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The Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) is a non-profit, non-political, educational association for current and former intelligence professionals and supporters of the US Intelligence Community. Part of our mission is to foster an understanding of the important role of intelligence in national security and to nurture student interest in careers across the many US intelligence agencies. To this end, the channel features podcast versions of our AFIO Now episodes - a series of recorded interviews and presentations that features experts, historians, and officers from across the US Intelligence Community who have fascinating stories to tell.

The Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) is a non-profit, non-political, educational association for current and former intelligence professionals and supporters of the US Intelligence Community. Part of our mission is to foster an understanding of the important role of intelligence in national security and to nurture student interest in careers across the many US intelligence agencies. To this end, the channel features podcast versions of our AFIO Now episodes - a series of recorded interviews and presentations that features experts, historians, and officers from across the US Intelligence Community who have fascinating stories to tell.

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The Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) is a non-profit, non-political, educational association for current and former intelligence professionals and supporters of the US Intelligence Community. Part of our mission is to foster an understanding of the important role of intelligence in national security and to nurture student interest in careers across the many US intelligence agencies. To this end, the channel features podcast versions of our AFIO Now episodes - a series of recorded interviews and presentations that features experts, historians, and officers from across the US Intelligence Community who have fascinating stories to tell.

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@AFIO

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English

Contact:

703-862-8849


Episodes

AFIO Now Presents: Marc Polymeropoulos

10/25/2021
In this episode, former Senior CIA Operations Officer Marc Polymeropoulos discusses his new book, "Clarity in Crisis," his tours in high risk zones, and the mysterious 'Havana Syndrome' - of which he is one of its victims. Recorded 23 Sep 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.

Duration:00:25:49

AFIO Now Presents: Seth Jones II

10/18/2021
In his second episode, Seth Jones PhD, Director, Transnational Threats Project, CSIS, discusses his new book, "Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran and the Rise of Irregular Warfare." Jones outlines how conventional warfare—clashes between large military forces—defined twentieth-century power. However, facing dominant US conventional and nuclear capabilities, our country's principal adversaries have adopted a different style of warfare that is eroding America's power. Recorded 10 Sep...

Duration:00:39:08

AFIO Now Presents: David Robarge II

10/11/2021
In his second episode, CIA Historian Dr. David Robarge discusses the complexities of covert action with examples throughout modern U.S. history. Dr. Robarge also mentions the ODNI release of Vietnam Tet Offensive material, which was a multi-agency collaboration between CIA, NSA, DIA and NGA. Recorded 13 May 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.

Duration:01:15:54

AFIO Now Presents: David McCloskey

10/4/2021
In this AFIO Now episode, former CIA Analyst David McCloskey discusses his novel, "Damascus Station," a spy thriller set against the backdrop of the Syrian civil war. Recorded 14 Sep 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.

Duration:00:24:45

AFIO Now Presents: Shelby Pierson Part II

9/28/2021
In this fascinating part II episode, Shelby Pierson - the Election Threats Executive for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) - discusses the threats to America's elections and the actions taken by the Intelligence Community (IC) to assess, warn, and counter those threats. Mrs. Pierson, who is considered the first "U.S. Election Security Czar," participates in an extended Q&A. Recorded 21 May 2021. Interviewer: James Bruce PhD, AFIO board member and former CIA Senior...

Duration:00:40:07

AFIO Now Presents: Sam Wyman II

9/20/2021
In his second AFIO Now episode, former CIA Operations Officer and Arabist Sam Wyman discusses the "Red Prince" - Ali Hassan Salameh - the chief of operations (code name Abu Hassan) for Black September, the organization responsible for the 1972 Munich massacre and other terror attacks. Recorded 7 May 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.

Duration:00:33:24

AFIO Now Presents: Pete Lapp

9/6/2021
In this episode, retired FBI Special Agent and Senior Advisor for Homeland Security Pete Lapp discusses the case of DIA Intelligence Analyst Ana Belén Montes. Montes was a Cuba expert who was caught spying for Cuban Intelligence. She pled guilty in 2002 and was sentenced to 25-years in federal prison. Recorded 4 May 2021. Interviewer: John Quattrocki, AFIO board member and former FBI Supervisory Special Agent. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.

Duration:01:08:33

AFIO Now Presents: David Wolman

8/23/2021
In this episode, author-journalist David Wolman discusses the fascinating career of American cryptographer, intelligence analyst and NSA executive Juanita Moody. Moody worked for the Signals Intelligence Service (SIS) and NSA from 1943 until 1976 and was responsible for providing intelligence to the White House and Department of Defense during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Her reports directly helped the U.S. avoid war with the Soviet Union. Recorded 05 Apr 2021. Interviewer: Sarah (Sally)...

Duration:00:44:29

AFIO Now Presents: Bob Wallace and Keith Melton

8/16/2021
Bob Wallace, former CIA Deputy Director for the Office of Technical Services and intelligence historian Keith Melton discuss a few of the many unusual and fascinating examples of espionage activities which took place in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as revealed in their latest guidebook: "Spy Sites of Philadelphia." Recorded 18 Mar 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.

