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.

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. 

Corin Stone on Evolving Role of the NSA

15 Minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week, The Cipher Brief's Executive Producer and Reporter Leone Lakhani speaks to Corin Stone, Executive Director of the National Security Agency. Leone asks Corin about the evolving role of the NSA amid the rise of new threats, including cyber crime.

Steve Grobman on Cyber Threat Fight

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week The Cipher Brief's Executive Editor Fionnuala Sweeney sits down with Steve Grobman, Chief Security Officer with the Intel Security Group. When it comes to America's security in the cyberspace, the U.S. government and the private sector haven't always seen eye to eye. Fionnuala talks to Grobman about how best to cooperate between the two sectors. 

Suzanne Spaulding on Cyber Security Policy

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week, The Cipher Brief's Executive Editor Fionnuala Sweeney sits down with Suzanne Spaulding, Under-Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. Fionnuala talks to Suzanne about the development and execution of cybersecurity policies in the federal government. 

Rob Richer, former Associate Deputy Director for Operations, CIA

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. In light of Donald Trump’s rejection of a recent CIA finding that Russia helped him win the White House, The Cipher Brief’s Executive Editor Fionnuala Sweeney talks to Rob Richer, former CIA Associate Deputy Director for Operations and formerly chief of Russian Operations. She asks him for his opinion on Russia’s objectives and how it conducts itself in the field of espionage.

Fmr. CIA Officer and Satirist Alex Finley

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in security. As part of our ongoing special coverage of the CIA’s finding on Russia’s interference in the election, Fionnuala Sweeney also talks to former CIA Officer, Alex Finley (not her real name), whose recent satire Victor In The Rubble has gained a cult following, among Agency members and watchers. Fionnuala asks Alex about the recent developments, and how the President-elect’s rejection of the CIA assessment will impact Agency operatives in the field.

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. 

Gen. Jack Keane on Gen. Mattis

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. In a post–election special edition, The Cipher Brief's Executive Editor Fionnuala Sweeney talks to Jack Keane, retired four-star general and former Vice Chief of Army Staff. Fionnuala asks General Keane for his insight on President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Secretary of Defense, retired Marine Corps General James Mattis, who Keane recommended to the transition team.

Steve Murphy of "Narcos" (Part I)

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. In a special edition of 15 minutes, The Cipher Brief’s Executive Producer and Reporter Leone Lakhani talks to Steve Murphy, one of the DEA agents who was instrumental in bringing down Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Murphy and his partner Javier Pena were depicted in the Netflix series Narcos, during their hunt for Escobar. To mark Escobar’s death anniversary, Leone sits down with Murphy for a special edition of 15 minutes. In the first part of the interview, she asks him how much of the series was accurate, how much was pure Hollywood, and what really happened the day the “King of Cocaine” was killed.

[A word of warning, if you’re still watching the series, here’s your spoiler alert!]

Click here for Steve Murphy (Part II).