Last week, The Cipher Brief told you how and why the U.S. has been working to convince its allies to ban Chinese vendors from contributing to the development of 5G networks as well as offering some basics about what 5G actually is, and what we should be most focused on as ...

Innovation in Government isn’t generally a phrase that rolls off the tongue, but in a relatively unconstrained threat environment, innovation has become synonymous with survival. A few years ago, the world’s most secretive signals intelligence agency underwent a significant reorganization effort that combined elements of the Agency’s offensive and defensive ...

“But what is new is that the small fry also have the power of betrayal…Science, adding to our armoury, continually demands more mechanics and more clerks and with every demand makes the problem of security more difficult to solve.” - Rebecca West, The New Meaning of Treason (1966) When West ...

It seems like drones are everywhere now. They started decades ago as a military tool, but today drones are very much a part of the commercial sector, creating a broad array of serious and novel regulatory challenges for the government. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) began as military projects, used for ...

The unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry is poised to be one of the fastest-growing in American history. During the first decade following UAS integration in the U.S. airspace, it’s estimated the industry will create more than 100 thousand jobs and provide more than $82 billion in economic impact. Proof of ...

Over the past decade, drones have been increasingly relied upon in a growing number of strategic theaters by the United States as well as by other countries. The lethal use of drones is not well understood and evokes a backlash due to secrecy, primarily with regard to their use as ...

The Cipher Brief spoke with Sean McGowan and J. Tyler Black, both attorneys at Thompson Coburn LLP in Washington, DC, about the legal implications of the spread of drone technology. McGowan is Co-Chair of Thompson Coburn’s Drone Practice Group, and Black works in the firm’s transportation regulatory practice. Both weighed ...

It’s a cliché that we live in a world of exponential change. Having spent 32 years at the CIA, from 1978 until 2010, I thought I’d seen plenty of change already--the end of the Cold War, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the rise of China as a communist/capitalist ...

It’s a cliché that we live in a world of exponential change. Having spent 32 years at the CIA, from 1978 until 2010, I thought I’d seen plenty of change already--the end of the Cold War, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the rise of China as a communist/capitalist ...

Social media can be a valuable resource for companies, especially those with dispersed operations, by providing situational awareness, work force and facility protection, and advanced warning of potential disruptions.  Harnessing social media to advance these objectives is relatively easy with the right tools, targeted collection, and analytic expertise. Social media, ...

Social media offers valuable information that can improve day-to-day operations and strategic planning for businesses and governments.  The ease of accessing social media, however, belies the difficulty of obtaining the right information and interpreting it correctly.  The digital marks we all leave with our activities on the Internet increasingly can ...

A recent opinion piece in the Washington Post suggests that the major political parties and their prospective presidential candidates ought to be thinking about transition planning today, even in advance of the nominating conventions. Wise counsel, but that is not all that should be considered before the next election cycle ...