Instability in the Age of Complexity

by Monty G. Marshall

What most distinguishes human civilization in the 21st Century and during the emerging era of globalization is its ever intensifying complexity. Gone are the terrestrial frontiers and the...

NYPD’s Intelligence Division: Answering the Terrorism Challenge Post 9/11

by David Cohen

In the aftermath of 9/11, every major security, law enforcement, and intelligence organization initiated changes to address the looming terrorist threat. None made more profound changes to its...

Behind Benghazi

by Steven L. Hall

In 2012, after returning from an overseas tour of duty, I was assigned as the senior National Clandestine Service representative to the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Congressional Affairs...

Open Up Intelligence Briefings to Third Party Candidates

by David Priess

American exceptionalism comes in many forms. When it comes to intelligence, there has been a unique tradition in the United States for more than 60 years: the current president grants his two...

A Persistent and Resilient Adversary: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

by Brian Jenkins

The history of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is a tale of 1001 nights that catalogues every dimension of frustration in combatting terrorism: an impoverished failing state, a heavily armed...

In Afghanistan, Special Operators Continue to Burn Both Ends of the Candle

by Philip Lohaus

Things aren’t going so well in Afghanistan these days. The Obama administration plans to reduce America’s presence there by only about half as much as it originally intended, from the current...

Russia's Checkered History of Intelligence Sharing with the U.S.

by Michael Sulick

On July 15, the United States and Russia announced a tentative agreement on Syria which, according to media reports, would establish a joint command center staffed with military and intelligence...

Speed, Transparency and the Future of the NGA

by Susan Gordon

In a fast paced world with ever increasing mountains of data, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has its hands full providing the warfighters, the intelligence community, and disaster...

Worse Before It Gets Better: The Threat From ISIS

by Michael Morell

Last Thursday, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the current capabilities of the Islamic State saying,...

Intelligence Briefings for the Presidential Nominees

by Michael Morell

Once the Democratic and Republican parties officially nominate their Presidential candidates at their political conventions this summer, the nominees will be offered intelligence briefings before the...