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SPYPEDIA to Begin Monthly Terrorism, Espionage, and Cyber Security Public Briefings

Lint Center for National Security Studies Affiliates:

imagesThe Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, a leading CI, counterterrorism, and security, training, and education company announced that its own online database, SPYPEDIA, will soon be holding a free, public, once-a-month all things security related briefing in Tysons Corner Center Mall.

The monthly Global Terrorism, Espionage, and Cyber Security (G-TEC) Briefings will offer government, private security, intelligence professionals and students the opportunity to learn about the most current G-TEC news framed with leading CI Centre trend analysis. To enhance and enrich the breadth of briefings, the CI Centre will also review and discuss new books and reports pertinent to national security.

The G-TEC Briefings will launch on October 2, 2012, from 8 to 9 am ET at the Microsoft Store in Tysons Corner Center Mall. The briefings will continue to be conducted the first week of each month.

To learn more information about SPYPEDIA’s G-TEC Briefings and to reserve your seat, we encourage you to please visit: FREE Global Briefing from SPYPEDIA – CI CENTRE

In the News: Military Simulation & Training Journal Cover’s Upcoming Scholarships!

“The Lint Center for National Security Studies in the United States has applications available for two July 2012 and six January 2013 scholarships. The Lint Center for National Security Studies is a Veteran and Minority directed, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to fostering the educational development of the next generation of the National Security and Intelligence communities by providing passionate individuals with scholarship opportunities and mentorship from experienced National Security personnel.”

To see the full announcement, please visit HERE.

Lint Center Announces July 2012 Scholarship Competition

800px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svgThe Lint Center for National Security Studies is pleased to announce that it will be providing $2,000 in merit-based scholarships for the upcoming July 2012 scholarship competition.

The deadline to submit applications for the Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint ($1,500) and Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial ($500Scholarships is July 31, 2012.

In addition to the scholarship award, winner-applicants will acquire an experienced national security practitioner-mentor, either connected with the winner’s field of interest or otherwise able to guide them in their path in choosing a field. With over 150 mentors, the Lint Center is well-positioned to match emerging leaders with practitioners and other well positioned individuals who can provide the feedback, context, and contacts to expedite the development and to streamline the learning curve of mentees. For more  information about the Lint Center’s Mentoring Program, please visit the Lint Center Mentor main portal.

Please help us to extend the reach of this scholarship announcement by forwarding this along to your email address book, posting the link to Twitter and/or Facebook, or by sending out a message to another LinkedIn Group.

Additional information regarding the July 2012 scholarship competition can be found here.

The Lint Center for National Security Studies has awarded 57 scholarships since 2007 and focuses on awarding merit-based scholarships for National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding. The Lint Center is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charity, which is Veteran and minority operated and managed. It offers scholarships semi-annually (twice a year, in January and July). For additional information, please visit www.LintCenter.org or follow the Center on Twitter @LintCenter.

Military Tourism: MiGs, Tanks, and Bugs…Oh My!

800px-Soviet_MiG-29_DF-ST-99-04977According to CNN International, the quality of a unique military experience has long characterized tourism in Southeast Asia and parts of Eastern Europe. A patently unique military experience has usually also been illicit, however. Legal programs to provide camera-clickers in camo to be keep-the-receipt-for-return troopers for a day, though, have emerged in the past decade in all corners of the world.

The fall of the Soviet Union garnered both the great poverty of the Russian Federation and Russian ingenuity. According to World Tourism Rankings, the closest Russia has gotten to becoming a top tourist country was a 10th place ranking in 2007 for international tourist arrivals, it is not for lack of giving it the good ol’ “universitet” try [i]. In spite of its statistically unimpressive metrics, Russian components have developed a thriving military tourism complex.

Among their military tourism exploits, Russia boasts a range of military tourism offerings. From being a soldier for a day (“you will be able to get [sic] the skills to protect yourself during the radiation, chemical, and biological attack [sic]”) to tank rides to being a passenger to a master Russian pilot “performing his aerobatics,” or encountering the future in space travel in, “Space Training for the Future Cosmonaut in a MiG-29,” being a soldier for a day for play, while not inexpensive, can quench the spirit of any curious civilian [ii].

800px-Giant_water_bugs_on_plateSimilarly notable is Thailand’s bustling and relatively newly legal military tourism offerings. Since 1997, the Royal Thai Army has increasingly been working with the National Tourism Authority (of Thailand) to legally harness the greatly profitable military tourism industry with more than 20% of the bases in Thailand now running tourism programs.

