Speeches & Interviews 2015

Speeches & Interviews 2015

Thanks, for the wonderful introduction. I appreciate that. I want to give a shout-out to Chris Kojm, who’s here as the visiting professor of international affairs at the Elliott School. Chris served with great distinction as chairman of our National Intelligence Council.

I have an affinity for the MacGyvers of the world: the folks who innovate and make do with what they've got on the ground; the people who are told no, who aren’t taken seriously because their ideas are so fantastic, so out of this world that they are beyond what most can reason.  

It’s great to be back on this stage with this integrated AFCEA and INSA group. I’ve spent the past 5 years preaching the gospel of “intelligence integration.” It’s been my major theme during my tenure as DNI. It’s really the reason my office exists.

Good morning, and thank you for the invitation to kick off today’s events. It’s great to be here, I’m grateful for an opportunity to get away from the Beltway, even for a few hours. These days, Harry Truman’s observation applies: “If you want a friend in Washington … buy a dog.” Last week’s political brinksmanship has become the status quo. And it isn’t free.  Even if we don’t shut down, when we wait until the very last minute to avoid a shutdown our government and our contract workforces pay for it.

This is my eleventh GEOINT Symposium, going back to the first one in 2003. I typically open by talking about the ways the geospatial intelligence community is leading intelligence and how you feel like family to me, and I recite my lines about how great it is to get away from Washington.