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What in the World? Weekly Quiz - October 21-27, 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is new on the job but he was probably surprised when President Trump referred to him as Secretary “Esperanto” in a Tweet this weekend. That suggests it’s time to check how well you do with identifying America’s senior national security officials, all of whom have been in the news. WHO is the U.S. National Security Advisor?
H. R. McMaster
Robert C. O’Brien
Gordon Sondland
Harold Stanton

THIS U.S. Navy Rear Admiral headed the National Counterterrorism Center before being tapped as Acting Director of National Intelligence in the wake of the sacking of DNI Daniel Coats and Principal Deputy Susan Gordon.


Michael Rogers
Joseph Maguire
Michael Hayden
Roger Washington
Mark Esper was sworn in as Defense Secretary on July 23, 2019 replacing THIS acting Secretary who was elevated from the Deputy job upon the resignation of General James Mattis last December. THIS acting Secretary stepped aside when sensitive family matters became public.
Richard V. Spencer
Roger D. Washington
Wendel G. Carter
Patrick M. Shanahan

THIS Director of the Central Intelligence Agency overcame challenges to the nomination due to prior service as chief of a CIA “black site” where prisoners were subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques” (torture).

Gina Haspel
Ellen Elrod
Porter Goss
Roger Washington

THIS Director of the National Security Agency doubles as commander of the United States Cyber Command. As “DIRNSA” THIS four-star Army general runs U.S. cryptologic operations, signals intelligence and cybersecurity.

Michael Rogers
Paul Nakasone
John Dollar
Roger Washington

The United States Intelligence Community is a group of 17 separate government agencies that conduct intelligence activities. The IC includes these organizations EXCEPT for which one?



Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGIA)
National Open Source Intelligence Office (NOSIO)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Intelligence Branch

The Turkish military intervention in northern Syria is aimed at clearing a zone of Kurdish fighters in THIS group that fought alongside American forces against ISIS.


NATO member Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in the headlines with the Turkish invasion of northern Syria and attacks on Kurds in that region, but THIS position he recently adopted is now getting attention in the news.


Quashing the investigation into the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul.
Stating a desire to acquire nuclear weapons.
Concluding an agreement with Russia recognizing their sovereignty over Crimea and the northeast Black Sea.
Opening discussions with China to become a linchpin in the western portion of the “Belt and Road” project.

The Secretary of Commerce told reporters it was not necessary to complete a trade agreement with China by next month despite news that President Trump wanted to sign a deal at a November meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping at the APEC summit. WHO is the United States Secretary of Commerce?


Steve Mnuchin
Wilbur Ross
Peter Navarro
Larry Kudlow

A hacking group from THIS country – dubbed “OilRig” – was itself hacked by a Russian group called “Turla” which “piggybacked” on OilRig to launch cyber-attacks against at least 35 countries.  WHAT country’s hackers were hacked by Russian hackers?

North Korea
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