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March 16, 2017
March 16, 2017

In Brief: Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell on National Security Priorities

In this special 'Georgetown Salon' edition, Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly talks with former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell about his highest-ranking national security concerns ranging from the potentially devastating impact of Wikileaks disclosures on U.S. intelligence gathering to encouraging a more aggressive focus on Russian activities to North Korea's dangerous nuclear ambitions.
March 13, 2017
March 13, 2017

In Brief: Amb. Robert Ford on the Cost of Rushing into Raqqa

The “In Brief” podcast brings you The Cipher Brief’s take on breaking news stories with leading experts in the global security space. The Trump Administration announced last week that around 400 U.S. Marines and Army Rangers have been deployed to Syria to support the campaign to take Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, from the extremist terror group. The Cipher Brief’s National Security Reporter Kaitlin Lavinder asked former U.S. Ambassador to Syria (2011-2014) Robert Ford if this signals a significant change in strategy. Ford says, the deployment of the troops near Raqqa is actually not a huge change, but the recent deployment of Special Operations Forces to the town of Manbij is a much bigger change. 
February 14, 2017
February 14, 2017

In Brief: Gen. Jack Keane’s Views on Gen. Michael Flynn’s Resignation

The “In Brief” podcast brings you The Cipher Brief’s take on breaking news stories with leading experts in the global security space. With the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, there have been questions about the security implications of his conversations with the Russian Ambassador during the transition period. But speaking to The Cipher Brief’s Leone Lakhani, Jack Keane, retired four-star general and former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, says he doesn’t believe it was a security violation. Rather, he says, it was a matter of broken trust.
January 12, 2017
January 12, 2017

In Brief: Gen. Jack Keane’s insight on Gen. James Mattis

The “In Brief” podcast brings you The Cipher Brief’s take on breaking news stories with leading experts in the global security space. With the Senate confirmation hearings underway for Donald Trump's top government posts, retired Marine Corps General James Mattis is the nominee for Secretary of Defense. The Cipher Brief’s Executive Producer Leone Lakhani caught up with Jack Keane, retired four-star general and former Vice Chief of Army Staff, who recommended Gen. Mattis to the Trump team. She asks him what assets Gen. Mattis would bring to post.
January 11, 2017
January 11, 2017

In Brief: Dep. Sec. of State Antony Blinken on Challenges ahead for Tillerson

The “In Brief” podcast brings you The Cipher Brief’s take on breaking news stories with leading experts in the global security space. With the Senate confirmation hearings underway for Donald Trump's top government posts, former ExxonMobil chairman Rex Tillerson is the nominee for Secretary of State. The Cipher Brief’s Executive Producer Leone Lakhani talks to Antony Blinken, the current Deputy Secretary of State, to find out what diplomatic challenges he sees as the most pressing for the next administration.
January 11, 2017
January 11, 2017

In Brief: Fmr. Senior Pentagon official Todd Rosenblum on Ret. USMC Gen. John Kelly

The "In Brief" podcast brings you The Cipher Brief's take on breaking news stories with leading experts in the global security space. With the Senate confirmation hearings underway for Donald Trump's top government posts, retired Marine Corps General John Kelly is the nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security. The Cipher Brief's Executive Producer Leone Lakhani talks to Todd Rosenblum, Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs, who knew and worked with General Kelly, to find out more abotu the next potential Homeland Security Secretary. 
December 11, 2016
December 11, 2016

In Brief: General Hayden on Trump’s dismissal of CIA’s election findings

The “In Brief” podcast brings you The Cipher Brief’s take on breaking news stories with leading experts in the global security space. In this edition, The Cipher Brief’s Executive Editor Fionnuala Sweeney talks to former CIA and NSA Director General Michael Hayden about the recent revelation that a secret CIA assessment finds Russia helped Donald Trump win the White House. Fionnuala speaks to General Hayden about that assessment and the President-elect’s assertion that it was politically motivated.