerns such as Boko Haram, Ebola, and jihardists in the Sahel.

Most recently Ambassador Hull has been recalled by the State Department for positions in Malawi and Gambia and will be returning to the latter in 2015.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane Street in Kennebunk.

For information call 201-967-4298.

 

Dr. John Park   “John S. Park to speak on North Korea”.

OCTOBER 18, 2014  —  AFIO Meeting

2:00 p.m.
  
Brick Store Museum Program Center
4 Dane Street, Kennebunk, ME

Dealing with North Korea will be the subject of guest speaker Dr. John Park at the October 18, 2014 meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers at 2:00 p.m. in the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk

Dr. Park is an Adjunct Lecturer at Harvard University and a Research Associate at MIT.  He was the 2012-2013 Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow at MIT’s Security Studies Program.  He previously worked at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.; and earlier in Goldman Sachs’ M&A Advisory Group in Hong Kong and the Boston Consulting Group’s Financial Services Practice in Seoul.

Dr. Park has contributed to a number of books and publications on North Korea.  His current research focuses on the North Korean regime’s accumulated learning in evading targeted sanctions.  He received his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Cambridge University and completed his pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m. in the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk, Maine.

For information call: 207-967-4298.

November 15 meeting our speaker is Ambassador Thomas Hull.

The Maine Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers will hold its first Fall meeting on September 20, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the Brick Store Program Center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk. 

While our speakers most often speak about experiences in the clandestine service, Patrick Briggs, our guest on September 20, will describe the overt intelligence role of the military attaches and its importance to national security.

 

Briggs served as Assistant U.S. Air Attache in Brasilia, Brazil from 1972-1975.  On returning to the U.S. he was assigned to the International Political Military Affairs Office in the Air Staff of the Latin America Division.  Later he served on the staff of the Secretary of Defense in International Security Affairs (ISA) for two years where he was country director for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru.

 

Our speaker has some interesting (if not hair-raising) stories from his attache service.  You won’t want to miss them on Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2:00 p.m.at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk.

The meeting is open to the public.  For information call 967-4298.

Please note the change in meeting location below

June 2014

UNMASKING THE LOCKERBIE BOMBERS

     The bombing of Pan American Airlines flight 103 from London to New York on the night of December 21, 1988, resulted in the deaths of 270 people.  Jack Christie, former Chief of CIA’s Foreign Finds Laboratory, will tell the exciting story of the efforts to determine the cause of the explosion, identify the perpetrators, and bring them to justice.  You can hear all about it at the June 21, 2014 meeting of the Maine Chapter of the Association of Intelligence Officers, at 2:00 p.m. at the Brick Store Museum Program Center.  The story reflects the close cooperation between the U.S. and Scottish intelligence and police agencies.  As much of the Pan Am 103 story has (by design) not been reflected in the mass media, Jack will attempt to tell “the rest of the story”.

 

Jack Christie joined the CIA Office of Technical Services in 1970 as an Electronics Engineer designing and producing small electronic devices for support of field operations.  The mission of the Foreign Finds Laboratory is to analyze and identify the origin and technical ability of electronic devices targeted against US interests in the field..  Jack continued to work part-time as a contractor until 2012.

 

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk, Me.  For information call 207-967-4298.

May 2014   The Program Center, Brickstore Museum.

For more information call 207-967-4298

17 May 2014

Whether your interest is history or espionage, the next meeting of the Maine Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) has something for you.  The meeting, to be held at the Brick Store Museum Program Center on May 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., brings us Ken Daigler, retired CIA operations officer, and author of his recently released book Spies, Patriots and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War.  As an historian and intelligence professional, Daigler is able tell the story of intelligence during the Revolutionary period and at the same time relate it to current events.

Daigler has a B.A. from Center College in Kentucky and an M.A. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, both in history with a focus on American intelligence activities from 1765-1865.

