The Shifting Threat Landscape

by Michael Allen

From Russia’s reemergence as a top U.S. adversary to Iran’s reentry into the global market place, the 2016 national security landscape is fraught with challenges and opportunities guaranteed to...

Understanding Homegrown Terrorism

by Peter Bergen

In the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombing, terrorism expert Peter Bergen had a pressing question on his mind:  Who are these homegrown Islamist terrorists, and what has driven them to a life of...

Transforming Defense Acquisition

by Joseph Pasqua

Three decades ago, The Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (colloquially known as the Packard Commission after its Chairman David Packard) published A Quest for Excellence, its seminal study...

On Worldwide Threats

by John McLaughlin

The Islamic State (ISIS) is the “preeminent global” threat and remains determined to execute direct attacks against the U.S. homeland, the top U.S. intelligence official told Senators at the...

Defense Spending

by Walter Pincus

How many Americans understand – when they think of the Defense Department budget – that many of those billions are going to defend foreign countries under the longtime strategy that it is better...

The Tsar Knew

by Mark Kelton

“The important thing to know about an assassination,” Eric Ambler wrote in A Coffin for Dimitrios, “is not who fired the shot, but who paid for the bullet.” I was reminded of that line as I...

Sports Diplomacy

by Dikembe Mutombo

Known to many as the ultimate rejector of the basketball, NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo has also taken many under his humanitarian wing.  Mutombo has used his famous finger-wag to become the first and...

Making Progress on the “Going Dark” Debate

by Matthew Olsen

As the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Matthew Olsen oversaw the integration and analysis of all intelligence related to terrorism.  He recently co-authored a report for...

The New Battleground

by Chris Finan

Between the campaign trail and Washington, DC, Americans are hearing that Silicon Valley must do more to combat terrorist propaganda on social media.  From Donald Trump’s call to “close that...

My New Home

by Walter Pincus

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