David Priess

David Priess is a writer and speaker on the presidency, national security, and intelligence and a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute of George Mason University. He served in the U.S. Government during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, both at the CIA as an intelligence officer, manager, and daily intelligence briefer as well as at the State Department as a desk officer in the Near East Bureau. His role as daily intelligence briefer to FBI Director Robert Mueller and Attorney General John Ashcroft involved presenting the highlights of the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) and other intelligence materials each morning. For his 2016 book The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents, Dr. Priess became the first author to interview for one book every living former President, Vice President, and CIA Director from previous administrations. His analysis and commentary has appeared in outlets including The Washington PostForeign AffairsForeign PolicyLawfarePoliticoWar on the Rocks,The Cipher Brief, Skeptic, andThe Houston Chronicle. He has appeared as a national security and intelligence commentator on multiple CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and BBC programs. He obtained his BA in political science from Illinois Wesleyan University, his MA in political science from Duke University, and his PhD in political science from Duke University and has taught political science classes at Duke University, George Mason University, and the George Washington University.

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