Daigler has been a consultant in counterintelligence for the Department of Defense and served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

April 2014

THE VENEZUELAN ENCOUNTER

 

A challenge changing power structures

“Worldwide, power is shifting from brawn to brains, from entrenched dictators to people in town squares and cyberspace. It’s happening in Venezuela now!” So writes Jack Hardy, coordinator for our Association of Former Intelligence Association’s meeting to be held at 2:00 p.m., April 19, 2014, at Kennebunk High School.

This insiders’ report on Venezuela and the popular uprising against the Maduro regime will be made possible through Skype with three participants at three locations:

 

Jack Hardy, in Miami, is a business executive, author and consultant who lived in Caracas for 30 years and traveled widely in Venezuela as well as Central and South America. He was an associate professor of marketing at IESA, Venezuela’s graduate school of business. His text “The Core Value Proposition” is used by business leaders worldwide.

Jim Wyss, in Bogota, is South America Bureau Chief for the Miami-Herald and McClatchy newspapers. He holds an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a BA in journalism and Spanish from American University. He is author of a blog “Inside South America.”

Eduardo Alvarez, in Chicago, is a Venezuelan citizen and marketing professional with a degree in Computer Science from Venezuela and training in Technology Management at Northwestern University. Born in the early 1960s in Caracas, Eduardo experienced the period when Venezuela was on a path to progress before the deterioration in government and the Chavez regime.

 

The meeting will cover Venezuela’s history, development, politics, and present problems followed by a question and answer period.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 2:00 p.m., April 19, 2014 at Kennebunk High School. For information call 207-967-4298

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Please note the upcoming changes in the meeting locations

19 April in the Auditorium at Kennebunk High School, 89 Fletcher Street.

17 May The Program Center, Brickstore Museum.

21 June The Program Center, Brickstore Museum.

March 2014

 SPYING AROUND THE WORLD

WITH DAVID HUNT

 

David P. Hunt, retired CIA operations officer, returns to the Maine Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers at 2:00 p.m, on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 2 Dane Street, in Kennebunk, with more tales from the vault.

 

Hunt, who has 32 years experience in intelligence, will draw vignettes from six field tours in Italy, Vietnam, Somalia, Norway, France and New York City to illustrate the type of espionage cases which occurred during and after the Cold War.  He will describe a major post-war program directed against U. S. and American proprietary businesses which lasted 30 years.

 

Hunt will portray a changing profession which has grown to encompass technology and cyber, but in which ages-old human-source intelligence remains critical.  He will comment on current matters of interest such as drones and the impact of Snowden.

 

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014,  at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 2 Dane Street, Kennebunk, ME

 

For information call 207-967-4298.

February 2014

Covert Action in Tradition and Law 

 

Our guest at the February 8, 2014 meeting of the Maine Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers will be Joseph Wippl, speaking on COVERT ACTION IN TRADITION AND LAW.  Wippl will address the traditions of covert actions beginning with OSS in WW II and how they evolved into law.

 

Wippl is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer with 30 years of experience in the National Clandestine Service (NCS).  He served overseas in Bonn, West Germany; Guatemala City; Luxembourg; Madrid; Mexico City; Vienna; and Berlin.  Other CIA assignments include senior representative to the Aldrich Ames Damage Assessment Team, Chief of the Europe Division, and CIA’s Director of Congressional Affairs.

 

Wippl has been teaching at Boston University since 2006.  He has a BA from Marquette University, an MA from the Univiversity of Minnesota in European History, and is a PhD. Candidate in European History at the University of Minnesota.

 

For more information call 207-967-4298

Please note the upcoming changes in the meeting locations

8 February 2014 Brickstore Museum’s Program Center, 2 Dane Street, Kennebunk

19 April in the Auditorium at Kennebunk High School, 89 Fletcher Street.

17 May The Program Center, Brickstore Museum.

21 June The Program Center, Brickstore Museum.

Next Meeting June 17, 2017

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Brickstore Museum’s Program Center
2 Dane Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043

Kennebunk High School Auditorium
Fletcher Street (Rt 35)
Kennebunk, ME 04043

Community House,
8 Temple Street,
Kennebunkport, ME 04046

2:00 p.m.

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