For the committed military tourist, several bases teach jungle survival techniques, including a week-long course training tourists on Thai Army know-how, “such as knowing which bugs are safe to eat and how to kill a snake and drink its blood” [iii]. Like the Russian industry, tourists in Thailand may also ride and drive in a tank and fly in a vintage military plane (though neither seem to be as brazenly exhilarating as the Russian offerings).

To learn more about “Military Tourism” around the world please visit:

[i] Most Visited Countries – Top Ranking Countries – World Tourism Rankings

[ii] MiG Fighter jets for tourist flights: MiG planes, russian fighters, military jets. Fly in modern combat aircraft.

[iii] Military tourism: Where to shoot guns and ride tanks in Thailand #2 | CNNGo.com

Congratulations Service Academy Graduates!

Graduates__U.S._Military_Academy_Class_of_2007Graduation Season:

Pursuant to the Lint Center’s mission of aiding the next generation of national security workers in their academic growth, the Lint Center for National Security Studies would like to congratulate the graduated and graduating cadets and midshipmen of the United States Service Academies.

Below is a short description about each of the Service Academies and their respective graduation services, free and open to the public (in inclement weather services are restricted to ticketholders):

The United States Military Academy

The US Military Academy at West Point is the oldest of the service academies, having been established in 1802, and West Point itself is also known as the oldest continuously occupied military post in America. West Point graduates have been at the forefront of every military event since the Revolutionary War, with such notable graduates as generals Grant, Lee, Sherman, Jackson and Eisenhower, MacArthur, Bradley, Arnold, Clark, Patton, Stilwell, and Wainwright.

West Point graduation services were held last weekend. The speaker at the Academy’s commencement was Vice President, Joseph Biden.

86px-Blue_Angels_flying_over_ther_U.S._Naval_Academy_s_Class_of_2007_Graduation_and_Commissioning_Ceremony__25-05-2007_The US Naval Academy

The US Naval Academy provides officers for both the Navy and the Marines and was established in 1850. The Naval Academy has established itself as one of the premier service academies to produce later high profile and notable graduates, including, among many others: 1 President of the US, 16 Ambassadors, 2 Cabinet Members, and 2 Nobel Prize recipients. Of note, Annapolis has graduated 46 Rhodes Scholars.

Annapolis has hosted its graduation services. The commencement speaker for the class of 2012 was Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta.

The US Merchant Marine Academy

The US Merchant Marine Academy was dedicated in 1943, however, the underpinnings of federal involvement in maritime training dates back to the administration of President Ulysses S. Grant. As a maritime nation, the US operates on the backs of the transportation of goods by the US merchant marine vessels, of which are comprised of Academy midshipmen. Further, during times of war, the US merchant marine delivers vital supplies to overseas forces and allies. Of note, the Merchant Marine Academy was the first to enroll female students, nearly two years ahead of the other service academies.

GWBush_at_USMMAThe US Merchant Marine Academy graduation services will be held on Monday, June 18, 2012. The graduation speaker for the Merchant Marine midshipmen will be retired US Navy captain, former Academy graduate, and astronaut Captain Mark Kelly. To learn more about the event, visit: United States Merchant Marine Academy – External Affairs.

 

 

The USAF Academy

Airpower leaders in the military, even before the Air Force was a separate service, advocated for a separate school for the country’s future Airmen, and later, in 1948, a board was appointed to study the existing military academies to see if an Air Force Academy fit into the national security and defense plans.

800px-USAF_Academy_Chapel_2The first US Air Force Academy class then entered into interim facilities in 1955. Interesting to note, to honor the Academy on its 50th anniversary, a 37-cent commemorative stamp portraying the USAF Academy Chapel was issued and the Academy was officially declared a historic landmark.The Air Force Academy has already held their commencement ceremony, and President Obama served as the Academy graduation speaker.

 

The US Coast Guard Academy

The US Coast Guard Academy was founded in 1876, as one of the first service academies in the US. The first Coast Guard Academy was called the “Revenue Cutter School of Instruction” and was held aboard the schooner, Dobbin. Academy classes were held off-land for nearly 15 years. Notably, the US Coast Guard is known as the oldest life-saving service in the world, and the Academy boasts two graduates as NASA astronauts.

800px-US_Navy_090120-N-9954T-130_Members_of_the_Coast_Guard_Academy_march_down_Pennsylvania_Avenue_during_the_2009_Presidential_Inaugural_ParadeThe US Coast Guard has also already held their commencement ceremonies with Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano giving the commencement address for the Coast Guard cadets.

