National Security Mom: How Going Soft Can Make America Strong (Paperback)
Bennett has been featured in PBS' MAKERS, in Showtime's "Spymasters," in HBO's "Manhunt" as well as The New York Times "A Sisterhood Against Terror," Maureen Dowd's OpEd "Good Riddance, Carrie Mathison, " Washington Post "In Zero Dark Thirty She's The Hero; in Real Life CIA Agent's Career is More Complicated," Newsweek "The CIA's Secret Weapon," Salon "Zero Dark Thirty Gets CIA Wrong," CNN "The Real Women of The CIA" along with LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Vogue. Bennett presents talks on national security at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and spoke at the 2017 Estoril Global Conference in Portugal.
NATIONAL SECURITY MOM offers the basics of current terrorism trends and national security policymaking from a parent's perspective. Written by a mother of five and 20-year veteran of counterterrorism in the US Intelligence Community, this book de-mystifies the underworld of terrorism and offers a unique comparison of how the super-secret intelligence approach to securing our nation is surprisingly similar to how parents secure their homes and families.
By comparing the expertise parents gain while running their households to the skills required to govern, NATIONAL SECURITY MOM empowers America's parents to engage with confidence in the public national security debate. The simple premise, that everything we need to know about securing our nation we have learned from our family life, offers hope that no matter what security challenges America faces, our nation will be proud and secure.
We need only follow the guidance we give our children, such as "clean up your own mess," "tell the truth," and "don't give in to a bully," to ensure our nation's welfare. Moms know that the most important lessons they teach their children will last a lifetime. Who better to entrust the security of our nation than mothers?