Lieutenant General Robert Ashley (Ret.)

January 13, 2021 at 1:30pm ET Lieutenant General Robert Ashley (Ret.) Former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Cipher Brief Members will receive an invite via email. To register or for...

Biden's National Security Test

by John McLaughlin

Cipher Brief Expert John McLaughlin is former Acting Director of the CIA, former Deputy CIA Director and is the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced...

How Can the U.S. Rebuild After Shocking Series of Cyber Breaches

by Gilman Louie

President-Elect Joe Biden’s incoming national security adviser Jake Sullivan told NPR this week that the Defense Department hasn’t granted a meeting to the Biden transition team since Dec....

The Russians Have Issued a Wake Up Call

by Dmitri Alperovitch

Weeks after a massive cyber breach of U.S. government agencies and private sector companies was publicly announced, there is still not a clear response from the administration on who is responsible...

Biden's Nuclear Challenges

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign slogan, “Diplomacy is back,” will get an instant test after January 20, when his incoming team has just 16 days to find a way to extend the...

Lessons I Learned as the Head of Israel's National CERT

by Lavy Shtokhamer

Lavy Shtokhamer is the former head of Israel’s National CERT and Executive Director at the Israel National Cyber Directorate. He previously founded the Financial Cyber & Continuity Center...

Improving Transnational Intelligence Sharing

by Emile Nakhleh

“The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by...

Reimagining our Domestic Cyber Defense Posture

by Lauren Zabierek

OPINION — The SolarWinds breach, targeting several government agencies and private sector entities, was a stunning feat carried out by a nation-state actor purported to be associated with...

A Consequential Attack on America

by Susan Gordon

“The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by...

A Bill, the President and China

by Walter Pincus

Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics.  In 2002, he...