Your Presidential Daily Briefing
The Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) is the intelligence community's coordinated briefing on the issues it assesses the President needs to know before he starts his day. From impending terrorist attacks to Russian perceptions of America and all the way to climate change and the North Korean nuclear program. every single intel agency works through the Director of National Intelligence to get the PDB delivered to 1600 each morning.
As Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor, Samantha helped prepare the briefing for the Oval. She’ll share the top line national security topics would frame the President's day as well as analysis of how to cut through the noise and prioritize information for the President, your executive or your customer.
Samantha writes a weekly, digital Presidential Weekly Briefing for cnn.com and does an on air segment on this topic every Sunday. https://www.cnn.com/specials/opinions/presidential-weekly-briefing
Is Security Dead?
Building on her life in a war zone, the West Wing, Silicon Valley, and now the media, Samantha has experienced all different kinds of insecurity. Old concepts of security have gone out the window in the digital age and as women like Samantha are in male dominated industries and breaking through barriers. She will talk about physical insecurity in Iraq, feeling secure speaking up in the National Security Council and situation room, how technology companies help or hurt our security, and how to use the media to promote ideas and positive initiatives while feeling personally secure.
The Russian “reset” was an Obama Administration policy that tried to hit the “reset” button and improve relations between the United States and Russia when Obama and Russian President Medvedev were newly in office. The policy looked at different opportunities and challenges in the bilateral relationship including arms control, counterterrorism, Iran, Afghanistan and more. The “reset” failed when it became painfully clear that Vladimir Putin had a different mission in mind - weakening the United States and strengthening his own hold on power. As a White House NSC Director and then Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor, Samantha saw the “reset” through its ups and down, and she was in the West Wing when the reset came crashing down. Because there is an endless stream of Russia news every day, and because Putin and his cohorts amplify fake news reporting about Russia and its activities Samantha will succinctly identify the top 2-3 Russia topics that the White House should be focusing on as it cuts through the fake news noise and (hopefully) works on a Russia policy that protects our country.
Technology: Friend of Foe?
Governments around the world depend on advanced technologies to pursue their most critical national security objectives, but technology companies have recently come under fire for hosting content that has potentially swayed elections, promoted violence and hate, inspired terrorist attacks, and promoted fake news. Samantha worked both in government and as the public policy director at a major global technology company. She will discuss the benefits and risks posed by technology and how it plays into U.S. national security policy making and implementation.
Truth: A National Security Imperative
Governments and media outlets around the world are grappling with how to address the proliferation of fake news. Leaders from Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin label negative media reporting as “untrue” while others like Macron and Theresa May have started to build up national security units focused on identifying and labeling fake news. Samantha will discuss why Americans’ confidence in what they are reading, hearing, and seeing is important to national security and how countries around the world are dealing with finding and labeling truth as a national security imperative.
Samantha Vinograd in the news
As National Security Analyst at CNN currently, and with years of experience as Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama, SAMANTHA VINOGRAD is a highly respected official in high demand for media appearances. You can catch her latest here:
Weekly Briefing with Samantha Vinograd
Every week, CNN national security analyst SAMANTHA VINOGRAD offers a glimpse of the kind of intelligence assessments that are likely to come across the desk of the President of the United States. Her briefings are modeled on the President's Daily Briefing (PDB), which the Director of National Intelligence prepares for the President on an almost daily basis.Read Samantha's latest briefings > >
Ms. Vinograd began her career as the Deputy U.S. Treasury Attaché to Iraq under President Bush, and she subsequently served on President Obama’s National Security Council as the Director for Iraq, Director for International Economics, and Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2013 where her work focused on building public – private sector partnerships across a broad range of policy and business issues. She later led Global Public Policy at Stripe and is now a CNN National Security Analyst and a Senior Advisor at the Biden Institute. She was recently named a Newsweek “Woman of the Future.”
Ms. Vinograd is deeply engaged in social impact work and serves as an advisor to the US Fund for UNICEF, World of Children, the Next Generation Board of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, and the Concordia Summit. She regularly works with students and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Public Policy Institute. She was named a David E. Rockefeller Fellow at the Trilateral Commission and a Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council.
She has published and been featured in several outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, Harper’s Bazaar, Politico, Marie Claire, and Fox News. She is fluent in French and proficient in Arabic and Hebrew. Samantha received her B.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University.