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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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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.

    Reporting From Ukraine's Front Line: CBS News Correspondent Holly Williams

    Reporting From Ukraine's Front Line: CBS News Correspondent Holly Williams

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with award-winning CBS News senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams about her on-the-ground reporting in Ukraine since the days of the 2014 Maidan revolution. Williams and Morell discuss the scenes at the front lines of the conflict today, including the brutality of Russia's tactics, the morale of Ukraine's forces, and Volodymyr Zelenskyy's unlikely rise to the presidency. Williams also offers insights into the kinds of preparations that are made for conflict zone reporting and reflects on the sacrifices journalists have made while covering Russia's war. 

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    State of Play in Ukraine: Former Moscow Chief of Station Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

    State of Play in Ukraine: Former Moscow Chief of Station Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with former senior CIA operations officer and Moscow station chief Rolf Mowatt-Larssen about the likely trajectory of the war in Ukraine, including the possibility of a negotiated peace -- or dangerous escalation. Mowatt-Larssen offers insights on Putin's options, potential rifts among his intelligence agencies, and persistent rumors about the Russian leader's health. Morell and Mowatt-Larssen also discuss Western involvement in the conflict and the lingering potential for the Kremlin to use weapons of mass destruction. 

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    Counterterrorism Chief Christy Abizaid on Top Terror Threats to the U.S.

    Counterterrorism Chief Christy Abizaid on Top Terror Threats to the U.S.

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Christine "Christy" Abizaid, director of the National Counterterrorism Center within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Abizaid explains how the center's mission has evolved in the two decades following 9/11 and where its current areas of focus are. She details the existing external attack capabilities of terror networks including ISIS, al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab and explains how their ideologies have spread worldwide. Abizaid also offers her perspective on the threat within the United States of domestic violent extremists, explaining how NCTC supports domestic law enforcement agencies in tracking and disrupting potential attacks. 

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    Israel's Security Challenges: Former Senior Mossad Officer Zohar Palti

    Israel's Security Challenges: Former Senior Mossad Officer Zohar Palti

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Zohar Palti, former senior Mossad officer and head of the Israeli Defense Forces' Political-Military Bureau, about his career, Israel's approach to the Iran nuclear issue and Tehran's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Palti shares his views on the value of intelligence to key decision points in Israel's historic national security choices and the bond between the Mossad and CIA. He also discusses the current top threats to Israel today. 

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    Former GOP Congressman and CIA Officer Will Hurd

    Former GOP Congressman and CIA Officer Will Hurd

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Will Hurd, a former CIA officer and Republican Congressman from Texas who served on the House Intelligence Committee. Morell and Hurd, who is the author of the new book, "American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done," discuss a range of domestic challenges - including immigration, political division, and adapting to advanced technologies - that may pose broader national security threats. They also discuss the U.S. policy toward Ukraine amid Russia's invasion and America's preparedness for long-term competition with China.

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    John McLaughlin on Russia's World-Changing War

    John McLaughlin on Russia's World-Changing War

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with former CIA deputy director John McLaughlin about the global implications of Russia's invasion of Ukraine - including within Russia itself, across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. McLaughlin offers analysis on Russian president Vladimir Putin's personal position, the nature of a potential Ukrainian insurgency, and the rebuilding that will have to follow the end of the war. Morell and McLaughlin also discuss the future of Western alliances, how China deals with the world, and how the world deals with China.

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Bart Ranger ,

Great Podcast

I’ve listened to the podcast from the very beginning and I’ve never missed an episode. I am not an intelligence professional and you don’t have to be. Mike and his team have an uncanny ability to break down what is important in a way that laymen like us can appreciate the enormous sacrifice and dedication of the intelligence professionals who are keeping us safe. To all the professionals who tirelessly and anonymously keep Americans safe, thank you for your service 🙏🏿

Bizjan ,

Is it a production of NPR?

Mr. Morrell has been overall more successful in his show than CIA. Here, at least he sincerely serves those who he has pledge to, Far Left, who want to topple completely this system.

In his show, he has been doing his best to have his guests only confirm what he believes. If any of these guest expresses a slightly different opinion, Mr. Morrell will interrupt, CORRECT, and Educate them. Fortunately, there were some great guests who schooled this poor guy in his own show.

This crap just like NPR isn’t worths my time.

THE OTHER LISA ,

Must listen

I’ve been a listener of this podcast since the beginning. This is the most important , cannot miss, insightful, and helpful conversation to inform on historical and current events relating to our country, foreign countries and foreign policy. Please listen.

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