A Huge Win for Stronger Public-Private Cybersecurity

by Patrick Gaul

Patrick D. Gaul is the Executive Director of the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC), a non-profit, non-partisan, industry-agnostic organization focused on uniting both public and private...

In a Future Military, You Must Spend to Deter

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — President-elect Joe Biden and Defense Secretary-designee ret-Gen. Lloyd Austin will inherit a Defense Department already in transition, shifting to China as the future major threat,...

A New US Approach to the Muslim World

by Emile Nakhleh

OPINION — Engaging Muslim communities globally emerged as a policy option within the U.S. government shortly after the heinous 9/11 terrorist attacks. Beyond degrading terrorist groups and...

A Dangerous Dance with a Nuclear North Korea

by Aaron Eglitis

Cipher Brief Expert Ambassador Joseph DeTrani is former Special envoy for Six Party Talks with North Korea as well as former CIA director of East Asia Operations. He also served as the Associate...

The Uneasy Relationship Between the Pandemic, the Military and the Law

by Jakob Gibson

The Cipher Brief’s Academic Incubator program partners with colleges and Universities across the country to bring you the voices of the next generation of national security leaders.  Jakob R....

Biden Holds the Cards on Iran, But Will He Play Them?

by Ambassador Gary Grappo

Gary Grappo is a former U.S. ambassador who held senior positions including Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman; and...

The State Department's Intelligence Mission

January 6, 2021 at 1:30pm ET Ellen E. McCarthy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research Cipher Brief Members will receive an invite via email. To register or for questions, email:...

Holiday Shopping Tips for the Best National Security Books

by Bill Harlow

(The Cipher Brief is an amazon affiliate and may make a small commission on books purchased via The Cipher Brief. ) UnderCover Senior Book Editor Bill Harlow served on active duty in the US Navy for...

Biden's Best JCPOA Bid

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — Was the November 27, assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh – Iran’s top nuclear scientist – the beginning or the end of attempts to sabotage President-elect Joe Biden’s...

A Few Words for America's Night Soldiers

by Gregory Sims

Views expressed in The Cipher Brief are individual views and do not represent all experts. Gregory Sims served in the CIA’s Clandestine Service for over thirty years, including multiple field tours...