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Fri, 16 Feb 2024 01:47:00 +0000

Netanyahu Bombs Rafah | EMERGENCY Podcast


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The whole world is watching to see whether sound judgement and humanity will win out in the final hours before Israel launches a possible ground assault into Rafah in the Gaza strip. Warnings from the UN, the Human Rights Watch, and multiple democratic allies including the US have all shared that the assault could constitute genocide. History is being made and the world is watching...

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Fri, 09 Feb 2024 08:00:00 +0000

The War We've All Feared is HERE | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 34


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Americans are dead in Jordan. Iran is to blame. What will happen next? With a full-blown crisis in the Middle East, a war in Europe, and the most important election in Joe Bidens career just a few months away, the stakes couldnt be higher. Jihi and I tackle these concerns and more in our first in-studio conversion for 2024. We cant wait to hear your thoughts and share our own.

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Tue, 06 Feb 2024 01:28:00 +0000

THIS can make your relationship MUCH happier | How to Love Like a CIA Spy Couple


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Marriage gets a lot of bad press, and it's no surprise why! Anyone who has tied the knot only to watch their sex-life decrease, fights increase, and stress peak around kids and career we totally know your pain. But a ray of hope recently came out for married couples everywhere after a study at University of Chicago. Today, Jihi and I are sharing those results and giving you some insight into our own marriage warts and all!

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Fri, 02 Feb 2024 21:11:00 +0000

"This Is A Middle East CRISIS" | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 32


The war between Israel and Hamas has officially turned into a full blown Middle East Crisis. With rockets and deaths happening from Iran to Iraq, violence has spread far beyond its original border between Gaza and Israel. It's time to have a hard conversation about the people, politics, and perceptions surrounding this growing conflict. And even more importantly, what it might mean for you, us, our families, and the future.

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Fri, 26 Jan 2024 08:00:00 +0000

Trump, Biden and 2024 Presidential Election | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 31


The US Presidential race is speeding up with the Iowa caucus results complete and the New Hampshire Primary coming soon! As Americans watch political promises, lies, and tactics take center stage, Jihi and I wanted to take a minute to break down our perspective of where things are right now, some facts about Iowa, our thoughts on Donald Trump and Nikki Haley, and where we see America (and the world) going next.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2024 08:00:00 +0000

The Battle For Taiwan: Covert Influence vs Military Force | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 30


2024 just started off with a bang! The Taiwan elections, US Missile attacks in Yemen, and the inevitable failure of New Year Resolutions are all on the docket for Jihi and I in our first conversation of the new year. If you are concerned about what is coming in the weeks and months ahead, let us share our perspective and feel free to drop your own comments on where you agree, disagree, or learn something new.

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Fri, 15 Dec 2023 08:00:00 +0000

EXPOSING The Deep State's Role in the White House | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 29


The holidays are looming, in-laws are harassing, Israel is bombing, and we all just want a day off! Today is not that day, but you're close join me and Jihi for a conversation about spy skills to make the rest of 2023 a success, Cuba spy stories, how to beat in-laws at their own game, and of course an update on our life and business.

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Fri, 08 Dec 2023 08:00:00 +0000

How To Manipulate People Like a CIA Spy | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 28


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Fri, 01 Dec 2023 08:00:00 +0000

Exclusive Report: Israel Intel Failure in Hamas Attack | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 27


After a long travel project on the road, Andy is back in the studio just in time to talk about breaking news that points to a potential Intelligence Failure by Israel that could have prevented the surprise attack from Hamas on Oct 7, 2023. With the Gaza cease-fire agreement extended and more hostages being released, the whole world is wondering what happens next.

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Thu, 02 Nov 2023 23:01:00 +0000

CIA Spies EXPOSE the Future of AI | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 22


Technology doesnt just change your everyday life, it also transforms the battlefield and the face of human conflict. From the Civil War to the War in Ukraine, technology continues to serve both to enhance and destroy human life. As parents and former CIA operatives, Jihi and I are always watching for new innovations in the tech sector. And recent creations from grenade-dropping drones to self-driving cars speak to a strange new era we face as parents, professionals, and partners. If you are as curious about technology as we are, dont miss this conversation. And as a bonus, stay to the end to find out what happens when a covert officer dies in the line of duty

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Mon, 30 Oct 2023 13:43:00 +0000

CIA's WARNING: The Dangerous Impact of Tribalism Unveiled | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 26


Narrative and propaganda are as real and relevant today as they ever were. And the building blocks for both exist in emotional and rational thinking. Whether you're watching breaking news or reading about the newest fad diet, you are constantly being bombarded with messages that are designed to shape the way you think. In this episode, Jihi and I break down how you can combat the biases built into politics, advertising, and media to keep yourself and your family safe.

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Fri, 27 Oct 2023 21:12:00 +0000

The #1 Trait I Learned from CIA | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 25


Some of the most impactful skills CIA taught me and Jihi had nothing to do with weapons, locks, or lies. In this episode, we are excited to share what we learned about building, training, and improving personal courage. It's not what you think, and not at all what the movies make it look like.

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Mon, 23 Oct 2023 07:00:00 +0000

Uncovering the Untold Story: CIA Insights on Union Strikes | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 24


Hundreds of thousands of Americans are on strike, in industries from automotive to entertainment. But the history of strikes in America goes back much further than most people realize. And there's a logical reason for why strikes are successful, popular, and on the rise, even though the number of unions in the United States has decreased by almost 300%. Join me and Jihi as we walk through one of the most contentious issues facing America today and what it means for the future of your career, your family, and our economy.

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Mon, 23 Oct 2023 00:47:00 +0000

CIA Spy's REACTION to Biden's Israel Address


I dont know how long YouTube will allow this video to stay up. In it, I break down the 3 types of lying techniques President Biden used to influence the American People during his Emergency Presidential address last week. The world is struggling to make sense of what is happening between Israel and Palestine right now. The toll of victims continues to rise, an unprecedented siege of Gaza is expected any day now, and a humanitarian crisis including millions of innocent people is unfolding before our eyes. At the peak of international tensions, US President Biden made an address to encourage the American people to stand with Israel and continue support to Ukraine. While I agree with President Biden that America is a beacon of hope, freedom, and power for the world, I cannot stand aside quietly and let his Presidential address continue to confuse and mislead the same Americans we both swore to protect and defend.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2023 07:00:00 +0000

The DESTABILIZATION of AFRICA: CIA Spies Tell ALL | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 23


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Strong-man governments are on the rise and authoritarian regimes are growing in popularity by the day. Nowhere is proof of this massive global shift more clear than in Africa where a record number of coups have taken place in once-hopeful democracies. But before you judge war-torn Africa as a lost cause, consider the fact that we live in a world that rewards the strongest. In fact, you might even be guilty of it in your own house, just like me

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Fri, 13 Oct 2023 13:11:00 +0000

Netanyahus PREDICTABLE Response Against Hamas | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 21


The Hamas incursion into Israel shocked the world, but Israel's response did not. The humanitarian crisis developing in Gaza with each passing day is already capturing the attention of the world within days of the surprise attack. And what comes next is both sad and predictable, in much the same way as Netanyahu's response to the original attack was both sad and predictable.

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Mon, 09 Oct 2023 07:00:00 +0000

CIA High Performance SECRETS | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 20


Every parent worries about the trauma they cause their child. And every adult knows the trauma they endured growing up. But what most people dont realize is that there is a formula that can turn childhood trauma into high-achievement. The same children that grow up feeling ignored, unloved, and not-good-enough can become the adults that do amazing things. CIA knows the formula, and today Jihi and I are giving it to you.

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Mon, 09 Oct 2023 01:56:00 +0000

Israel vs Palestine: Hamas Declares WAR | EMERGENCY Podcast


This weekend, the terrorist group Hamas launched a successful surprise attack into Israel that left the world shocked. While some are calling the attack an intelligence failure, Israel has declared war on Hamas in the Gaza strip. With an active war in Europe between Ukraine and Russia rounding a second year, the Middle East was on the brink of peace. So the question everyone is asking is 'Why did Hamas attack NOW?' Today, we answer that question

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Fri, 06 Oct 2023 07:00:00 +0000

UNVAILING CIA Recruitment: SKILL vs TALENT | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 19


It's amazing what you can learn spending one day on a horror movie set! And under all the masks, makeup and monster costumes was a powerful lesson we're excited to share with you today. For anyone frustrated or disappointed by education in America, this is a must-see!

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Tue, 03 Oct 2023 07:00:00 +0000

CIA Sleep Cognitive Techniques | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 18


I am a total sleep-geek. I love sleep, respect it, crave it, and obey it. I know that makes me a lame date and a bit of a party-pooper, but its worth it! Join Jihi and me as we dive deep into what makes sleep work mentally and physically, and how you can transform your sleep habits literally overnight with a few CIA sleep hacks for a great nights rest. And if youve ever wondered what Jih and I did for our first jobs, come sit with us and find out!

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Fri, 29 Sep 2023 07:00:00 +0000

DECODING UN General Assembly 2023 | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 17


Be sure to checkout the awesome FREE info kit from todays sponsor Birch Gold at https://birchgold.com/spy The world is experiencing a major shift in global power. Recent international summits from the G20 meeting to the UN General Assembly have shown an increasing divide between East and West. European allies to the US have changed their positions on the Ukraine War, prioritized trade with China and Russia, and are refocusing their efforts on their own domestic issues. Meanwhile, crises in Latin America and West Africa drain US dollars, energy, and efforts. Jihi and I cant wait to share the CIA lesson we see hidden in all the headlines.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2023 07:00:00 +0000

China on Track to OUTPACE USA in SPACE | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 16


You know what its like to work too hard, stay up too late, and push yourself a little too far. Burnout is not fun. But it is also predictable and preventable when you know what to look for. The signs arent as obvious as you might think! Sit with Jihi and me as we tell you how we learned to identify and avoid burnout in the field running multi-week and multi-month operations. And while you're at it, you can learn about Jihis super nerdy fascination with the US Space Force!

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Fri, 22 Sep 2023 07:00:00 +0000

Inside CIA's Game: Unraveling Hard Power vs Soft Power | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 15


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Mon, 18 Sep 2023 07:00:00 +0000

CIA SPY Couple DECODE Marriage | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 14


here are two words that immediately strike hope and sadness into the heart of every married parent Date Night! Hope because we all remember what its like to fall in love and have uninterrupted romantic time together. And sadness because we know how impossibly difficult it is to relive those days once you have children. Jihi and I share your pain and are on our own path toward perfecting date night. If you want our recipe for great connection, romance, and mommy-daddy time, tune in! Well give you a few spy skills to win over the kids along the way

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Fri, 15 Sep 2023 07:00:00 +0000

HOW WE MET: Love, Espionage, and Family | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 13


Did you ever have a conversation with your significant other and realize they were actually kinda scary? Well, that just happened to me today! And you get to be part of my realization. In the face of her sheer-scariness, I had to come clean about a dirty little secret Id been keeping from her. Luckily, I have all of you as witnesses to keep me safe

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Thu, 14 Sep 2023 03:45:00 +0000

The Day That CHANGED The World: Patriots' Day | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 12


This is not your average 9/11 conversation. Is it respectful - yes. Does it honor the lives lost that sad day - yes. But it is also an honest, open dialogue about the world before and after everything changed. Its full of laughter, love, and more than a few flirtatious exchanges because the 9/11 tragedy is what brought the two of us together. In many ways, it was the place where our love story started.

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Sat, 09 Sep 2023 07:00:00 +0000

Starlink EXPOSED: The Truth Behind Elon Musk's SpaceX | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 11


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Sometimes you have to learn something all over again before you see it clearly. That's how I felt after spending two days studying space with my son at the Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL and learning how the US Rocket Program was built off of stolen Nazi technology! When you consider the global impact of technology for both war and peace, you cant help but wonder what the future holds. Tech leaders like Elon Musk may not be as crazy or as evil as people say they are

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Tue, 05 Sep 2023 07:00:00 +0000

EXPOSING Xi Jinping's DEADLY Masterplan | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 10


Like any other marriage, ours is a marriage of constant debate, arguments, and miscommunications. Youd think that CIA would have fixed all that, but in many ways they just made it worse! Lets dive right in and talk about why different types of communication exist and how they make life so much more complicated than it has to be. Since were stepping on each other's feelings, let's go ahead and talk about Chinas broken population policies and why Jihi and I both agree there is a scary future ahead for the forbidden kingdom. And if you want to hear about all of Andys bad business ideas BEFORE he started EverydaySpy, youll want to stay tuned to the end

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Sat, 02 Sep 2023 07:00:00 +0000

Term Limits: CONFRONTING Congress | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 9


We the people of the United States need to get serious about whether we want to keep the fools we have in congress! The statistics dont lie our leadership in the US is older than it's ever been, blocking the path for tomorrows leaders and keeping new, fresh ideas out of a government that has been deadlocked in partisan politics for over a decade. It is human nature to avoid what CIA calls Hard Conversations, but the time has come to have a hard conversation right now. And Jihi and I are willing to start it as long as you are willing to listen.

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Fri, 01 Sep 2023 21:40:00 +0000

IT'S OVER: The US Dollar Is Finally Collapsing | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 8


Happy Birthday Jihi! This is a bit of a surprise for the lady and love of my life, but thats what makes birthdays fun, right!? Aside from the fact that Im asking my poor wife to work on her special day, it's a great chance for us to talk about Ripple cryptocurrency, family traditions, and how we landed at CIA despite being such different people. And if youve ever wondered what the best college major is to become an intel officer, stick with us to the end and well answer that exact question!

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Sat, 26 Aug 2023 07:00:00 +0000

America's HIDDEN Agenda In Ukraine | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 7


Russia has pulled out of the Ukraine grain deal and offered to feed Africa on its own. 17 African leaders have tried to broker peace in Ukraine, visiting both Kyiv and St Petersburg but they are up against a whole lot more than they realize. Jihi and I are chomping at the bit to jump into this geopolitical mess with you right now! And if you stay to the end, well lift the skirt a bit about our own personal thoughts about aliens, UFOs and extraterrestrial visitors

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Thu, 24 Aug 2023 15:14:00 +0000

New World Order: BRICS Summit Threat | EMERGENCY Podcast


The BRICS leaders are meeting in South Africa and the world may never be the same. With multiple western allies considering joining the BRICS trading bloc, G7 countries (and the power they yield) could be gutted. At the most risk of losing influence is the US, and the opportunity for China to gain power has never been clearer. This is everything you need to know right now.

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Tue, 22 Aug 2023 07:00:00 +0000

Maui FIRES & CIA Evac Plans | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 6


Hawaii is experiencing the most lethal wildfires in all American history. The death toll keeps rising as the tragedy grows. In the Southeastern US, it's the middle of Hurricane season. Out West they are seeing record breaking heat waves that are leaving many stranded or dead. In the midst of whatever threat may be pressing on you, Jihi and I wanted to share our insights and training about Go Bag preparation and action. Not just for you, but for your family, pets, and loved ones. Safety has always been a top priority for us and we know it is for you, too.

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Sat, 19 Aug 2023 07:00:00 +0000

2 Navy Sailors Spying For China | EverydaySpy Ep. 5


Every veteran in America right now is asking themself the same question: Should I encourage the younger generation to sign up for military service, or not? And for any man or woman who has served in uniform, the question is a hard one to answer. With a military recruitment crisis in full swing and record-breaking foreign espionage infiltrating our US Military ranks, the heroes and soldiers of tomorrow are few and far between. If you want to know my answer to whether you should sign up or skip service, make sure you stay to the end of this conversation!

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Tue, 15 Aug 2023 22:13:00 +0000

Waterboarding DEBATE, Religion & Flat Earth | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 4


The Cold War didn't end for everyone when the Berlin Wall came down. While the US moved into an economic boom that ultimately dragged us into the 20-year global war on terrorism, other Cold War adversaries stayed locked in the fight. And now that we are coming out of our 20-year cave, we are waking up to realize that the fight is still on. And if that isn't crazy enough, some people still believe the earth is flat!

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Sat, 12 Aug 2023 07:00:00 +0000

Are ALL Men Created EQUAL? | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 3


Jihi and I are blown away by your positive feedback from our first two conversations! It's humbling and exciting to get to answer your questions and share our insights on the world. Now, let's jump in and talk spy stories, life stories, and geopolitical realities!

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Wed, 09 Aug 2023 16:57:00 +0000

Recession, Housing and Financial CRASH | EMERGENCY Podcast


The drop in credit rating for the US government by Fitch is another strong indicator that American financial health is struggling. Along with persistent inflation, a struggling tech sector, and the highest interest rates in decades, the inability of the federal government to maintain strong credit is a sign that Americans need to fight back against the kind of brinkmanship politics that have become common in Washington. Life is about to get much more difficult for you and me, all because our politicians fail to respect taxpayer dollars.

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Wed, 09 Aug 2023 16:52:00 +0000

Donald Trump's FAILED Indictment | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 2


You've heard it from your parents, grade school teachers, and even your first boss: " You only get one chance at a first impression." Well, CIA taught us something very different. And if you want to know whether your middle school counselor or my CIA instructor was more correct, all you have to do is consider former President Donald Trump his incredible ability to capture attention and keep support. Join us for a deep dive into 'impressions' and the Trump indictment, and what the future holds for both in today's conversation.

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Wed, 09 Aug 2023 16:45:00 +0000

2 Spies, 1 Podcast | EverydaySpy Podcast Ep. 1


Welcome to the brand new EverydaySpy Podcast! Join former CIA officers officers Andrew Bustamante and Jihi Bustamante to discuss and dissect everyday topics from news headline to lifehacks. Whether you are a student trying to make a career in intelligence, or a parent just trying to make it through the day, Andrew and Jihi are excited to give you spy tips, tactics and insights that give you an unfair advantage in everyday life. Get ready to boost your knowledge, mindset, and confidence!

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Tue, 30 May 2023 07:00:00 +0000

Using Leverage to Get What You Want


The Rolling Stones once famously sang, "You can't always get what you want," to a crowd of 1.5 million people in Rio de Janeiro in 2006. And while their lyric has become one of the most memorable musical verses of all time, it is not techincally correct. In today's episode, Andrew shares a CIA tactic that flies in the face of culture, self-help, and social norms. Get ready to learn how you can use leverage to get what you want now and and forever more.


Tue, 16 May 2023 10:00:00 +0000

How to Win Every Argument


Arguments are never fun, rarely productive, and always frustrating. Whether at home, at work, or out-and-about, the fastest way to end a good time is with an argument. That's why CIA uses a shockingly simple secret to not only end arguments, but win them at the same time! In this episode, Andrew lays out the process you can use to transform every argument into agreement for the rest of your life.


Tue, 02 May 2023 07:00:00 +0000

The Secret Shortcut to Winning Negotiations


How much easier would your life be if you never lost a negotiation? Well, today is the first day of that new life! There is a simple and powerful secret that spies use to win every negotiation. And that CIA HACK has incredible value in the everyday world. In this episode, Andrew gives you a bulletproof plan to make more money, close more business, and unlock the career success you've always wanted.


Tue, 18 Apr 2023 07:00:00 +0000

Skills That Can Kill


If you have been struggling to find the perfect job -- or pulling your hair out trying to find the right employee -- get ready to be shocked when you find out why! Employees and employers have a lot more in common here then you think. Join Andrew as he explains the flaw in the human brain that makes you feel these professional frustrations, and get a simple HACK you can use to start enjoying your career again.


Tue, 04 Apr 2023 07:00:00 +0000

The Secret to Becoming Popular


Having a healthy social life is a constant balancing act between being unknown and being known. But in business and career, being 'unknown' can ruin you; it can kill your career ambitions and end your business before they ever even start. In this episode, Andrew explains a little-known HACK he learned at CIA to grow popularity, reputation, and credibility even among people who have never met you! If you know the feeling of hitting a glass ceiling, getting stuck in a professional rut, or being 'blocked' from your personal goals, you don't want to miss this conversation...


Tue, 21 Mar 2023 08:00:00 +0000

The Undeniable Power of Positive Incentives


There is no super power more powerful than getting people to do what you want. Every comic book hero and villain struggled because at some point someone resisted them. In this episode, you learn how to use the one power most people never understand. Whether you use it to be a hero or a villain is up to you...


Tue, 07 Mar 2023 08:00:00 +0000

Consumers vs. Producers


Human beings have an inherent desire to be useful, but people are not all useful in the same way. Maximizing your success requires that you tap into the usefulness of others just as much as you lean on your own personal strengths. In this episode, Andrew shares a powerful hack that CIA uses to get the most out of every officer and human asset they recruit. WARNING: You cannot unlearn what you are about to learn...


Tue, 21 Feb 2023 08:00:00 +0000

Small Gift, Big HACK


We live in a society that gives gifts. Gifts were designed for two original purposes: 1) to show gratitude, or 2) to win favor. Since the dawn of mass marketing and hallmark holidays, however, gift-giving has mutated into something much less enjoyable and much less useful... until today. In this episode, Andrew gives you the 3 gift-giving HACKS that CIA uses to win favor, influence, and power. Whether you want to shortcut your next promotion or win over your lover, you are only 3 steps away from the perfect gift!


Tue, 07 Feb 2023 11:00:00 +0000

How to Drive Like A Spy


One thing spy movies get right is that every covert field officer is trained to drive like a badass! Elite operators use advanced driving skills (aka: vehicle dynamics) to escape capture, crash through barriers, drive at high speeds and even survive hostile attack. In this episode, Andrew lays out the rules for advanced driving and gives you the core skills you need to practice and perfect the same vehicle dynamics elite operators use to keep themselves and their families safe.


Tue, 24 Jan 2023 08:00:00 +0000

How to Become Irresistible


Nobody likes being ignored, and yet we ignore most of the people we meet. Have you ever wondered why? In this episode, Andrew gives you the ultimate life HACK to capture and keep someone's attention any time you want it. This is your chance to get into the mind of every client, customer, and date you want to win-over now and for the rest of your life.


Tue, 10 Jan 2023 08:00:00 +0000

The Hidden Power of Average


Get ready to unlearn everything you were told by your parents, teachers, college professors and peers. Elite operators do not strive to be the best -- instead, they strive to be average. And you'll be shocked when you find out why. In this episode, Andrew breaks down how average goals can unlock elite performance in you today, through the new year, and for the rest of your life.


Tue, 31 May 2022 07:00:32 +0000

Fortune Telling to Build Fortunes


Learning from history means learning to predict the future. Massive changes in technology, economics, and world power have transformed mankind in unbelievable ways. Corporate and government leaders realize that; and they have a plan for the future. In this episode, Andrew explains what the world's elite are predicting and how you can use their knowledge to stay one-step ahead of your neighbor, your boss, and protect those you care the most about.


Tue, 17 May 2022 07:00:06 +0000

Your Human Instinct Working Against You


Every death in the field carries a cost and a lesson. The cost is paid in blood and tears, but the lessons are invaluable for saving the lives of others. In this episode, Andrew shares a powerful lesson in human instinct that was first discovered in the Vietnam War, trained into Special Operators, and even codified into State Law in Utah. This is science that saves lives, stops bad guys, and wins case law.


Tue, 03 May 2022 07:00:10 +0000

Razor Blades, Secret Clubs, and Billionaires


Some spy ops are just plain sexy. They have all the glitz, glamour, and glory you see on TV and in movies. And even better, you get to bring home your own stories. This story is one of those...


Tue, 19 Apr 2022 07:00:59 +0000

A Weekend with Millionaires


The wealthiest people in the world know that good news often comes out of bad news. And when you work with millionaires, you have to be ready for them to give you lots of bad news. Join Andrew as he shares a powerful lesson he learned from a room full of multimillionaires... even if you don't want to hear it.


Tue, 05 Apr 2022 07:00:24 +0000

How to Win the Perfect Mentor


Mentorship is one of the most important elements to your long-term success. But finding a good mentor willing to spend their time with you is not easy. In this episode, Andrew gives you the secret to find and win a great mentor. And even more important, he tells you what the wrong kind of mentor looks like, and why you may be working with the wrong mentor right now.


Tue, 22 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000

A Deathtrap in Disguise


The most skilled drivers in the world don't have their photos plastered on NASCAR, F1 or even Rallycross websites and magazines. Instead, they hide in the world of covert ops -- a world ruled by Tier 1 MARSOC Raiders. Join Andrew as he shares a lesson from his Tier 1 MARSOC friend and fellow EverydaySpy instructor about hard lessons learned off the track...

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Tue, 08 Mar 2022 08:00:34 +0000

Warzone View From a First-Class Seat


The current conflict in Ukraine has topped headlines and commanded the attention of the world. And even as journalists dawn flak jackets in the streets and drones capture images overhead, the most inspiring stories aren't happening on the front line... they are happening in the shadows. Join Andrew as he share a story you haven't heard about heroes you don't know exist.


Tue, 22 Feb 2022 08:00:06 +0000

A Secret CIA Leadership Tool


Elite spy agencies need leaders just like every other corporate organization. But the way they find and cultivate their leaders is very different than what you read about in leadership books and see advertised on your LinkedIn feed. In this episode, Andrew explains the simple secret to how CIA develops and trains their leaders to do what others can't and go where other's won't.


Tue, 08 Feb 2022 08:00:49 +0000

How Elite Operators Change Their Life


The greatest lessons you need to learn often get lost. People are either too successful to share their secrets, or they fail too fast and their experience is lost forever to history. In today's episode, Andrew give's you a peek into how one elite UK Royal Navy SBS officer has changed his life on his own terms. And how he views money in a way that most people do not...


Tue, 25 Jan 2022 08:00:22 +0000

The Self-Discipline Lie


Human nature drives you whether you like it or not. And the secret sauce to success comes when you stop fighting nature and learn to make it work for you instead. In this episode, Andrew shares a secret known only to Tier 1 operators, athletes, and soldiers; a secret that you can use to master your everyday life to win massive success.


Tue, 11 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000

The Ultimate Brain Hack


Your brain does things without your permission. It is doing things right now that you did not choose; it's making choices you don't agree with... and it does it all without you even realizing it. In this episode, Andrew explains how your brain (and everyone else's brain) is a tool you can use to get an unfair advantage in your career, business, and social status.


Tue, 28 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000

How to Gamble Big and Win


The last week in December is a time when people everywhere stop and reflect on what they want to do differently in the new year. In this episode, Andrew shares a few success stories from the field and asks a different kind of question for you to consider. Whether you are in school or in business; raising a family or raising seed capital for a new venture, there is value in knowing one important answer before you ring in the new year...


Tue, 14 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000

An Ugly Kind of Justice


Justice isn't always simple, clear, or fair. Sometimes justice happens in ways nobody wants to admit or talk about. In this episode, Andrew shares a story where justice was delivered in a way nobody would expect, in a part of the world very few get to see. And with the right combination of pressure and patience, justice always prevails...


Tue, 30 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Making Advantage Out of Need


Human nature is slow to change. That makes it a powerful and predictable advantage for you to use in your career, relationships, and business. In this episode, Andrew shares two current examples of how human nature gave one person an unfair advantage while leaving another person behind in the game of success. When you learn how to transform your need into value for someone else, you unlock incredible power, money, and influence.


Tue, 16 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Realizations at Gun Point


Moments of clarity are easy to miss and even easier to forget. So when they happen, you have to grab them and hold on for the ride. In this episode, Andrew shares a recent and powerful moment of clarity that is about to change his life and his business in a big way. And you get to choose whether you will hold on for the ride or get off now.


Tue, 02 Nov 2021 07:00:00 +0000

Integrity of Purpose


There will always be people who laugh at your ambition, talk-down your talent, and try to convince you to give up. And its easy to feel like the easiest way to end the pain is to join them in their constant criticism of others. In this episode, Andrew explain the secret that holds those people back and why you have the opportunity to win bigger, greater, richer wealth than then can even imagine.


Tue, 31 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000

Where Your Ideal Customer is Hiding


To wrap-up Season 5, Andrew is taking you on a deep-dive into how his company uses CIA personality testing to find and identify the perfect customer for any business. If you run your own business, or have a career in sales, HR, customer service or senior management, DON'T MISS this incredible HACK to find the customers you've always dreamed of.


Tue, 17 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000

The Business of Making Opportunities


People think spying is the business of keeping secrets. But they're wrong. Spies make their living by finding secrets, and that takes a special kind of skill that you can use to build your career and grow your business. In this episode, Andrew introduces you to his private intel network and tells you exactly how you can work with them, too...


Tue, 03 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000

The CIA Secret to More Opportunity


CIA operations work a lot like your everyday job. You can spend a lot of time plotting, planning, and waiting like everyone else... or you can do something different. In this episode, Andrew tells you a story about one of his current undercover CIA colleagues and how he plans to short-cut success the day he leaves CIA. If you are looking for the ultimate CIA cheat-code to success... you just found it.


Tue, 20 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000

How Not to Hide in Plain Sight


There is incredible power in anonymity. When nobody knows who you are, what you are doing, and ignores you even being present, you have every advantage over them. You are hiding in plain sight. But sometimes, you don't want to disappear. Sometimes, you may want to be found. In this episode, Andrew explain how to ensure you are seen by the right people, and stay invisible to the wrong people.


Tue, 06 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000

Independence Day Secrets Nobody Told You


American independence was less about the birth of a nation and more about the survival of a people. But while history books skip the grittier details that led to the 4th of July, there is an awesome espionage lesson hidden between the pages. In this episode, Andrew explains the value and power that stress can have for making tomorrow better than today.


Tue, 22 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000

A Victory Worth Celebrating


Not every spy lesson is equal, and not every spy looks they way you might expect. In this episode, Andrew shares a spy story about a covert CIA operative that you should have been able to see a mile away. And a shop that you'd never think would come to the rescue.


Tue, 08 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000

The CIA Cheat Code to Never Getting Overwhelmed


Winning and losing in espionage relies as much on avoiding mistakes as it does being skilled. The same is true for you in your professional field. Top-tier competition is tight, and mastery is common. In this episode, Andrew explains the powerful CIA tool field operators use to keep from making mistakes in high-pressure situations. Now you can have the same secret solution in your hip pocket anytime you need it...


Tue, 25 May 2021 07:38:38 +0000

The Spy Mistake in Paris


Spying is a game as old as mankind. But the way to win isn't always about being the best and what you do. Sometimes the best way to win is to be the one who makes the fewest mistakes. In this episode, join Andrew as he shares one mistake in Paris that forever changed the course of history between two world powers. And learn how you can use mistakes to win in your own everyday life.


Tue, 11 May 2021 07:00:00 +0000

Spying Through a Mothers Eyes


The sacrifice and challenges of motherhood remains one of the best kept secrets in the world. There are stories, songs, and even holidays dedicated to the women we call 'mother,' but the truth of what they experience is hidden. In this episode, Andrew shares his own history with mothers and their impact on his life, as well as an interesting spy lesson you can learn by cracking the code that mothers around the world keep to themselves.


Tue, 27 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000

Desert Helicopters and Operational Efficiency


Everyone wants to do more with less, faster than before, and without any mistakes. So why doesn't it happen? Andrew found the answer while flying with a dozen blacked-out helicopters over a barren desert. And today, you get to learn the same truth.


Tue, 13 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000

How to Break Into Private Intelligence


More than 74k people every month apply for government jobs in the intel sector. 98% of them are rejected. But at the same time, a much smaller group is breaking into private intelligence, making more money, and doing the same impactful work. In this episode, Andrew breaks down what private intelligence is (and isn't) and explains the surprising connections between federal intelligence and the private intelligence sector.

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Tue, 30 Mar 2021 07:00:00 +0000

The Master Spy Game You Never Knew


Operations do not run like everyday life... but you can make everyday life run like an operation. In this episode, Andrew talks about one of his CIA mentors and a secret game that mentor taught him about operational success. Learn the game for yourself and find out how you can use it to drive predictable outcomes for everything from your career to kids and family.


Tue, 16 Mar 2021 07:00:00 +0000

The Unexpected Ops Skill That Boosts Your Success


It is easy to get discouraged by the things you want that other people have. Smart marketers and sleazy salesman have been selling the lie that you can get more without giving anything up... even as they take your money. In this episode, Andrew explains how field operators accomplish incredible things with limited resources. And how you can do the same when you use one powerful tool.


Tue, 02 Mar 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Predator, Prey, and Not Playing Fair


Good surveillance can operate right under your nose without you even knowing they are there. And even though your tail may have all the advantages, you have one powerful tool that can flip the odds in your favor. In this episode, Andrew teaches you how spies beat surveillance in the field and how you can use the same skill to beat your opponents in everyday life.


Tue, 16 Feb 2021 08:00:00 +0000

The Covert Op Lifecycle Advantage


Intel operators do not see time the same way as everyone else. Some people think time is a resource. Others think it is a tool for trade. Operatives view time as something completely different. In this episode, Andrew walks you through the lifecycle of a covert op to give you a unique advantage that only field operators understand.


Tue, 02 Feb 2021 08:00:00 +0000

The Secrets of Sabotage


We all grow up loving spy movies and books for the action! Guns shooting, bombs going off, buildings being destroyed. And while the real thing is often just as exciting as a movie, it is very different in one powerful and important way. In this episode, Andrew shares a secret about intelligence operations that you can use to take control and gain leverage in any everyday situation.


Tue, 19 Jan 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Why Others Fail and You Dont Have to


Everyone loves to talk about opportunity, hope, and new beginnings at the start of a new year. But a conversation about Failure might be more productive. In this episode, Andrew breaks down how elite operatives view, process, and ultimately avoid failure even when the odds are against them. If you have felt the sting of failure, or worry that you may be failing, this is a conversation you don't want to miss...


Tue, 05 Jan 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Covert Signals and the Business of Spying


Welcome to Season 5! The goal for this season is to start taking action on the skills we've mastered in the last 4 seasons. That means its time to talk about field tradecraft! And the best place to start studying tradecraft is with covert signals. In this episode, Andrew explains covert signals you've seen in movies and a few you've never heard of. You might be surprised to learn how many signals you aren't even aware you are missing...


Thu, 10 Dec 2020 23:50:19 +0000

Spying on Season 5


It's been an exciting and fun 4 seasons of growth! And I'm super pumped to give you a peak into what I am working on for season 5. If you've been thinking about jump-starting your plans for 2021, then you are in the right place. This is a community that serves you...


Wed, 18 Nov 2020 08:00:00 +0000

The Anatomy of a Conspiracy


It's never wise to laugh off a conspiracy too quickly. History has given us enough examples of conspiracies proven true that we would be wise to listen before we laugh. But what makes a conspiracy happen in the first place? In this episode, Andrew cuts to the heart of conspiracy too show you where conspiracy theories come from and how they grow. And if you are ready to take a conspiracy challenge, visit EverydaySpy.com/live to test your skills.


Tue, 10 Nov 2020 08:00:00 +0000

The Missing Link in the Info Chain


Spy movies and mainstream media always talk about the process of 'analysis'. Many of the world's top experts even carry the title of 'analyst.' But the value of analysis and the power of an analyst is based in a skill you rarely ever hear about. In this episode, Andrew gives you the skeleton key to unlocking information like a spy and puts the power of analysis into your hands... forever.


Tue, 03 Nov 2020 08:00:00 +0000

That Awkward Phase of High School and Presidential Elections


There is a pattern to information. You have seen the pattern in your everyday life, from high school to today, because it is human nature. And you are about to see the final phase of the pattern all over headlines and media. In this episode, Andrew describes the information phase know as 'information overload' and how it is used to deceive you to steal your attention.


Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:00:00 +0000

What Librarians and CIA Agents Have in Common


People mistake information as something you have to personally have in your mind. They assume that If you know a lot of information, you are smart, if you don't, you are dumb. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this episode, Andrew explains why information doesn't have to be in your head to be of value to you, and he shares a few secret people that can help you gain access to information you never even dreamed possible.


Tue, 20 Oct 2020 10:00:00 +0000

Everyday Precision Without the Bullets


We all know what it's like to have our words misunderstood. We also know it's like to misunderstand what someone else is trying to say. Sometimes these errors are innocent... and sometimes they are not. In this episode, Andrew and Jihi share a few personal stories and a few current examples to show you exactly how specific words can help you or be used against you.


Tue, 13 Oct 2020 07:00:00 +0000

The Two Lies You Will Remember From This Day Forward


Spies are taught that not all lies are equal. The thing that separates lies is the intention behind the lie; was the lie intentional, or was the lie not intentional. In this episode, Andrew describes the relationship between lies, intent, and how the two impact the current political climate and your everyday life. For anyone out there feeling lied to... you will never forget this.


Wed, 07 Oct 2020 07:00:00 +0000

How to Dissect a News Article to Tell if it's Real News


The 24 hour news cycle is a constant grind on your senses, emotions, and patience. Every headline tries to grab your attention, but what happens when they do? What value is really in the article itself, and is it even real news? In this episode, Andrew will dissect a current headline news article and show you exactly how to tell if what you are reading is worth reading at all...


Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 +0000

How to Stay Three Steps Ahead of the Next President


The 2020 Presidential debates begin tonight and both candidates are going to lie to your face without getting caught. How? Using a mental loophole that politicians, advertisers and dictators have used for generations. In this episode, Andrew prepares you to see through debate deceptions and distractions so you can see the truth that millions of other voters will miss.


Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:00:00 +0000

The Dirty Truth About Polls The News Doesnt Want to Admit


To see the world, you must look through something - eyes, windows, glasses, screens. And while what we see seems real, we never stop to think that someone else could be looking at the same thing but seeing it very differently. In this episode, Andrew and Jihi discuss the way your brain interprets information differently than those around you. And how you can change the lens your using to view the world...


Tue, 15 Sep 2020 07:00:00 +0000

How to Decode News Headlines and Skip the Slant


News headlines work hard to capture your attention in a few simple words. But those same headlines also give away a lot of information about their truthfulness, intent, and purpose. In this episode, Andrew shows you how to break down any news headline and know right away whether you can trust the information in the article. Don't miss this chance to look at everyday news and know right away if you can trust it!


Tue, 08 Sep 2020 07:00:00 +0000

The Curious Case of Sharing Lies


Ever wonder why fake news and false information spreads so quickly? You see headlines and news pundits talking about fact and fiction all the time, but the truth behind how bad information spreads is simpler than you might think. In this episode, Andrew explains where research and espionage intersect and result in misinformation.


Tue, 01 Sep 2020 07:00:00 +0000

The Reason Kids Perform Better Than Adults


We all say that kids can absorb a ton of information quickly, like a sponge absorbing water. But what exactly is it about children that gives them that superpower? And can an adult have it? In this episode, Andrew explains the science behind how kids learn and gives you the secret to how you can get that magic back.


Tue, 25 Aug 2020 07:00:00 +0000

Fighting the 2 Pitfalls that Killed Modern Day Journalism


Journalism has been slowing dying under pressure from social media, 24 hour cable news, and internet-based competitors like blogs and podcasts. But it has also fallen prey to two very important shortcuts in the human mind. In this episode, Andrew and Jihi explain how your attention is being hijacked without you even realizing it and what you can do to take back control.


Tue, 18 Aug 2020 07:00:00 +0000

Separate Real Facts from Slant and Fiction Every Time


We all know that information can be helpful or hurtful. And when it hurts, we want to blame someone. But you may not know that sometimes your own brain is the reason that information works against you. Your mind can work against you by accident or on purpose... but you can beat it. In this episode, Andrew shares a few everyday stories that will make you question how much you trust your brain. And show you how you can train it to process information even better...


Tue, 11 Aug 2020 07:00:00 +0000

Find the Truth When Bad Info is Thrown at You


Information is thrown at you everyday - online, on TV, in your inbox, and in your ear. Even if you wanted to take it all in, information can get overwhelming during a significant world event. And right now, there are TWO major events in motion: the ongoing crisis from Coronavirus, and the 2020 US Presidential election. In this episode, Andrew lays the foundation for how you can handle massive information right now and how you can use espionage to master it.


Tue, 28 Jul 2020 07:00:00 +0000

BONUS: Spying on Season 4


Jihi and I recently had a conversation that we wanted to share with you about our marriage, the podcast, and what you can expect in Season 4! There is a lot more to come and we are excited to have you along for the ride! Here is a little bonus to make you smile and, hopefully, get you excited...


Tue, 14 Jul 2020 07:00:00 +0000

Mr. and Mrs. Spy PART V


To conclude our season exploring the Ground Truth of espionage, Andrew and Jihi revisit an old CIA training exercise that helped them learn more about each other and themselves. There is incredible value in knowing yourself, but there is even greater value in learning how to build the right team around you. And at CIA, the most successful teams start in the most unexpected way...


Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 +0000

Mr. and Mrs. Spy PART IV


There is great power to be found in opposites. Opposites attract, complete cycles, and make championship teams. In this episode, Andrew and his wife - fellow ex-CIA covert officer Jihi - explore the power of opposites in espionage and everyday life. And they share a bit more about how leaving CIA was a choice they didnt want to make, but had to make...


Tue, 16 Jun 2020 07:00:00 +0000

Mr. and Mrs. Spy PART III


When it's time to build, destroy, or fix, everyone relies on having a good set of tools. The intelligence world is no different, even though the tools come with different names; targeter, analyst, operator. But unlike the tools in your toolbox, the tools of National Intelligence have lives, hopes, and aspirations. In this episode, Andrew and Jihi discuss how good - and bad - it can feel to be a tool for espionage.


Tue, 02 Jun 2020 07:00:00 +0000

Mr. and Mrs. Spy PART II


The human mind is at the center of all espionage. If you know your mind and the mind of your opponent, you will win. In this episode, Andrew and his wife, ex-CIA targeter Jihi, explore the power of cognitive training as a tool for spying, success, and countering anxiety. Jihi is a trained spy with a clinically diagnosed anxiety disorder. Here is how she uses her training to overcome anxiety and live the life she loves...


Tue, 19 May 2020 07:00:00 +0000

Mr. and Mrs. Spy PART I


No spy starts out as someone special. We are all just normal people until the day comes that we receive a phone call that changes our life. As we close this season about the Ground Truth of espionage, Andrew wanted to share a new and different voice with all of you. A normal voice, from a normal person, who received an extraordinary phone call that led to an extraordinary life.


Tue, 05 May 2020 07:00:00 +0000

EDSAVAGE Lethal Lady Part IV


In this final episode with EDSAVAGE, we explore the spy skills that make an operator successful in everyday life. Regardless of age, gender, or education, the tools of espionage are timeless and immensely powerful. Some of those tools are easy to guess - others are not. Let Andrew and EDSAVAGE share the tools that they value most when they work to win each new day.


Tue, 21 Apr 2020 07:00:00 +0000

EDSAVAGE Lethal Lady Part III


It's not easy to be friends with a spy. We are constantly pushing, striving, and working to take action. We thrive on action and control. In this episode, Andrew and EDSAVAGE explore how action and control define a person's legacy. And along the way, they compete to take control of the current conversation. Friends and competitors, Andrew and EDSAVAGE believe in legacy building. And they know you do too...


Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 +0000

EDSAVAGE Lethal Lady Part II


In this episode, Andrew and EDSAVAGE share an important secret about espionage. A secret that defines the difference between a successful mission and a successful operation. Hollywood likes to focus on short-term objectives - individual missions. But the real benefit spies bring to national security is not short-term. It's in winning long-term objectives... winning the operation.


Tue, 24 Mar 2020 07:00:00 +0000

EDSAVAGE Lethal Lady Part I


Andrew continues to explore the 'Ground Truth' of espionage with intelligence operators from around the world. In this episode, Andrew introduces a foreign intel officer with an impressive history of successful capture/kill missions. You might be surprised to hear what a confirmed killer sounds like...and even more surprised to hear why they love espionage.


Tue, 10 Mar 2020 07:00:00 +0000

EDVIPER Spy Business Part II


Business is about people, whether your business is espionage or sales. Spies steal secrets and sell treason - its a niche service, but people are predictable. In this second half of Andrew's conversation with EDVIPER, hear how a few simple practices from espionage can boost and improve your career, business, and professional reputation.


Tue, 25 Feb 2020 08:00:00 +0000

EDVIPER Spy Business Part I


As we continue exploring the ground truth, let's turn our conversation toward how espionage skills benefit us in business. Let me introduce you to my good friend EDVIPER, a husband and business owner with a fantastic operational background. EDVIPER is an intel brother coming from the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency), but don't let that fool you. He's one of the best in the business...


Tue, 11 Feb 2020 08:00:00 +0000

EDJACKAL Deep Cover Part V


In this final installment of our conversation with EDJACKAL we learn about captivity. What makes captivity so difficult, and what tools allow you to resist. Andrew and EDJACKAL talk about how espionage skills apply to the everyday world, and how those who understand and apply those skills have a powerful advantage over those who don't. This is the ground truth of espionage.


Tue, 28 Jan 2020 08:00:00 +0000

EDJACKAL Deep Cover Part IV


Fear is real. And we all experience it. But training is the reason a spy in the field can stand face-to-face with fear and win. In this episode, Andrew and EDJACKAL talk about fear, discouragement, and heartache. About the sacrifices spy's have to make to their health and their home. And how sacrificing for passion just makes the passion burn hotter. This is the ground truth of espionage.


Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:00:00 +0000

EDJACKAL Deep Cover Part III


Reality looks different, depending on your point of view. For my friend CODENAME: EDJACKAL, reality looked like tracer bullets, land mines, and guerrilla fighters. And as he serves and trains with new generations of field operators, his experience and opinions can be surprising to hear. But hearing his reality gives you a new point of view. And each new perspective brings you closer to understanding the ground truth of espionage.


Tue, 31 Dec 2019 08:00:00 +0000

EDJACKAL Deep Cover Part II


Sometimes the truth is hard to share. It can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even downright discouraging. But it's still the truth. In this episode, Andrew and CODENAME: EDJACKAL discuss the truth that drove EDJACKAL to specialize in the impossible - to participate in operations that nearly left his family fatherless. This is the ground truth of spying.


Tue, 17 Dec 2019 08:00:00 +0000

EDJACKAL Deep Cover Part I


Welcome to Season 3 of the Everyday Espionage Podcast! This season is dedicated to exploring the 'Ground Truth' of espionage. Andrew is traveling the world to meet his peers and fellow operatives still living and working in the field. In this episode, we meet CODENAME: EDJACKAL - a former CIA deep cover operator willing to share his story only with you, #EverydaySpy.


Tue, 03 Dec 2019 08:00:00 +0000

The Boy Snow Mountains


Living in Thailand means living among Buddhists. And while life in a country obsessed with 'karma' is convenient, it also comes with a requirement to learn a bit about Buddhism. In this episode, Andrew shares a Buddhist story that teaches a powerful truth about espionage - a lesson from the Lotus Sutra. Spies and Buddhists understand that knowledge takes sacrifice...


Tue, 19 Nov 2019 08:00:00 +0000

Assumption and Assessment


The most dangerous part of intelligence work doesn't come from outside threats. It comes from natural, internal mental processes that flaw our thinking process. In this Season 2 finale, Andrew describes the danger of assumptions and the value of assessment. HUMINT operators know the risks of assumption and use assessment to keep themselves safe. You can too...


Tue, 05 Nov 2019 08:00:00 +0000

Filters vs. Funnels


Surveillance detection is a core skill for any covert field officer. But even after you leave the world of espionage, the principles of surveillance detection still pay dividends. In this episode, Andrew explains how surveillance skills apply to growing your business and protecting yourself from digital marketing scams. Its the difference between filters and funnels...


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Sibylline Head of Global Intelligence Gareth Westwood on Intelligence Management - Episode 50


Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! This week we are talking again to Gareth Westwood, Sibylline's head of global intelligence. Gareth is a highly experienced practitioner, having previously worked for the UK government in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the Ministry of Defence and in the private sector with AstraZeneca. We talked about demystifying the private sector, implementing AI and machine learning into intelligence, what makes a great leader and much more.


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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 11:00:00 GMT

Editor's Note 02: Building Self Reliance and Musings About Somalia


Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics podcast. This week we are doing another editor's note. I discussed some updates concerning the course, the new website, upcoming espionage week as well as some reflections on my time in Somalia and journey with Grey Dynamics. Enjoy!


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Fri, 05 Apr 2024 11:00:34 GMT

German Military Intelligence Officer and Trainer Ole Donner on Intelligence Education - Episode 49


Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! Today we are talking to Ole Donner. Ole is a former German Bundeswehr Officer and analyst. He spent time his teaching intelligence strategies, such as structured analytic techniques. Now he has own training and consulting company called Grnder Strukturierte Analyse Deutschland. He is also a research fellow at the Institute for Intelligence and Security Management. We discussed his time in the military, how to get into intelligence in Germany, tradecraft, key intelligence readings and much more.


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Fri, 22 Mar 2024 12:00:47 GMT

Senior CIA Ops Officer John Atwell on Culture Change, Working with Five Eyes and Career Advice - Episode 48


Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! Today, we are talking to John Atwell. John spent over twenty-three years of experience in operational and analysis roles at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Since leaving the agency, John has spent time as a consultant, become a columnist for the Haiwaii-Tribune Herald, became editor of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and a college lecturer at Haiwaii Community College. We discussed the culture shift in CIA after 9/11, views on allied and adversarial agencies around the world, advice for a career in intelligence and much more.


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Fri, 15 Mar 2024 12:00:00 GMT

DIA Counterintelligence Officer and Scholar on the FSB with Kevin P. Riehle - Episode 47


Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! Today, we are talking to Kevin Riehle. Kevin has thirty years of experience in the US intelligence community and specialises in Russia and Counter Intelligence. Retiring in 2021, Kevin now works as an academic and author. He is currently a lecturer at the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS). Kevin's latest book, "The Russian FSB: A Concise History of the Federal Security Service", takes a detailed look at the service and its activities.


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Fri, 08 Mar 2024 12:00:00 GMT

Editor's Note 01: Intelligence School News, Next Guests and Reading List


Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics podcast. Today, we are trying something new! This is the first episode of Editor's Notes, where we keep you updated on what we're up to. We'll be discussing the Grey Dynamics Intelligence School, future podcast guests, our new website and what I'm reading. Enjoy!


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Fri, 02 Feb 2024 12:00:00 GMT

Influence and Interference: Decoding Politics and Power with Drew Biemer - Episode 46


Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics podcast! Today we have Drew Biemer back with us again. Drew is a strategic management and communications professional with 2 decades of experience in governmental, public and civil affairs. His prior experience includes congressional and gubernatorial campaign management, legislative staffing, executive protection, geopolitical risk management, investigations, intelligence, and public information. We spoke about how dark money gets into the political process, how nation-states interfere in third-world countries' elections, targeting using social media and much more.


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Fri, 26 Jan 2024 12:00:00 GMT

From Unconventional Warfare to Hybrid Warfare with former SF Operator Curtis Fox - Episode 45


Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! Today, we are talking to Curtis Fox, former Green Beret, author, graduate of Georgetown University and currently a program manager. His book 'Hybrid Warfare: The Russian Approach To Strategic Competition & Conventional Military Conflict' is out now. We discussed some of the fascinating topics covered in it. Including how Russia has applied hybrid warfare in Ukraine since 2014, the collapse of effective cooperation between the FSB and GRU, as well as the destruction of Russia's special forces capability.


Disclaimer: All of Curtis Fox's opinions are his own and do not reflect the policy of the US Department of Defense or the US Government.


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Fri, 12 Jan 2024 11:40:00 GMT

Electronic Warfare, SIGINT and Corporate Intelligence with Michael Blicher Soerensen


Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! This week we are talking to Michael Blicher Soerensen. Michael is a veteran of the Danish army, specialising in electronic warfare and SIGINT. He is currently a global security site lead at Meta. We discussed what makes a good analyst, deploying to Iraq, corporate intelligence and much more. Enjoy!


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Fri, 22 Dec 2023 12:00:00 GMT

From the Defence Human Intelligence Unit to Recruitment with Mack - Episode 43


Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! This week, we are talking to Mack! Mack is a former British Army Infantryman and Team Leader. He then went on to be recruited as an Intelligence Officer in the tri-service Defence Human Intelligence Unit (DHU). After leaving the armed forces, Mack became a recruiter. Spending some time working in the Private Equity space, before joining cyber specialists Trident Search, where he is now. We discussed transitioning from infantry to intelligence, Mack's time in DHU combatting the Islamic State, the importance of culture in the work environment and much more.


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Fri, 15 Dec 2023 12:00:19 GMT

What do Humanitarian NGOs and the Private Sector want from Intelligence? With E. - Episode 42


Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics podcast! This week, we are talking to a risk management expert in the humanitarian sector. E. has previously worked in the military and private security sector in many countries and conflict zones. We'll discuss the opportunities presented during crisis, how humanitarian NGOs use intelligence and the complexity of navigating the current information space.


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Fri, 08 Dec 2023 12:00:00 GMT

Special Boat Service, Afghanistan and Close Protection with Pasha Munro


Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics podcast for season 3! We're kicking things off with a fascinating guest today, Pasha Munro. Pasha served as a Royal Marine Mountain Leader and Special Boat Service operator as part of UKSF in the British Armed Forces. Today, he is the director of operations at the private security company Black Box Global. Pasha has honed his skills in high-pressure environments, where precision, adaptability, and a relentless pursuit of excellence are paramount. His extensive experience in conducting complex operations and mitigating security risks allows him to provide invaluable guidance and leadership in safeguarding organisations and their assets.


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Fri, 10 Nov 2023 12:00:39 GMT

Episode 39: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) an Intelligence Perspective


We're back to discuss the 2019 reboot of Call of Duty's Modern Warfare series! In this episode we'll be talking about the inspirations for the campaign, the controversies that made headlines, chemical weapons and much more.


Make sure to stay tuned for the first episode of season three, coming very soon!


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0:00 - Intro

1:27 - Context

5:54 - Marines vs. Spetsnaz in Kastovia

20:26 - The London Attack

27:07 - Russian occupation in Urzikstan

36:11 - US Marines and CIA search for Al-Qatala

38:03 - Storming of the US embassy in Urzikstan

44:27 - The Highway of Death

49:39 - The flashback 

52:20 - Designating the rebels as terrorists and intel briefings

58:05 - Second flashback

1:00:16 - Clandestine operation in Russia and going to get General Barkov in Moldova

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Fri, 14 Jul 2023 16:00:00 GMT

Grey Dynamics Intelligence School: The Origins, Structure, and Vision for the Future


Welcome to the Grey Dynamics Intelligence School (GDIS). In this special podcast, we provide an all-encompassing look at our unique approach to intelligence training, discussing our origin story, course structure, and future vision.


Recognising a gap in existing intelligence training a disconnect between academic studies and on-the-job experiences we founded GDIS. Our mission? To bridge this gap and offer an effective transition from theoretical knowledge to practical intelligence work.


The heart of our intelligence training is a series of six crucial modules, each addressing a distinct phase of the intelligence cycle:



Our podcast also offers a glimpse into the future, revealing our plans for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of our intelligence training program. These upcoming phases will introduce specialised and advanced modules, deepening our intelligence training further. To ensure quality training, we limit our student intake to 100 per cohort (for the whole bundle and each 2/3 months), maintaining a focus on personalised attention and mentorship.


Despite the comprehensive nature of our intelligence training, the courses are around $200/$250 per course. While the bundle is economically priced between $1000 and $1250. We will continuously update and refine our courses to stay current with the industry's evolving landscape, ensuring our students receive up-to-date and relevant intelligence training.


Tune into our latest podcast episode for an exclusive look at how GDIS is reshaping intelligence training. Whether you're a prospective student, potential partner, or an intelligence enthusiast, join us to explore the innovative world of intelligence training.


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0:00 Why we made the course

9:22 The Fundamentals

15:35 Direction

19:24 Collection

21:05 Processing

25:38 Analysis

31:38 Dissemination

34:18 Caveats and FAQ

37:46 Instructors

38:24 Phase Two and Difficulty

40:40 Career prospects

42:57 External courses and instructors

45:37 Marcels thoughts

47:40 Who can take this course?


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Fri, 07 Jul 2023 17:30:00 GMT

Episode 38: Career Advice from Intelligence Professionals


Today we are rounding up the best advice we have had so far in season 2 of the podcast! Advice from professionals from across the industry, whether it be corporate, government, or non-profit, it's all here. Be sure to check out the episodes featured. This is our last episode of season 2, but keep on the look out for bonus episodes over the summer.


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Fri, 23 Jun 2023 11:00:00 GMT

Episode 37: Information Insurgencies, Energy Security and Great Power Competition with Drew Biemer


Today, I spoke to Drew Biemer, a strategic management, and communications professional with over two decades of experience in governmental, public, and civil affairs. Currently serving as the administrator of the Site Evaluation Committee and agency director for Energy Facility Siting, Permitting, Investigation, and Enforcement in the US State of New Hampshire.


His political experience spans campaign management and legislative staffing at the local, state, and federal levels, working with notable figures such as members of Congress, governors, and presidential candidates.


As a frequent panellist and moderator at energy conferences in the US and Africa, Drew shares his expertise in resilience, energy security, stakeholder engagement, land use, politics, and local content. He also has additional experience in executive protection, public safety, information operations, geopolitical risk analysis, and crisis management.


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Fri, 16 Jun 2023 11:12:06 GMT

Episode 36: Warzone Extraction, China vs Taiwan and Project Dynamo with Bryan Stern


Today, I spoke to Bryan Stern, who has 25 years of service focused on intelligence and special operations with the US. He specializes in counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, hostage rescue, personnel recovery, critical technology protection, and unconventional warfare against near-peer threats. He is a Purple Heart recipient and is credited with being a military first responder at the World Trade Center on the morning of the 9/11 attacks. Currently, he manages Project Dynamo, a non-profit international search, rescue, aid, and assistance organization. Initially established to aid individuals in leaving Afghanistan after the US withdrawal, Project Dynamo has since been involved in extracting people from Ukraine, Sudan, and various other perilous locations.


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Fri, 09 Jun 2023 11:49:43 GMT

Episode 35: Australian Intelligence, Demystifying HUMINT and Mental Health with D.


Today I spoke to D., a former Military Intelligence operator from Australia. He has also worked in law enforcement and is currently doing contracted work. We spoke about his experience transitioning from combat engineer to intelligence operator, his time in Afghanistan, mental health, demystifying HUMINT, getting into OSINT and more.


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Fri, 02 Jun 2023 11:00:00 GMT

Episode 34: Canadian Intelligence, the ICC and Career Development with Kelly Wong


Today I spoke to Kelly Wong, a security analyst in the Canadian Senate. She has previously worked for multiple private intelligence firms and has interned at the International Criminal Courts. We discussed the challenges and rewards of working in intelligence, the obstacles ethnic minorities face in the application process, and Kelly's advice for young professionals.


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Fri, 12 May 2023 11:00:00 GMT

Episode 33: ISKP, Taliban Response and Violent Non-State Actors with Lucas Webber


Today I spoke with Lucas Webber, co-founder of Militant Wire, an organization focused on providing independent analysis of militant activity and armed conflict around the world. We discussed Russia's "White Power Rangers", Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), interviewing violent non-state actors, Lucas' writing process and more.


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Fri, 05 May 2023 10:51:45 GMT

Episode 32: Intelligence Tradecraft Week, Tools, Tips and Tricks


It is Intelligence Tradecraft Week here at Grey Dynamics, so for this week's episode we thought we'd round up the tools and tricks used by practitioners we've had on the podcast, in the real world. They cover social media tools, advanced search techniques, monitoring services, AI and more. Be sure to check out their full episodes, linked below.


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Fri, 28 Apr 2023 11:00:16 GMT

Episode 31: Russian Private Military Contractors in Ukraine with Alec Bertina


This week I spoke to Alec Bertina, a non-traditional security actor researcher, specialising on Russia security affairs. In this episode, we discussed the wild and confusing network of Russian private military contractors, the people behind them and their mission. From ex-special forces to far right to oil and gas companies, there are many actors at play here. Alec does a fantastic job of breaking down the key groups and their motivations.


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Fri, 07 Apr 2023 16:00:00 GMT

Episode 30: Finland in NATO, UGVs and ChatGPT for Intelligence Analysts with Marcel Plichta


This week I caught up again with Marcel Plichta. Marcel is a member of the Grey Dynamics team, he is also a PhD candidate at St. Andrews and an Ex-DIA Analyst. We discussed the context of Finland's NATO membership, the state of UGVs, the Great power competition in Africa, and how generative AI models like ChatGPT could be applied to intelligence in practice.


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Fri, 31 Mar 2023 11:00:38 GMT

Episode 29: Arms Tracking, Drone Supply Chains and Blow Back with Jonah Leff


Today I spoke with Jonah Leff, the director of operations at Conflict Armament Research (CAR). He has extensive experience investigating sanctions violations and advising policymakers on issues related to armed violence and conflict. We discussed the role of OSINT in his work, 3D printed guns, drones in Ukraine and much more.


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Fri, 24 Mar 2023 12:00:00 GMT

Episode 28: Drone Threat Intelligence, 3D Printing and Dark Networks with Mike Monnik


Today I spoke with Mike Monnik, CEO of DroneSec. They focus on drone threat intelligence, documenting the latest developments in the use of drones by malicious actors. We discussed the use of drones in bank robberies, drone innovation in Myanmar, Chinas role in the supply chain and much more.


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Sat, 18 Mar 2023 13:41:44 GMT

Episode 27: AI Arms Race, Drone Warfare and Cognitive Enhancement with Paul Scharre


Today I spoke with Paul Scharre, the vice president and director of studies at the Center for New American Security (CNAS). Previously he has worked for the Office of the Secretary of Defense as well as being a team leader in the US Army's 75th Ranger Regiment. Scharre's latest book "Four Battlegrounds: Power in the age of artificial intelligence" discusses some of the bleeding edge issues facing US national security. We discussed the use of drones in Ukraine, limiting China's access to cutting-edge chips, data advantages and much more.


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Fri, 10 Mar 2023 17:00:00 GMT

Episode 26: OSINT and SOCMINT for Threat Intelligence with Jordan Ponath


Today I spoke with Jordan Ponath, senior intelligence analyst at Lockheed Martin, ex-US Marine, and self-described 'data geek'. Jordan leads a team constantly on the lookout for threats to his organization using OSINT and SOCMINT techniques. In this episode, we get into the tools he and his team use as well as unconventional routes into the sector. 


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Fri, 03 Mar 2023 17:00:00 GMT

Episode 25: News in the Age of Social Media with The Rage X


Today I spoke with The Rage X again, now going by his real name, Carlos. He has been closely following breaking news on conflicts since the second Nagorno-Karabakh War in 2020. I spoke with him about his background, his process, and the importance of reading into both sides of conflicts.


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Fri, 24 Feb 2023 17:00:00 GMT

Episode 24: Sahel Security Week, French Exodus & Wagner COIN Efforts with Menastream


Today we spoke with Hni Nsaibia, the man behind Menastream. Hni is among the most knowledgeable people online regarding the Sahel, particularly in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. He is also a senior researcher at ACLED. We discussed his background, the situation in the region, and the key external actors.


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Mon, 20 Feb 2023 13:10:31 GMT

Episode 23: ChatGPT, The Intelligence Community & Career Advice with Mike Evans


Today I spoke with Mike Evans, head of intelligence at Securitas. Mike has been working in the private intelligence sector for nearly a decade, now leading an award-winning threat and intelligence service. He also has an intelligence background within the military. In this episode, we dive into topics such as the rise of AI, getting into the industry for young analysts, and what keeps us up at night.


