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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.
“Risk Taker, Spy Maker” – CIA Operator Barry Broman
Barry Broman spent most of his life in South-east Asia as a photographer, an infantry officer, and as a “diplomat” (although not really!). It is not that he wasn’t a diplomat - it’s just that he did something else too…like recruit over 40 agents, escape the genocidal Khmer Rouge, supervise covert paramilitary operations, and bring in gargantuan quantities of heroin in major drug busts. Barry has lived a life – and then some. Andrew sat down with Barry to talk about his life east of the Irrawaddy River.You can buy Barry's book here.
“The Spymaster’s Prism” – CIA Legend Jack Devine on Countering Russian Aggression
What do Afghan Mujahedeen, the KGB, Pablo Escobar, Iran-Contra, and Chilean Elections have in common? Two words: Jack Devine. This CIA legend is the Forrest Gump of the intelligence world, in that he always finds himself at the center of events. Jack reflects on his remarkable career and hones in on Russian aggression and Vladimir Putin, the subject of his current book, The Spymaster’s Prism. Anybody who went from the streets of blue-collar Philadelphia to Acting Deputy Director of Operations for the CIA has serious gumption.
“Do You Have a Plan for the Worst 15 Seconds of Your Life?” – Life Saving Lessons from CIA Operator Rob Montgomery
Rob Montgomery had a real scare on deployment in Afghanistan…the scare was back in Virginia though; he had a motion detect on his phone that showed multiple unidentified males outside his home in a sleepy college town - while his wife and children were asleep inside. You’ll need to listen to hear the rest of the story, but it did prompt Rob to think more deeply about the life-saving skills he developed over 34 years serving in some of the most austere and dangerous places on the planet. We talk “situational awareness,” CIA training, Krav Maga, and whether you need a go-bag!
“A Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany” – 101-Year-Old Marthe Cohn’s Incredible True Story
Hear an incredible true story. Marthe Cohn was a young Jewish woman who went behind enemy lines into Nazi Germany with a pair of walking shoes, a cover story, and about half a ton of chutzpah. 101-year-old Marthe spoke to Andrew over the phone from her home in Los Angeles.
“Intelligence & the World’s Largest Democracy” - Indian Spy Chief Vikram Sood
In a first for the show, this week’s guest is a former spy chief from the world’s largest democracy. Vikram Sood was the Director of India's Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). Andrew and Vikram talk Pakistan, China, the United States, human capital, intelligence reform and the power of narratives: because spies can be sensitive souls too.
“The Greatest Analyst We Ever Had” – CIA Spy Chief Marty Petersen
Where to begin. Marty was described to me as, “the greatest analyst we ever had (truthfully),” would I be interested in speaking to him? Guess the answer!? The result, a SpyCast with a CIA analytic legend. For 40 years Marty analyzed intelligence for US foreign policymakers, trained a whole generation of analysts, and mentored figures who would go on to have senior leadership positions within American intelligence, such as former Acting and Deputy Director of CIA Mike Morrell. In this episode we talk China, Asia, making sense of the world, and a whole host of topical issues.
New host, fresh air
Cant wait to see how much better the interviews go when Dr. Hammond gets to do them in-person. So happy Vince is gone. He dominated interviews with his self-aggrandizing and political views. How someone is that smug whilst having never served a single day in the IC was quite impressive. Onward and upward.
Attacks on Trump
So in the last episode Barry had to say under Trump the CIA went downhill. Seriously is this the same agency that Brennen ran and attacked a sitting president and lied on multiple media outlets. Not to speak of Clapper who also lied to Congress. Could we have one podcast where one of these entrenched government officials doesn’t attack Trump.
Indian Intelligence/Vikram Sood
The podcast with the former Indian intelligence agency chief Vikram Sood is amazing. I love it. Please continue to have more podcasts from Indian, Pakistani and Israeli agencies if possible. I have been following his share of experiences for a while. The young needs to listen a word from our masters. Jai Hind