Can John Brennan Really Sue the President?

by Robert Eatinger

On last Sunday’s Meet the Press, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan said he was considering a court challenge to the President’s decision to revoke his security...

Slow and Unsteady Progress with North Korea Helps Kim Jong Un

by COL David Maxwell

Cipher Brief Update:  On August 23, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a Special Representative for North Korea.  Steve Biegun will “direct all U.S. policy on North Korea, lead...

An Inside Look at How the Homeland Trains for Disaster Response

by LTG Guy Swan III (Ret.)

Most Americans will never have the opportunity to see, or fully understand, the training that goes into protecting the homeland.  Whether it’s a hurricane bearing down on the coastline or a...

The Great Cyber Solarium Dialogue

by Jessica “Zhanna” Malekos Smith

As part of The Cipher Brief’s ‘Academic Innovator’ initiative to bring rising, innovative voices into the national security dialogue, we are reaching out to universities and inviting...

The Push to Privatize the Afghan War

by Erik Prince

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Taking the Chill out of the Security Clearance Issue

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — Don’t believe that President Trump’s retaliatory act of revoking former-CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance “will have a potentially chilling effect on the United...

Another Perspective on the Security Clearance Debate

by Daniel Hoffman

The backlash over President Trump’s decision last week to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan has gotten plenty of media attention over the past several days.  The...

The Long War Against Extremism in Afghanistan

by Gen. (ret.) David H. Petraeus

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The Russian Threat You're Not Hearing About

by Kathleen Hicks

‘The Homeland’ is part of a dedicated series of Cipher Brief columns focused on examining the full range of threats to U.S. national security. The United States is reawakening to the...

Space Force: Help Wanted

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — Congress has to take a serious, long, hard, public look at President Trump’s June off-the-cuff idea of a Space Corps, and turn down, rather than blindly approve, the idea for a...