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Fri, 10 Feb 2023 17:00:00 GMT

Episode 22: Wagner PMC, Spy Balloons & Spearfishing with Marcel Plichta


This week I caught up with Marcel Plichta. He is a PhD candidate at St. Andrews, Ex-DIA Analyst and a colleague. We discussed the details of the upcoming Grey Dynamics Intelligence course, some recent events, and what we have been into recently. 


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Fri, 03 Feb 2023 17:00:00 GMT

Episode 21: GEOINT, OSINT & Facing Vicarious Trauma with Benjamin Strick


This week I spoke to Benjamin Strick, director of investigations at the Centre for Information Resilience. He leads teams using open source intelligence to support civil society, media, government and accountability mechanisms. He is also a Bellingcat contributor and previously worked as an investigator at BBC Africa Eye.


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Fri, 27 Jan 2023 17:00:00 GMT

Episode 20: OSINT, Military Career Transition & Language Skills with Skip Schiphorst


Welcome back for season two of the Grey Dynamics Podcast! We're kicking things off by talking to Chinese and Arabic OSINT trainer, Skip Schiphorst. Skip is an ex-Dutch Royal Marine who went onto do Chinese studies and now teaches OSINT skills.


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Fri, 06 Jan 2023 17:00:00 GMT

Episode 19: Call of Duty Modern Warfare, an Intelligence Perspective (Pt. 3)


Part 3 of our series analyzing the Call of Duty series from an intelligence perspective. In this episode we look at 2011's Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, the most extravagant game yet. Storming Wallstreet, assaulting a hotel in Dubai, shootouts on the London Underground, and a chase through the Catacombs of Paris. It has it all.


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Fri, 30 Dec 2022 18:15:46 GMT

Episode 18: Call of Duty Modern Warfare, an Intelligence Perspective (Pt. 2)


Part 2 of our series analysing the Call of Duty series from an intelligence perspective. This episode we look at 2009's Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. We travel the world from Afghanistan, to Brazil to the Virginia suburbs. Encountering Far Right Terrorists, Gun Runners, Spetsnaz and PMCs.


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Fri, 23 Dec 2022 17:37:17 GMT

Episode 17: Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare, an Intelligence perspective


When we're not with family, some of us at Grey Dynamics are spending the holiday break playing the new Modern Warfare! As a bonus for the holidays, we decided to record some episodes looking at the franchise's realism. In this first episode, we will take a look at the granddaddy of modern shooters, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.


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Fri, 16 Dec 2022 17:06:17 GMT

Episode 16: Covert Action, The Royals, Coups & Espionage with Rory Cormac


Today I spoke with Rory Cormac, an international relations lecturer at the University of Nottingham. He specialises in UK covert action and has written six books on the matter. Including his latest "How To Stage A Coup and ten other lessons from the world of secret statecraft".


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Sat, 10 Dec 2022 15:00:00 GMT

Episode 15: Expert advice for getting into intelligence


Today I thought we would round up some of the best advice from our guests so far on the podcast. If you would like to check out further advice, here is Marcel Plichta's article on becoming an Intelligence Analyst. You can also find the links to the individual podcasts featured in this episode below.


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Fri, 25 Nov 2022 17:31:17 GMT

Episode 14: Tsunami Torpedoes, Ukrainian USVs & Narco Subs with HI Sutton


Today I spoke with HI Sutton a.k.a Covert Shores. He writes about the changing world of underwater and seabed warfare, covering secretive and unusual vessel technologies used to fight beneath the waves. Combining the latest open-source intelligence (OSINT) with traditional science of defense analysis.


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Fri, 18 Nov 2022 17:00:00 GMT

Episode 13: WW3 Averted, Wagner in Mali and Reality TV With Marcel Plichta


Today I spoke with Marcel Plichta! He is at the moment doing his PhD at St. Andrews. And before that, he was an intelligence analyst for the DIA, which stands for Defence Intelligence Agency and is the Pentagons intelligence agency.


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Fri, 04 Nov 2022 17:00:00 GMT

Episode 12: Update on the Caucasus and the Future of Journalism With Mike Godwin


Today I spoke with Mike Godwin! Mike is a freelance journalist who focuses on defence and security matters in Eastern Europe and the caucuses as well as NATO. He's a combat veteran of the United States Army and currently lives in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he runs his own journalism and OSINT platform.


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Fri, 28 Oct 2022 16:00:00 GMT

Episode 11: SOCMINT, OSINT and Censorship with RageX


Today I spoke with RageX! he collects, processes and processes before turning that into analysis 2.0. He focuses on Social Media intelligence (SOCMINT) and open-source intelligence (OSINT). On all his platforms, he caters to an audience of around 500 thousand.


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Fri, 21 Oct 2022 16:00:00 GMT

Episode 10: Selling Terror Online and Information Warfare with Anna Kruglova


Today I spoke with Anna Kruglova! Anna is a Lecturer of Terrorism Studies and a Programme leader for MA Terrorism and Security at the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford. 


She obtained her PhD in international studies from Queens University Belfast and her MA in international conflict studies from Kings College London and her MSc in Security Studies from UCL. 


Her research interests are focused on terrorist propaganda and she is particularly interested in exploring what role the Internet, media and social media play in the recruitment process and radicalisation. 

She recently published a book Terrorist Recruitment, Propaganda and Branding: Selling Terror Online.


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Fri, 07 Oct 2022 16:00:00 GMT

Episode 9: Drones, Robotics, AI and Hybrid Warfare in Ukraine with Samuel Bendett


Thank you for joining the Great Dynamics Podcast, today I spoke with Samuel Bendett! Samuel is an advisor with the CNA Strategy, Policy, Plan, and Program centre where he is a member of the Russia Studies program.

He's also an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for New American Security. His work involves research on Russian defense and technology developments, unmanned and autonomous military systems and artificial intelligence, as well as Russian military capabilities and decision-making during crises. 

And he's also an honorary Mad Scientist, which is very cool with the US Army TRADOC Math Scientist Initiative!


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Fri, 30 Sep 2022 16:00:00 GMT

Episode 8: Corporate Intelligence, Global Risk and OSINT Tips with Gareth Westwood


In this episode of the Grey Dynamics Podcast, I spoke with Gareth Westwood. Garrett is an 11 year veteran of the intelligence community in the uk. He served in different roles in the military as well as in the foreign service. In the last two years, He spent his time building and running an internal global corporate intelligence team in a large pharmaceutical company as the head of Global Intelligence. 


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Fri, 23 Sep 2022 16:00:00 GMT

Episode 7: Intelligence Led Policing, OSINT and Facing PTSD With Julie Nel


In this episode of the Grey Dynamics Podcast, I spoke with my old mentor partner and friend Julie Nel! Julie is an experienced senior leader within the security industry, with a career spanning 30 years across UK Military and Law Enforcement. She specialises in Intelligence and Serious and Organised Crime and has served as Force Director of Intelligence and the National Lead for Intelligence in Her Majestys Inspectorate of Constabularies (HMIC).

Currently, she is the founder and managing director of the private intelligence and investigative firm B4secure 


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Fri, 16 Sep 2022 16:00:29 GMT

Episode 6: Humanitarian work, Exploration and the Art of Storytelling with Dave Luke


In this episode, I sat down with my friend and former British Army engineer, paratrooper turned humanitarian, adventurer, filmmaker and entrepreneur Dave Luke.

Dave is Artios Global's CEO and an Information and Strategy advisor who has led humanitarian relief, research assessments and media production in complex emergencies and transitional states for 15 years. He has worked in more than 50 countries.


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  1. His journey from Northern Ireland to the highest peaks in the world.
  2. His love for humanitarian work
  3. The art of storytelling and its role in research and intelligence.
  4. How to lead with unconditional honesty and trust
  5. Building your own tribe
  6. Being fearless in approaching opportunities


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Fri, 02 Sep 2022 16:00:00 GMT

Episode 5: Illicit Nuclear Technology Procurement and Dark Networks With Jack Margolin


Thank you for joining the Grey Dynamics podcast. We have a very special guest, Jack Margolin! Jack is the program director of the Conflict-Affected States Program at C4ADS, which is a nonprofit organization that uses publicly available information and emerging technology to disrupt international crime and conflict. He has investigated corruption, arms trafficking, and nuclear proliferation from Russia to South Sudan.


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Fri, 26 Aug 2022 16:00:00 GMT

Episode 4: Punxsutawney Phil and FBI Insider Threat Detection With Kyle Cunliffe


Hello everybody! Thank you for joining the Grey Dynamics Podcast. I'm your host Ahmed Hassan.


We spoke with Kyle Cunliffe. Kyle is a lecturer at Salford's University Intelligence Programs. His research focuses on intelligence and Cyberspace, particularly where those two meet. 


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Fri, 12 Aug 2022 16:00:00 GMT

Episode 3: Former DIA intelligence Analyst Marcel Plichta


Marcel is at the moment doing his PhD at St. Andrews. And before that, he was an intelligence analyst for the DIA, which stands for Defence Intelligence Agency and is the Pentagon's intelligence agency. Right now he lives in beautiful Scotland working on other exciting problems that he will talk about with us today.

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Fri, 05 Aug 2022 16:00:00 GMT

Episode 2: Former Military Intelligence Analyst Alcon S2


Today we spoke with former military intelligence analyst and New Zealand native Alcon S2. We talked about the role of OSINT in social media discourse and taking the mystique out of intelligence analysis tradecraft on social platforms.

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Fri, 29 Jul 2022 16:00:10 GMT

Episode 1: Interview with former CIA Officer, Jason L.


Thank you for joining the Grey Dynamics podcast today! 

We have a very illustrious guest, Jason L. Jason served as a Marine for 12 years.

After that, he joined the Nuclear Security Industry. And from there on out, he was recruited by the CIA.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2022 12:54:59 GMT

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Fri, 3 May 2024 09:00:00 +0000

The Man Who Gets the Secrets


Jason Leopold, a senior reporter with Bloomberg News, has literally been getting under the skin of government bureaucracies for decades. His weapon: The Freedom of Information Act, enacted by Congress in the mid-1960s because the feds, well, had an insidious propensity to bury embarrassing, or even illegal, acts under layers of official secrecy. Over the years the law has been strengthenednot that its stopped the government from continuing its bad behavior.

Thats where Leopold, a multiple prize winning, much admired, relentless digger, comes in. The 55-year-old journalist is a legend for forcing the government to release explosive documents ranging from Hillary Clintons secret email server to CIA torture procedures to Donald Trumps misrouting, should we say, of highly classified documents from the White House to Mar-a-Lago. For his efforts, the FBI labeled him an FOIA terrorist, a moniker he cheerfully welcomes.

May 1st marked the seventh anniversary of his most favorite FOIA triumph, the release of details on a threatening telephone call a person imitating a Mafia thugall but certainly Trumpmade to a lawyer representing investors going after Trump after the failure of his Atlantic City casino. It seemed like a good day to ring Jason up.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 09:00:00 +0000

Tipping Off Our Enemies to Terrorist Attacks


Last months spectacular terrorist attack on a concert venue on the outskirts of Moscow, which left 144 people dead, was quickly followed by startling news that US intelligence had warned the Russians about the impending assault. When the Kremlin said the warnings hadnt been specific, moreover, US officials pushed back, saying, in effect, Oh yes they were, and added details to its rejoinder. Likewise, it turned out that back in January, US intelligence had warned Iran about an impending Islamic State terrorist attack at a gathering to honor its fallen Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani, who had been killed by a US drone strike in Baghdad.

The revelations that our spy services had actually warned two of our greatest mortal enemies astounded many people and triggered a lot of acidic commentary, confusion and the inevitable conspiracy theories on social media.

Todays guest, former CIA case officer and base chief Laura Thomas, who held a number of senior intelligence positions during her nearly 16 years of government service, says those actions followed a standard practice in American intelligence. Its called a duty to warn. And shes here to explain how that seemingly esoteric, even confounding, practice is not only a staple of the spy worldat least on the American sidebut it has some espionage benefits as well.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 09:00:00 +0000

More Havana Syndrome Questions


New SpyTalk Contributing Editor Mike Isikoff pokes holes in 60 Minutes blockbuster story.

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Sat, 23 Mar 2024 22:08:31 +0000

Spies and Sex: A History of Honeytraps


Jeff talks with Henry Schlesinger, author of "Honey Trapped: Sex, Betrayal, and Weaponized Love."

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Fri, 8 Mar 2024 07:00:00 +0000

A Life in CIA Trickery


Jonna Mendez, former CIA chief of disguises, discusses her new book, In True Face: A Woman's Life in the CIA, Unmasked.

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Mon, 26 Feb 2024 20:42:55 +0000

Russia, Russia, Russia


Former top CIA ops official Dan Hoffman talks with Jeff about options on Putin.

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Fri, 9 Feb 2024 22:30:00 +0000

The Taylor Swift Infowar Tutorial


Former US Army influence ops specialist Paul Cobaugh talks with Jeff about combatting conspiracy mongering.

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Sun, 28 Jan 2024 00:58:05 +0000

Red Cell Study on China Rise


Former CIA officials Kristin Wood and Martin Petersen built a Red Cell project on The Cipher Brief to challenge experts to explore how China came to supplant the US by 2041.


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Sat, 13 Jan 2024 10:00:00 +0000

Green Berets and Covert Ops


Former Special Forces and CIA case officer James Stejskal chats with Jeff Stein about Berlin, Russia and more.

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Fri, 29 Dec 2023 07:00:00 +0000

The CIA in 2024


Former senior CIA officer Glenn Corn talks with Jeff Stein about the agencys new generation and its challenges in the Middle East, Russia, and Ukraine in 2024.

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Fri, 15 Dec 2023 10:00:00 +0000

Chinese Military Hackers in Our Pipes


The Washington Posts Ellen Nakashima talks with Jeff about Beijings secret infiltration of US infrastructure.

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Fri, 1 Dec 2023 10:00:00 +0000

The Week in Spy Plots & Murder


Former CIA ops officer Douglas London joins Jeff to discuss spooky events from Gaza to Moscow, Kyiv & beyond.

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Fri, 17 Nov 2023 07:00:00 +0000

A Thriller in Ukraine


The Washington Posts Shane Harris joins Jeff to discuss his scoop on Ukraines murky op to sabotage the Nordstream-2 pipeline.

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Fri, 27 Oct 2023 17:00:00 +0000

Target Moscow


CIA Russia Hand John Sipher discusses spying and sabotage ops against Vladimir Putin.

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Fri, 13 Oct 2023 09:00:00 +0000

THE CIAS EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN


Liza Mundy, author of The Sisterhood: The Secret History of Women at the CIA, is this weeks special guest.

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Fri, 6 Oct 2023 14:00:00 +0000

A Life in the Wilderness of Mirrors | CBS News David Martin reflects on 40 years covering national security


This week, Jeff talks with award-winning journalist and groundbreaking author of Wilderness of Mirrors, National Security Correspondent for CBS, David Martin.

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Fri, 22 Sep 2023 09:00:00 +0000

Can Anyone Stop Cyber Terrorism?


This week Jeff talks cybersecurity with Michael Mestrovich, the former director of the CIAs Technical Services Office; former Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of State, and current Chief Information Security Officer at Rubrik.

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Thu, 14 Sep 2023 21:30:00 +0000

A CIA EPITAPH ON 9/11


Jeff talks with retired former CIA Al Qaeda expert Cindy Storer

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Fri, 25 Aug 2023 09:00:00 +0000

Sex, Lies and Women at the CIA


Jeff talks with CIA operations veteran Laura Thomas about the gains and losses for women at the spy agency.

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Fri, 11 Aug 2023 13:56:52 +0000

A CIA Family Drama


Jeff talks with John Hadden, author of Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me."

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Fri, 28 Jul 2023 09:00:00 +0000

Oppenheimers Origin


Jeff Stein talks with Kai Bird, co-author of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.

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Thu, 13 Jul 2023 12:30:00 +0000

CIA-CHINA SPY WARS: Real and Imagined


David Ignatius talks about his new thriller The Tao of Deception.

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Fri, 30 Jun 2023 00:45:00 +0000

CIAs RUSSIA CHALLENGE


Jeff talks with top former CIA Russia hand John Sipher about spy agency ops and Moscows leadership crisis.

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Fri, 2 Jun 2023 09:00:00 +0000

The Forever Spies


Jeff talks with Calder Walton, author of Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East and West.

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Wed, 17 May 2023 21:00:00 +0000

The Senator Who Roped the CIA


Journalist James Risen speaks with Jeff Stein about his new book on Sen. Frank Churchs unprecedented investigation of CIA misdeeds, from assassination plots to LSD mind-control experiments to spying on Americans.


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Thu, 20 Apr 2023 09:00:00 +0000

Behind the Bust of Chinas Brash New York Spy Base


Former CIA and DoD Chinese espionage expert Nicholas Eftimiades talks with Jeff about Beijings newly aggressive covert campaigns against pro-democracy activists in the US.


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Fri, 14 Apr 2023 09:00:00 +0000

That Monster Leak


Legendary retired CIA officer Jim Lawler talks with Jeff about the massive leak of highly classified Pentagon documents.


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Tue, 4 Apr 2023 09:00:00 +0000

JITTERS: Can FBI Stop Extremist Violence This Time?


Law enforcement and extremist reporter Ali Winston says the FBI is getting better, but radicals are metastasizing.

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Fri, 17 Mar 2023 19:21:00 +0000

Ukraine Air War Heats Up


David Cenciotti, founding editor of The Aviationist, speaks with SpyTalk about the collision of a Russian warplane and a US MQ-9 reconnaissance drone and news that Poland istransferring four MiG-29s to Ukraine.


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Sat, 25 Feb 2023 10:00:00 +0000

Intelligence Tricks, from Covert to Overt Covert Ops


Political scientist, author, and senior aide to the chair of the Church Committee Loch Johnson joins Jeff to talk about oversight of intel agencies; the political weaponization of intel; and more.

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Fri, 3 Feb 2023 10:00:00 +0000

YET ANOTHER SPY AGENCY SECURITY BREECH


The McGonigal scandal is just another chapter in a pathetic history of outrageous security lapses at the FBI, CIA and NSA, says investigative reporter James Bamford, author ofSPYFAIL: Foreign Spies, Moles, Saboteurs, and the Collapse ofAmericasCounterintelligence.

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Fri, 20 Jan 2023 10:00:00 +0000

Are Spies Sociopaths?


Former top CIA officer James Lawler says the manipulation practiced by agent handlers could be described as sociopathic. We talk about that and his latest thriller.

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Thu, 8 Sep 2022 09:00:00 +0000

THE BORDER: INSECURITY AND INTEL


In part two of his interview with SpyTalk former DHS "border czar" Alan Bersin discusses with Jeanne Meserve obstacles to securing the southern border against human smugglers and traffickers.


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Thu, 1 Sep 2022 09:00:00 +0000

DATA AND THE DRUG WAR


Former DHS "border czar" @AlanBersin talks with @JeanneMeserve about how poor intelligence sharing is hampering the fight against transnational criminal organizations, and how new technologies could help conquer the problem.


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Thu, 25 Aug 2022 09:00:00 +0000

The Threat Matrix


In the aftermath of the Salman Rushdie attack Colin Clarke of the Soufan Group gives his assessment of Iran's capability to strike within the US.Jeanne Meserve also talks with FBI veteran J.J. Klaver about the impact ongoing attacks may be having on the bureau and its work.


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Thu, 18 Aug 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Rage on the Right


Expert analysis of the online and real life fallout from the Mar-a-Lago search with Heidi Beirich of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism.And Rita Katz of the SITE Intelligence Group tells Jeanne Meserve the internet has rewritten the terrorist playbook for both domestic extremists and jihadis.


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Thu, 11 Aug 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Eyes in the Sky and on the Ground


How will a new Iranian spy satellite change dynamics in the Middle East? Jeanne Meserve discusses with Iran expert John Krzyzaniak of the Wisconsin Project for Nuclear Arms Control. And Jill Dougherty, former CNN Moscow bureau chief, looks at how Russia's clampdown on information is impacting intelligence agencies.


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Thu, 4 Aug 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Getting the Bout


With a possible prisoner swap in the offing, SpyTalk explores the suspected intelligence ties of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout with Stephen Braun, co-author of Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible. Jeanne also talks with journalist Jill Dougherty, who met Bout face to face.


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Thu, 28 Jul 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Internal Upheaval in Ukraine


Are Russian collaborators undermining Ukraine's war effort? Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has sacked two top officials who he says failed to root out Russian sympathizers and spies within their agencies. Jeanne discusses the problem and its impact with Olga Lautman, senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis and co-host of the Kremlin File podcast.


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Thu, 21 Jul 2022 12:00:00 +0000

Trust and Theft


John Taylor, co-author of The Psychology of Spies and Spying, tells Jeanne Meserve how important trust is in a profession that is all about treachery and deceit.August Cole of the Atlantic Council talks to Jeff Stein about Chinas theft of military technology.


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Thu, 14 Jul 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Neo-Nazi Spy; Blindspots in Space


The USA and China are in a new space race. Astrophysicist at Rhea Space Activity, Shawn Usman, talks about securing cislunar space with Jeanne Meserve.

Leigh Baldwin co-wrote Follow The Leader in The Atavist which tells the tale of a German Neo-Nazi spy who worked for Putin. Jeff Stein talks with him about the piece.


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https://twitter.com/LeighBa1

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Fri, 8 Jul 2022 12:00:00 +0000

Shape Changes: Right-Wing Extremists and the US-Russia Cold War (originally aired 1/6/2022)


Originally released on January 6, 2022

This week: Jeanne Meserve talks with the Atlantic Councils Jared Holt about the evolving face of right-wing extremism. Joe Weisberg, creator of the hit spy drama The Americans, defends his argument on ending the Cold War with Russia with Jeff Stein.


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https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/expert/jared-holt/


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https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/12/17/russia-united-states-cold-war/


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Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Best Estimates and Underground Nukes


Former CIA intelligence analyst Gail Helt discusses US intelligence strengths and weaknesses with Jeff Stein. Deputy Director, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security Matthew Kroenig talks about North Koreas nuclear capabilities and ambitions with Jeanne Meserve


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Matthew Kroenig

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The Atlantic Council

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Thu, 23 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Of Spies and Dirty Wars


Former Deputy CIA Director John McLaughlin andJeanne Meserve discuss the case of a deep cover Russian spy rolled up in Holland. Mossads war on Iran gets scrutinized by Middle East expert Jonathan Broder and Jeff Stein.


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Thu, 16 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Broken


Former top CIA, Pentagon, and State Department intelligence official Carl Ford tells Jeff Stein US intelligence is broken. Domestic extremism expert Jon Lewis discusses the uptick in white supremacist violence with Jeanne Meserve


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The Footnote

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The Program on Extremism at George Washington University

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Thu, 9 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Behind the Masks


Is Putin really sick? Former CIA medical officer Leslie Pyenson assesses signs of Putins failing health with Jeanne Meserve, and author Jefferson Morley discusses his new book, Scorpions Dance: The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate, with Jeff Stein.


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Thu, 2 Jun 2022 09:10:00 +0000

Afghanistan Relations; Domestic Terrorism


Former President of the FBI Agents Association and retired FBI Special Agent, Tom OConnor talks about the need for a domestic terrorism law in the United States. Also, political scientist at Rand, Andrew Radin discusses options the US has with future relations with Afghanistan. With Jeff Stein and Jeanne Meserve.

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Tom O'Connor

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Engage, Isolate, or Oppose

American Policy Toward the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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Thu, 26 May 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Treachery


Former CIA officer Robert Baer talks about the CIAs unresolved search for another Russian mole in its ranks, while diplomatic historian Kelly McFarland addresses the ramifications of Russias blockade of Ukrainian wheat exports. With Jeff Stein and Jeanne Meserve.


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Robert Baer

Robert Baer: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks


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Thu, 19 May 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Going Mental


Cult expert Steven Hassan talks with Jeanne Meserve about deprogramming racist murderers and ex-CIA officer Marc Polymeropoulos tells Jeff Stein about a new mobile app to reduce suicides among counterterrorism veterans.


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Thu, 12 May 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Revelations


Newly declassified FBI and UK documents on Saudi intrigues in the 9/11 attacks are discussed by former FBI Supervisory Agent Mark Rossini, and reporter Haley Britzky talks about her expos of brutal harassment at the Marine Corps Intelligence School. With Jeff Stein and Jeanne Meserve.

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Thu, 5 May 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Deep Dive


Christopher Drew, author of the definitive book on submarine espionage past and present, talks with Jeff Stein.And we dig into the new bestseller The Bin Laden Papers with author and New America Senior Fellow Nelly Lahoud.


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Christopher Drew

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Thu, 28 Apr 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Space Spies and Chinas New Move


Robert Cardillo, former head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, talks anti-satellite warfare and Oval Office briefings, while Chinas stealth move into the Solomon Islands is analyzed by The Soufan Groups Mollie Saltskog. With Jeanne Meserve and Jeff Stein.


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Robert Cardillo

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Thu, 21 Apr 2022 09:00:00 +0000

THE NEW COLD WAR


Robert Cardillo, former head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, discusses the role of spy satellites in Ukraine and how images can be spoofed, while investigative reporter and author Scott Anderson dissects the differences between the old Cold War with Russia and the emerging new one. With Jeanne Meserve and Jeff Stein.


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Robert Cardillo

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Scott Anderson

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/633/scott-anderson/



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Thu, 14 Apr 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Russian Killers, American Plotters


Jeanne Meserve talks with retired Army Gen. Kevin Ryan about the Russian militarys chaos in Ukraine, while journalist Janet Reitman dissects the FBIs mishaps in the Michigan Wolverine Watchmen trial with Jeff Stein.

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Brigadier General Kevin Ryan (U.S. Army retired)

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Thu, 7 Apr 2022 12:00:00 +0000

Covert Actions: Russia and China


Intelligence historian Tim Weiner talks with Jeff Stein about CIA ops against Russia from the Cold War onward, and Chinese espionage expert Nick Eftimiades discusses Beijings covert campaigns against US-based dissidents with Jeanne Meserve.


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Tim Weiner

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Thu, 31 Mar 2022 12:00:00 +0000

SPIES AND NEO-NAZIS


Veteran former CIA operations officer Lucy Kirk talks with Jeff Stein about changes in the spy game since Russias invasion of Ukraine, and leading extremism scholar Daveed Gartenstein-Ross goes deep on Ukraines neo-Nazi problem with Jeanne Meserve.


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Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

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https://valensglobal.com/


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Thu, 24 Mar 2022 09:00:00 +0000

Jamming up the Russians


Former Navy electronic warfare expert Bryan Clark talks about techniques the US can use to spoof Russian troops, and Adam M. Smith, who focused on sanctions in the Obama administration, details the challenges of separating oligarchs from their hidden stashes. With cohosts Jeff Stein and Jeanne Meserve.


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Bryan Clark:

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Thu, 17 Mar 2022 09:39:33 +0000

Nuclear Risks and Putin's Quest for Glory


Former CIA officer and former head of Department of Energy intelligence Rolf Mowatt-Larssen assesses the risks in Vladimir Putin's takeover of Ukraine's nuclear power stations in a conversation with Jeanne Meserve.And Lawrence Wilkerson, retired US Army Colonel and former chief of staff to General Colin Powell, tells Jeff Stein that this brutal war is Putin's attempt to secure a revered place in Russian history.


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Rolf Mowatt-Larssen:

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Thu, 10 Mar 2022 10:00:00 +0000

Russias Dirty Tricks


Maverick strategist Sean McFate, a former private mercenary, talks about the Ukraine deployment of Russias paramilitary Wagner Group, while ex-senior CIA ops officer Gregory Sims says US security officials should expect the unexpected not to be caught flat-footed by a cornered Vladimir Putin, including big surprises" like 9/11 and Pearl Harbor.


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Sean McFate:

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Thu, 3 Mar 2022 10:00:00 +0000

Options for Fighting Russians in Ukraine


Former CIA officer Douglas London talks about covert possibilities against the Russians with Jeff Stein. Former Cyber Command and NSA Chief Mike Rogers talks about the cyber side of the war with Jeanne Meserve.


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Douglas London:

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Thu, 24 Feb 2022 17:23:00 +0000

Russian Spy Chiefs, Ukraine Hit Squads


Russian intelligence expert Filip Kovacevic profiles Putins spy bosses with Jeff Stein, andForeign Policymagazine correspondentAmy Mackinnon detailsRussian plans for Ukraine roundups and assassinations

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Thu, 17 Feb 2022 16:28:51 +0000

Inside Putins Brainand the Soul of an Intel Warrior


Jeanne Meserve talks with Angela Stent, author ofPutins World, and Jeff Stein catches up with former US Army Lt. Col. Ron Capps, whos capturing the pain of war in his beautiful songs and stories.


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Putin's World

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Thu, 10 Feb 2022 10:00:00 +0000

A Spys Soul and a Pipe Bomb Mystery


Jeanne Meserve talks with The Soufan Groups Colin Clarke about the unsolved mystery of the Jan. 6pipe bombs case, and Jeff Stein plumbs a spys 'sociopathic soul' with acclaimed CIA case officer Jim Lawler.


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Thu, 3 Feb 2022 10:00:00 +0000

Spy Wars Over Ukraine


John Sipher, who once ran CIA operations against the Russians, talks about US options for dealing with an invasion of Ukraine, while BrianMurphy, a former top DHS intelligence official, deconstructs the Kremlin's disinformation campaign against us. With cohosts Jeff Stein and Jeanne Meserve.


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Thu, 27 Jan 2022 10:00:00 +0000

Disconcerting Developments


The FBIs explanations for its Jan. 6 failures don't add up, reporter Jason Paladino tells Jeff Stein. And Jeanne Meserve dives deep into the creepy Metaverse with terrorism researchers at the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center.


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Thu, 20 Jan 2022 10:00:00 +0000

There Will Be Blood


Retired Green Beret Col. David Maxwell discusses paramilitary options against Russian invaders in Ukraine, while former US-Iran nuclear deal negotiator Ernest Moniz offers perspective on new talks with hardliners. With Jeff Stein and Jeanne Meserve.


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Thu, 13 Jan 2022 10:00:00 +0000

How Foreign Spies Infiltrate US Policeand more


Former top FBI counterspy Frank Figliuzzi tells Jeff Stein how foreign agents woo state and local US police, and Jeanne Meserve learns how satellite sleuths track Chinas Uighur genocide from RAND Corp expert Scott Harold.


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Thu, 6 Jan 2022 10:00:00 +0000

Shape Changes: Right-Wing Extremists and the US-Russia Cold War


This week: Jeanne Meserve talks with the Atlantic Councils Jared Holt about the evolving face of right-wing extremism. Joe Weisberg, creator of the hit spy drama The Americans, defends his argument on ending the Cold War with Russia with Jeff Stein.


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Thu, 30 Dec 2021 10:00:00 +0000

Possible Incursions and Future Insurrections


This week: Jeff Stein talks with contributing editor for Spytalk Jonathan Broder about Russia, Ukraine, NATO, and the United States; retired Major General Paul Eaton talks with Jeanne Meserve about the growing problem of members of the US military believing the Big Lie.


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https://www.spytalk.co/p/temperatures-rising-in-us-russia


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Thu, 23 Dec 2021 10:00:00 +0000

Military Spies and Military Subversives


Former DIA deputy director Doug Wise talks with Jeff Stein about the role of US military intelligence in Ukraine, and WRC-TV investigative reporter Scott MacFarlane updates Jeanne Meserve on the Jan. 6 probes.

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Thu, 16 Dec 2021 10:00:00 +0000

Smashed Plots and Then Some


This week: Jeff talks with former counterterrorism analyst at the CIA Aki Peritz about the largest counterterrorism investigation in history that foiled a truly wild terror plot; and Jeanne talks with Anna Puglisi, Senior Fellow at Georgetown's Center for Security and Emerging Technology, and Michael German, Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, about the unfair and unproductive targeting by the FBI of scholars in the United States with ties to China.


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Thu, 9 Dec 2021 11:01:00 +0000

Warm Water, Cold Threats


Retired NCIS senior agent Mark Fallon discusses censorship of his exposs on Guantnamo & torture with Jeff Stein, and distinguished Jamaican futurist Anthony Clayton lays out a scenario for terrorist attacks in the Caribbean.


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https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/focus/20211023/anthony-clayton-jamaica-2050-part-1-turbulent-years-ahead


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Thu, 2 Dec 2021 09:30:00 +0000

Connecting All the Dots


Hoover Institution cybersecurity expert Amy Zegart talks with Jeanne Meserve about the urgent need for US spy agencies to better exploit open source intelligence, and Mindhunter coauthor Mark Olshaker discusses with Jeff Stein how two sex predators in the CIA got away with it.


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Thu, 25 Nov 2021 10:00:00 +0000

Hiding In Plain Sight


The CIAs former chief of disguises tells Jeff Stein about some of her greatest capers, and Jeanne Meserve talks with author Garrett Graff about a top secret search for an Al Qaeda nuclear bomb.

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Thu, 18 Nov 2021 10:00:00 +0000

SLINKING AROUND


Former senior CIA officer Duyane Norman talks with Jeanne Meserve about deep cover ops in the digital age, and extremism expert Jason Blazakis discusses Qanon as a national security threat with Jeff Stein.

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Thu, 11 Nov 2021 10:00:00 +0000

Assassins and Infiltrators


JFK assassination expert Jefferson Morley discusses Joe Bidens continued suppression of Kennedy assassination documents with Jeff Stein, and Jeanne Meserve talks with former FBI agent and homeland security official Erroll Southers about extremist inroads in police forces.


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Thu, 4 Nov 2021 09:00:00 +0000

Spymasters and Crypto Cash


This week: Jeff talks with Chris Whipple, author of The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future; plus Jeanne speaks with Juan Zarate, former Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, about the bad guys use of cryptocurrencies.


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Thu, 28 Oct 2021 09:00:00 +0000

Conspiracies of Dunces


Jeff Stein explores crazy coup plots andspydefectors in Venezuela with Latin America expert David Smilde, and Jeanne Meserve talks with ABC News investigative reporter James Meek about his disturbing new documentary about the deaths of Green Beret operatives in Niger.


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Thu, 21 Oct 2021 04:00:00 +0000

Spy World Frenemies


Mossads got a killer new boss and the US is buying China-made drones. Jeff Stein and Jeanne Meserve drill down on both.

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Thu, 14 Oct 2021 04:00:00 +0000

The Peanut Butter Spies, CIAs China Initiative & Secret Service Burnout


Washington Post intelligence reporter Shane Harris discusses odd happenings in the spook world with Jeff Stein, and former Secret Service Special Agent Jonathan Wackrow analyses a new report on tanking morale in the uniformed division with Jeanne Meserve.

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Thu, 7 Oct 2021 04:00:19 +0000

For Your Eyes Only


Legendary Condor author James Grady discusses James Bonds evolving cinematic villains with Jeff Stein, and Jeanne Meserve digs into the massive hack of a far-right server with extremist expert Heidi Beirich.

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Thu, 30 Sep 2021 04:00:43 +0000

Head Case


From Vietnam to Vienna, reported cases of Havana Syndrome are on the rise.Diplomats, intelligence officials and their families are experiencing debilitating symptoms including headaches, dizziness, nausea and memory loss.Dr. James Giordano, Professor of Neurology and Biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center, has been investigating Havana Syndrome since the first cases were reported and discusses what we know, and what we still need to learn, with Jeanne Meserve.

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Thu, 23 Sep 2021 04:00:57 +0000

Accidents Will Happen


Chinese espionage expert Matthew Brazil and Jeff Stein break down the controversy about Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milleys backchannel contact with his Chinese counterpart, and Jeanne Meserve and transnational crime expert Tom Sanderson discuss the emergence of Talibani Afghanistan as a terrorist state.

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Thu, 16 Sep 2021 04:00:52 +0000

Girding for New and Old Threats


Extremism expert Kathleen Belew talks with Jeanne Meserve about new factors raising the potential for violence at Sept.18 Capitol protests, while former senior CIA ops official Dan Hoffman tells Jeff Stein that the Kabul collapse has given Al Qaeda and ISIS new life.

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021 04:00:58 +0000

The Man Who Loved Spying


In a riveting new memoir, former senior CIA officer Doug London celebrates a career in espionage, but in a lengthy conversation with host Jeff Stein, he offer candid, even brutal observations on how 20 years of counterterrorism warped the agencys priorities and managers.

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Thu, 2 Sep 2021 04:00:45 +0000

Kabuls loss and a new 9/11 terror warning


Author Craig Whitlock talks with Jeff Stein about US intelligences place in 20 years of lies and deception in Afghanistan, and Jeanne Meserve interviews Coast Guard Commandant Karl Schultz about a terror alert for the 9/11 anniversary.

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Thu, 26 Aug 2021 04:00:15 +0000

The Human Factor


Top former CIA operations official William Murray talks with Jeanne Meserve about the loss of the agency's spy base in Kabul, while Africa expert Jacob Zenn assesses the impact of the Taliban-Al Qaeda triumph on militants across the continent, with Jeff Stein.

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Thu, 19 Aug 2021 04:00:15 +0000

Implications for the Kabul Catastrophe


Counterterrorism expert and Georgetown University Professor, Bruce Hoffman explains the drastic implications of the Taliban triumph, and journalist Toby Harnden talks about his new book on the first CIA team to enter Afghanistan.

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Tue, 17 Aug 2021 22:11:13 +0000

Ali Soufan on the Talibans Global Plans


The celebrated former FBI special agent and counterterrorism specialist says the Taliban aspire to undermining the Wests Roman Empire.

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Thu, 12 Aug 2021 04:00:26 +0000

SPYING ON MISSILES


Jeanne Meserve talks with Hans Kristensen,director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists,about how the world learned of Chinas startling new ICBM silos, and Jeff Stein talks with Asia expert Robert Manning about the challenges of spying on North Korea.

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Thu, 5 Aug 2021 04:00:52 +0000

Spies vs. Spies


An expert on Congressional probes tells Jeff Stein why investigators on the House Select Committee on Jan. 5 have to develop confidential sources deep inside DHS, DoD and the FBI. And retired Marine Corps Gen. Greg Newbold tells Jeanne Meserve that China's control of precious metals is a threat to US intelligence.



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Thu, 29 Jul 2021 04:00:32 +0000

Going Deep


The FBI is still coming up short on dealing with white violent extremists, former undercover special agent Mike German tells Jeff Stein. And Jeanne Meserve delves into a little known DIA medical intelligence unit.



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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 04:00:35 +0000

Families of Spies


A father & daughter have a monster TikTok hit talkIng about his intelligence career. Former CIA analyst Frank Snepp describes the heartbreak of Saigon and the agony of Kabul. And Spooked author Barry Meier addresses the NSO-Pegasus surveillance scandal.

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Thu, 15 Jul 2021 04:00:58 +0000

Battling on All Fronts


Former CIA counterintelligence chief James Olson tells Jeff Stein the CIA and FBI need to resuscitate double agent ops to penetrate enemy spy services, and Jeanne Meserve talks with former senior U.S. cybercrime official Chris Painter about the rash of ransomware attacks by REvil and other Russia-based malefactors.

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Wed, 7 Jul 2021 22:41:31 +0000

Enemies Within and Without


Former senior CIA officer Doug London talks with Jeff Stein about the present and future intelligence picture in chaotic Afghanistan. And Jeanne Meserve has a fascinating talk with former top DHS intel official and retired Brigadier General Francis X. Taylor about dealing with violent extremists in the military ranks.



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Thu, 1 Jul 2021 04:00:17 +0000

Spies that Bind


Nicholas Eftimiades, a top expert on Chinese espionage, tells Jeff Stein he doubts reports that Beijings top counterspy defected to the USbut that Beijing has many moles in U.S/ intelligence. And Jeanne Meserve talks with top former FBI national security official Jay Tabb about the challenges of dealing with home-grown American terrorists.

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Thu, 24 Jun 2021 04:00:27 +0000

Cold War Capers


Yes, theres a real James Bond, and Jeanne Meserve chatted him up on the curses and blessings of having such a legendary moniker. And historian Audra Wolfe talks with Jeff Stein about the role of American scientists in the Cold War and beyond.

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Wed, 16 Jun 2021 22:09:03 +0000

Everybody knows somebody


Terrorism expert Gina Ligon tells Jeanne Meserve that the Biden administrations initiative on domestic extremism represents a sea change in policy but doesnt address the root causes of populist violence. Israeli counterterrorism dramas do, an American ex-pat writer in Jerusalem tells Jeff Stein, because so many involved have served in spy units.

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Fri, 11 Jun 2021 22:36:15 +0000

Meeting of the Minds


Ahead of presidents Putin and Biden meeting in Geneva, a psychiatrist puts the leader ofRussia on the couch.Dr. Kenneth Dekleva, who served in the US embassy in Moscow, joins co-host Jeanne Meserve for a special edition of SpyTalk.

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Wed, 9 Jun 2021 23:18:31 +0000

That Was Then


Chinese espionage poses a mortal threat to the US, former counterintelligence boss Bill Evanina tells Jeanne Meserve. And author Kai Bird talks with Jeff Stein about a clandestine plot with Iran by Reagan campaign manager and future CIA Director Bill Casey to deny Jimmy Carter re-election.



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Fri, 4 Jun 2021 20:13:02 +0000

Cyber Counterpunch


On this special edition of SpyTalk, co-host Jeanne Meserve speaks with William Evanina, former Director of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center about the recent spate of ransomware attacks.Evanina says President Biden should threaten to pull out of the upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that theUS should demonstrate it is willing and able to shut down Russian infrastructure.

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Wed, 2 Jun 2021 23:17:00 +0000

The Gathering Storms


Former top FBI domestic extremist specialist Tom OConnor tells co-host Jeanne Meserve in a startling interview that hes worried about another Timothy McVeigh plotting something big. And Jeff Stein talks with veteran intelligence reporter Bill Arkin about a vast Pentagon secret army combatting our enemies that no ones heard about.

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Wed, 26 May 2021 23:52:44 +0000

Spies in the Soup


Jean Meserve talks with former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Juliette Kayyem about the mess in DHS intelligence shop, and Jeff Stein interviews Barry Meier about his new book, Spooked: The Trump Dossier, Black Cube, and the Rise of Private Spies.

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Wed, 19 May 2021 22:44:54 +0000

Panettas Regret


Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was praised in a multitude of articles and broadcasts marking the 10th anniversary of the elimination of Osama Bin Laden earlier this month. But in an hour long interview with Jeff Stein, he described a major failing of US intelligence during his watch. Listen to it here.



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Wed, 19 May 2021 19:08:29 +0000

Has the CIA Lost Its Grip on the Middle East?


CIA clandestine services veteran and longtime Middle East hand Marc Polymeropoulos tells Jeff Stein that the CIA no longer prizes regional expertise, instead opting for spy corps generalists who can be shifted from region to region. In this Special Edition of the SpyTalk podcast, Polymeropoulos laments the passing of Charlie Seidel, who he calls the CIAs last great Arabist.

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Thu, 13 May 2021 05:26:31 +0000

Crisis and Confusion


In the fourth edition of the SpyTalk podcast, former NATO Secretary GeneralAnders Fogh Rasmussen talks with co-hostJeanne Meserve about combatting psychological warfare disinformation attacks from Russia, China, Iran and even Venezuela, and former top CIA analyst Mathew Burrows tells her that US intelligence is so busy coping with immediate threats they cant see the forest for the trees. Leading off the show, Jeff Stein talks with Janis Shinwari, an Afghan interpreter for US intelligence units, who says thousands of his comrades are terrified about being left behind and murdered by the Taliban when US forces leave in September.

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Wed, 5 May 2021 20:56:15 +0000

Shots in the Dark


Jeanne Meserve looks into the mysterious directed-energy attacks on officials in Washington with Mark Zaid, lawyer for CIA and State Department victims. Then Ronen Bergman, author of a groundbreaking book on Israeli assassination operations, talks with Jeff Stein about the effect of Mossads hits on Irans nuclear scientists and uranium facilities. Last but hardly least, Jeanne talks at length with technology venture capitalist Gilman Louie about his work with the CIA and the perils of losing the raceon artificial intelligence to Americas adversaries.

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Thu, 29 Apr 2021 01:51:08 +0000

Fire and Ice


In this weeks edition of theSpyTalkpodcast, Jeff Stein goes deep on the CIAs looming eviction from Afghanistan with Lisa Curtis, a longtime former CIA, State Department and White House National Security Council expert on the region. And then co-host Jeanne Meserve conducts a lively interview with a former senior CIA and NSA analyst, Alma Katsu, about her new, post-government-service thriller,Red Widow, which features a gutsy female spy heroine.

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Thu, 22 Apr 2021 04:00:10 +0000

A CIA Spy in Syria, and US Responses to Russian, Chinese and Other Adversary Hacking


This week, in the debut edition of the SpyTalk podcast, co-host Jeff Stein talks to the Washington Posts Joby Warrick about an extraordinary CIA operation in Syria, as told in his new book, Red Line. Jeff and co-host Jeanne Meserve also discuss the Biden administrations recent expulsion of suspected Russian spies, then Jeanne talks with former NSA Director and Cyber Command chief Admiral Mike Rogers about Chinese, Russian and other hackers infiltration of U.S. computer networks.

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Wed, 24 Mar 2021 21:58:16 +0000

Spy Talk - Trailer


SpyTalk lives at the intersection of intelligence operations, foreign policy, homeland security and military strategy. Co-hosted by veteran national security journalist Jeff Stein and former star CNN homeland security correspondent Jeanne Meserve, the podcast willfeature exclusives by SpyTalks roster of longtime reporters, news and profiles of US and foreign spymasters and interviews with policymakers and expert authors.Theres nothing quite like ita place for experts and lay persons alike, who enjoy national security scoops and insights by SpyTalk's subject matter experts. Coming this Spring.


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Tue, 14 May 2024 11:00:00 -0000

Codebreaking and Codemaking Down Under with John Blaxland and Clare Birgin


Summary John Blaxland (X,LinkedIn) and Clare Birgin (Wikipedia, LinkedIn) join Andrew (X;LinkedIn) to discuss Australian codebreaking. John and Clare are coauthors of the new book Revealing Secrets. What Youll Learn Intelligence The importance of SIGINT Codebreaking in Australian intelligence Australias role in WWII and the Cold War The advent and evolution of cyber Reflections Strategic defense and offense The power, and danger, of communication And much, much more Quotes of the Week "What I've noticed with the Australians, and I think it's similar in the other the other Five Eyes countries, these people tend to be quite patriotic to do [Signals Intelligence]. They want to, they love their country, and it also seems to preserve very good qualities. -Clare Birgin. Resources SURFACE SKIM *Spotlight Resource* Revealing Secrets: An unofficial history of Australian Signals intelligence and the advent of cyber, Clare Birgin and John Blaxland (University of New South Wales Press, 2023) *SpyCasts* I Helped Solve the Final Zodiac Killer Cipher with David Oranchak (2024) Australian National Day Special: Intelligence Down Under with John Blaxland (2024) My Father the Navajo Code-Talkerwith Laura Tohe (2023) CYBER AUGUST: So, You Want to Be a Codebreaker? with Elonka Dunin and Klaus Schmeh (2021) *Beginner Resources* Australia's Involvement in WWII, Australian Broadcasting Service, YouTube (2020) [4 min. video] A short history of cyber espionage, D. OBrien, Medium (2017) [Short article] Signals Intelligence (SINGINT) Overview, National Security Agency (n.d.) [Short article] DEEPER DIVE Primary Sources WMD Report (2005) The ANZUS Treaty (1951) Role and effectiveness of Signals Intelligence in World War II (1945) The Atlantic Charter (1941) The Zimmerman Telegram (1917) Oral History by Ruby Boye Jones (n.d.) *Wildcard Resource* Heres a challenge For their 75th Anniversary in 2022, the Australian Signals Directorate released a limited edition coin with multiple layers of code to crack on both sides. Think you can solve it? Check out the link above and test your code-cracking skills. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 07 May 2024 11:00:00 -0000

James Foley: Journalist, ISIS Hostage, Son with His Mother Diane Foley


Summary Diane Foley (Website, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (X;LinkedIn) to discuss the legacy of her son, James Foley. James was held hostage and murdered by ISIS in 2014. What Youll Learn Intelligence The enduring legacy of James murder James time in captivity in Libya A mothers experience communicating with her sons captors How hostage recovery efforts have evolved since 2014 Reflections Grief turned into action Forgiveness, empathy, and resilience And much, much more Quotes of the Week [Jim] could have been teaching or doing so many things, writing but he just felt those stories were essential. And it really made me realize and recognize the courage of our current journalists going into Ukraine or Gaza. We wouldn't have any idea what's happening in that part of the world without those folks who dare to be there and dare to find ways to tell that story and bring it back to us. Diane Foley. Resources SURFACE SKIM *Spotlight Resource* American Mother, Colum McCann and Diane Foley (Etruscan Press, 2024) *SpyCasts* CIA Director, Defense Secretary, Gentleman with Leon Panetta (2024) Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy with Michael Vickers (2023) My Life Looking at Spies & the Media with Paul Lashmar (2022) ISIS Leader al-Mawla: Caliph. Scholar. Canary. Snitch. with Daniel Milton, West Point CTC Director (Part 1 of 2) (2022) ISIS Leader al-Mawla: Caliph. Scholar. Canary. Snitch. with Daniel Milton, West Point CTC Director (Part 2 of 2) (2022) *Beginner Resources* Syria: Seven Years of War Explained, BBC News, YouTube (2018) [5 min. video] FACT SHEET: U.S. Government Hostage Policy, Office of the Press Secretary (2015) [Short brief] Jims Story, James W. Foley Legacy Foundation (n.d.) [Background on James Foley] DEEPER DIVE Books The Isis Hostage, P. Damsgard (Pegasus Books, 2017) Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, J. Warrick (Anchor, 2016) Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, C. Voss & T. Raz (Harper Business, 2016) Primary Sources A Proclamation on U.S. Hostage and Wrongful Detainee Day (2024) Executive Order on Bolstering Efforts to Bring Hostages and Wrongfully Detained United States Nationals Home (2022) FBI Hostage Rescue Team Policy Guide (2019) Report on U.S. Hostage Policy (2015) Murder of James Foley Press Statement (2014) Hostage Negotiation: A Matter of Life and Death (1983) Current Status of the Hostage Crisis and the Implications of US Policy Options (1980) *Wildcard Resource* Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree by Tony Orlando and Dawn (1973) This song was a #1 hit when it was originally released in 1973. Six years later, the song resurged and gained even more popularity during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The song became an unofficial hostage recovery anthem, as the lyrics poignantly hint to welcoming a loved one home from captivity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 30 Apr 2024 11:00:00 -0000

Interstellar Intelligence with Harvard Astrophysicist Avi Loeb


Summary Avi Loeb (Harvard Biography, Wikipedia) joins Andrew (X;LinkedIn) to discuss intelligence in outer space. He is a Professor in the Department of Astronomy at Harvard University. What Youll Learn Intelligence The Galileo Project & its goals The Intelligence Community and Outer Space Government positions on the existence of extraterrestrial life Connections between intelligence and astrophysics Reflections The enormity of our universe Evidence over opinion or speculation And much, much more Quotes of the Week And my hope is that realizing that we have a smart neighbor that we can learn from would convince us to change our priorities from fighting over territories on this small piece of rock, trying to kill each other, to something more noble, just looking up and having bigger aspirations because there is so much more real estate out there than you find here on Earth. Avi Loeb. Resources SURFACE SKIM *Spotlight Resource* Interstellar: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Our Future in the Stars, Avi Loeb (Mariner Books, 2023) *SpyCasts* I Helped Solve the Final Zodiac Killer Cipher with David Oranchak (2024) The 18-Year-Old Soviet Spy on the Manhattan Project: Ted Hall with Director Steve James (2023) Espionage and the Metaverse with Cathy Hackl (2023) The Information Battlespace Foreign Denial and Deception with Bill Parquette (2023) *Beginner Resources* What is Astrophysics? A. Belter, Space (2022) [Short article] What You Need to Know About Astrobiology - The Search for Life in the Universe! NASA, YouTube (2020) [2 min. video] Glossary of astronomical terms, International Comet Quarterly (n.d.) [Glossary] DEEPER DIVE Books In Plain Sight: An Investigation into UFOs and Impossible Science, R. Coulthart (HarperCollins, 2023) Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, A. Loeb (Mariner Books, 2022) Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, N. deGrasse Tyson (W. W. Norton & Company, 2017) Primary Sources Report on the Historical Record of U.S. Government Involvement with Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (2024) Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (2021) UFO Files: The Untold Story (1979) Space tests branded as propaganda (1964) People Are Talking About Little Green Men (1964) Unidentified Flying Objects: Writer Says Theyre a Dangerous Problem (1954) *Wildcard Resource* This week, our recommended music accompaniment to this episode is, of course, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David Bowie. This 1972 album, a classic example of the Glam Rock and early Punk era, includes the single Starman, which Andrew mentions in this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 23 Apr 2024 11:00:00 -0000

Navigating a Career in Counterterrorism as a Muslim with Angie Gad


Summary Angie Gad (LinkedIn, Website) joined Andrew (X;LinkedIn) to discuss her career in intelligence analysis. Angie is a first-generation Egyptian-American. What Youll Learn Intelligence The role of state fusion centers to national intelligence How counterterrorism analysis evolved after 9/11 The connections between ISIS and Far Right Extremists The mental health implications of counterterrorism Reflections The importance of diversity of thought and experience Personal identity in professional life And much, much more Quotes of the Week I think that's what drives me as an analyst. I love to understand why extremists do what they do, what leads them, what are the motivators and the driving force behind their actions and their thoughts and their radicalization. Angie Gad. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Telling Americans About China (and Intelligence) with Sara Castro (2024) The Eye of Horus: Egyptian Intelligence with Dina Rezk (2023) Leader, Lecturer, Analyzer, Nerd with Jorhena Thomas (2023) The Counterterrorism and Counter WMD Strategist with Dexter Ingram (2022) *Beginner Resources* What Is Counterterrorism? National Museum of American Diplomacy, YouTube (2023) [5 min. video] What is Intelligence Analysis and Why is It So Important? National American University (2020) [Short article] Role of Fusion Centers, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (n.d.) [Short brief] DEEPER DIVE Books Compassionate Counterterrorism: The Power of Inclusion In Fighting Fundamentalism, L. Al Olaimy (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2019) Black Flags: Rise of ISIS, J. Warrick (Doubleday, 2015) Reducing Uncertainty: Intelligence Analysis & National Security, T. Fingar (SUP, 2011) Primary Sources United States of America v. Ammon BUNDY, Jon RITZHEIMER, Joseph O'SHAUGHNESSY, Ryan PAYNE, Ryan BUNDY, Brian CAVALIER, Shawna COX, Peter SANTILLI (2016) National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan (2013) Progress Made and Work Remaining in Implementing Homeland Security Missions 10 Years after 9/11 (2011) Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States (2011) 9/11 Commission Report (2004) Targets of Suspicion: The Impact of Post-9/11 Policies on Muslims, Arabs and South Asians in the United States (2004) American Psyche Reeling From Terror Attacks (2001) *Wildcard Resource* The Rosetta Stone was originally found in the Nile Delta of Egypt in 1799. The priceless piece of human linguistic history has been on display at the British Museum since 1802. The question of the potential repatriation of the Rosetta Stone back to Egypt is one of the most highly discussed topics in the museum field today. Read more about the Egyptian campaign to reclaim their ancient artifacts here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 16 Apr 2024 11:00:00 -0000

The Foundations of American Intelligence in WWI with Mark Stout


Summary Mark Stout (X; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (X;LinkedIn) to discuss his new book, World War I and the Foundations of American Intelligence. Mark Stout is a former intelligence analyst and former SPY Historian. What Youll Learn Intelligence The first American intelligence agencies Codebreaking during WWI The American Protective League and spy paranoia WWIs effect on American culture and politics Reflections Challenging common historical thought Studying the forgotten wars And much, much more Quotes of the Week [After World War I] there will never be a time again when the United States won't have squadrons in the Army Air Corps, later the U. S. Air Force, and similarly the Navy. We would never again be without aerial reconnaissance squadrons. There would never again be a time when the United States didn't have at least one code-breaking organization. Mark Stout. Resources SURFACE SKIM *Spotlight Resource* World War I and the Foundations of American Intelligence, Mark Stout (University Press of Kansas, 2023) *SpyCasts* Rise of Devils: The Origins of Modern Terrorism with James Crossland (2024) Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East vs. West with Calder Walton (2023) The Lion and the Fox Civil War Spy vs. Spy with Alexander Rose (2023) The Birth of American Propaganda A Conversation on Manipulating the Masses with John Hamilton (2021) *Beginner Resources* World War I, Explained in 5 Minutes! YouTube (2023) [5 min. video] The Journey of the Intelligence Community, M. Thomas, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (2023) [Timeline of the US IC] The United States in the First World War, National Park Service (2021) [Short article] DEEPER DIVE Books Manipulating the Masses: Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of American Propaganda, J. M. Hamilton (LSU Press, 2020) Codes, Ciphers and Spies: Tales of Military Intelligence in World War I, J. F. Dooley (Copernicus, 2016) The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and America's Entry into World War I, T. Boghardt (Naval Institute Press, 2012) Primary Sources Treaty of Versailles (1919) Woodrow Wilsons Fourteen Points Speech (1918) Telegram Announcing Armistice (1918) Sedition Act (1918) The Zimmermann Telegram (1917) Espionage Act (1917) Woodrow Wilson Third Annual Message, Warns of Espionage (1915) *Wildcard Resource* 12 Step Method to Reveal Secret Writing (ca. 1913-1924) Germany was particularly fond of invisible ink as a tactic of spycraft during World War I. If you came across a document suspected of secret writing, you might use these 12 steps to reveal the hidden message Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 09 Apr 2024 11:00:00 -0000

The Director-General of NZ Security Intelligence Service with Andrew Hampton


Summary Andrew Hampton joins Andrew (X;LinkedIn) to discuss intelligence in New Zealand. Andrew is the Director General of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service. What Youll Learn Intelligence The New Zealand Intelligence Community How geography effects national security The lasting impact of the Christchurch Mosque attacks New Zealands relationship with China Reflections The power of community organization The nuanced nature of global politics And much, much more Quotes of the Week I think for a long time there was a view that our geographical isolation protected us from a range of national security threats. But unfortunately, in the current world, geostrategic competition is playing out in our region. Going back to my old role, youre only one click away from a cyber-attack This and misinformation and violent extremism are permeating the whole world. Andrew Hampton. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* CIA Director, Defense Secretary, Gentleman with Leon Panetta (2024) Australian National Day Special: Intelligence Down Under with John Blaxland (2024) SPY CHIEFS: Director-General of Security Mike Burgess - ASIO, Australia & America(2022) Keeping Secrets/Disclosing Secretswith Spy Chief turned DG of Australias National Archives David Fricker (2022) *Beginner Resources* What Is The Five Eyes Alliance? K. Haan, Forbes [Short Article] A Brief History of New Zealand, Live and Work New Zealand (2022) [Short article] Why Isn't New Zealand a Part of Australia? History Matters, YouTube (2020) [3 min. video] DEEPER DIVE Books Voyagers: The Settlement of the Pacific, Nicholas Thomas (Basic Books, 2021) Pacific Century: The Emergence of Modern Pacific Asia, Mark Borthwick (Routledge, 2013) The Penguin History of New Zealand, Michael King (Penguin Books, 2003) Primary Sources He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand (1835) Te Tiriti o Waitangi the Treaty of Waitangi (1840) New Zealand Security Intelligence Service Act (1969) Intelligence and Security Committee Act (1996) Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act (1996) Government Communications Security Bureau Act (2003) Intelligence and Security Act (2017) *Wildcard Resource* The Womens Suffrage Petition - Te Petihana Whakamana Pti Wahine In 1893, this document gave all women in New Zealand the right to vote in general elections Making New Zealand the first country in the world to enact universal womens suffrage! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 02 Apr 2024 11:00:00 -0000

I Helped Solve the Final Zodiac Killer Cipher with David Oranchak


Summary David Oranchak (X, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (X;LinkedIn) to discuss his work helping to solve the 340 Zodiac cipher. Dave is a software developer and avid puzzle solver. What Youll Learn Intelligence The difference between codes and ciphers The cryptological methods used by the Zodiac killer The history of cryptography and its importance to intelligence How Dave and his team cracked the 340 Cipher Reflections Persistence and dedication Average citizens as avid participants And much, much more Quotes of the Week It felt like we had gotten a brand new letter from the Zodiac Killer. You know, the case had been dormant for so long We started to see the message coming through, it was like he was back to life so to speak, he was talking to us again after so many years of not saying anything. So that was kind of eerie to kind of hear the voice of a serial killer. David Oranchak. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* My Father the Navajo Code-Talker with Laura Tohe (2023) Venices Secret Service with Ioanna Iordanou (2023) El Chapo, the Sinaloa Cartel & Intelligence with Trial Reporter Noah Hurowitz (2022) CYBER AUGUST: So, You Want to Be a Codebreaker? with Elonka Dunin and Klaus Schmeh (2021) *Beginner Resources* A brief history of cryptography: Sending secret messages throughout time, J. Schneider, IBM (2024) [Short article] What is the Difference Between a Code and a Cipher? Mysterious Writings (2018) [Short Article] Infamous Killers: The Zodiac Killer, A&E, YouTube (2017) [5 min. video] DEEPER DIVE Books Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Hunt for the Nation's Most Elusive Serial Killer, R. Graysmith (Berkley, 2007) The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to QuantumCryptography, S. Singh (Anchor, 2000) The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet, D. Kahn (Scribner, 1996) Primary Sources The Zodiac Killer FBI Case File (1969) San Francisco Zodiac Letter (1969) San Francisco Suspect Sketches (1969) Zodiacs 408 Cipher (1969) Zodiacs 340 Cipher (1969) The Beale Papers (1885) The Dorabella Cipher (1897) Voynich Manuscript (ca. 1401-1599) *Wildcard Resource* If youre an amateur codebreaker and you feel inspired by this episode, try your hand at cryptanalysis with this FBI-created dot code. Erin tried, but could not begin to crack it Shell stick to podcasting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 26 Mar 2024 11:00:00 -0000

