The Special Operations Mission: A View from the Hill

by Congressman Dan Crenshaw

It’s been a busy national security week in DC.  Congressional lawmakers and the President managed to reach a deal that would fund the government but leaves the issue of border security open for...

SOF Leader's Advice For Reaching Full Potential

by Rob Lively

The Cipher Brief’s new Friday column, ‘Cipher Select’ talks with retired Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Rob Lively, who spent 28 years in the U.S. Army, where he commanded a special operations...

Special Operations Meets Human Trafficking

by Nic McKinley

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says that countries around the world today are detecting and reporting more victims of human trafficking than ever before.  One of the reasons for the...

SOCOM's Discipline and Ethics on the Radar

by BRIGADIER GENERAL (ret) CRAIG NIXON

The Cipher Brief’s new Friday column Cipher Select, is laser-focused on bringing you a range of different perspectives on special operations issues over the next several months. United States...