The Challenges of Fourth Generation Espionage

by Val LeTellier

Val LeTellier is a veteran intelligence officer.  Before his career as a CIA case officer, he served as a State Department Diplomatic Security Special Agent. He has since worked with CACI, Booz...

Afghanistan's Dark End Game

by John McLaughlin

Cipher Brief Expert John E. McLaughlin is the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He served as Acting Director of Central...

A Mid-Week Dead Drop Break

by Suzanne Kelly

In the world of national security, it can’t all be so serious, so here’s a preview of what’s waiting for you in this week’s Dead Drop: GAME OF THROWS:  We want to be David...

As the U.S. Draws Down Troops in Afghanistan, It's Quietly Building Up in Other Places

by Walter Pincus

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist at The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear...

Artificial Intelligence and the Intelligence Community

by Corin Stone

This article was first published by our friends at JustSecurity. Corin R. Stone is a Scholar-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor at the Washington College of Law. She is on leave from the ODNI where,...

A Deep Dive on the US' Nuclear Weapons Testing Tunnel

by Walter Pincus

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist at The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear...

Gamifying Disinformation Mitigation

by Doowan Lee

Bottom Line Up Front: gamification can promote and scale disinformation mitigation by lowering the threshold of collaboration across different demographic groups. The Cipher Brief’s Academic...

The US Drought and its Connection to National Security

by Erin Sikorsky

Erin Sikorsky is deputy director of the Center for Climate and Security, and the director of the International Military Council on Climate and Security. Previously, she served as the deputy...

Is the US Creating Opportunity for China in Afghanistan?

by Walter Pincus

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist at The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear...

The Cellist and her Plot Against Putin

by The Cellist

BOOK REVIEW: The Cellist By Daniel Silva / Harper Reviewed by Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret) The Reviewer – Cipher Brief Expert Admiral James Stavridis, USN, Ret. was the 16th Supreme Allied...