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Attend Our December 7 Webinar

Co-sponsored by the Council on Intelligence Issues, the International Spy Museum, and the Central Intelligence Retirees' Association.  Thanks to the Central Intelligence Agency for its assistance and for over 75 years of service to the Nation.

Join us to mark the CIA’s 75th anniversary with an evening focusing on the Agency’s history, discussion of operational, analytic, technological, and other challenges that illustrate CIA’s mission and unique role as a national intelligence agency, and a look ahead to the challenges for the future. Speakers include noted historians, authors, former CIA officers from the operations, analytic, and S&T directors, and more. 

David Robarge, CIA Chief Historian, will set the stage with a brief look at CIA’s history, agility at adapting to the world it, and some challenges it has faced.

Mark Lowenthal, former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production, will then moderate a panel of CIA experts sharing their diverse firsthand experiences to illustrate how CIA and generations of its intelligence professionals have met some of the challenges and risks they faced around the globe. The panel includes:
·       James Lawler, former Directorate of Operations Officer, counterproliferation expert;
·       Andrew Makridis, former Chief Operating Officer, analyst and presidential briefer; 
·       Dawn Meyerriecks, former Deputy Director for Science and Technology; 
·       William D. Murray, former Directorate of Operations Officer, Chief of Station.

To conclude the program, John McLaughlin, former Deputy and Acting Director of Central Intelligence, will discuss some of the challenges CIA faces and the role it will play in continuing to provide all-source intelligence analysis and operational support to enable policymakers to anticipate and address traditional and emerging threats to US and global security.

For more information, and to register, click here to register at the Spy Museum's website: CIA@75.  

The event is free; registration required.

Visit our Events Page for more information about our speakers, registration, and other events

View Past CII Events 

CII panel discussions invite former intelligence and other national security experts to focus on important
 intelligence topics of timely interest.

CII Co-hosts have included the International Spy Museum, Foreign Policy Research Institute, American Bar Association, and Others

Intelligence Integrity
in a 
Dangerous World"


in partnership with the Spy Museum

Watch Here


"Adolf Tolkachev: 
The Billion Dollar Spy"

Watch our January Event Here

In two prior events, former senior intelligence officials described intelligence practices that began under President Truman:

"Intelligence Challenges in an Election Year: Briefing Presidential Candidates"

Panel held in partnership with the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)

View Video Here

Hot Topics Panel Discussion, in partnership with the International Spy Museum

View Video Here

"Whistleblowing in the Intelligence Community"

presented in partnership with the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security


Whistleblowers, Leaks and the Media: The First Amendment and National Security

See below for more information about events, and 
 Visit our Events Page for information about our panels and plans and for information to obtain the ABA's book pictured above

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This site contains articles, reviews, and other information on many of the core intelligence issues, with a particular focus on risks and challenges in intelligence collection, analysis, and covert action. Providing objective and nonpartisan information about intelligence challenges and the relationship of intelligence to policy and operations will provide readers a broader understanding of CIA, the intelligence community, and the people who serve.  Below are some examples to highlight interesting aspects of the intelligence profession.

Challenges in an Exciting Career -- An Insider's Perspectives

A CII Co-Founder and Vice President Bill Murray participated in a podcast interview to share some of the experiences and challenges he faced during his 38-year career as an intelligence operations officer.  Read Goodstory Transcript and Hear the Podcast excerpts to appreciate the life of an operations officer with insights relating to Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and more.

Intelligence Community Publications


The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) as head of the intelligence community issues policy and direction.

Visit the website to view policies, regulations, and other materials and news releases published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The World Factbook prepared regularly by CIA has long provided basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, military, and more about foreign nations and the world.  The current compilation contains information on 266 world entities.

The CSI Website of the Center for the Study of Intelligence serves as a producer and repository of materials from CIA, other IC elements, and intelligence experts and scholars throughout the world. 

Visit the CIA Website for more information about CIA's mission, history, legacy, careers, and more.

Spy Sites

For an intelligence expert's interesting and informative guide to the history of espionage in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, See "Spy Sites of Philadelphia - A Guide to the Region’s Secret History" by H. Keith Melton & Robert Wallace With Henry R. Schlesinger. 
Also take a look at two prior works, Spy Sites of Washington, D.C. and Spy Sites of New York City. 

All books include photographs, sketches, and maps as well as insightful commentary and are available through links to either Georgetown University Press or Amazon.

