CIA Director John Brennan Gives Keynote Speech at National Security Conference

Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) — CIA Director John Brennan gave the keynote speech on Wednesday at a National Security Conference co-hosted by the intelligence agency and Georgetown University.

The conference was set up to serve as a platform to discuss “a variety of topics important to 21st-century national security,” the CIA said. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller gave the conference’s opening remarks.

Brennan called the CIA a “learning organization” that is working hard to adapt to the times. Pointing to the most recent of challenges, including territorial disputes in parts of Ukraine, attacks and kidnappings by extremist groups like Boko Haram, and cyber-attacks, Brennan called the CIA indispensable.

While technology plays a key role in the agency, Brennan called it a “double-edged sword,” saying that it will likely never replace the core strategies and methods agents have used successfully for years.

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