Understanding Intelligence

It is obvious that cyber security will continue to play an important part in national security. But as a Washington outsider, it is difficult to see inside government policies and organizations that are responsible for this security. Michael Hayden has taken a significant step in providing this insight through his recent book, Playing to the Edge (2016). Mr. Hayden served as both the Director of the NSA and the CIA and is a retired four star Air Force general. A great aspect of the book is that Mr. Hayden wrote it himself, apparently without a ghost writer. So readers get the best insight into government intelligence that can pass a classification review.The years covered comprised turbulent times, including: the 9/11 attack; the build up of NSA monitoring; the Snowden leaks; and the CIA alleged torture incidents. No shortage of controversy here! Three points stood out for me. First, the real brilliance and leadership of Mr. Hayden in the many roles he assumed. Second the g…

This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog post authored by Frederick Scholl. Read the original post at: Security Connections