Facts and Fears: Hard Truths and Intelligence: James Clapper


The Common Good and the 92nd Street Y co-present a frank and important conversation with James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, moderated by John Berman, CNN.

One of the most important voices in the nation’s intelligence community, Jim Clapper decided to break his silence after living through Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and saw how the foundations of American democracy were — and continue to be — undermined by a foreign power.

James Clapper will share his inside experience, honed through more than five decades in the intelligence profession, including nearly a decade as the nation’s top intelligence officer advising Presidents from both parties. Recently one of the 13 leaders around the nation who was targeted with a bomb, Clapper will discuss the escalation of cuber threats, disinformation campaigns through fake news, Russian or other foreign interference in U.S. election, and other nation security challenges facing the nation.

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The Honorable James R. Clapper served as the fourth U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) from August 9, 2010 to January 20, 2017. In this position, Clapper led the United States Intelligence Community and served as the principal intelligence advisor to President Barack Obama.

Clapper retired in 1995 after a distinguished career in the U.S. Armed Forces. His career began in 1961 when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and culminated as a lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force and Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. His intelligence-related positions over his 32 years in uniform included Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence at Headquarters, U.S. Air Force during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and Director of Intelligence for three combatant commands: U.S. Forces, Korea; Pacific Command; and Strategic Air Command. He served two combat tours during the Southeast Asia conflict, and flew 73 combat support missions in EC-47’s over Laos and Cambodia.

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