March 16, 2024: 

Josef “Joe” Kurlanski presenting on cyber security. 2:00 p.m.

Kennebunk High School, Economos Lecture Hall

April 20, 2024: 

Speaker: Foreign Service Officer (Ret.) Louis Sell.

May 18, 2024:  Speaker:  International Photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie.

June 15, 2024: 

Speaker: Ambassador R. Cekuta


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.
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Counterterrorism Tactics and Strategies: Navigating the Evolving Landscape.


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 here for more


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.

AFIO/ME Meeting
June 15, 2024 - 2:00 p.m.
89 Fletcher Street, Kennebunk, ME
(See directions on the left)

Azerbaijan: An Example of Where the
World May Be Heading

The next meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) will be on Saturday, June 15th, at 2 p.m. in Kennebunk High School's Economos Lecture Hall, 89 Fletcher Street. Our speaker, Ambassador Robert Cekuta, will focus on the importance of Azerbaijan and its critical position in Central Asia. Azerbaijan is the only country bordering both Iran and Russia and is a significant oil and gas producer, serving as a key to accessing Central Asia's oil, gas, and minerals.

Azerbaijan sometimes disregards international norms for its own interests, as seen in the conflict with Armenia, where they recaptured 20% of the territory Armenia seized in the 1990s. The U.S. is working to bring peace between the two nations, while the Kremlin claims the region as an area they should dominate. Azerbaijanis fly Turkish, Israeli, and Pakistani flags, as well as Azerbaijan's colors, in front of their homes and offices in the reclaimed territory.

Mr. Cekuta had a forty-year career in the State Department and served as the U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan from 2015 to 2018. He will explain why the U.S. must consider smaller countries like Azerbaijan, which cooperates with OPEC and hosts this year's UN global climate conference.

The AFIO meeting is open to the public and will begin at 2 p.m. in the Economos Lecture Hall at Kennebunk High School, 89 Fletcher Street. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.