Book Review: "Enhanced Interrogation"

by Steve Hirsch

Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying to Destroy America is a firsthand account of the CIA’s controversial interrogation program – which most...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love our Crowded Skies

by Robert Cardillo

You may not realize it, but every day you interact with geospatial intelligence (GEOINT).  Whether it’s the think tank that’s monitoring the Syrian refugee migrations, the academic institutions...

The IC Is Not a Murky Cabal Pulling the Strings in Washington

by John Sipher

A recent narrative has taken hold among journalists and pundits that a “deep state” is behind the recent flood of leaks embarrassing the Trump Administration.  It is a notion that the...

Nuclear Posture Review: Response to Russia?

by Walter Pincus

Pressure is growing for development of a new, U.S., low-yield, land-based or air-launched, tactical nuclear weapon as a response to Russia’s recent deployment of a nuclear-capable,...

The Cost of Rushing into Raqqa

by Ambassador Robert Ford

The Trump Administration last week announced it deployed hundreds of U.S. Marines and Army Rangers to Syria to support the campaign to take Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria,...

The Interrogation of Saddam: An Opportunity of a Lifetime

by John Nixon

This week, The Cipher Brief’s Executive Producer and Reporter Leone Lakhani speaks to John Nixon, author of “Debriefing The President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein.” John was the first...

Over and Under Estimating the North Korean Threat

by Jim Walsh

In the span of one week we have seen North Korea test four missiles, evidence of U.S. attempts to sabotage North Korea’s missile program with cyber capabilities, the deployment of the controversial...

Mitigating “The Legend of Sophistication” in Cyber Operations

by Ben Buchanan

The drumbeat of cyber incidents continues unabated, with breaches at email providers, insurance companies, defense contactors, telecoms, adult websites, government databases, and so much more. These...

Watching a Three-Ring Circus

by Walter Pincus

I’ve covered many political scandals over the past 50 years, including Watergate, Iran-contra, and the Clinton impeachment, but the past few weeks have convinced me this country may be on the verge...

A License to Receive Intelligence?

by Charles Duelfer

Should government officials be licensed or pass a test before they can receive intelligence? The debate about whether to believe intelligence reporting on Russian hacking of the Democratic National...