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 177: The Huawei 5G dilemma -- why the US and its allies are so nervous

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

Past Episodes

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
The legendary woman, who created some of the CIA's most ingenious disguises, talks about the rules of the road for U.S. spies in Moscow, her career and her famous husband, the late Tony Mendez of "Argo" fame.
00:40:52 6/5/2019
Brigadier Gen. Maria Biank talks with Target USA about the U.S. European Command's efforts to defend against cyber threats.
00:23:03 5/29/2019
The Pakistani government says it's "cleansed" the tribal areas of terrorism and that there's no organized terrorist activity happening inside Pakistan. Also on this episode, Pakistani Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan discusses the fact that Pakistan is Iran's official representative here in Washington.
00:00:00 5/22/2019
More than 10,000 spies are believed to be residing in Washington, D.C., living among a population of about 700,000 people. That means one in every 70 people you run into in D.C. is likely a spy. How do you tell? What are they up to? How do they do their work? Many of the answers and the profound history of espionage lie inside a new glass and steel structure called the International Spy Museum.
00:27:16 5/15/2019
The report is in. The investigation is over. There will be no more indictments, arrests or trials. Now, the nation is locked in a battle over impeachment and executive privilege. How did we get here and how will we get out? Answers on this edition of Target USA.
00:34:26 5/8/2019
Ambassador Joe Detrani is the former U.S. Special Envoy for the Six Party Talks with North Korea. He tells Target USA that Kim Jong Un's decision to launch a short-range ballistic missile over the weekend was dangerous and shortsighted. It could signal the end any meaningful chance to achieve denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.
00:00:00 5/5/2019
In August 2018, Alireza Jafarzadeh was eating in a Los Angeles restaurant. He noticed a very friendly waiter offering exceptional service, free food and a lot of attention. He later learned from the FBI, the waiter was a part of a "capture and kill" scheme cooked up by Iranian intelligence. Listen as Jafarzadeh explains what happened on this episode of Target USA.
00:28:52 5/1/2019
More than 350 died and more than 500 were wounded after a series of coordinated blasts rocked the island-nation of Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler Sr., the director of the Counter Extremism Project, says this shocking attack was the Islamic State group's way of announcing that its new reign of terror is underway.
00:00:00 4/24/2019
As we learn more from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on "The investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election," it's clear the Russian government and its key intelligence agencies ran a long-term, sophisticated interference operation that we're just beginning to understand. Target USA host JJ Green details some of the early takeaways from the report.
00:02:30 4/18/2019
A Maryland man plotted to run over people using a stolen U-Haul. FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Jennifer Moore, Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski and WTOP Reporter Megan Cloherty join us to explain what happened and what's next in the war against terrorism.
00:00:00 4/17/2019

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