Bond After Fleming, the Continuation of an Icon with Mark Edlitz


Summary Mark Edlitz (X, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (X;LinkedIn) to discuss how James Bond lived on in literature after the death of Ian Fleming. Mark is an author and pop culture expert. What Youll Learn Intelligence The original Fleming novels Intellectual property and authors rights to iconic characters The evolution of Bond as a literary character The relationship between the Bond books and the Bond movies Reflections Can icons ever truly die? Just how malleable are our favorite characters? And much, much more Resources SURFACE SKIM *Spotlight Resource* James Bond After Fleming: The Continuation Novels, Mark Edlitz (2023) *SpyCasts* The James Bond Collector with Mike VanBlaricum (2024) 70th Anniversary of James Bond, Special with Alexis Albion on 007, Part 1 of 2 (2023) 70th Anniversary of James Bond, Special with Alexis Albion on 007, Part 2 of 2 (2023) My Life Looking at Spies and the Media with Paul Lashmar (2022) *Beginner Resources* James Bond Books: The Continuation Novels, D. Leigh, The James Bond Dossier (2024) [Short biographies of each continuation author] Ian Fleming Life Story, Short Biographies, YouTube (2023) [8 min. video] Can I do a sequel to someone else's book or movie? Miller IP Law (n.d.) [Short article] DEEPER DIVE Books Bond, James Bond: Exploring the Shaken and Stirred History of Ian Flemings 007, B. Gilmore & M. Kalinowski (Mango, 2022) The Many Lives of James Bond: How the Creators of 007 Have Decoded the Superspy, M. Edlitz (Lyons Press, 2019) James Bond: The Evolution of the World's Most Famous Spy, A. Geiger (CompanionHouse Books, 2016) Primary Sources An Interview with Raymond Benson (2023) License Renewed: Interview with John Gardner (1994) Gardner Assumes Ian Fleming's Pen To Keep James Bond Alive (1988) An Interview with Kingsley Amis (1975) Allen Dulles and Ian Fleming (1964) Books of the Times (1963) *Wildcard Resource* James Bond is a fantastically well-known character, but he is not technically in the public domain. Characters that do exist in the public domain include Count Dracula, Frankensteins Monster, Sherlock Holmes, and Robin Hood. Studying the origins of these characters is fascinating. Take Robin Hood, for example The first written mention of the heroic outlaw comes from the poem The Vision of Piers Plowman by William Langland, written in 1380. Thats 593 years before Disneys classic adaptation of the story! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 19 Mar 2024 11:00:00 -0000

The Skinny on American Intelligence & the Law with D.C. Super Lawyer Mark Zaid


Summary Mark Zaid (X, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (X;LinkedIn) to discuss American intelligence and the law.Youve heard of a lawyer to the stars, Mark is the lawyer to the spies What Youll Learn Intelligence The quirks of being a lawyer in this space How the Espionage Act works in practice The trial of the Rosenbergs The origins of FOIA and its purpose The Legal foundations underpinning espionage and intelligence Reflections Challenging authority The delicate balance of secrecy And much, much more Quotes of the Week I still love working every day, 30 years later, because there's still something new. As much as I fight for declassification and transparency, I will at times also see information and learn of events where I go, Oh, I get it. Yeah, that stuff cannot be known. That's incredible what we did. That's pretty wild. Mark Zaid. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Agent of Betrayal, FBI Spy Robert Hanssen with CBS Major Garrett and Friends (2023) David Petraeus on Ukraine & Intelligence with the former CIA Director & 4* General (2023) Havana Syndrome A Panel featuring Nicky Woolf, Marc Polymeropoulos, and Mark Zaid (2023) How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Spy Game with Mike Susong (2023) *Beginner Resources* What Is a Whistleblower? Protections, Law, Importance, and Example, W. Kenton, Investopedia (2022) [Short article] What is a Lawyer? American Bar Association (2019) [Short article] Legal System Basics, CrashCourse, YouTube (2015) [8 min. video] DEEPER DIVE Books State of Silence: The Espionage Act and the Rise of America's Secrecy Regime, S. Lebovic (Basic Books, 2023) Ethel Rosenberg, A. Sebba (Griffin, 2022) Spies on Trial: True Tales of Espionage in the Courtroom, C. C. Kuhne (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2019) Primary Sources A Letter from Aldrich Ames on Polygraph Testing (2000) Whistle Blower Protection Act (1989) DoD Polygraph Program (1984) National Security Decision Directive 84 (1983) Inspector General Act (1978) Freedom of Information Act (1966) Administrative Procedure Act (1946) Espionage Act (1917) *Wildcard Resource* John Adams, a 2008 HBO Mini-Series chronicling the Founding Fathers role in early America John Adams, much like Mark, was a lawyer dedicated to the right to representation. Adams, ever dedicated to the honor of his profession, was the only attorney who agreed to defend the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre. You can read the whole trial here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 12 Mar 2024 11:00:00 -0000

Telling Americans About China (and Intelligence) with Sara Castro


Summary Dr. Sara Castro (LinkedIn, Bio) joins Andrew (X;LinkedIn) to discuss the history of US-China diplomacy. Sara is an Associate Professor of History at the United States Air Force Academy. What Youll Learn Intelligence The Dixie Mission The history of US-China relations dating back to the Opium Wars Chinas involvement with the OSS during WWII How Mao Zedong & Chiang Kai-shek built modern China Reflections Understanding and empathy Knowledge is power And much, much more Resources SURFACE SKIM *Spotlight Resource* Mission to Mao: US Intelligence in China during World War II, Sara B. Castro, (Georgetown University Press, 2024) *SpyCasts* Making Sense of China, Taiwan, & America Pacific Intelligence with Bonny Lin (2023) Chinas Corporate Spy War with CNBCs Eamon Javers (2023) Trafficking Data: The Digital Struggle with China with Aynne Kokas (2022) *Beginner Resources* Beyond the Balloon: The Complicated History Behind US-China Relations, Voice of America, YouTube (2023) [8 min. video] Chinas Overlooked Role in World War II, C. Klein, The History Channel (2022) [Short article] Secret Agents, Secret Armies: The Short Happy Life of the OSS, The National World War II Museum (2020) [Short article] DEEPER DIVE Books Spies and Lies: How China's Greatest Covert Operations Fooled the World, A. Joske (Hardie Grant, 2022) The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower, M. Pillsbury (St. Martins Griffin, 2016) Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 19371945, R. Mitter (Mariner Books, 2013) Primary Sources Dixie Mission Remembered in Beijing (2004) U.S.-PRC Political Negotiations, 1967-1984 (1985) CIA Intelligence Report: Maos Cultural Revolution (1967) War Report: Office of Strategic Services: Operations in the Field (1949) Madame Chiang Kai-Shek Address to the U.S. House of Representatives (1943) Treaty Of Tianjin (1858) Treaty Of Wangxia (1844) *Wildcard Resource* After the signing of the SACO Treaty in 1942, Chinese spymaster Dai Li took command of the US-China intelligence cooperation during World War II. Six decades later in 2005, Nickelodeon premiered the now immensely popular American anime series Avatar: The Last Airbender. In the series, the elite secret police agency of fictional capital city Ba Sing Se are appropriately named, The Dai Li. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 05 Mar 2024 12:00:00 -0000

The James Bond Collector - with Mike VanBlaricum


Summary Mike VanBlaricum (X; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (X;LinkedIn) to discuss his journey as a James Bond fanatic and collector. Mike is the President of the Ian Fleming Foundation. What Youll Learn Intelligence How Mike became an obsessive James Bond collector with 10,000 artifacts Mikes favorite Bond cars, movies, and books How From Russia with Love was one of John F Kennedys favorite books Mikes tips on the best place to start if you want to read the Bond novels Reflections The passion of a collector Pop culture influencing the real world And much, much more Quotes of the Week I've always been fascinated about the study of creativity. And so, between wanting to understand spy craft and that whole human side as well as creativity, creativity like Fleming How one person can change popular culture, you know, ultimately, something that came out of his mind can change popular culture is just fascinating to me. Mike VanBlaricum Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* 70th Anniversary of James Bond, Special with Alexis Albion on 007, Part 1 of 2 (2023) 70th Anniversary of James Bond, Special with Alexis Albion on 007, Part 2 of 2 (2023) CIA Officers Turned Authorswith David McCloskey and James Stejskal (2022) My Life Looking at Spies and the Mediawith Paul Lashmar (2022) *Beginner Resources* How to Watch All the James Bond 007 Movies in Order, P. Saperstein, Variety (2023) [Short article] Bond In Motion Exhibition at the International Spy Museum! International Spy Museum (2024) [2 min. video] Ian Fleming Life Timeline, Ian Fleming Publications (n.d.) [Timeline] DEEPER DIVE Books For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming + James Bond, B. Macintyre (Bloomsbury USA, 2008) Licence to Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films, J. Chapman (I.B. Tauris, 2008) Ian Fleming, A. Lycett (St. Martins Press, 1995) Primary Sources FBI Targeted a Fictional Spy (1980) E. Germany Brands 007 As Fascist (1965) Memorandum For the Record from Marshall S. Carter (1964) Our Spy-Boss Who Loved Bond by Allen Dulles (1964) A Spys Spy, a Knight vs. Dragon That Was the Image of James Bond (1964) *Wildcard Resource* Whos The Deadliest Bond? Pierce Brosnan And by a high margin! Brosnans 007 had an average of 27 kills per movie. His runner-up, Roger Moore, clocked in an average of 16.6. o Read the stats by movie here. License to Kill indeed... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 27 Feb 2024 12:00:00 -0000

A CIA Psychologist on the Minds of World Leaders, Pt. 2 with Dr. Ursula Wilder


Summary Dr. Ursula Wilder (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (X;LinkedIn) to discuss the intersections between psychology and intelligence. Ursula is a clinical psychologist with over two decades of experience working at the Central Intelligence Agency. What Youll Learn Intelligence How psychology can be useful to national security Historical examples of leadership analysis Leadership personality assessments & the Cuban Missile Crisis Psychoanalytic theory and espionage Reflections Human nature throughout history History repeating itself And much, much more Quotes of the Week Together, these documents are quite powerful. The psych assessments are very, very carefully, tightly held and are classified at a high level. Every intelligence officer has this fantasy about seeing the file that's kept on them by the opponents. Dr. Ursula Wilder. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Agent of Betrayal, FBI Spy Robert Hanssen with CBS Major Garrett and Friends (2023) The North Korean Defector with Former DPRK Agent Kim, Hyun Woo (2023) SPY@20 The Spy of the Century with Curators Alexis and Andrew on Kim Philby (2022) How Spies Think 10 Lessons in Intelligence with Sir David Omand (2020) *Beginner Resources* What is Psychoanalysis? Institute of Psychoanalysis, YouTube (2011) [3 min. video] Psychologists in the CIA, American Psychological Association (2002) [Short article] 7 Reasons to Study Psychology, University of Toronto (n.d.) [Short article] DEEPER DIVE Books Freud and Beyond, S. A. Mitchell (Basic Books, 2016) Narcissism and Politics: Dreams of Glory, J. M. Post (Cambridge University Press, 2014) The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, E. Hoffer (Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2010) Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, D. K. Goodwin (Simon & Schuster, 2004) Leaders, Fools, and Impostors: Essays on the Psychology of Leadership, M. F. R. Kets de Vries (iUniverse, 2003) Primary Sources Charles de Gaulle to Pamela Digby Churchill (1942) Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat (1940) Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant (1885) Gettysburg Address (1863) House Divided Speech (1858) Excerpt on Cleopatra from Plutarch's Life of Julius Caesar (ca. 2nd century AD) Plutarchs The Life of Alexander (ca. 2nd century AD) Appians The Civil Wars (ca. 2nd century AD) Virgils The Aeneid (19 B.C.E) *Wildcard Resource* On Dreams by Sigmund Freud (1901) In this simplified version of the father of psychoanalysis seminal book The Interpretation of Dreams, you can get a small taste for Freudian philosophy. Freud believed that dreams were a reflection of the subconscious mind and that studying a persons dreams can elucidate their inner wants and needs. What are your dreams telling you? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 20 Feb 2024 12:00:00 -0000

A CIA Psychologist on the Minds of World Leaders, Pt. 1 with Dr. Ursula Wilder


Summary Dr. Ursula Wilder (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (X;LinkedIn) to discuss the intersections between psychology and intelligence. Ursula is a clinical psychologist with over two decades of experience working at the Central Intelligence Agency. What Youll Learn Intelligence How psychology can be useful to national security Historical examples of leadership analysis Leadership personality assessments & the Cuban Missile Crisis Psychoanalytic theory and espionage Reflections Human nature throughout history History repeating itself And much, much more Quotes of the Week Together, these documents are quite powerful. The psych assessments are very, very carefully, tightly held and are classified at a high level. Every intelligence officer has this fantasy about seeing the file that's kept on them by the opponents. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Agent of Betrayal, FBI Spy Robert Hanssen with CBS Major Garrett and Friends (2023) The North Korean Defector with Former DPRK Agent Kim, Hyun Woo (2023) SPY@20 The Spy of the Century with Curators Alexis and Andrew on Kim Philby (2022) How Spies Think 10 Lessons in Intelligence with Sir David Omand (2020) *Beginner Resources* What is Psychoanalysis? Institute of Psychoanalysis, YouTube (2011) [3 min. video] Psychologists in the CIA, American Psychological Association (2002) [Short article] 7 Reasons to Study Psychology, University of Toronto (n.d.) [Short article] DEEPER DIVE Books Freud and Beyond, S. A. Mitchell (Basic Books, 2016) Narcissism and Politics: Dreams of Glory, J. M. Post (Cambridge University Press, 2014) The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, E. Hoffer (Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2010) Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, D. K. Goodwin (Simon & Schuster, 2004) Leaders, Fools, and Impostors: Essays on the Psychology of Leadership, M. F. R. Kets de Vries (iUniverse, 2003) Primary Sources Charles de Gaulle to Pamela Digby Churchill (1942) Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat (1940) Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant (1885) Gettysburg Address (1863) House Divided Speech (1858) Excerpt on Cleopatra from Plutarch's Life of Julius Caesar (ca. 2nd century AD) Plutarchs The Life of Alexander (ca. 2nd century AD) Appians The Civil Wars (ca. 2nd century AD) Virgils The Aeneid (19 B.C.E) *Wildcard Resource* On Dreams by Sigmund Freud (1901) In this simplified version of the father of psychoanalysis seminal book The Interpretation of Dreams, you can get a small taste for Freudian philosophy. Freud believed that dreams were a reflection of the subconscious mind and that studying a persons dreams can elucidate their inner wants and needs. What are your dreams telling you? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 13 Feb 2024 12:00:00 -0000

CIA Director, Defense Secretary, Gentleman with Leon Panetta


Summary Leon Panetta (Panetta Institute) joins Andrew (X;LinkedIn) to discuss his lifetime of American public service. Secretary Panetta was the 2023 recipient of SPYs William H. Webster Award. What Youll Learn Intelligence Directing the Central Intelligence Agency Intelligence & the Abbottabad Raid Working within the Clinton Administration A lifes dedication to the safety of the American public Reflections The power of patience and the ability to listen Handing immense pressure and responsibility And much, much more Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* My Life in American Intelligence with Barry Zulauf (2023) David Petraeus on Ukraine & Intelligence with the former CIA Director & 4* General (2023) Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy with Michael Vickers (2023) The 75th Anniversary of the CIA with former Director Robert Gates (2022) *Beginner Resources* What Does the Secretary of Defense Do? MasterClass (2022) [Short article] How did the US find and kill Osama bin Laden? 60 Minutes Australia, YouTube (2018) [4 min. video] Leon E. Panetta, Panetta Institute for Public Policy (n.d.) [Short biography] DEEPER DIVE Books The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future, C. Whipple (Scribner, 2021) The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, C. Whipple (Crown, 2018) Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace, L. Panetta & J. Newton (Penguin Books, 2014) SECDEF: The Nearly Impossible Job of Secretary of Defense, C. A. Stevenson (Potomac Books, 2007) Primary Sources Statement on Syria before the Senate Armed Services Committee (2012) Nomination of Hon. Leon E. Panetta to be Secretary of Defense (2011) Statement to Employees by CIA Director Leon Panetta on the Death of Usama Bin Ladin (2011) Nomination of Leon Panetta to be Director, Central Intelligence Agency (2009) Memorandum for Leon Panetta on POTUS Time Investment (1996) Letter from Brown to Panetta Regarding Fiscal Year 1994-1997 (1993) Letter to the Honorable Leon E. Panetta from George Bush (1977) *Wildcard Resource* Secretary Panetta now lives on a lovely vineyard in sunny California. Speaking of wine and spies, check out Vint Hill Winery in Warrenton, Virginia. In 1942 the US Army set up top-secret SIGINT operations at the now-vineyard after the farms owner, a Ham Radio enthusiast, set up a wire on the roof of the barn that could reach signals from Berlin. The farm was the site of The Signal Corps cryptographic school, which famously intercepted messages from Hiroshi Oshima in 1943. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 06 Feb 2024 12:00:00 -0000

The British Monarchy and Secret Intelligence with Rory Cormac and Richard Aldrich


Summary Rory Cormac (X) and Richard Aldrich join Andrew (X;LinkedIn) to discuss intelligence and the British Monarchy. The links between the royals and espionage prove the Crown to be far more than just a figurehead. What Youll Learn Intelligence Prince Williams internship with British Intelligence How Elizabeth II knew perhaps more secrets that anyone else in history King Charles' love of intelligence Queen Victoria as Spymaster MI5, MI6, and the Diana conspiracies Reflections Secrets within secrets Power and knowledge And much, much more Quotes of the Week What struck me the most was how much access Queen Elizabeth II had, how much she knew And I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that she probably knew more state secrets than any human being who has ever walked the history of the earth, because she had access to everything for 70 odd years. Rory Cormac Resources SURFACE SKIM *Spotlight Resource* Crown, Cloak, and Dagger: The British Monarchy and Secret Intelligence from Victoria to Elizabeth II, R. Cormac & R. J. Aldrich (Georgetown University Press, 2023) *SpyCasts* Rise of Devils: The Origins of Modern Terrorism with James Crossland (2024) British Defence Attach, U.S.A. with Rear Admiral Tim Woods (2023) St. Ermins Hotel, London: The History of a Legendary Spy Site with Stephen Duffy (2023) Espionage and the Two Queens with Kent Tiernan (2023) *Beginner Resources* UK Royal Family: What does the King do? Jennifer Clarke, BBC (2024) [Short article] An Average Day in the Life of Queen Elizabeth II, The Infographics Show, YouTube (2020) [9 min. video] Kings and Queens of England & Britain, Ben Johnson, Historic UK (n.d.) [Brief bios of all Monarchs] DEEPER DIVE Primary Sources Operation Paget Report (2006) CIA Confirms Official Met With LaRouche (1984) Anthony Blunt, 75, Dies; Was Soviet Spy in Britain (1983) More Cloak Than Dagger An 18th Century Spy (1965) The Queen Delivering her speech to the House of Lords (1838) Popay the Spy Political Cartoon (1833) *Wildcard Resource* Have a sweet tooth? So did many queens. Several delectable desserts have been named by or for British royals. Try these recipes: Victoria Sponge, named for Queen Victorias favorite afternoon tea accompaniment Charlotte Cake, supposedly named after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz Queen Elizabeth Cake, first published in the 1953 Coronation Cook Book and served at Elizabeth IIs coronation Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 30 Jan 2024 12:00:00 -0000

From the Vault: 70th Anniversary of James Bond - with Alexis Albion


Summary Curators Alexis (LinkedIn) and Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) use James Bond artifacts in SPYs collection to discuss all things 007. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the first Ian Fleming novel, Casino Royale. What Youll Learn Intelligence Bond vs. Real Life Spies The birth of James Bond Ian Flemings intelligence past Bond and MI6 Reflections What makes a character timeless? Pop culture mirroring real life And much, much more *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Episode Notes This week on SpyCast, curators Andrew and Alexis join forces to put the past 70 years of Bond into historical perspective. To help frame their conversation, our collections team brought out a fantastic selection of Bond artifacts for Andrew and Alexis to interact with during the recording of this episode. Quotes of the Week I think in general the spy genre always has to have one foot, often two, in the real world. It's part of what makes that genre appealing and not science fiction. It takes place in the real world. And whether that is, you know, some of the technology or real-world threats, it has to be relatable and recognizable in that sense. Alexis Albion. *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Espionage and the Two Queens with Kent Tiernan (2023) Secrets Revealed with Curators Alexis and Andrew on SPYs Pop-Up Exhibit (2023) CIA Officers Turned Authors with David McCloskey and James Stejskal (2022) The Spy of the Century with Curators Alexis and Andrew on Kim Philby (2022) My Life Looking at Spies and the Media with Paul Lashmar (2022) *Beginner Resources* MI6 History & Facts, Encyclopedia Britannica (2022) [Brief history of MI6] The Evolution of James Bond, Fandom Entertainment, YouTube (2021) [15 min. video] Ian Fleming, Famous Authors (n.d.) [Short biography] *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Primary Sources Primos Bionic Eye, Collection of the International Spy Museum (2021) James Bonds Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Watch, Collection of the International Spy Museum (2021) 007 Fragrance Commercial, YouTube (1965) James Bond Action Pak Toy Commercial, American Character, YouTube (1964) Aston Martin DB5, Collection of the International Spy Museum (1964) The Zimmermann Telegram, National Archives (1917) *Wildcard Resource* Everyone has a favorite James Bond theme song. If you just cant choose just one, check out The Ultimate James Bond Medley A production from Alchemistic Records featuring all 25 Bond songs. *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 23 Jan 2024 12:00:00 -0000

Australian National Day Special: Intelligence Down Under with John Blaxland


Summary John Blaxland (Twitter, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss intelligence in Australia and Oceania. John is a widely recognized as a leading expert in this area. What Youll Learn Intelligence -Australias Intelligence Community -SIGINT in Australia during WWII -Australias relationship with South Asia -The Pine Gap facility Reflections -The implications of geography -The power of collaboration And much, much more Quotes of the Week The shift from the analog to the digital world The shift for digital espionage, digital footprint management. How do you hide in the noise? How do you cover your identity? How do you protect your identity? The digital revolution has actually enabled states to exercise a lot more power, a lot more control, a lot more monitoring, a lot more surveillance, a lot more interference. John Blaxland. Resources SURFACE SKIM *Spotlight Resource* -Revealing Secrets: An unofficial history of Australian Signals intelligence and the advent of cyber, C. Birgin & J. Blaxland (University of New South Wales Press, 2023) *SpyCasts* -SPY CHIEFS: Director-General of Security Mike Burgess - ASIO, Australia & America (2022) -Keeping Secrets/Disclosing Secrets with Spy Chief turned DG of Australias National Archives David Fricker (2022) -Desperately, Madly in Love Brett Peppler and the Australian IC (2021) *Beginner Resources* -East Timor Independence: a short history of a long and brutal struggle, Guardian Australia, YouTube (2019) [4 min. video] -Our Agencies, National Intelligence Community of Australia (n.d.) [Overview of each agency in the Australian IC] -What is signals intelligence?, BAE Systems (n.d.) [Short article] DEEPER DIVE Books -Spies & Sparrows: ASIO & the Cold War, P. Deery (Melbourne University Press, 2022) -Australia's First Spies: The Remarkable Story of Australia's Intelligence Operations, 1901-45, J. Fahey (Allen & Unwin, 2019) -The Official History of ASIO 3 Volumes, D. Horner, J. Blaxland, R. Crawley (Allen & Unwin, 2014/2015/2016) Primary Sources -United Nations Resolution 1272 (1999) -United Nations Resolution 1264 (1999) -Five Power Defence Arrangements (1971) -Agreement between the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia and the Government of the United States of America relating to the Establishment of a Joint Defence Space Research Facility (1966) -6 Wireless Unit signal sighting of Allied shipping (1945) -Role and effectiveness of Signals Intelligence in World War II (1945) -Four Rotor Enigma Machine, Collection of the International Spy Museum (1943-1944) *Wildcard Resource* -Pine Gap A TV show about the top-secret satellite surveillance base of the same name. If youve seen it, you know it all about Australian Intelligence. Just kidding. But its a good watch! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 16 Jan 2024 12:00:00 -0000

Rise of Devils: The Origins of Modern Terrorism with James Crossland


Summary James Crossland (Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss the origins of modern terrorism. James is an expert on terrorism, intelligence, and propaganda. What Youll Learn Intelligence -The origins of modern terrorism -19th century spymasters -Covert action and assassinations -Intelligence as a weapon Reflections -Philosophy and ideologys effect on history -The power of fear And much, much more Quotes of the Week These waves of repression that feed into discontent and create more radical strains of discontent, that is a process that's really observable during this period. The reason why I think this is the first real age of terrorism is because you have all this stuff coming together: Communications that you need to promote terrorist activities to gain the attention you need, societal discontent, dangerous ideas and it's all moving around together as part of the same process. James Crossland. Resources SURFACE SKIM *Spotlight Resource* -The Rise of Devils: Fear and the Origins of Modern Terrorism, J. Crossland (Manchester University Press, 2023) *SpyCasts* -Venices Secret Service with Ioanna Iordanou (2023) -St. Ermins Hotel, London The History of a Legendary Spy Site, with Stephen Duffy (2023) -Espionage and the Two Queens with Kent Tiernan (2023) -The Lion and the Fox Civil War Spy vs. Spy with Alexander Rose (2023) *Beginner Resources* -Terrorism, J. P. Jenkins, Encyclopaedia Brittanica (2023) [Short article / definition] -What Were The Most Important Events of the 19th Century?, C. Seaver, History Defined (2022) [Short article] -Marxism in Under 5 Minutes, Theory in 5, YouTube (2020) [3 min. video] DEEPER DIVE Books -Sofia Perovskaya, Terrorist Princess: The Plot to Kill Tsar Alexander II and the Woman Who Led It, R. R. Riggs (Global Harmony Press Inc., 2018) -The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914, R. J. Evans (Penguin Books, 2017) -Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism, M. Burleigh (Harper, 2009) Primary Sources -The assassination, who is responsible? (1901) -New York Times Empress of Austria Slain Article (1898) -New York Times War On Terrorism Article (1881) -La vrit sur Orsini (1872) [The Truth about Orsini] -Manifesto of the Paris Commune (1871) -The Revolutionary Catechism (1869) -On the Fenian Prisoners in Manchester (1867) -Procs de Orsini (1858) [The Trial of Orsini] *Wildcard Resource* -You may have already read his classic play Crime and Punishment, but have you read Dostoevskys The Idiot (1869)? This novel is known as Dostoevskys most personal work, a story that clearly shows the threads of his own life experiences during 19th century Russia. The novel explores many of the same questions of philosophy and politics explored in this episode of SpyCast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 09 Jan 2024 12:00:00 -0000

From the Vault: The Professional Hacker with Eric Escobar (Pt 1.)


Summary Eric Escobar (Twitter; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss compromising networks and information security. He has a coveted DEFCON Black Badge. What Youll Learn Intelligence -What keeps Eric up at night -Thinking like an ethical hacker (aka a penetration tester) -Protecting your information (i.e., Hardening the attack surface) -Plain English explanations of key cyber concepts like Kill Chains and Zero Days Reflections -Having a cool job -The information revolution and life in the modern world And much, much more Episode Notes Eric Escobar commits several thousand felonies on any given day, if he didnt have permission to do what he was doing. A Principal Security Consultant with SecureWorks, Eric has compromised pretty much everything out there: from healthcare and banking to technology and critical infrastructure, through to amusement parks and next generation military aircraft. From my perspective, its the coolest job in the entire world. His team consecutively won first place in the Wireless CTF category at DEF CON 23, 24, and 25, snagging a Black Badge along the way. He has a BS and MS in Civil Engineering. And The links between computing, hacking and the 60s counterculture are FASCINATING. Learn more by dipping your toes here and here, or dive deeper with What the Dormouse Said (2005) by John Markoff and From Counterculture to Cyberculture (2006) by Fred Turner. Quote of the Week "Watching any critical infrastructure get compromised is really the thing that keeps me up at night because lives are in the balanceand we do a lot of testing for critical infrastructure, and I've seen computers and machines that have been online and not been taken offline, longer than I've been aliveSo really interesting to see those types of things because they interact with really big, expensive hardwarethere's a catch 22 that happens where you can't really take the machine offline to do maintenance on it because it's critical infrastructure. So then how do you test it to make sure that a hacker can't take it offline, or maintenance can't be done on it?" Eric Escobar. Resources *Andrews Recommendation* -Word Notes From beginner thru advanced, youll find some helpful definitions of things like Web 3.0, NFTs and Digital Transformation on this Cyberwire audio glossary. *SpyCasts* -Inside Microsofts Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) with John Lambert and Cristin Goodwin (2021) -The Cyber Zeitgeist with Dave Bittner (2021) -Securing Cyberspace with Charlie Mitchell (2016) *Beginner Resources* -What is Hacking? The Economic Times (n.d.) [web] -Ethical Hacking in 8 Minutes, Simplilearn (2020) [8 min video] -Cybersecurity in 7 minutes, Simplilearn (2020) [7 min video] Books -The Cyberweapons Arms Race, N. Perloth (Bloomsbury, 2021) -Cult of the Dead Cow, J. Menn (PublicAffairs, 2020) -Breaking & Entering, J. Smith (Mariner Books, 2019) -The Art of Invisibility, K. Mitnick (L, B & C, 2017) -Ghost in the Wires, K. Mitnick (Back Bay Books, 2012) -Kingpin, K. Poulson (Crown, 2012) -The Cuckoos Egg, C. Stoll (Doubleday, 1989) -Neuromancer, W. Gibson (Ace, 1984) Articles -2022 State of the Threat: A Year in Review, Secureworks (2022) -The Anthropology of Hackers, The Atlantic (2010) -Timeline Since 2006: Significant Cyber Incidents, CSIS (n.d.) Documentary -DEFCON, The Documentary Network (2013) Resources -Government Hacking Bibliography, S. Quinlan, New America Foundation (2016) *Wildcard Resource* -The Aurora Shard Come to the International Spy Museum to see an ugly chunk of metal. Why? Well, it speaks to a revolution in the relationship between the material world and the non-material world. Broken down? 30 lines of code blew up a 27-ton generator. Zeros and ones can cause violent explosions! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 02 Jan 2024 12:00:00 -0000

From the Vault: The Counterintelligence Chief with FBI Assistant Director Alan Kohler


Summary Alan Kohler joins Andrew to discuss the FBIs counterintelligence division. He is a recipient of the FBI Directors Award for Outstanding Counterintelligence Investigation. ***FULL SHOWNOTES AVAILABLE HERE*** What Youll Learn Intelligence -Counterintelligence vs. Counterespionage -How the FBI recruits foreign agents -Ideological motivations behind spying -Effect of technology on counterintelligence Reflections -Staying grounded under pressure -The value of creativity Notes Alan Kohler (LinkedIn, Website) has been the FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence since 2020. Alan and Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) talk all things counterintelligence. ***FULL RESOURCES AVAILABLE HERE*** *SpyCasts* -The FBI & Cyber with Cyber Division Chief Bryan Vorndran, Part 1 (2022) -The FBI & Cyber with Cyber Division Chief Bryan Vorndran, Part 2 (2022) -My Global Career as a Female FBI Agent with Kathy Stearman (2021) -The FBI Way with Counterintelligence Spy Chief Frank Figliuzzi (2021) ***FULL RESOURCES AVAILABLE HERE*** *Beginner Resources* -What We Investigate, FBI (n.d.) [webpage] -FAQS, FBI (n.d.) [webpage] -US Opens Counterintelligence Investigation into China Every 12 Hours (Dir. Wray), MSNBC (2022) [video] -What We Know About Chinas Spy Agency, Bloomberg Originals (2019) [video] -Hollow Nickel/Rudolf Abel, FBI (n.d.) [Article] -NCSC Mission, Vision, and Goals, ODNI (n.d.) [Website] Glossary: -Counterintelligence: Information gathered, and activities conducted to identify, deceive, exploit, disrupt, or protect against espionage or other intelligence activities -FBI Attach: a special agent assigned to a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas to liaise with local law enforcement and intelligence agencies. They pursue terrorist, intelligence, and criminal threats with international dimensions. -Occams Razor: a rule of thumb theory that states when you are faced with competing explanations for the same phenomenon, the simplest one is probably the correct one. Attributed to William of Ockham, a 14th century English theologian. ***FULL RESOURCES AVAILABLE HERE*** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 26 Dec 2023 12:00:00 -0000

From the Vault: Ukraine & Intelligence: One Year on with Shane Harris


Summary Shane Harris (Twitter, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss the role of intelligence in the Ukraine conflict one year after it began. Shane reports on intelligence for the Washington Post and is the author of two books. What Youll Learn Intelligence -Where we are with the war in Ukraine -The role intelligence agencies are playing in the conflict -The leadership of Zelensky and Putin -What its like to report on spies -Dealing with sources inside the intelligence agencies Reflections -The tenacity of the Ukrainian people and army -History as both repetitive and unpredictable Episode Notes This week on SpyCast, Shane Harris of The Washington Post joins Andrew to reflect on the previous year and discuss the role of intelligence within the war in Ukraine. He has been writing about these issues for more than two decades, including a period with the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of two books, The Watchers, on the rise of surveillance in the US, and @War, on the rise of the military-internet complex. He was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2021. Quote of the Week At the outset, [I] believed that what we were looking at was probably a pretty swift Russian victory They would come in, they would decapitate the central government in Kiev in the first 72 hours, and it would be bloody, and it would be violent, but that Russia would prevail because they were deemed to have the superior military in terms of technology experience numbers. Turns out, all those things were spectacularly wrong. Shane Harris. Resources *SpyCasts* -How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Spy Game with Mike Susong (2023) -Dealing with Russia A Conversation with Counterintelligence Legend Jim Olson (2022) -Becoming a Russian Intelligence Officer with Janosh Neumann (2022) -The Information Battlespace: Foreign Denial and Deception with Bill Parquette (2022) *Beginner Resources* -Has Putin's war failed and what does Russia want?, P. Kirby, BBC (2023) -A Brief History of Modern Ukraine, BBC (2022) [YouTube video] -Russia-Ukraine Relations in 60 Seconds, CBC News (2022) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 19 Dec 2023 12:00:00 -0000

Making Sense of China, Taiwan, & America Pacific Intelligence with Bonny Lin


Summary Bonny Lin (Biography) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss the current state of China and intelligence. Bonny is the Director of the ChinaPower Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. What Youll Learn Intelligence -Chinas economic power and status -The current landscape of Chinese intelligence -Chinas relationship with Taiwan -The ChinaPower Project Reflections -Power and prominence -The global community as a complicated ecosystem And much, much more Quotes of the Week In the last couple of years, we've seen really a securitization of how China views intelligence and national security in general. And just this July, we saw China pass a revised counter espionage law. So with the whole host of laws of China's past since 2014 it basically has made collection of intelligence and protecting Chinese national security the responsibility of every Chinese citizen. - Bonny Lin. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* -The Eye of Horus: Egyptian Intelligence with Dina Rezk (2023) -Chinas Corporate Spy War with CNBCs Eamon Javers (2023) -The Counterintelligence Chief with FBI Assistant Director Alan Kohler (2023) -Trafficking Data: The Digital Struggle with China with Aynne Kokas (2022) *Beginner Resources* -China-Taiwan crisis explained: What is behind the tensions?, ITV News, YouTube (2022) [3 min. video] -8 things you need to know about Chinas economy, World Economic Forum (2016) [Short article] -Xi Jinping, Forbes (n.d) [Brief profile] DEEPER DIVE Books -Spies and Lies: How China's Greatest Covert Operations Fooled the World, A. Joske (Hardie Grant, 2022) -The Chinese Invasion Threat: Taiwans Defense and American Strategy in Asia, I. Easton (Eastbridge Books, 2019) -The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower, M. Pillsbury (St. Martins Griffin, 2016) Primary Sources -National Intelligence Estimate China-Taiwan: Prospects or Cross-Strait Relations (1999) -Forecasting the Sino-Vietnamese Split (1986) -China-Vietnam: A Status Report (1983) -Establishment of a China Task Force (1966) -Communist Chinese Intervention in the Vietnam War (1966) -Controls on Trade with Communist China (1955) *Wildcard Resource* -Need a good cookie recipe for the holidays? Try this recipe adapted from the 1300-year old cookies found during the 1915 excavation of the Astana Cemetery in Xinjiang, China. -The petrified cookies are currently part of the collection of the British Museum, and still look quite tasty! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 12 Dec 2023 12:00:00 -0000

My Life in American Intelligence with Barry Zulauf


Summary Barry Zulauf (Twitter; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss his extensive experience working across the American intelligence community. Barry is the President of the International Association for Intelligence Education. What Youll Learn Intelligence What is the Intelligence Community? The organizational structure of American intelligence The establishment of the ODNI The intelligence components of the DEA Reflections A life of service Passion to serve the people And much, much more Quotes of the Week [Fentanyl] is an enormous, enormous problem and no single organization, even as big as the Defense Intelligence enterprise, can deal with it alone. So, it's going to be a lot of diplomacy and a lot of building bridges, convincing people to do the right thing. Barry Zulauf. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* First of ManyAmericas First Female Intelligence Agency Chief with former NGA Director Letitia Tish Long (2023) Espionage and the Two Queens with Kent Tiernan (2023) Irregular Warfare & Intelligence with IWC Director Dennis Walters (2023) El Chapo, the Sinaloa Cartel & Intelligence with Trial Reporter Noah Hurowitz (2022) *Beginner Resources* America's intelligence community, explained, The Washington Post, YouTube (2014) [2 min. video] Members of the IC, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (n.d.) [Brief summaries of the 18 agencies] Who We Are, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (n.d) [Short article] DEEPER DIVE Primary Sources The WMD Commission Report (2005) The 9/11 Commission Report (2004) The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (2004) The Clark Report (1955) The Doolittle Report (1955) National Security Act (1947) CIA Review of the World Situation (1947) *Wildcard Resource* Barry mentioned early in the episode that he actually rowed into town the morning we recorded this episode Barry shares this hobby with Teddy Roosevelt, an avid rower and the president that was instrumental in the creation of the FBI. Check out this Letter from Charles J. Bonaparte to Theodore Roosevelt that catapulted the FBI into existence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 05 Dec 2023 12:00:00 -0000

The Most Famous Art Detective in the World with ex-FBI Legend Robert Wittman


Summary Robert Wittman (Website; Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss his career and the FBIs Art Crime Team. Bob recovered over $300 million worth of stolen art and cultural property over the course of his career. What Youll Learn Intelligence How the FBIs Art Crime Team (ACT) was formed The intelligence angle when investigating provenance Living and working undercover abroad Museums & Intelligence Reflections The importance of cultural property Questions of ownership and belonging And much, much more Quotes of the Week The motivation for writing the book was to get the word out how important cultural heritage is. It really is important to make the public realize that this is an important program that should be supported by law enforcement both local and federal. Robert Wittman. Resources SURFACE SKIM *Featured Resource* Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the Worlds Stolen Treasures, R. Wittman (Crown Publishing, 2011) *SpyCasts* The Gambling Capital of the World: Intelligence, Las Vegas Style! with James Lockhart and Keith Michaels (2023) Venices Secret Service with Ioanna Iordanou (2023) 70th Anniversary of James Bond, Special with Alexis Albion on 007 (2023) How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Spy Game with Mike Susong (2023) *Beginner Resources* Why art gets stolen time and again, R. Pryor, The Art Newspaper (2020) [Short article] FBI Art Theft Program, FBI, YouTube (2013) [6 min. video] What is cultural property?, Information and Heritage Inspectorate (n.d.) [Short article] DEEPER DIVE Primary Sources Crystal Sphere, Collection of the University of Pennsylvania Museum Mask of the Man with the Broken Nose, Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum The Concert, Collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum The Rosenberg Diary, Collection of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Museums and the theft of works of art (1973) *Wildcard Resource* Can you identify famous pieces and artists like an art detective? Take this Google Arts & Culture quiz to see if youre cut out for the job! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 28 Nov 2023 12:00:00 -0000

The Eye of Horus: Egyptian Intelligence with Dina Rezk


Summary Dina Rezk (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss Egyptian intelligence. Dina is an Associate Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Reading. What Youll Learn Intelligence Egyptian leadership & intelligence The intelligence landscape of Egypt Egypts relationship with neighboring countries Ashraf Marwans story from the Egyptian perspective Reflections Leadership, power, and opposition International perspectives and changing views And much, much more Quotes of the Week I think that's one of the ways in which the Egyptian Intelligence Service sort of conceives of its primary responsibility. It's about maintaining internal security, and particularly at the moment you know, since 2014, I would say sort of eliminating any sort of political opposition, any possibility of political opposition. Dina Rezk. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* The Intelligence Legacy of the Yom Kippur War with Uri Bar-Joseph (2023) Former Senior Indian Intelligence Officer with R&AW Special Secretary Vappala Balachandran (2023) Kenya, East Africa, and America with African Intelligence Chief Wilson Boinett (2023) Israeli Military Intelligence with IDF Brig. General (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser (2023) *Beginner Resources* Egypt Profile, BBC News (2019) [Timeline] Abdul Fattah al-Sisi - in 60 seconds, BBC News, YouTube (2014) [1 min. video] Why Was The Suez Crisis So Important?, Imperial War Museum (n.d.) [Short article] *Featured Resource* The Arab World and Western Intelligence: Analysing the Middle East, 1956-1981 (Intelligence, Surveillance and Secret Warfare), D. Rezk (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) DEEPER DIVE Books Making the Arab World: Nasser, Qutb, and the Clash That Shaped the Middle East, F. A. Gerges (Princeton University Press, 2018) Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak, T. Osman (Yale University Press, 2011) Nasser: The Last Arab, S. K. Aburish (Thomas Dunne Books, 2004) Orientalism, E. W. Said (Vintage Publishing, 1979) Primary Sources Mining of the Red Sea (1984) CBS Broadcast The Assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (1981) The Most Dangerous Game In Mideast (1980) Special Assessments on the Middle East Situation (1967) Cairo Hails Nasser as Situation Sends Dulles to England Newsreel (1956) Meeting at the White House to Discuss Suez Crisis (1956) *Wildcard Resource* Intelligence in Egypt goes back as far as the ancient times of pyramids and pharaohs. One of the earliest accounts of the impact of spies and propaganda in Ancient Egypt is the Battle of Kadesh, a major conflict against the Hittite Empire around 1275 BC. Check out this relief seen inside the Great Temple of Ramses II depicting an ancient view of interrogation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 21 Nov 2023 12:00:00 -0000

British Defence Attach, U.S.A. with Rear Admiral Tim Woods


Summary Rear Admiral Tim Woods (Biography) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss his role as Britains Defence Attach to the United States. Tim previously served as the British Defence Attach in Kyiv, Ukraine. What Youll Learn Intelligence What does a Defense Attach do How intelligence impacts military strategy Admiral Woods experience of the 2021 Russian invasion of Ukraine What its like to constantly be surveilled Reflections The power of relationships and connections Sacrificing personal privacy for national security And much, much more Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East vs. West with Calder Walton (2023) Ukraine & the Alliance with NATOs Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence David Cattler (2023) Ukraine & Intelligence: One Year On with Shane Harris (2023) *Beginner Resources* What Is The Five Eyes Alliance?, K. Haan, Forbes (2023) [Short article] Russian invasion of Ukraine: A visual timeline of the war, ABC News, YouTube (2023) [6 min. video] What is a defence attach?, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (2007) [Backgrounder] DEEPER DIVE Books The Secret History of the Five Eyes: The untold story of the shadowy international spy network, R. Kerbaj (Blink Publishing, 2022) The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine, S. Plokhy (Basic Books, 2017) Defense of the West, S. Sloan (Manchester University Press, 2016) Primary Sources UK defence policy and the role of the armed forces (2023) Integrated Review Refresh 2023: Responding to a more contested and volatile world (2023) Defence Command Paper 2023: Defences response to a more contested and volatile world (2023) Statement on the Salisbury & Amesbury Investigation by Neil Basu (2018) Strategic Defence and Security Review: First Annual Report (2010) Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine (1991) *Wildcard Resource* Midway (1976) A (dramatic) retelling of the 1942 Battle of Midway, one of the most critical naval battles of the Second World War A battle that perfectly exhibits the importance of intelligence in a time of war. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 14 Nov 2023 12:00:00 -0000

My Father the Navajo Code-Talker with Laura Tohe


Summary Laura Tohe (Website) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss the stories of the WWII Navajo Code Talkers. Laura is a Din author and the Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation. What Youll Learn Intelligence How the Code Talking units were formed How the Navajo people used their language as a weapon Lauras father, Benson Tohes story Did the Japanese ever break the code? Reflections The relationship between language and the state Storytelling and the power of oral history And much, much more Quotes of the Week When they got into the service they were told, Now you're going to use your language to develop a code. They said, But, back at home they told us not to speak Navajo, and now they want us to develop a code in Navajo? So, they were not only astounded, they were puzzled why they would be asked to do this when they were in a school where their identity was being erased. Laura Tohe. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* The 18-Year-Old Soviet Spy on the Manhattan Project: Ted Hall with Director Steve James (2023) ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: The D-Day Deception with National WWII Museum Curator Corey Graff (2023) St. Ermins Hotel, London The History of a Legendary Spy Site with Stephen Duffy (2023) Hitlers Trojan Horse Nazi Intelligence with Nigel West (2023) *Beginner Resources* 1942: Navajo Code Talkers, Intel.gov (n.d.) [short article] Basic Navajo Introduction, YouTube (2012) [3 min. video] American Indian Code Talkers, WWII Museum (n.d.) [short article] *Featured Resource* Code Talker Stories, Laura Tohe (Rio Nuevo, 2012) DEEPER DIVE Primary Sources Navajo Code Talkers: Oral History Interviews (various) Proclamation 4954 -- National Navaho Code Talkers Day (1982) Memorandum from Commander General Vogel to the Marine Corps Regarding Enlistment of "Navaho" Indians (1942) *Wildcard Resource* Din Bahane: The Navajo Creation Story Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 07 Nov 2023 12:00:00 -0000

Agent of Betrayal, FBI Spy Robert Hanssen with CBS Major Garrett and Friends


Summary Andrew leads a SPY Museum panel discussion between four experts on the most damaging mole in FBI history, Robert Hanssen. This program was in collaboration with CBS/Paramount on their new podcast Agent of Betrayal" What Youll Learn Intelligence The story of Robert Hanssen How his colleagues reacted to his betrayal A psychological analysis of Hanssen How the Hanssen case has impacted the FBI and U.S. intelligence Reflections Disillusionment and betrayal The child is father of the man And much, much more Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* The Counterintelligence Chief with FBI Assistant Director Alan Kohler (2023) Code Name Blue Wren: Cuban Spy Ana Montes with Jim Popkin (2023) SPY@20 The Spy of the Century with Curators Alexis and Andrew on Kim Philby (2022) America's Most Damaging Russian Spy, FBI Agent Robert Hanssen with Lis Wiehl (2022) *Beginner Resources* Here's the damage notorious Russian spy Robert Hanssen caused the US in over 20 years, YouTube (2023) [5 min. video] How Robert Hanssen Spied for the Soviets, History (2017) [Short article] How is a mole different from a spy?, The Times of India (2006) [Short article] DEEPER DIVE Books Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East and West, C. Walton (Simon & Schuster, 2023) A Spy in Plain Sight: The Inside Story of the FBI and Robert HanssenAmerica's Most Damaging Russian Spy, L. Wiehl (Pegasus Books, 2022) Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America, D. Wise (Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2003) Primary Sources A Review of the FBIs Progress in Responding to the Recommendations in the Office of the Inspector General Report on Robert Hanssen (2007) The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Voted Today to Begin a Formal Investigation of the Robert Philip Hanssen Espionage Case (2001) George W. Bush Remarks on the Robert Hanssen Espionage Case (2001) Affidavit in Robert Hanssen Spy Case (2001) Veteran FBI Agent Arrested and Charged with Espionage (2001) Statement of FBI Director Louis J. Freeh On the Arrest of FBI Special Agent Robert Philip Hanssen (2001) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 31 Oct 2023 11:00:00 -0000

Double Bill: Former Head of Counter-terrorism Analysis, IDF with Shlomo Mofaz; and Former Head of Intelligence, Mossad with Zohar Palti


Summary Col. (Ret.) Shlomo Mofaz (LinkedIn) and Col (Ret.) Zohar Palti (Wikipedia) join Andrew to discuss their respective careers in the Israeli Defense Forces and the Mossad. What Youll Learn Intelligence Israels relationships with neighboring countries The role of intelligence within the Intifadas Israel and the Lebanon War Hezbollah, Hamas, and other groups that pose threats to Israeli security Reflections Pressure and power Dealing with constant threats And much, much more Episode Notes This week on SpyCast, we bring you a Double Bill featuring Shlomo Mofaz and Zohar Palti. Shlomo Mofaz is the former Head of Counter-terrorism Analysis for the Israeli Defense forces, and currently serves as the director of the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. Among positions within the IDF and the Ministry of Defense, Zohar Palti formerly served as the Head of Intelligence for the Mossad. This episode is the final installment of SpyCasts month-long special series on Israeli intelligence. This series has coincided with the ongoing Israel-Hamas War. We hope that through these episodes weve provided listeners with a bit of clarity and background on the conflict and its major players. Quotes of the Week When you're dealing with intelligence, mistakes are very problematic People make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, but you need to choose the best people that you can work with and you can count on to bring the information or the service that you need in real time. -Shlomo Mofaz. They can't be the best over here in the Middle East right now that we can deal with any threat in a radius of 2000 kilometers without being, in a way, superpowering intelligence. We are not superpowering other issues. In intelligence, we are really, really good. And this is, first of all, to protect our family. And secondly, surviving over here in the region. We have to be the best. -Zohar Palti. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Former Senior Indian Intelligence Officer with R&AW Special Secretary Vappala Balachandran (2023) Irish Garda Intelligence Chief with Assistant Commissioner Michael McElgunn (2023) Israeli Military Intelligencewith IDF Brig. General (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser (2023) The Counterintelligence Chief with FBI Assistant Director Alan Kohler (2023) *Beginner Resources* A Timeline of the Israel-Palestinian Conflict, E. Bubola, The New York Times (2023) [Timeline] The Middle East's cold war, explained, YouTube (2017) [10 min. video] What is an intifada?, A.V., The Economist (2017) DEEPER DIVE Books Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations, R. Bergman (Random House, 2018) Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad, G. Thomas (St. Martins Griffin, 2015) 34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon, A. Harel & A. Issacharoff (St. Martins Press, 2008) Video The Green Prince (2014) Primary Sources A Strategic Assessment of the Hizballah War: Defeating the Iranian-Syrian Axis in Lebanon (2006) The PLO Weapons Ship from Iran (2002) Israeli Perspectives on the Gulf Crisis (1990) The Intifada in Judea and Samaria: A View From the Field (1990) Judea and Samaria: Behind the Uprising (1988) Hamas Covenant (1988) Israels Peace for the Galilee Operation in Lebanon Some Initial Perspectives (1982) Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United States and the Government of Israel on Strategic Cooperation (1981) *Wildcard Resource* Indiana Dietrick Jones?! Ever wanted to go on an architectural dig, intrigued by the prospect of finding an ancient artifact or even treasuregrab your hat and bullwhip and book your dig for a day in Israel here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 24 Oct 2023 11:00:00 -0000

Sayeret Matkal: Israels Top-Secret Elite Commando Unit with Aviram Halevi


Summary Lt. Col. (ret.) Aviram Halevi (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss Israels top secret commando unit, Sayeret Matkal. Aviram formerly served as Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Sayeret Matkal. What Youll Learn Intelligence The origins of Sayeret Matkal Collaboration across Israeli intelligence Operation Spring of Youth & the Entebbe Raid Intelligence & hostage retrieval Reflections The value of teamwork No room for fear And much, much more Episode Notes This week on SpyCast, Andrew was joined by Aviram Halevi, former Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Sayeret Matkal, Israels top-secret elite commando unit. Aviram served over two decades in various branches of Israeli intelligence, and recently co-wrote the book Sayeret Matkal: The Greatest Operations of Israel's Elite Commandos. Andrew and Aviram discuss the origins and history of the unit, including the stories of some of Sayeret Matkals most notable operations. And Sayeret Matkals motto is Who Dares Wins A motto first used by Britains Special Air Service during World War II. Since then, 11 other elite special forces units have also adopted the saying. Quotes of the Week What makes [Sayeret Matkal] so unique? The fact is that these people, and you mentioned that before, we are not rambos and there is no ramboism in the unit in Sayeret Matkal. On the contrary, the basic building block of the Sayeret is the team. The team is what you're kind of imprinted with once you get drafted. And this will be your designation forever. I'm team Raz. Raz was my commander, and my soldiers are team Aviram for the rest of their lives. Aviram Halevi. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* The Intelligence Legacy of the Yom Kippur War with Uri Bar-Joseph (2023) Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy with Michael Vickers (2023) Israeli Military Intelligence with IDF Brig. General (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser (2022) Black Ops: The Life of a Legendary CIA Shadow Warrior with Ric Prado (2022) *Beginner Resources* Massacre at the 1972 Olympic Games, National Park Service (2023) [Short article] What Is Sayeret Matkal, Israel's Special Forces Unit Set For Hostage Rescue Operation In Gaza?v, YouTube (2023) [7 min. video] Entebbe Raid, Encyclopedia Brittanica (n.d.) [Short encyclopedia entry] DEEPER DIVE Books Sayeret Matkal: The Greatest Operations of Israel's Elite Commandos, A. Shur & A. Halevi (Skyhorse, 2023) No Mission Is Impossible: The Death-Defying Missions of the Israeli Special Forces, M. Bar-Zohar & N. Mishal (Ecco, 2016) Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History, S. David (Little, Brown and Company, 2015) Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, G. Jonas (Simon & Schuster, 2005) Video Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story (2012) One Day in September (1999) Primary Sources Entebbe Protocols (1976) [Rabin, Allon, Peres, etc.] Ambassador Dinitz and Secretary Kissinger (June 30, 1976) Ambassador Dinitz and Secretary Kissinger (July 5, 1976) Uganda, Kenya Dispute (1976) Amin Says Uganda Retains Right to Reply to the Raid (1976) Speech by Ugandan Prime Minister on the 40th Anniversary of Entebbe (2016) *Wildcard Resource* Elite commando units like Sayeret Matkal, while not as focused on intelligence,go back as far as military history. To read about the special forces of antiquity, check out Persias The Immortals, Byzantines Tagma, and Romes Extraordinarii Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Fri, 20 Oct 2023 11:00:00 -0000

BONUS Episode: Spy Valley An Engineers Nuclear Betrayal: Panel Discussion


Welcome to a very special bonus episode of SpyCast, coming to you directly from the stage of the International Spy Museum. Last month, we hosted a live panel discussion in collaboration with our friends at Goat Rodeo who produced the new podcast, Spy Valley: An Engineers Nuclear Betrayal, a series by Project Brazen and PRX. The riveting series tells the true story of James Harper, a Silicon Valley engineer turned spy who sold nuclear secrets to the Soviet Bloc. The series takes listeners on a journey of nuclear spying, technology theft, and double agents, with intelligence that might still help Moscow in a nuclear exchange today. Tune in to all six episodes of Spy Valley NOW to learn more! This live panel features moderator Sharon Weinberger, the national security and foreign policy editor at The Wall Street Journal, featuring Zach Dorfman, investigative journalist and host of Spy Valley; John Gibbons, who headed the United States Attorney's prosecution team in the case against James Harper; Dr. Raymond J. Batvins, Former Supervisory Special Agent and Counterintelligence Course Instructor at the Institute of World Politics; and Dr. Vince Houghton, Director of the National Cryptologic Museum and former historian at SPY. Theyll explore how the tech capital of the world became a hotbed for Soviet Bloc spies and what James Harpers betrayal of his country has meant for modern day warfare. Thank you to our friends and collaborators at Goat Rodeo, Project Brazen, and PRX for their support of this program. Listen to the series here or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 17 Oct 2023 11:00:00 -0000

The Intelligence Legacy of the Yom Kippur War with Uri Bar-Joseph


Summary Uri Bar-Joseph (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss the intelligence failure of the Yom Kippur War. Uri is an author and professor emeritus at Haifa University. What Youll Learn Intelligence How Israel failed to predict the Yom Kippur War Egyptian spy Ashraf Marwans role in the War How Israeli intelligence evolved post-War Israeli leaderships accountability for the failure Reflections Learning and adapting from mistakes Catastrophe and national trauma And much, much more Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Israeli Military Intelligence with IDF Brig. General (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser (2023) POWs, Vietnam and Intelligence with Pritzker Curator James Brundage (2022) The CIA and the 9/11 Commission Report A Conversation with Alexis Albion (2021) Pearl Harbor at 75: An Interview with Steve Twomey (2016) *Beginner Resources* Yom Kippur, Encyclopedia Brittanica (2023) [Short Article] Intelligence Failure: What, When, Why and How, A. Clark, Grey Dynamics (2023) [Article] Yom Kippur War, Pritzker Military Museum and Library, YouTube (2022) [3 min. video] DEEPER DIVE Books Eighteen Days in October: The Yom Kippur War and How It Created the Modern Middle East, U. Kaufman (St. Martin Press, 2023) THE ANGEL: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel, U. Bar-Joseph (Harper Publishing, 2017) The Watchmen Fell Asleep: The Surprise of Yom Kippur and Its Sources, U. Bar-Joseph (State University of New York Press, 2005) The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East, A. Rabinovich (Shocken, 2004) Primary Sources Agranat Commission of Inquiry Interim Report, Center for Israeli Education (1974) Israel-Egypt Separation of Forces Agreement, Center for Israeli Education (1974) Intelligence Memorandum: The Israeli Primary Elections (1973) United Nations Resolution 338 (1973) Response to U.S. Appeal for a Ceasefire (1973) Transcript of Secret Talks between Egyptian National Security Adviser Hafez Ismail and US National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, Center for Israeli Education, Center for Israeli Education (1973) Commemoration of IDF Casualties and Congratulations on Victory in Battle (1967) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 10 Oct 2023 11:00:00 -0000

Former Israeli National Security Advisor with Uzi Arad


Summary Uzi Arad (Wikipedia) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss intelligence and policy at the highest level. Uzi was also a former foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Director of Intelligence for the Mossad. What Youll Learn Intelligence National security in Israel Israels position within the Middle East State leaders as consumers of intelligence Uzis relationship with PM Netanyahu Reflections Handling intense pressure Power, proximity, and influence And much, much more Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Irregular Warfare & Intelligence with IWC Director Dennis Walters (2023) Israeli Military Intelligence with IDF Brig. General (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser (2023) Keeping Secrets/Disclosing Secrets with Spy Chief turned DG of Australias National Archives David Fricker (2022) Intelligence & the Worlds Largest Democracy with Former Indian Intelligence Director Vikram Sood (2021) *Beginner Resources* National Security Definition and Examples, R. Longley, ThoughtCo (2021) [Short article] What Was the Iran-Contra Affair?, HISTORY, YouTube (2018) [5 min. video] A 60-Second Guide To The Arab Spring, G. Wyler, Insider (2011) [Short article] DEEPER DIVE Books Eighteen Days in October: The Yom Kippur War and How It Created the Modern Middle East, U. Kaufman (St. Martins Press, 2023) Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu, A. Pfeffer (Basic Books, 2018) Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad, G. Thomas (St. Martins Griffin, 2015) Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East, M. B. Oren (Presidio Press, 2006) Primary Sources Trilateral Statement on the Middle East Summit at David Peace, The Avalon Project (2000) The Wye River Memorandum (1998) The Washington Declaration, Jewish Virtual Library (1994) Report of the Congressional Committees Investigating the Iran-Contra Affair, CIA FOIA (1987) Israels Peace for the Galilee Operation in Lebanon Some Initial Perspectives, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (1982) Sitting 145 of the Ninth Knesset (1978) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 03 Oct 2023 11:00:00 -0000

A Crash Course in Israeli Intelligence with Erez David Maisel


Summary Brig. Gen. (res.) Erez David Maisel (Twitter, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to provide a crash-course in Israeli Intelligence history. Erez is a researcher and former head of the IDFs International Cooperation Division. *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* What Youll Learn Intelligence Early history of intelligence in Israel The origins of Israeli intelligence organizations Preparing for a Nazi invasion of British Palestine The shift from British to American influence on Israeli intelligence Reflections The challenge of survival Conflict and compromise, or lack thereof And much, much more *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Episode Notes This week on SpyCast, Andrew was joined by Erez David Maisel to discuss an overview of the history of intelligence and espionage in Israel. This episode is the first in our 5-part series on Israeli Intelligence. In this month-long series, SpyCast takes a deep dive into the ins and outs of intelligence and espionage in Israel its intricate history, agencies, major successes and failures, and current state. In this first episode, Erez helps us to lay out a broad roadmap of the history of Israeli intelligence, providing an excellent foundation of knowledge to build upon in the coming weeks. Stay tuned! And Erez is an alumni of the University of Haifa, which sits atop the northeastern slope of Israels Mount Caramel mountain rage.On the western side of the range, you can find the The Nahal Mearot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that documents over 500,000 years of the history human evolution. Quotes of the Week I would say that from 1909 until probably the early eighties of the 20th century, the biggest threat is survival. You know, this fear that somebody would come and do something. And we have to protect ourselves from that. Erez David Maisel. *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Kenya, East Africa, and America with African Intelligence Chief Wilson Boinett (2023) Irish Garda Intelligence Chief with Assistant Commissioner Michael McElgunn (2023) Israeli Military Intelligence with IDF Brig. General (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser (2023) Hitlers Trojan Horse Nazi Intelligence with Nigel West (2023) *Beginner Resources* Israel Profile: Timeline, BBC (2019) [Timeline of important events] The Israel-Palestine conflict: a brief, simple history, Vox, YouTube (2016) [10 min. video] Zionism, Encyclopedia Britannica (2023) [Short background article] *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* DEEPER DIVE Books A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion, T. Segev (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2019) A History of the First Arab-Israeli War, B. Morris (Yale University Press, 2009) The Sword And The Olive: A Critical History Of The Israeli Defense Force, M. Van Creveld (PublicAffairs, 2002) One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate, T. Segev (Picador, 2001) Primary Sources The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (1948) Israel Requests Recognition From the United States, Jewish Virtual Library (1948) Presentation of the Jewish case by representatives of the Jewish Agency, Jewish Virtual Library (1947) The Balfour Declaration, Center for Israel Education (1917) The Sykes-Picot Agreement (1916) The Jewish Question and the Plan for the Jewish State, Center for Israel Education (1896) *Wildcard Resource* While this episode focuses mainly intelligence over the past 100 years, the history of espionage in Israel goes back much further. Check out the Story of the 12 Spies from a portion of the Torah to learn more about biblical spies! *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 26 Sep 2023 11:00:00 -0000

First of ManyAmericas First Female Intelligence Agency Chief with former NGA Director Letitia Tish Long


