Seeing the World As It Is: The Presidential Transition Begins

by General Michael Hayden

Almost a week after the election of Donald Trump, his transition team is at work, choosing the leaders who will head the many government agencies and departments in his administration. In the...

Keane on Trump

by General Jack Keane

Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States and his most solemn responsibility is ensuring the safety of all Americans as well as helping protect the country’s allies. ...

Trump Security Policy: Not a Lot to Draw On

by General Michael Hayden

Donald Trump isn’t one to make detailed speeches or to offer commentary at think tanks or to post policy prescriptions.  And he doesn’t have a foreign policy track-record to...

Dystopian Progress in China

by Carmen Medina

I just returned from my first visit to China—13 days of a typical tourist itinerary: Shanghai, Wuhan, Yangtze River, Chongqing, Xian, and Beijing. But even as a tourist, I was expecting to learn...

Homeland Intelligence: The Unique Community Within the Community

by Todd Rosenblum

The increasing rate of international and domestic terror threats to and in the homeland highlights the importance to our security of the nation’s least understood community: the homeland...

What about Military Families? This Election’s Key Stakeholders Need Answers

by Jeanine Hayden

Last week, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump answered questions at the Commander in Chief Forum—designed specifically to allow the candidates a chance to address military...

Memory, Perception, and Perspective

by Carmen Medina

How safe is America today? How safe is the world? As we mark the passage of 15 years since September 11, 2001, many surveys indicate that we humans feel pretty darn unsafe. The Chicago Council on...

Preparing for a Fight Beyond the Next Decade

by Matthew Olsen

The Cipher Brief sat down with Matthew Olsen, Former Head of the National Counterterrorism Center to discuss the progress that the U.S. has made over the last 15 years in the War on Terror. According...

How the Kremlin Views a Trump Presidency

by John Sipher

A potential Trump Presidency provides both opportunities and challenges for Russia and President Vladimir Putin. Putin’s strategic goals are to weaken the U.S., diminish U.S. influence in Europe,...

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...