Bush, Obama, Trump and American Power

by Rafael D. Frankel

George W. Bush and Barack Obama were, in many ways, polar opposites in world view. The former saw black and white and an eternal struggle between good and evil, where those on the side of morality...

Haspel Hailed by CIA Vets

by Michael J. Morell

We’re revisiting a 2017 piece, when Gina Haspel was nominated to become the CIA’s deputy director, after Tuesday’s news that President Donald Trump is nominating her to replace Mike...

Enhanced Interrogation 2.0: The Untenable Position of CIA Officers

by Robert Eatinger

On January 25, 2017, during his first post-election press interview, President Donald Trump was asked, “do you want waterboarding?” In his response, the President said, “I will say this, I will...

Mitigating Harm from a Breach of Internet-Connected Devices

by Colin McKinty

The Internet of Things (IoT), a phenomenon of everyday Internet-connected devices ranging from smart appliances to webcams and routers, is making the lives of companies, governments, and households...

It’s Only Just Begun: The Detainment and Removal of Illegal Immigrants

by Walter Pincus

Prepare yourselves. The travel ban fiasco is just the beginning. Ignored so far in last week’s Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Security is the Trump...

An Exclusive, Personal Chat with Edward Snowden’s Former Boss

by Suzanne Kelly

Steven Bay has held his secrets and his struggles close for nearly four years now. Bay was Edward Snowden’s boss in June of 2013 when Snowden, who joined Bay’s team just two months earlier at a...

The Haunting Images from Syria: A review of "A Whole World Blind"

by Carmen Gentile

The fighting in Syria – and ever-rising death toll of civilians caught in the middle – is so horrifying that many seemingly have chosen to look away. Though hundreds of thousands are killed and...

What Is a Secure Border?

by Michael Fisher

Many of us have seen decades of sporadic attention given to the security of our border, but I believe we are now better positioned to not only define what we mean by border security but identify the...

It’s a Win-Win-Win Scenario for Russia

by Steven L. Hall

Even before the release of the unclassified version of the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions regarding Russian hacking and involvement in the U.S. presidential elections, before...

Reality Has Got to Set In: The Trump Administration and the Defense Budget

by Walter Pincus

For a moment, try to ignore President Donald Trump’s tweets and rambling speeches and let’s look at what the Trump administration may be thinking about when it comes to his campaign promise to...