U.S.-Russian Cooperation on ISIS: Do We Want Our Face Ripped Off Again?

by John Sipher

Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News recently reported that the Trump Administration sought to lift economic sanctions on Russia immediately after entering office, leading to an under-the-radar battle...

U.S. Fails to Unscramble Mixed Messages on Qatar-Saudi Dispute

by Walter Pincus

Two weeks have passed since I wrote the column about the Saudi-Qatar split, and as of today the Trump administration seems still unable to get its mixed messages together so Washington can play the...

Putin Aiming for Our Democracy

by Michael Morell

On Friday, The Washington Post published a detailed account of the challenge the Obama administration faced in the run up to the 2016 presidential election as the U.S. intelligence community...

Our National Security Relies on a Healthy Economy

by Michael Morell

The most important determinant of a country’s national security is the health of its economy and its society. That is a strong statement, but it is true. I saw it when I studied economic history in...

A CSO’s Guide to Insider Threats

by Alex Bolling

Each minute of each day federal cybersecurity teams triage an unimaginable number of threats to our national security. While many of those threats are from nation-state backed hackers attempting to...

U.S. Cyber Survival Depends on Greater Collaboration

by Chris Inglis

There is little argument that the relationship between the public and private sectors has to be far stronger in order for the U.S. Government and U.S. Businesses to adequately protect themselves from...

The Days of Nation-Building Are Not Over

by Walter Pincus

If you take Defense Secretary James Mattis at his word, the United States in coming years will be doing nation-building in Iraq and Afghanistan, once the ISIS and Taliban forces are defeated. That...

Why “Unprecedented” is Never the Right Word for Russian Election-Meddling

by Mark Kelton

There is no adjective to which I have a greater aversion than “unprecedented.” Such language is most often intended to describe challenges more daunting than anyone has previously faced or...

Iran Nuke Deal Finances Tehran’s Ambitions to Dominate Mideast

by General Jack Keane

As we approach the two-year anniversary of the signing of the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 world powers—the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany—The Cipher Brief sat...

The Pros Chase Intel and Facts – and They Don’t Leak

by John Sipher

The dueling Republican and Democratic talking points on Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election were on full display during the recent testimony of former CIA Director John Brennan to...