David Priess

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David Priess is the Chief Operating Officer of the Lawfare Institute. He is a writer and speaker on the presidency, national security, and intelligence. He served during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations as a CIA officer, intelligence briefer, and as a State Department desk officer. His new book, "How To Get Rid of a President: History’s Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives," conveys the stories of the many ways American presidents have left office. He is also the author of “The President’s Book of Secrets,” the first book about the top secret President’s Daily Brief and its recipients.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Announcing 'The Troubled U.S.-NATO Relationship,' a New Lawfare E-book

A new Lawfare Institute e-book, "The Troubled U.S.-NATO Relationship,” is now available on Kindle.

What underlying tensions within NATO have contributed to recent difficulties in the alliance? How has President Trump’s strikingly different approach than his predecessors spurred or exacerbated these troubles? And what legal issues come into play as the relationship struggles?

Director of National Intelligence (DNI)

The Potential Trouble With Nominating a DNI From Trump’s Central Casting

The nomination-by-tweet of Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas as director of national intelligence (DNI) to replace outgoing DNI Dan Coats has drawn rapid and harsh condemnation from many political observers and even former intelligence officers for his apparent partisanship and lack of experience.