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.
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In Brief: Graham Allison on Why the U.S. & China are Destined for War"
With rising tensions between the U.S. and China, The Cipher Brief’s CEO and Publisher Suzanne Kelly speaks with Graham Allison, author of Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap. As the Director of Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, he’s also a pre-eminent voice on U.S.-China relations. With the release of his book this week, Graham tells Suzanne why he believes the two superpowers are destined for war.
ISIS to Afghanistan: What Role Can NATO Play?
I’m Jack Keane, retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and a member of The Cipher Brief network. In the wake of the Manchester attack, how do we fight ISIS? As President Donald Trump attends his first NATO meeting, what role can the alliance play? What should Nato’s strategy be elsewhere in Afghanistan and Russia? Here’s my perspective In My Own Words, no holds barred.
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.
JJ Messner on the 2017 Fragile States Index
15 Minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. What is the most stable country in the world? Which is the most fragile? What determines those qualities? This week, The Cipher Brief's Leone Lakhani spends 15 Minutes with JJ Messner, Executive Director of the Fund for Peace, which projects the annual Fragile States Index. Judged on 12 indicators - based on social, economic and political factors - the index ranks 178 countries from the most fragile, to the least. So, which countries ranked the highest in 2017? And why does it matter?
North Korea: What Are The Options?
I’m Jack Keane, retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and a member of The Cipher Brief network. I served the American people for almost 38 years. I’m an infantry paratrooper who commanded every level from company through corps. What do I think of U.S. strategy in North Korea? How much of a threat is North Korea? How should Washington and its allies handle the threat? Here’s my perspective In My Own Words, no holds barred.
Milo Medin on Innovative Solutions in Defense
In a world of evolving threats, how can the United States innovate to stay ahead in the national security space? That’s a question The Cipher Brief's CEO Suzanne Kelly puts to Milo Medin, a member of the Defense Innovation Board, an initiative set up by former Defense Secretary Ash Carter in 2016. Milo, who is also Google’s Vice President of Access Services, speaks to Suzanne about potential solutions, on the sidelines of Georgetown University’s “Hacking 4 Defense” innovation panel.
CrowdStrike's Adam Meyers on Identifying Cyber Criminals
15 Minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week The Cipher Brief's Executive Producer Leone Lakhani speaks to Adam Meyers from the cyber-security firm CrowdStrike. As the Vice President of Intelligence, Adam heads a team that identifies the perpetrators of cyber-crimes, both in the private and public sectors. CrowdStrike helped to identify the hackers behind the Democratic National Committee's email leaks last year, and more recently the mastermind behind the Kelihos Botnet. Leone speaks to Adam about the challenges and procedures in identifying these cyber criminals.
Michele Flournoy on the Most Pressing U.S. Security Challenges
15 Minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week The Cipher Brief's CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly spends 15 minutes with Michele Flounoy, CEO & Founder of the DC-based think tank the Center For a New American Security (CNAS). She was formerly the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. When President Barack Obama nominated her for the position, she was the highest-ranking woman in the Pentagon’s history.
After President Donald Trump’s election, General James Mattis asked her to be his Deputy Secretary of Defense, a position she turned down. So, what are her views on the new Administration? And what does she see as the most pressing challenges ahead, from North Korea to Yemen, Syria and Iraq?
Jonna Mendez on Mastering Disguise & Illusion at the CIA
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 Jonna Mendez, who spent 27 years at the CIA, eventually becoming the Chief of Disguise. She’s also a founding board member of the International Spy Museum, where she aims to educate people about the world of espionage. Here, Jonna educates Leone on how she learned from Hollywood makeup artists and magicians, to master illusion and disguise.