Selected Publications of Interest

Getting to Know the PresidentIntelligence Briefings of Presidential Candidates, 1952-2016 (Center for the Study of Intelligence, by John L. Helgerson, 4th edition, 2021)

"Intelligence From Secrets to Policy" by Mark M. Lowenthal (9th edition, Sage CQ Press, 2022).  Available on Amazon, which says "Lowenthal’s trusted guide is the go-to resource for understanding how the intelligence community’s history, structure, procedures, and functions affect policy decisions." 

"Intelligence: The Secret World of Spies; An Anthology" edited by Loch Johnsnon and James J. WIrtz (5th edition, Oxford University Press, 2018)

"Secrecy in U.S. National Security: Why a Paradigm Shift is Needed."  (This RAND publication summarizes an examination of the security classification system, identifies what works and what doesn't, and provides the recommendations for improvement from authors James Bruce, SIna Beaghley, and George Jameson.) 

How 9/11 Revealed the Importance of the President's Daily Brief

Top 10 CIA Myths (Originally from CIA's website, 2018)

Former CIA expert discusses what makes a good disguise for spies (From the AFIO Newsletter and Wired, October 2018)

Podcasts and Videos with Experts

Readers may be interested in expert opinions related to national security, including some that are not limited to intelligence issues and topics but that touch upon such matters on occasion. Topics address foreign policy or legal matters, for example, and that information may be found at:

  • Intelligence Matters presents radio interviews of top intelligence community leaders by former CIA deputy Michael Morell on a variety of intelligence and other national security topics (sponsored by CBS News).

  • The American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security of the hosts National Security Law Today podcasts, ABA's NSL Today, on a wide variey of national security legal topics including rule of law, surveillance challenges, and more.

The Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) launched a series of recorded interviews and programs, some of which are available publicly on its YouTube page here.  For more information about AFIO and its podcasts and other material available only to members, visit AFIO's website.

About HUMINT Sources

Still Timely Today -- Protecting Defectors is a Moral Obligation

Following media allegations, a former official points out that there is a "moral" obligation to help protect foreign spies who have risked their lives to help the CIA.   View this YouTube video of Rachel Maddow's interview with Joe Augustyn, former head of CIA's defector resettlement center, on how CIA takes steps to protect defectors and others whose assistance put them at risk:



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Expert insights presented in selected articles, guidance, and other material can help current and former intelligence officers identify and deal with complex legal and other challenges arising out of their employment.

Employees, their attorneys, and government attorneys who may be involved in disputes in connection with employment should find the first item below interesting and useful.



Balancing Government and Employee Interests in Disputes?

Selected highlights from January 30 panel of experts who shared insights about handling disputes involving classified information.  The event was sponsored by the Bar Association of the District of Columbia at the law firm of Reed Smith LLP and was moderated by the Council on Intelligence Issues:

  • In disputes involving classified information, it's important to manage expectations early so that conflicts in litigation can be minimized.
  • Counsel outside government often don’t know the rules for getting access to and protecting information, which often leads to confusion, misunderstandings, and frustration.
  • There’s a need for more training or other education about the rules.
  • Rules for civil and criminal cases differ and parties to the litigation are not always sure what they are and why.
  • Sometimes outcomes can be or seem unfair because the rules are what they are.
  • It can be important to avoid alienating employees and creating toxic situation with potential CI or security risks.
  • Government officials don't like to see opposing counsel go to the press or Congress to make their cases, but opposing counsel sometimes think that's the only way to get the Government's attention to help the client.
  • Often the most important element in dealing with and minimizing conflicts: the individuals involved and how well they handle situations.
  • Generally the government attorneys and opposing counsel involved in IC-employee litigation may disagree but are operating in good faith. 

For information about this event and its partipants, see Event Archive



Additional Legal Resources

The American Bar Association has updated its compilation of intelligence and national security legal documents.  For more information and to purchase a copy, see "The U.S. Intelligence Community Law Sourcebook 2021-2022 Edition: A Compendium of National Security Related Laws and Policy Documents."

For the previous edition, see "The U.S. Intelligence Community Law Sourcebook 2019 Edition: A Compendium of National Security Related Laws and Policy Documents"

Justice Department Regulations for Representation of Government Officials by Department of Justice or Private Counsel 

Regulations that govern acceptance of process and production of CIA records (CIA Regulations)

For in-depth legal analysis by an expert CIA lawyer on "How National Security Can Trump Individual Rights" (Read Here)

View the LawFare Website for information relating to legal, policy, and related national security reporting, issues, and analysis

Whistleblowing in the Intelligence Community Visit our publications page for Basic Information You Should Know by Anthony Cipparelli and Legal Analysis by Robert Litt


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What's Happening -- CII Alerts

CIA Turns 75 !!

