In this AEI Events Podcast, CIA Director Mike Pompeo joins AEI’s Marc Thiessen to discuss the Trump administration’s response to the most pressing national security challenges of the previous year. The North Korean nuclear and missile programs now threaten not only the region but also the US mainland. China, Russia, and other revisionist powers are working to shape global events and landscapes to conform to their interests, to the detriment of those of the United States. And the terror threat from groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda remains potent throughout the world. In this global threat environment, America’s intelligence community is working hard to ensure the homeland remains safe.

Danielle Pletka gives an introduction (1:04); CIA Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks (3:03); Marc Thiessen continues the conversation with Pompeo (15:28); Q&A with the audience (47:17).

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This event took place on January 23, 2018.

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  1. George Townsend Inactive
    George Townsend

    Very interesting. Thank you.

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  2. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat

    Outstanding presentation – questions and answers both! Very encouraging that President Trump gives 100% commitment to our intelligence community with resources and confidence in their abilities. Reading The Book of Honor by Ted Gup astonished me as to the personal sacrifice, commitment, amazing courage and skills of those that serve – it breaks your heart to read about when the ultimate sacrifice is made, but more so when you realize it was a lack of an available resource or missed knowledge. Cutbacks and shortcuts have no room here, except in the burden of bureaucracy. Human intelligence in former agent Robert Baer’s books was key, and the bureaucracy was why he left in frustration.

    Thank you for restoring the necessary pieces, Director Pompeo and President Trump. Thank you Mr. Thiessen for this tremendously informative program.  You’d never hear this anywhere in mainstream media.

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  3. drlorentz Member

    This is certainly timely in the context of today’s events. Great interview. He will do a good job at State.

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  4. I Walton Member
    I Walton

    He’s impressive.  Rex was a disappointment.  This was good and necessary change.  The Cabinet must sing from the same hymnal, especially State where our people are scattered around the world and find it easy to sing in tune with personal interests which they find  tucked inside their own “expertise”.

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