Human Intelligence

An Interview with Fran Townsend

Fran Townsend has had a ringside view of U.S. national security operations since the 1990’s. She has gained a reputation for clear-sighted analysis of daunting problems. Here, she talks about the main strategic threats facing the U.S., including cyber, and whether our intelligence agencies have learned from their mistakes in Iraq and elsewhere.

Octavian Report: What are the main strategic threats facing the U.S. at the moment?

Fran Townsend: The most obvious one, I think, is North Korea. We ought to be honest: three prior administrations have failed in working against this problem. …

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