A Daring Step for the Secretary of Defense

by Walter Pincus

“In today’s complex world, we need someone in uniform who can look across the services in combatant commands and make objective recommendations to the [Defense] Department’s civilian...

Free Speech, But: The Public Writings of Former Intelligence Officials

by Michael Morell

In recent years, it’s been increasingly common for former CIA operations officers to write books and Op-Eds.   In an Op-Ed for Fox Business online last week, Bryan Dean Wright called out...

Filling Vince Flynn's Shoes

by Alexandra Viers

With his mentor diagnosed with cancer and his former colleague blackmailing the CIA from the grave, counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp was left in yet another onerous state. Rapp is the creation...

Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart: He Did a Lot More Than Show Up

by Pam Benson

From his spacious office overlooking the Potomac River, Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart has sweeping views of some of Washington D.C.’s iconic landmarks—the Washington Monument, the Jefferson...

Government vs. the Evolution of Encryption

by Dan Kruger

On March 11, President Barack Obama said that smartphones can’t be allowed to be “black boxes,” inaccessible to the government.  It is apparent that the government does not understand...

A Closer Look at Sanders’ National Security Strategy

by Walter Pincus

It’s time to take a closer look at the national security views of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). At a campaign rally in the Bronx on March 31, Sanders told a crowd of...

The Next President's Choices on ISIS

by Ambassador James F. Jeffrey

Despite some recent successes against ISIS, including military strikes against top leaders such as Hajji Imam and the Russian-backed Syrian victory against ISIS in Palmyra, ISIS’s core control of a...

Forging New International Cooperation on Terrorism

by Carmen Medina

Washington DC is currently hosting the fourth and perhaps final Nuclear Security Summit, President Obama’s signature initiative to secure the supply of nuclear material. Terrorism has always...

Obama's Final Nuclear Security Summit

by Dr. Page Stoutland

At the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit, taking place Thursday and Friday in Washington, DC, President Obama will have his last chance to work toward his promised goal – set 7 years ago...

The Three Dynamics of the Fight Against ISIS

by Michael Morell

Michael Morell, the former Deputy Director and twice Acting Director of CIA, spoke with The Cipher Brief about battling ISIS and how the terrorist attacks in Brussels last week could impact U.S. and...