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Intelligence Community Shakeup

February 25, 2020

Episode Notes:

On Feb. 19, President Donald Trump announced a shakeup at the highest levels of the intelligence community. Trump replaced Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire with Richard Grenell, the current ambassador to Germany, until the president announces a nominee for the position. Andrew Hallman, the principal executive of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, a career CIA officer, resigned the same day as Maguire. The moves have been controversial, as they seem to have been triggered by a Congressional briefing on election security that upset the president.

Paul Pope — a retired CIA officer, faculty fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin, and clinical professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs  — joins the WarCast to discuss Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the importance of precision in an intelligence briefing, and how consumers of intelligence in the U.S. government should be receptive to unwelcome information.

[ 01:22 ] What is the Office of the Director of National Intelligence?

[ 03:07 ] Precision in an intelligence briefing

[ 05:20 ] Empathy and intelligence

[ 07:13 ] Delivering unwelcome intelligence

[ 10:27 ] Perspective of intelligence consumers

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