15 Minutes

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Sinopsis

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space.

Episodios

  • Coronavirus and the Cartels

    Coronavirus and the Cartels

    28/04/2020 Duración: 26min

    This week we’re joined by Cipher Brief Expert Mike Vigil.  Mike is the former Chief of International Operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration. Before his retirement, he was one of the most highly-decorated agents within the agency and was responsible for numerous multi-national operations, the largest involved 36 countries. He was also responsible for developing global intelligence sharing platforms. He is also the author of three books:  DEAL and Metal Coffins: The Blood Alliance Cartel and Narco Queen. And this interesting note, Vigil was made an honorary General by the government of Afghanistan and given the key to the city of Shanghai by China, all in appreciation for his efforts battling the drug trade. Cipher Brief COO Brad Christian caught up with Mike from his quarantine base in New Mexico, to talk about: How the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the cartels. How are the cartels seeking to expand their portfolio to ensure survival during a time when normal revenues and operations are at a near st

  • Natural Language Processing and National Security

    Natural Language Processing and National Security

    26/03/2020 Duración: 24min

    Welcome to the next episode of the State Secrets podcast.  This week we catch up with Brian Raymond, who is the Senior Director of the National Security Group at Primer, a machine intelligence company headquartered in San Francisco.  Primer is one of our private sector partners at The Cipher Brief and is part of our daily open source collection team.  They are involved in pushing the envelope of technology applied towards national security objectives that use machine learning and artificial intelligence.  We caught up with Brian on a recent phone call to discuss a specific aspect of machine learning, known as natural language processing, and how it’s being used to enable missions across the national security community.

  • Admiral James Stavridis

    Admiral James Stavridis

    15/10/2019 Duración: 26min

    Admiral James Stavridis spent more than thirty years in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star Admiral.  He served as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and previously commanded U.S. Southern Command.  You can imagine that someone with that kind of experience has seen a lot in his career, so to retire and then write a book about character is an interesting choice. Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher talkes with Admiral Stavridis about what made him want to zero in on the issue of character – as he does in his book – by examining the careers and the choices of ten other admirals.

  • Border Security Part 2

    Border Security Part 2

    18/07/2019 Duración: 21min

    This is part 2 of our border security series.  In this episode Cipher Brief COO Brad Christian catches back up with Mike Fisher, former Chief of the US Customs and Border Protection, to talk about recent developments with Mexico, the situation surrounding children in detention along the border, threats of deportations by the U.S. administration and what it will take to get the border crisis under control.  

  • Border Security Part 1

    Border Security Part 1

    15/07/2019 Duración: 33min

    Border security is a complex issue.  From conflict zones like Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, to geo-political hot spots like Israel and North Korea.  International borders are often where military, law enforcement, crime, politics and policy collide. Rarely do countries have the ability to control their entire borders, leaving open the possibility of smuggling and illegal immigration.  The United States is among the world’s countries facing a very challenging border security dynamic. Just in the last 12 months we’ve seen controversy surrounding the use of military troops to bolster border security, a crisis over children being separated from their families, heated political debates over budgets and walls, senior leadership in DHS seemingly at odds with White House policy, and intense diplomatic negotiations between the United States and Mexico.  Against this backdrop is a worsening humanitarian crisis that is claiming more lives and exhausting resources.    What we’re NOT talking much about in media conversatio

  • The Fifth Domain with Richard Clark

    The Fifth Domain with Richard Clark

    14/07/2019 Duración: 29min

    Richard Clarke has been on the cutting edge of terrorism and cyber issues for quite some time.  He served more than 30 years in government and was the first White House official tasked with taking charge of U.S. cybersecurity policy.  He’s written eight books, half fiction, half non-fiction and his latest book, ‘The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats’ was written with Robert Knake, who served as director for cybersecurity policy at the White House from 2011-2015.  Today both men serve as cybersecurity consultants, advising corporations and investors on cyber-related issues.

  • JJ Green, National Security Correspondent, WTOP

    JJ Green, National Security Correspondent, WTOP

    09/05/2019 Duración: 39min

    If you’ve done any reporting on national security issues in Washington DC, you already know JJ Green. He’s been covering national security for the city’s most popular radio station for 15 years now.  As you can imagine, he’s seen a lot of changes in that time.   I sat down with JJ recently in Washington to talk about how national security reporting works, how reporters and correspondents gain access to news and policy makers and how a they navigate the sometimes tricky task of getting the story right, and getting the story first.    The one thing JJ and I both agreed on – is the fact that the job is harder today than at any time in recent memory.  Every administration comes in with ‘gatekeepers’ – they are the staffers who decide which reporters get access to decision makers and which do not.  Which reporters get called in for background briefings, and which reporters get those exclusive one-on-one sit downs?

  • Javelin

    Javelin

    29/04/2019 Duración: 39min

    It seems like everyone in Washington, DC wants to write a book these days, and more of them are, even if they aren't the big names you're used to hearing.  There are stories to tell in this town, and there are sleuths who know how to go about telling them.  Keith Urbahn is a co-owner of the literary agency Javelin, which started out getting book deals for smaller names with bigger stories, but when they signed James Comey for his book released in 2017, they knew things had changed.   State Secrets sat down with Urban in his office, in Alexandria, VA.  

  • Christopher Krebs

    Christopher Krebs

    07/03/2019 Duración: 39min

    Christopher Krebs left his role as the Director of Cybersecurity Policy for Microsoft back in 2017 and went back to work for the government.  He joined the Department of Homeland Security with a top priority to get anew Agency established- one that put a solid focus on government support for a private sector facing an onslaught of cyber threats.   Krebs saw that dream become reality last November when the President signed the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency Act- which officially elevated an existing component of the DHS to Agency status. We caught up with CISA's first Director and biggest advocate, Christopher Krebs to talk about what he hopes to do now that the Agency is established.  

