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In Intelligence Matters, former acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell, speaks with top leaders of the U.S. intelligence community as they reflect on their life, career and the critical roles they play in shaping national security policies. As a central figure in the most significant U.S. counter-terror efforts of the past two decades and a former CIA intelligence analyst, Morell is uniquely skilled at taking industry leading knowledge to make connections that provide deep insight into complex security events – helping decode intelligence officials’ key priorities and providing perspectives on how to achieve national security objectives. Morell is the author of “The Great War of Our Time” and a vivid account of the Central Intelligence Agency, a life in secrets, and a war in the shadows.

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In Intelligence Matters, former acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell, speaks with top leaders of the U.S. intelligence community as they reflect on their life, career and the critical roles they play in shaping national security policies. As a central figure in the most significant U.S. counter-terror efforts of the past two decades and a former CIA intelligence analyst, Morell is uniquely skilled at taking industry leading knowledge to make connections that provide deep insight into complex security events – helping decode intelligence officials’ key priorities and providing perspectives on how to achieve national security objectives. Morell is the author of “The Great War of Our Time” and a vivid account of the Central Intelligence Agency, a life in secrets, and a war in the shadows.

    Australian Diplomat Nick Warner on His Career in Intelligence

    Australian Diplomat Nick Warner on His Career in Intelligence

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell interviews one of the world's top intelligence officials from down under, Nick Warner. Warner has held senior positions in Australia's diplomatic service, its defense ministry, and its intelligence services. He also served as the director of Australia's equivalent to the CIA, an agency known as ASIS or the Australian Secret Intelligence Service. Warner tells listeners the path he took to becoming a top intelligence official, the importance of the power of the trust, and how he managed to make it out of an Iranian desert stranded. 

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    The Daughters of Kobani and the Fight Against ISIS: Author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

    The Daughters of Kobani and the Fight Against ISIS: Author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters with Michael Morell, author and adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Gayle Tzemach Lemmon talks about her new book The Daughters of Kobani. The new release tells the story of the Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) and their fight against ISIS alongside American forces. Lemmon discusses what she describes as the most far reaching experiment in women's equality in the least likely place in the world.

    • 37 min
    DECLASSIFIED: Norman Roule on the Iranian Response to the U.S. Invasion of Iraq

    DECLASSIFIED: Norman Roule on the Iranian Response to the U.S. Invasion of Iraq

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters DECLASSIFIED: Spy Stories from the Agents Who Were There, host Michael Morell interviews Norman "Norm" Roule. Roule spent 34 years working in the CIA where he led as the Iran Mission Manager for the entire intelligence community. After leaving the CIA, Roule joined ODNI as the National Intelligence Manager for Iran from 2008-2017. Currently, he is serving as a Senior Adviser to the Counter Extremism Project and United Against Nuclear Iran. In this episode, you will hear Roule break down past administration failures dealing with Iran, the consequences of inaction, and what Iran hopes for in a future nuclear deal. 

    • 38 min
    The Existential Threat Of Nuclear Weapons: NTI's Lynn Rusten

    The Existential Threat Of Nuclear Weapons: NTI's Lynn Rusten

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, Michael Morell spoke last month with Lynn Rusten, Vice President of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and leader of the Global Nuclear Policy Program, about the state of nuclear proliferation in the world. Rusten warned that experts are not focused on the existential threat of nuclear weapons, examines current nuclear treaties, and recommends starting by repairing alliances. 

    • 35 min
    The Trump-Biden Foreign Policy Transition: FDD's David Adesnik and John Hannah

    The Trump-Biden Foreign Policy Transition: FDD's David Adesnik and John Hannah

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell interviews former national security officials John Hannah and David Adesnik, now with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Together, they joined forces as co-editors and have just published a compilation of a set of essays called “From Trump to Biden: The Way Forward for U.S. National Security.” Hannah and Adesnik highlight their concerns for where the nation's national security stands today, and name pros-and-cons the new Biden administration should take away from Trump's time in office. 

    • 38 min
    The Threat of Bioweapons: West Point Biochemist Dr. Kenneth Wickiser

    The Threat of Bioweapons: West Point Biochemist Dr. Kenneth Wickiser

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, Michael Morell speaks with Dr. Ken Wickiser, a biochemist and the Associate Dean of Research at the United States Military Academy at West Point, about his piece “Engineered Pathogens and Unnatural Biological Weapons: The Future Threat of Synthetic Biology.” Wickiser describes the growing influence of synthetic biology and what can happen if it gets in the wrong hands.

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Daughters of Kobani

Wow what a story. Who knew! This is such an important story. Can’t wait to buy Gayle’s book. Thank you Michael for another great interview.

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EERIEE

Eerie to hear Fauci speak a year before the covid pandemic an Dan Coates saying pandemic virus is US biggest weakness. Fauci speaking on it, and various ways it would happen. 😳

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Pulling troops from Afghanistan has undermined Afghan confidence, says former ambassador

I thought this was a very important broadcast with many great thoughts. But I am still struggling with the Ambassador that the best option is a long drawn out effort. Is Afganiztan becoming like Vietnam? Are we are fighting an enemy that wants victory way more than we do and is willing to play the long game? Are we still propping up corrupt governments? Do we keep changing goals? Am I wrong?

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