AFIO MAINE CHAPTER

UPCOMING MEETINGS


February 2024:  No meeting.

March 16, 2024: TBA

April 20, 2024: TBA

May 18, 2024: TBA

June 15, 2024: TBA

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS


The Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) was incorporated in 1975 as a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-political, educational association for current and former intelligence professionals and supporters of the US intelligence community. The Association is based in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


AFIO’s mission is to build a public constituency for a sound, healthy and capable U.S. intelligence system. The focus is on education fostering an understanding of the important role of intelligence in National Security and nurtures interest by students in careers in the many fields used by U.S. Intelligence Agencies. This includes the role of supporting intelligence activities in U.S. policy, diplomacy, strategy, security, and defense.


In addition, AFIO focuses on understanding the critical need for effective counterintelligence and security against foreign, political, technological, or economic espionage, as well as covert, clandestine and overt counter-terrorist or criminal operations threatening US security, the national infrastructure or corporate and individual safety.
AFIO’s mission has special significance in today’s international diplomatic and business environments.


Membership and subscription:
To join or subscribe go to: www.afio.com


JOIN OR SUBSCRIBE - Become an individual member or subscriber to attend AFIO events, receive publications, weekly news summaries, and to enjoy several unique member benefits.


MEMBERSHIP is available for citizens of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The fee varies based on the location for mailing of printed publications. Personal information is required to join as a member and members must certify compliance to our Code of Ethics.


SUBSCRIBERS can be citizens of any country, individuals, or institutions. The rate — slightly higher than member fees — is the same regardless of location. Minimal personal info is required to subscribe.

Categories of membership:


Full Member
Current and former U.S. intelligence, counterintelligence, and related (e.g., security, law enforcement, military) personnel, who are actively serving or have been honorably separated or retired may join as a "Full Member."


Associate Member
Select this category if you are an American citizen in private, civil, academic, or corporate pursuits, who agrees with AFIO principles and objectives. Students considering careers in Intelligence and National Security are also encouraged to join this "Associate Member" category.


UKUSA
This category is for International Membership - foreign-based [U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, or New Zealand-only] who will receive all printed publications by International Priority Mail, and the Weekly Note e-mails.


Subscriber Institutions, Libraries, non-U.S. citizens, and Individuals who do not wish at this time to join the organization (or do not qualify for UKUSA membership), should select "Subscriber" to receive all printed publications and weekly e-mail reports.

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Counterterrorism Tactics and Strategies: Navigating the Evolving Landscape.


Introduction


In the ever-shifting terrain of global security, counterterrorism remains a paramount concern for intelligence professionals. The landscape of terror threats has evolved significantly, adapting to new technologies and geopolitical changes. This article delves into the current and emerging tactics and strategies in counterterrorism, offering a comprehensive view for intelligence veterans and active professionals alike.


The Changing Face of Terrorism


Terrorism in the 21st century has transformed, with decentralized groups and lone-wolf actors replacing more structured organizations. The rise of digital platforms has enabled these actors to recruit, radicalize, and disseminate propaganda with alarming efficiency. This shift demands a reevaluation of traditional counterterrorism approaches....click here for more

THE MAINE CHAPER MISSION STATEMENT


Our objective is to promote to the general public the importance of having an effective intelligence community for a strong first line of defense.


We accomplish this by bringing to Maine high value contemporary primary sources from the intelligence community to present their experiences about the facts behind today's media headlines.


Source priority:  Intelligence Community, Ambassadors, State Department officials, foreign nationals, and senior advisors to high echelon administration officials.