State Secrets

State Secrets is a weekly interview podcast featuring Cipher Brief experts and national security leaders.

April 27th, 2022 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

The Life of a CIA Shadow Warrior

Former Chief of Counterterrorist Operations Ric Prado spent the bulk of his CIA career undercover, taking on the hardest challenges the Agency had, from Nicaragua to Afghanistan. Now, the Cuban refugee shares the secrets of why he did it, and why he thinks it’s time to set the record straight.

April 19th, 2022 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Living in a World of Open Source Secrets

Former Senior CIA Officer Kristin Wood shares her insights on secrets and the world of Open Source Intelligence. Now CEO of Grist Mill Exchange, Wood shares her insights on how businesses and the government can benefit the most from secrets that are sometimes right there in the open.

April 12th, 2022 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

My Secrets for Briefing the President

Cipher Brief Publisher and CEO Suzanne Kelly talks with retired CIA Officer Beth Sanner, who spent 35 years in national security before recently retiring. Her responsibilities included serving as Deputy Director for National Intelligence, and as former President Trump’s Intelligence Briefer. That means that twice a week, for two years, Sanner met with the former President in the Oval Office, sometimes in other locations around the White House, to brief him on the nation’s most classified intelligence. In order to do that, she had to get inside her customer’s mind, anticipate the questions he would ask and have answers ready. What are some of the secrets Sanner has for briefing people in positions of power?

April 5th, 2022 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

How CIA is thinking about Open Source Intelligence and Data Analytics

Find out how CIA is thinking about Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and Data Analytics in a conversation with Marie Falkowski, Director of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics at CIA’s Directorate of Digital Innovation

March 8th, 2022 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Sierra Six- A Gray Man Series Author Mark Greaney

This week with all of the heaviness with what’s happening in Ukraine and a new world order taking shape, we wanted to give you a break from the stress of reality, and focus on fiction. What we’re seeing today is something that no many of us could have written about a few months or even a few years ago. And a failure of imagination comes with a price. So I think you’re going to find my conversation with author Mark Greaney as interesting as I did. Many of you already know Greaney as the author of the Gray Man series, and his latest book Sierra 6 is a well-written escape. If you follow Mark you also know that he wrote several books under the Tom Clancy name. In this episode we talked about what’s happening in Ukraine right now, what inspires him as an author and how continues to find the energy and discipline to write two books per year. I’m your host Suzanne Kelly, and this is the State Secrets Podcast.

February 7th, 2022 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

General Joseph L. Votel U.S. Army (Ret.) President & Chief Executive Officer BENS

In this episode Suzanne welcomes General Joseph L. Votel U.S. Army (Ret.) to the State Secrets podcast. Votel is now the President & CEO of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS) organization. This conversation covers General Votel's perspective on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis and alot more, including the most pressing issues BENS is focused on in partnerhip with the US Government.

January 21st, 2022 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Mitch Silber- Former Director of Intelligence Analysis NYPD

In this episode Suzanne talks with Cipher Brief Expert and former Director of Intelligence Analysis for the New York Police Department Mitch Silber. Mitch weighs in on how the recent hostage situation in Texas connects to New York City, and what he learned about protecting NYC during his time at the NYPD.

December 22nd, 2021 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Walter Pincus- Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist and Author

Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly talks with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Walter Pincus about his new book- Blown To Hell: America's Deadly Betrayal of the Marshall Islanders.

December 13th, 2021 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Former CIA Officer and author James Lawler

In this episode Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly talks with former CIA officer and author James Lawler about his new book Living Lies: A Novel of the Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program. Lawler spent more than half of his CIA career focused on WMD's and led the team that took down A.Q. Khan.

July 6th, 2021 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

A Conversation with Cipher Brief Expert Ambassador Joe Detrani

What do Americans need to know about Chinese President Xi Jinping's comments during China's Centennial celebration? Are we likely to see military conflict over Taiwan? What are the risks of a miscalculation in today’s extremely fast moving world and should the U.S. be doing more to ensure we have better insight into China’s intentions? For these questions and more we caught up with Ambassador Joe Detrani for an expert brief.

June 29th, 2021 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

A Conversation with Dan Hoffman

In this episode we talk with Cipher Brief Expert and former Senior CIA officer and Chief of Station Dan Hoffman about the Russia Problem. From cyberattacks to the Black Sea, Russian provocations have led to heightened tensions in the US but is it just business as usual for Moscow? Or are we seeing an increased willingness to provoke with a new administration in the White House? While working for the government, Dan racked up 30 years of distinguished government service including high-level positions not only within the CIA, but also with the U.S. military, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Commerce. His assignments included tours of duty in the former Soviet Union, Europe, and war zones in both the Middle East and South Asia.

May 24th, 2021 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Broken Trust: Lessons from the Sunburst Cyber Espionage Campaign

We talk with the authors of a new report by the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative that looks at one of the largest and most significant cyber espionage campaigns in US' history.

