Fighting the Wrong Enemy, aka the Stalemate in Cybersecurity

by James Lewis

Despite all the attention, cyberspace is far from secure. Why this is so reflects flawed technologies and conceptual weaknesses. The result is institutionalized stalemate. Two questions highlight...

Best Of: Trump Changes the Game in Afghanistan

by General Michael Hayden

Earlier this week, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, laid out a two-year plan to take back substantial territory in Afghanistan and drive the Taliban toward the negotiating...

Best Of: “The U.S. is Sick”: How a Chinese Analyst Might View the United States

by Michael J. Morell

For this year’s Thanksgiving Day column, The Cipher Brief revisits a unique column by Michael Morell, the former acting director and deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He agreed to...

Diplomacy: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Just Doesn’t Get It

by Ambassador Richard Boucher

Imagine a general who says, “I’m the only one who matters here.” The response, as we used to say in junior high, might be, “You and what army?” Yet President Donald Trump can say “I’m...

What Scares Putin? Democracy.

by Daniel Hoffman

Speaking to the Russian Federal Assembly in March 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his country’s annexation of Crimea and forcefully presented his national security strategy to gain...

Don't Waste Tax Dollars on 'Secrets' Hiding in Plain Sight

by Carmen Medina

The National Security Act of 1947 established the Central Intelligence Agency and the position of Director of Central Intelligence. In addition to setting the Director’s salary ($14,000 per annum)...

Blackmail Culture Goes Digital in Putin’s Russia

by Daniel Hoffman

It was 1999, and the Russian Prosecutor General, Yury Skuratov, who was investigating former Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s administration for corruption, found himself in the bull’s eye of a...

Trump’s Trip to Asia Is a Flight He Can’t Miss

by Joseph DeTrani

President Donald Trump’s trip to the region comes at an opportune time. The subject of North Korea will dominate much of the discussion in Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. Let’s begin in Japan. Prime...

What About Election Meddling by U.S. Intelligence?

by Alex Finley and John Sipher

In an otherwise forgettable February 2017 interview, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly asked Donald Trump how he could respect Russian President Vladimir Putin, who O’Reilly labeled as a “killer.”...

Russia Succeeds by ‘Playing to Our Deep Fears’

by Todd Rosenblum

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, my old Committee, will hold a critical, open hearing today with the three largest social media content providers in the U.S. market—Facebook, Twitter...