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Intelligence Matters

CBS News

Former acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell speaks with top leaders of the U.S. intelligence community as they reflect on their life, career and the critical roles they play in shaping national security policies. As a central figure in the most significant U.S. counter-terror efforts of the past two decades and a former CIA intelligence analyst, Morell is uniquely skilled at taking industry leading knowledge to make connections that provide deep insight into complex security events – helping decode intelligence officials’ key priorities and providing perspectives on how to achieve national security objectives. Morell is the author of “The Great War of Our Time” and a vivid account of the Central Intelligence Agency, a life in secrets, and a war in the shadows.

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Our Editor's Take

What happens in national intelligence matters. And it's this podcast's goal to prove it. Intelligence Matters focuses on national security policies. The podcast host is Michael Morell, the former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Morell has a unique gift for interviewing, which he makes the focal point of this podcast. In each episode, he interviews leaders in the intelligence community. What do these leaders have to say about their lives in the CIA? How does each guest feel about their role-and others' roles-in shaping security policies? And further, what do listeners need to know about American intelligence today? Morell and his guests explore that and more on this podcast.

The Intelligence Matters podcast's goal is to provide insight into security. Its goal is to create a perspective of what national security looks like. What concerns does the government have about Russia's Vladimir Putin? An episode featuring author Andrew Weiss answers that question. What's the status of the US-Iran deal? Middle East expert Karim Sadjadpour discusses that with Morell. How do social media leaks impact the US military? Guests explore these topics and more with Morell in each segment.

Most Intelligence Matters podcast episodes follow a familiar format. Morell has a straightforward approach as he introduces his guests and discusses their merits. He explores their roles in intelligence. Then he lets the guests lead the conversation. Other episodes follow a different format. Called "Best Of" episodes, these are recaps. Audiences can expect discussions of law enforcement and counterterrorism. They'll hear about the importance of intelligence officers in the modern world. No matter what, this weekly podcast is sure to guide listeners through what the CIA does.

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