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John O. Brennan's "Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, At Home and Abroad"
On Monday, October 26, The University of Texas at Austin's Intelligence Studies Project, Clements Center for National Security, and Strauss Center for International Security and Law will host former CIA Director John Brennan for a virtual book talk on his recently released book, "Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, At Home and Abroad." Director Brennan will be joined in a conversation on national security with former UT Chancellor and Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, Admiral (Ret.) William McRaven. Please join us from 12:15PM to 1:30PM CDT. Virtual doors open at 12:00PM.

Oct 26, 2020 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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John Brennan
Former CIA Director and Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
John Brennan served as the Director of the CIA under President Obama from 2013 to 2017. Before becoming Director, Mr. Brennan served at the White House for four years as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Mr. Brennan began his service in government at the CIA, where he worked from 1980 to 2005. He spent most of his early career in the Agency’s main analytic arm, the Directorate of Analysis, specializing in the Near East and South Asia before directing counterterrorism analysis in the early 1990s. In 1994 and 1995, he was the daily intelligence briefer to President Bill Clinton. After an assignment as a Chief of Station in the Middle East, Mr. Brennan served from 1999 to 2001 as Chief of Staff to Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet. In 2003, Mr. Brennan was asked to lead a multi-agency enterprise that became the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and in 2004, he became NCTC’s Interim Director.
Admiral (Ret.) William McRaven
Former University of Texas System Chancellor and Former Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command
Adm. William McRaven is a former UT System chancellor and retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral. He joined UT-Austin as a professor in national security in 2018. As UT’s Chancellor, he oversaw 14 institutions that educate 221,000 students and employ 20,000 faculty and more than 80,000 health care professionals, researchers, and staff. As the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Adm. McRaven led a force of 69,000 men and women and was responsible for conducting counterterrorism operations worldwide. He is a recognized national authority on U.S. foreign policy and has advised presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and other U.S. leaders on defense issues. Adm. McRaven oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. His book "Spec Ops: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice" is considered a fundamental text on special operations strategy.