 

Thank you for your service to the national security and defense, graduates! To read more about the service academies please visit:

 

Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Honored with Fort Meade Memorial Plaque

Happy Memorial Day Lint Center Mentors and Affiliates!

UnknownThe Lint Center for National Security Studies is proud to announce that Staff Sgt. Richard S Eaton Jr. was recently honored with a biographical plaque at the US Army Reserve Center Memorial at Fort Meade.

The transcript of the plaque biography reads:

SSG Richard Selden Eaton, Jr., a CI Special Agent and “soldier’s soldier” who represented the very best of the non-commissioned officer corps, was born 9 February 1966 in New Haven, Connecticut.  He grew up in Wallingford, Old Lyme, and Guilford, Connecticut — his family home for 29 years.  He attended The Wooster School in Danbury, CT and graduated from Guilford High School in 1985.  He continued his education at Seoul University for language studies, the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State University with a major in International Studies.

Throughout his 18-year Army career, 13 Active Duty and 5 in the Army Reserves, SSG Eaton served in numerous duty positions that included extensive tours in South Korea with the 2nd ID and two tours with JTF-B in Honduras. He also served on special missions in the Philippines (Feb., 1986) and Panama (Dec., 1989).  He joined B Company 323rd MI BN as a reservist in 1998 and worked as a DC area contractor with Sytex and BAE. While working for Sytex, he authored “Introduction to CHATS and CHASIS (the Army CI Human Intelligence Automated Tool Set and All-Source Integration System),”  Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin, 24: 24-27 October-December 1998. He was a co-founder and co-moderator of the online Army Counterintelligence Discussion Group (ACIDG-L).  While working as a BAE contractor for G2, he and other staff escaped death on September 11, 2001 due to the remodeling of their Pentagon office.  A G2 staff member and an electrical contractor were killed by the hijacked airliner while making final plans for computer installations.

SSG Eaton was also a former civilian employee of INSCOM at Fort Belvoir, VA.  Four months before his 2003 OIF deployment he was a contractor in South Korea at Kunsan AFB. Though accepted by a South Korean reserve unit, he cancelled the paperwork and chose to deploy with the 323rd MI BN. He was a tireless NCO, superb trainer and a professional soldier. He was the Bravo Company Training NCO and a co-author of the CI portion of the Battalion Tactical SOP. During his mobilization in Kuwait and Iraq he served with distinction on many assignments while attached to the 221st MI BN, the 223rd MI BN and the 3/3 ACR.

In his last assignment SSG Eaton conducted missions for the 3/3 ACR as a CI HUMINT team leader in the Sunni Triangle region of Iraq. After a protracted firefight on August 11, 2003 in Hit, in which he rescued a heat-stricken soldier under live fire, he died after medical treatment the next night from heat stress and rhabdomyolysis.

SSG_EatonSSG Eaton’s awards include the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster (one for merit and the other for valor), Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (one silver and one oak leaf cluster), Good Conduct Medal (three awards), National Defense Service Medal (one star device), Army Superior Unit Award, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (two devices), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (five awards), and the Expert Marksmanship Badge with bars for rifle, pistol and grenade. He was nominated for the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame and received the Thomas G. Knowlton Award and the 3/3ACR’s Order of the Spur.

His survivors were his father, Richard Selden Eaton, Sr., deceased in 2005, and mother, Sharon Noble Eaton, of Guilford, CT. They established the Richard S. Eaton. Jr. National Security Book Collection at the University of New Haven and the SSG Richard S. Eaton, Jr. History Scholarship at Guilford High School. The non-profit Lint Center for National Security Studies established the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent SSG Richard S. Eaton, Jr. Memorial Scholarship in 2009.

The US Army Counterintelligence Agent SSG Richard S. Eaton Jr. Memorial Scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis for students pursuing scholastic study in the fields related to “Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, Cultural Understanding, and National Security studies.”

The Lint Center for National Security Studies is ever-honored to be connected with CI Agent SSG Eaton Jr. and his family, and we always hope that our work will help the next generation of national security workers to follow in the footsteps of the heroes that came before them.

Victory in Europe: A Day Remembered

General-Dwight-D-Eisenhower-Lt-General-Lucius-D-Clay-at-Gatow-Airport-in-Berlin“Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in blood of his followers and sacrifices of his friends.”

