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Our Manifesto

SpyCast is not conceived in a remote podcast factory, assembled on an industrial basis, and then "sold" by an actor reading from a script - SpyCast is an artisanal product, hand-made in Washington D.C., informed by people in the know, and consumed the world over by inquiring minds. 

SpyCast's sole purpose is to educate its listeners about the past, present and future of intelligence and espionage. Globalization and technological change make an informed citizenry and robust debate more important than ever. The U.S. Constitution protects our ability to pursue our mission and to reach a global audience - something for which we are grateful. This responsibility will never be outsourced to an impersonal global value chain.

We are produced in the global epicenter of intelligence and espionage. We count 18 intelligence agencies, 175 embassies, and 400 think-tanks as our neighbors. We are part of the morning commute to Langley, Ft. Meade and the Pentagon. We are heard in London, Canberra, New Delhi, and yes, even Moscow, Havana and Beijing. We have a Rolodex that would make an ex-president wince. We are imitated, but never intimidated. We are 15 years strong. We are SpyCast.

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TOP SECRET

Personal Attention, SpyCast Listeners

Known to be the podcast real spies listen to -(STOP)- eavesdrop on conversations with high level sources from around the world -(STOP)- spychiefs molehunters defectors covert operators analysts cyberwarriors technologists debriefed by SPY Historian Hammond -(STOP)- stories secrets tradecraft and technology discussed -(STOP)- museum confirmed to have greatest collection of artifacts on the subject anywhere in the world -(STOP)- podcast rumored to be 15 years old -(STOP)- entire back catalog available online for free -(STOP)- please investigate this claim with all possible haste -(STOP)- SPY Historian Hammond said to have a Scottish accent -(STOP)- is this a countermeasure or a hearts-and-minds campaign?

(END TELEGRAM)

Our Manifesto

SpyCast is not conceived in a remote podcast factory, assembled on an industrial basis, and then "sold" by an actor reading from a script - SpyCast is an artisanal product, hand-made in Washington D.C., informed by people in the know, and consumed the world over by inquiring minds. 

SpyCast's sole purpose is to educate its listeners about the past, present and future of intelligence and espionage. Globalization and technological change make an informed citizenry and robust debate more important than ever. The U.S. Constitution protects our ability to pursue our mission and to reach a global audience - something for which we are grateful. This responsibility will never be outsourced to an impersonal global value chain.

We are produced in the global epicenter of intelligence and espionage. We count 18 intelligence agencies, 175 embassies, and 400 think-tanks as our neighbors. We are part of the morning commute to Langley, Ft. Meade and the Pentagon. We are heard in London, Canberra, New Delhi, and yes, even Moscow, Havana and Beijing. We have a Rolodex that would make an ex-president wince. We are imitated, but never intimidated. We are 15 years strong. We are SpyCast.

    “How Spies Think” – 10 Lessons in Intelligence with Sir David Omand [FROM THE ARCHIVE]

    “How Spies Think” – 10 Lessons in Intelligence with Sir David Omand [FROM THE ARCHIVE]

    This was the most popular episode of 2020. Apparently, people are interested in the views of former GCHQ Director, Joint Intelligence Committee Chair, and first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator on, well - how spies think. I am sure David – now a Visiting Professor at Kings College, London – has a few thoughts on the subject. Hear Andrew debrief this week’s guest on the insights derived from a career spent at the summit of British intelligence. 1 Book, 2 Glaswegians, 10 Lessons in Intelligence. It’s simple, really. Sláinte!

    • 58 min
    “Al Qaeda, DOD & the 9/11 Commission” – with Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Undersecretary for Arms Control & International Security

    “Al Qaeda, DOD & the 9/11 Commission” – with Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Undersecretary for Arms Control & International Security

    Alexis Albion – star of our 500th episode anniversary special – is a very good friend of the current Undersecretary for Arms Control & International Security, Bonnie Jenkins. Way back when, they were both on the 9/11 Commission Report – while Alexis’ focus was on the CIA and counterterrorism before the attacks, Bonnie’s was on the DOD and counterterrorism – tiny subjects, I know. In this week’s episode, hear two old friends reminisce, reflect, and put the world to rights. Move over Saturn, get out of the way Jupiter, two huge brains are a comin’ through.

