On Monday night, The Washington Post reported that President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a meeting at the White House. Specifically, he is said to have described the details of an Islamic State threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft. The information itself was reportedly […]
President-elect Donald Trump has delegated the daily intelligence briefings to Mike Pence—an early sign that the Vice President’s role in national security is going to be an active one. Donald Trump has passed on the opportunity to receive daily intelligence briefings on global security threats in the two weeks since his election — with Mike Pence stepping in instead. The president-elect has taken only two classified | Read More »
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John W. Little and William J. Tucker look at Russian interference in U.S. elections and the latest debate in episode 62 of the Covert Contact podcast.
David Priess joins John W. Little for episode 58 of the Covert Contact national security podcast.
Andrew Trabulsi, entrepreneur, consultant, and co-editor of Warlords, Inc.: Black Markets, Broken States, and the Rise of the Warlord Entrepreneur, joined me on Covert Contact (episode 42) to discuss the growing impact of transnational crime and how it intersects with destabilizing forces ranging from empowered individuals, to terrorist organizations, to rogue governments. The key question at […]
This post by Julia Tatiana Bailey is a companion piece to her appearance on an upcoming episode of the Covert Contact podcast. Subscribe on iTunes or other services to receive it as soon as it is available. – John In recent years, revelations about the mass surveillance programs of Western governments, and the extensive use and […]
In episode 31 of the Covert Contact podcast I’m joined by Patrick Skinner, Director of Special Projects for The Soufan Group. Patrick is a former CIA case officer who specializes in counter-terrorism issues. Patrick’s background in both law enforcement (US Air Marshals and the US Capitol Police) and intelligence has positioned him to understand the […]
William Tucker joins me again for episode 30 of the Covert Contact Podcast. The San Bernardino attack is an odd one in many ways but understanding it is critical as this model of small scale attacks, directed at soft targets, and using readily available weapons is going to be a persistent and growing threat. We […]
Northeastern University professor and terrorism theorist Max Abrahms excels at poking holes in the conventional wisdom and he joins me again in episode 26 to do exactly that. I initially asked Max to discuss his recent piece in Harvard Business Review Why People Keep Saying, “That’s What the Terrorists Want” but we expanded the discussion […]
Howard Kaplan wrote his debut espionage novel, The Damascus Cover, nearly forty years ago. He joins me to discuss the book, the recently completed the film adaptation staring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Sir John Hurt, his own experience serving as a courier for Israeli intelligence in the Soviet Union (where he was eventually detained for […]