On 25-26 August 2015 in Virginia, the CIRA (Central Intelligence Retirees Association) and the AFIO (Association of Former Intelligence Officers) held a joint conference and celebration of their 40th anniversaries. The Conference was a super gathering of intelligence specialists and several panels to discuss recent changes to address lessons learned. The NCMF was honored to have a busy table at this exciting event. Visitors to our table especially enjoyed photos of Museum items. We were also thrilled to have an NCMF member from New York renew at the Sustaining Member level! Thank you!
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Mr. Thomas Smart & Mr. John Garcia
Mr. Thomas Smart, NCMF Member at the Sustaining Member level (left) with Mr. John Garcia, NCMF representative at the event.
NCMF Member Mr. Ed Roche - click to read the story he had to share.
Mr. Ed Roche stopped by to say thanks to the NCMF for helping to inspire his niece to consider a career in cryptology and intelligence. He previously picked up cryptologic games from the NCMF that are also installed on kiosks at the Museum. These games were developed by NiSUS Technologies for the NCM at the request of NCMF. Mr. Roche gave the games to his niece and she apparently was hooked!
At the evening dinner, the NCMF was represented by William Kvetkas and Dr. Sally Botsai at the head tables. It was a great dinner with many insightful comments of intelligence activities over the latest 40 years.
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Dr. Sally Botsai Participates as Expert Panelist
Dr. Sarah "Sally" Botsai, former NSA, Senior Cryptologic Executive Service, and Vice Chairman of Board of Directors of AFIO, participated as panelist in the Impact of Sweeping Changes and the Technology Revolution on the Intelligence Environment at the CIRCA-AFIO Conference on 26 August.
The event featured an impressive array of speakers from the CIA, CIRA, AFIO, and IC who provided presentations and/or served as panelists for discussions. Day One of the celebration also coincided with the next CIA Annuitant Reunion where many CIRA and AFIO members, who are CIA retirees, were in attendance.
Day Two continued with expert presenters, including the luncheon keynote address by Stephen Grey, UK Journalist/Reuters, author of newly released, and highly praised... The New Spymasters: Inside the Modern World of Espionage from the Cold War to the Global War on Terror.
The second day ended with a "Spies in Black Ties"™ Anniversary Reception and Awards Banquet with an address by The Honorable Charles E. Allen, who held a number of senior positions in the Intelligence Community including Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Collection, Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security, Chairman of the National Intelligence Collection Board, and the National Intelligence Officer for Warning.
Many thanks to the AFIO, CIA, & CIRA for hosting such an excellent event and for including the NCMF!