STREAMING LIVE WEDNESDAY: National Intelligence Council Chairman Thomas Fingar on What Goes Into a National Intelligence Estimate



(Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell chats with National Intelligence Council Chairman Thomas Fingar) To my knowledge, I’ve never met National Intelligence Council Chairman Tom Fingar, but I’ve been an admirer from afar of his work and approach to intelligence estimate construction.

Why Is Obama Triangulating on Meeting with World Rivals?



I watched the debates and admired Barack Obama’s strongly expressed commitment to “engagement” — particularly with leaders of states with whom America was in conflict. This was a great contrast from Hillary Clinton’s positon — and even a starker contrast with McCain’s.

Sadness: Former NSA Director William Odom Dies



General William Odom, former Director of the National Security Agency, was an early critic of the Bush administration’s obsession with invading Iraq. He called the decision the worst strategic mistake in American military history in the last century and perhaps since the establishment of the Republic.