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...

NYPD’s Intelligence Division: Answering the Terrorism Challenge Post 9/11

by David Cohen

In the aftermath of 9/11, every major security, law enforcement, and intelligence organization initiated changes to address the looming terrorist threat. None made more profound changes to its...

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...

Is Trump “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing?"

by Walter Pincus

Donald Trump is selling himself as a businessman, so let’s see how much he knows about budgets, particularly when it comes to defense. In his September 7 speech on Pentagon issues, he said with...

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...

Behind Benghazi

by Steven L. Hall

In 2012, after returning from an overseas tour of duty, I was assigned as the senior National Clandestine Service representative to the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Congressional Affairs...

After ISIS: A New ISIS

by Jacob Olidort

In August, U.S. President Barack Obama reassured the Pentagon that the Islamic State will “inevitably be defeated.” U.S. government officials, generals, and pundits have been debating what could...

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,...

Trump’s Statements: More than Just Words Abroad

by Walter Pincus

What presidential candidate Donald Trump says on the spur of the moment about foreign events – without understanding, or perhaps caring about its impact overseas — can create serious and...

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...