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...

Maybe It is About Guns (At Least Partly)

by General Michael Hayden

After Orlando (and now Istanbul on top of San Bernardino and Paris and Brussels), will we ever feel safe again?  Why can’t our governments protect us from these senseless atrocities?  These...

The North Korea Threat

by Joe Detrani

North Korea is threatening the Global Community with its reckless nuclear and missile behavior.   They have consistently disregarded U.N. Security Council Resolutions and have made clear,...

Beyond Illegal Orders: Concern About a Misuse of Executive Power

by Rhea Siers

During this unusual political season, I hear a recurring question from former, present, and aspiring intelligence officers.  It’s a question that I have rarely heard before, no matter the...

Implications for the U.S. of the Brexit Vote

by Ambassador James F. Jeffrey

President Barack Obama attracted much attention, positive and negative, for his comments during his April trip to the UK, advocating for Britain to remain in the EU.  The invitation to come to...

The Walls We Build

by Admiral James Stavridis

As the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, my operational headquarters was in central Belgium, not far from the World War One battlefield at Verdun.  During my time in command, I would...

Orlando Attack Shows ISIS is Still Potent

by Mitch Silber

The Cipher Brief sat down with former Director of Analysis at the NYPD, Mitch Silber, to discuss the fallout from the Orlando attack this past week. According to Silber, the attack benefitted ISIS...

The Structure and Psychology of Drug Cartels

by Mike Vigil

One of the most prominent and visible characteristics of a transnational drug trafficking organization is the existence of a highly formal hierarchy that is distinguished by clearly defined levels of...

An Act of Terror, An Act of Hate: Figuring Out What Happened in Orlando

by Elaine Lammert

At least 50 people were killed and 53 more were injured in an attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida this weekend, officials said, in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The suspect,...

The China Challenge

by Joseph DeTrani

Good relations with China are necessary and achievable.  Since President Richard Nixon’s historic meeting with Chairman Mao Zedong in 1972, the U.S. – China relationship has developed into a...