Two former CIA officers, now with Brunswick, discuss the past and future of the US.
“The joke about intelligence officers,” Brunswick Director Preston Golson says, “is that they smell flowers and ask, ‘Where’s the funeral?’ Because you get to a point where you have—I wouldn’t say a dim view, but a very realistic view of what goes on in the world.”
Preston, and George Little, a Brunswick Partner, are both former CIA officers. The two spoke with Brunswick Review in June about how partisanship has become an increasing threat to the integrity of national intelligence. At the same time, the death of George Floyd at the hands of police had triggered a global wave of civil unrest.
A former aide to the Director of National Intelligence, Preston also served as CIA Spokesperson, Chief of CIA’s Public Communication Branch in its Office of Public Affairs, and Chief of Communications for the Agency’s Directorate of Digital Innovation. George was Assistant to the US Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Pentagon Press Secretary, and CIA Director of Public Affairs.
You can read the full interview, “Fragile Legitimacy” here, below is a sample of their responses.