Join us -- CII and our co-sponsors the International Spy Museum and the Central Intelligence Retirees' Association, with assistance from CIA -- on December 7 to mark CIA's 75th anniversary.  For more information and to register, click here:

CIA at 75: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Our Speakers

David Robarge, CIA Chief Historian, will set the stage with a brief look at CIA’s history, agility at adapting to the world it, and some challenges it has faced.

Mark Lowenthal, former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production, will then moderate a panel of CIA experts sharing their diverse firsthand experiences to illustrate how CIA and generations of its intelligence professionals have met some of the challenges and risks they faced around the globe. The panel includes:

·       James Lawler, former Directorate of Operations Officer, counterproliferation expert;

·       Andrew Makridis, former Chief Operating Officer, analyst and presidential briefer;

·       Dawn Meyerriecks, former Deputy Director for Science and Technology; and

·       William D. Murray, former Directorate of Operations Officer, Chief of Station.

John McLaughlin, former Deputy and Acting Director of Central Intelligence, will conclude the program by discussingsome of the challenges CIA faces and the role it will play in continuing to provide all-source intelligence analysis and operational support to enable policymakers to anticipate and address traditional and emerging threats to US and global security.


International Spy Museum Turns 20!

Spy Museum Celebrates 20th Anniversary by Looking Back at 20 Milestones 

19 July 2022

"Today, we celebrate and recognize the dedication of our staff, volunteers, donors, visitors, and the DC community as well as the inspiring vision of Founder, Milton Maltz. We can't wait for what the next twenty years will bring." Chris Costa, Executive Director



Featured Alerts


Read selected announcements of events, articles, and opinion pieces including articles by the Council on Intelligence Issues or current and former intelligence officers on items of interest relating to intelligence and national security.

President Visits CIA to Commemorate Its 75th Anniversary

President Joe Biden called CIA the "bedrock of our national security" in a visit to CIA Heardquarters in Langley on July 8 to commemorate the agency's creation following World War II.  He thanked CIA employees for their work on the Ukraine and praised American intelligence officers as the "best in the world."  Use this link to view the President's Remarks on CIA 75.

Intelligence Community Named a "Best Place to Work"

For the 13th consecutive year, the Intelligence Community (IC) has been named as one of the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” in rankings prepared by the Partnership for Public Service. Read Best Places Press Release of July 13, 2022. 

                                                          CIA MATTERS

CIA Director William J. Burns' Remarks at Aspen

On July 23, 2022, Director William Burns in an interview with Andrea Mitchell provided views on topics
including the status of the Havana Syndrome investigation, the unprovoked war against Ukraine, on Russia, and a non-official assessment of the status of Putin's health. View the Aspen Burns Interview on YouTube.

New CIA General Counsel 

Kate Heinzelman, a former Justice Department lawyer and private attorney who clerked for a federal judge as well as a Supreme Court Justice was recentlhy confirmed by the Senate to be CIA's General Counsel.

Statement of CIA Director William Burns on July 14, 2022

We’re delighted by Kate Heinzelman’s Senate confirmation to serve as General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and looking forward to welcoming her to the Agency family. Her experience and impressive legal talent will serve the Agency well.

Visit Here for the CIA Director's statement upon Kate Heinzelman's nomination to the position by President Biden.

Statement by CIA Director on the Passing of Gary Schroen

Today, CIA mourns the passing of Gary Schroen, a legend and inspiration to every Agency officer. In Afghanistan more than two decades ago and in every other role he served at CIA, Gary embodied the very best of our organization. We will never forget his unwavering dedication, loyalty, and perseverance to protect and defend our country.

In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Gary delayed his retirement to lead an exceptional team of CIA officers–the first Americans into Afghanistan–on a mission against al-Qa’ida and its Taliban supporters. That mission, Operation JAWBREAKER, will forever stand as a tribute to Gary’s courage and leadership. We are fortunate to have the Mi-17 helicopter that Gary and his team used to carry out this daring mission dedicated on CIA’s grounds, where it will serve for generations to come as a reminder of Gary’s extraordinary place in CIA history.

