Speed, Transparency and the Future of the NGA

by Susan Gordon

In a fast paced world with ever increasing mountains of data, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has its hands full providing the warfighters, the intelligence community, and disaster...

The Threats are Here Today: Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control Systems

by Angie Messer

Industrial control systems (ICS) underlie a vast number of different processes, from manufacturing to energy production to public transit. As these systems become more advanced and more connected,...

Shutting Down ISIS' Digital Platforms

by Walter Pincus

One day before Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the 31-year-old Tunisian immigrant who killed 84 people by plowing a rented refrigerator truck into the Bastille Day crowd celebrating on Nice’s Promenade...

Terrorism and Paradigm Shifts and Pyrrhic Victories

by Kevin Hulbert

The latest terrorist attack in Nice, France on Thursday, reminded us of the long struggle in the global war on terrorism since 9/11.  The West has been buffeted by one attack after another lately,...

Intelligence and Policy in the Face of Terrorism

by General Michael Hayden

A slightly different version of this article appeared recently in the Washington Times.  General Hayden has requested that we reprint it in The Cipher Brief following Thursday’s horrific attack...

The Effectiveness of Bug Bounty Programs

by Michael Taylor

As hackers continue to grow more sophisticated, many firms are struggling to find ways to ensure that their systems are secure. In support of that goal, some have found a measure of success with bug...

Sloppiness in Handling Highly Classified Information is Widespread

by John Sipher

FBI Director James Comey’s 5 July statement on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server was exactly what we would expect from a professional investigative service.  He...

Why the U.S. Should Ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty

by Bonnie S. Glaser

Although the United States participated in the negotiations that culminated in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which came into force in 1994, it has not yet ratified the...

Some National Security Lessons from the Past

by Walter Pincus

At a June 23 National Security Council meeting, according to notes once marked EYES ONLY, Top Secret, “The President said if he knew any way to abolish atomic weapons which would ensure the...

Ungoverned Space: A National Security Challenge

by Frank Archibald

Whoever the American people elect to be our next president in November, she or he will inherit numerous problems, including terrorism, the hollowing out of nation states by narcotics traffickers, and...