Jeff Bellenger, Brian Gorman, National Security Council discussed on South Florida's First News with Jimmy Cefalo


Is Jeff Bellenger, Jeff Good morning, Ryan. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen spooked the markets yesterday, she said in frustrates, will eventually have to be Raised. She didn't waste much time and walking back her statement, But the damage was done. Technology stocks were hit especially hard. The NASDAQ fell 262 points. The S and P 500 lost 28 points. The Dow managed 20 point gain. The first of this week's reports on the job market will be out this morning. Economists think a GPS data will show that private companies hired about 850,000 workers last month. Purchasing manager's report on April service sector activity is also on the way and Facebook will announce this morning whether it will restore Donald Trump's account. The decision will be made by the company's oversight board and will have implications far beyond the former president's ability to post on the social network. In the meantime, Trump has added a feature to his political action committee website. Where he can post comments and videos that supporters can re post on Facebook and Twitter back to you. Right. W y o g 21 Day troop salute Continuing now, with military appreciation Month, I'm Brian Gorman in for Jimmy Step alone here on South Florida's first news and let me bring in now colonel centric. Leading a retired 26 year, Air Force veteran military intelligence and security expert. He served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the national scene. Security Council. You can follow him on Twitter at Centric Leighton. Colonel. Thank you so much for the time. Obviously, Thank you so much for your service and let's start with what initially got you into the air Force back when you first joined. Well, Ryan. Good morning. It's yes. Variety of factors I actually was, didn't think is, you know, high school junior that I would actually go into the military, But you know, there were some economic realities. And then things started Tohno a bit in terms of, you know, the political climate and you know some of the other things that I was looking at, and I decided I'd give it a try. So I end up with You're applying for a scholarship for ROTC scholarship, and the Air Force was actually the first service to offer me an outright scholarship. So I said, I guess I'll take it to take the Air Force. And so that's how I ended up in the Air Force. And then how did you eventually transition into military intelligence and some of the other roles that you took on throughout the course of your extensive career? Well, it's you know, they start picking you for certain jobs. Once you graduate was you get ready to graduate from college and commissioning program. So we had several choices. As so We had three choices that we could sell out. So I two of the three I picked were related to intelligence. And at that time we actually specialized in specific intelligence areas. So, uh, I thought that I would not be picked for the The most technical intelligence specialty, which was signals intelligence and that's exactly what I ended up getting. I ended up getting signals intelligence and That zoo what happened? And then from there? It just moved into assignments of increasing responsibility. I have a lot of fun with the people that I was working with. But I also really valued the service that you know that I saw there's others providing. And so I thought, I'd like to be a part of that. Uh, you know, I thought at first I'd only be in for about four years, which was my initial commitment. But then you know, 26 years have been kind of in a blink of an eye and the assignments went from very tactical assignments to headquarters level assignments and each one of them each. One of those assignments was a really fascinating experience. And because of that, because of the variety of jobs that I could hold, I decided to stay with it. Well, I'd love to ask you all about your work doing signals Intelligence, but I have a feeling that be a very short conversations. How would you be able to tell us about it? So I'll just I'll just skip that NASA mother questions I'm joined by Colonel Cedric Leighton and retired 26 year Air Force veteran. How did you end up joining the Joint Chiefs staff and then working in the National Security Council, another major move So you picked for assignments like that. And what happened that was served first in Iraqi freedom that the very initial stage of operation Iraqi freedom, which popularly was known as the shock and awe phase, I did that. Then I became a squadron commander, and after that two year tour Was sent back to the Pentagon to the joint staff. So you get TOC get to pick a little bit. But for the most card to your bosses pick where you go, and especially as you rise in in rank, you have much less freedom illness to where your mind end up. So that's that's where I ended up. And then you know, one thing I'd like to correct is I actually was not on the National Security Council. I was at the National Security Agency s O. The National Security Agency is, of course. The agency that handles the signals intelligence part, and that assignment was actually my last assignment, And that was where I was the deputy director of training. But again, it was one of those where Theo the boss's both civilian and military end up picking where Ugo and that's you gotta salute smartly, as the saying goes, and that's that's where you know where I ended up and You know all of those assignments, you gain more experience. You got better, better insights into the old national security structure of the United States because they were actually working within it. And then you also saw some of the external factors that Who were happening, You know whether it's budget factors or military operational factors, or, you know some of the other things like congressional oversight, and it was involved in all of those different things. You know, there's some politics involved in that. But most importantly, there's always a lot of you know, a lot of I n eed you no need to understand what the troops are going through. And that's what I always tried to do is understand what that last Tactical mile looked like, no matter what I was sitting in Washington, or, you know, in the in the Middle East somewhere it always, you know, was important to make sure that you could see what was going on. And, you know, do the right thing. You know, from a procurement standpoint from an R D standpoint or From an intelligence standpoint. Well, it's just a tremendous career. Colonel Cedric Leighton, a retired 26 year Air Force veteran, military intelligence and security expert. He served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in the National Security Agency. You can follow him on Twitter at Cedric Layton. And of course you can find him on CNN as a military analyst, Colonel. Thank you so much for the time. And of course, thank you again for your service. We do appreciate it. Oh, thanks so much. Ryan. Thanks so much for having me It's always great to be with you guys. I look forward to talking to you again real soon Coming up next here on South Florida's first news, we'll check in with former Congressman Carlos Curbelo on 6 10. W I. O D calling all last minute Mother's Day shoppers..

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