Gary will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

August 1, 2022





The Director of National Intelligence and other IC Leaders presented The 2022 Annual Threat Assessment of the Intelligence Community to the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on March 8, 2022.  (Click Here for the 2022 Threat Assessment and other DNI Documents and News)

A transcript of the threat briefing before the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) on March 8, 2022 is presented on the CIA website here: WWT/HPSCI


In light of the significant and continuing impact of whistleblowing in the national security realm over the last several years in particular, we've continued to highlight below pieces about whistleblowing in the intelligence community as well as present links to our panel discussion on the topic in case you missed it.

About the Importance of Protecting IC Whistleblower

An Open Letter to the American People:

We are former national security officials who proudly served in a wide array of roles throughout the U.S. Government. We are writing about the Intelligence Community whistleblower’s lawful disclosure, which was recently made public. While the identity of the whistleblower is not publicly known, we do know that he or she is an employee of the U.S. Government. As such, he or she has by law the right—and indeed the responsibility—to make known, through appropriate channels, indications of serious wrongdoing. That is precisely what this whistleblower did; and we applaud the whistleblower not only for living up to that responsibility but also for using precisely the channels made available by federal law for raising such concerns.

A responsible whistleblower makes all Americans safer by ensuring that serious wrongdoing can be investigated and addressed, thus advancing the cause of national security to which we have devoted our careers. What’s more, being a responsible whistleblower means that, by law, one is protected from certain egregious forms of retaliation. Whatever one’s view of the matters discussed in the whistleblower’s complaint, all Americans should be united in demanding that all branches of our government and all outlets of our media protect this whistleblower and his or her identity. Simply put, he or she has done what our law demands; now he or she deserves our protection.


Review the List of 88 Officials who signed the open letter.



Intelligence and National Security 

Selected News Items

Executive Actions


Announcements, reports, directives, regulations, decisions, and other actions of the executive branch that affect or relate to intelligence employees, intelligence issues, or have national security implications. 



DNI to lead damage assessment of material recovered at Mar-A-Lago, to include information marked  as SCI, HUMINT, and other information marked as classified.

DNI statement on the confirmation of Kenneth Wainstein to head DHS intelligence (June 10, 2022)

President issues Memorandum on Cooperation With Attorney General's Review of Intelligence Activities Relating to the 2016 Presidential Campaigns (23 May 2019)

Intelligence agencies brief 2020 campaigns on cybersecurity, espionage issues, See
CNN Kevin Collier (22 May 2019)

DNI Coats issues Security Executive Agent Directive 7 mandating security clearance reciprocity (9 November 2018)

The National Insider Threat Task Force (NITTF) released the Insider Threat Program Maturity Framework (November 1, 2018)

Joint Statement from the ODNI, DoJ, FBI, and DHS  on Combatting Foreign Influence in U.S. Elections  (October 19, 2018)

See DNI Coats' Statement on the National Strategy for Counterterrorism (October 4, 2018)

Congressional Interests


Congressional actions, legislation proposed or enacted, and other matters concerning the legislative branch that affect or relate to intelligence employees, intelligence issues, or have other national security implications.  

The Director of National Intelligence and other IC Leaders presented The 2022 Annual Threat Assessment of the Intelligence Community to the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on March 8, 2022.  (Click Here for the 2022 Threat Assessment and other DNI Documents and News)

A transcript of the threat briefing before the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) on March 8, 2022 is presented on the CIA website here: WWT/HPSCI

For a comparison of threats facing the U.S. in past years:

See also the DNI's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee (SSCI) on the Intelligence Community's 2021 Annual Threat Assessment.  (See DNI Statement, April, 2021)


The DNI's statement on the 2019 Threat Assessment may be found here: DNI Statement on WWT, January 29, 2019.

FY 22 Intelligence Authorization Act (Public Law 117-103)

DNI press release on FY21 appropriations: "The Congress appropriated an aggregate amount of $60.8 billion to the National Intelligence Program (NIP) for Fiscal Year 2021"

Senate Intelligence Committee's Volume 2 of its report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections (Russian Use of Social Media). 

See also Volume I (Russian Efforts  Against Election Infrastructure)


SSCI reports intelligence authorization bills to the Senate for fiscal years 2018, 2019, 2020  (May 22, 2019).  See S. 1589

See (July 11, 2018) SSCI Report to Accompany FY '18 & '19 Intelligence Authorization Act 

SSCI Vice Chairman Mark Warner proposed  legislation to improve security clearance processing (December 6, 2018)


See also (July 12, 2018) House passes intelligence authorizations for FY'18 and '19


See (July 3, 2018) SSCI's Initial Findings Regarding IC's Assessment of Russian Interference into 2016 Election

Court Watch


Court decisions and other developments in court cases and investigations that relate to intelligence employees, intelligence issues, or that otherwise are of national security interest. 

