Spies in the Congo: The Unique Role of the OSS

by Frank Archibald

Susan Williams’ book, Spies in the Congo, provides a well-researched and detailed history of the efforts of the Office of Strategic Services, America’s first strategic intelligence agency and the...

The Future of Hypersonic Weapons

by Daniel M. Norton

Over the next few years, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plans to demonstrate two air-launched hypersonic weapons (HSW) concepts; the Turbo Boost Glide and the Hypersonic...

"Grave Threats": American Security and the Next U.S. President

by Anne Marie Slaughter

From Syria, to climate change, North Korea, and the largest global refugee flows in history, the next President will face a uniquely challenging set of national security threats when she or he takes...

If This Were a Real World Election

by Walter Pincus

Fox News’ Chris Wallace has said as moderator, he plans to make “foreign hot spots” one of the 15-minute topics in tomorrow night’s final presidential debate. This has been far from an ideal...

A Letter to the Next Secretary of State Re: East Asia

by Dr. Thomas Cynkin

Chinese rivalry with the U.S. for regional dominance will be central to U.S. East Asia policy for the incoming administration.  China’s aggressive use of economic leverage, its mercantilism and...

The Fall of Moscow Station: Thinking Outside the Box

by Bennett Seftel

Mark Henshaw’s latest spy thriller could have been ripped straight from today’s headlines as tensions between Moscow and Washington continue to mount. The Fall of Moscow Station is the third...

Underestimating al Qaeda

by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The United States and its allies are consumed by their battle with ISIS, but to many terrorism experts, al Qaeda remains a serious force to be reckoned with, one that is actually increasing in...

Putin Could Hit the Trifecta If Trump Wins the White House

by Steven L. Hall

The relationship between Russia and the United States has always been and will always be complicated.  In the U.S. and the West in general, hope seems always to spring eternal.  The thinking,...

No Simple Choices When it Comes to Syria

by Walter Pincus

President Obama, and therefore the United States, has not faced simple choices when it comes to Syria and certainly none that would satisfy Americans’ traditional demand for instant gratification...

Homeland Intelligence: The Unique Community Within the Community

by Todd Rosenblum

The increasing rate of international and domestic terror threats to and in the homeland highlights the importance to our security of the nation’s least understood community: the homeland...