VetStory: How President Bush 41 & the CIA changed the world

Phil Briggs
December 06, 2018 - 1:43 pm

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When George H.W. Bush became CIA Director, most Americans did not trust the nation's top secret intelligence unit.

But in the one year that Bush oversaw the CIA, he became the agency's biggest champion, and by the end of the following decade, it would become one of our nation's most vital tools.

Former CIA Intelligence Officer and historian Nicholas Dujmovic and George Washington University Professor Matt Dallek talked with Connecting Vets about how together President George H.W. Bush and the agency changed the world.

In this episode:

  • Accomplishments of President Bush; Prof. Matthew Dallek
  • What we can learn from his example
  • Influenced by his days at CIA; Nicholas Dujmovic
  • Dark days of 1976
  • Bush becomes Director
  • Protect Secrets at all costs
  • The President's Daily Brief (PDB)
  • Reagan's success, Bush's influence
  • Are we closer to war?
  • Why it worked


Our Guests:

Nicholas Dujmovic, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Intelligence Studies, The Catholic University of America

Former career intelligence officer at CIA (26 years); former CIA deputy chief historian; former editor of the President’s Daily Brief; contributor to CIA professional journal Studies in Intelligence;  visiting fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University. 

Matthew Dallek, Associate Professor, George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management,

Dallek is a political historian and has authored or co-authored three books including, The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan’s First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics. Dallek is a frequent commentator in the national news media on politics and history, and has appeared in The Washington Post, Politico, The Atlantic, NPR, CNN International, and MSNBC.