5 Reasons to Support a Space Force

Vice President Mike Pence put a little rocket fuel behind plans to create a new Space Force on Tuesday by announcing that President Donald Trump has directed the Pentagon to create a U.S. Space...

Iraq's New Year Challenges

Despite years of forecasts predicting implosion, partition, revolution, Iranian absorption and other apocalyptic scenarios, there were generally more good events in 2018 than bad in Iraq, still...

Re-Evaluating Cyber Security for 2019

by Rick Ledgett

2018 was a rough year for customers and companies impacted by cyber breaches.  Businesses from Under Armour to Facebook to Marriott were targeted by hackers, leaving the data of hundreds of millions...

Putin's Strategy in Ukraine Fraught with Risk

by Daniel Hoffman

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko now says that Kiev is ready to consider talks with Russia.  The Ukrainian leader told French broadcaster, France 24, that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has...

What Scares Vladimir Putin?

by Robert Dannenberg

The U.S. is calling for more rigorous enforcement of sanctions against Russia after Russian ships fired on and seized three Ukrainian boats on Sunday, claiming the ships had ‘illegally’ entered...

Resetting the Crucial U.S.-Saudi Relationship

by Emile Nakhleh

This is Cipher Brief Level I Member Only content. It can be accessed via login or by signing up to become a Cipher Brief Member.  Joining this high-level, security-focused community is only...

General Michael Hayden: 'The Cyber Cavalry Ain't Coming'

by General Michael Hayden

In a recent interview, The Cipher Brief sat down with former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden to talk about global threats, and in particular, cyber threats and efforts to address them,...

We're The Government and We're Here to Help Protect Critical Infrastructure

by Francis X. Taylor

Cipher Brief Editorial Note: On the heels of Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, President Donald Trump has proclaimed November as National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience...

General Michael Hayden on Threats Foreign and Domestic - Part One

by General Michael Hayden

As a best-selling author and television commentator, General Michael Hayden (ret.) has been vocal about the threats he sees – both foreign and domestic.  The former head of the CIA and NSA (and...

Mattis' Yemen Plan to Replace Combat with Compromise

by Norman T. Roule

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis made a number of important comments Tuesday during an interview at the U.S. Institute of Peace.  Speaking to former U.S. national security advisor Stephen...