May 17th, 2021 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Alma Katsu- Author of Spy Novel ‘Red Widow’

Suzanne talks with author and former intelligence officer Alma Katsu about her latest book, and her first spy novel 'Red Widow', a story about two female CIA officers working against a threat to CIA's Russia Division.

April 28th, 2021 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Spymaster’s Prism: The Fight against Russian Aggression

In this episode with talk with former CIA Officer and Author Jack Devine about his new book 'Spymaster's Prism: The Fight Against Russian Aggression.

April 12th, 2021 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Behind the Scenes of the Worldwide Threat Hearings

In this episode we welcome Cipher Brief Expert and former Acting Director, CIA John McLaughlin to the show to talk about what really goes on in the Worldwide Threat Briefings to Congress. The briefings are set to resume this week after a hiatus under the Trump Administration.

April 6th, 2021 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

The State of Play with Russia and Ukraine with General (Ret) Philip Breedlove

In this episode we catch up with General Breedlove to talk about the current state of play with Russia and Ukraine, some possible scenarios that could occur and what to watch for over the near term. We also talk China-Russia and the U.S. relationship with our NATO allies.

March 29th, 2021 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

A Cyber Conversation with Kelly Bissell, Global Managing Director Accenture Security

Kelly Bissell leads Accenture Security, where he oversees the full spectrum of security services including strategic consulting, cyber defense, digital identity, response and remediation services, and managed security services. He is a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee.

March 22nd, 2021 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Admiral James Stavridis

In this episode we speak with Former Supreme Allied Commander and Cipher Brief Expert Admiral (Ret) James Stavridis about his new book, co-written with Elliot Ackerman called '2034: A Novel of the Next World War'. 

March 7th, 2021 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Mark Cooter & Alec Bierbauer- Co-authors of ‘Never Mind We’ll Do It Ourselves’

Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly talks to Mark Cooter & Alec Bierbauer, authors of the new book 'Never Mind We'll Do It Ourselves: How a Team of Renegades Broke Rules, Shattered Barriers and Changed The Face Of Warfare Forever. The book tells the once highly classified story of the birth of the Predator program.

March 1st, 2021 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

William Evanina, Former Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center

Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly talks with William Evanina, who recently stepped down from his post as Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, a post he held from 2014-2021. They discuss the most urgent counterintelligence and security threats facing the U.S. today.

February 1st, 2021 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Paul Kolbe- Director of The Intelligence Project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center

Welcome to the State Secrets Podcast brought to you by The Cipher Brief.  The State Secrets Podcast takes you inside the world of Intelligence and national security through conversations with experts who have spent careers working the toughest issues.  Some of the experts in our network have led organizations like the CIA and the NSA - some have held senior positions in the White House - Many are four-star generals, and others have spent their careers undercover, quietly working the issues from the ground level in the shadows of the limelight. Our guest today is one of those people.  Paul Kolbe is the Director of The Intelligence Project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, before that, he worked in the private sector as the head of BP’s global intelligence and analysis team, but before that, Paul served for 25 years in the Central Intelligence Agency as an operations officer serving in Russia, the Balkans, Indonesia, East Germany, Zimbabwe and Austria.

June 1st, 2020 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Jared Maples- Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

New Jersey has a unique threat profile. It is one of the most densely populated states in the US. It’s also an international travel and transportation hub that sits across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan and is home to significant financial services industry and critical infrastructure. With a range of threats and recent incidents that include domestic and international terrorism, homegrown violent extremism, cyberattacks, disinformation and now COVID-19, New Jersey is on the front lines of some of the most complicated and critical security challenges facing the US. It’s the mission of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) to lead and coordinate New Jersey’s counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and preparedness. This week we’re excited to welcome Jared Maples, the Director of NJOHSP to the show. Jared is the Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. In this role he serves as the federally designated Homeland Security Advisor (HSA) to the Governor and is the Cabinet-level executive responsible for coordinating and leading New Jersey’s Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity, and Emergency Preparedness efforts. Prior to his current role, Jared spent over a decade at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in a variety of leadership roles and previously worked at the US Department of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. As a seasoned intelligence officer, his career focused on executive strategy development and execution, organizational and operational change management, emergency operations response, internal security investigations and personnel protection in high threat environments. Jared has traveled around the world on behalf of the US Government, including many deployments to areas of active hostilities.

May 21st, 2020 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Peter Singer- Strategist at New America and Co-Author of New Book ‘Burn In’

In this edition of the State Secrets podcast, Cipher Brief CEO and publisher, Suzanne Kelly talks with author and strategist, Peter Singer, about his new book Burn-In and what it takes to imagine future threats.

May 11th, 2020 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Richard Haass- President of the Council on Foreign Relations

In this episode Cipher Brief publisher & CEO Suzanne Kelly talks with Richard Haass. Richard is the President of the Council on Foreign Relations, and author of the new book ‘The World, A Brief Introduction’ . The book is a primer designed to help experts and non-experts better navigate a complex and rapidly changing world in which global literacy really matters.  Suzanne caught up with Richard to talk about why he wanted to write this book, what issues worry him the most on the world stage, and why now more than ever, global literacy is so important.

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