Chevy Chase Trust was proud to host John O. Brennan, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2013-2017) on April 24, 2017. Mr. Brennan worked at the CIA from 1980-2005 during which time he served in the Directorate of Intelligence, was the agency’s intelligence briefer to President Clinton, was Chief of Staff to George Tenet and served as deputy executive director until 2003. He then led a multiagency effort to establish what would become the National Counterterrorism Center. He also served President Obama as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.
Miles O’Brien, an award-winning independent broadcast journalist, moderated a discussion with Mr. Brennan on wide-ranging topics including the Russian government’s interference in the U.S. presidential election, the dangers associated with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a nuclear-armed North Korea, and cyber warfare and our growing dependence on the internet. Mr. Brennan also commented on the complicated security and intelligence issues with Syria, and government surveillance on U.S. citizens.
The evening concluded with Mr. Brennan and Mr. O’Brien joining guests for a cocktail reception in the Chevy Chase Trust Galleria.