Episode Summary

On this episode of the National Security Podcast, former Director of the US National Counterterrorism Centre Nick Rasmussen discusses the changing nature of US counter-terrorism policy and answers questions from listeners to his recent address to the ANU National Security College.

Episode Notes

Nick Rasmussen is the former Director of the US National Counterterrorism Centre. In a wide-ranging discussion with host Chris Farnham, he brings his experience and expertise to bear on ISIS and Al Qaeda, growing concerns around home-grown terrorism, and the new technological challenges facing the US counter-terrorism industry. Topics discussed also include the impact of America’s gun laws on counter-terrorism efforts, the country’s lack of constructive political dialogue, and the relationship between the Trump administration and the intelligence community.

Nicholas Rasmussen is a national security expert with over 27 years in US government service. He is Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, former Director of the US National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and current Senior Director of the McCain Institute’s Counterterrorism Program.

Chris Farnham is the presenter of the National Security Podcast. He joined the National Security College in June 2015 as Policy and Events Officer. His career focus has been on geopolitics with experience working in and out of China for a number of years as well as operating in Australia and Southeast Asia.

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About the Show

Chris Farnham brings you expert analysis, insights and opinion on Australia and the region's national security challenges in this pod from Policy Forum. Produced with the support of the ANU National Security College.