Sr. Intelligence Officials Deliberate Key Issues At Hayden Center Event


On Tuesday, September 11th, 2018, a panel of distinguished and highly-respected former national intelligence officers convened at George Mason University’s Michael V. Hayden Center at the SCHAR School of Policy and Government to discuss the relationship and dynamics between President Donald Trump and the intelligence community (IC) and deliberate key intelligence issues. The event was extremely well attended, in fact there were so many people who RSVP'd that they had to add another  "overflow room," which was also full.  And we’re thrilled to share that the entire panel consisted of Leading Authorities' exclusive speakers. 

The panel's conversation was moderated by Leading Authorities' exclusive speaker and NBC political analyst, Nicolle Wallace, and featured fellow LAI exclusive speakers, including:

  • Director James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) under President Barack Obama from 2010 to 2017, CNN national security analyst, and the author of the new book, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence
  • Philip Mudd, the former Deputy Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center under President George W. Bush
  • General Michael Hayden, the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the former Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) under President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, and best-selling author of the new nook, The Assault on Intelligence
  • Philip Mudd, the first Deputy Director of the National Security Branch (NSB) and the former Deputy Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center under President George W. Bush

Their collective wealth of knowledge on intelligence and national security issues brought new light to some of the most critical discussions going on in our country right now.

Wallace asked the panel a variety of questions all focused on the current state of the US intelligence community. The focus was what their respective roles should be as former high-ranking officials with large media platforms in relation to long standing precedent of remaining quiet after leaving the government. They all voiced concern over the current reputation of the intelligence community, and the corresponding potential for harm to the country because of this break down in public trust. The discussion touched on several related topics and got to the heart of the difficult path moving forward for both retired high-ranking officials regarding their public profile, and the intelligence community as a whole.

Another prominent focus of the panel was the ongoing debate over Russian interference in America’s elections, and what it means for future elections. As career intelligence and military experts, these intelligence speakers were all quite concerned over the recent developments and the challenges facing the intelligence community moving forward. They all agreed with Wallace’s assertion that the special counsel’s investigation is warranted and necessary for our government to get to the bottom of this matter. They also voiced concern over the aggressiveness demonstrated by the Russian government, and a lack of condemnation from the White House. With their acknowledgement of concerns over what happened in 2016, they also expressed grave fear for the type of deep dissension the Russians seek to sow within the United States. They all expressed concern that the deep political division within our country is increasing, and that there is no clear message on how to deal with the Russians in the coming years as a result.

Despite the grim picture painted by this discussion, these speakers still hope that faith can be restored in our American institutions. They claim that these institutions must be viewed as apolitical and seek to serve the American public the way they were intended to. Our nation’s intelligence community must be relied upon as a guiding force in an increasingly divisive world. The way they have been negatively characterized deeply concerns each member of this panel and has given them all a call to action. Their instinct to be leaders in a time of crisis has called them to abandon precedent and act in their countries best interest.

Watch the full conversation with the former CIA Director Michael Hayden, the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and the former Deputy Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center Phillip Mudd, which was moderated by Nicolle Wallace.


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