Any savvy observer knows the world is a dangerous place. But it takes a former director of the CIA and the NSA to grasp the full breadth and depth of that danger. Gen. Michael Hayden held both those positions, commanded the Air Intelligence Agency, and ran the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center. He has unparalleled insight into the major threats facing the U.S., its allies, and everyone else. In the interview below, he lays out his map of risks and identifies the primary driver of uncertainty in contemporary geopolitics.
Octavian Report: There seems to be a disconnect from reality in the way the mainstream press views what the NSA does. Do you have a view as to why that is and how that might affect the agency’s ability to do …
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General Michael Hayden is a former director of the CIA and NSA, a principal at the Chertoff Group, and the author of Playing to the Edge.