Intelligence on Afghanistan: A Difficult but not Impossible Task

by Neil Wiley

Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr. is former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, where we reported directly to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security and the...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Reality of Afghanistan

by John McLaughlin

Cipher Brief Expert John McLaughlin served as Acting CIA Director from July to September 2004 and as Deputy Director from October 2000 to July 2004. He is the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence...

Bringing National Security into our Daily Dialogue

by Joseph DeTrani

Cipher Brief Expert Ambassador Joseph DeTrani is former Special envoy for Six Party Talks with North Korea and former CIA director of East Asia Operations. He also served as the Associate Director of...

A Worldwide Threats Hearing Guide from the Bleachers

by Robert P. Ashley

As US Worldwide Threats hearings get underway in Washington after a two-year hiatus, experts will be watching to see how the Biden Administration’s new senior intelligence officials are ranking...

On Nuclear: Iran and North Korea are a Package Deal

by John McLaughlin

Cipher Brief Expert John E. McLaughlin served as Acting Director of Central Intelligence from July to September 2004 and as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence from October 2000 to July 2004. ...

On Cyber Disclosures, Take 'Voluntary' Out of the Equation

by Rob Knake

Rob Knake is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a non-resident fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is also an advisor to...

The Realities of Diversity in Spycraft

by Sonya Seunghye Lim

Sonya Seunghye Lim is a former Chief of Station with the Central Intelligence Agency. Before retiring from the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service, she had a 24-year distinguished career in the...

The Spyhunter's Burden

by Mark Kelton

OPINION — A recent email from the current Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Chief of Counterintelligence (C/CI), wherein Agency retirees were reminded of their life-long obligation to protect...

The Future of Navalny's Opposition Movement

by John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin served as Acting Director of Central Intelligence and as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He is the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Johns Hopkins School of...

What the Wirecard Scandal Tells us about Russian Intel Operations

by Sonya Seunghye Lim

Sonya Seunghye Lim is a former Chief of Station with the Central Intelligence Agency. Before retiring from the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service, she had a 24-year distinguished career in the...