For centuries, the Vatican has used a devil’s advocate to vet all applicants for sainthood. Today, our military,
the intelligence community and the private sector employ a technique known as “red teaming” to test vulnerabilities, play war games and give an alternative strategic and tactical analysis of a proposed action. Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Micah Zenko, author of a fascinating book called Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, tells Jim of a principled way to arrive at the right answer.
Former CIA General Counsel John Rizzo saw Directors of Central Intelligence come and go as controversy increasingly enveloped the Agency. Author of the bestselling book, The Company Man, he tells Jim how he reacted to the “torture memos” of the Bush administration, and how he couldn’t stop the CIA from destroying tapes of the “enhanced interrogation” of al Qaeda chieftain Abu Zubayda.
The former CIA Inspector General discusses just how harmful were the WikiLeaks leaks, and whether Julian Assange is to be praised as a new media hero or hunted down and punished for violations of the Espionage Act.
Al Qaeda’s Christmas Day attempt to bomb a plane nearly spelled disaster. Obama said there was a systemic failure. Was it because the government failed to follow key recommendations in the 9/11 Commission Report?
Is the newly created Director of National Intelligence just another layer of bureaucracy? Will intelligence reform prevent another disaster such as Iraq or a 9/11? Former 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean shares his views.
Kipling’s Kim called espionage the “Great Game.” Which is stranger spy fact or spy fiction? Oswald Ames and Kim Philby or Jean Le Carre and Alan Furst? Former CIA Inspector General Hitz spills the secrets to Jim Zirin.
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