Summary Letitia Tish Long (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss her time as the Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Tish was the first woman to be appointed director of an American intelligence agency. What Youll Learn Intelligence GEOINT & its importance Tishs recollection of the Bin Laden raid The differences between NGO and NGA Information sharing between spy chiefs Reflections The value of mentorship Being the first, but certainly not the last And much, much more Quotes of the Week Make sure that you are taking care of yourself, that you're getting that balance, you know, work life balance. And when I say that, I mean many different things because everybody is different. Whether it's family, friends, spiritual, physical, or working out, youve got to take care of all aspects of yourself so you're ready to give 110%. Because that's what the intelligence community takes. Tish Long. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy with Michael Vickers (2023) Leader, Lecturer, Analyzer, Nerd with Jorhena Thomas (2023) SPY CHIEFS: From Navy Analyst to State Dept. Intelligence Chief with Ellen McCarthy (Part 1 of 2) SPY CHIEFS: From Navy Analyst to State Dept. Intelligence Chief with Ellen McCarthy (Part 2 of 2) *Beginner Resources* What is Geospatial Intelligence or GEOINT?, Geospatial World, YouTube (2023) [2 min. video] Spy Satellite Expert Explains How to Analyze Satellite Imagery, Wired, YouTube (2021) [5 min. video] NGA History, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (n.d) [Short article] DEEPER DIVE Books Geospatial Intelligence: Origins and Evolution, R. M. Clark (Georgetown University Press, 2020) Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence, J. Clapper (Penguin Books, 2018) Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad, P. L. Bergen (Crown, 2012) Primary Sources The Advent of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Office of the NGA Historian (2011) Geospatial Intelligence Basic Doctrine, NGA (2006) Memorandum to the Director of NIMA on Expanded Use of US Commercial Space Imagery, CIA (2002) A Century of CORONA, CIA (1968) NGA Reference Chronology, Office of the NGA Historian (n.d.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 19 Sep 2023 11:00:00 -0000

Former Senior Indian Intelligence Officer R&AW Special Secretary Vappala Balachandran


Summary Vappala Balachandran (Wikipedia) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss his career and the ancient roots of espionage in India. Bala formerly served as Special Secretary for Indias Cabinet Secretariat. What Youll Learn Intelligence Indias Research and Analysis Wing The Tamil Tigers threat to Indian national security Intelligence considerations within India-Pakistan relations Lessons in intelligence from Ancient India Reflections Intelligence, the 2nd oldest profession Transitioning from leader to student And much, much more Quotes of the Week There was a lot of pressure. There was a lot of pressure, especially, for example: Certain incidents happening What would be the repercussions in India? Now, anything that happens in Pakistan, it will have some repercussions in India. And, same thing in Afghanistan, and then all the neighboring countries, we are to watch them. Vappala Balachandran. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Irish Garda Intelligence Chief with Assistant Commissioner Michael McElgunn (2023) Venices Secret Service with Ioanna Iordanou (2023) Indian Intelligence & Cyber, A Conversation with Sameer Patil, ORF Mumbai (2023) Intelligence & the Worlds Largest Democracy with Former Indian Intelligence Director Vikram Sood (2021) *Beginner Resources* The Entire History of India in Under 10 Minutes, Made in History, YouTube (2022) [10 min. Video] RAW: A History of Indias Covert Operations, Y. Yadav, New Indian Express (2020) [Short article] Timeline: India-Pakistan Relations, A. Hashim, Al Jazeera (2019) [Historical timeline] DEEPER DIVE Primary Sources Agreement on a ceasefire between Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (2022) Pradhan Inquiry Commission Report, 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attacks (2009) Lessons from the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks, US Senate Hearing (2009) Kautilyas Arthashastra (1915 translation) Thiruvalluvars Tirukkua (1886 translation) The Police Act (1861) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 12 Sep 2023 11:00:00 -0000

Irish Garda Intelligence Chief with Assistant Commissioner Michael McElgunn


Summary Michael McElgunn (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss intelligence in the Republic of Ireland. Michael is the Assistant Commissioner of An Garda Sochnas Crime and Security Intelligence Service. What Youll Learn Intelligence The history of An Garda Sochna The intelligence components of the Garda The present state of Northern Ireland relations Current threats to Irish national security Reflections The value of collaboration Evolving alongside a changing world And much, much more Quote of the Week I think people should in general take comfort from the work that is done by intelligence services and the exceptional collaboration that there is with these services to keep people safe. And that is not just at home, that's abroad Where we come into possession of a piece of intelligence that we feel will be a value elsewhere, we'll share that elsewhere. Michael McElgunn. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Kenya, East Africa, and America with African Intelligence Chief Wilson Boinett (2023) St. Ermins Hotel, London The History of a Legendary Spy Site with Stephen Duffy (2023) Espionage and the Two Queens with Kent Tiernan (2023) The IRA, The Troubles & Intelligence with Eleanor Williams and Thomas Leahy (2022) *Beginner Resources* A Brief History of Ireland, T. Lambert, Local Histories, n.d. [Short article] Our History, An Garda Sochna, n.d. [Web page] The Troubles, J. Wallenfeldt, Encyclopedia Britannica [Encyclopedia entry] DEEPER DIVE Books We Don't Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland, F. OToole (Liveright, 2023) Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, P. R. Keefe (Anchor, 2020) Policing Twentieth Century Ireland: A History of An Garda Sochna, V. Conway (Routledge, 2013) The Guarding of Ireland The Garda Sochna and the Irish State 19602014: A History of the Irish Police Force, C. Brady (Gill Books, 2014) Primary Sources Grda Sochna (Temporary Provisions) Act (1923) Royal Irish Constabulary Office Preliminary Arrangements for Disbandment, Garda Archives (1922) Orders for the Guidance of the Troops, Garda Archives (1919) National Union of Police and Prison Officers, National Museum of Ireland (1919) The Police and the Nation, Garda Archives (1916) 1916 Proclamation, National Museum of Ireland (1916) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 05 Sep 2023 11:00:00 -0000

Kenya, East Africa, and America with African Intelligence Chief Wilson Boinett


Summary Brigadier General (Ret.) Wilson Boinett joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss Kenyan intelligence. Wilson is the former Director of Kenyas National Intelligence Service. What Youll Learn Intelligence The effect of colonialism on intelligence The organization of Kenyas National Intelligence Service Wilsons role in adapting and reforming Kenyan intelligence The Nairobi bombings and effects on East Africa Reflections Institutional insurgency The courage to push for and enact change *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Episode Notes This week on SpyCast, we are thrilled to be joined by our first ever African intelligence chief. Brigadier General (Ret.) Wilson Boinett is the individual credited with transforming Kenyas National Intelligence Service into the world-class agency it is today. Following a decades long career in the Kenyan Army, Wilson became the first Director of the newly created intelligence agency in 1999. He believed in the possibly of change and the potential for collaboration amongst East African countries and set out to do just that. Tune in to this weeks episode to learn more about his extraordinary career and lessons in leadership. This episode is the second in our Spy Chiefs Special series that will run throughout September. Stay tuned in the weeks to come to hear perspectives from Ireland, India, and the first woman to direct an American intelligence organization. *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Quotes of the Week I was coming in at the time when all those things were happening and the Cold War was over, and the western intelligence did not care very much what Kenya was going to do. So, I had an opportunity to look at this monster called change . I went to the president, and I said, I think it is time to change. And he said, Go change it. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* David Petraeus on Ukraine & Intelligence with the former CIA Director & 4* General (2023) Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East vs. West with Calder Walton (2023) Irregular Warfare & Intelligence with IWC Director Dennis Walters (2023) The 75th Anniversary of the CIA with former Director Robert Gates (2022) *Beginner Resources* A Brief History of Kenya, A. Boddy-Evans, ThoughtCo (2020) [Short Article] The Late British Empire, History Matters, YouTube (2017) [Ten-minute video] What Was the Mau Mau Uprising? Imperial War Museum (n.d.) [Short article] *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* DEEPER DIVE Books History of Resistance in Kenya, M. wa Knyatt (Mau Mau Research Center, 2019) Kenya After 50: Reconfiguring Historical, Political, and Policy Milestones, M. M. Kithinji et al. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) Population, Tradition, and Environmental Control in Colonial Kenya, M. S. Shanguhyia (University of Rochester Press, 2015) Kenya: A History Since Independence, C. Hornsby (I.B. Tauris, 2013) Primary Sources Report of the Accountability Review Boards: Bombings of the US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, US Department of Justice (1999) 5 Fugitives Indicted in Embassy Bombings, J. Mintz, The Washington Post (1998) The National Security Intelligence Service Act (1998) Lancaster House Agreement, United Nations Peacemaker (1979) Kenya Independence Act (1963) Kenyan Independence Memorandum by the Secretary of State for Commonwealth, UK National Archives (1963) Mau Mau Violence Control Measures, CIA (1953) The Situation in Kenya (Mau Mau Uprising), CIA (1952) General Act of the Berlin Conference on West Africa, San Diego State University (1885) *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* *Wildcard Resource* Take a trip to Nairobi from your couch and explore the National Museums of Kenya through Google Arts & Culture. Explore Kenyas 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Take a Tour of the Nairobi Gallery, or Learn a Bit of Swahili, one of Kenyas two official languages! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 29 Aug 2023 11:00:00 -0000

David Petraeus on Ukraine & Intelligence with the former CIA Director & 4* General


Summary David Petraeus (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter,LinkedIn) to discuss his strategic analysis of the war in Ukraine. General Petraeus is a former Director of the CIA. What Youll Learn Intelligence General Petraeus appraisal of the situation in Ukraine What victory would look like for each side What role intelligence is playing in the War General Petraeus time as Director of the CIA Reflections The power of narrative Organizational culture *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Episode Notes David Petraeus was CIA Director between September 2011 and November 2012, and prior to that had a 37-year career in the U.S. Army, rising to its highest rank of 4 star General. Are you curious to hear an in-depth strategic analysis of the Ukraine War from one of the most talented American officers of his generation? Would you like to know more about his time as CIA Director? Listen in to find out. Quotes of the Week "This is the first war with smartphones, internet connectivity, and social media, such as we see here. It was not present before. even really in the Iraq and Afghanistan war, certainly not to this scale. so that is a dramatic changeIt also gives a degree of transparency to this war that I don't think has ever existed before." David Petraeus. *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy with Michael Vickers (2023) Ukraine & the Alliance with NATOs Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence David Cattler (2023) Irregular Warfare & Intelligence with IWC Director Dennis Walters (2023) Ukraine & Intelligence: One Year On with Shane Harris (2023) The 75th Anniversary of the CIA with Former Director Robert Gates (2022) *Beginner Resources* 5 Things You Should Know About the War in Ukraine, UN Refugee Agency (2023) [Short article] What Caused the Ukraine War?, J. S. Nye, Harvard Belfer Center (2022) [short article] A History of Ukraine in 5 Minutes, Sky News (2014) [5 min video] Putins War on Ukraine, Explained, Vox (2022) [8:48 min video] *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* DEEPER DIVE Books Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to Ukraine, D. Petraeus & A. Roberts (Harper, 2023) The New Makers of Modern Strategy, H. Brands et al. (Princeton University Press, 2023) The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine, S. Plokhy (Basic Books, 2017) Primary Sources Petraeus Testimony on U.S. Middle East Policy, Senate.gov (2015) Petraeus Confirmation Hearings to be Director, CIA, Senate.gov (2011) Petraeus Military Retirement Speech, American Rhetoric, YouTube (2011) Petraeus Confirmation Hearing, ISAF and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, C-SPAN (2010) The American Military and the Lessons of Vietnam, David Petraeus, DocumentCloud (1987) [Petraeus Ph.D. dissertation] *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* *Wildcard Resource* General Petraeus was known for the counterinsurgency approach he implemented in Afghanistan and Iraq sometimes called The Petraeus Doctrine. You can implement your own counterinsurgency by playing a board game developed by former CIA analyst Volko Ruhnke - A Distant Plain: Insurgency in Afghanistan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 22 Aug 2023 11:00:00 -0000

America 3.0 with Bill Britton of the California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI)


Summary Bill Britton (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) in a discussion about cybersecurity and cyber awareness. Bill is the Director of the California Cybersecurity Institute and CIO at Cal Poly. What Youll Learn Intelligence How to better protect your online information Why cybersecurity is more important now than ever How Cal Poly is addressing cybersecurity challenges The state of cyber in California and America Reflections Confronting our learned habits Lifelong learning *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Episode Notes This week on SpyCast, Andrew was joined in the studio by Bill Britton, Vice President of Information Technology, Chief Information Officer at Cal Poly, and the Director of the California Cybersecurity Institute. Bill joins us to discuss the work Cal Poly is doing to train, accelerate, and empower the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. And In 2011, Oprah Winfrey declared San Luis Obispo Americas Happiest City, and its no wonder why the quiet city is nestled within a beautiful landscape surrounded by historic architecture, interesting landmarks, and over 250 vineyards. Erin and Andrew are rethinking their East coast lifestyles Quotes of the Week We're trying to establish a way that people think differently about what cyber really is and does for them, and how it can be an expediter of their abilities to have a job and do great things for not just themselves, but the nation at large. Bill Britton *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Indian Intelligence & Cyber with Sameer Patil of ORF Mumbai (2023) Espionage and the Metaverse with Cathy Hackl (2023) Trafficking Data: The Digital Struggle with Aynne Kokas (2022) Sure, I Can Hack Your Organization with Eric Escobar, Part 1 (2022) Sure, I Can Hack Your Organization with Eric Escobar, Part 2 (2022) *Beginner Resources* CyberWire Word Notes, CyberWire (2023) [Audio glossary] What is Cybersecurity?, CISA (2021) [Short article] Cybersecurity in 7 minutes, Simplilearn (2020) [7 min video] *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* DEEPER DIVE Books The Cyberweapons Arms Race, N. Perloth (Bloomsbury, 2021) Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World, J. Menn (Public Affairs, 2019) The Art of Invisibility, K. Mitnick (Little, Brown, and Company, 2017) Ghost In The Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker, K. Mitnick & W. L. Simon (Little, Brown, and Company, 2011) Primary Sources Cybersecurity Case Library, Vol. 1, California Cybersecurity Institute (2021) NASAs Cybersecurity Readiness, NASA (2021) Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, US Congress (1986) *Wildcard Resource* Defend the Crown (2021) A computer game for all ages that teaches the basics of cybersecurity, through the defense of your virtual castle from cyber ninjas! *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 15 Aug 2023 11:00:00 -0000

"The Gambling Capital of the World: Intelligence, Las Vegas Style!" with James Lockhart and Keith Michaels


Summary Keith Michaels (LinkedIn) and James Lockhart (LinkedIn) join Andrew to discuss intelligence in an unlikely place: Casinos! James and Keith have collectively over 30 years of experience within Las Vegas gaming surveillance. What Youll Learn Intelligence How casinos conduct surveillance Collaboration between casinos and intelligence organizations The mob origins of Las Vegas Nation-state intelligence threats in casinos Reflections Its just the luck of the drawor is it? Playing your cards right And much, much more ***FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE HERE*** Episode Notes This week on SpyCast, Andrew is joined by Keith Michaels and James Lockhart on a journey into the secret underbelly of the Gambling Capital of the World, Las Vegas. How do casinos conduct surveillance, and what prompted them to adopt formal surveillance operations? Tune in to find out. Quotes of the Week Casino operations are venues for intelligence activity, not just for the low-level criminal or the higher-level criminal, but also nation states You know, we're only catching about 35% of what's going on. There's a lot of cash moving around very fast. A lot of people coming in and out in a casino. So, the possibilities are kind of endless. James Lockhart. ***FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE HERE*** Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* 70th Anniversary of James Bond, Special with Alexis Albion on 007, Part 1 (2023) 70th Anniversary of James Bond, Special with Alexis Albion on 007, Part 2 (2023) How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Spy Game with Mike Susong (2023) Baseball and Espionage with Ryan Zimmerman and Marc Polymeropoulos (2022) Dealing with Russia: A Conversation with Counterintelligence Legend Jim Olson (2022) *Beginner Resources* A Brief History of Las Vegas, T. Lambert, Local Histories (2021) [Short Article] A Brief History of Gambling, R. Cormack, Medium (2018] [Short Article] How to Play Baccarat, WikiHow (2020) [Short Video] ***FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE HERE*** DEEPER DIVE Books Casino: The Rise and Fall of the Mob in Las Vegas, N. Pileggi (Ebury Press, 2015) Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling, D. G. Schwartz (Winchester Books, 2013) Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, B. Mezrich (Free Press, 2002) Casino Royale, I. Fleming (Jonathan Cape, 1953) Primary Sources Federal Special Agent Pleads Guilty To Gambling With Government Funds, United States Attorneys Office, District of Nevada (2022) Surveillance Standards for Nonrestricted Licensees, Nevada Gaming (2005) Gaming probers sue CIA, CIA (1979) How U.S. Made Unholy Alliance with the Mafia, CIA (1975) Bugsy Siegel Collection, FBI (n.d.) *Wildcard Resource* In 1983, William Casey, then Director of the CIA, was invited to the Recording Industry Cultural Award Dinner. Luckily for him, Kenny Rogers was the featured performer of the night. He probably played The Gambler, a song that Erin thinks is a spot-on analogy for the Intelligence Cycle. Youve got to know when hold em, know when to fold em Know when to walk to away, and know when to run. ***FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE HERE*** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 08 Aug 2023 11:00:00 -0000

Chinas Corporate Spy War with CNBCs Eamon Javers


Summary Eamon Javers (Twitter, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter,LinkedIn) to discuss Chinas Corporate Spy War. Eamon is the Senior Washington correspondent at CNBC. What Youll Learn Intelligence Why go after corporate secrets? Whats at stake for the United States The case of Yanjun Xu and GE Aviation Military implications of economic espionage Reflections The innovation nation Simple twists of fate And much, much more ***FULL SHOWNOTES AVAILABLE HERE*** Episode Notes This week on SpyCast, Andrew is joined by CNBCs Senior Washington Correspondent Eamon Javers to discuss his new documentary, Chinas Corporate Spy War. Quotes of the Week I don't think people in corporate America knew that, fully understood the scale of the threat. They thought this was kind of an annoyance like shoplifting is, and that you kind of just build in some procedures and there's some sunk costs associated with that, and you move on. What these intelligence guys were describing was an entirely different threat. This was the elimination of major American brands from the global marketplace. - Eamon Javers. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East vs. West with Calder Walton (2023) The Counterintelligence Chief with FBI Assistant Director Alan Kohler (2023) Trafficking Data: The Digital Struggle with China with Aynne Kokas (2023) The FBI & Cyberwith Cyber Division Chief Bryan Vorndran, Part 1 (2022) The FBI & Cyberwith Cyber Division Chief Bryan Vorndran, Part 2 (2022) Dealing with Russia A Conversation with Counterintelligence Legend Jim Olson (2022) *Beginner Resources* What is Corporate Espionage?, A. T. Tunggal, UpGuard (2023) [Article] Timeline: U.S.-China Relations, Council on Foreign Relations (n.d.) [Timeline] A Tale of High Stakes Corporate Espionage, Bloomberg (2023) [7:44 video] ***FULL SHOWNOTES AVAILABLE HERE*** DEEPER DIVE Books SPIES: The Epic Intelligence War Between East and West, C. Walton (Simon & Schuster, 2023) The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage, M. Hvistendahl (Riverhead Books, 2020) To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence, J. Olson (GUP, 2019) Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage, E. Javers (HarperCollins, 2010) Primary Sources A Survey of Reported Chinese Espionage, 2000 to the Present, CSIS (2023) Justice Department Announces Five Cases as Part of Recently Launched Disruptive Technology Strike Force, U.S. Department of Justice (2023) Chinese Government Intelligence Officer Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Espionage Crimes, Attempting to Steal Trade Secrets From Cincinnati Company, U.S. Department of Justice (2022) Executive Summary - China: The Risk to Corporate America, FBI (2019) Economic Espionage Act (1996) *Wildcard Resource* The Second Letter from Pre dEntrecolles to Father Orry (1722) The art of porcelain making and selling was mastered under the Qing Dynasty. The West got curious and knew the form of pottery could be profitable to produce on their own. Because of the secrets shared by this Jesuit priest, Chinas monopoly on porcelain production quickly toppled and the practice was spread across Europe. ***FULL SHOWNOTES AVAILABLE HERE*** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 01 Aug 2023 11:00:00 -0000

The 18-Year-Old Soviet Spy on the Manhattan Project: Ted Hall with Director Steve James


Summary Steve James (IMDb) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss his new film, A Compassionate Spy. 18-year-old Ted Hall was the youngest physicist working on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos. What Youll Learn Intelligence Soviet-American relations during WWII The Manhattan Project and the development of the Atomic Bomb Motivations for atomic espionage The life and story of Theodore Hall Reflections With great power comes great responsibility State allegiance vs. personal conscience And much, much more And Steve James has been nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature in 2018 for Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, and Best Film Editing in 1995 for Hoop Dreams. Steve is the first Oscar nominee to join us on SpyCast since Robert de Niro sat down with our first host Peter Earnest in 2009! Quotes of the Week Ted was young and naive in some ways, but his reasons for what he did were not grounded in fantasy Whether you support what he did or not, I don't know that the U. S. having the bomb all to itself would have been a great thing, given that we are the only nation to have actually dropped the bomb on anyone, period. Steve James. Resources SURFACE SKIM *Headline Resource* A Compassionate Spy, Steve James, Magnolia Pictures (2022) Available in select theaters and streaming on August 4th *SpyCasts* Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East vs. West with Calder Walton (2023) St. Ermins Hotel, London The History of a Legendary Spy Site with Stephen Duffy (2023) Becoming a Russian Intelligence Officer with Janosh Neumann (2022) The Nuclear Doomsday Machine with Sean Maloney on Cold War Emergency Plans (2022) *Beginner Resources* What Was the Manhattan Project?, T. Metcalfe, Scientific American (2023) [Article] U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Control (1949-2021), Council on Foreign Relations (n.d.) [Timeline] Theodore Hall: American-born physicist and spy, Encyclopaedia Britannica (n.d.) [Encyclopedia entry] DEEPER DIVE Books Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away, A. Hagedorn (Simon & Schuster, 2021) The Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians, C. C. Kelly (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2020) Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs, N. T. Greenspan (Penguin Books, 2020) Bombshell: The Secret Story of Americas Unknown Atomic Spy Conspiracy, J. Albright & M. Kunstel (Times Books, 1997) Video Modern Marvels: The Manhattan Project, The History Channel, YouTube (2020) Science Behind the Atom Bomb, Nuclear Museum, Atomic Heritage Foundation (2013) Primary Sources Report by the Ad Hoc Committee to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Evaluation of Effect on Soviet War Effort Resulting from the Strategic Air Offensive, National Security Archive (1949) The Evaluation of the Atomic Bomb as a Military Weapon, Harry Truman Presidential Library (1947) A Petition to the President of the United States from Los Alamos Scientists, Harry Truman Presidential Library (1945) Albert Einstein to Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman Presidential Library (1945) Decision to Maintain Contact with Theodore Hall, National Security Agency (1944) *Wildcard Resource* The development of nuclear weapons not only had a massive impact on history and science It also inspired new architectural designs and art. Read this Architectural Digest article on the Atomic Age Design and why our brains still register it as futuristic 75 years later! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 25 Jul 2023 11:00:00 -0000

"Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy" with Michael Vickers


Summary Michael Vickers (Website) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss his remarkable career and memoir. He was formerly the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. What Youll Learn Intelligence His specialized training to wear a Nuclear Backpack (yes, literally!) Overseeing a multibillion-dollar CIA covert action program against the Soviets Planning the Osama Bin Laden raid Retooling defense intelligence for the 21st century Reflections Finding a narrative that unites the various chapters of your life Serving a country vs. serving a political party And much, much more Episode Notes Michael Vickers has been on a heck of a ride. He started out as a U.S. Army private with no degree and went on to oversee hundreds of thousands of people as the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence while holding a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins. Michael is the author of By All Means Available: Memoirs of a Life in Intelligence, Special Operation & Strategy. Quotes of the Week "That weapon was called the Special Atomic Demolition Munition [i.e., Nuclear Backpack] ...it was a sporty, uh, you know, it seemed like a good idea when I was 23 years old. So, there you have it." Michael Vickers. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* The Nuclear Doomsday Machine with Sean Maloney (2022_ The Spies Who Came in From the Cold - Chris Costa and John Quattrocki (2022) The Spymasters Prism CIA Legend Jack Devine (2021) Lessons from a Life in the CIAs Clandestine Service Hank Crumpton (2012) The CIA and the End of the Cold War Milt Bearden (2011) *Beginner Resources* Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, Homeschool History (2022) [2:25 min video] Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, Encyclopedia Britannica (2023) [3-minute read] The Operation That Took Out Osama Bin Laden, Military.com (2023) [3-minute read] The Plan to Get Osama, ABC News (2012) [6:44 min video] DEEPER DIVE Video The End of a Superpower - The Collapse of the Soviet Union, DW Documentaries (2022) Manhunt: The Search for Osma bin Laden, HBO (2013) Afghanistan 1979, the War that Changed the World, Gulya Mirzoeva, Icarus Films (2015) Red Star Over Khyber, PBS Frontline (1984) Primary Sources Commander, 500th MI Group, Subj: Guerilla Use of Stinger Missiles and Their Effect on Soviet Tactics in AF, circa 1987. Memorandum of Conversation between Vice President Bush and Pakistani President Zia, December 8, 1982 Conversation between M.S. Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan on Afghanistan (Excerpt), December 8, 1982 Message to Soviet Ambassadors on the Invasion of Afghanistan, Attachment to CPSU Politburo Decree #177, December 27, 1979 *Wildcard Resource* A Distant Plain: Counter-insurgency Afghanistan: Government, Coalition, Taliban and Warlords compete (2013) Play this board game developed by former guest and former World Board Game Champion, Volko Ruhnke, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 18 Jul 2023 11:00:00 -0000

Leader, Lecturer, Analyzer, Nerd with Jorhena Thomas


Summary Jorhena Thomas (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss her career as an analyst and passion for intelligence education. Jorhena spent 8 years in the FBI as an Intelligence Analyst. What Youll Learn Intelligence What makes a great analyst Her thoughts on the Intelligence Cycle The Robert Levinson case How the FBI adapted after 9/11 Reflections Teamwork and collaboration The importance of education Episode Notes Andrew is joined by Jorhena Thomas: educator, mentor, and analysis extraordinaire. It was a pleasure to have Jorhena in the studio to discuss to her career, which began at the Federal Bureau of Investigation where she served as an intelligence analyst for 8 years. She moved on to work at the Washington D.C. Fusion Center, the District of Columbia Deputy Mayors Office, and in private consulting. She currently lectures at both American University and Georgetown University, and serves as the Director of Mentorship and Professional Advancement at Girl Security. And Women make up 59% (more than half!) of the FBIs Intelligence Analysis workforce. This has come along way since the first female FBI special agents, Joanna Pierce Misko and Susan Roley Malone, were hired in 1972. However, the work is not done. SpyCast is proud to highlight Jorhenas work with Girl Security, supporting, mentoring, and training the next generations of women in intelligence. Quotes of the Week All my time with the FBI really gave me an appreciation for partnerships, and understanding everyone has a role to play. And if you respect what they do and they respect what you do, then you can really get some good work done. And I think sometimes people look down on others who don't do what they do. And my attitude is, if they did what you do, then you don't need to be here Jorhena Thomas Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* The Counterintelligence Chief with FBI Assistant Director Alan Kohler (2023) SPY CHIEFS: From Navy Analyst to State Dept. Intelligence Chief Ellen McCarthys Journey (Part 1 of 2) (2022) SPY CHIEFS: From Navy Analyst to State Dept. Intelligence Chief Ellen McCarthys Journey (Part 2 of 2) (2022) My Global Career as a Female FBI Agent with Kathy Stearman (2021) Special Operations, FBI, NSC, et al Serial Collaborator Karen Schaefer (2021) *Beginner Resources* What is Intelligence Analysis and Why is It So Important?, National American University (2020) [Short article] FBI Field Intelligence Groups and Fusion Centers, Department of Homeland Security (n.d.) [Fact sheet] What is The Intelligence Cycle?, SOCRadar (2022) [Short article] DEEPER DIVE Books How Spies Think: Ten Lessons in Intelligence, D. Omand (Penguin, 2020) Psychology of Intelligence Analysis, R. J. Heuer (Echo Point, 2017) Reducing Uncertainty: Intelligence Analysis & National Security, T. Fingar (SUP, 2011) The FBI: A History, R. Jefferys-Jones (Yale, 2007) Articles How to Think Like an Intelligence Analyst, Z. T. Brown, Medium (2021) 9/11 and the Reinvention of the Us Intelligence Community, E. Kamarck, The Brooking Institution (2021) No body, no burial, no peace for Iran hostage Bob Levinson's family, J. G. Meek & C. Finnegan, ABC News (2021) Getting from Awareness to Action on Disinformation, J. Thomas, The Cipher Brief (2020) Tabletop Exercises to Combat Disinformation, J. Thomas, Medium (2020) How the FBI Reinvented Itself After 9/11, C. Nobel, Harvard Business School (2016) Video Adding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to National and Homeland Security, Education, Intelligence, and Fusion Centers (2023) Women FBI Agents: In Their Own Words, FBI (2012) Primary Sources FBI Washington Field Office Statement on the 16th Anniversary of the Abduction of Robert A. Levinson, FBI Washington (2023) The Internal Effects of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Reprioritization, Office of the Inspector General (2004) United States Patriot Act (2001) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 11 Jul 2023 11:00:00 -0000

The Kneeling Man with Leta McCollough Seletsky


Summary Leta McCollough Seletsky (Website; Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to share the story of her father, the famous Kneeling Man The man knelt next to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at his assassination at the Lorraine Motel in 1968. Leta is a litigator turned essayist and memoirist. *Nominate SpyCast for a Peoples Choice Podcast Award HERE!* What Youll Learn Intelligence The life and times of Marrell Mac McCollough The CIA connection between father and daughter Black power and the counterintelligence program (or, COINTELPRO) The conspiracies surrounding Dr. Kings assassination Reflections Coming to terms with the past and present Small but important steps of progress And much, much more *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Resources SURFACE SKIM *Headline Resource* The Kneeling Man: My Father's Life as a Black Spy Who Witnessed the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Leta McCollough Seletsky (Counterpoint, 2023) *SpyCasts* The Counterintelligence Chief with Alan Kohler (2023) The Third Option US Covert Action with Loch Johnson, Part 1 (2022) The Third Option US Covert Action with Loch Johnson, Part 2 (2022) The Birth of American Propaganda with John Hamilton (2021) Juneteenth Special: African-American Spies (2021) *Beginner Resources* I Am A Man Dr. King and The Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, M. Gailani, Tennessee State Museum (2020) [Short brief] Martin Luther King Jr., The Nobel Prize (n.d.) [Biography] COINTELPRO: United States Government Program, N. Frederique, Encyclopaedia Britannica (n.d.) [Short article] *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* DEEPER DIVE Books The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr., P. E. Joseph (Basic Books, 2021) An Unseen Light: Black Struggles for Freedom in Memphis, Tennessee, A. Goudsouzian, C. W. McKinney, et al. (The University Press of Kentucky, 2018) The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., J. Sokol (Basic Books, 2018) The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI's Secret Wars Against Dissent in the United States, W. Churchill & J. V. Wall (South End Press, 2001) Primary Sources The King v. Jowers Trial Findings, U.S. Department of Justice (1999) Final Report of the Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, United States Senate (1976) Report from Vietnam, Walter Cronkite (1968) Ive Been to the Mountaintop Speech, Martin Luther King Jr., AFSCME (1968) "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" Speech, Martin Luther King Jr., American Rhetoric (1967) COINTELPRO Records Collection, FBI Records: The Vault (n.d) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 04 Jul 2023 11:00:00 -0000

From the Vault: Baseball & Espionage with World Series Champion Ryan Zimmerman & Marc Polymeropoulos (Part 1 of 2)


Summary Ryan Zimmerman (MLB Stats; Wikipedia) and Marc Polymeropoulos (Twitter; LinkedIn) join Andrew to discuss intelligence and Americas pastime. From the SpyCast Field of Dreams. What Youll Learn Intelligence Sign-stealing and codebreaking Glue guys and teamwork Ethics in baseball and espionage Clutch and pinch hitters in espionage and baseball Reflections Daring to fail Stepping up to the plate of life And much, much more Episode Notes Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack. Few things in the world compare to sitting back, putting your feet up, and cracking open a cold one while watching the World Series. For the 2021 World Series Marc joined us for a fantastic discussion on the links between baseball and espionage. How do we top that? A baseball fanatic ex-CIA officer? Why, how about getting a first-round draft pick, World Series Champion with over 6500 at-bats? Done! Enter Ryan Zimmerman, Mr. National! Ever wondered about signs-stealing, how to run a baseball counterintelligence operation, or what some of the many, many links are between baseball and espionage? Youve come to the right place for a discussion that goes to the bottom of the ninth inning over a two-episode conversation. Ryan played for the Nationals from 2005, when he was a first-round draft pick, through to 2021, when his #11 jersey was retired. He is an ex- All-Star, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove winner, and 2019 World Series Champion. Marc is a highly decorated former CIA operations officer who specialized in counterterrorism, the Middle East, and South Asia. Prior to his retirement, he served at CIA headquarters in charge of clandestine operations in Europe and Eurasia. He is the author of the 2021 book, Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA. And Big Data is upending many fields, not least baseball and espionage. Gaining a competitive edge is central to both activities, the big argument is about how much soul is lost along the way. The Houston Astros have been a lighting-rod team, whose smart and modern or cold and cynical approach has been discussed at Penn's Wharton School of Business and in the pages of the Harvard Business Review. Quotes of the Week "I think Dare to Fail is enormous. I would want you to put me up at the bases load in the bottom of the ninth. I'll take it every single time. Even if I feel like I have zero chance, I want to be there." - RyanZimmerman "You know, you have to have that mentality in these professions." - Marc Polymeropoulos Resources *Andrews Recommendation* Moneyball, M. Lewis (W.W. Norton, 2004) Love it or hate it, this is the first port of call for any reckoning of baseball and analytics. *SpyCasts* Baseball & Espionage with Marc Polymeropoulos (2021) *Beginner Resources* Spy Agencies Struggling in Age of Big Data, A. Zegart, Wired (2022) [article] Baseball Analytics for the Casual Fan, Simple Sabermetrics (2020) [7 min video] Beginners Guide to Baseball Analytics, N. Allen, Fansided (2018) [article] Best Baseball Analytics Resources, Simple Sabermetrics (2022) Books Spies, Lies and Algorithms, A. Zegart (PUP, 2022) The Catcher Was a Spy: Moe Berg, N. Dawidoff (Pantheon, 1994) Articles Baseball and Cybersecurity, S. Handler, Atlantic Council (2020) Baseballs Rude Welcome to Age of Cyberespionage, N. Paine, 538 (2015) The Man Who Remade Basketball, M. McCluskey, Wired (2014) Baseball on Exhibit: Musuems in the SABR Era, Z. Jendro, SABR (2011) Video Lessons from the CIAs Analytic Front-Lines, B. Pease, JHU (2022) Sabermetrics 101: Baseball Analytics, A. Andres, Talks at Google (2016) CIAs Chief Information Officer - Advanced Analytics, D. Wolfe, OReilly (2015) Primary Sources The PC Goes to Bat (1984) *Wildcard Resource* Get Analytics Certification from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) - which is where the term sabermetrics comes from! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 27 Jun 2023 11:00:00 -0000

"Venices Secret Service" with Ioanna Iordanou


Summary Ioanna Iordanou (Twitter; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss Venices Secret Service. Her research on centralized intelligence during the Italian Renaissance has secured her two entries in Guiness World Records! What Youll Learn Intelligence The origins of centralized intelligence The Council of Ten - Venices spy chiefs The Inquisitors of the State - Venices counterintelligence body Venetian power in the Eastern Mediterranean Reflections The rise and fall of empires The relationship between geography and power And much, much more *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Quotes of the Week Considering some of the most significant challenges we face right now, such as disease, we just got over a global pandemic or migration or trade or climate change or cybersecurity, all these issues do not stop at the borders like any early modern spies, they cross borders. So even reflecting on how people dealt with these things in the past might help us make better political, social, economic decisions. Ioanna Iordanou. Resources SURFACE SKIM *Headline Resource Venices Secret Service: Organizing Intelligence in the Renaissance, Ioanna Iordanou (Oxford University Press, 2014) *SpyCasts* Espionage and the Two Queens with Kent Tiernan (2023) The Counterintelligence Chief with FBI Assistant Director Alan Kohler (2023) The Lion and the Fox Civil War Spy vs. Spy with Alexander Rose (2023) Keeping Secrets/Disclosing Secrets with Spy Chief turned DG of Australias National Archives David Fricker (2022) *Beginner Resources* A Brief Overview of Renaissance History, Art in Context (2023) [Short article] Profile of a City: Venice, Renaissance Italy (2012) [Short article] Brief History of the Renaissance in 5 Minutes, 5 Minutes (2022) [YouTube video] *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* DEEPER DIVE Books Inventing the World: Venice and the Transformation of Western Civilization, M. F. Small (Pegasus Books, 2020) City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas, R. Crowley (Random House, 2013) A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance, W. Manchester (Little, Brown and Company, 1993) Primary Sources The Life and Letters of Sir Henry Wotton, Internet Archive (1907) The deBarbari Map (View of Venice), Cartography Venice Project Center (1500) Letter of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini to Lord Cardinal Firmanus, Carleton College (1453) The Shorter Annals of Venice, Carleton College (ca. 13th century) Primary Collections Venetian Diplomatic Agents in England, British History Online (1202-1509) *Wildcard Resource* Browse the art of Titian, an artist whose work was used as a form of payment for spies and intelligence gatherers in Venice. Not a bad paycheck! *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 20 Jun 2023 11:00:00 -0000

"The North Korean Defector" with Former DPRK Agent Kim, Hyun Woo


Summary This week on SpyCast, Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn)is joined by former DPRK Agent Kim, Hyun Woo. This is the first time Dr. Kim has stepped out from the shadows to speak. *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* What Youll Learn Intelligence The organizational structure of North Korean intelligence The journey of a defector The training and skills needed to be a DPRK agent North Korean intelligence priorities in the East Reflections Bravery and courage in the face of danger State conformity vs. Personal convictions And much, much more Quote of the Week When I envision reunification, I am envisioning reunified Korea under a liberal democratic system as opposed to say, unified Korea under a more North Korean system That I oppose. My desire is that in a unified Korea, even North Korean populous or population living in northern parts of the Korean Peninsula will be guaranteed fundamental, standard rights as humans. Agent Kim, Hyun Woo. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East vs. West with Calder Walton (2023) The Counterintelligence Chief with FBI Assistant Director Alan Kohler (2023) The Counterterrorism and Counter WMD Strategist with Dexter Ingram (2022) Becoming a Russian Intelligence Officer with Janosh Neumann (2022) *Beginner Resources* The Current Situation in North Korea, United States Institute for Peace (2022) [Fact sheet] A Brief History of North Korea in 3 Minutes, G. Willson, New York Magazine (2017) [3 min. video] *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* DEEPER DIVE Books Becoming Kim Jong Un: A Former CIA Officers Insights, J. H. Pak (Ballantine Books, 2020) The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future, V. Cha (Ecco, 2018) In Order to Live: A North Korean Girls Journey to Freedom, Y. Park (Penguin Books, 2015) Koreas Place in the Sun: A Modern History, B. Cumings (W.W. Norton, 2005) Primary Sources Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un Delivers Speech at Military Parade, KCNA Watch (2020) Key Issue Paper for Secretary of State-designate Madeleine Albright, Subject: Korean Peninsula Issues, National Security Archive (1994) China: Potential Response to Korean Contingencies, DIA Special Report, National Security Archive (1994) DPRK: Slow-Motion Succession: the Secretarys Morning Intelligence Summary, National Security Archive (1994) Protocol for the Phased Withdrawal of Troops (First Draft), Wilson Center (1954) Mutual Defense Treaty Between the United States and the Republic of Korea, US Forces Korea (1953) Statement by President Syngman Rhee, Wilson Center (1953) Congratulatory Message [from Mao Zedong] to the Chinese Peoples Volunteer Army, Wilson Center (1953) Telegram from Stalin to Mao Zedong, Wilson Center (1952) Cable Nos. 408-410, Shtykov to Vyshinsky, Wilson Center (1950) Statement by the President, Truman on Korea, Wilson Center (1950) *Wildcard Resource* Inspired by Dr. Kims love for Sherlock Holmes: His Last Bow is the last chronological short story installment of the Sherlock Holmes series. In this story, Sherlock tracks down a German spy during the First World War! *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 13 Jun 2023 11:00:00 -0000

Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East vs. West with Calder Walton


Summary Calder Walton (Website, Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss the 100-year intelligence war between the United States and Russia. Calder is the author of the new book, SPIES. *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* What Youll Learn Intelligence The epic clash of intelligence systems Russias assassination program then and now The roots of Putinism China as the Soviet Union on steroids Reflections Cold War 2.0 Could it have been otherwise? And much, much more Quotes of the Week My conclusion, unfortunately, Andrew, is that looking at this large sweep of history that we have, not so much a Putin problem today, but a Russia problem. And the Russia problem has been persistent over a hundred years, which is why it makes me very cautious about speculation Unfortunately, it seems to me that the Putin and the people he surrounds himself with in the Kremlin are all cut from this very similar cloth as he is. Resources SURFACE SKIM *Headline Resource* SPIES: The Epic Intelligence War Between East and West, Calder Walton (Simon & Schuster, 2023) *SpyCasts* Ukraine & the Alliance with NATOs Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence David Cattler (2023) Ukraine & Intelligence: One Year On with Shane Harris (2023) Becoming a Russian Intelligence Officer with Janosh Neumann (2022) The Spies Who Came in From the Cold with Chris Costa and John Quattrocki at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago (2022) Dealing with Russia with Counterintelligence Legend Jim Olson (2022) CIA Legend Jack Devine on Countering Russian Aggression (2012) *Beginner Resources* Putins Revisionist History of Russia and Ukraine, I. Chotiner,New Yorker(2022) [Short article] Has Putin's war failed and what does Russia want?, P. Kirby,BBC(2023) [Short article] The Cold War Explained in 15 Minutes, YouTube (2021) [15 min. video] *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* DEEPER DIVE Books Russian Intelligence, K. Riehle (NIU, 2022) Putins People, C. Belton (William Collins, 2021) Between Two Fires, J. Yaffa (Duggan Books, 2020) The New Cold War, E. Lucas (St. Martins Griffin, 2014) Primary Sources The Putin Files, CBS (n.d.) Memorandum of Conversations (Rise of Putin) Clinton with Putin (2000) Clinton with Putin (2000) Clinton with Yeltsin (1999) Clinton with Yeltsin (1999) Clinton with Putin (1999) Madelaine Albright with Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov (1999) Clinton with Putin (1999) Clinton with Yeltsin (1999) Oral Histories U.S. Ambassadors to Moscow John Huntsman (2017-2019) John F. Tefft (2014-2017) Michael McFaul (2012-2014) John Beryle (2008-2012) Alexander Vershbow (2001-2005) James F. Collins (1997-2001) Thomas R. Pickering (1993-1996) Jack F. Matlock (1987-1991) *Wildcard Resource* Putin Strikes: The Coming War for Eastern Europe A two-player board game where one commands the Kremlins forces and the other an international polyglot force. Trippy or what? *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 06 Jun 2023 11:00:00 -0000

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: The D-Day Deception with National WWII Museum Curator Corey Graff


Summary Cory Graff (Website, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter,LinkedIn) to discuss the D-Day deception operation to mask the landings at Normandy. Cory is a Curator at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. What Youll Learn Intelligence Deception tactics used by the Allies The core deception operations BODYGUARD and FORTITUDE The German secret agents who became British double agents The Ghost Army and General Pattons fictitious First U.S. Army Group Intelligence in the World War II Museum Reflections Appearance and intention The essential unknowability of the world And much, much more *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Quotes of the Week During the evenings, French Resistance is taking over and blowing up train tracks and sort of funneling people this way. And that's another thing to talk about when we talk about D-Day is, intelligence was gained from French citizens beforehand. And the night of the 5th & 6th, we witnessed something like a thousand points of sabotage within the area directed at the Germans. Cory Graff on the French Resistances contribution to D-Day Resources SURFACE SKIM Andrews Recommendation The D-Day episode of the landmark documentary The World at War (Morning: June-August 1944 (Ep. 17 of 26)) *SpyCasts* St. Ermins Hotel, London The History of a Legendary Spy Site with Stephen Duffy (2023) Hitlers Trojan Horse Nazi Intelligence with Nigel West (2023) Nazis on the Potomac with former National Park Service Chief Historian Bob Sutton (2022) The Nuclear Doomsday Machine with Sean Maloney on Cold War Emergency Plans (2022) *Beginner Resources* Heres what happened on D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion ever undertaken, CNN (2021) [1 min. video] When and How Did World War II End?, R. Wilde, ThoughtCo (2020 [Short article] The 10 Things You Need to Know about D-Day, Imperial War Museum (n.d.) [10 quick facts] DEEPER DIVE *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Primary Sources General Eisenhowers Order of the Day, National Archives (1944) In Case of Failure Message from Gen. Eisenhower, Eisenhower Presidential Library (1944) Overlord Anvil Papers, Eisenhower Presidential Library (1944) Report of the 82nd Airborne Division, Operation Neptune, Eisenhower Presidential Library (1944) Neptune Monograph, The D-Day Story Museum (1944) *Wildcard Resource* The crossword panic of 1944! In the run up to D-Day important codenames such as Omaha, Overlord, Mulberry, and Neptune, appeared in the Daily Telegraph newspaper crossword puzzle. Was someone signaling the Allies plans to the Germans? We dont think so...but one possible explanation involves loose-lipped soldiers, a WWI veteran schoolteacher, and some naughty schoolboys! *EXTENDED SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 30 May 2023 11:00:00 -0000

From the Vault: El Chapo, the War on Drugs & Intelligence with Trial Reporter Noah Hurowitz


Summary Noah Hurowitz (Twitter; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss infamous drug kingpin El Chapo. A weak link in his cybersecurity set-up would help bring him down. What Youll Learn Intelligence El Chapos internal surveillance operation The cartels use of cryptography to keep communications covert How cybersecurity enabled then brought down El Chapo The role of the infamous DFS a corrupt and now disbanded intelligence agency Reflections Technology early adopters vs. counter responders The changing nature of crime enabled by emerging technologies spyware, drones, etc. And much, much more Episode Notes Joaqun Archivaldo Guzmn Loera, aka El Chapo (shorty) because of his 5-foot 6-inch frame, was called by one of the agents chasing him, the godfather of the drug world. So, how did a low-level drug dealer from a provincial state rise to try and subvert the Mexican government to his will? What was the intelligence game that played out with regards to El Chapo? How did the cartels use spytech, tradecraft and cybersecurity to stay one step ahead of the law? How was he caught? To answer these questions and more, Andrew sat down with Noah Horowitz who covered the trial of El Chapo in Brooklyn for Rolling Stone magazine. Noah is also the author of the recent book El Chapo, and his work has appeared in the Village Voice, the Baffler and New York Magazine. And In the El Chapo trial, question No.57 asked prospective jurors, Are you familiar with Jesus Malverde? If you are not familiar with this angel of the poor (el ngel de los pobres) as well as the Sinaloan narcos (el narcosantn), then you can find out why this question would be relevant here, here, here and here. Quote of the Week "So, in addition to encrypted communicationshe was also installing spyware on Blackberry devices that El Chapo was giving out to his lieutenants and his girlfriends and his wives. And then EL Chapo was able to use this, the spyware program to see what was on their phones. He was able to see their text messages. He was able to see their locations. He was even able to remotely activate their mic and listen to them. And he loved thatit was like a toy to him almost. He became obsessed with it." Noah Hurowitz Resources Headline Resource El Chapo, N. Hurowitz (S&S, 2021) *SpyCasts* Drug Cartels, Sleeper Cells, the Waco Siege & the Mob - Dennis Franks (2021) Books Dope: History of the Mexican Drug Trade, B. Smith (W.W. Norton, 2021) Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs & Cartels, I. Grillo (Bloomsbury, 2021) Articles Drugs, Crime and the Cartels, CFR (2021) The Tech that Took Down Pablo Escobar, Wired (2021) Mexican Cartels Cyber Surveillance, C. Schilis-Gallego, Forbidden Stories (2020) Spy vs. Spy, El Chapo Edition, E. Groll, FP (2019) The Spyware that Brought Down El Chapo, S. Fussell, The Atlantic (2019) Websites El Paso Intelligence Project (EPIC) Centro Nacional De Intelligencia (CNI) PBR (Projects, Briefs, Reports) Mexico: Evolution of the Merida Initiative, C. Seelke, CRS (2021) Mexico Organized Crime and Drug Traffickers, J. Beittel, CRS (2020) Primary Sources EDNY Press Release on El Chapo Trial (2019) Memo in Support of Pre-trial Detention, USA vs. Joaqun Guzmn Loera (2017) Trial Transcripts of El Chapo Text Messages with His Mistress (2012) Official Report on Mexicos Dirty War (2006) Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (1999) Primary Source Collections The Mexican Intelligence Digital Archives (MIDAS) Inside The Cartel: Key Documents (LAT) *Wildcard Resource* The Original Indigenous People of Sinaloa To understand Joaqun Guzmn Loera, starting at the year of his birth, 1957, might be enough; but to understand El Chapo it might help to go deeper still Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 23 May 2023 11:00:00 -0000

70th Anniversary of James Bond, Special - with Alexis Albion on 007 (Part 2 of 2)


Summary Curators Alexis (LinkedIn) and Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) use James Bond artifacts in SPYs collection to discuss all things 007. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the first Ian Fleming novel, Casino Royale. What Youll Learn Intelligence Bond vs. Real Life Spies The birth of James Bond Ian Flemings intelligence past Bond and MI6 Reflections What makes a character timeless? Pop culture mirroring real life And much, much more *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Episode Notes This week on SpyCast, curators Andrew and Alexis join forces to put the past 70 years of Bond into historical perspective. To help frame their conversation, our collections team brought out a fantastic selection of Bond artifacts for Andrew and Alexis to interact with during the recording of this episode. Quotes of the Week I think in general the spy genre always has to have one foot, often two, in the real world. It's part of what makes that genre appealing and not science fiction. It takes place in the real world. And whether that is, you know, some of the technology or real-world threats, it has to be relatable and recognizable in that sense. Alexis Albion. *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Espionage and the Two Queens with Kent Tiernan (2023) Secrets Revealed with Curators Alexis and Andrew on SPYs Pop-Up Exhibit (2023) CIA Officers Turned Authors with David McCloskey and James Stejskal (2022) The Spy of the Century with Curators Alexis and Andrew on Kim Philby (2022) My Life Looking at Spies and the Media with Paul Lashmar (2022) *Beginner Resources* MI6 History & Facts, Encyclopedia Britannica (2022) [Brief history of MI6] The Evolution of James Bond, Fandom Entertainment, YouTube (2021) [15 min. video] Ian Fleming, Famous Authors (n.d.) [Short biography] *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Primary Sources Primos Bionic Eye, Collection of the International Spy Museum (2021) James Bonds Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Watch, Collection of the International Spy Museum (2021) 007 Fragrance Commercial, YouTube (1965) James Bond Action Pak Toy Commercial, American Character, YouTube (1964) Aston Martin DB5, Collection of the International Spy Museum (1964) The Zimmermann Telegram, National Archives (1917) *Wildcard Resource* Everyone has a favorite James Bond theme song. If you just cant choose just one, check out The Ultimate James Bond Medley A production from Alchemistic Records featuring all 25 Bond songs. *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 16 May 2023 11:00:00 -0000

70th Anniversary of James Bond, Special - with Alexis Albion on 007 (Part 1 of 2)


Summary Curators Alexis (LinkedIn) and Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) use James Bond artifacts in SPYs collection to discuss all things 007. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the first Ian Fleming novel, Casino Royale. What Youll Learn Intelligence Bond vs. Real Life Spies The birth of James Bond Ian Flemings intelligence past Bond and MI6 Reflections What makes a character timeless? Pop culture mirroring real life And much, much more *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Episode Notes This week on SpyCast, curators Andrew and Alexis join forces to put the past 70 years of Bond into historical perspective. To help frame their conversation, our collections team brought out a fantastic selection of Bond artifacts for Andrew and Alexis to interact with during the recording of this episode. Quotes of the Week I think in general the spy genre always has to have one foot, often two, in the real world. It's part of what makes that genre appealing and not science fiction. It takes place in the real world. And whether that is, you know, some of the technology or real-world threats, it has to be relatable and recognizable in that sense. Alexis Albion. *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Espionage and the Two Queens with Kent Tiernan (2023) Secrets Revealed with Curators Alexis and Andrew on SPYs Pop-Up Exhibit (2023) CIA Officers Turned Authors with David McCloskey and James Stejskal (2022) The Spy of the Century with Curators Alexis and Andrew on Kim Philby (2022) My Life Looking at Spies and the Media with Paul Lashmar (2022) *Beginner Resources* MI6 History & Facts, Encyclopedia Britannica (2022) [Brief history of MI6] The Evolution of James Bond, Fandom Entertainment, YouTube (2021) [15 min. video] Ian Fleming, Famous Authors (n.d.) [Short biography] *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Primary Sources Primos Bionic Eye, Collection of the International Spy Museum (2021) James Bonds Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Watch, Collection of the International Spy Museum (2021) 007 Fragrance Commercial, YouTube (1965) James Bond Action Pak Toy Commercial, American Character, YouTube (1964) Aston Martin DB5, Collection of the International Spy Museum (1964) The Zimmermann Telegram, National Archives (1917) *Wildcard Resource* Everyone has a favorite James Bond theme song. If you just cant choose just one, check out The Ultimate James Bond Medley A production from Alchemistic Records featuring all 25 Bond songs. *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 09 May 2023 11:00:00 -0000

St. Ermins Hotel, London The History of a Legendary Spy Site, with Stephen Duffy


Summary Stephen Duffy (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss the spy stories of St. Ermins Hotel in London. It includes links to SOE, MI6, Ian Fleming, and the Cambridge 5. What Youll Learn Intelligence The origins of the SOE MI6 and the SOE in the hotel during WWII (bad neighbors!) Incredible female spies of WWII St. Ermins Cambridge Five connection The history of the hotel Reflections The stories a hotel could tell if it could talk Proximity to power And much, much more *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Episode Notes During World War II, the hotel was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchills Special Operations Executive a crucial element in his initiative to set Europe ablaze. Notorious spies Kim Philby and Donald Maclean were known to enjoy a drink at the hotel bar while sharing secrets with their Soviet handlers. And thats not all to learn the rest, youll have to listen to the episode. Quotes of the Week Thats where Burgess, MacLean, and Philby at different times met their Russian handlers in plain sight and sat there and spoke normally. Didn't talk out the side of their mouths, didn't have red carnations and copies of the Financial Times under their arm. They just passed over their information, their paperwork or whatever, in plain sight to everybody. Stephen Duffy. *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Hitlers Trojan Horse Nazi Intelligence with Nigel West (2023) Nazis on the Potomac with former National Park Service Chief Historian Bob Sutton (2022) SPY@20: The Spy of the Century Curators Alexis and Andrew on Kim Philby (2022) The Beverly Hills Spy with The Hollywood Reporters Seth Abramovitch (2022) *Beginner Resources* MI6 History & Facts, Encyclopedia Britannica (2022) [Brief history of MI6] World War 2 Chronology, B. Johnson, Historic UK (n.d.) [Timeline of Britain in WWII] How Churchill Led Britain to Victory in the Second World War, J. Taylor, Imperial War Museum (n.d.) [Short article] The St. Ermins Autobiography, St. Ermins Hotel (n.d.) [Pamphlet] *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Primary Sources File Release: Cold War Cambridge spies Burgess and Maclean, UK National Archives (2015) Alexander Simitch Stevens Oral History, Imperial War Museum (1992) Basil Davison Oral History, Imperial War Museum (1988) My Silent War, K. Philby (1967) SOE Training Advice on Disguise, UK National Archives (n.d.) *Wildcard Resource* The cocktail menu at St. Ermins Caxton Bar features a number of spy-related references, including Bonds signature drink. To learn more about this shaken, not stirred beverage, check out this article for a brief history of the Vesper Martini. *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 02 May 2023 11:00:00 -0000

Ukraine & the Alliance with NATOs Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence David Cattler


Summary David Cattler (Twitter; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss NATOs intelligence response to the ongoing war in Ukraine. David currently serves as NATOs Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security. What Youll Learn Intelligence Intelligence & NATO NATOs response to the war in Ukraine How NATO is adapting to evolving technologies NATOs purpose and mission Reflections Support and trust between nations Global collaboration And much, much more Episode Notes Last February, SpyCast brought you an episode featuring David Cattler, focused on his role as NATOs Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security. Only a few weeks after that episode was published, Russia invaded the Ukraine on February 24th, 2022, catalyzing the first war on European soil since World War II. Only three weeks ago, NATO gained their newest member of the alliance, Finland, with the hopes of ratifying Swedens membership soon. This week, we bring David back on to discuss how his position has evolved and changed alongside the war in Ukraine, and how NATO is responding to the ongoing crisis. What impact does the inclusion of Finland (and hopefully Sweden) make on the European continent? Tune in to find out more. And With Finlands recent membership, NATO is currently comprised of 31 independent nations. Out of these 30, only one member state doesnt have a standing army Can you guess which? Hint: Its Iceland! Quotes of the Week "It's not just about Ukraine. It really is about what kind of world we all want to live in. There are rules and the rules really do establish that nations of people have rights to be free. To make decisions for themselves, to be sovereign, to be safe within their own borders. To be free from harm and certainly free from being threatened in the way that we've seen here." David Cattler. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Ukraine & Intelligence: One Year On with Shane Harris (2023) How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Spy Game with Mike Susong (2023) Dealing with Russia with Counterintelligence Legend Jim Olson (2022) NATOs Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security with David Cattler (2022) *Beginner Resources* What is NATO and why is Finland joining?, BBC News (2023) [Short article] Russia-Ukraine Relations in 60 Seconds,CBC News(2022) [1 min. video] The Formation of NATO and the Warsaw Pact | History, YouTube (2017) [3 min. video] *FULL SHOW NOTES HERE* Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 25 Apr 2023 11:00:00 -0000

Espionage and the Two Queens with Kent Tiernan


Summary R. Kent Tiernan joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss the seven-year covert operation to execute Mary Queen of Scots. Kent is the author of The Walsingham Gambit. What Youll Learn Intelligence The spy plot to trap Mary, Queen of Scots Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeths spymaster 16th century intelligence tactics The importance of recruiting agents from your opponents camp The Denial and Deception Committee Reflections Religious conflict Temperament and statecraft And much, much more *FULL SHOW NOTES HERE* Episode Notes Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn, survived no less than 9 elaborate plots against her life. In an era of religious conflict and constant power struggles, it was perhaps more important than ever to run an effective intelligence service. Guest Bio R. Kent Tiernan previously served as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force, and an assistant professor of history at the United States Air Force Academy. Kent also served as the Vice Chairman and Staff Director of the Foreign Denial and Deception Committee before retiring in 2014 at the rank of Senior National Intelligence Service officer. Quotes of the Week Our analysts do a wonderful job, but it's very difficult for them because they're looking for continuity or congruity in the information, uh, in order to come up with an answer or a best evaluation of truth. Our job was looking for incongruities in the information. Uh, things that didn't make sense the other evidence was leaning one way, but then we'd get a bit of evidence, and it just didn't make sense to what we were seeing, uh, normally. Resources SURFACE SKIM *Featured Resource* The Walsingham Gambit: Deception, Entrapment, and Execution of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, R. Kent Tiernan (Lexington Books, 2022) *SpyCasts* The Denial and Deception Committee with Bill Parquette The IRA, The Troubles & Intelligence - with Eleanor Williams and Thomas Leahy (2022) So, You Want to Be a Codebreaker? - with Elonka Dunin and Klaus Schmeh (2021) The Spymasters Prism - with CIA Legend Jack Devine (2021) *Beginner Resources* A beginners guide to the Babington Plot, M. Mayhew, The History Press (n.d.) [article] Biography of Mary Queen of Scots, E. Castelow, Historic UK (n.d.) [article] Queen Elizabeth I, B. Johnson, Historic UK (n.d.) [article] Elizabeth Is Problem with Religion, YouTube (2021) [5 min. video] *FULL SHOW NOTES HERE* Primary Sources Drawing of Mary, Queen of Scots Execution by Robert Beale, British Library (1587) Page of Ciphers Used by Mary Queen of Scots, UK National Archives (1586) Letter from Mary, Queen of Scots in Sheffield Castle to Elizabeth I, British Library (1582) Mary, Queen of Scots to Sir William Cecil, UK National Archives (1570) Letter from Elizabeth I to Mary, Queen of Scots, British Library (1568) Elizabeth I to Mary, Queen of Scots, UK National Archives (1567) *Wildcard Resource* Elizabeth I famously had a sweet tooth A habit that would eventually cause her teeth to go black in an era of subpar dentistry. One of her favorite sugary treats was candied violets A less popular snack nowadays, but just as tasty! *FULL SHOW NOTES HERE* Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 18 Apr 2023 11:00:00 -0000

Irregular Warfare & Intelligence - with IWC Director Dennis Walters


Summary Dr. Dennis Walters (LinkedIn; Website) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss the Irregular Warfare Center and its ties to intelligence. Dennis is the current Acting Director of the IWC. What Youll Learn Intelligence The need for an Irregular Warfare Center The Irregular Warfare Centers mission What role intelligence plays in irregular war Creating unique solutions for unique situations How do intelligence and Special Operations blend together? Reflections Education as a strategic tool Creative problem solving And much, much more Episode Notes This week on SpyCast, the IWCs Acting Director Dr. Dennis Walters joins Andrew in a conversation about all thing's irregular warfare. What is irregular warfare, and how does it differ from conventional warfare? What is the mission of the IW Center, and what tools and tactics do they employ to accomplish this? Tune in to find out. And Want to keep your enemies at bay, try an irregular approach throw a Scorpion Bomb at them: yes, it is literally a glass jar filled with scorpions. The tactic was resurrected by ISIS. Guest Bio Dr. Dennis Walters is the acting Director of the Irregular Warfare Center. He served in the United States Army for 26 years, with time spent in the Army Intelligence Corps and in command of a Special Forces Operations Detachment in the Balkans. Upon his retirement from the Army, Dennis worked to build a network of irregular warfare experts that would culminate in the Department of Defense Regional Defense Fellowship Program. He has also instructed college courses on irregular warfare at the National Defense University and Regent University. He speaks fluent Russian. Quotes of the Week "It varies based on region, based on country, based on culture. And that's the part that we have not done well on the U.S. side, really factoring in all of those social implications of how you structure programs to make a country more stable, more resilient, more leaning towards the ideals that support a global community. That's the part that I think that we were missing in some cases." Dr. Dennis Walters. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Ukraine & Intelligence: One Year On with Shane Harris (2023) The Third Option US Covert Action with Loch Johnson, Part 1 (2022) The Third Option US Covert Action with Loch Johnson, Part 2 (2022) Al Qaeda, DOD & the 9/11 Commission with Bonnie Jenkins and Alexis Albion (2022) Afghanistan, the Mujahedeen, Al Qaeda My Time at CIA and State with Diana Bolsinger (2021) *Beginner Resources* Lessons from the Ukraine Conflict on Conventional War, ABC News (2022) [4:24 video] What is Hybrid Warfare? GeoVane (2019) [3:57 video] Maximizing the Potential of American Irregular War, C. Cleveland et al.,The Hill (2023) [op-ed] Irregular Warfare, D.Safire, New York Times (2008) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 11 Apr 2023 11:00:00 -0000

