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Who’s setting the agenda for global security? The Cipher Brief profiles the key game changers in geopolitics and security.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love our Crowded Skies
by Robert Cardillo
You may not realize it, but every day you interact with geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). Whether it’s the think tank that’s monitoring the Syrian refugee migrations, the academic institutions...
Over and Under Estimating the North Korean Threat
by Jim Walsh
In the span of one week we have seen North Korea test four missiles, evidence of U.S. attempts to sabotage North Korea’s missile program with cyber capabilities, the deployment of the controversial...
A License to Receive Intelligence?
by Charles Duelfer
Should government officials be licensed or pass a test before they can receive intelligence? The debate about whether to believe intelligence reporting on Russian hacking of the Democratic...
Making the Unknowns Known in Space
by Casey Dreier
NASA has never hesitated in the face of the unknown. The space agency landed men on the moon in less than a decade. It has sent spacecraft beyond the edge of our solar system and peered into the...
An Understanding of the Mission: Former Military in Trump’s Cabinet
by Leon E. Panetta
Compared to the rest of his proposed cabinet, President Donald Trump's pick of retired Marine Corps General James Mattis for Secretary of Defense has been one of his least controversial. However, due...
Questions Remain Until Trump Makes Russia Intentions Clear
by John Sipher
President Donald Trump has never shown much interest in foreign policy issues. The few consistent themes he has supported are to defeat ISIS, restructure trade deals, and radically improve...
The Many Faces of Vladimir Putin: A Political Psychology Profile
by Kenneth Dekleva
In 2000, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, then a relative unknown outside of Russia, visited Japan. Part of his trip included a visit to the Kodokan, the historic Judo school founded by...
Putin's Perfect Gift
by Michael Morell
Noon on January 20th provides an excellent opportunity for Russian President Vladimir Putin to give President-Elect Donald Trump the perfect inauguration gift - Edward Snowden. A reminder: Snowden...
North Korea: A Vexing Problem for the New U.S. President
by Joel S. Wit and Richard Sokolsky
Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s speech has triggered fevered speculation about the possibility of an impending North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, even provoking President-elect...