How Jimmy Hatch Touched the Dragon and Survived

by Suzanne Kelly

I was introduced to Jimmy Hatch via email in late 2014.  I was months away from launching The Cipher Brief and a mutual friend who volunteers his time for the Special Operations Care Fund (SOC-F), a...

Why Intelligence Matters

by Michael J. Morell

Former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell is debuting season two of his popular podcast ‘Intelligence Matters’ in partnership with CBS News this week.  The Cipher Brief was proud to be a partner...

Book Review: U.S. Spies Triumph in Tragedy against Hitler

by Daniel Hoffman

Wartime has been a force multiplier for espionage ever since the Revolutionary War, when General George Washington was the founding father of the art of intelligence. In World War II, the Office of...

Taking a Lesson from Churchill for Today

by Michael Morell

The Cipher Brief’s State of Play series encompasses reviews of the books, movies and TV shows that help shape our understanding of the national security space. This week, Cipher Brief Expert...

Daniel Silva's House of Spies: Old Spies Don’t Die or Fade Away

by Michael Sulick

As General Douglas MacArthur famously said, “Old soldiers don’t die, they just fade away.” In the world of fiction, old spies don’t die or fade away – they remain ageless,...

Dunkirk: The Larger-than-Life Story on a Larger-than-Life Screen

by Will Edwards

If you don’t know what a Stukka Dive Bomber sounds like, you will never forget its eerie, piercing wail after watching Dunkirk. It is sound, not gory acts of violence or stunning set-piece battle...

Is the U.S. Getting Outmaneuvered at Sea?

by Admiral James Stavridis

Retired Admiral James Stavridis believes the Trump Administration fails to recognize the importance of our oceans.  In his new book Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans,...

China: The Greatest Disruptive Force Today

by General Michael Hayden

Graham Allison’s ominously titled Destined for War fulfills an implied promise made by his seminal Atlantic magazine article 18 months ago. That article was labeled The Thucydides Trap: Are the...

State of Play Review: Alex Berenson’s The Prisoner

by John Sipher

In Alex Berenson’s new thriller, The Prisoner, his hero John Wells goes undercover in a European prison to smoke out a CIA mole who is providing deadly secrets to ISIS. This is Berenson’s...

Book Review: "Enhanced Interrogation"

by Steve Hirsch

Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying to Destroy America is a firsthand account of the CIA’s controversial interrogation program – which most...