The US intelligence establishment has appeared increasingly beleaguered and isolated in recent years. Outwardly the CIA and NSA today must confront a bewildering array of adversaries ̶ hostile nations, global jihadists, and cyber saboteurs ̶ all emboldened by new technologies. Meanwhile, closer to home, controversies relating to the techniques employed by America’s intelligence agencies in the war on terror have resulted in heightened public criticism and scrutiny of their work. And with the Edward Snowden leaks, the agencies have even appeared vulnerable from within. How have the pressures of the turbulent years since 9/11 impacted the intelligence community’s ability to protect the nation? And how might America’s civilian, military, and intelligence leaders attempt to rebalance security and civil liberties in the coming years?
General Michael V. Hayden’s new book, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, will be available for purchase and signing from The Book Cellar after the program.