A former CIA software engineer was convicted of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, in one of the biggest such thefts in CIA history. Jurors in a Manhattan federal court convicted Joshua Schulteon eight espionage charges and one obstruction charge over the so-called Vault 7 leak.

See prior reporting on this case:
Former CIA employee pleads not guilty to leaks charges (From AP News) 

DIA counterterrorism analyst charged with leaking classified Top Secret documents to journalists. See

Former DIA official sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for attempted espionage. See

U.S. reveals previously sealed Grand Jury Indictment of Julian Assange under the Espionage Act for conspiring to steal government secrets.
(See 11 April 2019, USA Today)

Former Air Force Intelligence Agent charged with Spying for Iran (NYTimes, February 14, 2019)

Ex-CIA contractor gets 90 days
for unauthorized retention of classified material (From AP News)

Citizens group wants prosecutions over rendition program

Other News


Selected items or opinions of note that relate to announcements or other news from or about intelligence, the CIA, other IC elements, or CII.

CIA Director on Russian failures in Ukraine invasion (September 8, 2022)

CIA Director Burns on Ukraine (April 2022). 

CIA Director Burns' priorities announced a few months after assuming office included China, crypto, Havana Syndrome, and more (July 2021).

CIA Director Burns on Ukraine (April 2022). 

The Significance of Al-Zawahiri's Death

"There are undoubtedly those who wonder why the President of the United States would bother to address the American public about the death of Ayman al Zawahiri," writes the former Chief of Operations in the CIA's Counterterrorism Center Rob Dannenberg.  Read The Significance of al-Zawahiri's Death. Source: The Cipher Brief, 5 August 2022.

From the Archives:

The then-CIA director Gina Haspel outlined CIA priorities in her first major speech (click for link to full text).

CIA's then-chief information officer and now the deputy chief operating officer stresses the need for a data-savvy CIA workforce (December 4, 2018). 

CIA Director Gina Haspel's Auburn University speech (April 18, 2019)

Statement by Former CIA officials, tribute to George H.W. Bush 

CIA Remembers

George H.W. Bush

Statement by Director of the CIA Gina C. Haspel

“We’ve lost a great champion of the Agency—an accomplished Director, faithful advocate, and dear friend—with the passing of former President George H.W. Bush. As a heroic Navy pilot in the Second World War, a skilled statesman who deftly managed the collapse of the Soviet Union and liberated Kuwait from Saddam Husayn’s aggression, and a committed citizen who remained engaged in public service throughout his later years, President Bush exemplified the virtues of patriotism, duty, and compassion. Officers here at the George Bush Center for Intelligence and deployed around the globe honor the memory of a great American. On behalf of the men and women of CIA, I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Bush family.”

Remembering Mike Spann

(excerpts from, 25 May 2019)

". . . . .Johnny “Mike” Spann, a CIA officer who deployed to Afghanistan early in the war was killed on November 25, 2001 . . . . . when Taliban prisoners rioted. He was 32 years old.

"Spann was the first American killed in combat in Afghanistan. Before joining the CIA, Spann was a Marine, leaving with the rank of captain. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery alongside other American men and women who have served their nation in war. He is further honored with a black star on the CIA’s Memorial Wall at its Virginia headquarters, along with 132 other fallen agency colleagues.

"So this weekend, as we enjoy our barbecues and kick off the summer, let us not forget how extraordinarily blessed we are to have men and women such as Mike Spann, who willingly placed themselves in harm’s way to preserve our freedom—and paid the ultimate price."  Appeared in the May 25, 2019, print edition. ©2019 All Rights Reserved.

Former national security officials express concerns about the revocation of former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance. [Read Here]

Former DDCI writes "Why so many former intelligence officers are speaking out."




December 7 Webinar to Highlight CIA's 75th 


Look for Information Coming Soon About the Event and How to Register



For information about CII and our events, or to learn about how to contribute, provide reading material for our website, or to volunteer in other ways, Contact Us.


The Council on Intelligence Issues from time to time will alert readers to events open to the public that are related to intelligence or national security sponsored by other organizations with whom we share common interests. 

Additional information about those events may be found by contacting those organizations via the links provided below: 


American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Law & National Security:

The Committee holds events of interest periodically, including breakfasts and an annual review of national security legal and policy issues.  CII has been pleased to partner with the ABA on the whistleblower panel noted elsewhere on this site.  The ABA also presents podcasts and extensive reading materials of interest to lawyers and non-lawyers alike, and CII often relies upon the ABA's  expertise in our provision of information about legal resources to intelligence officers in need of legal assistance. 