Standing on the balcony of London’s Guildhall and accepting the London Sword, then General Dwight D.  Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, stood at the precipice of human sacrifice and dignity, as he orated a speech that he had written himself and memorized for the occasion.[i]

With Europe in ruins, and the rues of the Holocaust cemented in the inroads of world memory, Eisenhower who led the Allied to the defeat of Nazism, “accepted the tribute, acknowledging that he was but a symbol of the great human forces that had ‘labored arduously and successfully for a righteous cause’”.[ii]

VE_Day_-_Germany_Surrenders-1On May 8th, both the United States and Britain celebrate Victory in Europe Day. This day commemorates the day, in 1945, that the Nazi force, fraught with casualties, laid down their arms in a final cease-fire.[iii] With only pockets of fire the next day, the Germans surrendered comprehensively on May 9th, the day that Russians officially celebrate VE Day.[iv] Stalin himself, uncharacteristically because of his thick Georgian accent, broadcasted a salute over the radio: “Your courage has defeated the Nazis. The war is over.”

Please try to take a moment today to commemorate those Americans who served on the front during WWII and those who continue that great tradition of service today. The service to the country stops not with those formally serving but extends to the parents, wives, husbands, and children who support(ed) their warriors and country.

To learn more about VE Day and World War II visit HERE:


References:

[i] http://www.military-quotes.com/forum/eisenhower-quote-parliament-after-v-t19485.html

[ii] http://www.military-quotes.com/forum/eisenhower-quote-parliament-after-v-t19485.html

[iii] http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/v-e-day-is-celebrated-in-american-and-britain

[iv] http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/v-e-day-is-celebrated-in-american-and-britain

Jarrett Kolthoff, President/CEO of SpearTip, Joins Lint Center Mentoring Team

SpearTipMr. Jarrett Kolthoff is a former Special Agent, U.S. Army Counterintelligence and is the President/CEO of SpearTip LLC, a corporate and cyberespionage advisory firm.

Mr. Kolthoff’s expertise rests in cyber investigations, Counterintelligence (CI), threat and fusion cell analysis.

SpearTip LLC provides unbiased advice to board level and executive leadership in a unique service that combines technical and Human Intelligence along with real world experience. Mr. Kolthoff’s business savvy, investigative, and analytical experience are invaluable additions to the Lint Center’s gamut of skill-sets on its Mentor team.

Thank you for offering your Mentor services, Mr. Kolthoff, and we look forward to connecting you with a scholarship winner-mentee in the near future!

To see Mr. Kolthoff’s full bio please visit: HERE, to visit the SpearTip LLC website please click here: HERE.

Lint Center Volunteer Spotlight: Jeni Domingue

Jeni_Domingue_PhotoAs an all-volunteer force, the Lint Center for National Security Studies is completely dependent upon the dedication and hard work of amazing volunteers. It is because of these individuals and the time as well as countless talents they offer that the Center continues to thrive and grow.

This week, the Lint Center is pleased to spotlight and recognize the tremendous contribution of one of our great volunteers – Jeni Domingue!

More than six months ago, Jeni, came on board to assist and facilitate the Center’s volunteer and internship program. As a rising star and a committed team player, Jeni tackled the challenge and made strides to transform the Lint Center’s volunteer program.

After countless follow-ups with volunteers, Jeni crafted and implemented an online volunteer tracking system to assist the Center’s effort. Her diligent efforts and her consistency were quickly recognized, as she was promoted to Lead Volunteer Coordinator.

In her continuing quest to enhance volunteer and internship recruitment, placement, and retention efforts, Jeni began to examine Web-based application forms to expedite the recruitment process. Her efforts and progress continue to be a huge help to the Center for which the Center is most appreciative.

She has also made an application form for scholarships online which can move the Center to new heights. This was an especially important contribution that she initiated, due to the geographically dispersed scholarship committee.

As Jeni continues to leave an indelible mark on volunteering efforts and Center-wide initiatives, we wanted to take a moment to express our thanks to her for all the hard work she does.

Additionally and perhaps most importantly, we wish to congratulate Jeni on her recent promotion from Lead Volunteer Coordinator to Volunteer Engagement Manager!

Congratulations on a job well done, Jeni. Keep up the great work!

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Jim Lint, Chairman
Special Agent (Retired)

Lint Center
for National Security Studies, Inc
IRS Approved 501 (c) (3) Charity

James Webb Joins Lint Center Mentoring Team

Mr. James Webb served in the United States Marine Corps for 26 years, where he spent 10 years as an Intelligence Analyst/Chief and 16 years as a Counterintelligence specialist.

