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In the security world a "SCIF" ['skiff'] or "Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility" is a special secured room where classified information is processed and shared. National security expert, Juliette Kayyem, brings you inside the security world in a deeper way. By exploring the planning and decisions behind our own safety--both nationally and locally-- this podcast takes some of the mystery out of what makes us safer.
||Clean129: Something Has To Give||As Juliette says goodbye to The SCIF, she describes the four competing doctrines that are driving global security, and encourages listeners to step up and fight for our democratic norms.||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean128: We Shouldn't Even Be Talking About This||It seems hard to believe that for nearly a week now, the focus of our national attention has been drawn to a spat between the president of the United States and a gold star family grieving their loss. But this is where we are.||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean127: The American Dreamers||With DACA under siege, the woman who led its creation as Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, now finds herself leading the charge against her old agency to protect it. In this episode of The SCIF, Juliette speaks with Napolitano, now the p||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean126: Guns and Motivation||While we all wonder about the Las Vegas shooter's motive, as a security matter, it's time we focused on the means by which he carried our his attack: guns.||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean125: Clap Back||Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper describes what compelled him to publicly question President Trump's fitness to serve, and why he will continue to do so.||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean124: Where are the Adults?||As tensions continue to rise between the United States and North Korea, Juliette can’t help but ask, “where are the adults in the room?”||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean123: Unprepared for the Rising Sea||America is not prepared for the consequences of climate change says US Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft. In this episode, Juliette speaks with the commandant about the Coast Guard's role in keeping America safe today, and our lack of preparation for||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean122: China v. America: Avoiding the War that Nobody Wants||Is war with China inevitable? Juliette speaks with Harvard Kennedy School Professor Graham Allison, author of "Destined For War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?" to learn more about how these "great powers" conflicts get started, and mos||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean121: Trump the Enabler||Following the G20 summit which hosted the first face to face meeting between the presidents of Russia and the United States, Juliette makes the case that President Trump’s words and actions have provided an enabling mechanism for Russians to repeat th||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean120: Tracking the Lone Wolf: The Path to Online Radicalization||Following a string of attacks carried out by so-called "lone wolf" terrorists, Juliette digs into the issue of online self-radicalization and what can be done to prevent it. Her left-of-boom discussion with Tara Maller of the Counter Extremism Project e||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean119: One Year Later, Lessons From The Pulse Nightclub Shooting||On the anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, Juliette hosts a "Right of Boom" discussion with Orlando's Mayor Buddy Dyer, recounting his experiences during and after the attack, and identifying lessons that other lea||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean118: Lordy What A Testimony!||Juliette gives her top 5 takeaways from the highly anticipated testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the investigation into Russian interference in the US election.||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean117: Protecting Your Family Post-Manchester||The bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England last week was a tragic demonstration of every parent's worst nightmare. While the fear was most acute for the thousands of Manchester parents who frantically searched for signs that their ch||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean116: Are We Tired Of Winning Yet?||On this special edition of The SCIF, host Juliette Kayyem breaks down everything that’s happened in the news over the past week. From Trump firing Comey to the bombshell story in the New York Times about Trump asking Comey to end the investigation int||5/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean115: Comey Gone, The Road Ahead, and When To Speak Up: A Conversation With Lisa Monaco||On this episode of the SCIF, host Juliette Kayyem provides her thoughts on the firing of FBI Director James Comey and sits down with Former Homeland Security Advisor and Newton native Lisa Monaco to discuss what her litmus test was for waking up Preside||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean114: True North In The Age Of Fake News||Juliette Kayyem sits down with Charlie Sennott to discuss being a journalist under an authoritarian regime and how to combat fake news.||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean113: The Trump Doctrine||What is the Trump Doctrine? Between strikes in Syria, the use of the MOAB in Afghanistan, and escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, it can be hard to discern. But the question isn't just academic, it's how we signal our intentions to allies and e||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean112: The Humble, Private Person||Gold Star father Khizr Khan talks about his DNC speech, the aftermath, his thoughts on the Muslim bans, and how he and his wife Ghazala have handled their new public profiles.||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean111: A Case of Intelligence||On March 20th the House Intelligence Committee will hold its first public hearing on Russia's involvement in the 2016 US presidential election. Testimony from many top intelligence community officials could possibly reveal critical information as to sco||3/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean110: He Loves WikiLeaks||For candidate Trump WikiLeaks was a tool that allowed him to draw a clear line of distinction between who you could trust and who was “crooked.” It didn’t matter that it was an outside actor clearly working to interfere with the election, the leak||3/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 109: What's In A Name||The phrase “radical islamic terrorism” was a major point of contention between leaders in both parties long before the 2016 election. But throughout the course of that election it seemed to be the major foundation on which Donald Trump was building||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 108: Out Like Flynn||When General Michael Flynn was first named as President Trump’s National Security Advisor many wondered how long he would last. A polarizing figure, as National Security Advisor Flynn spent time on conspiracies, fighting intelligence agencies, and mis||2/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 107: From Russia With Love?||Long before all the Executive Orders and power shake-ups of the Trump Administration there were a number of reports about Russia's efforts to interfere with our national election. And exactly how far and how involved Russia was able to successfully invo||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 106: Trump's Team of Rivals||By almost every measure the Trump Transition has been like no other. And with Trump some of the most telling signs of how his administration will govern can be found in his own cabinet. They are certainly a unique blend of experience and unlike any cabi||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 105: Protecting POTUS Trump||The Presidential Transition is a very sensitive time for security. But the final day of that process, Inauguration Day, is a particularly challenging day for one very specific branch of our national security structure: The United States Secret Service.||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 104: 2016, A Year In Need Of A Do-Over||What a year to forget. 2016 seemed a relentless run of mayhem. From January to December the events that shaped this year broke all the rules and redefined (even respelled) unprecedented, again and again. Back in December 2015 no one could have predicted||12/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 103: Building for the Worst Case Scenario||Climate change isn't something that can be debated, but must be mitigated or, failing that, adapted to. How we build our cities for those changes will not only impact our ability to respond to natural disruptions, but arm us with the tools needed to han||12/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 102: Inside the Presidential Transition||The Presidential Transition is the process of preparing our democracy for the reigns to be passed from one administration to the next. Back in 2008 Juliette Kayyem was on the transition team for President Elect Obama working side-by-side with members of||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 101: Democracy in the Age of Cyber Security||Is Russia deliberately trying to impact the U.S. presidential election? What are the consequences of these cyber leaks for our democracy and our society, not just in the remaining days of this election, but beyond November 8th? Jonathan Zittrain, prof||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Interested to see how good this podcast is
I work in a SCIF. I hope this podcast is more entertaining than actually working in a SCIF because that would be soooooo boring. I can't even listen to this podcast in the SCIF because I'm not allowed to bring my phone in!
Great podcast to stay informed with given the current environment in the intel and military communities.
Professional, brief, and super-informative
Juliette Kayyem delivers an excellent security-related podcast with The SCIF. I appreciate her focus, her choice in guests, and her diligence in making it all understandable to the layman (without dumbing it down much, if at all). Simply put, it's an excellent podcast, for which I not-so-patiently await the next episode.