ACI Journal Articles


CIA service and sacrifice will continue, no matter who is sitting in the White House

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Army Cyber Institute

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CIA officers understand that we live in a dangerous world. Most of them report to work every day because of that fact. But they — and I — want the risks we took to mean something. We weren’t undertaking risk for its own sake; we did it because there was no other way to get information we needed. We had to steal it. I never thought, “I hope this pleases a policy maker.” I served under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, but I didn’t want them to be pleased; I wanted them to be informed.

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