The 5th Wave of Rebel Terrorism

by Javed Ali

Javed Ali is a Towsley Policymaker in Residence at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and served in senior roles at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of...

Afghanistan's Great Gap

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — The Biden administration is reviewing not just the February 2020, Trump administration agreement with the Taliban that calls for all U.S. forces to be out of Afghanistan by May 1, but...

Mitigating Cyber Risk at Home

by Daniel Hoffman

Cipher Brief Expert Daniel N. Hoffman is a retired clandestine services officer and former Chief of Station with the Central Intelligence Agency. His combined 30 years of government service...

The Next World Order is a Gray One

by Alan Maubouche

The Cipher Brief’s Academic Incubator partners with national security-focused programs from colleges and Universities across the country share the work of the next generation of national security...

The Problem with Western Absence in the South Caucasus

by Olivia Letts

The Cipher Brief’s Academic Incubator partners with national security-focused programs from colleges and Universities across the country share the work of the next generation of national security...

My Tribute to a CIA Legend

by Marc Polymeropoulos

Marc Polymeropoulos served 26 years in the CIA before retiring from the Senior Intelligence Service in June 2019.  His positions included field and headquarters operational assignments covering the...

The Intelligence Community is Broken, Here's How We Fix It

by Zachery Tyson Brown

Zachery Tyson Brown is an intelligence and national security futurist interested in the many ways in which intelligence, strategy, organizational design, and disruptive technologies intersect. A...

A New Warfighting Paradigm

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — “Americans have not yet seriously grappled with how profoundly the AI (Artificial Intelligence) revolution will impact society, the economy, and national security,” is one of the...

Why a DIY Drone Program was a Bad Idea

by Never Mind We'll Do It Ourselves

The Cipher Brief is committed to a free exchange of ideas. Our book reviewers are drawn from the ranks of our readers — and they are encouraged to “call ’em as they see...

A Path to Reset Iran Policy

by Norman Roule

Norman T. Roule served for 34-years in the Central Intelligence Agency, managing numerous programs relating to Iran and the Middle East.  He served as the National Intelligence Manager for Iran...