Spy vs. Spy: Mark Kelton on Cold War intrigue and treason

Former CIA Counterintelligence Chief Mark Kelton talks to Michael Morell about his years working in Cold War outposts, how the U.S.-Russia adversarial relationship has evolved and what double agents Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen have in common with Edward Snowden.

Robert Cardillo on the NGA’s role in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound

In this week’s episode of Intelligence Matter’s Michael speaks with Robert Cardillo, the Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).  Cardillo explains the agency’s mission and how advanced imagery was used in the NGA’s creation of a replica of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad in preparation for the May 2, 2011 raid.  Cardillo also talks about what differentiated President Barack Obama’s leadership style and looks back on the many tough meetings and long hours spent in the Situation Room.

Pedro Burelli on what's behind the crisis in Venezuela

On this episode of Intelligence Matters, Michael Morell talks with Pedro Burelli, a former member of the Executive Board of Petróleos de Venezuela about is behind the crisis in Venezuela, what fueled firebrand leader Hugo Chávezs’ paranoia, how the nation evolved to a narco-state, the current humanitarian crisis, and whether the country can recover without an outside intervention.  Intelligence Matters is the new, wildly popular podcast from The Cipher Brief in partnership with CBS News, where former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell speaks with top leaders about the key national security issues of our time.

Michèle Flournoy on Major U.S. Foreign Policy Crises

In this special episode of Intelligence Matters, Michael Morell speaks with former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michèle Flournoy about the future of the U.S. military, the Iran nuclear deal, the North Korea crisis, Russian election interference and the U.S. falling into the shadow of China’s economic dominance.  However, Flournoy does not only weigh in on the headlines, but offers advice to young women interested in a national security career field. When her nomination was confirmed by the Senate in 2009, Flournoy became the highest-ranking woman at the Pentagon in the department’s history.

Laura Rosenberger on Rising within the National Security Ranks

In this week’s episode of Intelligence Matters, former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell speaks to Laura Rosenberger, a name that may not be immediately recognizable but who at a young age rose the ranks to hold influential senior foreign policy advisor roles. Rosenberger talks about the events of 9/11 inspiring her to a civil service career, and the mentors and champions that helped propel her to the West Wing of the Barack Obama White House in the National Security Council.  She talks about her time working as the Foreign Policy Advisor for the Hillary for America campaign, why she thinks Clinton lost the election and Russia’s influence on the campaign.  

Former DNI Iran Mission Manager Norman Roule on the Iran Nuclear Deal

The DNI’s former Iran Mission Manager, Norman Roule was the leading specialist responsible for integrating collection and analysis on Iran across the Intelligence Community and in this week’s episode of Intelligence Matters he talks to former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell about whether he believes Iran is complying with its JCPOA obligations, the destabilizing effect of Iran’s regional behavior and whether U.S. President Donald Trump’s gamble to decertify the nuclear deal will pay off.

Executive Editor Kim Dozier talks about dedicating her life to journalism

On this week's episode of Intelligence Matters, former acting CIA Director Michael Morell talks with Kimberly Dozier. Dozier was a CBS correspondent for 17 years, and was stationed in Baghdad for three years before being critically wounded. A Peabody and Edward R. Murrow award winner, Dozier started reporting on national security for the Daily Beast, and has now joined The Cipher Brief as Executive Editor. Listen in as Dozier talks about her unique childhood traveling the world, her experiences reporting on the field, and the challenges facing the media today.

President Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough reflects on Family, Values, Lessons learned and a Life in Public Service

In this week’s episode of Intelligence Matters, former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough talks about his view of American exceptionalism in creating opportunities for its citizens, how his ideologies were deeply influenced by both his upbringing and travels, and what distinguishes President Barack Obama in his view from other government officials. In a wide-ranging interview with former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell, McDonough talks about being one of eleven children and the values he gained from being raised in a devout Catholic family in Stillwater, Minnesota.  After graduation from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota McDonough traveled extensively in South America, and describes the experiences that helped shape his worldview.. In 1996 he began his career in government as an aide on the Hill – he talks about the lessons learned and skills gained that led to his appointment the 26th White House Chief of Staff, succeeding Jack Lew at the beginning of President Barack Obama’s second term. Despite his meteoric rise in government, McDonough remains deeply humble and viewed his role in the White House, as having to tee up decisions for the President to make, a conduit emphasizing the value that he attached to that.    

Former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon looks back on his Career

In this week’s episode of Intelligence Matters, former acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell speaks with former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon about his distinguished career in government: working as a top security advisory in the White House, his thoughts on U.S. President Barack Obama and his advice for the current administration on the most pressing security concerns of our time.   As he looks back on his career, Donilon describes an unlikely route to national security and foreign policy. From getting his start in 1977 working for U.S. President Jimmy Carter as a young aid right out of college, to seeing through Carter’s transition to private life.   As Donilon talks about Carter’s influence, he cites him as the first of a handful of mentors who were crucial in helping forge his path into public service.  As a young Tom Donilon set his sights on opening a consulting firm, it was former Secretary of State Warren Christopher helped propel the young attorney into the political arena.  He served as National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama from 2010-2013 where he was responsible for the coordination and integration of the administration’s foreign policy, intelligence, and military efforts.   Tom Donilon is vice chair of the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers.  He is a leading national security expert with deep experience in geopolitics, cybersecurity, financial services, and corporate governance.  

Ambassador Joseph DeTrani talks about the Escalating Crisis with North Korea

This week we have a special episode of Intelligence Matters with Michael Morell, in which, The Cipher Brief expert Ambassador Joseph DeTrani weighs in on mounting tensions between the United States and North Korea.   The exchange of fiery rhetoric between U.S. President Donald Trump and members of the North Korean regime raises the question, is this war of words a precursor to armed conflict, escalating the crisis to a tipping point. Trump has publicly rebuked his predecessors for leaving him what he described “a mess,” and intensified warnings to North Korea making clear that a military option would be “devastating” to them. Kim Jong-Un’s regime have said that Trump’s continued statements amount to a “declaration of war” and threaten to shoot down U.S. warplanes in international airspace.   Ambassador DeTrani, who is one of our nation’s leading experts on issues related to North Korea, China and nuclear nonproliferation talks to former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell about what drove North Korea to develop a nuclear program, how we got to where we are today, the alarming advancements the North Korean regime has made in creating miniaturized nuclear warheads and offers thoughts on what the best path forward is for the United States.   Ambassador DeTrani was President of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, a professional Think Tank.  Previously, he was the Special envoy for Six Party Talks with North Korea and the U.S. Representative to the Korea Energy Development Organization (KEDO).  He was an Associate Director of National Intelligence and Mission Manager for North Korea and the Director of National Counter Proliferation Center, while serving as a Special Adviser to the Director of National Intelligence. He served over two decades with the Central Intelligence Agency as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service. He is currently on the Board of Managers at Sandia National Laboratories.