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July 23, 2017
July 23, 2017

Ambassador James Dobbins on America's Future Abroad

A U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, envoy to Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti, and Somalia: James Dobbins has had years of experience representing U.S. interests abroad. Along with his numerous positions, he was also lead negotiator to the Bonn Agreement, which re-created the state of Afghanistan following the U.S. invasion. In this week’s 15 Minutes podcast, The Cipher Brief’s Fritz Lodge speaks with Ambassador Dobbins about his experiences as a diplomat, what role the U.S. has abroad under the Trump administration, and his new book, Foreign Service: Five Decades on the Frontlines of American Policy.
July 16, 2017
July 16, 2017

Former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Russia, Fake News, and Twitterbots

15 minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. It’s a rough time for liberal democracies – with fake news and election hacking creating a growing erosion of trust in governments. Estonia, a small country in eastern Europe and previously under the Soviet Union’s sphere of influence, was hit by a wave of cyber attacks in 2007, which many believe Russia orchestrated. Since then, Estonia and former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves have been focused on building up cyber defenses. This week, The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder spends 15 minutes with President Ilves, who is now a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Institute for International Studies. Here, they talk about fake news, twitterbots, and the future of artificial intelligence.
July 9, 2017
July 9, 2017

Secretary Ray Mabus on Innovation in the Navy

15 Minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space.  The U.S. Navy protects our seas around the clock. But what else does the Navy do? It innovates – a lot. Ray Mabus, who was Secretary of the Navy under both Obama Administrations and held that post longer than anyone since World War I, created a fully green fleet during his tenure. Now, 65 percent of energy on navy bases around the world comes from non-fossil fuels. This week, The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder spends 15 minutes with Secretary Mabus, who was previously the Governor of Mississippi and U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Here, he tells Kaitlin about other innovations in the Navy, like unmanned underwater vehicles that compete with Russia and China on underwater capabilities.  
July 2, 2017
July 2, 2017

15 Minutes with Former Members of the Armed Services

15 Minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week, The Cipher Brief celebrates Independence Day by looking back at interviews we did with men who served this country in the Armed Forces. From Robert 'Buzz' Patterson, a former air force pilot and military aide to President Clinton, to Senator John McCain, a former naval pilot and POW, to Jack Keane, a retired four-star general, these men have made important sacrifices for and contributions to national security.
June 25, 2017
June 25, 2017

Secretary James on Space Based Missile Defense

15 Minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. As the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force under President Obama, one of Deborah Lee James' principal concerns was U.S. advancement un space. She believes it's mission-critical for the United States to better protect its satellite communication and missile warning systems. The Cipher Brief's Fritz Lodge joined Secretary James for a discussion on the role of U.S. armed forces in space - and some of the game-changing advancements that may come soon in space-based missile defense. 
June 18, 2017
June 18, 2017

Sandy Grimes on the Rick Ames Mole Hunt

15 Minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. From 1985 to 1994, CIA officer Aldrich Ames was actually a spy for the Soviets. At the time of his arrest in ’94, he had compromised more CIA assets than any other mole in history. This week, The Cipher Brief’s Leone Lakhani spends 15 minutes with former CIA officer Sandy Grimes, who was instrumental in uncovering Ames. She had worked beside him as a young officer with the CIA’s Soviet bloc division. Here, she shares her personal experiences with Ames and why she believes he was such a valuable Soviet target.
June 11, 2017
June 11, 2017

Scott Carpenter on Using Technology to Stay Safe Online

There’s seldom a day that we don’t hear about cyber attacks, hacks, and how governments and the general public should protect against cyber threats or criminals. One company says its mission is to use technology to do just that: keep people safe online. The company’s called Jigsaw. It’s a technology incubator created by Google. But how do they do it? The Cipher Brief’s Leone Lakhani spends 15 minutes with Jigsaw’s Managing Director Scott Carpenter to find out.
June 4, 2017
June 4, 2017

Ali Soufan on the Death of Bin Laden & Rise of ISIS

15 Minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week, The Cipher Brief's Suzanne Kelly spends 15 Minutes with Ali Soufan. Ali is a former FBI special agent, who recently wrote The Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State. What's unique about the book is that he wrote it like a novel, to bring the readers into the world of Bin Laden and help them better understand it. So how did he come up with the idea?
May 28, 2017
May 28, 2017

Trailblazers in National Security

15 Minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week, The Cipher Brief looks back at five groundbreakers in the national security space. Each has blazed a trail for others to follow in policy, spycraft, and law enforcement. From Pentagon pioneer Michele Flournoy to Steve Murphy, who co-lead the demire of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, take 15 Minutes to hear from some of the leaders and change-makers in national security and intelligence.  To listen to the full podcasts with these groundbreakers.  Click here for Michele Flournoy  Click here for Jonna Mendez Click Part 1 and Part 2 for Steve Murphy Click here for James Mitchell Click Part 1 and Part 2 for John Nixon  
May 21, 2017
May 21, 2017

Senator John McCain on NATO & The Balkans

15 Minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. How important are the Balkans to U.S. national security? The region remains volatile, with ethnic and socioeconomic tensions rising, and increased Russian meddling in internal affairs. So, this week, The Cipher Brief's Kaitlin Lavinder spends 15 Minutes with Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who recently returned from a trip to the Balkans. He also voted in March for the state of Montenegro to become NATO's newest member. Here, he tells Kaitlin what he thinks Montenegro will bring to the table. 

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