Duration:00:38:15

AFIO Now Presents: Jason Fagone

8/2/2021
In this episode, author-journalist Jason Fagone discusses the relatively unknown cryptographer Elizebeth Friedman. Fagone illuminates Friedman's remarkable achievements in codebreaking, her marriage to NSA "founder" William Friedman, her work at Riverbank Labs, and many other hidden aspects of her outstanding "in the shadows" life assisting the nation. Recorded 16 Mar 2021. Interviewer: Deborah Bonanni, AFIO board member and former NSA Chief of Staff. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and...

Duration:00:36:59

AFIO Now Presents: Shelby Pierson Part I

7/26/2021
In this timely episode, Shelby Pierson - the Election Threats Executive for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) - discusses the threats to America's elections and the actions taken by the Intelligence Community (IC) to assess, warn, and counter those threats. Mrs. Pierson, who is considered the first "U.S. Election Security Czar," also highlights the IC's efforts to bolster public confidence in fair elections and support the peaceful transfer of power. Recorded 15 Oct...

Duration:00:45:39

AFIO Now Presents: Norman Roule

7/12/2021
Former CIA Division Chief and National Intelligence Manager for ODNI, Norman Roule discusses the state of Iran today and how current and future administrations need to approach the regime. Recorded 11 Mar 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.

Duration:00:42:02

AFIO Presents: Sam Wyman

6/28/2021
Former CIA Operations Officer and Arabist Sam Wyman discusses the lingering and devastating post-invasion consequences of the 2003 removal of Saddam Hussein and the geopolitical risks that American businesses still face in Iraq today. Mr. Wyman also addresses the Iraqi intelligence services and the longterm outlook for the country. Recorded 5 Mar 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.

Duration:00:40:21

AFIO Now Presents: Eddie Mienie

6/22/2021
Dr. Edward Mienie, Associate Professor at the University of North Georgia, discusses intelligence education at the high school and university levels and provides insights to students on the various careers available throughout the U.S. Intelligence Community. Dr. Mienie also provides information on his Strategic & Security Studies program at the UNG. Recorded 9 Apr 2021. Interviewer: Renée Priess, former CIA Officer. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.

Duration:00:39:32

AFIO Now Presents: Ralph Hope

6/14/2021
In this episode, former FBI special agent Ralph Hope discusses the release of his new book "The Grey Men: Pursuing the Stasi into the Present." Mr. Hope analyzes the German code of secrecy that has protected members of the Stasi in the thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall - allowing many to maintain their influence, hide evidence, and live relatively unpunished in the newly reunited Germany and abroad. He also discusses the danger that comes from any political or social group that...

Duration:00:29:25

AFIO Now Presents: Carmen Medina

6/7/2021
Carmen Medina, former CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence and coauthor of "Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within" (O'Reilly, 2014), discusses how she came to be recruited by CIA, the role of her education, and leaning into the male-dominated CIA culture to make her voice heard. We hear her perspective on power and how she pioneered new ways of operating in a vast organization. Recorded 19 Feb 2021. Interviewer: David Priess, PhD, former CIA Analyst, PDB Briefer, and...

Duration:00:37:59

AFIO Now Presents: David Robarge

6/2/2021
In this episode, CIA Historian Dr. David Robarge discusses the complexities of counterintelligence, moles, penetrations, double agents, deep cover, and the world of James Angleton. He also provides a quick survey of the extent of foreign and domestic espionage. The interview closes with tips on how scholars, researchers, students, and curious members of the public may use CIA online resources to learn more about intelligence and CIA history, including many assessments of recent events....

Duration:00:39:29

AFIO Now Presents: Caryn Wagner

5/17/2021
In this episode, Caryn Wagner discusses her experience serving as Undersecretary, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, at the Department of Homeland Security. Discussion topics include the complexities of domestic terrorism, Fusion Centers, and intelligence sharing. Recorded 29 Jan 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.

Duration:00:47:24

AFIO Now Presents: Stevel Vogel

5/3/2021
Steve Vogel, a veteran journalist who reported for The Washington Post for more than two decades, discusses his 2019 book, "Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation." Vogel explains the state of US-Soviet relations in 1950s - particularly reflected in the divided city of Berlin - and describes CIA's plan to construct a clandestine tunnel into East Berlin to tap into critical Soviet telecommunication lines. The plan known in the U.S. as...

Duration:00:38:22

AFIO Now Presents: Vince Houghton Part II

4/20/2021
In this second AFIO Now episode featuring Dr. Houghton - Director of the National Cryptologic Museum - he discusses his 2019 book, "The Nuclear Spies: America's Atomic Intelligence Operation Against Hitler and Stalin," which includes insights into the Alsos Mission, Gen Leslie Groves, Werner Heisenberg, Enrico Fermi, and other scientists who worked on atomic weapons. The interview also discusses the escape of that technology into Soviet or German hands and our misplaced national sense of...

Duration:00:33:22