Havana Syndrome A Panel featuring Nicky Woolf, Marc Polymeropoulos, and Mark Zaid


Summary This weeks episode is the result of a collaboration with The Sound, a recent limited series podcast exploring the so-called Havana Syndrome. The guests are host and investigative journalist Nicky Woolf (Twitter), former senior CIA operations officer and sufferer Marc Polymeropoulos (Twitter), and attorney and advocate Mark Zaid (Twitter). What Youll Learn Intelligence What Havana Syndrome is Who it is affecting Theories to explain it The role of intelligence organizations Reflections The unending search for truth Humanity in the intelligence field Quotes of the Week "Theres a betrayal I felt when the CIA didn't give me the medical attention that I needed. You know, if you're not feeling well and an employee comes to you, send 'em to the doctor. And they weren't able to do that. And to me, that's just a leadership fail for the ages." Marc Polymeropoulos. Resources *SpyCasts* The Past 75 Years: A History of the CIA with Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones (2022) Dealing with Russia with Jim Olson (2022) One of the CIAs Most Decorated Field Officers with Marc Polymeropoulos (2021) NatSec and the Law with Mark Zaid (2018) *Beginner Resources* Havana Syndrome: What We Know, B. Tau and W. P. Strobel, The Wall Street Journal (2023) [Short article] What is the Havana Syndrome?, Brut America, YouTube (2022) [3 min. video] What is Havana Syndrome?, B. Cuffari, News Medical (2022) Video Who or What is Behind Havana Syndrome?, Al Jazeera, YouTube (2022) Early Victims of Havana Syndrome Speak Out About Ongoing Health Struggles, NBC News, YouTube (2021) Primary Sources Updated Assessment of Anomalous Health Incidents, National Intelligence Council (2023) Anomalous health Incidents: Analysis of Potential Causal Mechanisms, IC Experts Panel (2022) Senate Hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, U.S. Senate (1978) Kissinger Telephone Conversation with Ambassador Dobrynin, National Security Archive (1975) Samuel Koslov Memorandum to the State Department, Biomedical Phenomena, National Security Archive (1965) *Wildcard Resource* Havana Syndrome is an example of a toponymic term in the medical field A name that comes from a geographic place. For more on medical etymology, check out this article that shares the backstory of the name of 7 well-known conditions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 04 Apr 2023 11:00:00 -0000

Indian Intelligence & Cyber A Conversation with Sameer Patil, ORF Mumbai


Summary Sameer Patil (Twitter; Website) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss intelligence and cybersecurity in the worlds most populous nation. He formerly worked in the NSC Secretariat in the Prime Ministers Office in New Delhi. What Youll Learn Intelligence Cybersecurity in the worlds largest democracy The breakdown of Indias intelligence agencies Cybersecurity among the worlds second largest internet user base Indias relationships with China and Pakistan Reflections Imperial legacies Borders of the mind Guest Bio Sameer Patil is a senior fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, where he is an expert on the intersection between cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and national security. Previously, he served as the Assistant Director of the National Security Council Secretariat at the Prime Ministers Office in New Delhi. He has a PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, and is the author of the 2022 book Securing India in the Cyber Era. Quote of the Week "So, it's a very unique relationship because if you see both the countries, uh, in a sense emerged as modern nation states at around the same time. India attended independence in 1947 the Chinese Communist party emerged victory years from a protracted civil war. In 1949 and. Initial periods of both the countries, as modern nation states were very cordial relationship, very friendly relationship in fact, we had a very populous slogan at that time, which is known as Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai, which means India, China, Brothers - Indians and Chinese are brothers together. But by the late 1950s, many of the issues started to unravel." Sameer Patil. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* Intelligence & the Worlds Largest Democracy - Indian Spy Chief Vikram Sood (2021) Afghanistan, the Mujahedeen, Al Qaeda My Time at CIA & State with Diana Bolsinger (2021) Beginner Resources Cyber War: How Prepared is India? WION (2022) [Video] Indias Rise in Cybersecurity Incidents, The Print (2022) [Video] The Entire History of India in Under 10 Minutes, Made in History (2022) [Video] Cybersecurity in 7 Minutes, Simplilearn (2021) [Video] India Profile: Timeline, BBC (2019) [Article] The Indus Valley Civilization, J. Green, PBS (n.d.) [Video] DEEPER DIVE *Featured Resource* Securing India in the Cyber Era, S. Patil (Routledge, 2022) *Wildcard Resource(s)* The James Bond of India Real-life spyAjit Dovalwho spent years undercover in Pakistan He is currently the National Security Advisor of India! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 28 Mar 2023 11:00:00 -0000

Secrets Revealed Curators Alexis and Andrew on SPYs Pop-Up Exhibit


Summary Dr. Alexis Albion (LinkedIn, Twitter) joins Andrew(Twitter;LinkedIn)to discuss amazing artifacts with amazing stories from SPYs newest pop-up exhibit: Secrets Revealed: Highlights from the Grant Verstandig Collection. What Youll Learn Intelligence Casablancas spy connection Lasting effects of the Rosenberg trial Women in Intelligence WWII covert operations Reflections What makes a story timeless? The human dimension of history And much, much more Quote of the Week To us, that might be the Rosenbergs These sort of incredible historic figures from the Cold War Intelligence. But to Mike Meeropol, it's his mom and dad. So, I think it's a really human story as well. This letter makes recommendations about their sentencing, about life and death, and again, for me it evokes that really human dimension about whether or not this mother might have lived. Dr. Alexis Albion. Resources *SpyCasts* Hitlers Trojan Horse Nazi Intelligence with Nigel West (2023) Honey Trapped: Sex, Betrayal & Love with Henry Schlesinger (2022) Amazon to Darien, Atlantic to Pacific Intelligence in Colombia with former Head of its Navy Admiral Hernando Wills (2022) My Life Looking at Spies &the Media with Paul Lashmar (2021) *Beginner Resources* Soviet Spy Scandal: Who Were the Rosenbergs?, L. Davidson, HistoryHit (2022) [Article] Casablanca in 2 Minutes, YouTube (2019) [Video] Who was the real Mata Hari?, N. Barber, BBC Culture (2017) [Article] How D-Day Was Fought From The Sea, Imperial War Museum (n.d.) [Article] *Artifacts Discussed* Mata Hari Pencil Sketch (ca. 1905) German Bombing Map, WWII (1941) Victor Lazlos Prop Passport (ca. 1942) The Neptune Monograph (ca. 1944) J. Edgar Hoover Letter, FBI (1951) *Primary Resources* Letter from Sophie Rosenberg to Mamie Eisenhower, Eisenhower Presidential Library (1953) Letter from Clyde Miller to Dwight Eisenhower Urging Clemency for the Rosenbergs, Eisenhower Presidential Library (1953) Response from Dwight Eisenhower to Clyde Miller, Eisenhower Presidential Library (1953) The Clydebank Blitz, National Records of Scotland (1941) *Wildcard Resource(s)* The classic quote from Casablanca, Heres looking at you, kid is ranked #4 on the American Film Institutes Top 100 Movie Quotes. In fact, four quotes from the movie made it onto the list Can you guess what the others are? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 21 Mar 2023 11:00:00 -0000

"Israeli Military Intelligence" with IDF Brig. General (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser


Summary Yossi Kuperwasser (Twitter; Website) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss the Israeli intelligence community. Yossi is the former head of the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence. *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* What Youll Learn Intelligence The layout of Israeli intelligence The First and Second Intifadas Israels complicated position in the Middle East Relationship between Israeli and American ICs Reflections Intelligence as a learning process The importance and difficulty of trust And much, much more *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Quote of the Week That's the problem of intelligence - It's an ongoing learning process. And if you don't learn all the time to enable you to adjust to the developing situation, you are going to fail. Yossi Kuperwasser. Resources *SpyCasts* The Counterterrorism and Counter WMD Strategist with Dexter Ingram (2022) Son of Hamas, Spy for Israel with Mosab Hassan Yousef and Gonen Ben Yitzhak (2010) Israeli Intelligence and the Jonathan Pollard Spy Case with Ron Olive (2007) *Beginner Resources* History of Israel, Encyclopedia Britannica [encyclopedia entry] What you need to know about the 1987 Intifada, PBS (2019) [article] The Oslo Accords, 25 Years Later, Washington Post (2018) [video] 1967 War: Six Days that Changed the Middle East, J. Bowen, BBC (2017) [article] The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Brief, Simple History, Vox (2016) [video] *Wildcard Resource(s)* The Little Drummer Girl A fictional novel about a double agent working for the Israelis, written by famed spy author John le Carr in 1983. *FULL SHOWNOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE* Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 14 Mar 2023 11:00:00 -0000

"Hitlers Trojan Horse Nazi Intelligence with Nigel West


Summary Nigel West (Wikipedia) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss Germanys military intelligence service during WWII, the Abwehr. Nigel is known as the experts expert on spy history. What Youll Learn Intelligence The rise and fall of the Abwehr The 20th of July plot to kill Hitler & Operation Valkyrie How effective German intelligence was during WWII How Nazi the Abwehr was Reflections The search for truth across generations The power of historical documents EXTENDED SHOW NOTES HERE! Quote of the Week The Germans were ruthless. They had really good intelligence on all the bridges. They knew exactly what had to be captured in advance. The bridges would then be held, so as to allow the tanks over, and the tanks wouldn't wait to attack strong points. They would just go directly ahead in order to achieve their objectives. Nigel West. Glossary Abwehr: Germanys military intelligence service from 1920-1945, serving both the Riechswehr and Wehrmacht. Translates to defense. Reichswehr: The name for German armed forces from 1919-1935, under the Weimar Republic and first two years of the Third Reich. Per the Treaty of Versailles, the Reichswehr was very limited in arms and personnel. Translates to Reich Defence. Wehrmacht: The name for German Armed Forces from 1935-1945 under Nazi Germany. The heavily militarized and manned Wehrmacht illustrated Hitlers intentions to expand Germany. Translates to Defense Force. Sicherheitsdienst: The intelligence agency of the Schutzstaffel, or SS. Translates to Security Service. Gestapo: Nazi Germanys political police force. Notorious for their brutality and representation of Nazi authoritarianism. Full name Geheime Staatspolizei, translating to Secret State Police. EXTENDED SHOW NOTES HERE! Resources SURFACE SKIM Featured Resource(s) Hitlers Nest of Vipers: The Rise of the Abwehr, N. West (Frontline, 2022) Hitler's Trojan Horse: The Fall of the Abwehr, N. West (Frontline, 2023) *SpyCasts* Nazis on the Potomac with former National Park Service Chief Historian Bob Sutton (2022) A Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany 101-Year-Old Marthe Cohns Incredible True Story (2021) *Beginner Resources* July Plot, Britannica (2023) [encyclopedia entry) From War to War in Europe: 1919-1939, National WW11 Museum (2018) [Background on Interwar Period] The Treaty of Versailles, What Did the Big Three Want?, YouTube (2016) [3 min. video] German Chief Spy Admiral Canaris, P. Kross, Warfare History Network (2014) Abwehr, A. Lerner, Encyclopedia.com (n.d.) EXTENDED SHOW NOTES HERE! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 07 Mar 2023 12:00:00 -0000

Espionage and the Metaverse with Cathy Hackl


Summary Cathy Hackl (Twitter, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss the potential implications of the metaverse on intelligence. Cathy has been called the Godmother of the Metaverse. What Youll Learn Intelligence What the metaverse is Security and counterintelligence in a virtual world Futurism within intelligence agencies Potential risks and consequences of the metaverse Reflections How virtual spaces can affect our physical world The necessity to evolve alongside technology And much, much more Episode Notes The web will continue to evolve and change with time, but whats coming next? And how will this evolution affect the ways that intelligence organizations around the world conduct their operations? This week on SpyCast, Cathy Hackl joins Andrew to explain what the metaverse is, what we can expect from living in this new virtual world, and how intelligence agencies can begin planning for the Web 3 future. Cathy Hackl has been dubbed the Godmother of the Metaverse Resources Featured Resource Into the Metaverse: The Essential Guide to the Business Opportunities of the Web3 Era, Cathy Hackl (Bloomsbury, 2023) Metaverse Marketing [Cathys podcast] *Beginner Resources* What Is the Metaverse, Exactly?, Wired (2022) [Article] Web 3.0 Explained In 5 Minutes, YouTube (2022) [5 min. Video] 12 new tech terms you need to understand the future, R. Gray, BBC (2018) *SpyCasts* How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Spy Game with Mike Susong (2022) Trafficking Data: The Digital Struggle with China-- with Aynne Kokas (2022) The FBI & Cyber with Cyber Division Chief Bryan Vorndran (Part 1 of 2) The FBI & Cyber with Cyber Division Chief Bryan Vorndran (Part 2 of 2) *Wildcard Resource* Watch the worlds first metaverse music video, Snoop Doggs House I Built, here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 28 Feb 2023 12:00:00 -0000

Ukraine & Intelligence: One Year on with Shane Harris


Summary Shane Harris (Twitter, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss the role of intelligence in the Ukraine conflict one year after it began. Shane reports on intelligence for the Washington Post and is the author of two books. What Youll Learn Intelligence Where we are with the war in Ukraine The role intelligence agencies are playing in the conflict The leadership of Zelensky and Putin What its like to report on spies Dealing with sources inside the intelligence agencies Reflections The tenacity of the Ukrainian people and army History as both repetitive and unpredictable Episode Notes This week on SpyCast, Shane Harris of The Washington Post joins Andrew to reflect on the previous year and discuss the role of intelligence within the war in Ukraine. He has been writing about these issues for more than two decades, including a period with the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of two books, The Watchers, on the rise of surveillance in the US, and @War, on the rise of the military-internet complex. He was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2021. Quote of the Week At the outset, [I] believed that what we were looking at was probably a pretty swift Russian victory They would come in, they would decapitate the central government in Kiev in the first 72 hours, and it would be bloody, and it would be violent, but that Russia would prevail because they were deemed to have the superior military in terms of technology experience numbers. Turns out, all those things were spectacularly wrong. Shane Harris. Resources *SpyCasts* How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Spy Game with Mike Susong (2023) Dealing with Russia A Conversation with Counterintelligence Legend Jim Olson (2022) Becoming a Russian Intelligence Officer with Janosh Neumann (2022) The Information Battlespace: Foreign Denial and Deception with Bill Parquette (2022) *Beginner Resources* Has Putin's war failed and what does Russia want?, P. Kirby, BBC (2023) A Brief History of Modern Ukraine, BBC (2022) [YouTube video] Russia-Ukraine Relations in 60 Seconds, CBC News (2022) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 21 Feb 2023 12:00:00 -0000

The Espionage News Cycle A Conversation with SPYs Aliza Bran


Summary Aliza Bran (LinkedIn, Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss her role as Media Relations Manager at the International Spy Museum. Aliza is a D.C. native and graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. What Youll Learn Intelligence The media and intelligence International Spy Museum Artifacts Espionage fact vs. fiction The history of The International Spy Museum Reflections Creativity & Ingenuity Growing up in the DMV And much, much more Episode Notes Aliza Brans passion and excitement for the world of SPY is contagious. Around the office of the International Spy Museum, Aliza is known for her cheerful demeanor, quick wit, and intensely creative mind. Shes been working at SPY for six years now, four of those years as our Media Relations Manager. How does Aliza navigate the ever-changing media landscape and represent the International Spy Museum on this worldwide stage? What are Alizas favorite memories, artifacts, and exhibits from SPY? What makes her love this work so much, and what skills do you need to build a career in media relations? Tune in to find out. And Aliza has been particularly busy these past few weeks covering the news surrounding the Chinese Spy Balloon. For a taste of Alizas work, find articles and video on the subject that she orchestrated here, here, here, and here. Quote of the Week Part of it for me is knowing that we live in a very polarized world right now and I want to have a sense of our full audience, which is everyone. So I'm going to look at stories, places that aren't natural fits for where I tend to go. Because if people go there to read the news, I want to know what they're reading, I want to know what interests them. I want to know what people are excited about, worried about, looking at. Aliza Bran. Resources *SpyCasts* My Life Looking at Spies & the Media with Paul Lashmar (2021) *Beginner Resources* What is Media Relations?, Nancy Shenker, ClearVoice (2021) [Blog Post] Paid vs. Owned vs. Earned Media: What's the Difference?, Indeed (2021) [Article] Books The Good Assassin, S. Talty (Mariner, 2020) The Alice Network, K. Quinn (William Morrow, 2017) Articles Deadly Women, Dirty Laundry, and a Shootout With The IRA, Reaper Feed (2020) Video Former CIA Operative Explains How Spies Use Disguises, WIRED (2019) Meet a Former CIA Chief of Disguise, Atlas Obscura (2020) Alias, ABC (2001-2006) Artifacts from SPYs Collection Scrotum Concealment Aston Martin DB5 Iron Concealment Device *Wildcard Resource* Check out the Refinery29 article that features Alizas SPY expertise applied to the collection and analysis of Taylor Swift-related intelligence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 14 Feb 2023 12:00:00 -0000

The Counterintelligence Chief with FBI Assistant Director Alan Kohler


Summary Alan Kohler joins Andrew to discuss the FBIs counterintelligence division. He is a recipient of the FBI Directors Award for Outstanding Counterintelligence Investigation. ***FULL SHOWNOTES AVAILABLE HERE*** What Youll Learn Intelligence Counterintelligence vs. Counterespionage How the FBI recruits foreign agents Ideological motivations behind spying Effect of technology on counterintelligence Reflections Staying grounded under pressure The value of creativity Notes Alan Kohler (LinkedIn, Website) has been the FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence since 2020. Alan and Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) talk all things counterintelligence. ***FULL RESOURCES AVAILABLE HERE*** *SpyCasts* The FBI & Cyber with Cyber Division Chief Bryan Vorndran, Part 1 (2022) The FBI & Cyber with Cyber Division Chief Bryan Vorndran, Part 2 (2022) My Global Career as a Female FBI Agent with Kathy Stearman (2021) The FBI Way with Counterintelligence Spy Chief Frank Figliuzzi (2021) ***FULL RESOURCES AVAILABLE HERE*** *Beginner Resources* What We Investigate, FBI (n.d.) [webpage] FAQS, FBI (n.d.) [webpage] US Opens Counterintelligence Investigation into China Every 12 Hours (Dir. Wray), MSNBC (2022) [video] What We Know About Chinas Spy Agency, Bloomberg Originals (2019) [video] Hollow Nickel/Rudolf Abel, FBI (n.d.) [Article] NCSC Mission, Vision, and Goals, ODNI (n.d.) [Website] Glossary: Counterintelligence: Information gathered, and activities conducted to identify, deceive, exploit, disrupt, or protect against espionage or other intelligence activities FBI Attach: a special agent assigned to a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas to liaise with local law enforcement and intelligence agencies. They pursue terrorist, intelligence, and criminal threats with international dimensions. Occams Razor: a rule of thumb theory that states when you are faced with competing explanations for the same phenomenon, the simplest one is probably the correct one. Attributed to William of Ockham, a 14th century English theologian. ***FULL RESOURCES AVAILABLE HERE*** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 07 Feb 2023 12:00:00 -0000

"How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Spy Game" with Mike Susong


Summary Mike Susong joins Andrew to discuss the impact and potential of AI on the intelligence field. Mike is a former CIA case officer who now oversees global intelligence for a risk management company. ***FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE HERE!*** What Youll Learn Intelligence What AI is and why it matters How the Intelligence Community is using AI The pros and cons of AI for case officers in the field Ukraine - intersections between AI and OSINT AI in Alan Turings Imitation Game Reflections Replicants, machines and robots Will humans become obsolete? Notes Mike Susong (Website, LinkedIn) is an expert in the growing field of artificial intelligence. He joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss. ***FULL RESOURCES AVAILABLE HERE!*** *SpyCasts* From the CIA to Strategic Cyber -- with Hans Holmer (2022) So, I Design Board Games for the CIA... - with Volko Ruhnke (2022) CIA Case Officer, Cyber Entrepreneur, Burning Man Volunteer with Mike Susong (Part 1 of 2, 2022) CIA Case Officer, Cyber Entrepreneur, Burning Man Volunteer with Mike Susong (Part 2 of 2, 2002) The Cyber Zeitgeist with Cyberwire Host Dave Bittner (2021) ***FULL RESOURCES AVAILABLE HERE!*** *Beginner Resources* Machine Leaning: Explain it to me Like Im 5 Years Old, Bob Deprizio, Medium (2020) What is AI (Artificial Intelligence)?, Youtube (2019) [2 min. video] Singularity: Explain it to me Like Im 5 Years Old, Roey Tzezana, Futurism (2017) [Article] Alan Turing: The experiment that shaped artificial intelligence, N. Sharkey, BBC (2012) [Article] Glossary: AGI: Artificial General Intelligence. The unrestricted ability of software to learn, understand, & respond to any intellectual task that a human being is capable of. ANI: Artificial Narrow Intelligence. The restricted ability of software to perform a limited subset of intellectual tasks. Deep Learning: a machine learning technique that teaches computers to learn by example, something that comes naturally for human beings. Machine Learning: The field of study interested in building computational systems that can improve their own performance of some task. Natural Language Processing: A field of study that aims to analyze and understand human language communications both spoken and textual. Uncanny Divide: Where people feel a sense of unease or revulsion in response to humanoid robots that are highly realistic. ***FULL RESOURCES AVAILABLE HERE!*** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 31 Jan 2023 12:00:00 -0000

"The Lion and the Fox Civil War Spy vs. Spy" with Alexander Rose


Summary Alexander Rose (Website; Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss a gripping spy-vs-spy true story from the U.S. Civil War. He wrote the book that was the inspiration behind the hit TV-series TURN. What Youll Learn Intelligence The secret plot to build a Confederate Navy Why Liverpool was so important to both the North and the South How Civil War espionage played out in Great Britain The high-level spy the South had in the British Foreign Office Reflections The birth of the Atlantic World The malleability of public opinion And much, much more Episode Notes Liverpool. The city of the Beatles. The home of Liverpool F.C., winner of six European Cups. Did you know that there thousands of miles away from the bloody battlefields of Fredericksburg, Shiloh, and Gettysburg the U.S. Civil War played out? In fact, it was a key part of the strategies of both the North and the South since at that time it produced more ships than every other dockyard in the world combined. The North wanted to choke off the South, with the help of spies; but the South wanted to build a navy, with the help of spies. Who would prevail? This is the story of spy-vs-spy, North vs South, and Thomas Dudley vs James Bulloch. And If this spy story makes you hungry for more, check out Alexs historical espionage newsletter, Spionage. Quotes of the Week If Dudley hadn't stopped Bulloch, or if Dudley hadn't existed and Bulloch created this massive fleet of blockade runners and had built more commerce raiders You would've had a many more sinkings of American merchant vessels. You would've had larger inflows of arms and weapons into the South. The biggest change of all would've been that having the sea lanes open like that would've allowed the South to fight on much longer than it actually did. Resources SURFACE SKIM Andrews Recommendation You must watch Ken Burns landmark documentary The Civil War; but, you must also read more recent commentary and critique theres even a whole book related to it. Headline Resource The Lion and the Fox: Two Rival Spies and the Secret Plot to Build a Confederate Navy, A. Rose (Mariner, 2022) *Beginner Resources* Civil War: Evolution of Espionage in America, INTEL.gov (n.d.) [digital exhibition] The History of Liverpool, Historic UK (2018) [webpage] Liverpool and the American Civil War, National Museums Liverpool (n.d.) [short article] British Support During the U.S. Civil War, LDHI (n.d.) [digital exhibit] DEEP DIVE *SpyCasts* George Sharpe and the BMI Peter Tsouras (2019) Intelligence in the Early Republic Ken Diagler (2015) The Beginnings of U.S. Overhead Reconnaissance Jim Green (2014) Intelligence and Espionage in the U.S. Civil War - William Feis (2012) Books The Civil War Abroad, J. Priestley (McFarland, 2022) Cotton, Liverpool and the American Civil War, J. Powell, (LUP, 2020) Lincolns Spies, D. Waller (S&S, 2019) Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, K. Abbott (Harper, 2015) The Union and Confederate Navies, J. McPherson (University of North Carolina, 2012) The Civil War at Sea, C. Symonds (Oxford, 2012) Articles Liverpool, site of last surrender in US Civil War, S. Abdelaziz, CNN (2020) CSS Alabama: Lost and Found, Naval History & Heritage Command (2020) Primary Sources The Secret Service of the Confederate States in Europe, J.D. Bulloch (1882) Letter from J.D. Bulloch to General McRae et al (1865) Dudley Introduces Lincoln to a Liverpudlian Union Sympathizer (1863) Dudleys Concerns About Southern Secession (1860) *Wildcard Resource(s)* You know Liverpool as the city of the Beatles. Did you know that The Beatles first single Love Me Do and James Bonds debut movie Dr. No were released within a month of each other in 1962? And while none of the Beatles went on to become spies themselves, Ringo married Bond girl Barbara Bach in 1980 and Paul was behind the first rock Bond theme song, Live and Let Die, in 1973. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 24 Jan 2023 12:00:00 -0000

Code Name Blue Wren: Cuban Spy Ana Montes - with Jim Popkin


Summary Jim Popkin (Twitter, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss Americas most damaging female spy, Ana Montes. Jim is a four-time recipient of the national Emmy Award for outstanding journalism. What Youll Learn Intelligence How Ana Montes was recruited Her espionage at the heart of the Department of Defense Cuban intelligence tactics The molehunt to capture Montes Reflections The City of Spies Washington D.C. Betrayal and familial loss And much, much more Episode Notes Shes the most famous spy no ones ever heard of Why? Clouded by the tragedy of 9/11, Ana Montes was arrested on suspicion of espionage on September 21, 2001, as the Twin Towers smoldered. She had been spying for Cuba for almost two decades, sending secrets from the heart of American intelligence to Fidel Castros regime. This week, author and investigative journalist Jim Popkin joins Andrew to discuss Ana Montes story framed by his new book, Code Name Blue Wren: The True Story of America's Most Dangerous Female Spyand the Sister She Betrayed. Jim debriefs us on how Ana was recruited, how she gathered and sent secrets, and how she ultimately the net closed in on her. And The timing couldnt be better to discuss Ana Montes story. Ana was released from prison two weeks ago on January 6th after serving 21 of her 25-year prison sentence. Why has Ana been released while fellow spies who caused tremendous damage, Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames, remain incarcerated? Tune into this weeks episode to find out! Quotes of the Week There's a haunting message that the FBI found on her laptop from the Cubans that said, Thank you so much for revealing [Redacted.] We are waiting for him here with open arms. So, she revealed the real name of someone who was headed to Cuba, the Cubans were aware of it, and, and they were, waiting for him with open arms. Jim Popkin. Resources Headline Resource Code Name Blue Wren: The True Story of America's Most Dangerous Female Spyand the Sister She Betrayed, J. Popkin (Hanover, 2023) *SpyCasts* SPY@20: Spy of the Century Kim Philby - With Curators Alexis and Andrew (2022) America's Most Damaging Russian Spy: FBI Agent Robert Hanssen with Lis Wiehl (2022) Leningrad, Molehunts, and Life After the CIA with Christopher Burgess (2021) FBI Special Agent Pete Lapp (2019) *Beginner Resources* Ana Montes: Cuban Spy, FBI History (n.d.) [Short Article] A Timeline of US-Cuba Relations, I. Roman, HISTORY (2021) [Timeline] The Evolving Motives of American Spies, N. Hunt, Washingtonian (2013) [Article] Books Castros Nemesis: True Stories of a Master Spy-Catcher, C. Simmons (Independently Published, 2022) American Spies, M. Sulick (GUP, 2013) True Believer: Inside the Investigation and Capture of Ana Montes, S. Carmichael (Naval Institute, 2009) United States-Cuban Relations: A Critical History, E. M. Dominguez (Lexington, 2008) Articles Ana Montes released from prison C. Yilek, CBS News (2023) A DC Resident Spied for Cuba for Years. How Did She Get Away With It? S. McNamara, Washingtonian (2023) Ana Montes: How Cuban spy used incredible memory to betray US C. Bailey, BBC (2023) How Spy Agencies Use American Universities to Secretly Recruit Students D. Golden, Town & Country (2017) Video Traitors Within - Spies Who Sold Out America, YouTube (2018) The Two Faces of Ana: Model Employee/Cuban Spy, YouTube (2017) Primary Sources The Ana Montes Press Reports (various) Prisoner of Conscience: Ana Belen Montes is free! (2023) Scholars or Spies? House of Representatives Hearing (2018) Inspector General Review of Ana Montes Investigation (2005) Ana Montes Statement During Trial (2001) FBI Arrests DIA Employee (2001) *Wildcard Resource* Lasso of Truth! Wonder Womans secret power has a connection to the polygraph... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 17 Jan 2023 12:00:00 -0000

From the Vault: The Birth of American Propaganda A Conversation on Manipulating the Masses with John Hamilton


Summary John Hamilton (LinkedIn, Website) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss Woodrow Wilson and the birth of American propaganda during WWI. He is a Professor of Journalism at Louisiana State University. What Youll Learn Intelligence Propaganda as a form of covert action The history of the Committee on Public Information Woodrow Wilson & Intelligence Deception and mental manipulation Reflections There is nothing new under the sun...or is there? Life chapters in very different settings And much, much more Episode Notes When the Committee on Public Information was created in April of 1917, the United States was but one week into the first World War. In fact, the Selective Service Act would not come about for another month after the organization of the CPI. Why was Woodrow Wilson so quick to establish a system of control over public opinion, and how successful was this endeavor? To answer these questions and more, author John Hamilton joins Andrew in a conversation about how propaganda and manipulation were used as a covert tactic during WWI and beyond. As John notes, everything thats done today can be traced to the CPI. And While the CPI formally existed for only a year, its impact and imagery has endured for over 100 years. For proof, look no further than the story of the iconic I Want You! poster of Uncle Sam. Quotes of the Week You may not like the enemy, but the enemy and you are doing the same thing to manipulate peoples attitudes. And while you may think you have a just cause, your means are quite often the same Right down to lying, and manipulation and coercion. John Hamilton. Resources Surface Skim Headline Resource Manipulating the Masses: Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of American Propaganda, J. Hamilton (LSU, 2020) *SpyCasts* The Third Option: US Covert Action with Loch Johnson, Part 1 (2022) The Third Option: US Covert Action with Loch Johnson, Part 2 (2022) Crossfire Hurricane: Trump, Russia & the FBI with Josh Campbell (2021) Intelligence and the Presidency with John Hedley (2008) *Beginner Resources* How Does Propaganda Work? A. Cuncic, VeryWell Mind (2022) [Article] Selling the War, The National WWI Museum and Memorial (2020) [6 min. Video] Committee on Public Information, R. McNamara, ThoughtCo (2019) [Article] Deeper Dive Books The Imposters War, M. Arsenault (Pegasus, 2022) This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality, P. Pomerantsev (PublicAffairs, 2020) The Fake News Panic of a Century Ago, L. Huebner (Cognella, 2020) Articles Ukraines Garwa Media Fights for Truth in Kharkiv, B. Dooley, Human Rights First (2023) The Espionage Acts consitutional legacy, S. Bomboy, National Constitution Center (2022) Modern Political Propaganda Posters & the Principles of Art, B. Krudwig, ArtsHelp (2020) Video World War I: Its History and Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art (2017) Crackdown on Dissent, PBS Learning Media (n.d.) Primary Sources World War I Posters (1914-1920) The Sedition Act (1918) The Espionage Act (1917) To the Four Minute Men, George Creel (1917) Letter From Creel to President Wilson (1917) *Wildcard Resource* Check out the Mussolini funded movie Scipione LAfricano (1937) - an attempt to use the story of a legendary Roman general to justify the fascist regime and its ambitions in North Africa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 10 Jan 2023 12:00:00 -0000

From the Vault: "The IRA, The Troubles & Intelligence" with Eleanor Williams and Thomas Leahy


Summary Thomas Leahy (Website; LinkedIn) and Eleanor Williams (Website; Twitter) join Andrew to discuss the intelligence war during the Troubles. Thomas lives in Cardiff and Eleanor lives in Belfast. What Youll Learn Intelligence The Troubles through the lens of intelligence Some key intelligence players in the Northern Ireland conflict How the IRA and the British Army adapted organizationally The role intelligence played in the end of the conflict Reflections The fluid nature of motivations and intentions How historic narratives shape and constrain the here-and-now And much, much more Episode Notes From the late 60s to the late 90s Republican and Loyalist paramilitaries, and the British and Irish states, were engaged in a period known as the Troubles: a struggle to define or redefine the future of the island of Ireland. This is an issue with deep and complex roots, but the intelligence dimension of the period known as the Troubles is fascinating and often overlooked. To help us get our head around it all, Andrew sat down with two specialists to discuss all things intelligence and the Troubles: from the role that MI5 and MI6 played, to the Force Research Unit and the RUC Special Branch, through to how the IRA played the counterintelligence game and the role that informers, agents and moles, such as the notorious Stakeknife, played. Thomas is the author of the Intelligence War Against the IRA, while Eleanor is a doctoral candidate comparing intelligence use during the Northern Irish and Colombian conflicts. And The head of the Republic of Irelands police and security intelligence force, the Garda Sochna, is Drew Harris. Drew Harris was a career Royal Ulster Constabulary officer whose father, also a career RUC officer, was killed by the IRA in 1989. He was the first external appointee from outside the Garda. Quote of the Week "What's their [IRA] main role in this intelligence conflict?...one of the key points herethe IRA was quite highly regional regionalized. That's actually quite key to explain why British intelligence had some difficulties against themInitially, it was set up similar to armed forces. It would have brigades, battalions and companiesthe IRA operated this kind of army structure up to 1975the IRA then switched to this new strategyAnd part of this was to prevent mass infiltration, which had started to become a problem, particularly in Belfast pre-1975. So, what it adopted in Belfast and Derry was a cell structure." Thomas Leahy Resources Books The Intelligence War Against the IRA, T. Leahy (CUP, 2020) Britains Secret War Against the IRA, A. Edwards (Merrion, 2021) Thatchers Spy, W. Carlin (Merrion, 2019) The Accidental Spy, S. ODriscoll (Mirror, 2019) Snitch! S. Hewitt (Continuum, 2010) Infiltrating the IRA, R. Gilmour (LB&C, 1998) Fifty Dead Men Walking, M. McGartland (Blake, 1997) Best Books on the Troubles (Five Books) Articles The Murky World of Spying During the Troubles, J. Ware, Irish Times (2017) Alternative Ulster: How Punk Took on the Troubles, T. Heron, Irish Times (2016) Audio MI5 Chameleon Infiltrated New IRA Documentary Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History, BBC (2019) The Spy in the IRA, BBC (2017) Web Operation Kenova MI5 in Northern Ireland Primary Sources IRA-MI6 Intermediary: Interviews with Brendan Duddy (2009) Good Friday Agreement (1998) Downing Street Declaration (1993) Anglo-Irish Agreement (1985) Thatcher Speech at Airey Neave Memorial (1979) IRA Green Book (1977) PM Wilson & Thatcher discuss N. Ireland (1975) Secret Meetings Between Government and IRA (1972) Senator E. Kennedy, Ulster is Britains Vietnam (1971) IRA Reports on Intelligence Informants (1922) W.B. Yeats, Easter: 1916 (1921) Oral Sources Duchas Oral History Archive (2014) Wildcard Resource Murals of Northern Ireland (4500+ Photographs) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 03 Jan 2023 12:00:00 -0000

From the Vault: "Black Ops: The Life of a Legendary CIA Shadow Warrior" - with Ric Prado


Summary Enrique Ric Prado (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss his new memoir Black Ops. One of the most renowned CIA officers of his generation tells his story. Book You can buy Rics book, Black Ops, and support the International Spy Museums mission here. What Youll Learn Intelligence His time as CIA Counterterrorist Chief of Operations which included 9/11 His career battling communist insurgents and Islamic terrorists on multiple continents His experience living in Contra camps during the Nicaraguan Revolution His time as Dep. Chief of Station and co-founding member of the Bin Laden Task Force Reflections Conquering your emotions to stay focused in a crisis His journey fleeing the Cuban Revolution as a young boy to CIA via USAF Pararescue And much, much more Episode Notes Ric Prado spent twenty-four-years in the CIA and what a twenty-four years it was. His first 36 months were in the jungles of Central America as the first CIA officer to live among the Contras, including a period with the Miskito Native people; indeed, the photos he took ending up on the desk of CIA Director Bill Casey. So, what was it like at the pointy end of the Reagan Doctrines anti-communist spear, or as CIA Counterterrorist Center Chief of Ops during 9/11? To find out, and to hear more about Rics storied career, Andrew sat down with him for this weeks episode. One of the meanings of the noun legend is a story coming down from the past. Many people who were in the business at the CIA and elsewhere will have heard the stories that come down from the past re Enrique Ric Prado, but now we all have a chance to hear Ric set the record straight in his own words. And If Rics communist uncle hadnt alerted the family that his school intended to send him off to the Soviet Union as a promising student for further educationif he hadnt taken an Oceanography class at Miami Dade College and met someone who led him to USAF Pararescueif he hadnt been tipped off that he was to be killed in a Contra camp during the night and extricated himself from the situationas Bob Dylan said, summing up so much of the human condition, one more time, for a simple twist of fate. Quote of the Week "The wiring was there and the mentoring from my dadthen the trip to the orphanage. And then definitely when I got into pararescuebeing one of our special operations forces, the training is very, very intenseAnd making it through SERE school, making it through mountain climbing school. There's a certain level of conquering your emotions that you have to doBut I think that the most important thing was that I believed in what I was doing." Ric Prado Resources SpyCast Episodes In the CT Center on 9/11, C. Storer A Life in the CIA, Hank Crumpton Interview with Cofer Black CT, Nicholas Rasmussen CT Strategy: P. Bergen & C. Costa Rethinking CT: J. Blazakis Books The Reagan Doctrine, J. Scott (DUP, 1996) The Real Contra War, T. Brown (UOP, 2001) Insurgency to Stability, The Philippines, Rabasa et al., (RAND, 2011) Shining Paths Politics of War, C. Degregori (UWP, 2012) Red Revolution: Philippine Guerillas, G. Jones (Routeledge, 2019) The Shining Path, Starn & Serna (Norton, 2019) US Relations with Latin America (Five Books) Articles Shining Path Leader Dead, BBC (2021) Nicaragua Veers to Dictatorship, J. Cordoba, WSJ (2021) Documentaries Nicaragua Was Our Home (L. Shapiro, 1985) Ballad of the Little Soldier (W. Herzog, 1985) Primary Sources President Carter to Somoza (Brown, 1979) Reagan Covert Ops. Nicaragua (NSA, 1981) US Aid to Nicaragua (1982) Reagan Covert Ops. Nicaragua (Brown, 1983) Goldwater to Casey, Im Pissed Off (Brown, 1984) Reagan State Of The Union (APP, 1985) Reagan Address Nicaragua (ReaganLib, 1986) Contras Lost Congress (WaPo, 1986) 25 Years of the NPA (Hartford, 1994) Wildcard Resource The Clash, Sandanista (Album, 1980) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 27 Dec 2022 12:00:00 -0000

The Third Option US Covert Action with Loch Johnson (Part 2 of 2)


Summary Loch Johnson (Website, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss covert action aka The Third Option. He is the author of over 30 books on intelligence. What Youll Learn Intelligence What is covert action Four types of covert action Foreign policy options: War Power, Treaty Power, and Spy Power. Examples of CA: Guatemala (1954), Indochina (1965), Afghanistan (2001), Iran (2020) Reflections Accountability The value of learning from past mistakes And much, much more Episode Notes There is perhaps no better guest to join Andrew in this weeks exploration of covert action than Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia Loch Johnson. Lochs latest book, The Third Option: Covert Action and American Foreign Policy, examines the history of the complicated and sometimes controversial usage of covert action by the U.S. international affairs. Lochs decades-long career in foreign policy and intelligence has brought him to the forefront of some of the most seminal moments within US intelligence reform: he served as special assistant to the chair of the Church Committee, staff director of the House Subcommittee on Intelligence Oversight, and worked directly with the chair of the Aspin-Brown Commission. In this two-part episode of SpyCast, Andrew and Loch unpack what makes a covert action operation successful, and how we can learn from intelligence failures and past mistakes. And How many people have a society named after them? Loch does! Quote of the Week "History doesn't like to be shaped, it has a power all of its own, but we try to shape it at least at the margins, and we do that through covert action, sometimes called the third optionand it really comes in four packages. Package number one is propaganda And then comes political covert actionsThirdly is economic covert actionAnd then fourthly, and most dramatically, are paramilitary operations. These are war-like activities." Loch Johnson. Resources SURFACE SKIM *Featured Resource* The Third Option, L. Johnson (Oxford, 2022) *Beginner Resources* Covert Action, E. Rosenbach & A. Peritz, Belfer Center (2009) [Background Memo] Looking back at the Church Committee, National Constitution Center (2019) [Blog Post] The Iran-Contra Affair, B. Craig, The Miller Center (2017) [Article] *SpyCasts* The Spymasters Prism: CIA Legend Jack Devine (2021) First Casualty: Inside the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11 (2021) Author Debriefing: The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIAs Clandestine Service (2012) DEEPER DIVE Books A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA and Poland, S. Jones (W.W. Norton, 2018) The Church Committee Confronts America's Spy Agencies, L. Johnson (UP of Kentucky, 2015) The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and the Bay of Pigs, J. Rasenberger (Scribner, 2012) Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency, W. Daugherty (UP of Kentucky, 2006) Covert Action, G. Treverton (1987) Articles The Disturbing Story Of The Heart Attack Gun Invented By The CIA During The Cold War, M. Dunn, All Thats Interesting (2022) Video Iran-Contra: Reagans Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power, US National Archives (2015) Covert Action By U.S. To Assist Ukraine Could Be In Play, MSNBC News (2022) Primary Sources Commission on the U.S. Intelligence Community (1994-1996) Senate Select Committee with Respect to Intelligence Activities (1976) Huge C.I.A. Operation Reported in U.S. against Antiwar Forces," S. Hersh, NYT (1974) FBI Records: COINTELPRO (1956-1971) Note on U.S. Covert Actions *Wildcard Resource* A 90s cartoon, evil beings threaten humanity, only the Wild C.A.T.s can save them: i.e., Covert Action Teams! Covert action as a concept has become part of the entertainment industry Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 20 Dec 2022 12:00:00 -0000

The Third Option US Covert Action with Loch Johnson (Part 1 of 2)


Summary Loch Johnson (Website, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss covert action aka The Third Option. He is the author of over 30 books on intelligence. What Youll Learn Intelligence What is covert action Four types of covert action Foreign policy options: War Power, Treaty Power, and Spy Power. Examples of CA: Guatemala (1954), Indochina (1965), Afghanistan (2001), Iran (2020) Reflections Accountability The value of learning from past mistakes And much, much more Episode Notes There is perhaps no better guest to join Andrew in this weeks exploration of covert action than Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia Loch Johnson. Lochs latest book, The Third Option: Covert Action and American Foreign Policy, examines the history of the complicated and sometimes controversial usage of covert action by the U.S. international affairs. Lochs decades-long career in foreign policy and intelligence has brought him to the forefront of some of the most seminal moments within US intelligence reform: he served as special assistant to the chair of the Church Committee, staff director of the House Subcommittee on Intelligence Oversight, and worked directly with the chair of the Aspin-Brown Commission. In this two-part episode of SpyCast, Andrew and Loch unpack what makes a covert action operation successful, and how we can learn from intelligence failures and past mistakes. And How many people have a society named after them? Loch does! Quote of the Week "History doesn't like to be shaped, it has a power all of its own, but we try to shape it at least at the margins, and we do that through covert action, sometimes called the third optionand it really comes in four packages. Package number one is propaganda And then comes political covert actionsThirdly is economic covert actionAnd then fourthly, and most dramatically, are paramilitary operations. These are war-like activities." Loch Johnson. Resources SURFACE SKIM *Featured Resource* The Third Option, L. Johnson (Oxford, 2022) *Beginner Resources* Covert Action, E. Rosenbach & A. Peritz, Belfer Center (2009) [Background Memo] Looking back at the Church Committee, National Constitution Center (2019) [Blog Post] The Iran-Contra Affair, B. Craig, The Miller Center (2017) [Article] *SpyCasts* The Spymasters Prism: CIA Legend Jack Devine (2021) First Casualty: Inside the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11 (2021) Author Debriefing: The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIAs Clandestine Service (2012) DEEPER DIVE Books A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA and Poland, S. Jones (W.W. Norton, 2018) The Church Committee Confronts America's Spy Agencies, L. Johnson (UP of Kentucky, 2015) The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and the Bay of Pigs, J. Rasenberger (Scribner, 2012) Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency, W. Daugherty (UP of Kentucky, 2006) Covert Action, G. Treverton (1987) Articles The Disturbing Story Of The Heart Attack Gun Invented By The CIA During The Cold War, M. Dunn, All Thats Interesting (2022) Video Iran-Contra: Reagans Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power, US National Archives (2015) Covert Action By U.S. To Assist Ukraine Could Be In Play, MSNBC News (2022) Primary Sources Commission on the U.S. Intelligence Community (1994-1996) Senate Select Committee with Respect to Intelligence Activities (1976) Huge C.I.A. Operation Reported in U.S. against Antiwar Forces," S. Hersh, NYT (1974) FBI Records: COINTELPRO (1956-1971) Note on U.S. Covert Actions *Wildcard Resource* A 90s cartoon, evil beings threaten humanity, only the Wild C.A.T.s can save them: i.e., Covert Action Teams! Covert action as a concept has become part of the entertainment industry Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 13 Dec 2022 12:00:00 -0000

Spying and Start-Ups with former Assistant Director of the CIA John Mullen


Summary John Mullen (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss his life and career. He was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. What Youll Learn Intelligence How John was recruited Life as an adrenaline addict in the CIA Case officers vs. entrepreneurs How China spies on corporate America Reflections Atlantic vs. Pacific outlook Quantum And much, much more Episode Notes The Pacific Theater of WWII was imprinted on John Mullen as a young boy. He grew up in Seattle on the West Coast and had family members who remembered Boeing factories under camouflaged nets. He had two family members who were killed in that theater in the 1940s. John went on to have a stellar CIA career - but one that always had an eye to the East. He went on the become the Assistant Director for Asia and the Pacific, leading all clandestine activity across this huge region, and spent time as a CIA Station Chief in the Far East. He has since co-founded his own firm and is currently engaged in protecting innovation at Strider Technologies as an Executive Vice President. Ever wondered what itd be like to join the CIA or to leave it to work in corporate America? I have a feeling John might be able to help And Business intelligence, competitive intelligence, product intelligence, workforce intelligence: in case you havent noticed intel is everywhere these days! Quote of the Week Honestly, in my 30 years, at CIA, there were probably less than two handfuls of days. I woke up and wasn't excited about going to work. John Mullen. Resources SURFACE SKIM *Andrews Recommendation* The Pacific War, WELT (2021) [documentary] *Beginner Resources* What We Know About Chinas Spy Agency, Bloomberg (2019) [4 min video] Start Ups Backed by the CIA and Pentagon, CB Insights (2016) [short web article] Brian Cox Explains Quantum Mechanics in 60 secs, BBC, (2014) [60 sec video] DEEPER DIVE *SpyCasts* CIA Case Officer, Cyber Entrepreneur, Burning Man Volunteer with Mike Susong, Part 1 (2022) CIA Case Officer, Cyber Entrepreneur, Burning Man Volunteer with Mike Susong, Part 2 (2022) From the CIA to Strategic Cyber with Hans Holmer (2022) My Global Career as a Female FBI Agent with Kathy Stearman (2021) Books China Unbound: A New World Disorder, J. Chiu (House of Anansi Press, 2021) Quantum Computing for Everyone, C. Berhardt (MIT, 2020) Chinese Espionage Operations and Tactics, N. Eftimiades (Vitruvian Press, 2020) Spies for Nimitz: Joint Military Intelligence in the Pacific War, J. Moore (Naval Institute Press, 2004) In Search of Schrdinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality, J. Gribbin (Bantam Books, 1984) Articles Chinese intelligence officer sentenced to 20 years in prison in espionage case, R. Legare, CBS News (2022) The World-Changing Race to Develop the Quantum Computer, S. Witt, The New Yorker (2022) Paradigm Shift: Chinas State Capitalism Is Not Colliding With Its Technological Ambitions, Strider (2021) Video MadeinBeijing: The Plan for Global Market Domination, FBI (2022) China's New Quantum Computing Breakthrough Shocks American Scientists, YouTube (2022) Seattles Waterway to the World, YouTube (2017) Primary Sources Indo-Pacific Strategy of the United States (2022) The Information War in the Pacific, 1945, J. Williams (2002) The Art of China Watching, G. Solin (1996) *Wildcard Resource* The American Battle Monuments Commission maintains 26 military cemeteries and memorials in 17 different foreign countries around the world that honor Americans that served in World War I and World War II.If you have a family member buried abroad, you can utilize ABMCs Burial Search to locate their records. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 06 Dec 2022 12:00:00 -0000

Honey Trapped: Sex, Betrayal & Love with Henry Schlesinger


Summary Henry Schlesinger (Rare Bird Books) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn) to discuss two of the most mysterious and alluring forces in human history: sex and spying. He is a journalist and author proudly based out of NYC. What Youll Learn Intelligence The impact of sexpionage on history Debunking common honey trap myths Examples of weaponized seduction and leveraged love Cyber honey traps and digital sexpionage Reflections Psychological implications of love and lies The relationship between pop culture myths and historical truth And much, much more Episode Notes Sex. Espionage. Sometimes they both overlap by accident...but sometimes it's entirely intentional. From Samson and Delilah in the Bible to the Profumo Affair that rocked British society in the 1960s, they are a heady and dramatic combination. But how is sex used in modern espionage? How do the professionals combine them, if indeed they do? What myths surround the use of both? How have men and women used sex and seduction to spy? To answer these questions and more, Andrew sat down with Henry Schlesinger to discuss his newest book, Honey Trapped: Sex, Betrayal, and Weaponized Love, which explores the fascinating relationship between sex and spying. And You know about Benjamin Franklin in Paris as a bon vivant, wily diplomat and aging lion, but read Henrys article about him as the Founding Forger engaged in disinformation and fake news during the Revolution! Quote of the Week The thing about espionage is that it encompasses the best in human beings and the worst and everything in between. Henry Schlesinger. Resources SURFACE SKIM *Andrews Recommendation* Security Implications of Polygraph Derived Homesexual Fantasies See how much social mores have changed since 1985 *Featured Resource* Honey Trapped: Sex, Betrayal, and Love, Henry R. Schlesinger (Rare Bird, 2022) *Beginner Resources* The Stasi Spies Who Traded Sex for Secrets, Oliver Moody, The Times (2022) [Article] Romeo Spies, CIA (2018) [Article] The Brilliant MI6 Spy Who Perfected the Art of the Honey Trap, Hadley Meares, Atlas Obscura (2017) [Article] The History of the Honey Trap, Philip Knightly, Foreign Policy (2010) [Article] DEEPER DIVE *SpyCasts* Mata Hari, The Spy with Dr. Julie Wheelwright (2019) Sexpionage with H. Keith Melton (2009) *Books* The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, & Betrayal, H. Blum (Harper, 2017) In the Garden of Beasts, E. Larson (Crown, 2011) Stalin's Romeo Spy, E. Draitser (Northwestern, 2010) Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and Mata Hari, P. Shipman (Harper, 2008) *Articles* MEA staffer honey trapped: Whats the role of sex in spying?, A. Bhaskar, The Indian Express (2022) The making of an iconic image: Christine Keeler, 1963, Victoria and Albert Museum (n.d.) Christine Keeler obituary: the woman at the heart of the Profumo affair, P. Sanford, The Guardian (2017) The Honeytrap That Ensnared One Marine in a Sexpionage Case, C. Burgess, ClearanceJobs (2022) How to Use Sex Like a Russian Spy, P. Sullivan, Foreign Policy (2010) *Video* Spy History: King Goujian and the Boiled Seeds (2021) [Short Story] Spies & Spymasters Happy Hour | Soviet Romeo Spy Dmitri Bystrolyotov (2020) [SPY Program] The Spy Who Loved Me: When East German Spies Broke Hearts In The Cold War (2017) [Documentary] *Primary Sources* Delilah Betrays Samson, Judges 16, The Bible Sexpionage: Why We Can't Resist Those KGB Sirens, M. Dobbs, The Washington Post (1987) CIA Cover Exposed in Ghana, S. Meddis, USA Today (1985) Spying Casts Shadow Over Talks, R. Beeston & B. Gertz, The Washington Times (1987) Soviets Still Employed at Embassy in Moscow, B. Gertz, The Washington Times (1987) Testimony of George Karlin aka Yuri Krotkov (1969) *Wildcard Resource* From Russia With Love (1963) Bond: Honey Trapped or Honey Trapper? A little bit of both! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 29 Nov 2022 12:00:00 -0000

The FBI & Cyber with Cyber Division Chief Bryan Vorndran (Part 2 of 2)


Summary Bryan Vorndran (Website, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn)to discuss how the FBI has adapted to the digital age. As Bryan says, We are not your grandparents FBI. What Youll Learn Intelligence The evolution of the FBI and cyber Weakening cyber adversaries Motivations behind creating and distributing malware How to keep your information safe from cyber attacks Reflections Adapting to change within the intelligence field The value of a passionate and committed team And much, much more Episode Notes When Bryan Vorndran attended the FBI Academy in 2003, cyber was not on his personal radar, nor was it on Quanticos vigorous training schedule. Now, almost 20 years later, Bryan serves as the Assistant Director of the FBIs Cyber Division. What changed in those 20 years to bring Bryan to the forefront of the cyber battlefield, and how have the tactics and strategies used in this used in this field evolved alongside the ever-changing face of cyber? Tune into this weeks SpyCast episode to find out! The FBI has historically been associated with law enforcement and criminal justice. How does cyber fit into this world, and what is the FBIs strategy for defending the country against cyber adversaries? And Check out the FBI Cyber's Most Wanted list. A look through the details on each of these wanted posters can give you a better idea of the vast array of cyber-crimes committed around the world. Quotes of the Week We will not arrest our way out of the ransomware problem. We are not going to arrest our way out of the Russia China Nation state cyber vector problem. Right? It's just not going to happen. But again, national tool power is something we will always do, but there has to be a way to degrade the ecosystem to make their life more challenging. Bryan Vordran. Resources *SpyCasts* Sure, I Can Hack Your Organization with Eric Escobar, Part 1 (2022) Sure, I Can Hack Your Organization with Eric Escobar, Part 2 (2022) From the CIA to Strategic Cyber - with Hans Holmer (2022) CIA Case Officer, Cyber Entrepreneur, Burning Man Volunteer with Mike Susong (2022) Cyberattacks, Espionage & Ransomware Inside Microsofts MSTIC (2021) The Cyber Zeitgeist Cyberwire Host Dave Bittner (2021) *Beginner Resources* What is cybersecurity?, IBM(n.d.) [Article] How does Malware Work?, Peter Baltazar, Malware Fox (2021) [Article] Director Wray on FBI Cyber Strategy, FBI (2020) Books Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, Fred Kaplan (Simon & Schuster, 2017) Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime, Brian Krebs (Sourcebooks, 2015) DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia, Misha Glenny (Vintage, 2012) The FBI: A History, Rhodri Jefferys-Jones (Yale, 2007) Articles FBI: Beware of Cyber-Threat from Russian Hacktivists, Phil Muncaster, Info Security (2022) Web shell attacks continue to rise, Microsoft Security (2021) Thingbots: The Future of Botnets in the Internet of Things, Paul Sabanal, Security Intelligence (2016) Video Inside the FBI: Decoding the Cyber Threat (2022) MadeinBeijing: The Plan for Global Market Domination (2022) FBI Oregon Cyber Jobs: Cyber Special Agent (2022) Life on an FBI Cyber Squad (2020) The Evolving Attack Surface (2020) Primary Sources Oversight of the FBI Cyber Division (2022) Sodinokibi/REvil Ransomware Defendant Extradited to United States and Arraigned in Texas (2021) Bryan A. Vorndran Named Assistant Director of the FBI Cyber Division (2021) The FBIs Role in Cyber Security (2014) *Wildcard Resource* Quiz: Test your knowledge of the FBI in pop culture! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 22 Nov 2022 12:00:00 -0000

The FBI & Cyber with Cyber Division Chief Bryan Vorndran (Part 1 of 2)


Summary Brian Vorndran (Website, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter;LinkedIn)to discuss how the FBI has adapted to the digital age. As Brian says, We are not your grandparents FBI. What Youll Learn Intelligence The evolution of the FBI and cyber Weakening cyber adversaries Motivations behind creating and distributing malware How to keep your information safe from cyber attacks Reflections Adapting to change within the intelligence field The value of a passionate and committed team And much, much more Episode Notes When Brian Vorndran attended the FBI Academy in 2003, cyber was not on his personal radar, nor was it on Quanticos vigorous training schedule. Now, almost 20 years later, Brian serves as the Assistant Director of the FBIs Cyber Division. What changed in those 20 years to bring Brian to the forefront of the cyber battlefield, and how have the tactics and strategies used in this used in this field evolved alongside the ever-changing face of cyber? Tune into this weeks SpyCast episode to find out! The FBI has historically been associated with law enforcement and criminal justice. How does cyber fit into this world, and what is the FBIs strategy for defending the country against cyber adversaries? And Check out the FBI Cyber's Most Wanted list. A look through the details on each of these wanted posters can give you a better idea of the vast array of cyber-crimes committed around the world. Quotes of the Week We will not arrest our way out of the ransomware problem. We are not going to arrest our way out of the Russia China Nation state cyber vector problem. Right? It's just not going to happen. But again, national tool power is something we will always do, but there has to be a way to degrade the ecosystem to make their life more challenging. Bryan Vordran. Resources *SpyCasts* Sure, I Can Hack Your Organization with Eric Escobar, Part 1 (2022) Sure, I Can Hack Your Organization with Eric Escobar, Part 2 (2022) From the CIA to Strategic Cyber - with Hans Holmer (2022) CIA Case Officer, Cyber Entrepreneur, Burning Man Volunteer with Mike Susong (2022) Cyberattacks, Espionage & Ransomware Inside Microsofts MSTIC (2021) The Cyber Zeitgeist Cyberwire Host Dave Bittner (2021) *Beginner Resources* What is cybersecurity?, IBM(n.d.) [Article] How does Malware Work?, Peter Baltazar, Malware Fox (2021) [Article] Director Wray on FBI Cyber Strategy, FBI (2020) Books Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, Fred Kaplan (Simon & Schuster, 2017) Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime, Brian Krebs (Sourcebooks, 2015) DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia, Misha Glenny (Vintage, 2012) The FBI: A History, Rhodri Jefferys-Jones (Yale, 2007) Articles FBI: Beware of Cyber-Threat from Russian Hacktivists, Phil Muncaster, Info Security (2022) Web shell attacks continue to rise, Microsoft Security (2021) Thingbots: The Future of Botnets in the Internet of Things, Paul Sabanal, Security Intelligence (2016) Video Inside the FBI: Decoding the Cyber Threat (2022) MadeinBeijing: The Plan for Global Market Domination (2022) FBI Oregon Cyber Jobs: Cyber Special Agent (2022) Life on an FBI Cyber Squad (2020) The Evolving Attack Surface (2020) Primary Sources Oversight of the FBI Cyber Division (2022) Sodinokibi/REvil Ransomware Defendant Extradited to United States and Arraigned in Texas (2021) Bryan A. Vorndran Named Assistant Director of the FBI Cyber Division (2021) The FBIs Role in Cyber Security (2014) *Wildcard Resource* Quiz: Test your knowledge of the FBI in pop culture! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 15 Nov 2022 12:00:00 -0000

"Trafficking Data: The Digital Struggle with China" with Aynne Kokas


Summary Aynne Kokas (LinkedIn; Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss her book "Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 08 Nov 2022 12:00:00 -0000

Nazis on the Potomac with former National Park Service Chief Historian Bob Sutton


Summary Bob Sutton (LinkedIn; Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss the mysterious intelligence site P.O. Box 1142. High-value Nazis were interrogated here during WWII. What Youll Learn Intelligence The interrogation of top Nazis for intelligence The analysis of literally tons of captured German documents Refining ways to escape and evade Nazis in German occupied Europe The importance of intelligence on the German Armys Order of Battle Reflections The National Park Service & History Politicizing Interpretation And much, much more Episode Notes This weeks guest is the former Chief Historian of the National Park Service, Bob Sutton, and what a wonderful conversation we had. His book, Nazis on the Potomac: The Top-Secret Intelligence Operation that Helped Win WWII, tells the story of military intelligence facility P.O. Box 1142 present day Fort Hunt, around 15 miles south of Washington DC.It was here, between 1942-1945, that around three and a half thousand high level German prisoners were interrogated, captured documents analyzed, and ways to help Americans escape and evade Nazis in occupied Europe studied. This story is particularly incredible, because many of the interrogators were German born Jews. This story was almost lost to history, but thankfully because of the NPS and Bob Sutton, it never will be. [Conflict of interest disclosure, Andrew has an America the Beautiful Annual Pass]. And John W. Kluge arrived in the United States from Germany not speaking a word of English in 1922. He was 8 years old. He would go on to be the head of the Military Intelligence Research Section (MIRS) at P.O. Box 1142. After the war, he would go on to become the richest man in the United States. He was so appreciative of America, that he provided funds to Columbia University and The Library Congress to provide opportunities to future students and scholars. Andrew is a former John W. Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress and therefore a direct recipient of his philanthropy for which he is grateful. Quote of the Week "Doing what we did at Fort Hunt is actually fairly unusual, where we didn't know the story. We were able to locate people, we were able to get money, we could actually interview everybody that we foundThat's relatively unusual." Bob Sutton Resources SURFACE SKIM *Andrews Recommendation* Oral History Interview with John W. Kluge, NPS Some fascinating budgets on how his time in intelligence informed his business practices *Featured Resource* Nazis on the Potomac: The Top-Secret Intelligence Operation that Helped Win WWII, B. Sutton (Casemate, 2022) *Beginner Resources* POWs and Intel at Fort Hunt in WWII, NPS (n.d.) [web article] P.O. Box 1142, Top Secret Heroes, YouTube [3 min video] History Series (GS-0170) Federal Jobs, [career article] DEEPER DIVE *SpyCasts* The Beverley Hills Spy with Seth Abramovich (2022) Books Richie Boy Secrets, B. Eddy (Stackpole, 2021) Escape and Evasion, P. Froom (Schiffer, 2015) The History of Camp Tracy, A. Corbin (Zeidon, 2009) Articles P.O. Box 1142, The Mysterious WWII Installation, SOF (2022) MIS-X: Escape and Evasion in WWII, N. Nix, Patch (2011) Moving Image Fort Hunt Up to WWII, R. Sutton, C-SPAN (2022) Richie Boys, 60 Minutes (2022) The New Americans: The Immigrants who Served, U.S. Holocaust Museum (2020) Primary Sources Red Book: Order of Battle of the German Army (1945) Oral Sources Oral History Interview with Rudolph Pins (2006) Oral History Interview with Silvio Bedini (2007) Oral History Interview with Paul Fairbrook (2008) Oral History Collections Fort Hunt Oral History Project, P.O. Box 1142 *Wildcard Resource* H. Res. 753 A Resolution on P.O. Box 1142 from the 110th Congress Whereas is utilized to great effect to tell the story with great aplomb! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 01 Nov 2022 11:00:00 -0000

