Security and Privacy are Not Mutually Exclusive

by Elaine Lammert

The interesting thing about the Apple vs. FBI encryption debate is that that there is little disagreement that encryption is a valuable tool for protecting individuals’ privacy and preventing...

ISIS and the Caucasus

by Michael Sulick

Russia‘s military engagement in Syria reflects Vladimir Putin’s obsession with reasserting his nation’s influence in the Middle East and establishing superpower parity with the U.S. This...

The Myth of Cyber Deterrence

by Rhea Siers

Deterrence theory formed the foundation of the narratives and the strategies that shaped the Cold War, and many now seek to apply classical deterrence to the cyber sphere. In essence, deterrence...

Time for a New CIA?

by John Sipher

Across the Central Intelligence Agency lobby from the iconic stars memorializing officers killed in the line of duty is a less well-known memorial.  It is an understated relief in honor of those...

A Matter of Time

by Carmen Medina

I remember reading many years ago a critic describe the passage of time as one of the cheapest of dramatic devices—an easy way to advance the plot in a drama or novel. Rather than actually tackle...

The Shifting Threat Landscape

by Michael Allen

From Russia’s reemergence as a top U.S. adversary to Iran’s reentry into the global market place, the 2016 national security landscape is fraught with challenges and opportunities guaranteed to...

On Worldwide Threats

by John McLaughlin

The Islamic State (ISIS) is the “preeminent global” threat and remains determined to execute direct attacks against the U.S. homeland, the top U.S. intelligence official told Senators at the...

The Tsar Knew

by Mark Kelton

“The important thing to know about an assassination,” Eric Ambler wrote in A Coffin for Dimitrios, “is not who fired the shot, but who paid for the bullet.” I was reminded of that line as I...

Making Progress on the “Going Dark” Debate

by Matthew Olsen

As the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Matthew Olsen oversaw the integration and analysis of all intelligence related to terrorism.  He recently co-authored a report for...

Espionage and Social Media

by Michael Sulick

Social media use has skyrocketed in recent years and connected the world in ways unimaginable in the past. Families, friends, professionals, political movements, and corporations all use social media...