The CIA Director’s Real Skills

| Doug Wise
Doug Wise
Former Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

On April 16, The New York Times published an article (in which I am quoted) with the headline, “Gina Haspel Relies on Spy Skills with Trump.  He Doesn’t Always Listen.”  It is inappropriate to assume that Haspel relies on some combination of 007 and Austin Powers relational jiujitsu to have her “voice heard at the White House”.  Not only is it inaccurate, but it is also depreciative of the hard work and effort Haspel has done to be an effective CIA Director in the eyes of the President.  What she’s doing is not spy craft, it is professionalism.

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The Author is Doug Wise

Douglas H. Wise served as Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from August 2014 until August 2016. Following 20 years of active duty in the Army where he served as an infantry and special operations officer, he spent the remainder of his career at CIA. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree, and also graduated from the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Wise earned Master's... Read More

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