Baseball & Espionage with World Series Champion Ryan Zimmerman & Marc Polymeropoulos (Part 2 of 2)


Summary Ryan Zimmerman (MLB Stats; Wikipedia) and Marc Polymeropoulos (Twitter; LinkedIn) join Andrew to discuss intelligence and Americas pastime. From the SpyCast Field of Dreams. What Youll Learn Intelligence Sign-stealing and codebreaking Glue guys and teamwork Ethics in baseball and espionage Clutch and pinch hitters in espionage and baseball Reflections Daring to fail Stepping up to the plate of life And much, much more Episode Notes Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack. Few things in the world compare to sitting back, putting your feet up, and cracking open a cold one while watching the World Series. For the 2021 World Series Marc joined us for a fantastic discussion on the links between baseball and espionage. How do we top that? A baseball fanatic ex-CIA officer? Why, how about getting a first-round draft pick, World Series Champion with over 6500 at-bats? Done! Enter Ryan Zimmerman, Mr. National! Ever wondered about signs-stealing, how to run a baseball counterintelligence operation, or what some of the many, many links are between baseball and espionage? Youve come to the right place for a discussion that goes to the bottom of the ninth inning over a two-episode conversation. Ryan played for the Nationals from 2005, when he was a first-round draft pick, through to 2021, when his #11 jersey was retired. He is an ex- All-Star, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove winner, and 2019 World Series Champion. Marc is a highly decorated former CIA operations officer who specialized in counterterrorism, the Middle East, and South Asia. Prior to his retirement, he served at CIA headquarters in charge of clandestine operations in Europe and Eurasia. He is the author of the 2021 book, Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA. And Big Data is upending many fields, not least baseball and espionage. Gaining a competitive edge is central to both activities, the big argument is about how much soul is lost along the way. The Houston Astros have been a lighting-rod team, whose smart and modern or cold and cynical approach has been discussed at Penn's Wharton School of Business and in the pages of the Harvard Business Review. Quotes of the Week "I think Dare to Fail is enormous. I would want you to put me up at the bases load in the bottom of the ninth. I'll take it every single time. Even if I feel like I have zero chance, I want to be there." - RyanZimmerman "You know, you have to have that mentality in these professions." - Marc Polymeropoulos Resources *Andrews Recommendation* Moneyball, M. Lewis (W.W. Norton, 2004) Love it or hate it, this is the first port of call for any reckoning of baseball and analytics. *SpyCasts* Baseball & Espionage with Marc Polymeropoulos (2021) *Beginner Resources* Spy Agencies Struggling in Age of Big Data, A. Zegart, Wired (2022) [article] Baseball Analytics for the Casual Fan, Simple Sabermetrics (2020) [7 min video] Beginners Guide to Baseball Analytics, N. Allen, Fansided (2018) [article] Best Baseball Analytics Resources, Simple Sabermetrics (2022) Books Spies, Lies and Algorithms, A. Zegart (PUP, 2022) The Catcher Was a Spy: Moe Berg, N. Dawidoff (Pantheon, 1994) Articles Baseball and Cybersecurity, S. Handler, Atlantic Council (2020) Baseballs Rude Welcome to Age of Cyberespionage, N. Paine, 538 (2015) The Man Who Remade Basketball, M. McCluskey, Wired (2014) Baseball on Exhibit: Musuems in the SABR Era, Z. Jendro, SABR (2011) Video Lessons from the CIAs Analytic Front-Lines, B. Pease, JHU (2022) Sabermetrics 101: Baseball Analytics, A. Andres, Talks at Google (2016) CIAs Chief Information Officer - Advanced Analytics, D. Wolfe, OReilly (2015) Primary Sources The PC Goes to Bat (1984) *Wildcard Resource* Get Analytics Certification from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) - which is where the term sabermetrics comes from! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 25 Oct 2022 11:00:00 -0000

Baseball & Espionage with World Series Champion Ryan Zimmerman & Marc Polymeropoulos (Part 1 of 2)


Summary Ryan Zimmerman (MLB Stats; Wikipedia) and Marc Polymeropoulos (Twitter; LinkedIn) join Andrew to discuss intelligence and Americas pastime. From the SpyCast Field of Dreams. What Youll Learn Intelligence Sign-stealing and codebreaking Glue guys and teamwork Ethics in baseball and espionage Clutch and pinch hitters in espionage and baseball Reflections Daring to fail Stepping up to the plate of life And much, much more Episode Notes Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack. Few things in the world compare to sitting back, putting your feet up, and cracking open a cold one while watching the World Series. For the 2021 World Series Marc joined us for a fantastic discussion on the links between baseball and espionage. How do we top that? A baseball fanatic ex-CIA officer? Why, how about getting a first-round draft pick, World Series Champion with over 6500 at-bats? Done! Enter Ryan Zimmerman, Mr. National! Ever wondered about signs-stealing, how to run a baseball counterintelligence operation, or what some of the many, many links are between baseball and espionage? Youve come to the right place for a discussion that goes to the bottom of the ninth inning over a two-episode conversation. Ryan played for the Nationals from 2005, when he was a first-round draft pick, through to 2021, when his #11 jersey was retired. He is an ex- All-Star, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove winner, and 2019 World Series Champion. Marc is a highly decorated former CIA operations officer who specialized in counterterrorism, the Middle East, and South Asia. Prior to his retirement, he served at CIA headquarters in charge of clandestine operations in Europe and Eurasia. He is the author of the 2021 book, Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA. And Big Data is upending many fields, not least baseball and espionage. Gaining a competitive edge is central to both activities, the big argument is about how much soul is lost along the way. The Houston Astros have been a lighting-rod team, whose smart and modern or cold and cynical approach has been discussed at Penn's Wharton School of Business and in the pages of the Harvard Business Review. Quotes of the Week "I think Dare to Fail is enormous. I would want you to put me up at the bases load in the bottom of the ninth. I'll take it every single time. Even if I feel like I have zero chance, I want to be there." - RyanZimmerman "You know, you have to have that mentality in these professions." - Marc Polymeropoulos Resources *Andrews Recommendation* Moneyball, M. Lewis (W.W. Norton, 2004) Love it or hate it, this is the first port of call for any reckoning of baseball and analytics. *SpyCasts* Baseball & Espionage with Marc Polymeropoulos (2021) *Beginner Resources* Spy Agencies Struggling in Age of Big Data, A. Zegart, Wired (2022) [article] Baseball Analytics for the Casual Fan, Simple Sabermetrics (2020) [7 min video] Beginners Guide to Baseball Analytics, N. Allen, Fansided (2018) [article] Best Baseball Analytics Resources, Simple Sabermetrics (2022) Books Spies, Lies and Algorithms, A. Zegart (PUP, 2022) The Catcher Was a Spy: Moe Berg, N. Dawidoff (Pantheon, 1994) Articles Baseball and Cybersecurity, S. Handler, Atlantic Council (2020) Baseballs Rude Welcome to Age of Cyberespionage, N. Paine, 538 (2015) The Man Who Remade Basketball, M. McCluskey, Wired (2014) Baseball on Exhibit: Musuems in the SABR Era, Z. Jendro, SABR (2011) Video Lessons from the CIAs Analytic Front-Lines, B. Pease, JHU (2022) Sabermetrics 101: Baseball Analytics, A. Andres, Talks at Google (2016) CIAs Chief Information Officer - Advanced Analytics, D. Wolfe, OReilly (2015) Primary Sources The PC Goes to Bat (1984) *Wildcard Resource* Get Analytics Certification from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) - which is where the term sabermetrics comes from! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 18 Oct 2022 11:00:00 -0000

From the Vault: On the Streets, Location Unknown - CIA Operator Karen Schaefer (Part I)


Andrew Hammond shares an encore episode From the Vault. From counternarcotics to counterterrorism, from Latin America to the Middle East, and from the back streets of a warzone to the center of events in Washington DC Karen Schaefer has had, how should we say, an eventful career as an intelligence officer. Charming, smart, thoughtful, and you havent even met Karen yetbut seriously, it was a pleasure to talk to this weeks guest who had all of those qualities, and more; so enjoyable it will be released as a double-header. This week, Part I focuses on her time as an operator; while Part II focuses on her time as a serial collaborator who worked with Special Operations, the FBI, and the NSC. Stay tuned Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 11 Oct 2022 11:00:00 -0000

Sure, I Can Hack Your Organization with Eric Escobar (Part 2 of 2)


Summary Eric Escobar (Twitter; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss compromising networks and information security. He has a coveted DEFCON Black Badge. What Youll Learn Intelligence What keeps Eric up at night Thinking like an ethical hacker (aka a penetration tester) Protecting your information (i.e., Hardening the attack surface) Plain English explanations of key cyber concepts like Kill Chains and Zero Days Reflections Having a cool job The information revolution and life in the modern world And much, much more Episode Notes Eric Escobar commits several thousand felonies on any given day, if he didnt have permission to do what he was doing. A Principal Security Consultant with SecureWorks, Eric has compromised pretty much everything out there: from healthcare and banking to technology and critical infrastructure, through to amusement parks and next generation military aircraft. From my perspective, its the coolest job in the entire world. His team consecutively won first place in the Wireless CTF category at DEF CON 23, 24, and 25, snagging a Black Badge along the way. He has a BS and MS in Civil Engineering. And The links between computing, hacking and the 60s counterculture are FASCINATING. Learn more by dipping your toes here and here, or dive deeper with What the Dormouse Said (2005) by John Markoff and From Counterculture to Cyberculture (2006) by Fred Turner. Quote of the Week "Watching any critical infrastructure get compromised is really the thing that keeps me up at night because lives are in the balanceand we do a lot of testing for critical infrastructure, and I've seen computers and machines that have been online and not been taken offline, longer than I've been aliveSo really interesting to see those types of things because they interact with really big, expensive hardwarethere's a catch 22 that happens where you can't really take the machine offline to do maintenance on it because it's critical infrastructure. So then how do you test it to make sure that a hacker can't take it offline, or maintenance can't be done on it?" Eric Escobar. Resources *Andrews Recommendation* Word Notes From beginner thru advanced, youll find some helpful definitions of things like Web 3.0, NFTs and Digital Transformation on this Cyberwire audio glossary. *SpyCasts* Inside Microsofts Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) with John Lambert and Cristin Goodwin (2021) The Cyber Zeitgeist with Dave Bittner (2021) Securing Cyberspace with Charlie Mitchell (2016) *Beginner Resources* What is Hacking? The Economic Times (n.d.) [web] Ethical Hacking in 8 Minutes, Simplilearn (2020) [8 min video] Cybersecurity in 7 minutes, Simplilearn (2020) [7 min video] Books The Cyberweapons Arms Race, N. Perloth (Bloomsbury, 2021) Cult of the Dead Cow, J. Menn (PublicAffairs, 2020) Breaking & Entering, J. Smith (Mariner Books, 2019) The Art of Invisibility, K. Mitnick (L, B & C, 2017) Ghost in the Wires, K. Mitnick (Back Bay Books, 2012) Kingpin, K. Poulson (Crown, 2012) The Cuckoos Egg, C. Stoll (Doubleday, 1989) Neuromancer, W. Gibson (Ace, 1984) Articles 2022 State of the Threat: A Year in Review, Secureworks (2022) The Anthropology of Hackers, The Atlantic (2010) Timeline Since 2006: Significant Cyber Incidents, CSIS (n.d.) Documentary DEFCON, The Documentary Network (2013) Resources Government Hacking Bibliography, S. Quinlan, New America Foundation (2016) *Wildcard Resource* The Aurora Shard Come to the International Spy Museum to see an ugly chunk of metal. Why? Well, it speaks to a revolution in the relationship between the material world and the non-material world. Broken down? 30 lines of code blew up a 27-ton generator. Zeros and ones can cause violent explosions! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Wed, 05 Oct 2022 11:00:00 -0000

Sure, I Can Hack Your Organization with Eric Escobar (Part 1 of 2)


Summary Eric Escobar (Twitter; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss compromising networks and information security. He has a coveted DEFCON Black Badge. What Youll Learn Intelligence What keeps Eric up at night Thinking like an ethical hacker (aka a penetration tester) Protecting your information (i.e., Hardening the attack surface) Plain English explanations of key cyber concepts like Kill Chains and Zero Days Reflections Having a cool job The information revolution and life in the modern world And much, much more Episode Notes Eric Escobar commits several thousand felonies on any given day, if he didnt have permission to do what he was doing. A Principal Security Consultant with SecureWorks, Eric has compromised pretty much everything out there: from healthcare and banking to technology and critical infrastructure, through to amusement parks and next generation military aircraft. From my perspective, its the coolest job in the entire world. His team consecutively won first place in the Wireless CTF category at DEF CON 23, 24, and 25, snagging a Black Badge along the way. He has a BS and MS in Civil Engineering. And The links between computing, hacking and the 60s counterculture are FASCINATING. Learn more by dipping your toes here and here, or dive deeper with What the Dormouse Said (2005) by John Markoff and From Counterculture to Cyberculture (2006) by Fred Turner. Quote of the Week "Watching any critical infrastructure get compromised is really the thing that keeps me up at night because lives are in the balanceand we do a lot of testing for critical infrastructure, and I've seen computers and machines that have been online and not been taken offline, longer than I've been aliveSo really interesting to see those types of things because they interact with really big, expensive hardwarethere's a catch 22 that happens where you can't really take the machine offline to do maintenance on it because it's critical infrastructure. So then how do you test it to make sure that a hacker can't take it offline, or maintenance can't be done on it?" Eric Escobar. Resources *Andrews Recommendation* Word Notes From beginner thru advanced, youll find some helpful definitions of things like Web 3.0, NFTs and Digital Transformation on this Cyberwire audio glossary. *SpyCasts* Inside Microsofts Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) with John Lambert and Cristin Goodwin (2021) The Cyber Zeitgeist with Dave Bittner (2021) Securing Cyberspace with Charlie Mitchell (2016) *Beginner Resources* What is Hacking? The Economic Times (n.d.) [web] Ethical Hacking in 8 Minutes, Simplilearn (2020) [8 min video] Cybersecurity in 7 minutes, Simplilearn (2020) [7 min video] Books The Cyberweapons Arms Race, N. Perloth (Bloomsbury, 2021) Cult of the Dead Cow, J. Menn (PublicAffairs, 2020) Breaking & Entering, J. Smith (Mariner Books, 2019) The Art of Invisibility, K. Mitnick (L, B & C, 2017) Ghost in the Wires, K. Mitnick (Back Bay Books, 2012) Kingpin, K. Poulson (Crown, 2012) The Cuckoos Egg, C. Stoll (Doubleday, 1989) Neuromancer, W. Gibson (Ace, 1984) Articles 2022 State of the Threat: A Year in Review, Secureworks (2022) The Anthropology of Hackers, The Atlantic (2010) Timeline Since 2006: Significant Cyber Incidents, CSIS (n.d.) Documentary DEFCON, The Documentary Network (2013) Resources Government Hacking Bibliography, S. Quinlan, New America Foundation (2016) *Wildcard Resource* The Aurora Shard Come to the International Spy Museum to see an ugly chunk of metal. Why? Well, it speaks to a revolution in the relationship between the material world and the non-material world. Broken down? 30 lines of code blew up a 27-ton generator. Zeros and ones can cause violent explosions! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 27 Sep 2022 11:00:00 -0000

The Past 75 Years with Historian of the CIA Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones


Summary Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones (Website; Wikipedia) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss his book. He has studied American intelligence for 50 years. What Youll Learn Intelligence The CIA and the American presidents they served The founding of the CIA just as America became a global superpower Pearl Harbor, the USSR and covert action under Eisenhower Assassinations, controversy, the Church Committee, and 9/11 Reflections How much of the future can we predict Intention in history And much, much more Episode Notes This weeks guest, Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, is Emeritus Professor of American History at the University of Edinburgh. He has been studying American intelligence for half a century and has written a history of the CIA to coincide with its 75th anniversary, entitled: A Question of Standing. This episode with Rhodri is a counterpoint to last weeks episode with Robert Gates: a career historian and a career intelligence officer; a European and an American; a 70,000 feet view and a 30,000 feet one. Interestingly, they were born continents apart within almost a year of each other. Rhodri is the author of over a dozen books, has a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, and grew up in Harlech, Wales. And Harlech, Wales, where Rhodri grew up, has the steepest street in the Northern Hemisphere. The steepest street in the Southern Hemisphere, and the world according to Guinness Records, is in Dunedin, New Zealand (Dunedin is Gaelic for Edinburgh). The steepest street in the continental United States is Canton Avenue in Pittsburgh (to celebrate its Welsh heritage the Steel City has a St. Davids Society). Espionage in Welsh is ysbo. Quote of the Week "CIA can't afford to rest on its laurels and continue with systems it has. It has to change all the time." Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones Resources *Andrews Recommendation* Documents on Origins of CIA, Truman Library [pdf] *SpyCasts* The 75th Anniversary with Robert Gates (2022) *Beginner Resources* History of CIA, CIA (n.d.) [web] A Brief History of US-Iran Relations, ABC News (n.d.) [video] CIA Involvement in 1953 Iranian Coup, CNN (n.d.] [video] Iran & Guatemala, 1953-4, NYT (2003) [article] Books Covert Action & USFP, L. Johnson (OUP, 2022) A Brief History of the CIA, R. Immerman (Wiley, 2014) The [Dulles] Brothers, S. Kinzer (St. Martins, 2014) Mighty Wurlitzer: How CIA Played America, H. Wilford (HUP, 2009) Countercoup: Struggle for Iran, K. Roosevelt (McGraw-Hill, 1979) Articles 64 Years Later CIA Releases Details of Iranian Coup, B. Allen-Ebrahimian, FP (2017) Video The Nazi Spy Ring in America, R. Jeffreys-Jones, SPY (2021) Secrecy, Democracy & the Birth of the CIA, H. Wilford, Great Courses (n.d.) Photo The 1953 Iranian Coup, Radio Free Europe Archives (2013) Documentary The Spymasters, Showtime (2015) CIA: Secret Wars, Part 1, Roche (2003) CIA: Secret Wars, Part 2, Roche (2003) Curatorial Pocket History of CIA, CIA (2014) Primary Sources History Staff Analysis: CIA & Guatemala Assassination Proposals, 1952-4 (1995) Iran 1953: Transcript of Interview with MI6 Officer Norman Darbyshire (1985) DCI Dulles to President Eisenhower (1953) Telegram from CIA to Station in Iran (1953) Telegram from Station in Iran to CIA (1953) Monthly Report, Directorate of Plans, CIA (1953) Memo from Deputy Director for Plans (Wisner) to DCI Dulles (1953) National Security Act (1947) Website Intelligence Milestones During Eisenhower Administration, Eisenhower Library (n.d.] *Wildcard Resource* Tom Paine (Common Sense, 1776), Alexis de Tocqueville (Democracy in America, 1835) and Mork from Ork (Mork & Mindy, 1978-82) are all outsiders, like Rhodri, looking in. What can each of them tell us about the United States? What can they tell us that people born within an ecosystem cant? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 20 Sep 2022 11:00:00 -0000

The 75th Anniversary of the CIA with former Director Robert Gates


Summary Robert Gates (Website; Website) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to reflect on the 75th Anniversary of the CIA. He served 8 U.S. presidents. What Youll Learn Intelligence His reflections on the CIA at 75 How the CIAs story intersected with his own His take on the organizations strengths and weaknesses The complex intl. environment the CIA must now help America navigate Reflections Twists of fate Identity and institutions And much, much more Episode Notes Robert M. Gates is the first career officer in the CIAs history to rise from entry level employee to Director. He spent 27 years at CIA, nine of those at the NSC. More recently, he was the first Secretary of Defense to be asked to remain in office by a newly elected president. In all, he served 8 presidents. Wouldnt you love to know his take on the CIA at 75? Well, weve made that happen for you! He was born in Wichita, Kansas, served in the U.S.A.F. and he received his undergraduate education at William & Mary, his masters from Indiana University, and his doctorate from Georgetown University. He was formerly the President of Texas A&M University and the current Chancellor of William & Mary. And The academic institutions Dr. Gates has been associated with all have quite different capacities of football stadium: Georgetown Universitys Cooper Field can hold 3,750; William & Marys Zable Stadium can hold 12,259; Indiana Universitys Memorial Stadium can hold 52,626; and Texas A&Ms Kyle Stadium can hold a whopping 102,733. What could we infer about Dr. Gates, college sports, or the United States from this information? Well, that would be thinking like an intelligence analyst. Quote of the Week "I've led four very big, very different institutions and like all of them I always saw where places where CIA could be better. But I always loved the place, and I always was proud to work there and proud of the people that I knewthey were probably the smartest, most honest people I've ever met and worked with." Robert Gates. Resources *Andrews Recommendation* Reorganization in the Intel. Community, DCI Gates (1992) Watch this prescient clip on historical naivete, or if youre hardcore, the entire congressional testimony *SpyCasts* Dealing with Russia with Jim Olson (2022) I was a Presidential Daily Briefer on 9/11 with Mike Morell (2021) *Beginner Resources* History of CIA, CIA (n.d.) [website] CIA Directors Portrait Gallery, CIA (n.d.) [online gallery] Impact of President G.H.W. Bushs Foreign Policy, MSNBC (2018) [13 min. video] At 75, CIA Back Where it Started, Countering Kremlin, G. Myre, NPR (2022) [5 min. audio] Books Spymasters: CIA Directors, C. Whipple (S&S, 2020) Duty, R. Gates (Vintage, 2015) [Def. Sec. memoir] A World Transformed, Bush & Scowcroft (Knopf, 1998) From the Shadows, R. Gates (S&S, 1996) [CIA memoir] Power & Principle, Z. Brzezinski (FS&G, 1983) [Gates was Z.B.s Special Asst. at the NSC during the Carter era] Articles A More Realistic Strategy for the Post-Cold War Era, R. Gates, WaPo (2022) Creation of the Central Intelligence Group, M. Warner, SII (1996) Video Legacy of the G.H.W.B. Administration, CFR (2016) Book Talk: From the Shadows, R. Gates, C-Span (1996) Documentary The Spymasters, Showtime (2015) Curatorial Pocket History of CIA, CIA (2014) Primary Sources Biden Speech on 75th Anniversary of the CIA (2022) Robert Gates on CIA and Openness (1992) Nomination of Gates to be DCI (1991) Adm. Roscoe, First CIA Director Dies (1982) CIA Review of the World Situation (1947) Lester to Truman re Centralized Intelligence (1947) National Security Act (1947) *Wildcard Resource* North by Northwest (Hitchcock, 1959) We hear the first explicit mention of CIA in a major movie FBI. CIA. ONI. Were all in the same alphabet soup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 13 Sep 2022 11:00:00 -0000

"CIA Reports Officer, Russian Yacht Watcher, Satirist with Alex Finley


Summary Alex Finley(Twitter; Website) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss life as a CIA Reports Officer turned author. She lives in Barcelona. What Youll Learn Intelligence Her take on CIA analysts vs. case officers Information and disinformation in fact and fiction Ukraine, the 2016 election and the Russian historical playbook The regularity even mundanity of much of daily intelligence life Reflections Being an American in Barcelona Viewing your own country from outside the goldfish bowl And much, much more Episode Notes Alex Finley spent 6 years in the CIA as a Reports Officer - whom she describes as a bridge between the case officers and analysts. She is author of a trilogy of novels on the exploits of fictional CIA officer Victor Caro. Her most recent book, Victor in Trouble, completes the series (or does it?) by looking at Russian influence operations and the contemporary intelligence landscape through a satirical lens. She now lives in Barcelona, Spain - and yes, apparently its as awesome as it sounds! and she is the voice behind #YachtWatch, which tracks and exposes the activities of Russian oligarchs and their superyachts. And Satire is often described as fitting into three categories: Horatian, which offers light comedy and social commentary (e.g., Pride & Prejudice, Parks & Rec, The Colbert Report); Juvenalian, a darker and more abrasive take that can often take the form of speaking truth to power (e.g., Animal Farm, American Psycho, South Park) and Menippean, which casts moral judgement on beliefs or generic character flaws (e.g., Alice in Wonderland, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Saturday Night Live). Which one does Alex use? Quote of the Week "There, there were points where I found myself in the middle of nowhere, West Africa. And there are these moments wherehow did I end up here? This makes zero sense. And then there were the bureaucratic Catch-22s." Alex Finley. Resources *Andrews Recommendation* Who are the Russian Oligarchs? (2022) A great visulacapitalist.com infographic - but if you want to go understand how they can afford their superyachts, start here *SpyCasts* CIA Officers Turned Authors David McCloskey & James Stejskal (2022) NSA, CIA, Author - Alma Katsu (2021) Victor in the Rubble Alex Finley (2016) *Beginner Resources* A Brief History of Spy Fiction, Stella Rimington, Crime Reads, (2018) [short essay] An Introduction to Satire, Jackson School District (n.d.) [2-page guide] Russias Top Five Disinformation Narratives, State (2022) [webpage] Books Victor in Trouble, A. Finley (Smiling Hippo, 2022) The Revenge of Power, M. Naim (St. Martins, 2022) Active Measures, T. Rid (Picador, 2021) The Misinformation Age, C. OConnor & J. Weatherall (YUP, 2020) Victor in The Jungle, A. Finley (Smiling Hippo, 2019) Victor in The Rubble, A. Finley (Smiling Hippo, 2016) Great Spy Stories from Fiction, A. Dulles (Harper, 1969) Articles The Russian Firehose of Falsehood, C. Paul & M. Matthews, RAND (2016) Yellow Journalism, PBS (n.d.) Videos The Spy Writers You Love to Read, SPY (2019) Russian Active Measures: Past, Present & Future, CSIS (2018) The Strategy Behind Russias Disinformation Campaigns, DW News (n.d.) Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News, NYT (n.d.) Reports Combatting Targeted Disinformation Campaigns, DHS (2019) Primary Sources Disinformation: Russian Active Measures, Senate Intelligence Committee (2017) KGB Active Measures in SW Asia in 1980-82, Wilson Center Primary Source Collections Rumor Control Project Documents, Library of Congress *Wildcard Resource* A Clockwork Orange (1962) [novel] A short, sharp satire that ruminates on the nature of society and free will it will stay with you for a long time to come Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 06 Sep 2022 11:00:00 -0000

"The Counterterrorism and Counter WMD Strategist" with Dexter Ingram.


Summary Dexter Ingram (LinkedIn; Website) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss his varied career. He has a very cool private collection of spy gadgets. What Youll Learn Intelligence What spy gadget he would save if his house were on fire How the hunt for a spy artifact gets his blood pumping Using intelligence to achieve concrete policy objectives His preference for Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) while working with international partners Reflections Vulnerability and trust Building and leveraging relationships And much, much more Episode Notes Dexter Ingram is the Acting Director at the Office of the Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and in his spare time a passionate collector of intelligence artifacts and gadgets. He has performed a variety of roles at the Department of State he was on a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan, he was a Counterterrorism Coordinator at Interpol in Lyon, France, and has a deep interest in counterterrorism, counterproliferation and WMD. He was formerly a Naval Flight Officer and White House Intern with the US Navy and has studied at Hampton University, University of Oklahoma, and the National Defense University. In part of our ongoing effort to look at consumers of intelligence as well as producers - i.e., who eats the sausages as well as who makes them - we touch on the various parts of Dexters career that intersect with intelligence. And Hampton University, where Dexter studied for his undergrad, is one of over 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States. It sits near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay (incidentally on the same peninsula as The Farm, a covert training facility for CIA operations officers). Many leaders of the black community have attended HBCUs, such as Booker T. Washington (Hampton), W.E.B. Du Bois (Fisk), Martin Luther King (Morehouse), Jesse Jackson (North Carolina A&T), and Kamala Harris (Howard). Quote of the Week "It's about real people. These are real gadgets better than the movies. It gets my blood pumping." Dexter Ingram on collecting artifacts. Resources *Andrews Recommendation* Shall We All Commit Suicide? (1924) One of Churchills most powerful and prophetic essays on the destructive powers unleashed by modern science *SpyCasts* Spy of the Century Kim Philby & Artifacts (2022) ISIS Leader Al Mawla Part 1 (2022) ISIS Leader Al Mawla Part II (2022) Intelligence and the WMD Fiasco (2008) *Beginner Resources* 100 Years of Intl. Police Cooperation, Interpol (2014) [video] Our History, Interpol (n.d.) [website] Nuclear Proliferation & Nonproliferation: What you Need to Know, CFR (2019) [video] Books The Terror Years: Al Qaeda to ISIS, L. Wright (Penguin, 2017) Black Flags: Rise of ISIS, J. Warrick (Doubleday, 2015) Policing the World: Interpol, M. Anderson (Clarendon, 1989) Articles Islamic States Khorasan Vision in Asia, L. Webber & R. Valle, The Diplomat, (2022) Red Notices, Interpol (n.d.) Video Deadly Evolution of Nuclear Weapons, Tech Insider, YouTube (2017) Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty: What you Need to Know, CFR (2015) [video] Sailing in the Sea of OSINT, S. Mercado, CSI (2004) Documentary Nuclear Tipping Point, NTI, YouTube (2010) Interactives A Guide to Open-Source Nuclear Detection Work, NTI (2020) Resource sites OSINT Techniques Primary Source Collections Historical Documents, Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) *Wildcard Resource* A BBC News Program and Nuclear War (2019) Today is Britains highest profile current affairs radio program, and it has been on air since 1958 - a few consecutive days without it and Britain could launch a nuclear counterstrike. Read more here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 30 Aug 2022 11:00:00 -0000

POWs, Vietnam and Intelligence with Pritzker Curator James Brundage


Summary James Brundage (LinkedIn; Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss prisoners-of-war and intelligence. He is the Curator at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago. What Youll Learn Intelligence The intelligence dynamics of prisoners-of-war Tap codes and other ways to covertly communicate Using POWs for propaganda Debriefing POWs after their release Reflections Comparing across time (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, etc.) Comparing within time (German/Japanese/American POW camps during WWII) And much, much more Episode Notes What intelligence questions are generated when we discuss prisoners of war? The prisoners side asks: what happened? Are they alive? If so, where? What did they know? Can they compromise operations? Can we get them out? The other side asks: what do they know? Can they tell us anything we dont know? Are they misleading us? The prisoner asks: where are we? Are there any friendlies? Can we share information to escape? To answer these questions, this weeks guest is James Brundage who curated the May 22-Apr 23 exhibit, Life Behind the Wire: POW which explores life in captivity. He is a public historian who has also worked at the Obama Presidential Library, the Chicago History Museum & the James Garfield Historic Site. And Jeremiah Denton Jr. was shot down while leading an attack over North Vietnam in 1965 and the title of his memoir, When Hell Was in Session, gives you an idea of what he endured during his captivity. As part of a propaganda campaign, the North Vietnamese arranged for him to be interviewed by a Japanese reporter. Hi blinked T-O-R-T-U-R-E in Morse code. Needless to say, the intelligence community took great interest in the video footage. He passed away in 2014. Quote of the Week "So roughly 1% of the POW population perished in Europe at the hands of the Germans versus in Japanthe death rate was almost 40%. A lot of that was the conditions of the campin Vietnam, of the more than 700 American POWs, there were 73 who perished in POW camps in North Vietnam, which is roughly 10%." James Brundage Resources *Andrews Recommendation* The Railway Man: A POWs Searing Account, E. Lomax (Norton, 2014) A powerful, powerful memoir. Lomax had nightmares about his WWII experience for over half a century. *SpyCasts* Operation Chaos Matthew Sweet (2018) Eavesdropping in Vietnam Tom Glenn (2012) Studies & Observations Group Donald Blackburn (2012) Intelligence Lessons from Vietnam Rufus Phillips (2009) *Beginner Resources* The Vietnam War Explained in 25 Minutes, The Life Guide (n.d.) ([video] Intelligence in the Vietnam War, Vietnam War 50th [posters] POWs: What You Need to Know, ICRC (2022) [webpage] Books Spies on the Mekong, K. Conboy (Casemate, 2021) War of Numbers, S. Adams (Steerforth, 2020) Tap Code, C. Harris & S. Berry (Zondervan, 2019) Articles Meet the Hero: Douglas Hegdahl, Milliken Center (n.d.) OSSs Role in Ho Chi Minhs Rise, B. Bergin, SII 62/2 (2018) Intel. Support to Comms. with POWs in Vietnam, G. Peterson & D. Taylor, SII 60/1 (2016) Takes on Intelligence and the Vietnam War, C. Laurie, SII 55/2 (2011) Documentaries The Vietnam War, K. Burns & L. Novick (2017) The Fog of War, R. McNamara (2003) Hearts & Minds, P. Davis (1974) Oral Histories Veterans History Project Vietnam POW Interviews, U.S.N.I. Primary Sources POW/MIA Closed Briefing, DD CIA (1991) Report on US-Vietnamese Talks on POW/MIAs (1985) Causes, Origins & Lessons of the Vietnam War (1972) The POW Scandal in Korea (1954) *Wildcard Resource* Interestingly, philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein, John Paul Sartre, Paul Riceour, Emmanuel Levinas and Louis Althusser were all POWs now, the impact this had on their thinking would be one hell of a rabbit hole to go down! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 23 Aug 2022 11:00:00 -0000

The Beverly Hills Spy with The Hollywood Reporters Seth Abramovitch


Summary Seth Abramovitch (Twitter; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss the British war-hero who spied on behalf of the Japanese during Hollywoods Golden Age. This is a story-and-a-half, by jingo! What Youll Learn Intelligence How a British war-hero became a spy for the other side Japanese espionage in Tinseltown How the story involves Boris Karloff, Charlie Chaplin and Yoko Onos father The spy rings activities before and after Pearl Harbor Reflections Playing the game for yourself vs. for a country or a cause Hubris & Nemesis And much, much more Episode Notes Sqn. Ldr. Frederick Rutland, AM, DSC and Bar, was the first person to fly a seaplane from a ship in history. He was also the first man to spot the German fleet from his seaplane, thereby precipitating the largest naval battle of the First World War, the Battle of Jutland. After leaving the military because of indiscretions with a fellow officers wife, he tries to live an ordinary vanilla life, but still craves his action-packed days of oldultimately, he is approached by the Japanese to spy on their behalf, which leads him to relocate to LA during the Golden Age of Hollywood. To discuss this doozy of a story, I am joined by Seth Abramovitch from The Hollywood Reporter i.e., the definitive interpretive voice of the entertainment industry where he has worked for ten years. And There are some incredible Hollywood movies from the interwar period, capturing some of the tension and suspicion of the era, as well as the faint drumbeat of approaching war. Hitchcock alone had, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935), Sabotage (1936), and Foreign Correspondent (1940). Major stars of the era such as Marlene Dietrich, Great Garbo, and Madelaine Carroll helped solidify the spy genre with movies such as Dishonored (1931), Mata Hari (1931), and I Was a Spy (1933). Dont forget Fritz Langs Spione (1928), which has been called a, marvel of narrative economy in montage. Quote of the Week "At the very bottom of the list, it would be any kind of allegiance to any flag, because he's quick to offer to turn on Japan when push comes to shove at the very end of the whole story. I don't think he was doing it for any kind of nationalism or political, viewpoint. I think if anything he was apolitical." Seth Abramovitch. Resources Headline Resources Beverley Hills Spy Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter (2022) Andrews Recommendation Reel vs. Real CIA The Americans, Argo, Black Panther, and the Good Shepherd *SpyCasts* Russia Upside Down with Creator of The Americans Joe Weisberg (2022) The Courier the Directors Take with Dominic Cooke (2021) Hollywood Spies with Jonna Mendez (2020) U.S. Naval Intelligence in WWII with Rear Admiral Donald Mac Showers -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Beginner Resources Spy for Japan, T. Bradbeer, Historynet (2022) [webpage] The Pacific War, WELT (2021) [video] FBI Raid Japanese Spy Network in LA, Smithsonian Channel (2019) [video] Books Intelligence & the War Against Japan, R. Aldrich (CUP, 2000) The Emperors Codes, M. Smith (Bantam, 2000) Articles Agent Shinkawa Revisited, R. Drabkin & B. Hart, IJIC, 35/1 (2022) The 1924 Law That Slammed the Door on Immigrants, Smithsonian Magazine (2020) Washington Naval Conference, 1921-22, Historian, State Dept. (n.d.) Russo-Japanese War, 1904-5, Historian, State Dept. (n.d.) Primary Sources Security Service Files, Frederick Rutland National Archives (U.K.): 1924-1933 1933-1935 1935-1936 1935-1937 1937-1941 1941 1941-1942 1942 1942-1943 1943-1944 *Wildcard Resource* Reel-vs-Reel How Hollywood compares to the real CIA The Americans Argo Black Panther The Good Shepherd Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 16 Aug 2022 11:00:00 -0000

The Information Battlespace Foreign Denial and Deception with Bill Parquette


Summary Bill Parquette (LinkedIn; Website) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss Denial and Deception. They discuss examples such as D-Day, the Yom Kippur War, and the Persian Gulf War. What Youll Learn Intelligence Denial and deception what it is and why it matters Key examples of denial and deception Detecting denial and deception operations How to avoid seeing monsters everywhere Reflections How to counter denial and deception in everyday life (children, salespeople, etc.) Stumbling into new roles in new fields And much, much more Episode Notes Sun Tzu said, all warfare is based on deception and so much of the natural world is also based on denial and deception: camouflage, feigning, mimicry, distraction. It is also a feature of our daily 21st century lives: spyware, trojan horses, catfishing, and spear phishing. With this weeks guest we look at the Denial and Deception Committee, which aimed to discover and mitigate foreign denial and deception operations against the U.S. by coordinating efforts throughout the IC. Bill Parquette was a former Chair of the Committee. He joined the Committee in 2002 and left in 2015. He was formerly a Lt. Col. In the U.S. Army, starting his career with 10 years in the 82nd Airborne, and is currently Professor of Practice at Penn State University. And The episode looks at deceiving others but the human capacity for self-deception and denial is VAST from head in the sand, plugging your ears, living in denial, willful ignorance, and cognitive dissonance through to doublethink. Quote of the Week "If I have an audience of one or 100, I ask does anyone have children? And the hands get raised. And then I said, okay, did you teach your child deception or denial? And of course not. Do they conduct denial or deception? And they all said yeah, it's throughout nature, it's throughout societyit's a natural thing to deny. I didn't mom I didn't take that cookie." Bill Parquette Resources Headline Resources Bill Parquettes list of of acronyms and sources Countering Foreign Denial & Deception Rise of Fall of a Discipline J. Bruce, Studies in Intelligence, 64/1 (2020) Denial & Deception Issue, American Intelligence, 32/2 (2015) Andrews Recommendation D-Day Would be Nearly Impossible to Pull Off Today, D. Lupton, WaPo (2019) *SpyCasts* Deceiving the Iraqis in Operation Desert Storm with BGen Tom Draude (2013) Agent Garbo with Stephan Talty (2012) Identity, Espionage and Social Media with Thomas Ryan (2011) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Beginner Resources Deception at D-Day, Army Uni. Press (2022) [video] The True Story of the D-Day Spies, BBC (2014) [video] Operation Bodyguard Map, Eisenhower Foundation (n.d.) [map] Books History of the National Intelligence Council, Hutchings &. Treverton, eds. (OUP, 2019) Practice to Deceive, B. Whaley (NIP, 2016) The Watchman Fell Asleep, U. Bar-Joseph (SUNY, 2005) The Deceivers, T. Holt (Scribner, 2004) Deception 101, J. Caddell (Army War College, 2004) Strategic Denial and Deception, Godson & Wirtz eds. (Transaction, 2002) Deception in War, J. Latimer (Overlook, 2001) Videos The War in October, Al Jazeera (2013) Primary Sources US-PLO Contacts During War, Oct 26, 1973 Secretarys Staff Meeting, Oct 23, 1973 Sadat - Speech Calling for Arab-Israeli Peace Conference, Oct 16, 1973 Arab-Israel Tensions Quandt to Scowcroft, Oct 6, 1973 Ultra Marshall to Eisenhower, Mar 15, 1944 Overall Deception Policy, Jan 22, 1944 Deception Operations Around England, Dec 18, 1943 Overlord Cover Operation, Nov 20, 1943 *Wildcard Resource* Movies to explore on deception include Deception (1946),The Sting (1973), The Usual Suspects (1995), Donnie Brasco (1997), Female Agents (2008) and Operation Mincemeat (2021), Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 09 Aug 2022 11:00:00 -0000

CIA Officers Turned Authors with David McCloskey & James Stejskal


Summary David McCloskey (Twitter; Website) and James Stejskal (Twitter; LinkedIn) join Andrew to discuss writing about espionage. They are both former intelligence officers. What Youll Learn Intelligence What it is like writing spy fiction as a former practitioner How fact informs fiction Writing as a former analyst compared to as a former operator (James) Reactions by the intelligence community to practitioners-turned-authors Reflections The heaven and hell of being an author The process of getting a process And much, much more Episode Notes Hear two intelligence formers discuss life as current novelists. Where does fact end, and fiction begin when you are a former CIA officer writing fiction? What parts of your own story bleed into the novel? Are the characters composites of people you knew in your line of work or are they entirely fictional? To answer these questions and more, this week, I sat down with David McCloskey, former CIA analyst and author of Damascus Station, a book David Petraeus described as the best spy novel I have ever read, and James Stejskal, author of Appointment in Tehran, which has been called a textbook clandestine operation involvingUS Army Special Forces and a clandestine CIA Case Officer, which James would know something about, since he was both. And Spy fiction received quite the blow in the space of a 6-month period (Dec 2020-May 2021) which saw the passing of both John Le Carre and Jason Matthews, two formers who served in British and American intelligence. Le Carre was in MI5 and MI6 while Matthews had a long career in the CIA. David and James join a distinguished cast of formers who became novelists, including Ian Fleming, Graham Greene and Dame Stella Rimington. Quote of the Week "There are far more edits on, short articles I wrote that weren't even going to the president than on the book, so your writing is being critiqued at all levels. I I think when I did write for the PDB [Presidential Daily Brief], I don't think I'm making this up, I believe it was 9 or 10 layers of review. You could probably argue that sometimes that makes it worse, but you have to be able at all stages to roll with the punches and to write and to try to make things very clear." David McCloskey. Resources Headline Resources Damascus Station, D. McCloskey (2021) Appointment in Tehran, J. Stejskal (2021) Andrews Recommendation The Looking Glass War, J. Le Carre (1965) Le Carre doubles down on disabusing the publics romanticization of intelligence *SpyCasts* Snake Eaters, Detachment A, CIA James Stejskal (2022) American Spy Lauren Wilkinson (2021) Red Widow Alma Katsu (2021) American Traitor Brad Taylor (2021) The Evolution of Spy Fiction - Wesley Wark (2011) Beginner Resources 15 Best Espionage Novels, M. Warwick, Mal Warwick On Books (2022) [article] Novelists Who Became Spies, C. Cumming, Crime Reads (2019) [article] Best Spy Novels According to a Spy, A. Katsu, Crime Reads (2021) [article] Books Missions of the SOE and OSS in WWII, J. Stejskal (Casemate, 2021) Special Forces Berlin, J. Stejskal (Casemate, 2017) On Writing, S. King (Scribner, 2010) Spy Fiction, Spy Films & Real Intelligence, W. Wark (Routledge, 1991) Articles Nine Examples of Spy Fiction Books, Masterclass (2021) How to Write a Spy Thriller, Masterclass (2021) How End of Cold War Changed Spy Fiction, J. Ciabattari, BBC Culture (2014) Videos All the Old Knives, O. Steinhauer, SPY (2022) Spy Writing in the Real World, Hayden Center (2021) The Spy Writers You Love to Read, SPY (2020) Primary Sources American Observer, CIA (1970) Barry Farber Show, CIA (1970) *Wildcard Resource* The Riddle of the Sands, E. Childers (1903) An early spy novel that presaged the anti-German spy fever that struck allied countries before and during WWI Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 02 Aug 2022 11:00:00 -0000

Becoming a Russian Intelligence Officer with Janosh Neumann


Summary Janosh Neumann (LinkedIn; Website) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss life in the FSB. He was born in the Soviet Union to parents in the business. What Youll Learn Intelligence Why Jan defected to the United States How you get recruited and trained as a Russian intelligence officer What it is like to recruit and run agents in Moscow His take on what he did for the Russian state Reflections Learn to connect with anybody Making a life-changing and potentially life-ending decision And much, much more Episode Notes Have you ever wondered how a Russian intelligence officer is trained? Ever wondered what it would be like to be a defector? Ever wondered what itd be like to be given three choices, shoot yourself, get shot, or go on the run? If so, youll enjoy this weeks episode with Jan Neumann, who was born Alexy Yurievich Artamonov in the former Soviet Union. Jans father was a KGB internal affairs officer, and he would go on to join one of its successors, the FSB, or Federal Security Service, in which his wife also served. He speaks about a number of projects he is involved in, here in the States, where he now resides. And Jan is the Co-Founder of RealSpyComics, which will be the first independent comic publisher dedicated to telling true intelligence stories. The International Spy Museum is a partner on this venture, because if there is one thing, we have a lot of its spy stories! Quote of the Week "I'm not a big fan of ballet, but one of my sources was a big ballet fan. So, I had to go to the Bolshoi Theater, watch this again, and again, and again, I had to do some learning to be able to talk to the guy. And same thing was happening with the art as well. so going to some galleries and talk to the people, be sure that they're using at least same terminology as they are, to be able in the future to support the conversation, be interesting to this person whom you're trying to approach." Janosh Neumann Resources Headline Resources Russian Spy, American Defector: with Janosh Neumann, YouTube, 2020 Almost American, 1-5, Aftershock Comics (2021-22) Andrews Recommendation Russian Intelligence, K. Riehle (NIU, 2022) [download entire book here for free) *SpyCasts* Dealing with Russia Jim Olson (2022) KGB Spy & NCIS Agent Jack Barsky & Keith Mahoney The Spymasters Prism Jack Devine (2021) The Corrupted State Ilya Zaslavskiy (2016) Beginner Resources Introduction to the Three Main Arms of Russian Intelligence, Globe & Mail (n.d.) [video] Putin, Power & Poison: Russias Elite FSB Spy Club, BBC (2018) [article] From Spy to President: Rise of Putin, Vox (2017) [video] Federal Security Service (FSB), Britannica (n.d.) [article] Books Putins People, C. Belton (William Collins, 2021) Return of the Russian Leviathan, S. Medvedev (Polity, 2019) Near & Distant Neighbors, J. Haslam (FS&G, 2016) The New Nobility, A. Soldatov & I. Borogan (Public Affairs, 2010) Memoirs Spymaster: My 32 Years in Espionage Against the West O. Kalugin (Basic, 2009) Special Tasks: A Soviet Spymaster, P. and A. Sudoplatov (Little Brown, 1994) Articles How Two Russian Defectors Helped the FBI, B. Denson, Newsweek (2016) Russian Defectors in Oregon, C. McGreal, Guardian (2015) Videos Lubyanka Federation: How the FSB Determines the Politics and Economics of Russia, Atlantic Council (n.d.) Washington Station: My Life as a KGB Spy, Y. Shvets, C-Span (1995) Primary Source Collections [All Wilson Center] Intelligence Operations in the Cold War The Mitrokhin Archive The Vassiliev Notebooks *Wildcard Resource* KGB Members from Ahmed to Yuri, courtesy of Marvel Comics! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 26 Jul 2022 11:00:00 -0000

The Spies Who Came in From the Cold with Chris Costa and John Quattrocki at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago


Summary Chris Costa (LinkedIn; Website) and John Quattrocki (LinkedIn; Website) join Andrew to discuss coming in from the Cold War. They both had long illustrious careers in intelligence. What Youll Learn Intelligence Two Cold War intelligence experiences Two perspectives on the U.S. intel. community in the 80s & early 90s Two reflections on the art and science of counterintelligence Two perspectives on serving on the National Security Council Reflections Career bookends Inadequate war termination And much, much more Episode Notes The Windy City Episode. The Pritzker Military Museum and Library (PMML) in Chicago is well worth a visit. Located on Michigan Avenue overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan theres three additional attractions right there you will not be disappointed. SPY teamed up with PMML to put on what would become this weeks episode. To discuss coming in from the Cold War intelligence landscape, Executive Director of SPY Chris Costa and AFIO board member John Quattrocki sat down for a panel discussion with Andrew. Chris, a former intelligence officer of 34 years with 25 of those in active duty in hot spots such as Panama, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, is also a past Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism on the NSC. John retired from the Senior Executive Service (SES - 4) as a Special Agent of the FBI with 19 years of operational experience against the Soviet Union/Russia, the Warsaw Pact, East Asia, Islamic extremist groups, and domestic terrorism. He also served on the NSC as the Director of Counterintelligence Programs. And Pritzker Military Museum & Librarys mission is to increase the publics understanding of military history. The International Spy Museums mission is to educate the public about espionage and intelligence. As you can see, then, in the military-intelligence-espionage national security continuum, we are pretty much as good a partnership as it gets. Quote of the Week "The government has seen the counterintelligence (CI) resources as a kind of a human capital escrow account to draw on for other elements to the government. And in, so doing, we have started to lend our CI bodies to the private sector. So, we are providing indirect cost support to the private sector for their CI responsibilities, rather than causing them to acquit all their own CI responsibilities." John Quattrocki "I was not entirely satisfied with the idea of being between wars, because we were trained as infantry men. Our job was to prepare to go to war. And then I said, you know what? I wanna fight against our adversaries on a different plane, multilevel chess, if you will. And that's what brought me into the intelligence business." Chris Costa Resources Headline Resource Video of the live event featuring Chris & John at PMML in Chicago, YouTube *SpyCasts* "The FBI Way" - Frank Figliuzzi (2021) Army Intelligence Mary Legere (2016) The CI Professional John Schindler (2016) Beginner Resources Cold War Overview, Khan Academy (n.d.) HUMINT vs. Counterintelligence, Clearance Jobs (2020) Books To Catch a Spy, J. Olson (GUP, 2019) U.S. Army CI Handbook (Dept. of Army, 2013) Double Cross, B. McIntyre (Crown, 2013) Articles The Best Books on Counterintelligence, J. Olson, Shepherd (n.d.) An Anatomy of Counterintelligence, A.C. Wasemiller, SII (1994) Terms & Definitions of CI, FAS (2014) Website Counterintelligence, FBI Primary Sources National CI Strategy, 2020-22 (2020) The Spy Who Loved Her (1994) A Review of US CI (1986) Church Committee Report (1976) Summary of the CIA Family Jewels (1975) *Wildcard Resource* Gerontion, T.S. Elliott (1920) This poem is the origin of the phrase often associated with CI: the wilderness of mirrors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 19 Jul 2022 11:00:00 -0000

SPY@20 The Spy of the Century Curators Alexis and Andrew on Kim Philby


Summary Alexis Albion (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss Kim Philby using some of his personal belongings as prompts. This episode on the Soviet mole inside MI6 coincides with SPYs 20th Anniversary. What Youll Learn Intelligence Why Philby has been called The Spy of the Century Philby the man, the ideologue, the spy, and the traitor Philbys corrosive effect on Cold War British and American intelligence The cultural blind spot that allowed him to hide in plain sight then ride a storm of suspicion Reflections Psychological complexity and contradiction Social stratification And much, much more Episode Notes The Cambridge Five are some of the most notable and notorious traitors in British history, and among them one man stands out in a way that has led some to call him, The Spy of the Century, MI6 officer Kim Philby. How did a quintessential Englishman who came from the right stock and went to the right schools become a Soviet mole? How did a genial chum come to haunt the corridors of British and American intelligence like a ghastly apparition? Dr. Alexis Albion is this weeks guest and the Curator of Special Projects at the International Spy Museum. She was formerly on the 9/11 Commission Report, the World Bank and the U.S. Department of State. In this is a first of a kind podcast, Alexis and Andrew sat down with some of Philbys personal belongings drawn from our world-leading collection of artifacts on espionage and intelligence. And Harold Adrian Russell Philby acquired the nickname Kim from the main character in Rudyard Kiplings novel Kim, an orphan-boy-cum-spy in British India. Kim and Philby also have the Punjab in common, the novel begins in Lahore and Philby was born in Ambala, although the historic region was partitioned between Pakistan and India in 1947. The drive between Lahore and Ambala is roughly similar to that between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Quote of the Week "So why is he The Spy of the Century? Maybe the fact that he's not identified with any particular event or set of information [e.g., unlike Julius Rosenberg], but he's identified with this idea of betraying his Englishness is perhaps why he's been such a lasting figure because he almost is a touchpoint for the history of the 20th century and England. Great Britain's demise is a great power." Resources *Andrews Recommendation* My Five Cambridge Friends, Y. Modin (FS&G, 1994) A one-time KGB handler of the Cambridge 5 reflects on each of them as spies and as individuals *SpyCasts* Stalins Englishman: Guy Burgess with Andrew Lownie (2016) The British the Joint Intelligence Committee with Mike Goodman (2014) The Real History of MI6 with Keith Jeffrey (2010) The Cambridge 5 with Nigel West (2009) *Beginner Resources* Facts About Kim Philby, J. Hayes, Factinate (n.d.) Reading Material Culture [i.e., objects] (2020] Indias Partition in Pictures, BBC (n.d.) Books Spies & Traitors, M. Holzman (Pegasus, 2021) A Spy Among Friends, B. McIntyre (Crown, 2015) Kim, Rudyard Kipling (1901) Articles The Punjab Partition, S. Sultan, LSE (2018) Philby & Mistrust, M. Gladwell, New Yorker (2014) Documentary Why Was India Split into Two Countries, H. Roy, TED-Ed, YouTube (n.d.) MI6 Agent Turned Russian Spy, Philby, Timeline, YouTube (n.d.) Primary Sources Philby, I Spied for Russia from 1933 (1967) My Silent War, K. Philby (1967) The Disappearance of Kim Philby (1963) Kim Philby (Peach): File 1 (1951-52) Constituent Assembly of India (1946) Primary Source Collections Indian Independence & Partition, UK National Archives *Wildcard Resource* Surnames & Social Mobility in England, 1230-2012 So, you thought social mobility in England has changed significantly since the Norman Conquest almost 1000 years ago well, yes, and NO! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 12 Jul 2022 11:00:00 -0000

Dealing with Russia A Conversation with Counterintelligence Legend Jim Olson


Summary Jim Olson (Website) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss Putin and Russia. He had a 31-year career with the CIA including a tour in Moscow. What Youll Learn Intelligence His views on Russia and its trajectory since the Cold Wars end His frank assessment of Putin and admiration for the Russian people His time in Moscow with 3 rotating KGB teams surveilling him His time as Chief of Station in the city of spies Vienna Reflections A beautiful marriage with American technology Passing the generational baton And much, much more Episode Notes James Olson is a legend in the clandestine service, not my description of this weeks guest, but that of former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Jim spent 31 years in the CIA, including tours in Moscow, Vienna & Mexico City, and rose to become Chief of CIA Counterintelligence. He is the author of Fair Play and To Catch a Spy. He joined Andrew to speak about Russia. He speaks the language, spent time living and working in the country, where he was involved in one particularly daring operation that he shares with us in the episode, and he faced off against the organization that would go on to become the current SVR and FSB the KGB. Jim has had Vladimir Putin on his radar for many a year, and he doesnt pull any punches reflecting on his trajectory in this episode. And Jim grew up in a small town in Iowa where, we didnt really follow international affairs, we joked among ourselvesif it didnt affect the price of corn, we werent really interested. My, how things changed for Jim. Quote of the Week "I have tremendous respect for the Russian people. They are long suffering. I've gotten to know many Russians. I've worked with a lot of Russians. I found them to be people who had a real soul. They had a human qualities that I could admire, but they were locked into a repressive regime that did not allow them to express any of those human sentiments that that they felt." Jim Olson Resources Headline Resource To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence, J. Olson (GUP, 2019) Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying, J. Olson (Potomac, 2008) *SpyCasts* The Spymasters Prism with Jack Devine (2021) Russians Among Us: The Hunt for Putins Spies with Gordon Corera (2020) The Corrupted State with Ilya Zaslavskiy (2016) Putins End Game in Ukraine with KGB General (Retd.) Oleg Kalugin (2014) Beginner Resources To Catch A Spy with J. Olson, C-SPAN (2020) [9:44 minutes] The Best Books on Counterintelligence, J. Olson, Shepherd (n.d.) Putins Revisionist History of Russia and Ukraine, I. Chotiner, New Yorker (2022) Books Putins People, C. Belton (Picador, 2022) Operative in the Kremlin, F. Hill & C. Gaddy (Brookings, 2015) One Soldiers War in Chechnya, A. Babchenko (Portobello, 2008) Articles Former CIA Leader Said LinkedIn is Like a Candy Store to China, C. Burgess, ClearanceJobs (2022) New Documentary Series Explores Pollard Affair, H. Brown, Jerusalem Post (2022) J. Olson First Recipient of The Spirit of Aggieland 41 Award, J. Adams, KAGS (2022) Ex-CIA Chief on Accused Chinese Spymaster, P. Christian, WCPO (2021) Videos To Catch A Spy with J. Olson, Houston World Affairs Council (2020) Primary Sources James Collins Oral History, US Ambassador to Soviet Union, 1997-2001 (n.d.) Jack Matlock Oral History, US Ambassador to Soviet Union, 1987-1991, (n.d.) Ukraine: Memo. On Security Assurances (1994) Belovezha Accords, Eyewitness Account of Former Belarus Soviet Leader (1991) *Wildcard Resource* What Classic Russian Literature Can Teach us about Putins War on Ukraine Putin is a big fan of Dostoevsky who underwent a mock execution & four years of hard labor in Siberia for belonging to a literary discussion group feared by the Tsarist autocracy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 05 Jul 2022 11:00:00 -0000

4th of July Special: The Wall of Spies Experience Espionage, Sabotage and Betrayal in America with John Gise


Summary John Gise joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss the Wall of Spies Experience. It features over 200 stories of espionage and sabotage in America since 1776. What Youll Learn Intelligence Americas first Spymaster The Founding Father of American Counterintelligence The New Yorker who adopted a Southern accent so she could spy on the Confederacy The escaped enslaved man who was described as a walking order of battle chart Reflections Educating a workforce on its past Dreaming about history And much, much more Episode Notes The Wall of Spies Experience features over 200 stories of espionage, sabotage and betrayal from American history. The physical wall is a private museum on an intelligence community facility, but the second installment of the Digital Wall of Spies has recently been released. Thus far we have the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, with WWI coming up next. Whether you want to get a sense of the evolution of espionage in America, dork out on a particular historical period, or just have a browse we are sure you will agree that this National Counterintelligence & Security Center (NCSC) sponsored exhibit is a welcome contribution to the publics understanding of the history of intelligence and espionage. This weeks guest is John Gise, for whom the Wall of Spies was a labor of love. He has had a number of different roles across the US government, including a stint in Special Forces, but for now, spies from American history are with him while awakeand while asleep. And If youve ever wondered why you cant visit the Statue of Libertys torch, you need to listen to the teaser John provides at the end of this episode on the next installment of the Digital Wall of Spies (well give you a clueits the opposite of White Jerry). Quote of the Week "We've now posted onlinethe digital revolutionary war spies, the digital civil war spiesAnd we're talking in the revolutionary war about 30 continental army spies and British spiesfor the civil war, it's about 25 Union spies and Confederate spies. And many of those spies are also Scouts, right? Collecting information, going behind enemy lines, conducting reconnaissance missions and collecting intelligence for their superiors." John Gise. Resources Headline Resource The Wall of Spies Experience (Digital) *SpyCasts* Birthplace of American Espionage - Spy Sites of Philadelphia (2021) George Sharpe and the BMI: A Conversation with Peter Tsouras (2019) Washingtons Spies: An Interview with Alexander Rose (2015) Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War (2014) Intelligence and Espionage in the U.S. Civil War (2012) Books The Creation of American Military Intelligence in the Civil War, P. Tsouras (Casemate, 2018) Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War (GUP, 2014) The Secret War for the Union, E. Fishel (Houghton, 1996) Articles Audacious Confederate Spies, G. Brockell, WaPo (2022) The Wall of Spies, M. Rosenwald, WaPo (2019) Intelligence Agency Unveils New Weapon to Deter Spies A Museum, J.J. Green, WTOP (2019) Primary Sources John McEntee to George H. Sharpe [Charley Wrights intel on location of Lee's army] 1863) Lincoln and the Baltimore Plot Pinkerton Papers [Kate Warne] (1861) The Federalist Papers: No:64 (John Jay, 1788) Minutes of the Commissioners for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies (1778-1781) Benedict Arnold Letter to John Andr (1780) John Andr Letter to Joseph Stansbury [for Benedict Arnold] (1779) Letter, George Washington to Benjamin Tallmadge (1779) *Wildcard Resource* Fraunces Tavern, New York City If you want to connect to Revolutionary War espionage, grab an ale, a seat by the fire, and muse (they also have a museum!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:00:00 -0000

Intelligence & the Worlds Largest Democracy Former Indian Intelligence Director Vikram Sood [from the vault]


