Lisa Monaco interviewed on CNN’s Newsroom

"I'm worried that the rhetoric on both sides is very divorced from the reality. That distracts all of us from what we need to be doing, which is mounting a coordinated global fight against this virus. "The reality is that the intelligence community has been very clear that there is no evidence that this was man made; they have concurred with the scientific assessments. There is also no direct evidence that this was a naturally occurring pathogen being studied in a [...]

2020-05-12T14:20:30-04:00May 5, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Lisa Monaco quoted in POLITICO article, “Biden Has Fought A Pandemic Before. It Did Not Go Smoothly.”

"Lisa Monaco, who served as Obama’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, remembered a notable exchange between Biden and then-Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan when the African leader visited the White House during the Ebola outbreak. "'The vice president was quite forceful with him to accelerate [his] response,' Monaco said. 'The message was: "We need you and your government to really step up and do more on detection, surveillance and tracing..."’" Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-05-12T14:44:32-04:00May 4, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Lisa Monaco quoted in The Washington Post article, “As Washington Stumbled, Governors Stepped to the Forefront”

"Trump has complained that the federal stockpiles he inherited were inadequate to meet the pandemic’s demands. But Lisa Monaco, White House homeland security adviser under Obama, said those stockpiles were meant only to be a bridge. 'It was always envisioned that [during a pandemic], the federal government would step in and activate the supply chain and manufacturing,' she said..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-05-12T14:36:05-04:00May 3, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Lisa Monaco quoted in Vanity Fair article, “How Trump Gutted Obama’s Pandemic-Preparedness Systems”

"Looking ahead to a potential vaccine, there is a question as to whether the Trump administration will be able to effectively distribute a panacea. A vaccine alone is not a solution—a mass vaccination campaign is. 'As we are asking where is the plan and the resources for testing, we should be asking the same questions of what’s the strategy and the plan for once we—God willing—have a vaccine,' Monaco said. 'What thinking and planning is going on right now to ensure [...]

2020-05-12T14:33:02-04:00May 1, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Lisa Monaco interviewed on CBS News’ Intelligence Matters podcast

"[I]f I were still in my old seat today, I would've expected to see intelligence about what our intelligence community was seeing emerging out of China back in January and December. I would've expected to see what they were seeing and what they were thinking and understanding about the Chinese response, the Chinese government's response. And throughout this I would be expecting to get from them information about what other countries are doing, how they are postured, how much confidence we [...]

2020-04-17T16:04:15-04:00April 15, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Lisa Monaco interviewed on CNN’s Newsroom

"A week before the inauguration, I led an exercise that had the outgoing national security team from the Obama administration sitting side-by-side with the incoming national security team for the Trump administration. We sat in a very large room on the White House campus and walked through a series of scenarios. One was very specifically a pandemic scenario, and it raised exactly the types of questions that we've been confronting for many weeks: shortage of supplies; vulnerable populations; when to close [...]

2020-04-17T16:03:17-04:00April 13, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Michèle Flournoy and Lisa Monaco write in POLITICO: “Now’s Not the Time for Isolationism”

"The coronavirus is a public health tragedy. If the United States isn’t careful, it could turn into a geopolitical one, too. "How the U.S. manages—or mismanages—the coronavirus pandemic will determine not only the long-term resilience of our economy but also our ability to compete, lead and protect American interests globally. If the United States continues to turn inward and focus most efforts on only limiting the damage done at home, the perception that U.S. power is in decline will continue to [...]

2020-04-13T12:22:49-04:00April 8, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Lisa Monaco quoted in The Washington Post article, “America Was Unprepared for a Major Crisis. Again.”

"'I don’t want to give an impression that we bestowed the answer key for dealing with such a challenging and unprecedented crisis,' Monaco said. 'But the idea was to identify issues that would say these are the kinds of things you need to be planning for and thinking about now.' "What does it mean for the federal government to be prepared? 'Oftentimes, the gauge is no mistakes, no criticism, just complete smooth sailing,' Monaco said. “That to me is not the [...]

2020-04-14T13:23:47-04:00April 4, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|
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