Mr. Webb has expertise in Counterintelligence (CI), Human Intelligence (HUMINT) collection and prevention, J2X operations, intelligence analysis and production, and counter-threat finance at tactical, operational, and strategic levels.

Having spent a good deal of his career overseas, including deployments to forward areas such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Djibouti, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Korea, Mr. Webb will bring a career life experience of nearly three decades of strategic and operational experience to the Center’s mentoring team.

We are most appreciative of Mr. Webb’s support and are eager to set him up with a Lint Center mentee.

To see Mr. Webb’s full bio, please check out the Mentor Bios page.

Lint Center Welcomes New Mentor – Steve Yarbrough

The Lint Center is pleased to welcome Mr. Steve A. Yarbrough as the newest edition to the Center’s mentoring team!

Currently, he is assigned to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Mr. Yarbrough brings over 30 years of Military, Government, and Private sector International policy experience with a primary focus on Latin American security to the Center’s mentoring team.

We thank Steve for joining our team and we look forward to pairing him with a Lint Center scholarship winner in the near future.

For more information about Mr. Yarbrough and other Lint Center mentors, please visit our Mentor Bios page.

Lint Center Welcomes Two New Mentors – Brigadier General Hall and COL Hall

The Lint Center is pleased to announce the addition of two new Mentors to our team– Brigadier General Wayne M. “Mike” Hall and COL Sandra K. Hall.

We are grateful to the General and to the Colonel for their support and willingness to mentor new Lint Center scholarship recipients.

We encourage everyone to check out their information on the Mentor Bios page.

Women in Intelligence: Sapp Selected to Steer Satellite Spy Organization

NROThe list of women in high-powered positions in the Intelligence Community continues to grow with the appointment of Ms. Betty Sapp  to head the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Sapp joins the ranks of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director, Letitia Long, and other top echelon women at the NSA, DIA, and CIA according to a CNN “Politics” feature.

Sapp started her government career as an Air Force officer and held a variety of assigned positions in the NRO after joining the CIA in 1997, with her latest high level appointment being as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for “Portfolio, Programs, and Resources,” Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

Another agency that flies under the proverbial radar, the National Reconnaissance Office provides holistic reconnaissance support to the Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD). The official NRO website proclaims that, “when the United States needs eyes and ears in critical places where no human can reach – be it over the most rugged terrain or through the most hostile territory – it turns to the National Reconnaissance Office…the agency in charge of designing, building, launching, and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites.”

We encourage you to learn more about the NRO and its new chief, Ms. Betty Sapp.

***NOTICE: The information included in this post is from open-source media outlets and documents. It is intended for informational purposes and to encourage individuals to learn more about exciting employment opportunities within the U.S. Government.*

News and Happenings: University of Delaware – Spies, Lies & Sneaky Guys

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The University of Delaware has published a series of free video lectures online entitled “Spies, Lies & Sneaky Guys: Espionage and Intelligence in the Digital Age.”

The lecture compilation “explores new challenges and opportunities in the field of international intelligence” from the front-lines, by former directors and chiefs, and by renowned espionage and intelligence observers.

Among the lectures:

Robert Grenier, a veteran of nearly 30 years in the CIA and former head of the Agency’s Counterterrorism Center, discussed “HUMan INTelligence in the Digital Age.”

Rounding out the series, on May 2, Matthew Aid, a leading intelligence historian and expert on the National Security Agency, will be giving a talk on “The Future of Intelligence and Espionage.”

The lecture series is a perfect venue for aspiring intelligence or government professionals to hear first-hand account of the current and future challenges facing the Intelligence Community at large.

To view the compiled series, please visit the “Spies, Lies & Sneaky Guys” PROGRAM schedule.

Article: Chinese Cyber Information Profusion: Anti-Access, Area Denial in Summative Context

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The Lint Center is pleased to announce that International Policy Digest published a recent article by members of the Lint Center’s Communications Team.

Here is the lead paragraph:

China“A recent report by Northrop Grumman entitled, “Occupying the Information High Ground: Chinese Capabilities for Computer Network Operations and Cyber Espionage” presented to the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) falls short of acknowledging that China’s increasingly modernized cyber capabilities are a product and part of its “anti-interventionism” doctrine that, at once, brings together its military, civilian, and economic spheres and creates a buffer and defense projection that affects China’s regional and global power.”

We encourage you to check out the full article from IPD HERE:

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by the Lint Center Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. or any employee thereof. The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Lint Center Bloggers.


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