This post is on a different sort of topic, one that I would normally address in the Quick Hits side column. In this case, however, I feel it is important enough to consider here. The topic at hand is intelligence, specifically, the kind of intelligence that informs national policy. A few months back I posted a list of my favorite podcasts, one of which is Intelligence Matters hosted by Michael Morell, a former acting Director of the CIA. In its latest installment the tables are turned on Mr. Morell and he is the one answering the questions. It is an informed perspective on the agency’s challenges, culture, and what attracts people to it, not to mention his career and view of the current state of the world.
If you are one who is interested in geopolitics and current events you will find this episode worthwhile. If you are not, then it is still time well spent to inform yourself at a high level. This is a guy who was with president Bush on 9/11 and with president Obama during the Bin Laden raid. He’s seen stuff. That alone makes it a good listen.
Any conversation of this sort is bound to get political at some point. You will not be surprised that there is a tinge of that in the second half of the podcast, but it is a manageable tinge and it is articulate. I appreciate its tactful and respectful manner, a pleasant change from the demagoguery that fills the airwaves these days. Regardless of your political persuasion, I encourage you take advantage of this opportunity to hear from an insider who possesses a career full of insight. The episode does cover a bit of history, specifically regarding 9/11, but also provides a good overview of contemporary issues that are on the world’s collective plate now and for some time to come.
Intelligence matters, not just in how we get it but more importantly in how we process it, the decisions it leads to, and the outcomes of those decisions.
Highly recommended and well worth the time. Intelligence Matters, September 20, 2019, Live Taping with Host Michael Morell. You can listen on your computer or mobile device. If you do not have a podcast agent for your mobile device I recommend Overcast.