AFIO Podcast
AFIO Now Presents: Steve Vogel II

AFIO Now Presents: Steve Vogel II

January 10, 2022

Steve Vogel, a veteran journalist who reported for The Washington Post for more than two decades, offers a deep-dive into the double agent George Blake, featured in his 2019 book, "Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation." Recorded 10 Nov 2021. Interviewer: Jim Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer. 

AFIO Now Presents:  Douglas London

AFIO Now Presents: Douglas London

December 13, 2021

In this episode, former Senior CIA Operations Officer Douglas London discusses his latest book, "The Recruiter: Spying and the Lost Art of American Intelligence." Mr. London reflects on the changes he has seen in the operations side of the Agency -- good and bad -- and provides frank assessments of the missteps and successes of the intelligence community. Recorded 20 Sept 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer. 

AFIO Now Presents: Mark Mitchell

AFIO Now Presents: Mark Mitchell

November 29, 2021

In this episode, Mark E. Mitchell - Former Director for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council and Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict - discusses the first ground battle after 9/11 which occurred in Mazār-i-Sharīf, the fourth largest city in Afghanistan. An uprising during the battle of Qala-i-Jangi -- to overthrow the Taliban's Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which had been harboring al-Qaeda operatives -- resulted in the death of Johnny Micheal Spann, an American paramilitary operations officer in the CIA's Special Activities Division. Spann was the first American killed in combat during this late 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Recorded 29 Jun 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer. 

AFIO Now Presents: Nicholas Dujmovic

AFIO Now Presents: Nicholas Dujmovic

November 15, 2021

In this episode, Dr. Nicholas Dujmovic - Professor, Author, and former CIA Analyst -  discusses his experiences developing an intelligence program at Catholic University and explains his journey to academia and teaching intelligence at the college level in retirement. Recorded 9 Oct 2020. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer. 

AFIO Now Presents: James Gosler

AFIO Now Presents: James Gosler

November 8, 2021

In this episode, former Director of CIA's Clandestine Information Technology Office and one of the nation's foremost experts on cybersecurity, James Gosler, discusses the pervasive and existentially disruptive cyber threats the U.S. faces from adversaries. He describes what is required to warn, educate, prepare for, and possibly mitigate these growing threats. Recorded 16 Jun 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer. 

AFIO Now Presents: A Panel Discussion on Proposed Legislation Affecting Former Intelligence Officers

AFIO Now Presents: A Panel Discussion on Proposed Legislation Affecting Former Intelligence Officers

October 29, 2021

In this special episode, AFIO Now assembled a panel of experts to discuss proposed legislation which would place controls on former military and intelligence officers working overseas with foreign governments. Participants include: The Honorable Mike Rogers, former Chairman of HPSCI; Christopher Bing, Cybersecurity Reporter, Reuters who broke story of Project Raven; Stewart Baker, former General Counsel, NSA and AFIO Chairman; and James Hughes, former CIA Operations Officer and AFIO President. Recorded 22 Oct 2021

AFIO Now Presents: Marc Polymeropoulos

AFIO Now Presents: Marc Polymeropoulos

October 25, 2021

In this episode, former Senior CIA Operations Officer Marc Polymeropoulos discusses his new book, "Clarity in Crisis," his tours in high risk zones, and the mysterious 'Havana Syndrome' - of which he is one of its victims. Recorded 23 Sep 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer. 

AFIO Now Presents: Seth Jones II

AFIO Now Presents: Seth Jones II

October 18, 2021

In his second episode, Seth Jones PhD, Director, Transnational Threats Project, CSIS, discusses his new book, "Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran and the Rise of Irregular Warfare." Jones outlines how conventional warfare—clashes between large military forces—defined twentieth-century power. However, facing dominant US conventional and nuclear capabilities, our country's principal adversaries have adopted a different style of warfare that is eroding America's power. Recorded 10 Sep 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer. 

AFIO Now Presents: David Robarge II

AFIO Now Presents: David Robarge II

October 11, 2021

In his second episode, CIA Historian Dr. David Robarge discusses the complexities of covert action with examples throughout modern U.S. history. Dr. Robarge also mentions the ODNI release of Vietnam Tet Offensive material, which was a multi-agency collaboration between CIA, NSA, DIA and NGA. Recorded 13 May 2021.  Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.

AFIO Now Presents: David McCloskey

AFIO Now Presents: David McCloskey

October 4, 2021

In this AFIO Now episode, former CIA Analyst David McCloskey discusses his novel, "Damascus Station," a spy thriller set against the backdrop of the Syrian civil war. Recorded 14 Sep 2021.  Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.

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