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Articles | Dec 27, 2013

BGS Counselor Michael Morell In The Washington Post "Correcting The Record On The NSA Review"

Michael Morell, former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and a member of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, explains the Review Group’s recent NSA recommendations to the President.

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Interviews | Dec 22, 2013

BGS Counselor Michael Morell On CBS News’ Face The Nation Addresses The Review Group On Intelligence And Communications Technologies’ Recommendations To The President

Former Deputy Director of the CIA and a member of the President’s NSA Surveillance Review Group, Michael Morell, appears on CBS News’ Face The Nation and addresses the Review Group’s recommendations, affirms the continued importance of the work of the NSA, and delivers a message to Edward Snowden — who he does not believe should be granted amnesty.

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Interviews | Dec 19, 2013

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen In The New York Times Addresses Recommendations Released By President’s Review Group On Intelligence And Communications Technologies

From the Article: “How does a president say, ‘I disagree with my review group’?” asked Michael Allen, a former Bush aide and author of “Blinking Red,” a new book on the creation of the intelligence architecture after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “It needs to be seen at the very least as, ‘I’m largely or in some nonsymbolic way taking most of what they’re offering.’ ”

Mr. Allen, now managing director of Beacon Global Strategies, said such pressure may cause Mr. Obama to go too far and open the country up to more danger. “I fear they will say something like, ‘We need to make a major course correction,’ ” he said.

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Announcements | Dec 18, 2013

BGS Managing Director Jeremy Bash Is Named Woodrow Wilson Center Global Fellow

From the Announcement: Jeremy Bash, former Chief of Staff to then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, is one of 43 new Global Fellows at the Wilson Center. Bash, who also served Panetta at the CIA, is the Founder and Managing Director of Beacon Global Strategies.

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Interviews | Dec 17, 2013

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen Discusses Possible Congressional Action To Reorganize The Intelligence Community In Light Of Public Pressure And The Results Of The President’s Review Group

BGS Managing Director and author of “Blinking Red” Michael Allen in Defense News discusses the possibility of a new period in intelligence reform, but comments he does not believe that this reform will be a “wholesale change like the Intelligence Reform Act, or the 9/11 recommendations.”

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Book Reviews | Dec 08, 2013

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen’s Book, Blinking Red, Is Reviewed By The Wall Street Journal

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The Wall Street Journal’s review of Michael Allen’s book, Blinking Red, highlights the history of the Director of National Intelligence, as written by Michael Allen. From David Feith’s review: “Though Mr. Allen argues that intelligence reform is a worthy work in progress — “while imperfect,” the 2004 law “created a structure that has the potential to positively benefit national security” — his account is sobering history.”

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Interviews | Dec 05, 2013

BGS Senior Vice President Julianne Smith In The Wall Street Journal Analyzes The Latest Events Surrounding China's Air-Defense Identification Zone

BGS Senior Vice President Julianne Smith says of the outlook of China’s air-defense identification zone, “I don’t think it’s going to disappear,” and that “it would be really hard for [the Chinese] to back out of this.” “The bottom line right now,” she says, “is doing all we can on the margins to ensure the safety of any of the aircraft that finds itself in this vicinity.”

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Book Reviews | Dec 04, 2013

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen’s Book, Blinking Red, Is Reviewed By Defensenews.com

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Defensenews.com calls Blinking Red “a step-by-step walk through of the backroom negotiations that created the position of Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the wrestling over who would get to control the intelligence community.”

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Interviews | Dec 04, 2013

BGS Senior Vice President Julianne Smith In The Wall Street Journal Addresses U.S. Vice President Biden & Chinese President Xi’s Meeting In Regard To The Air-Defense Zone

BGS Senior Vice President Julianne Smith discusses the role of the Vice President’s meeting with the Chinese President in working to address China’s air-defense identification zone; Smith says, “What they wanted to do was to start a face-to-face conversation.”

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