Exclusively WSBJohn Brennan

John Brennan

CIA Director (2013–2017); Assistant to President Barack Obama for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor (2009–2013); Interim Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and Founding Director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center (2003–2005)

A highly decorated intelligence professional and senior White House official, John Brennan draws on three-and-a-half decades of national security expertise to provide cogent analysis of a changing world.


  • The State of Political Discourse in America

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    Neither a registered Republican nor a Democrat, John Brennan has served administrations of both parties with equal dedication and distinction. Over the course of three and a half decades of service, he has further witnessed an alarming rise in partisanship and polarization in political discourse that he believes undermines American national security and future prosperity. In this trenchant discussion, hear Brennan’s unvarnished views on an issue that affects all Americans.


  • The Cyber Threat: Security Solutions for a Rapidly Changing World

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    As companies and organizations face the myriad threats driven by a rapidly changing and increasingly complex global environment, John Brennan dissects the role of private-public partnerships and discusses the evolving nature of cyber threats and options for protecting mission-critical capabilities as well as our privacy, national security and future prosperity. 


  • The Gritty Truth: Counterterrorism in an Era of Instability

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    Join John Brennan for a no-holds-barred discussion of the current geopolitical landscape. Equipped with 36 years of intelligence agency experience, Brennan offers the gritty truth about national security, terrorism hot spots and foreign affairs, including expert insight on how the War on Terror impacts our everyday lives and businesses. He will discuss the future of cybersecurity, the challenges posed by instability and biotechnology threats, and the necessity of meaningful intelligence sharing between allies. 


  • The Role of the Superpower: Global Trends and Perspectives

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    A thorough understanding of the trends and developments driving international relationships is essential to thriving in a rapidly transforming world. In this candid discussion fueled by his decades of experience in foreign affairs, John Brennan shares insights into evolving superpower relationships in the age of Brexit, the impact of technological and scientific innovation, sources of global instability and the refugee crisis, the rise and demise of nationalism, and what we should expect for the global economy. 


  • Transformation for Innovation: The Keys to Modern Business Leadership

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    How do you institute organizational change in order to keep pace with ever-changing markets? As the former director of the CIA who led the most comprehensive restructuring of the agency in its history, John Brennan cites specific examples of the mission-critical solutions he employed to boost leadership training and talent development, and shares how these efforts helped to create a more effective, efficient and productive workforce and management structure. Brennan speaks with fluency and brevity on how an organization’s flexibility and openness to growth can optimize its capabilities both internally and externally, and leaves audiences inspired to foster a culture of innovation.


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