Best Of: Essential Knowledge

by Carmen Medina

For this year’s Labor Day coverage, The Cipher Brief revisits Carmen Medina’s discussion of “Essential Knowledge.” Medina’s discussion of internet trends is crucial...

Syria: No End In Sight

by Robert Richer

As the Syrian civil war progresses with no end in sight, Rob Richer, former Associate Deputy Director for Operations at the CIA and member of the Cipher Brief network, discussed recent developments...

Protecting the Arsenal of Democracy from Insider Threat

by Mark Kelton

Two summers ago, I made a $5 wager with my son that the United States would be exchanging shots in anger with China within five years.  Regrettably, in light of Chinese moves in the East and South...

Beijing and the South China Sea

by Joseph DeTrani

Demonstrations in China against the U.S. in the wake of The Hague Court’s ruling against China in the South China Sea are reminiscent of the demonstrations in China when the U.S. accidentally...

Terrorism and Paradigm Shifts and Pyrrhic Victories

by Kevin Hulbert

The latest terrorist attack in Nice, France on Thursday, reminded us of the long struggle in the global war on terrorism since 9/11.  The West has been buffeted by one attack after another lately,...

Intelligence and Policy in the Face of Terrorism

by General Michael Hayden

A slightly different version of this article appeared recently in the Washington Times.  General Hayden has requested that we reprint it in The Cipher Brief following Thursday’s horrific attack...

Sloppiness in Handling Highly Classified Information is Widespread

by John Sipher

FBI Director James Comey’s 5 July statement on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server was exactly what we would expect from a professional investigative service.  He...

Ungoverned Space: A National Security Challenge

by Frank Archibald

Whoever the American people elect to be our next president in November, she or he will inherit numerous problems, including terrorism, the hollowing out of nation states by narcotics traffickers, and...

Russia and Europe's Interdependence

by Michael Sulick

Tensions between Russia and NATO have escalated to near Cold War levels since Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea and ongoing support of separatists in the Ukraine. The U.S. and its allies have...

NATO and Cyberwar Strategy: Proceed with Caution

by Todd Rosenblum

NATO has much to discuss at its annual summit in Warsaw on July 8 – 9.  From the implications of the UK’s decision to exit the EU, to aggressive Russian actions in the Baltics, to the war with...