How Putin’s Attempts at Deception Failed in Ukraine

by Major General Volodymyr Havrylov

Concealment, imitation and disinformation – tactics known as maskirovka – were part of a Soviet doctrine used by their military and intelligence services – namely the KGB and GRU. The...

Tell Trump to Get Pyongyang to Negotiating Table Now

by Walter Pincus

“Trust” is not a word I would normally associate with what President Donald Trump says publicly, particularly in answering a question at a press conference. “Subtlety” is also not a normal...

Steals the Deal: Source Code Inspections Herald New Risks for Tech Vendors

by Jill Singer

Software is the invisible underpinning for much of our digital world. At its core is source code: the lingua franca that allows software-based technology systems to operate and evolve. Typically,...

Foreign Investment Helps Boost U.S. National Security

by Matthew Slaughter and Michael Morell

President Donald Trump is currently on his first trip to China and East Asia. The visit comes at a time when America’s allies in the region are increasingly anxious about their security—which...

Don't Waste Tax Dollars on 'Secrets' Hiding in Plain Sight

by Carmen Medina

The National Security Act of 1947 established the Central Intelligence Agency and the position of Director of Central Intelligence. In addition to setting the Director’s salary ($14,000 per annum)...

Blackmail Culture Goes Digital in Putin’s Russia

by Daniel Hoffman

It was 1999, and the Russian Prosecutor General, Yury Skuratov, who was investigating former Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s administration for corruption, found himself in the bull’s eye of a...

Steel Yourself for a Long War Against Russian Disinformation

by Walter Pincus

The 2016 presidential campaign was just a test run for Russia’s continuing use of disinformation on social media aimed at manipulating public thinking in the United States. Appearances last week by...

Remembering Civil Liberties when Reforming Foreign Surveillance

by Chris Inglis

The NSA surveillance programs under the authorities laid out in the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA) Section 702 have been making headlines since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden...

Trump’s Trip to Asia Is a Flight He Can’t Miss

by Joseph DeTrani

President Donald Trump’s trip to the region comes at an opportune time. The subject of North Korea will dominate much of the discussion in Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. Let’s begin in Japan. Prime...

9/11 Commission Director: No Evidence that CIA Sought to Recruit Hijackers

by Philip Zelikow

In our continuing drive to spur healthy debate in the national security space, The Cipher Brief is sharing this op-ed from Philip Zelikow, the Former Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission,...