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Revision Date 5/9/2021


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- Meeting and Location -

UPCOMING CHAPTER MEETING:

Our May 2021 meeting is scheduled for Wed. the 12th. and will be held in-person at Sunnyside Up Cafe.

Member meetings are held on the 2nd. Wednesday of the month, September through June, at:

"Sunnyside Up Cafe" on Menaul just east of Louisiana, next door to Chili's.

6909 Menaul Boulevard Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 888-3447

Map to Sunnyside Up Cafe

11:00 AM: Arrive, Sign in, Order Lunch   -   11:30 AM : Call To Order  -   Adjourn at 1:00 PM

Speaker for May meeting: Robert W. Hall
FORMER TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE DEFENSE ROGRAMS, LOS ALAMOS TECHNICAL ASSOCIATES INC. (LATA), LOS ALAMOS, NM, and our current Chapter Secretary.

TOPIC:
"The Silent War Between East and West - The War of Information".
While historians debate it, the 1947 Truman Doctrine roughly marked the beginning of the undeclared Cold War. Likewise, the finish of the Cold War is generally agreed to be marked by the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. That war was "fought" by the West to contain Soviet geopolitical expansion although little actual fighting occurred. A new type of Cold War has been brewing for a number of years, but the West's political leaders only took significant interest when Putin's Russia quickly invaded eastern Ukraine in 2014. Subsequent meddling by Russia in the 2016 U.S. elections, and now the computer hacking of major U.S. government systems attributed to the Russian military intelligence unit, GRU, are evidence of how aggressive the Russian Federation is in pursuing their military doctrine, a doctrine based upon "the prior implementation of measures of information warfare in order to achieve political objectives without the utilization of military force..."1 This lecture builds on others Mr. Hull has given to intelligence, military, homeland security, and other organizations. Some related talks he has given include:
The IRA, Trolling and the Rapid Rise of Russian Interference,
Is the Increased Covert Use of Unconventional Weaponry Causing Society to Redefine Acts of War?
What GRU Use of Novichok on Extremists, and Russian Disinformation Bodes for the Future.

Mr. Hull, a former USAF Major and scientific consultant to the United Nations, will present an unclassified high-level view of the Russian strategies to implement their Information War (IW). His presentation is based upon authoritative US Government sponsored analyses, the NATO Handbook on Russian Information Warfare, and other reputable sources in the public domain. Mr. Hull's reason for talking about this is that he was for several years a Cold War military intelligence operative/analyst who worked in a theater of operations being discussed in this presentation and is familiar with many of the former Soviet Union's intelligence strategies.
As Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation during Russia's takeover of Crimea and the Ukrainian invasion states in the Prologue of his book, From Cold War to Hot Peace, "This new era of confrontation did not mark a return to the Cold War, exactly, but most certainly could be described as a hot peace." According to Mr. Hull the "hot peace" is smoldering as a silent war that can have far reaching impacts.
1) "The Military Doctrine of the Russian Federation" approved by Russian Federation presidential edict on 5 February 2010, (https://carnegieendowment.org/files/2010russia_military_doctrine.pdf)

Up coming meeting Speakers:
June 9th: TBD
July: Currently scheduled to be on Hiatus.

NON-Members

Our meetings are normally open to present and former members of Federal, Military (uniformed and civilian), State and Local Agencies and selective others who support the Intelligence Community If you desire further information, please contact one of the following:

Albuquerque - President: Sam Shaw - Phone: 505-379-3963   e-mail: President@afionm.org

Albuquerque - Vice-President: Tom Dyble - Phone: 505-299-3242   e-mail: Vice-President@afionm.org

Albuquerque - Secretary: Bob Hull - Phone: 505-328-1502    e-mail: Secretary@afionm.org  

Albuquerque - Treasurer: Richard J. Sullivan - Phone:  505-463-0205   e-mail: Treasurer@afionm.org