  • Steve Hall, former member CIAs Senior Intelligence Service

    Steve Hall, former member CIA's Senior Intelligence Service

    18/02/2019 Duración: 29min

    Steven Hall spent more than 30 years in the CIA, the bulk of them running and managing intelligence operations in Eurasia and Latin America.  He has experience both in counterintelligence and counterterrorism and has overseen intelligence operations in the countries of the former Soviet Union.  When he retired from the CIA in 2015, he did so as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service, a small cadre of officers who are the senior-most leaders of the CIA’s Clandestine Service. Hall is also a Cipher Brief expert who was reading the president’s tweets about his Intelligence leaders after Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats delivered the IC’s annual threat assessment to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last month.  A clearly upset President took to Twitter after media reports highlighted differences between the IC’s assessment of threats, and recent statements made by the President. Without missing a beat, the President called his IC leaders ‘naïve’, and suggested they go ‘back to school’. T

  • China Expert Professor Graham Allison

    China Expert Professor Graham Allison

    11/02/2019 Duración: 33min

    A recent worldwide threat report delivered to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence by leaders of the Intelligence Community made clear that China is the largest national security threat to the United States.   This week, State secrets talks to one of the world's most renowned experts on the U.S.- China relationship, Graham Allison.  His 2017 book Destined for War: Can American and China Escape Thucydides' Trap? was a national and international best seller. Allison has just recently returned from China, where he spoke with Chinese officials about the State of Affairs with the U.S. We caught up with him when he was in his office at Harvard University, where he has taught for more than five decades.

  • State Secrets Bonus Episode with John Sipher

    State Secrets Bonus Episode with John Sipher

    31/01/2019 Duración: 18min

    We spoke with Cipher Brief Expert John Sipher, to understand the impact of the President's comments towards the Intelligence Community leaders, following a firestorm of debate after the presentation of the worldwide threat assessment by the Intelligence Community leadership to Congress.

  • Bonus Episode- General Hayden Introduces the 2018 Threat Report

    Bonus Episode- General Hayden Introduces the 2018 Threat Report

    31/01/2019 Duración: 11min

    This week we’re presenting a special bonus episode of the State Secrets podcast.  Each year at the Cipher Brief’s Annual Threat Conference, we open the event with a presentation of our Annual Threat Report.  In 2018 former Director of the CIA and NSA, General Michael Hayden presented the annual threat report.   He began with an overview of the top global security threats.  On that list were issues related to China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and Terrorism, as you would expect.  But Hayden also adds a rich description of how the global world order, the one based significantly on the post WWII, American-led system is changing.  That change, he argues represents a major concern for the entire world, in particular for U.S. allies, and represents very serious challenges to the United States.

  • John Carlin- Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security

    John Carlin- Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security

    07/01/2019 Duración: 30min

    This week we are pleased to welcome John Carlin to the show.  John was Chief of Staff and Senior Council to Bob Mueller when Mr. Mueller served as FBI Director. Carlin also worked as the National Coordinator for DOJ’s Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Program – better known as CHIP, and he has served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. John currently chairs Morrison and Foerster’s Global Risk and Crisis Management practice and is co-head of the firm’s national security practice. John has written a book recently with author Garrett Graff, titled, ‘Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battle Against Russia, China and the Rising Global Cyber Threat.

  • Former NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett

    Former NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett

    17/12/2018 Duración: 35min

    This week we're pleased to welcome former Deputy Director of the NSA, and Cipher Brief Expert Rick Ledgett to the show.  Ledgett retired from the NSA as a senior civilian leader in April 2017, capping a career in government that included leading the NSA's Media Leaks Task Force from June 2013 to January 2014, just as the NSA was dealing with a particularly damaging leaker named Edward Snowden.   Now in the private sector, Ledgett works with CEO's, CISO's and CSO's to help them better understand the cyber threat landscape and find better ways to build resilience as cyber threats continue to impact companies bottom line.   We also spoke with him about educating all Americans on basic internet hygiene.  

  • Former Director of the CIA General David Petraeus

    Former Director of the CIA General David Petraeus

    06/12/2018 Duración: 53min

    This week we are pleased to welcome General David Petraeus.  Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly sat down with the General, as he was preparing for one of the many international trips he takes these days in his role as Partner with the global investment firm KKR.   On a rainy afternoon in Washington, we spoke with General Petraeus about global security issues, public-private partnerships, innovation in government, U.S.-China relations, Saudi Arabia, Russia and America's leadership role in the future.  

  • The New York Times National Security Correspondent David Sanger

    The New York Times National Security Correspondent David Sanger

    11/11/2018 Duración: 37min

    Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly talks with David Sanger, The New York Times national security correspondent and author of The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age, about the current threat environment and what needs to be done to help people better understand how cyber threats impact them.

  • Former CIA and NSA Director General Michael Hayden

    Former CIA and NSA Director General Michael Hayden

    05/11/2018 Duración: 36min

    Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly talks with former CIA and NSA Director General Michael Hayden about today’s biggest threats, foreign and domestic. 

  • Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff

    Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff

    29/10/2018 Duración: 34min

    Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly talks with former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff about the new threats to the homeland as well as privacy threats, and what to do about Exploding Data…only in the State Secrets podcast from The Cipher Brief

  • (Ret.) General Stanley McChrystal

    (Ret.) General Stanley McChrystal

    22/10/2018 Duración: 35min

    Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly sits down with (Ret.) General Stanley McChrystal to talk about Jamal Khashoggi, Pakistan’s Incoming Intelligence Chief, and the Generals’ new book: Leaders: Myth and Reality…as well as whether the General himself would consider running for public office.

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