In government, the academy, private sector and journalism, Juliette Kayyem has served as a national leader in America’s homeland security efforts. Kayyem is founder of one of the few female-owned security businesses and has spent more than 15 years managing complex policy initiatives and organizing government responses to major crises in both state and federal government.
Most recently, she was President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. Before that, she was Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security advisor. She has also served as a member of the National Commission on Terrorism, a legal advisor to US Attorney General Janet Reno, and a trial attorney and counselor in the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. She is a faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and has authored several books on homeland security.
A long-standing CNN security analyst, she was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2013 for her columns in the Boston Globe. She is a board or advisory member of Mass Inc., the Boston 2024 Olympic Committee, the Red Cross of MA, the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2014, Kayyem was a Democratic candidate for Governor of Massachusetts. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and the mother of three children, she is married to First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David Barron. Her memoir, Security Mom: Terrorists, Hurricanes, Oil Spills and Other Bedtime Stories, will be published by Simon and Shuster in 2016.
Something Has To GiveAs Juliette says goodbye to The SCIF, she describes the four competing doctrines that are driving global security, and encourages listeners to step up and fight for our democratic norms.
We Shouldn't Even Be Talking About ThisIt seems hard to believe that for nearly a week now, the focus of our national attention has been drawn to a spat between the president of the United States and a gold star family grieving their loss. But this is where we are. In this episode of The SCIF, Juliette speaks with Pod Save America co-host and former spokesman for the National Security Council Tommy Vietor about his experience in the Obama White House, how it contrasts with the Trump administration's approach to national security, and how he hopes his work at Crooked Media will provide an outlet for others who have been outraged by the president's actions in his first nine months in office.
The American DreamersWith DACA under siege, the woman who led its creation as Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, now finds herself leading the charge against her old agency to protect it. In this episode of The SCIF, Juliette speaks with Napolitano, now the president of the University of California, about how the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was conceived and implemented, and why she chose to sue the federal government on behalf of the UC system after the Trump administration's recent decision to end the program.
Guns And MotivationFollowing the horrific shooting on the Las Vegas strip, we are still left to wonder about the killer's motivations. But while the incident in Las Vegas was unprecedented in scale, mass shootings have become a regular phenomenon in the United States, perpetrated by killers with a wide variety of motivations. In this episode, Juliette focuses on the common denominator by arguing that while motivation can be important, we need to pay more attention to the easy access to weapons that allowed him, and others like him, to create mass carnage.
Clap Back: James Clapper On Why He Felt Compelled To Question President Trump's Fitness to ServeAfter more than 50 years in service of eight White House administrations, James Clapper was one of the least likely figures to publicly question a sitting president's fitness to serve. But that's exactly what the former Director of National Intelligence did in a widely-shared appearance on CNN after President Trump's recent rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Clapper's comments even drew the ire of President Trump on Twitter, who questioned why Clapper previously sent him a “beautiful letter." In this episode of The SCIF, Juliette sits down with Clapper to discuss the subsequent attack levied on him by President Trump, what his interactions with the president were like, and why he worries about Trump’s behavior.
Where Are The Adults In The Room?In the field of international security, the world has long looked to the United States as the “adult in the room.” Yet in word and deed, President Trump seems to relish in relinquishing that title, despite the appointment of several respected former generals in key positions in his administration. Now, as tensions continue to rise between the United States and North Korea, Juliette can’t help but ask, “where are the adults in the room?”