A Worldwide Threats Hearing Guide from the Bleachers

by Robert P. Ashley

As US Worldwide Threats hearings get underway in Washington after a two-year hiatus, experts will be watching to see how the Biden Administration’s new senior intelligence officials are ranking...

My Experience with Bitcoin and Challenging Conventional Wisdom

by Michael J. Morell

As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rise to record levels ahead of the direct offering of crypto exchange Coinbase, former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell is pushing back against conventional...

A Female Spy Thriller that gets it Right

by Red Widow

BOOK REVIEW: Red Widow: A Novel / Putnam  By: Alma Katsu Reviewed by Alison Bouwmeester THE REVIEWER —Alison P. Bouwmeester served for 28 years as a senior leader in the Central Intelligence...

How Technology is Driving US Intelligence

by Walter Pincus

Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics. OPINION...

On Nuclear: Iran and North Korea are a Package Deal

by John McLaughlin

Cipher Brief Expert John E. McLaughlin served as Acting Director of Central Intelligence from July to September 2004 and as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence from October 2000 to July 2004. ...

Lebanon on Brink of Collapse

by Emile Nakhleh

Cipher Brief Expert Emile Nakhleh is a retired CIA Senior Intelligence Service Officer and founding director of the CIA’s Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program Office. Nakhleh is currently a...

The 2021 Cyber Threat Will Drive Stronger Alliances

by Michael Chertoff

Cipher Brief Expert and former Secretary for Homeland Security Michael Chertoff is Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of the Chertoff Group.  He served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland...

Tracking U.S. Engagement in Undeclared Warfare

by Walter Pincus

Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics.  In 2002, he...

How the Government Can Double Down on Cybersecurity

by John Katko

Rep. John Katko (R-NY) is Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. He is also a former federal prosecutor.  OPINION — It should not come as a surprise to anyone reading...

On Cyber Disclosures, Take 'Voluntary' Out of the Equation

by Rob Knake

Rob Knake is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a non-resident fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is also an advisor to...