Summary Vikram Sood (Twitter, Blog) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss intelligence in the worlds largest democracy. He was the chief of Indias Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW). What Youll Learn Intelligence The intelligence landscape in India China, Pakistan, and the intelligence challenges in the region The founding and evolution of the Research and Analysis Wing The pressure involved in the top job and being responsible to the Prime Minister Reflections The power of narratives Spies can be sensitive souls too And much, much more Episode Notes This is the final installment of our month long special on SPY CHIEFS, featuring Vikram Sood. former Director of Indias foreign intelligence agency, the Research & Analysis Wing (RA&W). This episode from the vault was recorded during the darkest days of the pandemic when the International Spy Museum was closed, infections and deaths were sky high, and Andrew was at home in his living room with Vikram at his in New Delhi. So, is the R&AW similar to the CIA or MI6 or both? Does it have a covert action capability? How focused is it on China and Pakistan? Who does the Director report to? To hear the answers tune in to listen to an Indian Spy Chief who was in office in the critical years 2000-2003. Vikram was in the intelligence business for more than thirty years, since leaving as the professional head of Indias foreign intelligence agency he went on to have a successful second career at the think-tank, Observer Research Foundation, which is based in New Delhi. He is the author of two books (see below). And Depending on the source, India has more, a little less, or roughly the same number of Muslims as Pakistan. An incredible fact when you consider that Pakistan is generally in the top five for having the largest population in the world. In fact, India has a larger population than the United States, Pakistan, Indonesia, Brazil and Nigeria combined. Quote of the Week "There is immense tension in the job because anything can go wrong any day and you will be held responsible if there is another bomb blast somewhere else. But if the leadership is supportive and it's understanding, and also contributes to helping you decide things, takes decisions for you that need politically clearances. That helps a lot that takes away the anxieties, it keeps the blood pressure down." Vikram Sood Resources Headline Resource The Ultimate Goal: R&AW Chief Deconstructs how Nations Construct Narratives (Harper India, 2020) The Unending Game: A Former R&AW Chiefs Insights into Espionage (Penguin, 2018) Beginner Resources [Video] How Was R&AW Started: Story of Indias External Intelligence Agency, WION (2022) [Article] RAW: A History of Indias Covert Operations, Yatish Yadav, New Indian Express (2020) Books The War that Made R&AW, A. Nandakumar (Westland, 2021) JFKs Forgotten Crisis: Tibet, the CIA and the Sino-Indian War, B. Riedel (BIP, 2015) Intelligence Elsewhere, P. Davies & K. Gustafson (GUP, 2013) The Kaoboys & R&AW, B Raman (Lancer, 2012) Indias External Intelligence, V.K. Singh (ManasPub, 2007) Articles History of RAW, Sachidananda Mohanty, Frontline (2022) A Peek Into Indias IB and RAW, Amjed Jaaved, Pakistan Today (2022) Inside R&AW, Rahul Bedi, The Wire: India (2020) Quiet Americans in India, P. McGarr, Diplomatic History, 38(5), 2014 (1046-1082) Videos Ex-Israel Spy Chief Talks Intelligence Cooperation with India, The Quint, YouTube (n.d.) Ex R&AW Chief Vikram Sood Gives a Glimpse of the World of Spies, The Quint, YouTube (n.d.) *Wildcard Resource* The James Bond of India Real-life spy Ajit Doval who spent years undercover in Pakistan He is currently the National Security Advisor of India! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 21 Jun 2022 11:00:00 -0000

SPY CHIEFS: From Navy Analyst to State Dept. Intelligence Chief Ellen McCarthys Journey (Part 2 of 2)


Summary Ellen McCarthy (Twitter; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss her career and time as head of the State Departments intelligence agency. INR is one of the 18 U.S. intelligence agencies. What Youll Learn Intelligence Her start as a Soviet submarine analyst in the Office of Naval Intelligence Bringing the U.S. Coast Guard intel. program into the Intelligence Community (IC) Working for DoD and Geospatial-Intelligence Why she admires the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) Reflections Government/for-profit/non-profit life Managing complexity and change And much, much more Episode Notes Imagine seeing a pyramid from different angles and different heights instead of from one vantage point? You get a better sense of what it truly looks like, its dimensions, colors, idiosyncrasies, and the shadows it casts, right? Ellen McCarthy has seen more of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) pyramid than most: she started as a junior analyst for the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Intelligence and ended up as the head of the State Dept.s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR). Along the way, she was with the U.S. Coast Guard, in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, and at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Quite the journey, I am sure you will agree And INR has been called the biggest little intelligence shop in town and its morning intelligence summary, Better than Wheaties. The NYT called it the least wrong intelligence agency on Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and it has been credited for a more accurate assessment of Ukraines ability to withstand Russia than its peers. They get paid attention to because theyre good and they tend to be contrarian, notes a former chair of the National Intelligence Council. How do they manage this? Well, big question, but the deep, deep expertise of their staff who are on average on their regional or functional area for over a decade as well as an intolerance for mediocrity would be good places to start. Quote of the Week "The Geographer of the United States sits in INR. I don't think a lot of people know that. So, when there's a boundary dispute or you've got countries trying to build islands, it's INR that's actually working what the legal boundaries are. The other thing that INR does that a lot of folks don't know about is polling. Polling in the intelligence community is conducted at INRAnd I will tell you that the polling capability at INR is the best I've ever seen." Ellen McCarthy Resources *SpyCasts* State Department Intelligence: Inside the INR INR Leadership (2020) Beginner Resources Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Wikipedia [webpage] Learn About the Smallest Organization in the IC, YouTube (n.d.) [1:45 minute] Geographer of the United States, YouTube, (2011) [13:24 minute] Books Intelligence Informs Policymaking at DoS: INR, T. King in T. Juneau, ed. Strategic Analysis in Support of Policymaking, R&L (2017), pp. 95-110. Reducing Uncertainty: Intelligence Analysis & National Security, T. Fingar, SUP (2011) INR, Intelligence & Research at State, U.S. DoS (1973) Article The U.S. Intelligence Community Needs a Wild Bill Moment, E. McCarthy & M. Scott, Cipher Brief (2021) Video SPYCHAT: Ellen McCarthy & Chris Costa, YouTube (2021) The New IC: Ellen McCarthy Keynote, YouTube (2019) FedMentor: NGAs Ellen McCarthy, YouTube (2014) Primary Sources INR: 2025 Strategic Plan (2022) Oral History with Teresita Schaeffer (1998) Oral History with Thomas F. Conlon (1992) Oral History with Frank Burnet, (1990) Oral History with Daniel Zachary (1989) *Wildcard Resource* The Ralph J. Bunche Library State Dept. Library named after OSS intelligence analyst, diplomat & Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Bunche Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 14 Jun 2022 11:00:00 -0000

SPY CHIEFS: From Navy Analyst to State Dept. Intelligence Chief Ellen McCarthys Journey (Part 1 of 2)


Summary Ellen McCarthy (Twitter; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss her career and time as head of the State Departments intelligence agency. INR is one of the 18 U.S. intelligence agencies. What Youll Learn Intelligence Her start as a Soviet submarine analyst in the Office of Naval Intelligence Bringing the U.S. Coast Guard intel. program into the Intelligence Community (IC) Working for DoD and Geospatial-Intelligence Why she admires the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) Reflections Government/for-profit/non-profit life Managing complexity and change And much, much more Episode Notes Imagine seeing a pyramid from different angles and different heights instead of from one vantage point? You get a better sense of what it truly looks like, its dimensions, colors, idiosyncrasies, and the shadows it casts, right? Ellen McCarthy has seen more of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) pyramid than most: she started as a junior analyst for the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Intelligence and ended up as the head of the State Dept.s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR). Along the way, she was with the U.S. Coast Guard, in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, and at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Quite the journey, I am sure you will agree And INR has been called the biggest little intelligence shop in town and its morning intelligence summary, Better than Wheaties. The NYT called it the least wrong intelligence agency on Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and it has been credited for a more accurate assessment of Ukraines ability to withstand Russia than its peers. They get paid attention to because theyre good and they tend to be contrarian, notes a former chair of the National Intelligence Council. How do they manage this? Well, big question, but the deep, deep expertise of their staff who are on average on their regional or functional area for over a decade as well as an intolerance for mediocrity would be good places to start. Quote of the Week "The Geographer of the United States sits in INR. I don't think a lot of people know that. So, when there's a boundary dispute or you've got countries trying to build islands, it's INR that's actually working what the legal boundaries are. The other thing that INR does that a lot of folks don't know about is polling. Polling in the intelligence community is conducted at INRAnd I will tell you that the polling capability at INR is the best I've ever seen." Ellen McCarthy Resources *SpyCasts* State Department Intelligence: Inside the INR INR Leadership (2020) Beginner Resources Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Wikipedia [webpage] Learn About the Smallest Organization in the IC, YouTube (n.d.) [1:45 minute] Geographer of the United States, YouTube, (2011) [13:24 minute] Books Intelligence Informs Policymaking at DoS: INR, T. King in T. Juneau, ed. Strategic Analysis in Support of Policymaking, R&L (2017), pp. 95-110. Reducing Uncertainty: Intelligence Analysis & National Security, T. Fingar, SUP (2011) INR, Intelligence & Research at State, U.S. DoS (1973) Article The U.S. Intelligence Community Needs a Wild Bill Moment, E. McCarthy & M. Scott, Cipher Brief (2021) Video SPYCHAT: Ellen McCarthy & Chris Costa, YouTube (2021) The New IC: Ellen McCarthy Keynote, YouTube (2019) FedMentor: NGAs Ellen McCarthy, YouTube (2014) Primary Sources INR: 2025 Strategic Plan (2022) Oral History with Teresita Schaeffer (1998) Oral History with Thomas F. Conlon (1992) Oral History with Frank Burnet, (1990) Oral History with Daniel Zachary (1989) *Wildcard Resource* The Ralph J. Bunche Library State Dept. Library named after OSS intelligence analyst, diplomat & Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Bunche Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 07 Jun 2022 11:00:00 -0000

SPY CHIEFS: Director-General of Security Mike Burgess - ASIO, Australia & America


Summary Mike Burgess (Website; Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss his agency and the enduring strength of Australias alliances. ASIO is the second intelligence agency he has directed. What Youll Learn Intelligence The Australian idea of mateship in the intelligence context The Australian intelligence landscape The United States as its most important strategic alliance The enduring value and historical uniqueness of the FIVE EYES alliance Reflections How Man. Utd. might help us understand leadership The frustrations of watching spy fiction on TV as a practitioner And much, much more Episode Notes The top job: what is it like? what are the joys and pains of leadership? This is not like leading a business, though, or a soccer team, this is protecting the country and its citizens from terrorism, espionage, sabotage, and external interference. Such is the charge of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO). To address these questions, Andrew sat down with Mike Burgess, who was formerly the Director-General of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), comparable to GCHQ and the NSA an agency would serve in for over 20 years. They also discussed the Australian intelligence landscape and its most important alliances, such as the U.S. and FIVE EYES and some of its important regional relationships. And Mike and Andrew hit it off, especially when discussing Alex Ferguson and how soccer can help us understand management and leadership. Ferguson won more titles in soccer than any other manager, at 49, and he is generally considered the GOAT or a strong contender. Of course, trophies are extremely important, but they do not capture everything. If you are looking for an example of transformational change of an entire organization and its subsequent culture, HBS could do a lot worse than draft a case study on the legendary leadership of Liverpool F.C. by Bill Shankly. He made people believe. Quote of the Week Talking about FIVE EYES, that's one of those foundational partnerships in our relationshipsIt's unique becauseit was born through WWII. It's an interesting phenomenon because it started its life as a signals intelligence relationshipat its core, it's an intelligence relationship that really has made a difference to each of those five nations respective national securityAnd we do trust each other, and we share our most intimate secrets. Resources *SpyCasts* Keeping Secrets/Disclosing Secrets with Spy Chief turned DG of Australias National Archives David Fricker (2022) Desperately, Madly in Love Brett Peppler and the Australian IC (2021) Beginner Resources Australian Intelligence Community, Wikipedia [webpage] Australian Security and Intelligence Organization (ASIO) [Website] Why I Spy, M. Burgess, YouTube (n.d.) [60 second video] Intelligence Professionals FAQ, ASIO, YouTube (n.d.) [2:32 minute video] Virtual Exhibition Spy: Espionage in Australia (NAA) Books Spies & Sparrows: ASIO & the Cold War, P. Deery (2022) Between Five Eyes, A. Wells (2020) Intelligence & the Function of Government, D. Baldino & E. Crawley (2018) The Official History of ASIO 3 Volumes, D. Horner, J. Blaxland, R. Crawley (2014/2015/2016) Report Intelligence Oversight: A Comparison of the FIVE EYES Nations, C. Baker et.al., Parliament of Australia (2017) Primary Sources Director-Generals Annual Threat Assessment (2022) Foreign Espionage: An Australian Perspective, ASIS DG (2022) ASIO Internal Message on Vietnam War (1970) Surveillance of the Aarons, Communist Party Australia (1966) Counterespionage Film, ASIO (1963) Citizenship for former Soviet Spies, Petrovs (1956) *Wildcard Resource* Sydney vs. Melbourne: The Real Canberra Story If youve ever wondered why Canberra is the capital Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 31 May 2022 11:00:00 -0000

My Life Looking at Spies & the Media with Paul Lashmar


Summary Paul Lashmar (Twitter, Website) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss investigative journalism and intelligence. He is a former UK Reporter of the Year. What Youll Learn Intelligence The similarities and differences between spooks and journalists The role Watergate played for his generation of journalists Intelligence overseers as Ostriches, Cheerleaders, Lemon-suckers, or Guardians Bellingcat, Spycatcher and the Zinoviev Letter Reflections The long shadow of the Second World War Investigative journalism in democratic societies And much, much more Episode Notes Cardiac stimulating experiences, is how this weeks guest describes meeting sources in smoky IRA pubs in Belfast all on his lonesome. But he also met sources in the oak-paneled clubs of Whitehall and in many other places around the world. So, what has our guest distilled from his long career examining intelligence agencies? What are the types of relationships spooks and journalists have had with one another? What are the similarities and differences between both tribes? To answer these questions and more, Andrew sat down with investigative reporter and current Head of the Dept. of Journalism at City, University of London, Paul Lashmar. Paul has worked across the media landscape, as a producer for the BBC, as a broadcast journalist with British current affairs television program World in Action, and as an investigative journalist for the Observer newspaper. He won Reporter of the Year in the 1986 UK Press Awards. He is the author of Spy Flights of the Cold War, Britains Secret Propaganda War, and most recently Spies, Spin and the Fourth Estate. And World in Action was a legendary investigative TV program in the U.K. Its programming led to the resignation of a Home Secretary, one of the Great Offices of State in the UK; the release of the Birmingham Six, who were wrongfully convicted of planting IRA bombs; and the exposure of Combat-18, a violent neo-Nazi movement. It would also publish the original story of the Spycatcher allegations that the head of MI5 was a Soviet mole and that there had been a joint MI5-MI6 plot to overthrow Labor Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Paul co-wrote that 1984 episode. For all these reasons and more, it was rarely out of the courts. The last series was broadcast in 1998. Quote of the Week "They would meet you in an up-market club in the center of Londonit's leather Chesterfields, gentleman walking around getting your gin and tonic. It was all of that, in those days it was all informalthere are now in most newspapers, somebody who is usually appointed by the editor who maintains those connections it's a sensible arrangement." Paul Lashmar Resources Headline Resource Spies, Spin and the Fourth Estate, P. Lashmar (EUP, 2021) *SpyCasts* The Women of NatSec Journalism 6 Leading Journalists (2017) Covering Intelligence (2015) Part 1: with Mark Mazzetti Part 2 with Ali Watkins Part 3 with Greg Miller Books Zinoviev Letter, G. Bennett (OUP, 2020) Spies and the Media in Britain, R. Norton-Taylor (IBT, 2018) Spinning Intelligence, R. Dover and M. Goodman (CUP, 2009) Spycatcher, P. Wright (Viking, 1987) Beginner Articles UK Officials Still Blocking SpyCatcher Files, Guardian (2021) The Zinoviev Letter, FT (2018) When Spy Agencies Didnt Exist, BBC (2014) Articles Why Good Investigative Journalism Matters (2022) Obituary: Peter Wright, Independent (1995) Documentary World in Action, YouTube (n.d.) Primary Sources The Spy Who Never Was [World In Action] (1984) Moscow Orders to Our Reds [Daily Mail Accusation] (1924) Zinoviev Denies Writing Letter (1924) Zinoviev Narrative of Facts [TUC & Labour Party] (1924) *Wildcard Resource* How Bellingcat is Using TikTok to Investigate the War in Ukraine Investigative journalism, Bellingcat style! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 24 May 2022 11:00:00 -0000

Amazon to Darien, Atlantic to Pacific Intelligence in Colombia with former Head of its Navy Admiral Hernando Wills


Summary Admiral Hernando Wills Velez (Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss intelligence in Colombia. He is the former professional head of the Colombian Navy. What Youll Learn Intelligence What it is like to be the head of an entire Navy Intelligence from the point of view of a senior military officer The unique set of challenges Colombia faces insurgents, terrorists, paramilitaries, drug-cartels, etc. The role intelligence played in the daring Operation Jacque Reflections The blessings and curses of geography Capacity building in organizations And much, much more Episode Notes To hear more about his remarkable career as former professional head of the Colombian Navy, and to discuss Colombia and intelligence, Andrew sat down with Admiral Hernando Wills Vlez. Colombia and its navy must reckon with a unique combination of challenges including Marxist insurgents, right-wing paramilitaries, drug cartels, crime syndicates, and a vast and diverse territory. To sum up, it is a remarkably fascinating case-study for the role intelligence might play. Admiral Wills was also the commander of the Pacific Fleet, head of the Colombian Coast Guard, and a former aide de camp to the President of Colombia. His father was a career military officer who served in the Korean War with the Colombian Navy. He is an NDU graduate. And Operation Jacque. This episode coincides with a pop-up exhibit at our museum on a 2008 Colombian intelligence-led operation to rescue 15 hostages held for many years by the FARC, a Marxist guerilla group who were involved in drug trafficking, extortion, and terrorism. 3 Americans and 12 Colombians were rescued, including a candidate for the Colombian presidency. Bottom line: all the hostages were freed from deep within the rainforest without a single shot being fired. Intelligence baby, intelligence. Quote of the Week "Time goes so fast. I joined the Navy when I was 15 years old, very young. I finished high school. in the Naval academy. And then you start your regular business as a young lieutenant in ships and destroyers and positions on land. And all of a sudden, you see yourself as an admiral. I mean, it's a crazy thing[then] I had the privilege to be selected by the president to lead the Columbia Navy." former Head of Columbia's Navy Admiral Hernando Wills. Resources Headline Resource Operation Jacque, International Spy Museum, Spring-Summer 2022 Books Colombia: A Concise Contemporary History, M. Larosa & G. Meja (R&L, 2017) Out of Captivity: Surviving 1967 Days in the Colombian Jungle, M. Gonsalves, et al. (W. Morrow, 2009) Beginner Articles Colombia Profile Timeline, BBC (2018) Colombia CIA World Factbook, CIA (2022) Colombia Marks One Year Anniversary of Jaque, Reuters (2009) Colombia Navy, Global Security (n.d.) Articles Anchoring the Caribbean: The Colombian Navy, W. Mills, Stable Seas (2021) Colombia & Operation Jacque, L. Collins, Modern War Institute (2021) Plan Colombia and the U.S. Armys 7th Special Forces Group, K. Higgins, Taylor Francis (2021) Plan Colombia: Effectiveness & Costs, D. Meja, Brookings (2016) Globalization & FARC, J. Forero, USAWC (2013) FARC: A Portrait of Insurgent Intelligence, J. Gentry & D. Spencer, INS (2010) Videos FARC Hostage Rescue Video Operation Jacque, CBS (2008) Primary Sources Revocation of Terrorist Designation for FARC, A. Blinken, State (2021) Plan Colombia Staff Trip Report, Senate Foreign Relations Committee (2005) Plan Colombia, U.S. Role Hearing, House Subcommittee on the W. Hemisphere (2000) NSC 1 Carter Panama Canal Directive (1977) Letter to U.S. Senators From Carter Panama Canal (1977) *Wildcard Resource* One Hundred years of Solitude (novel), Embrace of the Serpent (movie), or Adventures of an Orchid Hunter (travel memoir) take your pick! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 17 May 2022 11:00:00 -0000

Peter Earnest Memorial: Spook, CIA Spokesman, Spy Museum Director [from the vault]


Summary Peter Earnest spent 35 years in the CIA as a case officer and retired as its chief spokesman. He was the founding Executive Director of the International Spy Museum. What Youll Learn Intelligence Losing a friend in the line of duty vs. betrayal by a colleague Using affability to your advantage Thoughts on the shift from classic espionage to counterterrorism for the CIA The relationship between the CIA, the press and the public Reflections The origins of the International Spy Museum The role museums can play in fostering a sense of collective identity & esprit de corps And much, much more Episode Notes May 21st, 2022. The date of the Memorial Service at the International Spy Museum for Peter Earnest, the founding Executive Director of the museum and a 35-year veteran of the CIA and. In honor of him, his weeks episode is an exit-interview he recorded with my predecessor, Vince Houghton, not long after Peter announced his retirement from the museum. Peter was a case officer at CIA for 25 years, largely in Europe and the Middle East, recruiting and running agents, and getting involved in covert actions, counterespionage, and double agent operations. He later went on to work in the Inspector Generals office and as the CIAs Senate liaison, concluding his career as the CIAs chief spokesman. What is it like being a nice guy in the murky world of intelligence? How does a tight-lipped case officer make the transition to chief spokesman? How did a museum on espionage and intelligence end up in Washington D.C.? Peter Earnest died on February 13, 2022. He will be sorely missed. And Peter wrote the foreword for a 2011 edition of Boy Scout founder Robert Baden-Powells classic book, My Adventures as a Spy, featuring chapters such as Commercial Spying, Traitorous Spying, and How Spies Disguise Themselves. The only CIA officer who came through the ranks to become Director, Robert Gates, was an Eagle Scout, as was the only Director of both the CIA and the FBI, Judge William Webster. Quote of the Week "There's a broad respect from museums by the American public they're distrustful of almost everything else, but the trust in museums is high, and so I think it's a place that some of those senior professionals refer to. If they've come down, they feel, it's, doing good work." Peter Earnest Resources Headline Resource TRIBUTE: CIA Veteran Who Helped Launch the Spy Museum, Dies at 88, International Spy Museum, YouTube (2022) *SpyCasts Peter Earnest: My Life in the CIA (2012) Articles In Memoriam, Peter Earnest, 1934-2022, SPY (2022) CIA Veteran who Ran a Spy Museum, Dies at 88, NYT (2022) CIA Veteran Who Helped Launch Spy Museum, Dies at 88, H. Smith, WaPo (2022) Family of Spies, Washingtonian Magazine (2013) Books The Real Spys Guide to Becoming a Spy, P. Earnest (Harper, 2009) Business Confidential: Lessons for Corporate Success from Inside the CIA, P. Earnest & M. Karinch (AMACOM, 2010) Harry Potter and the Art of Spying, P. Earnest & S. Harper (Wise Ink, 2014) Primary Sources Soviet Defector Arkady Shevchenko Dies, WaPo (1998) Emily A. Earnest, Consular Office Obituary, WaPo (1994) CIA Officer Richard Welch Murdered in Athens, CIA (1975) CIA COS Richard Welch Murdered in Athens, Counterspy Magazine Blamed for his Death, British Pathe (1975) *Wildcard Resource* Colbert Classic, Spy Training with Peter Earnest, Comedy Central (2013) Go to 3:31 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 10 May 2022 11:00:00 -0000

America's Most Damaging Russian Spy, FBI Agent Robert Hanssen" with Lis Wiehl


Summary Lis Wiehl (Twitter, Website) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss the FBI Agent Robert Hanssen. His espionage for the Russians was described as the worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history. What Youll Learn Intelligence The many contradictions of this fragmented personality The criminal sworn FBI Agent The sexual fetishist in Opus Dei The anti-communist Soviet spy Hanssens impact on the FBI and American Intelligence How the Hanssen case effected the FBI-CIA relationship Reflections Technologys impact on the espionage/counterespionage cat-and-mouse game Cultural and institutional blind spots And much, much more Episode Notes The International Spy Museum has the handcuffs that were put on one of the most notorious spies in American history, former FBI Agent Robert Hanssen. But what was the backstory of the moment those metal restraints closed around his wrists in Foxstone Park, Virginia? What did he do? Why did he do it? Who was this man? What damage did he do? To discuss these questions, Andrew sat down with the author of A Spy in Plain Sight, Lis Wiehl. Lis is a former Federal Prosecutor and a legal analyst and reporter on major news networks, including a 15-year stint at Fox News. She is the best-selling author of 20 fiction and non-fiction books and last but not least she is the daughter of an FBI Agent who heard stories of Hanssens betrayal from her father. Hanssen betrayed jewel in the crown of American intelligence, Dimitri Polyakov, and other U.S. assets, as well as handing over thousands of pages of highly classified information to the Soviet Union and later Russia. And In the intelligence community compartmentalization is a way to try to protect sensitive information, caveats, codewords, clearances, read ins, need to know, etc., but in the personal context it refers to being capable of being a different person in terms of outlook, values and behavior at different times and circumstances. David Charney met with Hanssen for an entire year after his arrest and described him as the most compartmentalized person I have ever met. He also mentions that he is a very experienced psychiatrist. Charney says in terms of compartmentalization most of us are a 1-2 on a scale of 10.Guess where Hanssen was? Quote of the Week "At one point hacked into one of his colleagues computers to get more information, he was found out and his excuse was, I was just trying to show you how easily we're hacked into so that we can make sure that we dont, and they believed him because he was a computer guythey just believed him when he hacked in this other person's computer. Crazy." Lis Wiehl Resources Headline Resource A Spy in Plain Sight, L. Wiehl (S&S, 2022) *SpyCasts* The FBI Way - Counterintelligence Chief Frank Figliuzzi Leningrad, Molehunts, and Life After the CIA - Christopher Burgess (2021) Defending a Spy, An Espionage Attorney - Plato Cacheris (2015) The Movie Breach and Hollywoods Take on Espionage Eric ONeill (2007) FBI Counterintelligence and the Robert Hanssen Spy Case Dave Major (2007) Books New History of Soviet Intelligence, J. Haslam (FS&J, 2015) Spy Handler, V. Cherkashin, (Basic, 2008) Articles Spy Who Kept Cold War Cold Polyakov, History (2019) Spy Psychology/Insider Spies, NOIR (2014) Death of the Perfect Spy Polyakov, Time (2001) Videos Charney on What Makes Traitors Tick? SPY (2014) Primary Sources Witness to History at SPY, Hanssen Investigation (2013) Review on FBI Performance Detecting Hanssen, OIG (2003) A Review of FBI Security Programs, Webster Commission (2002) Sandy Grimes Interview on Polyakov (1998) *Wildcard Resource* Inside the Supermax Prison (Florence, Colorado) Hanssen is here alongside Harold James Nicholson, El Chapo, Ramzi Yousef and Terry Nichols Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 03 May 2022 11:00:00 -0000

CIA Case Officer, Cyber Entrepreneur, Burning Man Volunteer with Mike Susong (Part 2 of 2)


Summary Mike Susong (Website; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss CIA, cyber and corporate intelligence. He won the Intelligence Star for Heroism in the Field. What Youll Learn Intelligence Applying aspects of Mikes training to the private sector using competitive intelligence Mikes role co-founding a pioneering company in the field of Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) The role of technology in enabling and constraining espionage What drew Mike to an annual free-thinking social experiment in the desert Reflections Entrepreneurial thinking as unwavering belief in an idea The difference between working for Uncle Sam and working for corporate America And much, much more Episode Notes Andrew sat down with W. Michael Susong for a two-parter to discuss CIA, cyber and Burning Man. Last week in PART I we looked at Mikes time working for the CIA and in the domain of human intelligence, while in PART II we will focus on his time as an entrepreneur and intelligence leader in the cyber threat intelligence and competitive intelligence spaces. Mike was a U.S. Army major who completed multiple combat tours and a CIA case officer. He went into the private sector and created competitive intelligence programs for Fujitsu and Ernst & Young, and he was a pioneer in the field of cyber threat intelligence or CTI, creating the first programs for Visa and Pacific Gas & Electric. He is both CISM and CPP certified and a Black Rock Ranger. And Black Rock Rangers are volunteers at Burning Man, an annual event that focuses on artistic expression, spiritual regeneration, and radical inclusion. It culminates in the symbolic burning of a large wooden effigy, known as The Man. If you want to explore the event or the ideas that propel it, including its roots in the Californian counter-culture and its Silicon Valley connections, you can do so here, here, here, here, here, and here. Quote of the Week "I worked with, with two corporations to build competitive intelligence programs, for themI want to emphasize that's the ethical application of certain aspects of the intelligence cycle, to support a business decision. So, this was more on the analysis piece, some on collection, and certainly when you start to speak of collection within a private sector environment, you have to have clear, bright lines aloud about what is and is not acceptable." Mike Susong Resources Headline Resource Application of Intelligence Principles to Raise IT Security, M. Susong, YouTube (2012) *SpyCasts From the CIA to Strategic Cyber Hans Holmer (2022) Cyberattacks, Espionage & Ransomware Inside Microsofts MSTIC (2022) Articles Start a Competitive Intelligence System that Wins, P. Mertens, Sprout Social (2022) Gathering Competitive Intelligence From Twitter, S. Argawal, Startup Grind Websites Competitive Intelligence Resources, SCIP PBR (Projects, Briefs, Reports) 2022 State of Competitive Intelligence, SCIP/Crayon (2022) CTI: Applying Better Terminology to Threats Intelligence, A. Greer, SANS (2021) Understanding Cyber Threat Intelligence Operations, Bank of England (2016) Courses Cyber Threat Intelligence, SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence, Threat Intelligence Academy Podcasts Cyber Threat Intelligence, Hacking Humans (2020) Intelligence Operations: A First Principle of Cybersecurity, CSO Perspectives (2022) Video 2022 State of Competitive Intelligence, YouTube (2022) A CEOs Perspective on Intelligence, Report Linker (2020) Primary Sources Letter to CIA Deputy Director on Competitive Intelligence (1986) *Wildcard Resource* The Whole Earth Catalog (1968) Steve Jobs called it the bible of his generation and links have been made between it and Silicon Valley, Cyber, and Burning Man. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 26 Apr 2022 11:00:00 -0000

CIA Case Officer, Cyber Entrepreneur, Burning Man Volunteer with Mike Susong (Part 1 of 2)


Summary Mike Susong (Website; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss CIA, cyber and corporate intelligence. He won the Intelligence Star for Heroism in the Field. What Youll Learn Intelligence The outgrowth of intelligence from a nation-state activity to a corporate activity Recruiting and running agents as a CIA case officer His shift from tactical intelligence to strategic intelligence His journey from a curious kid with a short-wave radio to an intel professional Reflections Effective decision-making and intelligence The opportunities and challenges of working in different fields and domains And much, much more Episode Notes What is it like to do intelligence for Uncle Sam and then for the private sector? What is different and what is similar? How did intelligence go from supporting national security decision-making to business decision-making? To answer these questions, Andrew sat down with W. Michael Susong for a two-parter. PART I will focus on Mikes time working for the CIA and in the domain of human intelligence, while PART II will focus on his time in the as an entrepreneur and intelligence leader in the cyber threat intelligence and competitive intelligence spaces. Mike was a U.S. Army major who completed multiple combat tours and a CIA case officer. He went into the private sector and created competitive intelligence programs for Fujitsu and Ernst & Young, and he was a pioneer in the field of cyber threat intelligence or CTI, creating the first programs for Visa and Pacific Gas & Electric. He is both CISM and CPP certified and a Black Rock Ranger. And Black Rock Rangers are volunteers at Burning Man, an annual event that focuses on artistic expression, spiritual regeneration, and radical inclusion. It culminates in the symbolic burning of a large wooden effigy, known as The Man. If you want to explore the event or the ideas that propel it, including its roots in the Californian counter-culture and its Silicon Valley connections, you can do so here, here, here, here, here, and here. Quote of the Week "Its analogous to business. So, there's closers, people who are really the salesmanbut then they're not good at the kind of that long-term relationship, reassuring, working over timeAnd so I would say that there are case officers who are better at spotting and recruiting, and there are case officers that are better at handling." Mike Susong Resources Headline Resource Application of Intelligence Principles to Raise IT Security, M. Susong, YouTube (2012) *SpyCasts From the CIA to Strategic Cyber Hans Holmer (2022) Cyberattacks, Espionage & Ransomware Inside Microsofts MSTIC (2022) Articles Start a Competitive Intelligence System that Wins, P. Mertens, Sprout Social (2022) Gathering Competitive Intelligence From Twitter, S. Argawal, Startup Grind Websites Competitive Intelligence Resources, SCIP PBR (Projects, Briefs, Reports) 2022 State of Competitive Intelligence, SCIP/Crayon (2022) CTI: Applying Better Terminology to Threats Intelligence, A. Greer, SANS (2021) Understanding Cyber Threat Intelligence Operations, Bank of England (2016) Courses Cyber Threat Intelligence, SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence, Threat Intelligence Academy Podcasts Cyber Threat Intelligence, Hacking Humans (2020) Intelligence Operations: A First Principle of Cybersecurity, CSO Perspectives (2022) Video 2022 State of Competitive Intelligence, YouTube (2022) A CEOs Perspective on Intelligence, Report Linker (2020) Primary Sources Letter to CIA Deputy Director on Competitive Intelligence (1986) *Wildcard Resource* The Whole Earth Catalog (1968) Steve Jobs called it the bible of his generation and links have been made between it and Silicon Valley, Cyber, and Burning Man. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 19 Apr 2022 11:00:00 -0000

El Chapo, the Sinaloa Cartel & Intelligence with Trial Reporter Noah Hurowitz


Summary Noah Hurowitz (Twitter; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss infamous drug kingpin El Chapo. A weak link in his cybersecurity set-up would help bring him down. What Youll Learn Intelligence El Chapos internal surveillance operation The cartels use of cryptography to keep communications covert How cybersecurity enabled then brought down El Chapo The role of the infamous DFS a corrupt and now disbanded intelligence agency Reflections Technology early adopters vs. counter responders The changing nature of crime enabled by emerging technologies spyware, drones, etc. And much, much more Episode Notes Joaqun Archivaldo Guzmn Loera, aka El Chapo (shorty) because of his 5-foot 6-inch frame, was called by one of the agents chasing him, the godfather of the drug world. So, how did a low-level drug dealer from a provincial state rise to try and subvert the Mexican government to his will? What was the intelligence game that played out with regards to El Chapo? How did the cartels use spytech, tradecraft and cybersecurity to stay one step ahead of the law? How was he caught? To answer these questions and more, Andrew sat down with Noah Horowitz who covered the trial of El Chapo in Brooklyn for Rolling Stone magazine. Noah is also the author of the recent book El Chapo, and his work has appeared in the Village Voice, the Baffler and New York Magazine. And In the El Chapo trial, question No.57 asked prospective jurors, Are you familiar with Jesus Malverde? If you are not familiar with this angel of the poor (el ngel de los pobres) as well as the Sinaloan narcos (el narcosantn), then you can find out why this question would be relevant here, here, here and here. Quote of the Week "So, in addition to encrypted communicationshe was also installing spyware on Blackberry devices that El Chapo was giving out to his lieutenants and his girlfriends and his wives. And then EL Chapo was able to use this, the spyware program to see what was on their phones. He was able to see their text messages. He was able to see their locations. He was even able to remotely activate their mic and listen to them. And he loved thatit was like a toy to him almost. He became obsessed with it." Noah Hurowitz Resources Headline Resource El Chapo, N. Hurowitz (S&S, 2021) *SpyCasts* Drug Cartels, Sleeper Cells, the Waco Siege & the Mob - Dennis Franks (2021) Books Dope: History of the Mexican Drug Trade, B. Smith (W.W. Norton, 2021) Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs & Cartels, I. Grillo (Bloomsbury, 2021) Articles Drugs, Crime and the Cartels, CFR (2021) The Tech that Took Down Pablo Escobar, Wired (2021) Mexican Cartels Cyber Surveillance, C. Schilis-Gallego, Forbidden Stories (2020) Spy vs. Spy, El Chapo Edition, E. Groll, FP (2019) The Spyware that Brought Down El Chapo, S. Fussell, The Atlantic (2019) Websites El Paso Intelligence Project (EPIC) Centro Nacional De Intelligencia (CNI) PBR (Projects, Briefs, Reports) Mexico: Evolution of the Merida Initiative, C. Seelke, CRS (2021) Mexico Organized Crime and Drug Traffickers, J. Beittel, CRS (2020) Primary Sources EDNY Press Release on El Chapo Trial (2019) Memo in Support of Pre-trial Detention, USA vs. Joaqun Guzmn Loera (2017) Trial Transcripts of El Chapo Text Messages with His Mistress (2012) Official Report on Mexicos Dirty War (2006) Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (1999) Primary Source Collections The Mexican Intelligence Digital Archives (MIDAS) Inside The Cartel: Key Documents (LAT) *Wildcard Resource* The Original Indigenous People of Sinaloa To understand Joaqun Guzmn Loera, starting at the year of his birth, 1957, might be enough; but to understand El Chapo it might help to go deeper still Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 12 Apr 2022 11:00:00 -0000

"ISIS Leader al-Mawla: Caliph. Scholar. Canary. Snitch." with Daniel Milton, West Point CTC Director (Part 2 of 2)


Summary Daniel Milton (Website; Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss the former Caliph of the Islamic State. Al Mawla was killed in a U.S. raid in February 2022. What Youll Learn Intelligence The origin of the term Canary Caliph The mythology of Islamic State and the reality Battlefield intelligence and understanding an enemy The Combating Terrorism Center being on the radar of terrorists Reflections The presentation of self The relationship between organizational priorities and organizational hierarchies And much, much more Episode Notes Daniel Milton joins us again to discuss a series of interrogation reports of Al Mawla, at the time leader of Islamic law in Mosul for the Islamic State in Iraq (ISI). ISI was the successor to Al Qaeda in that country and the predecessor of Islamic State (Islamic State is a larger umbrella category, while ISIS, ISKP, etc. come with geographical designations, e.g., Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Al Mawla gave up the names of over 50 people within his own organization: and that was only in the first 3 of 56 interviews. One interesting insight you can glean from the documents is that Islamic State while very different from many organizations in many respects, is just like them in others: empire building, clashing personalities, struggles over process, paperwork, committees, territorialism, jealousy, prejudice, insecurity like The Office, but with much more malevolent intent. And If you want to read a document that captures (a) an important inflection point in the transition from Al Qaeda to Islamic State and (b) was one of the West Point CTC publications captured during the Bin Laden raid, read Al Qaeda Secedes from Iraq. Quote of the Week "I think we get a sense of it as an organization that exists and has similar struggles as any other organization does. Having said that, clearly, it's a clandestine organization, and so one of the overriding imperatives is security. Individuals are trying to stay alive and not get arrested or killed. And that affects a little bit of the way that you carry out business. I do think that you also see some element of the things that you described. There is competition. There are people who don't like each other." Daniel Milton Resources *Headline Resources* Al Mawla Interrogation Reports Islamic State, Mapping Militants, CISAC Stanford Books Enemies Near & Far, D. Gartenstein-Ross (CUP, 2022) The ISIS Reader, Ingram et al. (Hurst, 2020) The Rise of Global Jihad, T. Hegghammer (CUP, 2020) Foreign Fighters in the Armies of Jihad, D. Byman (OUP, 2019) Anatomy of Terror, A. Soufan (W.W. Norton, 2017) The Far Enemy, F. Gerges (CUP, 2005) Best Books on the Middle East (Five Books) Articles ISIS Leader Quraishi Kills Himself, Al-Khalidi & Bose, Reuters (2022) ISISS Leadership Crisis, H. Ingram and C. Whiteside, Foreign Affairs (2022) The Islamic State in Afghanistan, A. Jadoon et al., CTC (2022) The Cloud Caliphate, Ayad et al., CTC (2021) Lessons from the Islamic States Milestone Texts and Speeches, Ingram et al., CTC (2020) Timeline: The Rise, Spread & Fall of the Islamic State, C. Glenn et al., Wilson Center (2019) Documentary Iraq & Syria: After Islamic State, BBC (2018) Confronting ISIS, PBS Frontline (2016) Reports Islamic States Method of Insurgency, H. Ingram, GW (2021) Web Operation Inherent Resolve Primary Sources President Biden on a Successful Counterterrorism Operation (2022) Cyber Commands Internet War Against ISIL (2018) Islamic State Memo for Dealing with New Recruits (2017) Message to the Mujahidin and the Muslim Ummah, Caliph Al Baghdadi (2014) The Management of Savagery (2006) The Sykes-Picot Agreement (1916) *Wildcard Resource* Camp Bucca Newsletter #1 A U.S. forces newsletter from the time-period when Al Mawla was interrogated at Camp Bucca, in the vicinity of Umm Qasr, Iraq. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 05 Apr 2022 11:00:00 -0000

"ISIS Leader al-Mawla: Caliph. Scholar. Canary. Snitch." with Daniel Milton, West Point CTC Director (Part 1 of 2)


Summary Daniel Milton (Website; Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss Tactical Interrogation Reports of the former Caliph of the Islamic State. Al-Mawla was killed in a U.S. raid in February 2022. What Youll Learn Intelligence The ideological feud between Islamic State and Al Qaeda Islamic State's retreat from a quasi-state centered to a shadowy insurgency Battlefield intelligence such as exploitable material and interrogation reports The role of the Combating Terrorism Center in analyzing this intelligence Reflections Training your people for the current fightand the next one The trade-off between a short-term view and a longer-term view And much, much more Episode Notes This weeks episode focuses on battlefield intelligence, or more specifically a series of tactical interrogation reports from 2008. Ok, so why are they significant? Well, the individual being interrogated, Al Mawla, would go on to become the second leader and so-called Caliph of the Islamic State. Ok, so why are they significant beyond thatwell, it turns out that Al Mawla was an informant who gave away colleagues and friends to save his own skin, leading to the nickname, The Canary Caliph. Daniel Milton joined Andrew to discuss these reports and what they mean in the broader scheme of things. Daniel is the Director of Research at the Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point, and he has a Ph.D. from FSU. He has been cited in outlets such asThe NYT, BBC, and NBC News and he regularly briefs all levels of the Government, including the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. And In February 2022, Al Mawla became the second Islamic State Caliph to blow himself up during a U.S. raid. His predecessor Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi had done so in October 2019. I wonder what will happen to the third Caliph Quote of the Week "I think that's one of my favorite things about looking at this type of material is that it really gives an inside view to organizations that are clandestine and usually not seen very well from the outside, but these documents paint a very vivid picture of struggles, challenges, bureaucratic minutia, whatever the case might be, which is not typically how we think about these organizations, but these documents really allow us to see that." Daniel Milton Resources *Headline Resources* Al Mawla Interrogation Reports CTC Sentinel Books Enemies Near & Far, D. Gartenstein-Ross (CUP, 2022) The ISIS Reader, Ingram et al. (Hurst, 2020) The Rise of Global Jihad, T. Hegghammer (CUP, 2020) Foreign Fighters in the Armies of Jihad, D. Byman (OUP, 2019) Anatomy of Terror, A. Soufan (W.W. Norton, 2017) The Far Enemy, F. Gerges (CUP, 2005) Best Books on the Middle East (Five Books) Articles ISIS Leader Quraishi Kills Himself, Al-Khalidi & Bose, Reuters (2022) ISISS Leadership Crisis, H. Ingram and C. Whiteside, Foreign Affairs (2022) The Islamic State in Afghanistan, A. Jadoon et al., CTC (2022) The Cloud Caliphate, Ayad et al., CTC (2021) Lessons from the Islamic States Milestone Texts and Speeches, Ingram et al., CTC (2020) Timeline: The Rise, Spread & Fall of the Islamic State, C. Glenn et al., Wilson Center (2019) Documentary Iraq & Syria: After Islamic State, BBC (2018) Confronting ISIS, PBS Frontline (2016) Web Operation Inherent Resolve Primary Sources President Biden on a Successful Counterterrorism Operation (2022) Cyber Commands Internet War Against ISIL (2018) Islamic State Memo for Dealing with New Recruits (2017) Message to the Mujahidin and the Muslim Ummah, Caliph Al Baghdadi (2014) Zawahiris Letter to Zarqawi (2005) The Sykes-Picot Agreement (1916) Wildcard Resource The America I Have Seen An account of his time living in the U.S. by theorist of violent jihad Sayyid Qutb. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 29 Mar 2022 11:00:00 -0000

"The IRA, The Troubles & Intelligence" with Eleanor Williams and Thomas Leahy


Summary Thomas Leahy (Website; LinkedIn) and Eleanor Williams (Website; Twitter) join Andrew to discuss the intelligence war during the Troubles. Thomas lives in Cardiff and Eleanor lives in Belfast. What Youll Learn Intelligence The Troubles through the lens of intelligence Some key intelligence players in the Northern Ireland conflict How the IRA and the British Army adapted organizationally The role intelligence played in the end of the conflict Reflections The fluid nature of motivations and intentions How historic narratives shape and constrain the here-and-now And much, much more Episode Notes From the late 60s to the late 90s Republican and Loyalist paramilitaries, and the British and Irish states, were engaged in a period known as the Troubles: a struggle to define or redefine the future of the island of Ireland. This is an issue with deep and complex roots, but the intelligence dimension of the period known as the Troubles is fascinating and often overlooked. To help us get our head around it all, Andrew sat down with two specialists to discuss all things intelligence and the Troubles: from the role that MI5 and MI6 played, to the Force Research Unit and the RUC Special Branch, through to how the IRA played the counterintelligence game and the role that informers, agents and moles, such as the notorious Stakeknife, played. Thomas is the author of the Intelligence War Against the IRA, while Eleanor is a doctoral candidate comparing intelligence use during the Northern Irish and Colombian conflicts. And The head of the Republic of Irelands police and security intelligence force, the Garda Sochna, is Drew Harris. Drew Harris was a career Royal Ulster Constabulary officer whose father, also a career RUC officer, was killed by the IRA in 1989. He was the first external appointee from outside the Garda. Quote of the Week "What's their [IRA] main role in this intelligence conflict?...one of the key points herethe IRA was quite highly regional regionalized. That's actually quite key to explain why British intelligence had some difficulties against themInitially, it was set up similar to armed forces. It would have brigades, battalions and companiesthe IRA operated this kind of army structure up to 1975the IRA then switched to this new strategyAnd part of this was to prevent mass infiltration, which had started to become a problem, particularly in Belfast pre-1975. So, what it adopted in Belfast and Derry was a cell structure." Thomas Leahy Resources Books The Intelligence War Against the IRA, T. Leahy (CUP, 2020) Britains Secret War Against the IRA, A. Edwards (Merrion, 2021) Thatchers Spy, W. Carlin (Merrion, 2019) The Accidental Spy, S. ODriscoll (Mirror, 2019) Snitch! S. Hewitt (Continuum, 2010) Infiltrating the IRA, R. Gilmour (LB&C, 1998) Fifty Dead Men Walking, M. McGartland (Blake, 1997) Best Books on the Troubles (Five Books) Articles The Murky World of Spying During the Troubles, J. Ware, Irish Times (2017) Alternative Ulster: How Punk Took on the Troubles, T. Heron, Irish Times (2016) Audio MI5 Chameleon Infiltrated New IRA Documentary Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History, BBC (2019) The Spy in the IRA, BBC (2017) Web Operation Kenova MI5 in Northern Ireland Primary Sources IRA-MI6 Intermediary: Interviews with Brendan Duddy (2009) Good Friday Agreement (1998) Downing Street Declaration (1993) Anglo-Irish Agreement (1985) Thatcher Speech at Airey Neave Memorial (1979) IRA Green Book (1977) PM Wilson & Thatcher discuss N. Ireland (1975) Secret Meetings Between Government and IRA (1972) Senator E. Kennedy, Ulster is Britains Vietnam (1971) IRA Reports on Intelligence Informants (1922) W.B. Yeats, Easter: 1916 (1921) Oral Sources Duchas Oral History Archive (2014) Wildcard Resource Murals of Northern Ireland (4500+ Photographs) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 22 Mar 2022 11:00:00 -0000

The Nuclear Doomsday Machine with Sean Maloney on Cold War Emergency Plans


Summary Sean Maloney (Website) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss the secret history of emergency war plans and the nuclear doomsday machine. He was the first Canadian civilian historian to go into combat since WWII. What Youll Learn Intelligence Top secret emergency war plans for WWIII The role of human intelligence operations in nuclear doomsday planning Some key terms you need to understand the nuclear issue The policy of massive retaliation versus flexible response Reflections Movies to scare yourself by The best and worst of humanity Episode Notes Sean Maloney is a force of nature. The first Canadian civilian historian to go into combat since WWII - he went to Afghanistan eleven times, survived multiple attempts on his life, and two bomb attacks. Ive been shot at, rocketed, mortared, all of it. He is also a Professor at the Royal Military College of Canada and the author of more than a dozen books, including the Rogue Historian in Afghanistan trilogy, as well as another trilogy in the form of the official history of the Canadian Army in Afghanistan. He is never happier, though, than when wading through secret nuclear war plans and documents. Coming on the back of Learning to Love the Bomb (2007) and The Secret History of Nuclear War Films (2020), he returns to Nukes in Emergency War Plan: The American Doomsday Machine. Sean has been described as intense and unorthodox, but I found him intense and unorthodox. Megadeath is a unit of measurement for nuclear war, equivalent to the death of one million people. It is crazy that as a species we have reached the point where we now have a term for it. Quote of the Week "We have public pronouncementsWe have the media and academic discussion of the public pronouncements, but then there's the strategy itself. Which is usually highly classifiedthat's what I'm getting at with the Emergency War Plan bookyou can see all the factors that fed into that, including the intelligence and the intelligence directly affects the planthere is a direct relationship between the intelligence and the targeting, but it's also in terms of collection of information to get the bombers to the targetthat's important because, to have a deterrent posture, that's credible, you have to demonstrate that you're capable of carrying it out." Resources SpyCasts The Nuclear Emergency Search Team Jack Doyle Nuclear Information Project Matt Korda Nuclear Threats Jeffrey Lewis Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner Daniel Ellsberg Spooks and Nukes James Acton Books Restricted Data: A History of Nuclear Secrecy in the US, A. Wallerstein (UCP, 2021) The Bomb, S. Kaplan (S&S, 2020) Raven Rock, G. Graff (S&S, 2017) My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, W. Perry (SUP, 2015) The Making of the Atomic Bomb, R. Rhodes (S&S, 1987) Best Books on Nuclear (Five Books) Articles How Many Nuclear Weapons Does Russia Have in 2022? Kristensen & Korda, Bulletin (2022) Doomsday Clock at 100 Seconds to Midnight, Bulletin (2022) The Cold Comfort of MAD, J. Castillo, War on the Rocks (2021) Video 282 Interviews: War and Peace in the Nuclear Age, PBS (1986-89) Power of Decision, USAF (1958) Documentary Sources H. G. Wells The World Set Free (1914) W.S. Churchill - Shall We All Committ Suicide? (1924) Einstein to Roosevelt (1939) The MAUD Report (1941) The Quebec Agreement (1943) Hiroshima, J. Hersey, New Yorker (1946) The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb, H.L. Stimson, Harpers (1946) McMahon Act (1946) Truman Announcing First Soviet Bomb (1949) Atoms for Peace Eisenhower Speech (1953) History of SIOP-62 (1961) Joint Chiefs of Staff Memorandum (1971) The Effects of Nuclear Weapons (1977 [1950]) The Effects of Nuclear War (1979) Oral Sources Voices of the Manhattan Project US Strategic Nuclear Policy, 1945-2004 Wildcard Resource Threads, Movie (M. Jackson, 1984) Arguably, the most devastating piece of television ever produced Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 15 Mar 2022 11:00:00 -0000

"So, I Design Board Games for the CIA..." - with Volko Ruhnke


Summary Volko Ruhnke (Website; Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss his life and career in the CIA as an analyst and designer of board games. He is a former World Board Game Champion. What Youll Learn Intelligence Designing board games to teach CIA analysts Moonlighting as an award-winning board game designer while working at CIA Similarities and differences between intelligence analysis and board-games The difference between role-play games and board-games in training national security professionals Reflections Humans are good models of humans Volkos journey from Virginia to the CIA via William & Mary and the U.S. Army And more Episode Notes Volko Ruhnke is a helluva interesting guy. He grew up as an avid board gamer raised on stories of the French and Indian War, which led him to design the 2001 winner of the best pre-WWII boardgame Wilderness War. His time at the CIA after 9/11 then led him to design the 2010 winner of the best post-WWII boardgame Labyrinth, where players were immersed in the operational and ideological aspects of the Global War on Terror. It doesnt stop there, though, he has also designed a series of counter-insurgency games such as Andean Abyss, which focused on 1990s Columbia, and Fire in the Lake, a multi-faction treatment of the Vietnam War. While teaching a new generation of intelligence analysts, Volko combined both of his passions to help them understand the complexity and open-endedness of the real-world via board games. As an analyst himself, Volko looked at the Soviet & Russian military and counter-proliferation, before going on to be Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology at the National Intelligence Council, and then on the Presidents Daily Brief (PDB) staff to brief cabinet level officials. And Volko is now a commercial board game designer, and you can get quite a few of his games here but not all of them. One day historians, one day Quote of the Week "Games allow you to get inside and operate the machine yourself and do experiments and pull a lever or push a button and see what happens. And because it's happening on the tabletop, rather than say, in a computer program, you, you can understand it very well. You can see exactly why what just happened. So, I became among others, a promulgator of, of that particular medium for teaching as well as for analysis." - Volko Ruhnke Resources SpyCasts Intelligence Analysis in the 21st Century - Mark Lowenthal Modern Intelligence Analysis: From Art to Science? Books Storytelling in the Modern Boardgame, A. Arnaudo (McFarland, 2018) White King & Red Queen: Cold War on the Chessboard, D. Johnson (Mariner, 2008) Best Books on Play (Five Books) Articles All the Worlds a Game, C. Hadavas, Foreign Policy (2021) Digital Version of Counter-Terror Game Labyrinth, J. Bolding, PCGamer (2020) Winning Edge: Board Game Used by the U.S. Army, P. Suciu, National Interest (2020) Why the CIA Uses Board Games to Train Officers, S. Larson, CNN (2017) The CIA Uses Board Games to Train Officers, S. Machkovech, ArsTechnica (2017) Making Board Games for the CIA, C. Hall, Polygon (2017) Political Board Games Change View of World, M. Thrower, Guardian (2015) Volko Ruhnke Has Become a Hero, J. Albert, WaPo (2014) Video We Review CIAs Classified Board Game, Two Bats Gaming, (YouTube, 2018) Primary Sources Kingpin: The Hunt for El Chapo (CIA, 2018) Collection Deck (CIA, 2017) Whodunnit? (Wapo, 1985) Wildcard Resource Lego Serious Play Game Used by Fortune 500 companies, unleasher of talent, and serious fun! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 08 Mar 2022 12:00:00 -0000

"From the CIA to Strategic Cyber" - with Hans Holmer


Summary Hans Holmer (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss his time as a CIA operations officer and his transition to a cyber strategist. He served on every continent except South America and won a CIA Intelligence Star. What Youll Learn Intelligence The advantages for a case officer growing up in two cultures and speaking multiple languages before joining the IC The tech person trained to be a case officer vs. a case officer trained to be a tech person debate That no amount of technology will make up for a lack of cyber strategy The concept of digital dandruff Reflections Growing up in Denmark, moving to the US for high school, joining the Army then CIA Privatizing information gains but collectivizing information losses What it was like to program back in 1973! And more Episode Notes Hans Holmer describes the cat-and-mouse of surveillance and counter-surveillance the most fun you can have (a) in public and (b) sober. Ever wondered how you go from a CIA case officer in the Sub-continent, to a technical counterintelligence evangelist who travelled the world, to a cyber strategist living in Vienna, Austria? To find out, listen to this weeks episode where youll find Hans thoughtful and articulate, but I think you will also appreciate his forthright views on corporate data leaks and digital personal responsibility. He originally got in touch to talk about the Operation Silver, the British intelligence operation that covertly tapped the communications of the Soviet Army HQ in Vienna, at SPY we actually have a piece yes, an actual piece of the Berlin Tunnel, which was a successor operation betrayed by communist MI6 officer George Blake which borrowed heavily from Silver: it was even called Operation Gold! The monitoring station in Op. Silver was disguised as a tweed clothing shop on the assumption that no one in Vienna would be interested in Scottish clothing! Hans actually tracked down the modern site of the tweed store and is trying to dig (no pun intended) for further information on the operation can anyone help? Quote of the Week "I've been arguing that the way to improve cyber security in the U.S. is very simple. Any company that loses personally identifiable information, payment card information, healthcare information, HIPAA data, or access to critical infrastructure, has to pay each victim a dollar a day from the beginning of the breach till it's been closed offthe average breach lasts about a hundred dayssome of the more recent breaches are a hundred million people. So, imagine a hundred million people who get a dollar a day for a hundred days. Companies would take that seriously." Resources SpyCasts Operation Gold - Steve Vogel & Bernd von Kostka (Berlin Tunnel) George Blake, Happy Traitor Simon Kuper (Berlin Tunnel) Zero Days Nicole Perloth Part I and II (Cyber) The Cyber Zeitgeist Dave Bittner (Cyber) Snowden & Surveillance Barton Gellman (Cyber) Books Betrayal in Berlin, S. Vogel (CH, 2019) Spymaster MI6 Chief Oldfield, M. Pearce (Transworld, 2016) Documents on the Intelligence War in Berlin, D. Steury (CSI, 1999) Best Books on Cybersecurity (Five Books) Articles Engineering the Berlin Tunnel, SII (2008) Betrayal in Berlin - Review, WaPo (2019) Documentaries The Great Hack, Noujaim & Amer (2019) Zero Days, A. Gibney (2016) Education Cyber Training Series (DNI) The Danger of Stone Age Habits in a Cyber World (HSToday, 2019) Primary Sources Cyber Security Officer (CIA, 2022) CIA Director Burns - Cyber (WSJ, 2021) National Cyber Strategy of the USA (WH, 2018) Interview with CIA Director Brennan - Cyber (NPR, 2016) The ICs Role Within Cyber R&D (FAS, 2013) Remarks by DNI Clapper at HPSCI (DNI, 2011) Securing Critical Infrastructure in the Age of Stuxnet (HSGA, 2010) Mail Service of the Soviet Army in Austria (CIA, 1955) Wildcard Resource Technical Counterintelligence Officer, INTEL.gov Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mon, 28 Feb 2022 12:00:00 -0000

"Black Ops: The Life of a Legendary CIA Shadow Warrior" - with Ric Prado


Summary Enrique Ric Prado (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss his new memoir Black Ops. One of the most renowned CIA officers of his generation tells his story. Book You can buy Rics book, Black Ops, and support the International Spy Museums mission here. What Youll Learn Intelligence His time as CIA Counterterrorist Chief of Operations which included 9/11 His career battling communist insurgents and Islamic terrorists on multiple continents His experience living in Contra camps during the Nicaraguan Revolution His time as Dep. Chief of Station and co-founding member of the Bin Laden Task Force Reflections Conquering your emotions to stay focused in a crisis His journey fleeing the Cuban Revolution as a young boy to CIA via USAF Pararescue And much, much more Episode Notes Ric Prado spent twenty-four-years in the CIA and what a twenty-four years it was. His first 36 months were in the jungles of Central America as the first CIA officer to live among the Contras, including a period with the Miskito Native people; indeed, the photos he took ending up on the desk of CIA Director Bill Casey. So, what was it like at the pointy end of the Reagan Doctrines anti-communist spear, or as CIA Counterterrorist Center Chief of Ops during 9/11? To find out, and to hear more about Rics storied career, Andrew sat down with him for this weeks episode. One of the meanings of the noun legend is a story coming down from the past. Many people who were in the business at the CIA and elsewhere will have heard the stories that come down from the past re Enrique Ric Prado, but now we all have a chance to hear Ric set the record straight in his own words. And If Rics communist uncle hadnt alerted the family that his school intended to send him off to the Soviet Union as a promising student for further educationif he hadnt taken an Oceanography class at Miami Dade College and met someone who led him to USAF Pararescueif he hadnt been tipped off that he was to be killed in a Contra camp during the night and extricated himself from the situationas Bob Dylan said, summing up so much of the human condition, one more time, for a simple twist of fate. Quote of the Week "The wiring was there and the mentoring from my dadthen the trip to the orphanage. And then definitely when I got into pararescuebeing one of our special operations forces, the training is very, very intenseAnd making it through SERE school, making it through mountain climbing school. There's a certain level of conquering your emotions that you have to doBut I think that the most important thing was that I believed in what I was doing." Ric Prado Resources SpyCast Episodes In the CT Center on 9/11, C. Storer A Life in the CIA, Hank Crumpton Interview with Cofer Black CT, Nicholas Rasmussen CT Strategy: P. Bergen & C. Costa Rethinking CT: J. Blazakis Books The Reagan Doctrine, J. Scott (DUP, 1996) The Real Contra War, T. Brown (UOP, 2001) Insurgency to Stability, The Philippines, Rabasa et al., (RAND, 2011) Shining Paths Politics of War, C. Degregori (UWP, 2012) Red Revolution: Philippine Guerillas, G. Jones (Routeledge, 2019) The Shining Path, Starn & Serna (Norton, 2019) US Relations with Latin America (Five Books) Articles Shining Path Leader Dead, BBC (2021) Nicaragua Veers to Dictatorship, J. Cordoba, WSJ (2021) Documentaries Nicaragua Was Our Home (L. Shapiro, 1985) Ballad of the Little Soldier (W. Herzog, 1985) Primary Sources President Carter to Somoza (Brown, 1979) Reagan Covert Ops. Nicaragua (NSA, 1981) US Aid to Nicaragua (1982) Reagan Covert Ops. Nicaragua (Brown, 1983) Goldwater to Casey, Im Pissed Off (Brown, 1984) Reagan State Of The Union (APP, 1985) Reagan Address Nicaragua (ReaganLib, 1986) Contras Lost Congress (WaPo, 1986) 25 Years of the NPA (Hartford, 1994) Wildcard Resource The Clash, Sandanista (Album, 1980) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 22 Feb 2022 12:00:00 -0000

The National Intelligence University with its President Scott Cameron


Summary J. Scott Cameron (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss the National Intelligence University (NIU). He is the President of this unique skiffed institution. What Youll Learn Intelligence oThe NIU what it is, what it does, and what it does differently. oNIUs position within the American intelligence ecosystem oHow NIU banks knowledge without compromising intelligence oWhat it is like to be a student in a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS-SCI) research facility Reflections o20th century institutions for 21st century problems oScotts journey from a plant biologist who has been shot at, to his recruitment into the IC at a high school soccer match, to NIU President And much more Quote of the Week "We do work in secret. So how do you bank knowledge in that kind of a community? All communities that are healthy bank knowledge and learn from it. So, our job is not just to be a classroom, but to be that defender of knowledge building in the community to make sure that we're learning from ourselves, that we understand ourselves and advance our mission by better ideas and then empowering the next generation to take those and equip them with the confidence to go out there and do something with it." Scott Cameron Episode Notes TS-SCI is one of the major terms you will hear with regards to American intelligence, but what happens if you cross that with the concept of the university, a place that relies on sharing information, pooling knowledge, and the free flow of ideas? To find out how this circle is squared, Andrew sat down with President of the National Intelligence University, Scott Cameron. The NIU, which is housed at the Intelligence Community Campus Bethesda (ICCB), alongside our friends at the NCSC and quite a few other agencies, is unique in many ways. It is behind guards, guns, and gates, you need TS-SCI clearance to apply, and tuition is courtesy of the government. The staff-student ratio is also in the very top tier of the 4000 or so degree granting institutions in the United States. It transitioned from the DIA to the ODNI in June of 2021. And Scotts grandmother was from Glasgow, as was Allan Pinkerton, Bobby Thompson, Craig Ferguson, and Christina Conte (try her fish n chips recipe!). Incidentally, there are many more Glasgows in the United States than in Scotland, at 21. Further Resources SpyCast Episodes Joint Special Operations University President Ike Wilson Virtual Exhibition Wall of Spies (ICC-B) Books Chinas Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem, R. Uber (2020) History of American Higher Ed., R. Geiger (2016) Higher Ed. & the Growth of Knowledge, M. Segre (2015) NIUs Role in Interagency Research, Johnson et al. (2013) Articles Eisenhower Signs National Defense Intelligence Ed. Act (Politico, 2018) Goldwater-Nichols & the Evolution of JPME (CRS, 2016) The Origins of JPME (JFQ, 2005) Audio NIU Moving Under ODNI Umbrella (FedNewsNet, 2021) Websites NIU Degrees (NIU) NIU Catalog, 2021-22 (NIU) College of Strategic Intelligence (NIU) School of Science & Technology Intelligence (NIU) Institute for Intelligence Research (NIU) IC Centers for Academic Excellence (DNI) Primary Sources The American Scholar, R. Waldo Emerson (Em.Cent., 1837) The Idea of a University, J. H. Newham (1852, 1858) National Defense Education Act of 1958 (FedEdPolicy) Degree Granting Authority for NIU (GovInfo, 2012) US Intelligence Communitys Human Capital Vision 2020 (DNI, 2014) The National Intelligence Strategy of the US (DNI, 2019) NIC - Global Trends 2040 (DNI, 2021) Wildcard Resource How to set up a SCIF, aka: Technical Specifications for Construction & Management of Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (DNI, 2020) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:00:00 -0000

