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Interviews | Jan 09, 2014

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen And Senior Vice President Julianne Smith In The Washington Post Offer Their Perspectives On The Administration’s National Security Efforts

Comparing White House efforts to address the question of surveillance reform to national security reviews undergone after 9/11 and on Afghanistan, Michael Allen and Julianne Smith address the extent to which the reform debate has become a pressing issue for White House officials.

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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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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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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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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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Interviews | Nov 29, 2013

BGS Managing Director Jeremy Bash In The Washington Post On The Debate Over Cyber Command Leadership

BGS Managing Director Jeremy Bash says, in regard to the question of whether to split the leadership of Cyber Command and the NSA, “that the current arrangement should be preserved to avoid duplication of effort.”

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Interviews | Nov 24, 2013

BGS Managing Director & Author Of "Blinking Red" Michael Allen Is Quoted In The Wall Street Journal About The Evolution Of The NSA

BGS Managing Director & author of “Blinking Red” Michael Allen in The Wall Street Journal addresses how after 9/11, the NSA improved so significantly “that people called it the Golden Age of signals intelligence.”

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