For information about Committee and other ABA events as well as materials for the ABA's 2022 annual review scheduled as an in-person event to be held  November 17 and 18, see 


International Spy Museum

The Spy Museum and its many exhibits are open to the public.  The Museum offers many educational programs including panel discussions, virtual tours, interactive programs, and other presentations.  CII has been proud to partner with the Museum on several of our events.

For more information, visit the International Spy Museum HERE, and view the museum's  Event Calendar.


Potomac Officers Club/ExecutiveBiz:


The Potomac Officers Club is an Executive Networking Organization, primarily consisting of members of the U.S. federal government contracting community.  Upcoming events in October include their 8th Annual Intel Summit,  2022 5G Forum, Defense Technology Summit, and a Cybersecurity Forum and Artificial Intelligence Summit with dates TBD.


For More Information


Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) 

AFIO is a non-profit educational organization that sponsors or hosts numerous events relating to intelligence.  These are held in the Washington, DC area, across the country, and virtually.  

For more information about AFIO, its podcasts and video presentations, and future programs, and to register for AFIO events, Visit AFIO Here


The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA)

INSA provides a nonpartisan forum for collaboration between the public, private, and academic sectors of the intelligence and national security communities to develop and promote practical and creative solutions to national security problems.

Visit INSA Here for more information



The CII's educational events aim to highlight the risks and challenges facing intelligence officers as they carry out their responsibilities serving U.S. national security interests. 

CII plans to hold several events open to the public annually. Planning is underway for a December 7 webinar in commemoration of the establishment of CIA 75 years ago, with planning already underway for events in 2023 to cover a mixture of operational, analytic, policy, and legal challenges and risks.

For additional information in case you missed our previous events, view the recordings below.


Previous events presented by the  Council on Intelligence Issues may be viewed at the video links available below 

 "Intelligence Challenges in an Election Year: Briefing Presidential Candidates"

View Two Separate Panel discussions of the timely election year topic presented by experts with first-hand experience in how the CIA and Intelligence Community since 1952 have undertaken to brief candidates both before elections and during transitions pre-inauguration.

View October 23 Panel held in collaboration with FPRI on 
"Intelligence Briefings for Presidential Candidates"


View September 23 Panel held with the International Spy Museum on the same topic 

"Briefing Presidential Candidates" 

You also might be interested in the in-person discussion on another important topic: 

"Preserving Intelligence Integrity

in a

Dangerous World"


See video link here: Preserving Intelligence Integrity


     See this panel of distinguished former senior government officials with broad experiences in intelligence, law enforcement, and policy positions inside and outside the intelligence community.  Their insights highlighted factors that enhance or undermine the credibility, effectiveness, and impact of intelligence for national security decision-makers.  Panelists shared their thoughts on objectivity, "speaking truth to power," avoiding "group think", and the challenges of "bringing bad news."


John Gannon, Moderator and Chairman, Council on Intelligence Issues

  • Adjunct Professor, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University
  • Former: Chairman, National Intelligence Council; Assistant DCI for Analysis and Production; Deputy Director for Intelligence, CIA


Peter Clement

  • Senior Research Fellow/Adjunct Professor, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
  • Former: Deputy Assistant Director of CIA for Europe and Eurasia; Deputy Director for Intelligence for Analytic Programs


Robert Grenier

  • Chairman, ERG Partners; Author, Lecturer
  • Former: Director, CIA Counter Terrorism Center; CIA Station Chief and Senior Manager, Specialist in the Near East and South Asia


Chris Kojm

  • Professor of Practice and Director, Leadership, Ethics and Practice Initiative Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Former: Chairman, National Intelligence Council; Deputy Director, 9/11 Commission; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, INR


Bill Murray

  • Founder, Alphom Group, LLC; Co-Founder and Vice President, Council on Intelligence Issues
  • Former: CIA Station Chief, Senior Manager & Operations Officer (Europe, Middle East, Balkans, South Asia)


The Honorable Caryn Wagner

  • Adjunct Faculty Member, National Intelligence University; Consultant, Lecturer
  • Former: Undersecretary for Intelligence & Analysis, Department of Homeland Security; Deputy Director for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency


The Council on Intelligence Issues thanks all those who registered for this and our other events, as well as our past partners the ABA, International Spy Museum, Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Bar Association of DC, and the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson.






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