What Scares Putin? Democracy.

by Daniel Hoffman

Speaking to the Russian Federal Assembly in March 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his country’s annexation of Crimea and forcefully presented his national security strategy to gain...

Don't Waste Tax Dollars on 'Secrets' Hiding in Plain Sight

by Carmen Medina

The National Security Act of 1947 established the Central Intelligence Agency and the position of Director of Central Intelligence. In addition to setting the Director’s salary ($14,000 per annum)...

Blackmail Culture Goes Digital in Putin’s Russia

by Daniel Hoffman

It was 1999, and the Russian Prosecutor General, Yury Skuratov, who was investigating former Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s administration for corruption, found himself in the bull’s eye of a...

Trump’s Trip to Asia Is a Flight He Can’t Miss

by Joseph DeTrani

President Donald Trump’s trip to the region comes at an opportune time. The subject of North Korea will dominate much of the discussion in Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. Let’s begin in Japan. Prime...

What About Election Meddling by U.S. Intelligence?

by Alex Finley and John Sipher

In an otherwise forgettable February 2017 interview, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly asked Donald Trump how he could respect Russian President Vladimir Putin, who O’Reilly labeled as a “killer.”...

Russia Succeeds by ‘Playing to Our Deep Fears’

by Todd Rosenblum

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, my old Committee, will hold a critical, open hearing today with the three largest social media content providers in the U.S. market—Facebook, Twitter...

FISA Surveillance: What it Is, and What it Isn't

by Rick Ledgett

The Senate Intelligence Committee approved legislation last week to renew the National Security Agency’s internet surveillance program, currently authorized under the Foreign Intelligence...

North Korea Crisis Presents Risk, But Also Opportunity for U.S. and China

by Graham Allison and Michael J. Morell

Most discussions about the North Korea nuclear threat focus on the risk of conflict between the U.S. and North Korea. Serious as that is, an even more important issue is what the crisis will mean for...

Ready for the Next Nightmare: The Art of Incident Response

by Daniel Hoffman

During multiple war zone tours of duty in the Middle East and South Asia, I learned firsthand how timely and effective incident response entails real time insight, color, and context for the analyst....

Iran Deal Still Works Despite Iran’s Aggression

by Michael J. Morell

Last week, President Donald Trump announced he would not certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal and would terminate the agreement entirely if its “many serious flaws” were not...