    • 51 min
    “Snake-Eaters, Detachment A, CIA” – A Conversation with James Stejskal

    “Snake-Eaters, Detachment A, CIA” – A Conversation with James Stejskal

    Spook. Warrior. Author. This week’s guest is one helluva interesting guy. He was in a clandestine Special Forces unit in Berlin during the Cold War, “stay behinds” who would sabotage, subvert and generally wreak havoc should World War III break out. He was badly wounded after driving over a land-mine in Somalia in 1992, almost losing his entire leg and suffering a serious head injury. In a subsequent life, James was a CIA officer in Africa when the US embassies were blown up in Kenya and Tanzania and saw the Agency pivot in the aftermath of 9/11. Oh, did I mention, he also dabbles in combat archaeology.


    “Hours and hours of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror.” If this sounds like your last trip down the I-95, listening to your blowhard uncle at Thanksgiving, or what it’s like to watch Jets vs. Giants, it’s purely coincidence – for it’s how this week’s guest characterized Army life.

    • 49 min
    “American Traitor” – with ex-Delta Force Author Brad Taylor

    “American Traitor” – with ex-Delta Force Author Brad Taylor

    Project Prometheus. In the words of ex-Delta Force author Brad Taylor, “Super Double Daddy Bad Classified.” If you’re looking to find a podcast that helps break down the complexities of Chinese foreign policy through the vehicle of a page-turner written by a NYT Bestselling Author, you’ve arrived at the right doorstep my friend. Brad does serious research. He is also funny, down-to-earth, and super-duper interesting. Por ejemplo, on his first date with his now wife, he told her he was going to join Special Forces and write a novel – after 21 years in the military, including many years in a special mission unit, Brad has now written 15. We talk through American Traitor, Pike Logan, his writing process (and Chinese foreign policy).

    • 48 min
    The Journey of Two Extraordinary Women in Intel. & Security” – with Lisa Kaplan (Alethea, CEO) and Avril Eklund (GitHub, CSO)

    The Journey of Two Extraordinary Women in Intel. & Security” – with Lisa Kaplan (Alethea, CEO) and Avril Eklund (GitHub, CSO)

    I was really good at buying drugs, which is how I got recruited into narcotics. Apparently, I make a really good crackhead.” “Frankly, fact-checking doesn’t matter in today’s world.” Intrigued? You should be. Avril and Lisa are absolutely fascinating! Avril built an intelligence team for the Attorney General’s Office in Pennsylvania, from scratch. Her unit collected strategic intel on narcotics trends and went on to predict the methamphetamine trend before it even hit the Keystone State. Lisa was the Digital Director for Angus King of Maine, a Senator on the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Armed Services Committee, and the Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Hmmmm…do you think those committees might have digital information foreign adversaries might be interested in…Get the full skinny on Avril – CSO for Github - and Lisa – CEO of Alethea Group - in this week’s SpyCast. Because intel is regional too.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    “Special Operations & Intelligence” – A Conversation with the President of SOF’s “Think-Do Tank”

    “Special Operations & Intelligence” – A Conversation with the President of SOF’s “Think-Do Tank”

    Post 9/11, special operations and intelligence worked together side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder and hand-in-glove (or any other heavily-hyphenated term you care to mention that connotates BFFness). What will happen with the relationship now, though, and in American history how have these two important components of national security related to each other? Enter the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), located in Tampa, Florida, and more particularly their President Isaiah “Ike” Wilson, who sits down with Andrew for this week’s episode of #SpyCast. “I think, therefore I am” Nope. “I think, therefore I do”

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

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1K Ratings

Kzoootters ,

Good podcast

This is one of 5 podcasts I regularly listen too. I really enjoy the host and guests. There is the occasion I have to rewind a little to understand the Hoya’s thick accent but it adds to the show! Keep up the great work.

Iris LB ,

Been listening for yrs.

Quality show, good topics, interesting guests, cool host w Scottish accent. They cover George Washington’s spies, Kim Philly and the Cambridge Spies, and women spies. All kinds of intelligence issues. My favorite episodes were Moe Berg 11/11/14 and Agent Garbo 8/21/12. Hilarious and fascinating. I’ve learned so much about intelligence, and better understand the issues and threats in the world today. History is prologue. Can’t speak highly enough, this show is really that good.

tobyharnden ,

Indispensable listening for spy watchers

This is an outstanding and indeed indispensable podcast - a must-listen - for anyone with an interest in espionage and spycraft. At a time when intelligence agencies are often caught in partisan crossfire, Spy Cast avoids the shallow day-to-day and instead goes deeper. Its guests are a who’s who of intelligence practitioners - some familiar names, some only recently out of the shadows. I particularly enjoy Andrew Hammond’s questions, which reflect on his deep knowledge of all things espionage and breadth of interests. I listen to every new podcast and am steadily making my way through the library of old ones.

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