Rational Security

Rational Security, the "What Happens in Aspen" Edition

By Benjamin Wittes
Thursday, July 30, 2015, 9:00 AM

In my humble opinion, this is the best episode yet of Rational Security. If you've never listened to it before, check this one out. Shane, Tamara, and I discuss whether notorious Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead—again—and whether it matters if he is. Shane and I whine about not having been invited to the Aspen Security Forum, and we all talk about two issues discussed there: Has ISIS eclipsed Al Qaeda as the most important terrorist threat to America? And was FBI Director James Comey's plan for back doors in encryption systems undermined when three former senior security officials cast doubt on the idea in the Rockies? Then, at the end, Tamara shows off some Aspen Security Forum swag—courtesy of Raytheon—and we invite the company to sponsor Rational Security, which reaches more listeners than were present at Aspen, to sponsor the podcast too.

Now that I think about it, Lawfare could use some sponsors too.

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