Michèle Flournoy and Nick Rasmussen quoted in The Washington Post article: “To Prepare for the Next Pandemic, the U.S. Needs to Change Its National Security Priorities, Experts Say”

“'If the national security staff apparatus around the president is doing its job right, it should be able to coordinate different elements of the government,' said Nicholas J. Rasmussen, who was the director of the National Counterterrorism Center under Presidents Barack Obama and Trump... "Michèle Flournoy, a former defense official who has long been considered a leading contender to lead the Pentagon in a Democratic administration, said Americans were likely to expand their notion of national security to include protection from [...]

2020-06-26T11:31:06-04:00June 16, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Nick Rasmussen quoted in The New York Times article, “French Military Says It Killed Top Qaeda Leader in Africa”

“‘If confirmed to be true, the death of Droukdal removes one of the most senior and most durable leaders of AQIM, a longstanding Al Qaeda affiliate,' said Nicholas Rasmussen, the former head of the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington. 'Droukdal remained doggedly loyal to Al Qaeda’s senior leadership...'” Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-06-12T14:59:18-04:00June 6, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Nick Rasmussen quoted in The Atlantic article, “It’s Time to Listen to the Doomsday Planners”

"Doomsday planners can’t conjure up every possible future calamity. But their warnings can prompt the government to react quickly, to adapt to ambiguity, and to treat uncertainty as a feature of good social science, not an excuse to avoid prudent precautions. Nicholas Rasmussen, who participated in national-security continuity planning as a senior counterterrorism adviser to George W. Bush and Obama, told me that, at the moment, the U.S. government doesn’t 'really have a plan for a scenario where we are down [...]

2020-06-05T14:02:16-04:00May 29, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Nicholas Rasmussen writes with Margaret Taylor in Lawfare: “Eleven Questions for Director of National Intelligence Nominee Rep. John Ratcliffe”

"Amid questions about the ability of the House and the Senate to function in regular order during a pandemic, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will hold an open hearing on May 5 at 9:30 a.m. to consider the president’s nomination of Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas to serve as director of national intelligence. The hearing will be held in person, not remotely. "The revival of this controversial nomination—which had been announced and then withdrawn last summer—is certain to raise [...]

2020-05-12T14:18:46-04:00May 4, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Nick Rasmussen quoted in Philanthropy Magazine article, “When Extremists Leave Prison, Who Helps Them Find a New Life?”

"'How do you know it’s going to work?' That is a question Nick Rasmussen hears a lot, often from Members of Congress. Like Munter, Rasmussen spent most of his working life in government, most recently as director of the National Counterterrorism Center. When he left the public sector and went to work at the McCain Institute in 2017, he was inspired by a vision to address 'gaps' in national security that government can’t fill. As part of that, he now leads [...]

2020-04-17T16:08:45-04:00April 14, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Nick Rasmussen co-authors in The Washington Post: “Former Intelligence Chiefs: Trump’s Removal of Experts is Deeply Destructive to Our Nation’s Safety”

"The United States — and the world — faces a historic threat to its health, well-being and economy. The global covid-19 pandemic challenges all of us: the public, cities, states and, of course, the federal government. But as we collectively fight this deadly disease, the intelligence institutions that help protect us all from current and future threats are also under attack from an insidious enemy: domestic politics. We cannot let the covid-19 pandemic be a cover for the deeply destructive path [...]

2020-03-30T10:51:25-04:00March 20, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Nick Rasmussen quoted in The Washington Post article, “Trump Plans to Nominate Special Forces Veteran to Head Counterterrorism Center Amid Uncertainty About Its Future”

"'I’m encouraged that the administration is turning to a career national security professional for this job as opposed to picking a career politician or some known ideologue,' said Nicholas Rasmussen, who led the NCTC from 2014 to 2017. "'What’s important is whether Chris Miller or any nominee can do what needs to be done most — which is to preserve the integrity and independence of the NCTC as an intelligence organization,' he said..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-03-30T11:39:14-04:00March 18, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Nick Rasmussen writes in Just Security: “The President’s War on Intelligence: Yes, It’s Worse Than You Think”

"Once again, the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) finds itself exactly where intelligence officials never want to be: in the headlines and being talked about on cable news —without the ability [to] speak publicly to defend their work or their professionalism. Instead, IC leaders and professionals are left playing defense against a president who routinely demonstrates his lack of understanding of their craft, his disregard—and even contempt—for their work product, and his mistrust of any IC leader who hasn’t affirmed personal fealty [...]

2020-03-06T12:06:32-05:00February 27, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Nick Rasmussen quoted in The New York Times article, “Killing of Terrorist Leader in Yemen Is Latest Blow to Qaeda Affiliate”

“'AQAP [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] remains a significant, lingering concern, in part because the group was so fixated on aviation as a target, and the kind of bomb-making expertise that the group developed was unlikely to have been contained to just a few select individuals,' said Nicholas J. Rasmussen, a former director of the National Counterterrorism Center. “'That kind of knowledge and expertise is of course shareable and transferable — not just within AQAP but beyond to other Al [...]

2020-02-24T15:27:21-05:00February 10, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Nick Rasmussen quoted in Bloomberg Government article, “Iran Threat Response Seen as Weakened by Trump Migrant Focus”

“'The focus on immigration to me has meant the senior leadership could not possibly have as much of an in-depth feel for the terrorism and counterterrorism set of issues,' Nicholas Rasmussen, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center who worked on the issue under the last three administrations, said in an interview. 'When you get into crisis mode, you can’t just acquire that experience.' "Rasmussen and some former DHS officials and security specialists applauded aspects of the department’s response, however, pointing [...]

2020-01-16T21:17:36-05:00January 8, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|
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