Keeping Secrets/Disclosing Secrets with Spy Chief turned DG of Australias National Archives David Fricker


Summary David Fricker (Website; LinkedIn) had the No.2 job at Australias security and intelligence agency ASIO. He sat down with Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss the relationship between this role and his most recent one as Director-General of the National Archives of Australia. What Youll Learn Intelligence oASIO, the Australian intelligence landscape and the region oHis role as CIO and then Deputy-Director General of ASIO oThe role major allies & partners play including the US and Five Eyes (FVEY) oDavids views on intelligence and public trust Reflections oDavids abiding interest in the power of information oThe importance of museums and archives in a knowledge society And much more Episode Notes Ever wondered what it would be like to go from gamekeeper to poacher, spy chief to chief archivist and - as this week's guest said tongue-in-cheek - the biggest blabber-mouth in the country? If the answer is yes, youll appreciate this weeks guest David Fricker, who has had all manner of interesting jobs, including a ten-year stint with the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), akin to the FBI and MI5, followed by ten years with the National Archives of Australia. By way of information, the Australian Intelligence Community is also comprised of: the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), similar to the CIA; Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO), similar to the DIA; the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), similar to the NSA; and Australian Geo-spatial Intelligence Organization (AGO), similar to the NGA; and Office of National Intelligence (ONI), similar to the ODNI. And David was a pretty mean COBOL programmer back in the day, a computer language that grew out of a Department of Defence sponsored program to find a common business language. You can learn it here. It is a legacy software system across the U.S. government and you can command six-figure salaries if you can program in it: any retirement plans David? Quote of the Week "I think what the SPY museum does and what I hope we do at the National Archives in Australia, gets back to the public...some of it can be quite entertaining. It can be quite engaging and fun, but the work we do has got a serious message as well. And I think it's to make sure the public in a liberal democracy, the public should know. What espionage, what spycraft is all about." David Fricker Further Resources SpyCasts oDesperately, Madly in Love Brett Peppler and the Australian IC oI was a Presidential Daily Briefer on 9/11 Mike Morell & President Bush Virtual Exhibition oSpy: Espionage in Australia (NAA) Books oSpies & Sparrows: ASIO & the Cold War, P. Deery (2022) oBetween Five Eyes, A. Wells (2020) oIntelligence & the Function of Government, D. Baldino & E. Crawley (2018) oThe Official History of ASIO 3 Volumes, D. Horner, J. Blaxland, R. Crawley (2014/2015/2016) Articles oStrategic Intelligence Practice in the Australian IC, P. Walsh & M. Harrison, INS, 2021) oThe Post-9/11 Evolution of an Australian National Security Community, D. Jones, INS (2016) oASIO Debate, L. Clohesy, The Conversation (2014) Audio oSpymasters & Secret Agents: the Birth of ASIO (ABC, 2022) oASIOs Official History, J. Blaxland (The Conversation, 2015) Documentary oFinal Rendezvous (ABC, 2020) Websites oASIO (ASIO) oNAA (NAA) Primary Sources oLetter to Petrov from Prime Minister Menzies (1954) oRoyal Commission on Espionage Report (1955) oASIO Report on Ric Throssell (1971-74, NAA) oReport on ASIO (NLA, 1977) oAustralian Intelligence, 1900-1950 (NAA, 1977) oSoviet Embassy Contact with Members of Parliament (1971-86) oASIO Annual Report 2020-21 (2021, ASIO) Further Research oHistory of Intelligence & Security (NAA) oUS-Australia Diplomatic Oral Histories (ADST) Wildcard Resource Pine Gap oA fictional portrayal of a real-world AUS-US spy site in Central Australia (Netflix, 2018) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 08 Feb 2022 12:00:00 -0000

Russia Upside Down with Creator of The Americans Joe Weisberg


Summary Joe Weisberg (Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss his new book on Russia. Joe is the creator of award-winning TV drama The Americans and a former CIA officer. What Youll Learn Intelligence oHis past experience as a hardliner who loved to hate the evil empire oHis thoughts on a trip through the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the twilight of the Cold War, especially experiencing it as an American Jew oHis interpretation of the KGB and Vladimir Putin oHis take on the moral equivalency argument and U.S. foreign policy Reflections oThe role of complexity vs. simplicity in understanding the Other oJoes journey from the Chicago suburbs of Illinois to Langley to New York City And much, much more Episode Notes How dare you,JoeWeisberg, make me rethink my comfortable loathing of the Russians. Not Andrews words, but those of former chief of CIA counterintelligence James Olson in an encomium for the book (albeit a little tongue-in-cheek). If that is not enough to get you intrigued in Joes new book, Russia Upside Down, then perhaps the sub-title will, An Exit Strategy for the Second Cold War. So how do we get out of the Second Cold War? To find out Joes diagnosis and prognosis, and much else besides, Andrew sat down with him for this weeks episode. A fair number of listeners will know of Joe as creator of the award-winning and hugely popular TV series,The Americans, some may even know that he had a three-and-a-half-year stint in the CIA where he trained to be a case officer; a few may even be a know him from his stint at the Agency which began on the eve of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. And The Americans is set in and around NoVa which is replete with all manner of famous sites from intelligence history including the Arlington home of real-life Russian illegals Nataliya Pereverzeva and Michael Zottoli Mikhail Kutsik who were rolled up by the FBI in 2010 as part of Operation Ghost Stories which we cover in our exhibits. Quote of the Week "When I was working at the CIA and in my younger years, I had a very one-dimensional view of this evil empire, this totalitarian state that we had to fight because we were the good guys, and we were the bad guys. And the book that I've written is essentially a kind of argument with myself or me with my younger self to say, huh, I think you were not looking at that in all the complexity that you might have." Joe Weisberg FURTHER RESOURCES SpyCasts oKGB Illegal Jack Barsky here and here oThe Spymasters Prism: CIA Legend Jack Devine on Countering Russian Aggression o2010 Russian Spy Case KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin oSpy Sites of Washington D.C. Books oPutins People: How the KGB Took Back Russia, Catherine Belton (2020) oThe New Tsar: Rise & Reign of Vladimir Putin, Steven Lee Myers (2016). oSpy Handler: Memoir of a KGB Officer - The Man Who Recruited Robert Hanssen & Aldrich Ames, Victor Cherkashin (2004) oThe Caucasus, Thomas De Waal (2018) oKhrushchev's Thaw and National Identity in Soviet Azerbaijan, Jamil Hasanli (2014) oThe Best Books on Contemporary Russia (Five Books) Articles oDictatorship and Double Standards, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Commentary (1979) oNATO Enlargement & Russia (NATO, 2014) oFalse Equivalence & Tu Quoque, IEP Documentaries oThe Putin Interviews (ShowTime, 2017) oCold War 2.0, Vice/HBO (2015) Primary Sources oRussian-Chinese Relations (CIA, 1998) oPutins Munich Speech, (WaPo, 2007) oInterview With KGB/SVR Illegal (Chekist Monitor, 2020) oU.S. Ambassadors to Russia Interviewed (NSA) oUS-Russia Oral Histories (ADST) oArchival Research on Russia (NSA) Enjoy the show? Please leave a review here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 01 Feb 2022 12:00:00 -0000

NATOs Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence & Security with David Cattler


Summary David Cattler (Twitter; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss how intelligence functions at NATO. He is the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security. What Youll Learn oWhat it is like to be the leader of intelligence and security across the largest peacetime alliance in history? oHow does intelligence come together at NATO who are the key-players, institutions, and stakeholders? oWhat are some of the main challenges facing the Alliance including Russia and Cyber? oReading an institution and its key players oThe importance of soft skills in professional life Episode Notes Every polisci student knows from their Plato to NATO class, that NATO is (a) considered the most successful alliance of its kind in history and (b) was founded in 1949. As you can imagine, intelligence is incredibly important to the whole endeavor, so why has NATO only had an intelligence supremo since 2016? To find out the answer, and much else besides, Andrew sat down with David Cattler. David is (a) the principal advisor on intelligence to the NATO Secretary General and (b) the lead for coordinating intelligence relationships between NATO and the 75 individual intelligence agencies across its 30 constituent nations (talk about herding cats). With Russian forces built up on the Ukrainian border in February 2022, the timing of this episode is, well, germane. And Andrew picked David up outside the U.S. Department of State and drove him to the SpyCast studio at SPY if the traffic is right, you can do it in under 10 minutes! Quote of the Week "The secretary general is my boss but imagine him in this context to put it in a different frame is that he is the CEO of a large international conglomerate that engages in multiple business lines. And I am the CEO of the business line for intelligence and security. The nation's intelligence services in effect are my corporate board. So, they provide that governance and the oversight for all the work." David Cattler Further Resources SpyCasts oAble Archer 83: An Interview with Nate Jones oOur Latest Long War: An Interview with Ben Jones Books oEnduring Alliance: A History of NATO & the Postwar Global Order, Timothy Andrews Sayle (2019) oHow NATO Adapts: Strategy & Organization in the Alliance Since 1950, Seth A. Johnson (2017) oThe Memoirs of General Lord Ismay, Lord Ismay (1960) oPresent at the Creation, Dean Acheson (1969) oThe Best Books on Contemporary Russia (Five Books) Video oWhat is NATO, Why Does it Exist, and How Does it Work? (NATO) oHow Does a Country Join NATO? (NATO) Documentary oThe Cold War, Narrated by Kenneth Branagh (CNN 1998) Websites oNATO Declassified (NATO) oNATO (Atlantic Council) oNATO (RUSI) Primary Sources oThe North Atlantic Treaty (1949) oAddress by Harry S. Truman on the Signing of the North Atlantic Treaty (1949) oNorth Atlantic Council First Session Summary Minutes (1949) oHistorical Holdings on NATO (Eisenhower Library) oThe NATO Problem: French Forces in Europe (CIA, 1966) oBeing NATOs Secretary General on 9/11 (2011) oUSNATO Oral Histories (ADST) Enjoy the show? Please leave a review here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 25 Jan 2022 18:27:00 -0000

The Predator Drone Program & the Robotic Revolution with Alec Bierbauer and Mark Cooter


"The Wright Brothers of the U.S. Drone Warfare Program." That is how some people have referred to this week's guests, Alec Bierbauer and Mark Cooter. Andrew sat down with them to dig into drones and their intelligence implications. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:00:00 -0000

How Spies Think 10 Lessons in Intelligence with Sir David Omand [FROM THE ARCHIVE]


This was the most popular episode of 2020. Apparently, people are interested in the views of former GCHQ Director, Joint Intelligence Committee Chair, and first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator on, well - how spies think. I am sure David now a Visiting Professor at Kings College, London has a few thoughts on the subject. Hear Andrew debrief this weeks guest on the insights derived from a career spent at the summit of British intelligence. 1 Book, 2 Glaswegians, 10 Lessons in Intelligence. Its simple, really. Slinte! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 11 Jan 2022 12:00:00 -0000

Al Qaeda, DOD & the 9/11 Commission with Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Undersecretary for Arms Control & International Security


Alexis Albion star of our 500th episode anniversary special is a very good friend of the current Undersecretary for Arms Control & International Security, Bonnie Jenkins. Way back when, they were both on the 9/11 Commission Report while Alexis focus was on the CIA and counterterrorism before the attacks, Bonnies was on the DOD and counterterrorism tiny subjects, I know. In this weeks episode, hear two old friends reminisce, reflect, and put the world to rights. Move over Saturn, get out of the way Jupiter, two huge brains are a comin through. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 04 Jan 2022 12:00:00 -0000

Snake-Eaters, Detachment A, CIA A Conversation with James Stejskal


Spook. Warrior. Author. This weeks guest is one helluva interesting guy. He was in a clandestine Special Forces unit in Berlin during the Cold War, stay behinds who would sabotage, subvert and generally wreak havoc should World War III break out. He was badly wounded after driving over a land-mine in Somalia in 1992, almost losing his entire leg and suffering a serious head injury. In a subsequent life, James was a CIA officer in Africa when the US embassies were blown up in Kenya and Tanzania and saw the Agency pivot in the aftermath of 9/11. Oh, did I mention, he also dabbles in combat archaeology. Hours and hours of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. If this sounds like your last trip down the I-95, listening to your blowhard uncle at Thanksgiving, or what its like to watch Jets vs. Giants, its purely coincidence for its how this weeks guest characterized Army life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 28 Dec 2021 12:00:00 -0000

American Traitor with ex-Delta Force Author Brad Taylor


Project Prometheus. In the words of ex-Delta Force author Brad Taylor, Super Double Daddy Bad Classified. If youre looking to find a podcast that helps break down the complexities of Chinese foreign policy through the vehicle of a page-turner written by a NYT Bestselling Author, youve arrived at the right doorstep my friend. Brad does serious research. He is also funny, down-to-earth, and super-duper interesting. Por ejemplo, on his first date with his now wife, he told her he was going to join Special Forces and write a novel after 21 years in the military, including many years in a special mission unit, Brad has now written 15. We talk through American Traitor, Pike Logan, his writing process (and Chinese foreign policy). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Wed, 22 Dec 2021 21:22:00 -0000

The Journey of Two Extraordinary Women in Intel. & Security with Lisa Kaplan (Alethea, CEO) and Avril Eklund (GitHub, CSO)


I was really good at buying drugs, which is how I got recruited into narcotics. Apparently, I make a really good crackhead. Frankly, fact-checking doesnt matter in todays world. Intrigued? You should be. Avril and Lisa are absolutely fascinating! Avril built an intelligence team for the Attorney Generals Office in Pennsylvania, from scratch. Her unit collected strategic intel on narcotics trends and went on to predict the methamphetamine trend before it even hit the Keystone State. Lisa was the Digital Director for Angus King of Maine, a Senator on the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Armed Services Committee, and the Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Hmmmmdo you think those committees might have digital information foreign adversaries might be interested inGet the full skinny on Avril CSO for Github - and Lisa CEO of Alethea Group - in this weeks SpyCast. Because intel is regional too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 14 Dec 2021 12:00:00 -0000

Special Operations & Intelligence A Conversation with the President of SOFs Think-Do Tank


Post 9/11, special operations and intelligence worked together side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder and hand-in-glove (or any other heavily-hyphenated term you care to mention that connotates BFFness). What will happen with the relationship now, though, and in American history how have these two important components of national security related to each other? Enter the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), located in Tampa, Florida, and more particularly their President Isaiah Ike Wilson, who sits down with Andrew for this weeks episode of #SpyCast. I think, therefore I am Nope. I think, therefore I do Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 07 Dec 2021 17:04:00 -0000

My Global Career as a Female FBI Agent with Kathy Stearman


Beijing. New Delhi. Kathmandu. Hang on, I thought the title said FBI, not CIA? Well, it did. Kathy Stearman was an FBI Legat who lived and worked in all of those capital cities. Well, Ive heard of the Ambassador and the Station Chief, but not the Legat? Well, thats why you need to listen to this weeks SpyCast! Kathy Stearman is a retired FBI Special Agent and author of Its Not About the Gun: Lessons From my Global Career as a Female FBI Agent (I know the title sounds like Lance Armstrongs Its Not About the Bike, but Kathy is not a sociopath who will rip your heart out after you invest in her story: I promise). Kathy spent a large part of her career working Chinese counter-intelligence including time in San Francisco and New York City (I hope the FBI has a generous rent allowance!) and she speaks fluent Mandarin. BUY THE BOOK FROM OUR ONLINE INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE: HERE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 30 Nov 2021 13:41:00 -0000

The Birth of American Propaganda A Conversation on Manipulating the Masses with John Hamilton


The Committee on Public Information (CPI) is the first and only Ministry of Propaganda the United States has ever had. It started one week after the United States entered World War I in April of 1917; in fact, there wasn't even conscription for some weeks, but the Committee on Public Information was created right away. Why? To explore this question, and to learn more about the CPI, Andrew sat down with journalist, professor and Vietnam veteran Jack Hamilton (yes, actually sat down, like face-to-face, eyeball-to-eyeball!). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 23 Nov 2021 12:00:00 -0000

The Recruiter: Part 2 of 2 Modern Spycraft with Doug London (Part 2)


Doug London is thoughtful and reflective but he doesnt pull his punches and he candidly shares his analysis of the contemporary intelligence landscape. In this second part, Doug reflects on the path taken after 9/11, the CIA at the crossroads, and why human intelligence (HUMINT) will remain central to the vast and increasingly technologically sophisticated world of intelligence. Also, hear about a superstar counterintelligence operative Doug is currently running although there is also a rumor, she might be playing the game for herself listen to find out more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 16 Nov 2021 12:09:00 -0000

The Recruiter: Part 1 of 2 Modern SpyCraft with Doug London


This weeks guest believes that espionage is about the human soul[its] a very intimate professionthe relationship between a case officer and an agent and the need to really havea profound insight window into their life and their souls. Doug London may be accused of many things, but you cant say hes shallow. His book, The Recruiter, is based on a 34 year career and can be purchased from our online independent bookstore. Next week well hear more about Dougs career, his views on CIA at the cross-roads, the centrality of human intelligence to the intelligence business, despite profound technological change, as well what he calls the Lost Art of American Intelligence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 09 Nov 2021 21:17:00 -0000

The Happy Traitor A Conversation on George Blake with Biographer Simon Kuper


He was a Soviet agent who was turned by Karl Marx after reading Das Kapital which led him to give up the important operations, a host of MI6 agents and a treasure trove of secret intelligence George Blake was a courier in the Dutch resistance, an MI6 intelligence officer, a language student at Cambridge, a Vice-Consul in South Korea, a prisoner in North Korea, and a hero returning to Britain in 1953. He would escape from a British prison after getting caught and would live out the rest of his life as The Happy Traitor in Moscow before dying in 2020. What did author Simon Kuper think when he sat down to personally interview Blake before his death? Well, youll have to listen to find out. SpyCast listeners can win free copies of the book by entering here: https://bit.ly/3mW1YmL Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 09 Nov 2021 21:10:00 -0000

Soviet Defectors: Revelations of Renegade Intelligence Officers - with World Leading Expert Kevin Riehle


He has worked as a counterintelligence analyst at the FBI and the DIA. He speaks Russian. He was personally supervised by Robert Hanssen. He has an obsession with Soviet Defectors Freedom has many difficulties, said JFK in his Berlin Speech, and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in. What was it like to leave that type of system, though, to come from behind the Iron Curtain and cross the East-West physical and ideological divide? Kevin Riehle has spent many years studying Soviet defectors and their motivations, and he is the author of Soviet Defectors: Revelations of Renegade Intelligence Officers, 1924-1954. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 02 Nov 2021 12:45:00 -0000

So, Im a Spy & Id like to Write a Book


Nada Bakos is a former CIA analyst and Chief Targeting Officer, Mark Fallon was an NCIS Special Agent and Director of the Criminal Investigative Task Force at Guantanamo, Frank Snepp is a former chief analyst of North Vietnamese Strategy for the CIA during the Vietnam War. Mark Zaid - one of the nations top national security lawyers - joins Andrew to help break the issue down. This weeks guests discuss their motivations, frustrations, victories and defeats in publishing, The Targeter: My Life in the CIA Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House; Unjustifiable Means: The Inside Story of How the CIA, Pentagon and US Government Conspired to Torture; and, Decent Interval: An Insiders Account of Saigons End Told by the CIAs Chief Strategy Analyst in Vietnam. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Thu, 28 Oct 2021 23:05:41 -0000

Introducing Shadow of Truth Podcast


Description: Its one of the most haunting murder cases youll ever hear about, and it takes place in a small town in Israel. Tair Rada was only 13-years-old when her body was found inside a locked bathroom stall. She was viciously murdered during a school day, and yet no one saw or heard a thing. The police arrested the janitor, Roman Zadorov, and he eventually confessed, but this was far from being the end of it. Based on the hit true-crime series from Netflix, the podcast "Shadow of Truth" will take you on a journey into one of the wildest and most contested murder cases in the history of Israel, as it reaches its final resolution, 15 years after it all started. Link to Clip http://wondery.fm/SOT_SpyCast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 26 Oct 2021 11:00:00 -0000

World Series Special: Espionage & Baseball A Conversation with Marc Polymeropoulos


From the SpyCast Field of Dreams: to coincide with the first game of the 117th World Series, a special episode on the links yes, there are many between espionage and Americas Pastime with baseball fanatic and ex-spook (its a baseball special, not Halloween, so no pun intended) Marc Polymeropoulos. Baseball fans, welcome to espionage; espionage fans, welcome to baseball; fans of both welcome to our very own Fall Classic. #baseball #worldseries Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 11:00:00 -0000

First Casualty Inside the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11


On October 17, 2001, Team Alpha were dropped into the mountains of northern Afghanistan. Two of the eight appear in this weeks episode alongside the author of a new book telling the story of the first Americans behind enemy lines after 9/11 and what a story it is. Justin Sapp was a Green Beret detailed to CIA, he would go on to be a commander in the Asymmetric Warfare Group, and is currently Senior Military Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. David Tyson was a polyglot former Central Asian academic who fought jihadists at close-hand to help his comrade, ex-Marine Mike Spann, the first American casualty in a war that would go on to become the longest in American history. In an extended podcast that is both conversation and historical document: this is their story. Award-winning journalist and author Toby Harnden helps contextualize the story of Team Alpha. You can learn more about the book here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 12 Oct 2021 16:02:00 -0000

*15th ANNIVERSARY/500th EPISODE SPECIAL* - The CIA and the 9/11 Commission Report A Conversation with Alexis Albion


This is a big one, a very big one: our 500th episode & 15th anniversary We have come a long way since we began back in 2006 its quite fitting then, that in this weeks episode I speak to our very first historian and curator, Alexis Albion, who is currently the Curator for Special Projects here at the Spy Museum Alexis actually left us way back when to be on the 9/11 Commission Report, where she was the central researcher on the CIA and US counterterrorism policy before 9/11. Hang on, did you just say what I think you said, she was the central researcher on the CIA? Yup. I know, what the hell, right, weve been sitting on this story all this time! Episode 500 is a good time to thank two of the behind-the-scenes unsung technical heroes Mike and Memphis who have been involved with more SpyCasts than anyone else. They are awesome. They are great guys, and they rock. Other people who have been involved in the content side of SpyCast have included Peter Earnest and Chris Costa, our former and current Exec Director, as well as my other predecessors in the Historian & Curator role: Thomas Bogart, Mark Stout and Vince Houghton. The show would of course be nothing without our guests, who have contributed their time, expertise and experience to help educate, inform and occasionally entertain the public on the vitally important matters of intelligence and espionage. Sometimes this past year I have felt like Churchill, in that he got the job he had always coveted: but under the least auspicious circumstances. It has been emotional people, but, we are getting there. Heres to the next 500. Slinthe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 05 Oct 2021 11:00:00 -0000

Cyberattacks, Espionage & Ransomware Inside Microsofts Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC)


From your Visa card to your Outlook account, and from the gas you pump into your Ford to your Windows operating system, a cyber struggle is taking place all around us. In this episode Andrew spoke to founder of Microsofts threat hunting intelligence center John Lambert, which tracks the worlds most dangerous cybercriminals and state-affiliated hackers, and the head of the Digital Security Unit Cristin Goodwin, who helps provide security support to governments and works closely with Johns team. Microsoft has billions of customers, serves millions of businesses, and works with almost every government department: to say it might have something to do with information and intelligence would be like saying perhaps it would have been a good idea to have bought buy some shares when it first went public in 1986 (June 2021 it was valued at 2 trillion dollars!). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 28 Sep 2021 11:00:00 -0000

Leningrad, Molehunts, and Life After the CIA - A Conversation with Christopher Burgess


He is the Horatio Alger of the CIA. His first job was punching paper. He went on to be a Station Chief. He worked for every directorate.He lived in several continents. He was in the Soviet Union for six years. He was caught up in the molehunt for Robert Hanssen. He survived to tell his tale. Christopher is genial, hearty and now lives in the other Washington (the rainy state on the West Coast, not the rainy town in Northern England) in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, where he writes for our friends at Clearance Jobs. He tweets @burgessct Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 11:00:00 -0000

One of CIAs Most Decorated Field Officers A Conversation with Marc Polymeropoulos


What do you get if you cross a Greek Orthodox guy from Athens and a Jewish girl from Long Island; and then mix in two Ivy League degrees and a 26-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency? If you havent worked out that this refers to Marc, given that he is mentioned in the episode title, you can probably forget ever having a career in intelligence. Mark is brimming with vitality, chock full of stories, and can talk baseball and wings as well as the finer points of Algerian politics or US grand strategy in the Middle East. If you ever pull up a bar stool next to Mark: youve hit a home run! Marks new book, Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the CIA, distills the insights he derived from his career and is available in the International Spy Museums bookshop. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 14 Sep 2021 11:00:00 -0000

Curators Corner: Osama bin Laden with Peter Bergen


As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approached Peter Bergen sought to reevaluate the man responsible for precipitating Americas long wars with al-Qaeda and its descendants. Bergen produced the first television interview with bin Laden in 1997. He has had years to reflect on and study the man. In his new book The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden he captures all the dimensions of his life: family man, zealot, battlefield commander, terrorist leader, and fugitive. Join International Spy Museum Historian and Curator Andrew Hammond in conversation with Bergen about the many contradictions he finds in bin Laden and why his legacy lives on despite his failure at achieving any of his strategic goals. Bergen, a Vice President at New America, is the author or editor of nine books, including three New York Times bestsellers and four Washington Post best nonfiction books of the year. He is a national security analyst for CNN and has testified before congressional committees 18 times about national security issues. Thanks to exclusive interviews with family members and associates, and documents unearthed only recently, Bergen has used the knowledge he has gained in the intervening years to discover who bin Laden really was and why he continues to inspire a new generation of jihadists. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sat, 11 Sep 2021 11:00:00 -0000

I was a Presidential Daily Briefer on 9/11 Mike Morell & President Bush


Mike Morell was with President Bush on the morning of 9/11. He saw the President several times that day. Ten years later he was with President Obama for the bin Laden raid. He was former Acting and Deputy Director of the CIA. He comes from Ohio. For the rest, its best if you hear Mike. I believe that when we get to the end of the trail, were going to find al Qaeda, and were going to find an Osama bin Laden. I told him that I was so confident in that judgment that I would bet my childrens future on it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sat, 11 Sep 2021 11:00:00 -0000

I was a Presidential Daily Briefer on 9/11 Dave Terry & Vice President Cheney


Dave Terry was with Vice President Cheney on the morning of 9/11. He started work as a PDB briefer the same day as Mike. He went on to be Chief of the PDB. He started out working on grain production at the CIA in 1979. He comes from Kansas. For the rest, its best if you hear Dave. And I think for any intelligence officer, what you're doing is often overwhelming, whether you're in front of the President, or a vice president, or the asset that you're trying to debrief, or your colleaguesAnd the stakes often are life and death. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sat, 11 Sep 2021 11:00:00 -0000

I was a Presidential Daily Briefer on 9/11 Kristin Wood & Scooter Libby, With Special Guest Phil Mudd, Director of Gulf Affairs at the NSC


Kristin Wood was at CIA HQ on the morning of 9/11. Phil Mudd was at the National Security Council. Kristin was a PDB briefer for the VPs National Security Advisor. Phil was Director for Gulf Affairs. They would go on to work counterterrorism together. Kristen has a Wheaton Terrier. Phil has a farm. For the rest, its best if you hear Kristin and Phil. knowing that every day, you had to deliver relevant information to the nation's leaders, it is a feeling of enormous responsibility that all of the 1000s and 1000s and 1000s of intelligence officers who have done amazing work, you want to represent it faithfully. I just I didn't want to be alone. I didn't know what was going on. So I stayed at a friend's house, maybe a mile or two from my house just watching through the downing of the Towers. And at that point, I said, I'm going home. My only other memories are realizing I couldn't go to the White House. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Wed, 08 Sep 2021 10:15:00 -0000

Afghanistan, the Mujahedeen, Al Qaeda My Time at CIA & State with Diana Bolsinger


It was the 1980s. I don't think they'll ever have the fun I had that year, at 23 years old, going to the White House and the NSC, briefing cabinet membersI mean, you name it. It was just incredible! Three years into her CIA career, Diana Bolsinger found herself on point as the sole person working on the Afghanistan account in her department. Thereafter, she was Acting Deputy to the Ambassador to the Afghan Resistance (mujahedeen), a political officer in Islamabad, an analyst at the Counterterrorism Center (CTC), and received multiple awards including for her role in investigating the Boston Marathon bombing. She has a serious Afghanistan/Pakistan resume; Al Qaeda were on her radar from 1990; and, she oozes calm, measured, thoughtful analysis. Ladies & gentlemen: Diana Bolsinger. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 31 Aug 2021 11:00:00 -0000

CYBER AUGUST: National Cryptologic Museum With Vince Houghton


Turning the tide in the Pacific at the Battle of Midway, establishing secure communications on the beaches during D-Day, staving off nuclear Armageddon what did cryptology ever have to do with anything, right? To discuss these big themes and to celebrate our partnership on the exhibition Codes, Ciphers and Mysteries we brought back you know who, Executive Director of the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) and former SpyCast host, Vince Houghton (Retd). Through the end of September 2021, you can see the NCMs superstar artifacts here at SPY before they return to their home base at Fort Meade. Sssshhhhh, thoughNo Such Museum. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 24 Aug 2021 11:00:00 -0000

CYBER AUGUST: So, You Want to Be a Codebreaker? Elonka Dunin and Klaus Schmeh


Codes. Ciphers. Mysteries. This weeks guests are fascinated by codebreaking and cryptography: as well they should be! The Voynich Manuscript, the Dorabella Letter, The Beale Papers, the Zodiac Cipher, Kryptos so much history, intrigue, and speculation. Andrew sat down with Elonka Dunin, code-breaker extraordinaire, and Klaus Schmeh, a world leading expert on the history of cryptography, to discuss the cat-and-mouse game between code-makers and code-breakers across the ages from ancient cuneiform up to quantum cryptography. Word to the wise: their book has been described by Sir Dermot Turing as the best book on codebreaking I have ever read, a must for would be recruits to GCHQ and the NSA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 17 Aug 2021 11:00:00 -0000

CYBER AUGUST: Snowden & Surveillance Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Barton Gellman


Is Edward Snowden a traitor a hero? Does the surveillance state threaten freedom or secure it? Andrew sat down with investigative reporter Barton Gellman, author of Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State, and part of the team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of the National Security Agency and Edward Snowden, to discuss these issues and more. Bart has a serious resume: The Atlantic, The Washington Post, LA Times Book Prize, Emmy Awards (yes, plural), another Pulitzer Prize (greedy!), but I think you get the general ideathis one might make you scream yourself to sleep, sleep like a baby, or not want to waken up, but it will definitely get you thinking. If it does our work here is done. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 10 Aug 2021 16:59:00 -0000

CYBER AUGUST: The Cyber Zeitgeist Cyberwire Host Dave Bittner


Have you ever felt like cyber is changing so quickly, it is difficult to keep up? This weeks guest has seen Cyber-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhuser Gate. How? He hosts no less than 10 podcasts per week on the topic! From the Cyberwire Daily to Hacking Humans, and from Career Notes to Recorded Future, Dave Bittner is what you might call: busy. Dave and Andrew talk the Silicon Valley of the East, state-affiliated hackers, organized crime and staying cyber-safe because its a jungle out there, people. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 13:19:00 -0000

CYBER AUGUST: Threats to America Top U.S. Official Michael Orlando on Foreign Espionage & Cyber Citizenry


Counterintelligence. Security. Two words that have serious pull in Washington D.C. The problem is, how do you ensure the strings, woodwind, brass and percussion are all playing the same music? Welcome to the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC). Acting Director Michael Orlando was this weeks guest, where he sat down with Andrew yes, literally sat down, poor Hammond is actually getting to do what his predecessors did and do podcasts face-to-face to discuss how he helps conduct the orchestra. Michael is fascinating all by his lonesome he came to the job via the U.S. Army, CIA and the FBI but add his story to that of the NCSC and the current counterintelligence landscape, and you have the makings of Beethovens Ninth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 11:00:00 -0000

"Red Widow" - Alma Katsu on Writing Bestsellers & 30+ Years in Intelligence


"Deeply, deeply, disturbing." This is how Alma's Katsu's book, The Hunger, was described by Stephen King. Ok, I'll repeat that, that's how her book was described by Stephen King, author of Carrie, The Shining and Misery! The Hunger was based on the infamous Donner Party trip of the nineteenth century, but her most recent book, Red Widow, turns to intelligence and espionage - something Alma knows rather a lot about having spent over thirty years at the NSA and the CIA. Since leaving the intelligence community, Alma has settled into life as an award-winning and bestselling author (with a side-gig as a technology forecaster!). Want some tips on writing your own book or want to know how the NSA and CIA compare? You'll need to listen to find out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 11:00:00 -0000

Special Operations, FBI, NSC, et al Serial Collaborator Karen Schaefer (Part 2)


Last weeks episode focused on Karen Schaefer, CIA Operator, while this weeks episode looks at her time as a Serial Collaborator. Karen specialized in making sure the heart, brain, left hand and right hand had a better idea of what each was up to and were functioning in unison whether as Director of Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council (NSC), in the leadership group at the FBI (then Director James Comey was fired two days after she arrived), or with the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in a warzone. There is always a lot of focus on the arteries and veins of intelligence this week we look a little more closely at the capillaries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 13 Jul 2021 11:22:00 -0000

On the Streets, Location Unknown - CIA Operator Karen Schaefer (Part I)


From counternarcotics to counterterrorism, from Latin America to the Middle East, and from the back streets of a warzone to the center of events in Washington DC Karen Schaefer has had, how should we say, an eventful career as an intelligence officer. Charming, smart, thoughtful, and you havent even met Karen yetbut seriously, it was a pleasure to talk to this weeks guest who had all of those qualities, and more; so enjoyable it will be released as a double-header. This week, Part I focuses on her time as an operator; while Part II focuses on her time as a serial collaborator who worked with Special Operations, the FBI, and the NSC. Stay tuned Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sun, 04 Jul 2021 11:00:00 -0000

4th July Special: Birthplace of American Espionage - Spy Sites of Philadelphia


Cheesesteaks. Baseball. Rocky. Espionage?Hear about the Philly you never knew as the birthplace of American espionage. From the Committee on Spies during the Revolution (now there is one committee, that actually sounds like it would be good to be on!) to Allen Pinkerton and Kate Warren during the Civil War, up through the A-bomb, a former Director of Central Intelligence, and a conspirator for the Mumbai Bombing of 2008 - Philadelphia has all kinds of fascinating links to the world of intelligence and espionage. Andrew sat down with H. Keith Melton, the worlds pre-eminent collector of espionage related artifacts, and Bob Wallace, former Director of the CIAs Office of Technical Services who has been called the real life Q of the CIA, to discuss their latest collaboration: Spy Sites of Philadelphia. Happy Birthday America! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 29 Jun 2021 11:00:00 -0000

"One Arm, Twice the Punch: Legendary CIA Operator Rick Diaz


Quit. Fail. Give-up. Rick Diaz refused to acknowledge the meaning of these terms. The result? Well, youll need to listen to find out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 22 Jun 2021 11:00:00 -0000

Spy Satellites, Outer Space & the NRO - Beyond the Krmn Line


Spy satellites are fascinating! Man-made objects up there sometimes way up there looking down to see what other humans are up to. I believe its called a Gods eye view. You may not be as unfamiliar with satellites as you think: for starters, youre on one! The earth is a satellite of the sun, the moon is a satellite of the earth, you are a satellite ofhistorian Dr. James Outzen sat down with Andrew to talk about artificial i.e., man-made satellites as part of a conversation marking the 60th anniversary of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 11:00:00 -0000

Juneteenth Special: African American Spies - As Chosen By a Spy, A Diplomat and a Magazine Editor


A superstar line-up chooses an African American spy from American history. Harriet Tubman, Ralph Bunche and Willie Merkerson Jr. are introduced, before we have a discussion about African Americans and the American experience. Our guests are Mel Gamble, a former CIA Chief of the Africa Division and Senior Intelligence officer; Reuben E. Brigety II, former US Ambassador to the African Union and current Vice Chancellor of the University of the South; and Kaia Niambi Shivers, writer, activist and founder of Ark Republic magazine. #Juneteenth Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 11:00:00 -0000

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 wasnt a diplomat - its just that he did something else toolike 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 08 Jun 2021 11:00:00 -0000

The Spymasters 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 Spymasters Prism. Anybody who went from the streets of blue-collar Philadelphia to Acting Deputy Director of Operations for the CIA has serious gumption. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 01 Jun 2021 11:05:00 -0000

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 Afghanistanthe 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. Youll 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 25 May 2021 11:00:00 -0000

A Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany 101-Year-Old Marthe Cohns 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 18 May 2021 11:00:00 -0000

Intelligence & the Worlds Largest Democracy - Indian Spy Chief Vikram Sood


In a first for the show, this weeks guest is a former spy chief from the worlds 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 11 May 2021 13:18:00 -0000

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 04 May 2021 11:00:00 -0000

"The FBI Way" - Counterintelligence Spy Chief Frank Figliuzzi


This weeks guest is Frank Figliuzzi, former assistant director of Counterintelligence at the FBI, who oversaw all espionage investigations across the US govt. He served for 25 years as a Special Agent, which included countering economic espionage in Silicon Valley, being appointed the FBIs Chief Inspector, and heading up the Cleveland Division. He is the recent author of The FBI Way and a current columnist and national security correspondent for NBC News.In this weeks episode we talk about a sitting member of congress and a presidential candidate who were just a little too close to foreign intelligence services, and hear some of his thoughts on former FBI Directors Bob Mueller and James Comey. Unfun fact: Franks first unit chief at FBI HQ was at the center of, possibly the worst intelligence disaster in US history. Listen to find out more. Buy Frank's book "The FBI Way" here: https://bit.ly/3xEx99s Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 27 Apr 2021 11:00:00 -0000

US Air Force Office of Special Investigations: Part 2


Infosec. Cybersec. Techsec. In the second part of our double-header on the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations, we round out our previous discussion with two former Directors of Counterintelligence for the US Air Force, Jude Sunderbruch and Terry Phillips. Their world-wide remit includes cybersecurity, information security, technology protection and all things air power and counter-intelligence. N.B. SpyCast 2.0 Next week we reboot SpyCast with improved audio and some additional tweaks, hacks, bells and whistles. Through the rest of 2021, we will be seeking out every ounce of audio quality we can and continuing to refine the content and much else besides. We will also be rolling out new material including transcripts for each episode with time-stamps, extended show notes that break the content down and give you the take-aways, as well as links to further reading/sources and complimentary episodes. Thanks for your patience! It. Has. Been. Emotional. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 20 Apr 2021 11:00:00 -0000

The Courier (2021) The Directors Take with Dominic Cooke


Andrew and Director Dominic Cooke sit down to talk about his new movie The Courier (2021), starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan and Merab Ninidze, which tells the story of Greville Wynne and Oleg Penkovsky. A Cold War spy thriller based on true events where humanity was precariously perched on a wire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:00:00 -0000

Russian Spy, American Defector Meet Jan Neumann


If you think that all the best spy stories happened during the Cold War we have a doozy for you. In 2008 FSB officer Alexy Yurievich Artmonov was presented with three choices: (1) put a bullet in his own head, (2) wait for someone else to do it, (3) run. Which would you choose? Alexy chose (3). In fact, this story has all the makings of Cold War spy fiction: caught between the long arm of corrupt government officials and the mob, a spy and his wife go on the run leaving friends and family behind; to shake off any would be pursuers they book multiple decoy flights, and end up drinking rum cocktails in the Caribbean, before walking into the US Embassy in Santo Domingo seeking to exchange secrets in return for a new life and new identitiesexcept, it was not quite that simple. Oh, and it happens to be true. Join us as we explore how Alexy, the Russian FSB officer born in the former USSR, became Jan Neumann the graphic novel author, producer and storyteller living in America. Like the very best spy stories, truth happens to be stranger than fiction. P.S. Next week we announce the launch date for SpyCast 2.0! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 06 Apr 2021 11:00:00 -0000

Intelligence and the Presidency - WIth John Hedley


Continuing our journey through SpyCasts greatest hits enroute to our relaunch, we arrive on a topic of perennial interest and great importance: intelligence and the US presidency. Just how is information from the intelligence community (IC) conveyed to the president? How have different administrations incorporated intelligence into the political decision-making process? This blast from the past features John Hedley, former CIA officer and editor of the Presidents Daily Brief (PDB), who reviews the relationship between the IC and presidents since World War II, in the course revealing fascinating episodes from his personal experience in dealing with several administrations and multiple presidents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 30 Mar 2021 11:00:00 -0000

Crossfire Hurricane: Trump, Russia & the FBI A Conversation with Josh Campbell


Josh Campbell lit his cigar and extinguished the match. It was Inauguration Day 2017, and he was on the roof of his Washington D.C. apartment building. As the outgoing Obamas made their way overhead on a helicopter, he turned to his father who had flown up from Texas for the event and remarked, I hope Trump is good for the FBI. Josh Campbell, former Special Assistant to the Director of the FBI, was chosen by James Comey because he didnt shy away from speaking his mind. No matter what your politics are, you will want to hear him speak his mind and listen to his fly-on-the-wall account of some of the most momentous events in the modern history of the FBI. He was present at a meeting in Trump Tower on January 6, 2017, two weeks before the inauguration, that would later lead to his boss being fired; it would also lead to his former boss Bob Mueller being appointed as Special Counsel to head up an investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. Before the Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, and indeed before Muellers appointment, the FBI headed up a counterintelligence investigation into the allegations they codenamed Crossfire Hurricane (yes, after the first line of the Rolling Stones most performed and perhaps best loved song, 1968 hit Jumpin Jack Flash!). This is also the name of Campbells recent book Crossfire Hurricane: Inside Donald Trumps War on Justice & the FBI written as part of his effort to speak out after leaving the FBI. Campbell, who is now a CNN correspondent, spoke to Andrew at an International Spy Museum event on St. Patricks Day, March 17, 2021. We couldnt get you two Irishmen, but we did get the next best thing: a Scot and an American with a very Scottish last name. This episode may lead to heated arguments: but if it does, it will merely be keeping in line with pub culture in Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin! Carl Sagan said, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Listen and decide for yourself what is and what is not extraordinary and what is and what is not evidence because due diligence dictated that it couldnt be all holding hands around the campfire between Andrew and Josh. P.S. Not too much longer before SpyCast 2.0. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 23 Mar 2021 11:00:00 -0000

The Cambridge Five From the Vault


As we continue ramping up for SpyCast 2.0, featuring a content overhaul and improved audio, we release a real gem on a perennial favorite of the SpyCast community. You literally couldnt make this one up, it has everything youd expect to see at Shakespeares Globe betrayal, suspicion, ambition, political machinations, royal intrigue and flabbergasting chutzpah. Philby. Burgess. MacLean. Blunt. Cairncross. Spies who betrayed their country in the name of an ideal: communism. In the 1930s, five young Cambridge University students were recruited by Soviet intelligence to penetrate the British establishment. In the course of their espionage career, the Five did enormous damage to Western security. The gradual unravelling of the spy ring across the decades also led to mole-hunts and an ever widening ring of paranoia. It even put the special relationship between Britain and America under strain. While parts of their story inspired the pages of Cold War spy thrillers, back in 2009 British intelligence author Nigel West examined their motivations and activities, and revealed new evidence he unearthed in Soviet intelligence archives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 16 Mar 2021 11:00:00 -0000

British Intelligence Spy Chief Stella Rimington


As we gear up for an exciting new Spring program which will feature a number of changes including a content overhaul and improved audio we are releasing some of our greatest hits from the vault.Back in 2007 Dame Stella Rimington, former Director-General of MI5, spoke about British intelligence past and present and compared British and American approaches to intelligence. She was the first female Director General of the Security Service (better known by its three letter abbreviation, MI5) and her autobiography is entitled, Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5. She is also the author of a number of novels. Most recently in her Liz Carlyle series are, The Moscow Sleepers (2018) and Breaking Cover (2016).During her 30+ year career, she worked in all the main fields of MI5s area of responsibility: counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism.During Dame Stellas watch, MI5 moved towards greater openness, so it is fitting that this interview is with a former CIA Director of Media Relations, The International Spy Museums former Executive Director Peter Earnest.Suggested pairings:How Spies Think Spy Chief David Omand (Nov 24, 2020)The MI5 Centenary (Dec 1, 2009) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 09 Mar 2021 12:00:00 -0000

Son of Hamas, Spy for Israel "The Green Prince" (From the Vault)


ONE OF THE GREAT SPY STORIES OF MODERN TIMES Palestinian & Israeli. Agent & Handler. Mosab & Gonen. One became involved with Hamas almost as a birthright, his father, after all, was a founder and its spiritual leader; the other was inspired to join Shin Bet, Israels internal security service, after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, and had a father in the Israeli Army. They seemed destined for a collision course. Fate would bring them together, danger would bind them together, but it was loyalty that kept them together. A unique bond was forged between Mosab Hassan Yousef, aka The Green Prince, and Gonen Ben Yitzhak, aka Captain Loai, that is remarkably rare in agent-handler relationships. If he could come to Israel and I know he cant he would be like a member of my family, notes the Israeli, who revealed his true identity to testify on Mosabs behalf at an immigration hearing in San Diego. Gonens children, meanwhile, call the Palestinian Uncle Yousef. Some stories seem too far-fetched to be true. This one is both.Hopefully you can come to the International Spy Museum one day where we look at their story in one of our exhibits (in the meantime you can also stream the award-winning documentary, The Green Prince). This episode is a blast from the past, our founding Executive Director Peter Earnest was the compre, that lives on.Recommended pairings:Shadow Wars, 2020 Israel, Iran & America Dec 8, 2020Israeli Intelligence Dec 1, 2020 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 12:46:00 -0000

Drug Cartels, Sleeper Cells, the Waco Siege & the Mob The Life & Times of Dennis Franks


Former FBI Special Agent Dennis Franks is nothing if not interesting. He has faced off against the Columbian Cali Cartel yes, the Cali Cartel from Season 3 of Narcos the Mexican Gulf Cartel, MS-13, Sicilian Mafiosos, and all manner of gangbanger, gangster and narcotraficante. He has been a firearms instructor, on an Enhanced SWAT Team, and ran his own undercover unit. He has also worked Russian intelligence and Russian organized crime: It was very much a learning experience, because that was very different from a lot of the other organizations I have worked. Why? Well, youll have to listen to find out. It doesnt stop there though, Dennis was at the Waco Siege in 1993, and he offers listeners a particularly poignant moment involving a little girl, a rearview mirror and a knot in his stomach. He now runs his own investigative and security company out of Austin, Texas, and he was recently the Host & Executive Producer of A&E Investigates: The Plot Against America. This was not the alternative history TV series where the USA and Nazi Germany sign a treaty under President Hindenburg, based on a Philip Roth novel, but a real-life hunt for Russian sleeper agents in North-eastern Tennessee. Yes, you heard it correctly Tennessee. Why? It might have something to do with a beautiful woman and the atomic bomb. Again, youll need to listen to find out! As a North Carolina man in Texas, he gives us the final word on who has the best BBQor maybe the controversy will continue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 23 Feb 2021 12:00:00 -0000

Stuxnet, Jiu Jitsu & Michelle Obama A Conversation With Nicole Perloth (Part 2)


Nicole Perloth descended into the cyber netherworld and emerged to share her wisdom. This is the second of a double-header with the New York Times cybersecurity reporter and author of This is How They Tell Me The World Ends. Andrew and Nicole talk Armageddon, Stuxnet, Jiu Jitsu, and Michelle Obama youll need to listen to see the link to the former First Lady. Sit back, buckle up, and get ready to tailgate the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 16 Feb 2021 12:00:00 -0000

So, A KGB Spy & A Navy Intel Guy Walk Into a BarJack Barsky & Keith Mahoney


The door to the walk-in cooler slammed shut behind Jack Barsky. This is it, he thought, this is how it all ends in a restaurant in the Deep South at the hands of a crazy Irish-American eight inches shorter than me. He said he was taking me through a secret passage to a speakeasy. But it was not the end that day in Atlanta, 30 years after the Cold Wars end, but a new beginning. The residual fear felt by the former deep-cover KGB illegal soon dissipated and a new friendship was born over drinks. We ended up, at a very small bar, looking out through a two-way mirror at all the people in the restaurant, what a great place for two old spies to be. Hear Jack Barsky (if youve ever watched The Americans he worked for the real-life Directorate S!) and former US Navy Counterintelligence Agent, Keith Mahoney (if youve ever seen NCIS, he was in its 1980s equivalent) swap war stories. They grew up on either side of the Cold War divide, drank the ascribed kool-aid, lived parallel lives and ended up best buds! Enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 16:05:00 -0000

The Cyber Arms Race Spies, Hackers & Nicole Perloth of the NY Times (Part 1)


Have you seen that episode of The Crown where an intruder gets in one of the most heavily guarded buildings in the world via an unlocked window? Welcome to its cyber equivalent: zero-days. Join Andrew and Nicole Perloth, award-winning cybersecurity and digital espionage reporter for the New York Times, as they descend into a cyber netherworld that will enlighten, challenge and quite possibly terrify you. Oh, I almost forgot, she is also the author of what has been called quite possibly the most important book of the year, This is How They Tell Me The World Ends. Guess where you can hear all about it before talks at storied bookstores such as City Lights in San Francisco, Powells in Portland and McNally Jackson In NYC, or indeed conversations at UT Austin, UC Irvine or at the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress.Yup, youve guessed it (we drop the podcast the day the book hits the shelves). Run your software updates, turn on two-factor authentication and cross your fingers: the future is gonna be wild. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 02 Feb 2021 12:00:00 -0000

U.S. Air Force Counterintelligence Office of Special Investigations (Part 1 of 2)


Counterintelligence. Counterespionage. Criminal Investigations. The Office of Special Investigations (OSI) have a fascinating remit around the world and across the country one that also includes cyber, infosec and technology protection. What better way to break all of this down than to chat to TWO former Directors of Counterintelligence for the U.S. Air Force, Jude Sunderbruch and Terry Phillips. They are colleagues, collaborators and close friends who have seen momentous changes in the operational environment since they first met back in the 90s (are the 90s back in the day already? What the hell happened? Im getting old). Jude is currently Executive Director at their HQ in Quantico, Virginia. With regards to Terry, what could be more special than talking to a Special Agent from Special Investigations? Why, a Special Agent from Special Investigations who happens to be the Executive Director of Special Projects. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did. Muy interesante. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 26 Jan 2021 12:00:00 -0000

Desperately, Madly in Love Brett Peppler and the Australian IC


What better way to start developing an Antipodean flavor to SpyCast than to release an episode with Brett Peppler. Aussie Army. Spec Ops. Deputy Director Military Intelligence. AIPIO President. Professor. Hes been around the block, thought about the block, and anticipated what the block might do next (he said he is, "desperately, madly in love with Futures Intelligence"). The Indo-Pacific is often overlooked, but it will be a key component of international security long after Brett and I have slipped the surly bonds of earth for the Great Gig in the Sky. The timing of our conversation was interesting, it was the official national holiday of Australia where Brett was (Australia Day, 26th Jan), and the unofficial national holiday of Scotland where I was (Burns Night, Jan 25th). Coincidence? Serendipity? Conspiracy? One for the intelligence analysts among us methinks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 19 Jan 2021 12:00:00 -0000

American Spy A Conversation with Lauren Wilkinson


Marie Mitchell is an FBI agent sent by the CIA to spy on the African Che Guevara, leftist president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara. Inspired by real events, he became president in 1983 at the age of 33, this weeks guest takes what is best about the spy fiction genre and gives it her own unique je ne sais quoi (if most of what you know about this land-locked West African country can be written on a business card, guess the official language?). The week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day seemed like an opportune moment to introduce Lauren Wilkinson to the SpyCast community: for a spy thriller written by a black female author, featuring a black female protagonist, set in an African country is a triple rarity for the genre. Join Andrew and Lauren as they talk about her debut novel, which managed to make it on to summer reading list of a former US president to find out which one you will have to listen and about some of her favourite spy novels. Her book is now availableOne reviewer said it is like the best of John le Carr. Need I really say more? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Thu, 07 Jan 2021 22:33:00 -0000

Insurrection The Intelligence Implications: A SpyCast Special


January 6, 2021. What to say. Former president George W. Bush, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell all used the term insurrection. As these momentous events unfolded I watched it on TV although I can literally see the US Capitol from my rooftop I was constantly thinking about the intelligence implications. Long story short, I reached out to Diana Bolsinger and Mark Stout and voila! welcome to a SpyCast Special. Dianas background includes service in the National Counterterrorism Center, at the CIA and in the U.S. Department of State. Mark had an equally well-rounded career at INR, the CIA, and the Army Staff at the Pentagon. Both formers now teach and research intelligence and national security. Grab a brew, or something stronger, and mull this one over. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 05 Jan 2021 12:00:00 -0000

Chinese. Communist. Espionage. (Part 2 of 2) - Dr. Matthew Brazil


This is the second in our two-parter with Dr. Matthew Brazil, a historian of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) intelligence operations. Andrew and Matt discuss everything from recruitment, ideology, and foreign tourism, to modern history and contemporary politics all the biggies really. Ever wondered about the century of humiliation or the Great Firewall of China? This might be the episode for you (but dont forget Part 1!). Matt spent over twenty years working in East and South Asia. Even better, the book is based on an engagement with hundreds of Chinese language sources. Well, whatddayaknow? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 29 Dec 2020 12:00:00 -0000

Pardon Me, Mr. President - From the Vault


Edward Snowden is back in the news. I know what you are thinking: shocker! As we move into the new year from the annus horribilis that was 2020, however, one of the main intelligence stories is will Snowden receive a presidential pardon. Come to think of it, does he even deserve one? Back in what now seems like the mists of time, 2013, Mark Stout sat down with one of the nations top national security lawyers, Mark Zaid, for a legal perspective on the then recent Snowden case. Like a smoky 8 year old single malt, this one lingers on the palate (which depending on your taste may be a good or a bad thing). At the very least, we provide some context on todays headlines in the run down to Hogmanay. Wishing you and yours all the best. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 22 Dec 2020 12:00:00 -0000

The Future of the Intelligence Community


Nothing makes me happier than a conversation with whip smart people on the past, present or future of intelligence: enter Heather Williams, a senior policy researcher at RAND, and Zachery Tyson Brown, a strategic futurist and founder of Consilient Strategies. With decades of experience at multiple agencies, multiple deployments overseas, advanced degrees from the National Intelligence University and a network of contacts that would do any Rolodex proud, they have oodles to offer. We talk the information revolution, generational change, institutional reform, a variety of -ologies and of course the pandemic and the incoming presidential administration. Basically, just the entire future of intelligence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 15 Dec 2020 12:00:00 -0000

Soviets, Gangbangers, Terrorists, Taliban Lessons From a Life in Intelligence, With Dean Barrata


Bet you are wondering which adversary caused him the most sleepless nights, right? From the Red Army to New Jersey street gangs, from terrorists to the Taliban Dean Barrata has analyzed them all. During a 30+ year career in intelligence, Dean has been everywhere from West Germany to Afghanistan, from the Pennsylvania National Guard to a New Jersey Police Street Gang Unit. If you have ever wondered if there was life beyond the three letter agencies (CIA, NSA, DIA), this just might be the episode for you. He now works for GitHub and teaches at a flagship college. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Dean Barrata. Did I mention that he thinks Millennials and Centennials make great intelligence analysts? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 08 Dec 2020 12:05:00 -0000

Shadow Wars, 2020 Israel, Iran & America


The second in a double-header on Israeli intelligence. This week we walk the story up to the present day including the election of Joe Biden and the recent assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. We also hear how Israeli intelligence is retooling for the twenty-first century. Andrew is joined by journalist Yossi Melman, a reporter for Haaretz and advisor on the Netflix Series Inside the Mossad, and Dan Raviv, who was at CBS for over 40 years. They are the authors of Every Spy a Prince and Spies Against Armageddon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 12:00:00 -0000

Israeli Intelligence From the Vault


Mossad. Shin Bet. Aman. Legendary names from the world of secret intelligence. Adolf Eichmann. Wrath of God. Stuxnet. Israels intelligence agencies never seem to be far from the history booksor the headlines. Were they behind the recent killing of the so-called Iranian Robert Oppenheimer, nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh? To provide some context, best-selling author Dan Raviv spoke about his co-authored book Spies Against Armageddon, back in 2012. Hear about the history of Israeli intelligence from the birth of the country in 1948 through to the end of Netanyahus second term. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:48:00 -0000

How Spies Think Spy Chief David Omand


Ever thought you were the smartest person in the room? Youve never been in a room with Sir David Omand. My former professor no slouch himself described Sir David as the brightest person I have ever met. It is certainly difficult to think of anyone more qualified to appear on SpyCast: former Director of GCHQ, former Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee, formulator of current British counter-terrorism policy, he also happens to be one of the worlds deepest thinkers on intelligence and espionage (as well as the intellectual man-crush of my former professor). In his new book, How Spies Think, David distills insights derived from a career spent at the summit of British secret intelligence. 1 Book, 2 Glaswegians, 10 Lessons in Intelligence. Its simple, really. Slinte Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 17 Nov 2020 12:00:00 -0000

From the Vault: Intelligence & Analysis in the National Football League


If 1985 was The Year of the Spy, was 2019 its equivalent in the sporting world? The Patriots were accused of spying on the Bengals, Leeds Utd. of surveilling Derby County, and the Houston Astros of stealing-signs from, well, everybody. Just before Super Bowl XLV (2011), high-school quarterback, artist and Spy Museum stalwart Dan Treado sat down with ex-intelligence officer, analyst, consultant and author T.J. Waters to discuss the secret world of the NFL. Briefing books. Secure Comms. Deception operations. Think states have a monopoly on intelligence and espionage: think again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 10 Nov 2020 23:47:00 -0000

Moxie + Brains = Americas First Female Foreign Intelligence Agent


Join Andrew and former Baltimore Sun reporter Liz Atwood as they dig into the fascinating life of multi-lingual Baltimore socialite Marguerite Harrison: path-breaking journalist, documentary actor, co-founder of the Society of Women Geographersdouble agent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 03 Nov 2020 20:25:00 -0000

Dis.information: Russia, China & the Specter of Democracy


Fact vs. Fake. Truth vs. Lies. Information vs. Disinformation. For voters trying to choose between competing parties and candidates the distinction between them would seem to be central. But is it still possible to tell which is which? In this weeks SpyCast Andrew is joined by two analysts from the Alliance for Securing Democracy Russia watcher Brad Hanlon and China watcher Bryce Barros to try to get to the bottom of what is going on. Is disinformation fake news and malarkey, or a serious threat to the future of democracy? Transcript available at https://www.spymuseum.org/spycast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mon, 02 Nov 2020 02:37:00 -0000

An Ode to Sean Connerys Bond | WTOP


For Andrew Hammond, a Scotsman and the historian and curator of the International Spy Museum, the loss of iconic actor Sean Connery this week at the age of 90 hits particularly hard. As a Scot, someone from the same country, its a great loss and a deep loss, Hammond told WTOP. For spy fans and people who are from Scotland, but also for anyone whos ever loved having the lights out and escaping through the lens of cinema, its just a great loss. James Bond movies, Hammond said, have taught lots of people what they know about being a spy, even if many of them are pure fantasy - via WTOP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 17:52:00 -0000

2020 Election Special: Electoral Interference & Intelligence


What do you get if you cross a Harvard historian with a UCLA trained political scientist and an award winning doctoral researcher? One word: context. Join Andrew and his guests Calder Walton, Dov Levin and Magda Long as they drill down into intelligence agencies and electoral intervention. Transcript available at https://www.spymuseum.org/spycast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 20:21:00 -0000

Personal Attention, SpyCast Listeners - The Authorised History of GCHQ


Authorized History of a Secret Intelligence Agency (STOP) author debriefed by Spy Historian Hammond (STOP) WW1 WW2 Cold War (STOP) reevaluation of Western Front Bletchley Park Ultra Falklands War (STOP) discuss Authorized Histories Cyber Rifles and coming century (STOP) Podcast released on same day as Ferris book (STOP) a coincidence?(END TELEGRAM) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Wed, 14 Oct 2020 12:34:00 -0000

Chinese. Communist. Espionage. (Part 1 of 2) - Dr. Matthew Brazil


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Tue, 29 Sep 2020 13:20:00 -0000

Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy


SPY Curator Alexis Albion asks author Ben Macintyre Can women spies have it all?, as they discuss his latest book on the extraordinary Ursula Kuczynski aka Agent Sonya. Transcript available at https://www.spymuseum.org/spycast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:00:00 -0000

A New SpyCast Chapter: A Farewell Conversation with Vince Houghton


In the second of our changing of the guard episodes, the new SpyCast host Andrew Hammond sits down with Vince. Its Been Emotional. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 11:00:00 -0000

The Spymasters: A Conversation with Chris Whipple


Author Chris Whipple discusses his new book, The Spymasters:How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future with SPY Executive Director Chris Costa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 08 Sep 2020 11:26:00 -0000

Meet the New Guy: A Conversation with Andrew Hammond


Dr. Vince Houghton sat down for a conversation with the new International Spy Museum historian, Dr. Andrew Hammond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 01 Sep 2020 09:53:00 -0000

Spy Chat with Kristin Wood


SPY Executive Director Chris Costa sat down with Kristin Wood who spent more than two decades with CIA in a number of roles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 25 Aug 2020 10:01:00 -0000

State Department Intelligence: Inside the INR


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Tue, 18 Aug 2020 11:00:00 -0000

The SpyCast Conversation with Alison Bouwmeester


SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA operations officer Alison Bouwmeester to discuss her career, and how shes been helping people transition from government service to the private sector. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:00:00 -0000