Target USA Podcast by WTOP

Whether its terrorists, anarchists, cyber criminals or nation states, America has a target on its back. WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green investigates the threats facing the U.S., the people behind them, the agencies fighting them and their impact on Americans.

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Target USA Podcast by WTOP

Target USA -- Episode 183: Russian operatives harass, intimidate American journalists in Africa

The potency of Clarissa Ward's reporting from the Central African Republic for CNN is undeniable. We talk with her about the dangerous proposition of trying to uncover the exploits of "Putin's Army," better known as the Wagner group, a dangerous private army believed to have murdered other journalists there. We also hear about the shocking intimidation and harassment Ward and her crew faced.
00:00:00 8/21/2019

Past Episodes

During an event recorded in front of a live audience at D.C.'s Politics and Prose bookstore and punctuated by light moments and difficult questions from the audience, host JJ Green interviewed author Philip Mudd about the hours and days after the 9/11 attacks and the decisions the CIA made to try to extract information from people it believed could lead them to the perpetrators of the attacks.
01:04:49 8/14/2019
North Korea has launched more than a half-dozen missiles in the past few weeks. Many of them are new variants, which suggests that North Korea is continuing to march toward building nuclear weapons. At the same time, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has all but demanded the U.S. to return to negotiations. What's North Korea's objective? What will the U.S. likely do? Former U.S. Special Envoy Joe Detrani talks with Target USA about the options.
00:38:19 8/7/2019
Every country on the planet is thinking about one thing: the next step in the progression of cyber warfare and what the weapons of the future will look like. Tanel Sepp, cyber policy director for Estonia's Ministry of Defense, tells us what to expect on this episode of Target USA.
00:00:00 7/31/2019
Have you tried the new appearance-altering computer applications? Suddenly, the technology has become a national security concern. On this episode, we hear what people think and a warning from the former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
00:35:37 7/24/2019
Leaders from NATO, the FBI, and cyber security firms Crowd Strike and Fire Eye all agree securing personal, government, military and corporate data is among the most daunting challenges of the modern era -- and it's high time all people wake up to the danger the face from cyber insecurity.
00:00:00 7/17/2019
The next generation of cellular network technology is about to hit markets around the world. But there's a big problem: The main producer of the technology is Huawei, and the company allegedly has built backdoors into more than 50% of the equipment. That raises serious national security issues for every country on the planet. Raul Rikk, Estonia's national cyber security policy director, William Evanina, director of the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Cyber Security Center, and Joel Brenner, former U.S. national counterintelligence executive explain the problem and address the solutions.
00:00:00 7/10/2019
Criminals, terrorists and other bad actors now have a powerful new tool to help them. It's the dark web's cybercrime market place. Wil Van Gemert, Deputy Executive Director of Operations at Europol discusses how that new marketplace works.
00:00:00 7/3/2019
Elizabeth Horst has been posted to some of the toughest places on earth, including Pakistan, Afghanistan and Moscow. And speaking of Russia, Estonia is the frontline in the Western defense against Russian aggression. Horst tells Target USA what it's like working there.
00:26:51 6/26/2019
Brian Dugan, assistant special agent in charge of counterintelligence at the Washington Field Office of the FBI, joins Target USA to put the problem into context and explain how they're dealing with it.
00:31:57 6/19/2019
The world has recently seen the devastation that can be caused by the amorphous realm that is cyber. Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Estonia's ambassador at-large for cybersecurity, discusses how diplomats are going about putting rules in place, how they are going to be enforced and where they are in the process.
00:00:00 6/12/2019

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